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November 24

I want to feel like I'm sleeping on the floor, but not be on the floor

I'm looking for a bed frame where instead of slats, there is just a solid surface. I currently sleep on a Japanese futon mattress that is on the floor, but I'd like to find a bed that would allow me to be up off the ground and keep that solid feeling under my mattress. Google has failed me so far. Any suggestions?
posted by holmesian to Home & Garden at 3:49 PM - 11 answers

Help Me Identify This Tool, Episode Eleventy Million

We recently moved to a new-to-us house. Yesterday we set about cleaning out the garage's attic. There wasn't much up there but a few sleeping bags, some gun cleaning equipment and three identical of these things. They're made of iron and fit in your hand (5" folded, just under 6" extended.) It only unfolds as far as it's shown in the picture, so not quite to 90 degrees. The conical section is threaded, but the threads aren't deep so it doesn't look like anything self-tapping. Any ideas?
posted by workerant to Home & Garden at 10:58 AM - 1 answers

Too much storage unit, too little time.

My mom died a couple months ago (expected, peaceful, but still really hard). There is now a huge storage unit full of stuff for my siblings and I to deal with. [more inside]
posted by Cocodrillo to Human Relations at 10:19 AM - 6 answers

How do I re-carpet with confidence?

New carpet is needed but I have all these issues. HALP [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas to Home & Garden at 5:51 AM - 10 answers

November 23

Budding fiction writer lacks confidence (no MFA) and needs help!

Essentially 1) Do I need to know technical details of creative writing? 2) Am I disadvantaged because I don't have an MFA? 3) How do I work in relative isolation? 4) Are online writing courses useful? [more inside]
posted by dostoevskygirl to Writing & Language at 4:55 PM - 21 answers

more adventures in boundary drawing!

Help me figure out how to draw boundaries with a friend who is also a customer at a business I help manage. [more inside]
posted by thereemix to Human Relations at 1:02 PM - 11 answers

How do I stop my LG smart TV from turning off my PS4?

I've adjusted every setting and yet every time I turn off my LG smart TV it abruptly cuts the power to my PS4 and it won't even turn on until the TV has been on for several seconds. What is going on? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel to Technology at 10:19 AM - 3 answers

What ducks are these?

Are these ducks escaped domestic ducks of some kind, or are they a weird species of wild duck that I'm unfamiliar with? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay to Science & Nature at 10:07 AM - 7 answers

November 22

A very strange CMS issue.

We are using an old CMS (soon to be retired) and something very odd is happening that I can’t get my head around. [more inside]
posted by Lescha to Computers & Internet at 2:03 PM - 10 answers

Coco Movie - Appropriateness for a younger child with sensory issues

My five year old has some mild sensory issues (mostly aural) and is on the autism spectrum (high functioning / mostly social behavior related issues). His school class has a trip to the movies later today to see Coco, and I'm checking if anyone can confirm how loud it is / how scary it is relative to that age group. [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi to Media & Arts at 10:44 AM - 5 answers

Can I eat this? Late Blue Apron delivery version.

We ordered Blue Apron (through one of those 100% free week offers!) for the first time. The food came late, they are crediting the account so we get a free box next time, and I need some help to determine if I can still safely eat some/all of the contents of the box. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune to Food & Drink at 10:32 AM - 7 answers

What's the heaviest, rockiest, thrashiest, grungiest synth/piano songs?

My middle school kid is a keyboard player and loves it. He's been playing for years and is in our city's local version of "The School of Rock" where young musically-talented people get put together in bands and practice/perform regularly. The problem is that he's in a band of mostly metal and heavy rock-influenced kids, and though they've been receptive to what he's been interested in playing (they did kickass Joy Division and Jesus & Mary Chain covers last time), he's interested in trying to find harder, more rock oriented or upbeat stuff to try with them. [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt to Media & Arts at 7:36 AM - 30 answers

Middle-aged man in search of the perfect wallet

I have spent years looking for a good, buy once, wallet. They are generally too small (Credit cards don't fit) or the leather is shoddy and falls apart. I will pay top dollar for a really great leather wallet. Suggestions please.
posted by captainscared to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 7:01 AM - 31 answers

Any Buddhist Retreats Wk of Dec 26-31 w/in a 6-hr Drive of New Haven?

