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April 19

In the US tax code (specific to the AMT), is mortgage interest to a private party treated differently than mortgage interest to a bank? [more inside]
posted by true to Work & Money at 8:26 PM - 0 answers

Posting a question for the SO. If a person in the United States wanted to get certified for teaching Alexander Technique, which certifying body should they take classes with - Alexander Technique International or the American Society of Alexander Technique? What are the differences? Which would be more "legit" or accepted for a theatre professor in the US?
posted by chainsofreedom to Education at 8:15 PM - 0 answers

I am considering leaving a tenure track position in the humanities to follow my partner to the Bay Area. In order to compare the options, I need some idea of what I'd do there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 7:58 PM - 2 answers

What exercises do you love that don't require a gym membership or large expenses? I'm looking for suggestions that are affordable and easily do-able for an apartment dweller.
posted by glaucon to Health & Fitness at 6:44 PM - 19 answers

I have a problem with remembering names, but the biggest aspect is remembering to remember names. When I meet someone, I'll often ask their name, but it'll go in one ear and out the other. I need to specifically think that this is something that I want to remember later. I've been trying to build up this habit for a while, but I'm finding it very hard. How can I get myself into the habit of remembering to remember names? To be clear, I'm not asking for tricks and tips for remembering names per se, but on ways of building up the habit of thinking of names as things that are important.
posted by casebash to Society & Culture at 6:36 PM - 5 answers

I beard easily; even a straight-razor barbershop shave leaves me with a bit of five o'clock shadow. I also have sensitive face-skin so I tend to have a beard. I want to try staying "clean" shaven for a while. Is an electric razor a worthwhile investment? [more inside]
posted by griphus to Health & Fitness at 5:41 PM - 12 answers

I recently learned that the panhandlers in my city (Cambridge, MA) often share their food when they get big items and it made me wonder - do homeless individuals often have explicit or implicit rules, like "share when you get food" or "the person who's been homeless the longest gets the best spot"? What do you think happens if people break the rule? I'm sure there's a lot of variation both within and between cities, but if anyone has any thoughts, I'd really appreciate it!
posted by mrmanvir to Society & Culture at 3:28 PM - 9 answers

So how are all the cool people making home movies these days, if they're not recording off their phone? And how are they storing and sharing such movies? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa to Computers & Internet at 3:11 PM - 3 answers

So, I was invited to a wedding reception, but not the wedding itself. Do I bring a card? A gift? Do I put money in the card? There's no registry that I'm aware of. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto to Human Relations at 2:52 PM - 19 answers

I’m looking for a customizable meal planner that will provide me with a week-long menu and shopping list for clean, healthy, calorie-dictated meals with recipes based on ingredients that will work for my specific situation (calorie regulated + no processed foods + food sensitivities.) I’m sure this question has been asked/answered before but in reviewing previous posts and recommended sites/tools/apps I can’t find something that will meet *all* of my specifications. [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon to Food & Drink at 2:30 PM - 1 answer

I am moving from the Charlottesville, VA area to the Richmond, VA area this summer, and I need a new bank. My meager business will be awarded to the bank who offers the best online banking experience, particularly in the arena of paying bills online. Richmonders of MeFi? What bank do you love? [more inside]
posted by 4ster to Work & Money at 2:30 PM - 2 answers

My boyfriend and I have been dating since I was 16 and he was 18. I am not 21 and he is almost 23. We met in high school, though it's an awkward story of how we met.w [more inside]
posted by anon1129 to Human Relations at 2:00 PM - 12 answers

I am looking for some old-fashion kompot recipes (preferably ones which include dried cherry but I am happy to try making different kinds). The arrival of warmer weather has brought back memories of drinking it on warm summer nights. Thanks!
posted by anya32 to Food & Drink at 1:53 PM - 0 answers

What are the monitor expansion options for a laptop with these ports? images. I think I see mini-HDMI on the right hand side? And is that DisplayPort on the left?
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron to Computers & Internet at 1:11 PM - 6 answers

