October 2011 Archives
I have a follower on Tumblr I would much rather not have. Can I make them unfollow me somehow on my end? From what I can see "blocking" them does pretty much nothing. I just dont want to show up on their dash anymore. Any way or clever workarounds so that I can make that happen?
I fried my clothes in a dryer at the laundromat that was way, way too hot. Besides everything being shrunken, some of the paint stuff from screenprinted T-shirts seems to have melted a little and everything stinks, almost like melted plastic. Is this dangerous? Am I inhaling toxic fumes from my sheets and might I be dead by morning?
Asheville, NC. What was this thing I saw downtown? [more inside]
Gynakologistfilter: Help with Copper IUD - Severe cramping still perseveres 11 days after insertion. Is this normal? What options are available and what could be causing this? [more inside]
What do judges do during trials aside from deciding on objections and keeping order in the court? I've been engrossed with the Conrad Murray trial and I've noticed the judge is almost always writing on a legal pad. What's he writing?
San Francisco - your recommendations for public study spots with WiFi please! [more inside]
I don't want to date a girl who's really, really in to me, but I want to hurt her as little as possible. Plus, I'll see her at work! [more inside]
Is there a way to post stand-alone websites to the New Google Reader? I used to do it with a tool in my bookmarks toolbar called "Note in Reader", but that no longer works. I simply don't see how to do it. I really like to keep a web-file of my favorite articles. Can I still do it in Google Reader? I hate to go to an alternate source to create a webfile, but if you have a suggestion, and I could consider that too, much as I hate to.
My boss has given me a weekly budget to run "social media" bonuses for our employees (finicky teenagers). Social media experts, any tips on how to make this project effective? Also ideas for bonuses/challenges very welcome and appreciated. [more inside]
No one seems to be allergic to my kitten. Are people more allergic to cats than kittens? [more inside]
What are the most elegant experiments in all of science? [more inside]
Recommend some good online multiplayer cooperative games for the PS3? (with a split-screen twist!) [more inside]
What's the best way to build a website on Wordpress, if the website design has a unique layout? [more inside]
Does aerobic exercise usually measurably improve singing voice? [more inside]
What's it like quitting smoking with Chantix/Champix at the end of the prescription? [more inside]
I'm posting this as anonymous as I have some friends and family who read this site, and they don't know we're this serious yet. My girlfriend and I are talking about getting married this summer if we can afford it and afford living together. We're looking at possibly Saint Malo off of Highway 7, Panorama Point or doing something in Rocky Mountain National Park. We're leaning more towards a summer wedding outdoors, June or July. Saint Malo is great, but expensive for what we want ($1000 for a few hours). Panorama Point in Golden Gate State park is more feasible. We're both really practical so we want our friends and family there but not at significant cost or debt. Other then Rocky Mountain National Park or Golden Gate State park, what are some good locations in Colorado for an outdoor wedding? In terms of cost, food for < 30 guests, location, photographer etc... what should we plan to spend? We're talking about doing it on a weekday.
Can anybody recommend an erotic chat room(s)? [more inside]
Which is the best way to certify a copy of my UK passport in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Our dog howls in sadness when we leave(about 8am), for no more than two minutes. Then she sleeps for the rest of the day. Our neighbors, who sleep until 1pm, want silence. Are we being unreasonable in considering their request unreasonable? [more inside]
What are some good political debate podcasts? There are plenty of "preaching to the choir" types out there, both left and right, but I'm interested in topical debate with hosts and/or guests that are diametrically opposite, politically speaking. [more inside]
I can't find a song I heard and it's driving me up a wall. I'm pretty sure it's called "Do It". [more inside]
What is it like to be a doula? [more inside]
As part of a gradual effort to bring order to our lives, my wife and I would like to talk to a fee-only financial planner, somewhere in San Diego. Where should we go? [more inside]
Have you done a prepared-food / delivery diet? Did you like it? Do you know any local (San Francisco) places you would recommend over something national? Thanks!
Where can I purchase a four foot by four foot square (give or take, I'll take 2x8 or 3x4 or whatever else will give me roughly 15 sq feet without being less than a foot wide) of eighth inch thick, flexible, glossy black PVC? [more inside]
Google Reader's social features just went dark. I'm distraught. What are my alternatives? [more inside]
I feel like such a schmuck, but, can anyone help me identify this adult film actress, just from a (SFW) screencap? [more inside]
Is Primerica a bad company and would you invest with them? [more inside]
Need some info about Salem, OR please... [more inside]
Searching for a narrative I heard on the radio years ago (sometime between 1997 and 2007, I think). It was basically a father's letter to his unborn child, whom he lost in a miscarriage. At one point in the narration, I believe he refered to his baby - or simply the embryo's size - as a grain of rice. I think I may have heard it on NPR... I know this is terribly vague, but since my recent miscarriage, I have been desperate to hear/read it again. Does this ring a bell with anyone? If so, can someone tell me where I can access it - or at least offer me more specific search terms?
We need an awesome small (3 to 5 person) wedding band for our Los Angeles wedding in June. I've tried all the booking agents, my local nightclubs, even craigslist but have yet to find the right match! Any recommendations? [more inside]
Rental car, no I-Pass, driving the Tollway to and from Wisconsin. Can I just pay all my tolls online to avoid paying at the plaza booths? [more inside]
Ideally, this time next year, my husband and I will have a newborn in our lives! How to deal with people who want me to make plans and committments in the medium term future that will be affected by this goal? [more inside]
I'm searching for digitized archives of Joel Denver's 'Future Hits' radio program from 1984-1992. [more inside]
My brother will work for food. He's coming from a tough situation to visit me in LA for just a few weeks at most, and he needs to find some immediate work, even if it's just a few dollars a day. Are there any options for him? [more inside]
Steve Jobs was legendary for being a badass in the name of seeking excellence from those who worked for him and to make Apple a success. Many other business leaders seem to have similar personalities. But who are the opposite? What business leaders have a reputation for being unfailingly nice? [more inside]
What are they lyrics to the song "Moments Before Sleep" by Blue Roses? [MySpace warning] [more inside]
I need a ridiculously soft white t-shirt to complete the perfect pyjamas, the most comfortable money can buy. What brands would you recommend, and where can I buy them (delivery by Friday to, or physically in, London)? Additionally, what goes towards making a t-shirt soft?
I work at a community college in the financial aid office. Next week, I have an internal interview for the Secretary to the Governing Board. My interview committee will be made up of executives from the college. While I generally feel confident in interviews I always struggle coming up with questions for the interviewers. Can you help me come up with questions for the interviewers that are “executive level” and that might help demonstrate my dedication to the college? [more inside]
Are there any notable organizations that use something like incentive compatible mechanisms for shared infrastructure problems?
Are there any notable organizations that use something like incentive compatible mechanisms for shared infrastructure problems? [more inside]
Have you seen a successfully implemented rule requiring horse owners to clean up after their pets? [more inside]
Grad student can no longer read. ADD reading strategies sought, please. [more inside]
I'm a twenty-something single guy in the city. I'm moderately fit and attractive; I am confident with women and get dates frequently. I'm having a hard time creating casual relationships. [more inside]
I'm basically one of Pavlov's dogs when it comes to email. So let's address the salt and bells of today's technology.
What's the best way to filter mail on the mail app for mac? [more inside]
I've been having an (infuriating) issue getting my PS3 to play nice with my Comcast cable internet. System updates and game patches, but not downloads from the Playstation Store, seem to be getting throttled. The download will proceed normally at first, but then will stall at some arbitrary point., and eventually time out. [more inside]
How do I negotiate compensation for a state position? [more inside]
I feel like I'm in career purgatory, and it's a windowless, stuffy call center. I also don't want to throw away over 2 years of tenure and wonder if I should just learn to deal. TL;DR details and out-loud thinking inside. [more inside]
Does anyone know of any published studies that demonstrate that members of minority groups (ethnic, sexual, etc.) are more likely to engage in scientific research about members of their own groups than non-members are? It seems like common sense but I'd really like to get something in writing.
I have warm fuzzy feelings and inclinations to do nice things for people. Does this make me unprofessional? How do I talk myself out of it, if so? I'm in academia. [more inside]
What's it like to be a flight attendant? (Present day.) [more inside]
I've just become a new manager, help me understand/improve this public sector service delivery organisation. [more inside]
I’m stuck on an IT Help Desk and I’d like to escape. Help! [more inside]
I am buying a 3-family house. One unit has tenants. This is in Pittsburgh, PA. What do I need to know? [more inside]
What's fun to do while waiting for trick-or-treaters? [more inside]
Therapist recommendations for Minneapolis / western suburbs? [more inside]
I need a very simple laboratory information management system. [more inside]
I need to know the right way to take my groundbreaking software concept from idea to reality. [more inside]
Do any MeFis have any tips/experience as to installing accent lighting in trees? We have a tall and lovely pecan tree in our backyard, and would like to install lights shining up into the canopy both to highlight the tree (an effect that I've always loved) and to provide soft lighting for our yard. I'm interesting in hearing about any tips/warnings from those who've done the same. The tree is a Pecan, about 50 years old, ~60 feet tall, diameter ~ 2 1/2 feet. We'd be using a electrician to add the circuit.
Office Colour Temperature: will I be less tired if the room's fluorescent lamps in the ceiling were daylight balanced to 5500K? [more inside]
I was recently diagnosed with a urethral diverticulum which bulges through my anterior vaginal wall. I hadn't noticed it at all until I went to a nurse for bacterial vaginosis, and she referred me to a gynecologist for what she thought was a cyst. The urogynecologist I met with sent me to get an MRI and suggested surgery to remove the pouch, since it is periodically filling with fluid and could cause complications (recurrent UTIs, &c.) if not treated. [more inside]
How do you deal with the haters - especially when you're outnumbered and they've got more power than you? Anon due to possible personal/career risks. [more inside]
I think I need a small generator, but don't know how to size it, or what a good model is. I need something to power the refrigerator, a couple of lights, and maybe a laptop. [more inside]
Breakup after two years, why does it hurt so much that he started a new relationship when he said that's not what he wanted. Short version of the breakup: I am six years older, my ex is 22. I have known his family for ten years, best friends with his cousin and that's how we connected in the beginning. We had so much in common as far sports, out door activities, school, silly drinking times and mostly the family connection. We did not say we loved each other until six months into the relationship and it grew from there. [more inside]
How do I not kill my herbs this winter? Container gardening in NYC. [more inside]
I have a fairly complicated concept map that I need some help laying out. Omnigraffle Pro's auto-layout isn't superb...please help me find alternative software or wrangle Omnigraffle a little better. [more inside]
I've recently become involved with someone, and I am starting to care for him very much. He is intelligent, funny, considerate, thoughtful, and very fun to be around. However, He seems to have a serious drinking problem. [more inside]
When trying to read a Sandisk 16Gb Class 2 Micro SD card (on my Win7 PC through a USB reader) it will show up briefly but as soon as I try to copy any files the drive itself will disappear, meaning I can't save any of the data (or pics) from it, so I'm looking for a way to keep the drive visible to my PC so I can save the data. (The card comes from my Android HTC Desire HD which randomly dismounted itself this morning and now reports itself as 'damaged' in the phone). Any help would be greatly appreciated - thanks in advance!
Help me understand just what I've gotten myself into with regards to my Orange internet connection. (I'm in France.) [more inside]
This week I'll probably be making a personal loan to a friend. Would like to have everything in writing, for both our sakes. Details inside. [more inside]
Am I the only one having trouble with iOS 5 location-based reminders being really, really inconsistent? (I live in rural Japan, for what it's worth, and have my home address stored in Japanese in my "my information" contact entry) And what, if anything, can I do to make it work more consistently at a bare minimum?
I'd love to learn how to program effectively in a language like C++ or Java, so that I can, within a year or so, be somewhat productive. [more inside]
Can you point me in the right direction to determine if something is wrong with my new iPhone 4S? [more inside]
What is the real deal with cat food? Do my cats need canned food? [more inside]
How to secure my headboard in a more sturdy fashion. [more inside]
Options/potential consequences for a foreign grad student, studying at U.C.S.D., who has just been arrested and booked in jail for a D.W.I.? [more inside]
How should I structure my gradual return to full-time work after two months off for a psychiatric illness? Have you actually done this, and if so, do you have tips? Have you even known or heard of someone who did a part-time transition after disability leave? All advice sought in creating my return-to-work plan. [more inside]
Logic Pro 9 question: suddenly when I bounce a song from Logic to my desktop (in .aif format) and then try to play in iTunes, it will import into iTunes, but it won't play. I'm relatively new to logic, but I've done this before with no problems. What gives? [more inside]
Book identification: dinosaur edition. [more inside]
Looking for good speakers for an apartment that can be used by both my TV and my laptop within one room. [more inside]
Please help me kill this cough.... [more inside]
I own a lot of shares in a company that has done very well on the market recently. So well in fact that if I sold it all now, I could divide the proceeds equally between my two kids and set them both up for college — something my parents couldn't do for me. However, my oldest child won't be ready for college for another 12 years. Is there any way to convert the stock shares into something less volatile than the market, without incurring capital gains tax? My kids both have 529 funds and I'd love to be able to move the stock there but I want to avoid the IRS as much as possible. Yes, I am naive and ignorant of the finer workings of finance, so please be gentle.
LaundryFilter: dry cleaning only? Really? How about... [more inside]
IsMyHouseGoingToFloodFilter: Will a bunch of teflon tape wrapped around a compression ring prevent my toilet shut off valve from leaking? [more inside]
Please help me find this quote! If I remember correctly, it says something to the affect of that if you write something and you don't provoke some sort of negative response or disagreement, than what you've written wasn't worth writing? [more inside]
Please educate this clueless former Southerner on the operation of radiators in apartments. Specifically, is there any way I can stop it from feeling like a sauna in here? [more inside]
How can I block individual websites on Android? [more inside]
What are some negative national stereotypes that do not involve Americans as either the -typer or the -typee? [more inside]
What's it like to be pregnant nearing delivery? [more inside]
When converting my childhood VHS tapes to digital, what format should I be using? How can I trim the length of (avi,mpg,mov,etc) video files without losing quality? And do you have any recommendations for local video store vs scancafe.com vs digmypics.com? [more inside]
How do I (a DIY'er, not professional) properly dispose of stain soaked rags (in Indiana)? [more inside]
What are the best ways to create and deploy Windows 7 images across numbers of often disparate computers? [more inside]
The two most compelling female action characters I've seen are Hanna and Nikita (the original French movie one). The Mass Effect series does 'female badass' pretty well, and so too does George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones et al.). Peter Watts is good at profoundly damaged female badasses. What other movies, games, books, and TV shows would I like that feature well-written female badasses? [more inside]
I need recommendations for scary movies featuring strong female characters. [more inside]
I live in a cooperative housing community of 30-40 people. A person from the conflict resolution committee has contacted me about some anonymous complaints about me and wanted to meet with me. I declined the meeting because I wanted to know what it was about first, and wanted to know who has a problem with me. Am I being reasonable? What would you do? [more inside]
Kamado cookers - worth it or not? [more inside]
How can I create some privacy from noise in an open floor plan office (700 sq. feet) while keeping it a really cool, collaborative place? Weird ideas totally welcome! [more inside]
Three network coverage in the UK. Is it as bad as the internet suggests? [more inside]
How do I get more emotion into my singing voice? [more inside]
Drug Filter: How do to keep the smell from being noticed? [more inside]
Secular alcoholic recovery support groups in St Louis? [more inside]
Sunday afternoon medical question. Mysterious abdominal pressure, not improving, worrying me a bit. [YANMD, but if you are a medical professional, I'd appreciate some general advice about what kinds of questions to ask / symptoms to look for / organs to look at.] [more inside]
How can I swing something with the bank that's better for them than having a client in an orderly payment of debt arrangement?
