January 16

Displaying artwork in a bathroom

I have a paper and colored pencil drawing which I'd like to frame and hang in my bathroom. Is there any way to do this without it being destroyed by the humidity?
posted by arnicae to Home & Garden at 6:37 PM - 1 answer

DIY saltines

I’m looking for a light, crispy saltine cracker recipe that is as close as possible to store-bought. Most cracker recipes seem too fatty/pie-crust-like or too sweet or too much like Wheat Thins, which I don’t want. I want that flour-y, dry, crackly texture. [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk to Food & Drink at 5:58 PM - 1 answer

Can someone explain open G tuning in layman's terms?

I'm less interested in musical theory than in practical, this-is-why explanations. Specifically, why does Keith Richards (who's #3 on my top 10 of list of guitarists to take to a desert island), and presumably other guitarists whose tuning preferences I'm unaware of, prefer open G tuning? What's the rationale for it? What does it do to, or what does it change about, the way music sounds? Thanks
posted by BadgerDoctor to Media & Arts at 4:20 PM - 7 answers

Tell Me Your Favourite Job Perks

The (very) small company I work for is hiring in a competitive tech market, and I'm hoping to mine the hive mind for job perk ideas. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl to Work & Money at 3:16 PM - 45 answers

How do I port my 2009 Macbook Pro wholesale to my 2016 Macbook Pro?

I want to move EVERYTHING from my mid-2009 MBP, running Yosemite 10.10, to my new(ish) 2016 MBP running Sierra 10.12.4--soup to nuts. I've looked over previous asks which are similar, but nothing addresses my specifics. I don't even know if what I want to do is possible. Basically, I want to make the 2016 a direct clone of the 2009. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh to Computers & Internet at 2:36 PM - 8 answers

Books for my mom.

Looking for recommendations for fiction books for my mom available in e-book format. She says she's willing to read most things but I know she doesn't much like Sci-Fi (or probably speculative fiction (vampires, zombies, elves) nor bodice rippers. Mysteries and westerns have been well received in the past. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral to Writing & Language at 2:12 PM - 11 answers

Recommend an Android podcast app that will keep shows together

BeyondPod is pretty good. But I like to manually select which episodes to add to my playlist. BeyondPod has a single playlist, so episodes from a bunch of shows all get added to the bottom of my playlist and I have to manually move the new episodes to put them next to other episodes from the same show. Is there a podcast app out there that will keep episodes from the same podcast together, or allow me to create multiple playlists so I can just create a playlist per show?
posted by Tehhund to Computers & Internet at 2:10 PM - 4 answers

Support when your spouse has a chronic illness?

My wife was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease a little over a year ago. We've found online communities that provide her with fantastic support, but I haven't had any luck finding similar communities geared toward spouses/partners. I'm trying to find a (probably online) group of other well spouses that could provide support and community for me. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by zahava to Human Relations at 1:35 PM - 4 answers

Pulled back from a friendship and now he's asking why

I've been doing the slow fade on a friend over a couple of months for reasons I'll explain inside, and now he's wondering what happened. I don't have the emotional energy to get into a long conversation, but maybe I owe him that? I'm fine with a cordial relationship so there doesn't need to be a confrontation, but I don't want anything more than that. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous to Human Relations at 1:12 PM - 13 answers

Helping children grieve loss of pet

Our dog passed yesterday and we are looking for advice on helping our children grieve. Complicating factor - one of our children is on the autism spectrum and has been particularly close to the dog. We expect they will act out extensively given issues regulating emotions. Suggestions or thoughts welcome on how to approach [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi to Human Relations at 11:59 AM - 10 answers

What's in the box?

This vintage postcard depicts a costumed dancer from the Folies Bergère, c.1900. What is the utility of the small box attached to the front of her bodice? My attempts to Google have not turned up any clues.
posted by merriment to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 11:58 AM - 7 answers

Everything went off and then it went on again

A momentary power outage -- you know, the ones that last 1 second -- hit my house a couple days ago. Since then, every time my laptop wakes up, it wants to take forever to connect to wireless. It does, after about 45 seconds, but this is annoying the hell out of me. What is this about? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa to Computers & Internet at 11:55 AM - 6 answers

Need a new career path,

I'm a video editor in search of a new career. I have no idea what that could or should be. [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder to Work & Money at 11:06 AM - 3 answers

Is it normal for employers to offer a low-paid one week trial period?

