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September 22

literature on the small cruelties of life

I need something, a poem, a book recommendation, a song, something to help me process the casual cruelty. [cw for animal death under the cut] [more inside]
posted by snerson at 10:00 AM - 8 answers

September 20

Can a business be named after a hate symbol?

A business whose name I regularly come across in my work is named after a widely-recognized symbol that’s a) copyrighted and b) associated with white nationalism, and it uses this image on its website. They have a federal license to do what they do and must also have a local business license. This got me thinking: Is/how is what people call their businesses regulated? This is in Washington state, if that matters.
posted by centrifugal at 3:12 PM - 9 answers

Backpack handle repair - shoe repair shop?

I have a backpack where the top faux-leather handle is coming unstitched from the backpack at one end. I want to get it reattached. Is this something a shoe repair place would do? [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 12:33 PM - 3 answers

September 19

What is the best font?

I've drafted a style guide for my institution (a private museum archives situation) to use for oral history transcript formatting; the guide says to use Calibri as the font. But a cursory look around the web of authors I respect suggests that Calibri is "so ugly." So then...what is the preferable font? [more inside]
posted by witchen at 5:27 PM - 22 answers

How to remove lien from car?

So, about 5 years ago I bought a used car from a dealership, but I didn't notice that it had a lien still on it until much later. Attempts to deal with it have been unsuccessful. [more inside]
posted by Hackworth at 1:18 PM - 6 answers

September 16

on climate change

I get paid to park commuter bicycles at a really big bicycle valet parking lot. We each have to make a video about climate change for Twitter. My video will be entirely text. What useful and memorable snippets should I include?
posted by aniola at 3:11 PM - 5 answers

September 14

How many different car models have ever been made?

How many different car models have ever been made for sale? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:59 AM - 19 answers

September 13

Apartment on super busy street/highway: issues, thoughts, solutions?

Trying to move to a big city and found a great apartment except that it's right by an area that has heavy exhaust and constant traffic. There aren't a lot of trees etc. Can the poor air quality be effectively mitigated by filters, plants, etc.?
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 12:35 PM - 10 answers

a silly question

I have a bunch of laminated signs that I need to adhere to a few different surfaces. Help me figure out what I need in order to do so with as little mess/hassle as possible. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 7:48 AM - 7 answers

September 12

Body paint that doesn't transfer?

I'd like to paint my arms and most of my face green (think green like Elphaba from Wicked). I'd really like to do it and then go to work and not have the paint transfer onto clothes or, y'know, my office/colleagues. Is airbrushing the way to go? Specific product recommendations would be highly appreciated.
posted by arnicae at 9:27 AM - 5 answers

September 11

A Halloween Party with kids

I would love to throw a Halloween party and this year we have space to actually comfortably host more than 2 other people. And I realized I have no idea how to host a party with kids. And something tells me my old standby of copious amounts of beer, food, and music might not cut it with the under-5 crowd. [more inside]
posted by later, paladudes at 10:14 PM - 13 answers

September 11 Rituals

Is there something specific you do every September 11 to mark the anniversary, beyond reflecting on the day or talking to others about your memories? For example, do you visit a specific place or read the same piece of writing? [more inside]
posted by sallybrown at 10:52 AM - 36 answers

Cheer up, Buttercup!

Looking for pics/links that if you were going through a really rough patch, would be a welcome distraction or mood lifter. I can't be the only one who keeps a collection of things like this. I've already exhausted my usual "I hope this picture of a hamster struggling to eat a piece of spaghetti brightens your day." stock, and need to replenish. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 6:14 AM - 40 answers

September 10

Code Name Help!

For work, we are doing an event where I need a code name. This is fun and silly, but customer facing so PG is required. What should my code name be? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 7:36 AM - 15 answers

September 9

GiftFilter: Looking for a gift or combination of gifts

I'm looking for some gifting inspiration for someone (male-identifying) with the following interests: 1) Classic Sci-Fi - Particularly military sci-fi (Starship Troopers is a fave) and Heinlein 2) Cooking - Asian food and baking are particular interests. I might be looking for a really nice rolling pin for serious baking but unsure how to find such a thing. Apartment is very small so nothing of size is really on the list for inclusion here. 3) Video games - Borderlands, the Division 4) Audio books [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 11:14 AM - 8 answers

What is this mid-80s Toyota hatchback? I love it.

Recently I saw a red Toyota hatchback of presumably 1980s vintage. I loved it and wanted to know what it was, but it didn't have a model name badge, and cursory web research hasn't helped me ID it. Here's a photo of the front, and this is the back. That's all!
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:04 AM - 6 answers

Name that skull!

My sister and her family are temporarily living in an AirBNB while they wait to close on their own house. In the rental, this animal skull is displayed on the mantelpiece. What is it?
posted by ocherdraco at 7:14 AM - 11 answers

it's getting autumnal up in here

It's the start of autumn (fall), my favourite time of the year. But last year, this time almost entirely passed me by because I was really busy with work and I barely noticed the leaves changing and weather getting colder. This year I will also be really busy with work but I'm determined to make the most of this time of year. What are some autumnal activities I can do? What do you like to do when the weather is turning chillier? I have included examples of what I mean after the jump: [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 4:15 AM - 24 answers

September 7

What’s that smell?

I love the smell of Method “Fresh Air” laundry detergent. I’d describe it as powdery? And laundry-y? Without being perfume-y or fake, though it is definitely a soapy smell rather than a nature-y one. Are there other detergents/soaps/oils that have the same scent? Bonus: I also like there lavender and cedar scent, are there other duplicates out there? I have tried Ecover lavender and sandalwood but it smells like Nag Champa to me.
posted by stillmoving at 1:18 PM - 6 answers

September 6

Please Help Me Bust A Move

I want to learn some dance moves suitable for using when dancing alone to whatever range of dance music typically gets played these days at clubs, weddings and so forth. What moves should I learn and what freely available instructional videos should I use to learn them?
posted by orange swan at 9:45 AM - 10 answers

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