Anyone know of any? I know it's a long shot but this is something I'd like to try. Doesn't have to be the whole week. Needs to accommodate beginners. Prefer something heavy on silent meditation. Thanks!
posted by ZenMasterThis to Religion & Philosophy at 6:55 AM - 4 answers

How to change from an "alpha" to a "beta"

My workplace is absolutely awash with people who are constantly jockeying for position. I am in the really fortunate position of having now been promoted to the job I want at the level I want to stay at for the rest of my career. So how can I be one of the people who manage to put their egos aside and quit playing these games? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane to Work & Money at 3:46 AM - 14 answers

November 21

Volunteering for a Paid Position

Is it appropriate to offer to work for free at a non-profit if the position is usually paid? [more inside]
posted by agentofselection to Work & Money at 10:50 PM - 14 answers

How can I change how I see a website?

Please help me bleach a part of a website! I'm doing it with a Firefox add on, but it's not updated for 57 and I doubt that it ever will be, and I can't update Firefox until I can replace the function it fills for me. I want to stay with Firefox, and get updates. Please don't suggest Pale Moon. [more inside]
posted by monopas to Computers & Internet at 9:40 PM - 3 answers

Help Me Mac My Roku and Continue Life Sans TV

So my puny 19in TV finally gave up the ghost and I feel zero need to replace it. I'm the happy new owner of a 27in iMac on which I can stream my Amazon and Netflix addictions. And yet. I miss my Roku. Details below. [more inside]
posted by eglenner to Computers & Internet at 9:12 PM - 10 answers

Help me light my loo

I'm looking for a nightlight solution for our bathroom. It just needs to be barely bright enough to illuminate the way, so we can navigate a nocturnal path to it. [more inside]
posted by Pig Tail Orchestra to Home & Garden at 8:54 PM - 21 answers

twitter basic

Apologies for the lamest question of the day, but is it possible to see who has liked or forwarded a tweet? I know you can see how many people have liked it. Hovering over or clicking the likes doesn't show who liked it, though. Is there a to see who liked or forwarded a tweet? [more inside]
posted by flourpot to Computers & Internet at 7:35 PM - 2 answers

Questions about sharing old Audio Archives online.

I have an old computer not connected to the internet (Mac OSX 10.6.8) (not my main computer) with some old audio files (Audacity 1.3.14-beta) archived on it. I would like to hear some suggestions for the easiest way to share these audio files online. [more inside]
posted by ovvl to Computers & Internet at 6:45 PM - 3 answers

Evolution 101

What are some good books to explain the basics of evolution and how it works while countering creationism and ID? [more inside]
posted by thedarksideofprocyon to Science & Nature at 5:55 PM - 16 answers

How can I get the boiler in my new flat to start up?

I just bought a new flat and I can't get the combi boiler (hot water / central heating) to start up. It turns on, and although it is old I have no reason to believe it shouldn't work. I don't want to look like an idiot calling out a plumber for something stupid I don't understand. Details and photos inside. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c to Home & Garden at 1:56 PM - 9 answers

Rotary Telephone Trick?

I started reading "Secondhand Time" after seeing it recommended in another ask, and I'm curious about a "trick" that involves a rotary phone. The trick was "so that the KGB agents who tapped our phones wouldn't be able to make anything out" [more inside]
posted by one4themoment to Technology at 1:38 PM - 9 answers

Record digital video without distortion?

I want to take some video of myself, weekly, that doesn't distort the proportions of my body. But, all webcams (and I think my mac's built-in camera?) seem to have fish-eye lenses. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 to Computers & Internet at 11:27 AM - 4 answers

What to say in job application when supervisor will speak unfavorably?

