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Identify this home decor product line from the 70s/80s?

Can anyone help identify this design (I know it was at least used on sheets and wallpaper, if not more products)? This is a design on a product line that has since been discontinued. I'd like to know who used to sell these products and how to find them. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by dmalashock on May 24, 2015 - 3 answers

What do these numbers mean, exactly?

Sometime, in front of chemical names, you will see three numbers, like this: 1,1,1 Triclorotriflouroethane. (to quote one example with which I am familiar.) What do they denote, and where can I find out more? (I realize that this may be simply a lack of Google-fu but I do have an underlying reason for needing to know.) Mefi chemists, help!
posted by pjern on May 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Identify my little houseplant!

What kind of plant is this? [more inside]
posted by invokeuse on May 22, 2015 - 2 answers

How might a PTA association deal with a parent who is weird

This is for fiction: What might happen if a parent showed up at a PTA meeting and started making people uncomfortable by going on and on about the power of satan or some such thing. I mean, what might happen officially? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on May 22, 2015 - 13 answers

Where to stay and what to do in Munich

I'm in Munich for three days this summer (around the last of week of June) and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for hostels? I'd prefer a social atmosphere but nothing too party-oriented. Also, what are some must-see and must-do things for a short visit to Munich?
posted by armadillo1224 on May 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Name that film

What's the film that the clip at 36/37s in this ILM show-reel is from? (Guy in front of army throws sword into the ground and it sets on fire)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Great hollywood films made by women?

What are some great movies from the 80's and 90's that were either directed by or written by women? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on May 21, 2015 - 38 answers

Travelling to Mainland Greece May 2015 - Grexit?

Are economic woes/strikes in Greece likely to disrupt my holiday plans next week? [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron on May 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Crochet Emergency - Travel Edition

Crocheters, I'm on vacation and really, truly want to get this yarn as my souvenir. I can't remember my Ravelry password, and the site isn't sending me a reset email. Will you please suggest some google-able patterns so I can make sure I get enough? It seems to be light worsted, with a 4mm hook. My skill level is intermediate. Děkuji!
posted by 1066 on May 20, 2015 - 6 answers

What kind of bird is this? (Photo within)

I need help identifying this bird. A fried took the photo while traveling in Texas a few days ago. The bird was seen in the urban area of Dallas, TX. Thanks!
posted by amf on May 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Three notes and a chord. Get out of my head!

Please help me identify this musical trill/riff/thingy. I know three notes and a chord. It's been stuck in my head for days. I'll detail everything I can think of that may help. [more inside]
posted by cmyk on May 20, 2015 - 16 answers

is my Keane print offensive/racist?

I recently received this print and my husband (who bought it for me off a wishlist) isn't sure we should hang it in the main room because we have a service provider who visits every couple weeks who is black. [more inside]
posted by vanishing girl on May 20, 2015 - 36 answers

How To Talk About Being Potentially Unwell

I have been living with a chronic health condition for twenty years. Next weekend I am celebrating a friend's forthcoming nuptials at a weekend retreat. This involves spending a lot of time in the company of strangers - unfortunately my condition has flared up recently which means I'll have to tell these strangers that a) I may become unwell and b) how to deal with me if I become unwell. Help me figure out how to deal with this without committing any social faux-pas. [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on May 20, 2015 - 15 answers

Psychological studies on trigger warnings

I was just told that trigger warnings are either useless or do more arm, without any citations. Do you know any serious study that either proves or disproves this hypothesis?
posted by francesca too on May 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Trying to remember name of Mac 2D animation program from 1985

I can't remember much about it but I'm trying to remember the name of a Classic Mac-era program that let you create animations in the black-and-white style of Dark Castle. It came with a demo that scrolled and had funny stuff happening in it.
posted by johngoren on May 20, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I get my notes back?

So, I have a standard Notes app on my iPhone and iPad. Lots of problems lately with reading/deleting mail on both, particularly with Yahoo!, so I deleted my Yahoo! and Gmail accounts and downloaded the particular apps for each instead. Then I made a note in the Notes app and to my dismay saw that most of my notes had disappeared. I googled this and learned that the Notes app may have assigned my notes to the email accounts I deleted (why?) but searching those online email accounts has only uncovered some, not all, my missing notes. iCloud doesn't have them either. Are they gone forever, hive mind? Can you think of something I've missed?
posted by bearwife on May 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Getting A Tow-Hold

Rather than driving a minivan and a big pickup to a distant destination, what are the pros and cons of just towing the minivan by the big pickup? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on May 20, 2015 - 5 answers

10-6/3 = First Class Honors

Basically, I need help with a really simple math problem. [more inside]
posted by Chorus on May 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Song called "Man With the X-Ray Eyes"?

Trying to find a song, released between 1988 and 1992, called "The Man With the X-Ray Eyes", or "Man With the X-Ray Eyes", or something like that. [more inside]
posted by UrineSoakedRube on May 19, 2015 - 14 answers

When is a person missing?

