June 2015 Archives

June 30

Asked to bring laptop to interview...

Hi all, I am a graphic designer and have an interview with a large company next week. The HR person asked that I fill out a couple forms, bring my resume, printed portfolio... the usual. However, she also stated I should bring my laptop. [more inside]
posted by theshmeek at 10:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Which currency should I use in Japan?

I am going to Japan soon, and will be there for a month. The answer is yen, obviously. But I have American and Australian dollars/bank accounts and can't figure out which one I should use. [more inside]
posted by flora at 10:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me identify a comedy show about a regular guy dating a starlet.

Help me identify a TV comedy about a regular dude who's dating a famous woman. [more inside]
posted by Sully at 10:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Have any of you issued a marriage licence?

I'm asking this out of curiosity, not to be a jerk. I'm very curious about what county clerks do specifically to issue a marriage licence. I know this is a political hot potato--that's not what I'm asking about. I'd like to know the specific steps a county clerk takes to issue a marriage licence. Thank you in advance for any answers. See extended explanation [more inside]
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 9:25 PM PST - 11 comments

How claustrophobic are Lima's catacombs?

Can anyone who's been to the San Francisco catacombs in Lima tell me how crowded and tight they are? [more inside]
posted by Mavri at 9:04 PM PST - 5 comments

ISO software to organize vendor registration for street festivals

The organization I work for puts on a couple of large-scale events every year that involve a lot of moving parts. I’m looking for some kind of software/web-based solution to help us manage some of those moving parts, particularly the registration process for vendors (merchandise & food) and possibly also volunteers. Specifics within! [more inside]
posted by hansbrough at 8:58 PM PST - 3 comments

What are these amazing 67 vaccines?

I was chatting with someone who was anti-vaccine the other day in relation to the new California law, and she was telling me that there were now 67 vaccines that children had to take. I think she was trying to scare me, but actually I thought that sounded amazing! What are these 67 vaccines - and how can I get them for me and mine? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 8:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Television for binge watchers short on time

My fiancé and I like to watch television together, but our schedules are unusually busy this summer, so our usual 45 minutes shows aren't cutting it. Any recommendations for excellent 21-30 minute programs? [more inside]
posted by alligatorpear at 8:36 PM PST - 38 comments

I need some new shows to binge or get into :)

Hi there! I am trying to find three new shows to get into. My favorite shows was Grey's Anatomy- although the writing is not so great anymore. I really like Nasheville, Big Bang, Downton Abbey and Modern Family. I just got into Proof and The Good Wife. I have tried Scandal but just can't get into it. OITNB is too depressing for me. Any ideas? Any new shows I should try. thanks!!
posted by TRUELOTUS at 7:51 PM PST - 37 comments

Number Generator for Foreign Language Learning

Is there a number generator that will read the number out in Mandarin? [more inside]
posted by Trifling at 7:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Coding for yourself when not at work

Have you found that your ability to write code for yourself, in your spare time, dries up when you are programming full time for a living? How do you deal with that? or is it just an inevitable cost of coding for a living? [more inside]
posted by aestival at 6:15 PM PST - 29 comments

Journalists who are experts in their subject matter

I am looking for the journalists that are experts in what they write about. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 4:40 PM PST - 32 comments

Go Where Others Are Not: 4th of July Edition

I hate the 4th of July. I live in Portland. Where can I go where others are not? [more inside]
posted by hollisimo at 1:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Where in the world should we go next?

My family just got back from Iceland. We want more awesome places outside of the US. I haven't done much traveling since we've had kids and are ready to get back on the road. We want really safe, not big crowds, really pretty or interesting in some way. [more inside]
posted by ReluctantViking at 1:49 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me learn Photoshop properly. Challenge level: no video if possible.

I need/want to learn to use Photoshop for various things. I do not learn well from videos and I can't find any courses within 400km of me. I'm good at teaching myself things given the best media fit. [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer at 1:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Good recipe for a salad with pickled/marinated vegetables?

I have a craving for salads with marinated or quick-pickled vegetables. You know, where the vegetables end of kind of soft and vinegary and yummy. I'm having a hard time finding anything that sounds really good and properly explanatory online. Please give me your recipes, links, or just your pickled-salads-101 if you're in the know!
posted by kitcat at 1:32 PM PST - 25 comments

How to best find drop-in help for a limited time period

How would you go about finding a helper for a short drop-in every day for about 5 - 7 days? I would way prefer to pay someone to do this than to ask my friends for the favor. [more inside]
posted by janey47 at 1:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Vancouver my crew!

Just found out our client has approved a film shoot in Vancouver. Hooray! Now, where do a crew of 5 Brooklynites stay? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 1:13 PM PST - 15 comments

What are some of the known longest-uptime *nix installs in the world?

Someone mentioned that netcraft used to have an updated ranking, but no longer does. I imagine this would mean no kernel updates or anything for many years too, so I guess it would be a pretty un-secure machine.
posted by basehead at 1:06 PM PST - 16 comments

You're family! Just not, you know, my family.

I got married last weekend. Yay! Now I'm trying to navigate my relationship with my husband's stepmother. Boo. [more inside]
posted by ann_disaster at 12:52 PM PST - 32 comments

Help us maximize our trip to Greece.

We are spending a week in Athens in August. Help us get the most out of sightseeing ruins and art/artifacts by suggesting ways to learn about them in advance. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 12:20 PM PST - 10 comments

What are some good weekend jobs I might not know about?

I'm looking for a weekend-only job to supplement my income, and at the moment the only jobs I can think of are supermarket or foodservice. Is there anything out there I might not have heard of, that a person with no prior experience might have a chance of getting?
posted by Enemy of Joy at 12:20 PM PST - 19 comments

Hosted Minecraft PE solutions

A friend of mine is looking to use Minecraft PE with a group of 20 kids who will be playing on iPads. They're looking for an opinion on what the best way to host a server will be. They want a persistent server that will be available around the clock, they will not be playing with mods, and they'd like it to be as maintenance free as possible. What are good, reliable, and scam free hosting solutions for mobile Minecraft? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 11:45 AM PST - 6 comments

What is the best cocktail class in Chicago? (more inside)

I am looking for a basic, but generally sophisticated/creative cocktail class that my girlfriend and I can attend together. [more inside]
posted by toddforbid at 11:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Hard shell v. soft

Is a hard-shelled case for a glass-fronted tablet such as an iPad more likely to lead to shattering, when the thing is dropped at its corner, than a thick padded fabric case? Asking because of bad recent experiences.
posted by Countess Elena at 11:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Who profits from weddings?

If I'm expecting the traditional American wedding (registry, rehearsal dinner, lavish ceremony, reception) industry to expand over the next few years, where would I invest my money? My experience was mostly with local people, but I am sure there is some behemoth out there who's bread and butter is based on that style of people getting married.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 10:47 AM PST - 17 comments

OK, What's the Scam Here?

At work I've been getting 2-3 calls per week for the last few months that all follow the same pattern - someone wants to send me a free white paper about something and just needs to verify my information. They are clearly some kind of marketing ploy but I can't figure out what the purpose is. [more inside]
posted by majorsteel at 10:38 AM PST - 16 comments

How should I deal with possibly manipulative catastrophizing?

How do I respond to "I just have to accept [exaggerated outcome that neither of us want]"? [more inside]
posted by scatter gather at 10:34 AM PST - 33 comments

Affordable Shampoo/Conditioner Similar to Living Proof PHD

I like having nice hair, but I don't like spending over $20 each for shampoo and conditioner. I've gotten really good results with Living Proof PHD products, and am looking for similar drugstore products, hopefully in the $10-15 range. [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 10:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I get basic copyediting training?

I want to learn copyediting basics. I have writing skills and great attention to detail, but no formal copyediting training. What resources are out there? I'm looking for short-term things like courses, manuals, and workbooks, not full degree or certificate programs. [more inside]
posted by cadge at 10:06 AM PST - 11 comments

I replaced my car's alternator. Now what?

Last Thursday, my 2008 Scion xB had its alternator die. I picked it up yesterday from the mechanic, and a new alternator and new battery later, it runs fine, except for one thing: it gets a case of the shakes like it wants to conk out when it is idling. Could this be related to the aforementioned alternator problem, or is it something else? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 10:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Family friendly fun in and around Toronto

Fellow Torontonians, I'm looking for fun, family friendly activities to do in and around the city this summer! [more inside]
posted by trigger at 9:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Memorial service for mom when we are just a few people attending.

My mom is in pallative care and may pass away shortly. I'm an only child and we have no blood relatives here. The service would be attended by my husband and two teen kids plus a couple of elderly neighbors and me. What funeral service ideas are there for such a small attendance? [more inside]
posted by Coffeetyme at 9:42 AM PST - 11 comments

How will Bing's switch to AOL search/ad tech affect Rewards Program?

According to this: But how will Bing Rewards be impacted?
posted by Grease at 9:40 AM PST - 3 comments

How did you and your ex divide up all the mementos?

I've been divorced since 2004 and we separated a few years before that. Pretty much all that remains is child support (not part of today's question) and about 8 boxes of mementos, including photos, in the corner of my apartment. I'd like to have a final division of this stuff this summer. So how did you and your ex divide up all the stuff? [more inside]
posted by JimN2TAW at 9:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I set off fireworks near Nashville, TN?

Where can I set off fireworks near Nashville, TN? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Pregnant and Uninsured in the US -- help!

I am not irresponsible! I am a US Citizen who lives in a European country, where I am on state health insurance. We are back in the US for three months, and have temporary, emergency health insurance here. (We are not eligible, as non US residents, for ACA insurance.) I find myself unexpectedly but happily pregnant, with a few more months in the US to go before we return. How do I get prenatal care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Pricing a Mazda CX-5

We are planning to buy a Mazda CX-5 in the near future. What kind of a price should we be looking to get, in southern Ontario? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 9:25 AM PST - 1 comment

... and the chair is biting his leg

Can anyone point me at some kind of reasonably nice office desk chair (style something like a Herman Miller / Aeron) that is mounted on a track on the floor, so that it can slide only 3ft to 4ft in a straight line? [more inside]
posted by doctor tough love at 9:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Poor social skills filter: Can this friendship be resurrected?

I think I irreparably messed up my relationship with a close friend from the past. Is there anything else I can/should do at this point, or should I just move on? [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 9:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Paying the difference between prepaid last month and current rent

We are moving out at the end of July and plan on using our prepaid last month of rent. The rent we normally pay has increased since we prepaid that last month. Do we have to pay the difference? [more inside]
posted by Diskeater at 9:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Anything to do around Cedar Point that's not amusement park-y?

Anything to do around Cedar Point that's not amusement park-related? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 9:11 AM PST - 5 comments

San Francisco bike riding

I live down in Monterey but I have this Thursday off randomly and I'm thinking of doing the following: Driving up to Ft Funston with my bike, parking at Funston, riding to the Golden Gate Visitor's center, doing the SF Public Library walking tour and then riding back to Funston. Is this an insane idea or doable? [more inside]
posted by macfly at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Lead paint dust

I think workers employed by my landlord sanded away about a square foot of paint in my bathroom (in a building erected in the 1930s). There is a layer of fine dust in my medicine cabinet and on a few other surfaces (presumably those they didn't wipe down afterward). I'm concerned about lead poisoning; what steps should I take to avoid exposure? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 8:43 AM PST - 4 comments

An app that will give me directions but route me past interesting things

Apple Maps and the Google Maps app will give me directions. Apple Maps and the Google Maps app will give me restaurant reviews. With either of these apps, is there any way to combine these functions-- as in, "Google, get me to Piccadilly Circus and tell me the highest-rated restaurant along the way?" Or "Get me to Piccadilly Circus and route me past a good French restaurant?" If not, is there any app that will do this? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 8:38 AM PST - 3 comments

How to feel better when you're really, really depressed.

How can I make myself feel better when regular self-soothing techniques don't appear to be helping? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 6:36 AM PST - 31 comments

n+1 chances are for others

TherapyFilter: How do you come around to not just forgiving yourself, but believing you are worthy of forgiveness? And that to forgive is not some fault of a weak person who just wants others to like them? [more inside]
posted by inmyhead at 5:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Suggestions for gentle exercises after period of bed rest

I need advice about very gentle exercises and reconditioning after a long period of bed rest. I have a heart condition and have been very inactive for years. Recently my heart problem got somewhat better. Now I can do very light exercises. But even very gentle exercise can be a problem for me. I need advice about reconditioning safely. Also I would like suggestions for websites, books or other resources for people recovering after long periods of bed rest who are severely deconditioned. [more inside]
posted by Cinnamon Bear at 5:43 AM PST - 15 comments

My elementary school best friend is stalking me.

A girl I was good friends with in elementary school, sort of friends with in high school, but hadn't talked to since 2002 has been sending me repeated, unwanted, disturbing messages online. They are escalating in weirdness. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:56 AM PST - 25 comments

I'm a nightowl, seriously. How do I make this work.

I have real problems functioning during the day - during daylight hours I am depressed, I am foggy, I am tired, I seriously have issues 'getting through the day'. Come night time I am fine - happier, functioning, a better more productive person. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Was I raped? I can't believe I'm asking this.

I can't believe I'm going to write about this, but it won't go away. For years I dated a woman several years my junior. 29 year-old man here. It was a very manipulative, damaging relationship, which both of us exerting control over the relationship in various ways, from ignoring each other, to her hanging her ex-boyfriend over me (he was threatening to hurt me, causing me to wonder at the time if he was on the side somehow), to lying and emotional outbursts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:54 AM PST - 30 comments

Help me find the title or author of my favorite lost half-read book!

I was so enthralled with it that I mentioned how wonderful it was to a visiting friend. He asked to borrow it, and then disappeared with it into the wild east of Estonia or maybe Moscow and I've never heard from him again. He also owes me two dollars. [more inside]
posted by cytherea at 1:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Sneaky motherfucking ninja spider up in my shit

There seems to be a sneaky motherfucking ninja spider up in my shit, ie my bed/bedroom. [more inside]
posted by Edward Liveing, M.D. at 1:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Appropriate response to religious greeting

I am currently living in Austria, where it is typical for people entering a semi-public space (e.g. doctor's office, barber shop) to greet the entire room and receive a greeting back. What is the appropriate response when greeted with "salaam alaikum" (selamün aleyküm)? [more inside]
posted by frimble at 1:06 AM PST - 9 comments

How Helpful Are Swim Lessons for a 2 Year Old?

I've heard mixed things. Some people say that a child at 2 won't get much from swim lessons other than becoming more comfortable in the water, which isn't something you need a paid instructor for. They tell me to just take my kid into the pool with me to play and hang out. What do y'all think?
posted by Anonymousness at 12:19 AM PST - 16 comments

coding partner or starting over better?

I am in the UK and learning HTML/CSS/JavaScript & InDesign through Lynda.com. The InDesign comes naturally to me, the coding not so much. The trouble is it's very difficult to get feedback and damn near impossible to find a coding partner. I do not have time to do more than three hours of training everyday and can't take time off. Is there a language/framework/training that would be more progressive to the lone learner?
posted by parmanparman at 12:00 AM PST - 6 comments

June 29

You're cute, but my door doesn't think so!

We are having an issue with neighborhood cats peeing on our iron mesh door that's in front of a wooden door. One of our neighbors says he caught them all and spayed/neutered them a long time ago (which we have no reason to disbelieve) and now regularly feeds them. However... [more inside]
posted by massofintuition at 10:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Presentation Critical of the "Right Size" Concept of Urban Forestry?

A few years ago I came across a presentation on the web. It was from an urban forester who was critical of the "right size" movement in urban forestry--you know, the one that advocates planting spindly overgrown shrubs along streets rather than the magnificent towering canopy trees of yesteryear, on the grounds that big trees can crack the sidewalks and stuff. Now I can't find it. Anyone have a link to critiques of the right size movement? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 10:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Spiderman as saviour and the absurdity of belief

A few years ago I read a short response to an appeal for religious belief that showed the essential absurdity of belief as the causative agent of reality. Instead of believing in Jesus, the author asked people to believe that Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and gained superpowers, with which he saves the world. Couched in evangelical language and belief-speak, the appeal was a devastating (and hilarious) critique on credulity and irrational faith. But I lost it in a hard drive failure and haven't found it through searching. Can anybody surface this piece? I
posted by eaglehound at 9:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me create a player ranking system for a game

I want to create a ranking system for a game that will be more refined than just ranking the users in order 1, 2, 3, etc. [more inside]
posted by banished at 9:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me make my basement a little more habitable

A friend will be crashing in my basement for a little while and I'd like to make my basement that is a little dark and damp more habitable for him to crash temporarily. Snowflakes and pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by denimchair at 8:05 PM PST - 14 comments

How to say no when men ask me out?

As a straight man, help me gracefully decline when men occasionally ask me out, because I am bad at it. [more inside]
posted by Kwine at 8:00 PM PST - 31 comments

Can't concentrate at work at all.

I've been going from day job to day job for the past few years. There's always a point where I start to lose focus and my work suffers. Is this a sign that I should leave? Or is something wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by morning_television at 7:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Where have all the flowers gone?

When cities change their landscaping in those center-boulevard planters for a new season, what happens to the old flowers? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom at 7:33 PM PST - 6 comments

how to make armrests wider?

The arms of my office chair (Ikea Markus) are too far apart. What can I strap around them to widen my arm resting surface? [more inside]
posted by segfault at 7:09 PM PST - 5 comments

How to remove the smell from sealed wooden bowls?

Mundane question, but: I had a couple of wooden bowls made on Etsy, and they were coated with General Finishes' Oil Based Salad Bowl Finish. The bowls are sealed just fine, but they reek of the finish to the point where it overpowers eating anything. Is there anything I can do to get the smell out? [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 7:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Cab/Car service recommendations in DC

Traveling to DC soon with Man and Boy. Have a question about getting around when the Metro isn't practical or possible. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 7:04 PM PST - 12 comments

How does one engage respectfully with a combative, dogmatic atheist?

How does one engage respectfully with a combative atheist who tries to convince you that most major religions are inherently anti-humanist / anti- enlightenment? I am an atheist myself, but I respect people who are religious. [more inside]
posted by jacobnayar at 7:03 PM PST - 35 comments

Who am I? (Borderline Personality Disorder question)

I grew up in a household with a BPD (borderline personality disorder) father, and although I haven't been officially diagnosed I suspect I might be borderline myself. Now that I'm an adult, I feel like I have little sense of who I really am as an individual; I find myself emulating the personality traits of whomever I'm talking or texting with, for better or worse. I'd like to hear some suggestions on how to improve one's sense of identity so that I feel more like... umm... a whole person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 PM PST - 11 comments

parents hated my boyfriend, but love my sister's boyfriend

My parents didn't accept my boyfriend for about six of the seven years that we've been dating due to his physical disability. Now my younger sister has a new boyfriend whom my parents wholly and happily accept, and as childish as this is, this is bringing up all sorts of unpleasant feelings. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Hair Raising Questions on Tipping.

How (not what) to tip in US Hair Saloons? [more inside]
posted by wwax at 6:53 PM PST - 11 comments

How do you deal with feelings about moving far away?

I'm moving to a new country next week. I was super excited about it, but now just feel sad. How do I deal with emotions surrounding this and get happy about it again? [more inside]
posted by anonymoosemoosemoose at 6:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Building side income with Etsy and Ebay

I'd like to build a side income source where I can reliably make an extra $500-$1k a month. I want to do it using Ebay and/or Etsy. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 5:13 PM PST - 13 comments

EMBA, business certificate, or something else?

I've been working in the public sector for about eight years, aside from a stint at the start of my career in the IT and nonprofit sectors. I started my public sector career right after graduate school in public administration (in 2007), and I have been in government ever since. I'm thinking about the value of an EMBA or some other sort of business certification that can build some of the skills I didn't get. [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 5:00 PM PST - 1 comment

Need Date Ideas For Seattle, Stat!

I foolishly promised a week of interesting evening Seattle dates, but then the potential of shutdown got me swamped by work and I forgot about it until now. Since the first one needs to start in <2 hours, things without reservations preferred. Assume I am functionally ignorant of what the city contains. Please help me cover my error and still have nice romantic times! [more inside]
posted by corb at 4:53 PM PST - 21 comments

Can't decide between Hakone and Himeji!

I can't decide between doing a day trip from Osaka to Himeji and doing a day trip from Tokyo to Hakone. Can you please help, given the following facts? [more inside]
posted by paperback version at 4:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find heavy-weight t-shirts

I used to be happy with Lands End "super tees," but over the years, I guess to maintain their price point, they've gotten lighter and flimsier. What made me think there has to be a better product out there was watching Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station this past weekend. (I wouldn't want such generous sizing, but that's just a matter of ordering something smaller, right?) I'm looking for plain t-shirts in a variety of colors, no graphics. Help?
posted by Short Attention Sp at 4:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Best entry level DSLR for the money in 2015?

My partner, who currently shoots with a vintage Nikon FG 20, wants to get a DSLR camera. What's the best entry level, consumer-grade DSLR out there for under $600? Must be available from Best Buy as we're trying to use up a gift card; must come with a lens (or be cheap enough to add a lens and still be under $600).
posted by Lieber Frau at 3:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Where is the Google Security Token

I'm switching hosts. I'm using gmail to run a domain specific email account. think ironmouth@ironmouth.com as an example. I switched providers to GoDaddy. They've been incredibly helpful. But I can't get the E-mail to work right. [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth at 3:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I upgrade from Mac OS 10.7.5 to OS 8 or further up: 9 or 10.10.3?

I need to upgrade from Mac OS 10.7.5 to OS 8 to use a tool for work. Should I just go ahead and upgrade to OS 10.10.3? I ask because the 10.7.5 works just fine and I'm inclined to leave well enough alone unless as now when I need a later version for work. Is the upgrade (to whatever version) buggy, complicated, worth it? Thanks. [more inside]
posted by holdenjordahl at 2:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Should we offer to take our nieces on one-on-one vacations?

My wife and I like the idea of taking our son on a pair of one-on-one vacations, one with each parent, to build special memories with each parent. We'd like to extend the offer to our beloved nieces, whose immigrant parents couldn't afford these kinds of trips, but I'd appreciate any input on whether that sounds grandiose or distasteful. [more inside]
posted by Clambone at 2:53 PM PST - 28 comments

Impact of car reposession in Nevada?

Hello, We have a car we can no longer afford, but we owe about $3K more than we could potentially sell it for and we cannot come up with that difference. We are in Nevada and I want to know if we turn the car over to the bank and they sell it, can they come after us for the difference in the balance and what they sell it for. Thank you.
posted by harrietthespy at 2:39 PM PST - 4 comments

External CD Writer

I would like to buy an external CD writer (burner) for my shitty ASUS laptop (currently running Win8, will run WinX once update becomes free because I hate Win8). A cursory search at newegg.com finds them to be much cheaper than I had expected, which actually worries me. Anything I need to look out for? Note: I'd prefer to buy this sooner than later as I have a couple of roadtrips coming up and I like to make mixtapes for such journeys.
posted by maryr at 2:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Cinematography and Game of Thrones

Are there any blogs or tumblrs that are a collection of the really beautiful shots that Game of Thrones does? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 1:59 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the best resuable ice pack for a cooler?

What's the best ice pack to use in a cooler when car camping? Has anyone done scientific reviews of the various kinds? Is there any difference between the various brands of refreezable ice packs? I'm asking about these sorts of things. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:21 PM PST - 16 comments

How to thoroughly clean up fresh raccoon scat on pebbles?

I found fresh raccoon droppings in my backyard this morning. Yuck. I carefully scooped out the mess and some surrounding pebbles (about 8 x 8 inches total), double bagged it, poured about a gallon of freshly boiled water around the area, and added a couple of cups of bleach for good measure. (The shovel got boiling water, too.) Results. But given the fact that I'd rather not have residues of dried up shit and roundworm in my yard, should I remove more of the pebbles and re-treat the broader area with boiling water?
posted by maudlin at 1:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Good psychiatric hospitals in NYC?

A friend in New York City is in crisis and I think needs to go to a psychriatric hospital. The one they've been to previously has since closed and they are reluctant to go to a place they know nothing about. I'm in Florida so I'm no help with this. Can any of you recommend which hospitals in Manhattan should be considered - or as importantly, avoided?
posted by cmyk at 12:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I make a separate, secondary WiFi network?

I would like to figure out how to make a wireless network inside my house that doesn't interfere/interact with my regular cable modem/wifi. Details to follow ... [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 12:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Holiday in a financially troubled country?

Have you ever travelled to a country in the aftermath of an economic crisis or default? What was it like? Could you tell anything was different as a tourist? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 12:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Twin Cities for visiting family this July?

My wife & four kids & I will be in St. Paul for a long visit in the middle of July. What should be on our schedule -- both things new in the last few years, and time-tested favorites? I grew up in St. Paul but moved away a long time ago; we bring the kids out in the summer to spend time with family. We haven't been out in a couple of summers, so I want this one to be awesome! [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 12:41 PM PST - 15 comments

iPad dock/speaker thing/clock type question

Can someone recommend a good dock for an iPad that has quite good quality speakers and preferably the ability to use it as an alarm clock? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 12:40 PM PST - 1 comment

Light, easy, fun game?

What is the lightest-weight thing that can bring the most joy and laughter to 4-5 people? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 12:40 PM PST - 44 comments

Going to Curacao - all advice welcome!

I'm going to be in Curacao over Labor Day weekend. Does anyone have suggestions on where to stay and what to do while I'm out there? I want to do as much as possible in a short amount of time. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 12:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Japanese theatre question

Is there a Kabuki or Noh theatrical performance that features a funeral of a young person?
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 11:44 AM PST - 1 comment

They say it can't be done: raising the level of water in the toilet bowl

Google says that raising the level of a new 1.6 version toilet bowl (not the tank) cannot be done because the water level is determined by the S-bend design in the porcelain tank. Almost any time I hear "can't be done" it means that "a bit of hacking needs to occur before it can be done". [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile at 11:19 AM PST - 25 comments

Where to find people in arranged marriages or dating their relatives?

A strange and very specific question here: I've been tasked with finding and interviewing young people (ages 16-26) who are either in arranged marriages or who are dating their own cousins/aunts/uncles. I don't even know where to begin. Any suggestions? Thank you so much in advance...
posted by Lillitatiana at 11:18 AM PST - 23 comments

Have you cycled up Going-To-The-Sun Road (in Glacier NP)?

Our family is vacationing in Montana next week, and I have rented a road bike for a couple of days. I intend to ride west to east up a part of Going-To-The-Sun Road, and wonder if anyone else has experience. I am SUPER excited about it, but also nervous. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 11:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Cooking class in NYC

I would like to give my boyfriend a cooking class as a birthday present. Any suggestions on where in NYC to go? [more inside]
posted by naoko at 9:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Hand-me-down armchair?

We are having a number of house guests this summer, and it is finally time for me to break down and get a decent armchair for the living room. [more inside]
posted by nanook at 9:08 AM PST - 10 comments

How to Warehouse.

The company I work for is in need of some medium-scale (i think?) inventory tracking, shipping and receiving is a bit outside my wheelhouse; I need to be schooled on best practices, and what to shop for. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 9:03 AM PST - 3 comments

can I negotiate my salary after I already started working

I started a new job and never even thought to negotiate a higher salary. Now that I've started it seems like I really should have countered their offer. [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb at 8:44 AM PST - 10 comments

The only thing that separates us from the animals...

...is our ability to accessorize. I am wearing this dress to a summer, semi-outdoor wedding, but the only thing I know is that I'm wearing this dress, basically. Help me figure out the rest of it, please! [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 8:38 AM PST - 13 comments

What's going on? How can we best enjoy sex?

We've been in a relationship for some time - I am 24 and she is 28 - but we only recently started having sex regularly because we used to live a distance from each other until we (finally!) moved in together. Both of us have physical challenges that seem to be making sex less enjoyable. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend at 8:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Restaurants and other things to do in New London, Connecticut

I'll be staying a week in New London, CT by myself in early July. I'd like to get some recommendations for not-too-expensive places to eat, and other things to do. [more inside]
posted by holborne at 8:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Pretty sure a solvent is out of the question.

My 4-year-old sustained a laceration above his eye in a bouncy house incident one month ago. He required 6 stitches but threw a fit after 4 so they glued the rest. The glue WILL NOT COME OFF and it is black dirt at this point. I need advice. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 8:00 AM PST - 11 comments

How the heck can I fix this?

I need to repair a bean bag chair that has ripped vinyl edges (some of the "beans") are coming out. What is the best way to fix this? Picture inside. [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise at 7:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find a release form for Oral History Interviews?

I'm planning to interview a few of my older family members to preserve some of their stories for posterity. I want to make sure I have flexibility in how I can share and use the recordings and transcripts later on. I want to use a release form to make things legal and official. Also, I think it will help make it clear to the interviewees how the interviews might be used. Can you point me to some sample release forms online?
posted by braveterry at 7:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Queer nonmonogamy-friendly therapist in Chicago?

My partner and I (both bisexual women) are looking for a therapist in Chicago for help with our sexual relationship, in particular with opening it up to new partners and dealing with the negative emotions that come with that. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 AM PST - 3 comments

boyfriend refuses to talk about sex

special snowflake details and lots of confusion within... [more inside]
posted by megan_magnolia at 6:02 AM PST - 15 comments

Worries about our relationship in face of shitty cancer diagnosis

Please help me sort out my feelings about my relationship with my boyfriend, my relationship with his cancer, and how the two might be interplaying. [more inside]
posted by starstarstar at 4:26 AM PST - 19 comments

Damn spots, they're all I see

My last two pairs of glasses have ended up with tiny spots on the lenses. Two different optometrists/opticians have said they don't know why. Do you? [more inside]
posted by tracicle at 3:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Just beat it

Future Mr. Fallbala and I are getting married in September. We started looking at wedding rings and are wondering about materials, design and durability. [more inside]
posted by Fallbala at 2:31 AM PST - 10 comments

How to prevent / remove "dusty" smell from clothes?

My clothes cupboard is a bit overstuffed – that's not going to change. I find that anything that's not been washed in a month or so develops a cupboard smell – not mouldy thank goodness, but a smell I can only describe as "dusty". This is especially bad with T-shirts that are folded and stacked in a pile, less so (but still a bit) on shirts and trousers that hang from hangers. [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 1:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Chromebook vs. cheap Windows laptop for light school use

I have a desktop at home and I need to get a laptop that I can carry with me to campus. I only need it for email, reading articles, and writing. I'd go with a Chromebook in a heartbeat, but I'm very concerned about being unable to edit documents if I can't get online. Cost and weight are major factors as well. [more inside]
posted by teponaztli at 12:30 AM PST - 5 comments

My boyfriend's ex is his "best friend."

My boyfriend had a pretty awful 10-year relationship with his ex girlfriend. After they broke up three years ago, things recovered to the point where they are really good friends. I feel like their friendship has unhealthy elements and I'm not sure how best to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:23 AM PST - 24 comments

How common are 'hidden ovaries' in a transvaginal ultrasound?

I had a transvaginal ultrasound a little while ago, and the tech couldn't find my ovaries. Is this a cause for concern? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:23 AM PST - 10 comments

June 28

What company or boat should we use for a 8-11 day Galapagos cruise?

I'm looking for a small (probabl 16-20 passenger) Galapagos tour boat for a 8-11 day cruise. My group likes traveling in comfort and is particularly interested in finding a boat with very well-informed guides (and the more of them on board the better). We expect to pay more for this. We're getting overwhelmed with all of the options and know older info can get dated fast. If you've been, would you recommend your boat (and why or why not)? Thanks!
posted by arnicae at 9:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me pick out a new camera!

I'm in the market for my first nice camera, as my iPhone is no longer cutting it. I am thinking to purchase a mirrorless, but the possibilities seem endless! Please guide my decision. [more inside]
posted by masters2010 at 9:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Does a landscape mode iPhone neckstrap exist?

Does anyone make a neck strap that suspends an iPhone from the neck in landscape mode? I'm looking for a way to shoot some very basic hands-free video while avoiding "vertical video syndrome". I tried searching Amazon and couldn't seem to find such a thing.
posted by crapmatic at 9:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Seeking recommendations: books about African history

Once again, I'm reminded of everything I don't know, so it's time to start organizing my next round of what-to-read. This time: African history. Any recommendations would be very welcome. [more inside]
posted by ElaineMc at 8:22 PM PST - 7 comments

What is Google Now great for? How can I use it best?

I've found that using Google Now can be waaaaay more efficient than typing things by hand: "OK Google, call restaurant." is much faster than searching for restaurantand then clicking on the linked number. However, I haven't any sense of the range of commands and integrations it supports. What are some of the best things for which to use Google Now? What should I install to get more out of it? How can I best turn my phone into the Star Trek computer?
posted by Going To Maine at 8:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Articles or Papers on depolarizing the US?

I'm tired of reading about how congressional gridlock is the result of increasing political and media polarization. That much is obvious. What I'm interested in knowing is, what proposals are there to end or ameliorate this trend in American culture and politics? Who's thinking about this and writing articles or white papers? What ideas have been floated? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 7:06 PM PST - 9 comments

how to breathe when jogging

i've heard to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. is there any science to this or is just more New Age b.s.? [more inside]
posted by Opengreen at 6:57 PM PST - 13 comments

No more Dad Jeans

OK, I've had it with being that guy in old baggy-ass faded jeans. What kind of jeans should an average-sized guy wear that's age appropriate (40) but not too "dad." Is the Gap still the place? Help!
posted by smelvis at 6:01 PM PST - 26 comments

Should I worry about my introverted toddler?

My two-year-old son is very introverted, and I’m not sure if I should worry or if there are things we should be doing to encourage more social interaction. Advice and perspective appreciated. [more inside]
posted by forza at 5:52 PM PST - 22 comments

How do we shut off this portable stove??

We just tried out a previously unopened Sterno brand portable butane stove. It lit itself fine, but the dial to moderate the flame doesn't affect it all and now we have no idea how to turn it off. We followed the instructions to turn the flame all the way down and no effect. Husband just tried calling the corporate number and I don't think he's getting through to anyone. He also did some googling and looks concerned. I said, "This is a question for metafilter!" What do we do?
posted by stowaway at 5:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I talk to friendly, interesting strangers on the internet?

Remember back when the internet started, and it was all about connecting with people you'd never met before? We're not talking Chatroulette, message boards, or anyone asking 'A/S/L?', but just having interesting, non-creepy, real-time conversations with strangers? I miss that. Is there a corner of the internet where that still exists?
posted by torietorie at 5:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Tell me about living in Denver (after living in SF)

I'm considering moving to Denver from the SF Bay Area, to take advantage of an amazing career opportunity. But this would be a huge change and I have a lot of questions! If you live in Denver or have recently lived there, can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:37 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I be more photogenic?

I always look terrible in photographs. To the point that not many pictures are taken of me... How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer at 4:13 PM PST - 21 comments

What do I do on my computer when I don't have an internet connection?

Sometimes I'll be sitting at my laptop with no internet connection for an hour or three. What can I do to keep myself busy during that time?
posted by Triumphant Muzak at 3:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Is a depressing but good book a bad birthday present?

Is a depressing but good book a bad birthday present? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 3:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Esperanza me

I'm an amateur musician trying to learn Spanish. I'd like to kill two birds with one stone by learning some Spanish-language songs. I've been listening to a lot of Spanish-language music but it's been hard for me to find the kind of music that is about right for my language level and my taste in music. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 2:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me rescue my hard drive!

I have my entire iTunes library on an external hard drive. I have a computer that has no problem accessing the iTunes library on the external hard drive, but for any other purpose refuses to acknowledge the existence of said drive, because it's a powerpc external hard drive. I would like to figure out how to transfer my iTunes library to a brand new external hard drive to use with my new mac. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 2:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Recommendations for camper van

We are considering getting a camper van in the UK. We want to keep our son outdoors and active but are limited by needing to get him home each day for nebuliser treatments which require a standard mains plug. It would be great if we could stay out for the entire day or stay overnight for a weekend. Requirements within... [more inside]
posted by Stark at 2:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Poster / wall art suggestions?

Looking for something for my wall that fits all these criteria: 1. Abstract 2. Nonrepresentational 3. Light colors 4. White space 5. Around 70 inches wide by 40 inches tall. [more inside]
posted by TheOptimizer at 1:48 PM PST - 7 comments

help plan my vacation: three 30-year-old college friends go to Colorado

We're looking for: - something exciting like whitewater rafting or hang gliding, but safe enough that we'll live. - somewhere to hang out and catch up over a long weekend. - cool summer weather. - great accommodations at a 3 1/2-star price. We're all city-dwelling liberal professionals with obligations who haven't met up in over a year. Good ideas appreciated!
posted by sninctown at 1:44 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I list third party contracting positions on a resume?

The global, major well known main company has their laboratory IT work contracted out to a global outsourcing company. The global outsourcing company has hired me to be lead consultant for an upgrade project. So the work I am doing is for the main company. I want to update my resume to include this position, how do I list it on my resume? Also, since I'm one of the only people that has done this upgrade before, I have no job description beyond "Lead Consultant for" the project. I'm the extra resource with relevant experience. So when I list it on my resume I need to write my job duties as a combination of what I've done in the short time I've had the position, what I'm doing, and what I know needs to / will be done. Any advice in regards to that would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ender6574 at 1:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Question about an MRI and Cost and Second Opinions

I'm having an MRI on my knee late Monday afternoon to see if I might need surgery on a possible cartilage problem. The cost will be a financial hardship, and I have a question about how to discuss that. Also, I got multiple opinions from doctors, and I have a question about how to handle that. [more inside]
posted by crocodiletsunami at 1:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me name my baby rats!

Everyone likes a name-my-cute-animals question on a Sunday afternoon, right? I have a couple baby boy rats. They need names. Link to pics under the fold. [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising at 12:28 PM PST - 36 comments

Millenial student loan debt, amirite?

Best strategy for paying down student loan debt for my *snowflake* situation. I don't want to bankrupt my future, but I also am not looking for taking risks like getting my hopes set on loan forgiveness. Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by Zeratul at 11:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Best way to increase cardiovascular capacity (and maybe endurance)?

Given my set of constraints, I need some ideas about forms of exercise I can do to increase my cardiovascular capacity and maybe my endurance also. Details within. [more inside]
posted by purple_bird at 10:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Simple Character Animation for Mac?

What Mac or web-based software is available for my 11-year-old daughter to do character animation? She's ready to move on from GoAnimate. [more inside]
posted by musofire at 10:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Words for service

I need ideas for how to word a brief inscription honoring someone's work of N duration, for X cause/ Y institution. Failing that, any ideas for compact inscription-y alternatives to the words "dedicated," "service," or both? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus at 9:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Wifi dropping on certain wifi networks and only on Macbook Airs.

Wifi is dropping on two Macbook Airs on certain networks but not on others while all other devices are fine. How to fix? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 8:21 AM PST - 11 comments

How to capture a bit of streaming video?

