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Murakami, Translation, and Descriptions of Food?

Would the Japanese text of a Murakami novel bother elaborating that oyakodon is "rice topped with chicken and eggs" - or is that bit of text added by the translator for the benefit of foreign-language (English, in this case) readers? [more inside]
posted by unmake on Jun 20, 2015 - 6 answers

70's Science Fiction Story Identification Wanted!

I remember reading a SciFi story when I was a kid about a man who was revered because he could heal any disease. His body would go through a strange biological cycle allowing these healing powers only for a short time. The problem was that later in that cycle, he harbored infectious diseases that caused harm to anyone close to him until the cycle completed and he became "pure" once again. The name escapes me and all searches for the title have failed. Can you help me? Thanks!
posted by queue_strategy on Jun 20, 2015 - 2 answers

Can any guitar techs out there help fix my knob?

How do I fix a volume knob on my Les Paul? [more inside]
posted by downtohisturtles on Jun 20, 2015 - 12 answers

Obligated to talk to roomie about potential depression/drinking problem?

While she doesn't get obliterated, my roommate does drink a substantial amount most nights. I think she may be depressed. My friend pointed out that as her roommate I may be the only one aware of her behavior. Am I obligated to talk to her about it? How do I bring it up? [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Jun 20, 2015 - 17 answers

Help me solve a moriarty riddle

My 9 year old has a "choose your own adventure" type Sherlock Comic book, which has a (non essential for the adventure) riddle that we can't seem to be able to solve. I've tried googling and wolfram alpha, and am still stuck. Please Help [more inside]
posted by motdiem2 on Jun 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Brownish liquid in fermenting fennel?

Dig this jar of fermenting fennel in the style of sauerkraut. It's all bubbly and shit! But also the water at the top is all brownish and shit! Is this something I should be concerned about?
posted by kenko on Jun 19, 2015 - 9 answers

What is this piece of chemistry glassware for?

What on earth is this item of chemistry glassware for?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jun 19, 2015 - 4 answers

WIN8.1 insecure, bigtime. Do I need to go linux to have some privacy?

Microsoft is creepy-crawling into and onto my shiny new WIN8.1 computers. Do I need to go linux to have some privacy? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Jun 19, 2015 - 10 answers

Need a Book Suggestion for HS Graduating Niece

My niece has just graduated from high school and is going to college in August. I would like to get her a meaningful book as a graduation present. Difficulty level: the kid might be gay but isn’t sure. [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp on Jun 19, 2015 - 10 answers

Rice Cooker and Frozen Veggies

Will frozen veggies and rice work with higher-end rice cookers? [more inside]
posted by johnnydummkopf on Jun 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Homemade ice cream... do we have the technology?

I would really love to know if it is possible to make gelato/ice cream at home as good or better than the best brands you would buy in the store or high end ice cream parlors (in NYC, some of my idols include Ample Hills Creamery, Fresco Gelateria, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory). Are there any good books or resources out there? Is special equipment needed? Does anyone have any great methods and tools they would like to share?
posted by incolorinred on Jun 19, 2015 - 25 answers

Making art prints from a vintage book online

I found a gorgeous art book online with images I'd like to make into art prints. How can I do this given that all I have is a sort of cruddy resolution jpg? [more inside]
posted by Fuego on Jun 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Does Mac Time Machine keep a backup of my local Web storage?

Trying to retrieve some local key-value storage info from Google Chrome from 3 hours ago, from before it got erased. Is this posisble? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Jun 19, 2015 - 3 answers

What in the world did I read?

The new EL James thread jogged my memory about a bad book I read several years ago. It was a historical fiction novel with a title like "Through an Amber Spyglass: 1651", except that wasn't the phrase or the year. Help me find this NSFW trainwreck of a book! [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jun 18, 2015 - 3 answers

How can we be an excellent foreign exchange host family?

We're in the U.S. and will have an 11th grader from France with us for the upcoming school year. Never hosted before or been exchange students ourselves. We have 2 kids, one of them the same age as the student. We've done the agency's orientation, but what tips do you have for making our young man feel at home and helping him get the most out of his time with us?
posted by lakeroon on Jun 18, 2015 - 17 answers

Whitelisting FB profile from further 'fake name' reports?

I was recently reported for a supposed fake name, and the case is now solved. However, I want to know if one can whitelist one's profile/account from ever being locked-out and in need of an ID, a second, third, etc., time? [more inside]
posted by Grease on Jun 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Firefox 38.0.5 Won't Open Tabs, Only New Windows

I can't get any tabs to open in Firefox 38.0.5 (Windows 7); it keeps opening new windows instead. [more inside]
posted by Amy NM on Jun 18, 2015 - 3 answers

What's the best way to keep track of notes on reading?

How can I consolidate my collections of notes and annotations on decades of reading, so I can find what I've read and what it was about? [more inside]
posted by Peach on Jun 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Where should I be working?

