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Is there anything better than Slideshare?

I do a lot of public speaking for work. I usually make a page like this one with downloadable slides in various formats; I'd love to be able to embed my actual talk. I use Keynote to make/present my talks, but its PDF export is suboptimal and I can't upload those talks to Slideshare. Slideshare's PDF and Powerpoint options are no good. Is there somewhere else I can upload a Keynote presentation so that someone can click through it while reading the presenter notes, Slideshare style?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 12:58 PM on November 12, 2017 (9 comments)

Advanced Mac troubleshooting Anything else to try from the command line?

I have an old iMac (13, 2 - 2.9 GHz) running El Cap that very suddenly mostly stopped working. I can get into single-user mode just fine but everything else is hanging and freezing. Trying to see if there are things I can try from the command line before I give up on it entirely. Suggestions welcome.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 10:47 AM on October 27, 2017 (21 comments)

Simple & pretty games for my Apple TV

I've got some Shit To Do in a house that is not mine and I like unwinding in the evening playing some simple video games on the Apple TV. I've been enjoying Alto's Adventure and Crossy Road. They are beautiful to look at and listen to, not that challenging to learn, have simple and brief turns where I can trade off with my partner, and don't use too much of my brain. I also liked Symmetrica and Osmos (for the iPad) for the same reason. I've liked What else would I like?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 7:20 AM on August 8, 2017 (11 comments)

What is this cool-looking boneish thing I found on the beach?

I found this thing (front, back) on an ocean-facing beach in Southern MA, sort of near a freshwater pond and a little woods area. It is about 3" long, maybe a shade more. I am not sure what it is. Internet randos (Instagram, Twitter) don't seem to know and their ideas aren't even coalescing around a single (coral, fossil, head bone, tail bone....) idea. Do you know?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 8:03 AM on June 6, 2017 (20 comments)

iPhone expense/ledger/spend tracker apps minus budget features?

Suggest expense apps or spend trackers for my iPhone that do not require having a budget? I do a good job at tracking my expenses using Dropbox and a Numbers document but I'd like to do more stuff more easily from my phone, maybe get some reports. I'd like to get more of a handle on where my money is going and, if possible, sort out expenses by trip. I've tried a lot of apps and I'm coming up short. Maybe there is one you like? Specifics follow.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 2:18 PM on January 3, 2017 (12 comments)

Google Classroom Explainer Pointers Please

On Tuesday I have been asked to speak for 45 minutes about Google Classroom to some teachers from the vocational high school who are not very technical with computers (though they are in other ways). I have the weekend to put something together that is not too granular but covers the basics. I have a login for our local instance and would like to learn the basics in an efficient way. Are there resources other than the basic ones on Google that would be useful? Maybe some Ed Tech resources I might not know about? Thanks for pointers, personal experiences also welcome.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 8:21 AM on November 11, 2016 (15 comments)

What dongle/cable do I need to make this recording thing work?

I have a cassette deck, a stereo receiver, Audacity, and a late 2012 iMac. I am gearing up for a winter project where I record some cassette tapes, in stereo. I need help completing the circuit.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 11:45 AM on September 22, 2016 (20 comments)

Will my new couch stop crinkling?

I bought this couch a month or two ago and it just arrived today. I love it! But! It makes a crinkling noise when I sit on it that's not tolerable, sort of like you're sitting on an empty potato chip bag. Will this stop?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 8:13 AM on September 1, 2016 (4 comments)

Is "How did you sleep?" like "How are you?"

I just got back from a long vacation which was mostly great. I stayed with friends in a few places and at AirBnBs or hotels in a few other places. A lot of morning conversations over coffee included some aspect of "How did you sleep?" and I'm not sure how to politely answer that question.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 9:12 AM on July 16, 2016 (38 comments)

The most important thing to know about teaching asynchronously online?

You guys helped me a lot when I went to teach my in-person undergrad class at a local college. Now I am teaching a graduate level class which is online and asynchronous (a six week "intensive" three credit class about tools for library advocacy). If you had one piece of advice for someone who was new to teaching grad school online to make the most out of it, what would it be?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 7:55 AM on May 6, 2016 (11 comments)

Did Snapchat hellban my garden injuries?

I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation for this, but I am curious about it in any case. I took a few photos for my "story" in Snapchat when I was working on the yard yesterday including one later where I pointed to my cut up forearms from working with all the brush. When I spoke with my SO today, he'd seen the story, but not that specific photo. We compared notes sitting right next to each other: when I look at my story on Snapchat, I see the image. When he looks at my story, it skips right over it. When I look at who has seen my snaps, all the ones around it have a few views and that one has zero. What happened?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 11:38 AM on April 22, 2016 (8 comments)

easy app for donations for project

I have a project with a modest ($1K) one-time fundraising goal and a long time (six months) to meet that goal. I'd like to find a website/service for people to contribute as easily as possible in a variety of methods and I'd love people's experiences of simple ways to do this.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 11:26 AM on April 4, 2016 (10 comments)

Seeking biological weapons science info

(asking for a friend) I'm writing a novel - a thriller - set principally in the Antarctic in WWII which takes the idea of the development of a biological weapon as its premise. What I need is an insight into a suitably nasty bacteria or virus that could have been developed into a weaponisable form; something that the British might have been working on towards the end of WWI; and something that could have been resurrected again in 1943 as a back-stop to deal with two possible scenarios.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 3:02 PM on March 16, 2016 (5 comments)

Can I order reading glasses online without an eye exam?

