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Translating fragments of 'Circuito Interior' from Spanish to English

I'm really taken by the poetry of Efrain Huerta, and I would like a fragment of his poem 'Circuito Interior' translated to English. [more inside]
posted by beijingbrown on Dec 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Dramatic voiceovers

What are some movies with dramatic voiceover introductions?
posted by strangeguitars on Dec 7, 2014 - 21 answers

Sundays are not for sleeping.

I work late one night a week. What's best - getting up the next morning at the time I usually get up, or sleeping for 8 hours? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Dec 7, 2014 - 9 answers

When should I tell Social Security about my name change?

I'll be changing my name very soon. Problem: My employer will also file my W-2 soon. I don't want mismatched documents to make SSA or IRS send a no-match letter. It'd inconvenience us both, and since this is due to a gender transition, it would also accidentally out me. Is there some time early next year when all the W-2 forms will be processed, and I can tell the SSA of my name change, then my employer, without triggering a no-match? Or is my best option to tell everyone ASAP and hope for the best?
posted by aw_yiss on Dec 7, 2014 - 7 answers

Seeking specific black teacup

Researching a possible gift, I found this image of a cup and saucer which would be perfect, but although I find the same image duplicated many times on Pinterest and other sites dedicated to objects of desire, I haven't tracked it down to any original, purchasable source. Can anyone help?
posted by zadcat on Dec 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Identify this Mexican folk song, performed by a mariachi band! (Spanish)

Here is the song Starting at one minute, ending at the two minute mark. My Spanish is terrible, especially with the elongated words. Can anyone identify this song?
posted by flying_trapeze on Dec 6, 2014 - 4 answers

What music is being used in this trailer?

There is a hilarious parody of the new Star Wars trailer done in the style of Wes Anderson. Does anyone know what music is being used? All I can tell is that the singing is in French. [more inside]
posted by supercrayon on Dec 6, 2014 - 3 answers

What is this Japanese announcement?

Maru is a Japanese dog on Instagram, and this specific announcement (?) makes him howl. What is it? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Dec 6, 2014 - 4 answers

They don't deserve coal but....

Please help me find gifts for my neices so I am at least allowed back next year! (I know, another gift question, but hopefully there is enough special snowflake-ness for yall) [more inside]
posted by Fullofcrazy on Dec 6, 2014 - 18 answers

Sous Vide for Dummies

Giftfilter: What's a good introductory book to Sous Vide Cooking? [more inside]
posted by zinon on Dec 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Smoky Christmas Tree

4 months ago, we inherited an artificial Christmas tree from smokers. I kept the tree in the box until yesterday, so I lost out on an opportunity to air it out. What's your best trick for getting rid of the cigarette smoke smell (really get rid of it and not just mask the odor)? It's the kind where you stick the individual branches into the holes on the center pole.
posted by Neeuq Nus on Dec 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Calling all aerial videographers

Seeking a flying machine for less than $100 that can lift an iPhone. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by bigtex on Dec 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Christmas Present: Books for Mom edition

Every year I load up my Mom's Kindle library for Christmas. This year I'm finding a lot of stuff on the non-fiction end but very little fiction that is up her alley. Her fave books: Neal Stephenson's "The Baroque Cycle" and Gillian Bradshaw's "The Sand-Reckoner." Got a rec? Expanded explanation of her taste inside! [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Dec 5, 2014 - 13 answers

24 hour broadcasting day of Classic Radio

Does anyone remember the posting of a full 24 hr broadcast day of a radio station from the classic radio era? I think it was from the 20's 30's or 40's. It was posted on soundcloud and was posted on an fpp here, but I can't find it anywhere.
posted by R.F.Simpson on Dec 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Solvents on china?

Can you help me get burnt plastic off fine china? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Dec 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Can I see a list of people I have un-followed on Facebook?

I've unfollowed a lot of my friends on Facebook, for various reasons. Is there any easy way to see a list of the people I've unfollowed? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Dec 5, 2014 - 1 answer

Name That Musician/Band!

I've been Googling on and off for years now trying to remember the name of this musician/band. I feel like name of the band was Pailhead or Paleface or something close to that, but those searches are coming up with not-my-guy. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Dec 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Best day trips from Barcelona

Going to Barcelona in March for just over a week, looking for ideas on day trips from the city. Especially interested in art, ancient ruins, hiking, and wine-tasting. [more inside]
posted by Shadow Boxer on Dec 4, 2014 - 16 answers

Answer what you want

Where can I get more recordings from the show or set where Bad Religion played the version of "Do What You Want" in the All Ages compilation?
posted by michaelh on Dec 4, 2014 - 2 answers

How to paint Netherlandish/Flemish, a la Bosch, Bruegel, or Ryden?

I paint occasionally in my spare time, and over the last couple years I've viewed a lot of early Netherlandish and Pop Surrealist painting that's tightly executed and finely detailed. What steps have you taken or do you advise to learn to paint in something like the style(s) of Bosch, Ryden, Bruegel, etc.? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Dec 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Cheapest way to stream audio over a wired LAN?