I'm currently working at an Australian government department, but I don't see my long term future in the job I'm in, and I am not convinced that another job in the same, or even a different department, would suit me any better. So, what are some good uses for the following set of skills / experience? [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Jun 18, 2015 - 6 answers

What does Rick Perry gain from running for president in 2016?

When I look at the main Republican presidential candidates (or assumed candidates at this point), I can understand what each one gains from running, even knowing (for most of them anyway) that their chance of winning is very slim. But Rick Perry puzzles me... [more inside]
posted by tippiedog on Jun 17, 2015 - 19 answers

How should I allocate this cash I was going to use for a down payment?

Since I graduated a few years ago and started working, I focused on saving money in order to (1) pay down my student loans and (2) use as a down payment for a home. After establishing an emergency fund and starting retirement fund payments, I put half of my savings to the student loans and half in a low interest savings account intended for the down payment (with ~20% in an investment account). Now goal 2 is proving elusive, and I'm wondering what I should do with the money. [more inside]
posted by benbenson on Jun 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Lies, Damn Lies, and Pregnancy Statistics

There is a statistic that gets thrown at all women trying to get pregnant stating that each month that you only have a 20% chance of getting pregnant assuming each partner is fertile and otherwise healthy. This seems super low (and depressing and discouraging) to me. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Jun 17, 2015 - 19 answers

Help find my precious minecraft seed?

It seems there is so much churn, how can I find a seed from maybe 5 or 6 months ago? Beautiful savannah hills/valley, big ravine right in front of you at start, many many caves. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Jun 17, 2015 - 4 answers

I need to ship an item from the Russian Federation to the UK...

Some months ago, I lost my iPod in Moscow whilst out there doing festival biz (I'm a Brit by residence). Incredibly, someone found it, the Apple security held, and I got an email from someone telling me they'd be happy to meet up and give it back. As the air fare is higher than the device cost, I thought going postal would be the best option, but I've drawn a blank - most of the delivery companies either want me to pay cash on the Russian side, or expect me to have a corporate account. [more inside]
posted by davemee on Jun 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Hold the whey, I just really want cheese curds

Where can I find cheese curds in south/mid-PA? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jun 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Dating confusion

Please help me sort out a new-ish dating situation. [more inside]
posted by young sister beacon on Jun 16, 2015 - 31 answers

A friend recently found out the guy she was seeing already has a GF...

A female friend of mine (straight, mid-20s), L, swiped right on some guy's profile (J) on Tinder and he swiped right on hers. They started texting. They went out three times. She then discovered that he was already in a relationship with another girl, M. She ended things, but is considering resuming it, if he ends his current relationship. I think this is a huge mistake, but how can I help? [more inside]
posted by sockermas on Jun 16, 2015 - 21 answers

Carnivorous Mermaids and Vampire Child with Polio?

I can't remember this horror comic magazine, though I feel like it may have had a connection to the publishers of Mad! Magazine, William Gaines probably? Pretty sure it wasn't Tales from the Crypt. The above stories in the title are the most memorable.
posted by percor on Jun 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Near Field Communication

Chinese instruction manual translation help needed. [more inside]
posted by zinon on Jun 16, 2015 - 5 answers

A story I want to read again.

I want to re-read a story or a book (or maybe even a graphic novel) I've read before, but all I can remember about it is a single line, spoken during a crisis by a character that (I think) is supposed to be more intelligent than those around them: "I'm dry of ideas." I thought the line was from one of the Douglas Adams books, but if it is, Google is proving unhelpful. Thanks!
posted by Mooski on Jun 16, 2015 - 4 answers

But I don't even like Witcher 3

Hello HiveMind please can you help me buy a sweet gaming rig for my awesome daughter. [more inside]
posted by fullerine on Jun 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me find interesting thing to learn about!

I love researching historic things that I have never heard of, such as the Victorian chatelaine: [link]. What other items might I enjoy learning about? Thank you!
posted by harrietthespy on Jun 15, 2015 - 11 answers

Converting from UK to Japanese power?

I'm travelling from the UK to Japan in November, and have just realised that the mains supply stuff we are taking with us (phone/tablet charger with USB cable, camera battery charger for a Canon dslR) will require voltage conversion, not just an adaptor plug. This confuses me a little bit. Are there any recommended converters I should be looking at that will easily pack into luggage, or should I be looking at getting a Japanese usb charger/camera battery charger off of eBay before we go? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jun 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Can I install Windows 8 on my Aging Mac?

I am hoping to be able to install Windows 8 on my Mac so that I can do a few work demos; I will be using Windows with only MS Office installed, and using it perhaps once a week at most. [more inside]
posted by nanook on Jun 15, 2015 - 14 answers

first chapter books for 5 year old?

