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How do I hang this piece of artwork?

I recently bought my first piece of art (yay!), which looks like this, but I don't know how to hang it up. It's about 41" x 41", with a wood frame, and it's fairly heavy. On the back are two heavy-duty rails about 5.5" long each, one in each corner at the top (closeup here and here) that are to be used for hanging. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Mar 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Namefilter? Not quite, nameCHANGEfilter (and gender too).

Dual nationality edition. And stateless until 4 years old. I'm trans. In which country do I have to change my legal name and gender? What? You want MORE snowflake details? Ok, ok, some more after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Mar 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Scooter Rally Rain Plan?

Have you ever attended a scooter or motorcycle rally? If so, have the organizers had a good plan for activities in case of rain? [more inside]
posted by raisingsand on Mar 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Dad Needs Help With Medical Forms - Ideas?

My 87 year old Dad is awash in medical bills. He'd like not to spend most of his time filling them out. Is there the equivalent of an accountant, but who fills out medical paperwork? Where would I find such a person? (He's in New York City.)
posted by musofire on Mar 10, 2015 - 8 answers

80s movie about a kidnapping/road trip: What's the title?

I'm trying to remember the name of a movie I saw when I was young. It was the first movie I saw by myself at a theater so it must have been late 80s, and was probably rated PG. What I can remember of the plot (spoiler alert, I guess), a young boy is kidnapped by a much older man who takes him on the road. The boy is resistant at first but eventually forms a bond with his kidnapper, maybe seeing him as a father figure. The law eventually catches up with them and somehow they end up in the water (a lake?) where the kidnapper is wounded (shot?) and eventually, I assume, dies. That's all I've got. Any ideas? I'm sure it's NOT "A Perfect World", although the plot sounds similar.
posted by subtlemel on Mar 10, 2015 - 10 answers

Best location for emergency funds

I am in the market for a new home for my emergency savings. My current bank is a joke and I need some consistency so my money doesn't become nomadic. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Mar 10, 2015 - 18 answers

Awesome Italian meatballs from ground beef?

Have you got a recipe for awesome Italian meatballs from ground beef? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Mar 10, 2015 - 25 answers

The Stereo Speaker In My Bike Basket Doesn't Like Bumps

I have a front basket on my bike in which I sit a portable speaker connected by cable to my mp3 player. I've gone through a few portable speakers, and in each case the sound begins to cut out in various ways after a couple of months of riding my city's sometimes bumpy streets. Is there anything I myself, or a technician, could do to the jack socket inside the speaker to prevent this from happening? [more inside]
posted by tenderly on Mar 9, 2015 - 11 answers

What is the enthalpy of formation of trichloroisocyanuric acid?

[ChemFilter, asking for a teacher friend] I'm designing an exercise on the heat released in the decomposition of trichloroisocyanuric acid (aka Symclosene) but I'm missing a crucial piece of information! [more inside]
posted by Elachim on Mar 9, 2015 - 1 answer

Why do I keep getting cavities?

I brush, floss, and rinse with fluoride twice daily. Why do I always get cavities? [more inside]
posted by Angel de Lune on Mar 9, 2015 - 65 answers

Florence, Chambord, and something in between

In late May, I will spend a week with my family in Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice) and then I'm going by myself to the Loire Valley to gawk at castles. Where should I stop for a day or two in between: Nice, Marseille, Lyon? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Mar 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Don't Google two women play fighting..

I'm completely stumped and hoping that Ask MeFi can help. There is an amazing play in which two women have a sword fight, making catty comments back and forth. One is a blonde princess type, the other a brunette seductress type. I believe the scene was taken from a larger play, but I mostly recall it from a book about sword fighting. I'm pretty sure the title was Name and Name and that the last name started with a Z. Zoltair? Zanitar? [more inside]
posted by valoius on Mar 9, 2015 - 1 answer

Romanize me!

