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Kitchen gadget excellence

What is your favourite kitchen tool or accessory? [more inside]
posted by orange and yellow to Food & Drink at 3:21 PM on Oct 25, 2020 - 52 answers [23 favorites]

Where Do people (Virtually) Hang Out These Days?

I get lonely at night, and don't have anyone to talk to. In pre-covid times I had a few activities I went out and did in order to meet and talk to people, or at least to get out of the house, but obviously, that's not possible right now. Are there places that people go to hang out on line just to talk? Special requests inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 8:49 AM on Oct 25, 2020 - 11 answers [19 favorites]

Productivity: alone vs among a sea of strangers

I live by myself, and I'm at my least productive when I'm in my apartment. This applies to work projects and normal deadlines. I'm at my most productive when I'm at a coffeeshop in the middle of strangers, and listening to white noise. I've always been this way, as far as I can remember. [more inside]
posted by kinoeye to Human Relations at 12:32 PM on Oct 25, 2020 - 10 answers [13 favorites]

Where are all of the professional WARM sweaters?

I need some professional sweaters for work that are WARM. I say "WARM" because all of the professional looking sweaters I see are delicate and lightweight and simple won't keep me warm. I'd love to wear Patagonia or REI outdoor sweaters all winter long because they'd keep me warm, but they aren't professional. Help?
posted by Toddles to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:51 PM on Oct 24, 2020 - 23 answers [16 favorites (12 in the past 24 hours)]

Small space, apartment-friendly workouts on YouTube

I only have a small, yoga-mat sized space to exercise, and I can't be jumping around too much in my apartment. Can you recommend any good workouts that I could follow on YouTube? Bodyweight, stretching, yoga, cardio... I have found a few good ones by searching apartment-friendly or small space, but I'm wondering if there are any good ones that aren't advertised as such. Thank you!
posted by iamsuper to Health at 11:05 AM on Oct 22, 2020 - 15 answers [45 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

Large Scale Recipes

I cook for food insecure and unhoused folks at least once a week. Everyone especially loves comfort food like tamale pie, spaghetti and meatballs, red beans and rice, etc. I like to change things up frequently so people don’t get bored. Please share your favorite large scale recipes (12, 30, 50 servings and up.)
posted by sleepy psychonaut to Food & Drink at 9:23 AM on Oct 25, 2020 - 10 answers [7 favorites]

Looking to formalize my vast but informal experience with a PMP cert?

I'm looking to use my experience with informal but real-life Project Managing in a wiggly industry, and try to expand my job opportunities to a more stable career, by getting a PMP Certification and therefore, in my mind, "formalizing" my knowledge. My question is regarding the value of test preparation certification courses, not getting ripped off financially, and, quite frankly, if I'm heading in the right direction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 4:02 PM on Oct 25, 2020 - 2 answers [7 favorites]

Not chrome and not Firefox: best browser for Android?

Can't use Chrome because Google. The latest big Firefox update is unintuitive and clunky. What's the best Android phone alternative that isn't going to give all my information away, track me, and has ad-blocking abilities? I tried the DDG browser but do I need a separate ad-blocker?
posted by humuhumu to Computers & Internet at 2:06 AM on Oct 25, 2020 - 14 answers [7 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

Engaging a kid who loves Gravity Falls, Ancient Egypt, and mysteries

My 8-year old son is wild for Gravity Falls, and is very into things that have a similar vibe: Ancient Egypt, Mesoamerican cultures, secret codes, mysterious secrets, hidden rooms, cryptids, conspiracy theories, myths, black holes, space-time. I am homeschooling him due to COVID-19, and the key to keeping him engaged is to make use of his interests. What fiction and non-fiction books, tv or movies, video games, subjects of interest, historical events, etc. would a Gravity Falls-loving kid be interested in? [more inside]
posted by shirobara to Education at 9:43 AM on Oct 25, 2020 - 17 answers [6 favorites]

