November 18

Will it start?

My 2007 Honda Fit won't start again. If I buy an HR-V, will it start? [more inside]
posted by past unusual to Travel & Transportation at 6:27 PM - 4 answers

Exercise tips for half my body?

I find myself without the use of one leg for an indeterminate period of time. I need exercises for the rest of my body. [more inside]
posted by pdb to Health & Fitness at 5:14 PM - 1 answer

Cascades Washington, December driving conditions, car rental

Hi hive, Plan to visit the Cascades in Washington State, specifically Leavenworth in late December, renting a car out of Seattle. [more inside]
posted by lapsang to Travel & Transportation at 4:43 PM - 5 answers

Exact local time?

Is there a term or concept for an exact local time? Regular time-zone local time is granular. The measurement I’m thinking of, someone standing 10 miles east of me would be at 3:01pm when I’m at 3:00pm. It’s easy to calculate, I’m just curious if there’s a term for it. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by ftm to Science & Nature at 2:42 PM - 2 answers

How to behave with a bad mover

Mover did not finish the job and is coming back tomorrow to allegedly do so. How should I behave to escape this situation with minimal damage to my belongings, and finances? [more inside]
posted by ficbot to Human Relations at 2:35 PM - 7 answers

How to organize a live performance of Reich's _Music for 18 Musicians_?

Have you been involved with a performance of Music for 18 Musicians (or similar Reich pieces)? What should someone who wants to help fund & organize a successful performance of this piece know? [16 Pieces Sewing Needles with Leather Waxed Thread Cord Drilling]
posted by weston to Media & Arts at 2:18 PM - 4 answers

Best start in a new job

I'm starting a new job in December, moving on from a chaotic agency to the same job (PR), but in a 150 year old corporation. Work will be slower before Christmas, so a good time to get settled. Please give me your best advice on what to do in my first few days / weeks to put in a good start and lay the foundation for a successful first year! [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom to Work & Money at 2:13 PM - 3 answers

Get video stream from PetCube or Kasa Spot cameras without the cloud?

Can I do anything to get a stream (RTSP, ONVIF, motion JPG -- whatever) from either a Kasa Spot Camera (model EC60) or a Petcube Cam? They both require using a mobile app and going through the vendor's cloud service, but I would like to grab the stream and pop it into my Home Assistant setup. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt to Computers & Internet at 1:12 PM - 2 answers

How to view CD designed for IE 5.0

This thing was created 20 years ago & I'd like to be able to view/use it. [more inside]
posted by slkinsey to Computers & Internet at 12:44 PM - 4 answers

What should I pour down my drains?

We seem to have >1 of these inside, and they are not welcome indoors. I'm addressing all possible entry points, and plumbing is a prime suspect, since I filled a lot of gaps years ago. What should I pour down my late-1970's era drains? [more inside]
posted by amtho to Home & Garden at 12:06 PM - 9 answers

"Human Thought is So Toxic ... You Have to Be Proud of That, Huh?"

In a popular science fiction novel somewhere, there's a bit of dialog about how human thought (or human language) is quarantined from translation by the galaxy because it's so toxic, followed by something to the effect of "you have to be proud of that, huh?". I cannot remember the book or section, and articles on toxic language seem to come up in search results. But I'm hoping the book's popular enough that someone knows the origin.
posted by WCityMike2 to Shanrya Rc Car Toy, RC Car Bearing RC Accessories Replacement Ac at 10:53 AM - 9 answers

Where can I find the Chinese beer Anchor Red Crown?

Here is a picture of the Chinese beer that I'm looking for in Ohio, Anchor Red Crown. How/where can I find this?
posted by maxexam to Food & Drink at 10:32 AM - 5 answers

Can I use a weather balloon to improve cellular reception?

I go to a remote camp house with friends who are somewhat (majorly) college football obsessed. The house is in a valley and *just* outside dependable cellular coverage. If you walk 100 yards up the drive, you can get a decent data connection. Assuming good weather, is it at all practical to use a weather balloon to lift a phone/hot spot to an altitude of 100 yards and piggyback off of that connection for about 3 hours? Assume the payload is less than 8 ounces. [more inside]
posted by donpardo to Technology at 9:37 AM - 13 answers

Why is Windows 11 lagging on my NUC?

