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Help me find the origin/artist of this Kraken and ship print?

I recently purchased a tapestry version of an amazing two-color print of a octopus/kraken attacking a ship. But I'm seeing piece of this print used on other homegoods sites so obviously this is not the retailer's original image, and I'd prefer to purchase goods from the original artist. Also the hunt for the source is irresistible. [more inside]
posted by Sayuri. on Dec 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Where is he (it) my beloved Siberian Crane?

I am a fan of the Siberian Crane who took a wrong turn and ended up in Taiwan. Now in Japan, maybe? Problem: I can't read Chinese. [more inside]
posted by sacchan on Dec 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Interesting games for two

I want to gift my husband with a game (board, online, whatever) that we can play together an hour or so after work each weekday. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Dec 9, 2016 - 29 answers

Weirdest credit card coincidence ever? OR...

I just got a new Visa and a new Discover card each with new numbers but they have the same 3 digit security code. Is that just a massively wild coincidence? [more inside]
posted by susandennis on Dec 8, 2016 - 9 answers

What is this book that I'm thinking of?

The one scene I remember involved a young man and woman running away from something (an opening portal). As they were running away they were holding hands and their hands starting to morph, meld, blend, combine, fuse into one hand. Everyone else and everything else was also morphing or changing in some way. Things were falling apart. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws on Dec 8, 2016 - 7 answers

What was the title and/or author of this young adult novel?

Ok, it could also be a children's novel. All I know is I keep thinking about it off-and-on but the actual title eludes me. I believe I read in the late 1990s or early 2000s, although the book may have been published before that time. It was dystopian, coming of age theme. The basic plot that I can remember is that a virus killed off all adults leaving the children behind. [more inside]
posted by Thirty7Degrees on Dec 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Older article with theme of "reporting on USA as if a foreign country"?

I seem to recall an article some years ago (Possibly about a previous US election?) from a US based news organization where they wrote in the tone and style that's normally used for foreign countries. Does that ring a bell with anyone? I think it was linked on Metafilter but haven't been able to find it.
posted by ymgve on Dec 7, 2016 - 5 answers

How do I report these defective contact lenses?

I want to report faulty contact lenses to someone (I'm in the UK), or to sue the manufacturer. Who do I go to? [more inside]
posted by henryaj on Dec 7, 2016 - 10 answers

US/Canada Dual Citizenship Explainer?

I was born in Canada in 1974 to a Canadian father and American mother. I have a US State Department-issued Birth of US Citizen Abroad and a Canadian birth certificate. In 1977, we all moved to the US, where we have stayed. My dad is a permanent resident alien with a green card. I have a US passport and social security number. I'm married to a US citizen and have a son. What is the process should I want to return to Canada, with my family? [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen on Dec 7, 2016 - 16 answers

Tips for neatening, formatting, and organizing self-study math homework?

Please give me your tips on making handwritten math homework more attractive and useful, so I can enjoy reviewing my self-study math notebook. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Dec 6, 2016 - 14 answers

Cotton handkerchiefs that don't curl at the edges

I am looking for plain white cotton handkerchiefs that won't curl up at the edges when I wash them. I don't want to iron my handkerchiefs. I realize they'll be wrinkled and I don't mind that. But I'd really like to find some that don't curl up terribly at the edges. [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust on Dec 6, 2016 - 4 answers

How do I mini split?

Renting a place with Daikin mini-splits, and can't seem to figure out how to effectually use it. [more inside]
posted by damayanti on Dec 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Single lady looking for threesomes.

