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Lost in Little Rock
I was hoping for personal recommendations.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:14 PM on August 27, 2005

California Casual - what to wear?
I agree with jonmc. Pants and a pressed Hawaiian shirt will do.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 3:50 PM on August 27, 2005

Butter bell?
I have one. The spreadability factor will depend on the temperature at which you keep your house (in a Boston winter, the utility was limited). You should do a few things to prevent the rancidity problem: only put in as much butter as you might use in a week, change the water regularly (every day or two), and use up the old butter and scrub out the bell before putting more butter in.

I really like my butter bell. It got me to use real, tasty butter instead of nasty… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 11:54 AM on July 23, 2005 marked best answer
ikkyu2, I have had mold in the water before, but only if I essentially cultured it by leaving the thing to its own devices for a week or two. Changing the water (and giving the reservoir a scrub regularly) seems to avert this problem.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:18 PM on July 23, 2005 marked best answer

Law & Order: SVU vs. real life
I think croutonsupafreak has it. From New York v. Harris:

Payton itself emphasized that our holding in that case stemmed from the "overriding respect for the sanctity of the home that has been embedded in our traditions since the origins of the Republic." 445 U.S., at 601. Although it had long been settled that a warrantless arrest in a public place was permissible as long as the arresting officer had probable cause, see United States v. Watson, 423 U.S. 411… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:27 PM on June 26, 2005 marked best answer

Fear of inserting contact lenses.
More than just looking down, I find that focusing my vision on something up/down and to the side works well for overcoming the blink reflex.

Re: removal: I too fear scratching my eye and tearing the lens, so I use the following removal method: put thumb at edge of lens near outer corner of the eye. Use a clean, dry finger to gently swipe the lens. It should adhere gently to the finger (the thumb keeps the lens from sliding into the corner of your eye). Presto!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 7:07 AM on June 18, 2005 marked best answer

blue hairs
Because hair thins with age and thus they seek to maximize the volume of what's left to better cover their scalps? It's the ladies' equivalent of the comb-over.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 3:50 PM on June 5, 2005
armchairsocialist, I think the more conventional explanation for the blue hair thing is that it's overcompensation for the tendency of some women's hair to have a yellow tinge once it goes white. (Discussion in hair care forum here, and commercial product usage information here.)

And FYI, I'm a female without (too much) gray hair.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:02 PM on June 5, 2005

LSAT Courses
First: take at least 2-3 diagnostics before making any decisions. Do this seriously and better yet, on paper. The first time I took a diagnostic I got somewhere in the 140 range, but that was based on off-the-cuff answers to an online test. This made me think I could never hack the test, but it really just revealed that careless test taking makes you look stupid. Do you generally do well on standardized tests? In my experience your SAT score is a good predictor of your LSAT, even though the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 2:27 PM on June 5, 2005

Why do I need a club card to qualify for sale prices at the grocery store?
They do track the purchases and keep them on record associated with your name. A few years ago in California purchase information from a Von's Club card was used as evidence in a murder trial (the defendant had purchased a rose and used her club card; rose petals were found scattered around her husband's body, militating against her theory of suicide).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 4:03 PM on June 1, 2005

How do I break up?
Do not wait. Leave now. S/he may be heartbroken, but there are many weeks before the bar exam for him/her to get over it. PY is correct to note that there's the potential for this to be very disruptive if you two break up closer to the exam.

Do let him/her know why the relationship is ending (the clingy behavior makes you uncomfortable) and that your decision is final. Cut off all contact. Tell the SO this so s/he will not be surprised when you won't talk on the street… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:40 PM on May 24, 2005

Compliance Incentives
The case you want is South Dakota v. Dole.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:14 PM on May 17, 2005 marked best answer

How do I learn to just chill out?
I had an SO like this and it made me completely miserable. Some things you might try:
-Set up certain times or methods of contact with your partner. If you can look forward to calling at 9, it gives you a concrete thing to anticipate instead of a general deferred desire. It also limits the smothering effect that many daily calls or emails will produce.

-If you have succeeded in suppressing your urges to contact your partner, ask about his/her day. Most… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 3:42 PM on May 12, 2005

Cats eating bugs?
We had these in our apartment in D.C. last summer, mostly crawlng out of the woodwork surrounding my bed *shudder*. I used about 3/4 of a can of Raid Max roach spray around the seams in the wood, baseboards, and windows. It seemed to keep them at bay for several weeks. However, it stunk up the place something fierce. The precautions say to remove pets before applying, but perhaps you could shut the kitties in one room and then let them out after it dried?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:45 PM on May 10, 2005

Help me find a short story: Shakespeare Meets Martin Guerre?
Thanks--that was amazingly fast!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:52 AM on May 9, 2005

Underage living in Boston
Would something like this be what you are looking for?

