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May 17

Vaccine hesitancy anecdote

I'm looking for an anecdote that I've come across a few times on Twitter and/or Tumblr. It involves a doctor getting someone to agree to a vaccine by countering the patient's conspiracy theory with an even wilder one. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by meese to Computers & Internet at 3:28 PM - 2 answers

Kickstarter tips for books

I'm launching a Kickstarter fo a book project that already has fan support. Have any of you done this successfully? Appreciate any advice / answers to questions within. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe to Work & Money at 3:24 PM - 2 answers

How to get the most deleted off a Mac without factory reset?

I've left dealing with returning my old, replaced computer to my employer to the last minute and now I'm running into an issue I hadn't considered: they've put a firmware password on so that I can't just do a factory reset and wipe it before I give it back. What should I do to ensure I get the most I can deleted with this critical path blocked? [more inside]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs to Computers & Internet at 2:37 PM - 9 answers

Skin cancer, sunscreen, all the things

Last week I got a basal cell carcinoma taken off my face (for the second time). This one was between my nose and one eye and contemplating my scar-to-be is not fun. Am getting the stitches out later this week, and I have questions. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna to Health & Fitness at 7:29 AM - 16 answers

Gettin' around the San Juan Islands

I understand I need — or it is a good idea to have — a ferry reservation to go from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands via car. My question is about what my options are once I am on one or another island: Can I drive off at one island, hop back on, and go to another island, without needing an additional reservation? [more inside]
posted by They sucked his brains out! to Travel & Transportation at 12:57 AM - 6 answers

May 16

How Can I Grow Old With Less Anger

How Can I Cope with Old Age? [more inside]
posted by SPrintF to Health & Fitness at 7:03 PM - 14 answers

Social services in Scarborough Ontario for a pregnant marginal woman?

There is a woman who begs for money in my neighbourhood in Scarborough Ontario. What social services are available to someone who is pregnant, single, unvaccinated, and out of status? [more inside]
posted by Multicellular Exothermic to Law & Government at 3:38 PM - 3 answers

Knitter in Knots

Can any knitters help me interpret a confusing section of a knitting pattern? I've read it over several times, asked other knitters, and even written to the knitting company, but I'm STILL not getting the answer I need. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 1:51 PM - 9 answers

What is this grass watering tool, and how can I purchase another one?

Several years ago my dad gave me this old gardening tool, that I've always referred to as a lawn water aerator. This particular tool that I owned was very cheaply made and could use some design improvements, but the concept is great and works very well in my dry climate. I need to buy a new one now, but my word searches aren't turning up what I need. [more inside]
posted by shornco to Home & Garden at 10:15 AM - 4 answers

How to get a URL of a search result from a website?

How do I generate a URL of a search result from a website which always shows its home URL? I would like to share a link with someone who could just click and see the result page.
posted by lanhan to Computers & Internet at 10:09 AM - 10 answers

When should I start to worry about a friend who’s MIA?

One of my friends texted me last night wanting to chat on the phone. I agreed, had to finish something for about 10 mins, and then texted him back saying I was good to go for the call. He hasn’t responded since then (it’s been a full night and half a day), and I'm starting to worry, but I can't tell if that’s an overreaction. What would non-anxious people do next? [more inside]
posted by morningmist to Human Relations at 6:08 AM - 13 answers

May 15

Total beginner's guide to buying a house

We are millennials who assumed we would never be able to afford to buy a house, so have no idea how to do these things. This weekend, a townhouse that is surprisingly reasonably priced has appeared on Zillow. I want it. The problem is, I have no idea how to make this happen. Help? [more inside]
posted by EllaEm to Home & Garden at 7:00 PM - 38 answers

Recipefilter: what did I buy and how do I use it

I bought some Home made Szechuan chili oil sauce at the local Chinese market and I'm not sure how to use it. [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten to Food & Drink at 5:36 PM - 9 answers

Can a MeFite who reads Arabic script please help me?

