I live in an open, large, loft-like apartment that gets face-meltingly hot in the New England summer. Easily near 100F in the afternoon. AC is impractical for such a big space. I've tried box fans, but I haven't found one that moves enough air to make a difference and even those were as loud as airplanes. An even faster fan sounds like a bad idea, but a much bigger and slower fan might just do the trick. Something like these
, but preferably something that doesn't need to be permanently installed? Where does one find an enormous fan?
posted by the jam
on May 20, 2014 -
I'm looking for lunch and dinner ideas i can prepare on Sunday to eat throughout the week.
Needs to be vegetarian and low calories (max 350 cal lunch and 450 cal dinner), and be ok to eat at room temperature, after spending half the day without refrigeration. Snowflake context below. [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench
on Mar 18, 2014 -
Just moved into a wonderful new apartment that the lady friend and I are in love with. Fantastic neighbors, perfect location, amazing view. Except that we face the lovely California sunshine and the temperature difference during the day can literally be 20 degrees or more. I work from home quite a bit and I've actually taken to working on the stoop because when its 65 outside, it can be 85-90 inside.
What can we do to keep it cool? Deets inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD
on Jan 18, 2014 -
What kinds of health/ bodily complications can arise from being sedentary for 8-12 hours a day in temperatures in the high 50s - low 60s Farenheit? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen
on Oct 18, 2013 -
Can I raise my internal temperature/reduce my sensitivity to cold?
I've always lived in cold regions (midwest, new england) but I've equally always been the one whining when it's 50 degrees out. Literally, it is 50 right now and I just got out of bed and put a big fluffy bathrobe over my long pjs and was still cold. I know all the obvs things to do to get warmer in the moment (bath, hot coffee, layers, long underwear, etc) but is there any way I can stop being so sensitive to it in the first place?
posted by Calicatt
on Sep 25, 2013 -
Hello Mefites. I'd like to acquire a wifi enabled temperature sensor. One that would let me grab current temperature over HTTP. Ideally something off the shelf but if that's not cost effective (under $50, but cheaper is obviously better) then I would love to try building one myself. Arduino? RaspeberyPi?
posted by aeighty
on Sep 9, 2013 -
On the book of Daniel chapter 3 -- when his friends were to be burnt on the fiery furnace -- Nabuchadnezzar commanded to have the furnace heated seven times hotter. Since at the time they didn't have a convenient dial to turn seven degrees up, what did they do to raise the temperature? [more inside]
posted by jgwong
on Jul 1, 2013 -
The organization I run rents a large, old theater for once-a-week film screenings. Problem: the air conditioning is broken, and the theater doesn't have the capital to fix it before the summer ends. But we have screenings scheduled weekly through the end of August. Are there any good ways to keep a large space cool without a working AC system? (How did people keep cool in indoor spaces historically, pre-AC?) [more inside]
posted by bubukaba
on Jun 28, 2013 -
Feeling ill yesterday and today, with a fever, slight cough, stuffed nose, sore joints. Taking dayquil and nyquil, and keeping track of my temperature every few hours. What temperature means "go to the hospital?" What other symptoms re: the cough and nose might man go to the hospital? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Apr 22, 2013 -
What are the fatal ambient temperatures, cold & hot, for the human body? (total destruction, not just death) [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan
on Mar 19, 2013 -
I carefully change my photos' color temperature using Shotwell (not accurate, but fast enough and easy), export them to smaller-sized pictures and upload to Facebook using Facebook's uploader, but the color balance is wrong. They're all green
. [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga
on Jan 18, 2013 -
At what temperature do people set their thermostats if they live in Arctic climates, such as Barrow, Alaska? My mother wants to know. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee
on Dec 12, 2012 -
Please list your best, favorite, most interesting object that could be used as a unit of measure for one of the following: area, volume, or temperature. For your answer to be useful I require the object and its measure. The ideal object is unusual but relatable at the human scale. [more inside]
posted by safetyfork
on Nov 19, 2012 -
Is there anything which will give a visible indication when the temperature is between 180-195deg C? Indicator needs to be multiple use, so reversible operation. Also needs to be passive.
would be ideal, but dont go hot enough.
The only thing I can find is sodium which goes red around this temperature. This is not a particularly practical solution though! Is there anything produced for ovens, or industrial processes which I'm missing?
posted by BadMiker
on Aug 28, 2012 -
The amount of hummingbird food in my feeder is going up and down on its own. What's going on? Is it possible that it's acting as a thermometer or a barometer? [more inside]
posted by waldo
on Jul 18, 2012 -
My computer heats up the entire apartment. Is there any way to cool it down? [more inside]
posted by rebent
on May 20, 2012 -
What ambient temperatures are safe for typical consumer electronic devices? [more inside]
posted by jon1270
on May 20, 2012 -
Which one of these supplements is most likely to increase body temperature (within normal range): iron supplement (100 mg), flaxseed oil (2 tablespoons), or prolonged release melatonin (2 mg)?
posted by leigh1
on Apr 24, 2012 -
How would one visualize 3 parametars on the same graph?
