March 19

Very long, hands-off fermentation suggestions?

I am a person who likes experimenting with lacto fermentation and also a person who will be traveling for a month soon, is there anything I can start now that will be delicious when I get back? [more inside]
posted by EmilyFlew to Food & Drink at 10:46 AM - 7 answers

How do we decree custody of our minor child?

My wife and I want to draft a document decreeing what will happen if both of us die at the same time while our child is a minor. We'd like to avoid drafting two individual wills if possible. What is the best legal option for us? We'd like to do this online if possible. YNML, etc. Thanks.
posted by Fister Roboto to Law & Government at 10:10 AM - 17 answers

Large format Pinterest?

I'm looking for an alternative to Pinterest that will allow me to save photos in albums/groupings, but will display them by default as full-size or at least page-width. Something like The Big Picture (but hopefully with even bigger pictures) where I can just scroll through a long list of photos. I don't need any of Pinterest's social or suggestion features and my "page" can be either private or public, but needs to be accessible on multiple computers. [more inside]
posted by acidic to Computers & Internet at 10:08 AM - 5 answers

Resume help, tricky edition.

How can I best show my current and rather odd employment situation on my resume and LinkedIn? [more inside]
posted by mireille to Work & Money at 10:02 AM - 7 answers

Me Talk Pretty One Day

Can you point me to journals/magazines/newspapers with a higher reading level? [more inside]
posted by loveandhappiness to Education at 9:59 AM - 13 answers

Lady crooners wanted

looking for lady crooner singers... Examples within. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg to Media & Arts at 9:22 AM - 35 answers

Women, talking about being women

About 15 years ago or more, my mother quoted one of those middle-class white lady writers at me (Nora Ephron or Joan Didion or someone whose name I can't conjure, maybe) saying something along the lines of "any woman widowed after 50 years of marriage to the same man has been divorced several times". It was much better expressed, but it's the sort of thing that Google can't help me with. Anyone recall one of those white middle class writer ladies of a certain time and place writing something along those lines?
posted by crush to Media & Arts at 9:21 AM - 4 answers

Women who rock.

Please recommend female singer-songwriters who play a mean guitar. For example Meg Myers, Emma Ruth Rundle, St. Vincent… [more inside]
posted by signal to Media & Arts at 9:07 AM - 46 answers

He's coming! Quick, everybody up on the crosses!

When entering a building or quick-traveling to a location in Fallout 3 or Fallout: New Vegas on PC, I have noticed that sometimes items in the new location either jump from ground level to where they're supposed to be, or appear to be falling to the ground right as I arrive. I'm hoping someone could explain what the game is doing when this happens, and why the game has to generate items and then move them, rather than generating them already in place. [more inside]
posted by Spathe Cadet to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:37 AM - 8 answers

Any cool anecdotes about requiems?

I'm beginning the final chapter of a novel, and I'd like to begin with an anecdote about requiems in the Catholic mass. [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 to Media & Arts at 8:32 AM - 8 answers

How to pee pad

My old dog is still peeing on the carpet, and she's now on barbiturates which is making it worse. It's only on carpet/rugs and only when I'm gone. Given that she clearly knows this is not allowed, how can I train her to use a pee pad instead of the carpet when I'm gone, while not conveying that peeing inside is okay? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote to Pets & Animals at 8:30 AM - 6 answers

The Invisible Woman

I'm in my 40s and feeling a bit shit about being invisible. I need art by women who are currently in their 40s. Strong preference for visual art in traditional mediums.
posted by fluttering hellfire to Media & Arts at 7:12 AM - 15 answers

What to serve with hot borscht and rye bread

I'm making hot borscht and rye bread for dinner tonight. What third thing should I serve with it? [more inside]
posted by saladin to Food & Drink at 6:43 AM - 16 answers

Recommendations for Purchasing A Yoga Mat

Like it says on the tin, I need help finding and purchasing a yoga mat. Can you provide me advice on what to look for and/or recommend a particular yoga mat to me? My budget is $100. [more inside]
posted by emilynoa to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 6:32 AM - 6 answers

Recipes for Delicious African Sweets

I need some recommendations for African (any country of origin) desserts that can be made easily and served on a napkin. Help!! [more inside]
posted by defreckled to Food & Drink at 6:22 AM - 9 answers

What's the best way to play guitar through my phone?

