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August 23

I'm a 31-year-old female looking to relocate to a cool, fun and relatively inexpensive urban area. What can you tell me about Austin, Texas? [more inside]
posted by shelle to Grab Bag at 12:37 PM - 0 answers

I have a time share I want to get rid of. I don't care about getting back any of my "investment." I just want to get rid of the thing. Getting a bit of money for it would be nice. What's the best way for me to get rid of it? Should I sell it or give it back? And if I should sell it, how? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk to Travel & Transportation at 11:49 AM - 3 answers

So I had my first IUD inserted on Thursday. I'm wondering, about, um . . . discharge. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes to Health & Fitness at 11:34 AM - 2 answers

So, our neighborhood has never been the awesomest in terms of violent crime and drug stuff (in Toronto, btw), and some sudden recent changes are about to make it even less awesome. We have little kids. We bought this house ten years ago as a "starter home we'll sell in two years" and just... never left. Now we'd like to leave. But where do we go? [more inside]
posted by lizifer to Home & Garden at 11:31 AM - 7 answers

Will seeing Guardians of the Galaxy in Imax 3D make me sick? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger to Media & Arts at 11:28 AM - 1 answer

Our bumper crop of veggies is coming on and our neighbor's chickens are producing eggs at an amazing rate. I don't have time right now to complete assembly on raviolis, but could make large batches of frozen pasta and filling. What is the best way to store the pasta? [more inside]
posted by ikahime to Food & Drink at 10:06 AM - 4 answers

Having some fun with facebook friends with these ridiculous (to us), right wing books. Are there any ridiculous left wing books we should be laughing at too? Help, My Neighbor Flies a Flag?
posted by colin_l to Society & Culture at 9:24 AM - 5 answers

I really like Fabriano blocks - particularly the A5 dot-patterned paper that is glue-bound on the left side of the block (see here. I would like to get a leather (or other suitably durable material), A5-sized zipper-closing cover to hold one of these with writing implements (pen, pencil, and eraser)... [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike to Shopping at 8:25 AM - 3 answers

Surprising coincidence or are adblock/ghostery/etc not actualy effective? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad to Computers & Internet at 7:42 AM - 11 answers

Should I move from the small city where I work to the bigger and more exciting nearby city when my lease is up in two months? [more inside]
posted by Henrietta Stackpole to Society & Culture at 7:16 AM - 18 answers

I want to install a security camera on a wall about 50m from my back door. I intend to use Power over Ethernet as a power source. I have no experience with PoE, and have some questions. [more inside]
posted by Grinder to Computers & Internet at 7:05 AM - 2 answers

I've applied to two jobs this week (the only two) for very different companies, and in both cases, when I applied on the company website, all that was requested of me was my contact information and a copy of my resume--no cover letter. [more inside]
posted by elizeh to Work & Money at 6:50 AM - 11 answers

I have an 8-10 year old, very strange, beagle. Last night I found her with eyes open, but unresponsive, clawing and biting at the wall. Is this seizure activity, night terrors, or something else? [more inside]
posted by geeky to Pets & Animals at 6:02 AM - 8 answers

Arrived to a nearby mango tree, very obviously domesticated, adopted by us, now known as Mork. Likes sunflower seeds but not banana. What breed is it? See photo here
posted by lapsang to Pets & Animals at 5:44 AM - 8 answers

After watching our house not sell for 3 months (with one offer that would require us to bring 40k to the table!), we think it might be time for more creative solutions. Tell me about Strategic Defaults in Minnesota. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 5:41 AM - 5 answers

I think I want to try therapy again, but I'm not sure even what I should be looking for. Looking for general advice and specific recommendations in the DC area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 5:41 AM - 5 answers

I'm travelling to Moscow for two weeks in mid-September. Apart from the touristy space monument and Museum of Cosmonautics, what else can a space travel geek see/do/buy in Moscow? [more inside]
posted by beijingbrown to Travel & Transportation at 1:13 AM - 4 answers

