February 19

What to do about standing water on building across the street?

There's a building near us in Brooklyn that a bunch of people were forcibly evicted from some months ago. As of today, the developers have no plans for it and it's deteriorating quickly. The roof houses a generator and a bunch of cellular / electronic equipment, all suspended just above a huge pool of standing water. We're worried about electrical fires and other problems, but contacting 311 and the company selling the building haven't helped. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by argentum to Grab Bag at 10:10 AM - 11 answers

Changing small amounts of foreign currency in NYC?

I have accumulated a lot of random currency from my travels. The greatest amount I have is about 400 Chinese yuan. That's about $50. The least I have is about 110 Mexican pesos. That's about $6. I don’t expect to go to any of these countries soon. [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus to Travel & Transportation at 9:32 AM - 13 answers

How do I progress at work, when I don't want to manage people?

I'm a manager of things, and that works for me. My next step up the corporate ladder is to manage people, and I don't want to do that. I have ambition, just not in that direction. Have I hit my ceiling? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 8:53 AM - 14 answers

Job hunting: What to do when you have no good references?

I'm looking for work but due to Reasons, I don't actually have solid references. What are your suggestions for handling this? I'm looking for advice both from people who've been in my position and those who are hiring managers. How did you handle this? What can I do/say in my interview to reassure you it really was them, not me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 8:53 AM - 6 answers

Apple Magic Keyboard only somewhat magically resistant to coffee

I spilled coffee over the Magic Keyboard from my 2015 iMac. I immediately rinsed it out with tap water and left it to dry and to my surprise it seemed to work. I then had to go away for a couple of days and I've come back to find that although all the keys work the keyboard itself stops working every few minutes. Is it fixable? [more inside]
posted by Major Clanger to Computers & Internet at 8:34 AM - 6 answers

Online academic resources

I need to do some research on linguistic topics, but don't have access to university databases (yet.) Where else can I find articles etc.? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood to Computers & Internet at 7:19 AM - 9 answers

Bulk Tailoring - Possible? Advisable?

I am a petite, early-30s, hourglass-figured woman who has finally decided to get a bunch of (mostly) business casual items tailored, but need advice about the best plan of attack - because they are numerous, and varied. I would like to get the 20 items in the "to get tailored" area of my closet comprising tops, wrap dresses, and pants hemmed, have tab-button sleeves or necklines tacked closed, and/or waists taken in (pants). Will a tailor want to do these in multiple batches? I have questions about etiquette, expectations, ballpark timelines, and tailoring interactions in general... [more inside]
posted by shortskirtlongjacket to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 7:04 AM - 8 answers

Order of operations: phone and plan when plan is paid for by employer

My employer will be paying for my phone plan but not for my phone. I'm currently out of contract with Verizon and an iPhone 5S. I'll be joining my employer's Verizon plan and also want to get an iPhone 7 plus. I am trying to figure out how to do this in a way that minimizes cost since Verizon seems to be doing things differently than they used to. My existing account also includes my husband's phone, so it will continue to exist. It is also time for him to get a new phone.
posted by sciencegeek to Technology at 4:42 AM - 4 answers

Looking for a good Password Manager that works with Chrome OS.

I bought an ASUS Chrome box and am moving my old win10 stuff over to it. I need a safe Password Manager that is compatible with the Chrome OS operating system.
posted by BillyAnne to Computers & Internet at 2:48 AM - 9 answers

In search of positive online influences

I need to re-make myself, grow up, and take responsibility for my life. The fact that I zone out reading Reddit or tech blogs a lot is not helping. I want to replace this habit with better influences, communities, role models, ideally feminist-aligned. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul to Human Relations at 2:23 AM - 16 answers

February 18

Blob of pipe compound in gas line?

Trying to figure out if there is a reason there is a glob of pipe compound in the gas line to my dryer. [more inside]
posted by Mid to Home & Garden at 9:02 PM - 10 answers

Looking for a two member experimental band from the UK. Going slightly m

Looking for a two member experimental band from the UK. Going slightly mad. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by beshtya to Media & Arts at 3:03 PM - 28 answers

Why can't I do anything?

I don't think I'm depressed because I've felt depressed before but this feels different. I never want to get out of bed. I don't really want to eat and I don't have an appetite. I literally could zone out in bed for hours thinking about nothing. I feel bad about not wanting to do anything. I've always been like this but lately it's been worse. [more inside]
posted by sheepishchiffon to Human Relations at 2:48 PM - 16 answers

What Lynda.com online classes would you recommend?

