January 18

Pool Drainage Question

We have to drain our pool. We moved into a new place, and apparently the water is pretty old. I have a few unresolved issues about this, as I'm not especially handy when it comes to these kinds of things. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix to Home & Garden at 11:15 AM - 6 answers

New Bike! Linus Dutchi vs. Electra Loft

I'm looking for a new bicycle and am drawn towards the upright styling of the Linus Dutchi and the Electra Loft. I am 5'10" and live in a flat-ish, midsized city. I will not be riding in winter. [more inside]
posted by nathaole to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 11:13 AM - 8 answers

Does it make sense to pay off a 30 year mortgage in 6-9 years?

If we were to get a 30 year fixed rate mortgage at around 4.1%, and could afford to pay off the note within 6-9 years, would that be a smart financial decision? The alternative, I suppose, would be to instead invest that extra money? [more inside]
posted by czytm to Work & Money at 11:09 AM - 18 answers

Help me be Wandering Aengus!

I'll be in Galway for a conference in late May. I'd like to tack on a week of long walks/day hikes in Ireland. Suggest itineraries? (Difficulty level: no car.) [more inside]
posted by Owl of Athena to Travel & Transportation at 10:57 AM - 4 answers

How to take a baby to a professional meeting without it ending in tears?

Tomorrow night I need to go to a professional association meeting and I have to bring my 2.5 month old. The meeting is 2 hours long. Any tips for making this go as smooth as possible? [more inside]
posted by kendrak to Human Relations at 10:54 AM - 18 answers

Origins of "rape van"?

I'm a woman in my late 40s, and the first thing I think when I see an older van without windows is that it's a "rape van." My immediate first thought is that it's a dangerous thing. Literally all of the (female) friends I ask about this agree with me: these vans are used for crimes. And yet none of us really know why that's our visceral reaction. What's the origin? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa to Grab Bag at 10:42 AM - 55 answers

High Velocity AC Tips?

We intend to have high velocity air conditioning installed in our small (ca. 1900sqft) house. If you've had such a system installed, can you share any tips/perspectives? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock to Home & Garden at 10:24 AM - 0 answers

What are best practices for sending a lot of media mail rate packages?

What are best practices for sending a lot of media mail rate packages via USPS? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow to Grab Bag at 10:12 AM - 15 answers

Gobsmacking online nonfiction + journalism classes

I'm looking for top-notch online classes for nonfiction, journalism, and nonfiction book writing, along the lines of Susan Orlean's Skillshare class. What others am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Mystical Listicle to Education at 9:02 AM - 1 answer

Gastroenteritis in a Tiny Dog

My old chihuahua pal is barfing and doing runny poops. My vet is not helpful. I'm worried about dog-to-human transmission of something like norovirus. I would like some impartial advice, especially if you can (reasonably) tell me to calm down. I also welcome anecdotes about any similar experiences you've had. (Gross play-by-play details and analysis within) [more inside]
posted by witchen to Pets & Animals at 8:07 AM - 31 answers

Advice on dealing with horrible, horrible warranty Service from Lenovo

I paid for a three-year next-business day on-site warranty for my computer. It has taken over a month for my computer to be fixed. It has been esclated to executive support. What should I do, and what should I ask for? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit to Shopping at 6:21 AM - 17 answers

Should I buy the S7 edge phone with "free" smartwatch and VR headset?

At the moment the Galaxy S7 edge is being advertised heavily in the UK and if you buy one you get a free Gear Fit 2 smartwatch. I can also get a free Samsung VR headset. Do I want this stuff? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 4:46 AM - 13 answers

How do I recover from being micromanaged and avoid getting fired?

I have recently begun a new position. It is not going well so far and reminds me very much of my most recent position, in which I was fired after only 4 weeks. I am terrified of being fired again and need pointers for how to best prove myself in my first weeks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 3:51 AM - 12 answers

How do I deal with applying for the job after the deadline?

I found a government job I'd like to apply for. Only trouble is, the deadline for applying was January 17, which is the day I'm typing this question. I'd still like to apply. How do I deal with the fact that I'll be a day late? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 3:50 AM - 12 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

I am at a crossroad in my life, and don't know what to do. Ive been thinking about moving, but depression has been making me second guess myself. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 3:50 AM - 7 answers

January 17

How to reject a gift (bribe?)?

