When I look at Android apps in Google Play, it's easy to click a button and see what permissions it needs. Is there any way in the iOS App Store to find out what permissions an app needs without buying it? [more inside]
I've tried a bunch of different loose leaf green teas, and my favorite comes from an online tea store based in China. However, by ordering directly from them, I'm bypassing European and British consumer safety regulations. If you can read Chinese -- or you know something about food safety in China -- you can help me figure out whether this is a risky purchase. [more inside]
Part way through a Photoshop birthday card project I realized it would funnier if I knew the correct names for this doll's clothes. I'm clueless about the dress. Probably clueless about the rest. Here's what I have: Platform shoes, Bell bottom pants.
I want to look stylish and elegant. Difficulty: 5 feet tall, plus-size 20-22, with 1 and 1/2 breasts. [more inside]
On an episode of The Cosby Show, Stevie Wonder asked Theo Huxtable what he would say if he was at a party. His answer was "Jammin on the one". But what does it mean? [more inside]
I met this really great guy a few months ago (in a pretty romantic/spontaneous way) after a string of not great relationships. Everything is really healthy, relationship-wise right now. We both have loads of space to sort our brains/ lives, and the small amount of time we do spend together (looking like once a week/ once every two weeks) is really, really something special. However, he’s on a career fast track and has a hard time balancing work/family. [more inside]
I'm in the middle of a 2-week period during which it is not clear to me in which country I am a resident for the purposes of buying travel medical insurance. I'll be traveling to the US for the last 3 days of that period and will need medical insurance. This seems to require residency in the country from which one is traveling. I'm a 27-year-old person with no known serious medical condition, so I just want something that will cover emergencies. Please hope me. [more inside]
I'm familiar with the William the Conqueror onwards verse about English kings (Willie, Willie, Harry, Stee, etc), but I know that I saw one for the Saxon kings somewhere and I can't find it. I recall bits like "With Egbert's name our tale is led, then Aethels Wulf, Bald, Bert, and Red" and "Never-ready Aethelred" and you'd really think I would be able to google up an answer with that as a start, but I've got nothing.
I'm losing more weight than I anticipated, and while weight loss was in my plans, I want to make sure this rate of loss is OK. [more inside]
I need to buy a costume to fit a character who is a young gay man living in the early 80s. Looking for ideas or reference images. More details inside. [more inside]
I'm looking to get some 35mm film developed without paying $11 plus shipping for each roll. Is this possible in 2015?! [more inside]
I'm about to be a junior in computer science (CS) at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. I'm passionate about programming, but I am also interested in numerous other subfields of technology. I don't like having to rush (at anything -- this post was edited and rewritten many times); I prefer polish, good design, and careful work, where everything is intentionally and thoughtfully crafted. Where should I apply for internships and look for careers? [more inside]
I'm working on testing a modification to a bash script for work. I'm trying to scp a file to the same source directory. For testing purposes, I've altered the permissions on the target directory so that the scp'ing user doesn't have permissions to write to it. The first try I get a return code of 1. The second try I get a return code of 0, even though the permissions haven't changed and the file actually fails to transfer. [more inside]
Because of my relatively strong Google-Fu, my wife asked me to find and buy a "Black Lives Matter" T-shirt for her. So far, I haven't found any I think my wife would classify as "cute". Can anyone point me to any "cute" or well designed "Black Lives Matter" ladies t-shirts online?
I'll be in NYC 6/19 to 6/21. Mefi has always been magic for my trips. [more inside]
I've recently gotten back into podcasts because my commute has changed and become more amendable to podcast-ing. Help me discover some new favorites. [more inside]
If I were a hobby programmer and looking to learn a new language both for self-education in new areas and to get skills that could be marketable in the future, what should I look at? [more inside]
My domain name registrar appears to have gone belly-up and I still have my domains there. What do I do? [more inside]
I'm going to be in Vancouver for about 7-8 months, and I'm hoping to get recommendations for a short stay for the first month. I've checked out airbnb as well as some serviced apartments for the first few weeks but would love to hear any recommendations as those I've found are pretty pricey! [more inside]
I would like my kids to use my old iPhone 4s. I don't need a data plan, since they can use the home Wi-Fi. They won't be making a lot of calls or sending many texts so I just need a plan that allows me to buy minutes rather than pay every month. My phone might still be locked to AT&T but I should be eligible to unlock it if necessary. The AT&T network has the best coverage in my area.
