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Should She Be Playing with Me? (And More Newbie Dog Questions)

This is my dog and I have some dumb questions. I had dumb questions in this post too, but now I have more of them. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on May 18, 2016 - 25 answers

Should I switch to my future career now or stay in dissatisfying job?

TL;DR: Current job: The good: relaxing, fancy title, nice perks/benefits, flexibility, easy schedule The bad: boring, frustrating, mundane, not in a field I love, full of micromanagers, no room for growth, no intellectual challenge A different job: The good: a field I think I want to be in, intellectually challenging, meaningful, room for growth The bad: loss of perks/benefits, potential loss of schedule flexibility, not easy, stressful, lots of unknowns Which would you chose? [more inside]
posted by houseofleaves on May 18, 2016 - 19 answers

Measuring time in inches with a pendulum for a metronome

I have several music books published during the mid to late 1800s. It seems to have been a period before metronomes, however there are things like “quarter note=pend. 10 inches,” which I take to be a metronome marking of sorts using pendulum. How does this work? [more inside]
posted by jackmcc on May 18, 2016 - 4 answers

Protecting the autographs on my ukulele?

I recently took my ukulele to a convention and had it signed by two gentlemen close to my heart. I still want to play it (even more so now!), but I worry about the signatures scratching/fading. [more inside]
posted by Skybly on May 18, 2016 - 6 answers

Cold War-influenced, all-gender cat name

I'm looking for a name for our new cat, who is fluffy and has white boots on all of her feet. [more inside]
posted by analog on May 18, 2016 - 54 answers

How to interpret feline EKG results?

We took our 14 year-old cat went in for what was supposed to be a routine dental procedure yesterday, but a pre-surgery EKG detected a heart anomaly, so she referred us to a cardiologist for an echo cardiogram. The cardiologist estimated it would cost "between $500-$800", which is a lot of money to spend if this turns out to be nothing. You're not my vet, but how would you assess the risks in this situation to make an informed decision? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on May 18, 2016 - 9 answers

Seeking non-clunky backpack for clunky laptop

I need a basic backpack for my work laptop. I'd like one that's as unobtrusive and non-dorky as possible. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 18, 2016 - 12 answers

Trying out computer mice in London or Washington, DC

I'm in the market for a new computer mouse, and I want to be able to actually try it out for a few minutes before I buy it, just to make sure it feels comfortable in my hand. I'm currently in London, and I'll be in the Washington, DC area in a few weeks. Is there any store in either city that has a wide variety of mice out of their packages and available for customer use?
posted by yankeefog on May 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Hotel is for Helicopter

Does the 'H' commonly seen on helipads indicate to the pilot on what angle he should land? [more inside]
posted by quinndexter on May 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Microsoft Office 2016 compatible with Windows Tablet?

Is the desktop / laptop version of Microsoft Office 2016 compatible with Windows Tablet? [more inside]
posted by chmmr on May 17, 2016 - 3 answers

Should I stop paying taxes? Canadian edition.

Should I ask my HR department to stop auto-deducting federal & provincial tax from my paycheque, given the following conditions? Alternatively, can you recommend a good personal tax advisor in Vancouver, Canada? [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey on May 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Tips for a 2-hour outdoor scavenger hunt in Philadelphia

A scavenger hunt newbie finds herself captain of a team in an office scavenger hunt. I'm looking for tips and strategy. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell on May 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Pen of Pens

So, my remarkably wonderful employee has a birthday coming up and I want to get her a really beautiful pen. Can the hive mind help? [more inside]
posted by bearwife on May 17, 2016 - 34 answers

a very important question about instagram

Hello. Is there an app for android that will allow me to make layouts with multiple photos (like Layout), but split diagonally rather than vertically/horizontally? This is proving strangely difficult to find. Thanks!
posted by sea change on May 17, 2016 - 3 answers

Commercials About Bugs?

Can the hivemind ID these commercials? [more inside]
posted by tealcake on May 17, 2016 - 3 answers

Did my refrigerator repairman botch my ice-maker installation?

The ice-maker in my KitchenAid KBFS22ECMS, french-door style refrigerator died, and I made an appointment for a repair person to come out and replace it (under warranty). Now all I have is a very inconvenient "water maker", but no ice! [more inside]
posted by melorama on May 17, 2016 - 13 answers

Things to include in a parenting plan for a toddler?

I'm looking for ideas of things to include in a parenting plan for a 2-year-old beyond the basics of custody, how to share holidays, etc. [more inside]
posted by bighappyhairydog on May 17, 2016 - 29 answers

Engagement ring alternatives?

