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What kind of suit for an arts interview? Or suit at all?

A friend has an interview for a really great administrative job at a midwestern arts organization. He's a big guy, so our options are not infinite - ie, no going to JCrew.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:47 PM on June 4, 2014 (10 comments)

How do I lawn? How do I garden?

My lawn is a terrible mess of weeds, luckily in a neighborhood where almost everyone has a terrible lawn so I'm not bringing down property values. How do I fix it, preferably without pesticides? What do I need to fix? What time of year should I do things? What kinds of plants can I plant in Minnesota? How does a total newb start this stuff, especially a total newb with a busy schedule and back pain?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:17 AM on May 23, 2014 (28 comments)

Tailor needed to copy shirts, coat in Minneapolis-St Paul area

Looking for a professional or skilled amateur the metro area to make some clothes for me by cutting up and copying existing clothes!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:33 AM on April 22, 2014 (4 comments)

Cheap digital camera for listing things on eBay?

I foolishly lent my digital camera for what was meant to be a short time and is turning into an indefinite period. I need to list some stuff on eBay and Etsy. I would like the cheapest reliable digital camera for this purpose. (I don't have and won't be getting a smartphone (at least not in the immediate "would like to sell things on eBay soon" level of future), so need a stand-alone camera.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:59 AM on February 19, 2014 (10 comments)

Torn arm muscle, rotator cuff injury - what has your experience been?

I really hurt my arm. I am going to the doctor, but I'm curious about people's general experiences with this type of injury, treatments, length of recovery, and general speculation about just what I did to myself, since it seems like I did several different things at once.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:12 AM on February 4, 2014 (16 comments)

Cheerful, intelligent anime and cartoons - dubbed or in English

My mother's health isn't so great (and it isn't, sadly, going to get much better). She still enjoys movies, however, and I'd like to get her some animated stuff. Her vision isn't strong, so subtitles are out - so these must be dubbed or from Anglophone countries.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:58 AM on December 16, 2013 (18 comments)

Queer-friendly haircut in the Twin Cities?

Looking for a place or a particular stylist who will cut my queer hair and who may even offer suggestions about style. Snowflakes inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:58 AM on November 5, 2013 (15 comments)

Dance music emergency!!!! Also seeking Gogol Bordello-ish recs!

I need some additional music to play at an event tomorrow night, and I have exhausted all the AskMes on this question. Recent dance music and dance music that meets the somewhat bizarre criteria inside needed.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:34 AM on September 20, 2013 (25 comments)

Bike costs - am I doing it wrong?

It's really expensive to maintain my bike! Is this normal, or should I be doing something different?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:20 AM on August 8, 2013 (38 comments)

Should I go back to school for accounting?

Accountants of metafilter! Should I attempt to become one of your number? I have a secretarial gig at a university. I want to continue working at the university for as much of my career as possible, and I'd like more responsibility and challenge. In my current role, I do some proto-accounting stuff unique to this position (some reporting, some tracking of numbers, some fancy work with Excel). I enjoy these parts of my job. This leads me to wonder whether I should get an accounting degree.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:52 AM on July 31, 2013 (19 comments)

Best way to sell assortment of fine vintage clothes and items?

I have a small assortment of rather choice* vintage clothes, textiles and miscellany. I would like to sell it all. I'm already eBaying a large volume of other stuff, I am an average photographer with an average camera and honestly, eBay doesn't seem like the best place to sell these things - a couple are rare collector pieces. What are some good ways to do this besides eBay and what are your experience of them? Also, how can I figure out what is a reasonable price if I do sell to a dealer? I'd be glad to hear from you as a dealer or as a skilled amateur.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:32 AM on June 25, 2013 (9 comments)

Recommendations for cheap, lightweight rain jacket-y thing for biking

I bike commute every day year round and as a result often end up biking in the rain. I need recommendations for a lightweight, compact rain jacket-y thing that I can carry with me every day in my bag. It needs to be comfortable for summer. If it's a women's jacket, it needs to fit an XL-XXL with broad shoulders; men's jackets are also okay provided that the fit is fairly tailored. Compactness is key - I carry a medium-sized messenger bag and my current rain jacket takes up most of the room when I bring it. Warmth isn't really a concern as this is for times when I can't wear a wool jacket and hat. Should not be designed to fit super tight, as it will need to go over a shirt and possibly a light cardigan. Cheap is better than expensive, but I would pay for a spendy one if it were perfect.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:21 AM on May 24, 2013 (11 comments)

How to drown out neighbors' loud music?

