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Is it really this hard to ship to Mexico?

I went to a fed-x today to try to ship some chocolate and OTC headache meds to my friend in Mexico. It got complicated fast.... [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on May 23, 2016 - 12 answers

High-end streaming device?

We currently use the streaming capabilities of our DVD player. The UI is very sluggish to respond, and rewinding/fast forwarding/scrubbing is a nightmare. We use Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, primarily, with a smattering of YouTube. [more inside]
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on May 23, 2016 - 25 answers

Hate - ignore, avoid, stay apathetic, help!

So, there's someone who has been a real absolutely mean apathetic narcissistic jerk of all jerks with my husband and me (mostly, me). It is a close relative. We can't ignore them (too close), we can't avoid them, and when they visit they take over our lives for a couple of months every few years (2-3? if we're lucky). I have never hated anyone as much. How do I not let it influence me? [more inside]
posted by greta_01 on May 22, 2016 - 23 answers

Most amazing aviation themed play space in North America?

I have a nearly four year old who is mesmerized by all things aviation, plus I have a mass of airline miles and hotel points. Where to go? [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on May 22, 2016 - 19 answers

What size is the dosing cap on Clorox Control Bleach Crystals?

I have a 24 ounce bottle of Clorox Control Bleach Crystals, but I lost the dosing cap. I would like to know the the volume in fluid ounces of line 1 and line 2, which is referenced on the instructions on the back of the bottle. I tried calling Clorox about this, but they couldn't / wouldn't help. If you have a bottle of this stuff in your laundry room, could you measure the dose for line 1 and line 2 for me? Thanks!
posted by joebakes on May 22, 2016 - 2 answers

Rent vs Buy: Rental Market is Bananas edition

Mr. Getawaysticks and I are attempting to move the Downriver area of Michigan (this is ~30 miles south of Detroit or so). The rental market in this area is really expensive compared to what it would be in monthly mortgage payments. Our credit is fine and we have stable jobs, so we should buy, right? But what if we want to leave the area in 2 years? [more inside]
posted by getawaysticks on May 21, 2016 - 20 answers

Outlook gone after Windows 10 build - possible to recover structure?

Can I easily recover my Outlook accounts and folder setup after Windows 10 rebuilt my computer, or must I do though piece by piece and rebuild from folders I had in a backup? [more inside]
posted by Lesser Shrew on May 21, 2016 - 2 answers

Entomologists of MeFi! WTF is this weird-ass bug thing?

I came across this weird bug feeding on a lilac bush while walking my dog this evening. I have never seen anything remotely like it. [more inside]
posted by torisaur on May 20, 2016 - 8 answers

Gift ideas for my best friend at med school

I'm in med school right now, and my best friend in my class is about to have a birthday (during our last week of classes before our last summer break ever). I'm looking for some help brainstorming potential gift ideas. Information about his interests inside. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 20, 2016 - 8 answers

Taking bottled water home from a restaurant in Italy?

I'm in Italy for a little while and figuring out the restaurant customs — including purchasing a liter of flat or sparkling water at each meal. Today, I was still a little thirsty but had to run, and asked if I could take the half-empty (glass, but obviously commercial) bottle. The server said I couldn't, and I asked if the same was true for plastic bottles. She said that, in either case, it's not appropriate to take leftover water. What's up with that (assuming it's generally true)?
posted by Sidnicious on May 20, 2016 - 30 answers

Great tortilla soup recipes that don't use a slow cooker?

Pretty much as above - can you tell/point me to a great tortilla soup recipe that doesn't use a slow cooker? I love love love tortilla soup and decided it's about time I learned how to make it. I don't have a slow cooker though and have no interest in buying one. I live in south Texas so I can get pretty much any ingredient required easily. I know I can google for recipes but I'd rather get tried and true recipes. Thanks!
posted by WinterSolstice on May 20, 2016 - 17 answers

How can you tell if you're being manipulative?

