December 17

Do we wanna be in pictures?

I work at a very small justice related non-profit. A documentarian (with some good films behind him) has approached our ED and asked if he could do a film about our organization. Sounds great at first, but then we start thinking about what could go wrong. Maybe he would edit it in such a way that our donors would be less likely to fund us. Maybe he would turn out to be trying to make us look bad. What questions should we ask and what actions should we take to make this possible endeavor a success, and what issues should we address to protect ourselves if we decide to do this?
posted by mmf to Human Relations at 11:46 AM - 0 answers

Can you identity this or translate this Russian/other Cyrillic language?

I need help translating the Cyrillic-alphabet language used on these labels. The labels are attached to the hooves of a few painted wooden horses I inherited from a family member. They are allegedly from Russia, and allegedly produced circa the fall of the USSR; they could very well be from a former USSR country that is not Russia. I have very little information to go on. Any translation assistance, or help identifying these painted horses and where they may have originated, is greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings to Writing & Language at 11:34 AM - 3 answers

Five identical apples, with five identical results?

Is there any difference between the five care providers (AmeriGroup, CHPW, CCW, Molina, United) offered under WA state Medicaid/Apple Health? [more inside]
posted by zinful to Health & Fitness at 11:32 AM - 1 answer

How to remind a growing company about the benefits of diversity

I am a investor in a very cool and fast-growing creative company that is making a lot of key hires for their nationwide expansion. At their investor update presentation last week (watched remotely) I notice that all of the 7 or 8 key hires they mentioned in leadership roles are men. They do have at least a couple women in top roles from their founding team but I was definitely struck by the long list of dudes they presented last week. It is well understood that having diversity on a leadership team is beneficial to business. How can I bring it up with them tactfully to ask after the actual balance of their leadership team and remind them that they should keep this stuff top of mind as they grow? [more inside]
posted by wowenthusiast to Human Relations at 10:40 AM - 7 answers

Bird-friendly apartments in Central MA?

I have been searching and searching for a 1-bedroom apartment that will allow birds...and it has been difficult. Most will allow cats, and that is about it. You're lucky if you can get a small dog. And many realtors/landlords also ask for vet records as well. However, what is the bird owner to do? Are there any tips/tricks to finding these hidden gems of the apartment world for pet owners? Have I missed something? [more inside]
posted by Delia to Pets & Animals at 10:00 AM - 7 answers

Good apps for kids

Since my kids have asked for nothing for Xmas this year I am giving them itunes credits to buy ipad games. They pretty much only play lots of Toca Boca and Minecraft. There is so much junk out there, please give me your fun recommendations (educational is probably a reach, but appreciated). Girls ages 8 and 11.
posted by gryphonlover to Computers & Internet at 9:51 AM - 3 answers

Social media for someone who would prefer not to bother

I'm getting on social media for career purposes and am trying to find a way to be connected with as little time investment as possible. Any advice for creating efficiencies or services I could pay for to help me get set up? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat to Technology at 8:14 AM - 9 answers

Quick way to keep up with current events when avoiding the news?

For the sake of my sanity, I've been avoiding the news sites and sources that I used to read/watch/listen to (even comedy like the Daily Show). This has been good for me (and I tend to hear about things from the people around me or through my work anyway). However, I'm also finding myself in the position sometimes of not knowing about important current events and I want to have at least an overview of what's going on to avoid "nodding along" in casual conversations... [more inside]
posted by Bluebird Wine to Society & Culture at 6:49 AM - 12 answers

Why does Don Winslow get good reviews?