I am teaching myself to tattoo (NOT ON PEOPLE!! Are you crazy! ... on fruit :D ) I'd love some great online resources or books for this process! Help me be awesome at this. [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne to Media & Arts at 1:01 PM - 0 answers

I need to find, in the UK an affordable wingback armchair that actually comes flatpacked for my soon to be breastfeeding wife. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know to Home & Garden at 12:34 PM - 5 answers

Please hope me find a replacement for my favorite rugby shirt. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 12:12 PM - 4 answers

Is there an online tool, or function in Word, to see what a design would look like when printed in black and white, or how it might turn out when photocopied? [more inside]
posted by troytroy to Media & Arts at 12:02 PM - 7 answers

Today I got a message from my brother inviting me to our older sister's baby shower on Sunday and saying that she would really like me to come. I'm torn about attending because ...well, my sister didn't actually invite me. It's at her place so obviously it's not a surprise shower. Instead she relied on our brother to do it. [more inside]
posted by mariisoul to Human Relations at 11:44 AM - 24 answers

How can one dress (men or women) in the morning and be prepared for ANYTHING. Any given day might unexpectedly include very active outings or very formal appointments? Sure, a change of clothes is handy -- BUT THERE'S NO TIME, Q! [more inside]
posted by GPF to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 11:32 AM - 4 answers

Within 2 days I smell in my merino baselayer. Do I just have super bacteria on my right armpit, or do other people with merino wildly exaggerate their experiences? [more inside]
posted by facehugger to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 10:54 AM - 16 answers

Can someone recommend some cheap but good silver/white hairspray please. I have dark brown hair, but want to dress up as a character (Kakashi from Naruto) that has silver/white hair. Can anyone recommend a good tin of hair spray that is cheap but works well please. PS I live in the UK.
posted by sockpim to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 10:16 AM - 2 answers

Where can I find cool clothes outside of the normal mens range in regular sizes? [more inside]
posted by xingcat to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 10:01 AM - 6 answers

Can anyone recommend neutral documentation of "enhanced interrogation" / "torture" under the Bush presidency, the changes during the War on Terror? [more inside]
posted by Nelson to Law & Government at 8:14 AM - 4 answers

I expect to return to university after a 2 decade absence, to facilitate a career change. What should I expect, socially speaking? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey to Human Relations at 6:02 AM - 27 answers

I’m no longer in love with my fiance and I’m not sure how I should proceed. The complicating factor is our children. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 5:37 AM - 27 answers

I want to have some fun with my 7th grade students. I'm looking for clean and school-appropriate songs to let them sing and dance to. Do they still do The Dougie, or is that over? What are some other song/dance crazes that the kids are into now that wouldn't get me fired from my school for playing it for them?
posted by archimago to Media & Arts at 5:27 AM - 10 answers

I started logging my body measurements for weight loss and soon realised just how insane my boobs swell during PMS - care to share relief suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Chorus to Health & Fitness at 2:54 AM - 7 answers

April 18

I have a list of names on an Excel file. I'd like to transfer each name (along with other details) to one PowerPoint slide. Is there any way I can do this without having to manually type in each name?
posted by AngryTypingGuy to Technology at 11:39 PM - 12 answers

Digital display technology is constantly marching forward, especially with smartphone manufacturers trying to one-up each other on screen thinness, DPI, and brightness. But why do no smartphones (or tablets, or laptops) use transflective displays? Simply put, a transflective display is can be seen with either backlighting or frontlighting. It is a screen that can be used both in a dark room and in direct sunlight — and the sunlight will actually make it clearer. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel to Technology at 9:06 PM - 10 answers

My sweetie and I are doing some big redesign stuff in our house, and I am trying to find design/furniture/decorating inspiration. I am looking specifically for blog that go beyond the minimalist look. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse to Home & Garden at 8:54 PM - 18 answers

Can anyone update the answers to this question about viewing the Google maps I've created (My Maps, My Places, or whatever it's called now) on an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Joleta to Travel & Transportation at 7:32 PM - 2 answers