It's 1:30 AM, well after my roommate typically comes home, and she's not here. I wouldn't typically worry, except she also hasn't come by to feed/walk her dog, which I've never known her to do. At what point do I do something and is there anything other than calling the police that I could do? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on May 19, 2015 - 36 answers

Trying to Find a Movie

I've seen "find that vaguely remember movie magic" happen here before with only the slightest of clues, so here goes. My wife and I watched a movie back in 2001. I'd say it came out within five years prior to that date. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on May 19, 2015 - 3 answers

So that was trippy, and scary

I took some cannabis earlier (it's legal here) and weird physical things happened. Is this normal? Should I mark this as another medicine I cannot take? [more inside]
posted by patheral on May 19, 2015 - 22 answers

How to find the source of a mystery email

How do I find out the origin of an automatic reply that does not appear to originate from the actual email address I sent the message to? [more inside]
posted by amapolaroja on May 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Waltz identification

The main melody goes something like G# A G# F# D# G# (the last G# is lower), which is then repeated several times transposed to different notes. What is this piece?
posted by dilaudid on May 19, 2015 - 2 answers

Cross Border Inheritance?

I'm supposed to inherit some Berkshire Hathaway shares currently in a US Fidelity fund. Catch: I'm a Canadian resident US citizen. Fidelity wants to transfer the shares to a Fidelity account, but won't let me establish an account because I'm Canadian resident. Will another US brokerage allow me to establish a US account, or do I need a Canadian brokerage? And if so, are there any ramifications I should be aware of?
posted by Native in Exile on May 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Should I start YNAB now, wait for sale, or wait until after I move?

I've been looking over YNAB (You Need A Budget) and it looks like a good next step for me financially speaking. I am not sure if right now is the best time to start however. I may be seriously overthinking this plate of beans. [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on May 19, 2015 - 14 answers

Online apps that require CC to be on file to use.

How do I protect my credit card on apps that require it to be on file to use like Uber, Amazon or Walmart? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne on May 19, 2015 - 15 answers

Addressing the need for me-time in a LDR

My GF and I are currently long distance, though only for a short while longer. We're planning for me to visit her at the end of the month for four days. Due to manic work commitments and sickness, I was looking forward to having this (long) weekend to myself, but my GF has said that my not coming to visit has made her feel "not nurtured." I don't know how to address this in an adult fashion; advice is welcome (snowflakes abound…) [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on May 18, 2015 - 42 answers

How to donate shoes so that they'll be given away rather than sold?

I have managed to accumulate (over time and several bad buying decisions) three pairs of quality-make men's shoes of different types, all in nearly-new condition, that I don't want or can't wear, and I'd like them to go to someone who could really use them. The thing they have in common is each has a non-obvious flaw that would cause buyer's regret in anyone who actually paid money for them, so Goodwill is out. [more inside]
posted by George_Spiggott on May 17, 2015 - 15 answers

Replacing Cow-shaped Pencil Sharpener

A few weeks ago, I bought a cute little cow-shaped pencil sharpener on clearance from Staples. Sample photo, except mine was blue and white. It was a big hit with my students. The sharpener's gone missing and I'd like to be able to replace it and possibly buy several in bulk, but am not having much luck. [more inside]
posted by wiskunde on May 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Need advice on sizing a rear bicycle rack

I have a pannier and bicycle, and I need to mount the one to the other. The bike is a ~1985 Schwinn and the pannier is a Blackburn EX. I’ve tried a Blackburn MTN rack, but my heels bump the bag. Ideally it’d be about 4-6 inches further back and still level along the top (currently tilts slightly back). Do racks come in different sizes I need to know? Are there some bike/bag combos that don’t work? Do people shorten their cranks instead of moving the bags? Is there some crucial measurement I should learn?
posted by migurski on May 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Quote filter

Woody Allen: “Marshall McLuhan predicted books would become art objects at some point. He was right.” Where did McLuhan say this?
posted by neat graffitist on May 16, 2015 - 1 answer

Can you identify this statue that was in Berlin in 1945

This 7 minute youtube video shows colour footage of Berlin in 1945 right after the war. The whole thing is pretty cool but I'm specifically interested in identifying this statue which appears at the 2 minute mark. I'm fairly sure it's not in Berlin anymore but maybe it is? Can anyone identify this statue? I'd like to know if it is still in the city somewhere and if not, what happened to it. Thanks!
posted by rubyrudy on May 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Please give me a different pop song, please.

I'm co-writing a theme and blurb for a conference with a colleague. The theme is "Convergence|Divergence." My pal has added an opening that is driving me insane, but I see his point. What images come to mind with this theme? There are two from the music of our youth...The Beatles' "Come together right now," and $BandName "Song Title" Trigger warning: Annoying earworm inside. [more inside]
posted by Gotanda on May 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Why do certain web sites load slowly from our office?

There are certain web sites (e.g. www.amd.com) which load incredibly slowly from our office. On the same laptops from anywhere else they load fine. What gives? [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat on May 15, 2015 - 20 answers

Your favorite winery in Paso Robles, CA?

