1568 Ask MetaFilter answers by Mo Nickels (displaying 1 through 50)

So my wife has always referred to a small footstool as either an Ottoman or a word that sounds like "Pomposet" or "Pompeset." A couple of days ago, after 25 years of marriage, we decided to look up the word "pomposet" and couldn't find it, or anything like it.
comment posted at 3:58 PM on Apr-7-22


Hi everyone: I have a Tecsun PL-680 and Im a bit frustrated,lol. I have read the owner's manual,but I feel there may be more to this then I know. Living in a 2nd floor apt,with a balcony. When I'm on the SW,I just seem to get one channel cleary,its a religious channel,lol.Can somebody offer me some advice or tips on what I may be doing wrong--I also have a Sangean Reel Antenna that I use,I clip it to the rail on my balcony. Anyhow,advice/tips on how to get more channels? Very new to this stuff,lol. Thank you in advance!
comment posted at 2:56 PM on Mar-20-22


Say I have two booths in a large room, each an enclosed room, like a vocal booth. Each booth has a window that faces the other booth. How do I light the interior of the booths and the exterior room that the booths are in so that you can look thru the window and see what's inside the other booth without only seeing your own reflection?
comment posted at 10:44 PM on Dec-13-21


In preparation for our vacation in the woods by a river, I'm looking for everyone's favorite 1) non-fiction books that meditate on nature, and 2) collections of nature-focused poetry.
comment posted at 10:26 AM on Sep-29-21


I love Epic Everything Bagels by Dave's Killer Bread. The packaging says that each bagel has 13g of protein. How?
comment posted at 3:35 PM on Aug-29-21


My S.O. is about to move into an office space but will still need to work at home as well. She's in the design profession and laptop monitors are too small for her. Right now I can think of a few ways we can do this. Price is definitely a factor, but so is convenience (she doesn't like to deal with a lot of setup, cables, etc).
comment posted at 4:19 PM on Aug-29-21


I got a new 2020 MacBook Air and would like advice and feedback based on personal experience. How does Numbers and Pages compare with Excel and Word? Is there anything that I can do to increase privacy? Is there a way to take unnecessary apps off. (Apple Movie, Reminders, etc)? Any other fun or practical apps to download? Other random advice also appreciated
comment posted at 9:53 AM on Aug-23-21


I'm hosting a Bad Taste party for my birthday and I want to offer the very worst karaoke music. Can you deliver? I am searching for Karaoke (lyric-including) videos of any genre to make a play list to give out ahead of the party. Any terrible suggestion is welcome.
comment posted at 4:54 PM on Jul-23-21


Through traveling and various media, I've learned about some interesting gestures or local variations on universal gestures. I'm curious to learn about more and would love to hear about those you know of and their intricacies. For instance, I learned that in (at least some parts of) China, a light tap on the table indicates that someone should please pour their tea. But tapping can also be a general thanks, and perhaps one that indicates a status difference. It's complex and great! What are some more like this?
comment posted at 2:29 PM on May-20-21


What platform(s) would be suitable for an online conference that mostly consists of 10-50 person facilitated discussions?
comment posted at 10:56 PM on May-3-21


I have to do an important webcam thing. It will not be via zoom or MS Teams. It will be via a web-interface that I do not control. But I'm testing my webcam as just-regular webcam, not with zoom or MS Teams and it looks AWFUL. Like the lighting looks ghastly, the colour is all wrong, and nobody needs to see my skin with this much detail and definition. But i feel like I've seen tools that let you do things like alter camera settings (think white balance and contrast and such, not adding mouse ears) and will feed that to the webcam output. Please point me to one.
comment posted at 6:00 PM on Apr-29-21


Can anyone recommend a good KVM solution? I'd like to use a couple of big high-res monitors, keyboard and mouse with either my personal MacBook or my work MacBook.
comment posted at 12:20 PM on Apr-28-21


I’m looking for online groups that provide regular social interaction, are well-organized, and involve working towards some sort of common goal. What are good events that fit this bill?
comment posted at 7:05 AM on Apr-13-21


