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October 31
How painful is a broken rib?
Anyone ever break a rib? How painful is that, exactly? [more inside]
posted by Hat Maui at 11:20 PM PST - 29 comments

straits of magalhaes?
Who decided that the Portuguese explorer named Fernao de Magalhaes was to be known as Ferdinand Magellan? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 9:47 PM PST - 13 comments

how to overcome the loss of spark and fear of intimacy
How can my girlfriend and I work past an aversion or barrier to intimacy that has come up in our relationship? [more inside]
posted by aussicht at 9:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Feed me!
Recipe RSS feeds: where are the good ones? [more inside]
posted by Hackworth at 8:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Advice for living in NYC?
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?
posted by Mikey-San at 8:14 PM PST - 52 comments

Do the dead care what time it is?
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?
posted by bryce.clarke at 8:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Remo Williams: What does it mean?
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]
posted by notcostello at 8:09 PM PST - 37 comments

What are the odds of getting shot if held up at gunpoint?
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]
posted by spiderskull at 8:03 PM PST - 26 comments

What is the cheapest and quickest way to get a copy of my birth certificate?
What is the cheapest and quickest way to get a copy of my birth certificate? [more inside]
posted by gaelenh at 7:50 PM PST - 16 comments

AirPort Extreme Base Station Losing Connection
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]
posted by will at 7:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to buy fake flowers?
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]
posted by gaspode at 7:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Tacky Cardigans are Spooky!
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).
posted by abbyladybug at 7:01 PM PST - 25 comments

Paid geneology research
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]
posted by bjork24 at 6:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Copying photos to laptop no longer works!
Windows XP help needed! I suddenly can't copy photos onto my laptop. I'm getting a weird error... [more inside]
posted by kdern at 5:32 PM PST - 11 comments

internet traffic monitors
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...
posted by kev23f at 5:31 PM PST - 6 comments

swapping headphone and microphone function
Is there a way to use my microphone input as a headphone output on a Dell laptop running Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 5:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Problems with distance learning site
Java Problems: The distance learning course I'm taking is broken. [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 4:37 PM PST - 5 comments

painting a laptop
I just got a laptop computer. It's ugly. Can I paint it? [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 2:53 PM PST - 13 comments

What could have poisoned the kitty?
My friend's (strictly indoor) cat recently died of poisoning. Potential causes? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 2:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Best used car ad ever.
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]
posted by mdonley at 2:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I buy a 720p or 1080i HDV Camera?
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]
posted by UMDirector at 2:05 PM PST - 5 comments

crash course in modern philosophy
Suppose I wanted to get a grasp of modern philosophy. What books should I read? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 2:01 PM PST - 37 comments

Info on Ramouz? Ramuz?
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
posted by scottr at 1:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Which Side Would You Choose?
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?
posted by Raybun at 1:37 PM PST - 32 comments

Learning how to paint?
Any tips, books, exercises on learning how to paint with oils? [more inside]
posted by j at 1:35 PM PST - 10 comments

The red menace
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]
posted by CiaoMela at 1:34 PM PST - 53 comments

SF about the end of the universe
What are some recommendations for SF stories/books that deal with the end of the universe (or lack thereof)? [more inside]
posted by gilgamesh at 1:34 PM PST - 17 comments

Strip my tags, please!
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]
posted by al_fresco at 1:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Remote Desktop?
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]
posted by curiousleo at 10:55 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I be the life and soul of the party?
How do I initiate and sustain a conversation with people who are (almost) strangers? [more inside]
posted by porktrap at 10:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Damn you, Wal-Mart!
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]
posted by schroedinger at 10:54 AM PST - 7 comments

>> ?
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.
posted by bendybendy at 10:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Is there a name for the scary chick in Japanese horror movies?
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]
posted by xyzzy at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Music with smart lyrics?
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]
posted by jdroth at 10:24 AM PST - 100 comments

Favourite scenes from B-movie monster flicks?
Favourite scenes from B-movie monster flicks? I've been asked to make a game... [more inside]
posted by Yogurt at 10:20 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I get swish-e to index the contents of a specific HTML tag (not a meta tag)?
How do I get swish-e to index the contents of a specific HTML tag (not a meta tag)? [more inside]
posted by expialidocious at 10:19 AM PST - 1 comments

Squirrely first-person narratives?
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?
posted by xmutex at 10:00 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I learn Chinese?
Help me learn Chinese! [more inside]
posted by jplank at 9:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Oui ou non?
PropertyAbroadFilter: I'm from the UK, I live in the US, I want to buy in France. My idea is slightly crackpot... [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

That crazy New York smell
New Yorkers: Did anyone figure out what that smell was?
posted by .kobayashi. at 9:26 AM PST - 22 comments

Dissociating Mental Imagery?
Any advice on how to mentally dissociate two conflicting concepts, in self? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 8:51 AM PST - 37 comments

Your comments will be noted
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?
posted by SparkyPine at 8:48 AM PST - 23 comments

DMCA Hastle
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.
posted by KrustyKlingon at 8:25 AM PST - 16 comments

How to arrange a room?
How should I arrange my living room? [more inside]
posted by jca at 8:16 AM PST - 18 comments

Auto-play pianos
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]
posted by terrier319 at 8:09 AM PST - 2 comments

What are my options for installing a home security system?
What are my options for installing a home security system? [more inside]
posted by DCTapeworm at 7:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Linux or Solaris?
Linux or Solaris? [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves at 7:35 AM PST - 16 comments

P-S-Puleeze!
Are PSP games ever going to be fun? [more inside]
posted by ejoey at 7:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Please ID this SI-FI novel
Please ID this SI-FI novel [more inside]
posted by jeffr062 at 6:48 AM PST - 7 comments

How to make NYE party locations work for us?
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]
posted by kuperman at 6:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Is TIVO dying?
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?
posted by keep it tight at 5:30 AM PST - 24 comments

Why quicktime opens my media downloads?
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!
posted by indio1919 at 5:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Daily Del.icio.us with Livejournal?
Is it possible to get Daily Del.icio.us posting to my Livejournal? [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner at 3:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Good horror novels
Good (perhaps even great) recent horror-related novels? [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 3:09 AM PST - 19 comments

Group dinner party in SF?
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]
posted by ooga_booga at 1:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Shadow of a doubt
AtronomyFilter involving the Sun, Shadows and a *SPOILER* from "National Treasure". [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 12:28 AM PST - 14 comments

October 30
Can you help me find an official (or at least correct) script/screenplay for Election?
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]
posted by barnone at 5:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Scotch Roman Fonts
Yet another font identification question. Kinda. Please come inside if you know anything about Scotch Roman. [more inside]
posted by Leon at 5:19 PM PST - 5 comments

What's this symbol?
What kind of wireless network is this? [more inside]
posted by Finder at 5:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Am I training lovely lesbians?
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]
posted by anthill at 5:09 PM PST - 28 comments

Noise pollution & local government
Where in my local government (U.S.) should I be applying pressure to enforce noise ordinance laws? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 3:55 PM PST - 15 comments

HURF DURF CANDY EATER
What are some good ideas for inexpensive alternatives to candy for Halloween? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker at 3:06 PM PST - 44 comments

a yearning for the cartoons of yore
I'm looking for a show that was on the kid's channel nickelodeon in the mid to late 80's. [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor at 3:03 PM PST - 5 comments

US drafted constitutions?
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]
posted by sublivious at 2:46 PM PST - 13 comments

How deep does the orchestra pit go?
Help me understand classical music, if that makes sense. [more inside]
posted by ontic at 2:37 PM PST - 38 comments

Custom rubber stamps?
Where can I get a custom rubber stamp made cheaply (<$30US), within 2 weeks, from artwork I provide...over the Internet? [more inside]
posted by griffey at 2:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for better Nano armband
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]
posted by KenFox at 2:17 PM PST - 6 comments

High-quality sleep in 4.5 hours?
Is non-harmful, restful sleep possible in only 4.5 hours a night? [more inside]
posted by esd at 1:47 PM PST - 28 comments

Where should I get my film developed
Is there a particularly good mail-in photo processing company that you can recommend? Or how about a good place in Philly? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The at 1:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find a book titled "The Long Green Tunnel"?
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]
posted by deadmouse at 1:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Accountability in advertising
Truth in (political) advertising... [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 1:23 PM PST - 5 comments

running a 240V device on 110V
Will a 240 VAC panini grill work on 110 VAC? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 12:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Self Defense Lobbying in the UK
Are there any groups in the UK campaigning to change the laws on self-defense and weapon ownership? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 12:12 PM PST - 25 comments

Setting cholesterol level
Someone tells me if this is real! [more inside]
posted by zouhair at 11:59 AM PST - 10 comments

question about the legality of ebay auctions....
question about the legality of ebay auctions.... [more inside]
posted by airnxtz at 9:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Name that curlicue
What are these ornamental curlicues called and where can I find more that are free? [more inside]
posted by GeneticFreek at 8:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Linux for Windows Administrators
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]
posted by worstkidever at 7:43 AM PST - 8 comments

gone shoppin'
Anybody have a place to get cool threads on the net? [more inside]
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 6:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Disadvantages of a no-frost freezer?
Should I buy a no frost freezer? [more inside]
posted by davar at 5:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Self-treatment for Conjunctivitis?
Is conjunctivitis worth getting worked up over? [more inside]
posted by Danelope at 4:20 AM PST - 25 comments

October 29
Broken Car Key
Help! How do I replace a broken car key? I have no spare. My car is a 1991 Nissan Maxima. [more inside]
posted by geonags at 10:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Phantom e-mail
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]
posted by emelenjr at 9:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Was Edison's original light bulb really designed to never run out?
Was Edison's original light bulb really designed to never run out? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 9:24 PM PST - 14 comments

How to rent a house plus in-law unit in the SF Bay area?
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]
posted by idontlikewords at 9:07 PM PST - 7 comments

baked dirt?
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]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 8:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Who rocks the world?
Empirically speaking - Who are the most popular musical artists of the modern era (e.g., since 1955)? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 8:12 PM PST - 28 comments

mac email spam outburst
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?
posted by sharksandwich at 7:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me name this planet
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]
posted by snsranch at 7:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Pesticide on facial tissue?
Anti-Viral Kleenex: am I putting pesticide in my nose? [more inside]
posted by fuzzy_wuzzy at 7:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Steel-Rimmed Glasses - for real?
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]
posted by Rash at 6:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Stain stains?
Spilled polyurethane wood stain on my brick walkway - is it doomed? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 6:45 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the meaning of a 1997 Wired magazine cover.
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]
posted by crazyray at 6:16 PM PST - 20 comments

I need your Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe
Chicagoans/Chicagophiles I need your help: an Italian Beef Sandwich recipe! [more inside]
posted by MarvinTheCat at 5:28 PM PST - 4 comments

mute bg audio in FLV
anyway to mute background audio in flash video? [more inside]
posted by grafholic at 4:32 PM PST - 1 comments

Making-of documentaries
Does anyone know of any good articles or essays regarding 'making of' documentaries or non-fiction films about filmmaking? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 4:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Casino sound loop for poker night?
Help me jazz up poker night! I need a casino background sound loop for poker night. [more inside]
posted by cptnrandy at 3:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Source for "green" plotter paper rolls
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]
posted by donp17 at 3:39 PM PST - 1 comments

Worry about things missing from wallet?
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]
posted by adamk at 3:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Dating 101: Conversation
How do I get someone to open up on a first date? [more inside]
posted by dflemingdotorg at 3:07 PM PST - 29 comments

Looking for Halloween sound effects
Need spooky Halloween sound effects for party tonight. Help! [more inside]
posted by donovan at 2:32 PM PST - 6 comments

What's Eating My House?
Something has been nibbling on the window sashes in my attic. Do you know what it is?
posted by alms at 2:25 PM PST - 16 comments

finding a videoclip posted on mefi a while back
someone knows where to find this videoclip that was posted on mefi once? [more inside]
posted by bokononito at 2:04 PM PST - 3 comments

An endless-video recording digicam?
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]
posted by -harlequin- at 1:56 PM PST - 13 comments

What power rating do I need for my potentiometer?
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]
posted by cloeburner at 1:54 PM PST - 7 comments

She was too young to fall in love... I was too young to know'
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]
posted by crabintheocean at 1:33 PM PST - 35 comments

Strong nail glue
What is the strongest glue I can buy that is safe for my nails? [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 1:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Where might I find a high resolution version of this photograph?
Where might I find a high resolution version of this photograph?
posted by basicchannel at 12:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Unlock sharing in iTunes 6
Speaking of iTunes. Has anyone found a way to circumvent the '5 users/day" sharing policy of iTunes 6? [more inside]
posted by allen.spaulding at 12:50 PM PST - 5 comments

My iPod skips the ends of some songs
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]
posted by easternblot at 11:53 AM PST - 13 comments

"Little Ballerina Blue"?????
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]
posted by Independent Scholarship at 11:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Oh man.. c'mon!
Does anyone know of a way to be let back into AdSense after being banned? Thanks. [more inside]
posted by ac at 11:42 AM PST - 7 comments

What are good plants to put in a window box?
Help me pick some plants to go in a window box. [more inside]
posted by greycap at 10:54 AM PST - 8 comments

MTV2 Top Student Union Anthems
MTV2's "Top 50 Student Union Anthems" -- where's the playlist? [more inside]
posted by Turtle at 10:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me get back on Google.
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?
posted by adrober at 10:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Mr Motivator I am not
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]
posted by lemonfridge at 10:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Help to I.D. this U.K. movie
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]
posted by stavx at 10:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Will I regret a Celeron?
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]
posted by theora55 at 9:34 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I recover the data from a text file showing up as empty in Windows?
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]
posted by skoosh at 8:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Kerala travel advice
Travel advice requested - Kerala, India [more inside]
posted by juniorbonner at 4:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Can a make mineral water with a soda stream?
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.
posted by mule at 1:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Where and when did this murder take place?
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]
posted by Lazlo at 12:23 AM PST - 13 comments

October 28
How do I keep my cat from wandering too far?
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]
posted by hatsix at 11:10 PM PST - 8 comments

ethnic chess?
ChessFilter: is it possible to tell someone's ethnic background by the way they play chess? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 9:30 PM PST - 16 comments

Burning me up!
Help make my DVD burner burn. [more inside]
posted by geekyguy at 8:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Russian Lullabies
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?
posted by nixxon at 8:53 PM PST - 6 comments

acupuncture for dogs
Experiences with acupuncture for your doggie, in particular an older companion with arthritis? [more inside]
posted by vito90 at 8:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Javascript Popup Menu help?
A work friend is going nuts trying to finish a website and is stuck on a javascript popup menu problem. Characters look different when he uploads them to his server. Help? [more inside]
posted by ig at 8:09 PM PST - 12 comments

What should I take with me as a Red Cross volunteer?
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]
posted by dersins at 6:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Condemned books
Besides The Da Vinci code, are there any other fiction books that the Vatican has condemned?
posted by my sock puppet account at 5:44 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to work in Amer-i-ca.
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]
posted by Lotto at 5:33 PM PST - 10 comments

How to make a bone?
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?
posted by smartypanties at 5:11 PM PST - 16 comments

booting issues
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.
posted by swisscheez at 3:59 PM PST - 7 comments

The inner workings of pay-per-download
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]
posted by TiredStarling at 3:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Free ASP forum script, that stores Data in Flat Files and doesn't require registration?
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]
posted by adamkempa at 2:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Q without A
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]
posted by grumblebee at 2:28 PM PST - 53 comments

Book Worldline Site?
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?
posted by signal at 2:26 PM PST - 8 comments

I need a bigger version of this amazing photo.
Can anyone find a larger version of this photo?
posted by gummo at 1:24 PM PST - 7 comments

What's up with Ashlee Simpson?
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]
posted by geoff. at 1:20 PM PST - 46 comments

How do I deal with conversations I find boring?
how do i deal with conversation topics i don't care about? [more inside]
posted by spiderwire at 1:19 PM PST - 33 comments

Need help repairing old Mac laptop mousebutton
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]
posted by slogger at 12:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Cosmos Osmos
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.
posted by supyo at 12:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Interesting in learning GIS
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?
posted by jare2003 at 12:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you help me be a better boss?
Help me be a better boss? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 12:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Plamegate 101
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?
posted by tizzie at 11:51 AM PST - 16 comments

I've got 2GB of RAM, help me find a Dell server
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.
posted by phildog at 11:47 AM PST - 12 comments

The Treo is dead! Long live the [insert name of new phone here]!
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.
posted by mboszko at 11:34 AM PST - 26 comments

Home internet server is old and insecure
I have been PWNZORED by Russian spammers! [more inside]
posted by thirteen at 11:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Money Saving Tips
SaveMeMoneyFilter: What are your best ways of cutting costs/saving money but still maintaining the lifestyle you love? [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 10:47 AM PST - 48 comments

Why do polls use "heading in the right direction" vs "on the wrong track?"
Why is the polling question framed "Headed in the right direction" versus "On the wrong track?" [more inside]
posted by Triode at 10:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Maximize My Mullet
Halloween wigs: tips on styling? [more inside]
posted by MrZero at 10:27 AM PST - 3 comments

iTunes sampling rate
How come iTunes downloads purchased songs in 128 kbps...? [more inside]
posted by docpops at 10:09 AM PST - 26 comments

Click-and-hold for Windows right-click?
Windows utility that fakes right-click when you left-click-and-hold? [more inside]
posted by kindall at 10:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Scooting in SF?
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]
posted by nyterrant at 9:27 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I sell my chocolate?
How do I get people to purchase my chocolate bars? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft at 9:20 AM PST - 12 comments

How can we clone 100 hard drives with a normal PC?
How can we clone 100 hard drives with a normal PC? [more inside]
posted by jlstitt at 8:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Are my toilets leaking?
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]
posted by hall of robots at 8:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Art welding in LA?
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]
posted by felix at 8:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Web Navigation Order...Alpha or Importance?
Should navigation (and sub-navigation) on web sites be alphabetized or structured in order of importance? [more inside]
posted by AmericnJewl at 8:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me start a relationship off right.
New Relationship, Last minute Mediterranean cruise: Non-tourist ideas? [more inside]
posted by vaportrail at 8:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Quirky hotels/B&Bs in Toronto?
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.
posted by vetiver at 8:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Out of the subcontinent, into Africa
Looking for recommendations for an Ethiopian/Eritrean/North African cookbook. [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 8:03 AM PST - 7 comments

P2P help needed
P2PFilter: Is there a way, using Limewire for preference, to see my friends shared music folder? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 7:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Really cleaning IE
Clearing the drop-downish menu that appears when trying to set IE homepage? [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 7:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Why Bankok 54, etc?
Why do many Asian restaurants and markets have a number in their names, for example, Pho 24 or Bankok 54? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 6:39 AM PST - 36 comments

I think of all the education that I've missed.
I have a crush on my TA. Is it appropriate for me to ask her out? [more inside]
posted by patgas at 6:20 AM PST - 57 comments

Could our older dog become better when our younger dog is adopted out?
Can giving up a younger (dominant) dog help to mellow out our older (skittish, clingy) dog? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 5:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Book Titles Phrased as Questions
I'm looking for book titles that are phrased as questions. Ex: Are you my mother?
posted by moooshy at 5:41 AM PST - 45 comments

what is the best, most cost-effective way to backup multiple hard drives?
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.
posted by thewiseacre at 5:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Green screen dilemma
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?
posted by zardoz at 4:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Good Anatomy books for MRI-students
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]
posted by Grums at 2:38 AM PST - 5 comments

DVD of dogs?
I need a (non-training) DVD of dogs... [more inside]
posted by PenDevil at 1:31 AM PST - 10 comments

October 27
Help me better understand COBRA and HIPAA
COBRA/HIPAA: Help me understand how these health insurance laws might apply in several employer-leaving or life-changing events. [more inside]
posted by weston at 11:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Paper or pixels?
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]
posted by Brian James at 10:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Keeping your papers organised
How do you organise tax receipts, bills, credit card statements, bank statements and all your other paperwork at home? [more inside]
posted by madman at 10:47 PM PST - 23 comments

How to handle multiple domains on one hosting account?
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]
posted by arrowhead at 10:06 PM PST - 20 comments

I need a map on which I can plot lat. and lon. coordinates
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!
posted by pantufla at 9:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there a good alternative to "office-mate"?
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.
posted by smackfu at 9:45 PM PST - 29 comments

