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December 23

Can I Eat It? Pot Roast

My wife accidentally left a pot roast (beef) thawing overnight last night. It was still covered in ice when I went to bed around 11PM, and it was thawed (but still cold to the touch) this morning, when we put it back in the refrigerator. Will we die if we eat this?
posted by mkb to Food & Drink at 12:08 PM - 33 answers

Where's Rick's Cafe?

I'm in Reykjavik for Christmas! But what should I do? [more inside]
posted by iNeas to Travel & Transportation at 12:03 PM - 3 answers

Walkable Urban Living in Central New Jersey (Princeton area)?

Hi All, I am a single 30-something guy that will be moving to the central New Jersey area to take a job near Princeton and I am currently looking for a place to live. I prefer to live in a walkable, urban environment where I can walk to restaurants, coffee shops, and grocery stores. Are there any places like that near Princeton? [more inside]
posted by gyc to Grab Bag at 11:31 AM - 14 answers

Please Help Me With Dell Notebook Battery Question

Confused but getting there - so Dell Latitude D430 - now I need to replace the battery - and I'm seeing all these different batteries with 6 cells and more. What should I be looking for and getting? Are more cells better? Longer lasting? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier to Computers & Internet at 11:07 AM - 2 answers

Help a victim of enhanced interrogation

I suspect it was my no-good brother who held my vinyl baby doll's foot over an open flame about 30 years ago...now my daughter wants to play with it and is unhappy with the state of the foot. There's a substantial hole/cavity in it. Picture. Any idea how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by The Toad to Grab Bag at 10:45 AM - 10 answers

Midnight Mass in Warwick, RI?

We are looking for a "midnight" mass Christmas service in Providence or Warwick, RI. We are not religious and don't live there, but nonetheless have very specific desires (after the break). [more inside]
posted by obliquicity to Religion & Philosophy at 10:38 AM - 9 answers

My ATM card won't work...

So how else can I use cash as an American travelling to Malaysia? [more inside]
posted by pullayup to Travel & Transportation at 10:03 AM - 12 answers

"Consider Yourself" with an American / North American accent?

I'm looking for a version of Consider Yourself sung with an American accent (we're staging a musical at my school that is loosely based on "Oliver" and we want to include this song as a nod to the original). [more inside]
posted by rossination to Media & Arts at 9:46 AM - 2 answers

Replicating Fage greek yogurt at home - where can I get this starter?

I'm trying to replicate Fage greek yogurt at home but I'm having trouble finding a yogurt starter with this exact mix of bacteria: L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Casei. Can anyone suggest a source?
posted by exhilaration to Food & Drink at 9:32 AM - 22 answers

This is awkward. Why yes, we met on Match.com.

A friend of mine wants me to meet a friend of hers at her Christmas party tonight. I think that she may be playing matchmaker. I have reason to believe that I may have been in touch with her friend on Match.com a few months back and it went nowhere. If this is the same person, what would be an appropriate reaction on my part if it's clear that she figures this out but doesn't say anything? I am supposing that this could be an awkward situation. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! to Human Relations at 9:03 AM - 18 answers

What are the best albums with five tracks or less?

I recently discovered that I have access to Sony's Freegal music download service via my local library, but my limit is five tracks a week. Since I prefer to get full albums, I'm wondering what your favorite albums are with five tracks or fewer. So far I have Miles Davis' Agharta but that's it. I'm a fan of jazz and rock.
posted by Clustercuss to Media & Arts at 8:59 AM - 34 answers

Like This Is My Jam, except for articles, books, and other reading

I just signed up for This Is My Jam, and would like to know if a similar service exists that easily allows one to share a favorite article, blog post, book, or other reading of the moment? Must be format-agnostic, or at least able to capably document different types of readings. Similar to This Is My Jam, it would be great if this service could easily embed an image (e.g. book cover, image from the blog), allow users to add notes, and create a widget for displaying one's current highlighted reading. [more inside]
posted by brackish.line to Computers & Internet at 8:59 AM - 2 answers

Looking for a good multi-function tube amp.

I've been looking to make the switch to a integrated tube amplifier for my music listening. My price range is around $1500-2000. I'm a bit lost on what are good brands are, or if there's anything that fulfills my plethora of requirements. [more inside]
posted by Dr-Baa to Technology at 8:50 AM - 3 answers

How late can you stay at MoMA?

