July 20

how to find a rut, get into it, and stay there

Just to check before I resign myself to struggling through more conventional life plans: are there actually any real, obtainable socially isolating jobs with a living wage anymore? What are they, and how do you obtain them? [more inside]
posted by automatic cabinet to Work & Money at 6:17 AM - 2 answers

Three women walk into a bar and...

I'm looking for date ideas in Las Vegas, please. [more inside]
posted by joycehealy to Travel & Transportation at 5:51 AM - 0 answers

Ok to do invisalign with a dentist vs. orthodontist?

I'm thinking of doing invisalign. I haven't decided for sure, but it's something I think about because my top front teeth are whacky and it bugs me. I'm wondering if a trained dentist is ok for this, or if I should see an orthodontist. I'd prefer to go to my dentist -- because she's right down the street, and so the multiple visits would be easier. Thoughts?
posted by gigondas to Health & Fitness at 5:02 AM - 4 answers

How is graticule made?

I'd like to know why latitude and longitude are parallels and meridians and why they converge at the north pole. Maybe because degree grid cells break up into nice squares near the equator and mid-latitudes, but then fall apart at the poles (i.e., what time is it there? It seems totally arbitrary). Was this planned somehow? Did Eratosthenes or Hipparchus have a justification for the fact that meridians to go N-S and the parallels E-W, when it could just as easily have been the reverse? [more inside]
posted by stinker to Science & Nature at 2:44 AM - 8 answers

Looking for a documentary probably called "The Big Bang".

I've seen this doc probably around 1998 on Dutch television. It's likely an American or British production as I recall it being in english. [more inside]
posted by Kosmob0t to Media & Arts at 2:17 AM - 1 answer

Single mom with teens seeks housemate -- or not?

What factors should I consider as I decide whether or not to get a housemate? If I do want to get a housemate, how should I go about doing that? And, what's reasonable to ask of potential tenants? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Home & Garden at 1:53 AM - 11 answers

How can I quit masturbating? Is this worst than drugs? (NSFW)

As in the Title, how can I quit this practice? Is turning into a problem and I need help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Society & Culture at 1:53 AM - 7 answers

How to handle anxiety about loved ones dying

How should I handle frequent anxiety about my loved ones dying? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 1:53 AM - 4 answers

July 19

What is this insect, and what is it doing?

Here's a 1min 30sec video on Flickr. Note that the video was taken sometime in late summer 2016, in Cambridge, MA, right outside of William James Hall.
posted by not_on_display to Pets & Animals at 10:47 PM - 2 answers

What would you do with this space?

I recently leveled up and purchased a house. I love it! It's an old funky craftsman, with an adorable loft above the master bedroom. Unfortunately, the loft is not big enough to stand in, so it's not suitable as an office. Right now I just have a rug in it, and sometimes I use it as a meditation space. I'd like to avoid using it only for storage because it's so cute. If you had a little bonus space like this, how would you use it? Here are some pictures of it. I want to hear all of your ideas, even if they are related to specific thoughts or hobbies.
posted by pazazygeek to Home & Garden at 10:30 PM - 15 answers

When do kids start having color preferences?

I'm in my early 30s so for the past few years it has been a baby explosion among my friends and extended family. Being a crocheter I have enjoyed making baby things for everyone. Now though, the toddlers have outgrown most wearables and I would like to make bigger versions of favorite hats and sweaters and the like, but I've got it in my head to ask the kids themselves for favorite color requests. How young does this typically start up? [more inside]
posted by Mizu to Society & Culture at 10:07 PM - 10 answers

How to survive working in a warehouse

I have accepted a job working 10 hour shifts at a warehouse, standing or walking the whole time. Please help me prepare! [more inside]
posted by Jacen to Health & Fitness at 9:44 PM - 9 answers

My late father's Zippo knock off needs a new wick.

My dad carried a Zippo knock off lighter with him in WWII. It's out of wick, and I'd like to get a replacement wick, but I'm running into problems. [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere to Grab Bag at 9:43 PM - 4 answers

How to not be sick with stress?

