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April 18

Help, I accidentally bought a weird cheese

I bought Yancey’s Fancy Maple Bacon Cheddar thinking it was just bacon cheddar. I put it on a cheese plate and everyone was pretty sad about it. What can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour to Food & Drink at 4:44 AM - 23 answers

Should I drink this?

Suspicious water that's been through a filtering system. [more inside]
posted by Rora to Food & Drink at 4:40 AM - 4 answers

Decoding my glasses prescription!

I'm putting together an order for some new glasses at Zenni. I have my prescription, and I've filled in all the relevant boxes on the form at Zenni. So far so good. But I'm completely stumped by the final 3 lines of my prescription. Please halp! [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou to Health & Fitness at 1:25 AM - 4 answers

April 17

Name that b-movie!

Hivemind, I come to you begging for your kind help now that Google's failed me. Circa 1940-60s, obscure, black and white, low budget film about a *female* psychopath/serial killer with a knife and hypersexual personality, almost NO dialogue! Not being able to remember the name of this movie is driving me bonkers. Help! [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings to Media & Arts at 8:03 PM - 6 answers

Is it possible to have a "cold" without upper respiratory symptoms?

I've had a few bouts of illness this year that feel like a cold (fatigue, head ache-y, maybe some minor muscle aches, a bit of brain fog) without much (or any) upper respiratory symptoms like cough, runny nose, etc. or a fever. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by kylej to Health & Fitness at 6:41 PM - 10 answers

Advice/recommendations for Vancouver jewelry (coin too?) appraisers

Should I seek appraisal before selling my mother's jewelry for its melt value, and anyone have any recommendations for appraisers or metal/gem buyers in the Vancouver, BC area? [more inside]
posted by branparsons to Shopping at 3:46 PM - 3 answers

Can I use oven without its door gasket?

The rubber gasket around the edge of the door on my oven has come off. It fell down and caught fire on the electric heating element, which we quickly caught and put out. We had to throw the gasket away, of course. The landlord can replace the gasket next week. In the meantime, can I bake a pie without burning the house down?
posted by HeroZero to Home & Garden at 1:50 PM - 12 answers

Thinking about Rainlender

Yahoo has just added a new privacy screen before I can get to my calendar which said, in part, its purpose is to protect the developer. I have been thinking about switching to Rainlendar. It's been around for awhile, but seems simple and is very customizable. It goes on the desktop. Can I get it on my phone?
posted by CollectiveMind to Computers & Internet at 1:49 PM - 3 answers

Portland, OR dust cleaning and landlord issue

I’m having a peculiar issue with my landlord in regard to getting a room cleaned, and I don’t really know where to turn to get it done. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gucci mane to Home & Garden at 12:55 PM - 15 answers

Help me come up with vegetarian make-ahead breakfast ideas?

I'm trying to reduce dairy and grains in my diet, while increasing fruit/vegetables/fiber/fermented foods. To give you an idea of my tastes, my favorite breakfast ideas so far are berry/almond/quinoa salad, and egg/veggie "muffins" with israeli side salad. Savory is good: I am not opposed to eating sauerkraut with breakfast. Difficulty level: microwave/slow cooker available, but no stove or stovetop.
posted by hungrytiger to Food & Drink at 12:49 PM - 15 answers

Technical Help for a Watercolor Nature Journal

Where should I go online to find help finishing my Master's Project? It is an 8.5x5.5 journal for outdoor education students with watercolor illustrations, and it needs to be scanned, touched up, and formatted for printing. [more inside]
posted by grinagog to Education at 12:20 PM - 5 answers

How to write personal letter as a single home buyer?

If you sold your house to a single, childless person who submitted a personal letter with their offer, what did they write in that letter? Or, on the flip side, if you as single, childless person wrote a letter which helped you get your offer accepted, what did you say? [more inside]
posted by acidic to Home & Garden at 12:19 PM - 22 answers

I need some ideas for an ontology/semantic web class project!

I'm doing an independent study class on Ontology & the Semantic Web in my MSLIS program this semester and I'm kind of drawing a blank on what sorts of things I could do for a class project that aren't either too ambitious or too small potatoes. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco to Education at 11:32 AM - 2 answers

Tell me about living next to a solar farm.

