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Oven/Range Repair - North Orange County Edition

Hoping I could query the awesomeness of the hive mind for help with referrals to repair an older restaurant model oven/range currently living in a home in north orange county, CA. [more inside]
posted by Cookbooks and Chaos on Nov 3, 2013 - 1 answer

iPhone 4s or Galaxy S2

Do you live in an area with limited cell phone providers due to all the mountains in the way? Do you use either an iPhone 4s or Galaxy S2? Can you share your knowledge with me, please? [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron on Oct 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Seeking Recommendations for Reliable Automatic (or Human) Transcription

I am a medical writer working on a large project. Part of this project will involve posting videos of physicians along with a transcript of whatever the speaker is saying. The topic tends to be fairly technical - the physicians will be using Technical Medical Terms that could confuse the average layperson. Length of the videos varies from three to twenty minutes. [more inside]
posted by Schadenfreudian on Oct 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Is the United States Postal Service under attack?

I read somewhere that the United States Postal Service does not receive any federal or state funds from taxes, that they do all of their own accounting. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Oct 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Selective Service Indeed

Guys singled out to the exclusion of girls. Why? [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Sep 29, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me switch my phone from one provider to another

Can someone help me with the technical aspects of switching my cell phone from one provider to another? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Sep 17, 2013 - 5 answers

It's like the dark ages here....

Forgive the crappy typing as I'm doing this on my phone. 2 days ago the transformer in front of our house was struck by lightening. We were without power for a day (which really sucks since we're on a well so without power we have no pump to get water). Anyway power restored but then I notice no router. The router got fried by the lightening and so I call Verizon fios and talk to dude who tells me that the earliest they can send someone out, because its not just router that fried but apparently the main thing to our house as well, is September 10th. I'm pretty pissed and frustrated. I get that it's not their fault and it might be restored earlier but come on, 8 days? Do I have any recourse? Like not paying for 8 days I have no service? I'm thinking of switching but we've only got 2 ISP's in our area, Cox and Verizon. Even the Verizon customer service guy was apologizing and saying that they are short staffed etc. Do I call every day? What's the best way to deal with this. Needless to say right now I'm thinking Verizon sucks in the worst way.
posted by lasamana on Sep 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Should I just google this?

What do I need to know about promoting my small online business using Google AdWords? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Aug 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Did my mechanic just rip me off?

My front hubcaps are tied on with zip ties. After a major car service, which included checking the brakes and replacing the timing belt, the zip ties are still there. You can't access the wheel nuts without taking off the hub caps. Did my mechanic rip me off? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece on Aug 4, 2013 - 15 answers

How to handle a negative review on Yelp?

I'm a hostess at an upscale restaurant on the weekends, I have a higher-paying full time job during the week. I have many ADD symptoms I've struggled with, so it's much more challenging for me than the average person. I'm proud of myself for taking the job and building upon my weaknesses (i.e., low spatial intelligence). I was taking a look at the Yelp reviews while working there tonight and my heart SANK - a customer wrote a very nasty review about me, and specified the date, so it can be traced back to me. It was a busy night and I'd had an extremely stressful day before I got there, I know that's no excuse, but I was doing the best I could. Is there anything I can do? Should I message the person explaining/apologizing? If I do, should I ask them to take it down? Should I just quit so they can find someone better? I hate feeling this way. I was laughing, having a good time with the servers tonight, then after reading this felt like crying, everyone could tell something was wrong. I thought I was doing something good for myself by taking this job.
posted by bluelights on Jul 16, 2013 - 50 answers

What Do Foreign Service/Intelligence Grad Programs Expect of Me?

My senior year as an Undergraduate begins this Fall. I go to a large public school that is heavily recruited from by the CIA/NSA etc... I am a Political Science/Russian double major with a 3.81 GPA. My interests are varied: nuclear proliferation, intelligence, conflict, analysis, the role of exponential tech growth, and on and on. Help me discover whether or not Grad school is right for me, and if so how to iron out a few details. [more inside]
posted by 221bbs on Jul 9, 2013 - 11 answers

The Sign Painter's Dilemma: Is there such a thing?

I have a question, which I think is about morals and philosophy. I'm pretty sure I can elucidate the thing I'm looking for pretty clearly and hope this doesn't turn into chatfilter. Mainly I'm wondering if formalized discussions of this exist and looking for resources to read up on it. I call it "The Sign Painter's Dilemma" but it could also be a Tattoo Artist's Dilemma... [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 on Jul 2, 2013 - 19 answers

Best "white glove" cross-country moving service for a "van load"

My septuagenerian parents are moving about a van load of their belongs (computers, television, clothes, kitchen dishes, etc.) from coast to coast. Ideally, the company hired would come to their house and respectfully pack everything and then ship it across country where, once again, they would unpack everything. Do you know of such a service? (Related, but not exactly: do you recommend a service for moving a car – vehicle – cross country?) Thank you!
posted by noway on Jun 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Cross-border buying/packing/shipping service?

