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How to not get blisters on feet when wearing sandals?

I keep getting blisters with sandals (every time) other than sneakers I guess its the socks and softer shoe. And I've tried different types of sandals. Have you ever dealt with this? I maybe have sensitive skin on my feet. Would like to hear from people who have dealt with this . Thanks!
posted by re on Dec 29, 2015 - 23 answers

Villa Becomes Village

Seeking fiction and non-fiction accounts, as well as real-life anecdotes, of buying a mansion and renting out the rooms to friends and/or strangers (or, otherwise, of living in such an arrangement) [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Dec 29, 2015 - 16 answers

What will top Hatoful Boyfriend?

My girlfriend and I celebrate our anniversary on NYE, and last year we spent the night playing Hatoful Boyfriend. It was ridiculous and fun, and we want to play something that will be as much fun this year. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Dec 29, 2015 - 18 answers

I need a miracle

How can my 26-year old Second-Life-design-genius-and-little-sister get an invite for Sansar? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Dec 29, 2015 - 2 answers

Yet another question about online glasses

Looking for progressive glasses (ideally sunglasses) online [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard on Dec 29, 2015 - 5 answers

What is the best way for kids to learn to code in 2016?

When I learned to program computers years ago the only real option was a book and a compiler. Now it seems that a number of websites improve on that with better interactive feedback and assistance when one is stuck. Is that true? Which sources are best for teenagers and pre-teens who have little experience? I'm thinking that Java, Objective-C or a similar language might be best. Is getting an app on an Iphone possible for novices? Thanks.
posted by Space Dog on Dec 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Building a library from scratch (almost)

It looks like the responsibilities of my job are about to expand to take on managing a (currently extremely small) library. I'm thrilled by the opportunity, but a bit daunted. I'm looking for advice on: a) Building a functioning catalogue/borrowing system (e.g. I've looked at Evergreen and Koha, are they good? Pros/cons?). b) How-to-be-an-awesome-librarian-despite-lack-of-formal-training-as-such (I've seen Jessamyn's work on here and its an inspiration that I'm looking to, but top tips'd also be great). [more inside]
posted by threecheesetrees on Dec 29, 2015 - 8 answers

How to temporarily disable access to my own files?

How can I protect me from myself during a time of emotional upheaval, in terms of access to my own past journal entries? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Dec 29, 2015 - 7 answers

Best single piece of home exercise equipment?

So, I'm looking to lose a little weight, get healthier and tone up. I'd also like to do it in the comfort of my own home. What's the one item of equipment most likely to achieve this? It has to be one only, I don't have space, money nor the inclination for an entire home gym. The plan is to set it up in the open living area of the home where I can squeeze some workout time in whilst I watch my two young kids. (For time and convenience reasons, I won't be joining a gym. Also, I hate gyms.) Ideally, I will be hiring the equipment initially. What are your thoughts?
posted by Jubey on Dec 28, 2015 - 22 answers

Cash without a bank

I need a decent amount of cash, but I don't live near my bank. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Dec 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Elephant Hide Gift

Kid Gyre came back from the ex's parents with an expensive, elephant hide wallet as a Christmas gift. My initial thought were a mix of squick, and oh my goodness-is-this-a-crime?!? Googling showed me that elephant hide is a thing, and there are tons of websites claiming "ethically sourced blah, blah ...." [more inside]
posted by Gyre,Gimble,Wabe, Esq. on Dec 28, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me stock my cabin with a great assortment of fun games!

Many different types of people might visit, and I'd like to have some good options available for everyone, to keep folks entertained on rainy days in the absence of TV/video games/internet. [more inside]
posted by bobafet on Dec 28, 2015 - 45 answers

How to manage my kid's new Kindle

Help me think about the best way to manage my kid's new Kindle that he was gifted for the holidays? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 28, 2015 - 8 answers

*Text Message* Your new sister! Surprise!

My father just had a new baby today, and while it wasn't a surprise to him, it was to me. How do I start to cope with unexpected feelings of rejection, jealousy, and anger in the wake of my father's new family? Outside of myself, how do I help my youngest sister deal with it as well? [more inside]
posted by Marinara on Dec 28, 2015 - 30 answers

Novice Hindi Language learning - NYC or mobile/online best options

Where should we take introductory Hindi in NYC or is there an iOs app or other resource we should start with first? [more inside]
posted by Exceptional_Hubris on Dec 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Specific sorts of salads

I'd love to improve my range of salads (or other things involving vegetables) to bring to work, but I'm finding just searching for recipes tricky because of a combination of foods I don't eat, a nut-free workplace, and the fact I live alone (so don't necessarily go through more delicate ingredients before they go bad.) I'd love your suggestions for things to try: special snowflake details inside. Recommendations for cookbooks, websites, etc. to mine also very welcome. [more inside]
posted by modernhypatia on Dec 28, 2015 - 20 answers

Substitute grapefruit juice for lemon juice.

