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You can't get there from here. No, really, you can't.

How can I tell Google Maps and GPS navigation systems that there has been a gate across part of my road since the mid-90s? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Jun 10, 2014 - 7 answers

How to most effectively communicate with elected representatives?

In the wake of recent events (left out as this isn't a partisan question, but yes, you all know what I'm referring to), I'd like to contact my elected representatives to urge them to enact and support specific changes to current US laws & policies. I've casually contacted representatives before, usually through canned twitter or emails through various petitions & other party-line websites, but I've never engaged more because I was never sure just how effective it would be - particularly when I am contacting an official who has the opposite viewpoint from mine. So my question is: what is the most effective way to use my time in contacting local and state officials to communicate my views on certain issues? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Jun 10, 2014 - 16 answers

Eye contact :(

I have this weird eye contact problem that has plagued me since I can remember. I find all eye contact in general to be really unpleasantly intimate and intense, but several times a day when I'm talking to someone (both familiar people and strangers), I have a moment of frisson where it feels like I'm boring into their eyes with my own. The freaky part is that every single time I have this experience, it throws the person off--they stammer, look away, close their eyes for longer than just a blink, lose their train of thought, etc. As far as I know, I'm not changing anything about my facial expression--this is all happening somehow within the eye contact realm. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2014 - 20 answers

suicidal ex speaks incoherently, needlessly names me- do I warn his dad?

My suicidal ex bumped into A, an acquaintance of mine, a few days ago and, according to A who later contacted me to warn me about it, he talked strangely, incoherently, in an evidently sick way and mentioned my complete name several times for no apparent reason. As when I last heard him (to tell him to stop calling me), three weeks before this, he seemed to be in a fairly good mental state, I am now debating calling his family to let them know about it. Should I do it or would it be out of place and maybe even open up a can of worms I've barely managed to close? [more inside]
posted by opalshards on May 12, 2014 - 23 answers

A Watched Phone Never Rings

Whenever I am anticipating a date with or a text from the guy that I'm with, I suddenly find myself avoiding everything I need to do in order to just mentally prep for that encounter. This is obviously not a productive or healthy way to anticipate a good thing, but I have acted this way since I was 16 and now at 26 I want to stop trying to be so damn available. Aside from keeping myself busy with obligations I MUST attend to lest there be Serious Repercussions, what else can I do to persuade my mind that living my life in the intervals will allow me to have better relationships, not the other way around?
posted by Hermione Granger on Apr 21, 2014 - 15 answers

Let's see, there's Match, and OKC, right?

A friend was telling me last night that she is ready to start dating again, and thinks that online dating is the way to go, but she has never tried online dating and hasn't the first clue as to how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Apr 11, 2014 - 27 answers

cutting someone out.

I have someone in my life who I've come to realize can no longer be there. This person is an ex. We haven't seen each other but we've stayed in touch. Tried to be 'friends.' But it always ends up with hurtful messages and it's no longer a good situation for me. Probably also not for her. The relationship was long and it's been hard to let go. Complicating this: she has a serious mental illness and seems to be getting progressively worse. Which makes all of this worse. She pushes people away and has no immediate family. It makes me sad to think of her alone, but sadder to think about dealing with this for any indefinite period of time. I literally cannot handle it anymore. I'm done. So.. do I just ignore her? Tell her I can't talk to her anymore? We have gone a few weeks without talking but that's been the longest in over a year since we've been broken up. Anyone have experiences with cutting out someone with a mental illness? How did you get through?
posted by anad487 on Apr 5, 2014 - 12 answers

If I want to contact Facebook..

..to offer a suggestion about a way they could improve an aspect of their usage (i.e. a certain feature outcome), what would be the best way to do it? (so as to ensure I receive a response I mean) i.e. would it be by email or some other way (i.e. phone number)? Thanks.
posted by Neutron12 on Jan 19, 2014 - 8 answers

How to find an ovum donor in twenty years?

My wife and I will soon use an egg donor to try to conceive. It's important to us that our future child be able to contact the egg donor if the child so desires and it's in his or her best interest. The egg donor is open to this. Until there is a need for contact (either for the aforementioned reason or because of a medical issue), she prefers not to be contacted (nor are we eager to initiate contact until such time). How can we maximize our chances of being able to reach her in the future? It could well be over a decade before such contact is initiated. Phone numbers and email addresses are not that long-lived. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Contact Lens: CIBA Vision Dailies Total 1. How is it?

Anyone tried CIBA Vision Dailies Total 1 contact lens. How is it? Is it easy to remove? (Read stories that it's hard to get it out) Is it for beginners?
posted by Mountain28 on Dec 11, 2013 - 7 answers

My son's biological father has friended me on Facebook. What next?

