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Why is this site in English and Dutch?

In the past, I've seen that sometimes English is interspersed with another language on certain websites. This site, however, has English titles to their posts, but most everything else is in Dutch. Why? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Nov 26, 2014 - 7 answers

What does this sudden, unexplained user profile on Windows 7 mean?

An unexplained user profile called 'matt' showed up in C:\Users on my Windows 7 laptop today. What does this mean and should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Nov 25, 2014 - 2 answers

Patreon Best Practices for Writers

I'm wondering if Patreon is suitable for writers. If it is, what are some technical best practices to maximize engagement (and not fail miserably)? Or maybe there is a better platform than Patreon. Either way, besides creating good content in the first place, how can a writer "optimize" Patreon? [more inside]
posted by Nevin on Nov 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Need recommendations for a Bird Identification book.

I am hoping to find the US equivalent to the Australian "What Bird is That?" book and my google fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by wwax on Nov 24, 2014 - 11 answers

India Filter: Wedding Guest 11th Hour Freak-Out Edition

I'm attending a wedding in Mumbai this upcoming weekend and am having a crisis of apparel. [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus on Nov 24, 2014 - 12 answers

Counting rows in Excel that match condition?

Can an Excel expert help me with counting rows in a spreadsheet that can match one of 15 possible combinations? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Nov 24, 2014 - 15 answers

Where can I read about tech that's not gadgets and apps?

I love reading about tech innovations and businesses in areas like energy, materials, farming, transport, construction etc. but the main tech blogs and websites are overwhelmed by IT--consumer electronics, software, apps etc.--which leaves me cold. Any tips much appreciated!
posted by nihotaniwha on Nov 24, 2014 - 10 answers

How do I make copies of my acrylic paintings?

A few friends have asked about buying these two paintings. They're are a bit precious to me because, not counting a still life of balls and cones They made me do, they're my first two paintings. I thought maybe I could print these on canvas and give copies. How? I just started painting so I don't know anything and googling is just confusing me. Talk to me like I know nothing. [more inside]
posted by stellathon on Nov 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Can I eat it? (Thanksgiving edition)

My mom is coming down from Boston to NYC for Thanksgiving. Her current plan is to cook the turkey, wrap it in aluminum foil, put it in a polystyrene cooler and then drive it down to NYC on Thursday. This is setting off my warning bells about food safety. [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Nov 23, 2014 - 40 answers

Overcoat filter

Where can I get a decent quality men's double breasted full length overcoat? [more inside]
posted by damayanti on Nov 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Best Sci-Fi/Supernatural Shows I've Never Heard Of?

There are a million of these questions, but none with my particular set of preferences, so here goes. I'm looking for great sci-fi/supernatural TV shows (e.g. Star Trek/Buffy), weird comedies, or violent dude soap operas (e.g. Sons of Anarchy). Many more details within! [more inside]
posted by snaw on Nov 23, 2014 - 53 answers

Is it blood?

One of my cats has either sprayed or sneezed something on my wall... Is there a product or test that might determine whether the 'something' is blood? [more inside]
posted by LOLAttorney2009 on Nov 22, 2014 - 13 answers

Cold snap, paint stinks

We bought some lovely new radiator covers. But they took a little longer than expected, and there was a cold snap as soon as they were delivered, so the radiators have been on and the windows have been closed...and the air stinks of hot paint. Short of leaving the windows open (and freezing) or leaving the radiator covers outside for a while, any tips for counteracting the paint smell?
posted by chimpsonfilm on Nov 22, 2014 - 4 answers

There's marketing consultant in my career coach!

Finally able to describe what I do in a way; now I need to sell it. What person do I hire in order to create a message that makes sense to people who hire people with weird yet valuable talent? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Nov 21, 2014 - 6 answers

How and where to get special training for a dog?

Is it possible to get a dog trained to help someone who suffers from episodes of dementia? Specifically, could a dog be trained to help someone who will go for walks without their shoes, keys etc., ending up lost and unsure of how they got there? [more inside]
posted by keeo on Nov 21, 2014 - 2 answers

I don't speak German!

I'm looking for a copy of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations that isn't in the en face format (German on one page, English translation on the other). I had a straight Anscombe translation in college but have since lost it. Any ideas? Everything I've seen on Amazon is the en face. Thanks for your help!
posted by stinkfoot on Nov 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Pro/Con: Tankless Water Heater. Is it worth it?