So according to the internet I am a unicorn. This seems like a stupid question, because apparently there are gazillions of couples looking for ladies like me, but I don't know how to go about this safely. [more inside]
posted by Dilemma on Dec 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Overwhelmed by Google Analytics dashboard

Goal: Having one Google Analytics bucket handle both YouTube and web hits. Confused about whether I am doing this right... [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Dec 5, 2016 - 5 answers

Pimp my Airbnb

I have been a renter on Airbnb, but never a host. I would like to rent out my entire house for the Superbowl in 2017. [more inside]
posted by *s on Dec 5, 2016 - 30 answers

Bay Area bug identification

I found this bug on the kitchen floor of my Oakland house a few minutes ago. I've never seen anything like it before and I have no idea how even to narrow down a Google search. [more inside]
posted by jesourie on Dec 5, 2016 - 7 answers

Please help me evict the gremlins from my TV

My Viore TV has developed an interesting problem -- when it's in its usual spot in the living room, any button pressed on the remote will "stick" and keep repeating. If I move the TV to a different spot, the problem stops and the remote works perfectly. Even weirder, when I brought in a different TV, it had the same problem. Can you help me troubleshoot? [more inside]
posted by dislegomena on Dec 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Psychedelics and the self

I have a hypothetical question about the use of psychadelics and the sense of self: is it possible to take a psychedelic drug and perceive how others "see you"? [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Dec 4, 2016 - 10 answers

Identify My Mystery Object, Fiber Arts Edition

I bought this piece (and a side view) today, but all the sellers knew about it was that it had been donated by a weaver. What bit of kit did I luck into? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Dec 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Windows link redirect problem with search failure

Infuriating windows 7 laptop problem opening/redirecting links [more inside]
posted by medusa on Dec 4, 2016 - 2 answers

Can you spot the Keith?

I was asked to write a short biography of Keith Emerson and while doing some research came across this rather awesome picture from 1967 showing band members from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Nice (with Emerson), Pink Floyd, Amen Corner and others during a package tour of the UK. [more inside]
posted by _dario on Dec 3, 2016 - 15 answers

To explore strange new worlds...

I received Star Trek TOS and TNG box sets for my birthday and have been slowly working through TOS with my husband. I would really love to do some supplemental reading/listening to enhance this, so I'm looking for blogs, articles, and podcasts which discuss the episodes, themes, background info, whatever. [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can on Dec 3, 2016 - 18 answers

How to keep feet dressings dry in the shower?

For reasons, I have several dressings on my feet which need to be kept dry for the next few days. Any ideas how I keep them dry whilst in the shower? I don't have access to a bath.
posted by EatMyHat on Dec 2, 2016 - 16 answers

Privately Refinancing Federally Consolidated Student Loans?

I have been hearing a lot lately about people refinancing student loans with private companies like SoFi or DRB; do you have any personal experience doing this, and did it successfully save you money? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Dec 2, 2016 - 12 answers

Can I get compensation for a near-miss accident?

Earlier this week, a possibly-intoxicated driver barreled through a red light at high speed, nearly hitting several cars (including mine) which were in the process of making a protected left turn. The resulting braking and skidding damaged the brake system in my car, resulting in about $800 worth of damage. The driver escaped, but can I file an insurance claim, or sue the driver, based on the intersection camera footage or something? If so, how would I go about that?
posted by Maximian on Dec 2, 2016 - 15 answers

Children's books with realistic/ambiguous plots

Most American children's books seem to have a predicatable plot with challenges that are eventually overcome with (nearly) complete success. Sometimes it takes three tries, and sometimes there's a twist, but everyone goes home mostly happy. I am looking for kid's books with more realistic depictions of the process of failure and the ambiguity of human experience. [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on Dec 2, 2016 - 34 answers

Scottish atheist solves crimes, has steamy romance, on Mystery!

I can't believe I'm asking this, but here we are. Sometime between 1990 and 1998 I saw a miniseries on Mystery! or Masterpiece Theater or just PBS and all I remember is that it was about a Scottish atheist who was a detective, or a PI, or something mystery-related? And he points out that men wearing just socks are silly, but women wearing just socks are sexy? Setting was contemporary. It was in reruns when I saw it. What the heck did I see and can I watch it again?
posted by blnkfrnk on Dec 1, 2016 - 10 answers

My mother just died. Bank Account Concerns

My mother died this morning. I am a co-signatory on her bank account. I live in California. I need answers ASAP because I don't want her funds frozen once we file the death certificate. I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by generic230 on Dec 1, 2016 - 21 answers

Dental implants or dental crowns for worn down molars

Over the years I have worn down my back teeth due to Bruxism (I'm 63). My dentist recommended crowns on the back teeth to build them up so that my bottom teeth don't cut into the roof of my mouth, but I am thinking dental implants would make more sense. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by ConnieL on Dec 1, 2016 - 15 answers

Access encrypted Macbook with broken keyboard?