Does anyone here have experience with an Orderly Payment of Debt program? I think this program is only available to Canadians specifically, and in some provinces only. So Canadians: my question is really - what do I offer the bank to sweeten the deal for them if I go to them and say: "either you do this for us, or we are going to have to enter into an OPD program"? [more inside]
I'm currently designing a grade 12 English unit and I'm looking for short stories, poems, or films that deal with issues of race, gender, and/or age. [more inside]
China Valves Technology (ticker: CVVT) has plummeted this year largely due to suspicion of fraudulent activity and reporting practices. I have read generic accusations on various websites, but have not seen anything specific. Then I ran across this article supposedly "redeeming" them. http://seekingalpha.com/article/294624-china-valves-technology-online-due-diligence-indicates-legitimate-structure?source=marketwatch So I thought I would ask the metafilter community if they had any knowledge involving this company. Do you believe that this is a legitimate investment or is it just another Chinese fraud? Thank you for your time and expertise. Have a great day.
I recently adopted a seemingly abandoned cat. We took her to get spayed yesterday, but someone else had gotten there first ... [more inside]
I am looking for experienced insights on menopause. I can't see my doctor for another two weeks. No symptoms and I'm confused. [more inside]
My African-American son has darkish brown skin, say, like Eddie Murphy or Will Smith. For Halloween, he wants to be a dead soccer player, not exactly a zombie, though. How do I do this? [more inside]
A good opening and a good ending make for a good film provide they come close together. Federico Fellini, [Recipe for a Good Film], a Fellini Lexicon, (1992)
When did certain film makers/producers start placing the title of the film at the very end of their film? I've noticed this tends to happen with independant/art-house style films? The film just begins and at the very end of the movie, the screen will flash the title of the film and then the credits will roll. Does someone know who started this?
Where can I get a pair of men's, blue bunny slippers? [more inside]
After a few months of looking, I've found another research-related job at my university. Tell me what doors it will open to me that weren't open already. [more inside]
What needs to be done to turn a 4x2 Toyota 2011 Tacoma truck to a 4x4? [more inside]
The sound of an electric box fan helps my girlfriend sleep. Help us save electricity and stay warmer by recommending a white noise generator we can use instead. [more inside]
Canadians looking for travel insurance for one year around the world trip? [more inside]
Does my bathroom need to have a fan? [more inside]
Syllabus prep: Looking for pop culture artifacts (both U.S. and transpacific) centered around the nuclear bomb that *aren't* science fictional in nature. [more inside]
Looking for bars in Portland, OR that are good for groups. [more inside]
Are you a bad person if your guy friend leaves his girlfriend for you? [more inside]
I can't have vaginal warts if we're both monogamous, right? [more inside]
Is it totally insane to have a car in San Francisco? [more inside]
I put an mp3 album I bought from Amazon on my Android phone and happily listened to it for more than a week. Then, my husband put a copy on his Blackberry also. Now the album has disappeared from my phone's native music player's list. How did this happen? Is the Android music player somehow "playing nice" with Amazon...? The folder of files is still there on my phone when I view files through the computer, but the Music player does not show it either by album, artist or song titles. Neither of us has the "Amazon mp3 app" on our devices, though I do have the Kindle app on mine. [more inside]
What in the heck is this mystery plastic tool type thing I found? [more inside]
3 Weeks in London with a 1 year old, what can we do? [more inside]
Best setup for watching web video on TV? I currently have a PS3 which I occasionally use to watch Youtube etc via the TV. I'd like to do this more (especially longer videos) but using the PS3 is annoying for this, and I'd like some way to set up the videos on a laptop or tablet and send them wirelessly to the TV. What are my options? [more inside]
How do I figure out if a guy is actually interested in DATING me? Because if I hear "I'm just not ready for a relationship" one more time, I think I'll scream. [more inside]
I'm facing down 26 years years of virginity. Help me succeed at Operation: Get Laid By My Birthday. [more inside]
I'm headed to Paris for two weeks, and I need advice about alcoholic drinks to try, amazing experiences for a perfume-lover, Paris-themed books to read (and where to read them), long walks, and how to maintain a high-protein, low-carb "regime". [more inside]
What do you think that organizers are asking for in volunteers to a large techy conference? [more inside]
Hope me be the best master teacher/mentor to a student teacher. [more inside]
I have a down jacket that appears to have something like petrol/gasoline on it (but I don't know where it came from) The instructions say 'no dry clean'. How can I get the smell out OR wash and dry the jacket. [more inside]
Should we see "Wicked" on Broadway, or something else? My friend and I want to see a show tomorrow, Sunday Oct. 30. She still remembers seeing "Phantom of the Opera" in London with Sarah Brightman. We're pretty sure we can't get in to see "Book of Mormon". Tasteful-ish is important (so, no Avenue Q). Suggestions? [more inside]
Where can I find this men's jacket? [more inside]
Where can I find pictures of all the New York City's "Canyon of Heroes" ticker–tape parade plaques? [more inside]
I have funky extra-wide 6E feet, and they don't make cross-country ski boots in my size. Where can I buy an adapter that fits over footwear I already own? [more inside]
Where can I read some good gay erotica? [more inside]
ThesaurusFilter: I think there's a word for this, but I'm having the most difficult time thinking of what it is. Basically, it's something like a happy surprise? Maybe something like a happy paradigm shift? I feel like the word (if it exists) has been on the tip of my tongue for the last three hours, and I'm frustrated enough that it's landed me on the green.
What's the movie "with the guy and the animals and he rides the turtle home"? Cryptic text message from a 23-year-old who may be slightly inebriated has us wondering.
Best job talk ever! Dear academic MeFites, please share your best tips for job talks. [more inside]
There are some nice stairs with some sculptures on them across from my apartment (leading up to a parking garage), open to the public. People and security guards sit there and lounge and smoke cigarettes frequently (I can see from my apartment) However when I sit there or smoke cigarettes there, a security guard always tells me it is closed (no matter what time, most recently 4:30PM on a Saturday, sometimes after work like 6:30 on a Tuesday) and I cannot sit there. But isn't it public space? [more inside]
Electronics project filter: I would like to learn more about building a miniature camera and short-range video transmitter module. Please point me towards useful tutorials, vendors, and/or part numbers. [more inside]
Greetings, internet users! I need the best Brazilian movies you know. I've seen A Deriva, City of God, Black Orpheus, and none of the rest. What am I missing? Criteria are loose; basically, set in Brazil, people speaking Portuguese, and what you, O wise metafilterians, have judged to be worthy. Obrigado in advance!
Company paintball as team-building event coming up. Never played before. Advice? [more inside]
How Do I Get My Cat to Feel Safe in Bed Again, After Repeated Kitten Attacks? [more inside]
Help us pack Thanksgiving and Christmas with every New York holiday tradition there is. [more inside]
Tell me about Apple TV. [more inside]
Looking for a plain granola recipe. [more inside]
Recipes for Krab with a K, also known as "fake crab" or "surimi." Preferably not sushi rolls. [more inside]
Help me take my Ira Glass costume to the next level. [more inside]
Help me remember the name of a shareware turn-by-turn space shooter from the mid-nineties. [more inside]
I'm finishing my economics degree this year and I've decided that I would like to become a fee-for-service financial advisor. The one major issue is that I'm strongly introverted and I'm not confident about my ability to find new clients. I'm looking for book recommendations and sage advice from those with similar types of careers. [more inside]
How is the "market price" of lobster determined? Is there a lobster exchange somewhere? [more inside]
Recent bioscience graduate is unsure what to do with his life. Science writing a possibility. Suggestions? [more inside]
My partner and I just found out we are newly pregnant, and are unsure which health insurance offered through my employer we should pick for next year. [more inside]
Have an interview for an editing job at a rehab clinic. I know nothing about the current state of rehab. Help? [more inside]
Downtown Toronto Birthday Fun on a Thursday Night For 2 Ladies? [more inside]
Where can I find "Party Rock" shoes found on the "Sexy and I know it" video clip?
Do I need any extra wires/cables/adaptors to fit this radio into my car? [more inside]
Looking for reviews and opinions on Solovair boots or similar Dr. Marten-esque styles. [more inside]
Are there any US banks that will allow me to open an account online or by phone with a US passport instead of a driver's license? [more inside]
What are the best Samsung TV Apps for watching movies and TV? [more inside]
How can I make a spreadsheet editable within Firefox? Difficulty: the spreadsheet is stored locally. [more inside]
What's the current method of caring for patients in a long-term coma? [more inside]
What Spanish language movie is this?. It is currently playing on a Station I believe is called galacinema at a Mexican restaurant. Is campy horror movie.
I am a freelance translator and editor. I hate managing the billing/financial end of it myself and want to figure out how to outsource it. [more inside]
I'm trying to track down an old Daily Show clip that featured one of the anchors mocking news coverage of a teenager attempting to jump a car and failing. [more inside]
Can doing mental puzzles, riddles problems actually make us smarter or does it just make us more nimble with whatever smarts we already have?
Can doing mental puzzles, riddles problems actually make us smarter or does it just make us more nimble with whatever smarts we already have? [more inside]
Lead dust contaminated apartment. [more inside]
MusicFilter: Looking for website or databases that show dj's set lists or peoples playlists based on various factors? [more inside]
What can I send for a kid's school lunch that doesn't need heating or refrigeration, has a super-fast prep time, and doesn't contain gluten, peanuts, or dairy? [more inside]
I have a Wordpress blog at www.mydomainname.org. I want to add another Wordpress blog at subdomain.mydomainname.org. I know it's possible, but is it something I can do? [more inside]
How to handle unwanted pity and an irrational perceived slight? [more inside]
I've screwed things up and it is finally catching up with me. My job situation is not good and my future is looking bleak. I know that it's my own fault. I need to fix it but I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
A couple of months ago, it was around the time of Spotify's mandatory Facebook login thing, there was an article from a developer of a music app in which he told a story of basically betting everything on Facebook integration, but lost out when Facebook forged a deal with a rival app and effectively killed off his product. For the life of me I can't find the article. Can you help?
How do I make a Freeedom of Information request to the European Union? [more inside]
DXA body scan within 25 miles of Raleigh-Durham, NC? Cash only, no referral required, please! [more inside]
I had a wisdom tooth extracted. Ten days later I still can't open my mouth more than an inch or two without experiencing pain. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
I need equipment and software to track temperatures. [more inside]
How do I buy windows? The kind that go in your house. That you can see out of. [more inside]
Gmail bulk forwarding: Why is this not an option and what are our hacks? [more inside]
Is baby shampoo really bad for adult hair? [more inside]
Circumstances changing! Some financial help and advice needed! [more inside]
I'm looking for a map that shows the variance between the standard time and 'local time' within the timezones around the world, or at least within the US. [more inside]
What are some go-to websites for cinematographic inspiration? [more inside]
Where can I find intelligent writing or discussion about movies and t.v. shows? [more inside]
Why does my neck hurt when I jog? [more inside]
Is there a car window scraper that doesn't suck? [more inside]
Why do men choose electric shavers over safety or cartridge razors? Are electric shavers better or worse for sensitive male skin? [more inside]
I have booked space at an expo. I am clueless. Please help me understand how to create/buy an awesome stall! [more inside]
If you had to write down a list of the people you'd expect someone else to know by sight, who would be in that list?
What public figures (actors, actresses, politicians, etc) should I be able to recognize by sight? [more inside]
Is there a way to send a message through Adobe Acrobat? [more inside]
Female/menstruation/BC issues requiring anecdata. [more inside]
What software or web app will sort iPhone apps by the number of reviews the app has received (and show me those apps that have received the highest number of positive reviews)? [more inside]
I have an international trip coming up in two weeks. I went off birth control about 6 months ago, and would like to get back on it, to avoid dealing with my period during the trip. I have no experience with starting BC mid-cycle, and when breakthrough bleeding generally happens (immediately? Towards the end of the 30-day pack?). When is the best time to start? Now? A few days before the trip? [more inside]
Hopefully-soon-to-be-fiance can't wear rings. What should I do instead? [more inside]
I am daydreaming about getting a cat. But I've never had a pet of any kind. What would I be getting myself into? Give me the skinny, in terms of cost, daily care, supplies needed, etc. (Point me to a good book on the subject if you know one!) If I were to do this, I want to be as well informed as possible. [more inside]
What are good basic resources for teaching about privilege and access, particularly in the context of the tech industry? [more inside]
I was pulled over for speeding and the state trooper claimed he smelled marijuana and was going to call out the K9 unit. Ultimately nothing happened, but I have questions about the situation and procedures. [more inside]
Salt 'N Vinegar chips make my lips tingle to an almost unbearable degree. [more inside]
Quick relationship question :) He came somewhere, because I asked him to come and he knew that it was important to me. He had a lousy time. Now, I feel guilty. How to better manage this type of situation in the future? [more inside]
What is it like to be in a major negotiation? [more inside]
I'm looking to adopt my first dog. I have some general ideas down. Medium size, medium activity, short coat. I have space for it and all the time in the world for it as I'm home 24/7. What I need to know are people's experiences with mental illness and owning a pet. [more inside]
How can I get Sprint to dump me, instead of the other way around? [more inside]
A friend and I are trying to create a product with a very particular scent. Our Google skills have failed. Is there a company that does this? More inside. [more inside]
Where did the music come from for "Funky Cat Maybe"?
I'm a brand new iPhone customer. Just 2 weeks ago I purchased my first iPhone from AT&T. I love the phone. But AT&T is very expensive (the cheapest plan is ~ $92 a month when taxes are included). I'm planning to use mostly data on my phone, so I think Sprint will be a better deal -- cheaper plan plus unlimited data. It would save me about $20 in the long run. I know that I wouldn't even use the full 200MB each month...but even with that taken into account, Sprint's deal is still cheaper. I have 2 weeks to return the AT&T phone without paying the termination fee. My question is, should I stick with AT&T and continue to pay almost $100 for a measly 200MB a month, even though their network is better? Or should I pay less for unlimited data on Sprint, even though they supposedly have a slow network? [more inside]
What are some good resources for learning about special effects? I am looking mainly for practical effects as opposed to CGI. [more inside]
I might not be smart enough for my PhD program; it is obvious from my classes that I lack certain skills or aptitudes the average student in my field has. Do I quit now? [more inside]
Our black walnut tree delivered us a great bounty this year. We've husked and are drying about 2 bushels. However... [more inside]
I gave my '07 Honda Civic to a mechanic who said it needed a replacement of the steering rack and/or pump, which he did. Problem: aftermarket XM radio was working perfectly before it went in, antenna had intermittent short which prevented radio from getting signal at least 50% of the time when I got it back. [more inside]
Would using this Herman Miller Eames molded plastic chair as a work chair be bad for my back? [more inside]
So has Andrea Rossi achieved cold fusion?
