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Do we do NYE in HK with kids? And where do I stay in Guangzhou?

We're flying home to Sydney from HK on 1st January. Is NYE fun for families in HK? We're also supposed to be seeing family in Guangzhou, can you help me narrow down what area to stay in? [more inside]
posted by stellathon on Sep 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Need help gaining muscle.

I'm 33 years old, 5'9, down from 165lb (21% body fat) to 140lb (18%) in 2.5 years. My goal is to reach 10% body fat by the end of this year. [more inside]
posted by samcivic on Sep 15, 2015 - 24 answers

How would tide-affected life forms function if transported to space?

What life forms from Earth are specifically affected by the moon and tides, and do we know anything about how these plants, animals or other living creatures would be affected by putting them in outer space? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Do You Know What Song I Mean?

I've been trying to identify an elusive cover of Lee Michaels' 1971 song "Do You Know What I Mean" that I remember hearing on the radio over twenty years ago, circa the late eighties/early nineties. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Sep 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Online restaurant reservations in Italy: what do you use?

I usually use something like Opentable in the U.S. What's the best app or site with similar functionality for restaurants in Rome and Florence? [more inside]
posted by Right On Red on Sep 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Sample identification - a small good thing

I'm trying to identify a sample from the first few minutes of this album. The sample occurs at 0:27, 0:47, 1:02, and so forth. It's the muted organ/electric piano chords; one chord played 4 times, followed by another played once. I know it sounds kinda generic, but I swear that this is a sample from a jazz or R&B song that I recorded off the radio in the mid-late 80s; in the original that second chord follows the same pattern as the first. This is driving me bonkers. Help!
posted by googly on Sep 15, 2015 - 6 answers

How would you rent out this area?

It's not exactly an apartment, but it's not just a room either. We thought maybe a Mother-in-law suite? But there's no kitchen... [more inside]
posted by MildredMakenpace on Sep 14, 2015 - 33 answers

2004 Mini Cooper S Convertible: Do I Want Extended Service Warrantee?

I'm picking up a used 2004 Mini Cooper S convertible later today. CarFax was clean, only one owner, 45,000 miles on it. This is my third Mini (second used one) and in my experience, they've been reliable cars with no major issues. The Mini dealer asked if I want Mini's Motoring Protection Program; cheapest cost is $2k for 2 years. Do I want this? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Sep 14, 2015 - 7 answers

A stylish disaster -- Should we avoid Milan during 2015 Fashion Week?

We booked a trip to Milan September 23-27th. After the fact, we learned it is Fashion Week! Should we try to avoid the city and just escape into the countryside? Will museums still be open to the public? Bonus question: Is the Milan Expo worth attending? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Sep 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Why would my doctor prescribe me something I can buy over the counter?

My doctor prescribed me regular ol' Tylenol--couldn't he have just recommended that I take my preferred OTC pain reliever? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Sep 13, 2015 - 18 answers

Vanillerotica, please

After years of sexual repression, I'm having something of a personal renaissance. I want to read more erotica, but it has been difficult to find any that fits my taste. I seek reasonably well-written, two-party, heterosexual, consensual sexytimes. [more inside]
posted by possumbrie on Sep 13, 2015 - 17 answers

What is a good underarm deodorant for 13 yo boy?

Wondering if Speed Stick or whatever is an issue for my 13 yo son. Since he is growing etc etc, are there any potential risks of using regular deodorant from the drug store? I am NOT considering anti-antiperspirant, btw. Any suggestions that don't involve making a trip to a healthfood store or homeopath would be welcomed. [more inside]
posted by Nevin on Sep 13, 2015 - 29 answers

In the movie Friends With Benefits, there's this logo animation...

I'm not sure exactly what to call this. I'm collecting examples of obvious miscommunications in movie production that no one cared enough about to get fixed. I noticed one of them in the movie Friends with Benefits. Can you help me find this clip online? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Sep 13, 2015 - 9 answers

Recommendations for enjoyable, easy-to-comprehend short stories

I’m looking for recommendations for conventional short stories that are reasonably easy to read and have some literary merit. When I say “conventional”, I mean stories that have a distinct plot, with recognizable characters, and some kind of clear resolution at the end. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Sep 13, 2015 - 18 answers

Why does my cat only love me when she's in jail?

I have a kitten that was feral until I got her at about four months. In her quarantine pen she gradually came to trust us and became very affectionate. When we let her join the rest of the household cats she fit right in with them but was totally skittish with us. She wouldn't let us pet her or even approach too close. I recently had to put her back in quarantine and she's right back to her old, lovey ways. [more inside]
posted by irisclara on Sep 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Should we get a divorce to help with upcoming bills?

Should my wife and I, who still want to be married, get a divorce to better pay some LARGE bills that will be coming? [more inside]
posted by Leenie on Sep 12, 2015 - 21 answers

I think Google Hates Me, or at Least Photos and Music Do

I am using the GM of El Capitan and trying to install the Google Photos uploader and the Google Music Uploader. Neither work. Help. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Sep 12, 2015 - 1 answer

On U.S. businesses that charge in foreign currency.

