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Paranoid of my internet footprint

I have a future plan which includes working in an ivory tower then sliding into the political scene after I rub elbows with those who hold the power and money. I wish to participate in online discussions, but am worried about future foes using my words out of context or my attempts at humour winding up being offensive. Do I just continue to watch conversations from the sideline or should I just try to be careful with my commentary? [more inside]
posted by This is the decision I made. on Dec 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Exporting iPhone SMS Messages - How To?

I have a bunch of text messages that I need to use to substantiate certain statements. I would like to export many messages from my phone, for two reasons... [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Dec 19, 2014 - 6 answers

chocolate chocolate chocolate ack

I need the BEST CHERRY CORDIALS IN THE WORLD that can be ordered online and mailed! [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Dec 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Invoice vs. Receipt - Am I Culturally Clueless?

Are there areas outside the U.S. -- or well-run organizations within it -- where the words Invoice and Receipt are properly used interchangeably? Cultural issues below [more inside]
posted by Hypatia on Dec 19, 2014 - 26 answers

The Salary is Great ($400k/yr), but What About the Benefits?

I highly doubt the President of the United States signs an employment agreement (Does s/he?), but is there any written documentation on the salary, benefits, expense accounts, etc for the job? [more inside]
posted by 724A on Dec 19, 2014 - 8 answers

One Book For College Guy

Asking for a friend. What one book would you recommend for a college aged son who has specifically requested a book "to learn about something"? He's a really great kid who has really matured a lot in the past year - business major, likes sports. Open to all suggestions!
posted by wearyaswater on Dec 19, 2014 - 24 answers

What do I call the spring loaded metal bit that holds watch bands in?

I have been gifted a Samsung Gear Live, and in the process of struggling to put a backpack on over a heavy winter jacket, I ripped off one of the watch bands. The band itself is fine, but the metal post or whatever that attaches it to the watch face is bent. Can I buy just the post somewhere? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Dec 19, 2014 - 5 answers

A scandinavian video tradition

I remember something on the blue, likely last year, about a day's long video of a boat sailing somewhere in Scandinavia. Thought it might be Christmas related. Does anybody have a link to last year's or even better whether they're doing it this year?
posted by blackjack514 on Dec 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Can a London landlord enquire on a tenant's housing/DSS benefit status?

Asking for a friend: Landlord says "no DSS". Is it legal to withhold that you receive DSS and apply for housing benefit without the landlord finding out? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Dec 19, 2014 - 7 answers

need help recording my own core body temperature overnight (rectally!)

I need a reliable way to measure my core body temperature while I am sleeping, so I can review the data when I awaken. The sensor needs to be rectal. [more inside]
posted by spacediver on Dec 18, 2014 - 16 answers

Is it weird/creepy to attempt friendship with a one off acquaintance?

Recently I had to take my car in for repairs. I visited the shop for an estimate, spoke on the phone to the receptionist and dealt with her when dropping off my car and picking up the courtesy car. Not only was she very helpful in providing me with some information I needed (a previous shop I went to weren't helpful at all) but she was fun to interact with. She and I seemed to hit it off and chatted each time for a few minutes, about the car and also about some other random topics. After interacting with her I just felt like I wished she was my friend. The converation was light and fun and I think we share a sense of humor. Just to provide some more information: I'm a female in my early 40s and I think she is maybe late 40s. [more inside]
posted by thegoldfish on Dec 18, 2014 - 25 answers

Is it still "worldbuilding" on a space station?

I'm looking for science fiction with excellent worldbuilding surrounding a particular scenario: a population trapped in an enclosed environment that they can't leave for generations, so that they have to produce or reuse everything within that environment. Preferably something like a space station or a generation ship, but those details aren't required. [more inside]
posted by darchildre on Dec 18, 2014 - 31 answers

Please translate this mug

Can any [Japanese? Chinese?] speaker please translate this mug? I realize I only have a pic of one side of it, but it would be nice to know the gist of what it says. Thanks!!
posted by Dr. Send on Dec 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Replacements in RSS reader for Gawker media outlets

Looking for replacements for Lifehacker, io9, and Gizmodo (to distance myself from the exceptionally slimy practices of Gawker) for my RSS reader so I stay abreast of certain fields/venues [more inside]
posted by Hasteur on Dec 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Will the mold kill me?

