January 2008 Archives

January 31
Help me find the movie trailer music that sounds like this...
Looking for a song that sounds like the song posted in the details. This song has been used in movie trailers, and has a very rich orchestral sound, but alas, I can't come up with the specific trailer in which I heard it... [more inside]
posted by jwhowa at 11:55 PM PST - 18 comments

How much for a container full of Essien jerseys?
How much would I pay for a 20' shipping container from Tema, Ghana to New York? I know there are a lot of variables that will affect the answer, so I'm looking for a very rough estimate or range. Any information as to what variables are likely to affect the cost significantly would be so very helpful. Thank you!
posted by boots at 11:39 PM PST - 5 comments

How's office 2007?
How's office 2007? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 9:54 PM PST - 39 comments

How to set up a state-wide network of theater rooms all sharing the same media?
HELP - all you AV buffs. I have a huge AV project to undertake. It involves finding a way to either broadcast, stream, or sync movies located in one location (i.e., a media server) to 10 different theater rooms across the state of Utah. I have an unlimited budget. More info inside... [more inside]
posted by Detuned Radio at 9:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Wearing daily contact lenses for one week: not considered harmful?
I just bought 90 days worth of daily disposable contact lenses, but I intend to wear each pair for a week at a time, taking them out every evening and cleaning them in OptiFree. I occasionally get eye infections, so I no longer want to use even a well-cleaned set of lenses longer than a week. Am I pushing safety levels by using dailies as weeklies? [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 9:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Legal ramifications of fictional scenario...
Someone takes your child and leaves a bag of cash. What happens to the money? Is it taken permanently by cops/feds and kept as evidence or is it yours to keep? (Note, I'm only interested in the legal answer, not the moral one.) Yes, this is hypothetical but for a story I'm working on.
posted by dobbs at 8:35 PM PST - 20 comments

CMYK to spot?
How do I convert a CMYK image to spot color in Photoshop? Once this is done, is there any easy way to swap out spot colors?
posted by Brocktoon at 8:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Painting Cat5 Cable?
Do I need to do anything special to apply latex paint to cat5 cable or to coax cable tv cable? Do I need primer or anything of that sort?
posted by cm at 8:02 PM PST - 3 comments

1-bedrooms in Toronto?
TorontoApartmentFilter: Am I crazy to hold out for a nice 1 bedroom apartment in Toronto's downtown west-side (Little Italy, Roncy, maybe Parkdale, etc.) for under $1100? [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you at 7:57 PM PST - 18 comments

kill the wabbit
What is the most jingoistic public song you've ever heard? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 7:49 PM PST - 55 comments

Dish Network DVR no more?
I scheduled Dish Network to come to my house and install a new HD DVR this coming Monday. And then I read this... [more inside]
posted by Dec One at 7:43 PM PST - 8 comments

A children's book about the Cloisters?
[children's book filter]: Help me (Ms. Umbú) remember the title of a children's book that features the cloisters in NYC! [more inside]
posted by umbú at 7:40 PM PST - 6 comments

How do they make them shows on the teevee?
How are serial television dramas, like "Deadwood," written? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 7:39 PM PST - 15 comments

I want to scan my comics, in a non-pirating way.
I would like to be able to scan in the bar codes on all the comics of my collection into a software that will track and allow me to manage my collection. Scanning being the main requirement. [more inside]
posted by Jonsnews at 6:54 PM PST - 10 comments

SUP on the cheap
I'd like to get into Stand-up Paddlesurfing on the cheap. Can I buy a used windsurfing longboard and start with that? [more inside]
posted by sonicbloom at 6:47 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm just too scentsitive.
Who has a sense of smell as strong as mine? No one nose! Please help me. [more inside]
posted by susiepie at 6:16 PM PST - 29 comments

What makes Fridays different in Iraq?
How would a typical Iraqi's activities on Friday differ from their activities on other days of the week? I understand that mosque attendance will be higher on Fridays, but would trips to markets, restaurants, or other places be more or less common on Friday? Are there major differences between Sunnis and Shiites in this regard? [more inside]
posted by thrako at 5:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a shirt
Ladies - how to find white dress shirts that button flat across the front and aren't sheer? If possible, wrinkle-resistant so I'm not ironing my shirt in the morning and yet still showing up to work all wrinkled up with everything popping out and showing through. [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 5:53 PM PST - 25 comments

Alternate London Fantasy
Need Longform Alternate London Fantasy, please. [more inside]
posted by signal at 5:46 PM PST - 22 comments

GradSchoolFilter: I know I can... but I can't.
I'm a grad student. I like the subject(s) I'm studying, I like research, and I know I'm capable of doing the work... except when I sit down to actually do it, I choke. I know I'm not the only one suffering from both imposter syndrome and perfectionism - how do you manage to get your brain to stop spinning its wheels and get to work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:38 PM PST - 33 comments

File taxes with a name mis-match?
There's a name mis-match between my social security card and my W-2. Can I still file my taxes and get a refund? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:38 PM PST - 7 comments

How to hear my microphone in my headphones
How can I hear instantaneously what I'm recording with my microphone. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 5:38 PM PST - 11 comments

To 'nip or not?
Help me settle a debate on the ethics of catnip. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 4:28 PM PST - 47 comments

Confused and disoriented by Flash
I need help figuring out the vagaries of relative vs absolute path names for imported objects in Flash. [more inside]
posted by O9scar at 4:27 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I tell WMP to quit looking?
How can I get WMP 11 to stop trying to find media information about my ripped CD on the internet? The pop up info box is making me crazy. Where's the switch to turn it off? [more inside]
posted by susandennis at 4:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Fold vs pockets vs what?
You're standing at a rock concert. The support band is, at best, reasonable. You've no inclination to dance, but find yourself with neither pint nor cigarette nor shoulder bag to hold. What on earth do you do with your hands?
posted by cillit bang at 4:17 PM PST - 26 comments

Getting around San Francisco International Airport
I need some San Francisco Airport help, ASAP! [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 4:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Altas pain?
Is my "Atlas" really out of whack? Have you heard or experienced NUCCA upper cerivical realignment? [more inside]
posted by Big_B at 4:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there an invoicing program that works well with Harvest's time tracking?
Do you use Harvest for time tracking and another program for invoicing clients? How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by lemuria at 3:37 PM PST - 2 comments

What happens if the president-elect dies before taking office?
What happens if the president-elect dies before taking office? [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian at 3:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Need help with dating site for people with socially stigmatized health issue.
I have an idea for a dating site for people with a certain socially stigmatized health issue, and I need ideas for making them feel comfortable about signing up. [more inside]
posted by Enroute at 3:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Elvis be gone!
There is a very loud, very bad Elvis impersonator within spitting distance from my office window. I work very hard in a high stress position at a non profit, and he is really ruining my job satisfaction. The cops won't do anything, I've tried. I don't get paid much, so I can't afford to bribe him. I have tried listening to music through headphones to drown him out but that's almost as distracting. [more inside]
posted by plague at 2:49 PM PST - 38 comments

How do I find copies of music posters, flyers, live recordings, from a specific Steely Dan concert from the 70’s?
My Fathers birthday is coming up and I want to give him a piece of the past. How do I find copies of music posters, flyers, live recordings, from a specific Steely Dan concert from the 70’s? The concert is Steely Dan, the venue was Winterland in San Francisco, and the date was May 5th 1973. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 2:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me to be a thoughtful person!
I'm meeting my boyfriend's friends for the first time this Saturday - at a birthday dinner (at a restaurant) for one of them. I would like to bring some sort of token of thoughtfulness or something to the birthday girl... nothing expensive as I don't want to seem like I'm showing off or anything (and I'm a poor college student anyway)... thoughts? [more inside]
posted by pontouf at 2:32 PM PST - 39 comments

Valentine's Gift for Him
A Valentine's day question - mea culpa! I'd like to go for something handmade and creative for the dude, but I'm afraid school is sucking up my imagination. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:09 PM PST - 12 comments

How is the health insurance stipend built into my hourly rate affecting my income tax?
My new company doesn't provide health insurance but a $2500 stipend is "built into" my hourly rate to cover the cost. I've got a plan that costs $175/month but how much does it suck for me that the stipend money is being taxed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:09 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I stop losing my shirts?
I've come to realize that I am not paying as much attention to detail as I should when I drop off shirts at my dry cleaners. It seems like I end up losing 3 or 4 shirts a year to the ebb and flow of having my shirts laundered. Is this truly because of my lack of attention or do others have the same problem? How common it is for shirts to be lost at the dry cleaners? Beyond a greater attention to the checkin and checkout of shirts, does anybody have any advice on stemming the tide of lost shirts?
posted by blackjack514 at 2:08 PM PST - 9 comments

job in music industry
Looking for a job in New York City archiving music or music related. Where to start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 7 comments

How to effectively use DEVONthink?
DEVONthink: how can i learn to love it? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 2:08 PM PST - 2 comments

A Fatal Attraction to Cuteness
My favorite styles of clothing and accessories tend to be whimsical, cute, and generally suited to children or teenagers... but I’m in my late twenties. I obviously need to outgrow this eventually, but I’m not sure when or how. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 2:07 PM PST - 27 comments

What's the perfect app to track expenses?
Is there an expense reporting app that's flexible, handy, and will help me finish next year's taxes quickly and easily? I know about excel, quicken, and various financial transaction apps, but what if I drive 100 miles to a tech conference and want to note my mileage? And what if I'm out entertaining clients and I want to pop onto my iPhone to note the total bill for the evening (before I forget the next day to open excel). Are there any web-based flexible apps for doing all the expense reporting you might need for a small business' bookkeeping needs?
posted by mathowie at 2:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Toystore and Bookstore in Tokyo?
I am in Tokyo as we speak, on business for two more days. I am in the Kayobacho district, one metro stop away from Ginza... though Saturday will see me taking an early train to Kamakura. I am looking for two things: an amazing toy store and an amazing bookstore. Suggestions?
posted by silusGROK at 2:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Omnigraffle vs Illustrator
I'm a long time Adobe Illustrator user experimenting with Omnigraffle for a project and trying to make it feel more like home. There are two shortcuts I miss in particular: Command-space to toggle magnification and option-command-2 to unlock all (objects). Searches on Omni's forums don't look promising, but I'm hoping someone has a workaround.
posted by Jeff Howard at 1:49 PM PST - 4 comments

music for girls who hate girls?
She's so dull - come on rip her to shreds! [more inside]
posted by runincircles at 1:24 PM PST - 55 comments

Looking for additional Mystery Writers
I have just about exhausted the collections of my favorite mystery writers--looking for other mystery/crime writers that meet my preferences. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc at 1:13 PM PST - 43 comments

Are there any good turn-based RPGs out there?
Are there any good turn-based RPGs out there? [more inside]
posted by jdruk at 1:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Citrix, Mail Merges, and You
I’m having a hell of a time getting a bunch of mail merge documents to play nice with a Citrix Presentation Server setup, and I’d appreciate any thoughts anybody might have. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 12:48 PM PST - 5 comments

VisioFilter: Custom shape with two text-editable regions?
VisioFilter: Custom shape with two text-editable regions? [more inside]
posted by gsh at 12:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Press release etiquette?
What is proper etiquette for writing and distributing press releases? General advice, book/website suggestions appreciated; more specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba at 12:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me be awesome.
Where can I get my picture taken in this specific and hilarious fashion? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 12:08 PM PST - 9 comments

The Visine, it does nothing!
I'm sick as heck, need to do a metric buttload of work involving typing and reading, my eyes are burning so badly that doing the work is painful, and I can't fix it. Help? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 12:03 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I become a better and more prolific reader?
How can I become a better and more prolific reader? I don't have a problem with the idea of reading. I love it, as a matter of fact. I'm crazy about books, I collect them, and I enjoy them. However, I don't read nearly as much as I want to, or need to. Ideally, I'd love to read a book every week or two. It doesn't come close to that these days. I think about reading and how I enjoy the idea of reading more than I actually read. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 11:35 AM PST - 32 comments

Should the nice, not very talented person be fired because a more talented person came along?
Should the nice, dependable, but not so talented person be fired because a more talented person came along? [more inside]
posted by jmitchell at 11:28 AM PST - 43 comments

Showdown: PSP vs DS lite
I own a PS3, and my gf has a DS lite. Should I buy a PSP or a DS lite for myself? Would it be more fun to play games against/with my girlfriend on the DS, or to be able to play PS3 games remotely on the PSP? What games are able to be played remotely on the PSP? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 11:25 AM PST - 33 comments

Lookout Europe, here I come
What are some good job search websites/engines for Europe? I'm interested in jobs in international affairs, public relations, business and finance, advertising and marketing. I'm mostly looking for resources for Germany, Belgium, France and the UK, but pan-European websites are good too.
posted by barrakuda at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

you are your surname
What is the term for when a last name is oddly appropriate for a person? [more inside]
posted by milkdropcoronet at 11:17 AM PST - 62 comments

Better late than never?
US citizen living in Canada, didn't file a US return in 2006 for my meager graduate student stipend. Should I file a late 2006 US return now, even though I know I don't owe anything? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 11:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Voice-to-Midi for ableton
I record voice tracks with Ableton Live. No problem. But now, I want my singing to create MIDI tracks of the notes, on-the-fly (more of less). Is this currently being done? What must I do? RPM 2008 awaits.
posted by Moistener at 11:03 AM PST - 11 comments

How to automate sorting files into subdirectories?
I have a large zipped MP3+G collection of about 30,000 songs split into several directories and subdirectories. I have them named by "Disc-Track - Artist - Title". for example... SC7501-01 - Presley, Elvis - An American Trilogy SC7501-02 - Presley, Elvis - Devil In Disguise SC7501-03 - Presley, Elvis - Burning Love Although I have some that are named by "Disc-Volume-Track - Artist - Title". CB5012-01-01 - Stray Cats, The - Rock This Town CB5012-01-02 - Looking Glass - Brandy etc... I'm hoping to automate the following: Within a directory (and all subdirectories) Create a subdirectory for files of the same disc (or disc-volume), and move the files for that disc into that subdirectory. Repeat until every file is moved into the proper subdirectory. I'm using Windows XP.
posted by fanboy65 at 10:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Why should dogs sleep near their humans?
Help me convince my stubborn hubby that the best place for a dog to sleep is in the master bed room with (or at least close-by) us. [more inside]
posted by Cordelya at 10:48 AM PST - 63 comments

Who loses first when UC budets are cut by Arnold?
How are the proposed UC budget cuts here(Article) and here(PDF) likely to affect campus employees and administrative staff (non academics, non students)? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

I also do windows
I need a full-time job. Right now I work part-time at an office I really like, and would love to be able to just come on full-time there. How do I raise this with my boss? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 10:00 AM PST - 10 comments

How can an American get money to travel to Japan?
How can I, an American, get money to travel to Japan? - Ideally I'd like to go through arts & humanities grants, cultural exchange programs, or visiting artist/musician programs, but other forms of travel funding assistance would be great too. Bonus mefi: how can an American musician (electronic, pop, club) find venues, promoters, DJ's, clubnights, etc, that can lead to a performance while visiting Japan/Tokyo.? [more inside]
posted by itchi23 at 9:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Where does he live?
State residence issue. Asking for a co-worker. [more inside]
posted by Jazz Hands at 9:51 AM PST - 7 comments

We can (or can not) build this...
I have an iPhone. I want to make and answer calls from my computer using an iPhone interface on my computer screen. [more inside]
posted by bkeene12 at 9:48 AM PST - 6 comments

So after we've ______'d the Cotswold sheep, then what?
We will be spending one week in a rented cottage in Brize Norton, UK this coming May before heading over to ATP. We'll be close to Oxford, which is covered nicely online and in travel books, but are looking for additional activities and adventures that may be off the beaten path. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Corporate Rockstar
How do I become a cubicle king and a boardroom baron? How do I become a corporate rockstar? I am in a typical corporate office environment and am wondering why certain people climb the corporate ladder and others do not. What techniques and tactics have you personally applied to move ahead? I am looking for things related to work ethic, communication, self-promotion, appearance, relationships, use of technology, methodology, GTD, etc. Do you send emails late at night to appear to be working late? Do you suck-up to the CEO's personal assistant? Or do you simply work your ass off and get sh*t done? Take me from the mailroom to the boardroom.
posted by jasondigitized at 9:31 AM PST - 34 comments

a PO Box for those who dont like the glare of the sun
I would like to know if one can open a "P.O. Box" at one of the MailBoxes Etc. places or places like it without showing ID? If so, where can one do this in the DC/VA area? [more inside]
posted by photodegas at 9:21 AM PST - 11 comments

What can you tell me about how to treat rheumatoid arthritis?
My father has a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis. I’m hoping those of you who have arthritis or have loved ones who do will have some information to share. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 9:10 AM PST - 13 comments

not share del.icio.us bookmarks
Is there a way to make the del.icio.us bookmarking default to not shared? I'm using Firefox with the del.icio.us buttons add-on and find it really annoying to always have to check the "do not share" box when tagging a page. [more inside]
posted by 6550 at 9:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Would you like to tax that tax sir?
Are Canadian graduate students on stipend and studying in the USA required to file both US and Canadian taxes? [more inside]
posted by Smegoid at 8:59 AM PST - 7 comments

What are my rights regarding shoddy construction work?
Legally, what rights do I have in regards to shoddy renovation work done on my condo before I bought it? [more inside]
posted by tocts at 8:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Which NYC bus routes have the most to see?
What New York City bus routes are the most scenic? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Privacy ideas
Help me with some ideas on protecting my personal privacy. (U.S. question) [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 8:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Where did I screw up forcing my tulip bulbs?
I have tried to force some tulip bulbs indoors this winter and have failed miserably, but don't know why. [more inside]
posted by catesbie at 8:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Decanting wine at a BYOB?
What to do about bringing wine that needs decanting to a BYOB restaurant? [more inside]
posted by ssmug at 8:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Not just for wardriving, I promise.
Should I buy a quicky? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 7:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Reccomend A LI Laundromat
Looking for a central Long Island (Nassau County) drop off/pick up laudromat. Not looking exactly for cheap (though that's nice) but value. Tired of wasting hours waiting for machines to finish. [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio at 7:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Sunlight, sunlight, sunlight hurts my eyes
Can I get a pair of prescription glasses converted to prescription sunglasses, without buying new lenses? [more inside]
posted by subbes at 7:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Bed and Breakfast: Should I stay or should I go?
At a typical Bed and Breakfast, can you come and go as you please? [more inside]
posted by jacobjacobs at 7:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Validity of a postmark?
Question about the validity of a "postmark" from the US Postal Service. [more inside]
posted by luser at 6:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me survive the madness...
Can anyone share experiences or give me tips for surviving the Filene's Basement "Running of the Brides" in Columbus tomorrow? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by thejanna at 6:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Time-shifted Tokyo Super Bowl
Where in Tokyo can my friend-of-a-friend watch the 2008 Super Bowl, not live at 0800 local time, but instead at a reasonable time in the evening? [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 6:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Crumpets, anyone?
Looking for a good crumpet recipe. [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 4:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Dreamhacker
I would like to write my own HTML/CSS editor. What would be the best way to go about it? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ReiToei at 4:30 AM PST - 14 comments

How do you deal with living in a place you don't like?
How do you deal with living in a place you don't like? (Brisbane, Australia) [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 2:04 AM PST - 27 comments

The (electric) pipes are calling
Please help me identify this musician. A while ago - two years? - I saw, on my local TV news, a female piper from the north-east of England. Her instrument was an amplified pipe set, almost certainly Northumbrian small-pipes, played through a guitar effects unit. [more inside]
posted by No Mutant Enemy at 1:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Pre-bootloader-4.6 iPhones still in stores?
Are iPhones with the old (not 4.6) bootloader still on store shelves in the US? If so, is it possible to identify such phones from their packaging, for example, by examining a serial number? Hoping to ask my US-based folks to get me an iPhone or two, but keen for units that can be software unlocked for use in Australia.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 1:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Help w/ lodging in Whistler, BC; Or alternate ski trip suggestion
Can you help me find cheap lodging in Whistler, BC? Or if not, suggest another destination in North America for great skiing and cheap digs? [more inside]
posted by tslugmo at 12:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Getting from Fiumicino to Ciampino
Rome airport transfer: Fiumicino->Ciampino with a five and a half hour window between flights. Is this doable? And if so, what's the most cost efficient way to do it? [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 12:31 AM PST - 4 comments

January 30
Billary '08?
Settle-a-bet-filter: Lets say that Hillary wins the primaries; would it be legal for Bill to run as her vice president? And how likely is this to occur?
posted by jytsai at 11:41 PM PST - 25 comments

Holidays in Taipei
I've been rushed off to Taipei last-minute for a two-week project. Where can I watch the Super Bowl? What should I do during the New Year celebration? [more inside]
posted by bargex at 10:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Instaling Office:Mac 2008
Office:Mac 2008 question. Any problems installing it? Lose any documents? [more inside]
posted by msacheson at 10:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Inhale, Exhale!
What pop songs, new or old, are out there about breathing? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 9:45 PM PST - 55 comments

A Novel Method of Escape
Has anyone ever escaped from jail or prison using this novel method, either in fiction or in real life? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 9:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Copper pans and electric heat, do they mix?
Can I use my three-ply (out-middle-inner) copper-aluminum-stainless steel pots and pans on an electric range? Will it mess them up?
posted by aussicht at 9:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Asus eee + wifi boosting
Acus eee + Wireless: I have recently bought an Asus eee, and I would like to pick up more free wifi from various locations Downtown Vancouver, Canada. Is there a way that I can boost the connection? I seem to get a few signals, but they are usually weak and drop off soon. I do not want to get internet service as it is too expensive, too inconvenient, it is not portable or or I need CDs to install the services(The asus does not have a cd drive.) I have not found good laptop signal boosters for wireless yet, does anyone have any recommendations?
posted by Knigel at 9:12 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I make an awful photo backdrop?
Help me create the ultimate in awful senior-portraitesque photo backdrops! [more inside]
posted by sjl7678 at 8:48 PM PST - 19 comments

How long does it take the FBI to process a typical FOIA request?
How long does it take the FBI to process a typical FOIA request? [more inside]
posted by omarr at 8:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Errr ... uh ... ahhh ... yo momma!
Mefites, help me be clever yet immature on the playground of our lives. I need to know how to more effectively tell someone he's a boogerhead. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 8:19 PM PST - 65 comments

Can I make brokers make appointments with me to show my apartment?
Woo hoo! Just one month left in my bad apartment. Since management now knows I'm not re-signing my lease for a second year, my apt. will need to be shown (by brokers) to potential new tenants this month. Are the brokers required to make appointments with me, or can they show up whenever they want? If they knock without notice am I required to let them in? [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 8:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Help my sister without giving my husband a heart attack?
How do I tell my husband about being representative payee for my sister's SSI payments? We've helped her before, and they don't get along. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Seven years of bad luck?
I have managed to run my once-great credit into the ground. What now? How screwed am I, and for how long? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for remodeling picture series
I'm looking for remodeling picture sets (like this) for renovation inspiration. They don't have to be on Flickr, but a sequential, step-by-step series would be nice. Is there a site that specializes in these types of DIY remodel picture sets?
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 7:59 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm being that jealous girl and it's cramping my style
I am irrationally jealous of his opposite-sex friendships, though I have plenty of my own - how to stop? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl at 7:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Why won't external monitor set as primary?
I can't set my external monitor as the primary monitor on my Dell Laptop in Windows XP, what is wrong? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 7:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Heard a great song at a US H&M...help me identify the name of it and the band who plays it.
Heard a great song at a US H&M...help me identify the name of it and the band who plays it. [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 7:40 PM PST - 3 comments

How to keep crazy Mom's prying fingers off some assets?
Disentanglement filter: My girlfriend has an inheritence, which is currently in the form of a stock portfolio which in her name, but her mom's name is also on it since she was under 18 when she got the inheritance (she is 21 now). Her mom is less than reasonable, and makes threats regarding said assets, so how can she (my gf) get the stuff to just be in her name, and keep the assets safe from her mom's prying fingers? [more inside]
posted by gnomicPerfect at 7:39 PM PST - 10 comments

What can I put around my sandwich?
I'm trying to eat less bread. What else can I use to contain sandwiches? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:21 PM PST - 33 comments

What size is my rice cooker?
What size is my rice cooker? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:21 PM PST - 6 comments

White screen on startup
My computer- a Toshiba Satellite A65, running Windows XP SP2- will sometimes collapse on starting, displaying only a mottled white screen. The only way past it is to shut the machine off and restart (hoping it doesn't happen again). What component or process is failing?
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 7:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Transferrable Mortgage?
Is there a type of mortgage that can move with me if/when I move? [more inside]
posted by joecacti at 6:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Stop the New York World, I want to get off
How can I avoid motion sickness while reading microfilm, or, failing that, clear my head quickly? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 6:33 PM PST - 9 comments

how do I get that tea glow?
I drink a lot of tea-- two or three cups a day, black with milk and sugar. Maybe one in twenty cups of tea will taste sublime and leave me with a pleasant sort of afterglow that lasts for an hour or so-- not a caffeine buzz at all. The other nineteen cups are just tea. How do I get that tea glow more reliably? [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 6:20 PM PST - 19 comments

Suggested XBox Games
Tips for XBox 360 games I might like [more inside]
posted by chris88 at 6:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Shakespeare isn't Old English, students.
I am looking for good, undergraduate-geared resources, articles or book chapters that overview 1) the origins of the English language, 2) Old/Middle/Modern/Contemporary English and things like the Great Vowel Shift, and 3) language development in humans. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 5:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Where do I get a waterproof battery case?
Where can I get compact, water(proof|resistant) and somewhat sturdy battery case? [more inside]
posted by strangecargo at 5:22 PM PST - 10 comments

2003 or 2006 IRC?
Should I learn the 2006 or 2003 International Residential Code? [more inside]
posted by gregoryc at 5:07 PM PST - 1 comments

I don't want my meat to have to come too far to see me.
I was told there are only a dozen slaughterhouses in the US - which seems absurdly low to me. However, I am having trouble finding any evidence of this. [more inside]
posted by andifsohow at 4:27 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the deal with Habitat?
I don't understand Habitat for Humanity. Perhaps you do? [more inside]
posted by moxiedoll at 4:19 PM PST - 50 comments

Help needed building a PC
I want to build a PC and, while I'm not quite at the summit of ignorance, I'm high in the foothills and the air's getting thin. I need people who know more than me to tell me what to do. Please. Vastly longer explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by rhymer at 3:58 PM PST - 20 comments

Camera Phone mosaic site
Trying to remember this asian (possible japanese/korean) site for camera phones where you could upload your pic or video into this huge mosaic of all of these other people who have done the same thing. Basically a mosaic of life. I remember it took forever to load and was a flash extravaganza, but each pixelated square was a little video/pic uploaded from a camera phone. Any ideas?
posted by Stan Chin at 3:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Tell me about this harmonica.
Tell me about this harmonica. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 2:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Who wrote this song?
My mother used to sing a song to me as a child: "It's a rainy day / and we have to stay inside. / The rain is falling down / and we can't go out to play. / Why does it have to rain / anyway?" She swears it's from Sesame Street, but Google seems never to have heard of it. Who composed this song? Where could she have heard it from? Is it indeed Sesame Street?
posted by RobotHeart at 2:47 PM PST - 7 comments

I can't concentrate! Help!
How do I get back into the mental groove? Got any tips on how to get back my focus and get things done when I've been thoroughly distracted and just can't get back into it? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 2:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Homeless in Florida
Temporary emergency housing in Stuart, Fl.? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 2:23 PM PST - 18 comments

How to get submission form fields from email to database and more!
How can a new company track leads submitted via its website through the sales and post-sales process, simply, automatically, and online? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher at 2:20 PM PST - 12 comments

96 Tears...But Hopefully More
What's a good example of a song whose emotional power affects the artist performing it? I'm trying to compile a list of songs whose musical landscape and/or lyrics are so emotionally potent that the emotion emerges clearly in a recorded version of the song. [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy at 2:13 PM PST - 97 comments

Why don't we see coconut crab sized insects?
Why don't we ever see insects as large as a coconut crab walking around? [more inside]
posted by fnerg at 2:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Recommendations for a financial advisor/accountant for a young couple?
Recommendations for a financial advisor/accountant for a young couple in NYC? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 1:51 PM PST - 2 comments

If my nephew had a hammer...
18 year old guy from California really wants to become a contractor. Gimme the best advice for him please. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 1:15 PM PST - 17 comments

What should I consider before I move to Berlin?
What should I consider before I move to Berlin? [more inside]
posted by beautiful at 1:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Is plaster safe for hamsters?
Are plaster (of paris) objects safe for hamsters? I know they'd likely chew it, but would that be dangerous or toxic? I'd like to carve a neat little home for my new friend, but I don't want it to end badly.
posted by luftmensch at 1:08 PM PST - 15 comments

AOLs of graphis are giving me ARTache
Is there any way to view old AOL .art files? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 1:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Schools and delinquency
Who wrote that the meritocratic nature of schools contributes to juvenile delinquency? [more inside]
posted by ethnomethodologist at 1:00 PM PST - 2 comments

We won't give you a scholarship until you're good and traumatized.
Due to some bizarre circumstances, my college is forcing me to dig up some things from my past I'd thought I'd put behind me and would much, much sooner forget. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by InnocentBystander at 12:59 PM PST - 41 comments

What can I cook sans-stove?
What can I cook with a countertop grill, a crock pot, and no stove? [more inside]
posted by wreckingball at 12:59 PM PST - 24 comments

Where can I hear uneven temperament
Is there anywhere online that I can listen to instruments tuned to uneven temperament (ideally playing a scale)?
posted by deeper red at 12:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Black and tan...and espresso, and cafe, and brown, and sand...
When choosing a leather messenger/shoulder bag, how do I decide between brown and black? Should I try to match to the clothes I usually wear, or just pick what I like? [more inside]
posted by splendid animal at 12:51 PM PST - 24 comments

A sufficiently sturdy pillbox
The inside of my purse is a hazardous place, and I have trouble finding a pillbox that will stand up to it. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 12:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Self sustaining cities
What potential or existing strategies are there for developing large urban economies without relying on international investment, transnational corporations, etc.? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 12:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Suddenly I'm the belle of the ball
I find myself in the novel situation, upon being laid off, of having a large number of potential job opportunities. I'm in the tech space, so most organizations work through recruiters, and I'm getting over a dozen calls and emails a day since posting my resume. Many of the job descriptions look like a good fit, so I know I can have my pick of location, type of organization, benefits, salary, etc. It's quite early in my job hunt, and I have the leisure of about 2 months to do it in. I'm looking for tips about how to keep organized and be in control of the situation. [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 12:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Old mainframe computer market?
How would one go about pricing and buying an old mainframe computer, an IBM 360/30 to be specific?
posted by zorro astor at 12:04 PM PST - 7 comments

How to find a Chicago-area psychiatrist?
I'm looking for a respected, progressive psychiatrist in Chicagoland and am having a hard time finding a database of rankings or respected professionals. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by I, Lamy at 11:59 AM PST - 4 comments

No, I Don't Want to Change My Default VSS 2005 Database
In Microsoft Visual SourceSafe 2005, on the "Open SourceSafe Database" dialog, is there any way to have the "Open this database next time I run Visual SourceSafe" checkbox unchecked as the default? [more inside]
posted by mjgrady at 11:52 AM PST - 0 comments

Looking for high-intensity, low-impact, portable exercise.
I want a high intensity, low-impact workout that I can do every single day, indoors, with minimal space requirements. Jumping rope in my apartment lobby is absolutely perfect except that my feet and knees can't do it daily. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 11:45 AM PST - 35 comments

My money went "poof!"
What can you do if a collection agency "loses" your payment? [more inside]
posted by medea42 at 11:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Volunteering Filter
How can I grow my list of "high impact" volunteering opportunities in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by meifool at 11:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Nuevas Canciónes
I love Nueva Canción. Got resources or recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

shareable contact management solution?
I'm looking for a shareable/collaborative Contact and Calendar Management program. [more inside]
posted by nerdcore at 11:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Need side job advice for lacking income
What can my wife and I do to supplement our lacking income? [more inside]
posted by macsigler at 11:04 AM PST - 41 comments

Feta-olive-filled bread roll secret?
Baking: I tried some rolls that a distant acquaintance served many years ago- I think they were whole grain, about the size of a baked potato, and they had filling- made of feta, some olives, and maybe soft tofu?? They were really good and I seem to recall that she referred to them as "Bolsas." Does anyone know how to make these? [more inside]
posted by ohdeanna at 10:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Processed food, only I'll process it myself, thank you.
My family loves fruit-filled breakfast/snack bars. How can I make my own? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 10:12 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I vote strategically in the presidential primaries?
I live in Arkansas. It's a Super Tuesday state, and I can vote in either party primary. Polls currently suggest that Clinton and Huckabee (both of whom have Arkansas ties) are way, way, way ahead in my state. I prefer Obama to Clinton, but I'm not in love with either of them, and, really, I just want to see a Democrat win the general election. Bearing all of this in mind, how should I vote in the primary?
posted by box at 10:08 AM PST - 52 comments

Gold Farming Spam, and its Malcontents (me).
I saw this today, and couldn't figure out what the hell it was. [more inside]
posted by SPUTNIK at 10:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Stupid Excel Question
Excel 2003 - how can I get 2 or more xls files to open in separate windows? [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 9:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Mi amas vin
Esperantists: I want to send a friend a valentine in Esperanto. What should it say? Also, what design should I draw on the card? [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena at 9:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Why are some church websites using .cc?
Why are some churches in the U.S. using the ".cc" Top Level Domain (instead of .com or .org) on their churches' web sites? Isn't .cc the country code for the Cocos Islands off of Australia? Examples from my quick Google search: Example A Example B
posted by unceman at 9:49 AM PST - 7 comments

