July 21

How can I best clean my mattress after a stain?

I came home tonight to find a 2 foot square wet spot on my mattress. I have allergies and sensitivity to mold and odors. [more inside]
posted by ramenopres to Home & Garden at 11:13 PM - 12 answers

What is the process for deciding timing of who goes first: RNC or DNC?

I'd be interested to learn more about it. Do they switch up every four years so one time the Republican National Convention goes first and then next time they go second? And then the Democrats swap back? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos to Law & Government at 9:17 PM - 6 answers

Ideas for a low-key bachelorette party in Montreal

What fun and non-touristy activities could I help plan for one of my dearest friend's bachelorette party in Montreal? I know she'd like something more on the relaxing end of the spectrum than a typical party, but I'm doing this from California and not able to check things out in person. [more inside]
posted by erratic meatsack to Grab Bag at 8:28 PM - 9 answers

Roses in Art (For a Friend)

[Question from a non-MeFi friend:]
I am looking for the name or term used to refer to a specific style/design of rose frequently depicted in Japanese and Chinese art.
[more inside]
posted by KChasm to Media & Arts at 8:13 PM - 4 answers

Stucco cottage insides on our vegetables

There's dust from a wall cut all over our vegetables and their soil. Is this a garden ruiner or just an extra scrub of the veggies? [more inside]
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk to Home & Garden at 7:41 PM - 7 answers

What does the Braille on this restroom sign say?

A friend recently saw this bathroom sign in Utah; we agree that the imagery and wording for the sighted are pretty great. But what does the Braille say? Looks like the letters are ??WOME -- but transliterating doesn't really help me understand the text. I couldn't find anything similar on these ADA bathroom signs. Help?
posted by zebra to Writing & Language at 7:07 PM - 5 answers

Suggestions for things to do while visiting Raleigh, NC?

I moved to Raleigh, NC a while ago. I like it here a lot. It's great. I'm really glad I moved here. Now I have a friend coming out to visit. I'd like to show her around. This is kind of embarrassing, but I don't know where to take her. I've spent the entire time I've been here either working or riding. She isn't super into horses. [more inside]
posted by trevor_case to Travel & Transportation at 6:59 PM - 12 answers

Give me feedback on my OKC profile!

I've decided to commit more fully to online dating, and since I am I might as well do a good job of it. Take a look, what can I improve? Link is currently my "homepage" on my mefi profile. [more inside]
posted by coolname to Writing & Language at 6:58 PM - 16 answers

i have brain cancer and no one to care for me

How do I have cancer alone? [more inside]
posted by hollisimo to Human Relations at 6:06 PM - 29 answers

What can I grow starting now?

I just got a patch of garden I can start growing things in. It is a bit late in the summer, so I am guessing I am out of the planting window for many vegetables. I was wondering what I could grow now that I may be able to harvest in the fall. Maybe chillies? I'm up for anything. I live in Portland, Oregon.
posted by Paul the Octopus to Home & Garden at 6:00 PM - 13 answers

What was this drama tv show that included only 2 people per ep?

Can you help me identify this drama tv show that included only 2 people per episode? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce to Media & Arts at 5:35 PM - 3 answers

Where can I find Rock the House Down from the Spies Like Us Soundtrack?

Where can I find/obtain the song "Rock the House Down" written by Peter Aykroyd and Jon Tiven for the Spies Like Us (1985) soundtrack?
posted by circular to Media & Arts at 4:38 PM - 2 answers

mystery location in the late 1960s

I'm looking to identify a remembered location from my childhood. Mom remembers about as much as I do. [more inside]
posted by the Real Dan to Grab Bag at 4:14 PM - 5 answers

How do I get funding as a progressive political candidate in the US?

Let's say, hypothetically, that I wanted to run as a progressive in a political race that is normally uncontested in favor of the Republican (R) candidate. How do I go about getting funding for this? From locals, as well as national bodies? [more inside]
posted by Tyrant King Porn Dragon to Law & Government at 4:03 PM - 7 answers

Tenant Rights in Toronto

I live in Toronto. My two roommates and I signed a lease to begin in September 2014, and to end in August 2016. My roommates are not interested in extending the lease, and have already found new places to live. However, I am interested in staying, and have told the landlords so. Do I have any right to stay? [more inside]
posted by tickingclock to Law & Government at 3:54 PM - 6 answers

Gmail labels missing in Safari on Mac

I recently switched from Chrome to Safari on my MacPro desktop (OSX El Capitan). When I view my Gmail in the Safari browser, all the labels (tags) on previous emails are missing. [more inside]
posted by Joleta to Computers & Internet at 3:49 PM - 3 answers

Recommend some state-of-the-art mystery novels.

