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How was this camerawork achieved?

Please watch the sequence running from 32:24 to 33:19 in this episode of the BBC's Human Universe (which may be available only in the UK). It appears to be one unbroken take. My question is this: where was the camera positioned at each stage throughout that sequence? [more inside]
posted by Paul Slade on Nov 6, 2014 - 10 answers

A leave of absence from a secondment?

Looking for some advice on indicating a leave of absence from a short term posting on a resume. [more inside]
posted by five_cents on Nov 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Paypal displaying Kijiji homepage

When I try to go anywhere on the Paypal website, it displays the Kijiji homepage instead (or a security certificate warning). I noticed this when attempting to pay for something on eBay. Is this a problem other people are experiencing or just with my computer? If it is just my computer, WTF is happening? [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Nov 6, 2014 - 2 answers

The air/sea interface for a Miami/Nassau cruise ship passenger.

I'm going with some family on a 4 day 3 night cruise from Miami to Nassau and back. Yay! I've got the flying part and the sitting on a boat sipping umbrella drinks part down, but I have questions about some of the interstitial parts of the trip. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Nov 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Three part question about a kitten adoption

Part one: traveling with a kitten; Part two: your positive stories about introducing said kitten to adult cats; and Part three: does this kitten look like a Dennis or a Bud to you? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Nov 6, 2014 - 26 answers

Kohler Elate faucet cartridge replacement help

My kitchen sink, a Kohler Elate is leaking from the handle. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Nov 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Recommendations for kid-friendly quick stops from Boston to DC area

Any recommendations for quick stops from Boston to DC area with a four year old? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Nov 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Need it now. Cheap.

Have never used anything but Macs, and know a bit about Macs, but now suddenly I need to order from amazon a quick, very cheap laptop for emergency use and want to spend as little $$ as possible. **This is only for writing and for writing on google docs. ** Any other feature is a benefit. *Can you use a Chrome book for writing? At least on google docs?* I do not want to buy a used Mac, don't want to spend time researching, and don't want to do anything but get it from amazon right now. This can be a not-great computer that will be a family backup after the repair of normal computer. The thing is, we need it delivered tomorrow for writing. (If we order the cheapest PC will it come with microsoft word or equivalent installed for writing?) Thanks.
posted by third rail on Nov 6, 2014 - 28 answers

Wee wee wee, all the way home!

What do you call your smallest toe? [more inside]
posted by steef on Nov 5, 2014 - 76 answers

Why should we sign up to be a "Nielsen Family"?

Someone stopped by and wants us to sign up to be a Nielsen family. She said they would install a device that connects to the audio output of the TV. In exchange there is a $50 gift card, some potential for more. Anyone ever do this? Seems like a hassle with little upside. Anything I'm missing?
posted by cosmac on Nov 5, 2014 - 31 answers

What makes for a superior signed book?

I have a book signing coming up for my new novella. This is not my first signing. I feel I should write something more than "good reading" or "enjoy" and my signature. Other than those authors who know you and made a personal note, have you seen good book signing quotes? I won't be signing many so length (within reason) is not an issue. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Nov 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Short turn-around canvas bag repair in Seattle?

I have a canvas purse with a 5" rip at one seam. I'm hoping to get it repaired in time for a meeting I have on Tuesday morning. What’s the best option for fast repair? Google brings up Rainy Pass Repair, but their minimum turnaround is 2 weeks. I made an abortive attempt to get a repair a year ago, and was so embarrassed by the "of COURSE we don't repair such things here" snootiness of the clothing repair place I inquired at that I'm skittish. Should I be looking at a cobbler or something? Other ideas?
posted by laeren on Nov 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Can I help an old, distant friend with apparent mental illness?