US TV Shows in Japanese? For free?
How would I go about finding torrents or downloads of popular TV shows dubbed in Japanese? [more inside]
posted by splice at 9:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me understand the marginal revolution.
Nascent interest in economics and economic thinking. Having a bit of problem with the theory of the margin. Wikipedia is not that helpful. [more inside]
posted by proj at 9:23 AM PST - 4 comments

digital art in Tokyo? where?
Going to Tokyo during the first week of August. I really want to see some New Media/Digital art. Where should I go? What should I see? [more inside]
posted by nimsey lou at 9:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Break an image into tiles
Help me automate the splitting of an image into tiles. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 9:01 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I deal with a person at work who seems to be publicly shunning me?
How can I deal with a person at work who seems to be publicly shunning me? (She is not my direct supervisor, but she does hold some control over the funding for my department, and therefore, my job.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Wookin' pa Dub
I'd like to get a little more into dub and acquire some albums. I like what I understand to be the more typical kind of tracks: long, rumbly instrumentals and would prefer to largely avoid anything with predominant vocals. Does anyone have any particular albums or artists to recommend? Compilations are a-okay. [more inside]
posted by picea at 9:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Need to find a new Guitar for Guitar Hero 3
I have Guitar Hero 3 for the Xbox 360, and think I might have broke the guitar (buttons are unresponsive at times, sometimes there's merely a lag, which is very frustrating). I thought it might be low battery at first, but putting in fresh ones didn't help (I even got the rechargeable pack, to no avail). So now I'm thinking of getting a new guitar for the game, but can't find where to buy one for the XBOX 360 anywhere. Is the guitar available?
posted by bronxteacher at 8:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Great mash-ups concerning political/social themes?
What are your favorite video and/or audio mash-ups that deal with politics or social issues? [more inside]
posted by liruskainen at 8:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Importing and Altering a Web Site, for Dummies
I want to download an institutional web page and change it a little bit for a job interview. I have Frontpage and NVU. But when I try to capture the page my computer bogs down and stops responding. Help! [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 8:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Children's books for boys?
What are some great classic children's books geared toward boys? (Excluding sci-fi). I'm working on a project for which I need a long list of children's books for both boys and girls. Being a gal myself, I've got that covered; the boys' list is harder.
posted by pipti at 7:59 AM PST - 65 comments

Do I Have Claim to Dual German and American Citizenship?
My mother was a native-born German citizen. My father was a native-born American citizen. I was born in the United States. Shortly thereafter, my parents divorced and my mom was granted custody of me. I lived in Germany until the age of 5, presumably as a German citizen. Then my father and his family took physical custody of me, and an American court ultimately awarded legal custody to my father. Because I was born in America, I now enjoy US citizenship. Do I still have a claim to dual German and American Citizenship? [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman at 7:57 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me stop the mindless munching!
How do I stop eating when I'm not hungry? [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 7:42 AM PST - 45 comments

They have money to build my house, right?
How concerned should I be about my builder's finances? [more inside]
posted by PFL at 7:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Rowing machine for a small area?
Please recommend a good rowing machine for a small space. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 6:58 AM PST - 11 comments

If writing stuff be the food of love...
Quotefilter: help me find a quote that speaks of both love and writing.... [more inside]
posted by Neonshock at 6:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I change my name now, but start using it later?
Complicated name-change issues. I am changing my last name, but not due to a legal marriage. Can I get my name changed now, but start using it for everything later? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 5:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Finding a classical CD based on its contents only?
Can I re-find a Brahms CD I once loved, if I know which pieces are on it (not a common combo of pieces) but don't remember much else about it? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 5:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Bass ambition
MidlifeCrisisFilter: my old itch to play the electric bass has resurfaced. Please help this middle-aged lady make a fool of herself. [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 4:58 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me use game theory to better understand my workplace
Help me use game theory to better understand the seemingly irrational behavior at my workplace [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 4:12 AM PST - 16 comments

How to get rid of this scrap heap in Port Phillip, VIC, Oz?
How to get rid of this scrapheap in Port Phillip, VIC, Oz? [more inside]
posted by activities not in keeping with my status at 3:19 AM PST - 6 comments

why a coop business model?
How does a co-op business model benefit the company? and can any industry use a co-op business model or is it reserved only for smaller/niche markets with passionate buyers? [more inside]
posted by brinks at 3:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Job search in Tokyo
Can anyone recommend where to find a job in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by Psychnic at 2:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Does certificaion really help you find a job?
Would getting certification help in finding a more rewarding job while I'm working on the major? [more inside]
posted by isopropyl at 2:05 AM PST - 5 comments

The photographer and the lens
What lens to buy? [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 1:44 AM PST - 23 comments

I can haz stutter. Do not want.
I stutter. I don't want to. Maybe you can help. [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 12:46 AM PST - 18 comments

Putting the hyphen in "anal-retentive"?
Is this an acceptable format for writing out a business address on a mailing label? [more inside]
posted by melorama at 12:05 AM PST - 23 comments

January 29
Sounds like a job for Monica Gellar...
How can I create an indexing system for the collection of scholarly journal articles that I'm quickly amassing? [more inside]
posted by messylissa at 10:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Do I go or do I blow (it off)
Family (blood) question. I have an elderly aunt (mothers sister) who is about to die (90+ years old). I do NOT like my two sisters [more inside]
posted by raildr at 10:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me get my mail!
Moronfilter: I've lost my mail key and can't replace it. Is there any way to get my mail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Why do we have children?
My significant other said this to me today: "over the next 5 years or so you should build an argument for kids," but I can't think of where to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:49 PM PST - 40 comments

Though-provoking sci-fi?
Looking for good "Sci-fi" stories, novels, TV shows or movies (primarily the first 2, though) that deal with issues of identity & difference. [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 9:43 PM PST - 43 comments

Easy database for words (dictionary)?
I want to make a dictionary database of words, where I can query part of speech, spelling patterns, pronunciation patterns, number of syllables, definitions, etc. Is Access best for this? Or are there other smaller, free applications you would suggest? Ideally I would like a lot of control over query output layout. Ease of use is important. (I never felt Access was so user-friendly [maybe that's true of all databases in general], but I'm a whiz at Excel. Unfortunately, using XL as a DB isn't very pretty.)
posted by strangeguitars at 9:40 PM PST - 4 comments

What to charge for a portrait?
What to charge for art? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 9:37 PM PST - 18 comments

Better text entry in Wordpress?
Is there a way (plug-in, hack) to give Wordpress a more fully featured post submission box? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 9:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Why am I getting a UCLA proxy page?
Why are random web pages rerouting me to a UCLA proxy server authentication log-in? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 8:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Am I a lousy lover?
Am I a lousy lover? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:31 PM PST - 34 comments

Hashish delivery. How does it work?
Help me with some of the details of a fictional scene involving a hashish purchase. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Can a couple reunite from a long term break?
Can I get over my ex while still retaining hope that we might get back together someday? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 PM PST - 32 comments

How do I go full time on my start-up?
In the evenings and weekends, I've been working on a web start-up company with a colleague. I think our idea is great and can make money and we're both pretty smart. I want to go full time. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Websites and companies that offer cheap weekly vacation rentals in LA area
What are some good sites or companies to find cheap LA weekly vacation rentals? [more inside]
posted by dannon205 at 7:51 PM PST - 1 comments

Cheapskate Laundry?
Can I do laundry with just ammonia alone? [more inside]
posted by thisjax at 7:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Are you guaranteed to be disgusted by 33% of the food on this list?
I once heard something along the lines of there being three foods in the world all of which hardly anyone enjoys the taste, even though many people enjoy at least two. One of them was peanut butter. Another might have been Vegemite. Where might I have heard this possibly false factoid? Any idea what the three items were?
posted by billtron at 7:15 PM PST - 26 comments

Why are transfers to my external firewire drive so slow?
What kind of transfer speeds should I be expecting from my new external Firewire 800 drive? [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 7:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Why am I hot in bed even with cool aircon?
How can I stop myself feeling/getting hot at night when the environment is cold. [more inside]
posted by dasfreak at 7:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Hey, that's a VERY well behaved dog you have there
What's up with all these dog silhouettes? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 6:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Say you want to wake up to music in your pillow. From an Ipod...
Ipod Device Filter: I am looking for an ipod alarm clock that has a jack for an external speaker or headphones on it. Input jacks? Sure. Output that's NOT usb? Not so much. I haven't found one yet after an hour of looking. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 6:38 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I know if roaches are in my plastic bags?
Should I throw away all my plastic bags because I saw a roach? [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda at 6:31 PM PST - 8 comments

eBay sellers revolt!
Whither Google Auctions? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 6:30 PM PST - 19 comments

What is the name of my coughing fit?
Is there a term for a spontaneous coughing fit caused by "swallowing wrong"? This happens to me randomly and pretty infrequently, but it's occurred as long as I can recall, since I was a kid. Any name for this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 6:19 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me identify these short horror stories?
Help me identify these four short horror stories, based on descriptions of their plots and endings. SPOILERS AHEAD! [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Election blogs for kids?
Election blogs for kids? I'm looking for resources to help my elementary-school-age child follow the presidential race -- not just encyclopedia-style background information, but frequent updates from the news. Has anyone found good resources for (or by) kids?
posted by tweber at 6:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me with my digital darkroom technique
PhotoFilter: Help me find an affordable alternative to Photoshop Channel Chops. [more inside]
posted by red_lotus at 6:05 PM PST - 18 comments

Tips for a monthlong business trip to Hyderabad
I am going to be in Hyderabad for a month (February) for work and would welcome any feedback and suggestions. I read this thread but I have some more specific questions: I am staying in Banjara Hills at the Taj Deccan. I will probably be getting home around 9pm on weeknights. Are there restaurants, etc., in walking distance that would be worth checking out, or should I stick to the hotels? Is it an area one can easily walk around in? How safe is a woman alone at night? Are there any quick weekend trips worth doing, say leaving Sat and returning Sunday? What should I see in Hyderabad itself? I don't want to be too skittish about eating/getting sick, what are commonsense rules to follow? What are tipping conventions for hotels, restaurants, cabs, tours? Are there any guidelines I should follow in terms of dress? I would also welcome any and all other tips. Thanks!
posted by jules1651 at 6:02 PM PST - 5 comments

S/he's bi. Still interested?
You: Either gender, heterosexual or homosexual. Your potential date: identifies as your preferred gender, but bisexual. Would you be willing to pursue a romantic relationship, not just a sexual one, with that person? Why or why not? [more inside]
posted by plaingurl at 5:51 PM PST - 59 comments

Refurb decor advice..
Modern/contemporary bathroom refurb ideas? [more inside]
posted by bakertim at 5:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Importing Bookmarks to Google Bookmarks?!?
I am trying to import bookmarks to Google Bookmarks from 4 browsers -- Opera, Safari, Explorer, and Firefox. I cannot figure out how to do this. I have an IMac running OS 10.3 --- Thanks in advance for any guidance!
posted by snap_dragon at 5:23 PM PST - 2 comments

his past. my present.
feelings about his past relationships? how to get past it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Would you recommend liposuction for manboobs?
Does anyone here have personal experience with liposuction for male breast reduction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Oh, it's lonely (on) the top . . .
How do I have sex when I've got no rhythm? I need help on top. Unfortunately, this is not a joke. Definitely NSFW inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 19 comments

Kidding the living tripe out of all such collections
What was the joke that Ring Lardner contributed to 'Favorite Jokes of Famous People' that was too exquisite for Dorothy Parker to reproduce? [more inside]
posted by calico at 4:55 PM PST - 13 comments

A thrift store gem.
Can you tell me anything about this print or the artist who apparently produced the source painting? [more inside]
posted by hecho de la basura at 4:50 PM PST - 5 comments

How do primaries work?
Are primaries "private" functions of their respective parties, or are they "public"? Who decides how they work? [more inside]
posted by Framer at 4:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Compiler, instruction,... Whats your function?
I want to conquer my apparent inability to comprehend or write code. I'm looking for stories (or real life applicable tips from those of you who write code for a living) where you had the "A HA, I understand this finally" epiphany moment. I realize this might sound like an overly generic question, which is why there is .... [more inside]
posted by jmnugent at 4:20 PM PST - 55 comments

Can Address Book (OSX) show all of the LDAP entries in the given search base?
Creating a shared address book on an LDAP server to be accessed from Mac clients. Can I somehow get the directory to show all of the entries without having to search for one? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 4:10 PM PST - 1 comments

Inputting Kanji on a Palm
I use a Palm TX to help me study japanese. How can I input kanji directly into a document ? [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos at 4:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Social Web sites for seniors?
My mother is 69 years old and uses a computer for email, occasionally to play scrabble with my brother-in-law across the country, listen to/find music, view photos and videos of her grandchildren, and to surf the Web. Other than that, she becomes easily frustrated learning new things on the computer. However, she's disabled, so she spends much of her time on the computer. I'd like to introduce her to some new, social-enhancing activities online but aside from Second Life and Facebook, I'm coming up empty. [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 4:01 PM PST - 10 comments

My iPhone won't place nice with my car
What is the best way to play hook my iPhone up to my car stereo that doesn't involve the use of a tape adapter or a FM transmitter? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 3:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Why won't Dreamweaver let me check out (or save) files?
Why won't Dreamweaver let me check out (or save) files? [more inside]
posted by unsigned at 3:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Northern California Honeybabymoon!
Please help me plan a honeymoon/babymoon vacation in Northern California. I'll be 20 weeks pregnant. We fly in to San Francisco 3/9/08 and out 3/16/08. [more inside]
posted by natness at 3:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Photoshop is suicidal when I try and save. Errrr....
Photoshop CS keeps crashing when I try and save a file. WHY? [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 2:48 PM PST - 9 comments

No more rubber chicken dinners.
Help me make tender chicken breasts. Mine are always rubbery, no matter how slowly I cook them. I've even tried marinating. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 2:47 PM PST - 39 comments

How does an ME change to non-ME?
What else can a Mechanical Engineer do? [more inside]
posted by senador at 2:37 PM PST - 21 comments

Why aren't U.S. Presidential Primary elections all on the same day?
Why aren't U.S. Presidential Primary elections all on the same day? [more inside]
posted by hybridvigor at 2:02 PM PST - 32 comments

Why no Apples in (Bluetooth) Stereo?
What's with Apple and A2DP (bluetooth stereo)? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 1:56 PM PST - 2 comments

NoIWillNotFixYourComputerFilter
NoIWillNotFixYourComputerFilter: I've got a 500 gig that won't show up in Windows XP. Help! [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 1:49 PM PST - 7 comments

An American in Lisboa
I'm moving from the US to Lisbon in about a week to begin a long-term job. I'm planning to learn Portuguese, but so far I know very little. Any recommendations on good English-language resources (preferably online) for both beginning and living life there? [more inside]
posted by pjenks at 1:46 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I create a job search site?
I want to create a job search site for a specific geographic area - sort of a mini-Monster where employers can post job announcements and job hunters can search and filter their results by salary, zip code, etc. Are there web services/businesses that make it easy to do this - e.g., subscribe to their job site service, slap a brand/domain name on it and launch as your own? Or is this something that can only be done with a database/programming solution?
posted by adverb at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Presentation Podcast Capture?
How can I record video of a powerpoint/impress/etc slideshow in a format suitable for inclusion in a video podcast? Presenters use their own laptops and I have access only to a vga cable carrying the image, so screencapture tools are not a preferable option. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 1:34 PM PST - 2 comments

My Cat Does Weird Things. Why?
Cat-filter: Can cats go in reverse? Why does our cat compulsively sit on my laptop? How does the groomer trim his butt fur and nails without getting scalped? Is there a way to treat his dry skin? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 1:31 PM PST - 37 comments

What else sounds like the Quake soundtrack?
I'm looking for music similar to the Quake 1 soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by Black Spring at 1:24 PM PST - 13 comments

What is this Zen Board made out of?
My daughter is in love with my old Zen Board (also called a Buddha board). What kind of paper is this thing made of? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 1:22 PM PST - 10 comments

File sharing really to blame for record industry decline?
Looking for data on alternative causes for the mainstream music industry's declining fortunes. [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 1:12 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I convince people not to buy HP?
How can I give a company a lot of bad publicity? I am a bitter customer who wants other people to reconsider before buying from HP. [more inside]
posted by scission at 12:44 PM PST - 15 comments

What weblogs will make me smart and interesting and beautiful?
What are the best weblogs? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 12:42 PM PST - 33 comments

radical books wanted
I'm looking for book suggestions for a radical reading group. [more inside]
posted by arcadia at 12:37 PM PST - 24 comments

Funky (smelling) fibers.
How do I de-stink the armpits of my sweaters? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 12:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Where should we goa?
Honeymoon Destination Ideas, something cultural and exotic but with a nice beach in November. Slightly adventurous but we definitely want to be able to chill out as well. Goa? Thailand? Any input appreciated. [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged at 12:29 PM PST - 14 comments

No, not Yellow Submarine
So, we've just found out the kid we're cooking is a girl. Now, I'm tasked with the job I've had for the last 16 years: I have to come up with a signature song for the child. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 12:28 PM PST - 31 comments

Can anyone remind me of a poster designer's name?
Can anyone remind me of a poster designer's name? [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 12:10 PM PST - 4 comments

PISS LASER!
PISS LASER! How to use urine most efficiently in carving of urinal cake? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 12:08 PM PST - 43 comments

Cost of living in Portland vs. Seattle
Living on a modest income in Seattle vs. in Portland, OR -- your thoughts, opinions, experiences? [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Good hairdressers in Vancouver?
Please recommend a good, affordable hair salon for ladies in Vancouver. [more inside]
posted by SoftRain at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

How to upgrade the OS on a laptop with no CD or floppy?
How do I upgrade from Win 2k to XP on a laptop with no CD or floppy and no option in the bios to boot from USB? [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold at 11:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Museums and the social web
Can you help me find great examples of museums making use of free social web apps? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 11:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Can I go dark for a night?
What is a non-permanent product I can use at home to temporarily darken my blonde hair? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 11:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Block prompt
How do I stop the annoying "This device can operate faster" query when I plug a USB 2 thumb drive into a USB 1.1 port (which is all my computer has)?
posted by KRS at 11:14 AM PST - 7 comments

What does it take to prove a car safe?
Why would a car perform significantly differently in two relatively similar crash tests? For instance, why would a rear passenger in the Honda Accord do better in side crash tests from the IIHS than the NHTSA? Is it simply because the NHTSA crash is 7mph faster?
posted by Dasein at 10:44 AM PST - 4 comments

I strongly believe in this question.
"Ann Coulter doesn't even believe anything she says!" Really? Are there any cases of a writer or pundit who turned out not to believe the positions s/he took? [more inside]
posted by transona5 at 10:19 AM PST - 37 comments

Leather, etc: Animal product, or byproduct?
How do I know if something is an animal product, or a by-product that exists only because the animal was killed for other reasons? [more inside]
posted by explosion at 9:57 AM PST - 24 comments

Wireless timeout
Wireless networking problem...help? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 9:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Who really owns your cell phone number?
My former employer won't release my personal cell phone number. [more inside]
posted by ad_hominem at 9:40 AM PST - 18 comments

An Apple a Day Keeps my Research Advisor Away
New Macintosh user needs help getting his Pro set up for academic research. [more inside]
posted by Large Marge at 9:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Time to eat my vegetables
Vegetarian seeks advice for traveling in Korea and China. [more inside]
posted by bassjump at 9:21 AM PST - 24 comments

Where to buy a straight razor in Montreal?
Where to buy a straight razor in Montreal? I'll admit that I haven't looked to hard on my own to find the answer for this but I was wondering if any Montreal-ers know of a good place to buy blades for a straight razor? They're for my wife who is a trained hair dresser and cuts a few peoples hair in our home (she vastly prefers razor with guard over scissors); her supply is getting dull. Thanks!
posted by royalchinook at 9:17 AM PST - 9 comments

how to get newbies healthy?
My wife and I are trying to get back into shape, and maybe loose some weight. I've tried out my google-foo, and can find some places here in RI, but I don't think my wife would feel comfortable walking into Golds gym. Help! [more inside]
posted by edmcbride at 8:50 AM PST - 12 comments

I know, I know, but I'm stuck with IIS
If you have successfully set up a multisite Drupal installation that meets these two criteria, I really want to pick your brain... [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 8:46 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I get funding for summer history research?
How do I get an undergraduate summer research grant in history? I want to spend my summer working on my senior thesis without going completely broke. [more inside]
posted by slowcat at 8:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Social networking for research collaboration
Social networking for research collaboration? [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 8:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Seeking stories of kids with superpowers?
I'm trying to make a list of books that include the central plot element of kids learning how to use or cope with unusual powers, dramatic or mundane. (Jumper, recently made into a movie, is one example.) Extra points if the books are primarily aimed at children or young adults.
posted by sacre_bleu at 8:13 AM PST - 48 comments

Vehicle registration theft. Why?
Vehicle registration theft. Why? [more inside]
posted by mrleec at 8:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Who was surrounded by incompetence?
Cartoon Filter: Which animated cartoon character used the catch-phrase "I am surrounded by incompetence!"? [more inside]
posted by johnvaljohn at 7:54 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I get calls, yet protect my privacy for free?
What free services are available that provide a real, anonymous US phone number for forwarding to a cell phone? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee at 7:49 AM PST - 19 comments

I can haz eazy cardiology literature search?
Looking for a quick and easy online way to search the medical/scientific literature for new publications on a particular group of topics. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A at 7:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Who Knows the Code?
Domain Mapping via .htaccess: I want to map a second domain I have to a subdirectory in my main Web directory (BTW, this is not a Typepad blog). My ISP asked that I set up the redirect via my .htaccess file but failed to supply the code to do that (we're having a little chat about suggesting I do something without giving me the tools I need to do it -g). [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 7:04 AM PST - 22 comments

Why is my dog scared of cooked lamb?
My golden retriever-lab mix freaks out when we cook lamb -- he whines and puts his tail between his legs. He'll eat the cooked lamb fine, but he finds the smell of it cooking distressing. I've read elsewhere about this phenomenon, but does anyone have this experience with their dog or have an idea what makes lamb so scary? Does he think we're cooking his pals? He has his skittish moments (scared of thunder, natch), but this is the only time I've seen him behave this way. And he's a rescue dog, so it's possible he had some early traumatic experience involving lamb. But since I've read about other dogs behaving this way, I doubt it.
posted by stonefruit at 7:01 AM PST - 31 comments

Are "counter depth" fridges deep enough?
Are "counter depth" fridges deep enough? [more inside]
posted by alball at 6:55 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me find shoes!
Help me find durable, comfortable, wear-to-the-office women's shoes in a style that won't look dated in a few years. [more inside]
posted by jujube at 6:39 AM PST - 11 comments

7.2 mp vs. 8.1 mp Sony Cyber Shot? Where to find the best deal?
7.2 mp vs. 8.1 mp Sony Cyber Shot? Where to find the best deal? [more inside]
posted by caveat empress at 6:34 AM PST - 10 comments

The middle-aged web?
Where do 35 to 45 year olds hang out on the web? Do social media sites specifically for this age group exist out there? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 6:23 AM PST - 21 comments

are red herrings overdone at this point in the movies?
Are movie audiences today too trained to anticipate a plot twist? (OP does not contain spoilers. Future comments might.) [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 6:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Just graduated and moving to Europe with a girlfriend and no job
Help an almost-grad figure out how to move to Europe with his girlfriend [more inside]
posted by swhitt at 6:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Windy City Suggestions
What are some "can't miss" places to go and places to eat in Chicago? I'm taking someone who has never been in March and am trying to make sure they see the best of the city. [more inside]
posted by Breo at 6:00 AM PST - 33 comments

OK, so strike a pose I guess?
Where can I find some good resources about modelling and directing models, for photographers? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Pleasing yourself
Do women have different phrases to describe the act of masturbation? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 5:36 AM PST - 37 comments

Is legalsounds.com operational?
Is legalsounds.com still operational? [more inside]
posted by goo at 5:30 AM PST - 1 comments

Rear bike rack for a VW New Beetle
Anybody know the make and model of a bike rack that can be used on the rear end of a VW New Beetle? I know Volkswagen makes a top-mounted rack accessory, but I don't want to be lifting my heavy bikes up that high. Bonus points if you have successfully mounted it on your own Beetle in this lifetime. Holding 2 bikes would be fine, 3 would be even better.
posted by ackptui at 5:07 AM PST - 6 comments

...because no one is going to pay me to study. Temp or part-time?
Temp work 101: Is temp work just a part-time job on my own terms? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 5:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Can anyone help me with my Kant-induced headache?
Can anyone help me translate some Kant into English? I don't want to produce an English translation like the kind available on the net, rather a more literal translation, i.e. one that sticks closely to the text. [more inside]
posted by farfaraway at 4:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find Virtual Reality hardware?
Where can I find Virtual Reality goggles or something similar? [more inside]
posted by Savvas at 4:05 AM PST - 5 comments

help me put Fiction in sequence Pulp correct
Prompted by the 'reversed' Memento, I want to re-cut my Pulp Fiction DVD so that the events play out in sequence. What tools should I be looking into? [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ at 3:18 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you watch George W. Bush without going blind?
Does NTSC look as bad on actual NTSC televisions as it looks on my PAL television? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 1:50 AM PST - 11 comments

January 28
Seeking original Microsoft Natural Keyboard (the first ever)
Where can I find an original Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard? [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 11:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Am I saving a ton of cash by using Starbucks' power?
How much money am I costing, say, Starbucks if I charge my laptop there every day? [more inside]
posted by terceiro at 9:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Beat Detective wanted
Are there any free realtime osx beat detection plugins or applications? [more inside]
posted by Jon Mitchell at 9:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for (Fictional) Surveillance Film
I'm looking for a short film I watched online of an (fictional) surveillance of an apartment, with the camera pointed for the entire length of the film at a black and white monitor in the van and the four remote feeds displaying on it. [more inside]
posted by Inkslinger at 8:22 PM PST - 5 comments

How to best sell old collectables?
What do I do with my old collectibles? Meaning: how do I easily turn Beanie Babies and Hess Trucks into some money? [more inside]
posted by razorfrog at 7:55 PM PST - 9 comments

How to really, really flush the php buffer?
PHP: How to flush the buffer for really real? [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 7:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Advice before interviewing for small environmental law internship?
LawFilter: I am applying for an internship at a small law practice that focuses on environmental law. What should I do to prep for this beyond the normal job interview routine? Also, how reasonable are the conditions of this internship (details below)? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 7:17 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I get review units?
How do I get hardware review units to review in my school paper? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 6:58 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you make your body conform to a standard schedule?
Becoming a regular person after all these years. My boyfriend is for the first time since high school required to be at work 5 days a week from 9-5. How do we prepare? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 6:51 PM PST - 28 comments

Aquify Safari 3 form elements?
What should I put in a custom browser stylesheet to override and Aquify all web form element styles (buttons, text fields, etc.) in Safari 3.0.4? I'd like to undo custom properties like colors, fonts, and borders, and make all form elements display natively, using Aqua, like Safari used to do in previous versions. I'm essentially looking for the opposite answer to this question, using a custom userContent.css-esque stylesheet. (Thanks for your help.)
posted by tepidmonkey at 6:32 PM PST - 1 comments

when things are this down, there's only one direction they can go: sideways
What are some little things I can do to stay positive and kind to myself while going through some heartache? [more inside]
posted by loiseau at 6:19 PM PST - 50 comments

You can't be President - you took a nude photo 10 years ago! So you're a bad person!
Does doing anything sex-industry-related (from taking a nude photo to actually working as a prostitute or exotic dancer) actually damn you from ever living a successful life in another area? Has anyone ever managed to be known and respected in their field without falling into "OMG SHE POSED NUDE" controversy? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 6:13 PM PST - 49 comments

Whence the Weirdo's Wall Walker?
MuppetFilter: Can anyone remember the (or any) episode of the Muppet Babies in which young Gonzo freaks out about the Wall Walker, a monster no one has ever seen that lives inside the walls of the closet and terrifies me for my entire childhood?
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 6:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to find affordable housing in Buffalo, NY?
Going to see girlfriend in Amherst/Buffalo, NY over spring break. Bought (non-refundable/changeable) airfare, just found out that she doesn't get to stay in her dorm and has to live in a big room shared with all other students staying on during spring break. We're both students - is there any specific place the hive mind would recommend to get *affordable* off-campus housing (student or otherwise) for a week during spring break? Hopefully something we can book in advance? Need Internet.
posted by mebibyte at 5:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Is celery burn normal?
Sometimes celery tastes fresh and watery, and sometimes it has a slightly bitter taste and a lightly spicy/burning aftertaste. Is the light bitterness/burn normal or is this a product of chemicals/pesticides (or something else entirely)?
posted by Alabaster at 5:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Skippito
Help me find humorous books for kids that will interest them in learning some spanish, ala. Skippyjon Jones. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 5:31 PM PST - 6 comments

How am I going to sneak up on people with such noisy shoes?
My shoes are noisy. How can I get them to be quiet? [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 5:13 PM PST - 6 comments

When can I have my foot back?
How long will I be in excruciating pain? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 5:01 PM PST - 21 comments

How to help a disabled friend lose his V-Card?
My brother has a longtime friend who has a degenerative neurological condition that will ultimately be fatal. This friend is approaching 30 and still a virgin, and he wants to hire someone to help him experience that part of life. He has asked my brother for help (which he will need in order to make this happen) - what should he/can he do without running afoul of the law? [more inside]
posted by man on the run at 4:44 PM PST - 34 comments

Help my curls be less uptight
How can I get looser curls out of my naturally fine, tight corkscrews? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 4:41 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I get a low/no cost divorce when I live in Mobile, Alabama but my spouse lives in Georgia?
How do I get a low/no cost divorce when I live in Mobile, Alabama but my spouse lives in Georgia? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 4:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Videos like "The Pretender"?
What music videos depict the band somehow defeating an enemy with the power of their music? The Foo Fighters' recent "The Pretender" video brought the question to mind, but I know it's a frequently used idea. What other videos used this theme? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79 at 4:31 PM PST - 31 comments

Mystery of the Missing Pasta
I'm trying to find pastina, that tiny star-shaped pasta usually used in soups, somewhere in Orange County, CA. For some reason it seems to have disappeared off the shelves of the local supermarkets. (Albertsons and Ralphs are the two I've checked.) It's my husband's favorite comfort food and he has the flu right now, so I know he could use a little comfort. Any recommendations on stores that might carry it? (I'm in Huntington Beach if that helps.)
posted by platinum at 4:24 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm Younger Than That Now
Lawyer Alert! -- Say my beloved son is 22 yrs old and living in Montpelier, Vermont. Suppose that Montpelier has more lawyers per capita than any other state capital (which it does, because it is the smallest of them all). What service could this bright, good looking young man offer to all those lawyers in order to support himself while he gets ready to earn his college degree? [more inside]
posted by partner at 4:07 PM PST - 21 comments

"To play this disc, put it in an Xbox 360 console."
My Xbox 360 is just over a year old, and out of warranty. Naturally, it starts acting up. Whenever I insert at game disc, I get the message "To play this disc, put it in an Xbox 360 console." [more inside]
posted by GriffX at 3:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Pacific North West serial killer hotspot?
I've heard several times from different sources how the NorthWest of America, and the Seattle area in particular, is a hotspot for serial killers. Is there any truth to this? Or is it just a reflection of the high profile of the Ted Bundy case? And if it is the case (or even if it isn't) has anyone offered any explanations?
posted by Artw at 3:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for Hotel McRitzy Bits: Where to stay in Portland, OR?
Looking for lodging of the highest order in Portland, OR. [more inside]
posted by cior at 3:04 PM PST - 24 comments

iMac not recognizing external HD
Problem accessing WD external hard drive on iMac. Does not mount, attempts to format it in disk utility unsuccessful - input/output error. [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 3:04 PM PST - 3 comments

DIY portfolio printing - Best paper?
Printer paper - I'm printing my portfolio for application to art college. Hoping to DIY so I'm looking for high quality, A3, dual-sided, matte paper for use with a Canon Pixma IX 4000 printer. I think. [more inside]
posted by rog at 2:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Good basketball DVDs?
Best Instructional DVD for Basketball? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 2:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Can you help me find a children's record player from my youth?
I'm looking for a very specific (Fisher Price?) record player from my childhood. [more inside]
posted by mamessner at 2:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Do they like big butts and cannot lie?
How does Buffalo Exchange work? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 1:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Weekend War
I'm interested in finding weekend work in NYC. Can anyone steer me in the direction of a good temp agency that might have some sort of focus in that department?
posted by josher71 at 1:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Does Virulite work?
Has anyone tried Virulite, the anti-cold sore device? Does it work?
posted by Lezzles at 1:30 PM PST - 2 comments

What's Berlin's best indie rock venue?
I'm looking for an indie rock/small rock venue in Berlin. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 1:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Private party venue in Chicago
My wife is turning 30, and I need a nice cocktail party venue in Chicago for 40-50 people. [more inside]
posted by chundo at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Need suggestions for a Xen-compatible rackmount server.
We need to buy two rackmount servers that will play nice with Xen (and Linux). Budget: approx $10k. Can you suggest a configuration, brand, and/or vendor? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker at 1:16 PM PST - 30 comments

Best Global Warming Real Estate?
In the inevitability of global warming (bias disclosed) where should I move to? I'm a 20-something getting close to that home-owner stage, but from some of the stuff I'm reading a lot of great places to live won't be great much longer! [more inside]
posted by 53B3L1U5 at 1:07 PM PST - 26 comments

I need some backup software fast
I need some backup software that can handle a few conditions, and I need it 3 hours ago.... [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq at 12:44 PM PST - 20 comments

Is it possible to disable the Windows XP Slideshow Folder View
Is it possible to disable the Windows XP slideshow folder view, or at least set it to not be default? I want to do this without disabling custom folder views; I know I can set all folders to display a certain way (I like tiles), but I'd like to be able to give some folders their own custom view settings (i.e. I like showing my mp3 folder as detail view with custom columns)
posted by lrodman at 12:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Where should we go in Scotland?
Where should we go in Scotland? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 12:37 PM PST - 28 comments

