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What size generator does it take to run a gas station?
The minimum required to safely run the station for, say, up to two weeks. I assume that includes lights, but not necessarily if you only want to run during the day.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 3:22 PM on November 4, 2012
So - I found this claim that it would cost around $40k to outfit a gas station to run a pump with a generator. Any idea what that's based on?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 5:46 PM on November 4, 2012
Also, I found this thread which makes some rather bold claims that automation and safety and monitoring systems vastly increase the power draws required to have any functionality at all. Is it possible that some gas stations actually require far more power to run?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 5:55 PM on November 4, 2012

Where can I buy giant sheets of industrial bubble wrap?
Unless there's some opaque variety that I haven't been able to find, solar covers are _not_ what we need. They're designed for retaining heat, and they let light through.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 11:39 AM on August 12, 2012
The pools are minimally chlorinated, and the opaque cover (we have now, but which needs to be replaced) prevents algae growth.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 11:41 AM on August 12, 2012
Thanks - I think the Sun Blok looks like the right thing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 2:17 PM on August 14, 2012

What's the easiest way to remotely share a Mac's screen over the Internet?
You can do this by proxying VNC over ssh with a tunnel. You'll need to be able to get their IP address on demand (dyndns can help you with this), and poke a hole in their router (instructions vary by router model) so you can connect from outside. Does that give you enough info, or do you need detailed instructions?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 9:46 AM on August 12, 2012

Is Rosemary that Bitter
Are you using the whole rosemary branch, or just the leaves? The stem will impart a much stronger woodsy/bitter flavor, though even just the leaves can be overpowering (I usually find that too much of the leaves gives the finished dish a more "soapy" flavor).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 10:52 AM on July 9, 2012 marked best answer

New MacBook Pro laptops and RAM.
I've changed the drive in a pre-unibody MBP. It's certainly tedious, but not really as bad as everyone makes it out to be. I wouldn't want to do it every day, but if you've got a real need to do it and you're reasonably handy with electronic innards, I wouldn't shy away from it. They're just screws.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 9:25 AM on June 14, 2012

iPad or Air?
BTW - the retina display on the iPad is a substantial improvement over the previous model when you're dealing with apps that are sensitive to data density - i.e.: spreadsheets, ssh/terminal sessions, maps, etc... It makes the iPad actually usable as a portable tool for these tasks instead of just a nice toy.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 10:26 AM on June 12, 2012

Does coffee that's been sitting around in the pot all day have less caffeine than freshly brewed coffee?
But that's really only discussion of whether it evaporates, not whether it breaks down. I ask because older coffee seems to have much less kick to it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 4:20 PM on June 3, 2012
For example, this says that a pure caffeine solution is shelf stable for 3 days, but no info about whether it may react with any of the hundreds of other chemicals in a brewed cup of coffee.

http://cameochemicals.noaa.gov/chemical/19945

This seems inconclusively tested.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 4:56 PM on June 3, 2012

How can I get some kitchen tools made?
Not machines (at the moment), but they don't seem to be suited to 3D printing, as some have moving parts and others would need to be made out of stainless steel. I'm thinking more like custom pan styles than spatulas. The knockoff angle is one I'm well aware of.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 1:18 PM on February 4, 2012

Will my 2008 Mac Pro benefit from a video card update?
I'm not having any particular "problems", but I've upgraded pretty much everything else (ram, fast disks, sad where possible) and looking to squeeze what other performance gains I can out of this machine.

The 4-monitor setup is not for video or photo work - it's for coding and system administration, maximizing screen real estate for side-by-side work on a lot of data (often 20-30 terminal sessions at a time, plus various chats, browsers, mail, etc...) without window... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 7:42 AM on December 13, 2011

What's the reliability of modern hard drives when left on a shelf for a few years?
tape backup has its own unique set of reliability issues, and I've personally always been put off by the fact that a purportedly "archival" medium has such a high rate of failure in the wild.

