78 posts tagged with resolved by BlahLaLa.
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How can I make the internet go faster at my house?

Here's the deal: right now we have DSL via Earthlink for which I pay $25/month. We have a...is it a modem? A router? Whatever it is they gave us years ago when we signed up. And we have an Apple Airport Extreme to make it wi-fi. So we have DSL and it's basically fine, but my kid is into gaming and would like things to move faster (like that latest game update that took 4 days to download). What are our options? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 12, 2015 - 15 answers

How does Kindle advertising work?

Why are the ads on my Kindle so completely off-base? I'm a BIG Amazon user. I buy tons of products of all sorts, many books, and many, many ebooks. So why does Amazon do such a terrible job of targeting ads to me via my Kindle? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 3, 2015 - 13 answers

What do I not understand about (actual, literal) windows?

I need to replace a window in my house, and I want a window that opens from the top in some manner. Why is this so completely baffling to all of the window professionals that I deal with? Is this really not possible? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Aug 18, 2015 - 29 answers

Bar Mitzvah Gifts Nowadays?

Oy vey! Jews of Metafilter, help me out: what is an appropriate bar mitzvah gift in 2015? It's been years since I attended one, but the first one from the next gen of my family is happening soon and I need a gift, shortly to be followed by the kids of a bunch of my friends. Back in the day, a Cross pen was considered a good gift and I just know that moment has passed. More details: [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 25, 2015 - 17 answers

Unpaid Wages: small claims court or CA labor board?

Trying to get about $900 of missing wages paid. Should I go through small claims court or file a missing wages claim with California's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 22, 2015 - 5 answers

What is this mystery book/movie I'm barely remembering?

Help me remember this book or movie -- possibly from the mystery genre -- from the single plot point I recall? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 13, 2015 - 9 answers

Where to put this money for my child?

A relative wants to give a cash gift to my 12-year-old child, but wants to put it in some kind of account where it can grow for many years before the child receives it. Where? How? It's under $1000 and we're in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 19, 2015 - 14 answers

Modern Dating/Online Matching 101, please?

For a fiction project, I need to come to a better understanding about how modern dating works, particularly with regard to Tinder. From my perspective (I'm older, I've been married a long time and I have absolutely no experience with the modern dating scene), I wonder why women might be using Tinder. Is it just for hooking up? Or do woman (or men) look to Tinder to try to meet someone for actual dating and long-term relationship? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Mar 11, 2015 - 23 answers

Is my desire for red lipstick insane?

I'm in my late 40s and almost never wear makeup. Yet for the last month I've been obsessing over trying a bright red lipstick. (This happened when I saw another mom at my kid's school, dressed in totally casual clothes, casual hair, yet absolutely ROCKING a bright red mouth.) How to accomplish this without looking like a fool and/or spending a fortune? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 27, 2015 - 59 answers

Vimeo for technophobes?

I'm using an up-to-date 2-year-old MacBook Air and I just can't manage to get Vimeo videos to load. Can someone help me fix this by speaking to me as if I am your elderly aunt's even older senile neighbor? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 4, 2015 - 15 answers

How to get semi-urgent psychiatric care in Los Angeles?

Family member has just arrived in town and is expressing the need for psychiatric care. How to accomplish this quickly in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jan 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Gobble, gobble

Okay, having a problem with dry brining my turkey. Help? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Troubleshooting Gmail

Gmail is suddenly sending lots of important messages into my spam folder. I've followed the rudimentary steps I have found in their help area, but perhaps you can help me better? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Oct 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Best practices for raising rates?

I am a freelancer. Please help me understand how to raise my rates. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me get my kid a phone

Parents, what do you wish you knew when you got your kid their first phone? I need practical advice, but I'm also interested in the less tangible parent/child relations-type advice, too. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 23, 2014 - 23 answers

Help a non-coffee drinker buy a coffee maker?

I would like to get Mr. BlahLaLa a new coffee maker. Bonus difficulty: I don't drink coffee. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 19, 2014 - 21 answers

Ye Olde Tyme Suicide? Okay, not that old, but...

How did people commit suicide in the US in the 1930s? Does it make a difference if it's a female? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on May 9, 2014 - 35 answers

Making homemade videos. Er, digios?

So how are all the cool people making home movies these days, if they're not recording off their phone? And how are they storing and sharing such movies? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Is there an app for that?

I have an urgent need for a way to share a daily journal + notes among multiple people, that is searchable by date and term. Bonus difficulty: it needs to have a very low learning curve. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Does my very small business need a lawyer?

This question made me wonder if I need to do any legal stuff for my small business. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 6, 2013 - 13 answers

Convention Swag for Beginners

I need to start thinking about ordering convention swag and I don't know where to start. I'm promoting myself as a copy editor, and my clients are writers. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 9, 2013 - 25 answers

Show me the most money possible?

I have a small freelance business, and for convenience's sake many of my clients choose to pay me via PayPal. What are the best practices I can implement to reduce the fees I pay? Or just general best practices where this is concerned? Or...other ways to accept payments? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Oct 30, 2013 - 17 answers

Is it Felicide or Caticide?

What's to be done about a healthy, happy adult cat who just started peeing on my bed? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Oct 21, 2013 - 38 answers

I am curious, pink

I'm having a tiny nervous breakdown and I think one thing that might help me feel better would be to make a radical change to my hair. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 24, 2013 - 26 answers


Is there any way to deworm cats without visiting the vet? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 16, 2013 - 32 answers

Any plumbers awake?

We need to disconnect our refrigerator's water line (going to the ice maker) ASAP. Like, tonight, or before 8am tomorrow. (It's a long story.) There is a copper line that runs from the fridge to a hole in the floor. There are no valves. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Should I just google this?