The museum closes at 5:30pm. Do they begin clearing the galleries then, or do they just stop selling tickets at that point? If you are already inside could you get, say, half an hour more of viewing time before being kicked out?
posted by molla to Travel & Transportation at 8:25 AM - 6 answers

ISO Inexpensive Parking at SF's Fisherman's Wharf

I'm looking for inexpensive over-night parking in or near Fisherman's Wharf for Christmas night. We'll be taking 2 cars, but our hotel only allows parking for one. [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze to Travel & Transportation at 8:13 AM - 4 answers

80's Computer Animated Morning T.V show

Trying to remember a Saturday morning T.V. show, my brain dump is inside: [more inside]
posted by Busmick to Media & Arts at 8:04 AM - 11 answers

What are some other songs like the Nutcracker's 'Pas De Deux'?

My wife and I love The Nutcracker's Pas De Deux (yt), particularly the section that features unison strings playing a descending scale on top of the brass playing slow chord progressions. Can you recommend some other symphonies or works that have this same swelling, somber, almost gut-wrenching feel? [more inside]
posted by JohnFredra to Media & Arts at 7:51 AM - 6 answers

I don't want to buy your CRM!

I have a job that I really love with a young company that involves managing relationships with current (subscription-based) customers - what is sometimes labeled in software as "Customer Success." Because the company is young, I've been granted lots of freedom in creating this role, and I'd like to seriously own it. My research efforts have stymied me, however - everything I come across seems to be selling me something. [more inside]
posted by sidi hamet to Work & Money at 7:35 AM - 4 answers

What's the best glue to bond dry Fimo Air air-dry clay to an acorn cap?

Crafters, what's the best glue to glue an acorn nut made of dry Fimo Air Basic air-dry clay to the underside of an acorn cap? Is hot glue good enough? [more inside]
posted by Askr to Home & Garden at 7:32 AM - 7 answers

Pitch Perfect lyrics question

Question about a musical number from the movie Pitch Perfect. Contains spoilers. [more inside]
posted by grouse to Media & Arts at 7:19 AM - 3 answers

Good places to eat between Jersey City and Bristol, TN?

We'll be making a long car trip sometime later this winter from Jersey City to Bristol, TN. We'll pack a cooler, but any suggestions for good restaurants to eat at on 78 West to Harrisburg and then 81 South to Tennessee? [more inside]
posted by pipti to Food & Drink at 7:01 AM - 12 answers

The best, the most beautiful, and the most metaphorical lemonade

It is said that "There are no mistakes, only opportunities". My mind is blown by kintsugi, the art of repairing ceramics using precious metals so that the repaired piece is arguably more beautiful than the original. Are there more things like this? [more inside]
posted by emilyw to Society & Culture at 6:53 AM - 16 answers

Favorite Fishing Spots

I'm curious as to some of your favorite fishing spots, whether they are local or they were part of a fishing trip. [more inside]
posted by MMiller3669 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 6:41 AM - 12 answers

1. Show Up 2. See What Happens 3. ??? 4. Profit!

An episode of Sports Night refers to Napoleon's Battle Plan as being: "First we show up, then we see what happens." Does this have any grounding in reality, or is it just Sorkinism gone wild? [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob to Grab Bag at 5:54 AM - 12 answers

Bulk picture frames.

I'd like to buy a bunch of frames for art prints I hope to sell online. Mostly standard sizing, a few slightly nonstandard panoramic sizes. Where can I find volume pricing? Thanks and happy holidays!
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas to Shopping at 4:21 AM - 7 answers

What should I learn next about computer networking?

I really enjoy the parts of my job involving networking, and I want to plan out a learning path for myself. I've studied the basics, but what would you recommend next? [more inside]
posted by carbide to Computers & Internet at 1:53 AM - 7 answers

Infuriating seasonal wi-fi problems... a Christmas mystery to be solved

I have an elderly Lenovo IdeaPad G770. It's due for retirement very soon but needs to last just a bit longer. It just came back from the menders for a broken hinge and is now claiming that 'No connections are available'. But... [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell to Computers & Internet at 1:12 AM - 5 answers

Creative ideas for turning time into money

I'm a poverty-stricken grad student writing a dissertation. I want to use what free time I have to supplement my income. Ideas please. [more inside]
posted by zeri to Work & Money at 1:05 AM - 31 answers

December 22

Portable speakers on par with the Retina Mac

The speakers on my 15" Retina MacBook Pro sound remarkably good for portable, low-profile speakers, and even the best ultra-portable speakers I've heard can't compare, especially on the high end. Do any ultra-portable speakers use the same "advanced design" as the Retina Mac, or are there ultra-portable speakers that truly match the levels of volume and clarity in the mids and high end as the Retina MacBook? (I'm hoping for responses specifically from people familiar with the sound of the 15" Retina Mac.)
posted by eschatfische to Computers & Internet at 10:26 PM - 4 answers

We need a name for our sewing business

We've been using "Pieceworks" for a small division that employs women from the families we work with to make school uniforms and small handicrafts, but absolutely no-one likes the name except me. The division is being spun off into a social enterprise and we need to rename it this month. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah to Grab Bag at 9:47 PM - 23 answers

Best point-and-shoot digital camera for someone with shaky hands?

