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I hate my fat face!

I've recently lost quite a bit of weight after a couple of decades of being overweight, but while the rest of my body is shrinking, my face is the same ol' big fat face. Can I expect it to deflate at some point? Is there anything I can do about it other than just continuing to lose weight? Or am I doomed to end up like Michael Palin in Brazil?
posted by Enemy of Joy on Mar 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Is this Russian alphabet made of people having sex in the public domain?

I'd like to edit, re-use, and release this sexy russian alphabet. What's the copyright status of the images, and scanned images? [more inside]
posted by ohgodwhy.me on Mar 26, 2015 - 2 answers

TV or not TV?

I need a better tv and movie-watching situation than balancing my laptop on knees. It's been, like, a decade since I bought a TV and...whoa, the options are overwhelming. What does an infrequent watcher of mostly-streaming media set up for minimum hassle? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Mar 26, 2015 - 19 answers

risking a 5 day insurance gap?

I would have a 5 day gap between my new job's health insurance and ending my ACA health insurance. Should I buy another month of ACA or risk the 5 day gap? [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Mar 25, 2015 - 17 answers

What do you call this client hack... err, management technique?

There is a client management "hack" that is common in the web design industry that involves purposely incorporating bad or incongruous design elements so that the client has something easy to redline during the first design presentation. I believe there was a seminal article that introduced a visual sort of term for this. Something like "The White Rabbit" because they described putting a picture of a white rabbit onto a banking website (just an example). [more inside]
posted by rada on Mar 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Why does facebook mark this guardian link as suspicious?

I posted a link on my facebook page to the Guardian piece about David Pocock calling out homophobic slurs in a recent Super15 rugby match. But during posting, facebook complained that the link looked malicious, and asked me to confirm it was safe. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Mar 25, 2015 - 5 answers

What kind of raise can I expect after passing the bar?

Are "bar passage" raises nominal in nature? [more inside]
posted by kbennett289 on Mar 24, 2015 - 6 answers

What are the kidz into these days?

After a long wait a lovely friend of mine has just become foster Mummy to two children who will be staying for the foreseeable future. Yay! I'm meeting them in a couple of days and would like to bring them each a present, but I don't know what to get them. The girl is 8 and the boy is 6 and I have no clue what these age groups are into. I don't want to ask my friend as I'd like it to be a surprise (and also she'd just try and talk me out of it). So I'm asking you lovely people instead. [more inside]
posted by billiebee on Mar 24, 2015 - 32 answers

What was this story about a scientist contacting another one?

NewYorkerFilter: my friend is trying to identify a feature about a writer trying to contact her father's rival. [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on Mar 24, 2015 - 4 answers

What is this electronic instrument?

Here's an interview with Steven Universe creator Rebecca wherein she briefly plays an electronic instrument (at about 1:20) that I've never seen before. What is it?
posted by Sokka shot first on Mar 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Camping in Queensland

We're looking at going camping for the Easter long weekend and taking our telescope with us. We have a couple of requirements. [more inside]
posted by poxandplague on Mar 24, 2015 - 5 answers

What music is this?

Most of the music in this documentary about Sviatoslav Richter is labeled, but the music starting at 1:10:49 for Stalin's death isn't. What's the composer and title? Thanks!
posted by clawsoon on Mar 23, 2015 - 1 answer

Is there a legal case here?

I have a friend in the Seattle, WA area who's trying to determine if she should consider filing a lawsuit against a jail/prison and, if so, where to start. Details below. [more inside]
posted by persephone's rant on Mar 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Job Reference Screw Up

You are always supposed to ask someone if they will provide you with a positive job reference. I did not do that with any of the references I listed on a job application. I just went on an interview and I think they will be calling my references soon. I realize now that this is a major faux pas. Is there anything I can do at this point to save this situation? [more inside]
posted by galvanized unicorn on Mar 23, 2015 - 21 answers

Negotiating a better Internet/CATV rate

We switched to AT&T U-verse last year because we were offered a great deal, but when that deal expires next month our bill will increase $70/month. I would like to keep U-verse but don't negotiate well -- what are some guidelines for negotiating a better rate? We are willing to switch back to our previous company with an inferior CATV service but a much lower price.
posted by davcoo on Mar 22, 2015 - 5 answers

Side effects & efficacy of gabapentin

Whilst I wait for an MRI and a follow-up visit with my orthopedic doc, said doctor prescribed Gabapentin for nerve pain. First day on this drug has left me zombie-like and drowsy. I know YANMD, but, fellow mefites who've taken this drug: Will this get better? [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin on Mar 21, 2015 - 11 answers

work team excluding me from doing anything meaningful

I'm an intern at a software firm on a new team. My coworkers don't seem to want to let me take any responsibility whatsoever. I have seniority over all of them but no power to change the situation -- any tips for dealing? Talking to boss is out. [more inside]
posted by city_park on Mar 21, 2015 - 14 answers

my humming skills are failing me

WhatIsThisSongFilter: What song is this?(link goes to my blog where I'm humming it) Recent-ish male singer, R&B/rock, angsty, heard in the US. SoundHound and Midomi fail me.
posted by divabat on Mar 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Mac upgrade question

