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What are these ants doing?

Please explain this ant (and other small insect) behavior I'm witnessing. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa to Science & Nature at 11:45 AM on Feb 25, 2017 - 6 answers [13 favorites]

Who gets to eat this? Quesadilla edition.

This question is about the equitable division of quesadillas. Please adjudicate our dispute. [more inside]
posted by reshet to Food & Drink at 3:50 PM on Feb 25, 2017 - 45 answers [9 favorites]

What does a healthy straight parents/queer child relationship look like?

Last week, I finally cut off my mother for trying to drive a wedge between me and my spouse again, repeatedly implying I was only angry because I must be mentally ill, and rewriting the last ten years of our relationship to make the problems between us purely the fault of my spouse's influence rather than the result years of increasing tension, mostly about my queerness. I want to know, as a sanity check, what good parent-child relationships look like even in the face of complications. Am I expecting too much? What is normal, and what is healthy? [more inside]
posted by sciatrix to Human Relations at 12:41 PM on Feb 25, 2017 - 33 answers [8 favorites]


Are there any media representations of superhuman individuals where there is no built-in suspension of disbelief? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda to Media & Arts at 4:52 PM on Feb 25, 2017 - 15 answers [8 favorites]

Non-technical book about neural networks?

Is there a non-technical book that explains neural networks in sort of an introductory way for general readers? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Send to Science & Nature at 8:36 AM on Feb 26, 2017 - 6 answers [7 favorites]

What does teen spirit smell like these days?

I'm looking for blogs, pin boards, Instagram feeds, web sites, collaborative projects, video, online artwork, web comics, and graphic novels and other online stuff that is very popular with teenagers. [more inside]
posted by alms to Society & Culture at 6:28 AM on Feb 25, 2017 - 7 answers [9 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

Er, What Rights *Do* I have at the Border?

US citizen flying into the US. Do I have to give the Border Patrol access to all my computer files, social media, etc.? Can they ask for my social media passwords if I don't bring a computer? What rights, if any, do I have at the border? I have nothing to hide, I just don't like gummint poking its nose in my bidness.
posted by Native in Exile to Law & Government at 5:05 PM on Feb 24, 2017 - 24 answers [31 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Early violin (REBEC)

Help me understand some of the clues in a 75-year-old crossword puzzle. [more inside]
posted by theodolite to Grab Bag at 11:38 AM on Feb 25, 2017 - 11 answers [5 favorites]

How to handle humanely the end of a tenant relationship

My tenant can suddenly no longer pay rent on the apartment I rent to him. This is not a temporary cash shortfall, and he is finding other housing. How can I navigate the end of this relationship in a humane way, while still making sure that I protect my family's interests? There are some complicating factors below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 12:18 AM on Feb 26, 2017 - 12 answers [5 favorites]

Very simple budgeting apps and ideas

My adult brother has learning disabilities and a spending problem. He has now his first real job at thirty+ and I think this is a good time to make a new attempt at budgeting. he thinks that knowing how much things have cost is the same as having a budget, and now I just found out that he has spent about 400 euro on Overwatch skins (in game micropurchases). [more inside]
posted by Iteki to Work & Money at 4:53 AM on Feb 25, 2017 - 9 answers [4 favorites]

Are there official poster graphics for advertising March for Science?

I want to put up posters around my institution to raise awareness of the upcoming March for Science. No posters seem to be available from the official shop page. I've mailed the organizers but haven't received a reply. I'm willing to print my own posters, and now am looking for suitable graphics. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie to Society & Culture at 12:27 PM on Feb 25, 2017 - 2 answers [4 favorites]

To the rock and roll cognoscenti, how does the band "Sparks" measure up?

I've been a serious classic rock fan since before it was classic rock, and have always sought out lesser-known or more esoteric bands in the hopes of finding a hidden gem. Having been at it since I was teenager in the late 1980's, I thought by now I had heard of pretty much every band of the 1960s and 70s that was even the least bit successful or famous. Sparks had a #1 single in 1974, yet had never heard of them before a couple weeks ago. I've been listening to them a lot since then, and really like what I've heard so far. In fact, they kind of impress the hell out of me, which makes me wonder why they aren't better known. Please inform. gracias
posted by BadgerDoctor to Media & Arts at 6:18 PM on Feb 25, 2017 - 31 answers [4 favorites]

How do you choose a shrink?

So I'm finally at the point where all my usual coping and handling strategies for depression and anxiety don't work. I'm surprised I got all the way to 45 before that happened but there you go. Anyway I need to talk to someone. Maybe get medicated. And there's a crapload of life experience I'm gonna have to throw that shrink's way including childhood trauma. But having NO experience in mental health, I'm not exactly sure what I'm supposed to be looking for here. A psychiatrist? A psychologist? Specific talents or skills? I don't know what I don't know here. Is there some kind of decision tree someone's made up for this sort of thing?
posted by anonymous to Health at 12:18 AM on Feb 26, 2017 - 6 answers [4 favorites]

College strategy

Situation- high school junior of middling to good grades with college ambitions and an eye on costs. One option is a year or two of community college and then transfer to a name brand college (think BU or NYU or such like). In real life, what are the chances, what are the possibilities, what are the best strategies to make this happen? And equally if not more important, what are the pitfalls and gotchas? (How good an idea is this?) [more inside]
posted by BWA to Education at 6:51 AM on Feb 26, 2017 - 17 answers [4 favorites]

Child with Congenital Illness Died, How to Help?

My neighbor's congenitally ill 10-year-old son passed away yesterday. While not unexpected it is obviously terrible and sad. The family consists of two parents and four surviving kids, ranging in age from 5 to 12. Basically, how can I help? Right now I'm making a few kid-friendly casseroles, fruit salad and yogurt parfaits. I was thinking of getting all the kids new sketchbooks and pencils/markers. [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes to Human Relations at 8:17 AM on Feb 26, 2017 - 7 answers [4 favorites]

Raising a child who has lost a parent

Looking to hear from people who lost a parent at a very young age. What helped you live a normal, happy life? What didn't? [more inside]
posted by ficbot to Human Relations at 6:04 AM on Feb 25, 2017 - 13 answers [7 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Give me your easiest, tastiest, healthy meals!

I need to start cooking more and I want your best recipes! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy to Food & Drink at 12:00 PM on Feb 21, 2017 - 37 answers [88 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Cerebral Science Fiction movies?

I'm not sure if there is a term for the category of movie I'm looking for, but I've lately been on a kick of thinking-person's science fiction movies, and I'm looking for more that fit the bill. Movies like the Martian, Contact, 2001, Interstellar, Solaris and I was especially moved by Arrival. Thoughtful, sort of technical, lyric, and slow. Limited violence and no sexual violence. Any suggestions?
posted by Think_Long to Media & Arts at 11:40 AM on Feb 21, 2017 - 44 answers [75 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

In search of positive online influences

I need to re-make myself, grow up, and take responsibility for my life. The fact that I zone out reading Reddit or tech blogs a lot is not helping. I want to replace this habit with better influences, communities, role models, ideally feminist-aligned. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul to Human Relations at 2:23 AM on Feb 19, 2017 - 17 answers [48 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Optimise my exercise

I could use some help please in figuring out whether my workout routine is good enough. I mostly work out on the weekends and don't do much during the week. Am I in danger from being a "weekend warrior"? I want to lose fat and gain muscle and flexibility. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane to Health at 11:30 AM on Feb 23, 2017 - 10 answers [19 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

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