Gaithersburg MD affordable homes?
Gaithersburg, MD: Are there any areas within an hour drive where a house with a back yard might cost under $150K (or might be reasonable to rent)? [more inside]
posted by Shane at 12:30 PM PST - 16 comments

How to keep leukemia patient safe?
Leukemia patient -- how sterile should their hospital environment be? [more inside]
posted by ellenaim at 12:20 PM PST - 11 comments

How much per gram for 14kt gold necklace?
How much per gram for 14kt gold necklace? [more inside]
posted by beelover at 12:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Mobile Internet Plans
What's a good *affordable and reliable* mobile phone internet plan for traveling around Southeast Asia? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 12:00 PM PST - 2 comments

How to write opening emails on online dating sites.
How to send that first email in the world of online dating. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 AM PST - 51 comments

What's good on the net for a 3-year-old?
What are some of the best flash games or other internet activities for a 3-year-old?
posted by sveskemus at 11:20 AM PST - 17 comments

Not ready to marry
This question isn't a big deal--but I thought I'd put it out there in the spirit of "query of the hivemind." My girlfriend and I just broke it off, and it was with mutual interest that we did so. I moved out after living together for about 5 months, got my own place, and it was hard for her, but less hard for me. [more inside]
posted by gmodelo at 11:15 AM PST - 26 comments

Incorporate shipping in product price, or not?
I am soon opening a store selling backyard items, and wonder what would be best to do for shipping charges. Should I incorporate the shipping into the item price, or not? [more inside]
posted by adriana at 11:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.
I want to lose 5 pounds in two weeks. What do I have to do? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 11:08 AM PST - 45 comments

Arts and Crafts: Map Making
I would like to make or buy a detailed map of my neighborhood in Manhattan. I want it to be poster sized and nice enough looking to hang on the wall. I also want to be able to make notes on it, put push pins in it and post it on my wall. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:06 AM PST - 11 comments

I shall be a man of destiny like my father the King, who does not concern himself with books and study and the queer prattlings of foolish bookworms and scribblers.
Does anyone get over the resentment of having rich, privileged friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 AM PST - 63 comments

Bye bye moustache
I'm male, I have brown skin (latin) and I'm really considering permanently removing my thick moustache with laser. I don't mind losing the possibility of growing a moustache again. I do mind something going wrong. Are there any risks that I should be aware of?
posted by anonymous at 11:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Help with debt collectors trying to get money for a bill that is not mine.
Debt collectors are calling about a bill from 6-7 years ago. The bill actually belongs to my father whom I have redirected their inquiries. They keep calling and the billing information they gave to me is my fathers old address but for some reason they have my social security number attached to the bill. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Advice for working in Japan
I'm moving to Japan to work for a year - what should I do to prepare? [more inside]
posted by Arasithil at 11:03 AM PST - 17 comments

What is that?
This symbol appeared very clearly to me near the end of an otherwise uneventful meditation session. This sort of thing has never really happened to me, and it was quite clear, so I'm wondering if it has significance. Maybe I've seen it before; if so, I wonder where. If not, I wonder if it's an archetype. [more inside]
posted by Slam I Am at 11:00 AM PST - 25 comments

Any recommendations on a *Free* *Serverless* instant messaging client?
Any recommendations on a *Free* *Serverless* instant messaging client?I have a small network that I would like to allow instant messaging among all hosts. The problem is I am hoping to be able to do this without installing a server app. Any thoughts? These are all Windows boxes. I've done a few google searches...but haven't been able to find anything that really fits. (First question on AskMeFi!) Thanks, AltReality
posted by AltReality at 10:54 AM PST - 10 comments

How to get parental consent online
[IRBfilter] I'm trying to set up an online survey for minors where parental consent can be accomplished online instead of via signed permission slips. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Managing mangled styles in word.
I need help simplifying the styling of Word Documents that I receive from other people. Are there any specific addons that might help me accomplish these goals? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 10:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Sysadmin Seeks Officemate, Must Speak Fast Ethernet, Take Orders.
Are there any managed Fast Ethernet switches that are quiet enough to share an office with? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu at 10:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Lexus MOT & repair in London?
Where in London to take a Lexus for MOT and service/repairs? Alternatives to Lexus official dealers, or your recommended Lexus dealers, welcomed.
posted by londongeezer at 10:17 AM PST - 1 comments

Looking for Chicago fiction writing groups.
Please recommend fiction writing/critique groups in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by Work to Live at 10:14 AM PST - 4 comments

tuba tuba oompa oompa
I miss my tuba... Can someone point me in the direction of what I should be looking for in a tuba/baritone? [more inside]
posted by Quazie at 9:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Made to order, but on the cheap
I'm participating in a wedding shortly and am thinking of buying a tuxedo online, then having it locally altered in Toronto. Has any one had experience or tips in doing this? Is it worth my time (and money) to buy online? [more inside]
posted by mutantdisco! at 9:57 AM PST - 1 comments

How do i win something back?
I dropped the ball on this one....year anniversary. Is there anyway to win her back? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 9:43 AM PST - 33 comments

My touch lamp has the same vibrating static electricity feeling that my massage clients used to have. Why?
My touch lamp has the same vibrating static electricity feeling that my massage clients used to have. Why? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj at 9:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Size comparison of Asic Onitsukas and Adidas?
How do sizes of asics onitsuka tigers compare to adidas? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 9:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Web service best practices
Where can I find more information on web service best practices? [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 9:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Ayudame!
I'm looking for interesting topics that incorporate the fields of Spanish and Linguistics [more inside]
posted by chara at 9:10 AM PST - 11 comments

B-r-r-r-r-r!
Why am I freezing all the time? It's not my thyroid. [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 8:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Ritual or abuse?
Help me figure out what happened to this little girl. [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 8:23 AM PST - 24 comments

Printing business cards in NYC
Help me choose a printer in NYC for my business cards. [more inside]
posted by frieze at 8:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Metafilter, price my sideboard
I (think I) need a furniture appraiser in New York City. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 8:21 AM PST - 1 comments

I'm trying to find a place that rents out soft boxes/umbrellas for outside rentals in Boston. (Studio Photoshoot)
I'm trying to find a place that rents out soft boxes/umbrellas for outside rentals in Boston. I have a studio in my school that I am using for photo shoots but I do not have a soft box nor an umbrella which I desperately need. I am wondering if there are any places that rent them out for a day or two. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by cheero at 8:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Deedle deedle deedle de dit deet, deedle deedle deedle deedle deeddle dee dit deet
I am looking for other songs that use the 45 King's "900 number" sample, other than "Let me clear my throat". [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 7:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Help my husband and me find a way to make our living together.
My husband and I have been together for 9 blissful years, and the only blight on our happiness is being apart for 60ish hours a week, due to our office jobs. That's too many hours. Can you help us think of creative solutions? [more inside]
posted by Fenriss at 7:51 AM PST - 8 comments

What is the going rate for the Tooth Fairy?
What is the going rate for the Tooth Fairy? [more inside]
posted by thesneeze at 7:50 AM PST - 44 comments

Unnaturally hard to find: the author of this quote!
I need a reputable source for this quote (or something similar): "The only unnatural act is the one that cannot be performed." Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by eralclare at 7:47 AM PST - 5 comments

How to ride a fun MTB trail as a tourist?
I'll be visiting SF soon (yay, visiting mefi friends!) and want to go biking on an MTB trail. I've found a few internet resources on biking around SF but I have a few particular constraints that make me require your help. [more inside]
posted by jouke at 7:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find pictures of dead firefighters?
Where can I find pictures of dead firefighters? [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 7:10 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I get a news feed out of my facebook group and into an external website?
How can I get a news feed out of my facebook group and into an external website? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 7:04 AM PST - 5 comments

If you believe in climate change, is it wrong to drive or fly?
If you believe climate change is real, bad, and man-made: does that mean it's wrong to take a flight or drive a car? Are there any reasonable excuses?
posted by MetaMonkey at 6:47 AM PST - 24 comments

What grade of titanium are Walmart wedding bands?
What grade of titanium are Walmart wedding bands? I'd like a CP grade ring, since I understand aircraft grades can't be cut off. I've read that they should be stamped "CP", and I'm also wary of a ring coming from China with lead in it or worse?
posted by raikkohamilonso at 5:56 AM PST - 17 comments

heated windscreen troubleshooting
Rear heated windscreen on Ford Fiesta (UK) has stopped working. I've checked the fuses; is there anything else I should try before phoning the garage?
posted by primer_dimer at 5:45 AM PST - 6 comments

No CopyPasta For You, Sir
How is this website disabling copypasta (Copy / Paste - Seems to just be replacing all copied content with a '*') in my browser? Can somebody pull the offending code for me and possibly explain how they are manipulating the whole browser and not just this web page?
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 4:36 AM PST - 16 comments

How smart is SmartWater?
How does SmartWater "forensic property coding" work? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 4:26 AM PST - 5 comments

What to see in Poland and the Czech Republic?
Looking for things to see and places to go in Poland and the Czech Republic. [more inside]
posted by kjs4 at 3:41 AM PST - 14 comments

Kitchen rennovation advice
Kitchen Rennovations - Commercial stainless steel benches versus second hand fitted kitchen - please advise. [more inside]
posted by singingfish at 1:10 AM PST - 6 comments

January 27
Cities with software industries like SF bay area but not so expensive?
What US cities have a strong, diverse software industry, multicultural makeup, affordable housing, and walkable neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by bumpybear at 11:40 PM PST - 29 comments

Hire Me!
Tell me some great, effective ways to market my dog training business. For example, how do I promote myself to veterinary clinics who don't know me yet? What will really help me get my name out there? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 11:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Family of four, moving to Bay Area, making $115K. Is this crazy?
Family of four, moving to Bay Area, making $115K. Is this crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for "Web-Based" Database Program
I am looking for a web-based database application that I can run on my own servers. [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek at 10:14 PM PST - 8 comments

The Game Will Be On the Gumbo Tron!!!
Gumbo. Recipes, tips and tricks, please. [more inside]
posted by Cyrano at 9:38 PM PST - 17 comments

How to find a Yakiniku grill for a party
I'm having a 25th birthday party, and need a yakiniku grill for it. Where can I get one?! [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 9:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Will President Obama take my job away?
What would an Obama Presidency mean for the business process outsourcing industry? [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 9:29 PM PST - 9 comments

How good am I? No, seriously.
How do I rate my skills when preparing a resume/job application? [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 9:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Seeking Final Cut Pro access in Chicago
Is there any place in Chicago where a stereotypically starving artist can use Final Cut Pro and/or other video production tools for free or cheap? [more inside]
posted by white light at 9:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Another help me find a journal article
JournalArticleFilter: The journal article I need is unavailable from my school's e-journal system for another 4 months. Searching otherwise is fruitless. So I go where all desperate people go. Metafilter, please help me find the PDF for this article, like you have done before.
posted by lpctstr; at 9:14 PM PST - 4 comments

CharlotteNC to HoldenBeachNC
Driving from Charlotte, NC, to Holden Beach, this July: warnings, advice, cool places to show the kids en route, anecdotal musings all appreciated... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 9:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Portrayals of friendship and social circles in books, movies, or essays
Can you recommend books, movies, or essays with good portrayals of friendships or people's social circles? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 9:01 PM PST - 30 comments

Can you help me find this sci-fi book series again?
Please help find the name of series of sci-fi books. It's about a guy who finds some alien artifact on Europa that helps him save Earth from a meteor. [more inside]
posted by marcocampos at 9:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Pre Pigskin Party Pastimes Peeks
Interesting, unique and quirky things to do and see in Glendale, AZ in the 3 days leading up to the Superbowl next Sunday... [more inside]
posted by stavx at 8:36 PM PST - 6 comments

This movie title is racking my brains.
Help me find a movie I only remember a few details about: dude with a car, collecting pieces to a prize, possibly post-apocalyptic. [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 8:06 PM PST - 3 comments

What does it mean to lack a past and future?
What is it called when you can't imagine the past or the future? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 8:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Three good websites, possibly to do with theatre / the arts in London
I'm working on a job application to work at a theatre and events company in the UK. It asks me for three websites I admire and to give the reasons why. What sites should I put down? [more inside]
posted by tapeguy at 7:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Mac lover seeks technical writing software solution.
I am changing careers at the moment and am looking to get into technical writing possibly. Of the software that are industry standards (FrameMaker, RoboHelp) it all seems to run only on windows. I have a pre-intel Mac but would still love to get my feet wet, any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie at 7:21 PM PST - 4 comments

8 lb dog swallowed magnesium tablet - what to do?
My 8 lb dog just swallowed a 200 mg chelated magnesium tablet (67% as magnesium amino acid chelate, 33% as magnesium oxide.) Should I rush him to the emergency vet or just wait and see what happens? Thanks very much.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 7:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Need some nerdage.
Help me find some great or good scifi watchables. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 7:10 PM PST - 60 comments

How can I broadcast video to my parents?
What's a simple way to broadcast video of my new baby to my parents? [more inside]
posted by Xazeru at 6:57 PM PST - 7 comments

To drug or not to drug? That is the question...
I want to hear from women who have given birth using narcotics and analgesics via IV as pain relief. [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle at 6:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Ever coming to a theater near me?
How can you find out if a certain independent film will be coming out in a wide release? [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude at 6:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a batch file command that closes a dialog box?
For windows batch files, is there a way to automatically close dialog boxes that open as a result of a windows program producing an error? [more inside]
posted by jldindc at 6:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Mystery crown-head must have an interesting story
My friend and I saw this lovely carved-wood head with a crown (picture) at the American Museum of Natural History in the hall of African artifacts. Now we're curious about it and its European-looking crown. Why did people make this? [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade at 6:05 PM PST - 10 comments

How to deal with salespeople who work on commission?
What is the etiquette of dealing with commission (commissioned?) salespeople? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 5:46 PM PST - 23 comments

need good fashion sense
How do I pick pants I will like for business? [more inside]
posted by arh07 at 4:35 PM PST - 15 comments

i knew if i waited too long this would happen
I bought these suede moccasin slippers at Target back in November. My local store no longer carries them, and target.com says they are out of stock. Where can I find them (or at least shoes similar to them)? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 4:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I learn German in a structured, online course?
Where can I learn German online through an actual school/university? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

The mimetic and narrative capacities of artefacts
I am interested in the mimetic and narrative capacities of artefacts, how cultural remnants transmit information through time and how meaning is translated once an artefact is re-appropriated or examined from a new perspective. I have several avenues of study at the moment (a list in extended explanation), but would like some more ideas. Areas of critical theory, linguistics, evolutionary psychology and poetics are all relevant. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 3:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Thank-You Present for being Present
Help me think of gifts for a small group of very special people. [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon at 3:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me keep my phone number a year from now
Canadian Phone Question: I'll be leaving my city and province for a year, and I'd like to make sure that I have the same phone number when I return as when I left. What are my (cheapest) options? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 3:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Saxy Miami Dance Song
What was the dance song I heard this week on Miami radio that had a few sax notes in the chorus? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese at 3:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Educational card game
Ran across the card game Ekklesia: The Congregating and was wondering if a similar game had ever been professionally produced. [more inside]
posted by levijk at 3:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it good?
How long can chicken be frozen and remain good (as in not dangerous) to eat? Thanks
posted by Snyder at 2:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Neoprene, not neo anymore
What can I do with my old wetsuit? [more inside]
posted by nekton at 2:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Should I file my tax return before the passing of the stimulus package?
[TaxReturnFilter] Should I file my tax return before this economic stimulus package is passed through Congress? [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 2:50 PM PST - 8 comments

The Sun is in Your Hand
Where can I buy a UV flashlight in downtown San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror at 2:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Best stage production musicals available on DVD?
Please point me to some of the best-produced stage production musicals available on DVD. [more inside]
posted by cog_nate at 2:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for the name of a near-future sci-fi series from mid-90s.
I'm looking or the name, and possibly other information on a five or six part sci-fi series that aired in the mid nineties, I think on the BBC (not sure). It was set in London/UK and dealt with repercussions of various theorised technological advancements. [more inside]
posted by sparklejess at 2:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Snow Removal
Can I use my hose (regular water hose) to significantly melt the pile of snow and some ice in my driveway? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 1:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Stop Gmail from downloading All Mail folder
I've been using Mail.app with OS X Leopard as a front end to my Gmail account. And it works great, for the most part. Unfortunately it seems to download both my "Inbox" and also the "All Mail" folder from Gmail. This has the effect of increasing the amount of messages in Mail.app significantly, and I want it to stop. [more inside]
posted by qwip at 1:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Did Ferraro cry?
I was sure I remembered that Geraldine Ferraro cried during the 1984 presidential election, and that the media made the event into a symbol of why women are too weak to hold national office, but now I can't find a headline or news article from that time that mentions her crying. Am I getting this mixed up with Pat Schroeder's famous breakdown when she dropped out?
posted by serazin at 1:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Jazz-Experts: Please help me find great Jazz music in movies!
So, let's just assume I got an internship for this small radio station and I want to start a segment introducing listeners to great Jazz music in movies - can be both specifically written/performed for the particular movie or a song/track that existed previously and was used prominently in the movie. [more inside]
posted by waldlaeufer at 12:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Photo Sites That Will Do the Mailing?
Is there an online photo service which will mail my custom baby announcements directly to the recipients? [more inside]
posted by DarkoBeta at 10:49 AM PST - 4 comments

... but you're beautiful inside...
I photograph very poorly. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 10:46 AM PST - 30 comments

Old Console Wireless
What are the best options for wireless original xbox controllers? Ditto for PS2? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 10:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Bi-amping: How to using cheap t-amps?
Bi-amping two cheap Sonic Impact T-amps — is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 10:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Costa Rica condo
Looking for a condo/villa/hotel room rental in Costa Rica... [more inside]
posted by milestogo at 9:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Do fish wear lipstick?
What are some things that humans do, that no other animal species does? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 8:57 AM PST - 91 comments

How to meet a nuke
What's the closest it's possible for a civilian to get to a live nuclear weapon?
posted by alby at 8:54 AM PST - 17 comments

Reactive Attachment Disorder in Adults - What can be done to help?
Attachment Disorder in Adults - Are there any resources out there? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 8:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Tracing Offshore Accounts
I need help in trying to find hidden assets of my soon to be ex--he has gone to the Caymans, and I had heard that I may be able to trace fund transfers somehow through Homeland Security? Any suggestions of how to proceed?
posted by bettyboop4 at 8:33 AM PST - 7 comments

cross-platform archive encryption?
Is there any way to encrypt an archive so that everyone (PC and Mac, maybe Linux) can open it without installing additional software? [more inside]
posted by sero_venientibus_ossa at 8:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Definition of bonbon
I recently found that a wide range of candies get called bonbons, and now I'm curious about the different meanings for "bonbon", and what times and places they're connected to.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 8:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Trying to find a Mate
I'm in the market for some Yerba Mate, either online or in a store. My options in the real world are Bloom, Farm Fresh, and The Fresh Market... but it seems like I might be able to find a better deal online. Is there something like Adagio for tea that has mate (cheap + good, of course) in the loose leaf state?
posted by tmcw at 7:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Shadow of the Torturer
In Shadow of the Torturer, what's with... [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 7:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I tell my ex-girlfriend that the reason I broke up with her was because I had feelings for someone else?
I recently broke up with my girlfriend. The reason I ended it was because I realised that I had been gradually developing strong feelings for one of her close friends (and it’s very possible that her friend had feelings for me). My feelings for her friend were not going away and this was causing me a lot of hurt. I felt that the right thing to do was to break up and walk away from the whole situation. Will the truth allow my ex to move on or will it just upset her unnecessarily? [more inside]
posted by bluespacemonkey at 7:16 AM PST - 31 comments

What degree to become a therapist?
I want to become a therapist. What kind of degree should I get? [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 6:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Blogging from the future - forcing wordpress to show future dates
How can I get wordpress to show a post as though it had been published in the future? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 4:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Would-be intestinal bacteria snob seeks counsel
So, thanks to the doctor, I'm on some weapons-grade antibiotics, and it looks like all the friendly symbiotic bacteria in my tract are going to be/may already have been destroyed. I guess this is sort of an opportunity, so I'm wondering, anyone have any recommendations for what to repopulate my intestines with? [more inside]
posted by evariste at 12:13 AM PST - 25 comments

Musical Time Capsules
What songs evoke an earlier decade in near-perfect detail, in terms of musical style? [more inside]
posted by Drop Daedalus at 12:07 AM PST - 53 comments

January 26
Replacement for mikeshardware.co.uk
Anyone know a good replacement for mikeshardware.co.uk WRT his clear, easy-to-reference industry roadmaps?
posted by panamax at 11:46 PM PST - 1 comments

Get thee from a nunnery!
Any suggestions for places and events I could take part in to help me get out of my rut? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 11:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Philosophy please!
Please help me find writings about the relationship between men's and women's reproductive rights. [more inside]
posted by ssg at 11:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Office Stationary Chess
I remember an magazine advertisement from long ago which featured a slick chess set made out of desk drawer miscellany. The pawns were binder clips. I think the rooks were loupes. I've always wanted to see it again. Anyone else remember this and have any other information about it? What was the ad? What were all the pieces?
posted by wobh at 11:01 PM PST - 1 comments

Dad, may I have your DNA?
Would it be worthwhile to preserve a sample of my parents' DNA, with their permission, in case I ever need it for genetic testing of myself or my family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:45 PM PST - 9 comments

UK-Canada transhipment
Recommendation for a company that will receive an eBay package in the UK and ship it to me in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 10:43 PM PST - 2 comments

funny matriarchs
What are some examples of family sitcoms that don't adhere to the funny dad, nagging mom stereotype? [more inside]
posted by emd3737 at 10:11 PM PST - 39 comments

TF2 music
I really like the music used in the game Team Fortress 2 (TF2). I describe it as 60's secret agent music (think early James Bond). Where can I find more music like this? Is there a sub-genre style of music that this belongs to? If you don't know what TF2 is, check out the trailers.
posted by medarby at 9:53 PM PST - 12 comments

How to deal with a maddening co-worker?
What if Lucifer was your co-worker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 PM PST - 46 comments

Smallest brain
What is the animal with the smallest number of neurons (but more than one cell)? More specifically, is there a multicellular organism that has about 10-50 neurons, thus making its "brain" significantly smaller than that of the nematode C. elegans?
posted by wyzewoman at 9:40 PM PST - 10 comments

unlocking the magic box
my work threw out an old g4 imac (the dome with the flat-panel type) and i took it home (with their permission). unfortunately, when i boot it up, the only option it gives me is to sign in under the admin, and i don't know that password. our IT guy wasn't too much help. [more inside]
posted by kerning at 9:21 PM PST - 4 comments

which comes first?
I just accidentally ate uncooked chicken. Sigh. What happens now? [more inside]
posted by robotdog at 9:17 PM PST - 17 comments

How do we know if food used to be better?
Were produce and meat really better in the old days? How can we be sure? [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg at 9:02 PM PST - 42 comments

Hey PSP, stand up!
I'm looking for the plastic stand that came with the PSP Giga Pack (link within), and hoping that some nice member of the hive mind knows how to help me get one. [more inside]
posted by phaded at 8:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Should we fly or drive from Vancouver to Toronto this spring?
Should we fly or drive from Vancouver to Toronto this spring? [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 8:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Why would a computer squeal?
Why would a computer squeal? [more inside]
posted by be11e at 8:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Pilonidal P.I.T.A?
Recurring pilonidal cyst? [more inside]
posted by PaintMeRed9 at 8:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Coping with ADD?
I have ADD. What are some specific steps that can help me focus on getting a task done? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 7:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Podcasts about statistics
I'm taking statistics math this semester, and I'm wondering if there be any geeky statistics math-related podcasts that will help me wrap my head around this tricky subject matter (and maybe even enjoy it). [more inside]
posted by survivorman at 7:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me design my torrent management system.
I'm looking for tips, tricks, hacks, scripts, and ideas for managing torrents using Linux. [more inside]
posted by christonabike at 7:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Help sharing itunes iphotos
Help setting up OSX leopard so that my wife can see AND edit all of my iphotos and itunes files?I am the administrator. She shares the same iMac, so this is not a network sharing issue i gather. I have read about 30 articles by googling, all are either pre-leopard or way beyond the understanding of this new iMac owner...use of terminology foreign to a newbie. Thank you!
posted by dougiedd at 6:25 PM PST - 18 comments

LaTeX font hell
Help! I don't know what I did, but I somehow destroyed my Mac's (10.5) ability to render fonts in my LaTex document correctly. [more inside]
posted by about_time at 5:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there an easy ranking system for Movable Type?
I'm using Movable Type and would like to begin rating 800+ things on a scale of 1 to 100. I'm hoping to rate 3 a day. My question: Is there any easy way (through a plug-in, etc) to have these rankings automatically go in some type of database that someone can sort by ranking, year, genre, or any other field I wish to fill in?
posted by Mark at 5:46 PM PST - 1 comments

Help me remember this Free Custom Ringtone site!
What is the name of the website that allows you to upload mp3's to its site, converts them to ringtone format, and then text messages them to your phone for free (after a delay) or immediately (for a donation)?
posted by Maia at 5:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Super Tuesday party ideas?
We're having a Super Tuesday party at our house, and we're looking for funny politically-related finger food ideas (half-moon cookies anyone?) as well as some good party names (like Super Booze-day). [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner at 5:19 PM PST - 18 comments

How do you choose a sushi knife?
Know anything about sushi knives? I need info and recommendations. [more inside]
posted by zennie at 5:12 PM PST - 20 comments

Name that chair (please)
Aside from paying an appraiser - which I really don't want to do - is there any way I could find out anything about this chair? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 3:41 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I contact and arrange a meeting with Ina Garten?
How do I contact and arrange a meeting with Ina Garten? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 3:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Question about short-lease of a brownstone in NYC
NYC-vacation-rental-filter: we're on the cusp of agreeing to rent a six room brownstone in Williamsburg, but before we do, I need to know what we're getting into from people who have had similar experiences. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 2:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Travel the Newell Highway
I want to travel to Brisbane from Melbourne via the Newell Highway. I have done thisn drive many times before, but non stop. I have a young family now and would like to break the trip up. [more inside]
posted by mattoxic at 2:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Well, I've seen The Big Lebowski anyway...
What movies should any person in their right mind have seen by now? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 2:36 PM PST - 103 comments

Where is All My Money Going?
What is the best online web 2.0 personal expense tracking sites? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 2:30 PM PST - 19 comments

My credit report, it makes no sense to me.
Help me understand my credit, please? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 2:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Clutch Problem #2.
Mechanic Question: Even though I just changed the clutch, it still won't start. The starter runs, the flywheel and some of the transmission is turning (I can hear it loud and clear), but it won't fire; it just spins. [more inside]
posted by koeselitz at 2:03 PM PST - 85 comments

Paintin' purty...recommendations for painters in NYC
Recommendations for a good interior painter in NYC? And what do I look for in a painter? [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 at 2:02 PM PST - 1 comments

I want to download all tomatoes. Can you show me where?
Does there exist a database for plants grown in the US similar to the USDA's nutrition database? If yes, can I download it? [more inside]
posted by cdmwebs at 1:30 PM PST - 1 comments

What are your best timesavers?
Recent college grad now living in the real world: what are your favorite techniques, tricks, or products to get the everyday things done?` [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 12:36 PM PST - 27 comments

Is WordPerfect a big obstacle when job hunting?
Should I pay for MS Word just to make my job hunt easier? Although I have MS Word at work, at home I only have WordPerfect 12 and I don't want to have something round filed because a recruiter didn't like the format. There appears to be a free trial version of Word. Would I be able to use that for a resume?
posted by anonymous at 12:24 PM PST - 31 comments

Inheriting $25,000...
A family friend recently died and left me and my sister $25,000 each. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:24 PM PST - 13 comments

How do avoid paying customs twice on a shipment?
How do I avoid paying customs on a package I'm shipping back home? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 12:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Are polaroid 690's fragile?
Are polaroid 690's fragile? [more inside]
posted by miniape at 12:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Help an acoustic guitar pop guy tour Scandinavia
My friend is a singer/songwriter who would like to tour Scandinavia. How would he go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 11:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Why do I get sick now after even a few drinks (but not every time)?
Over the last year (I am 36) I have experienced some disturbing effects related to my drinking even a small amount of alcohol (two drinks or so). The odd thing is, I am only adversely effected some of the time... [more inside]
posted by pazoozoo at 11:29 AM PST - 20 comments

What's wrong with my car and can I fix it myself?
Please help me figure out why my car won't start, and whether I can fix it myself. [more inside]
posted by joshjs at 11:23 AM PST - 7 comments

World Geography Quiz? (?seen on mefi in the last 5 weeks?) - Involves putting flags close to locations
World Geography Quiz? (?seen on mefi in the last 5 weeks?) - Involves putting flags close to locations [more inside]
posted by you're only jung once at 11:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I convert a regular bed into a platform bed?
Can I convert a traditional bed into a platform bed? [more inside]
posted by wflanagan at 10:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Sewing 101
Beginner's sewing: Please guide me to the most simple, step by step instructions on how to sew simple garments from simple patterns with a sewing machine.
posted by mistsandrain at 10:28 AM PST - 16 comments

corey's infamous sunglasses?
what brand / model sunglasses are corey delaney's infamous sunglasses? and where can i find a pair? see them here
posted by fac21 at 9:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Ever been in an investment partnership?
Tell me about your experience with investment partnerships. (Multiple questions inside.) [more inside]
posted by ijoshua at 8:52 AM PST - 2 comments

fan on laptop won't turn off!
Why is the fan on my Toshiba laptop almost continually blowing? The computer doesn't seem particularly hot, and the constant on/off noise is annoying. Anybody know how to fix this?
posted by Ollie at 7:56 AM PST - 19 comments

"How Many Five-Year Olds Could You Take On At Once" is not an option
I'm having a birthday pool party (indoor) with a group of 20 kindergarten-age kids. They'll be in the water most of the time, but they'll be in a charming little holding cell for the first part of the party. Any suggestions for an activity or craft that would work well in this situation? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench at 7:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Help identify old building
Where in the world is this building? (150k jpeg) [more inside]
posted by Fins at 7:45 AM PST - 43 comments

Portland OR Filter: Suggest a local events magazine for a Portland newbie!
My friend recently moved to Portland, OR to go to grad school. I've sent her some guide books for the area, but I'd also like to give her a subscription to a weekly events-type magazine. I'm in NYC and I get a lot out of reading Time Out: New York -- listings of restaurants to try, shows to see, bands playing, etc. I don't think Time Out prints a Portland version, so I'm looking for suggestions from the masses here. Is there something similar to (or even better than!) Time Out:NY for Portland? Thanks!!
posted by ahimsa at 7:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Setting up subdomains for a LAN?
How do I give my computers subdomain names on my local network? For example, mylaptop.mynetwork.com, mydesktop.mynetwork.com, momslaptop.mynetwork.com, kids.mynetwork.com and so on? Do I have to set up some kind of local DNS or is there an easier way to do it in the router? I am not concerned at this point about being able to access the subdomains from the WAN although that would be handy later. It's the LAN I'm interested in. (Obviously I am using Bonjour right now but for I want to use the subdomains too). I own mynetwork.com and it points to a static IP. My LAN router is firewalled behind that. It's a WRT54G running DD-WRT. I have a spare computer I could run DNS on but I'd rather not have to do that. Everything is Macs running OS X, mostly Leopard.
posted by unSane at 7:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Where should I eat while doing jury duty in Jamaica, Queens?
Where can I get a good cheap lunch in Jamaica, Queens while I'm on jury duty? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 7:29 AM PST - 4 comments

This flu tastes terrrible
I am on the trailing edge of a bout of flu, and I have a persistent bitter taste when I drink any fluids. Doesn't seem to be there when I eat things, only drink them. Has anyone else experienced this? When do I get my taste-buds back?
posted by mzurer at 6:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Predecessor/Teacher of Archimedes?
Greek history: one of Archimedes' predecessors? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 5:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Treatment for a child's ear infection?
My first-grader has pain in his right ear. It was keeping him up last night but the pain went away after a dosage of Tylenol. For the past week he's had a cold but the ear pain began just last night. Does anyone have advice for how to proceed with this thing I suspect is an ear infection? Our clinic is closed until Monday, and that is also the earliest I could get him to his chiropractor (he sees one since he painfully overextended his back on a waterslide last summer--but I hear chiropractors can help with ear infections too).
posted by mamaraks at 5:37 AM PST - 14 comments

What's the difference between romantic behaviours and loving ones?
I'm trying to define the difference between a loving, helpful action and a romantic action. How would you define romance, and what would you consider to be romantic? [more inside]
posted by purplesludge at 4:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Life at George Washington University for foreign students
Young New Zealand girl seriously wants to go to George Washington University to study a Masters of Forensic Science next year. That's all I know. That's pretty much all she knows .....but she wants to know more. What should she know? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 3:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Why do some actors use their own names in TV shows?
Why do some actors use their own names in TV shows? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 3:26 AM PST - 31 comments

Stomach acid and infiltrates in the lungs?
When do you need to start worrying about acid reflux and your lungs? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 12:10 AM PST - 2 comments

January 25
Are there any Amtrak stations that have trailheads nearby?
How can I use Amtrak to get to a good backpacking spot? [more inside]
posted by andythebean at 11:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Asked for too much at job interview - help!
I just asked for too much at a job interview. Did I screw up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:24 PM PST - 23 comments

How To Know If A Subletting Offer Is A Scam?
What's the best way to find out who owns an apartment in New York City? A relative of mine has been offered a sublet, but the circumstances seem very shady. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 PM PST - 7 comments

My best friend's girl on my other best friend's knee
So I saw a best friend's leg adorned by another best friend's fiance's hand. This is not the first time I have witnessed this, but it is the first I have independent verification. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 PM PST - 24 comments