I'm interested in catching up with the latest developments in the evolution of the mystery novel. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by Mothlight to Media & Arts at 2:33 PM - 17 answers

Where you stop overnight on road trip from NJ to Bar Harbor, ME?

Driving from Northern NJ to Bar Harbor ME in late august (peak tourism!), and trying to find a good place to spend the night on the way up. [more inside]
posted by malphigian to Travel & Transportation at 2:14 PM - 19 answers

Bike Tour: Portland -> San Francisco

Starting mid-August I am riding my bike from Portland to SF via the coast. I'd love any mefite insights to this trip. I have The Book. I have my gear. I plan on mostly camping. Aiming for 50-60 miles/day. I also have questions. [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered to Travel & Transportation at 2:05 PM - 14 answers

Reykjavik Marathon and the slower runner - food stations

I'm running the Reykjavik Marathon next month. I'm a proper runner, but slow and steady. I'm looking to do the mara in under 6 hours. Have you experienced the Reykjavik Marathon (recently) as a spectator or runner and do you have specific knowledge as to whether they pack up the food stations early or run out of the powerade and bananas they say they supply. Runners can provide a pack for themselves to be available at 20k and 30k but will this just get thrown away before I get to it? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee to Health & Fitness at 1:30 PM - 4 answers

Help with home office backup strategy

I want to create a backup system for my home office, and I'm not sure how to go about it. Questions within. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist to Computers & Internet at 12:54 PM - 2 answers

Is this a 'if you have to ask, you already know the answer' thing?

I bought this dress to wear for my wedding, but have since decided on something else. Now I want to wear it to a friend's black tie wedding, but I am concerned that it looks too bridal. [more inside]
posted by CookieNose to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 12:32 PM - 40 answers

Big nasties

Are "waterbugs" (aka roaches) in the summer a Chicago thing? Or are they a summer thing in Chicago? Or? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar to Home & Garden at 11:04 AM - 22 answers

La Vie En Rose-Colored Glasses

I have been back in New York City for less than 24 hours after my second trip to Paris, and came home with starry eyes. And - in the past 3 hours, enough people have remarked on that and said "why don't you just move there?" that I'm starting to think about it. I need some reality. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Grab Bag at 11:00 AM - 36 answers

Where to source leather for a DIY watch band?

I'd like to take a stab at making my own watch band(s) out of leather. There are plenty of tutorials out there on the process, but I am not so sure about where to source the materials -- especially the leather itself. [more inside]
posted by cubby to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 10:50 AM - 9 answers

What is the difference between giving into something and accepting it?

I've been single for a minute. I met somebody that makes me feel good, act happy, and ticks a lot of my boxes. There are, however, a few differences in our world view and life experiences that are deal breakers for me. I can never see myself dating this person, but we have fun. Do I break it off, or continue feeling good and have a breezy time? Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Vrai to Human Relations at 9:17 AM - 24 answers

Is there chocolate subscription in the UK that's definitely gluten free?

I want to get a friend and his new wife a monthly chocolate subscription to celebrate their wedding, but I am having a hard time finding one that is gluten free. Please help! [more inside]
posted by kendrak to Food & Drink at 9:03 AM - 6 answers

Tracking team availability

I am part of a ten-person team that is spread across several states and time zones. We are looking for a free and easy solution that will allow us to keep track of who is in or out of the office each day. [more inside]
posted by galvanized unicorn to Computers & Internet at 8:34 AM - 3 answers

What's the best way to send money or transfer funds to Ecuador?

I need to send some funds from the US to Ecuador in a timely manner. My recipients have provided me a name, a phone number and a bank name. I'm not sure my recipients have a bank account. [more inside]
posted by rw to Grab Bag at 8:16 AM - 7 answers

Harvesting kale: whole plant, or bit by bit?