An old friend now living in another state looked me up. At first they seemed to have been experiencing the aftereffects of significant but ordinary traumatic events in life. I now believe they are struggling with significant mental illness that they are in denial of. I don't know how I could help them or if it's even a good idea to try. [more inside]
posted by Luke Skywalker on Nov 5, 2014 - 19 answers

Improve my bike commute

Should I get a different type of bike to handle more weight? Or change my current setup? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Nov 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Wanted : The Wide World of Weird-ipedia

Wee Thumbscrew, aged nine, is a weird, morbid, hilarious child. Lately, at bedtime, we've been reading "weird Wikipedia" articles together, and they have been a HUGE hit. Please provide us with some of YOUR favorite utterly deranged Wiki pages. Spooky/gory/X-Files-y stuff is a-okay, real-life serial killers or smutty stuff is not. Here are some entries we've enjoyed: [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Nov 5, 2014 - 54 answers

Decision to move, Milwaukee or Cincinnati?

HI, I am planning a move in a little over a month and still have trouble deciding where to go and thought some here might be able to offer some suggestions or perspectives on my two choices. Those being Cincinnati and Milwaukee. [more inside]
posted by clarityneeded on Nov 5, 2014 - 10 answers

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

I have a song in my head from childhood. Does anybody know which audio-visual iteration of Beatrix Potter it comes from, and if it's possible to get hold of nowadays? Here 'tis. "How's the country? I confess I've never seen it, though I'm sure it must be absolutely fine. And I'm told you go to bed at half-past nine? You say you do?" "Oh aye." "Perhaps that's all there is to do, but how's the country?" cont. [more inside]
posted by glasseyes on Nov 5, 2014 - 2 answers

best bare-bones broadband in blighty?

I'm so sorry, "blighty" is a word that I've never, ever used before. But it begins with B, so it just kind of popped out. Anyway: my BT HomeHub 3 is shot - and they won't send me a new one unless I renew my contract. But their prices suck, so I'm looking for a different provider. Any ideas or recommendations? Thanks... [more inside]
posted by rd45 on Nov 5, 2014 - 10 answers

boyfriend is overly self-deprecating

I have a great, smart, sweet, wonderful new boyfriend who is incredibly self-deprecating quite a lot of the time. He apologizes for everything and has admitted that most of the time it's the self-deprecation talking. Is there anything, other than making him aware of it, that I can do to help?
posted by city_park on Nov 4, 2014 - 20 answers

Best sources on hiring issues in tech

After attending the first-ever Staffup Weekend in San Francisco, I've got a 3000-word assignment to write the best piece ever about whether the tech hiring system is broken and if Staffup Weekend is any kind of solution. Who should I interview? [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Nov 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Let's play "name my website" again!

You guys have given some great suggestions to people for naming their websites and blogs. Can you help me? I'm putting together an online list of eco-friendly places, like permaculture farms and yoga centers, for travelers to visit. [more inside]
posted by ananci on Nov 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Costumefilter, difficulty level: Conceptual and Beanplated.

How do I design a costume that represents the Fear of Heights? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl on Nov 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Accessible Scholarly Sources on the Book of Revelation

I recently happened to sit down and read the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Wow, that is some crazy shit! I'm now fascinated to learn more... [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Nov 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Single Candidate Elections and Write-In Candidates

Just voted. Confused about so many slots only showing one candidate, along with a "write-in" blank line candidate. [more inside]
posted by rada on Nov 4, 2014 - 9 answers

The Book Doctor? The curative power of books

I was at Busboys and Poets a few months ago and I found an amazing book that "prescribed" other books for various physical and mental ailments - e.g Jane Austen for the brokenhearted, Heart of Darkness for malaria. I think the author had a blog/service all about book recommendations and was called the "book doctor." Help me find this book!
posted by facehugger on Nov 4, 2014 - 2 answers

Using Outlook Between PCs and Macs

I have the latest version of Outlook for Mac (the one that came out last week). Everyone in my small office uses Outlook for Windows with a Workgroup Share Add-In to share contacts and calendars. I cannot figure out how to get this to work on my Mac. Please explain this to me like I am 8. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Nov 4, 2014 - 5 answers

I'm going to be on TV! Help me look decent!

