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July 8

A week ago, my boyfriend has started playing Xcom Enemy Unknown. He has not stopped. He is, in a word, obsessed. He is often engaged in "missions." It's kind of cute. I am a video game virgin and am amused/bewildered by his devotion to this game. My question is: how, um, long does one play this? How long does it take to "complete" these "missions." And can you help me understand the psychology of XCOM ENEMY UNKNOWN?
posted by airguitar2 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 5:26 PM - 19 answers

Need help & quick. Anybody got the French dressing recipe from Rosalea Murphy's Pink Adobe Cookbook? Nothing else will do. Hoping.
posted by LonnieK to Food & Drink at 4:23 PM - 3 answers

So we moved to Los Angeles four days ago (in what I think is Mid-Wilshire-- the closest landmarks are the tar pits and the Grove) and while I've been eagerly reading past archives of LA lifehacks and tips, I could use some further advice. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict to Grab Bag at 4:08 PM - 5 answers

I'm beginning to fill out the paperwork to initiate Ontario Small Claims Court proceedings against my former tenant, and I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by orange swan to Law & Government at 4:08 PM - 6 answers

I am thinking about adding public domain films and shorts to a promotional DVD I am giving away. I wonder about old films and worry about lawyers. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Freedomboy to Law & Government at 3:37 PM - 5 answers

I've been wanting to read some good romances lately in the western genre. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by warble to Writing & Language at 3:35 PM - 12 answers

We are moving from Florida to San Francisco and need to change banks- we're not super knowledgeable about this stuff and will definitely research more, but I'd like to get some on-the-ground opinions on how various local banks/credit unions have worked for them. Great customer service and low fees are of course stuff we care about a lot. [more inside]
posted by drd to Work & Money at 3:33 PM - 13 answers

Hear me out before you say "Just google it" -- I do plenty of google-shopping for images and generally find low-res crappy images that are not necessarily what I'm looking for. I am looking for Victorian/19th century images. They must be high resolution and they are preferably in the public domain. I plan on using them for mixed media collages -- mostly just for myself and friends/gifts and not for profit, however, I've been offered space in an art booth and I may end up using images for commercial gain. More details behind the cut. [more inside]
posted by camylanded to Media & Arts at 3:30 PM - 15 answers

We're heading to Croatia for a week at the end of August, probably staying around the Split area. Your recommendations for accommodation and sightseeing would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Jakey to Travel & Transportation at 3:20 PM - 7 answers

So i have a bit of a weird one here. I'm aware that there are speakers that can pair to eachother so you can use two as a stereo sound pair, or just two at once(E.G. jambox mini, beats pill XL). What i'm looking for though, is sort of the reverse. [more inside]
posted by emptythought to Technology at 3:15 PM - 2 answers

Looking for ideas for a name for science fiction convention. This event will cover the full spectrum of the science fiction genre, as well as real space and science stuff, and I'm hoping for a name that is both intriguing and fun. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist to Society & Culture at 3:01 PM - 13 answers

In the case of unpublished historical manuscripts in copyright till 2039 in the UK, where the original author is long dead and there is no designated copyright holder, how does copyright work once you get down a generation or two and have multiple heirs of seemingly equal standing? (eg. several grandchildren or multiple great nieces and nephews) Must everyone be consulted and agree, or if a will never mentioned the manuscript but left everything to a given child or even a non-family member, do only their heirs count and not the other grandkids etc? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft to Law & Government at 2:41 PM - 3 answers

Hoping to get some suggestions for really great memoirs. Bonus points if after you've read them you can't stop thinking about them! [more inside]
posted by kmr to Writing & Language at 2:35 PM - 74 answers

Where can I buy Inca Kola (a type of Peruvian soda) in Providence, RI and/or is there a Peruvian population in Rhode Island and where do they live? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh to Grab Bag at 2:21 PM - 10 answers