A friend gave me a beautiful hand-made knit scarf. The problem is that it's a stockinette stitch and its edges curl up uncomfortably rather than lying flat. As a non-knitter, are there any modifications that I can make to mitigate this curling? [more inside]
Because of a practical joke gone wrong (don't ask) I have wound up with second degree burns on my ass, including between the cheeks. I have dressed it with Neosporin and am changing the gauze regularly, but what do I do to minimize discomfort and promote healing as well as to avoid any localized infection in this notoriously unclean region? [more inside]
3 friends and I have been using Beluga to keep in touch. I've heard facebook is shutting down Beluga and making a new service that requires a facebook account. If this is true we would like to switch to a different service that is similar and are looking for recommendations. [more inside]
If I quit my graduate program, which is largely being paid for in full by my university and the state, will I suddenly owe money? [more inside]
What materials can I use to decorate (i.e. completely cover and disguise) the outside of a plastic container? I have made some self-watering planters from storage containers, but they’re very ugly as-is and I want to decorate them. Looking for methods that are durable and weather-resistant, and (if known) won’t leech into the plastic and the soil. [more inside]
What are the finest works, in content and prose, of "postmodern" literature (or at least, how I defined it below)? [more inside]
Just got a robo call on my cell phone from an organization calling themselves "Justice for All." They support the Occupy movement, as I do, but I don't want them calling me anymore and using up my cellphone minutes. Their number came up as "Unavailable." Can't find anything about them via Google. Anyone heard of them, and know how to reach them? I want to tell them to take me off their call list. (I'm already on the National Do Not Call registry.)
Please help me solve a traffic equation that I have been throwing around in my head for years... [more inside]
Dearest Mefites, have you any rockin' Toronto nightlife and breakfast/brunch suggestions? [more inside]
I'm a woman in my 30's founding a startup that I'm very excited about. I'm also ready to seek out a serious relationship. Are the two mutually exclusive? [more inside]
I'm considering making a transition from academia to industry in a technical, non-medical field. Do I need to be wary of posting my resume online? [more inside]
I (think I) have a bunion and want to run a race tomorrow. What can I do? [more inside]
My toy poodle is bored and he bugs us all day. What should we do? [more inside]
I want to make this crazy awesome wolf helmet for my Halloween costume. Is there a quick, relatively cheap way to do that? [more inside]
I have a day job, and I also freelance as a graphic artist/illustrator. I've only been getting paid for my work for the past few months, and I haven't had a problem getting compensated. Until now. [more inside]
I am looking for a password keeper app for my iPhone. Ideally it would be able to open a specific URL and autopopulate the User ID and Password fields. Personal experience with your suggestions is a big plus. Thank you!
What are all these pedestrians doing on the freeway? [more inside]
My initial vesting date will be just a few days after the IPO. Should I sell all the shares that vest on the vesting date immediately? How do I maximize my future happiness in making this decision? [more inside]
Tell me all about Systems Theory, and how it can solve all my problems. [more inside]
I am applying for a driving job delivering auto parts. I used to drive in the marine corps when I was serving but got out in 2003. I have not worked much since then. I have been depressed and instead of working, I have relied on my mom for support. Should this anxiety be justified? I am also not good at keeping track of employment dates that the application is asking for.
Is it possible to downgrade my iPhone 3GS from IOS 5 to an earlier version of IOS, preferably 4.3.3? What if I don't have an SHSH blob? [more inside]
I'm looking for the name of a university course I once saw a video recording of the first 2 lectures but since forgotten almost everything about it except that I found it incredibly interesting. [more inside]
SeattleHalloweenCostumeFilter: how to put a logo on my face? [more inside]
How can I stop my computer from going into sleep mode? The control panel options and Lenovo power manager have both failed me. [more inside]
Where can I find out how much money the execs and board members of various big companies make? [more inside]
How much should I insure a diamond engagement ring and a wedding band for? [more inside]
What's the quickest and cheapest way for a new high school science teacher to get 40 matching scientific calculators? The school is inner-city with a high poverty rate and limited resources. Are there donation programs available for this sort of thing, or are there retailers with discount programs? [more inside]
I need an ultra-low-power home server/media hub. Cheap is good. Suggestions? [more inside]
Could I have done something different? (Boyfriend's marijuana problem) [more inside]
My partner and I are heading to California in two weeks - whoo! - and our first stop is a week in San Francisco. I've read the SF posts here, and guidebooks and websites, but I'd love some MeFite recommendations for our specific needs/wants! [more inside]
All this talk about switching to a less hateful bank and supporting the community has me wondering if I should start looking for a credit union. I'm also wondering if doing so could help me pay off my credit card debt? Would love your sage financial advice. [more inside]
[recipe hunter for sugar free and splenda free sweets]: in search of recipes that are fun desserts but which contain no processed sugar or "artificial sweetners." [more inside]
My brother is kind of an arse, and not very empathetic. Can you help me to not overreact to this, and get less wound up by him? [more inside]
Help me find this children's book: About the seasons on a farm. No words, just four illustrations of the same barnyard with animals in the different seasons. The one from my childhood was over-sized and cardboard. [more inside]
Video games featuring food? [more inside]
Labels I can print at work that won't leave residue? [more inside]
What baking staples should I have on hand? [more inside]
Help me find some awesome swag. [more inside]
I'm trying to write a SQL query on an 8 year old broken Access database that I didn't build, now on Access 2007. It's fun, I tell you what. I'm having trouble with a left outer join. [more inside]
Need help with funny copy for Occupy sign. Special Halloween snowflake details inside. [more inside]
Please give this Southern girl recently relocated to Boston a crash course in picking out boots. [more inside]
Software recommendation filter (Windows): I think it's called "reference management software". We're a research collaboration, need to organize existing background reading documents (academic papers, company reports, etc) so 3-5 people can read, comment on their relevance to the project, and do searches to find the useful papers again later. No need for content editing, check-in/check-out, versioning, etc. these are all final-version documents. Boss made a recomendation; I'm looking for a second opinion before I agree. [more inside]
Food allergies have taken away my staples. Please help me eat! Gluten, dairy, and grain free (maybe Paleo) people, this means you. [more inside]
I need to do some slightly fancy audio swapping and synching in iMovie 09, but I'm inexperienced with the app. [more inside]
I got this scam email with what looks like a CODE!!!!!!!! Is it a code?! [more inside]
My wife and I are visiting Paris over the week of US Thanksgiving - can you help us figure out the best way to get cell phone service and data while we're there? [more inside]
I need a pay as you go USB dongle for 3G wireless that will work with eee pc running Easy Peasy Ubuntu. This is in the UK. Contract will also be considered.
Outlook 2010 Filter: When I send an email from a shared inbox (standard exchange server), I need to fill out the "from" field. How do I get that field to display? I can only find a toggle for BCC. Thanks
Asked for a friend: if you inherited a vintage, "institutional bingo set," what would you do? [more inside]
Handyman Help: How do you replace a shower handle? [more inside]
Is there a technical term for making soda/pop? [more inside]
What's the technology behind mydeco.com? [more inside]
I have 2-5 drinks per day. Am I an alcoholic? [more inside]
Shanghai'd - Heading back to China and want hear about your fav spots. [more inside]
Do I have a legal right to cancel a contract with a UK company that has gone into administration and been bought-out?
What's the legality in the UK surrounding contracts signed with a company that goes into administration and is bought-out by a different company and re-branded? Is the contract still valid? Can you get out of the contract without penalty because you signed it with a now non-existant company? [more inside]
I want to buy someone a Blu-Ray player that streams Netflix. Should I bother? [more inside]
How do you use Scrivener and Devonthink together? I've seen lots of blog posts and comments about individuals using both products for researching, drafting, and writing complicated projects, and each looks awesome on its own, but I can't figure out a workflow that uses the strengths of both. If you use both tools, how do you do it? Insights from any area are welcome, but thoughts from academics are especially useful to me.
A LOT of fresh basil - now what? [more inside]
What is the name of the older (1970's?) song where a hippy-type chap sings. The words are like a rambling story with comments on the state of the world and its indulgences something like; "To do, half past 2, clock tick, time you, fast food, food fast, open for business, convineance, emmeniance, de-grease, de-gas" kind of deal?
I am in need of period-specific fiction. Specifically the 1920s. [more inside]
Looking for the name of a carnival ride. I'm looking for more information on a carnival ride I went on about 10 years ago. It was set on temporarily on the boardwalk near the beach, I think Virginia beach. It had round, two-person cars, open in the front with a lap bar. The cars were similar to this ride. The motion, instead of going around in a circle, went in more of a vertical oval shape (the cars went up and down, and somewhat front to back). The cars moved past each other in a "scrambler" type motion, so it looked like they were going to hit each other. The cars would swoop down, rocking back and forth but not quite going upside down. I've never seen a video of this ride anywhere. Has anyone?
Do you really have to be a very highly confident, self-sufficient, charismatic, successful person before you can have a healthy relationship? [more inside]
What should I wear to a destination wedding in St. Barths? It's going to be full of super-swanky people (fashion industry & banker types), and I'm but a 21 year old on a student's budget who has never gone to a wedding before. Dress and shoe recommendations highly appreciated, preferably from stores in NYC. [more inside]
Looking for a Cardinals bar in LA to watch the game on Friday night. [more inside]
What two obscure books am I thinking of? One about ships, one about an outsider. [more inside]
National auto parts chain sold me the wrong part. They asked me, and I told them the year, make and model and engine size of my car, and they still sold me the wrong part. By name, it was the part I asked for, but it was one that only goes in other models of cars, not mine. [more inside]
I'm on Oahu, and I'm a Lost fan. What are some must-see Lost locations to visit on the island? [more inside]
People who decided against art school because they have many other interests: what did you regret? [more inside]
I wish for a musical instrument case, that also transforms into a music stand for holding sheet music. Does such a beast exist? [more inside]
Are there any special magical shortcuts I can take when commuting by car from Santa Monica to Pico-Robertson during the evening rush hour? [more inside]
Is it possible to create a quiz using Forms on Google Docs that will give a score to the person taking the quiz? [more inside]
How extreme is the price difference between generic antidepressants of various types and their non-generic counterparts in Australia, assuming one has a prescription and a medicare card? [more inside]
What is the minimum water temperature that will give me enough caffeine / taste from french-pressed coffee grounds? [more inside]
name that shoe! [more inside]
I know this is a next to impossible inquiry but I'm doing it for a very kind Australian friend who requested I do research in this area for a friend of his who, also, lives in Australia. It seems that this man has created a very innovative and clever new design for the interior of a motor home (they do a lot of "caravaning" in Australia) and he would like to be able to find an American contact so he can come to the U.S. and exhibit his design at motor home/caravan shows here. Where would I begin to look?
My husband and I both want me to be pregnant yesterday. Unfortunately he has ED that is psychologically based and Viagra isn't helping. We both know the longer term solution is more therapy. But right now I need help getting pregnant asap. What do we do? Where do we go for help? [more inside]
Is there a specific length of time companies have to honor their rebates/vouchers for if a time period is not specified in their advertising? [more inside]
Halloweenfilter: Is it offensive for two straight men to go to a Halloween party as a lesbian couple? [more inside]
How to keep "gel packs" warm? [more inside]
I'm using my computer to connect my Xbox 360 to Xbox Live. In a nutshell, this. I've tried it both ways: sharing the internet connection, and also creating a network bridge. [more inside]
I am learning in college about setting up and configuring Slackware Linux and I am looking for a newbie friendly book. Areas covered includes FTP, telnet, Samba, NFS, Email, port mappers/scanners. While there are certainly many books out there, Slackware appears to be a fair bit different from most other debian and redhat based distros so I am not sure about a) what would be a good book and b) a book that is relevant for Slackware Linux. Could anyone suggest an excellent book suitable for Slackware and covering these networking areas in newbie friendly terms. Many thanks!
Will be curtain-free for at least two months - any ideas for temporary window coverings for a 7 feet high bay window? Looking for inexpensive options that are more attractive than newspaper...
I'm looking for good date movies for people who share a dark, twisted sense of humor. [more inside]
So I have a top hat. 1) What can I pair it with for Halloween that isn't some outlandish character*, and 2) how can I wear it on days that are not Halloween and not look like I'm (trying to) dress way up? [more inside]
Feed my TV! [more inside]
Tell me about films in which the actors use real drugs, or are under the influence of real drugs. Caffeine and nicotine don't count.
What can I do with small tomatilloes? [more inside]
Suggestions for non-partisan charities that I can tell my siblings to donate to in lieu of a a Christmas present and advice on telling them I'll be doing the same for their presents? [more inside]
I need something to do at night that 1: Does not require electricity. 2: Will not rot, mold, or attract bugs. 3: Can be done by a solitary person. 4: Does not require particularly expensive materials, nor take up much room. 5: Is not particularly mentally taxing. [more inside]
Viking Halloween: I have a plastic horned viking helmet. I need fun, original ideas for a Halloween costume that includes it. [more inside]
I am currently interning at a company and yesterday I was offered a job at another company. My problem is they would like me to start immediately next week and I have yet to tell my supervisor, where I am interning, that I decided to take the job. The internship had no set time or commitment and it is unpaid. How and what should I say to my supervisor by email? I intern three days a week and will not be able to see him today or tomorrow.
Greetings, I am looking for multiple sources for unique mens boots. I have a bit of a boot addiction so I am looking for GREAT sources. I have found things I love at Fluevog and Cydwog recently. For an idea of what I like right now, I saw these while hunting today: these and These I don't mind if they are "further out" than the links I provided. I like clean and stylish or rugged and stylish usually. Any funky, Bold, unusual boot links welcome. Thanks, SG
Is there a way to run an annoying program (Epson Scan in this instance) so that it doesn't obliterate your desktop? Any way to force it to use less processing power? [more inside]
What are some good programming challenges that encourage the use of Object Oriented programming? [more inside]
I don’t get the zombie and vampire love at all, but there is one fantasy archetype that has always fascinated me: the witch. What witchcraft-themed fantasy fiction can you recommend? The novels can feature the witch as a sympathetic or heroic character or as the villain, and can be terrifying, erotic or funny. They just shouldn’t be poorly conceived or written. I’d like examples with of a readable calibre, please. To give you something to go by, I enjoyed Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, but found Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour horribly bloated.
