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November 28

Where can I get live feedback for my PowerPoint presentation?

What resources are available for helping a person like me to improve and perfect my PowerPoint presentation on relatively short notice? More details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog at 8:05 PM - 5 answers

Housecleaning gift - Chicago area edition

Hello! I would like to get my lovely mother a monthly housecleaning service for Christmas. What is the best way to go about this, and do you have any people or companies to recommend who serve the Chicago suburbs? [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 11:30 AM - 9 answers

Who made the decorations in the movie Elf?

I watched Elf the other day, and I have a question about how people are credited. [more inside]
posted by msali at 10:53 AM - 8 answers

November 27

Things to do with kids leading up to Christmas

Usually I get into the Christmas groove early and easily, but for various reasons that's not happening this year. Still, I need to make things fun and memorable for my 7 year old. Please help me come up with a list. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 1:35 PM - 18 answers

I like these cover songs. What other cover songs would I like?

I like Disturbed's cover of "The Sound of Silence" and Five Finger Death Punch's cover of "House of the Rising Sun." I think the commonalities are cover of oldish song by metal-y band. What other songs would I like?
posted by misanthropicsarah at 12:10 PM - 30 answers

November 26

Probably Attributable to "No-one or Everyone"

My mother used to say to me (when my father was vexing me): "Soldiers are romantics who believe they are realists. Poets are realists who believe they are romantics." She always said it in the manner of Someone quoting Someone. Various internet searches indicate it's just--basically--conventional wisdom with various groups standing in for the soldier/poet dichotomy. Anyone got a better source for the quote or sentiment?
posted by crush at 7:12 PM - 2 answers

Group gift exchanges like Yankee swaps or Secret Santas?

What are some ways families and groups can exchange gifts or otherwise do a Christmassy thing without everyone getting a gift for everyone else? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 5:22 PM - 14 answers

November 25

Meta Gift Guide

What are you favorite gift guides? I know about Cooltools, Wirecutter and NYTimes, so I guess I'm looking for something a little more out of the ordinary. I ask because I can't find the guide from a couple of years ago that led to the pet portrait on our wall.
posted by donpardo at 11:17 AM - 18 answers

November 22

What do YOU do with clothes worn but not dirty?

What is your alternative to the dreaded Chair - you know, where you put all the stuff you will wear again but don't have the energy to re-drawer/re-hang? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 2:28 PM - 65 answers

Finding Open New York Cellar Doors

I have made an idle hobby out of photographing open cellar doors in New York City. What neighborhood in New York and at what time could I go to get the most bang for my buck? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 12:44 PM - 3 answers

November 21

Ideas for workspaces please!

#writers and #freenlancers: where, other than your favorite coffeeshops, do you feel comfortable to buy something small and then plop down for an hour or two of work? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman at 5:51 PM - 16 answers

More stuff like ‘traffic cones of Japan’ and ‘Brooms of China’ please!

I love collections of photos that document the ordinary parts of everyday life in other places, like traffic cones in Japan. I’m not really looking for art and cultural examples, like the masks of Mexico, but a collection of the baguette delivery boxes of Moorea would awesome. Please share similar web sites, instagram, anything else not requiring a log in that you enjoy!
posted by Room 641-A at 11:36 AM - 21 answers

November 20

What are the Swedish words for hello and thanks?

What are the Swedish words for hello and thanks? Context inside. [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs at 1:39 PM - 6 answers

Retirement Gift

Assume you know nothing about someone except that he is in his early 60s, Brazilian but living half the time in Florida, and an executive at a multinational corporation. What would you buy this person as a retirement gift in the $350 range? [more inside]
posted by something something at 6:15 AM - 15 answers

Meal Trains for Other Purposes?

Are there sites that are like those meal train websites (to help those with severe illness or mourning) but which help organise hangout times? Or a way to customise those sites for those purposes? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:57 AM - 4 answers

November 19

Recommendations for Christmas for a very special baby?

I am looking for recommendations for toys/books etc that Santa could bring. I especially want to find things which other Downs kids have loved and found useful for aiding their development. [more inside]
posted by mrbenn at 4:10 AM - 5 answers

November 18

Help me win our Christmas decorating contest

The small private university I work for as a departmental Christmas decorating contest each year. The winners always have some sort of theme and I need help brainstorming ideas for this year. We have basically no budget, but tons of enthusiasm. I work for the business school and our offices are located in a one-story house on campus. [more inside]
posted by shesbookish at 5:49 PM - 8 answers

November 17

Who is Brode, what is he?

My grandfather had a habit in correspondence using last names only. Thus, in 1931, he was in Berlin, attending a gathering of the International Women's League for Peace, where spoke: "The Ohioan (we should guess Czech) Brode [who] propounded the program of his own city society – a league emphasizing the word “progress” - and tried to get a Berlin branch started." And so forth. Who he, what his proposed program? (A half dozen other mystery guests after the jump, if Brode is unfamiliar, and if the upcoming Christmas Challenge questions are too easy for you) [more inside]
posted by BWA at 1:37 PM - 13 answers

It's not a funeral, but it just might feel like one

We've had a newborn living with us for the last 6 months or so (previously), and the time is quickly approaching for him to transition to living with his birth family. This is all being handled by an Organization who does These Things and we're working with a team there that has been really great throughout this process. The transition should go smoothly, but we're at a bit of a loss of what to do when we come home that first time without the boy who has been (and will always be considered) our son. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 12:12 PM - 17 answers

November 16

What should I do for my Fortieth Year?

What should I do for my fortieth birthday at the end of May next year? [more inside]
posted by doogan nash at 2:14 PM - 7 answers

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