October 2005 Archives
Anyone ever break a rib? How painful is that, exactly? [more inside]
Who decided that the Portuguese explorer named Fernao de Magalhaes was to be known as Ferdinand Magellan? [more inside]
How can my girlfriend and I work past an aversion or barrier to intimacy that has come up in our relationship? [more inside]
Recipe RSS feeds: where are the good ones? [more inside]
I just got a new job in Manhattan, and while I've visited several times, I understand I don't have a great grasp on what it's like to live there. Yet. (And of course, may end up living in another borough after a certain period of time.) Can you NYC MeFites give a Virginian some assimilation advice?
Does anyone know why every funeral home I see has a sign with a clock and weather info on it? I was curious about this after noticing it during a cross country drive in Canada. Is there some history or tradition to this?
A few years ago I got a yen to rent "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins". It was the middle of the day and the middle of the week, and the Blockbuster was empty. I was at the cash paying for the movie when someone else walked in and asked the cashier: "Do you guys have Remo Williams?" What are the chances of such a coincidence happening? [more inside]
Someone told me that there was a 9 in 10 chance of getting shot if one is held up at gunpoint. Is this true? [more inside]
What is the cheapest and quickest way to get a copy of my birth certificate? [more inside]
2 year old AirPort Extreme Base Station is haunted. It keeps dropping our connection to the internet. Computers show in Network Preferences as having an IP and being connected to the internet. This happens every 15-30 minutes. [more inside]
I would like recommendations for good places to buy high quality artificial flowers. Online stores or places in NYC. Money little object as long as they look good. [more inside]
Anyone ever had a tachycardia? I'm in a brunch line, not stressed, not active, just standing there talking. My heart rate shoots up. My dad, a doc, is with me. Says my pulse is 150 bpm. It gradually decreases over the next 15 minutes. The doc today says it's weird for a tachycardia to lead to a pulse shooting up so high. I'm scheduled to wear a halter monitor for a day, but outside that, he says there's not much that can be done. Why do these occur, and how do I keep them from occurring again? Also, if I have lots of stress in my life (just finished a PhD, new very high stress job), can it cause my pulse to race at a time when I am not stressed? Any stories, experiences, information is appreciated. (About me: 35, female, in good health, not overweight, yet not athletic).
I'm interested in tracing my family tree. I've toyed around on genealogy.com before, but the sheer volume of information is staggering... and a bit off-putting for a novice like me. Is there a good, reputable, online service that will wade through the garbage and provide you with a well-researched analysis of your lineage? [more inside]
Windows XP help needed! I suddenly can't copy photos onto my laptop. I'm getting a weird error... [more inside]
Download limit question: If I can only download 20gb of data a month, whats the best (free) windows software for measuring and analysing all traffic coming in (and out) of my internet connection? Thanks...
Is there a way to use my microphone input as a headphone output on a Dell laptop running Windows XP? [more inside]
Java Problems: The distance learning course I'm taking is broken. [more inside]
I just got a laptop computer. It's ugly. Can I paint it? [more inside]
My friend's (strictly indoor) cat recently died of poisoning. Potential causes? [more inside]
Help me write an amazing ad for my used car to sell it really, really fast - I'm moving abroad in two weeks. Lots of questions. [more inside]
Which HDV Hi-Def Camera should I buy? Looking at either the new JVC GY-HD100U (which shoots 720p) or the Sony HVR-Z1U (which shoots 1080i), both also shoot standard DV. I will be using the camera for business reasons...training videos, interviews, maybe a wedding or two. Basically I guess it comes down to 720p or 1080i. [more inside]
Suppose I wanted to get a grasp of modern philosophy. What books should I read? [more inside]
Anyone have info on Ramouz? Ramuz? W. G. Sebald writes of someone studying "Ramuz" in Rings of Saturn. I've found books by every other writer mentioned in R.O.S. but this one. Then today, I'm reading Raymond Carver, and he has a poem about a Hamid Ramouz, "soldier, scholar, desert explorer". . . I'm wondering if this is the same guy, and does anyone have info on him, as i can find none in my initial research. TIA, ScottR
Whose side would you choose to be on in the American Revolution? Assume that you are a person of the times and not a time traveler carrying 21st century views on race and society in your baggage. Assume that your focus is on your immediate world and your information does not have the completion that you are familiar with from history. This question comes up from time to time in conversation and I am still on the fence as to which way I would fall. The Unknown American Revolution by Gary B. Nash is a good (and the only) history that I have found that discusses this question. Nash also shows that the Red State/Blue State thought divide has been with us from the beginning. Any other books/texts out there where this is discussed?
Any tips, books, exercises on learning how to paint with oils? [more inside]
I'm 23 and I have more acne than I ever did in high school. This is a general problem, but I've also got a (first) date on Thursday--got any miracles? [more inside]
What are some recommendations for SF stories/books that deal with the end of the universe (or lack thereof)? [more inside]
GeekFilter: I want to strip all HTML tags from a page of text, leaving plain text. I have Text Wrangler and OS X.4. I thought it would be easy… [more inside]
Windows XP Remote Desktop. I know there are many info on this, but I really need simple version for my brain to compute. [more inside]
How do I initiate and sustain a conversation with people who are (almost) strangers? [more inside]
FloodOutTheLittleGuyFilter: This is on the behalf of a friend of mine. His parents own a small business in a small town in New York. A few weeks back there were heavy rainstorms and flooding in the area. The town decided to direct the floodwaters away from from the new Wal-Mart--and it ended up in the shopping center where the business is located. Now they're under over three feet of water, everything's ruined, and they didn't have flood insurance. Half of the stores in the center have dropped out of the lawsuit they were preparing against the town. What now? [more inside]
The little triangles and squares used to identify control buttons on media players, both analog and digital; What are they called and on what product did they first appear? Would you call them tape-control glyphs? That's what I'd call 'em. But my google-fu is fruitless. You know - two right facing triangles means fast forward >>, a broken box means pause, etc.
For those who've seen The Grudge (Ju-on) and The Ring (Ringu), do you know if there is any significance to the visual similarity between "The Evil" in both films? (SPOILERS inside) [more inside]
Lately I've been fascinated by "smart" songs: songs with witty, intelligent lyrics, especially if the lyrics are literary. Can you recommend more music of this sort? [samples inside] [more inside]
Favourite scenes from B-movie monster flicks? I've been asked to make a game... [more inside]
How do I get swish-e to index the contents of a specific HTML tag (not a meta tag)? [more inside]
I really like novels written in a squirrely first person voice such as Vernon God Little, Jernigan, and even Poe's Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. Any recommendations?
Help me learn Chinese! [more inside]
PropertyAbroadFilter: I'm from the UK, I live in the US, I want to buy in France. My idea is slightly crackpot... [more inside]
Any advice on how to mentally dissociate two conflicting concepts, in self? [more inside]
I need a way to keep track of small bits of information. This pertains to BOTH my virtual world and “meatspace.” Here is a typical scenario that explains what I mean. I am an I.T. Manager and sit at a desk for many hours throughout a day. However, I also walk around a moderate sized manufacturing plant as well as a remote plant frequently. Many times in my travels people stop me and ask for things or give me information, “Hey, my printer’s not working…” I say I’ll get back to them but then end up forgetting by the time I get back to my desk. Little pieces of paper get bunched and mangled into my pocket so that hasn't worked well. Small notebooks get left behind, or I forget to take them with me when I go make my rounds. I have written notes on the side of my hand…and that works great, but I don’t want to have to write notes on the side of my hand! I have tried using an IPAQ thinking it would allow me to hand write my notes and then sync them with my pc but the perceived fragility of that thing made me not want to use it and risk breaking it ($$$). I ended up selling it. I liked that idea…just wasn’t cost practical. What has worked best has been a combination of many Post-its scattered about my desk looking like a big salad along with a notepad for those other occasions when I need more space than a Post-it. Then I email myself at home or back to work with information that will carry me between both places. This works but it is far from perfect and does not cover making rounds. Ideally, I would like to find a way to merge both worlds so that I can have the portability of the paper solution and the technology to merge the two …but obviously in a practical way. Thought of using a voice recorder but again, I am concerned about the cost/fragility ratio unless it was small and maybe wearable…plus, speaking into a small device would make me feel awkward with a bunch of manufacturing gorillaz looking at me. I am definitely willing to sacrifice technology to achieve my objective as the need to track this information is more important than my desire to play with toys. I would use a paper-based solution if I could keep track of all the confetti (which is basically what I am doing). Is there something out there that you guys use that works?
My friend got a letter from the cable company accusing her of violating the DMCA. The alleged offense is downloading some sort of fighting game. Thing is, my friend is a near retirement, middle-aged woman who lives alone and has no interest in games and doesn't download anything. What is the proper way to respond? Links please.
How should I arrange my living room? [more inside]
Can someone give me a quick dump on the various offerings for auto-play pianos -- including Disklavier, PianoDisc, Pianomation, Pianocorder. Are they worth the investment? Is this a cop out for "real" playing? How is the sound? [more inside]
What are my options for installing a home security system? [more inside]
Linux or Solaris? [more inside]
Are PSP games ever going to be fun? [more inside]
Please ID this SI-FI novel [more inside]
Where and how do we throw the mother of all New Year's Eve bashes ... in Baton Rouge ... on New Year's Eve? [more inside]
Is TIVO dying? I was about to buy a Tivo Box (I have DVR from Time Warner and it sucks) when a friend of mine mentioned that he heard that Direct TV was dropping Tivo and hinted that the company (tivo) was hemorrhaging money. I am a little concerned that I may buy a box and service that won't exist in 6 months... Has anyone else heard anything on this?
How come every time i download or open an mpeg from a website it opens up in a small quicktime screen on another page? I want it to be downloaded and opened using windows media player? Only started happening since i bought a new computer!
Good (perhaps even great) recent horror-related novels? [more inside]
Suggestions for Birthday Dinner restaurant in SF? I'm planning on inviting a whole bunch of my friends to dinner for my birthday next weekend and I was hoping to get some suggestions of good places where I could host a gaggle of 20-odd (or 20 odd?) folks. [more inside]
Is there a script or a screenplay for Election that isn't the Third Draft that is floating around? It could be free or for purchase -- anything that is correct. Something official would be best, but even a finalized version would be workable. [more inside]
Yet another font identification question. Kinda. Please come inside if you know anything about Scotch Roman. [more inside]
Recently I found out that my 10th grade flame is not only doing well, but has ditched a potential husband and come out. She looks great. I wouldn't think anything of it, except that my first true love and the first girl I ever kissed also decided they were gay after seeing me. What're the odds? Am I recruiting for the other team? [more inside]
Where in my local government (U.S.) should I be applying pressure to enforce noise ordinance laws? [more inside]
What are some good ideas for inexpensive alternatives to candy for Halloween? [more inside]
I'm looking for a show that was on the kid's channel nickelodeon in the mid to late 80's. [more inside]
Besides Japan and Iraq, what other countries have constitutions that were drafted either by or under the direction or assistance of the U.S. (or allied occupation made up of at least the U.S.)? [more inside]
Help me understand classical music, if that makes sense. [more inside]
Where can I get a custom rubber stamp made cheaply (<$30US), within 2 weeks, from artwork I provide...over the Internet? [more inside]
I am looking for an armband to use at the gym that will hold an Ipod Nano, a car key and my ID. [more inside]
Is non-harmful, restful sleep possible in only 4.5 hours a night? [more inside]
Is there a particularly good mail-in photo processing company that you can recommend? Or how about a good place in Philly? [more inside]
I seem to remember a book from when I was a wee lad, called "The Dark Green Tunnel", or so I believe. Any help finding it? [more inside]
Truth in (political) advertising... [more inside]
Will a 240 VAC panini grill work on 110 VAC? [more inside]
Are there any groups in the UK campaigning to change the laws on self-defense and weapon ownership? [more inside]
question about the legality of ebay auctions.... [more inside]
I am a Windows administrator who is trying to learn how to configure a Linux server. What would be most helpful to me at this point is a reference that walks me through the process of configuring major server rolls, preferably comparing and contrasting the process to doing the same on a windows server. [more inside]
Anybody have a place to get cool threads on the net? [more inside]
Is conjunctivitis worth getting worked up over? [more inside]
Help! How do I replace a broken car key? I have no spare. My car is a 1991 Nissan Maxima. [more inside]
Phantom e-mail: I keep getting e-mail messages that don't appear to be from anyone at all. No sender, no recipient, no subject. [more inside]
Was Edison's original light bulb really designed to never run out? [more inside]
Moving to the SF Bay area for work and I've been talking with an old college friend about potentially sharing a place (he's living there already). Wondering if anyone knows how to locate rental properties that would offer us a degree of privacy in our living arrangements, while still letting us share utilities and other costs? [more inside]
Ive had some problems with mould killing my house plants so Id like to sterilize the dirt from an old pot before i plant some thing new. Can I just bake the dirt or will that hurt the nutrients/good microbes? Other ways to sterilize dirt? [more inside]
Empirically speaking - Who are the most popular musical artists of the modern era (e.g., since 1955)? [more inside]
A sudden increase in spam making it past my email client's filters. I'm on a Mac using "Mail" for my email program. Up until three days ago, my junk filter caught all but a couple of spam emails. Now, for some reason, about ten times more spam emails seem to be making it past my filters. Any ideas why this is or how I can get back to a better signal-to-noise ratio?
Mefi astronomers: From San Diego, CA, I can see a very bright object in the lower Southwestern sky. Is this a planet? It is the brightest object in the sky and almost imperceptibly moving west along a plane. Note the time 7:06 pm PDT. [more inside]
Anti-Viral Kleenex: am I putting pesticide in my nose? [more inside]
What's meant by, and/or where to get 'em: Steel-Rimmed Glasses. I see them mentioned in older books -- a usual reference is, frames issued to GIs during WWII. [more inside]
Spilled polyurethane wood stain on my brick walkway - is it doomed? [more inside]
I am curious about the meaning of an image listed as one of the Top 40 magazine covers of the past 40 years . Specifically, what was the meaning behind magazine cover #37, which is a Wired from June 1997 with an Apple Computer logo wrapped in what appears to be barbed wire, along with the word "Pray." What does the barbed wire signify? Why are we being told to "pray." ? [more inside]
Chicagoans/Chicagophiles I need your help: an Italian Beef Sandwich recipe! [more inside]
anyway to mute background audio in flash video? [more inside]
Does anyone know of any good articles or essays regarding 'making of' documentaries or non-fiction films about filmmaking? [more inside]
Help me jazz up poker night! I need a casino background sound loop for poker night. [more inside]
Need source for plotter paper with recycled content. The biggest cause of paper waste in my office are the 24"x36" (and larger) plots that we use for design work. I've checked with our usual suppliers and even wrote www.treecycle.com, but can't find anything. I would think with all the LEED work and general interest in sustainable design this would be easy to find. Anyone have sources? [more inside]
LostWalletFilter: I was at a bar last night and left my wallet on a table in a fit of brilliance. I went back to the bar this morning and got it back, but a few things are missing. Should I worry or take any preventative action? [more inside]
How do I get someone to open up on a first date? [more inside]
Need spooky Halloween sound effects for party tonight. Help! [more inside]
Something has been nibbling on the window sashes in my attic. Do you know what it is?
someone knows where to find this videoclip that was posted on mefi once? [more inside]
Does this device exist, and if not, how can I modify cheap consumer digicams to create it: A cheap portable digicam that will endlessly record video to some kind of small memory buffer, say enough memory for 1 minute of video, such that I could leave it running for days on the off-chance of it recording something interesting, and when something interesting happened, I just press a "Stop Recording" button, and the last 60 seconds of video are sitting in memory. [more inside]
What kind of potentiometer do I need? Electronics and electrical math confuse the hell out of me, so I'm just going to lay it all out. [more inside]
Creepiest / most double - entendre laden Rock n' Roll era love songs? I've been listening to a lot of XM radio lately, and it's re-ignited my love for 50's and early 60's pop, especially the significant minority of songs that are hauntingly creepy or surprisingly explicit... [more inside]
What is the strongest glue I can buy that is safe for my nails? [more inside]
Where might I find a high resolution version of this photograph?
Speaking of iTunes. Has anyone found a way to circumvent the '5 users/day" sharing policy of iTunes 6? [more inside]
iPodFilter: Some songs on my iPod are not being played until the end. I did an extensive Google search and found lots of relevant solutions, but I already did half of them and some others seem strange. I'm now looking at the things I haven't tried yet, and have some specific questions. [more inside]
There is an old piece of music called "Little Ballerina Blue" that Art Bell (of all people) used to play on his show years ago. It was a simple piano piece - but really nice. I once had a copy that he had posted on his website in the late nineties, but lost it, and have not been able to find it anywhere since. [more inside]
Does anyone know of a way to be let back into AdSense after being banned? Thanks. [more inside]
Help me pick some plants to go in a window box. [more inside]
MTV2's "Top 50 Student Union Anthems" -- where's the playlist? [more inside]
The large majority of hits to my food website come from Google and about three weeks ago I became unGoogleable. I was told that when Google was doing its indexing my server was down and it missed me---that it should right itself soon. But it's been three weeks and my traffic is rapidly dropping. What can I do?
I have 2 weeks left to write a pre-production document. But I cant get motivated. I don't feel I know what I'm doing. I'm always tired. Always have more interesting things to do. Help me get motivated. [more inside]
Put on your movie sleuthing hats on, I'm being itched by a movie I saw some time ago and want to ID it and scratch that itch once and for all. [more inside]
I've been happy with my IBM Thinkpad T21, but I want CD-RW, DVD and something shiny & new. I'm looking at an IBM TPad R40 model 2681 - Celeron 2.0GHz RAM256 HD40G CD-RW/DVD + 802.11B Wifi from a reliable online vendor. US 575. Will I regret the Celeron as opposed to PIII? [more inside]
I just lost a month's worth of journal entries in a locally saved plaintext file. Is there any way to get them back? [more inside]
Travel advice requested - Kerala, India [more inside]
Can I use a SodaStream to make my own sparkling mineral water, such as San Pellegrino? or would this be soda water instead? Here in Australia there is a difference. We prefer mineral to soda and would like to save money by making our own if it's possible.
I'm trying to track down information about an incident where a murder victim's body was disposed of in an industrial crucible. [more inside]
I moved out of a shared house into an apartment, everything is great except for my cat. He was an indoor/outdoor cat (we had a doggie door), but now I live in the city, and he can't run free. I'm looking for some way to keep him in close proximity of my apartment should he jump down from the balcony like he did today. [more inside]
ChessFilter: is it possible to tell someone's ethnic background by the way they play chess? [more inside]
Help make my DVD burner burn. [more inside]
My close friends are about to finalize their adoption of a baby from Saratov, Russia. The baby has spent some time in an orphanage in Saratov, and I think a nice gift for him would be a CD of songs that might have been sung to him during his infancy. Can anyone recommend a good source for Russian children's music?
Experiences with acupuncture for your doggie, in particular an older companion with arthritis? [more inside]
So, on Tuesday, the Red Cross is deploying me to the gulf coast for three weeks to assist in their ongoing hurricane relief efforts there. What should I bring with me? [more inside]
Besides The Da Vinci code, are there any other fiction books that the Vatican has condemned?
I'm considering what to do with myself next summer (I know it's a long way off), and have hit upon the rather vague idea of working as a counselor at an Arts/Music Camp of some type, in America. I like in the UK and there isn't quite the same tradition of Summer Camp. How do I go about finding somewhere I'd like to work and finding out if they'd like me? [more inside]
How do I make a fake bone? I want it to protrude from my pants leg for a costume and am trying to figure out what materials to use to quickly and easily make one. Advice?
I was messing around with nlite and ended up making some sort of change to my computer that I just can't figure out. All is basically well except for one thing--- Every time I boot the computer the first menu says something like "Press 'R' for Standard System Recovery Options " and then Press 'F' for reformmting the drive and Q to quit if i hit R i go to the recovery utility HAVEN'T tried F for obvious reasons and Q seems to read the boot ini file. when i hit Q, my normal boot process works and All is OK. However all subsequent reboots give me that same R, F and Q menu and I'd like to get back to just booting in to Windows. Can anyone offer some advice as to how to tell the computer that all is well? i wouldn't want a family member to reboot the computer and select the wrong option. I'm running Windows XP MCE.
Questions about pay-per-download music. Google generates much noise on the subject as I'm primarily interested in the technology of the delivery. [more inside]
I'm looking to add a very basic ASP 'support' forum for an industrial site. Natuarally, this is on a shoestring budget, and I'd prefer not to write it myself. I'm hoping that there is a basic forum implementation that I can adapt. The hosting of the site presents all sorts of 'fun' requirements. [more inside]
This is for a writing project: in layman's terms, what are The Big Questions? Examples: Is there a God? Does free will exist? [more inside]
What's the name / URL of the site where you could track the worldline of a book? I remember that you could put a sticker in a book with an identifying ID, and the next person to find/buy it would go online and read the book's past history and add a new entry. Ring any bells?
Can anyone find a larger version of this photo?
Somewhat of a pointless question, how come Ashlee Simpson still gets media attention? She's not paticularly attractive, nor can she sing. To top it all off she was blatantly caught lipsyncing on SNL, yet she's scheduled (I believe to be on it again, or was on it a short while ago). Are differing media companies that well-connected? [more inside]
how do i deal with conversation topics i don't care about? [more inside]
computer repair: I have an old Mac G4 Titanium laptop (first generation I think) with a broken mouse button that I would like to repair myself or have repaired cheaply. [more inside]
There is a vintage game called "Cosmos Osmos" for the old Mac OS and would be loaded with several floppy disc's. I have searched all over the web (including mac garden and googleing) and have been unable to find ANYTHING regarding the game. It was surely at least 15 years ago from when I owned the game and was when Mac's owned the computer world. Help find information or even the game.
I'm interested in learning more about GIS. I took a few one hour classes using ArcGIS at the university where I attend (Cornell), but the available GIS classes are mounds of work and don't fit into my schedule. Are there any good resources that i could find on the net to self-teach myself? And for that matter, any GIS programs that aren't as expensive?
Help me be a better boss? [more inside]
Anybody know of a link to a good "Plamegate for beginners" article that I could send to someone who really wasn't paying attention until today?
I've just purchased 4 sticks of PNY 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz RAM (2GB). Where can I find a Dell server that will accept this RAM? I don't mind used computers and I'd like to keep it under $500. Finding which RAM to put in a given machine is easy. But I'm struggling with finding all the machines that will accept my RAM. I prefer Dell but some other server with nice case design (tool-less entry, etc) would be considered. Pentium or AMD please.
I'm fed up with my Treo 650 crashing all the damn time. Please recommend for me a new RELIABLE phone/device I can sync with Mac OS X that will hold my contacts, email and let me take notes; and also work on Cingular, so I don't have to break my 2-year contract. Bluetooth is a major plus. Web browsing is nice, but not necessary. Please show your work.
I have been PWNZORED by Russian spammers! [more inside]
SaveMeMoneyFilter: What are your best ways of cutting costs/saving money but still maintaining the lifestyle you love? [more inside]
Why is the polling question framed "Headed in the right direction" versus "On the wrong track?" [more inside]
Halloween wigs: tips on styling? [more inside]
How come iTunes downloads purchased songs in 128 kbps...? [more inside]
Windows utility that fakes right-click when you left-click-and-hold? [more inside]
Scooting in San Francisco: Looking for good dealers, sources for used scooters (other than craigslist), info on licensing/parking issues, and general advice on scooting in hilly SF. [more inside]
How do I get people to purchase my chocolate bars? [more inside]
How can we clone 100 hard drives with a normal PC? [more inside]
I bought a house recently and my first utilities bill was $230 (!). Most of the cost was water, and the folks at city hall wondered if it was a toilet leak, but I haven't heard or seen evidence of this. Any ideas? Anyone had to inspect a house for leaks? [more inside]
I wish to have metal bars, rods and plates cut, bent, welded, ground, and painted for a Burning-Man-esque outdoor shedlike functional art piece slash Christmas present. I have rough schematics but no skills. In your personal direct experience in the Southern California area, who and/or what company is best at this sort of one-off work for semi-knowledgeable artistic individuals? [more inside]
Should navigation (and sub-navigation) on web sites be alphabetized or structured in order of importance? [more inside]
New Relationship, Last minute Mediterranean cruise: Non-tourist ideas? [more inside]
I have business in Toronto next week and I'd like to avoid staying in a big shiny Hya-Marri-Omni. A location within walking distance to 33 Villiers Street (M5A 1A9) is a definite plus but not necessary. Price range: ca. 200 USD per night.
