November 2017 Archives
Many years ago, there were some amazing compilations of mostly-obscure-and-forgotten 60s psychedelic rock posted to Usenet newsgroups. I've never found them again, but the internet is a big place, and they must be out there somewhere. [more inside]
I don't drink coffee, but other people do, what kind of coffee maker do I buy? [more inside]
I would like to obtain a 4'x8' piece of plywood (or hardboard or plexiglass or something), wallpaper it, and hang it horizontally on my wall. How do I do this? [more inside]
Some weeks ago I went through the same situation and even posted a question here. I have a very stable 2 years relationship but my company is offering me to move overseas. [more inside]
What is the likelihood that other countries will take it as an opportunity to also attack the US, or attack each other? I mean, at that point, isn't the deterrence balance of terror has provided for decades is pretty much out of balance?
I have eggs, cream, aged gouda, regular gouda, fancy blue cheese, and cheddar. I'd like something rich and lovely, and importantly, easy. I need to figure out dinner in the next fifteen minutes, preferably and annoyingly (sorry) not an omelet, souffle, or frittata -- I actually make those often. But I might be able to repurpose relevant ingredients in another application -- so if you have discovered blue cheese and apples is the best thing ever, let me know! [more inside]
Last night I made Hot Chocolate Meringue from ATK. It was great, they are delicious! I doubled the recipe and I didn't have enough time to bake the second batch, so it went in the fridge overnight. The meringue fell because of the oil in the chocolate. If I had thought about it hard enough, I should have known. I want to know if I can do anything with what's left. [more inside]
I am 37, and I have PCOS. I've used hormonal birth control (Yasmin) for the past ten years. Before I started the pill I used to have mild but constant acne on my cheeks, but while on Yasmin it cleared up and I've had very clear skin since then. I've been so lucky! But now, for medical reasons, I have to discontinue Yasmin. What should I do to take care of my skin? [more inside]
I am doing research for a friend and I’m trying to find interactive ads (like the one on youtube a few years back with the guy and the bear where you could ask questions). Just interesting takes on advertisements that have some participatory aspect. Thanks.
I'm currently on the job market, as is a friend in the same field. I found out today that she secretly applied to my dream job with my dream company, and they offered it to her. How do I talk to her about what I perceive as a major betrayal of trust? [more inside]
I've been trying to improve my crossword game for a few months now, and I feel like I've hit a rut. I can usually solve the Wednesday puzzles, but beyond that, I have a lot of trouble getting through them. Are there any strategies for improving my crossword skills? I solve them either on the NYT website of their crossword app, if that makes any difference. Thanks!
My uncle has schizoaffective disorder and has been unable to work for many years. He is medicated, but has severe memory issues and has occasional breaks with reality, mostly in the form of hearing highly negative voices. Up until 2 years ago he was supported by his wife, at which point she divorced him and moved out of the state. Since then he has gone through various government programs in the state of Arizona, and has unfortunately has come out the other end without any housing assistance. Last week he attempted suicide. Tomorrow he is going to be homeless. [more inside]
Does anyone remember a short graphic narrative that features a sister teaching her brother how to develop problem solving and/or perspective drawing? There was one part where they were talking about creating a transportation system built on telephone poles. Does that ring a bell?
I live with a roommate - I'm on the lease, he's not. When he moved in, landlord required him to sign away his right to stay in the apartment should I move out. Well, I'm moving out! I promised I'd give him ample notice if I were ever to leave, and I did. I'm moving out on Dec 30th and told him on Nov 14th. He was cool with it, appreciative of the notice, said he was fine with moving after Christmas. I offered to help, be a reference, etc. Today he told me he's found a new place and will move out on Dec 8th, sticking me with the lion's share of the rent for next month. [more inside]
What are best and most affordable options to back up G Suite? Automated would be best, but if it's a huge cost savings, we can calendar this and do it manually. [more inside]
My husband has shown interest in Raspberry Pi; I'd like to get him a starter kit for Christmas but I've looked at a few and have no idea what the best options are for him. [more inside]
My partner has had a poor run of luck with finding durable wide-width shoes. He has an active indoor job and, while he's had the best run with hiking shoes or light hiking boots, they invariably split in 6 months to a year. What are some durable hiking (or other) shoes for someone who wears a 12EEE and is on his feet all day? A subdued look is preferred and they need not be the height of fashion, but he'd be bothered if they were much more than $200. [more inside]
My darling nephew is turning one and I would like to make him a cake or other dessert food amenable to a candle and one-year-old activities like smushing and perhaps even getting some in his mouth. Difficulty level: he has all the allergies. [more inside]
I will soon be leaving my full-time job to make a go of it as a consultant. What should I know/do? [more inside]
I'm not sure how to phrase this so I'm having no luck with help forums. [more inside]
My mom needs help with Skype. Her issue is: she wants a single device she can hook to her (not awesome, not so new, but solid) PC that will comfortably run Skype without a lot of rebooting, settings fiddling, etc. Features beyond "nice picture and sound" much less important than "plug and play," "seldom craps out," "very low bar for PC expertise needed." What do you recommend?
I was notified earlier this month that one of my two credit card accounts (the one I rarely use) has been restricted. I suspect it’s related to my change of address in August and/or the Experian credit breach thing. My question is should I jump through their hoops to un-restrict my card, try to cancel the card (not sure they will even let me), or just let it sit there restricted forever? [more inside]
My brother in law is in love with his Alexa. Are there cheapish ($50) gadget-toy stupid things that he can hook up to the Alexa system that aren't serious "smart home" items? (He already has a bunch of Hue lightbulbs.) Nothing practical or useful like monitors or hubs or thermostats. Something frivolous and silly.
What hobby gift would be good for my husband to do with our 21 month old ? [more inside]
I need to choose between a job I have been offered, which meets a long held goal, and fairly new, but cherished relationship, which can't coexist right now (because of location). [more inside]
I have a bunch of smart, computer savvy, young adults that want to help out an answer general computer issues via phone (local calls) and email. [more inside]
Where can I find serious investigation into what alien civilisations could be like, assuming they exist? [more inside]
It's late 1997. Frank Costanza has everyone saying "Serenity now!" Thanks to Dirk Diggler, we're all gonna be big bright shining stars. What other catch phrases and pop culture references would have been popular? [more inside]
Family of four - Mam, Dad, college freshman, and high school sophomore are vacationing in Orlando December 23 - 30. We plan on going to various amusement parks. We've been to the area before, but not during the holidays. My understanding is that there are a number of special events and shows during this time. It is also my understanding that it will be silly crowded, so I'd like us to be able to maximize our amusement/aggravation ratios. Are there things that we should be sure to do/see? Are there things that would not be worth our time?
I've read about the different kinds of coatings and lenses. It seems that none of the four places I've asked are sure about which maunfacturer they use, or what kind of anti-glare or anti-reflection coating they use. My questions are: - Is it true that there are kinds of anti-glare that don't smudge and attract dust? - What is the difference between anti-glare and anti-reflection? - If quality can't be determined by brand, what other indicators of quality can I ask about? I'm in Australia, is this standard for Australia or elsewhere?
My early-70s father has asked me for recommendations for more websites with "good reading". What are some of your favourite sites for reasonably long reads - not necessarily news, but about literature, science, art? [more inside]
I tried having a discussion with my siblings about xmas gifts as our extended family grows, about picking names, doing secret Santa, or otherwise cutting down on the number of gifts this year (particularly for older kids 10+ & young adults). It didn't go well, and according to my siblings, "they just want lots of gifts." This idea is foreign to me since we didn't celebrate Christmas growing up, and I did not have involved uncles and aunts. My nephews and nieces also have everything, and (imho) are extremely spoiled and don't have a lot of gratitude, as I've seen in holidays and other occasions. Is there anything I can do to give them the gift of giving? Give to others, in their name? Any alternative suggestions that won't cost me an arm and a leg? [more inside]
I'm having a difficult time trusting my husband. It's ruining our relationship. [more inside]
I took a mental health sick day today, but I absolutely need to go back to the office tomorrow. I left early yesterday because after breaking down in tears for reasons I don't understand, I just couldn't pull myself together. Although I had to deal with a couple of stressful situations (and frankly, didn't really handle them well and got called out for it) it's nothing that should have caused this type of reaction, and hasn't in the past. But thinking of going back tomorrow is literally causing me to break out into tears again and I can feel the beginnings of an anxiety attack happening. What on earth do I do with this?? [more inside]
Is there a normal process/timeframe for removing the deceased from your phone contacts list? [more inside]
I'm recently divorced, and have a family wedding to attend in a month. I received a message from the groom asking who my "date" was so they could fill out the place cards. Fact is, I don't know. I haven't been dating, and while I would like to ask someone, I need a little time to figure out how to do this. What's a reasonable response to his question? [more inside]
I have a group of online friends I've become close with recently, and we're planning a meetup in person in January. A few of the members aren't able to come due to financial reasons, but I'd really like to see them. I have airline miles I could give them (or just cash for a flight) but I'm not sure how to offer without offending them/making it weird/offending others (or if I should offer at all). [more inside]
I like the looks of a small, modern prefab house called Ideabox, but I'm looking for something that could be delivered to upstate New York (this one can't). Do you know of a similar house available on the East Coast? Bonus points for anything especially energy efficient or with any sustainable features. I'm not looking for a typical "tiny house" with a lofted bedroom, but a house with at least one fully separate bedroom with a door.
For an article I'm writing, I need to be able to understand and explain the difference between old-time (Appalachian) music and bluegrass music. I have already exhausted Google on the subject but I'm still not satisfied. I don't have time to order books or anything. I've been listening to music but don't have a good enough ear for this. I will take any aspect you've got (origins, instrumentation, song structure, etc) though I'll only have room for a paragraph or two on this subject. Thank you.
I work for a U.S. subsidiary of a German-based parent company that has filed for bankruptcy. I have been informed that, due to lack of funds, my position is ending this Friday. Are there legal ramifications for letting me go prior to my direct counterpart, especially in light of the fact that I have seniority and higher sales numbers? [more inside]
I'm going to be needing some medical care in the coming months, but I don't yet know exactly what kind and how much it'll cost. I'm trying to figure out whether to keep my current insurance, which is paid for up front but only pays 75% of costs, or buy new insurance, and if the latter, what a good option would be. Because of the uncertainty about the types of services I'll be needing, I'm not sure how to go about making this decision. Help? Details inside. [more inside]
We are travelling to Japan and will be in Tokyo during the January 2018 Sumo Tournament. What is the best way to get tickets? [more inside]
I want to be able to set and track a few goals each month. One is fitness related. Another is a don't -- like, don't be on my phone after I get in bed. What app can help me with this? I know about HealthMonth but it seems to cost $5 per month now (also I don't care about being in a group with others) and I'd prefer to maybe pay $5 once for an app. [more inside]
I'm interested in buying a Global knife set. I know they are expensive but I'm interested in finding the set for the best possible price. Can you help? [more inside]
I have a letter-sized, unaddressed envelope in Toronto that needs to be couriered to me in New York. The shipper is a receptionist who was instructed to pass it to Fedex (therefore, the envelope is out of the hands of the very busy sender). After speaking to Fedex, I realize that the envelope needs to have affixed on the outside an address label AND 3 signed invoices. Which means I'd need a mega envelope, a transparent pouch and a live signature. [more inside]
The old Google Finance is shutting down, to be replaced by a new version lacking portfolio functionality. What other tools are available? [more inside]
Getting emails where accounts are registered with an alternate email address, but I am not registering them and when I call the companies that I'm getting emails from, they can't tell me what's going on. [more inside]
If I have to dig out after, say, a landslide or a rockslide along a tall vertical surface, what's the way to do it while controlling spill? Is there a proper technique for this? Does one start at the top and go along in sections? The pile of dirt and rubble in question would be about twenty or thirty feet high. [more inside]
Looking for indestructible, non-stretch, black, relaxed-fit men's jeans. [more inside]
I need a plant selection database for my business. I'm not a programmer and have no time to set this up - am willing to move this to mefi jobs. [more inside]
Looking for a basic, yet thorough, stretching routine; non-dramatic functional fitness. Old-school may not be glamorous, but it suits just fine. [more inside]
Once in a while I'll try to arrange a night out with a friend, but don't hear back from them. What's the socially acceptable way to extricate myself from that plan, and make another? [more inside]
Is buying health insurance directly from a carrier, versus through the Covered CA marketplace, any cheaper for somebody who doesn't qualify for subsidies? The cost increase this year (27%!) has me thinking about options. [more inside]
My office is having a scavenger hunt tomorrow, and my little team of environmental bureaucrats needs a fun name. I am at a complete loss. [more inside]
I need roof rack bars to mount on my roof rails. What do you have/love? Doing research on this yields a buncha options and very little info. Mostly concerned about noise and aero - is there anything else I should be concerned about? [more inside]
Lately, we've been thinking about buying a house in the next few years, but have come upon the existential questions of Why? Why do we *need* to buy a home? How will it better our lives? It doesn't seem to be worth the hassle, and almost feels like a societal push to buy. Bean-plating below the cut. [more inside]
My thumb nail looks crazy. No, not a photo thumbnail, the actual nail growing on my thumb. It's been like this for years and it seems like it might even be getting worse. I never asked a doctor about this because my nail has looked weird for years so I assumed it's just one of those little imperfections we all have. Photos and details after the jump: [more inside]
I'd like to show my hair dresser a photo of a female TV personality from my childhood who I remember as having awesome hair. She was a Caucasian lady with chin-length wavy dark hair with a lighter streak in the front. I think the show was a homey precursor to HGTV-type home shows. I remember her style being kind of preppy (sweater over a popped collar with a beaded necklace). [more inside]
What short story collections would you recommend to someone who enjoys Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, Douglas Adams, and Susanna Clarke? Nothing dark or disturbing, and they've already read Gaiman (but he's not a favourite). Thanks!
Our staff just got the lousy news that our insurance premiums will be going up more than 120% next year. This means a real net loss of compensation, as the benefits themselves are not richer, but people will be taking home hundreds less in cash. The question has been raised, are there ways that we could provide other "give backs" to improve the quality of work life without adding much in cash costs? What are some non-cash benefits your work provides that you love? [more inside]
Inspired by this question and the fact that it's time to replace my 12" anodized skillet (which I cook EVERYTHING in), I'm now wondering if I should just get a stainless skillet or replace the anodized one? I usually just buy my skillet(s) from the restaurant supply house. What kind of skillet do you cook in?
After years of a relatively drama-free uterus, my period now has one reliably, shockingly heavy day. Help me deal with the menstrual logistics. Details below the fold. [more inside]
How many calories are in a Murray's bagel, i.e. a gigantic dense NYC bagel ? (Or if unknown, how many ounces is one of the biggest NYC bagels?) Take a plain bagel just for simplicity. No cream cheese etc.
We recently moved into a rental house and I need help diagnosing what is going on with the water heater. [more inside]
There are several RC cars on Amazon that come with a USB cable for recharging. If I bought one of those cars for Christmas, will my house burn down? [more inside]
As a notable non-drinker at work, I've been asked for input on what the non-alcoholic fancy drink should be for our Christmas party and I need some ideas. [more inside]
My family has been going through some challenging times, and ended up doing nothing for Thanksgiving just because nobody had energy to make anything happen. I want special food in the Christmas/New Year period. Help me think about how to make it happen. [more inside]
I'm a fluent, but non-native, English speaker who liberally (and mostly unknowingly) mixes American and British English while writing and speaking. To what degree is this distracting or even difficult to understand for Americans and Brits? [more inside]
I need help getting a secret, hard to get Christmas present and have no idea how to go about it. International MeFis, your sage advice please! [more inside]
I'd like to send a sample to 23andMe for testing but I don't want them to find out who I am and it shouldn't be any of their business. Help me do this. [more inside]
OK, one is the plural of the other, but as I recall shops were Frank's Gelati and people asked "Do you want to go for (some) gelati?" and now it's "Let's get gelato!" from Gelato Frank. [more inside]
... what kind of pots, pans, and cooking utensils are you using? [more inside]
About once a week I have neither the urge nor desire to go to bed. I simply dont feel tired. If I were to go to bed, I would be able to sleep with no problem... unlike when I have had occasional episodes of insomnia, when I'm tired, want to sleep, but for some reason cannot. What is this called? Is it something with a name? [more inside]
I've worked as a freelancer in art & technology for a decade. Before that, I worked in video games and newspaper publishing. I'm sick of stress and deadlines and responsibility! What kind of jobs (full-time or freelance) could I seek out that have low stress and not much decision-making, but still allow me to parlay my technical skills into a reasonable wage? [more inside]
I need recommendations for a GOOD cognitive behavioral therapist in the Reno/Sparks area. Must have experience with PTSD/Abuse triggers. Gender not important. Must be available in December. Thanks!
Daughter has her 5th birthday this weekend and we decided to go with a larger party in a rented playspace. The party is on Saturday. The space takes up to 20 kids, so we invited both preschool classes from her daycare, 30 kids in total. Invitations were sent two weeks ago and we have only had RSVPs for five kids. What do we do now? [more inside]
I'm having extremely weird ladyparts symptoms. YANMD, but have my symptoms ever happened to you? (Gross details inside.) [more inside]
My father has a collection of Chinese stamps from early 20th century and a quantity of old coins from the same period. According to the prices for some of these stamps on Chinese websites like Taobao.com, they can be pretty valuable. I want to find the best way to get insurance for them. We live in Oregon. Since these are Chinese stamps and coins, I am afraid not many in America would be able to appraise them right. What the best way to get them appraised and get the right insurance for them?
My CA apartment lease ends December 1, 2017. Or so I thought. [more inside]
I'm looking for a bound dated planner in a two page per day format. [more inside]
A couple of months ago I posted here about hating my job. Well.. I found an amazing job since then, but it’s a position both my boyfriend and I applied for and I got it over him. I can’t stop feeling guilty and bad about it and I keep worrying about what it might do to our relationship! [more inside]
What resources are available for helping a person like me to improve and perfect my PowerPoint presentation on relatively short notice? More details under the fold. [more inside]
I slipped and whacked the back of my head on a window ledge. Do I need to go to the doctor? [more inside]
I'm looking for something written by a radical or at least very leftist writer about love/relationships/marriage. It's for my wedding. All the details are inside. [more inside]
Boyfriend of 5 years and I have started talking about next-step plans like marriage, kids etc lately, and while we seem to agree on every front verbally, our approach, attitudes and pace towards these goals seem to be completely different. The most immediate step in our plan is to move to a new country together in the next year, and start a business together soon after; but should I jump into it while I'm still having reservations about our differences? [more inside]
How do some podcasts get such good audio from call-in guests? [more inside]
I’m recording a video this weekend and I need to get good sound. I’m singing and playing the uke, and I’d like to find a mic that plugs into an iPhone or iPad S. I’d prefer not to get a lavalier Mic (the ukulele could muffle it), and I have a budget of $100 or less (by preferably in the $50 range). Any suggestions?
My wife is achy, and has been using a heating pad a lot recently. Our cats just discovered the magical heating pad and they think it's cozy, and we feel bad about kicking them off of it all the time. Is it safe for them to sit on the heating pad? I tried to Google this but Google just gives me links to heating pads for cats.
I usually buy my nephew lots of t-shirts (he's always had a Biggie Smalls shirt in his size). Recently my sister in law bought matching shirts for my nephew and my kid. Not only was it adorable to see the kids in their shirts, but my nephew loved that his cousin was wearing the same shirt. My kid's moving up in sizes right now, so I thought this would be a good time to buy some cool, off beat matching shirts for them! (Sizes would be 2T and 5.) [more inside]
Last night a page came up with a faux virus warning and a voice telling me "You have a virus and you have porn on your computer and please enter your username and password for help or you will be fined $5,000" Etc. This happened about a year ago and I merely closed it and ran a scan (I forget what I have; my ISP provides it). [more inside]
I'm looking to compare an employer's racial/ethnic representation to the population of the geographic region where it is located. I know nothing about statistics. Is there a statistical measure I should use to characterize the size / significance of the employer's deviation from the larger population? [more inside]
Where can I adopt a pet dog with a low or no rehoming fee? [more inside]
My dog was kind of a jerk to my sister's dog over the holiday, does this mean he wouldn't be able to have a dog brother or sister someday? [more inside]
After getting good AskMe advice on bike adventures in Glacier NP and the Natchez Trace Parkway, I am looking for tips and tricks on cycling the Katy Trail (with kids). Have you done it? How was it? What advice do you have? [more inside]
I am working on a project at work, and Samsung is one of our customers. We are preparing a gift for some of their high level executives. We’d like to include in this gift (think of it as a commemorative book of our work together) some quotes said by Samsung executives, business publications, or business personalities. [more inside]
Headed to Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand) for the first time in March. Everyone says that vegetarian food is plentiful in the region, but seeking your tips on how best to eat vegetarian while there. (I'm okay with fish sauce.) Thanks!
Seeking an easy recipe for very high-fibre tasty muffins. [more inside]
I, like probably many others, have some PTO to burn! Where can I go for a quick three-day getaway in or near California in December? Specifics/requirements below the cut. [more inside]
With the ongoing eruptions and shakes near Mt Agung on Bali, our long planned vacation plans are looking dim. Suggestions for alternatives appreciated. [more inside]
Yael Stone has some rad shades in the 2016 TV series "Deep Water" that I'd love to buy for someone as a gift. But I need help finding them! Collected netflix/photo/video examples of said sunglasses inside. [more inside]
Hello! I would like to get my lovely mother a monthly housecleaning service for Christmas. What is the best way to go about this, and do you have any people or companies to recommend who serve the Chicago suburbs? [more inside]
I've never sold my stuff before, but am participating in my first ever sale at our studio for christmas in just over a week. I've put some of my work on insta and FB to attract people in and already made some sales, which is amazing! But now I'm having more direct enquiries and commission requests I thought I better set up an etsy shop. I'm just at a loss as to the name. [more inside]
I watched Elf the other day, and I have a question about how people are credited. [more inside]
I am not one of nature's proofreaders. But my job would be a lot easier if I was, as I have to review a lot of long, complicated documents for inconsistencies. Tell me what tools, tips, exercises and style guides I can turn to to help me improve my skills in this area. [more inside]
Looking for an all-purpose shoulder bag or casual backpack that I can wear/carry all-day during multi-day, non-business trip to Chicago. Something I can use all day as I go to museums, sight-see, etc. Must fit the following items: Fuji mirrorless X-T1 camera with 2 lenses (1 attached, 1 loose), iPad 4 mini, spare camera batteries, charger, a paperback or 2. [more inside]
This great FPP about children having to parent their parents reminded me of one of my favorite books, Child of the Owl. I'm looking for books that depict kids like this; more details inside. [more inside]
Looking for easy to read but scholarly books or articles on Buddhism and Buddhist theory. [more inside]
I realised that a mutual friend of my two recent exes has a serious case of mentionitis. I asked her politely to stop talking about them to me but, literally, the very next day she mentions one of them again, apropos of nothing. Can the hive mind check out what I told her and let me know if I'm going crazy? Why would she do this? And this is what the slow fade is designed for, right? Wall of snowflakes, avoid if impatient with middle aged dramaz. [more inside]
I work for a small non-profit, and sometimes I need to send an email out, such as an invitation to our annual meeting, or to remind people who've signed up for a class, or to gather a bunch of volunteers. I find that many people report having not received these messages. [more inside]
Hi - I have been charged with asking this question on behalf of the financial officer at work. We are desperately seeking solutions for a problem we're having - Quickbooks and Merril Lynch don't seem to be talking to each other. How can we get them to connect? [more inside]
It's another one of these nebulous job title questions! [more inside]
Back in the day, I believe you could dial "0" to reach an operator and get directory assistance. (Correct me if I'm wrong, however!) What happened if you were looking for a phone number in a different town or a different state? Did the operator transfer you to a different, local operator, or was there a way for him or her to look up the number directly? [more inside]
I am helping a student of mine collect responses to a market research study on privacy and social media use. I’d really like to get a wider variety of responses so the results of her data collection process are as robust as possible. We’ve already posted on Facebook. Where else can we share the link to the survey so it gets more visibility? The results so far are heavily skewed towards younger women and it would be ideal to get responses from more men (25+).
I'm having some major anxiety about finding another apartment. It's complicated by a partner living with me, but only temporarily. I don't know how best to handle this when looking for new apartments. Also, how far in advance should one look for an apartment? [more inside]
We own a home in the state of Florida that was in the path of Hurricane Irma a few months ago. The good news: nobody in our family was injured, and no major structural damage was sustained. The bad news: The roofing company says we need a new roof (I believe them), the insurance company says we just need to replace shingles. More complexities inside. [more inside]
Blue Apron sent me this dented can of coconut milk to use in one of its recipes this week. I want to cook said recipe tonight. Must I go buy new coconut milk? [more inside]
I've been building a list of ways that biological systems accumulate knowledge. Which ones am I missing? [more inside]
I've got an 11 inch Macbook Air from 2011, which 4GB of storage and 1.6 GHz processor. It runs Yosemite. It is second hand from my boyfriend and works fine. A lot of my work is online, or using sharepoint / google docs, so it doesn't need heaps of storage. However, I'm freelance so this thing is my livelihood to an extent - and I want to be as efficient as possible without replacing tech for the sake of it. [more inside]
I'm in a major quandary: I'm a brand-print designer who has been working FT and freelanced for the last 15 years - then made the transition to web/UX about 5 years ago. I recently graduated from a MA Interactive (IX) program to improve on my interactive/design thinking and ux-architecture skills, so I'm job hunting again. Right now I seem to have an impressive resume having worked for some top-tier companies, brands - and get past the first stage HR application process. But the moment my portfolio gets to the Design Team/Hiring Mgrs, I get shot down because my past professional design work is very conservative, corporate - and unfortunately I think my more creative work is now old (or certainly past 5<yrs of age). Help! What do I do? [more inside]
Does anybody know where I could find the Goro Masaki works Evil Eyes (published in 1986, won the 13th Hayakawa SF Contest in 1987) and Venus City (published in 1993 and won the 14th Japanese SF Award, which is apparently the Japanese equivalent of the Nebula Award)? He apparently use to be considered the Japanese William Gibson, but I can't find either of these stories anywhere, and I have no idea where I'd potentially find them in person. Evil Eyes ended up being released in a collection in 1988 under the same title. Thank you!
According to the Verge, Salyut-7 has been exhibited at Fantastic Fest, probably in September, with English subtitles. I have poked around for a digital release of this version and have not come up with anything. I assume the current political climate in the US makes a US distribution agreement unlikely. Any leads? I would very much like to see this film.
I'm looking for examples or a list of movie scenes (or TV, I suppose) which feature the presentation of futuristic money as a punchline, especially re: who is pictured on the bills. Think the $10,000,000 bill in Idiocracy, or Hillary Clinton on the $10,000 bill in Pluto Nash. Bonus points for examples with links to pics. Thanks!
The BBC produced, in 1979, a three-part version of Aeschylus' Oresteia trilogy titled The Serpent Son that featured Diana Rigg as Clytemnestra and Helen Mirren as Cassandra. I'd love to see it, but can find it nowhere online. I understand, per the linked article, it can be seen at BFI, but I'm on the other side of the pond. Any thoughts on where I might view this online? Thanks in advance.
With the demise of Radio shack, I am wondering if there is anywhere I can buy small electronic parts locally (Tampa, FL area). I am mostly interested in building fairly simple circuits using off the shelf parts. [more inside]
CW: sexual assault. It’s been a little over two months since I was raped by one of my closest friends. Last Friday, I had a falling out with another of my closest friends, “Kay,” because she has decided to maintain her close friendship with my rapist. How do I deal? [more inside]
I am new to using an Apple Watch to record my outdoor walks, and I'm used to third party apps (Nike Run Club mostly) for tracking & motivation. Now I'm confused as to if I should just use watch apps for workouts, or keep using my iPhone. I don't have Bluetooth earphones so I need my iPhone for music. [more inside]
Help me find summaries of the important stories and their meanings. [more inside]
A neighbor left this plant in the freecycle area and hey, free plant. I just need to ID it to make sure it’s non-toxic for cats. (And if it is safe, care tips would be great.) I’m in SoCal if that’s helps.
