August 22

Best Handheld System For Retro Game Emulation?

I'm looking to get a handheld system for retro video game emulation and am wondering if anyone has any advice on what to get. [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine to Technology at 8:37 AM - 3 answers

Whelp now we're *those* parents

My daughter got a dud fourth grade teacher assignment we were notified about last week. We are pushing for re-assignment. Please offer advice as to how to do this effectively without any of those involved dealing with significant future awkwardness. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama to Education at 8:03 AM - 22 answers

Trying to determine whether I should get MRI on my shoulder or not

I work at a grocery store where I lift heavy shit, do repetitive motions over and over again, and collect the shopping carts by hand which exerts alot of force on my shoulder. I've also never had the best posture in the world either. Long story short I've been to 3 different doctors about 5 times total over the last 3 years.And I am trying to determine whether or not I should go through with the mri or not. [more inside]
posted by mamamia88 to Health & Fitness at 7:44 AM - 9 answers

Why have my colds started to turn into months of post-nasal drip?

For the past two years, I have been getting colds that turn into months of thick, sticky mucus dripping down my throat from the back of my nose. For all of my lifelong nasal problems, this one is new. A complicating factor is that I moved across the country to an infamously polluted West Coast city in the midst of the first of these episodes, although later experience shows that they are not limited to my new place of residence. [more inside]
posted by a certain Sysoi Pafnut'evich to Health & Fitness at 7:35 AM - 6 answers

Writing revision for language learning

I'd like to find a language teacher or service who will do what the now-shuttered site Lang-8 did: namely, let me submit journal-sized writings (say, a hundred or couple of hundred words) on a regular basis and have them corrected/revised. I'd rather pay someone with some experience than depend on dubious free/crowdsources services. Is this a thing? Any recommendations for how to find what I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog to Education at 7:07 AM - 2 answers

To report or not to report?

I was terminated as a grant-funded Project Coordinator and I'm aware of issues. Help me parse out how serious these issues are, whether they'll effect my own ability to apply for funding in the future, and the pros and cons of reporting these issues to the funding agency. [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame to Work & Money at 6:52 AM - 10 answers

Public Online Coin Toss Decider

Is there a good way I can settle a 50/50 decision between two third parties at a distance, so that both will be sure that the decision was random? [more inside]
posted by PJMcPrettypants to Computers & Internet at 6:52 AM - 18 answers

Help me get out of temping and into data analysis?

I want to switch careers. But are there really that many jobs in data analysis? [more inside]
posted by kalimac to Education at 5:08 AM - 9 answers

It's still nepotism even if it's not your nephew, right?

I found out that the new colleague, who was referred by the supervisor as a professional acquaintance, is in fact their partner, and their entire professional profile was constructed by said supervisor to make them appear as the ideal candidate. Please help me navigate this professional landmine. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 2:34 AM - 18 answers

Should I put my dog down?

Should I put my dog down for behavioral issues? There's a blizzard inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Pets & Animals at 2:33 AM - 28 answers

Buying an ex-local authority property in London - advice requested

I am asking this question on behalf of my mother who is considering moving to an ex-local authority property in London. [more inside]
posted by sockandawe to Home & Garden at 2:31 AM - 8 answers

August 21

Teaching an old dog... to type.

I need something to distract me for a while, so I decided to learn to type. Probably to go along with this is some basic grammar and spelling. My typing now is two fingers while I stare at the keyboard. Any good tutorial you'd suggest? I really hate voice writing, and I doubt we'll get to the "shoot a chip in his head to make him a perfect touch typist" level of tech any time soon
posted by Marky to Education at 10:01 PM - 7 answers

The sub-$500 Folding Electric Bike

My mission, if I choose to accept it (which I do, otherwise this post would be pointless): Build a transportation system that can ride on bike trails, tow a 60 lb kayak while walking/carrying a dog, and fold up small enough to fit on the kayak for the paddle home. Also, less than $500. [more inside]
posted by BeeDo to Travel & Transportation at 9:41 PM - 1 answer

How to get a notification when my Mac Mini reboots?

