14881 Ask MetaFilter answers by jessamyn (displaying 1 through 50)

For the past two years, I have been getting colds that turn into months of thick, sticky mucus dripping down my throat from the back of my nose. For all of my lifelong nasal problems, this one is new. A complicating factor is that I moved across the country to an infamously polluted West Coast city in the midst of the first of these episodes, although later experience shows that they are not limited to my new place of residence.
comment posted at 8:09 AM on Aug-22-17

We're leaving Chicago Sunday for a much-anticipated roadtrip, and would love your input toward making it a memorable occasion. Our rough plans are to visit Cooperstown NY for the baseball hall of fame, then push on to Quebec City. Aside from having reservations at a B&B in Cooperstown for Tuesday and Wednesday nights, we have no firm notions about where to go or what to do.
comment posted at 7:21 PM on Aug-21-17

The School TM to go to for business, according to popular culture and wider society, is Harvard. For music, Julliard. For engineering, MIT. What other Archetypal/Stereotypical Schools are there for each subject?
comment posted at 8:37 AM on Aug-21-17

I have a pdf document that I'd like to convert into an image. The document contains a lot of text, so I think .png would be the best format. I've tried a few online services (like zamzar.com), but the fonts seem to get messed up in the conversion. Is there some way to do this that will reliably convert the document?
comment posted at 9:54 AM on Aug-17-17

The other night, I was scrolling through my Hulu looking for things to watch, and I found The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds from Showtime. Serendipitously, I'd just been talking to my wife about what a genius Brian Wilson is, and you know how, in writing workshops, they say to "show, don't tell"? Well, this one really showed. I'd like to find some others that are similar.
comment posted at 2:05 PM on Aug-16-17

Who's the most famous musician or comedian that no one outside of your state has heard of?
comment posted at 10:39 AM on Aug-16-17

My workplace wants to start a program to encourage employees to volunteer with local organizations. What are some of the best (or worst) practices you've seen to encourage staff to participate? What are the most effective ways to contribute time to charitable causes?
comment posted at 6:43 AM on Aug-16-17

Should room service ever enter your room to pick up trays that may or may not exist, when they think no one is there?
comment posted at 7:39 PM on Aug-15-17

I have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and chronic fatigue. My doctor has prescribed 10-15 minutes of aqua therapy 2x, to be gradually increased as it becomes more tolerable for me. YANMD, but do I need a physical therapist, or is this something that I can do on my own?
comment posted at 9:09 AM on Aug-15-17

During a long car ride this past weekend, I put on some episodes of Wow in the World for my four year old, and he loved them. I particularly liked that they were better than his usual request of poppy kids music. Unfortunately, episodes only come out twice a week. What are other podcasts, preferably short and educational, that are aimed at young kids?
comment posted at 6:10 PM on Aug-14-17

My girlfriend has a really annoying (to me) habit of only letting me know she's running late either at the very last minute or after the time when she's supposed to have turned up. It's caused us to get into a couple of big fights recently and it happened again tonight as I was cooking her dinner, so I told her not to bother coming over at all because I knew we'd just get into another circular argument about it.
comment posted at 5:43 AM on Aug-14-17

I saw a video of Andrea Bocelli, and it looked like his eyes were closed the whole time. But a blind lady in my building keeps hers open (she is 100% blind, I know because I have had conversations with her about it). So what's the deciding factor ... I assume it's more of a natural/physical thing than a learned behavior? Does it have to do with blind-since-birth vs. once-sighted-now-blind? What are the factors behind this that I don't know about? No hidden agenda here, I am truly just curious.
comment posted at 5:47 AM on Aug-14-17

I've been making it my goal to only read books by non-cishetwhitedudes this year. Yay for me! But I'm wondering, since I get most of my reading material from the library, is there any tangible impact on society? Besides adding my +1 to the amount of times these books are checked out, is there any greater significance? Do the authors get any benefits? Librarians, please let me know if checking out and reading books by women, people of colors, LGBTQ, etc is nothing more than screaming into the library void.
comment posted at 6:56 PM on Aug-13-17

R-rated movie on Amazon captioned as if it's on broadcast TV. What gives?
comment posted at 8:03 AM on Aug-12-17

I'm reading At Home by Bill Bryson, and it's a pretty fun book, but what I REALLY want is the actual housekeeping side of things rather than the recent history of Western people as told through the house, which is what this book is serving up.
comment posted at 12:07 PM on Aug-11-17