We have a storage tank water heater from the mid-90s, meaning that it could go at any time. I'd like to have a plan in place for when it does. I've read a little about tankless water heating and it sounds great environmentally, but maybe not so great on the wallet (at least initially). I've got some questions for those better-educated on subject than I. [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 on Nov 21, 2014 - 40 answers

Please help me convert a NAS into a hdd

The 3TB ex-NAS has been mounted as a new drive., but I only see ~350GB of that drive in windows. How do I convert/allocate/merge/discover the rest and make myself a big fat new hdd?? I've got EaseUS Partition Manager to help. [more inside]
posted by peacay on Nov 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Song ID

ahhh, ooo oo aHH! ahhh, ooo oo aHH! There's a song that starts this way! I thought it was an M83 song but that doesn't seem to be the case. Any ideas?
posted by curious nu on Nov 20, 2014 - 26 answers

Paying For A Ride in Straight Ca$h

I'm curious how those with a large amount of money at their disposal could go into a dealership and say "I'll take that one...now." [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Nov 20, 2014 - 50 answers

Well yes, sometimes.

There's a scene/quote, probably in a movie but maybe in a TV show, that I know I've seen a pile of times but can't place it. Guy asks a question then answers it with "the answer to that is 'yes, sometimes.'" Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Nov 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Need kitchen and home color scheme ideas

Are there any books, magazines, or websites that might help the design-challenged pick colors during a complete kitchen remodel or new house construction? We'd like to be able to flip through pictures of various home interiors - most importantly the kitchen but also other rooms - to help us decide on the colors of our cabinets and floors. Google images hasn't been terribly useful.
posted by exhilaration on Nov 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Identify this gameboy advance game for me?

A game I played something like 2 decades ago, can you identify it? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Nov 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Seeking high quality brag book

Recently, I searched for hours online for a brag book for my grandmother as a gift. I found one that fit the bill, but stupidly did not save the page. It was leather, textured/snakeskin-like cover, a 4x6, with about 10-20 leaves, high quality - about $60 or so, and also able to be monogrammed. I cannot, for the life of me, find another that meets these specifications. It's hard to find books this small that are high quality. Can anyone help? I don't need that exact one (though that would be awesome), just a few companies that make things like this.
posted by onecircleaday on Nov 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Hosting gift for Gujarati couple

What sort of "hosting" gift should I bring to an Indian (Gujarati) couple who have invited my husband and me for lunch in their new home? [more inside]
posted by angiep on Nov 19, 2014 - 7 answers

I want ALL the Idylls!

I want to give my husband a copy of Idylls Of The King by Tennyson for Christmas. Am I on an impossible quest? [more inside]
posted by zanybutterfly on Nov 19, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I not deform my belt?

Every belt I wear eventually degrades into something like this on the end with the holes: http://i.imgur.com/bBttJLR.jpg (Sorry for the bad camera quality.) Should I be worried, and if so, what should I be fixing about how I wear belts?
posted by sqrtofpi on Nov 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Getting my hands on a Russian math book?

I'm trying to buy a copy of a famous Russian geometry textbook, Kiselev's Geometry (link to a recent English translation), in the original Russian. Any copy of any edition will do; in fact, a used copy would be mildly preferred. However, I speak no Russian whatsoever, so I'm having difficulty figuring out how to go about this, partly because I don't even know what to search for on a Russian-language site! How can I complete my task? [more inside]
posted by sappidus on Nov 18, 2014 - 3 answers

Does Mass Health Have Consumer Offices?

Stepson now lives in Massachusetts. He needs Obamacare, but has an aversion to the phone and has not figured out the website. Is there a physical office in Boston (ideally near Cambridge) where a live human could help him sign up?
posted by musofire on Nov 18, 2014 - 7 answers

A gift for a late 30s legal eagle Londoner

Hi, yes it's one of those pre-Christmas questions from a desperate gift-giver who's out of ideas. [more inside]
posted by reshet on Nov 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Using a Verizon or T-Mobile iPhone 6 on LTE in the UK

My google-fu has failed me, and I sheepishly turn to you. Need help trying to figure out if the non-Sprint US iPhone 6 will work on LTE in the UK. [more inside]
posted by palionex on Nov 17, 2014 - 1 answer

Out of foil cups, eyeing the liners

Can I bake my muffins using the liners that were between the foil cups? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Nov 17, 2014 - 16 answers

Nerves when speaking to Important People

I get nervous when speaking to Important Businesspeople, specifically, VPs and C-levels and the higher levels of middle management. How can I avoid this? [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Nov 17, 2014 - 24 answers

Blogs featuring elegant + utilitarian crafts?

I'm very new to crafting and DIY, and am getting overwhelmed by the amount of material online about such things. I could really use some help identifying blogs or other resources/keywords to help refine my searching; so far I'm finding lots of stuff but not much that fits my criteria. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Nov 17, 2014 - 15 answers

What's the job market like for software engineers in NYC?