Looking for recommendations for an Ethiopian/Eritrean/North African cookbook. [more inside]
P2PFilter: Is there a way, using Limewire for preference, to see my friends shared music folder? [more inside]
Clearing the drop-downish menu that appears when trying to set IE homepage? [more inside]
Why do many Asian restaurants and markets have a number in their names, for example, Pho 24 or Bankok 54? [more inside]
I have a crush on my TA. Is it appropriate for me to ask her out? [more inside]
Can giving up a younger (dominant) dog help to mellow out our older (skittish, clingy) dog? [more inside]
I'm looking for book titles that are phrased as questions. Ex: Are you my mother?
I have three 160 gig hard drives full of Apple Lossless music that I've ripped from my CDs. I want to keep these drives backed up, obviously. Is the most cost effective route to just buy a 500 gig (or ideally, one TB) drive for this purpose? Are there enclosures that hold multiple hard drives that would be appropriate (and cost effective) for this use? With the deals out there, it seems cheaper to buy more 160s than a 500 gig. I'm on a Mac G5.
When I play movie files in Firefox --qt, Windows Media, whatever--it will often play for a minute or so just fine, and then suddenly the screen goes green, thought the audio will still continue to play. I have to reboot to solve it but it always crops up again eventually. Anyone know why this is and what I can do about it?
My significant other is a radiographer and she is looking for an anatomy book which she can read just in case she gets a MRI-postition where she works. If she gets it the position she needs to take a MRI-course and is therefore looking for a anatomy book which suits MRI. [more inside]
I need a (non-training) DVD of dogs... [more inside]
COBRA/HIPAA: Help me understand how these health insurance laws might apply in several employer-leaving or life-changing events. [more inside]
Is there any disadvantage in terms of long-term retention of information when studying off of a computer display, as opposed to studying from notes on paper? [more inside]
How do you organise tax receipts, bills, credit card statements, bank statements and all your other paperwork at home? [more inside]
I plan to purchase a few domain names, and each domain would show a different web page when visited. How can I manage that without subscribing to a separate web hosting package for each domain? [more inside]
Hi all, I am looking for an website that will let me enter in Latitude and Longitude coordinates from various countries and plot them on a map interactively. Failing that, I'd like a map that I can print out and plot coordinates on with rough accuracy. Thanks!
I irrationally hate the term "officemate". Is there any good alternative? We share offices at work, so I do need a word for this. I've tried "roommate", but people assume you're talking about living arrangements.
Which Dune novel or novels by Frank Herbert or his successors refers to mentats as cultivating "the naive mind"? The only place I can find it is in the Wikipedia article on mentats (endlessly cloned around the Web).
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): So my doctor thinks I have it, and I have several months until I get to see a specialist. What do I do now?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): So my doctor thinks I have it, and I have several months until I get to see a specialist. What do I do now? [more inside]
I'd like to back up my substantial DVD collection. What software or hardware would you recommend? [more inside]
I love the music of the "freak folk" scene - Devendra Banhart, Animal Collective, Iron & Wine, Joanna Newsom, etc. What rap music would I like? [more inside]
My apartment has had no heat (which is included) since the beginning of the month. Basically the landlord has had no furnace for about a year and has only this past month started installing everything. I'm not sure how to proceed with compensation. [more inside]
How to give away a limited number of items as fairly as possible? [more inside]
Post-Xmas, pre-Jan13th, non-US 10-12 day vacation, *entire trip* <<$1k? [more inside]
The dude who sits near me at work smells really, really, really bad. [more inside]
I'm not having enough fun. [more inside]
The girl I love is leaving our work team, and before she goes I want to buy her an engagement ring. I think she may be the one. The trouble is that (a) I don't know what kind of rings she likes, (b) I don't know what size ring she wears, (c) I don't think she'll say 'yes', and (d) I love her more than she loves me. Quite possibly my love for her is unrequited. We're both professionals in our 30s, we've had a couple dates, and she knows I care about her. She doesn't know how much though. What are your thoughts and suggestions?
What are the best tools to protect a MacOS computer from disaster? [more inside]
Should I follow my heart or my head? [more inside]
Should I send my book proposal manuscript to a literary agent who is advertising for submissions on Craigslist? [more inside]
How do you automate the insertion of a border for every fifth row in Microsoft Excel? [more inside]
Referring to the recent Linux question; does anyone know what Linux I should install on my new *old* Dell X200, 30gig hd, 933cpu, and 376 MB Ram? [more inside]
Help me synchronize bookmarks with firefox. [more inside]
I'm looking for a third-party general scanning app for a document-feed-capable Epson Perfection 1640SU on an XP Pro machine. VueScan is a good example of what I'm talking about. What have you used that you like?
Simple question - how is the name "Rui" pronounced? The origin is Spanish, I believe.
I'm looking for a movie title. It is subtitled and set in Italy post WWII. The premise is about a young pre-pubescent boy (he narrates the movie) and the trials he faces with living in a small, over-crowded apt. He is becoming more and more of a man throughout the movie. He can't escape relatives crowding the apt to facilitate this change/behavior. The opening scene is an explanation of the bizarre way he was conceived. Something about a tomato cart, his mother falling into it, and her not wearing underwear that day? The young man's name starts with an L. His name is the title of the movie. There is a scene where his mother has asked him to pick up liver from the butcher. Before delivering it to her for dinner preparations, he slices into it with a knife and uses it to mimic a woman's vagina. I hope this is enough information. Thanks.
Is Comp-U-plus.com legit? If so, why do other companies still exist? [more inside]
Where can Adrian buy contemporary gypsy Jazz CDs in New York City? He's looking for CDs by Biréli Lagrène, Angelo Debarre and other modern guitar players who play in the style of Django Reinhardt. [more inside]
I like Maximo Park and Franz Ferdinand. What other recent groups would I like? [more inside]
Have online petitions ever worked? [more inside]
How do I extend the life of my new laptop battery? I'm not talking about per-charge capacity, but long-term reusability - maximizing the amount of time before this battery becomes a useless brick like the last one. [more inside]
Help me tie my tie correctly. [more inside]
It looks like we're going to need a new PC for the family business. Here's the catch: It absolutely has to be a major brand bought off the shelf from a major chain type retailer. It cannot be something we order online or over the phone, nor something that I or anyone else builds for us. [more inside]
Please help me plan a trip to Asia (Thailand, China, and points in between). [more inside]
In an effort to segregate the 802.11g devices from the 802.11b devices on my wireless network, I've added an additional wireless router to the mix, set to accept only connections from b clients. However it's not working as well as I had hoped - dropped connections, rebuffering of streaming media, etc. [more inside]
I'm looking for a digital camera that doesn't require a driver or software. Just USB.
Philoso-Filter: Any books out there that act like a GEB of philosophy/sociology/economics/justice? [more inside]
How would you go about cleaning calcium build up off a metal bucket? [more inside]
Gifts for an uncle (in India) into urban planning? Software? [more inside]
What's the easiest way to print "this old book" from 1901? I'd like a paperback copy for myself, and if the process is cheap enough, I'd offer a few for sale through Amazon. [more inside]
Are there any good open source media sharing/rating tools? This would be for the sort of thing where someone uploads WackyMovie.mov and registered users rate it. Then, the best movies bubble up to the top of their category, etc. (Plugins for WordPress also accepted...)
OkCupid filter: What exactly is 'radcliffy'? [more inside]
Digital Music Format Filter: I ripped my cds using itunes (AAC encoding). Then I got a new Palm (Zire 31) and want to play my music on it. Now what? [more inside]
My company is replacing all employees mice with the wireless variety. My question is whether it is worth spending the extra money to buy the rechargable mice with the docks rather than the standard battery operated ones. The mouse we are looking at for around $30/unit (Canadian) is here (company logo removed). I don't know what brand that is, but it features 256 unique ids so we don't get interference within the office, requires no software to run and has a nice surface for use to put our logo on. How long can I expect the batteries (2 AAA) to last an employee working an 8 hour day? I'm not crazy about having to change 70 batteries very often. Would rechargable batteries be an option here? A rechargable mouse runs between $70 and $80 and I'd have to buy them retail. Do these mice also offer many unique IDs to avoid interference? Do they require extra software to run? What other issues should I be aware of? The price difference is significant so I'm leary to recommend the rechargables.
Help me create a webpage that has data in a table that I can update via another webpage. [more inside]
We are thinking of adopting a second dog. [more inside]
MortgageFilter: I just purchased a unit in a 4-story, new construction, condo complex. My fiancee and I plan to be there between 3-5 years, so I'm interested in a 5/1, 7/1, or 10/1, just to be safe. 30-year fixed is okay too, but the chances of us staying there beyond 5 years is very unlikely. [MI] [more inside]
Another music from advertisements question...possibly Bob Dylan. [more inside]
Hi, I'm trying to identify a piece of classical music from the movie ' The Mirror Has Two Faces' http://imdb.com/title/tt0117057/ During the first half of the movie, Jeff Bridges and Barbara Streisand attend a musical concert. Can someone help me identify the musical piece (and its composer) that is played during the performance? Thanks!!
From a technical point of view, why use business objects during development? [more inside]
What should I do in the Keys that the guide books don't mention? [more inside]
My wife has an old laptop that can just barely handle running Windows XP. I've spent the last year acclimatizing her to Firefox and Open Office, so I believe she would be willing to give Linux a whirl, assuming I could find a distro that was usable, attractive, and faster than XP on her laptop. So what should I try? Specs inside. [more inside]
I have two weeks annual leave coming up next week. So far the only plan I have is a trip to the dentist. I'm looking for some suggestions of things I can do. [more inside]
I know how to copy a DVD to my PC. How do I add a timecode? [more inside]
LatencyFilter: I'm making a multiplayer flash game, where players communicate with each other via a socket connection to a server. How fast can information be sent like this? [more inside]
I bought an old Palm m125 from ebay to use as an electric book reader, and instead of the magical world of convenience and less support of tree killing, the friggin' thing won't hotsync at all, and I'm instead in a world of futile frustration. Teach me how to be less of a retard with this gadget. [more inside]
I want to create a MS Word master document with the subdocuments as different translations.... [more inside]
I saw white Homeland Security cars during a walk through San Francisco tonight. They were marked, "Department of Protective Services," or something like that -- I'd never heard of the DPS. What is it, and why would they be cruising around a neighborhood?
What's the medical opinion on heroin and opiates and their damage to the body? [more inside]
General advice for college students trying to find their first apartment? My girlfriend and I are moving in together next year. She'll have graduated, I'll be a senior, we're in beautiful Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Oh, complicating matters, she's studying and working an hour away from the city, and I'm in Washington, DC. So theres' that. [more inside]
What are some fun/practical uses for a PII-333 Linux machine? [more inside]
I am looking for a certain E.E. Cummings poem... [more inside]
Can anyone identify the song being used in the TV trailer for "The Weatherman"? [more inside]
How do 'they' do this? Google the word "failure" and click "I'm feeling lucky.
I have stitches on my nose. [more inside]
Can anyone help identify this song currently in heavy rotation on New Zealand radio stations (and possibly elsewhere)? [more inside]
Husband and I considering a move to Santa Barbara where he has a job offer in a high-tech company. Is this feasible from an economic standpoint? [more inside]
My employer blocks access to webmail-based email like yahoo and gmail. Is it possible to get around this? [more inside]
I need a decent portable, landline, telephone. I have two 900mhz phones. They're both terrible and full of static. We rarely go more than 100 feet or so from the base, don't need an answering machine or anything fancy. Needs to have caller ID. Do you love yours? Please tell me what it is.
I'm having hit-or-miss connection trouble with a Russian topographic map website, which has ~ 4 MB JPEG maps online. It's been driving me nuts all summer. Here's the scoop... [more inside]
Is there anywhere a FAQ or tutorial to help newer people such as me with understanding short-hand terms such as "FARK", or what's the difference between "funny" and "teh funny"? [more inside]
I just closed a fly into my freezer. If I find it and thaw it out, will it reanimate?
Porn for couples? [more inside]
Does anyone know the website (Flash I'm pretty sure) that allows you to take characters from the alphabet as well as punctuation and drag them onto a pasteboard and then rearrange them into figures. There's also a gallery of completed figures.
How do I download videos that are available as streams in real video? What if the stream is live? (Quick!) [more inside]
What is the easiest way to split up a large audio file into shorter segments on Windows? [more inside]
Insurancefilter What is the cheapest / most effective way to approach getting health / dental insurance on your own? [more inside]
What happens when you throw your back out and how can these injuries be prevented? [more inside]
Where should I be looking to buy a lab coat for a costume? My girlfriend suggested looking in the yellow pages under "Uniforms" but those places seem to seem janitorial jumpsuits and such. Looking under "Medical Equipment" seems to be *actual* medical equipment, and there's no "Medical Apparrel" category. Costume shops either have nothing, or something that looks like it's made out of cardboard. So, where can I get a lab coat by Saturday?
SexualFrustrationFilter: Please help me deal with my boyfriend's sexual frustration. [more inside]
Anonymous web hosting: I left a cult which I was raised in about a year ago. I would like to set up a page with information as well as a forum for ex-members to locate each other and heal. I would like to do this anonymously because I have family, friends and coworkers who are still inside and I would like to keep my identity private. [more inside]
Help me organize my finances. While reading another thread I was struck by the number of people who balance their checkbooks on a frequent and regular basis (like every day), and it made me wonder what's involved. I am one of those paycheque-to-paycheque people (rather student loan-to-student loan) and although my bills are never unpaid, I'm falling behind in other things. [more inside]
I need to write something (in perl) to shorten the text of a link if it's a URL, but only a URL. I've played with a variety of regexps and banged my head against HTML::Parser, but I've gotten no love. Help! [more inside]
the hell in Toronto can I get a wolf puppet? I thought it would be easy to find one, but no luck so far. I'd prefer that it cost $10 or less. I need it to complete my Little Red Riding Hood Halloween costume. (If I had a date, I'd make him dress up as the wolf, but as I'm going stag, I'll have to settle for a hand puppet. Yes, I get the symbolism.)
File transfer question: How do I access my static IP addressed Mac at work from home? I have a Mac OSX box at work that with a router attached to my DSL modem. I can port forward if necessary. Basically what I'm looking to do is to transfer files from the office to home without having to constantly upload them to my iPod. Any suggestions?
ToothFilter: I just had 4 wisdom teeth removed today and I have few questtions. [more inside]
HairFilter: After a year or more of growing my hair out for the nth time in my life, I have decided to shave/buzz cut it off, but I want to have some fun doing it! Specifically, I would like to integrate some crazy and/or interesting hair adventure into my Halloween costume. Suggestions, please, all you lovely Mefites! [more inside]
Please help me find a flight from Vancouver to Tokyo that's cheaper than Toronto to Tokyo... I will be in Vancouver in early January for work and was all excited becuase I could save money by flying to Japan from Vancouver. It turns out that it's $300 cheaper for me to fly back to Toronto and then turn around and board a flight for Tokyo. [more inside]
What's the best value in flatbed scanners these days? [more inside]
Multiple Choice Surveys: I'd like to create a multiple choice test, give people the link, and get the results. Is there an online service that would allow me to design a multiple choice questionnaire, and store answers to it?
I'm looking to attract new advertisers for my website but don't have the time to "pound the pavement" searching for them. Does anybody know of any websites that have businesses who are looking to advertise?
Resources for teaching myself about relational databases? [more inside]
Are all P2P file sharting networks evil and infect your computer with wiruses and spyware? Also, does anyone know how to copy DVDs (that I have legally purchased and copy them to my video iPod?
will my girlfriend be able to scuba dive? She has ear problems. [more inside]
I have been diagnosed with Epididymitis [small illustrations, faintly NSFW] which is a swelling of the epididymis above the testicle. I have been given antibiotics and the pain has disappeared but the inflammation continues. I have made a follow up with my urologist but in the meantime I'm curious if anyone else has had experience with this. (I know, I know my MWV.) [more inside]
Driving tips for an uphill commute? [more inside]
A reliable CD manufacturer with quick turnaround? [more inside]
Other competitions like the X-Prize? [more inside]
Bank of America's Keep The Change offer looks awesome. I've read the small print, but I can't figure out the catch. Is there one?
I need to setup a conference call for one of my freelance projects. Can you help recommend a conference call service that's affordable and reliable, and has record/playback features?
What can you tell me about the return of Scrubs on NBC? [more inside]
California Special Election Prop. 80: Electric Service Initiative [more inside]
I'm trying to make a mask of a famous person's face for Halloween, and my artistic skills are sorely lacking. [more inside]
Recirculating Sand Filter septic systems or other alternatives? Anybody here have one or know anything about them? [more inside]
What's a good solution to wirelessly play MP3s on my stereo though my mix-and-match collection of technology? [more inside]
Recommendations for Canadian domain registration and hosting? [more inside]
PHP comment script -- any recommendations? I want users to be able to add comments to the bottom of an existing static HTML, non-blog page. I'd also like something that won't let the comments get loaded with gambling and Viagra spam.
Flickr. Easy to upload to. Easy to publish. Easy to share. Finding it not so easy to download from. What tools if any exist so that I can do a batch download or otherwise automated capture of my photostream? [more inside]
Please help me find a foster home in the Twin Cities for my very nice lovable cat. [more inside]
CareerFilter: I'm a programmer, server side sort of stuff. Where do I go from here?[mi] [more inside]
Portions of my Dell laptop keyboard keep going in and out. Sometimes, one group of keys won't work (5, 6, -, del, and ins, among a couple others). Now, it's tab, tilde, 1, q, a, and Z. The problem only appears when restarting the laptop, never during use. Any suggestions?
Feed me and my sister Thanksgiving Dinner in NYC. [more inside]
Hi all. Does anyone know of a good place to buy furniture kits? What I mean is unassembled, unfinished furniture, preferably shipped to your door. In particular I am looking for a "breakfast bar" or "kitchen island." Is there a store like this?
Aaauuuuuugh! Help me save year's worth of archiving work and my large music collection which I love too dearly to lose!--"The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error." [more inside]
What's the best way to earn a MCSE certification? [more inside]
TravelReadingFilter: My wife and I will be crossing the Atlantic next week. I need some reading material for the six hour (plus) flight, so I'm turning to the AskMeFi collective. Recommend away. [more inside]
Email labels in Thunderbird using IMAP. [more inside]
My colleague hurt her foot surfing, when it didn't stop hurting after a few weeks she saw a doctor who told her to rest it for a few weeks. When it continued to swell and become more uncomfortable after a few weeks she went to the hospital and was told she had an avulsion fracture (near the ball of her left foot) but that it was now too late to do anything to treat it and that she would just have to take pain killers in future and wait till it eventually got better. It doesn't appear to be getting better. She is being reticent about seeking a further opinion. Anyway, the questions: 1) Are there any likely treatments that the hospital should be considering. 2) Bearing in mind THIS IS THE UK should she consider any legal action and what form might this take? Any other advice?
My Dad got spanked by Wilma pretty hard. I rounded up some supplies and want to send them to him. Do any of the major shippers offer help/discounts for p2p hurricane aid? [more inside]
What are some rock albums/songs that introduced ground-breaking production/engineering techniques (along the lines of The Beatles' song Tomorrow Never Knows or Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon)?
Why do inkjet printer cartridges cost so much? What is the typical mark-up on them?
I'm told that my weblog's atom feed is broken: according to feedvalidator.org this is because 'my feed appears to be encoded as "utf-8", but my server is reporting "US-ASCII". Is it advisable that I should persuade my server to report an 'utf-8', ecoding, and, if so, how? [more inside]
I am looking for the origin of the lyrics to the lullaby generally known as "Hush Little Baby". [more inside]
I have an exam coming up (in a matter of hours, in fact) in French. I'm in highschool and plan on continuing French well into university. Where can I find literate and well-spoken French-speakers that I can talk to? Failing that, where can I find interactive resources/web-quizzes to test my knowledge of French grammar?
I'm a lawyer who can't understand why some lawyers insist on laying claim to having a doctorate. They don't, of course. Why this insecurity? [more inside]
Help us with our cat problem, please! [more inside]
Apparent proxy server problem with Internet Explorer on Win XP. I get "Cannot find server or DNS Error" messages on an irregular basis when accessing sites which require use of the proxy server. [more inside]
I guess this is something of a follow-up to my last question: I haven't had a cigarette in about 7 days. Nor have I ingested nicotine from any other source. [more inside]
I’m looking for help establishing a college fund for the children of a murder victim. [more inside]
Home Studio Recording - My friend is looking into building a home studio and basing it around the ProTools LE Digi002 control surface. Should he go PC or Mac? [more inside]
I want to take a camcorder that writes to an SD card on a trip where I won't have computer access. What small, light, and cheap portable-hard-drive type device will allow me to download images from the card so that I don't have to buy lots of expensive SD cards? The camcorder is a Sanyo xacti C5 and includes a docking station with USB port.
How do I set up VLC to become the default player in OS X Tiger? I've tried right clicking a file and selecting "VLC" then clicking "always use this program", but it seems to only make that association for the particular file, not for all of that type (.avi and .wmv, in this case). I know how to do this in Windows, but it seems to be trickier on a Mac. Or maybe I'm just stupid.
I am interested in teaching personal financial literacy (insurance, savings, credit cards, FICO scores) through games. I heard about this from Well's Fargo, but I was hoping for something more compelling. Does anyone know of any good financial literacy games out there? Does anyone have any good ideas for one?
HalloweenCostumeFilter: Where can I find a shiny silver bathrobe, big fuzzy slippers and a toy raygun for cheap in LA or San Diego? Bonus points for finding all 3 in one place.
California Driving Record: How the heck do I read it? [more inside]
Amtrak question: I'm going to be travelling from NYC to Richmond (and back) on the Palmetto line and need to know if there are any outlets in the coach class seats.
Say you want to create a site based around your family tree. Members may want to log in to upload pictures, view tree structure, etc. [more inside]
So there's a grand jury that the special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has empaneled. 23 members, residents of Wahington D.C. Some questions. [more inside]
Help my wife get a hold of her class room! [more inside]
I need a 6V positive-tip power adapter for a USB hub. I have a bag full of old adapters of varying voltages. I know the 6V means that it should not exceed the 6 volts, but can I use a lesser-volt adapter?
Sound card shuts down when I load Outlook Express. This is a recent problem, possibly brought on by installing the newest version of SpyBot S&D (with Tea Timer) [more inside]
Suggestions for good vibraphone-based jazz? [more inside]
Is there a way to enter Ctrl-Alt-Del on a Zaurus (SL-5500)? [more inside]
Where should I go to college? (Electrical/Computer Engineering and Mathematics) [more inside]
What are your favorite recordings (pop, rock, country, folk, blues, jazz, other) with just voice and piano?
My sister-in-law loves Motown and my wife and I would like to get her an anthology of the big hits, hopefully not more than three disks (because we can't spend big bucks this Xmas). Motown reissues being a notoriously tricky subject, can anybody recommend one with good sound and good value?
Who makes a reliable home firewall/router? [more inside]
Today, in my graduate linguistics class, we studied Gerard Manley Hopkins' "sprung rhythm." It seems an interesting experiment, but I'm now curious: do any metafilter literary types know if a poet (or poets) since Hopkins has used sprung rhythm in poetry?