I just put some new ergonomic grips on my mountain bike, and they're slightly thicker rubber than the older ones. The tiny bit of extra circumference now obstructs the pull of my trigger shifter. When I try to go into a higher gear there's not enough clearance for the trigger to engage the ratchet in the shifter and move the dérailleur. I can force it if I squeeze hard enough and push the lever back out, and the bike shifts gears fine, so the issue is not cable tension. My question: Is there a way to adjust the trigger pull to be slightly further away from the handlebars? [more inside]
posted by carsonb to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 1:00 AM - 6 answers

Looking at moving into the city from the burbs. Most houses in the areas we're looking were built in the late 1800s to early 1900s (through 1930). Trying to understand what living in an older house entails. First house on the agenda - 1890s home, was a funeral home, some updates, some major repairs needed. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] to Home & Garden at 12:14 AM - 20 answers

A relationship with a friend has spiraled out of control. I have to bring it to an end, and I'm not sure how to go about it. I need advice. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 12:11 AM - 35 answers

August 22

I'm having one of my sporadic SOMETHING MUST BE DONE frenzies and booked a haircut for the day after tomorrow but still haven't decided exactly what to do. I need help dialing it in! I have: A (very) round face, thick and straight Asian hair, length but a desire to go short, bangs that are overgrown but not enough to be not-bangs. I want: Killer shorter hair that feels modern and sleek and does not look stupid on me. GO. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 11:06 PM - 6 answers

I need a very specific bag and I don't know where to look for it. I need a large bag that can be carried like a backpack, larger than 25L. I would like it to be in some way elegant (that's an open definition...), semi-fashionable for the PNW set, and water resistant enough to walk for 15 minutes in the rain and not be damp for days (so, probably not leather). [more inside]
posted by annie o to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 10:14 PM - 12 answers

I'm looking for some sort of website that basically exists for other people to advertise their own websites. I tried searching but I only found a bunch of info about SEO content and trading links w other websites, etc. Is there a website where you can go and make a post about your website and it goes to the top of the page or whatever and people can stumble across it? For free? If anyone's familiar with livejournal I know they would have had communities that specialize in things like that so that's pretty much what I'm looking for.
posted by atinna to Computers & Internet at 9:49 PM - 10 answers

Recently, I've been interested in multimedia featuring aspects of black comedy or cynical characters in otherwise mundane settings. Searching on my own is more or less inefficient and I'm looking for any recommendations which fall into this category. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit to Media & Arts at 8:54 PM - 21 answers

I need to calculate the interest to be paid on a loan of $300,000 with a term of 4 years where the effective interest rate is 10%, payable monthly in arrears. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by herschellie to Work & Money at 7:02 PM - 9 answers

I need to take the GREs and I am very poor. I have been told by other people who took the gre that the test prep class is necessary, and it is prohibitive even with the grants and payment plan they offer. The class seems to offer a bunch of books and tests, plus an app. Buying the book also seems really expensive, but less than the class. I have also been told that the books are enough? I want to do my best, as I have a number of disabilities that make test taking very difficult.
posted by PinkMoose to Education at 7:00 PM - 23 answers

I have been using a 1:4 sugar to water ratio for our feeders. Will I get the same concentration by maiking a 1:1 ratio and then diluting the concentrate by a 1:3 ratio of concentrate to plain water? It seems right but I am second guessing myself. Thank you.
posted by harrietthespy to Pets & Animals at 6:35 PM - 10 answers

My daughter's chromebook from school needs to connect to wi-fi. We have wi-fi at home. When I open up my home computer, I never need to put in a password....I just click onto my internet icon. By the way, I have netgear for my wi-fi. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh to Computers & Internet at 6:28 PM - 15 answers

