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Two wintry days in Toronto - what should we not miss?

Arriving Sunday morning - have Sunday and Monday essentially to run around, eat and drink and have a good time. Staying near Union Station and relying on public transport...been to Niagara, so no need for a detour outside of the city. Suggestions? St. Lawrence market appears to be closed both days, which makes me very sad. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by OneSmartMonkey on Dec 1, 2016 - 15 answers

You can't predict the future, but will I regret NOT having kids?

I'm 99% sure I don't want children. I'm not maternal, I've never had any desire to go down that route. The more I think about what it means to have kids the less I'm interested in it... for a number of reasons. I just turned 35 so I'm really at that awfully clichéd "Now or Never" stage in my life and it's made me start thinking about the future and whether or not I'll regret NOT doing it. [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Nov 25, 2016 - 57 answers

Will IUD insertion remain free on my insurance through 2017?

I want to get a Mirena IUD, but I am still losing pregnancy weight and I would rather finish doing that first just in case the IUD makes it harder. Will IUD insertion remain free on my already-purchased insurance plan for 2017? [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Nov 16, 2016 - 9 answers

Give away free stuff at polls?

I was thinking about what would counter possible bad feelings about polling places this year, and started wondering if anyone had previously made an effort to just give away food, or even free samples and coupons from businesses, at polling places. Especially if it were part of a sincere effort to "be neighborly" (deliberately biblical word). Would this be allowed? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Oct 26, 2016 - 65 answers

Free or cheap computer for indigent artist

Hi, my friend is a brilliant digital artist and wants to apply or ask to get a free or cheap computer - his present main box is manufactured in the last millenium! Are there agencies, websites or subreddits, etc where he could show some of his work and get parts or a complete computer ? Should be capable of running adobe cs5 if possible. He is in the UK.
posted by Mistress on Oct 21, 2016 - 7 answers

How to achieve maximum impact of promotional free software

We are getting ready to release a free standalone CAD software. It is a downloadable product, does not run in a web browser (not like the more typical startup SAAS offers). Our company intends to sell an API library and consulting services using said API. The API was used to build the CAD software. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Oct 21, 2016 - 2 answers

Best way to provide free digital download on WordPress site?

I've been avoiding adding widgets to my WordPress site ... keeping it basic, I think, may reduce the amount of security policing I have to do myself. But now I've made a coloring book page I'd like people to be able to download and print for free. Anybody with more experience know the best way to do this? I have it as a jpeg, but could easily make it a pdf.
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer on Oct 12, 2016 - 5 answers

Drumpf Picture Request

Looking for a picture of His Drumpfness for a commercial project, obviously as inexpensive as possible, and the more objectionable his expression, the better. Any suggestions as to where to go?
posted by ivanthenotsoterrible on Oct 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me reverse engineer this sauce or find something similar...

Help! My favorite go-to sauce looks like it might be discontinued or is on it's way to being discontinued. [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel on Sep 30, 2016 - 6 answers

Club membership management software needed

I'm looking for software to create an online membership management system for a club. The system needs to be accessible to officers but not to members. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Sep 21, 2016 - 2 answers

Allergy to rye, but negative to celiac testing?

I was recently tested negative for a celiac blood test, yet an allergist applied skin testing and it appears that I'm allergic to rye. What does this mean? Should I avoid all breads, crackers, and pastas in general? I haven't eaten breads, crackers, or pasta in two years. I wonder if the celiac blood test could be a false negative, since I haven't eaten breads in a few years? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Jul 2, 2016 - 12 answers

Captioning a video?

I would love to upload a video to Amazon's Direct Video service [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jun 2, 2016 - 6 answers

Donald Trump "rescues" 200 marines?

Did Donald Trump fly 200 marines home free of charge in 1991? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on May 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Theological determinism and free-will... can they both exist?

Greetngs - I am not a philosopher (and that may be evident from my question) nor a mathematician (perhaps even more evident): Can theological determinism and free-will co-exist, and is there an example or analog in mathematics which could illustrate this?
posted by brownrd on Apr 14, 2016 - 12 answers

Not quite "sharing economy" but what?