I'd like to use the LAN at work to push music out to remote speakers throughout the building. The speakers would be wired into the LAN, and the music would be streamed from a single PC running iTunes (or something similar -- it doesn't have to be iTunes itself). [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Dec 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Ideas for chapter book series?

I am a bookmobile librarian and the majority of my patrons are kids wanting chapter books. I have a variety of series that I try to keep current: The Littles, Junie B, Magic Tree, Goosebumps, Hank the Cowdog, Flat Stanley, Warriors, Star Wars, American Girl, Rainbow Fairies. Are there any other series you would suggest? Thanks a bunch hivemind!
posted by haikuku on Dec 4, 2014 - 28 answers

Math Problem

Please help with this probability related math problem. [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Dec 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Car registered and insured in two states.

I have a car with a loan I am currently paying that is titled, registered, and insured in Ohio (I am an Ohio resident). I would like to give this car to my grandfather and continue to pay on it, but he is a resident of Michigan. Can I register and insure the car in both states so that he can drive it legally in Michigan?
posted by m3thod4 on Dec 3, 2014 - 4 answers

What does "beats" mean, in music?

I keep hearing others referring to "sick beats", or something similar, when describing certain music tracks. Every time I ask for an explanation of what "beats" means, I get a lot of hand waving and no satisfactory answer. I always took "beat" to mean a temporal unit that defines a discrete chunk of time. For example a 4/4 will have four beats, and so on. I thought it might have something to do with the rhythm of a track, but apparently it doesn't quite mean this ("beat" might mean this, but "beats" seems to mean something different). I've tried looking on google, but coming up surprisingly thin. Is this a bullshit term, or does it have a useful meaning?
posted by spacediver on Dec 3, 2014 - 27 answers

Red or orange hardcover darkly funny book about mental illness

I saw a book on a "featured" table last winter in a bookstore, which enchanted me, but I don't remember any of the key features that would allow me to buy it; namely author or title. I remember that it was red or orange, hardcover, consisted (mostly) of illustrations, was darkly funny, was written by a British man (?) and contained cartoony scenarios ruminating on anxiety or depression. Any idea what the book was? I assume that it was a new publication around the end of 2013. I think the title had the word "Brain" in it. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Dec 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Excel formula: Letter to Number (and vice versa)

I'm working on a formula (not a macro) to convert a Letter (in this case, a column letter) to a Number, and vice versa. So: A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, Z = 26, AA = 27, AB = 28, AC = 29, ZZ = 702, AAA = 703, AAB = 704, AAC = 705, BAA = 1379, etc... Of my three part formula(s), I have the one-letter and two-letter columns working, but I run into issues with the three-letter columns (AAA and beyond). [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 on Dec 3, 2014 - 12 answers

ISO Little Embroidery Patches for "Lil' Alligator Style"

Looking for ready-made patches smaller than 1 inch to sew onto home-made shirts, but am finding patches twice as large or websites that invite me to create a custom order of their top quality wares. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Dec 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Amaryllis Noob in Need of Guidance

I received an amaryllis bulb as a gift last winter. I followed the instructions on the box and it bloomed beautifully. [more inside]
posted by chaoticgood on Dec 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for the name of a particular illustrator

I'm trying to find the name of a particular illustrator online with no luck. She's been well established for at least a decade, and does editorial illustration on a high level (New Yorker, etc). She does very soft, charcoal style semi-abstract portraits of people and then adds some color digitally. Her style is very unique to her, it looks more like fine art than illustration. I remember her having a European-sounding name.
posted by kickingtheground on Dec 2, 2014 - 6 answers

?The cheapest phone service in new jersey

I have been a happy user of Tmobile for a few years, using their $10/(3 month) minimal service. Sadly, my Nokia N900 has bit the dust, and I must replace it. I am now using an ancient Samsung candy-bar, but would like to get the absolutely cheapest android there is. But I don't know the territory. [more inside]
posted by hexatron on Dec 2, 2014 - 13 answers

Mystery of the Self-Driving Car

Last night my friend parked her car and went inside briefly. When she came back out to the car 5-10 minutes later, the car was not where she parked it. It was across the street against a rockery. How did the car get there? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by oxisos on Dec 2, 2014 - 18 answers

What reliable used cars should I consider?

I am planning on buying a lightly used car in the next few months, so I’m starting to research what kind to buy. What make/models (and years) should I consider? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Dec 2, 2014 - 18 answers

Dimmable LED's: what am I doing wrong?

I've installed new LED-compatible dimmer switches. But I still find that the dimmable LED's I've bought don't dim all the way. [more inside]
posted by musofire on Dec 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me choose an exercise program!