I upgraded to Windows 11 Pro on my Intel NUC last week and ever since, the lag time between clicking on ANYTHING and that app/function opening/doing its thing lags for up to a minute. What can I do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by droplet to Computers & Internet at 7:21 AM - 5 answers

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I have a simple TV and FiOS. The audio periodically drops out for a second or two, while the image continues, unaffected. It happens when playing recorded shows from the DVR, during Pandora streams, or content via apps on the Roku. I have swapped out the Roku and the TV, one at a time, and the problem persists. What else could it be? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt to Computers & Internet at 5:27 AM - 9 answers

How do you pronounce "sentient"?

I have always pronounced the word "sentient" as "sen-tee-unt" and have always heard others use that pronunciation. However, I just heard someone on TV pronounce it "sen-shunt". Some googling tells me that that's the American pronunciation, and I've been using the British pronunciation all this time? How do you say that word and where do you live? I'm in PA for reference.
posted by cozenedindigo to 3D Brick Wallpaper, Brick Wall Stickers, DIY Waterproof Self Adh at 4:14 AM - 61 answers

Renaming folders in Windows

This feels like such a noob question, but here it is anyway. I (using Windows 10) have a folder with subfolders inside it. In the subfolders are various image files. I want to rename the primary folder. If I do, what happens with the name path? Will Windows understand the change so I can still find and use the subfolders and files?
posted by bryon to Computers & Internet at 12:47 AM - 7 answers

November 17

Selling hockey tickets that I won as a prize from work

Would it be wrong to sell two tickets I won from work to a hockey game in order to purchase three tickets to the same game elsewhere so that my dad can come with me and my son? [more inside]
posted by NoneOfTheAbove to Grab Bag at 10:16 PM - 7 answers

Horror books for kids (besides Goosebumps) too young for Stephen King

My kid is quickly burning through all the Goosebumps books and also craving something a smidge scarier. He is begging for Stephen King but I know he's still a few years away from that. Are there any books that might hit the spot?
posted by malhouse to Media & Arts at 9:59 PM - 18 answers

Let me know.

There is a trend I've noticed in my email that I'm finding irritating: when someone writes asking for something and ends by saying "Let me know." [more inside]
posted by Tim Bucktooth to Key and Mail Holder for Wall - Mail Organizer Wall Mount - Key H at 9:03 PM - 70 answers

Remember a food blog

Early 2010s there was this food blog by a rich guy in Switzerland. I believe one of the images on the header or background was an old photo or drawings of kids eating pasta with their hands (something like this). I remember too a big project was installing a tandoor I think into his kitchen. Does this sound familiar to anyone? [more inside]
posted by Carillon to Computers & Internet at 8:51 PM - 2 answers

Whipped Cream - Just got a can of it! It's dessert time....

...except I've actually never made a whipped cream dessert lol. But I'm not a big fan of sweetness. What whipped cream dessert recipes have not so much sugar in them?
posted by storybored to Food & Drink at 8:21 PM - 13 answers

Logistics! (the audio version)

I love this question from a few days ago asking about where to read about the logistics of things! I wish I was the type of person who would read all these things, but I know I never will. I much prefer to consume via audio. Does anyone have any podcast recommendations where they touch on these sorts of topics? I'm basically asking the same question, but in audio form. [more inside]
posted by cgg to Media & Arts at 6:37 PM - 6 answers

Where is the 2nd Seattle Starbucks location with vegan whip?

Apparently there are 2 Starbucks locations in Seattle that are offering vegan whipped cream. One is public, in Bellevue. Does anyone know where the 2nd "secret" location is? [more inside]
posted by Ski Jacket Women Men Waterproof Outerwear Windproof Thermal Snow to Food & Drink at 6:28 PM - 4 answers

Sensitivity in a time of deep tragedy?