To counter some unfortunate local NIMBYism, I need first-hand accounts of what it's like to live next to a solar farm. [more inside]
posted by daisystomper to Technology at 11:22 AM - 3 answers

Help me find this stoic advice for depression

A while ago, I ran across an article about a Japanese (I think) man who approached depression from a sort of Stoic angle. The thing I remember was his focus on the outer world rather than the inner: his main question was something like "what has to be done?" or "what needs to happen?, meaning what things need to happen in your day, and focusing on the process of doing rather than on introspection. I know this is pretty vague. Any help is appreciated!
posted by sixswitch to Health & Fitness at 10:28 AM - 4 answers

Movies with non-punctuation symbols replacing words in their logos?

I'm looking to find or generate a list of movies whose official title includes at least one symbol replacing a letter or word. For instance, David O. Russell's 2004 film 'I ♥ Huckabee' uses a heart symbol in its official title. Punctuation symbols like dollar signs ($$$) or other non-letter punctuation does not count. 'I ♥ Huckabee' can't possibly the only one, right?
posted by mediamelt to Media & Arts at 7:50 AM - 22 answers

Car title woes

Help me get this car off my hands. Why is it so hard to prove sole ownership of my car so I can simply sell this car with its released, out-of-state title, and plenty of supporting documentation, too? [more inside]
posted by edithkeeler to Technology at 7:35 AM - 7 answers

Which is the better flight option?

These are both for the return leg of international travel. Flight option A routes from LPA at 6:40am to 10:20am MAD /11:50am MAD to 2:15pm ORD / 5:00pm ORD to 6:30pm MCI. Option B routes frtom LPA at 7:40am to 11:20am MAD / 1:10pm MAD to 3:40pm PHL / 8:25pm PHL to 10:23pm MCI. [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla to Travel & Transportation at 7:33 AM - 9 answers

Where's this Cabbage Patch midwife's experience essay?

I can't seem to find this online essay, written by an employee of the Cabbage Patch doll hospital, anywhere. [more inside]
posted by Acheman to Grab Bag at 6:53 AM - 3 answers

Wasn’t there a change to the law making an old school essay correct?

I have this clear recollection of reading a story (maybe even on the Blue!) about a man (in the US?) who lobbied to change a law for years, and when the change was passed, he was able to get a decade(s?) old school essay regraded because it was factual under the new law. But where is this story?
posted by Martijn to Writing & Language at 1:38 AM - 4 answers

April 16

Veterinary dip of sulfurated lime solution. How toxic?

Just gave my dog a dip of sulfurated lime solution. She's licking it off her fur. Is it harmful to ingest? [more inside]
posted by valannc to Pets & Animals at 8:19 PM - 7 answers

Research on genetics for very small things?

My toddler has a distinctive way of folding his fingers while waving goodbye that I have been told my husband's late grandfather, who baby never met, used to do. Can there really be a genetic cause for such an insignificant thing? If not, what can account for this? [more inside]
posted by ficbot to Grab Bag at 7:30 PM - 11 answers

Change to New Secondary Email

I've have a Yahoo account which I use as a secondary email for online shopping, random news sites like certain politicians or quiz games. It's basically non-personal stuff and no messaging. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady to Computers & Internet at 2:36 PM - 6 answers

Help me be better about money and honesty

Last year, I posted this. In the time since, I've been going to a therapist most weeks, and I've benefited from that, especially in the anxiety and depression arenas. However, I am still struggling with my spending habits and associated honesty. I am working on not making impulse purchases (food has been a big trigger for me), and on better planning my expenditures. I still feel like I am scrambling to perform responsible adult thinking and budgeting. Metafilter, how do I get over my little panic attacks and reactive behavior and learn to save and spend like an adult? [more inside]
posted by skookumsaurus rex to Work & Money at 2:29 PM - 26 answers

Mentions of gadgets in literature

I was reading one of the excellent Sherlock Holmes short stories, though I don't recall which one, and was struck by the off-hand mention of a telephone. I know that this and many other devices had a presence in the 19th century, but am curious about their depiction in literature. How did "gadgets," enter the popular consciousness? [more inside]
posted by Alensin to Writing & Language at 2:19 PM - 11 answers

France and mobile phone + data for travellers

I'm going to France for ~10 days and I'm considering my options to stay connected. [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood to Computers & Internet at 1:28 PM - 7 answers

