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What are these white things on the stems of my blueberry plants?

These white growths were on the stems of one of my blueberry plants here in Washington, DC. I guessed they weren't anything beneficial and they popped off pretty easily in the cold. The inside/undersides are sort of pinkish red. What are they?
posted by exogenous on Mar 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Large scale web applications running on Windows

As a long time Linux Engineer I enjoy reading about the technologies used by sites like Twitter, Facebook, Etsy, Yahoo (for things like Flickr) and other large sites to build things out to scale. I often lend a hand with Windows customers at work and it recently occurred to me that I've never seen a website or blog posts that relate to scaling on Windows. [more inside]
posted by togdon on Dec 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Top tips for personal measuring scales?

My personal scale has died, so I'm in the market for a new one. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night on Jun 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Scale, scale on the floor.

My new bathroom scale doesn't work. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Apr 5, 2013 - 6 answers

How to informally implement a sliding scale for tutoring services?

I am a math tutor in the walk-in tutoring center at the community college and I get asked by a lot of students if I do private sessions off-campus. I ask $20/hr, which I am told by my colleagues is a perfectly reasonable rate. However I realize that $20/hr is prohibitively expensive for a lot of people at community college, and I know that a lot of people I tutor could afford $30/hr or more. How do I tactfully offer a discount to someone who needs it while charging a higher rate to those who can afford it? [more inside]
posted by triceryclops on Feb 16, 2013 - 18 answers

Best kitchen scales

Looking for kitchen scale recommendations. [more inside]
posted by smangosbubbles on Nov 20, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me help my brain learn how to scale up and down with precision in Adobe Illustrator.

If I scaled the artwork up by typing 173.95% into the scale dialog box in Adobe Illustrator, what percentage do I scale it down by in order to get it back to its original size. Is there a simple equation that will do this operation? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Oct 1, 2012 - 9 answers

We have also weighed limes.

The lovely Mrs. Haddock and I were given a digital kitchen scale as a wedding gift, but we have no idea what we should be doing with it. What should we be doing with it? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 24, 2012 - 41 answers

Recipes for kitchen scales

I have a brand new kitchen scale. Where do I find recipes that are by weight instead of volume? [more inside]
posted by platypus of the universe on Feb 11, 2012 - 27 answers

Looking for a scale subway map

Can you direct me toward a scale map of the New York City transit system? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Oct 4, 2011 - 10 answers

What is the origin of the 20-80 scale used in baseball scouting?

What is the origin of the 20-80 scale used in baseball scouting? [more inside]
posted by sitecoach on Jun 30, 2011 - 4 answers

Talking the talk from Kuwait to Kinshasa.

I have need for a large and strange batch of audio translations. As a newbie to this game, please help me zero in on market specifics. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 20, 2011 - 3 answers

43% body fat. What the hell?

43% body fat. Am I about to drop dead, or is my scale wrong? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Feb 26, 2011 - 19 answers

Macro, Meso, ??, Micro, Nano

I need help with some terminology of scale. Is there a term for something on a scale between "meso" and "micro"? Alternatively, I'd be happy with something higher than "macro" or between "micro" and "nano" (but I'd rather avoid that one if possible). [more inside]
posted by Eumachia L F on Feb 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Barbegal water wheel?

I want to build a model of the water wheel and gearing system as seen in this episode of James Burke's Connections. [more inside]
posted by Demogorgon on Dec 28, 2010 - 6 answers

"sliding scale options available"

I'm interested in checking out the local hackerspace -- partly out of interest in doing stuff there, partly because they do work that's similar to ours (they work with adults, we work with kids). Their pricing policy is very expensive and only seems to make a token effort to reach out to low-income people like myself. They've expressed interest in meeting and getting to know us -- I'm excited about this, but am also really personally affronted by their pricing scheme. How do I get over this so we can have a conversation? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Nov 23, 2010 - 14 answers

How can I repurpose a digital kitchen scale with broken LCD?

