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October 31
This question, which ask are...
Asking a grammar question for a co-teacher, based on a Japanese textbook. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 11:27 PM PST - 28 comments

Should I eat pumpkin seeds?
Should I eat this? Pumpkin seeds were soaking in salt water for several days. Still okay to roast and eat? [more inside]
posted by HMSSM at 10:55 PM PST - 16 comments

"Of all eloquence a nickname is the most concise; of all arguments the most unanswerable." - Wacky Bill
Under what circumstances can you assign someone an affectionate nickname? [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 9:52 PM PST - 41 comments

GRE HELP!
What is the best GRE study software compatible with Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by Kale Slayer at 9:43 PM PST - 4 comments

distorted human body based on nerves?
I remember once seeing a diagram of the human body where all of the parts are sized based on the amount of nerves in them (it was distorted, like maps that enlarge or shrink areas so that they're representational of population size rather than area). The lips and hands were both really big. My google-fu is failing me-- does anyone know where I could find it?
posted by NoraReed at 9:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Films set at grand country estates, please, Jeeves?
I'm in the mood for films set in days-gone-by at grand country estates, particularly those that center around (or at least include scenes of) large groups of guests. Examples that immediately spring to mind (and which I loved) include Gosford Park, The Remains of the Day, La Règle du Jeu, etc. I ring the bell for the butler and ask for more!
posted by scody at 9:05 PM PST - 29 comments

i guess i'll have to change my attitude…
were you someone who never wanted to get married, or believed they'd never get married and then one day met someone and knew instantly (or shortly thereafter) that you wanted to marry them? was it difficult to shift your paradigm? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 8:25 PM PST - 41 comments

Butterflies in my teeth?
What the hell is wrong with me? Nerve damage? Anxiety? [InsertVitamin] deficiency? Butterflies in my teeth? [more inside]
posted by doublehappy at 8:20 PM PST - 18 comments

I'm not going to break your knees
I work in collections in Florida. We get bonuses. Please help me get big checks and behave ethically (and legally!). For sanity's sake, please note that our handbook doesn't address these concerns and my supervisor is very very busy dealing with much bigger problems than I could ever imagine presenting. My training is (rightly or wrongly) not the top priority. So, metafilter: train me, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Campy, sexy late-60s romps.
Looking for recommendations for fun, campy, European softcore sex romps from the late 60s or early 70s -- in the vein of Barbarella, Danger: Diabolik, or Radley Metzger. Bonus points for instant streaming on Netflix. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 PM PST - 10 comments

"Yo, just got back from the Coliseum. Someone slayed THREE lions today!"
What are some interesting culturally specific conversations students around the world might be having with their friends, parents, or teachers? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 8:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Are digital thermostats user-swappable?
Can we swap out our digital thermostat or must we call our apartment maintenance to do it? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian at 7:51 PM PST - 16 comments

I'm The Wolfman! But who is my guitarist?
Who played the guitar on the song "I'm The Wolfman" as recorded by Round Robin? Anyone? [more inside]
posted by peewinkle at 7:48 PM PST - 1 comments

Remap Windows 7 volume controls?
How can I set up global hotkeys in Windows 7 to change the volume? [more inside]
posted by sophist at 7:36 PM PST - 2 comments

How to refresh a waxed canvas bag?
Is there a way to refresh/re-wax my waxed canvas bag? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 7:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Everybody's Traffic
Help-me-identify-this-song-filter: "Everybody's Traffic" [more inside]
posted by MattMangels at 7:14 PM PST - 3 comments

What are your favorite web testing tools?
Web developers - what tools do you use to test your sites? [more inside]
posted by fremen at 7:11 PM PST - 15 comments

What are 30 things I can give my sister 30 of for her 30th birthday?
What are 30 things I can give my sister 30 of for her 30th birthday? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot at 7:06 PM PST - 37 comments

DO STADIUM LIGHTS NEED TO BE ON FOR DAYTIME GAMES?
Why are stadium lights on in broad daylight? I have been to pro-games, college games and high school games. All the daytime games have the full stadium lights blazing as if the games were being played in full darkness! WHY?
posted by GGMA at 6:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Fixing an interview blunder?
I forgot to send a courtesy follow-up e-mail to my interviewer. I was told to expect a decision this week. Is it too late to make things right? [more inside]
posted by null14 at 6:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Unresponsive CD/DVD Drive, how can I fix it?
My CD/DVD drive on my HP laptop isn't working. It won't open when I push the open button, doesn't respond when I try to open it through a program, but can be forced open. However, when I insert a disc of any kind, it doesn't read it. Is there a way to solve this problem, or will I have to go through the annoying process of taking it to Best Buy and having them send it out for two weeks? Oh, and also I am running Vista, if that means anything.
posted by hafehd at 6:10 PM PST - 5 comments

singing in rockband3
so...how do i get points added to my band for singing in rock band 3? can i?
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 5:55 PM PST - 4 comments

How to VIVO or something?
I've got some old VIVO Active video files from several years back when I was playing around with various forms of encoding... I'd really like to be able to play these. Supposedly Mplayer can, but I haven't had any luck getting it to work... can you help me play these videos? [more inside]
posted by setanor at 5:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Metadrinker
Best way to open and enjoy this fine bottle of beer... [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 5:19 PM PST - 8 comments

New Motherboard
Help me find a new-ish motherboard that works with this new computer I got. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Seeking a Social Services Education—Fast
What's a poor couple in Michigan to do for medical insurance? [more inside]
posted by tangram1 at 4:58 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I start wearing glasses again after wearing contacts for years?
How can I start wearing glasses again after wearing contacts for years? [more inside]
posted by yayjenny at 4:44 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I best organize my books?
What's the cheapest way to organize all of my books? I've got a small apartment, more books than bookshelves, and an extremely low budget. [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 4:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Gmail? More like NO mail!
Gmail acting funny in Firefox: I have 2 gmail tabs open. One is for my personal account, the other is through my employer (the college uses google to manage their webmail service). If I try to "Compose Mail" or "Reply" or anything that would open up a new email, on either account, the top of the page goes to "Loading" but nothing ever happens. In addition, the Gmail Chat tab is missing. Only not working on my home computer; both were working fine on my office computer when I went in to check 30 min ago. [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane at 4:30 PM PST - 11 comments

would you like an apple my sweet?
How do you deal with gray hair? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 4:22 PM PST - 43 comments

What gets fatigued when your brain gets tired?
When you read or think a lot or otherwise concentrate, and you get fatigued or sleepy, what exactly is happening biologically? Is it a matter of blood sugar depletion? Something else?
posted by shivohum at 4:18 PM PST - 14 comments

I lost my last form of picture ID.
I lost my last form of picture ID, and I don't think I have enough secondary forms to earn points for a new one because I'm paid under the table. Can I ask one of the companies for whom I once freelanced to send me an old W-2 form? Can they also send me old pay stubs? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 4:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Will They Go To Jail for Renting their House?
Vacation rental filter: Asking for a friend: I know YANAL/YANML, but help me help my friend not be drowned by the cost of her second home: she bought her home with the intent of earning some vacation rental income, but is now not sure she can. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous at 4:07 PM PST - 8 comments

How to save a life ♪
How can I get permission to throw a charity event at a local (NYC) museum/attraction? [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl at 3:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Compost today, garden next spring?
I've got a great big compost pile, I'd like to make it vegetable-growing ready by spring. Advice? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 3:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Mailing a parcel to Colombia
What are the best options for mailing a parcel from the US to Colombia? [more inside]
posted by zresearch at 3:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Poltergeist was fiction, dammit!
When we use our Kitchenaid mixer plugged into one socket, the coffee grinder plugged into a different socket starts to grind, sort of. What the hell? [more inside]
posted by fatbird at 3:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Dog Protein
How do I decide the protein level I want in my dog food? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 2:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Is this the best schism Henry VIII could come up with?
How did I go to Anglican High Mass twice and not realize I wasn't in a Catholic Church? [more inside]
posted by oneaday at 2:41 PM PST - 42 comments

Where to buy baking supplies cheaply online?
Cheap, good places to buy baking supplies online? I like to bake and am looking for good places to buy baking supplies online, preferably at a discount. Some things I'm looking for: Dutch-processed/alkalized cocoa powder, cake flour, unsweetened chocolate, 60% cacao dark chocolate.
posted by shoyu at 2:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Baaah baaah buh bammm
Can anyone name name the piece of orchestral music used in the intro to this video?
posted by phrontist at 2:15 PM PST - 2 comments

I got ripped off by an authorized agent of AT&T.
Any suggestions on what I can do if I have a complaint on an authorized agent of AT&T Wireless? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

HD TV channels on a data-only cable package?
How can I get the free HD TV channels on a data-only cable package? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 1:47 PM PST - 9 comments

How to grow at a small company?
I'm a developer and I'm looking for career advice on whether or not to stay at my current company or move on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Securely erasing memory
I'm donating a computer to a friend-of-a-relative. Can data be recovered from the RAM or any other part of the computer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Woodstove questions
What should we know about having a woodstove? [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 1:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Reverse PMS?
Period Questions: Why do I feel fine the week before my period, then depressed, tired, anxious the rest of the month? Help me have a more productive discussion with some sort of medical provider. [more inside]
posted by sio42 at 1:01 PM PST - 10 comments

What remains
What is something an adult woman might wear next to her skin that would leave a multicolored residue/mark/stain on her skin? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 12:44 PM PST - 45 comments

I need a liberal but-not-too-liberal political book to give my dad.
I have agreed to read a book by Bill O'Rielly that my dad wants me to read, if I can pick out the next book he reads. What should I pick? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 12:43 PM PST - 38 comments

FML
How can I find my Macbook's serial number without the Macbook? [more inside]
posted by anotherkate at 12:36 PM PST - 6 comments

I don't know nobody
What do I put down for references on a job application, when I don't know anyone professionally for five years? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 12:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Mirtazapine is making me fat!
Remeron/Mirtazapine and weight gain: help me stop it from happening, please! [more inside]
posted by LOLAttorney2009 at 12:19 PM PST - 9 comments

I love the anecdote, but I need proof!
Looking for a news article I read about Isreal and Egypt meeting at the State Department, and not saying anything until they agreed on how bad American coffee is. But now I can't find it! [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 12:18 PM PST - 1 comments

A Truly Top-Knotch Toilet
Please recommend a top knotch toilet with the best, most powerful flush. [more inside]
posted by AuntieRuth at 11:22 AM PST - 16 comments

How many union members are there, everywhere?
What are some good sources that compare union density in the US and around the world? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 11:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Ergonomic herb-snipping and food-shredding tools?
I'm looking for more ergonomic solutions to snipping herbs and shredding food in the kitchen. These are the two most painful kitchen tasks for me due to existing repetitive strain injuries. [more inside]
posted by grouse at 10:46 AM PST - 18 comments

How do you clean your fish tank?
What is the best way to clean an aquarium without getting a mouthful of water? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 10:06 AM PST - 15 comments

What to do with a lot of naga jolokia chili peppers
Our CSA gave us 2 1/2 pounds of extremely hot peppers, mostly naga jolokia. I'd like to make a hot sauce that I can give away at Christmastime. What do I need to know to make a sauce that will keep unrefrigerated? I'm open to other applications as well. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic at 9:45 AM PST - 19 comments

Small Internet Stores Wave of the Future?
Overstock.com has just started something called the "Main Street Initiative" where they create and promote small business microsites. I have a few questions about this. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 9:06 AM PST - 1 comments

Take my Camera......PLEASE.
Can i check my camera at a TV recording studio in NY? [more inside]
posted by DrAlbin at 8:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Overthinking a plate of photons.
My son's costume (barrel of toxic waste) is covered with spray foam painted with glow-in-the-dark paint. What's the best way to charge it up ahead of time so it glows for a long time? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:54 AM PST - 9 comments

What laptop should I buy?
Which laptop should I buy? Important are a nice 15'' screen and good battery life. It is going to run Linux. [more inside]
posted by cameleon at 8:53 AM PST - 7 comments

DC personal trainer
Any recommendations for a personal trainer in DC? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 7:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Forgetting family
When you feel that you are no longer important to a sister, should you try to forget her? [more inside]
posted by striving at 6:18 AM PST - 33 comments

I can make about a dozen dishes with potatoes and need more recipies
Potatoes are cheap, nutritious and versatile, but I need more recipe ideas for this incredible food resource. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 3:50 AM PST - 57 comments

Good places to meet women as an introvert
What are good places to meet women as an introvert? [more inside]
posted by pu9iad at 3:37 AM PST - 27 comments

When I grow up I want to be a witch, but seriously...
Halloween in Australia? I'm confused and need guidance for next year. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 2:26 AM PST - 56 comments

Help me find a sports bar for the Jets Game!!
Freaking FOX/CableVision can't get their ducks in a row, so I'll miss the Jets game in my living room. Can anyone suggest an awesome sports bar in or near Port Jefferson, Long Island? I'm willing to drive 20 miles in any direction (except north of course haha) if it's a good spot!
posted by FireStyle at 12:23 AM PST - 2 comments

October 30
Hush, puppy!
We moved two weeks ago, and my dog is still in Super-Bark-Mode at everything that moves. How can I get her to chill out and be a happier dog? [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 11:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Help with Natural Ear Plugs?
I made Natural Ear Plugs - Now Need the Cool Eco Packaging - and help. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 10:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me not get locked out!
Where in Seattle can I get a "Do Not Duplicate" key, well, duplicated? [more inside]
posted by fracas at 10:35 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me make good decisions about my 10 year old son
I need help to decide what to do next with my 10 year old son. He's the sweetest most charming kid you've ever met, but he has language processing and attention issues (much more inside), and I feel like we're at a pivotal point. But I don't know what the next step should be or even what my options are. [more inside]
posted by BaxterG4 at 9:29 PM PST - 22 comments

What part of the brain keeps someone from speaking the words they think?
What part of the brain keeps someone from speaking the words they think?
posted by airguitar at 9:11 PM PST - 10 comments

From One Many
How to I do effectively go from being a few friends person to being a many friends person? For most of my life I was the kind of person who had a small, intense circle of friendship and now I have a much larger and less focused social sphere - and I'm having trouble managing it and making sure I spending enough time with people - not feeling guilty about not seeing people for weeks - having people who are friendly but not your super duper friends - and just dealing with suddenly having a much, much larger social world when you're used to a private, focused one.
posted by The Whelk at 8:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Mean toddler is menacing my gentle son
How should I deal with a friend's toddler who is repeatedly aggressive toward my toddler? [more inside]
posted by chippie at 8:15 PM PST - 29 comments

On the road again...
What is the cheapest way to get the contents of a small apartment from Philadelphia to Toronto? [more inside]
posted by keeo at 8:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Trouble returning to Safari after YouTube is opened
How do I get my iPad to return from a YouTube video to Safari? [more inside]
posted by docpops at 6:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Help us help my granny~!
How can we get my grandma from overseas to the US as painlessly as possible without spending $$$$$ amount of money? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 6:12 PM PST - 20 comments

Why doesn't Ajax work on my server?
When I upload this W3Schools Ajax example to my own web hosting, it doesn't work. Why? [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Can this mattress be saved?
Is our peed-on mattress salvageable, or do we need to get a new one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:53 PM PST - 12 comments

long distance run around
Free/cheap roguelike network games (a la Diablo II) for cross-platform, long distance relationship gaming date night? [more inside]
posted by Made of Star Stuff at 4:41 PM PST - 7 comments

CDBaby vs ReverbNation
I'm trying to help a friend research digital distribution options for his band's new cd release and it's all a bit overwhelming. Can anyone shed some light on the pros and cons of a couple of distributors, namely CDBaby and ReverbNation? [more inside]
posted by ourroute at 4:24 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I tell someone I can't accept their gift?
How do I tell someone I can't accept their gift? [more inside]
posted by Increase at 4:07 PM PST - 28 comments

loose bricks in fireplace
What product should I use to repair loose bricks in a fireplace. [more inside]
posted by clavdivs at 4:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Who composed the over-dramatic piece I heard?
Who composed the over-dramatic piece I heard? [more inside]
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 4:02 PM PST - 5 comments

How to cut a roll of candy into desirably shaped pieces
Confectionery Filter: How can I cut a roll of candy into desirably shaped pieces without getting sharp corners? [more inside]
posted by purefusion at 3:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me fill my fake iPod
Help an old and behind the times lady find video to her new non-Apple media player. [more inside]
posted by drlith at 3:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Indian Style Sauced Vegetables
Help me figure out quick ways to make Indian style vegetable sauces with spice blends from the Indian grocer. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse at 3:08 PM PST - 24 comments

How to make my vintage sweater to smell fresh?
How do I get the musty smell out of a vintage cashmere sweater (that has a real fox fur collar?) [more inside]
posted by traceymariel at 2:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Is yeast vegetarian????
Is yeast in bread considered an animal product? [more inside]
posted by boby at 2:23 PM PST - 19 comments

iPod replacement halp
My original iPod Mini, circa 2004, has finally died. I need to replace it with another mp3 player with an FM transmitter. What would you fine folks out there recommend? [more inside]
posted by Mountain Goatse at 1:49 PM PST - 12 comments

can I get paid?
Legalfilter! My work was taken advantage of - I interned/trained for a small business but wasn't paid for any time. I asked for things to be made right, but was told to shove it. Do I go to court? [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 1:42 PM PST - 26 comments

Should I, and how do I, say "no" to my unstable friend about visiting me?
A troubled friend wants to visit with me for a couple of weeks, and is obviously very serious about it. I don't really have the time or energy to take him in, but I know his reaction won't be pretty if I say "no," and I don't know if I can handle worrying about him. (Long.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 37 comments

Congrats on hammering that "abstinence only" message home.
I want to have a normal and healthy adult sex life. My fear of getting pregnant is stopping me. Long Catholic details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 35 comments

You help me! You help me fix my music library!
My MP3 Library is a mess. I want to fix it. I know these questions have been asked before, but mine is perhaps a bit more particular. [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 12:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Joomla Blog plugin, or something else?
Good Joomla Blogging plugin, or use a Website like Blogspot etc? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 12:29 PM PST - 3 comments

German kitchen tools for American couple
I'm flying back to the US next week to attend a wedding celebration. What kind of cool kitchen things from Germany/Europe can I give the couple that are not so common in the US? [more inside]
posted by chillmost at 12:26 PM PST - 15 comments

For the umpteenth time, how to get over heartache.
Split with my boyfriend of six years. We were each other's best friends, confidantes, emotional support. And now, that's gone. How do I fill the void? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville at 12:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Comedy episodes of otherwise non-comedic TV shows?
What TV shows, that aren't comedies, have had intentionally comedic episodes? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 12:08 PM PST - 22 comments

Time to Vote
2010 Philadelphia voting guide besides the Inquirer's? Bonus points if you live in Philly and have personal voting suggestions & supportive reasoning. [more inside]
posted by furious at 11:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Fragging Smart Defragmenter
malwarefilter: How can I get rid of "Smart Defragmenter"? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 11:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Do all fouls by defenders in the box result in penalties?
In association football (soccer), if a player commits a foul inside his own penalty box, does it always result in a penalty kick being awarded to the other team?
posted by WalterMitty at 11:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Optical illusion font?
Asking for my father: I would like to locate a TrueType font that reproduces the characters of this optical illusion watch. [more inside]
posted by lizjohn at 11:16 AM PST - 5 comments

No, it wasn't The Bloody Chamber...
Yet another question about a book from one's childhood. Mission: Help me find this anthology of "bawdy" fairy tales. [more inside]
posted by kkokkodalk at 11:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me get the glue off my table
A sticky pad has bonded itself to my all-wood endtable. Can I use a product like Goof-Off to remove it, or will that damage the finish on the table? [more inside]
posted by rdauphin at 10:19 AM PST - 9 comments

A strapping strap.
Help me find a strap for this vintage Timex watch! [more inside]
posted by AAAAAThatsFiveAs at 10:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me become popular.
Please help me make friends in college. [more inside]
posted by nikayla_luv at 9:38 AM PST - 24 comments

How to paint a 6' latex balloon to look like a jack-o-lantern?
I need to paint on a 6' ballon today (making Jack-o-lanterns for a party). What sort of paint should I use? Any helpful hints? These are going in a pool so the more waterproof, the better.
posted by mmmpage at 9:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Surely this is a long time for a cold
Month-long cold: looking for advice and words of encouragement. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 8:48 AM PST - 20 comments

Define: Quo Vadimus
Any Latin scholars out there? I'm getting a tattoo and just want to make sure it means what I think it means... Quo vadimus [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 AM PST - 10 comments

What would YOU do?
I ignored an emailed apology from somebody that caused a major emotional meltdown two years ago. Should I have replied? I feel like a coward but then again, I don't think she is sincere. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 AM PST - 45 comments

help us get off
masturbation for a healthy couple. how to talk about it. [nsfw] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Red tie in Union Station, DC.
Where can I find a red power tie, preferably for cheap, in or near union station in DC today? My train arrives at noon, and I hope to have a tie in hand by 12:15. (I'm also looking for a white dress shirt, but that's less crucial.)
posted by Ash3000 at 8:04 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I keep track of everything?
What is the easiest and most convenient way to keep track of my physical and emotional health in great detail? I don't have a great memory and want something that reminds me to record various information throughout the day. I have a couple of chronic illnesses that I need to keep track of and I never remember to write stuff down when it happens. [more inside]
posted by smartypantz at 7:45 AM PST - 16 comments

External drive was dropped and now won't mount, what are my options?
I've got a great 1TB drive that was yanked off the coffee table...later started clicking...now won't mount...what to do? [more inside]
posted by talljamal at 7:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me get unlimited calling on my cellphone so that the company can stop robbing me.
What system would be the best for forwarding my cellphone calls so I can stop getting robbed by RoBelLus (rogers, bell, tellus). What I want to do is something like this, but I'd prefer to have control over it so that I can decide whether or not my call ident sends to the recipient properly (this isnt totally necessary but I do like the idea of running my own pbx). What I'm going to do is use the "Smart Dialing" option or some variant in my Crackberry or android phone (whenever it comes back from the repair depot), to call a PBX that will give me a dial tone than I want to have my phone automatically wait for a moment or two (to ensure the pbx has responded with a dial tone) than dial my desired number. This way I can add my PBX's number to a "My Five" (or whatever its called for my provider). Thus essentially giving me unlimited calling. Also forwarding calls from my pbx back to my cellphone would be ideal otherwise I would only be able to make outgoing calls from my phone and I want the best of both worlds. Suggestions or solutions for how I'm going to be able accomplish this task would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks at 6:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Doctoring up Dr. Oetker
I have to make a Halloween party dessert on a tight schedule. In my cabinet I have a box of Dr. Oetker organic blondie mix and a can of organic pumpkin. According to the box directions you're supposed to add 1/4 C. melted butter and 2 eggs to the blondie mix. Can I add some of the canned pumpkin? About how much, do you think? How much of the butter or eggs would I leave out to make it still hold together with the fats, but not too gloppy with the added pumpkin?
posted by keener_sounds at 6:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Lost kindle
Lost my Kindle. 1. If I deregister, will it wipe my contact info as well, so that if anyone does find it and wants to return it to me, they'll be unable to? 2. Will I be unable to reregister the Kindle if I find it? 3. Anything else I can/should do?
posted by Busoni at 6:08 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to relax on weekends, not weekedays.
I want to get up early on weekdays, but can't. I want to sleep in on weekends, but I can't. Why? Can I switch this? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload at 5:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Name this film.
Name this film: for some reason why -- I can't remember -- the main character -- who I think works in a bank -- realises that there is a lot of money -- penny and cents -- in dormant accounts and sets about retrieving them and collecting them together I think for a charitable cause but it could be something more nefarious. Any ideas?
posted by feelinglistless at 1:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Are cute baby contests online legit?
Are cute baby contests online legit? [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 1:03 AM PST - 20 comments

Etsy, I love you, but...
Etsy Filter: Help me figure out why my graphics look funky when I upload them to my shop. [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms at 12:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to donate eyeglasses in Seoul?
Where can I donate used (but still good) eyeglasses in Seoul? [more inside]
posted by seoulpenguin at 12:31 AM PST - 2 comments

October 29
Client side web development with fancy graphics - what are the candidate tools? Which are going to "win"?
I'm trying to get my head round the wealth of technologies available for creating "Rich" internet applications - featuring sound, graphics, interaction, animation - specifically from the client side. Flash, ActionScript, Silverlight, Expression, JavaFX, Java, HTML5, JavaScript, JQuery... In particular, I'm looking for the long view, preferably from people working in the field: what skills do you think you will you be looking for in new recruits a few years from now? And why? [more inside]
posted by handee at 11:53 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me understand economics!
I was watching The Social Network yesterday when I realised that I don't know a thing about how economics work. What is stock dilution? What's a subprime? What are they selling in the stock market? Where can I find a simple, for-dummies guide to understanding modern economics? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto at 10:32 PM PST - 19 comments

What are dental implants like?
I'm getting dental implants. Walk me through this. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 9:07 PM PST - 22 comments

It always looks like it just rained...
Why are the roads so shiny in Las Vegas, like they're a polished surface? And, as a corollary, why is the paint on the street barely visible throughout town? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic at 8:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Vampire Riddle
How are vampires like teeth? [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 8:39 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I become MORE trackable by GPS?
Is it possible for two iOS 4 apps to access and use GPS information at the same time? Specifically, would iOS let me use RunKeeper to track a run in the foreground, and let an app like PlaceTrack update Google Latitude in the background? [more inside]
posted by delfuego at 8:35 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I follow through with things that I think about all the time?
How do I follow through with things that I think about all the time? [more inside]
posted by 4Spokenwords at 7:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Big Ideas Social Club?
I live in Washington, DC, and I'd like to get together with people and talk about interesting ideas, preferably somewhere where networking bullshit is kept to a bare minimum. I don't care what they do for a living or what big ideas they're fluent in, just want them to be interesting. Does this thing exist and, if not, how do I create it? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:42 PM PST - 9 comments

flying game for ps3
Have PS3, want to fly. [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry at 7:39 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I best prepare for my imminent blindness?
I am already blind in one eye, and blindness is slowly progressing in the other eye. I can still see, but I'd like some tips on how to prepare myself for total blindness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Boots are hard
Question regarding boots and knowing what to wear to work. Can a woman wear a pair of black mid-calf or taller boots to work and look appropriate? Or do most people change shoes at work? And how can I find a pair of boots that will please my demanding feet? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 6:43 PM PST - 22 comments

Is this a blood clot?
So I swore to myself that I would never ask a medical question on AskMe, and yet I find myself here anyway. Any tips on how to tell the difference between a pulled muscle and deep vein thrombosis? [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 at 6:42 PM PST - 15 comments

I want to wear jeans without appearing as though I've gained 15 lbs.
Where can I find flannel-lined jeans that are not high-waisted and baggy and are available in petite sizing? Alternatively, if you know of another pants material that keeps your bottom half warm just as well and can be found in a modern & petite fit, I'm all ears. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 6:04 PM PST - 22 comments

I Want To Believe again
Scariest X-Files episodes? [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 5:12 PM PST - 41 comments

DP history in Austria
Where can I find Holocaust- or post-Holocaust related sites in the Vienna area? [more inside]
posted by j1950 at 5:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Display Flickr thumbnails in a large grid
I'm looking for a tool to display Flickr thumbnails in a large grid [more inside]
posted by razorfrog at 4:48 PM PST - 7 comments

"Would you like to collect some more in-depth data collection on me, mmm?"
I recently participated in a research study. The cute guy helping with the research and I clicked a lot. I have his personal e-mail from our pre-study communication. Would it be weird or unkosher for me to ask him out to coffee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:31 PM PST - 22 comments

Print Server for R1900 + Macs
Please recommend a print server for an Epson R1900 and a bunch of Macs. [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio at 4:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Melon cat can't find a melon
I need to make a helmet out of a pumpkin. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 4:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Can't miss live jazz performance dvds?
If I were to compile a small collection of live performance Jazz DVD's (say, 5-7ish), what *needs* to be in that collection? Specifically if my interests in jazz run less in the orchestra area and more in the trio-octet range? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 3:46 PM PST - 8 comments

the voting rights associated with shares held by super funds
What steps would be necessary, for an Australian superannuation fund to enable its members to exercise the voting rights associated with the shares held on behalf of those members, such as to attend annual general meetings and vote on shareholder resolutions? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 3:38 PM PST - 6 comments

What style of dining room chair would look best with this dining room table?
What style of dining room chair would look best with this dining room table? (Pics inside) [more inside]
posted by imabanana at 3:29 PM PST - 15 comments

How best to hang an irregular piece of art on the wall?
What is the best way to hang a (somewhat irregular) piece of art in a building at my school? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 3:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Help Me Write a Jewish Character as Realistically As I Can
I'm writing a fiction book where the main character is a Jewish male aged in his late 30s living in London during WW2. I want to make this character sound as real as possible. My problem; I'm not Jewish and I don't really know anybody who is. Help me write this character as realistically as I can! [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 2:31 PM PST - 38 comments

What's up with the people who keep offering to do body work on my car?
Why do these skeezy guys solicit me in public to do body work on my car? [more inside]
posted by Kylio at 2:20 PM PST - 31 comments

Clevertitleaboutcars.
Chicago mechanic filter-I need some help finding a mechanic, a few stipulations inside. Guesses on estimates welcome, too. [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo at 2:14 PM PST - 4 comments

What is the second herbal tea to try after chamomile?
I would like herbal tea recommendations. [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 1:52 PM PST - 33 comments

Go ahead. put the book shelf on top of the fine china, that's fine.
Moving within San Francisco. Need a couple of reliable, strong people for the afternoon to move a small apartment's worth of stuff about a mile. Not dropping my couch down the stairs a plus. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 1:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Last minute Angels and Demons themed costume ideas?
Much to my dismay, my boss is forcing me to wear a costume tonight and tomorrow night. The theme is 'Angels & Demons' and my budget is low, like under $20 reeeeal low. What should I go as? [more inside]
posted by item at 1:46 PM PST - 34 comments

Don't want to rack up tickets on a unrideable motorcycle...
The Mrs and I are getting a motorcycle from a kind and generous friend who doesn't want to deal with it anymore, and doesn't want to sell it for parts. It's not currently running, and insurance and registration are both expired. We're not keen to pay for it to be road-legal before the engine can even turn over. How long, if at all, can we wait? [more inside]
posted by supercres at 1:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Q&A
I'm looking for good examples of blogs that exclusively post interviews -- a different interview subject each week or each day, with a specific focus (CEOs, musicians, artists, chefs, scientists, etc.!). Not really looking for video interviews, but those are OK.
posted by trillian at 1:18 PM PST - 8 comments

All my router-y neighbors are jamming my internets!
How can I reduce/eliminate interference from other wireless routers in my apartment building? I have a Belkin Wireless N+ router connected to a Linksys modem with Comcast cable internet. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker at 1:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Are pre-existing conditions an automatic 'no' for private, individual health insurance?
I'm going to be unemployed soon, and have been looking for independent health insurance as an alternative to COBRA. I'm worried about denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and had questions about how likely this could be. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Broken refrigerator
Refrigerator trouble. [more inside]
posted by rainy at 12:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a "hoarding gene?"
Is there a hoarding gene? [more inside]
posted by timsteil at 12:48 PM PST - 33 comments

I need helping choosing a bra
Am I doomed to wear sports bras? [more inside]
posted by fantoche at 12:35 PM PST - 22 comments

Anyone got any suggestions for a small but beautiful tree for my little front garden?
Anyone got any suggestions for a small but beautiful tree for my little front garden? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 12:17 PM PST - 15 comments

I knew this would come back to haunt me someday
Charged with a felony in California, arrested, spent two weeks in jail, but charges were dropped and the case dismissed. Will this show up on a criminal record search? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:00 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm not sure if I'm invited to a private birthday party. How do I tell?
A friend invited me to a private birthday hangout about a month and a half ago, but hasn't brought it up since. I think she may have forgotten, and I'm fine either way - how do I check and see if I'm still invited without making her feel like she has to have me over? [more inside]
posted by agentmunroe at 11:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Programming exercises for skilled programmers?
ProgrammingFilter: You're an experienced programmer who'd like to learn a new language. What exercises or projects, of a manageable scale, do you implement in your new language as a means to convince yourself you've got a good handle on the new language? [more inside]
posted by axiom at 11:52 AM PST - 8 comments

He got the funk
Famous trombone funk musician? [more inside]
posted by little_c at 11:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Appliance Clock Anomaly
Why would three digital clocks lose time at exactly the same pace? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck at 11:46 AM PST - 11 comments

How to be supportive of my SO with job offer anxiety issues?
How can I help my SO keep his cool while waiting to hear about a job interview? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant at 11:34 AM PST - 18 comments

Which is less sanitary: not washing your hands after using the bathroom; not drying your hands after washing your hands?
Which is less sanitary: not washing your hands after using the bathroom; or not drying your hands after washing your hands? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm at 11:34 AM PST - 42 comments

Omit files from a source directory during deployment?
How can I set up a software build that not only copies files but uncopies them as well? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 11:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Can you point me to 3D models I can move and zoom around?
Do you know an online resource where I can look at a 3D model of either a face or a body that I can rotate at all angles and maybe even zoom in so I can use it as reference for my art etc? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic at 11:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Abusers.
Grandmother in a nursing home. Elderly grandfather caring for her and denying help from others. Grandma not getting the care she needs. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 11:18 AM PST - 9 comments

How to respond to precription theft?
Stolen prescription meds (I assume). Drugstore manager is unconcerned, or he's in on it. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:01 AM PST - 14 comments

How do you improve your skills?
What specific techniques and processes do you use to improve mastery? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 11:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Optimus Prime (Lenses)
What are your favorite prime lenses for a Canon EOS body? [more inside]
posted by atayah at 10:53 AM PST - 16 comments

costume identification
whose costume is this ? [more inside]
posted by kewlio at 10:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Wordpress Permalinks
My friend's wordpress blog is setup so that it is located at domain.com/blog but her permalinks are located at domain.com/category/blog-title/. Is it necessary or does it effect SEO if the permalinks don't use the /blog extension?
posted by Mroz at 10:44 AM PST - 2 comments