I thoroughly cleaned my water bottle just now and wiped black stuff from the sides of the inside. I assume it's mold, and I think it's probably been there for a while (days? weeks?) already. I drink at least 1 L of water from it daily. Will I suffer any effects? [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Dec 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Is office culture in England really as lewd as portrayed in The Office?

Of course I am referring to the BBC version of the show here. I am currently rewatching the series and a few scenes stuck out to me as kind of bizarrely sexist and lewd, in a way that goes above and beyond the usual bounds of a comedy. If there wasn't some bit of truth to these scenes I can't imagine they would have worked that well as jokes in the first place, so I ask thee who have worked in that culture... [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Dec 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Did I Just Make a Rookie Mistake?

I just signed my first publishing deal after the publisher approached me directly. I had been noncommittally talking to an agent before this--no representation agreement or anything, just hypotheticals and suggestions. When the publisher contacted me, I just jumped for it and didn't tell the agent until it was done. Did I just screw over that agent, or is this just business? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Dec 18, 2014 - 16 answers

Hand controls for aging drivers?

An older relative has been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in his legs. It isn't debilitating, but it is causing problems with driving, as some days he can't feel the pedals well enough to control the car safely. Would hand controls help him stay independent? [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Dec 18, 2014 - 2 answers

iPhone MP3 weirdness...

I run a website that hosts almost 2,000 sermon MP3s (all content that we own or have permission to host). I have one iPhone user who says that when they listen to THIS SERMON (just the first 2.5 minutes) the audio skips and loops back to the beginning. I had 4 other iPhone users listen and cannot reproduce this issue. I have Googled until my fingers bled. Anyone know what could be causing this? It plays fine on Windows and Linux as well.
posted by brownrd on Dec 17, 2014 - 6 answers

MigrationFilter: PC and Mac can't see each other over Ethernet cable

I finally broke down and got a Macbook Air today. In trying to use Mac Migration Assistant to move files from my PC to the Mac, I went with best practices and connected them with an Ethernet cable. They can't seem to see each other. They see each other fine on my wifi (estimated wifi transfer time: 89 hrs), and both the Ethernet cable and the Mac Ethernet converter are working. Hope me, hive mind!
posted by Atrahasis on Dec 17, 2014 - 14 answers

Learning to smile?

I got my front teeth fixed a year ago. 34 combined years of teeth not growing in, braces, terrible falling bridges, and bad dentists had taken their toll before I managed to find a dentist who could do a good job. I do smile and did smile before but it was often self-counscious; nice kid, shame about the teeth. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Dec 17, 2014 - 8 answers

New England Getaway

My boyfriend and I are spending the holidays with our families near Lake George, NY and Great Barrington, MA. We would like to spend a couple of days between Christmas and New Year's away but in the area. Looking for location suggestions, as well as things to do and places to stay. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Dec 17, 2014 - 6 answers

I'm Not (that kind of) Quitter!

My most recent position is not ideal, and it's time to move on. How best should I phrase my departure and, if you were a hiring manager, what would you want to hear? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Dec 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me lose five pounds when my lifestyle is already fairly healthy!

I want to lose five pounds. I don't have a specific deadline for this weight loss, but perhaps losing the weight over, say, two months would make me happy. The issue is that tips like "kick the soda habit!" and "cut out bread!" might not work for me, because I already have pretty healthy lifestyle habits! [more inside]
posted by fernweh on Dec 16, 2014 - 26 answers

Identify these shoes for me

Does anyone know what brand/designer/name might be attached to these shoes? Seen very near The Metro Hotel in San Francisco, CA.
posted by agregoli on Dec 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Calculating radiation received at distance from light source?

