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How the hell do people live in San Francisco?

I've been looking at cost of living in different areas around the country and I just cannot fathom how or why anyone lives within a hundred miles of San Francisco. How does this actually work? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Apr 6, 2016 - 48 answers

Videos explaining the origin of life and evolution for very young kids.

I am struggling with explaining the origin of life, evolution and natural selection in a tangible way to my kids 4 & 5. Informing myself better has helped in the explaining, but I hope you can direct me towards videos aimed at young children which do a better job. Those I have found online are great for adults and slightly older kids, but level of detail is off-putting for them e.g. From the big bang to me, great video, but slightly too advanced.
posted by therubettes on Apr 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Desperately Need Alternative to Cone of Shame for Geriatric Dog

Biopsy of a tumor has resulted in her being extremely sore AND having to wear a cone of shame. She is way miserable, and restless. Despite being given a pain killer and sedative, she just wanders around while panting heavily. I think the cone is causing her major anxiety. Has anyone had experience with any alternatives? I desperately want to make her more comfortable.
posted by LilithSilver on Mar 25, 2016 - 15 answers

Sample Letter of Intent from Foreign Supplier

Has anyone ever attempted to obtain their importing/distributor license? I am in the process but hung up on this one small step of obtaining a letter of intent from the foreign supplier, I have been searching trying to find samples but am unable to, just to use as a go by. Specifically interested in wines from a different country to import into the US. Thank you!
posted by MamaBee223 on Mar 24, 2016 - 1 answer

Square Footage of a House

Looking to find our the square footage of a house. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Mar 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Preserving the stability I've worked so hard to achieve

After being diagnosed with bipolar II, my partner and I accidentally built my coping strategies around my total emotional reliance on him. Now that I have my career on track and have moved into what was to be "our home," I feel my stability at risk as it truly sinks in that he is exiting the relationship, but wants to remain as friends and a support system. How can I process this grief without compromising my stability? [more inside]
posted by asmith30 on Feb 17, 2016 - 19 answers

Where should I live?

Can anyone offer some helpful advice about good places to live in the United States that currently have a low cost of living? I expect to be placed on a fixed income soon of about $1300 per month, so I'd like to live somewhere where I could make that work. [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog on Feb 8, 2016 - 22 answers

How do I navigate the break-up with my first and only love (at age 30)

After having gone through cancer and mental illness together, the love of my life and I are on the verge of splitting up for good. How can I best try to salvage the relationship? Details below. [more inside]
posted by asmith30 on Jan 27, 2016 - 35 answers

Help finding an episode of On the Media from a snippit

Hi, I'm trying to put together a week of lectures on Women in Refrigerators for my students and I have gone and found Gail Simone's old list and looked at Feminist Frequency's episodes for Bitch Magazine, and I have some passages from a myth textbook and Joseph Campbell's work. But I want to add one of my favorite podcasts, On the Media. I vaguely remember the host Brooke Gladstone talking to a guest once and she says that when she was younger and she remembers watching those old black and white movies like Perils of Pauline she remembers there being something vaguely erotic or sexual about the way that the evil villains would tie up the damsels in distress and leave them on the railroad tracks, and she may have said she wrote her masters thesis on it? But I can't find a thesis on Proquest or JStor that Brooke published, anyone with a fantastic memory?
posted by ABlanca on Jan 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Dating a good friend's ex-girlfriend

Two friends of mine broke up a few weeks ago. I've been friends with the man for something close to a decade but became good friends with his then girlfriend over the last year, as well. So it was only natural that me and her continued to hang out, unexpectedly (for both of us) getting closer to each other. We're now at the beginning of a relationship ourselves - not knowing what to do with her ex/my good friend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2016 - 31 answers

Why is Mac Screen Sharing Falling over to Chicken of the VNC?

After upgrading my Mac home theater computer to El Capitan, when I try to screen share from a client machine that's still running Snow Leopard, it passes the connection through to Chicken of the VNC instead of using the screen sharing that's built into the OS. Is there any way to fix this short of updating the client machine to a newer version of the OS? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Dec 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Looking for examples of Identity Thieves

Hi there Brilliants, I'm looking for examples of identity thieves in movies, tv, literature, comics, etc. Or for articles about techniques these thieves use. Even something like "Catch Me If You Can" is helpful. I'm looking for techniques that these thieves use. I am not a thief! I am just doing some research for a story to help out a student. Thanks so much for your help!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Nov 11, 2015 - 22 answers

Remember when the Peanuts Gang piled in the back of that station wagon?