90+% of the photos I take are blurry because of my hand tremors. Obviously a tripod would help (so I'll get one) but I'd still like to be able to take candid photos in circumstances where I don't have the time/space to set up a tripod. Are there any small, easy-to-use, inexpensive digital cameras with really good image stabilization? Thanks!
posted by Jacqueline to Technology at 8:49 PM - 20 answers

Android tablet is hung up on a system update

I've got a refurb ASUS ME173x tablet here, that I bought to give my one of my kids for Christmas. It's actually one of four identical tablets that we bought for our four (non-identical) kids. I've updated three of them to Android 4.2.2, per the notification that popped up on each. This last one, though, seems to be hung up on the actual installation. [more inside]
posted by Shohn to Computers & Internet at 8:43 PM - 1 answer

Where to pet a fox in Ohio?

THE SITUATION: One of my good friends loves foxes. "Obsessed" is a strong word, but... she is deeply enamored. Fox socks, fox backpack, fox everything. [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay to Pets & Animals at 7:44 PM - 10 answers

Spacehead 'pacehead 'pacehead

What's that drum and bass music video with the song that used clips from the original devvo interview in both the audio and the video, with some extra devvo footage of him smashing things and the like [more inside]
posted by tehloki to Media & Arts at 7:18 PM - 2 answers

Large printed horizontal 2015 wall planner

I found the following template online and the design really appeals the way I think and plan but (a) I can't find anyone selling this kind of printed design commercially and (b) I'd like it to be large (24"x36" aka 60x90 cm) and so I can't print up a template myself. Here are screenshots from the template: SCREENSHOT1 SCREENSHOT2 [more inside]
posted by skywhite to Shopping at 6:31 PM - 9 answers

the road is calling; help me answer the call!

where should i go/what should i see/what should i do between portland and zion? [more inside]
posted by violetk to Travel & Transportation at 6:01 PM - 7 answers

Windshield Wiper Me

What are the best windshield wiper blades money can buy? [more inside]
posted by ZabeLeeZoo to Travel & Transportation at 5:50 PM - 20 answers

JazzFilter

Can you recommend some classic or contemporary jazz albums with the same aesthetic as Sun Ra's "Sleeping Beauty"? [more inside]
posted by stinkfoot to Media & Arts at 5:40 PM - 9 answers

How can I find a programming job with purpose?

I've been working as a software engineer for 10+ years an I really love programming, but the jobs I've had so far haven't filled me with a sense of purpose. How can I find a job where the work I'm doing has a positive effect on the world? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 5:39 PM - 20 answers

Best way to organize bringing lots of food to an office?

So as part of my (New) New Year's Resolution, I'm going to be doing the Men's Fitness 7% Body Fat Nutrition Plan. It's a more involved nutrition plan than I've done before, and it involves six meals a day, four of which I'll have to bring with me to the office. I'll be doing a ton of advance prep, of course, but how do my fellow office drones/fitness geeks on mefi organize and prep and store their food when they're going to the office every day and have to deal with four or five meals before going home? [more inside]
posted by nickhb to Health & Fitness at 5:36 PM - 5 answers

Which concert should we choose?

Someone I know wants tickets to a concert at Disney Hall for Christmas, but I can't figure out which to choose. Can any classical music lover take a look at this schedule for the next couple months and point out what might be particularly good? [more inside]
posted by acidic to Media & Arts at 5:34 PM - 18 answers

Where to have a rehearsal dinner in the Milford CT area?

Mrs. Beagle and I will be hosting a wedding rehearsal dinner in October, 2015, for 15-20 people somewhere in or near Trumbull, CT (which is just outside Bridgeport). We would appreciate venue suggestions. [more inside]
posted by beagle to Food & Drink at 5:21 PM - 2 answers

Uniquely fun restaurant and bar recommendations in midtown Manhattan?

I'll be coming to NYC from Jan. 1-4 with some fun party people in tow, primarily to see the Gogol Bordello show on Jan. 2. I was wondering if any kind Mefites might have some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Go Banana to Travel & Transportation at 5:04 PM - 7 answers

I loooove Candy Crush. What are some other browser-based games I'd like?

I got sucked into the Candy Crush vortex and hard. I'm even head over heels for Candy Crush Soda Saga. But I want some games to play on my computer, too, not just on my phone. [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 5:03 PM - 10 answers

Can I Deduct These Trips?

Self employed person who blogs (money generating and part of the business) about a personal hobby considering a trip related to the hobby, wondering if you can consider it a business expense and tax deductible, or how to figure it out. [more inside]
posted by christiehawk to Work & Money at 5:00 PM - 3 answers

Help me reorder my after-hours life?