What are those black strips that stretch across the road and into a small gray box on the side of the road (and generally chained to a pole)? [more inside]
What is the kind of jazz in Woody Allen movies ? I see Allen often plays with the Preservation Hall Band and I'd like to know what kind of jazz do they play in his movies, for instance in Sleeper. Are there bands specialized in that kind of jazz ?
Many libraries offer access to resources that charge hefty fees (e.g., Nexis, Dialog, Oxford U. Press titles). [more inside]
Last week my wife put one of those toilet cleaning puck things - 2 discs, one blue and one white (a type of chlorine bleach, I think) in the toilet tank. Apparently one of us or our houseguest left the toilet open and one of our two cats - the stupid one - drank a quantity of the water, even though he had a big bowl of fresh water by his food (yes, we're now being very careful to leave it closed). My questions: 1) did he drink it because it tasted good, the way some animals will eat antifreeze, and 2) is he gonna be OK? He's acting a little odd - staring at his own shadow and attacking invisible things, growling at nothing, but then again he's kind of brain-damaged anyway (flea anemia as a feral kitten). He's 9 yrs old and otherwise in good health.
Plantfilter: Unknown (and potentially non-native) bloom found in southwest washington. Image inside. What is it? [more inside]
You are imprisoned in a science lab. Can you create a healthy diet solely from elements? In other words, what is the smallest set of molecules a healthy human requires in food? Boredom is not a factor.
What is your preferred methodology for syncing your ipod between an imac and an ibook so that you don't get duplicate songs/podcasts on your ipod? [more inside]
Keeping feet warm at night during the winter: any recommendations for comfy, super warm socks that don't restrict blood flow while you sleep? Bonus points if they have a separation between the toe and the rest of the little piggies
Help me upgrade my work computer to make it run better. [more inside]
I need some help finding online images of newspapers written in German from the 1800 or early 1900s. [more inside]
Without using any plug-ins or extensions, how can I always force a link to open in IE, regardless of the client browser? [more inside]
FinancialFilter: Should I sell my DSC mutual funds now or later? [more inside]
Purely for the sake of argument: exactly why, in terms of legality, practicality, and health, should I not kill and eat animals I find in the city? [more inside]
IPfilter:Does anyone know of a good FREE program to manage your ip address with? As in which ones are marked available or used. Something like Enterprise IP -address manager http://www.enterpriseip.net/ but free and for Windows.
Help me with my subwoofer power problem! [more inside]
Help me to deflect criticisms of my dishwasher usage. What sorts of dishes is it safe to wash in the dishwasher, and which ones are bad? [more inside]
I need a way to transfer a ton of old email from an old IMAP account to a new one. Dragging and dropping in both Thunderbird and Apple Mail keeps messing up. Can anyone suggest a tool that's designed for this purpose, or a more efficient method? [more inside]
Where did the video of an old lady kicking a baby originate? [more inside]
How do electricians (or anybody) wind up long extension cables? Is there an efficient method that unwinds without tangling? I currently wrap from thumb to elbow on my arm.
Did the movie NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (discussed here) originate the device of having HATE tattooed on one hand, with LOVE tattooed on the other? [more inside]
What is this game and where can I get hold of it?? [more inside]
How can I get my roommates to clean up after themselves? [more inside]
How do I use iPhoto effectively? [more inside]
My company is thinking about setting up a blog for IT analysts to contribute ideas and talk about our products. Does anyone know good places to find best practices for doing this? Anyone know of good example sites?
What are these weird marks on my shoulders? I started a new weight training program yesterday, and now there are red streaks on my shoulders! [more inside]
Perfect Keylogger - I have some reason to believe that this product, made by Blazing Tools, has been installed on one of my computers. [more inside]
I'd like to better understand/appreciate orchestras and orchestral music. What resources would you recommend? [more inside]
I live in L.A. I'm terrified of, and suck at, driving; can I improve? [more inside]
What is the origin of the 'Banana Skin' joke, the use of rubber chickens in Comedy and the act of throwing a custard pie in someone's face?
What is the origin (i.e. first instance and first proponents) of the 'Banana Skin' joke, the use of rubber chickens in Comedy and the act of throwing a custard pie in someone's face? I have been searching the web no no avail!
I'm looking for the best Windows flashcard program, particularly for vocabulary drilling. It needs to be Unicode compatible. I'm in Nepal at the dead end of the Internet, so I can't download a variety of programs and try them out.
Setting up your own business, I need help? [more inside]
Launching programs from a web page without meeting a "save/run" box. [more inside]
Trying to find an old childrens' book involving a princess who finds a baby dragon. [more inside]
How compatible are Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express? [more inside]
Tonsillitis - I'd like some advice from anyone who has had tonsillitis as an adult - how was it treated, antibiotics or the knife? [more inside]
Why do some speakers omit the word 'the' from before many nouns? [more inside]
I'm trying to locate a movie I saw when I was a wee lad. It involved an unborn child (I believe) coming to Earth (I believe) in a blue barrel (I'm positive) and being raised by human parents. I thought it was D.A.R.Y.L., but I was wrong. Any thoughts? [more inside]
Microsoft word help! Midterm paper due in the morning and I can't figure out the teacher's grammar check requirements! [more inside]
For British Eyes Only: How do you refer to the American Revolutionary War? [more inside]
What do you do with your collection of old letters from ex-significant others? [more inside]
I'm looking for info on zero down physician home loans. [more inside]
Ladies A number of years ago I saw an inventor on a daytime talk/variety show talking about this little thing she had invented to prevent ...umm... frontal wedgies. She said it would be marketed through gynecologists offices. I have looked and looked since then and found nothing, nor anyone who's heard of it. Help me find it and/or advice on preventing frontal wedgies. [more inside]
Can someone recommend a simple method or app for making monthly local archives of web-based blogs? In my case, the site is blogger, the save location is on a Mac.
My old car didn't start up this morning - but is it likely to refuse to again? [more inside]
There’s a long tradition of telling a story, say, around a campfire, or to a group of friends in a bar, and based on the feedback you get, changing the story to suit or entertain your audience. Today, the web gives everyone the ability to tell a story and receive feedback from a much wider audience than was previously possible. Two examples I can think of are the blogging phenomenon and Shelley Jackson’s hypertext writings. I’m looking for traditional/historical examples and sources as well as as well as online equivalents?
Selfish penguin theory: I just saw March of the Penguins and observed the chick-stealing behavior. How is this at all adaptive? [more inside]
Is there an equivalent to SizzlingKeys that works with iTunes on a PC?
Do I owe $270 or $638 for an auto rental? [more inside]
I need to register Outlook Express as the default MAPI client so that when I right click a file and select "Send To: Mail Recipient" Outlook Express (not Outlook) opens and automatically attaches the file. How do I do it? [more inside]
I went to a first meeting of a book club tonight, and it was an utter failure. We need, at the very least, a great book with broad appeal to discuss at our next meeting. [more inside]
Weird Situation: Strange spamming technique, a case of mistaken identity, or something else entirely? You tell me. [more inside]
What do you call a person who makes chandeliers? A chandelierlier?
I would like to start a Comic Book Encyclopedia (Which I am calling, for lack of a better name, "Heropedia"), using mediawiki as the engine. I've been a comics fan forever, and a contributor to wikipedia. It's a great project, and I dig it a lot. However, I think branching off into a seperate project would be good for a subject with as much ephemeral information as comic books. My question is, can I use the infromation in Wikipedia pertaining to comic books, as long as the text of my site is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License? [more inside]
How does a Washington, D.C. driver's license indicate that you're an organ donor? [more inside]
I need help finding a rare/out of print album. [more inside]
How to argue with a man who calls himself a sociopath. [more inside]
Why do CD's burnt on my iMac skip in the car? [more inside]
EnglishIsAStupidLanguageFilter: Person 1: "Thanks for all your help." Person 2: "That's OK - it was the least I could do." [more inside]
Halloween: costume ideas? [more inside]
Is it possible to run a (Dell) Windows laptop with the lid closed? I just need it to serve network connections (IIS, RDC).
Electronic version of the Oxford English Dictionary? [more inside]
MotherboardFilter: Looking for anecdotal experience on an inexpensive replacement for my motherboard that has a PCIx for a new video card. [more inside]
Why do American hospitals always have religious associations in their names, and does this distinction actually mean anything anymore? [more inside]
Boundaries in conversation with an ESL student? [more inside]
Do those of us who started learning our second language after high school have any hope of becoming interpreters? [more inside]
Why are birds repeatedly hurling themselves against my office window? [more inside]
What happens to foreclosed homes? [more inside]
I have a silver coin. I would like to sell it. Where would I do so, and what should I be aware of?
How do I bring a widget to market? [more inside]
Moving to Toronto-filter. I'm trying to decide between Midtown, Yonge and Eglinton, Yonge and St. Clair; or something more in the West end, like Queen and Dufferin, King and Dufferin, etc. If any Mefites live in the area, what are your experiences? How livable is the West end, really? [more inside]
Why is there more wind in Autumn? [more inside]
I love the dashboard program available on macs. is there an equivalent for pc's? [more inside]
I am getting ready to fly out to be in my sister's wedding. How should I pack the bridesmaid dress so as to best prevent wrinkles and so on?
Has anyone had experience coming off of ADD/ADHD medications? How did you cope with the return of all the negative ADD/ADHD symptoms, and the nagging feeling that you were a better person on the meds? [more inside]
I have reason to believe I may have a half-sibling from Frankfurt Germany or surrounds. How do I find out for sure? [more inside]
What can/will my newly-pregnant, incredibly-picky, wife eat? (there are complications to this question) [more inside]
I'm asking this two-part question for a friend. He's overstayed his holiday visa. [more inside]
Any good online references for finding an auto repair shop? Reports, reviews, horror stories? [more inside]
So, say you have a lot, maybe 100, MS Word and Excel documents that are part of a manual which needs to be updated on a quasi-regular basis. [more inside]
Windows XP has stopped recognizing the special nature of my Start Menu's Programs directory. As a result, when I hover over the "all programs" link in my Start Menu, nothing's there. [more inside]
PartyFilter: My roommate has requested that for her birthday upcoming, this spring (Yes, we plan ahead), that we throw a Lost Party. As in "Purchase the first and/or second season of, and theme the party accordingly." - I need help! The rest, inside. [more inside]
Is UK postcode data freely available in the public domain? [more inside]
I need help putting together what I need in a computer, could you help me? [more inside]
TechFilter: Why can't Internet Explorer upload? [more inside]
I have decided to throw an apple tasting party (10 guests) this weekend using 10 – 12 different types of orchard apples sold at a local grocery store. What other foods should I have available for my guests? [more inside]
Things to do in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania... more after the jump. [more inside]
Needed: New York City -to- New Jersey mover, plus someone who buys and removes whatever is left in an apartment. [more inside]
Should I bill clients for scheduled appointments they missed? [more inside]
HalloweenCostumeFilter: I know that people have come here looking for ideas before, but I have specific criteria for a costume. Help me enjoy a Halloween party, for once [more inside]
Where to find (and listen to before purchasing) popular songs redone on violins? [more inside]
Dear ID Checkers: How can you tell when someone borrows a license from a brother or friend who looks similar? What do you do when you suspect the person in the ID is not the person in front of you? This is just to satisfy my curiousity of course. [more inside]
How do I make a cheap, recognizable Harriet Miers costume for Halloween? [more inside]
Roleplayer seeking a old school pen and paper Group with which to quest for adventure on a semi regular basis. I am looking for some resources to meet fellow roleplayers in my area. [more inside]
Why does the formation of soap bubbles in my dishwater depend on turbulent flow in the water coming out of the tap? [more inside]
I am asked to computerize a retail shoe store. What can I do? [more inside]
Early nineties, blue lights on a traffic light below the standard green one. Am I crazy? What were they for? [more inside]
Which is the best curry house in Vancouver? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of trap-building animals. Preferably invertebrates. [more inside]
NYC Football Filter - Can anyone explain the reason that TV stations block all other NFL games while the Giants and Jets play? More You Know Where [more inside]
After two years, I'm thinking of having a drink. [more inside]
A condom question! [more inside]
OS X desktop icons: how can I shift the grid so that my hard drive icon doesn't sit half under my right-side-pinned dock? [more inside]
This may show the limits of analog to digital music conversion completeness over the years ( all you ipod kids ). I have long had a need to re-hear Craig Ferguson as his old alter ego.... [more inside]
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I've been listening to an audiobook of Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, and the descriptions of being a riverboat pilot got me to wondering: has anybody ever released a riverboat/steamship simulator video game?
I walk 3/4 of a mile to and from work every day, and my Bostonian Strada dress shoes are not up to snuff. Can anyone recommend a classically-styled dress shoe that is comfortable to walk in?
Looking for Halloween-themed, pre-teen ghost mystery from the 80s. [more inside]
ChicagoFilter: Chicagoans, do you have any recommendations for local carpet cleaning services? We live in a one bedroom apartment where the living room and bedroom have wall-to-wall carpeting and it could use a bit of refreshing. Thanks!
Why does iTunes think that some of my single-artist CDs are compilations, and how do I tell it otherwise? [more inside]
Merkur Safety Razors (for Shaving): Pros and cons? For sensitive skin? Anything I should know? [more inside]
I love using pencils. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a slim, durable case to store them in, without having their sharp points either poke through or break off completely. Can anyone help me a find a good quality pencil case? I've already gone through dozens of the cheap, zippered plastic kind, only to have my pencils puncture through them, and leave a mess of gray scribbles. I'm a student, and currently use a medium-sized leather tote bag to carry my stuff around, so something that's not too big and clunky is preferable. Thanks to everyone in advance!
We have a small but persistent problem with flies in our house. Every other day we'll see one, maybe two. We can't figure it out! The house is kept very clean, there are no obscene smells such that would indicate a dead animal or something, there's no food left out. The flies are primarily in the kitchen. Any idea on a source or a solution?
What is the flag on the left in this photo?
After sitting un-started for about two weeks, my car won't start. What should I do before fleeing to the AAA? [more inside]
What is the ideal word in the English language that means torn between two equally wonderful/terrible things? A friend of mine suggested yesterday this word was ambivalence, but I am not satisfied with that. [more inside]
One day left in Lexington, Kentucky, and I am looking for something to do. [more inside]
Name that plant: I bought a tropical houseplant at a local hardware superstore and would like to know what it is. [more inside]
What is the origin of the cliché "X rule(s) ok"? [more inside]
Taming an uneven refrigerator? You know how one can increase the performance of an oven by leaving a pizza stone in it? I'm wondering if the same can be done with a fridge. [more inside]
I have a badly fragmented drive that, even after repeated defrag runs with Diskeeper, remains heavily fragmented. I think as a consequence some of my directories have become inaccessible because when I try to access them i get an "I/O device error." Does this mean I have bad sectors (and if so, what do I do)? Is the data in those directories lost for good? Should I try and copy what I can and dump the drive? [more inside]
Who makes comfortable, cushiony, resoleable men's dress shoes? I'm okay with Rockport for comfort, but their shoes apparently are no longer resoleable, and I wear out soles long before the uppers. Surely someone makes a comfortable shoe you can resole?
DVD Player dying? My Panasonic DVD-RV60 player ("chipped" or region-free) has lately developed an intermittent problem playing DVDs. Often, when I insert a disc, I get either a "No Disc" or "No Play" message. Ejecting and slightly turning the disc (sometimes many times,) will eventually result in the disc playing. CDs, on the either hand are read flawlessly. Once a disc starts playing, no problem. Is my player dying? I've tried cleaning the lens using a cleaning disc, but that hasn't helped. [more inside]
If I liked Dune and The Left Hand of Darkness what other books would I like reading?
I hate Quicktime. Any time I turn on my laptop, my desktop, my computer at work - it pops up down on my system tray. How do I stop it from doing that? [more inside]
AmmoFilter: My wife found a box of old remington .38 ammunition while going through some boxes. They are at least 25 years old, given to her by a boyfriend when she moved out west a quarter of a century ago. She and I do not have any guns. How should we properly dispose of this ammunition?
What's that ancient Greek quote that goes something like, Give me a city/village and I can turn it into a great nation?
What is "Overclocking" in programmers term? [more inside]
What is the evolutionary advantage of shyness, particularly in early girls' adolescence? [more inside]
Is there a recording of Harry Connick, Jr. singing "Fly Me to the Moon"? [more inside]
Cluetrain-Manifesto-like books ? [more inside]
Recommendations for a weekend in Hamburg please... [more inside]
Please provide feedback on my new business idea: online college paper and essay editing service [more inside]
So I'm looking for a new printer, the old one is going to a good home. I'm not sure where to start looking for a new one but I have a few criteria: Laser, two-sided printing, and I'd like color. It's been so long since I got a printer (or any hardware) that I'm not sure where to go looking for reviews and suggestions. Anyone out there able to suggest a good printer that matches the above requirements, or have an idea where to start looking? I've had a lot of good experience with HP's, but I'm willing to look at other brands, I'm mostly interested in quality. My last printer lasted me 7-8 years, and I'd like something that could do that again. Oh, and if its an addon to get the two-sided printing, that's OK.
I own a IBM Thinkpad 600X. Would anyone know whether a D-Link 32 bit Ethernet Bus Card would be compatible with this laptop? Thanks.
What would it take to start (in terms of licensing and registering) a "competitor" (in a very vague and loose sense of the word) to E*Trade? [more inside]
There a stupid bug in Win XP, which means that it forgets how you have a folder formatted to look. Apparently it can only remember 50 or so folders, so if you change 51 folders, the first folder you changed gets reset. And so on. Anyone know a way around this, as it's driving me mad..
How would the register_global security upgrade screw up a header re-direct? [more inside]
ok heres a toughie, im 24, when i was really younger say around 10 i had this childrens book, i vaguely remember anything about it ... [more inside]
Is regular flu vaccine effective against the avian flu?
A friend gave me a Target gift card. I don't want anything from Target. How can I get cash for the card?
I want to learn about Zen. How do I choose a Zen variety? [more inside]
DietFilter: Weight Watchers - cult or miracle solution? Has anyone used Weight Watchers? Successfully? Unsuccessfully? Online or with meetings? [more inside]
What do people really do with the CDs they steal? [more inside]
When the weather starts to get cold, I get cold sores on my lips. Have since I was little. Obviously, I don't like this much. I have some ointment/gel that gets rid of them fairly quickly (much quicker than if I let them run their course normally, I mean), but I was wondering if there is anything I can do that might prevent them in the future.
I want to burn a CD of MP3s that maintains an order other than alphabetized. How can I do that without prepending 01, 02, 03, ... to the filenames? I only have Windows XP. Any freeware apps?
IBM Thinkpad Brick: I've recently come into posession of an IBM 600E Thinkpad. As a Mac user, I don't plan for this to be my main machine. But it'd be great if I could use it to test web design work, and perhaps to tinker with Linux. The problem is, it won't turn on. What's the best way to have it looked at and perhaps repaired? I don't particularly want to go to the local CompUSA and would like a solid estimate before sinking any money into it. [more inside]
Who is the retailer who sells the costume in this ebay auction?
Who's the guy who played guitar upside down... [more inside]
I've just been asked to deploy to New Orleans as a Red Cross volunteer (mi). [more inside]
OK - I just bought an iMac to replace our dying Windows machine at home. I've successfully moved over almost everything - email (thanks to emailchemy), bookmarks, contacts, calendar items, documents. But I'm stuck on one thing - how can I reproduce the groups of contacts from our old windows outlook express address in the OS X address book? I would rather not have to recreate them one address at a time if I can avoid it. Thanks!
Anybody drink Lapsang Souchong tea? It's smoky and tasty. What brand should I buy if I want it to come in handy one-cup bags?
Is there a word like widow or widower to describe a surviving twin? [more inside]
Does advertising work? [more inside]
I am looking for an equine dentist (a DVM) in upstate New York (near Binghamton) for some specialized dental work on my horse. The usual websearches haven't been successful in finding anyone. Any suggestions from mefi?
How do bic lighters maintain the same sized flame regardless of the amount of fluid left inside? [more inside]
Any cooks out there help me with shellfish cooking? [more inside]
Has anyone ever heard of an old sandwhich spread named Coogle? Circa 1970's and came in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, I believe.
Best ideas for small business bookkeepingI run a home business where I usually have one part time employee, and sometimes a second. I need to do something better than I’m doing on bookkeeping. Quickbooks Pro seems a bit of overkill, in that I don’t do invoices, or many of the other things it purports to do. And I’ve never even used plain Quickbooks. I need some advice on the best, simplest bookkeeping system that would really do only a few things – (1) allow me to put in the rates, hours, etc. of my employees and translate this into my I.R.S. quarterly reports, etc., (2) Work with my business charge card account on line to categorize charges for Schedule C purposes, (3) Do the same with my business checking account. I have Mac OS X. I’d appreciate any thoughts on what program or online service I should use to get this done. Thanks
Is there a good store for used/arcane computer equipment on the east coast? [more inside]
Would it skew the results of an eye exam to show up drunk?
Low-density cheesecake recipes. [more inside]
Given an integer like this: 2916352 I'm told this is a 32 bit integer, where the "upper word" represents the whole number part of a value, and the "lower word" represents the decimal part. What is the mathematical formula to extract these words?
my mom is looking for a new cell phone, need some suggestions and deal advice... details follow. [more inside]
CAPSLOCKFILTER: OK - I have to ask: what's up with the International Caps Lock Day post over on blue, and the >350 comments? Someone please explain!
Is there a product that will not mark clothing or upholstery but will repel domestic rabbits? How effective is it? We want a new sofa, but we want it because our pet rabbit has trashed our old one. [more inside]
What is appropriate for a same sex first anniversary gift? [more inside]
When did the European explorers of the Americas figure out that they were not in the Orient but reather in two "new" continents? And, at this point, why did they not stop referring to the indigenous peoples of these continents as Indians?
I'm having cable installed today... should I tip the cable guy? If so, how much?
How long does the process of kidney donation take? [more inside]
What are the little things I should do to deepen relationships from the good acquaintance level to true friend level? Why did your best friends become your best friends? [more inside]
Does anyone else dream in musicals? [more inside]
After a somewhat destructive relationship I've been single for over three years and despite a few flirtations have not had a date, girlfriend or anything else for quite some time. I've ben chatting to a girl online on and off for a while, and she keeps making very clear suggestions that we should 'go out' or 'do something'. Sounds great. The problem is I'm not attracted to her at all. [more inside]
How much should I tip the guys who are coming to clean out my house? [more inside]
Pizza. What is it that distinguishes pizza sauce from any other pasta sauce? I notice that a good pizza sauce seems to have an extra zing, an extra bite to it, and I've never been able to pin down what ingredient it is. I've used spaghetti sauce and homemade tomato-oregano concoctions on homemade pizzas and it never tastes right.
Chinese travel visa for an American living in Japan... [more inside]
My SO is getting a salivary gland removed...Feeding and care? [more inside]
Is there a way to tell a Powerbook with airport to connect only to Access Points like Windows XP? [more inside]
I have a pesky server at the office that will restart every 12 hours or so. Even after my best efforts, I cannot figure out why this thing keeps restarting. I have a couple ideas and need to know if they will work. [more inside]
Are any of these old vinyl LPs/records worth anything? [more inside]
Animated short from the early 80s: A pet hippopotamus! [more inside]
What does it mean to detonate a suspicious package "as a precaution?" If for some reason the bomb threat is not a hoax, wouldn't the detonation set off the real bomb that's inside? Shouldn't they do this sort of thing, y'know, far away from the Capitol building?
