August 15

Another COVID-19 risk scenario question

Because flipping Delta variant. How risky is (mostly outdoor) mingling, partying, and an overnight stay with a fully vaccinated group of people? Children are involved (but not attending). This is in Ontario, Canada. [more inside]
posted by Rora to Health & Fitness at 5:59 PM - 2 answers

Selfie Stick Recomendations

Can anyone vouch for a selfie stick they've used? I can take a blind stab at getting one from Amazon, but I'd love a personal recommendation from the green. [more inside]
posted by pyro979 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:55 PM - Vintage Porcelain Tureen with handles Hackefors Porslin Sweden

Do you know this logo?

What is the logo on the back of Army t-shirts? [more inside]
posted by pdb to Society & Culture at 2:48 PM - 3 answers

Sent an email to a resigning coworker and worry it was inappropriate

I (40,F)found out my longtime coworker(66,M) is leaving and sent a farewell email and for some reason it's making me feel like crap that he's ignoring it. He still has two more weeks left and doesn't use company email since he's a contractor. [more inside]
posted by lohachata to Human Relations at 2:04 PM - 9 answers

Can someone take this stuff apart for me?

Fun fact: turns out getting rid of furniture is ridiculously difficult, even when you offer the stuff for free. I’ve basically given up. Is there someone who can come round and dismantle it for me so I can dispose of it easily? Is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by holborne to Home & Garden at 1:55 PM - 9 answers

How to qualify for stimulus checks in USA?

[USA filter] I made a sort of flow chart for the three stimulus checks. Would like some feedback if it is correct before I distribute it.
posted by cda to 1950'S EXHIBIT ARCADE CARD ACTRESS BARBARA HALE PERRY MASON EX/NM at 1:34 PM - 11 answers

Just you wait!

In My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle sings "One day I'll be famous! I'll be proper and prim / Go to St. James so often I will call it St. Jim!" What's the St. James being referenced here?
posted by Tehhund to Media & Arts at 1:14 PM - 3 answers

What do you do when your career implodes in your 50s?

I've made some incredibly stupid career choices in the past decade or two, flamed out of a few jobs, and now - entirely due to my own failings - I'm facing unemployment in a couple of months. What should I do? [Air Distribution Duct-ST, VIN: L Mopar 55056931AB]
posted by anonymous to Terasaki emw-1401a k/821/4-001d parallel i/o module(A) at 12:45 PM - 10 answers

Get my career from where it was to... Somewhere?

I'm running out of drive for finding a job. I think what I want is a combination mentor / therapist / guidance counselor, who can help me make realistic decisions about what jobs to pursue, identify steps I need to take to develop my skills, help me stay accountable to completing those steps, and stick with me through my career to help me grow my career and not get stuck again. [more inside]
posted by rebent to ALPS RK12L12C0A0E - 10 kOhm Stereo Potentiometer, 25mm Shank Length at 8:04 AM - Disney Snowsuit baby Girl 6-9m.

using facebook messenger safely

A long time ago (before the messenger app) I removed the facebook app from my phone because privacy & security concerns. I have a Pixel. What's the current advice? Is it "safe"? [more inside]
posted by freethefeet to Computers & Internet at 3:48 AM - 5 answers

What’s the best value item for

I have $200 Amazon.com credit, but live in the UK. I’m struggling to find stuff that feels like a great deal after taxes and import duties. [more inside]
posted by roofus to Genuine Ford Weatherstrip - Driver's Side (LH) EL1Z-7851223-A at 3:05 AM - 9 answers

August 14

Best approach for removing perfume smell from a closet?

A closet in my apartment has a strong scent--like someone's cologne or aftershave or perfume, not just like laundry detergent or cleaning product. I want it to not smell like anything. What should I try? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer to Home & Garden at 8:42 PM - 10 answers
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Semi-attached neighbor has mice. How do we protect ourselves?

