November 28

DjVu (all over again)

Kind of a follow-up to this question: I need help converting high-resolution DjVu files to PDF. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg to Computers & Internet at 8:19 PM - 0 answers

Movies starring twin human highway flares

I'm looking for beautiful movies where love affairs are the jumping-off point for a critique of bourgeois society. [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light to Media & Arts at 8:13 PM - 6 answers

Now, bring us some (vodka-soaked) Figgy Pudding...

I've dumped a pound of dried figs into a jar full of vodka for some fig-infused vodka goodness. The liquor is starting to turn golden and figgy... Mmmm! My recipe tells me to strain the figs out of the jar before consuming and discard them -- is there any way to reuse the figs themselves in another holiday recipe? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto to Food & Drink at 7:26 PM - 1 answer

Does Plan B work after ovulation?

If I ovulated yesterday, and had unprotected sex today (with withdrawal), will Plan B or a similar pill work? What I'm reading on their site and elsewhere indicates that it works by preventing ovulation, and there's no evidence that it prevents implantation. I'm sure I was ovulating yesterday, but not sure if I still am today (very possible). If there's a chance the pill will help I'll take it, but otherwise want to avoid it, because I know it will make me sick.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 6:40 PM - 6 answers

Gay research paper, ego syntonic/ego dystonic, avowal/disavowal

Trying to track down a research paper involving homosexuality and identity. Or something. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 to Science & Nature at 6:30 PM - 0 answers

Need to copy files from netbook to PC.

Just got a new internal hard drive for my PC and would like to copy files from my netbook to my PC's new hard drive. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart to Computers & Internet at 6:21 PM - 6 answers

Practical Effects in Early (1940's) Film

Does anyone know common tricks used for practical effects in early films? [more inside]
posted by KernalM to Grab Bag at 6:05 PM - 12 answers

Syrian Electronic Army

I got a popup saying "You have been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)." It appears to be a group that defaces server pages. [more inside]
posted by KRS to Computers & Internet at 5:32 PM - 2 answers

Tell me about a time when you...

I'm preparing for several interviews and I want to figure out a way to finally effectively answer the ONE question that has always been interview-kryptonite to me, which has always been a a variant of: "Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with my coworker and how you resolved it." [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise to Work & Money at 5:25 PM - 9 answers

Odd cultivation method in fallow fields

I live in an area with a lot of agriculture. Being late November, most of the crops have been harvested, and the soil has been cultivated to prepare for the next planting. In most of the fallow fields this means that they've made long, raised rows. In some of the fields, though, the soil has been formed into perfectly spaced hillocks about one foot tall. 1) Why? 2) What kind of farm implement makes these mounds? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie to Grab Bag at 5:12 PM - 2 answers

EarPods That Work

I recently purchased the Iphone 6 and love using it, but the EarPods do not work well for me. Help me find an alternative. [more inside]
posted by incolorinred to Shopping at 4:46 PM - 6 answers

Ten-day course of Cipro for UTI?

I was recently diagnosed with a UTI at an urgent care clinic. The PA (I did not see an MD or NP) prescribed a ten-day course of cipro to treat it (500mg, twice a day, for 10 days). That seems excessive to me (though I will take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed). Is such a long course of antibiotics commonly prescribed for UTIs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 3:43 PM - 11 answers

I'm in demand and I don't know what to do about it!

I have a job. It's pretty good - for a graduate at least. However, it's not everything they promised and I've been looking for alternatives at the same time as trying to improve things in my current place. Now everything's happening at once and I don't know what the best way to proceed is. Snowflakes inside as always. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 3:43 PM - 4 answers

Best Shave And A Haircut In SF

Where can I get the best, finest, most fussy and superlative men's straight razor shave and a haircut in San Francisco?
posted by The Whelk to Grab Bag at 3:27 PM - 7 answers

Squarespace filter: Positioning image caption on a gallery page?

Mr metarkest is a photographer using the Boutique template in Squarespace 7. On a gallery page, Squarespace superimposes the title and description on the lower part of images, but he wants the title and captions to appear below the images. Is there a code injection that can do this, or can you recommend someone who would write the code for hire?
posted by metarkest to Computers & Internet at 2:36 PM - 3 answers

Hiring pet movers to move cats?