My 8 year old son has never met his biological father and would like to do so. I don't want his heart to break if his bio-father doesn't want contact. I'm only assuming that he doesn't want contact because apart from the befriending we haven't actually said anything to each other via voice or email for about 6 years or so. What is the best way to approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2013 - 23 answers

What was this contact reminder program?

A while ago, I came across a handy little program/script, which I think worked roughly like this: you give it a table of various friends' names and how often you want to stay in touch with them, and at appropriate intervals it will give you a "hey, you haven't emailed Jeff in 3 months" type reminder. [more inside]
posted by pont on Aug 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me not be perpetually awkward

I have a thing about eating with people. Specifically, one-on-one meals where we're sitting across from each other the whole time. I already find eating in public kind of weird, but then having to make eye contact and talk while doing it compounds the problem and makes me squirmingly awkward, even with close friends. Is there anything I can do to shake this weird anxiety? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Aug 7, 2013 - 17 answers

Why is eye contact so scary to me?

I've recently realized that I rarely make eye contact with people, so I've been trying to get better by consciously remembering to do it in conversation. But, why is it when I do make eye contact with people, it's terrifying? [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on Jul 15, 2013 - 22 answers

Daft Punk - Contact sample source

Contact by Daft Punk supposedly "contains audio from the Apollo 17 mission used by courtesy of NASA and Capt. Eugene Cernan". The sample says: "Hey Bob, I'm looking at what Jack was talking about and it's definitely not a particle that's nearby. It is a bright object and it's obviously rotating because it's flashing, it's way out in the distance, certainly rotating in a very rhythmic fashion because the flashes come around almost on time. As we look back at the Earth it's up at about 11 o'clock, about maybe ten or twelve diame...Earth diameters. I don't know whether that does you any good, but there's something out there." When I Google this I find only Daft Punk references. Is it a genuine soundbite from the Apollo 17 mission or did those wacky French robots make it up?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Jobfilter: From contract (via agency) to full time. How much to accept?

I am an contractor through an agency (W2 employee). The company I am working at wants me to go full time. The pay rate is around 33% lower. I've gone through all the benefits that contractors don't get and the full time pay is still around 16% higher. [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Apr 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Recommendations for a simple Web contact form?

Someone with a simple .HTML/.PHP page and no content management system needs me to put up a "Contact Us" form. In the old days there were a lot of PHP scripts to do this, but I can't tell if any of them are still reliable and secure. Are there any recommendations for one? I'm familiar with all the great ones for Wordpress (Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7) but unfortunately can't use those because this site has no database. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Mar 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Looking for ONE up to date contact database on cities and counties in CA

We're doing a project that provides info for business owners on who they should talk to for every city and county in California for local permits and regs. Aside from calling each and every one to get their updated info, is there any OTHER way to do it? Isn't there someone who does this for local government the way that other services do for specific industries? We're willing to pay for it, we just don't know WHO to pay. Thoughts?
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 8, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I get in touch with someone at SNL?

I just discovered a hilariously absurd woman on Youtube. She's completely serious, but in my opinion her video is begging to be turned into an SNL skit. How do I let someone at SNL know about this potential comedy goldmine?
posted by RingerChopChop on Mar 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Mac contact management (non-web-based)

Mac app for contact management that's tag-based, intelligently integrated with social networks, and LOCAL? (All data usable and modifiable without a live internet connection.) [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Mar 4, 2013 - 1 answer

Moving on from a relationship when you can't do No Contact

I decided to end my "relationship" with someone I saw for nine months. We both have the same hobby, and seeing him there has been stirring both negative and positive emotions. I don't want to give up the hobby. I could handle the negative emotions - because that's what you're supposed to feel - it's the positive ones that are doing me in. How can I get past them? [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo on Feb 24, 2013 - 20 answers

Brass, brass or brass, no one rides for free.

How can I contact Willi Watson the English brass player? [more inside]
posted by bendy on Feb 2, 2013 - 4 answers

What are the most comfortable contact lenses in the world?

Save me from my glasses! I'd like to find the perfect contacts. [more inside]
posted by snoogles on Jan 16, 2013 - 18 answers

Tips and techniques for keeping in touch with people more often?

I want to keep in touch better with family and friends. What are your techniques, tools, and strategies for doing this? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Dec 12, 2012 - 11 answers

On the prowl for the best "long-wear, comfortable" COLORED contact lense brand. Any recommendations?