We are in a block of townhomes. Family in the next unit has a plague of mice. We haven't seen or heard any...yet. What steps should we take now to prevent an overwhelming mouse invasion?
posted by Bowling Green Falcons Football 1985 NCAA Media Guide to Home & Garden at 6:56 PM - 17 answers

Going to a fair during a Pandemic - Delta Variant, animals, and me.

Does anyone know how I should attend the WA State Fair safely, during a pandemic, and with a sharp rise in the Delta Variant? Anyone know info about the Delta Variant and animals? What about the Delta Variant and throngs of unmasked people, both inside and outside? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 to Health & Fitness at 3:52 PM - 8 answers

What do you LOVE in your kitchen and/or bathroom?

I'm in the early planning stages for some major renovations to my kitchen and multiple bathrooms in my house. I'm looking for some inspiration, especially for clever things I may not think of on my own. I'd love to know what things delight you in your own kitchen/bathroom. Do you have an amazing cabinet organizer, color combination, countertop material, sink feature, type of tile, showerhead, faucet... anything that you're glad you have or think is awesome? Please share. Photos and specific product recommendations more than welcome! [more inside]
posted by pupstocks to Home & Garden at 3:13 PM - 65 answers

How do I get NextDoor to recognize my address?

In my neighborhood there's 3 houses (mine included) that aren't in the neighborhood polygon in NextDoor for some reason. I have tried to use NextDoor's Contact Us to rectify this over the course of 6 months but have not received anything, no matter what option I seem to choose. My neighbors use NextDoor as a means to propagate information. I'm willing to try anything, including entering a new address, which NextDoor frowns upon. What's the best way to achieve my goals without having mail or something sent to my neighbors in the verification process? [more inside]
posted by geoff. to Computers & Internet at 2:00 PM - 3 answers

Pending IRS refund and don't know why

When I checked my online bank account this morning, it showed a pending refund from the IRS for $2,2XX. We received our federal refund back in March so I don't know what this could be. Any ideas? Checking the IRS website didn't provide any info.
posted by perhapses to Vintage 1960’s Crescent Toy Plastic Medieval Knights Figure Play Set Lot England at 1:31 PM - 8 answers

Incorporate Foreign Company while maintaining a U.S. domestic company

Looking for resources that explain how to structure this. I would be the owner of a foreign company, but what is the relationship between the two entities? and how do I fit in in terms of receiving payment? [more inside]
posted by jander03 to Self crafted wooden car plastic panels at 8:31 AM - 1 answer

Tree identification

Can you identify this mystery tree: leaf 1, 2, bark? [more inside]
posted by peeedro to Home & Garden at 8:21 AM - 6 answers

Best video calling device for non-tech savvy seniors?

My parents are not tech savvy at all and we're having increased problems video chatting. Best Facebook Portal/Google Home Hub/etc. device to use? [more inside]
posted by allthethings to Technology at 8:12 AM - 10 answers

Examples of websites with simple, minimalist design?

I'm looking for examples of "low-tech sites" in this modern world: Daring Fireball, Paul Graham, Derek Sivers, Philip Greenspun, and so on. Content and viewpoint don't matter. I'm simply interested in modern implementations of minimalist websites to use as inspiration for reverting one of my own sites to something much "purer". (My site is a modern Wordpress blog with thousands of pages from the past fifteen years. Oy vey!)
posted by jdroth to Computers & Internet at 7:26 AM - 15 answers

Need recommendation for a clean out service in Largo FL

My mother will not be returning to her manufactured home in a MHPark in Largo FL. I am far away from Florida and not going there. I have found clean-out services on the internet (any my brother in law is going to ask a realtor) but I want to ask here. If you have any recommendations for clean out services in Largo please let me know. I need someone who will pack up and ship her personal papers to me and remove the personal items, leaving the unit furnished for resale. Thanks.
posted by andreap to Home & Garden at 6:04 AM - 3 answers

Why Is The Mediterranean Sea So Pretty?

My mom and I had a friendly debate as to why the Mediterranean Sea is so pretty. My hunch was because, unlike most seas, its landlocked. [more inside]
posted by ggp88 to Science & Nature at 2:00 AM - 20 answers

August 13

What are these little bugs and how do I get rid of them?