I just found out I'm going to be interviewed for a PR thing for my workplace tomorrow, and it will air on local news. Exciting! But I'm so worried I will look bloated/saggy/dull/sleepy or talk with a lisp or a weird accent or completely lose my mind and stare blankly at the camera, sweating. What are some tips to help me look, feel, and speak at my best? [more inside]
posted by elken on Nov 4, 2014 - 26 answers

Balanced team schedules based on seeding

I'm running a fantasy football league in which we have 10 teams. The first 9 weeks were round-robin style, with each team playing each other team exactly once. My plan was to schedule weeks 10 through 13 (four weeks) such that each team played a mix of stronger and weaker opponents based on the standings in weeks 1 through 9, then use the week 1-13 results to seed teams for the playoffs in weeks 14-16, but I'm having trouble developing an approach for generating these balanced week 10-13 matchups fairly. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Nov 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Message in a... cupcake...

My guy's birthday is coming up. I'd like to write a cute message on mini-cupcakes (1 letter per cupcake) but I'm having trouble coming up with the message. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Nov 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Humorous mashup of aerobics show and electronica

Been trying to re-find this video all morning. It's a mashup of some morning aerobics show (possibly British) featuring one lady and two dudes. She's obviously the lead/instructor. [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! on Nov 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Unusual circular gothic stone motif

I'm intrigued by the unsual commixtion of international gothic and arabesque-bordering-on-oriental architectural detailling I just saw in Palma de Mallorca, atop the La Seu cathedral's Mirador portal: the tear-shaped, almost paisleyform reworking of the typical gothic window tracery into a rather original stone "rose" (with a Christ Redemptor in the centre). [more inside]
posted by progosk on Nov 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Learning to drive without knowing anyone with car to let you practice.

My friend is learning to drive. All he needs now, his instructor says, is actual practice. He does not have anybody with a car who can let him practice. How would you work around this? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Nov 4, 2014 - 20 answers

Genealogy info from a license plate?

We discovered this picture. Not even the oldest people in my family can identify the man. As the family historian, I should know who it is but i don't. As you can see from the picture, the license plate is visible. I think this is in Maryland. Has anyone ever used license plate info for genealogy? Are these records even kept?
posted by brownrd on Nov 3, 2014 - 17 answers

Someone stole my cats. Please help.

I live in Ontario. I was being sexually harassed by my male roommate ("Come on, share my bed with me"), so I left my apartment halfway through the month of October. I hired a petsitter from Kijiji.ca at the very last minute for $50/week. Now he/she/they will not return my cats, and I am very upset. [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Nov 3, 2014 - 46 answers

Learning Spanish for couples?

I would like to learn Spanish with my husband, but we are looking for activities, or games, or just exercises that would be best for couple's learning. We have limited time available after work. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Nov 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Can I get my car inspected in another state?

This question is going to reveal my lack of understanding surrounding car registration, inspection, etc... But here we go. I've moved to a different state. Can I get my car inspected here even though I have yet to register it here? [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Nov 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Relocation Research: Tips, tricks and resources, please!

I am looking for online tools to help me profile cities to see what would be a good fit. I also welcome feedback on what is useful generally for profiling a city from afar and/or determining how good a fit it is. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Nov 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Camera vs. Bridal Shower. Fight to the death!

Help me clean our Canon EOS Rebel T1i camera after it came home from the wife's sister's bridal shower with more than a few buttons and dials that are sticky or mushy. For what it's worth it does not smell like vodka and seems to work fine otherwise, for now at least. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Nov 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Baby, you can tow my car.

Is AAA worth the money? I recently started a new job with a significantly longer commute (~50 miles/day roundtrip, mostly freeway) and am considering joining AAA because Pittsburgh is ranked 6th in nation for "most likely to get in an accident." [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool on Nov 3, 2014 - 53 answers

"Girl Games" have got to go...