What did they use in China, particularly in Cantonese speaking regions, to romanize names around the turn of the century? How did foreigners choose how to transcribe Cantonese names in the Latin alphabet back before the 1920s? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Mar 9, 2015 - 2 answers

All I know is I'm sick of everything that my money can buy

How did I pay more than everyone I know for tickets to see The Replacements in SF? [more inside]
posted by Duffington on Mar 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Is this what they call High Fantasy?

I'm looking for book recommendations that will get me as close to an experience as reading Tolkein as possible. I haven't read much fantasy for at least 15 years, but I have a pretty good sense of what I like. I want: a huge world with an ancient mythology, as big a sense of history, language, culture, as possible. I don't want: much violence or thrilling action, I don't care much about characterization or story beats, or accessible writing. Really, as close as I can get to a dense anthropological examination of fantasy world's geography, myth, and legend as I can get. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Mar 9, 2015 - 32 answers

Help me fix my kitchen sink

The pipe that's going to the drain of my kitchen sink has come unattached from the drain. Surely I can fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on Mar 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Needed: Advice on repainting ugly dark trim in newly bought house.

We did the final walk through of the house we bought. Yay! And now that it's approaching emptiness, it's time to plan a paint job. Difficulty: dark glossy old trim. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Mar 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Furniture Delivery Tipping

Would you tip for this and how much? [more inside]
posted by longdaysjourney on Mar 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Atul Gawande: 3 highly rated books, where to start?

I came across Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, which Amazon states is one of the best books from last year. But then I found two more by Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right and Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Mar 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Moving Cross Country -- How is it done?

I'm moving from New York City to the West Coast and I have a lot of stuff. I couldn't be less interested in driving a truck myself. I keep hearing about "pods" but I am having a hard time even finding companies to get estimates from. What should I be doing besides googling "moving pods"? [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Mar 9, 2015 - 17 answers

Find me some neat tactile toys for adults

I'm looking for more 'toy' items for my home- pleasingly tactile, not messy, not obviously kidlike (no fluorescent plastic). Something that can be picked up, fiddled with, and is aesthetically attractive enough to display on my coffee table. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Mar 9, 2015 - 28 answers

Can I Eat This, #3467

Vacuum-packed smoked trout, unopened, two weeks until expiration, but inadvertently left at room temperature for 8 hours. It says "keep refrigerated", but they must figure on SOME time to get it home from the grocery store and into the fridge — is 8 hours too long?
posted by ubiquity on Mar 8, 2015 - 15 answers

WHAT? WHAT DID YOU SAY?

I'm experiencing sudden hearing loss in one ear. I'm being treated, and there is a 50 - 70% chance that it will improve. But what if it doesn't? Or what it I don't fully recover? Can the Hive Mind show me some hope? How can I manage asymmetrical hearing loss? [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Mar 8, 2015 - 22 answers

Moving Outlook 2010 from one machine to another - Tool?

I know how to move the pst files and where to find them. I know about the NK2 files and how to migrate them through versions. By hand. But . . . Is there a reliable tool that allows me to backup all the account information which is stored in the registry, together with all pst files and everything else? I install a program on Win 7 machine A running Outlook 2010 and then move a bunch of files to Win 7 machine B, run a command and when I start Outlook 2010 everything just works. [more inside]
posted by nostrada on Mar 8, 2015 - 1 answer

Selling on eBay: buyer from China with zero feedback

I had a Chanel garment on eBay and it just sold to a buyer from China who has zero feedbacks. They used the Buy It Now option. I've sent out my invoice, which came to just short of $800 with shipping, and am now waiting for them to pay using PayPal. What should I do to protect myself in this transaction? Should I just cancel and relist? I am worried that I am exposing myself to negative feedback somehow.
posted by Dragonness on Mar 8, 2015 - 17 answers

Has anyone heard of having a Home Repair Party?

I own a home in UpState New York that will soon need a new roof, outside painting, repairing of gutters etc.and was wondering if anyone has heard of a Home Repair, Painting etc Party and would have thoughts or details.. [more inside]
posted by lynnwilson120 on Mar 8, 2015 - 18 answers

How will weather conditions affect our cross country move from PA to OR?