This has been my experience as well, which is why I'm even considering this.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 3:20 PM on August 21, 2011
I've come back to burned CD/DVD discs after only a few years to find that the majority of them are completely unreadable. They are _NOT_ archive material. Tape is supposed to be archival, but in my experience, tapes also fail at a remarkable rate.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 8:10 AM on August 24, 2011

Experience with Stewart, Cooper, & Coon?
Since when is project manager an executive position?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 8:55 PM on August 17, 2011

Three questions about pressure canning low-acid foods
Ok, so - if the seal was good, there are no issues with the headspace?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 6:36 AM on August 14, 2011
Steam is always a higher temperature than boiling water, regardless of what the pressure is. But under pressure, the water is also a higher temperature than 1 atm boiling water can achieve. The point of the pressure cooker is that it raises the internal pressure of the container so the water reaches a higher temperature before it boils. i.e. in a pressure cooker at 10PSI, the water is at 240F (instead of 212F) when it's boiling. Unless you're arguing that killing botulism... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 12:56 PM on August 14, 2011
In general reference to this question - yes, I'll do it differently next time, but I'm wondering if the batch I did this time (with the water covering the jars, and with one jar at ~1" headspace instead of 1/2") is safe.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 1:05 PM on August 14, 2011

Does the Lion upgrade preserve symlinks at the root level?
I've been running Lion on a few other machines, so I have a pretty good idea of what's working already. This is the only one with a root-level symlink though. Software Update does respect it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 5:43 AM on August 3, 2011
Update: I tried this, and it doesn't preserve the symlink. It moved all of my applications to a real /Applications folder on the root drive, and the SSD directory was mostly empty after the upgrade. As near as I can tell, the installer actually moves your applications out of /Applications (at this point, it was the symlink) to a temporary directory, merges the updated applications from Lion into that directory, wipes out the root folders and replaces them, and then moves your applications back... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 5:06 PM on August 12, 2011 marked best answer

Waitress lost my phone...now what?
I was only wondering if there was anything else to do in the meantime, or some obscure Apple policy or something (delusional, I know) that covered my stupidity 10 days out.

Actually, yes, if you had the foresight to buy it with the right kind of American Express card. Gold cards and above carry automatic theft and damage insurance on new purchases for 90 days.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 3:31 PM on October 15, 2009

Hiccuping for more than a day. Please kill me.
The bartender's lemon trick with the bitters has always worked for me.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 8:01 AM on October 15, 2009

How can I forgive my mother for losing some of my most treasured items?
Have a good cry about it, and let it go.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 3:14 PM on October 14, 2009

What's a good cookbook for braising with something other than alcohol?
Not only is cooking wine awful wine, it's usually salted. It's really just not good for anything. I would definitely try some recipes with some decent wine. Have you had wine braises in restaurants? If not, try that too. Most of my best braises use half wine and half stock.

No help on the cookbook, but I have a recipe for braised pork shoulder (pulled pork) that has no wine and is fantastic. Preheat oven to 350F. Cut about 10-15 slits in a pork shoulder and insert... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 3:10 PM on October 14, 2009

What happens if an arresting officer records your conversation with the public defender?
I am not a lawyer. Can you establish that you have an expectation to privacy by having your lawyer record the call and saying "I don't think anybody's listening in, so we should be able to talk freely."?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 8:04 PM on October 9, 2009
I sure am glad that nobody is listening.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 6:49 PM on October 10, 2009

Is there raw meat that won't make you sick and kill you?
Also keep in mind that ground meats have far greater surface area available to pick up germs.

This is not the real problem with ground meat. The real problem with ground meat is that it's often made from parts of tens if not hundreds or thousands of different animals, and contamination of any one of those contaminates the whole batch. Also, to keep costs down, it's made from inferior cuts which are more likely to be infected with something nasty.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 7:02 PM on October 9, 2009

You should have bargained, Lucas
The Sarlacc is actually calling all of the shots. You would not _believe_ the strings it had to pull to get that Boba Fett snack.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 11:07 AM on October 7, 2009
So for story purposes it had to fail, and then everybody came into play with all their POW-fighting-in-the-rear prowess.

Isn't this the point of dramatic storytelling anyway? If all plans always worked, most stories would be kind of boring.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 7:33 AM on October 8, 2009

FacebookFilter
I've noticed that using Fluid or Safari results in my being logged out almost immediately after loading any FB page, but Opera and the iPhone client both work fine.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 5:35 PM on October 6, 2009

What can I do about onion breath?
Cooking is not an option. Parsley doesn't seem to help - I neglected to mention that I've tried that also.