Thanks to this AskMe, I have a 19x26" poster that I'd like to frame at a reasonable price. [more inside]
I woke up this morning, smiled with the rising sun, and then heard (approximately) three little birds singing in my bathroom ceiling. Upon further investigation, it turns out that they are nesting in our bathroom venting, in the ductwork between the the ventilation fan and the exterior wall. We have seen the adults fly into the vent opening on the side of our house carrying food to their babies, and we hear the babies chirruping throughout the day. [more inside]
I need a new or refurbished Windows computer. Please help me to choose one. [more inside]
The CEO of my company shot me a chat saying something alongs the lines of "My wedding invite must have been lost in the mail". (I requested time off from my job and cited the reason that I was getting married). [more inside]
Due to a whole series of unpleasant events, I am looking for an apartment in the Brighton/Allston/Watertown area on a somewhat tight budget and very short notice — we need to move in by mid-July at the very latest. I just moved here, and don't really know how things work in this area, but I've already come close to exhausting what is listed on Craigslist/Padmapper. What else should I be trying? Other places to look for listings? Should I be working with a realtor? (And if so, how do I find one?) Etc etc etc. [more inside]
Excel question: Can I enter just a 1-31 value into one cell and have a complete date appear in a different cell based on fixed month and year values? [more inside]
I am dating someone in my social circle who I've know for around 8 months. We've been dating for the last 2 months. I think she's great...smart, funny, attractive. We get along well and there is lots of chemistry. I'm happy that I've been able to find someone. Being in a relationship has brought some of my insecurities to the surface. Specifically, there's a couple areas where I could use some advice. [more inside]
Yay, weekend in New York! I'll be landing at Newark at 6:30, so it will be 7:30 or so by the time I'm out of customs. The friend I'm visiting suggests taking the Air Train to another train that will get me to New York Penn station, and take a cab from there. Would it be easier to take a cab the whole way? [more inside]
Could I be forced to leave college due to my depression/current situation? I feel like I've hit the dead end. [more inside]
How does one become more mature, if they are currently very emotionally immature? [more inside]
I'm looking for a water bottle that will fit in the bottle cage of my bike. It must be dishwasher safe, BPA free plastic, and allow a high volume of water to be gulped without squeezing the bottle or sucking on a straw. [more inside]
I'm in the market for a new bike - help me narrow down my options! [more inside]
Please help me process this incident of horrible male behavior, put it in perspective, and come up with some ways to respond if I am ever unfortunate enough to experience something like this again. The balanced, zen part of me says that jerks like this must be living pretty sad lives*, and are probably more miserable than they try to make other people, but right now, that zen part needs a little support. [more inside]
After ten years in a punk rock band, I'm now in an acoustic group. I have questions on using amps vs. PA, micing instruments vs. after market pickups, and what good quality, low cost options there are for amplifying acoustic instruments. [more inside]
Sleep training parents of Metafilter: if you did graduated extinction (aka "Ferberizing" / cry it out) with your baby, could you help us out with some advice about specific technical details? Reassuring stories and hugs are also very welcome. [more inside]
I have a computer with a headphone jack on the back. Is there a good way to plug in headphones from the front - USB or otherwise? [more inside]
I have recently bought a flat (yay!). I had an electrician in today to look at some broken appliances (the hob, fridge and bathroom fan), and while checking things out he noticed that the voltage of the power in the house was unusually high (248-250V), possibly because I'm close to the transformer, and he confirmed that this could shorten the life of electrical devices. He mentioned that you can now buy a gadget to add to your electrics to step down the voltage to a more normal level, like ~220V. Is it true that a high-ish voltage can cause problems, and does anyone have any experience of the voltage-fixer he mentioned? I'm in the UK.
A friend just lost her baby in the second trimester of pregnancy. She's invited me to the funeral. I want to go to support her. I cannot imagine the pain she's going through. But I'm 8 months pregnant and all is going fine. Would this be upsetting for her? [more inside]
We woke up to a strong burnt sugar or maple syrup smell permeating the house but not the garage, attic, basement, or outdoors. Tell us what to do.
I need advice on which monitors will work well for my older MacBook Pro. [more inside]
I'm looking for a gardening book with advice for a very low-maintenance natural yard in New Mexico for a non-gardener. [more inside]
I've been interested in Theosophy and similar philosophies for a long time and have on several occasions considered joining up here in Auckland, New Zealand. However, I'm not entirely sure whether their activities will be of overall interest to me. [more inside]
How do restaurant reviews get pictures of the meal/establishment being reviewed? [more inside]
How do I compile a compelling code portfolio? What kind of selection criteria do I use, or can you recommend resources for developing it? [more inside]
I have a couple of plant box holders to hang from the porch rail on my second floor apartment. They were advertised as having mounts adjustable to railings up to 6" in width. My porch rail is 5", but there's a small bumper on the bottom of the plant box holder that juts out and reduces the mounts' maximum width to 4.5" or so (image from another disappointed buyer). How do I bend the bumper so it can accommodate my porch? [more inside]
Years ago my college roommate took a statistics course. In the textbook was a small, confounding cartoon that appeared to make no sense but was hilarious in its absurdity. I would like to know about that cartoon. [more inside]
A good friend of mine is participating in methadone replacement theory to deal with opiate pill addiction. She tells me that she can't ever see herself attending an inpatient rehab to get off both opiates and methadone, as it would require her to take significant time away from her job and her child, and she would always worry about relapsing. Instead, she plans to continue with MRT for the rest of her life. Is this a healthy and realistic plan? Can someone stay on methadone for the next fifty years of her life? [more inside]
I'm entering the era of modern bicycles and want to sell my "vintage" road bike. I'm unsure how to price it, and where to try selling it. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a routine that will allow me to continue weight lifting while simultaneously working toward a six minute mile? [more inside]