Moving to Oregon from Pennsylvania, and trying to plan the drive across the country. Googling keeps telling me weather might be an issue for a more northern route but I can't figure out what to do - details below. [more inside]
posted by FireFountain on Mar 8, 2015 - 7 answers

My condo gets dusty and filled with cat hair easily. How do I clean it?

My flooring is all vinyl and tile. I sweep and clean regularly, but a film of dust forms quickly and my cat constantly sheds. I live in a ~600 sqft place and it's annoying to put up with. What's the best way to prevent and clean cat hair and dust?
posted by GiveUpNed on Mar 8, 2015 - 21 answers

Help me find a wedding dress!

I'm wondering if the hivemind can help me find the perfect wedding dress. I'm getting married (YAY!) and my online searching hasn't come up with many options that I think would work for my particular needs. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by BeBoth on Mar 8, 2015 - 23 answers

Baby is Flipping Out

My 5 month old baby has learnt to flip from back to front, and does so very often while he's sleeping. Unfortunately, he's not figured out how to flip from front to back yet, and that means he will suddenly start screaming away during sleeptime. This is messing up his sleep schedule, and making him wake up a lot more often that he should. Any ideas what we should do, if anything? And how does this affect any sleep training that we're planning on doing? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Mar 8, 2015 - 17 answers

What is this white lemony-sweet powder in my pantry?

I saved it in a ziploc and I put it in the "sweets and baking needs" section of my pantry. I didn't label it, which is unusual. It's not jello, it's very acidic. I would think that it's drink mix, but it's in the wrong section and in a white paper foil-lined packet. Help me out here, what else could it be?
posted by domo on Mar 7, 2015 - 15 answers

How to take an insensitive breakup in stride?

I was dating what seemed like a guy who was very much into me but as soon as we got out of the gate, he completely changed. The breakup was very blunt and left me feeling unoptimistic about my dating future... And also made me feel very bad about myself as far as intelligence and how I feel about my appearance. [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 on Mar 7, 2015 - 48 answers

24-hour or late night veg-friendly grocery stores in San Antonio, TX?

I'm going to fly into San Antonio, TX, tomorrow night (Saturday) and need to pick up some groceries on my way to a remote residency. I'm a vegetarian, so I'd prefer Whole Foods/Trader Joe's but I'm scheduled to arrive at the airport at 8:50pm with checked luggage and a rental car hire so I think I'm going to miss both closings (10pm/9pm respectively). Any other good stores with natural/vegetarian offerings and a 24 hour grocery in the region (maybe a Super Target)? Ideally on the way or not too far off the route from San Antonio to Medina?
posted by vegartanipla on Mar 6, 2015 - 6 answers

An evolution primer

Say you had a religious education, and were never taught the first thing about evolution. Now you're no longer religious. How would you learn what you'd missed? [more inside]
posted by vasi on Mar 6, 2015 - 23 answers

With my mind on my money and yen on my mind

I'm taking a trip to Japan next month. Should I go cash only? If so, what are logistics of this? [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt on Mar 6, 2015 - 21 answers

Auto-feeders for a clever cat

Do you have a smart, food-motivated cat, and an auto-feeder that stands up to that cat? [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on Mar 6, 2015 - 15 answers

The Best Paper Airplane

We're having a paper airplane contest at work with prizes for distance and accuracy. I've been googling for a while, but I'm looking for designs that you've used and that work. [more inside]
posted by sleeping bear on Mar 6, 2015 - 16 answers

Modern alternative to fake flowers?

What are some of the things you can use in small and/or large vases that are not as short-lived as fresh flowers and not as lame as fake flowers? I should probably add that I am not crafty (shoppable links preferred to DIY ideas), I hate cacti, and I love bright colors.
posted by rada on Mar 6, 2015 - 26 answers

eBay Feedback - Seller Wants It Changed

About a month ago I bought a dress on eBay UK. I wasn't happy with the actual item, so I left neutral feedback - now the Seller has contacted me offering me a gift if I witdraw the feedback. Isn't this bribery? How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on Mar 6, 2015 - 16 answers

Source for prescription kitteh food?

