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November 10

How to make a child's birthday party special in the year of covid?

I'm looking for creative ideas for how to make my son's 4th birthday special when many of our options are limited due to coronavirus. [more inside]
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 6:42 AM - 24 answers

November 8

Looking for a craft

Winter is coming, which means early nights and tv at night. I'm looking for a new hobby/craft, especially something I can do in the evenings while I'm watching tv. Basically, I'd like something that I can do with my hands without having to think too much while doing it. [more inside]
posted by McPuppington the Third at 6:46 PM - 24 answers

November 6

Fridge smells of rubbing alcohol

How can I get the heady odor of rubbing alcohol out of my fridge. A fuller explanation inside... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 12:41 PM - 6 answers

November 5

Origin of “never go to a second location”

I frequently hear the crime tip that if someone accosts you, never go to a second location. Where was that line first used? There was a time lots of “safety tips for women” emails going around, and I wonder if it was in one of those. Since it’s always repeated in that exact wording, I feel like there was probably one place where that wording originated. Didn’t find it on Snopes. I just need the origin of that phrase, not its accuracy.
posted by mermaidcafe at 11:09 AM - 6 answers

November 3


I remember reading something someone said once — I believe it was here on metafilter — about the charms of waiting until the last possible second to take the next step with a new person you’re dating or getting to know. Waiting until you couldn’t hardly stand it any longer to kiss the new person, or to have sex with them, or even to move in with them. I can’t seem to find this again. Does anyone know where to find that comment? (Maybe it was a link elsewhere? Maybe I read it in a book?)
posted by woodvine at 11:31 AM - 4 answers

Adding a small shelf to the bottom half of a VESA mount.

I have a laptop wall mount arm where the laptop stand is attached to the top half of a VESA mount. I want to add a small shelf underneath using only the bottom VESA holes to hold my keyboard when not in use. I want it to be fairly compact, not coming down any lower than necessary. [more inside]
posted by anaelith at 7:39 AM - 2 answers

November 2

Speaking of warehouses ...

Inspired by the logistics question: I have a layperson's interest in warehouse management and inventory control. Do you have related suggestions on what I should read, watch or listen to?
posted by NotLost at 9:54 PM - 5 answers

November 1

Advice for squaring my compound miter saw

I think I need 1) a good way to finely and precisely maneuver my miter saw while I'm adjusting both the miter and bevel alignments (or a way to make this unnecessary), and 2) the best right angle squaring tool(s) for this job. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 4:53 PM - 7 answers

What tiny purchases have disproportionately improved your life?

I bought some silicone spatulas recently. It has made me realise that trying to cook everything with that one slightly janky fishslice I has was suboptimal. What small things have you recently bought that have unexpectedly made your life unexpectedly easier? (Please do not limit your responses to kitchen things, these were just examples that came to mind). [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 4:11 AM - 111 answers

October 31

Caldecott/Newberry Books?

Where can I find a complete list of Caldecott and Newberry books with info as to their AGE appropriateness?
posted by longhaultrucker at 4:11 PM - 4 answers

specific hopeful visualizations/analogies for life in the US right now

I tend to think in metaphors, sometimes in a visual, almost visceral way, and the one that's pervading my thoughts right now as someone in the US is a very panic-inducing, game-over one. I'm looking for something more encouraging to replace it with, but it needs to be somewhat specific, not generic pleasant "imagine you're relaxing next to a babbling brook" stuff. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 9:38 AM - 18 answers

October 30

This is going to get a bit raunchy...

I’m looking for unusual sex acts, something like the Superman, but for women (more dirty details inside) VERY NSFW [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz at 5:29 PM - 6 answers

Games in a zoom party

Having a zoom Holloween party- what games are fun to play in a zoom meeting? [more inside]
posted by xarnop at 2:53 PM - 8 answers

Help me cry in private.

I really feel like I need an emotional release, and I’m having trouble finding a literal place to do so. [more inside]
posted by Definitely Not A Robot at 7:02 AM - 14 answers

October 29

Glassblowing but with cheese

I would like to see a glassblower doing something interesting with cheese, please.
posted by aniola at 2:10 PM - 10 answers

I am bad at math and I just need an answer

Hi! I am sewing a thing (long furby sea monster) and I need some help figuring out how to space little pieces that will be sewn into a seam 1) evenly along the length of the seam, and 2) so that the space between them will be equal between one piece and the next, minus the seam allowance. There's a tl;dr, picture, and [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 1:15 PM - 9 answers

Keeping holidays special in COVID-19

I'm sure this must have been asked before, but I can't find anything quite like it, so: my family will not be celebrating Thanksgiving/Hanukkah/Christmas in person, but I'd like to still do something that feels special and tradition-y while celebrating virtually. I'm happy to do some legwork to make this work, so i'd like to start prepping now. What ideas do y'all have? [more inside]
posted by mosst at 8:25 AM - 10 answers

October 27

Two panel comic about booze buying during the pandemic.

Same (or similar?) picture in each panel of a person with a full shopping cart full of wine. On the left the character is saying, "don't worry, I'm not an alcoholic, I'm just having a party" and on the right the caption is, "don't worry, I'm not having a party, I'm just an alcoholic." [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 10:44 AM - 3 answers

October 26

What happened to the man who was deliberately ignoring the news?

Waaaaaay back near the start of the Trump administration (around the time of the North Korea trip), the Washington Post ran a story about a man who was deliberately filtering all news out of his life. It went viral, and there was much heated discussion of it around the web. Has there ever been a follow-up to that story? Do we know what happened to this man and his project? I am madly curious.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:22 PM - 4 answers

How to make a (very) large flat mask smaller?

Sewing experts of Metafilter, help! I found a great face mask that I just had to have (adorable bunny face pattern). Unfortunately, it is much too large for me, and I am struggling to figure out a way to make it fit. It's a standard "flat" type of mask without pleats. Link to the general idea included below. [more inside]
posted by chatelaine at 11:29 AM - 6 answers

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