Where does it say mentats in the Dune series "cultivate the naive mind"?
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).
posted by rwhe at 9:39 PM PST - 8 comments

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]
posted by anonymoose at 9:07 PM PST - 33 comments

How can I back up my substantial DVD collection in software or hardware?
I'd like to back up my substantial DVD collection. What software or hardware would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by sequential at 9:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Rap music for folk fans
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]
posted by hifimofo at 7:59 PM PST - 36 comments

Montreal is cold - Need Compensation
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]
posted by Napierzaza at 7:39 PM PST - 21 comments

How to give away a limited number of items as fairly as possible?
How to give away a limited number of items as fairly as possible? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 7:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Short, post-Xmas non-US break <$1k?
Post-Xmas, pre-Jan13th, non-US 10-12 day vacation, *entire trip* <<$1k? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 4:15 PM PST - 5 comments

That smell... is it me?
The dude who sits near me at work smells really, really, really bad. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:13 PM PST - 32 comments

Help me have fun!
I'm not having enough fun. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:12 PM PST - 29 comments

Should I buy her a ring?
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?
posted by anonymous at 4:12 PM PST - 67 comments

How to protect a Mac?
What are the best tools to protect a MacOS computer from disaster? [more inside]
posted by xorowo at 4:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I follow my heart or my head?
Should I follow my heart or my head? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:04 PM PST - 30 comments

Should I sign on with this literary agent?
Should I send my book proposal manuscript to a literary agent who is advertising for submissions on Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:04 PM PST - 7 comments

MS Excel: Border Every Fifth Row
How do you automate the insertion of a border for every fifth row in Microsoft Excel? [more inside]
posted by panoptican at 3:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Dell X200 Linux
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]
posted by strangelove at 3:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Synchronise firefox bookmarks.
Help me synchronize bookmarks with firefox. [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 3:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Best third-party scanning software?
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?
posted by everichon at 3:39 PM PST - 1 comments

How to pronounce "Rui"
Simple question - how is the name "Rui" pronounced? The origin is Spanish, I believe.
posted by davebush at 3:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me remember the name of this movie.....
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.
posted by wondergreen at 3:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Too good to be true?
Is Comp-U-plus.com legit? If so, why do other companies still exist? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 2:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Where a good place to buy gypsy jazz albums in NYC?
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]
posted by jacobian at 2:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Music for power pop fans?
I like Maximo Park and Franz Ferdinand. What other recent groups would I like? [more inside]
posted by luneray at 1:55 PM PST - 41 comments

Online Petitions: Futile?
Have online petitions ever worked? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo at 1:37 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I extend the long-term life of my new laptop battery?
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]
posted by Caviar at 1:00 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I get that cool dimple in my tie?
Help me tie my tie correctly. [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter at 12:18 PM PST - 15 comments

The best value in an off-the-shelf low end PC?
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]
posted by Clay201 at 12:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Planning a trip to Asia - help!
Please help me plan a trip to Asia (Thailand, China, and points in between). [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 11:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Using separate wifi routers for 802.11b and 802.11g clients
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]
posted by DandyRandy at 11:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Digital Camera
I'm looking for a digital camera that doesn't require a driver or software. Just USB.
posted by madmath at 10:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Good books to compare soc/econ/jurisprudence?
Philoso-Filter: Any books out there that act like a GEB of philosophy/sociology/economics/justice? [more inside]
posted by BeerGrin at 10:55 AM PST - 9 comments

How to get rid of calcium build up.
How would you go about cleaning calcium build up off a metal bucket? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 10:51 AM PST - 10 comments

gift for an urban planning guy
Gifts for an uncle (in India) into urban planning? Software? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 10:30 AM PST - 5 comments

How to copy this old book?
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]
posted by stbalbach at 10:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Good F/OSS Community Media Sharing Software?
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...)
posted by paul_smatatoes at 10:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Radcliffy? Huh...?
OkCupid filter: What exactly is 'radcliffy'? [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 10:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Play AAC music files on a palm?
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]
posted by betterton at 9:28 AM PST - 8 comments

35 wireless mice- rechargable or not?
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.
posted by gfroese at 9:12 AM PST - 33 comments

How to update a webpage from another webpage?
Help me create a webpage that has data in a table that I can update via another webpage. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 8:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Is 200 pounds of dog just nuts?
We are thinking of adopting a second dog. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 8:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Help Deciding on a Mortgage / Having my Loan Sold
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]
posted by seinfeld at 8:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Music in a car ad
Another music from advertisements question...possibly Bob Dylan. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 7:35 AM PST - 20 comments

[MusicFilter] Help me identify a piece from ' The Mirror Has Two Faces'
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!!
posted by sk381 at 7:02 AM PST - 4 comments

why use business objects?
From a technical point of view, why use business objects during development? [more inside]
posted by taumeson at 6:06 AM PST - 27 comments

What should I do in the Keys that the guide books don't mention?
What should I do in the Keys that the guide books don't mention? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 5:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Usable and attractive Linux for my wife's slow laptop.
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]
posted by Plutor at 4:43 AM PST - 27 comments

What should I do with my two weeks leave?
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]
posted by cornflake at 4:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Rip a DVD, add timecode?
I know how to copy a DVD to my PC. How do I add a timecode? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:48 AM PST - 5 comments

How fast can information be through socket connections?
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]
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral at 1:59 AM PST - 5 comments

My Palm Hurts
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]
posted by saysthis at 1:47 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to create a MS Word master document with the subdocuments as different translations....
I want to create a MS Word master document with the subdocuments as different translations.... [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 1:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Security police
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?
posted by johngoren at 12:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Is heroin damaging to the body?
What's the medical opinion on heroin and opiates and their damage to the body? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker at 12:17 AM PST - 38 comments

October 26
Apartment shopping for underpaid, undergrad hipsters?
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]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 11:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Uses for a Linux box?
What are some fun/practical uses for a PII-333 Linux machine? [more inside]
posted by ori at 10:58 PM PST - 11 comments

E.E. Cummings poetry question
I am looking for a certain E.E. Cummings poem... [more inside]
posted by hototogisu at 10:55 PM PST - 10 comments

identify "Weatherman" song
Can anyone identify the song being used in the TV trailer for "The Weatherman"? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 10:24 PM PST - 8 comments

What's the trick?
How do 'they' do this? Google the word "failure" and click "I'm feeling lucky.
posted by bobduckles at 9:37 PM PST - 19 comments

They sewed me up
I have stitches on my nose. [more inside]
posted by Krrrlson at 8:41 PM PST - 14 comments

What's this song?
Can anyone help identify this song currently in heavy rotation on New Zealand radio stations (and possibly elsewhere)? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I move to Santa Barbara?
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]
posted by TorontoSandy at 7:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me find a personal email venue that my employer can't block.
My employer blocks access to webmail-based email like yahoo and gmail. Is it possible to get around this? [more inside]
posted by Haize at 6:53 PM PST - 25 comments

decent portable phones
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.
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:33 PM PST - 20 comments

HTTP transfer working poorly
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]
posted by zek at 6:26 PM PST - 5 comments

I know what wtf means, but wtf?
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]
posted by longsleeves at 5:58 PM PST - 19 comments

frozen fly
I just closed a fly into my freezer. If I find it and thaw it out, will it reanimate?
posted by StickyCarpet at 5:57 PM PST - 38 comments

Porn for couples
Porn for couples? [more inside]
posted by ch1x0r at 5:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Where is the Flash site that allows you to rearrange charcters into figures, faces, etc?
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.
posted by jeremias at 5:09 PM PST - 8 comments

How to save downloaded videos
How do I download videos that are available as streams in real video? What if the stream is live? (Quick!) [more inside]
posted by metaculpa at 4:55 PM PST - 6 comments

How to split up a large audio file in Windows?
What is the easiest way to split up a large audio file into shorter segments on Windows? [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 4:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Insurance Woes
Insurancefilter What is the cheapest / most effective way to approach getting health / dental insurance on your own? [more inside]
posted by outsider at 4:38 PM PST - 13 comments

What happens when you throw your back out and how can these injuries be prevented?
What happens when you throw your back out and how can these injuries be prevented? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 3:58 PM PST - 16 comments

My Zoidberg costume must be complete!!!
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?
posted by emptybowl at 3:39 PM PST - 17 comments

I'm not a tease, I promise. :-(
SexualFrustrationFilter: Please help me deal with my boyfriend's sexual frustration. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:22 PM PST - 82 comments

Anonymous web hosting
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]
posted by anonymous at 3:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me organize my finances
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]
posted by arcticwoman at 3:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Dealing with HTML Parsing Misery?
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]
posted by Captain_Tenille at 3:01 PM PST - 25 comments

Where in Toronto can I get a wolf puppet?
Where 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.)
posted by orange swan at 2:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Static IP, now what?
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?
posted by CCK at 2:41 PM PST - 23 comments

Wisdom Teeth Questions
ToothFilter: I just had 4 wisdom teeth removed today and I have few questtions. [more inside]
posted by AMWKE at 2:31 PM PST - 28 comments

Hair-less-oween
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]
posted by DannyUKNYC at 2:22 PM PST - 22 comments

Please help me find a flight from Vancouver to Tokyo that's cheaper than Toronto to Tokyo...
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]
posted by dripdripdrop at 2:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Best value in scanners?
What's the best value in flatbed scanners these days? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 2:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there an online service that will let me make a multiple choice test and administer it?
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?
posted by sirion at 1:49 PM PST - 9 comments

searching for advertisers
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?
posted by bamassippi at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Relational databases
Resources for teaching myself about relational databases? [more inside]
posted by Eothele at 1:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Ipod Video
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?
posted by danielpcummings at 1:04 PM PST - 8 comments

bad ears can scuba dive
will my girlfriend be able to scuba dive? She has ear problems. [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 12:57 PM PST - 11 comments

The swelling, the swelling
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]
posted by captainscared at 12:55 PM PST - 12 comments

How should I drive my uphill commute?
Driving tips for an uphill commute? [more inside]
posted by jgee at 12:05 PM PST - 25 comments

Reliable CD manufacturer?
A reliable CD manufacturer with quick turnaround? [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs at 11:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Other competitions like the X-Prize?
Other competitions like the X-Prize? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka at 11:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Is BofA's "Keep the Change" promotion legit?
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?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 11:40 AM PST - 43 comments

Any conference call services you can recommend?
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?
posted by Dukebloo at 11:04 AM PST - 6 comments

scrubs
What can you tell me about the return of Scrubs on NBC? [more inside]
posted by phredhead at 10:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Arnie and the Electrical Utilities
California Special Election Prop. 80: Electric Service Initiative [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 10:40 AM PST - 14 comments

How to make a mask
I'm trying to make a mask of a famous person's face for Halloween, and my artistic skills are sorely lacking. [more inside]
posted by elquien at 10:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Recirculating Sand Filters?
Recirculating Sand Filter septic systems or other alternatives? Anybody here have one or know anything about them? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 10:17 AM PST - 1 comments

How can I stream MP3s wirelessly using my mix-and-match technology?
What's a good solution to wirelessly play MP3s on my stereo though my mix-and-match collection of technology? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 10:07 AM PST - 21 comments

.ca domain hosting?
Recommendations for Canadian domain registration and hosting? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 10:06 AM PST - 9 comments

PHP comments script?
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.
posted by shannymara at 9:58 AM PST - 8 comments

wget don't like no flash
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]
posted by cavalier at 9:46 AM PST - 7 comments

I need a foster home for my cat
Please help me find a foster home in the Twin Cities for my very nice lovable cat. [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 9:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Programmer.getCareers();
CareerFilter: I'm a programmer, server side sort of stuff. Where do I go from here?[mi] [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 9:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Laptop keyboard malfunction
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?
posted by UKnowForKids at 9:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Thanksgiving Dinner served in NYC
Feed me and my sister Thanksgiving Dinner in NYC. [more inside]
posted by onalark at 8:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Furniture kits?
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?
posted by bradn at 8:56 AM PST - 10 comments

My music--save it!!!!
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]
posted by sourwookie at 8:45 AM PST - 11 comments

What's the best way to earn a MCSE certification?
What's the best way to earn a MCSE certification? [more inside]
posted by Crossbar at 6:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Books for the plane?
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]
posted by grabbingsand at 6:46 AM PST - 31 comments

Email labels in Thunderbird with IMAP.
Email labels in Thunderbird using IMAP. [more inside]
posted by ao4047 at 6:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Foot Avulsion Fracture advice
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?
posted by biffa at 6:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Need to send supplies to Wilma-affected father
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]
posted by neilkod at 6:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Ground-breaking recordings
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)?
posted by punkfloyd at 5:33 AM PST - 45 comments

expensive cartridges
Why do inkjet printer cartridges cost so much? What is the typical mark-up on them?
posted by TheManticore at 5:11 AM PST - 30 comments

How to fix an Atom feed?
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]
posted by misteraitch at 1:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Origin of 'Hush Little Baby'?
I am looking for the origin of the lyrics to the lullaby generally known as "Hush Little Baby". [more inside]
posted by page404 at 1:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find literate Francophones to converse with?
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?
posted by PuGZ at 1:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Esquire, not Doctor.
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]
posted by LGCNo6 at 1:01 AM PST - 41 comments

October 25
How to make cats get along?
Help us with our cat problem, please! [more inside]
posted by starvingartist at 9:21 PM PST - 10 comments

error message in IE using proxy server
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]
posted by shoos at 8:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Now that I've quit smoking...
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]
posted by Jon-o at 8:39 PM PST - 21 comments

I’m looking for help establishing a college fund for the children of a murder victim.
I’m looking for help establishing a college fund for the children of a murder victim. [more inside]
posted by Doug at 8:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Pro Tools LE, use a PC or a Mac?
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]
posted by monsta coty scott at 8:22 PM PST - 13 comments

SD card download without a computer?
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.
posted by pessoa at 7:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Make VLC the default player (OS X)
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.
posted by rossination at 7:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Financial Literacy and Games
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?
posted by blahblahblah at 7:15 PM PST - 6 comments

I am from the future and I just woke up
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.
posted by speicus at 6:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Is that a speeding ticket or a murder charge?
California Driving Record: How the heck do I read it? [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 6:45 PM PST - 1 comments

Power outlets in Amtrak coach class?
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.
posted by parttimesaint at 6:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Create a site based around your family tree
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]
posted by parma at 5:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Some questions about Fitzgerald's grand jury
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]
posted by Gyan at 5:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Teaching Under Privileged Kids
Help my wife get a hold of her class room! [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 5:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Power adapter voltage question.
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?
posted by Edward King at 4:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Sound card killed by Outlook Express
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]
posted by RMALCOLM at 4:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Good vibraphone music?
Suggestions for good vibraphone-based jazz? [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report at 4:32 PM PST - 26 comments

Ctrl-Alt-Del on a Zaurus?
Is there a way to enter Ctrl-Alt-Del on a Zaurus (SL-5500)? [more inside]
posted by russilwvong at 4:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Where should I go to college?
Where should I go to college? (Electrical/Computer Engineering and Mathematics) [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 4:22 PM PST - 33 comments

Solo piano with voice.
What are your favorite recordings (pop, rock, country, folk, blues, jazz, other) with just voice and piano?
posted by Bearman at 3:04 PM PST - 63 comments

Good Motown anthology?
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?
posted by languagehat at 3:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Who makes a reliable home firewall/router?
Who makes a reliable home firewall/router? [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t at 2:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Who was written in sprung rhythm?
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?
posted by rockstar at 2:40 PM PST - 9 comments

What are the black strip on the road?
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]
posted by JPigford at 2:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Woody Allen's Jazz is..?
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 ?
posted by elpapacito at 2:38 PM PST - 17 comments

ISO Remote Access to Library Research Resources
Many libraries offer access to resources that charge hefty fees (e.g., Nexis, Dialog, Oxford U. Press titles). [more inside]
posted by KRS at 2:34 PM PST - 13 comments

bad kitty
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.
posted by luriete at 2:21 PM PST - 15 comments

What's this flower?
Plantfilter: Unknown (and potentially non-native) bloom found in southwest washington. Image inside. What is it? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 1:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Aww man, glucose syrup again?
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.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 1:06 PM PST - 25 comments

Ipod syncing in the age of DRM
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]
posted by mecran01 at 12:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Need Socks for Winter Nights
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
posted by buddha9090 at 12:46 PM PST - 19 comments

upgrading an old computer
Help me upgrade my work computer to make it run better. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 12:35 PM PST - 31 comments

Die Zeitung!
I need some help finding online images of newspapers written in German from the 1800 or early 1900s. [more inside]
posted by rokabiri at 12:15 PM PST - 2 comments

How Can I Write Cross-Browser Links?
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]
posted by RKB at 12:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Unloading a loaded mutual fund
FinancialFilter: Should I sell my DSC mutual funds now or later? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 12:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Those migrating geese look pretty tasty...
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]
posted by squidlarkin at 11:51 AM PST - 25 comments

IP Address Manager
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.
posted by flipmiester99 at 11:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Subwoofer Power/Computer?
Help me with my subwoofer power problem! [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 10:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Save me some work
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]
posted by ChrisR at 10:32 AM PST - 24 comments

Transferring between IMAP mailboxes
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]
posted by cillit bang at 10:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Where did the videos of an old lady kicking a baby originally come from?
Where did the video of an old lady kicking a baby originate? [more inside]
posted by the biscuit man at 10:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Winding Cords
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.
posted by gcumming at 9:20 AM PST - 25 comments

A short question about love (and hate).
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]
posted by eschatfische at 8:51 AM PST - 8 comments

What is this game and where can I get hold of it??
What is this game and where can I get hold of it?? [more inside]
posted by trampesque at 8:36 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I get my roommates to clean up after themselves?
How can I get my roommates to clean up after themselves? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:28 AM PST - 48 comments

How do I use iPhoto effectively?
How do I use iPhoto effectively? [more inside]
posted by salmacis at 7:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Got good Blog?
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?
posted by xammerboy at 6:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Why are there red streaks on my shoulders?
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]
posted by catfood at 6:18 AM PST - 22 comments

Keylogger
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]
posted by megatherium at 4:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Understanding Orchestras & Orchestral Music
I'd like to better understand/appreciate orchestras and orchestral music. What resources would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by d-no at 3:08 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I get over driving fears?
I live in L.A. I'm terrified of, and suck at, driving; can I improve? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 3:06 AM PST - 20 comments

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!
posted by sam and rufus at 2:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Flashcard Program for Windows
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.
posted by AArtaud at 2:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Setting up your own business, I need help?
Setting up your own business, I need help? [more inside]
posted by spooksie at 2:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Triggering programs from a web page
Launching programs from a web page without meeting a "save/run" box. [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 1:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Name this kid's book!
Trying to find an old childrens' book involving a princess who finds a baby dragon. [more inside]
posted by Windigo at 12:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Final Cut Pro/Express Compatibility?
How compatible are Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 12:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Must I have surgery for my tonsillitis?
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]
posted by Catch at 12:17 AM PST - 20 comments

Why do some nouns get a 'the'?
Why do some speakers omit the word 'the' from before many nouns? [more inside]
posted by tumble at 12:06 AM PST - 28 comments

October 24
Obscure Blue Barrel Boy - story at 11
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]
posted by hoborg at 10:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Customized grammar check and printout?!
Microsoft word help! Midterm paper due in the morning and I can't figure out the teacher's grammar check requirements! [more inside]
posted by sarahmelah at 8:57 PM PST - 14 comments

How do British refer to the American Revolution?
For British Eyes Only: How do you refer to the American Revolutionary War? [more inside]
posted by kyleg at 8:44 PM PST - 39 comments

What to Do With Letters from Exes?
What do you do with your collection of old letters from ex-significant others? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 35 comments

Is a zero down physician mortgage a good deal?
I'm looking for info on zero down physician home loans. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Device or Method for Preventing Frontal Wedgies
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]
posted by duck at 7:44 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I make a local archive of my blogspot?
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.
posted by saketini99 at 7:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I expect more problems from my older car?
My old car didn't start up this morning - but is it likely to refuse to again? [more inside]
posted by ruddhist at 6:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Interactive storytelling – good examples of both traditional and electronic?
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?
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 6:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do female penguins attempt to steal young?
Selfish penguin theory: I just saw March of the Penguins and observed the chick-stealing behavior. How is this at all adaptive? [more inside]
posted by nev at 5:54 PM PST - 13 comments