So I downloaded Flock and became instantly indifferent, until I noticed it's near Opera-like rendering speed via the back-button. Sluggish back button (again, compared to Opera) action is my least favorite thing about Firefox. Given that Flock is based on Firefox, can I mimic Flock's speedy rendering on already visited pages in Firefox sans digging into code? [more inside]
Should I pay for an apartment listing service? [more inside]
What do I do with all these beans? [more inside]
What's best in humidifiers? [more inside]
Has anything changed for Palestinians after the Israeli withrawal from Gaza?
what are the facts on heat, fire, and old brownstone radiators? [more inside]
Tell me about hemorrhoids! Read more inside if you don't mind some details! [more inside]
How have your experiences been with Natural Family Planning? [more inside]
I start new projects as a way of avoiding finishing things I have already begun. Why do I sabotage myself so? How do I stop? If I have seven projects partially started, which one should a bite the bullet on and just get done? [more inside]
My sister is going to celebrate 1 year of (drug) sobriety next month. I have my father's 1 year (alcohol) sobriety coin from many years ago. Should I give it to her on her anniversary date? [more inside]
My mother uses Print Shop Deluxe 1.13 on her Umax SuperMac running System 8.5.1. When she gets her new 20" iMac, will the Print Shop Deluxe software work? Is there an emulator needed/available?
Can anyone indentify this toy (or toy parts)? I found it in a box of matchbox style cars that I bought at a yardsale. [more inside]
Is there a service that can make digital prints from processed APS film?
We're looking for ways to beat the high cost of natural gas this year. Anybody have any experience with the Sun Twin space heater? Additional advertising page here . I've heard about this electric heater from a couple of sources, but can't find any independent verification that it lives up to the claims made in the advertising. Anybody know of this thing?
Suddenly, "Sign out of Microsoft Passport network" has appeared in the file menu of all my Microsoft Office 2003 applications. At least, I don't remember it from before. When did it appear, and what put it there? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a good online fax broadcast system. [more inside]
Today I left my wallet at home when I headed into the city by train. The train conductor recognized me as a monthly pass holder and let me stay on the train. So then I was in the city with no money, cards, ID or subway pass. I had a cell phone, an iPod, a book, a notebook and pen, two magazines, makeup, a bottle of tea and gum. From the train station, I walked to school, where there is free internet. Apart from borrowing/begging, how could I have gotten money to get home? [more inside]
BirthdayFilter. Not mine, my dad's. He's going to be 80 next year and I'd like to do something special. He's always liked comics and has told me a lot about the comics he read growing up. What I'd like to do is get a collection of prints of comics that were printed on or around his birthday, October 16th 1926. I don't know how to do this though. There are also some serials such as Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers that I'd love to be able to find from the era when he was a kid. How do I go about this?
Why do you like U2? [more inside]
Questions about making the switch to Mac: We have 200GB of files, mostly music and photos, on the harddrive of my PC (running windows XP SP2). I want to give my SO an iMac G5. (Shh! It's a secret.) Tell me what the easiest way is to move the pictures and music from one platform to the other. [more inside]
Why do digital SLRs have no shutter lag and digital P&Ss (even expensive ones) have a bad case of it? What's the technical reason I mean (I am not an engineer)? In fact, most people who still don't like digital mention shutter lag as a major problem of digital photography. Thanks.
I keep losing my application icons in OS X. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good open source or freeware auction listing tool for ebay (Windows)? [more inside]
How can I access my OS X Tiger hard drive remotely? [more inside]
Some dear friends of mine have an 11 year old son with Asperger's Syndrome, and I'm concerned because they are doing little if anything to aid in his socialization, allowing him to spend practically all of his time watching tv and/or playing video games. [more inside]
A few questions about printing digital photos in NYC, and tangentially, the legality thereof. [more inside]
A couple of questions on snow tires for BMWs... [more inside]
What is the best use you've seen made of a .Mac account? [more inside]
How can I quickly sublet my apartment? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good software package for a small IT/support department that handles project scheduling AND support requests? [more inside]
RoadRageFilter: Does anyone know of an effective cure or countermeasure for someone with road rage? [more inside]
I have about a hundred MusicMatch downloads and now want to switch to an iPod. Is there any way I can play these with iTunes? My initial forays leave me pessimistic. [more inside]
Does a company like 37Signals / Basecamp have to charge its users for sales tax? Looking at Basecamp, they charge different monthly rates for associated tiers of service. I would imagine they have customers from all over the States, as well as different countries. Are they required to apply sales tax to these monthly rates based on the customers geographic location. Or, because they are an e-commerce entity, and aren't really selling anything tangible, do they simply charge the flat rate and ignore sales tax?
More pointedly, I am wondering how complex tax collection / reporting is for a U.S. based e-commerce business of this sort.
More pointedly, I am wondering how complex tax collection / reporting is for a U.S. based e-commerce business of this sort.
What is the best way to develop a photographic memory?(pardon the pun)
I would love to get suggestions on how to replicate The Question's facemask for a Halloween costume. Rorschach suggestions are equally welcome. The cheaper, the better.
Duct sealing to save on heating bills this winter? Has anyone done this, and did it help? [more inside]
If you know how to decode UPS tracking information, please look inside. [more inside]
Where should me and my quasi-grandparents go for lunch in Cardiff? [more inside]
Looking for the band/composer that created the songs on an old cassette tape I have from the early 90's. Song titles include "We can Rearrange the World" and "Goddamn the Empty Sky", "The Lament of the Corporate President's Wife" among others. The tape had only a hand-written label on it calling it "Maestro Mix", and probably was copied 1991-92. [more inside]
S and I (mid/early 30s, XX/XY) thinking of TRYING TO HAVE A BABY soon. What are your favorite books/resources for the "We think we're ready to start trying in 2 months" stage? [more inside]
Wi-Fi help? Failing that, Firefox help? Why is my wireless internet card having trouble connecting to the router? [more inside]
How much, ballpark, does a new garage door cost? [more inside]
How do I stop a fax machine from calling my cell phone? [more inside]
What's the best and easiest way (besides classes) to learn sign language? [more inside]
Automation filter: I need a piece of software that will scan a folder of office documents and email them. [more inside]
Why is it bad to use both topical and oral diphenhydramine? [more inside]
Can a moth-eaten camelhair coat be repaired? [more inside]
Does anyone have any recommendation for good looking headset storage options? [more inside]
Help us make an interactive calendar to put in our digital yearbook. [more inside]
For the next 18 months I will be regularly traveling in the UK, Ireland and US (pleasure and business). What is the best strategy to optimize international compatibility and consolidate telephony, email and internet access into one (or the fewest) devices. [more inside]
Does anyone know whether chronopay.com is legit? (Bonus question: how could I have checked up on them myself?)
GmailFilter: I switched to Gmail over a year ago, and I think it's great. But one feature that Yahoo and Hotmail have I haven't been able to find on Gmail: when I write an email and want to send to multiple people, what's the best way to do this? With Hotmail, for example, the "To" is a hyperlink and brings up a small popup list of all your contacts--very simple and convenient. Does Gmail have a similar feature? I canna find it!
Who makes up jokes? [more inside]
does anyone know of a good audio editing program for the mac? [more inside]
Killav-L: This virus has infected a not-so-web-savvy friend's computer (at least I'm pretty sure that's the one). It's knocked out his antivirus (Norton) as it's designed to and I just can't find much out there as far as a fix. Anyone have a good suggestion? [more inside]
Does anyone remember a childrens book about a place where its dark all the time except for one day a year when the sun comes out? In the story the little gets locked in a closet by other kids on the one day of sun? thanks!
Why does my iTunes keep opening (unprovoked)? [more inside]
Covers with a Twist I'm looking for a good list of genre-defying cover takes of popular songs for a mix CD. What I have in mind is along the lines of: Faith No More's cover of Easy (Like Sunday Morning), Aztec Camera's cover of Van Halen's Jump and Nina Gordon's covers of Straight Outta Compton and 18 & Life [more inside]
Looking for an inexpensive, chic (used?) sofa in Philadelphia... [more inside]
I'm a consultant working for a company that has the option of hiring me soon. This would be a dream job were it not for one person... [more inside]
I have two well-trained, photogenic dogs. A photographer recently suggested to me that other professional photographers might like to use them as models. How do I go about finding people who are interested in hiring my dogs?
What arcade machine is this? [more inside]
When did the population of the US (or its preceding colonies) surpass that of the UK? Any links to this sort of historo-demographic information for the layman (ie, in easy to digest form)?
AskChicagoFilter: I want to buy a condo in Chicago. I want to be near a couple of specific things - what neighborhoods should I look at? Oh yeah, I'm not rich. [more inside]
How do I turn off new mail notification in Thunderbird? [more inside]
In Illinois, or nationwide, is there a policy or law that says that if you become uninsured, but resume health coverage within X number of days, you do not need to worry about pre-existing conditions? [more inside]
I've decided that I would like to learn German from my best friend, who is Austrian. We have no idea how to go about doing this. We're thinking that I need to learn basic grammar and syntax first, but I'm not terribly concerned with reading or writing German. I'd like to get some textbook and curriculum recommendations and hear from anyone who has taught their native language to a friend.
SeeAnMDFilter: I have the nagging dull ache in the lower right hand side of my back that tells me I'm possibly going to have another bout of Kidney Stones coming soon. Other than drinking lots of water (which I do) and staying off the soda (which I do), is there anything I can do/eat to help prevent/postpone the inevitable agony? Or am I just doomed?
How can I find out what bands are booked/playing on each of the specific late night shows (letterman, o'brian, etc.)? [more inside]
What are the best blogs to read that cover the *business* of Silicon Valley? [more inside]
AskBostonFilter: I want to get a new suit, a shirt or two, and some ties. I want to spend anywhere between $500 and $1000 on this, and would much rather end up on the lower end of the spectrum. That said, I understand that this is an investment worth spending a little money on. If I were a rich man, I'd be getting measured for my bespoke, but as I'm not, where should I go? [more inside]
How does anyone afford growing up? [more inside]
MusicFilter: I enjoy Figurine. What else would I like? [more inside]
I am hoping to get out of Brooklyn at the end of this month and do nothing nearby in the Hudson River Valley. Does anyone have recommendation for a good place to stay that is close by the Hudson, not so far north that it is past peak, and that may have reservations. [more inside]
I have two light fixtures in the entryway of my house, near the dining room. There are three light switches in the immediate vicinity that will turn both fixtures on or off. I would like to split the switches somehow so that I can turn on a fixture by itself. The problem is two-fold: impress my wife with household prowess and not to shock myself. [more inside]
CalendarProgramFilter: I need a calendar program for PC in which one can enter a bunch of calendars (say 50, for 50 people), and easily view various combinations of calendars, to see how various people's schedules interfere. (This could be done in iCal, though something that could show all of the overlaps more clearly would be better) [more inside]
Help me determine how these cities would be to live in. [more inside]
The car rental company wants money and I don't want to pay. Does it get any simpler? Well, it gets more complicated - I've been told the country in question reimburses for pothole damage and I like the idea of them paying much more than me paying. But is it true? [more inside]
Should I become a NY resident? This is mainly a tax question. [more inside]
Any other recommendations for desktop blogging/web content management software? So far I have Blogjet, Qumana, CityDesk, and Anconia.
I have a very basic requirement that Apple Mail doesn't seem to easily fulfill. I need to immediately delete messages that are identified as junk from the server. [more inside]
Snowblower advice needed! I am looking to purchase a snowblower for the upcoming winter and know very little of the brands out there. I am looking at a Murray brand, 8hp machine for $997 (Canadian). Is that a good brand & price? I'm looking to spend up to $1200 before taxes so is there a better deal out there? [more inside]
What are your impressions of the various course management systems you've used? My college is having a look beyond Blackboard, especially after the merger news. [more inside]
I want to purchase a quality stereo system. I have learned that just purchasing expensive stuff and setting it down in a room where the wife thinks it looks good does not work. How do I match a stereo system to the acoustics of a room and its furnishings? My wifes sense of style also gets in the way here. I do not care what it looks like as long as I get good sound. Are there any self compensating speaker systems out there? Can a system be retuned if the room furnishings are changed or if the room is remodeled? I am positive that my elderly ears have frequency recognition limitations. Any way of determining how much of a problem this can be? Are there ways of dealing/compensating for this?
Outlook 2002 VBA help needed. I want to right click a mail message in my Inbox, select Categories, and when I click ok to save the category, code will run to display 2 separate input boxes. The values entered in the input boxes will be added to the Billing Information and Mileage Fields. [more inside]
How important is job satisfaction toward overall fulfillment? [more inside]
Do you know about any good looking computer cables? [more inside]
LaundryFilter: Help me get rid of a mystery green stain! [more inside]
How do I deal with my boyfriend's obnoxious and embarrassing friends? [more inside]
Dyeing my white cat festive colors for special occasions: sick and/or dangerous? [more inside]
My 15-person department is getting its photo taken for a company newsletter (the company is an enormous multinational one with 120,000+ employees). We were told to wear "appropriate" clothing, and one co-worker was told specifically not to wear his white shirt that says ATHEIST across the front. He is, in fact, an atheist. Could he complain to HR? [more inside]
My wife and I just purchased two boxes of Crest Whitestrips Classics. I want to know before we get too far into the two week process, if there's any potentially negative "side effects" to using teeth whitening strips. The box label says our teeth will be nice and white for 12 months! These strips aren't cheap either! Not to mention, I just discovered there are different strengths of the Whitestrips e.g."Premium, Professional, & Supreme!" Would a professional whitening treatment at our dentist's office be better as far as cost/safety,etc?
iPodFilter: When I try to update my iPod I get an an error message: "Can not read from or write on disk." [more inside]
After months of looking I have finally found a 5 string banjo that sounded good enough I wouldn't mind learning on it but was still within my means. Now I just need help learning how to play. [more inside]
I am considering purchasing an older 5-spd Honda Civic on order to save gas on my bi-weekly long commute. [more inside]
A new yoga center has opened up in my neighborhood called Dahn Yoga. I went in yesterday to check out the schedule and see what they had to offer. I left with a little bit of a Scientology, kind of creepy new-agey feeling. I've done yoga for years, love me some good Buddhism, etc, but if someone starts to talk to me about altering my brain and altering my chakras in more than a metaphorical way, I'm not thinking it's for me. Anyone had any experience with Dahn Yoga or "brain respiration"? Here are the links I found: * Brain Respiration * Dahn Yoga I'm hoping it's not creepy, because it's a nice space, and the location and schedule are convenient.
Verb tense in fiction [more inside]
Does everyone who gets arrested have a mugshot taken of them, and must all mugshots be released to the public? Are there any restrictions on their use? [more inside]
What happened to Coca-Cola C2? [more inside]
One of my favorite movies of all time is It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, at least when I'm in a certain mood. I'm also inordinately fond of The Party. Given those, what other movies from that era might I enjoy? [more inside]
wedding filter: Music. We have the key elements nailed, music for the ceremony and first dance, however... [more inside]
It's promotion & raise time. Do I play hardball? And if so, how? [more inside]
Advice for a depressed teenager with completely unsympathetic and uncooperative parents? [more inside]
It's my one year wedding anniversary and I’m struggling with what to get my wife. I know the traditional one year anniversary gift is paper, what are some creative interpretations of that?
How do I reset the password on an Inova LightLink LED Display (CFM24.2005)? [more inside]
Suppose I were able to write a publishable novel. How much money would I get, as a first-time author as soon as it was picked up? How much would I make over all? Assume This an action sci-fi/cyberpunk type book (think William Gibson). [more inside]
Too many pens, not enough pen caps. I gradually acquire disposable pens that are missing their caps. Is there something that can commonly be used as a cap for these de-crowned writing sticks? I've tried small balloons--too awkward. Corks? Does someone sell universal pen caps? Just one of life's small annoyances and I'm wondering if there is an elegant, material solution, short of tossing them.
What's the best and most flexible type of savings/college fund account for a minor? [more inside]
I was curious about the 1997 Dutch film 'All Stars,' directed by Jean Van de Velde. Is there a way to tell if it's out on DVD, and anyway to get a version with English subtitles?
My boyfriend and I stayed with his friends near Aspen, Colo. What should we send them as a thank you gift? What interesting and useful thank you gifts have you received? [more inside]
What's a good (and free!) way to remove commercials from mpeg2 files? [more inside]
I have a problem that asks what is the smallest time interval that you can accurately measure with a shoelace that burns at a non-constant rate, matches and a pair of scissors. I think this is just one of a whole family of problems like this. Where can I find other problems like this? Help me find the solution to this problem. [more inside]
I will be in San Juan Friday through Monday with a friend who is going there on business. What sorts of cool things are there to do and see while we're there? Any and all suggestions welcome.
I have been noticing more and more websites using Google to index their restricted content. For example, this search (top item) brings up what is supposedly a full 30 KB paper, but visiting the link we get a different page that goes to a login. Even the cache carries the false page. Are these websites abusing Google, or is Google permitting it and why? Why doesn't this stuff belong under the ads?
My mother's husband is a big folk music fan, and his birthday is coming up. I'd like to get them 2 tickets to a good folk music show that takes place somewhere in the NYC area before the end of 2005. [more inside]
Young married couple, mid-20's, good income: ready to take our finances more seriously. Who do we talk to? [more inside]
I've experienced a lot of new spam and back-end pop-ups in the last 5 days or so in my G-mail account. Is anyone else experiencing the same? What can I do to get rid of it?
My wife and I are traveling to Washington DC for a work-week vacation. We love musuems and I have many visits planned (Smithsonian, LOC, Air-Space, etc.). What are not-to-miss museums/historical monuments? And most of all - when I'm all "museumed-out" - what are the best night out and local fun stops we should not miss?
I just bought a new PSP (Sony Playstation Portable). It has 5 dead pixels at the bottom. Through reading on the internet I discovered that having a few pixels like this is 'acceptable'. Other PSP owners, is this normal or should I trade it for another one with better display quality?
I'm using Entourage (yes I know) and somehow my Database has become corrupted. My last backup is over a week old. I tried rebuilding the database, advance rebuild, and none worked (read/write error -40). Help?
Is there a website where you can sign up for a RSS feed, put in your cell phone number and have the new feed info come to your phone as a text message?
Tell me how to sell things on the internet. [more inside]
What is the website that one can upload a photograph and convert that image into what looks like a famous painting (Modigliani , van Gogh etc). I recall it used some type of face recognition software algorithms.
I would like to spend an academic year studying Russian in Russia. [more inside]
Is there a way to use Yahoo! Messenger with its webcam viewing component enabled without installing the actual Messenger software? [more inside]
Name our kittens! We have just brought home two entirely black boy kittens from the shelter and they need names. [more inside]
HomeownerFilter: Do cesspool bacterial treatments do anything? [more inside]
Sudafed (the real and the cheap generics both) are gone; I've been taking the stuff for 30 years, and I'm having trouble finding an alternative that works well. Can anyone share any experiences with good alternatives? [more inside]
Where can I find a 3D scale model of Manhattan? [more inside]
What's the next logical career choice for a senior analyst? [more inside]
OpenSourceFilter: What open source software rocks your world? [more inside]
Opera 103: Digging through the AskMe archives, I found two good threads on opera. How about another? I have several questions about opera. Especially: what are some beautiful, tuneful arias I can use to introduce myself to opera? [more inside]
I'm looking for slideshow software for an art installation... [more inside]
I have been noticing a problem with my work laptop which is running XP SP2. If left up and running all night, then on most mornings i find out it is running very sluggishly with 100% CPU utilization (from the graph). First I thought may be it is firefox with its large number of open tabs. But I am not so sure anymore. killing firefox does not help. Also when I look at the CPU column in task manager i cant quite figure out what is causing that 100% utilization. None of high numbers on the CPU column look suspect. Obviously I am missing something here. One thing I am not 100% sure, and there may be something to it, is that I may have seen this problem more often when I am using wifi instead of wired LAN at home. But I need to verify this. After this happens I usually have to reboot the machine after bringing it back to work. I am able to suspend the machine and bring it to work and plug it into the work LAN. But unless I reboot it it really runs slow. Just logging out does not help. [more inside]
Hello all, My doctor prescribed Paxil for me last night due to my heavy case of anxiety and seasonal depression. I took it about 2 hours ago (one pill, 20mg) after my breakfast and I am experiencing some nausea and shakiness in my hands. From what I understand, Paxil can take up to two weeks to 'kick in' but considering my past with other chemicals, things always affected me differently than most people. For example, whenever I took any cough syrup that had Dextromethorphan chemical inside of it (cough supressant), it would make me feel like I was completely out of it for at least a week, even if I only took two recommended doses per day. I suppose it's just my body and the way it reacts to certain things. I am just wondering if there are any Paxil users on this site who could tell me a thing or two about what it was like for them the first time they took it, or maybe anything else that I need to know. Thank you kindly.
Know any good college pranks? [more inside]
Do any MeFi Americans have experience of (part)-owning companies overseas? [more inside]
Question about mounting large(ish) photographs professionally. [more inside]
RototillerFilter: My back yard has some issues right now and I'm wondering if a rototiller might solve them all. [more inside]
Three 19 year old girls from Vancouver, $2000 each, a week off school in February, and an urge to travel, and do a little more than get drunk on a beach. Where to?
I have a 20 month old son who has cerebral palsy. And among the myriad problems this causes him (limited control of his limbs, poor vision, increased tone), his inability to sleep is causing a lot of grief. I'm hoping someone will have had a similar situation and has found a sleep solution that I haven't tried yet. [more inside]
Can I minimize the gap between my two front teeth without braces? [more inside]
why did the sonnet develop as a 14 line form? is the number "14" an arbitrary choice that "caught on" or does it have some sort of specific symbolism? [more inside]
ClassicalMusicFilter: I know very little about classical music, and I was just thinking how nice it would be to have some playing whilst I'm sitting here reading. What'd be some nice chilled evening classical music? [more inside]
I'm looking for a few good rss newsfeeds to put on my google frontpage. And I'm asking for your advice. [more inside]
PC building 101 [more inside]
In the movies, you can take a guy out by hitting him on the on the neck, from behind, either with the back of a gun or - if you are James Bond-ish - with the hand of karate. Does this work? If not, why is it so common in the movies?
So - what *is* Conversion Disorder? And have people actually been healed of it? [more inside]
I want to turn movies into flash files. [more inside]
Is there a quick and easy way to get screenshots of an Xbox game? [more inside]
What is a pacing horse, and why is it considered a bad thing? [more inside]
Methods of Documentation: Getty My Work Onto Slide Film Next weekend I am participating in an art show, my first in which work will be for sale, and because for one thing, I hung a piece in the silent auction, I have reason to believe I will sell at least one thing. (I have sold work before on commission, but this is still pretty exciting.) I would like to have, in the future, in my portfolio, slides of any sold work. I do not have a tremendous budget but I'd rather spend a bit of cash than not have documentation of early sold work. What method should I use to get my paintings and soforth onto slides? (See extended explanation). Thanks much. I've got until the weekend to figure this out. /tarin [more inside]
What qualifications and licenses does one need to be a building manager? [more inside]
What CD are you currently in love with? [more inside]
Having a lot of trouble sleeping lately... [more inside]
How can I identify the model number of a mysteriously unidentifiable Levi's jeans? [more inside]
We want to set up an organization to promote medical exchange between American and foreign physicians. Which would be the more appropriate vehicle, a foundation or a not-for profit corporation? [more inside]
Every computer in our house will not grant us access to a select few web sites... CNN.com, and Google to name a couple. The really weird part is that anything relating to Google... any logos, Google ads... nothing containing 'Google' will run on my, or anybody else's computer in our house. Can anybody shed any light onto our problem?
How can I keep some unsavory people away from my kids' school? [more inside]
Looking for British (I think) track suit. Help..... [more inside]
What is the mechanism that triggers the breakdown of lean muscle mass for energy? [more inside]
I'm looking for a slang word/phrase used to describe a false bar in a prison cell. The idea is that when a prison was built/expanded by inmate labor, workers would loosen one bar before it'd set too solidly in cement to make a potential escape hatch. What would inmates call this? [more inside]
Help me reduce my anxiety about labor & delivery of my first child (due date = less than a week).... I'm having recurrent nightmares: Repeat airplane crash scenarios. Nightmares of my husband getting killed on the way home from work. Of having a stranger assault me at home, BTK style. And it doesn't help that we had to put our wonderful dog to sleep last week. [more inside]
How do I talk to my parents about planning for when my father’s gone? [more inside]
How do I see this google map of Japan with English placenames?