I need help
I now have a week before I start work and I am really, really desperate to quit smoking once and for all. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 11:16 PM PST - 32 comments

things change, sometimes.
Help me plan a really romantic date... [more inside]
posted by Acari at 10:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Have iPod. Will travel?
I'd like to start listening to my podcasts in m'car. [more inside]
posted by tcv at 9:19 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I get Saturn to take this potentially dangerous car off my hands.
Car systems randomly shut down a week and a half after purchasing it. How can I get the dealership to take it back? [more inside]
posted by Becko at 8:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Gotta Hava Waway out...
I'm in somewhat-central New Jersey on business. I just found out that I will be stranded in a hotel all weekend and would much rather get to Manhattan, Atlantic City, anywhere but here (there is literally nothing here, the nearest Wawa is like a five-minute drive). I know the region in general has great train service, but have a couple of questions about it. [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx at 7:54 PM PST - 24 comments

Nonintuitive and Seamful
Brand new iMac -- After I set up Parent Controls on a new account, my dashboard disappeared. I can't get it back. I found a long thread on the subject at apple.com, but none of the solutions worked for me. So - here is my question about Time Machine... [more inside]
posted by crapples at 7:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Chewing gum stuck inside the dryer
How do you get a good amount of chewing gum out of a clothes dryer most efficiently. [more inside]
posted by prodevel at 7:23 PM PST - 10 comments

How to work with a heavy bag?
Newbie--never thrown a punch before--wants to work out with a heavy bag... [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 6:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Oranges make me sweat. You? Know why?
Oranges make me sweat. You? Know why? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 6:32 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I write better short stories (science fiction)
How can I write better short stories (science fiction) [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 6:24 PM PST - 20 comments

"i" have no iDea
Why does everything start with an "i" ... like "iFrame" or "iPod"? What the hell does the "i" stand for?
posted by GIRLesq at 6:07 PM PST - 34 comments

Feed Me
I'm living in a motel for another week and am tired of only having carry out food. What kind of yummy food can I make to feed myself? I have a microwave and a small fridge and access to a grocery store but would like to avoid buying too many supplies that I won't need in a week. Thanks!
posted by nalyd at 5:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Cold kitten at the door
It is freezing outside, and I just took inside a kitten (about a foot long). What do I have suitable for food beside milk that would not harm it? What can I improvise for a litter box? I do not want to go out shopping for cat stuff tonight.
posted by francesca too at 5:54 PM PST - 21 comments

Do I tell my boyfriend I know his ex-wife?
Do I tell my boyfriend I know his ex-wife? Their separation was particularly messy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:37 PM PST - 28 comments

People are not Pokemon. Stop trying to keep them all.
How can I reign in jealousy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Wrong Impression
Want to be friends, but not be seen as too close at work. How do I tell her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can we go bushwalking near Melbourne?
Where can we go bushwalking near Melbourne that is accessible by public transport? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot at 5:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Books behind a Bush?
When President Bush is speaking from the White House, there is a shelf with several books behind him. What are the titles of these books? Do they change with different Presidents? [Will edit if I can find a screencap, doesn't seem to be one on the internet.]
posted by sperose at 5:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Positive, "universal" Yeats poems?
I'm seeking a W.B. Yeats poem that's as "positive" and as "universal" as possible -- specifically, that doesn't talk about death, or aging, or romantic love -- and that isn't spoken by, or addressed to, one individual who's clearly female or male. [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 5:01 PM PST - 10 comments

"Last Man on Earth" Stories
I'm looking for stories involving "last man on earth" type scenarios. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 4:27 PM PST - 69 comments

Need 80/20 Housing Help
Need help with an 80/20 housing issue gone mad. [more inside]
posted by plinth at 4:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Tell me where to go.
What are some amazing adventures, anywhere on the planet, that take around 3 months to do? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 4:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Help my thirsty skin clear up!
Are there any good skin care products for people with very dry skin and breakouts? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn at 4:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Fun with banking call centres (not).
Help! What 'eight digit' number regarding my Visa credit card are the Abbey National call centre trying to get from my fiancé? We're in the UK. [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft at 3:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me define a job role or career path based on my interests.
What jobs or careers match my interests? [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 3:45 PM PST - 11 comments

19" LCD (1440x900) + (?) + eMachines T2862 = crisp, clear, monitoring
Please help me fit my new monitor to my crappy old computer. [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 3:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Why should I be generous?
Why should I be generous? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 3:31 PM PST - 80 comments

Books for beginning woodworking
What are some good beginner's level woodworking books that don't require any/many power tools? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 3:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Broom of the system
Giant, multi-faceted, possibly-career-making project about to begin. How to reorganize my workspace so I completely kick ass, take names? [more inside]
posted by Mrs Hilksom at 3:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Quote about pointless struggle against insurmountable injustice
I am looking for a quote that I heard or read recently, something along the lines of "It is pointless to struggle against overwhelming injustice; it is worse not to struggle against it" or "You ask how it is that I can expend effort fighting against an unchangeable, unjust system? I ask how it is that you can live with not doing so." I'm looking for the exact quote, and the book or essay or what-have-you in which it originally appeared that I can read for some context. [more inside]
posted by mistersix at 3:01 PM PST - 9 comments

How many people are involved in building the Shuttle?
About how many people, including contractors and their employees, are involved in building the space shuttle? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 2:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Any Good User Support Groups for ACT! by Sage Software?
Any Good User Support Groups for ACT! by Sage Software? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ at 2:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Bay Area (horse) Riding School?
Looking for SF Bay Area equitation schools (wanna make with the horse-riding). [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 2:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Need to find a bar in DC to rent for a Superbowl / birthday party!
I'm looking for a bar in DC to rent out next Sunday for a combination birthday party / Superbowl party. The U Street / Adams Morgan / Dupont area is my ideal goal, but if you have the perfect location elsewhere in DC, throw it in here. [more inside]
posted by inigo2 at 2:31 PM PST - 7 comments

I got the blues, baby
1. Is blue antifreeze special? 2. If the coolant reservoir is half-full, can I keep driving until I can get what I need? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:30 PM PST - 12 comments

How to verify state-issued sales certificate/tax ID?
How do you verify a state seller's permit/resale certificate and/or tax ID for US businesses? [more inside]
posted by boygirlparty at 2:18 PM PST - 1 comments

Elimination diet? etc.
Help me find someone in the SF Bay Area (esp Berkeley) who can coach me through an elimination diet. Also, know anything about the Clearvite detox program or www.foodintol.com? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Let's play master and servant... all day long.
Someone close to me has a D/s lifestyle. Are there readings/websites I can check out to give me a better understanding of these things and help me come to terms with my worries? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:03 PM PST - 24 comments

Chevrolet Tracker Spark Plugs
Changing sparkplugs: I have a 2003 Chevrolet Tracker, with an unusual ignition coil setup, and I want to learn how to remove the coils and access my plugs. (Pictures inside) [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 2:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Constant corruption - and I'm not even talking about the government!
I have a few mysql tables that keep repeatedly getting corrupted - help! [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 1:42 PM PST - 12 comments

What's recommended to consume right after a work-out ?
What should i consume immediately after a work-out ? If i'm not a fan of powdered protein ? [more inside]
posted by hboogz at 1:31 PM PST - 28 comments

Jailbreak the iPhone
I want to jailbreak my iPhone... [more inside]
posted by kaozity at 1:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to buy a classic Brake for Moose bumper sticker?
I'm stuck in southern California, but I long to assert my NH roots with a "Brake for Moose: It Could Save Your Life!" bumper sticker. Trouble is, I really really want the classic yellow one, and I can't find it for sale anywhere. Help me save moosey lives!
posted by ilyanassa at 1:15 PM PST - 7 comments

What tequila should I buy in Mexico?
What tequila should I buy in Mexico? [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 12:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Steve Albini's guitar sounds?
How does Steve Albini get those metallic guitar sounds so badassedly made famous in Big Black, Rapeman, and Shellac? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 12:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Wireless AND Wired networking issues
Yes I have read all these wireless router problems . I'll try and make it more interesting.... [more inside]
posted by Papa Mango at 12:25 PM PST - 7 comments

TrueType (.ttf) or OpenType (.otf) font file rename utility for Mac OS X?
Does anyone know of a TrueType (.ttf) or OpenType (.otf) font file rename utility for Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by bigt83 at 11:58 AM PST - 9 comments

I know plantar fasciitis and you, sir are no plantar fasciitis.
The medial side of my ankle hurts during the first two minutes of walking around each morning. The pain quiets down after 2 minutes or so of moving around. I've had plantar fasciitis before; this feels different. [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 11:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Sydney Hostels & Apartment
Sydney questions: Which Sydney hostel should i stay at for international orientation week at University of Sydney? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Are there any decent Chicago gyms without yearly contracts?
I'm being a very bad transhumanist by letting my body get so unhealthy over the last few years. I'd like to fix that; having just moved to the Chicago area, I'd like to find a decent gym to start working out in. My fear, however, is that I'll run into the same issue I've encountered before: signing a year contract only to let my attendance taper off (ultimately never visiting at all in the last six months). [more inside]
posted by korpios at 11:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Tips for a long cross-country drive?
Driving cross-country (FL->WA) in a week and looking for advice [more inside]
posted by tkolstee at 11:11 AM PST - 28 comments

Scratch mine, and I'll scratch yours!
HELP!!! My boyfriend and I are bumpy and ithcy everywhere!!! Nothing helps and it's a terrible nuisance. What could this be and any suggestions for remedy? [more inside]
posted by NotInTheBox at 11:05 AM PST - 35 comments

Email Alias Creator: Does Such a Thing Exist?
Are there any free (and non-sketchy) services out there that would allow me to create an e-mail alias that would re-direct to 30 people? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 10:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Paper waste?
Don't publishers waste a significant amount of money and paper by including blank pages at the begining and end of their books? I have seen as much as six blank pages included at the begining and end of books. Now if the book becomes a hot seller and sells let's say 500,000 copies, that's 2 million blank white pages if it has as little as four blank pages. Don't publishers keep this in mind? Or is the cost of paper insignificant? The environmental factor should be considered as well as the monetary one of "wasting" so much paper.
posted by princeofpersiaxz at 10:51 AM PST - 22 comments

Podcasts audience sizes
Is there an easy way to find out the average estimated audience size of a specific podcast? [more inside]
posted by worker_bee at 10:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me get my images back online
I'm looking for software or a service that will spider my blog and return a report of all broken image links. [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 10:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Shock and awe and so many footnotes
EconomicPolicyFilter: I'm reading The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. It's making me angry, but I don't know whether it's making me justifiably angry. Is she right? Or is she terribly biased and distorting the facts? [more inside]
posted by heatherann at 10:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Atlanta dinner meeting locations?
My professional association wants to hold a dinner meeting at a restaurant or hotel near the Perimeter Mall area in Atlanta, Georgia. Does anyone have a suggestion of a good location that won't cost us an arm and a leg?
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead at 10:36 AM PST - 7 comments

What colleges offer a doctorate in comparative myth?
What schools other than Pacifica offer a Ph.D. program in comparative mythology? My Google-fu has failed me. I understand that certain institutions offer interdisciplinary studies that can be bent in the direction of mythology, as can certain programs in English. But I can't seem to find any that offer the richness of mythological courses found at Pacifica. Surely that isn't the only university out there!
posted by jackypaper at 10:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Yes, I'm taking the plunge
I'll be building a computer in a few months, and I have a few questions about aesthetics, case mods, and power supplies. [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 9:58 AM PST - 13 comments

How much can an 11-year old handle?
My niece's mom is an alcohol/drug addict. My niece has consistent contact with her mom over the phone. Did I do the right thing in letting her know about her mom's problem? If not, can I mitigate the damage I've done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 AM PST - 31 comments

War. What is it good for?
Is it finally OK to buy a Blu-Ray player? [more inside]
posted by uaudio at 9:54 AM PST - 36 comments

Road trip along the South Carolina coast
We're taking a road trip soon from Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina to Savannah, Georgia. What do recommend seeing along the way? Favorite food stops? Non-touristy interesting spots? Think boiled peanuts, not golf courses. [more inside]
posted by billder at 9:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Your job, our business
Has anyone ever been fired for choosing Microsoft? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 9:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Trust for minor in event of parent's death.
Is there a site where I can see actual trust language regarding a trust that would be created to hold an inheritance for a minor child until age 25. I have been to an attorney....they ask me what I want. I won't know what I want until I see it. There are many details that need to be covered like where the money is invested and how requests for money from the kid's custodian are handled.
posted by Pete1162 at 8:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Is going to a tanning salon a good idea before a tropical vacation?
Is going to a tanning salon a good idea before a tropical vacation? [more inside]
posted by browse at 8:30 AM PST - 27 comments

How to run a query in Excel 2007?
How do I group values by a variable in Excel 2007? Essentially, I want to run a query. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 8:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me not be allergic to my pants!
Suddenly I'm allergic to polyester. But.... a lot of pants and skirts and dresses out there have at least 5% polyester in them. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 8:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Tripped up by tipping.
We're coming near the end of a major kitchen remodel and we'd like to show our appreciation to the foreman/carpenter by "tipping" him at the end of the job. How much? [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 8:08 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I convert book, movie and video game titles into their ASIN?
Are there any web sites or programs that can convert a list of titles from books, movies and video games into their respective ASIN numbers from Amazon? [more inside]
posted by the biscuit man at 8:05 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I only run a task on one startup a day?
I need to schedule a task to run only on the first startup of each day. [more inside]
posted by edbyford at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Blowing my mind in Japan
How many ways can I blow my sheltered American mind while visiting Japan? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 7:27 AM PST - 36 comments

[fun filter] help us make the most of our "night out" in NYC!
If you had a night in Manhattan with your sweetheart, what would you do? Where would you go? [more inside]
posted by deejay jaydee at 7:25 AM PST - 12 comments

What suicide methods are common in different cities?
Is there a way to find out what suicide methods are common by city? [more inside]
posted by agregoli at 7:18 AM PST - 7 comments

The mystery of the open garage door
Why did I find my garage door open this morning? I haven't opened it with the garage door opener entry pad for several days, and I know it was closed completely the last time I used it. [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts at 6:37 AM PST - 21 comments

I don't want to be Danny the Downer
I have a tendency to focus on the negative, and to be really hard on myself. And in describing my life to people (namely, women) I tend to be overly self critical. I don't think this is working for me. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 6:24 AM PST - 28 comments

We were old....and now we're even older
My 4 friends and I had been planning a combination 30th birthday party to be announced as our "sesquicentennial" (that is...five thirty year olds = 150 years). Now, we seem to have added a sixth honoree to the party (six thirty year olds = 180 years). So....now what do we call it? My best guess so far is after the cut. [more inside]
posted by divka at 6:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Where to advertise a media job in North America and Aus/NZ?
I've recently been appointed editor of a UK-based computer/tech magazine and website, and need to hire someone to bring the team up to full strength. In the UK, the majority of media jobs are advertised in the Guardian's Media section on Mondays, and on its companion website. However, I'd like to advertise in in other English-speaking countries but don't know where to place the ad. [more inside]
posted by Sifter at 5:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me sell the family jewels.
(Posted for a friend:) Appraising and selling jewelry in NYC . . . [more inside]
posted by spitbull at 5:32 AM PST - 1 comments

Books on being the best trainer ever (it's that easy, right?)
Know of any books that can improve my training style? [more inside]
posted by lagreen at 5:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Wanted: a stats Gini-us
It ought to be possible (though I know it's going to be inaccurate) to estimate the number of people earning above a certain level using a given country's GDP and Gini Coefficient. Can you help me work through the details? [more inside]
posted by godawful at 4:34 AM PST - 5 comments

What are 1s and 0s?
What are the 1s and 0s of computers? I.e., in what sense is it true (and in what sense is it false) to say that there are 1s and 0s in computers? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 3:29 AM PST - 32 comments

Good mayo. Stat!
Please give me your tried-and-tested recipies for egg-free mayonnaise. I'm holding a dinner party tomorrow and have run into a problem. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 1:58 AM PST - 13 comments

New girl in town
I'm moving to Venice/Santa Monica and want to meet good, intelligent, normal people in my age group. How? [more inside]
posted by JJ Jenkins at 1:18 AM PST - 14 comments

How can a skinny guy find a slim-cut suit?
How can I find a small, very slim-cut suit, either online or in Nova Scotia? [more inside]
posted by ZaphodB at 1:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Why would someone pay $500. or more for an unmodified iPhone when they can get the same thing from Apple for $399.?
Why would someone pay $500. or more for an unmodified iPhone when they can get the same thing from Apple for $399.? [more inside]
posted by jorlando at 12:27 AM PST - 14 comments

January 24
*crash* Fortunately, we all had insurance. Which one of the three companies gets the claim?
Out of state rental car driver who paid for the Loss Damage Waiver backed in to us. We have his insurance information and claim number, and also reported the incident to our insurance company, which offered to cover damages to the car. We think we'd like to have repairs covered under the rental company's LDW. Do we have the right to choose who should foot the bill? And is this a good choice? [more inside]
posted by truenorth at 11:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to stay while attending SXSW?
I'm planning on going to SXSW this year. I'll probably stay for at least a few days, maybe a week. Where should I stay? How expensive are accommodations? How far in advance must I make reservations? Are there any popular alternatives to staying in a hotel? p.s. I don't drive.
posted by bingo at 10:46 PM PST - 7 comments

We don't let fuckups be bridesmaids in this wedding.
How to deal with not asking a close friend to be in your wedding because you don't think she's responsible enough? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 PM PST - 39 comments

It's been five years. Why do I keep thinking about this girl?
It's been five years. Why do I keep thinking about this girl? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Who do I see for a butt rash?
Never-ending, super itchy, flaky butt rash. What kind of doctor do I see? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Lonely at the table
How do I get my husband to the dinner table? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:11 PM PST - 47 comments

How do I cope with being in love with an older man?
I am very much falling for a (much) older man. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:10 PM PST - 26 comments

Why is the smoky eye popular?
Why is the "smoky eye" popular? [more inside]
posted by mausburger at 9:50 PM PST - 23 comments

I just want to save my web site locally
I'm willing to pay for a really good tool to save a copy of a web site locally, downloading through HTTP. HTTrack isn't quite cutting it, and I need CSS background images. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 8:41 PM PST - 18 comments

No luck on the dating scene.
Where does my friend meet a decent guy between the age of 47-55? She has tried the on-line dating service costing $100 to no avail.
posted by sweet tooth at 8:37 PM PST - 7 comments

SFO layover & dinner
Friend with three-hour layover in SF -- help me with dinner logistics. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 8:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Small mac app idea wanted
Are there any small Mac applications that you wish existed but doesn't? [more inside]
posted by jasminerain at 8:30 PM PST - 29 comments

iTunes/internet radio help needed
Is it Possible to stream internet audio to my airport express? [more inside]
posted by smithmac_99 at 8:22 PM PST - 3 comments

What are some good uses for spare smaller capacity SD and CF cards?
What are some good uses for spare smaller capacity SD and CF cards? [more inside]
posted by Cods at 8:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there a name for this film technique?
Is there a formal name for a part of a movie that shows the same scene 3 or 4 times, sometimes from different angles or in slow motion (or both)? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated at 7:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Organising a play space.
What options are there for tidying up a child's play area and creating a 'play space' within limited area? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 7:26 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I set up a shared blog that my parents can post to via email?
How do I set up a shared blog that my parents can post to via email? (caveats follow) [more inside]
posted by jcruelty at 7:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I buy Moravian spice cookies in Boston?
Where can I buy Moravian spice cookies in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by komilnefopa at 6:50 PM PST - 5 comments

No Sleep Till Pismo
[Romantic-Mini-Vacation-Filter]: We're off to the Central Californian Coast in a few weeks. What insanely romantic activities can you suggest? [more inside]
posted by numinous at 6:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Waking up too hot but not sweaty
What do I call this symptom- waking up too hot? [more inside]
posted by fructose at 6:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Need cell phone advice for a trip to russia.
Need cell phone advice for a trip to russia. [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 5:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Best way to store arbitrary form data?
What are best practices for storing arbitrary form data? More inside... [more inside]
posted by zackola at 5:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me hack in to my Font folder!
Can I install (and use) a TrueType font on my computer at work without having access to the C:/WINDOWS/Fonts folder? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 5:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Recommended German-language singers similar to French language singers
Which German language singers would you recommend for those of us like French singers such as Carla Bruni and Madeleine Peyroux. I tried Ute Lemper but she seemed a tad on the heavy and intense side. Definitely looking for that cool, jazzy feel.
posted by vac2003 at 4:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Most Pics Uploaded?
Which Flickr user has uploaded the most photos?
posted by mattbucher at 4:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Yakuza vs. Triad
Love the two main actors but War just did not do anything for me. Are there any other Yakuza vs. Triad movies out there that are worth watching?
posted by jasonspaceman at 4:27 PM PST - 5 comments

CarFilter: overdrive?
John O'Connor, install my Oscillation Overthruster! Or not? [more inside]
posted by GuffProof at 4:20 PM PST - 14 comments

ComputerFilter: Where did my option to hibernate go?
My computer used to have the ability to hibernate and sleep... now it is as if those options never existed. What happened and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear at 4:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me stop using plastic bags
I'd like to stop using plastic grocery bags, but I use them as liners in all of my garbage cans (including the kitchen, where stuff thrown in tends to be moist food detritus). Any ideas on what to use as garbage liners in lieu of the plastic bags?
posted by backseatpilot at 4:14 PM PST - 21 comments

Firefox Reloading on the Fritz
Why won't Firefox reload web pages after I receive a "server not found" message? [more inside]
posted by eswusp86 at 4:09 PM PST - 12 comments

What's the name of this sci-fi novel?
SciFi BookTitleFilter: Looking for the title of a juvenile sci-fi novel I once read, involving parallel dimensional travel. [more inside]
posted by Perplexer at 3:52 PM PST - 7 comments

What do our cat's paws suddenly look dirty?
Our orange tabby's fur looks a little dark and dirty in a few spots around his paws and claws, but he keeps himself clean and no the dirt doesn't show or come off when we wipe him with a wet paper towel. What gives? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark at 3:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Fondness of O.P.P.
Can you help me find funny graphs/charts to show in my university level statistics class? They don't have to be technically correct, I just want something to put onscreen while the students are coming into class. Stuff like this is ok, but SFW is preferable.
posted by arcticwoman at 3:04 PM PST - 25 comments

Multi line Text-to-column - A CHALLENGE FOR YOU!
How to "text to column" a cell with multiple lines in Excel? [more inside]
posted by keasby at 3:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Gino's Beautiful Timepiece
Where can I purchase a Gino Valle Cifra clock? [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Pinup Girl Bachelorette Party?
I'm planning a lingerie shower/bachelorette party with a pinup girl theme (e.g., Gil Elvgren, Art Frahm, etc.) Any ideas about how to work the theme into the evening? [more inside]
posted by ultraultraboomerang at 2:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Can you help me decide between (used) PDA's, Smartphones, Pocket PCs and the year 2008?
Can you help me decide between PDA's, Smartphones, Pocket PCs and the year 2008? I am looking most specifically for info on the Sony Clie PEG NX70V ... IPAQ 4350 ... and IPAQ 2215. But advice on any of this would be immensely helpful! I did search AskMeFi, but found only info for new equipment or old posts. I'm talking used equipment instead, older but able to keep up with current software stuff. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by thewhynotgirl at 1:47 PM PST - 21 comments

Best Windows TIFF combiner?
What is the best Windows TIFF combiner? [more inside]
posted by yesno at 1:46 PM PST - 11 comments

How much time does being a CASA involve?
How much time does being a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for children) really involve? This relates to Seattle/King County. [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 12:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Can a 1.1.1 iPhone be software-unlocked?
Can my iPhone, which was jailbroken and AnySim-unlocked with firmware 1.0.2, be made to function, jailbroken and unlocked, with any later version of the firmware? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 12:16 PM PST - 11 comments

I need to find my Adult Historical Graphic Novel Biography thing
When I was a kid (about 9-10 years ago), I came across what I can only describe as an Adult Historical Biographical Graphic Novel. I read it that one day and never found it again. More info in Explanation. [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 12:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Intro to Jung
What text(s) should I read for a substantial (but not daunting) introduction to Jung? [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Purple is a fruit
My sister has been a vegetarian for several years. She's contemplating eating meat again. Is there a safe way to do this that won't destroy her stomach?
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:52 AM PST - 28 comments

how to I make salmon behave properly?
How do I make salmon "cakes"? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 11:48 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I remind my professor to write that letter of recommendation?
Now that I've asked for all of my letters of recommendation for graduate school, how do I politely remind one of my professors that he had agreed to write a letter for me? [more inside]
posted by andeles at 11:28 AM PST - 15 comments

40 hours a week is a lot of your life.
Statistics-n-facts Filter: I have a whole bunch of queries regarding a variety topics. So far my search for answers has been fruitless, and so I was wondering if A) you happen to know the answers to the included questions and/or B) can refer me to a website that might be able to help? [more inside]
posted by mwachs at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

help me play my xbox on my desktop monitor
i am trying to take the RCA output from my original xbox, plug it into the RCA input of my Vista HP 'media center' desktop, and play xbox, watching on my new desktop monitor and listening through the audio out of the computers sound card. [more inside]
posted by gcat at 11:22 AM PST - 13 comments

What to buy my valentine while she's far away?
I need some long-distance-specific suggestions for a Valentine's day gift. I'm in San Francisco; she's in Australia. [more inside]
posted by autojack at 11:07 AM PST - 18 comments

Tax Withholding For Novices
We're looking for a good online tax withholding calculator. Our 2008 income will be much higher than 2007, and we've only filed jointly once before (newlyweds). [more inside]
posted by Lord Kinbote at 11:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Is the YMCA for me?
Please help me determine if the YMCA is the right fit for me. [more inside]
posted by waraw at 11:02 AM PST - 33 comments

Can I equip my lab with consumer refrigerators?
Buying refrigerators for the lab: is there a good reason not to go with consumer models? [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto at 10:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Management Staff, Manage Themselves
Help me manage other peoples projects.... [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 10:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Hey, "c000021a" to you too, buddy.
PC laptop diagnostics and repair in L.A.: Recommendations, please. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 10:50 AM PST - 3 comments

my limited gardening options, let me show you them
Where should I put my garden? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 10:37 AM PST - 12 comments

PDA that syncs with Outlook 2007?
Help me find a PDA that syncs with Office 2007. [more inside]
posted by brownbeards at 10:35 AM PST - 2 comments

To lease or not to lease ...
Two year lease (new, used or swap) vs. buying a used car with the definite intention of getting rid of it after two years? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 10:28 AM PST - 6 comments

child abuse and the statute of limitations
Questions about child abuse and the statute of limitations (unpleasant details inside) [more inside]
posted by prk14 at 10:23 AM PST - 19 comments

How to overcome fear of driving
How do you get over being paranoid about driving? [more inside]
posted by geminus at 10:12 AM PST - 28 comments

Cheapest digital camera with remote shutter?
I'm looking for the cheapest digital camera with remote shutter capability. Lets say under $400 (preferably much less). NOT wireless remote shutter, just a wire with a button. No other specs matter, I don't care about any other features. Extra points if the camera uses SD memory. [more inside]
posted by dujoducom at 10:06 AM PST - 6 comments

What electrical event killed my wife's laptop and printer?
What electrical event killed my wife's laptop and printer? We connected the printer to the laptop and...fireworks! [more inside]
posted by ransom at 10:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Nonphotographic memory
From my vague description, can you tell me what this form of photography is called? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 9:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Social Action Artwork
I need ideas for a visual representation of a human rights issue. [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis at 9:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Genre flick factory!
Has anyone ever attempted to estimate the total number of films made in Hollywood that we today consider film noir? What about other long-lived genres of the high era of the silver screen? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 9:43 AM PST - 6 comments

US tax rebate for nonresident alien?
Am I, a nonresident alien who is a "US resident for tax purposes", going to get the $600 US tax rebate check in 2008? [more inside]
posted by tabulem at 9:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Doctor Inventor
Doctor-friend wants to join a company that invents/designs medical devices in or around NYC. Does anyone know of any such boutique companies in the area that hire doctors? [more inside]
posted by Eringatang at 9:33 AM PST - 1 comments

How do you set up pub key auth for Dreamweaver's sftp client on a windows box?
How do you set up pub key auth for Dreamweaver's sftp client on a windows box? [more inside]
posted by jj27 at 9:27 AM PST - 3 comments

MS Excel terror
MS Excel terror. Data saved but it is still gone. Where - if anywhere? [more inside]
posted by ollsen at 9:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Why change the company name?
What are the advantages of a start-up company changing it's name? [more inside]
posted by gt2 at 9:18 AM PST - 7 comments

"I fart in your general direction." Please help us stop! The guy in my pilates class thanks you!
Ladies and Pilates - question about unintended sounds during class. I know it's normal but is there any way to clamp down to quiet down once in a while? This doesn't seem to happen as much during yoga, and it doesn't matter if I've had sex recently or not. [more inside]
posted by barometer at 9:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me decide what to charge.
Freelance filter: How much do I charge? I've not done this type of work freelance style before. [more inside]
posted by delladlux at 9:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Will sit exam for food...
Which jobs/careers require an examination as the starting point of employment? I'm not looking for careers that require some sort of professional accreditation like passage of a bar exam or certification. I'm thinking more along the lines of the old (in the US) civil service exam. I know all about the foreign service exam and am curious what else is out there.
posted by the christopher hundreds at 8:57 AM PST - 11 comments

VC Firm Interviews
Do you work in venture capital, or have you applied for a job at a VC firm? What was the interview process like?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 8:47 AM PST - 1 comments

Locals in Southampton, PA: Good Hotel Near Russian Baths?
For nearby natives, I want to know if there are good hotels you know of near the Southampton Spa in Southampton, Pennsylvania. [more inside]
posted by kalessin at 8:33 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I prevent Google from tracking my visits to web sites?
How can I prevent Google from tracking my visits to web sites that use their services (Google Analytics, AdWords, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Ø at 8:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Photo Directory in Excel
I'd like to create what amounts to a photo directory in Excel, and be able to sort by last name. Is this possible? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by uvaleg at 8:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Somebody's Going Japanese
I remember finding a link off AskMe for a young guy who taught himself Japanese through immersion at home, got a job in Japan, tried the same thing with Chinese? Does anyone remember this? Have a link?
posted by whitewall at 7:56 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I streamline editorial production?
How should I improve the our small publication’s production schedule/process? [more inside]
posted by BT at 7:53 AM PST - 3 comments

This would be a perfect job for an intern. If I had one.
MS Excel filter: I'm editing a huge spreadsheet and Excel doesn't like my zip codes. How can I quickly fix this? more after jump... [more inside]
posted by LiveToEat at 7:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Well t'aint a pardon, and t'aint attainder...
Two to three questions involving the pending FISA bill--specifically the immunity provisions. [more inside]
posted by dsword at 7:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me replace my S3IS with something a little beefier
It's time to upgrade my Canon Powershot s3is. I have a specific budget and feature set, and I am looking for some opinions as to where I should go from here. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 7:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Skull bashing for sport
What percentage of baseball bats sold are bought by people intending to use them primarily as a weapon or threatening object, vs. how many sold primarily for playing baseball? [more inside]
posted by Space Coyote at 7:13 AM PST - 30 comments

Multi blogg solution or platform?
We're a small daily paper out in the west. The boss wants us to host blogs, i.e. something where any user can come to our website and sign up for a blog, hosted by us. However, as the only mildly technical person in the office, it would fall to me to run and administer and frankly I'm not sure if that's possible, given the other duties, like laying out the paper and building ads. But I'd be remiss if I didn't investigate the possibilities, so can anyone recommend a multiblog platform (where anyone can sign up to get a blog) that's fairly easy to administer? I've looked at WordpressMU, but it looks like a headache to maintain.
posted by jmitchell at 7:11 AM PST - 16 comments

iBook randomly goes gray
iBook randomly goes gray... [more inside]
posted by brevator at 6:48 AM PST - 2 comments

old sad Christmas movie
Oldmoviefilter: Movie about 50 years old. Mother with four or five kids. Mother poor and dying. [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 6:23 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the best portable and self-contained PIM (Personal Information Manager) I can run on my USB stick / thumb drive?
I need to find a way to keep all of my various bits of information handy in one application on my USB drive - things like notes, to-do lists, addresses and project information - and would be very grateful for any recommendations or help you can give me :) ! I'm happy to pay for the right software so paid or free options would both be great. What I'm looking for is something that is... - Self contained: must run on, or from, the USB stick and not* require a webserver or apache to work (browser-based apps are fine if they meet this criteria) - Easy to use - Secure (a login would be ideal) - Searchable - Has checklists for my to-do items - Has the ability to write freeform text for project info / notes Do you know of a portable PIM or similar application that would fit the bill? A huge thank you in advance for taking the time to help me out :)! * Web servers, wiki's and Wordpress (so many w's!) are out of the question sadly since my work computer is in serious IT lockdown and I can't even change the apache port.
posted by katala at 5:41 AM PST - 12 comments

In seek of IT Asset Managemtn Solution
I need help finding a good, easy to use IT asset/inventory tracking software for my company. [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 5:36 AM PST - 10 comments

If I were really hitting on guys via Craigslist, at least I'd have better grammar
Can I do anything about a spammer using my e-mail address to answer ads on Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by korres at 5:14 AM PST - 17 comments

No more sweet music.
Say I wanted to fill the genre tags of my whole mp3 library automatically. Say I trusted the last.fm community enough to use the three most used tags for a certain song/album listed there (for example: New Order's Ceremony would get "80s" "new wave" and "post-punk"). Say I wanted to do this automatically. Say I had a Mac. How would I go about this? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 4:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Dust traps
Is there a SINGLE word in English preferably or in any other language for drinks or foodstuff that lay forgotten in the back of the cupboard / pantry not being used and just gathering dust?
posted by Parsnip at 4:20 AM PST - 26 comments

