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June 27

Treadmills adaptable for under desks?

Rather than buy an under desk treadmill (expensive) I’d like to buy a used treadmill and remove the handlebars to use it under a desk. I don’t know which treadmill brands or models are the best for this use case.
posted by melodykramer at 10:10 AM - 2 answers

Need advice for apartment hunting in LA/Santa Monica from OR...

My daughter is scheduled to start at FIDM in LA this October and is looking for an apartment in Santa Monica or near FIDM in LA (less so)... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 9:00 AM - 4 answers

Where to practice driving stick?

I’m teaching my partner to drive stick and am looking for suggestions of places to practice in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 1:24 AM - 9 answers

June 26

Reputable Resources for Self Hypnosis?

I'm interested in using self-hypnosis to improve my attention, reduce procrastination, increase confidence, and so forth. [more inside]
posted by Archipelago at 2:25 PM - 1 answers

June 25

Two-year old is escaping from crib in the night. Help?

My youngest turned two. Only three weeks ago. Twice now she has escaped from her crib at night. We found her asleep in the rocking chair in her room this morning. I don't know how she's getting out. It doesn't seem to be with the help of other objects in the room. I'm sure this will lead to all kinds of shenannigans. It seems like we will now have to transition her to a bed. Advice? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 9:31 AM - 29 answers

Two languages, unusual occurrences

My bilingual son is doing some interesting things with language. Parents of bilingual kids, is this something that you saw? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 9:26 AM - 14 answers

June 23

Apparently I really don't understand UV light

I wrote a short story about a (fictional) pretentious artist making a new installation which relies heavily on extreme UV light. Only I didn't quite realize that the room would be dark, not bright. Oops. Trying to fix this. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 5:09 PM - 17 answers

June 22

a question about names

I don't have a middle name. For years, I have toyed with legally adding my mother's maiden name to my name, but have never gone through with it due to complications. Can you help me think this through and identity the pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by nayantara at 3:03 PM - 28 answers

What is this fruit or vegetable?

We have these placemats from Ikea. The other illustrations are pretty clear--pear, bell pepper, avocado, etc. What the heck is this thing in the middle?
posted by stillmoving at 12:19 PM - 33 answers

Seeking worthwhile (or not!!) human tricks for summer-bored tweens

Got a couple of tweens (11- and 13-years old) hanging around the house this summer. Though we have a basic daily plan, we could use some prompts to inspire self-directed "learning" of a carefree, summery sort. [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 7:39 AM - 21 answers

If you've a UK garden allotment, may you sell your veg for profit?

So I'm trying to get to the bottom of UK garden allotments. According to wikipedia (HERE) "Each plot cannot exceed forty square rods (1000 m2) and must be used for the production of fruit or vegetables for consumption by the plot-holder and their family (1922), or of flowers for use by the plot-holder and their family." So you can't sell the extra at a farmer's market?
posted by rileyray3000 at 7:25 AM - 3 answers

What converter do I need to use US guitar amp in UK?

I live in the UK, and recently procured a US-made small guitar amp, wired for US use. I am horribly ignorant about electrical currents. I presume I need some sort of converter (beyond the basic US/UK plug converter) so I can rock out without blowing up my apartment. But which one do I need? Amp is a Harmony Model H510. Specs are 117V 60Hz 22 Amp. Any tips really appreciated!
posted by Jellybean_Slybun at 5:28 AM - 9 answers

What is a 'Hero' costume in TV wardrobe departments?

When costumes from TV shows are labelled 'Hero' by the wardrobe department, what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by penguin pie at 5:05 AM - 6 answers

June 21

It's all a spectrum

Still questioning my gender and sexuality in my 30s. Help me figure it out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 AM - 15 answers

June 19

Baby Shower Thoughts

I am looking for goofy observations and non sequiturs specifically about pregnancy, babies and parenting. Think Shower Thoughts or Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey. I've found a few online but I bet you could come up with some even better ones! [more inside]
posted by prewar lemonade at 2:01 PM - 2 answers

June 17

How to find a buyer and a fair price for a childhood rock collection?

As a boy, I devoted my allowance money to rocks, minerals, and gemstones. The resulting collection fills a medium-sized tackle box, and includes some cut gemstones and large crystals. I'd like to sell it, but I have no idea how to find a buyer, nor how to choose a fair price once I do find someone. I don't even remember what most of the objects in this collection are, making it very hard for me to just scour ebay or whatever. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by dbx at 9:00 AM - 8 answers

June 16

Print resource for parents on kid depression?

I’m updating a training I wrote several years ago in a past job. Handouts include a booklet for parents on identifying symptoms of kid depression and seeking treatment. I think it’s outdated, but what do I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by centrifugal at 11:02 AM - 2 answers

Should I not throw out this "silver ion" hand sanitizer?

Is this "silver ion" sanitizer I just received from China useful for anything? I ordered it months ago, it just arrived, and it turns out it contains no alcohol. I think I should probably discard it, but I wondered if anyone has information on it or an alternative use for "gel" [more inside]
posted by amtho at 9:12 AM - 17 answers

June 13

Lost in a swamp full of alligators. Any help?

While recently clearing out a shed which has been there at least the 30 years in our family, found this "Alligators" "sign". Can you help identify? [more inside]
posted by uncaken at 5:50 PM - 3 answers

I'm walking on air, literally

Well, maybe not literally. But sometimes I feel as if I'm walking on air. I'll explain what I'm talking about inside. [more inside]
posted by Transl3y at 12:49 PM - 5 answers

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