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A place for everything, and everything in its place
All fantastic organization tips. Yes! to the labeler. I'm older and cant read the labeler labels and now write in White-Out pen on all my bins.
And FUCK drawers. Of course sometimes drawers are necessary, so I buy clear plastic freezer bins from amazon, and clear plastic makeup organizers and drawer sets for tiny things.
Bondcliff's first sentence is my primary organizing philosophy: First Order Retrievability. For all tools that get regular usage. It allows one to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 11:29 AM on May 1, 2017 marked best answer

An Antidote to Fightin' Words
Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon
Hardboiled, alternate timeline, dystopic detective story. Romantic like Chandler, but Hammett's in there too. I still think about these characters years later. Such lovely loving observations on humanity in all of it's trauma, beauty, transcendence and muck. One of my favorite books ever.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 1:38 AM on January 23, 2017

What's she gonna do on the bench, I mean...
I like the welded steel legs. Easy, solid, customizable, easy to modify in the future. Great. I've had many shops, and many arrangements, and after literally dozens of different workbenches, and workbench surfaces, this is my favorite topper:

Many different sizes available, and they are solid as a ROCK. I have 3. You can really beat the hell out of these things. I… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 8:55 AM on December 10, 2016 marked best answer

Keeping it Zen
Get 8 hours of sleep every night. This was HUGE for me.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 4:39 AM on June 21, 2016

Lei My Burdens Down on O'ahu
If there's a swell (the locals will know, everyone on the island will know) then head to the north shore and watch the surfers on Pipeline. It's truly an astonishing thing to watch.
While up on the north shore, the Turtle Island resort has a fine lunch, and is also where much of Lost was filmed. You can walk around and see familiar locations (the Banyan tree where Charlie was hanged etc).

The beach at Kailua is one of the loveliest beaches in the world. The… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 11:32 PM on August 16, 2015 marked best answer

thoughtful gift for helpful neighbor I won't be hiring?
Most professionals asked to provide advice know not to expect too much. Few of these conversations ever yield actual business. But it's savvy business on his part: he's spreading goodwill. He knows that such behavior often yields dividends far into the future.

Ask him to pay for his time. He will probably decline. THEN give him a bottle of Woodford Reserve or a restaurant gift certificate worth approximately enough for a good meal for two.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 7:10 AM on June 5, 2015
The first word above should read Many. Not most.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 7:11 AM on June 5, 2015

What is as old as he is?
I jumped in to talk about port, so I'll just nth that port is a great choice. A friend is a scotch expert and has explained that 40 years is most of the time too old for a scotch. They start a slide downhill at around 35 years. Plus they can be ludicrously expensive.

A 40 year old port can be amazing and incredible.
This one is likely to be phenomenal. I'm partial to Sandemans.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 12:26 PM on May 30, 2015 marked best answer

The Cycle Continues
Nthing that this sounds relatively benign. Normal even.
I also agree that you might be depressed and should take a look at that with a professional.

As for your spouse, I am a believer that you can't tell your kids enough that you love them. When he gets defensive try this: instead of telling him he hasn't told the kids he loves them enough in the past, talk to him about saying it more in the future, and what benefits that can yield.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 9:45 AM on April 17, 2015

Feast or Famine: Working Too Much
If your last sentence is truly how your employer feels, then they hold you in high esteem, or at least value you and your work.

You are an asset to the company. The way you could put it to them is to tell them:
if they mis-use this particular asset (you) until it breaks, nobody will benefit. Then explain that they're in danger of doing exactly that.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 12:24 AM on December 15, 2014

Is this what "goal accomplished" should feel like?
I have this feeling pretty regularly, though admittedly not quite as intense as your describe. After a large creative endeavor that absorbs me for months at a time, I will finish feeling quite drained, and I'll feel unsteady, between poles. Sadness.

The thing that I want to tell you is that it's totally normal to feel that way after a large creative energy expenditure like that. Reasonable even. The trick is to recognize that it's happening and to be honest about it.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 5:07 PM on December 11, 2014 marked best answer

Dramatic voiceovers
Apocalypse Now
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 8:38 PM on December 7, 2014

Amazing Christmas present ideas for the best 12yo Nephew in the world.
Seconding much of the above. I'm also going to suggest a toolkit. I got my boys one each when they were 12 or so. Put the stuff in it that a kid would need to take their world of things apart (and check with the parents about their feelings on sharp stuff of course)

I wouldn't bother with a pre-assembled toolkit as those are mostly chaff.

