The Vespa scooter I rode many years ago had a front wheel brake operated by a hand lever and a rear wheel brake operated by a foot pedal. Motorcycles have the same layout.
I see Vespas all over the place, but they don't have the rear brake pedal. How do you actuate the rear brake? posted by KRS to travel & transportation at 12:02 PM - 0 answers
What's a great waterproof men's rain shell / raincoat that I can wear over my winter coat AND by itself in the summer? [more inside]posted by scarylarry to clothing, beauty, & fashion at 11:52 AM - 0 answers
I've taken up singing as a hobby and have started a class. I'm confused as to some of the technical aspects we're learning. On the one hand the instructor has mentioned that Singing is merely sustained Speech... but then she has also said that singing is different from regular speech because when we sing we must aim to keep the rib cage up and expanded whereas when we speak the rib cage and intercostal muscles collapses with the breath.
So this has left me wondering- Is the collapsing simply a bad habit that many of us do that we should correct during our speech? Or do we really need to breath differently when we sing rather than the rest of the time? I'm not talking about how we would need to take a bigger breath to sustain a note or something like that.. I'm talking about the technical aspects of breathing ie - The use of the intercostal muscles etc... Should the technical aspect of breathing for speech and singing really be that different from one another? posted by manderin to sports, hobbies, & recreation at 11:17 AM - 2 answers
My wedding is coming up in a few months and I want to find some small things I can do to reduce my spare tire before I walk down the aisle. [more inside]posted by SeparateAccountForWeddingQuestions to health & fitness at 11:09 AM - 10 answers
After years of saving and planning, I've been able to realize my dream of traveling the world for a year. I'm 6 months into my trip and I've been posting photos or updates about where I am in the world on facebook about 2 or 3 times a week. While many people have expressed appreciation for the updates or interest in what I'm doing, I've noticed about 7-10 friends who used to interact with me all the time on FB and real life have totally stopped liking/commenting/sending messages although they're still very active on the site. I kind of suspect some of them have blocked me from their timelines. I know not everyone will have an opportunity like this and I try to be sensitive to that. I'm not preachy about "the importance of travel", or posting pics of 5 star hotel rooms and fancy restaurants (I'm doing this as cheaply as possible, mostly hostels in developing countries and couchsurfing.) At the same time I LOVE seeing others' travel pics and, well, want to share some of the exciting, amazing things I'm experiencing with people in my life. But some people seem put off by this, so I'm wondering - am I being a jerk? What's the etiquette here? posted by horizons to human relations at 11:01 AM - 37 answers
I'm trying to figure out how federal student loans have changed in the past 5 years, including the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013. [more inside]posted by annabellee to education at 10:42 AM - 1 answer
I placed an order on The Body Shop's website on Dec. 1 for cyber monday. There was some issue with shipping (where the courier company was given insufficient information, and never delivered and instead returned the package), and I never got the package that I had paid for.
I have called, emailed, and tried numerous time to get in touch with a customer service person. I was on hold for more than half an hour each time, and no representative ever responded to my email. I am infuriated now-- they charged my credit card.
What options do I have at this point? What can I do? I want either a refund or my order. I don't care which. [more inside]posted by atetrachordofthree to shopping at 10:27 AM - 14 answers
It's time to paint the living room. Problem: we have light wood floors with dark furnishings and my SO wants to keep the room "light and airy" whereas I would do anything to avoid white or eggshell walls and keep pushing for colors he says are "too dark and claustrophobic". What color scheme can we both agree on to really tie the room together? [more inside]posted by The Whelk to home & garden at 10:22 AM - 19 answers
When scientists seek out life forms on other planets, what kind of methods/ technology are employed (both past and present)? I am especially interested in anything on this topic that would have been going on in 2006, but any information would be helpful about any era. posted by mermaidcafe to science & nature at 10:11 AM - 7 answers
I am considering booking a roundtrip ticket from Chicago-Montreal for a certain weekend several months from now. I've been looking up prices for the last week or so, and most google/orbitz searches were consistently around the low $400 mark for a trip with one-stop each way. I checked today and notice that now the fare of the same flights are around $600. Is there any reasonable way of knowing if the price will decrease again in the foreseeable future? [more inside]posted by andruwjones26 to travel & transportation at 9:45 AM - 7 answers
We just decided to drive from SF to Seattle via Portland for about a week. What are some fun family things to do? Places to eat? Places to stay? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]posted by mamabear to travel & transportation at 9:25 AM - 20 answers