I recently found out that I'm not the only red sheep in my otherwise right-wing family. Apparently my great-grandmother was good pals with James Maxton and some of the other Scottish socialists of the day. I'm looking for book recommendations about Maxton and Red Clydeside in general.
posted by atropos to Media & Arts at 6:27 PM - 1 answer

The 33 1/3 series is a formidable list of little books about influential records, written by music writers, musicians, writers and fans. It seems to vary significantly in tone and in the writer's approach. For those of you who have read some of these books, which ones (or particular sections) stuck with you? Which didn't work so well? I would love to write one of these, and I'm trying to calibrate my angle as I hone my pitch.
posted by umbú to Writing & Language at 5:42 PM - 18 answers

In the next month or so, I'm going to need a new laptop. Windows 8 scares me, but I'm willing to try. In the spirit of being game, and because I like the idea of tablets but can't currently live with a tablet as my primary device, I'm considering a 2-in-1 device. Reviews are mixed. I can't tell if I should just get a normal laptop and wait a couple of generations for 2-in-1s to work some bugs out. Does anyone have experience/recommendations? [more inside]
posted by platypus of the universe to Technology at 5:40 PM - 6 answers

Pretty straightforward. I took my combined oral contraceptive erratically for a little over a week - how long should I wait before I resume unprotected sex? [more inside]
posted by celtalitha to Health & Fitness at 5:36 PM - 8 answers

I have been friends with Becky since the 90's. Ever since I met my husband, then had a kid, it feels like she just keeps insulting my life. Or not? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas to Human Relations at 5:32 PM - 54 answers

My mom dropped out of high school when she was 15 and never reads for pleasure. She (inexplicably) started reading the Hunger Games and devoured the trilogy in two weeks. As far as I know, that's the only book she's ever completed. I'm looking for something that she'll enjoy on the same level of the Hunger Games trilogy. I've tried to figure out what it is that she likes about the trilogy but she can't really say why she enjoyed them so much. She just says she just couldn't stop reading them.
posted by R.F.Simpson to Society & Culture at 5:00 PM - 37 answers

What's it like being a woman in the landscaping industry? [more inside]
posted by silly me to Work & Money at 4:03 PM - 5 answers

I'm something of a Swiss Army Knife of a human being, so there are many things I can do and that I find interesting. I am an artist and don't particularly care what I do to earn a living, as long as I can finance my artwork. That said, it can take me A LONG LONG TIME to finish a single job application. [more inside]
posted by oogenesis to Work & Money at 3:59 PM - 6 answers

I am doing a college session on the importance of tech literacy. I will focus on the differences between browsers and apps and the importance of browsers to finding information. If you have tips, read on. [more inside]
posted by CtrlAltD to Technology at 3:54 PM - 3 answers

Because I wanted to make my fortieth something special, I asked about adventure holidays here before settling on slickrock's adventure island. But now I need to get in shape for this adventure. Since I'll mainly be snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking, I was wondering if there is a particular training plan for those activities. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin to Health & Fitness at 3:48 PM - 5 answers

My fiance and I live in NJ and work at a major pharmaceutical company as scientists making decent money. What cities/towns within a 5 hr drive of north Jersey have cheap real estate where it's realistic to buy a house for < $250k yet still have major pharma/chemical/related employers? [more inside]
posted by to Work & Money at 3:38 PM - 4 answers

In trying to backup iPhone 4s NOTES onto iCloud I lost many of them. When I started the process my phone said I had four different NOTES accounts: "All Notes"; "From my PC"; "Gmail"; and "iCloud". It has lost the "From my PC" account and with it, many of my older notes. They are not on iCloud either. [more inside]
posted by ridingtheranges to Computers & Internet at 3:28 PM - 4 answers

Have you been successful at having the End of Life discussion with your parents? Would you please give tips on helping me to convince my parents to take it seriously? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger to Human Relations at 3:28 PM - 12 answers

