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Make me a better camper by telling me your favorite backpacking hacks.

I'm looking to up my backpacking game. What tricks, strategies, and indispensable-but-overlooked items do you take with you into the backcountry? I'm looking for little things that cost little or nothing in terms of weight or money, but which make life easier in camp or on the trail. What are some of your most clever solutions? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Oct 2, 2015 - 23 answers

Tips/ideas for low-stress long open house & park party to celebrate baby

Hi! Mrs ManInSuit and I are planning a party to mark the arrival of little six-month-old BabyInSuit. The plan is for an all-day causal open house, with a trip to the park. Looking for tips on how to make this fun and nice for the guests, and minimally stressful for us. [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Sep 12, 2015 - 14 answers

Can anyone help me find this article about academic time management?

A while ago I came across an article written by a professor about time management in academia. It was a really great and valuable article but no matter how hard I search, I can't find it again. It was basically him (her? think it was him) detailing his techniques that he uses to manage his time. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Aug 3, 2015 - 8 answers

is it ok for a bartender to not be tipped out on server drinks?

I make a tipping wage at my bartender job, yet I'm not being tipped out on hundreds of dollars of server drinks I make every day. Should I be angry or is that a normal practice at U.S. bars? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2015 - 14 answers

What tips are there for buying a used car?

I've always bought new cars and driven them for 15+ years. Need a car for my teen and have no intentions to buy new. I've never bought a used car. What tips/tricks do you have for the buying process regardless of whether it's from a private party, used car lot, or from a dealership?
posted by teg4rvn on Jun 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Active guy finds out he needs eyeglasses, needs advice on frames.

I just found out I need to wear eyeglasses full-time and I need help selecting frames, purchasing advice, and moral support. There are difficulty modifiers. Very special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2015 - 26 answers

Was I being tested, or am I just being paranoid?

Unsure whether my new boss was testing my integrity, or whether I should take his actions at face value. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2015 - 20 answers

What is the appropriate exchange rate of cash/beverages/snacks to wifi?

Baristas! Bartenders! Bar and coffee shop owners! Other officeless people! I often work in coffee shops, and sometimes in bars. I stay for hours, sitting in chairs, soaking up A/C, using the wifi, and listening to music on headphones. What is the appropriate volume of drink/snack buying &/or tipping to avoid being a jerk and provide adequate compensation? (My current rate is ~ one coffee/two hours.) Is there any kind of consensus about this? [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Jun 1, 2015 - 26 answers

Recommend books on enchancing poetry and short story craftmanship?

I'm trying to find some valuable works of advice to improve my craftsmanship on writing poetry and short stories. If you can recommend any advice books, poetry, novels, and short stories that can help contribute to better writing in the genre of: science fiction, southern Gothic literature, classic literature, modernism, and modern ligature works, that would be most appreciated. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on May 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Cooling an urban apartment with a fan?

Experienced urbanites: What is the best method to use a fan to cool an apartment that only has windows on one side of the building? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Apr 28, 2015 - 15 answers

Ultimate Travel Hacks!!

Trying to up my travel game! Looking for your best hacks/tips/etc... [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Mar 20, 2015 - 38 answers

Reading between the lines of a recipe

What are things you know to do while cooking that is essential to success yet is not always explicit in a recipe? [more inside]
posted by slipthought on Feb 9, 2015 - 73 answers

Easy yet effective tips for coping with stress better?

I've been hit with a significant number of life stressors recently, and could use some help. I've been working on keeping my stress levels low through healthy eating, exercising, and sleeping well, but my stress is getting to the point where I feel like laying in bed all day. I can't afford to let myself spiral any lower; I'd like some simple-yet-effective stress busters to prop me up, so that I have enough energy to deal with my problems and continue living healthy. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Feb 3, 2015 - 26 answers

Finally getting an iMac, after a bajillion years. Lead me?

So four years ago, I wrote this love letter to Steve Jobs when he died. I admired that man, but the major thing missing was that I didn't own anything made by Apple, apart from an old generation iPod. I said, someday. Well that day has finally arrived. Any tips to make my transition easier? What other accessories/necessities should I buy? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Jan 26, 2015 - 27 answers

I want to talk (and think) about what I read.

I am looking for a system or tips on, basically, how to write a summary of a book that explains its main points. [more inside]
posted by divina_y_humilde on Dec 14, 2014 - 6 answers

As a bartender, how much should I be tipped out by the servers?

I am the first bartender this restaurant has hired and this is also my first bartending job, so both the owner and I are coming up with the tip out policy from scratch. This is in the US -- if you are not familiar with how US tipping culture works, please don't answer. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Nov 7, 2014 - 35 answers

Tip Etiquette, for those being tipped.