We're going to Paso this weekend! There's some recs on the Green from 8 years ago but many tasting rooms have closed and opened since then. What's your favorite winery to visit in the Paso area? (If you have a favorite coffee shop in San Luis Obispo that would be great to know too!)
posted by rednikki on May 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Another "which tablet should I buy?" question

Main uses: Reading (& some marking up of) pdfs. Reading books. Presenting power-point slides on a projector. Taking notes. Web browsing. Potential other uses: word processing, sketching, and maybe even laptop replacement for light work. Additional info: I'm a very content user of Android on my smartphone, but I do most of my work in Windows. I was leaning towards an Android tablet or 2-in-1, but now I'm wondering about a Windows 8.1 one.
posted by neutralmojo on May 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Female singers with male backing vocalists?

I really can't think of good examples of songs where women have the lead vocals and a man / group of men only jump in for the chorus / the la-la-las / whatever. (There's a song on Exile In Guyville, but that's all I've got.) Please help me out with some tunes. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on May 15, 2015 - 46 answers

Good resources or tips, or both, for learning sight-singing?

I'm going to be auditioning for a chorus in August, and I'd really like to brush up on my sight-singing, since that's part of the audition. I had rather not take a class, so I'm looking for other resources. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by holborne on May 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Volume Descriptor Sequences in DVD manufacturing

DVD authoring question: How do I fix the error “Volume Descriptor Sequences are not equivalent”? [more inside]
posted by transient on May 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Confusingly expensive hotels in San Francisco

So after a lifetime of wanting to visit the US, I've been invited to a conference in Pasadena in September, and so am tagging on a week of holiday at the end. I really want to go to San Francisco and explore the surrounding area, however looking at hotels, ones that are in guides or previous AskMeFi posts as being around $100-150 per night are coming up as $300-400 per night, so 4-5 nights of stay is around $1000. [more inside]
posted by litereally on May 15, 2015 - 31 answers

Not invited to the wedding

My brother-in-law invited my wife and my kids to his wedding, but not me. This evening, he texted my wife asking her to do a reading at the wedding. She's going to say yes. I feel amazingly resentful. Help. [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on May 14, 2015 - 36 answers

How do I deal with not having any sort of life plan?

I have no direction in life and I find it hard to do anything useful as a result, because it feels very pointless otherwise. Should I try to generate one ASAP or just go with the flow, and if it's the latter, how do I reconcile that? [more inside]
posted by hejrat on May 14, 2015 - 16 answers

"Well you WERE on salary but not so much anymore."

(Asking for a friend in a similar white-collar cubicle-dwelling software support position in a similar software industry.) My friend is salaried at a large software development company. Been in the industry 20 years, been at his current job about 5 years for a large, US-based, publicly traded software company. He's concerned this is about to be changed. [more inside]
posted by tilde on May 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Plant ID help needed

I'm curious to know what this plant is - it's growing in an alley in Washington, D.C.
posted by ryanshepard on May 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Is it worth it for an Ontario freelancer to be incorporated?

About 20 years ago, I needed to set up a corporation to work freelance for a large Ontario film production company. A couple of different accountants over the years advised me to hang on to the corporation and they allocated my yearly salary as a management fee. That paradigm shifted this past year and now I'm wondering if invoicing through an incorporated entity is worth the expense and hassle. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on May 14, 2015 - 5 answers

How to surprise a child with a kitten exactly on their birthday?

Logistical masterminds and cat people: is it possible to give my son a specific breed kitten as a surprise for his birthday? [more inside]
posted by rada on May 14, 2015 - 34 answers

Closing my LLC -- is my liability limited?

I'm closing my LLC. Am I still on the hook for recurring expenses that were set up for the now-defunct company? Example: the LLC had a contract with an alarm company for monitoring, and there are still several years left on the contract. Does my closed LLC have to keep paying the alarm company? I'm in Washington state, if that matters. I know y'all ain't my law-talking persons, but just in principle, is this a liability that is limited?
posted by mpark on May 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Do these things run down my laptop battery faster?

I wonder if having 4-5 Word files open (including 2 always, just for for convenience) will drain my Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series battery quicker than just using one file at a time. I wonder: Does more tabs being open in a broswer mean more battery drain? Is a nonactive YouTube tab best being closed till used? I wonder if even having calendar, weather -- stuff I seldom open -- pinned to my taskbar run the battery down more quickly. Same question regarding having several Adobe Acrobat Reader PDFs ready at hand...just comic book pdfs. These things take so little space on the hard drive, so I figure they'd also use less RAM than other actual heavy programs, thus would be easiest on the battery-time availability. Correct me if I'm wrong, but having Foobar, Windows Media Player, and Spotify open at the same time will drain battery faster than having one going, as well as slow things down generally? Add to that the Word, Acrobat, a broswer... Thanks.
posted by noelpratt2nd on May 14, 2015 - 12 answers

Am I over-reacting?

I met up with this guy from OkCupid two weeks ago, and he seemed really charming. We've met up around three times to do various activity-oriented things in the city. He's done a few things to set off my alarm bells, and I'm not sure it's safe to see him anymore. At the same time, maybe these things are no big deal. Details inside [more inside]
posted by MFZ on May 13, 2015 - 79 answers

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