I had an interview for a graphic design job in another city a couple of months ago and they just offered me a paid one week trial period with a day rate of £50. This doesn't come close to covering my travel and accommodation costs. Is this kind of thing normal? [more inside]
posted by Chenko to Work & Money at 11:06 AM - 18 answers

Excel Filter: Conditional Formatting Problem

Something is going wonky with my conditional formatting in a simple (I think) Excel sheet. I want cells in column D to turn green if their value is less than the value in the column C. No problem, except when I paste values into column B (column C is a running total working off of info in B), the conditional formatting stops working and turns cells green for awhile after it should stop. [more inside]
posted by LKWorking to Computers & Internet at 9:54 AM - 4 answers

How to handle my reactions to a 18yo niece while she's here on vacation?

My much missed & loved niece turned 18 & came to visit me in the USA. I hadn't seen her for 3 years & looked forward to it immensely. Unfortunately she turned into a teenager in the mean time & I have no idea how to handle it. Now her teenage antics are putting a damper on a long awaited trip to Disneyworld. How do you vacation with a teenager? [more inside]
posted by wwax to Human Relations at 8:52 AM - 28 answers

What is a perm and will it work for me?

I am very bad at hair and have no idea what I'm doing. I'd like my normal every day hair to look something like #1 or #6 or #12 in this list I've been told that's alot of wand work but I prefer to sleep in the mornings. Would a perm work for me? [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:12 AM - 14 answers

Power my old clock

How can I get this old GE clock working with a battery? It obviously used to use a wall plug, but the wire has been cut off. I tried attaching it to a single AA holder, but it didn't work. Images here: https://imgur.com/a/IjZuB. Thanks!
posted by transient to Home & Garden at 8:09 AM - 17 answers

ISO therapist recommendations in Triangle, NC

New location, same concerns for the kid in this question. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling to Health & Fitness at 7:55 AM - 4 answers

Why did the CPI for medical care in PA / NJ / DE / MD in 2017 stay flat?

In looking at the 2017 annual stats from the Labor dept for medical care CPI, I noticed something rather odd. Unlike every other region in the US, and unlike the total overall CPI trend for the region itself, the medical care CPI for PA / NJ / DE / MD was almost flat in 2017 - 0.4%. This is a strange outlier. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong to Health & Fitness at 7:52 AM - 4 answers

What should I read/do to prepare for becoming a dog owner?

I’ve wanted a dog for some time now, and I have decided that I’m going to aim to adopt one this summer, after my next round of board exams is done. I’ve never had a dog of my own before. What books should I read in the meantime? I’m planning to adopt an adult dog, not a puppy. Is there someone I can talk to about finding the right kind of dog for me? I’m primarily looking for a dog for companionship.
posted by ocherdraco to Pets & Animals at 7:46 AM - 17 answers

What language is this and what does it say?

It's an old certificate that we found in my girlfriend's grandfather's place. [more inside]
posted by fantasticness to Writing & Language at 7:42 AM - 7 answers

Was an anchor of roses significant in Canadian Victorian funerals?

I’ve just started reading L. M. Montgomery’s Emily of New Moon for the first time, which is set on Prince Edward Island in about 1890 or so but published in 1923. One detail caught my attention and it seemed significant, but I can’t tell why. Emily’s uncle brought a “great anchor of white roses” to place at the head of her father’s coffin. Was there a significance to it being in the shape of an anchor or was this a lyrical touch by the author? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus to Society & Culture at 7:19 AM - 16 answers

How to handle friends who troll without flying off the handle?

it seems like the vast majority of my friends enjoy argument-by-trolling and I have a really hard time engaging intellectually without getting actively angry/resentful about flippant responses and/or bad-faith readings. thoughts on how I handle this internally? context inside. [more inside]
posted by Kybard to Human Relations at 6:58 AM - 12 answers

Uninterruptable Power Supplies, Interrupted

None of our UPSes are currently preventing electronics from shutting down during blackouts. They are all either brand-new or were known to work properly (nothing would shut down during a short blackout) . Their loads are all under capacity and the batteries are all good. What's happening and how can we fix this? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee to Home & Garden at 6:56 AM - 8 answers

Should I just stick to textile crafts?

I am planning a pregnancy this year, and I’m also planning several hobby projects that might not be compatible with pregnancy. I’m looking for a sanity check about the level of risk these projects carry, and if I can mitigate that risk with some precautions. [more inside]
posted by cpatterson to Home & Garden at 6:18 AM - 8 answers

Worth it? Housing discrimination complaints w/HUD

I've been discriminated against for rental housing. I found another place and financial harms were < 1k - don't need immediate intervention. BUT, do believe discriminatory practices should be reported. If you've filed a complaint with HUD or know the process, what should I expect? Is it worth it? Medium city in the US - Midwest. Small potatoes landlord, not major rental company.
posted by anonymous to Law & Government at 12:29 AM - 2 answers

Let’s play name the author!