Some traumatic experiences in the past 2 years made me realize how desperately unhappy I was in my "old" life. I have a good education & strong job experience, but also have mental health issues to manage and I'm kind of allergic to corporate life. I'd like to change this trend in my life, but I'm having trouble visualizing how to do this without going back to how I was living before. Feeling stuck on how to move forward & requesting AskMe's wisdom on the matter. [more inside]
posted by cardinality to Work & Money at 1:33 PM - 10 answers

What is this quote from (filter)!?!?!? "She seems cool, but she doesn't even listen to Bauhaus." I have tried and tried to find the origin and I have failed miserably. I heard it while listening to 1st Wave on Sirius XM. I'm assuming it's from a movie. There is one person on twitter who used the quote, but she has failed to respond to my plea. Where MeFites? Where?
posted by Sophie1 to Grab Bag at 1:28 PM - 8 answers

A little while back I stumbled upon a detective novel (Losers Live Longer) that takes place in 2009 NYC and utilizes actual city streets, restaurants, bars, etc. The writing was pretty average, but the book kept me constantly aware of the protagonist's location (oftentimes cross-streets). The real-world geography of areas I knew well really sucked me into the world and engaged me on another level than the narrative alone. Are there any other good detective or mystery novels that use post-2000s (or, better yet, post-2010) New York accurately? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg to Media & Arts at 1:28 PM - 13 answers

I'm hosting a Mildred Pierce (the movie, not the series) viewing party on an upcoming summer evening and want to make snacks and a pitcher of summer drinks appropriate to the movie. What should I make? Assume 12ish people coming, 1.5 hours to make drinks and food (+ prep time the night before). [more inside]
posted by verbyournouns to Food & Drink at 12:58 PM - 15 answers

Travelling to London next week. Need advice on packing for the weather. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust to Travel & Transportation at 12:48 PM - 12 answers

Why would a former quasi-tenant address a package to an erroneous address and write my address as his own? This package just got "returned to sender" and he hasn't lived here in 7 months! Should we be worried? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba to Law & Government at 12:36 PM - 25 answers

Is there any sort of official documentation about not sending duplicate emails if the same email address appears more the once on the To/CC/BCC lines? [more inside]
posted by gatorbiddy to Computers & Internet at 12:35 PM - 3 answers

Can anyone suggest a good service to store data offsite, for long-term secure storage? This is as opposed to, say, minute-to-minute backups of your hard drive. [more inside]
posted by mark7570 to Computers & Internet at 12:13 PM - 8 answers

Is it worth making the investment of minor repairs on a 2011 Volvo XC90 AWD that's being traded in for a 2014 Mini Countryman S All4 when I already have a quoted range for the trade-in price from the Mini dealer? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb to Travel & Transportation at 12:11 PM - 5 answers

This is possibly a silly question, but are there any precautions I should take when moving my Soda Stream machine across country? [more inside]
posted by bluloo to Travel & Transportation at 12:08 PM - 6 answers

Help me figure out how to get the labels I need on the data points in a fairly simple Y vs. X chart. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to Computers & Internet at 11:35 AM - 14 answers

My whole adult life I've always felt like my life was on hold. Why can't I settle down even though I want to? Why do I feel this way and how to change or cope? [more inside]
posted by serenity soonish to Work & Money at 11:04 AM - 9 answers

"You're not in traffic, you are traffic" and "Prohibition isn't regulation. It's the absence of regulation" are two phrases I've come across that pithily, quickly and directly sum up some situation. They help flip the usual terms of the discussion around, and provide insight. Do you know more?
posted by the man of twists and turns to Writing & Language at 10:50 AM - 46 answers

My mom leaves far away. In another country. I speak everyday with her on the phone for 20 min. She is everyday drunk. I know by her voice. When she drinks and when she doesn't. However, alcohol did not affect her career, money, even she is still married to my dad- although not the best marriage, I still believe they get along well. [more inside]
posted by barexamfreak to Human Relations at 10:34 AM - 17 answers

Does a dog's behavior against his owner--in only about 50% of circumstances--warrant concern? The answers in this ask were helpful, particularly this one (there is much of item #3 that happens during play). But what I want to know is whether his dog's behavior around step-brother + a female might point to something from his past. [more inside]
posted by magdalemon to Pets & Animals at 10:19 AM - 11 answers

