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January 31
How can I get alone time as a (new) parent?
Fellow introverts, and others who need lots of alone time: How did you deal with becoming a parent? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso at 11:48 PM PST - 13 comments

5th Year PhD Blues
Help me maintain some perspective. [more inside]
posted by xm at 10:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Scotch Font
Seeking help identifying the font on this Scotch Decanter Label Chain. Appears to have been done by hand because of the variations in the "c". Also, the "c" looks like a "g".
posted by mlis at 9:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there any hope for my drab, almost-perfect journal?
Is there any chance I could change the color of a leather journal - whether slightly or significantly - without removing the non-leather portions (thus destroying the journal)? Or am I stuck with it how it is? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 9:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me feed the cow while giving the milk for free...
I've created some educational materials (pdf / mp3 / ogg) that I would like to offer on the internet for free, probably under a Creative Commons license. I want the materials on their own website with their own domain name -- how can I make enough money to cover the domain / hosting / bandwidth costs? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 8:45 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you apply to positions at big name companies like Discovery and National Geographic?
How do you apply to positions at big name companies like Discovery and National Geographic? It seems that the main conduit to HR is online through their site, but their forms are so generic, I wonder how anyone could stand out. [more inside]
posted by Chromakey at 8:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Ikea meatball help.
Help me with frozen meatballs. Wow, that sounds sad. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 7:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Evil, evil c5.zedo
C5.zedo keeps opening tabs on Firefox and redirecting me to poker sites! I've run Sophos and Ad-Aware and the problem keeps continuing. Has anyone managed to get rid of zedo?
posted by TorontoSandy at 7:54 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I start investing my money?
My New Year's resolution is to develop a grown-up financial plan for myself. What should I be doing in terms of investments? [more inside]
posted by curiouskitty at 7:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me measure my monitor accurately.
I've been told to measure monitor size diagonally from the screen only. I've been shopping for a used CRT monitor between 19" and 22". I just bought one, which the seller (seems honest) swears was labelled 19" on the box when it was bought new 8 years ago. By my ruler, it couldn't be more than 15". Am I missing something here? What can you tell me to help explain this seeming discrepancy? Any tips regarding used monitor shopping and measuring would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by SociologistTina at 7:34 PM PST - 14 comments

How long 'til the bill collectors go away? It's been more than 10 years for a $50 debt...
How long 'til the bill collectors go away? It's been more than 10 years for a $50 debt... [more inside]
posted by giddygirlie at 7:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Airplane hallucinations?
While descending in a plane, I saw strange swimming lights. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by Rinku at 7:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Google Phone and Google Calendar
I have a Google phone (G1) and a Google account. So, of course, my phone calendar is linked to my Google Calendar. Or at least, it should be. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 7:06 PM PST - 2 comments

tea question
Do Brits drink "British Breakfast" tea, and the Irish drink "Irish Breakfast" tea? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 7:02 PM PST - 41 comments

Pissed.
My mother was just assaulted a few moments ago. I am in VA, she is in DC. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by guniang at 6:40 PM PST - 10 comments

When the Mouse IS the Sticky Trap
How to stop my mouse from feeling all greasy and sticky. (Despite the sound of the question, this is in fact SFW.) [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez at 5:39 PM PST - 14 comments

If I can't change my environment I must change myself.
If you were once susceptible to mold and other air quality issues but have since strengthened your immunity how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 5:16 PM PST - 11 comments

What animated short did I watch?
What animated short did I watch? [more inside]
posted by dcams at 4:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Demand: Law. Gravity: Just a theory.
How would you go about proving that the law of demand does not exist? [more inside]
posted by johannahdeschanel at 4:44 PM PST - 8 comments

[do] leave the light on, baby
We've been in our apartment for six months this February. We have yet to receive an electric bill. [more inside]
posted by meghosaurus at 4:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me pick a latex mattress!
Mattressfilter: What are your experiences with latex mattresses, particularly with IKEA latex mattresses? For someone with back problems, details inside. [more inside]
posted by threeturtles at 4:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Markdown to web-publishing workflow
Info-management filter: Is there a software/script that will take my several directories full of Markdown-formatted txt files and publish them into html pages? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 3:56 PM PST - 7 comments

A short trip to D.C.
Things to do in Washington, D.C. on Feb 6-8th. [more inside]
posted by hxc at 2:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Not touched by an angel...
Trying to remember the name of a Young Adult or children's series about guardian angels. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 2:37 PM PST - 1 comments

iPhone: my ears are happy, but my eyes are bored.
I'm looking for a very specific sort of game for the iPhone: one that (a) takes almost no conscious brain power and (b) doesn't interfere with my iTunes music. I want a game I can play while listening to iTunes. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 2:31 PM PST - 28 comments

House hunting in England
Are there any websites, books or films that list the estates used in British period drama movies and television programs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 2:22 PM PST - 3 comments

HowTo keep it Indented as Intended with Scribus
How can I insert computer code samples (e.g. Python) using scribus? [more inside]
posted by aroberge at 2:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Rent a Guitar in D.C., is it possible?
I need to rent a Guitar (acousitc or electric) in Washington D.C., is it possible? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 1:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Narrative schizophrenia
Trying to find stories that begin and end in totally different genres/styles. [more inside]
posted by minkll at 12:42 PM PST - 35 comments

"Sea Space" history?
Can someone help me find more information on the "ship" in this photo taken somewhere in the San Francisco East Bay area in 1977? [more inside]
posted by cosmac at 12:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Where do I go to get my timed trivia fix?
What are some websites with "name X in Y minutes" format quizzes like Sporcle and Mental Floss? [more inside]
posted by fructose at 12:20 PM PST - 2 comments

What tax software should we use?
My wife and I want to do our taxes at home using a software program like Turbo Tax. However, I have a W-2 from Wisconsin, and she has W-2s from both Wisconsin and Illinois. Turbo Tax won't let you use W-2s from different states. Is there any software available that will let you use W-2s from more than one state?
posted by drezdn at 12:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Fallout 3 on a Mac?
Best way to play Fallout 3 on my Intel Mac running Leopard? [more inside]
posted by Pants! at 11:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Reward for Information!
Can you identify this 1950s robotic dog? [more inside]
posted by levijk at 11:46 AM PST - 1 comments

Seeking Accountant in St. Louis
Looking for an accountant in St. Louis. [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 11:39 AM PST - 1 comments

Don't Touch me.
I'd like recommendations on an alternative to the iPod Touch. [more inside]
posted by pjern at 11:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Easy On/Easy Off
Can a Staples "Easy" button be used as an on/off switch for a desktop computer? If so, how?
posted by Heatwole at 11:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Brazilian Portuguese Books?
Help me find some (somewhat easy to read) books in Brazilian Portuguese! [more inside]
posted by comwiz at 11:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Escrow Services for Software Development
I need a good international escrow service for some software development I am doing. Any recommendations?
posted by srboisvert at 11:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Pokemon font?
Is there a dingbats font that uses Pokemon as characters or can this be done with Unicode? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan at 10:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me negotiate a new lease
How should I go about negotiating a new lease with my leasing company? Ideally I would pay the same or less in monthly rent. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 10:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Just how much can you figure out from an autopsy?
[Science in Movies Filter] In the opera scene in Quantum of Solace, a bodyguard is shot immediately after being dropped of a roof by Bond. [more inside]
posted by niles at 10:43 AM PST - 16 comments

I want more female New Orleans bounce artists from the mid-nineties.
Music nerds: I'm looking for more female New Orleans bounce artists from the mid-nineties. Can you help me with this very narrow field of search? [more inside]
posted by vas deference at 10:37 AM PST - 1 comments

Does it really come when you least expect it?
Are you a person whose romantic life started comparatively late--say, in your mid-twenties or later? Tell me your story! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:26 AM PST - 14 comments

What would YOU buy if YOU were traveling to China?
What would YOU buy if YOU were traveling to China? [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness at 10:23 AM PST - 26 comments

Sister molested, police won't help. What can I do?
My sister was molested, and the authorities haven't done a thing. Is there anything I can do to move this along? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:09 AM PST - 18 comments

I don't know why I can't think two steps ahead...
How do I get references for a second job (one I'd leave my current job for, not a concurrent one)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I recover from a heartbreak?
Yet another breakup, heartbroken related question. [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 9:56 AM PST - 10 comments

This iPod thing ought to be a useful navigation tool.
Is there a good way to carry around maps on an iPod Touch for offline viewing, without jailbreaking the thing? Taking screenshots from Google and transferring them to the iPod is inelegant and unsatisfactory, but I can't find anything in the iTunes store that looks like it will do this. Does anybody know of either an app that I've overlooked or an acceptable hack?
posted by nowonmai at 9:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Getting to Newark from Manhattan
Cheapest way to get to Newark airport from the city? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 9:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Virtual Personal Assistant?
PersonalAssistantFilter: Anyone used Timesvr?. So I don't particularly care for Tim Ferrrrissss (who does?), but do love the idea of having a virtual personal assistant. Has anyone used this service, and what do you think? [more inside]
posted by mrstrotsky at 9:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Top ten reasons to live in Muncie (other than Letterman jokes)
What's to like about Muncie, Indiana? [more inside]
posted by joe vrrr at 9:28 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I post many photos for a group to view?
I'm taking lots of photos for my community theater group, and I want to post them online for cast members to view and download. What's the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by rdauphin at 9:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find a new toothpaste.
Burt's Bees toothpaste filter: what alternative toothpaste are you using since they have discontinued this product? [more inside]
posted by snugglebunny at 9:19 AM PST - 7 comments

How about that Super Bowl? By the way, I think you might have borderline personality disorder.
How does one tell a friend that they might have borderline personality disorder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 AM PST - 25 comments

photographic equipment
Old-style black and white photographic developing filter: Can someone help me identify a piece of kit? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 8:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there a way to create folders or otherwise organize my email inbox?
Is there an app/script/somethin'-sweet I can install on my Mac(s) that will allow me to organize my email INBOX? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 8:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Mapping Smartphone Appointments with GMM
Is there a way to get calendar locations into Google Maps Mobile on a Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone? [more inside]
posted by chengjih at 8:19 AM PST - 1 comments

new car - which engine?
Buying a new car: Is it reasonable to spend 1500$ on a more powerful engine? [more inside]
posted by mitocan at 8:01 AM PST - 33 comments

Mac busted?
Is my Macbook's HD broken? Unable to boot, more details inside. [more inside]
posted by djgh at 7:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Did Google break today?
Did Google break today? Please reassure me that this is a mistake. [more inside]
posted by kellygreen at 7:05 AM PST - 13 comments

This search engine may harm your sanity.
How can I stop every Google search result being flagged as "This site may harm your computer"? [more inside]
posted by stepheno at 7:04 AM PST - 4 comments

How to test A/C in cold weather.
Buying a used car in the winter, how can i test to see if the A/C works? [more inside]
posted by unreasonable at 6:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for old Flash-based "Made Out of Meat"
Way back in the history of the web, when Flash was brand-new, someone did a great version of Terry Bisson's "They're Made Out of Meat" in animated Flash. It was incredibly funny. I've searched for years, but haven't been able to find this version. Anybody know if it's still out there?
posted by zachawry at 5:34 AM PST - 4 comments

The bubbles.....they MOVE!
I need to buy a lava lamp last minute...can anyone give me some pointers of where to look?
posted by SNACKeR at 4:59 AM PST - 10 comments

family business fail in the second generation - so what?
Family businesses don't survive to the second generation very often and even less to the third, who cares? How many non-family businesses survive that long anyway. [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 3:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Is my son jealous? Or struggling to cope with change?
Why is my 7 year old acting like this, when he seems to like my new boyfriend? And what do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 12:47 AM PST - 43 comments

Husband miscarriage woe
Post-miscarriage expectations. [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish at 12:26 AM PST - 18 comments

January 30
Multiple Mystery Songs
Three songs I'm looking for - various degrees of difficulty... [more inside]
posted by batmonkey at 10:33 PM PST - 7 comments

If I could remember its title, I wouldn't be posting
[LostWebsiteFilter] Do you remember the thesaurus-like site that suggested words related to your keyword in a beautiful, branching, interactive graph? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 10:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Not a deadbeat but I play one on TV
Rentalfilter: Would you rent to me? I'm not a complete deadbeat, but I am paranoid about looking for a new place to live in the coming months. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:18 PM PST - 8 comments

I CAN HAZ LYRICS?
Fucked Up's "Chemistry of Common Life" -- lyrics available anywhere in a printable version?
posted by bardic at 9:54 PM PST - 5 comments

BF laid off! Can't hire electircian, plenty of time no money.
Wiring question: What is this crazy non-standard switch I need? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 9:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Upbeat jazzy techno
Stupid question about a particular flavor of techno music. [more inside]
posted by knave at 9:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Gedankensexperiment
People say condoms are 95-98 percent effective, if used correctly. How does that figure compare to other risky things, like commuting to work, riding a motorcycle, riding a bicycle in traffic, etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find a list of FAFSA deadlines?
Where can I get a list of universities in the U.S, and when their application deadlines for receipt of the FAFSA (Federal Application For Student Aid) is due? I'm making general movements towards grad school, but I have no idea where yet. Some schools have a FAFSA deadline of January 31; which ones?
posted by duende at 9:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Screenplay Structure of The Wrestler
Is Robert Siegel's screenplay for The Wrestler an example of a two-act structure? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard at 8:42 PM PST - 7 comments

How much for the kids?
What is the dollar amount in benefits that, say, a single parent with 14 children would earn per month? [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy at 8:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Foood
Restaurants in the South Bay? [more inside]
posted by troy at 7:44 PM PST - 15 comments

International Valentine?
How can I send flowers from the US to someone in France? Or, what should I send instead? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 7:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me figure out his intentions
Yet another dating question. Maintaining constant contact but not actually asking me out again - what's the deal? [more inside]
posted by longwalks at 5:10 PM PST - 29 comments

This "metronomic" shaker sound is annoying me. What's it there for?
Could someone explain this strange sound that I hear at the start of each bar in various acoustic piano tracks? [more inside]
posted by tra at 5:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Tips as to UNIX Shell Script to Programmatically Save a Webpage as a Text File
I'm writing a shell script to take a webpage and convert it into a text file. I'd appreciate tips as to how to store URLs, save the file with the URL's title as its name, and also just general tips as to how to improve the script and/or achieve the process better. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 4:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Please identify the possible English origins of this Finnish song
Is the Finnish song linked inside based on an English song? [more inside]
posted by terrortubby at 4:30 PM PST - 1 comments

Can I use my DSL modem/router to act only as a wireless router?
Can I use my DSL modem/router to act only as a wireless router? [more inside]
posted by ocha-no-mizu at 4:04 PM PST - 14 comments

How does accepting Section 8 affect the future marketability of a two-family rental property?
How does accepting Section 8 affect the future marketability of a two-family rental property? [more inside]
posted by fishthefly at 3:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Replace a Gateway Laptop LCD?
My girlfriend's Gateway T-6836 just fell. Her screen is broken and she called me in tears. I found a replacement screen, but will it work? And how can I replace it? [more inside]
posted by nokry56 at 2:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Japan or bust: recommend a camera
I'm planning on going to Japan later on in the year, and I need a new camera. [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan at 2:25 PM PST - 22 comments

The piece of paper that shows you care
I don't believe in marriage. Everyone around my partner and me is getting married and she's getting depressed. How can I show my girl I love her just as much as the guys in rental tuxedos love theirs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:24 PM PST - 134 comments

help with a wacky, wonderful kid
Strategies needed for negotiating with my 6 year old kid's school re: rules, behavior, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:24 PM PST - 26 comments

Most bang for the buck
Financefilter: Better to buy sterling now in bulk, or monthly for a year? [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Here Kitty Kitty
So...after hearing some thumping I assumed was just ice falling off my gutters, I realize I have two cats living in the crawlspace under my back addition. [more inside]
posted by timsteil at 1:58 PM PST - 13 comments

What to do when depression disrupts your relationships?
What to do when depression disrupts your relationships? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 1:57 PM PST - 14 comments

How to have exactly the same navigation, the same themes, and yet different backgrounds for three blogs on the same website?
I'd like to have a wordpress website with basically three sections, each blogs. Each must have the same layout, same theme, same navigation, but the background image must be different for each blog. Also, I'd like each blog to have links to each of the others. So, the navigation bar at the top of every page would have the following: home | about | blog1 | blog2 | blog 3 | contact. Can wordpress cover it, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 1:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Really Big iPhones Are Not in Budget
Cheap touchscreens + Linux (?) + full-screen browser? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 1:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Small mobile development start up looking for advice on becoming an LLC and paying freelacers.
Small mobile development start up looking for advice on becoming an LLC and paying freelacers. [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Advice for timing a move and getting a "deal" in a tough rental market?
Advice for timing a move and getting a great deal in a tough rental market? [more inside]
posted by limonade at 12:56 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm not talking about Stone Temple Pilots
How to prepare one's body, mind and bicycle for a 200 mi bike ride? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:55 PM PST - 26 comments

Help with workflow from Handbrake to Premiere CS4, please
Art teacher / animation project / OS X 10.5 : I am using Handbrake to rip portions of DVDs into digital files. I would like to edit these files with Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 into 2-12 second segments. I need a little help figuring out how to do this properly, please. [more inside]
posted by Slothrop at 12:49 PM PST - 4 comments

To Be and Not To Be
Looking for examples of 'happy' and 'sad' renditions of a work within the western classical repertoire. [more inside]
posted by Gyan at 12:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Naked Nymph?
The Naked Nymph is s'posed to be a cocktail. I went looking for the recipe, and couldn't find it. Anyone ever heard of/had a Naked Nymph? Know what's in it?
posted by blue andrea at 12:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Paper Lady/Paper Lace/She's a lady song
Paper Lady/Lace/She's a Lady earworm. Trying to recall a song from my childhood (1970s/early 80s)... [more inside]
posted by highrise at 12:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I have the ear miggly due to my wisdom teeth?
Ever since having my wisdom teeth removed last summer, I've been experiencing persistent crackling in my right ear. Is it related? [more inside]
posted by scarykarrey at 12:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I make better use of my iPod Touch's calendar?
Please help me use the calendar feature on my iPod Touch more effectively. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 12:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I get Lao Beer quick?
Where can I get Beer Lao in or around Raleigh NC in the next 24 hours? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 12:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Anyone Know of a Traveling Masseuse in NYC?
I'm looking for an extremely reputable and professional massage therapist to visit an office in midtown Manhattan and give several (15 or so) 10 - 15 minute neck-and-shoulder massages to the individuals who work in the office. HELP!! [more inside]
posted by kayzie at 12:24 PM PST - 3 comments

The Dimensions of a Tuning Fork
Would someone please give me the dimensions of a tuning fork, such as one used to tune a musical instrument? I'm an amateur machinist and I thought it might be fun to try making one this weekend for my granddaughter to play with. [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 12:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Seattle-area antique furniture appraiser?
Seattle-area antique furniture appraiser? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 11:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Keffiyeh Tying
We're in the depths of an icy winter here in Kentucky and I've been wearing a keffiyeh like this, which has helped a lot. When it's less cold/windy I pull the parts extending over my head and face down and it forms a pretty good torus of cloth around my neck. What other ways can I wear it? How do you do this?
posted by phrontist at 11:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Conveying emphasis & tone in text
Does formatted text convey a certain tone of voice to you? My not-really-thought-out take is that bold text is loud, italic text is clearly enunciated, & ALL CAPS TEXT is slow, loud, & monotone. Am I alone?
posted by Pronoiac at 11:06 AM PST - 32 comments

How does Power of Attorney Work in New York?
Since I am a lawyer (though of course, not your lawyer, and not his lawyer), a family member asked if I could help him with some issues regarding a durable power of attorney (NY State). Unfortunately, I'm not a trusts & estates lawyer, so I need some direction as to what I should look at and consider in order to let him know whether he should consult a lawyer with that expertise. I know you're not my lawyer, and I'm not seeking your legal advice. [more inside]
posted by Caz721 at 11:00 AM PST - 5 comments

What Are These Tiny Lumps In My Neck?
I have two small lumps near where my neck meets the base of my skull. What are they? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:00 AM PST - 5 comments

What's new in No Fun City?
What are the biggest changes in Vancouver (BC) over the last seven years? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 10:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Somewhere...beyond the sea scallops?
I bought some "fresh" (previously frozen) sea scallops from the grocer yesterday. They are currently in a small airtight container in the coldest part of my fridge. I don't want to re-freeze them, because they'll disintegrate upon re-thawing, but I don't want to eat them today or all of them tomorrow (I have five). How long can I expect these scallops to last in the fridge?
posted by thatbrunette at 10:56 AM PST - 8 comments

My poor old car wants to be pretty again.
Is this a car body repair job for professionals, or does it seem like I could handle it myself? [more inside]
posted by lbo at 10:39 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I convert checkbox results to numbers?
Can anyone give me advice on dealing with checkboxes in PHP, to hand off to SQL. [more inside]
posted by opsin at 10:32 AM PST - 8 comments

While my guitar gently weeps...and I stand here like I am waiting for the bus.
Popular musicians on the absolute farthest end of the emotion scale during live performance: looking for the stiffest of the stiff. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 10:15 AM PST - 66 comments

Splits exercises
Help me design a stretching/exercise program to allow me to do the splits. What stretches should I be doing? How long should I hold the stretch? Any particular exercises I should be practicing? What's a reasonable timeframe for developing this skill? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 10:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Why The Hell Does It Have To Be In August??
Summer wedding logistics. Been there? Done that? [more inside]
posted by Atom12 at 9:58 AM PST - 24 comments

Risks of T1 Diabetes and pregnancy
As a Type I diabetic, the two risks of 1) passing the genes for diabetes through the population and to your child at a 100% greater risk than in the general population and 2) pregnancy-induced retinopathy (which could eventually lead to blindness) make me seriously doubt whether pregnancy is a viable option. How did other people think about these issues, and what made the difference in making this choice? [more inside]
posted by mccn at 9:56 AM PST - 17 comments

What's the best option for home media server/storage
What is the current best option for a home media server/storage? I think that hard drive prices may have finally fallen to the point where I might be able to put my DVDs on a server, but the options are overwhelming. [more inside]
posted by willnot at 9:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Why did the Joker get the money?
The Dark Knight filter: spoiler inside. [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 9:31 AM PST - 24 comments

How to find live shea plants in the US?
Vitellaria paradoxa, know as the shea plant, is used to make shea butter, a common ingredient in cosmetics. Is it possible to find a live shea plant in the US? Or is this something that has to be carried in clandestinely?
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 9:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to find real TheraFlu
Here in the US, TheraFlu was reformulated a few years ago (specifics) supposedly due to the meth panic. Anyhow I feel like I've lost the one thing that actually worked and helped me sleep when I get a cold. Is it feasible to buy the original formula on the gray market from overseas?
posted by crapmatic at 9:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me preserve this leather saddlebag!
Help me clean/revive/preserve my mother's vintage leather saddle bag! [more inside]
posted by nonmerci at 9:09 AM PST - 3 comments

How do we speel check an entire web sight?
How do we spell check (and link check) an entire web site? [more inside]
posted by advicepig at 9:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Awesome guitar rock music suggestions?
I need classic guitar rock recommendations in case I ever get a black '67 Impala! [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 8:56 AM PST - 25 comments

WTF is with my hands?
I'm having periodic numbness in my hands, very minor. I'm a musician (violinist). I might have messed something up exercising. I recently started practicing a lot more. I'm trying to be very careful. Also I type a lot. And it's cold. I'm freaking out a little bit. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 8:45 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm disgusted by what turns me on. Please help.
It seems like the only thing that can get me off is extremely unpleasant written erotica (details inside, to keep the front page clean). Do I have a problem? Should I see a therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:25 AM PST - 47 comments

Is this my personal bailout for the credit industry?
Yesterday, I paid off Citibank for the last time. Today, I logged in to verify it had posted, and noticed my interest rate had jumped 5.5%. Has my new regime of frugality displeased the overlords? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 AM PST - 18 comments

Non-traditional building supply sources?
I'm planning a home addition but would like peruse building material sources beyond what's available in consumer hardware stores. What sources do architects and contractors use for non-standard windows and other items? Is there a McMaster-Carr-equivalent for building materials? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 8:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for Photos of Jewish Life in Eastern Europe
I'm looking for photo references for a project I'm working on about Jewish life in Eastern Europe at the turn of the last century as well as the early Zionist movement in Israel (back before the 1948 war), including early kibbutz life. I'm sure there is a wealth of material out there, which ironically makes it harder to find what I'm looking for. How to sift through it all? [more inside]
posted by minicloud at 7:53 AM PST - 5 comments

What do you call those slush traps?
What is the proper nomenclature for the contraptions installed inside building entrance vestibules, consisting of a grille-covered pit to catch and drain away snow, slush, and rainwater? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 7:47 AM PST - 5 comments

"No longer alive to obstruct the process."
John Updike's death reminded me that I have a book of his short stories. Which ones should I read first? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 7:24 AM PST - 9 comments

If an office relationship happens, and no one objects, is it still bad?
Are Office relationships still a bad idea if everyone else in the office endorses/encourages them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 AM PST - 42 comments

Cheap Groceries in uptown Hoboken.
Where can I do groceries on the cheap in uptown Hoboken? A&P and Shoprite are both a bit of a walk from our house, fine in nice weather but sucky during this season. Kings is a bit expensive for us right now.
posted by spacefire at 6:45 AM PST - 1 comments

How do you DTMFA when you're the one who got dumped?
He broke up with me eight months ago. We are still living together. Although he initiated the breakup, he isn't initiating anything else... like, say, moving out and moving on with his life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 AM PST - 34 comments

Sharing snowblower ownership
What do I need to consider when sharing ownership of a power tool with my neighbours? [more inside]
posted by ParsonWreck at 6:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Recipe for Tres Puntas bread
I'm looking for a recipe for a bread named 'Tres Puntas' that I had in Peru. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 6:10 AM PST - 4 comments

What should we do if the superbowl gets blown out?
What party games do you like to play during the superbowl? We're throwing a party, and I'm trying to hedge against a blowout. [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar at 4:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Can you send an IM to a phone using AIM?
Is it possible to send (and receive) IMs to cell phones, using AIM? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 4:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Where to buy pies in Charlottesville, VA?
Where to buy pies in Charlottesville, VA? [more inside]
posted by Bizurke at 4:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Have you received your World Baseball Classic tickets?
Anyone else going to the World Baseball Classic finals at Dodger Stadium? Do you have your tickets yet? [more inside]
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 4:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Will drinking coffee daily help my headaches, or just make them worse?
Will drinking coffee daily help my headaches, or just make them worse? [more inside]
posted by katala at 3:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Fun things to do in Paris in late Jan/Early Feb
We will be in Paris from this Saturday to Monday, help us make the best of it. [more inside]
posted by nfg at 3:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Photoshop won't let me be small gracefully
Whenever I try to write in really small characters in Photoshop, or, come to think of it, save anything small (like an company logo for email signatures) - it comes out all blurred. I'm saving as non-interlaced PNG but I think the same would happen if it were a JPEG. I've had this problem for quite a while, through several different versions of Photoshop. At the moment I'm on CS4. Photoshop isn't really my thing, I use it for touching up digital photos, not creating logos - but it would be great to get this resolved once and for all: how can I create tiny images without pixelation/blurring. Any help appreciated! Thank you!
posted by dance at 1:52 AM PST - 11 comments

January 29
How Will Daily Life Change During This Slow-Depression?
How is daily life going to change over the next few years - because of the Slow Depression? [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso at 11:02 PM PST - 54 comments

Is it safe to buy fresh vegetables at the Asian grocery store?
Is it safe to buy fresh vegetables at the Asian grocery store? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 10:00 PM PST - 54 comments

Roses are red, violets are blue, what the heck are you?
What the heck is this plant? It's tall and covered with little thorn-like spikes. It's sideways on the pic because it fell over. I've been trying to grow tomato plants, some spinach, red peppers, and chives in a makeshift planter box, and I know this thing isn't any of the above. Is it friend or foe? Is it just some weed? Multiple pics here.
posted by edjusted at 9:53 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I calculate distance from one location to many?
How can I figure out the distance from multiple locations to one location? [more inside]
posted by jestonb at 8:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there any hope?
What kind of jobs are there for a Bachelor of Fine Arts (painting,drawing, printmaking) if they really want to do something in the art world? And not teach. [more inside]
posted by itsamonkeytree at 8:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Comic with a white fox, smartass birds, & a dancing bear
Trying to remember an online comic, with a spirit-of-the-woods bear that used to be in the circus. [more inside]
posted by notsnot at 8:39 PM PST - 3 comments

What should I look for when buying a used harmonium?
What should I look for when buying a used harmonium? (maybe accordions too) [more inside]
posted by waxboy at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

SallieMae won't cut me a deal, who else will?
How can I consolidate my PRIVATE student loans, to make my financial life a little easier? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 8:12 PM PST - 5 comments

I need help finding tragic and scary musical inspiration!
I'm looking for very sad and slightly spooky-sounding instrumental music. Nothing cheesy, though. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 7:52 PM PST - 52 comments

Excellent short reading?
Excellent short reading? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 7:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Fired from the Borg! Can I get Unemployment Insurance in MA?
Can you get Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance if your fired for a "violation of company policy"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Why did my car window explode?
This evening, I got home from work and came inside. About twenty minutes later, my daughter came in from playing in the backyard, crying, and told me that my car window had broken. When I went out, it became clear that the window had burst from the inside--the bits of glass still attached were bowed outward, and 80% of the fallen glass was in the driveway. What on earth happened? [more inside]
posted by meghanmiller at 7:12 PM PST - 35 comments

I am the worst former English major/ Librarian-in-training
I'm looking for the title of a French short story, in which a father kills his son. [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric at 7:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Stolen meter, why?
Why would someone steal the electricity meter from the outside of a house? [more inside]
posted by sarahmelah at 7:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Function databases?
I listened in on an engineering design lecture a few days ago, and was fascinated to find out that there are apparently databases out there that contain all the different ways some common functions can be accomplished - for example, getting liquid out of a cup. What are these databases called and where can I find them?
posted by archagon at 7:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Your tears don't fall, they crash around me
How do guys feel about girls crying? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 6:52 PM PST - 61 comments

Under Pressure
How do stop feeling like I'm under pressure all the time? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 6:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Moro: Alternate spelling for delicious in my dictionary
What are my options for a reliable source of Blood Oranges? [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid at 6:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Abstinence? 3 and a half years later?!
Abstinence? 3 and a half years later?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 PM PST - 53 comments

White wedding
NYC lingerie help! If you've got answers, read on (SFW) [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 6:25 PM PST - 4 comments

What's on my iPod?
How can I sort my iTunes library by "songs I've already added to my iPod"? [more inside]
posted by AloneOssifer at 6:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Honey moon help please!
Trying to plan a two week, multi-destination honeymoon and need suggestions! [more inside]
posted by jmugrapler at 6:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Going back to school baby!
How can I cope with a busy schedule? [more inside]
posted by latch24 at 6:12 PM PST - 11 comments

It's Meep Meep, dammit!
Does Roadrunner say "Beep Beep" or "Meep Meep?" [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 6:12 PM PST - 49 comments

Twitter in NYC?
I'm moving to New York City; is there anything good I can follow on Twitter? [more inside]
posted by raygan at 6:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Journey Song?
Journey song? Some lyrics may include "fly by my window" or similar.
posted by rockhopper at 5:54 PM PST - 2 comments

USB Drives disappear from AirPort Extreme
I have an AirPort Extreme with a printer and two external hard drives connected via a USB hub. Quite frequently one or more of these USB devices won't appear in the AirPort Utility and I can't access them. Rebooting sometimes helps. Where does the problem lie? [more inside]
posted by krunk at 5:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Ceiling sprinkler head looks like it keeps getting lower, is it going to go off?
My apartment has a ceiling sprinkler system and one of the heads that has descended slightly from the ceiling. Should i worry that the sprinkler head will go off? [more inside]
posted by slhpatterson at 5:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Taxfilter
Can the amount owed against 1099-misc be deducted from my tax return? Or will I need to make a separate payment to the IRS? [more inside]
posted by The Straightener at 5:16 PM PST - 8 comments

He can't be a vampire. He doesn't sparkle in the sunlight.
Can I get a second cat without wrecking my first one's life? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 5:07 PM PST - 13 comments

PS2 Won't Play PS2 Games
Do you have a "slim" PlayStation 2 gaming system? Do all your PS2 games work with the system? What PS2 games are known to be incompatible with the slim PS2 system? [more inside]
posted by Otis at 5:07 PM PST - 11 comments

A ticking time bomb
Music not on the NFL Films compilation CDs, played during the NFL Films production of Super Bowl 18(XVIII). What is the name of this song played behind John Facenda's narration of the Raiders versus the Redskins? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 4:40 PM PST - 1 comments

What is this vacation spot?
What and where is this ultra expensive vacation spot that I've only seen on tv and can't remember the name of? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Boy, this is going to be convoluted
help me allay her fears (long story) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:03 PM PST - 27 comments