I was excited to pick up The Cartel by Don Winslow. And then I started reading it... [more inside]
posted by the foreground to Media & Arts at 5:36 AM - 15 answers

Becoming the queer lady magician of everyone's dreams

I want to get back into my childhood passion of stage magic - and make it more aligned with the kind of political & highly personal art I already do. Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by divabat to Media & Arts at 3:32 AM - 8 answers

Wearables and gifts for sufferers of back pain

Am looking to buy a wearable heat pad for back and shoulder pain... anyone have any particular brand you like? Any other gift ideas for sufferer of said back and shoulder pain also welcome...
posted by noonday to Health & Fitness at 2:01 AM - 4 answers

In need of a quiet upright vacuum

As you might have figured out from the title, I'm in the market for a new upright vacuum cleaner. The quieter, the better. I'm tired of how loud and jarring my vacuum is. Most vacuum cleaner reviews don't mention noise levels so I'm having a hard time narrowing it down.
posted by cokelessrome to Home & Garden at 1:28 AM - 9 answers

Report egg-damage to car to my insurance company?

Someone egged my car, and I didn't notice until it had pretty much baked in. It won't come off after much effort, and from what I've read, could cost hundreds of dollars to fix. Should I report this to my insurance? [more inside]
posted by skewed to Work & Money at 12:45 AM - 4 answers

Anonymizing Facebook

I have a stalker so I avoid Facebook. But now I'm forced to be on Facebook. How do I do this without the stalker finding me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Computers & Internet at 12:35 AM - 22 answers

Couples therapy in Toronto?

Can you recommend a couples therapist in the Toronto area? Located in either North York or downtown is preferred. Our biggest issue is the decision to have children.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 12:35 AM - 0 answers

Non-awkward gift for an engineer-builder-contractor I don't really know

What's a nice gift for an engineer-builder-contractor guy in his mid-to-late-forties with a wife and child, who went out of his way to fix things in my place, which I rent, aside from the things he was contracted to by the owner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 12:35 AM - 7 answers

December 16

How do I Canada?

I will be making a business trip to Ottawa in January, and I have some questions about the logistics of dressing and acting professionally in extreme cold weather. [more inside]
posted by Gwendoline Mary to Travel & Transportation at 9:59 PM - 10 answers

What on earth can I get my uncle for Christmas?

What can I get my uncle for Christmas? He is house bound and does not have much mobility. He's feeling sad and restless these days and I would love to get him something to cheer him up and keep him entertained. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue to Shopping at 7:37 PM - 22 answers

Baby doll shopping for parents who hate baby dolls - help!

My three-year-old desperately wants a baby doll. I'm a queer grouch who tries to avoid heavily gendered toys, and I'm totally thrown by this. Other parent is way more in the know, but we're in the middle of unhappily deciding whether to separate or just give up and divorce, so she's not a resource. Help? More details below. [more inside]
posted by centrifugal to Shopping at 7:09 PM - 21 answers

How can I sort out this housing and school conflict?

A supportive living program has been working with me to find an apartment. The social worker and I have been applying to buildings for disabled people. A manager for one of these buildings told me that they tend not to like housing students cuz they think that students should live with their parents, and that the rules about this change constantly. [more inside]
posted by Eevee to Education at 6:43 PM - 5 answers

Take kitty outside without creating a monster?

I recently have welcomed into my home an adorable one year old cat. He is very interested in the outdoors. Is there a way to allow him to have limited access to the outdoors without creating a monster cat who is constantly howling to go outside? (which is what happened with a previous cat) [more inside]
posted by ThreeSocksToTheWind to Pets & Animals at 6:16 PM - 5 answers

Golfcourses and bars... Where can one find men of say 37 to 44?

Since turning 40, a couple of years ago, I'm finding that in online dating only 50+ men seem to be interested. I'd really prefer someone younger than that, because if at all possible, I'd still want to consider having a child/children and because I am already older an even older father wouldn't be great. Then in real life, people guess me to be 10 years younger and I mostly meet people of around 30 (political group, parttime studies, the gym). And that gap again is too wide for me and for them. [more inside]
posted by Litehouse to Human Relations at 5:46 PM - 8 answers

Government Employee Experiences

I'm looking for books about government agencies and their operations by former employees of those agencies. "We Meant Well" by Peter Van Buren is a good example of what I'm looking for, but I would like as many such books suggestions as possible.
posted by CollectiveMind to Work & Money at 5:11 PM - 2 answers

