December 7

US/Canada Dual Citizenship Explainer?

I was born in Canada in 1974 to a Canadian father and American mother. I have a US State Department-issued Birth of US Citizen Abroad and a Canadian birth certificate. In 1977, we all moved to the US, where we have stayed. My dad is a permanent resident alien with a green card. I have a US passport and social security number. I'm married to a US citizen and have a son. What is the process should I want to return to Canada, with my family? [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen to Law & Government at 7:48 AM - 16 answers

Baby knitting ideas for soft, but crazy hot synthetic yarn

I live in a hot, humid climate. I have bought a 60% acrylic, 40% nylon yarn to make baby presents for friends. It's not the best choice for this climate. What can I make with it? [more inside]
posted by satoshi to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:37 AM - 13 answers

Wife loves kickboxing – Christmas edition

Hey all, my wife recently discovered a passion for kickboxing and I'd love to support her in it via Christmas presents in the equipment and accessories areas. [more inside]
posted by renderthis to Health & Fitness at 7:19 AM - 8 answers

What are some small things you can do to help service people?

Service workers of Metafilter (retail workers, contractors, plumbers, baristas, etc.): What are some small, non-obvious things customers can do that are a big help? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis to Human Relations at 7:12 AM - 49 answers

Contemporary design hubs/stores in Mexico City? Eindhoven?

I'm looking for suggestions of boutiques, museum stores, experimental design studios, and the like in fertile design centers not in the U.S. (online stores or willingness to ship to the U.S. is a necessity)? [more inside]
posted by essenescence to Shopping at 6:59 AM - 6 answers

Off the shelf question database/management system for repeated surveys?

Is there an existing piece of software that would allow me to track and manage questions on several waves of a large survey? [more inside]
posted by knapah to Technology at 3:04 AM - 6 answers

December 6

Looking for a short story level up your starbucks skill

I've been looking for this short story I read online - I'm pretty sure it was part of a collection linked from a mefi front page. Where there was multiple authors collected about how the future might be. Not necessarily dystopian. [more inside]
posted by dinoworx to Society & Culture at 11:36 PM - 3 answers

Help Me Dance Better About Architecture

What are your favourite examples of music writing? I'm looking specifically for pieces and articles that introduced you to someone new, that made you want to either buy their records or go see them live. My own favourite example is the artist biographies from the Golden Plains Music Festival. [more inside]
posted by beijingbrown to Writing & Language at 10:22 PM - 9 answers

Who will rid us of this troublesome beast?

Why can Alex Jones make outlandish claims that provoke gullible people into illegal acts without breaking any laws himself? Why haven't he and his cohort been sued into oblivion?
posted by Johnny Wallflower to Law & Government at 7:54 PM - 16 answers

Reliable Computer Repair Shop in Brooklyn, The Bronx or Manhattan

Does anyone have a recommendation for a computer repair shop ideally in Brooklyn, The Bronx or Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes to Computers & Internet at 7:44 PM - 3 answers

Books about Celtic Christianity or Spirituality

I am interested in learning about the history of Celtic Christianity or spirituality. I am having trouble finding books that are about the history of this period, rather than being "self help" type books about lessons from that period that can be applied to today. I want a good, solid history, preferably one that is available on Kindle. Can you suggest something? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk to Religion & Philosophy at 7:15 PM - 8 answers

Need spreadsheet with pivot tables, but can't really use Excel or Sheets

We have a very large Excel spreadsheet with a lot of raw sales data. I'm then creating pivot tables to look at the info in various ways to help our sales team. However, we're bumping into some severe limitations with regards security, sharing, and user-friendliness of the UI and trying to figure out if there are alternatives. [more inside]
posted by edjusted to Computers & Internet at 6:46 PM - 15 answers

Ideas for how to practice receiving criticism

The best way to get better at something is to practice. I'd like to get better at handling criticism and rejection. What are some good ways to practice that? [more inside]
posted by nthing to Human Relations at 6:37 PM - 27 answers

Finding files consisting of only NUL character in Windows

So I've got a folder for my music projects going back to 2000. It's a mess, and I back it up every so often. I had a HD crash a few years ago, and I have no idea what I used to restore it, but I remember at the time I felt lucky I got back everything. Except I don't think I did. Whatever I used ended up writing files with the proper byte size consisting entirely of NUL characters. [more inside]
posted by Catblack to Computers & Internet at 6:31 PM - 7 answers

Is spontaneous recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder a thing?

