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March 19

Cyclone Idai help

In view of events in Mozambique and beyond, I was wondering if there are Mefites who are knowledgeable about the region and who can advise on help. [more inside]
posted by doggod to Human Relations at 4:39 PM - 4 answers

Annatto seed vs Annotto powder

How do I appropriately substitute Annatto powder for Annatto seed? [more inside]
posted by leafwoman to Food & Drink at 3:54 PM - 3 answers

“I was very careful never to take an interesting job.”

What sorts of jobs would pay the bills but won’t chew up and consume the best parts of me? [more inside]
posted by octopodiatrist to Work & Money at 1:46 PM - 10 answers

March 18

I wish I was a little bit taller, not really, just faster.

I am competing in a 10k this Sunday. Due to my wave assignment, my average pace leaves little margin to finish. Tips and tricks for gaining a tiny bit of speed this week? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey to Health & Fitness at 9:37 PM - 9 answers

Looking For Someone with More Unix and Regex Know-How for Quick Question

Need some help getting five regular expression search-and-replaces working within a Unix bash shell script. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike to Computers & Internet at 5:43 PM - 14 answers

Accidentally amended my taxes on H&R Block... did they actually send it?

To keep it short and sufficient, I filed in February, then learned I possibly could have to amend. Filled out experimental amounts to see what my new liability could be, now it seems the amended return(s) were sent, confusingly on H&R's website. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude to Law & Government at 5:18 PM - 5 answers

Maintaining cyber privacy while online dating

I've recently started online dating. The last time I did this was in 2003. The interconnectedness of the various social medias plus embedded location tracking has it feeling DRAMATICALLY different from a privacy and safety standpoint than it did my first time around, and I've already unintentionally exposed myself in a couple ways that have left me feeling a little freaked out. What should I be doing/thinking about to keep myself safe and/or not share certain details about myself before I'm ready? What am I not thinking about or may not be aware of? [more inside]
posted by anderjen to Computers & Internet at 1:03 PM - 17 answers

Oreos without the cream filling, please

I like the taste of the chocolate biscuits that are the outer layers of Oreos. I do not like the filling - it is far too sweet for me, and I have to scrape it off. How do I get my hands on cookies (biscuits) that are basically Oreos without the filling? [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen to Food & Drink at 1:00 PM - 15 answers

Should I learn accounting?

Can a layperson learn accounting to the point where they can truly understand it? And is it a good use of one's time? [more inside]
posted by rada to Work & Money at 12:07 PM - 10 answers

Films by French filmmakers about America?

Preferably filmed in America. [more inside]
posted by Cwell to Media & Arts at 9:08 AM - 15 answers

curtain conundrum

I have a set of curtains with eyelet rings. I have a set of windows where--due to the previous owners 70's-era sensibilities--the only way to hang curtains is with hooks that then attach to a curtain runner. Is there a way to convert the eyelet curtains so I can use them on those windows? [more inside]
posted by colfax to Home & Garden at 2:24 AM - 11 answers

March 17

How to mail GF baked goods for peak freshness

I would really like to mail some gluten-free cookies to my long-distance faraway sweetheart. Is this even really possible to do in a way that keeps them somewhat fresh? I would probably make oatmeal cookies from a Minimalist Baker recipe that I add dried fruit and pumpkin seeds to. What's the best plan for packaging, mailing, etc? What has worked for you? Thanks Metafilter!
posted by fairlynearlyready to Food & Drink at 7:06 PM - 8 answers

citizen oversight for municipal budget

Is there such a thing as a Citizen Oversight Board for a city's budget? There are examples for police misconduct, but are there any such boards for fiscal oversight?
posted by mmiddle to Law & Government at 4:50 PM - 5 answers

In some other language, please?

It's common in, but not limited to, a science-fiction setting for one person to give a long-winded technical explanation of something and someone else asks "In English, please?" Lots of examples discussed here. How is this phrased in other languages? [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta to Media & Arts at 1:32 PM - 15 answers

How to fix battery corrosion in Walkman battery pack?

I opened up my Walkman Pro (WM-D6C) and found that, however long ago I'd last used it, a) I'd left batteries in the battery pack, and b) they corroded. I cleaned it up a bit and tried new batteries, but no luck. (The unit's otherwise functional, as it works with the AC adapter) Here are some photos of the unit: https://imgur.com/a/zBoOyfq [more inside]
posted by the sobsister to Technology at 10:30 AM - 7 answers

How are boxes typically kept while being mailed?