This week I watched a Doctor Who episode from the Russell T. Davies era with David Tennant as Doctor 10. I cut my teeth on the Matt Smith episodes, so I always find the older episodes so different in terms of production quality. But what am I seeing, exactly? What were the technical changes in production between the two series? [more inside]
posted by fremen to Media & Arts at 3:03 PM - 5 answers

Can a natural loner learn to appreciate and enjoy other people more? Being a hermit is getting to be painfully boring. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet to Human Relations at 2:50 PM - 24 answers

Yesterday we had a tree trimming service visit our house to remove parts of several large trees. Today I noticed that in the process, they dragged limbs (and/or tools) across our brand-new brick paver patio, leaving several noticeable stains/scuffs. Not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by gnutron to Home & Garden at 2:50 PM - 3 answers

I am organizing (and cooking) meals for my boss and his wife. He was just diagnosed with cancer and has started chemo. I need ideas for the kind of meals I and others can prepare for a person with a compromised immune system. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie to Health & Fitness at 2:32 PM - 9 answers

Name a song that unambiguously and sexily says "let's get it on." (omit the obvious answer, please). Is there a song that, if sent to you, would immediately raise your pulse and get you looking forward to delights to come? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow to Human Relations at 2:31 PM - 51 answers

What are your recommendations for fiction that considers the Influenza Pandemic of 1918, either as a main focus or as a backdrop? [more inside]
posted by janey47 to Media & Arts at 2:11 PM - 10 answers

We want to learn all we can about making a customer's experience good (and probably profitable for us) while they are in a store. Is there a field of study for this? Are there iconic books? Favorite bloggers? Oft-cited research papers? [more inside]
posted by jander03 to Work & Money at 1:55 PM - 5 answers

I need to find out my updated credit scores. I've already used up my once a year free inquiry back in April. I've used sites like and creditkarma but their scores are "modeled" scores and not the real thing. Where can I get accurate reporting on score numbers from the Big 3 bureaus? [more inside]
posted by caveatz to Work & Money at 1:44 PM - 7 answers

I've driven my career into the ground as a parent of two special needs kids. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats to Work & Money at 1:32 PM - 18 answers

Do we need another database in addition to the CMS to accomplish this? Can you help a non-developer understand. Can you help me explain it properly? [more inside]
posted by Lescha to Computers & Internet at 1:09 PM - 10 answers

I'd like to get a sit-stand desk for my work and I need some advice and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by chirico to Health & Fitness at 12:50 PM - 15 answers

I made a promise to my family that I wouldn't make decisions about my treatment without them. I want alternative treatment. If they say no, do I still go? [more inside]
posted by defmute to Human Relations at 12:50 PM - 70 answers

For my friend’s 40th she’s mentioned that she would like to celebrate by renting a house for an extended, 4-day weekend (between this October 18th and 25th) in a place that hits the following touch points: [more inside]
posted by Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 12:30 PM - 1 answer

Please give me your best bottled salad dressing recommendations! [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite to Food & Drink at 12:08 PM - 30 answers

We're going to be buying a refrigerator, a gas stove, an above-range microwave and a dishwasher shortly. All mid-range. What are some good, not-obviously things to note? [more inside]
posted by griphus to Home & Garden at 12:03 PM - 22 answers

I'm moving. I want to keep using Comcast/Xfinity for TV/internet but I want to save money and/or upgrade my service. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity to Shopping at 11:43 AM - 7 answers

I want to return to a retail job I resigned from last December. A few complicated layers. Snowflake deets hiding under the fold! [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude to Work & Money at 11:22 AM - 29 answers

I have to justify the extra cost of Windows Server over the desktop version and I'm having trouble finding what the advantages of Windows Server are. Can a server computer, being used as a server use a desktop OS? Is it advisable to do so? [more inside]
posted by exolstice to Computers & Internet at 11:21 AM - 6 answers

I used to live on the East Coast (CT), and now live on the West Coast (WA). Both places, I get allergy symptoms in late August - what could it be? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe to Health & Fitness at 10:39 AM - 5 answers