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September 17

My doctor is wanting me to have an abdominal ultrasound to rule out gallstones. This test requires fasting. I cannot go for long periods of time without eating because my sugar drops. Need advice. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble to Health & Fitness at 5:52 PM - 0 answers

I've moved to a new place and need to meet some friends. I'm thinking of hosting some casual brunch/dinner parties to help fix this. Problem: I suck at dinner parties. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe to Food & Drink at 5:21 PM - 7 answers

The new eyeglasses saga somewhat continues. Thought the third time would be the charm... seems like that doesn't ring true for this situation. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude to Health & Fitness at 4:54 PM - 2 answers

My laptop died. Boo. I got a new iPad Air. Yay, I guess. How should I set up my privacy, security, and general user preferences? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A to Computers & Internet at 3:43 PM - 5 answers

What are some strategies to keep my energy up, my motivation and my sanity when I start working two separate jobs next week? [more inside]
posted by nedpwolf to Work & Money at 3:35 PM - 6 answers

I just set up a Chromecast. Casting from the Chrome browser on my Windows PC works fine, as does Youtube on my Android phone (Droid Maxx running 4.4.4). No other apps (tried Netflix, Google Play Music & Movies, and HBOGo) work (won't even show the cast icon). I also tried Netflix with an iPad (running iOS 7, but not the latest version) and it didn't allow me to cast either. But I am able to successfully see the Chromecast device from both my phone and iPad using the Chromecast app. What might be the problem?
posted by EatenByAGrue to Computers & Internet at 3:00 PM - 7 answers

My dad will be making his last child support payment to my mother next month for my brother who is 19 and no longer in full time education (he’s going to university). After then he will no longer financially support my brother - he hasn't financially supported me since I was 18 when he made his last support payment. I am now thinking of asking him directly to make a monthly payment to me and my brother since he isn’t supporting us in any other way. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves to Human Relations at 2:29 PM - 33 answers

Me and my ex are still friends, we still talk and we're friendly with each other but he never gave me a reason not to be anyway. We just started talking again a few weeks ago after being broken up for 2 years. [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue to Human Relations at 2:23 PM - 12 answers

I'm looking for the right backpack situation for my child who has to carry a huge binder, books, lunch, a jacket and a trumpet to school. What is the best backpack solution for her? [more inside]
posted by biscuits to Shopping at 2:20 PM - 6 answers

I am about to graduate in a liberal arts degree. I toyed with a lot of career options and I think one of my options is going to go back to school for computer science. I found a 2 year program but I don't know if it is legitimate or if it's a joke. [more inside]
posted by cyml to Education at 2:19 PM - 9 answers

This is a pretty specific case, but I'm hopeless when it comes to relationships. Plus I got such great responses on other questions, I thought you all might have some good feedback for me. Thanks ahead of time!! [more inside]
posted by lfergie401 to Human Relations at 2:04 PM - 14 answers

Last week I saw my snarly, reclusive next door neighbor dump something on the fence where the neighborhood cats come in, and then put a cap back on a jar the stuff came from. Twice in one week. Looked like a Drano jar to me from afar. I later snuck over to the fence and got a sample of it and put it in an envelope. So before I go off the deep end, where do I get this stuff analyzed? [more inside]
posted by PJSibling to Human Relations at 1:35 PM - 18 answers

In March, I had a stroke the week before Winter Quarter finals and it resulted in right hemi weakness. I have made lots of good progress in recovery and continue going to physical therapy, but after a summer of my savings being eaten by medical bills, I am trying to figure out ways to make some money. My circumstances make that difficult. Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 1:34 PM - 5 answers

Having been thoroughly won over to the pour-over brewing method after experiencing excellent cups of coffee at local cafes, I am now trying to decide which pour-over method/equipment to start using at home. [more inside]
posted by incolorinred to Food & Drink at 12:28 PM - 5 answers