I have hit the point where I need reading glasses. I have one pair I like a lot. I want to buy a bunch more similar pairs from Zenni and I'm not totally sure how to make sense of conflicting information. Could you give me advice?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 7:01 PM on December 28, 2015 (19 comments)

I. Need. To. Relax.

Looking for guided meditation apps for my iPhone or downloadable MP3s. I've been doing meditation in the morning and it helps me focus my day. Usually something like 5-20 minutes, general themes like calmness, gratitude, body scan, the usual. I've read the other questions, tried a few that have been okay, and have a few picky requests...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 2:25 PM on December 17, 2015 (32 comments)

Community college HTML/CSS class - could use good resources, pointers

I am teaching a 14 week basic HTML/CSS class for community college students starting in a few weeks. It's my first time teaching younger adults and my first time teaching this class and I would love some advice and links to specific resources.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 12:42 PM on August 5, 2015 (25 comments)

Save me from my own big mouth and help me make this little passport

So I agreed to help with a "Library Passport" project which is going to be GREAT except I'm in a bit over my head, could use template help or item sourcing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 7:52 AM on April 10, 2015 (13 comments)

Help me with some internet safety tips for families

I'm doing some presentations for parents of kids K-12 grades about the nebulous topic of internet safety and could use some advice/stories/resources from real-world parents to help me make sure this is relevant and useful.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 3:11 PM on February 16, 2015 (20 comments)

This day in this history, that history, and this other history....

I maintain a small Twitter feed where I do a "This day in history as illustrated with cool books from Open Library" thing. I often use Wikipedia's day thing (today's example) and it's often all about the history of men, conquest, nation states/building and a bunch of other things that aren't always relevant to my interests. I need more options.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 3:32 PM on September 25, 2014 (13 comments)

Looking for a shared checklist/todo list thingdoo.

I have a little project that I'd like to make a little website for. Does not have to be fancy. This could be a WordPress module, a standalone website, or something else. Here's what I need: a checklist where multiple people can maintain, over time, their own version of a single list of items todo/completed. I have looked but I'm not finding what I want.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 5:38 PM on December 2, 2013 (14 comments)

Seeking good 2014 calendar. Difficulty: year-at-a-glance

I am looking for a good year-at-a-glance paper wall calendar/planner for next year. I have found a completely boring version and I am wondering if I can do better. I am bad at online shopping and also I hate it. Help?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 8:33 AM on October 28, 2013 (16 comments)

Rental situation in Newark?

Asking for a friend: Are car rental desks at Newark Airport (specifically National, in P3) in heated areas or are they out in the parking garage? Flying in later in the weekend so probably don't need snowpocalypse warnings but could someone more familiar with the airport help out? Thank you.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 3:58 PM on February 8, 2013 (2 comments)

Help me outfit my mom's ipad to include photography tools she will like

Getting mom an iPad. She says she wants a camera connector (she has a Canon EOS 40D) and "Photoshop" for it. She uses Photoshop on her iMac. I see Photoshop Express and Photoshop Tools. Should I get both/neither/something else? Are there good ipad-based tutorials for how to use Photoshop or similar tools for the ipad? Any other suggestions?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 9:16 AM on October 8, 2012 (9 comments)

Help me find the best travel arrangement between Missouri and Tennessee

Help me choose from among a few transportation/lodging options for a St. Louis-Columbia-Knoxville trip.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 2:27 PM on February 23, 2012 (7 comments)

Who made this quote about knowledge and power?

Can you help me find a specific NYT Magazine article with an interview with a Bush administration official, or help me figure out where this article appeared that was not the NYTimes?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 6:55 PM on November 8, 2011 (10 comments)

Is this good exertion or bad exertion - heart rate question

How much I should be concerned about high heart rates while running? Question about exercise and heart rates.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 5:49 PM on October 23, 2011 (30 comments)

Martian seeks insight into American grieving customs - help me plan this life celebration

Could use some suggestions for making sure I have all bases covered for the "celebration of life" thing we're doing for my dad this weekend.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 3:41 PM on July 18, 2011 (30 comments)

slow like the post office - help me POP my gmail more quickly

Help me POP in the rest of my gmail and figure out what the bottleneck is, please.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 1:29 PM on December 5, 2010 (6 comments)

I do not want to be neutered, why is gmail inviting me to a neutering?