How can I create an online form letter that users can send in the form of an email? [more inside]
Zen places in Houston? (also, fishhhhhh) [more inside]
Ladybugs are cute and even helpful--provided they stay where they belong, in the garden. Now, for the second time this year, they're coming inside where it's warm. Do we have a problem? [more inside]
I am one of five beneficiaries of a trust in Arizona. The successor trustee named in the document was purchased by another company, who has declined to act as trustee. The estate is too small for most corporate trust departments, so we're looking for a private professional fiduciary in the Phoenix area. YANML...just looking for recommendations. [more inside]
"Being spiritual" - what does it mean? [more inside]
I used to be math nerd, but I've forgotten most of it because, despite what I was told in high school, I don't use vector calculus in the Real World. I've used textbooks to brush up on old topics before, but self-imposed homework just isn't very fun. What hobbies/projects/??? can I take up to take advantage of any derive enjoyment again from my math background? [more inside]
My extremely thick and super fine hair is transforming me from a girl into a matted sheepdog. Help? If you can't, I need advice on how to cut it off. [more inside]
How much am I about to pay a body shop? [more inside]
I've been rock climbing for about a year, so I feel this should be obvious by now...but it's not: How do I build calluses/decrease skin sensitivity on the segments of my fingers other than the tips? [more inside]
What's the difference between Uniqlo, Zara, H&M, United Colors of Benneton, Topshop, Gap, Old Navy, J. Crew, Madewell, Espirit, and Forever 21? [more inside]
Tattoo ideas pleeeze! [more inside]
Baking challenge: you are in an isolated cottage with a nice kitchen and feel the baking jones. You have eggs, double cream, milk, flour, sugar, baking chocolate, oatmeal... but no butter! You are an hour's dark freezing wet walk from a shop. What sweet concoction can you devise with no butter? I have vegetable oil, for what it's worth, but no whisk, so souffle would be tricky.
Please help us plan a 2-3 week overseas trip. We like good food, moderate weather, and bicycles. [more inside]
It's going to snow in NYC this weekend. What does OWS need? [more inside]
Are there any credit unions that offer Health Saving Accounts (HSA's) to people who live in Seattle? It doesn't look like it's offered by any of the big ones (BECU, Watermark, Verity, Seattle Metropolitan). I'm not happy with HSABank's lack of online bill pay and want to support CU's in any case.
Seeing Amon Tobin at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Fort Greene tonight. Wondering about parking near the venue, food nearby, and the show itself. Bonus points if you were at the show on Tuesday or Wednesday and can answer specific questions, inside. [more inside]
I'm looking for books, poems, and plays on the topic of censorship -- but all I'm finding online is tons of lists of "banned books." Can anyone help? [more inside]
Where can I locally get a big box of full size Snickers (that doesn't require a membership) before Hallowe'en?
Where can I purchase a 48-count box of individually-wrapped full-size Snickers in the DC/Maryland area before Hallowe'en? I know Costco and probably Sams Club carry them, but I don't currently have a membership and don't want to pay a $50 membership just for the privilege of buying a $40 box of candy. [more inside]
Help me find an airline pilot uniform in or near New York City. Tomorrow! [more inside]
What skills should I be developing while in university as to work as an ecologist, environmental scientist, something similar in the future? [more inside]
Siamese cats are from Thailand?! [more inside]
I haven't had a haircut this century. I think it's time. Help me decide on the way forward. [more inside]
Trying to lightly clean a stuffed toy, how do I ensure I cause no damage? [more inside]
Math in the morning - help me figure out how to solve this problem! [more inside]
I regularly need to schedule complex parallel tasks with my co-workers. Is there a visual (like with circles for each hour with time divided into pie slices) google template that could be filled out easily that would help people see what has to happen when? [more inside]
Help me make a Son Volt playlist. [more inside]
Will I ever be able to send photos from my unlocked phone? [more inside]
Which car should we buy? A Citroen C1 or something else? Also, new or used? [more inside]
How can I configure squid3 proxy to allow rtmp streaming traffic? Video sites like Youtube work, but most rtmp sites timeout with server not found error.
Help! Another flower identification question... [more inside]
Our office of around 10 people is in desperate need of a better coffee-making setup. [more inside]
I'm looking for "triage" for our relationship, including recommendations for Seattle-area therapists.
I am looking for "triage" for our relationship, including recommendations for counselors in the Seattle area. [more inside]
I'm helping some friends with videoing their wedding day, yay! I have zero experience with event recording, boo! Are my noobish assumptions leading us to disaster? [more inside]
Is my fingernail ever going to stop being weak and splitty? [more inside]
Can my apartment keep me from receiving cable Internet from a 3rd party, if I don't order the apartment's basic cable plan? They shut off my Internet today, can they do this? Here's the deal - I moved in 2.5 months ago. the complex offers their own cable package through Time-Warner, for $45 dollars a month. I signed the paperwork to turn it down, but told them I planned on getting cable Internet. They never said I couldn't, or that it wasn't an option (there is only one cable company in the area, and DSL is available as an alternative). So the cable guy comes, hooks everything up, I have the Internet only for $29.95 a month, through Time-Warner, which i've been paying, to them. Sounds peachy, right? Not do much... [more inside]
We have a pool and we need a pool cleaner. The pool shop has recommended this Pandora robotic cleaner. It costs a lot – A LOT – of money. And I can’t find any consumer reviews telling me if it’s worth the almost $2000 AUD. Does anyone have any experience with either this particular model, or the other models of robotic pool cleaners that are a step up from the Kreepy Krawly or Baracuda-style suction cleaners, but a step below a commercial pool cleaner? [more inside]
How do you teach a 6-year old to recognize vowels in the middle of a word? Ask him to spell 'bed' out loud and he will say 'b-a-d.' Ask him to write 'bed' and he will write 'b-a-d.' Yet if he reads 'bed' out loud, he will say it correctly and he knows what it is. Any tools or techniques that will help him learn? [more inside]
How do I burn a DVD that will play in a standard US DVD player? [more inside]
What are the major benefits of a programmable thermostat, how big a deal is the new Nest thermostat, and how much might I expect to save with either one over a non-programmable digital thermostat? [more inside]
I've been accused of cheating on an exam, and I am in danger of losing my scholarship, but I don't think I cheated. Help! [more inside]
I just bought a new xBox, due to a 3 segment red rings of death that was not a faulty power supply. Somebody on Craigslist locally is offering $35 for red ringed xBoxes. Anybody have an idea on what his angle might be? I'd like $35 dollars, but it's not that important to me that I'm willing to contribute to some sort of scam by supplying the raw materials for it.
Help settle an internet fight about the height of Easter Island moai! [more inside]
I need a YouTube downloader for my MacBook. [more inside]
Canadian citizens with a minor child investigating a year long stay with a Romanian grandparent. [more inside]
FeministTheoryFilter: I am looking for feminist theory that examines the economic impact of divorce on women. [more inside]
Please help me with a compound interest question (specifically with IRAs) [more inside]
I'm interested in the intersection of international relations and other, niche-ier fields. So, um, what are some? [more inside]
I want to get a new keyboard, and am looking at getting a mechnical keyboard. [more inside]
What does the pope eat? [more inside]
How do you learn to get along with family members (blood-related and by marriage) with whom you apparently have nothing in common? [more inside]
Do T-Mobile cell phones get decent reception underground on BART south of Civic Center station these days? [more inside]
How the heck is this outlet 'grounded'? [more inside]
Can you help me return this WWII-era US Navy Pearl Harbor ID Badge to the family of its owner? I bought it at a garage sale sometime in the 1970's, in the Chicago area. Thanks
My psychiatrist diagnosed me with bipolar disorder and some traits of borderline disorder. She prescribed meds that have me bouncing off the walls, even with a mood stabilizer. I feel great but I know she won't like it. [more inside]
(1) What are some non-traditional careers out there for MLIS graduates? (2) Also, I've heard a little bit about consulting and information architecture, but how does one get started in these fields? [more inside]
What’s the new P2P fad? [more inside]
Does an expensive battery charger do a better job of charging and maintaining NiMH batteries than a generic, cheapo charger? [more inside]
Why do snowstorms last so long? We live in the Denver area and it snowed for 18 hours, from 9 PM last night to 3 PM this afternoon. My wife asked me why it never rains for that length of time. I muttered something about convection in the summer, then stopped when I realized I didn't know what I was talking about.
What are some non-fiction movies and books about people driven by an obsession? [more inside]
I'm looking for a physical countdown clock that counts down to an arbitrary time. Ideally, it would be similar to the one that Robert Khoo has in the Penny Arcade TV Show. I believe this is the clock in question and that underneath the "New Year" is a whiteboard. If I could find one just like this, that would be great, otherwise any digital countdown clock would work fine.
Inexpensive, low-carb, no-effort, portable protein supplement? [more inside]
How would one address atrocious grammar errors, poor sentence construction and spelling mistakes in the monthly email updates from administrators of your child's school? [more inside]
What's a "monkey of silence," and have I got one? [more inside]
I have a couple new pairs of black dress trousers and would like to keep them hole-free as long as possible. I need some practical assistance on the subject of sewing a lining into the crotch area. [more inside]
I’ve been invited by friends to join them on a MMORPG (City of Heroes). Is it possible to have a good time with this game without it turning into a monumental time-suck? [more inside]
NYC: West Village bar suggestions for a group of ~15 on a Saturday night [more inside]
Tell me everything you know about Kangaroo Island! Side question: If this seems too good to be true, is it? [more inside]
My wife purchased a Where's Waldo outfit for me for Halloween. How should I spice it up (i.e. zombie Waldo, pirate Waldo)?
Is it legal for a bar to serve a cocktail fortified with vitamins in Washington state? [more inside]
I would like to buy a pair of khakis for my boyfriend to replace a pair that ripped, but don't really know much about men's clothing. [more inside]
I will be traveling in mid-December as a woman alone and have a 7-1/2 hour layover in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I arrive at 4:30 pm and depart after midnight. Any suggestions for something safe to do to pass the time, (a tour is probably unlikely that late in the day) or a nearby and safe hotel to spend the time? I hate the idea of just sitting all night in an airport.
We're in contract to buy a house. It's taking forever to get an appraisal. What's going on? [more inside]
Particularly for a YouTube interview that already has captioning, how can I (and you) save 10 minutes & just read the transcript file that the captioning is pulled from? [more inside]
Is a dehumidifier the right solution for my problem? What else should we be considering? [more inside]
The user's actual email address ends with ".com", but it is POST'ed to the application as ".cPr". This has happened with multiple users. Any ideas on what would cause that? [more inside]
How can I mitigate/avoid misdirected email? In the early days of gmail, I locked down a very convenient address, which is "my-first-initial-and-last-name"@gmail.com. My first initial and last name is surprisingly common. It's not JSmith, but it's enough that three or four times a week, I get what appears to be important emails for other people who mistakenly entered my email address on a form. After a few years, I've become frustrated with the amount of misdirected email that comes my way. How can I filter this, or otherwise lessen its impacts? [more inside]
Best people watching scene on Halloween in San Francisco? [more inside]
Help me find more metal/black metal to listen to, based on some very specific likes and dislikes, please. [more inside]
FAS + RAD + ADD = Eve of Destruction. Hope? Help? [more inside]
Is there something like TWoP for Broadway Shows? I'm looking for a resource like Television Without Pity for Broadway shows - something that will give a reader an in-depth plot synopsis sufficient to formulate a rough opinion (or fake one's way through conversations about the plays if someone hasn't actually seen them).
Tell me about bikes. It's been a long time since I've owned one, and when I did I trashed that thing, being a kid and all. Now I would like to get a new one, and one that I can love for many years to come. So, please share your thoughts on brands, hardware and tech. [more inside]
Theoretically, if I were to be arrested at Occupy Wall Street, what would that mean for my future employability? [more inside]
The US Postal Service said my package was 'undeliverable' despite the fact that I live at the address provided, and get all my mail here. They didn't make another attempt. The tracking said it will be returned to sender if possible. This was about a month ago. I emailed them, and got a response that basically said 'oops, sorry. this kind of thing can happen. we have a lot mail to deal with and don't track anything and you are basically screwed.' Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
I want to watch the African Cup of Nations come January. Here's the problem: I live in the USA. Will I have to resort to, um, other measures than normal to see the matches?
I'd like to win a chili cookoff. So that I can be armed with information about what appeals to the broadest audience, please tell me about your favorite chili. [more inside]
I have a document in MS Word 2007 that includes a bunch of Mathtype (ver 6.7a) equations both inline and numbered. There are certain sections of text in my document that are magically changing from regular Times New Roman to a series of boxes (). A random number of the boxes have what appears to be a period directly underneath it. I can delete all the boxes and re-type in the text and references but after I save and close the document, when I open it back up, the boxes will be back in the same general area of the document but not necessarily exactly the same amount of text changed. [more inside]
Help me write an Excel formula to extract specific data from a list? [more inside]
My brother was scheduled to have knee surgery, but has just lost insurance coverage. How can I help him? [more inside]
Ugh. I can't believe I'm writing this. I had a bad reaction to BC two nights ago and in my addled state I became really histrionic and had two huge fights with my boyfriend. I am now very afraid that I've irreparably damaged my relationship with him. [more inside]
Looking for insults and jokes for my husbands 40th birthday party. It is a roast. He is a metrosexual, known for wearing pink. He plays golf and is known to get a little angry if he doesn't play well. He also loves poker and again gets angry if he loses. He thinks he has a big head, not conceited, but a physically big head. He comes across as arrogant but he really isn't if you get to know him. Jokes need to be relatively clean ie pg-13. Thanks [more inside]
How can I make my new Iron Gym pullup bar fit in a doorway frame when the molding/trim is too thick (that is, the fastener designed to hook onto the trim cannot reach the top of it)? Or is there another similar type bar that can work with large doorway molding without screws/permanent wall damage?
I love listening to the Avett Brothers "I and Love and You" album for the piano lead track. What other folk/alt country/indie songs or albums would I like? Specifically looking for songs with piano leads in those categories.
Can we ask people to indicate an "expression of interest" in attending our wedding before we send out of the official invites? More details inside. [more inside]
A friend is getting divorced. He has been married about 8 years and has 3 kids under 6, one who is just months old. He and his wife are amicably dealing with this so far, though this was just determined yesterday. What advice do you have for him? [more inside]
I need to find a dive bar to become a regular at in Portland, OR. [more inside]
I have an iPad2, a Peavy PV10 mixing board, several reasonable microphones (sm57, e835), and many acoustic and electric instruments. I do not have a computer that is anything other than ancient. What is going to be the best way to rig this all up for the best multitrack sound recording? [more inside]
Today's FPP reminded me of a short story about post-singularity life in the theater. [more inside]
My boyfriend found out that I cheated on him. What should I do now? [more inside]
How can I help a friend with alcoholism who has tried nearly everything? My friend is 34, female, bi-polar, suffers from depression, and has had alcohol problems since college. Multiple rehabs, jail time, medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, counseling, all the standard things have been tried at length but ultimately failed. She would like nothing more than to be able to lead a normal life, but the addition is so strong that so far, this has not been possible. What are some novel alternatives? For example, I've considered acupuncture, hypnosis, osteopathy, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
How much breastmilk do I really need to send to daycare each day? And how much should I have in the freezer? And all sorts of other questions. [more inside]
I need help scheduling my life -- figuring out daily, weekly, and monthly chores, maintenance schedules, etc. What are some resources or tips for putting a useful (and ideally more permanent) structure on my time? What should that structure look like? [more inside]
My partner and I were chatting last night about who might be singing the third-wave feminism anthems these days and were coming up kind of short... so who would you crank up to 11 for rocking out and sending a message?