I'm thinking of popping the question to my girlfriend. The trouble is, for a variety of reasons, I hate the idea of buying a diamond ring for my proposal. She's kind of traditional, though, and will probably expect one. What are some good alternatives that I can consider? What are some good diamond ring substitutes that you've experienced or heard of being used? I'd like to come across as thoughtful and not cheap. [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on May 17, 2016 - 59 answers

Sick of missing appointments due to quite Android Calendar

I missed an appointment today as I didn't hear any of the FIVE alarms I had set in my phone, despite it being on the desk right beside me at the time. It seems Android's version of Google' Calendar's reminder sound is a meek little beep. My version is a klaxon. Is there a way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Canageek on May 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Three Days in Lyon, 12 Hours in Paris

A friend and I are taking a trip tomorrow to Lyon (from Berlin). We found this thread but want more information specific to Lyon. [more inside]
posted by serenity_now on May 17, 2016 - 13 answers

Help me find the perfect Timey Wimey Ticky Tocky Timer!

I need a mechanical (not digital or on my phone) timer that makes a ticking sound. I'd rather it not be a hugely loud harsh ticking sound but if it meets the other needs, I'll take it. I also need it to be pretty sturdy. And I need the damn thing to go off when it gets to zero. I've tried a bunch from kitchen stores lately and they only go off about 20% of the time. Bonus points if the dial is easy to see from across the room. [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 on May 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Best place to buy a used Mac Laptop online

Currently, my brother is using my old MacBook pro from 2006. It has started to become unreliable - I'm looking for a replacement for him. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on May 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Help me find this children's book about sharks

Help me find this book! Gory children's book about shark attacks read in the mid 1990s. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on May 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Fantasy(??) illustrator

I'm looking for a new of an illustrator who is reminiscent of landscape shots on this page (under "Want a quick...", particularly shots 3 and 5). I do strongly remember the artist producing a landscape that involved heavy silhouetting, rolling hills (or a bridge?), and bright, purple-blue-green colours. Who might this classic (pre-Internet) illustrator be? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on May 17, 2016 - 6 answers

Easy prep-ahead recipes for camping

Please suggest recipes for car-camping meals that I can prepare before leaving home. I don't want to chop or grate at the campsite, but I don't mind assembling. I am happy to cook over a fire and/or on a camp stove, but no charcoal grill. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on May 16, 2016 - 21 answers

Blood pressure monitor won't inflate

I'm confined to the house for a week because of an illness (not bp-related) so can't go to the friendly local bp machine at the pharmacy. I have a home blood pressure monitor, and suddenly it won't work. It starts to inflate and then just goes off. It's pretty new. Any clue on why this machine just stopped working? [more inside]
posted by my-sharona on May 16, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me plan a chess roadmap

I'm looking to step up my chess game, but right now I can't commit to traditional chess clubs or similars because of reasons. So, I'm looking to plan ahead using every other available resource. Special considerations inside. [more inside]
posted by andycyca on May 16, 2016 - 11 answers

What tech stack for building a little Python game?

I'm going to build a simple RPG in Python with my 14yo nephew. Most of the point is for him to learn Python. He's had programming concepts but is very new to Python. What game engine / technology stack should we use that helps us build a fun game but also keeps his head mostly in Python and not in the game engine? [more inside]
posted by gurple on May 16, 2016 - 6 answers

(Eastern) European Vacation

I'm headed for Riga, Latvia for work for the second time. On the first go-round, I had very little time off, so this time I wised up and tacked a couple vacation days onto the end of my trip so I can do some traveling. But where should I go, and how?! I'm overwhelmed with the possibilities. [more inside]
posted by leeloo minai on May 16, 2016 - 6 answers

How to protect a desk

We just bought an antique wooden desk for our living room -- mostly for our young son to do arts & crafts, etc., and eventually homework. The desk surface isn't in pristine condition, but we want to protect it from my son and from our cats. We could get a piece of glass cut to fit, but the desk was $275 and glass would probably be $100+, so we don't want to spend that much. Someone suggested Plexiglas, but I'm not sure if that would stay flat and/or look nice. Suggestions?
posted by trillian on May 16, 2016 - 16 answers

Cute Foreign Romantic film--lost to the ravages of my failed memory

I have been bugged for the last several months with trying to find a foreign romantic film which I watched on Netflix, possibly before the time of streaming. I only remember the vaguest of plot-lines. [more inside]
posted by eglenner on May 16, 2016 - 3 answers

Can I use a US (110V) lighting fixture with a 240V mains supply?

I recently bought this pendant light from the CB2 store here, which is having a closing down sale. Despite it being sold locally (Singapore), upon some inspection I've found that the light is likely to be the exact same model as the one sold in the US (i.e. only rated for US 110V, and not UK/Singapore 240V). The guy at the store said that I could connect it directly to the mains here, but I'm not too certain. Should I try to get it rewired? [more inside]
posted by destrius on May 15, 2016 - 6 answers

How did you overcome a low gpa and/or no work experience?