Why is gmail sending me calendar invites to strangers' pet grooming appointments?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 1:16 PM on October 28, 2010 (23 comments)

help my student get a working laptop

Why can't I get into the BIOS on this Thinkpad? Alternately, how can I get this machine working?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 10:38 AM on May 12, 2010 (4 comments)

llama xray tango foxtrot

I want to get my sister a llama x-ray for her birthday at the end of March. Is this possible?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 8:50 AM on February 1, 2010 (25 comments)

Help me settle for some invoicing/trip tracking software

I'm trying to start 2010 with a decent software strategy in place for tracking travel, projects, invoices, and expenses. 2009's technique was an Excel spreadsheet so there's lots of room for improvement. My picky/nerdy requirements inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 12:19 PM on December 29, 2009 (10 comments)

I can not believe I am posting in the shopping category - photo paper question...

Do I care, in the slightest, that the photo paper I ordered is not what I received and seems to be older and thinner?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 7:51 PM on July 29, 2009 (6 comments)

index, book ..... 124460

Creating my book's own index, crazy or sensible?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 4:08 PM on June 10, 2009 (19 comments)

what are these thingdoos called that hung my posters as a kid?

Can I buy something to display my postcards on a wall that is simple and cheap? Looking for a low end version of this sort of thing that I can get in the US.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 3:58 PM on March 2, 2009 (19 comments)

When is it time to call the experts with a tub drain clog?

Drain snakers, how much longer should I mess with this bathtub drain before I call a plumber?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 4:52 PM on February 2, 2009 (27 comments)

Best bloggish software for mini-faq creation?

Looking for a bloggy-CMS or other free tool to make a FAQ-type site.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 1:20 PM on January 3, 2009 (4 comments)

Is there a Movr website to help my sister move?

Is there a good schedule/list site that can help you move houses?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 7:46 AM on December 30, 2008 (6 comments)

2.0 election stuff that really helps people, not just impresses them

Examples of good web/election widgets to show to librarians this upcoming week? I'll be speaking at a conference this week talking about, among other things, Web 2.0 stuff. I'm looking for some good topical examples to briefly highlight.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 2:16 PM on November 4, 2008 (6 comments)

What's that pig outdoors? Help me caption my story

I'd like to add captions to my YouTube videos and preferably not do it by hand. YouTube recommends this software but I have a Mac. Is there something free or cheap I can use? Any other tips? Thanks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 7:04 PM on October 28, 2008 (11 comments)

Why does my phone SMS me when I check voice mail?

Why does my cell phone send me a text message whenever I retrieve my voice mail?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 3:41 PM on August 15, 2008 (13 comments)

Get me to the mouse on time, shuttle options LA - Anaheim

I am in Los Angeles (Silver Lake area) and need to get to Anaheim (Disneyland/Convention Ctr. area) for this library conference this afternoonish. Is the best way to do this to go back to the airport and grab a shuttle, or is there something simpler?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 9:12 AM on June 27, 2008 (14 comments)

MY EYES MY EYES - help me avoid the WordPress interface and still post to my blog.

I don't like the WordPress 2.5 look and feel. I am not interested in switching CMSes. What are my options for basic postings to my blog with minimal interaction with the WordPress interface?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 1:48 PM on June 18, 2008 (11 comments)

ROFL ROFL - t-shirt help?

I would like a good t-shirt to wear at ROFLcon. However, it must be DIY. Suggestions?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 5:23 PM on April 23, 2008 (103 comments)

Is there something to do at a workshop besides write on a flip chart?

What is a workshop? I have been giving public speeches at conferences and the like for years, but occasionally I am asked to give a workshop and I'm not sure what one is or how to do one under the specific circumstances that I am often in.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 10:34 AM on February 9, 2008 (28 comments)

I am looking forward to you reading my mind - identify this article?

Help me properly remember this study or who wrote about it. It was about some animal that, in experiments, preferred the anticipation centers of their brain -- seeking circuits? -- stimulated over the pleasure centers. I read it in some poppish science book in the last few years and now I'm trying to more accurately recall it so I can use it in a talk, if I'm rembering it correctly.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 3:49 PM on October 13, 2007 (10 comments)

Can I stay in a lighthouse or somewhere equally cool in Nova Scotia?

I would like to stay someplace nice and interesting in Halifax, NS for three days in September. Help me find it?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 6:25 PM on August 6, 2007 (13 comments)

Lost items from luggage - what can I expect?

I flew with JetBlue last month. Some small items were missing from my luggage when I arrived at my destination. I am trying to figure out how far I want to go with this to try to 1) get reimbursed for lost/stolen items and 2) get them to make their legal documents reflect their actual policies. I'd like some advice from people who have dealt with airlines and their luggage policies to help me strategize.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 8:10 PM on June 27, 2007 (30 comments)

Help me stop sitting on the floor outside the Admiral's Club checking my email.

Starting in a few weeks I will be doing a lot of travelling with my laptop. Help me choose a wifi provider for airports and possibly other locations.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 9:45 AM on February 13, 2007 (19 comments)

Help me cross Australia in March

Driving across Australia, totally excellent, or totally awful?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 9:06 PM on December 3, 2006 (38 comments)

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