What is an acceptable level of gape for a pair of flats? [more inside]
My father (65yo) has a small business teaching English as a foreign language to adults. He doesn't teach from scratch, but rather teaches those who already have a basic understanding of English. To do this, he asks all who apply to first complete a 2-page basic language assessment. He has recently created a website, and would like to be able to include the assessment online, preferably embedded on the website, or as a link to an assessment site. What software or site would easily help him do this? [more inside]
Considering buying a used Acer Timeline as a Linux-powered workhorse -- can you help me make the call? [more inside]
Do you know any quotes and/or well-known books about overcoming embarrassment? [more inside]
I need to paint myself blue for Friday. I have no idea how I'm going to do that. [more inside]
How soon can we introduce our new kitten to two resident cats? [more inside]
How can I salvage a delicious but dried-out pork fillet? It still tasted delicious but was too dry to eat it in the way I had intended (just cooking juices with vegetables). Does anyone know of any interesting ways of using the rest of the meat? I've got about 1.5lbs left. [more inside]
My husband and I live in New York City. We have two weeks of vacation that we need to use by year's end, and are looking for a place to go during Christmas- outside of the city- for some natural beauty and relaxation. [more inside]
Turned on my macbook pro this morning and was dead. torch on screen shows nothing. Tried booting with start up disk and 'C', again nothing and cannot eject disk. Am resigned to buying new one but am in India/Far East for at least a year so if anyone knows a way to resurect a dead Mac - or even how to get the start up disk out, would be glad to hear. Thanks
New to fanfiction, and interested in femslash but feel a bit overwhelmed finding my way around and getting the feel for the place because there's a whole multiverse out there. Are there any FAQs, gentle introductions, wikis or knowledgeable mefites that can teach me how to learn?
Getting a bit obsessive about keeping my personal space personal. Would like to know what is going on. [more inside]
Please help my son research grip tape for a demonstrative speech. [more inside]
Where can I find information about the public view of Barack Obama before the election? [more inside]
What are an employee's rights around a disabling health condition in Canada? [more inside]
4 days of the runs, I don't have a doctor and this doesn't seem severe enough for the ER. But it hurts so please help! [more inside]
How much energy does a propane clothes dryer use? [more inside]
Web design question: too many iFrames. [more inside]
Boyfriend is scared of my mother. I haven't yet met his. Possible issue? And if so, how to solve? [more inside]
Blech. Why is our 10-month-old baby vomiting at night all of a sudden? More foul-smelling details after the jump... [more inside]
What to do in Knoxville, TN around Thanksgiving time? [more inside]
What fiction-genre books/movies are the most accurate in their depiction of the CIA and/or CIA-related activities?
How do I analyze 7 years of past orders to determine how to best organize my 6 shelves of widgets for packing future orders? Each shelf should, on average, be picked from equally. [more inside]
Can you help me find a tattoo artist in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
I have a 7' x 10' concrete slab patio. It currently has wooden deck tiles on top, but they are falling apart and need replacing. What is the best, inexpensive replacement option? [more inside]
I've just begun to research the possibility of using a lime wash that is either already tinted or adding a separate powdered tint as a possible eco-friendly method for coloring my walls but there is surprisingly little on the internet about it. Mostly, I'm looking for people's personal experiences with using lime and tint. If they liked it, how did they apply it, drawbacks and advantages, etc.
I have conflicting needs driving me towards either the new Nexus phone or an iPhone 4S. Which will be better? [more inside]
Where can I buy this French anti-perspirant? [more inside]
Has anyone ever found any New Yorker (or other) articles by Terrance Malick? [more inside]
How do I find a masters degree program in the environmental/biological sciences that doesn't require a BS and will match my interests? [more inside]
Through a misdirected e-mail, I got wind of someone (probably a student) doing something very unethical in an academic setting (i.e., more than garden-variety cheating). I can't find the person online. Try harder to track down the person and report the misdeed, or drop it? [more inside]
I can't view thumbnail images in playback mode on my Nikon D7000. What is wrong? [more inside]
I reach half-way through the semester, and everything goes down the hole. How can I stop this train wreck? [more inside]
Where in Europe should we go on our two week honeymoon? [more inside]
What do to when a friend is having a major depressive episode *right now*? [more inside]
Is it discriminatory for an employer to vary HSA contributions based on an employee's health? [more inside]
My friends just called to offer me any of the non-conventional parts of the two pigs they are slaughtering tonight. What should I take? [more inside]
I have an 'opportunity' to get training in a business that has the slight whiff of MLM, but seems to have some legit parts too. Should I give it a shot? [more inside]
ExcelFilter: Currently using a clunky nested for loop - is there some way to make this more efficient? [more inside]
Great dentist in Sydney or Southcoast/Illawarra? My periodontist is leaving the area so I need a good Dentist or Periodontist. I am dentist-phobic. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
I'm a PhD student with an academic blog and a personal blog, thinking about my future marketability as either an academic or a postdoc style researcher. Should I host it all under myname.net, keep my catchyname.com for the academic blog, or something else? [more inside]
While you can find forums for just about anything, there seems to be this void for an active small business owners forum. Specifically small businesses with less than 50 employees. Whatever I've found so far is low/no traffic or packed with spam. In a perfect world.... I know it would be asking a lot to discover a site like Metafilter, but is there anything out there that comes close?
Need recommendations for a wheelchair van. [more inside]
Children's book from the 80s where a polar bear changes colors.... I think? [more inside]
OK, I know this is the perennial AskMe "My cat does this crazy thing" question, and that the answer will be the eternal "because cats are weird", but I want to find out if anyone else's cat does this. When my spouse is laughing loudly, for instance (but not exclusively) in response to being tickled, my cat will launch himself at him and attempt to bite him (fortunately, it's always been through clothes). This has happened three times. It was not a playful bite, but rather a full-on chomp. The cat is very sweet at all other times, if occasionally a bit jumpy. Has anyone else seen this behavior, or have any idea what's going on, or how to make the cat less reactive to loud laughter?
Interested in learning about Reform Judaism. Book recommendations? [more inside]
Movie - This kid creates a force shield bubble using his computer and he and his friends go into space with it. At one point I remember him putting the bubble around one of the friends and tunneling him into the ground. Anybody remember this one. It's been driving me crazy for months.
Vegan sushi (maki) ideas wanted. Tips for my first attempt at this are also welcome. [more inside]
Would the president's Pay As You Earn initiative affect student loans that have already been consolidated? Where can I find out more?
Does anyone have a good recommendation for Windows-based ASP hosting? After googling for awhile, it's difficult to find reviews and information online on which hosting companies to avoid or to use. Specifically, I need IIS 6.0 and ASP (not .NET) with MS Access. I haven't decided whether to use dedicated hosting or not, but will consider either for this app. Just looking for a good reliable company with good customer service and uptime.
Is there a good source to neutrally explain various baby sleeping options? [more inside]
How should I get involved in doing my own research? [more inside]
I'm about to go into business doing freelance customer support, but: I have no idea how much to charge for this. [more inside]
I will be in Japan and Korea for a business trip soon. I'd like to stay connected to the Internet, so what is the cheapest/easiest way to do so? [more inside]
What are some volunteer opportunities in NYC that involve working with the LGBT community? [more inside]
Name that sci-fi short story I read as a child. [more inside]
My sister is having a girl baby and has requested that I ask for name suggestions from you guys. [more inside]
Historical Photo / Daguerreotype Gurus, how might I download or purchase this particular panorama of San Francisco in 1851 in extreme hi-resolution? [more inside]
What are some questions I can ask new dating partners to get to know them beyond a superficial level? [more inside]
¿How long to achieve true second language competence and basic mastery? [more inside]
I'm a beginner buying used downhill skis at a swap soon. How long should they be? General advice also welcome. [more inside]
Working on a project for a client where we need to send authors a template Word 2007 file with styles embedded. We want them to ONLY use our 10-12 predetermined styles. We do NOT want all the other default Word styles to be an option. [more inside]
My mom was fired today. What should she do next? Also, niece and school special snowflake details inside! [more inside]
Three young adults and two dogs have one day in Victoria, BC. What shall we do? [more inside]
Moving back to LA. What do I need to know? [more inside]
How to best reach an agreement on a fair settlement percentage after the sale of our family home? [more inside]
What inexpensive GPS receiver can I use to log my cross-country, 1-2 month motorcycle trip? I won't have a computer with me, and I'd also like to be able to use it for some basic mapping. [more inside]
Ok, this is nearly impossible to Google: Is masking tape/painter's tape easy to paint over? On purpose? [more inside]
I love the sound of a Rhodes piano. Help me find more songs that showcase this fantastic instrument. [more inside]
Can a solar flare interfere with internet music streaming? [more inside]
Another children's book question. I have been trying to find this for years. Read it in the 80s. It took place in NYC. For the kid's birthday party, he decided to invite everyone in the phone book who has the same name as him. One of the guests was elderly, and they made sure to make him kasha varnishkes. Thank you!
Is it ok to take my unborn child to a death metal concert? [more inside]
Looking for some helpful tips for a young Chinese student about to have his visa interview to come to the US. [more inside]
Identify This Book-filter: My partner has a vague recollection of a book he read as a kid, and we're curious about what it might have been. Here's his description: It would be from the '80s, or possibly early '90s. It was a novel for children or young adults. It was small press, possibly from Atlantic Canada; I'm fairly sure it was Canadian. It had something to do with an old house, and there was a giant, and a magic gemstone of some kind -- I think it was an opal.
An important, newly ISO-9001 standard form in my office is an Outlook template (*.oft) that we have to fill out. I use a Mac with Entourage. How do I fill out this form? [more inside]
Best experiences in getting rid of a non-working car? [more inside]
How to fix this problem: upgrading a Mac from 10.4 to 10 .5 but "manually"? More details inside! [more inside]
When (and why/how) did "good-by" fall out of use as an variant on "goodbye"? [more inside]
I intend on writing a career advice book for a particular field and the content of the book will be interviews with leaders in that particular field. What legal or contractual issues should I be concerned about? [more inside]
Did we miss the magic window for buying affordable tickets to Thailand? We'd be flying out of NYC around December 22nd and arriving back after the New Year. [more inside]
Transform a marketing person into a product person in 12 easy steps. First admit you have a problem...
Help me be the best product development person ever! (Or, what don't I know about product development that should scare me?) Books, research, advice, online courses, whatever! [more inside]
My wireless connection keeps dropping every few minutes. Eee PC, Windows XP, roommate's Macbook does not have this problem. [more inside]
So I started writing online content, how can I get more of this type of work, or other marginally interesting ways to make money while unemployed? [more inside]
My bipolar mother is manic. Can this family be saved? [more inside]
Latin American people and/or people who have studied Latin American lore/mythology and/or art: I need to know all about the phrase "El duende", or "duende". [more inside]
I would like suggestions for a long term plan of diet and exercise to help me lose a significant amount of weight while keeping my spirits up for the long haul. [more inside]
Recommendations for medical tourism (dental implants) in Costa Rica, Mexico or elsewhere? [more inside]
I remember hearing an anecdote about the number of bugs a complex piece of software has (Windows Vista in this case?) can be correlated with the number of steps of communication between developers working on the project. [more inside]
I am a woman 30 yr old woman experiencing spotty hair loss around my scalp, in the front and a lot of thinning at the back. Minoxidil 3% is working great for my front, but what should i use for the back? [more inside]
How do I efficiently pull this data from an Access 2003 database. [more inside]
A coworker keeps intruding on everyone's conversations. How do I get them to stop? [more inside]
I'm obese and recently went on a new medication that's causing me massive weight loss. I can't handle the other side effects, so I'm unfortunately going to have to switch eventually. I'm looking for tips on how to maintain my lower weight once I'm off the drug, and hopefully lose some more. [more inside]
Microsoft Word 2010 doesn't seem to recognize some of my keyboard inputs. Maybe due to the language my keyboard is set. Can't figure how to customize or otherwise tell it that a [set keyboard shortcut] is already equated to a [set character]. [more inside]
I'm a newbie to the world of photography, although it's something I've wanted to learn for awhile. Now that I have my first baby, it seems like a good time to get on the stick and try to figure out what I'm doing. I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
Why is the Sansa Clip+ the pinnacle of MP3 player design and sound quality? [more inside]
I have an original iPhone. I have no SIM card. I updated the firmware to 3.1.3 and now it won't do anything without a SIM card. How do I get this thing to work? [more inside]
What's that game where you draw spaceships and flick your pencil toward your enemy spaceships to draw a line and make them explode?
Looking for simple games to play while waiting for food or subways. [more inside]
Website for Discovering New Music that Features a Pop-Up/Pop-Down Display? [more inside]
School me on light bulbs! My lamp and overhead light bulbs just died, and I'd like to use the opportunity to rethink the type I'm using. I'm totally ignorant in this area, so I'll give as many details as possible, inside the fold.... [more inside]
I'm interested in exploring Moroccan cooking, and I understand that Paula Wolfert is the go-to author. Any recommendations of particular books? Any other sources you'd suggest? Thanks!
Can I have your recommendations on a digital camera for a 3 year old? [more inside]
Long Island Filter: I'm looking for the names of 3 food joints - An Italian restaurant just before the Northern State Pkwy on Willis Avenue back in the 80's, The name of the bagel place that was just next door on Willis Ave, and the bakery in the strip mall at the corner of Hillside Ave and Herricks Rd. [more inside]
My musical odyssey continues. Deep into Thievery Corporation currently. Who else would I like? [more inside]
Easiest way to pull contacts off of a Blackberry Bold and onto an iPhone 4S? [more inside]
Can I see the Aurora Borealis tonight in New England? [more inside]
Looking for the best websites and books that explain the theory and practice of synthesizer use, particularly the use of a Moog. [more inside]
What relatively current console games contain a port of the original arcade frogger? [more inside]
I'm considering therapy for the first time. How to clearly express what I want to work through there, and what to expect? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
I'm in need of advice to determine why I never get close to the download speeds I'm paying for. [more inside]
How can i learn to kick/punt a football to start next year? [more inside]
I remember a Young Adult Chapter book that I am trying to remember the name of. The premise of the book was that you could achieve perfection by wearing a pickle around your neck, because nothing would be as embarrassing as that so you could do anything. There was a pamphlet that suggested that a boy do this but the pamphlet stressed that you couldn't read ahead in the pamphlet. Anyone?
