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A book I read as a kid

About 50 years ago when I was just entering grade school, my parents took us regularly to the children's room at the Portland OR Public Library main branch, and we would check out books. That's when I learned about science fiction, among other things. More below. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Mar 17, 2016 - 3 answers

Help me help my Dad live in the rainforest

My father is moving to a tropical island for a year to work. What can I do to make his trip better? [more inside]
posted by slanket wizard on Mar 17, 2016 - 23 answers

Can you identify the signature on this crystal vase?

It looks like "onefoil" to me, but that's a pretty weird name. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 17, 2016 - 4 answers

Information extraction service - does it exist?

We have a closet full of old paper forms at work. We'd like to convert them into a csv of 'name', 'email' to import into our email list. Is there a service that would do this for us? Or is there a certain google search term I should use? [more inside]
posted by hermanubis on Mar 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Can my cats safely eat this chicken I left in the microwave overnight?

Grilled some boneless chicken breasts around 6PM last night, stored them in the microwave and forgot to refrigerate until 7AM this morning. I'm not going to chance eating it - but it it safe to feed to my cats?
posted by porn in the woods on Mar 17, 2016 - 6 answers

Recipe for self-rising flour (UK version if geography matters)

Help me make a precise substitute for self-rising flour, using weight measures for the flour(s) or all of the components. I already have various flours with the gamut of protein levels: cake, pastry, AP, bread, semolina, and I don't want to buy and store yet another variation (with lousy shelf-life, to boot). I am looking to precisely match what a random person in the UK would buy off the shelf. Help? [more inside]
posted by janell on Mar 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Yet another PS4 game recommendation question!

I'm looking for recommendations for games for the PS4, particularly in the RPG and puzzle genres. [more inside]
posted by Janta on Mar 17, 2016 - 15 answers

Can you find these Cold War matryoshka?

In 2006 or so I bought a set of nesting dolls at a Salvation Army store in San Francisco. There were 5-6 dolls and they were all Cold War leaders: Gorbachev, Thatcher, Reagan, etc. I thought they were the coolest thing on earth, but gave them to someone as a gift. I'd love to find the same set again and buy them again. There's no chance of contacting the person I gave them to. I keep searching eBay and googling but can't find them. Can you help?
posted by bendy on Mar 17, 2016 - 10 answers

Is this a breach of journalistic ethics?

A few months ago an online article by an experienced journalist got some facts wrong about a project I'm working on. My client asked me to contact him and provide the pertinent facts, and offer an interview with the client. I am not an approved spokesperson for the company, and I made that clear to the journalist. [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro on Mar 17, 2016 - 17 answers

Japanese Shopping Spree

What should I buy while I'm in Japan that are not available in or better than the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Mar 17, 2016 - 32 answers

Weird display name on Line2

So, when using the Line2 app, why did my colleague's name show up as a Harry Potter character instead of her real name? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Mar 17, 2016 - 4 answers

What are the retrofitted outriggers hanging over the wheels of this car?

My friend snapped this picture of a strangely modified sedan. Does anyone know what the devices on the wheels are? [more inside]
posted by qbject on Mar 17, 2016 - 9 answers

I loved my mahjong. I hate Windows 10. Looking for a specific game

Can you help me find my mahjong game? (American style, AKA mahjong solitaire) [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Mar 16, 2016 - 2 answers

What professions are valuable in both nonprofit and private sectors?

Careers in social services are rewarding and valuable to nonprofit organizations, but those professions typically would not translate well into the private sector. This Forbes article showed that mostly healthcare and executive jobs are financially secure for both nonprofit and private sectors. [more inside]
posted by Become A Silhouette on Mar 16, 2016 - 13 answers

How can I get a handle on this bike?

I want to change the handlebars on my bike. Google tells me this is potentially expensive and more difficult than I imagine, but I think my bike might be an exception. Am I fooling myself? Or can I ignore the warnings? Bonus: Can I do it myself? [more inside]
posted by circle on Mar 16, 2016 - 15 answers

My Questions are Always About Dessert

What ice cream would you pair with this cake? [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on Mar 16, 2016 - 14 answers

Navigating family expectations about wedding surprises

We're introverts who don't like the spotlight or surprises, and our family wanted to throw a surprise performance at our wedding reception. The discussion around this isn't going well. How do we communicate more effectively about this, both re: this specific reception and introversion in general? [more inside]
posted by orbit-3 on Mar 16, 2016 - 33 answers

Neuropsych Testing for ADHD

Is it standard practice to do neuropsychological testing for ADHD evaluation? Have you done this before? [more inside]
posted by gumtree on Mar 16, 2016 - 16 answers

How do Canadian cooks measure?

How do Canadian home cooks measure in the kitchen and at the grocery store, with respect to metric vs. imperial units? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Mar 16, 2016 - 34 answers

Help me list all the companies in this zip? This radius?