They're 2-3 mm long. Here is a picture. I typically see a half dozen of them on my bathroom floor tiles and find the occasional one in the rest of our home (5th floor condo in Seattle). What are they and how do I get rid of them? We have a cat, if that matters wrt poisons.
posted by mpark to Home & Garden at 7:35 PM - 7 answers

The Noise Problem Is Coming from INSIDE the House!...

Since moving to a smaller space, my roommate and I have discovered that our different tolerances for each others' noise are a bit more of an issue. Help me try to accommodate him while still satisfying me. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Home & Garden at 5:34 PM - 33 answers

Security check on refurbished computer

Just ordered a refurbished computer. The situation feels pretty amateurish. Now that I've received it, what should I check or do? [more inside]
posted by slidell to Computers & Internet at 4:47 PM - 27 answers

Help with kaput capacitor

Will this replace that on my ceiling fan? [more inside]
posted by ivanthenotsoterrible to Home & Garden at 4:47 PM - 9 answers

Ways to support women/children/men left behind in Afghanistan?

I am sitting here weeping at the news coverage of what is and will happen to those the US (my country) has left behind as we pull out of Afghanistan. Women/young girls will be trafficked/brutalized. Men who "collaborated" as translators, guides or even cooks will be jailed/killed. People are desperate to get out! What can I do? Are there aide groups I can donate to? Write to my representatives? How could they not see this coming is another question, but... is there something practical to do, groups to support? I cannot just sit here and weep.
posted by alwayson_slightlyoff to Society & Culture at 4:44 PM - 6 answers

Tampon tore, maybe - how worried should I be?

When I removed a tampon today it was kind of split in the middle and a tiny part at the top (maybe 0.5 cm?) looked like it was missing. How likely is it that there's a piece of tampon floating inside me just waiting to kill me via TSS? Should I be going to the doctor ASAP? (Noting, of course, that YANMD) [NORGREN 8020770024712060 / 8020770024712060 (BRAND NEW)]
posted by xiasanlan to Human Relations at 4:30 PM - 13 answers

How important is a discrepancy between CDC card and state vax record?

I noticed that my state's (MD) official record of COVID vaccination shows one of the lot numbers as different from my CDC card, though the other one matches. Is this important, and how could I fix it if it is? [more inside]
posted by advil to Health & Fitness at 4:02 PM - 3 answers

Custom or DIY Nintendo switch skins

How can I either make or order some custom skins for my Nintendo switch? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume to Media & Arts at 3:14 PM - 3 answers

Angry husband just vacated home - what to check for?

How to best ensure a house is secure and nothing damaging is going to happen after a sneaky and angry resident departs? [more inside]
posted by letahl to Home & Garden at 2:47 PM - 40 answers

Books about the history of the Americas

I've just returned to my home in the US from my first trip to Mexico City. I'm really interested in the history of the indigenous people of the Americas, especially in the differences between North and South American cultures and how they were each affected by the arrival of Europeans. Can you recommend some books on this subject? Thanks.
posted by something something to Society & Culture at 2:41 PM - 14 answers

Help me find an essay I read recently

In the last few months, I read a Modern-Love-style essay (nonfiction, autobiographical) about a woman who wasn't sure whether she wanted to commit to the man she was seeing. He asked her to essentially make the choice to keep seeing him on a date-by-date basis rather making a choice to commit to be with him: if she was excited to see him the next time, then she should see him the next time. I'd like to reread it, but now I can't find the essay. Help? [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina to Writing & Language at 2:28 PM - 2 answers

Semi-fancy Haircare

What nice haircare and body wash products are nice to have on hand for guests? [more inside]
posted by Uncle Glendinning to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 1:53 PM - 12 answers

Camping Games for 7yr olds

We having a camping trip this weekend with some of my daughter's “rising second-grade” class. Wondering if anyone has some good ideas for games of a group of about 10 seven-year-old kids could play together? [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged to Grab Bag at 1:50 PM - 10 answers

Old Audio Equipment Diagnosis & Repair Resources

I obtained some old audio equipment: four Shure M67 Microphone Mixers without visible issues, a M68FC Mixer in rough shape, two Shure M610 Feedback Controllers w/o visible issues, one Shure SR105 Power Amplifier with corrosion on the outer case, and three Rauland Borg TAX75C amplifiers with at least some exterior corrosion. Not being an audio guy, I'm looking for resources to help a beginner safely check these things and diagnose and remediate any issues.
posted by Alvy Ampersand to Technology at 1:17 PM - 5 answers

Any Way to Return to a Barber After a Long Absence?

