A spate of burglaries and prowlers on my block has me outraged and concerned about the safety of my family and property. My attorney and my wife have convinced me that booby-trapping the perimeter of the property is not wise. Let's design a security camera setup! [more inside]
20ish years ago there was a one-page essay in the (maybe? Last page?) New Yorker that featured many uses of words that had no such root or form. I can't think of any specific words in the essay, but even what the words or practice are called and a list would be nice. Things like "rambunction" for rambunctious, or "consternating" for consternation. Is this mere coinage, or is there a wider practice at work? [more inside]
I’d like to get opinions from MeFites, particularly if you work in HR or IT: What do you think is a reasonable policy for personal web-surfing from work computers? [more inside]
Trying to ID a kids' LP from my childhood as neither my mother or I can remember enough detail. It was probably 70s or early 80s in origin and had a fairly psychedelic cover involving cartoon animals. It was either called 'us adibals and fings' (although googling that has not helped) or had a song that included that as a lyric. It definitely had a song/spoken word thing that ended with a line 'a (unknown - possibly kiss?) from a (unknown) in a zoot suit'. [more inside]
I got my next house insurance bill (due in October.) My Dwelling and Other Structures (house + detached garage) are listed at a Limit of Liability which is 5% less than the house/garage cost four years ago and at least 20% less than it would cost to replace them now (since house building hasn't gotten cheaper and my house has increased 10-15% in value according to real estate comps.) Should I increase the Dwelling and Other Structures coverages to cover what it would really take to rebuild my house?
I'm trying to remember the name of a movie from the early 1980's, and Googling hasn't helped. The overall plot was that it took place in a small presumably California town and there was an earthquake and as a result, the water and/or the dairy supply became contaminated, and the residents started behaving in ways they wouldn't normally, like they had a loss of inhibitions or something similar. I don't remember how it ended, either. Thanks.
I just bought a house that has been vacant for at least three months. Are the appliances (dishwasher/washing machine) ready to use immediately? [more inside]
Where can I find information and resources for a teenager trying to make first steps toward financial independence from controlling/unstable/abusive parents? Particularly parental identity theft prevention. [more inside]
n00b question coming up. I love everything about the layout of this page for making long lists of topical reading manageable on the eye. I really want to replicate it to keep track of my own reading. But how? [more inside]
I know H&M runs small but I don't own any of their clothes. Do I order the shirt I love 1 or 2 sizes up? (Link inside - Women's edition!) [more inside]
I'll try to keep this brief. I will likely be moving to Southern-Europe and will need to form new relationships with new doctors. Now, what from what I've been advised - they told me they want everything since I have multiple issues (PTSD from war, Anxiety over loud bangs/sounds, fireworks, Phobia of small places..) had a couple of MRIs after my car being rear-ended as well. So is it as simple (I like in Mass) as emailing/calling them and asking me to send me all my records? I don't even know what records holds. Is it what things they diagnosed me with, blood results, my medication, my MRI results. Stuff like that? Does it cost anything? Any help is extremely appreciated. Thank you all!
Between 2001 and 2004, I lived in the SF Bay Area and looked forward to a weekly column in a local paper (don't remember which - probably not SF Chronicle, but maybe a smaller publication?) which featured a profile of an interesting local "everyday folk" along with a pen-and-ink portrait. I especially loved the charming portraits. In particular, I remember one of a guy selling boiled crab at the Pier. Does anyone remember this? What was the name of the column, and who was the artist?
In grade school, my friend read a children's book about a female allosaurus. "The basic story was that the allosaurus was extremely hungry and had to hunt other animals to feed itself, but she was also too old to catch any prey. So at the end the allosaurus starved to death. That was, literally, the plot. A dinosaur learns that life is cruel and then dies." Ring any bells?
We started a fundraiser to help pay for my kitty's hospitalization, but he died less than a day into the campaign. What do I do? [more inside]
An acquaintance of mine is suddenly homeless and jobless in New Hampshire. What social services are available to assist someone in this situation, or what temp work is available? [more inside]
I've included some specs and such in the body of the message. Basically, the system specs seem comfortably above the minimum reqs for Win10, but I'm not clear on whether I should go 32 or 64 -- her XP is 32, but I don't know if 64bit OSs were a thing at the time. [more inside]
I have a newish iMac and three external hard drives of varying age and corresponding capacity (500 GB, 2 TB, 4 TB). I have ca. 2 TB of music divided between the latter two. What is the best way of backing this up? [more inside]
I'm looking for something like Patatap but with a bit more structure (like record, rewind, stop, that kind of thing), so I can just let a tune flow from my soul and then play it back or save it. Creating music without having to think about it too much, maybe just learning the instrument/website as I go along. I don't want to get sucked into learning a DAW; this is just for temporary fun. Is there anything like that? Thanks!
I recently set up a docking station for my laptop on a desk in my room. The only problem is that this seems to have really spotty WiFi coverage. Sometimes it's fine, sometimes it lags to hell when trying to load even something mostly text-based like Metafilter. Streaming is often impossible. I'm considering buying a range extender for my network - what should I keep in mind? [more inside]
I just put in a new floor on my front porch. It's (nominal) 4x1 pine tongue and groove with the endgrain on the front edge. The floors on these kinds of porches rot at the edges pretty quickly, but it is the historical style. Can I seal the end grain with silicon caulk after painting? The other ends are against the house and would not be sealed. The porch will be heavily painted (primer x2, floor paint x2).
The spells in the Harry Potter books are in a kind of Latin. There is a Latin translation of the first Harry Potter book. What language are the spells in that? (PLEASE SAY GREEK!) What language are the spells in the Greek translation? (PLEASE SAY EGYPTIAN!)