From pill-free to migraine-free
How long does it take to detox from pain meds, specifically those taken for migraines? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 4:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Apache: Subdomain Management
Quick Apachefilter Question: I have complete control over my setup. What is the best way to setup Apache to serve files from /home/domain.com/subdomains/of/level/arbitrary/an/ when an.arbitrary.level.of.subdomains.domain.com is requested? I cannot figure this simple one out for the life of me! [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 1:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Guitar repertoire recommendations
Please suggest songs of increasing difficulty I should master on acoustic guitar for entertainment, edification or attention seeking purposes. [more inside]
posted by hifimofo at 1:11 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me make a tall cheesecake.
Where can I find a 5- to 6-inch deep springform pan? [more inside]
posted by tihleigh at 12:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Can you spray paint a storage tub?
Is it possible to (successfully) spray-paint a rubbermaid storage tub that would sit outside and be exposed to the weather? Alternative suggestions for sprucing up a plastic storage tub welcome! [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 12:01 AM PST - 9 comments

January 23
Help me find a bandwidth monitor.
I'm looking for a freeware Windows bandwidth monitor that can be minimized to an icon sitting in the taskbar that displays a graph (think Process Explorer-style) of the up/down bandwidth. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 11:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Awake enough to like the song, too sleepy to remember the words.
Help me figure out the name of a song I just heard on NPR... [more inside]
posted by arianell at 11:03 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I figure things out?
I need some advice/encouragement/something. Am I really burning out at age 21? Big, melodramatic details follow. [more inside]
posted by ThomThomThomThom at 10:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Entering the field of sleep/dream research
My friend is interested in a career in sleep/dream research, but isn't sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by historybuff at 9:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Office 2007: Why is the interface distorted?
Office 2007 (Professional Plus) filter: Why are the Ribbon and other program icons/interface disproportionately stretched? [more inside]
posted by fourstar at 9:18 PM PST - 2 comments

How to record phonecalls.
How can I record phonecalls taking place on my cell phone? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 9:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Rules of High Jump.
Did the rules governing the high jump change because of what gymnasts were able to do? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 9:12 PM PST - 9 comments

crazy people go to prison?
can a paranoid schizophrenic be put in prison for having an attack in a bank and tearing up the place? No one was injured, but I did destroy many tables, chairs and television sets before I was detained. I was having both auditory and visual hallucinations.
posted by DillonArt at 8:53 PM PST - 24 comments

Where can we learn to make cheese near Chicago?
Where should we go for a long weekend within a few hours of Chicago to learn the art of cheesemaking?
posted by melodykramer at 8:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I refinance my auto loan
Is it worth refinancing my auto loan since the Fed made a cut? My current interest rate is 3.90%, can I do better than that, and if so, where?
posted by mgrimm at 8:07 PM PST - 12 comments

How to craft a programmer's lens?
Help me think in terms of programming metaphors. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan at 7:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Installing perl in a user folder
Does anyone have any experience with or tips on installing Perl without root privileges? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 7:37 PM PST - 9 comments

A word for the emotion you don't feel?
Is there a word for: expecting to feel grief or ache of conscience and then not feeling it? [more inside]
posted by coizero at 7:36 PM PST - 22 comments

crate?
my room mate just got a dog and wants to pick up a crate. She has a few questions .... [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 7:15 PM PST - 23 comments

flash picture viewer
I need to make a presentation of some photos. I use a MacBook pro. I need some sort of Flash picture viewer, something slicker than iPhoto. It doesnt have to be for online, just something i can show people on the laptop. I have tried downloading Simple Viewer, and for the life of me can't get it to work. Is there something easier, with just a drag and drop your jpegs into a box style thing?
posted by cascando at 7:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me put wireless in my xubuntu
How do I get my linksys wireless USB stick (model: wusb54gc) working with linux (xubuntu)? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 6:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find baroque-rock music!
I enjoy the old Japanese goth band Malice Mizer, mostly the stuff from later in their career. I can take or leave their fancy outfits, but I like the musical style - this is a prime example: ( youtube video ) What other bands play music that is similarly 'cathedral rock'?
posted by thedaniel at 6:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me look good in a newspaper photo.
Help me look good in a photo accompanying a news story. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 PM PST - 15 comments

medical history
is there any way to know for sure if i was pregnant/miscarried several years ago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Why is my skin 41 going on 14?
Why am I, in my 40's, suddenly breaking out like a teenager? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you help me find some Warmbats?
Does anyone know where I can find a pair of Warmbat Gecko Grip Tall boots in New York City. Further explanation inside... [more inside]
posted by plep at 5:54 PM PST - 1 comments

Chemistry Peeps: Help my distillation please.
I'm doing research in prep for some small batch distillation of corn liquor/moonshine. (For educational purposes only.) Very specific question inside. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 5:52 PM PST - 28 comments

How to give others access to a folder on my computer?
What's the easiest way for me to host files for friends to download directly off my computer? I'm running Ubuntu 7.10. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 5:47 PM PST - 29 comments

Easiest pet fish?
I want to get a small aquarium. What are the types of fish that are the cheapest and easiest -- read: low maintenance -- to take care of in terms of feeding, changing the water, etc, but at the same time, are pretty to look at? Any additional advice on tanks/filters is welcome too.
posted by bondgirl53001 at 5:02 PM PST - 23 comments

Adoption by 2011, will I be ready in time?
I would like to begin the three year long process to adopt a child internationally. I am located in the state of Illinois. What kind of requirements will I need to fulfill through the homestudy? [more inside]
posted by aetg at 5:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Touch into iPhone via Crackberry
How can I use the data connection for my Blackberry Curve on my iPod Touch? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo at 4:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Is your name Michael Diamond?
How do I get creditors to stop calling me by mistake? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 4:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Christmas come late
What laptop should I buy for $2K? What should it come with? [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 4:33 PM PST - 35 comments

Can I have my favorite sneakers repaired? How?
Should I/how do I repair my favorite Puma sneakers? They're black leather with black suede on the toes, sort of like cap toes, but right where the suede meets the rubber sole they've gotten quite worn. I guess I must scrape them on the sidewalk often, right in that spot. Otherwise they're in good shape, the only decent commuter shoes I have. I could afford it, but I hate to buy a new pair already, it seems like such a waste of resources to just keep buying new shoes. Is there a way I could get them fixed instead? (And if you know a place in the DC area, that'd help too!)
posted by citron at 4:16 PM PST - 3 comments

What should I roll over my pension plan into?
What should I do with the $5k I have sitting in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas pension plan now that I'm starting a new job with no retirement plan to roll it over into? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 4:14 PM PST - 8 comments

SQL/DBMS ninjas please help! How can I replicate my current abilities at a new company from scratch?
Some colleagues and I will soon be leaving our current employer and starting a new company. How can I best replicate our current relational database/SQL abilities from scratch? [more inside]
posted by raz5 at 4:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Identify this blotchy skin.
Blotchy skin. Is this familiar to anyone? [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 3:57 PM PST - 3 comments

You suggest this book/piece of software/item to everyone in your field, so suggest it here.
What are the websites, software, books, desks, tools and errata you find the most useful and efficient for your work, and why are they so much better than the competition? Brownie points if they're good for students, and are free--but hey, list them all. [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 3:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Utah travel question
Where should we stay if we want to hit as many as possible national parks in Utah? [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 3:44 PM PST - 11 comments

health effects of low frequency sound
What are some reputable resources on the deleterious health effects of low frequency sound / vibration? [more inside]
posted by fleetmouse at 3:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Swim pool railing
Please link me to a picture of a hip and cool swimming pool railing.
posted by wallstreet1929 at 3:23 PM PST - 3 comments

...other than Auld Lang Syne...
I'm looking for those songs that, when they come on, everyone in the room starts singing along to...for inspiration, think the Tiny Dancer scene in "Almost Famous"...
posted by Ziggurat at 3:18 PM PST - 96 comments

SNL 1978
Where can I find an online video or audio clip of Steve Martin's monologue where he talks about "You can be a millionaire!"
posted by plexi at 2:50 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm no astronaut.
How can I give my girlfriend an engagement ring with a stone made of moon rock? [more inside]
posted by ben242 at 2:47 PM PST - 20 comments

How do you change a school?
Can you turn a bad school into a good school? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 2:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Cool fat girl clothes in Capetown?
Can you recommend a plus-size clothing store in Capetown? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl at 2:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Necessity of ® and ™ symbols?
Is it necessary to include ® or ™ symbols on every instance of a logo or brand name? [more inside]
posted by andreux at 2:27 PM PST - 6 comments

"Ratatouille" signage - English or French?
When I saw Ratatouille in theatres, I'm fairly certain that all the printed text in the film was in English. But watching my (Canadian, FWIW) DVD the other night everything was now in French. Is my mind playing tricks, or did Pixar alter the movie while I wasn't looking?
posted by Monster_Zero at 2:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Sprint smartphone with WiFi, Skype?
GadgetFilter: Searching for a smartphone that does WiFi and can run Skype Mobile, preferably for Sprint. Anybody tried this? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 2:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Fever at night, but morning's alright
When I'm battling an infection/virus for a few days, my body temperature climbs as the sun goes down. My village elders tell me this is normal. Why do fevers get worse after sundown, but subside in the morning?
posted by Mozai at 2:05 PM PST - 8 comments

ArchiCAD 9 on OS X 10.5?
Has anyone extensively used ArchiCAD 9 on Mac OS X 10.5? I'd like to upgrade to Leopard from Panther if I can be sure it will work fine, and I'd rather not have to upgrade to ArchiCAD 11.
posted by Prince Nez at 2:04 PM PST - 0 comments

How do you avoid staring at cleavage?
How do you avoid looking down cleavage? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 2:02 PM PST - 102 comments

Welcome to our website. Our hours of operation are 2:00pm to 2:05pm.
In the movie Paprika by Satoshi Kon one of the tropes was a website that would show specific content at a specific time. While I'm sure this is possible, is it easily implementable? Better yet, is there an downloadable script or somesuch that I can use on my website? Can a page be time-locked?
posted by lekvar at 1:35 PM PST - 15 comments

To question is human; to declare, divine
"How do we get to Jupiter? And do it cheaply..." [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 1:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for a wonderful short break near Bath, UK..
Can anyone help me find a wonderful short break near Bath, UK? [more inside]
posted by sann1657 at 1:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Online sharable address book?
I'm looking for an online, free address book that my partner and I can share -- so we should both/each be able to log in to access it, rather than it being linked to just one person's email address. Bonus if it provides a good way to handle address-book entries for, say, a married couple (i.e., two people in one entry), and bonus if the user can choose/configure which fields any given entry contains. Must be usable on a Mac, preferably w/ Safari.
posted by barefoot at 1:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Karting for old folks
Getting started in go-kart racing at an old (for the sport) age. Where to start? [more inside]
posted by machaus at 1:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Novice Travel Photography Crash Course
Novice Travel photography. I'm just learning how to use my fancy new SLR that wife purchased for, among other things, our big three week trip to Italy coming up soon. I've been before; wife has not. So having seen the things we are going to see, I want to make memorable pictures to have while she soaks things in. SO the questions is: what skills, techniques or tricks should I learn and practice with and what traveling issues should I be aware of with my camera and camera bag? (Italy advice also welcome.) [more inside]
posted by dios at 1:08 PM PST - 21 comments

state ID without proof of address?
Is it true that when I get a NY state non-driver ID card, they won't ask me to prove my street address? According to the DMV's list, my passport plus my social security card are enough to get me a state ID. Neither of those two things shows a street address (and I have no proof of my address, and I've never had a driver's license or non-driver ID). Does this mean I could just write my address (or for that matter, any NY state address!) on the form at the DMV?
posted by sparrows at 12:36 PM PST - 12 comments

I need corduroy!
Where can I find wide-wale corduroy pants to fit leggy thin me? [more inside]
posted by that girl at 12:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Building a URL with a Form via JavaScript?
Anyone have a JavaScript trick to create a web form that builds a URL to send users to a pre-populated search? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Emo movies?
Suggestions for movies, TV, or visual media that feels like a Dashboard Confessional song sounds? [more inside]
posted by squarefrink at 11:42 AM PST - 19 comments

Quicktime to high-res WMV conversion
I need to transcode QuickTime files for Windows Media Pplayer that works on both XP and Vista. I know macs like the back of my hand, but SQUAT about windows. [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 11:38 AM PST - 3 comments

How to file for unemployment benefits for temporary layoff
How can my husband collect unemployment benefits for temporary layoffs, in Illinois? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 11:31 AM PST - 7 comments

It's hard out here for a temp.
I’ve been at my current job – as a temp – for over a year. I want and need a more permanent job, but I’m concerned that my temp status might look bad to prospective employers. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:22 AM PST - 20 comments

Home Mechanics
Where can I find a site dedicated to modern or classic home mechanisms... [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I find a star-for-hire in London?
How do I find a list of publicists for stars of the theatrical stage or screen? Basically, I can be a hero if I can find celebrities currently in London, England recognizable to a Canadian audience. We need to hire them for a charming bit on our show... but the ones on our short list have not turned out. Therefore, I am now looking to get in touch with an appropriate publicist who has LOTS of clients and who can make suggestions as to who we should use, and then give them to us. [more inside]
posted by Elle Vator at 10:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Milblogging the Election
Are there deployed soldiers blogging about the US elections? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 10:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Gross Anatomy for the Layperson?
I want to learn gross anatomy. Help me find a cadaver. [more inside]
posted by minervous at 10:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Video about Asian fermented foods
Where to find an on-demand Korean Air video about Asian fermented foods? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 10:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Help a cheapskate pick a cell phone model and plan.
We've all basically acknowledged that Canadian cell/mobile industry players are wankers and price themselves waaay too high for what we get. So until they get their act together I'm going to be cheap on my next purchase/plan. [more inside]
posted by iTristan at 9:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Flash or HTML running locally with a socket connection?
I want to write a Flash or HTML Telnet client that would run locally in Windows. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce at 9:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a font for two mailing industry Barcodes...
Anyone know where one could find a free-to-use font for POSTNET barcodes and the new Intelligent Mail Barcodes? I can do my own encoding, but my supervisor wants the fonts installed for Microsoft Word. Any help is much appricated. :)
posted by TrueVox at 9:30 AM PST - 0 comments

Suppressing last.fm client in other Vista accounts
I share a Vista machine with my wife, and I use the last.fm client in my account. My wife isn't a last.fm user, but the client keeps popping up in her account and prompting her to sign up. How can I suppress this? The last.fm forums, strangely, are no help.
posted by futility closet at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Unique gift for Poppa
Giftfilter: please help me blow my sister's gift out of the water! [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 9:14 AM PST - 8 comments

What GPS unti lets me add contacts from a PC?
Help me find a standalone user friendly GPS unit that can have addresses or contacts loaded from a computer. [more inside]
posted by imjosh at 9:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Good DC-area mechanic?
Anyone have recommendations for a good mechanic in the DC/MD suburbs area? [more inside]
posted by averyoldworld at 8:56 AM PST - 14 comments

What makes a good classical recording?
What makes a good classical musical recording? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 8:42 AM PST - 11 comments

URLs with ampersands (&) screwing up my website database calls.
URLs with ampersands (&) screwing up my website database calls. [more inside]
posted by arrowhead at 8:38 AM PST - 7 comments

How to choose a real estate agent after interviewing several?
Help me choose between realtors to sell a condo.

We have about six months to sell our condo, and have interviewed three real estate agents. All have experience in the area and a good sales record, all market with detailed listings on the main sites, but have somewhat different approaches. How do I decide? [more inside]
posted by Mr Bunnsy at 8:28 AM PST - 20 comments

How strong of a coffee can I make?
CoffeeFilter: Will recycling coffee through my coffee maker create a Super Coffee? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 7:50 AM PST - 44 comments

In investing, what is a structured note and what is it good for
Can you explain Structured Notes to me? Somebody suggested these as an investment vehicle that minimizes risk while magnifying the potential for gain. That's the kind of talk that makes my BS meter go off, and searching online produces a bunch of investo-speak that's probably clear if your a finance person but seems designed to muddy the waters of understanding for everybody else. Using non technical language, can you tell me what they are, what/who they're good for and what/who they are wrong for?
posted by willnot at 7:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Since the weekend, everytime I swallow I get an intense pain in my esophagus. What's that about?
Since the weekend, everytime I swallow I get an intense pain in my esophagus. What's that about? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 7:37 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me get OSX and Debian (under VMWare) playing nicely together for web development
Trying to set up a development environment on my Macbook (running latest Leopard). I have VMware fusion running Debian etch, set up perfectly with the requisite LAMP stack. The problem is, I'd like to have Debian's /var/www/ available to OSX for actual editing. I've tried setting up NFS, but to no avail (though I'm admittedly novice at this sysadmin stuff). [more inside]
posted by inkedmn at 7:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Airline Woes: When should airline passengers expect compensation in the form of tickets or otherwise from an airline?
Airline Woes: When should airline passengers expect compensation in the form of tickets or otherwise from an airline? [more inside]
posted by boots77 at 7:11 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me with seasonal powerpoint backgrounds!
I need 4 backgrounds (ideally of the same scene) for powerpoint each depicting one of the four seasons. They are to be the backdrops for a skit where two people meet at a bus stop regularly to chat. AskMe, can you help?
posted by pinksoftsoap at 7:11 AM PST - 5 comments

how do you keep fingernails clean?
how do you keep fingernails clean? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 6:47 AM PST - 17 comments

"Double Vision" is not a good song
Please help me describe (diagnose?) my vision problem for the next ophthalmologist I see... [more inside]
posted by ohdeanna at 6:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Computer monitor turning off from 11:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Why does my computer monitor "go dark" between 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. each day? During that time, I've tried unplugging both the monitor and the computer and turning them back on. I've also tried moving the mouse, hitting keys on my keyboard, and pushing every button on the monitor. Restarting the computer (by unplugging it and plugging it back in) causes the computer to make noises like it's rebooting. But the monitor still stays black, as if it were in power save mode or something. Pushing the monitor's power button doesn't do anything except change the light on the monitor from yellow to green. It'll automatically turn itself back on around 8:00 the next morning. Frankly, I'm out of ideas here. Help? [more inside]
posted by gd779 at 6:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Why does a box fan scare my dog?
Why is my dog freaked out by my box fan? [more inside]
posted by dehowell at 5:39 AM PST - 5 comments

getting tea smell all over the place
What's the best way to get the smell of tea in the room or all over the House? [more inside]
posted by kall at 5:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Alternative (to Itunes) music transfer service for the Ipod Classic that doesn't suck?
Alternative (to Itunes) music transfer service for the Ipod Classic that doesn't suck? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 4:41 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I play DDR without upsetting the neighbors?
I'm in a second floor apartment with touchy neighbors. How do I play DDR more quietly? [more inside]
posted by ®@ at 3:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Recommend a brand worth researching
MeFites, please recommend a specific brand (a product or service, not a company) with easy access to key market information such as market size, market share and competitive scope. [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 3:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Historical revision filter
After watching BBC Horizon last night (a copy of the Prof. Hebb sensory depreivation experiments of the 60’s) a past thought came back to me. I am fascinated by double (and in the case of Agent Zigzag triple) agents – Philby, Burgess, Ames, Gordievsky…the list goes on and on. I recall reading George Blakes book ‘no other choice’ and remember being profoundly struck by the both psychological and physical torture he received for a period of three years during his captivity in Korea [more inside]
posted by numberstation at 3:35 AM PST - 1 comments

Will someone marry my keyboard?
I've just bought a Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Keyboard 7000, which comes with the matching mouse (8000). It works great with my Windows XP computer, as long as the computer is on. Once I switch the computer off and attempt to restart, the Bluetooth connection is lost and the computer won't start, citing the lack of a keyboard as the reason. Only by repeatedly fiddling and resynching can I get the computer started up. Can anyone suggest how I bond these three devices in permanent holy matrimony?
posted by skylar at 3:29 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I shop for a psychiatrist?
Is it appropriate to shop around for a psychiatrist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 AM PST - 19 comments

Is a job in Education sheltered from the market?
I have just been offered a staff position at a large University of California campus. Given that my current job is with a small (employees<15) consulting company in the technology field, and given the current national (and global) economic situation; is a UC job more likely to be stable in the next 5 years when compared to one in a small tech company? Also, what's it like to work at a UC? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Best insurance in the Bay Area?
I'm a mid-20s male in the East Bay. I don't have health insurance, but am thinking about getting some. None is available through work. What are my best options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Girl Seeks Traveling Companions
Best clothing for traveling in South East Asia in April and May? [more inside]
posted by liverbisque at 2:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Do I need to reregister for Alabama's Primaries?
I'm thinking about voting in the Alabama primary. This is something I've never done before. I'm already registered as a voter. I didn't vote in the last election but I did vote in the two (presidential elections) before that. According to UAB's Kaleidescope, I should register by January 25th. Is this the same registration as the last time I registered (for the general elections)? Should I register again? Should I just show up at my voting location? I haven't moved or anything. [more inside]
posted by robtf3 at 1:03 AM PST - 3 comments

a knock on the nobbin
What did doctors know about the brain in 1945? How would you describe brain injuries at that time? [more inside]
posted by stray at 12:21 AM PST - 9 comments

January 22
Laugh lines are not funny.
I'd like your real-life testimonials for wrinkle treatments that actually work. Bonus points if your skin is brownish. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 10:51 PM PST - 14 comments

How did you get rich?
What did you do to change from poor to rich? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 10:39 PM PST - 55 comments

Brain go sleep now?
The back of my head is getting pins and needles / partial numbness like it is 'falling asleep' from the blood circulation being cut off. Does that mean the blood circulation is going to get cut off to my brain also? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 10:38 PM PST - 11 comments

spiderman spiderman
Just tonight, I saw this spider in front of my neighbors apartment. it didn't move, and I didn't want to make it move to be honest. Is that thing real? or am I terrified by a toy. I live in Connecticut if it helps to identify.
posted by caelumluna at 10:07 PM PST - 28 comments

How can I frame my check?
I just got a check from one of my personal heroes. Not a huge enough hero that I won't cash the check but how can I frame the photocopy I made? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 10:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Where to go in the Northwest for a wonderful anniversary?
What should we do and where should we go to make our 15th wedding anniversary one to remember? It's in early March, and we'd like to stay in the Pacific Northwest area. We plan to take a 3-day weekend, so a bit of a drive or short flight is in order. [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 10:03 PM PST - 13 comments

22 year old vegetarian convert needs help
I’ve been pondering becoming a vegetarian for quite sometime. This is more or less for ethical reasons but I suppose converting may also have an added health benefit. I’m in college and my diet is horrible. At 6 foot 180 pounds I’m not over weight, but I’m most certainly not very healthy with this type of diet. My current diet consists of mostly processed foods like hotdogs, chicken patties with fast food thrown into the mix 1-2 times a week. I’m ready for a change though and I’m looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by my_impermanence at 8:40 PM PST - 41 comments

Help make me angry
I need angry music to work out to. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 8:25 PM PST - 63 comments

Mid twenties male with medical dilemma needs some collective advice.
I'm a male in my mid-twenties, active, and have been for the most part healthy. A few months ago I started getting some strange symptoms, and pain in one of my testicles. I was uninsured so I went to the doctor anonymously and paid cash. His thoughts were it was probably just a standard infection, and gave me some antibiotics and told me to come back if the pain persisted. Around that time I also went to an anonymous city clinic to see if it could be an STD and everything up until then checked out OK. There was a test *Syphilis that I hadn't called back on for results, I did so today and they said the test was negative as well, but there was "something else was going on".. Apparently, the second part of the Syphilis test showed them this. I also asked again about the STD related stuff and they said all that was fine. [more inside]
posted by debu at 8:15 PM PST - 29 comments

Herbal Tea PLZ
Recommend me some strong herbal tea? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 7:55 PM PST - 27 comments

I love This American Life, but it's too long!
I need some short podcasts to listen to at work and the gym [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:31 PM PST - 20 comments

My lips or yours?
Can I kiss you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 PM PST - 61 comments

I'm pretty on the inside, now let me advertise.
Image Management: 21 year old female wants to be able to ease into the girly arts without killing her bank account, with near zero starting knowledge. (May be long, this is several questions around one theme) [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 7:14 PM PST - 45 comments

And who the hell is Mike, anyway?
For the past five days, I've been getting the same nuisance phone call three to four times a day: Phone rings, I answer. Male says "Hello, could I speak with Mike please?" and the line goes dead before I can get a word in edgewise. Caller has a vaguely Scandinavian accent, with the same inflection every damn time. I suspect it's a recording. What the hell is going on? [more inside]
posted by YamwotIam at 7:09 PM PST - 15 comments

What are the legal ramifications for the crew members of A&E's Intervention?
What are the legal ramifications for the crew members (camerapeople, producers, etc.) of a show like Intervention when the "stars" do illegal things? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 6:33 PM PST - 16 comments

How can my dreams of being a baseball player come back?
I need help finding goals and dreams for my life [more inside]
posted by stedman15 at 6:29 PM PST - 20 comments

Help! Shin splints.
Help, I think I'm getting shin splints! [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 6:01 PM PST - 11 comments

I need to move, when should I go?
I have been planning to move out-of-state for the last few years, and the time is getting closer, I'm almost ready to do it. I am currently on a lease for 2 more months, and I am going to the new state this week to check things out, go on some job interviews, and meet with possible roommates. But their are some problems that are making things difficult to coordinate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Is my male friend in an abusive relationship?
I'm worried that my male friend might be in some sort of abusive relationship. He's my best friend and seems to have been in a "spend all time with new GF and not call or visit friends" mode for 3 months, and we are all far past the teenage years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 16 comments

MARCH: Where to in the lower 48?
Where would you visit in the lower 48 during the month of MARCH for a long weekend? Through an airline bungle, I have two tickets to use. The whole trip will be 4-5 days. What events, conferences, shows, etc. are going on in MARCH that you would love to travel for? Alternatively, we could just do great "get away" spot that doesn't cost a fortune. Take me off the beaten path, folks. Show me the way. Background re ticketholders: He is an Apple geek engineer with a Pruis, she is an art/history buff and foodie that works in the legal field. Both live in Northern California.
posted by ohjustsayso at 5:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Western Australia - Perth or Fremantle? What to do when I get there?
I'm going to Western Australia and am trying to decide whether to find a hotel in Perth, or in nearby Fremantle. I want to be close to the best restaurants and sightseeing spots and am looking for an area with some charm and character. Which is the better place to stay? Any tips on cool places to see, eat, etc.?
posted by soulbarn at 5:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Furniture Care 101
Help me restore and properly care for my wooden furniture. [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt at 5:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me hear the difference
Software to ABX audio files (on a Mac)? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay at 5:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Any experience of a Zoom H4
I want to start doing my own recordings. Does anyone have any experience/information about a machine called Zoom H4? Its seems suspiciously cheap (here in Sweden) for what it proclaims to offer - 2 built-in condensor mikes, small and portable, fits in your hand, recording on 4 tracks, CD-quality sound, can run on batteries etc Is this what am looking for? Or are there some major drawbacks. This is a new area for me - so grateful for any feedback. [more inside]
posted by jan murray at 5:04 PM PST - 12 comments

ModFilter: nothing to do with xbox whatsoever
ModFilter: I've been dating a gal for under a month. She's great! Her birthday's this weekend. What do I get her here in Chicago? Hint: She's really into '60s mod culture. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 5:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Time to play the matching game!
I have an image that I believe came from the Internet. With the digital version of this image, can I search for it online? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 4:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Oh, Bloody Ell-Lay!
Where can one get inexpensive blood work-ups in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 4:46 PM PST - 1 comments

one signal bar, two signal bar. three signal bar, four?
i live two floors above the wireless router, and my powerbook can't get a strong enough signal. what's the most cost-effective solution? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 4:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Octothorpeia
Excel 2003 question -- why do some of my cells show ####### in the contents? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 3:45 PM PST - 27 comments

Where to find software developers looking for creative joy?
Help me find sites where I can meet up with other people interested in developing software for fun or for profit [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 3:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Alternatives to Hotspot Shield
My ISP (Pipex) seems to cripple torrents. When I use Hotspot Shield it seems to get around whatever they are doing and gives me reasonably consistently speedier downloads. But Hotspot Shield has a monthly usage allowance. Are there any alternatives?
posted by lemonfridge at 3:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can two granola dykes get hitched in CNY?
I'm seeking a wedding location in Central New York, the closer to Syracuse the better. Details beyond... [more inside]
posted by wg at 2:38 PM PST - 9 comments

HIPAA and a gap in coverage - help me decipher the law?
YANMLFilter: You're not my lawyer, but I'm going to ask you for help deciphering part of the HIPAA anyway. Specifically, the bits regarding pre-existing conditions. [more inside]
posted by CrayDrygu at 2:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me find the world that's "In a world..."
CuriosityFilter: We all know that movie trailers that begin "In a world..." became so common that those three words became an in-joke thanks to Don LaFontaine. I know many spoof movies (like the Scary Movie series) have spoof-type trailers that start out with the voiceover, "In a world...". How many trailers actually have used that voiceover snippet in the beginning un-ironically, and what is the most famous one? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 2:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Sawing boards sans garage
What set of power tools can I assemble that will allow me to build things out of wood and will store in a closet? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 1:52 PM PST - 23 comments

Yosigo's minimalist photos - how does he do it?
Really loving the super-wide angle, minimalist photo compositions of yosigo (Jose Javier) on Flickr. How does he do it? [more inside]
posted by junesix at 1:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Visiting New Orleans to Volunteer
I think that I'm going to visit New Orleans in a few weeks to enjoy some nightlife and some culture, and also to get dirty, work hard, and help out in any way that I can. Specific questions about my plan inside. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 1:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Gettin' ready for gettin' canned ...
My employer wants to fire me, but I've got a little time. How do I land on my feet before I'm thrown to the street? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:31 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I prevent change in access to my computer with a new server?
My computer at work is being changed to a new server - I'm concerned about tracking of information and lack of access. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me not get screwed by adding my house to the rental market in San Francisco!
How do I rent my house in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Advise me regarding my expensive laptop purchase.
I'm going to buy a really expensive laptop, and I'm scared. I would love it if some experienced MeFi computer experts held my hand a little bit. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 1:09 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can I get a good deal on a Mac Mini Superdrive?
The CD/DVD drive in this Mini is dead. What's the best place to buy a replacement Mac Mini optical drive? [more inside]
posted by GS1977 at 12:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Are there any terms for "atheism" or "irreligious" that aren't negative?
Are there any terms for "atheism" or "irreligious" that aren't negative? That is, don't mean that someone is "not a believer." It doesn't matter what language the terms are in or if they're archaic or coinages that never took root. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 12:58 PM PST - 46 comments

Please sir, can I have some more?
How many tons of CO2 should I be allowed to emit each year? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 12:45 PM PST - 7 comments

How to be a True Professional
What are the marks of a true professional? [more inside]
posted by PinkButterfly at 12:27 PM PST - 41 comments

Jewelry
Where to get jewelry appraised in NYC? [more inside]
posted by octomato at 12:18 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I get the data off of these iOmega zip disks?
I just found a bunch of iOmega zip drive disks (the 100 meg kind) in a closet as I was cleaning it out. Obviously nobody has those drives anymore... is there a cheap, easy way to get that back, or should I just throw them out?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 11:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Blood, guts and literacy.
What should I read after Jack Ketchum? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Ohhh. Made in Britain! [/moss]
Recommend me some British comedy, please. [more inside]
posted by jtron at 11:40 AM PST - 86 comments

What's the startup community like in Korea and Japan?
What's the startup community like in Korea and Japan? I'm sorta wondering how I can find out how many small businesses there are (and what kind of moolah funds them) in Korea and Japan.. but just the ones that are sorta "Web2.0" or have a mostly online business. Any ideas? Are there government resources that track private companies and categorize them that way? Thanks in advance!
posted by mhh5 at 11:38 AM PST - 12 comments

to pitch or be pitched?
Is it better publicity to write an article, or to be a quoted expert in someone else's article? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 11:36 AM PST - 13 comments

American citizen getting married abroad
We want to get married in Gibraltar. Among the documents we have to present to the registry office is a Certificate of Non Impediment which, from what we've googled, isn't a standard US document and is a requirement to get married in most European countries. Where can the future Mr. Dada, an American citizen, get one of these?
posted by lucia__is__dada at 11:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Preventive Medicine
Why don't insurance companies cover or help cover gym memberships? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 11:22 AM PST - 24 comments

Web Communities for Educators?
Web communities in conservative/educational climates: what are some good ones? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 11:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Is my landlord trying to screw me over?
[collegerenterfilter] My roommates and I were told that we were not eligible to renew our lease for next year. Can they take my security deposit? How will this effect my ability to get an apartment in the "real world?" [more inside]
posted by therumsgone at 11:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I Help Bail My Nearly Homeless Neighbor
My neighbor's husband is currently holed up at Riker's while his people are scraping bail money together... She's almost there and they both have asked me to cosign the bail bond or whatever it is... [more inside]
posted by eedele at 11:01 AM PST - 31 comments

Please help me find a temporary bike rack for my 1993 Saab 900 convertible.
Please help me find a bike rack for my 1993 Saab 900 convertible. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 11:00 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I get an "average" of several images?
How can I generate a "visual average" from a group of digital images?