I have a digital kitchen scale on which the LCD has crapped out. By pressing on different parts of the ribbon cable connecting the LCD to the circuit board, I've determined that there are multiple shorts or shoddy connections on the cable. There doesn't seem to be an easy way to fix it, so I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas for ways I can repurpose it for a fun electronics project. I have some basic electronics knowledge and soldering experience.
posted by jessssse on Oct 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Mass Produce Homemade Pottery

I am interested in creating a serving dish (bowl) that I think would sell rather well... If i make a prototype and want to mass produce it and say sell on Etsy.com how would I do this? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Sep 11, 2010 - 7 answers

what is the dorian scale good for

how do you use dorian scales in jazz guitar? [more inside]
posted by edtut on Jul 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me make objects to scale for an architectural plan.

Help me make objects to scale for an architectural plan. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Apr 24, 2010 - 9 answers

How do you draw the line about which racists to call out versus which ones to let slide?

When people my age say something against gays or against blacks I try to call them out. When my 81 grandpa says something I just let it slide figuring he was raised that way. What rules do you personally use to reconcile this kind of conflict? [more inside]
posted by golakers on Apr 14, 2010 - 18 answers

My grandpa passed on. This is some of his stuff!

My grandpa died. Some stuff remains. Will you be my personal Antiques Roadshow? [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Mar 31, 2010 - 21 answers

Where did the Scale go?

My hot water pot and coffee machine suddenly (over a period of 2 days) simultaneously completely descaled themselves, leaving piles of scale on their bottoms. This despite no use of descaling agents, or any other efforts to do this. I am thinking something must have changed with our tap water to have done this, but can't imagine what this would be. Any thoughts or other possibilities?
posted by dougiedd on Feb 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Mistake in federal job announcement: Recourse in holding agency to terms?

Federal HR experts: Due to an "unfortunate mistake," I am being offered a salary less than that which is listed on the federal job announcement. This after investing an enormous amount of time, energy etc. in the application process. Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Dec 2, 2009 - 19 answers

Create scale animation in Photoshop?

I am trying to create an animated button in Photoshop CS4 which includes a logo scaling down and moving a bit across the animation. I've created two frames that I'll tween between, but no matter what I do, when I scale the logo it changes in both frames. I've turned on and off the three unify buttons and the propagate frame 1 checkbox, and I've scaled using Transform and with the move tool options, every time it scales in both frames. Moving it from one position to another works just fine. Can anyone help?
posted by aaronetc on Oct 15, 2009 - 2 answers

Where to find a good weight chart for the kitchen?

I'm looking for a poster showing the weights of various commonly used ingredients. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 13, 2009 - 7 answers

The time machine in back to the future was just a DeLorean covered in ______. What's the word for _____?

Prompted by the success of a previous post, I have another special effects question. Is there a term of art for the stuff like extra model kit parts and other doodads glued to a model to give it a sense of scale and complexity? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Oct 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Fitness level for body fat scale

My body fat measuring scale requires me to give it parameters: Age, Height, Gender, and Fitness Level (1, 2, or 3). What should I enter for fitness level? The instructions just say something like "enter your fitness level on a scale from 1 to 3". Does anyone have a similar product and have a rule of thumb for this?
posted by jclovebrew on Oct 8, 2009 - 5 answers

What is the best digital scale for humans?

I'm trying to lose some weight and people have recommended weighing myself every day, as motivation or somesuch. I was wondering if you have a digital scale that you absolutely love, and if so, what the name of it is. Thank you.
posted by melodykramer on Jun 19, 2009 - 41 answers

Help me scale an image in Photoshop

Help me scale an image so that part of it is a specific size using Photoshop CS3. [more inside]
posted by featherboa on Feb 20, 2009 - 3 answers

0.1 gram scale

recommendations for a 0.1 gram accuracy scale that does not reset if you tare it to 0 and then remove the weight and has a capacity of more than 1kg? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Dec 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Cleaning scale from pool tile

How can I best clean hard water scale from pool tile? [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Sep 23, 2008 - 5 answers

How many times do I need to weigh a given object to overcome the scale's inaccuracy?