Through my public library system, I have free(!) unlimited access to Lynda.com. Seeking course recommendations to improve my creative, technical and/or business skills. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings to Work & Money at 2:40 PM - 5 answers

Writing by machine

In an interview with a writer, he mentioned old writing machines, that mechanically constructed sentences, maybe longer texts. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 to Media & Arts at 2:38 PM - 5 answers

Broken DSC-RX100 II: Repair or Upgrade?

I like this camera a lot, but the screen broke. Should I repair it somewhere or replace it? [more inside]
posted by pbh to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:36 PM - 2 answers

How to get home repair/maintenance done when husband can't make decisio?

Any strategies to work with a husband (aspbergers) that can't deal with taking care of the house? [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 to Home & Garden at 2:12 PM - 22 answers

What's this flowering plant called?

What's this flowering plant called? It's short, has thin grass-like leaves, and seems to pop up every spring in the middle of Alabama (Zone 8a).
posted by gregr to Science & Nature at 1:51 PM - 13 answers

Cardio workout videos

I need to start exercising more. My go-to is to walk my dog on the hills in my neighborhood, which gets my heart rate up (and my dog loves it too!). Unfortunately, it's been mega-rainy recently, so I need some alternatives that won't aggravate my chronic neck injury. [more inside]
posted by radioamy to Health & Fitness at 1:06 PM - 2 answers

Should I trust my nutritionist's advice- more carbs?

I saw a nutritionist (registered dietician) yesterday. I have prediabetes (5.7) and she told me to add cereal to my morning yogurt and eat carbs at dinner. This is along with a balanced diet with fruit, veggies and proteins. Should I trust her advice? It seems that I should be limiting my carbs not adding them if I'm trying to keep my blood sugar steady and lose weight.
posted by starlybri to Health & Fitness at 12:03 PM - 21 answers

How long to connect flights at Logan International?

On the return leg of our American incursion, we'll be flying in from Florida and connect to our international flight with Delta. Currently JetBlue arriving 3 1/2 hours before our international flight departs is looking like the best option. Is that enough time to get our luggage in Jetblue (Terminal C) and then get through to Delta (Terminal A) check in and clear security?
posted by PenDevil to Travel & Transportation at 11:45 AM - 13 answers

To Do List With Subtasks/ Tree View For Windows + Android

My primary/ deal-breaker requirement for a To Do list is that I am able to create sub/ child tasks on the primary/ parent task, and view them in a tree view. In Windows I currently use My Life Organized for this and it is awesome, but to sync with an Android phone costs horrible $$$'s, and I don't care much for the app either. What are other To Do lists with subtasks/ tree views which either sync across Windows & Android (preferably), or are web based? Thanks!
posted by 7 Minutes of Madness to Technology at 11:26 AM - 11 answers

Introducing a new cat to a small apartment

My girlfriend wants to introduce our cats. Please help me plan how to do this. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape to Pets & Animals at 10:45 AM - 8 answers

Coping with a long-term illness

My husband will be in the hospital for a long time. I have a small baby. I'm having trouble coping with how to build a life around this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 10:00 AM - 17 answers

Things to do in the area around College Station, Texas?

I'm going to be in College Station, Texas for a few days. I'll have a car on Sunday and be free to drive around. I'd like to see some nice small towns, maybe hit some junk shops (open Sundays?), have some delicious BBQ, see some unusual local landmark. Within an hour or two of town would be ideal [more inside]
posted by Rumple to Travel & Transportation at 8:23 AM - 7 answers

My HR Rep sent me a meeting invite for next week.

So, around 2pm today (Friday) the HR manager for the division of the company I work for sent me a meeting invite for Thursday of next week. She included a staff lawyer and HR manager that comes from another division. Neither my manager, nor anyone from the business unit I work for was invited to the meeting. The meeting will be conducted over the phone (all parties work in different locations). I should note that I manage a small team and have 5 direct reports. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 5:53 AM - 34 answers

End of life legal issues

My spouse was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. I need help figuring out what needs to be done. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 5:53 AM - 10 answers

Weight gain after quitting marijuana

I was a long-time chronic pot smoker. I have a rather slow metabolism and have worked hard to lose weight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 5:53 AM - 2 answers

'Close up', close up.

