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USB not connecting/not syncing

I have a MacBook Pro. When I connect my iPod Shuffle or my GPS watch, they will charge but will not "show up" as a device in iTunes or my GPS watch program. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jul 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Where to stay near Minneapolis airport (MSP) before very-early flight?

Next Thursday I have a 515a flight (on American née US Air, so Terminal 1 is my point of departure) out of MSP. Assuming I'll go through security at around 400-415, it seems silly to stay at a hotel the night before. The airport is open 24 hours. What I'm curious about is if I can I go through security around midnight and try to catch a few ZZZs in the terminal? If not, can I sleep safely outside of security, or will local law enforcement tell me to move along? [more inside]
posted by anaphoric on Jul 2, 2015 - 6 answers

What's this strange font?

Example 1, Example 2, Example 3 [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Jul 1, 2015 - 3 answers

Using The Tube

Flying into Heathrow from the US, arriving in the evening on a Saturday. My wife thinks we should take the tube from the airport to our hotel in Kensington (the hotel is a short walk from the West Kensington station). Help me figure out a couple of things. [more inside]
posted by briank on Jul 1, 2015 - 23 answers

Can I eat this? Berry edition

I found a huge brambling thicket of black raspberries the other day. I want to pick them but am worried about where I found them: an old industrial site. What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Jul 1, 2015 - 22 answers

Catching up on/with an ex years after a bad break-up?

4+ years ago, I ended a long-term relationship on pretty bad terms (I was at fault). ex cut off all contact. I'm in a very different place than I was then (obviously) and I've grown curious about what she's up to now, but she appears to have me perma-blocked on Facebook. is there any way I can ask how she's doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2015 - 44 answers

O, to be in England...

I recall having seen something on TV maybe a decade or two ago in which a female character (or a male with a very high-pitched voice) was reciting the line, "O to be in England now that April's there[...]" several times with a very exaggerated/attempted British accent ("Eauuuugh to be in EEEEEEEEEEngland..."). I don't remember much more, and all my Google searches turn up is the actual poem that the line is from. I'd like to find this again; does it ring a bell to anyone? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Jul 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Windows 7 XAMPP - Can't start apache

I have xampp installed on windows 7 but I've never been able to get apache working. When I press the netstat button it shows nothing running on port 80, the logs are completely empty and I don't see anything in the windows event viewer (although I can't seem to get it to show all events by date which it used to do by default, so I could be missing something) [more inside]
posted by missmagenta on Jul 1, 2015 - 8 answers

Which currency should I use in Japan?

I am going to Japan soon, and will be there for a month. The answer is yen, obviously. But I have American and Australian dollars/bank accounts and can't figure out which one I should use. [more inside]
posted by flora on Jun 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Go Where Others Are Not: 4th of July Edition

I hate the 4th of July. I live in Portland. Where can I go where others are not? [more inside]
posted by hollisimo on Jun 30, 2015 - 11 answers

How to best find drop-in help for a limited time period

How would you go about finding a helper for a short drop-in every day for about 5 - 7 days? I would way prefer to pay someone to do this than to ask my friends for the favor. [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Jun 30, 2015 - 12 answers

How will Bing's switch to AOL search/ad tech affect Rewards Program?

According to this: But how will Bing Rewards be impacted?
posted by Grease on Jun 30, 2015 - 2 answers

How did you and your ex divide up all the mementos?

I've been divorced since 2004 and we separated a few years before that. Pretty much all that remains is child support (not part of today's question) and about 8 boxes of mementos, including photos, in the corner of my apartment. I'd like to have a final division of this stuff this summer. So how did you and your ex divide up all the stuff? [more inside]
posted by JimN2TAW on Jun 30, 2015 - 13 answers

San Francisco bike riding

I live down in Monterey but I have this Thursday off randomly and I'm thinking of doing the following: Driving up to Ft Funston with my bike, parking at Funston, riding to the Golden Gate Visitor's center, doing the SF Public Library walking tour and then riding back to Funston. Is this an insane idea or doable? [more inside]
posted by macfly on Jun 30, 2015 - 6 answers

Where have all the flowers gone?

When cities change their landscaping in those center-boulevard planters for a new season, what happens to the old flowers? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Jun 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me find heavy-weight t-shirts

I used to be happy with Lands End "super tees," but over the years, I guess to maintain their price point, they've gotten lighter and flimsier. What made me think there has to be a better product out there was watching Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station this past weekend. (I wouldn't want such generous sizing, but that's just a matter of ordering something smaller, right?) I'm looking for plain t-shirts in a variety of colors, no graphics. Help?
posted by Short Attention Sp on Jun 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Should I upgrade from Mac OS 10.7.5 to OS 8 or further up: 9 or 10.10.3?

I need to upgrade from Mac OS 10.7.5 to OS 8 to use a tool for work. Should I just go ahead and upgrade to OS 10.10.3? I ask because the 10.7.5 works just fine and I'm inclined to leave well enough alone unless as now when I need a later version for work. Is the upgrade (to whatever version) buggy, complicated, worth it? Thanks. [more inside]
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Impact of car reposession in Nevada?