Neighbors play norteƱo music really, really loudly all day on many weekend days through the summer. The particular rhythms and thumping quality of the music make it very, very hard to ignore, so I can't read or do anything that requires concentration when it is playing. Asking them to turn it down is not an option. Even closing my windows does nothing, sadly. Are there any particular mechanical ways to cancel/mute very loud noises like this? I would pay almost any money not to go through this again this summer, especially since they seem to have a new sound system that is such that I can't even really sleep through the music, so it just kills my whole day unless I go out.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 5:23 PM on April 28, 2013 (37 comments)

Resources and suggestions needed for improving my teaching skills

So I've been doing a little bit of teaching of free adult classes in my erstwhile academic specialty, an area of literature. (I am not an academic and do not teach except for community stuff.) I have trouble with big group discussion and balancing my role in the class.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:37 AM on April 3, 2013 (13 comments)

Should I go to the ER? Calf pain after travel but with snowflake!

I flew to Seattle for a couple of days. I climbed a lot of stairs. My calf hurts. Do I need to go to the ER? Doctors' advice in particular appreciated.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:23 AM on March 25, 2013 (14 comments)

Hippie anarchist seeks fun times in Seattle!

To my surprise, I will have one Saturday in Seattle very soon. I will be staying in downtown and reliant on public transportation.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:45 AM on March 15, 2013 (17 comments)

Needed: pomade or gel that smells good but also has hold

So hair technology has changed since the nineties and my last product-requiring hairstyle. I now have a perfectly standard irritating men's style-blogger/Talented Mr. Ripley haircut and I require something to keep the damn thing out of my eyes. But since my hair is not quite long enough to stay back really well (it's at that stage where it's too long not to use product, but not quite long enough to be easy to style) and my hair is very straight, thick, coarse and willful, I require a hair product that has some hold.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:58 AM on February 21, 2013 (11 comments)

Documentaries and other films about writers, libraries and books wanted!

I'm especially interested in films about writers of color and writers from the global south. Any kind of film is fine - need not be a documentary. But a progressive/radical/critical outlook is appreciated! Particularly looking for films that will appeal to an intelligent but not super-theorized audience - ie, that documentary about Derrida is not what we're looking for, and even the recent one about Zizek is an edge case.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:29 AM on January 9, 2013 (4 comments)

Netbooks for the helpless

Help an easily confused person with netbook needs (or do I want a starter ThinkPad?) - some snowflake details inside. Particularly interested in 11" netbooks, but at a huge, giant loss about how to proceed - like, ridiculously helpless here.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:35 AM on December 7, 2012 (21 comments)

Boy, is my face red! And blotchy!

What is a good facial moisturizer for rosacea?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:55 PM on November 27, 2012 (18 comments)

And the moon will be yours to do whatever you like

Help me find this poem that involves the moon! I can't remember it but can remember the feeling I had when reading it!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:38 AM on October 17, 2012 (6 comments)

Tamarinds and lemons say the bells of near south Minneapolis

Give me your recipes containing lime! Or lemon or tamarind! Certain restrictions may apply.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:53 AM on October 2, 2012 (14 comments)

Help me understand what fool thing I did

What horrible injury have I done myself? Not-immediately-threatening bike accident injury question.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:08 AM on September 13, 2012 (9 comments)

Chicken versus egg versus back pain

Back pain and swallowing difficulty - is the shoulder pain causing the swallowing situation or the other way around? Your experience wanted as I wait for my doctor visit.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:26 AM on August 31, 2012 (10 comments)

What should I do about my stretched ears?

Gauged ears - what to do? Cultural appropriation, work, your opinions and suggestions needed.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:25 PM on July 23, 2012 (30 comments)

How on earth to sell this object?

How best to value and sell a beautiful, large, fragile antique desk in the suburban Chicago area?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:37 AM on July 12, 2012 (1 comment)

Help me pivot the pivot table back!

How to reformat pivot table data so that it works like any other spreadsheet? Simple instructions needed.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:20 PM on June 20, 2012 (6 comments)

All scientists are mad, really.

Seeking novels about scientists! All genres welcome; women protagonists, protagonists of color and non-Western protagonists preferred; weirdos also acceptable.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:29 PM on June 7, 2012 (45 comments)

My salad days have only begun!