You are not my gynecologist, but...
Ladies on the pill: Do you ever get your period late? [more inside]
posted by spinto at 10:41 AM PST - 18 comments

(not) We <B Law Enforcement
Displaying support for police? [more inside]
posted by Gorgik at 10:34 AM PST - 7 comments

I do make the food on my own, it's just not seven courses.
Special cooking for Mom question: please help, dinner tonight! [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 10:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Good questions for peer reviews.
Looking for good questions to include on job performance peer-review forms. Co-workers giving feedback about their co-workers, in other words (i.e.:"How does this person best contribute to the organization?" "Does this person complete tasks in a timely manner?" but better).
posted by Framer at 10:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Fixing gouges rather than getting gouged?
Real bad scratches on a black '08 Toyota Yaris. Can this be self-fixed by somebody with no real skills, or are we out $700? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 10:13 AM PST - 15 comments

It wasn't Socrates
Where is the quote "You know who you are. Hang on to that" from? [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 10:03 AM PST - 3 comments

I need far sight
Help me navigate the world of room video conferencing. [more inside]
posted by wierdo at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Burqas against Beck
Halloween Filter: Can I wear my hijab for a costume? (As a statement that HEY MUSLIMS AREN'T SCARY?) Special politically-correct snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by cyndigo at 10:01 AM PST - 39 comments

Big Shoulders Rally to Restore Sanity...Does this sign make my butt look fat?
Best practices for Restore Sanity rally attending in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 10:00 AM PST - 1 comments

Monet exhibition advice
What time and day to go to the Paris Monet exhibition? [more inside]
posted by leafwoman at 9:51 AM PST - 5 comments

My Oak Croaked . . .
Help choosing a zone 7 sidewalk/causeway tree? [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 9:38 AM PST - 2 comments

What part-time job to pick up as a second job.
What's the best part-time job on the side that I should consider? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 9:37 AM PST - 22 comments

The Dangerous Book for Martha Wannabees
Should the words “old-fashioned” and “homemade” ever appear in the same sentence as “furniture stripper”? Is there a chemist in the house? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 9:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Treatment doc for Aliens?
Treatment document for James Cameron's Aliens? [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 9:35 AM PST - 2 comments

text edit replaces ... with three smaller dots. how do I stop this?
text edit replaces ... with three smaller dots. how do I stop this? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 9:29 AM PST - 8 comments

This Foolish Thing
Does anyone know who played guitar for Nat King Cole's recording of "These Foolish Things" ? [more inside]
posted by ReWayne at 9:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for cycling north-shore aficionados
I'd like to take a group on bicycle from Cambridge MA to Salem MA. Route suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Recommend me some well-made lesbian feature films.
Recommend me some well-made lesbian feature films. Ones I have liked: Go Fish, When Night is Falling, Bound, Desert Hearts, High Art, The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love.
posted by maryrosecook at 8:26 AM PST - 44 comments

Parking near the National Gallery in DC during the Stewart/Colbert rally
During the Rally tomorrow, how likely is it that I'll be able to find a place to park--paid or otherwise--within a reasonable walking distance of the National Gallery in DC? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 8:19 AM PST - 23 comments

Making photocards online - there's got to be a better way
Where online can I get photo cards (3x5 or 4x8 folded) without all sorts of designs on decent cardstock? [more inside]
posted by nnk at 8:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Will Noone Rid Me Of These Troublesome Political Calls?
We get what I consider to be an excessive number of political advocation/push polls/polls/robocalls at our house (9 calls between noon on Wednesday and noon on Thursday, for example). We get 1-3 political-oriented calls per-week year round, but it is beginning to feel like harassment now. Help me figure out how to cut way back on the calls for the future. [more inside]
posted by julen at 7:56 AM PST - 23 comments

Need a good lawyer in Nashville
Can you recommend a good criminal defense lawyer in Nashville? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 7:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Did Zune kill my Radiostar?
Massive unintended file deletion? I had almost my whole CD & LP collection digitized on a Maxtor OneTouch 750Gb drive. Last week, I installed Zune software on my Windows 7 PC, and all of a sudden, those files are gone, daddy, gone from the drive. Hope me recover my files! [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba at 7:53 AM PST - 7 comments

How to soundproof when living above a bar
I moved in above a bar. The soundproofing is great, except for the vibrations from the lower bass frequencies. They're using wall-mounted speakers placed pretty close to the ceiling. Is it possible to soundproof against those? And what are some of the things the bar could do to help me? [more inside]
posted by maxreax at 7:43 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me be a (sexy) Turing machine!
I want to be a Turing machine for Halloween. I'm going to be surrounded by language nerds. They'll get it. But I need my 'fancy dress' (aka, costume) to be fantastic and I have limited time, money and supplies. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 7:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Avoiding Gluten on Vacation
How does someone who must eat gluten-free deal with their special needs when they travel? [more inside]
posted by MorningPerson at 7:30 AM PST - 26 comments

love these boots, hate the price
help me find similar but affordable boots [more inside]
posted by sabh at 7:28 AM PST - 6 comments

thin camera with AA batteries
Looking for one of the thinnest, smallest digital cameras that uses AA batteries. Thanks!
posted by luvmywife at 7:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me look like I've got tech?
How can I spoof facebook devices? [more inside]
posted by TheDukeofLancaster at 7:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Peter Picked a Peck of Pimples?
Please help me to stop picking! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Wanting the wings was probably not the message they meant for me to take away.
Book-Finding Filter: I'm looking for a middle-grade book about a girl who buys a huge pair of wings and glues them to her back. [more inside]
posted by themissy at 6:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Who are your favorite travel writers?
What is your favorite travel book/essay/blog? Who are your favorite travel writers? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 6:10 AM PST - 30 comments

Must Watch Movies. Tell me, for I must know.
Creating a media hub. Looking for "must have" movies...go nutty! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 5:42 AM PST - 33 comments

How to take sharp pictures with unsharp eyes?
My vision is changing, which is not unusual, I'm getting older. But I'm having the odd problem when I use cameras (view cameras and medium format as well as 35mm) in getting the best focus (manually). How can I best use cameras, lupes, focussing screens and the like as my vision changes thanks to my advancing years? [more inside]
posted by itsjustanalias at 3:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Powerbocks to replace a bike?
I need a new push bike. My old bike died. Typically I do short distance cycling to and from work - about 5 kms plus train journey to or from work (40km round trip by road, 50km by cycle path without the train). Other times when I need a bike it's generally for getting around the inner city (I live somewhere that's for inner city people in quasi-rural exile). My question is should I get some of these instead? Background here. [more inside]
posted by singingfish at 3:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Is there any software to 'copy' a physical machine to a virtual one?
Is there any software to 'copy' a physical machine to a booting virtual one? [more inside]
posted by tomw at 12:52 AM PST - 12 comments

We must not touch our hairdos...
Is spray hair colour this crappy or am I Doing It Wrong? [more inside]
posted by vanitas at 12:10 AM PST - 14 comments

October 28
Annotated classics in ebook format?
I really love the Power Moby Dick site, which gives very helpful annotations and puts obscure words and expressions into a modern context. Where can I find more of this for other classics? And most importantly, I want to find formats that can be downloaded and viewed on my Nook e-reader. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 11:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Advice for Sleeping Beauty with Atrophied Wings
Older women, younger men; is there hope for a sleeping beauty? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty at 10:44 PM PST - 25 comments

Where can I find some awesome gynecological instruments?
I want to be an evil gynecologist when I grow up. And also for my Halloween costume! [more inside]
posted by electronslave at 10:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Where are my zero-calorie butters, creams, lards, oils, and fats?
We have very effective artificial sweeteners that give the flavour of sugary foods without the calories. Why have we been so much less successful at creating the taste of fatty foods without the calories? Where are my zero-calorie butters, creams, lards, oils, and fats? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- at 9:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Teeth First
I crashed my bicycle today. As a result, my front four top teeth are numb. The nurse practitioner at the hospital did not seem to think there was anything to worry about. I am not so sure. [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 9:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Please help me manage my obsessive thoughts
Why do my obsessive thoughts focus so much on my relationship, and what can I do to manage them? After living through years of sexual abuse as a child and teen, followed by a severely unhealthy relationship with an older man soon there after, I've actually found someone with whom I have potential to build something that could be really great. The trouble is that my brain is trying incredibly hard to sabotage this relationship, despite my best efforts to control it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Auditory Processing Disorder
What to do about a possible Auditory Processing Disorder? [more inside]
posted by AndGee at 8:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me help my girlfriend purchase the right car for her.
Help me help my girlfriend purchase the right car for her. [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy at 8:47 PM PST - 20 comments

Is Phoenix Latino-friendly?
Considering moving to Arizona. Difficulty: Hispanic wife. [more inside]
posted by Bernt Pancreas at 8:43 PM PST - 14 comments

I don't cry over major stuff, but too much over minor stuff
Can I control my urge to cry in stressful or frustrating moments? or is it ok that I do? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl at 8:17 PM PST - 30 comments

What do I ask a graduate program when I don't actually have any questions?
What do I ask a graduate program when I don't actually have any questions? More inside... [more inside]
posted by hammerthyme at 8:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Given a random background color, how can you determine a different color that would be pleasant to read on top of that background?
I want to take a random color, and from it, generate a few other colors that are guaranteed to be legible if the first color is used as a background. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 8:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Why does my heart feel so bad?
My mother's hoarding tendency is causing problems for the entire family. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 7:39 PM PST - 27 comments

The math of noise
Assuming a grasp of college algebra, what maths would one need to understand the entirety of the wikipedia entry on white noise. Which order would be the most advisable way to learn those maths and which books might be good for a self study on those topics?
posted by Drama Penguin at 7:37 PM PST - 7 comments

#16 deshou ka?
Japanese language question: I am looking for a numerical reference that means one's special trick, or signature gesture. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyMeat at 7:34 PM PST - 5 comments

I dare you to lift this sofa.
Please look inside for a few questions about an inguinal hernia, particularly pertaining to surgery recovery, and being on disability. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 7:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I turn off the SRS light on the instrument panel on my 2003 Honda?
The SRS light on my 2003 Honda Civic comes on when the ignition is turned on and remains on while the car is being driven. I googled this and understand that Hondas as well as other cars have this problem. I can take it to a mechanic to have it diagnosed and repaired. Or I can turn it off myself which I'm tempted to do since it appears that Honda has a faulty system that has nothing to do with the airbag --just the light. But there is a small part of me that wonders and is concerned if something could be wrong with the airbag. Does anyone have experience with this?
posted by Tziv at 7:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Obscure Authors, Later Famous?
Who are now-famous authors who died while they were still obscure? [more inside]
posted by estlin at 7:03 PM PST - 43 comments

How to efficiently manage tailoring of resumes and cover letters?
I've found that the practice of tailoring resumes and cover letters (to various jobs in various industries) is a somewhat cumbersome process. I'm looking for ideas and/or software from those who have found an efficient workflow for doing so. [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels at 7:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Halloween party filter
We're having a neighborhood Halloween party- have lots of ideas for music, food, decorations, but what should we do? There will be adults and kids from one to nine there. [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 7:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me make this screenplay less head-slappingly inaccurate!
Are there small-scale EMP devices that are at least moderately plausible? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 6:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me replace the best shoes ever.
My favorite pair of shoes - Merrell World Passport slides - got swiped at the gym. Merrell doesn't make them any longer, and I'm having trouble finding some online. Any suggestions? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by hootenatty at 6:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Last minute saxophone?
Where can I purchase, rent, or borrow a saxophone- real, toy, or otherwise- in Chicago tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits at 6:29 PM PST - 8 comments

iPhone + Google Voice = Sucky or Not?
Google Voice on iPhone: Help me make it not such a kludge? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 6:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a good Halloween party in Vegas!
What clubs in Vegas have the best Halloween events? [more inside]
posted by Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld at 6:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Don't Put Anything on My Fish
NYC restaurant filter: Taking an elderly, out-of-town couple (that we don't know well) out to dinner. We'd like to take them somewhere reasonably nice (cost not a concern), but we do know that they prefer plainer foods that are easy on the digestive system. Manhattan required, midtown preferred. A little extra detail inside. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 6:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Which superhero am I?
Which superhero am I? Costume photo here.
posted by Shusha at 6:09 PM PST - 19 comments

What are the physics of intravenous drips?
What are the physics of intravenous drips? [more inside]
posted by aunt_winnifred at 5:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Union Involvement...advisable?
As a brand new faculty member, should I be careful about too much involvement in the faculty association during difficult negotiations over our contract? I don't feel particularly worried about this, but I recognize that the tenure process ultimately is given the okay by the president and the board. I'm hanging signs on my office door and attending meetings...the typical stuff so far. What do you think?
posted by klausman at 5:46 PM PST - 6 comments

We Communicate!
"I loved that place. They really knew how to communicate with their employees." Have you ever thought this or said this? [more inside]
posted by hecho de la basura at 5:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Cubes cubes cubes
Where can I get frosted acrylic cubes or something similar? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 5:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I report a racist chain email?
How should I or shouldn't I handle letting someone / "people that matter" know about a racist email that was forwarded to me and appears to have been originated by a cop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Songs of autonomy?
What are some anthems and songs of celebration for personal independence and freedom? Off the top of my head, I've got "My Life" by Billy Joel, Sinatra's "My Way", and "Your Own Kind of Music" sung by Mama Cass.
posted by lhall at 5:03 PM PST - 60 comments

Best beers to try while living in England
[beerfilter] What brands of domestic craft beer should I check out while I am living in England? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction at 5:01 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me fear the beard
Help me dress up as Brian Wilson, the Giants reliever, for Halloween, in the Portland, OR area. [more inside]
posted by efalk at 4:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me vote!
I registered to vote in California at the DMV when I renewed my driver's license in July. Now, the county clerk's office is saying that they don't have a record of my registration. Is there anything I can do?
posted by clcapps at 4:39 PM PST - 10 comments

?Como se-dice "ye-ye"?
What is the Spanish equivalent to ye-ye? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 4:29 PM PST - 2 comments

My browser needs child-safety locks.
My son just turned 4 and has become a wiz at bypassing all parental controls, and I need a browser that will restrict him to a few sites, such as stuff like starfall.com [more inside]
posted by Sallysings at 4:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Tiptree
Where should I start with James Tiptree, Jr.?
posted by OmieWise at 4:12 PM PST - 8 comments

one costume needed, no effort expended, no shame endured
I hate myself for doing this, but I have a Very Last-Minute Halloween costume requirement. [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 3:46 PM PST - 16 comments

How easy is it for an American to avoid paying tax on Canadian-based revenue?
As a U.S. resident and citizen, what happens if I neglect to claim income from a Canadian company? [more inside]
posted by Mushpuppy at 3:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Is my college ripping me off?
Is it normal for a college to not refund someone if they have paid above the cost of tuition and fees? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Comic infographics
There's a certain kind of comic infographic that consists of a large, detailed drawing with tiny info-boxes about small details. Is there a name for this kind of graphic? Where can I find examples of it? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 3:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Mushrooms over the desert road
Does the hivemind know similar songs to the Röyksopp songs "Silver Cruiser" and Triumphant? So instrumental, hypnotic, majestic? The sort of song you can play driving through the Nevada desert? [more inside]
posted by Eltulipan at 3:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Which one of these three 37" LED 1080p HDTVs should I buy for my bedroom?
Which one of these three 37" LED 1080p HDTVs should I buy for my bedroom? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 3:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Becoming the Landed Gentry
I'm having difficulty with the idea of being a homeowner. What are some paradigm shifts, re-conceptualizations that would help me make the transition from long-term renter to homeowner? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 3:08 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I/my company become LEED certified?
How do I (and possibly my company?) become LEED certified? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 2:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Can we still apply for a Canadian spousal visa if he goes away for 6 months?
Canadian spousal visa question - is it possible for two EU citizens (me and SO, unmarried) to apply for a spousal visa if he goes away for six months to work in the meantime? Lots of minutae inside. [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday at 2:46 PM PST - 5 comments

I've virtually tracked down my missing/stolen iPod Touch, and have discovered all sorts of personal information about the person who is now using it. How can I reclaim it?
I've virtually tracked down my missing/stolen iPod Touch, and have discovered all sorts of personal information about the person who is now using it. How can I reclaim it? [Details inside-- this one's a detective story] [more inside]
posted by stilly at 2:45 PM PST - 83 comments

What do you think are the most interesting / surprising / perspective-changing findings in social/cognitive psychology?
What do you think are the most interesting / surprising / perspective-changing findings in social/cognitive psychology? I'm preparing a talk for a German hacker conference (27c3), mainly about cogsci & socpsych. Bonus points if it's something that has some element of demonstrating bias / illusion / manipulability, or if it can have a quick actual demonstration, since I try to make my talks as audience-interactive as possible. [more inside]
posted by saizai at 2:37 PM PST - 27 comments

Can I recover files from a laptop hard drive?
I have the hard drive from a broken laptop. It has really important things on it. How do I recover said things? [more inside]
posted by kgreerRN at 2:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Couldn't Afford an Autobot Poster.
A rather trying test of your google-fu, I think. [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 2:25 PM PST - 6 comments

X + !Y = X + Y
In Drupal displays, "contains X" + "does not contain Y" is giving me X and Y. Help? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 2:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Help in knowing what to do with this huge stamp collection i just received!
Need advice on how to handle a HUGE stamp collection that was recently given to me. They are from all over the world, some postmarked, many not, some very old (from the 1800's)... very extensive !!! Part of this collection was appraised in the past, but not by us ... we know the value is substantial.... but how do we proceed now??? [more inside]
posted by foodybat at 2:16 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I play a short movie file as a continuous loop on an iPhone 3G and an iPod Touch?
How can I get a video loop to play continuously on an iPhone 3GS and an iPod Touch? They don't need to be in synch. [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 2:11 PM PST - 3 comments

chicago - need keytar for costume
i need a real/fake keytar/shoulder synth for a halloween costume party on saturday night. the cheapest one i can find is at guitar center for $1200. that's about $1150 over my budget. anyone have any ideas? already checked craiglist for chicagoland, which is where i am located.
posted by denaps at 2:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I buy quark in NYC?
Where can I buy quark (the dairy product) in NYC? Chowhound's suggestions have failed me. Brooklyn/downtown Manhattan locations are preferred.
posted by Viola at 1:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Slash and dot pre-digital page footer
In typewritten documents from the pre-digital era, there was often a combination of dots and slashes (.../..., ..../, ./. etc.) at the bottom right corner of each page, either alone or with the page number. The practice seems to have disappeared once word processors took over. How was it called and what was its purpose?
posted by elgilito at 1:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Spanish Conversation Group Woes
Spanish conversation groups woes because of wildly varying levels of participants [more inside]
posted by luke1249 at 1:46 PM PST - 5 comments

What to do about fraudulent witness statement in car accident case?
I was involved in a car accident with no witnesses. My insurance has cleared me. The other driver’s insurance is saying they have a sworn witness statement supporting his story that I was at fault. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness at 1:38 PM PST - 29 comments

I Don't Wanna Be an Inadvertent Tax Fraud!
Anec-data needed regarding dependent care FSAs and boneheaded people (ahem - me!) who unintentionally abuse them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Ghoulish ganja gâteau?
We’re throwing a Hallowe’en party this weekend with all kinds of delicious goodies, and we’d like to make some “special treats” for our guests. Help us come up with something a little more inventive than brownies. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 8 comments

I do not want to be neutered, why is gmail inviting me to a neutering?
Why is gmail sending me calendar invites to strangers' pet grooming appointments? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 1:16 PM PST - 23 comments

Help a visual artist improve her mailing list
I'm looking for recommendations on email marketing software. I'm a visual artist sending out periodic e-newsletters. I know about Constant Contact but am wondering what else is out there. [more inside]
posted by leslies at 1:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Mein ist der Rache
German Literature: Help me identify a story I remember from my high school German class. It was set in post-WWII Italy, and I think it included an Italian woman and a German soldier/officer/Nazi. She administers poison to him in such a way that there’s a 50% chance of either him or her getting the poison. [more inside]
posted by endless_forms at 1:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me remember...german publisher for language grammars?
Is anyone familiar with a German publisher of high-quality, thorough, foreign language grammars? I recall seeing a pretty comprehensive series for South Asian languages....but never made a note of the publisher.
posted by anelsewhere at 1:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Don't have a row, Excel!
The short of it: avoid duplicates, show multiple sales in one row. I am trying to aggregate sales data on an Excel workbook, and it really isn't as complicated as I'm making it out to be. Maybe MeFites have ideas? [more inside]
posted by simulacra at 12:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Is it kosher to work for two companies at once?
I have a friend who is working full-time for company A. She has accepted a job offer for a full-time position from company B. She gave notice to company A, planning to quit tomorrow (Friday), and start at company B on Monday. However, she is owed some commissions and bonuses by company A, and her management at company A has convinced her to remain in employment with company A until her commission situation is squared away and she has been paid out. She still plans to begin employment with company B on Monday but not to tell company B about her (temporary) continuing employment with company A. For reasons I am having trouble articulating, I think she may be setting herself up for a world of hurt if company B finds out what she's doing. Is my concern ill-placed? This is all taking place in the US, btw.
posted by kcds at 12:28 PM PST - 14 comments

SIM card for iPhone in E. Europe?
Questions about a prepaid SIM for iPhone in Czech Republic, Turkey, Slovakia, and Hungary. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 12:13 PM PST - 1 comments

Help me prepare for my programming interview!
I'm a computer programmer, and have an exciting job interview lined up. Yaaay! Help me prepare by suggesting some difficult (but reasonable) programming interview questions to practice on. Also, I would appreciate any general advice you have for succeeding at programming interviews. [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! at 12:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Help us find an awesome place to stay in Eastern PA!
15 friends and I are planning a reunion for April 14-17th of next year. We'd like to stay somewhere in Eastern Pennsylvania. [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric at 12:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I clean up this Halloween just for dressing up?
I like to dress up for Halloween and have no earthly reason other than I'm childish enough to enjoy it--no costume party to go to this year. Sad face. So...Help me pick up all the loot we can on Halloween! [more inside]
posted by misha at 12:00 PM PST - 5 comments

images.zip
Help me find a collection of Something Awful images in a zip file. [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 11:45 AM PST - 0 comments

Gimme my Hulu!
Hulu question: 9 times out of 10, when I'm watching a show, Hulu cuts out to its final/show over screen about 2 minutes before the show actually finishes. Help me fix it? I like cliff hangers! [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 11:19 AM PST - 12 comments

A shaking soft soundless toy for a very funny boy?
A few years ago I bought a vinyl soft-filled cable car toy for my nephew. All it had was a pull-cord on the side that when pulled would make the toy gently shake or rattle until the pull-cord ring was back at the side of the toy. It was great! It made zero noise! It's been discontinued! Help me find something like it that I can order over the internet for a very nice three-year-old's Christmas present. It need not be a cable car but trains or other mechanicos would be awesome! Thank you so much in advance.
posted by parmanparman at 11:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Having my cake and eating it too?
Being offered a promotion at work (yay!) but was planning on asking my boss for a letter of rec to go back to school... and also to telework from home until school starts. How to gracefully and deftly handle this situation and get everything that I want? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Why do certain foods make me pee so much more?
After I eat certain foods, I have to pee a lot more often than usual. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Sensible to tutor kids in your home?
Is it sensible to tutor adolescents of ages 14-18 in your home without other adults present? Plus extra CRB/ISA stuff specific to the UK. [more inside]
posted by Marlinspike at 10:45 AM PST - 14 comments

I have nowhere to sit.
Looking for an upholstered armchair/slipper chair type chair that I can order online that will work as a desk chair. Must be under $300. [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 10:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Is this a discriminatory work practice?
I work in manufacturing delivering parts: Also some heavy lifting...I get paid the same as my-day time counterpart (I work swings) I'm 52 he is 24. I have to relieve people for breaks, he does not, he leaves stuff to be taken care of every day which I have to complete: and this goes on everyday like in groundhog day. I have made verbal complaints to my boss but it's supposedly going to be taken care of. This was early in the summer. It was taken care of once after I complained. What should I do,I am keeping a log when things aren't done... by the way we have no union just union busting philosophy meetings every quarter. Should I get a lawyer and complain or what. There are no other jobs around and the pay actually is good and makes ends meet.
posted by Upon Further Review at 10:19 AM PST - 20 comments

toy baby for my real baby
Where can I get a high quality, anatomically correct boy baby doll for my 5 y.o. son? He really wants one and it's a great relief from the usual requests for guns and Star Wars figures. He'd like something that he can feed, change, dress, etc.. I'd like something that isn't made of toxic vinyl and that won't fall apart. I'd be interested to know recommended brands I can get online and stores in the NYC area that might have good offerings. Thanks.
posted by aimeedee at 10:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me identify this website
I'm trying to remember the name/address of a funny website I used to visit perhaps 8-10 years ago or so. It was a humor site from out of England I think, presented in kind of a newspaper 'broadsheet' format, and had a distinctly anachronistic writing style, which I remembering being kind of Edwardian/P.G. Wodehouse-ish. [more inside]
posted by pziemba at 9:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Mystery Chair
Can you identify this chair? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Help get me out of corporate software development, and into Making A Difference!
I'm a mid-career software professional (architect level, 10 years experience), US citizen, and contemplating a change. I would like to know the feasibility of working for an NGO, doing technological infrastructure in the third-world. [more inside]
posted by jivadravya at 9:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I jointly sign a lease with strangers?
DC-Lease-Filter: Should I jointly sign a lease with 2 roommates I just met, wherein each roommate is "jointly and severally responsible for each and every provision in the lease" - including the total rent for the house? [more inside]
posted by catquas at 9:26 AM PST - 14 comments

I need a good English Hanukkah song for a school concert
As my school's lone Jewish teacher, the task of choosing a Hanukkah song for the holiday concert has fallen to me. Help me choose an awesome song for my lovely but very non-Jewish students. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 9:20 AM PST - 22 comments

What to feed our cats?
What the heck do I feed my cats to keep them from getting sick? Their tummies are obviously not happy with the new food. Should I switch back to the old unsatisfactory food, or try to find another new food? [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars at 9:13 AM PST - 31 comments

Non-VA shooting locations for The New World movie?
In the 2005 film The New World, by Terence Malick, there are a few scenes featuring John Smith, post-Jamestown, hanging out with Inuits on a gray rocky shoreline. Any idea where they shot that?
posted by schampeo at 8:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Back pain when walking?
After a near lifetime of depression I am finally coming out the other side of it, albeit tentatively. I feel energized enough to start exercising daily as my doctor has advised. Sounds great, eh? The problem? I'm 100lbs overweight and my body is screaming no at me. Help me figure out how to overcome the aches to keep going. [more inside]
posted by kanata at 8:26 AM PST - 62 comments

Windows 7 corruption issues.
Two possibly related Windows 7 issues occuring simultaneously: corrupted /AppData/LocalLow/Microsoft/ folder and random chimes. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:23 AM PST - 2 comments

I want pasta, dammit. Lots and lots of pasta.
How can I have a good relationship with food again? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 8:23 AM PST - 30 comments

Atlanta adult ADHD doc?
Can anyone recommend a doctor in Atlanta specializing in adult ADHD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 AM PST - 1 comments

How About You Be My New Dating.... Friend?
How to become friends (not a romantic interest) with someone you just went on a date with through OkCupid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 AM PST - 30 comments

Looking for Platforms/Positions, Campaign Summaries, Judicial Ratings & Tiny-Position Info to Help Me Cast my Cook County Ballot
I’m a resident of Chicago (Cook County, Illinois). I’m very much not a fan of politics, but that lack of enthusiasm doesn’t extend to not voting – I’d still like to make an educated choice when casting my ballot, but without re-engaging in the political blogosphere, etc.. So, could you help me do my due diligence by helping me find websites that would contain the three particular kinds of information you'll see me describe inside/after the break? [more inside]
posted by Fizzgig at 8:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Why can't I find a dress?
My boyfriend and I are getting a civil union (yay!). I need a dress (ugh). This should be easy; I live in Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:07 AM PST - 19 comments

Bizarre self-inflicted WINE/X11 problem on Mac OS 10.5.
Bizarre self-inflicted WINE/X11 problem on Mac OS 10.5. Help me troubleshoot intelligently, or tell me how to nuke it from orbit and reinstall. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:54 AM PST - 7 comments

That's not a knife. This is a knife!
Subaru Outback: New or used? [more inside]
posted by mkb at 7:43 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me turn indistinct desires and ideas into a concrete plan of action.
What kind of art/creative director should I be, and how can I get there? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 7:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Halloween Birthday, NYC Edition
How to entertain my implacable partner in NYC on his birthday... which is on Halloween. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 7:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Two orientations on one page in Word 2007
Word 2007 filter: can I keep my headers/footers in one orientation and the body text in another? [more inside]
posted by penguinliz at 7:10 AM PST - 2 comments

snl skit - turn head and cough
Does anyone remember the SNL skit that had a doctor asking a patient to turn their head and cough, then he had the nurse come in and check, then another doctor...etc... i think Jimmy Fallon was in it... I've been trying to find a video of this... any clues?
posted by fozzie33 at 6:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Where do I find a dance Coreographer in London?
How can I find a dance choreographer in London? [more inside]
posted by King_Wang at 6:52 AM PST - 5 comments

LG LCD Television Display Issue
I own a basic 42 inch LG LCD TV-- I believe 1080p and 60hz. The television is about two and half years old. Recently two vertical lines have appeared that run roughly in line with where the standard definition display would end on the left and right edges. It seems as if these lines are "burnt in" to the display. The lines are extremely visible under light to medium tones and are about 1 inch thick at their widest. Is the TV spent? Obviously no warranty is in effect at this point. Anyone have any solutions or recommendations?
posted by tdalton at 6:52 AM PST - 5 comments

No time to dust...
We're giving up our studio apartment and moving on... but are too lazy (well, short on time really) to do that final, end of lease clean. What house cleaning companies in Berkeley and the East Bay are awesome (i.e. efficient and thorough)? Bonus points for companies that do carpet cleaning!
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 6:47 AM PST - 1 comments

how to make 2 scans into one file
Is there an easy way to make 2 scans into one file? Without photoshop? Need to upload some pages but it must be as one file. Don't have photoshop. Wondering if there's any simple way to do this. Thanks if you can help!
posted by beccyjoe at 6:45 AM PST - 14 comments

What gifts will help friends moving to Portland, OR?
Some friends are moving to Portland, Oregon. What gifts are a good idea? I'd rather give experiences than guidebooks (less stuff to move) - gift certificates for the best spa in Portland, a 'friends' membership to the quirky movie theater they'll want to be regulars at, etc. If you've lived in Portland for a while, what's the place you've always wanted to treat yourself to membership of? What's great in Portland that I can give them?
posted by acalthla at 6:10 AM PST - 17 comments

The (Leather Steering) Wheel that Grips
What would remedy a leather-covered steering wheel that's worn in spots? Depending on the weather, it gets gummy-feeling and gross.
posted by SillyShepherd at 6:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Pierogi and custard?
I am toying with starting Polish/English conversation group in London and I want it to be a success. What can I do to make it work? [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo at 6:03 AM PST - 3 comments

How to be a great course marshall?
How can I make being a course marshall for a 5K run fun, entertaining and/or motivating? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 at 5:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Maintaining encrypted network backup on Win 7
Have 2 Windows 7 Pro computers. PC1 is my primary workstation, and PC2 I've been using with the TV for WMC/Hulu. I wanted to start using PC2 to backup the data on PC1, but PC2 is always logged in to record tv or play recordings. How do I ensure that data that I backup to PC2 is only visible/modifiable to PC1? [more inside]
posted by palionex at 5:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Escape to which mountain?
Weekend getaway suggestions - outside of nyc, dog friendly, not breaking the bank. [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus at 5:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Stan's Dad's Shirt
Where can I find a shirt as close as possible to the shirt that Randy Marsh wears? [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards at 4:56 AM PST - 11 comments

How does StumbleUpon make money?
How does StumbleUpon really work (as a business and as web service)? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 3:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Dealing with suicide
My sister is teaching in Thailand and a colleague has just committed suicide. What, if anything, can I say or do to help? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower at 3:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Brazilian state budget blowout?
I was reading an article about fiscal responsibility legislation and the author referred to passing to (what I infer) was a spectacular budget blowout or deficit condition in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. The article was dated 1996 so whatever it was, it would have been before that. Googling turns up nothing useful. Does anyone know anything about this, or have any pointers to any further resources (in English please)? Thanks in advance.
posted by Logophiliac at 12:04 AM PST - 4 comments

October 27
What are some good multiplayer games for Android?
My girlfriend and I both have an Android phone each. Please recommend some good Android games which allow us to play against each other head-to-head. Puzzle games probably preferred. Thanks!
posted by chorltonmeateater at 11:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Affordable Art in Sydney?
[SydneysiderFilter] Where can one buy affordable art for home decoration in Sydney? [more inside]
posted by vidur at 11:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Sell me on your favorite Captain!
I'm gonna be a captain for Halloween, and I haven't decided which one yet. Convince me. [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman at 11:07 PM PST - 32 comments

How do I power a 5mW laser?
I have a 5mW laser module. What do I need to attach it to to power it? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 10:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Ticket stub stained my shirt!
I left half of a ticket stub, much like this one, in the shirt pocket of my seersucker button up and put it in the wash, then dried it without noticing. It left an orange stain about the size of a half dollar coin, what can I do to try and make sure it will come out next time I wash it?
posted by hempgranola at 10:30 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this mystery fabric?
What type of fabric is this shirt made from? Nobody at the fabric stores can give me an answer. [more inside]
posted by scrowdid at 8:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Mom being sued, should she lawyer up? Car accident...
Does mom need to get a lawyer? Car accident stuff inside... [more inside]
posted by Marky at 8:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Is losing my COBRA subsidy a "qualify event" to join another insurance plan?
Is the impending expiration of my COBRA federal subsidy a "qualifying event" that will allow me to join my husband's insurance outside of open enrollment? (even though I'll still be eligible for unsubsidized COBRA) [more inside]
posted by lilgoyl at 7:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Solar charger for iPad/iPhone
iPhone/iPad Solar charger to use whilst hiking? [more inside]
posted by Eapoe at 7:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I buy posters of the big movie studio logos?
Where you can buy big posters of movie studio logos, like the Columbia torch lady, or the MGM lion? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 7:29 PM PST - 1 comments