I am one class away from graduating with a 2.6 GPA in a Business degree. I do not have any internships and very little work experience. I have mental health issues and I'm very socially awkward. Am I doomed from ever finding a job? How did you overcome this?
posted by sheepishchiffon on May 15, 2016 - 16 answers

Tips for British Columbian Hot Springs Tour? Naksup, Halcyon, Ainesworth

So to escape the U.S. post-presidential election madness a buddy and I are planning a hot springs tour of Canada for four days (Novemeber 9-13). We are thinking about visiting Naksup, Halcyon and Ainesworth hot springs and staying at two of them. I would appreciate any tips on each hot springs, lodging, good places to eat or drink along the route, etc. [more inside]
posted by ITravelMontana on May 15, 2016 - 10 answers

I messed up the accordion pleats on my wool skirt

Is there anyone in New York who can restore them (without breaking the bank)? [more inside]
posted by coastisclear on May 15, 2016 - 7 answers

What TV movie was this?

Years and years ago I saw a (what was probably) a tv-movie on a network like WGN or KTLA. It must have been filmed in the mid-90s. It was about two women who met while being treated for breast cancer (I think). [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on May 15, 2016 - 2 answers

Hamilton: pro/cons of knowing the story/music ahead of time?

Should I read Alexander Hamilton (the book) or listen to Hamilton (the music) before actually seeing it live? [more inside]
posted by inevitability on May 15, 2016 - 24 answers

Plant ID? It's not marijuana.

This plant has been showing up every year for 12 years now. I don't know what it is. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by yesster on May 15, 2016 - 11 answers

Road trip stop along I-84, I-81, Scranton - ish area, en route to DC

Part of an upcoming weekend trip will involve us leaving the Poconos area in PA off 84 (around Lake Wallenpaupack, PA) in the evening, stopping overnight somewhere nearby-ish. The direction we eventually want to head generally speaking is making our way west, then south on 81, towards MD/DC. Suggestions where to stop and stay along, perhaps in the Scranton + Wilkes barre area? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on May 15, 2016 - 4 answers

Help Me Asheville Beer Week

I will be visiting Asheville during beer week! Looking for suggestions for your favorite breweries, your favorite bars, your favorite gay/queer bars, your favorite Asheville snacks (biscuits please!)... [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on May 15, 2016 - 10 answers

Good beginner ukulele

It's been a while since the last ukulele recommendation question; what are some decent choices today in the $100–200 range? Advice on good vendors also appreciated.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on May 14, 2016 - 8 answers

Looking for poems, quotes relevant to the death of a heroic dissident

I'm doing PR for a heroic dissident who is on hunger strike to protest the actions of a dictator. He's in grave danger and I have little hope. I think he will be gone soon. Can anyone suggest poems or quotes relevant to this situation? I want them for my own comfort, but it would be especially useful if there was something that wasn't too long that I could use for PR. [more inside]
posted by Surprised By Bees on May 14, 2016 - 11 answers

Bakers of Mefi, please help me save this cake.

It's a three layer gluten-free and dairy-free cake. I just had a nibble and it's... not awful, but not tasty either. It has a lovely texture, but I need to add flavour and sweetness to counteract the overwhelming heavy dark cocoa taste. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on May 14, 2016 - 11 answers

Can you identify this movie from the sixties or early seventies?

It may have been around 1969 when I saw this movie. I remember it as a realistic, set-in-the-present, "new hollywood" style of movie (easy rider, two-lane blacktop) and for some reason it's stayed in my head. Anyway the few specifics I remember are... [more inside]
posted by Rich Smorgasbord on May 14, 2016 - 7 answers

What can replace my beloved white bark birch trees?

We have a line of 5 birch trees along our driveway. They are beautiful all year long, screening the neighbor's house from our living room view in the summer, dropping leaves and letting in more light in the winter, but still a lattice of branches to screen a bit. They are all dead or dying. Bronze boring beetles. Nothing can be done. According to more than one expert, "Birches are no longer a sustainable species in our part of the world." What can we plant instead? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on May 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Asphalt Driveway Do Over - Is a Second Life Possible?

My home driveway is old bulging, cracking asphalt. I want to remove at least part of it and replace it with packed stone and pavers. The asphalt companies I've called won't take the old asphalt - they say there's not enough for them to bother with. Are there any options for recycling this so it doesn't end up at the dump? [more inside]
posted by summerstorm on May 14, 2016 - 4 answers

What bird is this?

What bird is this? [more inside]
posted by Talez on May 14, 2016 - 11 answers

[Jazz Filter] I like these, and I want more of these.

I am building a Sunday jazz playlist that involves some old standards during the 1930s and 1940s. So, big band and swing. But I am leaning more towards something, er, softer. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on May 14, 2016 - 11 answers

What do we do with this poor turtle?

Found a turtle in a parking lot yesterday afternoon. Can't figure out what to do with the poor thing. Please read the entire post if you want to offer advice. [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on May 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Does this vine need to go?

I have an older house in Seattle with an old tree in the back yard. It has vines growing 2/3rds to 3/4ths of the way up it. (Here are some pictures.) Should I try to remove the vines or leave them alone? I do have vines growing along a nearby fence and perpetually trying to climb anything they can get on, as well as the tree. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on May 13, 2016 - 13 answers

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