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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

Why did my Irish ancestors leave from Liverpool instead of Londonderry?

My 3-greats grandfather departed Liverpool, England with all of his children for America and arrived here in New York on November 18, 1866. The thing is, I am as sure as I can be that he lived in Raphoe, Donegal, Ireland. Why would he go alll the way to Liverpool when Londonderry was so close? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on May 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Have vs Has

It's not important at all, but it bothers me! Yes, I know something's wrong with me. But which is correct? And why? [more inside]
posted by one4themoment on May 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me find an mp3 of a song?

I am trying to find the mp3 of a song from a youtube video. Is there a service like TinEye, but for music? Alternately, is this something you wonderful MeFites could help me find? I'm looking for the music in this video. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on May 13, 2015 - 6 answers

"Scraping" a website for a particular email address?

This is for work, honest. We've had instructions to delete a generic email address as all enquiries sent to it (about one every three months) are going to be redirected elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by turbid dahlia on May 12, 2015 - 14 answers

Name this drum sound of the late '90s

I'm trying to identify the drums used on a lot of music of the late '90s. Three songs that have this drum sound are Lullaby by Shawn Mullins, Short Change by E-Z Rollers, and Woke Up This Morning by Alabama 3. [more inside]
posted by Megnusin on May 12, 2015 - 12 answers

Can I or how do I sharpen this meat grinder blade?

I have a venerable Moulinex "Jeanette 243" grinder, with a very old blade, which I'm not sure how to sharpen [more inside]
posted by Dext on May 12, 2015 - 4 answers

How do you share a bed when it's too hot?

How do you sleep with someone who insists on throwing all the blankets off the bed, when you are a person who needs weight to sleep well? [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on May 12, 2015 - 42 answers

Overheating in bed, steps to take - sleep filter

I haven't been sleeping well. Including all winter. I have a crappy polyester comforter and Target Jersey Cotten Sheets, and a $600 10 inch memory foam mattress from Amazon with two memory foam pillows. So - basically everything that would make me overheat. Would adding a Latex Topper to the mix fix a lot of problems? [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on May 11, 2015 - 37 answers

Toddler's Diarrhea---how to help?

We're looking for suggestions to help toddler's diarrhea [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on May 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Meniscal tears and physical therapy

Asking for my SO: Our patient in question has had knee pain on and off (mostly on) for 4 months that has recently been diagnosed as a meniscal tear. Doctor is recommending surgery; however there are several studies that indicate that physical therapy can work as well as surgery in many cases. If you have tried physical therapy for a torn meniscus, how did it work out? [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on May 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me replace a travel coffee mug!

I'm coming up short looking through Google Images and on Amazon for a coffee mug to replace the special one I broke this morning. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on May 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Polished black shoes turned white

Polished a pair of black shoes and after awhile the toe caps turned white. Can this be fixed? [more inside]
posted by lucia_engel on May 10, 2015 - 5 answers

Family-friendly hotel in Victoria BC?

We are a party of 4 traveling by ferry from Seattle. We will not have a car. What are your favorite hotels in Victoria?
posted by gryphonlover on May 9, 2015 - 9 answers

Downloading shows/movies to watch offline on a Mac

I'm about to get on a long international flight. I'd like to download some TV shows and movies to my Mac laptop before I go, so that I can watch them offline while in the air. Most sites seem to be focused on streaming these days, so what are my best options for obtaining offline content? I'm in the U.S. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on May 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Emergency LibreOffice help: all of my footnotes just disappeared!

Emergency LibreOffice help: all of my footnotes just disappeared! [more inside]
posted by saladin on May 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Help! Poison ivy growing into my garden

There is poison ivy growing into my vegetable garden. The area it originates from is not accessible, and the roots are right next to the garden. How can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by foid on May 9, 2015 - 16 answers

Fjällräven kånken advice!

I'm looking to buy a practical backpack that will last and look good for hiking, walking around town, daytrips abroad, and more. I'm leaning towards a Fjällräven kånken due to their classic design and quality. [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord on May 9, 2015 - 11 answers

breakdown of Yale salaries by salary grade

I need to see a breakdown of Yale salaries by salary grade; does anyone know where I can find this online? [more inside]
posted by StealthOatmeal on May 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Kondo-ing my place. Should I keep books from grad school?

I went to grad school for counseling. While I work in the field (policy/government), I'm not working clinically anymore. Due to financial constraints, I have to stick to government work while I pay off student loans for the forseeable future (at least 6-7 years). [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on May 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Seeking women's summer fashion role models

I need summer fashion role models. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on May 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Doing a Line Dance

There are these selectable objects/lines all over my Excel spreadsheet. Instead of selecting a cell, I'll often accidentally click one of these instead, and it is very annoying. Please help. [more inside]
posted by papayaninja on May 8, 2015 - 4 answers

This is possibly the most boring thing I've ever asked.

Last year we bought a set of appliances (fridge, dishwasher, stove) from Whirlpool and they've sent us a warranty renewal notice. Best as I can tell, the offer is coming from Whirlpool directly (they have our info on file as we got a manufacturer's rebate.) Can you school me on what the deal with appliance warranties is? [more inside]
posted by griphus on May 7, 2015 - 15 answers

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