A friend has recently moved to Nevada and, as I understand it, many businesses he frequents use terminals or POSs that charge his debit/credit card in pesos, which in turn adds a currency conversion fee to each of his transactions. I'm unfamiliar with this as a common practice, and would like to understand more about why this is preferable for businesses, and what protections I or my friend could consider (specifically in the case of businesses who do not forewarn that the transaction will take place in pesos). [more inside]
posted by johnnydummkopf on Sep 12, 2015 - 17 answers

What's that tune? (50s instrumental)

Lounge Lizards of MeFi, please ID this track. Easy listening, maybe just non-vocal, kinda South of the Border. Link to unknown cover version plus [more inside]
posted by Rash on Sep 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me fill half a grandma box!

One of my kids is visiting family who live in a remote small village. She can't bring much because the trip is by bus and boat and foot to get there, but will bring a box on my behalf to the almost-five year old daughter of someone I briefly foster parented. What can I put in a medium box that's lightweight, durable in tough rural conditions, and wonderful for a little girl to play with? [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Sep 12, 2015 - 20 answers

Moving GPX Waypoints

I'm currently working with a charity in the Caucasus. Yesterday I spent ten hours surveying and hiking in the mountains, recording waypoints using Viewranger on my phone. Today, I see I didn't change a setting (? I think?) and all of my waypoints are about 80km out. Is there an easy, free way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by sarahdal on Sep 12, 2015 - 7 answers

What should I buy for $1.34 at Amazon?

I'm $1.34 away from qualifying for free shipping. What should I add to my cart? [more inside]
posted by mpark on Sep 11, 2015 - 16 answers

How many people do you have to trust to use a piece of software?

I downloaded gmailnotifier from gmailnotifier.com and setting it up, it requested my password. Obviously it needs this information but how can I be sure that it won't abuse it? How do you know what software to trust? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Sep 11, 2015 - 10 answers

Bye bye baby! Travel during third trimester.

My boyfriend and I are planning a babymoon over Thanksgiving or Christmas. For work reasons, Christmas would be more convenient for me, however, I'd be 7 months pregnant (I'm due at the end of February). Is this a foolhardy venture? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Sep 11, 2015 - 33 answers

Book fuel can't melt steel jets

Help me remember the name of a weird-ass kid's book with an airplane (definitely) that melted (maybe??)? [more inside]
posted by babelfish on Sep 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Live cover of DUNE theme

Who performed that live cover of the opening music and monologue from David Lynch's DUNE? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on Sep 11, 2015 - 4 answers

equitable distribution of bi-annual work requirement

We have eight departments where I work who take turns bi-annually hosting particular events. So, assuming events 1 and 2, it goes like this: [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Sep 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Change starting address on Google Maps on iPhone - plea from a stranger

At my business I received an email from a customer who is trying to navigate using their iPhone. Some strange text is in the default starting location in Google Maps, and they are 70 and don't know how to change it to their actual home address. [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy on Sep 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Can anyone share some successful sciatica recovery stories with me?

Did you ever have acute sciatica which stopped you from standing, sitting, sleeping, walking, basically, doing anything? Do you not have that anymore? If so, please TELL ME YOUR STORY. Desperate and enquiring minds want to know how to cut through the BS of a million conflicting opinions. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Sep 11, 2015 - 20 answers

What building was that I flew over?

How could you find a building when all you know about it is what it looks like from above and roughly where it is (with a large margin of error, giving a triangle with an area of about 1,900 square miles)? Is there any tool/database/search that might help with this, or would finding it be a matter of putting the question to people who live in the area (or, for the less social, strictly a brute-force problem)? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Sep 10, 2015 - 21 answers

Coffee cake, literally - surely it exists?

Is there such a thing as a coffee cake like there is carrot cake, chocolate cake, etc, and maybe has a coffee-flavored frosting to boot? I'm not talking about the "good accompaniment to coffee" dessert, but cake where coffee is the main ingredient/flavor. *note - not looking for chocolate cake where coffee is used to boost flavor/add moisture
posted by atinna on Sep 10, 2015 - 17 answers

This blasted elusive baby furniture!

We are preparing for a homestudy ahead of being licensed for foster care! Hooray! We need a crib to pass the homestudy! Hooray! This is the most lovely and practical piece for our small space I could ever dream up! [more inside]
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk on Sep 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me frame this difficult question re: what helps

I just learned yesterday that a good acquaintance has stage IV cancer. His wife has started a gofundme to raise enough money for them to pay the travel costs of entering a trial program. I want to support him/them but I'm conflicted and would love to hear from the community some words that I can say to myself to help let go of the conflict. [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Sep 10, 2015 - 31 answers

Seemed like a good idea at the time

This morning in trying to get rid of incredibly stubborn glitter nail polish in a hurry I soaked my fingers on one hand in nail polish remover until they were wrinkled. I realized they were wrinkled because they had absorbed a great deal of pure alcohol. "Oh jeez, not very bright," I thought. Now my stomach feels a little acid-y, which is constantly reminding me. So I guess what I'm curious about is exactly how stupid this was, on a scale from 1 (harmlessly stupid) to 10 (Darwin award). [more inside]
posted by bleep on Sep 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Is it pooping?