My mom's graveside service is tomorrow at 10am, and I'm nauseous as hell from stress. I know it's all in my head. How do I just pause this feeling for a while? [more inside]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit to Human Relations at 8:29 PM - 13 answers

Seeking movie recommendations.

I loved Rocky. I want more movies that will impact me similarly. I am not looking for sports movies or triumphant underdog movies specifically. [more inside]
posted by windykites to Media & Arts at 8:27 PM - 9 answers

Stuck In the Pseudo-Wife Zone

My SO and I have been in a long term relationship for 4 years that has produced a child, a mortgage, a dog, and life long plans. We are not married and I think we should be. Help. [more inside]
posted by dea to Human Relations at 7:18 PM - 49 answers

Samurai Jack XCVI -- where is it?

This episode seems to have disappeared. It's not on the Adult Swim site, it's not on xfinity streaming. It is available for purchase on Amazon, but I don't really want to spend an extra $3 on something I should already have access to. Anyone know what's up with this? I can't find any reference to it being removed from (even the official!) streaming sites. Assume I know about torrenting but don't wish to run afoul of my ISP or deal with sleazing past their ICE.
posted by curious nu to Media & Arts at 7:08 PM - 1 answer

Removing sources in Google News

I am getting news articles on my google news page that are, frankly, homophobic and transphobic. I can't see a way to block these news sources from my Google News page, is there any way to do that? These are not "right of center but mainstream" news sources like WSJ. They're more like Brietbart and Christian Broadcasting News. I suppose it's possible that because I have "religion" as a header for one of my interest areas, they're feeding me what I consider to be extreme religious "news". I did search Askme and it seems like answers to blocking include "no", "don't do that" and many of them are old anyway. As a separate question, I tried finding an email to write to google on their site and even though they have a page titled "contact us" there are no contact emails or forms on that page. Is there a help email for google at all?
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee to Computers & Internet at 5:48 PM - 2 answers

Real Estate rights to view from home in New Mexico

We bought a home on a small lot with great views. There may be a builder considering a home that would obstruct a significant part of that view. YANML Do I have any legal process through which I can protect either that view or the value lost if it is obstructed? [more inside]
posted by leafwoman to Law & Government at 5:14 PM - 4 answers

I have used the phrase "cold dead hands" in fear of this day.

I'm starting a new job in a few days, and it occurs to me that all the machines in the office will likely be Windows 10. I've never touched Windows 10. Since I've been hired as a senior document processor, this could be a bit problematic. What can I do to learn this OS in 5 days or less? [more inside]
posted by ErisLordFreedom to Computers & Internet at 5:13 PM - 14 answers

Help finding a dress!

Can you help me find a dress exactly like this that's available in my size (US 16)? I'm looking for knee length or midi, button down, cotton or linen, seersucker or white or chambray, with straps wide enough that I can wear a normal bra.
posted by stellaluna to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 4:32 PM - 6 answers

Need ideas for a non-pointy wizard hat

I'm in the process of assembling a wizard costume I'll be wearing at a con in a month. I don't particularly care for the traditional pointy cap, though. MeFi, please give me your best ideas for non-traditional, non-pointy wizard hats.
posted by isauteikisa to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 3:44 PM - 13 answers

The average citizens opinion on the current US administration

I'm in Canada, and keep up with view points similar to my own by reading here, liberal UK press, watching the same stuff everyone does on Youtube, reading What the fuck just happened today, etc. So I'm familiar with what people with viewpoints similar to our own think. I also keep up with Trump's base supporters views, because watching Fox or reading Breitbart is funnier than shit. [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent to Society & Culture at 3:26 PM - 14 answers

First-time international travelers' question

We, two Americans, will be taking a group trip to Israel this fall, our first time overseas. When we buy souvenir-type items, what do you experienced travelers recommend we use to pay for them: U.S. dollars, American credit card, Israeli shekels, or something else? My completely uninformed preference is credit card. The places we visit probably won't be very far off the beaten tourist path.
posted by davcoo to Travel & Transportation at 2:57 PM - 14 answers