With my last long term full time employment, I was subject to some rather unsavory behavior by my employer. Human resources had to be involved, and I wasn't told very much about the situation and they were not terminated. Most applications ask A) may we contact supervisor and B) why did you leave. Officially I was laid off, as that was really the only retaliation they could legally do (state employment). I obviously won't be getting a good review from that person even though my employment reviews were quite good. What do you say i this situation?
posted by kingbuzzie to Work & Money at 9:53 AM - 22 answers

Non-US Disability/Handicapped Access

Can anyone suggest an information source for learning about disability/handicapped accessibility resources in other countries? Are public buildings/facilities set-up or required to have ease-of-access entry? I have family members that would like to travel but are concerned about a lack of access. In particular, they are mobility-impaired and use either a walker or scooter for most of their daily activities.
posted by sandpine to Health & Fitness at 9:01 AM - 4 answers

November 20

Big difference between Wordpress stats and server logs

Hi, I volunteer as co-editor and main tech person for an academic collaborative blog. In our most recent full calendar month (October 2017), there was a 4-fold difference between the unique visitors reported by our server logs (Awstats) and what was reported by Why? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit to Technology at 8:38 PM - 7 answers

animism shmaninism!

I've been reading a lovely but very heady book about animism. What are some other books (or other types of media) that explore animism themes further, and perhaps more directly? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish to Religion & Philosophy at 7:55 PM - 3 answers

Will you help me time my Thanksgiving meal?

I have never cooked a big meal before. I'd like to do as much in advance as possible. Please share your expertise. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato to Food & Drink at 3:49 PM - 10 answers

What kind of houseplant is this?

Small, delicate indoor plant with trifolate leaves, each leaf has 1-2 ridges along each side. Grows upright, and leaves are medium green, thin and glossy, no woody stems. Here's a picture. [more inside]
posted by Orca to Home & Garden at 2:23 PM - 2 answers

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 to Grab Bag at 1:39 PM - 6 answers

I don't think that I can take it, 'cause it took so long to bake it

Can you recommend a great, relatively simple birthday cake recipe? Amazing buttercream frosting is a must; other specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby to Food & Drink at 1:32 PM - 16 answers

Best Family Boardgames

Ticket to Ride was a big hit with the grandkids last year. I'd like to get them another game. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 12:58 PM - 40 answers

Wordpress wants my featured image to be my sad, sad face

Is there any way to add "featured image" capability to a self-hosted Wordpress site without CSS? Is there really no plug-in? [more inside]
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese to Computers & Internet at 12:48 PM - 9 answers

Nontoy gift ideas for kids

I am seeking nontoy gift ideas for kids in the 7- to 11-year-old range. [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue to Shopping at 12:33 PM - 19 answers

Games that Simulate Multiple Generations

My favorite part of The Sims is watching a family grow and change through multiple generations. I'd like to iterate through those generations faster. [more inside]
posted by moonroof to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 12:03 PM - 6 answers

Name that book, again: French guy does some... stuff?

I have another forgotten book title question. This one was set in colonial New York, with a French aristocrat; he comes over from Europe, does some stuff in NY, then goes on a trip down a river... [more inside]
posted by reshet to Media & Arts at 11:39 AM - 2 answers

Who could make a custom size ceramic bowl

I am interested in having a bowl with specific dimensions made for my cat. He has food allergy so he has prescription food, and I have just gotten this feeder that keeps his food separate from our other 2 cats. The problem is he is also allergic to plastic and the plastic bowl that it comes with causes sores on his face. I would like a bowl made that fits into the recessed area in the feeder. [more inside]
posted by ridogi to Media & Arts at 10:13 AM - 14 answers

Last minute non-factory turkey suggestions, Central Los Angeles

I have taken on the task, last minute, of making a Thanksgiving turkey for just two. I live in Echo Park, Los Angeles - on this late date, where should I get a turkey that isn't just a big old ball of hormones and antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 to Shopping at 9:59 AM - 16 answers