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Published: Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:44:05 -0800

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African reviews of "Black Panther"?

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:44:05 -0800

I'd like to read some reviews of Black Panther written by African film critics. Who should I read? Podcasts are also good. The reviews need to be in English. I know how to use Google, but I don't know which film reviewers are the most interesting and reliable. I'd like to see in reviews like those in The New Yorker, and also academic ones. I'm particularly interested in a West African perspective.

What shall we do with the Striped Bolting?

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 13:57:01 -0800

I'm going to knit Stephen West's Striped Bolting shawl, and need help figuring how how to deal with his unreasonable yarn requirements. The pattern calls for 500 yards of Color A (which I take as an indication that West doesn't buy his own yarn). I have four skeins of beautiful yarn to use, but each of them is 463 yards.

It requires:
Color A - 500 yards
Color B - 160 yards
Color C - 390 yards
Color D - 280 yards

If you're familiar with this shawl, what do you suggest I do? How should I reallocate yarn to the shawl? Could I add stripes of another color and subtract from Color A somehow?

My skeins are a neutral white; a white with flecks; a solid green; and a blue with other bits. I don't have anything useful in my stash.

I think the blue will be Color A; green will be the B; grey will be C; white will be D.

Fun ways to review First Aid with tweens?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:45:03 -0800

I'm looking for engaging activities to go over basic outdoor First Aid with my Girl Scout Cadettes. Not for the badge or to get certified, but in preparation for an outdoor skills challenge. Any ideas for fun ways to do this? Five to eight girls, two adults, we can be inside or outside. We don't have enough people to stage anything like a zombie apocalypse (and we're going to one of those in a few months anyway); I need something more like a series of games or activities. The Scouts are 11 and 12 years old. They should go over the common injuries (and ways to avoid them) for hiking, camping, and archery.

Crudités and oral allergy syndrome

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:03:28 -0800

If you have oral allergy syndrome, what do you like to eat for snacks and salads? I like having bowls of fruit, vegetables, etc around, for snacking on. I like how they taste, I like them nutritionally, I like their crunchy entertainment value. But my oral allergy syndrome is getting worse over the years, and that discourages me from snacking on raw apples, raspberries, bell peppers, carrots... all the standards.

I'm fine with cooked fruits and vegetables, but those are less convenient for snacks. Right now my favorites are roasted broccoli, and frozen-then-reheated blueberries. I'm looking for something with the convenience and portability of baby carrots.

Why do my bathroom sinks clog so often?

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:20:50 -0800

The sinks in my upstairs bathrooms (two bathrooms, three sinks) clog all the freaking time. Is there something I should be doing differently? The house is about 15 years old, and for the first 10 years the people living here did no maintenance. The sinks all clog at about the same rate, and the only thing that helps is Drano (usually store brand, because it's cheaper). I've tried using baking soda, hot water, etc. but that usually just amuses the clog. I'll use the Drano and the sink will be fine for a week or two, then start slowing down again.

Every now and then I get brave and deal with the stuff on the pop-up plug. I don't do that often because it's highly unpleasant.

Is there a bigger clog... somewhere? Is this something a plumber needs to help with? Is there a super Drano that will blast the pipes clear better than the normal stuff without destroying my house?

My Facebook events aren't updating on my iPhone calendar.

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 08:34:13 -0800

I'm part of many Facebook groups, and have lots of events to keep track of. If I edit an event on Facebook it updates on my MacBook's Calendar, but not my iPhone's. How do I fix this? Here's what happens:
1. I make an event on FB.
2. The event shows up on both my phone and my MacBook, on Apple's Calendar applications.
3. I edit the event days or weeks later, on Facebook.
4. The updated information shows up on my MacBook; the information remains unchanged on my phone.

I have the latest updates for both of them. This might have started when I got a new (to me) MacBook and updated it to High Sierra, or that might be a coincidence. I've tried unchecking and rechecking the Facebooks events calendar on the phone.

Possibly the problem is only with events that I make and then change; other people's events don't have this problem, I think. (Other people don't edit their events as often as I do; this is not going to change, because of the kind of events I'm setting up.)

I tried asking on Facebook's support page and it was, of course, useless.

iPhone reminder to do PT exercises?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:09:17 -0800

I have to do a bunch of physical therapy exercises. Is there a good iPhone app to remind me to do them? There's a variety: do this exercise once in the morning, do this one every few hours, do this one every other day. Using the alarms or Reminders app isn't ideal. I don't need examples of the exercises, just a pop up saying "stretch your back" or whatever at the appropriate intervals. Ideally I'd be able to set it to "every two hours," not "noon, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM," in case I'm late to a set.

How should I store water at my house?

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 10:23:24 -0800

I want to store at least 60 gallons of drinking water at my house, for earthquake or other emergency prep. What's the best way to do that? This is aside from water found in toilet tanks, the hot water heater, etc. Right now I have a whole lot of plastic bottles, which is annoying because they take up a lot of room and they last only a few years. I'd like something that's refillable with a garden hose (I would be fine emptying it yearly).

It occasionally freezes in the winter where I am, so I would think that storing the water outside wouldn't work -- but some neighbors I spoke to said they keep theirs outside in a big tank and it's fine? I don't see how that's possible; any thoughts on that? Being able to store it in the yard would be great, if possible. Otherwise it'll be in the garage.

Planning stuff to do in Boston in February?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:49:25 -0800

I'm going to be in Boston in mid-February, 2018, for a few days (which days are yet to be determined). What should my family and I do while we're there that requires advance planning? For example: when we went to DC, I got tickets to the African-American History Museum months in advance. I used to live in Boston but I don't know what's going on now. We've got adults, teens, tweens, with a variety of interests.

Interesting t-shirts for a full-grown woman?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:07:50 -0800

I recently started wearing t-shirts with stuff on them, but I'm having problems finding ones that fit. Do you know any shops on Etsy or the like who carry graphic shirts for tall women? I love this shirt, for example, but the XL I ordered is a real boob-hugger and probably won't fit me after I toss it in the dryer. I know I can look at size charts -- I bought this shirt knowing it was slim, this is not the seller's fault -- but I don't want to look through every freaking store that sells shirts to see if any come in reasonable sizes.

I'm tall and have broad shoulders. I've never worn plus sizes (I'm a size 10T in jeans and dresses), so if that's the answer I'd appreciate a Plus Sizes 101 -- how do I make sure plus size shirts won't look like maternity tops on me, the way "unisex" shirts do?

I'm looking for shirts with outdoorsy themes, owls, camping, hiking, retro-ish designs, that sort of thing.