Someone who I'm not close to, but meet with socially on a regular basis, has suffered a horrendous loss. The way some of our mutual people have been handling the subject has not been great, certain choices in particular seem insensitive in my view. I'm not sure if I'm overreacting or if something should be said? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover to Human Relations at 5:33 PM - 19 answers

Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Pair with Salmon

This year, I'm attending a non-turkey-based Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's. I am partly responsible for providing the side dishes. Salmon is going to be the main course, so my question (as someone who never makes that or pretty much any fish at home) is what do you serve with salmon? [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames to Food & Drink at 5:32 PM - 16 answers

How do I correctly wire my 'vintage' hi-fi gear together?

I have a ton of audio equipment I inherited from my dad, and I should have asked more about proper setup and wiring for vintage hi-fi while he was here. I have been using his original wiring, but it recently stopped working. It seems pretty fragile anyway and I'd like to make sure I'm doing it right. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith to Technology at 5:31 PM - 13 answers

Computer file storage

In my last question, I asked about computer back up. Not totally sure that that is what I'm looking for. I think I want a dropbox-like service, only in my previous question, a bunch of people said that Dropbox is a bad idea, I think for security reasons? So... what service should I get so I can store my files in someone's cloud I guess? [more inside]
posted by azalea_chant to Computers & Internet at 4:31 PM - 14 answers

Is there an easy way to get a second Venmo account, or an alias name?

Is there an easy way to get a second Venmo account, or an alias name for my Venmo account? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford to Technology at 3:15 PM - 8 answers

How do I make some fake fake news?

How should I build a site/video containing true/verified information that appeals to followers of conspiracy theories? I believe that the aesthetics and structure of conspiracy (and anti-elite in general) media is perceived by many as more reliable than traditional news and fact check websites, and I want to analyze what aspects could be borrowed. The goal is to communicate reliable information in a way that feels authentic to more people, and I could use some ideas. [more inside]
posted by JZig to Computers & Internet at 2:05 PM - 15 answers

What kind of fish is this?

Got various fish from a fishmonger a few weeks ago, about to cook one up, can't remember what kind it is, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Food & Drink at 1:38 PM - 6 answers

Scary/hilarious/over-the-top vintage bus safety film

I remember as an elementary school kid, in the early to mid 1980s being shown a bus safety film (that was already probably at least ten years old then) that was hilariously, inappropriately ominous. Blood on the highway, that kind of thing. If I recall correctly, the various unsafe/bad/misbehaving things the various nogoodnik kids did were dramatized and then we were shown the wreckage of the bus, the kids' discarded items, possibly even blood. What did I see?
posted by DirtyOldTown to Media & Arts at 1:21 PM - 8 answers

Female Devil

I am looking for an accurate Spanish phrase for "female devil" or "she devil." I've found ella diablo, and el diablo feminino. I thought it might be el diabla. But the situation in a dramatic script is a Hispanic woman is calling another woman a devil. What would she say and how would she say it so as to be correct?
posted by CollectiveMind to Society & Culture at 12:07 PM - 12 answers

Do you reuse your KN95s?

I know technically we're not supposed to, but I have like three on rotation that I will use for short trips to the grocery store or to pick up a takeout order or something. For days where I need to be at the office the whole day, I will use a fresh one and then throw it out at the end of the day. But is it okay to actually reuse them sometimes?
posted by thelasttango to Health & Fitness at 11:34 AM - 19 answers

Should I buy a business vehicle using personal name or commercial name?

I have a LLC and I've read this article which indicates it's possible to buy a business car either a.) using my personal name or b.) using the LLC name. Having said that, I'm really looking for people who have first-hand experience with this scenario and can help me more fully understand the advantages and disadvantages. Also there are some potential twists that I'll explain inside. [more inside]
posted by jeremias to Work & Money at 11:04 AM - 4 answers

How can I fix iCloud photo sharing?