Looking for where this idea came from. I can’t remember where. My Google-fu fails me. The idea: If a primitive man (maybe Bushmen?) came across the radio in the desert, and it starts transmitting voices, they would think of it as magic. If they broke down the radio into its component parts to try to figure out how it works, it would not come even close to explaining the radio. May have something to do with reductionism (??). [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Grab Bag at 12:28 AM - 4 answers

She likes me, she likes me not

I'd like to stop thinking about whether or not a friend is romantically interested in me. [more inside]
posted by typify to Human Relations at 12:02 AM - 9 answers

January 15

What if I don't want to travel the world anymore?

At a juncture in my career where I should probably be looking at spending some more time abroad for the sake of professional advancement. However, the instability from traveling so much for my job in recent years is kind of sucking away most enthusiasm for this concept. Did you face a similar choice and choose to stay put? How did that go? [more inside]
posted by knownfossils to Work & Money at 11:10 PM - 3 answers

I don't like my new cat

...and the feeling seems to be mutual. [more inside]
posted by ThreeSocksToTheWind to Pets & Animals at 9:05 PM - 26 answers

we are all enough, hopefully, hypothetically

How can I feel "attractive enough" in a more reliable, stable way, other than the diminishing returns of taking selfies? Complicating factor: internalized transphobia. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish to Human Relations at 8:45 PM - 8 answers

How to follow Vacationland

I just finished reading Vacationland by John Hodgman and loved it. Looking for humorous memoirs in a similar vein to read next. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen to Writing & Language at 8:12 PM - 10 answers

Professional Woman of Color Problems, issue #2,859

I very awkwardly admitted to my boss that I don't like one of my co-workers (I didn't say it was because he is a walking jumble of microaggressions). Nothing's come out of it since, but how impolitic was I? [more inside]
posted by facehugger to Work & Money at 8:07 PM - 18 answers

Getting Siri in my car

My car doesn’t have a Siri button. I want a Siri button in my car. Are there any Bluetooth, wireless Siri buttons out there I’m not seeing? (I’ve seen this thread.) I used to have a couple (Flic, CodaWheel or something), but they no longer work. Any other ideas for facilitating easy Siri access in my car? Hey Siri doesn’t work reliably, especially when music or podcasts are on. (iPhone X.)
posted by jroybal to Technology at 7:32 PM - 3 answers

What are your favourite marrow recipes? (The vegetable, not bone)

I went away for a week and came back to find my zucchini plant produced some pretty epic marrows. Last time this happened, I made stuffed marrow, and it lasted us for about three dinners. This time I have twice as much marrow to start with so stuffed marrow could get kind of boring. Any other recipe suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lollusc to Food & Drink at 7:07 PM - 20 answers

Fitting In Their Suitcase Is Out

One of my dearest friends and his girlfriend are moving across the country in June. I need some coping tips. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Human Relations at 6:57 PM - 5 answers

How do I get grandma home from Nigeria when she doesn't want help?

Entire family is worried sick about Grandma. She's been courted the last 6 months by a scammer in Nigeria. Yesterday she left in the middle of the night without telling anyone, got on a plane, and is now in Nigeria. Help us get grandma back safe. [more inside]
posted by Marinara to Human Relations at 6:31 PM - 18 answers

Best trimmer for pubic hair? (must be available in the UK)

I'm looking for recommendations about specific models / brands, but also types that work well (e.g. ceramic blades?) I can't seem to find trimmers specifically for pubic hair (for a woman, if it matters). I don't know if I can use head-hair clippers or a beard trimmer. (I don't want to shave using a razor, as this makes me itchy. I want to trim, but the closer the trim the better.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 6:10 PM - 10 answers

Looking for a cat therapist in New York City who's like Jackson Galaxy!

We have three cats. Two get along with each other beautifully, but one is a scaredy-cat. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster to Pets & Animals at 5:03 PM - 4 answers

Where do people find housing in south Seattle these days?

This question might be primarily for people from the Seattle area. Where do you fine decent housing in south Seattle in today's world? Details within. [more inside]
posted by centrifugal to Home & Garden at 4:57 PM - 7 answers

Coworker Victim of Domestic Abuse - How to Help?

My coworker is being abused by her domestic partner and I want to offer her some support but I don't know how or if I should. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 3:41 PM - 28 answers

Copy/paste utility that appends title and author to text block on paste

Im looking for a Windows or Android tool that when I copy and paste text from something, the title, author, maybe page number or url where applicable, get automatically appended to the block of text Im pasting. IOS IBooks does this but I haven't been able to find the equivalent elsewhere. Note I don't particularly care about stripping out the formatting, and I don't want to lose embedded urls. It would be very useful when collecting research notes. thanks!
posted by rhc to Computers & Internet at 2:39 PM - 7 answers

church etiquette with a baby

I am a new churchgoer with an 8 month-old baby, and I would like some advice on church etiquette when you have a baby. [more inside]
posted by colfax to Society & Culture at 2:21 PM - 26 answers

workout leggings for thunder thighs

Are there specific brands or styles of workout leggings designed for athletic women who are proportionally smaller in the waist, and larger in thighs? [more inside]
posted by raztaj to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:05 PM - 17 answers

I want a screen that hangs on my wall and shows my phone notifications.