Choral music reccommendations? [more inside]
How do I stop Outlook from embedding images into my newsletters? [more inside]
Male and female couple attending a Ramadan dinner this Thursday, wife actually was the invitee (spouse was included.) What protocols, behaviors, manners are appropriate for us? (We are not muslim.)
Where should I go for winter break? [more inside]
I just bought a new cast iron wood stove and have only had three fires in it so far. Everytime there has been a horrible chemical smoke that burns off of the body which I assume is the blackening ont he cast iron? It has been significantly less each time but will it eventually stop? Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Help!
Ok, so this is potentially off-color, but I don't mean it to be. The premise: I am a late 20's male considering a week-long trip to someplace warm this winter, and would love to travel with someone...someone female ;-) Is there any way to do this without sounding like a perv? (I hope to preserve my non-perv MeFi cred via "more inside".) [more inside]
I would like to make custom ties, and maybe even short-sleeve button downs (think hawaiian shirts) with my own designs on them. How can I go about doing this? There are companies that do this (e.g., these guys, but they're in the UK), but I'm sure that I'll pay a big premium to do it this way. Is there a way that I can have custom fabrics printed / woven in some garment producing country (Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh,) and then turned into shirts based on some reference design? Are there other ways to do it? [more inside]
I'm due to give birth anytime and we are still stuck with a name. We already have two other boys: Hewitt Gareth Miller and Rupert Johannes Postma. It's a boy and we like old names obviously. Got any cool ideas?We are dead locked. We like names that translate into adult names nicely.
A couple in a celebratory mood has 55 hours in Manhattan. Where do they go to experience the best of the best cuisine? [more inside]
So, kreteks/clove cigarettes: will they kill me? [more inside]
When I was a kid I really liked a particular illustrator who painted? drew? these pastel-colored, rather depressing, and often romantic pictures, many of which were illustrations of the Anderson sorts of fairy tales, e.g. The Snow Queen, or Hansel & Gretel. [more inside]
Information about Microsoft and their plans for Office 12 [more inside]
I'm looking for a kitchen timer that will let me set multiple alarms at once. [more inside]
Can anyone supply information about the events leading to this series of photographs? Where did it happen, what was the occasion for the ride, was anyone seriously hurt, etc?
What is the fuel efficiency of an airplane? How does this compare to other vehicles, both in terms of quantity of fuel consumed and quantity of pollution created (since some fuels, I assume, create different amounts of pollution per unit volume)? I've looked around and can't find any more than some vague generalizations (mostly from airplane manufacturers). [more inside]
Can anyone tell me of some regular quiz/trivia nights being held in Seattle (especially toward the U-District). Alcohol and trivia go together so well... [more inside]
synthetic vs. natural pine straw/mulch? [more inside]
I'm interested in the neuroscience behind decision making: specifically, do people have "random number generators" in their brains for breaking decision stalemates? [more inside]
GuyFilter: How do you handle peeing with morning wood? No, seriously... [more inside]
Is more Spam getting through Thunderbird's Junk Filter lately? [more inside]
Pelmenyi in Buckeye country? [more inside]
Any tips on finding a good doctor? I'm new to Miami, and it's high time I find a doctor, GYN, and dentist, at the very least. [more inside]
How can I get my hands on a Vienna phonebook from circa 1938? I will be spending a weekend in Vienna next month, and I would love to see the apartment where my late grandfather lived before fleeing the Nazis. Unfortunately, nobody in the family knows the address, and there aren't any letters or other documents to provide it. Things are also complicated by the fact that I won't be visiting on a weekday, so any archives that might have this information will presumably be closed. Plus, I don't speak German. Am I out of luck, or is there any way to track this information down in the next few weeks?
Should I sign a natural gas contract? [more inside]
Help me entertain my father in San Francisco next week. [more inside]
How do you authenticate and connect to a Windows-based network using Mac OS X (10.4)? [more inside]
My 2 yr old daughter chews on her nails/cuticles. How can i get her to stop? she somes times chews it all the way down and complains because it hurts. [more inside]
Indian food experts (whether of Indian descent or not), please help me with some questions I have about some sauces I just bought. [more inside]
Is there ever any chance of a generic anti-viral drug being developed? [more inside]
Do you die when you go through a transporter? [more inside]
I found a bunch of women's clothing in my boyfriend's closet and a bunch of underwear in his drawer. I'm ok with that, I think. How do I tell him? [more inside]
Say you come into $50k out of the blue. What's the best thing you can do with it, financially speaking, when you have a couple mortgages, some minor debt, small savings, and even smaller retirement? Which to attack first? [more inside]
Got a problem here....how can I make the users get the same profile data/settings when logging onto to new domain? [more inside]
Why can't I burn a music CD? [more inside]
How do you handle it when the job you always wanted turns out to not be what you want? [more inside]
Why are countries and most people against secession? [more inside]
What is a good/the best online bill paying service? I am currently using the version of Checkfree that my bank provides but it is absurdly clunky ( but free). I need to be able to set up recurring payments and I would like to be able to make last minute one time payments too, right now the fastest I can make a electronic payment is five business days. I need to manage a wide range of vendors and be able to pay vendors that that are not set up for electronic payment. Right now I still want to get paper bills but in the future may start to switch to electronic billing. Of course the lower the price the better seeing as I have a free service now.
Can something be funny without being ironic? [more inside]
Does anyone have any recommendations of guided/escorted tour companies that run tours geared towards women? I'm looking to go on vacation, and I'll be by myself. I'd prefer to travel in a group so I have people to talk to, and I don't want to be on a bus with 19 year old college students or 55 year old couples. The tours geared for singles look a little dodgy. [more inside]
Why is the audio on my computer oscillating at some weird and vagrant frequency? [more inside]
I'm writing some personal wiki software that I want to make as secure as possible. Think wiki software in the footsteps of Tinfoil Hat Linux. The software is intended to run as a CGI Perl script though Apache on the local machine, with data stored in encrypted XML files that will be decrypted for display by the Crypt::GPG module. So the question is, where could plaintext data escape to? More inside... [more inside]
I need suggestions for inexpensive weatherproofing on our home. [more inside]
I need help importing mySQL data from one server to another. [more inside]
You know how in "Peanuts," Lucy and Snoopy (disguised, of course, as the Masked Marvel) had an endless wrist-wrestling match that ended only when the MM, desperate, kissed Lucy on the nose? (Uh, did I need a spoiler alert there?) I need an image from that epic match, somewhere online. Ideally of them wrestling, locked in eternal combat, before the kiss. It's just for a personal joke on a friend who loves "Peanuts" and I won't be republishing it anywhere or anything like that. Endless Google Images and other searches turn up discussion of the strip, but no images. I'm thrilled that everyone is respecting Charles Schulz's copyright, but man, would I love to find one image of it for just five minutes. A book cover, anything...
What are some of the most overtly religious modern pop/rock/mainstream songs that sound great, and more importantly believable, in their devotion rather than jusy cringeworthy or preachy? Preachy titles also welcomed for comparison.
I need to replace the tubes on my bicycle, how should I go about doing that? [more inside]
what does "shading lines" mean in terms of sportsbooks and sports betting?
I maintain a complex website that I update by hand. (Unfortunately, this is unavoidable.) I want my local directory to be an exact mirror of the site, so that when I alter and modify thirty HTML files and I can simply run a script to copy them instead of FTPing them all by hand, in addition to removing deleted files and downloading any server-side changes made by scripts or other users. What's the best means to do this on OS X? [more inside]
"Your apartment was subject to a management inspection on October 4th. The housekeeping of your apartment was found to be in a very unsatisfactory condition and a fire hazard"... Can our landlord come in to see if we've tidied up unannounced? [more inside]
New Year's in Reykjavik. A group of friends are heading to Iceland in December/January. I've read this previous post and found some ideas for things to do. Any suggestions on hotels (price is not a concern) from those who have been there?
I'm concerned about my oldest nephew's language development. [more inside]
Building a stone wall: crushed stone foundation necessary? [more inside]
Los Angeles to Humboldt Redwoods State Park round trip driving vacation ideas? [more inside]
MatchFilter: Those of you (and I've seen several mentions, so please don't be shy) who have used match.com in the past, how long did it take you to find someone worthwhile? [more inside]
I have a single share of AT&T from 1982. How much is it worth? [more inside]
I need help organizing my thoughts and notes - Trying to use Word, but can't quite get it to work. [more inside]
I’m looking for a big scary cleaver like they use in Chinatown restaurants to chop up ducks. [more inside]
How do I export an Excel Macro? [more inside]
We have a king-sized mattress that wouldn't fit up the stairs in our new "old house". We've come to terms with the fact that we'll have to donate it and follow another plan. Which not-for-profit should we offer this to? [more inside]
Adobe Gamma makes my laptop screen really dark. Um, should it do that? Is there something I should be using instead?
A former colleague of mine has a consultancy business and wants to subcontract some work to me. I would be introduced to the client as the person who will be handling all aspects of the project and will also be the main point of contact for that client. I know how much this client will be billed on a monthly basis and my question is what percentage of that amount should I realistically expect to receive for doing all the work? Is there a standard subcontractor percentage that I can quote?
OSXfilter: I want to fool applications on my Powerbook into thinking that I'm running a different version of the Mac OS than I really am. Can I? How? [more inside]
How do I get .AVI movies and .SRT subtitles to work together? [more inside]
AT thru-hike on $5 a day. Possible? [more inside]
My birthday is coming up and what I really want is a portable media center. I want a device that plays all the major formats of video (without a lengthy conversion process -- this is key) and plays mp3s. I want for it to have an easy to use and good looking interface, small enough dimensions to fit into most pockets and at least 20 GB of storage space. My price range is $500 or less. And forget the iPod Video, as I understand it it will accept only .mov files (but please correct me if I'm wrong -- which I hope I am). Suggest away!
Has anyone ever done a study on the neurological effects of the first week or two of a love relationship? There's got to be some sort of brain chemical released during that period... but what is it? Or, in broader terms: What's responsible for that heady, crazy, giggly feeling that both guys and girls get?
Help me plan a halloween party with an undersea theme... [more inside]
Do you have any advice on delivering a eulogy? [more inside]
Office emergency! Help me get this monitor out of portrait mode and back into its usual landscape display! [more inside]
What is that Chinese big-sleeves/baggy-pants costume/outfit/character archetype called? [more inside]
Bedbug problem-- at the end of my rope. Help! DDT? Other solutions? [more inside]
I just picked up a pair of rats and have some general rat-based questions as well as rat&cat co-habitation questions. [more inside]
Men's Shoes - a few questions: 1. Good Online retailers? 2. Links to websites of brands you like or recommend? 3. I like Cydwoq brand. Know anyone else who makes handmade shoes? 4. Anyone in Toronto know a retailer besides C-Squared that carries Cydwoqs? [more inside]
I'd like to travel the entire length of the Nile River, from headwaters to Cairo. This would involve crossing from Uganda into southern Sudan. Is this possible or just a pipe dream? How would I find out, and go about planning?
What has California's Great Central Valley done to deserve that moniker? Why is it so great? I know agricultural central of the world, yada, yada, whatever. but I need convincing of it being a defined place rather than a loose set of ideas. [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out how to do some vertical centering in two different scenarios. I'm looking for CSS solutions, but plain HTML fixes are welcomed as well -- for either/or. [more inside]
For no particular reason, I am looking to compile a list of what people consider to be the best history books available. I'm looking for non-fiction, but I'll take anything. I am particularly interested in the opinion of people who've studied history at a graduate level, but if you're just an armchair historian, like myself, I still want to hear what you have to say. [more inside]
I'd like your recommendations for intuitive sound studio software for mixing .wav files into original music. I have very little experience mixing music, so simple is good, but not at the expense of power and versatility. [more inside]
Advice needed for executing accurate vocal impersonations. Work with a tape recorder? A mirror? Anybody have a knack for this they can break down?
I just bought a Liz Claiborne sweater at Goodwill for five bucks. I forgot to check-and sure enough the tag says "Dry Clean Only." Since I am cheap, this is not really an option. And since the garment was cheap I am not afraid to take a risk. So-any suggestions from you folks about how to launder this thing at home?
Tips for tightening up my live vocal performance? [more inside]
Is there an excel version of writely.com? In other words, I need to find a free, collaborative, spreadsheet app hosted online. Does it (or something close to it) exist?
I plan on running for a city council seat in a college town of 81,000 people. The election isn't until Spring, 2007. What can I do now to increase my chances of getting elected? [more inside]
Help me find this music from Spike Lee's 25th Hour. It's from the nightclub scene, specifically when Naturelle (Rosario Dawson) and Mary (Anna Paquin) are hitting the dance floor. [more inside]
Do squirrels deliberately tease, bait, and/or annoy dogs? [more inside]
What should I do if there is a riot/looting near me? This may be happening much sooner than I ever thought it would. [more inside]
I love love love the Independent Room mashup by Party Ben. Are there any other artists, albums, or even just mashups that have a similar vibe?
I want to apply for unemployment benefits, but my website uses AdSense! What should I do? [more inside]
Anyone know how to get around Osaka? [more inside]
Which comedian would you go see? [more inside]
Challenging a traffic ticket (Ontario) [mi] [more inside]
Is phone system cabling the same as straight-thru ethernet? [more inside]
Self-indulgence! Here's the low-down, I drove a Porsche Boxster and found my calling in life. I'll be either out of this country or Manhattan in 1.5 years so if I get a car now I'll definitely be selling it in under two years. Help figure out the best way to pay for this... [more inside]
What do you feel are the worst (charting) songs ever? [more inside]
I'm looking for places (papers/websites) where people advertise flats to let direct to tenants, in London. [more inside]
I have been asked to act as a photographer for a formal event, how do I do this? [more inside]
The factory-installed stereo in my car has stopped playing CDs, and my commute is fairly long, so this is essentially unacceptable. I've looked into getting it repaired, but the whole stereo'll have to be sent away for weeks, and it'll end up costing a bunch. But I've yet to find an add-on in-dash stereo for $200 or less that isn't terribly ugly. [more inside]
How am I ever going to get a job? [more inside]
The joys of casual sex! I have recently entered into my first casual relationship, and I want to make it as fun and fantastic as possible. I have lots of questions, and I hope you'll share some of your favourite stories so I can steal the ideas of your greatest lovers. [more inside]
Can you recommend a dermatologist, specializing in treating acne, in the Boston area? [more inside]
Is there life after iPod? [more inside]
What do I feed my new kitten? [more inside]
Topic for a computer science thesis? [more inside]
Why would a race-horse be buried standing up, other than the symbolic reasons ?
ARGH. Help me with my contact lenses please. [more inside]
Anyone know how to replicate an Orange Freeze? I grew up in St. Louis, and I became addicted to the Orange Freeze from the Steak 'n Shake chain at young age. I live in Denver now, and the nearest Steak 'n Shake is in the middle of Kansas. [more inside]
My wife LOVES these "soft lemonade" treats, but we can't find them anywhere. The lemonade treat is like a cross between a frozen lemonade bar and a lemonade icee/frosty. It seems like they're only available at special events, maybe sports venues, county fairs, and such. Does anyone know of any other places to buy these? (I'm in Southern California if that helps).
I just got a PSP (firmware v. 1.52) and want to run SNES emulation software on it, but am TERRIFIED of bricking it. [more inside]
Are there any films, suitable for "cool" teenagers (14-17 years) which carry an anti-drug message but at the same time aren't absolute crap? [more inside]
My cat is hiding from me. I think. [more inside]
A friend is making a mix cd for a friend named Eileen. She'd like all the songs to somehow be themed around the names Eileen, Lola (her daughter) and Gilbert (her husband). What songs should she include? [more inside]
Where do I get thin and comfy velcro strips for a sleep/eye mask? [more inside]
Is there a good resource (online or not) to find out if a given theatrical production is running, anytime in the near future, anywhere in the country (USA/Canada)? [more inside]
How do I successfully attach a "bamboo" screen to a chain link fence without the wind tearing it down? [more inside]
So what's coming up next on the West Coast? [more inside]
I am trying to find an account of an actual historical battle between male and female "armies". [more inside]
Has anyone here ever been hypnotized in order to quit smoking? [more inside]
Fact or fiction : All (or most) NYC restaurants get their fish deliveries on the same day every week. [more inside]
Do the people who schedule TV episodes (specifically reruns) purposely pick episodes which coincide with holidays or recent events? [more inside]
Windows XP: What does the "Speaker setup" option do, if you choose one of the various stereo options (desktop, laptop, monitor stand, monitor side, keyboard, headphones)? How does it change the waveform? It seems to me that things sound better if I pretend my headphones are desktop speakers... [more inside]
i have a Saab convertible and Washington DC requires a hands-free when using the mobile telephone. Any recommendations on a headset that will maximally cut out the wind noise artifact so that I can ride "top down"? Many of the commercial sets that I have tried still have a lot of noise due to wind.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) formula? [more inside]
Ideas for unique gifts for a baby coming in less than a month, and/or gifts for the first-time parents of said kid? [more inside]
How do I get the most out of my manumatic transmission? [more inside]
No, really, it was the dog! Dog-lovers of Metafilter, tell me: do you know any tricks to stop your dog from farting? [more inside]
I'm working on a powerpoint presentation and none of the existing templates or those I have found on the web suits my needs. I've created my own template using the "master slide" feature. However, when I leave the "master view" the colours/fonts etc. stay the same as I set them, but the placement of the boxes (headlines and text boxes) return to the defaults. How do I create a template that holds the headlines and text where I put them? [more inside]
Funny native accents? [more inside]
Is Cafepress the best option for easy on-demand manufacturing of various pieces of junk or is there a better place? Constraint: must be able to open an account from Canada, no US-only sites.
Tell us your personal stories of a too-common-name or too-uncommon-name? [more inside]
Catpissfilter: Help! My (slightly neurotic) cat is pissing where he ought not to piss! [more inside]
What do real spies tell their familes? [more inside]
I'm looking for information about medieval guitar music, specifically useful scales/chord progressions, techniques, and (especially) tabs. [more inside]
Has anyone had good luck with over the range microwaves? I'm interested in knowing how good these things do at capturing and reducing odors while cooking. We live in a small apartment and there's no vent over the stove. Would something like this over the range microwave actually reduce cooking odors?
I just cheated on my girlfriend and have no idea what I should do. [more inside]
Can you advise me on getting a laptop? Mac or PC? [more inside]
iPod: does it really need Win XP SP2, or can it work with SP1? Relatred: how can I update win XP to SP2: it just isn't offering me the option, although it used to.
What is a respectful, succinct response to being hit on by someone who prefers your gender, when you "don't swing that way?" [more inside]
My husband has applied for a different job within his company, and he seems to be getting signs that they want to hire him. It's more money, he likes the people better, and he thinks this may eventually offer advancement either within the company or outside of it. The catch? No benefits. [more inside]
During which times of the year are various fruits/vegetables/herbs/other in season? [more inside]
MPEG4Filter: I'm looking for a windows equivalent to ffmpegx on OS X. [more inside]
When I was 7 years old my best friend was an American (US Citizen) of the same age whose father was a Major in USAF stationed in Ohakea Airforce Base in the North Island of NZ; around 1983-84. My friends name was Ryan Davies (or Davis) and I would really like to make contact with him again. On the off chance... [more inside]
How does a stoplight know what time it is? [more inside]
How do I load 4x5 film? [more inside]
Is there a resource (web, ideally, but books, etc. are fine too) that shows multiple ways to style basic haircuts? I want it to show a picture of the cut (ex. shoulder-length bob), with lots of options as far as updo's, blow-outs, waves, partial ups, etc. I'm not talking about the 1 or 2 styles it shows in a lot of styling books that are available at the chain salons - I want lots and lots and lots. Is there anything out there?
Why do senior citizens refer to one-word objects with two words? [more inside]
Crackly sound in my amplifier... [more inside]
We're looking for a way to keep track of employees, clients, suppliers. Ideally, I'd be able to link to reference files (images, PDFs, spreadsheets) on the hard drive, print compact lists of entries, labels for contacts, and so on. [more inside]
Why do some women love a man's haircut and clothes so much? [more inside]
If the woman of my affections has been dating some other guy for a year -- a relationship she has said is "not that serious," in frequent playful e-mails to me -- what strategy is smarter? Stay in a queue until she becomes available? Ask what's up? Steal her away? Can anyone share successful or unsuccessful ploys to turn the other guy into the Baxter, when the woman involved is a pretty neat friend you'd like to avoid losing? [more inside]
A close friend lives in remote part of Arizona. She tried Cable and DSL for her home.. but could not get more than 20kb download speed. [more inside]
Can decaffeinated kalua be bought? Online? If not online, where? [more inside]
Can I use my barbeque after spraying the inside with a fire extinguisher? Or are the chemicals involved too toxic? If I can use it again, how do I clean the barbeque? [more inside]
Any one know what happened to sharingthegroove.org? [more inside]
Cleaning a wooden pipe - two part question. What's the best way to make sure a wooden pipe that's been boiled doesn't get mouldy? And, if boiling a wooden pipe is stupid, what's a better way to clean out a few years' worth of carboninzed resin from a small airway? The first question is the more pressing one.
Where do I start in making a universal remote control? [more inside]
Returning college student ISO mid-term exam study help. [more inside]
I'm trying to get .avi files (15 files at 300kb) onto a DVD in a DVD format so that I can see them on my DVD player. I have two DVD-making applications, WinDVD (which crashes when I try to create one) and Cyberlink PowerProducer, which took 2 hours to do 8%. My questions: One: Does it really take that long to convert from avi to DVD and Two: What is the best home package to create DVDs with interactive menus?
What's the best way to cure missing newspaper syndrome? [more inside]
ok i sold a $2000 Dell laptop on ebay, everything was going smooth, i sent out the item using UPS. i received an email from the seller telling me all he got in the box was a 'jug of water'! [more inside]
I'm interested in finding self-help books that have actually helped people. Has anyone read a self-help book that really did significantly improve their lives (or some aspect of their lives)?
I am preparing to take an HR certification exam - the PHR (Professional in Human Resources).
Have any of you taken it? If so, please recommend the best method(s) for success.
Have any of you taken it? If so, please recommend the best method(s) for success.
How can I use scripting/OS X hacks to notify me in a sweet manner when jobs on remote machines complete? [more inside]
What do I call this hat and where can I buy one? [more inside]
I'm looking for a Windows tool that will allow you to "Copy as Text" from Windows Explorer. Anybody know of anything? [more inside]
Where can I find some lugged-sole canvas sneakers? [more inside]
Webcam frustration: I have a Logitech QuickCam Pro 3000, and it's driving me up the wall. When it's not in use, the 'active' light is always on, but when I try to use it with any application, it goes off and the camera does nothing. I've done all the logical stuff I can think of - checked the Logitech site, Googled for this error, uninstalled and reinstalled software and hardware, changed USB ports and toyed with finding a major religion to cling to, but so far nothing makes any difference... so please help me, MetaFilter friends, or Mr WebCam will become surprisingly intimate with Mr Hammer... thanks!
A project of mine has inovlved me creating a number of Sudoku puzzles. What is my position with regards to copyright? I have created, from scratch, a program that builds Sudoku grids. I don't actually build the grids myself, my program does. Do I still hold copyright on the generated grids? [more inside]
I might be rejected from a clinical trial because of low CD3/4 levels. Help me understand what this means. [more inside]
How can I (legally) recreate the commentary of the last few moments of the Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series? [more inside]
I am asking this on behalf of a friend. Does anybody know of any good costume rental places in Toronto? She is looking for plus size ladies' costumes for Halloween.
I want to record my own music. I have no idea where to start. What would be a fairly inexpensive and good beginner's setup hardware and software-wise? [more inside]
I want to find something to do during Winter break (1 month) in the suburbs. I'd like a job where I get to talk to random strangers and perhaps something related to sales. I was thinking those people in the mall/airport that try to get you to sign up for credit cards. What is a good option and where can I find one of these? Wage/salary is irrelevant.