What's the cool new/used acoustic guitar store you'd recommend to a friend in the Boston area, bonus points for being near Rockport, Mass. [more inside]
I have a problem: persistent underarm fungus. Help me be fungus-free! [more inside]
As an adult, how honest should one be with parents? [more inside]
Help me find this online flash puzzle game from a few years ago! [more inside]
Looking for the perfect psychiatrist in NYC [more inside]
Our dog is ailing -- how does one determine how much to spend on her treatment(s)? More wrinkles to the situation inside... [more inside]
What's the best wedding-present cookbook? I'm looking for a nice, practical cookbook to give my sister & her fiance as a wedding gift (along with a starter set of quality knives), but I'm a little stumped, because the cookbooks I love are not really their style. [more inside]
If you received an alternative education as a child (Summerhill, Waldorf, Montesorri, whole child, constructivist), what did you like about it? What did you not like? [more inside]
I experienced something strange while I was pregnant. Can anyone help me find an explanation? [more inside]
Help me figure out my own nature when it comes to passion in long term relationships. Yes, it's quite a bit late for me to be asking this. [more inside]
How can I best use ebooks (and ebook readers) to learn German and Spanish? I live in Canada. [more inside]
I love to walk the streets observing and experiencing. Recent I discovered the French term "flaneur" which loosely translated, means "someone who walks the city in order to experience it". I was wondering if anyone knew of any essays (historical or modern) written about the joys of being a flaneur or a flaneuse? [more inside]
Yet another mystery houseplant... images inside. [more inside]
Removing Beer on Mattress? [more inside]
I won a washing machine and dryer that I can't use, and it's turning into a bit of a nightmare. How on earth can I get rid of it? I live in Washington, DC. Special soap-bubble details inside. [more inside]
How do I petition the court to become my little brother's legal guardian in New Jersey? A little background: My mother has a terminal disease, which may also cause her to be mentally incapacitated at some point (thanks in advance for the condolences). My little brother is 15 and lives at home with my mom. My mom has made it clear to myself and people around her that she wants me to become his guardian after she dies. But, I have had little luck figuring out the actual legal process for initiating the process. [more inside]
How is the vitamin B12 supplement made? I've tried searching the internet, but the information is nearly nonexistent other than using a buzzword like carbofermentation that doesn't document the creation process of the supplement. [more inside]
I love sex, foreplay but it takes forever to climax. [more inside]
What do extroverts find specifically attractive in introverts, for either romantic relationships and/ or friendships? Anecdotes from extraverts especially welcomed. [more inside]
Is there a way (extension, software) to quickly block certain videos on video websites? [more inside]
I need a hotel for 2 nights in San Francisco (10/31 & 11/1) next week. I'd like to be in the Fisherman's Wharf or Marina area, but Chinatown/Union Square area is OK if I can't find a hotel in the FW/M area. Ideally I'd like a room for $100 or less. I've checked the main travel sites, but the lists are overwhelming. It'll be 3 ladies, so cleaner, newer is best. I don't mind independent, older hotels as long as they're clean. Any suggestions or recommendations?
Will the enhanced Home Affordable Refinance Program be available for second homes/investment property, or only for primary residences? I've looked on the official website but am not seeing this information.
Best way to organize a list of tags and their hierarchy in a database of some sort? (More details & examples inside)
Best way to organize a list of tags and their hierarchy in a database of some sort? (More details & examples inside) [more inside]
Please help me identify the artist of this drawing depicting a teddy bear defending a sleeping child from a nightmarish monster. Bonus points for providing a place where I can purchase a print legitimately.
Where can I watch new episodes of AMC's The Walking Dead? [more inside]
What potential drawbacks could there be if I get tested for the BRAC1 or 2 mutation? [more inside]
I *just* finished watching the series finale of ABC's "Lost", and I would like to know what still needs solving. [more inside]
What the F is wrong with my camera?I have a Canon PowerShot SD 1200 Digital Elph. As of today, when I try to transfer pictures from the camera to my laptop (Mac) via USB, the camera has a hissy fit -- it makes a bunch of clicking noises, all the lights flash, and it turns itself off. What is going on, and is there anything I can do to fix it?
How do I use a programmable thermostat/heater efficiently in the winter? Specifically, how cold should I let it get when no one is home? [more inside]
Has someone violated my rights? [more inside]
FixMyFood filter: brilliant idea for creamy pesto gone wrong. help make me unsad! [more inside]
Simplest way to check for the presence of Flash on a client's web browser, and then redirect depending on the answer? [more inside]
I am considering taking a trip to NOLA in December... however, in looking at hostel listings, I realized that I do not know what is a good location to book a hostel. This is because I am not familiar with the city and I am not certain where the interesting parts are located. I also do not know much about the transit options available for accessing different places. It seems there are some trolley lines, but again, without knowledge of where I want to go, I don't know if they will be helpful or not. I do not care about hitting up every one of the top-ten tourist sites. To be cliche, I am more interested in experiencing the actual New Orleans rather than the tourist version of the city. Suggestions?
How do i teach my husband how to seduce me? maybe a book or something? NSFWish [more inside]
Getting started in the local kinky / Fetlife community - with a real-life reputation to keep completely disconnected. How to do it? [more inside]
Can TeamCenter’s requirements module link to blocks within a Simulink model or just to the Simulink models themselves? If so, how does it work and how easy is it to do?
I'm looking for online courses related to emergency management. [more inside]
A while back, I was pointed to a site that helped you price your car for sale. It asked you for make/model, year, miles, condition, and then allowed you to print up a 'certificate' that you could show to potential buyers. Does anyone know what this site was, or do you know of a similar one?
Fitted case w/an 18-135 lens? [more inside]
My boyfriend can't express himself much at all, should I be concerned? [more inside]
Anybody been to the biennial international cheese festival in Bra, Italy? (Or touristed near Bra?) Italian Piedmont. [more inside]
Where can i find the UK (unilever) brand of Sure deodorant/antiperspirant spray/rollon to buy in the US that doesn't cost an arm and a leg and my firstborn child? [more inside]
Why is there a price posted for the "Skyfari" cable car at the San Diego Zoo? [more inside]
Can you recommend an educational consultant in New York? [more inside]
Lately I have been juicing. My favorite thing to juice is spinach but recently I have been gathering that too much spinach is not a good thing. Something about goitrogens and oxalic acids. I would like to know how much is too much. Hive?
Is my in-laws' blessing as offensive as I think it is? [more inside]
Sick kitty question, bowel obstruction edition (line is busy at the vet's). Details within. [more inside]
[Job application filter] I have applied for a job and have discovered that I am conected to someone in the HR department on LinkedIn. The problem: it's a secod degree connection. How do I go about trying to leverage such a connection when it is so peripheral? [more inside]
Working on an iPhone, is there an easy way to clip a small excerpt from an article in Instapaper and send it to Evernote without leaving the Instapaper app? [more inside]
Where should I stay in Amsterdam and what should I check out? I'm going to Amsterdam for two days and two nights the first week of January. I am a 26 year old single lesbian who is very interested in checking out the local hotspots for gay women and also visiting some art galleries. I would like to see some unusual art installations and/or performance art while I am there. Thank you! : ) [more inside]
Is there a website like Metafilter for the arts? [more inside]
I am not a student or a working professional, but I need an affordable place to live in Toronto. How do I sell my story to potential landlords? [more inside]
I have eggplant, bison, and potatoes. Tonight, I want them to join forces to create something delicious. What? [more inside]
How do I land a job in the Bay Area when I'm currently living overseas? Or should I throw caution to the wind and move there first? [more inside]
I’ve been at my job about three months, and while my performance is great and my colleagues and I get along well, I just don’t click with the overall culture. An offer has come my way from another company, and I’m thinking about switching jobs. Quitting any job is hard enough; how do I have this conversation with my boss without feeling (or making him feel) like my resignation is screwing over him and the organization after they’ve invested in me? [more inside]
I run a Worpress site, hosted by Dreamhost. We are about to make a memorial announcement. This will drive a lot of traffic to the site, including hundreds of comments and potentially thousands of hits. I am the only one who runs the site and I need to be prepared. What do I need to do? [more inside]
What was this person doing wearing old headphones and making hand signals in a theatre during a musical? [more inside]
I have a weird smudgie mark on my iPad screen. It's not the yellow spot issue or the light bleeding issue. What is it? [more inside]
How do I add plausible drums to my recordings? [more inside]
How does Sheryl Crow play 'Chances Are' on guitar - non-standard tuning? [more inside]
One of my 3 kids is applying for early decision to college and I have a financial aid question about having her non-custodial dad be part of the process. [more inside]
While reading the iPod anniversary post, I remembered that I had a 2nd-gen iPod tucked away. It only has a Firewire port. My Macbook is long retired. If I buy a Firewire to USB adapter, will I be able to use the iPod as a hard disk? (And get the music files off it?) Will it charge the iPod? What is the best adapter (or brand) to buy? [more inside]
I'm looking for a UK site that I saw a while back and daftly appear not to have noted down the name. Basically, it was a gift of the month club: you bought someone a subscription, and each month it sent them something. The gifts were quirky and pretty cool; they tended to be things like one-off runs of prints etc. I can't remember the price; in my mind it was about £20 a month, but could be more than that.
Am I some form of abnormal for thinking about my friend this way? [more inside]
What are your favourite spooky poems, that are two to three minutes long when read out, for an audience of adults? [more inside]
How do I either learn to love animals or make my dislike of them a non-issue? Last month on AskMe, somebody asked how to filter out creeps on OkCupid. I realized that I displayed some of the creepy behaviors, but most of them (insecurity, neediness, etc) are things I'm aware of and actively, consciously dealing with. However, one line that came up was a dislike of dogs and domestic animals. I've never liked animals. I never had pets growing up, so I don't know how to deal with them. I cross the street when I see a dog coming, and even my friends' cats will scratch and attack me. I'm certainly not as vehement about it in real life as I am on MeFi, but anyone who knows me for any length of time will realize that I dislike animals. This, combined with my other issues, will probably be a serious problem. How do I mitigate or change my dislike and fear of animals? Or make it a non-issue? I live in an apartment, so buying a dog would not work.
Answer me these questions three: Do you live in Seattle, do you have a Toyota and do you have a mechanic that you absolutely love? Hook a brother up then! [more inside]
My father has expressed interest in obtaining the script for the play "Shulamith" by Abraham Goldfaden. I have scoured the interwebs, to no avail. I am willing to pay for it. I just need the text, nothing fancy.
Who made the techno-dance song with lyrics, and song title: "my b***"? [more inside]
Maintaining a haircut by myself with clippers? [more inside]
I'd like to be a "______ hunter" for Halloween this year. Help me fill in the blank! [more inside]
At what rate should I compensate a casual employee who will be occasionally driving to my office? [more inside]
When do you give up pursuing a degree? I have been attending art college since 2003 and I'm at the point of questioning my desire to get a BFA (special snowflake details inside) [more inside]
How can I outfit my car with an automatic recording device to protect myself and my passengers from crime and civil rights violations? [more inside]
I'm in need of a new pair of shoes. I'm looking for basic sneaker recommendations but with the caveat that I am really hard on my footwear and I'm looking for something that will last. [more inside]
Need recommendations for foreign-language baby name books. [more inside]
Fun, romantic autumnal activities for this Thursday or Friday night in Chicago and surrounding area? [more inside]
I need some advice about my first relationship. [more inside]
Where can I get a Philadelphia-style vegetarian hoagie in Toronto? [more inside]
It is time to refine my career. Help me become an excellent database administrator. [more inside]
Can anyone provide resources for learning to be in a healthy long-term relationship? [more inside]
I have the vaguest of memories of a TV movie I may have seen around the mid-80s, possibly on public television. Could have been British, or at least set in the UK. It was somewhat creepy, at least it was to young me at the time. It was about a family wherein one of the boys had magic powers. My only real memory is a shot of this boy putting his hands into a kitchen counter as if the kitchen counter were soft clay or a portal to another dimension, drawing some material out of it, and making a little sculpture of an animal (lion?) Young me found that special effect surprisingly unnerving. I thought it might be a WonderWorks production but none of the titles seem to match. Ring any bells for anyone?
I'm trying to find some nice, solid color, everyday wear t-shirts in both short and long sleeve varieties. [more inside]
Hope me, laundry wizards! Is there any way to get out grease stains on a shirt after it's been dried? [more inside]
Obtain a commercial license to use GPS? [more inside]
I have a prescription for Adderall (brand) 10mg tablets and I can not find a pharmacy in NYC or its suburbs that has it in stock. Any ideas? [more inside]
How to properly thank a superior? [more inside]
Is it possible that I could become the first ever documented case of squirrel-to-human rabies transmission? Yesterday at about 11AM Eastern time I was bitten in both thumbs by a half-paralyzed squirrel. [more inside]
can you recommend an idiot-proof scissor sharpener? [more inside]
How much I should be concerned about high heart rates while running? Question about exercise and heart rates. [more inside]
I would like for you to plan my day tomorrow. I need direction on how to be a bit (a lot) more healthy. I've noticed that I can be successful in goalkeeping by accomplishing things in manageable chunks. [more inside]
Should a nurse with years of experience but no advanced degree keep her resume to one page or is it ever appropriate to spread out into two? [more inside]
How important is it to get a UPS for my computer? Mine recently died, and I'm wondering if I should replace it. My computer is a Windows 7 desktop, if that matters. [more inside]
Did Bill Evans write Blue in Green, or did Miles Davis, or did they both? [more inside]
Lost my job (boo!). Got WIC checks for my small children (thanks, America!). Got a new job starting shortly (yay!) What happens with the rest of the WIC checks? [more inside]
I'm looking for a book about the de-institutionalization of mental hospitals in the US. [more inside]
I lost the best nail scissors ever. Problem: I don't remember exactly where they came from, standard drug store replacements suck. [more inside]
[Depression/medication filter] Recommendations for constant negative thoughts about myself? Unfortunately medication/treatment-resistant so far. [more inside]
What is the etiquette for getting a second opinion? I like my primary care physician, but am feeling on one issue that she may not be doing all that she can. But it could also be me. . . [more inside]
Road trip planning for the western US - which of the following is more scenic/interesting? Cheyenne -> Rawlings (Via I-80) -> Dubois OR Cheyenne -> Casper (via I-25) -> Dubois [more inside]
How I do go about helping play test an indie pen and paper rpg? [more inside]
How can I clean or replace my shower door seals? [more inside]
Help me analyze this: why am I strongly prefer email than phone call to communicate with my friends. Am I selfish, hypocritical? [more inside]
Landlord says a fellow tenant's allergies mean no kitty for me. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
My PC (lenovo something, bought this year) has a problem reading CDs. I'll put in a disc to burn something and the burning program (iTunes or CDBurnerXP) will say it doesn't recognize the disk or it's not writeable or it's not blank. They're all blank. I try multiple ones from the batch. They're not sketchy disks, they're Sony Supremas 700 CDs. I've tried other brands, same result. Is this a hardware problem and how do troubleshoot/fix it?
Hopeful pregnancy filter: please help me figure out what's going on with my body. [more inside]
Help me understand the role caffeine might play in moderate to severe anxiety, intrusive thoughts (that I'm in danger) and occasional panic attacks. I'm perplexed by elimination of what I consider to be relatively low caffeine intake. Interested in others' experiences. [more inside]
I realized I'm a turd recently. How do I stop being such a self-involved, small-minded teenage asshole? Techniques, media, a stern talking to--I'd appreciate anything that might give me some perspective. [more inside]
I may be a little naïve, but in my perspective, my credit union seem to have been hiding charges from me for MONTHS, all when trying to pay of a credit card, which also hasn't happened. I want to go to my bank and ask for the amount from these charges back. How to do that, successfully? [more inside]
So, my new manager doesn't like me. [more inside]
Long and complicated question about car registration involving three cars and three states, where one of the cars is used by our son who might not be a resident of any of the three states - I'm really not sure [more inside]
Londoners, I want to know about events listings websites, promoter and venue Facebook pages, curated blogs, web forums, and whatever else is out there to find out what's going on in this town in music/arts/culture in general. [more inside]
Looking for input from anyone with teaching abroad experience and (ideally) an interest in teaching English lit on their experiences with the differences. Mainly concerned with the perceived difference in general teaching environment between teaching adults in language schools abroad vs. teenagers in regular schools. Given that you're interested in literature and writing rather than the nuts-and-bolts of grammar and speech, is it possible to be happy teaching abroad as a recent college grad with only tutoring experience? [more inside]
How to get a favorite recipe for rajma chaval from Tiffin Tales? My favorite recipe for a red bean curry is now showing up as "this site may harm your computer" in google and is no longer in the google cache. The admin and blog author emails now bounce. Wayback machine does not archive it. No blog-scraping site has copied it. Other recipes online seem quite different. Is there anything else I am forgetting? [more inside]
I'm sick. I'm not getting better. It is ruining my life and relationships. [more inside]
Should my father in law be telling me what to do in regards to buying a house with my wife? [more inside]
Quark doesn't wear a Ferengi headdress. Why not?