I know YANMD and I am seeing mine on May 5th, but until then, I was hoping someone would have some insight/experience/advice for what is possibly going on with me. What could be causing daytime sleepiness after eating any amount of carbs? Apologies for wall of text [more inside]
posted by kei02003 to Health & Fitness at 7:19 PM - 13 answers

Typing is killing me and I have to write a bunch of papers over the next couple of weeks. I have a 2012 MBP (not yet on Mavericks) and could spend ~ $100-150 on some kind of voice-to-text software. Looking for something with a minimal learning curve that will let me work fast. And, whatever else is required to quickly & painlessly navigate multiple documents. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock to Technology at 7:14 PM - 4 answers

What length down rod do I need to buy for this fan? [more inside]
posted by whoaali to Home & Garden at 6:36 PM - 3 answers

My girlfriend, her parent, and her entire family are 100% convinced that one of her parents has an incurable terminal disease. The catch? None of the test results have come back. In fact, none of the tests have even been done. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 6:35 PM - 24 answers

My husband and I love pictures of old modern and brutalist weird architecture in Eastern Europe. We'd love to see it. But travel agents and tours focus on blue waters and quaint villages. Is there a "show me the concrete weirdness" travel option I'm missing for two people who don't like the traditional postcards, but both almost failed college Russian? [more inside]
posted by Gucky to Travel & Transportation at 5:19 PM - 8 answers

I'm looking for a piece of hardware but don't know what it's called, making it very hard to find it online. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs to Shopping at 4:52 PM - 9 answers

My wife would like a sports watch. She doesn't need GPS or fancy gadgetry, just something to wear to the gym. She needs large digital numbers that can be read easily while she's moving, and some timing functions. The problem is that she's allergic to metal, so anything that would touch her skin would have to be leather or plastic--the strap, the buckle, the back of the case, and any buttons on the side. I've looked in sporting goods stores but only found metal on the backs of cases, and that's something that's hard to tell online. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic to Health & Fitness at 4:10 PM - 17 answers

I will be spending a month this summer in the high jungle plateau of Tarapoto, Peru. I am trying to get my preventative care in order, and will be getting Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines, as well as taking anti-malarial medication. I don't think I will be getting the yellow fever vaccine, the Hepatitis B vaccine, or the rabies vaccine; the first due to lack of access and the latter two due to risk factors and cost, respectively. Would you try harder to find access to the yellow fever vaccine or rethink the other two, or am I good with the three I'm doing? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla to Health & Fitness at 4:10 PM - 14 answers

OK, so we have this ceiling fan with a light fixture above the kitchen table. One of the three lights burns out regularly, like every 10 days or so. Both of the other lights have been fine for a year or more. Any idea why this should be the case? FWIW, the voltage at the sockets is identical to within .1 volt.
posted by pjern to Home & Garden at 3:04 PM - 10 answers

Trying to remember a team-building game I played maybe a decade ago, so I could maybe re-construct it and play with friends. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:30 PM - 8 answers

My son added a clothes peg (plastic with a steel spring) to a bucket of cider vinegar. Is the vinegar still safe? [more inside]
posted by popcassady to Science & Nature at 2:11 PM - 18 answers

A religious wingnut--who is also a former coworker--sent me a mildly scary email. I don't know how to respond or if I should ignore it. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Gee, June! to Human Relations at 2:07 PM - 28 answers

The last two books I've read, Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Book Store and The Westing Game have both made me feel the same way - happy, alive, joyous. By the end of each book, I was really rooting for the characters and their happiness. At the same time, I was feeling really good. They were similar in some ways, but I can't really define the genre, so it's hard for me to look for similar books. Can people suggest books that meet some number of these qualifications? [more inside]
posted by elmer benson to Grab Bag at 1:38 PM - 26 answers

My manager is very hands-off and this is not going to change. How can I get better at managing myself, when I would prefer an environment with more direction and feedback? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 1:38 PM - 9 answers

Had a memory just now of a small book I had as a child. I have a vague recollection of it being square and hardback, possibly with a green cover, but the most prominent memory is of a page describing the "wild worms of the Pampas" with a picture of fanged worms in tall grass. [more inside]
posted by j.edwards to Writing & Language at 1:12 PM - 5 answers