I want to spend less time looking at my phone. I think it would help if my phone behaved more like an old-fashioned wall-mounted phone. To this end, I want a screen that is mounted on my wall and displays incoming phone notifications. [more inside]
posted by mai to Technology at 2:00 PM - 12 answers

What to cook with a lot of homemade chicken broth?

I have about ten cups of homemade chicken broth and am looking for something a little out of the ordinary to make with it. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse to Food & Drink at 1:04 PM - 19 answers

Living in an extended stay building as a tenant

I'm about to sign a lease on an apartment in a mixed use building. It offers extended stays for executives, and it has long-term tenants living there. This would be my home. Any reason not to do it? [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover to Home & Garden at 12:44 PM - 15 answers

Which science fiction magazines/webzines take sci-fi humor stories?

I've written a few very short sci-fi humor stories, and I want to find out where they could be published.... Any ideas?
posted by storybored to Writing & Language at 12:30 PM - 3 answers

Opened malicious word attachment

MS Word 365. We got an email with a word document that asked to "enable content" to actually see the contents. We did not actually click the "enable contents" button in the yellow bar, but did click the "enable editing" button. Googlefu says not to click. The contents is obfuscated. Norton is running and did not complain. How freaked out should we be? [more inside]
posted by nostrada to Computers & Internet at 12:16 PM - 4 answers

What options do I have for adjusting travel due to contract work?

I'm interviewing for a contract job. It would require me to be in town during a period when I was planning to travel. What options do I have? Is the employer likely to pay for the cost to change my ticket? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres to Work & Money at 12:05 PM - 8 answers

Where can I find these shoes?

I really like the shoes that this model is wearing (somewhat NSFW; completely SFW cropped version showing shoes here). Where can I find these, or something like them (in men's sizes)? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 12:03 PM - 7 answers

Orthodontic Retainers in San Francisco

My retainers are falling apart, and I need to get new ones. It's been stressfully opaque to try to figure out where to go, though, since pricing seems to vary by clinic. Looking for data points from any SF Mefites: what clinic did you use, and how much was it? I'm looking to get top and bottom Hawley retainers.
posted by estlin to Health & Fitness at 11:43 AM - 1 answer

Best use of my random ingredients

I need to make 3-4 days worth of lunches, and I’d like to use up as many random ingredients in my kitchen as possible. Help me out! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown to Food & Drink at 11:43 AM - 12 answers

I heart shapta, but how do I make it at home?

My local Himalayan restaurant makes shapta. It is pork-based and all meat (at least, I cannot discern any vegetables). It is savory and delicious and I cannot find a good recipe on the Internet that is also solely pork. Any ideas? I am happy to buy a real cookbook if that’s the best option. Thanks!
posted by kerf to Food & Drink at 11:19 AM - 2 answers

'Browse my movie theaters' - does this exist?

Is there a site or app that will let me browse all showtimes for all movie theaters within only my own selected list of theaters? I'm looking for a one-stop way to browse all NYC indie theaters that accept Moviepass, while excluding non-indie ones and non-Moviepass-accepting ones. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz to Technology at 11:08 AM - 4 answers

How do I contact a large list of Facebook users I've compiled?

I have a list of several thousand Facebook profiles who identified themselves as attending a specific event. I want to invite them to join a group and like a page. What would be the most efficient way to do this?
posted by Bushmiller to Computers & Internet at 10:43 AM - 3 answers

anyway my laptop is possessed but like by a real lazy demon

My (win 7 pro) laptop has been endlessly hanging on the welcome screen after login. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin to Technology at 10:26 AM - 20 answers

Best way to find job opportunities at local small businesses ?

I've worked my entire life at very small businesses and prefer that work environment. How can I identify local small businesses which might be hiring? Are there ways to filter posted jobs by the size of the organization, any job sites which specialize in small businesses, and any ways of identifying local small businesses which might need help but do not have a public job posting up? I'm familiar with Manta.com but it seems kind of clunky as a job hunting tool. Help me, MeFites!
posted by Larry David Syndrome to Work & Money at 10:14 AM - 2 answers

Late 20s adult woman suffering from teenage-like crush needs help

This is really awkward and stupid, but I could use some help! [more inside]
posted by winterportage to Human Relations at 9:43 AM - 7 answers