A few years ago, I saw a BoingBoing post in which a guy had taken the pixel means of Playboy centerfolds for several decades. I'd like to use the same technique and am wondering if there's any off-the-shelf (preferably free) stuff that can do that.
posted by k7lim at 10:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Clothing/fashion analysis websites?
I enjoy watching What Not to Wear and find myself analyzing real people on the street through the lens' of Stacy and Clinton. Help me find a kindred website! [more inside]
posted by ml98tu at 10:39 AM PST - 14 comments

What to look for in a house share situation
Young (24) single female looking to sublet a room or share a house with strangers in a large US city. What things should I look for/insist on to maximize my chances of having a pleasant, safe, experience? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 10:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Safe pharmacies?
What are some safe online pharmacies to buy cheap generic drugs from? [more inside]
posted by anybirds at 10:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Plain backpack to carry MacBook
Need small-as-possible, simple backpack that will fit a MacBook. I love my little Eastpak bag (like this one) but it's not quite big enough. I want something that is super-plain in dark colours that is just big enough. It doesn't have to be padded or have a special laptop slot.
posted by maryrosecook at 10:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Need job. Need fun job.
[grownupfilter] What is the most unique job you've ever heard of - the one that made you say, "Damn, if I wasn't 5 years away from retiring, I'd TOTALLY do _________!" [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 10:05 AM PST - 70 comments

Can anyone recommend a great screen printer in the Kansas City metro area?
Can anyone recommend a great screen printer in the Kansas City metro area? (Lawrence is probably too far, but not out of the question.) Looking to do several small, high-quality, runs of 50 to 100 shirts. Willing to pay for great service and product.
posted by wmeredith at 10:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Crunches + Cardio. What more?
Are crunches and cardio three times a week going to get rid of undesired excess fat? And how soon can I expect results? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 9:58 AM PST - 29 comments

International Mail Forwarding Rec pls
Need a US mailing service that will forward my mail to South America [more inside]
posted by lapsang at 9:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Is my biological clock attached to a sex bomb?
One often hears about the mid-thirties "sexual peak" for women. I have some questions about that. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:37 AM PST - 23 comments

Video podcasts are supposed to be easy for everyone
I'd like a Flash video player of my video podcast on the web site, and a high-quality (960x540 should work) video file in the podcast feed. I'm currently using WordPress and PodPress to manage the feed and video. But I can see why some people who don't want to install QuickTime might not be able to see the show. [more inside]
posted by bryanjbusch at 9:35 AM PST - 1 comments

Help me get smart about smartphones
I'm looking to make the switch from a cell phone and PDA to a smartphone. You are not my personal IT department, but I'd love to hear your recommendations anyway. [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter at 9:17 AM PST - 29 comments

[CSS/Javascript] How do I create full page overlay ad that covers the page when user first enter (similar to news.com)?
How do I create full page overlay ad that covers the page when user first enter (similar to news.com)?
posted by parttimeninja at 9:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Blah, blah, blah: Help me find a website chat combined with internal chat software.
I'm looking for a web chat for visitors to my company's website... [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 8:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Can i read CSC (offline files)?
Can I crack the offline files windows creates in the winnt\csc folder? [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 8:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Relief for my dying Pug
My 13 year old pug has congestive heart failure, she's on Lasix and over the last few days her back legs have started to tremble very badly. [more inside]
posted by yodelingisfun at 8:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Stainless in DC
Where in the DC area would I get a custom-shaped piece of stainless steel for a kitchen countertop? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 8:20 AM PST - 2 comments

How to replace my Palm Tungsten E charger today?
I have lost the charger for my Palm Tungsten E. I know I can buy a replacement online, but I need to use my Palm quickly and don't want to wait for something to be shipped if I can avoid it. Most stores don't seem to stock the charger for the E, since it's an older model. My question: will the charger from any other Palm/Treo/Handspring model work with my PDA, and if so, what stores (in the greater Atlanta area) are likely to carry it?
posted by oblique red at 8:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Credit card cancellation consequences?
Posting for a friend: My friend was bad about paying bills on time for a credit card over a long period of time (multiple years). It's one of the major blemishes on their credit score right now and the issuer has just decided to cancel their card. The question is, how much will the issuer canceling the credit card be on my friend's credit score, and what can they do? [more inside]
posted by Eldritch at 8:14 AM PST - 4 comments

How do hotels get their artwork and how does an artist get his/her artwork into hotels?
How do hotels get their artwork and how does an artist get his/her artwork into hotels? [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 8:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Why can't my computer connect to the internet reliably?
I'm having an intermittent problem connecting to the internet, and the problem appears to be narrowed down to one computer, as others on the network are not affected. I say intermittent because if I click links or enter a url enough times, it eventually connects. [more inside]
posted by entropic at 7:56 AM PST - 13 comments

What's a Junior, when not a suffix?
When John Smith, Jr. has to fill out a form that has separate boxes for first name, middle name, and surname - and no box for suffix - where does the "Jr" go?
posted by Xere at 7:12 AM PST - 21 comments

Where to find radiator covers?
Looking for floor type radiator heat covers. Where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by fox_terrier_guy at 7:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I vote in the primary at home or abroad?
I currently live overseas but am registered to vote in Texas. If I want to help Obama's campaign the most, should I vote in the 4 March Texas primary, or the 12 February Democrats Abroad primary?
posted by grouse at 6:09 AM PST - 12 comments

hotairballoon not eco/green
Hot Air Balloons - Not Eco, Not Green - I find them noisy and a waste of gas - am I alone? has anyone got the science? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 6:00 AM PST - 12 comments

The vault of imaginary movies?
Did I imagine that reference? Cloverfield got me thinking. Someone somewhere perhaps mentioned to me many years ago another "fake visual document" movie, this one involving a tv crew, a lake, a monster (or just a vague mystery?), and it might have been shot in black and white (perhaps to fake olden times?). Treat all preceding details as suspect, but feel free to go wild giving it a go. [more inside]
posted by Iosephus at 5:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Pat-Smoking
Pot-smoking etiquette: when someone smokes you out, how long are you obligated to hang out with them? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 4:12 AM PST - 22 comments

Need fake beans, need hot, fake beans.
Beans! I want to make a microwavable beanbag, something that I can nuke for 30 seconds or so and wrap warm around my neck - but I don't want to use beans. [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 1:02 AM PST - 28 comments

The tip of the tongue, taking a trip to the foreignerland.
I am in a search of a program that will help me memorize words... [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix at 12:51 AM PST - 14 comments

They are called Perfectly Normal Beasts because otherwise this would seem a bit odd.
Is the migration of the Perfectly Normal Beasts based on a real world occurrence?
posted by sushiwiththejury at 12:31 AM PST - 6 comments

January 21
Can I show you my exquisite collection of etchings?
What's the origin of/meaning behind the idiom of inviting a lady to inspect one's collection of etchings as a (euphemized/veiled?) sexual proposition? [more inside]
posted by juv3nal at 11:24 PM PST - 15 comments

What is the practical difference between a spinning and 'regular' stationary exercise bike?
If you take away the typical circumstances of a spinning/indoor cycling class (energetic music/instructor) what is the actual practical difference between a spinning and a regular stationary bike? [more inside]
posted by dinkyday at 11:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Greenhouse gas emissions per kg of fossil fuel
Given that, say, 100kg of fossil fuel is used in the making of a certain consumer product, I am interested in knowing - roughly - how much greenhouse gas emissions this might produce. Anyone know off-hand? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 10:49 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the best way to prove ongoing transit for the purposes of Thai immigration for the least amount of money?
What's the best way to prove ongoing transit for the purposes of Thai immigration for the least amount of money?
posted by matkline at 10:47 PM PST - 13 comments

What's sliming my carpet?
There are wee slime trails on our carpet every morning. What's making them and how can I get rid of them (preferably without nasty chemicals...) [more inside]
posted by xz at 10:25 PM PST - 23 comments

What is this smelly fungus?
Can anyone help me identify a mysterious plant or fungus from my childhood? [more inside]
posted by robstercraw at 10:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Medic alert bracelets are the new black.
Help me find a medic alert bracelet that doesn't suck. [more inside]
posted by ncc1701d at 10:01 PM PST - 16 comments

What are the best Wii games for klutzes?
What are the best Wii games for klutzes? I'm looking for games that rely primarily on gross motor skills for kids and adults with limited fine motor ability, which are still fun to play. Big successes so far have been Wii Sports and Excite Truck. Notable failures are Cooking Mama and Raving Rabbids. Extra points for an E or E-10 rating. What games do your recommend?
posted by moof at 10:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Where could I learn glass blowing in Melbourne, Australia?
Is there anywhere I can learn glass blowing in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 9:51 PM PST - 3 comments

If I were a lawyer, I would do...what, exactly?
What exactly would one do as a lawyer with a background in international law (specifically human rights, refugees issues, things of that nature)? [more inside]
posted by naoko at 9:38 PM PST - 8 comments

How to ship furniture
How do you ship furniture? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 9:38 PM PST - 7 comments

College Tour Packages
Are there companies or agencies that arrange college tours packages for parents and teens. I'd especially like a tour where they separate parents and teens (for part of the tour/info session) and customize the college info for each group.
posted by sandra194 at 9:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Self-referentiality is so meta.
I'm writing a book that is heavily self-referential. How can I place markers in some other part of the document (ex: "For more information, refer to "Foo" on page "Bar") throughout the entire document and have that page Bar change as the information anchor moves around? I'm using Google Docs, but I'm willing to switch software if need be. Solution needs to be compatible with OSX.
posted by SpecialK at 9:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Personal Statement Woes
Applying for a university summer school program, which requires a personal statement of 150 words. What could I say with such few words? [more inside]
posted by tickingclock at 9:33 PM PST - 12 comments

love?
I don't love the person I am married to. What can I do? I like my spouse but I don't 'love'. Is it wrong for me to stay with that person?
posted by Kilovolt at 9:06 PM PST - 31 comments

deciding to be a parent with chronic illness
Having kids or not when you have chronic health issues: how did you decide and come to terms with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Adjunct Instructor, Lecturer, Professor...?
My contract said "Adjunct Professor." My faculty ID card said "Adjunct Instructor." My paycheck said "Lecture/Adjunct." I never cared since this was just a two-year, part-time gig and I had no further interest in academia... but I do need to call it something in my bio. I don't have a terminal degree, suggesting and the contract was wrong and the ID card was right. I emailed the department; they said they'd check but didn't email back (I'll ask again). This was at a large private university in the U.S. I have to finalize a bio tonight -- should I just say Adjunct Instructor?
posted by anonymous at 8:49 PM PST - 25 comments

Stop my sump pump pipe from creating a fountain of ice next to my house
How can I repair my sump pump drainage pipes so that they'll withstand sub-freezing temperatures? [more inside]
posted by saffry at 8:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Med School Interview
Medical School Interview (MMI Style) Tips? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 8:35 PM PST - 1 comments

Density? I'm dense.
Is there a chemical explanation for the density of an element or is it simply an innate physical characteristic? [more inside]
posted by beta male at 8:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Long Lasting Gum - How?
What has changed chemically in the process of these "long lasting gums?" Before a piece of gum would be flavorful for like 10 minutes tops. Now, I can chew on these newer gums like an hour before they are not flavorful. What happened?
posted by bigmusic at 8:22 PM PST - 3 comments

SyncServ.exe problem
What is SyncService.exe? I have a real S--L--O--W computer on my hands, and I suspect the problem is SyncService.exe. I say this because I am running only my Firefox browser, nothing else, and my CPU usage is at a steady and consistent 100%. [more inside]
posted by lometogo at 8:21 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I find out why games are dying on my pc?
How to get clue why programs are dying (XP)? [more inside]
posted by girlbowler at 8:19 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I move to Spain for a couple of years?
I think I want to move to Spain for a couple of years to experience life in another country. But, as a US citizen, I don't know how I would go about supporting myself over there. Can I get a job there? Should I become a student? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 8:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Pay at the Pump
Can gas station attendants access my credit card number when I pay at the pump? Similarly, can any normal cashier/bagger/checker/etc. at a store with a self-swipe console charge my account after I have left? [more inside]
posted by pheideaux at 8:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Why is McEnroe stopping me from picking up iron?
DamnTennisElbowFilter... Ok, I have tennis elbow in my left elbow. Got a cortisone shot (ouch!) about 3 months ago, but it's back...just let my elbow pain, there is... [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 7:35 PM PST - 6 comments

RAID-5 Array on a new motherboard?
Can a RAID-5 array created on one computer transfer to another computer, data intact? The kicker: different SATA controllers. [more inside]
posted by cameradv at 7:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Holy Blithering $#&! I'm standing on the #*!@ing moon
I want to share the truth of the Moon Landing with my friends... But the site is down. [more inside]
posted by johnstein at 7:00 PM PST - 7 comments

pass the lobster?
help me with an ongoing prank involving a large plastic lobster [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 6:50 PM PST - 38 comments

How to connect a Nintendo NES to a computer monitor?
I have an old school Nintendo NES that I would like to use with an LCD monitor. Is there an adapter for this or am I SOL? [more inside]
posted by whycurious at 6:35 PM PST - 11 comments

How long can I put off getting my wisdom teeth pulled without ruining my teeth?
How long can I put off getting my wisdom teeth pulled without ruining my teeth? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 6:22 PM PST - 38 comments

Need to help my 9 year old daughter make a toy using two simple machines.
Any ideas for a toy that is made out of two simple machines? [more inside]
posted by burhan at 6:18 PM PST - 8 comments

LJ 2100 to a 3500 - is there another way ?
Going from a LaserJet 2100 to a LaserJet 3500 has been disappointing - does that surprise LJ owners out there ? What should I do instead ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 5:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?
If someone is French Algerian, can they call themselves "Latin?" [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 5:47 PM PST - 25 comments

Indie rock travel in the southwest...good guides?
Looking for good online or printed travel guides featuring local indie rock venues in the American Southwest...any recommendations? Should I write one? [more inside]
posted by octavia at 5:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me choose a cell phone (AT&T)
What cell phone should I buy? I have AT&T. I had a Blackberry Pearl, and it just broke. I have not been that happy with it, so am considering getting a new phone. Text messaging is the feature I use most, aside from the actual phone. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 5:33 PM PST - 13 comments

How to send the "Windows Key" over VNC from from Mac to PC?
How to send the "Windows Key" over VNC from from Mac to PC? [more inside]
posted by sockpup at 5:19 PM PST - 3 comments

i'll have the same as caesar
Is it possible to find wines similar in style to what the ancient Romans would have been drinking? Or were their vinification methods so crude that no one bothers trying?
posted by steinwald at 5:18 PM PST - 10 comments

are buses really safe without seatbelts?
Is it significantly safer to ride in buses without seat belts than in cars without seat belts? Conventional wisdom says yes (for example, many buses don't even have seat belts, presumably because it's safe enough without them) but is this perception accurate? Sources or statistics are appreciated but not strictly necessary.
posted by lgyre at 5:15 PM PST - 20 comments

How to say thank you to a musician
What thank you gift to present to an unwilling interviewee? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 4:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Carbohydrate counts for specific wines? And which labels are lowest in carbs?
Carbohydrate counts for specific wines? And which labels are lowest in carbs? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 4:02 PM PST - 1 comments

Tarot reading books?
What is the best book on tarot, and on doing tarot reading? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba at 3:29 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I sue someone in small claims court across state lines?
Despite my very best efforts, I got scammed on eBay. Now my only recourse is to sue someone who lives in Chicago, while I live in DC. I know YANML, but can people provide me with an idea of how difficult and expensive this might be? I would need to be able to subpoena information from a couple of companies. [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 3:17 PM PST - 17 comments

That Whole No-Contact Rule Thing
What is this whole no-contact rule for breakups and does it work? [more inside]
posted by idle at 3:12 PM PST - 26 comments

Kitty questions of a miscellaneous variety
A couple of kitty questions...about microchips, tail behavior, table scraps, bonito flakes, and catnip. [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 3:04 PM PST - 22 comments

Best discussion/debate sites
Which websites are the best at conducting vigorous, intelligent online debates and discussions? I'm especially looking for successful examples of collaborative filtering; sites where readers can quickly sort the best posts/arguments to the top of the heap. [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 2:43 PM PST - 4 comments

English for non-native kids
Please, i need links to useful web sites geared towards teaching English for pre-school kids.
posted by Yiba at 2:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Delivery in NYC for Valentines Day?
I would like to have something fun delivered to my SO at their office on V-Day. What sort of fun things could I get delivered in NYC? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:32 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to marry her, but at what cost?
My girlfriend and I have religious and cultural differences. How can our relationship work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:30 PM PST - 48 comments

"You deserved better than that."
I have a date tonight with someone I blew off a long time ago. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 PM PST - 41 comments

Whatever you do, don't look at them on edge
What to do with a Rorschach ink blot set? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:27 PM PST - 22 comments

The cancer drug Sutent, and side effects?
I have a question about the cancer drug Sutent, and it's side effects, if anyone has any experience with it. [more inside]
posted by annieb at 2:10 PM PST - 5 comments

How does NPR's Road Trip work?
How does NPR's Road Trip application work? [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report at 1:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Web remote control
Best web server/language for running remote tasks? [more inside]
posted by mphuie at 1:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Romantic (lacto-)vegetarian-friendly places in Manhattan on the UES?
I'm trying to book dinner reservations on Valentine's Day in Manhattan, as the really nice places are filling up fast. Suggestions for romantic (lacto-)vegetarian-friendly places on the UES? Budget of ~$100 per person, pre-tip. A restaurant with lots of mixed drink and cocktail options would be preferable. [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack at 1:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Birthdate = legal signature?
We say, we don't owe it. They say, the birthdate equals a legal signature. Who's right? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Jandasmo at 1:49 PM PST - 23 comments

Finding candy corn in February?
Is there anywhere online where I can order candy corn off-season? [more inside]
posted by dismas at 1:45 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I get full functionality out of MMC?
Help me better use MMC (Microsoft Management Console) for server maintenance tasks. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 1:42 PM PST - 1 comments

Help me think up ways to soup up my tricycle riding experience.
Help me think up ways to soup up my tricycle riding experience. [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 1:34 PM PST - 28 comments

What's going on with the outside of my knee?
I have this recurring, temporary knee issue which happens and I'd like to know what it is and how to avoid it. [more inside]
posted by ktoad at 1:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Do allergens decay/die?
How long does an allergen remain allergenic? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 1:21 PM PST - 3 comments

IE6 css postioning bug
I am trying to get pure-css sidenotes to work, and have run up smack against a IE6 (but not 7) css-bug. [more inside]
posted by signal at 1:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Residuals for the working man
If Steve Guttenburg never, ever worked again, how much money would he earn yearly? [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy at 1:09 PM PST - 21 comments

How to sync Palm and Google Calendar on Linux?
How can I sync my calendars with linux. [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA at 1:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Birthday gift from college
My brother is turning 10 next week and I'm at a loss for what to get him. He got all the stuff he wanted for Christmas and I want to give him some sort of experience. In the past I took him out to lunch and to the German import store to buy candy and just hung out with him for an afternoon. Problem is, this year I'm off at college in another state. What's something we can do together without actually being together? My budget is about $20.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 12:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me set my vodka free!
I bought a 750mL bottle of Vodka from Safeway. The cashier forgot to remove the black plastic security alarm topper from it. Boo! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 12:25 PM PST - 29 comments

What are those newspaper holders called?
What are those french-cafe-looking newspaper holders called? You know, the kind that holds a newspaper in a stick that can then be hung on the rack?
posted by gilgamix at 12:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Reckless Birthday Fun: The Mad Hatter
Does anyone remember the mind-blowingly dangerous fly-by-night birthday event management company that brought us THE MAD HATTER parties in the mid-1980s? [more inside]
posted by CheeseburgerBrown at 12:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Play it again, Sam! Uh... Sam? Where'd Sam go?
Where would I look/advertise to find a improvisational keyboard player for an improv group in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by Shecky at 11:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Sharing MAc Screen with Linux
How do I change the resolution of my Macs desktop when sharing the screen and viewing on a linux machine using tightvnc? I am screen sharing my Mac Mini w/ leopard. I can log in and see the screen using TightVnc on a Linux machine. However, I can only get full resolution that is painfully slow over the Internet. The low quality options on the VNC viewer have no effect and I can't find anysettings on the Mac to lower the quality.
posted by nivekraz at 11:54 AM PST - 3 comments

China Study
Studying Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. [more inside]
posted by the cuban at 11:51 AM PST - 1 comments

That Goat Has Devil Eyes!
Goat is delicious. What are some other ways to cook it? [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Specific, spoiler filled questions about the movie "Cloverfield
SPECIFIC, SPOILER FILLED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MOVIE "Cloverfield". If you haven't seen it and don't want to know details, ignore this thread. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:09 AM PST - 40 comments

Kink in the neck. Pain in the neck.
Neck kinks: What are they? How can I get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by Weebot at 11:05 AM PST - 13 comments

USB ports stopped working - wtf?
I have a Dell laptop running XP (sp2) with two USB 2.0 ports that until yesterday were working fine. I made no system changes, but now the top one doesn't recognize anything and the bottom only works at USB1 speeds. Is this a hardware issue? [more inside]
posted by tirade at 11:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Getting WMP11 to play mp3 links immediately
Windows Media Player 9 used to begin playing an mp3 as soon as you clicked the link, so you didn't have to download the entire mp3 just to start hearing it. I can't seem to get WMP11 to do this - any ideas? [more inside]
posted by MarkLark at 10:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Where is RAM socket 1 on a Dell D820?
Where does RAM bank 1 (or A) live on a Dell Latitude D820? [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

possible upgrades for an old computer
Potential upgrades to my aging desktop system- some advice from geeks would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by baphomet at 10:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Free the wherever-they-are 3!
Is there a legal defense fund for these kids?
posted by electroboy at 10:00 AM PST - 8 comments

What happens in Vegas Stays in Mexico?
What happens in Vegas, Stays In Mexico?? [more inside]
posted by MrTangent at 9:19 AM PST - 11 comments

XML to MYSQL
Is there a simple way to convert an XML feed into a MYSQL database? [more inside]
posted by alse at 9:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Eee PC?
Do I want an Asus Eee PC? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 9:16 AM PST - 22 comments

Fantastic fake science books and where to find them
I'm looking for recommendations for fake science books, or humoristic books in the style of a science book. Examples: the Haggis-on-Whey books, or J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". [more inside]
posted by easternblot at 9:08 AM PST - 35 comments

A dependable movers in metro DC area?
I am looking for an efficient and dependable movers or load/unload helpers in Northern VA/Metro DC area. [more inside]
posted by notsogirliegal at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Orangus Insectus?
Please help me find the name of the horrifying insect that scared me as a child. [more inside]
posted by proj08 at 8:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find a list of charities that do not advertise?
I'm looking for a list of charities that do not spend any of their budget on advertising. Is there a directory of them somewhere? I'm in the UK, but that's more of a starting off point; deserving non-advertising charities elsewhere, or lists of them, would be just as good. [more inside]
posted by fvw at 8:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Where does all the wood live?
Help me retain my sanity. Those of you who have a workshop in your house, please help me find a system. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 8:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Gymboree
What are some of your favorite and most creative exercises? I am looking for fun and effective things to mix up my routine. Stuff that will make the guy next to me say 'What the f*** is that?' Stuff like 'Wall Balls', 'Jumping Burpees', and 'Double-Unders'. Honestly I just like to mix it up to prevent boredom. I have already seen all the exercises on the CrossFit website. Extra points if it involves props like medicine balls and tires.
posted by kaizen at 8:21 AM PST - 7 comments

How often do you eat out and how much money do you spend on it?
How often/How much do you spend eating out, versus eating a home cooked meal? And what percentage of your net income do these categories end up being? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 8:21 AM PST - 38 comments

Is there anything I(we) can do for a terminally-ill co-worker?
A co-worker has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Treatments have stopped and Hospice is now involved. He is 61 years old and has been working at the company for 40 years. We are an engineering firm and most of the employees are kind of... well... not the type to try (self-start) and do something for our co-worker of his family. I was wondering if there was anything I could do and/or have the office do to help, comfort, etc Obviously sending 'get well' cards is out of the question. ... I just don't know what it is appropriate. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by KogeLiz at 8:20 AM PST - 20 comments

An educated egg-dicator (for computers)
Mac OS X: External drive is dying, many corrupt files randomly strewn about it. What Mac utility can copy all the non-corrupt files to a new disk and provide a list of the files it couldn't copy? [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In at 8:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Why blue and yellow?
Is there some significance to the colors blue and yellow in Peru? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 7:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Bargain Shopping!
I love Velvet Garden and have been stalking LJ sales communities for bargains. Where else can I find cheap but good thrift/second hand shopping sites online? (Doesn't have to be clothes.) [more inside]
posted by divabat at 7:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Finding an employment lawyer in London
Down to the wire: legal advisor to review UK employment contract [more inside]
posted by pengli at 7:45 AM PST - 2 comments

taxes in the UK
Can my wife claim my tuition as a tax credit in the UK? [more inside]
posted by arcadia at 7:37 AM PST - 2 comments

admin please hope me
Oh god please help. MacBook hard drive failure. Oh god. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 7:19 AM PST - 28 comments

Assertiveness 101
Armchair psychologists and lifehackers: Please help me develop some basic assertiveness skills. [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 7:17 AM PST - 24 comments

Is there a way to use a google calendar and outlook exchange without completely mixing the two and can they be synced differently on different computers?
Is there a way to use a google calendar and outlook exchange without completely mixing the two and can they be synced differently on different computers? [more inside]
posted by D Wiz at 7:12 AM PST - 6 comments

But it's the principle of the thing!
If you've been robbed, cheated, mistreated, or otherwise been a victim of injustice, how do you stop dwelling on it and get on with your life? [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 7:03 AM PST - 28 comments

Is it safe to go to Kenya?
Should I go to Kenya next month? [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 6:55 AM PST - 13 comments

How to remove long hair on carpet?
How can I best remove long hair on carpet without breaking a vacuum cleaner? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 6:29 AM PST - 20 comments

Baby shower gift for my boyfriend's sister? What does every first time mom want, but doesn't know it yet?
Baby shower gift for my boyfriend's sister? What does every first time mom want, but doesn't know it yet? [more inside]
posted by Carialle at 6:15 AM PST - 26 comments

Moving in London
Does anyone have any recommended movers for London? We are moving from Bloomsbury to St Johns Wood and have a studio apartment with some furniture to move. Any recommended packing services would also be good
posted by Mossy at 5:51 AM PST - 1 comments

How do I write a business proposal without coming across as a complete rube?
I've never had to orchestrate a business proposal before, any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by myodometer at 5:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Can't a child have a chance? (The best catchy headline I could find)
Gcompris on osx? [more inside]
posted by thedoctorpants at 5:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I buy a loft in Bridgeport, CT?
Should I buy a loft in a restored industrial building or the Columbia Records Tower in Bridgeport, CT? [more inside]
posted by rocketpup at 5:07 AM PST - 8 comments

What are the limits of couples on a break?
Should I give up getting back together with her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:31 AM PST - 39 comments

Applescript MIA
My Macbook says my AppleScript version is outdated (1.1.0). How can this be? And how can I fix it/download an update? I know that I should at least have something like 1.10, but I'm guessing that it's bug. All roads travelled lead to release notes only.
posted by drea at 4:09 AM PST - 13 comments

resetting brain age 2 nintendo ds
Can someone tell me how to reset my nintendo ds game brain age 2?
posted by citybuddha at 2:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Great bars in Seattle
What bars can you recommend in Seattle? That will be open on Monday (Martin Luther King's day). [more inside]
posted by yt at 1:47 AM PST - 8 comments

What are good books on urban gangs?
What are some good books on gangs, gang activities, internal organization and structure? [more inside]
posted by MediaJunkie at 12:29 AM PST - 23 comments

Music to make Stations of the Cross by ...
Music to make Stations of the Cross by ... [more inside]
posted by ndaguiar at 12:05 AM PST - 14 comments

January 20
CELTA courses, Sydney
I want to do a CELTA course in Sydney, Australia this year. Anyone know 'The' place to do it at? I'm willing to wait a while if one provider is considered far superior to another. I've started researching, but I need some insider info so I can decide which Uni/College/Thingy is best for me.
posted by gerls at 11:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Would like Mac OS X versions of these Windows programs
Are there any OS X equivalents to Windows-only Volumouse and Keynote (the note-taking software, not the presentation program)? [more inside]
posted by estherbester at 10:52 PM PST - 6 comments

I can hear you typing...
Hi-tech key and datalogging: What crazy methods for remotely monitoring datastreams have you heard of? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 10:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Is living in a dirty house bad for children?
Sibling and sibling's spouse are living in squalor, and I think it's bad for their kids. Should I intervene? [more inside]
posted by red_lotus at 10:01 PM PST - 45 comments

Scary waffles
How do you know when sourdough starter goes bad? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 9:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Help for killing a mildew odor that I can't smell myself
How do I kill a mildew smell -behind- a sink? [more inside]
posted by The Giant Squid at 9:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Maximizing fellowship $ ethical?
Posting this ethics question on behalf for a friend: Friend has been offered two different fellowships and has to choose one. A is worth twice much as B. A good buddy is runner-up for A and does not have any other fellowship options. The buddy has offered to by my friend the difference if the friend takes B so the buddy can get A. So the end result is the friend would officially have fellowship B but cash from his buddy to give him the same as he would have gotten from A while buddy officially gets fellowship A with the net funding equal to B. Does this sound reasonable? ethical?
posted by metahawk at 9:14 PM PST - 31 comments

How do I get my Aperture Library into Lightroom?
How can I get my Aperture photo library exported into Lightroom? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 9:02 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I annotate and tag text within multiple documents, so that I can categorize and search through my annotations later?
How can I annotate and tag text within multiple documents, so that I can categorize and search through my annotations later? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 7:41 PM PST - 5 comments

iPhone Sync Help
iPhone Sync Help - I am helping move my wife to a new computer. She currently syncs her iPhone to the older XP computer. She wants to sync her iPhone on the new Vista computer. What is the best way to do this transition to ensure we do not lose her contacts and other non-music information?
posted by Argyle at 7:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Germy McGerm calling
At what point is an adult fever too high? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 7:22 PM PST - 23 comments

wtf would you say wtf on a first date?
Am I a prude to be put off by cursing/swearing on a first date? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 7:11 PM PST - 93 comments

Need to keep the heat in and the cold out!
Does soundproofing material in a window also keep out the cold? [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 7:10 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I get all my research into one easy-to-use visual chart?
What is the best application (hopefully easy to learn) that will let me build an easy to create timeline of religions, myths, and cults, with the option to click on (or hover the mouse over) different highlighted words to show up more information? Or does anyone know where said timeline exists? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 6:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me figure out if there's any way to claim a deceased family member's unclaimed property
Help me figure out if there's any way to claim a deceased family member's unclaimed property [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 6:22 PM PST - 8 comments

What's wrong with my brother?
I know this is not a medical board but 'just speaking in terms of human experience - my brotherr is 77, an ex-ultra marathoner, ex space shuttle designer now fallen on hard times, health-wise and emotionally. He sleeps all day, is up all night, has dizzy spells and is always angry and swears constantly at his wife. They lead a very isolated, survivalist existance. He hasn't been to the doctor in 20+ years and won't go now. He used to be a health food nut, ran in 50 marathons but had double knee replacement 10 years ago and 'never recovered, emotionally, in that he lost his old running lifestyle after the surgeries. Any ideas? He's also very forgetful. Thanks for any help.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 6:14 PM PST - 14 comments

moving songs to hard drive
I'm trying to copy about 16,00 songs from the desktop of MacBook Pro to a new TrekStor 250 maxi x.u. GB hard drive. It does about 80 mb and then just stops (I can hear the drive sort of shut down). Then it becomes impossible to manipulate the icon. Any ideas? Is it a bum drive? Or are the songs protected in some way?
posted by dearleader at 6:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Any movies that deal with segregation in the southern United States?
Please name some movies that deal with segregation in the southern United States. [more inside]
posted by czechmate at 5:57 PM PST - 32 comments

In love with Slashfood, looking for alternative "food blogs".
In love with Slashfood, looking for alternative "food blogs". [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 5:46 PM PST - 21 comments

Where to stay for family vacation near Cancun?
Family vacation to Cancun area - where should we stay? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 5:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Drug Use and Mental Illness Literature?
Does literature exist that describes a relationship between adolescent "hard" drug use and later development of mental illness? I am interested in peer-reviewed journal articles and reputable websites. [more inside]
posted by dendrite at 5:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Don't Smile 'Til Christmas
I'm going to be teaching less-than-enthusiastic students; help me keep their respect and attention. [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 5:05 PM PST - 18 comments

Which state am I a resident of? Where do I file my taxes?
I live in NH but still have a CT driver's license... due to a combination of supposed lack of need and laziness. [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 4:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Need a PITBULL laywer north of San Fransisco please
My sister is in Petaluma CA and needs a divorce laywer...a classic legal pitbull would be best. [more inside]
posted by legotech at 4:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Driving is fun, for a while.
What's the best way to drive from Chicago to Seattle in February? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 4:24 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I make both the headline, and not just an entry, wrap around an image in a WordPress post?
How can I make both the headline, and not just an entry, wrap around an image in a WordPress post? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 4:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Info about Berne Switzerland circa 1900?
I'm researching Berne, Switzerland, from approximately 1900 (although I could go as far back as 1880-90) to the First World War. I know that because of Switzerland's neutrality, a lot of international politics, diplomacy, activism and espionage was happening there. I have a few good general sources about Switzerland in about that era; a travel guide first published in 1919 by Frank Fox, John Addington Symonds' "Our Life in the Swiss Highlands," and I've just started tracking down information about the socialist International and the Berne International Women's Conference that took place in 1915. But I need to learn a lot more -- [more inside]
posted by ryansara at 4:05 PM PST - 3 comments

LibraryFilter
Is it usual for school librarians and teachers to have disagreements and conflicts over "appropriate" content and media in school libraries? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 4:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Why is orange such a popular marketing color?
Anybody know why bright orange is such a popular color when it comes to branding or advertising products?
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 3:25 PM PST - 24 comments

Stupidly Simple Recipe Management
What's a good, idiot-proof way for my mom to scan and manage her old recipes on her iMac? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 2:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Can a mini road trip be an awesome road trip?
On Friday, we're driving from San Francisco to Marshall for an oyster extravaganza at Nick's Cover. We're planning on leaving after lunch, so we'll have like five hours to do a 90 minute trip. What should we see or do to add a bit of road trip quality to the experience? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans at 2:02 PM PST - 5 comments

I am looking for programming information for Comcast Channel 36 (Public Access) in Bellflower, CA during March to June 2004 period.
I am looking for programming information for Comcast Channel 36 (Public Access) in Bellflower, CA during March to June 2004 period. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse at 12:15 PM PST - 5 comments