Kitteh is 17 and going strong, except that he's lost three pounds in the past several months. His vet has prescribed special food. I bought samples of two brands from the vet to see if he'd eat them and he likes them both (good kitty!) Now I need to find the best source to buy them from in bulk. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Mar 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Can anyone tell me what this toy/figure is from?

Asking for a co-worker. She brought in a vintage toy that is a tall, tan-colored "person" with a beak-shaped face and a bulging belly. The hands are cupped as if the character used to hold something. And the body is bobbly - think of a bobble-head doll, but instead the whole body is on springs while the legs are stationary. [more inside]
posted by tacodave on Mar 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Better to Buy Euros Now for July Trip?

I am going on a Holocaust trip to Poland and Israel in July. (See this earlier question.) My husband says I should buy Euros now because the Euro is at about 90 to 100 dollars and a quantitative easing program is supposed to start on Monday. [more inside]
posted by bearwife on Mar 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Need to send a large file to a client, exhausted my usual methods

I'm trying to send a Powerpoint file to a client, and their corporate security settings are making things difficult. The file is too big to email, even if I split it into fewer slides. Their security prevents them from downloading a file from Dropbox (and presumably similar services). Their email server also blocks zip attachments. [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah on Mar 6, 2015 - 20 answers

Best way to play audio wirelessly from Android to home theater system?

I use an Android phone as my main audio player (both music and podcasts). I'd like to use it to play audio wirelessly over my home theater system. The Bluetooth receiver I got for this isn't cutting it. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Mar 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Where should I spend 3 nights before flying out of Berlin?

I've got 2 nights in Berlin, then 2 nights in Hamburg, then 3 nights unbooked before I fly back out of Berlin - where should I spend them? This is around the start of May. I like cities, interesting places, staying in hostels, don't have a huge amount of money. (I've not been to Berlin before and it's possible the answer is "more Berlin").
posted by Kirn on Mar 6, 2015 - 6 answers

What should I look out for before buying a converted pub?

I want to buy a house (in SE England - within commuting distance of London - so I'm having terrific fun, obviously). I found a nice converted pub that's in my price range; I've been for one viewing, liked it, and will be going back for another viewing on Saturday. It's a recent conversion of what looks to be a rather old building. Is there anything particular I should be looking out for or asking the agent about, in addition to the standard things I'd check for in any older house? [more inside]
posted by ManyLeggedCreature on Mar 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Pain in proximal tendon area of vastus medialis

I have moderately severe pain in the proximal tendon area of my vastus medialis for about seven months. It manifests when I raise my leg in bent or straight position. Does anyone have suggestions for physio-therapeutic exercises or any other treatment? Thanks.
posted by nickji on Mar 6, 2015 - 1 answer

iPad storage blues

Daughter's iPad 3 Mini tells me it's got 6.9 gigs of photos on it. I've removed all of them, yet this figure is unchanged. The computer it's backed up to has only 1.7 gigs of photos on it. What gives, and how do I zap this?
posted by Wolof on Mar 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Given an F-Statistic, is there a way to find the P-Value with a TI-89?

One of my Stats II homework questions is: "Five groups are being compared, with 13 observations per group. The value of the F statistic is 1.61. Obtain the P-value of the test." I found an online calculator but won't have access to that during tests. Is there a way to find this on the TI-89? [more inside]
posted by Beti on Mar 5, 2015 - 5 answers

Excel 2013 - Using data from two columns to identify a row in a third

I have data on one sheet of an Excel document with three columns. I want to extract this for use on another sheet as follows: If a row in Column A contains X (text string) and a row in column B contains Y (also a text string) then what does the row in column C (always a value) which matches these two criteria contain? With the data I have, this will always return a single result. [more inside]
posted by Len on Mar 5, 2015 - 13 answers

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