Mystery Tree and Fruit

The tree is located in the front yard of my sister's new home. We have no clue what it could be [more inside]
posted by Julnyes to Home & Garden at 2:55 PM - 21 answers

Looping GIF plays only once in email client or browser

I've created an animated GIF in Photoshop for Mac OS X that was set to loop forever. If I view it in Quick Look it loops forever. If I send it to someone in Messages it loop forever, both for me and the recipient. If I send the GIF in an email (Mail app or Gmail web mail) it plays once and doesn't loop. If I open the GIF in a browser (Safari or Chrome) it plays once and doesn't loop. Any way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by ejs to Computers & Internet at 2:37 PM - 1 answer

International travel insurance with pre-existing condition

Husband and I are planning a short trip to Europe later this year. We've always gotten travel insurance for international travel, but now it's more complicated and more important because husband had a heart attack last year. He's doing great now, but I think that puts him into pre-existing-land when it comes to travel health insurance. We're both in the US, covered under Blue Cross Blue Shield. Our plan definitely does not include health care beyond the US, so we'll need something else. [more inside]
posted by dayintoday to Health & Fitness at 2:28 PM - 3 answers

Smelly cat, smelly cat

My three year old desperately wants a pet, specifically a kitten. Before we moved to our new house, we had talked about getting a pet. Now, my husband says he doesn't want a cat because he is concerned that our house will smell like cat. [more inside]
posted by chela to Pets & Animals at 2:01 PM - 28 answers

Spin bike app for iOS that allows classes to be downloaded

This seems like it should be simple to find, but I'm coming up empty handed so far. I'm looking for an indoor cycling or spinning app that i can use on my iPhone or iPad. The catch is that I need to be able to download the classes for use. The bike I have access to is not near a WiFi connection. I tried the Peloton free trial but I practically used up all my data in one go, so that's not going to work. Has anyone been through this and have some leads for me? Thanks!
posted by AwkwardPause to Health & Fitness at 1:51 PM - 2 answers

Name that movie - a guy turns into a chair?

Was there a (Japanese?) film that included a young man being transformed into an ordinary chair? [more inside]
posted by Occula to Media & Arts at 1:31 PM - 4 answers

Quebec Labour Laws Regarding Overtime

Can someone refuse work overtime when they're employer isn't paying overtime? [more inside]
posted by hytrack to Work & Money at 1:18 PM - 4 answers

Lunch bags / boxes for me and my kid

We will have to start packing kid-lunches for school this year, and I might as well get on the bandwagon too. Kid doesn't have a lunchbox at all, and mine is old, gross, and utterly unfashionable. Difficulty level: I detest lunchboxes that require you to put the food in sideways. [more inside]
posted by telepanda to Food & Drink at 12:49 PM - 19 answers

Who were the great Chicago con men?

I started reading about The Yellow Kid and some of his stories and wanted to know who else fit the bill for great Confidence Men of Chicago.
posted by rileyray3000 to Society & Culture at 12:24 PM - 6 answers

Casper vs Leesa vs Tuft?

So I'm in the market for a new mattress, and my online research is starting to make my head spin. I discovered I'm less interested in looking at pictures of different kinds of foam and more interested in informal polling of strangers. I should say that I prefer a softer bed and am about 110 pounds. I don't have an issue with sleeping "hot," and it will only be me sleeping in the bed. Would love to hear what you sleep on and how much you love it!
posted by madonna of the unloved to Grab Bag at 11:32 AM - 31 answers

How do I decorate my new dining room?

I'm really terrible at improvising decor stuff, so I'm hoping to work off an image. But I can't seem to find any images of dining rooms that match the mood and functionality I want mine to have. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by kitcat to Home & Garden at 11:21 AM - 15 answers

How to mail this letter to germany?