We're shopping for a mortgage (in the DC area), and are feeling anxious and frustrated that 1) it's so hard to know who we'll end up with because so many lenders/originators are likely to sell our loan and/or servicing after closing, and 2) it's easy to find complaints about most servicers out there and hard to find anyone that's satisfied. What has your experience been like with the place(s) that own and/or service your mortgage? Or should we put all that to the side and just try to find someone with the best rates/fees and the best reviews/recommendations regarding smooth and quick closing? [more inside]posted by EmilyClimbs to home & garden at 9:19 AM - 18 answers
(Or, how do I reconcile the tension that comes with wanting to date but not having an internal template for how the whole rigmarole of dating works?) My life is pretty good right now, and a huge part of why it’s that way is my amazing friendships. But sometimes I feel like taking steps towards something more meaningful and a little more permanent in my life. Where do I start? I feel a little weird about the whole sex and dating thing for chicken-and-the-egg-y reasons, and weird emotional issues too, and reading on the Internet and hearing from friends about the myriad ways people are able to be judgey, or to screw each other over, or generally look out for #1 in their relationships is really getting me down too. As a result, I’m kind of despairing a little about being able to find a mutually respectful and healthy environment with someone neat where I can explore the sexual side of myself and we of ourselves, all the while remaining true to myself and what I value. [more inside]posted by anonymous to human relations at 8:21 AM - 13 answers
A disabled relative is having all the money automatically taken out of her account by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). She doesn't owe taxes (all she has to do is file and they will give the money back) but this will take many months. What can we do? [more inside]posted by Dreadnought to law & government at 8:15 AM - 10 answers
The week after Christmas Mr. Ant and I are driving from East Tennessee to Central Florida and back, which is about 1600 miles. A good audiobook would help a lot with the boredom. [more inside]posted by workerant to media & arts at 8:09 AM - 19 answers
Tree roots have grown into the main water line that runs from the meter to my house and the whole thing has to be dug up and replaced. (Merry Christmas to me!) It occurred to me while talking with plumbers yesterday that my homeowner's insurance might cover something like this. However, I read the policy packet and am not seeing any details about what my insurance does and doesn't cover. [more inside]posted by something something to grab bag at 7:54 AM - 13 answers
What are your favorite nutty German desserts that are not terribly sweet? Please share your tried and true recipes! [more inside]posted by Viola to food & drink at 7:46 AM - 7 answers
As part of an epic, if ill-timed, roadtrip, I will be in Fort Smith AR on the evening of Dec 24. What might I find open in terms of restaurants and entertainment? posted by eaglehound to travel & transportation at 6:57 AM - 5 answers
I work in a human services discipline, and recently one of my clients passed away unexpectedly, most likely due to natural causes. I was shocked and very sad to find out about this, but also had a number of other clients to see that day, and so coped with it during the day as best I could. That evening, when my roommate asked about my day, I briefly told her what had happened and that I was pretty affected by it. She, a nurse, gave a response best paraphrased as "Yeah, that sucks, when my first client died it was really hard for me, it could have been suicide, did you think about that?" and then launched into a long description of everything that had happened to her that day. I was rather stunned by her apparent disinterest in my experience, and didn't say anything, but I've been feeling pretty annoyed since then, and am not sure how to best deal with this. [more inside]posted by ribbit ribbit to human relations at 6:55 AM - 26 answers
I regularly find myself needing to conclude a fairly sizable gathering of people. Too often I find myself at the end of our proceedings, saying something like "Have a great week," expecting people to get up and leave. But they don't. After an awkward moment, I find myself resorting to "We're done." Everyone laughs and finally leaves. How can I better signal a conclusion? posted by toots to human relations at 6:45 AM - 39 answers
I've heard really good things about the Canon T3i but I'm not a fan of the bulk. Does anyone have other camera reccs (good with video) that offer a full swivel LCD screen? [more inside]posted by bluelight to technology at 6:43 AM - 0 answers
I have an old HP Pavillion (I think) laptop. It has two standard USB ports, and then two others that are almost the same size as USB ports, but not quite, and any USB items I plug in do not get recognized by the computer. Anyone have any clue what they might be? posted by canine epigram to computers & internet at 6:28 AM - 8 answers
I got an early Christmas present, these cookie stamps
. So now I need cookie recipes that I can stamp. My go-to cookies are chocolate chip and thumbprint, which I don't think would work.