For 5-6 months last year, my daughter was falling apart. Symptoms included extreme hostility, depression, inability to focus on simple tasks, insomnia. She was virtually incapable of caring for herself, so I moved in with her. She was taken to the ER 6 times between July and Oct and hospitalized for 3-7 days each time (4 different university affiliated Chicago hospitals). Diagnoses included PTSD, anxiety disorder(s), Bipolar, and Borderline Personality Disorder. (I first wrote about these issues here.) Then the crisis passed and within a matter of weeks, these labels no longer seemed applicable. So, what happened? [more inside]
posted by zombies puppet to Health & Fitness at 6:24 PM - 21 answers

Physics Filter: Height of capillary rise

Where can I buy a glass capillary tube so narrow such that I can see the maximum capillary rise for water? [more inside]
posted by SunPower to Science & Nature at 6:22 PM - 3 answers

2006 Hyundai Sonata Front Wheel Issue

I have a 2006 Hyundai Sonata that is making a loud clunking noise when I first put the car in gear. I start the car, put my foot on the brake, put the car in R and I hear a creeeeaakkk, clunk! noise coming from the front, passenger side wheel. I back up out of the driveway/parking spot, put the car in D and get a slight clunk! noise out of the same wheel again. Then I'm off down the road and all seems good unless I hit a pothole or some other bump in the road and it's another clunk! noise out of the same wheel. What could this be? Any thoughts?
posted by NoMich to Travel & Transportation at 6:02 PM - 7 answers

What to do in Montreal on Christmas Night?

Hello All, My husband and I will be traveling to Montreal for the Christmas Holiday. We will be arriving on Christmas night and leaving New Years Day. As a traveler I tend to want to live as a local when visiting another city/country. And one of my favorite things to do on Christmas Night is drink cheap beers in a dive bar. As such, I was hoping that someone might be able to tell me if there are any good dive bars in Montreal that will be open on Christmas Night that would be good for libations and merriment. We will be staying in the Mile End Neighborhood of Montreal. Thanks and Cheers!
posted by maryrosefromthedead to Travel & Transportation at 4:42 PM - 1 answer

Give me your biddies, your scolds, your gossips

Please recommend small-town, woman-centric, low-stakes, non-romantic entertainments for me. [more inside]
posted by potrzebie to Media & Arts at 3:13 PM - 48 answers

How do I find the old BBC documentary The Mind Traveller?

I'd like to watch the old documentary but his official website says it is currently unavailable and googling has turned up very little. Does anyone more savvy know? Mind Traveller: Oliver Sacks
posted by just.good.enough to Media & Arts at 2:55 PM - 2 answers

All in one scheduler, patient case file management system

Have you used or do you know of an all-in-one patient management system for alternative health or talk therapy or massage therapy? I'm looking for a way to schedule appointments on the internet, store patient information and print receipts, etc. for my little practice. Special snowflakes within... [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea to Work & Money at 2:30 PM - 3 answers

Soccer in the snow belt

Anyone know of a place in the Brattleboro/Putney VT area where I could watch the MLS final on Saturday?
posted by transient to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:25 PM - 1 answer

Help me find a doctor for someone who hates doctors.

I'm looking for a doctor in the Minneapolis area who is good at listening to patients and won't just band-aid symptoms. [more inside]
posted by cabingirl to Health & Fitness at 1:45 PM - 6 answers

30 is right around the corner and I’ve never felt more lost.