I've got one of these little Moleskine Messages note-book mailers that I'd like to send from USA to germany. But the woman at the post office said "Nope, we can't send it because the stamps are in the wrong spot." [more inside]
posted by rebent to Grab Bag at 10:17 AM - 11 answers

BBQ dish.... while traveling

I'm going to a work BBQ tomorrow and I need to bring a dish but... I'll be traveling with a giant suitcase all day. So it needs to be something that packs well. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue to Food & Drink at 10:07 AM - 13 answers

Gift related to Native American history and culture?

I have a friend from Europe who is fascinated with Native American history and culture. I'd like to get them a gift for less than $100. They speak/read English, but not perfectly, so a text-heavy book might not be the best.
posted by gwint to Society & Culture at 9:54 AM - 10 answers

Yet another movie I can't identify, but you can help!

A year or so ago, I saw a movie that was a psychological mystery/thriller in the vein of Circle, Cube, or Exam, or at least that's how I think of it. Needless to say, I can't remember the title of the movie, but I can remember a few details, which are inside. (Possible spoilers, if you care about that sort of thing.) [more inside]
posted by holborne to Media & Arts at 9:32 AM - 18 answers

Why isn't Cartoon Network promoting new eps of Adventure Time?

Why isn't Cartoon Network promoting the new episodes of Adventure Time? [more inside]
posted by mhum to Media & Arts at 9:26 AM - 4 answers

Gym/Personal training app

I'm looking for an app that gives me workouts that take into consideration the constraints of the day (time, intensity, energy), instead of a regular long-term plan? [more inside]
posted by greta simone to Health & Fitness at 8:50 AM - 3 answers

How to rent or buy 14" marquee letters locally in Seattle?

I need to buy (or rent) 14" marquee letters, ideally locally in Seattle, from somewhere with a generous return policy. Alternatively, if I could have just the specific letters I need custom made that would work, too. [more inside]
posted by JasonSch to Shopping at 8:29 AM - 8 answers

Commissioned creative work: family and friends discount?

Does anyone have a good system for discounting their art / creative work for family and friends? Something like "free repair services if I incur no materials cost," "30% off for large pieces," "free customization," or "free services with purchase of large pieces"? Some further discussion below, for context. [more inside]
posted by chemicalsyntheticist to Work & Money at 8:29 AM - 9 answers

Gear choices for a 25k hike

I am participating the in the KTA Trail Challenge 25k hike in September. This is my first hike over 10 miles, so I have a few questions about shoe and clothing choices. [more inside]
posted by slogger to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:13 AM - 16 answers

How to set up shared folder desktop sync in OneDrive for Business?

OneDrive for Business recently (finally!) implemented shared folder desktop sync - previously you could only sync to your desktop if the folders were created by you but not if they were shared to you. I can't find instructions for setup anywhere despite detailed searching including limiting results to the last month. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mireille to Computers & Internet at 8:06 AM - 0 answers

In Whose House Was Robert Gould Shaw's Sword Found?

I've seen a few articles recently about how they found Robert Gould Shaw's sword in the attic of some distant relatives and I'm wondering if it's possible to find out exactly who these relatives were since when I was in seventh grade we watched Glory and a kid in my class distantly related to Shaw (last name: Shaw) brought in what he and his family said was Robert Gould Shaw's sword. Were they mistaken? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to Grab Bag at 7:42 AM - 7 answers

Connect me to the Interwebs remotely

I am traveling to the middle of Missouri and need to work remotely for a week along with my partner. I know I could set up a hotspot on my phone but I'm worried about what 40+ hours of connectivity would mean for my phone bill. I also know that only Verizon works where I will be. What options do I have for setting up temporary access to wifi for two?
posted by turtlefu to Technology at 6:54 AM - 5 answers

Is there a business model for coming up with ideas for artwork?

I've found myself in the position of having a large number of ideas for works of art which (1) I know will be well received / sell well but (2) must be constructed in media (painting, for example) in which I have no training. [more inside]
posted by Dr and Mrs Eaves to Media & Arts at 6:50 AM - 9 answers

Can we squeeze in a vacation for everyone?