Dump my girlfriend before or right after her good friend's wedding? [more inside]
PiercingFilter: What's that white goo in my ear piercings? [more inside]
Help me sell my computer! Er... or at least decide if I want to. [more inside]
I would like to buy a cost-effective bathroom scale that is pretty darn accurate for a 200 lb. guy -- margin of error plus or minus one pound. How do I buy one that is accurate? Any brand name suggestions? Do I have to buy one of those things with manually adjusted weights that run along a bar to get this level of accuracy? Please do not instruct me not to weigh myself more than once a week, etc. -- I am looking for a set of scales that will give me a reliable snapshot.
What do you do when your postal mail carrier sucks? [more inside]
Can I replace my lousy laptop battery with a better one? I just bought an Acer Aspire 3000 series laptop and didn't realize how terrible the battery-life was until I got it home. The battery only lasts about an hour. Is there an aftermarket battery I can swap my battery for that lasts longer? [more inside]
How do we drain a pool? [more inside]
I have some older college textbooks from the early to mid 1990s; is there conceivable market for these, or should I just throw 'em in the recycle bin? (They're mainly communication studies/theory, if that matters.
I have an iPod shuffle. Next week my wife will have one. We share a single computer that has one user account and hence one iTunes application. Will we both be able to use BOTH our ipod's with one itunes application or will I have to create a new user account?
When using a Dial Up Internet Service, naturally, I am tying up my telephone. I am seeking a software package (preferably a freeware download) that will notify me of any incoming telephone calls while I am online. I can remember watching a TV ad for such a program, but have not been able to locate this program/service. PS> My Dial Up serivce is no more than a back up for my regular high speed internet. However, as long as I am subscribing to this dial up service, I might as well also use it during the day as a news service, ect.
Our rent checks seem to have gotten lost in the mail recently, and we can't figure out if it's worth spending the $25 to stop the payments or not. What do you think and why? Thanks!
What would happen if you ate a book of matches? [more inside]
Is any place still accepting Xbox 360 pre-orders, with a reasonable guarantee of launch delivery? The only place I could find was Gamestop.com's outrageously expensive Omega Bundle. Not gonna pay $2,000+ for a console, thankyouverymuch. At least not all at once ;)
I'm looking for input on a business idea. With the boom in mp3 players, I thought it would be a good idea to open a store that specialized in that item, along with accessories, podcasting equipment, etc. [more inside]
I have been interested in "indie film" for some time now. But don't let that be misleading--I have been interested in it and still know nothing about it. More inside. [more inside]
So, I think I'll get me one of them new iPods that plays video. Maybe. What would definitely push me over the edge would be if there was a way to get TV shows off my Tivo and onto the iPod. What's the easiest/cheapest/simplest way to accomplish this? I have a Powerbook G4 and my wife has a Windows XP laptop, if that helps. And while we're on the subject... [more inside]
I need help figuring out how to hook up an AC electric motor. I want to animate a Halloween project. [more inside]
How to have more than one mouse speed under Windows XP? [more inside]
What's it like to be Jerry Lundegaard selling Oldsmobiles? [more inside]
I've been getting back into mp3 blogs and have found ones for rock, jazz, electronica, even exotica. But try as I might, I can't find any for country! [more inside]
Is there an easy "daily check off" palm app? I'm looking for something to remind me to do the things I need to do every day, but sometimes those things need to be done more than once a day, and I don't want to enter multiple items for those. [more inside]
My wife was doing some yard work and found these freaky, ant-like insects.. What are they? [more inside]
What is the hardest language for a native English speaker to master, and why? (I know this is subjective... but I'm curious)
I'm working on a data graphic with a linear scale horizontally but a logarithmic scale vertically. The y-axis (count scale) values range from 0 to 200, with the mode average in the lower third of that range. I'd like the graph to take up only a third of the size vertically that it currently does. I can recognize a logarithmic plot when I see one, and I know what I want generally, but I don't have enough of a handle on the Math to actually calculate and plot such a scale myself... at least accurately. I'd appreciate any help in understanding the Math. It's one thing to see a formula, and another to know how to use it. I'm also not 100% sure that this is the best way to handle such a graph, so alternate strategies or confirmation are welcome.
Will I be unhappy if I get a Palm Tungsten E2 and a 2 Gb SD card as a music player instead of an iPod Nano? [more inside]
What's the weather like in NYC around St Patrick's Day? [more inside]
How do I keep my laser printer from playing hide-and-go seek with a Dell TrueMobile router and XP? [more inside]
I just bought a Sirius satellite radio Starmate receiver and I don't want to mount the magnetic antenna on the exterior of my car. [more inside]
Upstairs pipes rattle, but my ghost lives downstairs in the lounge? [more inside]
Sentences like "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" contain all the letters in the alphabet. Are there similar sentences that are designed to contain all of the commonly accepted phonemes in the English language?
Tell me about little kids' shoes, the ones with the flashing LEDs. [more inside]
What do I wear to a punk show? [more inside]
Going to Napa area for a couple of days. Need recommendations. [more inside]
My refrigerator reeks like a landfill, with no apparent reason for it. Please help me. [more inside]
eBayFilter: Is there a way to send a custom, automated response to the winner of my auction? [more inside]
What does it mean when a man shows an anal sex video on the first date? [more inside]
Desktop PC client using older printer and scanner wants to "Scan to Printer" (make a photocopy) in XP. [more inside]
A web design client insists on using this font on her page, but we can't seem to find it anywhere. Can you help? [more inside]
I've noticed quite a few sellers, on Ebay and elsewhere, specifying that they don't want payment from a credit card through PayPal. Wha? Huh? [more inside]
I want to use a monolithic script to delegate all document requests on my website. [more inside]
A (former) friend is getting married. I'm not invited to the wedding. Yet I still feel the need to send a gift. [more inside]
What's the potential downside of claiming you have a job offer, when you don't, in order to renegotiate your current salary and position? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a programmable USB keyboard for use with a Mac/PC? I want one that works like the old Gateway AnyKey keyboards that let you define the macros on the keyboard itself NOT via software. This should allow it to work smoothly with Mac/PC/Linux and play nicely with my KVM. Personal experience is preferred, since I already know how to poke around on google.
Does recordable media "go bad" after a while? and if it does, are there any media that is less susceptible? I am going to buy some DVD+Rs for mastering my movies to, how do I ensure that they still will work in 10 years time? [more inside]
In this metatalk thread I was trying to find a link to a media cataloging web app. What I am trying to do is take a text file of about 1,000 books, delimited by comma, and import it into one of these online social folksonomified library catalogs. Do you know of a free, friendly library web app that allows for importing of text files (I don't have the ISBN numbers, so that rules out LibraryThing) I also don't mind installing a php app, as long as it uses flat text files (it's for a friend who doesn't want to play with mysql)
What is the heaviest object that would fit inside a standard letter-sized envelope? [more inside]
What are the quirkiest hotels/ B&Bs/ inns in the UK? [more inside]
What is the appropriate rate for modeling? [more inside]
Same-day or while-you-wait clothing alterations in NYC? [more inside]
How do I convert Pinyin text to chinese characters? Using a web technology? [more inside]
Fall foliage! I'm going to be in NYC next week, and I'm hoping to escape the city for a couple of days to see the leaves. Any recommendations for good places to hike in the forest, eat a good dinner, and stay overnight, 2 hours or less from New York?
What percentage of the money raised by the average non-profit organization is usually going to cause, and how much is spent on salaries & expenses? What will be a cut-off point where you will still feel comfortable giving? What are the main taxation issues with setting up a NPO?
I am looking for sexy "classical" music. [more inside]
Many lotteries (see Powerball) increase the size of their potential jackpot over time. Assuming a $1 ticket cost, is it cost-justified to buy one ticket for every drawing when the value of the payout is greater than the odds against winning? [more inside]
My router doesn't work anymore. It used to... [more inside]
How do I auto- forward a copy of all emails received and sent to gmail? I use Windows XP with Outlook Express and I have discovered it doesn't seem to have this function available. I would be willing to switch apps if one could automatically forward a copy of everything I send out to my gmail account and also copy and forward all incoming mail to my gmail. I want to still primarily use a pop3 email client, but send a copy to gmail for archiving purposes. Any ideas on the best way to get this done?
Help me find this out-of-print book, The Ponderous Pseudonumer [ISBN 82-994200-4-0], by Dr. Allan Krill, or help me find an equivalent book.
Help me find this out-of-print book, The Ponderous Pseudonumer [ISBN 82-994200-4-0], by Dr. Allan Krill, or help me find an equivalent book. [more inside]
Are there any good replacements for Torrent Typhoon? [more inside]
What is the quickest way possible to lose weight? [more inside]
I'm a high school dropout who's been working professionally for several years. How can I go to college? [more inside]
What is this tune, and who is it by? (I thought it was the Olympic Fanfare, but I checked and was wrong, and now I'm kinda stumped. Sorry to always be unable to identify tunes...)
I am completely clueless about web hosting. Let's say I wanted to start a web business. And let's say that web business relied on a variety of different web technologies. At this point, I am technologically agnostic. For the sake of this question, let's pretend those technologies could be a combination of anything, i.e. .Net, Cold Fusion, PHP, Ruby On Rails, Lotus/Domino, Perl, Python, Real Media, Flash, Oracle, SAP, MySQL, etc. etc.
Are there managed hosting companies that will essentially rent you a beefy server in a cozy and secure data center with a clean install of Linux/Windows/etc, which will in turn let you install whatever technology you want as long as you have the requisite software licenses.
I could just host this out of my house, but I would prefer not to purchase my own enterprise server(s), T-1, diesel generator, fireproof room, and requisite Red Bull I will need to stay awake just in case it all falls down.
What are my options?
Are there managed hosting companies that will essentially rent you a beefy server in a cozy and secure data center with a clean install of Linux/Windows/etc, which will in turn let you install whatever technology you want as long as you have the requisite software licenses.
I could just host this out of my house, but I would prefer not to purchase my own enterprise server(s), T-1, diesel generator, fireproof room, and requisite Red Bull I will need to stay awake just in case it all falls down.
What are my options?
LongShotQuestion. This is one of those small problems that drive me nuts. I've started using Linux. I've settled on SciTE as my all purpose text editor. The documentation makes it look really easy to add a command to invoke aspell. googling shows that it is assumed to be really easy but I can't find a simple example for *nix based systems, only for Windows. Does anyone here use SciTE with aspell? Or does anyone here have the ability to understand the documentation and tell me what I should add to my SciTE.properties file?
I got a parking ticket on a rental car in Reykjavik, Iceland recently (meter expired.) I'm back in the US now. The ticket is all in Icelandic (but there is a web address) and I don't see any obvious location for a credit card # or really anything to make heads or tails of it. How do I pay it? [more inside]
Ladies, do you shave your arms? [more inside]
I'm founding a small magazine, with some friends. What software should we use to lay out the magazine? I think we want something like Quark. It needs to be freeware, 'cause we're starting out really small, with minimal income (we'll just cover printing).
What could cause a medium-to-high pitched whining sound in walls? What's the most likely suspect, and who should I call to diagnose/fix it? [more inside]
First visit to Chattanooga. Where should we stay? [more inside]
Are there any free software firewalls that run on Windows 2000 Server? [more inside]
Our small company has been spun off and now we're in startup mode; luckily we have four software products (we make network-control apps) almost ready. Suddenly I've got more hats: from being a lowly install programmer, now I'm also to write docs, do phone support, organize product packaging and fulfillment, and set up our website for online sales including choice of download of software or mailed CD. All by the end of the month, spending as little as possible. The first three are manageable, but although I’m a programmer I don’t know web stuff, and need advice please. [more inside]
Very specific JAVA question. Java.sun.com and various google searches have been of no use. [more inside]
How can I set up and stream LIVE video to be viewed through my, or another website? [more inside]
Am I qualified to do this IT job, and/or is it something I could pick up as I go? [more inside]
What do I wear or how do I modify my current business wardrobe when I'm in the middle of losing weight and my clothes are too big, but I've still got a long way to go? [more inside]
Does anyone ever really flush sanitary napkins? [more inside]
How do I remove "stuck" symbols from my 3310? [more inside]
What should I do with my life, and how should I do it? [more inside]
Is there a portable IMAP client that stores settings on a USB drive for OSX? [more inside]
If someone were interested in building a greywater wetland on their property, what sort of plants would be required? [more inside]
Currently I have at my work the option to choose between funds, TIAA-CREF and Fidelity investments. Since it is a non-profit organization they put in 6.5% of my salary plus anything else I want to contribute (it's a 403b). I have tried to do some research to see which company is better in the long run but can't find any information on TIAA-CREF besides that it used to be exclusively for teachers and federal employees. Does anyone know which investor I should get? I am looking for the greatest gain in the long run.
Ignoring the ethics, can you attend/sneak into university classes and lectures for free? [more inside]
Are there any decent web based applications for creating flow-charts / organizational charts?
What is the shortest time from IPO to bankruptcy? Any company filings will do.
CatchACatFilter: We have discovered 4 very cute kittens and a mother living in the bushes behind our office. We need some tips on capturing them before the winter hits. [more inside]
Cool restaurants in Vegas that are moderately priced? [more inside]
Attention HR Managers! I need help developing pay scales for my non-profit. [more inside]
Okay, I know it's been asked MANY times here but I have a specific question about shooting a picture in low-light settings. [more inside]
Is there a listserv program that can be used to send messages in Chinese or Korean? I am a PTA member who has been tasked with looking into this. Many of the students at our school have parents whose primary language is either Chinese or Korean. We would like to be able to send out listserv emails to these parents. Is there a listserv program that would let us do that? (We currently use Mailman. Although Mailman does support a couple dozen languages, Chinese and Korean are not on the list.)
GeoCaching in NYC: I'm going to be visiting NYC for the weekend, and would love to do some GeoCaching while I'm there. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of caches on the website. Does anyone have specific caches that they've found that are worth recommending? Any areas to concentrate on? Areas to avoid? General NYC caching tips? This will be my first attempt at urban caching, I'm usually out in the woods.
My boss wants to put a Plasma TV up in our lobby that will be running CNN, MSNBC, etc... He also wants to be able to scroll internal company info accross the screen (Welcome Clients, Happy Birthday, Sales Numbers etc.) Anyone ever done this or know how it can get done?
Someone posted a link to a browser based IM client that did AIM, Yahoo, MSN and ICQ on MeFi, and I've searched but can't find. [more inside]
Is there a website that catalogs the daily exchange rates between countries? For example, if I wanted to know the exchange rate from Canadian to American dollars on July 27, 2005?
Is there a Blog-This photoshop plugin? If not, is anyone interested in developing one? [more inside]
Old store catalogues? [more inside]
I need help understanding the concept of kerning fonts. Is there a formula to it, or is it really what looks "best"? [more inside]
Where/how can I convert pdf files to Word.doc/rtf format - for FREE? [more inside]
Recurrent urinary tract infections. [more inside]
T-ShirtFilter- online sources for mannequins? I'd like to have "inaction shots" of a bunch of t-shirts, but I'm not sure how to word my google searches. I'm currently finding nonsense.
VentilationFilter: My apartment's cramped little bathroom has a small window and no exhaust fan. It's getting cold here in Michigan and I'd rather not open the window to ventilate. Any brilliant ideas short of bashing holes in the wall and ceiling to install a real exhaust fan?
Allergic to this planet. [more inside]
I need a simple pop song that can be retrofitted for a farewell party. Have a decent acoustic guitar player, and a team of writers standing by to rework the lyrics to pay homage to our departing friend. What songs could semi-skilled singers use to good effect, and not mangle? [more inside]
Anyone know how to get periodically-updated 5-year charts of the NASDAQ Composite's (IXIC or ^IXIC) Price/Earnings ratio? [more inside]
What is the politest way humanly possible to tell the CEO of my company NOT TO TYPE EMAILS IN ALL CAPS?
I'm trying to remember the name of an artist who does pinup style drawings of men. The men tend to be of the bulging muscle type - I remember one drawing of a sailor in particular. Does anyone know who I'm talking about?
Ask MeFi is long overdue for a really dumb question: can I use olive oil (or other vegetable oils) as a substitute for regular bicycle-chain oil? Would it work as well? Would there be negative side effects?
Quitclaim deeds. What are they? [more inside]
How can I capture images from the DVDs I play in my PowerBook? (10.3.8) Thanks!
Ethics in billing IT hours: I'm not 'working' but I'm not 'not-working'. How can I bill for my time? This is a lot more than just being on-call. [more inside]
Life insurance: When my husband and I got our term policies years ago, he was a smoker and paid a higer rate. [more inside]
ObsoleteWindowsFilter: Is there such a thing as a universal or at least general driver for USB 'Pen' Flash Drives for Windows 98? [more inside]
I was reading this thread the other day and it got me wondering how the iTMS gift voucher system works. We have friend who is working here in Australia until the end of the year and has a US credit card, can she get us a gift certificate if we have .mac account or do we need to have a US iTMS account for it to work? [more inside]
I'd like to find a list of the most remarquable songs or music pieces that were composed from 1900 to now. [more inside]
Where to find (needful) gadgets for my house? [more inside]
I am creating a new website for a company my friend owners.. and i want to give it a good "trustworthy and user friendly feel" one way I have noticed that lots of sites do htis is by have a "search engine box" like google or yahoo that allows users to search the net through the search engine but through the specific site they are on.. I tried google but my fu is failing me, is there a way to do this that is free and if so... how do I get it done.. [more inside]
The last song on Fiona Apple's new CD is called "Waltz (Better than Fine)". It makes me extremely happy. Please recommend other songs that will do the same. [more inside]
I would like some general information, advice, and opinions about using a laptop almost exclusively as a desktop replacement. [more inside]
I have been offered shares in a business (a startup) in exchange for work I have done for them. I have nothing in writing yet. What do I need to get from them to prove at a later date I own this stake in their company? [more inside]
So I was reading "Tournament Poker for Advanced Players" by Sklansky, and found his system, and his modified system, pretty interesting. It's pretty easy to analyze the basic system, but the modified system is more complicated, and I have some questions/concerns about it. [more inside]
Can a collection agency reopen a nine year-old unpaid debt? [more inside]
I know that a few Mefites are also closet cartoonists. C'mon, you know who you are. I'm doing a webbcomic. What's the best way to generate interest/traffic? [more inside]
I have a very good friend and colleague and our organization is surprising her for her 60th birthday this Friday at a supposed TGIF. She's a Chinese American and very proud of her roots, so I'd like to get her something special or do something because of this. She celebrates all of the traditional Chinese holidays and still speaks the language with her family members. I being Anglo as they come, don't have any good ideas or much time left, so any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks!
I’d love a RAZR-cool phone, but I can’t find one for CDMA! [more inside]
Are there any Windows utilities out there that use transparency in an intelligent way? [more inside]
McMefi - What packaging from McDonalds can I recycle? [more inside]
Interview tips. [more inside]
Are there any areas around Seattle worth checking out while I'm visiting Seattle. My trip is partially for vacation and partially to see if it is an area I might like to move to. Will it be worthwhile to check out neighboring areas like Kirkland and/or Redmond? Which areas should I check out and what spots are worth visiting beyond the touristy areas in seattle? I'd love to hear some suggestions for fun and interesting things to experience in neighboring areas and seattle neighborhoods outside of downtown seattle.
My company has recently started internet monitoring. I believe they have set up some kind of proxy server. Unfortunately, they have blocked sites that I use for productivity. Is there any way of easily getting around the proxy server. I'm not sure if I'm right, but there must be a setting in Internet Explorer that can route my websites through another server? How do I do this and who do I use. I don't mind paying, but would perfer free. The owner of my company has become big brother and it's unfortunate because now sites can only be "work related" which can be widely (or narrowly defined) I would also like to know how to find out what they are using to do this (for curiosity purposes). Where can I look on my computer to see this. Also, I think they may have set up remote viewing. Is there any way to detect this?
When meeting new people, how do you avoid the interview-style boring questions? (How old are you? Where did you grow up? Do you work or study? ...) [more inside]
I have a bottle of (violently pink) rose syrup, and (having never used the stuff before) no idea what to do with it. Suggestions, please?
I'm looking to identify a watch. [more inside]
Need nerd help: Is it better to use a software firewall or a router to protect oneself while connected to the internet? Pardon my igorance, but I really am quite stupid. [more inside]
Drywood termites: fumigation or liquid injection? [more inside]
How can I become a community college or contunuing ed instructor? [more inside]
How can I get a good splatter effect in Photoshop? [+] [more inside]
Where have all the good staplers gone? [more inside]
I have 4 Gigabit switches for my network and one 10/100 router. Can/should I hook each switch up to the router and then also plug each switch into each other switch to improve internet performance while still maintaining Gigabit on my LAN?
What is the best device to use for recording a conversation with another person? The recorder needs to be small and able to record voices while stored in my pocket.
Idle Corporate Question: Has anyone here worked in a Payroll department? I know that one of the great taboos in large corporations is that nobody else knows how much everyone else makes (subordinates excluded.) But, what about a Payroll department. Do they each know how much everyone else in their department makes? Or, is their own information segmented off somehow?
CVS panic. I just committed a loginfo file with a typo in it. Now any commit aborts at the logging stage, so I can't commit the fixed loginfo file. How the heck can I get it to commit? Is there a "force commit" or "ignore logging" flag? The CVS documentation and wiki has been of little help.
I have a Vermont Castings propane stove that heats about half my house. I turned the pilot light off in the spring and just re-lit it, a total of 5 months. If propane costs $2.20 per gallon, how much did I save, versus leaving it on?
Simple canning of sauces. I like to make large batches of pasta sauce, barbecue sauce and fresh salsas. I've been freezing them, but the canning sounds like it would be a better route to go (no need to defrost, no freezer burn). Know of any resources to get me started? I've never canned a thing in my lfe.
Can I operate a chest freezer as a refrigerator? [more inside]
Prompted by this question the other day, where can I see some examples of the outlines authors (fiction or non) put together before they start writing their books?
Can you find instructive examples of shady high-tech auctions on eBay, especially in regard to notebook computers? Can you relate things you have seen in a high-tech auction listing that set off warning bells for you? What should I watch out for? [more inside]
Halloween lighting. What is a good internet source for orange and/or purple fairy lights ("christmas tree" string style)? [more inside]
I want to migrate an irritatingly large number of QuarkXPress 6.0 publications to InDesign. What are my options? What are your recommendations? [more inside]
Does a wet shirt dry faster on a line or while you are wearing it? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a site that discusses the membership size of listservs? [more inside]
Monitor display problems: after attempting to change screen resolution by way of the Control Panel my girlfriend's monitor shows the following H: 30_70KHzU:50-120Hz, and the question, PC settings correct? Then shuts off... [more inside]
I want to get a file from my mac to my pc -- the file is just slightly too big to fit on a CD-R. [more inside]
Graphics for hire ethics question: For some years I've been creating fairly complex instructional graphics for a small company as a freelance editor/designer, using Illustrator. Until recently, all I sent them was a print-out of the finished results that they then had reproduced. Recently they've slowed down on sending me work, started asking me questions about Illustrator, and requesting that I send them copies of some of the .ai files I've created over the years. [more inside]
I would like to reconsider my options for a personal wiki. [more inside]
I'm planning to buy an iBook within the next 6 months -- hopefully before the end of the year. Should I incorporate the upcoming switch to Intel processors into my purchasing plans? Is it time to hurry up or wait? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a home coffee roaster? I have a defunct Fresh Roast plus 8. Is there anything better out there for less than $200?
