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September 10

Let's make moving and packing FUN again

Please help me not crash and burn. Because of reasons, from today until next weekend I will be doing most of the packing and moving into a new place across town. Moving and packing tips are always helpful, but what I really need are tips to keep me motivated, energetic and productive while avoiding burnout. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 7:25 AM - 10 answers

September 9

Chart showing estimated reserves of elements

Some years ago (about 4–6 years, if I had to guess), I came across an infographic that showed various estimates for the reserves of various elements/ores that are known to exist. So, for example, we have (made-up numbers follow) 100 years' worth of lead, 50 years of yttrium, 400 years of copper, etc. The various elements were shown in a sort of circular bar chart, with elements having greater reserves extending further from the center. Can anyone help me track this chart down?
posted by Johnny Assay at 2:36 PM - 4 answers

September 8

Nail polish in public

Are there any indoor public places where it would be acceptable to paint my nails? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 4:01 PM - 47 answers

September 7

birthdays, the universe, and everything

What are some Douglas Adams-inspired destinations for a 42nd birthday? (Due to budget constraints, travel is limited to Earth, otherwise I'd be downing Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters on Eroticon VI.) [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 2:07 PM - 19 answers

How do architects/builders decide which way a given door should open?

How do architects/builders decide which way a given door in a house should open? Are there a set of typical considerations? (some of the choices in my home seem suspect)
posted by basehead at 10:46 AM - 23 answers

September 6

small-scale document digitization services? document retention policies?

I work for a small non-profit that has had six linear feet of historical records on paper in somebody's basement for the last few decades. Can the hive mind (1) recommend a company that can scan/OCR these papers for us and (2) recommend resources for teaching me how to design and implement a document retention policy? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 8:16 PM - 4 answers

I miss 43Things. What other ways can I keep track of my goals?

I kind of miss 43Things. What site/app/community etc. can I use to keep track of my goals? Wrinkles: I don't care about gamification, a lot of my goals are not health-related, the social/community aspect is what I miss most. [more inside]
posted by Knicke at 8:26 AM - 5 answers

September 4

Looking for a trustworthy Internet -> Snail Mail provider

I'm looking for a trustworthy provider of Internet -> Snail Mail services. One company I've found, e.g., is PostalMethods. I want someone that I can trust with sensitive personal information (e.g. writing to my health insurer). PostalMethods does actually have a HIPAA compliance statement, but I still would feel more comfortable with MeFi testimonials. Does anyone have experience with this?
posted by prunes at 11:00 AM - 0 answers

September 3

Peace, happiness and motivation in 25* words or less

I have some useful mental scripts that help me deal with irregular brain chemistry and other maladies. Things like saying "surf the emotion", or "it's just a thought. It's not reality" and "is this behaviour / thinking pattern helpful?" or "if you feel crap, clean the bathroom. You'll still feel like crap, but at least the bathroom will be clean." Give me more. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 6:18 PM - 71 answers

September 2

Size does matter........in Gmail that is!

I am transitioning from Comcast to Gmail during a house move. Is there a way to increase the size and bold the gmail font? (OLD EYES)!
posted by pamspanda at 4:23 AM - 8 answers

September 1

Favourite frugal tips and tricks?

We are tackling Uber Frugal Month as of today. For those of you who are thrifty but still living awesomely, what are your tips and tricks for saving and heck, anything else? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 10:35 AM - 51 answers

August 31

I Failed at The Rotor

Remember the carnival/shitty amusement park ride called The Rotor? For anyone who doesn't, people would stand against the wall of this cylinder that would start spinning. After a little while, the floor would drop and everyone everyone would stick in place to the wall... [more inside]
posted by Maisie at 12:34 PM - 19 answers

Vegetarian Themed Room Names

I'm helping to plan a state-wide vegan festival that will feature food samples, non-profits (animal welfare, environmental) and speakers. I have been given the job of coming up with themed names for the hotel rooms we are using that we can use on our guides to the event. [more inside]
posted by katinka-katinka at 3:32 AM - 7 answers

August 30

Certificate of health for the chronically misdiagnosed

I am considering going back to the programme in Japan that I quit three years ago. They need a certificate from a doctor/therapist assuring them I am fit to go back. Things are complicated. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood at 11:39 AM - 15 answers

Conspiracy theories about disappearing bees

I've been working on a manuscript of poems about Colony Collapse Disorder. I've done a lot of research on theories in mainstream science. However, I know that some people have suggested UFO's were involved, and there are probably other conspiracy theories out there, and I'm trying to find specifics. However, googling CCD-related words in combination with things like "aliens," "Jesuits," and "illuminati" have yielded nothing. Can anybody track down some actual posts/articles/videos that include fringe theories about the die-off?
posted by mermaidcafe at 11:21 AM - 5 answers

August 29

Strangest Thingsest

My girlfriend and I both really like Halloween and we both really like the Netflix show Stranger Things. So much so that we're throwing a Stranger Things themed Halloween party. Help us do that! (all of the spoilers inside, but if you haven't seen Stranger Things, just go ahead and fix that and come back) [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 11:48 AM - 33 answers

A ? from a ? in a zoot suit

Trying to ID a kids' LP from my childhood as neither my mother or I can remember enough detail. It was probably 70s or early 80s in origin and had a fairly psychedelic cover involving cartoon animals. It was either called 'us adibals and fings' (although googling that has not helped) or had a song that included that as a lyric. It definitely had a song/spoken word thing that ended with a line 'a (unknown - possibly kiss?) from a (unknown) in a zoot suit'. [more inside]
posted by halcyonday at 1:36 AM - 5 answers

August 28

What is this sign?

A friend and I walked by this sign. I thought it seemed a little fishy, so I asked another friend and he said it's definitely not a National Security Agency sign. So then what is it?
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 9:41 PM - 18 answers

August 25

Did Lewis Carroll say this (or something similar)?

I'm trying to source the quote "In the end, we only regret the changes we didn't take." The Internet says Lewis Carroll, but there's no citation on any page that attributes it to him, and it's not in Bartlett's Familiar. Can someone tell me if he wrote this, or something similar (and where)? I get the feeling this is another case of the fake quote attribution syndrome that proliferates online, but I'd like to be sure. Thanks.
posted by dortmunder at 10:39 AM - 6 answers

Roleplaying Improvised Weapons

I've created a character for a roleplaying game that takes place in a modern urban supernatural setting. She is a crafty, street smart hacker who is not strong but is very dexterous and good with her hands. She specializes in improvised weapons. What are some weapons that would make sense for her? [more inside]
posted by lieber hair at 6:17 AM - 23 answers

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