"Over the meadow and through the woods to grandmother's house we don't go". We're taking Thanksgiving on the road this year--perhaps a little more thankful of family if we get away from them for a while! Renting a house w/Mrs. Moth and two teenage Moth-ettes near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We need ideas, efficiencies and even recipes for making the best possible Thanksgiving Dinner with the least fuss as well as any hints about what to do in the local area, how most memorably to spend our time together, etc. This is probably a once-in-a-lifetime in-law-less holiday for us all... [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth on Nov 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Finding Assisted Living for my parents. What do I need to know?

My parents are in their early 80's. The time has come for them to sell their house and move to an assisted living type environment. This needs to happen sooner than later. If you have gone through this process what do you wish you had known before you started visiting places? What questions do we ask? What type of financial set-ups have you encountered? [more inside]
posted by Coffee Bean on Nov 3, 2015 - 15 answers

Lessened Police Use of Force Incidents: The Exception or the Rule?

The Portland Police Bureau released a report showing their use of force incidents have fallen. This, after an agreement between the DOJ and the PPB to reduce such incidents. Are there any national statistics that show departments keep down such incidents once they begin such a program? Conversely, are there statistics that show eventually, force incidents (violent take downs and shootings by police) eventually return to pre-reduction levels?
posted by CollectiveMind on Oct 25, 2015 - 6 answers

point of view question

Hi, I am working on a story and I have a sentence that says, "Please give them the food packets." Can anyone tell me if that is second person point of view or if it's third person point of view. Thanks in advance.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Oct 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Lighting techniques of top cinematographers

Directors of photography like Roger Deakins, Robert Elswit, and Robert Richardson have distinct styles but are nevertheless first class examples of cinematography done right. I am looking for resources that delve into the type of lights they use, lighting plans (specific setups from certain scenes), and examples of intensities of the used lights (in LM). Any of these would be helpful really.
posted by omar.a on Sep 16, 2015 - 2 answers

9/11. Oy. Are there any active online support groups for 9/11 survivors?

Are there any active online support groups for 9/11 survivors? I was in midtown when the WTC was attacked in 2001. That brought on several days of stressful situations for myself and others in the city (evacuating due to bomb threats, going near the site only to run for your life because fears of other buildings falling near the site, etc). I coped as everyone else did in the city, and for the past several years I've avoided most if not all 9/11 coverage. This year, the anniversary passed without me realizing it - but then on the 12th I was reading an article about first responders lobbying congress and it sent me down a rabbit hole of watching (for the first time) life news footage of the attacks. [more inside]
posted by zettoo on Sep 15, 2015 - 3 answers

more like what doesn't it mean

What does "chaotic rasterizer ion of vectors" mean? I found it on a note with no other context.
posted by michaelh on Aug 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Danish knighthood records?

How can I find out if a relative had been awarded a knighthood in Denmark, probably in the 19th century? It was the order of the elephant.
posted by parmanparman on Aug 23, 2015 - 2 answers

Best day of the week for a job interview?

Hi - I'm being interviewed for a job and am being given the choice of day, from Mon - Thurs, so was wondering if the research shows whether one day of the week is better than another?
posted by tangyraspberry on Aug 20, 2015 - 13 answers

Signed a contract to remodel house a few days ago. Can I back out?

I got a quote to remodel part of my house a few days ago. I signed a handwritten contract in my home. I just got a MUCH lower bid on it. Can I back out of the first contract? [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Aug 19, 2015 - 12 answers

What is the best to take a photo of a Mac screen for a printed mailshot?

What is the best to take a photo of a Mac screen for a printed mailshot? I need to take a photo of a Mac screen to be used in a photo for a printed mailshot. [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Aug 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Where is the Radisson Hotel that has the water park inside?

Hi, A friend of mine told me once that she went to a clean, nice hotel named the Radisson that was just down the street from the Mall of America. She said it had a big water park inside of it. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jul 12, 2015 - 2 answers

FOIA or not?