Your very best salad dressings and salad recipes needed!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:17 AM on May 25, 2012 (39 comments)

The Working Class Goes To Heaven

Happy May 1, everyone! Movie questions - I'm putting together a film series showing radical comedy about being working class/pink collar/lower-middle-class, mostly drawn from the sixties, seventies and early eighties. Or at least I hope I am - this was inspired by realizing how great 9 to 5 is and a vague memory of seeing reruns of other movies with a similar sensibility on the late show in the late eighties and early nineties.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:33 AM on May 1, 2012 (32 comments)

Help me quell my tornado anxieties...or not

What happens if your house is damaged by a tornado? What happens to your stuff, what do you do about the immediate moment, etc?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 4:27 PM on April 16, 2012 (5 comments)

Trying to get on the good foot but this sprain isn't helping

An old foot injury is kicking up. Your advice and experiences wanted.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:02 AM on April 5, 2012 (5 comments)

Post-gallbladder-surgery problems

Post-gallbladder surgery complications question - have you had your gallbladder out? (TMI inside, be warned)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 3:43 PM on February 19, 2012 (11 comments)

Cat appetite question

My lovely cat is eating less. Why? Do we need to go to the vet?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 4:29 PM on February 2, 2012 (25 comments)

Rare, interesting, awesome dance tracks needed!

Accidental DJ is on deck - I need alternative/underground/indie/queer dance hits of the last decade, any genre. Help me minimize looking a fool!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:23 AM on January 19, 2012 (31 comments)

What is inflammation?

What is this "inflammation" of which they speak? Is it, you know, a real thing?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:14 AM on December 9, 2011 (22 comments)

Help me be peppy!

I need more energy - how can I stop being tired and have the strength and will to get more done? Tell me what I'm doing wrong and give me your tips for being energetic - lots of snowflake details inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:23 AM on December 2, 2011 (45 comments)

We like to dance fast!

Accidental DJ would like awesome advice on danceable music.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:47 PM on November 4, 2011 (18 comments)

Help me take care of these kids when I feel ambivalent and lack resources and experience!

How can I amuse these variously-aged children who like to test boundaries? How should I handle things when I basically can't discipline them? How can I get in the right headspace to do this?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:21 PM on September 1, 2011 (11 comments)

Looking for queer science fiction.

So I need more science fiction by and/or about queer folks. Special snowflake request details follow.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:31 AM on August 4, 2011 (28 comments)

Books and online resources about complicated music wanted, also listening recommendations

I don't know much about music and I don't have a large music vocabulary - once you get past "bassline" I am reduced to saying things like "It was very squeaky yet melodic somehow, you know?" I would like some sources for critical writing about more complicated modern music.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:07 AM on July 21, 2011 (9 comments)

What should I put on this mix tape, and whose work will remind me of Arthur Russell?

A two-fer about eighties music - I'm looking for eighties songs about the cold war, Reagan, Thatcher, US foreign policy, etc. Also looking for music I'll enjoy if I like eighties cellist composer guy Arthur Russell.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:35 AM on June 2, 2011 (67 comments)

A friend and a heroin addiction - what to do? Your stories?

A friend and a heroin addiction - What should we do? What is likely to happen?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:10 AM on May 20, 2011 (31 comments)

Life as lived in the lab - tell me about physicists

What do physicists do all day? What is the lab environment like? Minutiae welcome.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:51 AM on April 7, 2011 (15 comments)

Help me find interview clothes!

What are the norms for women interviewing for office jobs in the Midwest?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:11 AM on March 21, 2011 (18 comments)

I'll be your mirror--but I'd rather not

I've realized that I mirror people's emotions back at them way too much, especially at work. I have a lot of trouble dealing with an accountant who is very nervous and fussy because I get nervous and fussy along with her; I also mirror the tone of another accountant who is very aggressive and accusatory over routine no-wrongdoing things. In each case, I escalate behavior that is already upsetting. How can I stop?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:37 PM on February 18, 2011 (7 comments)

Microwaved food safety question

Microwaved food safety question - help me argue with (or gracefully capitulate to) my hippie friends!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:19 AM on February 1, 2011 (26 comments)

Seeking book recommendations on abolitionist movement in the UK!

Seeking book and journal recommendations about Afro-British participation in the abolition campaign in the late 18th and 19th centuries: Seeking materials focused on popular participation in the UK, also material about the Afro-British community in the 18th and 19th centuries generally.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:01 AM on January 11, 2011 (3 comments)

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