My 5 year old daughter has "screen time" when I come home from work while I'm making dinner. She used to watch sesame street or other recorded pbs shows, but isn't interested in that anymore. I provided her with some ask metafilter sourced web game options, but now she likes to play a ton of "girl games" on shady websites that involve things ranging from facepainting to baby care to dental work and plastic surgery, ick. Help me decide what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by mgogol on Nov 3, 2014 - 27 answers

How strictly does Indonesia enforce passport validity rules?

So I just bought a ticket to Indonesia for a couple weeks out to discover that there's a rule saying I need six months left on my passport, an American one. State Department website says that landing with less than six months could get one sent back or that airline could refuse boarding. I have five months left on my passport as an American living in China. Does anyone have any experience with this? [more inside]
posted by chinabound on Nov 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Movie Title help

Looking for help with a couple of movies titles from the 60s or 70s [more inside]
posted by Scoops on Nov 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Introduction to Art - Difficulty Level: 9 yo Bilingual Boy

My oldest nephew is turning 9 in a few months' time and I want to give him a book. He's smart, introverted, sensitive, and he loves drawing. I thought he would enjoy a book about how to look at art. More info and added difficulties inside! [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on Nov 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Symptoms for an obese person going without food? (fictional)

Imagine a 50-year-old, 5'4", 300-pound woman with no diabetes or other medical condition. She suddenly has no access to food, but plenty of water. What symptoms might she have after one day, two days, a week, etc.? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Nov 2, 2014 - 24 answers

How to un-hook podcasts between my iPad and my Mac?

I have an iPad mini (16GB, wi-fi only, running iOS 8.x) that I use mostly for reading the web--never for listening to podcasts--and want to get rid of the podcast files that are unwanted on the device and just taking up valuable space. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Nov 2, 2014 - 2 answers

How does classical rhetoric relate to prose fiction?

When I think of Wilde's or Dickens' prose, I think of classical rhetorical techniques such as paraprosdokian and chiasmus--and of course countless others. I'm looking for sources that analyze prose fiction--modern or canonical--according to models of classical rhetoric. Internet sources would be excellent, but I might spring for a hard-copy text if it's not too expensive. Thanks.
posted by jwhite1979 on Nov 2, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me keep my closet baby warm at night!

It has come to pass that the best place for our 1 year old kid to sleep is in a crib in the walk-in closet in our bedroom. Now that the cold weather is upon us, I am looking for ideas for keeping him warm overnight. We have radiator heat throughout our drafty old house, and our bedroom tends to be one of the more poorly warmed rooms. The closet has no radiator in (or near!) it, and is therefore much colder still. To complicate this issue further, we STRONGLY prefer to keep the door to the closet nearly closed while we are in the room. Baby goes to bed around 6pm, grownups are on the scene from about 10pm onwards, and everyone is awake by 7am. He already wears layered pajamas and a sleep sack. Does anyone have any suggestions? My instinct was to find a tiny space heater that we could put in the closet, but a quick google tells me that I will kill all of my loved ones and everyone we have ever met if I do that.
posted by waterisfinite on Nov 2, 2014 - 32 answers

The little engine that couldn't.

I have grad school. I have lupus. The two are not friends. Help me to start asking for accommodations when needed despite resistance. [more inside]
posted by batbat on Nov 2, 2014 - 13 answers

What if he doesn't want them to pay his medical bills?

Looking for someone who's had this experience to tell me the end of your story: you injured yourself (through personal clumsiness) while at a friend's house, your health insurance paid for your ER visit. Your insurance company asks you "where did this accident occur?" and you reply... something... in the hopes that neither your friend nor your friend's property insurance is held liable. [more inside]
posted by aimedwander on Nov 2, 2014 - 12 answers

Mattress Missteps: Is Ikea the Answer?

Over the past year, my girlfriend and I have suffered through a series of mattress missteps to the tune of about $2500. Yesterday we were in Ikea and tried out the Sultan Heggedal mattress, which is $999 for a king. We were impressed both with the comfort and price of this mattress, but are trying to do some additional research so we don’t make the same mistake again. [more inside]
posted by merikus on Nov 2, 2014 - 16 answers

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