I just read about the Copia app, that connects markets and restaurants with "left over" food to shelters and organizations that feed people in need. This is the best example of my question. What is it called when you have X (service, tangible) and are using technology to share it with people in need of X? And vice versa (you need X and use technology to find it). Is there anyone writing about this and/or studying this particular use of technology? [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Apr 13, 2016 - 10 answers

One Person's Trash is Another's Yadda Yadda

I was taking a walk and found that somebody had left four bags of women's clothing on the curb labeled "FREE CLOTHES" alongside a futon also presumably free. The road is kind of off to the side, and doesn't get that much foot traffic by nyc standards. I want to report this find in a way, to make it more likely that it will go to somebody who could make use of it. Is this a good idea? If it is, what would be a good way to do so? Have considered craigslist, FB neighborhood post, freecycle forum(?). [more inside]
posted by coolname on Apr 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Online. Collaborative. Sign-up Sheet. Free. Is that too much to ask for?

I coordinate an event that requires a handful of volunteers and different time slots and tasks. I need to find an idiot-proof online source that allows me to post a link to it and people can then sign up for different slots. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Apr 1, 2016 - 9 answers

Other Fire + Water events in US??

MeFi, you've saved me in the past, asking you to come through again! I'm trying to find events very similar to WaterFire Providence, can be but does not have to be "art" project, but am looking for festivals that feature pylons in rivers, ponds, lakes, bayou on fire. Trying to set one up down here in Louisiana but not finding too much in the way of how to get started or if these events exist outside of Providence, RI and Sharon, PA (the only two places I found that host WaterFire events). Thank you!
posted by LemonGardot on Feb 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Little Free Library for Dummies

Where can I find the simplest possible instructions for building a Little Free Library, from wood, from scratch? [more inside]
posted by mermily on Jul 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Gluten free menu planning

As a newly diagnosed Celiac person with few cooking skills and on a budget I'm interested in sites that create GF menu plannings for a week or even a month. If it comes with shopping lists and cooking instructions for the food challenged so much the better. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jul 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Looking for Your Sugar-Free Shelf Stable dessserts

Pretty much what it says on the tin. What is a good sugar free (or as low sugar as possible) dessert I can make that travels well amd doesn't require refrigeration? [more inside]
posted by FakePalindrome on Jun 19, 2015 - 11 answers

giving away music free for a film -- ruins future sync deals?

An indie film maker wants to use a song my band recorded and released for free. It's written by a friend's band and used with their permission. The film maker is asking to use it for free for a low-ish budget indie film. They have a contract, which states that they will use it for free and how they can use it (and that they do not have exclusive rights). We're pretty much ok with it, and so are the original songwriters. BUT... we've had interest in the past for commercial sync deals with this song. On two occasions, a sync company approached us to present the song to a client for commercials. Although these deals didn't work out, it's not unforeseeable that we get approached again, since this particular song seems to have commercial appeal. My question: if we give the song away for free to this film, will that ruin our chances of selling the song in the future? I know that legally, we can do whatever we want. However, would a sync company or their clients not want to use it if it had already appeared in a film? [more inside]
posted by cejl on Apr 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Looking for free sign-in/attendance software

Hey there, Basically I run an afterschool program where students are free to drop in and out whenever they want, on the condition that they use a computer to sign-in and sign-out. The easiest way is to have them write their names in a Microsoft Word document, however I want something more sophisticated that will allow me to collect statistics over the course of the year about how often they attended, how long they stayed, as well as being able to look at gender and age categories (e.g. I would be able to see that 60% of my students in January were male, while 40% were female, and so on) Any ideas would be great. Free is preferable but if it's really cheap and does everything I need then I could probably afford a $50 one-off fee. Thanks in advance
posted by heylight on Apr 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Anxiety and Memory Loss? Foods that help memory loss for vegans?