How do I calculate the radiation energy that a surface / object receives at distance d from a light source of power W watts? I'm familiar, in theory, with the inverse square law but need help thinking about how to apply it. [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault on Dec 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Seeking DIY food gifts that can be packaged

What great DIY food gifts are out there that can be made on short notice, don't contain pricey specialty ingredients, and can be packaged in cellophane or something similar, to be transported and given out as individual treats? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Dec 16, 2014 - 37 answers

Help me make tiny pumpkin pies

How do I adjust my pumpkin pie if I'm making them smaller and with crusts from scratch? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Dec 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Am I fooling myself?

I'm a gay man, and I'm letting myself live / linger in an amorous state with a guy whom, for all I know, is straight. What am I doing? [more inside]
posted by Kwadeng on Dec 16, 2014 - 21 answers

Please help me name my web dev business and website! I'm hopeless here

This is not my strong suit and I want to avoid being misleading. I have narrowed down to two formats, and I need help picking one. I have over-analyzed this to the point that I can't even figure out what I prefer. [more inside]
posted by banjonaut on Dec 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Winter in San Francisco

It doesn't get really cold in San Francisco, but my bedroom's 45 feet from the nearest source of heat, so it's time for heated mattress pads! But I don't like the one I have. Help me find one with no hard or crinkly parts. [more inside]
posted by aubilenon on Dec 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Scratch my earworm, please

I am mildly obsessed with Odesza's "Say My Name". Thankfully there are literally a hundred remixes of it on SoundCloud, so I can listen to it effectively indefinitely. But I'm looking for more songs that would scratch whatever itch this song does. Others that seem to do it are Chromeo's Jealous and Lizzo & Caroline Smith's Let 'em Say. [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Dec 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Bowling for ramen

My SO and I like to get take-out ramen from Japanese restaurants, but our bowls are woefully inadequate. (Usually I use a regular bowl and have to go back for seconds and thirds, while he awkwardly slurps it out of a salad bowl.) I'd like to get him some appropriately-sized bowls for Christmas, but I'm not even sure what to search for or where to look. Any suggestions, recommendations or pointers? Doesn't have to be fancy or Japanese, just a good size to hold all the deliciousness.
posted by radioamy on Dec 15, 2014 - 20 answers

Ever seen this handout that helps you memorize the US presidents?

As an elementary schooler during the early 1990s, I was tasked with memorizing all the US presidents. The instructor provided an illustrated handout that was supposed to help us remember the names in order by using mnemonic devices and sound-alikes. I would LOVE to see this handout again! Description inside. [more inside]
posted by meggan on Dec 15, 2014 - 5 answers

A good dip for raw veggies?

I have volunteered to bring a vegetable tray to my in-laws' holiday gathering this weekend, and I'd like to take along a few dips for the veggies beyond the usual suspects. I also have some constraints, detailed within... [more inside]
posted by Janta on Dec 15, 2014 - 32 answers

Audiobooks for a preemie in the NICU?

I have a dear friend whose son has been in the NICU since June 25th. He's responded incredibly well to classical music, Aphex Twin and loves other types of "light" stimulation, especially anything with repetitive patterns/sounds (he cries when bath time ends, for example, and loves watching a little light/music toy that we hold outside his crib). They're exhausted from coming up with ideas for things to play/do with him within his very limited environment, and he is immune-compromised so most "typical" baby toys are out. Downloadable via Audible.com a plus! [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Dec 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Compelling true-life mysteries that end with a definite resolution

The final episode of Serial will be released this Thursday, and I fear that there will not be any sort of satisfying conclusion to the central mystery of what, exactly, happened to Hae Min Lee. So, as an antidote to the frustration that I'm likely to feel soon, I'm looking for real (non-fiction) mysteries that do get resolved in an unambiguous way. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Dec 15, 2014 - 17 answers

Let me ride through the wide open country that I love; don't fence me in

Tell me about the current best open-world games for the Playstation 4! Very few snowflake details, just want to give someone the top titles in their favorite genre for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by erst on Dec 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Are these jeans real or fake Hermès?