On the prowl for the best "long-wear, comfortable" COLORED contact lense brand. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by audio on Dec 11, 2012 - 1 answer

iPhone, Mac and PC calendar and contact sync

I just switched to an iPhone 5 after years with an Android phone. My carefully constructed sync setup between my work Win 7 PC, my home Mac and my phone is no longer as useful. Details of my current setup within. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Nov 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Need help with a contact database for my Mac

Act! database vs. Daylite? I used Act forever & loved the fact i could keep notes per company & then look up companies by Co. name, first name, last name, city, state, or other custom tag i classified them as. I used ACT when i had my PC.... but for the past 3 years i've been on a Macbook Pro and only using Daylite... which i hate. I can't look up by anything other than Company name or contact name.... I need a new database contact program that is similar to ACT in the regards of how I can look up each company & allowing me under notes (or something) to keep track of my conversations. I'd also like it to sync up with my iphone 5. [more inside]
posted by foodybat on Nov 4, 2012 - 9 answers

New Facebook messages is the straw that broke the camel's back

My old friends from high school and I have been using a Facebook message thread to stay in touch over the past few years since we graduated. However, the new interface is really driving us crazy. Help us find an alternative? [more inside]
posted by Strass on Oct 25, 2012 - 18 answers

How do you put past relationship "guilt" behind you and would contact after a breakup be a good idea?

The nutshell: how do you put relationship mistakes/guilt behind you? And contact with her would be a bad idea, right? (We’ve been broken up about 3 months now with no contact, except for one email exchange about two weeks after the break up). [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeah on Sep 19, 2012 - 24 answers

How to delegate Google Apps contacts outside of domain?

Paid Google Apps accounts cannot share (delegate) contacts with users outside of its domain. Has anybody come across this issue and been able to work around it? [more inside]
posted by Slackjaw37 on Aug 1, 2012 - 1 answer

What are the best ways for a cinephile like me to find communities of those similarly interested in film?

What are the best ways for a cinephile like me to find communities of those similarly interested in film? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on May 23, 2012 - 3 answers

Do comfortable contact lenses exist?

What are the most comfortable soft, disposable contact lenses out there? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 28, 2012 - 26 answers

I have run out of business as I'm about to fly to SxSw? How can I cleverly share my contact info?

Just realized that I have run out of business cards, and I am speaking at SXSW in a week. What clever, amusing, geeky solutions for sharing my contact information are out there? [more inside]
posted by EvilPRGuy on Mar 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Need new contact program for Mac

I need recommendations for a new database contact program for my Macbook Pro. [more inside]
posted by foodybat on Feb 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Not Petty to Me.

Am I over analyzing or should my SO have handled this differently? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 - 64 answers

Momma always said not to stick things in your eyes.

I want to try out contact lenses again. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Dec 9, 2011 - 29 answers

Where best to write my fan letter to an author?

How best do I contact an (aged, not terribly well known) author? Via her publisher? Who do I address it to so it doesn't go straight in the bin? Are there any other ways? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Nov 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Bad idea to contact an ex from another lifetime?

This is yet another contacting-one’s-ex question. I will try to avoid cliches as much as possible and will do my best to jump to the marrow of this somewhat complicated tale. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2011 - 23 answers

Hello Again

How do you go about finding old friends online when they have super-common names? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Sep 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Where are you owner of lost wallet?

I found a young man's wallet today and tried to find some information, such as an email address or cell phone number, so I could contact him. No luck yet. [more inside]
posted by perhapses on Aug 26, 2011 - 12 answers

What would Galileo think?

Would it be possible to make a telescope from two contact lenses? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Jul 29, 2011 - 14 answers

Can I use Sway Sway Baby, You're So Audio as a title again?

Last minute (Australia-filter) hopefulness: how can I contact a band and get them to acknowledge a 13 year old fan who is now on crutches and can't be up the front of the mosh pit? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Jul 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Seeking Housemate Situation for The First Time - Help Me Present Myself Best

Looking for an apartment share. There are limited options in my price range, so I need to maximize my appeal. What can I do to make myself sound like a good roommate in my intro emails and calls? [more inside]
posted by Fire on Jul 20, 2011 - 31 answers

contact lense mix up

I have Ciba vision Air Optix Aqua 1 month disposable contact lenses and have mixed them up. I use -1.75 for my left eye and -1.50 for my right, 8.6/14.20 size. On the actual lens of one of them it says "CIBA x647" and on the other "CIBA x648", which lens is for which eye?
posted by randomizer on Jul 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Best colored annual-replace contact lenses?

Best colored annual-replace contact lenses? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 9, 2011 - 3 answers

My kingdom for...a list of government agency contacts!

(asking for a friend:) Is there a quick way to find organizational charts (incl. contact info) for government agencies? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Jul 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Cure my sister's hogweed exposure symptoms!

A cure for giant hogweed burns? [more inside]
posted by slateyness on Jul 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Contacting me just became a lot easier...

Is there anyway I can ask for my information to be taken off? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 on Jun 4, 2011 - 6 answers

GMail gontact & group sharing.

Google Apps Mail contact sharing, distribution lists, and sending newsletters Marketplace App? [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on May 18, 2011 - 2 answers

What if I say no, don't contact my supervisor?

When applying for federal jobs, how problematic is it not to allow a potential employer to contact a previous supervisor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 - 8 answers

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