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Help me identify this sci-fi short story

Some time in the mid 1990s I read a sci-fi short story about an augmented individual hired to steal a password - I'm trying to figure out the name of this story and its author. [more inside]
posted by komara on Mar 20, 2014 - 9 answers

 

Painting the inside of glass that will have liquid in it

Is there any way to paint or otherwise color the inside of a glass spray bottle that will have liquid (perfume) in it?
posted by ferdinandcc on Feb 23, 2014 - 4 answers

What light fixture is this?

Some enthusiastic home dance party moves caused me to shatter one of the glass lampshades on this light fixture. I'd like to replace the shade, but I have no idea what lamp's brand or model is. Do you? [more inside]
posted by esd on Oct 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Can I make my own glass earrings?

I work as an air conditioning mechanic, and with my head stuck in operating electrical machines all day I have a mind to switch to non-conductive earrings. I have 6ga or 4mm earrings. I used to have a pair of glass earrings but they eventually broke when I dropped them. Is there any reason I should not use glass stirring rods to make a new set of glass earrings? I am assuming I can use a torch or buns en burner to bend them and finish the ends.
posted by Naib on Sep 12, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I tell if there's still glass in my foot?

I stepped on a little shard of glass- it's basically like if you put a needle in there and pulled it out somewhat unevenly. It's a little cut, no bigger than a speck at the end of your fingernail. But it hurts to step on it. I basically assumed this morning that it was gone- it welled up with blood a small amount, I rubbed, problem solved.... or so it seems. This whole day it has been hurting and hurting. So... should I dig? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Aug 29, 2013 - 25 answers

Is there a special term for silvered mirrors being used for optics?

Do specialized mirrors for optics projects have a different name for a "glassless" mirror, or a specially silvered mirror which has a glass quality to minimize any internal reflections? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Aug 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Bottle returns - international

Does it make ecological sense to return glass bottles from Switzerland to Belgium for re-use? [more inside]
posted by eurandom on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Which glass light fixture cover do I need to replace a missing one?

I am looking for a rounded translucent glass cover for an indoor overhead fixture and have struck out so far - it may be a non-standard design. Basically it is a dome-shaped, flat-based, non-threaded cover that has two slots into which two tabs on the base fit and it secures in place with a quarter-turn. You can see photos of the base and of an identical cover in this gallery. Are there terms of art I need to use in my search for compatible covers? Thanks!
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Jul 13, 2013 - 5 answers

How to record and transcribe all conversations

Suppose I would like to automatically record and transcribe all conversations that happen around me. Is this technically feasible? What products and services would you use to accomplish this goal? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jul 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Sci-Fi novel predicting Google Glass

I'm trying to remember the name and author fo a sci-fi novel that predicted the idea of Google glasses and their impact on society. I can clearly remember one of the characters, a youung person, complaining that all these old people had these glasses that recorded everything that happened around them and could send that data directly to the police. It was kind of an Orwellian Big Brother feel to society. You were always being watched, recorded, reported, etc. I was reminded again about this after reading an article on NPR about the first police arrest recorded on Google Glass. Does anyone else remember this book or the author? Thanks in advance for the help.
posted by corwalch on Jul 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for thick wine glasses

Does anyone know of any recommendations for thick wine glasses? I am tired of thin wide glasses (that seem to break a lot) and I am NOT interested in plastic glasses. I know they exist, as I was at a bar a couple of months back while traveling, and they served wine in this very thick wine glasses. It was exactly what I was looking for so I asked the waitress, who asked the manager, but they didn't know where there were sourced. I am just looking for a plain wine glass (red or white wine), with no markings or decorations on them at all, but the wine glass itself is very thick. I would need to be about to buy these online as well. (And yes, I am aware that the thickness of the glass could affect that taste of the wine, but I am still looking for a thick glass.
posted by dbirchum on Jul 1, 2013 - 25 answers

How to remove imprint from glass bottle?

I buy bottles of strauss organic whipping cream, it comes it little glass bottles and looks like this: pic 1, pic 2. As you can see, on the glass bottle there is a flat black imprint with some lettering and a logo. Is there any way to safely remove that imprint? I have something in mind I'd like to reuse my bottles for and I'd prefer them not to have that imprint. Thanks!
posted by long haired child on Apr 13, 2013 - 23 answers

Big non-skid pads for glass surface

Is there something better than this type of pad for a BIG glass table? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Apr 13, 2013 - 1 answer

How concerned should I be about glass dust?

