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Why are we attracted to certain physical types?

Ever since I was adolescent, so before there was even TV in my country, let alone Internet, I've always been attracted to the same type (skinny men with high cheekbones), and wonder what determines the physical type of people one is attracted to. Is there some kind of cultural, biological, Freudian or whatever explanation?
posted by Kwadeng on Nov 11, 2015 - 13 answers

Assembling an Online Media Kit for Artist Friend

I'm helping a performing artist friend with media outreach. I've been a reporter and PR flack before, but always on the print side and for organizations, not individuals. What should be in her online media kit that will be posted on her website? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Nov 11, 2015 - 1 answer

Friend filter: how to find a younger man for a casual relationship?

My friend, an attractive woman in her late forties, recently had a fling with a significantly younger (early thirties) guy whom she met by chance and who did all the pursuing. Both of them were unattached and, for various reasons, not interested in "real" relationships. It ended amicably and she realized that she would like to have this kind of lover in her life again, but how should she go about deliberately finding a willing partner? [more inside]
posted by rpfields on Nov 11, 2015 - 13 answers

Best price for iPad mini 2?

We are getting iPad mini 2's for our 3 kids for Xmas, and I'm trying to decide how to get the best deal, particularly with Black Friday/Cyber Monday coming up in 2 weeks. How do you know when to wait vs. buy? [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Nov 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Curtain Conundrum: Open Floor Plan Edition

My kitchen and living room are one open space. In the middle of the longest wall, I have a kitchen window that is 69 inches wide, and approximately 80 inches high. This window is bare, as I have been paralyzed with indecision about how to treat it. I'm hosting Thanksgiving here in a few weeks, and the time has come to dress this window....but how? [more inside]
posted by little mouth on Nov 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Vet Advice: FeLV, Neutering & Second Opinions

Our vet doesn't want to neuter our four-month-old kittens due to their weak positive FeLV status. We feel the importance of neutering now outweigh the risks and have found a vet willing to neuter them both next week. Can we continue seeing the old vet after the operation or should we find a new practice? [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord on Nov 10, 2015 - 9 answers

A travel pillow focused on side support

What is the best travel pillow that provides side-to-side neck support with minimal back-of-neck support? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Nov 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Quick Data Collection Problem

I have a CSV with one column that contains User IDs. I need to make another CSV that counts how many times each User ID appears in the document, and output it to another CSV That has something like UID1 >> 3; UID4 >> 1; UID20 >> 0. There are thousands of User IDs, so I need to be able to set up a range for it to scan for. Is this possible with free software and not much programming expertise? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Fowl water

They say you shouldn't rinse chicken before cooking because it just spreads bacterial contamination (and I agree). But how, then, am I supposed to deal with brining chicken, which involves both dumping out raw chicken water and rinsing the raw meat? (Assume I am not interested in dry brining.) [more inside]
posted by paperback version on Nov 10, 2015 - 18 answers

How are Puerto Rico's highways for night driving?

My wife and I are heading to Puerto Rico for a few days, and plan to explore the island and see a couple baseball games. One is in Mayaguez, but it's only just occurred to me that means driving back to San Juan at probably a little before 10pm. We live in the middle of nowhere, so I'm used to hours-long drives home late after we do something in the city, but my only experience driving in PR is from San Juan to the rainforest, during the day. Are highway conditions OK for driving at night if I only have tourist Spanish and don't really know where I'm going? I'll have an iPhone, but should I spring for the GPS with the rental car?
posted by aaronetc on Nov 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Does FannieMae consider wage deduction (garnishment) a hardship?

Wells Fargo has required that I fill out a Uniform Borrower Assistance Form because my wages are being garnished for repayment of credit card debt. Is this considered a reduction in income outside of my control?
posted by qsysopr on Nov 10, 2015 - 2 answers

Backpack with suspended mesh back panel AND organizey bits?