System recovery disk without a floppy drive
When doing a backup in Windows XP, how the heck do I create an "ASR recovery diskette" without a floppy drive? [more inside]
posted by sotalia at 11:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Can I seal furniture in plastic to prevent mold?
Is it possible to "seal" furniture in a plastic bag to protect it from mold while stored in a basement? Please help me protect my inheritance until I have a bigger house! [more inside]
posted by intermod at 11:44 AM PST - 15 comments

I want to have a garage sale. I lack a garage (or yard). Is there anywhere I could go to set up shop?
I'm cleaning out my Columbia, SC apartment and have a lot of stuff I'd like to sell. Is there a way to do a (non-online) "garage sale" without having a yard or garage? Would it be worth it to rent a stall at a local flea market? [more inside]
posted by zeph at 11:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Can this be fixed or is it better to move on?
My laptop either doesn't see the HDD on bootup (cannot find OS), or stops seeing it a few minutes into use (BSOD). Could this type of problem: a) be reasonably easily resolved by me for small amount of cash b) be easily resolved by a professional for a reasonable amount of cash c) be best resolved by selling it on ebay for parts or repair for a reaonably small amount of cash? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 11:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Finding a comedian by the joke
Trying to figure out which comedian came up with this joke about boo-ing. He has performed on Comedy Central, I think in his own special, but possibly on Premium Blend. [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

How to support tall bookcases without drilling into the wall?
I'm looking for any information on a method of support for tall furniture (bookcases, etc) that doesn't involve attaching it to the wall, but instead goes from the top of the furniture to the ceiling and fixes it in place without drilling. Anyone out there have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by muscatlove at 10:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Why won't this Xbox 360 stream media from this Windows XP SP2 machine?
I cannot stream media from my PC. The Xbox 360 will connect to Xbox Live, but will not pass the "Test Media" option. It always fails after successfully acquiring an IP address. This Xbox has successfully connected to streaming media before on another computer. The connection has been deleted from within the Xbox settings. [more inside]
posted by idledebonair at 10:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Exercises And Stretches To Do While Reading
Exercises And Stretches To Do While Reading? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 10:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me sleep better at night.
Help me to sleep better at night. [more inside]
posted by dragontail at 10:06 AM PST - 30 comments

Doctorin' the house
Help my son get his Tardis on. I'm currently decorating my 7 year old sons bedroom, and he is a big Doctor Who fan. He has asked me for a giant (I guess 6 ft) tardis on one wall of his painted bedroom. My initial thought was to paint - but I don't have the requisite skills really, so I was looking for a Fathead / WallBangers equivalent. I'm not sure the custom option on WallBangers will allow me to use a copyright image. Do you have any other recommendations for giant Tardis resources? Or maybe a suggestion to get a large scale picture onto a bedroom wall - I'm in the UK if it makes a difference.
posted by mattr at 9:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Graduating from the Baby (Laptop) Monitor
How do I best ensure wedded bliss between my laptop and an external monitor? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 9:34 AM PST - 5 comments

What goods from the US should I sell in the UK?
I currently sell stuff (gun accessories, scopes, targets, etc) purchased wholesale in the US retail in the UK through Ebay. I want to expand the product line - what other items would be good to sell in the UK? Preferably something small to ship of high value that is not super competitive like computer parts or cameras. What would UK buyers like from the US?
posted by stbalbach at 9:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Coffee Drinks beyond the Basics
What are good espresso-based drinks beyond the typical lattes, cappuccinos, and mochas? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:53 AM PST - 28 comments

Just more subtle forms of consumerism?
How to find balance between consumerism and materialism, and taking care of needs and appreciate quality/craftsmanship/design? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:53 AM PST - 25 comments

Anyone know the name of that mid 1990s Cracker instrumental guitar rave up jam?
Looking for an instrumental Cracker tune from about 10-12 years ago? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 8:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Booting a USB flash drive without BIOS support
How do you boot via a USB flash drive using a floppy? [more inside]
posted by remi at 7:54 AM PST - 12 comments

What do I need to know to make a last-minute trip to Cadiz for Carnival and come out with my dignity, health, and belongings (mostly) intact?
Some friends and I are planning to spend a few days in Cadiz for Carnival. All the hostels and hotels are booked (and we're students so our budget is fairly tight to begin with), so we figured we'd just pack light and sleep on the beach. Any advice on how to do this comfortably, and without getting our stuff stolen while we're asleep? Should we plan on stowing our stuff in lockers at the train station? Should we bring costumes with us or get them there? Any scams, sketchy areas, etc. that we should watch out for? Any and all advice is welcome, we don't really know what to expect!
posted by slowcat at 7:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Did poor women wear corsets?
16th-18th Century (Western Europe): Did working-class women wear corsets? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 7:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Help a guy buy a swim suit.
I need suggestions for a men's swimsuit. I need the advice of the men and the women on this one. [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 7:07 AM PST - 31 comments

Creating a private wired network, but using a shared wireless Internet connection
Creating a private wired network, but using a shared wireless Internet connection [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Coping with balding at 19.
I'm losing my hair at 19 and I'm becoming an emotional wreck. A different person. How do I cope with this and become my old confident self again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM PST - 57 comments

A Região Nordeste
I will be traveling throughout northeast Brazil for the next two months with this group. What books, movies and music should I read to better grasp the culture and political climate of this region? [more inside]
posted by quelindo at 6:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Moving to South Bend, Indiana
I am looking for a good area of South Bend, Indiana to live. I am moving for a new job (which I got thanks to mefi help!!) and am looking for apartments. I do not know the area whatsoever. I have around $700 a month to spend and need it to house two people. Any thoughts on locations and what areas to avoid? I know I can browse online but do not even know what are the better (safer) areas...
posted by snap_dragon at 5:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Japanese BBQ Sauce like at DOJO.
How can I make or buy "Japanese BBQ sauce" like they serve on the breakfast special at Dojo in NYC? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 5:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Will 1/3rd of U.S. health care costs still go for resolution of adverse selection?
What U.S. presidential candidates have preferable positions on healthcare? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 5:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do disks drive?
Can you explain the drive in disk drive? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 4:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Apartment Internet Access
What am I missing in my plan to take over the world network at the apartment building I live in? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 3:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Matrix engine into Scion xA?
I have an opportunity to purchase a Scion xA with a blown engine (blown as in "ruined", not supercharged) for a very reasonable price.(more inside) [more inside]
posted by motown missile at 3:24 AM PST - 19 comments

RAIDers of the nVidia Board
nvidia RAID: Can I just turn it off? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 2:27 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I transfer minidisc files to my Mac?
Really want to transfer files from MiniDisc to Mac and it's really not working... [more inside]
posted by fan_of_all_things_small at 1:44 AM PST - 5 comments

January 19
The world, it is mad.
Does the phrase "It's a mad, mad world" have an origin? [more inside]
posted by misozaki at 10:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Name that tune?
Can you help me identify a freakishly old (I think) song that I recently found? I know nothing about it other than it is old, and has been used for many years in a Maypole dance. [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 9:55 PM PST - 7 comments

make me an old school vegan foody for one weekend
I'm having vegans over for dinner. Vegans that know how to cook. Foodie vegans. Hip, cool, foodie vegans. Did I mention that I am not a vegan, vegetarian or hip? [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla at 9:47 PM PST - 34 comments

Temp or retail
What do I do to tide myself over until my next real job? Shitty retail work or temp work? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 8:55 PM PST - 28 comments

I need 64-bit drivers!
I've got an Inspiron M1730 on the way, and I need 64-bit drivers for XP. [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq at 8:43 PM PST - 2 comments

So what's the current scoop on Linux on a laptop?
It's that Linux/laptop question again. Desperate geek seeks cheap, durable gear. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:25 PM PST - 20 comments

Excel texbox madness.
I'm an Excel idiot! Why won't my text boxes show that they have a solid fill? [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy at 8:23 PM PST - 3 comments

does it help to hold your breath to avoid second hand smoke?
I have never smoked in my life, and with every year my attitude and tolerance for smoking becomes worse and less (sorry, all smokers out there!). In the last little while, I realized that I actually unconsciously hold my breath every time I pass someone who smokes in the street. Does this significantly do anything in terms of benefiting me and helping to avoid the dangers of second-hand smoke, or am I just fooling myself?
posted by esolo at 8:19 PM PST - 24 comments

Can I put a drop cap on an italic paragraph?
Is it ever acceptable to put a drop cap on a paragraph of italic text? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 7:34 PM PST - 13 comments

How so I get an Apostille done quickly from another state?
How so I get an Apostille done quickly from a state other than where the event occured? [more inside]
posted by brokekid at 7:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Are there any good book review sites?
Are there sites like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB for books?
posted by dcrocha at 7:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Is Amazon Prime worth it?
I'm seriously considering joining Amazon Prime. Should I go for it? [more inside]
posted by streetdreams at 6:59 PM PST - 33 comments

Should I repaint my car?
Should I get my car repainted? I have a '97 Toyota Corolla, dark green. The clear coat on the hood and front bumper is starting to peel pretty badly, though the paint underneath seems okay. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 6:17 PM PST - 7 comments

New iMac owner seeking advice
OK: i know there are tons of posts asking some of the same things, and i have waded through many of them but may i beg your indulgence and ask a couple of relatively straightforward newbie questions? 1) If I need to work with Office documents from a PC environment (mostly word, occasionally PPT and excel) from time to time , can i do so without installing VM Fusion (which most here seem to favor) along with my Windows XP? Will Mac Office work with them? 2) Any discussions on how to best deal with the glare of the new monitor? 3) How good is the mail program: should i abandon gmail, run them both or go back to firebird? 4) Any reason to use safari if i already know firefox? Or consider one of the other choices? Thanks for indulging me. I have a lot to learn about this. ( )
posted by dougiedd at 6:14 PM PST - 23 comments

Stop my tree swing from twisting!
How do you stop a tree swing from twisting? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 5:13 PM PST - 10 comments

VPN Interuptions
How to research micro-interuptions in Internet Provider? My husband works over VPN, and he is experiencing frequent and random log-offs. We blame this on the ISP. [more inside]
posted by ohshenandoah at 4:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Standalone NAS recommendations?
Does anyone have any recommendations for an off-the-shelf NAS that can handle at least 1TB and may be expanded as needed? Drobo, Buffalo TeraStation, etc.? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 4:13 PM PST - 13 comments

trying to find THE most brutal whale picture
I've been trying to find a really brutal picture/print/woodcutting of an old-school whale/sea monster for awhile, as a potential tattoo. You know the kind, double blowholes that look more like horns, fangs, the kinds you see in the corners of old maps. Bibliodyssey has some ok ones, but I'm looking for the perfect one, because I know if I settle for another, I'll just find the perfect one the second I've permanently inked myself with a mediocre monster. Any ideas of where I could look?
posted by domakesaypat at 4:08 PM PST - 18 comments

Can a person taking a break from college get health insurance?
Health insurance for someone taking a break from college? My girlfriend is taking a few months off from college and so won't be eligible for her parents' health insurance. She doesn't have a job that provides benefits, either. She's in her early 20s and is pretty healthy, but has really awful luck when it comes to random health issues popping up and so it would be a good idea for her to have insurance in the next few months. She's off her parents' policy in the next week or two. What can she do? Would COBRA apply in this case? What other temporary insurance providers are there?
posted by Braeog at 3:41 PM PST - 10 comments

flip monitor horizontally
Is there a way to flip/ mirror what my monitor displays? [more inside]
posted by apdato at 3:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Laptop with trackpoint and good graphics?
Is there a laptop with a TrackPoint that is not objectively horrible for gaming? [more inside]
posted by JZig at 3:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Car Wont Start
My Car wont start, It just clicks when i try and eventually stops doing anything! [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 3:00 PM PST - 22 comments

Will a Pentax lens fit a Canon camera?
I can't seem to find this online anywhere, and it might be such a stupid question that is should be obvious, but I thought I'd ask anyway: Will a new pentax lens (75-300mm) fit on a slightly older Canon Rebel SLR camera? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 2:56 PM PST - 5 comments

I want to save the world... no seriously
I am considering going back to grad school. All I know is that when I get out I want to put myself in the position where I can do the most good for protecting the environment. What specific job should I shoot for (Government, Non profit, other?) and what degree do I need (MPA, MPP, JD other)? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 2:42 PM PST - 22 comments

Let's get out of this country
I'm trying to renew my passport, which expired about six years ago and is now lost, but the government doesn't seem to believe this situation is possible. Is this process the same as replacing/renewing a still-valid lost passport? [more inside]
posted by Meg_Murry at 2:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Sundry Notes for an Abortive Ethnography of the Asadi of BoskVeld
Where can I find good science fiction about alien ethnographers (or 'xenologists')? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 2:31 PM PST - 31 comments

Which states will I have to file taxes in?
TaxFilter2007: I earned income at my job in StateA. However, all my bank addresses (permanent and mailing) are for StateB, where someone collects my mail for me. I used StateB for banks to not have to deal with remembering zip codes and changing addresses. Furthermore, I've worked in 2006 in StateC but didn't receive the last paycheck until 2007. Will I have to file state taxes in all these states? This is my first time doing my own taxes. [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 2:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Why doesn't ComEd know where I live?
I need help sorting out an issue involving my electric company, my electric bill, and the other apartments in our building. [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Forgotten the name of a line of t-shirts
Can anyone remind me of the name of a line of t-shirts? I think they are all designed by one woman. The only one I know of has a fairly simple drawing of a child (girl?) clutching a teddy-bear.
posted by pollystark at 2:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me sell my home!
What do I need to know and do to sell my house on my own? [more inside]
posted by peripatew at 1:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Who first said "The Cossacks work for the Csar"?
What is the origin of the phrase "The Cossacks work for the Czar"? This guy is fond of the phrase, which seems to mean "there's no point blaming minor political functionaries - they're working on orders, explicit or implied, from the top". It's obviously a quote. But from whom?
posted by bonecrusher at 1:31 PM PST - 14 comments

When I burn a CD on my new IMAC, it doesn't play on my car's CD player.
Why won't the cd player in my car "read" cd's that I'm burning on my new I-Mac? [more inside]
posted by elf27 at 1:14 PM PST - 19 comments

My car is not running out of warranty!
An auto dialer seems to be calling my cell phone frequently about my vehicle running out of warranty. How do I stop it? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 1:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Is soda water soda or water?
Is soda water free at fast food restaurants? [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross at 12:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Don't need the job for the money, do I need it for the insurance?
Recently moved to Boston. Can someone please explain the mandatory health insurance situation to me? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 11:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Not a portabello...
Is this a mushroom? [more inside]
posted by progosk at 11:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Small Form Factor PC in NYC?
Where can I buy a small form factor PC system in New York City? (I'm not interested in a Mac Mini.)
posted by Pinwheel at 11:16 AM PST - 16 comments

time tracking software?
I want a time-tracking software for Mac that does a few specific things... [more inside]
posted by raheel at 10:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I ship a Wii through the diplomatic pouch if it gets radiated?
Is it safe to ship electronics through the US diplomatic pouch? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Me No Speaky Good, Help Me MetaFilter!
[ConversationFilter] Me no speaky so good no more. Please help! [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 9:46 AM PST - 26 comments

Need advice and/or leads for buying a Taylor Acoustic/Electric Guitar or Big Baby...
Need advice and/or leads for buying a Taylor Acoustic/Electric Guitar or Big Baby... [more inside]
posted by caveat empress at 9:36 AM PST - 4 comments

How to create automator action to resize images to a certain width?
How do I create an automator action to resize images to a certain width? The "scale images" action only resizes the longest side, which is sometimes the height, not the width. [more inside]
posted by krunk at 8:37 AM PST - 7 comments

What's wrong with my car?
Two mechanics have given up. Help me diagnose my car. [more inside]
posted by frobozz at 8:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Help Me Find a Missing David Simon Stream
I'm looking for the (apparently gone) stream of David Simon's performance of "My Nemesis" at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by djacobs at 7:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Why can't my travel agent match ITA software's price?
I found a great price for a ticket using ITA software (thanks askmefi). After giving her all the booking details, my travel agent wasn't able to even remotely match the price. Is my agent just incompetent or is it really as complicated as she made it sound? I want that ticket! [more inside]
posted by juva at 7:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Will Langerado burn my "bun-in-the-oven"?
My wife and I saw the lineup for Langerado last night and both of us are dying to go. However, around that first weekend in march, she will be eight months pregnant (or seven, math is hard, we're due in early May). She has never had an experience like Langerado, i.e. festivals full of hippies and lots of music. I have, and we have been meaning to do one together but things like law school and jobs have prevented us from doing so. Should the pregnancy stop us now? [more inside]
posted by Palerale at 6:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Coughing after a shower?
Why do I always cough after a shower? And pretty much only after a shower? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike at 6:45 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me get away from the computer!
I am depressed, have elements of ocd, and one thing that seems to fuel both of these conditions is something I can't really describe as anything other than "internet addiction". [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 AM PST - 30 comments

Who writes videogames? (not in the programming sense)
Who writes videogames? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright at 6:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Can I eat this?
How long will deviled eggs keep in the fridge before they go bad?
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 5:21 AM PST - 8 comments

The Gallows, aka...?
What nicknames are there for the gallows? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:50 AM PST - 23 comments

January 18
Is it worthwhile to enter therapy if you're not in acute distress?
Is it worthwhile to enter therapy if you're not in acute distress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:21 PM PST - 32 comments

How to prove that a web page that's there now, was really there, once it's not there anymore.
How to prove that a web page that's there now, was really there, once it's not there anymore. [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 7:48 PM PST - 48 comments

A/S/...anybody, anybody?
Other than #mefi, Are there any chat rooms or chat services still out there not full of spambots? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 7:36 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I show off my pipes?
Does anyone have any experience or advice on building a clothing/display rack out of pipes? [more inside]
posted by wolfsleepy at 7:29 PM PST - 10 comments

what's the probability distribution, kenneth?
for the statisticians: what probability distribution do I want to fit to my data, and how? [more inside]
posted by russm at 7:20 PM PST - 17 comments

JG Ballard and a quote about Nature
JG Ballard said something about our pornography-addicted culture being due to a disconnect with nature, but I don't have an exact quote. So with hat in hand, I appeal to the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by survivorman at 6:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Any advice on continuous fluorescents for video?
Could anyone please help a fellow videographer out with advice on fluorescent lighting kits? Lengthy extended question is enclosed. [more inside]
posted by MeetCleaverTheatre at 6:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Why is my blog heating up?
Why is my MySpace blog suddenly so hot? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 5:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking to for contact information to secure property release...if even necessary??
Would anyone know the contact information for obtaining a property release of an image taken of Radio City Music Hall / Rockefeller Center? Thanks for any help!!
posted by Jujee at 4:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Do you own an HP Pavilion?
On an HP Pavilion laptop, how can I get rid of the Yahoo! Search box that sits in the taskbar, taking up valuable real estate?
posted by megatherium at 4:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Restoring old coins
I have a coin collection that has sat untouched for 50-60 years. At the time they were collected the coins were taken from circulation. They are from all over the world (no U.S. coins) and were minted in the early part of the last century. They were mounted on light cardboard pages with scotch tape. As you can imaging the tape has gotten quite brittle and sticky by now and may have interacted with the metal in the coins. I need advice on cleaning and restoring the coins in my collection. I understand that under normal conditions collectible old coins should not be cleaned.
posted by retiree at 4:45 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I script video/audio recording on Windows?
What is the best way to script video/audio recording on Windows? [more inside]
posted by esd at 4:37 PM PST - 1 comments

Feeding the ipod - name your favorite restaurants
So I used to use ipodnova.tv to get my fix of overseas tv shows configured for the ipod. But it's been down more than it's been up lately. Some simple googling has seemed to reveal a bunch of sites, mainly pay, for this purpose. But before I paypal someone in Nigeria, can you tell me what sites you like to use for this purpose?
posted by rileyray3000 at 4:30 PM PST - 1 comments

No, not Caledonian headgear...
Where can I find Scotch Bonnet peppers (not habaneros) to buy in the Puget Sound area; or alternatively online? Preferably fresh and not dried. Thanks.
posted by ramix at 4:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Finding out how to speak the original text of Rumi poems
Rumi poems online -- with both the original text and the English translation -- that would tell me how to speak his original texts? I would need either English transliterations (spelling in western alphabet of his original texts, with some way to know which syllable to accent) or an audio file of someone speaking them. Does this exist?
posted by lorimer at 4:02 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I plug this new USB headset into my computer?
I am teaching an online class and I want to put audio files into my class. To record, I bought a new Plantronics Audio 645 USB headset. It has a "mic" cord and a "headset" cord. I cannot figure out where exactly I should be plugging this into my computer. [more inside]
posted by answergrape at 4:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Deep Fried and Double Wide
Need White Trash Accouterments in San Francisco tomorrow! Where in SF can I get a Mullet wig and other white trash necessities? What else do I need? [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged at 3:41 PM PST - 9 comments

XML vs. Serialization
For database usage, is it better to store data in XML or serialized format? In particular, PHP serialization. [more inside]
posted by destro at 3:35 PM PST - 10 comments

How to organize scientific article pdfs?
Scientists: What's the best and simplest way to organize, annotate, and take notes from scientific journal articles on a PC? I'm starting a new project and ready for a new system that doesn't require four programs or being unable to find something when I can't remember the title or author. How do you organize your references, pdfs, and notes? [more inside]
posted by JustWandering at 3:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for large womens shoes in Manhattan
I'm looking for suggestions for shoe stores in Manhattan that carry larger-sized womens shoes (European size 45) that are of high quality and appropriate for work. I have all day on Sunday to shop and I'd love to take 2-3 new pairs home with me.
posted by michswiss at 3:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Recommend me a data modeling tool
I'm beginning a project to document and restructure a set of existing Microsoft SQL Server databases, and need to quickly recommend a software package for data modeling and generating a data dictionary. I'm looking for a recommendation and/or general advice, pros, cons, etc. that will help to make and justify a selection. [more inside]
posted by Manjusri at 3:11 PM PST - 1 comments

The goggles do nothing.
I think I seriously screwed up my eyeballs. [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 1:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Dogs and cats, snacking together...mass hysteria!
My dogs seem to like cat treats. Any harm in it? [more inside]
posted by foxydot at 1:38 PM PST - 13 comments

basement cracks
anyone have experience dealing with basement cracks? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 1:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Firefox & Delicious Extension Oddity
A keystroke is misbehaving on Firefox with the del.icio.us Complete extension, and I'm at a loss as to how to debug the problem. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 12:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Hooked up my iPod with a cassette adapter, but it keeps rewinding or ejecting. Help!
Hooked up my iPod with a cassette adapter, but it keeps rewinding or ejecting. Help! [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 12:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Coaxingly close
Get this coax signal into my computer. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 12:49 PM PST - 4 comments

External vs internal hard drives and speed
Please explain to me how a 7200rpm SATA external hard drive (USB 2 or Firewire 800) can be written to / read from as expediently as a 7200 RPM SATA internal hard drive? It doesn't seem to make sense. Isn't the USB/Firewire a bottleneck? Why would an external drive be as suitable for audio recording as an internal?
posted by xmutex at 12:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Date protocol: when the check comes
First date etiquette: Going to dinner on a first date. I'm always uncomfortable about what to do when the check comes. I always offer to pay for my portion/split the bill. Some guys are offended by this, and even those who aren't typically refuse so I put my money away. I always worry that my offer seemed disingenuous because I didn't persist (I hate making a scene, especially about money. What is the best/appropriate way to handle the situation when the check comes?
posted by birdlady at 12:19 PM PST - 94 comments

Which pen is mighty (workable and inexpensive)..?
Thanks to the community's help with this question, I was able to order a set of Wacom tablets for my computer lab. Now I've been asked how I could get replacement pens if any are lost or stolen. I need help identifying which pens will work with my tablet and what are good options in terms of cost. [more inside]
posted by Slothrop at 12:00 PM PST - 4 comments

teach your children well (legally?)
If I were a private tutor for children, what laws would pertain to me? What credentials would I need? [more inside]
posted by cloudgazer at 11:56 AM PST - 4 comments

scsi pci raid server died, urgent data recovery?
Got a 2000 server with PCI SCSI RAID card (Mirror) and the mobo seems to have died. I just want to recover the data and host it on another machine. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by tslugmo at 11:46 AM PST - 4 comments

My videocard is rusty. What the hell, science? I thought we were friends.
All the screw holes on my video card are corroded. Is it worth my time to return it, or should I just clean it off? [more inside]
posted by tracert at 11:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Homemade bed that withstands non-sleep activities
Woodworking filter: What steps can I take to ensure a home-built bed can withstand, umm, nocturnal escapades? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs at 11:21 AM PST - 17 comments

how to get apache called python scripts working
how do I get apache to call local python script that calls modules that are in a different place? [more inside]
posted by brent_h at 11:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Monsoon amp replacement
Can I replace the subwoofer/amp for my trusty old Monsoon external speakers? [more inside]
posted by Armitage Shanks at 11:03 AM PST - 1 comments

Please help me remember the name of a childhood toy.
Please help me remember the name of a childhood toy. [more inside]
posted by mockjovial at 10:54 AM PST - 5 comments

help with excel 'paste special'
excel n00b question: why is paste special not working for me? [more inside]
posted by emmatwofour at 10:41 AM PST - 7 comments

How to get international re-directs to a .com?
How to get .ru , .cn, .mx, .ve, .br, and possibly other country URLs as a re-direct to my company's .com? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Average Salary for French Cities
I am looking for some information on average salaries for french cities. I read an article in a french magazine about a year ago but I can't find any reference to it online. Anyone know of a resource in French or English that will give me average salaries for French cities.
posted by tirebouchon at 10:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Peanut Allergies- surely not something new?
A then-and-now type question on food (specifically peanut) allergies. Mrs. Worker_bee and I were watching a TV show last night on which paramedics were treating a small boy for an allergic reaction to peanuts. We know many kids at our sons school that have allergic reactions to peanuts and know that it is best to ask before serving stuff or making cookies, etc. for friends. But we were talking about the show and neither of us could recall any of our friends or friends of friends that had an allergy to peanuts when we were at school (elementary thru high school). [more inside]
posted by worker_bee at 10:00 AM PST - 43 comments

How do I remove this parking-deck-drip stain from my car's paint and windshield?
How can I get this parking-deck-drip-residue off of my car's paint and windshield? [more inside]
posted by Askr at 9:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me remember this quote about people using technology?
I'm trying to remember a quote from a science-fiction writer (I think Ray Bradbury), about how computers are tools for humanity to express their imagination, or something very much like that. I googled with no luck, but I swear I read (and used) this quote previously, I just can't find it. [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 9:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Please help me locate these books from childhood.
Another books from childhood question. Can you help me find these two books? I remember them from the early 80's or so, U.S. [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 9:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Recommend me an effective Austin company that will get rid of attic squirrels.
I think I have squirrels in my attic. They make scratching noises, fighting noises, and noises that sound like something is galloping around up there. If you have had a similar experience, can you recommend a good pest control company? I am in Austin, TX. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo at 9:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Different URLs based on day of the week?
Javascript question: How can I make a link point to different URLs based on the day of the week? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 9:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Organizing Ideas for a company brainstorm: Wiki, blog, what?
I work in a subdivision of a large music entity. There are many high-level ideas and challenges that float around every week. I'm trying to research a system that would allow for our staff of several hundred people to be able to both post ideas and solicit feedback on improving our products, our relationships, etc to a central website as well as being able to respond to others ideas. (for example: "how do we better provide value to cd purchasers" or "what can we do to optimize communication between department") Challenges: - Many of the people involved are not computer-savvy (not sure they'd be able to figure out how to use a wiki) - The individual items will need to be easily categorizable and accessible (this is why i hesitate to use something like Wordpress or Blogger, because after something's no longer on the home page, its out of peoples heads) - There will need to be an intuitive 'global' view I guess I'm kind of asking for something like AskMeFi, actually. But with an additional summary layer. Ideas would be greatly appreciated!
posted by softlord at 9:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you be my Bartlett today?
Is there a quote by a Founding Father about how the First Amendment really protects religion from the government, not the other way around? I know about Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists ... but I have this feeling that there's another famous quote. Maybe it's by a more modern judicial person rather than a Founding Father? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 9:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Low-carb tortillas in Washington DC?
Where can I buy low-carb tortillas in Washington, DC? Pretty simple, just looking for Mission brand low-carb tortillas, in a DC grocery store. I have looked in Safeway & Giant, in Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights, but no luck. Anyone know? [more inside]
posted by allen8219 at 9:13 AM PST - 21 comments

What are some good websites for intelligent discussion and analysis of the NFL?
What are some good websites for intelligent discussion and analysis of the NFL? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 8:41 AM PST - 10 comments

this game needs help
Help me remember how to play A-Train! I downloaded FreeTrain, but don't remember how to play it.
posted by parmanparman at 8:33 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I revive a brown sugar stone?
How do I revive a brown sugar stone? [more inside]
posted by 100watts at 8:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Mail no candy there
A couple of years ago – post-911, maybe in 2002 or 2003 – my local post office in Canada was handing out a list of things that could no longer be mailed into the U.S., which included any commercially made candy, even in small amounts as personal gifts. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 8:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a reliable, high-mpg car that's NOT a Civic/Accord
I need to buy a low-mpg, reliable, manual transmission, four-door used car for under $3500. What models should I look at besides Civics and Accords? And do you know of any other major car classified websites besides Cars.com, Carmax, Autotrader, Edmunds, and Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 8:10 AM PST - 22 comments

Chess Is War
Help me find an article about chess, might have involved Garry Kasparov, might have been in Smithsonian magazine and/or on the Blue likening chess playing to a really violent sport with quotes like this "There is nothing cute or charming about chess; it is a violent sport, and when you confront your opponent you set out to crush his ego." from this article but I recall it being longer and in a more general magazine.
posted by terrortubby at 8:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Is our 401(k) protected? How?
Is our 401(k) protected through ERISA (or anything else) if the institution where funds are housed goes belly-up tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by quinoa at 7:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Bike commuting in Boston -- best route between Cambridge/East Boston?
For a friend: commuting by bike, need to get to Cambridgeport half the week and East Boston the other half. Best bike routes? Best places to live? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 7:28 AM PST - 13 comments

Squirrel Story
I would like help finding a book from my childhood. It's about a female squirrel that takes up residence in an attic, and the toy soldiers in the attic defend her from a pack of bad male squirrels.
posted by Irontom at 7:23 AM PST - 5 comments

What could be causing morning leg soreness?
What could be causing morning leg soreness? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 7:17 AM PST - 18 comments

Woodwind ensemble masterpieces?
Classical Music lovers, what great chamber music pieces feature predominantly woodwinds (esp. flutes)? (I'm also interested in great solo parts in larger orchestras) [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 7:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Does my dream job exist?
Does my dream job exist? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 6:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Risks of forgoing health insurance?
Risks of forgoing health insurance when one has limited assets? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:14 AM PST - 11 comments

logical fallacy identification
Is there a formal name for the logical fallacy shown by the following statement; "We don't have to worry about lead paint in our homes because we grew up in such homes and turned out fine."? Thanks.
posted by lyam at 5:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Picking teams for the upcoming interspecies tournament of death...
At a cocktail party last weekend, an Anthropologist was telling me about an experiment/study where people were shown videos of various animals preying on one another, and then measured their reactions. The findings, he contends, were that humans were largely more sympathetic to the deaths of animals more similar to themselves (i.e. sharing a more recent common ancestor). What is this study, what is this area of research called, and where can I read more about it? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 5:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Brokeback Desert
Help me convince the man I love that he doesn't have to marry someone else. [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 3:36 AM PST - 63 comments

Help me improve my pushups.
Help me improve my pushups. I've been doing martial arts 5 nights a week (M-F) for 9 months now. We do anywhere from 30-150 pushups a night, but I'm incapable of keeping up with the rest of the class and have not really improved much since I started. [more inside]
posted by bindasj at 3:35 AM PST - 21 comments

Snow shoeing from the bay area?
Recommendations for snow shoeing trails (and gear) driveable from the bay area? [more inside]
posted by iamabot at 12:28 AM PST - 3 comments

online portfolio creation?
i'm a freelance writer and want to create a simple website with an online portfolio for my work. [more inside]
posted by sacho at 12:26 AM PST - 9 comments

January 17
Help me find a book of Daemon's
I was told of a book of Daemon's, where the protagonist is a C coder who gets transported to a magical world where his code can do magic. [more inside]
posted by Pontifex at 11:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Too much of a good thing
I've made an unfortunate nutritional mistake; am I in for a world of hurt, and is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by davejay at 11:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Office Chairs for Short Girls?
Are there any office chairs out there for petite women? I have a short inseam and rarely can touch the ground when I'm sitting all the way back in my seat. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 10:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Why does my desktop keep crashing?
Why (and how do I fix it) does my Windows desktop keep crashing? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. at 9:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Vista Windows Explorer default opening window?
Can you change the default opening window on Vista Windows Explorer? [more inside]
posted by rexruff at 9:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me with triangle math.
Triangles.math.Filter: Its been a while since algebra - I am trying to calculate the linear length of material required to fabricate a repeating V pattern out of sheet metal in various lengths. [more inside]
posted by dripped at 9:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Being a class-A busybody on an effort budget
Wall-of-sheep type network monitor for user-configurable interesting traffic (URLs, IM conversations)? [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 9:30 PM PST - 3 comments

I signed a contract in Spanish!
Am I bound by the terms of a contract that I signed if that contract was written in Spanish? I'm in California and a native English speaker. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I not know what lights look like?
Possibly the stupidest question ever: what are lights at night supposed to look like? That is, street lamps, stoplights, porch lights, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 PM PST - 29 comments

How to make a magazine in Adobe Photoshop?
Also following up on this old question of mine, this time regarding how to make something look like a magazine in Adobe Photoshop. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 8:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Happy books!
Can you recommend good books on the study of happiness? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn at 8:21 PM PST - 33 comments

I want to sleep in your womb, Shanghai
Following up on my last question, what is the most reasonable accomodation I can get in Shanghai for 100 Yuan a night? [more inside]
posted by markesh at 8:09 PM PST - 3 comments