I wake up and live every day like a zombie – miserable at work and then I go home, go to the gym, eat crappy takeout and go to sleep. It just all feels so pointless, like I’m slowly wasting away and not living the full life I’m supposed to live. I want friends, love, a family, and a job or hobby to live for. But I almost feel paralyzed – if I have no interests and don’t want to be around anyone, how do I get my life started? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel to Grab Bag at 12:31 PM - 25 answers

How to time management? ADHD Edition

I have ADHD and am struggling with time management at work. If you have ADHD, how do you get things done in a timely manner? [more inside]
posted by tweedle to Health & Fitness at 12:21 PM - 9 answers

Where? Data to help calculate total food and water consumed in lifetime

My birthday is on it's way. I'd like to calculate the general amount of food I've consumed in weight and the amount of water I've drunk in gallons within my current lifespan
posted by goalyeehah to Education at 11:00 AM - 5 answers

Kosher delis in New York City

Please recommend to me your favorite *kosher* delis in New York City. I'm specifically looking for restaurants that are certified as kosher and serve classics like pastrami and corned beef (like Second Ave. Deli and Pastrami Queen), not those that call themselves "kosher-style" or just "Jewish" delis (such as Katz's). Anywhere in the five boroughs is great. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to Food & Drink at 10:30 AM - 23 answers

Can you please recommend some new podcasts for me?

Can you please recommend some new podcasts for me? Podcasts I already listen to : Hardcore History, Radiolab, Planet Money, This American Life, Fresh Air, Freakonomics, The Bowery Boys, Snap Judgment, My History Can Beat Up Your Politics, Flash Forward, Invisibilia, More Perfect
posted by panama joe to Media & Arts at 9:53 AM - 36 answers

Functional winter boots and socks for my mom with thick calves

Hey guys! I need to get my mom some new winter boots and nice, thick socks asap. Eh...snowflakes within... [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:43 AM - 18 answers

Tips for neatening, formatting, and organizing self-study math homework?

Please give me your tips on making handwritten math homework more attractive and useful, so I can enjoy reviewing my self-study math notebook. [more inside]
posted by kristi to Education at 9:39 AM - 13 answers

Lost on the internet: Good Job interview questions list

I have to conduct job interview soon, a task I do not enjoy. I came across a list in the last year of interesting creative job interview questions that were not B.S. ping pong balls on a 747 and were a little more creative than read me your resume, but flesh it out. I recall the list being long (200+?) and a power point. Does this ring a bell? Where can I find it? My google-fu is google-fu....., you know what I mean.
posted by history is a weapon to Human Relations at 8:58 AM - 4 answers

Missed miscarriage

I was found with a missed miscarriage last week after my ultrasound showed no fetal heartbeat or blood supply. Blood tests confirmed this. I have an appointment with my doctor today about what to do next and she told me on the phone that she is worried about doing a d&c due to possible scarring. Can you help me prepare for this conversation? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso to Health & Fitness at 8:48 AM - 21 answers

Cotton handkerchiefs that don't curl at the edges

I am looking for plain white cotton handkerchiefs that won't curl up at the edges when I wash them. I don't want to iron my handkerchiefs. I realize they'll be wrinkled and I don't mind that. But I'd really like to find some that don't curl up terribly at the edges. [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:47 AM - 4 answers

what to expect from layer3tv?

So, I did some research on this and reviews from Facebook say, that this is a decent cable. I cancelled my PS vue service in order to try it out as it has all HD and it is 4k ready. Has anyone here tried this service? If so what to expect? [more inside]
posted by samcivic to Technology at 8:44 AM - 3 answers

I wanna watch folks dance up on each other!