Is there a way to get high quality prints of a shot in a film? [more inside]
posted by lethologues to Home & Garden at 3:20 AM - 3 answers

February 17

Ain't no party like a whirlpool party

My son is turning five and wishes to have a whirlpool-themed birthday party. [more inside]
posted by kitschfrau to Grab Bag at 9:11 PM - 14 answers

Help me wash dishes more comfortably

We just moved into a new house, and in addition to a dishwasher (which we hadn't had for 9 years), it has a lovely undermount stainless steel sink. It's beautiful! Deep! Great for filling pots! ...and at the exact right angle to hurt our backs while washing dishes. Help! [more inside]
posted by linettasky to Grab Bag at 8:59 PM - 12 answers

Music for QA and R&D

Can you recommend songs with lyrics expressing "quality assurance" and "research & development?" Like, I vaguely remember a dub reggae song (but not the title or artist) that went, "Top quality dub! This is the best quality music!" that would be perfect, if I could only find it, and then there's Research which is kinda on point-ish. More? Help?
posted by pH Indicating Socks to Media & Arts at 8:53 PM - 14 answers

Can I build on an old UK Visa?

I was granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK in 2010, but left almost immediately afterwards. I assume it's automatically revoked and useless in cases like that - or is it? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock to Law & Government at 6:37 PM - 4 answers

Looking for mural ideas

My house has a wall out the front that I'd love to paint (or have painted) with a mural. There are no council regulations preventing this, but I can't think of a good picture. [more inside]
posted by superfish to Home & Garden at 6:16 PM - 17 answers

Bam, bam, bam, get your mammogram: huge boobs edition

My mom had breast cancer. I have big knockers. I'm worried about getting a mammogram. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Pearl928 to Health & Fitness at 6:09 PM - 28 answers

Samarkaand Came To My Kitchen

I was just very, very generously gifted with some Lebanese pantry items. Help me find recipes to use them up! [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Food & Drink at 5:35 PM - 22 answers

Neighborhood for staying in London?

Looking for your input on where to stay in London in the later summer. [more inside]
posted by RoadScholar to Travel & Transportation at 4:51 PM - 9 answers

I just want some plants and I want them to live!

I've moved into a dark basement suite and I've been shopping around for plants that will survive. However, I'm having trouble finding consistent information about low-light plants and it's driving me totally bonkers. [more inside]
posted by thebots to Home & Garden at 4:38 PM - 18 answers

Low Odor House Cleaning?

I'm sensitive flower when it comes to sensitivity to chemicals and odors. I've had trouble finding anything to have cleaners clean my house with that doesn't end up making my eyes water and making it hard to breathe. Someone tried white vinegar and I found that just as bad a smell and irritant as chemical cleaners. Any suggestions for something all-natural (but low-irritant) and that cleans well enough that I wouldn't be imposing on anyone I hire to use it?
posted by Jon44 to Home & Garden at 4:24 PM - 18 answers

Tracking med doses for Android

I have pain meds that I'm forgetting to take every day or struggle to remember when it has been 4-6 hours later for my next dose or remembering even if it feels like I don't need that second dose I should check in at least to see if it is getting worse. I've tried a variety of apps from the Google Play store but can't find a pill reminder that fits my weird needs. [more inside]
posted by kanata to Health & Fitness at 4:22 PM - 7 answers

Unpleasant experience on public transport

While taking the bus, someone stood right next to me when (I believe) there was no need for them to do so. I didn't notice there was so much free space further down and would have said something if I had. I am not happy about this: am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 3:13 PM - 20 answers

Thanks for the breakup, here's your parting gift!

What to do with a custom-made gift for the ex that arrives in the mail 1 month after a breakup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 3:12 PM - 23 answers

People look at you funny when you're in a small town

My question is about how to fight small scale corruption in a small town (in the US). I believe there are some MetaFilter readers here who are involved with local government. I have a friend (John) who is involved in local politics in a very small town. John is part of an organization comprised of several elected individuals who have oversight over a small budget (think a town council, county commissioners or school board). However, due to the way the local and state government is set up in his state and jurisdiction, there is little oversight of the group. The issue is continual shady dealings that go largely unnoticed by the public. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Law & Government at 3:11 PM - 8 answers

tax reporting for dummy EXPATS?