Is "signal" used to mean 'notable' or 'prominent' commonly paired with any words beside achievement, accomplishment or failure?
comment posted at 11:29 AM on Jan-21-21


I am looking to create a way for library patrons to check out a family pass to one of several local museums/zoo/botanical gardens for a short period of time. Our local library system has never done anything like this before and is a little baffled at how to possibly move forward and I need as much help as I can to convince funders and administrators that it can be worth the expense and potential headache.
comment posted at 11:46 AM on Dec-1-20


I'm teaching an Intro to CS course in high school and want to use the short week before Thanksgiving to introduce them to a command-line OS — namely, Bash on some vanilla Linux (Debian, I assume). How do I induce them to conclude anything other than "wow, command-line is a pain in the ass?"
comment posted at 12:41 PM on Nov-21-20


My school has gone 100% online webinar. The entire textbook was scanned and divided into PDF chapters. So far, so good. However, the scanning was really really sloppy and I need to adjust the rotation of almost every page. Tedious and time-consuming, but not difficult, right? Wrong....
comment posted at 8:01 AM on Nov-3-20


My lovely boyfriend likes interesting shows, but he has some very finicky tastes that make it hard to find something we would both enjoy watching. Seeking recommendations for streaming shows that we might enjoy together.
comment posted at 11:23 PM on Oct-27-20


For the past, say, decade (?) I’ve just turned on NPR and left it on for basically my entire 10+ hour workday. This has become beyond unhealthy. Looking for an alternative *something* to listen to, that I can literally let run all day without interruptions.
comment posted at 1:17 PM on Aug-26-20


I use Skype to make work calls because my mobile reception at home doesn't work well (and I need to record the calls, and Skype works well for that). Recently, several people have mentioned that my number shows up as "potential spam" in their caller ID.
comment posted at 5:17 PM on Jul-8-20


I'm looking for a very simple feature in an Android podcast app that I can't seem to find. I want it to allow me to sort episodes based on user feedback/most listened to/most shared.
comment posted at 5:08 PM on Jul-8-20


My kid wants a photo editing app to replace their beloved, but no longer supported, app, Enlight (the earlier version). They want particular a particular feature but the only application they've seen that has it, Affinity Photo, costs $50. This could be on either a Mac or an iPhone.
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I seem to remember reading, many years ago now, about a Japanese word that refers specifically to the kind of love that manifests as a deep contentment on feeling one's lover warming their cold feet on one's body. Is there actually such a word? Bonus points: where am I likely to have read about it?
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comment posted at 2:48 PM on Jun-27-20


I am looking to compile a long youtube playlist of driver's eye view videos, or other videos that scratch the same itch. I've been watching a lot of train journey videos and find it relaxing to have these playing throughout the day silently in the backround on my tv. I am looking for recommendations for train journey or other types of driver's eye view videos (hiking? boats? car drives?). Or even ideas on what search terms I could use to find these videos more easily?
comment posted at 8:23 AM on Jun-14-20


I've recently noticed instances of usage of the singular tense for referencing indefinite objects and I am curious if there is a term for that usage, if it's regional or age-based, or derived from usage in another language, or what. It's difficult to explain and frustratingly non-Google-able (at least for me).
comment posted at 8:33 AM on Jun-14-20


I was hoping to use this Toshiba TV as a monitor for my 2013 vintage Mac Air, but the video output over HDMI is grainy and fuzzy and noisy. Help?
comment posted at 7:58 AM on Apr-28-20


I've been trying to download an e-book in epub format from archive.org to my android phone and it sort of looks like it's doing something for a second and then ... nothing . Has anyone been successful in doing this ? Is there some special approach I need to take to this ? Background details inside ...
comment posted at 12:51 PM on Apr-23-20


After having spoken to people who've lived in war and other conflict zones, I always appreciated how lucky most of the Western world is enjoy simple freedoms such as going to a mall or enjoying a coffee in a cafe with relative peace of mind.
comment posted at 12:48 PM on Apr-16-20


I've come to realize that my least favorite thing about modern radio drama/ podcasts is their jokes, especially in the scifi/ fantasy realm. Are there any good genre dramatic podcasts that avoid jokes, pop-culture references, wry sarcasm, and are NOT influenced by the Whedon-verse? Like the most boring, dry, un-fun hard scifi podcast serial would be my ideal.
comment posted at 10:28 AM on Feb-28-20


