February 24

What caused stem to drop from peperomia obtusifolia variegata?

Here are some pics. This was an older part of the plant and the leaves were always pale. The brown stem is firm, not soft or mushy, and has moisture inside when I snapped it in two). I water infrequently, always let the soil dry out between watering, and rarely fertilize (and never in winter). I repotted it into a slightly larger pot last year and moved it into brighter light for the winter, and the rest of the plant looks great. TIA!
posted by Majorita to Home & Garden at 10:25 AM - 0 answers

A better Earl Grey

A couple of years ago, Trader Joe's was offering a loose leaf Earl Grey tea that I really liked, they discontinued it, and I then switched over to their bagged Earl Grey. It is not so good. Can you recommend a good quality, loose leaf Earl Grey? I am willing to entertain all price points, as long as I don't have to order it from overseas, as sometimes seems to be the case. I am in the U.S.
posted by nanook to Food & Drink at 10:06 AM - 5 answers

ELIAnAmerican: European Software Industry Employment Contracts

I am an American software engineer actively applying for employment in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Germany. Years of work experience in the US (specifically California) have given me a decent layman's understanding of the expectations for software industry employment agreements there. It looks like employment agreements in my European target countries are structured pretty differently, e.g., with probationary periods. What should I keep in mind when assessing these contracts? What should I watch out for? What country-specific issues should I be aware of?
posted by 4rtemis to Work & Money at 9:35 AM - 0 answers

Daily Secular "Devotional" Books?

I'm reading "A Poem for Every Night of the Year", edited by Allie Esiri with my kids. What are some other similarly-constructed daily devotional readings that I could add to my habit. I'm athe-agnostic, so secular-ish would be preferred.
posted by po822000 to Writing & Language at 8:30 AM - 6 answers

Regaining iCloud Access

A colleague has lost access to his iCloud account, rendering his phone useless. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by chara to Technology at 8:09 AM - 4 answers

Adapter/dock to connect Surface Pro 4 to monitor, keyboard, mouse

I am temporarily using a Surface Pro 4 laptop which has one mini display portand one USB-A port. I'd like to connect an external monitor, keyboard, mouse and hard drive. What's the best thing to buy? Searches for this are full of USB-C docks, which don't help me. [more inside]
posted by medusa to Technology at 7:53 AM - 3 answers

Is it possible to compost, from start to finish, in my kitchen?

All the instructions I’ve found include eventually taking whatever scraps you gather to an outdoor composting bin. Is there a way to avoid this step? [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive to Home & Garden at 7:40 AM - 12 answers

Should I get the vaccine right now?

My BMI technically allows me to get the vaccine now, but should I? [more inside]
posted by greta simone to Health & Fitness at 7:39 AM - 36 answers

Best summer spot for possible snowbirding

Looking for the most south point for a temperate summer. [more inside]
posted by raisingsand to Travel & Transportation at 7:16 AM - 3 answers

image and video capture during house walk through

How can I capture good quality images and video while walking through an empty house? [more inside]
posted by diode to Technology at 6:17 AM - 4 answers

Online banking app for teens

Looking to hear about people's experiences using online banking apps aimed at teens. [more inside]
posted by Orlop to Work & Money at 5:24 AM - 0 answers

Boyfriend giving mixed signals?

I've been dating my boyfriend for five months. It's been lovely, and I've felt very secure in his feelings and close to him. But the past month has felt very disconnected due to external pressures and a ridiculous amount of stuff going wrong, and he seems to be backtracking on things he has said. I'm now feel like the rug has been pulled from beneath my feet and wondering what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by flimflamflop to Human Relations at 5:24 AM - 26 answers

Diagnostic nerve block????

Help! I’ve had a headache for 6 days. I’m being treated for migraine(?) and a bulging disc in my cervical spine (C5,c6). I have an appointment tonight with the spine doctor and want to know if it’s possible for a nerve block to show whether my pain (at this time) is cervicogenic or migraine. I plan to talk to him but I’m in Germany and language is a tiny bit of an issue so I just want to know if this is practiced before I ask! Thank you in advance.
posted by pairofshades to Health & Fitness at 4:56 AM - 3 answers

What did I just download? FB Messenger for Mac

I was on FB on my Mac laptop. Some dialog box asked me to download something "new" - a messenger for Mac. Please let this extremely non-FB-messenger user know what I did and/or what I should do. [more inside]
posted by nantucket to Computers & Internet at 4:03 AM - 8 answers

Need a new cigarette now that Nat Sherman is gone

Now that Nat Sherman has ceased operations, I want to find a cigarette to replace it. Shermans were great in that they went out if ignored, and I wanted only a few of them every week. Has anyone else found a good substitute?
posted by goofyfoot to Grab Bag at 12:43 AM - 7 answers

February 23

International USA tax advice filter.