There are guides for dummies on US tax reporting. I need THAT but for EXPATS. Know of any? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 3:10 PM - 1 answer

Help me celebrate my accomplishments!

This week, during my appointment with my therapist, I relieved a difficult task for homework! She ordered me to do something for myself to, basically, celebrate my accomplishments and... more broadly... survival to this point in my life before my next appointment. But I can't think of anything to do to celebrate myself! [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 3:09 PM - 19 answers

Best place to sell a laptop online?

I have a Microsoft Surface 4 Pro that I just don't like as much as I would like the cash it might be worth. I have recently sold used iOS devices simply through a company that will appraise them and give a decent return. Is there such a venue for computers, or is there another "best" option?
posted by zachxman to Computers & Internet at 11:54 AM - 7 answers

Escapism, please!

It's been a stressful week (thanks, Trump!), and I would like some escapism. Movie and TV suggestions, please. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger to Media & Arts at 11:09 AM - 51 answers

How does one perform the Amidah in Synogogue?

I'm lost during this prayer in shul. I know I'm supposed to do certain things, but not always sure when I'm supposed to do them. [more inside]
posted by bearam to Religion & Philosophy at 11:06 AM - 15 answers

Best Hair removal salon for a larger gentleman in Los Angeles?

I'm going on a cruise and am interested in looking extra good. Where in Los Angeles should I get some extra hair removed? [more inside]
posted by Uncle to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 11:02 AM - 1 answer

How many children live in each state by urbanicity?

Census.gov is overwhelming me. What is the fastest way to figure out how many school-aged children live in each state broken down by whether they live in the city, suburb, or rural location?
posted by turtlefu to Grab Bag at 10:32 AM - 5 answers

How to handle gender field drop down options in software

What options should I put into the drop down for the question of gender in my software application? [more inside]
posted by herda05 to Computers & Internet at 10:23 AM - 26 answers

Sticking to a career goal for dummies

I need a new job, but I'm wasting time cycling through several different options, never really getting anywhere with any of them. Help? [more inside]
posted by silly me to Work & Money at 10:07 AM - 4 answers

Can using a ipod on a louder volume drain the battery quicker.

Was thinking if I listen to my Ipod louder will it drain the battery quicker than if I listen to it at a quiter volume? However, I'm just using an Ipod as an example. I guess the same could be asked of any electrical item; say a TV set will it use more power if watched at a louder volume.
posted by maxmix to Science & Nature at 9:55 AM - 11 answers

Tees for the Revolution!

I would like more t-shirts with all kinds of excellent liberal progressive feminist stuff on them. But, I would like my t-shirt purchases to support the great causes, too. I don't mind if the (real) artist makes money but I would like some of the money to go to supporting the resistance! [more inside]
posted by Glinn to Media & Arts at 9:50 AM - 8 answers

Indian food for European palate

I'm looking for recipes, resources, or suggestions relating to a certain style of Indian cooking that was described as: modified for a European and/or German palate. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger to Food & Drink at 9:40 AM - 7 answers

Stopping labetalol cold turkey

I was prescribed labetalol (100mg 2x/day) starting at 9 days postpartum due postpartum hypertension (~145/90). It is now 5.5 weeks postpartum. I've missed the last two doses on accident but my blood pressure looks fine (115/75). I'm coming onto when I should take it again... but I'm considering just not. Can I stop labetalol cold turkey? If so, how?
posted by ethidda to Health & Fitness at 9:12 AM - 7 answers

Looking for a David Bowie predecessor

I'm searching for an artist that David Bowie might have ripped off in the early 70s. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi to Media & Arts at 8:56 AM - 16 answers

Is genetic testing for psych med management legit?

Are genetic testing and neurotransmitter level testing legitimately useful for medication management or just medical novelty? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart to Health & Fitness at 8:23 AM - 7 answers

Do the Windows of This Building Spell Out a Phrase?

Legend says that the east facing windows of a 1967 University of Missouri campus building create a pattern that would spell out "M-I-Z beat k-U" if entered on a computer punch card. Is it possible to prove or disprove this? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee to Technology at 8:20 AM - 10 answers

Going to Denver! Suggestions?

I'm going to Denver in early May (May 3-9). What should I do (and eat) while there? [more inside]
posted by gypsyhymns to Travel & Transportation at 8:08 AM - 13 answers