I get sweaty, and having tried a backpack with a suspended mesh back panel (aka trampoline suspension aka tensioned-mesh panel), there's no going back. But these all seem to be gormless with one giant chamber and maybe one or two small pockets -- I also want the sort of organizer panel and multiple compartments you get from a commuter daypack. And a hip belt to put the load on my hips. Anyone know a specific backpack with all of the above? [more inside]
posted by Zed on Nov 9, 2015 - 7 answers

How to celebrate the first snow of winter?

This will be my fourth winter living in a place that gets snow every winter. Every year I get VERY VERY excited when it snows for the first time. Other than squeeing joyfully, what is something I can do each year to celebrate the first snow of winter?
posted by ilovewinter on Nov 9, 2015 - 39 answers

What Pride & Prejudice quote am I thinking of? (No, not the first line)

A long time ago, on another forum, someone wrote a quote that came from Pride & Prejudice, or some other work by Jane Austen. The quote criticized women who put down other women in an attempt to appeal to men. [more inside]
posted by picklenickle on Nov 9, 2015 - 5 answers

Fun, Inexpensive Baby Shower Gift?

Help me think of a not-too-expensive gift (under $50) to take to a friend's baby shower. They have a registry but I'd rather get them something fun that they weren't expecting. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 9, 2015 - 20 answers

What phone for West Africa?

I'm travelling to West Africa soon. I need to make calls from the airport as soon as I've landed. I could choose a cheap sim-free phone with a global sim, or a more expensive dual sim phone*. My questions are, firstly has anyone done this and what sim/phone combination would they recommend? Secondly, given that the dual-sim phone runs on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 is it likely I would be able to use my usual 3G sim in this phone while still in the UK? Websites tell me 3G Band 2 uses 1900 MHz (PCS), is this equivalent to GSM 1900? [more inside]
posted by glasseyes on Nov 9, 2015 - 6 answers

Start making sense

I’m looking for suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat movies (horror, mystery, thriller, action) that are reasonably realistic and have a conclusive, unambiguous ending. When watching movies, I’m always willing to suspend some disbelief, but only up to a point. I’m turned off by gaping holes in the plot line, implausible twists, and puzzling endings. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Nov 8, 2015 - 26 answers

Where and how to buy mobile phones nowadays

Since Verizon ditched the subsidized-phone-with-contract deal, I'm not sure what the best way to buy a phone is anymore. My contract just ended and I'm DYING to get a new phone. My last one failed under warranty and the replacement that they gave me had a battery that would barely make it through the day ("like new", my ass). I've been counting the days until I was able to upgrade. [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 on Nov 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Kelp me if you can, i'm feelin down....

Where can I buy Sea Tangle kelp noodles in Manhattan (or, perhaps, near Cobble Hill if necessary). [more inside]
posted by flourpot on Nov 8, 2015 - 2 answers

Looking for a powerful, replacement RSS aggregation tool

I used Yahoo Pipes to make a fantastic literature skimmer, but now it is dead and I'm struggling to find a replacement. [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Nov 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Can I get English-language service for my Japanese PS4?

So: my 2-month-old PS4 has broken down, with error CE-34878-0 across all applications. Sony US normally replaces machines that have this issue. My problem: I have a Japanese PS4, and Sony US refuses to service it. Sony Japan could probably help, but I don't speak Japanese (and I live in the US). What can I do? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Nov 7, 2015 - 4 answers

Where to find places to live and people to live with (Twin Cities)

I'm going to be starting a graduate program in St. Paul in February (coming from Omaha) and need to get my (new) life together in a fairly short period of time. Where can I find a place to live and a roommate? Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by holmesian on Nov 7, 2015 - 6 answers

Will admitting fault void my LDW on a rental car?

Returned a rental car recently, had some damage in a crowded parking garage. Seems like the rental agent was trying to get me not to admit fault, but I was dumb and did so. Can they void my LDW by saying it was "reckless"? I'm worried: only light body damage, but will be hella expensive, plus downtime charges, if I'm on the hook.
posted by ArgyleGargoyle on Nov 7, 2015 - 10 answers

Paying IRS LLC Back Taxes, please help!