Last week I broke the sunroof to my car and significant amount of glass fell into the car. I've cleaned the big pieces out and vacuumed. I've also replaced the window. However, I'm worried about glass dust. [more inside]
posted by el chupa nibre on Mar 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Replacing the glass on Samsung Galaxy S3

Hello MeFites. I managed to shatter the front glass on my Samsung Galaxy S3. It still works, the glass just needs replacing. What's my best course of action to get it fixed? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Mar 11, 2013 - 2 answers

How do I remove white stains from driver side car window and mirror?

How do I remove white stains from driver side car window and mirror? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes on Feb 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Replacement lids for Bormioli Rocco glass pitchers?

I have a few Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre glass pitchers with hermetic lids like this one and these, but one is missing a lid and the other lid is beginning to crack, after long wear. It seems like the factory does not sell replacement lids. Anyone else able to get replacement lids? If not, what have people done for a replacement?
posted by answergrape on Feb 5, 2013 - 1 answer

Glass placemat exploded on my kitchen table. What the heck happened?

A couple of days ago, one of the placemats on my kitchen table exploded all over the table and also onto the ground. It's made of a glassy/plastic-y material. Meaning, it looks like glass, but it won't cut through skin unless you really dig it in. We found shards of it up to 5 feet away from the table. This occurred randomly in the early evening. No one in my house witnessed it. Nothing was placed on the placemat for that entire day. No one went near it. There were no sudden temperature changes in the house, although it has been colder than normal in the evenings here in Northern California. We've had the placemats 10+ years. The table is a glass table with a clear, plastic covering on top. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Feb 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Why is my bathroom so cold?

Am I losing all my heat through a large glass block window? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Jan 7, 2013 - 8 answers

fix a broken champagne flute

Is it possible to fix a champagne flute that just has one clean break? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Dec 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Practical yet Attractive Uses for narrow-necked glass bottles?

I have a few old glass bottles which I've cleaned, de-labeled, and given airtight cork tops. They're attractive bottles, about 750ml each with narrow tops, and I'd like a practical way to show them off ideally in the kitchen. I already used one to infuse olive oil and other to hold my dried dried beans rather than leaving them tied up in the pantry. What else can do with them?
posted by The Whelk on Dec 5, 2012 - 28 answers

Putting something behind glass in Photoshop

How do I put something behind glass in Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch on Dec 4, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me put a great big smile on my mother's face Christmas morning please!

Could you help me find a necklace for my mother? [more inside]
posted by humph on Dec 3, 2012 - 11 answers

how do you work science?!

Can someone explain with SCIENCE, how this glass jar just exploded in my bathroom while I was taking a shower, and ended up almost entirely on the other side of the shower curtain? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Dec 1, 2012 - 28 answers

how to clean glass and powder from the carpet in my apartment?

Fluorescent bulbs explosion -- how to clean glass and powder from the carpet? Broken glass is everywhere. And carpets are everywhere. [more inside]
posted by Oli D. on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Glitter wall alternatives for an adult?

Dear AskMeFi: is has to be some way to get the effect I'm looking for on my walls but with a shimmer? I like this tree branch graphic for my walls, but I would like to have it shine like glass beaded wallpaper. As I understand it, glitter never sticks to anything you want it to but sticks to everything else. I'm just not sure how to get the effect on my walls that I envision. Ideally it would be removable because we live in an apartment. Thank you for your help!
posted by Issithe on Nov 12, 2012 - 6 answers

What is the name of this injected glass technique?

My mum brought me back a glass pendant from Paris years ago, and always regretted not getting one herself. What is the name for this kind of pendant so I can try and find one for her? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Throat pain

I have a pain in my upper chest, presumably in my esophagus. How urgent a medical condition is this, and which doctor should I see? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Aug 26, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I keep my wood heater glass clean?

I have moved into a house with an inbuilt wood heater. Its not necessary for heat, but I am enjoying having a fire in there every other night. But the glass on the front blackens within a couple of burns. I am cleaning it weekly with oven cleaner. I have tried keeping the fire at the back. Is there anything I can do to keep the black off?
posted by jjderooy on Aug 7, 2012 - 14 answers

Why is Gorilla Glass so much stronger than other chemically strengthened glass?

