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Invited a friend to visit for a couple of days, she's staying for a week

I'm in the midst of an extremely stressful period in grad school, and mistakenly and optimistically extended an invite to a friend who had been wanting to visit me in my city. [more inside]
posted by charlielxxv on Jan 19, 2015 - 25 answers

Help please??

Will bifocals help my scenario? [more inside]
posted by Wontly on Jan 19, 2015 - 17 answers

Can you have two health insurance companies & plans?

Hi MeFi, So a bit of a weird situation here. I was laid off in 2013 and at the end of that year I applied for Obamacare. It took FOREVER to get the application going since the website was awful so long story short, it's early 2014 and I get a job with full benefits. I completely forget about the application for Obamacare and it's now January 2015 and I received a letter from CeltiCare Health saying 'hi, here's your coverage card. you are now insured with celticare...' So now, technically, I have two coverages? One from my employer and through Celticare? How does this work? Should I call Celticare and let them know I already have insurance? What benefits are there to having two? Legal or not? Thanks for your help!
posted by bostonhill on Jan 19, 2015 - 12 answers

What to do with my grad school notes and readings after grad school?

New grad student here, back from 10 years in the private sector to get my masters (and if I'm lucky, a doctorate) in counseling/psychology. My question in brief: Should I hold onto my class notes and readings? Did yours come in handy after you left yon ivory tower? [more inside]
posted by aaxelrod on Jan 19, 2015 - 21 answers

Whole-house automation

I've just bought a lovely new house, and I'll need to rewire the 2nd and 3rd floors and replace the mains, at the very least. Might as well move up to a 200A breaker box, while I'm at it. And I'd like to automate as much as possible, but for multiple reasons I dislike/distrust wireless systems. X10 questions after the fold... [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Jan 19, 2015 - 10 answers

start me making jewelry

I need the basics to start making jewelry as a hobby. [more inside]
posted by Koko on Jan 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Bond, James Bo... I mean JANE Bond

I've changed my name. Is there any tool to help me update my online presence accordingly? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Jan 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Aftermath of an upper respiratory infection

I've been having the upper respiratory infection from hell for more than a week, and have two questions about the aftermath. [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Jan 19, 2015 - 13 answers

I need these fancy pants

I saw someone wearing the shiniest pants I've ever seen, and I'd love to get a pair like them. [more inside]
posted by you could feel the sky on Jan 18, 2015 - 8 answers

We need a motto. It should be in Latin so it can look good on a crest.

My husband and I would like a good Latin translation for "Doing it Right. Right Now." You could also punctuate it this way: "Doing it right right now" [more inside]
posted by nosila on Jan 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Best old-school haircut in Harvard Square?

Friend's dad is visiting Cambridge and wants to get his hair cut. Where's the best place for him to go? [more inside]
posted by Right On Red on Jan 18, 2015 - 5 answers

It's better to get cut off abruptly than to fade out

I'm putting together a playlist of songs that cut off abruptly—as if by mistake—and I'm turning to the hivemind for examples. Perhaps the best known song is I Want You (She's So Heavy) by the Beatles. It's going great, but then...silence. [more inside]
posted by Woodroar on Jan 18, 2015 - 25 answers

I know it's my mom's money to spend but...

Today my Mom and I sat through a Rainbow vacuum cleaner sales pitch for 2 hours and ultimately she decided to buy one for $3,000. Throughout the pitch, she kept asking me what i thought and i gave her my opinion several times that it wasn't worth it and we had other places we could spend the money that might have higher priority. She's a widow in her 60's and i think she just wanted permission from someone else to buy it. [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog on Jan 17, 2015 - 20 answers

New wireless router recommendations

We have an old D-link DIR-655 wireless router that has become kind of flakey lately (dropping connectivity fairly often) and, after reading a few other Asks on routers, I think we probably just need a new one. Any recent experience with brands to choose or avoid? We use wintel laptops and apple phones/tablets in case that matters. [more inside]
posted by blurker on Jan 17, 2015 - 5 answers

In search of software to rate/track my favorite movies

Seeking software tips for rating and tracking last view date for my favorite action movies. I have lost a lot of weight over the last few years watching action movies on my elliptical. But I find that not all "action" movies are best for that purpose...they must have a high "distraction" factor where I forget the machine and focus on the movie...minimum "talking" scenes. More details after the break. [more inside]
posted by forthright on Jan 17, 2015 - 4 answers

I am so suspicious of someone who keeps wanting to buy our van

My Mr and I own a 1994 "Sportsmobile" that is parked all the time next to our drive. It runs and Mr keeps it pretty well maintained. Mr bought it used several years ago. He paid quite a bit for it. We never use it, however...and Mr has expressed to me on occasion that he'd like to just get rid of it. It has a couple of issues that are difficult. (Water leaks into it, for one thing. It is an ongoing problem). [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Jan 16, 2015 - 33 answers

MacBook charger cord casing repair

The rubbery casing on my MacBook's charger just split after 6 months of use. I bought this one after the same thing happened to my last one. It's not splitting in the high strain zone near the body of the adapter, but part way down the cord. What's the best way to prevent the cord from splitting further? I've tried electrical tape previously, but it doesn't hold up well and leaves a lot of goopy adhesive behind. Thanks!
posted by waninggibbon on Jan 16, 2015 - 15 answers

How to stay fed and entertained in Killington VT?