I had been going to the same barber for a few years consistently with only occasional missed months. Nice guy but always seemed to have trouble with my hair (so, one of four haircuts were bad), and in 2021, ratio of bad to good got worse. So, past few months I scouted out other possibilities but couldn't find anyone better. Is there any way to go back to him without hurting his feelings or having it be awkward for both of us?
posted by Jon44 to Human Relations at 11:01 AM - 19 answers

Watching Over My Non Profit's Van

I have a non profit, and recently, I purchased a van to help me do its work. There has been a wave of vehicle break-ins and catalytic converter thefts. My van is full of stuff that I'd use for events, like tents, tables, ... whatever. Not stuff I'd think anybody would want to steal in a vehicle I'd think nobody would want to vandalize, but you never know. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind to Technology at 10:31 AM - 8 answers

COVID safety: unmasked office edition

I have to go into my office one day next week. This is non-negotiable. How do I keep myself as safe as possible for the day, beyond wearing my KN-95 mask? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tool Gifts for Him, Magnetic Wristband for Holding Screws, Perfect Orange to Health & Fitness at 10:23 AM - 13 answers

therapist reimbursement rates

Is there somewhere I can look up reimbursement rates for therapy providers? Like how much insurance companies pay for services? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to 2pcs Aft Diaphragm for CV Cerwin Vega CD34Ar for Intense INT-152 INT-252 at 10:03 AM - 6 answers

Matutinal animals?

Looking to make a list of animals that are primarily matutinal. Not a complicated ask, but google is completely failing me here. :)
posted by curious nu to Pets & Animals at 9:53 AM - 5 answers

What happened in jurisdictions where public health doctors resigned?

I know that in the US, several public health doctors resigned over government interference. Possibly it happened in other countries as well. I would like to know how that turned out - was it counter-productive? Did the government hire new public health officials who toed the line? [more inside]
posted by kitcat to Law & Government at 9:17 AM - 2 answers

Job Possibilities for Career Changer - Non Profit/NGO Edition

My wife is beginning the start of exploring new jobs and hoping to help her brainstorm ideas. She's had basically a very different two part career- Five years as an attorney in litigation and five years as a office/executive assistant while getting her MFA in writing. These jobs would ideally be in DC, and she would be fine starting with someone very early career (1-2 years out of school). What are some job options for her to start researching? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv to Scabbard Fork Right origine for Suzuki 125 Gsx-R 2018 To 2020 at 8:53 AM - 10 answers

Bookfilter: Magical Economies

I've recently enjoyed a couple books that dive deep on what magic costs--Sanjena Sathian's Gold Diggers and Naomi Novik's A Deadly Education--and I'm looking for more to read along those lines: detailed mechanics and economic systems, with magic as the currency and thoughtful attention to economic metaphors. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by miles per flower to Writing & Language at 8:47 AM - 18 answers

Fitting dishwasher waste hose - this can't be right, can it? [UK]

I'm fitting a new dishwasher where no dishwasher was before. And the waste hose (exhibit A) is puzzling me. I've connected it, but it doesn't seem secure. UK plumbing standards apply. [more inside]
posted by Lorc to Home & Garden at 8:24 AM - 2 answers

panic! at the stovetop

I decided to make strawberry shortcake from this recipe for tonight, and I got up early to roll out the dough and chill it. I felt very put together up until the part when I remembered that I FORGOT THE BAKING POWDER. WHAT DO. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena to Food & Drink at 7:53 AM - 4 answers

Beveragefilter

Where can I buy Caffeine-free Coke Zero in Sacramento, California? [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf to Food & Drink at 7:28 AM - 8 answers

Cracked Concrete Highway Support in Houston: Who to Contact?