How to ’notarize’ a gift from UK parent to USA citizen (and an AUS citizen) for US tax purposes. USA citizen has power of attorney over UK parent’s account - does not want to expose the UK account to US tax liability or themselves to IRS problems. Tax advisor/accountant recommendation wanted. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Law & Government at 10:39 PM - 3 answers

How to skip the violence in Outlander

I would like to continue watching Outlander but only if I can skip the violence. I just can't take it. Someone told me there's an episode guide that will tell you the exact times in each episode to skip, but I can't find anything like that. Can you?
posted by HotToddy to Media & Arts at 9:58 PM - 2 answers

Syncopate me

On the internet, long ago (more than 5 years ago), there was a website hosting a script that would alter the beat of any song you uploaded. It would automatically add syncopation. There were several examples to listen to, and there was at least the source code available, and maybe a web version. Has anyone got any idea what I'm talking about?
posted by 4th number to Technology at 8:53 PM - 4 answers

Question about birth certificate post-adoption....

I was adopted in the 70s. Closed adoption. I have now my original birth certificate (with my birth mother and father's name and my given name and where I was born) as well as the birth certificate that became my official certificate after I was adopted. The dates are weird, though, anyone have knowledge of this kind of thing? [more inside]
posted by amanda to Law & Government at 7:43 PM - 9 answers

Any ideas for treating persistent ball of foot pain?

I have had persistent ball of foot pain in the joint of my second toe for the past two months. After trying almost all the more conservative treatments, I'm wondering if there's anything else I can try that isn't surgery. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by dean_deen to Health & Fitness at 7:08 PM - 12 answers

Where can I donate a large number of classical CDs?

We're talking 1000+ discs, unsealed but in pristine condition. There are American and contemporary composers in the lot as well. I would like them to go where they would be useful, but don't have any real preferences beyond that. Ideas? Specific leads?
posted by DrGail to Media & Arts at 6:15 PM - 14 answers

Tool for reaming out and expanding the inner central bore of a cylinder?

I am looking for a hand tool to cut an enlargened chamber into the central portion of a piece of material that is cylindrical. [more inside]
posted by alhadro to Home & Garden at 4:39 PM - 4 answers

Hacks to find your perfect new apartment?

So I'm well acquainted with the apartment hunt process, but as I plan to move into a new place with a long-term friend, every place seems a few red flags away from perfect. What are your tricks for finding the perfect apartment for you? [more inside]
posted by LSK to Home & Garden at 4:20 PM - 16 answers

I know you are not my doctor, but WTF is going on with my thumb ?

Backstory: Nearly 4 years ago, I severely pinched my left thumb between two boards when I was cutting them with a chop saw. It hurt like Hell, but nothing was broken, except the nail which was split midway between the base and tip across the entire width. The base part of the nail was slightly embedded, and the rest of it eventually detached over time. I kind of forgot about it except that I think I have some permanent nerve damage as the tip is slightly numb to the touch, but it really doesn't bother me pain wise. [more inside]
posted by lobstah to Health & Fitness at 3:56 PM - 5 answers

What is my next career step and how do I get there, redux?

So in 2014 I asked you for ideas about a new direction to take my career in. The good news: I got a new job, I'm still at that company, and I really like it. But I'm now thinking longer-term about the future, I'm finding the limits of how much I can scope and define my role, and I'm ideating about where I want to be five years on. Maybe you can help? [more inside]
posted by robot cat to Work & Money at 3:32 PM - 5 answers

How to nurture a newly transplanted tree

I just transplanted a small (7 foot tall) but very mature (30-40 year old) meyer lemon tree in southern California It moved from poor soil to very nice soil and was out of the ground 30 minutes. What can I do to increase its chance of surviving?
posted by arnicae to Home & Garden at 3:15 PM - 4 answers

Can I use a 2017 MacBook Pro as a second monitor for a 2020 Mac Mini?

How do I connect a MacBook Pro (2017) to be a second monitor for a 2020 M1 Mac Mini? I would like to be able to use the camera and mic for videoconferencing and use the MacBook Pro display as a second monitor. Thanks!
posted by zepheria to Computers & Internet at 2:53 PM - 4 answers

What is this mystery bullseye?

Discovered in an antique store in Montana, its use is eluding us. [more inside]
posted by ikahime to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:29 PM - 13 answers

Help me use up Romano cheese

I have 5 ounces of Romano cheese that I need recipes for. The more cheese in the recipe, the better. I just threw out another container, because it was expired. The only recipe I have that uses this cheese uses only a little. No eggs, please. And we aren't wild about peas or mushrooms, either.
posted by NotLost to Food & Drink at 2:18 PM - 17 answers

Workshop my dining room design

Can you help review some ideas I have? Should I put a loveseat next to my table? What about paint - is cranberry a good idea or too nineties? Do you have any design blog or links to help? Victorian home with lovely bones and I like MCM, vintage and boho style. [more inside]
posted by areaperson to Home & Garden at 1:54 PM - 4 answers

When is it heat exhaustion vs. silent heart attack?