Afforable day trips outside of chicago, Metra/public transit accessible [more inside]
Nose hairs, I have em. Help a brother out with some trimming advice. [more inside]
[PhotographyFilter] So I have a DF-293-NIK flashgun with a plastic hotshoe mount. Sadly, it's cracked off on one side. Can it be repaired or do I have to buy a new flashgun? Photo here.
Beetle on my purse. One off or possible infestation to be checked? [more inside]
What more can we do to make the international trip with 2 cats doable (aka not hell for everyone)? [more inside]
Where can I go to get scared this week within a day's drive of Boston (and not be surrounded by screaming kids)? [more inside]
Help us name our pup! [more inside]
What is this fabric? Why is it so soft? [more inside]
What kind of flower is this? [more inside]
I have a Phillips DVD player/surround system. After making 15 seconds of horrible noise every time you started it up for the last six months, it finally died. How can I hook it up to the old Sony head unit that I had sitting in my basement? [more inside]
First steps at jazz piano - how would you go about it? [more inside]
Will installing a heater of some sort in a building entrance area keep condensation from forming on the front door during the winter, or will heat just rise straight to the top of the stairway with no effect on the entranceway? [more inside]
Landlord possibly going into foreclosure...what can we expect? [more inside]
Electronics help. I'm looking for a good informational/tutorial web site for working with high power LEDs 5 Watts and up. [more inside]
Recommendation for an affordable mindfulness class in NYC? [more inside]
Shopping filter: I need a belt to match my shoes. [more inside]
What are the best music blogs for finding mixes that I can listen to/download. This girl needs to find some new indie-rock tunes! [more inside]
How to introduce a post-colonial perspective when teaching Lord of the Flies to high school kids? I want to show that the "savage" behaviour of the boys on the island comes from a British imagining of savagery, not necessarily the absence of civilization. [more inside]
Drinking usually makes me blush, but I don't have any other symptoms of the alcohol flush reaction. Does the increased cancer risk apply to me? [more inside]
How can I set up a simple audio system at home that plays music from my iPhone and also acts as TV speakers?
How can I set up a simple audio system at home that plays music from my iPhone and also acts as TV speakers? [more inside]
Hi I have just moved house and the broadband has been installed. There is only one phoneline which is the other side of the house to where I need the rg45 connections. I can scrabble together something that work, but I was wondering if anyone can give me advice for a better setup. I have: Adsl router Slingplayer Pogoplug 2 x Homeplug playon.tv installed on pc The primary use of the pogoplug is to stream music and films to my PS3 and TV - I currently have that connected to the router in the other room away from the TV/PS3 and the homeplug bringing in the wired connection. Any ideas gratefully received. TC
I've become immune to my alarm in the morning. Help me train myself to wake up when I have to. [more inside]
Strange problem with iPhone while on calls; I sometimes can't be heard by the other party. Not sure if hardware or software. [more inside]
How do I operate the hold back function on a gate lock (Lockwood 002 deadlatch with lever)? Someone keeps setting it open on our apartment gate and I want it shut. Can't work out how to do it - if you don't know for this one, maybe how it works for yours so I can try?
Anyone have any tips for speeding up the process of "forgetting" scary things? [more inside]
Oktoberfest is here. Looking for recommendations for mail order purveyors of 'Philly' and/or 'Bavarian' soft pretzels in the U.S. Which companies/websites do you recommend?
Is there anything I can do to improve wi-fi connectivity in a small area (three rooms) when dealing with a large number of other signals? I'm in a high-rise apartment building in a city; after letting inSSIDer run for a while, it shows that I'm competing with 125 other access points. My signal is okay in the first room, fair in the second room, and unusable in the third room. I'm using DD-WRT -- are there any settings I can tweak that might help? [more inside]
Where can I buy digital copies of books without an e-reader? [more inside]
My question involves truck tailgate fancification. What I'm asking for is are there kits that help you to transform your existing (boring) tailgate that opens by just folding down into one that opens by swinging sideways? Perhaps one that if you had your tailgate sawed in half, both sides would swing open sideways (meaning it opens in the middle, sort of like a set of french doors)? [more inside]
I need help getting over some complicated feelings of homesickness and guilt regarding a recent international move. More details within. [more inside]
A pigeon has been sitting on my balcony for hours. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
A couple years ago I read a CIA or FBI manual about subversion in other countries. I believe it was written in the 1950s, and it focused on "mundane" subversion methods. I don't believe it was "The Official C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception." Does anyone have any ideas what this could be? [more inside]
A friend and I are trying to remember a scene from a film or TV show where a character is seen playing a piano, but it turns out the piano is actually a player piano and they weren't actually playing it. Does anyone remember what this scene could be from?
Name that vaguely remembered childhood game: Commodore 64, science fiction graphical adventure. The game, I think, begins with you being able to go down an elevator, and one of the floors is an alien auction house. I also hazily remember a scene in a space ship.
Is it safe to eat question #18734. Vacuum packed pork spare ribs, six days in the fridge. Still good? [more inside]
There is a painting by William Blake depicting a hag/imp like creature sitting on the chest of a naked sleeper. I believe it's meant to be a representation of the experience of sleep paralysis. My google is failing - does anyone know the title of the painting? [more inside]
What are the chord progressions for "Bird Song" by Bert Jansch? [more inside]
Is there a template or software to help create my own laminated cheat sheets for subjects I use commonly at work? [more inside]
What's the proper way to deal with an unpleasant coworker who's older than you and has worked there longer?
What's the best way to handle a situation where you feel a coworker isn't treating you as well as they should? [more inside]
I am a 27 year old girl and I'm still living like a teenager or college student. I have no adult habits and put absolutely no effort into taking care of myself. I don't understand how I got this way or how other people my age have transformed into real adults. I don't even know what I'm asking.. I guess I need help figuring out how to develop good habits, how to take care of myself, and hear from people that have experienced this same problem. [more inside]
Laptop suddenly unable to connect to the internet! [more inside]
Any ideas where I can get a replica Eames Desk Unit for less than $1399? I've had good luck with finding replica mid-century modern furniture, as it just begs to be reproduced (molded plastics, simple materials). For some reason desks are several times harder to come by.
How do I delay/slow down web page loading, to make browsing specific sites possible yet annoying/unrewarding for the PC's user? [more inside]
What kind of fish is this? [more inside]
How does a generally unintelligent, unmotivated and jaded person transform into one of the "competent elite"? [more inside]
Purpose: use in a middle school classroom. Ideally, I'd like to find a relatively short video available online that gives a simple explanation of how moveable type works, and shows the mechanics of actually printing with one. I'd also consider buying a DVD, if it's really excellent.
Is there a service that lets me RDC to computers running various versions of IE so I can test websites? I need to debug JS and CSS which is more than a browserlab/browsershots screenshot can provide. [more inside]
What to eat and do in Malaysia? [more inside]
Should I eat it? I didn't get sick from it, but my girlfriend did. Also, why would only one person get sick? [more inside]
Help me choose software in order to book meetings in a small group with an online calendar. [more inside]
Help me create a mix-CD for a ten-year-old aspiring drummer. [more inside]
What's causing me to get holes in my socks so quickly? [more inside]
I have the xbox 360 "open tray" error — the DVD drive spins up, reads the disc, and then pretends there's nothing there (going back to "open tray" instead of playing the disc). I ruled out the laser not seeing the disc. How do I fix it? [more inside]
I am moving from the US to Germany in two weeks. How should I plan transferring (most of) the money in my US checking account to the bank account that I will setup in Germany? More info follows... [more inside]
I'm living in the capital city of a foreign country whose language I have only just begun to learn. I want some sort of project or activity that I can work on to pass the time and keep me (even superficially) engaged with my surroundings instead of spending all my free time in my room. [more inside]
How do I install solar water collector panels on my (garage) roof without paying for fancy roof mounting hardware? [more inside]
I am looking to buy a blackberry battery. Is there are store around New York City that sells this kind of battery? I don't want to order online and prefer to pick it up at a store and avoid shipping fees.
Help me embrace all that is The Rocky Horror Picture Show [more inside]
I got an email today straight from the X-files. What does it mean? [more inside]
I'm doing some winter wardrobe shopping and I'd like to upgrade my sweaters - last time I shopped for sweaters was 10 years ago or so. Most of the sweaters I'm seeing at the usual garden-variety shops (LL Bean, Land's End, J. Crew, etc. all seem to have the same boring patterns and drab colors, or aren't functional - e.g. too thin and not ideal for cold climates. I even checked Etsy to see if there were more interesting sweaters there but nothing jumped out at me. Who are the good sweater shops? I'm going to have to learn to knit, aren't I?
I have a paronychia on a middle toe. It's not as horrible as the images Google offers, but it hurts a little and has hung around for a few weeks now. [more inside]
My home office space is about 12 square feet. How can I make best use of the space I've got? [more inside]
How can I set up gmail so that emails from one particular sender go straight to All Mail without ever first appearing in my Inbox?
How can I set up gmail so that emails from one particular sender go straight to All Mail without ever first appearing in my Inbox?
[SmallMouseFilter]My sister has two adopted children, ages 3 and 1.5. The 3-year-old is quite adept with the mouse for their desktop PC, but struggles with the size of said mouse. I've looked around for smaller, kid-sized mice, but all of them are wired. The Google-Fu in this one is weak. Anyone have experience with a "mini" mouse that is also wireless?
I have a Dell Inspiron 1546 laptop. I would like to set up my desk so that I can plug one cord into my laptop and have it work with the following peripherals: 2 monitors, wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, printer, scanner. Is this possible, and if so, what should I buy? Thanks!
My 5 month old (last gen with the Core2 processor) Mac Mini is being cranky. Did I just get a lemon? [more inside]
Visiting Qatar. I need a crash course in everything a visitor needs to know, ideally from someone who's been or lives there. [more inside]
Asking for a friend: help identify this poem please! [more inside]
What is the best US/China video chat option? [more inside]
I've been invited to 10 Downing Street, and don't know what to expect. Can anyone give me guidance on protocol, what to expect.
I've been invited to 10 Downing Street, and don't know what to expect. Can anyone give me guidance on protocol, what to expect. [more inside]
A safe way to upgrade my iPhone 3GS from iOS 4.0 to 5 ? [more inside]
Can I safely stop using Fentanyl transdermal and hydromorphone "cold turkey"? [more inside]
Help me paint like a pro! [more inside]
ActressNameFilter: Female 1990s b-rated actress, usually plays a minor sexpot villian, red-head, kinda bitchy face?
HiveMind, I need your help in figuring out a name of an actress. All I have is a vague memory of her, but I don't have enough evidence to search properly. Here's some of the gut feelings: 1) Female, in her 20s (at the time) 2) Movies took place in the early 1990s, possibly though 2000 3) I think she's a red-head, but possibly a brunette 4) Usually has a bitchy demeanor, possibly a villian... but a minor villian, like a sidekick 5) Has a large amount of sex appeal 6) Tight facial features, especially around the eyes and cheeks. More poor attempts to describe her after the cut. [more inside]
O typesetters! Describe the principles of font management. Recommend essential font management software. Explain its best and most crucial features, and why I will find them helpful. [more inside]
Brand new computer is freezing, how do I make it stop? So I just built a new computer myself for the first time, its worked great so far, but it occasionally freezes. Nothing happens it just stops responding and I am forced to do a hard restart. What could be the problem? Could my CPU be overheating, I only ran my computer for a few hours (its happened more than once though with less use). [more inside]
My organization has 193 Twitter accounts we'd like to organize in lists on our flagship account. I want to copy-and-paste in a flat text list of Twitter handles (one on each line) and then click a button to make a list containing all of those accounts. How can I do this?
Last Second Super-Specific Costume help: I finally hit in an outfit idea that excites me, but it requires a large amount of cheap costume jewelry ( rings, brackets, and necklaces). Where do I find a lot of varied, disposable junk jewelry for not a lot of money without spending hours trolling flea markets and wholesalers? In the NYC area. [more inside]
Movies that I can watch with my two-and-a-half year old, that both of us can enjoy? [more inside]
I am really attracted to someone I know I shouldn't be, when I'm not single and I know he is not the kind of person I should be interested in. We see each other almost every day of the week, and I'm in a new city with not many other friends. How can I find my way out of this feeling? [more inside]
I'd love to get advice on how to negotiate returning to work 4 days a week instead of 5 following maternity leave. [more inside]
Help me teach my 7-year old to SEE! I love my 7-year old son beyond words. He’s creative, cheerful, smart, and loving. However, he truly doesn’t see the world around him. My 4-year old daughter is much more aware of her surroundings. I don’t want to change him, just help him learn how to open his eyes and be more aware of his environment. The fact is, I have been the same way he is for most of my life, and I’ve learned recently that life is not only easier but more fun when you’re aware of your surroundings. I’d rather he not have to wait 30 years to improve. [more inside]
I may or may not want a Kindle. Help me decide with your experiences and advice. [more inside]
Good gardening websites? Looking for organized information and not like, meandering contentless blog posts. [more inside]
My friend is becoming a U.S. citizen! Help me find a VEGETARIAN cookbook to give her that reflects U.S. foodways. (Besides Moosewood, which she already owns.)
I think I've bricked my HTC Desire by following the 'official' procedure to upgrade the OS to Android 2.3. Please help me restore it to its original state or do anything else to make it work again. [more inside]
Did Honey Maid Graham Crackers... change more than the size of there product? [more inside]
The target: massive data-sets requiring week-long number crunching. The need: serious desktop processing power with fat memory pipelines. The catch: must be rigged for silent (or near-silent) running. [more inside]
I've been playing electric bass guitar in bands continuously for about 25 years or so. The last 20 years I've been using a pick exclusively, and for most of that time, while playing, I've suffered bad pain in my picking hand - specifically around the base of my thumb and in between the thumb and index finger. It's kind of like a cramp that comes on about 5 minutes after I start playing, and can in extreme isntances result in me not being able to hold onto the pick. The pain subsides after I stop playing, but it's a serious hinderance to playing well! I'm in a punk band, so lots of speed picking. I've tried hand and arm exercises, stretching, upping my potassium intake (bananas and coconut water), repositioning the bass, and taking Ibuprofin before playing and none of it seems to work reliably. Is this something I am just have to live with?
Help me cloud-ize my home. [more inside]
Help brainstorm synonyms for an idea incubator [more inside]
Several people I know here in Chicago, including myself, have witnessed very small isolated rain showers. They are usually no more than 6 feet in diameter, clearly not coming from a building, no clouds in the sky. One of saw this happen in a wide open intersection, one in an open quad area and one on a sidewalk. These showers tend to last anywhere from 40 seconds to 2 minutes and seem to be coming from absolutely nowhere. They are clearly unusual enough that people stop, stare, comment and try to locate it's source. Is this a naturally occurring phenomenon? Is there a name for it? Where is that rain coming from?