I have a headless Mac Mini with OSX El Capitan 10.11.6 with Server installed. It reboots every now and again to perform regular software updates, and then gets stuck at the login screen waiting for me. How can I automatically have a notification (Tweet, iOS notification, IFTTT, etc) be sent to me when I need to login?
posted by photovox to Computers & Internet at 8:33 PM - 6 answers

Help me access my education at my job.

I work in the financial field. The last time I submitted a request for an education grant that I am entitled to per our employee hand book, it was declined; citing my area of study basically had nothing to do with the company and could in no way benefit them. I want to take another go at it but how do I... [more inside]
posted by Whatifyoufly to Work & Money at 8:17 PM - 5 answers

I want to hear from people who didn't have a great experience at college

I really expected my college years to be the best years of my life, particularly since I like to consider myself an (ugh) "artsy", "intellectual" person. I have just a year left, and the reality has been... not great. I never found "my people" and found my courses mostly dull- a couple were good; none were life-changing. It kind of feels like there's something wrong with me! Any accounts I read of people having less-than-stellar experiences (as in the responses to this earlier thread) always end with "but eventually I found my niche and everyone in my wedding party was from my university." I'm not looking for advice as much as reassurance that I'm not totally alone in having had this experience, and that it will get better. So: what are your stories as academic-minded people who nevertheless just didn't fit at college? Did you ever find your community? How?
posted by perplexion to Education at 7:14 PM - 62 answers

Seeking short-term furnished apartments in Zurich

Hello! I'll be moving to Zurich (for work) and living there from mid-Sept to mid-Nov and need to find housing. Can anyone recommend sites where I can book a furnished apartment for about two months? Thank you!
posted by blithecatpie to Work & Money at 7:04 PM - 5 answers

Do eye exams test for whether text looks lighter or darker?

On my recent eye exam with an optometrist in New York, I was asked, at one point, "Do the letters look lighter or darker?" They didn't look lighter or darker in either case. But the optometrist seemed annoyed, and I decided to interpret his question as "does the text look more blurry or more clear?" A month later, my prescription seems iffy, and I'm not sure I did the right thing. [more inside]
posted by bingo to Health & Fitness at 6:08 PM - 16 answers

Titles in Literate as Real Estate Headings.

For a piece that I’m writing, I’m looking for the titles of well known of literature that could double as the heading of a real estate listing. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri to Writing & Language at 5:20 PM - 27 answers

Advice sought for travel to Spain

I'm travelling to Spain (Barcelona/Valencia/Oliva) for the first time from Canada from Sep 5 thru Nov 29. Looking for advice for things to do on those dates as well as info on how best to handle getting a SIM card for an Android phone (Note 5). Specifics on the More Inside. Any advice appreciated! [more inside]
posted by dobbs to Travel & Transportation at 4:56 PM - 8 answers

Light rugged camera with more to offer than an iPhone

I'm looking for a new camera which suits my specific needs. My last two cameras have both been Lumix point and click cameras (my last was a LX100). I'm very happy with the series in general but I find the mechanism in the lens/body doesn't last well (I give them very heavy use) and I need to replace more frequently than I like. Should I stick with Panasonic, or is there something better for me out there? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 4:52 PM - 8 answers

[What about my] rental deposit with ownership change during moveout

We're moving out of our triplex at the end of the month. Yay. The building is under contract to be purchased and the prospective buyer plans to rent our unit out when they take ownership. The current owners aren't doing anything with our unit to entice the buyers or make it turnkey rentable again. YANML but can you help me understand what'll happen to my deposit? [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls to Law & Government at 4:28 PM - 6 answers

Choosing a style guide for civil engineering proposals

I'm create a communications style guide for a civil engineering company, which is mainly for their proposals but will likely be used for other communications. These are proposals for engineering services for municipal, residential, and commercial developments, ranging from 5 - 50 pages. I haven't worked in this field before, so I'm wondering what standard text I should choose as the underlying style reference? [more inside]
posted by alicat to Writing & Language at 2:17 PM - 2 answers

Ideas for Ohio-themed bridal shower?