I'm seeking recommendations for a hardware interface that'll make it easy to play guitar through headphones (and maybe also an amp) using my smartphone (a Galaxy S9+) to provide effects, amp simulation, etc. [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar to Computers & Internet at 4:19 AM - 2 answers

Gmail - Blocking Email Address

Looking to block someones email address in Gmail. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum to Computers & Internet at 4:16 AM - 7 answers

Neck pain every morning

I stayed at a hotel recently and woke up every morning with a sore neck on the right side. The hotel pillows were small and square rather than the standard size, and I figured either their size or maybe their shallowness was bugging me. But I've returned home to my usual pillows where I have never had a problem in my life, and I'm still waking up every morning with neck pain on the right side! What is going on? [more inside]
posted by sunflower16 to Health & Fitness at 1:52 AM - 5 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

iced tea/refreshing low or zero calorie summer drinks

I drink multiple cups of hot decaffeinated/herbal tea a day but this is much less enjoyable in the summer, when my apartment gets unlivably, beastly hot. I'm looking for suggestions/recipes for what to replace this habit with - something with fairly strong flavors and low or zero calories. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown to Food & Drink at 9:02 PM - 27 answers

For the first time in my life I need sunglasses!

I've been bespectacled person since elementary school and sunglasses have always seemed unnecessary/out of reach. I've been driving for almost 3 years now and I am finally at a point where I admit that I need sunglasses. I made the mistake of driving west during sunset today and I regretted it because I had no sunglasses. How do people with prescription glasses make sunglasses work? What are my options? [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:08 PM - 39 answers

Need SFW video to rebut Jordan Peterson toxicity at work

I'm looking for a safe for work video that I can integrate into a presentation explaining why Jordan Peterson's rhetoric is harmful. Hope me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Media & Arts at 6:31 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 - 15 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

Feeling stuck at 40 years old

I've been a copywriter for over a decade for an in-house advertising department for a big corporation. It looks like my job is going away in the next 6-9 months, and I'm weighing my options on what to do next. [more inside]
posted by purple24 to Work & Money at 4:15 PM - 12 answers

I don't want my physical therapist anymore, I want her boss

I think my physical therapist is too inexperienced and she is definitely not helping me. How can I ask to see her boss instead? [more inside]
posted by Jenny'sCricket to Health & Fitness at 2:02 PM - 12 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 - 17 answers

Sensory Issues and sudden Stuttering?

Our son will be 4 in July and has sensory issues. I felt he was really regulated the last couple of months but suddenly about a week ago he started stuttering, like, a lot. I'm going to ask our OT about it but has anyone experienced this and can maybe give some insight? Should I book into speech therapy, like right now? Or chill about it? [more inside]
posted by catspajammies to Health & Fitness at 12:42 PM - 9 answers

Do you have any Ronettes related musical recommendations?

I'd like to get recommendations for songs and musical acts that evoke the sound of the Ronettes within the rock/alternative/and I guess indie pop* genres. [more inside]
posted by Selena777 to Media & Arts at 12:35 PM - 16 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

Who actually OWNS my company?

About three years ago, I set up a small business as an LLC. The intention was that it would be a partnership between myself and my wife, but I'm not sure we set it up that way. Now I'm trying to figure out who actually owns the company and how to fix it if necessary. [more inside]
posted by Naberius to Law & Government at 10:59 AM - 11 answers

How to store mold-exposed stuff in the basement?

My friend has been living in an apartment that’s had a few bouts of mold on the walls. Now they are moving and we are planning to store some of their boxed belongings in our dry basement. Is there reason to worry about mold contamination coming into our house? And if so, would it be contained by using plastic boxes (instead of cardboard ones)?
posted by hungrytiger to Home & Garden at 10:58 AM - 8 answers

Traveling around Canada for the mostly carless — ideas?