Two days ago I applied to a job for which I meet about 50% of the qualifications. My resume is 100% honest, but today they emailed me asking for an interview. I accepted a day/time but is this even a good idea? There's no way I can teach myself or fake knowledge of the missing qualifications. They're a startup - is it more normal for them to cast a wider net? Why would they contact me? [more inside]
Hi -- my five year old loves Daniel Tiger and has been watching it religiously for the last year. He has ASD, and the social stories, self-regulation tools, and interpersonal relationships and problem solving on DT have all been beneficial for him. The problem is he seems to be boring of it and I'm trying to find another show with similar qualities. [more inside]
I'm looking for places in Toronto, preferably downtown or midtown, to buy a selection of small quantities of Christmas Cake. [more inside]
As I get closer to middle age, how do I make new friends? [more inside]
What kinds of non-abilities are some small percentage of humankind born with that don't affect their everyday life and, in fact, may not be discovered as a non-ability until later in life? [more inside]
Usually I get into the Christmas groove early and easily, but for various reasons that's not happening this year. Still, I need to make things fun and memorable for my 7 year old. Please help me come up with a list. [more inside]
I want help putting together a curated list of 10 episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, to show in an all-day marathon. 10 episodes is about 8.5 hours; add in some snack breaks and lunch, and maybe a late dinner after, and that's a solid day on the couch. Since these are slash fic writers & readers, that means "Amok Time + 9 more." Reference aids: Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 [more inside]
If you were making a list of things you love about your partner/spouse/significant other, what would you include? [more inside]
I like Disturbed's cover of "The Sound of Silence" and Five Finger Death Punch's cover of "House of the Rising Sun." I think the commonalities are cover of oldish song by metal-y band. What other songs would I like?
I have 5 days of use-it-or-lose-it paid time off that I need to spend before December 31st. Including a weekend on either side brings the total trip to 9 days. Help me decide where to go! I have friends in Washington, D.C. that I can visit for a couple of days to start with, but I was thinking I might take the opportunity to go on from there and see what I can see in the south or, really, in any direction but back north. I'd like to stay in the same general region, so places like Arizona and Oregon will have to wait for next time. I've added a few details after the jump. [more inside]
I'm in a situation where I have a largeish family that resists the idea of Secret Santa or Kid Presents Only. The idea of getting everyone individual presents has irked me for several years already, and I'm super broke this year and am struggling with gift ideas for my siblings and their families. Can I improve upon previous collective gifts for 2017? I've got a budget of about $150 for 15 people this year. [more inside]
I have lived in two towns in the same state my entire life (even during college!). I am moving out of state next month. I'm pretty organized, but low-key freaking out a little bit. What move-related things am I forgetting? [more inside]
Where do you get your NYC local news now that Gothamist and DNAinfo are gone? [more inside]
help me find the name/author of this short story. [more inside]
This 2003 live radio performance of Frank Black's "Song of the Shrimp" has Frank and Glen Hansard singing a duet in an unusual way. They're not always synced up, with both of them wandering all over the place and occasionally dropping out for a few bars, resulting in a sloppy, slapdash feeling I absolutely love. Is there a specific term for this kind of anti-harmony? Are there other examples in any genre?
I've always been burdened by the question: is it ethical to buy electronic devices with the expectation that you'll return (some) of them once you've tried them out? Or are returns meant to be for exceptional cases where the product just doesn't fit your needs? [more inside]
I'm looking for a long-sleeve, horizontal-stripe rugby shirt to fit a tall, slim gent. [more inside]
So my folks live out in the country, and my dad enjoys hanging out on the side porch and watching the wildlife. I'm thinking of getting him some sort of binocular or spotting scope or something with light amplification or night vision so he can see the night critters. Only issue - I know jack squat about optics, and have very little data to differentiate between junk and worthwhile purchases. Experts, I consult you! [more inside]
Please help me choose some NYC therapists to visit. This person takes Aetna, has a trauma informed approach, goes a bit further than DBT skills can take me, and understands that ADHD is different in women than in men. Perhaps someone with a proficiency in Bessel Van der Kolk’s work, as I’m also not dealing well with some complicated grief that’s associated with really fucked up childhood attachment stuff. No triggers in the rest of the ask. [more inside]
I'm a decent cook and an all-right baker, would you please share with me a gluten-free bread recipe that doesn't taste like sawdust and sadness? [more inside]
Do any major E-Commerce companies ship to UPS Box numbers without a street address? [more inside]
Non-gamer looking for recommendations for interesting, non-violent games on Steam. I like visual novels, dating sims, queer/trans stuff, gentle animal games, and mildly spooky stories. List inside of what I've already ordered! [more inside]
I follow a Twitter account, which I've also added to a Twitter List. Even though I've turned the account's retweets off, viewing my list is full of their retweets. Is there any way to get around this? [more inside]
I recently got a new computer at work. When I first got it, the display was noticeably dim. For some reason, this self resolved - I did nothing but it became brighter. This morning, I have the same problem. Help? [more inside]
Any recommendations on what kind of cellphone, provider, and tools that would work best for supervising an 11 year old's access to the digital world? How do you do it in your family? [more inside]
I'm looking for cycling shoes for clipless pedals (SPD). Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
My wife is flying with our twin sons to Seattle (God bless her) on Wednesday. I'd like to accompany her to the gate to help with luggage, car seats, etc. They're flying JetBlue. When I worked for the airlines (post-9/11) this wasn't an issue and I'm wondering if this is still true.
In the run up to the FCC decision on Net Neutrality, I've been seeing libertarians happy that this regulation might be rescinded. It has left me curious: what unregulated markets do libertarians point to as working well for individual "consumers" (in quotes bc there are many different types of markets) because of free market corrections. (I'm aware of the philosophical arguments for lack of regulation per se, I'm asking specifically about examples where no/low regulation leads to a better outcome for citizens instead of just for capital.)
I need a suit, am completely lost, and would really appreciate any help or advice. [more inside]
Help me help my wife get her new Pixel phone to talk to her Honda Fit. [more inside]
Do you have an unconventional relationship with a person in your life? What do you call them? Examples: nonbinary family members; chosen family; various kinds of romantic and sexual partners. [more inside]
My joints are loud and when I move my arms and back it makes a surprising amount of noise, one that continues as I move, not "this popped once and that's it." I'd like to record the sound of my joints as I move and then use this in a sound editing program, like audacity or garageband (aspirationally, Ableton). What's the best setup for this? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions and mid to long-term strategies for being there and caring for my mom despite several issues related to my childhood. Details inside. [more inside]
Someone has reported the office 'skiver' to the boss. The office 'skiver' thinks it's me. [more inside]
Is there a Pornhub-like site that is a bit nicer in the presentation? Details of what I'm looking for inside. (probably nothing in this question is going to be SFW) [more inside]
Once sugar has reached the hard crack stage, can it go "backwards" to an earlier, softer state? [more inside]
I thought I put away the ultra-pasteurized half and half in the fridge when I got home from the store yesterday afternoon (about 14 hours ago). Alas, I did not. It’s ultra-pasteurized; it’s unopened: can I still use it? My 4AM coffee-needing self thanks you.
For an upcoming trip I have been booked (note the passive voice) on a United flight that includes a 49-minute transfer at SFO. I've never flown through SFO before - is this as impossible as it sounds to me? [more inside]
Now that I've moved back near my extended family, I'd love to create a holiday tradition that I host in my home for my family. I'm trying to come up with some ideas -- they could be cultural celebrations, theme party ideas, types of party ideas, just looking for the right peg to hang my party on, both this year and for years to come. [more inside]
In the past few days, I’ve been having trouble with A/V sync on Netflix—the video is ahead of the audio. [more inside]
I will be buying a new (used) car shortly, perhaps as early as this weekend, and would like to have it inspected by a mechanic before I seal the deal. Taking time off of work isn't really on the table, so I need to find someone that is open on the weekends and this is proving to be difficult. Can anyone suggest a Sacramento area mechanic that is open on weekends for pre-purchase inspections?
I'm conducting an exercise where people will check settings on their phone and (hopefully) be shocked and horrified at the insane amount of information their phone is collecting about them. I would love links to stories that show (e.g.) how apple and google track locations, browsing history etc. The idea would be to collect the information and tally it up.
I’ll be tagging along with my wife as her company sends her to Hong Kong and Shenzhen for 10 days this December. (How fortunate are we!!!???) We’ll be staying in Kowloon first, then Shenzhen, then Hong Kong island. The company has lots of stuff planned, but also some down time here and there (and when my wife is working proper, I’ll be left to my own devices). What should we absolutely not fail to do and see while we are there? [more inside]
My mother used to say to me (when my father was vexing me): "Soldiers are romantics who believe they are realists. Poets are realists who believe they are romantics." She always said it in the manner of Someone quoting Someone. Various internet searches indicate it's just--basically--conventional wisdom with various groups standing in for the soldier/poet dichotomy. Anyone got a better source for the quote or sentiment?
I'm a middle aged academic working my way through a gender affirmation process. I've been publishing under my given name for a long time, and am trying to work out how (or when) to alter the name I put on publications. Any thoughts on how to do this with minimal fuss would be appreciated! [more inside]
My partner and I are planning a trip to Argentina in late December to early January. One of the main things we really want to do is visit Quebrada del Condorito National Park near Cordoba, Argentina for a day hike. We plan to stay somewhere in Cordoba and are trying to figure out how to get from point A (Cordoba) to point B (Quebrada del Condorito National Park), preferably via public transit. Details below. [more inside]
Hi all I am having my gallbladder out tommorow and I am totally freaking out right now. I am scared out of my mind. Is this going to be vey oainful? I know they will give me a prescription for pain pills but still.... Any advice? How did it go for y’all?
I drive a 2003 Mazda 6, which came equipped with a compact spare tire. The rubber on my spare tire has moldered away, and I need to replace it. However I can't find a compact spare locally - what should I do? [more inside]
Everyday at work I feel extremely depressed at work, or more accurately at what I feel this job means about who I am and where my life is heading. [more inside]
What are some ways families and groups can exchange gifts or otherwise do a Christmassy thing without everyone getting a gift for everyone else? [more inside]
My mom is recently retired and is interested in a Nest thermostat for her house. My sister and I are planning on giving her one for Christmas, and I’m thinking of additional ways to make her home a little better. [more inside]
My wife and I were discussing Christmas dinners and I said that Turkey was the most common Christmas dinner in America. She said that she didn’t think so, that probably prime rib or ham were. She put a guess out that ham and prime rib made probably 3/4ths of dinners with turkey making up the rest. She looked it up but could find nothing. I couldn’t either and by the end we were both quite curious. Does anyone have info regarding this?
I don't buy vitamin gummies anymore because I will over eat them simply because of their taste and texture. What is a conventional gummy product that is equivalent? [more inside]
I've (probably) decided to throw in the towel after 7 years of teaching the little ones, but I'm pretty unclear as to my next steps. What are some good options these days? [more inside]
My family (two adults, one 13-year-old boy) are planning a vacation to Australia the last two weeks of August in 2018. It's a big country with a lot of possibilities, but at the moment we're thinking of doing a Sydney-Uluru-Darwin-Cairns-Sydney loop. Any thoughts and suggestions welcome. [more inside]
So, for reasons that I won't get into and that aren't open for debate, I cannot deal with forced air units -- heating or cooling. Radiant heat is okay and fans are doable. But anything that pushes air into the room beyond what a ceiling fan does just isn't gonna do it. We're building a house in a few years and need ideas/resources about airflow that don't require HVAC. [more inside]
More specifically, where do you set one up if you are an independent freelancer? Pros and cons for different places. Also, I understand that some health insurance plans aren't compatible with HSA's. I'm not sure what this means exactly. I've had an FSA before but need to understand how an HSA works. I am in Missouri.
For the past couple of weeks, I have been unable to access one specific domain (iu.instructure.com) from any device in my home. This is the domain that Canvas uses, so I'm always accessing securely (https). But my browsers are all complaining that the certificate is invalid. Any ideas what could be going on? [more inside]
Can you help me identify resources to better understand how menstrual cycle influences mood, and weigh in on a couple of questions I have? [more inside]
My backdoor has a hole for a deadbolt, but it's at 2", not US-standard 2 3/8". The previous owners put a "fake" deadbolt there with the latch, but without actually drilling for the bolt itself so it doesn't work. It's not an important door and I live in a very safe area. What are my best options for making it functional? [more inside]
There’s a lot of bad news on metafilter and elsewhere about the love-finding prospects for hetero middle aged women like me. I’m 51. I’ve never had a good, happy, mutually fulfilling relationship, though I’ve had a number of unhappy, unfulfilling ones — and lately no relationships at all. [more inside]
I want to get a videogame system, but I'm pretty out-of-touch with the pros and cons of the current generation of game consoles. [more inside]
My friend with severe leg weakness needs a better bathtub accessibility solution. She has an old bathtub with sliding glass doors. She has a bath stool that she sits on to take a shower. But transferring from her walker onto the shower stool, and the reverse, is slippery and awkward and risks a fall. What are the best solutions for this, that will work with the sliding doors? [more inside]
I'm trying to remember an album by a band (whose name I also can't remember) where the album cover is people in suits with animal heads. I think the animals might be deers or foxes. I think the two or three people are in a forest, one is sitting down, they are wearing pastel colored suits. It all has a very Wes Anderson-y vibe, and the music itself sounds a little like it might be in a Wes Anderson film if it were from the 60s or 70s. The album is from the mid-200s I believe.
Well, this holiday season my folks gave me all of their paperwork. Will, living will, etc. etc. etc. Yay. But ... [more inside]
California wildfires: Is there any way to predict how likely wildfires similar to 2017 will be during 2018? [more inside]
I turned down a relationship with a guy I was dating and I keep revisiting the decision even after a year. I need to take action or move on for my own mental health. [more inside]
I'm interested in starting online dating in the new year, but I am just not photogenic. How can I make this work? [more inside]
I'm expecting first baby in a few weeks (yikes) and have a proper health insurance plan for, like, the first time in my life. It's a California off-exchange (meaning I receive no subsidies) platinum plan that is $0 deductible, 10% co-insurance, and $4,000 out of pocket max. According to my plan summary all prenatal office visits are covered with no co-pay. I've just been paying $20 co-pays for lab tests. I'm not totally sure the plan is technically an "ACA plan" since it's off-exchange. [more inside]
We have an exterior door we have never once used, and we don't foresee any situation where we might use it in future. I need to do the weather stripping on it but it occurred to me there might be a more effective solution given that we don't actually need to open or close the door. What can I do? [more inside]
I had asked my recommenders (about a year ago) to sign a certain recommendation form, but the recommendations were supposed to be submitted online....they never got the recommendations online but they nonetheless signed a bunch of forms that would never be used -- should I apologize to them for making them sign the forms? But come to think about it, after all signing a few pieces of paper is no big deal...so maybe there is no need to apologize. Any thoughts? I may or may not ask them for these online recommendations later on. Should I include the apologies with the requests for these online recommendations only in the instance that I do get to ask them again?
I'm on the lookout for an exercise DVD to replace my yoga one. Most likely pilates based but open to suggestions. [more inside]
Simple question this time - looking for a short intro to bartending class recommendations. Deets inside. [more inside]
A friend of mine an I are thinking of singing showtunes at local farmer's markets. We are looking for male duets from Broadway musicals from the 30's, 40's and 50's.... Some examples. "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" from Kiss Me Kate "Guys And Dolls" from Guys and Dolls. Show stoppers from recent show also may work Also, male/female duets would work if they are relationship songs Example "Always True To You In My Fashion" from Kiss Me Kate. Some trio's can also transfer well. Thanks in advance
Lately I, a 23-year-old, have realized that many people I love are probably going to die before I do. This has caused me a lot of emotional distress. Is it normal to "pre-mourn" deaths?? Or are my symptoms a sign of a deeper problem? How do I deal with it? [more inside]
The ID3v2 standard has tags for sort-order titles, album titles, and performer names (TSOT, TSOA, and TSOP). How do I get android media players to use these? [more inside]
I don't understand how modern TV works. Kid BlahLaLa is desperate to watch the Psych movie coming up next week, but we don't have the USA Network, satellite or cable. We do have: broadcast TV, internet, Roku, iTunes, Amazon, a willingness to spend a reasonable amount of money. Is there a way to do it? [more inside]
What is some great, nuanced, insightful English-language writing you've read about Japan, particularly about culture and day-to-day life? Writing specifically addressing women's issues and LGBT issues is a huge bonus. [more inside]
You've seen the short "Over Time" by Damien Ferrie - youtube I want an MP3 or something of one of the songs featured. [more inside]
I was recently playing the video game Banished and part of the music track that accompanies the game is a haunting, atmospheric bit that features what sounds like some sort of wind instrument. Can anyone help me identify what this is? Thanks!
Which european philosopher (or scientist?) was it I think from the middle ages who bowed to a statue of one of the old gods and answered that at some point it might be their turn in power again and he wanted to be in their favor? [more inside]
I need to setup two wifi routers on the same network and don't know what I'm doing. [more inside]
Please help ID a plant flowering in DC area. [more inside]
A song from the Magnetic Fields' "House of Tomorrow" popped up on Pandora a half-hour ago, and I've been obsessively trying (and failing) to find the source for the album's cover art. Those are Venetian gondolas, but that doesn't look like Venice. Google doesn't seem willing to reveal the liner notes or anything else that would give me a clue. Help?
Hello! The weather's cold (in some places), so let's preheat our ovens to Hell and make some pizza. [more inside]
I used to love reading food blogs, but all my favorites have disappeared, turned into more of a storefront for the author's book(s), or become full of recycled affiliate-linked content. I miss being able to spend a large chunk of time consuming new food writing content a few days a week. Where can I find original-content-rich, regularly-updating websites focused on food-related writing? Can be a single author or many. Any food topic. Some ads are OK (we all gotta eat), but if it's 50% or more of the content, no-go.
What is the Planet Money of Current Affairs? The podcast 'Planet Money' feels like it's aimed at intelligent people, who just so happen to have no economics background: there's plenty of explanation from first principles, explanation of consequences, etc. There's also a fair amount of personality to the tone of the podcast, as opposed to purely dry and factual. Is there anything similar for Current Affairs? And for the history that would help us understand current affairs? A podcast would be nice, but if there's another way, that would be good too. Thank you.
It turns out that due to reasons we are especially short on time, but had originally hoped to step up our outdoor Christmas lighting game this year. Does anyone have outdoor lighting hacks they would like to share? Preferences and limitations within. [more inside]
Reacting strongly to people (as I perceive it) pushing on my boundaries is becoming a pattern and I don't like it. Two examples within. Please help me do self-protection and communication appropriately. [more inside]
What are you favorite gift guides? I know about Cooltools, Wirecutter and NYTimes, so I guess I'm looking for something a little more out of the ordinary. I ask because I can't find the guide from a couple of years ago that led to the pet portrait on our wall.
I went to bed last night with a slight sore throat and woke up this morning with a cough. I'm due to see my family tomorrow for our post-Thanksgiving gathering. Help me shake this fast so I can make it. [more inside]
While walking in a rural neighborhood along the eastern shore of Virginia, we came across these seed pods, attached to vines stretching across a grassy area with cedar and pine trees. The outside is thick and papery. On the inside are gelatinous white seeds. Plant ID apps weren’t helpful. Any idea what kind of plant this comes from?
I have encountered this cookie on multiple cookie plates in Central NY. It kind of reminds me of a cross between a pinwheel cookie and a babka. I want to know what it is so I can make it myself! [more inside]
I need an alternative to waking up and immediately scrolling through the news on my phone to see what terrible things happened while I was asleep. So I'm looking for suggestions for books (Kindle is a bonus) that offer daily inspirational readings that make me feel good, instead of bad, when I get out of bed. [more inside]
Please recommend magical toothpastes 'n' mouthwashes to desensitize sensitive teeth. [more inside]
Our place has two (wired) in-wall speakers. We need to get a receiver/amp to use these, but would also like to be able to add bluetooth speakers in the future. We would mostly listen to music/the radio, and don't really care about surround sound or other higher end capabilities. Is there a decent, cheap receiver that would let us use the current speakers and add bluetooth speakers later?
I think I want an Instant Pot. If you love yours, what model/size do you have and why do you love it? What do you make in it the most? Do you have a favorite cookbook that you find helpful? Possibly relevant details—I only cook for myself, but love bulk-cooking ahead and freezing single servings. No dietary restrictions.
I had a very painful falling out with a friend I'll refer to as Ted. For more than year, I've kept it all a secret from the rest of our friend group. I've come to the point where I want to unfriend Ted, unfollow him, un-everything him on social media, but I'm worried about how this will look to our friends, and how it could impact the entire group. How do I do this while minimizing damage? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for good, ethical real estate agents who can help us rent our East Village, Manhattan, NYC apartment.
My friend is studying to become a reflexologist and will be opening her new practice within the next six months. I had my first session with her yesterday but the issue of payment never came up. Can you help me come up with a script to approach this? [more inside]
Anyone know of some great natural products to enhance wave/curl? [more inside]
We have a nook in our kitchen (diagram) for a table. We currently have a 40x40 square which doesn't allow us to eat comfortably. Any recommendations on shape and size of table that would be the best fit? Round, square, rectangle? Needs to seat two relatively compact people. Bar/pub height not an option due to ceilings.
I am on the New York Essential Plan and need to choose a healthcare plan. I've done some research but could use some practical input. [more inside]
Has Google made it harder to find the ics url needed to subscribe to a calendar, or am I going crazy? Is there a way to dig out the URL so I can subscribe to a published Google calendar from iCal on my Mac or from my iPhone calendar? [more inside]
I was extremely successful in therapy for 13 months, and terminated about two weeks ago. I have very mixed feelings about it. Help! [more inside]
I bought a 24lb turkey with plans to spatchcock it, same way I did last year. I must have blocked last years turkey drama from my memory because that size turkey is hard to cut and manage. [more inside]
PhotoFites: I'm looking for a better monitor, 'cause current one gots a problem. Criteria inside. [more inside]
I'm looking for a bed frame where instead of slats, there is just a solid surface. I currently sleep on a Japanese futon mattress that is on the floor, but I'd like to find a bed that would allow me to be up off the ground and keep that solid feeling under my mattress. Google has failed me so far. Any suggestions?
Professional development: how do I National Conference? (Public/nonprofit sector accounting edition) [more inside]
I have a dining room light with a (normal) light switch in the adjoining living room. I would like to be able to control the dining room light while in the dining room, but the electrician told me that rewiring to put in a regular switch in the dining room would be expensive. [more inside]
Is there a way to tell Facebook, "no matter what the language is, never translate it automatically?" [more inside]
I'm hoping to get a Black Friday weekend deal on a wearable device for my mother. The question is, which one? I don't have an iPhone or Apple Watch myself and have never really looked into android wearables so I don't have any experience. more key info below the fold.. [more inside]
We recently moved to a new-to-us house. Yesterday we set about cleaning out the garage's attic. There wasn't much up there but a few sleeping bags, some gun cleaning equipment and three identical of these things. They're made of iron and fit in your hand (5" folded, just under 6" extended.) It only unfolds as far as it's shown in the picture, so not quite to 90 degrees. The conical section is threaded, but the threads aren't deep so it doesn't look like anything self-tapping. Any ideas?
What is a good store in Seattle that sells quality undergarments? Specifically bralets? Less heteronormative, more body positive the better. Preferably in the city.
My mom died a couple months ago (expected, peaceful, but still really hard). There is now a huge storage unit full of stuff for my siblings and I to deal with. [more inside]
On a whim, I threw the leftover turkey carcass and drippings in to a crock pot last night, with a chopped onion and some carrots, and covered with water. Now I have about 8 cups of stock. I tried making noodle soup once before like this, but it was so bland I ended up just tossing it. This stock tastes a little better, but it's still not wowing me. What should I do with it? [more inside]
I had a job end in September. I haven't done anything about health insurance. I need to figure out a few things - thank you. [more inside]
Is there a non-commercial food/exercise/weight tracker i.e. run by a university or other research institution rather than a corporation? [more inside]
New carpet is needed but I have all these issues. HALP [more inside]
I come across interesting stuff all the time on the internet which I would like to note electronically. [more inside]
What are some good MOOCs for non-coders? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I've been in this chasm of trauma since birth. I am dealing with so many issues that my life is on the line now. Health-wise it's bad. As bad as it could get. Emotionally, there's not much more I can do. Yet, there's that glimpse of light at the end of the horizon that maybe somewhere, someone, somehow would be able to offer me a life-line in the form of an excavation and healing of the psyche. [more inside]
What strength-building exercise/class can I do that I will not hate, and given my poor coordination and weakness? [more inside]
I'd buy shorts before the trip, but here (Thailand) there are 2 choices: 1) Too much polyester, or 2) 100% Cotton and expensive. Both have poor construction quality. Seeking mid-range quality and price, 100% cotton. Far enough out of fashion that teens or 20-somethings wouldn't wear, but it's what their dads wear. Seeking store names. Bonus points for easy access by public transportation and proximity to the CBD. Just to be clear, I need outerwear, not underwear.
Can you recommend a good book about Simone Weil, possibly also about her brother Andre? [more inside]
Flat Earthers fascinate me. Mostly because it's such a pure conspiracy theory; it's good to see someone standing up to Big Sphere. What kind of experiment could I carry out for an open-minded Flat Earther that would demonstrate the Earth isn't a disk? There's the old "ship disappearing beyond the horizon" thing, but that's something you rarely (if ever) see with your naked eye. Presume that I'm willing to throw a little but of money into this. [more inside]
Planning to make Thai curry paste this weekend, but my partner came home with shrimp sauce instead of shrimp paste. Is it an acceptable substitute? [more inside]
Essentially 1) Do I need to know technical details of creative writing? 2) Am I disadvantaged because I don't have an MFA? 3) How do I work in relative isolation? 4) Are online writing courses useful? [more inside]
I'm picking up a Wii U, and want an external HDD to go with it. Portable hard drives need a USB Y-cable to draw power from two of the Wii U's USB ports at the same time, and some people say they have stability issues / drives die from constantly powering the console on and off. But could I run the Y cable to a wall outlet (eg a 5A phone charger) instead, running the data part of the cable to the Wii U? That way the drive would stay powered when the Wii U shuts down.
Last night it seemed I lost control of my cursor. As i tried to click it off it became obvious I’d been hijacked. I have disconnected from the net and don’t know what do do now. [more inside]
Help me figure out how to draw boundaries with a friend who is also a customer at a business I help manage. [more inside]
I know this may make me sound entitled but tell me if I’m over reacting or thinking out of place regarding work environment. I’ve worked at tech companies for most of my career. My last companies had pretty good facilities and would often have snacks and coffee at a minimum. Most of them would buy us lunch at least once a week. From what I read about other tech companies, this seems like the norm. [more inside]
When you expect to be without friends or sexual partners for the very long-term, what can replace, satisfy, or alleviate the need to physically comfort and be comforted? [more inside]
Would really appreciate any recommendations for interesting tours/places to visit/whatever really in the LA area that have strong connections to film history. [more inside]
I've adjusted every setting and yet every time I turn off my LG smart TV it abruptly cuts the power to my PS4 and it won't even turn on until the TV has been on for several seconds. What is going on? Details inside. [more inside]
Are these ducks escaped domestic ducks of some kind, or are they a weird species of wild duck that I'm unfamiliar with? [more inside]
My esteemed mother-in-law is headed down to Clearwater Beach, Florida from late January to the end of February to avoid the Massachusetts winter and would really like to find some activities to occupy herself while there. Anyone know of any good beginner art classes, nature classes, short-term volunteer opportunities in food banks or the like, anything else that could help her feel like she was using her time well?
