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Cinnamon and Cayenne and Chocolate, Oh My!

A local coffee shop makes this amazing coffee drink that they call a Mocha en Fuego. It's a mocha with cinnamon and cayenne that I get iced and it's the most delicious coffee drink ever. Please help me recreate it at home! [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on Oct 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Washing machine gurus, I need your advice

We need to replace our washing machine, and I need to get a second opinion. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Oct 5, 2015 - 16 answers

Descendants of Scotsman in neglected grave in Shan State, Burma?

Twenty-five or more years ago I was visiting a school in Taunggyi District, Shan State, Burma (I live in northern Thailand). The school headmaster told me that there was a Westerner's grave in an overgrown field not far from the school. I don’t recall the actual township where the school was located. He pointed the way and I found a solitary grave marker, fallen over and weather-worn, in the midst of tall grass and weeds. [more inside]
posted by thaivagabond on Oct 4, 2015 - 10 answers

Design and audience

Hi, parents of young children. I've been commissioned to design and format a series of small books aimed at you and your kind. How do you want it to look? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Oct 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Nation Safe Drivers Club/A-Affordable

Hello, I belong to the Nation Safe Drivers Club through AAffordable in Massachusetts, does anyone happen to belongs to NSD through A-Affordable and if so, could you share the 24 hour line with me? The online number I found just goes to a phone tree that instructs me to call the number on the card :/ (My card is locked in y car along with my keys) Thank you in advance
posted by abitha! on Oct 4, 2015 - 3 answers

I can taste the fear in their eyes - I love cooked eyes!

I often read about how quickly killing animals makes better-tasting meat. Supposedly the fearful state a hunted animal often dies in releases chemicals (adrenaline? bad juju?) that make the meat less wonderful. True or woo? Science me, please!
posted by IAmBroom on Oct 3, 2015 - 10 answers

A fork in the pork ASAP

Last minute! I have some pork sirloin chops -- not lean, nicely marbled, bone-in, an inch thick at most. What's my best approach?
posted by LonnieK on Oct 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Time Budget App Like YNAB?

I've searched the time management questions and answers and can't find a time-management version of You Need A Budget. I've only just started YNAB and think it's perfect for me. I want a time-management version that won't let me overbook my time. Does such a thing exist?
posted by Bella Donna on Oct 3, 2015 - 3 answers

How to get rid of trojan = kovter.c!reg ?

Neighbor with almost no systems skills and absolutely no systems sense has a Windows 7 Home Edition Dell desktop machine infected with a trojan identified by Microsoft Security Essentials as kovter.c!reg. SE thinks it removes it successfully, but immediately finds it again. A web search suggests that (a) it is dangerous and (b) it is hard to get rid of. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cool breeze on Oct 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Hello awkwardness my old friend

I've recently moved back to my hometown, 20 years after graduating high school. I'm apprehensive about running into old classmates. Angst within. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Oct 3, 2015 - 26 answers

Tell me what it's like to live with a minivan.

I don't have time to go out on test-drives right now, but I'm stuck on the idea of owning a minivan - tell me what it's like if you own one. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Oct 2, 2015 - 28 answers

Dog in distress. Vet closed. What to do?

My five year old labrador dog seems to be in pain. It's nearly 11pm. The local vet clinic is closed. Ought I wait until morning or call the vets’ emergency number? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch on Oct 2, 2015 - 16 answers

The Young Doctors

The doctors in NHS hospitals all seem so young. Where are the older doctors? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Oct 2, 2015 - 4 answers

Blues Brothers Hat: the real deal

I'd like to dress up as Elwood but am having trouble finding the actual hat. I find lots of fedoras, but none have the right proportions: smaller brim, wide fabric band, and the short crown. I'm not interested in chintzy costume hats that look like crap. [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Oct 2, 2015 - 7 answers