I'm moving to a new state (California to Montana). I'm couch-surfing at the moment, so my cats are staying with my folks in California until I find a permanent place to live. I'm trying to figure out whether hiring movers is feasible, or whether I should just go back for them myself. [more inside]
posted by insufficient data to Pets & Animals at 1:44 PM - 5 answers

Engineering histories for scientists/engineers

I'm looking for media (books mostly) related to technical histories of engineering projects. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake to Science & Nature at 1:26 PM - 10 answers

Website template to show a video portfolio?

I'd like to make a portfolio of videos. Can you help me find a template to use? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus to Media & Arts at 12:30 PM - 1 answer

Irritable Kind of Mania

I've posted plenty here about mental health stuff this year, and now I'm posting because I'm about two weeks into a manic episode which is the really irritable mania, not the euphoric kind. I have only been being treated for bipolar II starting this year, and it's possible my mania is actually a trauma response. I am hoping someone here can help me make do with the mania while it lasts, if not help me figure out how to get it to end early without totally crashing. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe to Health & Fitness at 12:09 PM - 6 answers

Producing a two-person video/audio conversation on my iPad mini

I want to record two people talking to each other on my iPad (with iPad video) but I want better sound than the iPad mic itself provides. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster to Media & Arts at 11:37 AM - 0 answers

Challenging the new auditor

Looking for MeFites with knowledge of the (FAR) federal acquisition regulations. After 18 years of invoicing the goverment for travel as a contractor and now subcontractor, a new auditor is saying I cannot charge for flights that do not orginate and end at a home airport. No one has ever said this before. Can someone tell me where this is referenced in the 1000+ pages of the FAR.
posted by Xurando to Law & Government at 11:13 AM - 11 answers

To have loved and lost... a coffee table.

Help me find a coffee table I saw recently in a catalogue, or on Houzz, or in Dwell... It's haunting my dreams! [more inside]
posted by letahl to Home & Garden at 9:53 AM - 4 answers

I see trouble on the way

My mom has been attending a new church whose congregants regularly fret over what they call "The Black Moon." The talk amongst the folks there (though not--as far as I know--from the pulpit itself) is that the Bible predicts a stock market crash in October of next year. What in the holy hell are they talking about? And, on a scale of one to ten, exactly how bananas are these people? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown to Religion & Philosophy at 9:40 AM - 17 answers

Double Decker Desk/Table?

I recall seeing a desk built with just a simple tabletop, and 6" below the tabletop there was a shelf that ran all the way around the table. Ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by jacob to Home & Garden at 9:14 AM - 3 answers

Looking for literary Miyazaki (or a Japanese "the Famished Road")

Please recommend (English language) books set in Japan, of the magical reality genre. I'm looking for well-written prose (or great translations thereof), quirky characters (with exaggerated traits), a touch of the supranatural (other worldliness), and ideally, a bit of humor in the mix. I love most of Rushdie's work and García Márquez', and thoroughly enjoyed Okri's famished road. What might I like?
posted by guy72277 to Writing & Language at 7:47 AM - 18 answers

Pioneer valley/Western Massachusetts art

I'm looking for paintings, photographs and maps featuring the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts for display in my home. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama to Media & Arts at 7:33 AM - 4 answers

Hello, giant jar of homemade sauerkraut. How do we cook with you?

Best uses for homemade kraut? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh to Food & Drink at 6:59 AM - 22 answers

Finding facebook posts from back in the mists of time

I have a question about facebook search and finding posts in a facebook group on certain dates. [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater to Technology at 5:45 AM - 1 answer

Stylish, dressy professional women's scarves -- and not too big?

Ms. Justice would like to buy a few stylish, professional-looking scarves to dress up and add a splash of color to her business suits and jackets. One difficulty is that many scarves are just too big, giving the impression when worn that one has a small tablecloth draped around one's neck. Can you recommend some upscale, not overly flashy, scarf vendors who sell product suitable for professional office wear that is relatively small and thin?
posted by Mr. Justice to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 5:33 AM - 8 answers

Bleak French movie. Suicide. Possibly Crete.

I'm trying to identify a French movie for a colleague. I don't have much to go on and IMDB/Google have failed me. Somewhat [more inside]
posted by Thug to Media & Arts at 4:40 AM - 2 answers

How to get out of an un-winnable work situation

Asking for a friend: I feel I'm being taken advantage of at work - being asked repeatedly to act for months at a time in a higher-duties role that I aspire to... with no compensation. And I keep being overlooked for the permanent position. [more inside]
posted by dinoworx to Work & Money at 3:59 AM - 17 answers

I need winter wear for Kilimanjaro.