SizzlingKeys equivalent for PC?
Is there an equivalent to SizzlingKeys that works with iTunes on a PC?
posted by teem at 5:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Did I get a good deal, or am I hosed?
Do I owe $270 or $638 for an auto rental? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 5:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Setting the default MAPI client
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]
posted by slookdog at 5:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Dead Book Club Walking
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]
posted by divka at 5:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Do I have an online stalker (or more than one)?
Weird Situation: Strange spamming technique, a case of mistaken identity, or something else entirely? You tell me. [more inside]
posted by geeky at 4:40 PM PST - 9 comments

What do you call a person who makes chandeliers?
What do you call a person who makes chandeliers? A chandelierlier?
posted by ijoshua at 4:36 PM PST - 14 comments

How Can I Use Wikipedia's Content?
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]
posted by zerolives at 4:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Am I officially an organ donor?
How does a Washington, D.C. driver's license indicate that you're an organ donor? [more inside]
posted by ootsocsid at 3:20 PM PST - 3 comments

I need to find an out of print cd
I need help finding a rare/out of print album. [more inside]
posted by Flamingo at 3:16 PM PST - 14 comments

weirdoes in love
How to argue with a man who calls himself a sociopath. [more inside]
posted by e^2 at 3:11 PM PST - 24 comments

Why do CD's burnt on my iMac skip in the car?
Why do CD's burnt on my iMac skip in the car? [more inside]
posted by dual_action at 2:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Why do we use a phrase in English which means the opposite?
EnglishIsAStupidLanguageFilter: Person 1: "Thanks for all your help." Person 2: "That's OK - it was the least I could do." [more inside]
posted by Chunder at 1:40 PM PST - 42 comments

Halloween: costume ideas?
Halloween: costume ideas? [more inside]
posted by masymas at 1:17 PM PST - 36 comments

Is it possible to run a (Dell) Windows laptop with the lid closed?
Is it possible to run a (Dell) Windows laptop with the lid closed? I just need it to serve network connections (IIS, RDC).
posted by mkultra at 1:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Electronic OED?
Electronic version of the Oxford English Dictionary? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 1:05 PM PST - 32 comments

Trying to Find the Easiest Way Out
MotherboardFilter: Looking for anecdotal experience on an inexpensive replacement for my motherboard that has a PCIx for a new video card. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 12:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Seperation of church and hospital?
Why do American hospitals always have religious associations in their names, and does this distinction actually mean anything anymore? [more inside]
posted by afroblanca at 12:40 PM PST - 27 comments

Talking with an ESL student...
Boundaries in conversation with an ESL student? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 12:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I become an interpreter?
Do those of us who started learning our second language after high school have any hope of becoming interpreters? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 11:58 AM PST - 10 comments

What causes a bird to fly into my window repeatedly with reckless abandon?
Why are birds repeatedly hurling themselves against my office window? [more inside]
posted by MegoSteve at 11:55 AM PST - 18 comments

I'd like to pay less for a home.
What happens to foreclosed homes? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors at 11:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Where do I sell a silver coin?
I have a silver coin. I would like to sell it. Where would I do so, and what should I be aware of?
posted by solistrato at 11:43 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I bring a widget to market?
How do I bring a widget to market? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 11:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Which neighbourhood in Toronto is best for two young people just starting out?
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]
posted by generichuman at 10:59 AM PST - 27 comments

Thrust in the wind
Why is there more wind in Autumn? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 10:42 AM PST - 7 comments

dashboard for pc, does anyone make it ?
I love the dashboard program available on macs. is there an equivalent for pc's? [more inside]
posted by dawdle at 10:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Wrinkle-free packing?
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?
posted by jenfu at 10:15 AM PST - 9 comments

So dudes I've got this pro--whoa shiny!
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]
posted by schroedinger at 10:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Are you my family?
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]
posted by onhazier at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Eating for ate.
What can/will my newly-pregnant, incredibly-picky, wife eat? (there are complications to this question) [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 9:31 AM PST - 37 comments

Overstaying a visa
I'm asking this two-part question for a friend. He's overstayed his holiday visa. [more inside]
posted by veronica sawyer at 9:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Auto repair shop reviews?
Any good online references for finding an auto repair shop? Reports, reviews, horror stories? [more inside]
posted by intermod at 9:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Put Humptey Back Together For the First Time?
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]
posted by Medieval Maven at 9:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me fix my Start Menu?
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]
posted by xyzzy at 9:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Creative ideas for a Lost-themed party
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]
posted by FritoKAL at 9:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Is UK postcode data freely available in the public domain?
Is UK postcode data freely available in the public domain? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 8:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me pick a new desktop?
I need help putting together what I need in a computer, could you help me? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 8:37 AM PST - 22 comments

Why can't Internet Explorer upload?
TechFilter: Why can't Internet Explorer upload? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 8:08 AM PST - 12 comments

What tastes good with apples?
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]
posted by KathyK at 7:51 AM PST - 27 comments

What to do in Wilkes-Barre / Scranton PA?
Things to do in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania... more after the jump. [more inside]
posted by fearless_yakov at 7:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Need mover in New York City
Needed: New York City -to- New Jersey mover, plus someone who buys and removes whatever is left in an apartment. [more inside]
posted by beagle at 7:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Why should I lose money if you needed to reschedule at the last minute?
Should I bill clients for scheduled appointments they missed? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 7:19 AM PST - 26 comments

What should I be for Halloween?
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]
posted by TurkishGolds at 7:12 AM PST - 21 comments

Where to find (and listen to before purchasing) popular songs redone on violins?
Where to find (and listen to before purchasing) popular songs redone on violins? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 7:11 AM PST - 10 comments

ID Please
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]
posted by lpctstr; at 7:03 AM PST - 29 comments

Scream
How do I make a cheap, recognizable Harriet Miers costume for Halloween? [more inside]
posted by sohcahtoa at 6:43 AM PST - 19 comments

Lvl 25 geek LFG
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]
posted by JonnyRotten at 6:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Why does flow from my kitchen sink's tap have to be turbulent to create dishsoap bubbles?
Why does the formation of soap bubbles in my dishwater depend on turbulent flow in the water coming out of the tap? [more inside]
posted by paul! at 4:35 AM PST - 16 comments

Computerizing Shoes Store
I am asked to computerize a retail shoe store. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 3:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Blue lights on traffic lights?
Early nineties, blue lights on a traffic light below the standard green one. Am I crazy? What were they for? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 1:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Vancouver's best curry?
Which is the best curry house in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by Jon Mitchell at 12:32 AM PST - 6 comments

October 23
trap building animals?
I'm looking for examples of trap-building animals. Preferably invertebrates. [more inside]
posted by dhruva at 11:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Please explain the NFL Broadcast rules in NYC area
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]
posted by provocateur at 11:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Get thee to a winery
After two years, I'm thinking of having a drink. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 PM PST - 30 comments

Condoms on uncut males
A condom question! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 PM PST - 12 comments

OS too pretty... Must purge all ui blemishes.
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]
posted by Popular Ethics at 8:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Bing Hitler ... anyone ??
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]
posted by stuartmm at 8:04 PM PST - 3 comments

MarkTwain SamuelClemens ComputerGames VideoGames games Simulators riverboat steamboat steamship LifeOnTheMississippi Missippi SteamPower RobertFulton JamesWatt
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?
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 6:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Dress shoes that are great to walk in?
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?
posted by kaufmajm at 5:46 PM PST - 29 comments

BookFilter: Mystery from Past
Looking for Halloween-themed, pre-teen ghost mystery from the 80s. [more inside]
posted by bkdelong at 5:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Chicago Carpet Cleaning
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!
posted by cajo at 4:55 PM PST - 3 comments

iTunes compilations fix?
Why does iTunes think that some of my single-artist CDs are compilations, and how do I tell it otherwise? [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 4:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Merkur Safety Razors (for Shaving): Pros and cons? For sensitive skin? Anything I should know?
Merkur Safety Razors (for Shaving): Pros and cons? For sensitive skin? Anything I should know? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 4:31 PM PST - 19 comments

Where can I find a good quality pencil case?
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!
posted by invisible ink at 4:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Fly problem!
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?
posted by xmutex at 3:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me identify a flag.
What is the flag on the left in this photo?
posted by I Love Tacos at 3:53 PM PST - 18 comments

aa.metafilter.com
After sitting un-started for about two weeks, my car won't start. What should I do before fleeing to the AAA? [more inside]
posted by alan at 3:00 PM PST - 44 comments

To be or not to be?
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]
posted by Happydaz at 2:50 PM PST - 58 comments

Lexington, KY and I
One day left in Lexington, Kentucky, and I am looking for something to do. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments

What Plant am I?
Name that plant: I bought a tropical houseplant at a local hardware superstore and would like to know what it is. [more inside]
posted by cardboard at 2:02 PM PST - 7 comments

AskMe Rules, OK
What is the origin of the cliché "X rule(s) ok"? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 1:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Battle Refrigeration!
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]
posted by stet at 1:23 PM PST - 19 comments

What should I do about my fragmented/buggy drive?
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]
posted by JohannStrauss at 12:32 PM PST - 11 comments

resoleable men's shoes
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?
posted by Jackson at 12:08 PM PST - 5 comments

DVD No Read?
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]
posted by Expat at 12:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Dune and Left Hand of Darkness - other recommendations?
If I liked Dune and The Left Hand of Darkness what other books would I like reading?
posted by lunkfish at 11:40 AM PST - 35 comments

Kill my Quicktime, please.
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]
posted by Ber at 11:35 AM PST - 20 comments

How to get rid of old gun bullets?
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?
posted by barrista at 10:45 AM PST - 9 comments

ancient Greek quote
What's that ancient Greek quote that goes something like, Give me a city/village and I can turn it into a great nation?
posted by stopgap at 10:35 AM PST - 7 comments

What is "overclocking?"
What is "Overclocking" in programmers term? [more inside]
posted by semmi at 10:34 AM PST - 16 comments

What's the evolutionary advantage of shyness
What is the evolutionary advantage of shyness, particularly in early girls' adolescence? [more inside]
posted by ykjay at 8:53 AM PST - 32 comments

Fill my heart with joy...
Is there a recording of Harry Connick, Jr. singing "Fly Me to the Moon"? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese at 8:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Cluetrain manifesto-like books
Cluetrain-Manifesto-like books ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm at 8:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Ideas for a weekend in Hamburg!
Recommendations for a weekend in Hamburg please... [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse at 8:42 AM PST - 3 comments

What do you think of our business idea: online paper editing service?
Please provide feedback on my new business idea: online college paper and essay editing service [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 8:08 AM PST - 29 comments

New printer time
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.
posted by Ikazuchi at 7:40 AM PST - 15 comments

If the U.S. Criminal Code were a cook book, my hams would taste like sock.
LawFilter: Why is the U.S. Code so strange? [more inside]
posted by dsword at 6:05 AM PST - 21 comments

D-Link Compatible With IBM Thinkpad 600X
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.
posted by Mckoan1 at 4:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Starting up a competitor to E*Trade
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]
posted by Alt F4 at 4:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Help with stupid Win XP problem?
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..
posted by ascullion at 3:46 AM PST - 9 comments

register_global and header
How would the register_global security upgrade screw up a header re-direct? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 3:31 AM PST - 7 comments

need help remembering a childrens book
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]
posted by airnxtz at 12:11 AM PST - 5 comments

October 22
Avian flu != Regular Flu?
Is regular flu vaccine effective against the avian flu?
posted by blue_beetle at 11:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Cash for gift cards
A friend gave me a Target gift card. I don't want anything from Target. How can I get cash for the card?
posted by anonymous at 11:04 PM PST - 32 comments

How do I choose a Zen variety?
I want to learn about Zen. How do I choose a Zen variety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 PM PST - 10 comments

What's up with Weight Watchers?
DietFilter: Weight Watchers - cult or miracle solution? Has anyone used Weight Watchers? Successfully? Unsuccessfully? Online or with meetings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 PM PST - 32 comments

I wuz robbed
What do people really do with the CDs they steal? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 10:50 PM PST - 23 comments

Cold Sore Prevention
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.
posted by synecdoche at 10:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Burning files in other than alpha order
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?
posted by mischief at 10:13 PM PST - 11 comments

IBM Thinkpad Repair
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]
posted by aladfar at 6:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Who sells this costume?
Who is the retailer who sells the costume in this ebay auction?
posted by event at 5:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Upside down guitarist?
Who's the guy who played guitar upside down... [more inside]
posted by dr. fresh at 5:37 PM PST - 7 comments

What do I need to know as Red Cross volunteer?
I've just been asked to deploy to New Orleans as a Red Cross volunteer (mi). [more inside]
posted by efalk at 4:59 PM PST - 9 comments

How to get groups out of Outlook Express on Windows?
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!
posted by sfz at 4:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Wonderful bags of Lapsang Souchong
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?
posted by selfnoise at 4:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Is there a word like widow or widower to describe a surviving twin?
Is there a word like widow or widower to describe a surviving twin? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes at 2:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Why do companies advertise?
Does advertising work? [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier at 2:23 PM PST - 42 comments

Equine dentist in upstate New York (Binghamton area)
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?
posted by bluesky43 at 2:22 PM PST - 4 comments

How do bic lighters maintain such a constant flame?
How do bic lighters maintain the same sized flame regardless of the amount of fluid left inside? [more inside]
posted by cyphill at 2:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Shellfish cooking?
Any cooks out there help me with shellfish cooking? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 2:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Coogle Sandwhich Spread
Has anyone ever heard of an old sandwhich spread named Coogle? Circa 1970's and came in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, I believe.
posted by nocode at 2:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Best program or website for simple small business bookkeeping
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
posted by rabbus at 1:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Used computer parts on the east coast?
Is there a good store for used/arcane computer equipment on the east coast? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 12:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Eye test drunkenness
Would it skew the results of an eye exam to show up drunk?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Low-density cheesecake
Low-density cheesecake recipes. [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto at 11:30 AM PST - 8 comments

What are the words?
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?
posted by 31d1 at 10:55 AM PST - 26 comments

sprint cell phone suggestions?
my mom is looking for a new cell phone, need some suggestions and deal advice... details follow. [more inside]
posted by hummercash at 10:48 AM PST - 7 comments

INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY
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!
posted by russmail at 10:37 AM PST - 26 comments

How do I make my sweet little bunny fuck off?
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]
posted by Mayor Curley at 9:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Gay Anniversary Gifts
What is appropriate for a same sex first anniversary gift? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 9:34 AM PST - 12 comments

Why didn't the explorers stop calling them Indians?
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?
posted by soiled cowboy at 9:15 AM PST - 11 comments

tip the cable guy?
I'm having cable installed today... should I tip the cable guy? If so, how much?
posted by mandlebrotz at 8:43 AM PST - 25 comments

How long for kidney donation?
How long does the process of kidney donation take? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 8:41 AM PST - 4 comments

True friends vs. acquaintances
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]
posted by Sharcho at 8:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Does anyone else dream in musicals?
Does anyone else dream in musicals? [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin at 3:25 AM PST - 23 comments

Should I go out with a girl I'm not attracted to?
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]
posted by anonymous at 1:14 AM PST - 19 comments

October 21
Help me help my help!
How much should I tip the guys who are coming to clean out my house? [more inside]
posted by krisptoria at 10:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Pizza sauce
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.
posted by rolypolyman at 9:32 PM PST - 35 comments

How do I, an American, get a Chinese visa while in Japan?
Chinese travel visa for an American living in Japan... [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine at 9:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Who's lost a salivary gland? Or knows a half-spit?
My SO is getting a salivary gland removed...Feeding and care? [more inside]
posted by verytres at 9:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting Airport only connect to Access Points
Is there a way to tell a Powerbook with airport to connect only to Access Points like Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 8:53 PM PST - 3 comments

A pesky server that won't obey me!
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]
posted by meta87 at 8:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Are my old LPs worth anything?
Are any of these old vinyl LPs/records worth anything? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 7:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Hippos, spiders, melting film, my childhood
Animated short from the early 80s: A pet hippopotamus! [more inside]
posted by skryche at 7:10 PM PST - 0 comments

Detonating packages "as a precaution"
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?
posted by Saucy Intruder at 6:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Firefox back-button speed issues
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]
posted by jikel_morten at 6:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I pay for an apartment listing service?
Should I pay for an apartment listing service? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 6:43 PM PST - 5 comments

What do I do with all these beans?
What do I do with all these beans? [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons at 6:24 PM PST - 36 comments

Humidifier recommendations, pls.
What's best in humidifiers? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 6:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Has anything changed for Palestinians after the Israeli withrawal from Gaza?
Has anything changed for Palestinians after the Israeli withrawal from Gaza?
posted by Manouk at 5:59 PM PST - 5 comments

hot hot heat
what are the facts on heat, fire, and old brownstone radiators? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 5:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Help with hemorrhoids!
Tell me about hemorrhoids! Read more inside if you don't mind some details! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:35 PM PST - 19 comments

Natural Family Planning?
How have your experiences been with Natural Family Planning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:34 PM PST - 37 comments

I have too many projects I have started. I must pick one and finish it.
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]
posted by anonymous at 2:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Would you give a gift for a year of sobriety?
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]
posted by anonymous at 2:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Will Print Shop Deluxe 1.13 run on OS X?
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?
posted by Argyle at 2:02 PM PST - 6 comments

What's this toy.
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]
posted by 445supermag at 1:41 PM PST - 2 comments

film to digital?
Is there a service that can make digital prints from processed APS film?
posted by plexi at 1:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Sun Twin Electric Heater?
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?
posted by MonkeyToes at 1:14 PM PST - 10 comments

What added a command to MS Office?
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]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 1:00 PM PST - 1 comments

I'm trying to find a good online fax broadcast system.
I'm trying to find a good online fax broadcast system. [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 12:51 PM PST - 1 comments

no wallet, no cash, how to get by?
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]
posted by xo at 12:51 PM PST - 37 comments

Where do you get prints of old newspaper comics?
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?
posted by substrate at 12:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do you like U2?
Why do you like U2? [more inside]
posted by BorgLove at 11:47 AM PST - 112 comments

How to switch to a mac.
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]
posted by anonymous at 11:34 AM PST - 20 comments

Why digital P&Ss suffer from shutter lag?
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.
posted by PenguinBukkake at 11:21 AM PST - 9 comments

I keep losing my application icons in OS X.
I keep losing my application icons in OS X. [more inside]
posted by ssmith at 10:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Open Source ebay auction listing tool?
Can anyone recommend a good open source or freeware auction listing tool for ebay (Windows)? [more inside]
posted by Otis at 10:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Remote access to OS X Tiger hard drive
How can I access my OS X Tiger hard drive remotely? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 9:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Aspergers Dilemma
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]
posted by gallois at 9:39 AM PST - 23 comments

Couple questions re: printing digital pictures.
A few questions about printing digital photos in NYC, and tangentially, the legality thereof. [more inside]
posted by Vidiot at 9:03 AM PST - 19 comments

Snow tires for a 2001 BMW 325 Sport
A couple of questions on snow tires for BMWs... [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 9:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Best use of a .Mac account?
What is the best use you've seen made of a .Mac account? [more inside]
posted by airguitar at 8:47 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I quickly sublet my apartment?
How can I quickly sublet my apartment? [more inside]
posted by medpt at 8:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Software to get IT organized?
Can anyone recommend a good software package for a small IT/support department that handles project scheduling AND support requests? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 AM PST - 8 comments

is there an effective cure for road rage?
RoadRageFilter: Does anyone know of an effective cure or countermeasure for someone with road rage? [more inside]
posted by Hanover Phist at 8:28 AM PST - 41 comments

MusicMatch to iTunes converion
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]
posted by docpops at 8:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Taxation Around the Nation
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.
posted by jasondigitized at 7:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Photographic Memory - nothing develops?
What is the best way to develop a photographic memory?(pardon the pun)
posted by wisdom-seeker at 7:33 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I look like The Question?
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.
posted by COBRA! at 7:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Duct sealing to save on heating costs?
Duct sealing to save on heating bills this winter? Has anyone done this, and did it help? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 6:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Can you interpret UPS tracking data?
If you know how to decode UPS tracking information, please look inside. [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 6:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Where to have lunch in Cardiff?
Where should me and my quasi-grandparents go for lunch in Cardiff? [more inside]
posted by Lotto at 4:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Mystery song lyrics
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]
posted by hincandenza at 4:16 AM PST - 8 comments

