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Ultra-beginner-level interior furnishing/decorating/design advice?

I'd like my home to look well-put-together, but my interior decorating ability never advanced beyond college-dorm level. I have no idea where to start, and I'm a little overwhelmed thinking about it. I need the most basic, beginner-level, baby-steps, for-dummies advice you've got. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby to Home & Garden at 10:12 AM on May 22, 2015 - 20 answers [32 favorites]

So, we're having a baby

It's too early to share with parents, friends, and colleagues, but just the right time to open up to a bunch of internet strangers. Mrs. BJW and I are 9 weeks pregnant. (YAY!!) I would like to ask the hive for help finding 2 things: First, a website that I saw referenced here but can no longer find. Second, the current best "What to Expect" book out there. [more inside]
posted by bluejayway to Health at 8:38 AM on May 22, 2015 - 22 answers [14 favorites]

Alternative scientific poster designs

I'm presenting a poster at a scientific conference. I'm an old hat at this, but am tiring of the boilerplate designs that we all use. Can you point me to more minimalistic, aesthetically pleasing scientific posters? [more inside]
posted by redlines to Media & Arts at 12:17 PM on May 22, 2015 - 5 answers [14 favorites]

Great hollywood films made by women?

What are some great movies from the 80's and 90's that were either directed by or written by women? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse to Media & Arts at 6:02 PM on May 21, 2015 - 35 answers [18 favorites (12 in the past 24 hours)]

Talk to me about a future disaster world.

Ideas for what the world might look like in 50-200 years? Specifically looking for doom-and-gloom speculation, but based on some semblance of evidence or realistic projections. [more inside]
posted by Edward Liveing, M.D. to Science & Nature at 6:17 PM on May 21, 2015 - 20 answers [17 favorites (12 in the past 24 hours)]

What would Peggy Olson wear in her '40s?

I am a mid-thirties woman whose professional style is currently somewhat girlish (think this, this, this, this). As I move into my '40s, are there looks that keep this "feel" but in more age-appropriate ways? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:55 AM on May 22, 2015 - 12 answers [12 favorites]

Busywork is just too busy

Calling all workplace psychologists: is it better to grumble or pretend to be cheerful? [more inside]
posted by superfish to Human Relations at 12:39 AM on May 22, 2015 - 35 answers [10 favorites]

Need help making plans for my possible death

I am making plans for my loved ones in case I die. I know the coroner will take my body away, but I'm afraid there will be an awful mess left behind. How do other people handle this? I don't want my loved ones to have to clean it up. [more inside]
posted by Cinnamon Bear to Grab Bag at 12:45 PM on May 22, 2015 - 12 answers [9 favorites]

Custom 3D printed cookie cutters, from scratch

I want to learn to design my own custom 3D printed cookie cutters. (Yes, I know there are shops and websites that can do all or part of the job, but I want to start from scratch.) What programs do I need? Where do I start?
posted by Soliloquy to Technology at 8:56 PM on May 21, 2015 - 6 answers [8 favorites]

What're the smartest ways I can handle my student loans?

I just got my MFA! Hooray! I just saw my student loans! Oh no! Here's the skinny: I owe about $117,000 with an average interest rate of 6.5%. But! I got a great job that pays about $85k, so we'll call it even on the risk/reward front. What're the best policies for paying back student loans? Are there tips and tricks? Things I should be doing now as opposed to later? What's the deal with refinancing? Is there such a thing as private financing (i.e., you agree to pay all my loans and then I pay you at like 3%?) for student loans? This whole field is kind of a mystery and while I intend to pay my loans in full, I want to make sure I'm being as smart about it as possible. Given my salary and average living cost, I can afford to put in about 40k a year.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 4:31 PM on May 22, 2015 - 9 answers [8 favorites]

Specific Portland food recommendations

Looking for a few quick recommendations for my trip to Portland, Oregon this weekend. Ideally I am looking for places reachable by public transit, since I won't have a car. 1 - Best grilled cheese sandwich. 2 - Best dim sum. 3 - Best sushi that isn't insanely expensive. 4 - Best macaroni and cheese. 5 - Best food cart that is hopefully open for lunch on Saturdays. Thanks!
posted by skycrashesdown to Travel & Transportation at 3:34 PM on May 22, 2015 - 11 answers [7 favorites]

Tell me about your post-work rituals.

I'd like to develop a post-work habit or ritual for as soon as I arrive home. Something that will send a signal to my brain that "work is over, and now you're home." What habits, rituals or environmental changes have worked well for you?
posted by nightrecordings to Grab Bag at 4:58 PM on May 20, 2015 - 38 answers [63 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

something extravagant?

I received an unexpected $700. I want to use for super frivolous spending, and buy something that I wouldn't purchase within my normal budget. What should it be? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia to Grab Bag at 2:13 PM on May 21, 2015 - 53 answers [11 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

Does anyone round here own a cat?

On the off chance that someone round here has some experience with cats and cat appliances, I have some questions.... [more inside]
posted by Thella to Pets & Animals at 10:51 PM on May 21, 2015 - 29 answers [6 favorites]

I asked him to leave. He left. Now I'm crushed.

I'll try to keep this brief. My boyfriend and I have been together for over 2 years. In this time, I found out he was a recovering alcoholic. I didn't know this until months into our relationship. After dating 15 months, we moved into together. That's when the fun starts... [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 7:30 AM on May 22, 2015 - 24 answers [6 favorites]

My tonsils are driving me crazy.

I've been plagued by tonsil stones (tonsilloliths) for the past few months and they are making me deeply unhappy. Have you had them and managed to get rid of them without a tonsillectomy? What did you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health at 4:32 PM on May 22, 2015 - 8 answers [5 favorites]

Words and their lesser-known meanings

Help me find very common words with secondary, uncommon definitions. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger to Writing & Language at 7:00 AM on May 21, 2015 - 61 answers [20 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Brown spots from sun damage on my face; can I get rid of them?

I'm female, mid-fifties, white (English/Irish background) and in the last few years, amid other signs of aging, I've developed brown spots on my cheeks and jaw (perhaps from sun exposure while travelling in the Middle East many years ago; I've never sunbathed). I'm working on aging gracefully, but the blotchiness does bother me. Are there products or treatments that will help to reduce the spots or, happy thought, make them go away entirely? I've seen ads for various creams and serums; can I trust that they will actually be effective? Any recommendations?
posted by jokeefe to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 4:24 PM on May 21, 2015 - 19 answers [17 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Your favorite uses for gochugaru

Thanks to an ordering snafu we’re now the proud owners of a giant one-pound bag of gochugaru Korean red chili flakes instead of the small container we thought we were getting. What can we do with it beyond kimchi? [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ to Food & Drink at 1:18 PM on May 21, 2015 - 17 answers [11 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

I have to lay people off (while hiring). Help me be a good human.

I am a new boss at a small company and our business model recently changed. I have to hire about 10 new people — and layoff about 10 current staffers. The moves are to bring on the new skills we need for this new era. How can I do this kindly, respectfully, and in a way that sets up the team members who are staying with us for success after this rough period? [more inside]
posted by amoeba to Work & Money at 9:05 AM on May 22, 2015 - 23 answers [4 favorites]

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