Is there a site that gives me a list of businesses/offices in a specific area? [more inside]
posted by heavyp08 on Mar 16, 2016 - 6 answers

What are some interesting plants I can grow in my office?

Looking for suggestions for uncommon plants that will do well in the specific environment of my very dry, well-lit, well-ventilated, cool office. Specifications within. [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on Mar 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Best outside OTA antenna for Boston Ma.

Looking to become a "cord cutter" and drop satellite TV from my monthly bills. I live in Boston and am looking for the best outdoor OTA I can mount on my house.
posted by BillyAnne on Mar 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Many, many, manifestos.

I love manifestos of all type. Feminist manifestos. Communist manifestos. Murder manifestos. The more the merrier. Send me your most interesting manifestos. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Mar 16, 2016 - 58 answers

Life after Lands End - plus-size skirts with pockets edition

Lands End used to carry great cotton jersey plus-size skirts with pockets. I lived in these skirts eight months of the year. Their quality has gone way downhill, and they rarely put pockets in plus-size skirts now, except on skirts that are shorter than I would like. I can't find anything like the skirts I used to buy. Very picky details inside. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal on Mar 16, 2016 - 9 answers

What is the best plus size sports bra available in my price range?

Is there a worthwhile plus size sports bra available in a 3X/4X (clothing size 22/24) for under $30? I tried every one at my local Walmart, to no avail. The two that fit over my head were completely unsupportive and more like something you'd wear to bed. I don't care about uniboob or looking too flat, just being supported when I work out. [more inside]
posted by possibilityleft on Mar 16, 2016 - 17 answers

Wizard World Comic Con tips?

I'm going to a Wizard World event this spring, and I've never been to any kind of con before. I'm really excited. I've read the FAQ on the Wizard World site, but I have a bunch of other questions for WW veterans. [more inside]
posted by trillian on Mar 16, 2016 - 5 answers

Easiest way to create simple drag-and-drop online activities?

I would like to create a few straightforward drag-and-drop labelling activities, I have some diagrams, and I want to present users with a list of words that they have to move to the right position. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Mar 16, 2016 - 7 answers

I am not my type's type

I keep being envious of women that have sparkling, bubbly, fun, energetic and confident personalities. Nearly every guy I ever liked has ended up falling head over heels for a woman like that. Details below the fold.... [more inside]
posted by sockiety on Mar 15, 2016 - 20 answers

How to avoid collapsing after work

Greetings, hive mind! I asked this question earlier and your advice was great.But after leaving at 7:15 am and getting home about 7:30 pm, all I want to do is collapse in front of the TV, eat junk food and drink a beer. Help! [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Mar 15, 2016 - 20 answers

Coverting text message file

I want to convert a group text message to an easily readable format on my desktop. My phone is a samsung on verizon and I use windows. [more inside]
posted by Kalmya on Mar 15, 2016 - 1 answer

Examining texts on the fly?

How do you look at something biased and pick out the good points being made from the bad points? How do you pick up on 'spin'? [more inside]
posted by aroweofshale on Mar 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Non-political Platform Issues

Last weekend I jokingly suggested to my family that am going to run for president as an independent with a platform of issues that are completely apolitical. I want to add other items to my imaginary platform, but I only want issues that are inherently neither conservative or liberal. For instance, I would pledge to abolish Daylight Savings Time and eliminate the penny. What others can you suggest? [more inside]
posted by bove on Mar 15, 2016 - 104 answers

Storage facility refusing to let us into our paid-up storage locker?

My family has a storage locker in California. My dad died in 2011, and his name was on the lease, but we all have our names on it for access and have been continuing to use it. The facility has been aware of my dad's death since 2011. My mom is dying of cancer and wants her jewelry and her old dolls. There is a new lady in the front office who has suddenly decided she can't let us in anymore "because you have to go through probate because your dad is dead." [more inside]
posted by OolooKitty on Mar 15, 2016 - 20 answers

Looking for an RPG Store in London

That's role-playing games, of the pen and paper variety, not video games or some kind of munitions or anything else. I'd be especially interested in a place that would have a good selection of indy material, especially if it was of UK- or European origin. (And I'm asking about London in the UK).
posted by GenjiandProust on Mar 15, 2016 - 7 answers

What the hell was in that coffee?

The other day, Mrs. Wazoo (who is not new to coffee) brewed a pot of the worst coffee that's ever existed, and we're baffled and disgusted the the fallout. It started innocently enough, with a bag of coffee from Four Barrel that smelled... well, like coffee. It did not end that way. Can you help us with any ideas about what could possibly have been the cause of this awful, awful thing? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Mar 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Baltimore/Eastern Shore/NYC on the cheap

I'm traveling to Baltimore for a wedding in late April. Hoping to catch a little art and culture in Charm City, possible overnight side trip to Eastern Shore or St. Mary's City, followed by 3 nights on a friend's futon in Manhattan. Looking for suggestions re: public transit, museums, state & national parks. Difficulty level: frugal and carless (unless I rent one to go to the shore), traveling solo. (snowflakes and lots and lots of questions inside) [more inside]
posted by LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco on Mar 14, 2016 - 7 answers

Quinceanera hacks?