Please help me decide what I need for cold-weather gear for Kilimanjaro! [more inside]
posted by Salieri to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 1:01 AM - 2 answers

The Draft and Eligibility To Vote In The USA

I was told (in an argument about feminism, of all darned things) that in order to be eligible to vote in the USA a (male) citizen is required to register to be drafted into the military. Is this true at all? [more inside]
posted by Philby to Law & Government at 12:59 AM - 14 answers

November 27

Is Rolfing bullshit?

How legitimate is rolfing? Wikipedia says it is pseudo-scientific. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 9:21 PM - 12 answers

Am I a hypochondriac?

Could my anxiety/stress be manifesting itself with all of these distressing physical symptoms? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo to Health & Fitness at 8:56 PM - 23 answers

Puffy bag of nuts in freezer

I was trying to make a recipe that required pecans today, but when I went to get a bag of pecans from my freezer door, I found that the bag was strangely puffed up, as if someone had inflated it. The bag had never been opened and did not look like this when I originally put it in the freezer after purchase some months ago. Two questions: 1) What could have caused this? (Can things like botulism happen to nuts in a freezer?) 2) Would you still eat the pecans? They looked and smelled 100% normal.
posted by st elmo's fire to Food & Drink at 8:36 PM - 15 answers

What's up with the Eleventh Doctor?

I am about halfway into season 5 of "new" Dr. Who (first season with Matt Smith) and I am not liking it so far. Will the things that I don't like about it change? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque to Media & Arts at 8:33 PM - 22 answers

When was the printer A. Martinez - Barcelona in operation?

I have old Spanish olive oil label, apparently from the 1930s. The printer's name, in small print at the bottom of the label, reads "A. Martinez" (although there is a slight chance that the "A." is actually an "R."). This name is followed by a dash and "Barcelona" and preceded by what looks like T* G*. The "asterisk" looks something like a superscripted yen (currency) symbol. All this is difficult to read because it is printed in black on a dark green background. The brand name of the olive oil is Vulcano.
posted by kirsti to Grab Bag at 6:51 PM - 2 answers

Does this product exist? Automatic Projector/digital photo frame

Does this product exist? Would it be difficult to set up? and how much would it cost? [more inside]
posted by rancher to Technology at 5:21 PM - 7 answers

Pimp this old MacBook Pro

My girlfriend would like it if her old MacBook Pro could run faster and have Windows. I don't know how to do this - that is where you come in... Help please? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip to Computers & Internet at 4:41 PM - 12 answers

Why is there no meat sauce in Chicago grocery stores?

I've lived in Chicago for more than two years and am curious why there is no meat in canned or jarred pasta sauces here. In England Spaghetti Bolognese (an inauthentic italian sauce I know) was a grocery store staple and almost always featured ground beef. In Canada there was the poetically named Meat Sauce. In Chicago there is nary a mention of meat in any of the prepared pasta sauces on grocery store shelves (Jewel, Whole Foods, Trader Joes). What gives? Is there some sort of regulation preventing this or is it just a regional taste thing?
posted by srboisvert to Food & Drink at 3:04 PM - 15 answers

Frankencoding for the 20teens

I want to build a site but don't want to code my own password reset scripts. Looking for recommendations for frameworks (are they called that?) or respositories for frankencoding a website. Also planning/prototyping tools that would let me describe what I want in plain language/mindmap style. [more inside]
posted by Iteki to Computers & Internet at 2:48 PM - 5 answers

Best book or free program to teach kids to code?

Looking for an easy introduction to coding for a 12 year old. It has to be something he can do on his own, without much adult input. He loves art, drawing, and creating his own cartoon characters, so visual references are a must.
posted by bartlett to Computers & Internet at 2:34 PM - 10 answers

Best facial trimmer for a 5 o'clock shadow?

