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Men's Undies Advice

What the heck kind of (mens) underwear should I buy, and where? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Sep 12, 2016 - 22 answers

How do I write a business plan for a startup service company?

I would like to write a business plan. The business I have in mind will be a service provider. Many guides to writing business plan that I have found seem difficult to use for such a business model. There will be little profit in this company, because the salaries of the employees will take up most of the takings. Picture something a bit like an agency with contractors, only the employees will be full-time employees and paid a salary, and then assigned to projects commissioned by customers with whom the company will contract. [more inside]
posted by Erinaceus europaeus on Sep 11, 2016 - 3 answers

How Neighborly Is Neighborly?

My new neighbors, whom I have only met once, seemed upset when I turned down their request that I house sit their house and pets for 12 days. I am not sure if their request or my refusal is unreasonable. Perhaps neither the request nor the refusal are unreasonable? Details follow. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Sep 11, 2016 - 49 answers

where should I stay for five nights in kansai?

I'd like to stay somewhere rural and beautiful with an hour or two of travel from Kyoto (but not in Nara) for five nights at the end of September. Requirements: reliable Internet access, price <= $125USD/night. Strong desires: onsen, somen. Further details inside. [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Sep 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Good joint checking account for shared monthly household expenses

I'm looking for a something to use as a basic shared checking account for standard household expenses, such as food, laundry, pet supplies, etc., as a way to do shared envelope-style budgeting with my partner. She has bad credit while mine is great. This is harder than I thought. [more inside]
posted by enigmango on Sep 11, 2016 - 16 answers

Best practices for turning a yard into a garden

My husband and I just bought our first house. Woo! We would like to turn the grassy front yard (15 ft by 20 ft) into a vegetable garden next spring. What is the best way to go about doing that? [more inside]
posted by source.decay on Sep 11, 2016 - 14 answers

Sherlocking through the history

I'm looking for interesting pastiches based off Sherlock Holmes. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Sep 11, 2016 - 25 answers

Where do the ex-New Yorkers go?

I've lived in New York City for many years and am ready to move somewhere else. I haven't traveled that widely within the US though, so I suspect I'm unfamiliar with a lot of cities that might be wonderful places to live but not obvious vacation destinations. I'd love to hear from people - particularly people who have liked living in NYC - who are happy where they live and why! [more inside]
posted by snaw on Sep 11, 2016 - 47 answers

Bird in bathroom. Should not be there. How to fix?

There is a bird. Some type of finch. It flew into my washroom via the open louvered vent adjacent to the shower. [more inside]
posted by tivalasvegas on Sep 11, 2016 - 11 answers

How can I learn to stop and smell the roses?

Like most human beings, there are people and things I cherish. Why do I keep neglecting them in favor of work and school? I am talking about basic things like eating for example. Is there anything I can do to get my priorities straight? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 10, 2016 - 15 answers

What’s the fairest way to leave money to your kids in your will?

If someone has two kids, one of which has a child and one doesn’t, what’s the best way to split things up? [more inside]
posted by mulcahy on Sep 10, 2016 - 76 answers

Get phone number from name. For free. In 2016. How?

I just tried to get the phone number associated with a given (rarish) name, and all I got were pay services from the goog (most redirecting to timewasting whitepages.com). [more inside]
posted by hexatron on Sep 10, 2016 - 10 answers

Up tempo/techno/trance music suggestions for concentration

I am looking for suggestions for techno/trance/electronic music to help me concentrate. I thought I'd just look for "focus" music on Spotify and Youtube, but I find mostly classical piano music, and that doesn't help me focus at all. I need music without any lyrics (also no yelling, spoken words, etc), and a somewhat fast beat. [more inside]
posted by blub on Sep 10, 2016 - 22 answers

Young adult Willamette Valley ghost book

When I was a kid, I read this great young-adult book that had a ghost story set in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Does anyone else remember this? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Sep 10, 2016 - 5 answers

Intermediate Meteorology

What are some good resources for expanding one's knowledge on meteorology? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Sep 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Mom + bus trip + 74th birthday = what gift?

My mom leaves on Saturday for a week long bus trip from the DC area to Canada. She's not used to co-habitating, she's a bit of an introvert, and she's celebrating her birthday on day one of the trip. I'd like to send her off with something thoughtful and useful for the trip. [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt on Sep 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me find this book

My sister says "I remember a book about kids who lived in an underground city with video monitors in the classroom with food trolleys it came under the ground bringing the food and then eventually they escaped through the trolley system onto a farm and the farmer gave the little girl a teddy bear." Probably from the late seventies or early eighties. Any clues?
posted by conifer on Sep 9, 2016 - 3 answers

Inexpensive, nonpermanent way to reduce room echo in recordings?