Eu tu, AT&T?
There is talk about how ISP's are going to be cooperating with the RIAA to curtail piracy (warning letters, shutting off service, etc.), in lieu of the RIAA taking people to court. If ISP's refused to be involved without a court order previously, why are they getting so involved now? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 3:22 PM PST - 10 comments

How long will this economic crisis last?
I am looking for articles or blog posts of economists predicting what is going to happen with the economy over the next few years. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 3:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Help! My undergrad years were mediocre! What should I do?
How did you deal with a crappy undergraduate degree and accompanying unhappiness? Were you able to somehow get into a good education afterwords? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:09 PM PST - 24 comments

Mama needs to get rid of her bag
Retired Coach bag filter: I want to sell a Coach messenger bag on ebay. If possible, I'd like to include the style name of the bag. Is there a site that lists retired Coach bags? I googled the serial number, or whatever that number embossed inside the bag is, but got nothing. I tried "retired Coach bag list", but again nothing relevant to my query. Thanks in advance for your help.
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron at 2:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Advanced pictionary?
What compound word does this flashcard represent? [more inside]
posted by CancerMan at 2:51 PM PST - 74 comments

Recommend a decent property management company in Chicago, if you can.
Can anyone recommend a property management company in the Chicago area? I'm a would-be landlord. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 2:46 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I look 32 when I am actually 37?
How can I look 32 when I am actually 37? I am MALE and about to go on a bunch of interviews for a job where the ideal entry age is 32 in an industry that is *very* age conscious and age discriminatory (it's TV staff writing, fyi). I am 37 and want to register more like 32/33 when I walk into the room... can anyone suggest a comprehensive "look 5 years younger" makeover? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:14 PM PST - 39 comments

my time is worth more than this!
Lots of work for little reward: How do I ask for a raise? Working for a non-profit that is not doing so hot....more inside, possibly whiny (?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Lilly Ledbetter's Fair Pay Pin
Where can I get a pin like Lilly Ledbetter's? She wore it to the White House signing ceremony for the Fair Pay Act today. It is of a woman in a suit with a red briefcase. [more inside]
posted by cushie at 2:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Gmail, Exchange, Outlook, oh my! Please help sort this through.
Gmail, Outlook, and Sync oh my! How do I sort through this? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 2:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Dairy-free frosting alternatives, please.
What are some non-dairy alternatives to cake frosting? [more inside]
posted by messylissa at 1:44 PM PST - 26 comments

Security clearance in the UK?
Another security clearance question, but in the UK. Difficulty: I'm from the US. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Smelling-Nose Dog?
My fiancee and I are both anosmic. We've joked about needing a smelling-nose dog, but is that possible? Could you train a dog to recognize and alert you to certain smells? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Robson at 1:19 PM PST - 10 comments

what do you wish you would have known when you picked out your CSA?
For those of you who have gotten shares in a CSA, what information do you think would be helpful to someone trying to choose which CSA to participate in? More specifically, any recommendations on CSAs in the Twin Cities area? [more inside]
posted by ialwayscryatendings at 1:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Mac N Cheese, please!
[ComfortFoodFilter] Give me your kickassedest huevo-lacto vegetarian mac-n-cheese recipes. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger at 12:35 PM PST - 31 comments

Where will the idiots be?
I would like to watch some of the Idiotarod this Saturday in NYC, but, since the route is semi-secret for nonparticipants, I'm not sure where to go to do this. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 12:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I be less gregarious around my boss?
Should I be less gregarious around my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Drowsy all the time even after I sleep well. What’s wrong with me?
It’s been for months now that I feel persistently drowsy during the day. It’s affecting my career in that I’m slower on the uptake and people don’t see me as very effective. Also I’ve gotten remarks on looking tired. As a result I’m not really very good at my work which is affecting my self esteem. So it’s really a problem I need to solve. Unfortunately none of the obvious causes and solutions seem to apply. I’m stumped and have been for a long time. It would be awesome if you could suggest a cause or solution I haven’t considered yet. If needed I’ll take that suggested cause or solution to my GP. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 PM PST - 34 comments

How to block P2P on ashared internet connection.
How can I stop my roommates from using our shared internet connection to download or share copyrighted files? [more inside]
posted by boby at 12:25 PM PST - 18 comments

Distract Us
My wife and I need a distraction from the gloom of current events. We're looking for a collaborative online game we can play together. Something relatively addicting would be nice, but not a World of Warcraft or Second Life. Not a RPG, but not a board game where we play against each other, either. Any ideas?
posted by Yakuman at 12:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Is it just me, or is installing many applications on Mac OS X fairly newbie unfriendly?
Is it just me, or is installing installerless applications on Mac OS X fairly newbie unfriendly? [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym at 12:14 PM PST - 24 comments

Tapping into a potential goldmine...
Why won't older and wealthier people buy my stuff? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 12:14 PM PST - 55 comments

How much does an exemption leave in your paycheck?
TaxFilter: So I need more monthly income. I'm thinking about upping my exemptions, but I would like to know how dramatically that will effect my tax return. More inside... [more inside]
posted by AltReality at 12:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Why won't my sprained ankle heal?
Why does my sprained ankle still hurt after over a month of rest? [more inside]
posted by snoogles at 11:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Help a fat girl wear belts!
Plus-size ladies, how do you wear your belts? [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve at 11:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Where is this beautiful place?
Where is this photo taken? [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me to not overthink a plate of beans (and rice)
Rice and beans for the inexperienced and time-pressed cook? [more inside]
posted by availablelight at 11:44 AM PST - 19 comments

Identify a movie for me
Need help identifying a movie [more inside]
posted by JTKestrel at 11:34 AM PST - 8 comments

We need Girl Talk!
Where can I find an online version of the 1980's board game Girl Talk? [more inside]
posted by dm_nyc at 11:27 AM PST - 3 comments

thems fightin' words
How do you & your SO stop big arguments before they start / if they've started, how do you calm down & make them stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:18 AM PST - 30 comments

All the single men = me.
I suck at relationships. I've had very few, and I feel like the time for them is dying out. Also, recent events have created a lot of anger and doubt. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:18 AM PST - 20 comments

Selecting range of data based on values in a particular column
ExcelFilter: How can I select a range of data using VBA in Excel based on the values in a particular column? [more inside]
posted by squorch at 11:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Dropbox alternative using local server?
Is there a Dropbox-like software package that allows me to run a local storage server? [more inside]
posted by chundo at 10:50 AM PST - 11 comments

How to award our awesome volunteers at the wildlife refuge!!
What to get for 5 fantastic volunteers as a year-end gift/award for having worked the most hours at our Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Northwest/near Olympia, WA? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 10:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I bring the engagement ring?
I'm going to ask my girlfriend's parents for permission to marry her. Should I bring the engagement ring along? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 10:39 AM PST - 49 comments

Help me fix a friend's computer
Can you help me clean up my friend's computer? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:32 AM PST - 17 comments

Who was the artist who learned to draw hands really well?
Who was the comic book artist who improved his hand-drawing skills to mastery? [more inside]
posted by lore at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments

PhillyFilter: Pittsburgh-themed bar in Philly?
PhillyFilter: Looking for a Pittsburgh-themed bar in Philly to watch the SuperBowl, and Steelers regular season games in the future. [more inside]
posted by nayten at 9:23 AM PST - 4 comments

New Testament in unrelated films?
I really want to watch some films that explicitly riff on New Testament events/verses/speeches, but which aren't "New Testament Movies," like Jesus of Montreal, Passion of the Christ, etc. The closest I've found yet is the "Two Cathedrals" episode of The West Wing. Catholic/Orthodox liturgy, unless based directly on the New Testament, isn't quite right. Could you suggest some movies or TV episodes?
posted by flibbertigibbet at 9:14 AM PST - 29 comments

Stumped on contact for interview
I need help finding contact information for author Matthew Stover. My Google-fu has failed...is your Shaolin google-fu better than my Dragon Claw? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 9:10 AM PST - 7 comments

I want to learn to play the fiddle.
I haven't picked up my violin in years, and would like to start playing again - but I want to play Scottish and Irish fiddle, and maybe a little Appalachian old-time fiddle, too. Resources? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 8:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Where forth art though, portable digital tv?
My wife has a small 4" portable analog tv in her cubicle at work. Help me replace it before the digital tv transition comes. [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 8:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Identifying Incorrect iTunes Lyrics
I’ve been using various OS X Dashboard Widgets for some time now to automatically add lyrics to the iTunes tracks I’m listening to. One of the widgets lost the plot, though, and added the incorrect lyrics to some songs - lyrics to other songs I have, rather than other songs with similar titles (I’m guessing the widget was writing lyrics to the previous song). I'd like to output data I could skim to identify which songs to clean: song title, artist and first 500 or so characters of the lyric. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by boombot at 8:30 AM PST - 1 comments

How to measure calories burned to heal from various injuries?
How many calories are burned to heal an injury? Presumably a minor abrasion would require less energy than a deep cut to heal. What about a broken bone? Liposuction? Heart transplant? Is there a chart with this sort of information somewhere?
posted by Grod at 8:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Cool Toronto independent jewelery stores?
In the market for a non-traditional engagement ring from an independent local jeweler based in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by laroodles at 8:04 AM PST - 6 comments

What should my LED belt buckle say?
What are some clever or entertaining messages I can put on this scrolling LED belt buckle? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy at 7:44 AM PST - 84 comments

How do the pro's automate artwork proofing?
Graphic Design Pro's: How do I automate an artwork proofing process? [more inside]
posted by adamfunman at 7:25 AM PST - 6 comments

back pain, is it the coughing?
Help me with my back pain, maybe it's the coughing? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 7:10 AM PST - 20 comments

Rough sounding European folk music?
Help me identify this band I heard. Hungarian / Russian / Czech / Other Easter European folk orchestra? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:02 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I make math diagrams like the ones I see in textbooks?
Looking for software recommendations to make math diagrams for a study guide for my students. [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes at 6:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Phd, what next
PhD, what next [more inside]
posted by nootnoot1 at 6:08 AM PST - 15 comments

My Wii Fit talks too much!
How can I make my Wii Fit less chatty? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 5:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Vista network, local access only?
Vista wont connect to internet, local access only. [more inside]
posted by john_son at 4:55 AM PST - 8 comments

How do you read vividly?
Since I began a reading life (at about age eight), I have had a problem: my mind automatically places action in just a few places familiar to me from my life: my house, the main street of my hometown. Whether the action in a novel takes place in 16th century Scotland, or the Black Forest, or under the Unisphere. Are there ways to get around this, or to learn to read fiction more actively, and, fantastically/creatively? [more inside]
posted by Tufa at 1:07 AM PST - 30 comments

January 28
Houses that favour simplicity of construction
Where can I find info on house construction that favours simplicity over clever extras? Think "LEGO". [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor at 9:41 PM PST - 24 comments

Hats! Flaps! Help!
Where's a decent - and most importantly, CHEAP! - place in New York to pick up one of those awesome Russian furry flappy hats?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 9:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find life-sized, realistic goat replica quickly and for not too much money?
I'm posting this on behalf of someone helping a theater company source some props (this is not his usual job and he isn't an experienced prop guy). The play is The Goat: or, Who Is Sylvia?, by Edward Albee. [more inside]
posted by thewrongparty at 9:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Am I selling myself short?
My employer wants me to spend part of my day working in sales--but they won't pay me a commission like the "real" salespeople. Is it unreasonable to think this is unfair? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 PM PST - 23 comments

How to elevate my career to the next level?
I think i've peaked as a designer, help me find my next step. [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 8:53 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I build a homebrew online music store?
What are some open source/inexpensive e-commerce solutions for developing a homebrew online music store? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign at 8:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Art Therapy - a good career choice?
Can anyone tell me about the professional status and career prospects of an Art Therapist? [more inside]
posted by Weng at 8:04 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm a moody little brat.
Since childhood, I've had pretty awful mood swings. I'll get into a phase where I am, quite simply, in a very foul mood, for weeks at a time. It's like prolonged, severe PMS bitchiness. This is understandably very difficult for and unfair to my SO. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 PM PST - 31 comments

Don't Worry About the Government
Government security clearance help: how long does it take? What will (and won't) they find? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 PM PST - 16 comments

somebody help me
I've recently taken on, what I've found to be, the most miserable and painful task ever. That is, finding a mental health provider that is covered by my insurance... (Long "please-for-the-love-of-everything-good-in-this-world-Help-me" story.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 PM PST - 6 comments

What cool things can I do with an OLPC?
What cool things can I do with an OLPC? [more inside]
posted by pita at 7:33 PM PST - 5 comments

"Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum" or French existentialism?
MovieQuoteFilter: I'm trying to find the origin of a quote from Waking Life and I'm starting to think it's either misattributed or simply wrong. Help! [more inside]
posted by valkyryn at 7:25 PM PST - 4 comments

What to wear?
Unexpected invitations to a Broadway show and dinner at a fancy NYC restaurant. Our houseguest didn't bring appropriate clothes, but we can order from most catalogs via Fed Ex to receive in time for next week. She's a 12 or 14, prefers pants to skirts and has no clue what to order that would be stylish yet usable back home in real. less dressy life. Willing to splurge as long as it's not a one shot outfit. What would be a good place to look? Specific outfit recommendations more than welcome.
posted by mmf at 7:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Getting a boingboing.net post
Does anyone have some inside scoop on suggesting a link to Boing Boing (other than the boilerplate instructions and faq on the site)? Stuff like response times, numbers of submissions, etc.? I've been a fan of the site for years and I'd do handsprings if my art piece I posted about on Mefi projects got blogged about there.
posted by Toecutter at 7:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Who are the world's greatest singers?
I'm a singer-songwriter and am looking to improve, expand, and hone the use of my voice by listening to recordings (studio or live) of some of the world's greatest singers. I'm looking for suggestions for who to give a listen to. Artists with great voices are obvious and easy to come by, so I'm more interested in suggestions for people you consider masters of interpretation, delivery, phrasing, conveying emotion, etc. I'm also really interested in learning more about the greats beloved in nations other than my own (I live in the U.S.). Thanks!
posted by Hydrophilic at 7:05 PM PST - 34 comments

Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer bought in USA? How to use in U.K?
Just returned from fabulous 2 week holiday in New York. I Brought back Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer from Staples costing $230. Unfortunately, I cannot use it in U.K., unless I plug voltage converter/transformer products. Has anyone else bought this set over there with more success? Any advice \ information appreciated. Please specify me What exact voltage converter product to buy & where to buy it from USA online store. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi at 7:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Dealing with dementia
So, my dad has dementia. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 6:59 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I know when it's time to see a new orthopaedic surgeon?
How do I know when it's time to see a new orthopaedic surgeon? [more inside]
posted by rollbiz at 6:48 PM PST - 6 comments

My own personal financial secretary....
I am looking for a bank with a sophisticated online banking system. [more inside]
posted by aetg at 6:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Last night a DJ stole my kHz...
Please help me figure out if there is a problem with my new digital studio monitors (speakers.) They are supposed to decode 192 KHz streams, but I can only get them to do 96 KHz... plus I don't know what any of this really means... [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 6:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me move into Lightroom please
How do I move 90+gigs of images from "My Pictures" to lightroom without going through each and every folder? [more inside]
posted by Abbril at 5:41 PM PST - 4 comments

The things we Ask MeFi for our kids...
How do you get garnets in the TinkerBell DS game? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 5:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Salty, salty lemons
Should preserved lemons look like this? [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 5:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Why is Sudan frequently referred to with an article, as in the Sudan?
Why is Sudan frequently referred to with an article, as in the Sudan?
posted by christhelongtimelurker at 5:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Mexican bomb hammer party
What the hell is going on in this video? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 5:15 PM PST - 6 comments

I just want to listen to podcasts wirelessly.
How to stream music to my iphone through my bluetooth headset. The cheapest way? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 5:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Weird XP taskbar misclick behavior?
Clicking on my Windows XP taskbar exhibits funky behavior, raising both the window I clicked on and a second unrelated window. Why? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 5:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Oy vey are brown frozen latkes okay?
Will my latkes be OK if I make them from frozen batter and it's brown? [more inside]
posted by maniabug at 4:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Is trading round lots tradition or good practice?
I have started dabbling in the stock market again, and I've been trying to figure out why conventional wisdom suggests that trading in round lots (usually of 100) is better than trading odd lots (<100). Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish at 4:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Are college degrees public or private record?
Are college diplomas public record? Are transcripts the only method of proof of college work completed? Don't some web sites have a listing of names of the graduates of that year? [more inside]
posted by ilovehistory at 4:21 PM PST - 7 comments

I even like Saffron Burrows
Inspired by the Brunch Like a Viking Meta and the saffron buns therein, I'm looking for your best recipes containing saffron as a key ingredient. Also: where can I get saffron?
posted by misha at 4:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Who's Cassandra?
What is a "Cassandra Argument?" [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 3:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Become an online survey taker. Earn cash and rewards!
Is BigSpot (as seen on TV) a major scam, a minor scam, or a good way for a bored person to make a few pennies skewing demographic research. Or other? Are there any reputable or recommendable companies of this nature? I don't want to make a living, I just want to choose your mayonnaise.
posted by Area Control at 3:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Stand-up comic forum?
How can I find out if a stand-up comedian is currently performing a routine that's different from material on their two recorded albums? [more inside]
posted by machaus at 3:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Some small entertainments for Disneyland queues?
What should I bring in my backpack to keep my 2 friends and I entertained in the ride queues at Disneyland? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 2:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Identify this font
What font is used for the graphic along the bottom of this page (the address)? Or, what fonts are similar?
posted by dagnyscott at 2:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me get back to Berlin
I'm a college senior who wants to move to Berlin next year. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by null14 at 2:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me with pressure and busting cells?
Nerdy-science-geek question: What kind of pressure am I looking for if I want to bust algae cell walls by sending a algae-concentrated liquid through a small aperture? I mean, behind the aperture, size of aperture, etc....knowing that the sudden reduction in pressure *should* bust things up. Any thoughts? Of course, I am wondering about doing this in terms of what I've read, and may experiment with in future, but don't have firsthand knowledge of. Thanks in advance!
posted by Kickstart70 at 2:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Using Garmin GPS II Plus with Mac OS X
It is possible to transfer waypoint data from an old Garmin GPS II Plus model to a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5? [more inside]
posted by jcdill at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments

World of Warcraft: Looking for a PvP Addon that marks enemy players by class for Arena and Battlegrounds.
World of Warcraft: Looking for a PvP Addon that marks enemy players by class for Arena and Battlegrounds. [more inside]
posted by spinko at 2:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Legit Foreclosure Listings?
Is there a site that lists foreclosures, reos, etc that is a little less sketchy than Realtytrac.com? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 1:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Dynamically automate my appointment calendar in IE with today's date in the link?
Help me create a short cut that opens an Internet Explorer webpage with part of the link set to change dynamically to today's date (i.e., http://boingboing.net/2009/01/27/ if I clicked on it yesterday, http://boingboing.net/2009/01/28/ if I clicked on it today). Can this be done? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb at 1:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Best way to promote a nonfiction book?
Calling all Mefite book authors (especially nonfiction types): what was the single most effective thing you did to promote sales? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 1:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Backwards engineer my brownies!
Please help me figure out exactly how I screwed up these brownies so I can recreate this delicious mistake. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 1:53 PM PST - 19 comments

Video editing for a ten year old?
What's a simple to use, inexpensive or free video editing software (PC/Win XP) for a ten year old? [more inside]
posted by lee at 1:46 PM PST - 8 comments

I want to be smart so I can write clever Askme Headlines
What are some easy, relatively quick ways to learn to write better, think clearer, and express myself better? [more inside]
posted by Bageena at 1:45 PM PST - 24 comments

I don't want Word to always be on top
All of my MS Word windows are always on top, and it's driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful at 1:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find "missing link" cartoon
I am trying to find a cartoon where one caveman says to another something like: "Where's Link? He's missing." I thought it was a Far Side cartoon, but I looked through the entire Far Side collection and couldn't find it. I'd like to use it in a talk I am giving. I would also appreciate pointers to other "link" cartoons.
posted by espertus at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Any handy way to warm up my idle feet?
My feet often get cold at work, and I like the idea of under-the-desk pedals, but I think my desk is too low most of them. Any other ideas? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Corrupt Data in Docs - Oh No
We have some file corruption on our network drive. Need to search through 1 TB worth of data.... How can I? Example insider. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 1:06 PM PST - 8 comments

how can i turn off windows live one care backup...???
Need to turn off Windows Live One Care Backup [more inside]
posted by minsid at 12:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Help with name of Film
Can anyone help me with the title of this film??? It's a 1970s US film where some Airmen are trapped in a bunker by a machine gun firing robot (I think). I thought it starred Richard Baseheart, but i've Googled him and I can't find any film he made that is similar!!!! Can anyone help, please.....(It's driving me mad)
posted by maxmix at 12:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Becoming stronger while dieting: is it possible?
Becoming stronger while dieting: is it possible? My main focus right now is losing weight. I want to lose about 8-10 kilos of tummy fat, have already lost two of them by dieting and doing cardio. I also want to gain strength in my upper body but after five strength training sessions I have a feeling I am doing something wrong or it just might not be possible on the amount of food I am taking in right now. [more inside]
posted by dinkyday at 12:25 PM PST - 20 comments

Recommendations to the best free standing boxing bag
Suggestions for the best freestanding boxing bags [more inside]
posted by mdwiffle at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Perspective on financial struggles
I am trying to gain some perspective on why, at the age of 48, I still cannot seem to make any progress financially or manage our money well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM PST - 32 comments

Getting loan check in mom's name into my bank account.
My mother was recently approved for a Parent PLUS loan to cover my tuition for this year. The check is now on its way in mom's name to my address, and I have some questions... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:52 AM PST - 10 comments

WA v. CA Divorce Law?
Need help understanding key differences in CA v. WA divorce law. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:52 AM PST - 3 comments

A good-looking photo collage calendar?
Accidental Graphic Designer: I have to make a photo-collage calendar for work. By tomorrow. I have hundreds of pictures, decent Photoshop skills, and the ambition to make something beautiful. But, Oh God, no clue. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet at 11:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Clam Chowder Recipes
Best Slow Cooker Clam Chowder for my Super Bowl Party? [more inside]
posted by snoelle at 11:33 AM PST - 5 comments

give me the moon
I copied a short javascript to display the moonphase from a webpage, and made a few minor tweaks, and it appears to have a few problems. For instance, the moon phase occasionally shows up as "undefined"; I don't know enough about javascript to fix it, please help. [more inside]
posted by timepiece at 11:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Where to find realistic faux food?
Where can I purchase the best fake cake (and fake food in general) for a fake feast fit for queens and kings? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me be an SMS Master
Can you guide me to some SMS messaging services and monthly recurring payment systems for my new business plan? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 11:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Why does my cat lick tile?
My cat has taken to licking the bathroom tiles, poor thing. What to do? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j at 11:25 AM PST - 24 comments

How to bypass my provider's annoying "site not found" screen?
How to bypass my provider's annoying "site not found" screen? [more inside]
posted by monospace at 11:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Shopping for a Greatcoat in Toronto
I'm going to be in downtown Toronto this weekend and would like to try to buy a greatcoat. Yes, I'm a fanboy.
posted by djfiander at 11:07 AM PST - 10 comments

What are some masculine styles for long hair?
I'm a guy with fairly long hair (halfway down my back long). Currently I have two styles: Tied back in a ponytail and not tied back. What else can I do with my hair that won't be too feminine-looking? I'm looking for short-term things, not long term things like dreadlocks.
posted by xchmp at 11:07 AM PST - 63 comments

Another Wedding Music Question ... Groom's life song for video montage
I'm looking for a good, energetic song for the "Groom's Life" portion of a wedding video. [more inside]
posted by steeb2er at 10:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Is there an easy way to combine multiple blogs posts into a single, daily RSS item?
Is there an easy way to combine multiple blogs posts into a single, daily RSS item? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft at 10:45 AM PST - 8 comments

What's a fair rate to charge for booking events for Yoga/Meditation training?
What's a fair rate to charge for booking events for Yoga/Meditation training? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn at 10:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Help with stopped downloads.
My Mother-in-Law's computer stops downloading files at about the 2.5 -3.MB point no matter what the size of file. Example, she attempts to download Picasa from google and the first 2.5-3 MB downloads, but then the rest of the 9MB file quits. It is not just Picasa, but any file over 3-4 MB. [more inside]
posted by Beaufort at 10:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me say Thanks! to a great friend
I want to thank an awesome friend but I am vexed by the multitude of my options! [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 10:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me set up an Open Source Design Agency.
Setting up an Open Source Design Studio. What would I need to look out for? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID at 10:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Where's the right place to buy contact lenses online?
Where's the right place to buy contact lenses online? Is this a bad idea for any reason? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 10:19 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I solve this puzzle?
How do I solve this puzzle? [more inside]
posted by Steph1en at 10:09 AM PST - 27 comments

Does Dubai broadcast the Super Bowl?
Is the Super Bowl shown in Dubai? [more inside]
posted by jwfree at 10:06 AM PST - 5 comments

What are some great travel/tour companies?
What are some of the best companies out there for unique and interesting tours or "guided vacations"? I love the idea of these types of trips, and I'd love to be able to start dreaming about my next great vacation... [more inside]
posted by warble at 9:45 AM PST - 14 comments

What are good summer internships for high-school students in New York?
InternFilter: I'm a high-school junior looking for an internship, paid or unpaid, for the summer. I live just outside of New York. [more inside]
posted by cmyers at 9:42 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I get a broken Rio Carbon MP3 player fixed?
How do I get a broken Rio Carbon MP3 player fixed? [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. at 9:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you recommend a dogwalker in Santa Maria, California?
Can you recommend a dogwalker / spy-on-grandma service in Santa Maria, California? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Huevos Rancheros Thread: GO!
For those who make huevos rancheros: what do you do to make them amazing? For those who eat huevos rancheros: what detail makes them go from okay to amazing? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 9:24 AM PST - 29 comments

What do I root for in this Superbowl bet?
Based on my Superbowl bet, what should I be hoping for? [more inside]
posted by ODiV at 9:15 AM PST - 25 comments

Sad report card.
Recovering from a bad semester filter: Can I swing this 2.86 into something less crappy? I think I screwed myself by getting depressed my first semester as a transfer student, but time machines with psychotherapists don't seem to be an option. [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 9:11 AM PST - 8 comments

A proper place for partiality?
Prof-filter A friend of mine has got an interview for a job with the company I work for. I may be leading the interviews; what should I do and who do I tell? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 9:10 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I change the windows local domain DNS setting?
How can I change the windows local domain DNS setting? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 9:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Damaged goods looking to finish her BA.
Once upon a time, I flunked out of college. I’ve been hiding out with a giant stack of books for 5 years, and have developed some pretty specific academic interests. I finally feel ready to return, but I stink on paper and I’ve got caviar taste in schools. Help me explain myself and understand the audience to whom I’m doing all this explaining? [more inside]
posted by snizz at 8:57 AM PST - 38 comments

Keeping my fingers crossed
Do I have to show up in person at a casino sportsbook to redeem a winning futures bet? [more inside]
posted by mbd1mbd1 at 7:30 AM PST - 4 comments

I need a free, web-based calendar/scheduling thingie for my volunteer group.
I need a very simple group web-based calendar for a volunteer organization I am part of. It also has to be FREE. [Before you ask Google Calendar does not work because we cannot mandate that people have a Google account. Let's just leave it at that. We can't do it.] [more inside]
posted by micawber at 7:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Need V-Day Card Sentiments for the Elderly Please
I recently volunteered for a community project to make homemade Valentine's Day cards for local elderly residents. I'm enjoying making the cards, but I suddenly find my mind blank! I need to come up with some good sayings/sentiments/quotes to put in the cards. These will all be for people I've never met, so that knocks out a lot of the usual sayings. Since a good deal of these people do not have family around, I'd love it if I could say something that will make them smile. I just know you guys will have some great ideas! THANKS!
posted by 3fluffies at 7:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Who done it?
Significant historical and/or political figures since 1945? [more inside]
posted by kiki_s at 6:53 AM PST - 25 comments

Obtaining Marijuana in Michigan
In November of 2008 the voters of Michigan passed Proposal 1, a bill that "legalizes the use of medical marijuana by patients with 'debilitating medical conditions' when approved by a physician" but the rules are unclear. [WSJ article] [more inside]
posted by Drasher at 6:53 AM PST - 6 comments

butcher block care?
Proper care for a butcher block? [more inside]
posted by oh really at 6:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Can i collect unemployment if my job only offers job options I can refuse?
Due to cost saving measures, my company is about to remove health insurance and my bosses are basically looking for me to become an independent rep for them....Can I colect unemployment should I feel I was put in a position that I could no longer work under those conditions? (the full story (i think) inside... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 6:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Books about non-US universities
Have you read good books (fiction or non-fiction) which accurately depict/explain life at universities in countries other than the US? [more inside]
posted by hydropsyche at 6:24 AM PST - 18 comments

What is the purpose of the electoral register?
What are the benefits of being on and not being on the electoral register? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 6:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Sneaky sneaker heels
Whenever I buy sneakers, the heel lining breaks [more inside]
posted by Brennus at 6:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Why does Google AdSense hate British people?
Tax forms for a Brit trying to receive Google AdSense income... [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 5:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me pull off this pseudo-last-minute V-Day present.
How can I send a singing telegram in St. Louis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Three days/four nights alone?
Do you and your spouse take separate vacations? [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 at 4:16 AM PST - 43 comments

Taxonomy of Faces
Is there a vocabulary for facial features? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw at 12:17 AM PST - 12 comments

January 27
What are my options for a support case/ticket management system support confidentiality?
Need a web-based solution (self hosted, preferably free and open source) to keep track of support cases/tickets in such a way that they all go through one person, get assigned, and only the manager and assigned owner can see the ticket. Also needs to be able to support multiple owners for group work. If you know of something close please mention it as we can do some modification.
posted by Nevyn357 at 11:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find old-school decals!
What are these labels/decals called? Where can I get some? [more inside]
posted by fracas at 11:08 PM PST - 7 comments

music Dangerous?
Someone described a musical act's sound to me as "dangerous". What do you think of as dangerous sounding music?
posted by donabean at 9:32 PM PST - 39 comments

How are the Icelanders doing?
So, what does the financial and political collapse in Iceland mean for the average citizen? Can anyone give me some anecdotes about how daily life has changed in the past few months? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 9:24 PM PST - 14 comments

What does this shirt say (possibly farsi or arabic script)?
We bought this Obama baby onesie on the street today. It has what may be farsi script on it. We asked a neighbor who speaks arabic if he knew what it was and suggested it may be in farsi. Our current guesses are "Yes we can" or "Barack Hussein Obama". Can you help translate?
posted by bottlebrushtree at 9:19 PM PST - 14 comments

How to get my jig on?
I'm going to be in Dublin this weekend (Thursday through Sunday) and have discovered that TradFest 2009 in Temple Bar will be running while I'm in town. I've spend a fair few happy hours swilling Guinness and listening to traditional Irish music, but I don't know much about it. Is there anything on the schedule that is a must-see? [more inside]
posted by Lame_username at 9:00 PM PST - 16 comments

[Consumer Filter] Memory Foam mattress recommendations?
What are your memory foam mattress recommendations and experiences? [more inside]
posted by gnash at 8:31 PM PST - 29 comments

when to promote sport.
When should one attempt to promote team sports to a boy? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 8:30 PM PST - 17 comments

What happens when a doctor breaches confidentiality?
What happens when a doctor breaches confidentiality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 PM PST - 28 comments

Link to video of an Acura commercial?
There's this Acura commercial about the collision safety of one of its new cars, and the advert is a series of shots of people in normal environs (office, outdoors, etc) being essentially blown backwards as if in a collision. It's hypnotic. I could watch it all day. I'm not sure what that says about me, but can anyone find this commercial on Youtube or some similar site?
posted by xmutex at 8:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Job designing massive networks?
What are the qualifications companies look for in a designer of large-scale networks (e.g. Google's network, or bank financial networks, etc.). What's the career path, from likelist educational degree and entry-level job onwards?
posted by Malad at 8:02 PM PST - 10 comments

FinancialFutureFilter: What should I be aiming to do to ensure I'm financially ok into my old age but still living (my version of) a good life 'til then? (Australia-centric)
I'm 29, single (assume it's going to remain that way) female, and have spent the last few years saving an amount that's getting close to about $30k, which I presently have in my bank's equivalent of a your average ING Saver account, figuring by now I'd've figured out what I could/was willing to do with it, towards securing some kind of financial future that doesn't involve a cardboard box. I haven't, largely I suppose because I don't know what I need to be aiming for. Looking for advice. More inside. [more inside]
posted by springbound at 7:45 PM PST - 28 comments