Several times in my life when I've been working or exercising in the heat (or even the cold!) I push myself too hard and my body retaliates. No pain no gain, but when should I worry? [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower to Health & Fitness at 1:54 PM - 7 answers

I just want more napkins and tablecloths like this

We’ve got these great napkins (two pics). They are 100% cotton and woven (herringbone?). They have a wonderful weight to them. We’ve had them for 8 or 9 years and I cannot find napkins like them anymore. I would also love a tablecloth like this! Why can’t I friggin find this?? [more inside]
posted by ancient star to Home & Garden at 12:24 PM - 4 answers

Looking for examples of less obvious but desired movie props.

Looking for examples of less obvious but desired movie props; stuff you can't readily buy a reproduction of, but a die hard fan would recognize. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist to Media & Arts at 11:13 AM - 28 answers

What does it feel like to have a panic attack?

Where and when do they happen? I’d love some personal examples and anecdotes please. This is research for a story I’m writing. Thank you!
posted by Jason and Laszlo to Health & Fitness at 10:49 AM - 26 answers

The princesses can't live in the tower forever!

Shepherd and I may have done too good a job in providing our new girls (here) with a safe space for acclimating to their new home. How to encourage them to be brave? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh to Pets & Animals at 9:01 AM - 18 answers

Is this something I can fix in settings somehow?

Whenever I open Windows explorer to save a document, Windows automatically goes to whatever folder in Explorer that my cursor happens to be hovered over, which not infrequently results in me saving the document in the wrong place. Is there a way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by knownfossils to Technology at 8:55 AM - 7 answers

Blow Dryers

Do expensive blow dryers offer a significant advantage over cheaper ones? Is the difference still significant if I diffuse my hair primarily? For expensive, I’d say in the $100-200 range - I’m not considering anything more than that. For cheap, anything in the $30 and above range. I have very thick, dense curly hair.
posted by Aranquis to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:37 AM - 14 answers

Crunchy, snappy chocolate cookie recipe?

Extremely persnickety, some might even say crotchety, request inside for the cookie recipe I seek and the ones that I do not want. [more inside]
posted by daisyace to Food & Drink at 8:27 AM - 14 answers

iPhone rear camera w/QuickTime records my iPhone screen, not me

Please help - this is a nightmare. I want to use QuickTime on my MacBook Pro to record some video sessions using my iPhone rear-facing camera instead of the crappy laptop camera. QuickTime is recording *what's showing on my iPhone screen*. Pic inside. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh to Computers & Internet at 8:05 AM - 8 answers

Small pet spitballing

I'm considering acquiring some flavour of small pet, most likely rats, rabbits or guinea pigs. I'm having trouble choosing between those different species, and most of the internet-at-large advice is geared towards which of those pets will be best for people with young kids, which is not and will never be a concern for me. Rat, rabbit & guinea pig owning adults of AskMe, what has your experience with these kinds of pets been like? [more inside]
posted by terretu to Pets & Animals at 7:26 AM - 41 answers

How to become a family law attorney: advice for a middle schooler

How do people become family law attorneys? I have a young person in my life who wants to become a family law attorney so she can help families in difficult times. She wants advice on how to do this. She is from a poor and underserved area in South Carolina - low high school graduation rates, limited access to college counselors and college prep. I don't know jack about law school except that the student loans can kill you. [more inside]
posted by congen to Education at 6:48 AM - 22 answers

Alarm for iOS or browser with a non-repeating tone as the alarm sound?

I'd like to set an alarm after a period (such as 20 minutes) to know when to begin coming out of a meditation. It's extremely disruptive to have an alarm sound continuously loop and have to actively turn it off... I'd like a single soft tick or similar short sound to play once at the end of a set time and not require any further input from me. Are there any free alarm clock iOS apps or websites structured like that?
posted by Spacelegoman to Computers & Internet at 6:29 AM - 9 answers

Best Way to Sell a New MacBook Pro?

I need to buy a new MacBook Pro next week. How do I sell it in a few months when the new 2021 MacBook Pro models come out? [more inside]
posted by zooropa to Computers & Internet at 5:39 AM - 15 answers

Deleted an entire text convo on iPhone, can I get it back?

I meant to delete one message but accidentally deleted my entire convo history (thousands of messages) with a close friend. Can I get them back? [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne to Technology at 5:11 AM - 3 answers

How to simulate a mouse click of the screen on Windows XP ?