When my college roommate interned in D.C., she lived in some kind of all-women's private dormitory. I think it was Catholic or Jewish-affiliated. Maybe there's something like that in Boston as well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:40 PM on April 26, 2005 marked best answer

How to read epic prose?
Stanley Lombardo's translation of the Iliad is very energetic and modern (sometimes jarringly so), but if you're having trouble with some of the more old-fashioned sounding versions it might be just what you need. But dhartung is right to emphasize that this is poetry--maybe audiobooks would be a good alternative?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:14 PM on April 24, 2005 marked best answer

Iceland Visit
If the older kids are at all interested in science, the continental divide might be pretty cool to them. The site of the first Althing is a large meadow that should have plenty of flowers and room for frolicking kids. Going up onto a glacier to play in the snow is a possibility. They also might like to see some of the geysers and waterfalls, although there are not American-style railings and such to keep them out of dangerous areas in the parks I visited.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:43 AM on April 22, 2005

Recommendation for a clear (non-opaque) sunscreen lotion?
Neutrogena makes a spray-on sunscreen that goes on clear and holds up well to sweat and water. CVS has a similar product that doesn't have as nice a scent but which works equally well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:44 PM on April 16, 2005 marked best answer

Bridal Shower Gift Ideas?
They currently live together and thus have lots of communal stuff but are moving to a new apartment before the wedding. They don't have a joint hobby. What sorts of inexpensive gifts would be appropriate? I am a student and thus poor.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:17 PM on April 15, 2005

Internet Axe Murderers: Are They Real?
A guy I dated in high school was murdered by someone he met online, although he was shot in the head, not axed. There's a news account available here. The fellow who did it killed himself in jail, so without further evidence I suppose it's inaccurate to call him a serial killer.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:30 PM on April 8, 2005

LSAT study guides
Don't study too much. I know people who overstudied and burnt out. Take two or three practice tests to see if you need a class; if you are scoring below 150 or missing nearly all of a certain category of questions, it is probably a good idea. I signed up for a PR class and dropped out after the diagnostic (you get to keep the books, but some $200-300 is nonrefundable). I found that using those materials on my own for 2 months or so was adequate.

Work your way through… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:45 PM on April 7, 2005

Should I get a lit degree early?
Don't go to law school unless you want to be a lawyer. The debt is oppressive if you discover later that the law bores you silly. If you're interested in that path, get an internship for a prosecutor's office or legal services organization, or get a job as a paralegal to try things out.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:25 PM on March 8, 2005

How to go from couch potato to skinny tater stick.
The only time I was ever able to keep up an exercise regime was when I regularly rented audio books to listen to while I was on the machine. It makes such a huge difference to have something that takes your mind off the unpleasantness of being tired and sweaty. If you can find books by authors you really like and discipline yourself to only listen to them at the gym, you'll feel motivated to go just so you can find out what happens next.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 10:31 AM on March 8, 2005

How were you punished as a child?
I was spanked by both my mother and my stepfather all the way into my teens. When I was younger, this was often preceded by a grabbed arm and the question, “do you want to go to the bathroom?” Because sheds were hard to come by, I guess. My cousins never got spanked—their parents did timeouts and all that, but it never seemed to work and they were all brats. I always felt perversely proud that my sister and I were not little hellions, even though I hated being spanked so much. It got so a hand… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 5:39 PM on March 5, 2005

How to get over food phobias?
I got rid of a fair number of food phobias while traveling. I had a limited budget and couldn't afford to buy comforting American foods overseas. I told myself that I would eat what was put before me because that's what I had. Surprise: most of it was not nearly as nasty as I had convinced myself it was.

Also, the old mother's refrain "your tastes change" is very true. If your phobia started in childhood, by the time you're in your 20s you may feel much… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 10:00 AM on February 25, 2005

Loving Bad Movies
Nate and Hayes. It's a pirate movie with Tommy Lee Jones. I know.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 11:49 AM on February 14, 2005

What's Your Lunch/Dinner Beverage That Isn't Soda?
I used to drink a lot of Crystal Light, diluted half strength with extra water. Not as cloyingly sweet as regular fruit flavored drinks, but less boring than water. I also drink a lot of cranberry juice (similarly diluted).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 10:53 AM on February 9, 2005

Recommendations for chocolate, aphrodisiacs, and spirits, please.
Slate recently did a comparison of gourmet chocolates ordered online. My personal favorite is Demel, but their English website seems to be on the fritz.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 10:57 AM on February 5, 2005

Online dating diplomacy.
When I was using online services, I just quit talking to people and they did the same to me. I also didn't respond to all the emails I received. It seemed to work fine and I only had one person write a second time to ask why he never got a response. Maybe this is rude but it seems to be SOP.

nicwolff's idea is terrible. my roommate is using these services now and he gets very irate when women blow him off by saying they have found someone else but he sees them online every day.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:18 AM on February 1, 2005

Deodorant that will not leave marks?
Certain Dri is the absolute best. I found that after using it every few days for an extended period I sweated less for several months; that probably means it does something alarming to your armpits, but if you have constant damp circles on your clothes you may be open to tinkering with your glands. You could then use a plain deoderant on the days when you aren't wearing the Certain Dri.