No doubt the basic peanut butter cookies that are smooshed with a fork would be fine, but what other cookies are "smooshable?" posted by Marky to food & drink at 5:56 AM - 7 answers
How can I figure out why my MacBook Pro is running so slow, and what can I do about it? [more inside]posted by jbickers to computers & internet at 5:42 AM - 21 answers
I'm looking for an absolute beginner's guide to WordPress that just covers creating and editing posts and pages and uploading media, and nothing else; the kind of thing that I imagine a web developer might give to a client. Can you recommend some (free) on-line resources? [more inside]posted by Zeinab Badawi's Twenty Hotels to computers & internet at 5:14 AM - 1 answer
For those working in web dev with a dedicated QA/testing team: what percentage/ratio of the project schedule do you devote to testing, fixing, and regression testing, especially when compared to planning and the time actually allocated to dev? [more inside]posted by flibbertigibbet to work & money at 5:08 AM - 11 answers
I've been waking up before my alarm the last few days, seemingly just so I can be dizzy for 5 minutes before I go back to sleep. When I do wake up, any movement causes me to be dizzy and I have to lay there for another 10 minutes or so before I feel good enough to get up. After that, the dizziness is gone until the next morning. You're not my doctor, but any ideas or suggestions? [more inside]posted by sarae to health & fitness at 5:04 AM - 9 answers
Does Dell Computer run the best sales of it's desktop computers before or after Christmas? [more inside]posted by BillyAnne to shopping at 3:31 AM - 4 answers
As I've gotten older, my PMS has gotten worse and worse. It's not emotional, though, just physical discomfort. Anyone have any ideas on how to ease the week or so before my period? Details within. Warning: This got gross. [more inside]posted by Ziggy500 to health & fitness at 2:40 AM - 20 answers
Is it possible for a 3 phase motor to switch polarity without changing the input wires anywhere? [more inside]posted by Kerasia to grab bag at 1:17 AM - 8 answers
Looking for lunch ideas to pack and take with me, when I go to college starting in January.
So, in January, I'll be starting full time school again. Yay. However, this particular Community College has a dearth of lunch options - just a sad cafeteria, and nothing within easy walking distance that I know of. Boo. (North Seattle Community College, if familiar). And I need ideas.
I won't have access to a refrigerator. I will have, in theory, access to a microwave - but it may break, and/or be in constant use by other students. So I'd probably need dishes that can be eaten safely at room temperature that are filling and tasty. I can cook, and am adventurous, so I'm willing to try lots of different things. [more inside]posted by spinifex23 to food & drink at 1:17 AM - 13 answers
I rent, and tonight I heard the sound of running water in my yard. I went outside to investigate and saw that water was spurting upwards out of this black pipe in the yard that is about 8" in diameter and sticks out of the ground about a foot (link to picture inside). The pipe has a cap on it that has a hole in it - it looks like an intentional hole that water is supposed to come out of. However, I've lived here for years and I've never seen or heard this happening. It rained today, and I live in SoCal where it hardly rains, but again, this seemed new. The water coming out was substantial and flooded a bit of my (very small) yard. After a while the water flow petered out. Since then, it's been going on and off at random intervals. I've tried to see if me running the water or flushing the toilet is connected to this, but I'm not sure that there is a correlation. The water coming out looked clear, but smelled a little funky and may have emitted a little steam (I didn't want to touch it to check the temp). The pipe is located less than a foot away from the side of the house and is next to my water heater that is located outdoors in some sort of locker thing. I've left a message for the landlord but wanted to see if anyone has any insight as to what this thing may be, and if this is unusual. Thanks! [more inside]posted by emily37 to home & garden at 12:44 AM - 11 answers
I have known this girl for about 8 months. She has put a lot of pressure on me to meet her parents and wants to see my parents as well. In the beginning of our relationship she told me that she was done with dating and the last person she wants to be intimate with should ideally be her husband. She said that she dated two other people in the past and I am the third one. Since she was 30 years old and her number was too low to me, I asked her if she met other people in between her serious relationships and she said yes but she claimed she was not intimate with them. Anyways I did not care about her number as long as she was honest with me. [more inside]posted by mbn1455 to human relations at 12:09 AM - 39 answers
Please recommend some interactive fiction with published source code (Inform 7) that is good for showing a beginner IF author best practice. [more inside]posted by man down under to writing & language at 11:33 PM - 2 answers
Today I realized that I left my purse in my car for several days, in temperatures well below freezing. In my purse was an epipen. It was in the cold, and quite possibly frozen, for at least 72 hours, possibly longer. I know that the pens aren't especially shelf-stable even under the best of circumstances--is it still good? [more inside]posted by MeghanC to health & fitness at 10:40 PM - 10 answers
I'm a big fan of outsourcing, and use oDesk extensively. But sometimes I need a reliable worker from a recommended source. Is there an Angie's List equivalent for online professionals? [more inside]posted by felspar to computers & internet at 10:37 PM - 4 answers
I feel sick every time I get on to nyc subway trains. The N train is constantly stinky like urine and mcdonalds and feet, that triggered my multiple chemical sensitivity badly.