I just got a very personal gift(TM) from someone in my company. This kinda feels like a bribe, because she's always asking for work favours. I want to not accept it, but nicely. [more inside]
posted by milque to Human Relations at 8:49 PM - 22 answers

Looking for a specific “call to action”

A number of digital “calls to action” have arisen since the election. I thought I had run across one that I can’t find again. [more inside]
posted by maurreen to Law & Government at 8:49 PM - 2 answers

Have dabba/tiffin carrier, trying to bring lunch to work more

As part of a general "Trying to change things up" (with bonus potential savings) push, I'm trying to bring lunch into work more. From a wedding gift, I am also now in possession of a dabba/tiffin-carrier. (Apologies if one term is preferred over the other, Google suggested they're interchangeable) One seems like a solution for another, so any suggested recipes/categories of food (or things to know/avoid in my use & care of this) would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave to Food & Drink at 7:01 PM - 7 answers

Convert PPT to Website?

Trying to copy and paste pages only gets me the wording, none of the graphics or formatting. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California to Computers & Internet at 6:40 PM - 9 answers

Wanted: suggestions for power-bank with pass-through charging

I've done many searches on google and amazon with little luck, so I'm hoping somebody here will have some real-world experience with a power-bank for USB charging supports "pass through charging" (allows for multiple devices to be able to plugged into the device and charging at the same time the power-brick itself is being charged. The benefit, of course, is that while travelling, one can simultaneously charge both devices and the power-bank *at the same time*. [more inside]
posted by jimmereeno to Shopping at 4:48 PM - 10 answers

Semi-homemade healthy

I really don't like to cook. My ideal meal involves pulling bags out of the freezer and pantry, dumping a scoop from each into a bowl, and nuking. For example, microwaved frozen wild rice + Indian Fare eggplant sauce + precut kale + local frozen meatballs is a tasty dish that takes less than 20 seconds to prep. Can you help me brainstorm some meals that are HEALTHY and made up basically entirely of frozen/packaged meats, carbs, veg and sauces? I have access to a Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and regular grocery store.
posted by pintapicasso to Food & Drink at 3:35 PM - 37 answers

Do I pull up last year's veggies in the garden if they're still growing?

Help a newbie out. I had kale growing last year over the summer, and they're still going strong. They're taking up half of the raised bed, and as I'm planting new baby vegetables (shoots?), I'm wondering if I'm supposed to take the old kale out. [more inside]
posted by film to Home & Garden at 3:33 PM - 12 answers

Lampshades can't be this expensive, can they?

Hola mefi!, The ladybro and I signed a lease on the apartment of our dreams. Then we went back at night to get the keys and... Oh no. The lighting is, shall we say, juvenile penitentiary chic. Thankfully, it seems fixable with some LED bulbs and some new shades for the flush mounts. So, I hop online and lamp shades are apparently the hot new investment commodity because the market is on fire- I can barely find something below $100. [more inside]
posted by GilloD to Home & Garden at 3:13 PM - 18 answers

Comprehensive list of books recommended by Obama over last 8 years?

I'm looking for a compilation of all of the book recommendations Obama has made over the last 8 years. There are lists that have come out with a few at a a time, but has anyone see a comprehensive list? Thanks!
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat to Media & Arts at 3:06 PM - 7 answers

help me make my blind dog's life as good as it can be

My darling dog Jack has gone blind, I'm looking for real-world suggestions for making his sightless-life better. [more inside]
posted by rinosaur to Pets & Animals at 3:05 PM - 9 answers

municipal websites: what's the landscape?

My small town has the world's worst website - it was basically abandoned by its vendor sometime last year, and the city manager is in no hurry to remedy that. The former contractor was CivicPlus, and the new contractor/vendor is a group called Civica, which has recently been bought by another group called Granicus. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle to Law & Government at 2:08 PM - 4 answers

What TV Shows Are Like Burn Notice and White Collar?

White Collar is my all-time favorite TV show. Recently I've speed-binged Burn Notice on Netflix, and I'm almost done. I'm looking for my next fix. [more inside]
posted by radioamy to Media & Arts at 1:45 PM - 56 answers

Suggestions for all-inclusive outdoorsy family resorts near D/FW?

We (me, my wife, our 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son) recently spent a weekend at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort on the edge of the Texas Hill Country. We had a great time and would like to do something similar this Spring. We want to try something with more hills, trees, and creeks this time around. I'm thinking northern Arkansas (I have visited Lost Valley/Buffalo River and loved the area) but that might be a little more drive than we'd like. Ideally, we'd stay within a four-hour drive of Dallas/Fort Worth but might be willing to drive a little more for something exceptional. [more inside]
posted by ElDiabloConQueso to Travel & Transportation at 1:35 PM - 4 answers

How to get one audio source for 2 separate screens connected to 1 comp?

