August 26

Switching from Android to iPhone

My 3+ year-old HTC One has developed a bug where the camera turns everything purple, battery life is so bad I have to plug it in before lunch, and it's developing some weird keyboard entry errors. Thinking of switching to the iPhone 6SE, but have questions! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown to Shopping at 6:13 AM - 0 answers

Is there a home security camera that doesn't require an internet conn.?

This might be a tough one. I've looked and haven't been able to find what I'm looking for anywhere. All of the residential security camera systems I have found (whose video is viewable on cell phones and pc's) require an internet connection. But I don't need to view my camera while I'm offsite so, for privacy reasons, I'm looking for one that does not require an internet connection (and therefore it doesn't need to send our camera video to some company's server). [more inside]
posted by atm to Technology at 5:30 AM - 1 answer

How do you replace the keys for a late-model BMW?

It's a BMW that was purchased new in the past two years or so. [more inside]
posted by the_blizz to Travel & Transportation at 5:28 AM - 1 answer

iPhone 4 Vulnerability?

In light of the recently revealed iPhone exploit, how vulnerable is an old iPhone 4? Because it can't be updated past iOS 7, I assume Apple isn't releasing a patch (indeed, I checked the software update and there was nothing available). Does this mean I absolutely have to upgrade my hardware? [more inside]
posted by Yiggs to Computers & Internet at 2:57 AM - 1 answer

London with the boy (nearly six!)

So I'm about to take my son to London on a father and son trip. We've been once before and loved it. We went on the river bus, to the Natural History Museum (scary animatronic T-rex!), Science Museum and to Grenwich to see the Cutty Sark. We saw the changing of the guard. We had a WHALE of a time. [more inside]
posted by dance to Travel & Transportation at 2:52 AM - 16 answers

What comic did this routine about Mr. T?

I heard a routine on the radio by a comic (Canadian, perhaps?) in which he talked a length about his hero worship of Mr. T as a child. It had me in stitches. Please tell me this guy's name. [more inside]
posted by quadog to Media & Arts at 12:06 AM - 1 answer

August 25

Migraine prevention

The past two major events at my job have triggered serious (what-I-believe-to-be) migraines for me. These are events where I am required to work for long periods of time in extremely loud/stressful conditions. Both times I woke up the next morning with blinding pain, nausea, vertigo, etc. YANMD but 1. could some medical thing prevent this from happening (i.e., should I see my doctor and get a prescription of some kind) and/or 2. is there something else I can do to prevent it from happening? [more inside]
posted by pupstocks to Health & Fitness at 10:10 PM - 18 answers

Questions for experts on domestic violence.

I'm moderating a panel next month featuring researchers on areas related to domestic violence and working with survivors in a health care context. I've been asked to come up with questions for the panelists to prepare to answer. What should I ask them? What would you like to know, or what do you think is the most important problem in this area? [more inside]
posted by msrrn to Health & Fitness at 8:50 PM - 6 answers

Out with the mold, in with

My closets develop mold this time of year. How can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Home & Garden at 8:36 PM - 3 answers

*crickets* ... no really, CRICKETS

I live in a studio apartment that's a converted garage. The past few days, I've noticed a few crickets inside the apartment. Is this something that can be dealt with easily (say, by buying a few dollars worth of glue traps), or should I go ahead and get my landlord involved and arrange for a visit from an exterminator?
posted by ocherdraco to Home & Garden at 7:23 PM - 12 answers

How to watch the NFL without cable?

What is the legal, legit way to watch NFL games at my home? Difficulty factor: not tech savy. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa to Technology at 7:07 PM - 11 answers

Terminal velocity of an Etruscan shrew

Smaller, lighter animals can fall from further up without being harmed (I believe). Is there a mammal that is so small it could fall from any height and not be hurt? Is my basic premise wrong? Does terminal velocity figure into the explanation?
posted by Naib to Science & Nature at 6:12 PM - 8 answers

Who writes the CNN and MSNBC, etc chyrons?