About 8 months ago I asked a question about becoming a bartender on the fly, and the answers I received were fantastic, and really helped me become comfortable mixing drinks faster than I would have. But I have a few questions about something I didn't realize I would need help with: Tipping, or receiving tips. [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Oct 26, 2014 - 24 answers

Blackboard Jungle

Can this class be saved? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Sep 4, 2014 - 13 answers

Gift to Chinese employee in non-tipping culture: how?

Our cleaning lady is taking her first holiday in a decade to visit her family. I was planning on giving her a cash present in lieu of the money she would have earned at our place, but I don't think she understands tips and I don't want her to feel further obliged to us. This has been a problem in the past because she has very strong views on hard work and duty &c. How should I present the idea (and money) to her in a culturally appropriate way? Am I just overthinking this?
posted by ICanHazQuestion on Jul 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Visiting China for the first time

Ni hao! I will be visiting China for the first time this December. Please share your advice and anecdotes! [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord on Jul 15, 2014 - 12 answers

OK to use alcohol wipes on IEM eartips?

Is it fine to clean my silicone eartips with alcohol-based wipes? I've been doing it for a few years, and even the same tips for quite a while, without noticing any problem. Yet some scant audiophile advice on the Net says don't use alcohol. I'm wondering "Why not?" But I'm concerned if I am doing damage... Sometimes I do soak them in soapy water, but it's so time-saving to wipe them down with these pads from the first-aid aisle; plus, they -- and my ears -- stay pretty clean anyway. (I have standard silicone tips that came with Brainwavz and other brands of in-ear monitors.) Thank you.
posted by noelpratt2nd on Jun 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Tipping full price during happy hour?

Am I supposed to tip on the full, normal cost of meals and drinks during happy hour? [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive on Jun 13, 2014 - 28 answers

Article finder edition

Help me find a blog/article on using Outlook as the email organization/productivity system! My google searches are failing. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Jun 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Far from the madding crowd

I pretty much only have time off when everybody else has time off, but I don't enjoy spending my time off with everybody else! What are your general tricks and specific suggestions for enjoying tourist destinations without crowds? I'm especially interested in California (I live in the SF Bay Area), but general ideas and other places are fine too. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on May 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Help Me Have a Lovely Southern Maine Experience

O MeFites of a Maine Persuasion, please recommend to me things and places in Southern Maine in mid-May. [more inside]
posted by julen on Apr 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Photography tips wanted

I need to take an outdoor photograph of a subject standing in front of a large, white, shiny background (a vehicle). The person and the vehicle are equally important elements in the picture. I need to take the photo when both the subject and the vehicle are available, so I have no control over the date or time or weather. Assuming I need to do this on a bight, sunny day (although I'm hoping for a slightly overcast one) where do I position them relative to the sun? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Apr 22, 2014 - 13 answers

How do we get a leash on this dog?

Our adorbs rescue puppy is eating out of our hands, playing fetch and generally charming our socks off. But we cannot cannot cannot get a collar on him. Or a leash. [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Apr 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Drawing hacks and tips for beginners?

I'm looking for simple tips and hacks that make a big difference in learning to draw - like "start your drawing at the point of focus" or "start with light colors, then add dark colors". [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 26, 2014 - 16 answers

Two drifters, off to see the world...

How to have fun with your travel buddy [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Mar 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Color me pretty. Help me learn watercolors!

I'd love to do more urban/travel sketching with watercolors and ink, and I'm pretty new to art. How do I learn to do it better? More inside! [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Feb 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Colour-blind to study aids?

Do you study similarly to me? What else works for you? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Feb 6, 2014 - 15 answers

How I learned to stop worrying and love the workaday life

Any tricks, hacks, tips to get yourself out of bed and to work each day? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Jan 28, 2014 - 27 answers

Traveling the world nervousness, questions, and suggestions

I'm trying to make travel plans, however, the whole situation is changing so rapidly. I have not booked any tickets yet. My rough original intention was to travel throughout Southeast Asia through China (Hong Kong) then up to Europe. I originally planned to start in Singapore and work through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam but the recent situation in Bangkok has made me nervous. I'm trying to stay as safe as possible. I want to do as little backtracking as possible. I have saved up a bit of cash and am using the trip as a personal sabbatical/soul searching. My time frame can be up to a year on the road. What would a typical itinerary look like/do you have any alternate suggestions? What do people generally do when on the road for this long/any suggestions to stay busy during this time?
posted by nathanm on Jan 23, 2014 - 14 answers

