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February 17

Being Interested in Everything Feels Like Being Interested In Nothing

What does one do to compact or compound their interests into a single thread? [more inside]
posted by tarpin at 11:10 AM - 18 answers

The meaning of life

I saw a quote recently, possibly here. It was something like, "the point of being alive is to produce energy to support the creation of more life." It wasn't about procreation but more about how our biological processes exist to create energy for other living things, as part of the ecosystem. Can't remember more of the phrase but I really liked the concept and would love to know more about the quote.
posted by zutalors! at 10:56 AM - 6 answers

February 16

Treat yo self

Today is the one year anniversary of a significant event in my life and I'd like to mark the occasion by treating myself. But I didn't plan ahead and I don't know what to do! I have the entire day off and I'll be flying solo. I'm in Milwaukee. Money is not a concern. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 5:46 AM - 29 answers

February 15

Rcycling or Disposal of styrofoam coolers?

I get refrigerated medication for my MS. Until recently it was a 3 month supply in a big cooler. Due to new medical they now ship me my meds once a month in a cute Styrofoam cooler. I have about 8 of them. I'm not an environmentalist nut, but I try to recycle to the best of my ability. When I got the big cooler with the 3 month supply I just put it in the lobby of my apartment with a sign that said "free cooler" but now I'm getting tiny ones monthly. I want to recycle, but can you recycle Styrofoam? Can I just toss them in recycling bins? Is there a program that will pick them up?
posted by kaoschild at 10:20 PM - 10 answers

Help me find these "Great People" flashcards from my youth.

Listening to the Hardcore History podcast about Ghengis Khan recently, I was reminded of a set of flash-card type things that I remember having when I was growing up. The cards featured a picture of a "great person" on the front, and a short write-up about him or her (but honestly I think they were mostly men) on the back. Can you help me find a set of them? [more inside]
posted by hwickline at 9:47 AM - 8 answers

February 14

Going to protests/marches alone and social anxiety

There are a lot of protests and marches I would like to attend, but none of my friends are interested in going. [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 9:32 AM - 13 answers

Is there a term for what I'm experiencing?

When I look at people, my visual perception of them is strongly colored by how I feel about them. For example, if I like someone, I generally think they're quite beautiful or handsome. If I dislike someone, they're ugly to me. I've tried Googling this, but haven't gotten relevant hits. Is there a term for this? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 7:10 AM - 9 answers

February 13

Mailing from Mexicali or Calixeco

So, I have a friend who lives in Mexicali, Mexico, and he's having a dickens of a time getting mail to actually be delivered to the US. What can he do to make that work better? [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 2:34 PM - 8 answers

February 12

A Formula to Apply to This Stressful Situation

I frequently find myself really stressed by situations that have much in common. Namely, when I have a bunch of things to do that are equally important, especially if they each involve going to a different place, I get so paralyzed and wishy-washy and timid that I end up doing nothing. I'll include more details about today's example, but what I really want is for someone to teach me how to fish when this comes up. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 12:55 PM - 22 answers

Help me do some math?

Help me do some math? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 8:25 AM - 6 answers

February 10

Novel research question

For the purposes of fiction, I am trying to learn about what it was like for an American child to be diagnosed with autism or Asperger's syndrome in the mid-1980s. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 6:15 PM - 10 answers

Help me find the exact date of an All Mighty Senators concert in '94

Can anyone help me track down the exact date of an All Mighty Senators show in the Baltimore area (probably the 8x10) in late February or early March in 1994? [more inside]
posted by Gronk at 2:04 PM - 6 answers

Help me make a hopper and dispenser that won't clog and won't jam

I need to make a hopper leading down to an opening. Below the opening will be a wheel. Food will fall into the wheel from the hopper. The wheel will turn, causing the food to drop below. Essentially, this but smaller. I'm having two problems with the wheel and hopper design: clogging and jamming. Help me figure out how to shape the hopper and wheel openings to prevent these problems. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:01 AM - 12 answers

Does this NYC karaoke place exist?

I have a few specific requirements for an NYC karaoke night and I'm wondering if anyone knows if such a magical place exists. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:37 AM - 5 answers

Difficult Projects and Process Organization.

Are there interviews or essays on how individual people tackled difficult projects: organizing, keeping motivated, editing, and checking back on earlier edits? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 7:12 AM - 1 answers

February 9

What's great about the Twin Cities?

What do you like about living in the Twin Cities? What advice would you give to someone who might be relocating there, particularly about the weather? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:33 PM - 23 answers

Tattoo safety question

I found an artist for my first tattoo! I like the artist a lot, we communicate well, and the shop has a good reputation. But is safety something I need to worry about in a well-regarded tattoo shop? And how do I determine for myself if it's a safe place to get needles jammed into my skin? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 10:44 AM - 10 answers

February 8

ID this red, white and blue pennant.

What is this flag? My vexillological GoogleFu fails me. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 12:04 PM - 8 answers

February 7

Where to have a house party if you don't have a house

I would like to throw a big ol' party in a few months time for up to 50-100 people (maybe?). Something casual and fun like a house party, except I do not live or have access to a house and don't need beer pong in a sketchy basement. What kind of place do I rent, and does anyone have recommendations for Philadelphia? And broader question: how do you plan a party, anyway? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 4:03 PM - 26 answers

February 6

Are rock concerts safe for early teens?

My 13-year-old, eighth-grade daughter wants to go to see Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia next month with a girlfriend the same age. Assuming that a parent drops them off and picks them up, is this safe? [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 1:29 PM - 46 answers

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