What’s the best Scrabble app for iPhones? Ideally ad-free, but minor ads would be okay. [more inside]
I'm trying to make arrangements for someone to write a 3–7 pages to begin an edited anthology. It's for an academic publication. What are standard practices here? [more inside]
When I Google my name, there's a link right on the first page to an activity in my past that I wish would be forgotten forever. Short of asking Google to remove the page from its results, what can I do to bury the news to page 90 of the search engine? [more inside]
What do you recommend for creation of HTML emails - newsletters for example? Not something that's too constrained by preset templates (e.g. MailChimp), but something that still helps you create responsive emails that will work in most clients. I've got Dreamweaver but I don't really feel confident in using it. Windows preferred.
I'm always curious, when I take the Chicago Metra, who takes it one or two stops -- from Union Station to Western Avenue, which is like 3 miles and there are cheaper buses. Or a little farther -- but there are still cheaper buses, and CTA train options. Have you done this, or do you know who does? I'm sure there must be a million reasons -- I'd like to know a few! Non-Chicago commuter rail answers okay, more deets within. [more inside]
I have a set of tasks I absolutely need to do that are very challenging, will take a lot of time, and that I dislike working on a whole hell of a lot. (Think something along the lines of writing a thesis on a subject you dislike intensely.) I'm really struggling with finding the motivation to even get started, and time is running out. How can I force myself to grind my way through it? [more inside]
Last week I broke up with my best friend largely due to his response to sexual harassment allegations. I'm still reeling from my decision and don't know what to think. [more inside]
My apartment is an old warehouse that had walls constructed to divide it into units. I have two holes in the walls that look like this. [more inside]
What is your alternative to the dreaded Chair - you know, where you put all the stuff you will wear again but don't have the energy to re-drawer/re-hang? [more inside]
Years ago, I read an account (presented as true, I think) about a group of drama students who went to a class on this date in 1963 and were immediately told of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. They decided that this must be an exercise in improvisation and began acting out the grief and shock they would feel if such an event occurred, not realising that it had actually happened. I can't remember where I read this, and Googling it just brings up general stuff about the assassination. Does it ring a bell for anyone?
We are using an old CMS (soon to be retired) and something very odd is happening that I can’t get my head around. [more inside]
I'm putting together the sound effects for a play and the script calls for the following to be heard on the radio. I believe it is taken from a real news broadcast and there's lots of recordings of them on archive.org, YouTube etc. but I can't find the one with this specific section. [more inside]
I'd like to do some comparisons of abridged and unabridged books. Can you suggest some books that have abridged and unabridged versions that are both available as ebooks? I'm open to all genres/periods/etc, but I have a preference for books that would appear on a list of classic or must-read books.
I have made an idle hobby out of photographing open cellar doors in New York City. What neighborhood in New York and at what time could I go to get the most bang for my buck? [more inside]
I'm wondering about the acceptability and frequency of hand-kissing by strangers. I was recently at a friend's casual gathering and was introduced to several persons, and kissed on the hand by one of them, as a farewell. Is this a popular or trendy thing to do these days, or was just a strange episode? The kisser in question is Western European, so perhaps it is more common there? (Although he didn't kiss anyone else, which is why it struck me as a bit odd). [more inside]
My 10 year old and I have been taking turns hiding one of those incredibly annoying screaming rubber chickens (yes, like the one Adam Savage used for his Ultimate Duck Army) to try to surprise and scare/annoy each other. So far he has gotten me MUCH worse than I have gotten him. I need to up the ante and come up with some creative new ways to annoy him with it. The more ridiculous, unexpected, Wile E. Coyote-esque, and over the top, the better.
Looking for an affordable hairstylist in Philly who can shave an undercut and cut mixed hair. [more inside]
I need to crowdfund some airplane tickets to visit my dying grandma. :( She is in Toronto. I'm in the UK. I'd like to crowdfund using a site that would get the money easily to a UK bank account, and would let people from the US, Canada and the UK contribute. It would also be nice if I can take it down afterwards for privacy. I want a reputable and well known site that will reliably send the money. Thoughts?
Are there any sub $60 luggage trackers that are worthwhile? Have you, or someone you know, had luggage lost by an airline that was then found via the gizmo? This is for maybe twice yearly travel, so a yearly access fee would not be viable.
My five year old has some mild sensory issues (mostly aural) and is on the autism spectrum (high functioning / mostly social behavior related issues). His school class has a trip to the movies later today to see Coco, and I'm checking if anyone can confirm how loud it is / how scary it is relative to that age group. [more inside]
We ordered Blue Apron (through one of those 100% free week offers!) for the first time. The food came late, they are crediting the account so we get a free box next time, and I need some help to determine if I can still safely eat some/all of the contents of the box. [more inside]
I inherited a 1960s steel Army footlocker from a relative, but no one has a key. What is the best way to hire a locksmith in the Brooklyn area who could help? [more inside]
Two weeks ago, my mother bought two pints of oysters at Costco. They look just like this. The "Sell By" date is today, and we're planning to cook them in a casserole for Thanksgiving dinner (tomorrow). I'm not worried about being one day past the "Sell" date, but I am worried that she bought them two weeks ago! They've been refrigerated the whole time, and the containers are sealed. The plastic lids are very slightly convex, though. Should I toss them out, or are they safe to cook and eat? Thanks for informed advice!
Yesterday, when my wife picked up our 6 year old son from his after school program, he was crying and shaken up because the supervisor of the program had angrily grabbed him by the arm and scared him. He had been playing with a toy that he had received in the previous period as an academic reward from his teacher. The supervisor informed my wife that they'd been having problems with our son playing with toys in the program, which is not allowed, though this is the first we've heard of it. [more inside]
What are subscription boxes that are under $30 and preferrably under $20 a month that you find are worth it even at that price as gifts? [more inside]
My middle school kid is a keyboard player and loves it. He's been playing for years and is in our city's local version of "The School of Rock" where young musically-talented people get put together in bands and practice/perform regularly. The problem is that he's in a band of mostly metal and heavy rock-influenced kids, and though they've been receptive to what he's been interested in playing (they did kickass Joy Division and Jesus & Mary Chain covers last time), he's interested in trying to find harder, more rock oriented or upbeat stuff to try with them. [more inside]
I run a three-month program that kicks off with a new group once a month, and it involves a lot of moving pieces, including scheduling meetings (that I can't schedule until the new folks have started), and sending instructional emails at a certain time for each cohort. [more inside]
I have spent years looking for a good, buy once, wallet. They are generally too small (Credit cards don't fit) or the leather is shoddy and falls apart. I will pay top dollar for a really great leather wallet. Suggestions please.
Anyone know of any? I know it's a long shot but this is something I'd like to try. Doesn't have to be the whole week. Needs to accommodate beginners. Prefer something heavy on silent meditation. Thanks!
My workplace is absolutely awash with people who are constantly jockeying for position. I am in the really fortunate position of having now been promoted to the job I want at the level I want to stay at for the rest of my career. So how can I be one of the people who manage to put their egos aside and quit playing these games? [more inside]
Is it appropriate to offer to work for free at a non-profit if the position is usually paid? [more inside]
Please help me bleach a part of a website! I'm doing it with a Firefox add on, but it's not updated for 57 and I doubt that it ever will be, and I can't update Firefox until I can replace the function it fills for me. I want to stay with Firefox, and get updates. Please don't suggest Pale Moon. [more inside]
Seeking stories of serendipity that saved people at the end of their rope - that were actually made possible by people laying the seeds of their own salvation [more inside]
So my puny 19in TV finally gave up the ghost and I feel zero need to replace it. I'm the happy new owner of a 27in iMac on which I can stream my Amazon and Netflix addictions. And yet. I miss my Roku. Details below. [more inside]
I'm looking for a nightlight solution for our bathroom. It just needs to be barely bright enough to illuminate the way, so we can navigate a nocturnal path to it. [more inside]
I'm looking for sci fi short story compilation recommendations. I've read Wandering Earth by Liu Cixin, which I really enjoyed for it's engaging read and what felt like fresh topics to me. Are there others that folks would recommend? Hoping to curl up with a book this Thanksgiving.
How do I make my office at work smell nice? What else can I be doing to make my office a nice, peaceful place to work? [more inside]
My oldest sister (B) and I are hung up on what to get as a holiday gift for our middle sister (C). The fact is, C has been so distant from B and me for so long that neither of us know her very well. But since our parents died, C has been at least trying to stay connected with us and that's a huge improvement that we want to nurture. [more inside]
Apologies for the lamest question of the day, but is it possible to see who has liked or forwarded a tweet? I know you can see how many people have liked it. Hovering over or clicking the likes doesn't show who liked it, though. Is there a to see who liked or forwarded a tweet? [more inside]
I was in a relationship that ended almost 3 years ago. I can't stop thinking about the person. Tawdry details inside. [more inside]
I'm planning to buy a new printer/scanner soon. I'd like to keep it under $100. I print mostly text documents (plus the occasional picture), and want something that will do auto double-sided printing. Oh, and NOT HP. When I look around online, most say they are wireless. I have a desktop computer and no WiFi. Can these wireless printers be attached to a computer the old fashioned way? Any recommendations for what to buy and/or what to avoid would be greatly appreciated.
I have an old computer not connected to the internet (Mac OSX 10.6.8) (not my main computer) with some old audio files (Audacity 1.3.14-beta) archived on it. I would like to hear some suggestions for the easiest way to share these audio files online. [more inside]
What are some good books to explain the basics of evolution and how it works while countering creationism and ID? [more inside]
#writers and #freenlancers: where, other than your favorite coffeeshops, do you feel comfortable to buy something small and then plop down for an hour or two of work? [more inside]
I am trying to move my iTunes library from an older external drive to a newer external drive, following this how-to. I got all the way to the part in section 2 where you select iTunes and drag it to the external hard drive. This is where the problem starts. Specs and specifics inside. [more inside]
Can anyone predict how Net neutrality is going to work out? Please refer to the likely European experience - if that is even possible. [more inside]
I'm thinking of registering a couple domains for my wife and young child, and hell, maybe even for myself. I've never registered a domain before and could use some guidance on both how to go about it, and what domains to choose. [more inside]
I just bought a new flat and I can't get the combi boiler (hot water / central heating) to start up. It turns on, and although it is old I have no reason to believe it shouldn't work. I don't want to look like an idiot calling out a plumber for something stupid I don't understand. Details and photos inside. [more inside]
I started reading "Secondhand Time" after seeing it recommended in another ask, and I'm curious about a "trick" that involves a rotary phone. The trick was "so that the KGB agents who tapped our phones wouldn't be able to make anything out" [more inside]
My parents have asked me for a Christmas list this year, and they do a format of something you need, something you want, something to wear, and something to read. I have no trouble filling out small, reasonable gifts for need, wear, and read, but I absolutely cannot figure out something I 'want'. My mom really likes this format, so I'd like to stick with it, but I can't figure anything out this year. Small details after the jump, but without all too much detail to try and get a lot of ideas. [more inside]
Is there a bank that lets you deposit checks into a business account by phone or online? I'm not looking for depositing them with equipment that I rent. Thanks!
I'm plus size and I carry most of my weight in my hips and thighs. I also dress vintage. I'd like to find seamed pantyhose that fit and aren't completely uncomfortable. [more inside]
I love collections of photos that document the ordinary parts of everyday life in other places, like traffic cones in Japan. I’m not really looking for art and cultural examples, like the masks of Mexico, but a collection of the baguette delivery boxes of Moorea would awesome. Please share similar web sites, instagram, anything else not requiring a log in that you enjoy!
I want to take some video of myself, weekly, that doesn't distort the proportions of my body. But, all webcams (and I think my mac's built-in camera?) seem to have fish-eye lenses. [more inside]
My newly 4 yr old grandson has been struggling with a variety of issues over the past couple of years. Now they're suspecting Autism might be yet another thing to add to the list. [more inside]
I would like an app that keeps track of how much time each person in a conversation, meeting, therapy session, etc talks. This could be done manually. It doesn't have to involve speech recognition or anything. The interface would be something like a chess clock in reverse. There's a spot for each person. When a person starts talking, they tap their spot and the app begins running up their time. When they are done, they tap their spot again to stop their clock. Alternatively, if someone else jumps in they can tap their own spot and the app starts running up their time and stops running up the previous person's time. [more inside]
I am a 32 year old gay guy from Argentina. I work for a big company and some weeks ago I was offered a temporary position in Europe for 9 months, with no extra pay as I would only cover a coworker during her maternity leave. Once I finished it, there was a chance they would want to keep me there or send me back to Argentina to a different city. [more inside]
A number of my favorite books and stories are eerie tales of the sea - China Mieville's novel The Scar, John Wyndham's Out of the Deeps, the boat parts of the Earthsea Trilogy, ghost stories that take place on ships, the Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, etc. Eerie tales of the sea are extremely restful, for some reason. I especially like tales of Antarctica, such as Ursula Le Guin's "Sur" and Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. I would like more. [more inside]
With my last long term full time employment, I was subject to some rather unsavory behavior by my employer. Human resources had to be involved, and I wasn't told very much about the situation and they were not terminated. Most applications ask A) may we contact supervisor and B) why did you leave. Officially I was laid off, as that was really the only retaliation they could legally do (state employment). I obviously won't be getting a good review from that person even though my employment reviews were quite good. What do you say i this situation?
Can anyone suggest an information source for learning about disability/handicapped accessibility resources in other countries? Are public buildings/facilities set-up or required to have ease-of-access entry? I have family members that would like to travel but are concerned about a lack of access. In particular, they are mobility-impaired and use either a walker or scooter for most of their daily activities.
I'm looking for an affordable 2 in 1 laptop that can serve as my primary all purpose machine. I'm not a heavy gamer but I do like to play occasionally. I do some light coding - no seriously computationally expensive stuff. Weight isn't an issue. I'd prefer a larger screen. I don't want a Chromebook or iPad. [more inside]
Inspired by a note about secondary school curriculum across West Africa from glasseyes, I'm interested in how history is taught in different places, for myself and for my kids. Details below. [more inside]
I got a text from my electricity company today, with a date for my smart meter installation, which I haven't requested. Should I just go ahead with the installation or cancel? [more inside]
I ran for years. At one point my knee starting really hurting. I went to the doc and they told me that I had tendinitis. I would take a month off. The pain would stop. I'd run again and it would come back. Ibuprofen would help, but the pain would come back whenever I ran. I tried again recently, after years, same result. Is there anything that I can do to still go running outside? If not, what other forms of cardio can I do? Other info inside. [more inside]
For biscuits, can I do the "cut flour into butter" step once, for multiple recipes, and store it until needed? How (refrigerator/freezer)? For how long? [more inside]
Had severe, treatment-resistant depression for a long time. Recently, after a few suicide attempts, there are two new diagnoses on the horizon: my psychiatrist thinks I may have bipolar 2 rather than depression, my therapist agrees and is pretty sure I also have borderline personality disorder. I've got a basic, Tumblr-and-Wikipedia-level understanding of both of those. I know they're treatable and the stigma they carry is often unfair. I know DBT for borderline is A Thing. What else should I know about living with either of these diagnoses? What books or articles should I read? What resources should I make use of?
YANMD, but I slipped 3 discs in June, and have been in physio twice a week for most of the time since then, with two spinal epidurals in August and September. I feel like I should be better than I am by now, and would like advice on what other kind of treatment to look into. [more inside]
New to dating, and it seems so different than what dating used to be- how can I ask or express what I want for my long term without putting pressure or expectations? [more inside]
Please what is the best English translation of Boccaccio's Decameron? I can't find any quotes of chunks of the McWilliams or Nicholls translations online and I want to buy a fun but full translation. [more inside]
I’m involved in a legal dispute over an insurance policy. It’s been going on for a year. The other party is completely unwilling to settle and it is eating me up inside. I know I can’t make them resolve this if they don’t want to. I need to focus on dealing with my own stress better. How can I do this? [more inside]
Why was freedom of movement one of the founding principles of the European Union? I can find lots of articles that take this as a given, but none that talk about the motivations that led to it being regarded as a fundamental principle. Does anyone have any pointers to such an exegesis? [more inside]
My mom has a Sears Kenmore from the 70s, and it is solid. It's made of metal and it smells like oil. It has worked beautifully for the past four decades. Can I just buy one like hers somewhere? Should I? I'm in the Bay Area. [more inside]
Just that--I think it's part of the classic canon, like Bukowski or TS Eliot or something. Might've even been quoted in a television show like Mad Men. Would love to read the full thing again.
My wife and I would like to get a dog. We're both fond of pretty much all kinds of dogs, but there are a couple of practical considerations. First, we have a cat, so we're looking for a gentle dog with a good sense of humor (the cat is pretty funny.) Secondly, our house has lots of stairs. The dog would need to be able to handle stairs, certainly in the prime of life and, hopefully, when older, too. Given that we may need to carry the dog up the stairs in its senior years, though, maybe we should look for one that weighs no more than, say, 50 pounds. [more inside]
Hi, I volunteer as co-editor and main tech person for an academic collaborative blog. In our most recent full calendar month (October 2017), there was a 4-fold difference between the unique visitors reported by our server logs (Awstats) and what was reported by Wordpress.com. Why? [more inside]
Help me come up with a list of 'good' brands that don't rely heavily on sweatshop labour [more inside]
I've been reading a lovely but very heady book about animism. What are some other books (or other types of media) that explore animism themes further, and perhaps more directly? [more inside]
I want to see my skype call log on an android phone with specific details (i.e. number of missed calls) from a specific contact for the last 4 months. [more inside]
I miss having random conversations with smart people who are doing research in fields that are not my own. Is there any good way to scratch that itch as an adult? [more inside]
I’m someone in my 50s living in the Berkeley area and although I have written software since the 80s and probably wrote part of your web browser, I have no actual qualifications in computer science. No degree at all in fact. I was wondering if there was some way I could attend CS classes at Berkeley here and there and and work my way to a degree. Is there an organization that helps people like me work this out?
I have never cooked a big meal before. I'd like to do as much in advance as possible. Please share your expertise. [more inside]
Small, delicate indoor plant with trifolate leaves, each leaf has 1-2 ridges along each side. Grows upright, and leaves are medium green, thin and glossy, no woody stems. Here's a picture. [more inside]
I am rehabilitating some baby squirrels since Hurricane Irma destroyed their nests. I'm getting them ready for release, but they almost never drink water, and seem to rely solely on food for hydration. How do I humanely teach them to drink? [more inside]
I have been asked to help write a letter from our church to an entity that rents space from us, requesting a donation. It requires a high level of finesse, and I'm stumped. Can you help? [more inside]
What are the Swedish words for hello and thanks? Context inside. [more inside]
Can you recommend a great, relatively simple birthday cake recipe? Amazing buttercream frosting is a must; other specifics inside. [more inside]
Thanks to Google Books Magazines and OpenLibrary, I've been enjoying a number of vintage magazines. But is there a place online to get whole issues (not the odd scanned page) of 1980s/1990s women's/teen magazines to read? [more inside]
So I've been using various different insoles for the last 13 years or so and they're doing almost nothing. I want to try something new and would like to try some barefoot type shoes (just for general walking rather than running) without any insoles to try and retrain my feet arches (they're almost non-existent). (More inside.) [more inside]
I've been complaining about it for years, but the most recent round of "updates" to the iOS built-in Podcasts app has finally broken this camel's back. I need a new podcatcher, but I realize I have no idea what's out there beyond Apple's walled garden. Details inside. [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for a women's haircut or hairstyle that withstands the impact of winter hats! [more inside]
Ticket to Ride was a big hit with the grandkids last year. I'd like to get them another game. Suggestions? [more inside]
Is there any way to add "featured image" capability to a self-hosted Wordpress site without CSS? Is there really no plug-in? [more inside]
We, a family of four with two adult children from New Zealand, are spending two weeks around Christmas and New York in New York City. What is not to be missed, and indeed to be avoided, from a Christmas point of view? We like food, music - classical and jazz - and museums. Any thoughts on where to have Christmas Eve or Christmas Day lunch? We have some pretty strong family traditions (mainly Hungarian) at this time of the year but these are normally based around our home. It will be exciting to try something new. We will be staying in Williamsburg if that helps. All suggestions welcome.
I am seeking nontoy gift ideas for kids in the 7- to 11-year-old range. [more inside]
My favorite part of The Sims is watching a family grow and change through multiple generations. I'd like to iterate through those generations faster. [more inside]
I have several of these floor lamps. The lamps work well for my space, so I don't want to replace them, but the bulbs' plastic shades are brittle and keep breaking. [more inside]
I have another forgotten book title question. This one was set in colonial New York, with a French aristocrat; he comes over from Europe, does some stuff in NY, then goes on a trip down a river... [more inside]
I recently finished Umberto Eco's The Name Of The Rose and think it is a wonderful, wondrous book. I loved the interplay of language, theology, philosophy and mystery, the images, the characters, the narrative style. What else can I read? [more inside]
My backpack straps are becoming unusable due the canvas covering of the strap-cushion tearing where is creases. The manufacturer is unable/unwilling to repairs. So anyway how you go about repairing the torn fabric covering on backpack straps? [more inside]
Fleas have sadly entered our world. I have diatomaceous earth coming today. I have little humans at home. I am nervous about how to use it safely, despite online research, as it is my first time using it. [more inside]
I have used Yahoo mail almost since its inception, and used to be quite happy with it. But between ads which hold everything else up while they take too much time to load, and constant urging to change back to the new version (which performed even worse for me), I have had it with the post-Verizon Yahoo. I'm not willing to pay $50 + $20 a month for the ad-free service. So what are my other options? [more inside]
I am interested in having a bowl with specific dimensions made for my cat. He has food allergy so he has prescription food, and I have just gotten this feeder that keeps his food separate from our other 2 cats. The problem is he is also allergic to plastic and the plastic bowl that it comes with causes sores on his face. I would like a bowl made that fits into the recessed area in the feeder. [more inside]
I have taken on the task, last minute, of making a Thanksgiving turkey for just two. I live in Echo Park, Los Angeles - on this late date, where should I get a turkey that isn't just a big old ball of hormones and antibiotics? [more inside]
I work in a research lab that has families come in for studies. We're in a metro area with LOADS of transit options and we have free parking available nearby to our participants. Our provided directions are very good (I think). Despite all this, at least 20% of our participants arrive later than our late cut-off time. [more inside]
My mom (64 years old) has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be having a mastectomy sometime in the coming weeks (she does not yet have a surgery date, but was told first week of December was most likely). She has opted for a mastectomy and no reconstruction. We do not yet know what (if any) further treatments will be required, and will not know that information until 2 weeks post surgery. What can I do to support her emotionally and physically in the uncertain days leading up to and following the surgery? Difficulty level: I live far (like, most of a continent) away. [more inside]
This was me about a week ago. Things have not exactly improved since then, plus I have a three-day trip planned this week. What to do? [more inside]
I have a new house with lots of white wall space, which I would like to populate with very large prints of my own photos. I need some help figuring out how the best workflow for doing so without completely breaking the bank. [more inside]
I happily married 6 months ago, but since then have the urge to leave everything and escape. How do I sort through these feelings? [more inside]
My boyfriend watches porn, which doesn’t normally bother me. But why do certain mediums he watches it on bother me? It feels a lot more personal and I’m not sure if/how to address it. [more inside]
Family members have suggested that I rehome my dog. I am beyond pissed at them for suggesting this but understand their concerns. Help me figure out the best thing to do in this situation. [more inside]
I would like an email app for my Android phone where I can view both my yahoo and gmail emails in a non-threaded style. I am fine paying for it. [more inside]
Over on the blue, this thread is discussing wartime experiments in undersea tsunami-creating bombs. A while ago, I found a reference to cold war Soviet plans to nuke the North Sea, wiping out the oil field infrastructure and causing a massive tsunami that would devastate the north-eastern UK coast. This was before the Russian revelations mentioned in the thread. I've been unable to re-find my original reference or anything else related. Fantasy? Fiction? Real plan? Any atomheads know more?
My family makes a few delectable sandwich cookies that unfortunately cannot be easily shared because the creamy fillings need to remain refrigerated. How do I determine which recipes would be safe outside the refrigerator long enough for, say, sending through the mail in the Great MetaFilter Cookie Swap? [more inside]
I am trying to find the teacher's edition of an old (1995-ish) French grammar workbook. [more inside]
Assume you know nothing about someone except that he is in his early 60s, Brazilian but living half the time in Florida, and an executive at a multinational corporation. What would you buy this person as a retirement gift in the $350 range? [more inside]
Ever since my mom became ill, I have been having a really hard time keeping in touch with her. I need to be strong and be there for her, but I subconsciously avoid calling or interacting in general. How can I get over the sadness and go back to being a loving daughter? [more inside]
Are there sites that are like those meal train websites (to help those with severe illness or mourning) but which help organise hangout times? Or a way to customise those sites for those purposes? [more inside]
I am looking for a bath caddy with specific features. [more inside]
Recently I have met one guy I really enjoyed sharing the intimacy with him, he's a new grad but unemployed for 6 months. [more inside]
My 4 year old son has become transfixed on a particular toy he wants. Problem is, I can't find it. Can you? [more inside]
I’m trying to decide whether to make one last attempt at contacting a person I admire, or to let it go and move on. I'm a little concerned about seeming intrusive since I discovered the person through an older blog and only found contact information indirectly. [more inside]
I love reading about other people learning to cook! Both in cooking schools and at home. Looking for more recommendations! [more inside]
I am probably going to apply for graduate school in the spring in the sciences. People who have a graduate degree in the sciences, how did you find your advising professor? [more inside]
Is it in poor taste for non-Jews to play/sing the Adam Sandler Chanukah song?
I'm going to London between Christmas and New Year's, to meet another of my children, and hopefully catch some sights. I have maybe 6 days max in the city and some logistics questions. Both of us are decent travelers in Asia. [more inside]
We get our landline phone service from Cox as an internet based phone service. I'd like to record calls on this line. What is the best way of doing this? [more inside]
All the windows in my apartment can only be opened a little bit at the top (like this). How do I vent the kitchen when cooking? [more inside]
Oh hey look a book question. After a bunch of depressing non-fiction (pretty much everything from this previous Ask) it's time to lighten the mood with Kim Stanley Robinson's mammoth Green Earth. Anything else in this vein, perhaps a little more thriller-ly, but most certainly science-ly? [more inside]
A neighbor's garage door remote is opening my garage door. I have tried SO MANY things to fix it. Please help! [more inside]
Planning a getaway to SE Asia this Spring. Not experienced with international travel. How do I begin? [more inside]
I'm going on a ladies' weekend next week. We have a woman who doesn't eat red meat, and an egg allergy. I need a luxurious hangover type breakfast that doesn't have eggs! I'd intended to make an overnight type casserole (bread soaked in egg overnight, with ham and cheese) but that so doesn't work. She does eat turkey bacon. Any ideas? I'm a great cook but not experienced with the no egg thing.
When I first got my rescue dog, Huggy, mefi was very helpful in assisting me as a newbie dog owner. Thanks! I've had her now for almost two years, and it's been wonderful. Until yesterday, I would have said the one thing I was sure of in her training was that she was responsive to the recall command. And she always has been, until she wasn't and the consequences could have been dire. Is there anything further I can do to strengthen it, or is she simply doomed to life on a leash? [more inside]
Do French speakers still say enchanté(e) on first meeting or is it outmoded? What are possible (more) casual alternatives? [more inside]
My partner drinks a lot of lattes. I'm looking for a way to make lattes at home to cut down on cost, but am not sure the best way to go about it that's a) inexpensive and b) efficient. [more inside]
I've had iron deficiency for many years (not anemia apparently - I have a normal red blood cell count, although they are small) and have lately been going through All Of The Tests to find out why, with no answers yet. Anything else I should be thinking about or asking my doctors about? [more inside]
My sister has requested cruelty free makeup for Christmas, and I'm at a loss.... I know I can just google "cruelty free brands" but can you recommend a great one that is also organic, sustainable, maybe that donates to a good cause, etc? And even better - recommend a nice palate or collection from said brand, that would make a good Christmas gift? [more inside]
Last night I added some vegetables (broccoli and green peppers) and canned tuna to a jar of commercial pasta sauce, heated the whole lot until the vegetables were thoroughly cooked, ate half, put the remaining half into a loosely covered container about an hour later, and then forgot to put the container into the fridge (grrr!). It was sitting out for about 8 hours in total. Is this safe to eat?