California gubernatorial race poll numbers
Was there a single event that happened on or shortly before September 7th, 2010, that caused Brown's poll numbers to start to rise and Whitman's numbers correspondingly fall in the current gubernatorial race for US state of California? [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 7:29 PM PST - 14 comments

What is this song???
Song stuck in my head. But I can't figure what it is! Please read what little I remember and try to help! [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 7:28 PM PST - 9 comments

healthy relationship unsupportive parents
I still want my parents' approval and support, but that's just not going to happen. How do you maintain your relationship with your unsupportive parents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 PM PST - 32 comments

Plant Bio Question
Hi all, Just a quick one from the annals of Plant Bio: Strawberry is an octoploid right? So what is the gametic chromosome number of a single nucleus of a pollen grain produced by the plant under normal conditions?
posted by Benzle at 7:11 PM PST - 3 comments

What Computer language should I master to reach a 60-80k salary?
Most profitable computer language to learn in 2010/11? [more inside]
posted by wildrain2008 at 6:56 PM PST - 25 comments

Do we REALLY need a $325 remote control?
My parents want to mount a flat TV on a wall and store the components in a closet. What do they need to know/buy/do? [more inside]
posted by nkknkk at 6:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Finding obscure DVDs
About 15 years ago, a good friend gave me a great 3 panel poster for a film."Love Slaves of the Amazons" was made in 1957. I have never been able to find it on DVD. I have googled it, searched many sights (including eBay) but have yet to find it anywhere. My search has lasted for 3 years. Any tips on where to find obscure DVDs? or even a real film. Cost is irrelevant.
posted by flyfsh_peter at 6:36 PM PST - 5 comments

When will I be able to play around on a holodeck or go into the Matrix?
How is virtual reality technology coming along? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen at 6:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Thinking of a tail in a cast makes me giggle.
Is there a veterinarian on the house? Bella, seen here, stuck her tail out a car door as it was closing. Big yelp, no blood, I can feel a lump about halfway down. She's also carrying it straight down which is not normal. [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane at 6:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Is it liver failure, or is it a pulled muscle?
I'm trying to figure out whether there's any possibility the pain in my right side is something dangerous, or whether it's likely a pulled muscle in my rib cage. [more inside]
posted by faustessa at 6:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Teenager Needs Gift That Isn't Boring
I'm looking for cool gift ideas for a teenage boy. What can I get him that isn't lame? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey at 6:15 PM PST - 33 comments

My head is being a jerk
The left side of my head hurts. It feels like a headache when I nod my head or have jerky vertical movements. It's been feeling like this for a few months. I'm not sure what's going on. I'm a singer, so I sing with my whole body which includes my head. So, is there a doctor in the house?
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 5:20 PM PST - 11 comments

I want a free-ish iPad!
I know a lot, if not most, of the Free iPad when-you-complete-a-bunch-of-offers deals are fake. But I do want to roll the dice and try one - does anyone know of any programs that will actually hold up their end of the bargain? [more inside]
posted by 5ean at 5:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Faster, lattiboy! Kill! Kill!
I want to go fast in Seattle! [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 4:41 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I record a 3-way long-distance podcast... with two hosts?
I'm working on a new podcast with a co-host who's 3000 miles away. The podcast requires us to take telephone (or Skype) calls. What hardware & software setup will allow us to record mic-quality audio of my co-host and myself, along with telephone/Skype-quality audio of our guests? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 3:36 PM PST - 14 comments

My IMAP e-mail account just got completely wiped by forces unknown. What could have caused this?
My IMAP e-mail account just got completely wiped by forces unknown. What could have caused this? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse at 3:35 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get a pompomtom(1)?
Second people on xbox live (Halo Reach, specifically). How does that work? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 3:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Last Birthday Present
What to give someone for their last birthday? [more inside]
posted by sav at 2:35 PM PST - 39 comments

Horrible skin requires saving!
Wtf, skin! Blackheads AND dry skin? Fix me please! [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 2:20 PM PST - 19 comments

NYC Lawyer for a commercial lease?
Suggestions for a lawyer in New York City to look over a commercial lease? [more inside]
posted by jenmess at 2:19 PM PST - 3 comments

DC temporary housing
DC temporary housing help needed [more inside]
posted by onepot at 2:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Desktop virtualization software
I have a computer (Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit, 6GB RAM, i5-760 processor) on which I want to run various virtual machines. Help me decide what software to choose. [more inside]
posted by expialidocious at 2:01 PM PST - 15 comments

How to make my salary history look good?
I'm applying for a job posting in which salary history is a requirement for being considered for the job. When writing up my salary history, I started to worry about the fact that most of my former employers are unreachable due to management turnover, business closings, short-term contract work, and the like. Is this is problem and what should I do if it is? [more inside]
posted by xenophile at 1:58 PM PST - 9 comments

As a writer, what does it mean to be "on word count?"
As a writer, what does it mean to be "on word count?" [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 1:45 PM PST - 20 comments

I hate the type of work I'm best at. What to do?
I hate the type of work I'm best at, and have for as long as I've been doing it. I don't know what else I'm good at or would like. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 PM PST - 26 comments

Negotiation-filter.
I need help with my first 'real' wage negotiation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Need a quick way to wow with food!
Quick! I'm cooking for five women tonight. My oven is broke... [more inside]
posted by ieatwords at 1:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Help fix my Airport Extreme Base station stubbornness
Magical Airport Extreme Base Station IP problem [more inside]
posted by sdis at 1:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me publish my book online
How do I get started as an information product publisher, when I am not writing one of those rah-rah-make-millions-on-the-internet type books? [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse at 1:02 PM PST - 3 comments

How do you travel?
If you've eschewed the museum-church-ruins guidebook dance when you travel, what do you do instead? How do you get a feel on the place you're visiting in a short time and figure out what you want to see and who you want to meet? [more inside]
posted by pollex at 12:50 PM PST - 26 comments

Confusopoly on a kaiser bun.
Should I switch to a HMO? My company offers Kaiser Permanente's HMO, and it's a good bit cheaper than my current plan. People tell me that HMOs are evil, but the plan looks pretty good on paper. I'm in Washington, DC. [more inside]
posted by schmod at 12:44 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I deal with FAFSA when I've been paid under the table for years?
I'm applying to grad school. How do I deal with FAFSA when I've been paid under the table for years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 PM PST - 9 comments

severe new relationship anxiety & impotence (maybe NSFW)
New relationship filter. (mid-30s male here) My first actual foray into online dating seems to be doomed to failure. I'm always awkward at this sort of thing, but this seems to be a new level for me. Basically, I just can't seem to relax around the new woman, and this means that I'm unable to get an erection. She's mostly been accepting of this (and there's plenty of other sorts of funtimes to be had in the bedroom). However, it seems clear to me that she really wants to have sex soonish, and this seems like the worst possible time to deal with issues from past relationships and the fallout thereof. Does this seem like it can be worked through in a timely fashion, or should I just cut things off early and deal with things on my own? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 PM PST - 27 comments

Eating disorder specialists in Savannah, GA?
Can anyone recommend a therapist specializing in eating disorders in the Savannah, GA area? [more inside]
posted by snorkels at 12:32 PM PST - 1 comments

I can propose my own maternity leave plan, now what?
I work on salary for a tiny company in CA. I am pregnant. No one has ever been pregnant at my company, so I can propose a Maternity Leave plan that works for me and works for them. It's a very humane company, so I'm not concerned about the lack of legal protection. But what should I propose? What is "normal"? How much time off do people who love their jobs usually want? [more inside]
posted by Mozzie at 12:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Please vet a vet for my cat.
It's getting to be time I took my cat Trilby to the veterinarian for his first annual check up since I adopted him last October 30th. But first I have to find a vet. Can anyone recommend a good vet in central or west end Toronto?
posted by orange swan at 12:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me prepare for a month backpacking in Europe
Please help me plan a month long backpacking trip through Europe. I've never done this sort of this before for this long and I need even the most basic tips as regards travel of this nature. [more inside]
posted by deafmute at 12:26 PM PST - 21 comments

How to add blogging functionality to a static website
What is the easiest way to add blogging capability to a static website? [more inside]
posted by devilshgrin at 11:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Using VMware to put 20 users on a Windows home server instead of the normal <10 limit
Is there any problem with using VMware to run a 2nd copy of windows home server on a WHS with 2 separate licenses for 20 users? [more inside]
posted by cheesyburgercheese at 11:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Short Film about a Foley Artist
I'm trying to find the name of an old short film (circa 70's-90's) about a Foley artist / showman performing Foley sound effects live to a film that is being projected in an ornate theater, with a number of props laid out in front of him. [more inside]
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 11:37 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I convince a toddler to wear a hat this Halloween?
How do I convince a toddler to wear a hat this Halloween? [more inside]
posted by christopherious at 11:34 AM PST - 22 comments

Keep the ovaries: yes or no?
You have had an endometrial ablation, or hysterectomy without oopherectomy. Did it help your non-bleeding symptoms? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 11:34 AM PST - 3 comments

how did this thing know how to fail post-warranty?
Should I pay out the nose to have my Mitsubishi HD projector fixed by these bastards, or suck it up and buy a new one? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 11:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Run PHP script automatically without user input at certain conditions?
How do I make a PHP script run only once if certain conditions are met, without involving the users? [more inside]
posted by Electrius at 11:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Th age of ebay innocence & The House of Mirth
We’ve just found a moderately rare book on ebay which might make a perfect 50th birthday present for an old friend of my husband’s – but we wonder if we’re ignorantly overlooking something obvious about the item, because of the low starting price? [more inside]
posted by Jody Tresidder at 11:11 AM PST - 25 comments

Making the wifi-->landline connection
I often work during the day in libraries or coffee shops with wifi but I'm too cheap to buy a cell phone. I have a laptop and a recent ipod touch. What are some clever ways I can contact my wife at home when I have something time-sensitive I need to share? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 11:00 AM PST - 19 comments

How to fix someone else's idiocy online.
How do I (openly or covertly) rectify a problem with people responding to all on a email listserv that I'm a member of? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 10:48 AM PST - 12 comments

She's a BOXER: I should have named her Cassius Clay.
Please recommend a kennel in the south-suburbs of Chicago for my Boxer/Staffordshire mix (yes, that's a euphemism for pitbull) [more inside]
posted by ChefJoAnna at 10:46 AM PST - 8 comments

SQL / Reporting Help Please
I'm looking for help with either SQL or with MS Reporting Services; not sure which, to be honest. I have a table of people (userID, username), a table of vegetable(s) each person bought (userID, vegatableID), and a table of fruit(s) each person bought (userID, fruitID). I'm trying to develop a report that has column A = name, column B = vegetables bought, and column C = fruits bought; I'm running into problems. [more inside]
posted by inigo2 at 10:29 AM PST - 14 comments

Location-aware photos = virtual reality on an ipad?
Is there software that lets me move around an ipad/iphone/android in 3D space and see the world through a huge collection of old photo? Think Microsoft Photosynth displayed on an ipad with accelerometer data to change the picture. (I've got the photo collection; I just need to find a program/device that will let me display it.) [more inside]
posted by cmchap at 10:28 AM PST - 1 comments

Morning Medicine?
A drink a day is not bad for you and depending on what you read may be beneficial to your health. Is there anything detrimental to having this drink in the morning? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 10:28 AM PST - 46 comments

Finding patterns using raw computational power
Looking for examples where large amounts of data + large amount of computer processing power = discovering unexpected patterns. [more inside]
posted by flashboy at 10:14 AM PST - 9 comments

How big is your IT Resume?
[IT JobFilter] I'm hearing conflicting stories on resumes these days; purportedly, the old myth of "one page resume" is dead and recruiters want to see your entire project history even if that's four to five pages. Looking for experiences or suggestions related to software development resumes. [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 10:08 AM PST - 19 comments

Hey! That's My Creative Title!
Internet-etiquette-filter: So I have an anonymous blog that has been around for 3 years now with a very distinctive name. I just got a Google alert on the name that someone has started a new blog on Blogger (where I have the name already since I used to host with Blogger) with the exact name of my blog. Do I be a bitch about this and tell her to find a new name or do I just chill and let us peacefully coexist? [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 10:03 AM PST - 14 comments

He will wake up, right?
My 11 month old son is getting tubes put in his ears tomorrow morning. I'm not concerned about the procedure itself so much as I am about the general anesthesia. He will only be out for about 15 minutes, but I want to know how dangerous this really is. [more inside]
posted by LizardOfDoom at 9:59 AM PST - 28 comments

What would you/do you track in a daily record?
Jumping on the Self-Tracking/Quantified Self bandwagon and looking for suggestions for variables apart from the usual kind (diet, exercise, sleep, time spent online etc.) to track on a daily basis. If you do this, could you share the parameters you like to monitor and record? (Or better yet, share a template for your spreadsheet?!) All suggestions, no matter however subjective, quirky or esoteric are welcome. I will be using the spreadsheet tool in Google Docs. Thanks!
posted by sk381 at 9:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Linux or Windows 7 for scientific computing?
Linux or Windows 7 for scientific computing? [more inside]
posted by tabulem at 9:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Android phone information
Where can I read about Android phones? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 9:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Resentment in the workplace
Please help me curb the growing resentment I have towards my workplace. (very long!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Is it a crush or just being nice?
I think a friend of mine may have feelings for me, but I'm not sure how all that works nor what to do about it. Can you help a romantically clueless girl in the right direction? Details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:46 AM PST - 19 comments

Lyrics of Gesualdo's "Tenebrae"?
I have been enjoying Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsoria a great deal. I'd like to know what texts or lyrics are being sung, and my Google skills are letting me down. [more inside]
posted by everichon at 9:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Zeroing in WordPress themes
Is there an easier way to zero on on a great Wordpress theme? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic at 9:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find an iPhone or book holder to read in bed
My wife and I love to read books in bed, just before going to sleep. I usually use my iPhone 4 Kindle app. Lately, however, the biomechanics of semi sitting up in bed have been taking there toll on my already somewhat debilitated spine (mild degeneration). I would like to be able to lie flat and read by staring straight up (or at least give this a try). Unless you've tried it, you may not know that simply holding the device or book overhead with your arms simply doesn't work. Some kind of holder is needed. I am looking for anyone's suggestions on what might work, perhaps those who are, or know someone who is, quadriplegic, or otherwise disabled might have some good ideas.I'm not so much looking for something I could kludge together, but more interested in something that is already available; I'm not firm on this, however. All suggestions are welcome, though!
posted by Rad_Boy at 9:27 AM PST - 13 comments

What kind of hardware do I need?
What kind of PC should *I* get? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 9:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Which animal is considered the least intelligent of all the animals?
Turkeys drowning by looking up is a myth; so which animal IS the dumbest? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 9:25 AM PST - 30 comments

How can I access "pro guitar" mode in Rock Band 3 without an official "pro guitar"?
How can I access "pro guitar" mode in Rock Band 3 without an official "pro guitar"? [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 9:17 AM PST - 4 comments

When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now....
How can I get a handle on saving for retirement? Where do I even start? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 9:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Overthinking a plate of lentils...
Is there another name for a dish of lentils and sausages...? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 9:13 AM PST - 8 comments

help sort to the different options in hair brushes
Does hair brush size, shape, or material make a difference in how your hair looks? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 8:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Careers that require a two-year degree?
Mid-career job switcher. Unhappy with my current job and looking to make a switch into something more stable - probably in the medical field. Ideally, I'd like a job that requires an Associates Degree (two year program) rather than a Bachelor's Degree (four year program). A one-year certificate program is even better. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Muffy at 8:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Was Amy Poehler in a Wendy's ad?
Was Amy Poehler in a Wendy's ad? [more inside]
posted by bugloaf at 8:45 AM PST - 1 comments

Looking for books about dirty cops
Looking for books about dirty cops. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 8:31 AM PST - 18 comments

dog, i am not yet the man
How can I be "The Man" for Halloween? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 8:28 AM PST - 25 comments

Divorce, anxiety, healthcare costs = sad, panicky panda.
Help me get health insurance at reasonable rates. Special snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 AM PST - 4 comments

What to expect for pre-trial conference for credit card debt?
Pre-trial conference for a credit card debt under 5k? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking to tune-up the old marriage jalopy
Looking for a good marriage/couples therpaist in the Toronto area. This a more of a "tune-up" situation, not a "save my marriage!" situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 AM PST - 1 comments

I'm a rockling.
Help me figure out this Beatles reference from my son's favorite kid's show [more inside]
posted by ChrisLSU at 8:12 AM PST - 7 comments

The High Cost of Living
A question about an inexplicably inaccurate website. Luanda, Angola: world's most expensive city!? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 8:09 AM PST - 11 comments

How could I find this old pattern?
Is there any chance of finding this old wallpaper? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

I need diaper-changing tips and tricks
I need diaper-changing tips and tricks [more inside]
posted by pracowity at 7:58 AM PST - 25 comments

My Own Private YouTube
My Own Private YouTube: I'm looking for a host service that will allow me to post flash (flv) videos, which would then play in a browser window. But, I also want to be able to limit access to a private group -- say, only to folks I share the video URL with. Does something like this exist? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:44 AM PST - 12 comments

How to set up Indesign file for importing an editable Excel spreadsheet?
Wrangling Excel data in InDesign: When first creating a multi-page pricelist (which will need to be updated regularly), importing data from a 2000-odd row speadsheet, what should I be considering? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike at 7:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Everyday patents?
What are some well-known products that have no competition because of patents? Or great features that are exclusive because of patents? (No prescription drugs, because that would be a huge list.)
posted by smackfu at 7:24 AM PST - 24 comments

Can't think of a clever title for this post.
Mac PowerBook G4 question(s) [more inside]
posted by sundrop at 7:09 AM PST - 19 comments

Hell is waking up to two traveling Australians I've never met sleeping in my living room for six days.
How can a quiet and reserved person make living with very social individuals work? What's the best way to reconcile each side's concerns about the living situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM PST - 21 comments

The house I rent is going to hell, and the landlord is M.I.A. What to do?
Landlord Fiasco Filter: landlord dug up entire yard to replace pipe, then disappeared for two months, leaving the entire yard a giant pile of dirt which has now turned to mud. And it's getting worse. He is unreachable. What to do? So much special snowflake after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 22 comments

Who do I see about my butt?
I'm pretty sure I have hemorrhoids. What kind of doctor treats those? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Vintage. Lowball. Glasses.
Where in Toronto should I look for vintage lowball glasses like these? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 6:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Observations of the mundane things in life
I'm looking for book recommendations for essays that are observations of mundane things in life. [more inside]
posted by lahersedor at 6:16 AM PST - 21 comments

I really dont want to give up on my coffee
I have a 2010 Toyota Rav4, and the cupholders in the front are almost impossible to put a cup of coffee in. For example, I went to DD this morning and I tried to put my coffee in the cupholder but was afraid to because I thought the plastic piece that darts out almost punctured the side of the cup. Anyone else have this car/problem?
posted by MDK at 5:57 AM PST - 7 comments

video chat between android and ipod touch.
video chat between android and ipod touch. [more inside]
posted by jseven at 5:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Data mining book recommendation.
Data mining book recommendation. I would like a recommendation for a single book which would give me a comprehensive guide to data mining. Ideally this book would contain plenty of examples of real world applications of data mining techniques in a variety of contexts. Bonus points if it contains exercises which I can do myself in whatever software package they recommend. There is no shortage of resources online but I would value a recommendation from someone on here. [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 5:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Gmail in Firefox
Hi, Suddenly Firefox won't let me compose mail in Gmail, all other Gmail features work. I disabled any add ons that might cause problems, didn't do any new upgrades, can compose in Chrome and IE ,thanks.
posted by jara1953 at 5:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Sweetie, Mommy's incapicitated today.
I threw out my back pretty badly. My ability to move is limited to a low shuffle. I am also home with my two year old. What can I do with him today? [more inside]
posted by zizzle at 3:50 AM PST - 28 comments

Shit Translation, French and Spanish speakers help!
Do any French or Spanish speakers have time to look at 30" of footage to tell me what this guy is saying? Shit Tony. [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE at 2:26 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I stop my cat from trying to kill me?
My cat loves to bring animals into the house. Fine, I know it's an instinct, but just today she brought in a snake that I'm pretty sure is highly poisonous. How do we stop her from doing this, or at least, protect ourselves from bad consequences? [more inside]
posted by forza at 2:00 AM PST - 19 comments

I don't have anyone to escort me from the hospital after my endoscopy. What are my options?
I don't have anyone to escort me from the hospital after my endoscopy. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 1:57 AM PST - 25 comments

It's kind of like a sore throat, but mentally.
Can my family doctor treat depression? [more inside]
posted by jnaps at 12:01 AM PST - 15 comments

October 26
Things to do in Guilin, China.
We're now on our China trip (thanks for the tips in our last question,), and are looking for specific suggestions on things to do in the Guilin area that weren't covered there. Extra points for off-the-beaten-path suggestions. We're definitely interested in beginner to intermediate hikes, bike rides, and boating. We also would love to see more rural sites, and the most spectacular scenery possible, but have been having trouble finding specific info on the area.
posted by odayoday at 11:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Phunny Phone Phrases?
I need a bunch of ways to answer my phone humorously, in the vein of "Jack's Mortuary, U Stab 'em, We Slab 'em", etc. This is in response to someone at work who has challenged me. How many can you help me with?
posted by pjern at 11:17 PM PST - 49 comments

Whatever happened to white supremacist singing duo Prussian Blue?
What happened to white supremacist singing duo Lynx and Lamb Gaede (Prussian Blue)? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl at 10:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Sick of powerpoint
Need alternative to powerpoint. One in which movies play more reliably. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults at 10:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Northern California school choices
Question re San Francisco State and Cal State East Bay. Particularly interested in feedback from current and recent students and staff. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 10:35 PM PST - 14 comments

What are some examples of biases I should look when analyzing an article for a college class?
I'm new to college and need some help with writing critiques of assigned readings. (E.g. In a history or anthro class.) One thing that keeps tripping me up is how to find authour biases. Yes, sometimes one is obvious, but sometimes I feel like I'm just not savvy enough to pick up on any. Can anyone, perhaps, provide me with a list of biases (self-made or a link to an internet page) to check for when critiquing an article? This previously asked question about criticial thinking was a little helpful, but i'm looking for more advice very specific to this kind of assignment. Ideally, I'd like to have a list of authour biases that i can cross-check the article with. Note that I'm not looking for a list of every cognitive bias known to man such as in this wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases Also, I realize I can talk to my prof and go to the writing lab, but just wanted to see what you guys would advise. Thanks!!
posted by oceanview at 10:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Am I a danger to pregnant women and babies?!
Do I need yet another Rubella (German Measles) vaccination? Despite having all the childhood shots I needed and one after my first pregnancy, I was told that I still don't have the antibodies to be immune to German Measles during my 3rd pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by artychoke at 9:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me learn what is underneath Manhattan!
I would like to find either a book / documentary / article or even a poster that shows a cross section of Manhattan and all the various layers of 'stuff' that most New Yorkers never think about, let alone see. [more inside]
posted by darkgroove at 8:50 PM PST - 12 comments

8-Ball Costume
Help me brainstorm some funny Magic 8-Ball responses. [more inside]
posted by TheRoach at 8:41 PM PST - 26 comments

Mac-bootable XP flash drive?
Leaving Friday for a monthlong stint out of town; how to maintain access to essential software on a different computer running a different OS? [more inside]
posted by alexandermatheson at 8:38 PM PST - 7 comments

This music sounds like what other music?
What is the music in this flash game reminding me of? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 8:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Fire lane markings backwards, or do I have the world's most innocuous case of dyslexia?
In NYC (and possibly other places), why are the words "Fire Lane" painted "backwards" on the street? [more inside]
posted by dixiecupdrinking at 8:11 PM PST - 27 comments

What's the difference?
NSFW - Adult Industry Related - How do I point out to my customers/potential customers a big difference between me and almost other female in my field, without coming off as bitchy or snobby? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Mysterious Skin....rash
YANAD, but, can you help me identify this rash? Is it an allergic reaction, bed bugs, or something else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Humans name things. Surely this is called something other than The Vroom Noise.
What do you call the noise from 1:03 to 1:04 of this song? And where can I hear more? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper at 7:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me navigate choosing a business concentration?
I'm in business school and as I progress, my ideas of what I wanted to do have changed. Accounting/Finance now sound kind of interesting. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by kpht at 7:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Mortgage Rates?
Mortgage Rate Question....What is the outlook for mortgage rates? Is there a reliable source for predecting where they will go? [more inside]
posted by mikedelic at 7:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Questions for prospective flatmates
What do I need to ask to decide if I want to live with you? (And you with me?) [more inside]
posted by liss at 6:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Stopping IE8 from providing commands in the history list
Internet Explorer 8. It's got the ability to delete individual items in address bar history by clicking little icons in the history list. I want it to stop. [more inside]
posted by disclaimer at 6:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Where should we stay in Bermuda?
My mom and I are planning a long weekend in Bermuda. We'd like to stay at a place with a kitchen so that we can do some cooking ourselves; my mom would prefer to be right on a (nice-for-walking) beach, if that's possible. Our budget is flexible, but we were thinking up to $200 a night. Can anyone recommend a cottage rental or something along those lines? [more inside]
posted by cider at 6:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Vegan doc on Aetna in Philly/Fishtown
My girlfriend is looking for a vegan-friendly doctor on Aetna health insurance in Philadelphia. She lives in Fishtown. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 6:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Am I liable for these vet bills?
Am I legally liable for veterinarian bills for my roommate's dog if the dog was injured while under my care? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 6:21 PM PST - 18 comments

"Art"
What art do people cite to make fun of art? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 6:15 PM PST - 50 comments

Check please?
I went out with a girl twice and she just sent me a Facebook message telling me that she's seeing someone else now and that she wants to take me out to dinner to pay me back for the previous dates. [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes at 6:10 PM PST - 51 comments

Experiences at women's colleges?
What was your experience at a women's college? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 5:34 PM PST - 32 comments

Where could 1,100 iTunes have gone off to?
1,100 songs suddenly disappeared from iTunes! Any ideas why or, better yet, where they might be hiding on my computer? thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl at 5:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Adjusting romantic expectations?
I'm rarely interested in the people who show romantic interest in me, and the people who I'm interested never return the sentiment. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:51 PM PST - 15 comments

I don't want to be a complainer
I am getting really frustrated with my flaky chemistry professor. I don't want to complain about her mistakes to the Dean because I think she's a nice person and has some life circumstances I wouldn't wish on anyone (illness of her own and single caregiver for extremely ill and challenged child). How do I get over my frustration with her, stop resenting her, and also stop feeling upset and anxious when I study? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:51 PM PST - 16 comments

yet another gay marriage question
A friend of mine is here on a student visa. He's got a domestic partnership in NYC with his male domestic partner, whom he's been with for about five years. Can he get married to his domestic partner somehow? In some other state? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:49 PM PST - 12 comments

We're doin' it live
On WordPress, how best to live-blog? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 4:35 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to go back to school. Help me find grants and scholarships.
I want to go back to school. Understatement: I'm a non-traditional student. I've been living below poverty levels for most of my life. I need funding - loans, grants, scholarships. How? [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 4:24 PM PST - 57 comments

"What's up with Dreamhost?" and some other (international) hosting questions.
"What's up with Dreamhost?" and some other (international) hosting questions. [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 4:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I lock my bicycle near A. T. & T. Park on World Series Days?
Where can I lock my bicycle near A. T. and T. Park on World Series Days?
posted by doncoyote at 4:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Gotta catch 'em all.
How many separate library systems are there in the greater Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 4:04 PM PST - 10 comments

dupont thursday night!
DC Filter: Fun things to do at Dupont Circle Thursday night (Oct. 28)? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 3:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Story/Plotting Software?
Alternatives to Dramatica? [more inside]
posted by empath at 3:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Online sources for wool roving?
What are the best and cheapest sources of wool roving online? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 3:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Help Needed Pumping It Up - but only 4 oz at a time.
PortionControlFilter: Help me find a pump/dispenser/whatever-setup that can accurately dispense two fixed-portion volumes of fluid (4 oz and 2 oz) from bulk containers into small containers? Oh, did I mention I need to repeat it several hundred times with several different liquids. [more inside]
posted by webhund at 3:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Online forums fo rnew moms
Online forums for new parents [more inside]
posted by jek at 3:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Name this area of study
I'm interested in the intersection of corporations and government. I come from a legal background What area of study would you class this as, and what reading could you give me? Bonus points for UK-specific, but US and global are fine as well. [more inside]
posted by djgh at 3:08 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I deal with the noise from a nearby school?
How can I deal with the noise from a nearby school?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:05 PM PST - 21 comments

Being vaccinated for Hep B twice?
Is it possible for a Hepatitis B vaccine to be ineffective? Are there any risks to being vaccinated twice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Where do you think I would be safer?
I'm wracked with indecision... where should I park? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 2:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Avatar + LOTR + a hookah= video game?
I don't know ANYTHING about video games, but is there one where you "explore" or are otherwise in a rich "forest-type" environment -- i'm thinking it would be something a bit psychedelic or trippy, where a players aren't required to kill things, but discover/explore "LOTR/Avatar-ish" worlds, with hidden surprises perhaps....
posted by mrmarley at 2:52 PM PST - 27 comments

Should I get an insurance agent or can I get homeowners & car insurance for 2 cars & 1 teenage driver online?
I need new insurance - homeowners and car. Do I need an actual human agent or can I do it all by myself online? Bonus related question! Should I add my son to my policy or keep him on his own? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 2:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Got the wrong idea?
Remember the time Michael Scott went to New York, pointed over at Sbarro's, and said, "My favorite New York pizza joint!"... I'm looking for similar examples of "missing the point", or coming home with the wrong idea. [more inside]
posted by eleyna at 2:38 PM PST - 77 comments

The Suda called him "posessed of an evil spirit"
Please suggest classics publications that might accept an article by a non-scholar. [more inside]
posted by msalt at 2:36 PM PST - 7 comments

a business that repaints glasses frames?
what kind of business can repaint my glasses frames, or more simply strip the paint off them? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Are giraffes really real?
Greetings. One of my high school biology students made the statement today that "Giraffes aren't real, it's a government cover-up." When I asked her where on earth she got this idea she stated that "It's a long story". Anyone out there have any idea what she is talking about?
posted by gammer at 2:17 PM PST - 38 comments

Iodyin for some ink!
Looking for information on tattoo inks and iodine content. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 2:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a cheap, used computer parts store specializing in laptop parts in San Francisco
Hey folks. Long time reader, first time 'asker.' Help me find a cheap, used computer parts store in San Francisco - I'm particularly looking for Dell laptop parts. Just inherited a Dell D810 Latitude laptop - needs some love - almost free love, that's my budget... Any chance in getting a line on a used dell charger (type pa-10) or a used battery for a Latitiude d810 (type Y4367)? Anyone know of a recycle-ry that I can hit up for cheap? I've scouted ebay, put a call out on freecycle (Marin, SF), and scoured craigslist. Suggests?
posted by firestorm888 at 2:04 PM PST - 5 comments

I really don't care about Katy Perry. Really.
Alternatives to Jezebel.com? Blogs "for women" that aren't awful? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Can you live in the Bay Area without driving?
Assuming you don't drive due to poor vision (so you can't rent a Zipcar) is it feasible to live in the Bay Area and have a decent life, with the ability to get around, go to work, and socialize? With respect to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, what areas would be best, and what parts would be too inconvenient or time-consuming to get by without driving?
posted by anonymous at 1:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Music equivalent of coffee?
I'm enjoying The Social Network's "In the Hall of the Mountain King". What are other fast-paced hyperactive songs that are the audio equivalent of coffee? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 1:50 PM PST - 24 comments

What easy-to-transport dinner can I bring over to a sick couple?
What dinner can I make to bring over to a sick friend's place? Difficulty -- no spicy foods, and I must transport it via mass-transit. Oh, and I am in a foreign-to-me country. [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish at 1:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Recommend Optician in Dallas
Can someone recommend a reasonably priced optometrist/optician in the Dallas/DFW area?
posted by naveed at 1:32 PM PST - 4 comments

GTD (time management)/Business/Life Coach
I'm looking for a coach to help me with several things, but primarily to get me started with either Getting Things Done or some other time management system. I know I could do it myself, but I also know that I won't without outside help. Beyond that, if the person was also a business coach I could work with going forward, that would be great. A step further, if they're also a life coach, not required but all the better. My first choice would be someone in the NYC area who I could work with in person some of the time, but I'm also open to a phone-only situation. Thanks!
posted by The Dutchman at 1:21 PM PST - 6 comments

My girlfriend is a great cook, and all I can do is whine about it
How can I reconcile my needs/desires for independent free time when my significant other wants lots of couple time? [more inside]
posted by shornco at 12:20 PM PST - 24 comments

Suggestions for an equivalent of Google Groups?
Suggestions for an equivalent for Google Groups? [more inside]
posted by Planet F at 12:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find an awesomesauce campground in Southern California!
Looking for some suggestions for camp sites in the vicinity of Southern California for a camping trip this weekend. Amenities-wise the basics would work fine - water, a fire pit, and level ground to pitch our tent. Anything above and beyond that is icing. The campsite must allow dogs (we plan on bringing our pug, Hoggle). We really enjoy trail hiking and solitude and we most likely won't be doing any kind of water-related activities, although picturesque lakes and streams are a plus. Past places we've enjoyed camping at: -Coral Pink Sand Dunes - outside of Kanab, UT -Tanner's Flat Campground - UT -Fernwood Lodge - Big Sur, CA -Joshua Tree State Park -Malibu Creek State Park This is going to be a weekend trip so the driving distance has to be manageable. So, please, no recommendations for Redwoods National Park or Zion or something like that.
posted by AsRuinsAreToRome at 11:27 AM PST - 9 comments