Saving Images from Google Image Search is Broken

When using ios on my iphone or ipad, I can no longer save images from Google image searches. It used to be that clicking on the image would enlarge it and I could then save it. That is no longer the case. Now when I click an image, I have the options to "visit" "share" or "save" and none of them appear to work. [more inside]
posted by shalom to Computers & Internet at 4:06 PM - 7 answers

Friendship might fail because of second job that’s not going well

I’ve recently started moonlighting with a former employer, and it’s not going well for multiple reasons. A friend, and now a coworker again, hooked me up with this gig. I’m worried about the impact on our friendship. How can I salvage this? [more inside]
posted by Chkalovskaya to Human Relations at 3:24 PM - 10 answers

Where do the cool kids in NYC shop?

I'll be in NYC for a day trip in the spring and am looking for cool places for shopping. Think something like Colette (RIP) in Paris. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:45 PM - 5 answers

In St. Paul until Dec. 20. Want to experience beautiful snowy nature.

I have four days to find something wonderful and lovely to do outside, preferably near St. Paul. If it were not winter, I'd go kayaking. Is there a lovely outdoor winter spot to walk, maybe near water or unique-to-me outdoor areas? A special snow-covered lake? Should I get skis even though I've never been on skis? [more inside]
posted by amtho to Travel & Transportation at 2:36 PM - 7 answers

Portland beer or wine place with online gift certificates

I need to buy a gift for my sister-in-law. She and my brother just moved to Portland, OR. They both like beer and wine, and trying new places, and so I'm thinking of a gift certificate to a local brewery, brewpub, winebar, or similar. I am open to other suggestions, but we have a $25(ish) limit. The only catch is that I am not in Portland, so it needs to be someplace that will sell me a gift certificate online.
posted by lazuli to Food & Drink at 1:30 PM - 8 answers

Pesticides in meat and dairy?

In the 1990s, my biology prof told us that animal fat (in fish/meat/dairy/eggs) contains more pesticide residues than fresh produce. He explained that certain pesticides accumulate in the fatty tissues and are present in any foods containing animal fat. Since then, all the media focus has been on the Dirty Dozen. Where can I find a comparison of pesticide residues that includes animal products, not just fresh produce?
posted by Frenchy67 to Food & Drink at 12:51 PM - 3 answers

What kind of bug is this?

I found this bug while vacuuming behind my bed. What is it? [more inside]
posted by Bahro to Home & Garden at 12:44 PM - 14 answers

Last Minute Over New Years Vacation Ideas

Any ideas for reasonable cost vacations to somewhere warm with outdoor activities over New Years? [more inside]
posted by cycleback to Travel & Transportation at 12:18 PM - 7 answers

Smartphone reording apps for journalists?

What apps are used for recording quotes at press events? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger to Technology at 11:03 AM - 5 answers

Quick latin translation.

So, wondering if any of you wonderful people out there could help with a tattoo I'd like.. Could you give me a translation for "hold my avocado" in latin?
posted by faustian slip to Writing & Language at 10:56 AM - 9 answers

I dream of wool leggings...

Do these wool leggings exist? I want ones that are any of these things: a) are fuzzy like terry-loop socks on the inside, b) contain elastane or spandex so they don't get baggy by the end of the day, or c) are high-waisted or cut more generously in the seat so they don't slide down when bending over. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 10:54 AM - 3 answers

Supplies for making costumes and their accessories for a five year old

My 5-year-old nephew is really into making costumes right now. In particular, he enjoys making all the accoutrements: for a recent knight costume, he had a lot of fun making the sword, shield, and helmet. I’d like to give him raw materials that will be helpful to him as supplies for this sort of thing. My sister already has plenty of construction paper, cardboard, tinfoil and tape. What other supplies would make for great materials for helping his imagination flow?
posted by ocherdraco to Grab Bag at 10:47 AM - 21 answers

Who do I hire to scan and organize my paperwork?