Is there a standard go to trimmer for leaving a 5 o’clock shadow? Something small and maneuverable which cuts evenly and closely but still leaving hair above the skin? [more inside]
posted by cycleback to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 1:51 PM - 5 answers

How to keep it real around people I think are super cool

people who are a bit older than me in my field but who somehow see me as an equal [more inside]
posted by winterportage to Human Relations at 1:14 PM - 9 answers

Rehoming stray kittens in Brooklyn on short notice

There are kittens in the yard! Very tiny, very cute, very stumbly kittens. Unfortunately, they cannot stay where they are. Looking for help in rehoming them in NYC. [more inside]
posted by rhythm and booze to Pets & Animals at 12:45 PM - 7 answers

VHS to DVD in Bucharest, Romania

This may be a long shot, but can anyone recommend someone who can transfer VHS video to DVD in Bucharest, Romania? [more inside]
posted by oclipa to Media & Arts at 11:53 AM - 2 answers

Astro Cytoma, WHO grade 3

So, my wife was in a bad wreck last monday, and during the course of MRI etc, they found a tumor on her brain. In spite of the hopeful, initial thought, it turns out to be a Grade 3 Annoplastic Astro Cytoma. Which pretty well sucks. The good news is, they were able to excise the entire tumor, plus a bit extra since it's location (right temporal lobe) lent itself to that surgery. [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess to Health & Fitness at 11:09 AM - 13 answers

Calculated field on LibreOffice database form?

Since Bento for the Mac is no longer supported, I converted a Bento database I use for keeping track of beer brewing to a LibreOffice database. The only thing that didn't work was a calculated field I had that used the Original Gravity and Final Gravity fields to come up with the ABV. How can I do this in LibreOffice? [more inside]
posted by tommasz to Computers & Internet at 10:43 AM - 3 answers

Customising SuiteCRM by the customer?

New job is going swimmingly except that the CRM I am working with is fast being shown by its own abilities to be a dud. It is called SuiteCRM. I am done with the official customer support and looking for a book that will show me how to do all the things our IT consultant either can't be bothered to do or doesn't know how to do. Particularly, set up functionality to receive email in the CRM and install email templates. Can you signpost me?
posted by parmanparman to Computers & Internet at 10:20 AM - 0 answers

How do I go about finding a good private music composition teacher?

I've been out of college for about 15 years, where I minored in music composition, but I wouldn't say it was a complete education, although I'm pretty good on basic theory, counterpoint, modulating, etc. In the meantime I've done a bit of film and video game music on the side, but I really want to have a rigorous education in modern composition. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan to Media & Arts at 7:59 AM - 7 answers

Songs like this

I absolutely love the vibe of the song "I'm Not the Only One" by Sam Smith. Would like more songs like this, please. [more inside]
posted by yawper to Media & Arts at 7:17 AM - 5 answers

Searching for the "repeat a story from different perspective" meme

There's a particular meme that I remember seeing a while back, probably on Reddit, and I'm wondering if (a) it has a name and (b) if anyone has curated examples of it. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer to Computers & Internet at 5:47 AM - 13 answers

Love-Hate Letters to a genre / trope /idea?

Can you recommend shows or books that act as great "love-hate" letters deconstructing and showing off the flaws in a particular idea or genre while also being loving examples of the genre? [more inside]
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory to Media & Arts at 3:17 AM - 23 answers

Another "data management & research database for dummies" question

I'm undertaking a research project in which I'm evaluating several different organizations based on specific yet qualitative criteria, e.g. "promotes outreach", "reports on progress", etc. I need to able to capture the information and then display the results in some sort of meaningful way so that it can be incorporated into a report. [more inside]
posted by ladybird to Technology at 12:42 AM - 5 answers

November 26

TV, movie, and book suggestions for a Daria fan.

TV, movie, and book suggestions for a Daria fan [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce to Media & Arts at 11:29 PM - 19 answers

Love for body after trauma

How did you learn to feel comfortable in your body after trauma? (Possible trigger warning) [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 10:45 PM - 12 answers

Need help figuring out child custody logistics across the border

Long story short, my wife and I are separating and I may try to find work and live in the US (I'm currently in Canada and a Canadian citizen). I'm trying to hear from others who have shared custody of their children where their ex- lives in another country. My situation is across the US/Canada border but I'm interesting in hearing other experiences as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 10:34 PM - 10 answers

Help me have a conversation through books with my little girl

I'd like some recommendations for books to get my 6 year old girl who has a vast interior life I only rarely get glimpses of. [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya to Human Relations at 9:58 PM - 31 answers

Is there a loving but persuasive way to tell dad he's a bigot?

My father is, and always has been, a loving, decent, supportive, honorable person. He's also always been crotchety, unworldly, domineering, and set in his ways. Is there a way to encourage him--without preaching and without being strident--to reflect on the ways his attitudes sometimes cross the border from "Sh*t My Dad Says" into less defensibly hateful/ignorant territory? [more inside]
posted by urufu to Human Relations at 8:58 PM - 28 answers