Here's what I'd put a kids toolkit
(**I've gone quite inexpensive below because, you know, kids.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 9:11 PM on November 13, 2014 marked best answer
Ach! I had links for all of the above and royally screwed it all up. Mods?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 9:16 PM on November 13, 2014
Here you go:

Screwdriver kit



Allen Keys

Tape measure

Cloth measure tape

Multi tool

Wire Strippers

Crescent Wrench

Tool Bag

Phew! That's enough of my l33t skillz tonight.

Sorry about that.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 9:26 PM on November 13, 2014 marked best answer

Last Minute San Fransisco
1) a gaming/nerdy store
Comix Experience in the Western Addition (comics)
Misdirections in the Sunset (magic).
Paxton Gate in the Mission
2) a place that sells beads
General Bead. The only bead store. Ever. Give yourself at least an HOUR.
3) sourdough bread - I want to eat ALL the bread.
Tartine. Only answer. 5pm weekdays get in line and bread will never be the same.
4) Miscellaneous shops that… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 10:27 PM on October 5, 2014 marked best answer

Is there a way to keep bathwater from cooling?
I'm seconding bubbles. Keeps the bath warm waaay longer.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 3:39 PM on February 5, 2014

Cellphones refuse to charge batteries
This has happened to me with three iphones. It also happened with my son's HTC. Every single time it's dust inside the charging port on the phone. A toothpick is FANTASTIC for picking out miniature dust balls, which will be quite hard from all the shoving of the charging cable in there. It docent take much. I was surprised how small the dust could be and still inhibit the charging cable from seating correctly.

Look in there with a flashlight. Good luck.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 11:07 AM on September 8, 2013 marked best answer

Debt, debt, go away! I'd like to have a life someday!
Years ago I solved a similar situation by going through an amazing place called Consumer Credit Counseling Services.

It's legit.
It's a non-profit that
1. Talks to the CC companies for you
2. Has a good enough record that they usually get better terms for repayment than you would on your own.
3. Consolidates all your debt into a single, make-able payment that you can actually… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 9:17 AM on July 3, 2013

Organize these screws!
First answer, best answer.
I usually draw a crude diagram of what I'm taking apart on a piece of paper or cardboard, and then I place the screws at the location they are on the actual device. If I have to move it I've used a piece of foam (like bead or urethane foam) and I've also used the sticky tape idea. But the visual guide of where they go is vital. Done this for decades now.
Pirsig actually recommends this method in Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Good luck.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 6:12 PM on March 29, 2012

Do I need a residential parking permit to park in front of my own driveway in San Francisco?
rkent for the win. That's exactly how it works.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 10:43 AM on January 23, 2012

Booze before noon
I'm always game for a Mojito, and there are some good ones in my neighborhood. Refreshing, light, and doesn't get me too sloppy.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 11:17 AM on January 22, 2012

Too old for Fisher Price, too young for Canon
A note: I got my 10 year olds cameras for xmas, and it was a GREAT gift. However, I bought each a different camera, and noted only one major difference.
Get a camera with rechargeable batteries. The one that takes AA batteries is a pain in the ass.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 6:41 PM on December 11, 2011

Someone has to deal with this shit
None of the "who should pick up the poop" particulars matter. If the best that can be done for this dog is one walk a day after 12+ hours in a crate, and that walk is usually being let out into a back yard that's shared, and not walked on a leash to get OUT and ABOUT, that's some fucked up cruel treatment.
For chrissakes. This kind of dog ownership enrages me.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 11:56 PM on December 1, 2011

Sewing Machine Recommendatio Needed
That should be just enough to get an old Pfaff on craigslist. I've had my Pfaff for about 12 years now, and it's handled everything I've thrown at it. it's not a complex machine, does a few zigzag stitches and has all the routine adjusters of other machines, but I've sewn leather, ballistic nylon, sheer, spandex, everything I could on it and it's bounced back for more.
Pfaff is known for bulletproof machines and mine supports this reputation entirely.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 9:46 PM on August 16, 2011

Looking for books with absorbing stories with a mystical/Buddhist/Gnostic philosophical bent
I loved all of the above.
You've got Herman Hesse's Siddhartha. Razor's Edge. Have you read Steinbeck's Arthur?
Echoing Eco. Foucault's Pendulum.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 4:37 PM on May 5, 2011

Ties that adorn.
I have many ties. I'm a bit of a clothes horse outside the shop.