I noticed 7 train usually have very fresh air which does not trigger my symptoms, as well as #6 train. R train is much better than N train, and E train is much better than F train.
I want to know what caused these nasty stinky trains? Are all odor caused by mold?
Btw: I can't tolerate PATH smell as well.
I'm so confused people in these trains seem do not feel anything.
Any information or comment are welcome. posted by pack2themoon to health & fitness at 10:28 PM - 11 answers
Christmas gift help: what's a fun way to visually design a different love letter for each month of the year? [more inside]posted by bbuda to shopping at 9:46 PM - 6 answers
I accidentally bought a pack of beautiful Hanukkah cards with no one who celebrates it to send to. What is the best thing to do with them? [more inside]posted by ichomp to society & culture at 9:30 PM - 15 answers
I recently did a Google search for an old college friend of mine that I haven't seen since his wedding a couple of years ago. I found a link to a baby registry with his and his wife's name on it, and the due date was listed as a week ago.
I really want to call him up and congratulate him, but there's something a little weird about it: The registry has a ton of stuff on it, but almost nothing has been purchased: Just a few stuffed animals. This makes me worry that maybe they lost the baby and they just never took down the registry. [more inside]posted by AlexanderPetros to human relations at 8:34 PM - 14 answers
Sugarsync is transitioning to paid-only plans, with the minimum plan being $75/60GB. This is more space than I need, so I'm looking for alternatives. [more inside]posted by modernnomad to computers & internet at 7:57 PM - 10 answers
Hi, I've some prospect of an offer to work in Beijing for what I understand would be closer to a citizen's salary than an expat's, which in theory is okay. The number looks to be about 11,000 RMB per month. There is some Beijing cost-of-living info out there, but I'd be grateful for your experiences and thoughts. In short, I don't want to live somewhere dire by any standard and live on rice and twigs. Possible? Thank you for your thoughts. posted by ambient2 to work & money at 7:56 PM - 2 answers
It's that magical time of the biennium where my loved ones upgrade my phone for me. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts on my current phone, an iPhone 4s, using the Audible and Downcast apps, respectively. Unfortunately, when I pause and do something else on the phone, it often "forgets" what I had been listening to, forcing me to reopen the app. I'd like my next phone to not experience this issue, but relevant info isn't something I can get out of the standard review article, so I've turned to you kind people. [more inside]posted by dondiego87 to technology at 7:48 PM - 4 answers
So I have been working on my house and making it energy efficient. It is now time to replace the basement windows in my split level. One double wide window needs to be replaced with one that opens to meet code, but the other three single wide windows do not. Would I be better installing glass blocks in those three, not vented, or installing either a picture, slider, or another type of insulated vinyl replacement window? If I should do a replacement window, which type should I use? [more inside]posted by Nackt to home & garden at 7:44 PM - 6 answers
I'm looking for recommendations for a monthly subscription club that ships live plants suitable to be replanted outside or, at a minimum, kept alive on a porch or window. Cut flowers won't work here, I want to give a gardener a steady stream of projects and surprises for 2014. Mid-Atlantic region of the east coast if it helps. Thanks you so much in advance! This is a bear of a bunch of search terms. posted by troublewithwolves to home & garden at 7:43 PM - 6 answers
My cat has barely let out a meow since I've been home from work. Usually he starts up as soon as my keys are in the door. I plan on taking him with me tomorrow if he's not back to normal by the time I'm ready to leave for work, and hitting the Vet. Any ideas what could be wrong though? [more inside]posted by one4themoment to pets & animals at 7:40 PM - 12 answers
I'm moving to the Brentwood area and need a new doctor (family medicine/internist/GP) who is part of Sutter Health. My wishlist: Relatively young, female, not obsessive about my weight, good diagnostician, uses MyHealthOnline. [more inside]posted by wintersweet to health & fitness at 7:12 PM - 1 answer
Spending Xmas at a shared ski condo, and not sure how to plan. Apparently folks share the (poorly equipped) kitchen, so I can't monopolize it for hours on end, and people don't usually share meals. [more inside]posted by cyndigo to food & drink at 7:08 PM - 5 answers
A friend of mine (let's call her "Sarah") came over for dinner at my flat last week. Some way through the meal (just after the first bottle of wine was finished) she told us that her partner had recently been tested for a very serious medical condition. She then said that she "hadn't intended to talk about it".