October 20
Books/Resources for Getting Ready to Try and Have a Baby?
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]
posted by prettyboyfloyd at 10:35 PM PST - 29 comments

Wireless problems
Wi-Fi help? Failing that, Firefox help? Why is my wireless internet card having trouble connecting to the router? [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 10:24 PM PST - 5 comments

How much, ballpark, does a new garage door cost?
How much, ballpark, does a new garage door cost? [more inside]
posted by zogbie at 9:13 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I stop a fax machine from calling my cell phone?
How do I stop a fax machine from calling my cell phone? [more inside]
posted by bertrandom at 8:31 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to learn sign language quickly and easily
What's the best and easiest way (besides classes) to learn sign language? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 8:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Autoemail
Automation filter: I need a piece of software that will scan a folder of office documents and email them. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 8:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Why is it bad to use both topical and oral diphenhydramine?
Why is it bad to use both topical and oral diphenhydramine? [more inside]
posted by Kosh at 8:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Can a moth-eaten camelhair coat be repaired?
Can a moth-eaten camelhair coat be repaired? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 8:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Headset Storage/Display?
Does anyone have any recommendation for good looking headset storage options? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 7:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Interactive Calendar and Digital Yearbooks
Help us make an interactive calendar to put in our digital yearbook. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 7:07 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I consolidate communication devices for use the UK and US
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]
posted by rmhsinc at 6:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Is chronopay.com legit?
Does anyone know whether chronopay.com is legit? (Bonus question: how could I have checked up on them myself?)
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Multiple recipients in Gmail
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!
posted by zardoz at 5:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Who makes up jokes?
Who makes up jokes? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 5:48 PM PST - 41 comments

mac audio editing program
does anyone know of a good audio editing program for the mac? [more inside]
posted by benkolb at 5:47 PM PST - 10 comments

killing killAV
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]
posted by moonbird at 5:35 PM PST - 4 comments

trying to remember a childrens book i once read
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!
posted by butterball at 5:30 PM PST - 21 comments

my iTunes is haunted
Why does my iTunes keep opening (unprovoked)? [more inside]
posted by jmgorman at 4:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Genre-bending cover song suggestions?
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]
posted by DeeJayK at 3:57 PM PST - 132 comments

Hunting the elusive perfect sofa...
Looking for an inexpensive, chic (used?) sofa in Philadelphia... [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 3:54 PM PST - 7 comments

We can work it out?
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]
posted by furtive at 3:47 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I advance my dogs' film careers?
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?
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 3:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Identify arcade game?
What arcade machine is this? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 3:34 PM PST - 5 comments

US surpassed UK.
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)?
posted by dash_slot- at 3:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Where should I look for my condo?
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]
posted by twiggy at 2:59 PM PST - 9 comments

T-Bird Mail Annoyance
How do I turn off new mail notification in Thunderbird? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot at 2:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Grace Period for Pre-Existing Conditions After Being Uninsured?
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]
posted by WCityMike at 1:31 PM PST - 8 comments

How to Learn German from a Native Speaker Who's Never Taught?
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.
posted by lunalaguna at 1:26 PM PST - 10 comments

... help prevent/postpone the inevitable agony ..
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?
posted by anastasiav at 1:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Who is playing Where?
How can I find out what bands are booked/playing on each of the specific late night shows (letterman, o'brian, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by hubs at 10:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Silicon Valley business blogs?
What are the best blogs to read that cover the *business* of Silicon Valley? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 10:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Suit retailer in Boston?
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]
posted by bobot at 10:43 AM PST - 27 comments

I want to live in a house!
How does anyone afford growing up? [more inside]
posted by hamster at 10:09 AM PST - 53 comments

Recommend music similar to Figurine's The Heartfelt.
MusicFilter: I enjoy Figurine. What else would I like? [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 10:08 AM PST - 12 comments

relaxing in the hudson river valley?
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]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 9:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Need help identifying a switch.
Help me identify this switch [1 page pdf]. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 9:04 AM PST - 5 comments

How to isolate two lights controlled by three switches?
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]
posted by jmevius at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Calendar program (PC) similar to iCal for (~50) people management?
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]
posted by anonymoose at 8:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to live?
Help me determine how these cities would be to live in. [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 8:49 AM PST - 38 comments

I am become Shiskabob, destroyer of tires
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]
posted by phearlez at 8:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I become a NY resident?
Should I become a NY resident? This is mainly a tax question. [more inside]
posted by kensanway at 8:38 AM PST - 16 comments

desktop blogging soiftware
Any other recommendations for desktop blogging/web content management software? So far I have Blogjet, Qumana, CityDesk, and Anconia.
posted by Voyageman at 8:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me delete spam!
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]
posted by mikel at 7:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Snowblower Advice Needed!
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]
posted by Shfishp at 7:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Impressions of CMSs beyond Blackboard?
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]
posted by jwells at 5:42 AM PST - 23 comments

Stereo Setup
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?
posted by Raybun at 5:25 AM PST - 27 comments

Outlook Event Help Needed
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]
posted by frogmoses at 5:15 AM PST - 0 comments

Life is okay. Work, not so much.
How important is job satisfaction toward overall fulfillment? [more inside]
posted by cdadog at 4:45 AM PST - 25 comments

Do you know about any good looking computer cables?
Do you know about any good looking computer cables? [more inside]
posted by ouke at 12:51 AM PST - 7 comments

October 19
Laundry woes
LaundryFilter: Help me get rid of a mystery green stain! [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 11:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Obnoxious friends
How do I deal with my boyfriend's obnoxious and embarrassing friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 PM PST - 45 comments

A coat of many colors.
Dyeing my white cat festive colors for special occasions: sick and/or dangerous? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:36 PM PST - 58 comments

Godless heathen discrimination?
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]
posted by anonymous at 11:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Teeth Whitening Strips
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?
posted by thebarron at 10:57 PM PST - 24 comments

iPod "can't read or write"
iPodFilter: When I try to update my iPod I get an an error message: "Can not read from or write on disk." [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 10:01 PM PST - 14 comments

A man who plays the banjo has got it made
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]
posted by herting at 9:48 PM PST - 10 comments

CarTalk
I am considering purchasing an older 5-spd Honda Civic on order to save gas on my bi-weekly long commute. [more inside]
posted by fshgrl at 8:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Dahn We Now Our Creepy Yoga?
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.
posted by abbyladybug at 7:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Verb tense in fiction
Verb tense in fiction [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell at 7:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Are all mugshots in the public domain?
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]
posted by thewittyname at 6:46 PM PST - 21 comments

Where is Coke C2?
What happened to Coca-Cola C2? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:19 PM PST - 24 comments

Funny sixties movies?
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]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:49 PM PST - 32 comments

Wedding Music for snsranch
wedding filter: Music. We have the key elements nailed, music for the ceremony and first dance, however... [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 5:20 PM PST - 7 comments

What is this "hardball" of which they speak?
It's promotion & raise time. Do I play hardball? And if so, how? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 5:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Depressed teenager?
Advice for a depressed teenager with completely unsympathetic and uncooperative parents? [more inside]
posted by granted at 4:41 PM PST - 21 comments

1st Anniversary Gift
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?
posted by tichance at 4:33 PM PST - 21 comments

Oh where oh where could the password be?
How do I reset the password on an Inova LightLink LED Display (CFM24.2005)? [more inside]
posted by thedward at 4:28 PM PST - 6 comments

How much money will I get for publishing a novel
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]
posted by delmoi at 4:06 PM PST - 25 comments

My kingdom for a pen cap.
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.
posted by craniac at 3:49 PM PST - 14 comments

What's the best and most flexible type of savings/investment account for a minor?
What's the best and most flexible type of savings/college fund account for a minor? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 3:45 PM PST - 3 comments

dutch film
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?
posted by jgballard at 3:34 PM PST - 3 comments

What to buy to say thanks
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]
posted by Airhen at 3:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Nix Commercials from MPEG2?
What's a good (and free!) way to remove commercials from mpeg2 files? [more inside]
posted by kc0dxh at 2:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Shoelace Clock problem
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]
posted by noether at 1:55 PM PST - 43 comments

Things to do in San Juan?
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.
posted by fabesfaves at 1:48 PM PST - 4 comments

A different type of keyword spamming
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?
posted by zek at 12:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Good upcoming folk music shows in the NYC area?
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]
posted by Dr. Wu at 12:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Personal Finance 101
Young married couple, mid-20's, good income: ready to take our finances more seriously. Who do we talk to? [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 12:19 PM PST - 25 comments

New Gmail Spam & Pop-ups
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?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 12:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Wash DC visit no-misses?
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?
posted by mctsonic at 11:39 AM PST - 37 comments

Dead PSP pixels
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?
posted by sebas at 11:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Corrupted Database
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?
posted by ig at 10:47 AM PST - 7 comments

RSS feed to cell phone?
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?
posted by sandra194 at 10:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Tell me how to sell things on the internet.
Tell me how to sell things on the internet. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 10:18 AM PST - 20 comments

How to convert photographs into famous paintings
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.
posted by turbanhead at 10:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Russian in Russia
I would like to spend an academic year studying Russian in Russia. [more inside]
posted by speranza at 9:47 AM PST - 5 comments

French Maids - What's up with that?
Questions about French maids... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 12 comments

The mother and child reunion.
Is there a way to use Yahoo! Messenger with its webcam viewing component enabled without installing the actual Messenger software? [more inside]
posted by Jaie at 9:06 AM PST - 1 comments

Hurrah for kittens!
Name our kittens! We have just brought home two entirely black boy kittens from the shelter and they need names. [more inside]
posted by nelleish at 8:59 AM PST - 100 comments

Cesspool treatment - fact or fiction?
HomeownerFilter: Do cesspool bacterial treatments do anything? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 8:52 AM PST - 7 comments

The "Missing my Sudafed" blues
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]
posted by nonliteral at 8:49 AM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find a 3D scale model of Manhattan?
Where can I find a 3D scale model of Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:10 AM PST - 9 comments

What's the next logical career choice for a senior analyst?
What's the next logical career choice for a senior analyst? [more inside]
posted by DCTapeworm at 8:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Open Source Favorites
OpenSourceFilter: What open source software rocks your world? [more inside]
posted by mikewas at 7:55 AM PST - 37 comments

Several questions about opera
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]
posted by jdroth at 7:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Special purpose slideshow software...
I'm looking for slideshow software for an art installation... [more inside]
posted by fake at 7:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Why my Windows XP laptop slows down overnight
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]
posted by flyby22 at 6:50 AM PST - 18 comments

First time Paxil user experiencing nausea
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.
posted by smoothie at 6:48 AM PST - 25 comments

Know any college pranks?
Know any good college pranks? [more inside]
posted by Acey at 5:24 AM PST - 57 comments

US corporate tax on Americans abroad
Do any MeFi Americans have experience of (part)-owning companies overseas? [more inside]
posted by sagwalla at 1:57 AM PST - 3 comments

mounting photographs
Question about mounting large(ish) photographs professionally. [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 12:19 AM PST - 8 comments

October 18
Can I use a rototiller to relandscape my yard?
RototillerFilter: My back yard has some issues right now and I'm wondering if a rototiller might solve them all. [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 11:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Spring Break 2006
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?
posted by stray at 10:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Sleeping issues in disabled children
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]
posted by danwalker at 8:44 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I get rid of my tooth gap?
Can I minimize the gap between my two front teeth without braces? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 8:42 PM PST - 35 comments

why did the sonnet develop as a 14 line form?
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]
posted by ronv at 8:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Classical music suggestions?
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]
posted by forallmankind at 7:31 PM PST - 29 comments

Who's feeds? NEWSFEEDS!
I'm looking for a few good rss newsfeeds to put on my google frontpage. And I'm asking for your advice. [more inside]
posted by thecjm at 7:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I build a PC, and how?
PC building 101 [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 7:08 PM PST - 27 comments

A blow to the neck takes you out?
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?
posted by mr.marx at 6:18 PM PST - 30 comments

Conversion Disorders
So - what *is* Conversion Disorder? And have people actually been healed of it? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 5:58 PM PST - 6 comments

converting movies into flash
I want to turn movies into flash files. [more inside]
posted by boo_radley at 4:54 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I get Xbox screenshots?
Is there a quick and easy way to get screenshots of an Xbox game? [more inside]
posted by arha at 4:29 PM PST - 7 comments

What's a pacing horse?
What is a pacing horse, and why is it considered a bad thing? [more inside]
posted by footnote at 4:18 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get my work onto slide film without shooting on slide film?
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]
posted by tarintowers at 3:57 PM PST - 16 comments

The Super Across The Way
What qualifications and licenses does one need to be a building manager? [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt at 2:46 PM PST - 7 comments

What CD do you currently love.
What CD are you currently in love with? [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 2:38 PM PST - 146 comments

Insomniac
Having a lot of trouble sleeping lately... [more inside]
posted by unccivil at 2:15 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I identify the model number of a mysteriously unidentifiable Levi's jeans?
How can I identify the model number of a mysteriously unidentifiable Levi's jeans? [more inside]
posted by UlfMagnet at 2:10 PM PST - 9 comments

foundation or corporation?
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]
posted by mert at 1:58 PM PST - 7 comments

whats up with google
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?
posted by bamassippi at 1:44 PM PST - 22 comments

Keep me out of prison!
How can I keep some unsavory people away from my kids' school? [more inside]
posted by tetsuo at 1:31 PM PST - 78 comments

British tracksuit question
Looking for British (I think) track suit. Help..... [more inside]
posted by TheFeatheredMullet at 1:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Why is carbohydrate muscle-sparing?
What is the mechanism that triggers the breakdown of lean muscle mass for energy? [more inside]
posted by Manjusri at 1:18 PM PST - 3 comments

prison slang!
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]
posted by soviet sleepover at 12:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me reduce my baby-birthing anxiety
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]
posted by mdiskin at 12:17 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I talk to my parents about planning for when my father’s gone?
How do I talk to my parents about planning for when my father’s gone? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 12:08 PM PST - 9 comments

where the 性交 am I?
How do I see this google map of Japan with English placenames?
posted by luriete at 11:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Choral music reccommendations?
Choral music reccommendations? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 11:08 AM PST - 23 comments

Newsletter from Outlook
How do I stop Outlook from embedding images into my newsletters? [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 11:08 AM PST - 14 comments

What is appropriate behavior at a Ramadan dinner?
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.)
posted by leafwoman at 11:07 AM PST - 22 comments

What should I do over winter break?
Where should I go for winter break? [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 10:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Woodstove problem
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!
posted by cdcello at 10:34 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I find a travel companion?
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]
posted by cgs at 10:33 AM PST - 39 comments

Custom Hawaiian Shirt Fabric / Tie Fabric?
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]
posted by zpousman at 10:16 AM PST - 6 comments

good baby handle?
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.
posted by gina at 10:13 AM PST - 97 comments

Best Cuisine in Manhattan?
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]
posted by plexiwatt at 10:11 AM PST - 37 comments

Smoking Hipster Question
So, kreteks/clove cigarettes: will they kill me? [more inside]
posted by hototogisu at 10:05 AM PST - 26 comments

lost Scandinavian artist
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]
posted by small_ruminant at 9:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Information about Microsoft
Information about Microsoft and their plans for Office 12 [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 9:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Multiple-alarm timer available?
I'm looking for a kitchen timer that will let me set multiple alarms at once. [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 9:46 AM PST - 7 comments

A group ride I'm glad I missed
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?
posted by mojohand at 9:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Fuel efficiency of airplanes
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]
posted by abingham at 9:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Where's the trivia?
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]
posted by Slimemonster at 9:21 AM PST - 11 comments

pine straw and mulch
synthetic vs. natural pine straw/mulch? [more inside]
posted by ransom at 9:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Am I biased or random?
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]
posted by grumblebee at 8:55 AM PST - 38 comments

Morning Wood
GuyFilter: How do you handle peeing with morning wood? No, seriously... [more inside]
posted by If I Had An Anus at 8:52 AM PST - 48 comments

Is more Spam getting through Thunderbird's Junk Filter lately?
Is more Spam getting through Thunderbird's Junk Filter lately? [more inside]
posted by Cookiebastard at 8:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Pelmenyi withdrawal here
Pelmenyi in Buckeye country? [more inside]
posted by alumshubby at 8:11 AM PST - 3 comments

How to find a good doctor?
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]
posted by Amizu at 7:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Tracking Down An Address In 1939 Vienna
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?
posted by yankeefog at 7:22 AM PST - 39 comments

Should I sign a natural gas contract?
Should I sign a natural gas contract? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 7:17 AM PST - 5 comments

parent pleasing
Help me entertain my father in San Francisco next week. [more inside]
posted by cior at 7:10 AM PST - 16 comments

Connect Mac OS X (10.4) to a Windows-based network?
How do you authenticate and connect to a Windows-based network using Mac OS X (10.4)? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 6:06 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get my 2 year old to stop chewing her nails?
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]
posted by ShawnString at 4:48 AM PST - 21 comments

So do Indian people like this stuff?
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]
posted by falconred at 4:18 AM PST - 15 comments

General anti-viral drug
Is there ever any chance of a generic anti-viral drug being developed? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 1:08 AM PST - 7 comments

October 17
Transporters and Death
Do you die when you go through a transporter? [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 10:47 PM PST - 72 comments

I'm fairly certain that he's not gay.
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]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 PM PST - 40 comments

How is $50k spent in the best possible way among a several debts and a paltry savings?
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]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 PM PST - 19 comments

Calling all Network Admins!!
Got a problem here....how can I make the users get the same profile data/settings when logging onto to new domain? [more inside]
posted by stevyb at 10:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Didn't they promise us it'd be easier than analog?
Why can't I burn a music CD? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 8:50 PM PST - 9 comments

When what you wanted isn't good enough anymore.
How do you handle it when the job you always wanted turns out to not be what you want? [more inside]
posted by stoneegg21 at 8:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Why are countries against secession?
Why are countries and most people against secession? [more inside]
posted by Hobgoblin at 8:13 PM PST - 30 comments

online bill paying
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.
posted by flummox at 7:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Can something be funny without being ironic?
Can something be funny without being ironic? [more inside]
posted by rschroed at 7:09 PM PST - 46 comments

Escorted tours for women?
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]
posted by Salmonberry at 7:04 PM PST - 6 comments

god damn it
Why is the audio on my computer oscillating at some weird and vagrant frequency? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 6:42 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I keep my plaintext data from leaking?
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]
posted by phrontist at 6:34 PM PST - 27 comments

Help us weatherproof our house.
I need suggestions for inexpensive weatherproofing on our home. [more inside]
posted by Kimberly at 6:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Import data into mySQL?
I need help importing mySQL data from one server to another. [more inside]
posted by o2b at 6:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Succumb, Masked Marvel!
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...
posted by GaelFC at 6:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Good modern songs aboot God.
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.
posted by fire&wings at 6:08 PM PST - 70 comments

Replacing Bike Tubes
I need to replace the tubes on my bicycle, how should I go about doing that? [more inside]
posted by still at 5:58 PM PST - 25 comments

"shading lines" what does it mean?
what does "shading lines" mean in terms of sportsbooks and sports betting?
posted by specialk420 at 5:57 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the best means to mirror a webserver directory on a local OS X machine?
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]
posted by tweebiscuit at 5:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Reminds me of the TSA!
"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]
posted by crabintheocean at 5:39 PM PST - 26 comments

Where to stay in Reykjavik
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?
posted by ericb at 5:17 PM PST - 8 comments

problems with childhood language development
I'm concerned about my oldest nephew's language development. [more inside]
posted by scody at 5:02 PM PST - 18 comments

stonewalling
Building a stone wall: crushed stone foundation necessary? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 4:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Driving trip vacation help?
Los Angeles to Humboldt Redwoods State Park round trip driving vacation ideas? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe at 4:42 PM PST - 7 comments

MatchFilter: match.com success stories!
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]
posted by softlord at 4:31 PM PST - 20 comments