My 2011 MacBook Pro seems to be showing its age. I'm on the edge, performance is a little sluggish, but I don't need an upgrade. I am considering switching to a 2014 Mac Mini or holding off another mac development cycle or two. Will the Mac Mini feel like an upgrade? More detailed specs below. [more inside]
posted by pseudonick on Mar 21, 2015 - 13 answers

androgynous professional seeks purse

Hello fellow MeFites! This question is just what it says in the subject line, so I will put my special snowflake details below the cut. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Mar 21, 2015 - 26 answers

echo issue in VLC

I tried playing an audio file in VLC and its all echoy and stuff. Theres no audio special FX installed on my computer and it sounds fine in Itunes. Any ideas?
posted by wheelieman on Mar 21, 2015 - 2 answers

British Accent Question: "ow" sounds like "I"?

Maybe it's just my ears, but I swear I've heard a British accent where "ou" and "ow" sounds like a long-I -- "down" sounds like "dine", 'ground' sounds like 'grind', 'now' is 'nye', 'house' sounds like 'hise'. I've looked around the internet for descriptions of British accents and came up empty. Is there a name for this component, or is it tied to a specific dialect/accent?
posted by AzraelBrown on Mar 21, 2015 - 28 answers

Best time to buy my Italy airfare?

I'm hoping to purchase my tickets to Italy soon - should I wait or pounce now? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Mar 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Insurance companies for small business liability policies (SF bay area)

I want to investigate the cost of getting a small business liability policy, which is necessary for me to rent classroom space at nearby universities and local school districts. The requirement is usually a $1million policy with the school as an additional insured. I assume it will make the most sense to just get an annual policy, rather than event by event. Can you recommend reputable companies I should contact for quotes? [more inside]
posted by ktkt on Mar 20, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I handle this awkward work situation? Details inside

I was basically accused of lying at work. Now what do I do? I've been working a temp (with potential to become permanent) job for a little over a month. Prior to this I had been unemployed for over 7 months after a lay off. I worked for my previous company/job for almost 15 years. I am working in a completely different industry and role than I had in my last several jobs. This is a clerical/support position in a conservative company. More... [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Mar 20, 2015 - 20 answers

Edumate me about the world of part-time jobs in 2015/ biology filter

Can you help me brainstorm part-time and/or temp type jobs relevant to the general population and also for me (background in biology) in 2015? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Mar 20, 2015 - 7 answers

dream slippers are escaping me

I saw a pair of slippers in a random photo and became obsessed. Can you help me find a pair that looks like these? Everything I've managed to find is totally dissimilar - just one big embroidered area in the middle, or totally different shape, or totally different style. I'm hoping someone here has a better idea of where to look.
posted by prefpara on Mar 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Looking for a name that's Greeky or Latiny for part of a big project

I'm looking for a Greek or Latin name that basically means holy/sacred/important/influential book/writing/teaching. Something grandiose. [more inside]
posted by bfootdav on Mar 20, 2015 - 19 answers

Identify the actor in this Southwest Airlines commercial

Help me impress my 14-year-old daughter (for once). Who is the young actor portraying the college student in this Southwest Airlines commercial? She thinks he might have been in one of the Harry Potter movies. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Mar 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Why we don't take our pills - finding a behavioural change video

I have tipped Google upside down and shaken it but can't find this YouTube clip/book/name of relevant professor. I think I found the first mention of his academic work (with a female co-author) on behavioural change/competing priorities in an Ask answer. He discussed interviewing stroke (?) patients who were prescribed daily medication and how he unexpectedly found the underlying reasons they wouldn't take their pills. More details under the cut: [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband on Mar 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Hot, Not Sweet, Jerky

Looking for recipes for dehydrator-created jerky, can be hot, no carbs. Details below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Mar 18, 2015 - 6 answers

What does wax mean in restaurant prep?

I'm reading/skimming the new cookbook/notebook Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton, which is printed to mimic the binders full of recipes from her restaurant. As such, it contains lots of marginalia. Awesome! But I can't figure out what she means by "wax." [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Mar 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Corporate communication analysis - topic ideas please.

I kind of fried my brain finishing my accounting degree, and am having a very hard time thinking of topics for my corporate communication paper. [more inside]
posted by tatiana131 on Mar 18, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I take the first step to resolving a conflict in my band?

I've been playing music with four others, and I communicate well with all of them, except one. It's getting to the point where I'm stressing about it, feeling apprehensive and sad, and ultimately walking on eggshells around the guy. I want things to get better, but I'm concerned our difficulties communicating on a day-to-day basis will be an obstacle in actually starting a conversation about how to improve things between us. [more inside]
posted by blue t-shirt on Mar 18, 2015 - 14 answers

What is it?