How can you tell if you're being manipulative? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on May 19, 2016 - 23 answers

Looking for Amazon Echo help...help...help

Just set up a new Echo for my mother, and we are having an issue that is small, but sort of irritating. Alexa is answering all queries (as best she can), but the little "bong" that acknowledges that she is being addressed is not happening. Glitch, or do the newer ones just not do it anymore? This has proven difficult to Google.
posted by thebrokedown on May 19, 2016 - 4 answers

Advice on the Ethics and Potential Pitfalls of A Job Search

I’ve started a long term job search and would like some advice on the ethics and potential pitfalls of approaching a company that I’ve been working with in my current job. [more inside]
posted by Jalliah on May 19, 2016 - 5 answers

Should She Be Playing with Me? (And More Newbie Dog Questions)

This is my dog and I have some dumb questions. I had dumb questions in this post too, but now I have more of them. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on May 18, 2016 - 25 answers

Trying out computer mice in London or Washington, DC

I'm in the market for a new computer mouse, and I want to be able to actually try it out for a few minutes before I buy it, just to make sure it feels comfortable in my hand. I'm currently in London, and I'll be in the Washington, DC area in a few weeks. Is there any store in either city that has a wide variety of mice out of their packages and available for customer use?
posted by yankeefog on May 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Microsoft Office 2016 compatible with Windows Tablet?

Is the desktop / laptop version of Microsoft Office 2016 compatible with Windows Tablet? [more inside]
posted by chmmr on May 17, 2016 - 3 answers

Tips for a 2-hour outdoor scavenger hunt in Philadelphia

A scavenger hunt newbie finds herself captain of a team in an office scavenger hunt. I'm looking for tips and strategy. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell on May 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Pen of Pens

So, my remarkably wonderful employee has a birthday coming up and I want to get her a really beautiful pen. Can the hive mind help? [more inside]
posted by bearwife on May 17, 2016 - 34 answers

a very important question about instagram

Hello. Is there an app for android that will allow me to make layouts with multiple photos (like Layout), but split diagonally rather than vertically/horizontally? This is proving strangely difficult to find. Thanks!
posted by sea change on May 17, 2016 - 3 answers

Commercials About Bugs?

Can the hivemind ID these commercials? [more inside]
posted by tealcake on May 17, 2016 - 3 answers

Things to include in a parenting plan for a toddler?

I'm looking for ideas of things to include in a parenting plan for a 2-year-old beyond the basics of custody, how to share holidays, etc. [more inside]
posted by bighappyhairydog on May 17, 2016 - 29 answers

Sick of missing appointments due to quite Android Calendar

I missed an appointment today as I didn't hear any of the FIVE alarms I had set in my phone, despite it being on the desk right beside me at the time. It seems Android's version of Google' Calendar's reminder sound is a meek little beep. My version is a klaxon. Is there a way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Canageek on May 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Best place to buy a used Mac Laptop online

Currently, my brother is using my old MacBook pro from 2006. It has started to become unreliable - I'm looking for a replacement for him. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on May 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Help me find this children's book about sharks

Help me find this book! Gory children's book about shark attacks read in the mid 1990s. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on May 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Help me plan a chess roadmap

I'm looking to step up my chess game, but right now I can't commit to traditional chess clubs or similars because of reasons. So, I'm looking to plan ahead using every other available resource. Special considerations inside. [more inside]
posted by andycyca on May 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Can I use a US (110V) lighting fixture with a 240V mains supply?

I recently bought this pendant light from the CB2 store here, which is having a closing down sale. Despite it being sold locally (Singapore), upon some inspection I've found that the light is likely to be the exact same model as the one sold in the US (i.e. only rated for US 110V, and not UK/Singapore 240V). The guy at the store said that I could connect it directly to the mains here, but I'm not too certain. Should I try to get it rewired? [more inside]
posted by destrius on May 15, 2016 - 6 answers

What TV movie was this?

Years and years ago I saw a (what was probably) a tv-movie on a network like WGN or KTLA. It must have been filmed in the mid-90s. It was about two women who met while being treated for breast cancer (I think). [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on May 15, 2016 - 2 answers

Hamilton: pro/cons of knowing the story/music ahead of time?

Should I read Alexander Hamilton (the book) or listen to Hamilton (the music) before actually seeing it live? [more inside]
posted by inevitability on May 15, 2016 - 24 answers

Plant ID? It's not marijuana.

This plant has been showing up every year for 12 years now. I don't know what it is. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by yesster on May 15, 2016 - 11 answers

Bakers of Mefi, please help me save this cake.

It's a three layer gluten-free and dairy-free cake. I just had a nibble and it's... not awful, but not tasty either. It has a lovely texture, but I need to add flavour and sweetness to counteract the overwhelming heavy dark cocoa taste. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on May 14, 2016 - 11 answers

Can you identify this movie from the sixties or early seventies?

It may have been around 1969 when I saw this movie. I remember it as a realistic, set-in-the-present, "new hollywood" style of movie (easy rider, two-lane blacktop) and for some reason it's stayed in my head. Anyway the few specifics I remember are... [more inside]
posted by Rich Smorgasbord on May 14, 2016 - 7 answers

What bird is this?