I live in the Bay Area and often find myself wanting things, especially delicious location-specific foods, from stores in other cities that don't offer e-commerce and/or won't ship to me. (Example, example, example.) I want to pay someone --companies, individuals, I don't care-- to buy the things, pack them up, and ship them to me. This seems like it'd be a fairly common need/want, so someone must have set up a business offering it, right..?
posted by Susan PG on Jun 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Is "sawbuck" generally recognized as $10 in North America? Elsewhere?

I've been thinking of starting a small, single-serving Web site that offers a very specific service for $10. I was thinking about calling it “Sawbuck [Service]”. How much confidence should I have that the word "sawbuck" will be understood by most casual readers as meaning $10?
posted by Shepherd on Jun 4, 2013 - 110 answers

virgin mobile defective phone problems

nov. 2012 I bought a kyocera rise smart phone from Virgin Mobile and upgraded my plan to go along with it. I'd been a VM customer for 12 years. It took me a while to realize that the phone was not working properly, when trying to make a call, or other task the screen would go black and the phone turn off. I called several times, could never get a CSR to understand the problem and/or come up with a fix. I lived with the problem until about a month ago when, following a failed emergency (life threatening) phone call I started calling regularly to get a fix. It never happened and finally I got the offer of a replacement phone. [more inside]
posted by NorthCoastCafe on May 31, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I pressure my mortgage servicer to give me my money back?

On Monday morning, my mortgage servicer withdrew my mortgage payment from my checking account, along with an additional withdrawal of close to $2000. [more inside]
posted by rocketman on May 16, 2013 - 20 answers

What's so bad about french toast & mimosas?

Are you someone who has worked in a restaurant? Can you tell me why Sunday brunch is apparently the meal people hate to make and/or serve? I have no experience in the food service industry, but as a big fan of brunch, I'm curious for first hand opinions. (Or feel free to tell me that the two examples inside are totally bunk.) [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on May 8, 2013 - 37 answers

Yet Another Tipping Question

I usually over tip--22-25 percent. But I was confused about something that happened tonight. I went to a new bar, kind of a renovated dive, with a friend. We both ordered cocktails, I ordered a charchturie (sp) platter and he ordered a pizza. My food came right away, and both of our drinks came quickly. The bar was empty for our first drinks, but was filling up quickly. We ordered a second drink. The bar was filled with people that the bar tender seemed to know. The second drink came. No sign of pizza, it was more than an hour at this point. We remind the bartender, who is also the server twice. He finally says, five minutes, and five minutes later, the pizza comes. This would have been 90 minutes. No offer to comp the food, no apologies, but the food was really good, the drinks were strong, and I would like to go back...I tipped 4 on a 32 bill, after tax. They also split the bill in a weird manner. My friends kind of shy, so I took his lead, and didn't complain. How much should I have tipped? Should I have complained? Should I go back to complain? What's the protocol here?
posted by PinkMoose on Apr 28, 2013 - 25 answers

YANAMC, YANMMC, but maybe you can answer this anyway

Why would a letter come back "not deliverable as addressed" when the address is correct? [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Apr 5, 2013 - 11 answers

What's a good car service from Brooklyn to LaGuardia?

I am sorry to ask such a dumb question, but I have a very early flight from South Park Slope to LaGuardia, and googling car services so far is returning not great results. Is there a car service someone can recommend for an early pick up (our flight is at 5:30 a.m.)?
posted by Peemster on Mar 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Google Maps alternative (using standard KML import) that's ad-free?

I need a non-Google Maps alternative, due to limitations in how Google displays My Maps. Mapchannels.com is very flexible, but it has two issues: its display doesn't seem to work for mobile users, and it displays small ads (and has suspended its former policy of letting a map creator pay to remove ads). Other options? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Mar 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Wi-Fi and cell service drop out intermittently at our apartment. Why?

First, let me state that I have no idea if these two things are interrelated, but it seems like they could be, so I'm going to go ahead and conjecture here: our AT&T cell phone service drops from nearly full 3G to one bar from time to time (usually during calls, of course) and our wi-fi does the same thing. I've tried timing it and I can't seem to nail it down to anything. Could these service drops be related? [more inside]
posted by summerteeth on Feb 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Should I join the Air Force if I want to break into Diplomacy/Intel?

I am 27 years old, and now considering whether I should join the Air Force on an intelligence track in order to improve my chances of getting a job at State, or just improving my career options in general. Is this a wise decision? [more inside]
posted by masterisosceles on Feb 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Pasadena, CA area, is my gardener too expensive? $200/mo

We pay $200 a month for weekly service that includes all trimming, upkeep, lawn service for 3 lawns, significant pruning and leaf cleanup from 12 trees (citrus, pine, chinese elms, japanese maple, coastal oak, liquid ambars). Is this too much? What do you pay and what do you get for it? [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Jan 28, 2013 - 15 answers

How Far Can Terms of Service Go for Restricting Data Access?