I clean house for a friend every other week. Her office chair, with its standard plastic caster wheels, is leaving chunks of black, sticky goo on the floor. It then, of course, gets rolled through the gunk, repeatedly, and I have a huge mess to scrape up with a butter knife. How do I fix it, make it stop, something, without damaging or replacing the chair? (And if those ARE the only options, please recommend some cheap high-backed office chairs.)
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Sep 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Best Glue for an Aeron Chair?

The seat for my 13-year-old (out of warranty) Aeron chair has cracked rather dramatically, with stabby bits pointing out. What's this thing made out of, and what's the best glue for it? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Sep 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Out, damned [dent]! Out, I say!

I just bought a condo, and the owner moved out, leaving dozens of various-sized furniture dents in the carpet. What to do? [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Sep 10, 2015 - 11 answers

What phone and plan do I want?

The iPhone (2010-2015, RIP) in my pocket has finally perished and I have to look for a replacement. I am in southern Ontario and have been dealing with Fido mostly problem-free for fifteen years, but I am open to other suggestions. I am all over Canada frequently for work so coverage, it is a thing. Data is less important - my current plan has the lowest possible amount and I think I have exceeded the cap two or three times in five years. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Sep 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Using a Verizon/CDMA+GSM iPhone on a US GSM network

Verizon have simplified/Europeanized their plans such that you can just buy the phone outright upfront and pay for service month-to-month (I think!). Given that, if I were to buy a new Verizon iPhone next week, I would own a GSM+CDMA phone outright and not have a long-term contract with Verizon. In the future, could I then put a US (not overseas) SIM card in that phone and have it work? Or would I still need to pay a ransom to get the phone unlocked to use it on, e.g. T-mobile or AT&T? [more inside]
posted by caek on Sep 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Scratchy Tyvek tags - how to eliminate the scratchy?

Garments that have Tyvek instructional (bunch of icons like a lizard with an international NO symbol across them) icons are scratchy. I try cutting them off with varying results. Is there a way to remove these horrid little impediments that doesn't result in different but equally irritating scratchiness? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Sep 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Trying to identify a movie.

I'm looking for a movie I saw a while ago. (It's not Enemy Mine.) It was a pretty low budget scifi movie involving a war between aliens and humans. [more inside]
posted by BenevolentActor on Sep 9, 2015 - 6 answers

When is it legal to discriminate by sex/gender in job postings?

A mailing list I'm in has received a job posting calling for a male journalist. The justification for the gender is that it's a tv channel for financial news, and the reporters will be reading stuff all day, so they want to have a man and a woman alternate reading stories, and they have already hired the woman. [more inside]
posted by kandinski on Sep 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Suggestions for UK travel in late October?

My S.O. and I are traveling to England next month for ten days (Oct 16-26). What should we do? [more inside]
posted by myriad gantry on Sep 9, 2015 - 15 answers

Earbuds: Which Ones to Get & How to Make Them Last

Looking for earbud recommendations and strategies for care. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Sep 9, 2015 - 19 answers

RSS feeds for cybersecurity that wouldn't overwhelm your mom

What are the best sites/blogs/feeds for business-centered, "safe" topics about general corporate cybersecurity? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Sep 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Toronto to Maritimes: Road Trip Routing

Your tips for a road trip from Toronto the East Coast of Canada, please! [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Sep 9, 2015 - 12 answers

How can I find the most recently-manufactured mascara?

I like Maybelline Full n Soft mascara. It doesn't seem to have fast product turnover in most drugstores, so I bought a tube online, but that too was old. How can I figure out which store (in person or online) would likely have the most turnover for this product, so I am assured of getting a newer tube? For instance, in Chicago, I would have guessed the CVS in Ogilvie train station. Mascara does not have a best by or manufacturing date on it.
posted by Ms Vegetable on Sep 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Why did I have a weird episode three days after giving blood?

I donated blood and platelets Saturday morning and felt light-headed once or twice Sunday, fine yesterday, and then this morning I suddenly got double vision and had trouble talking/walking/processing things from about 8:30 to noon. After that I felt better, and now I feel mostly fine. What happened? [more inside]
posted by good lorneing on Sep 8, 2015 - 10 answers

What are the concrete objections to the "Iran Deal"?

The "Iran Deal" seems so self-evidently a good idea to me that I have not paid sufficient attention to the arguments of the deal's detractors. Could you point me to summaries, or provide one yourself, of why the deal is a bad deal if the alternative is no deal? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Sep 8, 2015 - 16 answers

Please recommend an online jigsaw puzzle store.

Need more jigsaw puzzles for my Grandmother, and all the online jigsaw puzzle stores look the same to me. [more inside]
posted by Beholder on Sep 8, 2015 - 9 answers

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