I want to record about ten seconds from this video on the web for personal use, and I don't want to buy software to do it. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 7:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Navigating a software development agreement?

How do I mitigate risk to myself in the future as a result of damage/losses/etc incurred by purchasers of the product in the event that something like this should occur? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Want to be in more friend circles, but having trouble connecting...

Hi AskMe: I'm a 34-year-old single female, quite introverted, not really having a tight circle of friends until my breakup from my only relationship 2 years ago. I have one main circle of friends, many of whom I got to know from going to a board game meetup. While I enjoy socializing with the group over dining out and some board games, I sometimes feel uncomfortable with venting to people in my main circle as a sounding board because of some past internal group misunderstanding as well as drama involving the former "group leader" arising from a breakup he suffered (where the fact I asked said group leader out and got rejected did not help at all) and some new group members coming in whom I feel like I enjoy in limited doses only. So I feel like I need to find more circle of friends while keeping the existing circle--with some friends being more people whom I can confide to--except... [more inside]
posted by Tsukushi at 5:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Mathfilter - Surface of a Helix

My math is a bit rusty, I would like to calculate the surface of a helix [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 4:15 AM PST - 4 comments

also, too

Explain the nuanced difference in meaning between "also" or "too" in this sentence: "We repair your motorcycle too." vs "We repair your motorcycle also."
posted by mightshould at 3:50 AM PST - 13 comments

What's the song in this Humans trailer?

What is the song in this trailer? I usually try not to ask these questions because only a few people benefit from it but this has been stuck in my head for days. There are a few other people asking the same question by the looks of the YouTube comments.
posted by anon_for_this at 2:16 AM PST - 2 comments

How to dress stylish for work

I'm wanting to look more put-together and stylish for work. I work in a government office, live in a moderately cool climate (daily maximums from 10 to 40 degrees C), am 32 and female. Please help me do better! [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 1:40 AM PST - 14 comments

June 27

Genetic testing for Pick's Disease

Two part question. First - my family strongly suspects my father has late-stage Pick's Disease, which is a form of fronto-temporal dementia. It can't be truly diagnosed until an autopsy though. He's post-65. He has most of the symptoms. So I have two very related questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Triple threat

Met a fantastic guy, absolute keeper, and there will definitely be lots of sex tonight. I've got plenty of experience, but never before encountered all three of these things at once: he's huge, uncut, with a significant curvature. Seeking oral sex tips and any other wisdom you have to pass on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:27 PM PST - 9 comments

How to get dog smell out of a carpeted room?

I recently moved into a new place where the previous occupant lived in my bedroom with a dog for about a year. I have not been able to get the dog smell out of the room. What does it take? [more inside]
posted by jcreigh at 8:53 PM PST - 8 comments

How to finish Nursing Pre-Reqs in Los Angeles in the next year

I'm looking to enter a nursing program like a BSN or MSN in the next few years but was wondering about the best way to get all my pre-reqs out of the way this year. I'm 22 years old and I have a BA in Linguistics and Creative Writing. I haven't taken a math or science course since high school. Looking for information in Los Angeles (North Hollywood). [more inside]
posted by makethemost at 8:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Let's bring down Comcast…con't

Follow-up to this question I posted last spring regarding cutting the cable TV cord. I was surprised to learn that although set-top boxes and sticks provide access to a lot of content available for free via the internet, they don't actually provide access to the net--and, therefore, to any website that is not built in. So, I'm wondering if a stick computer is a reasonable alternative. [more inside]
posted by she's not there at 7:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Searching for specific stuffed toy duck

Am hoping you guys can help me figure out where I can buy one of these stuffed toy ducks (see link). It needs to be exactly this one (I think it is actually sold with a tiny beige bandana). Was purchased from toys r us about 5 years ago, but they don't carry it anymore and don't recognize it. There is no label or tag. Thank you on behalf of my daughter who is very attached to it!!
posted by leslievictoria at 7:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Can't find switch for home security lights...

A month ago, my family moved into a new (to us) home. It is a one story ranch, with a straightforward layout. The house has three motion-activated security lights along the roofline. The lights are hardwired. I have found the indoor switch that activates light #1- no problem there. I cannot find the switches that activate the other two lights. [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 6:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me keep my cool...

We own a house. It's a kind of large, built-in-the-50s, added-on-to-in-the-80s, sprawly ranch-style house, but with 2 bedrooms, with vaulted ceilings, on the second floor. (Our kids' rooms.) In the summertime, they get hot, because of a.) vaulted ceilings - I've blown in insulation where I could, but there's still only 4 inches between them and the roof; b.) open stairway to downstairs - keeping the doors to the rooms closed helps a little, but kids don't really "get" that; and c.) crappy ductwork - the furnace is new, but the ducts are old, and it's a long, bendy run from the basement to the kids' rooms. I'm toying with some options for trying to improve the comfort level in our house - you are not my HVAC specialist (and I'm not opposed to talking to one), but am trying to see if my logic is sound. Special melting snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by jferg at 6:29 PM PST - 8 comments

IDP (international driver permit) UPDATE...still unnecessary?

- Permitted US driver - Driving in Italy, Spain, beyond? - Already booked a rental with Holiday Rental/Expedia/Thrifty They didn't mention the need for an IDP, but our friends said something about getting this piece of paper... [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 5:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Now that we found law what are we gonna do with it?

I wish to understand the practical process of what happens in the wake of a court ruling such as yesterday's. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 5:11 PM PST - 20 comments

Examples of civil rights gains that weren't subjected to a public vote

My father always said, "In America, we don't vote on civil rights." I've heard this repeated by others and I vaguely know that it's true. Recently, civil rights were afforded to same-gender couples because of the actions of the Supreme Court. What are other examples of civil rights victories that weren't a product of public voting or the will of the majority? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 4:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Best exercises for weak hip/core muscles?

I saw a sports doc for recurring issues with my calves, feet, and possibly the Achilles tendon. I'm going for PT on Tuesday but I'd like to look into local classes with exercises that target these issues in the meantime. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 3:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Name a good step stool that's less than 15" wide

I'm looking for a foldable, two-step step stool that is less than 15" wide. It needs to fold to a depth less than 5.5", but I don't think that's a limiting factor. It would be nice if it were aesthetically pleasing, too. [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 2:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Looikng for a clip (or gif) of the "Turn it off!" scene from "Hardcore"

Found plenty of mash-ups, but not the original scene
posted by wensink at 2:02 PM PST - 0 comments


I have an upcoming MRI for TMJD but I have been having a lot of good low-pain days lately. Do I trigger my TMJD so it is more evident on the test? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 1:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Selling Used Car - Disclosing Defect

I am selling my old car because I needed a car that could tow my trailer. Old Car is generally terrific for being 11 years old, but the AC doesn't work. Price reflects this. Needs new AC compressor. Should I put it in the ad, or tell people on the phone?
posted by theora55 at 1:45 PM PST - 7 comments

How much to charge for a design project that isn't being used?

I worked long and hard on a design project that ended up not being used after all. I'm being asked for an invoice for my work and I need a little help figuring it out... [more inside]
posted by sucre at 12:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Best exercises for pole-dancing

I want to start taking pole-dancing classes, but I'm neither financially nor physically ready for them. I hope to start this winter, but in the meantime I'm going to the gym and lifting 2-4 times a week. What are the best exercises/lifts I can do that will help me get ready for pole-dancing specifically? Early 30s, female, terrible cardio capacity but can deadlift my body weight so far. My gym is pretty basic, with the usual weight machines, free weights, benches, etc. No kettlebells or rings, unfortunately, nor will I have access to an actual pole. Thanks!
posted by skycrashesdown at 11:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me dispute my insurance company

My partner was recently in a life-threatening accident, and he went to the closest hospital - which happens to be the only hospital in a 100 mile radius that is out of network for our insurance company. Do we have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by raspberrE at 11:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Seeking a fitness expert who'll give me the info to exercise on my own

I would like to find someone in NYC who can advise me on designing an exercise program suited to my fitness, age and goals, but not a personal trainer I visit regularly in order to actually do that exercise. Does this kind of person exist? [more inside]
posted by oliverburkeman at 10:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Replacement windows: aluminum or vinyl exterior?

Given that the replacement windows are otherwise of similar quality, does one material provide an advantage over the other? Or will short / long term performance be essentially the same?
posted by elf27 at 10:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Green caterpillar with red head eating rose leaves

What is this bug? It's an inch-long caterpillar with a distinct red head, chewing holes in my rose leaves. I found a great picture online, but no really useful info. I'm in DC, and these things are destroying the foliage on my roses, as well as some of my vegetable plants. Most importantly, how do I get rid of them?
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:08 AM PST - 5 comments

I need a little teapot

Where do I get the teapot in Please Like Me, something similar?
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 8:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Manic episode with delusions - what are treatment programs?

Friend is having a manic episode with pretty strong delusions. Doc is treating her as an outpatient (she is not threatening suicide or to kill anyone), so she's still "on her own" in between doc visits, which is leading to some undesirable outcomes to say the least. A question on treatment: is there anything like a "halfway house" for those with mental illness where they can cool down from these episodes in a safe place? She doesn't need a hospital bed or a padded room, but does need someone looking after her so she makes the right choices. [more inside]
posted by mtstover at 6:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Calling all doctors: Knee swelling with calf pain, long-term

My right calf has been bothering me for a couple years now, off and on. It was better for a while and it started bothering me again recently. Today, I tripped over something and caught myself with a big step on my right leg, which made it hurt more. A couple hours later, I was in a hurry and started to turn my brisk walk into a jog and soon as I did that, I felt something pull or twist or rip or something in my right calf... (continued below) [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover at 12:39 AM PST - 7 comments

June 26

Yet another question about comfortable-yet-stylish women's shoes

I've read many of the previous questions on this topic, but none seem to be looking for exactly what I am: stylish, professional, closed-toe flats with a pointed toe that I can walk in for miles without getting heel blisters. More obnoxiously specific criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by Latifolia at 8:40 PM PST - 25 comments

Bookworm meets ADD

I hate everything on my Nook/Kindle/iBook shelves. I have the newest Judy Blume and Stephen King and gave up after a few pages of each. Same for three other books in half hour span. I have a feeling the solution is to do something besides read for a day or two and come back, but I love reading. If you've read something good recently, let me know? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 7:45 PM PST - 41 comments

LDR Fifty Percent of the Time

My partner, with my full support, is about to take a job that involves traveling 50%-60% of the time. What can we do to keep our relationship healthy? [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 6:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Fare Thee Well...

I am going to the Chicago shows. I have mail order commemorative tickets that are letter envelope sized with some amazing art work on the front of each ticket. I would like to keep the tickets and keep them in pristine condition. If I use them for entry, keeping them pristine much less keeping them at all is highly unlikely. It is a Dead show after all. Things happen. [more inside]
posted by AugustWest at 5:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Getting married in Georgia in two weeks. Friend is officiating. Legal?

My fiancee and I are getting married in a secular ceremony in Atlanta (ceremony in Fulton County, living in Dekalb County) two weeks from now. Our friend, who lives in California, will be officiating the wedding. We've already obtained the marriage license but want to make sure that our friend is properly credentialed to make the marriage legal when she signs it after the ceremony. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 5:15 PM PST - 9 comments

What to do about my special snowflake of a dog?

I had a ton of questions about our feral rescue when he first came to live with us last spring. And now I have a new one. He has become super unruly lately and I'm not sure what to do. In particular, he has been getting really weird with people who cut through the off leash area. He'll run over and start barking at them. He runs in circles around them and barks loudly. When he's this keyed up, he won't listen to me at all. I can usually eventually get a stick in his line of vision and convince him that the stick is way more interesting than this poor person, but I don't like it. I'd love some advice about what we should be doing about this! [more inside]
posted by amandabee at 4:15 PM PST - 8 comments

What GOOD reason would a home buyer have to speak direct to seller?

Weirdly awkward situation. I need some Legitimate reasons to give a broker as to why we asked him to set up a meeting between us and the seller. [more inside]
posted by manderin at 3:42 PM PST - 10 comments

What's The Deal With Cigarette Lighter Jump Starter Devices?

I've had a couple dead battery incidents (left the lights on, etc), so I decided to start looking for some jumper cables or something for the inevitable "next time" this sort of thing happens... and I was wondering -- are the smallish portable devices that connect via the cigarette lighter a good option? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 3:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Hate to be wasteful in a world filled with needs!

I have about 150 small glass votives with used candles leftover from my recent lovely wedding. I don't want to just throw them all out if there's a use for them, but can't think of a way to recycle/re-purpose--help? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 3:22 PM PST - 17 comments

How do you fix poster cracks/wrinkles?

I got a poster from the comic con in Lexington but it has a couple of small cracks/wrinkles on it and stuff like that bothers me so i'd like to fix it. Is there anyway i could iron them out or do some sort of home remedy without having to find someone to fix them?
posted by earthquakeglue at 3:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Do the new online counselling startups offer good value for money?

Hi all, I have seen a few articles about the startups offering online mental health services at low cost. Joyable has gained quite a bit of press for offering a structured 3-month CBT programme to combat social anxiety (something I suffer from in some situations) for $240, and looking for reviews of that I also discovered Talkspace and Betterhealth. With the latter two you are matched with a therapists and get to send unlimited messages for $25-$40 a week, depending on the plan. These could be about any issue, not just social anxiety. Has anyone tried these and can make any comment on them? I find very few reviews by users on places other than the business's own web sites, and of course those could be selectively chosen to present the winner scenario. [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky at 3:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Can this tree be saved?

The honey locust that's been shading the family home since my grandmother planted it in the 1940s has lost one of its largest limbs, back to nearly the base of the tree. Is there anything to be done to save the rest of the tree? Pictures of the damage. [more inside]
posted by mgar at 3:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Taxes on good received and how to calculate "Fair Market Value?"

I am an Amazon Vine participant. Amazon sends me products to review. Amazon has informed reviewers they will be sending a 1099MISC form this year in cases where the total value of all products selected is over $600. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Who knows the minds of software gaming companies?

Can anyone offer insight into the way the market works for videos games? Half-Life remains without a third sequel eight years after it's last release. Portal remains without a sequel four or five years after its release. Aren't these GUARANTEED money-makers? [more inside]
posted by tunewell at 2:31 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I entertain my shy dog?

My recently adopted Dachshund/Shiba mix is very shy and skittish. He doesn't like toys, chews, sticks, games, or even people food. In addition to walks, which he does love, what can I do to entertain him? [more inside]
posted by juniper at 2:08 PM PST - 21 comments

Red Dot Moving with Finger Occassionally on iPhone

Suddenly, when I use my finger on my iPhone (in some circumstances, but not others, and confusingly timed), a red dot shows up. I don't think I did anything to make this happen, but it happens fairly frequently. I've tried to google but can't find an answer on point. Thanks!
posted by miss tea at 1:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Taxis in Chengdu

How are the taxis in Chengdu, China? [more inside]
posted by molla at 1:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Home Automation Resources

I'm looking for blogs, articles, YouTube Channels, and other resources focused on Home Automation. What are your go to resources for keeping up to date on Home Automation?
posted by backwards guitar at 1:14 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get things delivered? (France edition)

I need to order some art supplies from this place and have them delivered to my residency outside of Toulouse. The problem is, they don't give me the option to add in my US billing address; they only offer France and Morocco. Any ideas about how I can get around this? Or perhaps there is another art supply store I could order from that acknowledges foreign billing addresses?
posted by degoao at 12:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Things to do in rural Pennsylvania?

My partner and I are taking a 4-day, 3-night vacation over the 4th of July weekend somewhere in the Pennsylvania wilds...but seriously what is there to do in Pennsylvania besides visit this awesome dark sky park? [more inside]
posted by little beast at 12:14 PM PST - 7 comments

James Perse-like Brands n' Retailer's? Lifestyle Branding n' Placement.

I live in Los Angeles and produce a men's leisurewear line. The style is very relaxed and loose fitting, and is directed towards a high-end men's market. Think "ethnic minimalist by the shore" [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 12:07 PM PST - 3 comments

weird sensations in my neck/jaw = AM I DYING?

I know you are not my doctor; she's on vacation. I'm going to call her when she gets back. But in the meantime, if you've had symptoms like this in your neck/jaw/mouth and NOT been dying, I'd love to hear about it. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 11:59 AM PST - 11 comments

I just want to hit my crotch until it starts working again

My partner just broke up with me, and I’m pretty sure it’s because I have no desire to have sex. Can I be fixed? What do I do about us? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:44 AM PST - 26 comments

Limerance Frequency and Duration

Folks in LTR - how often do you look up/think about/fantasize about new and exciting entrants into your life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:44 AM PST - 13 comments

How do you tell pulmonary embolism from asthma or anxiety?

Okay, you are not my doctor and I have an appointment with my doctor first thing on Monday but I just want someone to reassure me I won't die over the weekend and don't need to go to the ER. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 11:23 AM PST - 19 comments

Can I safely include once musty-smelling labels in my label collection?

I have a collection of unused labels (ca. 1830 on), which I store in archival-quality sheets with mostly top-loading pockets. I just purchased about 40 labels that were taken from a printer’s archive. The labels are spotless and appear to be in perfect condition, but they smell musty. They are not moist and do not show any water stains. [more inside]
posted by kirsti at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Trying to remember a song with a spoken word element

I'm trying to remember a song I listened to many times years ago - it had a great spoken word part at the beginning of a woman talking about how we use wheels and doors for their emptiness - very similar to the Tao Te Ching chapter 11: http://earlywomenmasters.net/tao/ch_11.html [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 11:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me figure out how thick my eyeglass lenses will be.

I'm trying to decide between a bunch of lens options, materials and index. Of course, I'd like to get the thinnest lens I can without spending more than I have to and crossing the line of diminishing returns. Surely it's possible to know exactly how thick a lens of a given material/index with a given prescription will be. Help me find out how to determine this. [more inside]
posted by chazlarson at 11:00 AM PST - 12 comments

What's that typing sound in the audio feed from my mixer?

Why was I hearing random, constant clicks when I ran audio thru my Mackie PROFX8 8-Channel Mixer into my Macbook Pro? The clicks sounded very much like the sound of someone pecking at a typewriter in the distance. The feed left the mixer at the Main Right/Main Left Balanced outputs thru a cable that then combined both channels into a single unbalanced stereo mini. Unorthodox, granted, but I've never encountered that kind of "typing" noise before. Any advice on what was causing it and how to avoid it?
posted by Jamesonian at 10:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Fiction with survival and prepping themes

[Book Filter] Looking for fiction that features survivalist/prepping themes... [more inside]
posted by Busmick at 10:19 AM PST - 32 comments

Did you arrive? No, I did not, but I had a very nice time.

Inspired by this thread about unintentional historical double entendres, I'm looking for a science fiction short story that was published twenty or so years ago. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 9:53 AM PST - 1 comment

Cute, modest swimsuit?

Looking for a women's swimsuit that covers pubes and armpit hair. Ideally not super expensive. Online or in store both fine. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Are you or have you ever been a Magistrate in the UK?

Are you or have you ever been a Magistrate in the UK? If so, can you tell me what it is like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to get good quality bed sheets in Melbourne?

I need a set of new bed sheets for my Queen bed that will be long-lasting and good value. [more inside]
posted by kid A at 9:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Do cloud files save a little space generally?

(I have Windows 8.1 w/ OneDrive) I've been copying music files from my Western Digital Passport ext hard drive right over to OneDrive...have learned you don't really need to add them first to the local drive of my laptop where this is all happening. Have deleted any I had previously added there. Is a file the same size on the cloud as on my WD Passport? Yes, I checked a music file just now, and the ext HDD file and OneDrive replicant are equal in space. I've read OneDrive keeps all the same, doesn't convert down. So why is it that the more I add directly to OneDrive (cloud), the more space is taken on my laptop's hard drive? Is there some cleanup I have to do? The overall space on my local disk gets smaller. BUT, it seems in fact that it would be getting even smaller if OneDrive were truly hiding some copy locally. if that's the case I count myself lucky and ask myself if there's something I just don't know about the cloud -- that it somehow uses less space overall? If that's not the case, then what is taking my laptop's HDD space? I thought all the space needed was right there in my 1TB allowance from OneDrive.
posted by noelpratt2nd at 9:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Cleaning and preparing things for storage?

My belongings are going to be boxed and stored in a family member's extra bedroom for several months. I know how to wrap everything so that it won't chip or shatter, but should I be doing more? [more inside]
posted by newtonstreet at 9:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Can debt chase you across European countries?

Don't get me wrong, I DO want to pay this debt, I just need to take care of some other things first. Say, if you have a smallish unpaid debt (2k euros back then, I don't want to think about how much it must be 9 years later) in Spain, and now you're starting new in Sweden, can this debt bite you in the ass before you've used your small savings to rent a house, buy groceries, etc. while you get a job that will help you pay said debt? Could your new Swedish bank account or other assets be frozen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Low-income housing in Portland, OR

I'm moving to Portland, OR and looking for low-income housing, as I am on SSDI. Not just talking about Section 8 but all income-restricted apartments. Many have waiting lists of around 2 years or more--are there any that may have shorter lists? Plus I'm not sure if there are certain mgmt companies to avoid. Also, is there some sort of tenant center that would be a good resource? I am looking for a 1 BR but a studio is also fine.
posted by mermaidcafe at 8:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me identify this artwork?

I've see this image several times online in different places, and I'd like to know more about the piece and the artist, if only I knew whose work it is. [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves at 8:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it protocol to turn treatment to tv script for free to get the job?

I met a guy who is producing a tv show - he has raised half the money to shoot the pilot and seems to be legitimate. I told him I was a writer and he expressed interest in having me on board as one of the writers for the show. He then asked me if I could turn his treatment (the overall idea of the first episode) into a proper script format. He did not offer to pay for this and it seemed like it was a way of auditioning / interviewing me. More details and my question inside.. [more inside]
posted by soooo at 8:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Ideas for a copyeditor returning to the biz?

I'm returning to freelance copyediting after 10 years on the writing side of nonprofit operations. Educational, business and technical content interest me the most, and that’s where I want to start (I also enjoy research, but how to fit that in?). Can the hive mind help steer me in the right direction? Another challenge: I must do it remotely. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 8:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Seriously, everyone on the web is scripting nowadays.

Why is the web written in scripting languages? It seems most web development today - at least on new-ish websites - is done in scripting languages: PHP, Python (Django/Flask), Ruby (Rails), JavaScript (NodeJS), etc. Is there something about scripting languages that makes them especially well-suited to server-side web development compared to other languages? Or is it just that scripting languages are popular and have useful features, so naturally they're applied to lots of programming tasks today - including web development?
posted by Tehhund at 7:57 AM PST - 22 comments

Why am I not in love with my amazing friend who loves me?

My close male friend is in infatuated love with me – I fancy him and think he’s great. I don’t want a relationship with him or anyone else. We keep on being friends but his love keeps on pouring out of him and it makes me feel pressured. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by mrmulliner at 7:53 AM PST - 22 comments

Monterey vacation with a toddler

What are toddler-friendly things to do in the Monterey area? [more inside]
posted by whimwit at 7:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Is it possible to copy multiple folders in the web based Google Drive?

Hi all I want a standard set of folders for a bunch of other folders [imagine folders 1-10, all with the same name, copied into folders A-Z, all named differently. I imagine a copiable template or model structure. I cannot use the Google Drive Folder on my PC [it doesn't synch with the web]. I cannot use scripts or downloaded programs. I am not an administrator in this firm. Will Google let me do this? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 6:36 AM PST - 6 comments

I want my house to be alive with the sound of music

How can I get music from my computer to play all over my house? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 6:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Dog nail trimming options: EXTREME edition

So. Our dog will not let anyone trim her nails. The groomer can't do it, the vet can't do it, and we can't do it. Her reaction is so extreme that she's seriously a danger to herself, and as a result, she only has her nails clipped when she's under sedation for something else (teeth cleaning, for one). Looking at this older Ask Me post, I'm considering trying a Dremel, once we've talked to the Vet (time for another dental cleaning). Is there anything newer, or further advice that fearful-dog owners can add? [more inside]
posted by taz at 5:57 AM PST - 28 comments

Need emotional support regarding my mom

Hi! My mom never leaves the house and pretty much never has for the last 20 years. She has physical issues but no social anxiety really, it has just become a habit. Anyway I have posted before about her, I am asking about me now. [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 5:33 AM PST - 7 comments

This is awkward but how do I make this sound unawkward?

A vendor invoiced us to send us our own stuff. Boss tasked me to go back and challenge the invoice- awkwardness ensues - help? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 5:19 AM PST - 16 comments

Best way to upgrade PC?

What is the best way to upgrade my PC for the next few years? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 12:38 AM PST - 9 comments

June 25

What's with you, Hulu?

Did the amount of ads shown during Hulu Plus shows suddenly double or triple? I could swear we were only getting 30-45 seconds of ads at a time during shows. Now, it seems like we get 90 seconds worth and at more regular intervals. Did I imagine this? If it is happening, is it happening everywhere? Or could they have been tamping down my ads while I was a new subscriber and then ramping them up later?
posted by Comrade Doll at 8:54 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I get my boss to finally remove me from a project?

I was assigned to project teams at work that are pulling me away from my core responsibilities. My boss agrees that I shouldn't be on these teams but he hasn't firmly re-assigned someone else. I want off! But how do I get him to make that final decision? [more inside]
posted by watrlily at 8:38 PM PST - 17 comments

What's a good category of souvenirs to collect?

I'd like to start a collection of some kind of everyday items from different parts of the world... [more inside]
posted by ontheradio at 7:58 PM PST - 56 comments

Best tent, backpack, sleeping bag for moderate weather?

I'm hiking out into the wild with a friend this autumn, and it's been decades since I last bought gear. I need a two-man tent, sleeping bag, backpack and other stuff. This won't be extreme camping, around 35-55°F at night, 3-4 days max. I'm looking for lightweight, durable, comfortable. Suggestions?
posted by mono blanco at 7:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Vitamins for low macular pigmentation?

I just came back from the optometrist and my gut is telling me I'm being taken for a little bit of a ride. I know YANMD, but hopefully someone can back up or refute what happened. [more inside]
posted by noneuclidean at 6:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me identify this old New Yorker article?

I'm trying to find a vaguely-remembered New Yorker article from the 1990s about a young, struggling writer. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 6:27 PM PST - 2 comments

help with unpacking/decluttering---who?

Are there people, maybe some kind of professional organizer, who will simultaneously unpack and declutter after a move-in? Where's the best place to look for them?---I'm in Northern Virginia.
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 6:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Bicycle! Bicycle! I want to decorate my bicycle!

I don't like the colour of my bike (a steel touring bike) but I don't want to pay to have it re-painted. I'd like to slap some nice, solid-coloured or patterned decals on the frame instead. Do people make these? Where would I find them? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies at 6:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Have to be #1

I want/need to be on page one of google for "City name occupation" search for my business website. [more inside]
posted by long haired child at 5:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Do It Yourself Dog Grooming

Through a perfect storm of Bad Things my bichon/poodle hasnt been groomed in about six months. I have bathed her a couple of times during that period and trimmed around her eyes and her butt a bit. I'm not going to be able to get her to a groomer's any time soon, and I'd like to figure out how to do it at home. It doesn't have to look perfect or in any style, I just want her to be clean and comfortable with short hair. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 5:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find this rapper from the early-to-mid 90s

Does anybody recall the name of a rapper who had a tape, circa maybe 1993, where he was featured on the cover wearing Denver Broncos gear? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 4:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Is there a way to get out of this headache?

So basically I'm wondering what the options are for someone with loans and other debt who needs a financial manager or advisor. I have recently become employed for a new company and while things are going well in that, I want to know where I can find someone to figure out my financial situation including calling debtors to find out exact amounts owed. I find it personally very emotionally difficult to do and it would be great if I could get help in doing that. [more inside]
posted by antgly at 4:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Language learning resources: Romanian edition.

I would like to learn Romanian. Unfortunately it is hard to find course offerings for this relatively niche language. I don't have a ton of money to throw at this, but I am willing to dedicate a significant amount of time over the next few years. Internet based language learning would be fine, but Seattle-specific language courses/groups would be optimal.
posted by Behemoth, in no. 302-bis, with the Browning at 4:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Image in my mind from a movie but I can't place it

It's a crowd of men who are going around in a circle, maybe around a wooden wheel. Anyone? It takes place in a prison, I believe, and a bunch of men are going around and around crammed together. It is not Midnight Express. Thanks!
posted by Jandoe at 3:54 PM PST - 6 comments

They don't want to be in Supper Club anymore, but won't say it

My husband and I have been part of a 4-couple Supper Club that we've really valued. (Let's call the 8 members Couple A, Couple B, and Couple C, and us.) From late 2008 on, we'd meet every 6-8 weeks or so at each of the couple's homes on a rotating basis, and would all bring a dish to share according to a dinner theme selected by the hosts. It was very fun, the food was outstanding, and getting the 8 of us together was something we used to look forward to until... [more inside]
posted by hush at 3:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Simple, easy to learn skills & proficiencies to buff my character?

What are some simple, useful skills and proficiencies that a person can teach themselves or otherwise acquire in a relatively short space of time? [more inside]
posted by turbid dahlia at 3:22 PM PST - 27 comments

How dangerous are clouds? Computer networky question

Trying to get some info so I can try keep using Evernote and Trello at work. I'm having to deal with what seems quite ridiculous at work. Apparently something bad might come in through Evernote because it's a cloud and clouds aren't good. Could my cloudy Evernote 'pollute' the network somehow? Are these sorts of cloudy apps really such a super serious concern that all big corporate companies ban their use? We were told that this was the case at 'really big recognizable company'. (I do know about downloading attachments etc) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Life Coachery 101

I'm interested in finding a Life Coach. How does one do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I use my slightly damp coffee machine?

Yesterday morning I forgot to put the actual jug in our filter coffee machine (because, yes, it was pre-coffee) so 10 cups of coffee drained into the base of the machine. It's now 24 hours later so it's dry (I imagine). Is it OK to use it? Or am I going to electramacute myself?
posted by dontjumplarry at 2:34 PM PST - 5 comments

How to decide who's the best for a big commercial renovation project?

We're spending several million dollars to renovate our community health centre. We've received several bid proposals for the prime consultant function who will do the design/architecting and then oversee the mechanical, electrical, signage, building code etc. I'm helping assess the proposals. What should I look for? What are danger signs? What questions should I ask of the bidders when they come in to present? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 2:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Reading recommendations for serial story I can read over e-mail

I need something chapter-by-chapter or so to read online/in e-mail after I finish Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. Special snowflake requirements within. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 1:36 PM PST - 9 comments

It's clean, but it's not clean enough, apparently.

I travel fairly frequently, and when I had a roommate, she watched my three cats while I was gone. Well, she moved out. So I found a couple who were offering to housesit for free in exchange for a place to stay in my (very expensive) area. I thought it was a win-win. Well, I left, and when I checked in, they told me that my apartment needed to be deep-cleaned and they wanted me to pay for it. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers at 1:00 PM PST - 87 comments

I was wishing for a windfall, but what should befall the windfall?

The IRS made a mistake hugely in my favor. Yay! But I called them! Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:43 PM PST - 43 comments

Books or resources on being a white ally

Do you have any suggestions for books or resources on being a white ally (US-specific)? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by knownfossils at 12:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Triple gift-giving conundrum

Hi AskMe! Can you help me give a gift to my boyfriend and maybe his parents? [more inside]
posted by jouir at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments

What did you need to hear—and NOT hear—after a devastating breakup?

One of my dearest friends got dumped this week, the end of a nearly 7-year relationship that both had hoped would head toward marriage. My friend (whom I'll anonymize as "Fred") is devastated, angry, and hurt, and doesn't have any local friends who knew him before the relationship. Fred lives quite a ways away, so all my support right now must be from afar. He's asked if we can talk by phone this Saturday, and while I anticipate I'll mostly be doing a lot of listening, I want to say the right things to help, too. If you've been through something similar, can you guide me? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 11:00 AM PST - 33 comments

Monochrome phone with text messages sorted by person?

Does there exist a monochrome phone (one whose display gets clearer the brighter the sun gets) which can/does organize texts by person and/or conversation? I'd also be hoping for that other standard feature of monochrome phones, which is a couple of weeks between recharges.
posted by clawsoon at 10:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Cat collar recommendations - Looking for FUNCTIONAL, not fashionable.

We need to purchase a new collar for our cat. Concerns over previous collar and new collar requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 10:05 AM PST - 11 comments

What to do for a free afternoon in Krakow?

Thanks to MetaFilter, I am going on a Holocaust trip, sans my beloved husband, to Poland and Israel. We leave soon. It's a group trip, but we'll have two independent evenings (Saturday and Sunday) and a free afternoon (Monday) in Krakow, where the group is staying at the Sheraton. Suggestions, hive mind? I'm fine with eating etc. on my own, just need some suggestions on where.
posted by bearwife at 9:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Easy fantasy-based PC games?

My 75 year old father loves loves playing fantasy-based video games, but he gets frustrated if they require too much dexterity or if the puzzles are too hard. [more inside]
posted by overhauser at 9:48 AM PST - 20 comments

Overwhelmed by toaster oven choices!

I thought this would be a really simple thing, but I just went to amazon to order a toaster oven and was totally surprised at the sizes and options. Do you love your toaster oven? Toasty requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by zara at 9:17 AM PST - 24 comments

Relaxation and ADHD

I need help quieting my brain and body, especially at night. What are some things I could do? Complicating factor: ADHD. [more inside]
posted by altopower at 9:17 AM PST - 21 comments

How do I get tour buses to stop at my restaurant?

We opened a restaurant about a year ago and we have a huge parking area located along a busy tourist highway. I'd like to get tour buses to take advantage of the parking (and, of course, get their business) but don't know where to start. Anyone have experience in this area?
posted by klinefelter at 9:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Amsterdam accomodations in July/August

We are planning a week long trip to Amsterdam this summer and would like some neighborhood recommendations. We use VRBO a lot, because we like to stay in an actual apartment in a real neighborhood for many reasons. I'm looking for some advice on narrowing down the areas we should look in. [more inside]
posted by raisingsand at 9:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Air Purifier Filter: Help My Friend Breathe!

My friend, on a limited budget, needs recommendations for an air purifier in the low to medium price range. When I offered to post this question, raving about how the Hive Mind has helped me on Ask MeFi in the past, friend said "Yes please!" It would be especially helpful to get recommendations/advice from people who actually have used air purifiers themselves. We are in a major Canadian city, so Canadian recos are even more welcome. [more inside]
posted by Schadenfreudian at 8:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Cool canvas shoes

Help me find either a pair of these specific shoes, or their substantial equivalent. [more inside]
posted by saladin at 8:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Getting a medical coding certification

Is it possible to pass the CPC coding exam without having a degree in Health Information Management? I need to know if this is a foolish idea or if it can be done. No Costco vodka is involved [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda at 8:05 AM PST - 3 comments

How to deal with a Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde co-worker/friend/former employee

Contractor who works for me is a nice guy - reasonable, good sense of humor, can work out problems in a sensible way. Except when he turns into an arrogant, mean tantrum throwing bully. What is the best way to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by Melsky at 7:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Hotel recommendations in SF for a romantic getaway?

My ladyfriend and I are going to San Francisco for a romantic getaway, and I'm trying to find the perfect hotel. Looking for something in the four star range, more or less. I can't seem to find any consistency in the hotel reviews except for the five-star hotels. Any recommendations? Views aren't necessary and I'm flexible with location, but a clean and comfortable (luxurious?) room is a must. Right now I'm looking at the Palace Hotel and the Argonaut, any thoughts on those?
posted by entropicamericana at 7:29 AM PST - 22 comments

Relationship weirdness

This is a clear case of DTMFA ... right? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 6:47 AM PST - 27 comments

Where to watch a Women's World Cup game in Toronto?

I'm interested in going out and catching the quarter final game this Saturday in Toronto. Where would be a good place? [more inside]
posted by cacofonie at 6:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Help us survive Vegas on Independence Day

Next week I'll find myself, my partner and our respective mothers in Vegas for the Independence Day weekend. Whilst we're all down with a bit of a spin of the wheel, and some slot time, we're less-so pool party and nightclub people. I read a lot which suggests it is basically going to be pandemonium for the weekend. Help a fella out, and show a pair of 30-somethings, with their late 50-something mothers, how to have fun in Vegas during the holiday weekend. Thanks!
posted by metaxa at 5:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Videoconferencing: One packed room, some remote participants?

I have been tasked to "Put Jane and John on our conference room screen and put all of us on their laptop screens" to turn a regular teleconference meeting into a videoconference meeting. The problem is not Jane or John: They are in quiet remote offices with laptops and Skype accounts (or any other videoconferencing accounts you may suggest). The problem is us: Thirty colleagues, backs pressed against the walls, in a long, narrow, noisy conference room built for twenty, with no room to place cameras that will capture more than a few of us. [more inside]
posted by mississippi at 4:58 AM PST - 12 comments

What will catnip do to my neighbourhood cats?

Our front yard (6ft x 20ft slate chippings) has become the neighbourhood litter tray. All the traditional solutions tried, I've started wondering about planting catnip. My thinking is that is the area is an area for happy stoner cats, it's less likely to be a litter tray. Unfortunately, I can't see anything on the internet that suggests an answer either way. Does anyone have any anecdotal evidence they'd care to throw my way?
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 4:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Should I eat it filter...

Prepared beef kabob from supermarket. Has been in refrigerator, uncovered since removing from package yesterday, and was purchased yesterday. I'm assuming this would be fine to grill up in a few hours for lunch, but would there be any reason not to?
posted by efalk at 4:42 AM PST - 11 comments

I need new music, pt ii

Can you pretty please recommend me some music you think that I would like based on the stuff I've linked below the fold that I'm really into at the moment? [more inside]
posted by Quilford at 3:27 AM PST - 36 comments

Post Gym Rage Syndrome

What's up Mefites! Please can you share with me your post gym routine hacks - basically, how can I make the process of showering and getting ready for work after my morning workout less time-consuming? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:13 AM PST - 23 comments

Best prepaid data SIM plan for Australia/NZ visit

What are my SIM options for a two week visit to Australia (Sydney) followed by a 1 week visit to NZ (Wellington then drive down west coast of south island to Queenstown)? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 1:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Please assure me my Tinder is malfunctioning

I recently started using Tinder again after not using it for about nine months. In a week of use, I've only had one match - and that on the first day. Last year, not to brag, I would have had upwards of 50 by this time. My ego is mortally wounded. [more inside]
posted by pot suppeck at 1:07 AM PST - 5 comments

June 24

Help me find a hammock

As Chicago gets warmer, it's getting noticeably harder to sleep without being extremely warm. I've considered buying a hammock to overcome this problem, partly because there's no mattress and partly because I think it'd be comfortable to lounge in. Questions below the fold. [more inside]
posted by LSK at 10:22 PM PST - 9 comments

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

I make a tipping wage at my bartender job, yet I'm not being tipped out on hundreds of dollars of server drinks I make every day. Should I be angry or is that a normal practice at U.S. bars? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Another what's-that-bird question

What's this goose-like bird I saw in Oakland, CA this evening? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars at 8:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking to replace a Nexus 4, overwhelmed by choices.