Recommend 3D animation software with scripting ability. [more inside]
How many Al-Qaeda number twos are there? [more inside]
Who is the actress in the Suzuki Grand Vitara commercial? [more inside]
Who are some pro-social, smart, online/new media-visionary types? [more inside]
Can I save my data? [more inside]
Any templates/examples of visualizing org structure changes and/or company growth and hiring. [more inside]
What strange (downloaded) videos can I show on my TV during my birthday party? [more inside]
Please help a recovering black thumb gardener with burning questions about a gorgeous ivy topiary... [more inside]
Failure to mount (error 35)? Help me Mac-xors! [more inside]
Should we fix the scratches and dents on our (relatively) new car? [more inside]
Home networking problems between two computers. [more inside]
How do I provide support to a friend that has recently been gay-bashed? [more inside]
What online questionnaire tools would MeFites recommend? [More inside] [more inside]
I'm looking to start a collection of classic literature... Machiavelli's The Prince, Sun Tzu's The Art of War... I need recommendations on books, and specific translations of those books. [more inside]
If you could bring together notable people living in or near London (celebrities, authors, politicians, etc.) to discuss current events, who would you choose and what would they discuss? [more inside]
My insomnia is driving me nuts... [more inside]
Everywhere I go - walking down the street, hanging out in a bar, sitting there minding my business - nearly everybody that passes me, whether on foot or in a car, feels the need to make some kind of comment about me of the form, "what a fuckin fag," or "you know you're fucking gay," etc. I'm not insecure about my sexuality but the sheer constancy of it is driving me nuts. What would you do? [more inside]
UK Law filter. What laws are there regarding industrial noise pollution at night? [more inside]
What's wrong with my laser printer, can it be fixed, how much would it cost? [more inside]
Say I've got 10 phone numbers going to a single fax modem... is there any way for fax software to distinguish these incoming faxes? [more inside]
Are commuter cyclists really the regular victims of extreme road rage, inspired merely by their presence? Why? [more inside]
How/where can one find average home-sale prices (and other related data) for regions or towns or neighbourhoods in cities, in Canada? [more inside]
Why are laptop AC adaptors so damn heavy? Do they make lighter ones? [more inside]
I would like to replace my light bulbs but am confused... [more inside]
What should I write about in my cover letter if there is no specific job description? [more inside]
How do I give someone a greeting card that has a short recorded audio clip of my choice on it? Surely someone has created a quick and cheap way to personalize a greeting card with a disposable audio device, yes?
A while back I spotted a t-shirt website that sold shirts with this little guy on it. Does anyone know the site, or the name of the character?
I am setting out to build a 10 foot tall replica of King Kong's head. What kind of materials should I use? [more inside]
A few years ago, I ignored a summons to jury duty (U.S. District Court, if that's relevant). I didn't intentionally shirk my civic duty. I just completely forgot to deal with it promptly. Am I in a lot of trouble? What's the best way to handle this responsibly and avoid any unpleasant surprises?
My husband has a Mac in Rhode island. I have a PC in California. We would like to talk to each with webcams. Why won't our computers be friends? [more inside]
Could you please help me identify this bread?
Why does one of my professors refuse to watch Schindler's List? [more inside]
I install my new AirportExtreme card, but then my computer won't turn on. What is going on? [more inside]
I just opened my own post- moderated blog. Its kid of dead right now and I get 10-15 visitors a day and I am the only one who posts there. This is very depressing and I started to lose my motivation. Is there any place that I can draw more attention to it? Yes, I know about the ad sense but I cant really afford it. Thanks!
I'm considering taking a year of Recording Arts at a college in Toronto or Montreal next year before going to University for my B.A. My school's guidance people are remarkably unhelpful, can you offer advice in choosing the school for me, or even if this is the right decision? [more inside]
Can I feed box elder bugs to a frog? [more inside]
What is the shortest possible phone number in the world? [more inside]
If I buy a Dell monitor from a US website, do I need to buy an adapter to use it in Europe (specifically, in Spain)? Or is there some way to change the current?
I am in love with a long time friend. Do you think it would be emotionally/ otherwise risky to go visit her? [more inside]
My website is hosted by Dreamhost. It primarily consists of a Movable Type weblog that I keep for family and friends. A few others have weblogs on my MT installation. I use the Berkely DB option and MT 2.661 (for licensing reasons). Suddenly today I am unable to login. Comments result in an odd error. When I attempt to recover my password, I get an 'invalid username' error. To me, it appears the database has become corrupt. HELP! Can the database be saved? Does anyone have experience with a similar blogtastrophe?
How do I learn to share my feelings? [more inside]
Help me cure lesbian bed-death. Lesbians and non-lesbians alike are welcome to reply. It's a not-so-funny joke in the gay community that a few months into a serious relationship. lesbians stop having sex. My partner and I have been together for six years now, and, although we talk about sex (especially how much we miss it!) we don't have sex. Maybe once a month, possibly less often than that. [more inside]
I love my girlfriend but I'm starting to think I need to move on. I've never broken up with anyone before. Help. [more inside]
I am a man with a sexual problem. It's probably the opposite of what you think. Details inside, NSFW or kids. [more inside]
So, should I be glad that I got a seniors' discount at a theater and take the discount, or say indignantly, 'hey, I'm 50, and I'm paying full price', or is this a gimme by the kid at the cash register? [more inside]
How do you transport a computer on a motorcycle? [more inside]
SciFiBookIdentFilter: A novel by a woman, published (I think) in the mid-90s, about the US after most of the people have disappeared leaving only about 10% of the original population. The book centered around a group of disparate people who lived together in a house, called, I think, The House, upon which one of the residents was always working and adding new rooms. [more inside]
How much should a 20,000 mile dealer service cost for a 2003 VW Passat? $470? Am I getting ripped off? Should I fight? [more inside]
Are there any sites that sum up complicated storylines in comic books? [more inside]
Brits: Do you use sheets and blankets? Or does everyone use a duvet and cover now? Any ballpark guess on percentages of the population using each?
When writing a strictly fictional story, what precautions should one take when referencing real items (e.g. songs, websites, fast food chains, etc.)? [more inside]
least visible/ugly power extension cords? [more inside]
Connections between depression, medicine, weight, and weight loss? [more inside]
FolksonomyFilter: I'm looking for well-executed uses of tagging beyond the beaten path (flickr, del.icio.us, etc). I have several questions about user behavior when it comes to tagging schemes, and would love some pointers to places to go. [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find reproductions or online scans of Mozart's original manuscript of the Requiem Mass K.626 in Mozart's own hand? It doesn't matter if it's freely available or reasonably purchasable.
How to sync favourites or bookmarks between different computers and different browsers? I have a work PC, a home PC and a USB Drive. I just want to be able to access the same bookmarks wherever I am and keep them automatically updated. Any ideas? [more inside]
Is it OK to put wheels from a 1993 Geo Prizm on a 1994 Geo Prizm? [more inside]
I want a US credit card. I don't have a SSN. [more inside]
I am looking for a scanner (flatbed) for my office. Reviews? Advice? What are good brands? [more inside]
Inspired by this thread, I'm wondering which conductors offer the best interpretations of Beethoven? [more inside]
If someone has lost (or greatly reduced) their gag reflex, is there any way to get it back? [more inside]
I'm interested in backpacking through Europe. I have no job to tie me down at the moment, so I have all the time in the world to see as much as I possibly can. How much should I expect to spend on a trip to Europe in a two week trip? And is it possible to see it all in two weeks, or should I plan for more?
What is the best way to see hawks in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, New York? [more inside]
Is there a distribution of a linux-like OS which turns hardware into an easy-to-configure rsync appliance? [more inside]
Doug Copp advocates finding a Triangle of Life and gives up to 10 tips for an earthquake situation that will ensure maximum survival of the people involved. But his findings and tips has been discredited by the American Red Cross (ARC) who sees it as challenge to their "Drop, Cover and Hold On" safety advice as applied to its use in USA. It said that buildings in the States are constructed to a higher standard which makes the DC&HO method , the one to use. I would have thought if the standards are all that stringent , finding a triangle of life would be much easier and ensure a greater survival quotient in the States, if it was the drilled into the students. [more inside]
Things to do in London when you're us. So, a couple of friends and I decided to fly to London this weekend. We need some help. [more inside]
Is there a program for Macs to let you draw circles and arrows on a web page? [more inside]
Am I crazy to quit my job when I have nothing else lined up? Recently, my job took a sudden turn. I am now video taping non-professional young women doing unseemly things in various nightclubs. I find it disturbing for any number of reasons. (I'm male.) But the question is: should I let go of this job if I don't have immediate prospects for another? I have enough money to last three months. How much is my conscience worth?
Needlepoint yarn - does it have to be a special type of (expensive, French) yarn for a pre-worked canvas? or can I buy wool knitting yarn? How do I calculate how much yarn for 2 seat covers? [more inside]
I went with some friends to the X Prize Cup Countdown in Las Cruces, NM this weekend. While we were there we saw a very odd looking logo on the side of a (presumably) government vehicle. It consists of a black triangle on a blue circular background. Around the triangle are images of a fighter jet, a tank and a rifle. In the middle of the black triangle is a white eight-pointed star. Here is a picture we took of it. Any ideas?
In a roman myth, Apollo is walking on a beach. Evening is coming and he needs a place to spend the evening. He sees an old man and women ands asks if he could spend the night with them. They take him into their home and give up everything that they own for his comfort. In the morning Apollo wants to reward them for their generosity but does not want to reveal his identity. He decides his gift will be for them to pass away together. Who are these people? Does this myth have a name? How can greek and roman myths be referenced through a description such as this?
My company's website is interested in selling online advertising in the form of banners (no Google AdWords or similar). We want to target medium-large companies/retailers that complement (not compete for) our product line. [more inside]
Our PC based network sucks for Mac and unfortunately I do not think that our IT support (external) is up to the job, despite their assurances. Should setting up a reliable network really be that hard? [more inside]
LawSchool/Work Filter: I'm a 1L part time night student at a solid (read: top 60 US) school. How do I propose I move from full time to 3 day a week part time contractor? [more inside]
Anybody got a recommendation for an online source for business cards based on your experience? Any you think I should avoid?
Research-filter: I'm looking for sources of EU laws, policies, positions, and white papers on privacy and/or RFID technology. [more inside]
Where can I find a very accurate water heater? [more inside]
Okay, so I have a java program that's supposed to run in the background all the time. The problem is that the JVM allocates all the memory it can use, and then just sits there taking up a half-gig of ram. Is there any way I can get the thing to GC aggressively and release memory back to the system when it's done? [more inside]
Wireless Internet help. [more inside]
Can you help me get my data back? [more inside]
Can I mix interferon with food to dose my cat? She's been diagnosed with stomatitis, a viral mouth infection, so she'll be taking interferon for at least a few months. I'm getting conflicting information from the two vets who have seen her about how to administer it. [more inside]
Help me select a laptop. (Be gentle, its my first time...) [more inside]
Where can I work part-time and get benefits? [more inside]
I have a group of eight people. Sue, Jim, Pat, Don, Bob, Joe, Liz, Ned. I need to get a list of all the possible groups, sized 1 - 6, which could make from these people, while observing a few rules. [more inside]
Is having a car with a manual transmission in Los Angeles really so awful? [more inside]
Is my iPod hosed? After restoring it to factory defaults, it freezes whenever I upload significant amounts of mp3s (crashes after a few gigs at a different place each time) [more inside]
What do you think is going to happen to the USA if "Intelligent Design" is successfully placed into the science curriculum? [more inside]
My cat is dying, any ideas on how I can spoil the hell out of him in his last few months? [more inside]
Galapagos Islands and Patagonia travel advice please! [more inside]
I need to capture video from a webcam for 1 min. every 30 min, for a 24 hour period. I know I could do this with a python script but --as I have very little python experience-- I am looking for an easier, point-and-click method. Are there any programs that one can set to capture a specific amount of video every x minutes over a certain period? Is there some easier/better way to script this than with the python module?
Internet sharing - I have 2 or 3 Internet service providers that I can use at the same time. I am not looking for load balancing, just redundancy. Not sharing any services, just want to surf. Any simple solution?
What was it ...? Forgotten movie from the 80's - a young teenager is separated from his father on a camping trip in the Pacific Northwest. If memory serves correct, he was kidnapped and held captive by some pretty backwoods kind of guys. He then learns survival and more.... inside .... [more inside]
I'm considering an MA degree in Museum Studies. Can anyone offer any insider information on North American programs - which offer the best training, which are considered reputable by Museum professionals, etc. Thanks! [more inside]
I'm sick of trying to group the posts on my WordPress blog by category. What plugin do I need to use tags instead? [more inside]
I'm sick of giving bad gifts. Generally I spend $50-$100 and I always get things that *I* would like or gift cards to Best Buy. Instead of that, what sub $100 gifts can you recommend... other than an iPod shuffle?
CSS question (sort of) : Printing web pages with background images. [more inside]
I recall reading a poem in third or fourth grade on the theme of late summer, involving pickled watermelon rinds and smoking corncob pipes filled with stolen cigarette butts while hanging out high up in a tree. Very specific, I know but I can't find it anywhere. Help? [more inside]
I can't hit a speed bag anymore. I've been boxing training for a couple years, then quit for six months, started again and I can't hit it anymore. It's like I never had a boxing lesson before (boy, I did). I thought it was like riding a bike, that one couldn't un-learn it. It seems more like golf, that without constant practice I'm screwed. My trainer is indeed baffled. Boxing MeFites, any past experiences? Thanks. [more inside]
I've noticed a dramatic (like 80%) reduction in spam on Sundays. Am I alone? Any ideas why this would be? Might this reveal anything useful for the eternal battle against the hideous stuff?
You got the powwwer! Which movie was this from? [more inside]
JobFilter: Anyone out there had success landing work as a freelancer through Guru.com? I can't tell how big this operation is (how many freelancers registered or jobs placed since inception), so I'm hesitant. Any insights or experiences would be appreciated.
There seems to be a consensus on how Chaucer and his contemporaries sounded. What I'd like is a summary (or links, or pointers to resources) of how we know how Middle English speakers sounded.
I need help in setting up a US bank account from the UK. [more inside]
Can anyone give some suggestions of cheap things (like sub-$15) a group of tourists can do in Seattle that are a)very fun and b) very accessible to people with limited English-language skills. [more inside]
QuoteFilter: Please help me identify this quote. I think it's from a movie, but I'm not certain: "F*** your rights! (Praise the Lord.)" [more inside]
Dear writers- I am wondering about your process, your approach to a story (novel or short or whatever) from a seed in your mind to something on paper and then to a final draft? [more inside]
BadJointsFilter: I'm predisposed to bad hip joints (my mother had one replaced a few years ago and my grandmother had both replaced) and will occasionally have a really achy hip day. What are some things I can do to keep my hips as healthy as possible for as long as possible? [more inside]
How have people prevented and recovered from Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) of the fingers caused mainly by mouse clicking? [more inside]
I own one of these that is malfunctioning. Windows won't recognize it and I have some semi-important things on it. Does anyone know of a way to get the data off of it?
When riding my bike, why do I tend to slip forward on the saddle? What can I do about it? [more inside]
Help me find new music? [more inside]
In interested in case-studies of people who have "cured" their own mental disorders via pure reasoning. [more inside]
I'm looking for the name of a movie i once saw half of. Ive talked to some friends about it and some of them seem to remember it to - its all a little vague though, sorry bout that. This whole thing is spoiler-ridden, for obvious reasons, so if you start to read it and a) havent seen the movie before and b) would kind of like to i'd suggest you stop when you think it starts to get good, because i've put down what i THINK the ending is. [more inside]
SQLBase Trouble -- Please Help I've got an old version of ADP's software which is no longer supported. It giving an error from the SQLBase portion: 00803 Fatal SQLBase System Failure (ROW UEP). The service (running on Win2k Server) terminates when this happens, and this happens when anyone tries to log on to the software. What do I need to do to fix this?
TMobile WiFi at Starbucks: Honest or Deceptive Billing Practices? [more inside]
The Talmud & The Internet: It occurred to me the other day that collaborative web spaces - blogs with commentary, wiki pages, etc. - might have a distant forebear in the Jewish Talmud (it should be noted, however, that I am not a Jew, nor have I a very good understanding of Jewish scripture). After asking around, I found a link to an article by David Porush and a few mentions of the book linked above (the reviews of which are less than stellar). Are there other scholarly articles or books that might prove helpful in exploring this topic?
Any recommendations for SQL training in Lodi, California? [more inside]
What are our options in this fairly unique exchange-student situation, where a family member is being denied access to our local school? [more inside]
What is the best place to lookup up symptoms of illness? I have a friend that needs to try to figure out what is wrong and doctors aren't helping.
Procmail text parsing. Might you be able to help? [more inside]
Migraine Recovery Filter: What can I do to reduce the residual effects of a migraine? [more inside]
I've recently got into watching sports webcasts but find that the picture quality isn't great. My internet connection is 400Mb/sec so I suspect that the problem lies with my graphics card which is a Mobility Radeon 7500. Is there some way to confirm this before I splash the cash and upgrade it? I'm running on Windows XP and have 512Mb RAM. I'm not sure what else is relevant.
What is the current pay rate for an information architect in the Seattle area? [more inside]
What's the easiest way to get recorded shows off my DirecTV Tivo? [more inside]
I'm looking for advice on teaching basic Excel skills to adults in a classroom setting. [more inside]
How do I get mobile ActiveSync working with Exchange 2003 on Windows Server 2003? The "OWA" page is working and I can't for the life of me get these batch of Sprint smartphones to use the ActiveSync function when not docked. [more inside]
I need to make professional looking organizational charts. My office doesn't want to buy any software for me to do it. I'm willing to spend (some of) my own money, if necessary, to buy a tool that does it. I'd like to be able to either import the final chart to Word, or make .pdf's. Or both. Any recommendations for software? [more inside]
Love-triangle Filter. I am close friends with a guy called Phil. He is in unrequitedly in love with Jennifer. At a party on Friday, Jennifer and I talked for ages and she asked me for my number, which I gave her. I have talked to Phil and he has said he doesn't mind Jennifer and I being friends, "but will never speak to me again if anything happens between [us]." Jennifer and I are going for a drink on Friday. Is Phil being unreasonable, or should I not let anything happen between Jennifer and I? [more inside]
JSP templates as templates - am I reinventing the wheel? [more inside]
When viewing enhanced podcasts on an iPod nano, is it possible to keep the image enlarged? [more inside]
Sell or hold? My impulse rare book investment is appreciating nicely it seems. Maybe. [more inside]
Where can I buy a "terror threat level" indicator for the home? [more inside]
What is your favorite mellow instrumental music? [more inside]
GTD - Getting things done questions for people who have 'adopted' it. [more inside]
I am flying to another city soon and would like take my guitar with me. On the plane--not as baggage. I would like to read about the experiences of anyone here who has tried to do the same. My research thus far yields no fixed answer.
What's the reaction to the tv show Lost in Korea? [more inside]
KnittingFilter: good, warm, synthetic or plant-based yarns? [more inside]
What's the best way to wash chopsticks in a dishwasher? They always fall through the basket... [more inside]
In junior high, I played a game a lot like "Asteroids" many times at a comic book store. The game was obviously already kind of old--it was in the store as a sort of novelty--and this was in the late eighties. The asteroids were sort of three-dimensional green (?) polygons, and the ship had a shield. [more inside]
If you take two showers a day, should you use both shampoo and conditioner both times? [more inside]
I'd like to be able to watch tv and record it on my G4 iBook. I know that there are a plethora of ways to do this on the PC side, with a special card or whatnot. Is there a (cheap!) way to do this with my mac? It has to be external, obviously, since I'm going to be using it with the iBook.
How much of a person's body could be surgically amputated while making sure the person remains alive?
What do you guys/gals know about flower food for cut flowers from a florist? Any of these foods available with a particularly convenient form of application (dissolving tab? Something easy to bring to someone else's house when you bring them flowers?)? Any of them particularly fantastic?
Since iTunes won't let me purchase music from other territories, what are some good services that have worldwide coverage so I can download the tracks I want? If such a service even exists. [more inside]
I have seen friends and relatives become ill and not know exactly where to go or what to do. Obviously a doctor is a good choice. But when a person has a fatal disease that requires research to make a right decision and dealing with insurance companies, etc., etc. Are there health advocates that one can contact that can be trusted? Are they paid for through health insurance and are they impartial in that they will help you make your own choices?
Is there a limit to the number of abortions a woman may have? [more inside]
GoogleFu failing: Help me find this very funny flash-animation from a few years back. It's a story about the US, China, France, UK and Russia firing nukes on each other, narrated by a very funny male voice. Same guy later went on to produce flash-animated commercials for Nike Running. [more inside]
What qualifications does one need to work in a living history museum? Does anyone have any recommendations of good museums (in the USA) to investigate in regards to employment, or just in general? [more inside]
I recently received a gift of a of very nice bottle of scotch. I'm not scotch drinker and it's worth way too much to keep around for guests and such. (I could really use some extra cash.) What's the best way to go about selling it? (It's unopened and in its original wooden box.)
What are these symbols spraypainted on the sidewalk near Boston, MA? My photo might be upside-down or sidways. [more inside]
How did Quentin Tarantino learn to write his trademark dialogue? Who were his influences? [more inside]
I have about 75K left on a long term mortgage at about 6.5%. Recently a credit card I have with a large credit limit (20K+) sent checks that could be used for full amount of credit @ 1.9% fixed for the life of the loan. Should I use this to pay off some of the mortgage at a lower interest rate? I know I can make the min payments, are there dangers or problems I'm not considering?
Where do you go when you need something quick-drying, antibacterial, and superior in moisture wicking? [more inside]
How can I recode low-level brain functions? [more inside]
What is the minimum amount of food intake you could live on healthily? [more inside]
Anyone have a Dell Laptop with blue trim/blue coloring? [more inside]
Wrongfully accused of breaking someone's cell phone. [more inside]
BudgieFilter: Getting a second budgie? [more inside]
What's the best (most effective and cost efficient) way to fix undermined concrete steps? [more inside]
There's a version of the US national anthem on the movie "The Sum of All Fears" that I would like to download. Had no luck with P2P networks. Any clues?
Do you ever feel guilty about telling others of your volunteer work? [more inside]
I'm looking for a Zip file extractor for Windows with some specific requirements that I haven't been able to meet... [more inside]
After seeing the recent movie Serenity, and having my intelligence insulted by how poorly thought out the universe is (it's all supposed to be taking place in one solar system, with hundreds of habitable worlds), I was wondering what the theoretical upper limit of possible habitable worlds in a single solar system is. Assume the normal Earth-like worlds, and moons of Jovians. [Slightly More Inside] [more inside]
Can anyone identify this British accent? [more inside]
How should I go about visiting the Grand Canyon? [more inside]
Advice for first-time TA? [more inside]
UK residents, is it illegal to hide your face from the ubiquitous security cameras? [more inside]
I'm transcribing a speech and the speaker just did that thing where you simulate an explosion noise with your throat. What should I write?
I'm trying to get rid of some ugly, dying ferns in my backyard. I'm digging them up the best I can, but should I be worried about the coming back and what hints and tips do you have about removing ferns?
My father is probably about to die. He lives in Texas. (I'm in Colorado, and am about to go to Texas.) He is conscious but unable to communicate. I am his only heir. He said years ago that he wanted me to be the executor of his will, but I don't know if he even has a will. If he does have a will, he probably prepared it when he was married to a woman (not my mother), to whom he is no longer married. My question is what happens, or what I should do, in either case. He does not have substantial assets. I just want to make sure there's enough money to pay for the funeral and his outstanding debts.
As part of my work, I need to extract clips from movies and burn them to a DVD. [more inside]
Cell phone plan/service in Greensboro NC? [more inside]
Why do so many funk songs reference popcorn? [more inside]
HomeTheaterFilter: I have a Sony SLV-360 connected to an EIKI LC-X60 projector with component video cable. When I try and watch a DVD on the Sony, it only shows in black and white. How can I fix this?
What is the estimated time to market (ETTM?) of the intel-based Apple desktops?