I am looking for a cheap, decent red wine as a stable for our liquor cabinet. Give me your best recommendations of bottles between $0-$10! [more inside]
I'll be in Seattle with 10-20 of my coworkers for my birthday. Party suggestions? [more inside]
A good friend of mine is spiraling (aren't we all in the US) and I'm at a loss as to help him. Mostly looking for practical actions but "headspace shifts" also acceptable. [more inside]
My father has a 2nd generation ipad mini that he cannot use because he has forgotten the password, and Apple customer support has been no assistance. Please help me help him use his device. [more inside]
I took hormonal birth control pills briefly a dozen years ago and stopped because they gave me migraines. Am I crazy to now consider a hormonal IUD? [more inside]
This thing must have been for a phone at one point. What I don't understand is the space below. It looks like some kind of speaker grille but I can't figure out what it would have been for. There's a big hollow space behind the grille but there's no obvious way to open it. Maybe the previous owners screwed the shelf on in such a way that prevents it from being opened? If I were to access that space, can anyone think of something useful / interesting that could be done with it? Thanks!
I migrated my photos from Apple Photos to Google Photos and hate it. I can't migrate back, so now my photos are in multiple places. All I want is 1) all my photos in one place where 2) I can share to Facebook and 3) I can upload to Shutterfly. My next step is to hire a teenager, but I am hoping I don't have to. [more inside]
Where can I find underrepresented or up-and-coming games that I can post onto my YouTube channel that thousands of others aren't already playing? [more inside]
Are my online dating expectations reasonable, or should I try being more open/giving people more chances? [more inside]
My phone data plan has been mysteriously eaten for ~3 months, despite no change in browsing habits. I disabled image loading in Firefox and that helped some with data usage and also helped me ID a culprit: unwanted video buffering. How do I stop video, especially HTML5 video, from buffering? Note: I am not interested in youtube only hacks, or Facebook's stop autoplay. The buffering data use is the injury, the autoplay is the insult. [more inside]
I have been decluttering and I find myself unable to throw out coursework/dissertation copies from undergrad/grad school as well as equipment etc. associated with failed passions/dreams. [more inside]
I accepted a party invite by a casual acquaintance on FB, but looks like they've now uninvited me. I'd like to let her know that a) I won't show up and b) no hard feelings. Main aim is to minimise future awkwardness, so maybe I should just say nothing? What would you do? [more inside]
While we were having a fight, my partner kicked me accidentally and I don't know how to feel about it. We usually get along well (we are both very anti-confrontational). I grew up with a verbally abusive parent and I am used to smoothing things over as much as possible. I feel like I don't have any perspective from which to look at this incident and tell if it is really worrying, or just an accident, or a small red flag to keep an eye on. Any opinions are welcome. [more inside]
I am looking for recommendations for toys/books etc that Santa could bring. I especially want to find things which other Downs kids have loved and found useful for aiding their development. [more inside]
Will I pay tax on my daughter's repayment of the loan we took out to buy her house? [more inside]
In working out the details of a real estate sale between siblings, should closing costs be considered in the price? [more inside]
First off, let me begin by saying I'm out of my depth here so I will try to present this question as clearly as I can. I have basically no tech skills/knowledge, and the only reference point I would have for this project would be a database (relational?) like Access running queries to compare subsets of information against each other to come up with a report that integrates info from different databases and questionnaires. [more inside]
Should I abandon ship whenever someone tells me they’re not ready to dive into a relationship? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I am curious about what it takes to move to or spend significant time in another country, especially during a time in my life where most of my peers are "settling down" and launching their careers. I've lived/worked abroad briefly, but nothing on the scale of 3-5 years. [more inside]
I love reading fantasy and science fiction, but my two favorite books are actually slightly off from the norms for these genres: "hyper-realistic culture-focused fiction" is what i'll call the target genre for this book search. All recommendations are welcome! :) And if you can tell me a bit about why the book(s) you recommend fit this category, that too would be much appreciated! :) [more inside]
Last year, when it was too late to buy a Christmas tree, I saw a beautiful, pre-lit artificial Christmas tree on a blog, and now I can't find it again. [more inside]
The small private university I work for as a departmental Christmas decorating contest each year. The winners always have some sort of theme and I need help brainstorming ideas for this year. We have basically no budget, but tons of enthusiasm. I work for the business school and our offices are located in a one-story house on campus. [more inside]
I have a feeling I haven't seen this because it doesn't exist, and perhaps it CAN'T exist! But here it is: [more inside]
In a fit of alcohol-induced brazen networking, I sent a Facebook friend request to someone I've been wanting to connect with. Now, much more sober, we are not connected, and I see the default "Add Friend" button on their profile instead of the "Friendship Request Sent" icon that usually shows up when a request has been sent but neither accepted nor rejected. I know one possible explanation is that the request was already received and rejected -- but what if I actually never pressed the button? [more inside]
I'm sure that I've read about species (animal or plant) which went extinct because they had some specific sexual habit or preference or requirement which turned out to not be very robust in the face of change. However, I'm having trouble thinking of any examples now. Is this a thing that actually happens? Can you think of examples?
Several years ago, the skin on my upper back (on and around the shoulderblades; not in the middle) started getting dry, flaky, bumpy, red, and mildly itchy. What might be causing this? Could it be my shampoo? Or a reaction to some other irritant? You are not my dermatologist. [more inside]
Seeking a mechanic in South Sac or Elk Grove who specializes in Volkswagens, especially one familiar with the old air-cooled engines. Thanks!
I've been ramping up my baking on the way to Christmas and cleaning the countertop is the most annoying part of the whole process. Help [more inside]
[ResearchFilter] I am trying to find information about tattoos in Mexican culture for a class project, and am coming up blank. I'm looking for recommendations on both the info itself, and tips on how I can find resources better on my own. [more inside]
I want to buy a beginning American cuisine cookbook in Japanese in the United States. Help? [more inside]
Sometimes if I walk after eating I become increasingly bloated and eventually throw up. This is obviously inconvenient and now happening more frequently. Anyone ever have this issue? [more inside]
For the last ten years, my hubby and I have exchanged an Advent Calendar with our long time friends. This year it is our turn to fill up the stand-up rustic holiday house (aka The Adventure Calendar) and gift it to them. I am asking jolly Mefites to suggest new ideas to fill up the calendar. [more inside]
i’ve been asked to bring a dessert to thanksgiving dinner this year, and i want to try to make apple cider donuts. the recipes from my usual sites have poor reviews, so i came here to see if anyone has a tried and true recipe for me? [more inside]
Is it possible to get in trouble for not answering your phone on a scheduled vacation period even though boss admits they did it by mistake? [more inside]
I started at this job almost two months ago (despite having major reservations) because I really needed a job. As it turns out, I am not happy for multiple reasons, and I’d like to quit before I have to put it on my resume. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I made an app that renders PDFs more readable on your phone. It also lets you browse the latest articles on the arXiv, specific to your field. This app has a very unusually / non-discoverable name, and so basically no users (according to iTunes Connect, Google Play stores. Except me, I think it's great!). [more inside]
I earned a Master's of Public Health (MPH) in my early 20s. It wasn't a good fit for me, and I've struggled to find career direction (see below for details). Now in my early 30s, married, and the mother of a young child, I'm concerned about how to make better career decisions going forward, to help provide stability for my family. What options do you see for me? I appreciate your thoughts! [more inside]
I'm thinking of doing some locums work for an agency and would thus become an independent contractor (1099). I understand this means I will have to pay my own social security and Medicare taxes. It sounds like I also have to pay taxes quarterly--how does that work? Is there an additional self-employment tax I'm required to pay? I am married to a non-resident alien so I always file 1040 married separately, can I still do that? What else is there to know, and what else is there to watch out for? [more inside]
I'm looking for the best (safe and inexpensive) way to ship one heavy, antique piece of furniture from Berkeley, CA to Cambridge, MA. [more inside]
For a long time I've been mulling a campaign to rename a local street and (possibly) a state county. I'd start with the street. It also has a park associated with it which I'd like renamed but feel like the street needs to come first. My hesitation is the negative attention that seems to come with these endeavors and I'm wondering if there are ways to protect myself. [more inside]
Last year I asked people to donate to the ACLU in my name as my gift. I'd like to do the same this year, but I want to add a feminist organization (for obvious reasons). I'm looking for something that will use money effectively to get women elected to office and/or end harassment. Basically, a respectable way to smash the patriarchy. (I thought of NOW, but I don't know if they've gotten top-heavy and ineffective like so many long-lived organizations.) Thanks!
I'm curious how radio stations made voices like this and how I might do that today.
I'm a home chef looking for new and different recipes that will challenge my lately-underused cooking skills, or at least encourage my creativity in the kitchen. Intermediate to advanced is OK. I have no dietary restrictions. Anything goes, but bonus points if 1) it's fun to cook [and eat, of course], and/or 2) doesn't require too many expensive ingredients. Doesn't have to be fancy or haute cuisine - could be anything from chicken & waffles to, well, consommé. Prefer direct recipe links online (with photos) over cookbook recommendations. [more inside]
Until this morning, I used the Morning Coffee firefox extension heavily. You click the button on your toolbar, and all of today's websites load as tabs (different days of the week can be customized). Now that Firefox Quantum is upon us, it doesn't work, and I'd like to switch to Chrome I guess anyway (I should right?). How do I replace this? [more inside]
A random parent yesterday was talking up the brand of shoes their 10-month-old was wearing. They were soft-soles slipper with elastic in the back. The name on the tag looked something like “robot.” Maybe reebo? Rebot? Google is not helping because all I get is Reebok. Any ideas?
I just got a new computer and its CPU is described as "four core, eight thread." Can you give me a simple layperson's explanation of what that means? I don't know anything about computer architecture, and all of the Google results seem to assume a base knowledge that I don't have.
I will be going to Nashville in April from London - what else should I add to my itinerary? [more inside]
My Mum has asked for some books (novels) for Christmas. She does not want me to just buy her a Amazon or Waterstone's voucher (I checked). What a nightmare. [more inside]
I have a tier 2 UK visa (valid for many more years), a biometric residence permit, and a US passport that expires in May (so, in < 6 months). If I visit the US in December, will I be able to re-enter the UK in January or will I get in trouble because my passport is expiring soon? I'm especially looking for recent personal anecdotes or links to government policies/helplines. Thanks!
My kid's school regularly requests costumes for short shows throughout the year. Usually it's stuff like animals or a snowman. This year my kid's class have been assigned various "national costumes" for their winter term show, and I'm unsure of their appropriateness and am concerned they could be classed as cultural appropriation. [more inside]
I am dipping my toe into the waters of non-monogamy and looking for a little guidance. [more inside]
A question about how to gracefully keep from having to pick up the tab every single time we eat out with friends and family. Details inside. [more inside]
My car stereo doesn't have native Bluetooth connectivity. I want to use my phone as a music player to send audio via Bluetooth to a dongle that plugs into the stereo's 3.5mm audio jack, and have a separate Bluetooth media remote (steering wheel buttons). Is such a thing possible? My phone has Bluetooth 5.0, so it theoretically supports connecting to multiple devices simultaneously. [more inside]
My mom took a teaching job in Mawlamyine, awesome! She needs health insurance, less awesome. How can I help her from across the globe? [more inside]
Asking for a friend. Mystery halo seen in eye? [more inside]
2 year old edition. Recently started chewing fingers and while no blood has been drawn, he is getting close. I know there is something we can paint on his nails, any brand recommendations or other tips and strategies we could try to get ahead of this before it becomes a lasting habit?
I want an app like the voice memo app on the iphone for android so I can record stuff. [more inside]
Looking for a place/places to write blog-style posts where there's an actual audience, or a chance to build one? [more inside]
My daily productivity has declined since Firefox Chromium installed. Anybody else have the same problem? What are your alternatives, suggestions? More within. [more inside]
My husband passed in January. I filed taxes late this year, and only recently got the refund check. Which is made out to.... "The estate of [my name]". The bank won't cash it. What do I do? [more inside]
How do I keep a responsive web page from sliding around horizontally on mobile devices? [more inside]
So, I just got a haircut literally yesterday. I'm not from the USA and am not really aware of style trends there. The haircut I got looks very much like this. It looks good on me and it's not going to raise any eyebrows where I live, but it just came to my attention that this haircut, or ones like it, are now being associated with neonazis in the USA. I am going to the USA in one week to attend a wedding. A Jewish wedding. Is my hair a real problem, or is it just an overblown internet thing? Do I need an emergency head shave?
I'm scheduled for surgery next month. I've never had any type of surgery before, so I'm totally in the dark in terms of what to expect, how to prepare, and what questions might be helpful to ask my doctor. Any advice? [more inside]
One of my oldest, dearest friends is a flake and pretty introverted and has been as long as I've known him (20 years). Last week he and his family flaked on my kid's 1st birthday party and I realized that I'm not cool with this anymore. Do I need to just move on or should I try saving this friendship? [more inside]
Thought experiment: two conflicting concepts regarding weight loss where the math doesn't add up and is completely contrary to real life conditions. [more inside]
I just heard a colleague mumble a change order number in Spanish, his native language. He said, "Numbers are the one thing I still have to do in Spanish - I learned tres mas cuatro es siete, not three plus four." Which got me to thinking, what part of speech are math operands? They're telling you to do something (verb) but they don't conjugate. Are they a conjunction? Something weird?
My grandfather had a habit in correspondence using last names only. Thus, in 1931, he was in Berlin, attending a gathering of the International Women's League for Peace, where spoke: "The Ohioan (we should guess Czech) Brode [who] propounded the program of his own city society – a league emphasizing the word “progress” - and tried to get a Berlin branch started." And so forth. Who he, what his proposed program? (A half dozen other mystery guests after the jump, if Brode is unfamiliar, and if the upcoming Christmas Challenge questions are too easy for you) [more inside]
I am interested in building a collection of historic facsimile maps, ideally full-scale and in color. Do you have any suggestions about where to buy these? I have heard that sometimes a facsimile map will be included along with a book about the map. Do you know what publishers do this regularly? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
I'm looking to make some DIY, teenage-y/college student music. Like the stuff people make in their bedroom alone by themselves. Particularly dreamy/slightly twee/electronic pop. Some bands I'm interested in are Crying and Stars. I don't know anything about music theory. I don't want to do anything complicated until I understand this stuff better. Where do I start? Should I buy a mini synthesizer? Toy piano?
We've had a newborn living with us for the last 6 months or so (previously), and the time is quickly approaching for him to transition to living with his birth family. This is all being handled by an Organization who does These Things and we're working with a team there that has been really great throughout this process. The transition should go smoothly, but we're at a bit of a loss of what to do when we come home that first time without the boy who has been (and will always be considered) our son. [more inside]
Is this appropriate for kids? What ages? I remember watching it on TV as a kid and it seemed fine to me and my parents but that was in the 80s.
Hello librarians and historians and researchers and all-around readers! I'm researching a novel and am looking for books (ideally non-fiction) about women born in the prairie/western states that then move to a larger city. More details inside! [more inside]
This may seem a bit silly but I've never had the flu before that I know of. Two nights ago around 8pm I felt a sudden very sore throat with some swelling and closed-throat feeling, plus significant muscle/joint pain. I took a sleeping pill and slept all night and most of the next day, by last night I felt 90% better and am back at work today. The weird part is the exact same thing happened three weeks ago. Is this what a flu is? Something else? I do tend to be a worrier.
Discovering that I'm not exactly dealing with turning 50 in April in the most harmonious fashion. Looking for movies featuring characters facing midlife with lingering doubts/questions, but are inspired to move ahead anyway. Nothing major here - just a hideous combination of political despair, existential angst, and I'm in need of a cinematic pat on the back as 2018 approaches. [more inside]
I strongly suspect that the marketing department that I belong to is more dysfunctional than average. Please tell me about the workflow, best practices, software solutions, meeting frequency, etc. that make your office (marketing or otherwise) work so I might have a better idea of how far off the mark we are. Blizzard within. [more inside]
Hi AskMe! :) Related to my previous question, I'm trying to offer myself as a freelance accessibility tester to folks who might not be in the market for a larger company. Upwork seems like a decent place to do this, but has… let's just say a variety of accessibility issues itself. I can't even get an account created there yet, so am looking for alternatives. [more inside]
Every year I get Seasonal Affective Disorder (the appropriately acronymed SAD) in the winter. This year I'd like to get out of Minnesota around my birthday - February 15th - to find the sun and some (relative) warmth. Our requirements are under the fold. [more inside]
I need to read French in order to read secondary academic historical works. I have some books that are quite good, but they are just reading passages and teaching the grammar, etc. They aren't interactive. I would like a workbook where I write things down/fill things out, etc, and isn't aimed a high school students. Thanks.
Is there a name for the logical fallacy that "the purpose of life is to pass on your genes?" I see this all over the place. [more inside]
My teenage daughter wants to see a show at the Crocodile in Seattle on 11/19, a Sunday night. We live 3 hours away, and I don't want to drive home afterwards. Lodging, parking questions below. [more inside]
I'm a straight white man who is in my thirties. When I was younger, I didn't always treat people well. I had "nice guy" tendencies, and while I never subscribed to their ideology, I did internalize that same grievance. Because of this I didn't always treat women well. [more inside]
I wrote copy for a web project a few months ago. A potential employer praised in on LinkedIn. I'd like to raise my hand and try to get a job with his company. But the work was under NDA. I REALLY need a job. How do I handle this? [more inside]
My family and I usually each buy some stocking stuffers for each other. Any recommendations? [more inside]
I just learned that I can take a sabbatical (yay!), which would allow me to spend a year in France with my two kids and partner. Trying to think through whether this is a good idea. [more inside]
My mom loves mystery TV. She's seen every season of Midsomer Murders and I can only assume she's seen every mystery TV series on (Canadian) Netflix (Miss Fisher, etc.). She especially loves the Cumberbatch Sherlock, and is periodically obsessed with Jack the Ripper. What hasn't she seen that she might like?
I just woke up from a dream in which I was sitting in a used bookstore, absorbed in a novel that was printed like a coffee table art book - a big heavy hardback in which more than half the pages were printed with beautiful reproductions of colorful 19th through 21st century paintings; but instead of text about the paintings, the text was a contemporary novel. Has a book like that ever really existed?
What can I do to keep my gut microbiota healthy? [more inside]
I'm trying to work out the cultural/ethnic origin of the classic greeting of my mum's aunts. They do a single (sometimes double) kiss, followed by holding hands (one in each) while greeting you and brief conversation. Cultural details inside. [more inside]
We're used to creating Thanksgiving dinners that accommodate a wide number of dietary issues, but this year presents a challenge we're not quite prepared for: one of our guests had their gallbladder removed a few weeks ago. Do you have any yummy, ultra-low-fat recipes for just such a scenario? [more inside]
I'm having cataract surgery soon in both eyes. I'm getting monofocal lenses. I'm trying to decide whether to have the correction set to favor near vision (no glasses needed for reading, but glasses required for driving) vs. distance vision (will need glasses for reading). [more inside]
Normally, my partner and I would be spending this Thanksgiving with our three teenage children from our previous marriages, our parents, our friends, or a combination thereof -- but we just discovered today that a last-minute change of plans means that this year for the first time ever, it's gonna be just the two of us. Help us figure out what to do? [more inside]
I may or may not have been volunteered to help setup wifi for the neighborhood pool/clubhouse, halp me. [more inside]
So I went to a clinic recently for STI testing, and while most of the pre-testing questions made sense (in terms of determining risk factors etc), a few of the questions left me confused afterwards as to what the purpose might be. One question was whether I'm taking any prescription medications and what conditions those medications were for. Why/how is this relevant to an STI test? [more inside]
I've got two boxes of spice blends from an Indian grocery store, Zatpat Kolhapuri Masala and Pay Bhaji Masala. For the life of me, I can't remember why I acquired them and I have no idea what to do with them (or any other mysterious spice blends I see in the Indian grocery store) but I long to learn. [more inside]
We are considering taking out a home equity conversion mortgage so that we can move into a larger home. I've read a lot and am pretty well up on how it works but I am interested in hearing from anyone who has actually been through it. Anyone out there?
I'm working on individuation from my parents. I've been asked by my therapist to list 12 things each, for mother and father, that I'm thankful for. 12 is a big number in this realm ... [more inside]
I'm on birth control solely to suppress my periods. I don't and will likely never have the kind of sex that could get me pregnant. Do I still have to take it at exactly the same time every day? [more inside]
Looking for movies or other stories where the antagonist becomes the villain, the antagonist becomes the hero, but in the end work work together to save the world or help each other out in some other way? [more inside]
Want sweet potato pie with no sugar, no agave, no stevia, no maple, no artificial sweetener. My searches yield "no sugar" recipes with Splenda or xylitol. And paleo recipes with maple syrup. How do I make a yummy sweet potato pie with absolutely no sweetener added? Aren't the sweet potatoes sweet enough? I'm happy to add spices, eggs, dairy, nuts. Just no sweetener.
Hi! I have off on a Thursday-Monday (I work Tuesday starting at 4:00, so Tuesday could potentially be a half day off) and want to go somewhere that is RELAXING, not super cold (and maybe even warm), soothing, potentially has lovely swimming, and is not a super long plane ride or car trip from San Francisco. [more inside]
A really big part of my job is doing telephone interviews, and I need to be able to record them in order to get accurate quotes from them later. My telephone doesn't support call recording (or rather, it only records my end of the conversation, which is useless), but I've had a really successful system of using Skype, with a paid balance to make outgoing calls to telephone numbers and then recording them using the third-party Skype Call Recorder program for Ubuntu. This doesn't work anymore. [more inside]
I've noticed I enjoy listening to talks online. I want to find more good ones. [more inside]
Googling this seems to provide conflicting answers. Would like fellow mefites' thoughts on my question. If you believe you can grow/repair/remineralize tooth enamel, links or product names would be appreciated. [more inside]
What should I do for my fortieth birthday at the end of May next year? [more inside]
My bf of a year and a half have had ongoing issues over his dog's aggressive behavior, including snapping at my face and lunging and growling at several people. Multiple requests to get her trained have gone nowhere. BF also shuts down and withdraws any time this comes up, to the point I feel like I have to prepare for a breakup every time I initiate the discussion. No one else seems to have an issue with the dog, so maybe I really am the one in the wrong? [more inside]
Where are all the brick-and-mortar stores that sell stickers? Difficulty level: UK, not Paperchase. Minor snowflake flurry inside. [more inside]
Last weekend, I made Metafilter's favorite Mark Bittman no-knead bread and it turned out delicious, but a little denser than optimal. I've identified a few possible issues – can some of the master bakers out there weigh in? [more inside]
I've become more active in my local teachers association recently, and I find myself wanting to read up on the history of the labor movement in the United States. [more inside]
Sending a Christmas package with snacks/sweets that my friend in the UK can't get over there. I don't want to ask her favorites because I want it to be a surprise. Suggestions? Lighter weight is better, as postage has gotten ridiculous. I saw this thread but it's been three years and maybe more stuff is available over there now.
I buy gifts for a local kiddo every holiday season. This year the nine-year-old girl I was assigned asked for craft supplies. I want to put together a kit of amazing, fun stuff for her to get creative with! But I am at a loss, and all the "craft buckets" seem lacking and sad and full of only pom poms and googley eyes (which are great but kind of have limited creative range)! Assuming a $50 budget for craft supplies, help me put together an AMAZING group of gifts to make my very own craft bucket for her. [more inside]
Looking for reading material to help support/educate me on matters I care about! [more inside]
Would someone mind breaking this into down into to understandable terms, please? My friend has asked her district appointed agent who advised her to move her savings from a 403b to a Voya account several times and yet she still have no idea why these rider fees are more than the interest accrued, or even what they are (and why are they in parenthesis)? She is retiring soon from a district position. She and I would like to know exactly what is going on here. (Details below) Thanks in advance! [more inside]
For the last month, I've been looking at the DSA as a political organization. I was impressed by their multi-tendency nature and their willingness to work within other parties (mostly the Democratic Party) in order to achieve goals. After their sudden surge in the Nov 7 election, I decided to check them out in person. I just went to a small local meeting in my area (about ten people) and saw what at least the locals are about. Now, I want to know, should I start paying dues and join them? [more inside]
Do you have ideas for making roast turkey that is slightly more interesting than my family's very simple and delicious recipe? I want to see about changing it up but not enough to ruin timing or leftovers. [more inside]
For the first time in my life I’m in a relationship that features a significant(!!!) income disparity. I have questions. [more inside]
How do you make video conference meetings with remote workers as useful as face to face meetings? How do you minimize setup time and efficiency and improve quality? [more inside]
I need help figuring out how one goes about getting loans for graduate school, and I don't have a lot of time to figure it out. I'm a full-time employee making a comfortable salary, and I have been taking courses one-at-a-time at a local university (through a certificate program in the same department) since 2015. I now want to go full-time and finish a master's, but the kicker is that I want to make this change by January 2018, and I have no idea how to pay for it. [more inside]
I get HBO streamed via Amazon Prime. Any idea why the Real Time with Bill Maher, which airs Friday nights, isn't available till at least Monday or Tuesday? Other shows (John Oliver) are usually available within hours of broadcast. [more inside]
I've been getting a generic medication from the same CVS for a couple years, but just moved to NYC. When I picked up the prescription from my new CVS, the copay was about $30 more than usual. I got home and realized that this generic looked totally different and was by a different manufacturer than my old one; I'm assuming this is why it cost more. How do I switch back to the old generic? [more inside]
Very basic question about real estate purchases and buyer/seller brokers in New York/Western Massachusetts. I'm thinking about buying a property that I would use partly for my own vacations and partly to rent out on AirBnb. What are the ramifications about working with a broker of our own versus just booking appointments with the sellers' brokers and not having our own broker? [more inside]
My husband and I want to take my 18-year old nephew out for his birthday and I'm stumped on what to do. [more inside]
So, I am not a concert goer, but decided to by tickets to a show through VividSeats. Thought I was buying one ticket, clicked yes, ended up with a very l charge on my account for 6 tickets. [more inside]
What is the likely process and software for creating Google Developer videos like this one? It's basically a slideshow, but with lots of builds and transitions, and some subtle sound effects, perfectly synchronised to the audio. They also have a speaker overlaid on top. [more inside]
Can an uncooked turkey sitting out at 70 degrees for several hours be cooked and eaten safely? [more inside]
What kid-friendly vegan meals take less than 20 minutes to cook? [more inside]
I remember this bit of stand up comedy which was about how much literal shit are you willing to have in your ice cam for you to lick it. It was of course a metaphor for the tolerance of racism / white power, etc. And I can't find it anymore. I thought it was Hari Kondabolu, but I can't find it. I definitely saw it lineked in metafilter several times. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
Help me find a very specific out-of-season bathrobe. [more inside]
Please help me choose a dermatologist in NYC. This dermatologist will accept Aetna, be near the N/R in brooklyn or Manhattan, and won’t shame me for having all these unattended moles and this other thing on my head. [more inside]
Yesterday, I read the gorgeous, perfect, sweet all-ages comic "The Tea Dragon Society" and fell in love. And then realized how badly I need to disappear into a really good book or 10. Recommendations? I'm looking for some fantasy, historical fiction, regular fiction, or sci-fi novels to read for the purposes of escapism. I'm open to webcomics, too, and podcasts/audiobooks, and kid's books, and movies. Anything where I can really sink into another world and lose myself. [more inside]
Alright, so I've had a good thing going with someone, I'm 26, he's a bit younger, it's just that it's long distance - lasting for cca 2 months now. And we really have not much time for each other, but i've felt good more or less so far. I did not have a feeling I was being too clingy, of course i write to him sometimes. The thing is that he shares the room with a friend and we can barely talk relaxed. Today as I called him, he told me he ''needs to be alone a bit'' because ''his roommate is gone'0.' because i mentioned that we don't really talk a lot, je claimed he didn't want to hang up on me because of that. ''I don't want to talk to you too much because we'll get bored of each other then and i feel uncomfortable when i have nothing to say.'' [more inside]
My hair likes to hang in strands. I can brush it, and then for a little while it will be curtain-esque, but then it just returns to being locks. It's wavy hair (probably around 1c); can look almost completely straight when brushed, but tends to air-dry in wavy locks. I do see other people with hair that is more of a homogeneous mass, and I think it looks nicer. Why does my hair not do this? Can I get it to do this?