I need to sell my SF books in London

I know there are a few variants of this question in metafilter history, but hopefully this is a reasonably unique combination...: I have 20-ish boxes of mainly SF books in London (UK). There's nothing too unique but a moderate density of hardcovers. I want to get rid of them and hopefully end up with both more space and more money (although research has made my cynical about how much money might be involved). What's the best option?
posted by curious_yellow on Oct 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Advance voting in the Canadian election while unregistered

For the upcoming Canadian election on Oct. 19, I would like to vote in advance. However, I am not registered to vote, and cannot register through the online system as I do not have an Ontario driver's license. Is it possible for me to vote in advance if I'm not registered?
posted by tickingclock on Oct 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Stop RFID cards from interfering with each other

I have a stack of 4 cards, 3 of which have RFID. When I tap this stack of cards on readers, they interfere with each other, and nothing gets read. What can I do to ensure that the card closest to the reader gets read? Can I buy or create some kind of shielding card to put behind the bottom card, in order to prevent interference with the other RFID cards? [more inside]
posted by spreadsheetzu on Oct 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Best practices for following up on a job offer?

I interviewed for a position with a big and well-known international firm. Last Wednesday I was told by the HR person that they wanted to make an offer, and that while they were having trouble meeting my salary demands, she was aiming to send an offer to me by end of the week or latest beginning of this week. Now that it's Thursday and I haven't heard anything, is it better to follow up again (and at least potentially get closure if the offer has fallen through), or sit tight and keep waiting? [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Oct 1, 2015 - 8 answers

Need advice on how to read Bass tabs

I need a method to turn bass tabs into something I can play. [more inside]
posted by night_train on Oct 1, 2015 - 13 answers

Name that bird!

Can anyone help me identify a white chested bird that may be an eagle with brownish wings? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Sep 30, 2015 - 13 answers

'Tis the Season to be Overqualified

I am about to be interviewed for a part-time seasonal, retail position. This would simply be something to supplement my main income, and very temporary. I have about 15 years of high level retail management experience that I gained prior to the full-time non-retail management position I now have. I heard that the hiring managers sometimes do not want to hire people who are vastly overqualified, so my question is this: Should I reveal how much retail experience I actually have, or should I try to downplay it?
posted by LilithSilver on Sep 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Looking for vintage throwback style web page with lots of animation

It was recent, strange, tons of small animated GIF art? [more inside]
posted by sol on Sep 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Gassed Up

To preface: I'm acutely aware that I'm an idiot for not immediately calling the fire department, but I came home to discover that the gas was on. Should I be heading to the hospital? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Sep 30, 2015 - 10 answers

How to encourage effort, self-discipline, excellence in children?

My daughter is 5 and starting kindergarten and music lessons. I cannot lie: in these and her future...I dunno, endeavors I guess you would call them, I want her to do well. I want her to put effort in and take pleasure in her efforts. But I don't know how to foster this in her and it's time I started figuring it out. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Sep 30, 2015 - 32 answers

Am I being creepy?

I picked out a guy from afar that I thought was cute, found out his name, and added him on Instagram. Is it creepy for me to start messaging him? [more inside]
posted by sweetshine on Sep 30, 2015 - 39 answers

Sharing Google calendar in iOS without sharing email

How can my ex-wife and I share our Google calendars with each other in iOS so they're available on our iPhones, but without having access to each other's email? [more inside]
posted by Arthur Vandelay on Sep 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Where to sell my stuff? I'm moving abroad and not returning.

Hi, everyone. I'm interested in selling all of my belongings--two beds, nice chairs, a dresser, a dinner table set, and high chairs--due to an exciting cross-world move. Though I'm currently based in Utah, the bulk of my furniture is disassembled in a storage unit back in Ohio, and I'm expected to leave the US in August 2016. Any tips on what sites to sell things on beyond the typical Craigslist or cosignment shops? I don't anticipate returning stateside anytime soon. Thanks much.
posted by aristotlefangirl on Sep 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Supporting boyfriend through mom's (terminal?) illness and the holidays