I stayed in a lovely AirBnB house. The host was great. I noticed a staircase was missing several balusters. Should I mention this in the private feedback to the host?
comment posted at 7:59 AM on Aug-11-17

Thinking of ditching Wells Fargo and consolidating all banking with a credit union. I already have a savings account at the CU - looking for some assurances that the shared services model with other credit unions works fine, as the CU is affiliated with my alma mater and is about 700 miles away. Mefites banking with a credit union that is not local - it it all really just as easy has having a bank branch nearby?
comment posted at 6:32 AM on Aug-9-17
comment posted at 7:09 AM on Aug-9-17

Inspired by this question: if I wanted to link to information about a book, but I didn't want do so in a way that was tied to Amazon or any other bookseller, what would be a good way to do so?
comment posted at 6:36 AM on Aug-9-17

Do the majority of people in developed countries carry internal parasites? If so, where do they acquire them from? And if they do, are they all 100 percent bad for human health? Sources, other than Google or New Age health books, would be highly appreciated. YANM expert, I am aware. Thanks.
comment posted at 6:31 PM on Aug-8-17

I've got some Shit To Do in a house that is not mine and I like unwinding in the evening playing some simple video games on the Apple TV. I've been enjoying Alto's Adventure and Crossy Road. They are beautiful to look at and listen to, not that challenging to learn, have simple and brief turns where I can trade off with my partner, and don't use too much of my brain. I also liked Symmetrica and Osmos (for the iPad) for the same reason. I've liked What else would I like?
comment posted at 12:37 PM on Aug-10-17

I’m looking for a routine I can do in the evenings when I feel particularly energetic or when I’ve decided not to walk in (raining) or the gym is full (tiny gym, huge office).
comment posted at 6:34 AM on Aug-8-17

This is an embarrassingly simple question. I am having a disagreement with someone over the proper method of preparing to brush your teeth. We agree that it is either a one-step or two-step process. I take my tooth brush out of the holder, put toothpaste on it and start brushing (one-step). This other person insists that I am leaving out a step. Either before I put the toothpaste on the brush or after, this person insists I should wet the toothbrush (two-step).
comment posted at 10:35 AM on Aug-7-17

The other night, I went to a restaurant and ordered a dish that was served inedibly salty. Well, when I say "inedibly," I speak figuratively, because we ate it. We didn't enjoy it, but we ate it. Which raised the question: when is it acceptable to send something back as a restaurant and ask for a replacement not because it's actually defective, but because it's just plain bad?
comment posted at 4:20 PM on Aug-6-17

I need an epitaph for a dog. Must be 15-25 characters to fit on a copper disc to be placed where I scatter her ashes. Quotes from works of all sorts and creeds are fine, but space is limited. Would like something dog worthy. (Whatever that means...)
comment posted at 2:49 PM on Aug-6-17

I have a bit of disturbed sleep and i get very hot no matter how I sleep. Until I can get a sleep study done, I'd like to shift some of my bedding to wool materials. Help!
comment posted at 8:06 AM on Aug-6-17

I have some travel coming up and would love to load up my kindle with some really well-written historical fiction. There are three things that seem to come up a lot in this genre that I want to avoid, see inside for snowflakes.
comment posted at 5:14 PM on Aug-5-17

Why do people text, and then let vast expanses of time go by before they reply?
comment posted at 10:16 AM on Aug-5-17

Is he expecting stuff to happen?
comment posted at 8:55 AM on Aug-5-17

I live in a studio apartment, across the country from where I grew up. My mom is visits me in my apartment every year, and stays with me for 2 weeks. I've lived out here in CA for 6 years, and have met really nice friends and built a social life all on my own (for the first time in my 34 years). One of the first friends I met out here, let's just call her J, she is a bit older than my mom (J is in her mid-60s and my mom is in her early 60s). J was my first friend out here and we met through a mutual love of taking long walks and we enjoy each other's company.
comment posted at 7:15 AM on Aug-5-17

The Big Sick reminded me how great Holly Hunter is. Please tell me your personal favorite performances from her, so I can have a well-curated binge.
comment posted at 8:24 PM on Aug-3-17

Looking for examples of birth scenes in film/TV that either take place in a rustic, lamplit setting (read: not a hospital) or in olden times. Examples along the lines of the "Children of Men" birth scene or the "Noah" birth scene. Midwives are a plus. Thanks!
comment posted at 5:16 PM on Aug-3-17