Pretty great chyrons this election. Who specifically and generally (viz., job title and the folks holding the job titles at CNN and MSNBC) writes them?
posted by hleehowon to Media & Arts at 6:09 PM - 1 answer

Where or How to Print Fan Cards for our Artists

I am a production artist at Passion Works Fine Art Studio in Athens, Ohio. We feature the collaborative work of our adult artists with and without disabilities. I've been wanting to include information about the artist who produced the piece with each sale in a Fan/ Baseball Card format. [more inside]
posted by mickeefynn to Media & Arts at 5:50 PM - 3 answers

Harry Potter language question

The spells in the Harry Potter books are in a kind of Latin. There is a Latin translation of the first Harry Potter book. What language are the spells in that? (PLEASE SAY GREEK!) What language are the spells in the Greek translation? (PLEASE SAY EGYPTIAN!)
posted by thatwhichfalls to Society & Culture at 5:35 PM - 8 answers

Giant Neon Santa Claus Build

I have a dream: to build a recreation of this giant neon Santa Claus sign, but cheaply, using neon rope light. My building skills are limited to Legos and Ikea. Can someone steer me towards some basics that will help me achieve my dream? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist to Technology at 5:31 PM - 1 answer

Matagalpa to Granada (Nicaragua)

Bus, taxi or private shuttle? [more inside]
posted by metajim to Travel & Transportation at 4:46 PM - 1 answer

The Boozy Educational Series

I want to learn, from the beginning, with no pressure and a drink in hand. Help me come up with a boozy math/science online course curriculum. [more inside]
posted by naju to Education at 3:47 PM - 6 answers

Can you recommend some complex, story-driven Android games?

My husband is on a perpetual hunt for Android games that are complex or challenging enough to keep his interest for more than a day or two. He enjoys RPG and puzzle games, mostly, with the occasional building or strategy game thrown in. By this point we've tried most games on various best-of lists, and he was hoping there might be some hidden gems he's not aware of. [more inside]
posted by cabingirl to Computers & Internet at 3:28 PM - 20 answers

Disappointed by friends - am I overreacting?

Facebook kindly made me aware that people are congratulating one of my closest friends on her engagement with my ex-bf. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 2:41 PM - 76 answers

Crockpot meals prepared the night before

I am after your proven, delicious crock pot meals where all the prep can be done the night before and stuck in the fridge overnight. In the morning, everything is just dumped in the pot. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Food & Drink at 2:24 PM - 14 answers

A song of... a lifetime?

My baby is turning one next month. To mark her first year of life, I'm mashing together 365 one-second video clips (one for each day of her life). Can you help me find the perfect background song? Some criteria beneath the fold... [more inside]
posted by Cat Face to Media & Arts at 1:10 PM - 12 answers

What is this plant and is it toxic to cats?

Can anyone identify this plant? [more inside]
posted by Reverend John to Pets & Animals at 12:35 PM - 4 answers

Non-bank site that can billpay and ACH?

Looking for a site (ideally non-bank) that 1. offers billpay (physical checks), where they'll also mail along a physical piece of paper (invoice, etc) that the user uploads in PDF, and 2. can also send ACH payments out -- ideally would work similar to Venmo in that pulls from one bank acct and puts in another, but would *not* require the recipient also has the same app/site access. Yes, I'll have the recipients routing/acct #s. I'm ok with paying fees.
posted by grammalvsu to Work & Money at 12:33 PM - 3 answers

Best (Free, Maybe?) Software for Computer-ish Voice?

I have a video in which I'd like to feature a computer-ish sounding voice. I don't want to spend a bunch of money on software, and anything online that allows you to download an mp3 looks sketchy to me. Anything that people have used? Text to speech is fine, or uploading an audio track to switch would be okay, too.
posted by xingcat to Technology at 11:46 AM - 10 answers

How to move on from jealousy and resentment?

I'm jealous and resentful of my boyfriend's ex-wife. How to move on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 11:36 AM - 27 answers

How do you decide to leave a therapist and go about leaving?

I see a therapist twice weekly following a serious history, but I'm getting frustrated with the way things are going. I've tried talking about it with him, but that hasn't helped. I think it might be time to go, but I don't know the best way to handle things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 11:17 AM - 14 answers

What should I do with 10 lb of bacon frozen together?

We had way too much bacon leftover from the fire department pancake breakfast and I came home with a 10 lb brick of frozen bacon. What do I do with this? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 to Food & Drink at 10:47 AM - 12 answers

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 to Grab Bag at 10:39 AM - 6 answers

How Do Fleas Work?

We adopted a feral kitten with fleas who was treated by the vet. I am still seeing fleas on the floor in the kitten's room after almost a week. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee to Pets & Animals at 9:58 AM - 17 answers

This place is not a place of honor - THE MUSICAL!

In the early 90s the US Department of Energy commissioned a study about how to warn people of the far future about a nuclear waste dump. (Previously and previouslier on metafilter). Have there been any artworks - music, theater, fiction, etc. - inspired by this study?
posted by moonmilk to Media & Arts at 9:19 AM - 11 answers

Care package goodies for grieving kids?