Hello, We have a car we can no longer afford, but we owe about $3K more than we could potentially sell it for and we cannot come up with that difference. We are in Nevada and I want to know if we turn the car over to the bank and they sell it, can they come after us for the difference in the balance and what they sell it for. Thank you.
posted by harrietthespy on Jun 29, 2015 - 4 answers

How to thoroughly clean up fresh raccoon scat on pebbles?

I found fresh raccoon droppings in my backyard this morning. Yuck. I carefully scooped out the mess and some surrounding pebbles (about 8 x 8 inches total), double bagged it, poured about a gallon of freshly boiled water around the area, and added a couple of cups of bleach for good measure. (The shovel got boiling water, too.) Results. But given the fact that I'd rather not have residues of dried up shit and roundworm in my yard, should I remove more of the pebbles and re-treat the broader area with boiling water?
posted by maudlin on Jun 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Restaurants and other things to do in New London, Connecticut

I'll be staying a week in New London, CT by myself in early July. I'd like to get some recommendations for not-too-expensive places to eat, and other things to do. [more inside]
posted by holborne on Jun 29, 2015 - 9 answers

No more Dad Jeans

OK, I've had it with being that guy in old baggy-ass faded jeans. What kind of jeans should an average-sized guy wear that's age appropriate (40) but not too "dad." Is the Gap still the place? Help!
posted by smelvis on Jun 28, 2015 - 26 answers

Can't find switch for home security lights...

A month ago, my family moved into a new (to us) home. It is a one story ranch, with a straightforward layout. The house has three motion-activated security lights along the roofline. The lights are hardwired. I have found the indoor switch that activates light #1- no problem there. I cannot find the switches that activate the other two lights. [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Jun 27, 2015 - 6 answers

Now that we found law what are we gonna do with it?

I wish to understand the practical process of what happens in the wake of a court ruling such as yesterday's. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Jun 27, 2015 - 20 answers

Did you arrive? No, I did not, but I had a very nice time.

Inspired by this thread about unintentional historical double entendres, I'm looking for a science fiction short story that was published twenty or so years ago. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jun 26, 2015 - 1 answer

Vitamins for low macular pigmentation?

I just came back from the optometrist and my gut is telling me I'm being taken for a little bit of a ride. I know YANMD, but hopefully someone can back up or refute what happened. [more inside]
posted by noneuclidean on Jun 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Image in my mind from a movie but I can't place it

It's a crowd of men who are going around in a circle, maybe around a wooden wheel. Anyone? It takes place in a prison, I believe, and a bunch of men are going around and around crammed together. It is not Midnight Express. Thanks!
posted by Jandoe on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 answers

They don't want to be in Supper Club anymore, but won't say it

My husband and I have been part of a 4-couple Supper Club that we've really valued. (Let's call the 8 members Couple A, Couple B, and Couple C, and us.) From late 2008 on, we'd meet every 6-8 weeks or so at each of the couple's homes on a rotating basis, and would all bring a dish to share according to a dinner theme selected by the hosts. It was very fun, the food was outstanding, and getting the 8 of us together was something we used to look forward to until... [more inside]
posted by hush on Jun 25, 2015 - 22 answers

What to do for a free afternoon in Krakow?

Thanks to MetaFilter, I am going on a Holocaust trip, sans my beloved husband, to Poland and Israel. We leave soon. It's a group trip, but we'll have two independent evenings (Saturday and Sunday) and a free afternoon (Monday) in Krakow, where the group is staying at the Sheraton. Suggestions, hive mind? I'm fine with eating etc. on my own, just need some suggestions on where.
posted by bearwife on Jun 25, 2015 - 10 answers

Where to watch a Women's World Cup game in Toronto?

I'm interested in going out and catching the quarter final game this Saturday in Toronto. Where would be a good place? [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Home Technology Project for Kids

My nine year old has declared that he's interested in technology and wants to work on a project this summer. I'm not completely sure where this comes from, since his exposure to technology has mainly been netflix and mindcraft. I'd love to find a fun project we could work on together. [more inside]
posted by TheShadowKnows on Jun 24, 2015 - 20 answers

Can you identify this plant?

Asking for a friend who found these in his Los Angeles backyard: The nuts start out green like olives, then turn. Inside is a hard shell. If you crack that open there is a strong smell my friend described as a cross between almond, macadamia and hazelnut, mostly almond. His dog chewed up the nuts so he's wondering if they're toxic at all.
posted by Hairy Lobster on Jun 24, 2015 - 6 answers

I wanna rock right now

What is this sweet drum sample that takes over at 2:30 in DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's "I Wanna Rock"? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise on Jun 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me close the deal on a new car!