Will I be hurting my chances of future employment if I leave a job after four months? [more inside]
When the credits run at the end of the 2008 film Passchendaele there are newsreel clips from the period. One of these shows soldiers carrying coffins - see screen grab here [more inside]
I am breaking up with my lip balm collection, which is approximately 100 pieces strong. Are there places that will take these as donations? [more inside]
My reasonably fit wife (49 y.o., 5'6", BMI of 24) is interested in getting a one-person kayak for day use and general recreation on lakes and in the California Delta river and tidal system. I have read enough about kayaks to understand that there's a lot I don't know. Please help us choose the right kayak for her. [more inside]
How do I exit this relationship in a way that minimizes harm to myself, my soon-to-be ex-partner, and most importantly, my stepkids? [more inside]
So my 19 year old son informed me last night that he quit his job, where he'd been for 1.5 years, and was going to buy a ticket to Buffalo New York. He wanted to move there today or tomorrow, with basically the clothes on his back and his laptop. He's saved $15,000 from the job, and wants to live on that until it runs out. [more inside]
I visit this site a few times a week and have never seen this many recorded before. No where close. Is this unusual? If so what's up?
I am in the US and I need to send money to Australia. What's the best service to use? [more inside]
I have PCOS and they want me to start taking birth-control pills to help regulate things. I also have family and personal history that contraindicates many types of pills. Is there a safe pill for me that does what I want? [more inside]
If you were an auntie who was asked to be the mystery reader for your favorite 4 year-old's preschool class, what would be a funny book or one with surprises in it? It must be short enough to read in 15 - 20 minutes, have good pictures for sharing, and not be one of those books that every 4 year old has already read. (Mystery has nothing to do with the genre of book, BTW -- the reader is a surprise to the students, but a mystery would be great!)
I'd call this inside baseball, but it's inside ice dance: how do the ISU world rankings work? Specifically, I don't understand this current ranking because Virtue/Moir in 3rd & Papadakis/Cizeron in 7th is crazy. Does this have to do with who's done 2 GP comps so far and who hasn't? Or...? [more inside]
Inspired by the documentary Venus, I'd like to make prints of my vulva (by which I mean: brush paint onto vulva, press paper against vulva, voila). To make this as safe for delicate tissues as possible, I'm curious as to the best paint recipe out there to use. Considerations: viscosity, should be sugar-free, no unnecessary ingredients. I was thinking of either an organic flour/salt/water paste + color, or tempera (egg yolk + color). Coloring agent: beet root powder, carrot powder, turmeric? Are there any better ideas/dangers? I've seen paint that is supposedly safe for sex, but it has too many ingredients for my liking. Thank you!
I'm headed to Southeast Asia in March with some friends, and one of our stops is in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). We'd love to engage the services of a custom tailor (suits and shirts for the gents, dresses and perhaps corsets for the ladies). I'd love any and all tips on how best to do this, including links to online resources. Thanks!
I want to get my kid a coloring book that illustrates homologous anatomy of animals and people. Does it exist? Maybe there is a search term I am missing? [more inside]
I'm in the first year of a grad school program, with a cohort of about 30 people. I'd like to suggest a Secret Santa-style gift swap because a) I like these folks and think it would be fun, and b) I don't think anybody else is going to do so even though we're all quite social with each other. However, I'm kind of a putz at organizing things and don't want to get in over my head! [more inside]
We have a laundry basket that looks a lot like this that has a crack across one of the handles. We'd like to get rid of it. Is it recyclable? Would Goodwill take it? Or should we toss it into the trash? Or some other option? (This is in Seattle.)
Struggling with the winter blues and at times lacking the focus to read books, but I think if I bought some one off magazines with a view to subscribing (in the UK) that might give me the incentive to at least get out from my cosy home and read a magazine in my local cafe while having a latte. Male aged 48. If I tell you what I like, can you recommend something along the same lines? [more inside]
Some of my girlfriends and I have set up an “Oh God you have to see this amazing train wreck of a movie and also let’s drink” calendar. Finding just the right movies for this kind of activity is not easy, as the sweet spot is narrow, I looked at this ask, but those are mostly definitely not what I’m looking for (maybe one or two). Criteria inside: [more inside]
I have a strong (as in strong) preference to not stay over at people's houses when I go traveling. Is there a way to turn down an invitation to be a houseguest without seeming rude or cold? [more inside]
There's this guy in my dog training class and I feel like we could hit it off. But I am an introvert and the class is not set up as such that you really get to interact with the other participants. Help me figure out how to talk to this guy and possibly ask him out! [more inside]
I’m a turkey novice. Last year, I used the Good Eats brine/roast method to great success in cooking my first turkey. This year, I want to do just a breast, since I’m only cooking for two. I need some guidance. [more inside]
We moved to a new house (yay!) and our toddler is terrified of the bathtub (boo!). Bathtime used to be her favorite and now she won't even get in the tub by herself. I think part of the problem is that the old room was very bright and the new one is much darker (I can see how it would look scary to a little monster). How can I fix this? [more inside]
According to superstition, walking under a ladder should be avoided because it brings bad luck. But what about when the ladder is leaning against something that you have to walk under? Is that still considered unlucky? Or is only the space directly under the ladder the bad-luck zone? [more inside]
My coworker just sliced a banana up into her bowl of healthy breakfast, and HOLY HELL this is not an okay banana. WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE. Photos inside. [more inside]
During my time using Windows XP I often used winamp to play music, along with a specific Visualization plugin. Please help me track it down. [more inside]
We will be moving in the next few months. Neither of us plan ahead well. Please help me understand what we need to do and when. [more inside]
When I use my iPhone in cold weather, it sometimes turns itself off. I thought that was because the battery performs poorly in the cold, so I got an external battery with a cable, so I could keep using my phone while the battery stays warm in my pocket. But then I read that the iPhone turns itself off by design, to protect itself from usage outside its operating range. So is it a bad idea to override that by using the external battery? [more inside]
My 10-year-old is a voracious reader. He's read much of the usual fiction for his age and maybe a year or so older (Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, etc., etc.). He's always been good with reading nonfiction/historical fiction (the I Survived books, those "Who Is" books, the Ken Jennings books), but has favored fiction. Recently, it feels like that balance is more out of whack... [more inside]
I'm struggling with keeping a few good habits that are essential for my life. No snowflakes here, just the regular stuff: exercising, eating well, meditating, limiting alcohol and caffeine. [more inside]
I have been in therapy for a few years to deal with complex PTSD. It has made a world of difference with the emotional and cognitive aspects of trauma, but I still struggle with the physical symptoms of PTSD (like overactive nervous system and digestive stuff). The hardest of these to deal with is being tired all the time. Assume I have gotten all my levels checked, eat healthy, and sleep decently well. What else is worth trying?
I just don't know how, and I've got a lot of it. [more inside]
I'm looking for restaurant recommendations in Copenhagen that will be likely to have a table available this Sunday evening. My parents, my partner and I are spending a long weekend in Copenhagen for my mother's 60th birthday. I was charged with booking a restaurant for a birthday dinner on Sunday - but time has slipped away from me and now I'm panicking! All cuisines considered though my mother is not a fan of Chinese food. Hard price limit is £100 per head (I guess roughly 700-750DKK) which rules out a lot of places in Copenhagen. [more inside]
Growing up in the early 80s, my hippie parents and all their hippie friends had this gold-plated elephant with red rhinestone eyes on their mantels next to the incense burners (not always literally, just setting the scene). They were small and slightly heavy for the size. Is there a story behind them? Were they supposed to be good luck or have some other symbolism? Do we know why or how the hippie home decor market got flooded with them? I have weirdly fond memories of them and I'm curious.
Last week's election victory was a welcome respite in the endless news nightmare, but the dread is returning when I read more news about the looming Republican tax plan vote. [more inside]
Hi, is buying an unrelated man socks kinda sleazy or is it cool? Trying to figure out where the line is in terms of gifting masculine apparel. Something like this not like a 6 pack of Hanes. Thank you!
OK hive mind, I need help. I've used Timbuk2 laptop messenger bags for 10-15 years and I'm ready for a backpack, but I can't find the right one for me. Open to any and all suggestions. I'm a freelancer and practically live in coffeeshops, so this is my EDC and laptop bag that I will have with me at all times, including travel. I think my perfect bag would be a Tom Bihn Synapse with big soft straps from the North Face Recon, but I haven't found it yet. [more inside]
What's that little blue "W" I often see in the tabs of websites? I'm guessing it's the logo for a webhosting company, but which one? Here's a pic.
In a few months I will move in with my partner. Hooray! Also, my cat and her cat will come along: uh-oh. How to best navigate multiple problems? [more inside]
How do I get a ride from Rhode Island to Logan Airport for a 6:45 am flight? Can I count on Uber/Lyft to come get me at 4:45 am, when I need to be on the road? Is there a better alternative? [more inside]
The character Charlie (aka Scottish sniper with PTSD) in Wonder Woman fails to take a shot at a critical moment in battle due to his own issues. This is a relatively common trope which is traditionally followed up by the character getting a hero moment later on, usually by performing a similar action under impossible circumstances. Charlie is seen fighting later, but he never gets his moment. [more inside]
I like to cook meat on the stove at very high temperatures to get a nice sear, and also for stir frying vegetables, but this creates a lot of smoke, smell and sometimes spatter. Should I try getting a propane burner and cooking outside with a cast iron pan or steel wok? [more inside]
My gf told me that I'm bad at sex. I'd like to be better at sex. Part of my confusion is that how she sees my performance and behavior is not how I see my performance and behavior. Perhaps you can help me out and direct me to good advice? [more inside]
I'm trying to help someone recall this book and it sounds so intriguing! Will? Liam? William? Does this ring a bell? [more inside]
A guy I'm going to go on a date has put it up on his OkC profile that he prefers women who shave their pubic hair. I don't shave my pubic hair. Should I bring this up before we meet? [more inside]
Several hours ago, I tweeted this quote from a radio interview on OPB, attributing it to the speaker; "Portland is a city that pushes black people out of neighborhoods and replaces them with 'Black Lives Matter' signs." I tweeted it using the speaker's handle. But I didn't combine both handles in the same tweet because I wanted to see if it would be treated differently if I tweeted them separately. [more inside]
I had my strut mounts and strut assembly replaced in December 2016. Another garage is telling me the spring seats are broken. How can I get the installer garage to warranty repair this? [more inside]
I am a cis-woman, mid-40s, living in the Bay Area, and I want shoes (brands or specific shoes) to wear to work in a casual environment in the winter that will fit a generally minimalist aesthetic and lifestyle. [more inside]
I wrote a short nostalgic essay. Where is a good place to submit it and get it shared? Any good places to have a quick review of it? [more inside]
In case the layer of Killz2 primer I put on the plywood subfloor is the thing causing my headaches/nausea, is there a _type_ of plastic sheet or other barrier that will seal it well? [more inside]
Which is correct: Half of the class are women OR Half of the class is women? I think the former, but someone I'm editing for insists it's the latter.
About a year ago, Facebook forced me to make a facebook page just so I could read a couple of people I was interested in. [more inside]
Hi All, Our Google Analytics stopped working this Monday at exactly 00:00 -- completely flat. I ran a GA debugger and tag assistant and they both show that tracking code is placed correctly. Here's what we did 1. We first updated Google Analytics from http to https on View Settings (3 column) 2. Day later when we saw that GA stopped working, we also updated Property Settings (2nd column) from http to https Did this make it stop working? I thought https was best practice for setting up GA but perhaps it was done incorrectly. How do I remedy this so GA works again? Thanks for your help! [more inside]
How can I use Chrome or Firefox's advanced about:config settings to tweak how many pixels/lines are shown for each time you do a full-screen scroll with the spacebar? I'd love to shorten the scroll by about 5% of the window height, but tried everything and can't seem to get it to work (or are there extensions to do this?) [more inside]
I have been sending books I find interesting and thought provoking to my brother in law, who has been devouring them at a fantastic rate. I'm looking for more book ideas to send his way! [more inside]
I love podcasts. But I feel like I'm missing out on a wealth of British ones. Do you have any favorite UK podcasts or radio shows? [more inside]
Looking for websites (especially Tumblr sites) that focus on contemporary urban day-in-the-life and street photography. There are a ton of them for places like NYC, Tokyo, Paris, etc. and I follow some of those. But what I'm really looking for are Tumblrs of cities and places that may be difficult for a monolingual English speaker to find. Places like: Lagos, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Beijing, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou... Please share your favorites!
Can you suggest savory ingredients that I can mix into cream cheese to spread on toast and slather on potatoes? [more inside]
Is there anyway to purchase a Thai curry paste that has zero chilies in it? [more inside]
Looking for a pair of chelsea boots, in either style A or style B. Details within! [more inside]
Can you provide an overview of a basic podcast setup? [more inside]
I am hoping for anecdata about introducing a new cat to existing cats and having it initially go poorly but then they eventually become friends and everyone lives happily ever after. [more inside]
I have been having mystery chronic shoulder pain for three weeks. There was no trauma that I can recall. Saw my PCP yesterday, who ordered an X-ray that didn't show any dislocation, fracture or calcification. I can't get in to an orthopedist for a month. Is there anything I can do besides heat and meds? The PCP was shruggo if I should stretch or rest it. [more inside]
My husband and I are looking to travel somewhere in February for 8-9 days. We live in NYC and open to just about anywhere in the world, with preference for warm weather / beaches and no Zika risk. Any ideas? (We went to South Africa last year, but ideas for other travel in Africa, S America and beyond would be welcome...)
I've never learned to take care of my leather shoes and hiking boots. But when I look up information on shoe care, I find Internet obsessive instructions that I know I'll never follow through on. [more inside]
I bought a laptop with a Traditional Chinese language edition of Windows 7 on it... help me keep my license as I switch over to an SSD. Complicating details inside. [more inside]
I have previously made music with live instruments and would now like to learn to work with synthesizers. I want to use hardware. My goal is to have something I can use to write entire songs, not just design individual sounds. Please advise me on how to get started! [more inside]
On my way to work this morning I noticed a hole in my favourite pair of knit gloves: https://imgur.com/gallery/BjGqR Is there any way for this to be repaired? I love these gloves, they were an expensive treat for myself a few years ago and they are so comfortable and great to wear when driving in the winter. Can they be fixed? [more inside]
I suffer from severe anxiety and depression with OCD. I have been getting treatment for most of my adult life with little success. I am currently trying to manage it with exercise, therapy and marijuana/alcohol. Details inside [more inside]
Fellow health-anxiety sufferers, can you share some successful thinking techniques or self-talk that helped ease your anxiety to do with health and doctors? [more inside]
Is anything that is vegan haram?
I need some help figuring out how to ask people I've never met at a certain company for money. [more inside]
Is 3 months enough time to heal, or to let the abnormal cells possibly go back to normal, or to show a different result? [more inside]
Long story short, a very close friend and I became romantically entangled (in an affair, to be completely honest), in which there lots of emotion invested, promises were made, then she broke it off, thereby also killing the friendship - which I knew was a risk. I know we shouldn't have gone there be we did anyway. I'm having difficulty coping with the loss. What's next, and how do I move along? [more inside]
I lost the ability to read last night, shortly before beginning a food-poisoning induced toilet hugging session. What was going on? [more inside]
Whenever a discussion of taxation comes up, Republicans and especially big L libertarians claim that corporate taxes are always necessarily paid by the purchaser of the product and therefore the only rational corporate tax rate is zero. However, applying a bit of thought uncovers some seemingly obvious contradictions with other parts of their economic mental model. I'd like some help figuring out the real arguments on either side rather than the superficial crap that seems to dominate. [more inside]
My grandfather-in-law was given these Japanese stamps by a colleague a few decades ago. We've framed them and used them as wall hangings. We're ready to toss them, but wanted to check whether they might be valuable. [more inside]
Will my mint extract kill us? If yes, what did I do wrong? If no, please suggest recipes that use mint extract! [more inside]
Hey MeFi! I'm going to be in Cincinnati shortly and am a bit of a snowflake as you may know from my prior asks. It's going to be a short trip but I'm not at all familiar with the area. Under the cut for more, any advice appreciated. [more inside]
I read about Nabokov writing Lolita on large index cards while his wife drove him around the United States so he could collect butterflies. I love, love, love the idea of writing an entire book, or at least heavily outlining a book or longer work, one card at a time. I'm looking for anything on writing in small chunks, or fragments, that are eventually combined into something larger. It could be personal experiences, methodologies, workflow examples, links to author interviews, apps, books, or what have you. [more inside]
I would like to find a short story that I read in the 80s or 90s. Very few clues. [more inside]
Can you help me find the top that Stephany Buswell is wearing in episode 1 of season 4 of Holiday Baking Championship? [Picture] I can't even see most of it due to the apron but I've fallen in love. It's a black short sleeve top with a stylized purple floral design across the front and a scalloped v-neck with rose details. [more inside]
I'm looking for a cookbook for my dad that contains easy, low salt recipes. He's more of a vegetable guy than a meatloaf guy. [more inside]
We have been worried for years, tried to impose limits without success. We need help. [more inside]
I’m trying to find a short story. It’s told from the perspective of a teenage girl; her mother dies or has recently died. The girl withdraws from all her friends, and almost all of them stop reaching out. One friend leaves the girl cards or maybe flowers or a plant on her porch every week. The friend says (I’m not sure if implicitly or explicitly) hey, I know you’re not ready to be in the world and talk to me, but I’m here when you’re ready. [more inside]
I'm living in a brand-new house with brand-new hardwired fire alarms (this model, I think). The one in the living room - a good 20 feet from the kitchen - goes off almost every single time we cook. [more inside]
I'd prefer to have options to limit publicity and the visibility of signatories. This is more like a letter with multiple signers. Has anyone used Google Forms for this purpose? Thank you!
We're having a non-traditional menu this Friendsgiving and are doing everything appetizer style. I have lots of cheesy/high-carb/main dish appetizer ideas, but am having a hard time thinking of a handheld analog to the salad I usually serve at holiday meals. I'm looking for crisp, veggie-based, low cheese/carb appetizers that I can serve and reasonably expect people to eat without cutlery. I have access to a few decent local grocery stores the week before, and a Trader Joe's day-of.
I saw a piece of drama. It was definitely made before 2000. Probably set in the South, and centred around slavery or its aftermath. The one scene I remember is in the extended explanation. [more inside]
I have lots of practice cooking and I do it often. I still don't have the timing down, though. I do best when following recipes that specify "while X is cooking, do this." I find it tremendously helpful, but most recipes are not written this way. Thanksgiving Day looms near, and I want to cook a lovely meal for my sweetie! Help! [more inside]
I have recently become a single mom and have need of a job that will pay decently to help my family find a more independent footing. I also have a special needs child that makes getting a "regular" job almost impossible. I need some direction! [more inside]
Do you have experience with electric cellos? What would you let someone know looking to purchase one? Any recommendations for a specific instrument? [more inside]
I have been told, from a reliable source, that, after many years with my employer, I am probably going to be made redundant at the end of the month. I am not meant to know this, and I am not sure what to do with this knowledge. What should I do? [more inside]
We would like to have a Christmas tree, but our house is very small. We could potentially find room for an ultra-slim tree or a tabletop tree. What is the best solution, given the snowflakes behind the cut? [more inside]
Getting over the mouth-breathing part of a bad cold or upper respiratory infection or whatever. What’s your magic cure for lips beyond chapped? I’m talking crinkly and cracked, look and feel burned, bleeding at the edges nightmare-lips. I’m on day two of constantly applying Vitamin E and it’s not working (yet), what with the bleeding and all.
Is there a viable successor format to animated GIFs? Technically it should be very easy to create short looping videos that are higher quality and smaller size, but apparently GIFs still rule the world. [more inside]
In order to prevent loss of state in the event of a crash, I periodically make a list of all my open windows and which desktop each one of them is on (~50 documents across 16 desktops), and then I date it. Is there a way I could automate this? [more inside]
I have what seems like it should be a fairly straightfoward machine learning/image feature identification problem. I want to identify speech bubbles and captions in comic book pages. Am I out of my mind for thinking that this is something an amateur programmer can take a crack at, and if not, how should I approach it? [more inside]
Trying to put together a detailed map of Barcelona with all the places that I want to visit pinned to a saved map. Managed to create the map but all of Google's suggested restaurants and shops are also showing up, in addition to my saved places. Is there a way to remove that layer of suggested businesses? I don't really care to see the McDonald's or other random restaurants on my map layer.
I am floundering in a pool of indecision regarding grad school. I want to pursue both Eurasian studies (Russian, specifically, and Central Asian language / culture) and become a Physician's Assistant. How should I plot this path? [more inside]
I developed unusual and prolonged sinus damage last year around the same time that I spent a few consecutive weekends packing-up and moving my elderly parents. Both are incontinent and lived in terrible conditions to which they had become accustomed. I will spare you the details but imagine the worst. Now double it. The smell alone was terrible and overwhelming. Could my exposure to these conditions have had anything to do with the sinus problems that still plague me today? [more inside]
Looking for a fiction book about love. The catch - not a book about new love, puppy love, unrequited love, etc. I'd like a book about people who have been in love for a decade or more and are happy (or end up happy). The love story doesn't have to be a main plot in the story, but it would be appreciated. [more inside]
I'm making these for a friend who just had a baby. Help me think of things to put in them. [more inside]
I am off prednisone but am still feeling the effects of the medication. What can I do? [more inside]
My ten-year-old grandson is interested in carving. I would like to buy him a kit for Christmas, but I'm not thrilled with what I'm finding. Is this doable? [more inside]
Related to my last question, my transfer to the home office in Munich has been approved! We will be there for 3-4 years. Neither of us have ever been to Europe and we want to see as much as possible. What's on your European bucket list? [more inside]
Sorry I can't screenshot, but multiple people are reporting that my Facebook posts start with lines and lines of extra whitespace. Like, a phone screen worth of whitespace that they have to scroll down to see my posts. Any suggestions for what's going wrong on my end? (I don't think this is universal, just some people have reported.) Thanks!
It is coming on to winter where I live, and in keeping with annual tradition I am now doing my best CryptKeeper impression with the skin all over my body turning to dust. [more inside]
I'm heading to Lisbon for a conference and basically have this coming Friday at noon til Saturday slightly after noon to myself. I'm into pottery/ceramics and early Japanese-Portuguese encounters (e.g. tempura). How can I maximize my time in Lisbon?
I'm taking a much-needed short vacation to Washington DC this weekend (I've been describing it to friends and family as "four glorious days during which no one will talk to me."). I'll be alone, which is sort of the whole point. I'm looking for food and drink locations that are especially pleasant for a lone woman with a book to pass some quiet late fall evening hours, around the Foggy Bottom and Georgetown areas (or farther afield if it's really worth it). [more inside]
I need an NYC ENT with a friendly staff and not horrific scheduling/availability (NP or PA is fine with me!) that takes Aetna. Bay Ridge or Brooklyn/Manhattan on the N/R line preferably below 59 Street/Columbus Circle. Bonus points if you saw them for nosebleeds. My chronic nosebleeds have returned to being two or three times a day and I’m currently having my second nosebleed of the morning. [more inside]
My need for space hurt a friend, and I need some advice, please. [more inside]
What are some good games for Android and Windows (assume pretty good specs for this question). My budget is around $100 and can stretch more if needed [more inside]
This is a 2 part question & id appreciate help with both if possible. First, how this affects me personally, and second, how it is affecting me in the context of a romantic relationship. [more inside]
An elderly neighbor found these in her carpet, and asked me to see if I could find out online what they may be. Anyone here have an idea? (Originals are smaller than a grain of rice.) carpetthing1 carpetthing2
I have this extremely vintage-iconic iodine bottle in my bathroom. As far as I can tell my mother gave it to me after her mother gave it to her. How old is it? [more inside]
I've been finding many strange and unexpected infrastructural treasures on my hikes through the mountain ranges of Southern California/greater Los Angeles. Help me find more! [more inside]
My hard drive is on its way out, I would like to get it to work one more time to grab some photos off of it. [more inside]
How can I make this job in healthcare more tolerable? [more inside]
After reading A Pattern Language, I noticed it was up on archive.org. Things on the Internet Archive are generally in the public domain or are otherwise noted, but I also know that anyone can upload anything to it. Christopher Alexander is still alive, but is this somehow in the public domain? I'm hoping to do a project with it, and it would make it way easier if this really was in the public domain.
Macbook Pro user for the last 10-12 years I have about 200 gigs worth of mp3's & other music on a mac formatted portable hard drive.. Mac book finally died.....Decided to go with a PC laptop... PC is not recognizing my mac formatted hard drive and therefore I have been unable to rebuild my itunes library....Stupidly cancelled my iutnes match a year ago....Murphy's Law, I know. Anyways I have tons of live shows and super rare music that is not replaceable via spotify, itunes, amazon music or whoever... This music resides on my portable hard drive? Did a bit of googling, but not sure of the best and safest option to transfer these 'mac' mp3 files to my new PC. Hellllp?
I'm a teacher with a small, outdated programming background who wants to build a website for my own students. I have a couple of very large lists of vocab, ranked by frequency/approximate difficulty. I'd like to use these lists to create a web game exactly like the one at freerice.com for my students. I need to be able to change up the lists without too much trouble down the road: if I find typos or want to change a definition, for instance, I'd like to do that without a colossal inconvenience. I thought it would be fun to learn how to do this myself. What programming language or tools should I study? Is this something Python could do? Thank you! [more inside]
Some kind of sediment or growth has occurred in our humidifier after a period of nonuse . . . it's white on a portion of the internal workings of the humidifier that's black. Here are two pics . . . Normally I'd just use it but this was to be used in our twin toddlers bedroom.
An intermediate level yoga practice has been helping my hip recover from an overtraining injury, but I'm not able to get to the studio as much as I'd like. I've got Netflix, Hulu, and Prime-can you recommend intermediate or higher level yoga programs that are really just yoga (no cardio mixed in, etc) to supplement my in-person classes? Also open to something you love that I can get another way. Thx!
Should I give it a try or cut contact? [more inside]
My daughter lives in WI congressional district 1, where the current rep is Paul Ryan. I am going to be out there for the month of February, and and wondering about how I could help do some regime change. I had been planning on working while I was out there, but am unexpectedly retiring, and I would have time to do something useful during the daytime Who should I contact? Asking now because I will be out there Thanksgiving week and might make early contact then.