I've been recording myself reading poems. I have a nice AKG P220 condenser mic which works really well in situations where there isn't a lot of room echo. My apartment is not such a place. If I can find a solution that costs less than buying a new microphone, I'd prefer it. I'm assuming that if I can deaden the room a little the problem will be fixed. Any suggestions for a cheap, nonpermanent way to accomplish this?
posted by eustacescrubb on Sep 9, 2016 - 13 answers

"Interesting" Wordpress indexing/file structure - how did this happen?

I messed up a Wordpress install. Cleaned and reinstalled. It works now but the file structure is not "normal". I don't need troubleshooting per se, I just want to know WTF happened. [more inside]
posted by aperturescientist on Sep 9, 2016 - 2 answers

Searching for name of odd style of window on historic building

We have a presentation coming up, the Owner would be impressed if we knew this. More after the fold. [more inside]
posted by rudd135 on Sep 9, 2016 - 3 answers

Quirky cool things in Portland, OR in the next couple of weeks?

I know some folks who are going to honeymoon in Portland, OR soon. They're arriving in the middle of next week and will be there for 10-14 days. I'd love to be able to point them to cool weird quirky things going on that they may not easily find in tourist magazines etc. They're about 40, not huge on hiking and I'm not sure what styles of music they like. They're already planning to get head-sized donuts at Voodoo and I've rhapsodised at them about Powells. Hope me, hive mind!
posted by rmd1023 on Sep 9, 2016 - 29 answers

My Town got has Bike Lanes...Yay

How did you make the transition from car to bike easy and intuitive? How did you make "bike" the default when "car" is always a possibility/temptation? [more inside]
posted by songs_about_rainbows on Sep 9, 2016 - 28 answers

Help me become a Valley Girl in 2016.

Mr. shesbookish just accepted a new job in Chatsworth, CA in the San Fernando Valley. We're moving there from Irvine in Orange County, which we love and we're hoping to find a place with a similar feel in the Valley. Does such a place exist? And would he have a reasonable commute to Chatsworth from said place? [more inside]
posted by shesbookish on Sep 9, 2016 - 11 answers

Can you help compile a Zumba mixtape?

A dear friend would like a collection of music similar to what she hears at the gym doing Zumba. Songs that are upbeat and either in English, Portuguese or Spanish, please. Not sure either of us can be any more specific than this, so can you help? Looking at collections on Amazon and youtube videos made me want recommendations from people who have direct experience of exercising to music. Many thanks.
posted by Prof Iterole on Sep 9, 2016 - 9 answers

Whither the M-Audio Ozonic?

Seeking relatively cheap device(s) to feed keyboard/MIDI, electric guitar/.25" DI, and mic/XLR into a modern Mac for GarageBand fun, without additional pre-amps needed. [more inside]
posted by nicepersonality on Sep 8, 2016 - 8 answers

Applying for jobs when you have the same name as a skeevy criminal

I have the same first and last name as a US college athlete involved in a rape case that got some national media attention recently. When googling my name, even verbatim or in quotes, the first several pages of hits are news items about the crime, the trial, etc. I'm now applying for jobs and looking for the best way to preemptively make sure I'm not confused with [demonstrably horrible person]. Worries & details below. [more inside]
posted by BespokePuppet on Sep 8, 2016 - 35 answers

Oh I get it, I get jokes

Can someone explain this Simpsons joke to me? I feel like I'm missing some key cultural reference. [more inside]
posted by the long dark teatime of the soul on Sep 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Travel advice for Coeur d'Alene and Spokane, please!

Hi everyone! I am traveling to Coeur d'Alene via Spokane next week. I have never been there before and am a special snowflake traveler. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Sep 8, 2016 - 10 answers

PC Upgrade

My PC has been overheating. I cleaned it out as best I could, and it ran better for a while, but still overheats and crashes when playing a taxing game. I've taken to opening the case and pointing a small fan into the case, against all the advice I've read, but it works. What's a long term solution? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Sep 8, 2016 - 14 answers

How do I become an outdoorsy person?

I would like to become an outdoorsy person. The kind that hikes, camps, kayaks, snowshoes, trap shoots, maybe backpacks. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Sep 8, 2016 - 36 answers

Looking for perfect hybrid bag!

My dream is to have a travel bag that wears and is sized like a backpack but opens all the way up so I can pack it like a suitcase. I've seen a lot of Kickstarters lately for bags like this, but outside of this one bag I found on Amazon, I haven't really seen a lot of other bags in this vein. Are they really so uncommon? Are there more bags out there like this?
posted by helloimjennsco on Sep 8, 2016 - 23 answers

What should I see/do in MPLS to help me decide whether to move there?