My Nexus 4 is getting a bit long in the tooth, looking for something similar but with updated specs. I've gone through the G1, G2, and Nexus 4, and would just hop right on up to the Nexus 5, but I get the feeling that options have opened up in the current + last gen of devices. My list of prioritized features inside. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke at 7:45 PM PST - 25 comments


My grandmother is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. She has been for at least a year or so. She's the only family member from that side of the family that I keep in touch with, and I live on the other side of the US. How do I bring it up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 PM PST - 7 comments

How does job hunting work while transitioning genders?

I'm in the beginning stages of transitioning from to female to male. Only my friends know at this point; I haven't said anything at work and I haven't started hormones (yet) so it's not very obvious physically. For many reasons, I want to start looking for another job but I'm wondering how to handle it with an impending transition. How do I present myself? How do I handle references when they know me as another name? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 6:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Cell phone and computer for elderly, increasingly fuzzy relative

I'm travelling to help an elderly relative (in pain, sciatica, on pain meds) who is 83 and fuzzing mentally. She has been pretty good with computers for years, but is having trouble maintaining her PC. I thought an iPhone would be easier but she hasn't taken to it. So I'm looking for some kind of ultra simple phone (few features, big buttons, I doubt she'll text), and a replacement computer. [more inside]
posted by msalt at 6:08 PM PST - 11 comments

How to explain time off for IVF treatment

After several years of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, my husband I were approved for IVF treatment (through NHS, we are in the UK). If things go to plan I could be starting treatments as soon as end of next month, but depending on my cycles, possibly the following month. Once my treatment starts there's a lot of appointments for scans and of course, egg collection and implantation, all within the span of 3-4 weeks. How should I explain this at work? Details inside: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 17 comments

What are my odds of filing and winning this credit card dispute?

I run a small company and recently signed up to sell my items at the companies weekly farmers market as well as a big all day festival that they are putting on in September. After several markets, I did not do nearly the business that I had hoped and I also felt that the people running the market/festival to be non concerned and unpleasant to work with. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 4:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Who is the boxer/fighter in one of last year's Gatorade commercials?

Does anybody know the name of the woman working the heavy bag in this commercial? Is she a big deal in the fighting world, or just someone Gatorade wanted to use in their spot? [more inside]
posted by millions at 2:45 PM PST - 1 comment

Was secession put to a popular vote?

Was secession put to direct popular vote in any state? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 2:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Crash course in Seattle housing market

I'm ready to dip a toe into the madness of the Seattle housing market. I'm looking for a 3br anything (condo or house) in North Seattle. I've been stalking Zillow, it looks maybe kinda sorta possible to find something we could afford. I have no idea what to do next. [more inside]
posted by annie o at 2:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Home Technology Project for Kids

My nine year old has declared that he's interested in technology and wants to work on a project this summer. I'm not completely sure where this comes from, since his exposure to technology has mainly been netflix and mindcraft. I'd love to find a fun project we could work on together. [more inside]
posted by TheShadowKnows at 1:52 PM PST - 20 comments

Recommend for me a European beer

I've tried many types of American craft brews. Now recommend for me some mainland European beers. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:22 PM PST - 27 comments

Please Stop. No, I don't think I will.

In the vein of this question, but with a twist: how do I reframe and handle confrontation when I am required to instigate the conflict? [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! at 1:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Start recording at Bang

I want to start a few seconds video recording prompted by a gun blast. Plan is to attach a USB camera to a spotting scope and have my Mac start recording a few seconds of video the moment a shot is fired. The start and stop of the Video recording can be done with Automator ad/or Apple script. I am looking for an app or hardware solution to prompt the recording. It could be an application that starts a script once a sound exceeds a certain level. Perhaps even better a motion sensor that will sense the shock in the rifle stock. Thanks for your help. Rogier
posted by Mac-Expert at 1:04 PM PST - 8 comments

My mom is getting new boobs. How can I help her recover?

My 50-something year old mother is getting breast augmentation soon. She's asked me to stay with her for a day or two to help her recover. Any tips/suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah at 12:27 PM PST - 6 comments

When my experience and my credential don't quite match up

I am applying for jobs where they want X years of experience with Y credential. I have the X years of experience and I have the Y credential, but not the 'with' part. How do I finesse this in my cover letters? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 12:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you identify this plant?

Asking for a friend who found these in his Los Angeles backyard: The nuts start out green like olives, then turn. Inside is a hard shell. If you crack that open there is a strong smell my friend described as a cross between almond, macadamia and hazelnut, mostly almond. His dog chewed up the nuts so he's wondering if they're toxic at all.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 11:32 AM PST - 6 comments

I wanna rock right now

What is this sweet drum sample that takes over at 2:30 in DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's "I Wanna Rock"? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 11:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Why Was a Movie Sold Out, but Only Five of Us Were There?

Last week, I went to a movie theater with reserved seating. When I went to the ticket counter to buy a ticket, there were only two tickets left. Once the movie started, there were only five of us in the theater watching the movie (with about 180 seats, total). This happened two nights in a row, same theater, different movies. What was going on? [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle at 11:07 AM PST - 17 comments

How does one know if things are getting better or worse?

If you were to measure whether things are getting better or worse in a country, what metrics would you use?
posted by scottso17 at 11:04 AM PST - 18 comments

Easing away from Al-Anon

My weekly Al-Anon group are all very sweet and I enjoy them a lot, but I also have grown tired of the tedium of the meetings and feel less and less like it's applicable to my life. Seeking a bit of perspective and advice on how to gracefully move forward without burning any bridges. [more inside]
posted by witchen at 10:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Should I go back to school?

I never really had a career, so to speak--I fell into non-profit fundraising about 5 years ago. It's OKAY. But I recently took a higher-level job and I can tell that long term, this is not what I want to do for the next 30 years (I'm 34.) Should I go back to school for something else? (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by Automocar at 10:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Make me a Salesforce Ninja

My new job uses Salesforce.com and competition to uncover the good stuff, even from the semi-discarded "Shark Tank" leads and contacts. Teach me your tricks for sorting leads and contacts to find potential sales. What are the best filters to add when creating views to screen out junk? What are the best ways to make sure that if an old lead starts to come back from the dead (say, with fresh Pardot activity) that I get there first? I am ready to learn, sensei. Show me the way.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Family-friendly travel suggestions for India or points nearby

I'll be traveling with my wife and our 2.5 year old daughter from the USA to India in early November for a very good friend's wedding in Pune. We'd like to get there 3-4 days early and decompress/adjust to jet lag/settle in. I'd love suggestions for a place to stay! [more inside]
posted by pziemba at 9:29 AM PST - 7 comments

longform/investigative [music/art] journalism examples & best practices?

I'm embarking on an overambitious personal writing project to profile the career of a pair of multidisciplinary artists who've been kicking around underground for 20+ years with next to no fanfare outside of their scene. Can you link me to some SUPER in-depth profiles of other working artists to give me an idea of what to aim for and what to avoid as I work on this? (Really long, career-spanning pieces would be best, but shorter stuff is OK. Bonus points if it's about someone you don't care for/about but the writing was so compelling that you loved reading it anyway, like this incredible profile of Carrot Top in Esquire.) What are some investigative profile best/worst practices when it comes to building something huge from scratch? What do readers love/hate to see in projects like this? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio at 9:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a standing-height table appropriate for a retail setting.

I have been looking for a standing height table that would be appropriate in a retail setting and have had no luck finding one. This may likely be due to me using incorrect search terms. It needs to be tall enough that someone can stand at it and comfortably fill out about a page (5 min) of paperwork. The "deck" needs to be of a size that approximately 2-4 people can gather round it (but not too large as it won't be used for much beyond some short paperwork. We don't want it too look too "dining-ey'. I'm picturing something along what I imagine you find in something like a cell phone store perhaps, where people stand to sign a contract. Cost is certainly a consideration, we would like to keep it below $150 a unit.
posted by sourwookie at 9:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Vacation-Filter; help us choose where to go!

My boyfriend and I are looking to take a weekend trip to celebrate our one-year anniversary. We have a couple potential options in mind, and are looking for additional suggestions for locations we might not have thought of or might not know exist. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 8:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me close the deal on a new car!

My wife and I are in the process of buying a new car for the first time. So far things have proceeded fairly smoothly, but I just wanted to be clear on how the steps should proceed as we enter the end game. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Nashville, Friday night on Broadway for the less rowdy

Travelling to Nashville this weekend for the first time. We are seeing a show in the early evening, I think it’ll be done around 9:30. We want to see live music at bar afterwards and are considering hitting the Broadway strip. Difficulty level – amongst our group are some non-drinking 60yr olds who will not be very comfortable with college kid rowdiness. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine at 8:27 AM PST - 3 comments

How to navigate a potential divorce?

Hi. This is me. I have been thinking for a couple weeks and am leaning towards divorce. I have multiple questions about this. [more inside]
posted by a strong female character at 8:25 AM PST - 41 comments

So much mayo

I'm going to make a dish using a small amount of mayo. What else can I do with it if I dislike it plain? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis at 8:02 AM PST - 33 comments

So, how do I make noodles?

I've been stumped by noodles for a long time. I would really like to be able to look in my fridge, see I have extra veggies and some noodles and whip up a delicious, saucey, noodle dish... I love peanut butter, scallions, soy sauce, curries etc. But I have no idea how to put it all together, can you help? Extra points if you know how to work with Konjak noodles as we have 4 packs in the fridge!
posted by pairofshades at 8:00 AM PST - 15 comments

At what point should I quit watching "Supernatural"?

One of my current brain-off binge-watch-while-tinkering/sewing shows is "Supernatural." I'm partway through Season 1. I've heard that, like many long-running shows (don't even look at me, X-Files), it eventually goes pear-shaped. As spoiler-free as possible: when should I quit? Alternatively, at what point should I quit, but feel free to point out any later episodes that are worth the watch.
posted by Naamah at 7:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Sick dog, sick kitten, panicked mama

Is my kitten reacting to recent stresses in the house, or could something else be going on? Snowflake details follow. [more inside]
posted by iarerach at 7:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Prepaid SIM at Reagan National (AT&T)

Looking for a pre-paid AT&T SIM card at Reagan National [more inside]
posted by defcom1 at 6:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Plane transfer timeline for international flights through Toronto

My wife and I are planning a trip to the UK in August/September. We're looking at flying out of Minneapolis/St. Paul on Air Canada, with a stop at Toronto before continuing on to Heathrow, with the same itinerary reversed on the way back. Will an hour and a half be enough time in Toronto between flights? Since both our flights are international, will we be required to go through any kind of customs screening in Toronto on either leg, or will we be in the international terminal/area the whole time?
posted by LionIndex at 6:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Have you ever taken gabapentin? Ever stopped taking gabapentin?

I'm having a terrible time cutting back, much less stopping completely, but I can't deal with the side effects any more. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 6:33 AM PST - 19 comments

Getting involved in organizing efforts against racism

Hi, I'm a white person who wants to get involved in organizing efforts against racism. I'm particularly interested in efforts that get other white people involved in taking action. [more inside]
posted by sb3 at 6:03 AM PST - 7 comments

List these pseudo-courses on my resume - next to my fancy real degrees?

Looking to get up-and-out of my current private-sector scientist position, I've been rewriting my resume to target more senior science jobs with more of a management or strategic character to them. Obviously I've been playing up every relevant aspect of my experience on my submissions, but what I don't have is an MBA. Some of my competitors for these jobs probably do - in addition to their science PhD. I've sort-of taken a few business courses* over the years, though. Better than nothing? Should I list them on my resume? How to word it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:19 AM PST - 9 comments

In search of a therapist who is good with creatives in Portland, OR.

I am a working artist and I've been dealing with a ton of anxiety and depression for much of my life, but it's getting particularly rough lately. Portland is a city of creatives, so can someone recommend me an awesome therapist who also understands creative people's problems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Controlled prescription run out

I live in Ontario and I'm prescribed Concerta by my family doctor. I've been taking it for years. I'm an adult. The last time he re-wrote my script he gave me 4 refills of 30 days, which are all up. Now he's on vacation until next month. I had no notice and I'm wondering if there's any other way to have my prescription refilled. I expect walk-ins and pharmacies will be skeptical/unwilling since the drug is controlled/monitored.
posted by anonymous at 5:18 AM PST - 11 comments

My professor is not very good.

I'm pursuing a master's degree in one of the rehabilitation specialties. Our program is very tight knit and wonderful. However, one professor for a key course is not a good teacher. [more inside]
posted by lifeonholidae at 4:21 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get the most out of this HP TouchSmart Celeron notebook?

My old computer is wrecked and for the next two months or so I will be exclusively relying on my HP TouchSmart Notebook with a Celeron Processor. What can I do to make the computer go as far as possible for me in terms of speed and letting me perform all these activities without too much lag or delay as I switch from tasks to tasks, delays which can be very annoying after a while. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue at 1:51 AM PST - 4 comments

June 23

Modern folding outdoor table/chair set?

I'm looking for a modern or contemporary set of outdoor table + two chairs that would fit a small balcony, and which could all be folded up for storage. My ideal choice would be the Mia by emu, which comes in the colours I want (ideally, black), but at $940 + shipping from Europe it's about twice my budget. Plus, while the table folds flat, the chairs don't. Another, cheaper choice is the Pocket by Jan Kurtz, which is only $95 per chair plus shipping from Europe, but there's no table, and I would have a hard or impossible time finding one that matched the design. I'm out of options. I don't want a nostalgic bistro table and I don't want some cheap plastic stuff. My budget is around $400-500.
posted by gentle at 10:25 PM PST - 14 comments

What facial moisturizer will seriously drench my skin?

Can you recommend a facial moisturizer that will inundate me with MOISTURE. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:47 PM PST - 41 comments

How do I find a good tattoo shop?

I'm sure looking at a portfolio is one way, but beyond that, what are some good things to look into? Word of mouth? Online reviews? I haven't gotten one since I was eighteen, which is many a moon ago. I'm in Milwaukee, if that is relevant. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto at 8:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I pay my boyfriend rent if I'm crashing with him for 1 month?

I have a gap in between leases, and my boyfriend graciously agreed to let me crash at his place for a month. Should I offer to pay him rent? [more inside]
posted by placoderm at 7:57 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for a YouTube video: two-person solo on a double-neck guitar

I saw this funny and cool YouTube video with two musicians playing on one double-neck guitar. Unfortunately I don't have the link anymore and I've forgotten the names of the musicians. [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe at 7:24 PM PST - 6 comments

My work is a mystery...

...should I keep it that way? Primarily wondering if / how to add my experiences to my resume and LinkedIn account. Details enshrouded within. [more inside]
posted by ditto75 at 7:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Best way to handle large, incontinent dogs?

I live with an assortment of 3 large, indoor dogs that belong to various roommates. One or more of them has started pooping in the house on a regular basis. What, if anything can be done about this? [more inside]
posted by csox at 6:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Help Me Train and Not Train Wreck

I'm training to run the Falmouth Road Race for charity (yay!). This is my third time trying to do this race and the last two, I had my ass handed to me. I'm have real problems getting endurance. Special snowflake details... [more inside]
posted by plinth at 6:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Just because you're paranoid… MacBook edition.

Is somebody remotely controlling my MacBook's trackpad/mouse? [more inside]
posted by signal at 5:30 PM PST - 23 comments

Need recommendations for psychiatrists in Austin, TX who take insurance

I've been researching by psychiatrists recommended by my doctor and ones who take my insurance. The reviews are terrifying. Anyone have positive experiences with a psychiatrist in Austin who takes Aetna? I can't afford to pay out of pocket...
posted by argylekneesocks at 5:01 PM PST - 1 comment

Please recommend some movies by African-American creators

My husband and I recently watched Dope and really enjoyed it. We'd like to seek out more movies by African-American creators. Any recommendations are welcome, but we are especially interested in movies made by and starring African Americans, and we prefer movies that are somewhat "fun", even if they have serious themes. (We're open to various interpretations of "made by", but generally written and/or directed counts.) [more inside]
posted by cider at 4:16 PM PST - 39 comments

Relationship with my husband

I can't help today but complain, I am in nursing school and I am married. My life is hell. I am in an accelerated nursing program bachelors and I am extremely busy and on top of it my husband is supportive in some ways and very unsupportive in other waysz.he does most of the house chores and cooks most nights. I get that this is hard on him too but I feel that he wants things el that he wants things his way or no way, if I say something that he disagrees about it. [more inside]
posted by barexamfreak at 4:01 PM PST - 20 comments

My cat came home with singed whiskers... How concerned should I be?

My cat came home with singed whiskers... How concerned should I be? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 3:22 PM PST - 22 comments

What are the best resources to learn political communications skills?

I am starting a job doing social justice organizing and I will be doing a substantial amount of communications work, including drafting emails, updating website content, designing newsletters and flyers, and using social media (twitter and facebook). What are the best resources to improve my skills in these areas? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 3:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Most engaging Android smartphone games?

I love Plants vs. Zombies 2. LOVE. But I've finished it, and I need a new game to play on my Android smartphone. What should it be? [more inside]
posted by purpleclover at 3:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Tech jobs and cubicles go together like peanut butter and antifreeze.

Am I being unreasonable if I state having my own office as a requirement during my job search, and if so, has anyone successfully made the transition from having an office to working in an open area with interruptions and noise? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu at 2:53 PM PST - 18 comments

London Old St/Barbican/Liverpool St

Traveling to London. Anyone know if the area around the Old Street/Barbican/Liverpool Street tube stations are safe for walking alone at night? Thanks!
posted by sunrise8 at 2:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Worst nightmare most cherished dream - new job in time of crisis

Dear AskMe, I have had a family tragedy and a new job offer. Almost simultaneously. I was told on Sunday that both my parents are seriously ill. I told my current employer that I would be taking leave to care for them for at least a week, maybe a month, effective immediately. And on Tuesday I received a job offer. My question is: how do I break the news to current employer that I will, be resigning and taking four weeks leave? Basically, that I will not be back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Miss Business Manners: How To Get An Endorsement From An Academic

An academic has endorsed my business verbally. How can I go about getting a written endorsement to be used on my website, similar to what you see here? (asking for a friend) [more inside]
posted by rada at 2:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me identify this book!

My mom bought me a fantasy book years and years ago, and I remember reading it with her. I am guessing it was a relatively new book at the time, so my guess would be that it was published some time between 1985 and 1990.... [more inside]
posted by rikhei at 1:55 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I buy ancient (<1000 AD) gold coins (in Los Angeles)?

I'd like to buy an ancient, byzantine or early middle ages gold coin as a gift for someone who likes ancient civilization and the idea of having a gold coin. Neither of us know anything about buying gold or coins or ancient things. I'd like advice on how to make this purchase without being taken for a ride. [more inside]
posted by tyrantkitty at 1:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Start-up valuation after Series B financing

Suppose a privately held tech start up announces they received X dollars in Series B financing from a large publicly traded corporation. I want to know what the start up's valuation is as of the date of the financing. Is there anything in the publicly traded corporation's SEC filings that would give me insight into the start-up's valuation? The financing amount is pretty small relative to the corp's overall revenue. Assume I can't talk with anyone at the start-up or the corp. Thanks!
posted by bepe at 1:46 PM PST - 5 comments

The quick green creeper jumps over the lazy pig

What is your favorite game/program/tool to teach an elementary age child to type? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 1:19 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I delete custom lists in excel?

How do I delete multiple (several thousand) custom lists in excel all at once? I can delete them individually, but if I did that I would end up wasting a ton of time. [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs at 1:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Exact Measurements of an IKEA Hemnes 3 drawer chest

I'm interested in buying a specific dresser at IKEA (Hemnes 3 drawer chest), but I am trying to fit it into a small nook and I need more specific measurements than they can give me. Would someone who has this dresser at home be willing to measure it for me? [more inside]
posted by bonheur at 1:13 PM PST - 7 comments

how to change my mindset to enjoy homeschooling my cousin like I used to

I homeschool my cousin once a week after work, and I am starting to resent it. How do I get over this feeling? [more inside]
posted by akita at 12:48 PM PST - 18 comments

Kitty's on a diet!

Is there an automatic feeder for cats that will dispense a very small amount of food six times a day? [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel at 11:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Fix before car insurance declares a total loss?

I got into an accident this weekend and I dented my door & part of the fender. My insurance company says that if the fix is more than 80%, they are legally obligated to declare is salvage / total loss which means I lose my car. I'm scared that this is the case. [more inside]
posted by senterstyle at 11:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Great Caterers in Toronto?

Looking for recommendation of catering companies, private caterers or restaurants that do event catering in Downtown Toronto. [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Help with pricing/consignment of product for retail, please.

I'm about to meet with a couple of retailers who want to carry my aromatherapy line in their local shops. I don't want to sound clueless or put myself at a disadvantage. I plan to keep my online price and the retail price in brick and mortar stores the same, with the exception of special sales or events. [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow at 10:19 AM PST - 3 comments

empty mind, full cushion

Recommendations needed on what to fill my meditation cushion with & where to get it. Is the answer always buckwheat hulls? [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 9:51 AM PST - 3 comments

How to respond to "positive racism"?

An acquaintance of mine was posting things on facebook that were full of that "positive racism". The kind of stuff where you can say "I wasn't being racist, this is all positive stuff I'm saying about these people". You know, stuff that's in the "Noble Savage" area. I would like to explain how this type of thing still ends up hurting people. Can I get some links to articles that say, better than I ever could, why this stuff is bad for people? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 9:43 AM PST - 12 comments

What should I do with my car?

I was going to sell my mini cooper, but then I spun a bearing. Now what? [more inside]
posted by RUPure at 9:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Toxic ex broke up with me and wants to get back together

I'm conflicted with this sensitive, hard situation. My ex of 2.5 years broke up with me roughly 4 months ago due to him recently becoming aware of his issues (anger, depression, possible bipolar disorder, childhood issues, binge eating). He seems to be increasingly struggling with his issues day by day He mentioned that he still loves/cares for me, and wants to become a better person for me, build a life together but can't do these things until he gets better. We've talked on and off after the break up. He saw me out with a new guy and is now worried about potentially losing me and wants to get back together. [more inside]
posted by ruebeignet at 9:13 AM PST - 37 comments

My HR person behaved inappropriately – do I have any recourse?

I have good reason to believe that our HR manager snooped around on my work computer during off hours, viewing files she had no legit reason to; I have evidence of it, and when I confronted her about it she denied it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 34 comments

Help me find a half-remembered movie scene

You guys are good at this: please help! I'm trying to find a half-remembered scene from a movie, probably by Spike Lee, in which African-American kids are excited to see a black person/family on television. I thought it was Crooklyn but I've read the script and I'm not finding the scene I want. Help me! [more inside]
posted by Susan PG at 8:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me cut and compile short clips from various youtube videos

Hi all, I need to compile a file (and DVD) with bits of various youtube clips. Details within. [more inside]
posted by mrsh at 8:38 AM PST - 4 comments

The southern side of the confederate flag discussion

Could you point me to well-articulated discussions supporting the confederate flag? It's sounding like the statehouse flag in SC is likely to come down, but I'm interested to hear the voices on the other side of the issue, such as newspaper editorials or blog posts, especially current ones. [more inside]
posted by spbmp at 8:24 AM PST - 19 comments

What does Schopenhauer mean in his criticism of Spinoza?

How is Schopenhauer using the terms "conception" and "predicate", "reason" and "consequence" in the Spinoza section of On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason? (Chapter 2) [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 at 8:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Computer power efficiency question. Does this technical solution exist?

I have, over time, acquired a handful of external USB hard drives. Terabytes full of stuff... The problem being, I don't really want to pay to have them on all the time, if I don't need them. It occurs to me it would be nice to have a simple, elegant way of having your computer keep an index, of sorts, of what you store on your external devices, even if those devices aren't powered up... and then having it either power the device up, or prompt you to do so, in order to access the files you need. Is there a Windows-friendly solution for something like this?
posted by markkraft at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Laywer needed in Boston before quitting job

My friend is in Boston, works at a huge corporation, and after 10 years with them, wants to quit. Because of [reasons] I adviced her to get a lawyer but she has no idea what sort of lawyer or how to find one. Please help. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 7:38 AM PST - 8 comments

What kind of doctor should I see?

I have osteoarthritis in my low back. I've seen a physiatrist who specializes in the spine, and I like him, but he's not very communicative. I would like to see someone else, but I'm not sure who. [more inside]
posted by gigondas at 7:36 AM PST - 1 comment

Exercises to improve reading comprehension for a 13-14 year old

I volunteer as an English tutor for school age children in the UK. I have recently started work with a pupil who has serious problems with reading comprehension. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Aravis76 at 6:49 AM PST - 14 comments

What are the most stunning music videos of the past five years?

I'm making a playlist for a friend and I'd like your suggestions. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate at 6:34 AM PST - 51 comments

Ottawa this weekend

Off to Ottawa this weekend to see the US play China! What else should we do there? [more inside]
posted by damayanti at 5:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Anyone have experience working with QTI? (Question Test Interoperability

I am analysing the IMS QTI (Question Test Interoperability) standard as an option for our activity content for my company. We currently have a very robust and diverse set of learning activity content in our own proprietary schema and would like to evaluate switching to a common standard in order to take advantage of interoperability and having a wider choice of off-the-shelf tools for content creation. I am familiar with QTI and understand the specification but what I don't have is experience using it. From what I can gather, despite being an IMS standard, it seems to be difficult to find case studies or even a big list of adopters. I am looking for anyone who could offer some insight on their experiences with it.
posted by postergeist at 5:18 AM PST - 2 comments

What do you suppose caused this?

Submitted for your consideration: Two photographs of the same place- in 1974 and 2014. [more inside]
posted by pjern at 2:30 AM PST - 8 comments

What Happened At The Polo Grounds Shooting in 1950?

On July 4, 1950, Bernard Doyle was killed in the stands at a NY Giants game. The bullet was supposed to have been fired by Robert Mario Peebles, a 14-year-old who lived in a nearby housing project. The weapon was not aimed but fired into the sky and the bullet struck and killed Doyle. Questions remain (for me) and I hope some MeFite can hook me up to a good accounting of the event. [more inside]
posted by CCBC at 2:23 AM PST - 10 comments

To date or not to date: MRSA edition.

I recently started hanging out with this lady. We have gone on 2 dates, and kissed. She told me, on the second date, that she has had MRSA in the past. It colonized her nose and she passed it on to her ex-boyfriend during an infection. She has not had an infection in 2 years, however. AM I SAFE [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno at 1:41 AM PST - 17 comments

Stop hanging around, hangnails!

I frequently get hangnails. I understand that the main treatment is not to pick at them and the main prevention is to keep your cuticles moisturised. I have questions about how to make these things happen. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel at 12:37 AM PST - 21 comments

June 22

Wasting a question on soda pop: Snapple Soda "Raspberry Royale"?

I have an amazing memory of a delicious bottled beverage from the 90s but have never been able to verify it's existence. It was Snapple brand but it was carbonated, came in a glass bottle but with a plastic screwtop you'd find a plastic soda bottle. The flavor was raspberry, I think technically "Raspberry Royale," and it was deep magenta. Anyone else remember this or did I dream it all up?
posted by dahliachewswell at 10:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Tips for a first-time music festival attendee?

I've never been to a multi-day music festival, but this fall's Basilica Soundscape in Hudson, NY looks like it might be perfect- the price is right for camping, it's not terribly far away or hard to get to by Amtrak, and it won't interfere with my school schedule. What would experienced festival-goers recommend? Has anyone been to previous Basilica Soundscapes? [more inside]
posted by Merzbau at 10:20 PM PST - 7 comments

YANMD: Focal Adenomyosis, what do I need to know?

What is it? Is it benign? Could this cause infertility? Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by wind_up at 10:06 PM PST - 4 comments

15 minute #wincrements

What is the best online resource for helping artists and programmers employed by an agency/consultancy to cope with manually completing timesheets as a requirement of their jobs? It needs to be independent of the software the agency uses.
posted by michaelh at 9:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Dry my gin out

I've recently returned to gin and tonics but in my time off from this old favorite I've quit sugar. Now G+Ts are just too damn sweet. I tried moving over to a better tonic (Fever Tree Tonic Water) and although nicer in general, it's still just too sugary. So gin drinkers of MeFi, what do you mix with your dry gin to keep it dry and refreshing ideally with that bitter quinine type flavor? Is there a less sweet tonic water around? Other mixers? Other simple cocktail recipes with non-obscure ingredients? Thanks!
posted by merocet at 8:54 PM PST - 30 comments

Prepare for THE ARRIVAL! (of a VIP)

Have you had to prep for the arrival of a major VIP (eg a Queen? a Head of State? the head of the United Nations) to your office or factory? What did you have to do? [more inside]
posted by almostwitty at 8:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Waltham, MA - Schools, especially Waltham High, any good?

I know Waltham isn't regarded as highly as Newton, Lexington, Belmont, etc. This I know. What about the culture of the schools, especially the High School? Do they have a good.PTO? Is there much of an issue with drugs or violence? Are there any gifted or accelerated programs? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 8:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Unpaid Wages: small claims court or CA labor board?

Trying to get about $900 of missing wages paid. Should I go through small claims court or file a missing wages claim with California's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 7:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Buying a condo in NYC. What should I know?

Yes I meant a condo not co-op. What does a first time condo buyer need to know? [more inside]
posted by rancher at 6:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Journalism Videos

This fall I'll be teaching a high school level 21st century Journalism class and I've only ever taught elementary/middle school before.... [more inside]
posted by aetg at 6:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Shared Google Calendar events self-destructing?

The small business I work for (~15-20 people) has begun using a set of shared Google Calendars. It's great! Except that every couple of days the events we put in delete themselves. [more inside]
posted by Polycarp at 6:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Renter's insurance - what happens when you make a claim? is it worth it?

Have you ever had renter's insurance? What happens when you make a claim? Do you have to have documentation of buying the thing you are claiming? Does your premium go up if you make a claim, and if so, by how much? [more inside]
posted by Questolicious at 5:30 PM PST - 29 comments

Software for auto-extracting individual portraits from yearbook page?

I'm hoping to automatically extract the individual portraits from scans of yearbook pages without having to manually crop and save each photo. Each page has about 20 portraits. I'm using Windows 8.1.
posted by Bushmiller at 5:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Applied for job but declined interview, can I reapply?

In January I sent my resume may in for a job I was considering. They got back to me after three weeks, and I had already accepted a job elsewhere. I replied to them thanking them for the interview but said that my circumstances had changed and I was no longer looking for a position. The job isn't working out and I'd like to reach out to this company and ask to be reconsidered. [more inside]
posted by slime at 4:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Good books about surfing? (not how-to books)

A friend of mine is interested in books on surfing - like memoirs of surfers, or fiction that involves surfing. He's interested in "a good read," not a how-to manual. Can you name any good books about - or involving - surfing that would make a good read?
posted by mark7570 at 4:47 PM PST - 14 comments

as-you-go-along refrigerator pickles?

Hi y'all. My garden is at a time when it's making one or two okra a day. Is there a way to pickle these as I go along? All the refrigerator pickle recipes I find start with boiling a brine. Would it be food-safe to fill a Reditainer with brine, then add a couple okras a day, taking the oldest one out when I wanted a pickle? [more inside]
posted by ftm at 4:11 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I cope with squandered potential?

Lately it's been sinking in a little more how much potential and how many opportunities I obliterated by screwing up as an undergrad. I eventually graduated with a degree, but my performance was poor enough that it ruled out the career I imagined for myself. [more inside]
posted by mister pointy at 3:57 PM PST - 25 comments

Can I make a flat cat-safe after using ant powder?

CatFilter: I recently used a generous amount of Rentokil ant and crawling insect powder in the hall and kitchen of my flat. Is it possible for me to clean this up to make it safe for an 8 week old kitten - particularly when the powder contains permethrin? [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Adderall first days

I was just prescribed Adderall 5mg, generic, initial release kind. I started by splitting the pill and taking 1/2 dose and then 4 hours later another 1/2 dose. Day 1 was fine, but Day 2 I had extreme muscle tension and some heartburn. I took a half dose only. On Day 3 I took a half dose and fell asleep! I also developed muscle tension and mild heartburn. [more inside]
posted by charlielxxv at 3:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Doodles that will make me laugh and cry

I'd like to dabble more in graphic novels and comics for "grown ups". I like Julia Wertz and Allie Brosh--so basically I'm looking for stuff that is kinda gritty yet also kinda funny, preferably with a female's point of view. Who else might I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 2:34 PM PST - 31 comments

Where can I create a custom planner / calendar that's POD?

I had the idea that I'd like to create a custom calendar, titled "The Queer Agenda," with holidays and events of note relating to queer history. I would like to do so in a Print on Demand shop where people who like the concept can buy it in variations of school planner and wall calendar. Zazzle and Cafe Press will let me choose pictures and title text, but not day-to-day text, and they also only do wall calendars. This will not work. Many companies like Modern Postcard, Vistaprint, and Snapfish will let me customize days, but they do not offer print on demand designer storefronts. Any recommendations for services that might work better or ideas for how to proceed?
posted by Alex Haist at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Make my washroom pleasant

The place where I am temporarily living has one bathroom, and that room is pretty sorry. What small and inexpensive things can I do to make it better? [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 1:10 PM PST - 32 comments

Best practices: floatation devices for learning to swim

An expert in children's motor-skills development suggested that I get my kid to try swimming by using a floatation vest. Nonswimmers should use real life vests for boating or other times when they might fall in the water unexpectedly. However, I thought that using a floatation device for just playing around in the pool would make it harder for kids to learn to swim because they hold kids in the wrong position thus causing bad habits, and inspire them do riskier things due to their feeling invulnerable. [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech at 1:06 PM PST - 8 comments

When the Border Patrol disguised themselves as Santa

I'm looking for a 1980s-1990s photo of Border Patrol agents, dressed as Santa and handing out presents to irregular immigrants. [more inside]
posted by migrantology at 12:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Grammar Help! Dealing with "s" with nouns and possesion

My friends are are debating the appropriate use of an apostrophe in light of nouns ending in "s". I am many years away from my grammar classes and a bit unsure. Test sentence inside the fold. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 12:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Spectacular Spectacular!

I would like to watch some BIG DUMB* MOVIES that look good and go down easily—modern epics, dramas, and adventure movies with an old-school sensibility. Cheesy sentimentality and/or problematic politics are okay. Bonus for scores that tell you exactly how to feel, old-fashioned adventure, lush scenery, sweeping romance, shameless tearjerking, improbable history, etc. Basically, spectacle-style pictures that are really good at being spectacles, if not at being great movies. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 12:28 PM PST - 86 comments

Where to stay in Vienna at Christmas?

We're looking at spending a wintery Christmas in Vienna and we're wondering what part of the city we ought to be searching for accommodation. Where should we stay? (limiting factors inside.) [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl at 12:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Does COBRA count as a company health plan?

Will the availability of COBRA keep a person from qualifying for a Marketplace plan and/or subsidies? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 12:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Change:What are the high value ways for laypeople to help in your field?

Advocates, researchers, activists, and policymakers - after recent news stories about distressing topics such as species extinction, police brutality, voter suppression, and global warming, I'm often stuck between hopelessness and wanting to work for change, but feeling really lost about where to start. What are your suggestions for the field or fields you know most about. [more inside]
posted by mercredi at 11:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Should I sell my condo or continue renting it out?

My tenant of 6 years is moving out and I cannot decide whether I want to rent it or sell. I’ve tried several online calculators for this type of thing and gotten different recommendations. My condo is in Denver, CO, one of the hottest home and rental markets in the country right now. Rental occupancy rates are at 96% and rents have been increasing at about 10% annually. Home values in the past year have gone up almost 15% in the last year with 6% growth projected next year. Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 11:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Great little shops in Denver?

Going to Denver to visit the Garden Tool Company and were wondering if there are other unique stores we might visit. No clothes,toys, or outdoors outfitters. Any suggestions?
posted by leafwoman at 11:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Taking pictures should be a snap

My camera, which is a Kodak EasyShare C183 and which I've had since Christmas 2011, is malfunctioning. Whenever I turn it on, it turns itself off within a few seconds. It's indicating that it's a battery issue, but it isn't actually a battery issue because I put new ones in when it first started happening and it didn't help. Is there anything I can do to fix it? Alternatively, is there any way I can have it repaired for less than what it would cost to buy a new camera?
posted by orange swan at 11:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Part-time work for a college-educated mobility-challenged person

I have tutoring experience but am not a certified teacher/tutor. I have gone to school district offices, only to be placed on a list of available tutors. Does anyone have suggestions for part-time work that isn't physically challenging but mentally stimulating? I am open to ALL industry fields. Thank you.
posted by gc5785 at 10:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Is this play-fighting or something more serious?

my kitty cats (see previous questions for photos) really are classic Frenemies. They sleep together, Crocket licks Binky's face and ears before they go to sleep , they run around together, sniff each other's bums and both sit watching birds and insects out the window.... so, they obviously love each right? Then what is this wrestling and is it just play? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 10:25 AM PST - 21 comments

What is light bookkeeping?

I'm applying for jobs right now and some ask for experience in light bookkeeping. Hoping some of you with experience can shed some light on what they really mean? [more inside]
posted by shesbenevolent at 10:12 AM PST - 8 comments

What to expect (and how to act) in an extended period of sobriety?

I've decided to give myself the challenge of no alcohol (I don't do drugs or anything else) until my 39th birthday in late November. What's the best way to go forward? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 9:16 AM PST - 33 comments

The weirdest game in town

Tell me about Las Vegas. What are the weirdest or most interesting ways to gamble? What can you do beyond the ordinary slots, poker, roulette, sports betting? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 8:59 AM PST - 19 comments

Using just www to bring up site when on campus network

Our university site used to be hosted on the campus servers. While it was there, people on the campus network were able to type just "www" and it would redirect to the full site. We've recently changed to hosting on wpengine, and now www brings up a 404 page. [more inside]
posted by korej at 8:44 AM PST - 15 comments

fearful cat help

Can you help me figure out how to care for our extremely fearful cat? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 8:43 AM PST - 16 comments

What socket wrench set should I buy?

I like fixing things, and I'd like to get myself a nice socket wrench set that will last a long time. Questions include: 3/8" or 1/2" drive, or maybe both? Which brands are good at not rounding your bolts while not being super expensive? What's the best way to store them? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight at 8:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Trans women writers for a high school women's lit class?