Finally spilled coffee on my 6-year-old MacBook Pro, borking the keyboard. It still boots up seemingly fine, but the hard drive is encrypted with a 40+ character password and I can't enter the password due to borked keyboard. I tried booting it up with a USB PC keyboard attached, but the laptop didn't recognize it. The problem is not the USB, since it will recognize a USB mouse. Is there a way to bring up an onscreen keyboard? Or another solution I'm not seeing?
posted by HeroZero on Dec 1, 2016 - 11 answers

How to grieve for a pet from afar

My ex texted me yesterday to let me know that one of her cats -- whom I referred to as my step-cats whilst we were together -- was hit by a car yesterday. I'm devastated, though I haven't seen said cat for nearly a year, and I don't know how to process it properly. [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Dec 1, 2016 - 11 answers

What's cooking in this Coke commercial?

What's cooking at the 7 second mark in this Coke commercial? [more inside]
posted by mpark on Nov 30, 2016 - 15 answers

If I can't get the shoes, how about a nice um-ber-ella?

For Christmas my wife is interested in a pair of the upcoming Puma by Rihanna velvet creepers. I know that the previous releases in this line have sold out in hours. Now that it has been named Shoe of the Year and this release is dropping in primo holiday shopping season (December 8th) I assume this new set will be even harder to get. My questions are (1) How can I increase my chances of snagging a pair of these shoes online as part of the official sale? and (2) If strategy (1) fails, are there sneakerhead resellers where I can buy a pair after the fact for not too much of a premium on the purchase price? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Nov 30, 2016 - 10 answers

ISO a 26" tall table

I need a table that's 26" tall, about 31-40" wide, with a minimum depth of 16", that I could get in Canada, ideally Toronto, ideally in a brick and mortar store, ideally tonight (or maybe tomorrow), for less than $120 CAD all in. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Nov 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Should I try to "grow" feelings for this person or listen to my anxiety?

I have been dating this guy for just over a month now. I knew him previously from HS, but we reconnected through a dating site. I had a huge crush on him in HS but I wasn't sure how I'd feel as that was a long time ago (25 now). Before we met I was honest and said I wanted friendship to start off with, cause I assumed he'd expect a hook up right away. We've hung out five times now, and been texting a lot but I'm not sure how I feel still. [more inside]
posted by oracleia on Nov 29, 2016 - 16 answers

Hidden Wedding Dresses

I took the dive into wedding planning and tried on dresses. It was fun, but everything felt pretty formal (and really expensive). I have seen interesting and more budget friendly dresses at places like Modcloth and so now I wonder: what other companies or stores carry wedding dresses? [more inside]
posted by thefang on Nov 29, 2016 - 31 answers

(Hopefully) retiring soon. Who do I tell first? It's tricky*

I work for an agency that allows for retirement after so many years of service, which can include unused personal and sick leave. To start the process, paperwork has to be turned in to a benefits person to verify service and any leave time credit. But, should I tell my boss first even if I am not 100% sure I have enough time? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Nov 29, 2016 - 17 answers

I want to take a nice bath

My apartment only has a shower. I have a couple of vacation days coming up, and I'm tempted to rent a hotel room that has a nice bathtub. Difficulty: I am 6 feet tall and like 240 lbs, which means that a standard size bathtub is really unsatisfying. I want a big bathtub, ideally with some kind of heating element so it doesn't get cold after twenty minutes. How can I find such a thing? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Nov 28, 2016 - 20 answers

Christian blog post about pro-life/pro-choice having lots in common?