She will have recently received the results of this test, and I'm wondering whether it's appropriate to ask her what the result of the test was.
I care a lot about Sarah and her partner (who is an incredibly warm and wonderful person), but I don't want to intrude. On the other hand, I don't want to be unsupportive.
A few details are below the fold. [more inside]posted by anonymous to human relations at 6:20 PM - 8 answers
I offered up my house's basement to apartment-dwelling friends for a ski waxing party, and now walking through my basement with sock feet is potentially lethal. Is there anything I can do to tone down the slippage? [more inside]posted by adiabat to home & garden at 6:12 PM - 9 answers
The lady and I are hanging out in Sac-town, next week with a little spare time to go out and about. What should we do? Bonus points for holiday-themed ideas. posted by jander03 to travel & transportation at 6:04 PM - 8 answers
I woke in the middle of the night last night with a pain in my finger, only to find that my pinky knuckle--and only my pinky knuckle--was red, sore, and a little swollen. I put some antibiotic ointment on it (because that is my solution for everything) and went back to sleep. When I woke up this morning, it was completely back to normal.
I know you're not a doctor, but what is this? Did I cut off circulation? Was it an illusion created by my anxiety-prone mind? Am I going to die?
If it helps, I live in a cold climate and I've never broken any fingers. posted by sandwiches to health & fitness at 5:19 PM - 15 answers
Can you help me meet and learn about spices, but the minimal cooking version? [more inside]posted by Wolfster to food & drink at 4:31 PM - 26 answers
I've been having a wonderful (until recently) online relationship with a guy until I told him to talk dirty to me now he won't stop. [more inside]posted by sundaytea to human relations at 4:03 PM - 19 answers
I'd like to use my computer to generate output that looks like it was typewritten, not like it's a photocopy of something typewritten, i.e., with some form of mechanical impact printing. What's the cheapest way to do this? [more inside]posted by Zed to technology at 3:45 PM - 6 answers
I've been looking at some toys for the kids for Christmas and this site, http://www.unopenedsavings.com keeps coming up with prices way cheaper then a lot of other online retailers. However, I've never heard of it and the site itself seems a little "scammy". Any thoughts? Thanks posted by senseofsurreal to shopping at 3:20 PM - 7 answers
My doctor sent me for a colonoscopy due to family history. The clinic gave me some paperwork saying it would be completely covered unless they found something, and then it would be $250. They didn't find anything. I lost the paperwork. Now they're sending me bills for $3100. [more inside]posted by johnofjack to health & fitness at 3:12 PM - 21 answers
I'm trying to identify a book I once encountered on the shelves of the father of a friend. The father grew up in the 1960s in the UK. I think the book was also from the 60s, and it was a shockingly underground artefact of the 60s counterculture. As I recall, it was a mixture of a guide to counterculture life, and fiction. The guide provided practical information on countercultural necessities, such as squatting, drugs and possibly theft. The fiction part included the indelible description of a someone cutting a hole in someone's scrotum, and inflating it with a drinking straw (as part of a sexual encounter, I think). As you can imagine, googling this has been an unpleasant experience. posted by anonymous to society & culture at 2:59 PM - 7 answers
I have a 2001 Prius and it needs a new hybrid battery. Does anyone in Milwaukee, WI, know of a shop that can do this? [more inside]posted by thebestsophist to travel & transportation at 2:14 PM - 4 answers
I've searched previous threads regarding appropriate relationships with exes, but I'm still a little confused with my situation. Would really appreciate some feedback from both the male and female perspective.
[more inside]posted by canda to human relations at 2:05 PM - 23 answers