I am looking for suggestions for works by trans women (or non-binary) writers for a high school English class entitled "Social Issues in Women's Literature." I am especially interested in shorter pieces (poems, short stories, essays), although excerpts from longer things would be all right too. I am trying to take as intersectional an approach as possible, so I would really value a diversity of voices (trans women of color, non-American, both contemporary and older, etc.). [more inside]
posted by jfaulkner at 8:19 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm getting real tiled of your dirty grout

Tiled kitchen counters - they get dirty and gross and I hate them. But I'm renting so I can't tear them out. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 at 8:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Will this hurt my chances at finding employment? What should I do?

Due to my interests I have an extremely visible presence online, and I want to know if this will negatively impact my ability to find work and, if so, how to work around that without sacrificing what is important to me. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend at 7:55 AM PST - 13 comments

I need an app launcher, for a single app, not the popular kind.

I make Windows videogames, and my latest engine doesn't let you select screen resolutions. I could change it so it does, but I'd rather make a small program that first lets you choose resolution (and set fullscreen and such), then launches the game app. But then wait (I said in my head), hasn't someone already created this launcher tool? Please help me out. Have they? [more inside]
posted by Techbear at 7:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you identify the instrument?

What's the instrument that gives this Ry Cooder song its twangy quality? [more inside]
posted by fishingforthewhale at 7:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Movie title eludes me ...

This is kind of vague (else I would remember it I suppose) but it was late 90s/early 2000s (?), with a separated guy with a young daughter (?), there is a fight with his wife at a gas station (?), somehow he meets a Kate-Winslett-ish character (pretty sure it was not Winslett though), and then they move somewhere north-ish and start to renovate/rehab an old house ... Thanks!
posted by carter at 7:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me make my favorite curry powder, which I can no longer buy

Hi everyone! I found this Cape Malay curry powder several years ago and was able to order it online until last year but now it seems not to be available. It is my favorite curry powder and I want to figure out how to make it myself. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax at 7:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Fat bottomed girls they'll be riding today...

I'm an over 40 plus sized woman who can't ride a bicycle. I'd like to learn. I have a bike (that I bought after significant research for my needs). The question is where Pittsburgh, where? [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 6:14 AM PST - 15 comments

How to print off the web

I am often stymied by trying to print interesting articles off the web when the pages don't have a printer friendly version. The printed version often takes many more pages than I would have guessed. Moreover several of the pages may have only a few lines on them or just ads. Is there some way to tell approximately how many pages an article will print before printing if there is not a printer-friendly version? Maybe there is some utility I can download? Thanks
posted by jtexman1 at 6:02 AM PST - 18 comments

Scotland Filter: St Andrews Strategy

Looking for tips and advice for attending the final day of the Open Championship at St Andrews in July. [more inside]
posted by Flood at 5:07 AM PST - 2 comments

What cardio equipment for this small alcove?

My wife and I have a small alcove in our basement where we'd like to place some exercise equipment to get the heart rate up during the winter. Given the immutable space limitations, what should we consider? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 4:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Please help me sort out using Dropbox to organise my photos

I am trying to figure out the best way to use dropbox to store and organise photos from various devices for various uses. Detail over the fold. [more inside]
posted by Megami at 2:23 AM PST - 10 comments

June 21

Current List of Film Production MFA Programs?

Does anyone know of a current list of film production/directing MFA programs, and maybe forums with former student reviews of them? I have the book "Film School Confidential," which is great, but it is 9 years out of date. I'm interested in both US and international programs. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Kombucha3452 at 9:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Places around Champaign, IL with a 10 month old within driving distance.

I live in Champaign, IL. My and wife have gone to Chicago a couple of times, so let's skip that. What other places in driving distance (say, 3 and a half hours to 4) can we go? ..... (More details after the break) [more inside]
posted by harisund at 8:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Logos like this?

I am looking for logos that are made of type and symbol (where the type is made of multiple words) but with several versions where the positioning of the words in relationship to the symbol change.
posted by cyrusw8 at 8:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Three questions about Australian English

Toward a better definition of "bogan;" gender differences in everday speech; an American tourist speaking without giving offense? [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor at 6:45 PM PST - 33 comments

After-the-fact motion sickness? Is this a thing?

I almost never feel motion sickness while a vehicle is in motion, but I am often queasy starting 2-6 hours after a long trip has ended. What gives? [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl at 6:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Failed kiddie chemistry experiment

We tried to do the Iodine Clock Reaction today for the kids, using 1) HSO3 mixed with starch and 2) KIO3. Unfortunately, instead of changing from colourless to dark blue (cue impressed sounds from the kids) there was no colour change at all. No precipitate or apparent temperature change, either, so I'm not sure anything at all happened chemically. Any ideas what might have gone wrong?
posted by thelaze at 6:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Early 30s and my life is a mess. How do I clean things up?

I grew up in a bizarre, cult-like family that screwed up my development as a person. So in a lot of ways I'm way behind other people in basic life skills. After four years of hard, painful work I've finally been able to untwist the knots that were tied up in my brain. How do I get the mess I have here under control? [more inside]
posted by gehenna_lion at 5:58 PM PST - 25 comments

Getting a summer job for dummies

Hi, I'm a 20 year old trying to get a job this summer. Almost any job. Wendy's, Starbucks, anything. I live in NYC. I go to college and I'm off for the summer. I applied for like 12 jobs. I have a polished resume with some volunteer experience and one summer job in 2009.. I haven't heard anything back from where I applied and I'm getting discouraged already. What should I do so I can definitely (hopefully) have a successful search and job?
posted by starlybri at 5:35 PM PST - 16 comments

The art of not being taken advantage of?

I am the "nice guy": agreeable, non-confrontational, always trying to please everyone and deep down just wanting everyone to like me. I can't live like that anymore. How do I put my own needs/wants ahead of others? [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude at 5:25 PM PST - 28 comments

cable modem to wireless router troubleshooting

I've got a Arris SB6141 cable modem. When I hardline into it, I get over 100 Mbps down and about 20 Mbps up. When I connect it to a Linksys N-Ultra WRT160N broadband router, I get 0.5 Mbps down and 12 (?!) Mbps up. What gives, and how can I get more speed through my router?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 5:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Picture ideas for my living room wall?

I'm redecorating my living room and am in search of an arty, affordable framed print that will complement the existing decor. Ideas please? Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark at 5:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Preventing elderly guests with poor vision from falling down stairs

My family has a summer house with a steep, poorly lit stairway to the basement. The top exits into the kitchen. There is a door that is normally kept closed at the top, and guests other than children rarely need to go down these stairs. So, what's the problem? Recently, a family friend with a similar setup had their elderly friend tumble down such stairs (presumably confusing it with the bathroom), and were badly injured and had to be rushed to the hospital. We have lots of elderly friends/family/neighbors that regularly come over. So... [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction at 4:34 PM PST - 24 comments

I smelt it, but sadly, I didn't dealt it.

How can I get hidden and entrenched cigarette smoke out of a room? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 4:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Behaving and acting in accordance to my confident self

How to check in with myself so I speak/act/behave from my confident self rather than my insecure self? Any good rules of thumb? I want to avoid behaving in ways that badly affect my friends and family and also, myself rather than acting from anxiety and insecurity and drama and then regretting it. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen at 3:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Seeking more diverse resources on management and professional leadership

I am a new manager, and most of the resources (books, blogs, and podcasts) on management and professional leadership that have been recommended to me or that I've found through my own research are written or curated by white men. I'd like recommendations for leadership and management resources from a much more diverse set of people. [more inside]
posted by guybrush_threepwood at 3:00 PM PST - 6 comments

[bugfilter] Worms/larvae on kitchen cookware

Found this little thing in our glass measuring cup and 3 little wiggling worms/larvae (no pic) that looked like mouse droppings on our wok lid stored upside down. Both items were washed and cleaned and were sitting on the kitchen counter. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by lucia_engel at 2:59 PM PST - 12 comments

SMS from USA --> Singapore?

I need to know if I used the correct format for sending an international text (SMS) from USA on an iPhone 5s with service by Ting (MVNO for Sprint) to Singapore. Details within... [more inside]
posted by bluecore at 2:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Backing up my linux *installation;* everything but my /home partition

I want to back up my Linux installation---everything EXCEPT my /home partition. Soup to nuts, what's my process? I am running the final release of Crunchbang, a Debian-based distro. [more inside]
posted by wires at 2:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Roadtrip: Sacramento to the Gorge

Driving from Sacramento to the Gorge in WA in September: where should we stop along the way? [more inside]
posted by kmr at 1:55 PM PST - 6 comments

raw sewage in bathroom - landlord responsibility in California

There is a pile of raw sewage in my bathroom due to a blocked pipe in the apartment complex I live in. The pipe is shared by multiple units. Landlord is refusing to properly deal with situation. [more inside]
posted by AtoBtoA at 1:40 PM PST - 13 comments

How can the brains of my computer be shared seamlessly across devices?

Ms. Stewie and I have a Mac Pro, Macbook Air and iPad and two user accounts. Is it possible for me to be working on the MP, log into the MBA and have my hard drive, apps, possibly even browser tabs be seamlessly synched between the two devices? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 1:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Happy jam band anthems?

Recommendations for jam band/funk anthemic songs? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 12:59 PM PST - 9 comments

What gift should I bring to a lunch?

My new acquaintance has invited me for lunch with his wife and 11-year-old son next Saturday. What should I bring? [more inside]
posted by tickingclock at 12:29 PM PST - 25 comments

Social Media and the modern job hunt. How little presence is too little?

I'm about begin the hunt for a new job, and I'm aware of how social media can hurt my job prospects if I'm dumb about using it but what if I don't use social media at all? [more inside]
posted by Snuffman at 11:24 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me ID these sunglasses so I can buy them again

I lost my favorite sunglasses and I want to get another pair, but I don't know much about them. The only identifying feature was an "F" logo in a circle on the arm, but I have no idea what brand/company this is. [more inside]
posted by mcmile at 11:22 AM PST - 1 comment

How do normal people deal with the loss of infatuation in a partner?

Due to dysfunctional upbringing, I am overly sensitive to any signs that might indicate rejection. I know this, but I don't know how to deal with it. Now my partner seems to be losing interest and I don't know if this is part of the normal development of the relationship or a sign to bail before I get hurt. [more inside]
posted by Ender's Friend at 10:54 AM PST - 8 comments

How to deal with guilt over not seeing my father on Father's Day?

I've been having issues lately with my father, who has Borderline Personality Disorder. A few months ago he said some very hurtful things and I cut off contact; it's Father's Day, though, and I'm feeling a lot of guilt - even though it's probably not in my best interest at the moment to rekindle our relationship. How do I cope? [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo at 10:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Need some birthday poems

I'm going to an event this week where people sit around and eat and drink and read poetry, either their own or by others. Since it also happens to be the organizer's birthday, I'd like to read a birthday-related poem, something by a contemporary poet. [more inside]
posted by daikon at 10:49 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm buying a used Prius- What do I need to know?

Full disclosure: I'm not only buying a used Prius, this is my first car purchase ever. New York to Seoul to LA, at 31 I'm buying my first car. At any rate, because of mileage and ethics, I'm pretty set on a used Prius, aiming for 2012+ with a Package Two trim. Given that, what do I need to know? More inside... [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 10:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Training employee on new technology when they are DEAD SET against it...

I am a freelance web programmer working with a local non-profit. I built an administrative back end that completely replaces their current work flow of paper forms, faxes and excel spreadsheets . The administrator I am training is reluctant and hostile about adopting the software. [more inside]
posted by i_mean_come_on_now at 10:07 AM PST - 23 comments

Studying web development: are my goals reasonable?

I've been studying web development in addition to working full-time, and I'm finding it a pretty tough slog. I'm starting to wonder if my long-term goals are reasonable, and am hoping for a reality check. [more inside]
posted by Sockrates at 10:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Can someone translate this Chinese text for me?

One of my ELL students wrote this in my yearbook and I don't know what it says-- it's probably not overly exciting but I would like to know what she wrote. [more inside]
posted by sadtomato at 9:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I decline to sign this O-1 visa letter?

A young designer asked me to write a letter on her behalf for an O-1 visa application. She has a job offer from a certain fruit-named tech company. I don't want to go into detail here about how I know her; I'm familiar with one of her projects, but don't know her well at all. Her lawyers provided a letter, but it uses language I'm uncomfortable with ("I can say without hesitation that X represents the best of the best in Y industry") and that the lawyers say is important. The rest of the letter also doesn't sound like anything I would ever say. What should I do? I don't want to hurt her application, and I initially said that I would do this, but I don't think my actual letter would offer the kind of support they're looking for.
posted by three_red_balloons at 9:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Indigent living and mental health support in Waco, TX

A series of events that I don't want to get into in detail has my sister living in Waco, TX without a job and without much social support and in need of mental health care. Does anyone know of any specific resources there that she can use? [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 9:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Best Windows PC-compatible, wearable sleep tracker?

Best Windows PC-compatible, wearable sleep tracker? [more inside]
posted by vers at 8:32 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I end this friendship?

I am wrestling with how best to end a friendship. snowflake details inside, but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet. [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane at 8:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for books about different world cultures

I'm looking for books that: 1. List different beliefs and practices of many different world cultures, both contemporary or historical cultures. 2. Are accessible, as in not needing an anthropology degree to understand them. 3. Preferably have pictures. 4. Are non-fiction, NOT a narrative with characters. I just want the facts. 5. Can be for kids or adults. 6. Preferably not internet resources because I want to minimize screen time. [more inside]
posted by TheOptimizer at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

How raunchy is CATASTROPHE?

How raunchy is the new Amazon streaming show CATASTROPHE in terms of nudity, sex, language, etc.? I'm reading great things about it, but am wondering if it's something I would feel comfortable watching with my older teen boy. Reference point: we're watching Grace & Frankie now (great show btw!) and that's been ok for us to watch together...
posted by Ike_Arumba at 7:35 AM PST - 5 comments

ADHD and working memory

Can working memory impairment be reliably inferred from a diagnosis of ADHD? How often do individuals meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD without showing substantial impairment on measures of WM? Is it appreciably often the case that WM memory deficits in childhood and early adolesence are resolved during the process of maturation?
posted by anonymous at 6:45 AM PST - 1 comment

First time woes...

Short version: I had sex for the first time with someone I thought I really liked, but it didn't quite go the way I expected it to and now I'm completely panicking about it. Long version inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Phantom doctor bill from 2005

On Friday, I received a bill totaling $500 from a doctor that I haven't seen since 2010. It hit me out of the blue. It's a chunk of change, and I'm not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by batbat at 6:05 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I support my sister when her problems are her secret?

My sister's e-mails reveal that her boyfriend is breaking up with her, hasn't paid any rent on the mortgage they got this year, and she might be pregnant. Externally everything is fine, I just want to know, when she does tell me, how can I help? [more inside]
posted by Noumenon at 3:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Science Fiction novels about society forgetting science

Could anyone help me identify science fiction novels whose central theme is society forgetting science? I was listening to the radio a few weeks ago and I heard a description of a novel about society moving back to pre-enlightenment levels of knowledge and I thought it sounded interesting. I don't remember any details about the book mentioned but I'm open to reading any good books about losing knowledge.
posted by rdr at 12:24 AM PST - 20 comments

Couples Therapists in NYC: recommendations

My partner and I are looking for a couples therapist in NYC - preferably Brooklyn and Manhattan. We tried one therapist about 8 months ago but we both felt he wasn't a good fit and quit after a few sessions. I'm looking for someone who really engages us and is both professional and empathetic. We have CIGNA and United Oxford insurances and would like to remain in-network if possible. Please share your recommendations, therapist hunting is really hard. Thanks!!
posted by whatdoyouthink? at 12:02 AM PST - 3 comments

June 20

Murakami, Translation, and Descriptions of Food?

Would the Japanese text of a Murakami novel bother elaborating that oyakodon is "rice topped with chicken and eggs" - or is that bit of text added by the translator for the benefit of foreign-language (English, in this case) readers? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 9:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Welcome to our house, please don't steal or break our very nice things.

What's a gentle phrase I can use (english or non-english) to appeal to people's best selves to ensure that items in our new guesthouse/airbnb business are treated with respect? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 9:14 PM PST - 26 comments

70's Science Fiction Story Identification Wanted!

I remember reading a SciFi story when I was a kid about a man who was revered because he could heal any disease. His body would go through a strange biological cycle allowing these healing powers only for a short time. The problem was that later in that cycle, he harbored infectious diseases that caused harm to anyone close to him until the cycle completed and he became "pure" once again. The name escapes me and all searches for the title have failed. Can you help me? Thanks!
posted by queue_strategy at 8:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Worried about GI problems x1wk, yellow stool

About five days ago, I started becoming sick. Started with me feeling a little ill, then the next day I had a sore throat and a fever, and the day after that I was incapacitated and had to be in bed all day long. A couple days before I had some issues with bowel movements. My stool was noticeably more soft, and Also was more yellow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find a cute, affordable bikini somewhere other than Walmart!

I found a bikini I really like here. The problem is it is a Walmart exclusive brand and for various reasons I really don't like shopping at Walmart. Help! [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 5:33 PM PST - 9 comments

how can I distract myself while organizing my clutter?

How can I distract myself so I do not become too bored? [more inside]
posted by skwint at 5:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Acrid, "industrial" odor in apartment in Summer...

Western exposure, hot sun, polluted air, old masonry - Summer brings good things, but also a terrible smell to my apartment. So I have an indoor air quality question. [more inside]
posted by ferkit at 5:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Mac experts: Simple question about doing a clean install

My machine has gotten sluggish, and I think I'm going to try a clean install, which it's never had. I understand how to wipe a partition and do a complete install from a bootable USB drive. What I'm not sure about is getting my documents off my backups. Is it as simple as using Migration Assistant? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Periodical Recommendations

Looking for periodical/magazine recommendations featuring medium- to long-form articles similar in style (if not tone) to the London Review of Books. [more inside]
posted by MetalFingerz at 4:56 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I find out what games will run well on my Macbook Air?

Is there an equivalent to Can You Run It for Macs? I'm tired of never knowing ahead of time what games will run well (enough) on my MacBook Air, especially since I'm partial to graphics-heavy stuff like BioShock and Half-Life. If it helps, here are my details: Mid 2011 MacBook Air Processor: 1.8 Ghz Intel Core i7 Memory: 4 GB 1333 Mhz DDR3
posted by gottabefunky at 4:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Making friends in Spain as a poor introvert

How do I make friends while living abroad in Spain as an introvert with very limited funds? [more inside]
posted by iamsuper at 3:50 PM PST - 9 comments

How to keep the one your with

I'm curious to know your stories, or what it is that keeps you happy in the relationship you are in? Also is it possible to grow in love with a person when you are in a happy relationship? Before I confused love with infatuation and I don't want to go through that again! [more inside]
posted by red47Apple at 3:13 PM PST - 11 comments

There is only so much Katy Perry a sane person can take...

My high energy 4 year old loves Katy Perry to a degree that my ears can no longer tolerate. Roar, Firework, This Is How We Do are often in heavy rotation around our house and in the car. I'm glad she likes music and I appreciate some of the themes in Katy Perry's music (female strength and independence) but I'd like to interest her in some other music as well. [more inside]
posted by teamnap at 3:10 PM PST - 36 comments

Dissatisfied with vasectomy, what to do?

I had a vasectomy a month ago and am not satisfied with the outcome. When should I consider seeing a different doctor and how should I do that effectively? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Attractive laptop/phone/table charging station solution desired

I'm sick of the mess of usb and power cables all over my living room and specifically on the side table next to my spot on the couch. What solutions have you come up with to deal with the ugliness of an abundance of frequently used electronics that you want to have handy that passes a reasonable adult living room decor bar? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 2:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Can any guitar techs out there help fix my knob?

How do I fix a volume knob on my Les Paul? [more inside]
posted by downtohisturtles at 2:19 PM PST - 12 comments

How Long Until They Knew Who Won The Battles?

I'm interested in better understanding the rate at which data transmission has increased through human history. I would like to graph this to understand better how to compare ancient events with modern based on how long it would take an idea to filter through a population at a given time. I know this is a tall order, and so I've settled on one variable that I think will be useful for me: the speed at which the results of a battle were relayed back to the relevant parties. [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 1:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Go through with this first date or not even bother...?

While dating online I am planning on meeting a man tomorrow for a first date. He proposes his city. At the same time I am trying actively to progress in making better choices in men, being assertive, trusting my gut, realistically doubting myself, and am afraid of being too negative ("cutting off my head because of a toothache", or an English equivalent). [more inside]
posted by Dutchmeisje at 1:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Apartment locator fraud. Should I report? And to whom?

I recently applied for an apartment my roommate and I found by ourselves. A locator service we did not use contacted me and told me I could get a $400 rebate if I told the complex I found the listing through the locator's website. I think if someone actually did this, it would be fraud, and I think maybe I ought to report this service for attempting to get me to do this. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes at 1:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Boss who gaslights, stonewalls and bullies me & my coworkers.

I work with a team of people (less than ten) under a supervisor who consistently uses insulting, bullying language and intimidation tactics that are so detrimental to team's morale and productivity that we have decided to take this to our company's anonymous hotline for reporting misconduct. How do we best phrase our concerns/strategize our approach so that the company takes these concerns seriously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments

How to re-affix the wooden top of a chair?

How can we fix this chair in a way that stays? We can't sit in it. Others have tried wood glue + dowel-bits but the dowel-bits snapped. [more inside]
posted by circular at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Breakup in Same Social Circle

My girlfriend (26) broke up with me (33) out of the blue last week. To add to this, we share the same tight social circle that meets multiple times per week for different outings. I have been keeping my distance from the group so far. While I don't want to lose touch with this circle of friends, I also feel that seeing her would add to my pain and discomfort. Has anyone been in a similar situation and how did you handle it?
posted by QuietType at 10:51 AM PST - 11 comments

A Question of Fairness

I am an only child. I am about to have our second baby. I have some questions about this whole sibling relationship thing. A few little snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 10:49 AM PST - 24 comments

Obligated to talk to roomie about potential depression/drinking problem?

While she doesn't get obliterated, my roommate does drink a substantial amount most nights. I think she may be depressed. My friend pointed out that as her roommate I may be the only one aware of her behavior. Am I obligated to talk to her about it? How do I bring it up? [more inside]
posted by efsrous at 10:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me word a cheesy sounding "You've already WON this AMAZING PRIZE"

We're eloping! In addition to celebrating after the fact with friends and family during our Wedding Celebration Tour, we'd like to send out a card offering to let people sign up online for their FREE PRIZE, a postcard mailed to them from our overseas elopement destination. We'd like it to sound and look as cheesy and silly as possible. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 10:23 AM PST - 5 comments

One Week Tour

I'm planning to take a solo vacation the first week of August, and would like to go on an all-inclusive organized tour. I enjoy learning and trying new things and would really like the tour to be friendly/sociable. Cheaper is better (total budget: under $1000). I'm in good shape but am a city girl and not very into nature. I'll be leaving from Washington, DC. Where should I go? What should I do? What tours do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by rue72 at 10:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me solve a moriarty riddle

My 9 year old has a "choose your own adventure" type Sherlock Comic book, which has a (non essential for the adventure) riddle that we can't seem to be able to solve. I've tried googling and wolfram alpha, and am still stuck. Please Help [more inside]
posted by motdiem2 at 10:11 AM PST - 14 comments

One day, or less, in Rio de Janeiro

The good news is I’m going to be in Rio de Janeiro soon for work. The bad news is, it’s for work. I’ll probably be able to free up a day, or maybe a half-day, to be on my own. [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 9:13 AM PST - 4 comments

No ADHD in Europe means no pharma coverage in US?

Last night when I picked up my and my adult son's prescriptions for ADHD meds, I groused that the insurance company didn't consider them maintenance meds. Consequently I have to pay full price until I meet my deductible. The pharmacy employee (not a pharmacist) told me it was because there is no ADHD in Europe. [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 9:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Post-interview municipal HR etiquette question

Would love to hear feedback from someone familiar with municipal HR practices. Yesterday I interviewed for a position with a city department. The interview was set up by someone from city HR, but was I was actually interviewed by people in the department. At the end of the interview, the contact from HR told me I could not contact the interviewers, but I could direct questions to her (the HR contact). I believe this is all because of various regulations regarding city hiring. When I've been interviewing for other jobs (private companies), I have sent a post-interview "thanks" email to the interviewer. Since I can't contact the people I interviewed with, is it appropriate to send a "thank you for organizing the interview" email to the HR person who has been my point of contact so far?
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 3 comments

How old is too old?

I am 29. He's 67. Do you think this will work out in the long run? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 AM PST - 61 comments

Help me do Paris right!

What are your tips and tricks for saving money and reducing wait times for the various popular sites and attractions in Paris? Are there tickets that are smart to buy ahead online? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky at 8:13 AM PST - 11 comments

To tip or not to tip - Private class dilemma

Should I tip the teacher of a private class/party that I am hosting? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion at 7:57 AM PST - 6 comments

How to treat a foot for the temporarily uninsured

I injured my foot just before moving from Canada to NYC. Now I'm in worsening pain and walking is difficult. I won't have health insurance for at least another week, possibly more. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 7:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Do I tell my friend that her husband left her to date a former student?

Should I tell her what my ex-friend is up to? If so, how should I tell her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 AM PST - 33 comments

Art Teacher looking for MS/HS job, only getting elementary offers

Teachers, this post is for you. I’d like to hear from anyone out there who has taken a job at a school that's not their target age group as a first-year teacher, with plans to search for a job at a different school for the following year. I’m especially interested in hearing from K-12 teachers (specialists like art and music) who started at an elementary school, with the ultimate goal of finding work at the secondary level. Of course, I’m grateful for advice from anyone with insight on this situation! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 AM PST - 8 comments

How much of an explanation do I owe this guy after one date?

I went out with a guy from OKCupid who seemed awkward but raised no huge red flags. Less than a week later, he got weird and I'm no longer interested. Do I need to tell him this? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo at 6:43 AM PST - 21 comments

What's the best way to live in Vienna for 6-9 months?

My SO will be doing research in Vienna from September-June 2016, and we've decided our child will stay in Vienna as well, and I'm thinking about joining them. I have a good job in the US that I can not take with me, but I might be able to cobble together enough freelancing work (I'm a programmer) so that it's not a complete financial bloodbath. What should I look out for in terms of laws about taxes and working in the EU/Austria? (nb: US citizen) [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes at 5:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Birders or Ornithologists: Explain this bird in flight photo

What happened just before and after this 1/4000th of a second of a swift's flight? Birds aren't planes so my guess of rapid clockwise rotation is probably wrong. Many swifts were feeding. Some would dive, level out along this wall then abruptly turn away. I'm not sure they were swifts, but other photos show the forked tail. Photo taken in Fes, Morocco.
posted by Homer42 at 5:23 AM PST - 4 comments

ideas for a short exciting vacation?

I have a week of unspoken-for vacation coming up in October. I'm going to be somewhere in Europe at the start of this time. I'd like to do something memorable and exciting. I have bucket-list items like rafting the Futaleufu in Chile, trekking in Nepal, touring Mongolia, going to Antarctica, ..., but they all seem to require around 3 weeks. Any ideas for what I can do along these outdoorsy, thrillseek-y lines in one week? Willing to travel wherever in theory, but again, time is the main constraint. [more inside]
posted by eugenen at 1:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Ethical interracial adoption by the child of an interracial adoptee

I am the child of an adoptee, the birth mother of whom is non-white. Now I'm planning to be an adopter, most probably of a child who is also non-white. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:15 AM PST - 11 comments

June 19

Pregnancy and manual labor

I'm six weeks pregnant and I do manual labor outside. I'd like advice on how to do this well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Moab Suggestions Advice Itinerary

Going to Moab for 2.5 days/3 nights on the 29th... Canyonlands & Arches, yes, but... [more inside]
posted by fumbducker at 9:32 PM PST - 14 comments

What hope is there for a marriage where there are political problems

What is the best hope (or is there any) for a marriage where extreme political disagreements have cropped up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 PM PST - 21 comments

Brownish liquid in fermenting fennel?

Dig this jar of fermenting fennel in the style of sauerkraut. It's all bubbly and shit! But also the water at the top is all brownish and shit! Is this something I should be concerned about?
posted by kenko at 8:32 PM PST - 9 comments

What is this piece of chemistry glassware for?

What on earth is this item of chemistry glassware for?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 8:27 PM PST - 4 comments

I need a doctor

I had a really hard week with being really fatigued and I want to go to a doc and get my thyroid checked again, plus I will need to re-up my Synthroid prescription soon anyway. I have a bunch of questions about process for this and also, are there methods for staying awake that I don't know about? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 8:20 PM PST - 11 comments

science and art are pretty much the same thing in my eyes

Career-advise me! Fellow mefites who enjoy both the humanities and the sciences: which did you pick for your career, and why? Or: were you able to somehow combine the two? Bonus points if you have experience with the medical field. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit at 6:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Did my boyfriend just get married?

This is such a silly question, but I would appreciate AskMe's perspective. My boyfriend and I are long distance, and yesterday I stumbled on "wedding" photos of him and his ex that were taken two weeks ago. He told me that it was from a video that his university is making for new students to show how glamorous graduate school life can be (he's a professor and an alum). Am I being irrational in doubting him? [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetry at 6:11 PM PST - 248 comments

WIN8.1 insecure, bigtime. Do I need to go linux to have some privacy?

Microsoft is creepy-crawling into and onto my shiny new WIN8.1 computers. Do I need to go linux to have some privacy? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 4:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Need a Book Suggestion for HS Graduating Niece

My niece has just graduated from high school and is going to college in August. I would like to get her a meaningful book as a graduation present. Difficulty level: the kid might be gay but isn’t sure. [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp at 4:22 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I learn to command respect?

I'm tired of being disrespected by friends, family and co-workers and treated like a doormat all the time. What can I change about myself to prevent this from happening constantly? [more inside]
posted by KTN at 3:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Healthcare on the cheap

Are F1 students in the US eligible for Obamacare subsidies? This is in California. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 2:42 PM PST - 7 comments

How can our family transition (esp. young son) to less screen time?

Right now everyone in our family, but especially my young son, watches too much TV (or shows on iPad). I'd like to cut it down a lot ideally, but realistically to under what is generally recommended the "safe maximum" for young children. [more inside]
posted by nosh, daven, shtup at 2:18 PM PST - 22 comments

Rice Cooker and Frozen Veggies

Will frozen veggies and rice work with higher-end rice cookers? [more inside]
posted by johnnydummkopf at 1:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Friend dumped and still struggling

About a year and a half ago I confided in my then best friend my plans to do X (where X is a generally looked down upon behavior in our society but not illegal). [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace at 1:41 PM PST - 42 comments

Collector Spoons

Trying to find a home for Collector Spoons from my father's estate. [more inside]
posted by Alt255 at 1:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Help with b/w photo info?

Looking for help with any knowledgeable info about an interesting found photo. [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 12:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Why do gardeners emphasize the seed-starting process so much?

This might be kind of a dumb question, but I'm a new indoor gardener, I've been thinking about giving growing cherry tomatoes indoors a go, and almost every guide I've seen puts a lot of emphasis on the *technique* of starting plants from seed. I have basically zero gardening experience and I don't completely understand why we do this. [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau at 12:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Modern criticism of Gibbon to keep in mind during reading?

I'm embarking on Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," and won't be dissuaded (plus, I already bought a great, modern edition). I am, however, aware that some parts of it have aged better than others. What should I be keeping in mind as I read? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Which Online Automation Tools Can Batch Download Files?

CheckVist (you needn't be a user to answer this!) is a collaborative too for creating/editing outline docs. But you can't revert bad edits (there's not even multiple undo), nor does it ever back up. So I'm building a script to download all 100 of my CheckVist outlines to computer. I'll make a Quickey or Applescript to call up each page in a browser, trigger CheckVist's keyboard shortcut to initiate export/download of the OPML file (the universal outliner format), and then repeat with the next page....times 100. CheckVist has nothing to help me, but perhaps third party tools, e.g. IFTTT? What's available for this sort of batch work?
posted by Quisp Lover at 12:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Homemade ice cream... do we have the technology?

I would really love to know if it is possible to make gelato/ice cream at home as good or better than the best brands you would buy in the store or high end ice cream parlors (in NYC, some of my idols include Ample Hills Creamery, Fresco Gelateria, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory). Are there any good books or resources out there? Is special equipment needed? Does anyone have any great methods and tools they would like to share?
posted by incolorinred at 11:43 AM PST - 25 comments

Vegan Baking for Camping Trips

Hello! I'm going to be doing a fair number of short, weekend-only camping trips with a group, a few of whom are vegans. The rest of us are omnivores/vegetarians who don't mind eating vegan. I'd like to bring a few things...especially desserts...that I can share with everyone. [more inside]
posted by sandraregina at 11:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Making art prints from a vintage book online

I found a gorgeous art book online with images I'd like to make into art prints. How can I do this given that all I have is a sort of cruddy resolution jpg? [more inside]
posted by Fuego at 11:22 AM PST - 7 comments

I need to get my sexy Western witch on

Looking for low-cut black leather pointed toe ankle boot. Please help! [more inside]
posted by easter queen at 11:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me chose a gate/fence for my backyard?

My backyard leads in to an alley, and I'd like to enclose the backyard for a few reasons. I'd like to chose a fence that has a gate for a car, and a gate for a door for people to use, so I can park my car in my backyard if I need. Please help me chose a gate/fence! Details inside [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 11:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Nerd hobby that gets me out there

What is a nerd hobby that will enable me to (a) travel anywhere to enjoy (b) interact with people and build relationships, (c) not super expensive, (d) somewhat DIY, and (e) doesn't require an entire workshop, garage, or wardrobe? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 10:46 AM PST - 34 comments

California - MFT Psychology License + LAc Acupuncture license = ?

Dear Ask MeFi, I'm a Californian student thinking about possible career paths. If I were to complete licensure in Psychology, as well as in Acupuncture (MFT and LAc here in CA), would I legally be able to practice both modalities with my patients? Thank you, Confused Apprentice Practitioner (CAP) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I tell my drama queen roommate that she needs to move out?

I'm afraid to ask my roommate to move out because there's a good chance she will make my life a living hell. What's the best way to go about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Friendship breaking up is hard to do.

A former friend intentionally cut my partner (and, by extension, me) out of his life. I don't want to feel panicky every time I hear about this person, and I don't want my partner to feel cut out of his professional community. How do I get over all these bummer feelings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 6 comments

DVD: Deja Vu Detective?

I recently saw the first episode, "Hammer of God," of the 2013 BBC adaptation of Father Brown, with Mark Williams as the priest. Although I would swear that I had not watched the series before, I seemed to have seen this episode. I remembered it in great detail, except for two: I had not a single memory of Father Brown in the story, and in my memory the villain killed himself instead of turning himself in. Is it possible that the adaptation could have been used in another series? [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 10:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for projects that reward contributors with real-world benefits.

Hello. I'm looking for projects that extend benefits to people who contribute in a meaningful way. For example, Muckrock allows people to file a few free FOIA requests if people do one of these tasks on their assignment desk. Do you know of any other projects like this?
posted by melodykramer at 10:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Questions for strangers (to make them less of a stranger)?

What are some of the questions you've asked of total strangers that get surprising, interesting and engaged responses? How can you MeFi socialites guide someone to talk about what they want to talk about? [more inside]
posted by thebotanyofsouls at 9:46 AM PST - 47 comments

Homesteading and self-sufficiency resources (without the bloodshed)

I have become interested in self-sufficiency lately, especially the ability to feed my family from what I grow or produce myself, if not permanently, at least for an extended period of time should the necessity arise. I suppose it is similar to homesteading but I have zero interest in livestock (especially the slaughtering), so maybe it is closer to Depression era survival skills..? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 8:35 AM PST - 27 comments

car insurance and claims

I was in a mild fender bender yesterday. I have never been in an accident before. I have a couple questions, mostly about what happens with insurance, payments, and the fact that I didn't report it immediately. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Help us get the most out of our first developmental ped. appointment

Micropanda is 4 1/2, has great verbal skills, some mild delays in motor skills, and is a total space cadet in the absence of direct 1-on-1 adult interaction. He's in occupational therapy for sensory processing disorder. He is underweight and hates eating. We're coming to the end of our six month wait to see the developmental pediatrician, and the appointment's next week. Please tell me what to expect, help me think through prioritizing concerns, and offer any suggestions you have about how to get the most out of this appointment. [more inside]
posted by telepanda at 8:03 AM PST - 9 comments

YA fiction for tween girls, please

Please suggest good summer reading for tween girls (11/12) who also happen to be going through their parents' divorce. [more inside]
posted by yawper at 7:38 AM PST - 33 comments

Advice on apartment hunting in Halifax, Nova Scotia

How should I search for an apartment in Halifax, Nova Scotia? What are some good resources to help would-be renters learn about the rental market in Halifax? What are some apartment rental agencies that have a good reputation? What are the ones to avoid? Are there any areas of the city to avoid? I’ve never been to Halifax and know nothing about living there. [more inside]
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 7:33 AM PST - 7 comments

removing plastic goo from tile floor

I had a cheap dollar store bathmat on my bathroom tile floor, and the water resistant / nonslip rubbery coating on the bottom of the mat kind of melted and stuck to the floor, leaving lots of very persistent and slightly sticky bits stuck to the tile. Is there any way to get them up other than heavy scrubbing? The label says "100% olefin heat set polypropylene" but I don't know if that applies to the rubbery part or just the carpet nap.
posted by moonmilk at 7:23 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I network without coming across as a giant jerk/opportunist?

A few of my former colleagues would be very good people to network with. The only problem is that there a few of them I haven't spoken to in years (as in, more than ten years in one case). Is there a way to get in touch with people via a networking email that won't make me seem like a stalker or a blatant opportunist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Starting a new television production company...on the side...help!

Myself and two associates are teaming up to create a television production company. We are all very experienced producers and are considered accomplished in the field. However none of us have any business experience. We are taking our time to learn more about the business side of things as we set up what we need to set up. We are all currently working on other projects and will continue to work for other people until we are in a good place to launch. So many questions, but right now, I have identified two areas to tackle: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM PST - 4 comments

What is this lump on kitty's paw?

Our cat Crazy has a lump on her paw. Since she hates going to the vet, thought I'd try this route first. The lump has been on her paw for a few weeks. At first I thought it was just a clump of litter, but no, it is attached. .5 cm and sticks out more than the pic shows. It is hard and it does not appear to cause pain when touched.
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 6:57 AM PST - 7 comments

How much did it cost to set up an 8 modem BBS in the mid 80's?

Trying to get an idea of the cost in both money and time to set up an 8 modem BBS in 1987. Anecdotal evidence would be useful. Thank you!
posted by Alex Goldman at 6:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Toddler-friendly activities in Oslo for the jetlagged parent

My family - me, husband, 18-month-old toddler - is headed to Oslo next week. For three full days, I'll be busy all day with an academic conference. Help us think of easily accessible, toddler-friendly things for my husband and son to do during that time. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet at 6:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Does a long-lasting instant ice pack exist?