How does the High Ion Exchange (HIE) process get such a deep compressive layer in the glass strengthening process used in Gorilla Glass? [more inside]
posted by blurker on Jul 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Glass and Game of Thrones

I'm watching Game of Thrones and noticed that often the windows do not have glass, and yet I think I sometimes see glass trinkets. Glass seems like a very important technology because it keeps out bugs but allows in light, which sounds pretty useful when disease travels by insects and the winter is coming. When does glass begin to become a common-place part of domiciles, and what benefits did it mainly have for human civilization when it began to be more widely used in architecture? Is technologically feasible for the world of Game of Thrones, and if not, what are the main constraints?
posted by scunning on Jun 10, 2012 - 52 answers

NYC PVB sticker adhesive

What adhesive does the NYC Parking Violations Bureau use to put those nearly unremovable "shame stickers" on car windows? [more inside]
posted by KRS on Jun 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Glue to bond glass and ceramics

Suitable glue to bond glass to ceramics - must dry clear, and be dishwasher proof (or at least waterproof) [more inside]
posted by robintw on Jun 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Adaptable Reuse Glass top

What can I do with a approx 4 by 2.5 foot piece of glass (thats about .5 inch deep)? Part of a glass desk top. I have a patio, but virtually no room to use it inside as a desk. Thoughts?
posted by sandmanwv on May 31, 2012 - 4 answers

can I glue my mom's Lalique bowl back together?

one of the feet broke off of my mom's Lalique bowl. it's a pretty clean break, it looks like I could just put it back on. can I? what would be the best way to do this? or am I better off taking it to a specialist to repair? thanks in advance.
posted by sabh on May 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Books on stained glass?

A fine old fellow who did amateur stained glass has passed away, and I would like to purchase memorial book(s) for the local library. [more inside]
posted by tommyD on May 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Can't we just... lock on and teleport it out instead?

I have glass in my foot. Every time I try to get it out, I panic. Help? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Apr 16, 2012 - 21 answers

Please help me find more of these boldly lettered Old Fashioned glasses

I have this Old Fashioned glass with a bold, matte black letter printed on it. It's 4" high and 3 1/4" in diameter. The bottom has bumps the size of smallish marbles. I have a suspicion that it was carried by Crate and Barrel in the 70s or 80s, because my mom has one too, and my family got a lot of decor from there when I was a kid. I'm looking for more, specifically a J or an M for my wife's birthday. (She loves having her initials on things.) Any ideas?
posted by hydrophonic on Apr 2, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me fix my iPhone4

I'm looking to replace the back glass panel of my iPhone 4. The options seem to be cheap ($2-$10) options from Amazon, or $80 from iFixIt. I'm mostly interested in the quality of the glass covering the lens. Mine is tremendously scratched, rendering my camera useless. I'd prefer to not pay $80, but I also don't trust the $2 knock-offs from Amazon. I've heard that the cheap ones have very crappy lens coverings - essentially just plastic wrap, not clear glass at all. Any advice on getting a quality rear backing at a decent price?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Feb 21, 2012 - 14 answers

How to buy a ton of glass?

How can I buy a ton of glass? [more inside]
posted by American Christmas Devil on Jan 23, 2012 - 17 answers

What's the story behind this ice bowl?

What era is this ice bucket / bowl from? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Dec 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Buying glass bottles in philly.

Where can an individual order a small number of glass bottles in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
posted by dzkalman on Nov 26, 2011 - 10 answers

What's the best wine decanter I can buy online?

Can you please point me to a fabulous wine decanter? Here's what I mean by fabulous: 1) Dishwasher friendly 2) Lead-free glass 3) Good lookin' and good quality in person. 4) Available for purchase online. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Nov 24, 2011 - 9 answers

How To Install Replacement Glass For A Car Side Mirror?

The glass of the right-hand side mirror on my car broke recently, and I was able to buy replacement glass online, but it did not come with any way to adhere it to the mount. The original glass had some sort of sticky backing. Any suggestions on what kind of adhesive to use or how else to install it?
posted by briank on Oct 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Window falling out - who's responsible and what to do?

My window is falling out. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Mystery giant glass bottle in garden?

Can you tell me what this large glass jar found in my rented house's garden might be used for? [more inside]
posted by dougmoon on Aug 12, 2011 - 19 answers

Glass reassembly help needed

How do I support the pieces of a hollow glass item from the inside as I put it back together? And what's the best adhesive? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Aug 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Do not apply if DIY

Looking for a glazier in NYC who can apply safety film to some large mirrors. [more inside]
posted by tip120 on Jul 30, 2011 - 3 answers

How to sell this stuff?

My mom has a lot of stuff to sell, and she doesn't want the hassle of a do-it-yourself approach. What kind of people should we involve? We're thinking maybe an ebay broker for the small stuff and an estate person for the big stuff. (Or else maybe a place like Sotheby's?) Know any good ones who serve Westchester, NY? How would we find good people? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jul 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Garden hose thru brick wall.

What's the best/least expensive way to run a garden hose from my cellar thru a brick wall to the front of my house? [more inside]
posted by boby on Jul 18, 2011 - 13 answers

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