I've been dating a great guy for a few months now. About a month in he told me that his mom was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor 8 months before we met. His mom has done radiation and was seeming to get better in the last few months. He was making plans for me to meet his family for the first time on Thanksgiving. He just found out his mother has taken a turn for the worse (she's having difficulty walking), and I'd like to know: 1) how I can support him and 2) how to navigate meeting his family during this difficult time. [more inside]
posted by lafemma on Sep 29, 2015 - 11 answers

To eat, or not to eat

I never thought I'd ask one of these. Last night I poached some chicken breasts. I took them out of the water and left them on a plate on the kitchen bench, intending to put them in the fridge later. I forgot. So they've been sitting there for, call it 12 hours. Temperature I reckon between 17-14 C. Should they stay or should they go?
posted by Athanassiel on Sep 29, 2015 - 31 answers

Is a pearl engagement ring always a bad idea?

My partner and I are looking at engagement rings for me and I’ve fallen in love with this set. It contains a small pearl. Will I regret this choice? [more inside]
posted by in a dark glassly on Sep 29, 2015 - 17 answers

Excel changing a formula. I want it to not change. Make it stop?

I have a simple spreadsheet for scoring. I have 7 rows of data. In row 8, I have the formula =SUM(G1:G5). I want Excel to give me the sum of the first 5 rows of data, and ignore rows 6 and 7. So I'm filling in data. I enter a number in row 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... so far so good, the sum is correct. Then I enter a number in row 6 and the formula in row 8 changes itself to =SUM(G1:G6). [more inside]
posted by evilmomlady on Sep 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Women's custom clothing maker?

There's a website that I found once but can't for the life of me find again that makes . . . like, custom basics? T-shirts, skirts, dresses, that sort of thing. All solid colors, sort of American Apparel-y. You can choose the fabric they use. One is a bamboo jersey, but there are 3 or 4 others. They MAY have an etsy shop, but what I found was a standalone website. What is it?? Have you seen it??
posted by listen, lady on Sep 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Who sang this children's song?

I remember a children's song from my childhood (late 70's/early 80's) which sounded a bit like Raffi but I'm pretty sure isn't. It had the lyrics: "Oh, the very best people are sitting in a circle, sitting in a circle and..." and every time you went, around you built on this beginning and added a verse to it. [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Sep 28, 2015 - 4 answers

A good executive nap mat?

Google "nap mat" and you get a zillion results, all meant for small humans. Surprisingly, "executive nap mat" (as a phrase) yields zero. There's a niche there that will make someone a lot of money one day, but in the meantime: suggestions for a mat that I can put on the office floor to catch 40 winks? [more inside]
posted by Creosote on Sep 28, 2015 - 24 answers

Istanbul + ??? in early April

Two adults looking for a somewhat-urban, deliciously-flavoured, culturally-delightful, reasonably-priced weekend getaway from Istanbul on the first weekend of April (31 Mar-3 Apr), ideally no more than a few hours' journey away. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Sep 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Can my two Google accounts get Google married?

Back in 2012 when I set up my gmail account, I stupidly signed up for a Google account, forgetting that I already had one. Now my gmail and YouTube accounts are registered to one account while my blogs are registered to the other. It drives me crazy to have to be signing in and out several times a day to access whatever service I need. Is there any way I can merge the two accounts or transfer everything to the one account?
posted by orange swan on Sep 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Dumb question about soda addiction

If I replace coke with caffeinated tea and sugary sweets, why do I still get withdrawal headaches? Is there something in coke that is more addictive than caffeine or sugar? [more inside]
posted by myselfasme on Sep 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Can anyone identify a video game from the 90s I vaguely remember?

I believe it was for NES and came out before '97. In the long prologue, a female character ends up trapped on one side of a broken floor in a collapsing building. A male love interest remains with her instead of escaping with the group. Does anyone remember what this is? I've tried Google and it sounds like it might be in the Final Fantasy series, but I'm not at all certain.
posted by Tick Tock Tourmaline on Sep 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Ugh, hiccups

I was at a benefit for a friend of of mine tonight who had a bad accident. There were good times to be had, but unfortunately I have a serious case of the hiccups on account of too many beers being drunk. I'm drinking water like the dickens, but all that's doing for me is making me want to pee a lot while I hiccup like there's no tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by surazal on Sep 27, 2015 - 50 answers

What will it be like having a baby in the NICU for several weeks?

