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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

October 29

How long does it take Gorilla glue to expand (not cure)?

You know how gorilla glue expands as it cures? I know curing takes 24 hours, but how long does the glue expand for and when does it start expanding? Alternative suggestions to gorilla glue also welcome. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:13 PM - 22 answers

October 28

Pithy pitches for public poll, please!

I am starting a business and am looking for public feedback in order to decide between 2 branding styles. Can you help me think of some quick hooky pitches to elicit participation? [more inside]
posted by i_mean_come_on_now at 7:14 AM - 1 answers

October 27

Morning Meditation Without Tears

I need a 20-30 minute guided meditation that I can do every morning, in bed, upon waking. I'm allergic to affirmations and most guided imagery. I used to enjoy metta meditation, and to tolerate mindfulness, but a recent mental health downswing has made both of those difficult. I don't know what other options I have. I'm looking for concrete suggestions, ideally of tracks I can either download or listen to online, but if you have ideas for general techniques I'll take those too - I just need something that won't make me feel worse. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 8:58 AM - 17 answers

Verify Landlord

I am currently looking for a place to rent in the tight market of Bay Area, California. I've found a nice place listed by the current tenants. I will be taking over the lease and at the same time signing a new lease. The property is managed by a company for the Landlord. [more inside]
posted by gloturtle at 2:04 AM - 20 answers

October 26

Help us hire a wedding planner and a photographer!

Mr. Nat and I are in the middle of planning our wedding, which will be in a small town in Arizona in March. We've tried to hire planners and photographers but with no success-- so we turn to you for suggestions. Do you know a good planner or photographer who works in AZ? Can you tell us where to find one? [more inside]
posted by nat at 7:58 PM - 4 answers

Is this State Fair toy a cartoon character?

I saw these lobsters yesterday at a fair and they looked so familiar yet....I couldn't figure out if they were supposed to be anyone in particular. They are called "Clawdius" which doesn't seem to be any licensed character, unless I've missed one. They do remind me of Domo.
posted by 41swans at 4:42 PM - 2 answers

What are some famous recorded manic talks?

As family of a bipolar person I was struck by the videos of manic Kanye at TMZ and in the Oval Office. Are there other famous videos/recordings/written episodes of people speaking during manic or psychotic episodes?
posted by hungrytiger at 1:22 PM - 10 answers

October 25

How do you feel when you're being bullied? I mean, feel in your body?

I've encountered a situation that has (surprisingly) evoked physical responses that remind me of being bullied as a child/young person - sensations that I haven't experienced in many years. Mainly: nausea; a sense of my limbs tingling; a lightness in my feet, but not in a good way - more a sense that I'm not connecting to the ground. I wonder if this is a common response? [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 9:16 PM - 13 answers

October 24

Coping with criticism

I really struggle to cope with criticism. I generally have a positive view of myself and am accountable and reliable etc, but I find when I receive criticism, even when it’s constructive, it really hurts. I feel like there is no benefit to people saying that, as I have already done my best to produce a good product, and you can’t be expected to do better than your best, right? [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 4:19 PM - 33 answers

October 23

How to organize incredibly detailed to-do lists?

Looking for to-do list methodology (maybe in the bullet journal world? or in some disability community?) for keeping incredibly, incredibly, maybe even excessively detailed to-do lists with pen and paper. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:28 AM - 21 answers

Drums are loud.

I'm in an indie pop band. We practice in a bedroom-sized room at our bass player's house. This was perfect until we got a new drummer who plays on a real kit - our last one used a cajon and some more acoustic-type stuff - and the drumming is SO LOUD in that small room. We're having a hard time hearing each other (and even ourselves, really). What can we do to dampen the volume of the drums? [more inside]
posted by something something at 7:26 AM - 17 answers

October 22

Uncommon Christmas gift for nieces and nephews (ages 8-12)

My nieces and nephews (5 in total) are wonderful kids. Two are too cool for school, and the other three are curious, well-mannered, and thankful for any gift that comes their way. I'm letting go of the fact that the other two might never love the gifts from their aunt, but there have been hits in the past: Swiss army knife, small red metal toolbox with lock (great to store treasures/have some privacy). I'd like to get them all the same gift, as experience-based gifts are for their birthday. Something useful to them now and meaningful to them later in life.
posted by nathaole at 11:13 AM - 14 answers

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