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November 19

Apps to gamilfy my life?

I struggle with executive function. Basic things like do the dishes, take out the garbage, do laundry, etc. Are there any apps that would help make this more like a game than mere existence? Like if you clean 10 dishes you get a funny cat video or something. Something to incentivize me to get it done. It's just hard to do on my own.
posted by downtohisturtles at 1:27 PM - 3 answers

November 18

Getting a duplicate of a key that says "do not duplicate"

I want my daughter to have keys to get into our apartment in case of emergency. How to accomplish this when one of the keys is imprinted with "do not duplicate"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:09 PM - 24 answers

Please help me give these 1950s plastic decorations a glow-up.

Meet Frosty and Santa. These plastic light up decorations belonged to my father and aunt when they were children. My father and aunt are now in their mid 70s, so these are quite old. They were also part of our Christmas decorations when I was a child. And after decades of begging my mother for them, they are now in my greedy and nostalgic hands. I want to fix them up as much as a I can. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell at 11:06 AM - 12 answers

U.S. Citizenship Gift Ideas?

Looking for good ideas for gifts for some friends who are becoming U.S. Citizens. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 10:24 AM - 11 answers

Moving across the country while temporarily taking care of a relative

A relative just found out yesterday that they will need to have major surgery sometime in April. They are going to need assistance for several weeks and I am the only relative with the capacity to take this on. I am going to have to fly across the country to stay with them temporarily, but my spouse and intended to be moving a few states away at the same time. How do I plan all this? [more inside]
posted by shesbookish at 8:45 AM - 5 answers

November 17

What sort of pests completely consumed two bags of rice in my cupboard?

Today I discovered that two plastic bags of rice that had been sitting in my pantry cupboard had been completely emptied with seemingly surgical precision. What critters coukd have done this? [more inside]
posted by Turtles all the way down at 2:27 PM - 9 answers

November 16

Weird winter windshield water

What strange physics phenomenon am I witnessing in my driveway in the mornings? [more inside]
posted by Dilligas at 8:15 PM - 4 answers

Does the TV Reno Budget Include the Furniture?

Please hope me understand TV renovation show budgets. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 4:56 AM - 8 answers

November 15

Gamifying prioritization?

Does anyone have suggestions for apps that help gamify prioritization and completion of to-do lists that *aren't* Habitica? Snowflakes under the fold. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 1:33 PM - 14 answers

November 14

Do you still hate the auto start-stop on your gas-powered car?

I'm talking to you if you acquired a gas-powered vehicle that has the auto start-stop "feature", where the ignition automatically shuts off when idled. If you originally hated yours, and then some time passed, do you still hate it, or have you gotten used to it? Please answer only how much it annoys you (or not) now - the environmental/mileage/engine wear aspects are thoroughly covered elsewhere.
posted by bluesky78987 at 2:43 PM - 54 answers

November 13

Quote about fame and emotional maturity

There’s a reasonably well known observation that people who become famous tend to get ‘stuck’ in terms of emotional maturity at the age at which they got famous. What’s the source of that observation? Is it attributed to any particular person?
posted by damsel with a dulcimer at 1:41 PM - 9 answers

November 12

Wherefore art thou chair?

How do you find a place that has massage chairs? I'm visiting an unfamiliar city and could really use some time to zone out alone in one. (why I don't want a massage from a person) I've seen these chairs at arcades, airports, trampoline parks, randomly a Thai restaurant in my hometown. city is Surprise, AZ but also wondering in general if there's a way to search for them
posted by MadMadam at 11:42 PM - 5 answers

How to hosting Thanksgiving - Turkey Trot Party edition- ideas needed!

I live at the start/finish line for my town's Turkey Trot, so I host a little party every Thanksgiving morning. About half of the people who come are runners so they are in and out, but the rest come to watch and socialize. I usually keep it pretty simple: coffee, water, donuts, mimosas. I'm looking for some simple ideas for taking it up a notch decoration-wise without going crazy. [more inside]
posted by I_carried_a_watermelon at 3:53 PM - 6 answers

November 11

Recycling Tyvek Bags

Have you ever successfully recycled Tyvek bags? The DuPont website claims it's possible and provides a 1-800 number to call for more information like it's 1999. I called and was told that the line is closed until regular business hours resume on Monday. Clearly they're not actually trying to make this feasible. Can it be done? I just want to recycle a large household stash.
posted by Comet Bug at 8:18 PM - 7 answers

Why do Snickers make my throat hurt?

Eating a Snickers bar immediately gives me a sharp pain in my throat. No other candy bar does this. Peanuts don't do this. Other sugary things don't do this. Other chocolate doesn't do this. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:36 PM - 25 answers

Do I keep my autographed copies?

I have several books signed by the author, personally to me. About three of these books, I wouldn't keep on my shelf if they weren't personalized to me. [more inside]
posted by AnyUsernameWillDo at 4:36 PM - 12 answers

November 10

ideas for modern day calling cards

Just for fun: I'm thinking of having a few cards printed up distinct from my business card, mostly just name and number and I suppose email though perhaps email is as antiquated as calling cards. Things jut to hand to someone I meet and want to keep up with or make music with or what you will. Wondering what would be an amusing bit of text that would feel in character with a calling card. Ideas?
posted by less-of-course at 11:28 AM - 23 answers

November 8

Venn diagram? Process map? Swim lane?

We collect a lot of data at my org, using several different methods/apps/software/etc. What we don't have is a centralized document listing what the source is, who owns it, when the evaluation/survey/questionnaire goes out, who it impacts in our org, whether it is state or federally mandated (e.g. after school programs and the like), and where the results go for analysis. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 AM - 10 answers

November 7

How do you make great-looking posters these days??

I have always made posters for special events from scratch, but it seems like there are now various shortcuts for doing this, like Canva. Is that now the way that most people make great-looking posters to promote things? Are there alternatives to Canva that you recommend, perhaps even ones that are free? Any tips would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams at 6:37 AM - 9 answers

November 5

What's going on with my FedEx packages?

Most of my packages get delivered to me with little to no fuss, but I've noticed that anything that goes through a specific FedEx facility in my area ends up in this bizarre dance that results in a 3-4 week delay in actually receiving anything. Other packages, including those that go through a different FedEx facility in town (FedEx Air I think, vs FedEx Ground which is where the dance happens), get delivered fine. What gives? [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 8:39 AM - 6 answers

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