My wife and I are in the process of buying a new car for the first time. So far things have proceeded fairly smoothly, but I just wanted to be clear on how the steps should proceed as we enter the end game. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Jun 24, 2015 - 16 answers

Plane transfer timeline for international flights through Toronto

My wife and I are planning a trip to the UK in August/September. We're looking at flying out of Minneapolis/St. Paul on Air Canada, with a stop at Toronto before continuing on to Heathrow, with the same itinerary reversed on the way back. Will an hour and a half be enough time in Toronto between flights? Since both our flights are international, will we be required to go through any kind of customs screening in Toronto on either leg, or will we be in the international terminal/area the whole time?
posted by LionIndex on Jun 24, 2015 - 14 answers

What facial moisturizer will seriously drench my skin?

Can you recommend a facial moisturizer that will inundate me with MOISTURE. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 23, 2015 - 41 answers

Should I pay my boyfriend rent if I'm crashing with him for 1 month?

I have a gap in between leases, and my boyfriend graciously agreed to let me crash at his place for a month. Should I offer to pay him rent? [more inside]
posted by placoderm on Jun 23, 2015 - 19 answers

London Old St/Barbican/Liverpool St

Traveling to London. Anyone know if the area around the Old Street/Barbican/Liverpool Street tube stations are safe for walking alone at night? Thanks!
posted by sunrise8 on Jun 23, 2015 - 10 answers

Start-up valuation after Series B financing

Suppose a privately held tech start up announces they received X dollars in Series B financing from a large publicly traded corporation. I want to know what the start up's valuation is as of the date of the financing. Is there anything in the publicly traded corporation's SEC filings that would give me insight into the start-up's valuation? The financing amount is pretty small relative to the corp's overall revenue. Assume I can't talk with anyone at the start-up or the corp. Thanks!
posted by bepe on Jun 23, 2015 - 5 answers

The southern side of the confederate flag discussion

Could you point me to well-articulated discussions supporting the confederate flag? It's sounding like the statehouse flag in SC is likely to come down, but I'm interested to hear the voices on the other side of the issue, such as newspaper editorials or blog posts, especially current ones. [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Jun 23, 2015 - 16 answers

Exercises to improve reading comprehension for a 13-14 year old

I volunteer as an English tutor for school age children in the UK. I have recently started work with a pupil who has serious problems with reading comprehension. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Aravis76 on Jun 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Stop hanging around, hangnails!

I frequently get hangnails. I understand that the main treatment is not to pick at them and the main prevention is to keep your cuticles moisturised. I have questions about how to make these things happen. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Jun 23, 2015 - 21 answers

Shared Google Calendar events self-destructing?

The small business I work for (~15-20 people) has begun using a set of shared Google Calendars. It's great! Except that every couple of days the events we put in delete themselves. [more inside]
posted by Polycarp on Jun 22, 2015 - 5 answers

Good books about surfing? (not how-to books)

A friend of mine is interested in books on surfing - like memoirs of surfers, or fiction that involves surfing. He's interested in "a good read," not a how-to manual. Can you name any good books about - or involving - surfing that would make a good read?
posted by mark7570 on Jun 22, 2015 - 14 answers

Can you identify the instrument?

What's the instrument that gives this Ry Cooder song its twangy quality? [more inside]
posted by fishingforthewhale on Jun 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Early 30s and my life is a mess. How do I clean things up?

I grew up in a bizarre, cult-like family that screwed up my development as a person. So in a lot of ways I'm way behind other people in basic life skills. After four years of hard, painful work I've finally been able to untwist the knots that were tied up in my brain. How do I get the mess I have here under control? [more inside]
posted by gehenna_lion on Jun 21, 2015 - 24 answers

SMS from USA --> Singapore?

I need to know if I used the correct format for sending an international text (SMS) from USA on an iPhone 5s with service by Ting (MVNO for Sprint) to Singapore. Details within... [more inside]
posted by bluecore on Jun 21, 2015 - 5 answers

What gift should I bring to a lunch?

My new acquaintance has invited me for lunch with his wife and 11-year-old son next Saturday. What should I bring? [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Jun 21, 2015 - 25 answers

Need some birthday poems

I'm going to an event this week where people sit around and eat and drink and read poetry, either their own or by others. Since it also happens to be the organizer's birthday, I'd like to read a birthday-related poem, something by a contemporary poet. [more inside]
posted by daikon on Jun 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for books about different world cultures

I'm looking for books that: 1. List different beliefs and practices of many different world cultures, both contemporary or historical cultures. 2. Are accessible, as in not needing an anthropology degree to understand them. 3. Preferably have pictures. 4. Are non-fiction, NOT a narrative with characters. I just want the facts. 5. Can be for kids or adults. 6. Preferably not internet resources because I want to minimize screen time. [more inside]
posted by TheOptimizer on Jun 21, 2015 - 5 answers

How raunchy is CATASTROPHE?

How raunchy is the new Amazon streaming show CATASTROPHE in terms of nudity, sex, language, etc.? I'm reading great things about it, but am wondering if it's something I would feel comfortable watching with my older teen boy. Reference point: we're watching Grace & Frankie now (great show btw!) and that's been ok for us to watch together...
posted by Ike_Arumba on Jun 21, 2015 - 5 answers

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