All of my favorite wear-anywhere ties are from Band of Outsiders.

They make amazing ties. They work in many different settings. They're super cool.
A tad more than you want to spend, but trust me on the look/quality (and sometimes they're on sale!)

Check this out:
https://shopbandofoutsiders.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 10:18 PM on March 1, 2011

Fire risk of bathroom candle
How about a Mythbuster's opinion?

There is indeed a non-zero chance that the cat/candle/contents of the bathroom (mat, towel, toilet paper etc) combination could yield a fire. No rational person could argue otherwise. This is so obvious to me it doesn't really require statistics. Though they ONLY support this assertion.

Look at it this way: is the worst-case-scenario a totally unacceptable one? Is avoiding it simple? Then do it.

Tell him to blow out the fuckin' candle.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 10:00 AM on January 23, 2011 marked best answer

Am I crazy if I quit my job?
All of this is great advice.
I've quit every job I've ever hated. Most of them after a day or so.
Sometimes under very VERY counterintuitive circumstances. (quit a film and turned down an offer for a year of well-paid work on another project, with 4 month old twins).

I've never regretted quitting EVER, and everything has turned out far better than I could have possibly imagined.

Chose the quality life.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 8:59 PM on October 18, 2010

Where on Northern California Coast, 1960?
First photo makes me think of Monterey bay.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 8:01 PM on September 20, 2010
Also: note the shadow on the building: it's higher up (closer to the window) in the color photo. I think this is taken facing north, and that the color photo was taken after the black and white photo.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 8:20 PM on September 20, 2010

Best Tuna EVAR
I'm very serious about my tuna. IMO, almost all tuna is either too wet, or too dry. The tuna/mayonnaise ratio is critical. it should be a medium consistency, but never actually wet with the mayo. A big bite should be as easy to eat as a small one.

Don't skimp on the salt either. I like the kosher stuff.

Once I've got that secured, bread is another important factor. I don't use heavy bread for my sandwiches because I HATE the tuna squeezing out… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 11:21 AM on September 18, 2010

Pimp my speakeasy!
The only rational thing to do is to turn it into a library. Full of gnostic texts if you can.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 8:21 PM on August 25, 2010

If I'm going to see farther than others, it will be because I'll be standing on the shoulders of y'all
I actually tried this out of plaster and sorry to say that it's not very plausible/ feasible. Doesn't work when the material hardens at a differing rate. I think it would ALL have to slam to hardness, like Ice-9. Having worked with resin for years, I don't think it would fare much better. Also: resin is likely to expand and contract with heat/cold more than glass (which despite it's stability, still needs to be properly managed in terms of it's thermal expansion i.e. you need to let one cool… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 10:48 PM on June 13, 2010 marked best answer

Is online dating a reasonable step?
I had this bias.
Best friend said that dating was like a muscle. Just needed to exercise it.
Dated a lot for a year-ish, paused for a couple months, took a breath, reconnected with the dating site (Nerve, it was cooler in the early 90's) and promptly met the woman who'd become my wife. We were married less than a year later.
we're celebrating our 7th anniversary this year.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 9:01 PM on June 1, 2010

Choose Your Own Custody Schedule Adventure
I have 50/50 custody of my kids (now 11, divorced since they were 3). We were on a 2 switches per week arrangement (with a weekend switch that sounds similar to yours). Eventually, when the boys were about 8, we switched to a week/week arrangement. That single change (with them moving houses 4 times a month instead of 8) evened out a lot of bumps that had formed re: the schedule/confusion etc.
That being said, there was a long period of stability regarding the twice-a-week switch.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 10:31 AM on March 14, 2010