I have my computer connected to two separate screens in different parts of one room. Strangely, if I want to play sound from the computer, I have to change source on my AV receiver depending on which screen I'm using: If using the monitor, then I need to use 'Line In 1', if the TV, then 'Optical'. Why is it not just using Line In 1 - which is what connects my computer to the Yamaha receiver? What do I need to do to only use 1 source with both screens? Thanks :) [more inside]
posted by McFizzle to Computers & Internet at 12:37 PM - 6 answers

soulful electronic music

Looking for "soulful" electronic music recommendations [more inside]
posted by bearette to Media & Arts at 12:29 PM - 38 answers

Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School 2

At almost 36 years old, I finally know what I want to do -- I want to work in historical media conservation/preservation. Preferably this would be film preservation, but I'm also very open to audio preservation and paper (and other media) archives. What is the fastest, most efficient, most direct way to get the practical skills to get my foot in the door? [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui to Education at 12:22 PM - 9 answers

How many MeFites does it take to change this light bulb?

The bulb in an overhead light fixture in my house has burned out. I cannot get the fixture open so I can change the bulb. Help me before I decide to just smash the damn thing. [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison to Home & Garden at 12:07 PM - 16 answers

light gray fonts on web pages

what options do I have to make fonts a bit darker? [more inside]
posted by egk to Computers & Internet at 12:00 PM - 11 answers

Where's the hot place in 2017 to find PHP freelancers?

It's been several years since I've been involved publicly in the freelance game, and I have a client on whose behalf I'm looking to hire a subcontractor who does good PHP work. In the past I would have gone to vWorker or freelance.com, but like I said, it's been a while and I'm not sure where all the cool PHP freelancers hang out these days. [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo to Work & Money at 11:03 AM - 4 answers

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me (Car Edition)

I'm a first time car owner and I do not understand cars at all. How can I learn about cars, or enough about my car, that I'm not taken advantage of by mechanics/dealers when I repair/buy cars? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise to Travel & Transportation at 10:53 AM - 34 answers

Data Munge: Uknown combination of 7 numbers produces a given number.

Data Munging Pros: In a spreadsheet with ten data columns, Column "A" is related to columns "B" through "J" in that some unknown combination or interaction of some or all of them will produce the data in Column "A". How do we determine what that combination is? (I can't even find what this type of problem is called, and I've not been able to find any productive Google search terms.) A more thorough explanation/example is provided in-thread. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj to Science & Nature at 10:20 AM - 13 answers

Working with the elderly. A life for me?

I am interested in becoming a Certified Fiduciary. Can I make a decent living doing this? [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert to Work & Money at 10:17 AM - 4 answers

Did I make the right decision to breakup?

Ended things with someone. Wondering if I made the right choice. [more inside]
posted by treetop89 to Human Relations at 10:09 AM - 20 answers

Video of my grandfather's birthday announcement on the morning news

My grandfather's 100th birthday was announced on KTLA morning news this morning sometime before 7am. Is there a way to get a free copy of the tape or digital video file? Any chance someone in the MetaFilter community has it on their DVR? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak to Grab Bag at 10:00 AM - 5 answers

Need a video editor for 10 hours of raw wedding footage

When we signed the contract for the videography of our wedding, we misunderstood how raw the raw footage would be. We need to find someone who can edit about 10 hours of footage from three cameras down to about two hours. We don't want to work with our videographer because we are unhappy with his turn-around times and price. Does anybody have personal experience with an editor for such a job?
posted by Lucubrator to Media & Arts at 9:43 AM - 9 answers

Son's teeth are braces-free, hurrah! How to celebrate/cheer him up?

My 15-year-old son is getting his braces off. This means he can again indulge in some of his favourite snacks, especially popcorn and chewing gum. I want to celebrate and also cheer him up (he's been a bit glum lately)--already thinking of taking him to the cinema *just* for a big bag of MOVIE THEATRE popcorn, and putting together a care package of various brands of gum for his school locker, but other than that, I got nothing. Any ideas, mefites, for braces-themed jokes or treats, etc., that I can surprise him with for, say, a week? Even mild pranks might work (the equivalent of putting googly eyes on stuff, but braces/teeth themed)? He has a silly sense of humour. Thanks :)
posted by methroach to Grab Bag at 9:14 AM - 17 answers

Looking for a good how to cook and food magazine

I don't know how to cook very well. Cookbooks, even ones that claim to be quick and minimal bore me. Motivator? Maybe a magazine with recipes, credible interesting articles on food and nutrition (even a lttle wine) I read Eating Well magazine and it seems pretty good. Any other suggestions?
posted by ebesan to Food & Drink at 8:42 AM - 21 answers

Free yourself from the grind

Who are the best gurus and best resources for "freeing yourself from the 9 to 5 grind"? Everybody and his brother has a book on how to set up an online business and/or multiple streams of income that will allow you to work from anywhere on your own schedule. Who are the best? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork to Work & Money at 8:29 AM - 18 answers

Vegetarian cooking projects

My wife and I like to take weekends to engage in more complicated (or just time intensive) cooking projects. The problem is that most of my ideas are very meat heavy. I'd like some ideas for vegetarian or just vegetable focused, cooking projects. [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos to Food & Drink at 8:20 AM - 27 answers

Should I try online dating because I have not met any men being social?