I have to visualize my sleeping schedule (time + day) + alternations of my body temperature during the day on the same graph. How could it be done?
posted by leigh1
on Mar 22, 2012 -
Why does my fridge's filtered water taste ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE but only at certain times of day? [more inside]
posted by Nattie
on Dec 8, 2011 -
We have a residential Wolf 36" gas range, and the oven temperature is off by about 20-25 degrees, according to oven thermometer.
I can't find anything in the Wolf literature that came with it about how to adjust the temperature. This is NOT the same kind of oven as in a previous MeFi question -- there the owner couldn't remove oven knob. Here, I can remove it, but there's no obvious thing to turn or fiddle with.
posted by mmf
on Nov 17, 2011 -
Office Colour Temperature: will I be less tired if the room's fluorescent lamps in the ceiling were daylight balanced to 5500K? [more inside]
posted by querty
on Oct 31, 2011 -
What volume of 14 C water do I need to add to 30 L of 24 C water to have a product of water at 20 C? Is there an easy calculation for this sort of thing so that I can do this with different levels of water and/or temperature differences? [more inside]
posted by pwb503
on Oct 19, 2011 -
Does anyone know how or why 72 degrees fahrenheit was decided as the ideal ambient temperature for humans? is there any scientific basis for this number at all? seems like it makes sense, but why 72, instead of 73 or 71? any ideas when, where, how or why this came into practice?
posted by quickasfoxes
on Oct 16, 2011 -
The wife was working on her Macbook Duo about a week ago, when the screen when dark for about 10 seconds and perhaps a slight pop was heard (she isn't sure). After the screen came back on the fan seemed to stop working. Normally, she could cause the fan to run pretty loudly as she Netflixed, played video or Flash games. After that noise, the fan no longer ran that loud or fast. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Oct 5, 2011 -
Why isn't my pork roast ... uh, roasting? My almost 4lb pork shoulder has been slow roasting in the oven for about 5 hours and yet its internal temp is still 30 degrees too low. [more inside]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound
on Aug 1, 2011 -
Inflatable kids pool - best way to warm the water and keep it clean over a long weekend. [more inside]
posted by Joh
on Jul 4, 2011 -
Science Explanation needed: Trying to get a better understanding of 'temperature'. While discussing whether it's safe to eat from a non-stick pan I pointed out that Teflon doesn't start to break down until it hits around 300 degrees; if you kept the pan temp lower than that it should be fine. I was told that I'm wrong because 'temperature doesn't work that way'. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata
on May 31, 2011 -
I need to identify certain areas of the world - figure zip cod/international analogue is discrete enough, although more granular is preferred - which meet a variety of meteorological conditions. [more inside]
posted by dyerfr
on Apr 13, 2011 -
My goal is the detection of small temperature variations over a larger area than a single one would allow, monitored by a computer.
What sensor do they use? I saw IR thermocouples on the web (starting at $150) and the fact these consumer devices are often under $30 leads to believe they are not using this, but something a lot cheaper. [more inside]
posted by santogold
on Apr 1, 2011 -
I can't believe I'm asking this, but I couldn't find an answer anywhere: what do the daily high and low temperatures provided with weather forecasts mean? I always thought they put a boundary on the range within which the temperature is predicted to fluctuate, with no particular assumption that those temperatures would be reached; however, I've recently had a few friends tell me that those numbers represent the predicted maximum and minimum temperatures that will actually be reached in the course of the day. Which is it?
posted by invitapriore
on Feb 25, 2011 -
How do I find which places in the world are hot and sunny right now
? This is for the purposes of a vacation. I'm not interested in seasonal averages. I'd like to see a globe with sunshine icons on those cities that are currently actually hot and sunny, and I guess stormcloud or snow icons on those cities with precipitation.
posted by skylar
on Dec 26, 2010 -
At the risk of being totally culturally insensitive... What is it with Europeans and superstitions about the temperature of drinks? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy
on Sep 17, 2010 -
what sort of office-professional jobs involve year-round immersion in temperatures below 65F, and how might one consider qualifying for them? [more inside]
posted by garfy3
on Jul 13, 2010 -
I left my birth control pill Yaz in a hot car for about 3 hours. The pill was in my wallet, and I put the wallet in the dashboard. It was around high 70's outside. I left it in the car when I went for a hike in the Yosemite national park about 2 weeks ago. The pill felt warm when I came back to the car and took it. I didn't think too much about it, but all of the sudden yesterday I thought of it and now I'm worried. Is this pack of pill still good? Or is it useless? I would love to just switch to a new pack, but I had unprotected sex on Saturday night(3 days ago), so it's already late. I'm going to do the pregnancy check next Monday or so. Am I worrying too much? Or should I be worried?
posted by anonymous
on Jun 23, 2010 -