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Looking to help aging kitty with kidney issues

My wife and I are looking for an alternative to Hills Science Diet K/D dry food (formulated for cats with kidney issues). [more inside]
posted by Roger Pittman on Sep 13, 2016 - 12 answers

A problem return on eBay...

I purchased an "officially" refurbished laptop from a high volume seller on eBay. Unfortunately, the laptop arrived with a cracked screen. I initiated a return, which the seller accepted, but there was never an option to print a mailing slip. Instead, the status of the return went instantly to: "Shipping, in transit" with a tracking number, while the computer sits on my table. What is going on and what do I do about it?
posted by ennui.bz on Sep 13, 2016 - 7 answers

Help me find this weird fantasy webcomic.

I'm looking for this webcomic that I started reading a few years ago, like four or five, but I think it's older than that. It was a fantasy comic with characters from our world getting transported to a secondary world, where magical stones were prominently featured. I'm pretty sure it was in black in white. [more inside]
posted by overglow on Sep 12, 2016 - 5 answers

Winter is Coughing (planning ahead for illness)

I usually get a cold or two each winter, and as a single person try to plan ahead for keeping myself comfortable when ill. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Sep 12, 2016 - 27 answers

What are good charities that preserve American languages?

I am a white American from Michigan; I would like to donate money to support efforts to preserve native languages. I'm interested in pretty much any language preservation cause. [more inside]
posted by mister pointy on Sep 12, 2016 - 8 answers

Help me buy these hideous sandals

I am in limerence with these sandals from Asos. They do not ship to Canada, it would seem. I cannot make Google tell me anything useful about acquiring them in Toronto. Please help me be extremely tall.
posted by lizifer on Sep 12, 2016 - 7 answers

Soaking the bones in Santa Paula.

I was cruising down CA-150 yesterday between Ojai and Santa Paula, CA, and I swear that I smelled sulfur. I can't find any definitive information online, but is there a hot spring around there somewhere? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Sep 12, 2016 - 4 answers

How Neighborly Is Neighborly?

My new neighbors, whom I have only met once, seemed upset when I turned down their request that I house sit their house and pets for 12 days. I am not sure if their request or my refusal is unreasonable. Perhaps neither the request nor the refusal are unreasonable? Details follow. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Sep 11, 2016 - 49 answers

where should I stay for five nights in kansai?

I'd like to stay somewhere rural and beautiful with an hour or two of travel from Kyoto (but not in Nara) for five nights at the end of September. Requirements: reliable Internet access, price <= $125USD/night. Strong desires: onsen, somen. Further details inside. [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Sep 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Sherlocking through the history

I'm looking for interesting pastiches based off Sherlock Holmes. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Sep 11, 2016 - 25 answers

Bird in bathroom. Should not be there. How to fix?

There is a bird. Some type of finch. It flew into my washroom via the open louvered vent adjacent to the shower. [more inside]
posted by tivalasvegas on Sep 11, 2016 - 11 answers

How can I learn to stop and smell the roses?

Like most human beings, there are people and things I cherish. Why do I keep neglecting them in favor of work and school? I am talking about basic things like eating for example. Is there anything I can do to get my priorities straight? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 10, 2016 - 15 answers

Mom + bus trip + 74th birthday = what gift?

My mom leaves on Saturday for a week long bus trip from the DC area to Canada. She's not used to co-habitating, she's a bit of an introvert, and she's celebrating her birthday on day one of the trip. I'd like to send her off with something thoughtful and useful for the trip. [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt on Sep 10, 2016 - 6 answers

"Interesting" Wordpress indexing/file structure - how did this happen?

I messed up a Wordpress install. Cleaned and reinstalled. It works now but the file structure is not "normal". I don't need troubleshooting per se, I just want to know WTF happened. [more inside]
posted by aperturescientist on Sep 9, 2016 - 2 answers

Quirky cool things in Portland, OR in the next couple of weeks?

I know some folks who are going to honeymoon in Portland, OR soon. They're arriving in the middle of next week and will be there for 10-14 days. I'd love to be able to point them to cool weird quirky things going on that they may not easily find in tourist magazines etc. They're about 40, not huge on hiking and I'm not sure what styles of music they like. They're already planning to get head-sized donuts at Voodoo and I've rhapsodised at them about Powells. Hope me, hive mind!
posted by rmd1023 on Sep 9, 2016 - 29 answers

Help me become a Valley Girl in 2016.

Mr. shesbookish just accepted a new job in Chatsworth, CA in the San Fernando Valley. We're moving there from Irvine in Orange County, which we love and we're hoping to find a place with a similar feel in the Valley. Does such a place exist? And would he have a reasonable commute to Chatsworth from said place? [more inside]
posted by shesbookish on Sep 9, 2016 - 11 answers

Can you help compile a Zumba mixtape?