So, I'm trying to pay the filing fees online that I never got around to. The personal tax account I made, my business tax ID number is attached to as well, HOWEVER, it's not indicating that I owe anything. I looked everywhere on the site menu to see how I can pay and it says I owe nothing (I owe a lot, even with no sales). Tax man is after me and I don't know what to do, please help! I'm in NY.
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Nov 6, 2015 - 6 answers

Help evaluating a job offer: consulting/defense contractor

They have moved very quickly: red flag? How much stock should I place in Glassdoor reviews? Is any "consultant" title a useful foot in the door to the industry? Is this uninspiring salary reasonable given my background? Intricacies below the fold. [more inside]
posted by ecsh on Nov 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me unjam my U lock

My Palmy U lock, with one of those simple circular keys, is stuck. How do I open it? [more inside]
posted by domnit on Nov 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Keeping in touch for the terminally awkward - employment edition

I am terrible at maintaining contact with former supervisors/professors and have the tendency to put it off until it can't be avoided, then I feel like a jerk for only reaching out when I need something. How does one word a professional keep in touch email? [more inside]
posted by fox problems on Nov 6, 2015 - 15 answers

Front load washing machine: spin extraction problem

After a year of normal functioning, my washing machine's spin cycle is not extracting properly -- but ONLY with flannel sheets. They go through the spin cycle, but the water doesn't extract. The wash drum has no puddle. Just the flannel sheets are soaking wet. Other types of fabrics come out normal, with excess water extracted. Towels, jeans, percale sheets come out normal. Small flannel pillowcases come out normal. [more inside]
posted by valannc on Nov 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Can I refuse to meet with this professor?

I been told to setup a meeting with one of my professors, but faculty will only vaguely say it is about my "level of participation" and "demeanor," and have refused to give any further details. What are my options for declining to meet with this professor or arranging some alternative to a one-on-one private meeting? This is at the university level. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum on Nov 6, 2015 - 59 answers

What's it called if you can read everything but you can't spell anything

My 9 year old son is having a very hard time learning to spell. He's a voracious reader, and reads above grade level with good comprehension. In general he's plenty smart. But spelling even basic words is a struggle for him. It has gotten to the point where "just practice more and you'll catch on" doesn't seem like the right strategy. Is there a specific learning disability related to spelling? [more inside]
posted by alms on Nov 6, 2015 - 17 answers

Four pirates fight for 100 gold coins

Four people, one competition. One officially won. The others want half the prize. Details within. [more inside]
posted by lost_lettuce on Nov 6, 2015 - 20 answers

My son's admirers at school - teachable moment?

My 5-year-old son has been getting notes and gifts from classmates who seem to be quite fond of him. Now what? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Nov 5, 2015 - 17 answers

Help me find this story about an oil bigwig talking to protesters

I'm trying to find the story about some big oil guy, like president of Shell or Exxon or something like that. He was at home and some students, or just garden variety environmental protesters, had gathered outside his house to shout at him. He went out and instead of arguing with them, he sat down on the lawn and invited them to join him and talk. [more inside]
posted by stellathon on Nov 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Losing a Limb

From a non-medical perspective, what is it like to recover from having most of a leg amputated? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Nov 5, 2015 - 5 answers

Site that matches people (like secret santa)

I'm helping in the planning stages of a swap(s) (it's for a quilt guild) and I'm trying to find a site that will help with the matching of pairs, kinda like the secret santa thing Metafilter and Reddit does. Prerequisites after the break. [more inside]
posted by pibeandres on Nov 5, 2015 - 5 answers

What are these architectural features on churches/cathedrals for?

You are not my architect but maybe you can explain these concrete things to me. [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Nov 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Making the best, fluffiest popcorn at home

I am seeking the absolute most top-notch way to make popcorn at home. Ideally, it would be air-popped, though I could use a little oil if needed. Looking for recommendations on both cooking method/devices, popcorn types, and any other accoutrements. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Nov 5, 2015 - 38 answers

Securing an SSD

I replaced my laptop's hard drive, and it sometimes comes loose because it doesn't fit snugly into the compartment. Solutions? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Nov 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Please help me indulge this ghoulish "need."