How much for that stock in the window?
I have a single share of AT&T from 1982. How much is it worth? [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 4:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me organize myself
I need help organizing my thoughts and notes - Trying to use Word, but can't quite get it to work. [more inside]
posted by JPD at 3:57 PM PST - 12 comments

ISO Giant Chinese Cleaver
I’m looking for a big scary cleaver like they use in Chinatown restaurants to chop up ducks. [more inside]
posted by KRS at 3:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Exporting Excel Macros
How do I export an Excel Macro? [more inside]
posted by devilshgrin at 3:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Wanting to give some king-sized comfort...any takers?
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]
posted by jeanmari at 3:09 PM PST - 13 comments

fiddly
Adobe Gamma makes my laptop screen really dark. Um, should it do that? Is there something I should be using instead?
posted by Pretty_Generic at 3:03 PM PST - 8 comments

How much should I charge?
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?
posted by gfrobe at 2:55 PM PST - 4 comments

OSX version hack?
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]
posted by sergeant sandwich at 2:52 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get .AVI movies and .SRT subtitles to work together?
How do I get .AVI movies and .SRT subtitles to work together? [more inside]
posted by chuckforthought.com at 2:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Sore wallet=sore legs?
AT thru-hike on $5 a day. Possible? [more inside]
posted by @homer at 1:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Suggest for me a Portable Media Center
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!
posted by JPowers at 1:04 PM PST - 16 comments

That crazy feeling
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?
posted by SpecialK at 1:03 PM PST - 12 comments

What rhymes with briny?
Help me plan a halloween party with an undersea theme... [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass at 12:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Advice on delivering a eulogy.
Do you have any advice on delivering a eulogy? [more inside]
posted by ChasFile at 12:22 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I rotate my display back to normal?
Office emergency! Help me get this monitor out of portrait mode and back into its usual landscape display! [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

What is this costume from?
What is that Chinese big-sleeves/baggy-pants costume/outfit/character archetype called? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind at 12:07 PM PST - 11 comments

turning bedbugs into deadbugs
Bedbug problem-- at the end of my rope. Help! DDT? Other solutions? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz at 12:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Rats! And Cats!
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]
posted by Imperfect at 11:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Good brands of men's shoes?
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]
posted by dobbs at 11:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Descending the Nile
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?
posted by gottabefunky at 11:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Dispute of California's Central Valley's Greatness
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]
posted by FearAndLoathingInLJ at 11:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Experiences with City CarShare?
Does anyone have firsthand (or second-hand, I suppose) experience with City CarShare? [more inside]
posted by occhiblu at 11:34 AM PST - 4 comments

CSS / HTML vertical centering
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]
posted by jruckman at 11:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Amazon's recommendations just don't cut it these days
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]
posted by feloniousmonk at 10:51 AM PST - 28 comments

Feedback on Broadvoice
Anyone use Broadvoice? What do you think of it? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 10:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Recommendations for music mixing software?
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]
posted by Osel at 10:31 AM PST - 15 comments

Impersonation tips?
Advice needed for executing accurate vocal impersonations. Work with a tape recorder? A mirror? Anybody have a knack for this they can break down?
posted by rainbaby at 10:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Laundryfilter!
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?
posted by konolia at 10:03 AM PST - 21 comments

The windup and the pitch
Tips for tightening up my live vocal performance? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there an online collaborative excel app (like writely.com but a spreadsheet)?
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?
posted by limitedpie at 9:35 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I get elected?
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]
posted by viewofdelft at 9:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Music from Spike Lee's 25th Hour
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]
posted by falameufilho at 9:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Is this squirrel annoying the dog on purpose?
Do squirrels deliberately tease, bait, and/or annoy dogs? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 9:09 AM PST - 23 comments

What should I do if there is a riot/looting near me?
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]
posted by borkencode at 9:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Any songs like Independent Room?
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?
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:54 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I qualify for unemployment compensation if I'm using AdSense?
I want to apply for unemployment benefits, but my website uses AdSense! What should I do? [more inside]
posted by May Kasahara at 8:50 AM PST - 14 comments

How to get around Osaka?
Anyone know how to get around Osaka? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 8:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Which comedian would you go see?
Which comedian would you go see? [more inside]
posted by xorowo at 8:42 AM PST - 22 comments

Fighting a traffic ticket in Ontario?
Challenging a traffic ticket (Ontario) [mi] [more inside]
posted by rocket88 at 7:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Is Rj45 ethernet the same as PARTNER phone sytem cabling?
Is phone system cabling the same as straight-thru ethernet? [more inside]
posted by jeb at 7:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me buy an overpriced European sports car.
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]
posted by geoff. at 7:24 AM PST - 12 comments

I've been to paradise....
What do you feel are the worst (charting) songs ever? [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 7:10 AM PST - 143 comments

Looking for a flat in london, hate estate agents
I'm looking for places (papers/websites) where people advertise flats to let direct to tenants, in London. [more inside]
posted by handee at 7:01 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I photograph a formal event?
I have been asked to act as a photographer for a formal event, how do I do this? [more inside]
posted by mutantdisco! at 6:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a car stereo with a good UI.
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]
posted by Plutor at 6:36 AM PST - 15 comments

How am I ever going to get a job?
How am I ever going to get a job? [more inside]
posted by cillit bang at 6:13 AM PST - 28 comments

love 'em and leave 'em (breathless and sweaty).
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]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 AM PST - 19 comments

Acne doctor in Boston?
Can you recommend a dermatologist, specializing in treating acne, in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Is there life after iPod?
Is there life after iPod? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 4:07 AM PST - 21 comments

How to feed a cat without really trying.
What do I feed my new kitten? [more inside]
posted by asnowballschance at 1:37 AM PST - 9 comments

October 16
Computer science thesis?
Topic for a computer science thesis? [more inside]
posted by bloggboy at 11:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Buried standing up ?
Why would a race-horse be buried standing up, other than the symbolic reasons ?
posted by oliyoung at 11:28 PM PST - 8 comments

MY EYES MY EYES
ARGH. Help me with my contact lenses please. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 11:20 PM PST - 11 comments

How to make an Orange Freeze?
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]
posted by jzb at 10:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Help my wife's soft lemonade addiction!
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).
posted by edjusted at 9:33 PM PST - 14 comments

No brick, please.
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]
posted by LGCNo6 at 8:53 PM PST - 3 comments

GOOD anti-drug films for teenagers
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]
posted by bunglin jones at 8:43 PM PST - 61 comments

Here, kitty, kitty.
My cat is hiding from me. I think. [more inside]
posted by bac at 6:18 PM PST - 15 comments

What songs should we include in a mix CD for Eileen, Lola and Gilbert?
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]
posted by sa3z at 6:02 PM PST - 25 comments

Where do I get thin and comfy velcro strips for a sleep/eye mask?
Where do I get thin and comfy velcro strips for a sleep/eye mask? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 5:54 PM PST - 1 comments

Finding a production of a play.
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]
posted by mto at 5:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Chain link and faux bamboo
How do I successfully attach a "bamboo" screen to a chain link fence without the wind tearing it down? [more inside]
posted by mulkey at 5:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Coming up: 60 Minutes (except on the West Coast)
So what's coming up next on the West Coast? [more inside]
posted by sveskemus at 5:13 PM PST - 11 comments

A literal battle of the sexes?
I am trying to find an account of an actual historical battle between male and female "armies". [more inside]
posted by ontic at 3:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Quitting Smoking
Has anyone here ever been hypnotized in order to quit smoking? [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 3:21 PM PST - 27 comments

Is there a bad day to eat fish in NYC?
Fact or fiction : All (or most) NYC restaurants get their fish deliveries on the same day every week. [more inside]
posted by afroblanca at 3:20 PM PST - 26 comments

TV reruns and holidays
Do the people who schedule TV episodes (specifically reruns) purposely pick episodes which coincide with holidays or recent events? [more inside]
posted by skallas at 2:39 PM PST - 5 comments

you fool windows you can't get fooled again
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]
posted by thirteenkiller at 2:34 PM PST - 3 comments

mobile headset for convertible
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.
posted by dstrouse91 at 2:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Economic Order Quantity
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) formula? [more inside]
posted by strangelove at 2:26 PM PST - 9 comments

What to get a new baby and new parents?
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]
posted by gramcracker at 2:06 PM PST - 13 comments

How to use manumatic transmission?
How do I get the most out of my manumatic transmission? [more inside]
posted by bobbeene at 2:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Farty McBumbum
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]
posted by ambrosia at 1:12 PM PST - 24 comments

Creating a powerpoint template
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]
posted by duck at 12:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Funny Native Accents?
Funny native accents? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 11:23 AM PST - 52 comments

Help me make tubgirl mousepads haha just kidding
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.
posted by Krrrlson at 9:55 AM PST - 7 comments

These are the Daves I know I know
Tell us your personal stories of a too-common-name or too-uncommon-name? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 9:36 AM PST - 100 comments

Why does my cat pee everywhere?
Catpissfilter: Help! My (slightly neurotic) cat is pissing where he ought not to piss! [more inside]
posted by asavage at 9:11 AM PST - 11 comments

What do spies tell their families?
What do real spies tell their familes? [more inside]
posted by donkeymon at 7:29 AM PST - 36 comments

Medieval rockout
I'm looking for information about medieval guitar music, specifically useful scales/chord progressions, techniques, and (especially) tabs. [more inside]
posted by baphomet at 6:54 AM PST - 8 comments

How effective are odor eating, space saving microwaves?
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?
posted by teddyb109 at 6:40 AM PST - 7 comments

I cheated on my girlfriend, should I tell her?
I just cheated on my girlfriend and have no idea what I should do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:34 AM PST - 64 comments

What's best for me? Mac or PC?
Can you advise me on getting a laptop? Mac or PC? [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse at 2:28 AM PST - 33 comments

Does iPod need XP SP *2*?
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.
posted by Pericles at 1:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Appropriate response to unwanted gay advances.
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]
posted by AllesKlar at 1:20 AM PST - 35 comments

New Job-- more $, lose benefits. Stay or Go?
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]
posted by Shoeburyness at 1:02 AM PST - 11 comments

When are various fruits & vegetables in season?
During which times of the year are various fruits/vegetables/herbs/other in season? [more inside]
posted by teem at 12:37 AM PST - 10 comments

October 15
Windows equivalent to FFmpegX
MPEG4Filter: I'm looking for a windows equivalent to ffmpegx on OS X. [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 10:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Long lost best friend
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]
posted by Samuel Farrow at 9:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Stoplight timing
How does a stoplight know what time it is? [more inside]
posted by hobbes103 at 9:53 PM PST - 16 comments

If I load my film backwards, I'm gonna be pissed.
How do I load 4x5 film? [more inside]
posted by AlisonM at 8:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Help a girl who's clueless about hair.
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?
posted by ferociouskitty at 7:21 PM PST - 1 comments

What's up with "hamburger sandwich"?
Why do senior citizens refer to one-word objects with two words? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 6:02 PM PST - 27 comments

Do I need a new sound card?
Crackly sound in my amplifier... [more inside]
posted by tomble at 5:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Data Organizing Solution Needed
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]
posted by evil holiday magic at 5:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Clothes maketh the man?
Why do some women love a man's haircut and clothes so much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 PM PST - 37 comments

Drop that zero and get with the hero
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]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 PM PST - 12 comments

slow internet speed
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]
posted by curiousleo at 4:49 PM PST - 7 comments

decaffeinated kalua
Can decaffeinated kalua be bought? Online? If not online, where? [more inside]
posted by lorrer at 4:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I use my BBQ after spraying it with a fire extinguisher?
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]
posted by dvadr at 4:38 PM PST - 9 comments

What happened to Sharingthegroove.org??
Any one know what happened to sharingthegroove.org? [more inside]
posted by Jomoma at 4:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Smoke on the water
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.
posted by poweredbybeard at 4:15 PM PST - 10 comments

How to make a remote control
Where do I start in making a universal remote control? [more inside]
posted by apdato at 2:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Mid-term exam filter - help!
Returning college student ISO mid-term exam study help. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 1:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Creating DVDs: advice for a newbie
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?
posted by wibbler at 11:58 AM PST - 12 comments

A cure for missing newspaper syndrome?
What's the best way to cure missing newspaper syndrome? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 11:36 AM PST - 21 comments

Major UPS PROBLEM
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]
posted by airnxtz at 11:33 AM PST - 47 comments

Self-help books that help?
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)?
posted by INTPLibrarian at 11:18 AM PST - 30 comments

"Best Practices" for Preparing to take PHR Exam?
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.
posted by mockjovial at 11:05 AM PST - 1 comments

Notify my OS X computer's screen when jobs are done!
How can I use scripting/OS X hacks to notify me in a sweet manner when jobs on remote machines complete? [more inside]
posted by onalark at 8:50 AM PST - 17 comments

What the hat?
What do I call this hat and where can I buy one? [more inside]
posted by dflemingdotorg at 8:43 AM PST - 13 comments

"Copy as Text" from Windows Explorer
I'm looking for a Windows tool that will allow you to "Copy as Text" from Windows Explorer. Anybody know of anything? [more inside]
posted by bwilms at 8:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Lug-sole canvas sneakers?
Where can I find some lugged-sole canvas sneakers? [more inside]
posted by box at 7:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Webcam Frustration
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!
posted by timpollard at 6:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Copyright Question
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]
posted by gaby at 4:17 AM PST - 22 comments

clinical trial qualification
I might be rejected from a clinical trial because of low CD3/4 levels. Help me understand what this means. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 1:40 AM PST - 8 comments

October 14
Recreating Baseball Commentary
How can I (legally) recreate the commentary of the last few moments of the Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series? [more inside]
posted by ArsncHeart at 9:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Costume rentals in Toronto
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.
posted by synecdoche at 8:30 PM PST - 5 comments

I want to record my own music, where do I start?
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]
posted by petah at 7:47 PM PST - 23 comments

Amuse me
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.
posted by lpctstr; at 7:45 PM PST - 6 comments

I hate having to do this
Dump my girlfriend before or right after her good friend's wedding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 PM PST - 45 comments

What's the goo in my ear piercings?
PiercingFilter: What's that white goo in my ear piercings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me sell my computer.
Help me sell my computer! Er... or at least decide if I want to. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 7:04 PM PST - 22 comments

Recommend an accurate bathroom scale
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.
posted by Mr. Justice at 6:26 PM PST - 18 comments

What do you do when your postal mail carrier sucks?
What do you do when your postal mail carrier sucks? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 5:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Extending Laptop Battery Life
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]
posted by JuliaKM at 5:43 PM PST - 5 comments

How do we drain a pool?
How do we drain a pool? [more inside]
posted by climalene at 5:38 PM PST - 12 comments

What to do with old college textbooks?
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.
posted by keswick at 4:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Multiple iPods use single iTunes appolication?
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?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Incoming Telephone Notification
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.
posted by Mckoan1 at 4:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I spend the money to cancel a lost check?
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!
posted by friedapplepie at 4:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Mmmm! Sulfur!
What would happen if you ate a book of matches? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 3:36 PM PST - 27 comments

Preorder Xbox 360?
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 ;)
posted by robbie01 at 3:29 PM PST - 0 comments

digital audio market?
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]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 3:06 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the most important indie films?
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]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 3:05 PM PST - 15 comments

From Tivo to iPod?
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]
posted by ericbop at 2:50 PM PST - 18 comments

AC Motor hook-up
I need help figuring out how to hook up an AC electric motor. I want to animate a Halloween project. [more inside]
posted by Daddio at 2:48 PM PST - 9 comments

More than one mouse speed
How to have more than one mouse speed under Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by kindall at 1:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Car dealership stories
What's it like to be Jerry Lundegaard selling Oldsmobiles? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 1:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Country Music mp3 blogs
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]
posted by Dallasfilm at 12:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Daily check off list for palm?
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]
posted by Caviar at 12:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me identify these insects I found on my house.
My wife was doing some yard work and found these freaky, ant-like insects.. What are they? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 12:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Learning to speak...
What is the hardest language for a native English speaker to master, and why? (I know this is subjective... but I'm curious)
posted by dead_ at 12:32 PM PST - 48 comments

Logarithm Crash Course
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.
posted by Jeff Howard at 12:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Palm Tungsten E2 vs. iPod Nano
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]
posted by grouse at 11:54 AM PST - 13 comments

NYC wedding
What's the weather like in NYC around St Patrick's Day? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 11:07 AM PST - 10 comments

DHCP printer hide and How do I keep my laser printer from playing hide-and-go seek with the router?
How do I keep my laser printer from playing hide-and-go seek with a Dell TrueMobile router and XP? [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 11:04 AM PST - 5 comments

How much damage can I cause with my love for Howard Stern?
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]
posted by amro at 10:53 AM PST - 8 comments

The pipes are rattling and it ain't my ghost!
Upstairs pipes rattle, but my ghost lives downstairs in the lounge? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 10:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Sentences containing every English phoneme...
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?
posted by ubersturm at 10:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Illuminated Shoes
Tell me about little kids' shoes, the ones with the flashing LEDs. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments

What to wear to a punk show?
What do I wear to a punk show? [more inside]
posted by sian at 10:24 AM PST - 48 comments

Go to Napa
Going to Napa area for a couple of days. Need recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 10:23 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I make my refrigerator stop reeking
My refrigerator reeks like a landfill, with no apparent reason for it. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 10:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Automated response to eBay winner?
eBayFilter: Is there a way to send a custom, automated response to the winner of my auction? [more inside]
posted by deadfather at 9:57 AM PST - 5 comments

The Date From Hell?
What does it mean when a man shows an anal sex video on the first date? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 9:52 AM PST - 105 comments

Teach a new dog old tricks?
Desktop PC client using older printer and scanner wants to "Scan to Printer" (make a photocopy) in XP. [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard at 9:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Ever heard of a font called Gypsy?
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]
posted by Acetylene at 9:33 AM PST - 16 comments

PayPal credit cards?
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]
posted by terpsichoria at 9:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Dynamic content and clean urls with perl and apache?
I want to use a monolithic script to delegate all document requests on my website. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 8:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Do I send a wedding gift when I'm not invited to the wedding?
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]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 AM PST - 22 comments

Show me the money!
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]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 AM PST - 23 comments

USB programmable keyboard like AnyKey for Mac/PC?
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.
posted by phildog at 8:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Is recorded media such as CD-R completely permanent?
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]
posted by jwhittlestone at 7:46 AM PST - 20 comments

cataloging your books online.
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)
posted by mecran01 at 7:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Heavy, flat and cheap?
What is the heaviest object that would fit inside a standard letter-sized envelope? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 6:26 AM PST - 36 comments

A quirky night's sleep
What are the quirkiest hotels/ B&Bs/ inns in the UK? [more inside]
posted by skylar at 6:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Modeling for Free?
What is the appropriate rate for modeling? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 6:24 AM PST - 18 comments

Same-day alterations in NYC?
Same-day or while-you-wait clothing alterations in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot at 6:12 AM PST - 3 comments

I need chinese characters.
How do I convert Pinyin text to chinese characters? Using a web technology? [more inside]
posted by markesh at 2:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Those autumn leaves ...
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?
posted by fuzz at 2:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Non profit organizations / Charity
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?
posted by growabrain at 2:07 AM PST - 14 comments

October 13
Sonata-allegro form is just so hot
I am looking for sexy "classical" music. [more inside]
posted by honeydew at 11:12 PM PST - 34 comments

Cost justified lotto ticket?
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]
posted by stopgap at 10:52 PM PST - 28 comments

router died, but why?
My router doesn't work anymore. It used to... [more inside]
posted by shino-boy at 10:09 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I auto-forward a copy of all email (incoming and outbound) to my gmail account?
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?
posted by Independent Scholarship at 9:53 PM PST - 8 comments

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]
posted by sdis at 9:25 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I search multiple tracker sites at once?
Are there any good replacements for Torrent Typhoon? [more inside]
posted by Hildago at 9:07 PM PST - 11 comments

weightloss
What is the quickest way possible to lose weight? [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 9:00 PM PST - 44 comments

How do I get started with college?
I'm a high school dropout who's been working professionally for several years. How can I go to college? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 8:55 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me identify another song
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...)
posted by Bugbread at 8:39 PM PST - 8 comments

The Host With The Most
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?
posted by jasondigitized at 7:17 PM PST - 18 comments