I'm a Chicagoan who has lived in Portland, OR for four years. I miss the Midwest and I'm considering moving to Minneapolis (or possibly St. Paul). Next week, I'll be visiting the Twin Cities to scope it out. Help me plan a kick-ass and productive itinerary for my limited time in town! Also, what small progressive church should I attend on Sunday morning? [more inside]
posted by cnidaria on Sep 7, 2016 - 15 answers

Files stuck in Read Only format

All of my files are locked in read-only status and nothing I do can fix the problem. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane on Sep 7, 2016 - 6 answers

What was this old leave-a-message machine?

I remember reading in the past few years about an old machine that was like a paid bulletin board. You'd pay a nickel to leave a small (business card or smaller) sized message and people could check it. I think the article I read compared it to Twitter, and was illustrated with an old engraving. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Sep 7, 2016 - 3 answers

How to download apps from the Google Chrome Store?

Hello, everyone. I have an Acer Chromebook C720. In the past, I've been able to download apps. Now I can't. I get a never ending "checking" notice. I've checked all imaginable forums. It apparently is an issue, but there doesn't seem to be any simple resolution. Has anyone successfully resolved this issue or else might have a way to troubleshoot it? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Sep 7, 2016 - 3 answers

Best way to sell this specific car?

My beloved Subaru has to go or I'll be homeless within a couple months. Given the specifics below, what is the best way for me to move forward? [more inside]
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk on Sep 7, 2016 - 9 answers

Please help turn this old orange into a fresh apple.

How to migrate Wordpress webpages into new Craft CMS site? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Sep 7, 2016 - 2 answers

Employment in semi-rural area?

Recently moved to a semi-rural area, a place that is a 45 minute drive from lots of bigger places but seems to lack employment opportunities in the immediate vicinity. But, I need a job. Anyone have any ideas for websites, online employment, even small business options I could look into?
posted by erattacorrige on Sep 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Book recommendations needed

Inspired by the challenges that I've seen other people set for themselves, I'd like to take a break from reading only books written by white guys. [more inside]
posted by komara on Sep 7, 2016 - 34 answers

Deruta lamp obsession

Somewhere in the world, does another one exist? [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo on Sep 7, 2016 - 2 answers

Name badges for kids.

I am a Beaver Scout leader, and need some ideas for making name badges. [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr on Sep 7, 2016 - 14 answers

How to help an ESL student who doesn't want to learn?

I've been tutoring a new student from the beautiful land of Cuba. She is 14 and her parents want me to teach her English. I think she is going through the natural process of culture shock and is overwhelmed by the US in general. To complicate things even more, the high school she just started with has thrown her mercilessly into an advanced Speech & Debate class. The poor kid is so frustrated by everything at this point that she's just giving up on learning English. How can I help inspire her to learn? [more inside]
posted by Mistress of the Bunnies on Sep 6, 2016 - 19 answers

Trying to Find This Funny Video

Does anyone remember (and can link to) this funny video from several years ago about hanging out with another couple? [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 on Sep 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Short story or parable about a samurai and a supernatural loophole

Help me figure out where I read this short ghost story. [more inside]
posted by figurant on Sep 6, 2016 - 2 answers

Balance Transferring on a 0% APR Card

I need to replace my laptop. In order to defer costs, I decided to apply for a 0% APR (over the first 15 cycles) card, and put the laptop's cost on that so I can pay a bit each month without accruing interest on the purchase. I'm worried about the longevity of the deal, and my card isn't set to arrive for a week. They also offer fee-free balance transfers - so I'm thinking of putting the charge on an existing card and then transferring the balance. Is there anything else I should keep in mind here, or is there a hidden fee somewhere that might screw me? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 6, 2016 - 12 answers

Is Politico a trustworthy organization for US news?

I see a lot of Politico stories popping up these days about the upcoming US election. Are they worth my time to read? In general is their news reporting trustworthy and well sourced? Or are they mostly biased, clickbait, or recycled stories from other sources? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Sep 6, 2016 - 12 answers

So...how fast can the processor process?

I've been researching purchasing a Lenovo M Series Tiny Desktop recently. But, I'm having difficulty making sense of the specs. [more inside]
posted by bkpiano on Sep 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Can I pave the floor of my dirt floored sump?

I have a very wet unfinished basement. I have a sump & pump there. The sump is dirt floored, or more precisely, clay floored. It's got cement sides, but is otherwise just a hole dug into the earth beneath the basement. Can I get some sort of cement and pour it into the water such that I roughly pave the floor? I have no idea what I'm doing with this sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Sep 6, 2016 - 7 answers

roll, roll, roll down ze hill.

trying to remember something from the 80s. help? [more inside]
posted by koroshiya on Sep 6, 2016 - 4 answers

Must I respond to a police "welfare check?"

I am on vacation and received a voicemail on my cellphone from an officer with my local police department, saying that he went by my apartment to conduct a welfare check on behalf of "Mr. Max" and asking me to call back to confirm I am okay. I do not know anyone by that name, and I am in regular contact with normal friends and family (needless to say, I am fine). [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Sep 6, 2016 - 20 answers

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