I dig, I dig
Read "Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea". Super riveting. About a guy inventing a whole new industry for recovering boats and artifacts from extremely deep water.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 6:57 AM on March 7, 2010

When I grow up I want to be Adam Savage.
Adam savage here. I'm on location right now, and typing on my phone just won't cut it. I will pipe in later on today with an answer.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 1:06 PM on February 23, 2010

Back from location, read through the above. Fantastic suggestions. All of them.
One thing I'd suggest is that you (as you are learning a new skill/technique) recognize how applicable every skill is to other skills. I don't consider there to be much of a difference between carpentry, sewing, making things from paper and cardboard and welding. They are all moving around planar forms under various constraints and joining them under various… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 4:07 PM on February 23, 2010 marked best answer

When is it the least harmful for kids to divorce?
I'm nthing the idea that sooner is better.
Our responsibility to our children is not only to model stability and consistency on a macro level, but on a micro level as well. I'm of the opinion that unhappy people who stay together "for the kids" are doing more harm than good.
I got much from seeing my parents do what made them happy. You might not imagine that you're modeling "unhappiness" for them but you are.

It's not an… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 8:18 PM on February 21, 2010

The Space Race + my face.
Here you go. Get two of the half-spheres and go to town.
Use some lightweight Sintra, 3/4" thick for the base-of-the-antennae details, and some inexpensive fishing rods for the actual antennae. Get some aluminum plumbing tape to silver whatever details you have and you're done.
I might add blinking LEDs to the end of the fishing rods. Not accurate, but it gives that "satellite" feel.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 9:14 PM on October 13, 2009

When I was young I drew all over the neck of one of my guitars with a sharpie, thinking it would make me "metal." I am now older and wiser. How do can I remove this mistake?
Thirding Isopropyl. It is the kryptonite of the Sharpies. Back of the neck you should be fine. Should disappear the moment the alcohol touches the sharpie. Nice post suedehead.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 12:48 AM on August 31, 2009

Show me your Vul...Volvo!
For the record, the HHO generator thing is complete hogwash. Yes you CAN make hydrogen with an electrical current and water, but not REMOTELY enough to improve your fuel efficiency by any reasonable metric.

Can't be done.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 8:10 AM on August 17, 2009
By the way, that's the EXACT make, model and year of my first car. I love that thing and you got a screaming deal.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 8:12 AM on August 17, 2009

How does one drive a fake cop car around?
You can drive it, as long as it's registered. You're just not allowed to turn on the lights or sirens. The rental place we rent them from here in San Francisco rents them with a cover for the lightbar. Obey the speed limit and you'll be fine.

The laws in your state may vary, but in CA, covering up the lightbar is sufficient. Any place you rent them from ought to be able to tell you how to move it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 8:20 PM on August 16, 2009 marked best answer

Seeing Elvis (Costello)
Tough one. You have to imagine that things like the Alison question are waaaay overdone for him. Detailed inquiries into specific lyrics also may also, on their own, be a bit much. Hard to say.

I'm a person who does tend to get asked similar questions by fans over and over, (for the record, this is Adam Savage from Mythbusters here) and I must say that i don't think that you should (or even could) come up with a "perfect question."… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 11:24 PM on June 21, 2009

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
To be clear, it's not any of the other varieties of Sierra. I also bought a six pack the other day and it tasted fine.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 10:21 PM on June 9, 2009

Cut while skydiving will a person bleed faster?
You know what they say: Pressure and Elevation.

I can't imagine the difference in terms of ml/second between being stable and falling as very large at all, if any.

Okay: There ARE cuts that you can bleed to death from in a very short order. Let's take one of those:
Let's look at a cut's dangerousness as a factor of how much blood you lose over time: (x)ml/second. The human body holds an average of 5.6 liters of blood. 40% blood… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 10:23 PM on June 7, 2009 marked best answer
What's the term of art for using up your weekly askmefi quota while inebriated?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 10:47 PM on June 7, 2009

Bone shopping?
I own several plastic skeletons. Some high quality, some very low. Honestly, the difference isn't that great. A while back there were some factory second skeletons on ebay for $80, and I bought two. (that's must me). Let me go see what's there right now:

Here's one for $99… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by asavage at 10:46 PM on June 7, 2009 marked best answer

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