I recently had knee replacement surgery and it went fabulously! I have not been active in years and years due to the knee pain, and the set up of my home and habits reflect this. [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy to Health & Fitness at 4:20 PM - 12 answers

Pensions for convicted elected officials?

Do congressmen who have been convicted of felonies still get a pension? [more inside]
posted by easily confused to Law & Government at 4:03 PM - 3 answers

how to deal with the un-deal-with-able

This is sort of a meta-question about how to deal with the un-deal-with-able, because I know there's no real answer here. My doctor believes that I have an immune disorder. It's not a sure thing, but that's their suspicion based on some health problems I've been having. I just don't know what to do with myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 3:45 PM - 16 answers

Brutal washing machine destroying my clothes: please help

I moved into a new building a few months ago, and since then the washing machine (new GE top loader, stacked with dryer) has been busily destroying everything I own. Towels and sheets come out frayed, sweaters and t-shirts sprout holes, a cuff has just gotten half-ripped from its sleeve. Please help me figure out how to protect my stuff before it's all destroyed. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG to Home & Garden at 3:29 PM - 7 answers

Lawyer for Mortgage Assumption?

I'm doing a mortgage assumption for a co-op in NYC. It was co-owned and the other owner was bought out, with their name now being taken off the mortgage and the co-op stock certificate. I'm paying for a lawyer for the bank. Do I need a lawyer for myself, too? It seems straightforward to me but I wanted to be sure there's nothing I need a lawyer to do for me that the bank lawyer won't take care of.
posted by lbotkins to Home & Garden at 3:21 PM - 3 answers

Help me make a restaurant journal before Christmas!

My boyfriend and I want to have some kind of restaurant journal where we can record the different items we've gotten from various restaurants and whether we liked them or not. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to make the layout. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird to Food & Drink at 3:17 PM - 7 answers

How Did the Colbert Report "Yard Sale" Actually Go Down?

Rather fervid googling turns up not a single first-hand report of attendance at the Colbert Report yard sale. Obviously, it wasn't a big advertised thing (which would have created an unwieldy mob at odds with the intentionally low-rent vibe of the bit), but the customers certainly did seem like regular folks. Has anyone seen reports re: how it actually went down?
posted by Quisp Lover to Media & Arts at 2:41 PM - 7 answers

Looking for iPhone games that will get me out into the real world

I recently installed Ingress, a massively multiplayer augmented reality game for smartphones, which involves walking around in the real world to find and capture virtual "portals". I thought it was a neat idea, until I realized that it's a thinly disguised Google data mining project. Boo! Are there similar games which aren't (or at least don't appear to be) creepware? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 1:56 PM - 4 answers

What to make for breakfast on Saturday for 8?

I need to plan/make breakfast for 8 people on Saturday at my brother's flat. What should I make or do? There are complications including dietary restrictions, travel and lack of equipment. [more inside]
posted by plonkee to Food & Drink at 1:51 PM - 17 answers

Delicious non-starchy vegetable sides, easily scaled up for many people

My mom just called; I'm suddenly in charge of two vegetable sides for her Christmas dinner tomorrow, which will have 30 attendees. What should I make? Both dishes need to be vegetarian and I'd like one of the two to be vegan. She has the potato/starch end of things covered. [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure to Food & Drink at 1:43 PM - 16 answers

Punch Recipes, Please!

We're throwing a small holiday party for some friends, and we've promised to have at least two kinds of punch -- one with booze, and one without. But we always make the same sorts of punch over and over again, and I'd love some ideas! [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities to Food & Drink at 1:29 PM - 18 answers

Accidentally caramel hair

I may have had a home hair color mishap! Help me fix it, or live with it (am open to convincing that caramel is a hot color trend)? [more inside]
posted by magdalemon to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 1:10 PM - 13 answers

I want to work part-time.

I recently got a job as a public librarian. This is the first time I've had a permanent, full-time job and I've realized that it's not for me. I think I'd be much happier with the hours and flexibility of part-time work. [more inside]
posted by toby_ann to Work & Money at 1:01 PM - 11 answers

What restaurant for a large gathering of 35+ people?

Every year our family gets together for a post-holiday dinner at a restaurant near our house, in Durham, NC. People are coming from all over the region, so a potluck would be difficult. We normally do this at Golden Corral, but they are booked at our preferred time, and my partner and I just really, really don't like Golden Corral. What are other restaurants that can handle our party? (Details within.) [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot to Food & Drink at 12:47 PM - 7 answers

Seeking Holiday Tunes

I would like to build up a large playlist of songs celebrating Yuletide, Solstice, and winter in general, but leaving out Jesus and the Christian god. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter to Grab Bag at 12:36 PM - 15 answers

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