What's the job market like for software engineers in NYC? [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Nov 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Where to donate a wedding dress in NYC?

Looking for a place where I can donate a wedding dress in NYC. Worn once (natch), was cleaned after use and has been safely kept in plastic ever since. Designer is Alvina Valenta. Size is probably a 10, 12, or 14. Also has a veil. Purchased at Kleinfeld's; total cost was probably around $3,000. Only issue is that it is from 2006 (sites like Bridal Garden say they'll only accept dresses bought in last 5 years). However, style is very classic (dress is off-white).
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Nov 17, 2014 - 3 answers

Best affordable hands free device?

My area just began requiring the use of a hands free device while driving. I don't talk and drive very often, but am occasionally required to for work. I've never used a handsfree device before, so I'm not super sure what to even look for. Any suggestions? Bonus points if it's available on Amazon. Extra details that may or may not matter: I have an iphone 5c, and whatever I get will need to go on my left ear. I live in an area where it's often below freezing,and my car radio is not bluetooth enabled. Thanks!
posted by csox on Nov 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Getting Podcasts on my iPhone 6 (iTunes 12). Frustrated.

Can't seem to get the podcasts that I want onto my new iPhone. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Nov 17, 2014 - 11 answers

Will apps still be on a phone with a different SIM card?

If I give my smart phone to my spouse, and he inserts his compatible SIM card, will the apps I have on it still be there when he inserts his SIM card? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Nov 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for a (very) durable cat litter scoop

The title pretty much says it all. The last few litter box scoops we've bought have broken, which is getting a bit frustrating. Can you recommend any to us that can last? [more inside]
posted by Verdandi on Nov 16, 2014 - 20 answers

Using your own prof's research in a project for that class

Is this bad? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Nov 16, 2014 - 19 answers

Bouncy Mattress Good for Making the Whoopee?

The Mrs and I long for the give and bounce of the cheap mattress she had in college. But shopping around it seems like none of the new mattresses have that great springy coil bounce we enjoyed so much. What are we missing here? Is there something specific to ask for? Do I need to go super-cheap off-brand to get what we're looking for? [more inside]
posted by willie11 on Nov 16, 2014 - 10 answers

High Quality Image/Photo of Carson McCullers

I want a high quality picture of Carson McCullers looking sassy with a ciggy. [more inside]
posted by zscore on Nov 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Need options for short-term US cell phone for travel.

I'm traveling from the UK to the US in 2 days, and need a cell phone with a US number for roughly a week. I have an unlocked GSM smartphone with dual SIM slots. Any options to get a short-term US SIM card quickly (and, ideally, cheaply!)? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Nov 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Is skipping oral sex ok?

A recurring situation in my life: Meet a great girl, start sexy time, feel erect from kissing and fondling (good!), the girl goes down on me and then I completely lose my erection (bad). I cannot remember a time in my life that I've enjoyed oral sex. Is there something wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by pzad on Nov 15, 2014 - 43 answers

How to feel the holidays?

How does a happily married couple with no children and tenuous family ties enjoy the holidays? My husband and I have been married for 10 years, and we are happy with each other. It's everyone else we struggle with. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Nov 15, 2014 - 24 answers

Playlist halp: happy retro instrumental cocktail night?

Anywhere from Dixieland to Penguin Café Orchestra, via Django Reinhardt and something Latin, what musicians/tracks/albums can you suggest for a 4-hour playlist to make a happy, potentially boppable score to a cocktail party? Would be nice to divide it into intro, main and outro parts - but all suggestions are welcome for a fun, refined, vocal-less (or at least mainly so), non-pop soundtrack to a charming, light-hearted evening. (Bonus points if sourceable via Rdio.) Thanks!
posted by progosk on Nov 15, 2014 - 17 answers

Are there shoes that love the pool as much as I do?

I'm in the pool six-seven days a week for various aerobics, pilates, and zumba classes. As my exertion increases, my old aqua socks are starting to fall off during class. Do you have recommendations for laced wide-foot water shoes? [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt on Nov 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Which console should I buy during Black Friday: Xbox 360 or Xbox One?

New to the gaming world and my kids want an Xbox. Xbox 360 will be available for $100 and the Xbox One will be available for around $300. Since we have no game library, is it worth the extra money for the latest console?
posted by Bushmiller on Nov 15, 2014 - 21 answers

Bay Area clothing store for 80-year-old mom

My mother is visiting Berkeley and would like to shop for clothing. She is 80 and her taste runs to Koret and Coldwater Creek but both of those have become online only. Can you recommend a brick and mortar clothing store where she might enjoy shopping for herself? She would be interested in a chain store or an interesting boutique.
posted by drdanger on Nov 15, 2014 - 9 answers

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