My girlfriend and I are spending the long the weekend skiing in Killington Vermont. We've never been here before, we are looking for restaurant recommendations from locals or folks that have spent significant time here. In particular, places that have decent vegetarian options (I eat eggs and dairy but not fish) would be great. [more inside]
posted by dyslexictraveler on Jan 16, 2015 - 12 answers

No-frills, no-hassle third-party fundraising

Let's say I really care about some charity. I'd like to do an online fundraising drive---with premiums that I send to donors. I'm not affiliated with the charity, or I am but this drive is an independent, personal initiative. Either way, the charity isn't involved except for the happy day when they get a check. Is there some online service that makes all this easy for me? [more inside]
posted by tss on Jan 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Best place to host audio files from a conference

I am trying to post a couple audio recordings of a conference online. I would like to be able to link to these recordings from our website, and possibly prevent download. What are some of the best options out there for this kind of file-sharing? [more inside]
posted by Rage-chel on Jan 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Dentist: Do I go or not?

I went to the dentist for an emergency appointment on Tuesday after getting an excruciating toothache, and left with two fillings. That night, the toothache returned. I waited a day in case it was due to the surgery, and yesterday contacted the dentist to ask for an appointment, which I have in 90 minutes. Since then, the toothache has vanished completely aside from some very minor lingering tenderness. Do I still go, or do I cancel?
posted by tracicle on Jan 15, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I find contact info for someone appearing in the media?

I'm doing a big research project and have come across a few articles (and a few videos, one produced by VICE) containing interviews with people I would really love to talk to. How can I get in touch with these people, assuming googling their info is not an option? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Jan 15, 2015 - 17 answers

Excel Question: VLOOKUP and beyond?

How can I combine these two tabs of data in Excel using VLOOKUP and/or some other function? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jan 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Get me out of bed

What are your tips for getting out of bed in the morning? I'd like to hear your advise on going from first waking up to 'up and functioning' as speedily as possible. I'm always groggy (and if I'm honest, cranky) first thing, but OK after the first 10-15 minutes. So my main problem as I see it is that initial movement to the vertical (no pun intended). What methods have you used to get you staggering to the shower? I can't be too noisy, as my partner is legitimately sleeping in beside me, so I'm really interested in what you tell yourself or motivational thoughts that get you moving. [more inside]
posted by M.Onniker on Jan 15, 2015 - 41 answers

Slip sliding away

My fitted sheet (bottom sheet) has a tendency to gradually get pulled off one side of the bed. This is because one side is closer to the wall, so all my getting in/out of bed and sleeping is on the other side. Is there a way I can stop this from happening, or at least slow it down? [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Jan 14, 2015 - 17 answers

What should I wear to yoga?

Going to my first-ever yoga class this Sunday. Late 30s male. What should I wear? And what should I bring with me? I am going to a beginner's class at Pure Yoga on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 14, 2015 - 21 answers

Real estate lawyers: worth it for "normal" homebuying? (Ontario, Canada)

My wife and I are actively looking to buy a house in Kingston, Ontario and have been working with a real estate agent that we're quite happy with. What would the advantage of having a real estate lawyer in the mix be? We're considering modestly priced single-family homes, possibly with an added apartment, and not sure what value we'd get by adding about $1,000 in legal fees to the proceedings. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jan 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me buy a digital radio as a gift.

My partner has a birthday coming up and I'm looking for a gift. She is in the habit of listening to the radio on her phone while she does chores around the house or works from home, so I want to get her something a bit nicer to listen on. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Dext on Jan 14, 2015 - 15 answers

Loosening my bobbin tension has no effect. Where am I going wrong?

Novice sewer here and I've got a tension headache. I'm working on piping for some cushions I'm sewing, and just finished ~16 ft worth of it without changing my thread. All my stitches were just fine. When I switched to a different color, I had to increase the needle thread tension to the point of puckering the fabric just to pull up the bobbin thread enough to balance my stitches. Please help. [more inside]
posted by oogenesis on Jan 14, 2015 - 18 answers

Programming Help - Windows 8 and "Connected Standby"

I want to disable my mouse during "Connected Standby", a special sleep mode that Windows 8 uses. This is to stop my mouse from waking up my tablet. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by o310362 on Jan 13, 2015 - 1 answer

Medical bill that never arived

I had a lab test a few days after my insurance changed. I hadn't been provided with new insurance cards at the time (despite begging for them over the phone), so the test was sent off without my insurance info, and I was told that a bill would be sent to me which I could then forward to my insurer for reimbursement. This was four months ago, and I still haven't received a bill. [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Jan 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Where can I find another wallet in this style?

I was given this wallet. It quickly broke, but in the short time I had to use it I realized I like how it opens up and fans out the cards. Where can I find a replacement? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jan 13, 2015 - 4 answers

We Need Words of Encouragement

On anxiety and medication for the modern man. [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Jan 13, 2015 - 17 answers

Looking for BBC program about Winnie the Pooh from 2001

Does anyone know where I might be able to see this footage or the whole program?
posted by bq on Jan 13, 2015 - 1 answer

When is person A and person B's joint 100th birthday?