So there's this cracked concrete highway support outside my office window. I'm no structural engineer, but this don't look right. [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis to Law & Government at 7:00 AM - 4 answers

Another question about domestic labour in relationships

How does a cohabitating couple handle a big disparity in experience "adulting" without falling into a parent/child dynamic? [more inside]
posted by btfreek to Human Relations at 6:33 AM - 46 answers

Trading up

Thinking about a career shift from software engineering to something more hands-on — what jobs should I consider? [more inside]
posted by mekily to Sierra Hose Barb #18-8042 at 6:31 AM - 10 answers

Who is the best Glee Cameo-maker?

My cousin loves Glee and I want to get her a Cameo for her birthday. I don't know anything about Glee. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals to Society & Culture at 5:56 AM - 7 answers

Argument about pop psychology understanding vs psychometric construct

Psychologists, philosophers & geeks! Is an argument I had about emotional intelligence’s existence & definition semantic or ontological? I argued there’s a difference between colloquial pop-psychology definitions of a psychological ‘thing’ & specific scientific definitions of that ‘thing’ by an ‘operationalization’ process making abstract ‘things’ real by inferences from evidence of other ‘things’. E.g. Empathetic people w/ soft skills vs abstract measurable attributes that can predict outcomes. I was accused of arguing semantics. I don’t believe it was about differences between lay meanings & proof of existence – arguments from different universes. See inside. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! to Religion & Philosophy at 4:20 AM - 8 answers

Night owl to lark

My entire adulthood, I've never been a great sleeper, and the coronavirus lockdown has made it worse. I do best when I go to sleep and wake up really late, but that isn't practical for me work-wise, especially with return to office looming. There is lots of advice online about healthy sleep routines. I am curious - have any of you managed to switch from night owl to lark and how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser to Health & Fitness at 2:11 AM - 18 answers

August 12

what do I do with a QR "Personal Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record "

I've got a "Personal Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record" in the form of a QR code image calling itself "SMART Health Card" from the State of California. What do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by anadem to Technology at 8:26 PM - 12 answers

Are we bad parents if we lock our daughter in her bedroom at bedtime?

My wife and I have a great kid that just won't sleep at night. We put a lock on her bedroom door to keep her in there when it's time to go to sleep, but we're kind of wondering if it makes us bad parents. [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto to Human Relations at 7:42 PM - 72 answers

What is this clickbait all about?

For the last several months, this clickbait has appeared, proclaiming "[Your state] launches new policy for cars used less than 49 miles per day." It suggests, but does not say, that it applies to auto insurance. What is going on here?
posted by yclipse to Chinese Exquisite Handmade Dragon-Fish carving Jadeite Jade Statue Pendant at 6:33 PM - 4 answers

A 70's country song where two guys fight over a girl, end up together

Looking for a 70's country song with a male singer, telling the story of him and another guy vying for this girl. It ends with him propositioning the other guy, after they both are turned down.
posted by geekP1ng to Media & Arts at 6:28 PM - 1 answer

What does this picture frame need?

I recently bought a picture frame and would like to hang one of my photos on the wall. The only hook on the back looks like this, and the frame didn’t come with anything like a wire so I could hang the photo on my wall. Is there another piece I need to buy so I can hang this picture?
posted by Voltage Converter 5000 Watt Transformer Step Up/Down 5000W Heavy Duty 110V⇋220V to Home & Garden at 4:56 PM - 7 answers

Documentaries and Their Companions

You've watched/listened to a documentary which makes artful use of archival and contemporary materials. This documentary also has a companion web site which highlights many of the materials in question. The site's design/organization makes these things accessible to both existing fans and neophytes. As someone currently working on a major doc project, please recommend your favorite site(s) along those lines for inspiration!
posted by mykescipark to Media & Arts at 4:32 PM - 5 answers