Simple: I'm heading to Seattle for the first time, and I love art—as in, I'm open to all of it. I'm going to be there for two full weekdays later this month, and my time is my own. I want to see cool stuff I can't see every day in Chicago. What might that be? [more inside]
I can't find a half-size guitar that isn't a classical (or worse, toy-style -- all cheap stiff nylon strings that are impossible to get or keep in tune). Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
I do a lot of public speaking for work. I usually make a page like this one with downloadable slides in various formats; I'd love to be able to embed my actual talk. I use Keynote to make/present my talks, but its PDF export is suboptimal and I can't upload those talks to Slideshare. Slideshare's PDF and Powerpoint options are no good. Is there somewhere else I can upload a Keynote presentation so that someone can click through it while reading the presenter notes, Slideshare style? [more inside]
I want to go help fix people's houses in Puerto Rico over the holidays. Will this really be helpful? If so, what organization can I volunteer with? [more inside]
In the aftermath of the Equifax breach, we've been on a credit-freezing binge. We're good on the adult side -- files are frozen for my wife and I at all the major bureaus. Should we go through the process of freezing our 1yo's files too? [more inside]
My partner and I are looking for recommendations for our trip to Berlin in late Dec./early Jan. [more inside]
We are considering adopting a very young 8 week old kitten who was found on the streets at 3 weeks old and has been with a loving foster ever since. What should we consider? [more inside]
Are there any figures on where the funds were spent for Sandy's repairs? i.e. cost of infrastructure repair. (tunnels, bridges, roads) Residential. Public (schools, hospitals)?
I've always been jealous of the flannel-lined jeans for boys and men that I used to see in the L.L. Bean catalog. Are there any companies that make a similarly soft fleecy/flannel lined denim in a women's skinny jean? [more inside]
I know people have varying opinions about this, but is there an actual fact-based answer? [more inside]
I have a folder of files (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H...) and a list which represents a subset of those files (B, C, F, H...). Is there a way for me to use the list (excel, .csv) to automatically select these 300 or so files from the complete set? Ultimately I need to send the files from the list files (and ONLY these files from the list) to someone else. I can use either Mac or PC solutions here.
I'm unsure about where to buy a diamond engagement ring. [more inside]
I have a longtime friend who has always been a political contrarian - whatever the political majority is within the environment he resides in, he reacts against it. Last year however, he became enamored with the alt-right (Milo, Vox Day tier writers included) and I have become increasingly worried about his ideological tunnel vision. This is a person who I think of as smart and intellectually curious - but very stubborn. Is there an ideal book out there that might help to expand his worldview? [more inside]
I'm looking for your best pie recipes, both sweet and savory. I'm hosting a pie and book party in mid December, and I want my pies to wow people. Recipe me! [more inside]
Over this Christmas period, I've got a fair amount of time off from work, and although I'll be seeing friends and family, I'm going to have a large amount of time by myself with not a great deal of money or anything to do..... I'm going to be living by myself for the first time in a while, without a TV and want to be able to rent a laptop for this period, primarily to watch films via streaming on, and re-play an old cracked copy of Half Life 2 I've got. [more inside]
I’ve discovered that gospel music is very comforting and energizing to me in these trying times we’re living in. Please recommend your favorite joyful, loud, uplifting, inspiring gospel songs. I’m looking for suggestions for specific versions of gospel songs—classics or modern— that are immediate mood-boosters—sung by individual artists, groups, or even better, full choirs. Thanks!
Where on the internet can I compose a book (from a browser and a mobile device) and know with a high degree of confidence that it won't disappear if I am incapacitated? [more inside]
I've been feeling dizzy and weak for 5 days. I think it might be vertigo. I'm going to the doctor on Monday but in the meantime do you have any tips for how I can feel less awful. [more inside]
I am thinking about divorce. I won't go into the reasons now, I don't think they matter for this question. The thing that's holding me back most is that my spouse is my only friend. I have no other friends. [more inside]
I have a friend who has gone missing in Santa Clarita, CA and I have no idea how to look for them. [more inside]
How can I set up a mini home studio? Studio may be too strong of a word, but I’m looking for a set up of (I think) a basic mic, a large speaker, and a keyboard (eventually trading that out for a piano). I want my kids to be able to experiment and get comfortable with speaking/singing into a mic, and to be able to do karaoke with them. Can you help with suggestions? [more inside]
This week, my lower back began to hurt a bit as I moved around, but nothing severe, but tonight, out of the blue, my whole stomach/back hurts. [more inside]
Yeah, so I recently glanced through the rooms offered section of Craigslist and noticed one that was directly advertising to single parents and encouraging them to move to Dallas. The text was about 90% red flag and heavily implied that the group writing it was in a cult, but not necessarily in a way that made me think "obvious joke." It's CL, so grains of salt ahoy, but: is there a chance this is a serious ad? And if so, who the hell do I warn? [more inside]
I am wondering what experiences other people have had ending a relationship with a therapist. I recently decided to terminate my relationship with my therapist, and the experience has left me feeling pretty terrible. [more inside]
We'll be in Mexico City the last week of December this year, through New Year's. Can you advise us on any holiday events to look into, and how the September earthquake should factor into our planning? [more inside]
I'm flying for about six hours twice in the next week. I've converted a few movies and want to play them on my iphone. It keeps asking for a wireless connection. Google has failed me. More info inside. Help me ObiWan. [more inside]
My decommissioned NYC street sign is dingy and dirty, but I don't know how to clean it properly. What solvents or materials can I use to clean it without damaging it? [more inside]
So my life has had a big, ugly, bad change in the last 24 hours, for reasons that are unambiguously my fault, and I'm in the level of emotional crisis that makes people ask if you're safe being alone. (I am safe, no worries there - please assume this is true.) I need more ideas than I currently have about how to cope with this in a healthy way. What resources on emergency coping skills for big crises have worked for you and yours?
Does it make sense to purchase this tube phono preamp if it's going to be hooked up to a mid-range Denon AV receiver? [more inside]
In 2010, Jezebel ran a limited series of blog posts under the title, "Dress Code: The Proper Care And Feeding of Your [Garments/Shoes/Leather/etc]." I'm looking for an updated, hopefully expanded resource like this. [more inside]
We rented a property in Vancouver BC in 2014 and damaged the carpet (hot glass smashing on the stove, an accident). As a result, of course when property inspection was done, the damage was noted and we were informed that our security deposit would be witheld ($900). Everything seemed sorted, the landlady went through our payments in the office with us and was happy. Then we got a letter from a debt collection agency stating that we owe a further $700. [more inside]
My much-beloved Kindle is broken. I need the serial number to have it repaired. However, I never registered it, so I can't see the device in my account. The packaging has long since been discarded. How screwed am I? [more inside]
I've got a bibliography, part of a research paper, with many links to web-based audio and video. Think YouTube, vimeo, mp3s hosted on miscellaneous sites, radio broadcasts, TV broadcasts, videos hosted on various small websites, etc. I would like to compile all this content into a playlist that is (relatively) accessible to visually impaired people with an internet connection. [more inside]
I really enjoy cooking, but I'm a first-year law student without much time to cook on weeknights. What can I prep ahead of time and freeze to cut down my cooking time? [more inside]
What does it mean to have a faculty member sponsor during the PhD application process? I haven't come across that language before, but one school says they require two of them, and that it's appropriate to contact potential sponsors. [more inside]
I'd like to read a book along the lines of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, but something written by someone with professional credentials, like a psychiatrist, psychologist or neuroscientist, that draws upon current research. Any recommendations?
I have applied to be a program manager in Cleveland, Ohio. I am relocating from Washington, DC. How do I go about finding salaries for program managers in the non-profit field in Cleveland, Ohio?
Can this ceiling be repaired instead of just replaced? [more inside]
In a few days I have pre-op exams for the removal of a 8cm fatty benign tumor (angiomyolipoma) on my kidney. There's a good chance the kidney will also be removed because of size and position. I have also started synthroid about 6 weeks ago for newly diagnosed Hashimoto's. Trying to Google what to expect from this possible confluence is giving me a lot of Woo. What can I expect from losing a perfectly good kidney (possibly adrenal too) with Hashimoto's? [more inside]
I realize more and more that by far, the majority of my relationship have not had balance. I want to change that. [more inside]
I'll be (sorta-kinda voluntarily) alone this Thanksgiving, and I want to go on an adventure. Where should I go/what should I do? [more inside]
We make our coffee in a Pyrex jug with one of those plastic pour-over cones and paper filters. It tastes better than coffee from a fancy machine, but there's a problem. I always measure out a pint of water to boil, and usually get a pint of coffee back. But sometimes it's reduced to as little as 3/4 pint. I guess the rest of the water is absorbed in the coffee grounds, but why does it happen at some times and not others? How can I prevent it?
I just found out that my IPhone 6+ and both of my iPads are sending my location in each and every text/email I send! I’m in shock! I have searched settings to turn this off and have no luck in how to do it. PLEASE HELP!
In conversation this evening we were talking about the use of nauseous vs nauseated. Often I hear “I am nauseous” when from my understanding the correct usage is “I am nauseated.” However, the former is so prevelant that it has become an acceptable usage. (**Not here to argue about what is technically correct or incorrect,**) This reminded me of another example that’s been on the tip of my tongue the whole night but I can’t quite recall. It is a similar situation in which a different form of the word is used incorrectly but it is done so often that it has become an acceptable usage of such. The example I am thinking of is very similar in that “I am....” Can you think of any examples?
I am a UK citizen, permanently based in Japan. I have several Japanese bank accounts, a UK bank account, but no UK address. A kind family member in the UK has given me £10,000 to use as I please. I don’t need this money right now, and probably won’t need it for the next 5 years, in fact. [more inside]
I'm middle-aged and I need to start a new career fast. I just want a basic, non-challenging job, ideally something at night. I'm thinking about becoming a security guard, but I'm not physically brave, I have health issues that have kept me out of the work force for a few years and I experience varying levels of disability. I've long fantasized about having the kind of slow-paced, quiet security job you see in sitcoms and movies, where some guard is alone at 3 AM looking at a bank of monitors, bored out of his mind. How likely is this? (More questions follow after the cut.) [more inside]
Looking for recs for works about life after depression [more inside]
I hardly drink alcohol at all, but over the past couple years, my girlfriend and I have slowly discovered that we like bitters/digestifs. What are some after-dinner liquors (or digestifs, or bitters, or even brandies, or what have you) that are worth checking out, but won't break the bank? [more inside]
I’m spending January rafting the Grand Canyon. I am mostly prepared, I’ve done a lot of river trips and have backpacked a lot but this will be the longest I’ve spent on the river, and have never rafted the Colorado. Do you have any life hacks? [more inside]
My father brought home a stray cat. It was hanging around some ladies house for a week or so but she didn't want to let it inside and it was near winter in Chicago so we took it in. It has an unregistered chip but we filed a missing report at the humane society the chip originated from. The lady has his number in case owner shows up as well. Did I do enough or do I need to do more? [more inside]
I've taken lots and lots of pictures of my baby sitting in his stroller. They're taken at a similar angle with similar cropping, but not literally with a tripod same zoom level etc. etc. They're not identical. I want to make a timelapse video and it would be great if the heads could line up. Is there software that will line up the heads and make a timelapse? [more inside]
I've been made permanent after 4 months at my job, and this comes with some small amount of insurance of various kinds. I have to name a beneficiary for the life insurance bit. [more inside]
I got an email from Moveon.org, one of the many Democratic organizations I find myself unable to unsubscribe from. They are offering a free sticker in support of Dreamers - maybe you've seen it! Anyway, I would be most happy to show support for Dreamers and I would like to see the sticker so I clicked knowing full well that donation requests would accompany the free sticker. But am I agreeing to something more than just a free sticker? [more inside]
Someone close to me was diagnosed with Stage 2 kidney disease. [more inside]
Several years ago we co-signed for a private student loan with Navient for our relative "Sarah". It seemed like the right thing to do at the time. The loan has recently come out of deferment. Sarah is not paying on the loan and quite possibly won't. Navient cannot reach her. They can reach us, though. I know we don't have lots of options, but what are our options here? [more inside]
i read a poem by warsan shire that used to be available. i can't find it anywhere now. [more inside]
I’m spending too much time on my smartphone, so I would like to leave that at home/in my car and purchase a super simple phone with limited features for emergency use. I’d like it to be inexpensive, and all I need it to do is store 10-15 contacts, send and receive texts, and make phone calls. [more inside]
What are the growth fields in LIS? [more inside]
A food pantry I've donated to several times makes me concerned. Should I be? Details within. [more inside]
I cannot with everything that's going on in the world and I would like to take the weekend to lose myself in fiction. Please recommend novels that will help me briefly forget about how awful the world is right now. [more inside]
My 5.5 year old wants a loom. Which of these basic models will bring the most enjoyment? [more inside]
I have a memory of a comic story I read when I was a kid (late-70s-mid-80s). The plot was something about an alien pilot coming out of a spaceship and a scene where he shed his space suit. It was a bulky power armor type suit, but it revealed he was a frail old man or just very withered being. [more inside]
Looking for movie recommendations for a blustery weekend. I loved "We Are The Best!" and "Lars and the Real Girl," because they were sweet and funny and slightly offbeat, but also earnest and thoughtful with endearing but not saccharine plots and characters. What other movies might I like?
Can a publicly funded institution be compelled to withhold income taxes for employees who live in cities outside of the institution’s location? [more inside]
Companies hold IPOs to get bursts of cash as they go public. But what good does it do for the company when their stock price rises. It helps anyone with options and owners of the stock, but does it help the corporation, as an entity? [more inside]
I've read this book about five times and yet I can't remember its name. A guy discovers his wife is having an affair with their neighbour, who's a photographer. He kills the guy in a rage, then covers up the murder by faking his OWN death in a boating accident and using the neighbour's body. Then he assumes the neighbour's identity (photographer) and moves to a little town in the Rocky Mountains... Anyone?
Our business is located in a zone that cannot be hooked up to a cable internet without running cable underground and paying for construction. There must be a better way! (In Los Angeles, btw) [more inside]
I took over a year ago as Chair of the Board of an established non-profit organization whose previously excellent reputation has been slowly degrading over the last decade or so. Over this year, it’s become clear that things are out of control behind the scenes. The Executive Director and a number of the staff have zero respect for the Board or the membership of the organization, openly ignore direct instructions to the detriment of the institution, and simply aren’t productive. I’m worried about possible malfeasance leading to liability on the part of the Board members. There’s a broad consensus among Board members is that the first order of business is removing the ED, but this person has the power to break a lot of china on their way out. I’m looking for your advice on how to navigate their departure in the most respectful and least disruptive way possible. [more inside]
How do I continue my relationship with my mother? Wall below. [more inside]
MetaFilter, did you use to be a person who was bad at being thoughtful, proactive, and supportive in friendships, and now you are better at it? Tell me how you did it! Nota bene: I'm female and this is not a question about gendered labor. [more inside]
My partner and I just got new iPhone SEs. When she texts me a message with an em-dash, (typing two hyphens autocorrects it into an em dash, which never happened on the iPhone 5...) I can see the text that follows initially, but when I scroll back up to the message, everything after the em dash has disappeared. Is this a feature or a bug? [more inside]
I have several emails in my inbox from the beginning of October. They're mainly from people introducing me to other people, or for wanting to collaborate on work. And I haven't responded, partially because it was a slog of a work month, and partially because it feels too late to respond. As each day passes, it feels harder and harder. I'm curious what language you've used in these situations where your response is late. I have much more time on my plate now and would like to rekindle these potential work relationships.
I'm thinking ahead because I haven't gotten an offer yet but I'm gonna have a big dilemma if Company A makes me an offer next week, because I want the job at Company B but I haven't had the final interview yet. [more inside]
I've seen Steven Stosny books recommended a few times on ask.mefi. As my marriage (19 years, male-female) continues to deteriorate, I'm trying to figure out if I'm being abusive, but also if my wife is being abusive. Stosny's books seem to be primarily written to women (at least based on Amazon descriptions.) Does anyone know of good resources, apart from therapy, for men that may be dealing with emotionally abusive spouses? Thanks.
Do you use LibraryThing or goodreads or both? What do you like or not like about each of them, aside from goodreads being owned by Amazon which I imagine most people dislike? [more inside]
I once played Minecraft, but it's been about 5 years.. and now I have an interested kindergartner. I know there's some of you who have played this with your elementary kids... tips, rules you go by? [more inside]
I'm planning to bake a sweet holiday bread (German stollen), but the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of butter per loaf. Yummy, but a daunting amount of fat. If I reduced the amount of butter how would that change the bread (less moist, different texture, etc)? Is there a reasonable substitution I can make for part of the butter?
The owner of the agency I work for threw a big fit and fired me because I had too much power and her husband didn't like it. There is no one who can do most of what I was doing, and some of it is essential on a daily basis. Now everyone but the owner keeps coming to me for help, what should I do? [more inside]
Recently moved to a cold, snowy place. Could use advice for dressing warmly. Snowflakes inside! (And outside!) [more inside]
How can I be proactive with social events when I have anxiety over rejection and don't want to bother people? [more inside]
Many, many relatives want to buy my very well-stocked baby Christmas presents. I feel like we have everything. I am at a loss and looking for outside the box suggestions for wants/needs I might suggest. [more inside]
I'm crocheting a shawl for a friend for christmas, I'm almost done and have around 2/3rd of a skein left - about 60g worsted weight. Is there anything I could make to go with the shawl to use up the leftover yarn? [more inside]
My wife and I would like to record documentary-style interviews with our parents, aunts, and uncles while they're still around - asking about their lives, where our families came from, etc. I'd like to do this with the highest quality possible, I'm ready to rent a camera and proper mics, but I have no idea what kind of files come out of the high-end video cameras and how to edit them -- my only experience is with iMovie on a Mac. More inside... [more inside]
I have rumination spirals that feel unhealthy/unproductive, but simultaneously totally correct with respect to my personal progressivism. [more inside]
So, I have been using a Tamrac Velocity 6 for the last decade or more as my quick camera bag. The front clip crumbled in my hands in the woods last night, and I don't see an easy way of replacing the clip. Also, I'm having some trouble finding a good replacement for the bag. [more inside]
I want to start riding a bike as a part of my commute. I've known two people who have flipped over the handlebars and broken their jaws/teeth/general face area. One person did it twice! Are accidents just part of the deal? How often do you hurt yourself (more than pulled muscles)? [more inside]
Looking to id song or commercial hubby heard on the radio in 1980/81 in San Francisco. Singer had a bob dylanish voice and the line hubby remembers was "don't let him (em/them?) go to Pimlico". Googling turns up nothing.
How old were you when you started thinking about sex? Snowflake inside. [more inside]
Recently, I've had more and more instances where some sort of a emotional or physical trigger makes me start to cry, which then often devolves into me sobbing, complete with borderline hyperventilation and difficulty speaking. How can I stop -- or better manage -- these crying episodes? [more inside]
I really like doing missions in GTA Five involving shootouts with police, drug dealers, etc. Nothing fancy or complicated, just like shooting targets while trying not to be shot. Call of Duty and other war games seem like they might be too much for me to do (I am not a very talented gamer!). Suggestions?
My friend's date suggested they rent a place in the city for two nights -- as their second date. I can't think of any specific concerns, but it's like nothing I've ever heard of. Two nights? Before they've even kissed? There's not some kind of well-known "Tinder Airbnb scam" I've never heard of, right? [more inside]
My wife and I have tried some fat bikes and they appear to be super fun. We're thinking about buying some, but with the prices involved, I'd like to know a few things. [more inside]
What's the best E-Reader I can get to read a physics textbook that has lots of equations in it? [more inside]
Sold a car on Craigslist. Guy is taking forever to pick it up. What gives? [more inside]
I have set a goal of running the Chicago Marathon in 2019: motivation to get back in shape, as well as my fiftieth birthday present to myself. Every google search I do on "how to qualify for the Chicago Marathon" says "run a qualifying marathon in Xh:xm." Great! But when I look up the qualifying marathon online, it has a qualifying marathon requirement. How do I break in to Marathon World? More details inside.... [more inside]
The last two times my boyfriend has slept over, I have touched him sexually in my sleep. I have no memory of this. He isn’t bothered, but I am. Help me figure out how to stop doing this? [more inside]
My company has a new committee to plan office activities: happy hours, theme lunches, game nights, etc. I thought I'd query the hive mind to see what different companies have done that you've enjoyed. [more inside]
Mefites who are familiar with guvmint bureaucracies: After searching with no luck for quite a while, I have suddenly ended up with 1.75 job offers at the same giant public agency and I am not sure how to respond. [more inside]
Hey guys! We're yet another small business trying to get established on Youtube, but we're stuck with an old channel a former employee created and can't regain access. [more inside]
I survived a suicide attempt on a date coming up very soon. What do I do that day? That week? [more inside]
My mother and her husband are in their early seventies and recently face substantial physical limitations. Would something like a Roomba work for them? [more inside]
I recently came across the husband and wife rating scales published by a psychiatrist in 1939 and was surprised to see that a husband would score 20 points for "ardent lover--sees that wife has orgasms in marital congress," as I didn't think there was much professional or personal insight back then into female sexual satisfaction. What would sex have been like in different centuries, and when did it become important for women to be sexually satisfied? [more inside]
I want to rent out a remote cabin but the deadbolt lock has been acting strange. I need some kind of plan for if it fails. [more inside]
I have a list of leads on Column A. I have a list of attendees to a conference. I want to highlight matching names so I can sort by color. for example ABC company is on A25. ABC company will be attending the conference and their name appears on B44. I want B44 to highlight in Yellow (and of course, do this for all matching entries). Thanks!
I'm a fat woman, and I want to bike to work. I also want to avoid looking too embarrassing during my commute. What should I wear while biking? [more inside]
I am somewhat ashamed that I have to ask this, given that it's 2017 and I'm a grown-ass, educated person, so please do not laugh. When I am streaming video (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) does it use more data to watch it on my 48" TV than it does to watch it on my iPhone? Assume that I mean the same degree of video quality in both cases. Is the small screen view drawing less data to make me a smaller picture, or is it the same amount of data just sizing up or down as necessary?
I have a designed a pair of sarong-like pants where when you complete "putting them on" you finish the process by tying a shoelace/bow knot behind you just below your lower back. Because of this you cannot see the knot being tied. Is there neurological/Health benefits tying this unseen knot?
I have family who like to visit (great!) but sometimes will stay for over a week. They never say specifically how long they'd like to stay. This may be a cultural thing, so maybe there is no correct answer to this, but if I would prefer someone not stay for longer than 3-4 days, how does one navigate this conversation? [more inside]
When I lift heavy weights, my right knee feels a twinge of pain. I would like a way to make sure my knee joints are in the best shape they can be. [more inside]
I just learned that my recent ex had been lying to me about various things, great and small. The behavior is definitely pathological but he doesn't have many of the typical narcissist traits I'd associate with this sort of abuse. I've dated a couple of people with similar issues. I'm interested in books/online resources for myself to try to understand this sort of personality problem and how to avoid entering a similar relationship in the future. more below. [more inside]
So I'm heading around the world for three months. I bought a luggage set and it fell apart, luckily, before I got going. So now I'm looking whatever the biggest checked bag is that I can take with me. Ideally it's strong, light, rolls well and isn't black (ideally red or brown). So I can find it on the luggage carousel. What's the right Joe Vs. The Volcano luggage for me?
I get eyelashes stuck in my eyes unusually frequently. Is it dangerous if this happens when I have mascara on? [more inside]
I'd like to get some gloves for the winter. But I am a person that 'runs hot' and its pretty easy for me to get frustrated with gloves or elastic cuffs on jackets. I'd like light gloves, maybe fingerless, that don't have any decoration and will last for a long time, but keep my hands warm while I'm carrying groceries or riding my bike. [more inside]
My wife has an older Mountain Hardwear rain jacket with pockets that zip shut; these zippers were not sewn down to the surrounding fabric but instead were bonded with some kind of glue strip, and that glue is no longer holding. We're wondering how to re-attach the zippers. A couple of photos of what I'm talking about: the zipper, the bonding strip
Opened up a pound of flanken cut ribs and was overwhelmed by a sulfur smell. Beef is within its use by date. Was going to slow cook it for dinner tonight. Should I Eat This?
My genetic traits seem just what the doctor ordered (no family history of cancer or mental illness, academically successful/high-IQ, good cheekbones, etc etc) with one glaring exception - I carry recessive Sickle Cell Anaemia. This means that I'm ineligible for sperm donation in the UK through the NHS system, which is heartbreaking, as that’s always been something I wanted to do. [more inside]
Please choose an interior paint color for me. [more inside]
Hubs is about to start working a terrible schedule and I'm considering bringing in outside help with chores. I think I want someone to come in and cook the family's meals for the week. If you've done this, will you share your insight? [more inside]
I'm in my mid-thirties, am transgender and a lesbian. I haven't dated in years - before transition I was in a six-year-long relationship. So far all my efforts at meeting people have been completely unsuccessful. What am I doing wrong? What should I do differently? And how do I stay sane in the process? [more inside]
My Google home mini will show the white lights upon reboot and the white lights will pulse a bit but after it is finished the device shows no lights and does not respond when I say ok Google. I've had it for a week and it seems to have stopped this morning My phone still does the search for me, but it is showing results on the screen instead of talking to me. I am aware there's been an update to the Mini. Help?
I'm mid-30s and have wanted a kid for years now. I'm considering doing it as a single mom through a sperm bank. Has anyone done this? I'm looking specifically for resources about single moms who decided on their own to self-inseminate via a sperm bank. Anecdotes (preferably of the first-hand type) are also welcome. More details inside! [more inside]
Over the last several months, I've noticed a drop-off in my ability to focus on large, difficult projects. My attention seems easily fractured (devices + internet = probable cause). I need to repair and grow back my ability to concentrate for long periods of time so I can complete a massive project. Have you re-engineered your focus (using non-pharmacological means)? What were your tactics and strategies? [more inside]
I am going to buy either a Thinkpad T470s or a Thinkpad X1 Carbon 2017 (5th gen). If you have used either or both of these, what do you think of the keyboard (most important consideration!), the trackpad and the robustness? I am especially interested in the views of those who can compare either of these keyboards to older generations of the Thinkpad T-series (original or chiclet) and can say whether these are better/ worse/ the same for a heavy user. [more inside]
I eat oatmeal for breakfast every day (overnight oats). How much nutrition do I really get if I add a teaspoon or two of chia seeds to it? Can you help put it in perspective? It seems like I'd have to eat more like 2 tablespoons to really see a benefit, or am I reading the nutritional info wrong? And am I already getting those benefits by taking a multivitamin? [more inside]
A few years ago (2014) we took a trip to London and fell in love with the pithy poems of the Travel Better London campaign. I'd love to have one or more to hang in our guest room, but am not able to find any for sale. Ideas?
I have been asked to help recatalogue a large private library and am looking for any good suggestions/tips/resources that might be helpful, whether software, shelf naming systems, or just web resources that might be helpful. [more inside]
OK so I used the concept of "when you were in 3rd grade and you laid a non-magnetic metal next to a known magnet next to each other and you looked in your desk the next day and they were both magnets" in a facebook comment recently and then realized: [more inside]
I got prompted by Facebook to confirm that I write for particular publications, so I tried to add the publications I actually do write for regularly. For some reason, instead of that publication's official Facebook page, I can only add the Facebook-generated Interest page for that publication. How do I get the right page to show up as an option. [more inside]
Tell me about your favorite not-white-tablecloth places in Montreal. Hole-in-the-wall restaurants, good chains, anywhere with counter service, buffets, street food, snacks, lovely cafes or markets that serve food, etc. Some follow-up questions inside. [more inside]
After my third miscarriage in a year, I have an appointment with my ob-gyn clinic to “talk about my options” and a possible referral to an infertility clinic I guess. I don’t really understand what is happening or what to expect. I don’t know anyone else who has gone through this. What is the usual course of treatment for infertility? Am I even infertile? [more inside]
Can mirror-finish, outdoor stonework be 100 years old? [more inside]
I'd like some recommendations for paper baby diaper delivery. My friend is going to have a baby and I'd like to give her some months worth of diapers. Our small town doesn't have a cloth diaper service, so a prepaid paper diaper delivery arrangement must be the way to go. Help me out here.
