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September 24

Is there anyone here who lives in the Salt Lake City area that is experienced with Affinity Designer 1.8? I'm hitting the wall and the help files aren't helpful. I'm not trying to do anything fancy, just import and delete brushes, templates and assets.
posted by ydaltak at 3:19 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm moving to Canada from the US. My phone plan (Red Pocket) doesn't work in Canada. I'll get a Canadian plan and phone number, but I also want to keep my US number for receiving calls and texts in Canada. How to do this? I seem to have already packed most of my working brain cells, so I don't understand what the internet is telling me and need MeFi to walk me through the process.
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark at 12:16 PM PST - 8 comments

I’ve lost my home broadband temporarily and have to use only what I can get on my cell phone, which can be variable depending on conditions. Need some help figuring out how to make best use of what data capacity that I have.
posted by mccxxiii at 10:48 AM PST - 8 comments

YANMD. I think both my daughter and I experience simple partial seizures. If not, what do you think they may be? In any case, what steps might you take to reduce our "episodes"? More below the fold.
posted by turtlefu at 10:41 AM PST - 15 comments

What is the best way to handle cold sales emails and LinkedIn requests?
posted by amycup at 9:05 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm a man who participates in maybe what I'll call "extracurricular activities": going to museums, concerts(when they did them), picnicking in parks, doing zoom classes, book readings, volunteering with organizations, even online political activism. When I do these, nearly always are majority or nearly all women who are participating. Is this confirmation bias, something because I live in NYC, or actually a thing? If it is a thing, what are men doing? Are there any studies or articles that discuss this or talk about this?
posted by sandmanwv at 8:04 AM PST - 36 comments

September 23

I had a tumultuous relationship for several years with someone who was emotionally and verbally abusive, and in which I was dishonest and cheated. It’s over and I’m glad, but I still can’t stop thinking about it.
posted by switcheroo at 11:50 PM PST - 16 comments

I heard a speaker say that when Ted Bundy was asked how he could kill another human, he replied "there are so many people . . . what does it matter?" Can you help me find this quote, or find who actually said it?
posted by mecran01 at 9:27 AM PST - 3 comments

There is a regional Korean-American chain, H-Mart, with beautiful pre-cut meat which looks just like the meat they bring out at Korean BBQ. What should I do with it? I do have access to a gas grill. What marinade should I make? Can I do it on the stove-top? What should I serve with it? They have a bunch of the salads/sides I can get. I look at the meat all the time and really want to make something fun for a party.
posted by shothotbot at 8:46 AM PST - 14 comments

September 22

I've got a couple of favorites in Santa Rosa - would like to branch out and find a few more really good ones - please tell me which are, in your opinion, the absolute best in the three North Bay counties named above and why. Bodacious level of detail greatly appreciated. I am interested in clothing primarily.
posted by flowergrrrl at 9:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Lately I've been having more frequent thoughts about luck, particularly of the bad sort, and feeling like it's been following me around. I know this is not a productive way of thinking. I would like to figure out why it's taken root so deeply in my psyche, and how I can stop seeing everything negative that happens to me through this lens of poor fortune.
posted by keep it under cover at 9:28 PM PST - 12 comments

We like the process of puzzling through a mystery and getting to a solution through brainwork and teamwork. Problem is most TV shows of this format focus exclusively on murder, which we don’t find good fodder for entertainment. Also the cops tend to be lionized, which we also don’t much care for.
posted by rikschell at 8:59 PM PST - 44 comments

Of course I didn't d/l it and soon after McAfee deleted it.
posted by Rumi'sLeftSock at 7:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Roughly how safe is a 15 min journey for one person in a UK black cab, assuming driver screen, that they sanitise between customers, masks worn and contactless payment?
posted by Flitcraft at 6:23 PM PST - 7 comments

I read this book some years ago about what might have been the first "lost colony" established in the North American region by English explorers, somewhere in the Arctic or Northern Canada. For years, I've been searching for it, but I cannot find it.
posted by kitten kaboodle at 4:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Hi everyone; I used to receive email notifications when a video was released on youtube,the ones I subscribe to. All of a sudden,I don't get those emails any more. Does anybody know why? Is this a new youtube policy? Thanks :-)
posted by LOOKING at 2:12 PM PST - 6 comments

My SMS messages are disappearing on Google Hangouts. Help.
posted by nayantara at 1:57 PM PST - 4 comments

My wife and I have an adorable 4 month old and want to dress our little family up in a group costume but we’re coming up blank. I’m chubby and femme, my wife is pretty androgynous and would definitely dye her short hair any rainbow colour for the right costume; our baby is a generic cute baby.
posted by Sweetchrysanthemum at 9:47 AM PST - 29 comments

Sadly I live in an area without Thai restaurants nearby, so I've been trying to make my favorite dish at home. It hasn't worked yet.
posted by Dashy at 8:29 AM PST - 8 comments

In the mood for some short spec fic collections by women. I’d love to hear your recommendations.
posted by xenization at 8:23 AM PST - 18 comments

I wear slippers basically all the time now, and my slippers, while very comfy, are lined with synthetic fabric, so they make my feet sweat, and then my feet are colder than if I wasn't wearing slippers and also gross and smelly. What would be better slippers for me to buy?
posted by jacquilynne at 8:15 AM PST - 24 comments