BF and I are planning a trip to Canada, using Montreal as our HQ. We'd like to spend a few days there, maybe hit Ottawa or Toronto as well, and see some nature while we're at it. Difficulties: we're pretty ignorant about what to actually see and do in Canada, and we'd like to do all of the above while driving as little as possible. Help? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno to Travel & Transportation at 10:57 AM - 23 answers

Telemarketing spam is taking over my phone.

I've gotten six calls from some random telemarketer company in the last hour and a half -- they identify themselves as a different company each time, calling for someone else, using randomized numbers. This has been going on for the past 4-5 days. Sometimes there are 20 calls in a day. [more inside]
posted by curious nu to Computers & Internet at 9:54 AM - 19 answers

Where to live in NYC if I’m remote?

I have the possibility of working remote and “sometimes” going to the office or client meetings. Most likely this would be in midtown. At this point in my life I’d like to have amenities and space over a studio. I’m not tied NYC, Jersey works fine. I like the Boerum Hill area, but I’m guess that’s over my 3k budget. Since it is a work from situation I’d like to have a second bedroom/office. [more inside]
posted by geoff. to Home & Garden at 9:51 AM - 13 answers

How to automatically reconcile an inventory scan

I am looking for a program (not web-based) that will let me upload a .csv with different SKUs and expected quantities. Then I want to be able to scan barcodes and have the match tracked against the uploaded data. After the scan, I want to see a list of everything not scanned, including if I am missing 1 of 5 expected items. I don't know what to start searching for. Or if this is something I can do with Excel, I'd like to know how to do that, too.
posted by apex_ to Computers & Internet at 9:48 AM - 3 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

Recent literary fiction with NO romance

I am looking for recommendations of recent non-genre fiction. I'm going through a divorce, and I don't want to read anything about romantic relationships. I don't want to read about dating, "friends with benefits," engagements, entanglements, "the one that got away," marriages, breakups, divorce or (and maybe especially) recovery from or the aftermath of those things. It's easy to find genre fiction that doesn't have these elements, but it's harder to find literary fiction without them. Hit me.
posted by OrangeDisk to Media & Arts at 9:04 AM - 26 answers

Flying while binding, UK/Ireland edition

On Wednesday I'm flying from Stansted to Dublin, and then back again on Saturday. This is my first time flying while also wearing a binder, do I need to be concerned about anything in particular? [more inside]
posted by terretu to Travel & Transportation at 8:14 AM - 6 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 - 10 answers

March 17

Working through an existential crisis, still

I'm dealing with an existential crisis and am not sure humanism is still a mindset that works for me anymore. I'm reading about religion and spirituality at the moment to see if I can experience subjective divine experience (about the only framework I think I could understand God or some kind of cosmic order through). I'm also considering psychedelics. I can function at work but the rest of my life is getting strained. What are good resources to help me through this? [more inside]
posted by MuppetNavy to Religion & Philosophy at 9:09 PM - 40 answers

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

What does a healthy 1000-calorie meal look like?

What are some examples of healthy 1000-calorie meals for a professional athlete? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna to Food & Drink at 6:51 PM - 17 answers

How can I stop tripping all the time?

I have a problem where every few weeks I will trip and cause a minor sprain to my left foot. Help me fix my coordination issues. [more inside]
posted by strekker to Health & Fitness at 6:40 PM - 23 answers

Consigned guitar, seller can't find it: I just want my money (Toronto)

In October I consigned an Fender American Telecaster to what I thought was a reputable dealer in Toronto. They said they'd have it sold and a cheque in two months. No cheque, calls are avoided, e-mails not returned. I need the money. Next steps? [more inside]
posted by scruss to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 6:30 PM - 8 answers

I'm 21 and have never had a job. How can I start patching up my life?