DIY Rice Milk?
The grocery store no longer supplies my regular brand of rice milk. Tips or suggestions for making my own? [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker at 7:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I negotiate pay with employer who pays into my unemployment insurance?
How much leeway do I have in negotiating the pay rate of an assignment from an employer that pays into my unemployment benefits (under Oregon laws)? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 7:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Where should I get my tattoo?
TattooFilter:Where should I get my tattoo? [more inside]
posted by ThirstyEar2 at 6:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Why Does Lady Narcolepsy Affect Me So?
Why does my business colleague have such a strange physical effect on me? And how can I change this? [more inside]
posted by terranova at 6:12 PM PST - 18 comments

What winter wear for suits ?
What do men wear to a winter funeral ? [more inside]
posted by colophon at 6:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Please hope me, President Obama
NoInsuranceFilter: I awoke New Years Day in the hospital. My clothes had been cut off, I had a catheter in and a wrist restraint on my left wrist. I had five stitches in my eyebrow. The bill has arrived. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 49 comments

Which is better - integrated nForce 420 or external GEForce2 MX400?
What should I use in this aging Packard Bell desktop - the integrated nForce 420 chipset, or an external GEForce 2 MX400 64mb card?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 5:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me gain weight/muscle tone!!!
How does a total novice gain weight and muscle tone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:21 PM PST - 26 comments

please hope me.
FAFSAfilter: Received merit-based scholarship for law school at 1X,000 dollars a year. yey!. I filled out FAFSA, and my EFC is the same dollar amount as the scholarship. Does this mean my actual required contribution will be zero? Or are those FAFSA folks already taking my scholarship into account, so that I'll need to contribute 1Xk above and beyond the scholarship? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 5:19 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I download this news video?
I need to download a video from my local ABC affiliate, an ibsys.com site. (If that means anything?) They don't provide a way to do this, and the usual tools are no help. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 5:13 PM PST - 10 comments

excel
Excel question: I have 50K records. Now the first column contains a code which goes something like: boulangeKL12223_wwetr. Now what I want to do is, extract all those rows that contain 'boulangeKL' in the first column, and save this as a separate xls file. How do I do this? PS: IF you can show me some good resources for Excel, much appreciated.
posted by whiterussian at 4:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Why do "specialty"-shaped compact fluorescent bulbs take longer to come to full brightness than CFL bulbs in the more standard helical shape?
Why do "specialty"-shaped compact fluorescent bulbs take longer to come to full brightness than CFL bulbs in the more standard helical shape? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup at 4:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Why are there no items in the category feeds of my self-hosted WordPress blog even though my overall feed is fine?
Why are there no items in the category feeds of my self-hosted WordPress blog even though my overall feed is fine? [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 4:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Tax deductions for food donations?
Can grocery retailers claim a tax deduction for the market value of donated food, or just the cost of that food? I've been given both answers - but only one can be right, right? [more inside]
posted by greggish at 3:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Come be my magic medical eightball...
So, my grandfather is dying from Pancreatic Cancer. I think I need some thoughts from someone who isn't my doctor - someone who can make general comments without worrying it will bite them in the ass... [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 3:27 PM PST - 26 comments

How do I edit PDF Title, Author and Publisher info so that titles come out properly in ADE Adobe Digital Edition?
How do I edit PDF Title, Author and Publisher info so that book information loads properly in ADE Adobe Digital Edition? [more inside]
posted by 925 at 3:19 PM PST - 5 comments

How does Google do its thing?
How does Google run their data centers? I remember watching a Q&A with someone at Google trying to recruit kids at a college. One of them asked what kind of hardware they run on, he responded that they buy commodity rack servers off rackservers.com (I forget the exact generic domain he gave). Does this mean they use cheap rack servers with direct-attached storage? How does this work? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 3:11 PM PST - 21 comments

I Loves Me Some Culture Clash
Looking for recent thoughtful, interesting, funny, quirky movies or books (2006 and beyond, preferably) that showcase characters from different cultures, different ages, different classes, who are brought together through unusual circumstances. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 3:11 PM PST - 37 comments

cracked LCD screen on laptop
I own an hp pavilion 6400 notebook and last month woke up to find a cracked lcd screen. i am posting this in hopes that someone can provide 1) an estimate on how much money i should be able to sell this for (everything else about the computer is in perfect working condiiton) and 2) what my best options are. i am planning to list it on ebay as a no reserve auction but i am weary to do this. i paid over $1000 for this laptop last year and now hp will not fix it because it is out of warranty. any advice is much appreciated. thanks, matt
posted by matt755811 at 3:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Where art thou my tasty wafer?
[WhereCanIFindThisFilter] Tully's Coffee sells (at least in Seattle) premium soft-serve ice cream. Served with this ice cream is a delicious little wafer cookie that I must find more of! Can you help me find it? Picture and more information within. [more inside]
posted by karizma at 3:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Cue ambient, thoughtful music
On the podcast for This American Life, Ira claims NPR spends $140,000-$160,000 per year just on bandwidth for the podcast. To those of you who do hosting & have some vague idea how much bandwidth TAL's podcast would take: Does this seem reasonable to you? [more inside]
posted by chairface at 3:03 PM PST - 30 comments

Cancer + Avoidance = Trainwreck. Can you help clear the rails?
My aunt has potentially terminal cancer. She's avoiding making any decisions, but she's also not doing anything to enjoy the present. My mother is a wreck. Is there anything at all that I can do to help? [more inside]
posted by amelioration at 2:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Turning data into images/graphs dynamically
I want to propose to my manager a system/software/configuration to dynamically graph data but I don't know what the technical terms are or what software can do this kind of thing. I need your advice. [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 at 2:50 PM PST - 4 comments

South African weather updates on MSNBC in the US. Why?
Why does MSNBC broadcast South African (and no other international) weather updates when I am located in California? They frequently come on at 12:30am PT and have done so for the last few months, so it is not due to a specific weather event. MSNBC is shown in South Africa although that alone wouldn't seem to explain it. Is this a mistake, S.A. tourism ministry advertising, something else? Has anyone else seen this?
posted by briand864 at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Mobility impaired travel in NYC
I need advice on visiting Manhattan with a mobility-limited traveling companion. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Can I be held accountable?
Friend wants me to lie to mortgage company on his behalf. Legal ramifications for me or my company if I were to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:39 PM PST - 15 comments

I know my chicken. You got to know your chicken.
On the interior portion of a chicken leg quarter in a recessed portion of the bone is a small brown organ with a liver-like texture. What is this organ anatomically and does it have a culinary term attached to it?
posted by sourwookie at 2:33 PM PST - 16 comments

What do I do with artichoke hearts?
I have a can of artichoke hearts and would like some thoughts on using them in a green salad or another appetizer-y idea. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 2:06 PM PST - 22 comments

International freight parcel missing in Dublin
Posted my daughter her excess luggage by Parcelforce (UK to Ireland) when she went back to uni (UCD) last week. Now there's no trace of the suitcase although it is logged as having been received in Dublin. It's now one week behind schedule, and An Phost's customer service is completely useless (didn't ring back as promised, hung up/disconnected, can't get through with 15 minutes waiting, etc.). Registered a complaint with Parcelforce who are working on it, without a result to date. Is this par for the course? Helllllllllllp!
posted by kairab at 2:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Best device for playing mp3s in my kitchen
What device would allow best access to playlists of mp3 at home? Doesnt need to be portable, must not be laptop... [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 1:58 PM PST - 23 comments

Best solution for spreadsheet to track monthly usage statistics
What's the optimal design for a spreadsheet to track statistics for events (performer, type of program, location, attendance) and pull out various monthly totals? (Details follow) [more inside]
posted by mkny at 1:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Microwave vs motion detector
Why would my mum's (inside) microwave set off her (outside) motion detector? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 1:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Help! I've been drafted!
Help me find 2d drafting/layout software! Also, I'm new to this! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 1:45 PM PST - 10 comments

New Hometown?
Where should I move? I'm finishing up grad school and searching for my first job. My intention has been (and is still) to settle in the Seattle area, but I'm curious about alternate suggestions, because it's good to have a Plan B. [more inside]
posted by sarabeth at 1:24 PM PST - 22 comments

Help my fittings line up
How does one get various threaded pipe fittings and plumbing parts to line up properly? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 1:12 PM PST - 5 comments

What to do with a brisket?
Went to market, came back with a brisket. Now what? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 1:02 PM PST - 19 comments

$500 on GSP FTW
How do I make sense of the "moneyline" form of betting odds for mixed martial arts? [more inside]
posted by googly at 12:50 PM PST - 6 comments

My Control pad needs to be beat!
I recently purchased an Alesis Control pad off of Ebay, it works great but was missing the BFD-lite CD-ROM. [more inside]
posted by Asbestos McPinto at 12:49 PM PST - 1 comments

Is my dog's eye discharge a cause for concern?
My dog's clear eye discharge is now reddish-brown--are we looking at a vet trip? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 12:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Who painted this?
Translation filter: Can you help me ID this artist signature? [more inside]
posted by esunshine at 12:45 PM PST - 3 comments

California native moving to Wisconsin in a few months; what should I know?
California native moving to Wisconsin in a few months; what should I know? [more inside]
posted by HonorShadow at 12:43 PM PST - 35 comments

Northern India, on the Cheap
Heading to Northern India (specifically Varanasi, Agra, Delhi) soon and looking for the insiders guide (i.e. places, transport, lodging, food) What hints do you have for newbie NRI travelers (only have been to family's in Kolkata and environs)? Any thoughts on cheap (under 550 rupees) lodging and simple, staple food places (less than 100 rupees for meals) in these locations. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 12:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Good Eats in Manchester NH?
Seeing a good place for a large-ish group (a dozen or so adults) to eat in Manchester, NH within winter walking distance of the Radisson/NH Expo Center (700 Elm St). [more inside]
posted by anastasia at 12:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking at those youtube videos of people taking pictures of themselves every day for years, I find i want to do it too.... but HOW?
Looking at those youtube videos of people taking pictures of themselves every day for years, I find i want to do it too.... but HOW? [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed at 12:04 PM PST - 12 comments

What does a jewel-spitting mongoose represent?
Tibetan art filter: what are these sculptures holding in their hands? [more inside]
posted by Mender at 12:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Digestion and the end result.
This is a question about digestion and the end result. This is purely a matter of abstract curiosity. I promise not to provide too much information. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 11:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for some brain-food! Specifically, documentaries...like Louis Theroux
Looking for some brain-food! Specifically, documentaries... [more inside]
posted by jdlugo at 11:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Hand Rash
You are not my doctor: Rash on the back of my hand? [more inside]
posted by jckll at 11:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Food allergy?
Food allergy filter. Why does eating chocolate candy (and other types of candy) makes me break out a couple of hours later? What does that indicate?
posted by aeighty at 10:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for old satellite images
Searching for historical satellite images? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 10:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Catastrophe
As a purely hypothetical question, if a five-pound cat were to fall from an arbitrarily tall point, how long would it take him to reach terminal velocity? How fast would he be traveling at that point? Part II: If, say, someone was standing at the initial point, how long would it take the cat to drop completely out of sight? What is the longest distance an unaided human eye can perceive an armload-sized object, in other words? Assume the area is lit at about a 60-Watt bulb in a uniform manner. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat at 10:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Slip, with a fitted bust, with garters - recommendations?
Looking for a slip, with a fitted bust, with garters. Everything I can find doesn't seem to be actually made for wearing under dresses (frills, ruffles, large questionable cut outs) or doesn't come large enough in the bust. Something like either of these would be great, except I wear a 36D, and that doesn't appear to be an option. (links possibly NSFW - models are clothed in only lingerie.) Any suggestions? (anon because I'd like this to be a surprise)
posted by anonymous at 10:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Social discomfort, family obligation
Cousin Zach is a sweetheart, but I don't have the time or inclincation to attend everything he invites us to. How to say no tactfully? Guilt is involved. [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 10:29 AM PST - 23 comments

How to ask for recommendations without a specific need?
How do I ask for a recommendation from leaders in my community group if I don't have a specific need for one? (I am moving away and ending my membership in the group, but not currently job hunting.) [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 10:26 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me insulate my air conditioner!
lI have a through-the-wal air conditioning unit. How do I stop the cold air outside from coming in through the cracks? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 10:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Up a Lazy River
How feasible is it to find work on a boat in Colombia/Venezuela/Panama that is bound for the eastern seaboard of the United States, preferably Norfolk or Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 10:12 AM PST - 2 comments

How to keep Dell Latitude power supplies from dying?
O, the carnage! Is there anything I can do to prolong the lifespan of a Dell Latitude's power brick/AC adapter? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 10:04 AM PST - 10 comments

How to pump enough so mom can sleep for once?
Breastfeeding and pumping filter: How can I get ahead in pumping so my husband can I take over a nighttime feeding and I can get a full night's sleep even just once a week? [more inside]
posted by zizzle at 9:56 AM PST - 21 comments

Where to develop underwater camera film?
Where should I get my underwater camera film developed in San Francisco (or by mail, if there's a good option)? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 at 9:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Metallic smelling poop
Metallic-smelling poop question inside. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 9:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Name that C64 game!
Name that C64 game! [more inside]
posted by imaswinger at 9:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Help her find her underwear.
Do you recognize the underwear seen at 1:20 in this video, and secondly, recommendations for interesting artisanal lingerie? [more inside]
posted by Forktine at 9:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Can I eat palak panner if left out for hours?
I left my lunch (palak paneer with rice) at home. I want to eat it after I get off work. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Jenesta at 9:12 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me find L'oreal continuous shine creme!
Where can I buy L'oreal continuous shine creme? Kind of complicated. [more inside]
posted by icarus at 9:12 AM PST - 6 comments

A working dinner
I work three nights a week. What can I bring for dinner? I love to cook, but I can't seem to come up with dinners that are small and easy to pack, don't require refrigeration, and are moderately healthy. [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 8:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Help fighting isolation for a shut-in.
Help fighting isolation for a shut-in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 AM PST - 19 comments

Basic Vocabulary
The front door of my condo has started scraping against the entryway. I lack the basic vocabulary to describe the problem to those that may be able to help me fix it. Please help me identify the relevant terms. [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 at 8:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Copying to lots of USB keys (again and again (and again))
How can I speed up copying the same date to lots and lots of USB keys? I have to copy data, using XP, to a whole bunch of keys. That's a lot of inserting and dragging and dropping and it may drive me insane. Is there any way to speed up the process? Something that does lots of USB keys at once? Some sort of auto-copy thing?
posted by liquidindian at 8:24 AM PST - 10 comments

[not fruit-ist]
Which adult-sized yogurts are completely blended? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 8:17 AM PST - 18 comments

One tequila, two tequila...
I'm looking for your favorite tequila cocktails! [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 7:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Mama said knock you out
How can someone who's 40 years old suddenly reach their potential? At the moment I'm working as a claims adjuster with people 10 years younger than me. I'm drinking every day and my marriage is not in trouble, but my wife is definitely unhappy. I have a job and a wife and am middle class, so I hope my question isn't perceived as Whinerfilter - I am, for the most part very fortunate. Are there examples of people turning it around at 40? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 AM PST - 40 comments

Cooties!
Have I got headlice/nits or just an itchy scalp? Posting anonymously as I'm too embarrassed to even ask someone to have a look. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Hail Mary Pass
It's the final hour of this medical school application cycle. Is there anything I can do to increase my chance of getting an interview at the schools near and dear to my heart? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Adding stars to wikis?
How can I add star ratings to content pages in a free wiki like PBWiki or Wetpaint? [more inside]
posted by underthehat at 7:24 AM PST - 1 comments

They left us alone. Now what?
I want to read fictional and/or true stories about people being put into positions of responsibility unexpectedly for extended periods of time and how they deal with it. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:46 AM PST - 37 comments

Dish Network smart cards
Dish Network wants me to replace the "smart card" in my receiver. If I don't, they'll ground me from the T.V.. [more inside]
posted by Hugh2d2 at 5:48 AM PST - 8 comments

MP3 recording?
I need an easy-to-use standalone MP3 recorder to record council meetings. It would need to have the facility to take input from microphones. [more inside]
posted by prentiz at 4:57 AM PST - 8 comments

I am *not* the CB Savage!
What do ham radio operators talk about on their radios? [more inside]
posted by gjc at 4:32 AM PST - 23 comments

How to be a working nomad?
I am a recent college graduate and I also suffer a good deal of wanderlust. There is the inevitable problem of combining work and play. At my university, the only career advice I received was graduate school or working the traditional 9-5 job. I'm wondering if it's possible to travel and earn money? [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans at 4:20 AM PST - 22 comments

Yet another "name that movie"
Name that Documentary: Hanging women over water (pond?) to feed organisms living inside the water. Aired around 2008. Possibly located in Asia. [more inside]
posted by ellighi at 3:52 AM PST - 6 comments

A Day in München!
Thanks to an airline mix-up, I will be in Munich for one day before flying back to the States. Help me plan a fun day. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 2:11 AM PST - 12 comments

January 26
The way I want to be... and was.
How do you overcome a serious accident? (After all the hoopla is over about how you've survived it all, and you are now coming to terms with the kind of life you might have to live [and how different it is from the one you were used to living]--and that scares you half to death--you have to ask yourself "what comes next?") [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 11:19 PM PST - 41 comments

job prospects for public defenders or civil/real estate lawyers
I'm currently a sophomore in college. Will there be jobs for public defenders or civil/real estate lawyers by the time I would graduate law school, if I were to go to law school? [more inside]
posted by goodbyebluemonday at 10:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Breach my britches, bitches!
"Information from certain Bank of America Check Cards may have been compromised." Did anyone else receive this letter, and does anyone know anything about it? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 10:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Mildly Multiplayer Office Runaround Puzzle Game
I need help coming up with an idea for a short, simple, but immensely entertaining activity at work (banking office). There's about 20 people, and maybe a 15-minute time limit. Half knowledge/trivia test, and half scavenger hunt/capture-the-flag type game. [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 9:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Remind me to get a dog and teach it to sniff out mold.
When I get in the shower I smell that earthy smell associated with mold. Help me figure out what the source may be! [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 9:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Conserving and sharing art (naïve question).
A piece of art given me some years ago might be of historical interest. How do I get in touch with someone who might want to take a picture of it, or catalogue it, or whatever? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 9:19 PM PST - 5 comments

IE scrollbars shifting placement of centered background image!
CSSfilter: Explorer's scroll bars shift my design's centered background image up or down by about ten pixels when the browser width is less than 880 pixels wide (in other words, on a laptop). Arrgh! It should look like this. Is there a better way to force a centered background image to really be CENTERED?!? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 9:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Aren't badgers noble protectors in Red Wall?
I'm pretty sure I've stumbled upon a badger den. How can I go back and take photos safely, without causing any harm to them or myself? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 8:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Reccomend an NSLU2 alternative!
What Network Attached Storage enclosure should I get? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 8:50 PM PST - 10 comments

ideas for a retiree
My mum has just retired at 61. She has four kids who all live in different cities, each over 5 hours away. My dad still works full time, and I don't think my mum knows what to do with herself. Ideas and suggestions for fulfilling ways to pass the time, plans to make, etc from other retirees greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 8:33 PM PST - 15 comments

Xbox to DVI or VGA?
I have an Acer AL2216 W computer monitor with VGA and DVI inputs. I'm thinking about getting an Xbox for things like halo 2 and 3. Is there a way I can feed the xbox video into my monitor and the audio into my computer's speakers (LogiTech LS21)? What would it cost? Such as converting it from a standard video and audio format that you'd plug into your tv to a DVI and 3.5mm female connector. Or HDMI to VGA or DVI and Audio to 3.5mm?
posted by BoldStepDesign at 8:31 PM PST - 11 comments

TranslationFilter
TranslationFilter: I need several phrases translated into Spanish, Thai, Burmese, and/or Karen. A little help from the Hive would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 8:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I disable a firefox addon at the command-line?
I have an Thinkpad X61 that I use both at work and home. Internet at work requires a proxy while at home I have WiFi. Switching browser settings is no problem thanks to the awesome Connection Manager software that ships with the Thinkpad. But now things have become a bit complicated. I had to install FoxyProxy because some sites needed a different connection which the regular proxy couldn't handle. Now when I connect to the internet at home, I have to remember to disable foxyproxy otherwise the Internet doesn't work. Is there a way to disable the foxyproxy extension via the command line so that I can automate this process? Google isn't helping. FWIW, I have AutoIt and Autohotkey installed although I'm not really a programmer.
posted by your mildly obsessive average geek at 8:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I take the USPTO exam just because it's there?
I'm a scientist considering taking the USPTO exam. I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me have hot bacon, eggs and toast - all at the same time
I like making big breakfasts of multiple dishes. How can I most effectively time my cooking so that everything is done, hot and ready to serve at the same time? [more inside]
posted by illenion at 7:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Skepticism about whether historical figures took credit for someone else's work?
What historical figures might not have done the work they are credited for? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 6:54 PM PST - 50 comments

How can I grab my old cell phone number?
I'm losing my cell phone number of 12 years to my employer when I leave the company this week. As policy, they will not allow me to keep it but wondered if anyone can provide some help on how to snag it from AT&T once the company cancels it and it's free to be re-assigned. [more inside]
posted by rholly at 6:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I eat it and if so, how?
Should I eat it and how, the cooked shrimp edition. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 6:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Standards make all the difference--right?
I'm seeking an example of how standardization on something has had a major impact to the world. Basically, because X became a standard, we now have Y. (Where X is something that was non-standard and Y is something better than what existed before X became a standard). I thought the standardization of screw threading might be a good one, but the wikipedia page makes it seem like it was a more gradual process (with various standards being made throughout time). Any better examples for my presentation? [more inside]
posted by verevi at 6:22 PM PST - 24 comments

Bali Ha'i on the Big Island?
Hawaii-filter: I've been to Kauai twice and absolutely fell in love with Hanalei. My extended family is thinking of going to the west side of the Big Island this summer. Can you help point me to towns on the Big Island that are in some sense Hanalei-like? [more inside]
posted by genug at 5:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Money question. I need $82,500 within 30 days. Home equity line/loan or refinance or .... something else?
Money question. I need $82,500 within 30 days. Home equity line/loan or refinance or .... something else? [more inside]
posted by Dave. at 5:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Language learning: how can I learn language patterns on a more subconscious level?
Language learning: how can I learn language patterns on a more subconscious level? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 5:45 PM PST - 11 comments

HP laptop warranty question
Warranty filter: My HP laptop is covered under an extended warranty for a host of known problems with wireless cards, power issues, etc. Now my laptop is having problems with these issues and HP has authorized me to send it in for free repair. The original a/c adapter was broken and replaced with a generic one. Instructions for returning the laptop say to include the a/c adapter if having problems with the computer starting with battery only (I am). My question: Will returning it with a generic a/c adapter instead of the original one void my warranty and lead to HP not making this free repair? Would it better just to ignore the instructions and NOT include the adapter and hope they will fix it anyway?? Thanks for any light you can shed!!
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 5:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Drug lingo filter
Drug lingo question. I overheard my niece (out of rehab for less than 1 year) talking to her boyfriend last night. The part of the conversation that I heard was "...did you get the slides? If you didn't, I'm going to have to boil the sh*#, and that's friggin' expensive!". Should I be worried? Anyone know what the hell she might have been talking about?
posted by richmondparker at 4:49 PM PST - 29 comments

What was that side-scrolling spaceship game?
Trying to identify a side-scrolling spaceship shoot-em-up console game from the early '90s. (Hopelessly?) vague description inside. [more inside]
posted by brassafrax at 4:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Hook em, Horns! Good idea needs landing!
How do I pitch an idea to sports marketing department of a major university? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 4:33 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I reverse my blunderings?
How do I reverse these terminal commands in osx? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 4:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Any recommendations for recordings of traditional Mexican ballads by female singers?
Any recommendations for recordings of traditional Mexican ballads by female singers? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 4:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Wish I still had my class notes...
Looking for a specific article on text placement on a map. [more inside]
posted by bellbellbell at 4:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Restoring earring order
Restoring earring order: How do you organize/store your earrings? [more inside]
posted by acorn1515 at 3:55 PM PST - 32 comments

Bottle Blondes v2.0
What's up with all of the dark roots? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 3:35 PM PST - 28 comments

Graphic design jobs that aren't in advertising?
How can I be a successful designer without working in advertising? [more inside]
posted by emily37 at 3:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Executive Director + Bookkeeping = Conflict of Interest?
Should the Executive Director of a non-profit organization also be doing its bookkeeping? [more inside]
posted by jildelicious at 3:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Hacking a Bad GPS for a good outcome
I got a crap refurbished GPS for my girlfriend - a clarion NICE 430 because it was on sale for a low price. But it's got old maps, no updates and less support. I'm buying her another one, but what can I do with THIS one? Besides chucking it at the clarion building. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 3:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Through the luminiferous aether
RFInterferenceFilter: This is a continuation of this question. Summarizing: I'm experiencing a loud buzzing noise in my stereo, accompanied by interference from local FM radio stations. I've done more investigation and have eliminated my power as a (direct) cause of the noise. [more inside]
posted by strangecargo at 3:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Need Help with Non-Profit Presentations
I'm starting up a new non-profit organization and need some help streamlining my message for presentations and explanation, but I've not had any success looking for such information. I need to know what I should be looking for in terms of vocabulary, etc. [more inside]
posted by Gideon at 3:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to get my MSW?
Does it matter if I get my MSW in the same city I intend to be living/working in? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 3:00 PM PST - 5 comments

A gift for the man who has everything but introspection.
Help me find an appropriate (guided) journal to give my father as a birthday gift. [more inside]
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 2:42 PM PST - 6 comments

What is legal responsibility?
What is covered by 'legal responsibility' in relation to a home insurance policy (in the UK)? [more inside]
posted by daveg at 2:33 PM PST - 2 comments

RSS Feeds -> OPML -> List of websites...how?
How do I get a list of all the blogs I'm subscribed to, plus their URLs? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:19 PM PST - 5 comments

How should someone in London dispose of a printer?
Trying to get rid of a printer, some battery packs and an old PDA, without simply throwing them in the black bag. How does one recycle electronics ethically in London? [more inside]
posted by marmaduke_yaverland at 2:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Methanol will make you blind. The antidote is ethanol. Drink hard liquor if you can't get to a hospital.
Good resources for rules-of-thumb for laboratory dangers and chemical safety? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 2:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Optimal dog walk: vary route or not?
I walk my eight-year-old boxer every day. I vary the route among a set of 4 or 5 possibilities--different directions, incline, etc. I do this a) because I like variety and b) I have been assuming the dog likes variety, too. Is that true? Or does a dog prefer, for some reason, to stick to one familiar route?
posted by everichon at 1:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Help Me Find A Twin Cities Headhunter
I'm looking for a headhunter in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area who specializes in brand strategy, market research or advertising. I've done some Google searches but those have not been particularly helpful. Does anyone know of any headhunters or places I should look for headhunters specializing in these areas?
posted by Waitwhat at 1:32 PM PST - 0 comments

Game theory for people who like words and pictures?
Best books, websites, lecture series on game theory and its applications for smart people who understand mathematics but can't stand trawling through pages of unnecessary complex formulae?
posted by vizsla at 1:27 PM PST - 8 comments

YANMD....but please diagnose this
Blood in my semen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I organize/plan a large upcoming project?
What's the best way to keep this project organized? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 6 comments

A crusty dilemma.
On the menu for tomorrow: salmon encrusted with bread crumbs. Can I make this dish without an egg wash? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 12:55 PM PST - 18 comments

SciFiFilter: I'm not usually a fan of SciFi, and yet I loved Ender's Game. Where to next?
SciFiFilter: I'm not usually a fan of SciFi, and yet I loved Ender's Game. Where to next? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek at 12:52 PM PST - 44 comments

How many pools does your state have?
Say I want to gather statistics on above ground pool ownership in the states. Is there some way to find and aggregate this kind of retail information? [more inside]
posted by johnbaskerville at 12:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Remote Access via a G1?
I have remote access to my work computer from any other computer via Citrix. Would I be able to access my work computer in the same manner from a T-Mobile G1 phone (or from any other similar cell phone)? [more inside]
posted by amro at 12:33 PM PST - 3 comments

More bathing, less sodomy
LA Baths? I went to the Kabuki in San Francisco and loved it. Now I'd like to find something similar in Los Angeles. Japanese, Korean, Roman, Russian baths, whatever, with the following caveats: I'm a dude, and I'm not looking to have sex there. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 12:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Why is Megan McArdle a good fit for the NYTimes?
Why is Megan McArdle so highly regarded? [more inside]
posted by waxbanks at 12:30 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me Hyperlink & Bookmark in Word
How do I hyperlink across Word Documents? [more inside]
posted by aelish at 11:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Books and Films about single women who are going to make it after all.
Know any good books and films with happy single women living alone? I could use some positive reinforcement. [more inside]
posted by Lorna at 11:39 AM PST - 21 comments

How do I convert a databse into mysql format?
How do I convert/import a dbf (2.4 gb) to a mysql database? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 11:24 AM PST - 7 comments

mmm poutine
Is there a Chinese translation for poutine? [more inside]
posted by captaincrouton at 11:16 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I best arm myself for an upcoming salary/bonus review in this economic climate?
How do I best arm myself for an upcoming salary/bonus review in this economic climate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Why am I incredibly passionate about learning things but dread actually putting them to use?
Why am I passionate about learning things (mostly IT-related) but dread actually putting them to use? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:45 AM PST - 26 comments

setup for creating own optimized online backup?
I am making an online backup of all my important data (about 20-100 gigs). I am not looking for a service, i want to create my own since i have 300gigs online waiting to be used. In creating my own service I need 1)a good ftp program and 2)some a program that would work such that if i drag in a folder with the same name, it would overwrite the folder, but only that which is different so it would not take so long after the initial download. [more inside]
posted by figTree at 10:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Bootcamp flummoxes wireless connection.
I've got two Macbook Pros and a wireless router. Everything works great, except when I restart one of the MBPs in Bootcamp (XP, Service Pack 3), suddenly the wireless connection on both MBPs gets spotty -- off and on, off and on -- although a hard ethernet connection from the Bootcamped MBP works fine. Flummoxing. Any ideas?
posted by It ain't over yet at 10:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Tourist fun in northwestern Germany
Family members who will be visiting me in Amsterdam in April have requested that we spend a day in Germany. What cool stuff can we do in northwestern Germany, fairly close to the Dutch border? [more inside]
posted by transporter accident amy at 9:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Drug Disposal
I know that when medicine expires or is no longer needed, the best way to dispose of it is to take it to a local pharmacy with a disposal program and hand it off to them to take care of it. But that gets me to wondering - then what? [more inside]
posted by sandraregina at 9:46 AM PST - 12 comments

I need hose that don't use a tourniquet to stay up
Please recommend thigh-high hose/ stockings for use with and/ or without garters [more inside]
posted by hellboundforcheddar at 9:39 AM PST - 15 comments

E-ZPass - not so easy
Why did our E-ZPass account charge us for tolls in NJ and DE when we definitely weren't driving anywhere outside of NYS at the time? Will they believe us when we dispute the tolls? [more inside]
posted by trillian at 9:39 AM PST - 15 comments

I want to remember myself.
I would like to start keeping a personal diary.. Electronically, to be sure, online if possible. [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 9:36 AM PST - 20 comments

I just want a nice box
I can't believe this is so hard to find. I have this Expedit bookcase from Ikea. I bought some cubes from Ikea to fit on the shelves, but not enough. I bought 7, I need 5 more. I don't want to buy anymore from Ikea but I can't find this type of storage anywhere else in the UK! More specs inside. [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 9:01 AM PST - 8 comments

The Woman Who Came To Dinner
Is it a social faux pas to ask a party's host for help contacting a guest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 AM PST - 30 comments

How to study/prep for Algorithms/Google Interviews?
Best ways to prep/study for CS Algorithm/Google style job interviews? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Where does the buck stop, again?
Obama merchandise is everywhere. Why are manufacturers allowed to make money off his likeness when they would be sued into the ground if they made the same items using, say, the likeness of Elvis or Rick Astley?
posted by anastasiav at 8:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Permission problem? Security Setting? Help please.
I'm having trouble when running cvs update with PHP's exec() command after our company migrated from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008. [more inside]
posted by trueluk at 8:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Volleyball court rental in Chicago?
Anyone know of a facility in Chicago area that rents indoor volleyball courts? The only one I know for sure is Windy City Fieldhouse. Curious if there are others.
posted by rsol44 at 8:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there a PC version of Fortress America?
I love the Milton Bradley Gamemaster Series of board games. Axis & Allies got a PC version. Shogun's play mechanic found its way into Shogun:Total War. Is there anything close to Fortress America? [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 8:02 AM PST - 1 comments