Is it ok to substitute grapefruit juice for lemon juice in throat soothing warm drink with honey? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne on Dec 28, 2015 - 7 answers

New Year's Eve in London & beyond

I made a bet and lost... My boyfriend IS working New Year's Eve and New Year's Day (in a restaurant) and now I'm planless and looking for something to do in London, UK or beyond. Caveats: Most of my friends are still out of town, I'm a non drinker, and I have a dog (although she could be happily left alone for the evening/sent to dog sitters). What would you do in my situation?
posted by teststrip on Dec 28, 2015 - 5 answers

BART parking on a weekday when you're not commuting

I stupidly said I'd go to South SF during the lunch hour on a couple of weekdays this week. I forgot that means I'm gonna have to use BART on a weekday and everything will be much more buggered than I'm used to on weekend travel. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Dec 27, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me find more oysters to try (especially on the east coast)

Trying raw oysters here and there during different times of my life living on the east coast and never cared for them unless they were fried. So large and salty and meh. Then, THEN i went to Vancouver and Seattle and fell in love with: Chefs Creek oysters, Kumamotos, and Kusshis. [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace on Dec 27, 2015 - 9 answers

What social consideration do I owe the man who groped me on Christmas?

It was Christmas dinner at the loft; there were about 25 people there. I was in the crowded kitchen when a very casual acquaintance grabbed me from behind, startling me. His hand clamped on my hip, kneading, pinching. This covert violation was not completely unexpected; he’d done the same thing at Thanksgiving and I let it go by without direct comment, not wanting to make a scene. (I’d been sick about it ever since, and discussed it with several people, including one of my hosts.) [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro on Dec 27, 2015 - 67 answers

Help me develop the patience to get fit.

I am a 45 year old man who needs to lose 60 pounds. I have come to terms with this. I need to quit drinking, eat less processed food (I'm a vegetarian, but still), and exercise. I used to be an athlete. I was a distance runner a decade ago before letting myself go. I have a game plan for diet and exercise, but I need advice on one aspect of the process. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 27, 2015 - 17 answers

Fido, Why Do I Have To Pay You For Voicemail?

Why does my iPhone require carrier-based voicemail service? Why can't it handle voicemail entirely on the phone itself? [more inside]
posted by fatbird on Dec 27, 2015 - 9 answers

What is being sung in this French-language song?

If any Francophones are up for a challenge: can you tell this monoglot what is being sung in The Go! Team's song Ye Ye Yamaha? (YouTube link but should also be on all the streaming services.) He wants to sing along but has to resort to garbled nonsense words. It's a fuzzy pop song with a killer catchy chorus, if that entices anyone!
posted by Quilford on Dec 27, 2015 - 8 answers

How do you determine whom to talk to when the depression returns?

I'm one of those people who thought major depression was a thing I was over and done with years ago. I am recently experiencing a STRONG relapse (nothing self harm related) with a bunch of physical symptoms ( bad sleep, panic attacks, memory gaps, excessive crying, Ill advised text arguments with an ex boyfriend (in which he has been patient and kind but I can't retread that for so many reasons . [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Dec 27, 2015 - 34 answers

Where to climb trees in central Paris?

We're in Paris and my 8-year old would really like to climb trees. We're staying at Le Marais. Anyone have ideas?
posted by Dragonness on Dec 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Landed in JFK without my keys. Does anybody deliver on a Sunday?

Be glad you are not me. :) I just landed at JFK without my apt keys. I'm going to stay with a friend or get a hotel tonight. There has GOT to be a service that can deliver the keys same-day Sunday, right? FedEx says no dice. (Courier service?) The keys are in Hilton Head, SC. Thank you! Worse things have happened to people, but goddamn I am an idiot.
posted by jessca84 on Dec 26, 2015 - 24 answers

Please help identify this short book

Please help identify this short book (that I can only vaguely describe): The characters were nonhuman—if I recall correctly, they were different shapes and their bodies were comprised of things like springs—and a gas can, maybe?—and other stuff like that. I think they all had one word names that we associate with people (something like Bob). I don't know if I'm remembering any of this correctly, though. They lived on a planet or somewhere where only so many of them could exist, or do a certain thing at the same time, or something like that. There may have been a ring or a circle or something I think there was a society with hierarchy and maybe a king or ruler or something, and it was in upheaval. It was a short book that I read in a sitting. The vague nature of the characters and the world made it a very interesting read, but very hard to google. I also don't remember a lot of specifics to be honest, which makes it even harder. The book may have won an award if I recall. I think it was from the 1970's at the oldest, but I think it may have been from the 1990's. I know this is all very vague, but maybe someone remembers! I really liked it and would like to read it again.
posted by defenestration on Dec 26, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I do improve the world?

I'm stricken by overwhelming concern about the world (environment, hunger, refugees, corrupt corporations) coupled with guilt that I'm not doing anything to improve things. What can I do with the tools available to me? [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Dec 26, 2015 - 23 answers

How to be okay with the ex-wife at Christmas (and other family events)

How do you deal with new partners with adult kids - and more importantly, the ex partners! Asking for my MIL (I haven't told her I'm doing this, I just want to be a good DIL and want some good advice to give her - whether she accepts it or not is another matter, that will probably be down to how I present it...) [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita on Dec 26, 2015 - 20 answers

Cashew Recipes, please!