We haven't had a family vacation in years because it got harder to afford, fit it into the summer working schedules of 2 adults and 2 teens, and varied interests. Now summer is getting closer to the end (due to going back to college dates) and we still haven't planned anything. More inside. [more inside]
posted by maxg94 to Travel & Transportation at 6:50 AM - 8 answers

Make this boy shout, make this boy scream

I need protest songs. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger to Media & Arts at 6:41 AM - 32 answers

Boyfriend seeks to make amends but can I really trust him?

Otherwise Amazing Boyfriend [OAB] is extremely passive and avoids conflict to the point of his own detriment. Unfortunately this passivity also leads him to lie to get out of trouble, lie to please others, lie to avoid conflict, etc. This has caused huge problems in our relationship. He's improved a lot since then, but I'm not so sure how to move forward. [more inside]
posted by Socolime to Human Relations at 4:59 AM - 47 answers

Help me loop and slow speed a video selection on an ipad

I've been using video tutorials to help me learn songs on guitar. I'm seeking an app that I can use on ipad or iphone that will allow me to import a video file and make a selection with A-B markers, for instance, and have the video play between them. I would also like to have the option to slow the video down if I choose. I know there are apps that allow this with audio but I'm hitting a wall finding such an app for video Do you know of such an app?
posted by citybuddha to Computers & Internet at 4:50 AM - 2 answers

I want to be green and fuzzy in London

Where can I buy some fresh, delicious gooseberries in London ... today only? I'm about to fly out of the U.K. and have a massive craving to eat some before I leave -- we don't get them in California (although feel free to correct me on that). [more inside]
posted by vickyverky to Food & Drink at 4:25 AM - 6 answers

Should I buy a haven in case of climate change?

Should I find a piece land to buy that I could move to decades from now, in case of severe climate change effects? If so, where? How about Fairbanks, Alaska? [more inside]
posted by daisyace to Science & Nature at 4:12 AM - 30 answers

Can I negotiate my ER bill?

YANML or advocate, but I hope someone has been in a similar position. [more inside]
posted by turniphead to Health & Fitness at 3:39 AM - 6 answers

Batch Conversion: doc to docx without M Office

Google search is inconcluisve, so I turn to you, dear hivemind. I need to convert a large number of DOC files to DOCX. I do not have Microsoft Office, but I do have Open Office (which doesn't let you save as DOCX, afaik). I have found single conversion tools online, but a single document takes 5 mins to convert. I am not confident enough to run any sort of command prompt. What solutions exist that I cannot find?
posted by kariebookish to Technology at 3:24 AM - 5 answers

Am I spending my free time frivolously?

I can't tell if once I clock out I'm happy or just sleepwalking. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar to Work & Money at 12:00 AM - 26 answers

July 18

Help name my podcast

Hi! I'm thinking of starting an interview podcast but I have varied interests and I'll be talking to people from a wide variety of backgrounds. I like names like 'The Joe Rogan Experience', "Skeptic Tank' and 'The Church of What's Happening Now' coz they don't really have a focus and could be about anything (and they are) but I'm struggling to come up with something similar. Any help? Thanks in advance!
posted by mordecai to Media & Arts at 11:13 PM - 8 answers

Cloudy Title (Mortgage) Now what?

For reasons that aren't important to this question, we quit making payments on our upside down mortgage early this year, with the intention of negotiating a short sale or deed in lieu with the mortgage company. It's late July and we are still in the house, and haven't even heard from the mortgage company since April, when they rejected our application for relief because the title is "cloudy." [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 11:02 PM - 8 answers

Egregious bullying in a federal gov setting--experience/ advice?

If I wasn't experiencing it myself, I wouldn't believe my current reality. I have never been treated with such vindictiveness as I am by my current supervisor. It is hard to detail everything, but to sum up: he is retaliating against me because I filed a complaint against him and now I am having to get representation to fight. The rub though is, that my issue might not fall under one of the protected EEO categories and I am finding that, at least in a federal government setting, that may be somewhat prohibitive in my legal fight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 11:01 PM - 6 answers