Huh? What happened?
Do airlines keep records of passengers who, for example, pass-out mid-flight? If so, does it affect future travel? [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels at 7:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Shipping database servers and electronics in the US. Need advice.
Shipping 500-1000 pounds of electronics (some sensitive, fragile) cross country. Anyone have advice or resources? This is in the US. [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 7:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Is There An Osaka Sound?
I'd like an introduction to Japanese jazz/piano ambient. Where should I start? Who's great? Who should I avoid?
posted by Xurando at 7:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Is "Yankees Suck" copyrighted?
Is the phrase "Yankees Suck" copyrighted? Presumably the kids who made the Yankees Suck t-shirts own the logo, but what about the phrase?
posted by lulululu at 7:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Can a US/Canadian dual citizen travel in Cuba without a licence?
Can a US/Canadian dual citizen travel in Cuba without a licence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Friend letter of recommendation?
How do I write a letter of recommendation for someone seeking grant money write her novel, especially given that I'm a long-time friend and not a former teacher or mentor? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 6:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Taking grains of salt seriously
SaltFilter: Looking for a good book or online resource that helps one calculate the amount of salt in various kinds of food - down to the grain if possible. [more inside]
posted by jammy at 6:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Help! Router problems!
Router Question: My USR MAXg router now has troubles connecting to the internet (connection to cable modem fails...not the modem). In addition to routing and wireless, it also is a USB print server. The router intermittently loses connection to the internet...router problem. Question: Can I buy a cable router to use for the router function, and still use my MAXg for print serving and wireless?
posted by mbarryf at 6:44 AM PST - 1 comments

HD-DVD/Blu Ray software for PC?
What PC software is out there for playing HD-DVDs and Blu Ray discs? [more inside]
posted by Dr-Baa at 6:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Video Card for AVCHD editing
Would a video/graphics card allow me to be able to edit my avchd (.mts) files from my new Canon HF100 camcorder? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 6:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Can a husband sue his wife?
Are there any circumstances in (UK) law that would allow a friend to 'sue' his wife for what he considers the money she stole from their joint account. [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 6:12 AM PST - 15 comments

Organize random online articles
What is the best way to collect and organize random articles found across the Internet to read and reference later? I've started blogging a lot, and like to find articles at one time and read and post about them later.
posted by daf81289 at 5:53 AM PST - 12 comments

They're not solar panels.
Does anybody know what the strange derelict objects are in this video? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 5:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Advice on international compatibility and cell phone buying.
Living in Europe now, I want to buy a SIM card based phone that I could bring back to the States, when I move back in a year or so...but I don't know what other spec's to look out for, in terms of compatibility. [more inside]
posted by talljamal at 5:35 AM PST - 7 comments

messed up music file
Wave file gone bad [more inside]
posted by sidr at 4:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Any courses on internet marketing in San Diego?
I am looking for some good basic classes/courses in or near San Diego, California on interactive/internet marketing (metrics, e-commerce, channels, website usability, SEO, etc.). Can anyone recommend anything that ends before August '09?
posted by carofowler at 4:09 AM PST - 2 comments

$500/mo in Orange Country: Feasible?
I was hired at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California last month, and am currently living in Northwest Washington. I'll be moving in approximately two months to the Orange County area, and could not be more terrified. [more inside]
posted by tj9991 at 4:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Doctor Who, I presume?
Whats a good place to start for a Doctor Who newb? [more inside]
posted by edmcbride at 2:46 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me design a bird feeding station
Help me design a bird feeding station for my garden. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 2:22 AM PST - 7 comments

firefox isolation extension
I'm looking for an extension that on any web page will allow you to click on a frame and black out everything else on the page, kind of like Pages 09 does when you go to full screen mode. One of the nice features of Safari on the iphone is that double tapping on any frame will zoom in, filling the window with just that frame. On my iMac zooming in would be unneeded, but blacking out everything except that frame would be fantastic. Anyone know of any that does anything similar?
posted by dbooster at 1:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Any free/simple billing websites available?
Is there a free website/service that allows simple billing? I pay for my daughters cell phone bill monthly but she has to pay $10 towards it. I'd like to "bill her" via email automatically every month to get her introduced to the responsibility of paying bills on time. Ideally this "billing service" would be free, would allow me to enter her email and sms and keep a running tab of what she owes. Has anyone built this yet? If not, any other suggestions?
posted by olddogeyes at 1:18 AM PST - 11 comments

help! china passport expires in June and I need 1 month more to get Indian Visa for my trip
I'm a US permanent resident with a Chinese citizenship and my passport expires in July 2009. I already booked a trip to India leaving on February 7th, thinking there was plenty of time to get my Indian Visa. I just found out while applying that I need to have my passport valid for 6 months beyond the date of visa application. Please help me save my trip! More inside [more inside]
posted by I like to eat meat at 1:13 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the deal with 1960's footage?
What's the deal with certain 1960's black-and-white footage? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 12:50 AM PST - 3 comments

January 25
what do I wear to de-emphasize my shoulders?
What kind of clothing should I wear to de-emphasize my wide shoulders and muscular arms? I am a 25-year old female, and I have a very muscular upper body. I don't lift weights or anything, but my shoulders and arms have just always been defined. People in the street ask me if I am a professional swimmer. I am becoming very self-conscious of my shoulders and arms, and wondering what kind of tops would work for me. I already know that spaghetti straps are a no-no. Also, no matter where I buy tops, they are ALL too short, because I also have a long torso. So, I am constantly flashing my stomach, there is always that thin strip of skin visible between my top and my pants. Please help!
posted by esolo at 9:55 PM PST - 38 comments

Please help find a gently-used, luxury-ish sedan.
Please help find a gently-used, luxury-ish sedan. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 9:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me pronouce 'Cheij'
How is the surname 'Cheij' pronounced? [more inside]
posted by breakfast_yeti at 9:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to find two photographs of the same country landscape- one in the summer, one in the winter snow?
Where to find two photographs of the same country landscape- one in the summer, one in the winter snow? [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 9:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Smuggling a wedding ring into a foreign country might be the most James Bond thing I'll ever do
I'm planning to ask my girlfriend to marry me this summer, when we take a two-week vacation overseas. The trick will be to bring the ring with me in a way that doesn't attract customs', or her, attention. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 PM PST - 36 comments

How do I turn Space: 1889 into Space: 1914?
I came across my old Space: 1889 books in my parents' basement over the holidays and took them back with me to the US. I'm considering starting a campaign in that universe, but set during the War of 1914-18. Considering the different history and technology how do progress the setting into a Great War like scenario that's both true to the Space: 1889 universe as well as the real First World War? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 8:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Donating to a school in Afghanistan
What are the banks and mail system like in Afghanistan? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 8:19 PM PST - 5 comments

How do you pronounce 'κινειν'?
Greek speakers needed! How do you pronounce 'κινειν' in both modern and ancient Greek? [more inside]
posted by amery at 7:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Iphone contact help
Any easier way to clean contacts on iphone up than one at a time on the phone: since i imported from my imac, my old phone's card and my outlook pc i have a real mess and cleaning it up without cut and paste is a nightmare...also, can i eliminate tow way sync if i were to clean up contacts folder on my imac and make that my standard and not screw it up again with a sync?
posted by dougiedd at 6:51 PM PST - 4 comments

A song is worth a thousand words
I'm looking for a piece of software that would work like a photo album, except for MP3s. [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 6:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Geriatric dog biting & growling
My geriatric dog falls a lot and always needs help getting up from uncarpeted floors. But now he barks, growls, bares teeth and (twice last night) bites when I try to help him up. [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin at 6:34 PM PST - 24 comments

ASL in Houston
Learning ASL in Houston [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 6:30 PM PST - 1 comments

Batch Printing from Gmail
Does anyone know of a way to batch print multiple emails from Gmail? Looking to print 30+ emails and don't want to have to open and print each one. Thanks!
posted by Raichle at 6:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Perforating Mexicans
I'm researching the La Mexicaine De Perforation (aka the Perforating Mexicans), who are connected to the Untergunther and Les UX. Does anyone have any knowledge of or contact to these groups? (Check out the links if you don't know who/what these group are - very interesting.) [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro at 5:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Digital Immunodeficiency Disorder?
My laptop's been infected by something that is interfering with all the usual solutions. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 5:44 PM PST - 30 comments

how can I get a xbox 360 set up on the cheap
Planning on getting a Xbox 360, Oh and I want to do it on the cheap. Any advice?Here is my plan... [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 5:29 PM PST - 19 comments

Changing author name in MS Word's "Track Changes"
I'm using "Track Changes" in MS Word (or, well, its near-clone in Open Office). I've already made a number of changes — under the wrong name! How can I get those changes attributed to the right name? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Entomology Filter: What are these these seed-like pods? Bug eggs?
Entomology Filter: Ant-hill structures in my bedroom. Do I have ants or some other kind of bug? Strange that I haven't seen ONE bug in the three months I've lived here. (pics inside) [more inside]
posted by plasticbugs at 4:46 PM PST - 15 comments

awkward wedding situation
What's the etiquette for forced social interaction with a quasi-ex/hookup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Can I give companies free advertising on our website without their permission?
Can I give companies free advertising on our website without their permission? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 4:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me learn piano on the cheap!
Help me learn piano on a budget. I have always wanted to learn, and now I am 31 and tired of just wishing! Problem is, money is tight, so I am looking for suggestions on how to teach myself on the cheap (if that's possible). [more inside]
posted by scarello at 4:21 PM PST - 8 comments

PlanMyTripFilter: Help me Booze and Peruse
Going to Ireland and Italy. Tell me what not to miss. [more inside]
posted by milqman at 3:43 PM PST - 29 comments

What kind of high pressure metric fuel fitting is this?
What kind of high pressure metric plumbing fitting is this? [pdf link (85kb) | jpeg link (60kb)] [more inside]
posted by KevCed at 3:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Hello and welcome to QI, these are my whimsical cufflinks!
I'm a big guy and I'd like to get a dress shirt with French cuffs. Are there great online sellers for shirts like this, or perhaps you know of a better brick and mortar shop around Maryland/Washington, D.C. that can help me out? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 3:22 PM PST - 6 comments

LCD Brokensystem
My LCD monitor (19" F-419 AG Neovo, five years old) is broken/breaking. It probably isn't the backlight. What's up with it? [more inside]
posted by topynate at 3:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Tooth issue. Should I go see a dentist?
Tooth issue. Should I go see a dentist? [more inside]
posted by querty at 2:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Vegetarian Caesar salad dressing
Can anyone recommend a good bottled vegetarian Caesar salad dressing? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 2:48 PM PST - 4 comments

How to use ratchet tie down?
I'm using 2 ratchet tie downs to move a queen boxspring and mattress on the roof of my 4 door car. I think I understand how to thread and tighten the ratchet, but what do I attach the hooks to? [more inside]
posted by secretsecret at 2:47 PM PST - 5 comments

looking for smart ways to refute the following illogical statement:
I'm looking for smart ways to refute the following illogical statement: "Newspapers will never die, you can't make a scrap book out of interactive products..." [more inside]
posted by Paleoindian at 2:29 PM PST - 37 comments

I've got little onions. I want big onions all season long. Help?
Onion starts. I got them in a bunch of 50 for cheaper than the seed packet. Can I save them for later planting? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 2:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Flaky Brows, Help Me Out!
Why are my eyebrows so dry, and how can I make this better? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 1:52 PM PST - 13 comments

So you're listening to what?
Mixtape Mission: What's your favourite song right now? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 1:50 PM PST - 100 comments

Hard water stains
How do you clean hard water rust stains from plastic and rubber? The fridge front door where you get water and ice has nasty brown stains on the rubber levers and plastic drip tray.
posted by hardbop at 1:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a short video
I'm trying to find a short video with a non-human focus that is enjoyable to watch. [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 1:05 PM PST - 11 comments

How to make sure I get the best financial aid while still deciding between schools.
FinancialAidFilter: How do I decide whether to fill out the FAFSA (for law school) with or without parental info when some schools require and some don't? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Not hungry, but still need to eat.
What do you eat when, for emotional reasons, you can't eat? [more inside]
posted by crickets at 12:33 PM PST - 34 comments

English practice for ESL students in Northern Virginia?
ESL-filter: Where can a fairly advanced ESL student practice her English for free? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 11:27 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I put a list of all site tags on a WP sidebar?
How do I get Wordpress to display a list of all tags, in the sidebar? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 11:14 AM PST - 2 comments

"This Wu album is PHAT!"
When I was 12, I did a good number of product reviews on Amazon. 10 years later, I'm embarrassed that someone might find my glowing reviews of (ugh) Eminem and Smash Mouth. I want to delete that Amazon profile (and subsequently all of the reviews), but I don't have the e-mail or password for that account--I wrote those back in the 28.8kbps dial-up days. NO RECOLLECTION WHATSOEVER. What can I do to get that account deleted? [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones at 11:10 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I get *into* the friend zone?
Can a guy in his 20's make new female platonic friendships? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by fishtacos at 11:07 AM PST - 22 comments

How can I play an old Mac Quicktime VR file on a PC and/or the WWW?
How can I play an old Mac Quicktime VR file on a PC? On the web? Complications inside... [more inside]
posted by bodega at 10:52 AM PST - 6 comments

How Would Mr. Wizard Make A Pitri Dish Lab?
What's the best way to do a pitri dish culture of a bacteria, to determine its positive/negative response to a variety of applied substances? [more inside]
posted by peter_meta_kbd at 10:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I bother trying to get my 6y.o. mb to use a pci-card-provided sata drive as a primary Windows XP boot device?
windows-xp-sata-filter: My old gigabyte mb w/athlon thunderbird cpu has no sata built onto it, so I bought a pci sata card. Doing this is probably already asking for trouble due to age and compatibility whatnot, but in addition to putting the card in, I want to use the sata drive I'm connecting as a new primary boot device. The XP Sp2 install went fine pointing to the floppy disk with sata drivers on it, (which is what gives most folks the problem) but on reboot, it gives me a vague error. Should I just give up and buy new system guts? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Stop - Houma time!
Houma, LA. Where to eat, what to do? [more inside]
posted by TomSophieIvy at 10:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Holy Socks, Batman!
My dad is constantly wearing holes in the heels of his socks. After recently going through about $100 worth of new socks, it's time for a new course of action. He realizes that this means spending $10-$20 for each pair of socks, and he wants to make sure that his pricey new socks are going to last. Any personal recommendations for amazingly durable socks? [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 9:39 AM PST - 28 comments

How to negotiate with the boss of the startup company I work for?
Working for a startup and going a little crazy- how should I handle it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Korean shirts with surprising English on them
How to find a kind of shirt I saw in Korea. [more inside]
posted by Kirklander at 9:28 AM PST - 3 comments

creating an uber-archive of twitter updates
I am trying to scrape all 77 pages of my twitter updates and put them on a single page in chronological order, automagically. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 9:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Age me up!
How can I increase the likelihood that people will not think I am a middle-schooler? [more inside]
posted by fantine at 9:18 AM PST - 42 comments

Will my left ring finger ever go back to normal size?
My ring size has changed since my pregnancy. Is there any hope that it will ever go back to normal? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 9:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a few-years-old essay about flirting
Help me find an article/essay/blog entry I read 2 or 3 years ago about how obvious flirting is and always will be. [more inside]
posted by ictow at 9:12 AM PST - 2 comments

What is this mysterious plant from Thailand called?
What plant did my Thai neighbor just give me? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 9:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Headphones for gym
My iPod's headphones wore out, but I'm not mourning them. What's a good replacement under $35 or so? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:04 AM PST - 16 comments

ID an old comic book story about an alien squid in a basement?
Help me ID a story I read in a comic book in the late 70's, early 80's - it was a short story, not the entire comic, I believe - about an old couple who (intentionally or not) had an alien in the basement. [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report at 8:51 AM PST - 0 comments

Should I peel the garlic skin before roasting the garlic?
How do you cook whole garlic? Do you need to peel it? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 8:50 AM PST - 19 comments

Candy coated diamonds?
Honey M&M-type candies? Does this sound familiar to you? [more inside]
posted by ailouros08 at 8:18 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I reuse my old car stereo - out of the car?
Can I reuse my old car stereo - out of the car - with limited a)electrical knowledge and b)money? [more inside]
posted by smelvis at 8:12 AM PST - 6 comments

What was the easter egg in the Game Genie for Game Boy (original)?
I remember accidentally finding an easter egg on my game genie when I was younger, does anyone know anything about it? [more inside]
posted by Syntoad at 8:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Mic level vs. Line level FIGHT!
How do I build a microphone preamp for a Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by knowles at 7:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Describe 'legalese' in a word.
Describe 'legalese' in a word. [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 7:39 AM PST - 38 comments

Need Sheet Music for Carol of the Bells by William Joseph
Where can I get William Joseph sheet music for Carol of the Bells? [more inside]
posted by adriana at 7:00 AM PST - 0 comments

What are some interesting ways to teach the periodic table to 10th and 11th grade students?
What are some interesting ways to teach the periodic table to 10th and 11th grade students? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 5:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Satanists in our midst?!
What is the meaning (if any) of these strange markings I saw on this door in the Steingasse in Salzburg yesterday? Is it bored teenagers? A weird Christmas thing? My google-fu is failing me here and I'm burning up with curiosity.
posted by dunkadunc at 1:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Clean air tech?
Can someone point me to reliable - maybe even scientific - information on the usefulness of HEPA air purifiers (IQAir, Honeywell,...)? [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 1:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find notable events from 2008
I'm doing a centerfold feature in my high school newspaper, sort of a Year in Review type of article. It's not a terribly high standard obviously, but we like to think we're a quality publication in terms of high school printing. [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf at 12:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Safety in Nicaragua
Can you shed any light on how safe Nicaragua is for American tourists? [more inside]
posted by holympus at 12:12 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I start an NGO?
How do I go about creating an NGO to help a remote village in S. America? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 12:06 AM PST - 6 comments

January 24
Why won't my Palm Z22 connect to a computer anymore?
My Palm Z22 no longer syncs to my computer. This problem just appeared outta nowhere. I tried different cords, reinstalling the desktop, hard reset, and switching computers. No luck. Any ideas?
posted by Waldo Jeffers at 11:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I get pet rats?
Should I get pet rats? Will they pee all over and eat all my wires and crawl into my walls? [more inside]
posted by greendress at 11:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Why season matte enamel?
Why does my Ikea SENIOR casserole, which has a "matte enamel interior", come with instructions for seasoning? [more inside]
posted by Kemayo at 11:46 PM PST - 6 comments

ONE BIKE TWO BIKE RED BIKE BLUE BIKE
Bike nerds : give me a recommendation for both a long-haul touring setup and a flat-city fashion fixie setup. [more inside]
posted by suckerpunch at 11:46 PM PST - 11 comments

I hope wont have to invent a new program for this...
Recommend me an ubuntu friendly program that reads idv3 tags, can create playlists & burn them to a CD. [more inside]
posted by saxamo at 11:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Yes, these photos are crap, but they are my crap.
Please describe your process for getting photos off your digital camera and into some kind of storage. [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 11:08 PM PST - 18 comments

Schizo comic
During the late '80s or early '90s, Epic Comics, an imprint of the Marvel Comics company, printed a graphic novel about schizophrenia thinly veiled as a ghost story. [more inside]
posted by fiTs at 10:20 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm a wreck..
I need some serious advice on how I can start feeling more secure about myself. [more inside]
posted by In Heaven at 12:25 AM PST - 20 comments

January 23
1-3 Night backpacking in the Catskills, in the next 5-6 months.
Sometime from March to early summertime several of us would like to go on a backpacking trip from NYC. I need to hear about nice hikes in the Catskills. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 11:57 PM PST - 1 comments

Utterly forgettable
I tend to be forgotten between facetime sessions with friends. [more inside]
posted by @homer at 11:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Is this a shorter version of rosary beads?
What is this? Some type of short rosary beads? And how on earth did it get where we found it? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 10:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Refill compressed natural gas tanks? Santa Cruz
Where can I refill compressed natural gas tanks? [more inside]
posted by Ekidnagrrl17 at 9:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Wireless Networking Dramas
WiFiFilter: My computer can see and connect to my wireless access point. So can my PS3, Wii and iPhone. But unlike my PS3, Wii and iPhone, it can't browse the net. Ping requests are timing out. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:55 PM PST - 16 comments

What are the metal blocky things on roofs?
What are those blocky, meta-encased things on top of buildings? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 8:46 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to see designer dining rooms... but where?
Where can I find pictures of inspired dining room table settings? [more inside]
posted by kgn2507 at 8:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I use a p.o. box address when applying for a Texas driving license?
Can I use a P.O. Box Address when I apply for a Texas driving license?
posted by pakoothefakoo at 8:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Open a book, step into another place.
I like novels where the setting is almost as much of a star as the characters. What should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by cloudsandstars at 8:19 PM PST - 48 comments

Clear the A-pillar?
Is the phrase "clear the A-pillar" commonly used by pilots and truckers? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 7:07 PM PST - 8 comments

A piece de resistor?
Where can I pick up a couple of 39K Ohm 1W (or 2W) flameproof resistors in the Bay Area this weekend for a pinball machine repair? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 6:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Should we get a kitty?
My boyfriend and I are currently living in a large-ish one bedroom apartment. My boyfriend works and I'm quite busy with school but we would really really love to get a little kitty. I'm worried we won't have enough time to care for the little thing properly. [more inside]
posted by Grimble at 6:52 PM PST - 23 comments

Trouble In Parasites
Two specific questions about growing my own... [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat at 6:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Hard drive fails SMART status.
What to do about a hard drive failure? Disk Utility says my SMART status is failing. [more inside]
posted by ofthestrait at 6:33 PM PST - 6 comments

How to get a flash app from a webpage?
How can I save a flash program from the internet? [more inside]
posted by sumobob at 6:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Help finding a Wordpress theme
I found a Wordpress theme the other night and didn't download it. Now I can't remember where I found it. In brief: the color of cardboard, crayon-ish drawings with at least one being a hot air balloon. [more inside]
posted by speeb at 5:54 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I convert a SAS dataset into something readable by R?
How to import a SAS dataset into R (with, unfortunately, one extra degree of difficulty...)? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 5:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Condom Troubles
Proper condom usage - what is leaking out? Is it semen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:23 PM PST - 26 comments

Anyone else have the substitute teaching blues?
I've been substitute teaching in Portland, OR for three and a half years. This time last year, if I didn't accept a job, I would be getting called up to 20 times a night. Now I'm lucky if I get called two or three times a week. I'm wondering if there are other substitute teachers around the country experiencing a similar slow down? If so, what do you think the causes are and what are you doing to supplement your income? [more inside]
posted by alpinist at 5:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Internship vs. Job
Please explain to me the difference between an internship and a part-time job? [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 5:06 PM PST - 12 comments

helping relieve stress and overwork from afar
Someone I love is very burned out and is still facing another month of overwork before he gets any real break. Thinking about ways I can help. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 4:45 PM PST - 10 comments

what do I make of this crazy video?
Why is this video clip from two years ago now a flogging horse for the far right? Where can I find Reich's entire speech and what does he have to do with the Obama administration? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 4:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to collect plant & animal specimens?
Where can I - legally - collect plant and insect specimens, in the southwest? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 3:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Trying to download a whole batch of PDFs.
How to download a lot of PDFs? My wife is attending a conference, and the conference provides PDF downloads of all the papers, but only as individual papers, on individual pages. With a twist. [more inside]
posted by reddot at 3:20 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I keep smokey mits off my baby?
I have a newly born baby and need to stop smokers asking to hold the baby(without taking pre-cautions) without causing offense. How can I do this without being rude or hurting my very loving friends who don't know anything about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:18 PM PST - 50 comments

How do we get rid of nesting squirrel?
A squirrel is nesting in my friend's car and it keeps coming back. Does anyone have a (non-cruel, non-lethal) way to convince squirrels to find another warm spot? [more inside]
posted by Kimberly at 2:44 PM PST - 14 comments

How I understand music reviews better and explain it to others ?
I listen to a lot of 'contemporary' music (not classical), but how do I better understand music reviews and explain what I hear to my friends and peers ? [more inside]
posted by fizzix at 2:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me horizontal click scroll using jquery, pls!
I want to replicate, using jQuery, the Gmail 'Web Clips' horizontal browsing feature (seen here). Where can I find a script that does this? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 2:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Why are middle eastern people categorized as "white"?
Why do middle eastern people get lumped into the "white" category when asked to declare their ethnicity? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 2:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Who gets arrested when our "urban outdoorsman" sign holders break the law?
What are the legalities of utilizing a homeless person/vagrant/urban outdoorsman for marketing purposes? I've read up on "Bumvertising", but other than some negative feedback from homeless persons advocates (wikipedia) what happens when one of these "employees" happens to do something illegal? [more inside]
posted by whiskey point at 2:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Tanks at my House! What does that do to our insurance coverage?
How can I protect my home from my (somewhat) risky home business? [more inside]
posted by bdoop21 at 1:53 PM PST - 9 comments

What can I do with BA in communications?
Hi, I'm sophomore college student thinking about majoring in communications. When I get out of college what can I expect when I graduate? What kind of jobs will be open? What kind of demand can I expect? What kind of salary can I expect? Should I think about going on after college for some sort of further education?
posted by AZNsupermarket at 1:17 PM PST - 19 comments

It's lime green and the size of my head: how do I cook it?
I just bought home an enormous head of broccoflower. How should I prepare it? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 1:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Tablet help
I would like to buy a tablet/pen for detailed photoshop work on my mac. I have no idea who makes these things. Recommendations please! [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 1:08 PM PST - 14 comments

How much notice?
How much notice should I give before quitting my job? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks at 12:48 PM PST - 21 comments

Will my D.E.C. be useful outside of Quebec?
Is a Quebec DEC in in Electronics Engineering Technology recognized by employers outside of Quebec? [more inside]
posted by blisterpack at 12:44 PM PST - 1 comments

What's with the anarcho butt flap?
Fashion filter: what's up with the anarchist butt flap? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 12:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Scotch, an acquired taste?
How did you acquire a taste for scotch? [more inside]
posted by Silvertree at 12:40 PM PST - 52 comments

How do I learn *about* xml (as opposed to learning to write xml code)
Where/how do I learn enough about xml to communicate with elance contractors producing xml output for my company? I am computer literate and had no trouble learning the basics of hierarchical structure, well-formed code, tags etc. from a couple of online tutorials, but I have no programming experience and I wouldn't actually be writing any code myself. The highly rated xml books I've found on Amazon seem to be written mostly with programmers in mind. [more inside]
posted by gigimakka at 12:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Young driver car rental in Hawaii
Are there any car rental companies in Hilo, Hawaii that will rent to a 18-20 or 21-24 year old driver? [more inside]
posted by Jsn7821 at 12:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Biker jackets for ladies?
I've had the same "biker" jacket (you know, one of these) for close to 15 years. It's time for a replacement. I'd like to keep the look but was wondering if there were any jackets of that sort that are tailored for a woman's shape, which is to say larger in the breast area and smaller at the waist. Google-fu is failing me. Any ideas?
posted by cyborgirl at 12:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I plead not guilty on a possession citation?
Citation 221.05 in NYC for possession. Should I plead not guilty, or suck this up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for hotel booking software.
If someone wanted to build a website that allowed online booking for multiple hotels, what inexpensive off-the-shelf software/CMS could be incorporated? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 11:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Photos + Demographic Data = Useful ?
I have thousands of photographs of the insides of closets, refrigerators, cabinets, medicine chests, etc., all of which have a decent amount of demographic data attached to each photo. It sure seems like this data would be useful to some product research firm, or manufacturer, or product developer. Is it? Do any of those companies ever buy datasets like this?
posted by ericc at 11:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Maine Squeeze
WeddingInMaineFilter: My fiancee and I are looking to throw a really cool wedding in October of '09. It has to be within an hour of Portland (the closer the better). Any ideas? And yeah, money is an object. [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher at 11:53 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I NOT set this craft on fire?
I'm trying to figure out how to colour some clear glass tea light holders to maximize sexiness and avoid flames. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 11:51 AM PST - 12 comments

What Should I Do With My Spare Monitor?
I have a spare Dell 19" computer monitor lying around that I'm not using at the moment, does anyone have any ideas as to what I should do with it? (I'd like to re-use it somehow). Thanks, William
posted by nam3d at 11:42 AM PST - 9 comments

How dangerous would it be to make and sell an anti-"insert name of big box retailer here" t-shirt?
How dangerous would it be to make and sell an anti-"insert name of big box retailer here" t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 11:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Critical thinking about food
What made you first think about how your food is produced? [more inside]
posted by parudox at 11:39 AM PST - 40 comments

Time + Money = ?
I have two weeks and some cash. What do I do? Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by Third at 11:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Editing Software for HD Video?
Looking for software with which I can read and edit raw .m2ts video files and later export them as mpeg/avi/whatever. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 11:33 AM PST - 5 comments

SewingFilter: How to set in a gore without it looking bad?
I can't get the hang of inserting a triangular gore (godet?) into a slit in the fabric. All the online instructions I've found gloss over the really tricky bits (the point, and finishing the seams afterward.) Can anyone point me to the broken-down-for-complete-newbies instructions? I will be sewing by hand and need to use a historical seam finish. [more inside]
posted by oblique red at 11:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there a mineral equivalent of the order of life?
I'm working on a college graphics project in which I have to make 30 images with the theme Animal Vegetable Mineral. My plan is to draw a picture of an animal eating a plant while standing on a rock or something, then to "zoom in" to the animal 9 times, illustrating the organism, organ system, organ etc. all the way down to quark. Then I want zoom out from the quark, this time illustrating the equivalent stages for the plant and when I get back to the original picture I want to zoom in to the rock. I found this list of the order of life but I don't know what the equivalent list would be for the rock.
posted by Andy Harwood at 11:21 AM PST - 6 comments

What walks like a duck and quacks like a duck yet may not be a duck dealing drugs out of his house?
What walks like a duck and quacks like a duck yet may not be a duck dealing drugs out of his house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 AM PST - 32 comments

VGA-output woes with old laptop connected to HDTV
I've connected a VGA-cable from my old Packard Bell Easynote (Windows XP) laptop to my Samsung HDTV but it doesn't display anything and the tv detects no input from the computer at all. [more inside]
posted by kampken at 11:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I import audio from YouTube clip into iMovie?
YouTube/iMovie: Is it possible to somehow take the audio from a clip found on YouTube and import it into iMovie? I don't want the video, just the audio. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 11:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Minnesota Car Rental: convertible
Where can I rent a convertible this summer in the twin cities? We're hoping to rent a convertible for 3 or 4 days in July for our wedding. Nothing super special or specific, just a fun car to have available before and after the wedding and to drive off from the ceremony in. None of the standard car rental places seem to have convertibles available on-line.
posted by pithy comment at 10:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I study photography or journalism this summer?
Help me find an amazing summer program in documentary photography, digital storytelling, radio production, creative writing or journalism! [more inside]
posted by bonheur at 10:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Help my turn images into eye-candy
What is the best tools to turn image collections into eye-candy? (Printable a bonus!) [more inside]
posted by parma at 10:21 AM PST - 2 comments

Elevator going, er, up
What do I need to know about giving an elevator pitch? I've been asked to TEACH a lesson on giving one. [more inside]
posted by bargex at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Wet-pod
Ipod -3rd Generation. I got it wet (don't ask) and have done the drying, resetting etc. and while it seemed to sort of work it is just getting worse. What's it going to cost and do you recommend any 3rd party companies? In other words what are my options?
posted by notned at 10:07 AM PST - 8 comments

explain to me this... mojo.
Please explain the basic principles of flirting to me as if I were an alien who had recently landed on Earth trying to describe the phenomenon for my anthropological records or something. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 AM PST - 27 comments

Dad's a drunk.
My ex is a drunk, so I threw him out. However, we have a young child, and I'm having a hard time figuring out where to go from here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me control my Windows
How do I adjust how Windows XP gives individual windows/applications priority? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 9:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Obama's expat tax stance
What is Obama's position on tax exemptions for expats? [more inside]
posted by occidental at 9:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Weird automotive electrical issues.
I'm looking for some ideas on the numerous weird electrical issues with my car. [more inside]
posted by kingbenny at 9:35 AM PST - 8 comments

We are Professional vs. "Check out this cute kitty photo."
Design Filter: Does anyone have any good best-of-field examples of corporate/institutional websites that are well-integrated with blogs? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 9:31 AM PST - 1 comments

Documentary theater tips?
HighSchoolDramaTeacherFilter: Any tips for doing documentary theater with students? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 8:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Turn out the lights
I've recently become aware that my headlights are always on and I can't turn them off if the car is on. How big of a problem do I have? [more inside]
posted by jmchrist at 8:52 AM PST - 22 comments

What we have here is a failure to communicate.
I find myself longing to be blunt about how I'm feeling and what I want in relationships, but I worry that I'll shoot myself in the foot if I don't play the dating game. Should I stop trafficking in ambiguity and try some plain dealing for a change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 AM PST - 20 comments

Lock in low toner prices! And I did! And I was scammed! Help, please.
Okay, so I fell for the copier toner scam. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Pasta-Batman, where are you?
This American Life episode with a story about a dog named "Pasta-Batman"? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 8:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Schizophrenic and Looking for Love
I’m schizophrenic, on parole because of it, and I am looking for love. Please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Fed up with buying our first house!
What are our options in closing on our first home? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember at 8:38 AM PST - 10 comments