What are your best recipes or suggestions for things to do with a large amount of cashews? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Dec 25, 2015 - 35 answers

Oh There's No Place Like Chrome For The Holidays

Google Chrome version 47.0.2526.106. Windows 10. You open Chrome, and you see the Google logo. Below it is the search box. Below that are 6 thumbnails. How do I put what I want in those 6 spaces? Please explain as though I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about, and you're not even sure I understand English.
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Dec 25, 2015 - 13 answers

Swap o Rama Rama in Portland?

So I just found out that this is a thing and I really want to participate. The contact info for the Portland meet-up is all outdated! I'd anyone here involved in this event or knows where their web presence is?
posted by thebotanyofsouls on Dec 25, 2015 - 6 answers

So, who was the first "Flo"?

My hubs and I were talking earlier about the character "Flo" in the the Progressive commercials and got to wondering... who was the first Flo-like character? I'm thinking Mr. Whipple of "Please don't squeeze the Charmin" fame, I'm sure there must have been someone earlier than that. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Dec 24, 2015 - 22 answers

My true love gave to me...what?

Ok, this has been traumatizing me since childhood. Well, not really, but you know how it is. What the HECK does my true love give to to me on the twelfth day of Christmas in this recording?! Can't understand the lyrics. [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Dec 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Be a Mensch and Help a Goyum out with this Hanukkah Question!

Can anyone help me find a video of this Hanukkah commercial or at least identify the song? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Dec 24, 2015 - 5 answers

I wanna be a follow-back girl (with discretion)

I'm managing an organization's Twitter account (and other social media efforts). I want to follow back accounts that follow me, but only the ones who are active and have followers of their own. [more inside]
posted by itesser on Dec 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Lumberjacks and handy people of MeFi, pick me a saw!

On occasion I find myself in need of a saw. This is not for precision finish work or anything, just a need to cut wood. My upper arm strength and hand strength have proven to be lacking when I've attempted to use a hand saw or pruning saw. [more inside]
posted by cecic on Dec 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Can I walk to Oracle Arena in Oakland?

I'm going to a Golden State Warriors game next week. Ideally I want to stay at hotel nearby, hopefully park the rental car, and walk to the arena. Google Maps suggests this would not be a fun or plausible walk. Asking for local knowledge to confirm or deny... [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Dec 23, 2015 - 23 answers

Can you salvage my Turkish Delight?

I attempted to make Turkish Delight at home for the first time. The first effort was a complete failure. Effort two seemed to be improved but it's not even close to set after 12 hours. Can you tell me how I might salvage it? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Dec 23, 2015 - 9 answers

Travel to Côte D'Ivoire

A friend invited me to visit her in Abidjan in March or June of 2016. I'm excited but cautious. I'd appreciate any and all advice and anecdotes. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord on Dec 23, 2015 - 6 answers

What are some sources that attempt to explain drastic social change?

I'm researching how cultures sometimes hold a majority opinion or maintain a social norm and within a decade or two completely flip and go the other way. I'd love a nudge in the right direction toward resources that attempt to explain the underlying mechanisms that tend to result in that sort of culture-wide "flip" on a social issue. [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Dec 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Arguments for study in two overseas locations

My daughter has narrowed her overseas semester down to two cities. I need some outside opinions and considerations to help her make a decision. [more inside]
posted by fluffycreature on Dec 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Where is God? God is Everywhere. Why? Because he likes you!

Looking for some Father Guido Sarducci albums! [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Dec 23, 2015 - 3 answers

Should I Buy An Apple TV?

Ok, so I posted this question a while back. I got some great responses and insight, however, I still haven't decided if I should purchase an Apple TV. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Dec 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Blogging best practices?

I'd like to start a blog, but I haven't paid attention to any of the latest trends in the area. I have some specific questions below the fold, but my main question is: is there a current accepted style guide for blogging? Like, has anyone written an APA manual for wordpress? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Dec 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Toilet anxiety

Often when I go to urinate - whether in a public or private restroom/toilet/bathroom - if there's someone within hearing distance, I can't go (i.e. urinate) until they've left and I'm alone. I end up standing there as if I'm confused about what I'm there for, no matter how badly I needed to go only seconds earlier. How can I overcome this apparent anxiety? Any tips or tricks for uninhibiting whatever it is that's causing my body to tense up? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Dec 23, 2015 - 28 answers

What is this gift my friend got?

Hi. A friend of mine received a gift at work and has no idea what it is. Can you help us out? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Dec 22, 2015 - 13 answers

Sense and nonsense in medicine as you age?

I saw a two-panel cartoon recently. The drawing was of a man with an ache. At 20 he thinks "Ooh, that hurts!" and at 40 he thinks "So this is how it ends!" Which crystallized a question I have about aging and self-monitoring. [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Dec 22, 2015 - 15 answers

How do death and taxes work?

My grandmother is in hospice and my father will be inheriting the majority of her savings after she passes. He would like to give me a large-ish amount of money from this, but how does that work? [more inside]
posted by thefang on Dec 22, 2015 - 7 answers

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