House Rent Boggle
What do I need to know about signing a lease in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker at 11:22 AM PST - 15 comments

What's a reasonable company share price in this situation?
What is a good expected share price in the U.S. initial public offering of Velti? It's unclear how the value of the overseas parent company will relate to shares in the U.S. Asking for a friend with possibly an immediate opportunity to obtain some equity. [more inside]
posted by exogenous at 11:21 AM PST - 1 comments

Can haz training?
I need recommendations on reputable first-aid or CPR classes in NYC. I'm looking for something that would work well for injuries caused by power tools, blunt force trauma or anything that could happen in a carpentry shop with adults.
posted by edbles at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

I like this, but not that.
Are there any good online resources or even quizzes to help me define or at least better identify my general taste or personal style through specific categories? For everything, not just fashion. [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize at 10:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Is this College coach fee reasonable?
My sister-in-law just approached me to see if I would help pay for a "college coach" for my oldest nephew. I've helped with various things like camp, acting lessons, a computer, etc. and normally don't mind at all. However, she is telling me that this women wants $4,000! I know getting into college is way different these days, but that seems outrageous. My nephew is bright and the apple of my eye--but he's not a super-elite student. Is this the going rate for personalized help with choosing a school, essays, etc.?
posted by agatha_magatha at 10:44 AM PST - 77 comments

Cock a doodle doo
What are some good resources, preferably online, for learning about chicken behavior? [more inside]
posted by toodles at 10:43 AM PST - 4 comments

iPod as musical instrument
How do I play my iPod instruments into Garageband? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:43 AM PST - 7 comments

My friends call me Bleedin' Gums
You are not a dentist, but maybe you are real clever and know how I can get this nasty abscess-pus taste out of my mouth? [more inside]
posted by Syllables at 10:31 AM PST - 12 comments

I would like this to be my last "media center" question
Please help me pick out used parts for a pretty low expectation "media center". [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 10:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Best place to buy Nutcracker tickets?
Where is the best place to purchase tickets for the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker this year (2010)? I'd like to find some decent seats for a family of 5 without breaking the bank.
posted by GernBlandston at 10:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Want to create 3-D book image but with person in image!
Software to create 3-d book cover image that is being held by a girl? [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur at 10:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Is there a tool to help me consolidate all these image files?
MacFilter: Looking for a program or shell script that will allow me to quickly and easily scan my computer (Mac) for duplicates of images and consolidate them so that aren't redundant copies taking up space everywhere. [more inside]
posted by Bengston at 10:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Best online way to demo a print magazine
Improving how a print magazine is viewed online in PDF format/format that keeps the integrity of the print version: 1) What's your favorite PDF viewer and 2) What's this example? [more inside]
posted by sambiamb at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Pastoral drama junkie in search of the next high.
Asking about one particular Yugoslav film, and also recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 9:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Uses & expiry of duck fat?
There's been a jar of duck fat in my fridge since I last had a duck.. ooh... last December. Should I throw it away, and if not, how should I use it? [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda at 9:23 AM PST - 17 comments

Prepetually remembered motions.
Help me identify a movie or tv show based on a half-remembered scene involving a bar patron ordering whiskey and water. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 9:18 AM PST - 21 comments

Easier ways to chop chicken?
I adore chicken salad, but I hate chopping. What gadgets, appliances, or techniques can I use to streamline the process of finely cubing cooked chicken breasts? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 9:15 AM PST - 17 comments

Twitter filter: Why does Twitter widget "die"?
Dumb question here, especially coming from a web developer ... But I use a Twitter widget on occasion on the front page of the site I work on. We'll be using it again Election night from about 4pm through to the wee morning hours. The widget is the standard-variety Twitter-supplied widget (http://twitter.com/widgets). The problem is, this widget always seems to "die" at some point during its use. That is, it will display tweets just fine for an hour or two (maybe even three, if I'm lucky), then it stops displaying tweets altogether, showing just the styled box, completely devoid of tweets. Search as I have, google-fu has failed me. Can't seem to come up with an explanation that seems reasonable to my supervisors. Any ideas?
posted by jrchaplin at 9:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Internet business internet taxes international appeal
Help with website revenue taxation/company setup. International complications ? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Friendship drama - the special snowflake kind
Is this a friendship worth saving? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 8:15 AM PST - 23 comments

How do you warm up lube?
How do you get lube warm? Cold lube is incredibly un-sexy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 AM PST - 17 comments

How did they get that Steely Dan sound?
How did producer Gary Katz get those Steely Dan records to sound so much "cleaner" than the other popular music being recorded at the time?
posted by Joe Beese at 8:07 AM PST - 12 comments

She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
Please give me your best 1-2 line puns. [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 8:04 AM PST - 47 comments

Advice about a girl who recently admitted she has liked me, but also recently left an engagement
I meet girl, like her, but she is engaged. We spend time together at a party, she admits afterwards via text message that she has had feelings for me for a while. I find out her relationship is more complicated then it seems. What do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 AM PST - 41 comments

Am I really a terrible wife?
My husband is on a new psychiatric medication and he is now convinced that he was abused as a child. I am not sure... and it is tearing us apart right now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 AM PST - 27 comments

King Coal
I'm thinking of a specific costume for halloween and I would like some help with execution. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist at 7:48 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I manage a team that was manager-less?
Does MeFi have any tips or tricks to help me start managing a team that has already 'formed' without a manager? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 AM PST - 3 comments

strict or lenient teaching and testing
Is it better to be strict or lenient in a university teaching/testing situation? [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine at 7:27 AM PST - 42 comments

Teach me about StreetView and similar services.
What are the competitors to Google Street View? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 7:21 AM PST - 8 comments

I love Wayne's Coffee. It's the commute that's killing me.
I'm trying to purchase a coffee mug and/or travel mug from Sweden's Wayne's Coffee as a present, but living in Canada I'm running into some major roadblocks. Any advice on how to get one to my neck of the woods? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 6:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Steamships in the 1880s
What are some good resources for learning about oceangoing cargo steamships in the 1880s? [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker at 6:49 AM PST - 3 comments

To quote or not to quote (an email)
I'm considering writing a critical review of a popular online service - what are the ethics regarding the quoting or summarizing of email messages? [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 4:57 AM PST - 13 comments

X-Mini-level light
Is there a portable light that is as useful as the x-mini speaker? [more inside]
posted by Baldons at 4:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Care and maintenance of a Le Creuset pan?
How to properly care of a Le Creuset frying pan? [more inside]
posted by greenfelttip at 4:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me pick my patents!!
How to get info on international IP patents? (I'm a bit clueless!) [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 4:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Hard Drive to Hard Drive transfer fail: error 36?
I have two of these Seagate 1TB external hard drives. Both formatted the same way: Mac OS Extended, GUID partition table. One has 400GB stored on it. When I drag and drop from one external hard drive to the other, after a while (anywhere around 8GB and up) I get an error 36 message - says I cannot read/write file. The lady on the phone for Seagate support says it's because you can't drag and drop large amounts of data via USB: in other words, it's not the drive's fault. Really? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 3:53 AM PST - 20 comments

Ferns in the 70s for sure. Otherwise?
What kind of house plants were popular/fashionable in the past? I'm most interested in the 1950s/60s, but would like to know other decades as well. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 3:42 AM PST - 29 comments

How do I choose a research group for my PhD?
I'm a first-year Ph.D student (in chemistry), and I'm having a hard time choosing what lab I want to work in. What factors are most important to look at? [more inside]
posted by kagredon at 3:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Why won't iBooks let me give it my money?
Why isn't Dan Simmons' The Fall of Hyperion available as an ebook? [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 3:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Pro and cons of children's tonsillectomies?
Any serious opposition to tonsillectomies for children? We have two excellent doctors for and against it for our son. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah at 2:46 AM PST - 30 comments

What to give a best friend for their new business?
Mrs. Killaseal's best friend started a business less than a year ago (so far, so good). Mrs. K would like nothing more than to be able to assist best friend at the new business (food industry), but distance we live apart will not permit that, so that is out. So, we would like to give her a nice gift to congratulate her. Mrs. K wants to know, should we buy her an actual item (or items), in the 200-300 dollar range, or should we just give her a nice card with equivalent cash, since every budding entrepreneur could probably use the extra cash to help out with the new business? Mrs. K worries that although they are best friends, cash might still be tacky. [more inside]
posted by KillaSeal at 1:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Corporo-cracy? No...
Is there a "-cracy" word for a political system where ultimate (and repressive) power is held by Corporate entities outside of any government? Not just Monopolies or Oligopolies controlling their own markets, but the all-too-common sci-fi dystopian system... [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:34 AM PST - 6 comments

How low can they go?
Who are your favourite pop/rock/whatever singers with deep voices? I'm talking Stephin Merritt deep, I'm talking Calvin Johnson deep, I'm talking... deep voices.
posted by Ted Maul at 1:28 AM PST - 62 comments

October 25
There's no "there" there.
How do I talk to my mother about her depression, especially when I'm trying to create better boundaries but simultaneously plan for my family's future? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 10:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Macbook from US into China
I want to buy a Macbook from the Apple website in the US. However, I now live in China. How can I avoid any import/custom fees and taxes when it is shipped... such as by having it shipped to my parents address in the US, then have them ship it to me in my address in China? [more inside]
posted by peachtree at 10:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Is a month enough time to get a grad school application together?
An opportunity came up and I have less than one month to get a grad school application, including only half a month to prepare for and take the GRE. Is this crazy? [more inside]
posted by delladlux at 10:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Men's tailor in Seattle
I'm looking for a great men's tailor in the Seattle area. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Why Can't I Haz Cheezburger?
Why can't I haz cheezburger? (Why can't I access the Cheezburger sites from my computer anymore?) [more inside]
posted by DMan at 10:00 PM PST - 5 comments

High School transcripts from an out-of-business private school?
How do you go about requesting high school transcripts from a private school that no longer exists? [more inside]
posted by macrowave at 9:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Buy A Day Websites
Which websites use a "buy a day in our calendar to advertise" model? I can think of Unicorn Booty and I Wear Your Shirt, and I vageuly remember one from a few years ago but can't recall now.
posted by divabat at 8:37 PM PST - 1 comments

Opening your own law firm?
Opening your own law firm? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 at 8:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Smiling When Alone
Question for those who are generally considered "smiling" people: do you smile when alone? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 8:18 PM PST - 47 comments

Corruption of scientific fact?
Any ideas on where I can find a list or a book detailing corporate corruption of scientific fact for their gain? [more inside]
posted by emilyclaire at 8:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Chair me!
What would you recommend as an office/desk chair for a small room? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 7:59 PM PST - 8 comments

space mmo open source shooter
Open source space-shooter, 3d exploration MMO? Recently released? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:45 PM PST - 2 comments

First-time rider seeks bicycle advice. What should I get? From where [in Melbourne, Australia]? Rough cost?
First-time rider seeks bicycle advice. What should I get? From where? Rough cost? [more inside]
posted by mrme at 7:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Name that Jazz Funeral Song!
Looking for a particular jazz funeral song... [more inside]
posted by TheGoldenOne at 7:10 PM PST - 21 comments

Sister in the closet: how to be good to someone coming out.
How to be a good friend to someone who may be coming out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 PM PST - 23 comments

How does one start a career as an erotic plus-sized model?
How does one start a career as an erotic, plus-sized model? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 PM PST - 4 comments

1/2 inch sliced out buzz fringe frizzy lollipop please?
How do I learn what to ask for in a haircut? [more inside]
posted by schmichael at 6:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Must.Save.Earth. But how? I'm a Liberal Arts Major
Liberal Arts Grad. Must live green. Thinking about grad schools for 2012, or "green-collar" career, or starting a biz, or something else random. Already ruled out Law School. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 6:41 PM PST - 18 comments

So you are about to make some silly mistake. How do you stop yourself?
So you are about to make some silly mistake. How do you stop yourself? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 6:35 PM PST - 24 comments

What to call these stomach faced people?
I remember reading several ancient/medieval travelogues/ethnographies that referenced people with their faces in their stomachs. I also remember learning that their was a word for them, but I can't remember what the word was. What was it?
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:17 PM PST - 6 comments

I have to fly tomorrow morning and I'm out of the pills that enable me to get on the plane in the first place. Help!
I have to take a very last-minute plane trip tomorrow morning and just discovered I'm out of Xanax. There's no time for me to get more. What can I do to make it through the flight without a panic attack? [more inside]
posted by Mimzy at 6:11 PM PST - 26 comments

Really, someday that high school French could come in handy...
What would be a great place to finally meet my penpal? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 6:11 PM PST - 7 comments

When do you know to give up?
Am I in the wrong relationship or am I expecting too much perfection? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 35 comments

Don't want to lose the friendship, but can't stand the guy she's going to spend her life with! Help?
No one can stand my friend's fiancé. He's not a bad person and he seems to mean well, but he is obnoxious, rude and really, really, REALLY annoying. He's lonely and wants to hang out. We are running out of excuses to avoid him and my friend and her fiancé are starting to notice something's up. I hate drama. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 PM PST - 42 comments

William James quote about life/revolver
William James quote about life coming at us as if fired from a revolver? [more inside]
posted by rustcellar at 5:45 PM PST - 2 comments

bzzzzzzz i'm your local bee charmer
How do I convince my neighbors to give me permission to keep bees? [more inside]
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 5:40 PM PST - 41 comments

Get me out of here!
I'm a junior in high school. I've got a decent GPA and a bit of extra-curricular to my name. Is graduating a semester early in senior year worth it? [more inside]
posted by Askiba at 5:11 PM PST - 38 comments

You don't get to 500 million friends without a tragicomic story
My brother needs my help launching his website! Problem: it was designed in iWeb, he's a sensitive artist, and it just gets worse from there. [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn at 4:52 PM PST - 25 comments

What causes my ear/tooth ache?
My right ear aches, and pain moves from one tooth to another on the right side of my mouth. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow afternoon, but in the meantime I thought I'd ask what might be causing this. The pain in my ear is reminiscent of an ear infection I had years ago. At the same time, a single tooth will ache, but an hour later, the pain moves to a different tooth! Is it a dental problem causing an ear ache or an ear ache causing a dental problem?
posted by jackypaper at 4:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Stellaaaa!
In balancing my budget, I found that I have, while not champagne tastes, microbrew tastes on a PBR budget. Help me brainstorm ways to drink on the cheap! [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 4:09 PM PST - 26 comments

Totally awesome things to do when you in the totally awesome city of Nashville, TN.
I have been tasked with showing some new friends from Europe the city of Nashville, Tennessee. One problem: I am not from Nashville and don't know anything about Nashville. I am looking for awesome local places to eat and must-see attractions. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl at 4:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Compact, easy to navigate portfolio blog
I'm putting together an animation storyboard portfolio and was hoping it could be nice/easy to look at on an iphone. I'm planning to use tumblr but want to know if any other free blogging options that might be better suited. Assume I'm 47, I've never owned a mobile device, that blogging will be a big step for me (and that I'm using a mac). Is this formatting question silly? Does today's software just manage this sort of thing automagically? [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 3:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I raise money for a nonprofit without their knowledge?
Is it unethical or illegal to raise money for a nonprofit without their knowledge? [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin at 3:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Weather before we farmed?
How was the weather different before we farmed the land? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 3:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Cheap used book in the NW?
Cheap-as-dirt used books in the Northwest? [more inside]
posted by neuron at 3:04 PM PST - 13 comments

But I was a Boy Scout
Do I Vote? [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose at 2:52 PM PST - 28 comments

AGGGHHH Weird Canon 7D artifact?
Weird Canon 7D artifact? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 2:49 PM PST - 4 comments

High tech, slow pace comics?
Please recommend for me graphic novels that combine advanced or modern technology with a slower speed of life. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 2:46 PM PST - 11 comments

I need a small business lawyer in the SF Bay area
Looking for a good small business lawyer in the SF Bay area [more inside]
posted by Lord Fancy Pants at 2:40 PM PST - 1 comments

get my smokey on
I want to buy pimentón (smoked paprika) online. Can you recommend good european spice shop? I've checked ebay, but I want to see if I can get a better deal somewhere else.
posted by leigh1 at 2:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me get rid of the rain on my parade.
Do the sexual side effects for Paxil ever go away? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Is it possible to enjoy sex together?
Advice on how to parlay my non-normal sexuality into a normal sex life? (NSFW, obviously, and long, sorry.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Statistics on the Alberta Oil Sands
So I'm looking for some hard data on the Alberta Oil Sands: Employment rate, type of employment, demographics, who owns what, etc. I'm finding plenty of opinion pieces, and plenty of environmental assessments, but not much hard data on the economics of it. Does anyone know where to look for this kind of information?
posted by Stagger Lee at 2:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Vivitrol vs naltrexone
Quitting drinking: What are the differences between Vivitrol and Naltrexone pills? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Is squeeing becoming mainstream?
Is the use of the word "squee" still gender and age linked? [more inside]
posted by MisterMo at 1:52 PM PST - 46 comments

I want to be scared, but not grossed out.
What are some horror movies that are scary, but not gross? [more inside]
posted by threeturtles at 1:51 PM PST - 78 comments

Did you find "Time-of-use" metering helpful?
Looking for anecdotal data: when you switched to a time-of-use electrical meter for your residence, what happened to your bills in the first year, and what changes did you make that seemed to have the largest impact? [more inside]
posted by davejay at 1:38 PM PST - 1 comments

Formula to mesh two gears of arbitrary tooth count/position?
I'm writing a graphics app where I'm generating a simple gear transmission system with a variable number of gears each with variable number of teeth and placed at random orbits around each other. I generate gears in succession, placing and rotating each with respect to its parent/driver gear before moving on to the next. The problem I'm having is how to determine the initial orientation of each subsequent gear such that its teeth are properly meshed with that of its driver. [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron at 1:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Oxymoronic Instructions
I'm going to a wedding in the Caribbean where the invitation specifies dressy tropical as the form of dress. What do I wear? [more inside]
posted by slide at 1:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Having flowers delivered to a dorm?
Girlfriend's birthday is coming up and it would make her day to get some flowers. Small problem, she is away at school. How can I have the flowers sent to her dorm? [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude at 1:29 PM PST - 26 comments

Wait theyve been sleeping together this whole time
Am I over-reacting to new information about my boyfriend's relationship history? Which involves his current roommate? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 at 1:13 PM PST - 73 comments

Plato Pronunciation
What are the standard English pronunciations of the names of the characters in Plato's Republic? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 1:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Can anyone recommend a place to buy a laptop battery?
Can anyone recommend a place to buy a laptop battery? I need a battery for a Vostro 1500 and I refuse to pay what those greedy bastards at Dell are asking.
posted by nooneyouknow at 12:49 PM PST - 10 comments

christmas list card printing awesomeness
Has anybody got a Microsoft Word for Mac greeting card template for A4? I want to print two a5 cards on a piece of a4, guillotine that, and then fold those into a6 cards.
posted by By The Grace of God at 12:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me animate like it's 1999
I'm looking for a program that will let me quickly edit animated gifs. I'm looking to do things like combine two gifs together, applying color changes dynamically across all frames (like hue shifts and stuff), basic tweening of objects maybe... I've been using Photoshop and Imageready and haven't been impressed. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 12:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Quickest and easiest way to figure out IP names.
I have a list of IP addresses and I need to know the name of the computer they are currently hosted on. What's the best and quickest way for me to get this information? [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 12:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it hard to move a blog around within a website?
I'd like to be walked through the (no doubt very easy) process of moving a Wordpress blog to a different part of my website. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 12:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Help with our naughty dog
So this is a typical example of what my dog does when I arrive at home. He is 5 years old and has always been this way. Help us get him under control. [more inside]
posted by morganannie at 12:11 PM PST - 33 comments

No collection of deposit?
Need some advice on an apartment lease that may/may not be valid. [more inside]
posted by wcfields at 11:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Help my computer remember program locations with dual-monitor setup.
Dual-monitor setup and saving preference settings? [more inside]
posted by Twicketface at 11:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Why does spinning hurt my knees?
Why do my knees hurt after spinning, but running doesn't bother them? [more inside]
posted by Caz721 at 11:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Which?
My husband is a second year law student in Ann Arbor. We have a 2.5 year old daughter and I'm currently a stay-at-home mom. Next summer, my husband has a job in Cleveland, where we will live after graduation. He has only one more semester of school left after the summer. We have two potential living scenarios, and need help choosing: [more inside]
posted by mrstrotsky at 11:27 AM PST - 25 comments

Mac Powerbook Needs to be Reconfigured
How should I reconfigure my Mac powerbook G4, and other mac-related growth advice. [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 11:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Filemaker/Ipad help needed
Is any hiver aware of an Ipad app that will allow me to view a relational database created in Filemaker pro 6? Not having any luck so I hand this over to the geniuses
posted by citybuddha at 11:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Snap, snap, shoot!
Some must take pictures for our wedding... [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 11:11 AM PST - 7 comments

The worst animator I can be.
What animation tools for Mac are not very good? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 11:08 AM PST - 4 comments

See You Down-Streaming
What is required to make streaming videos? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 11:06 AM PST - 3 comments

No water to rinse a soapy face
Can anyone recommend a good waterless face wash? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle at 11:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Want an IUD...but which one?
Have you used either of the IUD forms of birth control? Great! Help me out! [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 10:57 AM PST - 45 comments

Who will rent a ONE WAY cargo van from LAS to SJC?
Looking for a Cargo Van to Rent One-Way from Las Vegas to San Jose, CA. [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 at 10:53 AM PST - 1 comments

Failure at 43...That's Me!
Looking for a little guidance in turning this ship around at 43. [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon at 10:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Why do I need separate dental insurance?
Why did our (admittedly flawed) health insurance system develop in such a way that excludes dentistry from covered services? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 10:44 AM PST - 28 comments

What can I do with cappuccino-flavored kefir?
What can I do with cappuccino-flavored kefir, other than drink it? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 10:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Curse you Lincoln!
Wedding ring follies: how can I get these pennies out? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 10:38 AM PST - 42 comments

I want to teach kids who want to learn
Advice for getting a job teaching high school in a private school or a charter school? I am a un-credentialed scientist looking to start teaching math or science next fall. [more inside]
posted by Candide at 10:26 AM PST - 21 comments

What do we needd to survive without our stuff for a few weeks?
What do we need to survive for ~2 weeks without our stuff? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Please suggest transcendent songs with vocal harmony.
I'm looking for transcendent folk/pop/rock/country songs with strong vocal harmonies. [more inside]
posted by sockpup at 10:20 AM PST - 34 comments

Can I get better at self hypnosis?
Is there any way I can experience the same states and make the same changes through self hypnosis that I've experienced through being hypnotised? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 10:13 AM PST - 3 comments

I need a "politics for dummies" book.
I'd like to be knowledgeable about politics enough to be able to state my opinion, engage in debates, and the like. I'm a one-issue person (gay marriage) and I'd like to discover my own beliefs about politics so that I no longer have to sit quietly when my friends get into it.
posted by Autumn at 10:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Run hard, need cookie....
Whenever I start pushing myself physically, my appetite goes into overdrive. Is there anyway to prevent or combat this? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 9:43 AM PST - 32 comments

AMC highlights?
I just joined the Appalachian Mountain Club. How can I make the most of this membership? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 9:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Calling all hypothyroids
Hypothyroid-filter: What can I eat? Please help me eat delicious, healthful, creative meals and snacks without having an anxiety attack because I'm so worried certain foods will interfere with my thyroid medication. [more inside]
posted by Faraday Cage at 9:11 AM PST - 41 comments

To Work and Play in LA
Comfortable coffee shop/bar/cafe with wi-fi for business work near shopping/site-seeing spots somewhere between Long Beach and Downtown LA? [more inside]
posted by ejazen at 9:08 AM PST - 6 comments

"Hops across the taste buds" is a really appalling pun
Help me create a beery mustardy orgy of deliciousness. [more inside]
posted by elizardbits at 9:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Advice for a young woman interested in cross dressing?
Are there any bars or similar in the Boston area where a 21 year old female could go dressed as a man? Are there any stores that would be willing to rent a tux to a woman without asking too many questions? Other questions about cross dressing inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 AM PST - 19 comments

Where to go for help
Is it possible to get one on one relationship help online? [more inside]
posted by harh07 at 8:38 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I buy a used car in the UK without getting ripped off?
What's the best way of buying a used car in the UK without getting ripped off? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 8:38 AM PST - 3 comments

A man does not need a maid!
I can't believe that, in 2010, I have to ask this question: How do I get my SO to share housework duties? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 8:35 AM PST - 56 comments

fragile by design
Art project: what material could I use that would extremely easily marked/damaged/covered in fingerprints when dry? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 8:28 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I get my subordinates to reply to e-mail consistently?
How do I get my subordinates to reply to my e-mails? I work remotely, but they don't. I need to know that they've read what I send them. Details about work situation below. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver at 8:24 AM PST - 61 comments

Is it possible to do both weight training and running?
I recently decided to go to the gym and start exercising, in an effort to lead a healthier life. I'd like to start running, but also put on some muscle mass. Is this possible, or do I have to choose one? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 7:45 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I write music over the course of my workday?
Are there any websites with a flash piano (or something) where I can record, save and email to myself simple melodies I've come up with? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 7:43 AM PST - 4 comments

In Search Of...The Perfect Leather Boots
I need new armor. Specifically, boots that will wear like iron and look cute on a petite, curvy frame. I need a) style advice and b) help with finding a boot similar to one that has seemingly disappeared. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Save me from becoming an unflattering anecdote in his next book.
Next week, I have the opportunity to see one of my very favorite authors speak: Bill Bryson. I will also be attending a reception where he will be present, and should I have the opportunity to speak with him, I want to be armed with some great questions I can ask, lest I degenerate into the huge, slobbering fangirl that I am. [more inside]
posted by anderjen at 7:22 AM PST - 19 comments

Drank puddle water. Now how do we prevent an assplosion?
Drank a liter of unfiltered, chemically treated puddle water. What's the best course of action to avoid gastrointestinal Armageddon? [more inside]
posted by toftflin at 7:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Mystery part
What is this thing? See picture. [more inside]
posted by bobbyno at 6:52 AM PST - 17 comments

Put these nimble fingers to good use!
I need a hobby. I find myself getting bored and stir crazy a lot lately. Ideally this hobby would be something I can do in my living room, on the coffee table or couch, and could take it outside with me if I wanted to. It shouldn't take up a lot of room since our house is so small. I was thinking of learning to knit, but I know there have to be other crafty-leisurely-finished product- oriented hobbies that I am not thinking of. Thanks!
posted by MayNicholas at 6:44 AM PST - 27 comments

Help me be the male half of a "generic 1920s silent film stars" costume.
I'm the male half of a couple's costume, and the idea is "1920's silent film stars". I'm the guy, and I have no idea how to look 1) like I'm from the 1920's, or 2) how to look stereotypically "silent film". Help. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo at 6:34 AM PST - 20 comments

Lies My Teacher Told Me About Columbus Are Being Taught Still
My daughter's teacher told her Columbus thought the earth was flat and the usual story about falling off the edge of the earth. As far as I can tell this is just not true, and the teacher should know it. Should I bother asking about this? I know it's insignificant, but it bothers me to know she's being taught something that just isn't true.
posted by Blake at 6:32 AM PST - 34 comments

Name the film
A friend asks about a movie scene: The Guy and The Girl are sitting on the roof of a movie theater, smoking and talking, under a huge marquee or sign, and with spotlights all around. Can you name the film?
posted by Silky Slim at 5:53 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I keep my sanity with an overdue programming assignment?
How do I keep my sanity with a long overdue academic programming project? Especially with debugging? [more inside]
posted by Triton at 5:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Should we ditch our fixed-rate mortgage?
Should we ditch our fixed-rate mortgage? Complicated details inside, help me crunch the numbers... [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 5:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Online twitter without twitter.com
Recommend an online twitter client for me. desired features listed inside [more inside]
posted by eclecticlibrary at 4:22 AM PST - 7 comments

C-Section Recovery
Tell me about your recovery after a cesarean section. [more inside]
posted by chiababe at 3:33 AM PST - 29 comments

What to give a mentor as a thank-you gift?
Is it appropriate to give a thank you gift to a mentor, and what can I give someone who doesn't drink, doesn't eat junk food, and doesn't like flowers? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 2:11 AM PST - 28 comments

Gentle strengthening exercises
I'm after some exercises to strengthen my legs and lower back. [more inside]
posted by humpy at 2:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I spray this in my eye yet?
I accidentally bought a bottle of hypochlorous /hypochloric acid (次亜塩素酸水) - what do you use your hulking bottle of hypochlorous acid for? And, what precautions do you observe when using it? [more inside]
posted by ultrabuff at 1:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Where's the seventeenth floor?
Looking for a picture of an Italian elevator button panel that has the 17th floor / number 17 omitted. [more inside]
posted by querty at 12:13 AM PST - 3 comments

October 24
thinking about learning
I am interested in people's exam preparation strategies (especially if you study psychology like me). It has suddenly occurred to me that I'm not very metacognitive about my learning. How do I intuit what are the most important concepts (likely to be on an exam, in short-answer format)? How do you pick up on hints from the lecturers? [more inside]
posted by KLF at 11:17 PM PST - 9 comments

What ebook reader should I lend from my small school library?
I run an elementary school library in an economically diverse urban neighborhood. I want to buy a couple ebook readers so that my kids can see what using them is like (and so I can learn about the issues around lending and using these devices.) Various questions inside. [more inside]
posted by carterk at 10:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Defying washing instructions = dire consequences?
I am knitting a pair of socks for a friend. The yarn is 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon. The washing instructions tell me to "Machine wash warm water, no bleach, lay flat to dry." What will happen if I actually put them in the dryer? [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang! at 9:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Baby + Ugly Suit = Costume Nirvana?
I have a Halloween costume question... Sorry! How do we make the most of a 9 month old baby wearing an ugly suit for Halloween? [more inside]
posted by LyndsayMW at 9:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Shake what ya mama gave you...
How did you come to accept, make the best of and enjoy your body/appearance? How did you learn to really own your body type/features? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis at 9:20 PM PST - 33 comments

Find me a youth musical theater group in NY
I want to be involved in some sort of theater company, but my high school's theater program is less than enviable. Is there any youth musical theater group in New York I would be interested in? [more inside]
posted by auiricle at 9:08 PM PST - 1 comments

Advice for a guy with ponytail neurosis
I'm a guy and have long hair that I usually keep in a ponytail. Should I cut my hair, and if so, what should I do with it? And, why am I so up in my head about the decision? [more inside]
posted by scharpy at 9:06 PM PST - 34 comments

Historical fiction for kids
My daughter's birthday is coming up, and I'm looking for book recs. Lately, she's fascinated by time travel and, to a lesser extent, World War II. I'd love to buy her some books about these subjects, but am sort of stuck on what, exactly, to buy. [more inside]
posted by MeghanC at 8:47 PM PST - 46 comments

Has anybody had their dog put on phenobarbital for seizures on an "as needed" basis?
Has anybody had their dog put on phenobarbital for seizures on an "as needed" basis? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 8:22 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the best facial exfoliator out there?
What exfoliator should I use? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 7:43 PM PST - 31 comments

Great War Games?
What are the best board-and-dice war games? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by musofire at 7:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Why is AVG suddenly freaking out?
Is my AVG Resident Shield warning me of something important, or is AVG itself the problem? I've been running AVG on my computer since I bought it (in August). In the last two hours, every time I open a new program, Resident Shield pops up and tells me "the file could not be scanned, probably due to invalid file structure". The programs I'm opening are not new (games I've downloaded weeks ago, Google Chrome) and my computer is otherwise not acting wonky. What's going on?
posted by epj at 7:23 PM PST - 9 comments

i want to replace the keyless entry system in my car
how hard is it to replace the third party keyless entry module in my car if i never done it before? [more inside]
posted by sammich at 7:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Trying to figure out if this is a reaction to antibiotic
Anxiety about antibiotic. What happens if I stop taking it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 PM PST - 15 comments

The sound is coming from inside the computer!
Why is my early 2006 Intel Combo-Drive iMac beeping intermittently? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 7:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Quebec in winter?
Quebec City casual? [more inside]
posted by Sissinghurst at 6:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Ladies of Science, Engineering, and Innovation
Where can I meet awesome women scientist/engineers and/or innovators in New York? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic at 6:42 PM PST - 10 comments

help me help my feet!
I want to give myself pedicures [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 6:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Best way to archive and catalog old files?
What is a good (and preferably inexpensive) way to safely archive and catalog old files that I want to keep but no longer want on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by stevechemist at 5:56 PM PST - 1 comments

Relationship vs. Career Ambitions?
Should I put myself through a year of being long-distance with my boyfriend to get a job in my field? [more inside]
posted by Klieserber at 5:52 PM PST - 29 comments

Can I be Dorothy Parker 2.0?
I want to be a sharper, wittier writer and conversationalist like the O.G. Dorothy Parker or, hey, even Coketalk. I admire funny, confident women, and while I think I'm moderately funny in person (years of low self-esteem will do wonders for your self-deprecating humor skills once you come out of it, go figure), I'd like to beef it up a bit, as well as learn how to express that more in my writing. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder at 4:08 PM PST - 19 comments

I did read the costume archives. Really.
Costumefilter: Costume ideas for this dress? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 4:06 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I get rid of this pesky corn?
How do I get rid of this pesky corn? [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan at 3:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for telltale interview signs
After going to a job interview, are there any telltale hints or signs that can help you have a basic idea if you're going to be hired or not?
posted by antgly at 3:32 PM PST - 35 comments

Tell me about gangster funerals
I'd like descriptions or, fiction about, gang and gangster funerals. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 3:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Oops -- I didn't mean to permanently associate a NSFW image with my business email...
Oops -- I didn't mean to permanently associate a NSFW image with my business email... [more inside]
posted by ROTFL at 3:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Something fun (and gay) to do in San Francisco for Halloween next Saturday night?
Something fun (and gay) to do in San Francisco for Halloween next Saturday night? [more inside]
posted by jagalt at 3:12 PM PST - 11 comments

a few good len(s)
[DSLR-filter] I'm buying my first DSLR camera! Woohoo, excitement all around (except in my wallet). I've settled on a Nikon D90, but I'm not sure what lens to get with it. Options/details inside. [more inside]
posted by firei at 3:08 PM PST - 24 comments