Bought this cool decorative plate at an antique mall on the weekend. Can anybody tell me what it says? Picture of the plate. I'm not sure it's oriented correctly, but there's a hook on the back of the plate that would hang it like this. Markings on the back seem to indicate that it's from Turkey. Thanks in advance!
posted by mccxxiii to Writing & Language at 4:52 PM - 5 answers

How do I bring my creative mojo back?

My creative writing mojo has left me. How do I get it back? I just don't feel like writing anymore, but it has always made me feel better. I want to write again. [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser to Writing & Language at 3:39 PM - 10 answers

Roller shades, to blocketh the light and not lighten thy pocketh

How the heck do people afford window coverings? I need some advice on roller shades, specifically. [more inside]
posted by tiny frying pan to Home & Garden at 12:05 PM - 11 answers

Dog ramp

Looking for personal recommendations for a dog ramp. [more inside]
posted by nantucket to Pets & Animals at 11:38 AM - 5 answers

I need input on how to handle a comment from my partner

My partner made a comment last night that I think is extremely unacceptable. I need input on how to address. [more inside]
posted by glaucon to Human Relations at 6:31 AM - 32 answers

May 14

Gnats in tent! Help!!!

We're camping in NE Florida and our brand new, completely closed up tent is FULL of gnats. What the hell is going on? [more inside]
posted by saladin to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:10 PM - 12 answers

How long before 30% Vinegar is safe for grazing animals?

In bright sun, how long until vinegar sprayed on plants is no longer vinegar? [more inside]
posted by Lesser Shrew to Pets & Animals at 2:41 PM - 7 answers

how best to protect woodwork outdoors?

We have a slab of eucalyptus currently being engraved with text, to be used as a marker outside tilted with the lettering upward, and fully exposed to the weather: rain, sun, whatever. (This is in California, so frost is rare and it has never snowed here yet). What is the best protective clear coating to use, if any? Suggestions have been to leave it as plain wood, covering with clear epoxy, and painting with marine spar varnish, but I've seen instances of each of the latter peeling, so I'm hoping someone can recommend what will last longest.
posted by anadem to Home & Garden at 1:06 PM - 7 answers

How do I take pictures on Android that arent one-second videos?

When I take pictures on my phone I will usually end up with an ultra-short video instead of still image. I guess maybe I'm holding my finger on the screen longer than the requisite millisecond? But sometimes I get lucky. Can I force it to always take stills when I'm not in video mode? I can't find anything for it in the settings. [more inside]
posted by paper chromatographologist to Technology at 12:41 PM - 5 answers

Backyard storage for rental with no shed or garage?

After 30+ years of home ownership, I am re-entering the rental market with my 14yo. The houses that are the best fit for us often lack outdoor storage, such as a garage or shed. Have you had this experience? How did you handle it? [more inside]
posted by Well I never to Home & Garden at 11:29 AM - 10 answers

Shorting the dunning krugerands : Retail Investor Edition

Are there funds accessible to the retail investor that can effectively short tether - or other crypto scamcoins? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia to Work & Money at 7:40 AM - 8 answers

Best source for positive climate news?

What is a good source (or the best source) for updates on solutions and mitigation on climate change? Examples: X government instituted a new law that brought carbon emissions down Y percent. B company is planting C new trees. D technology accomplishes E. [more inside]
posted by NotLost to Media & Arts at 6:11 AM - 11 answers

Adjustable Bed Frame with Inner spring mattress?

Have you used an adjustable bed frame with an innerspring mattress? The mattress I have is listed on the manufacturer’s site as adjustable compatible. But I can’t seem to find any reviews for how people like an adjustable frame with an innerspring of any type. I can’t do any sort of foam mattress (my joints fall out overnight and paramedics have to come remove me from bed, it’s truly nonnegotiable). How is using an adjustable frame with a firm-ish innerspring mattress? Have you or a relative tried it? [more inside]
posted by Bottlecap to Home & Garden at 2:05 AM - 5 answers

May 13

Can we talk about treat-dispensing toys?