Throwing a bridal shower for a friend who grew up in Ohio and loves her home state more than anyone I know. Ideas for food / decorations / drinks that would celebrate the Buckeye State? [more inside]
posted by helen_of_tron to Human Relations at 2:15 PM - 22 answers

Hope for the Job Seeker

My partner has been unemployed for a year now and I want to be as encouraging to him as possible. How can I help? [more inside]
posted by thefang to Work & Money at 2:03 PM - 4 answers

Cooperstown NY, Quebec City - what to do?

We're leaving Chicago Sunday for a much-anticipated roadtrip, and would love your input toward making it a memorable occasion. Our rough plans are to visit Cooperstown NY for the baseball hall of fame, then push on to Quebec City. Aside from having reservations at a B&B in Cooperstown for Tuesday and Wednesday nights, we have no firm notions about where to go or what to do. [more inside]
posted by DrGail to Travel & Transportation at 12:58 PM - 16 answers

Do (non election related) lawn signs work?

Does anyone have a feel for (or even better - a source for!) whether lawn signs affect/change people's opinions? I'm specifically interested in signs about things like city zoning or rebuilding, not in political/voting related signs. Google gets me a lot of results for the latter, but I haven't had much success finding what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by chemicalsyntheticist to Law & Government at 12:47 PM - 16 answers

What is jinxing my mayonnaise making?!

So up until a week ago I had been happily (and smugly!) making mayonnaise using Jamie Oliver's recipe... [more inside]
posted by dance to Food & Drink at 12:06 PM - 18 answers

Should He Stay or Should He Go Now? How 'Bout Now?

The 17-year-old arrived at college (Bard College at Simon's Rock) on Saturday. He already wants to leave. [more inside]
posted by baseballpajamas to Education at 12:04 PM - 68 answers

Choose my bike, please.

I don't get why people make a big deal about bikes. Please visit the kijiji link inside and just tell me which one I should buy. [more inside]
posted by kitcat to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 11:56 AM - 20 answers

Figure-outer and get-doner for the super-rich. Does this job exist?

I'd imagine that really rich people have someone(s) on their staff to whom they outsource a lot of the details of their life - researching what products or services to buy, where to go on vacation, contractors to hire, etc. Who does that? Does this job have a title? How does one get this job? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize to Work & Money at 11:23 AM - 30 answers

Talking about feelings with a friend

I drunkenly made out with a friend and have been trying to meet with him to talk about it and possibly see if he's interested in dating, or to at least clear things up and go back to being friends without awkwardness. He has been stalling and/or had legitimate reasons to not meet up until now, but him dragging his feet has me questioning what I should say or whether I should even still meet with him, as I fear I'm just making him more uncomfortable (which is worse than outright rejection, in my opinion). [more inside]
posted by korrasamus to Human Relations at 11:18 AM - 7 answers

Drawing: Just a Little Better Than Stick Figures

I can’t draw. I don’t really like to hand-address envelopes for fear the mailman won’t be able to read my lousy handwriting. Please help me draw just a little bit -- but not very much -- better. [more inside]
posted by thursdaystoo to Media & Arts at 11:05 AM - 7 answers

Non-bureaucratic web forms

I'm a hobbyist programmer. Due to a combination of how I learned to code (PHP and MySQL) and my particular interests, I end up working with web forms a lot. By nature, they're pretty bureaucratic, and so I'd like to see examples of more humanistic forms. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt to Computers & Internet at 10:56 AM - 2 answers

Did I just blind myself while looking at the eclipse?

I just looked at the sun while wearing Soluna eclipse glasses backwards, and now my eyes feel ever-so-slightly funny (dry, warm, stingy). Or maybe I'm imagining it. Am I going to go blind? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet to Health & Fitness at 10:43 AM - 17 answers

Should I shave my face?

Thanks to the wonders of aging, I (female) have grown numerous noticeably long white hairs on my chin and upper lip. I've been plucking, but am wondering if shaving is the way to go. The internet seems mixed on this. Are you a female-presenting person who shaves, and does it work well for you? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:49 AM - 25 answers

What cool toys should I buy for my 3 year old.

So we have this small human, and they are getting a little too old for the soft toys and blocks we've acquired thus far. Give me your recommendations for toys for a UK based small child. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know to Education at 9:22 AM - 17 answers

LOL Lemonade???