2up?
Recommend me some good head to head games for the NES (aka: Famicom or old-skool nintendo). [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 8:11 AM PST - 25 comments

An apostrophe question that is slightly different, I swear.
Punctuation question. Gentle reader - what connotation do you get from seeing Jesus' or Jesus's OR Niklas' or Niklas's? (Possessives with or without the 's' for nouns ending in 's'.) [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 8:01 AM PST - 43 comments

Purchasing department people: Credit card or purchase order?
I'm going to be selling two downloadable information products to businesses. One will be priced (at most) $495. The other will be more, about $1200. I hope customers will use credit cards, not purchase orders. Do I hope in vain? [more inside]
posted by PatoPata at 7:50 AM PST - 10 comments

me vs the man
"has been changed" vs "had been changed" [more inside]
posted by jma at 7:06 AM PST - 12 comments

The lone scientist in the Caribbean
So, it's me, mom and dad, sister and her ex-Marine husband, handsome football player cousin and his fiancee, and my southern aunt and uncle. Together. On a boat. For a week. Oh god. [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 6:59 AM PST - 31 comments

List of list of technologies which will change us in 2009
Every new year there are usually lists of new and emrging companies and technologies which are likely to 'change the world' (eg: here). Can fellow ask-mefites suggest more such links. Thanks
posted by london302 at 6:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Why can't Explorer see the files in an external drive?
Windows Explorer can't see certain files within folders on an external hard drive. I'm running XP. I plug in a Firelite 40-gig external drive. Windows Explorer recognizes half a dozen .wmv files and three folders. However, it tells me that those three folders are empty, when in fact they each contain about 5 gig of MP3s and/or .doc files. When I hover the cursor above the folder, I'm told "Folder is empty." Okay, so I disconnect and plug the Firelite into my laptop, which runs Vista. Lo and behold, those folders are no longer empty at all, and all of my files are visible. What's going on?
posted by jackypaper at 6:53 AM PST - 5 comments

What's wrong with my iTunes?
This morning when I opened iTunes (8, running on an iBook G4 with OS X 10.4.11), my library was...gone. All of my music is still present on the external hard drive where it is being kept, but nothing shows up in iTunes; songs, playlists, etc. Rebooting hasn't helped, nor has resetting iTunes' to re-recognize the external drive as the location of all the music. First time in four years I've had a problem of any kind with iTunes...anyone have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 6:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Death penalty for small theft
"Must the maid hang?" -- death penalty quote [more inside]
posted by KRS at 6:11 AM PST - 1 comments

Travel insurance help needed, please!
I'd like some recommendations for travel insurance (online or otherwise easy to get) for an exchange student travelling from Germany to China. [more inside]
posted by Planet F at 6:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Fastforwarding subtitles?
Does your DVD player display subtitles while fast forwarding? [more inside]
posted by ellanea at 5:52 AM PST - 8 comments

how to manufacture 1000+ units of new, custom fabric based product?
I've made a new fabric product that I hope would sell 5000+ units. For viable efficiency I need to buy manufacturing of the product or its parts. I don't want to reveal my product idea, but let's use a SLR camera bag made in sturdy fabric as an example. My product has similar materials, size and complexity. How do I go from there? [more inside]
posted by nolnar at 5:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Me, my laptop and yoga at 6am...
I would love to hear about your favourite yoga podcasts, vodcasts and other downloadable lessons. [more inside]
posted by [ixia] at 5:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Spending a $200 gift on the family
I'm looking for a fun and unique way to spend a $200 gift on our family. [more inside]
posted by sagwalla at 5:05 AM PST - 4 comments

introduce me to the dark shadowed underbelly of London
Where are the best cheap used book shops and cheap used clothing shops in London? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 5:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Breaking up with John Updike
I'm over the New Yorker. What are some other magazines I'll enjoy? [more inside]
posted by Rudy Gerner at 4:29 AM PST - 37 comments

Who funds the tories?
How does one find a list of Tory party (UK) donors? [more inside]
posted by MrMerlot at 4:29 AM PST - 1 comments

walking the queens highway
I have no idea how to get to Larkhall in lanarkshire from Edinburgh - searches throw up bizarre results. [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Life's Too Short, And So Is My Novel
How do I expand my novel without adding useless verbiage? [more inside]
posted by carrot at 3:51 AM PST - 20 comments

Kenzaburo Oh yeah!!!
A guy tries to join an online literary dating site and finds all the usernames he comes up with are taken. All his usernames are puns on authors such as "Earnest Cummingway" "William F*ckmore" and so on. All this jocular beauty is an internet video. Anyone seen this, know where it is? My literary hilarity must be appeased!
posted by OrangeDrink at 2:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Why aren't people buying cheap houses?
Uber-cheap-houses filter: how did we get to the point where houses are selling for less than a thousand bucks and they're STILL NOT SELLING? [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 2:32 AM PST - 26 comments

How vulnerable is the Internet to a cyber attack?
So how vulnerable is the Internet to some sneaky worm attack that targets Windows? It looks like organised crime is running increasingly sophisticated malware attacks to control large numbers of clients, if I were a bad person I could imagine a smart, quiet rootkit or similar that infected many, many machines then went live and could be very disruptive. [more inside]
posted by bystander at 2:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Is it possible to beatmix with only one ear?
My girlfriend wants to learn to DJ. The problem is that she's deaf in one ear. Any experience, anecdotes or advice about one ear DJing would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by iivix at 2:25 AM PST - 15 comments

How can a script ask for user input under X?
What's a good way to make a script pop up an input box under X? Bonus points for blind password entry support and visual integration with XFCE. [more inside]
posted by ghost of a past number at 2:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Power for my PC
Help me to understand the brain-melting world of computer power supplies, why my new PC is having issues, and what I should be looking for in a new PSU... see within for the usual technical guff. [more inside]
posted by malpractice at 1:26 AM PST - 5 comments

mISO bored
ProcrastinationFilter: What are some good search terms to plug into Youtube's search engine for an ample stream of entertainment? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 1:10 AM PST - 24 comments

January 22
Automated shoutcast stream ripping for XP?!
Can anyone recommend a WinXP-friendly solution -- ideally shareware, freeware, or open source -- for automatically recording online radio streams such as shoutcast at pre-selected times, a few times a week? I currently use a WinAmp plugin that does recording manually, breaking the tracks up into individual mp3s, but I would like to automate the process for particular broadcasts.
posted by markkraft at 11:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a mac based rapidshare download manager
I am looking for a download manager that will work with OSX 4.9.11. i would like to be able to download from Rapidshare and be able to pause and resume downloads/ I tried jdownloader but can not get it to work. It seems too be a bit beyond me.
posted by citybuddha at 11:06 PM PST - 4 comments

How to wrap like In-N-Out
How do you half-wrap a burger with paper like In-N-Out? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 11:03 PM PST - 11 comments

What to do when your friends get whacked
Layoffs: my best work buddy and right hand guy at work just got laid off. Have any coping strategies for me? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 9:49 PM PST - 3 comments

They're just pictures!
A history of the camera and its' effects on modern society in five paragraphs. [more inside]
posted by Northwest at 9:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Chili When It's Chilly
I'm going to make a pot of chili tomorrow. Besides the usual kidney beans, tomato schtuff, burger and trinity, what do you like to put in yours to liven things up? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 9:19 PM PST - 79 comments

Modern Barndoor Hardware
Where can I find a less expensive industrial version of the popular Klassik sliding door track system seen in Dwell mag and here? [more inside]
posted by jeffmac at 8:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Music for a going-away party?
Need music for a going away party. [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 8:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Batch Facebook Events Upload?
How do I generate events for a Facebook page from our database? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 8:19 PM PST - 4 comments

A child stuck in time
Young adult novel filter: A child visits a place (house? castle? other world?) and gets stuck in time there. Eventually he goes back and visits his parents, who are horrified that he has stayed the same age. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 8:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Ancient software for recent humans?
Can anyone recommend great Apple II software for a kindergartner? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 7:38 PM PST - 32 comments

Looking for free fcaw welding videos and beginner's info
Hi, I recently bought a 110 volt Lincoln wire welder from Home Depot and I'd like to learn about fcaw welding. I'm trying to find free online instructional videos about fcaw welding, especially ones that show close-ups of the welding puddle and how to move the tip, etc. But any beginner's videos (or other info) on fcaw would be great. Thanks...
posted by atm at 7:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Keeping cake fresh while it's on display
Problem: Cakes on display that go a bit stale where they've been cut. Solution: Plastic, hinged, see-through inserts that can be placed inside missing wedges to keep edges fresh. [more inside]
posted by sarelicar at 7:11 PM PST - 11 comments

I am having no luck finding my favorite t-shirt
This post reminded me of a shirt I had years ago that I would like to find a replacement for. I found one similar to it on cafe press but I was wondering if the original is still out there and where to find it. [more inside]
posted by SheMulp AKA Plus 1 at 7:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I remove or diable my camera from my cell phone?
Can I remove or disable my camera on my cell phone? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 7:08 PM PST - 18 comments

How to get that coffee-shop coffee taste at home?
My home brewed coffee doesn't cut it anymore, and I want it to taste more like coffee shop coffee. What should I do? Suggestions for new coffee maker/grinder? [more inside]
posted by rsanheim at 7:04 PM PST - 44 comments

Installing Direct X for XP
Can anyone help me install Dirext X on my Windows PC laptop? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 6:29 PM PST - 9 comments

How to protect my wall from the cat dish
Cat fanciers: is there a convenient way to keep dried bits of food from getting on the wall next to the cat food dishes? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut at 6:22 PM PST - 10 comments

How much to pay for an in-house nutritionist's writing?
Any idea how much one would pay an in-house nutritionist for writing on the company website? [more inside]
posted by gman at 6:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Alternative to Kikkomans soy sauce?
Any readily available (you can buy it in the grocery store) soy sauce with a similar taste to the Chinese take-out packets? [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 6:08 PM PST - 16 comments

Cheap Chicago Valentine's Day
What's the nicest + cheapest Valentine's day date in Chicago we could have? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 5:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Yuma Vacation
Driving from San Diego, CA -> Yuma, AZ in early Febuary to spend a week in Yuma and then returning to San Diego. As our flight comes in early in the morning we're thinking of hitting the San Diego Zoo or Birch Aquarium before heading to Arizona. Suggestions on places to see/go either along the route or within a couple hours drive of Yuma?
posted by Mitheral at 5:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Wii Modding
Im going to be getting a Nintendo wii and want to mod chip it, but I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by Iax at 5:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Someone took my keys at party, crashed my car, and abandoned it. I found out who did it. Now what?
Someone took my keys at party, crashed my car, and abandoned it. I found out who did it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt at 5:22 PM PST - 26 comments

Recommendations for books on labor/delivery/birth?
I am looking for recommendations for books about labor/birthing. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 5:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find this shirt?
Can someone tell me where I can find this shirt? No amount of Googling is helping... perhaps you recognize it? I think it's related to Bioshock-- a video game. Thanks y'all!
posted by nitor at 4:22 PM PST - 8 comments

I just want my brother to envy my money, but he’s got that hair. Why can’t I have hair and money and him nothing?
I've never been to a barber or salon before. How do I go about getting a haircut like this guy's? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer at 4:13 PM PST - 13 comments

What specs are important in a PCI video card for a livingroom media computer?
My livingroom media computer onboard video can only reach 1024x768, and the mobo has ONLY has PCI slots. So I need a PCI video card. It will be used mainly for playing / streaming video to a 1920x1200 HDTV, and perhaps occasionally for stuff like Nintendo64 emulation. What specs will be the most important to ensure no choppiness or other problems when playing videos full screen? Is DirectX 10 or above important? Keeping in mind this must be PCI, am I doomed to choppy videos no matter how fast the card processor or how much memory it has?
posted by brenton at 4:02 PM PST - 34 comments

Help me become a computer whiz!
Here's the deal, MeFi: I know absolutely nothing about computers, other than how to access the internet and use MS Word. However, I'm starting to think seriously about careers in media and communications, and I know being a decent writer isn't nearly good enough, especially in this economy. So, what programs should I start with? I'm thinking excel spreadsheets (sad I know), Outlook, Photoshop, maybe basic html coding? Bonus points if you can point me to any useful websites or books with introductory tutorials. Thanks!
posted by themaskedwonder at 3:57 PM PST - 10 comments

My girlfriend is English and is attempting to become an Australia Resident
Immigrating into Australia: My girlfriend is English and is attempting to become an Australia Resident. Everything seemd to be going so well until this morning. [more inside]
posted by Man_in_staysis at 3:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to get Caña Legui in the US?
About ten years ago, a colleague of mine from Argentina had me try some liquor called Caña (or Canha) Legui that he'd brought with him to the US. It was really good and I want to find a bottle here. Help? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich at 3:33 PM PST - 1 comments

out of hand menus
In Windows XP I'm finding that many of the context menus (when I right-click on different files) have gotten out of hand. How do I customize and clean up these context menus?
posted by parallax7d at 3:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Calculus Tutor in the Houston area? Specifically Northwest Houston.
Does anyone know a tutor in the Northwest Houston area for Calculus and (bonus points) for Physics? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 3:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Ignoring the problem doesn't help it go away.
I need advice on how to talk to a loved on about her chronic, but unaddressed, health problem. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:49 PM PST - 18 comments

Can anyone recommend good pet insurance that covers pre-existing conditions and preventive care?
Is there any decent pet insurance out there? I just paid several appendages to get my cat fixed up and I'm looking to find something that will cover preventive care and not have exclusions based on pre-existing conditions. [more inside]
posted by loudguitars at 2:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Find me an inexpensive, reliable, good mileage 4wd hiking vehicle
As an avid hiker, I'm looking for a (much) more capable trailhead vehicle than my current 98 Ford Escort. Requirements are inexpensive, good mpg, 4wd (preferably on demand and with 4low), good clearance, reliable and inexpensive to maintain. For reasons I can't fathom, I've been thinking about importing a Suzuki Jimny from Japan and have some questions about that too. I live in Canada (Vancouver). [more inside]
posted by dithered at 2:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Which version of Turbo Tax should I use?
Which version of Turbo Tax should I use? [more inside]
posted by conigs at 2:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Team #9 is just too boring!
Help me come up with a clever name for my volleyball team at work! [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 2:01 PM PST - 24 comments

But Everything's Made in China
What kind of gifts to bring to Chinese colleagues? Since practically everything is already "Made in China", what can I bring from the United States for two women in their early-mid 20s? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 1:25 PM PST - 17 comments

You'll shoot your eye out kid!
Where can I go to purchase a Red Ryder BB Gun? The sale of BB guns are apparently restricted in New York and New Jersey so ordering one online and having it shipped won't work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Boot stretching?
Has anyone ever had tall boots stretched to fit? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 12:55 PM PST - 18 comments

Puzzles Weren't My Major: How Do I Re-Order An Mixed Up List?
Help me sort out this problem of ranking bracket winners... Thx in advance, hivemind. [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 12:54 PM PST - 7 comments

What innovations of the Obama campaign could be applied to activist campaigns?
Could activists for social causes (e.g. global warming) learn something from the Obama campaign in how to effectively engage and mobilize people?
posted by GIMG at 12:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Need Adobe Acrobat (8 or higher) help
Need help from someone with Acrobat 8 Pro (or higher) to add "usage rights" to a simple PDF file [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy at 12:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Car insurance question
CarInsuranceFilter -- Liability only or more? car insurance for 1997 Jetta with 95,000 miles? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 11:48 AM PST - 14 comments

My Aunt Hi-jacked Grandma's Estate, help.
My grandmother died recently, and sorting out her estate is a mess, help? [more inside]
posted by bettershredder at 11:46 AM PST - 13 comments

What is the word frequency distribution in the NY Times?
How many different words (excluding proper nouns) appear in the New York Times on average? [more inside]
posted by stevekinney at 11:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Leg cramps at the gym
Why do I always get these leg cramps at the gym? [more inside]
posted by naju at 11:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me get the most out of my Southern US road trip.
I have a follow-up to this Southern US road trip question. My route is firmed up, and I'd like recommendations for anything to see or skip between hotel stops. [more inside]
posted by willnot at 10:57 AM PST - 21 comments

Rock Climbing in Brooklyn?
I am stuck in New York because of work, can anyone recommend a rock gym in Brooklyn. I normally climb at New Jersey Rock Gym so something similar would be awesome but I am willing to make some concessions as a one time thing. Thank you all.
posted by thenuts at 10:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Why is my wordpress so slow?
Why is my Wordpress blog so slow in loading? Not just the blog itself, but the dashboard and every action I take on it? It takes up to 4 minutes, sometimes just coming up blank. I have checked with my host, they say that part is fine. I have upgraded a few times (but not to the most recent 2.7). I have been on different computers. Currently on MacBookPro OS X 10.5.5 [more inside]
posted by Vaike at 10:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Why is our German Sheppard suddenly attacking our Pug?
Why is our German Sheppard all of a sudden attacking our Pug? [more inside]
posted by texas_blissful at 10:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Winter X Games from Canada
Are the 2009 Winter X Games shown on any Canadian channels? It appears to be only available on U.S. ESPN.
posted by canoehead at 10:03 AM PST - 1 comments

I want to see the Green Monster.
I might be in Boston in May and would love to see a ball game at Fenway. The Red Sox are in town, and there are tickets available. Should I buy a ticket now? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 9:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Aww Rats!
I'm considering getting a pair of rats. My AskMe and internet searches didn't have answers to my two questions regarding cats and vacations. [more inside]
posted by deborah at 9:44 AM PST - 19 comments

History of HD at the Olympics?
How has HD television been used in past Olympics? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 9:34 AM PST - 2 comments

I want to avoid the reverse of that Sigur Ros interview.
I have managed to book a phone interview with a somewhat famous Detroit techno group for a radio show. I have never interviewed anyone before beyond being on a job interview committee. What do I ask?
posted by mkb at 9:22 AM PST - 17 comments

What happens after you go to the ER with a dog bite?
What happens after you go to the emergency room with a dog bite and what are we doing wrong that this could happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 AM PST - 21 comments

Where are the pages of statistics for smartletes?
There are lots of pages that display portraits of professional and amateur athletes next to their statistics. Where can I find portraits and statistics/rankings of the people who compete in more intellectual/less physical competitions? I'd love to see what the best (and not so great) chess, scrabble, and crosswords players look like.
posted by eisenkr at 9:09 AM PST - 6 comments

What is this strange sea creature?
Can anyone identify this mysterious sea creature? My sister saw four of them swimming at the surface in Boca Raton, FL. They were undulating like squids; when contracted they look like black slugs, when stretched they look like that fellow in the photo. An entire crowd formed to watch, as they were so very weird.
posted by miffed at 9:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Which Wiki Would Work?
I want to start a wiki. Help me decide how best to go about it with long-term planning and goals in mind. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 9:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Where are some places that a social scientist with a PhD can go to work?
Where are some places that a social scientist with a PhD can go to work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 AM PST - 11 comments

What is real in this world?
Money and/or packaging that shows a picture of a real place? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 8:45 AM PST - 6 comments

How should I compensate a good samaritan
What can I do to thank the Good Samaritan that went out of their way to return my cell phone? [more inside]
posted by toomuch at 8:42 AM PST - 18 comments

Happy birthday to me?
Is it weird to invite acquaintances/coworkers out for drinks after work to celebrate your own birthday? Is it a fairly accepted, normal thing to do, or is it likely to set off the "she's strange and/or desperate!" alarm bells? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs at 8:20 AM PST - 32 comments

Are the Olympics a White Elephant?
Do the Olympics pay for themselves in the long run? [more inside]
posted by qwip at 7:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Where should a young, social guy live in the Denver area?
I'm a 22 year old engineer who recently visited the Denver area, loved it, and decided after living in upstate NY my whole life (minus college) to try city living. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by pennstatephil at 7:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Adult babysitting in paradise? I'd rather not.
What can my mom do about a self-destructive friend of a friend in vacation-land? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Never thought I'd need relationshipfilter...
My GF and I have been dating for almost a year. Everything is great, we're making plans, etc., but there is something that nags at me. Help me get over it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 51 comments

What information is too much?
My wife and I are adopting a six year old boy with a tragic past. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 10 comments

An American in Montreal
miss nax, an American, is interested in going to university in Montreal starting with online courses this year, and matriculating FT in fall 2010. She's asked me to help investigate (she's living in China right now, making some of the research challenging.) [more inside]
posted by nax at 7:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Atom Python Library
Is there an Atom or (better yet) AtomPub library for Python? [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 7:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Can you recommend a concise offline digital encyclopedia?
I am seeking a digital enclyclopedia for offline use on my laptop, preferably something relatively concise, like a desk reference only digital. [more inside]
posted by jmstephan at 7:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Close Personal Friends of Baron Munchausen
Poster collectors: what's the value of this poster? [more inside]
posted by plinth at 7:05 AM PST - 8 comments

A boat for the ocean of truth
I'm looking to regain online access to iub's library. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 6:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Interviewing techniques for the amateur videographer. GO!
Interviewing techniques for the amateur videographer. GO! [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 6:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for wiki-type software that does the heavy lifting automatically
I'm hunting for a 'smart' knowledge management system for an organisation, to write documentation collaboratively. It should be able to receive information in multiple ways, categorize it automatically, and publish it to a webpage. [more inside]
posted by scrm at 6:21 AM PST - 5 comments

fix or sell?
i am trying to decide whether it makes more sense (financially) to renovate our house or sell it and start over somewhere else. [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 5:50 AM PST - 24 comments

Una Americanca si un Roman din Washington DC
Lived in DC for thirteen years, visiting my parents, and my Romanian friend may be visiting me this summer. In any case, what can I do to make sure he has the best time possible in America? [more inside]
posted by kldickson at 5:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Safari never forgets!
When using Safari, since the weekend, I have noticed that whenever I do a Google search with the search field in the browser, it looks as if my girlfriend is still logged on on Google via my computer. I tried reseting the browser, restarting it, logging in to Google as myself and logging out, even clearing the cooking, cache and history manually, and still eventually it looks like she is still logged in. What gives? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 5:31 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a good writing board
Anyone knows a friendly forum where writers hang out discussing their craft? [more inside]
posted by ilike at 4:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Publishing data 2008
Trying to find data online about publishing – numbers of books published worldwide in 2008 – specifically in the UK. Any pointers most appreciated. My normal 'Google Search Fu' is weak today...
posted by RobSog at 4:33 AM PST - 3 comments

you say barrack i say barack
Why do some British news reporters insist on pronouncing Barack Obama's first name like "barrack"? [more inside]
posted by sammich at 3:12 AM PST - 53 comments

Does naming a child after a famous figure have any effect on their life, positive or negative?
Does naming a child after a famous figure have any effect on their life, positive or negative? [more inside]
posted by Kirn at 3:02 AM PST - 26 comments

How to make a gradual merge of two portraits?
Does anyone know where I could find a web service to do that photo transform trick where Person A (say Margaret Thatcher) becomes Person B (say Tony Blair), generating a number of progressive stills in between?
posted by imperium at 2:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Good quality, adult media pc recliner w/keyboard/mouse platform mount?
I'd like a recliner that is geared to a media PC and/or gaming PC.I need a keyboard/mouse tray on board and hopefully a cup holder (j/k). [more inside]
posted by prodevel at 2:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Hi, I'm ... oh, nevermind.
Looking for advice from people who have changed their names. [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 1:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me plan a 10-14 day European roadtrip for early February.
Help me plan a 10-14 day European roadtrip for early February. [more inside]
posted by meantime at 1:13 AM PST - 12 comments

January 21
Should I go the color laser printer route?
College student looking to buy a laser printer. I've only needed to print papers in black ink during my past two years of college. But what's this - I can buy a color laser printer for the same price as a regular one? Are there any downsides to a rarely-used color roller?
posted by Xere at 11:22 PM PST - 22 comments

Share your PoD wisdom with me!
I'm looking to get 3 or 4 copies of an illustrated book printed and bound. It's a project for my Illustration class this semester, so the print quality of the images is my highest priority, but cost is key as well since I'm your typical broke college student. What print on demand services should I look into? [more inside]
posted by Corvidae at 11:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Help my organize my DVDs! (Mac OS X)
DVD/book/LP/etc. cataloging or library software for Mac. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 10:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Boxee, meet old man Samsung.
How can I make Boxee on my Macbook look grand on my TV? [more inside]
posted by miniminimarket at 9:47 PM PST - 4 comments

The Something?
Help me remember the title of a book. Thankfully, more details within. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 9:45 PM PST - 4 comments

automatic cat feeder usage?
I've had enough and I really need an automatic pet feeder so my cat will stop waking me up at 6am. However, her food situation is a little complicated... [more inside]
posted by illegiblemess at 8:52 PM PST - 16 comments

What's Obama up to?
What are some good blogs or other news sources concerned solely or mostly with "what the president is doing" (politically; not what he had for breakfast)? Basically, I'm curious about keeping up with Obama's acts as president -- orders signed, deals forged, initiatives taken, stuff like that. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 8:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Psych 101
Where in NYC could I take an intro psychology class just to see if I like it? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 8:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommend an inexpensive headphone amp/surround processor?
Can you recommend a decent low-cost headphone amplifier and surround sound processor? I used to have a Sennheiser DSP which did Dolby Pro-Logic decoding and headphone simulation, and am looking for something like that, but for Dolby Digital. [more inside]
posted by hades at 8:16 PM PST - 2 comments

I want to be the superteacher.
Bad Economy Filter: In college now, will graduate in 2012 and aim to teach art. The caveat is that it will have taken me 6 years to graduate my undergraduate program because of transferring schools and all the confusion that new majors comes along with. So, here's my question... how do I give myself a leg up? Perhaps superfluous details inside. [more inside]
posted by big open mouth at 8:08 PM PST - 6 comments

We moved to Syracuse. Now what?
Syracuse Filter: Ms. Activitystory & I recently moved to the 'cuse from Brooklyn and have some questions about making our own good times here. [more inside]
posted by activitystory at 8:00 PM PST - 3 comments

ie+jquery+fadeIn = crappy fonts
Useing fadeIn() in jQuery, fonts looks crappy in IE7. [more inside]
posted by signal at 7:22 PM PST - 4 comments

limitless playlist
Let's say one where to have over 100,000 songs they wanted to play randomly from a playlist, if Winamp has a 90,000 song playlist limit (approximate) before it crashes; what other software would you suggest that would allow for such an immense list while not stealing all your resources (sorry itunes!) [more inside]
posted by NGnerd at 7:12 PM PST - 14 comments

I need some balls and stickers
My question has two parts: I need around a hundred balls that I can paint/write on. They shouldn't be too heavy, with a diameter from say two inches to the size of a billiard ball. I need to write on them, or if you can tell me how to print stickers, I'll print stickers. I've seen mcmaster.com (part number 9941K27) but they're kinda pricey. So my two questions are: 1. Where can I find such balls? 2. How can I print stickers? Thank you, pita
posted by pita at 6:59 PM PST - 17 comments

What is the movie where a perfect child gets delivered in a canister?
Another "what is the name of this barely-remembered movie from childhood?" question. Ingredients: a perfect child getting delivered in a barrel. Maybe he was a robot? [more inside]
posted by jeb at 6:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Unce unce bleep - "say what again"
Which movies have an electronic music soundtrack? [more inside]
posted by rocco at 6:34 PM PST - 53 comments

I feel used. I want a close friendship.
How do I get over the feeling that I need to be useful in order for people to like/tolerate me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 PM PST - 20 comments

help me create a portfolio website that doesn't scream "student work"!
I'm an independent graphic artist looking to create a simple but not amatuerish-looking portfolio website to showcase my work. And because of my limited budget, I pretty much have to do it myself. However, I'm having trouble getting started because there's so much information out there, a lot of it conflicting, out-of-date, too specific, or too general. Please help me do this right! Plenty [more inside]
posted by MagicalHypotenuse at 6:20 PM PST - 9 comments

A Dream-Pregnant at 56?
Why on earth would a post-menopausal woman dream every night about having a baby, nursing and changing diapers? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ at 6:04 PM PST - 11 comments

WWAN with GPS is too expensive; any ExpressCard solutions?
Are there any ExpressCard/54 GPS cards? [more inside]
posted by trokair at 5:54 PM PST - 2 comments

no-go on the two-flow shower
asking for a friend: dueling showerheads & the main one is losing. [more inside]
posted by msconduct at 5:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Things to do in Bakersfield
That's it, I'm going to Bakersfield. Tell me what to do there. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 5:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Quote about roses and thorns
Looking for a quote about sensitivity -- something like "Only those who suffer the prick of the thorn can appreciate the beauty of the rose." Anybody know?
posted by Brzht at 5:32 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I stop my surround sound system cutting out?
My surround sound system keeps cutting out at higher volumes. Please help me find a way to stop it happening. [more inside]
posted by Beep at 5:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Problems with Paychex 401(k)
Things got bad enough that I cashed out my 401(k) from Paychex recently. On the 19th of December I gave the order, and a check was sent on the 23rd. I never received it and had to wait fifteen business days before they would void it. I was then told that it would take five business days for them to void and then re-send the check. [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 5:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Bike numbers:
How are motorcycle (or otherwise) race numbers determined? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 5:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Surf in SB?
Where should I take a surf lesson in Santa Barbara, CA? [more inside]
posted by nat at 5:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Bassy rap music plz
Recommendations for upbeat 90's rap music driven by strong, prominent bass lines? [more inside]
posted by oxala at 4:31 PM PST - 19 comments

Ethics Terminology Sought
What's the ethical concept which measures one's ability to apply one's ethical standards universally? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy at 4:18 PM PST - 11 comments

This is so frustrating.
Bought new car Tuesday. Car got squooshed in a hit and run four days later. I only have liability insurance. Oh, crap. How can I track down the guy who hit me? I have some information about him, but the police are being very unhelpful. Help, Metafilter detectives! [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 4:07 PM PST - 19 comments

Cross-stitch supplies in dt Toronto?
Cross-stitch supplies in DT Toronto? [more inside]
posted by crawfo at 4:05 PM PST - 3 comments

I want this bag! But I can't pay for it!
I am obsessed with this bag. I cannot afford it. Please help me find a substitute. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 3:54 PM PST - 23 comments

Thyroid advice badly needed
I'm pretty sure I have thyroid issues. I see the doctor in three weeks. What can I do until then and how do I know whether I need to see someone sooner? [more inside]
posted by tkolstee at 3:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Oscar pool ballot software?
Looking for an online poll service or WP plug in that would work with an office Oscar pool. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 3:32 PM PST - 0 comments

Davida vs. Goliath
How to screw AT&T without being screwed [more inside]
posted by Capri at 3:24 PM PST - 28 comments

Split one long column to multiple CSVs in Excel?
Excel: I have a long list of 2000 items addresses in a csv. That single column is all there is. Need to chop that list into 10 separate csv files of 20 items each. Is there a way to automate this? [more inside]
posted by skypieces at 3:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Racial segregation in Mid-west?
How prominent was racial segregation in the western parts of the Mid-west (Kansas/Nebraska area) in the early-to-mid-50s? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro at 3:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Challenging Video Editing Software for PC Question
Challenging Video Editing question: If I wanted to take video from a multiple number of different sources (off DVD's or maybe Blue-Ray) and produce a single video from those sources (say each video has its own quarter of the screen), which editing tool(s) would be best to perform these tasks? Software must be PC. By best, I mean: * relatively simple to learn, * open source, or relatively inexpensive * produces good quality, quad-screen videos in high enough resolution to look good on typical home televisions, not just computer screens. *Makes it easy to add your own music tracks or soundtrack, or it can use audio from any of the 4 videos as well, preferably both.
posted by noir at 2:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me get my colors done.
Where can I search for photos by color rather than by subject? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 2:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Joseph Lowery' Benediction Rhyme
The Rev. Joseph Lowery gave the benediction at the inauguration yesterday and that rhyme of his at the end is being called racist by lunatics on the far right. I saw an article in the USA Today that mentions he had used the rhyme before. Anyone know where and when? [more inside]
posted by zzazazz at 2:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Buy at the window or come in and chill?
I want to open a crepe shop. Help me! [more inside]
posted by 913 at 2:35 PM PST - 20 comments

Need advice on a cage for 2 pet rats
Need advice on a cage for 2 pet rats [more inside]
posted by wretched_rhapsody at 2:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Do long-distance job searches really work?
I hate where I live to the point it is making me depressed. I want to move but I feel pretty pessimistic about finding a job in a different area. [more inside]
posted by xenophile at 2:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Spiral-shaped vertical cable conduit
Help me find this spirally alternative to jiffy poles for office wiring. [more inside]
posted by mendel at 1:32 PM PST - 14 comments

UK teacher wants to work in CA
I'm a secondary physics teacher in the UK and would like to teach in California for a year or more from September 09. What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by bullox at 1:31 PM PST - 4 comments

I wish they'd just look all this stuff up for me instead of asking all these questions. They're going to do a background check anyways!
How can I find out how much I paid for my speeding tickets back in 2001 and 2002. In California. [more inside]
posted by Arbac at 1:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Nana would be so disappointed in me.
Etiquette-filter: sending thank-you notes late (like, ridiculously, months-to-years late)? Specific questions within. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 1:29 PM PST - 14 comments