My fancy new Cuckoo rice cooker has a prop 65 warning on the box for DEHP. My other buying option was a Zojirushi cooker, so my question is if anyone has bought a Zojirushi lately and noticed a prop 65 warning. If all current rice cookers carry the warning (and since the operating temps aren’t that high) I'll likely keep it. I'm not asking about the warning itself because I think it would just generate chatter.
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:22 AM PST - 10 comments

I know very little about contemporary Africa and looking for books to plug that gap. Specific detail requests below the fold.
posted by Megami at 12:34 AM PST - 13 comments

September 21

Painters, help! I want to paint a large (koi fish) over a background (stars, galaxies). I know how to paint each thing separately, but I am just getting back into painting after a long hiatus and need some tips on executing it properly.
posted by chatelaine at 3:34 PM PST - 5 comments

We are considering have a child at age 39 or 40. What are the risks to the mother and child of having a baby at at this age? I'm looking for stats on complexity of the pregnancy and birth defects, or the increased risk of things like autism and down's syndrome. We've had two healthy children, if that matters.
posted by david1230 at 1:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Ok, long shot here but the specs are:
posted by Twinge at 1:37 PM PST - 4 comments

I have pretty sensitive skin that doesn't handle scented soaps well, but apparently can handle scents applied in the dryer, or maybe some other way I'm not aware of. I was using essential oils on wool dryer balls, but read that's a fire hazard. What can I do instead to make my laundry smell nice?
posted by rachaelfaith at 10:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Another edition of What Was This Book I Read: a story of early European settlement of the midwestern United States, possibly/probably in Indiana. The few details that I remember include:
posted by spamloaf at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Recently (~ within the last month or two) I saw a recipe I wanted to try that involved marinating halved(? I think?) cherry tomatoes with olive oil, fresh basil leaves, and probably garlic, before serving over vermicelli. It seems like the instructions were to marinate for 2-4 hours, because I remember thinking I'd need to do that early enough to have it ready for supper. Somehow I managed not to save the recipe, and my browser history isn't showing me what I'm looking for.
posted by taz at 10:10 AM PST - 2 comments

I've had a green card since 2013. In 2015 I left the US for 6 months, returning Dec 1st - so I'll have been in the US continually for 5 years this Dec. I'd like apply for citizenship, and file early, because the application cost is almost doubling on Oct 2nd, but I can't find a field in the N400 form which allows me to specify my file date as Dec 1st 2020. How do I say, "I'm filing now, but I'm not eligible until Dec 1st" - or am I missing something?
posted by my log does not judge at 8:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Recent household disruptions have revealed that our kitty Mayhem dislikes sharing a litter box and was/is taking out her feelings on any available bedding, clean clothes and the now-removed forty-year old carpet. Please help us resolve this. The complicating factor is that we spent 10 years with a different cat who had litter box issues which we were never able to successfully resolve. As much as we love Mayhem, we just cannot do another 10-20 years of ruined carpet, floors and bedding.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 5:15 AM PST - 10 comments

I've been using this wooden spoon to stir coffee in my french press. After years of service, it split and broke. While I have glued it back together I would like to find a replacement.
posted by jazon at 4:29 AM PST - 8 comments

September 20

Difficulty rating: pregnant and grieving mom's suicide and other mom's slow death from cancer.
posted by unstrungharp at 4:20 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm scanning a batch of 116 format negatives from the 1920s (still in the envelope from the lab!) that appear to be sepia toned. I was under the impression toning with silver sulfide would have only been done in printing, whereas negatives would have been only B&W metallic silver. So is the warm tone of these negatives likely a result of aging, or is it possible they were sepia toned in processing somehow?
posted by theory at 2:20 PM PST - 2 comments

So covid sucks, my parent is dying and I don't have the bandwidth to feed myself. I'm looking for a list of foods to eat over the course of one day that will be pretty healthy. I'm ok with eating the same thing every day for now and with paying for the list. I'll figure out how to get them into my body on my own, because honestly I'm not up to cooking anything more complicated than eggs or roasted veggies. I'm not interested in a meal delivery service. Thanks
posted by ChodenKal at 7:21 AM PST - 24 comments

Looking for tried-and-true ideas on how to fasten multiple blankets together on a bed so they don't slip apart.
posted by aquamvidam at 3:00 AM PST - 21 comments

September 19

Has anyone crossed from Seattle to Vancouver and then on to Vancouver Island lately? Can we travel by ferry or do they make you quarantine in Vancouver?
posted by St. Peepsburg at 7:05 PM PST - 3 comments

HTML email is increasingly loathsome due to phishing, spam, tracking, and bandwidth usage. Wouldn’t it be nice to run my own email server and flatly reject all that? Is that feasible? Can you still get (for example) usage alerts from the utility company, flight updates, grocery coupons, and receipts? Can you keep the good parts of email but get rid of the bad?
posted by Monochrome at 5:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Well, its not as simple as that. Its kind of connected to his personal qualities and also my own relationship goals I guess. I'm finding myself not as attracted to the guy I'm seeing because of a reasonably superficial fact of his life (not having a job) even though he's solid, caring and has lots of potential. Would be interested to hear how others would feel about this.
posted by starstarstar at 2:40 PM PST - 32 comments

I think I read somewhere (probably on metafilter and probably in the last year or so) a comment about a book which describes various inventions that could have happened much earlier in history, but didn't for whatever reason. I think the example it mentioned, though I might be wrong about this, was that the Romans would have had the materials/expertise to come up with something like the printing press. I've searched but can't find a reference to this anywhere. Is this a real thing?
posted by AllShoesNoSocks at 2:18 PM PST - 10 comments

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