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Advice about what to do with overbearing "member"

Our art discussion group is comprised of serious working artists who share ideas and generally encourage each other. We have always handled ourselves professionally and we have several A-list type members. We have some credibility with the community. During the last year, however, somehow we acquired one artist who is causing problems. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Feb 25, 2014 - 23 answers

How can I stop my computer screen from fogging my brain?

I have to stare at this thing an awful lot for work, and of course I stare at it recreationally too. But after a few hours a horrible dazed feeling creeps up on me. It's not eye strain, I don't get a headache. I just stop being able to think straight. This is not viable. What do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Because on Feb 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Why are online videos stuttering?

Video and audio of online videos (YouTube, Hulu, etc.) stutter quite often when I play them. My laptop is not old by any means and it's been recently formatted. I've updated all the drivers and tried using both the default and HTML 5 Beta players on YouTube; no difference. Seems to be worst in Chrome. Any idea why this is happening? Thanks.
posted by gman on Jan 11, 2014 - 17 answers

Chinese water torture. In Chinese.

Looking for terms or phrases that refer to or describe a repetitive, monotonous action that leads to frustration, boredom...and that particularly suggests annoyance from the one observing said action towards the offending person / act. Humorous, biting, slightly offensive...all accepted. Specific language requested: Chinese. [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Dec 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Dealing with the benzo flu?

I've been taking 1mg Ativan nightly for the last two months and am going off of it. I don't have any of the psychological withdrawals that could come for that amount but the physical sweating/cold chills have been going on for three days. What can I do to ease never feeling warm enough/sweats/chills in the meantime and how long is this going to last?
posted by kanata on Sep 3, 2013 - 6 answers

I tried to look this up myself, but I couldn't find the answer, so...

What is the origin of ending a sentence with a trailing "so..." ? Who is on record first using it? How did it spread? I am talking about the annoying unfinished sentence word: "We would have gone cycling, but I couldn't find my bike, so..." I am not talking about the legitimate adverb: "I love biking so!"
posted by michaelh on Aug 29, 2013 - 15 answers

How to stop a collection agency from calling on a loan it doesn't own?

My girlfriend is continually being called by a collection agency, NCO Financial, on a student loan that we don't think they actually have the rights to collect on. How can we get them to stop attempting to do so? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Jul 26, 2013 - 12 answers

You know I don't want to talk to you!

How to deal with a junior coworker who's overbearing? [more inside]
posted by ergo on Nov 27, 2012 - 19 answers

How should I respond to my MIL's inane babble?

(Anon bc my husband sometimes reads askme.) My mother in law often seems to suffer from verbal diarrhea; she fills perfectly reasonable silence with inane chatter, and it gets annoying and frustrating to spend time with her (I often have a constant refrain of "Cool story, bro" running through my head). Apart from just nodding, saying "mmm hmm" in a non-committal-please-don't-bother-telling-me-more tone of voice, etc. -- is there anything I can do or say that will make this stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2012 - 33 answers

How to deal with dog attachment issues?

My dog is about 7 years old, she is a Australian mini. Whenever I go away after work for more then a few hours she cries, mopes and whines. She has this annoying habit of whistling through her nose. I live with my family and commute to work with my Dad & to school, so most days we're leaving at 8am and back 6pm--she does fine then but then if I'm gone & my Dad is home is when she is really fussy. I typically spend the weekend with my Fiancé, which really bugs her (I can't take her with us as my Fiancé lives in a Resident Hall). If I go out of town, or away for the night she is still really needy and fussy. How can I get her to be less annoying for my family, to be less fussy about me being gone? I take her for walks and love on her when I am home but that's not enough. Any suggestions or ideas would be most helpful.
posted by snow_mac on Apr 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Stand down!

What is the URL of that tumblr with pictures of graphic designers working while their bosses look over their shoulders?
posted by whimsicalnymph on Mar 26, 2012 - 1 answer

How do I get rid of an unwanted tag-along?