My lovely stepdaughter is turning 15. Her birthday dream is to have a Quinceanera. Other people plan years for this event, I have 19 days. Do you have any Quinceanera hacks? Any don'ts? Any easy recipes that I shouldn't miss? Please help me, I don't want to let her down. [more inside]
posted by Grlnxtdr on Mar 14, 2016 - 15 answers

Help me identify this fantasy novel

Sometime in the last month, I read the first few pages of a Kindle ebook on Amazon and loved it, but unfortunately at the time I didn't have the cash to buy it. Now I have the cash but I can't find the book! Can you help me identify it? It's a fantasy novel by a female author. [more inside]
posted by snap, crackle and pop on Mar 14, 2016 - 5 answers

fun fantasy that's not.. bad.

Recommendations for fun fantasy with solid female leads? I've happily gone through all the wonderful recommendations in my last question (Books of friends saving the world) and finished A Discovery of Witches-- which almost destroyed my love for fun fantasy. [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Mar 14, 2016 - 51 answers

Fun Accounts to Follow and Hashtags on Instagram

So I'm working on my Instagram for personal and business reasons, what are the best accounts to follow and tag for features and ideas and whatnot. Categories and likes inside! [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Mar 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Let's play yurt!

My husband thinks it would be an awesome idea to set up a yurt and composting toilet in our backyard to rent out on AirBnB. This is probably a terrible idea. Please tell me all the reasons why. [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Mar 14, 2016 - 44 answers

People that hate cats will come back as wallpaper in their next life

My walls look like this thanks to the arrival of two kittens with very sharp claws. The two vicious monsters have finally learned to use their scratcher but the damage is already done. What's the cheapest way to make the walls look not entirely awful? [more inside]
posted by Memo on Mar 14, 2016 - 10 answers

London Bars that look like bunkers for 30th birthday

My 30th birthday is at the end of June, and I am planning an apocalyptic themed birthday party and want to find a venue that looks as much like a bunker/basement/vault/fallout shelter as possible. I live in London and would prefer somewhere South or East. However, this is proving to be difficult. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by litereally on Mar 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Identifying agents of foreign banks

Bank Compliance Mefites: I'm looking to find out how one identifies customers that may be acting as agents of foreign banks. Are there resources like government published lists, activities/behaviors that help identify them, etc.? Also I know there is an online forum, BankersOnline, that is helpful for these types of questions. Are there other forums out there that may be helpful?
posted by herda05 on Mar 14, 2016 - 2 answers

Working out: Good pain vs bad pain

I have limited time to work out, so I want to push myself hard in the time I've got, and I don't mind enduring short-term discomfort -- but I don't want to ignore my body's warning signals. How can I tell the difference between "This hurts because it's making me stronger" and "this hurts because I'm doing damage to my body?" What kind of pain means I should stop a workout, and what kind of soreness afterwards means I pushed myself too hard? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Mar 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Effectively communicating my feeling neglected

My boyfriend a few months ago started a new job in my home country. He has never worked overseas before, and the nature of the new job and the cultural differences are making it really difficult for him, taking up a lot of his time and mental space. I am feeling neglected. I want to communicate this without stressing him out more than he already is. [more inside]
posted by milque on Mar 14, 2016 - 25 answers

What does being a 'registered X voter" mean in the US?

Can someone explain to a non-American what being a 'registered Democrat' or 'registered Republican' voter means? Who do you register with, why would you want to and what does it mean in practice? Is it in any way connected with being registered to vote, full stop? I've been trying to work this out through context for many years, but I am defeated.
posted by Devonian on Mar 14, 2016 - 23 answers

Who is on the cover of Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

For some reason this is really hard to google. Who is on the cover of Will the Circle Be Unbroken, by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band et al.? (The first one, not either of the sequel records.) Is it Stonewall Jackson? Somebody else? A generic Civil War type dude? If so, what is that uniform? Please rest assured that I already feel bad for not automatically knowing this.
posted by brennen on Mar 13, 2016 - 4 answers

warmest, coziest, softest waterproof boots (Vancouver)

I'm working on a show right now that is shooting at night outside of Vancouver. Production has provided knock-off Uggs as warmup boots for performers, but they run small and don't fit my feet. I tried to buy myself some real live Uggs but my high arches mean I can't even get my foot in. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Mar 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Just how specific does calorie counting need to be?

For the 2,112th time, I have started tracking calories in a food journal and I have some questions about accuracy. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Mar 13, 2016 - 21 answers

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