The only reason I identify with Hilary Clinton
Please help me make my legs not disgusting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 PM PST - 30 comments

How to not be treated like a criminal at a pharmacy
My pharmacy screwed up on my Xanax prescription, and I'm afraid they're going to hassle me for what might appear to be drug seeking behavior. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 PM PST - 22 comments

vegan cold weather shoes?
What kind of shoes should I buy for my short trip to the New England? I don't buy animal products. [more inside]
posted by low affect at 8:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Too cold to snow?
I've noticed that when the air temperature drops below a certain point that it won't snow. Is there any truth to this? [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 at 7:57 PM PST - 8 comments

item stolen at airport from bags?
does anyone know if you can get items back that were lost in your checked bags at the airport? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 at 7:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to vacation with the whole kaboodle
I need some help in planning a vacation for a large number of people. [more inside]
posted by repoman at 7:30 PM PST - 5 comments

They make sound so easy on What Not to Wear!
I think I need a seamstress or seamster, but I am not sure how to find one. [more inside]
posted by waywardgirl at 6:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Did you go to crazy hippie school? Awesome!
Did you go to a Sudbury school? Do you have contacts with a Sudbury school? Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by InnocentBystander at 6:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Reusing XML objects
Can I somehow reuse elements in an XML doc (e.g. - like the way you can use a ref tag to resuse elements in an XML Schema)? [more inside]
posted by badstone at 6:11 PM PST - 3 comments

People search engine
A few months ago I saw a people search engine where you typed in a name and it returned profiles of online personalities matching that name, complete with contact information. Any idea what it was? [more inside]
posted by chips ahoy at 5:54 PM PST - 13 comments

My computer hurts my eyes in the morning.
I'm looking for a mac program to gradually brighten my screen to full brightness after it is awoken or the screensaver is bothered. [more inside]
posted by jjbb at 5:53 PM PST - 3 comments

What are the implications of buying an existing LLC in Massachusetts?
What are the implications of buying an existing LLC in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by pikaboy202 at 5:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Yet another Yahoo! Pipes/RSS question...
I'd like to create a feed of all references to my web site (by searching for the domain name) on popular link farms such as reddit. [more inside]
posted by qvtqht at 5:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Best forums/groups/resources for windows administrators?
Best forums/groups/resources for windows administrators? [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 5:00 PM PST - 8 comments

why did the check i deposited come back to me?
i deposited my roommate's rent check into my account via atm at a branch of my bank, but not my branch, although it's one in the same city. why did they mail the check and my deposit slip back to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I keep the "Popularity" Column Always Active in ITMS?
How do I keep the "Popularity" Column Always Active in ITMS? I like to check out all the new music every week and for efficiency start with the "popular" songs for that album. Each time I go to a new album in the music store I have to reselect that column. Is there any way to have it always selected?
posted by LC at 4:40 PM PST - 3 comments

HTML to RSS without your own server?
Can anyone help me create an RSS feed, using Yahoo Pipes, from a list on an HTML page? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 4:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I hear you now?
Suppose I told you I'm "left-eared". Would you get it? [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 3:56 PM PST - 57 comments

ur paprz pls
Is the chip in my new Electronic Passport (US) an issue? [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 3:53 PM PST - 21 comments

Video of Space Waves
Can you think of any good video clips of waveforms in space that you've seen? They don't necessarily have to be copyright free (this is for a personal project), but they do need to be good quality and accessible to me within a few days - I'm doing this project at DVD resolution, 720 X 480... [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 3:23 PM PST - 3 comments

How much dirt can I haul in a Ford Ranger?
How much dirt can I safely haul in a Ford Ranger? [more inside]
posted by worstkidever at 3:06 PM PST - 11 comments

What to make under the broiler?
What's your favorite thing to make under the broiler? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 2:55 PM PST - 44 comments

Fantasy Baseball for lazy retards
So my friend and I want to do fantasy baseball this season, but we don't know the first thing about running one. Compounding the issue is the fact that we're too lazy to rank players, and too busy to constantly be tracking stats. What's the easiest, most low-impact fantasy baseball system for a couple of lazy fanatics?
posted by c:\awesome at 2:37 PM PST - 7 comments

We Got What You Don't Got
Help me make my US friends jealous enough to visit me in Canada. [more inside]
posted by the dief at 2:21 PM PST - 35 comments

Decent Adult club in San Francisco?
Last minute bachelor party in San Francisco. Anyone know of a decent adult club? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:19 PM PST - 8 comments

How to deal with loss of loved one.
Please suggest resources for dealing with the loss of a loved one – how to cope with grief. When you moved to the area just before it happened, you’re now all alone, and don’t have friends established, or anyone to talk to - it’s hard to cope with the enormous bills, the life change and deep emptiness. You go to work and pretend all is fine, but it’s not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 8 comments

I hear some people pay taxes. Not me though. Oh, damn.
I haven't filed (US and NJ) taxes in... hm. Possibly ever. I'd like to fix that, but have no idea what I made and when, and how to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Mexican Vacation?
Travel recommendation: short, authentic stay in Mexico? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 2:04 PM PST - 17 comments

client sees fuzzy pixels!
I can use document properties to make a pdf file open at 100% on my mac, but its all blown up and wonky in reader on PCs. Anyone know how to make 72dpi pdf files open with a 1-1 px ratio on a PC?
posted by muscat at 2:01 PM PST - 1 comments

Don't Tase Me, Hasbro
In light of the recent Mattel/Hasbro suit against Facebook's Scrabulous application, what witty sayings can I spell out in Scrabble tiles to voice my perturbation with the suit? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 1:21 PM PST - 17 comments

How could fantasy football games be improved?
If you could could develop the next generation of a fantasy fantasy football games how would you change/improve them? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 1:20 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I make cheap slide captions?
I'm after for a cheap solution to create very (very) basic captions and turn them into slides for a clunky carousel projector. Lo-fi is the aesthetic - it's for a theatre show. [more inside]
posted by klaatu at 1:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for examples of genious cover letters
Help me find examples of great cover letters. I have been looking trough the internet and all the kind of books for help with my cover letter. The trouble is all i come up with resembles the standard boring business cover letter. I am applying for very competetive jobs so i need to stand out. [more inside]
posted by ilike at 1:04 PM PST - 10 comments

wall warts for free - who wants 'em
Three mysterious power adapters. How to get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 12:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Should a divorce really cost this much?
Scots Law: We've been told that a friends divorce could cost her £30-40,000 in fees if it needs to go to court (Glasgow Sheriff Court), to be resolved. Is this possible or is it an exaggerated figure? More inside.. [more inside]
posted by Nugget at 12:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Do I get half the fo'c'sle and most of the poop deck?
Is fractional boat ownership all it's cracked up to be? If you have first- or second-hand experience with it, would you recommend it? [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 12:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me unbrick my friend's PSP
Bricked my friend's PSP while trying to get it updated to firmware 3.80 M33. Help me get it back to working order. [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods at 12:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Getting an auto dealer license just to access dealer only auctions- worth it?
Are there significant savings at dealer-only options for used cars? Enough to make the effort and cost of getting a dealer licence worth it? [more inside]
posted by upc_head at 12:35 PM PST - 10 comments

sharing internet over airport
(mac network filter)- sharing internet over airport? [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Taking my compliance training from the insurance industry to ...somewhere else
So I accepted this compliance job in the life insurance/annuities industry. I'm happy I've done it but I want to know about my expected career trajectory. [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 12:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Distilling Pittsburgh to its very essence
Pittsburgh: Can anyone familiar with the city give me some basic info and pointers and help shape my loose itinerary to best use my short time in the city? [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 11:46 AM PST - 26 comments

If I had a rhyming dictionary I could make this title rhyme
Which rhyming dictionary would you recommend? And why? [more inside]
posted by Slam I Am at 11:42 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I easily create .pdf photo-book?
How can I easily create a .pdf photo book? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by xammerboy at 11:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Lamb breast recipes?
Anybody have any good recipes for lamb breast? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 11:21 AM PST - 8 comments

ISO site that does TV recommendation based on interests
Is there a cable tv listing site that suggest shows based on interests (tagging perhaps?) [more inside]
posted by seeminglee at 11:15 AM PST - 6 comments

DocumentaryFilter: In search of BBC's "What is Religion?"
DocumentaryFilter: In search of BBC's "What is Religion?" [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 11:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Cardio for gimps
Are there any good bare-bones cardio workouts I can do while staying off an injured foot? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 11:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Free NHL stats??
I want NHL (2007/08) stats. I want as much data as I can get my hands on, in a nice, easily parsed format. But I don't really want to pay for it. Can you help me find this data on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 10:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Xbox Controller Filter
Xbox Filter: Does the black controller for the Xbox 360 really have better grip than the white one that comes with the Pro version? I'm debating weather or not the $50 is worth spending on a black one.
posted by gmodelo at 10:38 AM PST - 10 comments

How does the math work that drives an RPG?
I'm trying to program a role playing game, but I'm not sure how to do the math. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 10:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Should I apply to an internship if failing the interview imperils future prospects at the company?
Should I apply for an internship in Goldman Sachs, even though they have a reputation for blacklisting candidates that fail interviews from further openings? [more inside]
posted by bsdfish at 10:06 AM PST - 9 comments

For the love of Greek yogurt
Anyone know where to find a very, very fine mesh chinois or strainer? I seek one that will hold about a half gallon of liquid with a mesh similar in "fine-ness" (is that a word?) to those metal coffee filters. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 10:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Ingredients and nutrition facts
I am working on a label for a steak seasoning container. I have an ingredients list but need to have a qualified entity analyze and finalize it. Where can I find a service that can do that and give me other stats like calories, sodium content, total fat, etc.
posted by Mr_Zero at 9:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for citizenship education resources
Creating a citizenship class for ESOL students: any web resources, books, or other forms of support out there? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 9:43 AM PST - 1 comments

Beautiful and cheap wedding ceremony around Chicago?
Beautiful and cheap options for a wedding ceremony around Chicago? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 9:42 AM PST - 11 comments

"Views" count on Flickr rising despite that all photos have been set to private
Flickr newbie question: All of my photos are private. Why does the number of "views" at http://www.flickr.com/photos/[my Flickr username]/ keep going up despite that at http://www.flickr.com/photos/[my Flickr username]/popular-views/ it says nobody has viewed my photos? [more inside]
posted by electric water kettle at 9:37 AM PST - 13 comments

a week of day hiking in March
need suggestions for a week of day hiking in March [more inside]
posted by annoyance at 9:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Sing in Me, O Hivemind
What should a modern, semi-professional a capella choral group wear as concert attire? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy at 9:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Would you trust your data to me??
I am thinking about signing up for a service like Mozy, but I am just scared to pull the trigger? I have a lot of trouble trusting that there's no way anyone can get to my data. I'm not that important, but I suppose it could be useful to someone. Can someone explain in technical detail why I can or cannot completely trust the security surround a service like Mozy. I asked them, but they say their service is the best and it would never be compromised! Never ever! Ever!
posted by tcv at 9:10 AM PST - 11 comments

If I were to sneak a third question in the title, it'd be about where to hide a fourth one...
[computerpurchasefilter] Okay, I'm going to buy not one, but two computers in early February and I need some advice. I know this question has been asked before, but the market has changed a bit recently and I need to know for now. I want a cheap laptop that can run text edit and surf the internet and a macpro for under a 3k. [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 9:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Da da da da da da-da-da da da! Freeze Frame!
Help me freeze my VGA video signal...as cheaply as possible. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 9:02 AM PST - 1 comments

How can I keep my track lighting from catching fire?
You are an electrician. But you are not my electrician. Question about low-voltage track lighting system inside. [more inside]
posted by ook at 8:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Help us get our crappy cars fixed.
Where in Chicago can I get the brakes on a '99 VW Jetta and '98 Ford Escort replaced reliably and cheaply? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 8:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Whip-Whop: Wrapping luggage at Heathrow?
Can I get a piece of luggage wrapped in plastic at Heathrow terminal 3? [more inside]
posted by louigi at 8:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Getting out while the getting's good
Should we try to sell our house in a down market? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 7:41 AM PST - 37 comments

What's an RTS game for me?
Is there an RTS game out there for me? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 7:00 AM PST - 23 comments

Please help me climb Kili on a volunteer's budget...
Kilimanjaro-filter. I want to climb it. I don't want to pay $3k pp. Help, please. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 6:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Water vs. Tea
Is drinking unsweetened, decaffeinated tea equivalent to drinking water in terms of health benefits? [more inside]
posted by amro at 6:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Don't push me, 'cause I'm close to the edge...
I just received an anti-Huckabee push poll. Who was it from? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ at 6:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Toy Drums sets in popular recordings?
What popular or well known recordings use toy drum sets for percussion? [more inside]
posted by chillmost at 5:14 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me keep data out of the wrong hands
What are some good resources for designing an access control and permissions system? [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 4:35 AM PST - 1 comments

Where can I get feedback on my programming?
Is there some community where programmers can submit their work to each other and get feedback? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 4:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Car stalkiing
Is my old car still on the road? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 12:43 AM PST - 7 comments

To check or not to check?
Will Southwest Airlines count my messenger bag as a "personal type item" or as another carry-on item? [more inside]
posted by indyz at 12:29 AM PST - 14 comments

Advise a tomboy about some skincare essentials.
I received a $75 gift certificate to a fancy-schmancy LA beauty shop for Christmas, and could use some help to get the most bang for my gifted buck. [more inside]
posted by Scram at 12:10 AM PST - 9 comments

January 16
How do they do that??
How do you judge large horizontal or vertical distances visually, with no (or few) other objects around to compare as a reference? [more inside]
posted by brain cloud at 10:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Corcovado Breakdown
What if Getz and Gilberto were, you know, cousins? Would they still have made beautiful music together? [more inside]
posted by Acari at 10:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Have ears, have brain, willing to learn.
Where can I learn about music history and music theory for free? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d at 10:00 PM PST - 26 comments

I want my desktop and I want it on my iPhone. Please?
Does a free (read: no subscription fee) equivalent to Files2Phones (for the iPhone) exist?
posted by mezzanayne at 9:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I make an Ikea product
I need plans to make my own ikea inspired furniture, do these even exist ? [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 9:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me identify this short story!
Help me identify this short story! It is a story told from the perspective of an infant as he is free-falling through the garbage chute of a multi-level housing complex after being discarded by his teenage mother. The story is divided into nine parts, with each part signifying the baby's arrival at each floor until he finally reaches the trash compactor at the ground level. [more inside]
posted by sansgras at 9:09 PM PST - 5 comments

How to "fix" a mattress indentation?
How to "fix" a mattress indentation? I have a fairly new mattress that has slight indentation where I sleep. I analyzed it today and determined that it was caused by the box spring being slightly sagging. I don't want to return it (just cause of hassle). I'm thinking of putting plywood between the box spring and mattress. What do you all think/have done?
posted by sandmanwv at 8:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Help with black tie event accessories for the style impaired
I have to attend a black tie gala on Saturday. Help with accessories, please! [more inside]
posted by pitseleh at 8:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Florida vacation Ideas
Where is a good (NO, GREAT!) place to vacation in Florida for two old ladies, one of whom is sick and cannot bear the airport hassle. We will drive from Virginia, lay on the beach all day and let the water lap at our feet whilst we kvetch. Sis and I like art, history and snorkeling, and the ex-hippie in me always wanted to explore Key West but understand it's beaches are less than desireable. Need to rest yet hunger for knowledge and new adventures. Have looked at cruises but there are none that float my boat (excuse the pun) at this time. I really want to miss spring break crowds too.
posted by ~Sushma~ at 7:51 PM PST - 31 comments

My laptop is killing my sanity!
Okay, hive mind wise ones, please help save my sanity. I have an HP Pavilion dv9000 laptop that I bought in September. In general, it works great... except at random times, when I'm online, and the whole damn thing freezes up. [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah at 7:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me handle this complicated crush.
What to do now? I'm a single, mid-thirties female, and I have a crush. Oh, wait. It's a lot more complicated than that. I'm sorry this is so long... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:38 PM PST - 37 comments

Commitment Issues
I can't commit to anything. Please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 PM PST - 23 comments

How long do "First Class" stamps work?
I have U.S. postage stamps labeled as "First Class" (no monetary value), which are dated 2006. Will one stamp still get a letter to its destination?
posted by mkultra at 7:32 PM PST - 13 comments

I need inspiration for my letterpress projects.
I'm taking a letterpress class and need inspiration for things to print. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 7:20 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me with Excel, please.
Can someone help me come up with an Excel formula? I have a column, and each row in the column has a 9 or 10 digit number. I want to apply a formula that will recognize only those numbers with 9 digits and when one is discovered, it should place a "0" in front of the number to make it a 10-digit number. I will explain why inside. [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 7:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Are all US postage stamps now self-adhesive?
Are all US postage stamps now self-adhesive? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 7:08 PM PST - 12 comments

a massive book of freaky beasties
Massive, gorgeous book of illustrated biological species and specimens, possibly Victorian-era, found at Z Gallerie a year or so ago -- help! [more inside]
posted by changeling at 6:34 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I get a macintosh to recognize a digital camera again?
What can I do to have a Macintosh G4 laptop to recognize a Pentax Optio 33WR digital camera? It once did, but it has since stopped. [more inside]
posted by humannaire at 6:19 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get rid of small bumps on forehead?
I seem to have a perpetual set of quite small, flesh-colored or slightly red, acne-like bumps on my forehead. These are not too obvious (though they show when I tilt my forehead in the light as imperfections in the skin), and don't look grotesque or anything. They are not pus-filled nor do they hurt when touched. How do I make them go away? Daily face-washing doesn't do much, and the one time I had a facial didn't really help either.
posted by Malad at 6:15 PM PST - 12 comments

The mass of neutrons versus protons? The existence of matter?
Why do neutrons have more mass than protons? [more inside]
posted by bookish at 5:33 PM PST - 31 comments

Which prosumer (ack) HDV camera should we purchase?
My friend and I are looking at HDV cameras and trying to decide right now between Panasonic's HVX200, Canon's XL H1, Sony's V1U, and JVC's HD110U (an upgrade of the HD100U, I believe). We're leaning toward the HD110U because of what we've seen of its picture quality, ability to switch lenses, and reported ease of use. Which one should we buy, what are the pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk at 5:30 PM PST - 3 comments

help my mom refinance her home?
Assuming that the feds are indeed going to cut rates significantly at the end of this month, should my mom wait until after that to refinance her home mortgage? [more inside]
posted by robotdog at 5:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Installing software on an OLPC?
Can anyone help me put Celtx on an OLPC? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 4:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Boston Neurologist Request
Does anyone know a neurologist in the Boston, MA area that they have had good experiences with? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 4:39 PM PST - 3 comments

How to cook beans?
Is there a way to cook beans that will reduce the amount of gas I will "produce" after consuming them? [more inside]
posted by oldlies at 4:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Is there an restaurant called Indus Valley on Queen West in Toronto?
Is there a restaurant called "Indus Valley" on Queen St. West in Toronto, west of Bathurst? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 4:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Can't a girl get her upgrade?
Is the iPod touch update out in the UK yet? Because I can go to it on the itunes store, but it seems to be completely greyed the *((&! out! [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 4:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Help us have a few adventures together before we're parents!
My husband and I are due to have our first child in May. We're thrilled, but starting to realize how much our lives will change once the kid arrives. We'd like to do a few things in these next few months that we won't be able to do once we have the baby. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 4:10 PM PST - 34 comments

Words and pictures, together at last
Taking text notes with incorporated image thumbnails: there's gotta be an application that does exactly what I need. [more inside]
posted by doift at 3:55 PM PST - 4 comments

throwing a wintry party
What are some cheap & lovely ideas for a winter-themed house-party here in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 3:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Djangos closed
Does anyone know what happened to Djangos, the online retailer of used CDs and DVDs?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Don't leave your archives on the balcony.
What is the movie that makes Richard Roeper's "heart ... so cold"? [more inside]
posted by seldomfun at 3:34 PM PST - 2 comments

How to limit daughter's access to wireless internet
Please help my friend limit his daughter's access to the internet at night. [more inside]
posted by Turtles all the way down at 3:13 PM PST - 27 comments

Salvaging my Swatch
I have several Swatch watches that have all lost a small piece of glass set in the knob used to change the time. Can this be replaced? I've been to several Swatch stores that have told me they can't fix this. What about a jeweler?
posted by anonymous78 at 3:11 PM PST - 2 comments

When is formal offensive?
In a discussion with a co-worker today, it was mentioned that I seemed too "formal," and that another, unnamed co-worker, had brought it up and said that they found this formality offensive. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 3:05 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me create a database to give money away
Help me design a small Access application to run a prize drawing. As I see it, the MC will open the application and click the Draw button, which will select from the available prizes for that month. Once drawn, that prize becomes unavailable. MC will then type in the winner's name and click Save, setting the form ready for the next contestant. Specs and examples follow. [more inside]
posted by kc0dxh at 2:41 PM PST - 8 comments

SO LOSER
whats the best way to go up to a girl in a club?
posted by kowboy at 2:29 PM PST - 35 comments

So small you could trip over it....
Today's post about Niagara Falls reminded me of a place I'd been as a teenager. Help me find the mini Niagara Falls! [more inside]
posted by jdfan at 1:56 PM PST - 3 comments

peru vs unknown destination in central america?
travelfilter: Peru vs. elsewhere: best places to go/things to do in central/south america? [more inside]
posted by nerdcore at 1:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Give up career for life abroad following spouse?
US Foreign Service filter: What's it like to leave school and future career to become a trailing male spouse? [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel at 12:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Best way to archive my music?
How can I archive my music? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 12:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Which essay does David Foster Wallace mean?
To which essay is David Foster Wallace referring in his final footnote in the introduction to "Best American Essays 2007?" [more inside]
posted by rjacobs at 12:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Bali-based DJ requires wardrobe assistance.
How can my Bali-based US DJ friend improve and extend his wardrobe? [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 12:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Pandora's box
Oh, Christ. I just clicked on someone's profile on Facebook. I really don't want them to know I found them there. If it's an open profile, meaning a relative stranger could find it and open it with no restrictions, will this person get any kind of notification that I viewed it?
posted by pomegranate at 12:41 PM PST - 23 comments

Alternatives to vet's recommended (expensive) treatment for puppy?
Puppy has developed bald patches on head and face. Antibiotics prescribed by vet a month ago haven't helped. Should the puppy's owner have a very expensive biopsy done, or just leave it alone and hope it goes away? [more inside]
posted by Ruby Doomsday at 12:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Dude, where's my stock?
Help me find my lost stocks [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 12:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Shoppingfilter: new mum wants a posh leather backpack, is getting a bit neurotic about it
I used to have nice purses. Now I have a baby. I want a posh, probably leather, backpack to tote around for the next few years. [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 12:18 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I best reapply to a job I really want ?
Last October, I applied for a library job that I really want. In December, they sent me a nice letter saying they weren't hiring anyone right then, but might relist it in 2008, and if they did, please reapply. (There are some comments that suggest they liked my application quite a bit, but that might just have been a pleasant form letter.) They've now relisted the job: how do I put my best foot forward on the reapplication? [more inside]
posted by modernhypatia at 12:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Must...stop...eating. (Oh, and shopping, too.)
I've come to the conclusion that I might have an eating disorder. Or an addiction problem. Or perhaps ADHD. Or is it OCD (minus the C). Help me make sense of this. [more inside]
posted by missuswayne at 12:12 PM PST - 20 comments

vacation compatible RSS: how can I cache one month of feed items?
Say that I will go travelling for one month without internet access. For my email that poses no problem. All incoming mails wait for me in gmail when I get back. But how can I similarly avoid missing content in the many RSS feeds I regularly read? Can some online service cache all the feeds for me? [more inside]
posted by nolnar at 11:58 AM PST - 14 comments

Green Tea health
Can green tea be blended? I empty a pack of green tea leaves into my morning smoothie, so my question is.. do the leeaves have to be immersed in hot water for me to absorb the benefits of it? Or do I get the same benefits as long as the leaves are inside my body and being digested? It's much simpler to simply empty a bag into a smoothie rather than wait for water to boil and steep it. I want to know if I'm sacraficing any antioxident absorbtion.
posted by princeofpersiaxz at 11:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Normalize a survey on multiple variables
Help me hivemind: What methodology should be used to weight survey sample data, using two weighting variables (for example age and gender), to reflect an actual population? [more inside]
posted by mtstover at 11:46 AM PST - 4 comments

What are my options?
What usually happens to vested stock options when a private company buys a public company (or a part of the company)? [more inside]
posted by tdischino at 11:46 AM PST - 6 comments

ftp
I'm trying to use smartftp or filezilla to get files on my computer to my website. I use A Small Orange for hosting and I can connect to the servers using the clients, but I'm not sure what I need to do then to get my site up. Please help. [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 11:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Canadian nurses in Engalnd? Anglophone nurses in Montreal?
How easy is it for a Canadian nurse to work in England? And how easy would it be for an anglophone nurse from Ontario to find work in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 11:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Tennis shoes, anyone?
My boyfriend needs a pair of tennis court shoes, but heartily dislikes shopping. He has narrow feet, and his last shoes gave him an ingrown toenail, so fit is really important. Tennis magazine has recommended Adidas Barricade IV, KSwiss Ascendor SLT or Nike Air Vapor, but we can't seem to find any stores in Austin that have them so that he can try them on, and it just seems stupid to buy a shoe in which fit really matters online. Basically, we're looking for recommendations for other shoes for narrow feet, as well as help finding a store that sells decent tennis court shoes so that he doesn't have to go to a bunch of different places. Thanks!
posted by odayoday at 11:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me spoil my little apple monster
This year when I host the Swan family's Easter celebration as I always do, I'd like to serve an apple-based dessert for the sake of one of my nieces, who LOVES anything apple. She doesn't seem to much like cake of any kind. She does love apple pie and apple crumble/crisp, but they seem too ordinary. What recipes do you have for a *special* apple-based dessert?
posted by orange swan at 11:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Becoming a Strategy Consultant.
I'm almost finished with my Masters in International Business and have started sending out job applications to a number of companies, nearly all of which are involved in strategic consultancy. The top companies, quite understandably, are fiercely competitive. I know I have what it takes, but I want the best chance possible of showing them that too. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 10:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Fall Feast Day?
A friend of mine says that schools are starting to use the label Fall Feast Day instead of Thanksgiving. Is that true? And if so, what was wrong with Thanksgiving?
posted by rsol44 at 10:50 AM PST - 28 comments

What is the most popular soft drink?
What is the most popular carbonated soft drink in the US or UK? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 10:38 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I view all my brokerage accounts at once?
Are there any websites which will access several different online brokerage/401k accounts and display the information all in one place? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark at 10:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Stomp stomp stomp, KILL
Some new neighbors just moved into the flat above us. How do I reduce the noise of their constant stomping? Would asking them nicely render a solution? And more importantly, is there some stomping disorder in modern psychology that I should know about? Because their flat is the same size and layout as ours, which isn't that big at all (you can walk across the hall to the door in about 10 steps) and I am genuinely baffled at how much stomping can indeed be done in such a capacity.
posted by bondgirl53001 at 10:21 AM PST - 35 comments

Some rather clueless questions about using undocumented APIs in Windows
Some rather clueless questions about using undocumented APIs in Windows [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 9:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Do Europeans/NON U.S. citizen read more than Americans?
Do Europeans read more books than U.S. consumers? How about the rest of the world versus the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 9:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Powerbook charging troubles
Help me diagnose my Powerbook’s power supply woes. [more inside]
posted by rtha at 9:32 AM PST - 11 comments

What Percentage of Equity for Soft. Eng. at a fresh startup?
What Percentage of Equity to expect from a Startup in Options? [more inside]
posted by morallybass at 9:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Clean, upbeat, non-love songs
I'm looking for clean, upbeat songs that are NOT about love. I just need one business-appropriate one to edit a "Candids" video of business people at a sales meeting to. The client is super picky and wants pop music with exactly the right lyrics and a "high-energy" tempo. They liked the lyrics to "Oh Yeah" by Macy Gray but didn't think it was upbeat enough. Any ideas?
posted by nicholm at 9:18 AM PST - 30 comments

Up, up and away!
Well, I did it. Due to most unfortunate circumstances, I flew on an airplane for the first time in 8 years. As awful as the reasons were, the entire world has been opened up to me and I am now extremely excited by my renewed ability to travel the skies, and seek advice. Much length follows. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 9:12 AM PST - 28 comments

eggs are yucky, what isn't?
What is a good breakfast? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 9:09 AM PST - 56 comments

How to use The Mouse?
Copyright filter, again! There have been lots and lots of threads discussing trademark vs. copyright, etc, but in my searching I did not find the answer to this question: what will happen when Mickey Mouse goes out of copyright? [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 9:08 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I be cheap and have a good website?
Anyone know where a pair of clueless artists can find some free website design templates? [more inside]
posted by Bageena at 9:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Leather Wallet Care: How do I stop the breakdown of my wallet?
Leather Wallet Care: How do I stop the breakdown of my wallet? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 8:51 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I create a TV schedule based on a topic?
How do I create a TV schedule based on a topic? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 8:44 AM PST - 4 comments

How to be a good PM.
Help me be a good product manager. [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 8:41 AM PST - 17 comments

Should I keep investing in this policy?
I've had a North Western Mutual Variable Life policy for a few years. How bad of an investment is it? Does it make sense to keep it, or should I get out now? What penalty would I have for getting out now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Creating an easy-to-import photo archive for iPhoto?
How can I make it really easy for someone to import my photos into iPhoto? [more inside]
posted by tocts at 7:53 AM PST - 8 comments

787 WTF?
What's the skinny on the latest 787 delay? Any good insider-y blogs available covering that mess? Thanks.
posted by matteo at 7:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Co-op letter writing help
I need to write a friend a recommendation letter for a co-op where he is trying to buy an apartment here in NYC. I've never done this before. What kinds of things should I say in the letter besides the usual "I've known him for ten years and he's a stand up guy" sort of thing?
posted by josher71 at 7:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Virtual Windows
How do I make fake windows? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 6:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Shuffling a pile of papers
I have a moderately-sized pile of papers (say, several dozen) in front of me. What's a quick way of getting them thoroughly shuffled by hand? I am familiar with lots of shuffling algorithms, but they don't work well by hand, and techniques like riffle shuffle that work well with small, stiff cards don't work well with standard sheets of paper.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Movies with Mysterious Jews?
My wife (raised Catholic) and I (raised Jewish) were watching The Exorcist the other day, and she turned to me and asked me if there was any movie where Jews were depicted as secretive, mysterious, and spooky. The best I could do was Lenny Meyer and his fellow Hasids in Pi. [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 6:25 AM PST - 27 comments

How do I stop a sibling from disposing of property before the estate has gone to probate?
I need probate law advice. My sibling is acting unilaterally to dispose of personal property and accessing our father's bank account before the estate has gone to probate. How can I stop this? [more inside]
posted by pussyfoot at 6:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me find a church for me and my family.
Churchfilter: How can i find out which church is for me and my family? [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 6:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I call the Secret Service over credit card fraud?
My credit card info was stolen by someone in Nigeria. Should I contact the Secret Service? [more inside]
posted by uvaleg at 6:14 AM PST - 19 comments

How long can I listen to The Archers (using mobile 'phone streaming media)?
I've just changed mobile 'phone provider to T-Mobile's Web'n'walk Max, which allows me 'unlimited' web access (up to 3Gb/month which is their 'fair use' limit). So, this means I can now listen to Radio 4 online (at 20.7Kbps live, I'm informed by my PDA) - but how much radio can I listen to before I exceed my limit (bearing in mind I'll be wanting to do a bit of surfing etc. too)?
posted by timpollard at 6:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Very fine dining recommendations in DC with young kids?
Our kids are 1 and 4. It's my folks' 40th anniversary as well as the one year old's birthday and my folks are treating, so this means going somewhere really nice, expensive, and five star. But where in DC? [more inside]
posted by poppo at 5:40 AM PST - 12 comments

Pinnacle Video Card and Old Pc - Can they work together?
I'd like to get some Hi-8 videos into to my PC via a Sony Handycam using a video S cable through a Pinnacle DC10 plus card. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 5:34 AM PST - 1 comments

How can I focus on tedious tasks?
Sometimes at my job I have to do boring things. I want to be able to hunker down and just get things done, but I just can't focus. [more inside]
posted by Dec One at 5:22 AM PST - 18 comments

online program to send photo batches
Help me send batches of large photos online for free without downloading software [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 5:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Awesome bt defunct record labels?
Can you think of any brilliant but now defunct or disestablished record labels? I'm looking for labels that were innovative, successful, fondly remembered or way ahead of their time. [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine at 3:37 AM PST - 52 comments

How can I encourage my talkative boss to stick to a meeting agenda?
How can I encourage my talkative boss to stick to a meeting agenda? [more inside]
posted by katala at 3:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Tendering proof of divorce online
I would like to be able to prove whether somebody I've met online is actually divorced (or not). What are the ways I can do this? [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 3:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Unknown upcoming actors/actresses
Does anyone know where can I find information on the internet about unknown actors(even though you recognize their faces) that appear on certain commercials on national TV spots? [more inside]
posted by idontpay at 2:20 AM PST - 2 comments

January 15
Where/how do I smoke and remain social?
Illinois' statewide smoking ban went into effect January 1st. Now, instead of being warm and cozy inside the bar, I'm cold and grumpy outside. Does anyone have any tips and tricks, preferably someone who's "lived" through a smoking ban of their own? (e.g. New York) [more inside]
posted by kpmcguire at 11:10 PM PST - 25 comments

How to get tickets to an invite-only debate?
How can I get tickets to the Democratic debate in Los Angeles on January 31, 2008? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 10:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Boating; which are the best online discussion forums for motor boats?
I just moved onto the Puget Sound and need a small, affordable, transportable power boat and want suggestions from you about the best online boating discussion forums to ask further questions! [more inside]
posted by Ligament at 9:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Yoga in Spanish or sign language in th