How to Get Better at Speed Dating

I've done speed dating before, with little to no success. I know the entire thing is very much a crapshoot, but are there any ways to make the most of it and potentially get a match? [more inside]
posted by Puck Soppet on Jan 20, 2014 - 15 answers

I have a 7 year old boy who can't spell- urgint holp neeyded plez ;-)

My son is an above average reader for his age but his spelling is atrocious. He has just finished Year 1 at school in Western Australia. I need help as he's getting upset about this and I'm getting stressed. I just don't know how to help him :-( There must be some good "spelling breakthrough" approaches out there...? More details inside. Any tips are really appreciated! [more inside]
posted by blacksky on Jan 6, 2014 - 47 answers

Interview extroardinaire

How to do well in interviews? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Dec 21, 2013 - 6 answers

A Broad, Abroad, Alone

In a month, I'll be traveling abroad for the first time, all by my lonesome. Looking for helpful tips for a first-time international traveler. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Nov 13, 2013 - 26 answers

When is it smart to dump the rulebook?

I'm asking for examples of situations where you have had better, or just as good, results by not following the commonly held 'right' way to do something... [more inside]
posted by 0 answers on Oct 17, 2013 - 30 answers

Am I feeling what you're feeling?

How can I learn to be a bit more empathetic? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Sep 18, 2013 - 17 answers

Non-Obvious Everyday Bag Items.

My daily/everyday bag is a canvas haversack - about as large as a small messenger bag. I already know to carry things like breath strips and a small umbrella and a paperback around, but recently I've been looking to expand on the everyday items. For example: there was an awkward lull in conversation during a train ride. I happened to be carrying a pack of cards and taught everyone to play German Whist - wonderful ice breaker, great way to spend the trip. I'm looking for things like that, small, non-obvious essentials to put in your bag that can be used in many different situations.
posted by The Whelk on Sep 5, 2013 - 53 answers

small cups for my legs

What I'm search for may not exist. We have recently purchased a new metal-framed coffee-table with legs that taper down to ~1/2" at the floor. With the legs being so slender, they are creating little holes in the pile of the rug that they rest on. I'm looking for something like this, but perhaps only 1/2" wide so they aren't so obvious in the middle of the living room. The smallest I've been able to find is about 3X that size. Thoughts? I'm aware of the stick-on rubber/felt pads that are available and may need to go in that direction, but thought I'd see if anybody has some other ideas like above. thank you.
posted by jimmereeno on Aug 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Low-Carb Tips and Tricks

How did you ease into a low-carb lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Aug 26, 2013 - 18 answers

staying cool on Kauai

We're traveling to Kauai next week, staying in Kekaha. I need some ideas for staying cool, especially at night. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Jun 28, 2013 - 17 answers

First time photoshoot: how can I not look like a dumpy, tired platypus

I'm having my photo taken for professional reasons and if my career takes off it will be seen quite widely. I'm a not-particularly-makeup-savvy female of ~30, not quite as slim or toned as I used to be, with bags under my eyes and not particularly great skin. Oh, and my default face in all photos to date is a solid gurn. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2013 - 22 answers

In Portland, OR for a week with a toddler. What shouldn't I miss?

We're going to Portland for a week-long vacation (and maybe a moving trial run) in a few days. We've visited before, but this time we're taking our 2-year-old daughter, and I wanted to ask if there are any great toddler friendly destinations or day trips that we shouldn't miss. Any tips on kid-friendly restaurants and organic grocery shopping in NW Portland are also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by mmc on Apr 29, 2013 - 16 answers

CoffeFilter: What are your best tips to help quit drinking coffee?

Did you kick your coffee-drinking habit? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Apr 26, 2013 - 39 answers

Advice for the anxiously attached.

I'm in a great new relationship, yay! It's been about 4 months. I like her. She likes me. But I am a classic anxiously attached type, and I would like your advice on how to cope with the "omg what will I do when she figures out I'm a loser and she dumps me and why didn't she call last night and she seemed annoyed when I said that and omg what if she doesn't like me anymore" feeling. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Tip that!

I serve tables at a restaurant (California), and management (large corporate chain) insists we declare 18% tips on sales (whatever the outcome of the night) or face reprimand... [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli on Feb 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me put these things I did into resume language

Pimp My Resume: Mommy Edition. How can/should I describe these volunteer things I've done at my kid's schools on my resume? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Two professionals working together; who do I tip?

Getting a photo shoot that is a package deal; photographer has let me know that I should be ready to pay her and the makeup/hairstylist separately. Do I tip the stylist? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Feb 4, 2013 - 8 answers

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