I'd like to get a thank-you gift for someone who likes chess (probably a book but I'd be open to other suggestions). I don't know anything about chess; what should I get him? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:44 AM - 13 answers

Are there any no-fee business checking accounts for a sole proprietorship? Pretty much no services are needed other than an account that is separate from personal finances.
posted by jsturgill to Work & Money at 9:35 AM - 9 answers

It’s been a stressful year thus far and I really need to get away for a few days, but alas, none of my friends are available for a trip right now. I’d love to go somewhere in mid/late August. I have a bunch of requirements, of course! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue to Travel & Transportation at 8:58 AM - 12 answers

I'm in the process of appealing the recent assessment of my house. My next (and final) step is to present my case to the local Board of Review, and I'm wondering how best to do that. [more inside]
posted by ndg to Law & Government at 8:35 AM - 5 answers

I'm a dominant female and interested in using my interest and skills to earn money in New York City. I don't know how to sort my options or what, specifically to watch out for. NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 8:19 AM - 5 answers

My wife will not stop questioning me about a horrible incident from my past. I've answered her questions already, but she doesn't like me asking to not talk about it. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by yasp to Human Relations at 7:23 AM - 106 answers

I have three vertical iPhone videos, each a few seconds long. I need to combine them into one video with the three clips arranged side by side, with no gaps in between, in the quickest and easiest way possible. [more inside]
posted by Behemoth to Computers & Internet at 7:21 AM - 3 answers

Several months ago I started developing melisma (darkening of the skin on my upper lip). As I am a female who does not necessarily wish to be doing a Charlie Chaplin impersonation at all times, what, if anything, can be done about this? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig to Health & Fitness at 7:11 AM - 17 answers

I was recently diagnosed with a tibial stress fracture. I'd like to keep up my aerobic fitness during the 6-8 weeks the doctor said I wouldn't be able to run, but everything I have tried (cycling, aqua running) is not giving me a workout even remotely comparable to that of my running sessions. Please come up with some neato workouts I could try which don't stress the ankle, so I can run strong post-rehab. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 to Health & Fitness at 7:05 AM - 17 answers

Right now, there is a chance that my husband and I may be the adopters of my niece's child. She and the father have drug addictions and have surrended their parental rights. The child is now living with her grandparents, but they are very stressed by the situation and might ask us to take her. We are ready to do so, but I'd like to know what we're getting into. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 7:04 AM - 10 answers

My 15 year old nephew has been saying some negative comments about women that make me a little concerned. How should I respond to him? Do I mention it to his parents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Society & Culture at 7:03 AM - 31 answers

So this website sells these awesome Game of Thrones House Martell high-top sneakers. Unfortunately they don't have them in my size (US Men's 13). I cried for a bit, and now I'm asking: Where can I find high-tops in a similar golden-orange color? I really love it!
posted by nickhb to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 6:54 AM - 2 answers

Short version: new coworker stands in my doorway not saying a word while I am at my computer until I notice him and another coworker bangs on doorway while barging in. Can I do anything about these two? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr to Human Relations at 6:17 AM - 25 answers

Greetings hive mind! This seems to be something that should already exist, but I think I either haven't found the right type of wiki, or have looked over the feature in one of the many wikis I've tried. Basically, I'm looking to use a wiki for IT documentation purposes...but I'd also like for it to be able to automatically propagate views/pages in a relational manner (either via the backend or via templates). Here's an example to help illustrate: [more inside]
posted by samsara to Computers & Internet at 6:13 AM - 6 answers

Give your best strategies, tips, software, etc to whittle down a ton of pictures to reasonable, shareable amount. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv to Media & Arts at 5:58 AM - 5 answers

Almost every time I speak Spanish to a Mexican they answer right back in English. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! to Writing & Language at 4:31 AM - 83 answers

I don't have a clue what to make her for a dessert, I have been trying to find ideas on internet but I would really like to make something simple that doesn't call for odd ingredients I don't have. I see you can get low carb ice cream and I was thinking maybe using that as a starting point - what can I make that would be good? [more inside]
posted by just asking to Food & Drink at 4:27 AM - 23 answers