Bought a pair of women's jeans from Goodwill -- they are labeled Hermès but I am assuming they are fake. (I bought them JUST in case.) Google is not helping -- no matter how I search, all I can find is info about spotting fake Birkin bags. There must be a good guide online, but I'm just not finding it.
posted by trillian on Dec 15, 2014 - 12 answers

Need image reference for Chinese business/office interior

I'm in need of some image reference for Chinese business interiors, with an emphasis on decor vs. architecture. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Dec 15, 2014 - 3 answers

HIPAA/Medical Release for Emergency Situations?

In the event of an emergency, what can be done to ensure that doctors/hospital can share information with another unrelated adult? [more inside]
posted by okayokayigive on Dec 15, 2014 - 16 answers

Books appropriate for a middle school boy

I've been tasked with finding my 13-year-old relative a good science fiction book. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Dec 15, 2014 - 31 answers

Hindi Transliteration

Hello MeFi: I'm trying to transliterate a friend's name into Hindi, a language I'm quite unfamiliar with. The Google's and the Yahoo's are giving me different options for each consonant and vowel sounds. The name (her last) is Hackman - any tips on where to look or someone who knows Hindi well enough to help me out? There is also a Delhi street name that I'm trying to find in Hindi too! thanks!
posted by AutoPilot83 on Dec 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Are probiotics a good idea for lingering digestive ickiness?

For the past several days, I've felt really queasy, especially after eating. Also, the general poop situation has been, um, less than solid. I'm assuming it's some kind of lingering food poisoning or stomach virus. Would probiotics be a good idea at this point? I've never tried them before. [more inside]
posted by Munching Langolier on Dec 14, 2014 - 19 answers

Yes, you have to eat with strangers.

Can you tell me about your experience with shared or "communal" tables at restaurants or coffee shops? Where are they common? Can you point me to any research, analysis, or good commentary about them? [more inside]
posted by delezzo on Dec 14, 2014 - 54 answers

4dsply.com pop behinds

Starting a couple of months ago, some of my favorite web sites started producing pop-behinds that tried to load advertising from 4dsply.com. I've got that URL blocked now, so the pop-behinds come up empty. But they're still happening. It's obvious they're coming from an included Javascript file hosted somewhere else, but I haven't been able to figure out which one it is. Does anyone know who is perpetrating this atrocity? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Dec 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Firefox graphics glitch?

There are odd characters appearing on top of my Firefox window at the active tabs. Is this just a harmless glitch? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Dec 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Fun times in slc tonight?

Due to a series of unfortunate events, I'll be in the Salt Lake City airport from 4pm-1am today. Is it worth going into SLC from the airport? Anything exciting going on tonight? Anything worth checking out in the airport?
posted by pi on Dec 14, 2014 - 7 answers

The Physics of Water Pushed Upwards into a Shoe

My waterproof shoes are now letting water in slightly, but the store, after sitting them in water for a bit, says they do not leak. Seems to me there's a big difference between shoes sitting in a pail vs. shoes pounding the pavement. [more inside]
posted by tenderly on Dec 14, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I move photos from iPhone to Picassa?

We have an extensive library of photos on our desktop Picassa set-up (Windows). Most of the photos on there come from our digital cameras. I recently tried to copy photos from my wife's iPhone 4s to Picassa and found it didn't work right. The photos copied over were just partials of the original photos. So how do I get the photos from her iPhone onto Picassa? Secondarily, should we be using something like Picassa for this? Thanks!
posted by Rad_Boy on Dec 14, 2014 - 7 answers

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