Could I have some chapter book recommendations for a inquisitive 5 year old who will be starting kindergarten this fall? Her interests range from magical horses to robots, but she is generally open to anything that isn't too scary. The BFG was well received, but The Wind in the Willows doesn't seem to hold her attention.
posted by steinwald on Jun 15, 2015 - 37 answers

Curse you, Kleenex, for making these so scarce

I like functional, high-quality linen or cotton handkerchiefs, but which are neither plain white nor bandanas, nor flannel, synthetic, nor shiny. I don't want them to match a tie, I just want a piece of soft cloth with a fine hem that I can sneeze into which I don't have to make myself. Striped with white is fine. The boringest shade of blue possible would be ideal. Where do I buy this, preferably in packs of several?
posted by blnkfrnk on Jun 14, 2015 - 15 answers

Is it normal that I'm so private with my mother?

This Onion article reflects pretty well my relationship with my mother. I love her very much, but I can rarely bring myself to share much with her about my life, and when I do, I usually regret it. Is this common for men? [more inside]
posted by pot suppeck on Jun 14, 2015 - 26 answers

Insurance deductible and being broke

I have $475 left on my deductible. I already received bills this year for $841 dollars that I've haven't yet paid on. Do I have to pay all $841 or will I start getting coinsurance after I pay $475. [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Jun 14, 2015 - 14 answers

Where can i buy a Walkman(plays cassettes) online?

Where can i buy a walkman online or at the very least a place that does repairs? I've been looking for a sony walkman for awhile now to no avail. All the ones i've found on Ebay either don't work or the radio works but it needs new parts. I would buy one that doesn't work if i knew i could send it somewhere for repairs. So, are there any websites besides ebay/craigslist that would sell old walkmans or do repairs that you know of?
posted by earthquakeglue on Jun 14, 2015 - 10 answers

The Art of Listening to (Instrumental) Music

I often find music without a sung component difficult and frustrating to listen to. Obviously, this means I'm missing out on some great music, and it's probably due to a gap in my musical education. Can you help me learn to better appreciate and understand instrumental - especially classical - music? [more inside]
posted by darchildre on Jun 14, 2015 - 14 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

Very odd DNS outcome

Hi. From inside my very plain vanilla home network (192.168.0.x) the fairly well-known blog site www.rachelstavern.com resolves to 192.168.1.254, which is the address of my own DSL router. When I try to follow a link to a page on rachelstavern.com I'm soon looking at my modem's internal setup page. What gives? A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by jfuller on Jun 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Trying to remember a bit by Trotsky

At least I'm almost certain it was Trotsky. This was near the end of a book he wrote, in which, after the revolution, men not only gain control of the world, but somehow, the end result of Communism was men gaining actual control over their bodies and (I think) becoming something close to immortal. They'd be able to cure disease with their minds or something. [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Jun 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Webfont equivalent of Latin MN

I am trying to find a web font that has the same aesthetics as the Latin subset of the MN fonts (Sinhala MN, Oriya MN, Bangla MN, ...) that are part of OSX. I am specifically interested in matching the capital C of the font.
posted by hariya on Jun 12, 2015 - 2 answers

Good books or tips on managing agile enterprise software teams?

I'm about to start a new job managing multiple software teams working on a high-profile commercial web app. What can I read to get into the right head space to succeed? [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Jun 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Where have all the off-ramps gone?

I commute on Central Expressway (County Route G6) between Santa Clara and Palo Alto CA daily and have a question as to it's history.... [more inside]
posted by Mr.Me on Jun 12, 2015 - 4 answers

Ordering tea directly from China: safe?

I've tried a bunch of different loose leaf green teas, and my favorite comes from an online tea store based in China. However, by ordering directly from them, I'm bypassing European and British consumer safety regulations. If you can read Chinese -- or you know something about food safety in China -- you can help me figure out whether this is a risky purchase. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jun 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Meant to be or not meant to be?

I met this really great guy a few months ago (in a pretty romantic/spontaneous way) after a string of not great relationships. Everything is really healthy, relationship-wise right now. We both have loads of space to sort our brains/ lives, and the small amount of time we do spend together (looking like once a week/ once every two weeks) is really, really something special. However, he’s on a career fast track and has a hard time balancing work/family. [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo on Jun 11, 2015 - 25 answers

Mnemonic version for Saxon kings

I'm familiar with the William the Conqueror onwards verse about English kings (Willie, Willie, Harry, Stee, etc), but I know that I saw one for the Saxon kings somewhere and I can't find it. I recall bits like "With Egbert's name our tale is led, then Aethels Wulf, Bald, Bert, and Red" and "Never-ready Aethelred" and you'd really think I would be able to google up an answer with that as a start, but I've got nothing.
posted by It's Never Lurgi on Jun 11, 2015 - 3 answers

Is this rate of weight loss OK?

I'm losing more weight than I anticipated, and while weight loss was in my plans, I want to make sure this rate of loss is OK. [more inside]
posted by circular on Jun 11, 2015 - 11 answers

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