I seem to have acute anxiety lately, which is causing a cognition deficit for me. My memory is quite poor and lax these days - I'm not certain if it is due to my vegan diet, or my ongoing intensive anxiety? Are there any tips on how to improve my memory and stabilize my anxiety? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Mar 10, 2015 - 17 answers

Acid-Free Bookmark Options

I'm looking for archival quality bookmarks, which is to say I'm looking for bookmarks that won't transfer acid to my acid free notebook paper. I figure that I could use a cut piece of acid free paper, but I wanted to see what options were available. [more inside]
posted by halp on Mar 3, 2015 - 10 answers

What should I do with free time, not bound to 9-5 hours

Ok, I just got laid off with three months salary in lieu of notice. I'm NOT looking for advice on job hunting. What I am looking for is how to spend this awesome free time wisely! I'm planning to increase my gym classes to 5 times a week, planning lunches with friends, going to sample sales and writing the book I always wanted to write. What other cool activities can I do that I can't normally do with a 9-5 job, or would be too expensive or inconvenient? [more inside]
posted by moiraine on Feb 6, 2015 - 15 answers

cheapest travel for cheapest person

I'm a young woman in the US. Never traveled abroad. I accomplished a big goal, and I've saved up $1700, so I'm taking myself somewhere. Looking to make the trip in the summer for a week or two. Will be alone. I like food, wandering around cities and interesting towns, and free/cheap things, like museums, window shopping, etc. More interested in walking around a cool place than lying on a beach. I want to stay in a hostel or similar. No other criteria--I'd like this to be pretty open-ended. Where should I go?
posted by there will be glitter on Jan 29, 2015 - 42 answers

Please take my whisky!

I have a couple of unopened bottles of whisky that I don't want. No one I have asked wants them. Normally I use Craigslist to give away stuff I don't want anymore, but listing alcohol is against the TOS for both Craigslist and Freecycle. I have also heard that food banks don't accept alcohol. I hate throwing away perfectly good stuff. Does anyone know of somewhere I can donate them, or any other way to legally find them a good home?
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Jan 27, 2015 - 33 answers

So...what do YOU want to do?

Need recommendations for stuff to do with a friend. A few snowflakes ahead. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Dec 30, 2014 - 12 answers

How to print an envelope or two on the Mac?

How can I simply print an envelope or two from my Mac to any printer that can handle envelopes? I'm printing directly on the envelope, but it's a standard #10 envelope--no labels, no odd sizes. I'd like USPS barcodes. I've got a copy of EasyEnvelopes and I've been trying to print from it, but nothing happens on my printer and I can't update it because they charge for it now. Printing other docs works fine. [more inside]
posted by tellumo on Dec 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Online Resoucres For rural life in 1800s New England.

I'm looking for online resources describing daily life and struggles in rural New England in the 1800s, ideally around the mid-century period and in Vermont/New Hampshire. Narratives favored over statistics but non-fiction favored over fiction.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Unscented antiperspirant/deodorant

Do you have a recommendation for an unscented antiperspirant/deodorant? [more inside]
posted by stowaway on Oct 11, 2014 - 35 answers

Free app-based magazines?

Hi, I'm not utterly delighted w. The Economist's general tone and editorial leanings, but they don't strike me as horrid and I like all the free content -- seemingly at least most of the weekly magazine -- via the app. Any recommendations for other good app-based magazines w. lots of free downloadable content? I'm mostly looking for news/current events/entertainment content, but I'm open. Thank you for taking a moment to help me.
posted by ambient2 on Oct 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Group cloud PDF commenting system

Is there a cloud PDF hosting service that allows group commenting/highlighting? Think google docs, but for PDF commenting. Price should be free or $1/$2 per month per user.
posted by Brent Parker on Oct 5, 2014 - 8 answers

High-resolution, public-domain, landscape photography archives?

I'm looking for high-resolution (full-color or gray-scale), public domain archives of landscape photography (specifically of terrains and mountains). [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Sep 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Need a high-quality, but fast and easy, way to generate animated GIFs.

Are there any free high-quality GIF generator sites or programs that allow you to make animated GIFs from videos that don't add watermarks to your GIFs? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Sep 17, 2014 - 10 answers

800 number routing

I would like to setup several toll free numbers and have them routed each to a different phone number. Is there a company you would recommend that could set that up for me, and that will have a caller log feature for each toll free number for when clients call? Thank you.
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2014 - 2 answers

I received a piece of technology I didn't pay for!