20 3/4" (w) x 28" (h) poster, can't afford to custom frame it. Which is better: 1) a standard 22x28 frame, with a little extra space (or matting) along the width of the poster; 2) a 24x30 frame with 1 1/2" mat on either side and 1" of mat at top and bottom each? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleGargoyle to Media & Arts at 12:58 PM - 9 answers

I've been on the hunt for the original of a quote that seems to have become a leftist proverb. The quote is paraphrased in the following way: [Communism/Socialism/Utopia/Freedom] will be when we stop suffering like animals and start suffering like human beings. Does this ring a bell for anyone? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog to Religion & Philosophy at 12:53 PM - 2 answers

My brother is a senior in high school, and after a lifetime of excellent academic performance, seems to be having a nervous breakdown. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 12:48 PM - 33 answers

I'm a straight man, wife is bi. Married over a decade, but have had some fun group sex experiences together in the past. However sexy single females ("unicorns") are hard to come by so we're looking at a Vegas trip for some naughty fun. Need information. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Travel & Transportation at 12:48 PM - 1 answer

Mu aunt has agreed to store all my grandpa's old photos and documents, if someone else can 'do something with it' first. That someone is me. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC to Grab Bag at 12:35 PM - 5 answers

RecoFilter: I'm looking for recommendations of books, preferably in the sci-fi/fantasy genres, that have a 'big reveal' somewhere in there that changes the whole perspective of the book or protagonist. Examples would be The Inverted World, The Prestige, or Ender's Game, for example, or the first Star Trek film, or some Lovecraft stories — the whole thing, and all events narrated, appear in a different light after, you know? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront to Media & Arts at 12:30 PM - 38 answers

I lost my phone in November. I tried using Location History and Where’s My Droid to track it to no avail, then gave up and bought a new phone. Today, I noticed that about a month ago several selfies of a handful of guys in an electronics store had been uploaded to my Google Photos online. There is no location data associated with the photos, and from what I can tell I can't find it on Location History or Where's My Droid now. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg to Computers & Internet at 12:17 PM - 6 answers

My camping experience jumps directly from "getting drunk overnight at a campsite with bathroom facilities nearby" to "totally cut off from all society and pooping in a hole." What is the fecal protocol at a primitive (designated but usually more remote and no facilities) campsite in a Texas state park?
posted by cmoj to Society & Culture at 12:04 PM - 13 answers

How long should I stick it out with the birth control pill before giving up? I've been on it for only a week and a half and already have incredibly obnoxious side effects. [more inside]
posted by vanitas to Health & Fitness at 11:54 AM - 16 answers

Best practices / protips for what to eat after having a large amount of blood drawn? Also, I will be having additional draws over the next few weeks. [more inside]
posted by vignettist to Health & Fitness at 11:53 AM - 10 answers

I'm trying to research the effect of natural light availability on apartment price, i.e. Does a south-facing apartment rent for more than a north facing apartment, and if so by how much? Along with a corollary of how much natural light would be considered ideal vs. the minimum. I found some rules on minimums through various city regulations, but I haven't found anything that talks about ideals, or price differentials based on desirability. Any pointers on research papers, books, organizations that may have information (I'm going to contact the AIA, but are there others?) would be extremely helpful.
posted by gofargogo to Home & Garden at 11:49 AM - 4 answers

We're planning about a week long road trip from Louisville to Mammoth Cave, south towards Nashville, east towards Great Smokies and ending up in Asheville NC. Looking for your suggestions for places to eat, places to stay, things to do along the way. [more inside]
posted by sararah to Travel & Transportation at 11:25 AM - 15 answers

I'm looking to take an intro to statistics class this fall or summer. I'd be up for taking it online or in person, if in person it would have to be in or near Washington DC. It could either be an undergraduate or graduate class, but not one where you have to know calculus. Has anyone taken a good introduction to statistics class in the DC area or online that they could recommend?
posted by catquas to Education at 11:24 AM - 5 answers