Looking for reference -- movies, tv show episodes, YouTube videos, whatever -- of couples dancing informally and enthusiastically. Less "ballroom" and more "at the club." Same-sex couples preferred, but I'll take anything! [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities to Media & Arts at 8:17 AM - 14 answers

How to Test My Thesis About Betting Against Twitchy Markets

Thesis: highly successful public companies trade on a hair-trigger. This ensures overreaction to immaterial or near-immaterial negative news, as twitchy traders on both sides rush to anticipate short term reaction (betting on the betting rather than on the bet). Investors with a more patient attitude who buy these dips should, in the aggregate, profit when the stock recovers. there a modeling service I can use to test this thesis? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover to Work & Money at 7:52 AM - 18 answers

Finding focus and mental energy for side projects

I would like to spend more free time working on side projects, but I can't find the focus by the end of a workday. Can you? Tell me how. [more inside]
posted by enn to Grab Bag at 7:33 AM - 9 answers

How do I mini split?

Renting a place with Daikin mini-splits, and can't seem to figure out how to effectually use it. [more inside]
posted by damayanti to Technology at 6:43 AM - 3 answers

Union authorization cards

I am a government employee in New York City. I signed a union authorization card but would like to revoke this card. Is this possible, and if so, how do I do so? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 5:30 AM - 7 answers

Dating with herpes - how do I go about this?

Need advice on how to feel less awkward about having herpes and disclosing it to people I am dating. More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 5:30 AM - 11 answers

"There are no girls on the internet."

Many men on the internet think that there are no - or at least not very many - women on the internet. I want actual demographic data, but it turns out to be complicated. I also have some more specific types of data I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi to Computers & Internet at 3:02 AM - 8 answers

Woody root(?) in Cambodia

I saw a woody branch-like plant for sale at Cambodian vegetables stands. What was it? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals to Home & Garden at 2:24 AM - 5 answers

Geology toy with different colored layers of sand in water between glass

When I was a kid (UK 80s), a friend had a sort of geology toy. It was two pieces of glass (7 by 4 inches) sandwiching a thin layer of water and different colored sand. The sand would fall into different layers like strata when you shook it up. Anyone know what I'm talking about or what it is called? I'm looking to buy one for Xmas. [more inside]
posted by guy72277 to Shopping at 1:50 AM - 6 answers

Does having to wait a long time for hot water = no hot water?

I moved into an apartment in downtown San Jose on Dec 2nd. It is taking on average, 8 minutes for hot water to start running out of all the taps and the shower. I notified my landlord the same day, and they said that one of the tanks is down, and that it's being repaired. It is now Dec. 6, and still no progress. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink to Law & Government at 1:03 AM - 9 answers

Christmas present for a photographer

OH is a keen amateur photographer, but the camera is very bulky (Nikon D3200). I just read about pancake lenses. [more inside]
posted by superfish to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 12:05 AM - 8 answers

December 5

Companies that will let me transfer to a different city?

What companies can I work for in Oakland/San Francisco that would allow me to transfer to another city? I have a bachelor's degree in Biology but no special skills. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell to Work & Money at 11:56 PM - 13 answers

Single lady looking for threesomes.

So according to the internet I am a unicorn. This seems like a stupid question, because apparently there are gazillions of couples looking for ladies like me, but I don't know how to go about this safely. [more inside]
posted by Dilemma to Human Relations at 10:01 PM - 8 answers

The strange matter of my cat's fur

This is my cat, Daisy. She produces little clumps of matter in her fur. Her veterinarian is stumped, so I’m asking the Hive Mind for help. [more inside]
posted by bryon to Pets & Animals at 9:29 PM - 7 answers

A (prof.) ex-supervisor is actively trying to slander me. What now?

