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Lawnmower and Oil (Please tell me no math is involved)

I currently have 3 gas cans in my garage that may or may not have been mixed with oil. I know one of them has because I know my leaf blower requires it. I know one doesn't because my lawnmower takes straight gas. My challenge is I don't know which is which. Does anybody have an recommendations for how to solve my problem? [more inside]
posted by blackjack514 on May 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me find book on interpersonal dynamics?

I remember vaguely that it had a purple cover, but cannot remember the title or author. I know within the first few pages was a chart explaining the dynamics with a few intertwined circles. It was not a textbook, but a paperback of about 200 pages. Sadly, that's all I remember. At the time I was a sophomore in high school and the book caught my eye on a bookshelf. However, I could only read a few pages because it was more challenging than any book I had encountered. Now, I keep thinking about this book and have a strong impression that if I were to find it, it could finally be comprehensible to me. Help?
posted by lunastellasol on Aug 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Lose a good friend or try to fix it?

Is a man who pretends to be friends with a woman when he is actually interested in more than friendship doing something shady? Should said woman (myself) drop him as a friend or give him a chance to adjust? He’s a good friend and generally a positive, interesting and charming friend to have (smart, insightful, witty, capable of deep conversation, trustworthy with secrets, understanding…). I’m simply not interested in dating him (for many reasons, the most glaring of which is that he’s sexist in subtle ways that I couldn’t tolerate in a partner), but I value and love his friendship and conversation. I do not want to date him, ever. I don’t know if I should salvage our friendship or let it go, for his sake and mine...I've included the details below but I think this summary captures what I am trying to intellectually and emotionally figure out. [more inside]
posted by grassbottles on Feb 28, 2013 - 54 answers

How to navigate cross cultural family dynamics?

I'm having difficulty navigating very different cross-cultural (U.S./El Salvador) family dynamics. Can you please offer me books, links or your own best practices on keeping an international marriage strong? [more inside]
posted by Coffee Bean on Dec 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Readings on changes of power?

Can you recommend books/articles about the dynamics of political power transitions? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. on Aug 22, 2012 - 1 answer

Help me design a metal bracket

I want to know the minimum thickness for a steel bracket that attaches a table leg to a table top. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla on Aug 7, 2012 - 9 answers

How to reconstruct this cool looking experiment?

Recreating the Yves-Couder Experiment from Through the Wormhole [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Dec 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Seeking: Mentor/Protege

Recommendations for stories about the mentor/protege dynamic that are sexy. Bonus points if both parties are female. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 2, 2011 - 8 answers

How to change this family dynamic?

Have you successfully changed a life-long family dynamic as an adult? Are you a youngest child? Tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on Nov 29, 2011 - 26 answers

why can't we be friends?

How can I dialogue with my boyfriend about some of his friends so that I'm a) not creating unnecessary discord and b) able to stay true to myself and my own needs. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Aug 8, 2011 - 26 answers

Is it normal to be a female and not have many (okay, any) close guy friends?

Is it normal to be a female and not have many (okay, any) close guy friends? Should I actively pursue friendships with guys? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on May 6, 2011 - 33 answers

Geez, I'm not a pageant queen here

The VP of my company has made a habit of teasing me about whether I'm smiling. I'm getting to the point where if I don't say something soon, I might blow up one day. How can I communicate my distaste for this kind of teasing without offending and/or alienating him? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Mar 4, 2011 - 56 answers

How to calculate orifice diameter for laminar flow from a nozzle

How to calculate nozzle orifice diameter for a given fluid flow rate to have a laminar output stream rather drips (orifice too large/ flow rate too small) or turbulent flow (orifice to small / flow rate too large)? [more inside]
posted by Long Way To Go on May 31, 2010 - 9 answers

Corporate Dysfunction

Is your company as dysfunctional as mine? From the outside looking in, everything seems great. From a customers point of view our product is quite polished. But....if you sit where I am, everything is a mess. Procedures that make no sense. Technology infrastructure that looks like spaghetti. Horrible data. Broken lines of communication. Inability to book a simple meeting room. People bitching about leaving stuff in the refrigerator. Meetings that go nowhere. I have seen this at other companies. Is this par for the course or do I need to get a new job? If this isn't the case in your company, what things ( process / procedure / software / behaviours/ etc. ) have made the biggest positive impact? If your company is as messy as mine, what things make you say WTF? Learn me about what happens in your corporate black box.....for better or worse.
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 19, 2010 - 24 answers

K.I.S.S. - CRM

My company needs simple CRM - we don't need the thousands of bells and whistles that come with other products. Also, we need buy-in. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by namewithhe1d on Sep 24, 2009 - 8 answers

Digital piano recommendations for touch and dynamics

Digital piano recommendations? My priority is realistic touch and being able to produce sounds for as many dynamic levels as possible. I don't want to pay for "pretty" features to have like screens, sound effects, powerful speakers etc..etc.. [more inside]
posted by neworder7 on Sep 2, 2009 - 13 answers

I'm kicking around a concept for a theoretical piece I hope to work on in the near future, dealing with the way "femininity" and the "female" category are conceived of linguistically. Help me find some empirical data!

I'm kicking around a concept for a theoretical piece I hope to work on in the near future, dealing with the way "femininity" and the "female" category are conceived of linguistically. Help me find some empirical data! [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Mar 24, 2009 - 24 answers

What are some good books on the social dynamics of science?

What are some good books on the social dynamics of science? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Oct 13, 2008 - 16 answers

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

My father just had a heart attack. I am dropping everything to go and visit him this weekend, but he keeps insisting I do not come and visit. Am I being a jerk for going anyway? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Aug 15, 2008 - 45 answers

How can I remember to smile more?

How can I remember to smile more? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Aug 6, 2008 - 12 answers

Because the first step to finding a solution is labeling the other person's behavior

I'm having difficulty interacting with Mr. Anonymous. I'm looking for a label to describe how he behaves so I can do some reading and work out some strategies for handling our interactions better. There's [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2007 - 66 answers

Help me find books on coping with a family that doesn't understand my husband's ethnicity

Help me find books on coping with a family that doesn't understand my husband's ethnicity. [more inside]
posted by sara558 on Mar 23, 2007 - 10 answers

Should I go easy on potholes or speed right over them?

[Dynamics Filter] Is it less damaging to the wheels to hit a pothole at higher or lower speeds? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann on Mar 6, 2007 - 19 answers

Fun with rotational dynamics

Recreational physics-filter: I need a solution for a tricky rotational dynamics problem. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Nov 7, 2006 - 5 answers

Could schizophrenia protect against blindness?

This research claims that there aren't any blind schizophrenics. Basically, it says that blindness could protect against schizophrenia, but because of typically later age of onset for blindness (mostly results of glaucoma and macular degenration), I wonder if schizophrenia could somehow protect against blindness. Does anyone have an opinion on this? [more inside]
posted by srs on Nov 3, 2006 - 15 answers

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