A dear friend would like a collection of music similar to what she hears at the gym doing Zumba. Songs that are upbeat and either in English, Portuguese or Spanish, please. Not sure either of us can be any more specific than this, so can you help? Looking at collections on Amazon and youtube videos made me want recommendations from people who have direct experience of exercising to music. Many thanks.
posted by Prof Iterole on Sep 9, 2016 - 9 answers

Whither the M-Audio Ozonic?

Seeking relatively cheap device(s) to feed keyboard/MIDI, electric guitar/.25" DI, and mic/XLR into a modern Mac for GarageBand fun, without additional pre-amps needed. [more inside]
posted by nicepersonality on Sep 8, 2016 - 8 answers

Applying for jobs when you have the same name as a skeevy criminal

I have the same first and last name as a US college athlete involved in a rape case that got some national media attention recently. When googling my name, even verbatim or in quotes, the first several pages of hits are news items about the crime, the trial, etc. I'm now applying for jobs and looking for the best way to preemptively make sure I'm not confused with [demonstrably horrible person]. Worries & details below. [more inside]
posted by BespokePuppet on Sep 8, 2016 - 35 answers

Oh I get it, I get jokes

Can someone explain this Simpsons joke to me? I feel like I'm missing some key cultural reference. [more inside]
posted by the long dark teatime of the soul on Sep 8, 2016 - 7 answers

How do I become an outdoorsy person?

I would like to become an outdoorsy person. The kind that hikes, camps, kayaks, snowshoes, trap shoots, maybe backpacks. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Sep 8, 2016 - 36 answers

What was this old leave-a-message machine?

I remember reading in the past few years about an old machine that was like a paid bulletin board. You'd pay a nickel to leave a small (business card or smaller) sized message and people could check it. I think the article I read compared it to Twitter, and was illustrated with an old engraving. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Sep 7, 2016 - 3 answers

How to download apps from the Google Chrome Store?

Hello, everyone. I have an Acer Chromebook C720. In the past, I've been able to download apps. Now I can't. I get a never ending "checking" notice. I've checked all imaginable forums. It apparently is an issue, but there doesn't seem to be any simple resolution. Has anyone successfully resolved this issue or else might have a way to troubleshoot it? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Sep 7, 2016 - 3 answers

Best way to sell this specific car?

My beloved Subaru has to go or I'll be homeless within a couple months. Given the specifics below, what is the best way for me to move forward? [more inside]
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk on Sep 7, 2016 - 9 answers

Employment in semi-rural area?

Recently moved to a semi-rural area, a place that is a 45 minute drive from lots of bigger places but seems to lack employment opportunities in the immediate vicinity. But, I need a job. Anyone have any ideas for websites, online employment, even small business options I could look into?
posted by erattacorrige on Sep 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Book recommendations needed

Inspired by the challenges that I've seen other people set for themselves, I'd like to take a break from reading only books written by white guys. [more inside]
posted by komara on Sep 7, 2016 - 33 answers

Name badges for kids.

I am a Beaver Scout leader, and need some ideas for making name badges. [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr on Sep 7, 2016 - 14 answers

Trying to Find This Funny Video

Does anyone remember (and can link to) this funny video from several years ago about hanging out with another couple? [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 on Sep 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Short story or parable about a samurai and a supernatural loophole

Help me figure out where I read this short ghost story. [more inside]
posted by figurant on Sep 6, 2016 - 2 answers

Is Politico a trustworthy organization for US news?

I see a lot of Politico stories popping up these days about the upcoming US election. Are they worth my time to read? In general is their news reporting trustworthy and well sourced? Or are they mostly biased, clickbait, or recycled stories from other sources? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Sep 6, 2016 - 12 answers

roll, roll, roll down ze hill.

trying to remember something from the 80s. help? [more inside]
posted by koroshiya on Sep 6, 2016 - 4 answers

Must I respond to a police "welfare check?"

I am on vacation and received a voicemail on my cellphone from an officer with my local police department, saying that he went by my apartment to conduct a welfare check on behalf of "Mr. Max" and asking me to call back to confirm I am okay. I do not know anyone by that name, and I am in regular contact with normal friends and family (needless to say, I am fine). [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Sep 6, 2016 - 20 answers

Work- and Dog-friendly coffee shop in NoVa

NoVaFilter: Can anyone recommend a coffee shop (or other venue) near the Manassas area where I can comfortably sit with my dog and work on my computer for several hours tomorrow morning? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Sep 6, 2016 - 2 answers

Where to spend new years eve 2016 in South East Asia?

I will be in South East Asia from the 19th December until the 10th of January this year and have yet to decide where I am going to spend new years eve. Where should I go for a great celebration? [more inside]
posted by litereally on Sep 6, 2016 - 4 answers

Da-dadah-dadah-dadah-da-dah-dah-dah-DAH! DAAAAAAAAAAAHH!

So, so, so many songs end with the same repeated, seemingly intentionally hammy flourish. What is this called? Where did it come from? What's the story there? Example: 2:38 in to this Dropkick Murphys song, though I could have used a virtually infinite number of others.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 4, 2016 - 7 answers

Book filter: Dead man stays alive as ghost and travels the world?