My wonderful partner has a 7-year-old, 2nd-grade son who is having a little trouble keeping up with his peers in the reading department. We're trying to give him some extra attention in that area so that he can catch up, and we'd like to try and foster in him a genuine interest in reading. What books (or comics, or anything) could we give him that he might like, and which would be appropriate for his reading level? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The to Writing & Language at 11:26 AM - 35 answers

I'm trying to find examples of 3D rendered artwork (images, games, videos, etc) that have a rough style to it/resemble concept art, but am coming up short, anyone have examples? [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus to Media & Arts at 11:22 AM - 5 answers

I'm struggling in a few areas of my life (mostly related to doing the bulk of the parenting for two little kids, with a spouse who works long hours and travels frequently) and having a bit of trouble staying focused at work. I was looking into our employee assistance program, which is run through HRI, and they offer "short-term counseling" and online/telephone life coaching. I would like to hear the experiences of anyone who has used this type of service; I have never used any flavor of mental health care. [more inside]
posted by telepanda to Human Relations at 11:09 AM - 17 answers

I teach a course on corrections and while going over a brief history of the evolution of prisons I mentioned how decommissioned sailing vessels were used to hold prisoners. A student asked me how far from land might they be placed and I didn't know the answer. Does anyone know? [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith to Education at 10:27 AM - 9 answers

Why is baccarat more conducive to money laundering than other casino games? Or is it just that it was already the most popular game in places (e.g. Macau) where there's already a lot of money laundering going on?
posted by neat graffitist to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 10:22 AM - 3 answers

For purposes that I probably don't need to get into, I'd like your saddest and/or most heartwarming links / photos / stories / etc. on the internet about dogs and our relationships with them. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime to Pets & Animals at 10:17 AM - 24 answers

I know that YANML, but does going through a background check to work in a state-licensed childcare center in New Mexico require that you disclose your legal name change? If so, who sees this disclosure: just the background check company, the state, or the potential employer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Law & Government at 9:52 AM - 12 answers

I am looking for recipes for dessert made with goat's milk. Bakery items preferred, but any ideas welcomed. [more inside]
posted by vignettist to Food & Drink at 9:29 AM - 9 answers

I'm looking for graphs and charts that show how many earth quakes of various intensities have happened in Texas over the last ten or more years. [more inside]
posted by xarnop to Science & Nature at 9:07 AM - 8 answers

Biofeedback machines... is there a good one out there? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz to Health & Fitness at 9:00 AM - 0 answers

It's only temporary, but will likely last a few months. I'm looking for any tips for taking care of myself, as well as my relationship with my extremely supportive husband, and my wonderful children. Also, any Seattle-specific advice would be great (should I stay at the Homewood Suites next to the office? Should I get an apartment? How does one get a furnished apartment?? Should I get a UV lamp?). Thank you! [more inside]
posted by CruiseSavvy to Human Relations at 8:57 AM - 11 answers

I'm planning on booking a spa day here in NYC at the end of October, and I need your help. I'm looking for spas that are (a) all about the pampering, and (b) not going to talk to me about my lymphatic drainage. [more inside]
posted by brina to Health & Fitness at 8:54 AM - 8 answers

I'm a fat woman (US sizes like 26-28 at the moment), newishly arrived to Washington DC. Where can I buy some clothes my size, in a brick-and-mortar store where I can try them on, and if possible that's near public transportation? My job involves some physical work and can get a bit dusty/dirty; I tend to wear jeans or cords, and a button shirt with the sleeves rolled up. [more inside]
posted by Forgetful Jones to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:45 AM - 10 answers

I just noticed this weird little thing under the eaves of my roof. [more inside]
posted by Right On Red to Home & Garden at 8:38 AM - 12 answers

I need to find a windows management replacement for DM2 that is compatible with Win 7 and Win 8/8.1. [more inside]
posted by trogdole to Computers & Internet at 8:33 AM - 3 answers

I'm putting a small (about 120 items) museum/library image collection online. My organization is using WordPress to create a simple website for this collection, and I need help finding the best gallery/portfolio plugin to display these images. What's your favorite WordPress plugin for this, and why? [more inside]
posted by lillygog to Computers & Internet at 8:27 AM - 3 answers