There's a girl who keeps inviting herself to group gatherings, and now she's invited herself along on a trip I planned. I really don't want her there, but how do I get rid of her without creating a big scene? [more inside]
posted by cyml on Feb 9, 2012 - 32 answers

How do I get my cats to stop knocking things over?

How do I cat-proof a bookshelf and desk? My cats like to climb on my bookshelf and desk and knock things off of them, sometimes for fun and sometimes to get my attention. I would like them to stop doing this. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Dec 30, 2011 - 32 answers

i can haz sanity?!

My cat is eternally bored and wantonly destructive... and it's driving me insane! [more inside]
posted by happyjuice on Dec 11, 2011 - 17 answers

Take a bweaff...

I have shortness of breath/cannot get a deep breath without forcing myself to yawn. Have you experienced this, and what is wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Nov 28, 2011 - 37 answers

How do I get my coworker to stop barging in on my and everyone else's conversations?

A coworker keeps intruding on everyone's conversations. How do I get them to stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 - 14 answers

My annoying coworker is turning me into a rageaholic

How can I stay calm and productive when I have the most annoying coworker in the world? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 - 15 answers

Maintaining a relationship with an unlikeable family member?

My brother wants us to be close and I don't...What do I do? I feel terrible, but he is so UNLIKEABLE! [more inside]
posted by mhm407 on Sep 26, 2011 - 36 answers

How do I deal with this person?

How to deal with borderline-inappropriate/socially inept parishioner at my job? [more inside]
posted by altopower on Sep 18, 2011 - 20 answers

Yahoo Toolbar Redirect: Is it the router?

Do Cisco/Linksys routers sometimes redirect you to a Yahoo Toolbar download page when you try to go to Google, and if so how do they get away with it? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Mar 25, 2011 - 10 answers

I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.

My friend asked me why I haven't been so friendly to him lately. The answer is that he's unbearably pretentious and accomplished and it drives me nuts. Should I tell him, and how? [more inside]
posted by Spock Puppet on Mar 6, 2011 - 30 answers

Please recommend a way to block a fragile friend

What's the least hurtful way for me to get someone to stop commenting on every single thing I post to Facebook? This question is similar to this question, except this is about Facebook comments, rather than posts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 - 22 answers

teach my word to indent properly again! like in the old days!

why can word 2004 no longer indent block quotes properly? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Dec 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Annoying phone calls

My husband is receiving annoying phone calls from his ex (a friend gave his number out without knowing any better). He does not want to change his cell number due to his numerous work contacts. When he sees her number he doesn't answer and then she leaves messages. He has told her to stop but she must be a mental case, she has been calling for 2 months. What would be a solution to this other than changing his number? If he had the number blocked we figure she will just call from another number.
posted by sandyp on Nov 23, 2010 - 25 answers

Bonus points if it can go off at 3:30 am.

Chrismahannukwanzaafilter: My sister has yet to send a real wishlist for my nieces, and the naughty uncle, Mister Fabulous, wants to make her pay in sanity! What is the most annoying toy for this holiday season? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Nov 23, 2010 - 51 answers

Stuck with a Know-It-All/Pontificator

If I am trapped in a meeting or group with a co-worker who likes to hear himself talk (I mean really pontificate)...how do I go zen on it all? How do I adjust my own frustration? He sometimes has an entourage/fan club which isn't my business but I get really frustrated when stuck with him. He also tends to show up in the same small group parties I have attended. Deep breathing doesn't seem to be helping. I'm thinking about a flask of whiskey.
posted by snap_dragon on Nov 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Fonts will misbehave. Or developers. Or Me. I don't care anymore.

I figured out today that every single web browser on my machine (HP dv7t, Windows 7) - Chrome, FFox, and IE8 - fonts on some sites are displaying wrong. That's bad because I need to review sites for my job. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Sep 28, 2010 - 3 answers

Sorry, I don't want your "guest post"

An acquaintance wants to make a "guest post" on my blog, but I really NO NOT WANT [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2010 - 23 answers

Ingardenous Basterds.

Please help me diagnose this annoying plant killing problem in my garden! [more inside]
posted by dozo on Apr 1, 2010 - 6 answers

i can haz glass shardz?