I am finally on the road to recovery after dealing with a lifelong, severe anxiety disorder that nearly killed me. Due to my mental health and my own poor decision-making, I’ve never had a job--no part-time, no working-for-my-uncle, nothing. I’m currently doing a BA in English Lit but have missed all the deadline applications for internships this summer. Have I screwed myself over? Can volunteering for one summer be suitable “padding” for my blank CV? [more inside]
posted by runnerfive to Work & Money at 5:44 PM - 25 answers

Kitchen Under-Cabinet Lighting Recommendations

I'm working with an electrician, and would like to have under-cabinet lighting installed that's Apple HomeKit or Homebridge compatible. I'm looking for brand, model, and technology (tending toward led, but also considering any other viable lighting) recommendations from folks who have this sort of lighting and like what you have, or who know folks who do. [more inside]
posted by kalessin to Home & Garden at 5:36 PM - 7 answers

What are some niche hobbies you've come across?

From creating board games from scratch, to building music instruments using pencils, what are some fun relatively inexpensive hobbies that are even more niche/unknown/unexplored? Bonus points if the hobby has available literature on it.
posted by SkinsOfCoconut to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 5:02 PM - 7 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

Should I have said something?

My son is a year old. We were at a public play area for kids 5 and under. He was playing when a girl who looked to be about 7 came over in between us at a table and started playing with some toys. [more inside]
posted by jj's.mama to Human Relations at 4:19 PM - 31 answers

Don't freeze my kale!

We have a side by side refrigerator freezer. The last week or so the meat and produce drawers have been freezing. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee to Home & Garden at 3:51 PM - 7 answers

Half marathon on Sunday and I am woefully under-trained

I am flying to California for a girl's weekend that revolves around a half marathon. Despite the best of intentions, I have not trained nearly as much as I should. As in, I haven't done more than 6 or 7 miles of jog/walking. My plan was always to jog/walk the half, but now I'm doubting my ability to do that. Should I downgrade to the 5k, disappoint myself, and admit defeat, or just try to walk the whole thing and hope for the best? [more inside]
posted by tryniti to Health & Fitness at 3:19 PM - 23 answers

Seeking tips for increasing productivity and saving time in daily life

The question title pretty much says it all (how's that for efficiency!), but more details below. [more inside]
posted by Mechitar to Grab Bag at 2:04 PM - 10 answers

Did you successfully navigate teen phone use?

Parents of teens or young adults--how did you successfully (or unsuccessfully) guide your teenager with their phone use? I know about some apps and we had a phone contract at some point, but the whole situation has slid into 24/7 phone time now that I'm working more. Help! [more inside]
posted by biscuits to Human Relations at 1:52 PM - 10 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

Packing light -- special snowflake

I am going on a plane next week. Last week I was injured and will not be able to lift anything more than 10 pounds (let alone an overhead bin). I don't want to check a bag nor use my roller bag. [more inside]
posted by intrepid_simpleton to Travel & Transportation at 12:59 PM - 18 answers

poncho-thing to shield from wood dust

Wood allergy— easily get headaches and nausea from inhaling even small amounts of airborne dust when using chop saw, table saw, sander. I want to see if a quick-to-put-on smock-overshirt type thing that I can throw on/off will help. [more inside]
posted by disnchntd to Home & Garden at 12:20 PM - 10 answers

How do I buy a bridesmaid dress when I may or may not get pregnant?

I need some help considering different bridesmaid dress options given that I may or may not be pregnant on the wedding day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 11:40 AM - 8 answers

Job hunting with cancer

I was recently diagnosed with cancer, and am trying to get hired permanently in my current temporary job. What and when do I disclose to my current/potential employer? I have already interviewed for the job, and am waiting for them to make a decision, which should happen in the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, I just learned that I have cancer and got scheduled for surgery in two weeks. Surgery that will likely take 6-8 weeks to recover from. And I was just out for two weeks to have the surgery that incidentally found I have cancer. I don't actually know for sure what will happen--I'm seeing oncologists next week, but the one I'll most likely go with went ahead and scheduled me for surgery based on the pathology report. Note: I have got to get this job. I have no other means of support or health insurance.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 11:39 AM - 8 answers