We moved in together, but things are going poorly. Not sure where to go from here. [more inside]
posted by Gray Skies to Human Relations at 8:21 AM - 33 answers

I would like to use wifi in the cellar but can’t pick up a signal. However I have an Ethernet cable that goes from my wifi router in the living room to the cellar (next to a plug socket). I’m not sure what type of device I need to plug the Ethernet cable into to give me a wifi network downstairs. [more inside]
posted by guy72277 to Computers & Internet at 7:59 AM - 9 answers

I want to observe the Jewish holidays without going to synagogue this year. Ideas for non-traditional ways I can commemorate the holy days? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC to Human Relations at 7:44 AM - 14 answers

I have a BB in my forehead (my left eyebrow to be precise). I haven't had any issues until recently-- I've been having headaches with pain focused on this area. The BB isn't really noticeable until I raise my eyebrow, but you can definitely feel it. I don't know what kind of BB it is, either. [more inside]
posted by thefang to Health & Fitness at 7:29 AM - 15 answers

I am looking for a wall charger to keep here at work to plug in my devices when they're low on juice. List of devices behind the fold. [more inside]
posted by royalsong to Technology at 7:19 AM - 13 answers

My brother decided to home school his six year old daughter. He asked me to help teach her art classes... via FaceTime. Questions below! [more inside]
posted by catrae to Education at 6:20 AM - 9 answers

I feel that something more serious is going on than a "traffic stop", but then again, I may be paranoid. Advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Law & Government at 6:08 AM - 15 answers

I've been in and out of therapy my entire adult life (over twenty years) and am currently in treatment with a psychiatrist. The past few days I have been plagued with horrible feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness which culminated in crying uncontrollably this morning and unable to leave the house and go to work, and I barely managed to let my office know I wasn't coming in. I haven't been able to focus and I am sure everyone at work can tell how much my performance is slipping. I feel like a complete mess. No matter how good I can wind up feeling for a while, I always wind up back to this state. If I haven't managed to get to a good place in my life by now, how can I ever hope for improvement? Do I need more intensive treatment? What would that even look like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 6:07 AM - 14 answers

I need a new Job. Seriously. I haven't had much luck with craigslist. I'm still working full time plus a lot of overtime (i need a new job)- so I don't have unlimited time to throw at the hunt. My therapist suggested contacting a headhunter, but I don't know how to go about finding one, or if there are ones that would be appropriate for me. I feel like i am a little under-experienced. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 6:05 AM - 10 answers

How do you practice drums? Looking for a systematic approach. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 5:26 AM - 6 answers

Recently on my booklog I got asked the following: "Suppose you could recommend 100 books for a high school library (ages 14-18). What books would you want the librarian to buy, and why? (Fiction, non-fiction… whatever you think it important for teenagers to read.)" What would y'all recommend? Note that this is not a hypothetical exercise, but would be a list of recommendations for an actual school library.
posted by MartinWisse to Education at 5:23 AM - 28 answers

A few weeks ago I came across a series of online photos of the Scottish countryside. It was a borrowed laptop so I can't search the history. I'm hoping the Mefi detectives can help me. [more inside]
posted by Ik ben afgesneden to Grab Bag at 5:17 AM - 2 answers

I'm mid 30s, gay, currently working in Adelaide, South Australia (my work takes me all over the globe, so some context). I'm wanting to explore my sexuality, but I am wondering if I should visit a doctor to get some vaccinations for STDs? (I've been reading about HPV on ask.mefi) [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS to Health & Fitness at 4:03 AM - 8 answers

September 16

Are there jobs where having a *thin* skin is an asset instead of a liability? Where being loving, caring, emotional, sensitive are a good thing and you don't have to fight those tendencies, especially as a leader? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy to Work & Money at 10:32 PM - 28 answers