I am 21 and I am going to graduate college soon. I have never had a boyfriend or been asked out before. I am in shape (5'5 and weigh 125 pounds). I feel like guys are not interested in me even when I do try to be social. Should I actually try online dating because I have not met any men being social? [more inside]
posted by ionable to Human Relations at 8:05 AM - 23 answers

how long does it take to send mail from New York to DC?

How long does it take for a letter mailed from New York to reach the recipient in DC? [more inside]
posted by thereemix to Grab Bag at 6:35 AM - 7 answers

Can I run an extension cord behind drywall?

My wife and I finally broke down and bought a modern, flat-screen TV. I would like to hang it and hide the wires behind the wall. I know that I can do this with the low-voltage, HDMI cables, but I am wondering if I can run a good commercial-grade extension cord behind the wall as well so that I can hide the TV's power cord. Is this a dangerous/terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by 4ster to Home & Garden at 6:01 AM - 7 answers

Could Brexit be prevented altogether?

British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that leaving the EU would mean leaving the single market, and that both Houses of Parliament would get to vote on the deal. If the House of Lords believes it would be bad for Britain to leave the single market, could they prevent Brexit? How likely is this to occur? Could the Commons overrule them in this instance?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 to Law & Government at 5:09 AM - 11 answers

Heading to New York

I've been offered a job at 70k per year (pre tax) located in Manhattan to start in September of this year. I'd like to live as close to midtown as possible, but I'm also aware that rent is very expensive. What are my options for: 1 to 2 roomies, or a studio apartment around 1,200 per month. I'd be fine with up to a 45 minute commute. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 1:49 AM - 29 answers

How do I move past being an unsuspecting & unwilling wing woman?

I just learned that some people I consider friends only befriended me in order to pursue my best friend romantically. Where do I go from here? A veritable flurry inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 1:49 AM - 22 answers

He seems very attracted to me but is unable to maintain his erection

I have been dating my boyfriend for a few months now. Since the first time we had sex, he kept losing his erection. I thought it was just nerves but things never got better. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 1:49 AM - 16 answers

January 16

Urgent: Need lawyer for Seattle area for arrest at airport

Asking for a friend: "my friend's aunt has been arrested at the Seattle airport FOR NO REASON while on vacation in the US and we are trying to help her. Does anyone know any immigration lawyers in the Seattle area/hotlines to call for advice/other relevant resources..." Any help I could relay would be great. Thanks!
posted by wallawallasweet to Law & Government at 11:34 PM - 2 answers

Still tasty?

Is there any particular reason why I should upgrade to Delicious Library 3 instead of retaining Delicious Library 2 on my Macbook? [more inside]
posted by FarOutFreak to Computers & Internet at 11:05 PM - 5 answers

Please help us name our new puppy!

We are adopting a shih tzu puppy, yaaay! We would love some help picking a name for him! [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 to Pets & Animals at 10:32 PM - 26 answers

Becoming a teacher in the Clark Country School District

My mother is currently considering becoming a teacher in the Clark Country School District under this Nevada Teachers program, is this program a workable career launcher for an older woman? [more inside]
posted by foxfirefey to Work & Money at 8:47 PM - 10 answers

Welsh translation help: "y barnydd"?

In the context of a piece in the newspaper, specifically Y Drych from the 1880's-1900's, what does "Y Barnydd" mean? It's always followed by a person's name, for example, "Y Barnydd H. M. Edwards." Bonus question: where do I seek Welsh translation help that is not Google translate or helpful people on Metafilter?
posted by blnkfrnk to Grab Bag at 8:01 PM - 9 answers

Neat places to crash in Tokyo and Kyoto?

Looking for nicely situated botique hotels in Kyoto and Tokyo-- can anyone recommend something that would be memorable w/o breaking the bank?
posted by xmutex to Travel & Transportation at 6:34 PM - 8 answers

Renting family cabins in the Poconos this summer

Where is a good place in the Poconos to rent 2-3 adjacent cabins near a lake in the Poconos? Needs to be kid/family friendly with full amenities including AC and kitchens. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious to Travel & Transportation at 6:06 PM - 1 answer

Toddler-sized feminist shirts in NYC by Saturday?

Taking toddlers and kids to NYC march, decided we should all wear shirts there, instead of counting on finding some on site. Seen any cool shirts in this size? That I could obtain on such short notice?
posted by mahorn to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 5:33 PM - 5 answers

Inauguration & Women's March activities in DC?

Heading to DC this weekend with some friends for the inauguration and the Women's March. We're lefties and would love to plug into activities either on Friday or Saturday night. [more inside]
posted by Karmacane to Travel & Transportation at 4:06 PM - 4 answers