I couldn't sleep last night, so I re-read Johnny Got His Gun, of course. Ever since the movie was released, I've wanted to see the actual crater of Joe's injured head. I've searched the web and Images using several phrases/key words, but the results are only the novel cover art or the drummer of the same name. [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier on Nov 5, 2015 - 3 answers

How weird would it be to wear a wedding ring when I'm unmarried?

I'm a single straight man in my mid 30s. I'm seriously considering buying and wearing a (cheap) wedding band for reasons I'll list out below, but I know it will seem weird when I have to explain to someone that I'm not actually married. I can't gauge how weird, though, so please help. [more inside]
posted by crd on Nov 4, 2015 - 43 answers

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story to preschoolers?

My four-year-old is as obsessed with Hamilton as I am. He is full of Alexander Hamilton facts and keeps sing "Oceans rise, empires faaaaaaall" with Broadway gestures. We need some high-quality Founding Father (and/or Mother!) children's books! Obviously the big gets are the guys from the musical: Hamilton, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. But we will also accept Franklin, Jay, lesser founders, and assorted wives and girlfriends. And I suppose Aaron Burr, sir. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Nov 4, 2015 - 21 answers

Rainout, rainout, go away!

CPAP users: How do you prevent rainout (condensation forming in your hose and landing on your face) in your CPAP, besides using a heated hose? My "hose cozy" is just not cutting it. Is there anything I can do before I see my doctor about a new prescription for a CPAP with a heated hose? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Nov 4, 2015 - 14 answers

How do I not want a relationship?

How can I become satisfied enough by non-relationship pursuits that a relationship no longer feels necessary? Using "relationship" to mean a romantic relationship, here. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast on Nov 4, 2015 - 20 answers

Camera for a 4 year old?

My four year old son is showing a lot of interest in our cameras, and I'd like to get him one of his own. I'm looking for recommendations from parents whose kid(s) have had and used one for a while and had a good experience with it. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 4, 2015 - 18 answers

Creating date/time/email-of-addressee log from hotmail (or viber)?

Not a sexy task, I know, but I would like to create a log to help prove that - via hotmail and/or viber - I had regular communication with someone across a period of two-ish months. [more inside]
posted by Halo in reverse on Nov 4, 2015 - 3 answers

'70s era cookie recipe from Sunset magazine

(Asking for a friend) Mom and I used to use a 1970s cookie recipe from Sunset magazine for making Christmas cookies every year, which I now cannot find anywhere in the kitchen. All I really remember about the recipe is the photo that accompanied it. It's a little girl proudly holding up a cookie she made from the recipe. I believe she shaped it into a number (possibly a 5?) for her birthday. It is a plain cookie, so it doesn't have any unique ingredients. Possibly sugar cookie.
posted by sbutler on Nov 3, 2015 - 10 answers

In matters of love, do you let the head rule over the heart?

In a relationship that is heading towards marriage, how do you decide on how much to compromise on? Does being practical trump being emotional when in a relationship? How do you make big life decisions? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Nov 3, 2015 - 83 answers

"Quarterbacking" in the arena of international business

I work in a large company with offices around the world, but with head offices in North America. Today, as I was reading a policy update, I came across the usage of the term "act as a quarterback". To me, this idiom seems to be a little biased towards North American workplaces (especially given that my company has a presence outside of North America), and can easily be replaced by "coordinator". But I'm not sure if I should let it go or to ask the copywriter of the release to consider using a different term to eliminate unconscious bias (and in the unlikely event that I do contact the copywriter, what would be the best approach) so I would like to see how everyone on Metafilter thinks. Thank you in advance!
posted by Tsukushi on Nov 3, 2015 - 31 answers

Riddle me this, interviewee

We're holding interviews this week for a new team member, and we're trying hard to come up with (preferably fun) questions that will help us determine if the folks we're interviewing are a good fit. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by okayokayigive on Nov 3, 2015 - 25 answers

Did I just lose 99.9% of my iTunes library?!?

I opened iTunes today to play some music, and discovered that of the 13,129 songs in my library, only 22 truly remain. Where did the rest go? [more inside]
posted by xmattxfx on Nov 2, 2015 - 18 answers

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