I am shipping something that would ideally stay in a specific temperature range. I know about heat packs and cold packs and overnight shipping, but this question is not about any of that. I just want to know - when a box is shipped, what does its transit tend to look like from a temperature perspective around the outside of the box? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla to Shopping at 10:13 AM - 8 answers

Show Me How To Fight

The scene in Fury Road where Max fights Furiousa is one of the best fight scenes I've ever seen. It's in broad daylight, with multiple characters and agendas, yet it's always crystal clear who's doing what and why, while the various personalities of the characters and their motivations make perfect sense. Show me other fight scenes with such clarity please.
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Media & Arts at 8:40 AM - 19 answers

Remote Desktop Connection Through Access point?

Put my Desktop on an access point and now Remote Desktop Connection fails. Halp? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s to Computers & Internet at 5:27 AM - 6 answers

Bring them breakfast muffin recipes (aka when your baby is a lark)

Now that kiddo had been waking up at 4 a.m. for the past week (hi jetlag), occured to me that I might as well use the time to make lemonade out of a lemony situation and bake! and be less of a sourpuss myself. So, hit me up with your favorite breakfast muffin/cookie/crumpet/othersuchthing recipes. [more inside]
posted by speakeasy to Food & Drink at 1:53 AM - 10 answers

March 16

Phone call transferred to international line - fees?

I am located in the United States. I called a 1-800 number and they said they'd have to transfer me to their New Zealand number. Will I be charged as if I had called New Zealand directly? [more inside]
posted by segfault to Technology at 11:45 PM - 4 answers

Help me shut this doll up fast

Kid bought giant plastic doll in Istanbul, we discovered it has a touch voicebox on the belly that shouts in Turkish. In three hours we are at a long serious church service and she desperately wants to bring the doll with her. How do I silence the doll? Google just returns endless creepy doll movie and trachetomy care results, and I have a weeping child with a giant screaming Turkish doll on my hands. HELP
posted by dorothyisunderwood to Grab Bag at 8:16 PM - 29 answers

I do Not want to be Lord of the Flies!

The “parrot house” suddenly has an annoying new species....small flies ( not fruit flies but ones I think people call helicopter flies). I suspect they arrived in a bale of straw that has been moved outside. Spring bounced on Oregon this week, creating the swarm and giving me the chance to open windows and doors for thorough cleaning. [more inside]
posted by ZenMajek to Pets & Animals at 7:04 PM - 5 answers

Help me read *only* the parts of the Bible about Jesus's time on Earth.

So, I'm an atheist, but I'd like to read the parts of the Bible that are about Jesus's life on Earth, and I'd like to avoid reading any of the rest of it. If that's my goal, what sections should I read? [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo to Religion & Philosophy at 3:05 PM - 28 answers

Defamation as Artistic License in Film

Howdy MeFites! I’ve recently become interested in the use of defamation of real, historic figures depicted in motion pictures as a form of “artistic license”. I’d very much appreciate recommendations of other examples. [more inside]
posted by darkstar to Media & Arts at 1:06 PM - 17 answers

What kind of 9x13 oven pan/dish should I get? (EU)

I need a 9x13 size oven pan or dish, but I'd like to buy just one for both dessert baking and casserole style dishes that call for that size. Is that workable? Right now I'm looking at two very different things: this baking tin (pro: inexpensive! it has a lid! con: non-stick finish, will eventually need to be replaced; too thin for casserole type dishes?) and this enameled cast iron baking dish (pro: should be a buy-once item -- done and dusted. cons: can't tell what the depth is -- maybe too high and therefore a problem (idk!) for baked goods? is cast iron not great for things like cakes?) [more inside]
posted by taz to Food & Drink at 12:58 PM - 17 answers

how to have a really awkward work conversation

I have to have an uncomfortable conversation with my boss regarding a medical issue. Small town small business complications galore. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by thereemix to Work & Money at 10:51 AM - 9 answers

March 15

Looking for music video

Where the drummer is on the ceiling upside-down and possibly spinning around. I think it was a video made from a live show. The music is heavy metal and in a European language.
posted by Jason and Laszlo to Media & Arts at 6:50 PM - 7 answers

Cons of abortion counter-protesting

I was reading this twitter thread that was linked to in the comments about the mansplaining poem and the author wrote that counter-protesting abortion clinic harassers does not work. Where can I find more to read about this? [more inside]
posted by Hactar to Society & Culture at 6:23 PM - 4 answers

Does SnoreAid work?