I pre-ordered a smartphone on announcement day back in March. Shortly after, I decided this particular smartphone wasn't going to be for me, and I cancelled my order and was promptly refunded. The phone just now became available and problem is, I received the phone on Monday. [more inside]
posted by signondiego on Aug 7, 2014 - 24 answers

Gluten-Free, Slow-Carb, and Vegan

Greetings All: I have been reading up on transitioning to a vegan diet and there are so many things to think about. One of the best comments I received from someone on a previous post is that eating vegan does not equal being healthy necessarily. So I have been reading some books about eating a healthy vegan diet. I would also like to avoid gluten and somehow work on making this a slow-carb diet if at all possible. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Jul 22, 2014 - 9 answers

"But chief, you've barely touched your banana kaboom"

My 30th birthday is next week. Where in Chicago can I get a free birthday ice cream sundae? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Jul 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Public Domain Use Victorian Era/Victorian-esque Art?

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 on Jul 8, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me kill time while working near 34th St, NYC

Pottering around NYC: I work near 34th St/Herald Square and have huge gaps in my work schedule. Help me find nearby places (walking distance or only a couple subway stops at the most) where I can escape the office? Slightly narrowing constraints inside: [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Jun 25, 2014 - 21 answers

Nail polish that is free of chemicals but won't chip

Do you know a nail polish that is fee of chemicals like formaldehyde, etc.? I think they call it the 4 free or 5 free.........I tried the polish called "Butter" but it chipped right away. I'm willing to even just have 2 or 3 free if I can have a polish that does not chip the next day. I'm just trying to find something with "less" chemicals than the normal polish. Thanks.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jun 3, 2014 - 19 answers

Too many reviews and all of them different

So cornfuzed! What are the best free firewall and virus checker out there? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on May 31, 2014 - 6 answers

Great short stories or novellas legally downloadable for free for Kindle

What great short stories, short novellas, or even short nonfiction pieces can I legally download for free for my Kindle? Some details inside. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on May 26, 2014 - 13 answers

what basic word processing application for osx would you recommend?

Should be kinda an easy question in 2014, but I’ll ask anyway: What basic word processing (and preferably free/cheap) application have you found most stable/safest and user friendly (for Mac)? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on May 15, 2014 - 12 answers

What are some gluten free shelf stable proteins and veggies?

We are looking for shelf-stable, packaged proteins and veggies that are gluten free to go in lunches. We know about GoPicnic already, but we'd like some more variety and real vegetables of some sort! Proteins are mostly easy (spreads, dips, cheeses, jerkies), but finding the individual packed shelf stable ones are tough. We have found no veggies that fit the bill at all- we were thinking freeze dried veggies, but that sounds unappetizing and looks really expensive (also not individually packaged).
posted by Brent Parker on Apr 22, 2014 - 29 answers

Help me ID/find this game: a portal-like with bouncing ball

Help me ID/find this game: it may have been playable in-browser. If downloadable, it was free and probably worked on winxp. It might have only been at a demo/tech demo state, but it was a 3d first person puzzler where you aim and it would show you the trajectory of where a ball would bounce and you could then teleport to the end point of the trajectory? The idea was that you'd have to figure out which surface/angle to bounce off in order to get to a goal destination. May even have been posted to mefi. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on Mar 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Fast food/QSR-filter: Who typically gets their meal comped? And why?

I am trying to compile a list of who typically can expect to receive a free meal at fast food, casual dining, or quick service restaurants. One example would be uniformed police officers. I'd like to hear from people who worked in such places or know about these things. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Mar 9, 2014 - 39 answers

Irish Genealogy Website Question: Help me find a lost baby?

I need help with Irish genealogy websites and where to look. I've joined a couple of sites; the site that looks the most promising is nickel-and-diming me to death just to look at the info that shows up in their searches. Irish records can be spotty, so some of them are totally wrong. So, askMetafilter, where do I go from here without spending another 34 euros to see five records that are probably incorrect anyway? The details (What I know 98% for-sure): [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Jan 27, 2014 - 9 answers

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