SciTE + aspell, on linux = how?
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?
posted by Grod at 7:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Long distance parking violation
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]
posted by neustile at 6:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Arm Stubble?
Ladies, do you shave your arms? [more inside]
posted by bonheur at 6:45 PM PST - 51 comments

Where can I find a post-global-warming map of the earth?
Where can I find a non-batshitinsane version of this map? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 6:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Magazine lay out software?
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).
posted by Count Ziggurat at 6:28 PM PST - 23 comments

What could cause a whining noise in walls?
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]
posted by christie at 5:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to stay in Chattanooga?
First visit to Chattanooga. Where should we stay? [more inside]
posted by thinds66 at 5:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Is Bob still a Bible-thumper?
MeFi Dylanologists: Is the big man still a fundamentalist Christian? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 4:17 PM PST - 21 comments

Are there any free software firewalls that run on Windows 2000 Server?
Are there any free software firewalls that run on Windows 2000 Server? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 4:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Mentos + 2 liter soda = explosion?
Why does this work? [more inside]
posted by clh at 3:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me do my new jobs and save our company.
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]
posted by anadem at 3:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Java pointers
Very specific JAVA question. Java.sun.com and various google searches have been of no use. [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 2:45 PM PST - 18 comments

How to video stream my radio show?
How can I set up and stream LIVE video to be viewed through my, or another website? [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly at 2:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Too much too soon?
Am I qualified to do this IT job, and/or is it something I could pick up as I go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:12 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm melllllllllllllllttttttting...
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]
posted by anonymous at 2:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Does anyone flush sanitary napkins?
Does anyone ever really flush sanitary napkins? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 2:08 PM PST - 42 comments

How do I stop my Nokia 3310 from telling me I have a new message when I don't?
How do I remove "stuck" symbols from my 3310? [more inside]
posted by Lotto at 2:04 PM PST - 6 comments

What color is your parachute?
What should I do with my life, and how should I do it? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 1:51 PM PST - 16 comments

portable IMAP client for OS X?
Is there a portable IMAP client that stores settings on a USB drive for OSX? [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder at 1:11 PM PST - 1 comments

Household greywater wetlands
If someone were interested in building a greywater wetland on their property, what sort of plants would be required? [more inside]
posted by purephase at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

TIAA-CREF vs Fidelity investments?
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.
posted by nserrano at 12:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Sneaking into university lectures for free?
Ignoring the ethics, can you attend/sneak into university classes and lectures for free? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 12:37 PM PST - 52 comments

Web-based flow chart software?
Are there any decent web based applications for creating flow-charts / organizational charts?
posted by gwint at 12:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find company filings listing the time from IPO to bankruptcy?
What is the shortest time from IPO to bankruptcy? Any company filings will do.
posted by brent at 11:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Tips for cat catching?
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]
posted by dripdripdrop at 11:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Gastronomical Vegas?
Cool restaurants in Vegas that are moderately priced? [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 11:21 AM PST - 17 comments

Help developing pay scales
Attention HR Managers! I need help developing pay scales for my non-profit. [more inside]
posted by thejimp at 11:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Sporty Shots at low light
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]
posted by Hands of Manos at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

What listserv program supports Chinese and Korean languages?
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.)
posted by merejane at 11:13 AM PST - 3 comments

GeoCaching in NYC?
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.
posted by TurkishGolds at 10:59 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I scrool messages across my TV?
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?
posted by keep it tight at 10:42 AM PST - 15 comments

I can't find the link. D'oh.
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]
posted by twiggy at 10:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Exchange Rate Website?
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?
posted by billysumday at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there a Photoshop Blog-This Plugin?
Is there a Blog-This photoshop plugin? If not, is anyone interested in developing one? [more inside]
posted by walljm at 9:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Store catalogues
Old store catalogues? [more inside]
posted by Mossy at 9:51 AM PST - 1 comments

How do I kern?
I need help understanding the concept of kerning fonts. Is there a formula to it, or is it really what looks "best"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Is free pdf to word conversion possible?
Where/how can I convert pdf files to Word.doc/rtf format - for FREE? [more inside]
posted by porktrap at 9:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Help with recurrent UTIs?
Recurrent urinary tract infections. [more inside]
posted by heatherann at 9:04 AM PST - 38 comments

Online sources for mannequins?
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.
posted by clango at 8:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Will no one rid my bathroom of these troublesome smells?
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?
posted by Xalf at 8:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Allergic to it all.
Allergic to this planet. [more inside]
posted by bitmage at 8:28 AM PST - 16 comments

Can you help us pick a song to retrofit as we bid our friend farewell?
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]
posted by sacre_bleu at 8:26 AM PST - 16 comments

Yo, Chart THIS!
Anyone know how to get periodically-updated 5-year charts of the NASDAQ Composite's (IXIC or ^IXIC) Price/Earnings ratio? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:02 AM PST - 5 comments

The emperor has no clothes
What is the politest way humanly possible to tell the CEO of my company NOT TO TYPE EMAILS IN ALL CAPS?
posted by andrewzipp at 8:01 AM PST - 48 comments

Male pinup artist?
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?
posted by a22lamia at 7:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Olive oil for my bike chain
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?
posted by zardoz at 6:14 AM PST - 21 comments

What's a quitclaim?
Quitclaim deeds. What are they? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 5:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Mac DVD image capture
How can I capture images from the DVDs I play in my PowerBook? (10.3.8) Thanks!
posted by Wolof at 5:28 AM PST - 12 comments

select count(hours_billable) from day where status between idle and working;
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]
posted by anonymous at 4:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Life insurance up in smoke
Life insurance: When my husband and I got our term policies years ago, he was a smoker and paid a higer rate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:59 AM PST - 7 comments

USB Pen drives and Win 98?
ObsoleteWindowsFilter: Is there such a thing as a universal or at least general driver for USB 'Pen' Flash Drives for Windows 98? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 1:41 AM PST - 6 comments

iTMS Gift Certificates for Aussies
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]
posted by mule at 1:02 AM PST - 1 comments

Noteworthy songs or music from 1945 to now
I'd like to find a list of the most remarquable songs or music pieces that were composed from 1900 to now. [more inside]
posted by vincentm at 1:02 AM PST - 18 comments

Gadgets for my house
Where to find (needful) gadgets for my house? [more inside]
posted by germanguy at 1:00 AM PST - 16 comments

October 12
How do intergrate a web search box on a website
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]
posted by crewshell at 11:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommend happy songs for me!
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]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 11:44 PM PST - 27 comments

Using a laptop as a desktop replacement.
I would like some general information, advice, and opinions about using a laptop almost exclusively as a desktop replacement. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 11:41 PM PST - 22 comments

What do I need as proof of stock ownership in a startup?
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]
posted by banished at 8:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Sklansky's (Poker) Tournament System
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]
posted by RustyBrooks at 8:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Can a collection agency re-open a nine year-old unpaid debt?
Can a collection agency reopen a nine year-old unpaid debt? [more inside]
posted by letitrain at 8:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Pimp my comic.
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]
posted by ToasT at 7:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Surprise Birthday Ideas Needed
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!
posted by thebarron at 7:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Fugly CDMA
I’d love a RAZR-cool phone, but I can’t find one for CDMA! [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 7:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Smart Windows transparency?
Are there any Windows utilities out there that use transparency in an intelligent way? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 6:55 PM PST - 15 comments

McMefi Recycling
McMefi - What packaging from McDonalds can I recycle? [more inside]
posted by bkdelong at 6:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Interviewing tips
Interview tips. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue at 6:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Beyond Seattle
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.
posted by necessitas at 6:26 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I get past internet monitoring at work?
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?
posted by ieatwords at 6:13 PM PST - 18 comments

Avoiding interview-style questions
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]
posted by Sharcho at 5:18 PM PST - 32 comments

roshizzle syzzrup
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?
posted by casarkos at 4:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Identify this (British) watch
I'm looking to identify a watch. [more inside]
posted by sevenless at 4:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Please explain routers, firewalls, etc.
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]
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 4:08 PM PST - 18 comments

Drywood termites: fume or spot treat?
Drywood termites: fumigation or liquid injection? [more inside]
posted by ldenneau at 4:01 PM PST - 1 comments

Hot for teacher experience
How can I become a community college or contunuing ed instructor? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 3:41 PM PST - 5 comments

splatter me!
How can I get a good splatter effect in Photoshop? [+] [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 3:35 PM PST - 14 comments

why do all staplers suck?
Where have all the good staplers gone? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 3:12 PM PST - 30 comments

Do switches use the fastest route available between computers?
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?
posted by hoborg at 3:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Conversation Recorder
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.
posted by Francophone at 2:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Payroll: Who watches the watchers?
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?
posted by vacapinta at 2:36 PM PST - 14 comments

I need some (CVS) commitment
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.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 1:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Cost of leaving a pilot light on?
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?
posted by beagle at 1:37 PM PST - 4 comments

simple canning resources
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.
posted by sharksandwich at 1:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Chest freezer can operate as fridge?
Can I operate a chest freezer as a refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by Rumple at 1:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Book Outline Examples
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?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 1:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Laptop repair
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]
posted by rolypolyman at 12:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Halloween Lighting - from where?
Halloween lighting. What is a good internet source for orange and/or purple fairy lights ("christmas tree" string style)? [more inside]
posted by felix at 12:17 PM PST - 2 comments

QuarkXPress 6.0: The Number Of The Beast
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]
posted by killdevil at 12:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Wet Shirt
Does a wet shirt dry faster on a line or while you are wearing it? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:05 PM PST - 11 comments

size of forums
Does anyone know of a site that discusses the membership size of listservs? [more inside]
posted by rmm at 11:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Monitor display error
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]
posted by skinnydipp at 11:42 AM PST - 5 comments

How to transfer a big file?
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]
posted by Tlogmer at 11:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Do they own the files, or just the images?
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]
posted by dpcoffin at 11:25 AM PST - 25 comments

portable personal wiki
I would like to reconsider my options for a personal wiki. [more inside]
posted by corpse at 11:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Do I dare to buy an iBook?
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]
posted by junkbox at 11:17 AM PST - 8 comments

home coffee roaster?
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?
posted by Wash Jones at 10:25 AM PST - 10 comments

3D software
Recommend 3D animation software with scripting ability. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 10:11 AM PST - 8 comments

How many Al-Qaeda number twos are there?
How many Al-Qaeda number twos are there? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 10:11 AM PST - 26 comments

Vitara TV Commercial
Who is the actress in the Suzuki Grand Vitara commercial? [more inside]
posted by unceman at 10:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Desert island online do-gooders?
Who are some pro-social, smart, online/new media-visionary types? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots at 9:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I save my data?
Can I save my data? [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Visualizing Headcount Data
Any templates/examples of visualizing org structure changes and/or company growth and hiring. [more inside]
posted by jbradley at 9:03 AM PST - 3 comments

What does the phrase "Dutch Picnic" mean?
What on earth is a Dutch Picnic? [more inside]
posted by krunk at 8:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Video for my party?
What strange (downloaded) videos can I show on my TV during my birthday party? [more inside]
posted by skryche at 8:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me maintain my ivy topiary
Please help a recovering black thumb gardener with burning questions about a gorgeous ivy topiary... [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 8:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Mount error
Failure to mount (error 35)? Help me Mac-xors! [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 8:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Why should I fix the scratches on my car?
Should we fix the scratches and dents on our (relatively) new car? [more inside]
posted by arco at 8:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Networking problems between two computers
Home networking problems between two computers. [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 8:30 AM PST - 19 comments

Support after gaybashing?
How do I provide support to a friend that has recently been gay-bashed? [more inside]
posted by raedyn at 8:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Online questionnaire tools?
What online questionnaire tools would MeFites recommend? [More inside] [more inside]
posted by xammerboy at 6:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Classic Literature and translation recommendations?
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]
posted by mhuckaba at 6:22 AM PST - 34 comments

Help choose London celebs for current events chats
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]
posted by putzface_dickman at 6:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me get back to sleep
My insomnia is driving me nuts... [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 5:00 AM PST - 21 comments

Everyone keeps calling me a fag
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]
posted by Astragalus at 4:54 AM PST - 38 comments

UK Noise pollution laws?
UK Law filter. What laws are there regarding industrial noise pollution at night? [more inside]
posted by derbs at 4:13 AM PST - 5 comments

White splotches on my laser prints.
What's wrong with my laser printer, can it be fixed, how much would it cost? [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke at 4:03 AM PST - 8 comments

How to distinguish incoming faxes from external numbers
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]
posted by holloway at 2:59 AM PST - 7 comments

October 11
are cyclists a menace to society?
Are commuter cyclists really the regular victims of extreme road rage, inspired merely by their presence? Why? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 11:24 PM PST - 63 comments

Canadian real estate stats?
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]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Why are laptop power cords so heavy?
Why are laptop AC adaptors so damn heavy? Do they make lighter ones? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 11:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Pick me a light bulb
I would like to replace my light bulbs but am confused... [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 10:43 PM PST - 16 comments

I need a jumpstart on my cover letters.
What should I write about in my cover letter if there is no specific job description? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 9:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Greeting card with personalized audio?
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?
posted by parma at 9:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Who is this character, and where is his t-shirt?
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?
posted by QuietDesperation at 9:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Kong, King Size
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]
posted by mr.dan at 9:06 PM PST - 9 comments

What should I do about skipped jury duty?
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?
posted by anonymous at 9:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Why can't our computers get along?
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]
posted by slimslowslider at 8:23 PM PST - 18 comments

shortterm apartment rental in paris
Has anyone ever tried ParisianHome or another rental place in Paris? [more inside]
posted by amberglow at 8:19 PM PST - 8 comments

ID this bread.
Could you please help me identify this bread?
posted by riffola at 8:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Why would one refuse to watch Schindler's List?
Why does one of my professors refuse to watch Schindler's List? [more inside]
posted by Stauf at 8:11 PM PST - 55 comments

Trouble installing Airport Extreme card
I install my new AirportExtreme card, but then my computer won't turn on. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:32 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I promote a blog?
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!
posted by mrkredo at 6:06 PM PST - 30 comments

Where to?
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]
posted by Evstar at 5:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Will Box Elders Make Them Croak?
Can I feed box elder bugs to a frog? [more inside]
posted by jeribus at 5:34 PM PST - 3 comments

867-5309
What is the shortest possible phone number in the world? [more inside]
posted by o0o0o at 4:15 PM PST - 22 comments

It's just a hell of a lot cheaper.
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?
posted by sic at 3:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Is she the one?
I am in love with a long time friend. Do you think it would be emotionally/ otherwise risky to go visit her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:57 PM PST - 48 comments

Why has my MT weblog died? Can it be fixed?
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?
posted by jdroth at 3:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Nothing's wrong. NOTHING'S WRONG.
How do I learn to share my feelings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me cure lesbian bed-death!
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]
posted by anonymous at 3:53 PM PST - 13 comments

How to peacefully kill a long-term relationship
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]
posted by anonymous at 3:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me solve my sexual problem.
I am a man with a sexual problem. It's probably the opposite of what you think. Details inside, NSFW or kids. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:52 PM PST - 26 comments

FogeyDiscountFilter?
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]
posted by nj_subgenius at 3:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Should he balance it on his head?
How do you transport a computer on a motorcycle? [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 3:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Post-Apocalyptic or post-Rapture?
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]
posted by OmieWise at 3:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Is my VW service guy ripping me off?
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]
posted by Mid at 2:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Mmmm...comic summaries.
Are there any sites that sum up complicated storylines in comic books? [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 2:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Do British people use sheets?
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?
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:07 PM PST - 52 comments

Referencing pop culture in fictional work
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]
posted by bjork24 at 2:02 PM PST - 20 comments

least visible/ugly power extension codes?
least visible/ugly power extension cords? [more inside]
posted by grafholic at 1:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Weight gain/loss and depression
Connections between depression, medicine, weight, and weight loss? [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 1:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Tagging Feelings ...
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]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 1:38 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can I find Mozart's original manuscript?
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.
posted by dabradfo at 1:37 PM PST - 3 comments

How to Sync favorites btwn browsers and computers
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]
posted by Mave_80 at 1:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I swap wheels on two GEO Prizms?
Is it OK to put wheels from a 1993 Geo Prizm on a 1994 Geo Prizm? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 12:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Credit Card without an SSN
I want a US credit card. I don't have a SSN. [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 12:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Good scanner?
I am looking for a scanner (flatbed) for my office. Reviews? Advice? What are good brands? [more inside]
posted by chelseagirl at 12:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Beethoven on the brain thanks to Matteo
Inspired by this thread, I'm wondering which conductors offer the best interpretations of Beethoven? [more inside]
posted by tetsuo at 12:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Can someone regain their gag reflex?
If someone has lost (or greatly reduced) their gag reflex, is there any way to get it back? [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo at 12:02 PM PST - 10 comments

backpack in euro
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?
posted by bamassippi at 11:58 AM PST - 21 comments

hawks in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, New York?
What is the best way to see hawks in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, New York? [more inside]
posted by destro100 at 11:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Making a stand-alone rsync appliance.
Is there a distribution of a linux-like OS which turns hardware into an easy-to-configure rsync appliance? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 11:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Quake! Quake! Triangle of Life ? No. Drop, Cover and Hold on ?
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]
posted by kryptos at 11:48 AM PST - 4 comments

London Travel Advice
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]
posted by helvetica at 11:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Web annotation for Macs
Is there a program for Macs to let you draw circles and arrows on a web page? [more inside]
posted by teaperson at 11:15 AM PST - 5 comments

I don't want to be homeless or a pornagrapher
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?
posted by captainscared at 11:02 AM PST - 31 comments

What kind of yarn for needlepoint?
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]
posted by theora55 at 10:43 AM PST - 7 comments

What is this goverment logo?
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?
posted by signalnine at 10:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Roman Myth
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?
posted by Raybun at 10:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Selling ads online
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]
posted by Blue Buddha at 10:04 AM PST - 1 comments

Why can't our Macs and PCs get along together?
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]
posted by clarkie666 at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

How to move to reduced hours?
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]
posted by BeerGrin at 9:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Please recommend an online source for business cards
Anybody got a recommendation for an online source for business cards based on your experience? Any you think I should avoid?
posted by briank at 9:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Researching EU privacy/RFID law?
Research-filter: I'm looking for sources of EU laws, policies, positions, and white papers on privacy and/or RFID technology. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 9:00 AM PST - 1 comments

Where can I find a very accurate water heater?
Where can I find a very accurate water heater? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 8:33 AM PST - 13 comments

jvmemorypig
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]
posted by delmoi at 8:01 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I get in our invisible wireless connection?
Wireless Internet help. [more inside]
posted by kensanway at 7:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Can you help me get my data back?
Can you help me get my data back? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 6:32 AM PST - 11 comments

How to give interferon to a cat?
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]
posted by Stacey at 5:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me select a laptop. (Be gentle, its my first time...)
Help me select a laptop. (Be gentle, its my first time...) [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 5:29 AM PST - 41 comments

Part-time w/benefits??
Where can I work part-time and get benefits? [more inside]
posted by crapulent at 4:01 AM PST - 25 comments

How to determine combinations of a set
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]
posted by kenaman at 3:03 AM PST - 22 comments

October 10
That's not driving, that's steering
Is having a car with a manual transmission in Los Angeles really so awful? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr at 10:34 PM PST - 32 comments

Is my iPod hosed? (Crashes upon mp3 updating)
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]
posted by anonymoose at 10:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Prognostication: the future should I.D. "win"
What do you think is going to happen to the USA if "Intelligent Design" is successfully placed into the science curriculum? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 9:13 PM PST - 50 comments

Help me get ideas on how to spoil my cat.
My cat is dying, any ideas on how I can spoil the hell out of him in his last few months? [more inside]
posted by atom128 at 7:52 PM PST - 39 comments

Galapagos Island tours
Galapagos Islands and Patagonia travel advice please! [more inside]
posted by the duck by the oboe at 6:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Capturing video automatically.
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?
posted by signal at 6:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Internet - multi hosting?
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?
posted by bright77blue at 6:15 PM PST - 4 comments

"That was a gen-u-ine dirt machine, not an airplane!"
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]
posted by kuperman at 5:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Museum Studies programs?
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]
posted by ananas at 5:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Tags on WordPress
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]
posted by danb at 5:00 PM PST - 8 comments

what $100 gift would you suggest?
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?
posted by tsarfan at 4:34 PM PST - 27 comments