Fennel and anise are the kinds of seeds I hate second and third most (caraway is #1 - I gather that they're all related), but I'd be interested to know if that works.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 2:16 PM on October 1, 2009
Anyone have a reputable source that can answer the "where does the smell actually come from" question?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 2:17 PM on October 1, 2009

How best to combine two iPhone accounts in a business?
Don't talk to AT&T's business department. It will be a waste of your time, and iPhone business accounts are a particular pain in the ass because there are a few different business departments at AT&T, and none of them really understand the iPhone plans. Here's the relevant piece of information you need: there are no business discounts until you hit 5 phones on your plan. You might be able to convince them to drop the old plan, but you might just have to suck it up and pay the ETF.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 10:10 PM on September 17, 2009

What G-rated movies have spaceships in them?
Some good answers here - I will have to check some of those out.

Yes, I've seen the Black Hole. No, it's not appropriate for small children.

Lilo and Stitch has a surprising amount of violence in it. We tried that one about six months ago, and he really wasn't following most of it and just wanted to know why that guy kept dropping his ice cream.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 8:46 PM on September 2, 2009
In case you hadn't noticed, Lilo and Stitch is actually rated PG, not G. People always seem surprised when I mention the violence. I don't think I'm overly sensitive, but it really stood out for me when I watched it again with my son, and I'd had almost no memory of any of it from the first time I watched it. There's a lot of pushing, punching, biting, aggressive growling, and shooting, with very little context or anything that would give him any explanation of what's going on. I recommend that... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 11:39 AM on September 3, 2009

For sale: Jenn-Air High Speed Food Rotter
What is up with the usability disaster of the common refrigerator control dials?!?! Mine say "freezer: warmer/colder" and "refrigerator : 1-5". The freezer one actually controls the flow of air from the freezer to the refrigerator (i.e.: if the freezer is warmer in relation to the total amount of heat in the box, the fridge is colder), and the refrigerator one actually controls the base temperature of the freezer (i.e: if the freezer is colder in relation to the outside... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 9:43 AM on August 25, 2009

Movie in which thieves sync their heist with songs?
I agree - I think it's a great movie. It's wacky and clever.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 7:09 PM on August 24, 2009

How would you store half a tomato?
I put it cut side down on a plate, invert a small bowl over it to keep the fruit flies away, and keep it on the counter. How long it lasts depends on how ripe it was.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 12:07 PM on August 24, 2009

What's all the fuss about Google Voice??
google released an appliction which runs on android and blackberry phones. they also released the product for the iphone but it was banned.

It's worth noting that Apple has claimed to the FCC that they're still evaluating it and have not rejected it outright. Though, there were several 3rd party ones that got pulled.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 10:48 AM on August 24, 2009

Needed: Cheap digital camera with remote shutter release.
Can you be more specific about what's wrong with the above suggestions? It seems like it does exist.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 10:37 AM on August 24, 2009

help me thrive with a car in nyc
thejoshu, that's great info. I owe you a beer or three.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 9:36 AM on August 24, 2009

How do you make Grape Nuts edible?
If you're reasonably handy in the kitchen, this homemade version tastes really good.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 8:28 PM on August 23, 2009

A slim iPhone 3G case that isn't fragile?
I don't have a spring clip case, but the Seidio Innocase I just bought is quite nice. They sell a few varieties of cases, some of which have spring clips.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 8:01 PM on August 23, 2009

Help me make a Smore Pie!
Incidentally, I found while camping one summer that marshmallows basically turn into fluff if you pull them between your fingers for a few minutes. I don't see any reason why this wouldn't work with minis. Just grab a handful and pull them in half, mash them back together, and pull apart again until they're the consistency you want.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 7:34 PM on August 23, 2009

I need a serious, simple, general-purpose cookbook.
Definitely Bittman. Pretty much every recipe I've made of his has been spot on.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 6:47 PM on August 23, 2009

What do I do with a massive amount of cherries?
Anyone who makes clafouti and leaves in the pits deserves to be smacked upside the head. That's just inconsiderate.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 6:44 PM on August 23, 2009

Recommend a scooter for a five year old?
Second the kickboard. No comparison.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 3:10 PM on August 18, 2009 marked best answer

Help me juice the juicer
My favorite fruit juice is pineapple grapefruit.

Also - remember that you can use the carrot pulp for cooking after making carrot juice. It adds a lot of moisture to baked goods.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caviar at 7:47 AM on August 18, 2009

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