I am pumping breastmilk right now and travel fairly often. I have a system for everything except keeping milk cold during a long travel day. I have several gel style ice packs that need to be frozen to work. On the trip out I can freeze the gel packs and they stay frozen for about a day. My issue is that hotels never seem to have a way for me to freeze my ice packs for the trip back. So, I'm stuck with soggy gel packs (which TSA hates!) and it gives me anxiety about the milk getting too warm. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms at 6:34 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there a way to force an app to stay open/active on Apple Watch?

I like my Apple Watch so far. But the #1 reason I got it was to take it with me on long bike rides so I could see speed/distance/time at a glance. To my chagrin, after a short time out the cycling app quits, so when I glance down I see the watch face. And because I'm riding I can't swipe around to get back to the app. Surely there's a way to fix this? Or is the OS design that foolish?
posted by AgentRocket at 6:26 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I get into Gaming Journalism?

How can I get into Gaming Journalism this day in age where there is so many sites and sources about Gaming news? [more inside]
posted by JefferyDPerry at 5:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for Your Sugar-Free Shelf Stable dessserts

Pretty much what it says on the tin. What is a good sugar free (or as low sugar as possible) dessert I can make that travels well amd doesn't require refrigeration? [more inside]
posted by FakePalindrome at 4:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Does Mac Time Machine keep a backup of my local Web storage?

Trying to retrieve some local key-value storage info from Google Chrome from 3 hours ago, from before it got erased. Is this posisble? [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 12:59 AM PST - 3 comments

June 18

Windows 7- cmd.exe locks up computer

For a while now, whenever I (or any program) tries to use cmd.exe, it will cause my computer to slow down to a crawl and partially freeze (the mouse still works). What could be causing this and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by dilaudid at 10:11 PM PST - 2 comments

IKYNMD - High Creatinine in Blood - Normal Phosphorus - What Gives?

Yes, IKYNMD - waiting to see nephrologist, in the meantime, for the last 2 years my creatinine levels have been steadily rising - while other than anemia, low vitamin D, somewhat low RBC, WBC, elevated MCV, MCH, everything is ok. Phosphorus levels are within normal range. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 10:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Tell me cool stuff along this Portland bike route

Portlanders! Here is a map of a waterfront bike tour route. Can you tell me cool stuff to see/do/and especially eat along this route? A two- or three-block detour is okay but we will be a bit time pressured so can't go too far afield. Thanks!
posted by HotToddy at 8:41 PM PST - 4 comments

What in the world did I read?

The new EL James thread jogged my memory about a bad book I read several years ago. It was a historical fiction novel with a title like "Through an Amber Spyglass: 1651", except that wasn't the phrase or the year. Help me find this NSFW trainwreck of a book! [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 7:37 PM PST - 3 comments

How can we be an excellent foreign exchange host family?

We're in the U.S. and will have an 11th grader from France with us for the upcoming school year. Never hosted before or been exchange students ourselves. We have 2 kids, one of them the same age as the student. We've done the agency's orientation, but what tips do you have for making our young man feel at home and helping him get the most out of his time with us?
posted by lakeroon at 7:08 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I get this stuff off of my walls?

Something sticky has formed tiny droplets on the wall. [more inside]
posted by ksaklingon at 6:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Bean or foe?

Is this a green bean or a weed? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 5:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Eyebrow makeup for fragile special snowflake eyebrows

I am in search of best practices for using makeup on eyebrows that are increasingly delicate and thin. OK, I know the best best practice is probably "don't use makeup on them," but how about second-best practices? [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 3:30 PM PST - 31 comments

Vegetarian friendly dinner in Manhattan for 20

My office is looking for a restaurant where we can have a celebration, and we're having a hard time finding a good option. 15-20 people, next Friday night, vegetarian friendly. West side of Manhattan preferred but not mandatory. [more inside]
posted by milkweed at 3:27 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I move on from a bad relationship?

I split up with my horrible ex two years ago and on paper my life is pretty good now, but he still lives nearby and I'm in a constant state of panic about bumping into him and still a complete emotional wreck. How do I move on with my life and stop caring? [more inside]
posted by intensitymultiply at 2:27 PM PST - 26 comments

SharePoint 2010: filter a list to show only "no existing entries"

Is there a way to have a filter that is basically "Contains {NOTHING}"? [more inside]
posted by buzzv at 1:52 PM PST - 4 comments

The logistics of moving with a bike

It's possible that at the end of this Summer I will need to move from the German city I am currently living in to one ~9 hours away. But how? [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit at 1:40 PM PST - 19 comments

how register a car in a vacation home

Is it possible to get a car registered in Oregon if you a) own property there but don’t live there year-round and b) don’t want to change your out-of-state driver’s license? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 1:35 PM PST - 4 comments

What do I do about this weird dangly lump on my tonsil?

Weird health problem denizens of Metafilter! I have a question. [more inside]
posted by sockity sock at 1:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Whitelisting FB profile from further 'fake name' reports?

I was recently reported for a supposed fake name, and the case is now solved. However, I want to know if one can whitelist one's profile/account from ever being locked-out and in need of an ID, a second, third, etc., time? [more inside]
posted by Grease at 1:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Why can't I connect to Facebook? Got a gremlim in my system

For some reason my U-verse modem will not let me connect to facebook. When I use a VPN I am able to connect but it just times without it. Every other site I have tried has not been a problem. I have had others try to sign on to their accounts both hard wired and wirelessly and the same results ATT tech support has hit a wall in being able to help me with this and that includes having a tech out to swap the modem. Seems to be a head scratcher for everyone. Is there an answer in the Hive?
posted by citybuddha at 1:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Business email archiving requirements?

Are there any laws -- federal or state -- which require business emails to be archived for a certain period of time? We are a privately-held Illinois LLC and are not regulated by the FDA, FINRA, or any of the usual suspects. [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian at 1:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you explain my urination problem?

i have the urge to urinate 15-20 times in just a few hours. Can you help explain my problem? [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 12:41 PM PST - 30 comments

Literal Pain in the Neck

Help me figure out what is going on with my neck, which has had recurring pain since a drunk injury years ago. (Drunk injury being my term for any and all injuries whose proximate cause is being drunk.) [more inside]
posted by ereshkigal45 at 12:38 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I respectfully make out with pretty ladies?

I have a boyfriend who I am very happy with. However, I would like to smooch some random pretty ladies, and random pretty ladies seem interested in smooching me. How can I go about this in a way that's best for everybody involved? [more inside]
posted by brisquette at 12:30 PM PST - 33 comments

A Meaningful Thank You Gift for a Wedding

My husband and I had a small wedding nearly a year ago which we thoroughly expected to pay for ourselves. At the end of the day, however, my father surprised us with a check for the cost of the whole thing. It was overwhelming and meaningful in ways I don't know how to express. Now, it's almost a year later, and I still don't know what to get my father and his wife as a thank you gift. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by meese at 12:19 PM PST - 28 comments

Trying to get form NYC to Curacao and suddenly its impossible.

So I’m trying to get from NYC to Curacao in mid August and I’m having trouble finding reasonable flights. Is there something I’m not thinking of? We do not want to use a travel agent. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 12:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Techniques for improving memory in older people

I'm looking for ways an older relative can improve his memory, which has become very poor, probably because of anxiety and post-chemotherapy issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Poppy anthem for the musical break at a SCOTUS marriage equality rally?

I am looking for a song for a female vocalist to sing during the middle of a series of speeches at an upcoming marriage equality rally I am planning for SCOTUS decision day. (Music kind of breaks up the monotony of these types of things) [more inside]
posted by rabu at 11:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Online obsession aggravating depression - how to reset brain?

I have recurrent depression, in a bad phase at the moment. (I am in therapy, on meds, and not at risk of self-harm.) Being in a sub-optimal living situation, with no immediate financial need to seek work, few nearby friends and no relationship I have taken to spending way too much time in bed and online. I know what I have to do to recover: how do I handle my mind in the very short term / meantime? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I start from scratch with my flower beds? And if so, how?

My flowerbeds are overrun with weeds, no matter how much I pull. Should I start completely over, and if so, what's the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by sutel at 11:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Destination: Bay of Fundy... Looking for B&B recommendations please!

We're headed to Nova Scotia in August, and are looking forward to long beach walks & maybe discovering the odd amethyst or two. Can anyone recommend B&Bs or hotels on the Nova Scotia side of the Bay of Fundy? Ideally within 20 minutes' walk of the beach, around $100 per night or so. Thank you!
posted by thisclickableme at 10:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Best intensive courses for learning to build or renovate your own home

I am looking for 1 week to month long classes that do hands-on teaching of basic carpentry, plumbing, and wiring skills for people who want to rehab houses. I am considering buying a fixer-upper and need to know what tools I need, how to use them safely, how to conform to the local building code, and when I will need to hire outside help. [more inside]
posted by ridingtheranges at 10:24 AM PST - 11 comments


Books that have really worked for me in recent memory: Vladimir Nabokov's stuff, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, and The Secret History by Donna Tartt. All of these were totally obsessive experiences for me, and I'm not sure why. What should I read next to be similarly engrossed?
posted by there will be glitter at 9:25 AM PST - 47 comments

Where to go while the going is good?

My wife and I are age ~30, working and living in Cola, SC. We are considering moving somewhere else in the continental US. Where should we go and what should our plans be? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 8:55 AM PST - 23 comments

Freelancing web tracker/app

The freelancing is taking off and a better way of tracking time is needed. Preferably something that can be used online and in a iPhone/iPad App, that will produce reports and invoices for billing. Obviously all of this should seamlessly sync between the web and app. Suggestions?
posted by sock, the puppet at 8:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Creamy Vegan Sauce

I love Veganaise and when its in the kitchen I'll use it as a sour cream/crema sub in lentils, tacos etc. What is a tasty, creamy sauce I can make that is a bit healthier and doesn't cost so much? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 8:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Why aren't my stimulating meds stimulating me?

You are not my psychiatrist! But maybe you have some idea about why this is happening. I've been diagnosed with dysthymia, major depression (in an episode now, triggered by trying to taper off of Cymbalta), and inattentive-type ADHD. I take a passel of stimulating psych meds but am still lethargic and, currently, pretty depressed, and my psychiatrists (two in the past year) don't know why. [more inside]
posted by knock my smock and i'll clean your clock at 8:30 AM PST - 24 comments

What's clogging my ears/earbuds when running? Sweat/earwax? How to fix?

I listen to music when running, and also I sweat a lot. I notice sweat building up in my ears, then during the last quarter or so of my run my left earbud stops working and it feels like my ear is plugged. The plugged feeling goes away when I take my earbud out. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 at 7:31 AM PST - 10 comments

What are the best Beethoven recordings at his own tempo?

I have learned that Beethoven desired to have his symphonies played at specific metronome speeds, but that they are often slowed down. I am thus trying to track down recordings, preferably on CD by mp3 is okay, that are still in distribution, recorded at Beethoven's own fast tempos. Unfortunately, the glut of classical music recordings is making it difficult for me to differentiate them. Any recommendations for recordings at the fast pace would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams at 7:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Firefox 38.0.5 Won't Open Tabs, Only New Windows

I can't get any tabs to open in Firefox 38.0.5 (Windows 7); it keeps opening new windows instead. [more inside]
posted by Amy NM at 6:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Wahl trimmer comb 8mm

I usually cut my own hair with a Wahl Super Taper with a #3 (10mm) comb, but the edges of the cut are always pretty bad and using the next step down #2 (6mm) is a bit too drastic of a length change. Where can I buy a #2.5 (8mm?) comb attachment?
posted by beerbajay at 5:56 AM PST - 4 comments

What's the best way to keep track of notes on reading?

How can I consolidate my collections of notes and annotations on decades of reading, so I can find what I've read and what it was about? [more inside]
posted by Peach at 5:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Where should I be working?

I'm currently working at an Australian government department, but I don't see my long term future in the job I'm in, and I am not convinced that another job in the same, or even a different department, would suit me any better. So, what are some good uses for the following set of skills / experience? [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 12:56 AM PST - 6 comments

June 17

Pre-teen impulsiveness and self-management skill-building

That sounds like an academic paper title, and I've read a lot in the last couple of days. My twelve-year-old son is having issues with the above, and has come to me to ask for help to manage impulsive choices. [more inside]
posted by tracicle at 11:41 PM PST - 19 comments

A week in Tokyo: Baby and Toddler edition

For my 40th birthday coming up I've asked for a trip to Tokyo with the family for a week. We previously spent 3 days in Kyoto and loved it, staying at the Hotel Granvia. I'm planning the Tokyo trip and looking for options for accommodation and things to do/see with the kids. [more inside]
posted by Admira at 10:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Escapist audio books

I get all my best audio book recommendations from Ask Metafilter! I'm looking for books like Ready Player One, the Golden Compass (I read this one on paper), or on a slightly different note, The Likeness (Tana French). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 9:47 PM PST - 25 comments

not my type

I'm looking for a new Windows laptop, but pretty much everything that I've tried out has a keyboard that just suuuuuucks for me. Please hope me find something I won't detest typing on? Because, um, typing strings of words in succession is sometimes relevant to my interests. [more inside]
posted by threeants at 6:24 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me understand housing subsidies in Pennsylvania.

My family and I are moving to Pennsylvania for work. My 67 year old mother, who currently lives with us, will be moving as well. My mother was on disability (for Muscular Dystrophy), and is now on a meager (~$1100/mo) Social Security Check. I'm certain that she's eligible for some kind of subsidies, but I can't figure out what subsidies, where they can be used, and who to ask. Help! [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 6:09 PM PST - 12 comments

What's worth it from Pampered Chef?

I'm going to a Pampered Chef party tomorrow. Is any of their stuff worth it? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 4:52 PM PST - 49 comments

Help Me Recreate Amazing Migas!

When I was in Monterey I had a tex-mex migas like I'd never seen and I've always wanted to recreate it at home. it was the traditional tex-mex migas ingredients (tomato, bell pepper, onion, egg, cheese, tortilla chips) but it came out standing whole and firm, not unlike a flan and it cut like one - moist but really sturdy, not falling apart, almost like a quiche? The non-egg stuff was diced superfine and just melted into it. How did they make this and how can I do it at home? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 4:44 PM PST - 9 comments

I don't want to be a one-hit wonder

I got lucky on my very first time using a camera, and I'm afraid to try again, 'cause I don't think I can come close to getting anything nearly as good. [more inside]
posted by marsha56 at 4:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Why the seltzer always explodes?

Why does seltzer explode on the regular but flavored sodas rarely do under the same conditions? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 4:32 PM PST - 5 comments

How can a non-profit organisation get money to sustain itself

So the issue is this: I would like some ideas about how an organisation helping children by educating them, making them do sports, etc. can obtain money for the electricity, food, maintenance. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu at 4:12 PM PST - 11 comments

TV Show recommendations to watch with my daughter?

Looking for TV Show recommendations (sci-fi, adventure, mystery) to watch with my 9 year old daughter who is currently a big Dr. Who fan. [more inside]
posted by malphigian at 3:40 PM PST - 49 comments

Temperpedic knockoff?

I slept on a Temperpedic bed and it was great, however they retail high. Is there a knockoff? Or something close but not $6k.
posted by geoff. at 2:52 PM PST - 21 comments

While I was in a coma, you suggested I die

While I was in a coma earlier this year, one of my in-laws suggested my plug should be pulled. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 72 comments

Recent experience with getting a parking ticket from a private company?

Have you or someone you know gotten a "parking ticket" from a private parking lot, one that was designed specifically to look like a real city ticket, recently? As in, within the last year? [more inside]
posted by joechip at 2:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Academic library milestone event: what could it include?

My friend works in a US university library. They are trying to design a major event, basically a milestone/anniversary, and are trying to come up with ideas. The "anniversary task force" have so far come up with a flash mob, but this seems perhaps a little 2013(?) and cliched. They are ideally looking for contemporary things that are not hugely expensive or difficult to organize, and have little risk of incident, hassle or legal problems. Bonus if they are things that can be recorded for posterity and used in future library publicity.
posted by Wordshore at 1:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Tooth-brushing, early toddler edition

The title about sums this up -- how do we brush the teeth of our 14 month old when he really doesn't want us to? [more inside]
posted by ohio at 1:02 PM PST - 25 comments

Sales tax question: Buying a Mac in Canada

I live in Seattle. If I buy a Mac in Canada, can I get the sales tax refunded? Also, does this even make sense with the exchange rate? Does Apple just raise their prices in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Bought Some Art, Got Some Art, It's Not What I Was Expecting.

Please help me artists of Meta Filter. I don't know what to do. I bought a print that I special ordered from one of my favorite artists, when the print arrived it was not what I expected. I'm not sure if I want it but don't know how to proceed. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge at 12:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Providing Second Hand Negative Feedback

I'm the mentor/"manager" for a guy early in his career in my company. I've gotten routine feedback that his attitude/demeanor isn't really a culture fit, but other than that, he's a pretty good employee. We'd like to see him "shaped" into someone who is better fit. How do we proceed? Is this in the realm of possibility? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 12:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Power Computing on the Cheap

I’m currently taking a Revit class, and am eligible for full access to the program free for the next three years. But I also want to continue using the hard copy version of Adobe Creative Suite 5 I already own, and to a lesser extent Microsoft Office 8. My current computer is a MacBook Pro ca. 2009, running OSX.6.8. How do I make all these programs play well together on the cheap, and preferably on a single machine? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 11:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Making International Jetlag + Inlaw Visits less yucky

About once a year, my family and I travel internationally to visit my spouse's family. I am horribly affected by jetlag (both mine, and our preschooler's) and the intense visiting. This is steadily putting a strain on my relationship with my partner, since we have pretty gnarly arguments during the visit. Since I think it is important that we continue to do these visits -- for my husband to maintain relationships "back home" as well as our daughter to foster relationships with her relatives -- I need some help modifying my behavior/tips for making these visits less yucky. [more inside]
posted by Ham_On_Rye at 11:57 AM PST - 25 comments

Much worse than I thought.

I've kept my distance and set boundaries, but I just learned my family situation is much worse than I ever realized. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:54 AM PST - 6 comments

What does Rick Perry gain from running for president in 2016?

When I look at the main Republican presidential candidates (or assumed candidates at this point), I can understand what each one gains from running, even knowing (for most of them anyway) that their chance of winning is very slim. But Rick Perry puzzles me... [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 11:34 AM PST - 19 comments

Obsessively nursing toddler -- help!

My daughter is almost 16 months old and is nursing ALL THE TIME. Help! [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 11:09 AM PST - 14 comments

My iPhone is now a nibblefest for fish. What to do?

My iPhone was dropped in the lake. Sticky situation all around, best solution? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 10:47 AM PST - 24 comments

What TV show should I watch with my friend while Skype-chatting?

A friend and I have a tradition of watching RuPaul's Drag Race (and its companion show Untucked) "together" while Skype-chatting. Now that season 7 is over, what other shows would lend themselves to watching this way? [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second at 10:36 AM PST - 13 comments

How should I allocate this cash I was going to use for a down payment?

Since I graduated a few years ago and started working, I focused on saving money in order to (1) pay down my student loans and (2) use as a down payment for a home. After establishing an emergency fund and starting retirement fund payments, I put half of my savings to the student loans and half in a low interest savings account intended for the down payment (with ~20% in an investment account). Now goal 2 is proving elusive, and I'm wondering what I should do with the money. [more inside]
posted by benbenson at 10:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Illustrated map of "Swiss Family Robinson" adventure

Looking for an illustrated map of the islands/archipelago and many forts & structures of "New Switzerland" as featured in the classic novel by Johann Wyss. [more inside]
posted by mousepad at 10:25 AM PST - 2 comments

How to put together a security system for a mobile equipment trailer.

For a friend: I have a large covered trailer I use to haul around thousands of dollars worth of lawn care equipment for my landscaping business. I (and other locals in my line of work) have had equipment stolen from me, sometimes right in the middle of the day while working on a job. Recently, some expensive equipment has been stolen out of my equipment trailer. I work alone, and so I can't just have someone hang around the truck to guard it. And so now I turn to technology. [more inside]
posted by Poppa Bear at 10:12 AM PST - 9 comments

In Austen's Mansfield Park, what is a transparency?

Fanny's room is described has having "three transparencies, made in a rage for transparencies, for the three lower panes of one window, where Tintern Abbey held its station between a cave in Italy, and a moonlight lake in Cumberland" I'm just curious, what are these? Would they have been purchased, say of the Turner painting, or made by the cousins? Where can I see transparencies from this period?
posted by bdc34 at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

My daughter has cancer

The love of my life has recently been diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. This seemed to come out of nowhere. In the space of a month from one checkup to the next she developed a 2.5 centimeter tumour. I'm lost. [more inside]
posted by malhaley at 9:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Oh, DON'T go to law school??

I’m starting to panic about going to law school. I have no idea what else I would do. If you’re a lawyer who regrets going to law school, what do you wish you had done instead? What other careers would be a good fit for someone with a background in law, but no JD? [more inside]
posted by frizzle at 9:27 AM PST - 42 comments

What kind of spider is this?

North Carolina. Web maker. Green. picture here.
posted by zzazazz at 8:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Lies, Damn Lies, and Pregnancy Statistics

There is a statistic that gets thrown at all women trying to get pregnant stating that each month that you only have a 20% chance of getting pregnant assuming each partner is fertile and otherwise healthy. This seems super low (and depressing and discouraging) to me. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 7:21 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking For Short, Fun and Smart Fiction

I currently work such long hours that I don't have much time to read. I can't read the types of books that I normally would want to - literary fiction - because I am too exhausted to really concentrate at night and I just don't have the time. I also don't want to be stuck in a 400 page novel for 3 months. details inside [more inside]
posted by kbbbo at 7:20 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me remember this Y2K-era piece of technology!

Around 1999-2001 (maybe earlier or later) my grandfather ordered a "PC". It wasn't a computer in the traditional sense, but basically an Internet terminal. [more inside]
posted by GreatValhalla at 7:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Renting/Borrowing a dog for walking tourism in New York (East Village)

My sister, an avid dog walker in the English countryside, will be finding herself free for the day in New York on Thursday 25th June. She would love to spend that entire day walking a dog around while seeing the sights. [more inside]
posted by guy72277 at 7:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Help find my precious minecraft seed?

It seems there is so much churn, how can I find a seed from maybe 5 or 6 months ago? Beautiful savannah hills/valley, big ravine right in front of you at start, many many caves. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 6:49 AM PST - 4 comments


I use chopsticks with the same precision, deftness and grace as I imagine a paralysed baby crab would. This embarrasses me hugely. Please help me chopsticks as quickly as possible. Your finest resources and best suggestions would be much appreciated.
posted by Quilford at 6:41 AM PST - 30 comments

Good house yente wanted.

I'm thinking seriously about putting my home on the market (north of Boston). Which questions should I ask potential realtors? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants at 5:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Vegetarian dinners from the grill and slow cooker?

I try not to turn on the oven in the summer, so I use our grill and slow cooker a lot. Looking for vegetarian main dishes using these two appliances. [more inside]
posted by palliser at 5:18 AM PST - 18 comments

I need to ship an item from the Russian Federation to the UK...

Some months ago, I lost my iPod in Moscow whilst out there doing festival biz (I'm a Brit by residence). Incredibly, someone found it, the Apple security held, and I got an email from someone telling me they'd be happy to meet up and give it back. As the air fare is higher than the device cost, I thought going postal would be the best option, but I've drawn a blank - most of the delivery companies either want me to pay cash on the Russian side, or expect me to have a corporate account. [more inside]
posted by davemee at 4:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Count myself a man of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams

I regularly have bad, weird or confusing dreams and they make my mornings bad, weird or confusing. Does anyone have any tricks for separating the dream world from the real one? [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 4:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Clients who don't have their shit together.

I work for a giant company with giant clients. Naturally, with giant organizations, no one has their shit together, especially when it comes to deadlines. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 AM PST - 22 comments

Starting a SQL Career at 32?

I am interested in a career in SQL databases. Is this worth it and how would I get started on it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Why did he not respond after our first date and what should I do?

I went on a first date with a guy I met on a dating website, we got on really well and I thought everything was great. I haven't heard from him since and now I am struggling to stop thinking about him. Any help on what I should do? [more inside]
posted by artystar at 2:51 AM PST - 32 comments

Cold sore question

So three years ago this summer someone didn't clean a glass properly at his house and gave me cold sores. Since, I've had a bump on my lip that grows and shrinks with the standard cold sore stressors (sun, stress, chocolate, etc.) It almost never blisters. So it's not really noticeable. It's always at least sensitive, and I can see where the spot is if I look closely. The skin never quite returns to its normal color, though it does flatten. [more inside]
posted by professor plum with a rope at 12:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Plato quotes has followed me. BUT WHY

I keep getting followed by spammy Twitter accounts that don't link to anything or sell anything, as far as I can tell. What is their purpose? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 12:41 AM PST - 4 comments

June 16

Revenue Canada made a $6500 mistake. Is that their problem?

I owed Revenue Canada $279 and sent them a check at the end of April. Today I got an assessment that claims my "Payment on filing" is $6785, and added credits of $5.07 refund interest and $6508.32 total credits, for a total refund of $6513.39. Does Finders/Keepers apply in this case? How many years does Revenue Canada have before the money is no longer rightfully theirs? Not to mention the ethical considerations…
posted by morspin at 10:51 PM PST - 13 comments

In Search of Happy Thoughts

I noticed a few days ago that when I started reading before bed the nightmares I've been having for the past few months became less exhausting. Now I've run out of reading material and would love recommendations for some quick reads/videos/etc that I could indulge in before bed and when I wake up in the morning so my mind stops fixating on bad stuff. Share with me your happy thoughts, please! [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger at 10:25 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I approach a difficult situation at work?

I recently got written up at work for having what my manager said were too many sick days. I didn't exceed the policy. How do I approach this? [more inside]
posted by Georgia Is All Out Of Smokes at 10:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Where can I buy a wedding guestbook in Los Angeles?

I'm the maid of honor in a wedding on Saturday, and the bride has just tasked me with finding a guestbook. I am in Los Angeles and the only day I can go shopping for this is tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by kitty teeth at 9:24 PM PST - 14 comments

What makes it difficult to move molars in the mouth?

What makes a tooth difficult to move? If an orthodontist says s/he can't move a tooth anymore forward what do they mean? [more inside]
posted by manderin at 9:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Multi-bay SATA enclosure for my Mac?

Multi-bay SATA enclosure for my Mac? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 7:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Hold the whey, I just really want cheese curds

Where can I find cheese curds in south/mid-PA? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness at 7:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Where art thou

After a few years, I’ve started to get back into drawing, and I miss having artist friends to collaborate with! Where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot at 7:43 PM PST - 1 comment

Lone bed bug in the bathroom?

Saw this single little bug on the bathroom floor between the tub and toilet last night at 11:30 PM. Is it a bed bug? Should I freak out? [more inside]
posted by matticulate at 7:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Anyone Know What Content Management System This Is?

This is Politico's New York State politics website: Capital - New York Does anybody have a clue as to what platform they are using? As in, what CMS (content management system)? In advance, thanks for the help!
posted by Gerard Sorme at 7:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Where did you meet your 5-7 closest friends? How often do you see them?

I moved to a new city about 2.5 years ago and, aside from a few friendships that quickly faded by the 6-month mark, still have not made any friends. I don't want advice on where I should meet friends -- I want to know how you (i.e. people ~25-35 years old who are out of school and have been in the "real world" for a few years) have met the people you currently consider your closest friends. I want to have a better idea of how people ACTUALLY met the people they spend the most time with, how often they see them, and how many people they would consider friends. [more inside]
posted by Penguin48 at 7:31 PM PST - 49 comments

Dating confusion

Please help me sort out a new-ish dating situation. [more inside]
posted by young sister beacon at 7:00 PM PST - 31 comments

How to deal with a passive aggressive co-worker who thinks she's my boss

Asking for a friend: I'm one of two assistant directors. When the director is away, my colleague acts like she's the boss. How can I address this professionally? [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash at 6:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Doing the Garden State Right

What bush/shrub should I plant in the newly open garden space underneath my front window? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:06 PM PST - 10 comments

FOIA or not?

Federal agencies that are fully taxpayer funded are subject to public records requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). If a non-profit receives money from the federal government, are the records of that non profit subject to FOIA?
posted by CollectiveMind at 5:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Venturing out on a Honolulu layover--should I risk it?

In a couple of weeks I'll have a layover on a flight to DFW via Sydney. Given the amount of time available and having to go through immigration/customs on arrival, is it feasible for me to do a little sightseeing in Honolulu? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 5:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Visual style on the cheap

I am helping a small non-profit which does almost everything wrong when it comes to visual design. There are very limited financial resources and I'm not a designer, just someone who knows the basics. I think I need to produce a simple style guide which can be used across multiple channels, but I also need someone to redesign the web site and I don't know what comes first. [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool at 4:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I take my five year old daughter to a Red Rocks concert?

I have a spare ticket for Belle & Sebastian at Red Rocks tomorrow night. It's assigned seating. My five year old daughter loves music, dancing and what Belle & Sebastian she's listened to. I'm not worried about her being at the concert -- just that it will be a late night. Am I being selfish -- bringing her along because I'd enjoy her enjoying it? [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat at 4:08 PM PST - 28 comments

A friend recently found out the guy she was seeing already has a GF...

A female friend of mine (straight, mid-20s), L, swiped right on some guy's profile (J) on Tinder and he swiped right on hers. They started texting. They went out three times. She then discovered that he was already in a relationship with another girl, M. She ended things, but is considering resuming it, if he ends his current relationship. I think this is a huge mistake, but how can I help? [more inside]
posted by sockermas at 3:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Google Sheets keeps doubling my row height when I move to another cell

When I'm using Google Sheets, entering words and strings of words in it, fairly often, when I hit return or tab to move to the next cell, the row height will suddenly double. This happens at least 1/4 of the time now, and it never happened in the past. [more inside]
posted by Slinga at 3:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Carnivorous Mermaids and Vampire Child with Polio?

I can't remember this horror comic magazine, though I feel like it may have had a connection to the publishers of Mad! Magazine, William Gaines probably? Pretty sure it wasn't Tales from the Crypt. The above stories in the title are the most memorable.
posted by percor at 2:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Renting a Minivan, but not at the airport?

I am taking a family vacation to Cape Cod. I have to pick up my 90 year old grandmother at North Station after arriving at Boston Logan with a family of four. [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 2:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Solo Travelers: How did you get the courage to travel alone?

Pretty straightforward, how did you muster up the courage to travel alone (particularly internationally)? I'm thinking about travelling alone next year and I'm already scared! [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise at 2:14 PM PST - 40 comments

Near Field Communication

Chinese instruction manual translation help needed. [more inside]
posted by zinon at 1:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Driving SF to LA... where to stay?

My wife and I are going to take a short break on the West Coast, visiting friends in SF and LA on consecutive weekends and taking the week to drive between the two along the coast down Route 1. We've not been to that part of the world before, so we'd welcome recommendations on cool places to stay and visit.
posted by 43rdAnd9th at 1:40 PM PST - 20 comments

inexpensive wireless buttons in my house?

What's the least expensive way to set up half a dozen to a dozen wireless buttons around my house, that when pressed make a request to an url? [more inside]
posted by lastobelus at 1:39 PM PST - 19 comments

What is this card game in the Whist family that I used to play as a kid?

When I was growing up, my family and I played a card game we called Bid Bridge. I've tried looking online to find out the rules and scoring but I just keep finding similar games (Whist, Napoleon, etc) that are almost-but-not-quite the same. How do you play this game? [more inside]
posted by custardfairy at 1:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Wood furniture restoration in New York City

I own a wood Singer sewing machine table handed down to me by grandmother that is in otherwise decent shape except for the top, which is damaged (as you can see here). Seeking recommendations for someone in New York City who can restore the top. Thank you.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 1:06 PM PST - 2 comments

What caused these wires inside our TV to turn into charcoal?

We just bought a Vizio E550VL LCD TV on Craigslist. We tested it before buying it, of course, and it worked fine; we brought it home and watched an episode of Game of Thrones on it, and it continued to work fine. The next morning when we turned it on, the screen brightness starting flickering badly, and a little while later the screen stopped turning on at all. When we opened it up we found this charred wiring (note blackened housing and brown spots on circuit board.) What should we do? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 12:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Unbreakable: they alive, damn it!

I'm having a poster made for my wall at work. I want it to be an "inspirational" quote of some sort. I was originally going to have "Females are strong as hell" but I decided that one is probably better for the house. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 12:02 PM PST - 33 comments

Best day hikes near Interlaken, Switzerland?

I did the Harder Kulm trail today and absolutely loved it, probably my favourite hike ever, but it was about at my limit for difficulty - first hike of the year, and my bad ankle was starting to have sharp pains in the last half hour downhill. I'd like to do another trail or two while I'm here - can anyone recommend some easy-to-moderate trails in the area? [more inside]
posted by randomnity at 11:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Finding a reputable casting call in Seattle

I've recently been interested in being an extra or a bit part or contestant in some kind of production. This is completely a curiosity and not some profound career change. How do I go about this without wasting all of my time and ending up around creepy people? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 11:16 AM PST - 3 comments

The easiest, cheapest way to send an email that can be "signed"?

I am needing a way to send an email template that will have a few paragraphs of text and a couple of fields, that the recipient to "sign" that they read it (by filling in NAME and DATE OF BIRTH fields, [and maybe another field or two]) and then hit "reply", allowing us to see that they did indeed type into those fields and what they typed. What is the quickest, easiest, free-est (or cheapest) way to do this? We would be sending this out of a Gmail account, if that matters. This need not be automated in any way as we expect to do this in volumes that can be handled manually.
posted by sourwookie at 10:43 AM PST - 13 comments

How necessary are radon/termite inspections in NE Ohio?

I'm asking this for my Mom, who owns a late-60's house and has never checked for termites or radon levels. Googling around, these kinds of checks do seem to be pretty important - but I'd like to hear some other opinions before potentially spending money for a termite/radon test. I'm ignorant regarding these kinds of inspections - is my friend blowing this out of proportion? Do most homeowners get these kinds of checks? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers at 10:29 AM PST - 8 comments

How to decide whether to boycott (anything)?

How should I decide whether to boycott a company - specifically, Driscoll's berries, but also in general? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:58 AM PST - 9 comments

What was this oat cake I had in Hawaii? Can I make it at home?

I’m hoping that someone can help me approximate the recipe for an oat cake (maybe using a baked oatmeal recipe) that I had in Hawaii about ten years ago. It would be great if someone could also tell me where I had it! [more inside]
posted by Kriesa at 9:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Nylon castors on a hardwood floor

I have some nylon castors on a pull-out drawer. They are scratching my wooden floor. [more inside]
posted by gorcha at 9:52 AM PST - 3 comments

A story I want to read again.

I want to re-read a story or a book (or maybe even a graphic novel) I've read before, but all I can remember about it is a single line, spoken during a crisis by a character that (I think) is supposed to be more intelligent than those around them: "I'm dry of ideas." I thought the line was from one of the Douglas Adams books, but if it is, Google is proving unhelpful. Thanks!
posted by Mooski at 9:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Reliable well performing router for a small office

Can you recommend a reliable router for a small office (25 people)? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 9:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Cymbalta, pain, or??

In the last several weeks I've had physical/emotional issues that I'm not sure what the cause is...Cymbalta, knee injury, something else?? [more inside]
posted by altopower at 9:31 AM PST - 3 comments

My podiatrist is being sued for malpractice. Should I still go to him?

Should I trust this podiatrist even though he's being sued for malpractice? Also, do you have any advice for somebody with Morton’s Neuroma? [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher at 9:15 AM PST - 22 comments

Legally, how can youth and community have a say in this non-profit?

How can we give these stakeholders real representation, while remaining in legal and free of conflict of interest? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 8:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Optimize the place we spend 1/3 of our lives

Ready to spend some money to optimize the habitat where we spend 1/3 of our lives - our bed. I know there have been lots of questions about bedding lately... snowflakes below. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE at 8:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Is my therapist trying to get rid of me?

I started seeing a therapist about social anxiety/depression a couple months ago. When I walked into my most recent session, she almost immediately suggested that it might be a good idea if I switched to a different therapist. I was feeling fairly comfortable with her before, and hadn't even considered changing, but is it basically untenable to stay with a therapist who possibly thinks she can't help me? [more inside]
posted by parallellines at 8:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Death of Bank of America

My frustration with Bank of America has reached epic levels recently after some housekeeping of my accounts with them. I've always known their surreptitious charges/practices have being toeing the line as far as the law is concerned, for instancing their structuring of consumer transactions in such a way so as to trigger certain fees. [more inside]
posted by kinoeye at 8:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Feeling conflicted about what you want from relationships

How do you decide if you want something casual or something serious? Can you pursue both at the same time? How do you keep it casual if that is what you want from a relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Planning a Leslie Knope style scavenger hunt

Help me plan the best scavenger hunt ever for my husband's birthday! [more inside]
posted by fermezporte at 7:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Internalised misogyny, Makeup/Clothing filter

I recently caught up with an old friend who's developed a lot of horrible opinions about women's presentation and I didn't know how to deal with it, please advise! [more inside]
posted by abbagoochie at 7:22 AM PST - 31 comments

Good place to buy glasses online?

Looking to buy some glasses online ... [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo at 7:12 AM PST - 29 comments

Cooking Class or Course, Not Cooking Lesson

Can you recommend a cooking course/program/class sessions for someone in the Northern Virginia area (or DC near Tenleytown metro)? [more inside]
posted by driedmango at 6:10 AM PST - 4 comments

But I don't even like Witcher 3

Hello HiveMind please can you help me buy a sweet gaming rig for my awesome daughter. [more inside]
posted by fullerine at 4:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Comfy socks to gift a friend after her foot surgery?

Has anyone had a pair of socks that were downright therapeutically cozy? Possibly engineered to be worn without shoes, exclusively for cozy time? I've got a friend who's getting out of foot surgery next month, and I'd like to send her socks that surround her feet in luxuriousness. I'm open to other little mailable foot comfort products too.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 3:30 AM PST - 14 comments

Sing Me Victorian Techno

What examples are there of classical or popular music inspired by the sounds of industrialization and mechanization in the 19th century? 20th-century rock and electronic musicians from industrial cities like Sheffield, Düsseldorf and Detroit have cited the mechanical rhythms of the factories around them as formative influences on their work. Did anything of this sort happen in the industrial centres of 19th-century Europe or North America? What 19th-Century music was inspired by the rhythms of steam engines, textile mills, mines & foundries? [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 1:24 AM PST - 10 comments

My gender is ....confusing

I identity as genderqueer but as time goes on I think I may actually be a man instead. Can you point me to online support where I can try to sort this stuff out and learn what to do next? [more inside]
posted by kanata at 1:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Landing somewhere between programming and therapy?