Help me stop my cat from tipping over drinking glasses filled with liquid (water, beer, wine, milk, etc). She does it for the lulz. This shit has to stop. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Feb 13, 2010 - 53 answers

Is being overconfident in an interview or letter hurtful to getting a position?

Are overconfident people really annoying to interviewers? Like if you act as if you know your accepted? Does this hurt one's chances of actually being accepted? [more inside]
posted by Nighthawk3729 on Sep 10, 2009 - 36 answers

Making the most of a challenging coworker

How do I make the most of a work situation with a co-worker whose behavior is just annoying enough to disrupt work regularly, but not annoying enough to cause him to be fired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2009 - 13 answers

What bird is making this noise and what can I do about it?

What kind of bird is making this annoying noise (mp3 file; alternate link here) behind my Manhattan apartment building? And what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Aug 7, 2009 - 24 answers

Help us stop this!

Business-to-business annoying telemarketing-and making it stop-help us, hive mind! [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jul 14, 2009 - 9 answers

Stop Gmail auto-adding to my contacts list?

Gmail, can you please stop automatically adding to my contacts list!? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Jun 5, 2009 - 7 answers

I love my parents but [cliche]

My parents say I'll "always be their baby" and treat me accordingly (I'm turning 26 this year). This can be annoying at times. What are some workarounds? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Feb 10, 2009 - 38 answers

What do I do with a querulous neighbor?

My downstairs neighbor seems hypersensitive to noise, and repeatedly complains and threatens to "tell" on me to our building supervisor. Advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 25, 2008 - 20 answers

Wrong to be annoyed by neighbor?

[Annoying Neighbor Filter] Is it fair to consider a neighbor parking directly in front of the sidewalk that goes to the street into your house every day poor form? Especially on a snow day? [more inside]
posted by gnash on Dec 22, 2008 - 40 answers

Hi, I'm from AT&T & I'm here to help you. Right.

I'm considering upgrading my internet service. I currently have basic DSL from AT&T bundled with a landline. Today a couple of guys with "AT&T uverse solutions provider" ID's came to the door and want to sell me this Uverse service. I'm suspicious. [more inside]
posted by pjern on Aug 20, 2008 - 10 answers

stop Firefox zooming

How to stop Firefox from auto zooming the entire page. [more inside]
posted by signal on Aug 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Why do I annoy people?

I seem to annoy a lot of people. I don't mean to, it just happens. What can I do to become less annoying? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2008 - 34 answers

Will this little hair in my eye eventually go away?

I have a tiny facial hair stuck in my eye. Will my body eventually reabsorb it or what? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Jul 27, 2008 - 12 answers

Clingy like a barnacle.

How can I extract myself from a relationship with an overly-clingy (and engaged) coworker? Whole mess o' details inside. [more inside]
posted by moitz on May 22, 2008 - 20 answers

I can't stop stimming!

How do I stop or redirect my annoying self-stimulated behaviors? [more inside]
posted by Schuby on Mar 5, 2008 - 10 answers

Goddamn it, I want my money back!? Please.

Why does the recent legislation passed to patch the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) affect the applicability of Education Credits (IRS Form 8863) and delay my ability to file? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Jan 10, 2008 - 3 answers

stop gsm static

How can I make the damn GSM clicking from my iphone stop attacking my baby monitor? [more inside]
posted by brent_h on Jan 5, 2008 - 15 answers

Hey, Stop Chomping the Charmin!

I have a cat who is a wonderful and well-behaved affectionate little guy in most respects. He has an annoying compulsion I don't know how to cure: he loves to eat toilet paper and Kleenex. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jan 4, 2008 - 16 answers

How can I tell which of these damn Firefox tabs is making a sound?

How can I tell which of these damn Firefox tabs is making a sound? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Dec 31, 2007 - 7 answers

NO STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

What's the Stairway of the violin? [more inside]
posted by darksasami on Nov 20, 2007 - 22 answers

What manner of animal is making this horrible noise?

Dear GOD what is making that racket in the tree outside my house? [more inside]
posted by geodave on Sep 4, 2007 - 10 answers

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