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Base model Mac Mini 4gb for home internet use - working for anybody?

Do you have a base (or low) model recent Mac Mini? How does it work for general internet use, including streaming and itunes? I like to use Firefox and open a lot of tabs, and use a few script heavy sites like Amazon. Interested in your experience with THIS PARTICULAR SETUP (or maybe the higher model Minis). Does it work fine? Or does it choke? Thx!
posted by bluesky78987 on Mar 5, 2016 - 14 answers

Fruit smoothy

I want to start making my own fruit smoothies and need hardware recommendations. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Mar 5, 2016 - 22 answers

Orthostatic Hypotension's Got Me Down

My ability to get out of bed and get ready for work is inhibited by frequent dizzy spells. Almost every time I stand I have to sit again or lean against a wall until it passes, and sitting on my bed often turns into lying down/sleeping again. Dizzy spells happen at all times of day but less frequently and usually less severe. Looking for suggestions to reduce the frequency or severity of my morning episodes. [more inside]
posted by good lorneing on Mar 4, 2016 - 22 answers

Block building, saving, sandbox game for iPad?

My son is playing Exploration on the iPad (a sandbox game, like a basic minecraft clone where you just build things) and while he really enjoys it, it doesn't seem capable of saving his creations. Is there another recommended game that allows saving? [more inside]
posted by circular on Mar 4, 2016 - 7 answers

What Japanese Whiskey or Sake should I bring home from Tokyo?

I am in Tokyo for the next few days, and want to pick up some uniquely Japanese gifts for my boss & coworkers back in the US. Since they are generally hard to please (and they fancy themselves "connessieurs"), exotic/interesting booze tends to be the easiest thing for me to get for them when I need to get gifts for them. [more inside]
posted by melorama on Mar 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Am I eligible for unemployment?

Got fired for quitting?? Am I eligible for unemployment? (USA - MA) [more inside]
posted by fbo on Mar 4, 2016 - 20 answers

What's the optimal way to get "Just Dance" on Xbox?

So my kids, like many kids, are (still) addicted to Frozen -- and really just want to play "Frozen" on Just Dance after seeing it at a bday party. As a gamer newbie, how do I get this set up? Buy an Xbox One and... how many versions of "Just Dance" are there? Is each version limited to only certain songs? Uh.. Kinect sold separately? What's the deal with Xbox 360 -- is that totally obsolete now? Can I put Xbox 360 games into an Xbox One and expect them to play? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Mar 4, 2016 - 4 answers

I'm broke, but I've got booze!

We're low on cash, but just so happen to have a couple bottles of high quality booze (these two things are not related...or are they? Don't judge!) What kinds of fantastic mixed drinks can we make over the next few weeks until we can buy beer again? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Mar 4, 2016 - 13 answers

Is the IMMI GO kids carseat any good?

The IMMI GO looks interesting, since it also looks semi-portable for travelling, but doesn't yet have IIHS ratings. The seat is only available through the website, so it has no user reviews on Amazon. Does anyone have personal experience with this seat? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Need bright, wide-angle lights for can fixtures in low-ceiling space

Our finished basement has a very low ceiling with widely-spaced overhead can fixtures, causing a lot of dark areas. I've tried a few different LED and fluorescent bulbs, but none of them produce enough light and/or they have too narrow of a beam angle. [more inside]
posted by exogenous on Mar 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Windows 10 pictures at startup

I have two computers running Windows 10. They behave differently. And my wife doesn't like the pictures that display at startup.... [more inside]
posted by SemiSalt on Mar 4, 2016 - 3 answers

Time and Energy to Paint/Craft with a Dayjob

You have a day job but you really wish you could be a serious artist and produce stunning work. How do you find time and energy after work to paint when all you want to do is to go to bed or switch off your brain? [more inside]
posted by whitelotus on Mar 4, 2016 - 35 answers

Would a DIY fabric cable management sleeve be flammable?

I'd like to sew a version of this Amazon Cable Management Sleeve for my home office in a fabric that matches my decor. Would a loose-fitting cotton or polyester sleeve for 5-10 computer cords be flammable or dangerous? Do I need to get a different type of fabric or scrap the idea altogether?
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Mar 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Am I preaching to the choir? A question about the journey into faith.

To those who converted into a religion or identify as a "born again" Christian (going from no faith/not sure -> faith) what was that journey like? [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Mar 3, 2016 - 18 answers

Structured products in practice

Structured products/notes liquidity IN PRACTICE (kind of technical) [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Mar 3, 2016 - 4 answers

Can I use a clone of an old hard drive on a new (Win XP) computer?

It is possible to clone a hard drive from a failing computer, put that disk image on a drive in a NEW computer, and expect the installed software to just work? [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Mar 3, 2016 - 15 answers

Multi-day Hikes in Northern Europe

If I wanted to spend 6-8 days hiking in Sweden/Norway/Finland where should I go/where should I look/what are my resources? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Mar 3, 2016 - 15 answers

help me tell him I'd like to help him

A friend of a friend runs a consulting business and they may need some assistance from someone with my particular skillset. How best to reach out to present my qualifications and express interest in the company? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Mar 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Can I safely (for me and the roof) use a ladder on my porch roof?