I have to prepare a large number of financial documents in a short amount of time. Who can I hire to help me with the legwork in a timely basis? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck to Work & Money at 10:43 AM - 8 answers

Tasty but moderate-effort holiday dinner for a small crowd?

I'm hosting a Christmas Eve open house where anywhere from 5-25 people might show up over the course of the day. I've got drinks and snacky food covered, but I like to make real dinner, too. Doing the cooking makes me happy, but I don't want to spend ALL my energy on it. What can I make that's tasty, kinda special, suitable for serving ~8-10 people, and not too labor-intensive? (Prime rib + a couple key sides worked well last year.)
posted by rhiannonstone to Food & Drink at 10:40 AM - 9 answers

Will you help us with baby boy names? At an impasse!

Hi there, my husband and I are expecting our first child, and it’s a boy. We are on two completely different pages regarding names and we could use some outside help! [more inside]
posted by FireFountain to Human Relations at 10:31 AM - 119 answers

Does a rainbow exist?

You'll often see/hear someone saying "Did you see the rainbow?" Or "Oh yeah I saw that same rainbow". But did they? [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 to Science & Nature at 10:07 AM - 14 answers

Working with distractions

tl;dr I am expected to do exacting work. I have distractions and I'm not the kind of person who can "tune things out." [more inside]
posted by Rumi'sLeftSock to Work & Money at 10:05 AM - 10 answers

Makeup for a lady of a certain age

So I am approaching my 67th birthday (just two weeks away!), and I have decided that it's time to start wearing makeup -- but very minimally. I could use some guidance! [more inside]
posted by merejane to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:56 AM - 15 answers

Insurance claim denied - any options besides a lawyer?

AFLAC has denied a claim on my cancer insurance. I appealed and just got another denial letter. It's $300, so not enough to be worth hiring a lawyer over, but I'd like to know if I have any other options. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal to Law & Government at 9:43 AM - 5 answers

Toddler language development - sample sentences

I have limited experience but my toddler seems to have advanced language skills. Sample sentences ahead. Not going to do anything different about it but just curious. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg to Writing & Language at 8:20 AM - 12 answers

2018 Music Challenge

In the style of Book Riot's annual Read Harder challenge, I want to listen to 52 albums next year, 1 per week. I am looking for ideas for categories. I found this, which is a good start, but I need 21 more. Help. [more inside]
posted by Fig to Media & Arts at 8:09 AM - 8 answers

Toomey Bots

Senator Toomey regularly tweets about his tax bill. Generally the tweets get very few likes but in the past few days he's been getting maybe ten times as many likes. I suspect bots are responsible. How do I go about checking this theory? [more inside]
posted by mcduff to Computers & Internet at 6:34 AM - 1 answer

Good MA/southern NH doctor for managing psych medications?

Asking for a friend with a bipolar II diagnosis. My friend already has a therapist but needs someone to prescribe and manage medication. This could be anyone between Woburn MA and Nashua NH or that general area. Preferably someone empathetic and kind with a good understanding of individual differences and medication reactions. Thank you in advance!
posted by gentian to Health & Fitness at 6:12 AM - 2 answers

Visiting LA in December

Ok, here goes: Hello, I am staying in Oakwood LA for a week with my family and need suggestions for cool things to do. [posting for a friend] [more inside]
posted by tedious to Travel & Transportation at 5:58 AM - 7 answers

How to make DIY tonic less bitter?

For Xmas presents, I made a batch of tonic syrup from this website, but it has turned out unbearably bitter. How best to save it? [more inside]
posted by runincircles to Food & Drink at 3:43 AM - 10 answers

Please explain voter ID to this non-American like I'm a 12 year old

After discovering Metafilter a few years ago I became increasingly interested in American social issues but there is still a lot of pretty basic stuff I do not fully understand. I have been watching a lot of liberal YouTube channels and political comedy and I recently came across one showing Bill O'R getting corrected live by his guests and it was very satisfying. [more inside]
posted by M. to Law & Government at 2:04 AM - 47 answers

December 15

My life dream is to be in a musical. Help, please?