What to do with a dead pig?
What to do with a dead pig? [more inside]
posted by mjg123 at 2:42 PM PST - 21 comments

Moissanite or other pretty rocks
Thoughts on moissanite engagement rings? Do you know someone who has gotten one and loved it or been disappointed? Other suggestion for non-diamond rings? Where to buy one in the DC/Richmond area? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 2:37 PM PST - 30 comments

Can I retrieve this gmail email that I've deleted on my iphone?
Help me recover an email I deleted from my gmail account. [more inside]
posted by victoriab at 2:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Play audio webfiles on remote speakers, help?
How do I play online audio files on remote speakers? Platform: OS X, Browser: Firefox. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 2:18 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I use my Uverse remote control to turn off DVD subtitles?
How can I use my Uverse remote control to turn off DVD subtitles? [more inside]
posted by jmevius at 2:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Strange Tingling Sensation When Eating, Always Happens
I get a tingling sensation in my jaw and mouth for a second or two whenever I begin eating any type of food. This especially happens when I have not eaten anything in a while and/r if the food has a lot of flavour. I call it "flavour explosion" out loud every time it happens and my girlfriend is starting to look at me strangely. Does anybody have a similar thing happen to them or know what this could be? [more inside]
posted by 1awesomeguy at 1:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Modern Touring Jazz Artists/Ensembles
I'm looking for modern jazz artists that tour and fit my preference for jazz. A lot of the jazz I like most is played by greats who are no longer with us. I'd love to go see some great live jazz but just don't really know where to start. [more inside]
posted by bwilms at 1:52 PM PST - 7 comments

There's no hiding, behind moulding / hardwood.
What might the original moulding around our 20s-era fireplace have looked like? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 1:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Will doing this void my warranty?
I know this is a long shot, but I've seen answers here before on occasion from Apple techs: Could someone tell me once and for all if this is a Bad Idea That Is Going to Void My Warranty?
posted by 4ster at 1:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I reschedule my therapist appointment with a therapist of a different modality?
Should I reschedule my therapist appointment with a therapist of a different modality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Country comfort in a pot.
Country comfort food, non-kosher edition: what are your favorite bean soup/stew recipes for smoked ham hocks or pork neck bones? [more inside]
posted by availablelight at 1:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Networking for Chicago designers
What events / meetups / groups etc might be useful for a young freelance print designer in Chicago to network with other designers, learn about the local design scene, hear about opportunities, etc.?
posted by kickingtheground at 1:14 PM PST - 2 comments

What's involved in a Social Security mental exam?
What can we expect during a social security disability "mental" exam? [more inside]
posted by tangram1 at 1:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Where have all the Fillable PDF archives gone?
Where online can I find a fillable PDF pain diary? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian at 12:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Put your nose to the grindstone and work!
Tips to maintain a healthy work life balance when you need to put in 10 to 12 hours per day for a couple months? Things that can be automated and save time, but help me stay healthy. [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 12:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Sun Ra recommendations?
Ever since this August's Sun Ra thread, I've found myself digging deeper & deeper into his back catalog, which is at turns obscure, uneven, and daunting. I could use a little guidance to figure out which albums I should track down, and which I can skip. So, Sun Ra aficionados, which albums are your can't miss favorites -- the ones you return to, the ones I've got to listen to -- and what makes them stand out to you? This thread is of some help, but I'd like to cast a wider net than that OP did: any era, any group size are fine as far as I'm concerned.
posted by .kobayashi. at 12:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Plastic beer bottles -- why not?
Why isn't beer ever sold in plastic bottles? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 12:23 PM PST - 26 comments

Let There be LIGHT!
Fluorescent lightbulbs. I'm trying to replace some fluorescent bulbs in my kitchen and something's not working... [more inside]
posted by backwords at 12:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Chicago cardiologist recommendations?
Any recommendations for a cardiologist in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 12:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I heat my barn with gas or electricity?
We have an old barn in our backyard that we are currently restoring. It will be fully insulated when finished (though we're recycling old windows that are probably 100 years old, which are single pane, so it won't be optimally efficient.) I am trying to decide if we should heat it with gas or electricity. Because the barn has never been heated before, and we're changing it anyway, I'm having a hard time estimating costs. (See extended explanation for details.) [more inside]
posted by djedery at 12:08 PM PST - 8 comments

How to stop my car alarm from going off constantly
Three times in the last 12 hours, my car alarm has gone off without any obvious cause. It does not appear to have been broken into. Neither I nor anyone else was sitting on the keys. It has never done this before. If it is relevant, it is a 2000 Ford Taurus. Any idea what could be causing this or how to make it stop?
posted by jaybeans at 12:06 PM PST - 20 comments

The history of British television broadcasting
I'm looking for books or documentaries on the history of British television; not the device, but the early years of television broadcasting, the formation of the BBC, and the characters involved. Does anyone know of any? [more inside]
posted by Gonnas at 11:20 AM PST - 6 comments

WTB canned non-concentrate OJ in Atlanta?
Does any Atlanta retailer sell canned non-concentrate Minute Maid orange juice, such as that which you get from the drink cart on airplanes? I'm NOT referring to canned Minute Maid orange juice from concentrate that can be found in grocery freezers, and the 8oz plastic bottles on store shelves are not what I need either. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Career/life advice for a real world neophyte, please.
I'm a recent college grad who has been playing the "unemployment blues" for the past 5 months and have had no real success finding full-time work. However, I've recently had two excellent interviews for an entry-level administrative assistant position at a small non-profit organization in New York (where I currently live with my parents). I'm not sure if this is the kind of work I would be able to do for more than a year (well aware that most people don't necessarily enjoy their jobs and generally have to haul ass in the early stages), and the pay is mediocre, but I am entering student loan repayment soon ($80k+ worth of debt) and need a steady paying job ASAP. Please offer me some perspective from your experiences in this situation, and help me determine if I am making the right decision. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 AM PST - 27 comments

No confidence in my vote
I've had a change of heart about a vote I made on my mail-in (Seattle) ballot. The ballot has not been mailed but it's been sealed in the security envelope and the outer mailer. Is there any way to legally modify my ballot without invalidating it? If not, can I easily get a new ballot?
posted by rouftop at 11:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Best time to submit a job application when given a specific window?
HR filter - if an internet job positing provides a 3 week window in which I can submit an application via e-mail, is there any strategic advantage or disadvantage to applying sooner than later, or vice versa? Also, if I live in a city other than the location in which the job is situated, should I play this down or up? [more inside]
posted by analog at 11:03 AM PST - 8 comments

hand-to-hand combat---in space!
How would people fight in microgravity, either in an enclosed space with walls to push off of, or completely free-floating with nothing except each others' bodies? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 11:00 AM PST - 36 comments

mmm...salty goodness
Where can I find capers packed in salt in Minneapolis? [more inside]
posted by streetdreams at 10:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Home desktop recommendation
Can you recommend me a good desktop for home usage (ideally one that I can buy online)? Ideally within $1500 ... [more inside]
posted by justlooking at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you identify this esoteric film/photography theory quote?
"The gunsight frames an image for destruction, whereas the camera's viewfinder frames one image for preservation, and all other possible images for destruction." Help me find the source of this paraphrased quote? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 10:15 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I bring myself to study when I want to but I just can't focus?
I want to study and do well, really, I do. I have full intentions of spending the whole day reading my materials but when I sit down I just can't bring myself to do it. Help me! [more inside]
posted by cruncheweesy at 10:02 AM PST - 24 comments

Pinball in South Wales
I have the desire to re-live my youth, and rekindle my addiction to pinball machines, problem is I can't actually find any left! So does anyone know of any in South Wales (nearer Newport the betterer).
posted by couch at 10:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Who wants to conquer the world?
What modern political theorists/essayists write very explicitly about the end-result they'd like to see in the world, rather than focusing on piecemeal reforms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 AM PST - 7 comments

How can we cap and trade rental rights in my co-op (condo-ish) building?
How do I begin to structure a cap-and-trade system for keeping my co-op apartment building's owner-occupancy rate high, while rewarding owners live here, and charging/"taxing" those who don't? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by celilo at 9:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Help genre these artists
When people say "what kind of music do you like?" I don't have an answer to tell them. Two of may favorite albums ever are Martin Tillman's A Year In Zurich and Jeremy Soule's Morrowind soundtrack. But, I can't put my finger on what genre these albums are. Classical and Jazz are too vague. [more inside]
posted by rebent at 9:08 AM PST - 6 comments

What is the career path of a school trustee?
What is the career path of a school trustee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Convince me it is okay to be 28 and single.
How do I give myself permission to be single? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I deal with my depression?
I'm feeling pretty terrible and I'm genuinely unsure what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I have my professional doman as an addon to my personal domain?
How can someone find a domain I own from another domain I own, if I serve the content from domain B as an addon domain on domain A? Should I just buy two hosting accounts? [more inside]
posted by winna at 8:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Do you remember this sociopolitical advocacy campaign curriculum aimed at 1970's elementary-aged children?
'70's Elementary school social studies materials--possibly Unicef? [more inside]
posted by emhutchinson at 8:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me get mad in Japanese?
Is it possible for a foreigner living in Japan to express his/her dissatisfaction with a work situation? [more inside]
posted by TrishaLynn at 8:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Internet meme decor ideas
Mission: decorate our condo as an internet meme for a Halloween party. Hive mind, help me come up with awesome meme's and their physical manifestation! [more inside]
posted by olya at 8:14 AM PST - 28 comments

Good thing I get there early
Once or twice a week at least, I hear a subway announcement that the line is running with delays "due to a disabled train." This might signify that the train is five minutes later than you expected, or two hours later. Does anyone know exactly what "a disabled train" means? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 8:07 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me fix a crackling guitar amp.
Help me diagnose my (probably user-induced) intermittently crackling tube guitar amp! [more inside]
posted by unSane at 8:00 AM PST - 8 comments

removing pencil from fabric
Fairly urgent stain-removal filter. How do I get pencils marks off embroidery? [more inside]
posted by runincircles at 7:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Printing method / Service for printing directly on keyboard keycaps?
What is the printing method or technology used by 'custom' keyboard makers like kbcovers.com and logickeyboard on their products? [more inside]
posted by lunelson at 7:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Airline industry resources for MBA candidate
Resources for an MBA candidate interested in airline industry? [more inside]
posted by HoyaSaxa at 6:50 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I get my router to play nice with my MacBook Pro?
My Linksys T-mobile HiPort Wireless Router is sporadic and weird with my MacBook Pro 2007 Santa Rosa's wireless networking. What's the ideal way to fix this? Or should I get a new router? And what will we do when our contract is up and T-mobile shuts down the landline? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:07 AM PST - 4 comments

missing "Great Robot Race" memorable quote
a couple of years ago i watched this great documentary about DARPA grand challenge "the great robot race" . ( site , full video , transcript). and one quote stuck with me ever since. it goes something like this. [more inside]
posted by yosh at 4:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Aargh, Kittens!
I just popped out to my shed, and found a hissing emaciated cat. I chased it away (I like the birds in my yard), and as it shot off over the fence and up the road, I found kittens. [more inside]
posted by Ahab at 3:39 AM PST - 25 comments

What game should a fan of Frontier Elite 2 play today?
Help me find an up to date replacement for Frontier Elite II. [more inside]
posted by Biru at 2:45 AM PST - 10 comments

human food for a human being
The wet organic cat food I give to my cat is highly nutritious. It is also homogenous and prepared in large quantities. Is there a human equivalent to this that I can prepare for myself? [more inside]
posted by triceryclops at 1:13 AM PST - 28 comments

Batch Add Words to MS Spell-check Dic?
I have a list of about 10,000 medical and chemical terms in an Excel file, many of which are not in the MS spell-check dictionary. How can I add all 10,000 at once? I've searched high and low on the Internet, and can't find any discussion of how to batch add a bunch of words to a MS Word dictionary. Anyone have a clue? Thanks!
posted by zachawry at 1:11 AM PST - 9 comments

October 23
How to get rid of Interference on Car USB Adapter
How can I get rid of the audio interference caused when I use a 12v charger with an mp3 player in my car? [more inside]
posted by Popcorn at 11:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Social classes/activities in DC
DCFilter: Looking for classes or group activities with an emphasis on socializing [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 9:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Recreational science?
Would it be legal in America for a pharmaceutical company to develop a drug solely intended for recreational, not medical purposes. To what safety standards would such a drug be held?
posted by furiousxgeorge at 9:26 PM PST - 26 comments

Can you walk? You can? Then get out of the damn elevator!
If a building (in New York City) is listed as being accessible for disabled people, are you allowed to ask them if they're disabled before letting them use the elevator and deny them access to it if they say they're not? (I know this sounds offensive. It offends me. Please read the rest before judging. Thanks.) [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 9:11 PM PST - 46 comments

A game like arm wrestling, but safer
I teach a lesson on interpersonal conflict where we used to have the students arm wrestle one another. Unfortunately, arm wrestling is a little too violent. I'm looking for a substitute game. [more inside]
posted by eisenkr at 9:09 PM PST - 18 comments

key west
has anyone driven hwy 1 to key west from Miami? any suggestions on where to stop along the way?
posted by matrjety at 8:39 PM PST - 10 comments

DIY liquid tooth soap
Please help me make liquid tooth soap! I only know of two available - Perfect Prescription, which would cost ±$50 per bottle to order from Australia, and one on etsy but the seller won't answer my emails asking if she'll ship to Oz. [more inside]
posted by Zaire at 8:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Does unpleasant reaction to high-frequency sound signify a health problem?
I experience dizziness and nausea after hearing high-frequency sounds. Neither my wife nor stepdaughter do, so I'm beginning to wonder- is there something weird going on with my ears/brain? [more inside]
posted by Jpfed at 7:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Bright and beautiful
Lighted magnifier/reading aid help, please. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 7:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me pack a lunch for the whole week.
Packing lunch with two restrictions: weekly bringing, and an office fridge that freezes things regularly. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 6:58 PM PST - 18 comments

Just shut up already.
Crazy family situation, please help me think this out. [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 6:39 PM PST - 25 comments

I have a dark secret addiction. Enable me!
I really, really love corny-but-higher-quality movies made from 1985-1995. Who knows why. Recommend some! [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 5:52 PM PST - 52 comments

What's the protocol here? (Dating)
I've been informed that a woman in our social circle circle finds me attractive. I am attracted to her, but I don't want a relationship. What is the best move here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:40 PM PST - 34 comments

How to send physical mail anonymously?
Is it possible to send physical mail anonymously through private parties, who will then resend it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Scotch in the Sac?
Where can I buy good Scotch in Sacramento? Downtown / Landpark. Thx. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 5:10 PM PST - 8 comments

please help me identify and care for my new plants
Can you identify my office plants from the photos, and give me tips for caring for them? [more inside]
posted by germdisco at 4:32 PM PST - 10 comments

How to remove AutoFormats from Access 2010?
How can I remove the AutoFormats (circa Office 2007) from Access 2010? There is no Help documentation or AutoFormat support in 2010, but I just want them gone in my older files!
posted by jeroum at 4:29 PM PST - 0 comments

Cellphone disassembly alternative for idle hands?
What small mechanical thing can I repeatedly disassemble and re-assemble to keep my hands busy? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley at 4:23 PM PST - 27 comments

Which liquids can I drink?
Which liquids, apart from water, can humans drink? [more inside]
posted by The Discredited Ape at 3:39 PM PST - 43 comments

Does gravity really "attract"?
Is my conception of gravity deeply flawed, or is this bad terminology? [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 3:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me get my deposit back by suggesting the BEST WAY TO CLEAN GROUT (hooray youll be a hero)
Help me get my deposit back by suggesting the BEST WAY TO CLEAN GROUT (hooray youll be a hero) [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 3:10 PM PST - 28 comments

Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill.
How to maintain hope that I will find someone to be in a committed relationship in the face of what feels like overwhelming odds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:15 PM PST - 21 comments

Afternoon Brunch in Toronto?
Anyone know a nice, calm, TTC-accessible Toronto brunch spot with afternoon hours (and possibly mimosas), preferably near-ish to Dufferin and St. Clair? [more inside]
posted by ilana at 1:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Bettering myself one step at a time
What are your favorite self-improvement resources? I'm looking for a variety of resources (blogs, podcasts, books, etc) in a variety of fields (fashion, finance, social interactions, etc). [more inside]
posted by Darke at 1:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Mazda3 vs Impreza
Mazda3 vs Impreza for the long term? [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 1:19 PM PST - 41 comments

how to mark the star I'm going to shave on my head?
hairdressers/surgeons/creative others: I'm going to shave a shape on my head. What can I use to mark the borders of the shape on my hair/scalp to guide me? [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 1:03 PM PST - 11 comments

How did you pay for college?
So, uh, how did you support yourself through college, exactly? I've returned to school full-time and I know people do this, but as silly as it sounds I'm just not sure how. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 12:36 PM PST - 43 comments

Where in the UK can you get a good distance-learning qualification in web design?
Which distance learning institutions in the UK have the best reputations, particularly for web design? [more inside]
posted by ZsigE at 12:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Awesome Halloweeen Songs???
What are some awesome songs to put on a Halloween party playlist? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 11:52 AM PST - 47 comments

Trying to resist the throwaway culture(?)
Philadelphia-filter: I need a recommendation for a good quality camera repair shop where I can get an opinion on whether to fix my camera. [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 11:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Healthy chewy snack ideas please?
Healthy alternative to chewy cookies? [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 11:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Mouse in my House
I caught a mouse. Now what? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 11:26 AM PST - 30 comments

Cool kid's room design for klutzes?
I need to repaint my two-year-old son's room. Color and design ideas, please, for a room that will be cool, fun, easy to do, and *cheap*? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt at 11:08 AM PST - 12 comments

What's your favorite World of Warcraft podcast?
What's your favorite World of Warcraft podcast? [more inside]
posted by richrad at 11:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find this weird book I read.
BookFilter: Can you help me find this bizarre book I read as a teen? [more inside]
posted by delicate_dahlias at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Seeking new smartphone and new cell provider
iPhone/AT&T user, tired of my iPhone and wanting a new (reasonably priced) smartphone (thinking Blackberry) WITH GPS and a reasonably priced cell phone plan with minutes/unlimited text/unlimited data. BB/smartphone users, tell me your experiences, as well as T-Mobile users. [more inside]
posted by Dukat at 10:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Playtime!
Help me play with my nephew and not go crazy. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 10:46 AM PST - 34 comments

Are there tax liabilities on regular job income for sole proprietors?
I want to get a business license so I can buy products from businesses-only wholesale stores like Jetro. I would not have any income from the business. Would starting this business as a sole proprietor (no fictitious name) expose me to additional tax liabilities for the income from my regular job? Company business category would be Computer Consulting. This is in New York state, Brooklyn specifically.
posted by fishfucker at 10:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Software tool for managing a soccer team?
I'm captain of an adult soccer team, and would like to find a pretty simple way to: 1. get each person to RSVP online for every game 2. enable discussion (e.g. 'who's bringing food on Friday?') I'm familiar with Meetup, which matches these requirements. But it's really built around the idea of 'open' groups looking to attract new members, which we're not. Any ideas? Thanks!
posted by subpixel at 9:51 AM PST - 12 comments

I plan to learn how to cut hair. Can you recommend me beginner hair shears/scissors?
I want to learn how to cut hair. Can you recommend me beginner hair shears/scissors? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 9:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Easiest and/or best way to repair a small hole in a brick wall?
DIYFilter: I have a small hole in a brick wall. Can I use expanding-foam to repair it? [more inside]
posted by jquinby at 9:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Perfect present for a boy turning 9
What is the awesomest possible present for a boy turning 9? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 9:02 AM PST - 25 comments

Pre Approve Auto Loan?
I was "pre-approved" for my auto loan by Bank of America, what does that mean? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:31 AM PST - 7 comments

You can call me Ray. And you can call me J. And you can call me Ray J...
Can I start going by a different name when there's no need to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:31 AM PST - 26 comments

Digital files, accessible from anywhere?
Question for Graphic Designer types: What's the best solution for secure and reliable online storage, with 24/7 access from a desktop/laptop (Mac, PC and Linux), smart phone and/or mobile device and the web, for gigabytes of graphic design files? These files include various large image formats (JPG or TIF), Indesign, Word and Illustrater files, etc, etc. Bonus points if this secure and reliable service allows people to seamlessly add files to a public folder, either via drag and drop or email. [more inside]
posted by nomadicink at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I get my new black winter coat embroidered with Slavic-looking flowers?
Two-fold question: I need a picture of an embroidery pattern with red flowers that resembles the needlework along the edges of many skirts and jackets in traditional Russian/Slavic/Scandinavian clothing. Secondly, can I get this black coat embroidered with Slavic/Russian-looking flowers? How expensive would it be to get this work done? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 7:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Would you visit Portland in November?
I've visited Portland Oregon once before and loved it. But that was summer time - would you recommend a visit in November? Or should I wait for the sun to come back? [more inside]
posted by sleepy boy at 5:10 AM PST - 16 comments

How do we get tickets for a year?
What is the best way to buy a ticket on a one year return? [more inside]
posted by vansly at 1:41 AM PST - 8 comments

October 22
I need calorie dense portable food to take to school with me.
High calorie, highly portable, nutritious, delicious snacks? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 11:40 PM PST - 22 comments

What would you do with a BIG spreadsheet on a SLOW computer?
My very important spreadsheet has become too big to use without excel/calc slowing so much that I want to take an axe to the computer. Help! [more inside]
posted by pootler at 11:38 PM PST - 20 comments

Blue + Brown = Blown
The chocolate brown/robin's egg blue combo: when did it start being popular? Where did that combo come from? Why so pleasing to the eyes? And still trendy today? or outdated and tacky?
posted by Busoni at 11:23 PM PST - 42 comments

no batteries, please
Wind up watch? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 10:42 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do about my months-long crush on sweet nerdy volunteer supervisor?
I'm female and in my late 20s. I started volunteering at a local bookstore about eight months ago, and I've had a major crush on my supervisor since the very first day. It started as just a mild heart-skip, but as the weeks passed I found myself liking this guy more and more. He's got this reserved yet friendly geeky nature that I just can't get enough of. Oh my. [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl at 10:39 PM PST - 38 comments

8 Pound Baby Needs How Many Pounds of Stuff??
We are expecting our first child in the new year (yay!) and we are starting to put the nursery together. We found a crib, a rocking cradle, a change table, a chair and a car seat. What else should we get? Looking for specific product suggestions or a general list of the types of items that we will need. Was there a favorite thing that you were happy to have (a Sophie, a Bumbo, a diaper genie etc)? Something you wish you had right away? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin at 10:36 PM PST - 48 comments

Love/Success: never the twain shall meet?
If you are a physically very attractive woman how did you meet the man you married? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 10:35 PM PST - 74 comments

Flight attendant drug testing and Wellbutrin
In the not-so-distant future I might have to take a DOT/FAA drug test to become a flight attendant. I'm taking Wellbutrin prescribed by a psychiatrist. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 PM PST - 8 comments

I got ONE turntable and a microphone.
I need a turntable in New York City by tomorrow morning as early as possible. Any ideas, hive mind? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 8:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you recommend a reliable stereo receiver?
Can you recommend a reliable & affordable stereo receiver? I had a Sony receiver which worked for a couple of years and then broke. [more inside]
posted by pantufla at 8:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Identify this cosplay
Who is this cosplayer dressed as? Thanks.
posted by planet at 7:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Best depictions of magic in fiction?
What are some short stories or novels (probably in the fantasy genre, but not necessarily) with the most awesome, clever, and/or thought-provoking depictions and conceptions of magic?
posted by shivohum at 7:14 PM PST - 40 comments

Solo beach trip from Toronto. Where, and how much?
Solo traveler by way of Toronto, in late November, seeks beach, warmth, proximity to other nice humans. What's a good place, at a good price? [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada at 7:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Splitter as a merger?
Is it possible to use an all female 3.5mm splitter backwards to allow two inputs into one set of speakers? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 7:03 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I work with history?
What's the best way to find a career in historical preservation/art restoration from where I am now? [more inside]
posted by billypilgrim at 6:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Pickled apples?
I'm looking at the recipe for pickled apples in Linda Ziedrich's "The Joy of Pickling". These are whole apples pickled by fermentation (not just vinegar-soaked). I'm intrigued. Can you tell me about your experience eating pickled apples? Or better yet making them yourself (tips/tricks/results)? The info I've found online so far is pretty thin.
posted by madmethods at 6:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Moving to the Great White North - how to be prepared?
What do we need to know about moving to Rochester, Minnesota? Do I need to learn to cook ethnic food if I want to eat it? Do we need engine block heaters? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 6:00 PM PST - 22 comments

She Won't Be Getting Carpet Sample Faxes
JapanFilter: My friend is going to be in Osaka for a MONTH alone on business. She knows no one there, speaks very little Japanese, and will be all in all pretty bored. What are cool things she can do? Where are places she can hang out? Are there English websites she can read for ideas?
posted by aliceinreality at 5:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Bike quilt patterns?
Where can I find patterns for quilts that feature bicycles or bicycle parts? [more inside]
posted by WorkingMyWayHome at 5:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Where did my word document go?
Microsoft word emergency. Please help! [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 5:01 PM PST - 32 comments

Apples and Onions
I am making Dutch pancakes for a brunch. (They're an eggy thing that puffs up in the oven, kind of like a fritatta, kind of like a pancake, kind of like Yorkshire pudding.) My question is about the topping. [more inside]
posted by pipti at 4:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Annoying cat is annoying
So we have a cat. He came with the house, and probably not the cat we would have picked for ourselves, but now he's ours and we love him. However he's recently added a new behavioral problem to a list of behavioral problems that isn't as short as all that: From 3 in the morning onwards he wanders the house and meows constantly. [more inside]
posted by Artw at 4:37 PM PST - 25 comments

Who the hell am I?
My married name was "Jane Whatever Doe". I got divorced a while back and my legal (according to Social Security) name is "Jane Whatever Smith." Everyone in the art world knows me by my married name of "Jane Doe," so my driver's license says "Jane Whatever Smith-Doe." Are you confused yet? More within... [more inside]
posted by madred at 4:23 PM PST - 9 comments

I want to automagically convert my video files to iTunes friendly files
I want my videos to show up in iTunes. iTunes only seems to play nice with mp4. Is there any program out there that will monitor a folder, convert the video that shows up, and add it to iTunes? I'm on a Windows 7 machine. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 3:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Sausage Saturday night?
Another "can I eat this" question. This time: pork sausage. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 3:30 PM PST - 12 comments

What should I know before I invest in a restaurant?
What should I know before I invest in a restaurant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:49 PM PST - 31 comments

Gaga in the room so star struck cherry cherry boom boom
Which Lady Gaga should I be for Halloween? [more inside]
posted by gumtree at 2:44 PM PST - 23 comments

Sweet Guy or Crazy Person?
I am currently dating an ex, and we've been back together for about a month now. Everything is going really well, except for the fact that I'm starting to get a little freaked out about his revelation that he thinks I'm his soul mate and that he never got over me from the last time around. Does this guy sound sweet and sincere or potentially unbalanced? [more inside]
posted by mudlark at 2:07 PM PST - 49 comments

Please suggest an elegant, simple watch for a professional woman?
Can you suggest an elegant yet simple watch for a professional woman? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 2:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Doing the (Financial) Math....
Wish-I'd-kept-it-now-Filter: How can I calculate capital gains/losses on an individual stock I want to sell if I didn't keep the monthly/annual statements? [more inside]
posted by anitanita at 1:59 PM PST - 5 comments

To tell or not to tell: that is the beanplating question.
Would you want to know if your partner talks to their ex regularly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 PM PST - 42 comments

How does credit insurance/debt cancellation work?
Will credit insurance programs pay if the individual is aware of and has been notified an upcoming layoff prior to enrollment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Dealing with a depressed, hypochondriac SO
I'm coping with a hypochondriac/depressed boyfriend right now. I have tried to be there for him but I am very gradually starting to lose my patience and feel restless in the relationship. I love him and feel completely torn about what to do. [more inside]
posted by maggymay at 1:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me train my dog to do something fairly simple before we both lose our minds?
Locked in a battle of wills with my dog over when and where she's gonna pee. I think she's actually holding it in on purpose! How bad is this? Should I just give in, or hold out?? also general advice on what i'm trying to train her to do would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by lblair at 1:04 PM PST - 19 comments

How to make money by giving things away for free?
Help me come up with ways to easily bestow added-value upon subscribers to an online CC-licensed science fiction magazine. [more inside]
posted by 256 at 1:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Do you know where you're going to?
I can't seem to keep track of online events - what tool or workflow should I use? [more inside]
posted by rmm at 12:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Textbooks on data mining techniques / statistical analysis on large data sets?
Textbooks on data mining techniques / statistical analysis on large data sets? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 12:35 PM PST - 5 comments

The Art of War
What books have helped you succeed and grow professionally? Although recommendations like Getting Things Done or How To Win Friends And Influence People would be great, I would also like to hear about fiction or non-business books that you have read that have positively impacted your career. I am familiar with this thread about particular fields. I am more interested in books that have helped you generally in your career, regarding topics as diverse as work ethic, courage, communication, organization, leadership, relationships, work-life balance, etc. If the Men's Style Manual has impacted your career, bring it on!
posted by jasondigitized at 12:34 PM PST - 28 comments

Where should evilmom live in Baltimore?
My mother wants to move to Baltimore. Which neighborhoods should she consider? [more inside]
posted by eviltiff at 12:13 PM PST - 9 comments

scare me!
Suggest to me some creepy, scary, spooky stuff to read/watch/play with online. Not neccessarily Halloweeny stuff. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 12:05 PM PST - 23 comments

Rhys and Ross switch my Irish wristwatch for a Swiss wristwatch
[Wristwatchfilter] Me: mid-20s male looking for the perfect men's analog wristwatch for my dainty wrists. Easy-to-set alarm a strong plus. You: experienced in these matters and willing to share your insight. Go! [more inside]
posted by supercres at 11:37 AM PST - 15 comments

What kind of adventure should I have this summer?
I'm thirty years old, and it's my first semester of grad school after working in the corporate world for 8 years. It just kind of hit me that I'm going to have a summer vacation for the first time in forever. Whoa, awesome, but what to do with myself? Also, how to fund it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Moving to Croatia. What do I need that I don't know I need.
I'm leaving for Croatia in a week and have been offered a going away present. What do I need that I don't know I need? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames at 11:22 AM PST - 8 comments

iTunes album art must die.
iTunes 10.0.1 and Windows Vista. Help me kill the album art, kill it dead, for good. Permanently. For, like, EVER. [more inside]
posted by chez shoes at 11:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Help keep Mr. Crazypants warm this winter!
Anybody know anything about heated/self-warming cat beds? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:48 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me find this coat from Bonobos.
Can you help me find a similar coat? [more inside]
posted by jchaw at 10:45 AM PST - 7 comments

How to wean my wife off therapy?
How can I wean my wife off of visiting her therapist? We are in the second year of our marriage, and having the typical disagreements about money. My wife started visiting a therapist nearly a year ago, shortly after the death of her father. I don't ask much about her therapy, but my impression is that she discusses everything under the sun. cont'd... [more inside]
posted by reuscam at 10:44 AM PST - 161 comments

Losing my (free WiFi) connection
When I start a wifi session (at a coffee shop for instance), the bubble will say "additional login may be required" which, when I open a web page, is just an "I accept" disclaimer. BUT, when I have to turn off the computer (reboot for windows update, go to the bathroom, etc) and then try to re-establish contact, it won't work. I can't get connected and I can't get the login screen. I've tried everything I can think of to get it to work but it just seems like I have to come back the next day. Any tricks to get me back on?
posted by CodeMonkey at 10:38 AM PST - 5 comments

I need advice for setting up an improv group.
I'm setting up an improv theater group and would like some advice. [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty at 10:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Can you recommend a Windows research aide?
Can you help me sort through the overwhelming choices in Windows based note-taking software? [more inside]
posted by Sustainable Chiles at 10:12 AM PST - 16 comments

Tell me about the Trans-Asia Express
Some friends and I are planning on taking the Trans-Asia Express from Istanbul to Van (not continuing on to Tehran) next month. Could anyone who has taken this trip answer a few questions for me? [more inside]
posted by minicloud at 10:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Copy Windows Install Discs for Back-up
Exactly how do I rip (or burn) copies of the Windows XP, Vista, 7 install discs? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 10:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Squash the Squash?
I roasted some butternut squash about a week ago, but haven't yet used it. It's been in the refrigerator the whole time. Think it's safe to eat? How long might it last before it goes bad?
posted by gertrude at 10:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Atheist ISO non-religious Al-Anon-style support
I am very deeply in love with and married to a man who has substance abuse problems - particularly alchohol and cigarettes. I am not interested in leaving him. My powerlessness to help him causes me pain, and my misguided attempts to "fix" him are painful for him. Watching him destroy himself is destroying me, and is making me less loving a partner than he deserves. I've looked into Al-anon but, being passionately atheist and unable to reconcile myself with its higher power BS, I have not been to any meetings. Please help me find alternatives. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:05 AM PST - 23 comments

Software for a small library
What kind of cheap/affordable cataloging software is out there for small libraries? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa at 9:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Men becoming wolves. Wolves becoming... spiders.
My dog hates costumes. I really want him to wear one for the doggie parade tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 9:26 AM PST - 28 comments

Lilliputian Execution in the kitchen
Just got my gf a set of three .25 quart cast iron mini-cocottes. What delicious vegetarian recipes can she make with them? [more inside]
posted by gettingpaidforthis at 9:26 AM PST - 8 comments