Suggestions, please, for small, cheerful objects to include in a care package for two kids, somewhere around 11 and 16, grieving a sudden loss. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes to Shopping at 7:49 AM - 8 answers

How well does CBT work for assertiveness issues?

I have come to realize that I have issues with assertiveness and am looking into therapy. How would I look into this? Would CBT be a good fit? [more inside]
posted by manderin to Health & Fitness at 7:01 AM - 5 answers

Should I try to conceive next week?

That's the question, but complicated by a two-week long trip to Asia coming up and Zika. [more inside]
posted by neematoad to Health & Fitness at 6:43 AM - 14 answers

Asking for a friend: anybody out there have a Kia Soul?

A friend of mine is looking to buy a new car; her top choice right now is a Kia Soul (backup choices are the Honda Fit, Mazda3 and Nissan Juke). The thing is, while she's read every review she can find, is confident she can get a good deal, and has been happy with her test drives (plural), neither of us actually knows anyone with Soul, to ask an actual owner what they think of the car, would they buy another, that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by easily confused to Travel & Transportation at 6:39 AM - 18 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 to Grab Bag at 6:17 AM - 23 answers

New grad RN would rather do anything else; extreme anxiety

Is it possible to get over anxiety like mine about nursing? I’m not exactly keen to try, but I feel like I’m failing at having a career before I even started. Can I still have a successful career with a nursing degree I never intend to use? [more inside]
posted by efsrous to Work & Money at 5:39 AM - 25 answers

Can I eat it filter: Wellshire Farms Bacon Bits and a summer night out

"Refrigerate after opening" bacon bits spend 6 hours at 74 degrees: can I put them back in the fridge and continue to use them indefinitely (or over the next few weeks)? [more inside]
posted by metarkest to Food & Drink at 4:46 AM - 10 answers

UK Private Limited Company - Starting up what do I need to do?

I am converting from Sole-Trader to a Private Limited Company (for liability reasons). I am the Director (100% share-holder) and sole person who does "the work". Do I need an accountant or a legal advisor or both? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne to Law & Government at 3:41 AM - 5 answers

How much math should most college students be able to learn?

I have read quite a few articles that state that there's no such thing as being bad at math, that often it is just the case that you haven't had a specific subject explained to you in a way that made sense to you, or that you just have to work harder at it. That resonates with me, but clearly there's a limit to that and I wonder what that limit is. [more inside]
posted by blub to Education at 2:02 AM - 15 answers

What's with the rainbows in Seattle's Capitol Hill?

I recently visited Seattle in the US and saw quite a number of rainbow flags and rainbows painted on pedestrian crossings in Capitol Hill. WTF? Did I just happen in the midst of LGBT land or is there another significance I missed?
posted by Kwadeng to Grab Bag at 1:35 AM - 7 answers

Another baby sleep question -- co-sleeping baby to shared room?

Our six month old gorgeous baby now sleeps with us -- I'd like her to be able to sleep on her own, in a crib, without the Merlin sleep suit, through the night, and gulp, in the same room as our toddler. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe to Human Relations at 1:32 AM - 6 answers

August 24

Who opened for Louis CK on Aug 1, Milwaukee, WI?

I've scoured the interwebs but can't find this info - who were the comedians who opened for Louis CK this night?
posted by 4midori to Grab Bag at 9:48 PM - 3 answers

Can I insure an unpermitted guest house?

We're considering making an offer on a property in southern California (unincorporated L.A. county) with an unpermitted 30 y/o guest house. If we buy the property, we'd want to rent out the guest house. If we buy the home, can we get insurance for an unpermitted guest house which we want to rent? [more inside]
posted by arnicae to Law & Government at 8:50 PM - 13 answers

Not all summer in a day

Help identify this old SF short story about a small group of interstellar colonists (maybe one or two dozen). The colonists (maybe explorers) identities and personal details were kept secret from the people on earth. I'm pretty sure I read it in a paperback anthology but it might have been in a magazine and it would have been at least 20 years ago, more likely 30. The story is probably even older. Gotcha spoiler under the fold. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral to Media & Arts at 8:35 PM - 7 answers

What was this 90s kids' computer game?

I'm trying to remember the name of a computer game I played as kid. Things I remember: - The main control room/hub was a tree - You could pick where you wanted to go from the main tree - There were several mini games accessible from the tree - maybe through tubes? - All the characters were colorful animal-like creatures Ring a bell?
posted by stompadour to Computers & Internet at 7:40 PM - 13 answers

Less Battlestar Galactica, more Me.

