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November 12

What are hospitality jobs

I'm burning out in my emotionally demanding public sector job, but I've never had any really good ideas about where to go from here. I've sometimes thought that I'd like working in hospitality and tourism -- maybe in hotels? -- but I don't actually know anything about those jobs. What's out there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:01 PM - 11 answers

Another font for kids book: Regular text + Fun Text

It's my with another parenting-is-all-about-font-selection question. Tell me what font to write my kid's book in. I need a regular body font but some words might be written bigger and more fun-ly (e.g. "pop" as big capital letters in a bright colour or "bumping" written on a bumping path (yes, may be too short to pull that off, we'll see, "groovy" may be written in some sort of groovy way). Please recommend, including opinions on whether I should use one font or two (or more). I have Adobe Creative Cloud, which I believe gives me all those fonts. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 6:34 PM - 0 answers

Toe stepping elevator

I read this story years and years ago. Essentially, it was about how if you stepped on someone's toe in an elevator, you'd apologize. [more inside]
posted by Ftsqg at 5:29 PM - 3 answers

November 11

Help me easily track my water intake

I need something that will stick on the side of my refrigerator, and allow me to track the number of glasses of water I drink. What is that thing? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 3:41 PM - 11 answers

Larger photo of cat

I'm looking for a larger resolution picture of a cat (a tabby, not necessarily orange, either classic or mackerel pattern is fine) in the exact position found in this piece of stained glass. Different pictures for head/body/tail are acceptable but not ideal.
posted by jeather at 8:14 AM - 5 answers

Flashcards for LinkedIn?

Is there an app that will slurp in my LinkedIn connection photos, and quiz me about their names/job titles/organizations?
posted by wearyaswater at 7:57 AM - 0 answers

November 8

Reading puts me asleep; or I simply drift off.

I read a lot; short stuff; NYT. But anything like a book I find myself drifting away, wondering what I just read. Little retention, easily distracted, so little memorization and comprehension. I try to read again, harder, concentrate more. Not my glasses (I've had them checked for reading distance) and not the subjects. This is not new, had trouble when I was a kid. Help! I want to read all the books I buy but barely get started on. Need to add that short attention is not just a reading issue in my life!
posted by ebesan at 11:31 AM - 15 answers

November 7

Autistic anxiety on new hobby projects

I'm after some rational solutions to reduce a newly-recognised but long-term trigger for anxiety. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 8:05 PM - 18 answers

November 6

I think I put myself on a list - How do I stop these calls?

Short version: I dialed the wrong number by mistake and am now being flooded with calls from various 800 numbers tracing back to the same company. How do I make this stop? [more inside]
posted by acidnova at 2:24 PM - 6 answers

Impossible filter: can I dye a pink synthetic upholstery fabric green

I have several yards of synthetic upholstery fabric. It is heavy weight and a dusty rose in color. Ideally I'd like it to be a sage green. Any suggestions? The Rit website suggested adding green would (reasonably enough) create brown but had no suggestions about how to create green.
posted by arnicae at 9:23 AM - 10 answers

How much should I sell a limited-run piece of artistic furniture for?

I've got a limited-edition Wave City coffee table (link/info inside), and a somewhat persistent individual interested in buying it. With my financial situation having gone down the toilet in the years since I got it, it's getting awfully tempting to sell. But for how much? [more inside]
posted by CommonSense at 8:18 AM - 8 answers

When did inexpensive holographic stickers become available?

Approximately what year did these stickers popular with children and as packaging highlights first appear?
posted by fairmettle at 6:00 AM - 10 answers

November 5

What does a grown-up do with pins and posters?

I've gotten into a number of podcasts. These podcasts put out merchandise, like pins and posters. I really like these pins and posters! I want them, and I want to support my favorite podcasts! But what does one do with pins and posters? [more inside]
posted by meese at 10:50 AM - 21 answers

Hit me with your best Egyptian pun

I need a punny name for a group of women that is somehow tied to ancient Egypt. Something along the lines of "Midlife Isis" or "Scrolling in the Deep" (those are not awesome examples, hence why I'm asking this question). This is related to Mardi Gras, but nothing profane or too sexual. Pop-culture, drinking, song references, etc. are ok. Help!
posted by tryniti at 8:01 AM - 23 answers

November 4

Why were people running the NYC Marathon with pineapples on their heads?

I watched about an hour of the NYC Marathon yesterday to cheer on some friends as they ran through my neighborhood. I noticed that there were many runners who ran with stuffed pineapples strapped to the top of their heads or their foreheads. They were not running as a team. What's up with this? [more inside]
posted by Fuego at 10:24 AM - 8 answers

November 3

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit CBGB's

How can I bring more of a feel of a "country life" into living in a city, WITHOUT moving? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:02 AM - 20 answers

November 1

How to transport a small heavy side table from long island to ca

I bought a small side table on ebay. It is quite small but heavy- at least 60lbs. I'm trying to figure out how to get it shipped to California. The seller doesn't want to take it to greyhound or ups for me and I dont know anyone in Long Island. Help/advice? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 10:23 AM - 5 answers

October 30

How to not be a jerk to some realtors

We've started thinking about buying a house. A few different realtors have been in touch with us. When do we need to pick one? [more inside]
posted by ghost phoneme at 8:16 PM - 11 answers

Birthday on a boat

I'm looking for suggestions to mark a team member's birthday... while we're out at sea. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 10:23 AM - 13 answers

Help me build an articulated streetcar - glue, drilling, and tying

I'm building an articulated streetcar (Toronto's "new streetcar") that can run on kids wood train tracks. I need advice gluing (duct tape covered in paper to wood covered in paper and modpodge), clamping, drilling, and who knows what else. So this started as a question about glue, but now I'm realizing that I have one chance go get this right, so please throw at me any advice that might be helpful. Here's my plan, along with the gaps. Please fill the gaps and tell me where my plan is flawed. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 5:33 AM - 23 answers

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