My dog, who came to us five years ago as an 8-year-old retired show dog (dog tax), is incredibly food driven and loves treat dispensers way above all other toys. But we need some new challenges to keep her stimulated. Can you recommend some? Please keep in mind that she's a smallish dog (about 16 pounds) so can't handle huge toys, although she's a terrier so punching way about her weight seems like a fair fight to her.
posted by DrGail to Pets & Animals at 6:25 PM - 8 answers

Emergency healthy potluck help

I need a fast and easy healthy dish for a brunch potluck tomorrow, with some unusual caveats. Any brilliant ideas? [more inside]
posted by Missense Mutation to Food & Drink at 6:12 PM - 20 answers

Life after teaching

I am a UK-trained teacher who is considering leaving the profession within the next two years. Help me figure out my next steps. [more inside]
posted by mkdirusername to Work & Money at 5:47 PM - 6 answers

What kind of lawyer do I need? And can someone recommend one in NYC?

Let's say, hypothetically, that some time ago I complained to [government agency] about [private business]. [Government agency] used my complaint as a piece of evidence in a case they have filed against [private business]. I just received a message from [expensive lawyers] representing [private business] asking to have an "informal chat" and also suggesting that they intend to subpoena me to testify in the case. I would like to talk to a lawyer about my options here. However, I do not know what kind of lawyer I should be looking to speak with. [more inside]
posted by sparkling to Law & Government at 4:05 PM - 14 answers

Do you know how to be emulsified now? (Why didn't my emulsion emulsify?)

This afternoon I tried to make this recipe for toum, a simple emulsion of garlic, lemon juice, salt, and vegetable oil. The recipe is very simple - not much more complex than combining the ingredients in a food processor and processing until the ingredients emulsify. Except that today, for some reason, my ingredients did not emulsify. I would like to understand why. [more inside]
posted by Nerd of the North to Food & Drink at 3:20 PM - 15 answers

Trains vs rental car in Cote D'Azur

We're planning a trip to Nice in June and I'm trying to decide whether to rent a car or not. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by widdershins to Travel & Transportation at 12:38 PM - 14 answers

Movie ID help: person without glasses mistakes wild animal for cat?

I feel like it’s a zany comedy/horror from the 80’s and I also feel like the character is a woman. They’re already having a series of bad events and at some point they don’t have glasses on and they pick up or pet something that they think is a cat? This is really eating me up, thanks in advance for any help!
posted by ftm to Media & Arts at 12:37 PM - 6 answers

Here's another beginner-level question about Russia vs. Ukraine

I see that Putin is not happy that his war is driving Finland and Sweden closer to NATO membership, and strengthening NATO's resolve in general. This seems to me like a completely logical outcome of his invasion, so what am I missing here? Can you give me a simple explanation of why Putin thought that wouldn't happen? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa to Law & Government at 11:26 AM - 12 answers

WritingFilter: What did British teens like in the early 90s?

If you were a teen girl in the UK, London specifically, in the early 90s, what was the pop culture around you like? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 10:38 AM - 21 answers

Apparently looking for the unicorn of entryway rugs.

After much Googling, I am turning to AskMF. Can you help me find an entryway rug that's thin enough to fit under a closet door? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by leftover_scrabble_rack to Home & Garden at 10:19 AM - 8 answers

What are your favorite print publications?

Though print keeps getting left for dead, I still get a lot of joy and utility out of the physical magazines and newspapers I read - prompted by the recent move to digital-only by one of them, what are your favorites? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard to Media & Arts at 5:09 AM - 16 answers

Why is my right arm jerking uncontrollably for the last few years?

There's no pain, only sudden jerking movements. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier to Health & Fitness at 3:40 AM - 7 answers

May 12

Enzyme cleaner for urine on sofa?

I have a sofa that a family member urinated on. I've treated it 3 times with enzyme cleaner but it still smells. Is there a particularly good enzyme cleaner that might work better? Or another next step?
posted by medusa to Home & Garden at 8:05 PM - 8 answers

Reusable bags

I live in a state that, in its infinite wisdom, just outlawed the use of plastic and paper bags, including for grocery delivery. I am disabled and have to get my groceries delivered. What can I do with all of these waxed bags that I am now forced to receive and pay extra for every week along with my groceries? [more inside]
posted by twelve cent archie to Grab Bag at 7:48 PM - 9 answers