What do I need to know about promoting my small online business using Google AdWords? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Aug 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Yep, Still Sucking Hard

As previously mentioned, my best pal has a really ugly case of ovarian cancer happening right now. The situation is terrible, the outlook grim. But I know how to make her laugh, which is one of my official jobs on Team Sick Friend. But I need more material! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Aug 15, 2013 - 18 answers

Poor taste? Or exceedingly poor taste?

I've got a length of gorgeous African fabric...with the image of a terrible dictator on it. What should I do with this? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 31, 2013 - 36 answers

Possibly the Most Boring AskMeta Ever

Guys, I've got some questions about commas. Apparently everything I thought I knew is wrong? Help. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 23, 2013 - 29 answers

Is my house about to burn down?

I'm scheduled to leave for a much-needed vacation in about two hours, and my dishwasher just died in a hot & smelly way -- is it about to catch fire after I drive away? Sorry - I'm paranoid and in a rush and I need you people to help me think. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 2, 2013 - 21 answers

The Californians

Angelenos, help me out: a family needs to get from the Valley to Long Beach Airport and back. This is like an extremely difficult word problem from a graduate-level course in Advanced Los Angeles Traffic. Help! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Well, this still sucks

So my best friend has ovarian cancer. And we're in our "out of the frying pan, into the fire" moment because she's stage 4 and shit's already going poorly. How do I tell my kid? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on May 27, 2013 - 22 answers

Well, this sucks.

So my best friend has ovarian cancer. And she's a divorced mom with no family. All of the support is going to come from friends, and I'm the Friend Leader. I'm going to be asking a million questions about this, I bet, in the coming months, but here's where I'm starting: if I say anything sweet or sentimental to her, she's gonna give me a black eye. I need snarky, sarcastic humor & presents for one of the smartest cancer patients ever. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on May 17, 2013 - 29 answers

Save me, Amazon Prime

What can I order from Amazon Prime RIGHT NOW to be delivered for Mother's Day? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on May 9, 2013 - 18 answers

What is this myth I'm misremembering?

Is it Hercules? Ulysses? Odysseus or some other old mythic dude? What's the myth where he (whoever he is) has to fight a terrible creature, and it keeps changing shape. The key to triumph has something to do with the fact that he's strong enough (physically or mentally) to hold on through all these changes? Is this ringing a bell? What myth am I misremembering?
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Ice cream cake with a small freezer?

I need to make my kid an ice cream cake for his birthday. I have a tiny freezer. Help. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 17, 2013 - 25 answers

Help us plan our vacation in Anchorage

Mr. BlahLaLa, KidBlahLaLa and I will be in Anchorage for four days in late June. Help us find stuff to do! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Mar 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me write my sign

There's a stop sign in front of my house, and people don't stop at it. Our neighborhood is working on various ways of solving this problem, and my contribution is to create signs to hang up on my wall right next to the stop sign. Last year in a fit of pique Mr. BlahLaLa made one that said SLOW DOWN, FU**ER! That actually had a big, positive impact, believe it or not, but when the novelty wore off, so did compliance. So, help me create a stack of posters I can use in rotation? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Mar 15, 2013 - 52 answers

Confusion about Vitamin D and Calcium for kids

Kid BlahLaLa's pediatrician wants him to take a calcium supplement, because he's never been into milk and doesn't eat very many milk products. But Kid BlahLaLa, who is almost 10, refuses all children's calcium supplements as too gross-tasting. (He's not ready to swallow pills.) He will accept a particular adult supplement, but when I combine that with his usual daily multi-vitamin I'm worried that I'm overdosing him on Vitamin D. There's so much woo on teh internets that I can't seem to get a straight answer about how much is too much. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 21, 2013 - 32 answers

Help me put these things I did into resume language

Pimp My Resume: Mommy Edition. How can/should I describe these volunteer things I've done at my kid's schools on my resume? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Please explain Ron Jeremy to me.

This question is about Ron Jeremy and porn, so I guess I'll put it below the fold. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 1, 2013 - 32 answers

oy vey with the gaming

If I buy a newfangled Chrome netbook will my kid be able to use it to play Minecraft? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 31, 2012 - 17 answers

I'd like to give that doc a good thrushing.

I went to the doc because I thought I might have oral thrush. His diagnosis was so far in a different direction that I'm kind of baffled. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 30, 2012 - 25 answers

Gobble gobble

I only have 3 meat eaters coming for Thanksgiving. What can I serve to balance my desire not to have a ton of meat leftover that no one will eat vs. the desire to set a festive table and have a special meal? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 17, 2012 - 35 answers

Happy New Year...er, what?

(Jew Filter) High Holy Days ideas for the unaffiliated? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Cold as ice and/or burning up for your love

I have a 1700 square ft. house. I have an air conditioner/heating system that is set up to operate with the whole house as one zone. I have one room that is out of proportion to the rest of the of the rooms in the house (much larger, much higher ceiling) that is always hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. So I'm thinking the solution is for that room to be separated into a second zone. How? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 28, 2012 - 14 answers

I mean, he deserves to fry, but so quickly?

Why is the Sandusky trial moving so quickly? In my area the high profile cases seem to take months, if not years, to come to trial, and then the trials themselves take weeks or months. Sandusky's trial started last week and I believe the judge told the jury that they will likely have the case on Thursday. Explain? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Can't we just play Monopoly?

(Minecraft Filter) So my kid started playing Minecraft, and now he wants to get into the world of mods and skins. Halp! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on May 3, 2012 - 11 answers

Take Me Out, Loser

[Fiction filter] A bunch of guys are sitting around a bar, watching their major league baseball team lose a game on TV. They're moaning and groaning about it. So...what are they saying? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 10, 2012 - 33 answers

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