Alternatively, my boyfriend uses the Old Spice antiperspirant and never seems to have… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:03 PM on January 21, 2005

Visiting Central/Eastern Europe
I will second the salt mine and add in Malbork Castle in the north of Poland. Vienna is lovely but insanely expensive.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 7:11 AM on January 11, 2005

Swapping a Gift Card
I have had good luck with Craigslist for swapping unwanted gift cards, but Ebay is probably safer.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:36 AM on December 26, 2004

zipcar and car donation questions
I sold my beloved first car when I moved to Boston two years ago and have used Zipcar semi-regularly since then. I also used it in D.C. (You can use Zipcars in any city, not just the one in which you join.)

I've found it to be helpful for shopping trips to the burbs, less so for grocery shopping; a cab ride home and an hour of Zipcar time cost about the same for me, and I like to dawdle in the store. However, if you are under 25, the daily rentals are a good… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 10:56 AM on December 17, 2004 marked best answer

Your favorite long (and long-lasting) wool coat?
Secondhand shops are where all my long woolen coats have come from, but most of my male friends have just gone to Filene's Basement or Burlington Coat Factory and tried on a few dozen coats until they find one that strikes their fancy. If it gets ripped, most of the cleaners here are good about inexpensive and inconspicuous repairs.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:53 PM on December 12, 2004

If you stole "Steal This Album" or "Steal This Book", would you get in trouble?
The three part test for incitement is that the speech be directed/intended to incite or produce imminent lawless action and is likely to produce such imminent action. You essentially have to be starting a riot to be liable in that context. This is hardly equivalent.

So, no.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 3:37 PM on December 12, 2004

Looking for Historical Fiction Recommendations (Newer is Better)
I'll second Graves and Eco and throw out Sharon Kay Penman, who writes both literature and genre fiction set in medieval England. Iain Pears's An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Dream of Scipio are also quite good.

If something in the less remote past would appeal, Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy (1950s India) is excellent, if incredibly long.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 3:56 PM on December 11, 2004

Air Quality Issues
I'm not sure about where in LA you live, but is it possible to move closer to the coast or to a higher elevation in the mountains? Air quality through the basin varies a lot.

Is it the dust or the low humidity that is destroying your throat? If it's the latter, a humidifier might help.

Also, was the allergic reaction to dust as in particulate matter? I always thought conventional dust allergies were to fecal matter from dust mites, which might be… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 10:53 AM on December 10, 2004

Tips, recommendations, suggestions for a trip to Prague?
In Prague, check out the castle, but be warned as it's expensive. The area around the Charles Bridge is very touristy but still fun.

I enthusiastically second Ceske Krumlov. There are lots of hostels there these days. I stayed in Hostel Postel, but their English is not so good. I hear it's worthwhile to reserve a place at Hostel Merlin, as the owner is weird but cool. If you would like a short hike, climb Klet Mt.; you can see the Alps from the top. However, if you are… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 11:37 PM on December 7, 2004

A Grate Problem
I have one of these. You might want to use a vegetable sprayer to get the bits out of the cylinder, but it's klutz-proof. No more grated knuckles!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:52 AM on December 6, 2004

Sending Telegrams
Hashashin's experience reflects my own. I sent a telegram domestically using the Western Union webpage this summer. They are the best compromise in terms of speed, delivery service (weekdays only), and value. These days, you get a black and white printout that says Western Union on it, but it's not in all caps and you can use punctuation (no fun use of "STOP"). They deliver it via courier and leave an envelope outside your door. Be careful that you don't make any errors in your… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 2:56 PM on December 4, 2004 marked best answer

Snow Jackets
Boston: 6 coats. In order of frequency of use:
-Full length wool topcoat for v. cold weather
-Heirloom WWII woolen peacoat for cold, windy weather (it was my grandfather's and is relatively rigid, but it blocks gusts well)
-Fake-fur puffy jacket for non-windy days in the 40s and for looking sassy
-Leather blazer for early autumn evenings
-Knee length cloth coat with fur collar (v. cold + dressy)
-Air Force issue raincoat with zip-in lining for being outside in sleet/snow
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:38 PM on November 30, 2004

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