Federal agencies that are fully taxpayer funded are subject to public records requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). If a non-profit receives money from the federal government, are the records of that non profit subject to FOIA?
posted by CollectiveMind on Jun 16, 2015 - 2 answers

Lost my endurance

I have never been in good shape from a cardio-vascular perspective but something is getting much worse for me now. I am roughly fifty pounds overweight and when I go to exercise I find that I can't make it for very long whether that be jogging, using the elliptical, or biking. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Jun 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Starting over in your 50s

My friend is looking to change careers and hopefully move into the nonprofit world. Is a career change possible at her age? What should she be doing? What types of positions should she be looking for? She's in her 50s and has a legal background. She can practice law and formerly worked in legal publishing, but she hasn't worked in law for decades. She's spent the last decade or so as an analyst at a financial company.
posted by topoisomerase on May 27, 2015 - 8 answers

proxy/ power for house-sitter

I am leaving on a 3 month trip next Monday. I just found out a few days ago that my condo building is planning on changing everyone's lock and issuing new keys during the time that I am gone. I'd like to designate a friend as my legal proxy ONLY in this matter. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman on May 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Typical reports received from staff to board of directors at non-profit?

I recently was appointed to the board of directors for a non-profit. What are expectations for reports from staff inside organization presented at monthly board meetings? [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Apr 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Similar books to Walden by Henry David Thoreau?

I'm curious to know if there are any works of novels, poetry, and non-fiction that parallel with the work of Walden? From an individualist, naturalist, and stream of consciousness point of view. Particularly works similar to Thoreau's eloquent writing style. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Apr 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Is it possible to get this "Game of Thrones" bottle?

I was watching "Game of Thrones" this weekend and this bottle caught my eye. I know that they have a lot of the glassware custom made, but since this was only one scene, maybe they sent the set dresser to the local liquor store to get one? Anyone know if I could find one?
posted by Marky on Apr 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Right to a Schedule of Condition as part of Party Wall Act [UK]

I have received a notice of works with regards the Party Wall Act for some work that will commence soon. I'm fine with it but plan to suggest my neighbour gets a Schedule of Condition written up. What happens if he doesn't? Should I then dispute it, or let it go? [more inside]
posted by Simon_ on Apr 12, 2015 - 1 answer

The Lottery, Hiring Gamblers and Games of Chance

I've noticed, in the last few months, a new disclaimer added to the old disclaimer at end of commercials for the lottery. The old disclaimer says for entertainment purposes only. The new disclaimer says something like the lottery is not to be used for investment purposes. That made me wonder if people ever hire professional gamblers to play and win on their behalf. Does that happen, and if it does, how would it work?
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 2, 2015 - 15 answers

How would you interpret Right of First Refusal in this circumstance

Between two parents sharing 50/50 custody, their MSA states: "If either party is unable to care for the minor child during their designated time, they shall each give the other the first right of refusal in caring for the minor child." Given that language, if the custodial parent sends someone else to pick up the child afterschool just to bring the child back to same parent, can the non-custodial parent invoke right of first refusal and insist that s/he be the one to do pick up and drop off of the child? I understand that ROFR exists to maximize the time a child can spend with a non-custodial parent and help maintain consistent contact of the child with the both parents. Just wondering if it applies to such a short period of time (5 minutes to/from school).
posted by phreckles on Mar 12, 2015 - 15 answers

How do I spend my leave of absence from university?

I can finally put my mind away from school for about 8 months, but I feel like these 8 months will be the critical period and my last chance to gain a sense of what I want to do. [more inside]
posted by JYuanZ on Dec 14, 2014 - 9 answers

When was the printer A. Martinez - Barcelona in operation?

I have old Spanish olive oil label, apparently from the 1930s. The printer's name, in small print at the bottom of the label, reads "A. Martinez" (although there is a slight chance that the "A." is actually an "R."). This name is followed by a dash and "Barcelona" and preceded by what looks like T* G*. The "asterisk" looks something like a superscripted yen (currency) symbol. All this is difficult to read because it is printed in black on a dark green background. The brand name of the olive oil is Vulcano.
posted by kirsti on Nov 27, 2014 - 2 answers

What are the different types of innovation?

What are the different types of innovation? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Nov 14, 2014 - 7 answers

On to the next chapter, onward and upward!