My 3 year old loves to know the names of flowers. Can you recommend a simple flower identification book for common garden and wild flowers (of upstate NY)? I think she’d really enjoy that. It’s important that it’s not just wildflowers - she asks more often about garden flowers and I know less about them. Or, I suppose, which garden catalog would be most enjoyable for a preschooler? Also, can you recommend an app that I could use to ID flowers when she asks while we’re out and about?
comment posted at 2:28 PM on Aug-3-17

If a food joint has lunch service until, say, 2:00 p.m., when should items from the grill stop being available... because staff are starting to clean the grill?
comment posted at 2:38 PM on Aug-3-17

Can a person refuse a license plate issued by the DMV (in other words, not a personalized plate) if they are offended by the sequence of letters and numbers?
comment posted at 2:43 PM on Aug-3-17

I'm struggling with depression (diagnosed, under treatment). What I need are written reminders to help me resist the lying internal monologue. Maybe you have a favorite passage, essay, or mantra that might help me be braver in shutting this voice down?
comment posted at 7:23 AM on Aug-2-17

My beloved and elderly adopted pet was euthanized a few days ago, and I thought I did the right thing by sending an email (not Facebook message) to the group he came from to let them know of his passing and to thank them.
comment posted at 1:38 PM on Aug-1-17

When is it appropriate to say, "How [your partner] behaved is outrageous/terrible/wrongheaded/unbelievable!"
comment posted at 7:13 AM on Aug-1-17

I've recently begun reading a lot more nonfiction for research purposes. However, I pretty much exclusively only read library books, and am having difficulty figuring out how to easily take notes without damaging the book. How can I be respectful but also make note taking less arduous?
comment posted at 12:42 PM on Jul-31-17

I have it in my head that strong (Christian) religious faith is incompatible with being intelligent and/or progressive. I don't see it as rational and I have held ideas that, for example, Barack Obama was just pretending to be religous to be palatable - but now, I don't think this is at all correct. Can you point me towards readings/links to help fix my prejudice?
comment posted at 4:41 PM on Jul-30-17

I am a portrait photographer and clients often meet me in person for the first time on location, standing next to my car. I'm concerned that my old car is creating a bad first impression. But maybe I'm just overthinking this, and no one actually notices/gives a darn?
comment posted at 2:21 PM on Jul-29-17

In a perfect storm of Gmail address variants and Apple ID ≡ e-mail address insistence, I'm now getting lots of personal and system details for someone who mistakenly thinks their Gmail address is s.cruss, sc.russ or one of many possible variants. I want to stop getting this leak of someone else's personal information.
comment posted at 6:40 AM on Jul-29-17

I get a lot of mail. About 95% of it is letters from non-profits seeking donations, or other forms of junk mail, and goes straight into the recycling. I'm about to move. For obnoxious reasons not relevant to this question, it would be a challenge for me to receive large quantities of mail at my new address. So, rather than forwarding my mail from my current to my new address, I have a plan to evade my unwanted mail for good...
comment posted at 3:48 PM on Jul-27-17

My son's married dad has a strict schedule on when he is able to visit him and overnight at his house. I think this is BS. I am not and have never been married please show me where I err or am ignorant to how this works.
comment posted at 4:10 PM on Jul-27-17

I am pulling out the insulation in the attic of my house and I have found seven men's shoes in the paper fluff insulation. (I assume that I'll find at least one more...) They are smooshed and dry, but I was just wondering if I should offer them on craigslist, try to make a million dollars on them on ebay, or trash them.
comment posted at 5:40 PM on Jul-26-17

I will be driving from California to my new home in Philadelphia in mid-August, taking up to 3 weeks. I also need to buy a new-used car and am considering buying a minivan with tinted back windows so I can sometimes just sleep in it discreetly. Pros/cons of this method?
comment posted at 12:47 PM on Jul-24-17

I'd like to drive somewhere north with my dog for about 3 days next week. I'm in Portland, Maine.
comment posted at 3:24 PM on Jul-23-17

I am looking for examples of memoirs which changed assumptions about particular industries or professions, or remoulded individual practitioners in the public conciousness. Not whistle-blowing, but books which exposed unusual facets of a particular job, or lifted the lid on unexpected excesses and humourous incidents.
comment posted at 8:11 AM on Jul-22-17

We will be attending a wedding in Concord NH in October. The wedding is on a Sunday night, and we're considering heading up there on Saturday morning to make a weekend of it. Is Concord fun?
comment posted at 4:58 PM on Jul-21-17

I like female vocal music with close harmonies such as the Andrews sisters, Wilson Phillips, and Abba. Who else will I like? Any and all genres, any and all time periods. Thank you!
comment posted at 8:41 AM on Jul-20-17

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