TEFL in Argentina
Does anyone have recommendations for where to find job postings for companies hiring English teachers in Buenos Aires? [more inside]
posted by casconed at 1:25 PM PST - 4 comments

What is this bag? What is this logo?
The other day I spotted a very handsome shoulder bag of brown leather with a red stripe. I want to own one just like it. I wasn't able to ask the owner where he got it, but I was able to spot the manufacturer's logo. It looks like a heart, split down the middle into two lobes, and lying on its side. I've drawn a very crude version of it here. It looks faintly familiar to me -- does anyone recognize it? And in general, is there a good resource somewhere for looking up logos?
posted by Eater at 1:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Jazz albums where the guitarist fills the usual role of the pianist
I'm looking for recommendations for jazz albums with a lineup similar to the one on Sonny Rollins's classic album The Bridge, which has tenor sax + guitar + bass + drums and that's it. (YouTube example.) I love how Jim Hall's guitar takes on the usual role of the piano since it's the only instrument in the ensemble that can play whole chords. [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh at 1:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I change my name?
In eight years, I'm still not used to my married name. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:01 PM PST - 38 comments

Older Photoshop Upgrades
Are there any upgrade paths for Photoshop that don't require a version of CS? [more inside]
posted by alan at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Who's the man behind the voice?
Does narrator Peter Thomas have a face? [more inside]
posted by December at 12:50 PM PST - 5 comments

When to use -ctive and -ctional?
When should I use "instructive" and when should I use "instructional"? [more inside]
posted by gmm at 12:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me identify this artsy time travely movie.
I am looking for a movie I saw clips from back around 2000 or so. It is a movie about time travel. I think someone from the future is coming back to kill or kidnap a scientist. The distinct part is, the visual style. I remember it being still pictures with transitions between them, with the actors talking. Sometime like 1 picture ever 1-2 seconds.
posted by JonnyRotten at 12:24 PM PST - 8 comments

help me sit and take it!
When I try to take in a very important source of information, I get jittery and too excited to sit and take it in one sitting. How can I get over this? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 12:20 PM PST - 9 comments

What can I do to learn more about the world of film-making?
I want to learn more about film/cinema. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by phrakture at 12:08 PM PST - 13 comments

What are external links, and what value do they provide to my site ranking?
What are external links, and what value do they provide to my site ranking? Are they important? [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel at 12:07 PM PST - 3 comments

What does the old POTUS say to the new POTUS?
Are the contents of the letters from US Presidents to their successors available in the National Archives or Presidential Libraries? [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan at 11:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Fun activities to teach reading to a kid!
Tutoring advice for young kids (5 y.o.): Keeping it fun, learning to read [more inside]
posted by sdis at 11:39 AM PST - 6 comments

So what do they feed kids in other countries, anyway?
Infant feeding: Having just had my third baby, I'm struck once again by the rigidity of North American guidelines on feeding wee ones. I'm curious as to what is done in other countries and cultures, and what we did in the past. Resources? [more inside]
posted by Zinger at 11:38 AM PST - 30 comments

Flip me left, flip me right
iPhotoFilter: how to make vertically-oriented photos taken on a Casio EX-V8 automatically show up that way in iPhoto? [more inside]
posted by trouserlouse at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Make me an internerd.
Help me become a better geek. [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy at 11:24 AM PST - 46 comments

Help me be a system admin
I'm looking to switch careers into a more IT based role. I'm very well versed with troubleshooting windows and mac systems, however don't know much about the aspects of corporate IT work, ie. managing user groups, Microsoft Exchange or virtual directory. Are there any great learning guides/tools the hive can recommend? [more inside]
posted by razzamatazm at 11:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Most piano-like 88-key portable digital keyboard under $1000.
I've searched desperately and extensively for reviews on digital pianos and find them lacking. Please share your experiences with looking for pianos and/or your (dis)satisfaction with your digital piano. Differences between brands welcomed. I'm looking for an 88-key portable digital piano that feels and sounds most like a real, acoustic piano, I don't care about bells and whistles. The only thing is it must have USB/MIDI ports. Thanks!
posted by shmooly at 11:06 AM PST - 15 comments

When I grow up, I wanna be a David Lynch girl
Can anyone identify the dress from Blue Velvet and Inland Empire - or at least direct me to the designers that David Lynch used? [more inside]
posted by HolyWood at 11:03 AM PST - 2 comments

Substitute for Nabob tea
What's a close substitute for Nabob tea? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 10:59 AM PST - 6 comments

What is Fuze B's source for the music sample in Paparazzi featuring Money Bags?
What is Fuze B's source for the music sample in Paparazzi featuring Money Bags? [more inside]
posted by onalark at 10:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Will the real owner of the tummy please stand up?
This is a dumb question about long-term relationships and stomach gurgling. Yes, you read that right! When I'm in bed with my wife and her or my tummy rumbles, we can't agree on whose tummy it is. Anyone else experience this? What's the cause? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 10:31 AM PST - 38 comments

Who's legally liable for a house fire?
My friend rents a house. The house burned last week. My friend has renter's insurance (probably not enough) and the landlord has homeowner's insurance (only $30k - definitely not enough). The fire inspector just announced that my friend's electric mattress pad shorted and caused the fire. Is the landlord's insurance company going to come after my friend? [more inside]
posted by workerant at 10:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Fight the system
How do I get accepted to a top-notch Ph.D. program without having academic recommendations? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr at 10:06 AM PST - 21 comments

In nearly every language, it's still called a "blog". But that doesn't mean I've read it.
What are some great non-English blogs that I should be reading? [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 10:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Congressional Funerals?
The former Congressman for my district passed away today. Do former members of U.S. Congress have special funerals? Do current members of U.S. Congress have special funerals if they die while in office? If so are they the same as military funerals?
posted by bilbo baggins at 9:58 AM PST - 4 comments

anti-wrinkle creams that work for you?
vanityfilter: I'm embarrassed to admit that I am very self-conscious about signs of aging. I wish I wasn't bothered about the lines around my eyes but I think about them too much! I have to ask- does anyone have any actual experience with anti-aging/ anti-wrinkle products that HAVE REALLY WORKED FOR YOU? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 AM PST - 27 comments

Get me some certs
What are some unusual certifications/licenses I can get? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 8:59 AM PST - 31 comments

How can I get my ex to leave me alone?
My ex is still contacting me and begging for another chance more than a year after the breakup. A restraining order is apparently not an option. I can't become unreachable. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 AM PST - 46 comments

Teaching American Culture abroad
What online resources/examples would you use to teach a class about American Culture to ESL students? [more inside]
posted by maca at 8:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Soup Me Up.
Soup Me Up. Can anybody tell me how to make killer chicken soup? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 8:42 AM PST - 33 comments

Gift to coworkers in India
Gift suggestions for coworkers in Bangalore, India? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 8:37 AM PST - 2 comments

A Relationship Is Secret?
Were Miss Hinchcliffe and Miss Murgatroyd perceived as lesbians? (Warning: Contains SPOILER for book that is almost 60 years old.) [more inside]
posted by DU at 8:30 AM PST - 38 comments

No more Spaghetti-O's for me.
I ate some hot (temperature-wise) food and passed out. What happened? [more inside]
posted by itchie at 8:20 AM PST - 11 comments

make bigger dictionary/thesaurus in Word
Simple q: a way to supplement the dictionary/thesaurus in, ugh, MS Word, Macintosh, to extend its vocabulary and synonym choices? I don't want to have to pop out of word to go look elsewhere. I just want the built in dictionary/thesaurus enlarged. I know there have been N previous queries about dictionaries but I didn't see anything about this specific issue. thanks.
posted by cogneuro at 8:01 AM PST - 3 comments

My blog's been hijacked!
Somehow, some spammer hijacked a feed of mine that posts to my Wordpress blog. Help me diagnose what happened. [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 7:49 AM PST - 4 comments

There's a Conference Call in my Pants...
I've got a Motorola H500 Bluetooth headset, and the damn thing keeps making phone calls from my pocket. Is there a carrying case that I can rig up that will fit my needs? [more inside]
posted by GamblingBlues at 7:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Somewhere new
I would like to travel more this year. Where should I go to best balance cost and experience? [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 7:42 AM PST - 22 comments

(X) Retold From (Y)'s Point Of View
What works of fiction retell another work of fiction from a different character's point of view? Offhand, I can think of Wicked, Wide Sargasso Sea, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. What other similar works are there?
posted by yankeefog at 7:17 AM PST - 61 comments

How do I set my mom up with a webcam for chats with the grandkids?
How do I set my mom up with a webcam for chats with the grandkids? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:03 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I use my audio editing skills?
I recently left my job in public radio and am curious about other fields, aside from radio, that use audio editors/producers. I've thought of museum audio commentaries, but I'm sure there are others that haven't crossed my mind.
posted by melodykramer at 6:56 AM PST - 11 comments

When to DTR & Early-Stage Gifts
Horrors-of-Dating-Filter: Defining the relationship: How soon is too soon? And what about early-relationship-stage gifts for birthday and Valentines? [more inside]
posted by adjockey at 6:37 AM PST - 31 comments

Mechanical sculptures in mount prospect
Northern Chicago Suburbs filter: I'm trying to find info about a group of mechanical sculptures which were once installed at Mount Prospect Plaza. They were there around the mid 80's to early 90's. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John at 6:37 AM PST - 5 comments

punch, kick, hi-ya! pow! oof!
I want to explore adding some punching or kicking to my workout. How should I do this with activities, classes, or games? [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 6:16 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I hone my problem solving skills?
What questions do you use to stimulate your thought processes when you have a problem? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 6:12 AM PST - 17 comments

Where's my robot?
How can I determine my robot's location reliably and cheaply? [more inside]
posted by godawful at 6:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Best 720p shooter?
Best digital camera with 720p 30FPS+ unlimited video? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 6:11 AM PST - 9 comments

How to deal with an intimidating professor?
My professor’s intimidating, confrontational style makes the classroom atmosphere difficult to tolerate. I can't drop the class or switch sections. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 AM PST - 55 comments

meditation to deal with relationship problems?
Depression therapy via buddhism regarding relationships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Anisole is to anise seed as 2-Acetyl-1-pyrroline is to ???
Is there a descriptive list of aromatic compounds that is more complete than this wikipedia article? i.e. cis-3-Hexen-1-ol (fresh cut grass), Oct-1-en-3-one (blood, metallic, mushroom-like) [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 5:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Morroco Travel Suggestions?
Holiday Advice: Morroco: 5 nights. Looking for recommendations for somewhere to stay / do stuff an hour or so out of Marakech. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 5:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Cell phone key finder?
Is there a product out there that would let me call my keys from my cell phone? I'm tired of losing them! [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 5:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Where can I buy Sapodilla (aka Chikoo) in London or the UK?
Where can I buy Sapodilla (aka Chikoo) in London or the UK? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 5:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find repair manuals and exploded diagrams for valve amplifiers?
Where can I find repair manuals and exploded diagrams for valve amplifiers online? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 4:59 AM PST - 3 comments

turn me on to some shows
Looking for a few laughs. If I like these TV comedies what else will I like? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:27 AM PST - 55 comments

Verse-??????????-Verse
What are the best rock songs without a chorus?
posted by holdkris99 at 3:06 AM PST - 20 comments

Is CMS even what I need?
I'm redesigning the company website. It's fairly simple - no blog, no e-commerce, no client log-in - but I'm not a web designer or developer, and I won't be here to maintain it forever. Please help me figure out how to plan for its future. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 2:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Find it and add it once more in mysql field
I've made a large mess and need to fix it. It's a "find this" and "add it once more, but above it, in that same field" dealio in one single tables field in mysql. "This" is a different string every time. Not sure this can be done with mysql, so I'm open to all other ideas. [more inside]
posted by dabitch at 2:28 AM PST - 19 comments

What are the best programs that can convert almost ALL kinds of video files and vice-versa?
What are the best programs (paid/shareware/freeware/open source) that can convert almost ALL kinds of video files and vice-versa? [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi at 1:59 AM PST - 10 comments

E-Discovery 101
I currently work as a patent prosecution paralegal, but I'm increasingly intrigued by the field of E-Discovery. If you work in E-Discovery, how did you come upon it? What kind of background and training does it require? What do you like most and least about your occupation? Assuming that there's a staff hierarchy, what types of tasks are typically assigned to those on the lower and upper ends? What blogs, books, websites, etc. would you recommend for further exploration of the field? Thanks in advance:)
posted by invisible ink at 1:57 AM PST - 6 comments

A Riddle within a Nutshell within a...
Need help answering a question about a "Flight of the Conchords" cast member! [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes at 12:49 AM PST - 6 comments

January 20
Ship it or leave it
Can I ship some camping gear ahead of my travels and pick it up from the post office or UPS Store when I arrive? [more inside]
posted by indyz at 11:11 PM PST - 7 comments

What do you call a non-web content management system that does workflow and translation memory?
Help a stressed out writer with no understanding of enterprise software build consistency across an organization. What enterprise-wide content/workflow/collaboration/translation memory software am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 10:10 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to get them the toys I used to dream about.
Help me find a toy catalog from my youth. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 9:28 PM PST - 7 comments

What is this mystery item from my toolbox?
What is this mystery item from my toolbox? [more inside]
posted by gummo at 9:23 PM PST - 5 comments

is marijuana controlling my seizures and will the CA DMV let me keep my license?
Why have I had 3 seizures, spaced years apart? Does is have anything to do with marijuana? And does this HAVE to mean a loss of drivers license in California? [more inside]
posted by wannaknow at 9:21 PM PST - 27 comments

Corrupt financial advisor?
Is advising a client to write a bad check be considered unethical behavior for a financial advisor? What should our next steps be and who monitors financial advisors' professional actions? As usual, there's more inside... [more inside]
posted by northernlightgardener at 9:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find some weeknight movies to watch <3
Can anyone recommend some cutesy indie films to me, in the style of Garden State and I'm Reed Fish? Feel-good love stories, but with a little [more inside]
posted by Precision at 9:18 PM PST - 46 comments

How to Get Rid of Other Search Engine Links on Google Pages
How do I get Google to stop putting the "Try your search on *other search engine links*" bar at the top of all of my search result pages? [more inside]
posted by decathecting at 9:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Fried Chicken Times & Temps
What is the ideal oil temperature for fried chicken? What about frying times? [more inside]
posted by charlesv at 8:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Warn before closing Gmail tab in Firefox
Is there a way to have Firefox warn me before I close a tab containing Gmail? [more inside]
posted by VillageLion at 8:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Clicky Keys
Is is possible to record the sound of someone typing and then decipher what keys are being pressed?
posted by Yakuman at 7:47 PM PST - 13 comments

24" Cinema Display + old Macbook
Is there any way to use a 24" Cinema Display with an older Macbook that does not have a Mini DisplayPort?
posted by ig at 7:47 PM PST - 3 comments

SELL SELL SELL
I'm a painter looking to show my work in a cafe or restaurant. Help me make this a happy experience for both of us [more inside]
posted by LC at 7:12 PM PST - 10 comments

I want my brain back!
I got laid off two months ago and haven't been working. I have several creative projects I'd like to work on, as well as look for a new job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Where's the news about the crowds during the inauguration?
Why hasn't there been news coverage about the crowd situation during the inauguration in D.C. (or if there is, where was it?) We were there and it was GREAT but also a logistical nightmare and I'm confused as to why the only story about it appears to be in the Everett Herald. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 6:55 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me help my wife
How to help my wife deal with my eating disorder? [more inside]
posted by roxiesmom at 6:19 PM PST - 9 comments

"It's just a taco, sir..."
AirportFilter: Is it possible to bring in my DelTaco into Bob Hope Airport? [more inside]
posted by arishaun at 6:02 PM PST - 16 comments

What to play on an X31?
What are some decent offline games I'll be able to run on my new (to me) Thinkpad X31? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 6:02 PM PST - 12 comments

NEGATIVE THINKING IS ALL AROUND ME
How do I ignore negative thoughts without suppressing them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:14 PM PST - 15 comments

Does the president need to take the oath of office?
A few questions about the oath of office and when the president-elect becomes president... [more inside]
posted by bchaplin at 4:48 PM PST - 38 comments

benny lava?
Can anybody tell me the artist/song title presented in this video? I have searched the intertubes until my fingers bled, to no avail.
posted by tehloki at 4:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me mop my giant textured floor w/o a mop or bucket
Our new theater has a huge, textured, highly-trafficked, sealed concrete floor in the lobby, and I'm really dreading the thought of mopping it. What can I buy to help make the job easier? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 4:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Fun birthday ideas for fantasy-sci-fi fan/crafter/science nerd/animal lover?
Ideas for a birthday week of fun for a lover of animals, sci-fi/fantasy and crafting? [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. at 3:50 PM PST - 4 comments

I never get into business with a friend - which is why I need help!
How do I deal with a friend involved in a collaborative project that I fear will not take it as seriously as I will? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:32 PM PST - 8 comments

She tells me I don't love her enough, she tells me she loves me because of that.
RelationshipFilter: We have a good relationship in most senses. Once a month or once every two months she complains about something that happened recently. After talking about that, she tells me that something I did 3 weeks ago hurt her. Then, she complains about me in our relationship. Finally, she tells me that she loves me because of how I am. - I'm confused. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 28 comments

With healthcare insurance uncertain, should I get my cholesterol checked?
I just lost my job. My health insurance ends at the end of this month and then I will have the option to go on my spouse's insurance or COBRA. My question is: I have an appointment to get my cholesterol checked. Should I keep the appointment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Online Glasses with Prism?
Do any websites that sell glasses offer ones with prisms? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 3:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Best course of action after cutting open ones eye.
In the event that I cut my eye open while shaving with a straight razor, what steps can I take to improve the chances of keeping my eye. [more inside]
posted by demon666 at 3:19 PM PST - 38 comments

Will the HOA Come For ME?
Can the HOA make me ultimately responsible for their drama ? [more inside]
posted by duckus at 3:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Pelbin comin' around the mountain when she comes.
What is pelbin? [more inside]
posted by nomad at 2:36 PM PST - 28 comments

Lightweight, performance-oriented boy's 20" mountain bike?
Lightweight, performance-oriented boy's 20" mountain bike? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 2:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Who is funkier?
Who are the percussionists (drum kit and... congas?) on Nina Simone's Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter?
posted by phrontist at 2:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Sawblade Filter
What saw blade should I get to cut laminate flooring with my 12 inch miter saw? [more inside]
posted by Amby72 at 2:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me figure out what movie this is
Man inherits fortune with a condition. He must work. Meets kid. Falls in love with kid's mother. Kid dies. What movie is it? [more inside]
posted by ivanv at 2:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Yeah, But I Want it for like 90% Off
Is there a place that will tell me about store closures in Austin, TX? I don't mean like Circuit City where ALL the stores are liquidating, that is usually pretty easy to find out, I mean more the chains that are only closing some stores. [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere at 1:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Is this cartoon boiling?
Calling all animators. What do you call it in animation when the lines are all wobbly? I see it a lot in hand-drawn animation such as this but I'd like to know if this is something that has a name that is recognizable among animators. On this page it's called "boiling" or line boil but is that the right term? Bonus points if you can provide citations to books or articles that talk about this in academic literature.
posted by mariokrat at 1:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Would US Google patent prevent Google forge abroad?
Let's assume I have a US patent for a certain software server technology, like better Google or youtube. Would this patent protect me from infringement abroad, where servers would serve requests coming from USA? [more inside]
posted by luntain at 1:44 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I book a sane vacation?
What's the safest/best way to book airline tickets? [more inside]
posted by mhz at 1:41 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I find mailing addresses along a route?
Is there a tool for generating a list of addresses along a route? That is, if I wanted to mail a letter to everyone who lives along the route from point A to point B, is there an online tool available to help me find the addresses?
posted by kjackelen05 at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I legally prevent the next owner of my house from tearing it down?
I will be moving on and selling my current house some time next year. In my neighborhood (mostly 1930's bungalows) a lot of similar houses have been purchased by developers, bulldozed, and replaced with McMansions far out of scale with the neighborhood. What can I legally do as part of the sale to prevent it from being Yet Another Teardown? [more inside]
posted by intermod at 1:21 PM PST - 22 comments

High quality video with small file sizes.
Compressing quicktime movies for the internets. [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 1:21 PM PST - 11 comments

mushroom mushroom
Making my own mushroom plugs? [more inside]
posted by Pants! at 1:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Stuff similar to Springsteen's "Nebraska"?
What other sad, angsty, folksy stuff can you recommend in the vein of Bruce Springsteen's totally awesome "Nebraska" and maybe to a lesser degree Bon Iver's "For Emma, Forever Ago"?
posted by xmutex at 12:46 PM PST - 39 comments

Billy on the Subway
Would I be silly to bring a largeish bookcase on the NYC subway? [more inside]
posted by sdsparks at 12:31 PM PST - 30 comments

Mac software to animate a series of stills?
Can you recommend the best Mac software for turning a series of still images into a movie? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 11:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Like drinking the best parts of a bonfire...
I just discovered lapsang souchong , which might be the greatest drink I've ever encountered. What other smoky things can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by fake at 11:48 AM PST - 44 comments

Help finding "earth" business address for website.
I have the web address, but can find no "earth" address for a website which I would like to contact by snail mail. Is there a way online (hopefully free) to find the actual business address for a website?
posted by SociologistTina at 11:14 AM PST - 7 comments

best inaugural parage coverage?
I love parades! Where is the best place to listen to full coverage of the inaugural parade today? What are my options? Ideally, I would get to hear about each different band/group who is going by and hear the music, and not just reporters going back and for talking over everything...
posted by dahliachewswell at 11:10 AM PST - 2 comments

How to scrub a .pdf?
Acrobat Pro filter: How can I remove unwanted highlighter from a color scanned pdf? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments

What kinds of jobs are out there?
It occurs to me that, if pressed, I could write out maybe 100-200 jobs/careers, tops. But there must be thousands or tens of thousands. Partly out of curiosity, and partly because I'd love to know what's out there, are there any websites or free resources with a comprehensive listing of jobs and careers, including info like average salary and qualifications required? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 10:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I get "exotic" meat in Australia?
I'm looking to buy some "exotic" meat in Australia. Which kinds are available here and where could I buy them from? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate at 10:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Can Mr. Emotional and Ms. Practical learn to get along?
How does a very logical person deal effectively with someone who makes all their decisions on an emotional basis? I’m asking for the benefit of a friend who is a having a terrible time with her marriage, but I’ve also never had any success myself in dealing with people who make all their decisions on an emotional basis. I get very frustrated when someone insists on making the emotional choice even though it makes no practical sense, and especially when they won’t even take responsibility for the consequences of doing so. If any of you have had success in this type of interaction, I’d love to hear about it. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 10:31 AM PST - 41 comments

How do I disable DHCP from doing DNS updates in Windows?
My VPN in leaking DNS requests. I am clearing out DNS entries on non-VPN interfaces using netsh, but Windows keeps using DHCP to automatically refill the DNS information. Microsoft lists a way to do it in Windows 2k/2k3, but that registry location doesn't exist on any other Windows OS. I need to do this for XP and Vista also. How can I automatically disable DHCP from doing DNS updates using programming (not telling users to do control panel navigation)?
posted by torpark at 10:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Digital/Interactive Tech Conferences
Do you know of any awesome digital and interactive art/technology conferences coming up in 2009? [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 9:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Meet My Son, Menudo
On naming son with the same name as emerging boy band: would you, or wouldn't you? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 9:02 AM PST - 86 comments

My er... sWHAT?
I am re-building my CV after 10 years of working for the same company. Is it a good idea to include my Myers-Briggs personality type in my CV? It's INTP if that matters and I am looking for senior finance roles for which my professional experience would be sufficient.
posted by Parsnip at 8:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Classic works in social and environmental sciences?
I'm looking for recommendations on some must-read/classic literature from the social and environmental fields of science. [more inside]
posted by jofuu at 8:31 AM PST - 9 comments

worst email address to say down a phone?
I'm searching for an old blog post, where they wrote about email addresses that were really difficult to call out over the phone. For example one of them went something like this: kevTwentyThreeTheNumber23at@GeenotGmaildot.com [more inside]
posted by kev23f at 8:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Medical School Admissions
Asking for a friend: I am in interviewing at medical schools, and I am considering writing a letter of intent, but am unfamiliar with the protocols, expectations, and ramifications... [more inside]
posted by Science! at 7:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Dylan quotation
I once heard this quotation by Bob Dylan to the effect that everybody is struggling in their own way. Anyone know the exact quotation?
posted by goethean at 7:33 AM PST - 18 comments

When Dogs Attack
My dog and I were viciously attacked Wednesday at a place of business. The dog is owned by an intern of the business. She has a new puppy and was unrestrained and had no collar (which made it difficult to control her). I was going to let it slide, but they have been less than friendly and take no responsibility for the attack. [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 5:42 AM PST - 29 comments

Thoughts about my thinking?
Previously on AskMe: a whole bunch of questions about how to think more, better, etc. But what if I'm finding myself not interested in deliberative thinking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I help my fiance?
My fiance is contemplating quitting her Ph.D. program and refuses to either address her problems with her advisor, seek counseling, seek the help of friends, or discuss the issue with me. She prefers instead to drink wine and watch crime shows. She knows that she does not take criticism or advice well, and she knows she's being immature and needs help, so what can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:19 AM PST - 33 comments

What does committment mean to you?
How do you define commitment in practical terms in your long-term relationship? Simple question, long-winded backstory... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 AM PST - 17 comments

How to form an Amazon Associates link?
How to format an Amazon Associates link? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 4:24 AM PST - 3 comments

An' me CD collection de Bob Marley
I have about 300 CDs, and no CD space. Given that I would like to keep the booklet and inlay cards, and would rather have my music in hard copy as well as digital, what's the best storage solution for me? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 3:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Marmite? Gitarope?
PossiblyBeenGoneTooLongFilter: What's up with all the videos of Americans trying Marmite on YouTube? [more inside]
posted by Grrlscout at 3:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Need a voice recorder ( free is better) application for Nokia e61i
Need a voice recorder ( free is better) application for Nokia e61i. The built in app comes with too many restrictions.
posted by thejeshgn at 2:10 AM PST - 0 comments

I screwed up my calf muscles.
What did I do to my calves, and is it ok to do it again this evening? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 1:59 AM PST - 19 comments

Why no background image?
Stupid easy question about background-image css. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 1:52 AM PST - 5 comments

No points = No insurance increase?
Does insurance still increase if no points are awarded in a speeding infraction? [more inside]
posted by mrflibble at 1:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Quinoa, Tuna, Salmon - can I eat it?
I left a mixture of boiled quinoa, canned tuna and canned salmon out over night. Can I still eat it? [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 1:21 AM PST - 26 comments

January 19
Help Mii - My Wii is broken
My Wii will not read disks. Help. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 11:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Does hair color affect propensity to conduct static electricity?
Does hair color affect propensity to conduct static electricity? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger at 10:16 PM PST - 8 comments

braise and re-braise
Can I keep re-using the same cooking liquid over and over forever and ever amen? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 10:14 PM PST - 29 comments

Forget FontForge... how can I rethink this new media class assignment?
NewMediaArtProjectFilter: Help me rework a digital art assignment involving font-making software and database-esque art. [more inside]
posted by oulipian at 9:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Why did Israel withdraw from Gaza on the eve of Obama's inauguration?
Why did Israel withdraw from Gaza on the eve of Obama's inauguration? [more inside]
posted by mqk at 9:44 PM PST - 22 comments

A trick is something a whore does for money. Or CANDY!
MagicFilter: How best to shoot sparks from your hand? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 9:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Psychiatric Nursing or Social Work?
I'd like a flexible career involving meaningful interactions with people while I help them sort out their issues. Given the economy, psychic is definitely out (kidding, kidding). Help me figure out whether I should pursue a MSW or a degree in Psychiatric Nursing! (please?) [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia at 9:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Web designer who can do OS Commerce templates?
Web designer who can do OS Commerce templates? [more inside]
posted by seeminglyshy at 8:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Vacuum cleaner for cat owner with wool carpets?
I've read the prior discussions, and I've seen Consumer Reports - but the wool carpet issue hasn't been addressed. I'm looking for a good vacuum cleaner for my wool carpets (and my sofa and such). I have cats. I don't have stairs. I'd like a vacuum cleaner that will last. And I'd like something not too heavy, something easy to move around. If it has a bag, it has to be easy to change it. [more inside]
posted by jeri at 7:56 PM PST - 16 comments

dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit
Historyfilter: Marcus Tullius Cicero is often cited as being one of the greatest orators, lawyers and public speakers of Roman and indeed Western history. Why? [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz at 7:45 PM PST - 27 comments

Do muscle mineral soaks work?
Do muscle mineral soaks really work? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Can you identify this religious song
Can anyone identify this religious song from a fragment of lyrics: "I did not do a single thing/ to help God's only son/ So every time I sin on earth/ I feel like I'm the one/I'm the one who had him crucified/ I'm the one who stood his cross so high/ I'm the one who stood and watched him die/I'm the one/ I'm the one..." [more inside]
posted by geos at 7:31 PM PST - 4 comments

PC performance boost: more RAM or a new processor?
How can I find out if I'll get more of a performance boost in my desktop PC by adding more RAM or replacing the processor? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 7:28 PM PST - 22 comments

Why do nerds/geeks like Monty Python so much?
Why do nerds/geeks like Monty Python? [more inside]
posted by ShameSpiral at 7:20 PM PST - 41 comments

Post layoff "career transition program" - any words of advice?
Post layoff "career transition program" workshop, funded by the former employer. More inside, but mostly I just want to know what to expect. [more inside]
posted by 8dot3 at 7:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Venn? Is that you?
Trying to find a diagram of the branches of US government. But a specific one. [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 6:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Character design programs like in Rock Band?
My favorite part of Rock Band is creating different characters and choosing crazy outfits, face paint, and tattoos. Are there any games that have very detailed character creation? How about any that focus solely on the character creation? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 6:35 PM PST - 27 comments

All her own work?
I seem to remember a question from someone who wanted to take a job writing essays for cash-rich brain-poor students, though I cannot find it, where many of the answers expressed concern at the dubious ethics involved. My question is, to what extent are proofreading/editing services for students of ethical concern? To what extent are they permitted by universities. Where is the line drawn? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 PM PST - 21 comments

We want a Wii and we want it now.
What are the consequences/difficulties in the US of running a modded Wii purchased in China? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 6:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Tears of Joy
My girlfriend sometimes cries during orgasm. It's not pain crying. The first time it happened it totally freaked me out, but she assured me it was all good, that it was about going beyond a really good feeling to one of being "overwhelmed." It's not just tears, either--it can be full on bawling. It's since become the high water mark of our intimate relations, which are not particularly unusual in any way--meaning we're not doing something really freaky, for which tears might be appropriate. I do my best to take full credit for pushing her climax that far, but it must be admitted that it's most likely when she's the active one. I'm widely experienced enough to think that this is, well, pretty unusual. Is it?
posted by anonymous at 6:01 PM PST - 42 comments

Why does Uncle Tom Say: Only YOU Can Prevent Ghetto Fires?
Why does Uncle Tom say: Only YOU Can Prevent Ghetto Fires? [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas at 5:47 PM PST - 10 comments

The best in ESL dictionaries / thesauri
What is the best advanced learner's dictionary? Best advanced learner's thesaurus? [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 5:28 PM PST - 4 comments

I don't want to be that guy.
MadHatterFilter: Will I ever get to have a fedora without looking like a dork? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 5:26 PM PST - 37 comments

What do these hallucinations mean?
While going about my daily life, I often get random, recurring flashes of morbid/gruesome imagery in my mind. Is this weird? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:13 PM PST - 47 comments

Can't I be happy AND be able to have an orgasm?
Argh. So, a while back I was diagnosed with dysthymia (which is a clinical term for long-term moody, irritable, melancholy, anxious...while not quite clinically depressed and not quite having anxiety disorder). I've felt this way forever, and I'm trying to figure out my next step. [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman at 4:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Home appraiser visit
Help! We are (hopefully) refinancing to take advantage of lower mortgage rates and we got a call telling us an appraiser will be coming tomorrow morning. Do we have to stay up all night scrubbing and cleaning or is the spotlessness of the house not something they are concerned with?
posted by 543DoublePlay at 4:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me name the 赤ちゃん!
BabyNameFilter: Help me name my son. Difficulty level: a boy's name that works both in Japanese and English. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:15 PM PST - 42 comments

What color text on what color background maximizes screen readability while minimizing eyestrain?
What color text on what color background maximizes screen readability while minimizing eyestrain? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 3:26 PM PST - 19 comments

More Flash ambient sound toys, please!
More Flash ambient sound toys, please! [more inside]
posted by grobstein at 3:05 PM PST - 9 comments