Is it possible to maintain a polyamorous relationship where my partner's other partner is someone I despise? I am very much in love with someone who is married to a person I have met, talked with, and entirely hate. Do metamours typically get along? Should they in order for a relationship to be healthy? [more inside]
If this is frass (insect poop), what kind is it? I'm finding it along the edges of our sunroom and on the floor under the route of one of the beams in the center. I don't see any insects or holes. The sunroom is metal beam construction, attached to the house by studded drywall over masonry. frass one and frass two
Can I get my FICO or credit score if I have a credit freeze in place with the big 3 credit reporting agencies? Would I need to remove the credit freeze in order to get my credit rating?
I have a good friend who I met at work (same company, different division), and we have known each other a few years. In our last interaction, she behaved in a way which has put me right off and I'm trying to decide if I am being reasonable or not. [more inside]
Whenever I want to open MeFi, access my bank accounts, open my mail, etc, I have to reenter my password. How do I fix this please?
Can you help me find CUSHIONED men’s casual shoes or sneakers that don’t run narrow, that go with khakis/chinos and jeans, and are ideally, (significantly) less than $100? [more inside]
I'm fascinated by history, all kinds of history. I’d love nothing more than to wake up in a very convincing facsimile of another time—and I just found out about this. Can you help me find more? [more inside]
Am steadily repurchasing most of my favorite books I had growing up. (Gotta contribute to the economy somehow, I guess.) This was a reader, with short stories that included a condensed version of "Flat Stanley." [more inside]
Last recipe management question was quite some time ago. What are current suggestions for Recipe Management? [more inside]
So my spouse bought us some Sudafed on Saturday, the real stuff that you have to turn over your driver's license for. Then we forgot it in the car and it spent all day in the glovebox. [more inside]
A friend gave me a big hunk of aged provolone. This morning, I grated a little bit of it into my scrambled egg and it was effing delicious. Next up, melty slices of it on a hot Italian beef sub sandwich. How else can I use this cheese to best effect?
My friend thinks several of our mutual friends hate her. This is not true, but she is convinced that it is. She has taken to lashing out at me if I spend time with any of these people without her. [more inside]
Somebody gets killed in the street, but it's a street with a difficult name, in either Edinburgh or Glasgow. A policeman moves the body around the corner and is asked why, and he says, I can spell the name of this street for my report. Anyone have a reference for this? [more inside]
When I got my iPhone, it came with a Lightning charger cable that went almost a year before I had to hold it at a certain angle in order to keep my iPhone charging. I have bought various replacements on eBay that appeared to be genuine, but got the same problem MUCH quicker with these. Is there anywhere I can get an actual genuine cable that will last, without paying a fortune? [more inside]
My guy and I are going through a time that features us both facing real-life hard times. The struggles are temporary and we'll be okay. Never, though, have we faced so clearly our need for comedy movies that aren't bad to some people. Can you help us with light-hearted stuff that will distract us a bit when we need that? [more inside]
I have a very ugly, troubled relationship history with "Carol." Recently she quite unexpectedly asked to meet for lunch. I do not know what to do. [more inside]
My jar of store-bought kimchi has white stuff growing on it. I suspect it's yeast. Can I still eat it if I discard the yeasty parts? [more inside]
Is it safe to say that there is always a rainbow visible in the sky somewhere on Planet Earth? Relatedly, is it possible to estimate the average number of rainbows visible across the planet at a given moment?
How do I get Firefox (47.0.1) to stop asking me about Flash? I want to answer "Yes, I want Flash to run here, there, and everywhere, always! Stop nagging me!" [more inside]
I have a ginormous Rosemary bush which I need to trim back to manageable amounts (at the moment it covers our path, which is obviously not ideal). I like Rosemary with lamb, but theres limited variations on that. Are there any recipes where Rosemary might not be the obvious thing to use? Does it freeze? Any other non-obvious uses? I've offered it to neighbours but it doesnt seem to be a thing amongst my mainly Asian/Afro-Carribean neighbours, but if there's a way of giving it away I'm all for it!
I've crossed a bunch of plants with one another, and now have a bunch of berries on those plants. Each berry can contain way more seeds than I have room to pot up and grow out individually, so I'm trying to find the point of diminishing returns, where potting up additional seedlings stops giving me new and interesting results, but my math background is inadequate. [more inside]
I want to do something like "Airplane mode" only for biking. I want to be able to toggle a group of settings every time I go for a bike ride, without having to check each one individually. The goal would be to press one button at the start of the ride and then undo it all at the end. [more inside]
I need your best recipes, techniques, tricks, and ideas for baked goods for a single person. Important note - NO MICROWAVE MUG CAKES. [more inside]
I am wondering if anyone has taken courses through University of the People. www.uopeople.edu? [more inside]
I need to know if it's possible to run a slide show of someone else's FB photos during a memorial service....Snowflakes of course... [more inside]
I live in Australia. When I start typing an address or landmark into my android phone on the google maps app, the top suggestions Google gives until my typing is complete are 99% NZ places, mostly from the parts of New Zealand I visit once a year or so. And then I often accidentally click on one instead of the correct address. It's driving me crazy. Has anyone seen this sort of behaviour before? How can I make it stop? [more inside]
Traveling in, out and around the EU Schengen zone on an American passport that includes an EU student visa before finishing the residence permit process? [more inside]
I recently finished editing my grandfather's memoir and I'm wondering what institutions may be interested in a copy. He is a German Jew (b. Halberstadt) who left for San Francisco in 1934. Topics: his early childhood (family life, local businesses, Jewish life/education, shifts under Nazi regime), the voyage, a good deal about growing up in San Francisco in the 30s and 40s, some WWII Army engineer anecdotes of France/Belgium, Berkeley in the 50s, the technology industry, MIT in the 60s, and more. [more inside]