I have speech software in my own voice that I want to use to help me narrate an audiobook I'm planning. But I don't have a good understanding of how to adjust the controls and adjust my voice so that it sounds less like a Cylon and more like me. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind to Technology at 7:33 PM - 4 answers

Places where you leave a city/state/province/country to travel within it

Geography-trivia-filter: Are there notable instances of where one must temporarily exit a territory to get to another destination within it? The most notable examples are Alaska (vs. the continental US) and other exclaves, but I'm also interested in instances where one basically cuts a corner of another territory just to get around within it.
posted by Seeking Direction to Grab Bag at 7:25 PM - 43 answers

What worked or didn't work for you in a DBT Skills Group?

I am in training to facilitate DBT Skills Groups. Could anyone with any experience (leading or participating) share anything you found particularly helpful or particularly frustrating? Or share any tips or insight that might help a new leader? [more inside]
posted by lazuli to Health & Fitness at 6:45 PM - 12 answers

Pokemon Go Potboilers

Help me find audiobooks I can listen to while playing pokemon. The best "page turners" that aren't too difficult to follow along with while also paying attention to the game. Female protagonists (hopefully). "The Girl on the Train" and "Gone Girl" are serviceable examples of what I am looking for. Not interested so much in stuff related to the military. The main criteria is that it is a page turner. And available as an audiobook. Thanks!
posted by skjønn to Media & Arts at 6:31 PM - 6 answers

What is an effective therapy for foot arthritis/bad feet?

I have bad feet, but an even worst time trying to find a doctor to help me. My last doctor never read my chart before seeing me (~10 times), so he gave me a lot of cortisone shots. The new doctor is shooting lasers at my feet. I don't know how to evaluate anyone. [more inside]
posted by armacy to Health & Fitness at 6:30 PM - 4 answers

Examples of butch women, happily partnered to men

Do you have examples (IRL or otherwise) of masculine-leaning women who are romantically partnered with men? [more inside]
posted by btfreek to Human Relations at 6:28 PM - 56 answers

Another should I ask her out question

There's a woman at work I've been thinking of asking out. I just saw her profile on a dating site. How to ask her out? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri to Human Relations at 6:21 PM - 13 answers

Sabbatical is Over (sigh)

The only perk of academia that really panned out for me was the sabbatical. I earned a year without teaching or service and it was largely productive and glorious. It's over now. Not surprisingly, heading back to regular academic life sucks. Lots of things are exactly the same (my office still doesn't have windows and it still does have cockroaches) and some things are worse in terms of working conditions, colleague behavior, and academic bureaucracy. Please tell me what you did to make returning from sabbatical not feel like returning to prison after a glorious parole . [more inside]
posted by songs_about_rainbows to Work & Money at 6:14 PM - 6 answers

Mailing list solution for a small group

I am helping the local community garden with their communications. Are there any mailing list managers that don't get caught by the spam/promotions filter? We aren't marketing, just sending out information about community work days and tomato pests. [more inside]
posted by xo to Computers & Internet at 4:05 PM - 2 answers

What is hacking?

I don't understand hacking. How is it done? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak to Computers & Internet at 3:57 PM - 18 answers

Flying a lot. How not to get sick?

I'm going to be flying a lot over the next year, as much as a few times per week. These will almost all be long flights, both cross-country flights in the US and overseas trips. What are your best tips to feel good and not get sick? [more inside]
posted by 3491again to Travel & Transportation at 3:32 PM - 17 answers

I'm in a poly relationship with someone whose partner I loathe

Is it possible to maintain a polyamorous relationship where my partner's other partner is someone I despise? I am very much in love with someone who is married to a person I have met, talked with, and entirely hate. Do metamours typically get along? Should they in order for a relationship to be healthy? [more inside]
posted by seiryuu to Human Relations at 3:28 PM - 29 answers

Reading the Jack & Stephen books on a Kindle

I'm re-reading the Aubrey and Maturin books, this time on a Kindle. Is there a custom dictionary I can use as my normal Kindle dictionary? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library to Writing & Language at 3:04 PM - 6 answers

Good albums to sing along with on my commute?

I want to sing in the car, both because I won't be overheard and because I'll feel happier driving (an activity that I find inherently tense and unpleasant). But, it's difficult for me to find albums whose songs mostly have a manageable vocal range and lyrics that are either familiar or somewhat accessible. What albums have you enjoyed singing along to while you drive? Thanks in advance for any help.
posted by newtonstreet to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 3:03 PM - 25 answers