My icons are lined up nice & purty. To bad I can't click them.
Windows fliter: My taskbar is locked. And not in the always-on-top kinda way. It's more like the taskbar is just decorative and not something that's supposed to be click-able. [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 3:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Seeking sleep solutions
Can I get any better (stronger, more effective) OTC sleeping meds in the UK or Canada than I can in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 2:09 PM PST - 11 comments

How do PI's dig up dirt on people?
Where can I find out more about the investigation techniques used by private investigators? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 1:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Well if you like that, you're gonna love this
I'm looking for music that I can be an instant fan of. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 1:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Javascript dynamically assigned ID
Javascript hair loss: I'm searching for a certain element by regular expression, assigning it an id via an innerHTML replacement, and then using a "getElementById" to find it and manipulate parentNodes. Firefox is fine with this, IE cannot find the newly ID'ed element. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 1:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for .NET based server software for video blogging
Looking for .NET based server software for video blogging [more inside]
posted by Riemann at 1:33 PM PST - 0 comments

Goodbye to Bush... will bush ever be back?
Will female pubic hair ever be back in style? NSFW link within. [more inside]
posted by lottie at 1:31 PM PST - 74 comments

Looking for NYC bars for this coming Super Bowl
My husband is very sweet and is taking me on a trip to New York City as a birthday gift. However, he just realized that he booked our trip over Super Bowl weekend. Where can we watch the game in Manhattan or Brooklyn with other Steelers fans? [more inside]
posted by Alison at 1:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Let's get philatelical
About ten years ago I picked up an amazing collection of 114 (mint condition, plastic-sleeved) vintage first day issue stamps/envelopes at a thrift store. Been simplifying my belongings and I'm thinking it's time to sell them. Hey you stamp collectors... what are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 1:22 PM PST - 7 comments

The Secretary, now what?
Me and my girlfriend got a total kick out of watching The Secretary together. If you know what I mean :) What other films should we watch together? [more inside]
posted by anonaccount at 1:08 PM PST - 32 comments

Code Execution has been interrupted
Code Execution has been interrupted:
Continue - End - Debug - Help
*Click Continue*

*Repeat Indefinitely*
Help?! [more inside]
posted by johnstein at 1:00 PM PST - 6 comments

building computer
Help me build my own computer. [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 12:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Got fired on Friday… is this an option?
I got fired on Friday after 2.5 years with the company. I’d like to apply for unemployment in my state (Minnesota) but I’m worried my employer will contest it. Can I trade knowledge that I alone have for a guarantee that they won’t? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:37 PM PST - 41 comments

Memory sabotage
Is there a Beastie Boys video where they jump from roofs into various Hollywood hotel pools? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 12:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Seeking a dancehall introduction
I want to learn about dancehall-type music. Other than Sean Paul, what should I be listening to?
posted by youcancallmeal at 12:26 PM PST - 18 comments

What should I see/do in Seattle?
I am currently visiting Seattle, WA. I will be here until the 01/26/09. I would like some suggestions for things to do while I am here. [more inside]
posted by Vague_Blur at 12:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Brazilian absurdist literature identification
Please help identify this author/book; Brazilian absurdist/surrealist, stream of consciousness fiction about a part-man/part something else that travels around and continually says a phrase like "holy f-ing s-".
posted by destro at 11:54 AM PST - 2 comments

USB 3.0 or not
Looking at getting a new computer. Is it worth waiting for USB 3.0? [more inside]
posted by echo target at 11:42 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm Moving Out
Sort of like a question I asked before, but not quite as whimsical. I've reached the end of the lease with the apartment my wife and I live in. It's up as of February 1st and that's perfect, because we'd like to be out by then. The problem is that they're asking for a 60 day written notice and we just gave them notice today. In the last 7 days, Mrs. Bageena's father died and while we were out of town for the funeral, someone broke into our apartment and robbed us. [more inside]
posted by Bageena at 11:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Where does this phrase come from?
What is the first usage in a song of "wave your hands in the air, like you [just] don't care"? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 11:33 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I get iTunes to recognize my deactivated iPhone?
How do I get iTunes to "see" my hand-me-down iPhone? I'm on a mac, if that matters. [more inside]
posted by chowflap at 11:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a hard drive adapter/box for an IBM Travelstar laptop hard drive.
Looking for a hard drive adapter/box for an IBM Travelstar laptop hard drive. [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 11:22 AM PST - 6 comments

change case in bbedit
I have a .csv of names and email addresses in the format: email,firstname,lastname. Some of the names are in ALL CAPS, some are Properly Capitalized. Is there a way to fix the ALL CAPS names in one fell swoop using BBEdit? I'm not a grep/regex guy, so I appreciate your help.
posted by griseus at 11:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Are there any effective birth control pills.
are there any effective birth control pills out there? [more inside]
posted by minsid at 11:12 AM PST - 32 comments

Where can I get the coat Josh Groban wore at the We Are One concert?
Where can I get a coat like the one that Josh Groban wore at the We Are One concert? You can see it in this video starting at about 2:20.
posted by i love cheese at 11:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Best Shaving Cream?
I love the moisturizing qualities and close shave I get from Kiehl’s White Eagle Shave Cream, but miss the lather of something more conventional (one slathers a thin layer of the Kiehl’s on like cold cream). What shaving cream puts it all together? [more inside]
posted by boombot at 10:43 AM PST - 13 comments

How do you express displeasure early on?
So, new guy. Contact between dates has been solely by email, and has been sporadic enough that it's driving me crazy. I'm not looking for a clingy relationship, but I can't deal with guessing whether or not he wants to see me again. I don't want to go out with him if the current situation would be come the status quo. How do I indicate displeasure that's it taking him 3 days to respond to email, and my desire that he act more excited about seeing me again, if in fact he feels that way? [more inside]
posted by mercredi at 10:34 AM PST - 29 comments

NamethatBlog: Antarctica and Afghanistan
NamethatBlogFilter: A year+ ago I came across a blog written by a guy that had worked in Antarctica and, separately, as a military contractor in Afghanistan (and maybe Iraq)? I can't seem to find it now . . . [more inside]
posted by nameless.k at 9:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Drama, drama everywhere...but not a play in sight?
Help me find free age appropriate plays/skits/acting exercises for my 6 year old. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

My name is...Tonto Kowalski.
What are some good ethnic-neutral last names? [more inside]
posted by razdrez at 9:43 AM PST - 45 comments

I JUST WANNA BE ME
How do I satiate my desire to be different while not being a difficult person? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 9:31 AM PST - 17 comments

What can I do with this wonderful fabric?
I fell in love with some fabric yesterday but it's a nubby thermal knit (like for long-johns). I don't sew with a sewing machine but have done a lot of hand-sewing. Do you have project ideas for me, using this potentially hard-to-work-with material? [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty at 9:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for a cozy lunch spot in MidTown NYC to watch the inauguration.
My wife and I would like to meet in MidTown NYC tomorrow to view the inauguration and have lunch. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 9:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find good mortgage information
Why is the process of obtaining a mortgage so opaque and what websites have good information about it? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 8:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Is it normal to maintain multiple casual relationships year after year?
I am looking for opinions on my lifestyle of multiple casual relationships.. Is it healthy to be inherently against a committed relationship because you enjoy the company of new people quite frequently? [more inside]
posted by Macallister Vagabond at 8:42 AM PST - 30 comments

I want to lose another 40 pounds before I have a baby but I feel like I can't do it. There are many issues (long post)
I exercise all the time and have tried many things to help my weight but I am having a crisis of motivation. [more inside]
posted by marlys27 at 8:19 AM PST - 17 comments

Washing Machine Mystery
What function does this button on the washing machine in my new apartment have? [more inside]
posted by A Kingdom for a Donkey at 8:09 AM PST - 20 comments

How to marry an Italian and not embarrass one's self in the process
How to have an Italian wedding? [more inside]
posted by jrichards at 8:00 AM PST - 13 comments

How do you like the colours? How do you like the navigation?
How do I do some quick user-testing for my website? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 6:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Task management without the cloud
Oh no not another task management question! I'm looking for a web-based task manager that lets me sub-divide tasks. [more inside]
posted by devnull at 6:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can/should I register my car?
From Washington state, but going to college in Massachusetts. What state should I register the car I just bought? [more inside]
posted by Maia at 6:18 AM PST - 9 comments

How to be a happier/less-worrier person?
How to be a happier/less-worrier person? [more inside]
posted by red_rika at 5:59 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me watch Federer live!
If all goes well, will Federer play in the first or second Australian open semi? [more inside]
posted by swapspace at 5:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Tokyo sublets?
Looking to sublet my apartment in Tokyo at short notice. Are there any good resources (websites or otherwise) tailored to short term rentals in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by rsk at 5:46 AM PST - 2 comments

How to control worry and focus on what needs to get done?
How do you stop worrying so you can work? When you start to freak out with worry, how do you stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:05 AM PST - 19 comments

Conan, what is best in life?
I'm at a loose end in life, have few real constraints... so what shall I do next? Go wild. [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 4:18 AM PST - 16 comments

How much weight should I lose?
How do I figure out my ideal body weight? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 4:17 AM PST - 18 comments

Good thing I don't have to go to work today
What is the best and cheapest way to fix a flat tire? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 4:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown
Convince me that I can go on, I can get work, not to kill myself, etc.. Not sure how serious I am, but seriously personal emotional fucked up stuff within so don't go on unless you are prepared for irrationality. [more inside]
posted by mediocre at 3:43 AM PST - 44 comments

What's the Japanese for "historic event I don't want to miss"?
I will be in Osaka tomorrow. Where can I watch Obama's inauguration on TV in English, if anywhere?
posted by Dasein at 3:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Moving to Norwich Norfolk
Can anyone advise me about moving to Norwich Norfolk, UK? I know the town centre itself quite well, but don't know where the crap areas are. I'd be looking for a one or two bed nice flat or house, for me only, and want a safe quiet area. I know about the Golden Triangle area, but don't think I can afford that (looking max rent 450pcm really, but would try and find a roommate if thats likely to be unrealistic) Quite happy to move to a nearby village if its easy to get into the city itself. Anyone know definitely where to avoid?!
posted by nunoidia at 3:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Help Doing Video Interviews with Consumer Camcorder
I'm starting a project, eventually a non-profit enterprise perhaps, and a big part of it will be doing interviews. I've got a pretty basic camcorder (JVC Everio GZ-MG330), which I know isn't ideal but it's what I have and as I said - this isn't a money enterprise. I'll be doing interviews in people's offices and then posting the video online (probably with Vimeo or YouTube). I'll be doing editing work in iMovie. What I need is help working out the best practices for doing this. [more inside]
posted by Gideon at 2:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Oh boy. What have I done now.
[Relationshipfilter] Has "cheating" ever been a crucible for your relationship? [more inside]
posted by dentata at 1:09 AM PST - 51 comments

Perception is in the eye of the beholder
How can you make sure that the way you view yourself is not too far removed from how you're perceived by others? [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 at 12:43 AM PST - 20 comments

Sports exceptions?
Examples of sports situations where a player should do something he would normally never do? [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 12:02 AM PST - 48 comments

January 18
Pali tutoring in SE Asia
Has anyone studied Pali in Southeast Asia or Sri Lanka? I have an extensive background in Sanskrit and Buddhism, and I'd like to spend a summer or a semester reading a few Pali texts with a highly qualified private tutor overseas.
posted by AArtaud at 11:37 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I prevent lightning strikes on my old Singaporean building from killing my electronics?
How do I prevent lightning strikes on my old Singaporean building from killing my electronics? [more inside]
posted by jimdanger at 11:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Please help me turn my webcam off! (So that I can use it)
ComputerTroubleshootingFilter: My google-fu has failed me. How do I turn my webcam "off" so that I can have programs turn it on and use it? [more inside]
posted by Seeba at 10:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Job Title: Charmed Bridge
I connect very different groups together, and I also tend to make people famous. Where in the world could I make a living out of this? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 10:36 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I get press passes for my reviewers?
I'm the Arts & Entertainment Editor for my college newspaper and I'm wondering how to apply to receive press passes and press materials for new movies. I've seen the previous question about Fox, and I was able to sign up there but I haven't been able to locate similar things on the other companies' sites. Anyone know how to do this?
posted by Bwentman at 10:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Eye glasses online?
After reading this post: (http://3mew.wordpress.com/2006/11/10/eyeglasses-stores-are-for-suckers/) I'm thinking about buying new glasses online. What are some (online) places you'd recommend @ looking for glasses? Please include any tips and advice you may have.
posted by BoldStepDesign at 10:08 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me to continue to do business with a manufacturer in Taiwan...
I've twice bought the same cosmetic packaging components from a specific Taiwanese manufacturer through a US-based middleman. I'm ready to re-order and want to circumvent the middleman and order directly from the manufacturer who we will call BG Manufacturing. There are some fairly compelling motivations and rationale for doing so. Important details inside. [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 9:32 PM PST - 5 comments

American working in Canada
What does an American who wants to look for work in Vancouver, Canada need to know? What steps are necessary and what's the best order to do them in? If you get a job, what is the usual way to handle questions like health care, American Social Security payments, currency you're paid in? Other questions I can't even imagine. (details below) [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 8:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Picking the Right Wacom Tablet
I'm looking for the right Wacom tablet and drawing software. [more inside]
posted by Camel of Space at 8:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Good accountant for a small LLC in the Chicago area?
I'm looking to start an LLC in the near future (as I'd like to start doing web development as a part-time business beyond my day job); considering that my taxes are about to get a bit more complicated, I'd like to find a decent small-business accountant in the Chicago area. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by korpios at 8:16 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this from?
I found this picture while looking at recent bookmarks on Delicious. Anyone know where it's from? Some sort of game? [more inside]
posted by codswallop at 8:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Where are custom settings stored in Word 2000?
What file are settings (created macros, custom toolbar buttons, etc.) stored in in Word 2000? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 at 7:57 PM PST - 2 comments

My apartment is suffocating me
It seems that I may have asthma and all my symptoms started after I moved into my apartment. Can anyone tell me the things I should look for to trouble shoot the problems causing my cough? [more inside]
posted by Unred at 7:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Design + policy + communications: what colour is my parachute?
Graphic Designers / Commercial Artists, Social Policy People, PR/Communications Professionals: where do your professions overlap? [more inside]
posted by Weng at 7:34 PM PST - 4 comments

slooooowwww smoooooth motion in After Effects
I'm trying to slow down some existing regular-speed footage a whole lot. I'm using After Effects with Twixtor. The problem I'm running into is that, even though it's interpolating frames, there's still a longer pause on each real frame. I've tried non-Twixtor pixel motion and frame blending too. I don't care if it turns into a blurry mess; The important thing is that it's just smooth. Can I do that?
posted by SampleSize at 7:27 PM PST - 1 comments

One skull too many.
IWishIWereKiddingFilter: How do we get rid of a human medical skull we inherited? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 7:23 PM PST - 57 comments

Office Space - help me improve it?
How do I make this office (cubicle) more functional and look better at the same time? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 7:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there a DVD test disc that can display multiple resolutions simultaneously?
Are there test DVDs that can display multiple resolutions simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick at 6:33 PM PST - 9 comments

What will outgoing President Bush be doing during the Obama inauguration?
What will outgoing President Bush be doing during the Obama inauguration? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 6:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Bum me out.
Death Cab For Cutie has a song, I will follow you into the dark, which goes well with the Iron and Wine song Naked as we came. I'd like to find more songs that fit with these two. [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 6:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Changes between 2008 Ford Mustang and 2009 Ford Mustang?
2008 Ford Mustang v. 2009 Ford Mustang. Isn't there.. a... changelog somewhere? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 6:27 PM PST - 6 comments

YouTube took my video down. All I did was play Star Wars on my banjo.
YouTube yanked my Star Wars on a Banjo video saying Warner Music Group was claiming infringement. Did I break the law? Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by willc at 6:26 PM PST - 17 comments

A Bass Inauguration
Obama's Baltimore inaugural stop: Who sang the National Anthem? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 at 6:26 PM PST - 0 comments

Why does my Belkin router stop taking clients?
Why does my Belkin router stop taking clients? [more inside]
posted by expletivization at 5:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Help - Kitty emergency!
Our cat swallowed some yarn - is this always an emergency? [more inside]
posted by readery at 5:41 PM PST - 25 comments

Save me from my obamotions
How can I keep from crying or otherwise over-emoting on Tuesday at my son's fourth grade Inauguration celebration open house pot-luck? [more inside]
posted by emhutchinson at 5:40 PM PST - 23 comments

How to sanely migrate email messages from Apple's Mail.app to Google Apps' GMail
How do I move around 2000 messages from Apple's Mail.app (10.4) to a Google Apps (Premier) GMail account quickly and efficiently? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 5:34 PM PST - 8 comments

How to resolving a conflict with my family over the care of our toddler?
My parents have been gracious enough to take care of my 19 month old boy in the morning while my wife and I are at work. Turns out, there has been more than a bit of tension brewing and this weekend, it boiled over. There was yelling, accusations tears etc. Help me solve this family dispute please... [more inside]
posted by pazoozoo at 5:33 PM PST - 40 comments

CSS Positioning and IE6 is making me cry
CSS Positioning and IE6 is making me cry - Working on a freelance project as a favor for my sister-in-law, and I'm having an issue with the display in IE6. (Looks great in IE7 and Firefox) As you can see, the main content on the right is appearing below the menu on the left, instead of alongside it. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by emptybowl at 5:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Disabling USB port on a Mac
How can I eject a USB device on OSX (10.5.6) if it doesn't show up on Finder? I think this may be the solution to my larger VirtualBox USB problem. [more inside]
posted by hellogoodbye at 5:21 PM PST - 3 comments

New job is not what I signed up for, please help me hash out my options!!!
I left a job I enjoyed for a similar job that had better benefits... but the new job is NOTHING like what we discussed during my interview and signing and the benefits are non existent. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by hummercash at 5:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Software to create underwater (topo) maps
I wat to create a detailed map of dive site including elevation data. I'm looking for a straight forward simple cartograph software which allows me to create these underwater maps. I'm using a mac. Windows tips are also most welcome.
posted by flixz at 5:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Who pays: HOA or me?
Who gets to pay: the HOA or me? Of course, there's some weirdness. [more inside]
posted by cheap paper at 4:56 PM PST - 6 comments

I rarely use a car
Help me start a car sharing service [more inside]
posted by Brennus at 4:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me make a coffee table?
Where can I learn to build furniture in or near Montgomery Country, Maryland? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 4:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to go for non-touristy, gay-friendly, warm-beachy spring break?
Four women want to spend the week of March 14-22nd on a warm beach. We also don't want to spend any time with thousands of drunk co-eds and frat boys. Have any advice on where to go for a non-touristy, gay friendly spring break? [more inside]
posted by binocularfight at 4:22 PM PST - 13 comments

gap year in south america
help me decide on a country for my gap year! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 2:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Sailing rite of passage
I need to prove myself a man. Help me plan a sailing rite-of-passage/adventure. [more inside]
posted by mjewkes at 2:16 PM PST - 8 comments

When is it reasonable to fire your psychiatrist?
When is it reasonable to fire your psychiatrist? Bonus question: If they can't be "fired", what's the therapeutic benefit to being forced to work with a doctor who you find unprofessional and do not trust? [more inside]
posted by grippycat at 2:07 PM PST - 29 comments

New MacBook Pro - Help me extend its life as long as possible
Just got a new MacBook Pro - What do I need to do to make sure this pricey investment lasts me a long time? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 1:57 PM PST - 26 comments

Where can I find the chords to the song "Jeane If You're Ever in Portland"?
Where can I find guitar chords to the song "Jeane If You're Ever In Portland" by Casitone for the Painfully Alone?
posted by comfortinsound at 1:55 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I have casual sex without post-breakup guilt?
How can I have casual/rebound sex without post-breakup guilt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:38 PM PST - 14 comments

What to do with an inherited tiger's head?
We inherited a tiger's head from our dead grandfather, which was hunted around 1940. We'd like to know how much it is likely to cost, and what people think we should do with it; donate it to a museum? to an art college? to an insane asylum? Any suggestions appreciated. Photos are here, here, and here. [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 1:26 PM PST - 39 comments

ObamaDay party in Cap Hill Seattle?
Recommendations for inauguration-watching events/places on Capitol Hill in Seattle? I know that pretty much every bar in the 206 is having something, but can you recommend somewhere fun for a couple of ladies in their late 30s (i.e. not the Cha Cha)? I know drinking at 8am is classless, but this is HISTORY!
posted by tristeza at 1:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Mystery Item
What is this thing? [more inside]
posted by granted at 1:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Child without bedtime interrupting adult evenings
How can we get our friends to put their 4 year old to bed so we can have grown up evenings together? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower at 12:52 PM PST - 45 comments

Drill me. Not like that.
Help me choose a cordless drill. [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 12:45 PM PST - 27 comments

what canadian tv show is this?
looking for a particular show that was broadcast in canada [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 12:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Multi-tasking in the Middle East.
Multi-tasking in the Middle East -- planning a trip to the region and have a few goals to accomplish. Besides being a vacation, this trip is also equal parts family reunion and cultural diaspora study (personal, not academic). Looking for tips on this kind of trip! [more inside]
posted by milkdropcoronet at 12:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Tipped in Color Plates
Is this a "tipped in" book plate? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 11:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Weirdest Hangover Ever
Has anyone ever gotten swollen purple eyelids or facial spots from being hungover before? [more inside]
posted by aether516 at 11:22 AM PST - 11 comments

My polyurethane shoe cracked and it's snowing outside. How do I leave my house?
How does one go about repairing cracked polyurethane boots? [more inside]
posted by giraffe at 11:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Help this busy office worker stick to an exercise routine!?
Help this busy office worker stick to an exercise routine!? [more inside]
posted by limonade at 10:46 AM PST - 19 comments

Good place to catch the new Biggie Smalls biopic?
I'm in Chicago for a couple of days and would like to catch the new Notorious BIG movie at a rowdy black cinema on the Southside. What's a decent one that's not a hassle to get to from Downtown?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 10:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Inauguration Day Music
We're having a party on inauguration night. What songs can we sing to celebrate the occasion? [more inside]
posted by mosessis at 10:31 AM PST - 27 comments

I need a handyman today.
Help needed quickly!! My tankless water heater is leaking after freezing weather. For 2 days there was no hot water. Nothing coming out of the tap. Last night the water was flowing and it was hot. [more inside]
posted by shaarog at 9:52 AM PST - 9 comments

I need help figuring out my baby's food allergies
Help me figure out my baby's food allergies! Symptoms: eczema, rash around mouth, itchy hives, and broken sleep. And I can't seem to keep a truly accurate track of her food. [more inside]
posted by mdiskin at 9:49 AM PST - 40 comments

Using physical encrypted disk in a VMWare Server virtual machine?
VMWare Server 1.0.8 on Ubuntu Linux 8.10 Host: Is it possible to use an encrypted disk on the host machine as a physical disk for a virtual machine? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 9:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Unusual Israeli tank proctection?
I would like to know if anyone has any clue as to what is on top of this Israeli tank . . . some type of protection against something, but what?
posted by Shakes the Clown at 8:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Glass Collectible Experts: What is this marking on this decanter?
Glass Collectible Experts: What is this marking on this decanter? [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 8:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Make my legs stop itching Oh God please
Why are my legs--especially calves--itching all the time? I know it's winter, so things are dry, but I moisturize religiously and it happens during the summer too. I've tried Bag Balm, Eucerin, body butters, shea butter, aloe, hydrocortisone, exfoliating, not exfoliating, Cetaphil, jojoba oil, cold showers, not using soap on them, not shaving, and not using stuff with cetyl alcohol in it. This has been going on for years now, getting steadily worse each year, and a dermatologist a while ago just told me to put on lotion. What next? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 8:33 AM PST - 32 comments

Car storage in Massachusetts
Car storage in Massachusetts [more inside]
posted by underdetermined at 8:22 AM PST - 1 comments

What is the best OS X wireless router.
What is the best wireless router for a Mac based household? [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 8:19 AM PST - 25 comments

How do I get a job at NPR?
I'm 29, I'm living comfortably as an IT professional in New York City, but my dream is to work for NPR. I have a bachelor's in journalism and I was the music director at my college radio station...6 years ago. I have no connections, I have been out of radio production since college. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 8:08 AM PST - 12 comments

When did the refrigerator become message central?
What did the refrigerator door become "the place" to hang kids' art, notes etc.? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Exactly when can I stop saying President-elect.
What time will it be when Obama takes the Oath on Tuesday? The swearing in starts at 11:30, does anyone know how many prayers and speeches come before the oath and how long they'll last? I'll be at work but I can take a few minutes in the break room to see it.
posted by saffry at 7:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Why is it so hard to open a bank account in the UK?
Why is it so hard to open a bank account in the UK? [more inside]
posted by dave99 at 4:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Do I have to pay for a funeral I didn't agree to?
My father recently passed away (four weeks ago) and I was contacted today by a funeral home claiming that because I am next of kin, I am required to pay for funeral costs and/or cremation. Am I legally bound to this? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair at 2:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me keep my pants on...
Where can I find a curved belt? [more inside]
posted by fshgrl at 1:03 AM PST - 5 comments

How to cope after breaking up with a BFF of 10 yrs?
I feel like I made the right decision in breaking up with my (jealous) BFF of 10 yrs - but I still feel guilty over it? Also, what to do about mutual friends and any advice on coping? [more inside]
posted by urbanchic at 12:39 AM PST - 23 comments

January 17
Incentives for Jaded High Schoolers?
Think-Back-To-High-School-Filter: What incentives / prizes / privileges really motivated you? (Aside from grades) [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 10:58 PM PST - 32 comments

C#: capture data, display to user, save to disk, upload to database: BEST approach
I have a program that captures live data from a piece of hardware on a set interval. The data is returned as XML. There are several things I would like to do with this data (in order): -display it to user -save it to disk -eventually, upload it to database [more inside]
posted by jdlugo at 10:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Sometimes, if you don't hide stuff, nobody notices. I read that in an American book.
What is the name of the song that plays in "Band of Outsiders" during the famous dancing scene, and where can I download/buy it?
posted by King Bee at 9:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Fun times for the workplace?
Ideas for fun (low-cost) activities to boost morale in the workplace? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 8:33 PM PST - 22 comments

Is my husband trying to kill me?
Is my husband trying to kill me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 168 comments

Does THC have any negative interaction with SSRIs?
Does THC have any negative interaction with SSRIs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 17 comments

How long till an unrefrigerated deli sandwich should not be eaten?
I bought a sandwich from a deli 14 hours ago (ham salami cheese and mayo) and left it out unrefrigerated. Can I still eat it and not get sick?
posted by zorro astor at 7:07 PM PST - 33 comments

It's the fist that keeps on fisting.
Back in 1999, I created this fist logo. Over the years I've seen a number of places repurpose it and when I do I mention that it's not really cool (debatable, I know). I still keep seeing it. Or do I? Is it (April 3rd) the same fist? Further, is there some places that my fist has gotten that people keep grabbing it from?
posted by Kickstart70 at 7:04 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I convert mkv to avi?
How do I convert mkv to avi, preferably without re-encoding? [more inside]
posted by fidelity at 6:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Bank recommendations in Austin?
After some errors and temporarily "lost" deposits, my wife and I want to ditch our current local bank (Velocity Credit Union). We want something with a brick-and-mortar presence in Austin, Texas that offers excellent online banking (for example, doesn't sit on electronic transfers for days before posting them). Anyone in Austin have a positive experience they'd like to pass along?
posted by anvilcity at 6:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Is this a good time to do a home remodel?
How has the recent economic situation affected the cost of a house remodel? Is it cheaper because of the soft housing market, or more expensive because more people are fixing up the places they own instead of moving?
posted by Xazeru at 6:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Name of American punk band that covered "Insight" by Joy Division?
Name of American punk band that covered "Insight" by Joy Division? [more inside]
posted by word_virus at 6:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for the name of a thriller/horror movie from the late 1970's or early 1980's.
Looking for the name of a thriller/horror movie from the late 1970's or early 1980's. Takes place in a very large spooky mansion. Several young adults come to visit the mansion and they encounter very abnormal occurrences. Please help. [more inside]
posted by orehek at 6:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Need a shrink in central New York state
I'm looking for a really good psychiatrist or psychologist in either Rochester, Syracuse or Ithaca NY... for a friend, of course! [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 5:57 PM PST - 2 comments

The "m" key is minimizing no matter what!
My cat got on my roommate's MacBook and now it's minimizing windows whenever she presses the "m" key. Then it's bringing up the preferences of whatever application she's in. It happened as she was trying to search Google in Firefox, and then just type "m" in Word! I checked the sticky keys, no dice. Tried restarting, still happening. It means she can't really do anything because there are lots of m's out there! Help!!!!
posted by iliketolaughalot at 5:35 PM PST - 12 comments

What music video features bikini-clad women putting condiments on themselves?
Some time in the past year I saw a strange, but well shot music video that shows attractive women in bikinis eating and rubbing food and condiments on themselves. Who is this video by, and where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by itsatrap at 5:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Can't get the lock together
Can you help me get this door to lock behind me? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 5:22 PM PST - 8 comments

MLC SSD for OS install ?
I'm building a new PC, and I'm eyeing a Transcend ts64gssd25s-m SSD drive to put WinXP Home on (64GB); However, since it is MLC based, I have a few questions... [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos at 4:53 PM PST - 13 comments

"Get away from her, you beech nut..."
James Cameron's Aliens + Screening Party + [Your suggestions for Aliens themed foods] = AWESOMENESS!! Help me out. [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 4:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Buying D'Lites In Bulk
Buying D'Lites In Bulk [more inside]
posted by thelloydshow at 4:15 PM PST - 3 comments

How do you go about creating Little Big Planet levels?
How do you go about creating Little Big Planet levels? [more inside]
posted by crios at 4:04 PM PST - 3 comments

How to buy a car across the nation?
Buying a car....1000 miles away. What steps and how to do it? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 3:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Material comforts on a budget?
Small apartment management: What cheap supplies should a person in a 1.5 have as far as organizing, cleaning, pantry staples, etc...? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 3:44 PM PST - 20 comments

Legality of CD Swap
I'm a high school teacher. The kids want me to be the adviser for a new music club that swaps mix CDs. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by perrce at 3:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Academic Writing - No first person
Academic writing without using I or me, list of good phrases and verbs..... [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 3:31 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can I get packages made for shipping books?
Where can I find packages designed to house books? [more inside]
posted by JTKestrel at 3:31 PM PST - 1 comments

Can you "help" an alcoholic friend?
How do I help a friend who is an alcoholic? [more inside]
posted by uxo at 3:30 PM PST - 19 comments

I think I made a bad impulse purchase. Help.
Can I make my new Bluetooth headset not suck? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 3:05 PM PST - 1 comments

CBT in the T.O.
Can anyone recommend a mental health professional in the Greater Toronto Area who does CBT? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:01 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I make a self contained blog?
Is there a one page, databaseless blog? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 2:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a Speakon to regular speaker cable converter!
I have recently bought a few speakers off of Ebay and didn't realize they are fitted with Speakon connectors. Help me convert them to normal speaker wire outputs! [more inside]
posted by nonstopflights at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Kennedy and company?
1961-themed cocktail party. What should we show on the TV? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 2:12 PM PST - 34 comments

Is there a better, more 'Web 2.0', alternative to traditional bulletin board systems?
Why are all web Forum/Bulletin Board systems so horrible? Is there anything that outdoes PHPBB, vBulletin etc. and adds a bit of good ol' fashioned Web 2.0 usability to the genre? [more inside]
posted by Glum at 2:09 PM PST - 11 comments

2 Domain, 2 Server Redundancy with Jabber/XMPP?
I'm looking to set up an XMPP/Jabber server with minimum hassle, with one major requirement: I want to run the service for 2 domains across two servers, each acting as backup/redundancy for the other. [more inside]
posted by d7415 at 1:50 PM PST - 6 comments

2 questions about moving to Toronto: How to make cross-national cost-of-living comparisons & which neighborhood would be best for us?
2 questions about moving to Toronto: How to make cross-national cost-of-living comparisons & which neighborhood would be best for us? [more inside]
posted by mdion at 1:28 PM PST - 35 comments

Help Me Play the Piano
Can anyone help me navigate this web site? I am looking for piano pieces that a beginning to intermediate pianist can play. [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 1:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Info sources for refi rates
What are the best ways to find and compare mortgage refi rates and fees? (web sites, or?) [more inside]
posted by msalt at 12:56 PM PST - 10 comments

What don't you like about job boards?
What things don't you want to see on job boards? I'm currently working on a job board, but before I run into "feature bloat", I was wondering what things people do not like on job boards.
posted by ckohrman at 12:51 PM PST - 23 comments

Where can I buy an affordable bookcase?
Looking for an inexpensive but sturdy bookcase. I've had bad experiences with the Target stock, and the closest Ikea is two hours away. Do you have any suggestions as to where I might find a sturdy and affordable bookshelf?
posted by rockstar at 12:28 PM PST - 20 comments