Need to Ask an Endocrinologist

You are not my doctor, I have a doctor, you are not my endocrinologist, I have one and an appointment in the future, but until then I have questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health at 8:49 AM on Oct 25, 2020 - 5 answers [5 favorites]

Help me use my frozen zucchini and green tomatoes

The frost hit before I managed to pull everything inside. Now I've got a lot of zucchini and tomatoes that are not currently frozen, but have been. Most of the tomatoes are still green. Any ideas of vegetarian recipes that will make use of all of this produce. [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle to Food & Drink at 6:52 PM on Oct 24, 2020 - 12 answers [4 favorites]

Replacement for Google Cloud Print?

I really love Google Cloud Print and for "reasons" they're killing it in December. What are my alternatives? Right now I have an HP LaserJet connected to a Windows 10 desktop and have it exported as a Cloud Print printer and can thus print from any computer I own including android tablets and phones and can do that from anywhere. [more inside]
posted by octothorpe to Computers & Internet at 8:53 AM on Oct 25, 2020 - 5 answers [4 favorites]

Does It Matter Which Bank We Use To Refinance Our Home?

Interest rates for refinancing a home seem to be lower than our current rate -- but only significantly if I look at places like this or that credit union (I'm using Bankrate and other sites to get my info.) How can you decide if a bank/credit union is reputable? What are the issues here?
posted by DMelanogaster to Work & Money at 11:06 AM on Oct 25, 2020 - 10 answers [4 favorites]

Help Me Get out of LA and Reboot

The closer we get to election week, the more I realize how badly I want to get out of Dodge for a bit. I'm not healthy right now; I don't exercise, I sit all day, and I spend most of my time getting a digital tan. It would be great to go somewhere that would jump start my ability to just live again. Where in LA or a few hours north of LA could I go to reboot? [more inside]
posted by Kitchen Witch to Travel & Transportation at 5:17 PM on Oct 25, 2020 - 5 answers [4 favorites]

Puzzles for the mathematician

My husband loves these types of puzzles. He is a mathematician and solves even the toughest ones pretty easily. Looking for suggestions on tough puzzle or logic toys/games that will challenge him.
posted by mrfuga0 to Grab Bag at 9:10 AM on Oct 24, 2020 - 11 answers [20 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

When Ego and Ignorance Collide

I broke the golden rule of never discussing politics and religion at work. I need advice on how to admit to my mistake of an uninformed claim I made. [more inside]
posted by loveandhappiness to Human Relations at 11:34 AM on Oct 24, 2020 - 15 answers [3 favorites]

Transfer entire text thread from Android phone to Windows 10

The built-in feature is slow and apparently doesn't allow one to transfer an entire (very long) thread. There seem to be dozens of apps - please recommend your favorite tried and true. Thanks
posted by she's not there to Computers & Internet at 7:26 PM on Oct 24, 2020 - 2 answers [3 favorites]

US Passport Renewal + Dual Citizenship

I am a US citizen living in the US. About 15 years ago, I completed the paperwork to be recognized as a citizen of Canada by right of birth (one of my parents is Canadian). I need to renew my US passport for the second time since then, and can't remember exactly how I handled the dual citizenship issue on the form, specifically the "Acts or Conditions" statement, the first time. I want to avoid committing perjury! I also want to renew my passport. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Law & Government at 8:48 AM on Oct 25, 2020 - 5 answers [3 favorites]

Chain chain chain, chain of fools?

I want to learn how to do chainstitch embroidery using a machine. This seems like a hobby that you have to go all in on financially before even trying it. Is this a bad idea? If not, where do I start? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:25 AM on Oct 25, 2020 - 3 answers [3 favorites]

Pipe down!

Big voiced soprano wants to sing old-timey music and sea chanteys. I don't like the (typical) sound of big classical-style sopranos singing that material: often they don't "cross over well." What do? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants to Media & Arts at 9:37 AM on Oct 25, 2020 - 6 answers [3 favorites]

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