Okay, ONE of my life dreams is to be in a musical. How can I make this happen and does anyone here have any experience with amateur musicals? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 11:11 PM - 9 answers

Gender-gap salary correction -- I should be happy, but I feel worse

I started a new job as a senior software engineer early this year. My company did an annual review of salaries to correct for significant gender disparities. I was identified as one of a small handful of female employees whose salary was significantly below market rate, and got an automatic 25% bump. Yay! But now I'm slighted that I was lowballed by the hiring manager to begin with, and that my current manager knew for a year that my salary was low but didn't take any action to correct it until HR did. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 11:06 PM - 8 answers

How do I ask for raise at my nonprofit when we're broke?

Not only do I want a raise and promotion at my nonprofit that is struggling financially, I know the money can ostensibly come from some bloat that we have with dead-weight colleagues. But how to make this case without throwing people under the bus? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 11:06 PM - 7 answers

Therapists in the Bay Area

I want to get back into therapy but I don't know where to look geographically due to my weird commuting situation. Do you know of any spectacular therapists who take Cigna and are in the SF Bay area? [more inside]
posted by bleep to Health & Fitness at 9:39 PM - 4 answers

I'm allergic to stuff. What natural lotion/oil/foundation should I try?

I'm allergic to new stuff (did the North American 80 patch test) and my previous lotions and foundation are no longer working. Please help me find face and body lotion and foundation that meet my criteria and don't make my skin want to part ways with my body! [more inside]
posted by limeonaire to Health & Fitness at 9:21 PM - 22 answers

Help me battle the blues on New Year's Eve

I'll be alone in Seattle on New Year's Eve, which also happens to be my birthday. It's a tough time of year for me and I'm sad that I don't have friends around to celebrate with. I'd love some ideas of ways I could spend the day that would be fun and not depressing. [more inside]
posted by thrungva to Grab Bag at 8:37 PM - 9 answers

What are the absolute best every day socks available in the UK?

For certain specific values of "best"... The Good Lady Researcher Her Indoors, being disgustingly kind hearted and wholesome, does not want proper/expensive presents this year for Christmas, preferring to solicit donations to a charity she's volunteering with over the festive period. Obviously I will be sending a hefty donation to said charity, but I'd also like to get her something small to unwrap (I've checked with her that this is OK and in line with her general thinking). She mentioned the other day that she was short of "nice" socks, so socks it is. [more inside]
posted by Dext to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 6:09 PM - 22 answers

Plz recommend a device to read Kindle books and fanfic on for hours!

What device would be best for reading Kindle books, and fanfic sites? I read for hours every day and I feel like my Android is too small; I get headaches and neck pain from squinting at it. (I do use a blue light filter.) [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant to Technology at 3:36 PM - 22 answers

DOS or Apple II game from late 80's - Famous explorers?

One of those childhood tip of your tongue things. I remember playing a game that felt very Oregon Trail like, only it involved naval exploration. I think there was trading and you had to try to go around the Cape of Good Hope. And even that, I am not 100% sure that I am remembering correctly. Hope this is enough to jog someone else's memory, because I am totally blank on a possible name, and my Googling is useless with such scant detail.
posted by imabanana to Computers & Internet at 3:18 PM - 7 answers

Bavarian Secret Santa?

My Secret Santa giftee this year is especially tricky, but he especially likes: German heritage stuff (his family holds a yearly Oktoberfest), German food, and Baltimore sports. There is cool stuff that I've found (like a german meat and cheese sampler), but none of it fits the $30 limit. I live in NYC, so I also have access to stores in Manhattan or the outer boroughs. What could I get that might fit these interests? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla to Shopping at 2:24 PM - 14 answers

Transporting Eggnog??

So I'm making a batch of eggnog using this recipe and I'll need to transport it day of. The whipping thing makes me wonder if the consistency will be the same if I let it sit for some time and take it from point A to point B-- any insight or tips??
posted by dr handsome to Food & Drink at 1:35 PM - 7 answers