Testing for bee venom allergies before my honey wings it as a beekeeper

My significant other has decided to become a beekeeper. We're both buzzing with excitement--the hive arrives next week. He doesn't think he's ever been stung by a honey bee before, and he can't recall having any adverse reactions, but we've heard that allergies can change/worsen with age. I'd like to avoid discovering that one of us is severely allergic after the fact. What is the easiest/fastest/cheapest way to get tested? Are there direct-to-consumer tests that you'd recommend, or are we stuck making an appointment with an allergist?
posted by houseofleaves to Health & Fitness at 1:04 PM - 14 answers

Best 529 plan to invest in

I reside in California and am looking for a 529 plan to invest in for my offspring. I found this previously posted Ask, but the question is more than 10 years old now. I would love updated suggestions, and I would also love information and guidance on the specifics of what makes one plan any better than another. This is all new to me. Thanks in advance!
posted by choochoo to Work & Money at 9:36 AM - 7 answers

Are hydrogen peroxide soaks safe?

I have recently been trying Hydrogen Peroxide feet soaks to cure a toenail fungal infection. I was trying vinegar soaks without much sucess until I found a blog where a woman was suggesting to use hydrogen peroxide soaks. I decided to give it a try and I was surprised to find out that the infection started to fade after a few soaks. I would like to continue the treatment but I just want to make sure that it is safe. [more inside]
posted by Fromthesouth to Health & Fitness at 8:06 AM - 10 answers

Seeking Specific Storytelling Style

For a project I'm working on, I'm looking for examples of a very specific type of storytelling in film/tv. A character recounts a stressful/scary event, and the camera work changes/becomes more intense while the story is being told. [more inside]
posted by lizifer to Media & Arts at 6:52 AM - 7 answers

April 15

Andouille, use or freeze by a month ago. Can I eat it?

Package of Aidell's andouille sausage, not opened, kept refrigerated, use or freeze by date of March 8th. Can I make some jambalaya out of this tomorrow and not worry?
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee to Food & Drink at 10:12 PM - 11 answers

Women’s shoes on concrete

This summer I’m going to an event at a convention center where I’ll be spending three days on a concrete floor. My feet usually kill me. In the past I’ve worn street-style sneakers, like Kangaroos (hence my MetaFilter name, because I kept quarters in the pockets). I’m wondering what’s the best casual shoe on concrete? [more inside]
posted by quarterinmyshoe to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 7:29 PM - 16 answers

Help me dye my brown hair brown

I'm trying to cover gray roots using brown hair dye, but I end up with orange-ish roots. How do I prevent this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by Pleased_As_Punch to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 5:55 PM - 12 answers

How long until this Xanax exits my system?

I accidentally took 2mg instead of .2mg of Xanax 22 hours ago because I mis-read the packet. I've slept for about 19 of them and am still careening off walls and staggering around like a drunk. This is rediculous. How long until this wears off and I can function?
posted by DarlingBri to Science & Nature at 5:52 PM - 9 answers

Help me remember this website

I'm trying to remember a website, hoping MeFi can help me. Sorry, I know this is vague. It's just a list of documents gathered from different places -- similar concept to The Smoking Gun though I think the subject matter was different. [more inside]
posted by duoshao to Computers & Internet at 2:50 PM - 9 answers

What is the sequence in pitching an article for publication ?

Do you write an article before pitching or you pitch before writing?
posted by Yiba to Media & Arts at 1:44 PM - 8 answers

From cube rube to speedcuber

How can I best go from being a beginner to being more advanced at solving the rubik’s cube? [more inside]
posted by umbú to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 11:51 AM - 5 answers

Who is the saint in this Russian orthodox mosaic?

When I visited Tallinn, Estonia, I photographed some of the mosaics on the exterior of the 1901 Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral. The mosaics depict saints. Next to their images are their names in Cyrillic text that includes letters from the early Cyrillic alphabet. Translating early Cyrillic is beyond my minimal level of expertise in the Russian language. However, I'd like to know who I photographed, so if anyone here is handy with this form of Russian, a translation would be much appreciated. Here is the photo:
posted by A. Davey to Religion & Philosophy at 9:44 AM - 4 answers

Can I shift my friends group dynamic to be more positive?

One friend holds patriarchal views about women [more inside]
posted by winterportage to Human Relations at 9:34 AM - 30 answers

Should I write this novel?

I have an interesting idea for a novel but I am not sure if I have the ability to write a novel. [more inside]
posted by whitelotus to Media & Arts at 7:16 AM - 35 answers