What bird is this? [more inside]
posted by Talez on May 14, 2016 - 11 answers

What do we do with this poor turtle?

Found a turtle in a parking lot yesterday afternoon. Can't figure out what to do with the poor thing. Please read the entire post if you want to offer advice. [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on May 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Does this vine need to go?

I have an older house in Seattle with an old tree in the back yard. It has vines growing 2/3rds to 3/4ths of the way up it. (Here are some pictures.) Should I try to remove the vines or leave them alone? I do have vines growing along a nearby fence and perpetually trying to climb anything they can get on, as well as the tree. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on May 13, 2016 - 13 answers

Examples of Controversial Art?

I am looking for some examples of controversial artworks created in, say, the last 50 years or so. Ideally I would like to avoid simplistic one-liners like Andres Serrano's 'Piss Christ' and focus on art that is provocative in more complex ways. And I would like to completely avoid anything controversial for religious reasons.
posted by nanook on May 13, 2016 - 34 answers

starting a concession stand?

Concession stands in grocery stores. How do you go about finding these types of opportunities, who as in department or title would you speak to about starting one?
posted by parmanparman on May 13, 2016 - 4 answers

Domingo? no. Rodrigo? no.

Help me remember the name of a children's book about a dog. [more inside]
posted by komara on May 13, 2016 - 5 answers

Why would you wear a respirator in a flooded urban environment?

I'm going off of photos of folks in New Orleans after Katrina--not everybody is wearing a full respirator, but folks seem to be often protecting their airways. What specifically are people in such a situation worried about exposing themselves to? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on May 13, 2016 - 15 answers

Exterior carpentry and painting - Vancouver BC

We’re home-owners in Vancouver, BC. We love our house, but it’s needs some minor work on the exterior. Some of the wood trim needs repair, and the trim, fencing, and deck need painting. The majority of the work is the painting, and we are unsure of the best way to get this done. We are not handy, and so need to hire someone. [more inside]
posted by V'Ger on May 13, 2016 - 3 answers

Please don't dial 911...

Would like to give my USA-bought Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to my niece in Sweden...I have concerns about her being able to dial 911 (or Sweden's equivalent). [more inside]
posted by kuanes on May 12, 2016 - 3 answers

Know how to do one big cake, need to do two small cakes

Pretty simple: If I take standard out-of-the-box cake mix, make the batter, and put it in two small cake pans instead of one standard size one, what (if anything) do I need to change about how I bake it? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on May 12, 2016 - 13 answers

WordPress, or roll-my-own cms?

I have a bunch of friends and acquaintances in a particular career for whom operating WordPress as a user is just too overwhelming and complicated. Also, none of the themes or plugins I'm finding are actually geared to meet their industry's information presentation requirements. So do I learn WordPress theme and plugin development so I can wrestle it around to be what they need, or do I create my own lightweight CMS that does what they need while minimizing and simplifying the user backend? [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on May 12, 2016 - 16 answers

Wedding Pictures of Awesome and Win

We're getting hitched, and would like our wedding pictures to be silly and delightful and fun to be in, not just fun to look at. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by okayokayigive on May 12, 2016 - 11 answers

How do urban dog owners handle transportation?

I don't have a car, and I want to adopt a dog. How can that work? Can I handle having a medium-size dog? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on May 12, 2016 - 22 answers

Help us manage kitty's end-of-life.

How can we manage our kitty's end-of-life well, and help our 10-year-old daughter cope? (Recs for age-appropriate, non-religious books on separation, loss, sickness, or death welcome.) [more inside]
posted by moira on May 12, 2016 - 24 answers

Looking for a Korean online encyclopaedia

Can you link me any searchable online encyclopaedias with original articles written in Korean? As many as possible, preferably! [more inside]
posted by Panthalassa on May 11, 2016 - 2 answers

What the font is this?

I need help identifying the font in this set of posters. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on May 11, 2016 - 7 answers

How do you wear sunglasses?

If you normally wear prescription glasses, when do you wear sunglasses instead? Do you wear them when you go outside and switch when you go indoors? Do you wear them only when driving? Do you carry both pairs around with you? Please explain the nuts and bolts of wearing sunglasses (and glasses) to me. [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on May 11, 2016 - 61 answers

Updates re adblocking

What's the good adblocker for Firefox now? [more inside]
posted by Logophiliac on May 11, 2016 - 10 answers

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