I am searching for a blog post I read a few weeks ago, and regretfully didn't save a link to. It was written by a pro-life Christian woman, and the topic was essentially how the pro-life and pro-choice crowd on the left, have a lot more in common than we think. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Nov 28, 2016 - 3 answers

What's it like for orchestra members before a performance?

For some fiction I'm working on, I need to know in some detail what the process is like for members of an orchestra before a performance. How early do they arrive at the orchestra hall? What do they do with their coats? Does everyone have a locker? Where do instrument cases sit during the show? Do people warm up at all before going out onstage to do the more public warmup? Is there a lot of chitchat? Basically, if you could walk me through the process step by step, that'd be a huge help.
posted by the phlegmatic king on Nov 28, 2016 - 17 answers

Bullet Journal journaling newbie. Simple resources?

I've wanted a good paper planner for a while, but can't find one I like. Inspired by the responses in this AskMe question, I think a bullet journal might work for me. I'm looking for YouTube channels or blog posts that outline how to start one from scratch. I'm also looking for any tips you have on maintaining one, or making it look pretty without spending hours on it. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Nov 27, 2016 - 15 answers

Successful FWB practices?

I've never had a successful FWB, although I would like to. Dunno if it matters but I am a cis female involved with a cis male looking for tips from folks who have had/are having successful longish FWB relationships. What's working for you? What pitfalls to avoid? [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Nov 27, 2016 - 9 answers

Children of Men reminded me of another movie. Which one?

I am currently watching a lot of old sci-fi movies and went through some (best 70ies sci-fi movies, best 80 sci-fi movies) etc. Children of Men reminded me of another movie I saw many years ago. The story is similar. All women are infertile, except one that has somehow to be rescued. [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Nov 27, 2016 - 2 answers

How to talk to a kid about maybe not-so mysterious headaches?

10 year old has always been a bit of a grumbler when it comes to activities he dislikes. Lately, however, he gets headaches on days when he has to play sports. Maybe it’s some kind of psychosomatic thing. Thoughts on how to talk to him about this? I would love to hear from anyone who has successfully dealt with this.
posted by Prof Iterole on Nov 26, 2016 - 14 answers

Christian Theology Tumblr Post?

There's a viral Tumblr post that is going around about Christian theology and the Old Testament. I'm curious as to whether it is "valid" Christian theology. Text after the cut. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Nov 26, 2016 - 18 answers

Where to stop in Arkansas or Oklahoma in December

I will be driving from Austin, Texas to Columbia, Missouri to visit family next month. My two children, 10 and 12, will be with me and I'd like to break up the 12-ish hour trip with an interesting stop along the way. What's good? [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Nov 26, 2016 - 11 answers

Bullied by a professor; what to do?

My anatomy professor is bullying me, and it's taking a toll on my grades, and mental health. I'm reviewing all of my coursework together with her next semester; how do I assert that I have been treated in a biased way, without putting her on the defense, and in a way that gets me back the points that were docked unfairly? [more inside]
posted by erattacorrige on Nov 25, 2016 - 14 answers

Sunday night dinner in Manchester, UK

Where should I eat on Sunday night in Manchester city centre? [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Nov 25, 2016 - 4 answers

How do I Thanksgiving now?

Tomorrow, family Ruki will be spending Thanksgiving with at least three out of four Trump voters. My immediate instinct is to walk out if the Trump praising begins, but that would be bad for family relations (although good for me and Kid Ruki's well being). How do I get through this?
posted by Ruki on Nov 23, 2016 - 20 answers

Sock it to me!

I'm tired of sorting all black socks. My default outfit (NYC) includes black slacks and some sort of solid or multicolored top, and black shoes/boots. But the socks are black, right? Maybe a subtle pattern, barely discernible? Impossible to sort after doing laundry. Help me rock my socks. [more inside]
posted by alwayson_slightlyoff on Nov 23, 2016 - 23 answers

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