Due to some pregnancy complications, it's looking very likely that our baby will be born by c-section at around 32 weeks, and at least 3 weeks small for gestational age. We're anticipating a NICU stay of many weeks. I have a few questions for those who have been there to help me visualise what this time will be like. [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo on Sep 27, 2015 - 21 answers

How to love the apartment we're in

Hubby and I live in the Bay Area in a rent-controlled apartment. We have come to terms that remaining in this apartment is the best deal we are willing to commit to. We've been in this apartment for almost 4 years and have always treated this as a "temporary" residence given where we are in our careers/lives. With the INSANE housing boom, it is hard to justify moving out to a 2 bedroom apartment or to buy a home here. What are the most impactful ways to begin LOVING our apartment NOW? [more inside]
posted by ellerhodes on Sep 27, 2015 - 39 answers

Vaguely remembered Coldplay songwriting checklist?

I have this memory of seeing a behind the scenes video of Coldplay working on songs (maybe somewhere around the X&Y era?) In their working space, they had a checklist on the wall of each element of each song they needed to finalize, like rhythm, melody, lyrics, etc. I'd like to see that list again but I have no idea where I saw it and Googling hasn't gotten me anywhere. Ring a bell for anyone?
posted by frenetic on Sep 27, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me reverse-engineer this excellent vegan curry soup

A local Asian restaurant makes a truly outstanding curry noodle soup with tofu. I'd like to figure out how to make the soup myself. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Sep 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Where to buy fruit mooncakes in SF

The title says it all: I'm going to be in San Francisco tomorrow and would like to buy a box of fruit-flavored mooncakes. I'm aware that this is a non-authentic choice, but since they are available in China proper, surely somewhere in SF should import them as well? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Sep 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Upgrading Google Drive Storage Quandry

Google Drive wants me to upgrade my storage by the beginning of October or I will lose my data. But I have a 1 TB promo that lasts until 2017. Should I buy the extra storage? (screenshots included below) [more inside]
posted by Nevin on Sep 26, 2015 - 4 answers

Non-scammy ringtones for iPhone?

I'm sick of my ringtones, and would like a new one. Ideally free, but pay is OK, too. I have an iPhone, and specifically I'd like Olivia Pope's ringtone. Googling this is a big ole mess, and the App store is no better. Every webpage and app look like they are designed specifically to brick the phone. Halp.
posted by Stewriffic on Sep 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me identify two fonts

I'm feeling sheepish about asking this, but there's an apparent institutional memory problem and a deadline to deal with. So: can you specifically identify the fonts used for the header text and for the logo in this image? [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen on Sep 25, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me get more in touch with music a young American might know.

(Sorry for posting this right on the heels of another music recommendation thread!) This is a music recommendations request with a special snowflakey focus. For whatever reason, but I think mostly due to my weeaboo nature and my social isolation, I like a lot of Japanese music but am largely ignorant of music that a typical young American might be aware of or into. And I mean really ignorant, enough that I specifically made a project of listening to all the Beatles albums last year (and in so doing discovered that one of the songs that I like by one of my favorite Japanese bands was actually a Beatles cover). In short, I'd like Metafilter's help to get me more plugged into music that a young American might know about. [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer on Sep 25, 2015 - 28 answers

Visiting the City of Angels

I'm looking for suggestions for places to visit in LA (difficulty level: generally getting around, day spas, costumes, barre, crafting and outlet malls). [more inside]
posted by eloeth-starr on Sep 25, 2015 - 10 answers

Buying an album that's no longer available on iTunes

I want to buy Sweet Honey in the Rock's In This Land, which used to be available on iTunes but hasn't been for at least the last few months. I want to buy the mp3 version of this album, from a site other than Amazon -- can you find any other legit online store selling it?
posted by kalapierson on Sep 24, 2015 - 6 answers

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