For the past few weeks when I try to share photos from iCloud, I get an error message. [more inside]
posted by mai to Computers & Internet at 8:49 AM - 1 answer

Help me understand GPay on android vs. Google Pay on desktop

My GPay on Android and Google Pay on desktop (pay.google.com) seem to be unrelated to one another. Is this an error or by design? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer to Computers & Internet at 7:44 AM - 6 answers

Hayes Publishing Student of The Month Certificate, 8.5" x 11", 3

Please help me find this word or phrase. It describes when someone perhaps has an ulterior motive, but they rely on culture to give them the benefit of the doubt when it's convenient. Kind of like "a likely story," this person will have two possible motives for their behavior, and depending on the actions of the other person, they'll proclaim their motive (even if it is disingenuous) is the one that they intended. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill to Starsong at 7:35 AM - 13 answers

Ad blocking for iPad Safari?

Are there any ad blockers out there that are compatible with iPad Safari, totally plug and play, and ideally free or nominally priced? [more inside]
posted by tentacle to Technology at 6:47 AM - 10 answers

Why do I sign up for stuff and never follow through properly?

I find that I keep signing up for courses and seminars related to my interests like language courses, art history and literature courses - essentially short courses offered at various universities. I am always so excited about the courses but when they actually start I find I do minimal work (I barely keep with readings/homework) and find myself getting really stressed. What I am doing wrong? Is there something wrong with me? Just to add that I do learn a lot from these courses and enjoy the intellectual stimulation - but I feel like I am not doing enough (which of course is true).
posted by bigyellowtaxi to Media & Arts at 6:35 AM - 24 answers

Nurses! What's on your feet?

Nurses of MeFi...What is your preferred daily footwear? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 6:26 AM - 13 answers

Mystery icon on Android home screen

This mysterious icon appeared on ms flabdablet's Huawei Y5 phone this evening without her having done anything to put it there on purpose. Neither Google Image Search nor TinEye can tell me what it is, and no app whose name begins with "Secure a hacke" appears in the Apps list under Settings. Anybody recognize it?
posted by flabdablet to Computers & Internet at 3:50 AM - 6 answers

What breed is this dog?

None of the other volunteers at the dog shelter recognizes this breed, so we don't know if he's a known breed or a mutt.
posted by Homer42 to Pets & Animals at 3:10 AM - 17 answers

Home repair: immunocompromised edition

My partner and I need to have a repairman at our house next week for 4 hours and I am immunocompromised. Can you help me understand my risk so I can relax and stop jumping out of my gourd with fear/anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 2:54 AM - 14 answers

How to travel safely in Covid

We are a family of three (two adults in their early thirties and a toddler) who are looking to travel from Australia to Charlotte, North Carolina next year for a few weeks. The reason behind the trip are complicated, but please trust that they are valid and I think that this trip does need to happen next year. Can you help me to make this trip as "covid safe" as possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Travel & Transportation at 2:54 AM - 7 answers

November 16

Clear, relatively non-toxic, non-shattering cover for indoor greenhouse?

I'm making an indoor "greenhouse" - basically a large, attractive (I hope) structure to keep humidity up around my plants. I might even let my frog run around in there. What's better than clear vinyl, which is probably too toxic for all involved, and less milky/translucent/white than the polyethylene sheeting I've found so far? Cost < $50 for 10 yards is a bonus. [more inside]
posted by amtho to Grab Bag at 9:57 PM - 8 answers

How to find someone in Australia in the late 90s

(Yes, this is for a fanfic.) What it says on the tin, y'all. How would someone go about locating a couple who had recently immigrated to Australia in roughly 1997, if all one had were their names? [4KCanvas Portfolio Carry ShoulderBag MultifunctionalDrawboard Ba]
posted by Tamanna to Grab Bag at 8:16 PM - 11 answers

Why does everything look amazing after eye exams?

My last two eye exams were on beautiful fall days. Each time I got dilating eye drops. The first time when I left the eye doctor the sky was so blue it vibrated. The yellow trees were brighter. The red trees looked backlit like the brightest setting on your computer, but large as life. The red brick buildings GLOWED. The world was so changed I thought I was high. [more inside]
posted by serena15221 to Health & Fitness at 7:50 PM - 9 answers

Buying a car in state 1, registering in new state 2

For reasons, I'm thinking of trying to buy a car in my current state (NY) before I move to my new one (DC) in the next 30 days. I'd like to go through the process of only registering it once. Can I do that? [more inside]
posted by Christmas Warm Plush Scarf Neckwarmer: Winter Thick Soft Shawl W to Shopping at 6:21 PM - 3 answers

Is a continuing ed certificate worth it?