There's a book that was published near the end of 2015/beginning of 2016 that is about a man who is killed and he ends up as a ghost (or maybe zombie-esque) traveling the world. That's the only description I can remember from the review that I read (in Entertainment Weekly). I also think the book had a brown cover. I don't know if was published in hardcover or paperback. Anyone know what this might be?
posted by lea724 on Sep 4, 2016 - 2 answers

What frog is this?

This frog-like beastie was hanging out next to our pond. It looked to be about three inches long. My best googling makes me think it's a baby bullfrog but I'm a bit confused by the dazzling yellow chin stripe. This is in suburban Bloomington, Indiana.
posted by firstdrop on Sep 3, 2016 - 4 answers

Connecting headphones to a TV that doesn't have a headphone input?

I like watching concert movies and music documentaries, and listening to TuneIn, on my smartTV. Unfortunately, the sound quality of the TV is terrible, and, while I'd like to able to listen with headphones, the TV doesn't have a headphone input. Is there any other way to hook headphones up?
posted by BadgerDoctor on Sep 3, 2016 - 14 answers

being present and connecting

What are practical ways to genuinely be present with people and to connect with them? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Sep 3, 2016 - 15 answers

Please Don't Pull That Trigger (Finger)

Just received a cortisone shot for trigger finger. Reports vary on how soon I should see improvement, if the cortisone is going to help. If it doesn't help, I'll need surgery. I am looking for anecdotal info on your experience (I am not concerned about the surgery, I am just wondering how hopeful or resigned to be). If you have had a cortisone shot, how long did it take to see improvement? I am on day 2 with no improvement at all. You are not my doctor and I am not soliciting medical advice. Thanks!
posted by Ink-stained wretch on Sep 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Help this old lady learn how all you hip young kids take notes in class.

Starting grad school in a few weeks and need some suggestions for note taking "apps" or software. I'm more of a pen and paper kind of girl but I know that, realistically, it might be best if I learned to take lecture notes on my laptop or iPad. What do you use for notes? [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am on Sep 3, 2016 - 38 answers

Horror novels more creepy than bloody?

Mefites, lend me your collective bibliographic wisdom. I'm looking for successful/popular YA novels published in the last 5-7 years that embody creepy/atmospheric horror, as opposed to bloody/gory/slasher horror. If "Anna Dressed in Blood" is on the bloody end of the spectrum, for example, what's on the creepy end?
posted by Shoggoth on Sep 3, 2016 - 7 answers

Food safety question!

Is it ok to prepare bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers ahead of time? I'll be storing them in the fridge for a few hours before cooking. Am I risking any kind of food poisoning?
posted by torisaur on Sep 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Androgenize me!

I need to look a bit androgynous for a role. Challenge: I have long hair. Can it be done? Guide me, hive mind. Googling has had mixed results and I'm wondering if there's a solution other than "low ponytail and heavy brows".
posted by lizifer on Sep 2, 2016 - 8 answers

Vintage Gorillaz: Live on My Laptop?

Back in the proverbial day (2006/2007), the TV channel MHD (later called Palladia, LATER called MTV Live) aired a Gorillaz concert called "Demon Days: Live in Harlem". It was filmed at the Apollo on New Year's Eve, I believe. They performed the Demon Days album straight through, with cartoon visuals. Dennis Hopper narrated one song. I would pay strip club-style SWEATY FISTFULS OF CASH to obtain a decent video of this (digital format is ideal, but DVD is also fine). Any ideas?
posted by julthumbscrew on Sep 2, 2016 - 2 answers

Smashed iPhone into a Million Pieces, now what?

Things got a little heated, iPhone was a casualty. Was thrown intentionally and smashed terribly, beyond any state of repair. Can I tell this to insurance? Am I looking at paying full retail?
posted by kmr on Sep 2, 2016 - 9 answers

Black and Indian couples?

This is for a project: I'm looking for examples of interracial Black (preferably but not mandatorily African) to Indian (preferably but not mandatorily Hindu) relationships in films, literature, news, etc, with emphasis on the Indian family's reaction. Personal anecdotes are welcome
posted by Kwadeng on Sep 1, 2016 - 8 answers

Please help identify this flea sized bug invading my house.

I've been finding these little critters in my new construction house for a couple weeks. They're in every room but most sightings are near front and back doors. My last straw was when one strolled across my partially eaten dinner plate. Yuck!! Calling exterminator in the morning but curious about what I'm dealing with here. Link to reddituploads
posted by dudiggy on Sep 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Lucha in the USA?

I am trying to find out if there are television channels in the United States that show Lucha Libre wrestling? [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener on Sep 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Fresh tomatoes in Hazan's sauce?

Can I use fresh tomatoes in Marcella Hazan's renowned sauce recipe? (M.H. previously and again on the blue.) [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Sep 1, 2016 - 13 answers

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