I've tried various software (it seems) for doing this. I'm finding it either can't be scheduled or it doesn't work with Windows XP. I think AutoHotKey could do it but I can't wrap my head around how to use it. Basically we have an old Windows box which is solely and simply used for displaying (in VLC) the output of two IP cameras on the screen. [more inside]
posted by dance to Computers & Internet at 2:17 AM - 8 answers

Script & vocab for finding out patient's status after surgery in France?

A family member has just undergone hardcore surgery in France. Their spouse does not speak French, and is not allowed in the hospital due to COVID-19. We need updates on how the patient is doing, over the phone. Looking for French-language scripts and vocabulary/key terms lists, with urgency. [more inside]
posted by thetarium to Writing & Language at 1:40 AM - 7 answers

Funny, light-hearted memoirs from outside the US

I love reading low-stakes memoirs, like celebrity ones (Rue McClanahan's is a great example!) and funny and/or quirky life stories (Wendy McClure, David Sedaris etc), but I'm trying to read outside of the American bubble. Please recommend something that no one has blurbed as "exquisitely heartbreaking".
posted by Gin and Broadband to Media & Arts at 12:20 AM - 27 answers

Who is this bad role model?

I'm thinking of a line from a movie I can't remember, can you help? [more inside]
posted by Balthamos to Media & Arts at 12:06 AM - 2 answers

All-in-one color laser printer scanner for Mac recommendations?

Does anyone have any recommendations for an All-in-one color laser printer with scanner for a Mac? [more inside]
posted by FlatHill to Computers & Internet at 12:00 AM - 4 answers

February 22

Should I stick with this show, Wynona Earp edition

Lots of people we know love Wynona Earp, so we gave it a try. On paper it seems like exactly our thing, but we're three episodes in and it's just not doing it for us. Does the show take a little while to find its groove, or should it have clicked with us by now if we were going to like it?
posted by rednikki to Media & Arts at 11:36 PM - 5 answers

Fuses and Circuit Breakers, Removable and Non-?

Could someone describe to me in simple language the difference between fuses and circuit breakers? If it matters, when I think of fuses and circuit breakers, I think primarily of automotive fuses and circuit breakers (due to an early summer job).
posted by metabaroque to Home & Garden at 9:07 PM - 11 answers

Phytates/Phytic acid - nutritional nightmare?

How concerned should I be with phytic acid in grains and nuts, and if I should be concerned, how should I prep food for it? Please link to reputable references if possible! [more inside]
posted by facehugger to Food & Drink at 8:06 PM - 4 answers

Seeking counter-height office chair; must be from Amazon.

A job is covering a good amount of the cost of a very fancy counter-height office chair, but due to some mixups it won't be arriving for quite a while. In the meantime, they've instructed me to pick out a counter-height chair from Amazon, and they'll pay to have it shipped out to me. This is so generous of them, but I'm having trouble navigating Amazon's vast wasteland of choices with varying and difficult to determine quality levels. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by nobody to Shopping at 7:59 PM - 5 answers

What can I use to weigh down paper so it won't roll up?

This is a ridiculous question but here goes: I have 12 very large charts, currently rolled up in tubes, that I need to flatten out and closely examine over a period of several weeks. What can I use to weigh them all down? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG to Grab Bag at 7:50 PM - 28 answers

Is there any evidence long-term nasal spray use could cause cancer?

I have a dust mite allergy, and have been using a corticosteroid nasal spray (fluticasone furoate) for many years. I have a very unfounded worry that long term use of such nasal sprays might be bad for me, like say leading to nose cancers due to the constant application of a medication to the nose. I googled around a bit but didn't find anything definitive. Am I just being silly?
posted by destrius to Health & Fitness at 6:26 PM - 6 answers

Bricks & mortar store to buy a vacuum?

Where in New England can we go look at vacuums, buy one, and have a decent return policy? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt to Home & Garden at 6:05 PM - 12 answers

How long is too long to wait for an internal job move?

I applied for an internal position and got it but my transition has been contingent on back-filling my role. It's been almost 18 months with no end in sight. Am I being unreasonable to think that this is ridiculous? How can I approach management about a solution? [more inside]
posted by eatcake to Work & Money at 3:56 PM - 20 answers

Name that movie!

I can't think of the name of a particular movie, but I remember the box the VHS tape came in. [more inside]
posted by pdb to Media & Arts at 3:05 PM - 5 answers

What to do about Yelling Guy

Who can I safely reach out to to make contact with Angry Yelling Guy in my NYC neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 2:02 PM - 19 answers

Why is hydrotalcite not available in the USA?

On a 2019 trip to Germany, my wife found antacids that really, really work for her. Since then, we've been importing rather marked-up packages from the Balkans. Is there a good reason why Bayer sells hydrotalcite everywhere but here in the USA? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop to Health & Fitness at 1:51 PM - 7 answers