I need to record a T-bone
My High School student needs to record a sample of his trombone at home so he can take it to his teacher. [more inside]
posted by Northwest at 9:21 AM PST - 7 comments

override XHR policy
override XMLHttpRequest security policy in firefox? [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 9:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me interpret my lab results
I need help with deciding what steps to take to lower my cholesterol.. [more inside]
posted by duddes02 at 9:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me take screenshots with Snagit 10
Help me screencap. I'm trying to use SnagIt 10, but I can't get it to take screenshots, either with the big red button or with the Print Screen key. Once I select the big red button it just runs in the background but doesn't take the screencap. The Print Screen key does nothing at all. This is on Windows 7. Other open apps are IE, Outlook, Communicator, Pidgin, Excel and Word. Any ideas?
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 8:52 AM PST - 18 comments

Do you know of a terrific Fiction-Writer's Software?
Fiction-Writing Software recommendation? I have a large manuscript with multiple characters, chapters, themes and volumes in the planning stage. I want to move beyond a blizzard of Post-its on my wall. I've looked at Scrivener, and am seeking other suggestions from users. Anything wonderful? Anything to absolutely avoid? Needs to be Mac-friendly, as well.
posted by citygirl at 8:48 AM PST - 18 comments

controlling wifi access by MAC address
I have a Linksys WRT110 router. Although it has some access controls, I find them difficult to use and counterintuitive, and I say this as someone who has been using computers since the days of the TRS-80. Is there a router out there that will let me limit access times by MAC address of different devices, either by a daily quota or a cutoff time? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 8:34 AM PST - 7 comments

New job! Help me get smart about getting smart.
I want to get smart on competitive intelligence. Point me in the right direction. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 8:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find the Choking Victim poster?
Where can I get this particular Choking Victim poster? [more inside]
posted by delasoull at 8:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Mini Underground
I am trying to make a list of short subway lines in the world. For instance, Leipzig is apparently planning a subway line with only three (!) stops. Do you know any examples for me to follow up? Thank you!
posted by Omnomnom at 7:57 AM PST - 38 comments

Rain dance - who are they?
Does anyone know anything about the amazing dancers in the Raindance video which is all over YT & FB at the moment? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 7:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Tiny apps for old machine?
Parents with very old PC (e.g. 128 MB RAM, XPHome w/ no SP upgrade!) hooking this machine to Internet for first time. Will purchase newer in near future, but must work with this for now. Looking for apps that will work on this old beast given memory lack. Would portable apps do the trick? Specifically looking for anti-virus, media, browsing, torrent, etc. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by skypieces at 7:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Weekend in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs - where to stay, what to eat, what to do - for a weekend? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 7:29 AM PST - 18 comments

really dirty window
we have an apparently leaky double paned window, with a strange white residue on the insides of the panes. [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 7:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Unfairly Fired by Feds
Need advice for friend wrongly dismissed by the federal government. [more inside]
posted by mbx at 7:14 AM PST - 12 comments

What should I do this weekend in New Orleans?
What should I do this weekend in New Orleans? I'm taking my girlfriend this weekend for her 30th birthday. We land tonight at about 6pm and depart on Sunday at about 6pm. [more inside]
posted by ben242 at 6:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Mixed Use Insurance
Landlord/Business Insurance Recommendations Needed [more inside]
posted by plinth at 6:51 AM PST - 1 comments

I got more pork than the late Sen. Robert Byrd
We had an anniversary pig roast. I've got 50 lbs of cooked pork left over. I need your recipes. [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 6:38 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I log on? Yes, it's plugged in.
[AppleFilter] How do I log on to my G5 tower when I don't actually know my username? [more inside]
posted by oh really at 6:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Fishing in Puget Sound
When is really the best time to fish for salmon in the Puget Sound / Georgia Straight area? Is it exclusively a late fall/early winter sport? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 6:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Windows 7 behaves in mysterious ways
Synaptic Touchpad in Windows 7 scroll "wheel" stopped working with no apparent cause. [more inside]
posted by fuq at 5:43 AM PST - 3 comments

How'd my passwords change?
I woke up today and both my Gmail account and Yahoo account have had their passwords changed. What the hell happened? Only thing I can think of is that it came through my phone-- I have an rooted Android LG Ally,(with google services) and I had a Yahoo Fantasy Football app installed. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 5:25 AM PST - 8 comments

“Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.”
What inspirational or instructive inscription should I have engraved on a (new) military officer's sword? [more inside]
posted by emtanner at 4:56 AM PST - 34 comments

What will be in the news next year?
Certain news stories are predictable in advance-- because they cover stories that happen every year (like the Oscars or the Super Bowl); or because they cover events you can see coming a long time away (like the 500th birthday of some historical personage.) Is there any comprehensive list of Things That Will Probably Be In The News Next Year? I'm looking for something like this weekly preview from CNN, but over a longer timescale.
posted by yankeefog at 4:14 AM PST - 15 comments

CT Scan Says WHAT??!
Small bowel malabsorption question. CT Scan shows something nobody expects, but can't really explain. Doctor says not to worry, but... [more inside]
posted by dzaz at 3:08 AM PST - 6 comments

good, “simple,” engaging, beautiful “classical” music
I'm looking for good, “simple,” engaging, beautiful “classical” music. [more inside]
posted by skwt at 1:44 AM PST - 45 comments

No no, it goes "naaah-nah-nah, naaah-na-nah"
I bought a book with classic tabulatures fifteen years ago, lost it, and want to buy it again. [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 1:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Got ideas for a 2-week school charity drive?
Starting this Sunday, me and some 40 people will be running a 2-week charity drive to get as many donations as possible for Pakistan flood victims. Do you have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Ragingmelon at 12:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do I have this gap in my teeth?
17 Months ago, I had six of my top front teeth crowned. During the last 3 or 4 months, the two front teeth have been separating & I now have a slight gap. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by jsslz at 12:05 AM PST - 5 comments

October 21
Management 101
How do I encourage people I'm working on a magazine with to do better and work harder without being a dick? [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 11:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Data table sources with multiple pagination
i need to gather data from paginated tables and return them as a feed or something that can be easily pulled as a query into excel. [more inside]
posted by malcommc at 9:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Unproven Bed Bugs--to treat or not to treat?
Should one treat bedbugs if the only evidence is bites? My friends live in a beautiful clean home. She has been getting bites, mainly on her torso, for the last 5 days. They seem to happen at night while sleeping. He gets no bites and thinks her suspicion of bed bugs is crazy. They have not been traveling, have not had house guests. Exterminator could find no signs of bed bugs or other critters, except for the bites on her belly. no droppings, blood, nothing. Exterminator (nice guy) gave her the possible options( mattress encasement alone, mattress encasement with treatment, sniffer dog, and "wait and see", but he refused to make a recommendation saying the choice was hers...........She showed him her belly (yes, she was that desperate) and he agreed the bites were consistent with bed bug bites but that one can't really determine that for certain. [more inside]
posted by Lylo at 9:39 PM PST - 24 comments

What to do in Kota Kinabalu?
I'm planning on a family trip with my wife and 18-month-old daughter to Kota Kinabalu, in northern Borneo, Maylasia. Where to stay? What to do? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 9:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Cheese, please?
Is there any other explanation besides lactose intolerance? 27 year old man, can eat cream cheese, steamed milk in coffee, pizza with cheese, and cheesy pasta. But as little as 3 slices of aged cheddar, any amount of goat cheese, basically any "fancy" cheese causes intense stomach upset. Is there any way he can go back to enjoying a cheese plate at a nice restaurant again? Anybody had a similar experience and found a way to deal with it?
posted by twiggy32 at 8:50 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I learn the discipline of intelligence analysis?
What books do you recommend for learning more about the "how" of intelligence analysis? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin at 8:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Wizard needs Gauntlet badly
[BayAreaFilter]. I want to play Gauntlet. Where should I go to do that? [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 8:22 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the least expensive way to get detailed road maps onto my Garmin Etrex Venture HC?
What's the least expensive way to get detailed road maps onto my Garmin Etrex Venture HC? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 8:10 PM PST - 5 comments

I dont know the drill
My dentist put a temp crown on a broken tooth today, then sent me to the front desk to set a followup. I was expecting this to be covered, at least partly, by my insurance, but they told me I had reached the limit and asked for $600. Is this right? Should they have told me I'd be paying out of pocket before starting treatment? [more inside]
posted by anonop at 8:01 PM PST - 21 comments

I always heard that you should stay in school....
[Grad School Filter] Help me sort through my mid-semester slump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Old awards on a resume
Should I include an old award on a resume/grad school application? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 7:58 PM PST - 12 comments

What awesome things can 4 college students do the 30th in DC? (Yes, we know about the rally)
Awesome, secret, impossible-to-get-in-to things, Part II: 3 friends and I decided on a whim to drive out to D.C. for the Stewart/Cobert rally on the 30th. We'll be staying with friends (maybe in Philly, maybe in the D.C. area), so that's taken care of, but what else should we do? [more inside]
posted by niles at 7:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Many hands make light work, hurt feelings.
Sort out a disagreement between roommates! [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 7:22 PM PST - 44 comments

Video game marathon planning
My dorm is interested in doing a video game marathon for charity. Advice? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 7:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for songs similar to LEMONADE "LIFTED" (LE CHEV REUNION TOUR REMIX
Looking for songs similar to LEMONADE "LIFTED" (LE CHEV REUNION TOUR REMIX) [more inside]
posted by MrBCID at 6:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Current Recommendations for VPS Hosting?
Recommendations for VPS hosting? [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 6:36 PM PST - 17 comments

How to achieve better work/life balance as a games developer?
How can I improve my work/life balance when my job makes extreme demands on my time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Informative books on China's economy
What are some good books on Chinese economic development? Especially how it's beginning to transition from a low cost low skill manufacturing to more technology intensive commodities. [more inside]
posted by maykasahara at 6:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me build a list of props for a Zork adventurer Halloween costume.
Attention ZORK fans! Help me build a list of props for a Zork adventurer Halloween costume. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn at 6:02 PM PST - 23 comments

A little tast of Shanghai (without the pork)?
I want to make Shanghai Soup Dumplings (Xiaolongbao) but without pork (I know, I know...I'm ruining them already). What would be the best alternative to use for the filling? Does anyone have a good recipe that could be modified? [more inside]
posted by a.steele at 5:45 PM PST - 18 comments

htaccess redirect problem
Newbie .htaccess problem [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 5:30 PM PST - 18 comments

How to avoid hiring manipulative people
As part of my job, I interview lots of engineering candidates (but the field doesn't really matter). One of my concerns is hiring manipulative personalities (blaming, perpetual victim, passive/aggressive, covert-aggressive, untreated personality disorders, etc). What are the best things to ask to spot trouble ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by ssqq at 5:20 PM PST - 38 comments

Minneapolis Dermatologist?
Can anyone recommend a dermatologist in Minneapolis?
posted by LittlePumpkin at 5:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Where is the best place to rent an apartment in Mumbai?
I will be in Mumbai for the month of January but still telecommuting to the US. Where is a good place to find a decent furnished apartment with reliable internet? Or rather, whats the craigslist of india?
posted by mewmewmew at 5:06 PM PST - 5 comments

STFU, coworkers!
My work area is noisy; often there are several competing conversations going on at once. How do I deal? (Yes, I read the question a week ago.) [more inside]
posted by momus_window at 4:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Dying with honor or dishonor
What were the qualifications for an honorable or dishonorable death in the first century Mediterranean world? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 4:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Did you keep the 'Windows Media Player 9 For Mac' installer? I need it.
Does anyone still have an installer for Windows Media Player 9 for mac? Yes I know it's discontinued, and I do have Flip4Mac, but I'd also like to have WMP. I have a slow computer, and I remember in the past that the official programme, whilst it was crappy overall and showed videos a bit pixellated, highish res ones played more smoothly than in QT+Flip4Mac...or VLC, or whatever. I'm hoping someone has kept the .sitx file. Anyone? It will run on a PPC Leopard system won't it?
posted by Deor at 4:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Knockoff Nunchuck
Is there a mouse that works like a Wii nunchuck? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 3:10 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm a PC person- wondering if I should I buy a Macbook Pro?
I've been generally a loyal PC user, but I'm thinking about getting a 13" 2.66GHz Macbook Pro. I'm looking for a lightweight and sturdy laptop to carry from class to class. For my purposes, is this the right laptop for me? [more inside]
posted by jennz at 3:04 PM PST - 29 comments

Milk, Milk Lemonade
Can a relatively low-sugar diet cause constipation? Lots of TMI and perhaps NSFW within... [more inside]
posted by en el aire at 2:58 PM PST - 15 comments

what to do during vacation
I have 3-4 weeks of vacation time left for the reminder of the year. What should I do during that time? [more inside]
posted by vocpanda at 2:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Coding Practice
Programming Filter: I'm applying for software jobs, but I don't want to forget what I know. How should I practice to keep my skills sharp? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean at 2:34 PM PST - 22 comments

What would a dog actually mean for me?
How much work is a dog? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 65 comments

Justice With Style
Where can we find awesome posters & prints that are dedicated to public health and social justice themes? [more inside]
posted by thewrongparty at 2:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Because there were 12 Apostles? Really?
Why twelve jurors? Why not eleven, or thirteen? My google-fu has only uncovered suggestions that it is because there were twelve apostles. I can't find a reliable source for that and it seems odd. Does anyone know?
posted by bearwife at 1:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Need a place to hang out in Orlando
So my brother in Cape Canaveral and I in Tampa are planning to meet in Orlando once a month or so to hang out play an RPG game. Anyone know a good place twhere a small group could get together (some others might join us) that are open till at least 10-11pm? Coffee/tea shops, gaming stores, etc - I'm preferably looking for personal opinions since there is only so much you can get from Google Maps :)
posted by Ikazuchi at 1:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Which is the best bank to use in New York City?
Which is the best bank to use in New York City? [more inside]
posted by AndrewShortComedy at 1:21 PM PST - 25 comments

Movie in which youth change the world (for the better)
I need an uplifting movie about young people engaged in social justice. [more inside]
posted by philotes at 1:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Gooey tea leaves. Ick.
What could cause a gooey gummy residue left in my tea leaves after making oolong tea? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light at 1:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me cancel my trash pick up!
How can I get rid of my trash? My garbage pick up service has raised their prices and I cannot afford it. I am sure that there is a solution that I am not thinking of. [more inside]
posted by futz at 1:04 PM PST - 33 comments

Low cost Windows Server 2003 Backups
Low cost backup solutions for Windows Server 2003? [more inside]
posted by chairish at 12:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Is this menopause?
Is this menopause? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Secure streaming of live video, 24/7, pre-existing camera infrastructure. Can this be done?
Secure streaming of live video, 24/7, pre-existing camera infrastructure. Can this be done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:19 PM PST - 2 comments

A No-Regrets Lip Protectant, Balm, or Gloss
Dear reader: What's a lip balm good for biking that won't hurt my lips over time? [more inside]
posted by mostlybecky at 12:10 PM PST - 31 comments

Can a bad Apple be saved?
When trying to get a Macbook repaired, how is the BEST WAY to make a stink without being an asshole? [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl at 11:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me choose paints colors for my kitchen
If you had to paint this room, both the top and bottom parts of each wall and the cabinents, what colors would you choose?
posted by particular at 11:35 AM PST - 32 comments

How many people are talking about #X?
Is there a (preferably free) service that lets you get a count of number of tweets by hashtag for a specified date range? Being able to also get a number of unique users tweeting about a hashtag would also be helpful.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 11:23 AM PST - 1 comments

Help me enter a contest to meet Billy Dee Williams.
I want to meet Billy Dee Williams. [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there a robust world holiday calendar?
This metafilter post got me wondering - is there a robust website with all of these kinds of obscure world/national holidays?
posted by drewski at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there an inn with all-glass ceilings (for stargazing)?
Is there an inn or bed-and-breakfast somewhere in the Southwestern USA with the distinguishing feature that (some of) its rooms' ceilings are largely or entirely glass (or, at least, contain enormous skylights)? [more inside]
posted by hoople at 10:49 AM PST - 7 comments

When was the last time your boss actually asked you to detect a cycle in a linked list?
Help! I'm really really bad at computer programming interviews. Unfortunately ... I'm a computer programmer. [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! at 10:49 AM PST - 31 comments

The strong, silent type does not compute.
He asked for a break until we see eachother again in six weeks. That's coming up this weekend. Having a hard time getting perspective and feeling out how to approach the meeting. [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 10:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Seeking SimpleNote-Style Offline Tools for Google Docs
Looking for offline front-end or sync tools for Google Docs that are similar to those for SimpleNotes. [more inside]
posted by lodurr at 10:30 AM PST - 4 comments

"Vomitin' when runnin' means yer winnin'!!"
Better late than never? I just finished my bi-annual Personal Fitness Assessment for the military and really need a "game plan" for getting a better passing score next spring. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 10:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Returning to school without being in debt for life
Asking for my best bud here in Phoenix: Are there scholarships/grants, etc., available for non-traditional students (who are also the first in the family to attend college?) If so, where would I find information? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 10:16 AM PST - 13 comments

I'm picking up bad vibrations...
Very annoying noise in monitor speakers following connection of external firewire sound card to new Mac Book Pro. Is it "ground hum"? Don't think so. [more inside]
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 9:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Is wifi in schools a bad idea?
I've been doing some talking and thinking about WiFi in my community, and someone recently brought up the issue of wifi in schools. Apparently, parents want wifi to be banned in schools because after the introduction of wireless networks, their children are showing strange symptoms. Does anyone know of any evidence or studies done on this? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 9:18 AM PST - 21 comments

Best use of 3 days in Vancouver in the rain?
Vancouver BC bound...and the forecast calls for storms! Had planned to go birding at Stanley Park, and maybe over to the Reifel refuge near Ladner, but if the weather is blowing umbrellas inside-out, that might not be the best use of our three days up there. What's going on up there this weekend in particular? (we leave from Seattle this evening.)
posted by dorgla at 9:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Do they get away with it?
I'm curious what happens after I dispute a visa charge? [more inside]
posted by TLCplz at 8:36 AM PST - 15 comments

Honey, I shrunk your hoodie...
This question got me thinking: can I unshrink a poly/cotton hoodie? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 8:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Where's my mail?
I am missing four weeks of mail by virtue of the USPS screwing up. Help! [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Toronto with kids this weekend
My wife is traveling to downtown Toronto this weekend with 3 girls aged 8-12. Are there any events or activities on that would appeal? Perhaps Halloween related? Interests include fashion, pop culture, animals. Sunday night is spoken for.
posted by canoehead at 8:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Who Am I?
What late 1940s female celebrity am I going to be for Halloween? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 7:54 AM PST - 20 comments

What are the best books being published in the modern age?
Best Modern Books Filter: Darwin's Origin of Species, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, Smith's The Wealth of Nations... these books have stood the test of time and should probably be on my bookshelf (only Darwin right now). What non-fiction books have been published in the past 50 years that will also stand the test of time, that I should definitely own and read, that are classics of their field or, more to the point, any field? Bonus points for books published in the last 10 years.
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 7:33 AM PST - 28 comments

Mission: Sapling
Where do you plant a tree if you want to be sure you can visit it 50 years from now? How do you go about planting it, assuming a team of two adults? [more inside]
posted by swift at 7:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Blogging from the wrong side of the Dunning-Kruger Effect
I want to talk about ethics in marketing from an in-the-field standpoint; I think it's an important conversation that nobody's having. But I'm overthinking myself right out of ever doing it. [more inside]
posted by TheFlak at 6:50 AM PST - 10 comments

NYC Remodeling Inspiration
Help me fulfill my crazy pregnant-lady nesting urges in NYC! [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle at 6:48 AM PST - 6 comments

How to find cities to move to
How can I find out which cities (in the US or India) would be good places for me to live in? I'm in my mid-30s, single, female, and Indian-American. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:07 AM PST - 23 comments

My Monitor is Still Drunk
My netbook screen goes dark and won't 'wake up' every so often. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 6:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I stop sexually fantasizing about my coworker?
I'm married and I have a crush on a married coworker. Should I stop sexually fantasizing about him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:06 AM PST - 46 comments

What should I do with 50k?
Say you're in your mid-twenties and suddenly have around 50k you want to start investing/saving. How would you go about doing it? [more inside]
posted by torietorie at 5:52 AM PST - 18 comments

You gotta be kidney me!
Lower achy back pain: something actually wrong with the spine or something with the kidneys? I know YANMD and I AM frantically trying to get an appointment, just...anyone else experienced this? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 5:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me get hold of catalogues from overseas
Short of going there myself, what would be the best way to collect, in the UK, a sample of customer magazines and catalogues from other countries? [more inside]
posted by tawny at 5:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Dealing with Third-Hand Smoke. . .
We live in an old house that has been split into a few apartments. The guy below us smokes and there is a faint smell of smoke in our 16-month old's room. The baby's room is located above the neighbor's office, where he seems to do a lot of his smoking. [more inside]
posted by ajr at 5:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Getting my Dad to Oz
My father's birthday is coming up and he's always dreamed of going to Australia (he lives in the US). I'd like to make that happen. The catch: I don't know when him and my mother will actually be free in order to take the trip. What's the best way to give him this gift? [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 at 4:41 AM PST - 4 comments

I am a stupid Linux user who messed up my netbook.
I am a stupid Linux user: I was cleaning up my netbook's hard drive and somehow trashed keyboard & mouse support. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 3:54 AM PST - 7 comments

These boots are somewhat made for walking.
All purpose 'Hiking' boots that don't look like hiking boots but are somewhat water / snow resistant. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 2:33 AM PST - 22 comments

Overstaying VISA for just Two Days
I'm about to overstay my Holiday Visa in Ireland for just two days. How much trouble am I going to encounter? [more inside]
posted by gcbv at 1:05 AM PST - 14 comments

October 20
I thought for sure I could balance that way...
After an unfortunate meeting between my face and the floor a couple of nights ago, my teeth are tingly. Is this a bad sign? [more inside]
posted by heyho at 11:51 PM PST - 9 comments

I want my Iain M. Banks audiobook
How can I get Iain M. Banks novel Surface Detail as an audiobook in the USA? [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 10:37 PM PST - 5 comments

To seek out new life and new civilizations... and then film them
How can I find a job making my little videos and doing so abroad? [more inside]
posted by seansbrain at 10:25 PM PST - 3 comments

If its not ADHD, then what is it?
What effect would you expect to see if a child (a pre-teen boy) who does NOT have ADHD is treated with ADHD meds (Ritalin, Adderall, or similar)? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 10:14 PM PST - 36 comments

How do I write off my mileage?
Can I write off the extra driving I do for my job? If so, how do I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 9:50 PM PST - 6 comments

I have red lentils, 2 limes, and 2 cans of coconut milk.
I have red lentils, 2 limes, and 2 cans of coconut milk. What can I make with these (and other ingredients)? [more inside]
posted by Slinga at 9:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Why so negative?
Why does the sound system show negative db? [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 9:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to find a laptop that can't get online
Can you point me to online stores where I can buy a laptop computer that does NOT have Internet access? [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 9:29 PM PST - 14 comments

My ADD meds and my heart
Heart arrhythmia and adderall. You are not my doctor, but I was hoping for some anecdotal experiences or help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me remember a story!
It's a science fiction short story, from a collection. The main character finds a weird piece of technology in a store or something and works out that it's a video recording from the future. They watch it and it's a police advisory warning of 'Smoots' who can travel in time. The narrator gets a little freaked but puts a notice in a newspaper seeking 'smoots.. no spoofs'. The tale ends on a Lovecraftian note with a figure in a long coat outside the door. There's a character in the story called 'High Space Dick Hagger' which is what I remembered (because come on, it's awesome). I vaguely think it might be Sheckley... but it's not quite witty enough. Help me metafilter!
posted by Sebmojo at 8:58 PM PST - 2 comments

release liner for surgical tape?
Good Evening! I'm looking for a release liner (similar to the peel off liners that go on the back of band-aids or gift bows) that would stick to the adhesive side of a piece of 2" x 2" surgical tape. Do you have any suggestions as to what type I should use, and if so, where I might purchase it? Thanks much!
posted by htm at 8:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me teach the First Amendment
Help me teach the First Amendment (to my students, that is- this isn't an O'Donnell Filter) [more inside]
posted by elliss at 8:46 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I calibrate my 2G iPod Touch accelerometer?
Sure there is a way I can calibrate my 2G iPod Touch accelerometer. It is off, big time. No matter the angle, it thinks I'm tilting it way far left. The accelerometer still works, as individual apps with calibration functions allow for recalibration, and those apps work beautifully. More inside. [more inside]
posted by neksys at 8:42 PM PST - 4 comments

cake for lazy people
When I lived in France, I used to make a super easy, delicious cake for the kids that involved using a container of yogurt and then measuring all the other ingredients using that container of yogurt. I've totally forgotten how to make this now. Anyone know what I'm talking about or where to find a recipe?
posted by logic vs love at 8:14 PM PST - 22 comments

A place to stay in St Augustine
I'm going to be in St Augustine FL on Tuesday for one day. I'd like to stay in an interesting/scenic/walkable part of town, and would like recommendations for a hotel.
posted by adamrice at 8:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Hjälp! I need to find a site where I can buy this Team Sweden sweatshirt or other Tre Kronor sweatshirts!
Hjälp! I need to find a site where I can buy this Team Sweden sweatshirt or other Tre Kronor sweatshirts! [more inside]
posted by camcol at 7:35 PM PST - 4 comments

How to avoid multiple office visits for prescriptions?
I'm prescribed 30mg of Adderall XR for my adhd. I was diagnosed and prescribed it from the psychiatrist that my job's health insurance uses. He says he can only prescribe it to me one prescription at a time. My high co-pays are adding up and its becoming costly to have to go every time. My doc tries to help by giving me two scripts at a time (one with the correct date and one a month out) but I'm still shelling out a lot six times a year to get my prescribed medication. I completely understand that Adderall is abused in the US and there needs to be controls on how its dispensed. I wouldn't mind going every six months so he can check up on me and monitor my use of it. Usually our appointments are 15 min chats about my mood and any side effects I may be experiencing. I'm no MD but that hardly seems worth an in office visit. Has anyone else dealt with this issue? Is there a way around this?
posted by my_thai at 7:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Bench me!
Help me find the perfect bench. I'd like a bench for the entryway to our house. My style tends toward vintage and mid-century modern. What's the perfect bench I haven't found yet, ideally for less than $500? Examples of what I like inside. [more inside]
posted by luazinha at 7:16 PM PST - 9 comments

What would you do with six jalapeños?
We received six jalapeño peppers in the CSA share this week. What should we do with them? Caveats: vegetarian and gluten-free. Dairy's fine. [more inside]
posted by anthropoid at 7:03 PM PST - 30 comments

Annotating PDFs and searching within the annotations...
What's the best Mac solution for annotating academic pdfs and then searching across all the pdfs that you've annotated? [more inside]
posted by zresearch at 6:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Rally to keep my sanity?
What's the best way to commute from downtown Baltimore to Washington DC during the weekend? [more inside]
posted by Geppp at 6:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Best quiz maker software
Looking for quiz maker software... [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 6:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Prozac made my depression worse; now I'm scared to try another SSRI.
Prozac made my depression much worse; now I'm scared to try another SSRI. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:53 PM PST - 25 comments

I want to ride my bicycle: What kind should I get? ~200-300 budget.
I moved from WV to relatively flat Richmond, VA. What kind of bike should I get to take advantage of the newfound flatness? ~$200-300 budget. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot at 5:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Best mouse for graphic designer?
What's the best mouse a graphic designer could have? [more inside]
posted by rigby51 at 4:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Pepperidge Farm Remem-bars.
I love Goldfish crackers. I love food in bar form. Help me combine these loves. [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 4:19 PM PST - 16 comments

How much is company medical insurance?
How much is the average employee contribution to a company medical plan? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 4:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Municipality provides broadband infrastructure; ISPs provide content?
Smart people: I'm trying to understand the issues relating to municipal broadband. It seems to me -- a complete layperson, understand -- that the proper approach here is obvious: The municipality should build out the fiber infrastructure, and leave the provision of services open to private ISPs. What is the current thinking on this issue? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 4:04 PM PST - 10 comments

What to do with these chicken feet?
What to do with thesed packaged chicken feet? Is there anything special I need to do to prepare them? My daughter is mad-keen to get stuck into one, but given there's no english writing on the pack, I'm not really sure what to do. Pictures are here and here.
posted by singingfish at 4:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Moving sale
Why do big box stores move, build brand new box stores, the exact same size, in the same neighborhood, what seems like every couple of years? [more inside]
posted by woodjockey at 4:01 PM PST - 11 comments

*ZAP*
I just bought a Gardner Bender GET-3213 Voltage Tester. It doesn't seem to work...what am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 3:40 PM PST - 11 comments

I need a little webcam, short and cheap
Looking for a unobtrusive cheap webcam to stick on my mid-sized laptop. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by nrobertson at 3:39 PM PST - 4 comments

ID this poster.
What is this poster, pinned to the door in the French movie 13 Tzameti? [more inside]
posted by afx237vi at 3:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Could I have heard 'O Siem' before 1995?
Wasn't the song 'O Siem' around before Susan Aglukark recorded it in 1995? I feel certain that I heard it in the 70s. In case it matters, I lived in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada as a child from 1971 to 1979, and it was during this period that I believe I heard the song on the radio. The Wikipedia entry for the song credits Aglukark as one of the writers and mentions no other versions. I also can't find any earlier reference on allmusic or via a Google search. Could it have been spelled differently? I think the lyrics were the same. I remember the title phrase being pronounced "oozy-em" and the inclusion of at least some of the same lines as in the chorus of the Aglukark song: "O Siem / We are all family / O Siem / We're all the same". I'm an amateur musician and have a very good music memory. If this is a false memory, it is an incredibly convincing one, and I have not previously (knowingly) experienced anything similar.
posted by dopeydad at 3:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Question For Naval History Buffs
Naval History Question: In the 1500s/1600s, how did people get from a large boat (ship-of-the-line) onto a smaller boat (e.g., a pinnace)? Was the pinnace hauled up to the deck of the bigger ship? Did people climb down ropes? Walk across planks? Etc. If nobody knows, what's a good resource for me to look it up?
posted by bagadonuts at 3:00 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I properly use screenshots in a Master's paper?
How do I properly use screenshots in a Master's paper? [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 2:49 PM PST - 2 comments

What should I see, do, eat and drink while I'm in Philly?
Going to Philly for my 30th birthday at the beginning of November. What should I see, do, eat and drink while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 2:42 PM PST - 23 comments

Copyleft my Master's thesis?
Is it silly or futile to try and convince my university to copyleft (rather than copyright) my Master's thesis? [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 2:23 PM PST - 23 comments

Looking for literature that explains explanation
Looking for philosophers/social theorists, both classic and modern, who have written about what it means to "explain" something. [more inside]
posted by pluckemin at 2:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I move into a month-to-month before finding a long-term place?
I am looking for a place to stay in or near Washington DC - I need to move in by November 1. I have found a place which I could stay for a few months (month-to-month rent) but until I could find something that more closely fits my preferences. Should I go with this place now before it is gone, or should I try to find a place I would be comfortable with long-term within the next week and a half? [more inside]
posted by catquas at 2:21 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I get aerosol sunscreen off my stuff?
How do I remove aerosol sunscreen from my belongings after it sprayed all over my suitcase? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson at 2:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Can just one non-union individual go on strike?
Can just one non-union individual go on strike? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Rock and a hard place, and the hard place cries ALL THE TIME.
I don't know if I can manage this relationship anymore, but the problem is, I've got to. I will attempt to describe this adequately inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Why are most of the colleges I'm finding for my college formerly all women's schools?
Sarah Lawrence. Vassar. Connecticut College. Skidmore. Goucher. I don't get it. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 1:54 PM PST - 60 comments

She waited a year to tell me this...
Any suggestions to help my (unemployed, uninsured, high-risk) mother get insurance or assistance with apparent macular degeneration? Difficulty: she's in California, I'm in Oregon and we're both broke. [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx at 1:52 PM PST - 6 comments

What are some good ideas to boost my income using my free travel benefits?
I've just accepted a desk job with a large airline. What are some good ideas to boost my income using my free travel benefits? [more inside]
posted by hussmanne at 1:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Please advise on how to organize an Alleycat style bike event fundraiser for my nonprofit workplace, and how to make it AMAZINGLY FUN.
Please give me some advice on how to organize an Alleycat style bike event fundraiser for my nonprofit workplace, and how to make it AMAZINGLY FUN. [more inside]
posted by ialwayscryatendings at 1:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Pop quiz!
I want to create simple quizzes on my website. Teach me, oh MeFi. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 1:32 PM PST - 4 comments

What, me law school?
What's the outlook for the legal profession in Canada? Is going to law school in Canada as dire a choice as it seems to be in the US? [more inside]
posted by awenner at 1:16 PM PST - 1 comments

Can't we just get along?
I've had more than a few relationships in life turn adversarial/ oppositional. Now it's happening at work, where I have been (anonymously) accused of acting hostile. How do I work better with people? [more inside]
posted by Anonymous.MeFite at 1:15 PM PST - 25 comments

How To Fix Error 1802 on Lenovo T60
I need to upgrade the WiFi card on my Thinkpad T60. When I try to replace it, I encounter the Lenovo BIOS whitelist which prevents you from booting the PC if you install parts from other suppliers (Error 1802). Does anyone have experience in bypassing this for a T-series Thinkpad? [more inside]
posted by Susurration at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Sound file housekeeping question
A swiss army knife for my audio files. The Aperture of sound. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 12:29 PM PST - 11 comments

It sounds like "rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrm"
Why did my car start roaring whenever I press the accelerator? Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 12:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Teaching demonstration at University level
I have a teaching demonstration at University level tomorrow. This is my first. I have some questions on what to expect from the audience/evalution panel. I heard from another candidate (there are three positions open being managed simultaneously) about her experience on Monday and it sounded like a deliberately hostile audience and interview session. Is this normal or to be expected? [more inside]
posted by The Lady is a designer at 12:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Lingerie in LA
Mrs. Bartonlong and I are in San Clemente, Ca for a few days and would like to upgrade her lingerie. Please suggest some stores we could visit with a great selection of unusual lingerie and high heels
posted by bartonlong at 12:14 PM PST - 1 comments

