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September 28

Sartorial Question re: Bridget Jones's Baby

Can anyone identify the plaid-ish button down worn by Patrick Dempsey in the nursery-painting scene of Bridget Jones's Baby? [more inside]
posted by sideofwry at 11:20 AM - 3 answers

September 27

Bag filter: Packable, convertible backpack?

Dear Mefites, I'm looking for a new travel-shoulder-backpack-tote bag. I really like the Patagonia Lightweight Travel Tote but the price is a bit high and I'd like to have a couple more inside pockets. I do like the size, weight, foldability, water bottle pockets, and convertible backpack stylings. I have heard that this bag is also quite durable. Do you know of a similar bag that offers more interior pockets and organization, at a similar (or lower!) price point?
posted by stillmoving at 11:13 AM - 5 answers

September 22

I take measurements, you mail me clothes

On NPR's On Point show today, the topic was plus-size fashion. The main guest was Tim Gunn, and another guest was a Time reporter. The Time reporter talked about several startups, including a few where you could send in your measurements and they would send you clothes to try on that were calculated to fit based on you measurements rather than on standard sizing. [more inside]
posted by megancita at 7:25 PM - 16 answers

Where can I buy a bordered flag/banner with collegiate-style lettering?

...And not just any bordered flag/banner. Ideally, something with chunky lettering and a thick white border, like the one in the center of this picture. Bonus points if the banner already has the phrase "BETTER IS POSSIBLE" in the middle. :) [more inside]
posted by tfilter at 7:40 AM - 3 answers

September 21

Any graveyard shift workers here have experience with daylight lamps?

I'm going to start a new job with a night shift next week (11pm to 7am). I'm considering getting one of those daylight imitating lamps to help maintain my circadian rhythm, but I'm wondering if anyone really needs or uses them, and if so, what kind? Are the little ones good enough? Or could I just get a blue-ish lightbulb and screw that into my regular lamp? Also do they rack up your electric bill a lot or is it negligible? [more inside]
posted by picklenickle at 11:01 PM - 7 answers

September 20

Fold away workspace. Does something like this exist?

I'd like a workspace setup with a writing surface, laptop & mousing space, storage for pens, pencils and stuffs in a fold away table top setup system so that at the end of my work at home workday I can just fold it all up and stick it in a closet until i need it tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 3:22 PM - 17 answers

September 19

Snowflake's quest for a water bottle

I'm looking for a water bottle without a sippy-cup or straw interface, just an open end that I can drink from like a civilized human. It also needs to be opened and closed one-handed, easy to clean, and durable. Price is not really a consideration. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 11:39 AM - 20 answers

Re-Equip Ansela Adams

While I was on vacation last week, my camera (among other things) was stolen and I need to replace it. I really, really liked it, but the exact model has since been discontinued, and I can only get used models online via eBay. Please either reassure me it's okay to do that or recommend something similar. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:17 AM - 12 answers

September 16

Cultural membership ideas for someone in NYC for one semester

My sister-in-law, originally from Europe, is a visiting student in NYC this Fall. For her upcoming birthday, I thought a cultural membership or NYC experience would be fun. Maybe something her student budget would not ordinarily be spent towards. Based on this question and other threads, I thought membership to MoMa, Whitney, or New Museum may be options. The only issue is that she is only here from now till December 2016 and the memberships are for 1 year. Or maybe a trapeze class. [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered at 1:37 PM - 12 answers

Where to shop for mid-century German ceramics in NYC?

I really like German mid-century art pottery -- think Scheurich, Ruscha, etc. And there's lots of it available at decent prices . . . in Europe. Where I live, it seems to be limited to a few expensive specimen pieces in mid-century furniture stores. But I'll be visiting New York City soon, and they have all the shopping in the world there, right? Where should I go for a good selection in the sub-$50 range? [more inside]
posted by ostro at 1:02 PM - 1 answers

September 15

Locking in Heating Oil?

Hello, prognosticators and speculators! Look into your oily, viscous crystal tarball. With crude oil at $43.76 per barrel today, and an email in my inbox from MassEnergy (of which I am a member) informing me of a webinar I won't be awake for, I'm wondering: should I lock in my heating oil price while it's still warm out? If so, what's good timing? I expect to use 350 gallons of oil this year. I'm in MA, about 10 miles west of Boston Harbor.
[previously from 2008, when oil was $98/barrel ... paging mjjj, how did it go?]
posted by not_on_display at 3:08 PM - 5 answers

Should I buy a new car or stick with what I've got?

I owe $9,000 on my 2011 Ford F-150 with 67k miles that I purchased used in 2012. It has been a great truck, especially when I lived up in the mountains. I used it a fair amount for my business, which is advertised on the side, and the expenses are run through the business. Now I go to school in the city and it's not so practical. Is it worth finding something new? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 at 7:01 AM - 4 answers

September 13

Help us pick a car?

The lease is up on our current vehicle (a BMW X1), so we're shopping. I think this time it's a buy, but we'd like to stay with a wagon-y or small SUV shaped thing. Bonus points if it's capable of light towing (think tiny travel trailer). [more inside]
posted by uberchet at 3:34 PM - 29 answers

A problem return on eBay...

I purchased an "officially" refurbished laptop from a high volume seller on eBay. Unfortunately, the laptop arrived with a cracked screen. I initiated a return, which the seller accepted, but there was never an option to print a mailing slip. Instead, the status of the return went instantly to: "Shipping, in transit" with a tracking number, while the computer sits on my table. What is going on and what do I do about it?
posted by ennui.bz at 5:17 AM - 7 answers

September 12

Wrestling with ethical purchasing choices

I'm trying to develop a purchasing guideline that has the least harmful impact on workers, and need some help thinking it through. [more inside]
posted by delight at 7:56 PM - 7 answers

Baby gift for the second baby?

Sister-in-law is about to have niece or nephew #2 and we need to send a gift. Obviously they already have everything they "need" from the first kid, but we also would like to send something really nice. They loaned us literally all their stuff for our baby's first year, which was invaluable and deeply appreciated, so we'd like to get something that says "thank you" almost as much as "congratulations. [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin at 7:48 PM - 12 answers

September 11

Looking for an eye mask that was sold in Australia

I'm looking for an eye mask. I bought it in Australia several years ago. Only the surface was knitted and design was just like this [PDF] with the same color. Could you tell me where I can get it again on the internet? I really want it now!
posted by mizukko at 1:44 AM - 3 answers

September 9

Bright Chinos

Looking for bright (brick red, bubblegum pink, swimming pool blue or grass green) chinos for someone between a 40-42 waist and a 40 length. I live in Hamilton, travel to Toronto, would prefer not ordering online.
posted by PinkMoose at 11:57 AM - 9 answers

September 8

Help us find this key--or as close to it as possible

My friend just introduced me to and older SyFy miniseries called The Lost Room, and I've gotten a little obsessed. I found replicas of the key fob featured in the show, but I haven't found anything close to the key itself. Here's a collage of images of the key from the show. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 6:21 PM - 8 answers

Navigating the iPhone upgrade in a post-subsidy world

Can you give me advice on the best course toward upgrading to an iPhone 7 Plus in this new non-subsidized phone world? The twist: I have a grandfathered AT&T unlimited plan. [more inside]
posted by karizma at 1:19 PM - 15 answers

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