If I have a scale that is accurate to .1 grams and I want it to be accurate to say, .05 grams, how many measurements do I need to take to do this? Can I even do this? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jun 18, 2008 - 22 answers

help me not kill my new lemon tree!

Help! I was just given a potted lemon tree! What do I do? [more inside]
posted by beandip on Jun 7, 2008 - 7 answers

What's the radio scale bar for?

A number of radios I've owned in my life, in addition to the AM and FM frequency labels, also have a "Scale" label, going from 1 to 10, across the range of frequencies. What's this all about? Is it ever used for anything? I've never heard a radio station say "Tune to 6 on your Scale Bar".
posted by Jimbob on Apr 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Recommend a postal scale?

Have a recommendation for a postal scale? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez on Apr 1, 2008 - 8 answers

How to create automator action to resize images to a certain width?

How do I create an automator action to resize images to a certain width? The "scale images" action only resizes the longest side, which is sometimes the height, not the width. [more inside]
posted by krunk on Jan 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Domestic Help - How Much?

Domestic help? How much? Laundry, dishes, beds, straightening up, occasionally driving the kids to the sports practices. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Dec 26, 2007 - 9 answers

A VNC-like program that can scale high resolutions?

I use VNC on computer A, 1680x1050 resolution, to control computer B, 1920x1080 resolution. This results in a lot of scrolling. Anyone know of a better solution that's also free or very cheap? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Oct 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Good Sliding-Scale Therapist Resource for L.A.?

Anyone know a good resource for finding a good sliding-scale therapist in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2007 - 4 answers

A Problem of Scale: Halfway in size between an atom and the universe

"A human is halfway in size between an atom and the known universe"... This is a paraphrased quote I have come across several times. I like it. Who said it first? How true is it in the most literal sense? And, finally, what errors arrive in postulating a universe, or an atom, which can be measured AT ALL from our singular, relativistic, perspective? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 18, 2007 - 14 answers

Name That Book

Name That Book Filter: I recall a book that was based on the eloquence and development of a scale. I believe it was about the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale... Maybe the Richter Scale. Did I just imagine this book? If not, what is the title author of said book?
posted by Infernarl on Feb 2, 2007 - 2 answers

RSS Over Time

How does a typical RSS feed behaves over time, as the content grows? [more inside]
posted by joshjs on Nov 8, 2006 - 5 answers

Help me find bathroom scale that measures body fat.

Help me pick a bathroom scale - with decent BODYFAT SENSOR. Lost url of a review from about a year ago that had good info on common models. The googles do nothing for that particular review, however [more inside]
posted by ernie on Nov 3, 2006 - 13 answers

Does "economies of scale" really make a business efficient?

Economies of Scale [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Jul 27, 2006 - 10 answers

Yellow scale in toilet pan

Why am I getting a an unpleasant buildup of scale on my toilet and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish on Apr 2, 2006 - 10 answers

PHP - resize image to a specific (k) size?

Formula to resize an image (in PHP) so that the resulting file is roughly a certain size in bytes? [more inside]
posted by staggernation on Jan 12, 2006 - 8 answers

Recommend an accurate bathroom scale

I would like to buy a cost-effective bathroom scale that is pretty darn accurate for a 200 lb. guy -- margin of error plus or minus one pound. How do I buy one that is accurate? Any brand name suggestions? Do I have to buy one of those things with manually adjusted weights that run along a bar to get this level of accuracy? Please do not instruct me not to weigh myself more than once a week, etc. -- I am looking for a set of scales that will give me a reliable snapshot.
posted by Mr. Justice on Oct 14, 2005 - 18 answers

Firefox page scaling?

Firefox filter: I like Firefox but everything looks tiny on my high res laptop screen. Is there a trick to make it "fit to window" like Opera does? [more inside]
posted by HK10036 on Sep 3, 2005 - 5 answers

Why do I favour some names of notes in the chromatic scale over their other names?

MusicianFilter: Why do I favour some names of notes in the chromatic scale over their other names? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jul 1, 2005 - 15 answers

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