Our cat, Jake, is acting stressed out lately. I took him to the vet this week and she suggested Feliway (which we have) and trying a calming dry kibble (Royal Canin Feline Calm Dry Cat Food). I need your cat experience / help! [more inside]
I'm a big believer in self-care, and I also exist in my own head a lot. For mental self-care, I listen to podcasts in the evenings, make art, read books for leisure, talk to friends, etc. For physical self-care, I don't really know where to start. What do you do? Hoping for some general suggestions, but am also just curious about what sparks other people's fancies. [more inside]
As a fan and regular user of guided meditations, I'm struggling to find good/fresh guided meditations toward 'emotional release.' What I'm looking for are guided meditations similar to Derek Turesky's "Connecting With Difficult Emotions" or "Being with Pain," both found on his 'Garden of Now' CD. [more inside]
I had a really uncomfortable conversation with a friend yesterday and I don't know how to process it. [more inside]
I have bad seasonal allergies, and I live in Austin, where there is literally no time when at least one allergen is not peaking. I also have stage 3 endometriosis, with lesions all over my uterus, ureter, bladder, and probably pouch of Douglas. (It's as fun as it sounds.) I was traveling this weekend and had almost no allergy symptoms and my endo pain was a lot better, too. Is it possible that allergies could increase the endo inflammation? [more inside]
Does anyone have recommendations for a Physical Therapist or Personal Trainer in Seattle who specializes in post-natal bodies? [more inside]
Can y'all please recommend some dairy-free, make-ahead brunch recipes for 4-6 adults? I seek main courses, not side dishes. I would prefer something that is easily transported via a quick car trip and that requires less than 20 minutes to prep for serving at our destination. My kitchen equipment and cooking skills are above average and I am in a US city with easy access to international markets for special ingredients. [more inside]
I've made this recipe once before and was pretty happy with the results...I would like to make the chili tomorrow but do as much prep as I can today, while chopping/working on a separate meal. There are 2 main components to the dish; the chili and the tofu crumbles that you stir in, and I'm hoping to cook the tofu today and be able to stir it in tomorrow. [more inside]
I am being offered a High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA). But trying to calculate what my net cost would be is a nightmare. Is there a good calculator out there? [more inside]
My husband and I are considering letting an acquaintance & her daughter (we have mutual friends) park her RV in our driveway and live there for six months to a year in order for them to save some money. We want to help her out, but we don't want to put ourselves in a bad situation. What should we be thinking about before saying yes or no to this arrangement? [more inside]
I have stumbled upon an oddly anachronistic search engine company. If this were an Italian restaurant, I'd assume it was a front. What's going on here? [more inside]
I am taking three weeks to explore Japan by air from July 13 to August 4 on Japan Airlines (JAL). I am doing this instead of a train pass because all my domestic flights will be totally free. I can fly anywhere on this map. Help me plan some amazing trips! [more inside]
I bought this light fixture at Lowes to replace one I already have. The box says it needs to be installed by a licensed electrician. I can't find an electrician to take the job. Can I hire a general handyperson? [more inside]
I have a trade business. I am finding it very hard to turn down inquires which I know are either a waste of time or are a bad fit. How to say no with a smile? [more inside]
Asking for a friend who is older (late fifties?), mostly computer illiterate and is looking to buy a laptop so he can have a simple website to run his small independent business. [more inside]
I am looking for a label maker that is NOT thermal, but also not $900. [more inside]
Suggestions, tips and tricks for attaching (installing?) a lightning rod to my house? [more inside]
I am an apartment-dwelling 30-something web developer working for a boring Fortune 500 company in the midwest. I've recently been re-assessing my life, which is sans partner or children at the moment and likely to remain so for awhile, and thinking I need a change. This is probably going to involve relocating in the US, but I got to thinking... if I was just willing to broadly move basically anywhere in the world that's interesting and is generally safe and politically stable, how hard would it actually be for me to get a job overseas? [more inside]
I am trying to add media to my LinkedIn profile. I'm struggling to get the cover images to display nicely. What do I need to do? [more inside]
My vet recommended that we track our cats' weight between visits. Most bathroom scales aren't accurate enough, most baby or pet scales are bulky and expensive, and most kitchen and postal scales are too small. Can you find the right scale for my cats? (I'm sure it's impossible without photos...) [more inside]
Walking shoes for narrow heels, wide front foot, bunions, and plantar fasciitis. Plz hlp. [more inside]
Some browsers cannot connect to my router admin page at 192.168.1.1 but others can. Why so and can this be fixed? [more inside]
How can I project very visible guide lines on a work table in a reasonably lit room without breaking the bank? [more inside]
Why did so many ‘90s kids’ cartoons have songs all the time? Bobby’s World and Garfield & Friends come immediately to mind. Was it a legal classification and/or budget thing like Mighty Boosh?
I have digitised bunch of read along books (now pdf) and audio (mp3) that I had and loved as a child. We're going overseas at the end of the year, and I'd love to get these files into my kid's tablet so she can listen and read along as we're on holidays, but geez it's hard! [more inside]
I want to put a 55" TV into our living room, but we have several challenges. We're likely to move in a year, so it can't be an expensive or permanant solution. Because of the room's configuration, the TV would be best perpendicular to the wall, but I'm leery of putting a large TV on top of a cabinet with three active cats and a small child who treats the sofa as a trampoline without some way to secure everything. [more inside]
I’ve noticed that so many Japanese buildings have external staircases. But why? I strongly suspect that there is a policy reason for this, but I can’t prove it. This excellent album shows what I’m talking about. [more inside]
I'm leaving Portland (OR) in Thursday to attend to a family emergency. May be gone as long as a month. Just moved here, so I don't know the city well, and I can't afford a pay lot... [more inside]
For a Christmas present, I'm looking for three tasty and interesting bottles of wine that I can procure here in Southern California. Deets inside... [more inside]
Hi all! We bought a Leesa foam mattress in January, and I've developed debilitating pain in my right shoulder (and starting to in my left). Working on resolving that, but I would also like to solve the problem of my mattress without buying an entirely new mattress in less than a year. I'm a side sleeper, and I would like to specifically get a pillow top mattress topper as I've used those before without problems. However, most reviews seem to be for foam or latex toppers and one lone bamboo pillow top. Any recommendations?
Please help me find the boots I want. I'm looking for personal recs to supplement the difficulty of judging Zappos photos and (sometimes nonexsitent) reviews. [more inside]
I'd really like to find an alternative to the extremely useful clip-lock plastic tupperware boxes that can carry even soups without leaking. I just would prefer not be using plastic - health reasons and just a dislike of plastic because of it not biodegrading. Is there any alternative that is similarly useful (can carry liquids)? I guess glass is not an option, as it's too heavy to carry around.
I'm having a surgery done next week and I don't feel like sharing. [more inside]
Seeking video links of your favourite physical comedy moments, from movies, tv, stage, or life. Bonus points for explaining what you love about them. Thanks!
Fans of Angeles National Forest, which campgrounds are most likely to have a spot available for people arriving late on a Thursday night on Veterans Day weekend? [more inside]
I'm interested in finding a children's science YouTube channel that has at least the occasional experiment that can be easily done at home. [more inside]
Hi! I am sort of tagging along on a two day camping trip with two other people, and want to bring a gift or nice thing of some kind to show appreciation for the invite. As an infrequent-camping city-kid I don't know what would be fun or reasonable. [more inside]
Explanation will likely get confusing. But hoping someone can make me look like an idiot. [more inside]
I'm recovering from major surgery and have been largely immobile and homebound. My friends have become increasingly busy, and I feel myself slipping heavily into SAD (despite using a SAD lamp and being in PTSD therapy) as the weather has turned really cold and dark in the past 2 weeks. I've been spending 7 hours a day in my room watching films, and it's terrible for me....any suggestions for how to fill time would be helpful. [more inside]
In my local election today we have someone running for a District position who also appears to be part owner of a business that specializes in business strategies for that district class. [more inside]
My boyfriend really likes these swim trunks (scroll down for the picture) please help me find them. [more inside]
In my limited experience, a Poang chair is virtually ideal seating, i.e., it's a perfect fit for me and I love the slight bounce/rocking motion. I recently bought a couple off craigslist and they are not what I remember them to be. [more inside]
Local auto repair shop seemingly broke two tire pressure sensors. Is this a common problem? Help me convince the shop to cover the cost of fixing them or convince me this is a thing that happens. [more inside]
My sister and I use AIM to keep an intermittent chat going all day. Since AOL announced that AIM is ending December 15th, we need help finding a replacement. [more inside]
I'm curious how much the temperature of hot water (say, 37ºC) drops as it falls through the air, like in a shower. I don't know enough physics or fluid dynamics to even know where to start googling the problem, but if you had a shower 2m off the ground, and assumed ideal large drops, how much would the water temp drop after falling say, a meter in height? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions on 90s-era children's horror fiction along the lines of Goosebumps for a personal project. More inside. [more inside]
I work for BigCorp, and as such, they control everything that is installed on my laptop. I have my Chrome home page and new tab default (via extension/plug in) pointing to a custom file.html with all my links. I noticed today that when I start chrome, opening a new tab has been replaced with the chrome default new tab page (tiles/speed dial), and my new-tab-redirect extension no longer works. [more inside]
As someone with a Virginia area code on her cell phone, I've been getting a lot of calls and texts from other VA numbers in the last several days reminding me to vote. Ordinarily I'd think they are just typical spam robocalls/robotexts, except... [more inside]
We've booked our flights to Los Cabos, Mexico. It was not our first choice but we had airline vouchers and this was one of the more reasonable options. Unfortunately, everything I am seeing online makes me think we are about to have a very bad vacation... any tips for salvaging it? [more inside]
A kind soul gifted me a 8 lbs ham. Now what? [more inside]
I am trying to beautify an ugly concrete slab at the front of my East LA house - I'm thinking potted plants. Where/how can I do this on the cheap? I'm hoping for drought-tolerant plants and also big pots that don't break the bank. Do you have any specific stores or general ideas for cheap pots and outdoor cute plants? the winter gets less full sun but the summer is full sun, and I am not the BEST waterer, so these are the battles the winning plants will have to wage. Thank you!
I need to re-enter the workplace, but I have no flipping clue what my strengths or aptitudes are. Of course, snowflakes inside... [more inside]
I was born in the UK but left when I was under 10 years old. I've re-visited as a tourist but never stayed for long and never worked there. Are there any benefits that an expat like me is entitled to? I imagine I wouldn't get a pension but are there other things that I'm overlooking? Thinking not just of gov't things but other stuff available from corporations etc, regardless of how trivial they may be!
I'm trying to find a documentary about some really bad amateur film makers shooting a horror film that is NOT American Movie. [more inside]
Must haves: indoor pool, nearby natural beauty, decent food at the hotel or nearby. [more inside]
I am in the market for an excellent sounding system - speakers, subwoofer and amp. Maybe 50 watts per speaker. I'd go for something used if it was in pristine condition. It needs to be solid, a decent name, attractive, relatively compact and sound amazing. Clear and resonant like a bell. I want to hear everything that needs to be heard. Price range (clincher) around 300 bucks. What are my options?
Please recommend well-written novels about women in Spanish or French, similar to Maeve Binchy or Jojo Moyes. [more inside]
I have a couple of creative and academic projects that I would like to get done by the end of this year, and one project that urgently needs to be wrapped up in the next couple of weeks. I have a 1-2hr block each weekday, at best, to try and get this work done -- but when I get to this block of time at last, I find my mind is all over the place and I can't get focused or achieve much. What can I do? [more inside]
Dug an old favorite watch out of my drawer, would love to know more about it. All I know for sure is that I got it in 1998 as a gift from someone who'd been in Poland, that it's self-winding, and that it has Russian text on the face and back. Anything else is surmise and conjecture. [more inside]
My best friend has two new Egyptian Mau kittens, sisters, that must be named. Seven months old. Help O help wise Mefites. brief vid Thank you!
Help us find nice Christmas concerts (or just music) in Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, and Regensburg! While searching for information on where to listen to the great music of the season in these cities, I find that the results are often dwarfed by third-party ticket merchants selling concert tickets for the larger venues. At the same time, doing an exhaustive search church by church sounds, well, exhausting! We need the experience of the Meta-filterettes! [more inside]
Help me lose weight by avoiding stress-related junk food eating and getting back to exercising. [more inside]
Kinda embarrased by this question: As an extrovert who is slightly awkward: I'm having a little trouble dealing with the fact that 75% of my social hangouts are instigated by me. Logically, it should be ok-- when I reach out, more times than not, people want to hang out. Folks seem to have fun and repeat. But I feel like maybe I need to 'slow my roll?' I don't want to be awkward and overbearing. Am I thinking this way too much? Snowflakey details inside: [more inside]
It's time to upgrade my eight year-old laptop, since it has a hard time handling any video or photo editing. Snowflake requests inside. [more inside]
We've left our lawn unmowed for way too long. I could mow it short now; mow it somewhat shorter, in stages starting now; or leave it alone until spring. I've poked around here and elsewhere online, but I'm not sure what's best given that it's late in the season, in Massachusetts. [more inside]
My friend has setup a website, Kiru comics, suitable for for all ages. However, Google isn't currently recognising his brand, so when searching for Kiru comics Google prompts you with: Did you mean: kirtu comics So the question is, what do you think he should do? He's paying an seo consultant for 3 months to attempt to fix this, but he's seriously considering renaming his site to not clash with Kirtu, but he's spent time building up his kiru brand, and he would rather not have to.
About to ETS out of the Army (Signal Officer with a armful of cyber/tech certifications) and it's about time to get on that job hunt. I'm looking for a network security or project manager position, but beyond my directly networked hook-ups, I'm coming up a bit empty looking for places to crawl for open job postings. Querying the MeFi Hive Mind for information on where/what to look for. [more inside]
What is the best cultural, historical, and legal book on the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings? Or maybe there is an exceptional essay or two?
I have a student who did his undergraduate project under my supervision. He is enthusiastic and very interested in my study taxon. He did a pretty good job on his thesis, and wanted to continue for his masters with me. But in between he had a sort of mental breakdown and now I have to figure out how best to help him. [more inside]
Me: female, cishet, 43, 15 years divorced and now that the kid is off on her own, I want to try dating again, but I'm scared because I cannot imagine myself having sex, because I am so revolting. [more inside]
I need to use anonymous email to report something at work. (I've thought this through, it is the only viable option). Will TOR, on my personal tablet, effectively protect my IP address? Note: this device has been on work's guest network where I have to log in. So, if they save IP addresses/logins, and they wanted to look, they could match me up if TOR lets my IP through. [more inside]
(Asking for a friend) I'm moving to Silicon Valley for three months to intern at a big tech company there, and I'm looking for some advice to help get everything set up. I'll be moving from Australia in a few weeks, so I'm looking for a) cheap short term accommodation in the area b) a bank to open an account at and c) a phone provider. [more inside]
So sometimes on Twitter I get tagged randomly on stuff that's vaguely environment-related (as are most of my tweets, which all relate to my work). And these tweets get hundreds of likes so they keep popping up in my notifications. But the tweets themselves seem sort of non-sensical or weird, like this one from a "Foundation" that doesn't even have their website set up, only a Twitter presence. [more inside]
What is the Snowcrash of today? In my youth, the novel Snowcrash was quite a phenomenon: it was a fun, exciting read, with crazy ideas, and you didn't have to be into sci fi to enjoy it. People who were into literary fiction, or who didn't even normally read books, had read it. What book holds a similar sort of place nowadays? It doesn't have to be sci fi.
What approach should I take to complimenting someone's outfit? It seems like there's a clear set of social norms about how women exchange compliments about outfits, but it's a little foreign to me and I could do with some pointers. Difficulty level: novice trans lady. [more inside]
On a recent holiday, I became concerned over some of my five year old's repetitive flapping and running behaviour - I am going to make a doctor's appointment, but would like some advice on what to mention, what to ask for, and any things I could be doing in the meantime. [more inside]
Name that tune in only two words. [more inside]
In my ideal world, I would meditate for 20 minutes a day and work out for 30-40 minutes a day plus another 30 minutes at the gym for steam room/shower/getting dressed. In my actual world I need to work 8 hours a day, with a 30-minute commute each way. I also would like to cook for myself, including making lunches to bring in. Is anyone else fitting all this in? [more inside]
An old pact for outrageous dressing post-tenure finally comes to fruition. Please help. [more inside]
Like the title says: I'm a middle-aged guy trying to date in New York City or D.C. Hope me, datingfilter! Snowflake details after the jump! [more inside]
At the end of a business trip I will have a 14 hour stop over in Delhi, next Sunday. I have never been to India before and I love museums, cultural landmarks and generally sightseeing and I'd like to go somewhere to pick up gifts for my family. Tell me where to go and how to get there! [more inside]
I have a chance to get a good deal (from a friend) on a 1990 Hyundai Elantra GLS. It's in great condition shape, in my price range, with only 80,000 miles. But my wife is concerned about driving our young kids in it since it got a one-star rating from the NHTSA in side impacts, and three stars in other categories. [more inside]
I'm really curious about what daily life is like in say, Saudi Arabia, and fiction is the best teacher. Please have at it, Metafilter. What would I like? [more inside]
I am interested in semi disposable dresses. Specifically, I've seen a lot of dresses on amazon for 18 dollars. I am looking for something like this that will hold up to 10 washes without pilling or totally falling apart. [more inside]
I'm reading through review websites for strollers and car seats, and realizing that making a choice is... um... quite the project. I'm looking for recommendations. More below the fold. [more inside]
I used to have an amazing job and I gave it up. I don't know what to do with my life now. [more inside]
It’s become apparent that I will not be able to work any time in the near future. How do I apply for disability? What things affect it? Who can I ask for help? I'm confused about my age related to the rules. Any tips or other things to think about? [more inside]
I have this basic, manual spiralizer. It meets all my needs except the manual twisting. Can you recommend a good, basic spiralizer that has some kind of feature that helps you twist the zucchini? [more inside]
I am attempting to get both a Rock Band keyboard and a Roland FR2 digital accordion to communicate with my Windows 10 machine and am having trouble finding a MIDI-USB cable that works. [more inside]
Looking for specific examples of automobile features considered (by the manufacturer anyways) so advanced as be worthy of being proclaimed on exterior badges and are now considered mundane "features" of modern cars. [more inside]
My niece is turning 11 at the end of this month. She is very smart and a voracious reader. The last time we talked, she told me mysteries were her favorite. [more inside]
I'm writing an obituary for my father and I know it would be important to him to get the details of his time in the US Marine Corps right. I've never really understood the structure of the Corps so the odds of me getting this right are slim - particularly as I'm not 100% sure of the details. [more inside]
I (early 40s) have been dealing with depression since HS. I tried therapy once in college, but couldn't really bring myself to go into anything because it all just seems so dumb compared to people who really have problems. I have my first therapy appointment since then booked for this week. Any advice for pushing through that reluctance?
Recently used a recipe where you could make one creamy chicken base and use it for several different recipes (pasta bake/pie/something with spuds). Minced beef and tomatoes is another common one. What other bases could I make a load of and then make several different things out of, depending on whim?
Two related questions about my smartphone functionality while I'm abroad right now: 1). Is there any way to check my voicemail on my ATT phone when I'm already abroad and I've forgotten my voicemail password (if I ever had one?) 2).I managed to remember to enable one of the "passport passes" so I can save money one texting/data, etc. Besides "use wi-fi everywhere" are there any tips/tricks about my phone settings I should know? [more inside]
I saw these devices on the ceiling of a tech firm I visited. What are they? Are they Alexa-style "eavesdrop on everything" listening devices?
Due to changing work schedules and other mix-ups, my spouse and I are visiting Ashland, Oregon this weekend instead of in the summer as we'd planned. So no Shakespeare Festival for us -- but we're excited to explore Ashland. What should we see this weekend? [more inside]
Hey guys. Listening to my music tonight, I noticed many of my favourite artists are almost more talking than singing, though it's definitely not rapping either. What would you call this? Can you name some other musician's in the same vein? I'm thinking of Modest Mouse, CAKE, and the Blow as some examples.
Please recommend a not-insanely-priced phone with good audio and video/photo capability. [more inside]
In need of cheap, cat-proof, Christmas decoration ideas. [more inside]
A very good friend of mine is very unhappy with his situation: being 45, single, no kids (which he years for), and unstable startup job, no (bought) home and no savings. He believes everybody around him has their life organized, or is at least together with someone. - Can you recommend media (books/movies) for him to process through this feeling? [more inside]
I'm looking for a new waterproof mp3 player to listen to podcasts on while swimming. Currently I have an exeze rider which is ok except there is no way to select specific tracks, fast forward or rewind - I can only skip tracks. A new one should have ff/rwd, should be loud, and I'd like to spend around $150 or less. Thank you.
This morning I pulled a tick off of my 5-year-old daughter's scalp. The little bugger can be seen in these pictures, with a dime in the shot for scale. I know you're not my doctor, etc., and we're in touch with her pediatrician - her course of treatment isn't going to change based on this question. But is there any way to estimate how long the tick has been attached and feeding, based on how engorged it looks? We're in Western Pennsylvania, and I guess this is a deer tick.
Which iPhone is the least likely to break when dropped? Right now, I have an iPhone SE (which I love and doesn't break when I drop it) but I've been noticing that my photos are terrible compared to everyone else's. I'd love an iPhone X, but all of the media coverage is about how dropping the phone means cracked screen & back doom. I drop my phone multiple times a day, and I don't want to get a case for it. Could other phone droppers advise on the best way forward?
I'm looking for a suggestion for a reliable source for perfume decants. Since shipping perfume/liquids to and from the US to Europe is now verboten, I need a Euro supplier who will ship to the UK or Ireland (either.) [more inside]
Do I have my tonsils out or keep them where they are? Do you night grind and did your night grinding improve after you had your tonsils out? [more inside]
I'm getting an iPhone 8 this week, my first without the headphone jack, and since my current headphones died on me a couple days ago, I figured I'd just bite the bullet and get some lightning headphones at the same time. But! I need to use my headphones at work a lot (for actual work stuff), and there's no lighting port on my office computer. [more inside]
Hi, I have a group of 4 people. 3 of us are on ios and the 4th on android. ios folks are using stock apple calendar app and android person is using google calendar. Nobody wants to change from what they're using. How do we get it so that the Android person shares a calendar, gets notifications of new events, etc?
I am at a loss. After spending over a year in anticipation, my friend watched his career dreams vanish without warning in the wake of the government's hiring freeze. I've never even remotely been in his shoes -- so how do I advise him? [more inside]
I did some amazing day hiking in Zion National Park last summer. I want more of this. I have two requirements: Relatively easy to get to and a diverse range of hikes. I am in Austin TX and will fly anywhere in North America. Where do I go?
Tomorrow I'll be voting in Virginia, and though I know the people I want to vote for, there is also a school bond referendum that I need to consider. I'd appreciate some help understanding the pros and cons. [more inside]
So I have a stray dog in my house and it will be staying with me anywhere from a couple days, if its owners can be found, to FOREVER. I need a recommendation for a vet in Tucson, and some general doggy guidance. Lots of information and lots of questions inside. [more inside]
I am in the final three weeks of my six month, room-and-board-covered onsite, unpaid internship at an academic non-profit that provides eco-tourism. This is my first time living outside of the U.S., and I’m glad I took the plunge. It is a fantastic and friendly place, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the work. I’ve made friends (though not close friends) with fellow interns and the local staff. There’s just one tiny problem… [more inside]
My mom is having some problems with her memory and this seems to be getting worse. I feel unprepared to deal with this and scared. Details abound. [more inside]
I though I knew what my criteria for a good primary school was; now I'm not so sure. Help! [more inside]
I subtracted money from my sublessee's security deposit for damages, but they won't accept my check. How should I handle this? [more inside]
My company says I owe them. Do I really? [more inside]
My boyfriend & I will be spending a long weekend with friends at a cabin mere days before the day that marks precisely one third of a century since his birth. Please help me brainstorm fun ways to surprise him and celebrate this thirdthday!
Please help me be a good host to my awesome in-laws and give me some main dish recipe ideas that are both vegan and keto! [more inside]
My partner has started a small print publication in the Pacific NW, and a Canadian company would like to advertise in it. She's concerned about the legality and tax implication of this. YANAL, but does anyone know about cross border print advertising? [more inside]
We're going to Mexico for a 2 week vacation this February. We're planning to spend half the time in D.F., half on the RIviera Maya. Please help us plan it out. [more inside]
The idea that future historians will have some special reaction to the current era of madness is common. Have previous historical figures ever expressed similar sentiments and were they right about how historians looked back?
A relative wants to buy a cheap domain for non-commercial use but I'm concerned how the renewal fees might change over time. [more inside]
Mrs. pjern and I are refreshing our kitchen. Some questions have arisen. [more inside]
Recent events have made me realise I'm quite ignorant about the history of Saudi Arabia. Please point me to relevant sources (magazines, journals, books equally welcome). I'm particularly interested in the global geo-political context and treatment of women. Less so in the intricacies of prince such and such's relationship to prince so and so, unless it directly relates to the former.
I have been using Ivory or Dove or Irish Spring type bar soap in the shower my whole life, but sometimes when I'm visiting friends, I notice that they have soap that feels much more decadent: it's a more substantial (larger/thicker) bar, with a more pronounced arch and rounded corners, and it feels kind of creamy. I don't know if I'm thinking of a specific bar soap or whether I've had the same experience with many different soaps -- but can anyone recommend a brand along these lines? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of apps that support some kind of lifestyle/health/mental health behavior change (e.g., practicing mindfulness, exercising, quitting smoking) by involving a friend. [more inside]
I have a 17 yr old lady cat with IBD-like symptoms who is making my home life very... poopy. She is attentive, eating and drinking, lively and mentally alert. The ONLY issue we're having is that for Reasons (health reasons?), she poops on the floor, no matter what I do. For those of you with experience troubleshooting elderly cat bathroom behavior, what am I missing and what else can I try? All the dirty, poopy details contained within... [more inside]
I'd like to watch my friends finish the NYC marathon, but I can't seem to find a live stream that just shows the finish line. ABC and ESPN have live coverage, but it jumps all over the place. It is really possible that there isn't a fixed live camera just streaming the finish? If you know of a link, please post it. Or if you know for a fact that such a link doesn't exist, please let me know so I can stop looking. Thanks
So, I just came home from a trip to Germany - and while I was there, I picked up a pair of Kinder Surprise Eggs, one each for my niece and nephew - because, they are illegal in the US. However - one of them did not survive the trip, and crushed all over the inside of my bag. Is there any way to somehow get another one by Christmas without asking friends to run afoul of the law? [more inside]
Recent career changes the past few months (not entirely by choice) have left me in a new position that requires semi-frequent international travel (30%-40%) for 1-2 weeks at a time, often on extremely short notice. I've handled it okay - fortunately I'm an over-planner and tend to be prepared for anything (delays, jetlag, etc) - except for one small problem: I'm a terrible flyer. I have a lot of flying coming up very soon so I need to figure out something. [more inside]
Where can I buy unbranded/subtly branded tall-size men's athletic shirts that aren't 100% polyester or 100% cotton? [more inside]
Writing a book and a significant character is a white hat hacker who works for a bureaucracy. He spends most of his time doing stuff other than work but to try to understand him better I'm trying to understand - what DO white hat hackers who work for governments do these days? [more inside]
I recently had the good fortune of finding Virginia Savage McAlester's "A Field Guide to American Houses" at my local library, and now I'd like to find similarly thorough books on related topics. [more inside]
My mother recently moved from a 3-bedroom home to a studio apartment in an independent-living facility. I'd like to come up with a Christmas gift that helps her feel happy in her new home. [more inside]
Where should I travel to for a few days in late February? Must have direct access from Orlando, and returning to DC. International ok, but not required. [more inside]
My small apartment absolutely stinks after cooking. What Can I do. [more inside]
My job is about to get a lot less pleasant, but the employer I'd probably go to would like me to stay in place for a couple of years to see some joint projects through to completion. How to manage this strategically and not lose my mind in the process? [more inside]
I just started seeing a new therapist and psychiatrist for my lifelong OCD. They suggested Risperidal / Risperidone. Thoughts inside...... [more inside]
I have been a volunteer in a program that teaches basic coding to students in"under-resourced" city high schools for the last three years. My students this year are very different - they have been sullen and unengaged from the start and I'm looking for some help in engaging them. More snowflake details follow. [more inside]
I often have to work in a space with small kids nearby - looking for noise cancellation recommendations to drown out their racket.