What are some creative (and inexpensive) ways to temporarily (and only slightly) tint an apartment window?
What are some creative (and inexpensive) ways to temporarily (and only slightly) tint an apartment window? [more inside]
posted by rinogo at 12:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Will I ever be able to run?
Am I just not meant to run? I've tried Couch to 5K twice and gotten tendonitis in my knee after the second week both times. [more inside]
posted by Mavri at 11:39 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me constrict myself into my Halloween dress!
There is a dress that I need to cram myself into on Halloween. It fits everywhere fine except for the waist, which is insanely tight - like can't quite zip up the back insanely tight. Basically I need to be about 1.5 -2 inches smaller in the waist area on Halloween. Help! [more inside]
posted by 8dot3 at 11:29 AM PST - 33 comments

All We Like Sheep Are Drawn To Messiah
Help me perform, sing along with, or at least hear a performance of Handel's Messiah in the Chicagoland area this Christmas! [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 11:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Assisted Living Director Directions
Help my SO achieve his dream of working in an assisted living facility! (Seriously.) [more inside]
posted by Work to Live at 10:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Suffering movie amnesia torture
Trying to remember a movie in which a woman meets her mother's (supposed?) ghost while visiting Israel. Help me remember. Please!!!! :) [more inside]
posted by royboy at 10:50 AM PST - 2 comments

that high school feeling
Songs that evoke high school nostalgia? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 10:48 AM PST - 56 comments

What do I need to learn in library school before I graduate?
What do I need to learn in library school before I graduate, if I'm not sure what I want to do when I'm done? [more inside]
posted by zoetrope at 9:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Netbook for Software Developer
I need a cheap netbook for a Windows .NET developer. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 9:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Motivation for a pre-teen
Practical tips to motivate a pre-teen [more inside]
posted by 3dd at 9:52 AM PST - 29 comments

Go forth and multiply, my tunes!
For digital music distribution, are there any drawbacks to using multiple services like Tunecore, Bandcamp or Nimbit together? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:52 AM PST - 3 comments

The funniest bits of the post-funny Simpsons?
What are the "classic" bits and one-liners from post-classic Simpsons? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 9:51 AM PST - 25 comments

Show Me The Money
I work full time in the US. A European company wants to hire me as a consultant on a contract basis. How can I minimize my tax burden? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:50 AM PST - 4 comments

what's like shorpy but more amateur, recent, & in color?
photo blog filter: I enjoy the history site shorpy quite a bit, but I also really like the member gallery (button on left side of main page; not sure why my link here isn't sticking), where contributors post family photos and other sorts of everyday images along with the date of origin and some background info, etc. What other blogs/websites do this kind of thing? Which ones do you like? (Interested in 40s-80s U.S. mostly, but some variation is fine.) [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 at 9:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Help a newbie learn to run!
Calling all running experts: Help a newbie learn to run! [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 9:39 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me not miss this Broadway show!
Is there a site that can email me when a specific play starts selling tickets? Difficulty: it has been announced, but no dates or theater yet. [more inside]
posted by alaijmw at 9:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Speed graphic flash adapter?
Speed Graphic flash adapter? I'd like to use a modern flash system with an old speed graphic lens - the kind with a two pin flash connection. Google and B&H searches fail me, perhaps because I'm using the wrong terms. Does such an adapter exist?
posted by aladfar at 9:15 AM PST - 4 comments

How to get counseling while unemployed?
How can I seek treatment for possible depression while I'm unemployed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Old hack, new trick?
Netbook/Windows Starter 7 question: What is the filename (and path) for the default, non-changeable background (wallpaper) image? Can I just save what I want as that file and have it use that instead? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

New York eye doctor help?
Help me find a good eye doctor in Brooklyn or Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by mhz at 8:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Are canker sores weakening my immune system?
Are canker sores weakening my immune system? [more inside]
posted by halseyaa at 8:44 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me identify this book/short story/novella from my past.
ShortStoryFilter: I'm looking for the name of a short story that (probably) appeared in a pulp horror collection from a good number of years back... Arid country, twin princes, Prince A locks B at bottom of a well, B escapes, pulls identifying tooth from (now king) A's mouth, locks A at bottom of well. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 8:36 AM PST - 4 comments

"Plenty more where that came from"
Is baldness preventable these days? For the past few weeks I've been noticing dozens of hairs falling out of my head every day, and I'm a bit worried. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 AM PST - 16 comments

Mean means and modish modes
Statistics! I need to use them at work, but over the past few years numbers seem to make my head spin. Any tips for parsing them? Any recommended books for someone who only scraped a C at GCSE Maths? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 8:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Making the nomadic lifestyle work. Or making me work for it. Or something.
Can this freelance developer make this nomadic lifestyle thing work (tax and visa questions about Asia especially)? [more inside]
posted by innocuous_sockpuppet at 8:12 AM PST - 8 comments

10 Shots Over Ice - At Home?
Please help me replicate my daily Starbucks beverage at home: venti cup filled with ice with 10 shots. [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 7:59 AM PST - 31 comments

DOE weekly inventory report - Where is it?
Where on http://www.energy.gov/ can I find their weekly inventory reports for crude oil? Thank you!
posted by Penelope at 7:54 AM PST - 1 comments

A gate and a monster appear -- on the wall!
I'm retooling my Arkham Horror game-board as a vertical, wall-mounted surface, so that I'll actually have room in my apartment for people to play without spending part of their turn sitting out in the hall. Help me figure out the best way to do this effectively, affordably, and awesomely. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 7:51 AM PST - 27 comments

I wanna be a social animal
I'm leaving college, and I want to know where I can find a sense of community in the 'real world.' [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 7:48 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me think happy thoughts
[Stressed not Depressed Filter] Help me think happy thoughts. I feel like I'm sliding down a slippery slope. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Scam phishing for personal data or the greatest apartment find in history?
Scam phishing for personal data or the greatest apartment find in history? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Shopping for LASIK providers - what should I know?
What to ask when shopping around for LASIK and/or PRK providers, specifically in Denver area. [more inside]
posted by angab at 7:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for books on poetry
Can anyone recommend books of essays on poetry that aren't poetry-writing manuals? [more inside]
posted by luke1249 at 6:44 AM PST - 23 comments

Knit two, stab one
Looking for horror films that feature death by knitting needle. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 6:19 AM PST - 11 comments

What's the best way to create a removable, reasonably air-tight seal in a large non-square space?
What's the best way to create a removable, reasonably air-tight seal in a large non-square space? [more inside]
posted by JohnFredra at 4:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Employee Evaluations
I am writing an article about employment in the U.S. federal government. Where can I find information about what supervisors are allowed by law to tell other government agencies recruiters about their employees, and what they sometimes tell those recruiters that is against the law? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 4:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Wifi signal keeps disappearing
Wifi keeps disappearing from routers in coffee shop [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 3:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Halloween songs
What are your favorite Halloween themed songs, suitable for an esl class ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin at 3:03 AM PST - 15 comments

October 19
Web software for voting up/down ideas
I want to create a web page that colleagues can use to create short improvement ideas and then have those ideas voted up or down by other users. Is there a free software package that I can install on a server that would enable us to do this? Bonus points for open source.
posted by alby at 11:47 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm sorry some jerk is sending you emails from me
Some spammer is spoofing my gmail account out into the world. What consequences should I be concerned about?
posted by Guy Smiley at 11:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Do people really make friends in yoga and cooking classes?
Do people really make friends in yoga and cooking classes? [more inside]
posted by rwatson at 10:58 PM PST - 25 comments

Hot Air Balloon ride near NYC?
Where can I book a hot air balloon ride near New York City? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 10:24 PM PST - 3 comments

rellational database alternatives
What is the best method to accomplish the following: Assume a database of every American currently alive. For reason beyond the scope of this message assume are in a relational database and they have record numbers 1 through 310,520,158. [more inside]
posted by santogold at 10:10 PM PST - 10 comments

The dymaxion projection
I'm looking for some free library shorts or documentaries that I can find online about architecture or Buckminster Fuller or space travel or any of the sort from the 60s through the 80s that are very graphical and would be good to project onto a wall on a short loop as a backdrop for a party. Can you point me to some of these?
posted by setanor at 9:46 PM PST - 6 comments

archaeological mapping
Could we see through walls? [more inside]
posted by clavdivs at 9:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Who the hell can I trust to give me reliable advice about running shoes? And which goddamn shoes should I buy?
Ok, seriously: Is there any reliable information on running shoes out there? Who the hell can I trust? Every source of information seems either fraught with bias or complete fluff. What's a critical thinker to do? And more importantly, what goddamn shoes should I buy? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 9:23 PM PST - 24 comments

I want to find that feeling
What was that video of the sad couple on a road trip? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 9:12 PM PST - 4 comments

How to clean a virus off a laptop.
My exchange student's laptop has a virus. Can't connect to the net. Is there some way to download something from my desktop so I can 'boot from CD' or whatever on the laptop?
posted by TheManChild2000 at 8:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Thanksgiving vacations
What are some quick vacations I can do with my family over Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 at 8:50 PM PST - 6 comments

How Do I Extract Multiple Data and Put Them into CSV Format?
Extract Multiple Data (email, names, dates, and IDs) from a Huge Messy Text File, and Sort Them into a CSV: How do I do this? I've read this on extracting emails, but I can't figure out how to do this with several different data points. [more inside]
posted by darth_tedious at 8:35 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I make my video thumbnails start showing up again?
Why aren't my video thumbnails showing? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen at 8:34 PM PST - 3 comments

need faux diamond plate material
looking for flexible black plastic diamond tread plate material... [more inside]
posted by g.i.r. at 7:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Taking sick days makes me feel sick with guilt
How do I stop feeling bad about calling in sick at work when I'm actually sick? I always ended up feeling guilty, like I should have just went and suffered through it. [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 at 7:04 PM PST - 42 comments

Pregnancy Shaving: It's a jungle [down] there!
Pregnancy Shaving: Running a clean ship when you can't see the deck... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 PM PST - 30 comments

(Boston) T-accessible fall daytrip
(BostonFilter) T-accessible foliage daytrips -- where to go? [more inside]
posted by anotherthink at 6:41 PM PST - 20 comments

Which writers, critics, academics have written well on the subject of fanfic and slash?
I'm looking for people who have written well about about fanfic and slash. I'd particularly like to find any academics or writers who've researched or written about the phenomenon in depth, including subgenres like mpreg, yaoi, RPS etc. Can you suggest anyone? [more inside]
posted by Fanficproject at 6:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Waiting All Day for Sunday Night
NFLter: What's your favorite (current) NFL stadium? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 6:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Scholastic Book Fair filter
Is the Scholastic Book Fair really free or is it a shill? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 6:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me find the perfect murse
Help me find the perfect murse, man-bag or whatever you want to call it? [more inside]
posted by jasmeet at 6:09 PM PST - 25 comments

Therapist and psychologist recommendation Swansea
Can someone recommend a good therapist or psychologist in Swansea, Wales, preferably with a background in Asperger's Syndrome? It's important they should communicate by email or text (not just by phone), and it would be nice if they could cope with simultaneous untangling of anxiety/depression, sensory issues, bulimia, seemingly-insurmountable practical problems, a history of PTSD and neglect, and probably a few other things it would be great if they could help me uncover. It would be really helpful if they were also female and gay-friendly. Thank-you. (And by 'thank-you' I mean 'please, please help'.)
posted by anonymous at 5:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Connect MSI Wind Top PC to LG LCD TV?
I'm trying to connect an LG 32" LCD TV and an MSI desktop PC using HDMI, and I'm running into a snag. The TV refuses to recognize the PC, and I'm not entirely sure why. Can anyone help me figure out how this is supposed to work? [more inside]
posted by Telpethoron at 5:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Any advice for CT scans, PCOS, or adrenal issues?
Dealing with possible PCOS, adrenal issues, and CT scans. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:44 PM PST - 14 comments

She drinks too much...
I'm seriously fed up with my girlfriends drinking, I can't take this anymore! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:44 PM PST - 37 comments

Behind every great woman... who are history's most supportive husbands?
I'm looking for examples of supportive husbands (or other kind of male lifepartners) through history, men who helped their female spouses achieve greatness. I'm looking for examples from before 1900, any culture and time period before that is fine. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 5:17 PM PST - 35 comments

Apprentice life in Renaissance Florence?
What was it like to be an apprentice in Renaissance Florence? [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 4:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Home Theatre Nerd Forum?
Recommend me an excellent home theatre forum and/or standalone DTS decoder. [more inside]
posted by polyglot at 3:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Is this grounds for DTMFA?
I know I tend to overreact, take things personally and get my feelings hurt easily. I tend to feel abused at times it isn't warranted. I'm working on these things in therapy and improving. But my tendencies make me question my response every time, even when hurt and self-protection might be warranted. Please help me figure out if this is one of those times. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:46 PM PST - 31 comments

Vaping back to freedom.
What are the pros and cons of medicating chronic pain with a vaporizer as opposed to a pipe? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Skittleweisen?
Looking for easy / creative recipes that involve beer and/or candy. [more inside]
posted by citywolf at 3:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Is solar water distillation not economically viable for a whole home water supply
Is solar water distillation not economically viable for a whole home water supply? Some friends live outside the city limits and don't get city water. They have a well, but it produces smelly, sulfur (?) water that isn't potable (or at least that isn't desirable). I figured solar distillation would be the way to go, but most stills I've found only produce 3 liters a day. Is there anything that can do 400+ gallons a day that the average US home uses? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 3:24 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find a specific book of ghost stories
Book-finder filter: Help me find a book of ghost stories from my childhood. [more inside]
posted by honkeoki at 2:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Rate my breakfast
I'm trying to improve my breakfast habits in the hope that it will help improve my severe physical and mental fatigue. Tell me how this breakfast sounds to you, and what you would change, if anything. [more inside]
posted by Hot buttered sockpuppets at 2:56 PM PST - 30 comments

Around the world~♫ around the world~♫ around the world~♫
BucketList preparation: Traveling around the world, what kind of photography equipment would you bring with you? I'm mainly interested in (Canon) lenses, but recommendation for accessories is also welcome. [more inside]
posted by jstarlee at 2:48 PM PST - 15 comments

WHEN is best time to do homework with 6 year old?
WHEN should I have my six year old first grader do her homework? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 2:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Is there a term for the phenomenon of unintentionally using an entirely different word when writing?
Is there a term for the phenomenon of unintentionally using an entirely different word when writing? [more inside]
posted by Wossname at 2:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Keeping up my languages
Help me maintain my (fluent) French and (slightly worse) Italian post-graduation in a foreign language-free job. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 2:30 PM PST - 16 comments

I miss Riverraid, Police Quest and SMB
I haven't played video games since Sega Genesis and my boyfriend since Playstation 1. We are interested in buying a new game system but have no idea which one, how much they cost and what is needed. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 2:22 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I help my late-40s boyfriend completely reinvent himself?
My boyfriend is in his late 40s with no career and a Bachelor's Degree in an area he didn't pursue. He's miserable in his current customer service position and he wants to reinvent himself, but doesn't know where to start. Help me help him find the happiness (which right now means job stability) he deserves! [more inside]
posted by goodetyme at 2:16 PM PST - 13 comments

I HÄRT LINGONBERRIES
What's the best/most interesting food to be had in the IKEA Food Store? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 1:58 PM PST - 38 comments

Fine dining in Charlotte, NC
Where in Charlotte, NC, should I take my mom for her 70th birthday? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 1:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Stop the bleeding!
I need dietary and lifestyle hacks for increasing my blood estrogen levels. [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 1:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Blowing bubbles on a plane
Given a set of points on a plane (or in a bounded region), how do I find the radii of circles centered at each point that provide the best covering? [more inside]
posted by Eamon at 1:20 PM PST - 28 comments

effing pantyliners, how do they work?
I haven't used pads or pantyliners since I was a teenager. Now I want to. Can you help me make them less bad at their job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:46 PM PST - 49 comments

Advice on visiting a Catholic Church
Dear MeFi Catholics... help...? (possibly UK specific) [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 12:40 PM PST - 21 comments

Bay Area horseback riding where you can actually Giddy-up?
My wife's birthday is coming up and I am looking for recommendations for a horseback riding stable in the S.F. Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by joyride at 12:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Can the mortgage company file a claim or lien against my mom's assets upon her death?
Can the mortgage company file a claim or lien against my mom's assets upon her death? [more inside]
posted by Swede78 at 12:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Thai food for picky eaters
What's the deal with Thai food? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus at 12:10 PM PST - 54 comments

Dealing with GF's Relationship OCD
My girlfriend's OCD and anxiety causes her to get stuck in loops of obsessive thought that really mess with our relationship. How can I deal with this better, and can therapy help her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:08 PM PST - 26 comments

Extract my Saab!
Long shot: This one (amateur?) Finnish cartoonist had a personal web site in the late nineties. The comics were long, and I remember a part in which doctors operated on a man to figure out what was wrong with him, and they pulled out a Saab and Jimmy Hendrix. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 12:06 PM PST - 1 comments

Both/And?
Does a Carte 12-25 count as a Railplus Jeune? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken at 12:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Alternatives to Artec/L'Oreal Colorist?
My favorite color depositing shampoo has been discontinued. What alternatives do I have other than dying my hair every month? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 12:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Sign Languages to Facilitate Communication in an Institutional Setting
Recently corrections officials at a local prison turned down a proposal from the inmates for an ASL (American Sign Language) program, on the grounds that teaching inmates to communicate non-verbally was a security risk. This got me thinking: Wouldn't there already be non-verbal languages commonly used in prisons? Gang members, who are well-represented in prison populations, have systems of hang signals, would there be institutional variations? Have non-verbal communication systems been used in other institutional settings, like POW or concentration camps? Obviously, a universal cross-institutional language is unlikely, but any resources, web or book-based dealing with the topic of non-verbal communication in prisons or similar settings would be much appreciated.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Book ID help - sci-fi novel with facial tattoos
It's driving me nuts. Something brought to mind a book, and now I can't for the life of me dredge the title from my brain. It's a sci-fi novel, set primarily on space stations. People have facial tattoos based off traditional folkloric attributes of animals. One of the main characters is a security researcher who is brought in to investigate a data hack or other computer attack against a station's computers. Is this ringing bells for anyone?
posted by daveqat at 11:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Best option for home wifi infrastructure upgrade
I have narrowed down my home wireless infrastructure upgrade down to two choices, could you help my decide which one is more suitable for my needs? [more inside]
posted by hariya at 11:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Javascript error
Javascript not behaving as expected with nested for loops. [more inside]
posted by Electrius at 11:35 AM PST - 5 comments

How much more expensive is it to get bus or train tickets on the day of travel in the UK?
How much more expensive is it to get bus or train tickets on the day of travel in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 11:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Substance to absorb oil remaining in U/G tank?
Oil Tank decommissioning. Some residual oil left in underground tank. Anything I can put in there to absorb this? [more inside]
posted by nicktf at 11:33 AM PST - 6 comments

California law regarding same-sex domestic partners.
Are employers in California required to offer registered same-sex domestic partner health benefits if they offer benefits to married partners? [more inside]
posted by nohat at 11:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Stupid boobs.
Agony! A discontinued bra style. Help me find a similar replacement! [more inside]
posted by zennish at 11:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Is turnaround fair play when it comes to weddings?
Despite my profile name, my wife and I recently celebrated our two year anniversary. Yay! We recently received an engagement party and wedding invitation from a couple that didn't give us a gift for our wedding. Now, we're not sure how to handle the gift situation. Do we get them a gift as we would any other wedding, do we scale down the size of the gift, or do we not give a gift at all? [more inside]
posted by love is a murderer at 11:13 AM PST - 66 comments

Why does music sound clearer when I yawn or swallow?
Why does music sound clearer when I yawn or swallow? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 11:07 AM PST - 14 comments

How do you get rid of corruption?
Is there good examples of countries which have successfully fought corruption? [more inside]
posted by gkhan at 11:03 AM PST - 11 comments

The great Renminbi caper
Transferring a large sum of money from China to the US: Why would it make sense for my account to be a proxy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Or grow my hands?
Is there a safe way to shrink a pair of leather gloves? [more inside]
posted by hayvac at 10:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Help name my mom's antique business!
Need help with a creative, un-cheesy name for my mom's antique business. [more inside]
posted by click at 10:47 AM PST - 27 comments

How to track the noise riding the radio waves
What's the best way to scour the internet for radio station playlists and then have certain songs appear on a google map? [more inside]
posted by beardlace at 10:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find this poster!
Help me find this poster! [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 10:38 AM PST - 1 comments

I know this word, but my brain thinks otherwise.
TipOfMyTongueFilter: What's the term (or terms) for the gap between intention (or perception) and action? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island at 10:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Is Winclone still the best application to use to clone a Bootcamp partition?
Is Winclone still actively being supported/developed? I need to clone a Bootcamp partition to a new HD and almost everyone says to use Winclone, but the developer's site has been down for the last 24 hours and thus I cannot download the application or investigate any official documentation. Does anyone know if Winclone is still the application to use in this instance, or if there is an alternative that I actually CAN download?
posted by pwb503 at 10:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for good thrift stores in Toronto
Looking for good thrift (e.g. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc) stores in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by jb at 10:26 AM PST - 2 comments

OMG I can't believe they shoved this on me now.
Bachelor party in Edmonton, help! [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo at 10:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Traveling in India
What are the best things to do with my family during our trip to Southern India? [more inside]
posted by bove at 10:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Best external hard drive for a Mac?
Which 1 to 2 TB external hard drive should I buy for an iMac? [more inside]
posted by lbo at 10:16 AM PST - 13 comments

MOAR PAJAMAS PLZ
Help me find the BEST pajamas! [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 9:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me do my own wage garnishing!
What's a good way to automatically sock money away with a bank account (in the US) if you're doing everything yourself? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 9:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Prepaid cell phone in the US?
Looking for a prepaid phone in the US. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 9:53 AM PST - 5 comments

My dog just died and I need some answers (lengthy).
My dog just died and I need some answers. She was a 6 month old female stray. About 5 days ago, she became listless and weak - wanting to sleep whenever she could. In addition she felt quite feverish and she suffered from labored breathing - making a wheezing sound with each breath. [more inside]
posted by oxidizer at 9:50 AM PST - 21 comments

What should our accountant be doing for us?
Unexpected tax assessment came in the mail. What should our accountant be doing for us? [more inside]
posted by felix betachat at 9:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Google Latitude is fallible
How do I tell Google Latitude that my parents' home network has moved location? [more inside]
posted by bent back tulips at 9:04 AM PST - 5 comments

What's a lucrative sales career for someone wanting to work independently from home?
What's a lucrative sales career for someone wanting to work independently from home? Preferably something that doesn't require extensive experience in a particular field or technology. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Please don't fire me QUITE yet?
How can I minimize the risk of getting fired from my current job when the boss finds out I'm seeking employment somewhere else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Bump
I have a question about a bump on my penis (not a joke). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 AM PST - 8 comments

three towns in puerto rico
My girlfriend and I are going to Puerto Rico for nine nights ( 11/21 to 11/30 ). We are thinking of doing a drive around the island, stopping at three different towns for three nights. Does anyone have any suggestions about which towns to visit? Presumably the first one would be San Juan or somewhere near San Juan since that's where our plane lands. Other than that we are just looking for a pleasant vacation experience and the chance to get a feel for Puerto Rico. This is a pretty wide open question. If anyone has suggestions/recommendations/ideas for lodging/activities/meals, that would be welcome too. Our first priority though is getting our route planned out. Thank You!
posted by metadave at 8:58 AM PST - 12 comments

The economics of advertising the oldest profession
Explain to me the economics of prostitution advertising in Vegas - specifically the people who stand on the street corners on the strip and hand out cards/books with photos & phone numbers. [more inside]
posted by ish__ at 8:52 AM PST - 17 comments

Did newspaper obits ever darken or alter the pupils of the deceased person's photograph?
Book-finder filter: trying to locate a novel that included this weird, probably invented, practice of old newspaper obituaries: the stock portrait of the deceased person is altered to darken the pupils. Intention was to cancel out the reflection from the eyes. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I've tried searching Gale, Google, and the mssg. board on the Thanatos Archives. [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow at 8:47 AM PST - 5 comments

send me your best recipes, please
I just bought some cubed seitan. now what? [more inside]
posted by sabh at 8:46 AM PST - 11 comments

What book should I give to my father-in-law?
Book recommendations for a retired anthropologist? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood at 8:23 AM PST - 8 comments

OK/effective to use bitter apple around dog's sutures?
Yesterday my now very unhappy and vocal pup was bitten by another dog, the result was a ripped flap of skin that required about 7 stitches to close a 5" wound (front of her rear leg, above the knee. Unhappy husky wants to lick the wound. [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 8:16 AM PST - 20 comments

Unhappy Feet needs specific walking shoe advice
With high arches and knees that, all of a sudden, are constantly hurting on the medial side of the joint, I've got to find a walking shoe to help extend the life of these parts. I walk on sidewalks mostly, in the neighborhood. I think a weekly MoTown Dance Party at the local joint is the reason for new knee problems, because I've never had them before all this dancing. I've had great difficulty finding a shoe made with high arches. Slipping in the "Dr. Scholls" type inserts doesn't do it (they slide around too much) and right now, I can't afford orthotics. My mom has feet that have all but fallen apart. She's had foot and knee surgery and hobbles around. I don't want to end up that disabled! Can anyone recommend a good shoe?
posted by sleeping beauty at 7:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Where can one buy size 15AA shoes in the US?
Where can one buy large, narrow shoes (15AA) that will deliver to the US? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 7:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Icelandic Aurora Borealis in November
A week in Reykjavik in early November and would like recommendations for places to go and things to do. I'm particularly keen to see the Northern Lights, and would like any suggestions for how best to achieve this. [more inside]
posted by Simon_ at 7:11 AM PST - 16 comments

The original study has been lost
Help me find the source of a common information. A recent blog post on this subject raised my interest in finding the source of an often cited Coopers & Librand study. It seems nobody is able to locate the original. [more inside]
posted by motdiem2 at 6:32 AM PST - 3 comments

we don't need no stinkin' instant replay
Earlier this summer a couple of sportscasters were talking about a baseball player whose career stats were revised (I think?) years after the fact because a diligent sports nerd went back to the box score, reconstructed the game, and saw that something should have been classified as something else...an error was assigned to the wrong player, or something like that. Who was it? And are there other examples?
posted by thinkingwoman at 5:36 AM PST - 8 comments

HUD mistake.
Just bought a house a couple weeks ago. Evidently, there was an error on the settlement statement (HUD-1) that we all signed and got copies of. Is it a done deal or can the attorney claim we need to come back in and pay more? [more inside]
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes at 5:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Online business 101
Online business questions... posting for a friend [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse at 3:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Windows Mesh won't run on XP... options?
I'm looking for a good solution for syncing files across several computers with several users. Something like Windows Live Mesh, except I can't use that because several of the computers run Windows XP, which Mesh doesn't support. [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu at 3:17 AM PST - 9 comments

A toe curling experience!
Why do my toes curl when I am experiencing specific emotional/physiological stimuli? [more inside]
posted by asok at 2:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Los Angeles street/road historical search
Trying to find a web page that allows people to search for info about different streets in Los Angeles, and the results display info on when the street was built and named (usually with a scan of the original document). I had this link a couple years ago, but have since lost it...
posted by Unsomnambulist at 2:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I use Apple’s Pages app? Or will I have to use something like InDesign?
I want to put together a reasonably simple book of text, interspersed with drawings and a few "full bleed" photos. Is Apple’s Pages app robust enough, or will I have to wade into learning InDesign? [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 2:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Yet another Halloween costume thread: '80s Edition
Yet another Halloween costume thread: '80s Edition. [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 1:55 AM PST - 15 comments

What are the two sides of the nuclear power debate?
Nuclear power - environmental pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 1:51 AM PST - 43 comments

Watching my domain names
What's an easy way to track my domain names? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow at 1:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Non-sans-serif
Fontagraphers: I know what a serif is - the little "tail" at the ends of character strokes. Mid-stroke, however, is what? [more inside]
posted by panmunjom at 12:26 AM PST - 4 comments

October 18
Where can I fix my acer laptop in Osaka?
Where can I repair an Acer Laptop in Osaka? [more inside]
posted by bindasj at 11:59 PM PST - 1 comments

Contemplating on switching my comp sci major to something specifically related to the automotive industry...
Switching from comp sci to automotive. Is it worth it? Also, work ethics and discipline dilemmas are abound. [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX at 11:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Skinny no more?
BostonGymFilter: Where can I learn proper form for Starting Strength in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 11:31 PM PST - 11 comments

No dad, I really don't want to pull your ear hair.
How can I tell my dad there are certain things I don't want to do for him without hurting his feelings? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 11:27 PM PST - 30 comments

A long shot. Do you know this quote that might not be a quote.
Where is this quote from? Is it from anywhere? [more inside]
posted by millipede at 11:00 PM PST - 7 comments

A question about a short sale in Delaware.
My sister is going through a short sale in the state of Delaware. She's received two offers. One is fairly conventional, the person will put down 25% and finance the rest. He's offered $120k. The other offer is all cash, as is, no contingencies - but only $93,000. [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 9:38 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I make headway in my love life?
How can I make headway in my love life? [more inside]
posted by whitelily at 9:27 PM PST - 25 comments

Sailing, Sailing away, to where were goin
I was a guest at a sailing club and the Commodore said I could get a flying scot or comparable boat for around $1000. Sailing was fun, fun, fun. What's the best used boat that could hold 6 people in the price range of $1-2k [The lake is White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX -- pretty small lake]
posted by DB Cooper at 9:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me reference my thesis!
Please help me find an article or book I would like to use for my literary theory thesis. This is all I know about it: 1) It was authored by two french males. 2) It is about tragedy in 5th century BC Athens. 3) It introduces the phrase 'tragic moment' 4) It is from the 20th century. [more inside]
posted by rigby99 at 9:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Nuns having fun
Help me put together a Kinky Catholic themed Halloween party. [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr at 9:07 PM PST - 10 comments

So...how about them Bears?
I need to start calling my mom more often. We are not close. We are both bad at small talk. What the heck do we talk about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me realize that my boring entry level job is not a reflection of my self-worth.
Help me feel better about my low-low-level position in academia with anecdotes, advice, or pep-talk about how you need to pay your dues in order to reach a bigger and brighter future. Help me realize that my dull entry level job is not a reflection of my self-worth. [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee at 8:30 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I handle an FSA audit when I don't have receipts?
How do I handle a flexible spending account audit when I don't have receipts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Thank you gift for flying 3000 miles for my dumb birthday party?
My friends flew 3000 miles to Seattle as a surprise for my 40th birthday party, and I just don't know how to thank them for what it meant to me! Friends: married couple, and the wife's sister (who I've known since she was like 10 and is now 35). They are super-cool and very not-poor and live in Brooklyn and don't need for anything, and I have no clue what I could do/give to express my thanks. [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 8:13 PM PST - 18 comments

Can't Sing but Cast in a Musical
I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew. I am doing a favor reluctantly for a group of friends. I will be performing a small part in a staged musical for a local theater company. Hint: I perform in a wheelchair, have a German accent and show some leg at the end of the play. I have never sung on stage before. I am really terrified I am going to screw this up. I have held my own in rehearsal but I know I am nowhere near the level of talent of my fellow performers. The show starts Friday and runs for three weekends. Anyone out there have any vocal exercises I can use to help build my range and confidence?
posted by extraheavymarcellus at 8:13 PM PST - 14 comments

I'd buy THAT for a dollar
What's that site or story where a guy keeps trading up and makes a million dollars or something? I recall a story, verrry fuzzy on the details... [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger at 8:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me get my game on! Or at least fake it. :)
Hooookay. So I've been asked to play in a charity poker tournament. I'm fierce at craps and was a pool shark in my past life so it appeals to me, but I've just never had a weekly poker game or anything... truth is I haven't played poker in years. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 7:56 PM PST - 16 comments

You Have Chosen Poorly
I know I should have spoken up sooner, but I didn't. Help me live with the consequences. Not life or death (or even remotely close). [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 7:31 PM PST - 11 comments

SMTP, Mail.app . and MSN
What are the mail server settings for Windows MSN web based mail account? [more inside]
posted by lakerk at 7:24 PM PST - 1 comments

Save me from myself, Mail.app
I am a Mail.app user with a personal account and a work account. I would like to stop accidentally composing messages for my friends using my work account. Can you please help? [more inside]
posted by Tristram Shandy, Gentleman at 6:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Best Halloween Short Stories
What are some of the best truly bone-chilling horror short stories for halloween? [more inside]
posted by SharkLangasta at 6:50 PM PST - 38 comments

How do you use paired comparisons to rank a large set of items?
What strategies give useful aggregate ranking information when asking people to pick a favorite between two items selected at random (or close to random) from a large set of possible items? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 6:46 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm not playing dress-up with my mother's heels, I swear
Can I make these heels look like they fit me? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 6:20 PM PST - 8 comments

When should I start to panic about IP addresses?
How will running out of IPV4 addresses affect the average internet user's Web surfing experience? [more inside]
posted by fartknocker at 5:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Bergans jacket
Help identifying this Bergans brand jacket? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 5:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Rememberance of Things Past
What do you wish you asked / discussed with your parents whilst you still had time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 38 comments

I'm hoping for help finding sources for particular kinds of porn, mostly hentai/anime/cartoon based.
I'm hoping for help finding sources for particular kinds of porn, mostly hentai/anime/cartoon based. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Do I hate my job, do I just hate working, or am I just plain tuckered out?
I need to figure out whether I: (a) hate my job (b) hate working, though it's inevitable (c) am just wiped out mentally from other circumstances in life. The answer is probably (d) All of the Above, but that doesn't really send me in one direction or another. [more inside]
posted by theplatypus at 4:27 PM PST - 12 comments

She's The Bees Knees! 23 Skidoo!
Halloween Snowflake Filter: Friends are having a halloween party with the theme "Dine With The Dead". Everyone is going as a dead celebrity/historical figure. Who will I be? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 4:26 PM PST - 38 comments