I teach test prep classes professionally, and I have just been put in charge of making a podcast about one of the tests I teach. Yay! I was a music major in college, so I do have some good experience doing sound engineering, and I have all the equipment and software I need. But I don't have any experience actually putting together a podcast, and I want to avoid screwing anything up royally. Anyone who has made a podcast, is there anything you wish you had known when you started? (Inside: a few specific things I've been wondering.)
comment posted at 6:13 AM on Feb-19-20


I have a feeling y'all would be the right people to ask about this.
comment posted at 9:02 AM on Feb-7-20


My boss is fond of the phrase "hangalachangala." Not sure if I'm spelling that right, but from context it seems to be the process equivalent of "yadda yadda yadda." Example: "The order wasn't flowing through the system, but we did a little hangalachangala and now it's working." Is this a phrase other people use? Where does it come from?
comment posted at 9:41 AM on Feb-3-20
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I wish to earn money online as a disabled/mobility limited person.
comment posted at 5:59 AM on Jan-24-20


I'm making a key lime pie for a fancy communal dinner party. What can I do to make it amazing? Either interesting changes to the pie itself or cool little ways to plate it up?
comment posted at 6:38 AM on Jan-22-20


I am an independent IT consultant for Apple centric small businesses and residential in Manhattan and nearby areas. I’ve been in business for 10 years and all of my clients are word of mouth referrals. I’d like to expand my business to help people setup 1Password, 2FA, and otherwise secure their accounts. This would be over the phone and shared screen sessions so clients could be anywhere. How do I find those new clients?
comment posted at 8:19 AM on Jan-2-20


My mom has a Samsung Galaxy S7 and I'm trying to come up with a way for her phone photos to automatically sync to her Windows 7 PC in some way so she can move them into her organized photo folders on her computer without needing to download them. I need it to happen automatically because my mom is terrible with technology and will struggle to manually transfer the photos off her phone onto her PC.
comment posted at 11:47 AM on Dec-30-19


I need to auction an antique photo that is very rare but no one searches for the word "rare". And no one really knows the photographer's name. Halp!
comment posted at 7:36 AM on Dec-29-19


I have a spare laptop I could use, I don't want to be able to view the videos online, I can aim a camera out my front window. I'd just like to see what's happening during the day when I'm not around. Apparently I have a pet vandal and I'd like to know who it is, but it would really irk me to have to spend a lot of money because of this creep. Got any simple suggestions on how to make this happen?
comment posted at 6:32 AM on Dec-11-19


What OCR program to use on a PDF, to make it searchable, while retaining the format?
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I like throwing the occasional anachronistic slang into my speech to throw a bit of outdated folksiness into the modern world. What's your favorite under-used slang from the 60s or before?
comment posted at 2:01 PM on Dec-7-19


Are you a person that used to react to what is right in front of you without taking a step back to see things in context? Are you a person that felt a sense of immediacy to address grievances, and couldn't prioritize them but then learned how to do so? Please tell me how you changed this.
comment posted at 3:29 PM on Dec-4-19


Gf and I seem to disagree about what constitutes good communication. I honestly didn't even know that this was even up for debate.
comment posted at 6:03 AM on Dec-2-19


I'm planning to end my podcast soon, maybe forever and maybe for just a season. I currently pay $15/month to host my episodes using Libsyn and would like to eliminate that expense if it's possible. If I cancel my Libsyn account, does that mean my podcast goes away from all of the podcast places? Or, is there an archive process where my podcast can continue to be heard indefinitely? Or do I need to keep my Libsyn account active to make sure I keep all of my episodes available?
comment posted at 6:44 AM on Nov-19-19


I have multiple 2TB portable hard drives with various media on them. Is there a hardware solution that would let me stream this media from anywhere in the house?
comment posted at 7:25 PM on Nov-17-19


I use Voice Access on Android to control my phone, but it doesn't play well with Firefox for Android.
comment posted at 6:15 PM on Nov-12-19


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