I would really like to get back into shape in the coming months, but I can’t figure out what sport or exercise program would be right for me. I do not need to lose weight. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by checkitnice on Dec 2, 2014 - 21 answers

I need a lot of "The Moth" without too much hassle

My partner is addicted to "The Moth Radio Hour", and I'd like to get her an MP3 player and load it up with older episodes. What is the simplest and cheapest way that I can get a pile of them all at once? I'm digging around, but not having any luck coming up with a good solution so far.
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Preparing my iPhone 4 For Sale

Going to try and sell my iPhone. Looking for suggestions to try and wipe it of any information. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Dec 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Broken watch - how to repair/replace workings?

My father recently died, and I discovered that he never threw away a single watch, leaving a drawer full of non-functioning watches. Most of these are standard gentlemen's executive watches of the old school. However, one is an heirloom of sorts, and I'd like to work out what to do with it. Special chronoflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Dec 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Naming a Kitten (yes, pictures are included)

Thought I had the perfect name, but now I'm not sure... The kitten in question is tabby/Bengal, or perhaps "benglish" and deserves the right name. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Dec 1, 2014 - 43 answers

where to dine for work in downtown St. Louis?

I'll be in St. Louis on business the week of the 8th. I'd love suggestions by locals for delicious slightly upscale or super-tasty places to go for dinner in that area. Prefer to stay away from greasy heavy fare, love most ethnic or regional cuisines. [more inside]
posted by canine epigram on Dec 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Why won't my external monitor not detected?

I bought a new laptop, which doesn't have VGA input so i bought a new cable ( HDMI Gold Male To VGA HD-15 Male 15Pin Adapter Cable 6FT 1.8M 1080P ) To connect my external monitor to my laptop. I connect the cord, it fits in snugly on both ends, but no external monitor is detected. Do I need drivers? or some kind of convertor? Thanks. (FYI my monitor is a dell 2001fp, and my laptop is a dell DELL XPS 15 9530 )
posted by crawltopslow on Dec 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Self-publishing in hardcover: any recommendations?

I'm accumulating and editing a corporate history that is to be printed by a self-publishing house; the customer would like a hardcover (more details below). Does anyone have any recommendations on which self-publisher would be best? [more inside]
posted by mr. digits on Dec 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Who believes in god because the existence of god is ridiculous?

I'm paraphrasing, obviously, but I recently encountered the Thoughts of a Prominent Thinker who's belief in the existence of god is based, somewhat backwardsly, on the sheer ridiculousness? improbability? unlikelihood? of god's existence. I can't for the life of me track down the specific memory attached to this idea, and google only gives me a bunch of websites arguing about how to prove god does or does not exist. Help me out, friends!
posted by Grandysaur on Nov 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Going to Shanghai for a week! Excited! But a little nervous.

I’m going with my friend who is doing stuff for her PhD. She will be at the university all day and I will be on my own. I need some reassurance about a few things. [more inside]
posted by stellathon on Nov 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Scary smoke and sparking in microwave--help?

I had repeated sparks and smoking coming from the upper left side of my microwave when trying to heat a bag of popcorn and some soup (I immediately stopped it of course). However, after a thorough cleaning the problem seems to have stopped. Is it safe to assume the microwave is fine? [more inside]
posted by hejrat on Nov 30, 2014 - 20 answers

Accomodations for dog with dementia?

I have a wonderful eleven year old Westie. He's physically very healthy. He was just tested for Cushing's and cancer, both were negative. The only symptom he shows during the day is going out the dog door and then forgetting the dog door is there when he wants in. Bedtime is bad, and the accommodation we've been using failed tonight. Can you help me with ways to get him to bed safely? [more inside]
posted by 1066 on Nov 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Need a good lawyer in Victoria or Vancouver, British Columbia

A friend in Victoria is trying to extricate herself from an emotionally abusive relationship. She has been living with this man for ten years and they own a house jointly. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Electricians of AskMe: Help, my desk keeps shocking me!

A few months ago I moved into a new apartment, and decided to get one of these industrial shelving units - something like this to use as a desk/bookshelf/musical gear shelf. Everything works great, except when I plug my macbook into its charger and start typing. If my hands are on the aluminum body of the macbook and my wrists brush up against the metal frame of the shelving unit, I get a sharp shock, nothing too bad, but painful and annoying. [more inside]
posted by taromsn on Nov 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Older games with active modding communities

What are some ten-year-old or older computer games that have active communities producing user-created content in 2014? [more inside]
posted by primal on Nov 30, 2014 - 21 answers

What is a good book on the history of the "L" in Chicago?

I'd like to read a book with more details on this. This is a cool page. "When the Northwestern Elevated Railroad built its Ravenswood branch in 1906, [lots of cool information with pictures]. Are there any books like that? I want to read all about the development of the area, illustrated with historical photos. What kind of cars did they use? Did they have to build through neighborhoods? how did that work? etc etc etc!
posted by bleary on Nov 30, 2014 - 3 answers

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