I have birds nesting in the fascia at the base of my house roof, about seven feet above my (asphalt shingle) porch roof, which has a moderate pitch. I have seen people nail a brace onto a roof to brace a ladder so that it can be leaned against the house. 1) Is this insanely dangerous or simply moderately dangerous? 2) Does this ruin the roof (I imagine it does), and how would I patch it? 3) Is there some other reason this is a horrible idea? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Mar 3, 2016 - 21 answers

Can it be saved? Toaster oven use after fire

There was a small but significant fire in my toaster oven, is it safe to use or should it be tossed? [more inside]
posted by fox problems on Mar 3, 2016 - 13 answers

Can't use my dominant arm, losing my mind.

The other day I did something to seriously fuck up my right shoulder, since then I've had to keep it immobilized in a sling on doctors orders. Moving it around hurts like hell and I can't do much beyond typing on a laptop (I can't even use my desktop because it requires me lifting my arm above stomach level). [more inside]
posted by Ferreous on Mar 2, 2016 - 18 answers

Where to buy Yarrow online - challenge, Canada

Helping a friend with a mixed media wedding bouquet and the only actual flower she wants is yarrow (yellow or white). We will be drying it - so buying fresh or already dried is OK. I plan to call around to a couple local florists, but was hoping for help finding an online source. Challenge being finding one that is based in Canada to not have to mess around with the import rules around plants. So far my searching has come up dry. Google-fu masters, I am at your mercy.
posted by MandaSayGrr on Mar 2, 2016 - 4 answers

No! Wait! COME BACK iPhone voice memos! Come back!

I have years and years of iPhone voice memos of my kids telling stories and singing songs, since they were toddlers. Or, should I say, I had them. Somehow, when I checked today, I had THREE. THREE! Where are the rest of my voice files with my then-two-year-old telling me ghost stories? My then-six-year-old singing original compositions? These files! They are irreplaceable! They are also, in theory, religiously backed up. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Mar 2, 2016 - 5 answers

Where should I shop for women's clothing in Vancouver BC

I'm going up to Vancouver for the weekend soon and find myself with a bit of a clothing budget and a favorable exchange rate. I don't shop at the same stores as my woman friend up there due to differences in taste and size range, and my other woman friend there is off at a meditation retreat so I can't ask her. Given the preferences below the fold, where should I shop for clothes and shoes? [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Mar 2, 2016 - 14 answers

What's it like, living in Knoxville?

I'm considering moving to Knoxville sometime in the next 2 years. Help me figure out if it will be a good fit. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Mar 2, 2016 - 8 answers

Doorknobs. Tell me about doorknobs.

I need to replace a total of 20 interior doorknobs, and there are way more options than I can handle. My priorities are price (~$30 for privacy knob) and ease of use (we have small children and elderly relatives and want everyone to be able to open the doors easily. [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle on Mar 2, 2016 - 16 answers

Need some help/assistance with setting up my Macbook Air (again)

Looking for some assistance/guidance in setting up my MacBook Air to my old settings after a factory reset/format. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Mar 2, 2016 - 2 answers

C. S. Lewis quote about moving lips while reading poetry

I have a faint recollection of reading an essay by C. S. Lewis, in which he discusses reading poetry, and suggests moving one's lips while reading. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 2, 2016 - 7 answers

How to make the most of a trip to Harry Potter World?

Friends are visiting Harry Potter World - How can I help them get the most out of the experience? [more inside]
posted by Farce_First on Mar 1, 2016 - 14 answers

Moving in Seattle

I am moving in June. I work in downtown Seattle and don't have a car. Where should I move and how do I prepare for a drastic increase in rent? See MANY details inside. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 1, 2016 - 13 answers

You grew up in the 80s/90s. You watched movies. Some of them were good!

I'm looking for '80s/'90s young adult type movies that you've seen and would recommend. Nothing too childish or overly sappy, please. [more inside]
posted by atinna on Mar 1, 2016 - 73 answers

Can I use my insurance and the person who hit me to cover my bike?

A while ago I got hit by a car biking. The lady who hit me first covered property damage, like bike, helmet, jersey, etc., but the bike was below what the cost was to actually replace my bike. Even thought the bike had less than 300 miles they said it had wear and tear. I ended up getting about 60 percent of the original value that I payed a couple months before. The question I have is, can I also use my renters insurance to cover the bike cost? or can I only do my insurance or her insurance? Thanks
posted by bigbadbehr on Mar 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Taking in a teenager

My 17 year old sister is pretty miserable living at home. She's about 3-4 years behind in school, suffers from severe anxiety, and only leaves the house to go to doctor appointments and therapy. My parents are at their wits end with her; they are spending more time yelling at her than working with her. My husband and I are strongly considering asking her to stay with us, but we could really use advice from anyone who has done this before. Is this a good idea? What do we need to know? What are not considering? [more inside]
posted by galvanized unicorn on Mar 1, 2016 - 19 answers

Seeking lighting hacks for tiny home office

How can I improve the lighting in my home office? Difficulty: tiny apartment. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 1, 2016 - 10 answers

Comic of person hitting snooze on trail of alarm clocks all way to work?