Recently, I left a job at a major public research university in California to pursue a new position in industry. Unfortunately, the separation was not amicable, and the professor I worked for became irrationally extremely angry because the timing of my departure inevitably was disruptive to the work of his lab. I have since learned that he has been actively cold-calling other former colleagues and supervisors of mine (who he doesn't otherwise have any relationship with), just to slander me and make all sorts of absurd accusations about my alleged poor character and dishonesty. What do I do about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Law & Government at 9:23 PM - 13 answers

Seeking easy Danish language media

I'm going to spend a month or two in Denmark next spring, and although it's likely that everyone I meet there will speak better English than I do, I started the Duolingo Danish course and to my surprise I'm really enjoying it. Can you recommend Danish-language media (movies, tv or radio shows, bloggers or vloggers...) that I can access online, maybe have Danish subtitles, and that I might have a chance of understanding even though I haven't even learned the past tense yet? (Don't worry, I'll get to that soon.)
posted by moonmilk to Writing & Language at 8:24 PM - 20 answers

How do you coax a cat out of the crawl space?

Last Monday (11/28), my cat got outside and went under the house into the 117-year-old crawl space. I went in the crawl space on Tuesday and Wednesday, saw/heard/smelled no sign of him, and we assumed he was out in the neighborhood. Then the weird under-house sounds started, and it took us until about Friday/Saturday to be mostly sure he was under there. [more inside]
posted by coast99 to Pets & Animals at 6:41 PM - 21 answers

What should my 2nd meal of the day be?

I'd like to eat the same dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. For months I've been making chicken stir-fry with rice & veggies for breakfast, and a garden salad for dinner, sometimes with a side serving of meat, which I'm happy with. I've been eating take-out middle eastern or Mexican food for lunch, usually, but I'd like to stop getting take-out and instead make something myself, the same basic thing every day. Thus will my food consumption become utterly, blissfully predictable. [more inside]
posted by bertran to Food & Drink at 6:18 PM - 18 answers

PC Video Game Ideas for My Mom

I'm looking for suggestions for a new video game for my mom as a Christmas gift. This would be for Windows PC, as she doesn't have any gaming systems. [more inside]
posted by Preserver to Computers & Internet at 5:58 PM - 14 answers

Possibly NSFL: Urine, Cracked Heels

Substitutions for Urea Cream 40%? [more inside]
posted by allelopath to Health & Fitness at 5:49 PM - 21 answers

Weird dark spot on Fuji X100T electronic viewfinder

Our Fuji X100T (fixed lens) digital camera has an electronic viewfinder that has a really weird dark spot right on the center of its electronic viewfinder "view". (Two photos looking through the viewfinder to the EVF.) [more inside]
posted by jroybal to Technology at 4:22 PM - 4 answers

Movies about love for young boys

Can you help me find movies about young love or first love that are suitable for early teen boys? My boys are 12 and 14. [more inside]
posted by stellathon to Media & Arts at 4:13 PM - 31 answers

books that are entirely unsuited to e-readers?

I've switched to an e-reader for most of my reading material, but I still love physical books and I enjoy getting new ones that I can somehow justify as unsuited to the screen. What are some books that really CANNOT be experienced properly in electronic format? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 4:12 PM - 41 answers

Learning to live in a freezer

I suffer from significant cold-intolerance, probably due to an small but uncorrectable level of anemia. I can't spend my life huddled in my wheelchair under electric blankets turned up to 11. Need (frugal, wheelchair-bound, significantly dexterity-challenged) ideas on how to cold-proof my body for life, work and transport. [more inside]
posted by zaixfeep to Health & Fitness at 2:45 PM - 33 answers

[Non-monogomous Filter] How to handle meeting my partner's partner?

How do I handle this situation in my open relationship? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 2:35 PM - 13 answers

Bells in Secular Music (Or Really Good Religious Music)

I was thinking today how I like "Carol of the Bells," then thought how I also like "Tubular Bells." Then how I love the album Pantha du Prince did with Bell Laboratory. So now that I know I like bells, what should I listen to, aside from really churchy or new age stuff? I can get pretty experimental in my tastes, so don't worry about being too out there. It's also okay if it's instrumentation that just sounds a lot like bells. Please avoid all other holiday music.
posted by mermaidcafe to Media & Arts at 2:32 PM - 21 answers