What kind of cart is this? It came from a surplus school auction.
posted by MayNicholas on Mar 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Reputable Place to Stay On Drive to Florida

I'll be driving from Wisconsin to Panama City Beach, FL next week and we are looking for a place to rest our heads somewhere around GA or TN. Can you recommend a hotel on (or close to) the highway where we won't be shanked in the middle of the night? Our route will be on I-65, thanks in advance!
posted by robadobdob on Mar 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Receiving international mail from sellers who won't ship internationally

I'm looking for a service that will, say, receive/collect UK/European packages purchased on eBay, arrange international shipping to the US, and send them to me. These would be for auctions where international shipping isn't an option. So, if it's a UK auction, I'd be looking for a UK service that could accept the package on my behalf and forward it to me. I know this service exists, but what should I be googling to find it? Is it courier shipping? Does anyone have any recommendations for particular companies/individuals who offer this service?
posted by Mael Oui on Mar 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Identify a comedian for me

I have a clip of this standup act: http://zork.net/~spork/classiccomedy.mp3 Can anyone identify this act? I actually found this out once but lost the name of the comic. This was recorded in 2006. The comedian has another act along the same lines as this, but whereas this one is ultra generic, the other one is very overly specific to LA.
posted by mulligan on Mar 17, 2015 - 5 answers

If every porkchop were perfect, we wouldn't have hotdogs!

What fonts are used on Steven Universe? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Mar 17, 2015 - 1 answer

What are these white bugs I saw spawning in the woods?

One July a few years back, my friend and I went camping in in the Catskills. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Mar 17, 2015 - 5 answers

A movie where a soldier reads Ulysses and is mocked by other soldiers

I am trying to identify a movie from fifties or very early sixties, where a soldier is found reading Ulysses by his fellow soldiers who accuse him of reading dirty books. Any ideas?
posted by njohnson23 on Mar 17, 2015 - 2 answers

Tool to coordinate a bachelor party planning for 20+ gents?

Does anyone know of a good collaborative online resource that I could use to coordinate my brother's bachelor party? Essentially, I need to be able to coordinate schedules and accept suggestions and thoughts on what we can do. I'd think that there's a great collab website for this, but my google-fu is failing mightily. Help Askme-wan-kenobi, you're my only hope.
posted by Draccy on Mar 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Calling All Road Scholars!

I'm trying to decide between two routes from Columbia, MD to Scranton, PA. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Mar 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Precedents for cutting a school program to make schools equal?

School system is trying to demonstrate equality of education across schools to comply with a longstanding federal court order. One way they are trying to achieve this is by taking away programs that are only offered at one school. Looking for other examples where this type of decision has been made, and perhaps, overturned. [more inside]
posted by tracer on Mar 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Hebrew readers, can you please tell me what is written on this pitcher

I recently acquired this small pitcher and I would like to know what it says. Also, if you can tell me anything about its intended purpose, that's be great. Thanks!
posted by at the crossroads on Mar 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me find a poem

Please help me find a poem. I have very few details. Kind of a long shot. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Mar 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Does anyone know what this piece of music is? Heard in Shanghai.

Do you know what this music is? https://vid.me/PdCQ I filmed this standing on a conrner and the music was playing from an LCD/LED billboard behind me. Maybe someone who lives in Shanghai knows if it's music from an ad? Or some music buff can tell me if it's a known tune, that I can get a proper version of somewhere? [more inside]
posted by stellathon on Mar 16, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me find this movie about an Asian science student studying at uni

I just remembered a movie that I saw part of on TV years ago. Here's all I remember about it. It was about a young man who was studying science at a university, I think he was a grad student. I think he was a genius or coming up with some cutting edge theory or discovery. It was definitely science, I'm pretty sure astronomy... He was Asian and I'm pretty sure had just come to America for college/grad school. He frequented a tea shop where he first ordered "togo" tea, not realizing it was "to go." [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Mar 16, 2015 - 2 answers

What can you tell me about this tabernacle scroll?

According to my grandmother, this scroll was given to her by a client many years ago. Apparently, the client was actually present when items from a tabernacle were being burned during WW2. He rolled up this scroll and secreted it away safely, until he decided to gift it to grandma. Years later, she had a client who was a rabbi, and he first told her it was hung upside down, and then identified the scroll as being a particular story. Grandma says she thinks it was either Joseph's Coat or Jacob's Ladder, but she can't remember which. Can anybody tell what it is, or provide any other information?
posted by gilrain on Mar 16, 2015 - 5 answers

I can't find this animated gif

This is silly but: I'm looking for a particular animated gif. It's a claymation penguin that hears the phone ringing and goes to answer it. Then his teakettle starts boiling, and then he sits down and cries, overwhelmed by too many inputs. I'm pretty sure the penguin is Pingu but no combination of search terms seems to be coming up with the image. Pretty sure I saw the gif on tumblr someplace.
posted by JDHarper on Mar 16, 2015 - 3 answers

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