I have two friends, person A and person B. Person A was born 4 February 1971, so will be 44 soon. Person B was born 29 March 1959 and will be 56 soon. Until 4 February 2016 they will then collectively be 100 years old. But on what date between those two birthdays could they be considered exactly 100?. I want to send a joint 100th birthday card and I think, but I'm not sure, that it's the 2 or 3 March.
posted by dowcrag on Jan 13, 2015 - 9 answers

What technique was used to create this album artwork?

Does anyone know how to create the beautiful abstract swirls in the background of this album art? My hunch is that it was done using coloured oil, but I really have no idea, and if anyone has ever seen anything like it before and knows how to do it, I'd really like to know!
posted by Quilford on Jan 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Can you ID this stamp? Looks like Russian(?) on the front

Can anyone identify this stamp or tell me what the caption says? [more inside]
posted by nanhey on Jan 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Is it smart to buy a '91 Civic with 245k miles on it?

Is it smart to buy a '91 Civic with 245k miles on it? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Jan 12, 2015 - 22 answers

Ob/gyn in Philadelphia

Recommendations for an ob/gyn in Philadelphia who is taking new patients? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Jan 12, 2015 - 4 answers

No, you cannot confirm your email address (Instagram account irritation)

Some kid who shares my fairly uncommon name is trying to use my email address to register their Instagram account and I keep getting emails about it. How can I make them stop? [more inside]
posted by mymbleth on Jan 12, 2015 - 20 answers

Alternatives to Moleskine *large* cahier?

Please find me a better notebook. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on Jan 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Quietish place in Cambridge to watch the college football championship?

My otherwise-sensible partner has an inexplicable fondness for the Oregon Ducks and would like to watch them duke it out with Ohio State in the upcoming championship, but our internet is mostly down and we don't have a TV. Where in Cambridge/Somerville can we hang out and watch the game tonight (Monday)? The quieter the better; I have some sensory issues and don't do so well in noisy, crowded spaces. Near Central would be great, but we have a car and can roam farther afield if the roads stay decent.
posted by dorque on Jan 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Is it dragonpox, doctor?

I've been getting these blotchy raised patches around my mouth for about 6 years. I've shown photos of them to allergists, dermatologists, and specialists, and nobody can tell me what they are, though I've been treated for a host of things that don't quite seem to get rid of the blotches entirely. Today another one showed up and I got a clear photo of it. What is it? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jan 11, 2015 - 30 answers

What's the name of the music used in This American Life episode 379?

In the 379th episode of popular podcast, This American Life, titled "Return To The Scene Of The Crime", the prologue is dubbed with a jazzy instrumental that I've been unable to identify. Please take a look at the included track if you think you might be able to identify it. [more inside]
posted by Megnusin on Jan 11, 2015 - 1 answer

What is the ninth thing wrong in Miss Bass's classroom?

In the children's book Wacky Wednesday, what is the ninth thing that is wacky in Miss Bass's classroom? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jan 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Mad for horizontal stripes, but I've got a belly.

I'm crazy about this dress. I read the reviews, and at almost 5'3" I'm not afraid it will be too short. The thing is, I'm what is euphemistically termed an "apple" shape (big-ish pasta belly) while the rest of me is regular. I usually wear a size 16 dress. [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier on Jan 10, 2015 - 17 answers

Help me understand work habits. How much time is spent ...not working?

At work, no one has ever monitored my time or even told me what hours I should be working, so I'm not sure what is appropriate. I'm a good performer, but am still on edge and worried I could be seen as inappropriate. I understand no one can give 100% all the time, but lately I spend more time browsing or chatting with coworkers. I don't want to get a surprise reprimand or be viewed as a slacker. Please help me determine what is and isn't acceptable in the workplace. [more inside]
posted by WCF on Jan 10, 2015 - 24 answers

Alternative to playing videos in VLC for audo volume correction

Right now, if I find a video I really like on youtube with subpar volume, I have to download it and play it via VLC. Kind of ruins the playlist experience. Are there plugins or extensions that will do the same thing, ie increase the level of the audio output?
posted by one4themoment on Jan 9, 2015 - 9 answers

Is that a box? With faces on it? With a headshot on top? What?

From this recent MeFi post, a young English child stands rapt in front of his TV watching the opening of Star Wars: Episode IV. That's all well and good, but what's that box behind him on the floor all about? [more inside]
posted by GamblingBlues on Jan 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Comedy skit where speaker is constantly interrupted by handler?

I remember a comedy sketch that involved a speaker making a public announcement, and throughout the presentation, they are constantly interrupted by a lawyer, PR person, or similar handler who won't allow them to say anything of substance. Even mundane details are censored. Naturally, the speaker gets very frustrated. I know this isn't much to go on, but by chance do any of you have any inkling what show this would have been? Google is failing me! [more inside]
posted by scaldwell17 on Jan 9, 2015 - 5 answers

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