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Apps 86°

I have a lot of cream cheese. I have a lot of wonton wrappers. I need to make room temp (in hot August weather) appetizers. Hopefully toddlers will like some of them. What recipes do I want? I'm also happily accepting other recipes or ideas for warm room temp apps, and/or store bought items. I'm throwing a party in August for my toddler's birthday and am, um, self-catering. It will be an indoor/outdoor party, and our AC isn't great to begin with, so let's assume it will be warm inside as well as hot outside. I'm planning to rely heavily on Trader Joe's NYC stores for apps and wine, so suggestions are welcome, as they are for other stores or homemade ideas.
posted by cestmoi15 on Jul 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Where do I find a giant fan?

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 - 16 answers

Vitamins + thyroid

Why am I getting this medical effect from vitamin pills, and should i be worried? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on May 10, 2014 - 13 answers

once-a-week cooking ideas, vegetarian, low cal version, no freezer.

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 - 25 answers

My beautiful new apartment is an oven: How can I keep it cool?

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 - 14 answers

complications from being sedentary in brisk fall temperatures

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 - 24 answers

Winter is coming...and I ain't no Jon Snow

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 - 15 answers

Wifi enabled temperature sensor

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 - 8 answers

You say heatwave, I say tomato, no, what?

Over the past few days, I've seen reports in the British media about the upcoming heatwave featuring sky-high blazing temperatures of over 30C. What? [more inside]
posted by Gyan on Jul 15, 2013 - 65 answers

Seven degrees up, please

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 - 12 answers

HVAC hacks for a VERY large space?

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 - 22 answers

How high can a fever get before seeking care?

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 - 28 answers

Please approximate temperature range for bodily destruction by heat/cold

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 - 20 answers

Why are my photos turning green on Facebook?

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 - 8 answers

Indoor/Home Temperatures in Arctic or Very Cold Climates

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 - 16 answers

Unusual objects and their measurements

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 - 37 answers

Where to go for climate data?

Where are good places to look for historical weather data? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Nov 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Hi-temp indicators?

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. Strips 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 - 9 answers

Can an item an an oven (eg a roast) get hotter than the temperature you've set the oven to?

Can an item an an oven (eg a roast) get hotter than the temperature you've set the oven to? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece on Aug 7, 2012 - 20 answers

Does the mercury spike at the end of the day?

Does the mercury spike at the end of the day? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Jul 23, 2012 - 12 answers

What is causing the level of fluid in my hummingbird feeder to go up and down?

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 - 30 answers

Leaving a pet in the house on vacation. Windows open or closed?

Leaving a pet in the house on vacation. Windows open or closed? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo on Jul 12, 2012 - 16 answers

How to cool the computer?

My computer heats up the entire apartment. Is there any way to cool it down? [more inside]
posted by rebent on May 20, 2012 - 17 answers

Peripheral comfort zone?

What ambient temperatures are safe for typical consumer electronic devices? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on May 20, 2012 - 5 answers

heat production

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 - 7 answers

visualize this

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 - 13 answers

Chefs of MeFi - Why are our fish dishes coming out dry?

Chefs of MeFi - Why are our fish dishes coming out dry? [more inside]
posted by sisquoc15 on Jan 30, 2012 - 24 answers

Ectoplasm? Algae? Nanobot sheddings?

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 - 8 answers

How to fix oven settings before Thanksgiving?

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 - 8 answers

5500K balanced office = better productivity?

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 - 7 answers

Two temps enter, one temp leaves.

I need equipment and software to track temperatures. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Oct 29, 2011 - 9 answers

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?

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 - 11 answers

Sensitivity to temperature change?

Why do my hands swell when going from cool to warm temperature? [more inside]
posted by sallyseashore on Oct 17, 2011 - 7 answers

What is the origin of 72 degrees and 'room temperature?

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? Thanks! /bc
posted by quickasfoxes on Oct 16, 2011 - 22 answers

Macbook fan and temperatures, is there a problem here?

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 - 8 answers

Why isn't my pork roast ... uh, roasting?

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 - 24 answers

Inflatable pool care

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 - 8 answers

What is Temperature?

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 - 24 answers

Extended low grade fever - when is it doctor time?

Low grade fever for 10 days with (mostly) no other symptoms. When is it doctor time? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Apr 25, 2011 - 19 answers

How can I find discrete geographic areas around the world which meet certain meteorological conditions?

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 - 5 answers

How do IR thermometer guns work?

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 - 11 answers

Fire in the Fireplace

Please help my S.O. and I settle a debate about the fireplace. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Feb 26, 2011 - 24 answers

How high the temperature?

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 - 21 answers

Who's Got the Record for Widest Span of Temperature?

What inhabited place in America has the biggest temperature differential? On Earth? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Feb 9, 2011 - 19 answers

Am I poisoning myself when I drive?

I smell gasoline very strongly in my car. The smell began suddenly when the weather got colder than usual. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 1, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I find which cities around the globe are hot and sunny right now?

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 - 10 answers

Why am I so cold?

Why are my hands so cold? More importantly, what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus on Nov 17, 2010 - 19 answers

Does broiling empty nonstick pans kill them?

Did I just ruin half my pots and pans? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Oct 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Will a cold drink on a hot day really make me sick?

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 - 56 answers

chart me a path to cold air

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 - 28 answers

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