I may have made a custom bumper sticker saying "has lying salesmen and bad ratings online" and stuck it on my car's bumper underneath the dealer's name/logo on the car. Someone looking at my car's back bumper might see the message that "(Car Company) of (City)" "has lying salesmen" etc. Is this legal to have on my car? [more inside]
posted by sninctown to Law & Government at 10:19 PM - 14 answers

I have done a lot of research and I can’t make sense of this. I am a newbie mobile android visual designer. There’s no one else I can ask. I'm trying to understand resolution in terms of the android world for a native app design. [more inside]
posted by happytaco to Technology at 9:38 PM - 2 answers

What should I do about typos on my resume? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 9:37 PM - 10 answers

If I had an ISBN and CIP, including a copyright year, would the exact date of copyright also be findable? I have the year, but how could I get the month and day? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk to Grab Bag at 9:26 PM - 3 answers

I have a day at the Spring Racing Carnival coming up soon for work and I think I have finally found a dress to wear - but I'm not sure if it's appropriate. Please please give me your opinion, and if it is right help me accessorize! [more inside]
posted by nothing too obvious to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:03 PM - 8 answers

We are adding to our brood. Our current dog is a calm sweetheart and a real gentleman. We love him. The new pup we've only spent a short amount of time with, but he seems confident and not afraid to speak his mind. He has more fire. We're leaning towards British old man names, but we need some outsider suggestions. [more inside]
posted by getmetoSF to Pets & Animals at 8:19 PM - 42 answers

Recently, when flying over islands, I've noticed that the waves on the seashore appear to be motionless from cruising altitude. That is, you can see the white foam on the beach but it seems to be frozen in place and not ebbing/returning. Is there a name for this visual effect?
posted by orrnyereg to Science & Nature at 8:06 PM - 2 answers

My anxiety has flared up recently, to the point where I am reluctant to leave my house unless absolutely necessary. This weekend, I checked myself into urgent care after having five panic attacks in 12 hours. The health care providers there were less than helpful, and I feel like I've hit a wall in terms of figuring out how to get the help that I need. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 8:05 PM - 12 answers

Coffee Idiotfilter: In some kind of zombielike haze, apparently I put ground coffee into my water reservoir, and then water, and then brewed my lovely, lovely on-sale Intelligentsia coffee AND DIDN'T NOTICE (which shows you what a coffee connoisseur *I* am). Now I need to clean it out. How? The instructions say to not even use a cloth inside the reservoir. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet to Home & Garden at 7:41 PM - 8 answers

My Honda Civic is quirky when it comes to playing and controlling an iPod for music or podcasts. I need a method to play lengthy podcasts over my stereo AND to retain the ability to fast-forward and rewind within those podcasts. I have many ways to stream or connect to play audio, but the only way I've found that allows me to fast-forward or rewind is also the one that apparently falls prey to a "known issue", causing me to get a random stereo "crash". [more inside]
posted by newfers to Technology at 5:29 PM - 4 answers

I'm looking for a (Tolstoy?) quote about how couples develop a private language based on shared references and experiences, and how it's tragic when a couple breaks up because this language is lost. [more inside]
posted by Paul the Octopus to Writing & Language at 5:22 PM - 12 answers

My friend has just arrived in Salt Lake City. What decent things are there for him and his entourage to do in the next couple of days?
posted by urbanwhaleshark to Grab Bag at 5:12 PM - 12 answers

Where is a good place, in or near Boston, for a early October getaway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Travel & Transportation at 5:08 PM - 4 answers

I'm looking for sheet mirrored plexiglass, acrylic, polycarbonate ... [more inside]
posted by pallen123 to Technology at 4:13 PM - 3 answers

I'm looking to buy an electronic drum kit to use for general practice and playing Rock Band, but I don't know where to start so I'd like some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Cogito to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 3:30 PM - 2 answers

Our previous fridge was on the small side, but certainly not compact; still, even after taking a look at many well-reviewed models, I haven't been able to find any that would fit our kitchen. Could you help us find a moderately respectable smaller-ish fridge? Kitchen space dimensions/etc. inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers to Home & Garden at 3:26 PM - 15 answers