CSS designs won't print background images
CSS question (sort of) : Printing web pages with background images. [more inside]
posted by freudianslipper at 3:14 PM PST - 27 comments

Pickled Watermelon Rinds Poem?
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]
posted by me3dia at 2:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me re-learn to hit a speed bag
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]
posted by matteo at 2:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Why no spam on Sundays?
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?
posted by clicktosubmit at 2:16 PM PST - 21 comments

You got the powwwer!
You got the powwwer! Which movie was this from? [more inside]
posted by PurplePorpoise at 2:10 PM PST - 35 comments

Any luck with Guru.com?
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.
posted by nancoix at 2:01 PM PST - 4 comments

How do we know how Chaucer sounded?
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.
posted by everichon at 1:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Setting up a US bank account from the UK...
I need help in setting up a US bank account from the UK. [more inside]
posted by viiviiviivii at 1:14 PM PST - 11 comments

What to do in Seattle?
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]
posted by Slimemonster at 12:59 PM PST - 17 comments

F*** your rights! (Praise the Lord)
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]
posted by dersins at 12:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Your writing process?
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]
posted by xmutex at 12:04 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I keep my hip joints healthy?
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]
posted by fenriq at 11:53 AM PST - 10 comments

How to eliminate pain associated with mouse clicking?
How have people prevented and recovered from Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) of the fingers caused mainly by mouse clicking? [more inside]
posted by J-Garr at 11:18 AM PST - 16 comments

JumpDrive Help
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?
posted by aburd at 11:15 AM PST - 9 comments

SeatSlip
When riding my bike, why do I tend to slip forward on the saddle? What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by daver at 11:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me find new music?
Help me find new music? [more inside]
posted by nile_red at 11:11 AM PST - 24 comments

Beautiful Minds
In interested in case-studies of people who have "cured" their own mental disorders via pure reasoning. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 10:46 AM PST - 33 comments

Blue Angels
How elite are the Blue Angels? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 10:46 AM PST - 19 comments

So theres this guy right, and....
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]
posted by lowest.common.denominator at 10:16 AM PST - 12 comments

SQLBase Trouble -- Please Help
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?
posted by kc0dxh at 9:37 AM PST - 3 comments

TMobile Wifi Billing Practices
TMobile WiFi at Starbucks: Honest or Deceptive Billing Practices? [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus at 9:36 AM PST - 13 comments

The Talmud & The Internet
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?
posted by aladfar at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Any recommendations for SQL training in Lodi, California?
Any recommendations for SQL training in Lodi, California? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 9:19 AM PST - 1 comments

Foreign family member exchange student troubles
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]
posted by Invoke at 8:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to lookup symtoms of illness?
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.
posted by captainzero at 8:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Advanced parsing with procmail
Procmail text parsing. Might you be able to help? [more inside]
posted by VulcanMike at 8:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Ow, my brain!
Migraine Recovery Filter: What can I do to reduce the residual effects of a migraine? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese at 8:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Do I need to upgrade my graphics card?
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.
posted by PurpleJack at 7:57 AM PST - 10 comments

What is the pay rate for an Information Architect in Seattle?
What is the current pay rate for an information architect in the Seattle area? [more inside]
posted by DCTapeworm at 7:43 AM PST - 8 comments

tivo help
What's the easiest way to get recorded shows off my DirecTV Tivo? [more inside]
posted by phredhead at 7:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Teaching Basic Excel to Adults
I'm looking for advice on teaching basic Excel skills to adults in a classroom setting. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 7:33 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I get mobile activesync working?
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]
posted by geoff. at 6:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Org charting?
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]
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Can I date my friend's unrequited love?
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]
posted by pollystark at 5:50 AM PST - 100 comments

JSP Templates
JSP templates as templates - am I reinventing the wheel? [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke at 2:24 AM PST - 2 comments

How to view images in enhanced podcast on iPod nano?
When viewing enhanced podcasts on an iPod nano, is it possible to keep the image enlarged? [more inside]
posted by bruceyeah at 12:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Sell or hold my rare book?
Sell or hold? My impulse rare book investment is appreciating nicely it seems. Maybe. [more inside]
posted by well_balanced at 12:15 AM PST - 13 comments

October 9
Where can I get a terror threat indicator for the home?
Where can I buy a "terror threat level" indicator for the home? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 11:39 PM PST - 11 comments

subliminally cool
What is your favorite mellow instrumental music? [more inside]
posted by evilbeck at 10:55 PM PST - 29 comments

GTD Getting things done questions galore
GTD - Getting things done questions for people who have 'adopted' it. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 10:29 PM PST - 24 comments

Can you take a guitar on a plane these days ?
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.
posted by y2karl at 9:54 PM PST - 18 comments

What do Koreans think of Lost?
What's the reaction to the tv show Lost in Korea? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 9:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Vegan yarn?
KnittingFilter: good, warm, synthetic or plant-based yarns? [more inside]
posted by keatsandyeats at 9:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Washing Chopisticks?
What's the best way to wash chopsticks in a dishwasher? They always fall through the basket... [more inside]
posted by Instrumental at 9:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Which game is this?
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]
posted by interrobang at 9:02 PM PST - 29 comments

two showers: conditioner both times?
If you take two showers a day, should you use both shampoo and conditioner both times? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 6:31 PM PST - 40 comments

Watching and Recording TV on My Mac.
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.
posted by rossination at 5:28 PM PST - 10 comments

I can't help but wonder somedays...
How much of a person's body could be surgically amputated while making sure the person remains alive?
posted by adampsyche at 5:09 PM PST - 32 comments

What do you guys/gals know about flower food for cut flowers from a florist?
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?
posted by sirion at 4:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Purchasing "foreign" music on iTunes
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]
posted by fire&wings at 3:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Does anyone have info. on health advocates
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?
posted by aisleofview at 3:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Abortion limit?
Is there a limit to the number of abortions a woman may have? [more inside]
posted by Yorrick at 2:10 PM PST - 17 comments

That hilarious flash animation from a while back?
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]
posted by bering at 1:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Working at a living history museum?
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]
posted by almostbarefoot at 1:51 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I sell a bottle of scotch?
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.)
posted by timnyc at 1:37 PM PST - 33 comments

What are these strange symbols?
What are these symbols spraypainted on the sidewalk near Boston, MA? My photo might be upside-down or sidways. [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 1:14 PM PST - 17 comments

How did Quentin Tarantino learn to write his trademark dialogue?
How did Quentin Tarantino learn to write his trademark dialogue? Who were his influences? [more inside]
posted by soiled cowboy at 12:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Credit Card Mortgage
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?
posted by samoa at 12:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Where to get the latest camping fashions?
Where do you go when you need something quick-drying, antibacterial, and superior in moisture wicking? [more inside]
posted by rschram at 11:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Tragic Notepad
Please help me understand the tragical story of the lovestruck toilet paper roll. [more inside]
posted by alms at 10:04 AM PST - 11 comments

The brain, I complain, fails in ways I find arcane.
How can I recode low-level brain functions? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 9:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Minimal intake to live healthily
What is the minimum amount of food intake you could live on healthily? [more inside]
posted by viama at 9:21 AM PST - 15 comments

A Christmas in Blue
Anyone have a Dell Laptop with blue trim/blue coloring? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 8:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Wrongfully accused of breaking someone's cell phone.
Wrongfully accused of breaking someone's cell phone. [more inside]
posted by itchie at 7:19 AM PST - 40 comments

Adding a second budgie?
BudgieFilter: Getting a second budgie? [more inside]
posted by starman at 7:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Carlsbad Caverns under my Front Steps.
What's the best (most effective and cost efficient) way to fix undermined concrete steps? [more inside]
posted by rzklkng at 5:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Trying to download a specific version of the US national anthem
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?
posted by falameufilho at 12:32 AM PST - 3 comments

October 8
Ever feel guilty about relating your volunteer activities?
Do you ever feel guilty about telling others of your volunteer work? [more inside]
posted by curbstop at 10:53 PM PST - 23 comments

ZIP file extractor that automatically deletes original?
I'm looking for a Zip file extractor for Windows with some specific requirements that I haven't been able to meet... [more inside]
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 10:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Upper limit of habitable worlds in one solar system?
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]
posted by geekhorde at 10:41 PM PST - 70 comments

British Accents
Can anyone identify this British accent? [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 7:28 PM PST - 34 comments

How should I go about visiting the Grand Canyon?
How should I go about visiting the Grand Canyon? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 6:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Advice for first-time TA?
Advice for first-time TA? [more inside]
posted by miriam at 6:31 PM PST - 17 comments

What does Curt Schilling wear around his neck?
What is the significance of this necklace worn by Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling? [more inside]
posted by anathema at 6:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Is Hiding Illegal?
UK residents, is it illegal to hide your face from the ubiquitous security cameras? [more inside]
posted by jsonic at 6:17 PM PST - 18 comments

Transcribing an explosion
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?
posted by cillit bang at 5:20 PM PST - 20 comments

Removing Ferns
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?
posted by my sock puppet account at 5:07 PM PST - 8 comments

No will or invalid will in Texas
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.
posted by lukemeister at 3:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Burned by Roxio
As part of my work, I need to extract clips from movies and burn them to a DVD. [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 3:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Cheap cell service in Greensboro NC
Cell phone plan/service in Greensboro NC? [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 2:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Popcorn, but not Hot Butter
Why do so many funk songs reference popcorn? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 2:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Component cables only see in black and white?
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?
posted by joshuaconner at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments

When do I get to upgrade?
What is the estimated time to market (ETTM?) of the intel-based Apple desktops?
posted by ChrisR at 2:12 PM PST - 9 comments

I need a 100% transparent USB hub.
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]
posted by Moistener at 1:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Why are HTML tables so abhorred?
Why is it so bad to use tables for web layout? [more inside]
posted by freebird at 1:14 PM PST - 55 comments

Restricting web searches to specific sites?
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]
posted by aiko at 12:50 PM PST - 4 comments

website search: cell tower tree site
website search: I am looking for a site of cell phone towers camouflaged as trees. [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 12:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Conservatism and the Nineteenth Century
Another "please explain" question for conservatives, libertarians, and perhaps historians regarding welfare, concepts of economic freedom, and the nineteenth century. [more inside]
posted by dame at 12:01 PM PST - 23 comments

Change my clock
How do I get the Windows XP system tray clock to display the date? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 11:35 AM PST - 21 comments

Is there a mechanic in the house?
I drove for about nine months on a bad oxygen sensor. Will my car suffer any long-term ill effects? [more inside]
posted by donpedro at 11:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Math problem
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]
posted by Kwantsar at 11:04 AM PST - 8 comments

prostitution vs XXX films
why is prostitution illigal, yet the porn industry thrives? [more inside]
posted by airnxtz at 11:02 AM PST - 15 comments

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]
posted by stavx at 10:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Bigger salary, same ole pay check
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???
posted by buybelen at 10:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Aieeeeeeee!
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]
posted by jennyjenny at 10:42 AM PST - 2 comments

What software packages do phone sex operators use?
What software packages do phone sex operators use? [more inside]
posted by afroblanca at 10:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Platos cave, its all greek to me
What would Plato have called his allegory of the cave in ancient greek? [more inside]
posted by pwally at 9:53 AM PST - 10 comments

London and the Isle of Man
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)?
posted by juggler at 9:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Asimov's Foundation Novels - What order?
Asimov's "Foundation" series: What's the correct order to read them? [more inside]
posted by punkrockrat at 9:31 AM PST - 14 comments

He's sick, I'm scared, and I'm 3000 miles away. Help!
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]
posted by fuzzbean at 8:19 AM PST - 14 comments

How to hide money from an Insurance Company
Auto-accident question: Is my health insurance going to come after me for money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Books with English words but foreign syntax?
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]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I cover my ass when joining the military?
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]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 10 comments

When is enough enough?
In an otherwise great relationship, is it normal to have moments where you feel completely fed up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 19 comments

I should just get the Mac Mini, shouldn't I.
Windows equivalent of AppleScript? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 2:01 AM PST - 7 comments

October 7
How to compile and compress video for internet distribution
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]
posted by jruckman at 10:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Politics, hold the wheat germ
Are significant food allergies evenly distributed across the political spectrum? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 10:27 PM PST - 17 comments

fixing a Powerbook G4 screen
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]
posted by Zed_Lopez at 9:31 PM PST - 6 comments

I've got CRABS!
How do I clean and prepare a crab and its parts so that it becomes edible? [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 8:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Who sang this?
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."?
posted by Eothele at 7:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Mounting tight tires
Bikefilter: got any tips for rolling on recalcitrant clinchers? [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 7:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Why is IncrediMail duplicating all my messages?
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]
posted by Corky at 6:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Bigger Than Big, Taller Than Tall
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]
posted by fandango_matt at 6:24 PM PST - 31 comments

How can I rescue my files from my iBook in single user mode?
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]
posted by nowonmai at 5:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Ebook reader for notebook
I look for a free ebook reader for my notebook. [more inside]
posted by zouhair at 5:23 PM PST - 1 comments

You'll take your "(E) - all of the above" and like it!
Best place to work as a GRE/SAT tutor? Advice, horror stories, experiences, and varia requested. [more inside]
posted by metaculpa at 3:37 PM PST - 19 comments

What's the deal with hand tattoos?
What's the deal with hand tattoos? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 3:24 PM PST - 32 comments

Where oh where has my little cat gone?
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]
posted by tastybrains at 2:29 PM PST - 30 comments

PR language and colloquialisms?
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....
posted by kahboom at 2:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Private, simple peer-to-peer filesharing, that's all I want...
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]
posted by wibbler at 2:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Photoshop filter that makes photos look like paintings/drawings?
Photoshop filter that makes photos look like paintings/drawings? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 1:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Blogger Template Hacking
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?
posted by JPowers at 12:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Do they need shade?
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?
posted by rtimmel at 12:43 PM PST - 19 comments

French Daycare and English Speaking Parents
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]
posted by jikel_morten at 11:31 AM PST - 15 comments

Mortgages with friends?
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]
posted by nafrance at 11:30 AM PST - 2 comments

What is this job called?
What would you call a web job that has the following duties... [more inside]
posted by quibx at 11:17 AM PST - 18 comments

Which superpowers rock?
Which are the coolest superpowers of all, and why? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 11:08 AM PST - 82 comments

What's wrong with Randroids?
PhilosophyFilter: Can someone explain the philosophical errors of Ayn Rand/Objectivism? [more inside]
posted by mullacc at 11:08 AM PST - 29 comments

Two turntables aren't enough (I need a microphone).
I need to buy one or two microphones. [more inside]
posted by louigi at 10:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Legal/licensing question about re-installing XP.
A question about the legality/kosherness of re-installing Windows XP on a machine that has a legit product number. More inside. [more inside]
posted by deadcowdan at 9:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Law School and Technology
I'm looking for law schools with programs on technology/intellectual property and it's connection to policy. [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 9:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Swap motherboard - Will Windows work ok?
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]
posted by neodem at 9:29 AM PST - 12 comments

How do you get high school students to do their homework?
How do you get high school students to do their homework? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 9:15 AM PST - 31 comments

Bittorrent: Good option for missed TV shows?
I missed my favorite TV show and really want to see it. Is Bittorrent a good option? Are there other options? [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 9:15 AM PST - 16 comments

Flashing dreams and epilepsy = bad combination?
If you have epilepsy, do you have an attack if you dream about flashing lights? If not, why not?
posted by Orange Goblin at 9:00 AM PST - 6 comments

What should a slacker wear to a wedding?
What kind of outfit is cool, cheap, appropriate for a wedding, and can be found at a typical American mall? [more inside]
posted by Eamon at 8:57 AM PST - 21 comments

"The alarm just went off"
Why do people say "The alarm just went off" when really it just came on?
posted by spooksie at 8:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Do Sonic Pest Chasers work?
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?
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 7:51 AM PST - 12 comments

$7000 ebay fraud
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]
posted by hummercash at 7:45 AM PST - 53 comments

What music can't you live without?
I'm bored of the radio. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 7:13 AM PST - 28 comments

What to do with a square hole in a bedroom wall?
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]
posted by Otis at 7:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Cannot find server
Why can't Outlook find my SMTP server? [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 6:47 AM PST - 11 comments

80's dance club in Westwood
A New Wave History question for Angelenos. [more inside]
posted by shoos at 6:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Keep me out of the doghouse!
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]
posted by any major dude at 6:24 AM PST - 20 comments

Are these refried beans vegetarian?
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.
posted by JanetLand at 6:19 AM PST - 15 comments

Rpc locator encountered a problem
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]
posted by Kololo at 2:42 AM PST - 10 comments

October 6
How do I get from Santa Rosa, CA to I-5 North?
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]
posted by moss at 11:55 PM PST - 12 comments

How-To Books
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.
posted by fairmettle at 11:26 PM PST - 14 comments

What dSLR would you buy?
What digital SLR would you buy? What if you had, say, three Nikon lenses and a Nikon flash? [more inside]
posted by rafter at 10:41 PM PST - 17 comments

NY Boozeup With a View
Affordable bars for weekend booze-up with a view of manhattan? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 10:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Proving notice, casually.
How do you give written notice so that it seems more casual then a legal matter. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 9:36 PM PST - 5 comments

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]
posted by sdis at 9:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Removing dead mice?
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]
posted by ThePants at 9:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Keyless entry for home doorways...
what are the options I have for a keyless entry for my front door? [more inside]
posted by stevyb at 8:54 PM PST - 15 comments

I can't walk down the aisle like that!
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.
posted by JonahBlack at 8:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Why do I get lost?
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.
posted by lag at 7:42 PM PST - 35 comments

Challenging Graphic Novels for an 11 year-old?
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...
posted by strangelove at 7:15 PM PST - 50 comments

How to buy a house with friends?
Friends buying a house together. Help us keep things fair, sane and civil. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Mortgage rescue
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]
posted by fish tick at 5:37 PM PST - 17 comments

November layoffs?
My employer of 6 years has had mass layoffs each November that I've worked there. Why would they do this? [more inside]
posted by peep at 5:27 PM PST - 18 comments

What is the income I should expect?
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.
posted by thebwit at 4:15 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you get to be their favourite teacher?
Calling all academics: What advice can you offer a first-time university lecturer in terms of preparation, presentation, and holding student interest? [more inside]
posted by szechuan at 4:10 PM PST - 37 comments

Brain-teasers wanted
Has anyone got any good verbal brain-teasers please? Examples of what I mean by a "verbal brain-teaser": Answers inside [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 3:40 PM PST - 47 comments

Is it legal to use company logos on your Resume?
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]
posted by lpctstr; at 2:24 PM PST - 23 comments

Cell Phone Help
Can my cell phone be fixed? [more inside]
posted by benkolb at 2:08 PM PST - 3 comments

How should I put together an alcohol-themed episode of a radio news/talk show?
How should I put together an alcohol-themed episode of a radio news/talk show? [more inside]
posted by stokast at 1:53 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I know when my bookmarks have been updated?
Is there a way to know automatically whether a webpage has been updated? [more inside]
posted by catesbie at 12:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Help Desk Software
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.
posted by flipmiester99 at 11:54 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I get Nice Titles to apply to only the superscript tag?
Javascript newbie: I'm using Nice Titles for footnotes on a webpage. How can I get Nice Titles to apply only to links within the superscript tag and not to all links on the page? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 11:44 AM PST - 3 comments

"Cloaked" domain workaround
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...
posted by phrontist at 10:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Back it up...I'll take it
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!
posted by Wiggo at 10:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Any regrets?
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?
posted by GernBlandston at 9:58 AM PST - 43 comments

iPhoto/Nero CD incompatibility?
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.
posted by RMALCOLM at 9:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Affordable DC Area Furniture Store Recommendations?
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!
posted by echo0720 at 9:48 AM PST - 20 comments

How shall I spend my Puerto Rican vacation?
What are the "don't miss" things in Puerto Rico for a first-time visitor? [more inside]
posted by phearlez at 9:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Vanishing Brush Size in Photoshop
In Photoshop, why does those dotted circle (brush size indicator) sometimes vanish? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 9:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Racism
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]
posted by LadyBonita at 9:00 AM PST - 25 comments