Video baby monitor that works with handheld and computer
Looking for video baby monitor that I can monitor with handheld and computer. [more inside]
posted by wolfkult at 12:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I have to Rebuy MS Office When replacing a computer?
Do I need to rebuy MS office if I'm replacing a computer? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 at 11:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for the ultimate glove
I have budgeted $150 for the absolute best gloves I can find for surviving sub-zero temperatures. What should I buy? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 11:22 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I plan a vacation so that I can write about it later on?
How do I plan (or not plan) a vacation so that I can write a travel article on my experiences afterwards? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin at 11:20 AM PST - 5 comments

What's a Casual "Let's Get Together" Phrase if "Go for Coffee" or "Go for a Drink" Won't Work Well?
Semantic question: When initially proposing a "getting to know you" predate, the common invitation is to go get some coffee or to go get a drink. If you don't enjoy coffee or alcohol (yet), what alternate phrase can you use that doesn't sound weird? "Get a soda" sounds like "let's go get a malted!", and proposing "getting a drink" and then not drinking alcohol yourself can be problematic — and engaging in even a one- or two-sentence-long explanation about how you don't drink takes the question's tone away from casual and into "sounds complicated-neurotic" territory.
posted by WCityMike at 10:41 AM PST - 47 comments

Gifts for the non-pregnant woman
My wife's not pregnant. How do I perk her up? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 10:10 AM PST - 26 comments

I'm taken but falling for someone else
I'm falling for a friend who is much more compatible with me than my SO of five years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 AM PST - 38 comments

How to fix a chronically late spouse?
My loved one is always late. How can I make an intervention that is not *too* threatening/insulting/maddening to fix this? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 9:38 AM PST - 51 comments

Credible scientific studies?
What scientific studies should you believe? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 9:15 AM PST - 30 comments

Making Out, Leveling Up
When it comes to the hot-'n'-heavy, which is better: going too far and being told "no," or stopping short? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 AM PST - 36 comments

What online humor sites accept outside submissions?
I wrote a short humorous topical piece that I would like to get published online. It was in the right format (a short list) for McSweeney's, but they rejected it. What other well-read online humor sites accept outside submissions? I am not looking for payment, just to get it published.
posted by espertus at 9:08 AM PST - 4 comments

There's a problem with (my understanding of) gravity.
What is the contradiction in the discussion of gravitational forces in the ... [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 8:20 AM PST - 26 comments

Why are USB drives larger than other USB devices?
Why are USB drives larger than other USB devices? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 7:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Need a doctor in Brooklyn on a Saturday!
I really, really need to see a doctor today. Unfortunately my usual doctor won't be open until Tuesday. Please recommend a doctor thats open on a Saturday! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 7:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Does anyone have a bobbin I can borrow?
What tools should I bring to my first sewing class? [more inside]
posted by ginagina at 7:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Word 2007: Linked Object Woes
Word 2007 on Vista: Document contains a linked object (of another document) but is only showing the first page of linked document. [more inside]
posted by FusiveResonance at 7:14 AM PST - 1 comments

And in that sleep of death what dreams may come
Help me choose a bed. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 7:09 AM PST - 6 comments

A psychic kid...yeah right.
Here's a little video in Arabic of a kid that is playing a game of Pairs. The only thing is that he finds pairs without seeing them beforehand, he take one and just find the other one just by overlooking the chips and never misses. [more inside]
posted by zouhair at 4:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Down's syndrom : do they know what money is ?
Down's syndrom : do they know what money is ? [more inside]
posted by Baud at 4:12 AM PST - 24 comments

Credit Anarchy in the U.K.
My credit score stinks in the United States, and I might be moving to the UK - what impact will this have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:56 AM PST - 8 comments

French mobile phone.
Is it possible to buy an inexpensive mobile phone in France along with a prepaid SIM card?
posted by Neiltupper at 2:53 AM PST - 5 comments

chinese i-phone
hypothetically, if someone bought an i-phone in china right now, they could pick it up for around under $100. (8GB) if it is bought in america or Aus, it is usually around $500-600. It seems that the quality of the chinese samples are quite good. where do they come from? [more inside]
posted by edtut at 1:38 AM PST - 7 comments

How much to charge for designing?
How much should a jewelry designer charge for a product that they are designing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a C64 game where the player character was a little green blob with legs
I'm looking for the name of a Commodore 64 game (although it might have been a vic-20 game.) The player character was a little green blob with legs and no arms (as I remember it). [more inside]
posted by the_W at 1:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Free subdomainable non-ugly blog service?
Is there a free blog service that allows me to make the blog available at blog.mydomainialreadyown.com? And isn't ugly? [more inside]
posted by skwt at 12:13 AM PST - 16 comments

January 16
Vapor barrier for a building
What's solution for the vapor barrier on my pre-existing building: caulk, housewrap, other? [more inside]
posted by mach at 11:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Can hotels charge more for handicap accessible rooms, and do they have to make these rooms available to handicapped individuals?
Can hotels charge more for handicap accessible rooms, and do they have to make these rooms available to handicapped individuals? [more inside]
posted by sirhensley at 10:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for Lit. mags that are known for their book reviews.
Looking for literary magazines that are well-known for their reviews of newly-published poetry, both chapbooks and full-length books. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 9:54 PM PST - 5 comments

[Child Book Filter] 70s Children's Book on Pollution
Does anyone remember the name of a children's book that was a cautionary tale against air pollution? I remember it being a soft cover book w/ that was short and wide. Pictures of factory(s) and people getting and wearing gas masks (as well as dogs)! I can't remember the ending but hopefully my description suffices.
posted by gnash at 8:53 PM PST - 13 comments

What song is this?
What song is playing at the beginning of this video (Chicago Bulls Introduction 1997 NBA Finals Game 6)?
posted by wordsmith at 7:59 PM PST - 11 comments

The nose knows not
So I went and got my nose addicted to dristan... How do I stop with the spray but still breathe?
posted by muscat at 6:54 PM PST - 12 comments

The fine line between googling and stalking
Dating site wants money for mail; is it deeply weird to find and contact the solitary interesting person on the site via facebook? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 PM PST - 19 comments

movin' on up!
Getting out of a rental situation ASAP and in to a new place due to a relationship ending... Am having problems figuring out when to give notice and get into the new place in a timely manner but not screwing anyone in the process. Probably a very simple way to do this, but I'm clueless! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I get him to lay his cards on the table?
Getting married in September but my husband-to-be won't come clean about his finances. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 PM PST - 80 comments

Newspapers/social networking?
Can anyone point me to newspapers that have set up real social networks—not just registration, not just social media features like commenting or bookmarking, but real online communities where people post profiles, make connections, share news items, maybe form groups around news interests, and interact in other ways. [more inside]
posted by beagle at 6:14 PM PST - 4 comments

I am looking for a signal booster that will play nicely on my laptop which has Vista.
I am looking for a signal booster that will play nicely on my laptop which has Vista. People recommended EnGenius USB Device but from what I gathered on Amazon, it does not work past XP. I basically need something that I can take with my on the go. Intel GMA 4500MHD / Intel Wi-Fi / 10/100 Eth is what came with my laptop. Is there a signal booster compatible with Vista?
posted by cheero at 5:45 PM PST - 6 comments

For the love of god, leave us alone.
How can I deal with a group of neighborhood punks intent on making my kids' lives miserable? Most of the information online tells parents to involve the school administration, but this is happening right in my neighborhood -- on my very street -- not in an school setting. [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ at 5:21 PM PST - 89 comments

How can I make our copy shop "greener"?
How can I make our copy shop "greener"? [more inside]
posted by nothingsconstant at 5:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Need a database for event check-in
I am looking for an easy (and free) database to do event check-in. We normally just cross peoples name off a list but I would like to have faster more real-time way of doing it. [more inside]
posted by jestonb at 4:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me interview canditates for a technical lab position
I'm hiring a technician in a lab at a university, and I'm looking for some advice on how to interview them. [more inside]
posted by pombe at 4:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a Mac app that will let me draw (and listen to) a waveform?
Is there a (hopefully free) Mac app that will let me draw (and listen to) a waveform? I just switched to a Mac 4 months ago, and I remember there being all sorts of little audio tools that did stuff like this, but now I need one that will allow me to simply draw a waveform. Now, ideally I'd like to paste in graphical or vector shapes (photoshop or illustrator) and use those as the waveforms -this is really what I'm looking for - like a line to waveform ability. Would an oscilloscope-type software be more what I'm looking for, and would that allow me to "dial" between the drawn waveforms? Thanks!
posted by itchi23 at 4:33 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm real.
What is the best way to confirm your own reality, as much as logically possible? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 3:55 PM PST - 37 comments

Imaging mac lab with Indesign--licensing issue
I just purchased 24 Indesign licenses, for OS X. I am planning to install Indesign on one mac, then copy the image to the others using Carbon Copy Cloner. Am I going to have to manually type in the license key for each installation of Indesign? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 3:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Game-name filter: DOS ninjas?
Idle nostalgic curiosity is driving me crazy - looking for at least the name (at best, a working version) of a late 80s/early 90s DOS (not arcade) 2-d ninja game - very simple, and the most notable characteristic is that the entire game was in uber-simple orange-red-green VGA palette colors against a black background. [more inside]
posted by ab3 at 3:32 PM PST - 13 comments

What kind of jobs are uniquely tailored to a JD/MBA?
What kind of jobs are open only to a JD/MBA, or would be likely to express a strong preference to someone with both degrees? I have a general idea, but I'm looking for specific examples so I could justify (or, if there are few/no examples, forget about) the time & expense of a dual degree (vs. only a JD).
posted by paul_smatatoes at 3:17 PM PST - 12 comments

In Search Of Pork Chop Guy
Help me find an editorial-type cartoon of RAGBRAI's Pork Chop Guy! [more inside]
posted by scrump at 3:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Wanted: Mold!
Cheesemaking suppliers in New York City? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 3:04 PM PST - 4 comments

ID this book for me please.
There's a book I read about 8 years ago I'm trying to identify. I can't remember the title. It was a thick paperback, a blue cover with possibly a butterfly on it. But here's the weird thing about this book, which is why I am hoping someone can help me - it was written by two people, and they were only identified by their first names on the cover. I had never seen that before. On the cover, it was like, "Edward & Judy" or something like that. Weird, huh? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 2:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Buddhists and the difficulty of choosing your life
Buddhism question about what happens before we are born and the lives we choose for ourselves. [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 2:25 PM PST - 14 comments

How big of a widescreen do I need to match the height of my current 36" 4:3 TV?
I have a 36" standard 4:3 aspect ratio tube-type TV. I'm very happy with the vertical size of the tube and when I buy a new HDTV with a 16:9 ratio, I'd like to end up at that same vertical size. [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 2:21 PM PST - 14 comments

What used acoustic guitars are under valued?
I'm looking to buy a used acoustic guitar that didn't hold it's monetary value. Which brands should I look for? [more inside]
posted by magikker at 1:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Long-term Lube
About lubrication: Have you used Replens? Did you like it or have any thoughts on using it? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 1:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Gmail/explorer 6 weirdness
Gmail Hosted Apps attachment weirdness. I administrate a hosted apps account; recently a MS Publisher file was sent to everyone in the organisation, all were able to open it originally, bar one person, who for some reason, when attempting to download, could only download as a zip file. Tested the same situation in Firefox on XP at home (the situation occurs on IE6/XP) and it downloads fine. Tested with another account on XP/IE 6 and i find this is the same case, i.e. only able to download the MS Publisher file as a zip file. Has anyone else experienced this weirdness? is this due to Google withdrawing support for IE6?
posted by spyke23 at 1:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find trash cinema.
Help me find trash cinema. [more inside]
posted by whiterussian at 1:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Home Brewing Help!!!
To all home brewers out there: Need help with a recipe. [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar at 1:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Fried livers & gizzards in Houston?
Where can one find fried chicken livers & gizzards in west Houston? [more inside]
posted by mrbill at 1:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Quack-proof chiropractic treatments
Does anyone know which medical journals, books, or online sources are credible for research on chiropractic treatments? [more inside]
posted by johannahdeschanel at 12:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Mounting problems in Win 7
Windows 7: Is there any way to mount ext3/ext2 partitions in Windows 7? I would use Ext2 IFS but it's not compatible with the beta.
posted by Aanidaani at 12:39 PM PST - 8 comments

ER soundtrack?
What was the double bass (or cello) concerto heard through out the soundtrack of last night's ER?
posted by Rad_Boy at 12:39 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I appeal a college decision in my situation?
[college application denial stuff] What do I do now? I was denied at the university of my choice, the only one I applied to due to the attitude of the crew coach and admissions officers. [more inside]
posted by jellywerker at 12:38 PM PST - 37 comments

I don't wanna Jack Off In Back. It's baroque but don't fix it.
I'm looking for some classical music recomendations. I like Glenn Gould, Anner Bylsma, Morimur (The Hilliard Ensemble with Christoph Poppen). I really like interesting little albums that are individual and not necessarily part of some huge opus. Any suggestions? Doesn't even have to be classical. I'll describe the things I like about these recordings. Hit me up with some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 12:33 PM PST - 16 comments

How does this calculator work?
How do mortgage calculations work? [more inside]
posted by missmobtown at 12:28 PM PST - 3 comments

[relationship filter] Boyfriend is just not that into me... right?
Started dating a guy I've known for years a couple months ago. Around the time we first met we slept together, but he shortly thereafter got back together with his long-time girlfriend. Fast-forward a couple years, they've broken up for good, and he says he still has feelings for me and wants to give things a real shot. [more inside]
posted by libertypie at 12:25 PM PST - 26 comments

Shooting Pool in Lake Havasu City, Vegas
I want to shoot some pool in Lake Havasu City, AZ, and in Vegas. But I'd like to go to the nicest place possible, in both locales. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 12:22 PM PST - 1 comments

Burly Guy Baby-Talking His Cat
I'm looking for a video of a commercial I saw a few years ago. I can't even remember what product it was pushing. But it features a big burly guy, laying on the floor on his back, baby talking to his kitty. Saying something like,"WHO's got the pretty little mustache? Who's the mustache man?... Is it YOU?! Is it YOU!?!" He's discovered in this compromising pose by his macho buddies. Any ideas??
posted by mickeefynn at 12:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Why are there so few Italian-Americans on the West Coast?
Why are there so few Italian-Americans on the West Coast? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 11:54 AM PST - 20 comments

How do you split stuff up when one person's not around?
Should I ask my roommate to pay her share of the utilities when she was gone all month? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 11:47 AM PST - 26 comments

Spanish Rice
Incomplete Recipe Filter: How much comino, Mexican chili powder, and salt do I need for Chicken with Spanish Rice? [more inside]
posted by JakeLL at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

What do they read with their morning coffee in Qatar?
What's the paper of record in Qatar? [more inside]
posted by kjars at 11:17 AM PST - 1 comments

Learning to love the singing fat ladies
Mr 26.2 is going with me to the opera next week. I love opera, but he's never been or heard much. How can I help him to enjoy the performance? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 at 10:54 AM PST - 17 comments

Keeping kittens out of the k..cold
Kittens will have to be outside in the cold weather for a couple hours tomorrow. Would love some advice on how to accomplish this in some odd conditions. [more inside]
posted by greenland at 10:43 AM PST - 19 comments

Is this Market Research?
I'm looking at some newly affordable technologies and I'm wondering if there are enough people willing to pay for the technology's services to make building a small business around it a good idea. Is this market research and if so, how do I get some? [more inside]
posted by schwap23 at 10:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me be less confused
I don't get it. Why won't cd's I burn play in this Samsung DVD/VIDEO-CD/CD PLAYER DVD M101? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe at 10:24 AM PST - 7 comments

He really butchered that joke.
Am I oversensitive? [more inside]
posted by peggynature at 10:22 AM PST - 55 comments

I usually go in the middle of the day...
TrafficFilter: Help me get to San Diego! [more inside]
posted by Korou at 10:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me get to Killington tonight, tonight!
How should I drive to Killington, VT from Ridgefield CT tonight? Given the holiday and rush hour, what route will take the least time? [more inside]
posted by Opposite George at 10:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Stupid printer, stupid me
MacPrinterfilter: Feeling stupid. Didn't want to install crap software from Canon on my Mac for my new PIXMA MP620 printer, and downloaded the drivers for the printer and scanner directly from Canon website. Clever right? [more inside]
posted by mrstrotsky at 10:00 AM PST - 16 comments

What song is the chorus of this song from?
What song do the chorus' lyrics/melody of New Villager's "Rich Doors" bear a striking similarity to? (Link to listen inside.) [more inside]
posted by pokermonk at 9:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Gym workouts for a rock climbing rookie
I'm rock climbing twice a week. What should I do in the gym? [more inside]
posted by ye#ara at 9:58 AM PST - 19 comments

"Comp time" isn't much of an incentive.
Is "comp time" (aka "Banker's Hours") legal in the state of New Mexico? Is my company breaking the law when they give me an hour of vacation leave for an hour of overtime instead of time-and-a-half? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 9:49 AM PST - 19 comments

What's the best software for cataloging an art collection?
What is a good software program for cataloging an art collection? [more inside]
posted by titans13 at 9:47 AM PST - 5 comments

How did the private ip address ranges get selected?
How did 192.168 and 10, etc get selected as the private IP address ranges? I know it's in the RFC, but is there a story about why they picked those particular numbers? Who picked them?
posted by empath at 9:32 AM PST - 11 comments

What percentage of U.S. power plants can run on either natural gas or residual fuel oil?
What percentage of U.S. power plants can run on either natural gas or residual fuel oil? Please cite source.
posted by zembla3 at 9:26 AM PST - 4 comments

The Cost to Play Pong?
Arcade filter: How much did it cost to play the original Pong? [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz at 9:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Suffix for opposite of -genic (photogenic)
There's a suffix that's the opposite of "-genic" (as in "photogenic"). What is it? [more inside]
posted by lrivers at 8:43 AM PST - 21 comments

Travel filter
I'll be in the Columbus, OH area this weekend visiting a friend and may have a few hours to myself... [more inside]
posted by greatalleycat at 8:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Cold Curves
The heater in my 95 G20 is suddenly working intermittently. For the last three days, I get cold air through the vents for the first 20 minutes of highway driving, followed by the heat suddenly kicking in. Then, when I corner around a sharp right hand turn, the air suddenly goes cold, and then heat resumes when I straighten up. Ideas before I head to the mechanic?
posted by blue_wardrobe at 8:18 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I extract scents from things?
How do I extract scents? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 8:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Please help me find a proper sleep position.
I need a proper sleep position! I don't know which one I sleep to, because I keep tossing and turning till sleep overtakes and I fall asleep. [more inside]
posted by Vandal at 8:02 AM PST - 18 comments

Do I have to choose functional over pretty?
What's so special about speaker cloth? Can I replace it with regular fabric? [more inside]
posted by missuswayne at 7:49 AM PST - 12 comments

what the shit
weird linux cursor problem. I'm having this problem with an ssh terminal where the cursor won't advance past the last character in a line, so I can't change or delete the last character. [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 7:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Help with Handbags
[HandbagFilter] Can anyone recommend a source for good-quality, stylish (but not fashion-victimy), inexpensive handbags? (UK) [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 7:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Want to find his/her third grade photo...or something.
I've been looking for information on my therapist beyond the strictly professional, just out of curiosity, and it's impossible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 20 comments

is there life after the breakup?
[DivorceFilter] I need divorce role models. Can I get over my separation and become a wholehearted person again? Can any of us? Did you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Taking a "break".
[relationship filter] How to manage a "break"/"open relationship"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Mildew-smelling hip flask - can it be salvaged?
The hip flask I haven't used in a year smelled like mildew when I opened it. I last used it to hold a cream-based liqueur. Is it safe to use? How can I clean it properly? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 7:07 AM PST - 23 comments

The only sweat i want to wear is my own
Is buying clothing from developing countries sweatshops all that bad? [more inside]
posted by racingjs at 7:00 AM PST - 17 comments

Sweet nutcracker
Movie/TV ID question: a half-remembered scene where a minor (?) character cracks nuts with his wooden hand. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 6:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Beeping fire alarm. Should I be alarmed?
Beeping fire alarm. Should I be alarmed? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 6:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Freelance design gigs?
London magazine/newspaper designers and art editors: Where do you get freelance and contract work? [more inside]
posted by Kreiger at 5:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Galvanized Steel & Penetrol
Is Penetrol a good coating for galvanized steel? [more inside]
posted by philmas at 4:00 AM PST - 5 comments

TV Woes
I'm looking for a 32inch or larger TV under £500 give or take, I've done weeks of research which has resulted in greater head scratching. Knowledge needed from someone who knows his 1080Ps from his 100MHZs. I'd love to hear names of specific models. [more inside]
posted by ashaw at 3:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Can anyone help me identify this artist?
A while back someone showed me a rather graphic collection of paintings. Many included depictions of Hitler alongside piles of bodies, erect penises, and cartoonish figures gleefully engaging in coprophagy. Anyone have any idea who the artist might have been?
posted by null14 at 2:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Know any good intellecutal websites or thought-provoking reads? Post them here.
What are some other "intellectual" or though-provoking websites like: TED.com BigThink.org Fora.tv Also, what are, in your opinion, some of the best books in the following topics: -economics -investing -psychology -design -religion -self-help [more inside]
posted by meta.mark at 2:37 AM PST - 27 comments

Using remote working to live globally
I work from home. 90% of my work is carried out over email or remote connections to machines. How can I use this flexibility to travel the world/live in different locations while still holding down a professional job. Looking for tips and practical experience on the travel, places to live/work and communications. [more inside]
posted by aTrumpetandaDream at 2:32 AM PST - 13 comments

richest live-interactive music
Live instrument(s) plus Max/MSP or PD or other live-interactive audio setup. What are the richest, most musically interesting pieces you've heard in this genre? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 1:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a separation of debt in a marriage (NZ)?
Separation of Personal Debt in an Ongoing Marriage (NZ Law) [more inside]
posted by thomasck at 1:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Watermelons in Halflife2
What's the significance of the watermelons? In the game Half-Life 2 there's an abundance of watermelons in some of the levels. How come? [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer at 12:47 AM PST - 23 comments

The last time I ate fish, it was in fingers...
After a decade of vegetarianism, I'd like start including fish in my diet. I live near my city's major fish market, but I have no idea what to buy or how to cook it. I would love to hear your favourite simple fish recipes. [more inside]
posted by [ixia] at 12:15 AM PST - 38 comments

How can you send an e-mail while you're out?
Is there an easy way to arrange to send an e-mail at a particular time while I am away from my computer? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 12:09 AM PST - 9 comments

January 15
Sci Fi Story about couple using time travel to hide?
Can you help me remember/find a Sci Fi Story about a couple using time travel to hide? In Mexico? They were being tracked by a shadowy figure who would always order many beverages when he sat down in a restaurant...Bradbury? [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank at 11:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Who painted the paintings in Synecdoche, New York?
Who painted the actual paintings (nudes, mostly) credited to the character Adele Lack in the movie Synecdoche, New York?
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 9:30 PM PST - 3 comments

...Timelords?
Mysterious blue boxes, Pioneer Courthouse, Portland? [more inside]
posted by gc at 9:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Why are they "words" in English, but "root with suffixes" in Inuit?
Why are they "words" in English, but "root with suffixes" in Inuit? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 8:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me figure out TV connections
I want to buy a new TV, and I don't want to change my current Directv/Tivo system. The DirecTIVO box only has s-video and standard video outputs, the TV only has HDMI and 'component' inputs. Can I connect the two without getting a worse picture than I currently get with s-video to a 12 year old tube set? [more inside]
posted by carterk at 8:37 PM PST - 12 comments

mystery.app - File Not Found
Does anyone know of a wireless packet sniffer for Linux that shows pictures and only pictures? [more inside]
posted by Samizdata at 8:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Does Brazilian jiu jitsu give as good a workout as muay thai
Martial arts filter: Over the course of eight months, muay thai, along with eating right made a phenomenal change for my body. In your experience has Brazilian jiu jitsu, or any grappling-based martial arts done the same? [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 7:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Layout Inspiration
Where do you go for page layout (for print materials) inspiration? Websites, books, anything? Extra difficulty - education material for children P-12 written by professionals.
posted by b33j at 7:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Are sexy candy-stripers a good idea at a Veteran's Hospital?
We always hear that sex sells, right? Can sex give? Can we use our sexuality to help our veterans? [more inside]
posted by junipero at 7:23 PM PST - 61 comments

No, the other left!
Need to overcome problems with opposites like right/left, before/after, above/below. [more inside]
posted by Listener at 7:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Surprising ideas in the Capitol of the World?
Any especially interesting exhibits in NYC next week? [more inside]
posted by moxiedoll at 7:19 PM PST - 11 comments

How to merge online and offline Xbox 360 profiles
How to "merge" my offline Xbox 360 gamer profile into my new online gamertag for Live play (without losing achievements,points, etc gathered offline) [more inside]
posted by chris88 at 7:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Did I pick up a trojan chair?
Should I be worried that my sidewalk find has bedbugs, and what can I do to protect myself? Or should I just throw it out? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 6:41 PM PST - 38 comments

Let me get someone else to do it!
If I wanted someone to design a wordpress template for me (with graphics/images) for a personal website, what sort of budget would I expect to be looking at, and how would I find people willing to do it for me? [more inside]
posted by that girl at 6:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Adult literacy materials?
What books could you recommend that might help a slightly mentally challenged adult start learning to read? [more inside]
posted by graytona at 6:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Brussels or Cape Town?
I'm going to study abroad for four months this coming fall and I just cannot decide! [more inside]
posted by jay.eye.elle.elle. at 6:06 PM PST - 25 comments

How does this sale work?
Does anyone have the inside scoop on Cost Plus World Market great buys Sales? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 6:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Cooking for hungry, hurried students
What should I make for breakfast? I'm giving away the food to students who are on their way out of the dorm, heading to class. Easy to eat and easy to cook are both appreciated! [more inside]
posted by scission at 5:33 PM PST - 31 comments

Where is the best place to eat affordable seafood in Rhode Island that is accessible from Providence on public transit?
Where is the best place to eat affordable seafood in Rhode Island that is accessible from Providence on public transit? [more inside]
posted by peetle at 5:32 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this lump in my cat's middle?
My cat has a lump which could be an inflamed lymph node or, well, that's the question. [more inside]
posted by micawber at 5:12 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I act like I know what I'm doing at an academic conference?
What do you wish you had known before your first academic conference? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 4:22 PM PST - 34 comments

What was the movie, and did the woman escape?
Can you identify this scene from a horror (?) movie? Unpalatable description within. [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 3:51 PM PST - 11 comments

What should I do with this cat I found?
I went out for a cigarette and came back with a cat. Now what? [more inside]
posted by jnaps at 3:48 PM PST - 24 comments

I Am Iron Man
How do I iron a shirt? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:41 PM PST - 15 comments

I only get one spam in my gmail - but 30x a day. WTF?
I only get one piece of spam in my gmail inbox. but I get it 30x a day. WTF? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 3:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Choosing workplace benefits..
Choosing benefits (medical/dental/vision) for a new contract position, any good resources/guides to read? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 3:14 PM PST - 1 comments

How long can the dough for the no-knead bread recipe sit?
How long can the dough for the no-knead bread recipe sit? I made a batch of the dough last night thinking that I would bake it tonight as part of my dinner. But I won't be able to make it home until very late and know for a fact that I will be working late tomorrow night as well so I actually won't be able to bake it until Saturday evening possibly. Will the dough be ok or should I just throw it out and start a new batch later?
posted by tealeaf522 at 3:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Cell Phone Only for My Business?
Should I ditch my business land phone line? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 3:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Comparison of free/open source student information systems?
Best free, open source, web-based student information system? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 2:56 PM PST - 5 comments

ate bit
How do I go about making visuals like those used in 8-bit/chiptune shows? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 2:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Changing a tire on a VW Jetta
My 2002 VW Jetta has a flat tire, the hubcap requires a special key to remove it, and I can't seem to find the key. Can someone tell or show me what I'm looking for? (It's our first flat in this car, and the manual doesn't show it clearly.) If I call roadside assistance to change the tire, and I can't find the key, will they likely have a key with them?
posted by Horace Rumpole at 2:45 PM PST - 17 comments

What is this visualization?
Asking for a friend, what is this visualization on the White House website? You can see the part of interest between 01:34 and 01:39. [more inside]
posted by R343L at 2:10 PM PST - 2 comments

I don't need a support system... or maybe I do. Is there a support ticket system for Brick & Mortars?
I am looking for a client management/help desk/support ticket... thing. Customers come into our stores with items to be repaired and I'd like to be able to allow stores to create ticket for each repair. I'd like for the system to retain information about the customer and the items they bring in... and be able to make notes to the account. What exactly am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by aristan at 1:58 PM PST - 4 comments

What do Americans think of Israel now?
Is American support for Israel waning because of the Gaza crisis? [more inside]
posted by minicloud at 1:54 PM PST - 28 comments

Need help getting seperate dual monitors to work with X/linux
Is it possible/feasible to have 2 completely seperate X servers running on one linux machine, outputting to seperate monitors? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 1:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Good Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Schools in Austin?
I just moved to Austin from New York, and I have been training at Renzo's fabled school for two years. [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 1:22 PM PST - 1 comments

Yet another "trying to remember an old Mac game" question....
Trying to remember the name of an old mac computer game: Like chess, but the board could be set up differently, with blank spaces around which pieces had to move . Pieces moved like both checkers and chess. Some of them were "magical" -- could teleport to other spaces or serve as a wall. Certain spaces on the board were also magical -- destroying pieces, etc. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by gb77 at 1:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Story Filter for a friend
I've been waxing poetic about AskMeFi for a while, and a coworker asked for help identifying a story about an experiment with dancing children. Save my co-worker, MeFites! [more inside]
posted by Gorgik at 1:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Legal Harassment Filter: I'm being harassed by a soldier.
Who can I contact if I'm being harassed by a U.S. army soldier. [more inside]
posted by charles_farley at 1:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Do you remember the L'Eggs Crochet Elephant
Does anyone remember a crochet L'Eggs Elephant toy? My wife makes crochet puppets and someone asked her to make a stuffed crochet elephant like the one they remember, but their description consisted of "It was blue with red trim." If you remember this toy, and have a gift for description, more details would be great! Size? Sitting up/Standing on all 4s? Big floppy ears/Stiff shell ears? Where was the red trim? Sewn eyes/Button eyes? thanks:)
posted by odragul at 1:10 PM PST - 4 comments

cool old cars on a budget
What American-made automobile classics should I consider for purchase? (Challenge: $2000 budget!). [more inside]
posted by karizma at 12:34 PM PST - 21 comments

My video editor suddenly can't see my video clips ... HALP!
All of a sudden Premiere Elements doesn't know what to do with my AVI files. GAAHH! [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Name that website: annotated multi-user arguments reaching consensus?
Name that website: annotated multi-user arguments reaching consensus? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 12:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Windows 7 and XP dual boot?
Is it possible to dual boot windows XP and Windows 7 beta? I understand it only upgrades from Vista. Does the file downloaded from MS include the full version for a clean install, or is it only an upgrade? thanks
posted by Diachronic at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

What good is a windows COA sticker?
What does it mean when a used laptop is advertised as having Windows XP installed and coming with a COA sticker? Without having a Windows install cd, is there any benefit to having such a sticker? Would it, for example, permit one to call MS and obtain a new install disk for Windows XP?
posted by washburn at 11:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Mountains for two?
Please recommend a romantic destination and hotel for me and the wife in the mountains (Colorado? Utah?) in February. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 11:11 AM PST - 10 comments

The best books , articles , gurus etc you have come across that can actually integrate most or much of the information out there, for investing purposes and for separating the signals from the noise.
The best books , articles , gurus etc you have come across that can actually integrate most or much of the information out there, for investing purposes and for separating the signals from the noise. [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 10:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to get a cake server repaired?
Where to get an antique cake server repaired? [more inside]
posted by bajema at 10:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Recliners are like big scissors you sit on
My recliner sheared through the magsafe power cord attached to my Macbook. Is it safe to attempt to repair it? If so, what do I need and how should I go about making a clean repair? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 10:43 AM PST - 20 comments

Choose Yahoo Bookmarks or Furl?
Help me choose between going with Furl or Yahoo Bookmarks. [more inside]
posted by atm at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Data And Money Exchange
I need my customers to send me confidential data with a payment. I work for a regulatory agency that currently collects applications in paper based form with a physical signature including a check for payment. We would like to implement a industrial strength 'e-filing' solution. Where do I start? My Google-Fu and Delicious-Fu are failing me. I need to find information on 2009 best practices for capturing data ( e-forms, rest, edi ), identity management, security ( digital certs, etc ), and payment gateways ( direct debit, credit cards ). I also need to know what vendors are leading in these spaces. I am not really looking for a 'e-commerce' solution. I am looking for a 'secure electronic forms submission with payments and non-repudiation' solution. My company would need to host this in our data center. I would like to offer my customers multiple ways to submit and pay.
posted by kaizen at 10:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Monitor recommendation for design work