I put some kale plants in my very small back yard patch this summer and it's flourishing. The question is simple: when I want some kale, do I cut down one whole plant, or do I trim a branch here, a branch there, off several plants? [more inside]
posted by zadcat to Home & Garden at 8:10 AM - 11 answers

Just Tighten It Up a Little Here and There

How have you gone about improving your slight sloppiness in almost all aspects of life? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv to Human Relations at 6:42 AM - 12 answers

Iceland - campervan recommendations

We want to go to Iceland late August/early September. We've never camped, or vanned, much less campervanned, but it sounds like an adventure! Now seeking advice from Iceland holiday veterans, van connoisseurs and fellow travelers. [more inside]
posted by harujion to Travel & Transportation at 5:25 AM - 5 answers

Best solution for running Windows in the cloud?

From any machine, I would like to be able to fire up an on-demand instance of Windows in a remote virtual machine with a pre-configured image (I have some specific requirements for the software I would require). From this image I want to be able to access some persisted data. What is currently the best solution for doing this? [more inside]
posted by oclipa to Computers & Internet at 5:14 AM - 9 answers

Recommendations for a new water heater / brand?

We need a new water heater. Do you have any reason to believe your water heater is better or worse than other water heaters? [more inside]
posted by springo to Home & Garden at 4:06 AM - 10 answers

I live in California, my gun control vote doesn't count.

Sometime in the recent weeks, maybe around the time of the mass murder in Orlando, or a bit before, a friend posted an article about giving money to candidates in close races around the country who supported gun control. I think it was in Huffington Post but I don't have the search terms and can't find it. Any leads? Please and thank you.
posted by Duffington to Law & Government at 1:19 AM - 1 answer

Bored with my job

Too good to leave, too bad to stay: job edition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 12:17 AM - 4 answers

I was poached internally - how to mitigate the fallout?

I was approached by the manager of a different department than the one I work in (same company). She asked me about my interest in a position in her department. I hadn't considered it previously, but after doing more research, I decided that it would be a great move for me, as I'll be making quite a bit more money than I'm making now and it's a fantastic growth opportunity. She asked me to keep the interviews, hiring procedures, etc. quiet with my current managers until the details were finalized. I wasn't super comfortable with this (I'm close with my current team), but did what was requested of me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 12:17 AM - 29 answers

“Good” friends reopening old wounds

How do you deal with people you consider to be close, good friends hurting you? *Trigger warning* Rape [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 12:17 AM - 20 answers

July 20

There is a young male feral cat stuck on the neighbors roof.

There is a young male feral cat stuck on the neighbors roof and it has been up there a few days and is freaking out. It is hot and I would like to get it down. The neighbors are having their house remodeled and I have contacted them and I have permission to access their property. [more inside]
posted by johnpowell to Pets & Animals at 11:54 PM - 12 answers

Methods to build self-esteem in troubled mother?

How do I help to build self-esteem in my "crazy" (bipolar, BPD), overweight, aging, and unsuccessful mother, who lives in a small town with not much in the way of community, and who refuses to seek medical treatment for her mental health and physical issues? [more inside]
posted by erattacorrige to Human Relations at 11:16 PM - 25 answers

Your mindfulness journey and success

For a number of reasons, I have embarked on a journey to really cultivate some mindfuless in my life. I'm attempting to do 10 minutes of meditation every day, and I'm finding it very challenging - your tips, experiences and eventual success would be very helpful to me. [more inside]
posted by smoke to Health & Fitness at 8:16 PM - 22 answers

Can anyone ID this flattish cast-iron frying pan?

I picked this up recently and unfortunately the bottom is too rusty to ID it. I can read "ERIE" on the bottom and nothing else. It measures 11" in diameter across the top and about 1.25" deep including the bottom. Any idea what it is? Also, the rust is pretty serious--how would I go about dealing with that? Is this still usable? Pics are here.
posted by Slinga to Food & Drink at 6:17 PM - 14 answers

How to clean walls with low/no-VOC paint?

I've been wondering why my walls are getting SO scuffed, and it turns out that this is a feature of low/no VOC paint. How do I clean my walls without making the situation worse? [more inside]
posted by annie o to Home & Garden at 5:59 PM - 7 answers

What could kill a shrub/bush in one day?

I have some bushes if front of my house that were planted almost 3 years ago. When I came home from work tonight the one closest to my driveway was completely dead. All the other bushes of the same kind are in good health, but the leaves on this one are mostly gone, the ones that remain are dark brown. It was fine this morning. [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener to Home & Garden at 5:50 PM - 27 answers

Quirky Things to See in Europe in October

I would like to take a two week vacation to Europe this upcoming fall (most likely October) and I am currently overwhelmed with all the possible options! I'm looking at a few different places, but maybe you can recommend an interesting activity, festival, spectacle that I just have to see. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter to Travel & Transportation at 5:48 PM - 4 answers

Is there a decent hiking GPS app for the iPhone?