"made from sugar, so it tastes like ... what?"
Does Splenda taste salty to anyone else, or is it just me? [more inside]
posted by runtina at 8:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Searching for a pearl of Perl wisdom
Can someone help me figure out how to search and replace case-sensitive filenames in HTML using Perl? [more inside]
posted by nightengine at 8:45 AM PST - 10 comments

egalitarian movie
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]
posted by elastic.scorn at 8:35 AM PST - 9 comments

It's Your Birthday, Have a Party
What are the origins of the chant "it's your birthday, have a party" (repeat ad nauseam)? [more inside]
posted by kmel at 8:23 AM PST - 25 comments

Cross Country Skiing
Sure it was 80 degrees yesterday, but I'm looking for advice for the first time cross country skier. [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 8:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Paying stock dividends
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?
posted by sandra194 at 8:14 AM PST - 8 comments

the curious incident of the copying conundrum
is there a reason why effing windows copies text formatting when i simply Ctrl+C? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 7:29 AM PST - 20 comments

mix
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?
posted by jgballard at 7:20 AM PST - 9 comments

OS X/setting up FTP server/Unicode file name issues
OS X/setting up FTP server/Unicode file name issues [more inside]
posted by alidarbac at 6:50 AM PST - 1 comments

Old Volvo - good idea?
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]
posted by internal at 6:49 AM PST - 28 comments

How to catch mice better?
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]
posted by judybxxx at 6:42 AM PST - 21 comments

What's the truth about passive smoking?
What's the truth about passive smoking?
posted by Acey at 6:27 AM PST - 27 comments

How is donate.net for online donations?
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]
posted by By The Grace of God at 6:25 AM PST - 0 comments

Goretex Shell Jacket
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.
posted by lunkfish at 5:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Cash in a bond early?
I was given a $500 savings bond dated 7/27/05. Is there any way to cash it in today?
posted by UncleHornHead at 4:49 AM PST - 17 comments

Sony meddling when writing a DVD with a VAIO?
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]
posted by jwhittlestone at 4:33 AM PST - 5 comments

October 5
How much liability coverage?
What's considered a standard "safe" amount of liability coverage to carry on your automobile insurance policy? (Oregon, USA; if that matters)
posted by alan at 10:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Good reasonably priced skates for a 10 year old forward?
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]
posted by notcostello at 10:43 PM PST - 2 comments

List comparison
Does anybody know of a Windows tool to compare two lists/files and identify the commonalities? [more inside]
posted by jedro at 10:32 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I help this website make money?
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]
posted by highsignal at 9:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find a Tshirt that says "I heart heart twins"?
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!
posted by bonheur at 8:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Men's Formal Attire
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]
posted by snsranch at 6:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Survey software
I need survey software which can do both open-ended questions as well as ratings. [more inside]
posted by stoneegg21 at 6:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to buy formica sheet?
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.
posted by flyby22 at 6:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Best kind of cooking oil?
What is the best kind of cooking oil? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 6:00 PM PST - 40 comments

What to see on New Zealand's south island?
Kiwifilter: I leave for New Zealand in, oh, 36 hours. What's not to miss on the south island? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:55 PM PST - 15 comments

How to automate importing a text file into Excel
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]
posted by Lokheed at 5:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Drums as vibration?
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?
posted by ibeji at 5:19 PM PST - 23 comments

What are the best things about the Basque country?
Bilbao. San Sebastian. Three days. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Len at 5:12 PM PST - 20 comments

postscript basics
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.
posted by Grod at 4:59 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I change my time-wasting ways and transform myself into a super-efficient super human?
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]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 4:49 PM PST - 38 comments

Would 100% of women accept a ball-gown as a gift?
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]
posted by ajp at 4:31 PM PST - 51 comments

Laminating art for a placemat.
How to make a placemat. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 4:00 PM PST - 4 comments

How to learn healthy conflict resolution skills in a relationship?
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]
posted by scody at 2:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Business Card Templates for OpenOffice
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?
posted by dash_slot- at 1:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Packing for BritRail?
How-To Pack Light for a Nine-Day BritRail Trip? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 1:26 PM PST - 13 comments

How to liquidate small amounts of common stock cheaply?
Common stock cheepnis - I have several small amounts of common stock, what is the most cost effective way of liquidating them? [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 1:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Your daily clicks?
What websites do you visit daily? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 12:50 PM PST - 63 comments

XXX and the Dirty 30s
Why do news releases really end with -30-? I know the rumours, but I'm looking for evidence-based references. [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 12:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Verifying copy utility?
Good file copying utility that verifies integrity? [more inside]
posted by pantsrobot at 12:04 PM PST - 13 comments

nyc cable
cable tv and internet in nyc [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

When, specifically, and under what circumstances were non-Muslims first barred from Mecca?
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.
posted by IndigoJones at 11:32 AM PST - 17 comments

DIY cross-stitch patterns?
Help me Photoshop an image to create a cross-stitch pattern. [more inside]
posted by etc. at 11:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Fall outside party music
Good outside fall party music? [more inside]
posted by undertone at 10:55 AM PST - 14 comments

質問があるます。
Recommendations for workbooks on building Japanese vocabulary? [more inside]
posted by NemesisVex at 10:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Need short run printer
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.
posted by rolypolyman at 10:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Programming Language
ÜberGeekGilter: I want to learn a new programming language. Which one though? [more inside]
posted by gaby at 10:33 AM PST - 40 comments

What to eat, do and see in Riga?
TravelFilter: What to eat, do and see in Riga? [more inside]
posted by blacksky at 10:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Interesting musicians who weblog - know of any?
I'm putting together a comprehensive list of interesting musicians who run their own weblogs - can you help? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 9:33 AM PST - 29 comments

How do grace periods on credit cards work?
How do grace periods on US credit cards work and how can I avoid paying finance charges? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa at 9:33 AM PST - 7 comments

What's the sum of all integers?
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?
posted by jacobm at 9:25 AM PST - 29 comments

Where Did I Get My Film Processed?
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]
posted by willmize at 8:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Excel Character Replacement
Excel Character Replacement [more inside]
posted by prostyle at 8:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find vector representations of the keys on a Apple keyboard?
Where can I find vector representations of the keys on a Apple keyboard? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 7:44 AM PST - 9 comments

How do radiators work?
How do radiators heat my apartment? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 7:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Love letter in Portuguese
PortugueseFilter: So there is this smoking hot Brazilian in my writing discussion... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 AM PST - 35 comments

Help me quell this smell!
How do I get rid of the smell of rotten onions? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 7:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Creative Non-Computer Job
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?
posted by parallax7d at 6:50 AM PST - 17 comments

mp3 music management
How flexible is my new mp3 library? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 6:20 AM PST - 5 comments

How to raise fishtank PH?
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.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Having a conservatory built in London: Recommendations?
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]
posted by kiwi.es at 5:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me sleep less.
Help me sleep less. [more inside]
posted by arrowhead at 3:58 AM PST - 32 comments

What to do in Melbourne?
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 ?
posted by oliyoung at 3:11 AM PST - 7 comments

What is the best large monitor for photography work for $600-$800?
It's time for a new large monitor, and accurate photography prints are a must. [more inside]
posted by Stunt at 2:57 AM PST - 16 comments

http mail email client?
Please recommend a new mail client [more inside]
posted by monkey closet at 1:07 AM PST - 9 comments

October 4
Depth of Field and Focus. How do they work?
Selective Depth-of-Field in Six Feet Under, and a question about lens flares. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 11:52 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I learn to pull my punches?
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]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 PM PST - 29 comments

Potentially Vulgar
So I know this is potentially vulgar but.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Tips for a new relationship
Got myself a brand new boyfriend! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 PM PST - 18 comments

hotel privacy?
In regards to keeping items OFF the hotel bill... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 PM PST - 13 comments

How can me and my boyfriend reach a compromise?
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]
posted by anonymous at 10:22 PM PST - 24 comments

Cloning a recalcitrant hard disk
How do I best clone a hard disk with bad sectors, when the PC spontaneously reboots upon hitting said bad sectors? [more inside]
posted by kindall at 10:22 PM PST - 7 comments

agave evil?
Does tequila make you extra drunk? [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 10:15 PM PST - 31 comments

Automate repetitive work task
Please help me automate a repetitive work task. [more inside]
posted by devilshgrin at 10:12 PM PST - 10 comments

where is it illegal to deny the existence of terrorism?
Is it illegal in some places to deny the existence of terrorism or the severity of terrorist activity? If so, where? [more inside]
posted by troybob at 10:10 PM PST - 5 comments

How to make Gummi Worms
I'd like to make sour Gummi Worms at home. Would anyone have a recipe and directions?
posted by semmi at 10:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Pi shaped pie pan.
I am looking for a pie pan shaped like Pi. I need to make a pie for an upcoming pie party and I thought it would be fun to do it in the shape of the Pi symbol. If I can't find a pan I'll probably cut the shape of Pi into the top, but I was hoping one exists. However, Google hasn't turned up anything yet. Anyone know where I can find one online?
posted by mto at 9:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Song identification please...
Song identification please. This song is heard briefly in "American Psycho" when Patrick and Courtney enter Barcadia, and Snoop Dogg raps over it during the party scene in the movie "Old School." [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 8:56 PM PST - 5 comments

What type of mortgage?
Interest only or fully-amortized mortgage? [much more inside] [more inside]
posted by kdern at 8:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me enter the world of the Tungsten E
Palm Tungsten E question: I just got one (I know it's lame), and I'm at a loss as to what to do with it. Can anybody help me with essential apps, and how to go about actually using the thing? [more inside]
posted by loquax at 6:36 PM PST - 34 comments

How do I combine two LANs?
What do you do when two LANs fall in love and want to join together? [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 6:25 PM PST - 2 comments

How do you make an eBow?
A friend wants to know: how does one make an eBow from scratch?
posted by Count Ziggurat at 5:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Mind Eraser
I'm looking for book or movie characters and/or plots that follow this particular scenario: A prisoner or potential rescue victim are told that salvation (being broken out, being rescued) can come only if the person agrees to have all prior memories and events that make up their personalities wiped out, leaving only a blank, but functioning, 'consciousness.' Any ideas? Specific quotes?
posted by slow, man at 5:01 PM PST - 21 comments

Music in Guiness Evolution Video?
Does anyone know the name of the song and/or the name of the perfomer of the music used in this Guiness Commercial?
posted by dgeiser13 at 5:00 PM PST - 6 comments

vegetarian dining in phoenix
Best vegetarian dining experiences in the Greater Phoenix area? [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 4:44 PM PST - 11 comments

How do you control a Sony external DVD burner without its original software disk?
I recently bought a Sony external DVD/CD dual-layer burner (DRX-710UL/T), but didn't get the CD that comes with it and Sony won't sell me one. The four-year old Vaio laptop I'm using it on sees the device, but I have no way of controlling it. I know that Windows XP Pro (the Vaio's OS) supposedly has all the drivers built in. Is there an application that would act as an interface between the burner and the laptop? Or does anyone know where I can get a copy of the disk?
posted by Toolshed at 3:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Creating a searchable document database
I want to create an online document database containing text, video, audio, and image files searchable by category (Such as War > Vietnam > Napalm Footage), keywords (Such as grainy, color, etc.) and, for text, a full-text search. And I'd like to be able to define a number of other custom fields (such as Source, Date, etc.), with the ability to search as many or as few fields as I'd like. And I would also like the ability to browse by category. Anything out there that meets these standards, preferably using PHP and MySQL?
posted by punishinglemur at 3:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Shady recruiters/recruiting agencies?
So I've been going through recruiting agencies for some time now and something always strikes me as strange with these people. [more inside]
posted by Botunda at 2:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Blogging and wiki use on intranets
Do you work for a medium or large company? Does your company have an intranet? Does it use blogging tools and wikis? If so.... [more inside]
posted by TheDonF at 1:39 PM PST - 16 comments

Barns near Chicago?
AskMe riders, saddle up! I'm looking for a good place to go horseback riding in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 1:33 PM PST - 9 comments

I hate guys clothes.
Where do socially-left-leaning college guys get clothes? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 1:04 PM PST - 43 comments

City of Discharge
Can I declare bankruptcy on private school loans? [more inside]
posted by Homeskillet Freshy Fresh at 12:48 PM PST - 11 comments

another reason to hate Walmart
My daughter was hired at Wal-mart full time (with benefits after a period of time) in their photo lab...just as she was about to achieve that time (surprise surprise) they cut her to thirty hours. Part time. First, has this happened to anyone else you know? Is it pretty common practice? And if provable, would this be considered an illegal practice? [more inside]
posted by konolia at 12:46 PM PST - 25 comments

Triggers other than a late payement triggers Universal Default.
Universal Default. Late payment isn't the only criteria that can activate a rate hike. Among others are: Worsening credit score; Car loan inquiry; Too much available credit. What are the black and white rules for these? [more inside]
posted by Feisty at 12:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Advanced RAZR call forwarding setup?
Phone experts: How do I quickly change call forwarding options on my RAZR v3? Also, how do I forward to a line with an extension? [more inside]
posted by designbot at 12:21 PM PST - 5 comments

electrical wiring
yesterday i was wiring up a room(mains ring and sockets) for a friend. It turns out i did it wrong by thinking blue was live and brown neutral, but anything plugged into the sockets works fine.Is it safe to leave it like this? I can distinctly remember being taught in school bLue=Live browN=Neutral I'm 24 and from n.ireland, does anybody else remember being taught this or did i just make it up? [more inside]
posted by quantumonkey at 11:32 AM PST - 16 comments

What would happen if I conquered my own country?
Inspired by a side conversation in this thread, how would I, theoretically, go about conquering and founding my own country? What would be the consequences thereof? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:29 AM PST - 29 comments

Mandarin classes chicago
Any suggestions for a good Mandarin Chinese class in Chicago for someone with some Mandarin experience (not an absolute beginner)?
posted by rabbitsnake at 11:04 AM PST - 3 comments

TN VISA Approval
Turned down for a TN VISA? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 9:37 AM PST - 25 comments

Why does nobody take population growth seriously?
Why does nobody take population growth seriously? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 9:26 AM PST - 43 comments

Why the white stripes on blue jeans?
Tell me about the blue jeans young people wear these days - the kind with the big white blotches. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 9:19 AM PST - 25 comments

Learning about Christian Rock.
I am wanting to learn more about Christian Rock. The artists, the industry players, the ideology, the economics. Many questions inside. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 9:16 AM PST - 23 comments

Puerto Rico
What does Puerto Rico gain by being part of the US? What does the US gain by having Puerto Rico as a possession? [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep at 9:11 AM PST - 19 comments

Where to go for Korean classes in Orange County?
How are private foreign language classes in California's Orange County? [more inside]
posted by C^3 at 9:00 AM PST - 0 comments

What are annuities?
What are annuities and why should I be wary of them? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 8:41 AM PST - 27 comments

From Mac to Windows
Help me transition to Mac. I have a home computer (Windows) that just crapped out. There was a power surge or something and the Power supply and motherboard are now toast. The hard drive is OK. I have an iBook, and now I want to get a Mac Mini for home. My question is.... How do I get the files off my old (standard ATAPI) hard drive and into my iBook? Is there some sort of adapter that I can buy to plug into my USB port? What options are available?
posted by TheFeatheredMullet at 8:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Taking a year off from college
I'm withdrawing from college. I plan to go back next semester. What kinds of things can or should I be doing in the year in between? [more inside]
posted by reese at 8:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Why do I always hear static on hold?
Why do I frequently hear static on hold? It doesn't happen every time, but enough that I think there's a reason behind this phenomenon. [more inside]
posted by revgeorge at 6:47 AM PST - 9 comments

How much for a menupages.com clone?
How much would it cost to develop a site similar to menupages.com? How long would it take?
posted by banished at 5:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Need information
Help me find information to include in a letter to my local representative. [more inside]
posted by johnj at 1:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Road catching up.
I spend roughly 90% of my life on the road for business. This poses a couple of personal problems. Does anyone have some suggestions? [more inside]
posted by converge at 1:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Blogspot & Opera & Flickr Badge
An (likely) easy HTML (perhaps?) question in which I ask you to look at my blog and tell me how I can fix a problem. [more inside]
posted by panoptican at 1:14 AM PST - 4 comments

What are my options?
Is Paypal the best method for someone in Europe to get paid by a client in the US? [more inside]
posted by sic at 1:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I make my own clothes?
I want to make my own clothing. I want to upload a design to a website, and get a shirt/sweater/jacket/whatever. The two sites I know are cafepress and spreadshirt. Does anyone have any experience with this? I'd like it to be fairly inexpensive or at least have the quality be equivalent to cost. What other sites are there besides cafepress and spreadshirt? Is it worth it?
posted by petah at 12:15 AM PST - 9 comments

October 3
Grab bag of symptoms
Under the weather... [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 11:53 PM PST - 23 comments

PDA to hotel broadband, how?
Just got WiFi PDA, how do I plug in a hotel broadband cable? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 11:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Getting UTF-8 Characters to show in EAC?
I'm trying to rip a CD using EAC and FreeDB for tag information. Problem is, the CD is an import (Japanese), the FreeDB tag information appears to be in UTF-8, and EAC is listing all the attributes using "non-English" characters (artist, song titles, etc.) as strings of question marks. Any idea how to fix this? Windows XP, SP2 if that's relevant.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 10:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Broken Jetta CD Player
i innocently inserted a CD Laser-Lens Cleaner-type thing into the slot-loading CD player of my '99.5 VW Jetta. It was playing ~60% of CDs inserted into it, but now plays 0%. Is there a remedy, or is iPod my only hope?
posted by brock at 9:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Writing a Law?
I'm interested in getting a law passed. The details of said law are unimportant at this point. My question is where to start. How does one write legalese? Are there any sources (electronic or print) that would help or organizations that help grass roots movements?
posted by nosophoros at 9:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Electric violins and amps
Your experiences with amplifiers for electric violin performance, please. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 8:19 PM PST - 11 comments

How to replace a phone whilst under Cingular bondage.
So my wife and I made the stupid decision last year to sign one of Cingular's 2-year contracts for 2 free phones and their Family Plan. Problem is, the phones suck, and we can't upgrade until the contract is up. [more inside]
posted by swift at 8:16 PM PST - 24 comments

Remote desktop users print from home?
A client of mine wants their employees to be able to print out documents at their house while connected to the office server through remote desktop. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by meta87 at 7:22 PM PST - 8 comments

my troublesome trachea
I have this odd problem which occurs when I run. [more inside]
posted by clockzero at 7:05 PM PST - 11 comments

What to do when Google suspends you?
Google thinks I'm cheating them, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by jefgodesky at 6:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Coffee and exercise for dummies.
Why is it that even after 7 hours of drinking coffee, my heart rate is about 10-15 beats above my usual heart rate? [more inside]
posted by scalespace at 6:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Will fasting metabolize "waste material" before healthy tissue?
"Within 24 hours of curtailing food intake, enzymes stop entering the stomach and travel instead into the intestines and into the bloodstream, where they circulate and gobble up all sorts of waste matter, including dead and damaged cells, unwelcome microbes, metabolic wastes, and pollutants." [cite] Could this possibly be true? I know that eventually the body will start metabolizing itself, but is the process selective in its initial stages to only metabolize "waste matter" and not healthy tissue?
posted by Asef Jil at 5:23 PM PST - 20 comments

What speakers should I pair with the Sonic Impact Class T amp?
I'm curious about all the hype surrounding the Sonic Impact Class T integrated amp, and would like to use this curiosity as an excuse to finally set-up a small bedroom stereo system. The TNT Audio review (linked above) suggests >90 dB speakers - any suggestions on speakers to pair with this amp? I want to keep the price down, but I'm willing to pay enough so I can enjoy the sound. [more inside]
posted by istewart at 5:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Visualizing independent projects relatively
I have a bunch of tasks I can rank by imminence, completeness, and rate of activity. Is there an interesting or useful way to visualize them rather than three sorted lists? [more inside]
posted by Firas at 4:43 PM PST - 5 comments

is emacs worth it?
Is emacs worth learning? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi at 4:35 PM PST - 48 comments

Help me name our new dog
I'd like to have a name for the arrival of our new dog tomorrow. She's a rescue dog, take a look here. At the shelter, they've been calling her "Sweetie," which is far too sugary for my taste. Plus, "Sweetie" is a very tough girl, quite growly until she decides you're okay (which is just as well in our neighborhood). For those who don't c