Law portals & content portals use their Terms of Service to restrict access to data beyond what they can restrict by means of copyright. What are the limits to this practice, and the history of enforcement? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jan 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Have you used a good temporary answering service?

Asking for recommendations for an answering service, with a live person that can answer our office phones for a week. [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Jan 10, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm the idiot on the phone help line that can't help you

I'm being forced to answer phones at work. I have NO clue and NO ability how to do this and I have to start NOW. How do I make this situation less horrible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2013 - 26 answers

What's your experience with the NPS?

Any National Park Service or other closely affiliated agency (BLM, Army Corps of Engineers, etc) able to speak about their experience with said agency? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Dec 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Getting around Jackson, MS

I have a friend who will be taking care of her mom in Jackson, MS, next week while the latter undergoes surgery. Because said friend survived an accident a few years ago and consequently prefers not to drive, can you recommend a solution for getting them both to the hospital and back? She seems to think Jackson does not have cabs, but I suspect there is a better solution. I do not know which hospital they will be visiting.
posted by billtron on Dec 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Will an iPad bought in the US get service from Apple in Europe?

Will an iPad bought in the US get service from Apple in Europe? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Nov 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Professor, isn't it time for your nap?

You’re an academic, and every now and then, often on short notice, you’ve got to put together an application which includes your papers, your grants, your service (and so on) and it’s in a different format and order to the last time. Would you pay someone to keep track of this stuff AND format your application/review? What do you need them to keep track of? Tell me more. What do you want?
posted by b33j on Oct 14, 2012 - 18 answers

Wildcard e-mail forwarding service?

Online service for wildcard e-mail address forwarding for a given domain? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Sep 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Japanese Houseboy - WTF?

What is the story behind the pop-cultural trope of the "Japanese Houseboy?" [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 22, 2012 - 12 answers

I don't even know where to begin.

I have a really good idea for an online...website thing. Involving user submission. I don't know anything about programming or what-all. Help me figure out what tools I need to create this! [more inside]
posted by threeants on Sep 3, 2012 - 15 answers

Who will scan my books for cheap?

Is cheap book-scanning available to consumers yet? I'd like to get a few hundred books scanned, to save space, destructive OK. AskMe hasn't addressed this for a couple of years, and I'm hoping folks know - and ideally have personally experience with - what the best options are these days.
posted by caitlinb on Sep 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Name my new company please?

Help me name my new service! I'm opening a consulting service specialised in improving listings for bed&breakfast websites like airbnb, home away from home, 9flats etc... and I'm struggling to chose a name. Tell me what you think? [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench on Aug 28, 2012 - 19 answers

Project management / shared to-do list software for families?

Project management / shared to-do list software for families? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Aug 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Is there an intentional time-delay delivery service?

Is there a package service which will hold onto my packages and deliver them on certain dates into the future? I guess what I'm wondering is, say you're dying, but you want to be able to send care packages to your kid on special days over the next couple of years (or longer) - is there a company that will do this? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Jul 24, 2012 - 3 answers

One-off photo retouching service?

I need a digital photo retouched. How do I go about finding the right person or business? [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Jun 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Handy und Internet

Moving to Berlin from San Francisco in October, and I'd like some advice for finding both a cell phone plan and a broadband service for my apartment. [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Jun 12, 2012 - 3 answers

I'm trying to find a service that allows for customizable "widgets" for display on a large screen.

I'm trying to find a service that allows for customizable "widgets" for display on a large screen. [more inside]
posted by nathanm on Jun 7, 2012 - 5 answers

I'll Give You Money to Give Me Motivation

Is there an online service that helps you stay motivated by charging you money if you fail to perform a verifiable action? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Senior home in India

How to start an old age home for seniors in India? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Apr 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Two Careers & Retirement

Three questions: (1) How many current civil service employees are also reserve/national guard members, (2) How many current civil service employees were also active duty military service members, and (3) How many of both groups retired from the military? I've been to DOD, the Census, OPM ... I'm not having much luck.
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 16, 2012 - 5 answers

How to serve an elusive professor with a restraining order

Looking for clever process server ideas for delivering restraining order papers to a stalker who is a genius at evading the sheriff. And other ideas on dealing with a situation like this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 - 33 answers

a life of activism

What are some good memoirs/stories/quotes/resources for guidance in being a community activist? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Citizen Science in the Middle School Classroom

I am looking for great citizen science projects for my students to get involved in! [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Feb 14, 2012 - 15 answers

Social change summer?

What are some awesome non-profits/other social change organizations based in Chicago or the surrounding areas (northern suburbs would actually be ideal)? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Jan 4, 2012 - 14 answers

a better mode at home than pseudo-relaxation

For those who find "relaxing" completely un-relaxing, how do you cultivate a strong activity and project based home life? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jan 2, 2012 - 11 answers

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