How to deal with a preschooler during a speech-language evaluation?
I'm a new student in speech-language pathology doing my first full evaluation. My client is 3 years old. I happen to be the one who screened her and remember that she's extremely shy and unwilling to cooperate. Any thoughts as to what I could do to 1) get her to go through the necessary tests, 2) elicit a language sample, and 3) get her to open her mouth for an oral mech exam? Failing that last one, any ideas for looking at oral function that make it seem like a game? One person suggested having the child blow bubbles, anything else?
posted by RyG at 4:15 PM PST - 11 comments

What in the world do I do with coconut jam?
OK, so yesterday I stumbled upon a Filipino supermarket and on a whim I bought a jar of coco jam. It is not quite what I expected: extremely thick, extremely sticky, extremely sweet; like a very solid caramel; not strongly coconutty. I don't think it's going to spread on toast! So: any suggestions for how to use or cook with the stuff?
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 4:05 PM PST - 10 comments

This is almost as bad as Help Me Name My ______!
I have to decorate my office door for Halloween. Pasting the words "Bah Humbug" over and over is apparently not an option. Please help. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 4:04 PM PST - 30 comments

Is academic editing the right job for me?
Just got offered a plum academic editing job, but it would be a strange tangent to my current career path. Help me decide if it's the right direction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:02 PM PST - 7 comments

DC Birthday Restaurant
DC FILTER: Good place for a 21st birthday dinner (maybe 8 - 12 people) near Washington, D.C./College Park area? Looking for non-chain restaurants, parking/metro accessible, and prices affordable by college student standards. [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 3:56 PM PST - 7 comments

DIY printing job for postcards
I want to print a series of postcards, and my aim is to have them at least look kinda hand-made. (I don't really want to go through the whole process of learning screenprinting.) [more inside]
posted by ism at 3:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Chicken for babies
Help a pescetarian learn to prepare yummy, idiot-proof chicken. Y'know, for kids. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 3:44 PM PST - 24 comments

Colors not to wear in the classroom.
Is there data supporting the claim that wearing the color red is a bad choice for teachers in the sense that it negatively affects a student's attention, comfort level, etc.? I know a college professor that never wears red because of this. If so, are there other colors good-or-bad to wear? Can I blame my 6360 angstrom magenta cable-knit sweater on the Is-This-Gonna-Be-On-The-Test day I've been having in my class? Would a brown leg bandanna make my students own the quadratic formula?
posted by klausman at 3:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Yet Another What Similar Album Do You Recommend Question :)
Similar Albums to Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea [more inside]
posted by fantodstic at 2:54 PM PST - 39 comments

Am I crazy if I quit my job?
I hate my job, but it pays me well. Seriously, I make more than $130k, have great benefits (paid health insurance, 4 weeks vacation etc). I am very lucky to have landed this position. Without divulging too much more, lets just say that the industry I am in, it won't happen again. I will likely make 35% less anywhere else. So, I know that no one can truly answer this but me, but am I crazy for wanting to just walk away from it if I truly dislike it? [more inside]
posted by Yunani at 2:47 PM PST - 49 comments

Copying Word tables into Excel without splitting cells into multiple rows
I need help copying a table from Word to Excel in Office 2007. Where there are hard returns within a cell in the Word table, Excel splits the table cell into multiple rows. I need Excel not to split cells in the Word table into multiple Excel rows. At the same time, I need to retain the paragraphs that appear within the Word table cells - that is, I can't just get rid of all those hard returns; the formatting must be preserved. My Google-fu is failing me rather seriously. Is there any way to do this?
posted by Dasein at 2:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Hot Me Up
Can I heat a sauna with hot stones? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 2:17 PM PST - 12 comments

IT in social service agencies?
What is the best way for me to become qualified to do IT in social service agencies? [more inside]
posted by plungerjoke at 2:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Where is the cheapest alignment that will get the job done?
BayAreaFilter: Where can I get the cheapest alignment in Berkeley/Oakland or Mountain View, CA? [more inside]
posted by desl at 2:06 PM PST - 1 comments

Word Press Plugin that lets anyone upload but no one download? Securely (SSL)?
Using Word Press as a CMS, we would like to have an (easy) way for any random client to upload a file. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 1:59 PM PST - 7 comments

No slider bar for contrast...now what?
How can I adjust the contrast on an iPhone 3G? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 1:57 PM PST - 3 comments

give me hope; do healthy workplaces exist?
what makes a workplace good / healthy for staff? In response to this question and numerous others on the green, plus my own experiences of being relentlessly treated badly by those above, below and around me in organisations; I am curious what are the elements that make a good workplace? What are some examples of such workplaces that I could do my own research on? [more inside]
posted by MT at 1:48 PM PST - 15 comments

I hate Halloween theme parties.
A dear friend is throwing a Halloween party. The theme is "Cocktails," as in "dress up as a cocktail/liquor/beer/your alcohol of choice." I hate the theme, but I am being forced to partake. [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 1:44 PM PST - 66 comments

What GPS works best in a Pacific paradise?
I'm going to be doing remote fieldwork in the Pacific. If you've done remote fieldwork, what GPS did you use and how did you obtain the right maps for it? I've been looking at Garmin and Trimble, but I'd be very interested to hear from mefites what they think would cut the mustard.
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 1:13 PM PST - 7 comments

What shall I do with my fridays?
What shall I do with my fridays? I hoarded my vacation days all year and now realize that I have vacation days that must be taken, so I've put in for every Friday until the end of the year. I mostly mean to catch up on sleep and errands, but it also seems like an opportunity to go out and do things. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 12:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Who is the Asian photographer who takes photos of places with a dead girl in them?
Does anyone know the name of the Asian (I think Japanese) modern photographer who takes photos of places (landscapes, interiors etc) where there happens to be a dead girl on the floor (staged)? [more inside]
posted by AbsoluteDestiny at 12:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a suitable Chicago/Midwest place to have a really big party. Outside. Unless it's raining.
Looking for an indoor/outdoor venue for our wedding/party in the greater Chicago area, that isn't astronomically expensive, and would offer some pretty scenery, and accomodate my ridiculous desire to dress my dog up as a ring bearer. [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 12:46 PM PST - 10 comments

If You Like It Then You Shoulda etc.
How do I not lose this ring? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds at 12:30 PM PST - 40 comments

So pretty and gelatinous
I've been on a carnitas kick. My initial goal was to put them in tamales but I've been using the carnitas in tacos, on top of white rice, on gorditas from Trader Joe's, and even adding it to mofongo (instead of pernil). [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 12:29 PM PST - 7 comments

KISS KISS BANG BANG
What are your favorite royalty-free sound libraries? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 12:28 PM PST - 4 comments

No Book Burning Clubs, Please
Help my mom find her social bearing in the South. [more inside]
posted by haplesschild at 12:01 PM PST - 13 comments

In Search of Lost Sites
My website was "deleted" from the hosting company's servers. How can I restore it? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime at 11:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Contractual legal maxim on silence. Give me the details.
I'm looking for a Latin legal maxim which says something like 'if a contract is silent on a point, it should be assumed that it is silent on purpose, and you should not read terms into the contract'. It is not "sub silentio", and in fact is almost the opposite of it. Can you refresh my memory?
posted by evadery at 11:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Why can't I buy real space food from Amazon? They even have berets for ferrets.
The International Space Station apparently has an extensive menu of food choices, which I assume are manufactured by private contractors in various countries. So why can't I order real space food online? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 11:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Ok to Dry Clean? If so, Phoenix Specialty Dry Cleaners?
Dry cleaning a 60 year old wedding dress and 65 year old Navy uniform - OK to do? [more inside]
posted by TurquoiseZebra at 10:58 AM PST - 3 comments

How to interview for un-dream job
I have an interview next week for a job I desperately don't want (or at the very least do not feel qualified for). I need a job. How to prepare? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:55 AM PST - 13 comments

How Can I Fight City Hall?
How can we keep the police from giving out arbitrary and illogical tickets on our block? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 10:55 AM PST - 18 comments

ugh.
Is my job in peril? Should I be searching for another one? Why do I suck so much? These questions and so many more, answered after the jump! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:54 AM PST - 16 comments

The "Guys" of Cerebus
Who is being parodied in Guys, the eleventh volume of Dave Sim's Cerebus? [more inside]
posted by twirlip at 10:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Panasonic TV & Nvidia card problem
Need help configuring computer and plasma tv connection. My new TV is not working with my computer. [more inside]
posted by JohnE at 10:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Back in the (Covariance) Saddle Again
I used to be a statistician. Now I work in Health Care IT. Help me unleash my inner RA Fisher and return to the land of skewness and kurtosis. [more inside]
posted by playertobenamedlater at 10:34 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I sanitize the subject line of my Gmail?
Is there a Gmail tool that will automatically change the subject line of certain incoming emails, in order to enhance privacy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 AM PST - 12 comments

No me gusta
I got invited to a "racial stereotype" Hallowe'en party. Umm, what? I don't like this idea but am not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 AM PST - 54 comments

Seeking classical cliché music for toil
I am looking for a classical music piece, or snippet, connoting "toil" or "hardship", and I think it's Russian or at least Eastern European. [more inside]
posted by everichon at 10:13 AM PST - 4 comments

A thermos to keep coffee fresh and hot
I hate fast instant coffee. I will be traveling by car from Toronto to Montreal. There are lots of stops where one can get Tim Hortons or McDonald's instant coffee. Unfortunately/fortunately I don't like their coffee. I can make good coffee at home. What type of thermos can keep it fresh and warm for a good portion of my trip?
posted by alshain at 10:06 AM PST - 23 comments

Event-ually i'll know what i want to do with my life....
yet another career question...Calling all event planners...wedding, corporate, whatever...Tell me about your job and how you got experience. I want to hear the gritty and the great. [more inside]
posted by sio42 at 9:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Grey Man Group
Ideas for a Halloween costume incorporating a gray zentai suit. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 9:58 AM PST - 9 comments

How to open this file?
I'm trying to install Temptation Blocker with my very rudimentary computer skills. I'm having trouble opening and running the file. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 9:49 AM PST - 1 comments

Help me find this please!
Another help-me-find-this-book question -___- When I was younger, like 9, I found a bunch of thin little paperback books in a bookstore in the mall. They were only about $1 each and were renditions of Heidi, Cinderella, etc. The most distinctive aspect was that the illustrations were anime-style! [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 9:47 AM PST - 9 comments

What goes in a good rehab care package?
What are some good books / music / gifts for when you get out of rehab? [more inside]
posted by gauche at 9:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Yellow-Tinted Night Vision Sunglasses? WTF?
Yellow-tinted night vision sunglasses? Do these things actually work as advertised?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:36 AM PST - 18 comments

I gave myself an Apple, but now it's lost...
How can I find the 1 share of Apple stock I bought about 20 years ago? While the press was proclaiming the death of Apple, I bought one share to show my support (!). I could barely run a computer, much less the internet, but somehow I made an online purchase. I now have NO info about it. Any thoughts on how I could track this down? Thanks, smarties!
posted by largecorp at 9:20 AM PST - 11 comments

It never rains when you bring an umbrella, right?
How do we get personal liability/umbrella insurance in California, possibly without getting renter's insurance (which we don't need)? [more inside]
posted by The Toad at 9:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Getting Glandular with Lacey
Does anyone have experience with slightly low thyroid levels in their dog? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 9:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Does going with an independent investor hold any hidden risks?
Our Investor is going independent. Anything I should be aware of before following him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 2 comments

What you hear when you're depressed
When you were in the midst of deep depression, painful painful fear...were there words, stories that helped, even for just a moment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 38 comments

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go.
What is the one thing you would like to do in Europe if money wasn't an issue? [more inside]
posted by karminai at 8:56 AM PST - 20 comments

iPad data plan + At&t compatible android + prepaid voice = ?
I hardly talk on the phone any more, when I do it's usually only a few minutes (last bill I used 60 of an available 500). So I could probably make do with a prepaid plan. However, I use data all the time; email, Google calendar, etc. Now many people out there have put the iPad data plan to use in assorted Android phones, granted that was before the AT&T unlimited cutoff. But has anyone done it after? Split voice and data to two devices? Is the slight hassle worth it? I'd use google voice to direct calls and such, wifi at work, home, many places I frequent so I'm not to worried about going over the 2 GB limit. Anyone out there with first hand experience?
posted by tropikal at 8:52 AM PST - 5 comments

What are some ideas for little knitted and felted wares?
What are some small, knitted or felted goodies that will prove to be popular at an upcoming (Christmas) craft sale? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 8:43 AM PST - 27 comments

Auto loan error in bank's favor.
My wife and I bought a car five years ago and signed a contract for a five-year loan that should be paid off this month. However, the bank erroneously set up a a six-year loan and we were initially too careless/naive to realize our monthly payment was lower than it should be (and later it was "just the amount we always paid"). Are we stuck? [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt at 8:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Botulism (Hypochondia) Freakout
Paranoid filter: I ate one bite of a pumpkin butter that was given to me as a Christmas gift last December. Should I fear botulism? [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 at 8:41 AM PST - 18 comments

Building a Camera Trap for wildlife photography.
I'm thinking about building a home made camera trap, to photograph the wildlife around my house. I've got a couple old cameras lying around, the newest being a Canon Powershot, and rather than spend a huge amount of money for a prebuilt camera trap, I'd like to convert one of these. Does anyone have any information on doing this? Am I better off just buying something pre-made, or can I construct something myself?
posted by Stagger Lee at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

One Book Of McCool's
Where can I find a copy of the complete Fenian Cycle that's readable online, and/or what is the best translation of the Cycle, even if not online? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 8:29 AM PST - 1 comments

Am I out of line to ask my neighbor to go smoke somewhere else if I can smell his smoke at my house?
Am I out of line to ask my neighbor to go smoke somewhere else if I can smell his smoke at my house? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 8:00 AM PST - 65 comments

Televisions and kitties don't mix
How can I prevent my cats from destroying my new LCD tv? [more inside]
posted by kerning at 7:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I use Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 for my home theater pc?
Should I use Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 for my home theater pc? It will also function as a server. [more inside]
posted by dvrcthewrld at 7:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Law & Policy Law & Society book recommendations
Your best recommendations for well-researched, well-argued books addressing issues of poverty, sentencing, crime and drug policy in the U.S. in the last ten years? Mass market or academic press are fine. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 7:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Interdisciplinary PhD including philosophy
Suggestions on interdisciplinary PhD programs? [more inside]
posted by roast beef at 7:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Not Enough Applicants For Library Position
Interviews for a job I really, really want postponed because there were "not enough applicants." Help me understand this and maximize my chances. [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 7:14 AM PST - 16 comments

show me the money?
So, my awesome great aunt passed away, and she left me a bequest! It's coming this week. Snowflake: She was Canadian, I am an American citizen resident in the UK. It's a Canadian cheque, how long will it take to clear and will I have to pay US or UK tax on it, or both? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 7:11 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm self-employed, and looking for a formula for dividing up my income.
I'm self-employed, and looking for a formula for dividing up my income. I am currently in the UK, and just about to file my first tax return since I've been here. Once I know what tax will actually cost me in this country, I would really like to have a sense of where the rest of my money should go. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 6:58 AM PST - 2 comments

heating oil for an old house
I live in the Maryland suburbs of DC, and I recently bought a old house here (Mt Rainier). The house is heated with radiators and heating oil, and I need to refill the oil (there was only about 5 gallons left from the seller). Any suggestions on where and who to have refill the oil? It's my first time doing this.
posted by waylaid at 6:28 AM PST - 9 comments

What should I do about an assault five years ago?
I was assaulted five years ago. I was a senior in high school. I "forgot" about it until recently, and now I can't stop thinking about it. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Previous job's toxic work environment has infected me, help me reprogram and get healthy and happy
I'm starting a new job and my previous job has a terrible, toxic work environment. I tried to avoid getting infected, but it has effected me and I need help re-programming myself to be a happy, healthy, positive, collaborative co-worker. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 AM PST - 9 comments

My head feels like a ticking time bomb
My brain goes haywire when I try to do certain tasks. I feel either like screaming or having a lobotomy. Psychiatrists shrug their shoulders at me. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM PST - 13 comments

"Wah-Kom-Sin-Teek" is Navajo for "Starving Artist"
Should I upgrade from a Tablet PC to a Cintiq 21UX? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 5:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Multiple responses, new responses, in Access?
MS ACCESS question (or maybe not?): I need to enter data from hundreds of marketing-type surveys. Most of the questions are free-form, but lots of people give the same answers. How can I make this easy for myself? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 5:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Recovering data from Time Machine volume, without the original mac.
How do I recover stuff from a time machine backup, without the original computer. [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 5:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Photography for Dummies
Any advice for a beginner to film photography? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 5:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Help Me Level Up.
JobFilter: None of the advertising (boutique) agencies in my city are looking for interns. What are other internships or activities I can do that will build my resume and help me to enter the industry as a creative? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 4:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Marry again in the U.S. or transfer the marriage?
Is it easier / better to marry my Spanish wife again in New York or register our Spanish marriage with the U.S. Embassy in Spain? (we live in Spain). More inside.... [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 4:06 AM PST - 15 comments

American grammar textbooks
Are there grammar textbooks at the middle school and high school (or even elementary school) levels that incorporate any of the developments in understanding of English grammar that have been made in the past several decades? [more inside]
posted by strangeguitars at 2:56 AM PST - 5 comments

back seeks stable lying
I am suffering through Insufferable Mattress Syndrome and it's taking a toll on my back. I am doing downward-facing dog and some other back-happy yoga routines morning and night but it doesn't seem to be really helping. Can anyone suggest a mattress topper that would offer a little more oomph for a single bed that is also available in Great Britain? I can't get rid of the mattress...
posted by parmanparman at 1:13 AM PST - 7 comments

October 17
Quiting by Email
I need to resign my job sometime on monday - I'm taking a position at another company. Through contracts and sub-contracts, I have at least 3 different "bosses" who work at three locations - I only sit at the same location as one boss (one of the others is fairly accessible). Is submitting a resignation by email to the off-site bosses acceptable to mainstream north american business etiquette? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish at 11:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Comparison of different green energy solutions
Comparison of carbon reduction/energy efficiency/ cost-benefit of rain water tanks V solar heating V waste water reclamation? [more inside]
posted by parryb at 10:39 PM PST - 4 comments

How to call the U.S. from Mexico while on vacation?
I will be going on vacation to Mexico and need to remain in contact with my family. What are some ways to call the U.S. from Mexico? [more inside]
posted by lifeonholidae at 8:40 PM PST - 10 comments

I swear, if I hear "So what's your major?" one more time...!
I'm sure other people have this problem: What to talk about the SECOND, or THIRD time you see a person you've met? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 8:28 PM PST - 20 comments

Sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll baby gear
I need to have the perfect personalized rock 'n' roll onesie made for my friend's baby! It may involve Etsy, but it may involve something else. You can help me on this score. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 PM PST - 5 comments

You can't transfer my bag, or you won't transfer my bag?
My flight from Toronto to Newark a couple of days ago was canceled, and when I asked whether I could be put on a flight to LaGuardia or JFK instead, I was told that they couldn't transfer my bag from one flight to another -- that I would have to pass back through customs to the ticketing area to retrieve my bag, and then go through customs and security again. (And in order to do that, I'd also have to return my duty-free items and re-purchase them.) [more inside]
posted by cider at 7:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Balancing dreams and happiness.
Have you given up on a dream of being a doctor, but continued to work in the medical field? Tell me how you handled it and how you avoided the "I wish I'd gone to medical school" woes. [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 6:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me identify this vest, please!
I found this cool, possibly old, possibly Turkish vest. Could you help me identify where it's from / when it was made or point me to other resources that might be of assistance? [more inside]
posted by cimton at 6:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Space Coast, coast to coast.
How do we get around the Space Coast/Melbourne/Titusville? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 6:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Pacifier Pacifier Portends Peaceless Prostration
Our 4.5 month old wakes 5-8 times in the night loudly requesting that his pacifier be re-inserted. I'm tired. Help me. [more inside]
posted by kristymcj at 6:35 PM PST - 51 comments

Health insurance is expiring and I haven't really done my homework
I'm a 23 y/o male, living back and forth in PA and NJ. I'm looking to buy my own health insurance of some persuasion, and I need lots of advice. I have no known health issues, and I've been slightly underemployed as of late. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by null14 at 6:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Strange OSX Crash...
MAc OS X 10.6.X Won't boot PLEASE HELP!!! So the MBP17 (Late 2009) crashed while watching netflix in FF3.x I thought no problem, just reboot and watch the next episode...Oh how wrong I was, now it won't boot. Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 5:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Why am I waking up at 3?
What should I do about this particular form of insomnia? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic at 5:41 PM PST - 27 comments

Tenth Anniversary show?
For the life of me I cant find the This American Life tenth anniversary show on the TAL website where Ira Glass replays and comments on the first ever TAL, and google fails me. Any ideas?
posted by wheelieman at 5:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Cookware in pieces
We're getting married, and we're registering at Bed, Bath and Beyond for the usual housewares, but we need advice about cookware. [more inside]
posted by Allenthar at 5:09 PM PST - 32 comments

Trust? How to give it freely?
Any advice on how to give trust freely and not get caught in the cycle of waiting till others earn trust? [more inside]
posted by PeaPod at 4:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Salary range for planning/analyst jobs?
Asking on behalf of a friend: what's the salary range for an analyst or entry level urban planner without credentials in the San Francisco bay area? [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 4:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Shiva me Timbres!
Sorry for the worst headline pun ever. Are female Bollywood singers trained to develop that unique high-pitched nasal singing voice, or is it because of the natural timbre of their voice that they are selected to become Bollywood singers? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour at 4:30 PM PST - 18 comments

Jaws Parody? Scuba Diver Cellist?
Friends are looking to find a video they describes thusly: "a video clip of a bassist (or cellist) playing the jaws theme, sitting on a chair in the ocean as the tide rolls in." I can't find it. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by pixiecrinkle at 4:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Wanted: Means to Make Restitution
Help me pay off debts I incurred in the US 10 years ago. I've been living abroad ever since. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Divorce Attorney in Austin TX
Seeking recommendations for a divorce lawyer in the Austin, TX area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:59 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I get my 2 year old to wear shoes?
My 2-year-old will not wear socks or shoes. What can we do/buy to work with him on this? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 3:53 PM PST - 42 comments

[TexasFilter] In Texas, do I need to charge someone sales tax if I make them a website?
In Texas, if I do freelance web design or web development for a client directly, do I need to charge them sales tax? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate at 3:47 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I motivate my boyfriend?
I love my boyfriend and want to build a life with him. He is stuck in a low wage dead end job and seems unmotivated to change this, while my career is just starting to get off the ground. I am confident and excited about the near future, but I'm afriad that my worries about his future will destroy our relationship. [more inside]
posted by Anthro girl at 3:37 PM PST - 38 comments

How do I reverese Firefox's default handling of animated GIFs?
Anyone know of a way to get Firefox to disable animated GIFs by default, then enable them by pressing the ESC key? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 2:55 PM PST - 2 comments

The Zookeeper's Hippopotamus Oath?
What other professions and trades besides the medical profession's Hippocratic Oath have charters, mission or oaths that guide their ethical behaviour? [more inside]
posted by pipstar at 1:59 PM PST - 36 comments

ProVent sleep apnea feedback
[ApneaFilter] Have you or someone you're close to tried this Provent nasal appliance for sufferers of sleep apnea? Your experiences and recommendations would be most welcome, as would any alternatives that do not require electrical current during the sleeping period...
posted by OneMonkeysUncle at 1:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do I keep finding severed rat's heads and tails outside my apartment?
Why do I keep finding severed rat heads and tails outside my apartment? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 1:47 PM PST - 25 comments

[NOVA Filter] Please recommend a therapist who specializes in relationships or women's issues in the Northern Virginia area.
[NOVA Filter] Please recommend a therapist who specializes in relationships or women's issues in the Northern Virginia area. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 at 1:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Sleek, Mid-Century Accomodations in the Hill Country?
[TexasFilter] Charming but chic hotel in the Texas hill country? [more inside]
posted by Saminal at 1:27 PM PST - 5 comments

You're like a fixed gear bike, fun to ride and hard to stop
For Halloweeen I'm going to be Valentine's Day and pass out homemade Valentines to people. I need a lot of repurposed pick-up lines and dirty jokes and terrible puns for the cards. Think "I CHOO-CHOO-CHOOSE YOU!" for drunken adults. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:54 PM PST - 12 comments

What doctor can talk with me about tics?
What kind of doctor, other than a psychiatrist, should I go see about tics? Onset age 18 or so. [more inside]
posted by Tulip at 12:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a list that ranks which industries people trust the most?
Is there a list somewhere that describes which industries are rated highest in public opinion? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 12:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Smallest VR / IS prime lens for Nikon?
What is the smallest Nikon (or compatible) image-stabilization lens? My search results seem to indicate it is this: Nikon 18mm - 55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX (VR) Vibration Reduction Wide Angle Autofocus Zoom Lens, which is a VR version of the kit lens on a D40. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 11:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Books about the Indian Emergency?
Can anyone recommend a non-fiction book about the Indian Emergency period (1975-1977)? I know Rushdie's Midnight's Children uses it as a backdrop but I was looking for a more analytical non-fiction take.
posted by UncleBoomee at 11:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Ethnic conflicts in China
This-is-a-long-shot-filter: I'm just beginning to do a study of Muslims in China, a subject I find extremely interesting. Specifically, I'm looking at the Hui minority, histories of violence among Muslims in China, current ethnic tensions between the Hui and other ethnic identities, and conflict between the Hui and the Chinese government. Looking for personal accounts, opinions, and thoughts that can lead me further into research. [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 11:10 AM PST - 12 comments

How long is too long to wait for water?
[TenantsRightsFilter] I know that landlords and property management companies are required to provide hot water, but is there a time frame associated with this hot water? [more inside]
posted by sacrifix at 10:56 AM PST - 23 comments

Paper Cut
Any tips on starting some intricate paper cuts? [more inside]
posted by AutoPilot83 at 10:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Less known but tasty drinks?
(DrinkFilter) I just found out how awesome Aloe Drink is. What other tasty drinks have I been missing out on? [more inside]
posted by BurN_ at 10:39 AM PST - 53 comments

Help me do my job with minimal effort
I have two txt files with single-word lines. How can I create an automated script that will find lines that match between the two, and append a number to the end of the line for each word in one of the files? [more inside]
posted by Aiwen at 10:36 AM PST - 19 comments

How to entertain younger visiting relatives?
I need activities for the next two weeks for visiting relatives in the Bay Area. A 16-year-old girl (who will turn 17 during the visit) and a 9-year-old boy need to be entertained, either together or separately. [more inside]
posted by pluot at 10:18 AM PST - 12 comments

How do you avoid getting buried by all the references' references' references' references?
I have a question about optimum levels of reference and avoiding getting snowed under by an avalanche of references. My question is clumsy because I am unsure what this is even called. [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 10:18 AM PST - 8 comments

How to export Outlook PST mail archives to a text format
How do I export Outlook .pst mail archives to a text format for backup purposes? [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 10:15 AM PST - 7 comments

sudo apt-get me a little help here, people?
Can the Belkin play USB wireless card work w Ubuntu & if not recommendations? [more inside]
posted by xetere at 10:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Talented dressmaker in Boston area?
Where, within an hour of Boston, MA, can I have a custom dress (not an alteration) made? [more inside]
posted by Cygnet at 10:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Are there French subtitles for Withnail & I?
Will my French friend ever be able to watch Withnail & I? [more inside]
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 9:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Honda Civic 2006 - good? bad?
2006 Honda Civic - how common are its reported problems? [more inside]
posted by waterandrock at 9:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Lease new or buy used?
Buy a used car or lease a new car? Key consideration: significant uncertainly as to whether we will want/need a car in about 2 years. [more inside]
posted by ohio at 8:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Rum Punch Recipe or Ingredients from an Excursion in the Bahamas
Need a recipe or ingredients for a creamy-tasting rum punch my wife and I enjoyed while on a snorkeling excursion in Nassau, Bahamas. [more inside]
posted by purefusion at 8:16 AM PST - 8 comments

I've seen the Bridge.
Get Me Out Of My Travel Rut: My tour takes me to the beatific city of San Fransisco soon and while I visit about once a year, I usually end up going to same places/doing the same things. What's terribly new in SF? What are the fresh must-see shows, restaurants, nightspots, stores, or Things To Do. Ideally I'm looking for things/places that have opened within the year. Will have a car and able to make day trips out into the environs. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 7:44 AM PST - 16 comments

LaTeX help for total newbie
There's a font issue driving me insane in TeXnic: "NFSS system isn't set up properly" . Can someone please help me resolve this? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 6:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Youtube to Mp3
Youtube to Mp3 filter: How can I quickly and easily save a whole PLAYLIST to my computer? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 6:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Poem illuminating count and non-count/mass nouns
Is there a short, lovely, simple poem I can give to ESL students that contains significant examples of English 'count' nouns (basic stuff you can count) and 'non-count' or 'mass' (concepts, feelings, liquids) nouns? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 6:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Atheist Substitute for the Bible?
What's a good atheist substitute for the Bible? I'm looking for something I can read periodically that encourages me to step back from all of the hecticness, and to think about how to lead a good life and how to be a good person. It doesn't have to be infallible, just something that helps me to think about what's important. Accumulated wisdom, explained simply, is a bonus. [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem at 3:59 AM PST - 84 comments

Short term rentals in Thailand & SE Asia
My girlfriend and I are trying to find information on short term rentals in South East Asia. [more inside]
posted by metac at 2:16 AM PST - 7 comments

World War 2 books? Rommel is something I'm interested in
WW2 books? Especially looking for anything that features a good amount of material on Rommel, though that is not required. Hoping to do a two-person book club sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by marble at 2:05 AM PST - 13 comments

CALL ask_metafilter();
I think MySQL procedures and temporary tables are the bee's knees - am I Doing It Wrong? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator at 2:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Finding a recipe when you don't know what its called!
Your favorite baked pumpkin recipes, please, especially for breakfast! [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 12:58 AM PST - 15 comments

October 16
How can I make sure my used sweaters don't have bedbugs?
I just bought some secondhand sweaters and I'm concerned about bedbugs. What can I do to make sure they're not infested? [more inside]
posted by vanitas at 11:52 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I get rid of Grandma and Grandpa's STUFF ?
Grandpa died, and left a house full of items to his five children. Seven years ago, he died. The problem resulting from this has been a never-ending Stuff deadlock in which nothing can be distributed, and nothing can be thrown away. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 11:48 PM PST - 26 comments

How does a GPS calculate which route to display? Shortest? Fastest? Most ridiculous?
How does my GPS decide which route to take? Fastest? Shortest? What? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 10:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Minimum Number of Sexless Individuals
Say I have two femurs (okay, I do have two femurs, like most people), but say I have them lying on the table in front of me (I don't, but go with me), and I know one of them is from a woman and one is from a man, is there a way an archaelogist/paleontologist/someone-smarter-than-I could tell which is which? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman at 10:52 PM PST - 11 comments

For Once I Want the Ads
Where can I find news shows online with ads? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 10:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Need help finding good, trustworthy cross country movers
Looking for recommendations for reliable cross-country movers (San Francisco to DC). [more inside]
posted by caaaaaam at 10:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Needle in a bottle. Needle in a bottle, yeah.
About ten years ago, I read the first two books in a sci-fi trilogy involving a world that had some kind of accelerated decay problem. Also, there were giant, intelligent ants. [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 9:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I need to winterize sprinklers in Portland?
Do I need to winterize my sprinkler system in Portland, OR? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 9:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Design of a Design
What makes a design good? And how do I create it? [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards at 9:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Marketing Blogs?
Looking for good marketing and web strategy blogs, and/or books. Please suggest some great authors.
posted by ctreadwell at 9:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Easy ways to help the environment
What are the 1 or 2 most effective and easy-to-implement things that I (your average American) can do to reduce damage to the environment? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 8:50 PM PST - 37 comments

I'm drowning in smartphone options - can you help me pick one??
Please help me pick the right smartphone. I've researched myself into overwhelm and have a tendency towards terrible timing. My requirements aren't that complex, though I AM a gadget fan, and tech savvy. [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay at 8:41 PM PST - 19 comments

How Mac- only writer can use PC
I freelance in healthcare advertising copywriting. Never learned to use a PC.. All ad firms I've worked at-staff & freelance used Macs for all Creative Dept. Latest gig I was given an old PC to produce a lot of copy quickly. What to do?
posted by Summer05 at 8:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Yo dawg
What's the cleanest way for me to import Tumblr feeds into a second Tumblr blog? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 8:18 PM PST - 2 comments

9 Year-Old Girl Takes Manhattan
My niece is turning 9 this week and will be visiting Manhattan with her parents over Thanksgiving. I'd like to get her a gift like a coloring book, bingo game, or map where she can track where she's been while she's there. Something that requires a little research on her part beforehand would be great; YA historical stuff or mysteries is sort of what I'm looking for. (She's reading at a 5th grade level). I'd like to steer clear of electronic stuff if possible; paper and crayons/pencils type of thing.
posted by dolface at 7:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there an iPhone app that will vibrate the phone every minute even if it's locked?
I have an iPhone 3G and need an app that will vibrate the phone once every minute, even if the phone is locked. Does it exist?
posted by ben5757 at 7:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Concealer to cover acne?
What type of concealer can I use to cover my acne that will a) look natural, and b) not make my blemishes any worse? [more inside]
posted by wansac at 7:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Caught Red Envelope Handed--Should I Still Contact the Postal Inspector?
Caught a young Netflix thief, got my DVD back. Should I still file a report with the postal inspector? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 PM PST - 28 comments

But, they just SOUND similar.
What happens when you've purchased a domain that a company wants but you're not sure how to proceed because Or am I totally in the wrong? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Amsterdam trip without the drugs, clubs and museums?
What does one do in Amsterdam for a couple of days in crappy weather? [more inside]
posted by ye#ara at 6:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Shouldnt have eaten the alpaca
Help! In Peru and my pregnant wife has a severe case of food poisoning. The local doctor prescribed Nifurat. Is it safe during pregnanc