SnoreAid is a passive device that goes into your nostrils. I've tried the Breathe Right strips which did not work. Has anyone tried SnoreAid, and if so how effective is it? Is the explanation "While working in unison, the above-stated elements of our device will increase your air intake without letting such excess air escape. As a result, more air is taken in, than lost; thus, creating a positive air pressure build-up" just BS because breathing doesn’t work that way?
posted by Sophont to Health & Fitness at 6:08 PM - 10 answers

Switch RPG Recommendation

I'd like to jump into a big JRPG on the Switch. What's the best entry point into modern or relatively modern JRPGs on Switch? Anything post FF7 without required crafting or loot-box mechanics. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight to Media & Arts at 5:43 PM - 7 answers

Poem from Gloria Bell

This morning I saw the film Gloria Bell. I would love to find the poem Arnold reads to Gloria from what looks like a book of Latin American poetry. Google isn’t helping. Any leads or suggestions you may have would be great.
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér to Media & Arts at 1:11 PM - 4 answers

Need Help looking for a new LSSP (School Psychology) job.

This is for my girlfriend. She is finishing up her 2nd year as a school psychologist (LSSP) at a co-op that has been, frankly, an unhealthy working environment. They are completely unorganized, she has 5 ISDs she's driving between, and they only pay her $34K. She's looking for a new position in Austin, Texas and the surrounding ISDs. She's applied to all of them but it's been 2 weeks and she hasn't heard anything back. She wants to live in Austin because that's where her life is. [more inside]
posted by ggp88 to Work & Money at 12:39 PM - 2 answers

Three 10 Year Olds = Movie?

I will have three ten year old boys to keep alive in about four hours. I will be responsible for them for about 5 hours. Which move (singular) should I have in my back pocket for the 10 pm - 12 am collapse? Preferably one that is unlikely any have seen as experience suggests familiarity breeds discontent.
posted by zizzle to Media & Arts at 12:31 PM - 38 answers

Seeking Youtube song video about two Goth sisters

A year ago I watched this amazing YT music video but can't seem to find it again. What I recall: 1) two women were the singers and nobody else appeared in the video. Very 19th century Goth. [more inside]
posted by Mogur to Media & Arts at 11:30 AM - 2 answers

Wanted: your best wisdom & resources to support an 'estrangee'

My sibling has stopped speaking with me under typical-sounding but (and?) genuinely unfathomable circumstances. Most of the advice on the internet feels hurtful because it's always invalidating towards the estrangee and unconditionally supportive of the estranger. I need different help and recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Aarti_Faarti to Human Relations at 10:29 AM - 60 answers

It’s Annus Domini 2019 and It Is Time

What is the best (easiest to use, most private, reliable) free web mail today? I would like to open an email account for throwaway purposes, such as newsletter sign-ups and so on. I do not like the fact that Gmail asks for my phone number. Thank you!
posted by Atrahasis to Computers & Internet at 9:53 AM - 7 answers

Does she have to move out already? :(

Is co-sleeping more beneficial to me than it is to my baby, and should I end it? If so, how on earth? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba to Human Relations at 9:40 AM - 28 answers

Tell me about being a SKYWARN spotter

We had our first tornado warning of the season last night, and I'm thinking I'd like to train as a SKYWARN spotter. The one question I can't find the answer to is, What's it actually like? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal to Science & Nature at 6:57 AM - 8 answers

March 14

I think I like my solitude.

I (mid-30s single straight white male, USA) am finding myself disinterested in dating/romantic connection. How do I talk myself out of this? Should I talk myself out of this? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape to Human Relations at 10:00 PM - 26 answers

Career mobility for psychotherapist/counsellors?

Practicing psychotherapists/counsellors: how hard is it to move from state to state within the US over the course of your career? If I train in New York but in ten years time want to go live to Chicago, would this be really hard? Same question, but for between the US and the UK. If I train in one country, should I accept that it would be really hard to move to the other country, or at least would involve expensive retraining? Soon to be ex-academic expat considering future options... [more inside]
posted by EllaEm to Work & Money at 4:25 PM - 13 answers