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February 12

Troubleshooting - Lake Tahoe edition.

We just arrived home after the drive from Tahoe City to the Bay Area, and realized that we forgot something critical in a rented condo there. We're faced with the prospect of making the 8 hour round-trip tomorrow to get it. I'm trying to figure out if there's any better way - and thought I'd try some AskMeFi brainstorming. [more inside]
posted by purplevelvet at 11:19 PM - 7 answers

February 9

Cars to sell. How?

I have three cars in a driveway that haven’t been driven for at least 18 months. All three won't start. I’ve inherited them from deceased relatives. Once I get the title for the third, I want to unload them. I’d like to sell them without being totally ripped off. A little ripped off is fine, I’m not looking to make money, just not be a rube. How do you tell the value of a car that’s been sitting for that long? They've been parked outside in Wisconsin.
posted by quarterinmyshoe at 7:21 PM - 13 answers

February 8

Capture a watermark image from a clean sheet of paper?

I’ve found a lovely watermark on an old sheet of paper and want to print it out. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by ohcanireally at 9:57 AM - 7 answers

Poems or fables about loss.

I'm going through a breakup that has been devastating to me and has shattered me. I loved her like no one, and I have loved in the past numerous times. I thought she was the one. Then she left. Any poems or short stories that capture what I'm feeling? How she can throw me away so easily?
posted by heliosanthus at 12:02 AM - 12 answers

February 7

What should I put on my personal business cards?

I want personal business cards to use at local political and volunteer events, such as meetings to organize protests, support political candidates, food drives, recycling days, etc. or at events where there's a speaker and I meet people seated around me. I want cards so that when someone asks me for my email address, I don't have to stop and write it down, I can just give them the card. But other than my email address, what should I put on them? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 8:44 PM - 18 answers

How to use a Nest to control a Carrier mini-split air conditioner?

We have a carrier mini-split air conditioner (controlled with a remote control). We'd love to use a dedicated nest thermostat to control it. Is there any way to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 7:57 PM - 5 answers

All Due Respect to The Onion

I'm writing a... zine. Set in America, 2022. Trump has been re-elected. [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl at 5:53 PM - 33 answers

February 6

Gifted iPhone 5 reeks of cig smoke -- what to do?

What it says above -- I was recently given a free, older iPhone 5 and the previous owner was a smoker. I'm not crazy about the phone, but it was a thoughtful gift; however, the phone reeks of cigarette smoke. And I'm allergic. I've only had it a day and just holding the phone for a few minutes sets off sneezing fits, my bag now smells of smoke, my hands. [more inside]
posted by alwayson_slightlyoff at 9:56 PM - 17 answers

Startup financing: what's the middleperson called?

I would like to be the person that looks for viable apps/small startups and pitches them to seed financiers. Is there a market for such a person, or do inventors/investors not care for third parties? [more inside]
posted by thesockpuppet at 7:12 PM - 10 answers

Glyphs to symbolise two phrases, tattoo edition

I'm thinking of getting my first tattoos, one on the inside of each wrist or forearm. I'd like help finding two symbols or glyphs to represent two aphorisms which are meaningful to me, "know thyself" and "this too shall pass". [more inside]
posted by snap, crackle and pop at 3:36 AM - 13 answers

February 5

Re: Facilities management, what is "escorting in a labor report"?

I'm prepping for a government facilities job interview and one of the job responsibilities is: “Perform ongoing review functions to evaluate, validate, and correct costs, contract compliance, Computer Aided Facility Management application issues, such as detecting escorting in the Labor Report” I'm on board with all of that, except I'm not familiar with that application or 'escorting in the labor report'. Anybody know that one?
posted by jenmakes at 1:40 PM - 9 answers

What's your go-to SHORT inspirational/motivational phrase?

There's a great AskMe about inspirational quotes, essays, etc., but I'm wondering if you have a specific short, like 12 words or less, "go forth and conquer" thing you say to yourself when you need an internal kick in the pants, shot of confidence or to ground yourself before a challenge. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 7:48 AM - 107 answers

Seeking equivalents of size/value etc

Is there a website that will give you equivalent values for an input? Say I put in a number and it says 'that will get you to the moon 29 times in miles or buy you 1000 Bentley's in pounds' or 'that's as big as Texas or so many Sahara deserts' or 'that's the GDP of Somalia or a footballer's salary'.... You get the idea :)
posted by KateViolet at 5:01 AM - 4 answers

February 4

How to be productive on your birthday when you don't really like it?

Help me find ways to celebrate my birthday, when I feel uncomfortable about celebrating it, due to it being a bittersweet day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:14 PM - 14 answers

Unscratchable itchyness: forgotten short story title, author.

A couple of decades (or so) ago I read a poignant short story about two people in the same ward of a hospital. The woman could see the future. The man awoke each day with no memories of the past. He knew he'd been injured, but couldn't remember how. The last line in the story was spoken by the man: "I fell off a tractor." This has been google-shy so far. Please scratch.
posted by mule98J at 9:09 AM - 2 answers

February 3

Best building-wide cockroach treatment?

Six out of ten units in my small condo building reported seeing cockroaches in the last few weeks. Our contracted pest control company recommends treating the whole building. Their instructions call for removing all items from all cabinets, shelves, closets, and moving all furniture away from the walls. This is a significant burden for me and a few of the single, elderly residents. I am on the board and exploring options we can recommend. Two questions after the jump: [more inside]
posted by Atrahasis at 8:51 AM - 12 answers

Katherine or Kathryn or Katharine or Catherine

I'm interested in people who changed their first name, but who only changed the spelling, whether stage name/Equity purposes or personal choice. So not Cary Grant going from Gary, but say, Jackie Collins suddenly deciding she wants to be known as Jacqui Collins, or Zadie Smith (born Sadie). Can you give me any examples? I don't mind if they are accepted/'normal' spellings or not.
posted by mippy at 4:12 AM - 52 answers

February 2

It's processed, but it's not processed

A few years ago, I saw a video in which a woman was talking about the different ways in which food is "processed". Please help me find this video! [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 12:54 PM - 0 answers

Suggestions for Checklist Journaling?

I used to write in my journal every day, without fail. I haven't since last year, when my mother entered the hospital. I would like to re-establish journaling as a daily practice. I've looked around for ideas, but all I'm seeing are journal prompts (not what I'm looking for) and ideas that are for organization (bullet point journals). [more inside]
posted by Archipelago at 12:08 PM - 9 answers

February 1

Simple symbols to represent four words

Over the past several months, "Improve, Appreciate, Connect, Protect," has come to have quite a bit of meaning for me. I try to do it every day. I'd like to come up with simple symbols to represent each of the four words, so that I could visually represent this mantra for myself. Think logo-level simplicity, or the kind of images that would work well as small tattoos. What images can represent these four words?
posted by ocherdraco at 4:47 PM - 12 answers

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