So I'm moving and getting roommates, any advice from the green on how to move forward with my life? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol on Sep 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Silence of the lambs - 3 legs 1 oven - Calling all cooks

Dinner Party with fresh Leg of Lamb on the menu. Have 3 legs of lamb, each approx 3.5kg with only one oven to prepare for 16-18 guest with a 7pm start time. The oven itself is a standard one that can hold two legs (2 racks) but nothing more. Calling all Mefi chefs for help with this timing issue - any advice is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Sep 16, 2014 - 8 answers

History of the USA ..but in an interesting way

I am looking to read up on the history of USA and need book recommendations [more inside]
posted by jellyjam on Aug 28, 2014 - 21 answers

How to be admitted to an open enrollment university without transcripts?

I am trying to take courses at the local branch of a larger University in Ohio. The more rual branches have an open enrollment policy, however still request transcripts from previous schools attended. There was a very clustered situation, involving the retroactive removal of my financial aid package, at a previous school, too crazy to fix but it left me with a $15,000 bill that I am not realistically going to pay off making the minimum wage I happen to be earning, right now. I don't want to wait any longer to finish my degree, so remaining out of school until I come up with $15,000 is not a path I am pursuing. I would like to get advice from those out there with some knowledge, how can I gain admission to a university without this very expensive transcript?
posted by cheetahchick on Aug 23, 2014 - 16 answers

What makes someone funny?

I've always wanted to know how funny people became funny. What particular attributes, behavior, types of humor makes them so hilarious? Do some of them practice jokes in advance? Do they watch comedians and funny tv shows a lot? [more inside]
posted by poilkj on Aug 17, 2014 - 30 answers

Action & Procrastination

Not sure how to say this, but I think that I am procrastinating on things even when I seem to be busy doing other things. I need to get to a point in my life where I am taking consistent action rather than thinking about doing things. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Aug 8, 2014 - 6 answers

What is this book that a mad monk recommended?

Reading The Count of Monte Cristo. Spoilers: [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Jul 15, 2014 - 4 answers

How often does a residential septic system really need to be pumped out?

I'm getting conflicting opinions on how often a septic system needs to be pumped, and pumping isn't cheap. My current system is about ten years old, and it's been mostly just me using it. I've heard of other low-use households that have been pumped maybe once in 30 years. Conventional wisdom seems to be thus: pump every 3 years or so or risk anything from a bad smell to a total system wipeout and replacement. Is that for real? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Jun 30, 2014 - 25 answers

how to upload and transfer 1 gig of files to my SO in usa?

i am in china apparently. google browser and anything related to google like gmail and dropbox have been blocked in the past month. and most file host / media share web sites are blocked too. i want to upload and transfer 1 gig of files to my SO in usa. could anybody give me some good suggestions?
posted by denimchair on Jun 22, 2014 - 13 answers

Removal/rescue of bird's nest under the eaves of my back patio

I'm not sure how to attach a picture of if I can. Our association is saying it's not their responsibility to remove it. I don't know if the bird/eggs in the nest are dead or alive. The big bird hovering over the nest hasn't moved in a week. There are daily bird droppings directly under the nest on our back patio. I'm an animal lover. I don't want those birds/eggs killed. Who can I call in Orange County, California to help me with me with this? I did a Google search but couldn't find anything for this particular situation. Any ideas? Thanks much. Sincerely, htm
posted by htm on Jun 2, 2014 - 25 answers

Where to buy a Statue of Liberty replica made in USA?

My mom's business partner in Asia wants a Statue of Liberty replica as a house-warming gift. Requirements: - Made in USA: non-negotiable. - At least 8 inches tall. - Materials: preferably not breakable. - My budget: $100, although I'm willing to shell out more. Please tell me where I can buy such a thing, either online or in NYC (I'm not living in NYC but my partner is going on a business trip there this week). Thanks a lot in advance.
posted by shadowy_world on May 5, 2014 - 1 answer

Statute of limitations is up on a medical product-liability lawsuit?

Hi all, When I was 10, I took stomach drug called Propulcid, which gave me permanent Epilepsy. I am now 26 and want to sue the makers, but the statute of limitations in Maryland ended at age 21 (I'm 26 now). I want to sue, but given these limitations, no contingency-based lawyer will take my case. What can I do? Thanks!
posted by Kombucha3452 on May 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Publishing a translation of copyrighted material

So, there was a poet who wrote poems in German in the 1940s. [more inside]
posted by goethean on Apr 10, 2014 - 4 answers

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