What are some careers in the sweet spots between people and technology? What is your day-to-day life like, if you work in a capacity that blends these two? I know a bit about UX research and I've taught computer classes, but I'm looking for some more specific guidance. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 1:00 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you write a song?

I've been playing piano most of my life, but I don't know how to write a song. I'm looking for:
  1. Resources that will teach me how write a song - for example, listening exercises that will help me understand song structure, or websites with rules for how to construct a song.
  2. Software to help in the process.
[more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 12:40 AM PST - 10 comments

June 15

Beautiful Code 2015

I want to look at and think about other people's design decisions as part of my effort to become a better software engineer. What open source code bases have taught you something valuable about the art and craft of writing code or the ins and outs of managing large, distributed software projects? [more inside]
posted by rhythm and booze at 9:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I pursue a liberal arts degree?

I'm looking at future career options... and I'm not really sure what to do. I have a head start on an associates in liberal arts that would transfer. [more inside]
posted by azpenguin at 9:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Can People Change?

I'm with a guy who's not romantic at all and I can't stand it. He says he can change, but is that even possible? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 8:56 PM PST - 22 comments

What are some shows that depict victims of trauma becoming sociopaths?

Also interested in books, movies, even news articles that have similar themes. [more inside]
posted by mingo_clambake at 8:20 PM PST - 21 comments

Shirt shoulder issues

Every time I try out a button-up shirt, no matter if it's too big or too small, I get outward-facing ripples on my shoulders (like so and so). Why? And short of getting a completely bespoke shirt, is there anything a tailor can do? [more inside]
posted by facehugger at 7:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find interesting thing to learn about!

I love researching historic things that I have never heard of, such as the Victorian chatelaine: [link]. What other items might I enjoy learning about? Thank you!
posted by harrietthespy at 7:50 PM PST - 11 comments

NYC Neighborhoods Questions

I've been to NY dozens of times and enjoy exploring neighborhoods like the Village and SoHo where there are lots of shops, coffeeshops, restaurants, etc. I prefer independent shops over the corporate stores you'd find in Midtown. I haven't spent a whole lot of time in NY in the last 10 years so I'm not aware of neighborhoods that may have changed. I'm visiting this weekend please help me decide where to spend my time! [more inside]
posted by kdern at 7:30 PM PST - 11 comments

DIY Bathroom Renovation for Dummies

Mrs. Karaage and I consider ourselves a low-intermediate home DIYers and are considering trying to renovate our basement bathroom ourselves, (while being willing to contract out plumbing and electrical). I’d like to hear from mefites who have done this before on their own and can share experiences and specific links/books/resources they’ve used to educate themselves for the project. [more inside]
posted by Karaage at 5:10 PM PST - 21 comments

Loan conditions drastically changed, how to mitigate?

I'm very close to closing on my first home. I went with Chase when I shopped around as I like the service the banker provided. Today the banker told me the I don't qualify for a conventional loan and only for some kind of in-house loan where Chase is solely responsible for the risk. This increases my closing costs anywhere from $3000-5000. Is this normal and is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 5:10 PM PST - 13 comments

What is this mystery illness?

I need help diagnosing my condition! I’m going through some extreme (for me) health issues that are undiagnosed for around 5 years. The symptoms (listed below) started super mild (a tingling in my left hand) and have been getting worse gradually but never got better, there was never a period of relapse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 PM PST - 37 comments

What is the best way to organize multiple offices

I work in three offices on the average week: At my home office, and at two offices in two separate universities that are in two separate states. I have a laptop that goes with me everywhere and a dropbox account to keep files in as well as ample office supplies, but often feel a bit scattered with moving between so many separate offices. What can I do to stay organized, happy, and productive when I'm never working in the same place more than two days in a row?
posted by _cave at 4:48 PM PST - 10 comments

"I can't do it, but I know this guy…"

Is there a good way to refer someone else for a job while turning one down? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 4:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Feeding my thriving rescue dog

When we adopted River, a 2-year old German shepherd mix, from a shelter in January, she was very skinny. You could easily see the outline of her ribs and her shoulders jutted out sharply when she lay down. The vet said she could definitely stand to gain "a few pounds". With proper feeding and love, she has blossomed little by little every month, from a wispy 45 pounds to a strong and healthy 52 pounds today. We feel that this is her optimal weight. My question is this: How do we keep her at this weight? [more inside]
posted by rivtintin at 3:29 PM PST - 15 comments

From Pianist to Musician

What skills am I missing as a traditional sheet music pianist to play as a musician? [more inside]
posted by tasty at 3:25 PM PST - 16 comments

What are some good choices for portable speakers?

I'm interested in getting some kind of WiFi based speakers for my apartment -- preferably something small and reasonably portable that I can move from room to room (or alternatively, something cheap enough to get a unit/pair of speakers for the kitchen, one for the living room, and one for my bedroom). There are a lot of similar devices on the market now and I'm not sure how to start combing through them. [more inside]
posted by mister pointy at 3:13 PM PST - 10 comments

What unusual family entertainment is there in Los Angeles/San Francisco?

We - mum, dad and two teenage boys aged 13 and 17) - will be in Los Angeles for a few days at the end of July and San Francisco for a few days at the start of August. We'd like to spend one evening in either city letting someone else entertain us - a sporting event or a show - but we'd like it to be either a bit odd or typically Californian. (Or both!) [more inside]
posted by Beverley Westwood at 3:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Hindi translation mystery

I'm trying to figure out the proper Hindi translation for "courage, dear heart". Google Translate gives me a few options, depending on whether I capitalize, add commas, etc, etc, and I'm trying to figure out the difference between them so I can figure out which is correct. I'd really like to get it right! Translations below the break: [more inside]
posted by anoncanuck at 2:44 PM PST - 30 comments

Sex-positive advice books on consent for prospective college kid

Asking for a friend: looking for recommendations for a book on relationships, sex, and consent that a 27-year-old brother can give to his 18-year-old sister before she leaves for university in September. [more inside]
posted by Phire at 2:34 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I clean out my water pack's tubes?

I have a hydration pack that sat in storage over winter. I pulled it out last weekend, and I found that the tube from bladder to bite valve has a thin white coating inside it. I tried rinsing them out first with a mild bleach solution, then a vinegar one. Neither of these removed the stuff from the tube. If I squish the tube, the coating comes away from the tube. How can I remove this gunk from the tube? Would I be better off buying new tubes instead of cleaning?
posted by boo_radley at 2:02 PM PST - 15 comments

What's an official title for a Jack-of-All-Trades?

I've been a Technology Department Administrator for the last 2.5 years for a Tech company. However, what I do is more than just administrative. My duties include Accounting/Finance, Technical Support, Legal/Vendor Relations, Event Management, Recruiting, Facilities and Administrative. My boss asked me to come up with a new title that encompasses everything I do, so that I have an appropriate title and be compensated accordingly. I wrote up my Job Description (below). Any ideas what my title should be? [more inside]
posted by Hollywood90028 at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Is a hd 3450 better than integraded x4500?

Long story short I threw a 6450 in an old dell and now have a spare 3450 is it worth swapping it in another pc? I don't play any games and 720p youtube videos is the most intensive thing i do on the pc
posted by mamamia88 at 1:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Song in video about pre-colombian music. What is it?

From the soundtrack to a short video about a pre-Colombian Music exhibit at the Museum of the Central Bank of Costa Rica. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake at 1:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Getting into and out of PVR

Going to Puerto Vallarta soon, to stay at a small hotel in the Zona Romantica. The hotel offers an airport transfer service (into town at our arrival, out of town when we depart) for about $75 (US) round-trip. On the one hand this seems crazy expensive to me, but then I've never been to the area (and it's a half-hour ride each way) so maybe it's in line with local prices. Is this service a good idea or am I fine just hailing a taxi at the airport?
posted by psoas at 12:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Lawyer Debt

My retired parents have been taken for a ride by a lawyer. Do they have any recourse? (Location: Ontario, Canada) [more inside]
posted by Simon! at 12:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommend a great, relatively casual restaurant in London

I want to go out for a good meal with my family* for my 30th birthday, so I'm looking for a really good (but not too fancy) restaurant in London. Make me some recommendations! [more inside]
posted by knapah at 12:25 PM PST - 19 comments

alternatives to massage

What options are there to legally provide massage/relaxation services without a massage license? [more inside]
posted by Ain at 11:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Where to find an authentic Moroccan Pouf in Seattle

I'd like to buy a Moroccan pouf for my new livingroom but I'd rather not order one from Etsy if I can get one in person. I live in Seattle and would love to know if there are any shops around here where I might find such a thing - especially if you have actually seen one there and aren't just speculating. [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 11:44 AM PST - 4 comments

If you don't live here, don't swim here

Looking for advice on how to handle large groups of non-residents using the amenities at our apartment complex. [more inside]
posted by fluffymag at 11:42 AM PST - 41 comments

Where can I find an advanced Javascript tutor?

I'm a web developer with years of Javascript experience. I'm currently interviewing for a Javascript position and I have several things working against me for the interview. I'm self-taught and don't have a Computer Science degree. Worse, I haven't been able to use Javascript intensely in my current position, so I'm a little rusty and don't have anyone I can ask questions and learn from. Where can I find someone with advanced and contemporary Javascript knowledge willing to answer questions and give me some guidance? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 11:25 AM PST - 15 comments

Best way to care for a care with a faded red body and BRIGHT red bumpers

I inherited a red Honda Fit (2007) that has taken a bit of a beating from the sun. The red color has faded to a pinkish shade, except on the bumpers which are bright red (since they were replaced under a recall). The top coat of the body is mostly intact except for a few spots. What's the best way to take care of the car from a pragmatic and aesthetic point of view? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony at 11:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Technology Solution for Targeted Communications

Do you know of a technology tool that would allow us to write a single newsletter, and then generate different versions of it to send only relevant articles to specific audiences? Full details inside... [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek at 11:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Reluctant to draw?

According to this chart, my four year old daughter's drawing skills are still at age two, though she possibly has drawn her first head-and-legs figures (if so, I didn't recognise them). I think she may be reluctant to draw. A relative says I should be worrying about this. Should I? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 10:56 AM PST - 29 comments

How do I find out my boyfriend's secret desires?

I'm afraid of boring my boyfriend in bed. He's a decade older and has had quite a few relationships in his past. I can't imagine he's as vanilla as he professes to be--I'm willing to do ANYTHING, and he wants missionary every time. Does he view me as too innocent for anything else? [more inside]
posted by Guinevere at 10:43 AM PST - 29 comments

Birthday + Funeral. Ideas to brighten someone's day?

My boyfriend has to go to a funeral out of town on his birthday. What can I do for him or sneak into his suitcase to brighten his day a little bit?
posted by jschu at 10:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Resources for a teacher to handle bullying in her class.

An acquaintance of mine needs resources to help one of her students who is being bullied for being (apparently) LGBTQ. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Promethea at 9:55 AM PST - 5 comments

"Mild" Botox?

I got botox for the first time two weeks ago and was looking for information from people who have more experience with it than I do. I like the wrinkle-reducing results, but have pretty much zero movement in my eyebrows and forehead, and am wondering if it's possible to do a mid-way treatment in the future, where I would have less wrinkle-reduction, but more movement. [more inside]
posted by Badgerbash at 9:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Need a bathing suit that's not a burqini

Help: I lost a lot of weight and need a bathing suit. [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 9:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Strategies for parenting an ADHD (inattentive) child?

My 11-y.-o. son seems to check all the boxes for ADHD (inattentive, not hyper). I am in the process of having him formally evaluated. In the meantime, I need help figuring out how best to support him in daily activities without losing my mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Converting from UK to Japanese power?

I'm travelling from the UK to Japan in November, and have just realised that the mains supply stuff we are taking with us (phone/tablet charger with USB cable, camera battery charger for a Canon dslR) will require voltage conversion, not just an adaptor plug. This confuses me a little bit. Are there any recommended converters I should be looking at that will easily pack into luggage, or should I be looking at getting a Japanese usb charger/camera battery charger off of eBay before we go? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 8:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I install Windows 8 on my Aging Mac?

I am hoping to be able to install Windows 8 on my Mac so that I can do a few work demos; I will be using Windows with only MS Office installed, and using it perhaps once a week at most. [more inside]
posted by nanook at 7:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Can you help me shift my sleep schedule by about an hour?

I know what I need to do, but I can't seem to do it. Any suggestions or tips? [more inside]
posted by gigondas at 7:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Any tax implications when transferring money into UK if non-resident?

I am a non-resident Briton who has built up a substantial amount of savings while working abroad. This money was earned from employment in foreign countries and was taxed in those countries. Are there any tax implications if I transfer some or all of this money from my offshore bank account into my UK bank account? Is there a limit to how much I can transfer into my UK account? From what I have read so far, this answer is "no" and "no", however I am nervous about tax and would appreciate some reassurance...
posted by teselecta at 7:07 AM PST - 3 comments

first chapter books for 5 year old?

Could I have some chapter book recommendations for a inquisitive 5 year old who will be starting kindergarten this fall? Her interests range from magical horses to robots, but she is generally open to anything that isn't too scary. The BFG was well received, but The Wind in the Willows doesn't seem to hold her attention.
posted by steinwald at 6:05 AM PST - 37 comments

The salmon of doubt

Help me reverse engineer a delicious appetizer I had last weekend: salmon smoked in a moka pot. Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar at 5:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me become an Australian news junkie

I went on a news sabbatical while on holiday in Australia. Four years later (and still here!), I haven't picked up my news habit, and I'd like to start. [more inside]
posted by third word on a random page at 2:52 AM PST - 10 comments

June 14

Portable complicated craft project to do sporadically and angrily?

I'm stuck and hoping for an unusual suggestion. Making things is very helpful as a stress-coping method for me, but my usual go-to crafts are either overloaded with memories or impractical. I want a big project I can make with my hands while I'm furiously angry and sad, and after 40-60 hours of rage over a couple of months, have a beautiful and useful thing to come out of that energy. [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 11:21 PM PST - 33 comments

How do I deal with silverfish in a move/storage situation

We've got some silverfish at my current apartment, which I'm in the process of boxing up for two months of storage followed by a new apartment (I'm overseas in the meantime). How do I pack up to manage this infestation? My goal is to kill them off during storage if possible, but at the very least to keep the problem from getting worse. (Eg keep the silverfish from migrating from, say, my books to my clothes.) [more inside]
posted by col_pogo at 10:46 PM PST - 3 comments

What is this thing?

What is this mystery object? A friend found it at her parents' house. Nobody knows what it is. [more inside]
posted by zsazsa at 10:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Best shedding tool for Labrador?

My Labrador sheds a lot. We live in a warm climate. What's the best tool for deshedding? Bonus points if it can be used on long-haired and short-haired cats as well. (Also, how do I post pics of these furry little bastards?) FWIW: I've used a shedding blade (the metal loop kind) and a Target brand knock off Furminator. Both are kind of meh. I also use the Furminator shampoo and conditioner.
posted by mrfuga0 at 7:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Unusual marinade recipes wanted

What are the most unusual but tasty marinade recipes you love? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:43 PM PST - 29 comments

Dealing with typefaces for design projects

Although I studied graphic design in university, I never really learned how to deal with the business side of things. I understand there are plenty of resources for how to create a quote or an invoice, but I want to learn how to deal with the little nuts and bolts involved in the project, namely typefaces. [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 at 7:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Curse you, Kleenex, for making these so scarce

I like functional, high-quality linen or cotton handkerchiefs, but which are neither plain white nor bandanas, nor flannel, synthetic, nor shiny. I don't want them to match a tie, I just want a piece of soft cloth with a fine hem that I can sneeze into which I don't have to make myself. Striped with white is fine. The boringest shade of blue possible would be ideal. Where do I buy this, preferably in packs of several?
posted by blnkfrnk at 7:08 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I make my own high-grade tea extracts/concentrates at home?

A couple of years ago I discovered that certain types of white teas, which are free of leaves and contain only tea buds, make a huge difference in my ability to concentrate. I've become sort of dependent on them to do my job, and so I'm constantly making tea throughout the day (and thus constantly running to the bathroom). All of the tea/catechin (tea antioxidant) extracts I've purchased don't seem to have the same effect on me, regardless of whether or not they contain caffeine. In researching the best way to make my own, I found this 2013 study comparing various methods of making antioxidant-rich extracts from tea, which concluded "the optimal extraction conditions were determined using 40% ethanol with ultrasound-assisted extraction method for 2 h at 40 °C." [more inside]
posted by prosopagnosia at 6:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Adults who love life and have no kids: what is your lifestyle?

I'm not too excited about the "get married and have kids" or the "devote yourself completely to your job" approaches, yet these seem (to me at least) to be the two most common lifestyles that happy people report. Currently I take the "play video games and watch TV" approach, which isn't really happy-inducing for me anymore. For the rest of you out there who would consider yourselves happy, what lifestyle sustains you? What do your days look like? What do you do to keep things interesting for yourself? Thanks for your thoughts. [more inside]
posted by HumanBean at 6:53 PM PST - 38 comments

Where can I find historical residential gas prices?

For Louisville, Kentucky but I guess anyplace will do. I am trying to determine if I need to switch my aging furnace from gas to electric and for the life of me I can't find any pricing over time ( like years ) to compare rate hikes. Any suggestions?
posted by usermac at 6:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Can married lesbians be foster parents in Utah?

Mrs. Timp and I have become very interested in becoming foster parents in the next 6-12 months. I have read every many foster parent threads on this website but haven't found the answer to my question. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 6:26 PM PST - 2 comments

One is the loneliest cabinet that I've never seen

Can I use a single Ikea kitchen base cabinet without mounting it to the wall/using a ledger board? I am moving into a rental that doesn't have any cabinets on the side of the kitchen with the fridge and stove. There is space at the end/in the corner where I would like to put in additional storage. My first thought was a kitchen cart but now I wonder if I could get a single Ikea base cabinet (36 wide). [more inside]
posted by cessair at 6:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Generative animation hardware setup?

I'm using Processing to create some animations that use simple rules to create complex and ever changing patterns. My fantasy is to have them displayed on the wall, each in its own frame-like hardware, like living paintings. What hardware should I use? [more inside]
posted by zymoglyphic at 5:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Best bookmark

What tricky design makes you keep a promotional bookmark (or business card)? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 3:43 PM PST - 24 comments

Never Get Tired

This is somewhat of a strange post, but I thought that I would post it anyways. The bottom line is that I never get tired anymore. I still sleep at night, but I don't feel any different when I go to bed then when I wake up in the morning. For nine years I used to be on Adderall for ADHD and I have been off of it for almost two years now. [more inside]
posted by nidora at 3:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Struggling to Accept

My in-laws bother me and it's making me miserable. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 3:26 PM PST - 37 comments

Is it normal that I'm so private with my mother?

This Onion article reflects pretty well my relationship with my mother. I love her very much, but I can rarely bring myself to share much with her about my life, and when I do, I usually regret it. Is this common for men? [more inside]
posted by pot suppeck at 3:12 PM PST - 26 comments

Can't stay away from Women's World Cup - US Citizen - pointers?

We are seeking advice on our one day trip to the Women's World Cup game on Tuesday. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep at 3:08 PM PST - 3 comments

What is this plant?

A plant appeared next to my tomato plant in a balcony box and I'd like to know what exactly it is. [more inside]
posted by casarkos at 3:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Escort pricing -- hourly to full-night?

SexWorkFilter: I was flattered when a friend claimed I could command a high rate doing sex work. But it turns out that my immediate circle of friends knows relatively little about how that market is priced. What would I actually command for a "date"-type night? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Insurance deductible and being broke

I have $475 left on my deductible. I already received bills this year for $841 dollars that I've haven't yet paid on. Do I have to pay all $841 or will I start getting coinsurance after I pay $475. [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare at 2:10 PM PST - 14 comments

is this a bed bug?

I found two of these guys crawling on me during a 2 night hotel stay, but couldnt find any more in the bed, or any other evidence of bedbugs, no bites that i can find.. What do you think? http://imgur.com/a/d0KUP
posted by PercussivePaul at 2:04 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I promote my eCommerce website?

I have a site that I have started a few months ago. It is a site where I am selling random stuff right now and seeing what works. I have had some conversion from Reddit posts that got a few thousand hits so that seems to be helping but it is not always reliable since you never know what is going to go viral. Also, I'd like to open up more channels for selling. The problem is that acquiring visitors can be expensive. Does anyone know of any reasonably priced ways to generate good targeted traffic in 2015? I am not looking for SEO as an answer. I am interested in promoting the products on this site and getting conversions. I am still working on improving the site but I already know that it can convert at a reasonably good rate so my problem now is just acquiring visitors at a reasonable price.
posted by locussst at 12:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can i buy a Walkman(plays cassettes) online?

Where can i buy a walkman online or at the very least a place that does repairs? I've been looking for a sony walkman for awhile now to no avail. All the ones i've found on Ebay either don't work or the radio works but it needs new parts. I would buy one that doesn't work if i knew i could send it somewhere for repairs. So, are there any websites besides ebay/craigslist that would sell old walkmans or do repairs that you know of?
posted by earthquakeglue at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Can an ATM in California accept payments for an Ecuadorian credit card?

My wife is Ecuadorian, and we are relocating to California permanently. She has two credit cards issued by a major Ecuadorian bank, and we need to figure out how to make payments on them from the United States, as there are some charges that will post after we have left the country. The bank assures us that we can do so from Cirrus-network ATMs in the United States. I am skeptical, as I have never seen anything like this in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by quarantine at 11:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Ideas for great hikes near(ish) Denver?

What are some must-do, knock-your-socks-off day hikes and/or short (1 night) backpacking trips for a dog and two humans visiting the Denver area for the first time? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 11:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Another purse question!

I am looking for a classically styled leather satchel, maybe a tote or briefcase, that can stand up to everyday use and last until I retire. Help me narrow the field! [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl at 11:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Mice in apartment I'm subletting

Last night I saw mice in the apartment I'm subletting--in the kitchen, and in my closet. I've only been here a few days. I leave in 8 weeks. Metafilter is not my atty, but generally--what do I do? Is it my responsibility to clean them out? What rights do I have? [more inside]
posted by obviousresistance at 11:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Organizing Undergrad 101?

I need a class on how to be organized before I start my degree this Fall! Sadly, no one actually teaches organizing undergrad 101 so I'm relying on Metafilter for all your best tips and tricks! [more inside]
posted by Liger at 10:51 AM PST - 15 comments

The Sound of a Dial-Up Modem Connecting?

I'm working on a chapter for my new book and I want to describe, quickly and concisely, the sound that old dial-up modems used to make while attempting to connect to the network. [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 10:32 AM PST - 24 comments

Downtown Chicago place to take a family of five for dinner?

I'm meeting some friends for dinner in the Loop Tuesday night and they have three kids ten and under. I need recommendations for a fun place to take them for dinner that is kid-friendly, reasonably priced, interesting, and amenable to conversation. These kids are well-traveled and more adventurous than average, so it doesn't need to be generic and boring, but there should be some hook that will draw them in. Ideas?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Things to do in Spokane, WA for an afternoon or two

Will be in Spokane in early July for a wedding and we'll likely have an afternoon or two free. Recommendations for things to do or see in a couple hours? [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:00 AM PST - 10 comments

The Art of Listening to (Instrumental) Music

I often find music without a sung component difficult and frustrating to listen to. Obviously, this means I'm missing out on some great music, and it's probably due to a gap in my musical education. Can you help me learn to better appreciate and understand instrumental - especially classical - music? [more inside]
posted by darchildre at 9:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Whale-watching recommendations in New England

For my birthday in mid-July, my wife and I would like to go whale-watching somewhere in New England. Given our location (SE Connecticut), we would prefer not to drive quite so far as Maine, but Portsmouth would be OK. We're looking for recommendations/horror stories about locations, companies, and so forth. Tell us your New England whale-watching experiences! [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Cover songs! I love them! I need them!

i have been in withdrawal since the demise of Copy Comma Right years ago. please recommend to me your very most favorite cover songs - any genre, any song. i want it allllllll!
posted by megan_magnolia at 8:20 AM PST - 74 comments

Which child gets the bigger bedroom?

Older boy, younger girl. Which child gets the bigger bedroom? How did your family decide? Did you go by age? Sex? Some personality trait I am not thinking of? Proximity to parents' bedroom? Another factor I am not considering? I am at a crossroad and am struggling with what should be deciding factors. Both children are young; I am trying to imagine future issues and am unsure of the most reasonable way to proceed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts/experiences!
posted by rabidsegue at 6:20 AM PST - 51 comments

Bedside Reading

What is the best/yourfavorite bedside/bathroom book? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 6:15 AM PST - 25 comments

June 13

OS X based approaches for managing large (>1TB) music library?

I use iTunes on a MacBook Pro, and my music library will soon be large enough that it won't fit on my local HD. On top of that, I'll likely be adding another Mac to my home network, and would like to share the library between them. [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 10:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Splitting, speeding up M4A audio file on a Mac

Two part question: I have an M4A audio file that’s about three hours and 90 MB, and would like to split it into three tracks at specific time stamps. What’s the best or simplest way to do this on a Mac without re-encoding? There’s a bunch of stuff that Google returns, but I can’t tell what’s good and what’s not. After that, I’d like to increase the tempo of one file. Any recommendations for tools? Command line or GUI are fine. Thanks.
posted by jroybal at 8:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Someone else's text messages.

Outgoing and incoming texts from someone else showed on an iPhone today. How or why would this happen? [more inside]
posted by andywolf at 7:23 PM PST - 8 comments

And a Sensible Marlboro Cigarette

Looking for a video clip of a vaguely remembered (SNL?) sketch for the Chris Robinson diet. Am I just searching wrong, or did I dream this or what?
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 5:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Here, YOU throw this away! Or, what to do with my late mom's stuff

My mom died about six years ago. At the time, her sister (my aunt) and I flew back to clear out her belongings. We thought we got all of it, but it turns out there was some stuff we missed. And my stepdad and his new wife keep finding it and sending it to me. I need help figuring out what to do with it all. [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang! at 4:46 PM PST - 18 comments

What is this mystery book/movie I'm barely remembering?

Help me remember this book or movie -- possibly from the mystery genre -- from the single plot point I recall? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 3:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Do public outdoor reservations also reserve bathrooms and paths?

I run and hike on regional/state park trails, and I occasionally find myself in conflict with people who have reserved campgrounds / picnic areas / outdoor areas for weddings and other events. These people often believe they have exclusive right to adjacent bathrooms and trails, sometimes blocking the latter. I don't think that's the case and they are still open to the public. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by meowzilla at 3:30 PM PST - 11 comments

A few points of concern about driving for an anxious person

I struggle with anxiety and ocd and this can make it hard sometimes for me to tell the difference between safe and overly cautious driving. An outside perspective would be extremely helpful. And yes, I am receiving treatment for the aforementioned issues. [more inside]
posted by theshire at 3:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Why do I punish myself like this

I was in a terrible relationship with a girl for about ten months. It was the first longterm relationship for both of us, even though we're both 27/28. Btw I am also a female. [more inside]
posted by otterboxdefender at 3:01 PM PST - 55 comments

Car mag for one who isn't interested in pre '65 or post 95?

I like discovering and reading about [old-ish but not too old] cars. Thing is, I seem to have very odd, particular tastes and I can't find a magazine that really suits it. Does anyone have any suggestions for magazines (paper or electronic) to subscribe to? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 1:27 PM PST - 9 comments

The effects of fission on Fusion drives

In hopes of getting another couple good years out of my 2011 Mac mini, I'm planning to do the DIY Fusion Drive thing -- formatting the stock HDD and an SSD drive as a single logical partition. Currently my plan is to keep the SSD in an external FireWire enclosure, with the possibility of installing it inside the Mac mini further down the road if I can get over my fear of hardware. [more inside]
posted by bokane at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Where have I been all my life?

Exercise Quantification Mefites: Is there a GPS watch that I can sync the data somehow using a chromebook? Or is a Windows or Mac OS required? There are way too many GPS watches for me to figure this out. [more inside]
posted by sio42 at 11:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Two days In LA

will be in LA for a week in late July but only 2 days are mine. Alone, staying near the Getty. As I have not been in this city for more than a day in 40 years and aside from seeing the Getty, would love any recommendations of food, entertainment, neighborhoods to walk (if such a thing even exists here).
posted by dougiedd at 11:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Binge TV

What will get me hooked? [more inside]
posted by raider at 11:42 AM PST - 61 comments

can females really have it all?

I'm 24 and about to embark on a lot of schooling for a career that I'm passionate about. The loans from said schooling will take me 10+ years to pay back, but my job security will be pretty much guaranteed and I'll have the flexibility to live where I want (i.e., somewhere with low cost of living). However, I'm certain that I want to have children and that I'll want to spend a lot of time with them. Is it silly to pursue a serious career? [more inside]
posted by DayTripper at 11:19 AM PST - 36 comments

Family doctors without a private practise - do they take patients?

I'm looking for a family doctor in Toronto for my mother. Some of the doctors on the College of Physicians and Surgeons search page only have hospital associations, with no private practise (e.g., this one). Do these doctors accept patients, or do they just do inpatient/emergency/other hospital work? [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Too Much Sugar in my blood, but how?

Results from my annual show most things A-OK but one red flag -- a fasting blood sugar level of 108 mg/dl, which I read places me in pre-diabetes territory. This hit me like a sledgehammer because I simply cannot figure out how or why I would have this number considering my generally healthy, low-carb diet and decent weight. Some answers would be most welcome. Read on please. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 8:44 AM PST - 26 comments

Very odd DNS outcome

Hi. From inside my very plain vanilla home network (192.168.0.x) the fairly well-known blog site www.rachelstavern.com resolves to, which is the address of my own DSL router. When I try to follow a link to a page on rachelstavern.com I'm soon looking at my modem's internal setup page. What gives? A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by jfuller at 8:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Home inspector?

I've owned my home for ~28 years. My ex-husband and I never hired a home inspector (We had little common sense at the time). I just brought a company to my home for an estimate on a flooded basement, and apparently the state of our house is far worse than I imagined. I'd like to know what else is wrong with our house; is a home inspector the answer? [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo at 6:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Help us save our toilets from our epic cleaning fail!

Ugh. We tried to clean the calcified bits of our toilets and STUPIDLY used a scouring pad. Now its left weird gray stains that just don't seem to budge all that much. Google reveals lots of options but we just don't know which would work for this so we are turning to you! We are in continental Europe so any products need to be available on amazon.co.uk.... Please HELP US!
posted by pairofshades at 3:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Trying to remember a bit by Trotsky

At least I'm almost certain it was Trotsky. This was near the end of a book he wrote, in which, after the revolution, men not only gain control of the world, but somehow, the end result of Communism was men gaining actual control over their bodies and (I think) becoming something close to immortal. They'd be able to cure disease with their minds or something. [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 12:53 AM PST - 7 comments

June 12

My Google Start Page has been hijacked...overrides settings: HELP!

I"m running Win 7 Home Edition Premium and Google Chrome. Somehow my start page has been hijacked by this URL: [more inside]
posted by lometogo at 11:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Any recommendations for a good sex therapist in the SF East Bay?

I am looking for a good sex therapist in the SF Bay Area, preferably the east bay, as that's where I live. I need someone who identifies as female and is queer friendly. Bonus points for can talk from experience about lesbian sex. Also prefer someone who is very, very smart and who can handle the idiosyncrasies of PTSD-ish reactions. Thanks for your help!
posted by anonymous at 9:35 PM PST - 3 comments

So maybe I do want someone to draw all over me

After reading this discussion on the blue, I was wondering who are the best artists in the tattoo world. [more inside]
posted by rtimmel at 8:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Storing household items in an attic

Our house has a large attic space that is easily accessible via a door at one end. It's not completely finished, so it's not climate controlled, but it's fairly safe from bugs/critters. What can I safely store up there for long periods of time? [more inside]
posted by checkitnice at 7:50 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm trying to find my tipping point

I reached out to be tested as a possible living kidney donor to a stranger in my community who is in need of a kidney. I have since been approved as a donor, but I am really struggling with the question of whether or not to donate. I would love to hear experiences of those who have donated to strangers. [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! at 7:15 PM PST - 29 comments

Fun names for stuffed animals?

With our 6 mo daughter, we have an ever expanding universe of stuffed animals. What are some fun/interesting names that you've come up with for said animals? This is more for the amusement of weary parents than easy-to-pronounce-for-toddlers. I mean, we can do better than "bunny" and "racoonie"? My partner had an early burst of creativity with Sir Lambs-A-Lot and Harry B. Elephante, but I've got nada so far. We've got the usual coterie: owl, whale, dolphin, aforementioned racoon and rabbit, puppy, giraffe, you name it.
posted by amorphatist at 6:19 PM PST - 42 comments

Please give me drones to put in my ear holes

I used to be obsessed with ambient music. I realized recently that I've fallen away from it. Recommend me some good, newer stuff to nap out to! [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 6:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Moving to LA in a hurry: help me figure out where I should live!

It's very likely that I'll be moving to LA for work soon. If so, I'll only have a few weeks to find a place. I know very little about LA, so I'd love to get some insider info to help narrow my search. [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 5:49 PM PST - 39 comments

How can we find out if there were violations for construction?

I'm currently living in a building where sound travels immensely. [more inside]
posted by rancher at 3:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Stop Auto Insurance Telemarketing?

About a year and a half ago one day, I received about a dozen telemarketing calls in rapid succession wanting to sell me car insurance. I haven't owned a car in about 5 years at that point so I assumed that maybe years and years ago I filled out a form and my information was passed around from lead vendor to vendor and suddenly resurfaced. [more inside]
posted by bouchacha at 3:22 PM PST - 5 comments

How to deal with information about a sex offender

I just found out my 18 y/o nephew is living with a registered sex offender, who is also his friend and boss. I don't believe my nephew knows this, nor do any of his family members. I do not know if my nephew has been abused. I am not certain how to proceed with this information. [more inside]
posted by SmartWool at 3:20 PM PST - 25 comments

(Bed?)Bug ID

Please help me understand if this is a bedbug. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Why are my jean zippers always coming undone?

So whenever I wear jeans, the zipper is always falling down. It does not seem to matter what the jeans are - new, old, too tight, too loose, just right. I know you ostensibly place the tab down to lock it, but this does not help - it just slows it a bit. Hence it's probably something I am doing wrong, or an incorrect fit that I keep buying. What might it be?
posted by solarion at 3:13 PM PST - 13 comments

How to turn a playing card into a print?

I want to put framed print versions of various playing cards on my walls - a few from the 1960's era Mille Bornes game, some from a deck of WWII aircraft identification cards. How best to achieve this? I obviously don't want to lose much detail in the creation process. Are there particular scanners, printers, and paper best suited to the task? Perhaps something a professional photographer would use?
posted by schoolgirl report at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Low-cost options for calling Dutch mobile phones from US landline

In the next few days, I'll be making two long (90+ minute each) calls from the US to mobile phones in the Netherlands. I prefer to use my landline for these calls, which is Voip through Xfinity. Their international calling plan, which is $10 for 300 minutes, would be awesome but it specifically doesn't cover Dutch mobile phones. The Xfinity rate is $.30/minute, which is more than I'd like to pay. What options do I have? [more inside]
posted by DrGail at 1:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Reluctance to stay in academia: is this burnout or a sign?

I'm in the last stretch of my PhD in the UK, with a month left before I submit my thesis. I also have a full-time job as a lecturer. I enjoy and am energised by teaching but am increasingly reluctant to focus on research. Part of this is probably exhaustion from the PhD, and I know I shouldn't make any decisions now, but part of it feels like genuine dislike of the work and skepticism of its value. What do I need to consider, post-submission, in evaluating my future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Webfont equivalent of Latin MN

I am trying to find a web font that has the same aesthetics as the Latin subset of the MN fonts (Sinhala MN, Oriya MN, Bangla MN, ...) that are part of OSX. I am specifically interested in matching the capital C of the font.
posted by hariya at 12:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Microtransaction-free mobile games on Android

Good microtransaction-free games for Android phones with endless modes or just large numbers of levels. Don't need to be free so long as they're not moneypits. [more inside]
posted by Lorc at 12:12 PM PST - 22 comments

Good books or tips on managing agile enterprise software teams?

I'm about to start a new job managing multiple software teams working on a high-profile commercial web app. What can I read to get into the right head space to succeed? [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard at 12:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Songs that give me the feels, June 2015 edition

Based on this motley assortment of songs that I really get the chills from, can you recommend more? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Criminal mastermind you are not. Or are you?

Someone ordered a bunch of stuff online using my credit card number and then had it shipped to me. I just don't understand this scam. Any idea what is going on here? [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere at 11:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Adult Swimming Lessons (in RI)?

I don't know how to swim. I'm interested in learning how, but I'm a 30 year old man and I don't want to be the only adult in a pool full of children. How can I find adult-only basic-level swim classes in the Rhode Island area?
posted by JDHarper at 11:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Where have all the off-ramps gone?

I commute on Central Expressway (County Route G6) between Santa Clara and Palo Alto CA daily and have a question as to it's history.... [more inside]
posted by Mr.Me at 11:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Contemporary non-kids music to sing with kids

I'm a guitar- and banjo-playing first grade teacher looking for new songs to sing with my wee ones. I have a large bank of classics, but I'm interested in new to new-ish music (last 10 years, say?) that I can sing with a group of 6/7 year olds. Caveat: what I'm looking for is music for adults, or at least not specifically geared towards little kids (ie, I know about Caspar Babypants and love him but not what I'm after). [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 11:32 AM PST - 17 comments

Where can I see Japanese bamboo baskets?

Where can I see collector-quality Japanese bamboo baskets, including museums, stores, art galleries, etc. I live near Kansas City, but suggestions anywhere in the US would be appreciated and factored into future travel plans. Baskets like those in this video from SF's Asian Art Museum (which I have not visited).
posted by Jackson at 11:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Tell me about renting in 2015

We are considering selling out house and renting a home in a different part of town. I haven't rented in so long that I'm not sure what to expect. My hope is to rent a home with a very small yard. I would appreciate input on what renting is like these days, and in particular, renting a house. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 11:16 AM PST - 16 comments

Resources on how expensive hiring programmers is

Just want some quick stats, such as how many hours it takes to find a good hire. Google isn't helping [more inside]
posted by earlsofsandwich at 11:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I see iOS app permission before buying?

When I look at Android apps in Google Play, it's easy to click a button and see what permissions it needs. Is there any way in the iOS App Store to find out what permissions an app needs without buying it? [more inside]
posted by at home in my head at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Recruiting Software

Adding a CAREERS page on a website. [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell at 9:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Russian-English Dictionary for Kindle

Is there a good/functional Russian-English dictionary for the iOS Kindle app? Or any other iOS e-reader? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 9:13 AM PST - 1 comment

River Trip Recipes

I was assigned to do dinner on the 5th night (the last night) of a river trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. I'm kind of tired of the usual stuff that I make and I'm looking for good recipes that are filling and delicious. [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 8:46 AM PST - 5 comments

How much fossil fuel do I use to walk a mile?