I'm looking for a comic strip that I think I saw on Facebook very recently of someone hitting snooze on a trail of alarm clocks until they end up at the doorstep of their work under their duvet. Thanks!
posted by BobsterLobster on Mar 1, 2016 - 2 answers

Help me give my wife a break.

I'm off to a stag do the weekend after next thus leaving my wife all alone with our small child. I'd like to arrange a relaxing weekend off for her this weekend (in advance of me going away). Some sort of hotel for the night, maybe a massage or something. The problem I'm finding is that all the spa break things in London require booking for 2 people. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Mar 1, 2016 - 15 answers

Chimpanzee newscaster?

My brother and I can't remember this show, which was more like a short. We would have watched it on American TV from Canada in the late 70s or early 80s.There was a chimpanzee dressed in (I think) a plaid jacket as a newscaster. I don't know if it was something from Lancelot Link. I tried Googling, but either I get Lancelot Link or real chimps in the news. Does this show ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Mar 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Is there a way to let my family (& only them) tag family photos online?

After my Grandma died recently, I went to her house and scanned every family photo she was in so everyone in the family could have a digital copy. There are a lot of people I can't identify in these pictures. I'm wondering if there's a way I could put the whole folder of them online in a password-protected or invite-only place that lets family members tag the pictures so anyone who knows who these people are can identify them. I don't want to put them online somewhere where just anyone could see them.
posted by Sleeper on Mar 1, 2016 - 4 answers

Ex-Husband Racking Up Property Violations in My Name

Divorced for a decade. Ex-husband still lives in our formerly-shared house. Recently discovered that he has been racking up property violations... under my married name. Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by sarling on Feb 29, 2016 - 20 answers

Japan Quickly but Where and for How Long?

How many days should we spend in Tokyo vs Kyoto and where could we take a day trip to from either? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Feb 29, 2016 - 18 answers

How to give more of yourself when the bank is empty.

I'm so spent. I have a brilliant 10-y-o kiddo who was diagnosed as being on the spectrum late last school year. Between handling various behavioral blips at school, social challenges, and various doctor/therapy appointments, I have nothing left for me. [more inside]
posted by heathrowga on Feb 29, 2016 - 29 answers

Down and Dirty way to Pack Posters Flat for Moving and Storing

I'm in a sort of dire straits where I'm getting rid of most everything I own. I have 50 or so posters and lithographs that mean a lot to me (out of print, signed, nostalgic, and such) that I would like to pack flat and sandwich all together and am curious of any extremely cheap ways to do so. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Feb 29, 2016 - 9 answers

RRPQBBQ

How exactly do you score this Reactions to Research Participation Questionnaire Revised (RRPQ-R) form? I see some hints on the last page, but what steps would a researcher take to turn a stack of completed forms into data the proper way? I could take a guess but I'm curious to know the actual method. Google is seemingly empty of the answer. I do not think I have access to the sources on the last page.
posted by michaelh on Feb 29, 2016 - 4 answers

My guy does not like dogs the same. Comments? Advice?

My new guy does not like dogs the same way I do. Mainly he believes large dogs should be outside at all times because then if they poop he doesn't have to clean up large poop. He states he's a dog lover. [more inside]
posted by LadyAerin on Feb 28, 2016 - 107 answers

Can you recommend a couch/recliner for a bad back?

The hubs and I are gonna refurnish. What should I keep in mind when looking for furniture keeping in mind my newfound bigness and chronic pain? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Feb 28, 2016 - 11 answers

Buying land in PA and building a cabin -- Where to start?

A few friends of mine and I have a dream of buying a small plot of land in Eastern or Central PA and building a rustic cabin on it. I'm looking for some advice on where to even start looking for available plots and sources of information from others who have done something similar. Any ideas?
posted by TimBridge on Feb 28, 2016 - 10 answers

Sued by Texas - yanml edition

My grandparents back in the old country had a strip of land on the outskirts of Dallas that no one in the family knew about. It's been accumulating taxes for 40 years. My grandmother and her descendants have been sued and lost. What now? [more inside]
posted by diode on Feb 28, 2016 - 33 answers

How to help a 3 year old recover emotionally from hospitalizations?

My kid had 2 ER trips and an overnight hospitalization last week due to his chronic health condition, and he's been an emotional wreck ever since. I would love tips on how to help him settle back into a more level emotional state, or at least as level as a 3 year old gets. [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Feb 28, 2016 - 15 answers

Address Authorization Management as a Service

What solutions exist to the problem of enabling friends and family to keep in touch with you as your addresses (physical and internet) change? [more inside]
posted by grubby on Feb 28, 2016 - 12 answers

Suggest fantasy books/series for a 14 yr old.

Suggest some fantasy books/series for my 14 yr old son. He's keen to read some more. Among things he's already read: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Percy Jackson, Mortal Engines. We have in mind the His Dark Materials trilogy. What else? He enjoys reading and reads well.
posted by maupuia on Feb 27, 2016 - 33 answers

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