I want a new job but, though I’m great at what I do (essentially construction project management) it’s in a niche field, I don’t have any actual education or bona fides. I want to get more mainstream job. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Viceroy to Work & Money at 6:10 PM - 3 answers

What do I get my 10 year-old kid for their birthday?

Their birthday is in 11 days and we're drawing blanks on what to get them. What are some great gift ideas? Budget is a couple of hundred dollars. The current contender is a Lego Mindstorms set but that's more of a "this is pretty neat, how about this?" suggestion as opposed to something we know they'll love. [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm to Shopping at 4:58 PM - 22 answers

Recommend a bathroom sink faucet?

In addition to being hard to operate (handles are difficult to turn), the sink faucet is poorly designed and gets water all over the vanity. Please help me replace it. [more inside]
posted by cyndigo to Home & Garden at 4:21 PM - 3 answers

Please help me find the perfect velvet suit

I have recently become obsessed with the idea of a (black or navy) velvet suit, elegant, more masculine than feminine in cut, but slim fitting (imagine Tom Ford, but for a fat lady). Where would a person go to find such a thing? [more inside]
posted by thivaia to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 3:42 PM - 11 answers
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Teen reader ISO fiction without romance

My thirteen-year-old who previously tore through books hasn’t been reading lately and I want to recommend some books that will hold their attention. They stalled out mid-book in the third book of a Robin Hobb series. Kiddo has also recently identified as aromantic and asexual and said they just aren’t interested in books where there is more than passing romance (or presumably sex). [more inside]
posted by ElizaMain to Media & Arts at 3:02 PM - 27 answers

How do you print articles in 2021?

It used to be easy to print news articles from the web, and there was even a little printer button on many websites. Now it seems difficult to print anything. Even copying and pasting an article into a word processor does not always work. Are there any easy solutions to this?
posted by mortaddams to Computers & Internet at 2:00 PM - 14 answers

Abandoned/evacuated zones in climate fiction

I'm looking for fiction involving cities or other places that have been abandoned due to climate change. I'm a newbie when it comes to "cli-fi," so any book or movie tips are much appreciated.
posted by Beardman to Media & Arts at 1:56 PM - 33 answers

Bone Density Tests and Mammograms: Pros and Cons

I tend to think the U.S. prescribes too many drugs and tests, compared to their peers in other industrialized countries. I also read Barbara Eichenreich's Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer, and found it largely convincing. I'm posting because I’m looking for articles, research studies and comparative information on testing practices in other industrialized countries for two medical "lady tests": Bone density and mammograms. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Puppetry for Privacy to Health & Fitness at 1:35 PM - 12 answers

Help me scroll my email on MacOS Big Sur

I recently upgraded one of my Mac laptops from Mojave (10.14) to Big Sur (11.6.1). Since the upgrade, email windows don't scroll when I hit the space bar. Is this normal? Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
posted by brianogilvie to Computers & Internet at 1:10 PM - 4 answers

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Because of COVID cancellations, I have $600 in my Alaska Airline wallet set to expire at the end of this year. But I moved to Canada and try my best not to fly for environmental reasons anyway. What can I do with this credit other than let it waste away? Can I donate it somehow? I could use some ideas.
posted by shahzebasif to Travel & Transportation at 1:00 PM - 5 answers

Gift ideas for adult student?

I am in a fairly new (~3 month) relationship with a wonderful dude who has decided to go back to school. He is in his mid-40s, is coming out of the service industry, and will be a full-time student. His birthday is coming up, and I'd like at least part of his gift to be something useful for this new chapter in his life. What are some things that could make this transition easier, or be super useful as an adult student? Open to price points and I'll supplement with a small gift that is more personal and/or fun.
posted by tryniti to Shopping at 12:46 PM - 11 answers