My dad and I are now in the planning/training phase of the Presidential Traverse that I asked about earlier this month. I'm hoping to bring my iPhone plus a recharging pack and make that my total electronics solution. However, the one hiking GPS app I've tried is unsatisfactory and the others cost more than I'm willing to spend just to try them out. Review and comparison sites are not helpful. Is there a hiking GPS app for the iPhone that will do what I need? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The to Technology at 4:41 PM - 7 answers

Should I rent or should I buy now?

I'm 40 and single, and have been renting for all of my adult life. I'm now in a position where I can buy if I want to. I'm starting to do initial research and attempt to get a better understanding of my options and what the best decision is for me. [more inside]
posted by bunderful to Work & Money at 4:18 PM - 27 answers

Vancouver Island hidden gems?

My sweetie and I are going to Vancouver Island for a road trip holiday, and we're looking for cool sights and restaurants that you love but we may not know about. [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble to Travel & Transportation at 3:56 PM - 12 answers

I need to stop all forms of solicitation on my property.

I need a way to completely prevent solicitors from coming to my house. My current track isn't cutting it. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart to Grab Bag at 3:49 PM - 57 answers

What the heck is going on with my VPN?

VPN doesn't appear to be routing to the country I want it to, why? [more inside]
posted by tastycracker to Computers & Internet at 2:22 PM - 1 answer

Most effective donation strategy for 2016 election?

If I am in a position to make the maximum legal donation to the Clinton campaign this year, should I worry about timing it for best effect? [more inside]
posted by murphy slaw to Work & Money at 1:48 PM - 8 answers

Having surgery, not sure what to do about overly-helpful mother

In the next couple months I will be having outpatient surgery in a city 2 hours away from my home. I can get there on my own, but I will need someone to stay overnight with me and drive me home the next day. My mom has very eagerly volunteered, but I don't want her to come with. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous to Human Relations at 12:54 PM - 33 answers

How to put a calendar in an ebook (cause tables don't work)

I'm converting my book, which is in WORD, to an ebook. I have had to convert several tables to lists because the tables come out all screwy in the ebook format. But I've included a monthly calendar in the book, where you can see how somebody can organize her time day by day, only it doesn't come out right in the ebook... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster to Computers & Internet at 12:45 PM - 6 answers

Active release technique - experiences?

I had surgery for compartment syndrome about six months ago. My question is for folks who are athletic and have had experience with the ART (or with an H-Wave machine): What were your personal experiences, and how long did your results last? YANMD, YANMC, etc. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday to Health & Fitness at 12:39 PM - 1 answer

Does it still make sense to learn Latex?

I'm just starting graduate school and am researching different tools. One that appeals to me is Latex, but I'm wondering if it's seen as archaic or anti-social/collaborative these days. I'll be learning/writing about social/information science.
posted by 10ch to Education at 12:20 PM - 20 answers

Scenar device for pain: true or false?

A friend swears by her Scenar device for pain, specifically joint pain. She let me use it recently when my hip was bothering me, and I did seem to experience some relief. But I'm not sure if it was a placebo effect or not. [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo to Health & Fitness at 11:54 AM - 19 answers

Roadtrip destinations in the PNW

Please recommend roadtrip destinations from Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by porpoise to Travel & Transportation at 11:03 AM - 11 answers

Modern Software Development Best Practices

Can you recommend practical, concrete resources discussing modern software development best practices, particularly for web development? [more inside]
posted by jedicus to Technology at 10:53 AM - 3 answers

My bookmarks....they have wandered off!

Using Chrome. Sometime in the past, I used Firefox. When I stopped, I imported my bookmarks into Chrome. I now have multiple bookmark doodads, can't figure out how to integrate them, and can't figure out how to organize them either as they are or after they're integrated. Help? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess to Computers & Internet at 10:50 AM - 3 answers

Anyone with Graves-Basedow disease? (overactive thyroid)

I was diagnosed with G-B recently and would like to hear from people who have or had it too. [more inside]
posted by U.N.Owen to Health & Fitness at 10:10 AM - 8 answers