I'm writing a scene in a book where a character, herself a therapist, is undergoing psychoanalysis. Two questions. First, what are some examples of psychoanalysis done well in film? Second, under what circumstances would a practicing psychoanalyst go to another psychoanalyst? Could there ever be a pedagogical relationship between the two, or would that be beyond the pale of ethics? Thanks!
I experience a significant amount of jealousy in relationships and would like to work on this to make things easier for myself and my partner. I live in a place where it is hard to find a good therapist so while it would be great to have external help, at the moment I'm looking for readings, ideas, experiences, methods, and so on. [more inside]
Would you please help us find a book in English, fiction or otherwise, for a young Muslim woman, with an inspirational theme that could lend her support as she navigates her life under the dominance of a patriarchal family? [more inside]
What is this movie? I'm sure I watched it within the past few years, probably on Turner Classics. It was black and white. I took it took place in a small town. A drifter or somebody shows up at an elderly lady's house and begins helping her out with chores, maybe? Maybe he's impersonating a war buddy? Maybe he's a deserter, post world war 1? He gets found out in the end I think?
I only remember a few details, but it's driving me crazy! [more inside]
I need a new tumble dryer, and I've narrowed it down to two Miele models. The main difference is that the more expensive one offers Miele's "SteamFinish" feature, which Miele claims makes ironing "easier and quicker - or even completely unnecessary." If it makes ironing unnecessary, I'd spring for it. Can somebody who has used the feature tell me how well it works? [more inside]
We're trying to get photographs for a holiday card. We took some, and I think I had the settings... not exactly right. I have two questions. Could you please help me with the settings on our dSLR so that the subject, not the background, is what's in focus? And what's the best way to get a few of the photos post-processed -- is it easy enough to do myself? is there a way to pay someone? [more inside]
I built a bike frame, and I can't get the bike to shift onto the large chainring; it seems like the front derailleur can't quite reach far enough. Can I fix this with a different derailleur? Different crankset? Or something else? [more inside]
Looking for a new mid-layer for general winter use, as well as winter sports (skiing, snowshoeing, etc.). What's good? [more inside]
I am obsessed with the affordably priced lefty posters from JustSeeds. I would like to find more art like this to buy for my walls and my comrades. My tastes run more towards utopian/colorful/ecological than grim/scary/death imagery. For example, this honeybee-inspired "Labor Creates All Wealth" image is very much my thing. I also want to support lesser-known shops, artists, and collectives than say, Shepherd Fairy.
I just discovered that apparently my employer-provided health insurance was terminated and that coverage ended on 10/31. All premiums have been paid as normal (deducted automatically from paychecks, last one dated 10/27) and absolutely no notice of any form was provided to me. Any ideas how this happened, or what I do now, apart from waiting until Monday when the insurance company will actually be open and take my dang calls? [more inside]
For this Thanksgiving, which happens to be right before my 30th birthday, I decided to invite my extended family and friends to Thanksgiving at my place in NYC. At this point it looks like it will be me plus 11 or 12 guests, most of whom are coming from out of town. I would love any tips you can give me about 1) being an awesome hostess in this situation and 2) the logistics of preparing Thanksgiving dinner for this many people! [more inside]
I have a 4 y/o female cat. After initially being happy having the house to herself after losing her buddy 6 months ago is definitely lonely. Trying to decide what gender and age of cat we should adopt. Getting two cats isn't an option (yes, we've heard that would be ideal). Cat is a retired breeder and not a fan of kittens. I know opinions go all over the board on this, so am interested in anecdata from my trusted mefi community as well as any empirical information you may be able to link to.
I'm an experienced teacher and am about to move schools. What things have made you a better, more efficient teacher? [more inside]
A coworker gave me this tavern puzzle. I'm not very good at these, but he thinks I'm very clever (I do ID/Desktop Support) and assumed I was up to the challenge. I have three specific questions: [more inside]
I want to study at one of the best institutions for drama or creative arts therapy anywhere around the world. I am thinking initially Masters degree but I'm not sure I have the required prerequisites so also interested in undergraduate. Looking in US, UK or Australia primarily but open to anywhere in the world that teaches in English. How do I go about finding the ranking of such degrees? Thanks.
I played poker last night for the first time with a group of other first-timers after reading several articles that detailed the rules. But when we started playing we found that raising was confusing. Here's the question: [more inside]
I want to become different characters with different voices, for a musical piece I'm writing. [more inside]
I'm on the job market, and am seeing some interesting positions, for which I have unique qualifications. But I cannot relocate. I'd like to pitch (gently if necessary) the possibility of remote/consulting work in the same area as the listing. I'm not sure if I should apply, maybe the remote angle can be worked out if they like my resume, or if I should just contact the organization straight up. What are some good/constructive approaches to getting on somebody's radar in this way? Many thanks!
I've been bingewatching Square One's MathNet and in this Broadway Unkidnapping episode (from 55 seconds in) Monday and Frankly are wearing these brown leathery things that look like a cross between suspenders/braces and harnesses, with rather unusual backs. What are they wearing and are they available anywhere?
I've gone on a few dates with a self-professed slow mover. I like him, but he's terrible at communicating between dates and the glacial dating pace is slowly killing me. Is there any hope here? [more inside]
I'm writing my first manuscript for a scientific journal article, as first author. I got a first draft together, it looked pretty OK to me -- and it was ripped to shreds by my co-authors. So now I have 5 million comments to address by five different people... this weekend. Second draft due Monday. Hope me please. [more inside]
I'm djing a radio show and need to find diverse occult-themed music or recordings (oddities like Louise Hubner and so on) I don't want it all to be black/death metal; I'm looking for obscure oddities especially. [more inside]
Please help me think out how I can help my parents buy my disabled and unemployed sibling a house. [more inside]
I have an Ikea Karlstad (3 seats wide + a chaise). In our old house we had carpet so we lost some, but not many, things underneath. Our new house has hardwood, so every toy in motion remains in motion until irretrievably lost under the couch! How do I solve or mitigate this? [more inside]
So far the intertubes is turning up nearly zero in this regard, and what does seem to exist is very poorly rated. [more inside]
I'm on the tail end of a kind of intense and long week. I've had a constant headache for two days, stayed up later at night than usual and have gone to social things and school non stop. I'm probably dehydrated too. My head muscles are super tense and I went through a emotionally shaking (but not totally bad) ecperience. Tomorrow afternoon and Sunday I have most of the day to try to recover. What should I do to try to heal from all this craziness? [more inside]
I woke up today after yet another episode of The Most Annoying Dream, wherein I have failed to either graduate high school or college because I don't have enough credits. After about ten years of this dream, I am tired of it. How do I get it to go away? [more inside]
How can you tell when the natural end of a therapy relationship has been reached? How much ongoing maintenance is needed? What does that look like? Snowflake: young child. [more inside]
This was me a few weeks ago - pregnant and at grad school. How do I move on from this event and care for myself in a respectful way? [more inside]
I have two kids with new bikes, and the three of us would like to go places to ride them. How do we choose a car-mounted bike rack for our 2009 Nissan Rogue? [more inside]
I have a tiny plastic and fake plastic (nylon?) fur monkey, which is very dirty. How can I clean his fur up a bit? [more inside]
I bought a used car a year ago, and it had some stains on the rear seat. I have been living with them, but I feel like having a go at removing them. I realize this is most likely impossible, but then again, I am a believer in the power of the hive mind. Give me your most brutally effective fabric cleaners, your nuclear options, your most powerful chemical warfare, and I vow to you to try them and report back here as to how well they worked. Do your worst, Mefites. Do your worst. [more inside]
I accidentally deleted my consulting business GSuite account when thought I was deleting another software subscription. [more inside]
I'm a big fan of garlicky greens. Most of the year, those greens are kale. I have regularly seen advice to avoid kale to save money, because it's so "trendy" or "expensive". I've seen this advice in various places (including ask.me) over the last 10-15 years, and I'm wondering why, when in my experience kale is pretty cheap? [more inside]
I am looking for investments to be made through an irrevocable trust. I want investments that produce high "income", which for the purposes of a trust means dividends or interest, not capital gains (rental income would be defined as income too). Diversified, unmanaged investments (index funds, ETFs, etc.) preferred, so long as they produce income. [more inside]
I am an academic and I have either an organizational or filtering problem with respect to my files on my computer. I can never seem to find the files I want, and I also tend to lose things that are recently but not immediately active (so, if I have to go away for a week or two, or things get in my way, it is possible for me to forget some files or some work even exists. [more inside]
Billionaire Joe Ricketts shut down news sites Gothamist and DNAinfo, coincidentally, shortly after its journalists voted to unionize. News reports said it was because Ricketts said they both were losing money. But in prior news reports, staff was cheering the vote there was no mention of financial problems. [more inside]
I'm looking for a good accountant in Ottawa, ON. [more inside]
I'm looking to move about $12,000 credit card debt to a lower interest creditor, and then to pay approximately $2,000 per month toward the debt. What is my best option? [more inside]
I get 3-5 calls every day from "student loan forgiveness" scammers. Most of the calls are from the area code of my hometown (always different numbers, so I can't just block them), but sometimes they are out of state. I also get calls from out of state vendors for my job (which I receive on my cellphone) so I'd like some way to get them to STOP CALLING. [more inside]
I am pulling the trigger and purchasing a Nintendo Switch (my poor wallet). I've heard a number of things that have me a bit concerned: dead pixels, left joy-cons that do not work, docked charging that scratches the screen or doesn't charge. Is it better to play docked or handheld? It's been out since March, so for all you early adopters, what should I be aware of and/or avoid spending money on with regards to accessories (screen protectors, grips, fancy gamepads)?
I just installed the most recent OS to my iPhone S, and I'm having a hard time uploading video to my YouTube channel. Help? [more inside]
I have a pdf of about 220 pages, 8.5 x 11, and I would like to have it printed and bound into a spiral booklet form or similar using an online printer that would then mail it to me. Any suggestions?
Can someone point me towards good FREE resources for drafting claim forms and particulars of claim for the English courts? [more inside]
For all intents and purposes our relationship is good, but I just don’t feel... cherished. [more inside]
My 8 year shiba inu dog hates walking in the neighborhood. Are the any tricks or specific products I can use to get him to walk? [more inside]
I'm weirded out by a pumpkin that came and went from my front porch. Should I be? [more inside]
but I have a "Can we eat it?" question. Do treacle and golden syrup spoil? [more inside]
My mattress is a 4 year old pillowtop from a good brand and it's got an indentation in the middle because, apparently, no matter what, that's the spot I migrate to at night. Thinking a memory foam topper might help mitigate the issue but . . . how do you decide which one to buy? A regular old egg crate is less than I need, but a four inch memory foam luxury whatsit seems like . .a lot. [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out whether I should "recast" or refinance my mortgage. I've never been able to understand how amortization works. Also, is it smart or dumb to prepay a mortgage in this low rate environment? [more inside]
Have you ever used Redfin for an out-of-state purchase? Is this even a good idea? [more inside]
My car reeks of carpet shampoo. How do I get rid of the smell? [more inside]
I'm swapping to my winter tires. I finally bought all my own tools (jack, jackstands, torque wrenches, etc) to do it myself after years of taking it into the shop. There's chalk marking the tire as position, but does it typically indicate where the tire was or where it should be rotated to?
I'm looking for a low/mid-range blender that I can use to turn steel cut oats and freeze-dried fruit into powder form so I can easily mix into a drink in the future. [more inside]
How do I tell the difference between a fear of commitment and vulnerability and an incompatible relationship that I should end. [more inside]
Due to the fires a lot of my go-tos in the Gorge are closed. I'm okay with rainy hikes and driving up to a couple of hours, and am not too concerned with hike difficulty (easy is fine, tough is fine). It'll be late November -- what're some trails that have something unique to offer this time of year?
I'm interested in using my HSA as a tax-advantaged investment vehicle. What custodian provides the lowest fees and access to good funds (e.g., Vanguard)? [more inside]
Hive mind: what’s a good source for in depth information about generic vs brand name psych meds? [more inside]
What books read together made a difference for you and your partner? [more inside]
I have been tasked with coming up with last minute shower games for my best friend's wedding shower on Sunday. (I'm her maid of honor but I'm out of state and her aunt is hosting the shower. I just assumed she was taking care of it but she told me last night it was up to me. Whoops!) I found what I hope won't be horrible games, but I'm having a hard time thinking through how many prizes I need for each one. [more inside]
If you get a tattoo of a third party's art (not the tattoo artist's), how much should the original artist be compensated? (or should they at all?) [more inside]
I really dig David Holmes' drum-heavy orchestration to the Oceans soundtracks, but it seems like every good song is interrupted by Brad Pitt or George Clooney talking about the Bellagio. Can you recommend any Holmes-like music that's purely instrumental? Does any of Holmes' other releases sound similar?
We received a substantial windfall (previously) and are looking at how to invest it. From our perspective, "Socially Responsible" index funds look like a joke. Would it be prudent to put nearly all of it in Municipal Bond Funds and withdraw the returns to cover a substantial portion of our living expenses? They look stable and low-risk, and public infrastructure is something we can get behind. [more inside]
My fiance and I recently had a run-in with bed bugs at our apartment. Last Saturday we had the entire apartment heat-treated, and we're due to move to a new apartment this Friday. As of yesterday, "new" bites are still showing up on my arm, even though we passed post-treatment inspection by a bed bug dog. Is it likely that these are just a delayed reaction from old bites? What reasonable precautions should we take to ensure we don't carry any remaining stragglers with us to the new apartment? [more inside]
I've recently started dental school and am feeling super disconnected and unmotivated. Most days I wake up with a feeling of dread, knowing the drudgery that lies ahead. I need hobbies that make me happy, ways to re-discover my purpose/social responsibility, methods for maintaining a social life, and any techniques/milestones I can implement to make this time (4 years) go by smoother. [more inside]
We're in the middle of a cash-out mortgage, and are looking for advice and/or explanation of the new rules for mortgage interest in the new congressional tax proposal. [more inside]
I have gone through several massive, life altering changes in the past year and a half including separation and divorce that ended a 20 year marriage, local move from my marital move to an apartment, remarriage, buying a new home, move from east coast to Midwest usa, and taking on the role of stepmom to 3 kids (incl twins) when i never parented before. The whole experience has felt surreal more often then not. [more inside]
I really like taking notes by hand, and would love to be able to do so on a tablet. Unfortunately every tablet I've tried has been terrible to write with, with the latency for "ink" to appear after the pen touches an area being too high, and the strokes being too thick (which I assume is caused by poor sensitivity) being the killers. A few days ago though, I tried the Blackboard Boogie Board and was amazed at how good it was. Is there something like it that gets closer to a "real" tablet? [more inside]
A box of supermarket recycled tissues came with this beetle(?) wrapped in one of the tissues. It's still alive, and currently in my kitchen bin. I'm in the UK, and the box says that the tissues were made here. What might it be? (Pictures inside) [more inside]
Headed to Southeast Asia in March and very excited! Will be concluding our trip in Thailand and seeking recommendations for a beach destination there. Details on preferences inside. [more inside]
I'm giving a presentation to Grade 7 & 8 students on writing fiction. I'd like to give some examples of storytelling techniques taken from video games. A couple of years ago, I struck a chord with older kids by referring to Fallout 4 -- but these kids are younger and Fallout 4 was so 2015. [more inside]
Hello. I am trying to find scholary journals that focus on social movements, activism, environmental rights that accept interviews? I am looking for a Canadian-based Journal mostly, but any will do if they focus on this niche. Also, I am open to literary magazines and literary journals that focus on social movements and activism too. Thank-you!
I've been listening to a lot of audiobooks, and some voice actors are better than others. Two I like are Tom Weiner and Enn Reitel. Can you recommend more?
I've been working with a psychotherapist for about a year and a half and I'm feeling stuck. For the past two sessions we've been talking about the therapy, and I'm not feeling comfortable with his answers. I'd like help in evaluating them. More details below the fold. [more inside]
I'm finally reaching out to see if I can find a therapist. But I'm not quite sure what I'm looking for. Hoping you all can give me some ideas about whether it's CBT I should try or something focused on anxiety or if I have real unresolved emotions that need a lot of talking through? [more inside]
I'm searching for a flared or A-line sweater dress with partial wool content. For under $200, which seems like a reasonable thing to ask, but where are they? [more inside]
Can you please recommend an at least somewhat charming, very clean not very corporate hotel under $250 within easy walking distance (< 15 minutes) of Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd NW Washington DC. We could stay at the Marriott or Omni but prefer something less giant/chain. Difficulty: Not The Normandy (which October 2017 yelp says has bed bugs - do not wish to risk this) or Woodley Park Guest House (which is full the dates we need).
What are some resources to help experienced/advanced amateur photographer develop craft even further? From an aesthetic perspective, not technical. [more inside]
I started taking Zoloft a month ago, and I’ve noticed a difference between taking two 50mg pills and one 100mg pill from the same manufacturer. Am I crazy? [more inside]
Strikes seem to be impending for various unions in my part of the world. I am looking for what needs to be communicated to the general public by the union during or right before a strike. This is mostly a US question, but experience from outside the US is also welcome. [more inside]
Asking experienced parents: I have a three month old baby. Other than the sleep deprivation, caring for my baby has been great so far. I am able to write my novel while he sleeps, and sometimes when he is awake too. When does he get more active and I have to entertain him full time? [more inside]
My three-year-old son is going to be in a wedding (he's the ring bearer, as he'd be the first to admit), and I want to buy him a real, tie-it-yourself (not clip-on or pre-tied) bow tie. Where can I them for sale online?
I can't find any motivation to do anything with my life. Now that I’m in my early 40s, is it too late to change? [more inside]
How do I move on from arguing with my therapist? [more inside]
Please recommend: recent science fiction books (and stories) that are based on sciences and disciplines other than the usual 'hard' ones like physics, chemistry, astronomy, math, biology, computers and engineering. Looking for things like musicology, linguistics, sociology, philosophy, criminology, economics, etc. [more inside]
I want to make the clay covered pens seen here. What is the best, least expensive clay for this project? [more inside]
We have a new employee who has somehow avoided using computers over the past ever. Any particular recommendations for an online course that teaches the basics: Navigating via keyboard and mouse, finding your way through drives and folders, basic commands like copy and paste, using menus, email, navigating and searching online, etc.? Additionally, the basics of Microsoft Office would be good in the same or a separate course.
We're moving and will need baby gates. What are the best options that are very safe and can absolutely be opened with one hand by an adult carrying a rambunctious monster but NOT by the monster herself, even if she is very clever? Complication: wide doorway. [more inside]
I bought some sealed plastic containers of freshly-cooked lentil dahl on the evening of Tuesday 31 October and put it straight in the fridge. Just now, the evening of Thursday 2 November, I put it in the freezer. The ingredients are lentils, oil, tumeric and bay leaves. [more inside]
Haven't used it in years yet I still get emails about posts, and because I don't use it, I don't want it to exist for other people's use. I just want to delete it with a minimum of fuss. If you've done this recently, do you have any tips?
No one at the office is particularly interested in doing a gift exchange this year because it seems frivolous. The part that feels good is the giving, but receiving a gag gift or candles, socks or wine doesn't do anything for us. Instead we'd like to give physical gifts to people in need and I am way overthinking the logistics. [more inside]
I received an informal job offer for a job I'm really excited for. I've negotiated salary and a start date. Can I give notice at my current job without having the formal offer letter in hand? [more inside]
We are a dozen women of mixed beginner/intermediate skill in a weekly tap dance class. We want to develop a fun routine to do in the spring show, and we need inspiration! Video searches come up short. Help us make people laugh. [more inside]
Hyper-extrovert, adventuring parent here with a *gasp* introverted child. Want to not torment him too much, please share with me what it's like to be a book-worm, shy, introvert, mellow kind of person, as well as what it was like as a child. [more inside]
When I last used Google Arts and Culture, there was a way to compare two images on the same screen. I cannot see how to do that now, and all of the sources that say it's possible are old. [more inside]
So, I'm watching the world series with my grandfather, we see car commercials and he tells me about being in a GM engine plant (where he worked for 40+ years) repairing a machine near a crew shooting a commercial where a nickel balanced on top of an engine doesn't fall over when the engine is started because IT'S JUST SUCH A SMOOTH HIGH QUALITY ENGINE. According to him, they had to shoot it about 1000 times. Anyway, anybody know how to find that commercial? I thought it'd be fun to watch with him.
I got cited for expired registration on my car (just plain forgot about it). I now have it registered. The court date is Friday. That officer said that if I show the judge that the vehicle is now registered, that the judge will probably drop the charge. If he doesn't ... I noticed that the citation lists the vehicle as a Subaru. It is not a Subaru, it is an Audi. Would it be worth mentioning this technicality to the judge?
For a feminist art project, I’m hoping to find all (or at least a lot) the depictions of nude female bodies in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Since gender isn’t that simple: I’m looking for depictions of nude bodies of people who likely menstruated.) Is there an easy way to search their collection by content that might reveal these images?
Like many people, I'm getting increasingly frequent scam calls. Sometimes I'll search unfamiliar numbers online and will come across dozens of sites where they've been reported: 800notes.com, whocallsme.com, whycall.me, shouldianswer.com, whoscall.in, etc. What's the deal with these sites? They don't have any differentiating features. Are they their own scam?
I have an interview next week for a Lead Business Analyst position and the HR person said it would be three hours long - the first part with a panel and the second with the hiring manager. The job description is IT-heavy and is frankly a stretch, but when I spoke on the phone with the non-tech gatekeeper yesterday it sounded like something I could manage via filling in gaps in my knowledge. Now I have to convince a panel. [more inside]
Landlord just gave notice they plan to raise our rent by $100 next month. We are also required to give 30 days' notice if we plan to move or we forfeit our deposit. Can they do this? [more inside]
After twelve years of wonderful monogamous sex exclusively with one other person, and never the faintest hint of any erectile or orgasm problems, my first and second attempts at intercourse with a different person have been so humiliating that I fear I now have a hangup that will make it forever impossible. [more inside]
I am ordering some stickers for packages of toffee I make every year and the design-decision-making part of my brain has overloaded. I am using Moo and have a basic design I like, but could use some opinions on the text (color, font, justification). Some choices. [more inside]
I have an old Vanguard Simple IRA account with less than $10k in it and I have not contributed to it in a long time. Should I cash it out? Should I roll it over into an active 401(k) account (it's not Vanguard)? Should I start contributing to it again on my own? [more inside]
I've got a very long file in Markdown that I need to convert to Wikitext and I'm having trouble. [more inside]
I love making and eating (crustless) quiche, but I'm in search of some new ingredient combinations. Give me some quiches to make! [more inside]
Last couple years we've bought health insurance on the exchanges. We're already on the cheapest plan sold there. This year we are facing a big increase in premiums, big enough that we're considering dropping coverage altogether. We'd like to explore our options though. [more inside]
I've got a Steam credit and would like to use it to purchase a game for my 11" Macbook Air. I'm looking for something that can play nicely on that and doesn't require a lot of coordination (no first person shooters, etc.). Games I've really liked (some are boardgames but they give you an idea of what I'm after): Skyrim, Carcassonne, Discworld, Journey, Ticket to Ride, Splendor, Twilight Struggle, I Love Hue, Portal, Tetris, and anything wordy or puzzley. There is so much choice on Steam, even when filtering down to Mac OS, that I'm really lost and could use some recommendations please. Thanks!
I have been offered a job under funky circumstances. I think I have to decline the offer, but I don't know exactly how to word it, and also -- I'm not 100% sure I ought to decline it. Please advise! [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for both a plumber and someone who can do A/C repair in the NYC area. [more inside]
I've been on a reading spree* trying to understand the American origins and recent political consequences of libertarianism/free market fundamentalism, and much of the earlier history seems to involve a reaction to either the labor movement or the New Deal. I'd like some reading suggestions on either of those histories. [more inside]
I'm currently in the middle of shooting a series of hands-on tutorials and have built a nice little camera set-up. This set-up is hands-free, gives me control over framing, and packs away quickly. But I also live in Scotland and by mid-day it is now too dark to take photos indoors (and too wet to go outside to set up). Talk to me about a good way of adding much-needed light to my photos. [more inside]
Who do I get to install a new gas wall oven where the current unit gas wall oven is beyond repair? Needed parts are no longer made and "universal" parts don't fit my oven. [more inside]
So, our kids have iPads. We have a house rule that they need to ask permission before buying anything. In fact, until recently they were UNABLE to make purchases without getting approval from one of us. Somehow was changed, and in the last week out daughter racked up $300 in charges on some stupid High School app. [more inside]
I'd like to merge two macOS Photos libraries into one, with the ability to weed out duplicates during the process. [more inside]
Months ago I volunteered to provide the food for our local shelter's art fundraiser. Normally I'd cook, and enjoy it. However, work and life has thrown some curveballs, and it's become clear I'm overextended. The event is from 4-7 on a Saturday afternoon, so I'd been thinking mostly heavy, savory bites. [more inside]
A small thing has exploded into a huge thing. I need help figuring this out please. [more inside]
Non-heel-wearers of MeFi, help me find my shoe unicorn. The "stylish" and "no heel" part seem to be the most complicated. Sometimes durability is an issue too. Assume price is no object. Examples inside. [more inside]
The deep web is hundreds of times larger than the surface web. Something so enormous has to have some beneficial or interesting things, doesn't it? The dark web is only a teeny, tiny part of it, and I have no interest in anything that happens there. But I have a lot of interest in seeing what else there is on the deep web. What do you guys think?
I'm in a legal domestic partnership (Wisconsin) with my favorite and best, and thanks to Scott Walker all state employees' domestic partners, including me, will be losing health insurance coverage effective Jan. 01, 2018. Me and mine are considering our options, including getting a marriage license to retain current benefits, and we have a couple of questions to resolve before we do anything. [more inside]
Last night, our landlord called to make sure that we didn't have anything stored in the basement, because apparently the former first floor tenant that just moved out took a bunch of stuff that wasn't hers...including the light bulbs. What? Why on earth would someone take light bulbs from a common area when moving out of an apartment? [more inside]
Elegant solution wanted for: 1. Saving articles to read later. 2. Reading them on an e-ink device. 3. Taking notes and highlights on articles and retrieving them easily later/automatically. [more inside]
White Elephant did not work out well for us last year. My family found the rules confusing and several people were disappointed with the results. Please help me find an alternative gift exchange tradition. [more inside]
My mother found it in my deceased step-father's stuff. Other than that, I have no context for what it is. It appears to be broken, I think it was symmetrical at one time.
Looking for the best in beer blogs, magazines, and ephemera. Help me stay on top of the news in my field! [more inside]
I need to photo some electronic components. I would like to do this using a solid white background laboratory-style background, how do I go about this?
How do I overcome my distaste for checking my work? [more inside]
So there's this Github-project Bookdrop - I would like to run it on my own. Could you walk me through the general steps I'd need to take to run this somewhere else - and where? I was thinking about an AWS- or so service - but how do I actually do this?? [more inside]