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January 28

How can I make my own run of Starbucks style "you are here" coffee mugs?

Looking for places that do bulk orders of coffee mugs with wrap-around art... similar to the Starbucks "you are here" mugs. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 6:29 PM - 2 answers

Not feeling the groove after roadbump in hobby / life dream

I am an unpublished fiction writer who is lucky enough to have an agent who supports me. Last year, we sent my book to editors, but I wasn't able to sign a book deal. That's okay! It happens a lot to a ton of writers! But I've noticed a significant change in my ability to focus and write in the last year, and I'm struggling with guilt. [more inside]
posted by good day merlock at 1:06 PM - 9 answers

Getting printouts delivered in Manhattan?

What's the easiest way to get about 60 pages printed and delivered to my home in Manhattan? Cost is less important than being able to have it within 3-4 hours.
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 9:24 AM - 11 answers

How to "break in" a newly cut door key

I just had a new door key cut, and it fits into the lock but can't actually unlock it -- I think it needs to be "broken in" because it wasn't cut exactly enough. What's a reasonably quick and easy way to do this?
posted by rue72 at 8:04 AM - 15 answers

January 27

Record vinyl records from non-USB turntable to computer USB

I have a 50-year old Luxman turntable and Luxman receiver/amplifier. They have all sorts of RCA-type in and out holes in the back and they are connected to each other with no problem. My newer computer (like this) has almost nothing -- three USB ports and an earphone-out port. I want to record some vinyl. When my older computer had all the sound card doodads on the back, I could do it. That was years ago. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 11:24 AM - 11 answers

January 26

Shipping china from the US to Ireland

I need to ship 15 pounds of breakable china from the US to Ireland. What mailing service should I use, and what box should I buy to pack it into? [more inside]
posted by DSime at 9:41 AM - 6 answers

January 25

What is the source of this Chinese New Year GIF?

I love this GIF of a woman dressed in red making it rain red envelopes. What's the original source?
posted by invokeuse at 9:07 AM - 1 answers

January 24

Weighted blanket for 8 year old

My eight year old was diagnosed years ago with a sensory processing disorder. My impression is that she might enjoy sleeping with a weighted blanket, but I don't know much about them. Help me choose one, please? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 12:02 PM - 12 answers

What fun tricks have you taught your kid?

What funny things have you taught your kids to do? I'm thinking of things like, "show me your tummy" but teaching them instead "where's your carotid?" (as a friend in medicine did with her toddler). I'm especially interested in toddler age, but older kid stuff is good too. What other party tricks can I teach my little kiddo?
posted by stillmoving at 11:32 AM - 31 answers

January 20

People who live alone, in isolation

Looking to read books, articles, memoirs etc. about people who live/lived alone, i.e. in areas where they were one of the few/only residents. [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 6:40 PM - 30 answers

The Sunset is Not Over Till It's Over

Help me develop strategies to stick around see the sunset after the sunset? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 1:03 PM - 14 answers

January 19

Planning a cross-country move with a baby

After this question, we narrowed our search quite a bit to Bellingham, started the house searching process, and now we're under contract on a house! What are the logistics of moving across the country with a baby (Philly to Bellingham)? [more inside]
posted by ancient star at 12:06 PM - 8 answers

Dog Training Schedule

Some time ago (within the past six months maybe?) I read a post or comment, I believe here on metafilter / ask metafilter, that linked to a dog training guide. Am trying to find it. Help? [more inside]
posted by kellygrape at 11:47 AM - 2 answers

How to lose all my hair?

My body ( or something in my body) attacks my follicles but my hair just keeps growing. Obviously I've been to tons of dermatologists, even had biopsies etc., but that's not what this question is about. I can't stand it any more. It's too grey to laser out. This is just a theoretical question at this point, I know we're (supposedly) never completely out of options for a cure, but I would like to know what drug that isn't too harsh will really wipe out most or all of the hair on my scalp. Assume tenacious hair.
posted by serena15221 at 10:36 AM - 3 answers

January 18

Help Me Identify a Song from The Windsors

At the end of the Wedding Special of the Channel 4 series The Windsors, Princess Kate plays a song at Harry and Meghan's wedding that is a real banger. Can you tell me what it is?
posted by satyricaldude at 8:20 AM - 4 answers

Out-Of-The-Box Senior Living Alternatives

Looking for out-of-the-box senior living alternatives. I'll get the ball rolling with the option of living on a cruise ship (see here and here), or taking up residency in an ashram (if meditation's something you're into anyway). More info below. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 6:27 AM - 14 answers

January 17

Because if not this would be fun to watch

Is there a movie or tv show that has an old fashioned gate close elevator that folds in on itself to pop out of existence? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 9:08 AM - 5 answers

January 16

What are the habits of highly organized people?

What sorts of things do you do to keep your home and family organized? I'm very organized at work but home can get a bit messy and chaotic. Partly because of living with others (including spouse and kid) in a small space, and not having a particular system in place (like the filing cabinets and supply closets at work), plus I think I am generally a bit impatient with my own home and mess. How can I be better at this? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 1:34 PM - 39 answers

How to reinforce a cardboard box to use as seating for toddlers?

How do I take a regular cardboard box and reinforce the interior so that it can support the weight of a toddler as a seat? The toddlers will be somewhere between 25-35lbs. [more inside]
posted by tealeaf522 at 10:05 AM - 18 answers

Thank you for saving me

What can I do to help two high school students and a director who literally saved my life? They insist they don’t want anything but I really want to help in some way. [more inside]
posted by buttonedup at 10:00 AM - 13 answers

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