I need a USB hub that is fully transparent (doesn't impede or alter device performance) but I don't know how to find one or if such even exists. Here's why... [more inside]
Why is it so bad to use tables for web layout? [more inside]
Is there a way to utilize a whitelist of specific sites in either Google or another search engine? The "site:" operator seems either too restrictive (one website) or too expansive (e.g., edu, gov). [more inside]
website search: I am looking for a site of cell phone towers camouflaged as trees. [more inside]
Another "please explain" question for conservatives, libertarians, and perhaps historians regarding welfare, concepts of economic freedom, and the nineteenth century. [more inside]
How do I get the Windows XP system tray clock to display the date? [more inside]
I drove for about nine months on a bad oxygen sensor. Will my car suffer any long-term ill effects? [more inside]
A crystal consists of 100,000,000 layers of atoms such that there is 1 atom in the first layer, 3 in the second, 6 in the third, 10 in the fourth, 15 in the fifth, and so forth. Exactly how many atoms are there in the entire crystal? [more inside]
why is prostitution illigal, yet the porn industry thrives? [more inside]
Help an idiot find a software solution/program to archive/index his 400+ mp3/cdr's. (way more inside)
additional details and requirements [more inside]
At my last job, i was making around 45k a year Taking home roughly $1500 after taxes and such. Now at my current job im making over 50k, but I take home about the same amount as i did when I was making 45k. $1500. Whats going on???
I am applying for an alternative student loan. I am confused about the difference between Prime and LIBOR, and I am confused about how to actually decide which lender to go with. [more inside]
What software packages do phone sex operators use? [more inside]
London and Isle of Man Hotel recommendations: We are traveling to London and the Isle of Man in November and have yet to make hotel reservations. Does anyone have recommendations on inexpensive places to stay in London or Douglas (Isle of Man)?
Asimov's "Foundation" series: What's the correct order to read them? [more inside]
On Tuesday, my boyfriend is having an anterior cervical fusion of C5 and C6 as a result of being on the weak end of a car-bicycle collision. He's in Los Angeles. I'm in Boston. I'm worried, and I have lots of questions. How can I help? [more inside]
Auto-accident question: Is my health insurance going to come after me for money? [more inside]
Are there any books for learning a foreign language, that are written with English words but in the syntax and structure of the foreign language? Example: "When one this sentence into the German translate wanted, would one the fact exploit, that the word order and the punctuation already with the German conventions agree." [more inside]
I'm thinking of joining the Air Force with an eye towards a flight or airfield operations officer position, and I could use some advice on how to maintain control of my career so that I don't end up in a dead-end position in a place I don't want to be. [more inside]
In an otherwise great relationship, is it normal to have moments where you feel completely fed up? [more inside]
Windows equivalent of AppleScript? [more inside]
I want to make a compilation of clips from a series of (i think Divx-encoded) AVI files -- basically, a 15 to 20 minute "best of" montage taken from about 10 hours of video. The native resolution of the files is something around 500px by 250 or so -- 16:9 ratio -- 1 hour = ~300MBs. [more inside]
Are significant food allergies evenly distributed across the political spectrum? [more inside]
I have a Powerbook whose display doesn't work. Is it really the display or maybe just the cable, and could I fix that myself? [more inside]
How do I clean and prepare a crab and its parts so that it becomes edible? [more inside]
Who sang "I want to be on your teevee so that you will notice me./You don't notice nothing else except that box that's on your shelf."?
Bikefilter: got any tips for rolling on recalcitrant clinchers? [more inside]
My email is spazzing out! I use IncrediMail at home to get my Hotmail, Yahoo and GMail messages. Every few weeks, (more often recently) every email in all three accounts will download AGAIN into IncrediMail. [more inside]
PhotoshopFilter: How does one add resolution to an image? My current image size is 3'w x 2'h at 100dpi. The finished image needs to be roughly 10' x 7.5' (possibly bigger) at 100dpi. If I just scale it up or add dpi, I'll have noticable pixelization. [more inside]
How can I rescue files from my iBook in single user mode? Or mount it on my G4 desktop without causing that to crash? [more inside]
I look for a free ebook reader for my notebook. [more inside]
Best place to work as a GRE/SAT tutor? Advice, horror stories, experiences, and varia requested. [more inside]
What's the deal with hand tattoos? [more inside]
Lost Cat Filter: My sister just moved into a new place, and woke up to find that her cat was missing. It's 3 years old and has only ever been an indoor cats. He has no collar or microchip. Any advice on how we can find him? [more inside]
Anyone work in the wild and wooly world of Public Relations? I'm curious about industry-specific lingo and utterances. What do people in the public relations industry call it when a Press Release/Video News Release, etc. gets picked up in the media just as they'd hoped? Is it a success? A hit? A what? What are the commonly used terms of success or failure? Are there differences between terms used in public and the ones used near the water cooler? Are there any specific pieces of vocabulary, and what do they mean? Any PR lingo is much appreciated....
I download loads of amusing.interesting pictures and videos that I want my non-geek friends to see. Is there a private peer-to-peer service that's easy to use and install, so that they don't get confused? And ideally the program doesn't need registration or payment, or be bulked out with IM etc! So, in a nutshell: simple, private peer-to-peer. Anyone? [more inside]
Photoshop filter that makes photos look like paintings/drawings? [more inside]
So I'm template hacking my Blogger account and I've got a problem. The template tag that actually contains the body of my posts (< $blogitembody$>) forces a break both before and after it (Blogger template tags defined here). Thus, I can't format my posts so that I have both the contents of my post and the perm link on the same line (just like Kottke has done here). I have removed all the formatting html and CSS in my template and, no matter what I do, the forced break won't go away? Any hacks or work around ideas?>
So, I am thinking about putting together an aquarium for keeping octopuses. I have never had an aquarium before. Is this just a hare-brained idea with no chance of success?
My wife and I have been looking for a daycare centre for our one year old daughter, as my wife is returning to work shortly. French daycare w/ english speaking parents question follows... [more inside]
MortgageFilter: I'm in the UK, and starting to look around for a house. Yes, I'm going to see an Independent Advisor, but for one reason or another, I can't just yet. So I thought I'd ask here first... [more inside]
What would you call a web job that has the following duties... [more inside]
Which are the coolest superpowers of all, and why? [more inside]
PhilosophyFilter: Can someone explain the philosophical errors of Ayn Rand/Objectivism? [more inside]
I need to buy one or two microphones. [more inside]
A question about the legality/kosherness of re-installing Windows XP on a machine that has a legit product number. More inside. [more inside]
I'm looking for law schools with programs on technology/intellectual property and it's connection to policy. [more inside]
My motherboard died but I don't want to loose any data. Can I put in a new motherboard from a diff manufacturer and have windows xp work ok? If not, what should I do. [more inside]
How do you get high school students to do their homework? [more inside]
I missed my favorite TV show and really want to see it. Is Bittorrent a good option? Are there other options? [more inside]
If you have epilepsy, do you have an attack if you dream about flashing lights? If not, why not?
What kind of outfit is cool, cheap, appropriate for a wedding, and can be found at a typical American mall? [more inside]
Why do people say "The alarm just went off" when really it just came on?
Do Ultrasonic Pest Control devices really work for mice and rats? When we moved into our current house there apparently was a bad problem with rats that we only found out about by one dying in the walls. We have since gotten rid of them but I have this fear that they will find a way back in. So, if I set a couple of these devices up in our crawlspace and attic would that work to deter them? And will they really not bother my dogs?
I bought a $7000 item on ebay, paid through paypal, received a giant box of sand... I know all of this guys contact info but local police, fbi, fedex, ebay and paypal don't seem to be willing to help. How can I get my money back (or should i just firebomb his house)? [more inside]
I'm bored of the radio. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
Help me fill a hole in my life. The master bedroom in my new place has a square hole in the wall between the bedroom and the walk-in closet. The previous owners had a TV in there. What is something cool I could do with it? [more inside]
Why can't Outlook find my SMTP server? [more inside]
A New Wave History question for Angelenos. [more inside]
What is a good birthday gift to get my wife? As usual I've only got 6 days left. I'm starting to sweat. [more inside]
The debate around the house this week is: Do cans of refried beans labeled "fat-free" count as vegetarian refried beans? Or does it have to SAY vegetarian on the label? One side says that if it's fat-free, the beans weren't cooked with lard and it's therefore vegetarian; the other side is not so sure.
A couple days ago, the company's IT guy did some fiddling/updating to the server and to my (and others) laptops. Now, whenever I try to open a folder or document file, I get a message telling me that "The Rpc Locator encountered a problem and needs to close". [more inside]
DrivingDirectionsFilter: I'm in Santa Rosa, California, and I'm planning to take I-5 north to Portland, Oregon. What's the best way from here over to I-5? [more inside]
I'm interested in hearing recommendations for how-to books that you find actually come close to lucidly explaining a subject that you already know well from first hand experience.
What digital SLR would you buy? What if you had, say, three Nikon lenses and a Nikon flash? [more inside]
Affordable bars for weekend booze-up with a view of manhattan? [more inside]
How do you give written notice so that it seems more casual then a legal matter. [more inside]
Help me find a Major/Phonetic system mnemonic program for OSX! **or** Help me compile & run this mnemonic program that I've been assured *cannot* be run in OSX!
Help me find a Major/Phonetic system mnemonic program for OSX! **or** Help me compile & run this mnemonic program that I've been assured *cannot* be run in OSX! [more inside]
DeadMouseFilter: I noticed a lot of dead mice in the drop ceiling in my apartment. What's the best way to get rid of them before they go zombie? [more inside]
what are the options I have for a keyless entry for my front door? [more inside]
Does anyone know of seamstresses/tailors in or around Boston that do good work on wedding dresses? My fiance needs to get a wedding dress she bought altered, but isn't having any luck. Given the nature of wedding dresses, she doesn't want to just try some random place.
I am looking for answers about why some people, like myself, have little to no sense of direction. I have always had this problem and know others in the same situation. Conversely, there are those you seem to naturally know how to get around where ever they are. Is there a scientific reason for this. I call it being directionally challenged. Causes great angst in unfamiliar places. For those of you in the same boat what suggestions do you have for staying grounded, etc.
What books / graphic novels are available for a 11 year old boy who needs something more challenging and of greater complexity than Naruto and Yu-Gi-Oh graphic novels, while still appealing to him and remaining in this vein? I am thinking Maus may be a good start...but not Anime enough...
Friends buying a house together. Help us keep things fair, sane and civil. [more inside]
Best way to "sell" half a house to someone willing to assume a mortgage - keep lawyers & bank out of it to save money, or play it safe? [more inside]
My employer of 6 years has had mass layoffs each November that I've worked there. Why would they do this? [more inside]
How much income would you expect to make if you were in charge of all the advertising revenue for a company and said revenue was around $4.5 million a year? Current research from salary.com based on the job title, desc, and the area I am in suggests around 150k per year. We haven't started salary negotiations yet, and I want them to make an offer first, but I also don't want to be expecting 150k and then be offered 65k.
Calling all academics: What advice can you offer a first-time university lecturer in terms of preparation, presentation, and holding student interest? [more inside]
Has anyone got any good verbal brain-teasers please? Examples of what I mean by a "verbal brain-teaser":
- A man needs to wake up at 9 AM. He winds his clock, sets it, and goes to sleep at 7.45PM -- how many hours does he sleep?
- You throw away the outside, cook the inside, and then eat the outside and throw away the inside -- what is it?
- A man comes into town on Friday, stays overnight and leaves on Thursday -- how?
I want to put company logos on my resume so it's easier for recruiters to parse. Is it legal to use company logos like that? [more inside]
Can my cell phone be fixed? [more inside]
How should I put together an alcohol-themed episode of a radio news/talk show? [more inside]
Is there a way to know automatically whether a webpage has been updated? [more inside]
Looking for a *free* Windows based Ticketing/Help Desk/knowledge base software. We are a small IT department that is looking for somewhere we can put solutions on how we fixed issues for looking up later.
I run a website for my school's robotics team. It is hosted on my server at home on a Verizon FiOS connection, which while being incredibly fast, blocks incoming port 80 requests. As a result, I use the ZoneEdit feature that allows me to nest the page in a frame. The issue is linking to external sites results in those sites loading in said frame. Is there an elegant solution to this problem? I'd rather not have links open new windows...
I've taken the role as a graphic designer at a small company, and I also wear the IT hat sometimes. That being said, I'm more of a Mac Guru than (blech) XP. BUT, we have a small file server (40 GB, half full) of data we would like to backup nightly. #1: What's a good tape drive (or other media) for that much data, with room to grow, of course. #2: What software? #3: What's a "typical" backup schedule. I'd prefer just to do incrementals, but how often to rotate tapes/etc...? Thanks!
This is an honest question to just those people who voted for Bush in the last election. If you didn't vote for Bush, please don't respond. I want to know if you still feel like you made the right decision. With all that's been happening lately, do you have regrets? Do you feel betrayed? Bonus points: What are your top 3 sources for news?
iPhoto/Nero incompatibility? My daughter has an open CD of jpeg photos she took and burned with Nero 6.0. A friend added some more jpegs using iPhoto. Now the only thing that she has access to with My Computer are the iPhoto files. Dad is supposed to have answers, but I'm stumped.
Can anyone recommend a Washington, DC area furniture store where I can buy an affordable yet stylish chest of drawers or dresser? I'm looking for something that is a step above IKEA (I'd like real wood, not particle board) but a little cheaper than West Elm or Crate & Barrel. Thank you!
What are the "don't miss" things in Puerto Rico for a first-time visitor? [more inside]
In Photoshop, why does those dotted circle (brush size indicator) sometimes vanish? [more inside]
Is racism inate, inborn, or instinctual in children? Is it a learned behavior/reaction? Or possibly a combination of all the above? And what can be done to overcome it? Perhaps it's a normal stage of child development, something to be worked through as one matures, and nothing should be 'done' about it? [more inside]
Does Splenda taste salty to anyone else, or is it just me? [more inside]
Can someone help me figure out how to search and replace case-sensitive filenames in HTML using Perl? [more inside]
Name that movie: HBO or Showtime original about a boy who is growing up in a distant future where the powers that be have declared that everything should be egalitarian. [more inside]
What are the origins of the chant "it's your birthday, have a party" (repeat ad nauseam)? [more inside]
Sure it was 80 degrees yesterday, but I'm looking for advice for the first time cross country skier. [more inside]
when a company says that they will pay a one time dividend of $1.00 for each outstanding share of common stock, does that mean that they are going to pay me $1 for each share of stock that I own? Or what does it mean?
is there a reason why effing windows copies text formatting when i simply Ctrl+C? [more inside]
I wanted to burn a CD with nice radio-style transitions between songs -- i.e., no "gaps." i'm using an iBook G4 and iTunes. Anyone know an easy way to do this? I assume I put all mp3s into some kind of mixer program, but does iTunes know how to do this?
OS X/setting up FTP server/Unicode file name issues [more inside]
Current and former Volvo owners, please help me. Is buying a 1996 850 Turbo Wagon with 165,000 miles on it a bad idea? [more inside]
My basic mouse traps (snap) aren't working, what am I doing wrong? Help! In the fall (sometimes) mice come into our old coop-apartment building, and seem to come through my Living Room! Last year I caught 13, this year 3 over 3 weeks, and now they eat the peanut butter but don't snap the trap. I've cleaned the traps, but they still get it. I've tried other traps before, but these were the best. [more inside]
What's the truth about passive smoking?
So, I'm doing my first website for a politician - a progressive guy running for Ohio State Rep. We're going to do donations online and I'd like to use Donate dot net. I'd love to hear about any experiences you've had with them - pleasant or unpleasant - in terms of their technical acumen, customer service, financial account management, honesty, reliability, and the like. [more inside]
Where can a find a Gore-tex (etc.) jacket similar to this Triple Aught Design one which is sold out? I like the grey one in the middle.
I was given a $500 savings bond dated 7/27/05. Is there any way to cash it in today?
DVD writing on a VAIO Filter: I have a Sony Vaio A417M and I can't seem to figure out how to write a DVD using any software apart from the one Sony provide. I had a vaio before and it was only possible to write a DVD using Sony supplied software "DVD drag and drop" Is it really Sony meddling? [more inside]
What's considered a standard "safe" amount of liability coverage to carry on your automobile insurance policy? (Oregon, USA; if that matters)
I am looking for ice hockey skates for my 10 year old son. He is a forward, 5 feet tall, weighs 100 pounds and wears a size 10 shoe. What is the best skate value for the money, where best means a price tag between $C150 to $250. [more inside]
Does anybody know of a Windows tool to compare two lists/files and identify the commonalities? [more inside]
I'm a web designer for a small company which no longer suits me. What I'd really like to do is work for the local alternative weekly (think: The Stranger / Creative Loafing), help bring their currently suffering website into the 21st century, and most importantly, convince the CEO that there is money to be made by transitioning from ink to web, thus securing me a webmaster position. What are some revenue models I can use to convince him to go forward with a redesign? [more inside]
Where can I find a shirt that says "I ♥ ♥ Twins" on it? I saw it on TV and must have it. Googling for "I heart heart twins" yields three results and one photo, but no purchasing info. Please help!
Formal Attire: Wedding. Groom and ringbearers (7 and 8 year old boys) wearing charcoal grey wool blend suits (three button). What shirts and ties are there for us? [more inside]
I need survey software which can do both open-ended questions as well as ratings. [more inside]
Can somebody tell me where I can buy formica or laminate sheets with wood grain pattern that i could use to laminate furniture. I have been googling on the web without much success. Most places seem to sell finished products only.
What is the best kind of cooking oil? [more inside]
Kiwifilter: I leave for New Zealand in, oh, 36 hours. What's not to miss on the south island? [more inside]
ExcelFilter: I know how to import a text file into Excel using the wizard for fixed column widths. Can I automate the process? [more inside]
Working on a project dealing with the drum (that is, skin stretched over a frame) as a technology. I need to name all the applications of a drum I can think of, and their humanistic implications. I've got Drum as Music and Drum as Communication. But I mentioned exploring the fact that you can *feel* drums before other instruments, that they have a very physical aspect, and the prof said there are tons of applications in this category alone. WTF? Something about separating wheat from chaff with drums? Anyway, I have to turn in a proposal by 1 pm tomorrow, and I would love your help. Ideas on other applications?
Bilbao. San Sebastian. Three days. What would you recommend? [more inside]
PostScript basics. I have two .ps files meant to be joined together in such a way that, if printed double-sided, fileA page1 would be on one side of a page whiel FileB page1 would be on the other. I have at my disposal both Acrobat and GhostScript though I've never used either to directly manipulate ps files like this. I'd like the output to be a single pdf document suitable for printing on a laser printer.
How can I break out of my 27-year-long habit of procrastination? I'm looking for tips to help me mentally as well as specific tools or methods that will help me manage my time better -- especially at work. [more inside]
Help settle a debate between me (male) and a friend (female) about whether it is a good idea to buy your girlfriend a ball-gown. [more inside]
How to make a placemat. [more inside]
Inspired by this question, I'd like some tips, resources, books, etc. for learning how to deal with conflict/disagreement within a new relationship in a healthy way. [more inside]
I'm now using OpenOffice 1.1.5 on WinXP sp2, as I don't intend to buy Word/Office or whatever it's called these days. It's ok, but has a real shortage of built-in templates. I'm particularly looking for business cards i can adapt. I have googled - there's not a lot out there for XP, a bit for Linux. Do you have any links?
How-To Pack Light for a Nine-Day BritRail Trip? [more inside]
Common stock cheepnis - I have several small amounts of common stock, what is the most cost effective way of liquidating them? [more inside]
What websites do you visit daily? [more inside]
Why do news releases really end with -30-? I know the rumours, but I'm looking for evidence-based references. [more inside]
Good file copying utility that verifies integrity? [more inside]
cable tv and internet in nyc [more inside]
When, specifically, and under what circumstances were non-Muslims first barred from Mecca? Is there a scriptural theological basis for this? When was the last time an interloper was caught, and what happened to him (or was it her)? What is the current offical penalty for non-compliance? Foot notes appreciated.
Help me Photoshop an image to create a cross-stitch pattern. [more inside]
Good outside fall party music? [more inside]
Recommendations for workbooks on building Japanese vocabulary? [more inside]
Publishing. Need recommendations for a good print-on-demand house for short-run softcover books. The current place we've used has gone downhill and is quoting us 4 weeks on print jobs. Unless they've improved, LightningSource is out because the interiors I saw a year ago looked like photocopies.
ÜberGeekGilter: I want to learn a new programming language. Which one though? [more inside]
TravelFilter: What to eat, do and see in Riga? [more inside]
I'm putting together a comprehensive list of interesting musicians who run their own weblogs - can you help? [more inside]
How do grace periods on US credit cards work and how can I avoid paying finance charges? [more inside]
What's the sum of all integers? I remember from somewhere in the distant past of my math education that you can sum up all the integers and get a wide variety of different results. For instance, you can write the sum as S = 0 + (1 + -1) + (2 + -2) + ... where each pair cancels to 0, so S must be 0. But you can also write it as S = 0 + 1 + (2 + -1) + (3 + -2) + ... where each pair adds up to 1, so S must be infinity. With a little more work it seems like you could also get other answers. My question is: are these answers correct, or are all but one of them mistakes like the numerous "proofs" that 3=2? If they're all correct, how does it make sense that the same numbers can add up to different things when you get to infinity? If they're not all correct, what's the fundamental mistake?
I want to start shooting 35mm black and white film after a 20 year absence. I used to get my film processed via the US Mail, but can't remember the vendor. [more inside]
Excel Character Replacement [more inside]
Where can I find vector representations of the keys on a Apple keyboard? [more inside]
How do radiators heat my apartment? [more inside]
PortugueseFilter: So there is this smoking hot Brazilian in my writing discussion... [more inside]
How do I get rid of the smell of rotten onions? [more inside]
What's a good career for a creative chap, who loves computers but doesn't want to be stuck on one all day? A position where he could use his imagination, and do some technical work, but not be a monitor monkey?
How flexible is my new mp3 library? [more inside]
Another fish question: what cheap chemical can I add to my tank to raise the PH? Its a big tank, and those little bottles from Petland are getting expensive.
Does anyone have recommendations for how to have a conservatory built in London? I'm looking to get a conservatory built in Wimbledon (probably 4m x 4m) and have had a tough time finding valuable independent advice. Thems shark-infested waters out there! [more inside]
Help me sleep less. [more inside]
Dear TravelFilter, I've got a day or two in Melbourne, Australia to kill - I'm into photography, modernist art and the like, and I want to take in the MCG tour. I have no private transport and don't want to stray to far from the city. What should I do ?
It's time for a new large monitor, and accurate photography prints are a must. [more inside]
Please recommend a new mail client [more inside]
Selective Depth-of-Field in Six Feet Under, and a question about lens flares. [more inside]
How do I learn to fight fair? Once or twice a year, I end up completely flipping out over a completely insignificant event that results in a drag-out, no-holds-barred argument. I'll be the first to admit that hormones are a major factor in these cases. When this happens, I find myself completely unable to behave in a rational manner. I drag in previous relationship drama, I make statements that I know are deeply hurtful and unfair and essentially commit emotional blackmail. After a few hours I come to my senses but I would much prefer that it not happen in the first place. [more inside]
So I know this is potentially vulgar but.... [more inside]
Got myself a brand new boyfriend! [more inside]
In regards to keeping items OFF the hotel bill... [more inside]
Me and my boyfriend just had a long phone conversation in which I got upset and he got frustrated because he didn't understand what I wanted. It all ended in giggles and silly jokes, but the issue wasn't really resolved. Help us sort it out? [more inside]
How do I best clone a hard disk with bad sectors, when the PC spontaneously reboots upon hitting said bad sectors? [more inside]
Does tequila make you extra drunk? [more inside]
Please help me automate a repetitive work task. [more inside]
Is it illegal in some places to deny the existence of terrorism or the severity of terrorist activity? If so, where?