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September 19

NotASchoolPermissionSlipFilter: "hand signed" RBG picture

I have a picture of RBG that I want to frame. I'd like it to be personalized with my name and her name in something that looks like her handwriting, possibly with her "Fight for the things you care about" quote on it. I don't want to sell it, it is fine if the actual artist "signs" it as well to show that it is not authentically RBG's writing. But I can't find anyone who copies handwriting. Who could I pay to do this service and make it look at least 80% like RBG's handwriting? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 8:34 AM - 2 answers

September 18

Paid advisors for a recent widow in the US

A US close friend has recently been widowed. Her spouse took care of all financial matters, and she is looking for a paid financial advisor who doesn't have a financial stake to discuss her overall finances. Looking for someone similar to provide advice on what she should fix if she plans to stay in/sell her house. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 12:23 PM - 5 answers

September 17

Is this a scam - unordered package

During the summer my husband received a package of underwear from Hollister, which he did not order and which we cannot work out where it came from, and more so, why. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 at 11:17 PM - 10 answers

Famous nonets

Please help me find more examples of famous nonets, groupings of nine people, things, or concepts. [more inside]
posted by mhum at 7:52 PM - 37 answers

Fix my 'phones

The padded headband on my trusty over-ear headphones has (well, had) some sort of leatherette coating that has peeled away, leaving just the interior foam behind, which seems to be quite delicate. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can protect the foam and keep using these otherwise completely functional headphones? [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 6:01 PM - 7 answers

September 16

Quarantine in a very small studio for 2 weeks - advice?

I have been lucky so far throughout the pandemic - I have lived in a house with several people who are all careful, so I have had lots of social interaction even when our city was very locked down in the spring. However, I will have to do a full quarantine for 14 days soon, in a very small studio apartment in another city where I will be staying for a few months. I have read other threads about quarantine tips, but in my situation, I have to completely quarantine (as in not leave the apartment at all, have groceries delivered, etc.), as the local authorities in the country I will be in are very strict. I will certainly have work to do, but I also want to try and incorporate things to help maintain my sanity, since I will be going from a situation where I eat most meals with other people, interact during work breaks, and also workout outside every day, to being alone in a very small space. [more inside]
posted by unid41 at 10:04 PM - 17 answers

Series like 87th Precinct possibly at the length of Tom Clancy

I remember in the late 1980s to early 1990s being in my local, small-ish public library and seeing a series of police procedural novels that fascinated me as a teenager. Seems like they were much longer than Ed McBain's 87th Precinct. [more inside]
posted by Meldanthral at 5:21 PM - 3 answers

Wikipedia pages that are recognizable (but not trivially) from their ToC

I got this idea for a puzzle genre: Given the table of contents of a Wikipedia page, identify the subject. What are some Wikipedia pages for which this is an interesting challenge, neither too easy nor too hard? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 at 9:17 AM - 22 answers

What's the best tips for an adult learning to drive?

Please be gentle as this is for my daughter who has a deadline on getting her drivers license. She is in her late 20s and we are in Australia. She is using an instructor some of the time, and spending time with her older brother and feels somewhat anxious. What's your best tips (I.e., line up middle of car with outside white line - I don't know, I don't drive, or for non-biological vision, use the placement of electricity poles to turn your indicator on). Thanks xo
posted by b33j at 1:13 AM - 26 answers

September 15

Will my stuff survive three months in an outdoor storage cube in BC?

I'm moving to Vancouver, BC, at the end of this month. I'll be moving most of my stuff in a UPack ReloCube, which will be placed in storage until I find long-term housing and get it delivered, which I'm guessing might take something like three months give or take. It turns out the cubes are stored outdoors, not in an indoor climate-controlled facility as I'd assumed. Vancouver is rainy. The cubes are supposedly weatherproof, but what with humidity and temperature changes, I'm worried about my stuff, especially my books. How best to pack to prevent damage? Or is this just a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark at 3:10 PM - 5 answers

September 11

Dewey number for mid-century modern interior design?

I know there are many librarians on metafilter; they have kindly helped me before. What would be the dewey number for mid-century modern interior design? Thank!
posted by longhaultrucker at 12:18 PM - 4 answers

September 10

Please help me find this obscure show

My partner wildly adores New Scandinavian Cooking with Andreas Viestad. We can find an odd season or two on various services, but nowhere that's reliable and saveable and available on demand. I'd love to buy him a DVD set of all the seasons for his birthday (fine if we need a multi-region DVD player), but all we can find is this extremely odd Amazon listing. Please help?
posted by you're a kitty! at 6:13 PM - 5 answers

September 9

Do humans eat rabbit poo or anything that looks like rabbit poo?

Is there a food ingredient (not a processed food) that looks like rabbit poop? Or is there any context in which humans might eat rabbit poop? Or is there a reason why a person might cook rabbit poop on the stove? Particularly interested in answers where the eaters/cooks in question are Portuguese and possibly from the Azores specifically. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:06 PM - 24 answers

Help me keep my hands warm while typing

I'm not normally all that cold except at work/now home and only in my hands really. They get bone cold when I'm typing. Any products/tips welcome. [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 8:48 AM - 37 answers

I want to read more-- ebooks edition

I don't like reading ebooks, but I'd like to. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 6:07 AM - 32 answers

September 6

Do I need to discard a fridge that has had rotted food in it for weeks?

I am helping to administer a grant program at my company for families impacted by a recent fire. One family has asked for a replacement fridge - they stated after removing the rotted meat, etc., which had been in their fridge for multiple weeks it was impossible to clean it and make it usable again. I sympathize, and would like to support this request. Any suggestions on what I can point to in my rationale for approving it? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 5:38 PM - 13 answers

Making the transition from agency social worker to private practice

I know there are some therapists on here and have asked a question or two before. This one is just a practical nuts and bolts question about going from "I work a typical social work job without a huge amount of clinical content" to doing some private practice. More details below. Sorry to post anonymously; this is the content area where I most want to be 100% not googlable. If you indicate you'd like to discuss this more one on one, I'll memail you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 AM - 6 answers

September 5

Three percent items on etsy

There are quite a few three percenter items on Etsy, I thought they were considered a militia group. Do you think they would be considered against their terms of service? I can't ask someone directly there I don't think. SPLC calls them part of the anti-government militia movement. Thanks.
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 11:29 PM - 5 answers

September 4

Change Yourself

How do people disguise or misrepresent themselves as another race or identity and get away with it for so long? NOT looking for racial and identity conversations or discussions on cultural misappropriations or psychological reasons. Rather, I'm curious to know how people can get away with obvious lying, without anyone ratting them out. Is it really that easy to change your identity? [more inside]
posted by moiraine at 2:38 AM - 33 answers

September 3

Does anyone remember this vintage blog about family xmas drinking?

I remember but cannot find a link to an old and entertaining weblog -- and I'm just interested in his yearly holiday photo albums. [more inside]
posted by theredpen at 9:34 AM - 7 answers

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