I was at an event honoring a urologist that felt like a roast at times and it was suggested that this urologist encouraged people to drink lemonade to avoid needing to see him. Why? [more inside]
posted by kat518 to Health & Fitness at 7:30 AM - 6 answers

Archetypal Top Universities

The School TM to go to for business, according to popular culture and wider society, is Harvard. For music, Julliard. For engineering, MIT. What other Archetypal/Stereotypical Schools are there for each subject? [more inside]
posted by divabat to Grab Bag at 7:10 AM - 65 answers

Anyway to get boyfriend back?

My boyfriend of a year said he's started to feel unsure about the relationship but doesn't want to breakup as he hopes the feeling is a phase. He's said it's built up overtime and is likely a product of chasing my insecurities. We live together and he goes through happy/unhappy about the relationship. I asked him several times if he wanted to breakup and he said no. I'm worried that he's rounded that corner. Also, [more inside]
posted by bluecorn to Human Relations at 6:52 AM - 24 answers

Handle extender for short stroller?

We have this stroller and we used it for the first time yesterday and boy the reviews weren't kidding; it is SHORT. What is the best way to extend the handles? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to Grab Bag at 5:47 AM - 6 answers

which quote or text should we print on the ceiling of our elevator?

Our office building manager has decided he wants to order a custom sticker to place on the ceiling of our elevator, which is in need of a little facelift. He wants to have a "fun" or "feel-good" quote to brighten people's day when (if) they look at it. Only he doesn't know what text exactly. I'm in charge of the graphic design for said text, but i'm personally not convinced we should have a text there at all, so i'm turning to the hivemind to convince me with your great ideas. [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench to Writing & Language at 5:12 AM - 44 answers

Where can I find eclipse glasses in Oregon before 9am?

I fucked up and put off eclipse glasses because I am terrible, forgetting I promised my kid we could go. I am currently in the process of trying to be less terrible, currently driving south along I5 to hit the totality in Oregon. Halp. If you know or can think of a possibility, no matter how bizarre, I would love to hear it.
posted by corb to Grab Bag at 3:03 AM - 19 answers

Help identify these sneakers!

Hey, could anyone please identify the sneakers this guy is wearing? That's all, thanks! :)
posted by Skyanth to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:35 AM - 2 answers

Local computer scientist stumped by IRL stable matching problem

I’m a queer woman. Should I ask out a guy who lives in the same house as me when I’m about to move back to the other coast in five days? How? Plus many more complications. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 1:53 AM - 16 answers

August 20

Tarot resources for self-reflection and brainstorming

I love tarot decks and their artistry and their imagery, but I don't believe in their powers of divination. I'm looking for more resources on the use of tarot for self-reflection, introspection, brainstorming, etc. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown to Grab Bag at 10:01 PM - 11 answers

Best platform for teaching music online?

I would like to be able to offer music lessons online to students outside of my geographic area (piano and vocal coaching), but have always been deterred because of a lack of simultaneous audio in both directions between myself and the student. [more inside]
posted by pianoboy to Education at 6:36 PM - 3 answers

IAteItFilter: Ate something, wish I hadn't. Am I gonna die?

My husband and I just ate some tuna salad which had been left in the back seat of a car for an hour at midday today. The temperature in the car was 104 degrees when we got back into the car. He neglected to inform me of this before we had dinner. Am I going to be violently ill, and if so, can I do anything to prevent it?
posted by snickerdoodle to Health & Fitness at 5:46 PM - 6 answers

Can I make my US Sprint Samsung Galaxy S7 work in 5 countries?

I'm taking a trip in October to France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Italy. What it the most economical way to make my US Sprint Galaxy S7 work for voice calls while traveling? BONUS QUESTION: Same. but for data. [more inside]
posted by Exchequer to Travel & Transportation at 5:26 PM - 11 answers

This water was made for walking

I am supposed to walk in a pool. Any recommendations for a public pool where I can do so in NYC (particularly downtown Manhattan/Brooklyn)? Extra points if it's near some type of transit. Many thanks.
posted by ferret branca to Health & Fitness at 4:51 PM - 11 answers

How do I renew my lease when my landlord wants old late fees?