A while back on MeFi (I dunno, a few years?), someone posted a fantastic mash-up video featuring an African-American Johnny Quest-like character rapping and satirising other animated characters (I think). I've searched Mefi tags and google just provides a buck of muck. I think it was posted on youtube by an anonymous video artist who made a few other memorable mash-ups. Would love to find it again.
posted by rudster to Computers & Internet at 3:46 AM - 0 answers

I saw a video a while ago of a cool and unsettling performance, and I don't know how to find it again. Two musicians are wearing nerve-stimulating things around their wrists, which is moving their muscles involuntarily, playing a piece of music in perfect unison. [more inside]
posted by flora to Media & Arts at 3:05 AM - 2 answers

My 5-year-old boy is attending a school that has a uniform. How much of each clothing item should I buy? There are uniform sales coming up this summer, but I still don't know where to start. Also, I try to hang dry things, so only having 3 pairs of pants, for example, won't work well. [more inside]
posted by k8t to Shopping at 2:15 AM - 17 answers

July 7

I know that asking "Why is my toddler doing X?" is like shouting into the void, but perhaps you have some insight into why my toddler is suddenly having a hard time with waking up from a nap... [more inside]
posted by judith to Human Relations at 11:56 PM - 20 answers

I have set up an outlook.com account to use as a centralized addressbook, accessible by my other email accounts, devices, partner's devices etc. However I can't make it available to my partner's outlook.com account. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi to Computers & Internet at 11:50 PM - 2 answers

Found an unopened jar of Vegemite in the back of the pantry. Best Before date of November 2007. I opened the jar, and it smells right, and the little daub i took with my finger tasted right. Vegemite doesn't actually go bad, does it? I'm highly inclined to eat this. Any reason not to?
posted by colin_l to Food & Drink at 10:43 PM - 27 answers

Should I try to get my money back from the arborist? [more inside]
posted by Poldo to Home & Garden at 10:28 PM - 11 answers

It took me years to figure this out, but I'm allergic to many common ingredients in soaps and lotions. If I stray away from using my approved short list of hypoallergenic soaps anywhere on my body, the most sensitive, NSFW, TMI part of my body suffers. My dumb clueless self recently used some body wash I'm allergic to. Help me figure out how to make everything normal again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Home & Garden at 8:59 PM - 16 answers

Can you recommend other novels like Russell Hoban's Turtle Diary and The Bat Tattoo? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist to Media & Arts at 7:48 PM - 2 answers

I'm very inexperienced when it comes to romance so please bear with me. I can't tell if I've been somehow misleading or if this guy is just being clingy. I also don't know if I owe anyone an explanation. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper to Human Relations at 7:40 PM - 23 answers

How can you, naturally or otherwise, optimize female hormones to help regain the metabolism and hormonal profile of someone in their teens or 20s? (And is this even possible or desirable?) [more inside]
posted by mintchip to Health & Fitness at 6:33 PM - 14 answers

I've finally (I think) figured out that the dreadful speedy feeling I get every day when I wake up (and then off and on throughout the day) has a label: Anxiety. What now? [more inside]
posted by sockermom to Health & Fitness at 6:26 PM - 29 answers

My wife is six weeks pregnant and feels terrible. She is experiencing nausea, lack of appetite, reduced energy and general queasiness almost all the time. She has about an hour each day when she feels normal. Smells are particularly upsetting for her. We understand that these are common experiences for women in their first trimester, but that’s not making it any easier for her to tolerate. We’ve read that many of these symptoms go away in the second trimester, but that’s about 6 weeks away and my wife is wondering how she’s going to survive (and go to work) until then. She’s miserable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 6:25 PM - 36 answers

So I've been pecking away at a book for a while, encountering the typical novice writer issue of not getting past 100 pages or so before things start to stall. Can you help me figure out who my heroes will do battle with? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian to Writing & Language at 5:55 PM - 16 answers