It takes 10 kilocalories of fossil-fuel to make 1kcal of food. You use 80kcal to walk a mile. There are 31520kcal per gallon of gasoline. 80kcal * 10 = 800kcal of fossil-fuel per walking-miles. 31520kcal/800kcal=39.4 walking-miles/gallon of gas? What am I missing? Can I trust the 10:1 fossil:food ratio?
posted by gregr at 8:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Ordering tea directly from China: safe?

I've tried a bunch of different loose leaf green teas, and my favorite comes from an online tea store based in China. However, by ordering directly from them, I'm bypassing European and British consumer safety regulations. If you can read Chinese -- or you know something about food safety in China -- you can help me figure out whether this is a risky purchase. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 8:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Help make our four days Rocky Mountain National Park epic!

My hiking buddy and I are going to spend this Saturday through Tuesday car camping in Estes Park, Colorado. We are relatively experienced hikers and backpackers, but most of our miles have been logged in the White Mountains and neither of us has ever been to Colorado. What are some challenging and rewarding day hikes that we should do? What things do we need to consider when hiking in RMNP? [more inside]
posted by stripesandplaid at 8:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Best practices for verson control with binary files

I am working with a non-technical distributed team that is drowning in different versions of binary files (Microsoft Office, PDFs, small icons). I want to suggest using version control like Git to simplify things and am willing to take on the responsibility for training the team. What are some of the best practices we should implement as a team in order to make this work smoothly?
posted by philosophygeek at 8:01 AM PST - 10 comments

What tips are there for buying a used car?

I've always bought new cars and driven them for 15+ years. Need a car for my teen and have no intentions to buy new. I've never bought a used car. What tips/tricks do you have for the buying process regardless of whether it's from a private party, used car lot, or from a dealership?
posted by teg4rvn at 7:55 AM PST - 11 comments

How to edit a PDF lease template

I got this lease template for my state for my rental property, looks good, but it's a PDF file, so I can't edit it to add my own few snowflake lease requirements. I got some "PDF" editors, which didn't work great, and I even tried PDF to word converter which was even worse. Advice?? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 7:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Obscure Problem with Keyboard Macros in Word 2010

In Word 2010, I use custom keyboard shortcuts/macros a lot. Usually I use CTRL + 2 keys as a shortcut for a long word or phrase. [more inside]
posted by Eyebeams at 7:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Generic names for this doll's clothes?

Part way through a Photoshop birthday card project I realized it would funnier if I knew the correct names for this doll's clothes. I'm clueless about the dress. Probably clueless about the rest. Here's what I have: Platform shoes, Bell bottom pants.
posted by Homer42 at 12:11 AM PST - 8 comments

June 11

What kind of wine might a beer drinker like?

Due to medical reasons, I can no longer drink carbonated beverages, including beer. So what kind of wine might quench my thirst after a long day at the lake? Any other suggestions like hard cider or lemonade that isn't carbonated? Margaritas obviously, but what else? I typically enjoy good old Bud Light so something along those lines.
posted by tamitang at 10:31 PM PST - 32 comments

Yosemite National Park for the differently-abled

Taking a trip to Yosemite (yes, the park!) next month and some of us can't walk long distances. What are the best things to do that don't involve lots of walking or that don't depend on you being able to keep going? Like we're not going to wind up stranded in the wilderness because we used up our walking spoons earlier than expected. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 8:46 PM PST - 21 comments

"We're going to need a bigger Hatch"

A clothing line similar to Hatch, but that offers a wider (hah) size range. [more inside]
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk at 7:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me dress for my son's wedding

I want to look stylish and elegant. Difficulty: 5 feet tall, plus-size 20-22, with 1 and 1/2 breasts. [more inside]
posted by angiep at 7:44 PM PST - 8 comments


On an episode of The Cosby Show, Stevie Wonder asked Theo Huxtable what he would say if he was at a party. His answer was "Jammin on the one". But what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by keli at 6:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Student reading way too challenging books - why is this a bad idea?

I'm a native English speaking ESL tutor in Taiwan. I've recently been hired to teach a 5.5 year old (social studies and reading.) His parents are insisting that he read from books aimed at 9-12 year old native speakers. This kid is bright, but his reading comprehension is nowhere near a native speaking kid 5 years older than him. I don't have any formal training in teaching young kids and only about a year of job experience but this seems like a terrible idea. What are arguments I can use to convince the parents to give him material that is more in line with his abilities? [more inside]
posted by horizons at 6:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Holla if you have vagal neuropathy

For nearly a year, I've been coughing. A lot. It wakes me up at night, it used to make me throw up, it has resisted all diagnosis at primary care, pulmonology, and digestive health. Finally, an ear, nose and throat doctor has suggested damage to my vagus nerve. I'm hoping to find others who've gone through this and can give me tips on coping. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 6:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Total Knee Replacement: Please Help Me Plan for Surgery and Recovery

YANMD/Visiting Nurse/Physical Therapist/etc., but I've got a lot of questions and more than a smidgen of anxiety about next month's total knee replacement surgery and recovery. Love to hear advice and suggestions from folks who've been through this as patients, family, friends, medical providers, ... I live alone with no local family, so need suggestions on group calendaring, scheduling, to do lists, errands, etc. for my friends helping me out. Inside: questions about recommended ways to co-ordinate and schedule help, what to wear, products to get, and plans to make, plus snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco at 5:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Surly Birds: Ugly Pigeon, or Juvenile Griffin? Can You ID This Bird?

Walking through historic Chestertown, Maryland, last week, and saw this Hellspawn bird sitting on someone's front porch. Staring... [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Does anyone here have experience growing crystals?

What types of crystals should I look into growing if I want them to grow/attach onto a wooden panel? [more inside]
posted by modernsquid at 5:06 PM PST - 11 comments

MFA programs (visual art) ~ What should I expect?

I'm having trouble getting anyone to give me an overview of what an MFA program will be looking for in a student, how applications will work, or the types of programs and what those distinctions mean. [more inside]
posted by defymynd at 4:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Best Place To Catch Cable Car in San Francisco?

I have family coming to visit me in SF and they want to ride a cable car. I never take the cable cars and need advice. I always see a HUGE mass of people waiting in line at the cable car stop next to the Powell BART... How can we avoid that line? Is there a perfect stop to jump on that will have (a) shorter lines and (b) a good chance that nieces/nephews can hold on to the outside poles? We'll be walking all around the city so the exact location isn't important as long as it's a cable car with some cool hills. Thanks in advance!
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 4:54 PM PST - 18 comments

Is it really so terrible to let a two-year-old drink from a bottle?

My almost two-year-old still has a bottle of milk before bed. It really helps her fall asleep and she is VERY attached. We brush her teeth afterwards, so tooth decay is not an issue (in bed while she is half asleep, since she is too young to spit anyway and doesn't need to be at the sink). She does not use a pacifier or suck her thumb, so the bottle is the only thing that gives her that magical sucking comfort. The doctor says we should stop with the bottles, but why? [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty at 4:43 PM PST - 25 comments

The Etiquette of Networking

Teach me how to make the most of this opportunity to network, while avoiding specific pitfalls like drooling on myself or saying dumb nervous things. Difficulty level: I don't currently work in the field, so people are going to be less interested in networking with me than I am with them (unless they are actively seeking a mentee, or open to it). [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 4:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Tech job; bay area vs Chicago?

What feels different between applying for tech jobs in San Francisco/Bay Area versus applying for tech jobs in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 3:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Meant to be or not meant to be?

I met this really great guy a few months ago (in a pretty romantic/spontaneous way) after a string of not great relationships. Everything is really healthy, relationship-wise right now. We both have loads of space to sort our brains/ lives, and the small amount of time we do spend together (looking like once a week/ once every two weeks) is really, really something special. However, he’s on a career fast track and has a hard time balancing work/family. [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo at 3:07 PM PST - 26 comments

Solution to track acknowledgement of emails

I am looking for something to track that an email has been acknowledged within 24 hours and send to a backup/manager if not. We use Outlook and Microsoft Exchange. I am not even sure what to search for on this, but any direction is helpful. (rules or addins would be fine.)
posted by slavlin at 3:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Short-term health insurance for someone with unclear national residence

I'm in the middle of a 2-week period during which it is not clear to me in which country I am a resident for the purposes of buying travel medical insurance. I'll be traveling to the US for the last 3 days of that period and will need medical insurance. This seems to require residency in the country from which one is traveling. I'm a 27-year-old person with no known serious medical condition, so I just want something that will cover emergencies. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by busted_crayons at 2:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Traveling in Morocco. Please help me pick tour options!

I will be in Morocco for ten days in July. There are two small group tours that I've selected, with each of them having a feature that I like that the other doesn't have. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville at 2:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Grow-my-own in Hawaii

I live in Hawaii and will have access to lots of yard space in the next month. I'd like to turn useless grass into several raised beds to grow as much of my own food as possible. I'm looking for ideas on what grows well in our climate, what yields well to feed as many people as possible, and what plays nice in a polyculture bed. I'll probably use organic compost teas and a worm castings to start, but do tell if you have other nutrient ideas. [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 2:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Mnemonic version for Saxon kings

I'm familiar with the William the Conqueror onwards verse about English kings (Willie, Willie, Harry, Stee, etc), but I know that I saw one for the Saxon kings somewhere and I can't find it. I recall bits like "With Egbert's name our tale is led, then Aethels Wulf, Bald, Bert, and Red" and "Never-ready Aethelred" and you'd really think I would be able to google up an answer with that as a start, but I've got nothing.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 2:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Liver-friendly OTC pain medicine?

Are there any effective, over-the-counter pain medicines that are appropriate for someone with liver/pancreas damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Large family father forum

Is there an online community for fathers of large families? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Is this rate of weight loss OK?

I'm losing more weight than I anticipated, and while weight loss was in my plans, I want to make sure this rate of loss is OK. [more inside]
posted by circular at 1:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Eccentric and Recluse Poets and Authors?

Greetings. I'm wondering if there are any notable or smaller scale poets and writers that were mainly hermits or eccentric? I'm not picky with the genre, country, or era. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 1:08 PM PST - 24 comments

A business that will hand out my materials for me?

I have to give a large number of people a starter kit. They are located in several cities around the US and Canada. I could ship it to them, but I'd rather be able to have them go to a near by location and pick it up (saving up to a week in shipping time). This is in only major cities. [more inside]
posted by Monday at 1:03 PM PST - 6 comments

YANMD, but should I see one?

For the past several (six or so) months, roughly since turning 49, I've been experiencing two pretty troubling conditions, and I don't know if they are related and/or things I should be concerned about to the point of seeing my PCP - muscle cramping and a dramatically changed libido. [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 12:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Me tell joke funny one day

Is this joke funny? Should I tell it in a wedding speech? Does it need tweaking? If it's not funny, can you help me make it funny? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 11:32 AM PST - 75 comments

Do I need to paint my attic?

We are doing a total gut renovation of our house, including new walls in the attic. (Walls = plaster skimcoat over blueboard.) While we will use the attic primarily for storage, it is technically a bedroom. Do I need to paint it? Should I prime only and then leave it? [more inside]
posted by teragram at 11:26 AM PST - 6 comments

80s Gay Men's Fashion?

I need to buy a costume to fit a character who is a young gay man living in the early 80s. Looking for ideas or reference images. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Erberus at 11:15 AM PST - 16 comments

Finding the elusive film developers

I'm looking to get some 35mm film developed without paying $11 plus shipping for each roll. Is this possible in 2015?! [more inside]
posted by cabbagesnkings at 11:07 AM PST - 5 comments

CS junior, needs recommendations for career path, companies to apply to

I'm about to be a junior in computer science (CS) at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. I'm passionate about programming, but I am also interested in numerous other subfields of technology. I don't like having to rush (at anything -- this post was edited and rewritten many times); I prefer polish, good design, and careful work, where everything is intentionally and thoughtfully crafted. Where should I apply for internships and look for careers? [more inside]
posted by vixsomnis at 11:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Visceral fat and eating before bed

Does eating a late night meal immediately before bed affect how your body utilizes visceral fat during sleep? [more inside]
posted by extramundane at 11:01 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I avoid paying $200 for a dumbphone?

My husband recently irreparably damaged his cheap Verizon phone and wants to get a new dumbphone to use on a Verizon contract. We don't have any upgrades available. Verizon is asking for ~$200(!!!), even though prepaid phones of the same type only cost $25. Is there any way we can avoid paying this extortionate amount? [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 10:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Exploring the intersection between cuteness and horror

I'm interested in exploring a particular aesthetic that I associate with the art of Yoshitomo Nara. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate at 10:44 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I get the best job I ever had again?

Careers in data journalism? [more inside]
posted by nedpwolf at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me create a shoe that isolates any pressure on a broken pinky toe

What kind of footwear can I make/buy to keep my broken pinky toe from getting pressed into the side of my shoe and prolonging my recovery? [more inside]
posted by any major dude at 10:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Gift ideas for a gundam enthusiast?

A co-worker is getting over an illness, and it would be neat for him to receive a gift at the office when he gets back. He loves assembling model gundams. What related sort of gift could we get him? I don't want to just pick out a gundam for him, because I know tastes are particular...
posted by Sticherbeast at 10:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Any idea where I can find these shoes?

Another, where do I get these boots question. [more inside]
posted by theRussian at 10:13 AM PST - 4 comments

scp return codes different?

I'm working on testing a modification to a bash script for work. I'm trying to scp a file to the same source directory. For testing purposes, I've altered the permissions on the target directory so that the scp'ing user doesn't have permissions to write to it. The first try I get a return code of 1. The second try I get a return code of 0, even though the permissions haven't changed and the file actually fails to transfer. [more inside]
posted by tckma at 10:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Rules about showing real corpses on TV?

What are the regulations, laws, or norms regarding showing images of actual (non-fictional) corpses on TV in the United States (or more specifically California)? [more inside]
posted by unsub at 10:02 AM PST - 2 comments

I've made a huge mistake - Career Edition

I took the all-too-common path of nonprofit/government work. Now I realize it isn't at all what I want out of a career. Looking around, the job market is a desperate barren landscape compared to the last time I was job hunting! Am I stuck? Will these skills even transfer? Help! [more inside]
posted by FakeFreyja at 9:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Less money, mo' problems?

In the bigger picture, which masters program will I benefit from most? [more inside]
posted by mild deer at 9:57 AM PST - 16 comments

How dangerous is it to drive on the San Francisco Bay Bridge?

My Google-fu has failed me. Can anyone find recent crash (or death or injury) statistics for cars driving on the San Francisco Bay Bridge? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 9:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Repointing mortar between close buildings

So I own a condo in a building built in the 30s in Chicago. It was repointed in the last few years but there is a wall that is very close to another building that was not touched and seems to have next to no mortar left in it. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 9:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Best books on colonial American history?

I was recently looking at my family tree and curious about the lives of my ancestors, many of whom emigrated to Massachusetts/Rhode Island/New York from England in the early 1600s. Especially interested in books about Rhode Island and particularly anything about Roger Williams or Stephen Hopkins, who are great-great-etc grandfathers of mine (but also interested in just learning about everyday life for colonists, and what the transition was like moving from England). Assume I know little beyond the basics of American history.
posted by three_red_balloons at 9:12 AM PST - 8 comments

More structure or more play for a 4 year old?

I have two day cares available for my 4 year old son. One is rather academics based with time slots reserved for reading and math (about 2 hours a day). The other is play based with no formal education included. There are other differences of course, but these are the two basic ones I'm struggling with. I need to pick one. It's never too early to start learning, or is it? If you've been in a similar situation what has swayed your mind?
posted by anonymous at 8:59 AM PST - 26 comments

Yet another quitting PhD thread, Neuroscience & developmental Biology

Considering quitting PhD but not sure on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by zaxour at 8:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Little big food

I want your best tried-and-true recipes for BIG versions of snack foods. Supersize me! [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 8:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find a nice women's "Black Lives Matter" t-shirt?

Because of my relatively strong Google-Fu, my wife asked me to find and buy a "Black Lives Matter" T-shirt for her. So far, I haven't found any I think my wife would classify as "cute". Can anyone point me to any "cute" or well designed "Black Lives Matter" ladies t-shirts online?
posted by braveterry at 8:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to Pay Someone for a Outlook 2013 Macro?

Where might I hire someone to write a short Outlook 2013 macro, beyond my own "Google it, paste, and splice together" capabilities? (Metafilter Jobs yielded no takers.) What price should I be willing to pay for the described job?
posted by WCityMike at 7:59 AM PST - 2 comments

A couple of days in NYC

I'll be in NYC 6/19 to 6/21. Mefi has always been magic for my trips. [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner at 7:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Choice of Two Investments

Loving, well-meaning relatives would like to build a nest egg for our infant son, and have given us the choice of two options: a whole life insurance policy or investment in a gold account (the commodity). [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 7:42 AM PST - 26 comments

Fonts used in the Village Voice

What are the fonts and specs used in the Village Voice? Specifically those for the body copy and headers? Those are close to a look we want, but want to change a few things, however we can't figure what the body copy font is.
posted by sock, the puppet at 7:27 AM PST - 2 comments

How worried should I be about a possible 2 year old syphilis infection?

Let's say that after my doctor's appointment this week it's found that I contracted syphilis roughly two years ago and that I'm immediately given the standard treatment. How worried should a 26 year old man in apparently good health be about the consequences of having waited so long to be treated? How likely are cognitive or cardiac complications, and to what degree is teriary or neuro- syphilis an "all or nothing" affair? The wording of googled fact-sheets and CDC briefs isn't terribly precise (lots of "may cause complications" and "can occur in some instances"). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 AM PST - 5 comments

GoogleFi - yea or nea?

I received my GoogleFi invite this morning, but now I'm confused about whether I should take the plunge. Does anyone have any experience with this yet? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 7:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Give me your best podcasts!

I've recently gotten back into podcasts because my commute has changed and become more amendable to podcast-ing. Help me discover some new favorites. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite at 7:05 AM PST - 24 comments

Long term camping in hot hot weather. What should I not forget!?

I will be doing about 4-5 weeks of camping in the mountains in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee this Summer. I think I'm pretty well prepared, but I don't want to forget anything, and would love to hear your tips for what to bring, what to remember, etc. Extra bonus points for good recipes and tips on powering devices! [more inside]
posted by still bill at 6:47 AM PST - 13 comments

What are the risingest new programming languages?

If I were a hobby programmer and looking to learn a new language both for self-education in new areas and to get skills that could be marketable in the future, what should I look at? [more inside]
posted by Devonian at 6:29 AM PST - 22 comments

Moving mom up to MA

My mother, aged 73, would like to move from NYC to near us in the Boston 'burbs to be closer to us and our little daughter (though not moving in with us). She's lived in NYC for 45 years, so wherever she moves would be a big transition. I'd be grateful for any resources, tips, and experiences for helping aging parents with a similar move. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:13 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I get my domains transferred when my registrar is kaput?

My domain name registrar appears to have gone belly-up and I still have my domains there. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 at 4:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Changing instruments in social research - values vs validity

I am looking for articles, case studies and examples in which researchers in the social sciences change (or consider changing, or are called on to change) research instruments (questionnaires, rating scales, assessment measures) to accommodate changes in social values. Specifically, I am interested in the discourse and debate around these changes, and the ways in which researchers attempt to manage the inherent statistical risks to internal validity instrument change entails. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 2:51 AM PST - 3 comments

When to look for housing in SF

Please tell me the latest possible date I should fly into San Francisco to look for housing, with a work start date of August 10th. More specifics within. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 1:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Is this JK Rowling quote apocryphal?

In internet discussions about guns and magic, invariably someone will mention that Rowling said that a wizard will lose to a man with a shotgun. Did she? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder at 1:41 AM PST - 11 comments

June 10

Need bedtime advice for a baby, a toddler, and a small apartment

Help us get a young toddler and a baby to sleep at roughly the same time in the same room. Is it possible? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by annekate at 9:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Do high speed trains have a place in America?

I've been reading articles about backlash towards high-speed rail in American cities, and it confounds me because I enjoy rail systems in Europe and Asia. Some people have said it logistically doesn't make sense in America, and I want to why that is. [more inside]
posted by xtine at 9:33 PM PST - 39 comments

Best practices for an open-source, community-driven project

I've found myself working on a very exciting (to me) open-source web project. It's only a few days old, so right now it's just a bunch of people throwing ideas around in a Slack, with a couple of vague channels. Pretty soon we're going to need to come up with some organization and structure, and I'd like some advice on this. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 9:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Tips for Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar and Naadam

At the end of June, I'm travelling to Mongolia for a two week trip. Much of it will be occupied by hiking (so excited!) but I will have a few days in Ulaanbaatar by myself during Naadam. Any tips for Ulaanbaatar? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 8:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Your Experiences with Balloon Sinuplasty?

After lots of antibiotics, rinses, steroids, and CT scans, my ENT has determined that I am a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty. I have not scheduled the procedure yet--I had traditional sinus surgery to remove a polyp five years ago and now I have even more polyps, as well as very obstructed sinus passages. Please do tell me about your experiences with balloon sinuplasty! Was it successful?
posted by sandwiches at 6:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Housing and hotels in Vancouver, BC!

I'm going to be in Vancouver for about 7-8 months, and I'm hoping to get recommendations for a short stay for the first month. I've checked out airbnb as well as some serviced apartments for the first few weeks but would love to hear any recommendations as those I've found are pretty pricey! [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS at 6:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Any experiences with A-1 Pioneer or Mergenthaler in Salt Lake City?

Moving my aging mother next month, from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. Got some moving quotes. The two best were from A-1 Pioneer (a Wheaton agent) and Mergenthaler (a United Van Lines agent). Does anyone have any experiences, good or bad, with either of these? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 6:15 PM PST - 4 comments

What is this wrist-fixing rig?

What is this apparently medical device? My sense is that it's a rig for some sort of carpal tunnel surgery, but Google is not helping. The image is from John Carrera's excellent Pictorial Webster's.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 6:02 PM PST - 4 comments

What's your single best BBQ party trick?

I'm looking for those "Wowza!" gourmet dishes and touches that impress guests, but in the summertime BBQ category. What are your tricks for easily making a BBQ fancy, different or impressive, instead of the same old burgers and dogs?
posted by agregoli at 5:54 PM PST - 61 comments

I don't want to be a sweaty mess all the time!

In my quest to become the worst person to share a bed with in the world, I have taken to sweating profusely while I sleep. It's gross, and I can't seem to stop. How do I best deal with this? [more inside]
posted by inertia at 5:37 PM PST - 32 comments

Resources for becoming a more intuitive gardener?

Over many years of learning how to cook, I developed from slavishly following recipes (and often screwing up anyway) to being able to improvise with a decent success rate. Now I'm learning how to garden, and would like to make a similar transition. If you have done this, what helped? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 at 5:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Tokyo Tatami Tips

Going to Tokyo for 6 nights, for the first time in 15 years, in July. Would like to do a hotel tour of sorts. What's hot, quirky, or interesting in the Tokyo hotel scene now? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 5:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Rear window, what happened to you?

Rear windows on cars have been getting smaller, right? What kind of car still has good visibility, and why isn't this a safety concern? [more inside]
posted by casualinference at 4:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Italian Food, Good wine list, near Union Square

Last second lunch in NYC question: Looking for a place with a focus on Italian cusine and a great wine list near Unon Square that I could reasonably get a table for two at 2pm tomorrow. Ideally looking for a place with a great set menu in the 22-30 range.
posted by The Whelk at 4:27 PM PST - 2 comments

No-data prepaid plan recommendations for my old iPhone

I would like my kids to use my old iPhone 4s. I don't need a data plan, since they can use the home Wi-Fi. They won't be making a lot of calls or sending many texts so I just need a plan that allows me to buy minutes rather than pay every month. My phone might still be locked to AT&T but I should be eligible to unlock it if necessary. The AT&T network has the best coverage in my area.
posted by Dragonness at 3:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Custom (maybe) poster frame w/glass by mail?

Thanks to this AskMe, I have a 19x26" poster that I'd like to frame at a reasonable price. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 3:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Out of Town Guests in DC: Dinner for a High Schooler and a Grandpa

My cousin's kid is coming to DC with her grandfather as a high school graduation present. I would like to take them out somewhere for dinner next week, where should I go? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 3:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Gluten Free in Brooklyn (Fort Greene area)?

Asking for my wife, who doesn't have an account. My wife will be staying near Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn for about three weeks. She has a problem with gluten - trace amounts and cross-contamination are an issue. Looking for both dining and grocery shopping suggestions. She has relevant apps and online resources but not coming up with much to go on. Would love some local perspective. Thanks for any help you can provide.
posted by tkolstee at 2:50 PM PST - 9 comments

WHAT is this anti-war comedy film I am thinking of??

There is a movie I saw in the mid-2000s that I am trying to find again, and I am having trouble with every kind of search I've been using. [more inside]
posted by parkbench at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments

What is this succulent and why is it dying?

What is this succulent and why is it dying? We bought it in this arrangement a month ago. I'm pretty sure we over-watered it. Is there any way to save it?
posted by Baby_Balrog at 2:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Help preparing for an interview for Production Coordinator

Looking for as much information/anecdotes as possible [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 2:04 PM PST - 3 comments

We just want every little thing to be alright

I woke up this morning, smiled with the rising sun, and then heard (approximately) three little birds singing in my bathroom ceiling. Upon further investigation, it turns out that they are nesting in our bathroom venting, in the ductwork between the the ventilation fan and the exterior wall. We have seen the adults fly into the vent opening on the side of our house carrying food to their babies, and we hear the babies chirruping throughout the day. [more inside]
posted by alms at 1:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Experiences with Quitting Smoking and Depression

Looking for any info, either research or personal stories, about how and why quitting smoking can cause depression in some people. [more inside]
posted by neeta at 1:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Google Forms won't read my mind

I have set up a Google registration form for a monthly event, where attendees sign up any time and are then confirmed for the next open event. I like to mess around with the order of form submissions and add notes and colour-coding, but Google Forms/Sheets doesn't like this and messes up the order. [more inside]
posted by tracicle at 1:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me decide what budget Windows computer to buy

I need a new or refurbished Windows computer. Please help me to choose one. [more inside]
posted by Cinnamon Bear at 12:28 PM PST - 13 comments

A future King or Queen from a House other than Windsor?

This question might be a result of my general lack of knowledge concerning the British monarchy, but - assuming that England continues to have a King or Queen in the future - is it possible/at all likely that the crown would ever be go to somebody not from the House of Windsor at this point? Or has the House of Windsor essentially given themselves a lock on all future royal titles simply due to being the last family on the throne when it became unrealistic for wars of succession to be fought over who has the title?
posted by warble at 12:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me become an exercise class expert!

OK guys after years of beer and strolls instead of water and workouts, I want to get back into the intense exercise game. My goals are to reduce anxiety, improve mood, and overall to feel better, healthier, more flexible, more active. But... how do exercise classes / studios work? [more inside]
posted by Uncle Glendinning at 12:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Congratulations! Your INFANT evolved into TODDLER!

I've read several baby books that provide a comprehensive overview of the first year of an infant's life: development, basic care, etc. Can you recommend a book that covers the toddler years in a similar way? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:57 AM PST - 10 comments

If i invite one boss, am I obligated to invite the other?

The CEO of my company shot me a chat saying something alongs the lines of "My wedding invite must have been lost in the mail". (I requested time off from my job and cited the reason that I was getting married). [more inside]
posted by memi at 11:36 AM PST - 23 comments

Seeking resources for friend with metastatic prostate cancer

I am seeking resources for a 60 year old friend in difficult circumstances who has just been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. It is unclear what medical resources may be available. It is unclear at this early point just what or whether any treatment options are available to him or what his projected time to live may be. I am trying to learn of services that might be available locally or online. [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco at 11:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Ship *all* the things (US)

My things are moving cross-country at the end of the month, to a friend's house that will be my new address. I, however, am travelling overseas for a couple months between moving and getting there. Advice on shipping stuff affordably with a minimum of inconvenience to my friend is welcome, snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by momus_window at 10:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Best youtube tutorials to learn access and a refresher in SAS

What are the best youtube tutorials to learn access? I would like to build an access database. And SAS? I am familiar with SAS, but some of my codes are not working, so I would like a refresher video. Then code I am working on is trying to analyze multiple responses to create a composite variable. Therefore, I used the sum function and +. But, my output is incorrect.
posted by TRUELOTUS at 10:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Where were we buying CDs from in the early 90's?

This post reminded me of a catalog we used to order CDs from back in the early 90's. What was it? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 10:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Apartment-hunting on short notice in the Boston area: how to proceed?

Due to a whole series of unpleasant events, I am looking for an apartment in the Brighton/Allston/Watertown area on a somewhat tight budget and very short notice — we need to move in by mid-July at the very latest. I just moved here, and don't really know how things work in this area, but I've already come close to exhausting what is listed on Craigslist/Padmapper. What else should I be trying? Other places to look for listings? Should I be working with a realtor? (And if so, how do I find one?) Etc etc etc. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me become a zen commuter!

Thanks to my big mouth, I will probably be picking up more responsibilities and therefore traveling more to the DC area from Charleston, SC. [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 8:13 AM PST - 16 comments

What is some good science fiction like this?

I'm interested in good science fiction in any format (book, film, comics, etc.) that explores that idea that we are not alone in the universe, but wildly mismatched with everybody or nearly every else in terms of civilization stages, kinds of technology, perception, etc. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 8:03 AM PST - 44 comments

To seal or not to seal (my driveway)

Is it worth sealing an asphalt driveway? I can't find authoritative internet advice about this. Lots of asphalt companies, advise doing it every few years, with a variety of rationales. But they offer sealing services. Many people on various DIY-type discussion boards say it's a waste of money. Some claim sealing hastens deterioration ("asphalt needs to breathe"). Others say you have to keep water out (but, water seeps under driveways from the side, anyway). My particular details: [more inside]
posted by beagle at 7:49 AM PST - 9 comments

What are your favorite YouTube/online cooking channels?

I love watching YouTube cooking channels like Hot Thai Kitchen or Maangchi (Korean) food. Are there other home cooking channels like this out there? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque at 7:48 AM PST - 6 comments

EXCEL: filling a cell with a complete date based on just the day?

Excel question: Can I enter just a 1-31 value into one cell and have a complete date appear in a different cell based on fixed month and year values? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 7:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Reducing suffering when making a choice between two relationships

A few months ago, I met an amazing new person with whom I would like to pursue a committed romantic relationship, but I am still in a prior long-term relationship with many problems of its own. How can I decide whether it is fair and right to leave my old boyfriend to continue dating this new person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM PST - 45 comments

Father’s Day Present for the Partially Paralyzed

My father had a stroke 3 years ago that left his right side paralyzed. Even after a lot of hard work he has not regained use of his right side. I’d like to get him a Father’s day present that helps him enjoy life more. [more inside]
posted by jmsta at 7:06 AM PST - 3 comments

How far has the plot of Game of Thrones the show gone beyond SoIaF?

Up to this point, I've been a show-only person, who tries to avoid spoilers, especially big ones. I am considering reading a Song of Ice and Fire --- but I still want to be surprised by the show. Some of the I've read have said that as of now (S05E09) several of the major plotlines in the book have gone well beyond what's in the books, and others have matched their book endings. So can you tell me how many of the main characters still have a lot of stuff left in their book plots? (A fuller explanation below, possibly spoiler sensitive.) [more inside]
posted by maggiepolitt at 6:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Relationship Anxiety

I am dating someone in my social circle who I've know for around 8 months. We've been dating for the last 2 months. I think she's great...smart, funny, attractive. We get along well and there is lots of chemistry. I'm happy that I've been able to find someone. Being in a relationship has brought some of my insecurities to the surface. Specifically, there's a couple areas where I could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by QuietType at 6:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Porch columns with interior drainage?

I'll be redoing the porch at Casa RPM. Somewhere I saw pre-made column wraps that are designed with an interior drainage pipe that hooks up to the roof gutters, so that you don't need to have an external downspout running along side the column. Does anyone know where I could find something like that?
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 6:11 AM PST - 1 comment

Hotel in Chengdu

Looking for a nice hotel in Chengdu, China, within walking distance to Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. We need a place where the staff speak English or Korean. On Tripadvisor it seems like all the international hotels are downtown, are there any hidden gems closer to the University?
posted by molla at 4:30 AM PST - 4 comments

creative IT solution for computer illiterate federal employee

Is there a way to solicit responses to weekly queries in a way that would allow a tabulation of the responses without allowing anyone else to see another individual's answers? Difficulty level -- working for the federal government so have to do this within sharepoint and/or using excel spreadsheet. [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 3:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Best way to get to 53rd and 1st Ave from Newark at 7:30 friday?

Yay, weekend in New York! I'll be landing at Newark at 6:30, so it will be 7:30 or so by the time I'm out of customs. The friend I'm visiting suggests taking the Air Train to another train that will get me to New York Penn station, and take a cab from there. Would it be easier to take a cab the whole way? [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 3:49 AM PST - 16 comments

what plant is this?

What plant is this?
posted by tarvuz at 3:46 AM PST - 5 comments

How to stop visiting parents so frequently?

Both my parents and parents-in-laws are in the same city. The same city we're in. We feel overwhelmed with the once-a-week visits. How do we mitigate their expectations that we visit so frequently? A storm of culture-specific and special snowflake details follow. [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll at 3:33 AM PST - 31 comments

Clap your hands if you believe...

I'm looking for fictional media (novels, short stories, movies) that explore the idea of gods existing in response to human belief/desire. [more inside]
posted by jpziller at 3:03 AM PST - 21 comments

Best dye for the lady-stache?

I'm a Greek-American girl with a mustache, and for years I've been using Sally Hansen facial hair "creme bleach" but they've futzed with their formula one time too many and it just doesn't work for me anymore. What's the best alternative facial hair dye? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Father's Day Surprise - Grandparents-to-Be Edition

Anonymous as it's too early to officially announce - but I'm pregnant with a VERY wanted baby. Help me figure out a creative way to tell my parents over Father's day weekend! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 AM PST - 22 comments

Navigating the weird market of obtaining Medical Marijuana in CA?

I have back and other muscle spasms and occasional migraines and other stress-related issues that I am absolutely certain would be helped by use of medical marijuana. I would love to get a Medical Marijuana ID Card (MMIC) for use in my county (in California) and am looking for tips and reassurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 AM PST - 11 comments

June 9

Running out of options

Could I be forced to leave college due to my depression/current situation? I feel like I've hit the dead end. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a hobby for my retired parents

My parents have been together for almost 50 years, with their ups and downs. Because of their individual situations, I'm afraid they'll drift into an unhappy final period of their lives, and I'm trying to figure out something to prevent that. All the details below. [more inside]
posted by caudingo at 8:46 PM PST - 26 comments

Having the hard conversations with good friends

Several of my friends have gone through some hard life events lately (death, unemployment and more) and I want to know how to talk about it with them. [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 8:05 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I cope with losing a friendship that maybe was not good?

How and when to let go of a friend? And should I let go of a friend? [more inside]
posted by bananaskin at 7:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Family vacation in Costa Rica with older kids

Does anyone have any recommendations for great places to stay in Costa Rica for a family with older kids (teens/20s)? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat at 7:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Tell me about Ronkonkoma

I'm moving to Suffolk County, Long Island soon, and Ronkonkoma has been suggested as a good place to live given my household's daily commuting needs (me via car to Stony Brook, my partner via LIRR to Manhattan). But we know nothing about that town or that area, and looking at other sites for info (like city-data) hasn't given us much insight. Please, tell us what you know about living in Ronkonkoma. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 7:46 PM PST - 15 comments

What to do when a grown-up needs to grow up?

How does one become more mature, if they are currently very emotionally immature? [more inside]
posted by hejrat at 5:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me find a particular type of water bottle for cycling

I'm looking for a water bottle that will fit in the bottle cage of my bike. It must be dishwasher safe, BPA free plastic, and allow a high volume of water to be gulped without squeezing the bottle or sucking on a straw. [more inside]
posted by oxisos at 5:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I hack my Apple Watch into tracking sleep?

I used to own only a Fitbit Charge wristband. Now I own the Fitbit and an Apple Watch. But as the Apple Watch doesn't have an official sleep tracking function, currently I have to wear the Fitbit to bed to track sleep, and then use the Sync Solver apps to synchronise sleep data and fitness data between Fitbit and Apple. It's all a bit of a kludge. Is there a way to hack the Apple Watch into tracking my sleep patterns? [more inside]
posted by skylar at 5:22 PM PST - 3 comments

The best non-fiction I ever read. Help me find more.

I recently finished The Making of The Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes and it is probably the best non-fiction book I ever read. I picked it up based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews not because I have any particular interest in WWII or wars in general. [more inside]
posted by laptolain at 5:12 PM PST - 86 comments

What sort of bike would suit me?

I'm in the market for a new bike - help me narrow down my options! [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 5:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Too many non sequiturs - how to deal with communication prob in new rel?

My boyfriend is a great listener but often replies with non sequiturs or very general responses. Please help us solve this communication problem. [more inside]
posted by NeverGrowSoOldAgain at 4:42 PM PST - 25 comments

Tell me about jogging with a stroller (and a toddler!)

I used to run before I had a baby. Now I have a toddler, am out of shape, and am thinking of getting a jogging stroller to get back into it. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 4:33 PM PST - 12 comments

whoowhyy yEss, dahhhling...

Is there a name for this movie accent? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 3:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me get into Bulgarian folk music

I've been really enjoying this Bulgarian Field Recordings album (spotify) that was recorded at the Koprivshtitsa Festival in the mountains of Bulgaria, and I want to find more great stuff like it. Does anyone have any Bulgarian folk music recommendations? [more inside]
posted by dialetheia at 3:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Andy Griffith-filter, help me with this quote?

Why was his heart shaped in a bowl? Andy's I mean. From Season 4, Episode 5, Mr. Darling says to Andy, after the latter offers to have him over for dinner, "That haircut of yours may be city style but your heart was shaped in a bowl." [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 3:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Sending email campaigns from multiple email addresses?

I'm looking for a way to send out weekly newsletters on behalf of my clients. The content of each client's newsletter will be identical, but I'd like to make sure that each client's email address shows up as the "From" address for their campaign. [more inside]
posted by jacob at 2:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me stop snooping.

I need to stop snooping on my boyfriend because it's damaging our relationship. I'm having a really hard time stopping. Please help. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 2:40 PM PST - 27 comments

Why would somebody behave like this, and how should I have handled it?

Please help me process this incident of horrible male behavior, put it in perspective, and come up with some ways to respond if I am ever unfortunate enough to experience something like this again. The balanced, zen part of me says that jerks like this must be living pretty sad lives*, and are probably more miserable than they try to make other people, but right now, that zen part needs a little support. [more inside]
posted by rpfields at 2:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Where are my Linkedin updates?