I asked a previous question about late fees from my landlord over rent payments. I haven't paid any of the late fees yet. Now, it's time to renew the lease and, and I want to stay, and the landlord wants the full amount. How much should I offer my landlord, and how should I handle it with her? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford to Home & Garden at 4:19 PM - 49 answers

How to sue former therapist in NYC

Does anyone have experience suing a therapist? I'm trying to sue for NIED (Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress) and am seeking any lawyer resources. The kicker is that I'm below-poverty line, which is partly why she did what she did - she knows I can't fight back. Are there any NYC legal aid or pro-bono lawyers that do therapist abuse cases? If no options, I will find money somehow. Any resources are helpful, especially personal experience. [more inside]
posted by Kombucha3452 to Law & Government at 3:20 PM - 10 answers

Not getting many replies on OKcupid: NYC 20-something woman edition!

I just made a new OkCupid profile after being single for a week. It's how I met my last boyfriend. I'm looking for guys 23-26 who are average attractiveness and are looking for serious relationships. I'm not model hot but I think I look okay in the pictures I have up. And I think my profile is a good representation of my personality and interests. So why am I barely getting any replies? I usually send guys messages asking about something interesting I saw on their profile. Link to my profile. [more inside]
posted by starlybri to Human Relations at 3:02 PM - 24 answers

Can you help me find a sleeve for my iPad?

My favorite electronics sleeve, Waterfield's Suede Jacket, is not longer in production for the 9.7" iPad. Can you help me find a suitable replacement? Nitpicky details inside. [more inside]
posted by daisy55 to Computers & Internet at 2:47 PM - 3 answers

Trying to find the perfect (short but very wide) watering can

I'm trying to find a watering can with some pretty unique specifications. It needs to have a fairly open top (the place that you put water into it) and needs to be no taller than 7 1/2". Diameter is not an issue - in fact, we'd like to find as large a capacity watering can as possible, so the wider the better. Any ideas (beyond cutting the top off a gallon of milk, which is what we're doing now)?
posted by arnicae to Home & Garden at 2:07 PM - 6 answers

Recent-ish memoirs set on college campuses

I recently read Jennifer Boylan's She's Not There. I loved the setting in a New England college campus, among artsy, English department types. What are some other recent-ish memoirs (late 1990s - present) set in that environment? [more inside]
posted by 3491again to Media & Arts at 12:42 PM - 10 answers

Rapping 4 Kids

I'd like to introduce my kids to Hip Hop (they are tiny, 3 and 1). I play it for them (I have a couple playlists of censored songs), but I'd like to show them some performances. What live performances or music videos or concerts can I play, specifically of rappers rapping but without either curse words or copious beeps? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue to Media & Arts at 11:53 AM - 19 answers

how can my young friend stay in college?

A close family friend is at college on a sports scholarship. This past spring he contracted Lyme disease and after months of neurological and physical struggles, he's been told he can't play sports for the foreseeable future. I'm looking for any and all options he may have. [more inside]
posted by aimeedee to Education at 11:42 AM - 11 answers

Sinus cyst

Anyone here has a sinus cyst? It was seen a couple of years back in a X-ray panoramic of my teeth and now I have an appointment to see an ENT because I am feeling some pressure Did they take yours out? How was the surgery? How big was yourcysy? Did you have any symptoms?
posted by barexamfreak to Health & Fitness at 11:29 AM - 1 answer

Gifting a tree

Some close relatives of mine are getting married this September, and I would like to gift them a weeping willow tree. They live in suburban Connecticut. I live in a different state, and unfortunately I have no ability to pick-up/deliver a tree while I'm visiting during their wedding weekend. I see that there are various online tree delivery stores, but I'm concerned about quality and hardiness. I don't want to pay $150 for something to be delivered that dies within weeks. Have you had success with this? Also, do you suggest waiting until the spring? I read that weeping willow trees can be successfully planted in either early fall or early spring.
posted by houseofleaves to Home & Garden at 10:31 AM - 11 answers