LinkedIn offers users of its service three ways to post new information to individual accounts - share an update, upload a presentation or publish a post. I've shared many updates and when I click refresh, the post disappears while the post that was just below my post remains. I can scroll down hours and not see the update I shared seconds before. What happened to it?
posted by CollectiveMind at 2:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Amplifying Acoustic Instruments

After ten years in a punk rock band, I'm now in an acoustic group. I have questions on using amps vs. PA, micing instruments vs. after market pickups, and what good quality, low cost options there are for amplifying acoustic instruments. [more inside]
posted by InfidelZombie at 2:18 PM PST - 9 comments

What are great books to read to my 7 year old and 5 year old?

After reading the first two books in the Narnia series and realizing not everything from my childhood is going to hold up, I'd like to solicit recommendations. [more inside]
posted by imabanana at 1:10 PM PST - 51 comments

Why is my kid's room the warmest in the house & what can I do about it?

I live in a 130-year-old house modernized with air conditioning that works reasonably well keeping the house a decent temperature through the summer. However, my kid's room gets warmer than any other room in the house. [more inside]
posted by davebug at 12:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Poem or quote about heirlooms, family tradition or hand-me-downs?

I am looking for suggestions for a short, sentimental/heartwarming/heartfelt poem or quote about heirlooms, family tradition or hand-me-downs to include on a gift for my grandmother. This is a thank-you gift for letting me wear her wedding dress at my own wedding and a tribute to the family tradition of marriages on the same date. [more inside]
posted by IsItJustMe? at 12:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Sources to check number and kind of employees a corporation has

What are all the different things I could look at to check to see if a corporation is being honest about how many and what kinds of employees it has? [more inside]
posted by dios at 12:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Why can I see out of my eyeglasses better when I tilt my head back?

I have a new pair of glasses that I like just fine. Even though the prescription is a little stronger in one eye than that of my previous pair, I've noticed that I can actually see some things better if I tilt my head back and look through my glasses at a slight angle or through the bottom of the lens. What gives? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 12:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Brother in law is moving in and I feel like moving out

My soon to be brother in law will be moving in with my partner and me for 3 months, and for a number of reasons, I am feeling very anxious about this. Looking to hear from others that might have had to deal with living with (difficult) family members, and anything proactive that we could do beforehand to make this living situation bearable. [more inside]
posted by annie_oakley at 11:57 AM PST - 53 comments

What Bird Is This?

I've heard this bird ever since childhood, but have never been able to identify it. [more inside]
posted by Jangatroo at 11:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I solve this problem without duct tape?

I want one thing that will carry my keys, ID, and phone. I haven't yet found one that meets my requirements. [more inside]
posted by telophase at 11:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Please cry me only a small creek

Sleep training parents of Metafilter: if you did graduated extinction (aka "Ferberizing" / cry it out) with your baby, could you help us out with some advice about specific technical details? Reassuring stories and hugs are also very welcome. [more inside]
posted by TheLittlestRobot at 10:43 AM PST - 17 comments

How did we get public schools and universities?

There is no Constitutional guarantee of education. So is it mandated, organized and funded through each state? Some more generous than others? Their constitution? or legislature? How did this evolve? And how are basic, minimum standards guaranteed? Federal law? What a mess if every town could set their own standards. But isn't that actually happening with the 'creationist' movement?
posted by ebesan at 10:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Good USB headphone adapter - or other solution?

I have a computer with a headphone jack on the back. Is there a good way to plug in headphones from the front - USB or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:54 AM PST - 13 comments

UNK but not forgotten

We moved into our house five years ago. The previous owners had some bad money stuff going on. [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 9:51 AM PST - 8 comments

How big a problem is a (relatively) high home voltage?

I have recently bought a flat (yay!). I had an electrician in today to look at some broken appliances (the hob, fridge and bathroom fan), and while checking things out he noticed that the voltage of the power in the house was unusually high (248-250V), possibly because I'm close to the transformer, and he confirmed that this could shorten the life of electrical devices. He mentioned that you can now buy a gadget to add to your electrics to step down the voltage to a more normal level, like ~220V. Is it true that a high-ish voltage can cause problems, and does anyone have any experience of the voltage-fixer he mentioned? I'm in the UK.
posted by Urtylug at 9:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find a bag like this in leather...

I carry an Adidas shoulder bag — it is the type that is longer than it is wide. I don't like a bag that is wider than it is long. My bag is perfect and meets my needs, except it's too casual for some things. I am looking for a new bag with these specifications...but months of looking — both online and off — have been fruitless. [more inside]
posted by Lescha at 9:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Walking Commute

Due to circumstances outside of my control, I have a walking commute of an hour each way. How can I improve my comfort? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis at 8:54 AM PST - 42 comments

Help siblings resolve sibling-cat-fight?

We had our kitties groomed, now one cat hates the other. [more inside]
posted by philotes at 8:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Minimalist iOS calorie counter

There are one million calorie counters in the App Store, and I've tried all of them, and none of them rise above "arguably adequate." Assuming that I've already tested all the big players—I've literally downloaded every app on the first page of search results—is there a hidden gem out there with an uncluttered interface and a singular focus on just recording calories consumed? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 8:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Recommendation for best DSLR

Hi, I want to buy my first DSLR because apparently they take better quality pictures. But I would like one that meets the following conditions [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu at 8:33 AM PST - 23 comments

What can a friend do to get adequate pain meds for a short term injury?

A friend has a very painful foot injury and needs enough painkillers to sleep and work. The doctor will not provide any. This is interfering with employment, not to mention with getting better. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 8:33 AM PST - 26 comments

Birthday party ideas for seven-year-old...

Birthday party ideas for seven year old needed; constraints etc. within... [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 8:27 AM PST - 26 comments

My friend lost her baby. I'm pregnant. Should I go to the funeral?

A friend just lost her baby in the second trimester of pregnancy. She's invited me to the funeral. I want to go to support her. I cannot imagine the pain she's going through. But I'm 8 months pregnant and all is going fine. Would this be upsetting for her? [more inside]
posted by Pearl928 at 8:25 AM PST - 28 comments

Recommendations for commando fiction?

I would like to read some good (ok, decent) fiction about special forces operatives and operations (SEALS, Delta Force, made up badasses). I know nothing about this genre, although I assume it exists. My preference would be that it not be obvious that it's written by someone to the political right of the John Birch Society, but I don't know if that's possible.
posted by OmieWise at 7:00 AM PST - 36 comments

Piano books for a 10 year old

Looking for suggestions for songbooks my 10 year old might like for playing the piano. [more inside]
posted by TedW at 6:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Is the Hitachi Magic Wand right for my wife who has a frozen shoulder?

My partner has a frozen shoulder and cannot self-service. I’d like to help, but is this the right device? Obviously very NSFW details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Sharing your journal in therapy

About a month ago, I started therapy (for anxiety, possible depression, and relationship issues), and so far I've been frustrated with my inability to express myself to my therapist. Would it be OK to have her read my journal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:59 AM PST - 12 comments

I think my friend may have a sneaker fetish

...and if so, he's been trying to involve me in it without my consent. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:59 AM PST - 23 comments

Large rehearsal dinner venue in Toronto

We're looking for a rehearsal dinner in Toronto for up to 125 people. We'd like it to be transit-accessible. Our limit is $65/person for food and rental and we want a consumption bar. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 4:52 AM PST - 2 comments

What was the book about Israel a stranger was reading on the train?

Trying to remember a book a woman next to me was reading on the subway. It was contemporary nonfiction about Israeli politics and society. The title was something intriguing and maybe a little provocative; I'm pretty sure it contained the word "Israel". It was not specifically focused on the Israel-Palestine conflict. I think she may have described it as being about shifts in political or cultural identities in Israeli society. Sound familiar?
posted by serathen at 4:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Sweet burnt smell in house

We woke up to a strong burnt sugar or maple syrup smell permeating the house but not the garage, attic, basement, or outdoors. Tell us what to do.
posted by gray17 at 2:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Nice to meet you - but please back off...

How do you handle conversations with strangers (specific ones) without offending - snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Mnky197 at 12:21 AM PST - 36 comments

June 8

How do I find out if my iPhone 5s is unlocked? (Carrier won't tell me!)

I have an iPhone 5s and service through Virgin Mobile USA. I bought the phone outright and have a $35 per month plan. No contract. I pay them, they give me service. Except now I'm in Canada for 5 weeks and they don't have coverage here. So it seems like the most straightforward thing for me to do is swap out the SIM card for one I buy here. But that will only work if the phone is unlocked. So I email Virgin Mobile USA, give them all the relevant info and ask them, "Is my phone unlocked?" They reply, "Virgin Mobile USA does not support international roaming, which means that we do not provide service while you are located in another country. If you travel outside of our coverage area, your phone will not have service." This is, of course, already known to me and exactly why I need to know if my phone is unlocked. This is the only answer I can get from them. So I'm turning to The Green: how can I find out if my phone is unlocked if Virgin Mobile USA won't tell me?
posted by Wisco72 at 11:30 PM PST - 8 comments

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

I just found out I need to wear eyeglasses full-time and I need help selecting frames, purchasing advice, and moral support. There are difficulty modifiers. Very special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:50 PM PST - 26 comments

Home decor filter: Looking for a specific picture (perfect) frame

Help me find more of the perfect frames that I bought several years ago... [more inside]
posted by sucre at 9:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me pick a faster laptop!

I'm daunted by the variety of laptops out there--please help me pick a new one, based on some modest specs. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 8:47 PM PST - 14 comments

What song is playing on this annoying kid toy?

Toddler Mouse's great-grandparents gave him a toy that loudly plays music when a button is pressed. Can anyone make out the lyrics or identify the song? [more inside]
posted by mouse noises at 7:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Lexapro (Escitalopram) Dosage

I have weaned myself from a 10 mg dose of Lexapro (Escitalopram) to .6 mg over several months, and I am wondering if anyone knows if a .6 mg does has any effect. I am going through a rough patch in life right now, so I am afraid to wean any further or increase doseage. I reduced by approximately 10% every two weeks, but I am unclear as to whether I need to even take what I am taking now. I would appreciate your thoughts.
posted by Shylo at 7:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there a word for someone who owns nothing?

Is there a word in the English language that means a person who owns nothing? [more inside]
posted by honey-barbara at 7:03 PM PST - 27 comments

How to talk to my kids about my crappy parents?

My parents aren't a part of my life for different reasons and I've never been certain how to approach this with my kids. They've asked pointed questions a few times and I know I can't give vague or incomplete answers forever. [more inside]
posted by thelaze at 6:34 PM PST - 14 comments

1996 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3 V6 Transmission Problem

Transmission is not running right for the freeway. It will be OK then after stopping a few times, the ignition needs to be turned off and back on then it will be OK for a short time. Is this a mechanical problem with the transmission or can something else be causing this?
posted by millerizer at 6:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Advice on external monitor for macbook pro

I need advice on which monitors will work well for my older MacBook Pro. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 5:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Animated Feature Films by One Animator

So I know about Bill Plympton, Don Hertzfeldt, Nina Paley, and Phil Nibbelink, but are there any other people who have animated an entire feature length film all by themselves?
posted by Small Dollar at 4:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Why is "Portuguese chicken" only a Toronto thing?

I live in an area with a significant Portuguese population (Rhode Island - southeastern Massachusetts), and I am currently visiting Lisbon. However, I have never seen the type of roast chicken advertised as "Portuguese chicken" anywhere other than Toronto. Okay, the Portuguese restaurants in my home area will serve you chicken, but they're not especially known for it. Is it just me, or does there not even seem to be that much roast chicken in Lisbon? (Delicious cuisine overall, though - especially the seafood!) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction at 4:28 PM PST - 24 comments

Too Many Meetings are Getting in the Way of My Job

I work for a medium-sized (400 employees or so) nonprofit arts organization. Though there is an ostensible hierarchy, it is very much a "consensus culture" with a lot of different departments that work together on a daily basis. As a result, there are a lot of meetings. Like eight or nine hours a day of meetings for upper-level staff, including me. This means that it is crazy hard to do any work: answer e-mails and phone calls, write, edit, or "be creative." Has anyone had any luck controlling an out-of-control institutional desire for meetings? Any strategies that have worked? [more inside]
posted by fiery.hogue at 4:10 PM PST - 32 comments

How to survive a bad housemate pairing

My housemate is way too clingy for my liking, and I have to live with her for another 6 weeks. How do I survive without being miserable at home, while also making her feel welcome and comfortable? (Wall of venting within) [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet at 3:44 PM PST - 18 comments

What to do with a very old handgun?

Found a very old, crusted (possible) handgun with my metal detector. What should I do now in terms of cleaning it up / restoring it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 PM PST - 6 comments

New Mexico garden design

I'm looking for a gardening book with advice for a very low-maintenance natural yard in New Mexico for a non-gardener. [more inside]
posted by sepviva at 3:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Tea for Two

I need your best sparkle magic tea party music! If unicorns had a posh tea party while playing croquet and chatting about the best brand of horn glitter, this is what they would be listening to! [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 3:28 PM PST - 26 comments

Tiny bugs crawling out of my Macbook

In the last two days I've noticed about a dozen tiny, almost microscopic bugs crawling around, into and out of my Macbook Air keys. I'm freaking out, not only because I'm worried they're going to destroy the laptop but because this could potentially be a bigger problem in the house. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 3:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Partial refund for airline seats not together?

Purchased 2 first class tickets from Dallas to London for 4 year old and mom. Airline could not sit them together (asked, other passengers declined to move), resulting in 10 hours with toddler-on-lap situation. Is it reasonable for the airline to compensate? If so, how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark at 3:13 PM PST - 42 comments

Meditation resources that are neutral on religion

Partner and I are interested in meditation and mindfulness. I am a Christian and partner is an atheist. There are a lot of resources on atheist meditation and a lot on Christian meditation. I am put off by the anti-religious content of the former, and partner is put off by the religious aspects of the latter. Can you suggest any books/podcasts/websites/etc. that are neutral on religion, and are just about how to meditate? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 2:52 PM PST - 15 comments

A screen door for a door that swings out...

My backyard main house door swings outward. It's a solid single steel door, no windows. I liked to install a temporary screen door during the summer that doesn't get in the way of the door closing / locking. Any ideas?
posted by bleucube at 2:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Outdoor party venues in Portland, OR?

My partner and I are beginning to plan a 10th anniversary party for next summer, ideally in or very near our home in Portland, and I'd love some venue suggestions. [more inside]
posted by linettasky at 2:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Theosophy/like groups in Auckland NZ?

I've been interested in Theosophy and similar philosophies for a long time and have on several occasions considered joining up here in Auckland, New Zealand. However, I'm not entirely sure whether their activities will be of overall interest to me. [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 2:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Self-defense training for small woman

What would be the best self-defense training for 40-something, small woman in moderately good shape? [more inside]
posted by flesti at 1:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Where should I stay in Brazil?

I have a free week tacked on to the end of a work trip in Brazil and I'm looking to spend it in one place. Difficulty level: Grad Student. [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision at 12:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a very simple papercraft robot template

Looking for a papercraft robot template that's so simple, anyone can build it. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 12:39 PM PST - 6 comments

When the picture is worth a thousand curds

How do restaurant reviews get pictures of the meal/establishment being reviewed? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband at 12:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for code snippets in all my source places

How do I compile a compelling code portfolio? What kind of selection criteria do I use, or can you recommend resources for developing it? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness at 12:02 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I bend some metal?

I have a couple of plant box holders to hang from the porch rail on my second floor apartment. They were advertised as having mounts adjustable to railings up to 6" in width. My porch rail is 5", but there's a small bumper on the bottom of the plant box holder that juts out and reduces the mounts' maximum width to 4.5" or so (image from another disappointed buyer). How do I bend the bumper so it can accommodate my porch? [more inside]
posted by mlo at 12:00 PM PST - 13 comments

There's not an app for that

I wanted an app, thought there would be a bunch of options, I can't find any. Educate me on the realities of getting an app built. I'm not a total tech noob but I am not a programmer. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper at 11:50 AM PST - 8 comments

If SanFran slides into the Pacific, which apps will stop functioning?

With several major (many users) social media service providers being headquartered in, or near to, San Francisco in California, what would be the effect on these services of a catastrophe e.g. earthquake, tsunami, Godzilla etc laying waste to the city? Would these services still be able to function without a HQ, senior personnel and owners, and with all of the disruption caused by such a catastrophe to their HQ host city? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments

How to be outdoorsy?

I have a great appreciation for the wonders of natural systems, ecology, and landscapes - but have very little experience physically in nature. I identify as an indoorsy urbanite, but want to become more comfortable outdoors, and to value the mental and physical benefits of an active lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by nathaole at 11:26 AM PST - 16 comments

Is a hard copy design portfolio always better than a digital one?

Even when the job posting says "Please send applications to [email]", with no address listed? [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80 at 11:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Please recommend a kid's coding curriculum

My quite bright 9-year-old son has repeatedly expressed great enthusiasm and curiosity about learning to code. I would be delighted to help him, but I'd appreciate a little advice about how to go about that. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 11:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing systems

My organization is going to begin conducting larger telephone surveys than we have in the past, and needs CATI software to facilitate this. We need something that will track contact attempts, outcomes, etc. as well as allow the interviewer to read items and enter responses. Google tells me there are a lot of options out there, but I can't find anything that compares them by price, features, user satisfactions, etc. Have any of you used a system you particularly like (or one you hated)? Are there specific features you think I should be filtering on? [more inside]
posted by metasarah at 10:57 AM PST - 0 comments

Daily review journal questions

I keep track of some basic 'quantified self' info by hand, and I'd like to add one or more prompts to help me both track and improve my wellbeing. Gratitude journal prompts are one (maybe not perfect) example - what else could I look at? [more inside]
posted by lokta at 10:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Why won't you go to sleep? Question #46233: almost 4 year old version

Our big little man is a few months south of four, he's home with Mom for the summer, and he Will. Not. Nap. He won't even rest. Bed times at the end of the day aren't bad, but for some reason naps are for suckers, and he's no sucker, except without a nap he turns into a tiny terror. How do you deal with your little pistols? Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:42 AM PST - 34 comments

What explanations do traffic court judges look most favorably on?

Whenever someone appears in traffic court, my understanding is they typically have an opportunity to explain themselves (e.g. "so just why were you going 15 over the speed limit?"). What kind of explanations do traffic court judges look most favorably on? [more inside]
posted by Questolicious at 9:37 AM PST - 16 comments

And then the kangaroo said, "did you bring the vitamins?"

Years ago my college roommate took a statistics course. In the textbook was a small, confounding cartoon that appeared to make no sense but was hilarious in its absurdity. I would like to know about that cartoon. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 9:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Is it a lifelong solution?

A good friend of mine is participating in methadone replacement theory to deal with opiate pill addiction. She tells me that she can't ever see herself attending an inpatient rehab to get off both opiates and methadone, as it would require her to take significant time away from her job and her child, and she would always worry about relapsing. Instead, she plans to continue with MRT for the rest of her life. Is this a healthy and realistic plan? Can someone stay on methadone for the next fifty years of her life? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Barris at 9:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Could a wrist brace be keeping me up all night?

Could wearing a snug wrist brace cause my body temperature to lower and keep me up all night? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 8:58 AM PST - 3 comments

What is my responsibility to this cat?

A couple of years ago a family leaving its lease in a house in my neighborhood abandoned its young cat. My next-door neighbor began feeding it, but would not let it inside because she already had a cat. Now she has lost her lease, and I have begun feeding it; my porch seems to have become its home base. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle at 8:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Apple Image Licensing...what to expect?

Apple recently contacted me to license one or more of my images. What can/should I expect from this transaction? Have you had an image licensed by Apple, and if so, what was your experience like? This is for a studio photo and not an "I took this with my iPhone" image. [more inside]
posted by New Old User at 8:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Stinky Cheese Time

Mr. Otter_Handler and I went to France in April and among many other delights managed to procure a small wheel of Livarot cheese, which was vacuum sealed by the fromageur when we bought it and refrigerated until our departure, then refrigerated once we got home. Mr. Otter_Handler opened it in late April, when in an effort to contain the aroma (yes, it does smell a bit like rotting cabbage) it was moved to a small dorm fridge in Mr Otter_Handler's study. It's June now and I can smell this cheese without opening the fridge. Is this cheese still good or can we say "au revoir" to this souvenir of Normandy?
posted by Otter_Handler at 8:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Oh no, we're stuck in SLC again!

How to get a car and keep going? [more inside]
posted by goodsearch at 8:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I break my Öresundståg journey on a single ticket?

I'm travelling from Helsingborg to Copenhagen. I want to stop for lunch at Malmö. Can I just get off and back on again later with one ticket, or do I need two tickets? I can't get a straight answer from Öresundståg.se, even by email.
posted by tzb at 8:03 AM PST - 4 comments

I don't want to be a taker.

What can I do to be a good partner/friend/person while dealing with my own moderate depression? [more inside]
posted by quadrant seasons at 7:15 AM PST - 15 comments

Selling my bike - how and how much?

I'm entering the era of modern bicycles and want to sell my "vintage" road bike. I'm unsure how to price it, and where to try selling it. [more inside]
posted by slogger at 7:03 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I talk with a boss about a mistake I made two years ago?

At my job, I'm currently up for a position that will have significantly more responsibility. One of my bosses is completely on board, while the other is still mad at me for a mistake I made two years ago. She wants to hash out our "unfinished business." [more inside]
posted by socktothepuppet at 7:02 AM PST - 12 comments

It goes like "dun dun dun"

There's a specific guitar-ish sound in a bunch of non-American rock music from the 80s and 90s that I really love. It sounds like the guitar in this video - I don't think it's the melody or riff itself, but more the overall sound/feel of the guitar. Does this have a name, and/or can you point me to other examples? More clips inside! [more inside]
posted by Itaxpica at 6:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Considering move to Ft. Worth, TX

While DC has been a lovely place to live, we're interested in something quieter and closer to the family and friends back in TX. [more inside]
posted by Thistledown at 5:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Hope me a life, willya?

I work from home and love love love what I do. Here's the thing, though. It's all I do. Like, if you took it away from me, I'd be sitting around staring out the window. [more inside]
posted by Mysticalchick at 4:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Next stop...

10 years in mid-level public health/public policy research. What's next? What's possible based on my current set of skills? Computer programming or software? Another industry? "Consulting?" Something crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Hunting for the Perfect Pillow

The past couple of weekends my husband and I have been bed shopping. While doing this I came across the perfect pillow - however the shop told me it isn't made anymore. I was wondering if there was stock left anywhere else in the world. [more inside]
posted by poxandplague at 12:08 AM PST - 2 comments

June 7

Uhg, dispute with a landlord. What are our odds?

Our landlords are charging us for repainting a room in our rental property, citing that the color wasn't neutral enough. However there was never any stipulation that the color needed to be neutral. We are considering taking them to small claims court for the charge. Should we even bother? And if yes, what are our odds be at succeeding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:28 PM PST - 40 comments

Fun Ideas for Visiting Kansas City with Kids for a Baseball Game

I'm roadtripping from Minneapolis to KC over the 4th of July with my brother-in-law and our 3 kids (9 and 10 year old, high energy boys). We're staying with my uncle in Liberty. I'm looking for fun things to do in KC and on the drive up/down I35. Our primary goals are spending time with family and hitting a Twins/Royals game. Tentative itinerary and specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by agog at 8:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Chasing Two Rabbits: weight lifting and a six minute mile

Can anyone recommend a routine that will allow me to continue weight lifting while simultaneously working toward a six minute mile? [more inside]
posted by mannermode at 8:37 PM PST - 5 comments

What is this tool? Saw / Machete attached to plate

Can you id this odd saw/machete that comes mounted flush with an aluminum plate? Photos here. [more inside]
posted by ssg at 8:33 PM PST - 10 comments

What kind of tree is this?

Need help identifying a tree from Utah. [more inside]
posted by _DB_ at 8:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Name my radio show!

OK, we have a low-power community radio station starting up, and even though doing radio was never on my bucket list, it's such an exciting project (and group of people) that I've decided to get a show while there are still open slots in the schedule. The only problem is that I can't settle on a good name, and it's really important to me that I have one that works. [more inside]
posted by dhartung at 6:41 PM PST - 28 comments

cat carrier eenie meenie miney mo

My partner and I are flying from the west coast to the east coast at the end of July with our 15lb cat, Buddy. Which carrier should I choose? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 at 5:51 PM PST - 14 comments

What is this ring we found?

We found this ring in Daytona Beach and are wondering if anyone recognizes the crest?
posted by Lucubrator at 5:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there some kind of open-source IMDB style software?

I'm looking for software that will allow you to create a website where you can search something by author and work title. A wiki seems a little ungainly. I'd like to find something a little more streamlined. IMDB is a good model. Can anyone help me with this?
posted by Alex Goldman at 5:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I go on a second date with a guy I'm not physically attracted to?

I just went on a first date with a guy I met online. He's funny, sweet, and nice. He paid for my drink and did not make me feel uncomfortable at all. We talked for about 2 hours and we seemed to have some common interests. I could sense that he's into me because at the end of the date, he asked me if he could see me again soon. I told him I'd have to see when I can because I have a busy week ahead. [more inside]
posted by missybitsy at 5:05 PM PST - 27 comments

Embedding Facebook & Tweets into Tumblr

When I try to embed a Facebook post or a tweet (with a picture) the embed works, but! It sits under the previous post - as if tumblr doesn't know there's an image there. Here is a (not especially clear) picture of what it looks like. Is there a way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by malpractice at 4:14 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I safely dispose of a can of Danish Oil?

I have an almost-full pint of Danish oil with a cap that is damaged in such a way that the can cannot be entirely sealed. How do I get rid of the entire thing without burning down my house or starting a fire in the outdoor trash area? [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 at 4:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Salary negotiation: what should I ask for?

I'm hopefully about to get a job offer from a Big Tech Company in Silicon Valley. I currently live in the Midwest, where the cost of living is very very low. Can you help me figure out what salary range I should aim for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Taking shortcut when locked out - is this trespassing?

I live in a house that's broken up into two units, with a shared basement where everybody does laundry. I went down to do the laundry this afternoon and found that I was locked out of my portion of the unit (normally the door to the basement is unlocked). The oven was also on because I was cooking. I had no phone and no keys, so I went outside and banged on the door and shouted 'HELP!' Nobody was home to answer, for either unit. I went back into the basement and it turned out that the people downstairs still had their door unlocked. I walked through the downstairs unit to get back into the common entrance to get back into my unit. Is this trespassing if it was an emergency? As I said before, the oven was on, and there was no telling when people would get home and I didn't want a fire to start and put everybody at risk. Otherwise I would've just waited or tried to find another neighbour so I could get in touch with the landlord or a housemate. Nobody knows this happened, but I'm not sure whether I should mention it or not.
posted by anonymous at 3:55 PM PST - 23 comments

Straddling the Java Runtime Environment line on OSX 10.10 Yosemite

I run OSX 10.10 (Yosemite). I have some programs that need the current Java runtime environment; I have some programs that need a legacy JRE (6). I need to use both of them. Is there a solution (virtual machine?) that lets me do that? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 3:44 PM PST - 7 comments

What are you favorite baby apps?

It's been almost exactly five years since this question was last asked. What are you favorite apps for tracking feedings, diaper changes, sleeping habits, and your baby's health?
posted by kidsleepy at 3:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there a service for an informal shared bank account?

The ladybro and I share a lot of expenses. Generally, we split everything down the middle, but that's the result of an end-of-the-month manual accounting that's a real pain in the butt. We decided to simplify and start a small join bank account, but nearly every brick 'n mortar bank has conditions that end in big fees. Is there a simple banking service I don't know about? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 3:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Winter is coming.

What do I need to know about moving to the US North? [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker at 1:28 PM PST - 37 comments

Deciding UX Design Deliverables to use

UX Designers - How do you decide the types of deliverables that are necessary on the projects you work on? [more inside]
posted by gregjunior at 12:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Good home owner repair web forums?

Hi, I'm looking for suggestions on good home owner repair forums (DIY or contractor). Just need to ask some general questions such as: [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 12:04 PM PST - 5 comments

How to Force a Doctor to Fix a Billing Mistake

Two months ago I went to a new doctor for my yearly physical at the recommendation of a friend. I've talked with my insurance provider before and they said that an annual physical is covered and should cost me approximately nothing. So I was surprised when I later got a bill for several hundred dollars. The root of the problem seems to be that the doctor classified everything as diagnostic rather than preventative. My insurance has said they can't do anything unless he contacts them and changes the classification. I have called and emailed the doctor's office multiple times to clear up the issue, but they have done nothing and I am still getting bill reminders for several hundred dollars. What additional action can I take, legal or otherwise, to force this doctor to fix his mistake?
posted by C'est la D.C. at 12:03 PM PST - 10 comments

How to avoid traumatic encounter at wedding?

The sister of my boyfriend of 10 years! (yes i know...) is getting married and her close friend is likely to attend. This close friend and my boyfriend dated briefly before we met, so over 10 years ago - everyone was very young. About 5 years ago my boyfriend slept with her one night and I found out about this 2 years ago and was extremely hurt. I have thought a lot about it and I feel like i don't want to put myself through encountering her at the wedding. More details inside - apologies for the length. [more inside]
posted by whatdoyouthink? at 12:00 PM PST - 47 comments

My first house!

Y'all's advice on how I could pimp my cover letter actually did get me a ton of interviews and a new job-- hooray, and thank you! So now I'm moving, and I want to buy a house. What do I look for? [more inside]
posted by schooley at 11:22 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I avoid self-sabotage at work?

I am having a lot of emotions at work right now as a result of a change in my responsibilities and my boss. Intellectually I know that absolutely none of it is personal and that there is a lot of potential for me in my company and department. My feelings do not agree and are keeping me up at night, making up doomsday scenarios and generally giving me major anxiety. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by Sockowocky at 10:49 AM PST - 5 comments

I am in a prison of my cat's making.

I have an absolutely wonderful cat, Banana. I've had cats all my life and he's my favorite by a wide margin. He is beloved by both me and my husband. He is also ruining our lives. [more inside]
posted by something something at 10:32 AM PST - 39 comments

Lymph node is driving me insane.

I have an enlarged lymph node in my neck and I can't decide if I should be worried or not. YANMD. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace at 10:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find data?

Where can I just find spreadsheets of interesting data? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 9:32 AM PST - 15 comments

80's sax solo

I've got a riff from a saxophone solo stuck in my head and I can't remember what song it's from. I think it's from a Phil Collins or Genesis or similar track from the 80's. The riff sort of goes "doo dooo do do do, do doo do do, do DO do do dah da dum dah da". The general ambiance is sort of nighttime sultry. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by prunes at 9:09 AM PST - 13 comments

smart phone without the phone?

techdummy here. What do people get when they want an iphone or other smart phone but don't need the phone? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 7:16 AM PST - 27 comments

Can you identify this educational 1980's computer game?

When I was a child, in the mid 80's our school had this game on the BBC micro. It was a mainly text based game about being a space explorer. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 7:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Hope for the hopeless

I'm in the worst rut of my life and I am hoping it will help to put some of the gory details out there and ask for advice/encouragement/anecdata from impartial and hopefully wise strangers. I know there must be some way to fix my problems, but at this point it's a matter of finding that way and believing it is possible. [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 at 6:36 AM PST - 25 comments

The cat and the bedroom door

What is the best way to to keep a cat from scratching at the bedroom door at night? [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard at 4:13 AM PST - 24 comments

June 6

What's up with all these strange LinkedIn invitations?

I've used LinkedIn semi-regularly for 2-3 years. Every other month or so I get an invitation from a complete stranger, in a completely unrelated field, no common contacts, and always from a foreign country I've never visited. Is this some kind of data mining scam? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE at 11:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Cool history podcasts (and other podcasts) for a 8 year old boy

My 8 year old son LOVES history. He also loves audiobooks and podcasts as he can listen whilst doing his other great love - Lego! Can anybody recommend good history podcasts aimed specifically at primary school aged children? I would also appreciate details of any other good age appropriate podcasts that you think he would enjoy. Thanks!
posted by ozem at 11:15 PM PST - 11 comments

tired of this chip on my educational pedigree

There will always be somebody better than I am at everything. I'm fine with that. But there's something about seeing someone from the same cohort as I am (similar childhood circumstances, same demographic, largely same interests and pursuits, etc.) going on to slightly out-achieve me by some measure-- namely, educational pedigree. Please help me get over this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:54 PM PST - 18 comments

LeSportSac, but stylish?

Can you please point me to some day bags that have the characteristics of LeSportSac bags (which I will outline) but are a bit nicer looking? Kipling and Lug are both out, as well. [more inside]
posted by paperback version at 9:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Making the most of business travel

It looks like I'm going to be moved onto a work project that will involve some significant travel, something like one week a month. I know that the real road warriors in the audience will scoff at that amount, but this will be the first time I've traveled consistently enough that it seems worth it to figure out the details of the various rewards programs and make them work for me. So tell, me what are the best deals out there? Credit card rewards? Mileage programs? Hotel chain loyalty programs? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by firechicago at 7:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Should we break up or try to make this work?

My boyfriend and I are having trouble deciding whether to work on things or split up. We don't have any huge problems with our relationship...except one. His career demands that he spend a significant amount of time far away from where I live. We are having a hard time determining if this is worth working on or if we should both try to move on despite being deeply in love. [more inside]
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em at 7:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Illegal eviction in NYC?

Hi all! I live in a 10-person "communal" house in NYC, and about 5-6 of my roommates are on the lease. I have lived here for 5 months. The lease is being renewed in July and my roommate have let me know that they have renewed the lease as a 9-person house and that they want me to move out in July. They are a communal house and I am kind of the extra person that they hoped would buy into their community model, but I am technically just renting a room. I think my room is illegal because it has no window, but previously the landlord wanted it filled. Is there anything I can do to keep my room? Is it legal for them to oust me due to not filling their expectations?
posted by Kombucha3452 at 7:17 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I negotiate asking for this raise?

I recently completed a certification course (on my own initiative, with my own money) that benefits me at work. I'd planned to ask for a raise once I was done, but I suspect they are getting ready to offer to reimburse me for the course. If that happens, how do I tactfully ask for a raise instead? More details below. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown at 6:15 PM PST - 5 comments

CD stereo system recs?

I listen to most of my music on CD, and want to replace the cheapo Philips stereo and speakers from my student days with a better quality system. Recommendations for receiver and speakers please? Total budget around $500. [more inside]
posted by zeri at 6:08 PM PST - 7 comments

San Francisco filter: Lounge/restaurant to watch Warriors game tomorrow?

I'm looking for a cocktail lounge / gastropub-type place that's open tomorrow in San Francisco and showing the Warriors game. Difficulty level: I'm not into the sports-bar vibe... [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 5:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I still take you up on that offer? From friends to FWB...

A friend and I once discussed an exclusive FWB arrangement, which I declined since I was only looking for a serious relationship at the time. Two years later, my situation has changed and I'd like to test the waters. Should I bring up the subject again? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:03 PM PST - 15 comments

I want to learn more about geography

I've never taken a geography course but wish I had. My spouse feels the same. What resources can you recommend for us? Open to online courses, The Great Courses DVDs, films, books, anything really. I'm familiar with Sporcle but that doesn't really teach. Already have maps (including a world map shower curtain) and globes around the house.
posted by Morrigan at 4:23 PM PST - 13 comments

What kind of ledger is this?

Like, the technical name. Payment stub record book? Accounts payable tome? Cash losing journal? Expensanomicon? [more inside]
posted by sarling at 4:04 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I deal with a supervisor who is an energy vampire?

I am working an additional week at my contract job...but will be supervised by someone with questionable self-awareness and wonky boundaries. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 21 comments

Small San Francisco Restaurants for Buyout

We are planning a wedding! One thought I have is to buyout a small restaurant for the reception or even ceremony+reception. Do you know any restaurants that are small-ish (and thus may be semi-affordable for buyout) with excellent food & drink, nice decor and hopefully a nice outdoor space in the back? We are thinking we will likely have something like 60 guests and probably not a full band -- maybe some type of strings grouping. Fairly neighborhood and cuisine agnostic, and would also be open to Marin. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai at 3:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Advice for sudden eye issue

My eyes have always been a problem. I had a partial retinal tear 20 years ago. I have tons of floaters. I am extremely nearsighted. I have "dry holes" in the back of my eyes from histoplasmosis. All of these things have been stable forever. Today, something new happened. It's in one eye only. It's like there's a black worm with a long tail dancing across my eye. It seems to be fixed in the center of my eye and it's swimming back and forth from that fixed place. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 1:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Is this bike worth fixing?

Someone was taking this bike to the dump, but it looked like it had a nice frame still. It also looked a bit older, maybe something vintage. It needs a new front tire and a new cable and seat. Is this worth fixing? I don't know anything about the brand so I don't know what they go for new, and couldn't find one like it. All I know about it are the words "Alpine c/moly 3t". Thanks in advance. Here's the bike.
posted by DriftingLotus at 1:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Hiking a 14er in Colorado

Next weekend, my friends and I are going out for a kind of bachelor party. One of the activities we'd like to do is summit a 14er. We'll be staying in Breckenridge, so not far from Mt. Bross, Lincoln, etc. [more inside]
posted by arm426 at 12:55 PM PST - 23 comments

If the shitteth hitteth the fan... I would like x, y and z?

Inspired by reading this post today, I would like to get my affairs in order so that folks know what to do in the event of my death or severe disability. See below the fold for my question in two parts.... [more inside]
posted by susiswimmer at 12:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Pay $100 more for a UK car rental with an automatic transmission?

I'm renting a car in England this summer and I'm a little anxious about driving on the opposite side. Added to my concern is left-hand shifting. I don't know if left-hand shifting is difficult to master... especially in an airport carpark. Should I pay the extra $100 to get an automatic or am I worrying too much?
posted by Bushmiller at 11:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Online storage to dump files

I have a mass of errata and cruft, plus the usual family pictures, etc. I haven't taken the time to see how large the data set is. What's the easiest online/cloud host to dump all of this in one place ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user at 10:36 AM PST - 9 comments

my boss is kind of mean

My boss has been very short with me lately, and now it's bordering upon hostile. I can't think of anything that should have provoked this. How do I handle it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:08 AM PST - 19 comments

MLB.tv blackout workarounds?

(Asking for a friend): I am a Chicago Cubs fan living in NC, which means that I don't fall within the blackout restrictions put in place by mlb.tv. The league blacks out games that fall in the "home area" of a team; for NC, those are Atlanta, Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Washington. ATL and CIN are not a problem, because those games are shown on local cable; however, the other 2 are not. Anyone know of a way around this? I have Preferred TV cable package w/Time Warner (only choice in my area). Would rather not have cable at all. Thanks.
posted by guster4lovers