Our new rental house is turning out to be a ton of work (for us) a money pit (for us and our landlady) and just an all-around major problem. I need advice on when it's worth it to stick it out, and when to cut your losses. [more inside]
My Fiancée and I are looking for the perfect venue in a 2-hour radius of New York City (CT, NJ, PA, DE), and cost is definitely a consideration. We're wildly guesstimating we will have 75 people. More inside... [more inside]
Where (north of Bellingham, WA) and south of the Canadian border can I buy British or Irish baked beans (Heinz or Bachelors, for example)? My wife likes them.
Recommendations for baby carriers (like baby bjorn type thing) most likely to be comfortable for a big 'n tall man. [more inside]
What was the black or brown or dark red grain we ate with the aperitivo this week in Milan? It was served as a salad, mixed with green peas, some onion and anchovy. And yummy. [more inside]
Looking for a decent HD-capable video camera to replace my brother's old Sony Handicam [more inside]
Have you successfully beaten a ticket received from a traffic camera? [more inside]
What rare, important, especially unusual recordings can I only see at TV museums in the U.S.? [more inside]
Help me be excited about XML from a programmer/DBA/IT perspective. Suggest tools, software and processes please. [more inside]
What do you use to make quick little drawings in Windows? [more inside]
So it's been definitively confirmed that I have Crohn's disease. What are the best resources for information on the web in terms of "official" sites and blogs by others with the disease? [more inside]
Haven't seen my SO in 6 months. Arriveing in Bristol, UK for the first time in a few days. Want to take her somewhere romantic, awesome and private for dinner / drinks. Suggestions?
Help us settle this debate: Is it socially acceptable for me to go up to a neighbor's porch and jingle the wind chime? More evidence inside. [more inside]
Is it possible to get over some pretty big sexual chemistry if you really frigin love someone? [more inside]
I just found out I'm pregnant. I'd like suggestions for managing miscarriage fears and my doctor's testing recommendation. [more inside]
Why did my Google Chrome stop blocking websites? [more inside]
I've recently become the owner of a stainless steel screw in my fifth metatarsal due to a Jones Fracture. Have you had hardware like this installed and subsequently removed? [more inside]
Are there ANY aftermarket (non-Nikon) batteries that work with the Nikon D3100? [more inside]
I've decided to buy my first upright bass to learn on (a used student bass). What to look for? [more inside]
Cell phone ninjas, hack my phone life! What is the best cell phone and plan for me? [more inside]
Looking for information about renting in Gulfport / Biloxi area. [more inside]
I need a reminder/task desktop (mac) AND iphone (iOS 5, but not a 4S) capable application. It will be for work and for play. Help! [more inside]
Best netbook under $200? [more inside]
Please help me decide how to proceed with my life in this post college recession (1.5 years and no full-time job): Do I take this opportunity or continue looking for something more akin to whom I am? I am an ENFP personality and first person to go to college in my family. [more inside]
I have never read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, but I would like to. Please recommend to me your ideas for the best way to approach this. Web, Kindle or iOS friendly methods welcome. [more inside]
Please help me track down the source of the footage of John Lennon and Stew Albert that appears at 0:42-0:44 in the MSNBC segment, What is John Lennon's lasting legacy?", which aired on The Daily Rundown on December 9, 2010. [more inside]
What is a cheap international trip I can take this winter? [more inside]
Please help me decide whether the seats I have for a concert at Echo Arena in Liverpool are good enough. [more inside]
Which website does a good job of indexing and discussing DVD Director Commentaries? [more inside]
I am a single guy in my 20s and I haven't taken any kind of trip or vacation for myself in years. Now I have some extra money and things are starting to slow down (seasonally) at work. The place would have to be close enough to New York that I can return within about 4 or 5 days and not spend a huge amount of time travelling. I would have to be able to get around without a car as I don't drive. I would take the trip in November or December and it will be cold unless it is Florida or something, so it should be a place where there is something interesting culturally. For medical reasons I can't ski. I do like going to art museums, so DC/Boston/Philadelphia are easy and obvious, but this seems a tad boring and maybe there are other good options. I could spend up to $1500 or maybe $2000. Thanks in advance.
My VOIP phone requires a wired ethernet connection. But after an office redesign, my VOIP phone is now far enough away from the router than an ethernet cable isn't an option. Is there any way to get the VOIP phone (LinksysIP phone SPA 942) connected to my router via wifi? Some way to make it seem like it's on ethernet (like a wireless ethernet adapter or something)?
How might one structure a company for maximum resilience against patent trolls? [more inside]
Is there anything I can do about post-breast-feeding shrinkage? [more inside]
What are websites that handle the user interface and/or the organization of large amounts of video content well?
What are websites that handle the user interface and/or the organization of large amounts of video content well? [more inside]
How do I help my wife cope with a job she hates, and get her to feel positive about finding something else? [more inside]
[Posting for a friend] Please help me navigate my current situation as a renter. My Landlord is, at best, stubborn and terribly difficult to put up with, and at worst running some sort of scam. [more inside]
Cigars in Seattle: Where and what kind for around $50? [more inside]
What are your favorite "insider" movies? [more inside]
Where are the best places to find an exciting designer to commission a one-off design for a poster? [more inside]
Help me find very long songs. Preferably 30 minutes or more. [more inside]
Mom's about to start psychotherapy for a condition that has been around for a long time and that we only recently had the nerve to talk to her about. How can we be supportive, what can/should we do to help her through the shock of going to therapy for the first time, and what else can we do? [more inside]
What other songs are like Ross' Concert by Jeff Danna? Instrumental, preferably acoustic with delight, energy and ideally a similarly blissful build and crescendo? Ideally I'm after pop-song length pieces. I'm not against vocals - the important thing is finding similar moods, expressiveness and complexity.
Help me find eccentric exploring ladies! [more inside]
Help me not lose my original gmail account. [more inside]
I need a basic list to refer to every time I'm making a shopping list. I'm not looking for specific brands, but things like "milk, bread, toothpaste". Assume you're an average every day American, what do you buy at the grocery store? [more inside]
What kind of contractor(s) would one need for these kinds of projects? [more inside]
How can I make an Old Bay-esque spice blend without the paprika? [more inside]
Hacking around sound cancellation on Google+ and Skype: Two tier question here about a related problem. Firstly, a way to sidetrack the software audio limits of a Google+ Hangout. Secondly, a way to stop Skype from cancelling out audio from one half of a conversation. [more inside]
My parents' new Shih Tzu is going to be staying with us next weekend (us=2 people, 1 dachshund, 2 torties, & 1 betta). Do you have any tips or tricks for reassuring & keeping pets away from home happy? [more inside]
Food makes me happy, and as a result I eat a lot of it. Which I really need to change. Help me? Caution: this got long, for which apologies. [more inside]
Can proximity between two Apple laptops cause sleep/power-down oddities? [more inside]
Looking for links to Ford F-150 emissions prior to 2000 model year. Want data for NMOG, PM, CO, NOx, pounds per year smog forming pollution. Not Tier 1 targets but observed emissions. [more inside]
How should we carve our pumpkin, from the top or from the bottom? [more inside]
Remote offline malware scan; What would be the best tool / technique to complete such a scan correctly & completely? [more inside]
An old friend recently stayed and behaved appallingly towards my partner and me. How would you deal with constant criticism/cynicism/mercenary behaviour? As someone recovering from depression, I'm finding it hard to process in a way that allows me to claw some positivity out of the experience. [more inside]
What do you do with a passive-aggressive, anonymous busybody neighbor? [more inside]
Which of my muscles is hurting and what can I do about it? [more inside]
Should I go back on Bupropion (Wellbutrin), or give Adderall a try? [more inside]
Buying a hot water heater. Is there a good way to choose one? [more inside]
Can you identify this classic English novel? It was probably written in the 1800s. The main character is a youth/young man (along the lines of Great Expectations). His mother is subject to religious fits. The ending is set during the bursting of the South Sea Bubble. [more inside]
Songfilter: There was a song that I was listening on the radio a while back that I'd like to listen to again but my google-fu is failing me. The song is a little slow with light female vocals, and one of the lines in the chorus was or sounded like "I assume, I assume, I assume." Does this ring a bell to anyone?
Looking for a recent article that mentions how a social network's success hinges on whether it will help get people laid. Might have been from a Facebook co-founder or about Google+, and isn't more than a month old.
Offerer or Offeror? No, seriously, which one do you use? [more inside]
Can you help me get my Cox Cable universal remote (M7820) to play nice with my Sony Blu-ray player (BDP-S380 / BX38)? Both Sony and Cox tech support tell me there are no remote codes in existence to program into the Cox remote. That just sounds ludicrous to me...what's up? I know how to program the remote, just need the proper code.
As a Canadian, is it possible for me to join something like the Army where I can learn and do all kinds of cool stuff (like what you see in all the commercials) without having to do the unpleasant business of killing people and whatnot? [more inside]
I abruptly stopped Risperidone, Effexor XR, and Epival all at once and now I'm feeling like garbage. Is there anything I can do to mitigate the feeling like arse? [more inside]
I have a severe underbite. I'm leaning toward not treating it but I don't like what I see in the mirror. [more inside]
Now that itunes has release the Movie Trailers app, I'm unable to find the full listing of trailers in the itunes store to download for offline viewing to my ipod touch. I like to watch them at work where I don't have wifi access. Any thoughts? [more inside]
What's the genetic diversity situation like with lions and tigers? [more inside]
How to undelete a permanently deleted file (Windows edition)? [more inside]
I'm looking for any and all online image generators/creators that allow a person to create some sort of Clan banner, heraldry, or emblem. [more inside]
I changed my name. Or perhaps I did not. I'm not quite sure any more, and suddenly it matters quite a bit. [more inside]
We need to find a new NYC apartment. My husband's working and has good credit, but I'm unemployed and have terrible credit. We also have a cat. How screwed are we? [more inside]
I'm 34 and I've never had a serious relationship. Help me figure out how to change this. [more inside]
Questions about setting up a recording/video conferencing setup for my company. Hardware, software, and studio tips needed. [more inside]
Are there comparable grad programs to NYU's Interactive Telecommunications (ITP) on the west coast? [more inside]
Help me break my internet addiction and stop procrastinating. [more inside]
My first paycheque from a new employer seems just a little bit high. How can I ask payroll to verify my annual salary without seeming like a total bumpkin? [more inside]
I'm in the open enrollment period (also newly married) and am considering switching health insurance -- for the first time ever. I understand the fill-out-the-forms part, but I can't wrap my head around what that means logistically. What's the process? What should I look out for? [more inside]
I'd like to sell my bone marrow-- I was wondering if this was possible in my neck of the woods. [more inside]
As a husband, how do I deal with my wife's midlife crisis? [more inside]
I'm looking for a downloadable non-annoying (preferably sung by an adult) version of The Nifty Fifty United States by Ray Charles (the obscure composer, not the blind superstar). When I was a kid we had a record with a guy with a low voice singing the song. Would love to get that one. Someone else asked this back in 2006, but all those links are quite dead (and they only linked to a kid version by a Canadian named Jaime).
Looking for the discontinued Talbot's dress shirts for men. [more inside]
Next month, i'm travelling to Vietnam (via Tokyo) to be a grubby and lightly-packed backpacker for a few weeks, and then i'm flying to Tokyo to be a confident stylish city tourist for a few days before I go home. My initial theory about how to do this is to pack separate bags and put the "stylish city lady" bag in left luggage in the Tokyo Narita airport during my 2.5 hour stopover on the way to vietnam. Is this possible? Or do you have better ideas? [more inside]
What pieces of clothing/accessories should a (stylish?) man have in his wardrobe (possibly for the winter) that I don't have?
What pieces of clothing/accessories should a stylish man have in his wardrobe (possibly for the winter) that I don't have? [more inside]
Has the standard list of disavowals: IANYL, TINLA, IANAMD, etc, ever actually protected a professional or layperson giving advice online? [more inside]
How can I send money to my parents in the cheap (and easy?) [more inside]
Halloween Costume Filter: DIY broken lens eyeglasses. [more inside]
For an article on culture and privacy, I'm looking for sources to discuss the "new" privacy, specifically as to how the internet and reality-TV culture have changed what constitutes privacy. I'm hitting a wall at Google, and HelpAReporter has not yet helped. Sources and suggestions, dear MeFites? Many thanks.
What supplies & book should I get for an adult that wants to get started making their own perfumes? I'm looking to spend around $75 for everything. [more inside]
I have jumped through all of the necessary hoops and next week I'll be starting my first dose of accutane. But now I've got cold feet. I'd like to hear from people who have been on the drug, or known people who have. [more inside]
Is there a tax or legal reason some preschools have mandatory fundraising targets in addition to tuition?
Is there a tax or legal reason some preschools have mandatory fundraising targets in addition to tuition? [more inside]
How can I fix a lag between the HDTV image and the audio coming through the speakers? [more inside]
How do I learn about antiques & vintage collectibles? [more inside]
Hi! I'm a 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada, and my turn-signals have stopped working! What do you think is wrong with me, and how much will David likely have to spend to get me working again?
A question about zombies. Specifically, Zombie Stories. Extra specifically, Zombie Stories that Don't Suck. [more inside]
How should I handle my mom wanting to promote her most recent Pyramid Scheme at my Wedding? [more inside]
My sister might end up in rehab. What happens there? [more inside]
Two of my boyfriend's roommates have scabies. I do not want scabies. I am also extremely anxious about bugs. [more inside]
Help me find the BEST EVER peanut-free homemade asiago cheese bagel recipe. The closer to that famous chain's bagels, the better. [more inside]
Haven't dusted in three years. What's a good tool or technique to make this fast and easy? I'm looking for an 80% or 90% solution - don't need to get everything. [more inside]
Name That Boot: A dapper friend has fallen in love with these boots. Can you help bring him and the boots together? [more inside]
Testing gold using a multimeter [more inside]
Excel 2011 for the Mac, is it any better? [more inside]
What is the breakdown of millionaires by profession? (Statistics with sources). [more inside]
I'm going to be a mother in about two months. I'm concerned about what kind of mother I'll be. How can I reconcile the fact that my personality type might be at odds with being a great mom? [more inside]
How early is too early to practice the piano if you live in an apartment? [more inside]
OK, I'm desperate and I'm ready to try a low carb diet. What should my shopping list look like? [more inside]
What's the best way to handle an electronic signature on a website-hosted submission form? [more inside]
My car has started making a grinding noise. A trip to the mechanic is in order, but before I go I'd like to have an idea of what the problem might be. [more inside]
Inside is a recorded excel macro, designed to sort a specific range of cells on a specific worksheet from smallest to largest, from left to right, using the values in a specific range of cells in a row. Is there a way to edit this macro so that it will do the same sort on any selected group of cells on any worksheet? [more inside]
Health Savings Account -- How do I figure the tax savings on an HSA that deducts $300 a month from my pay; yearly total = $3600? The representative selling this plan says the tax savings will be about 30%. That's fantastic if true, but it seems high. What do you think?
From "The Call Of The Wild" ..Seven days from the time they pulled into Dawson, they dropped down the steep bank by the Barracks to the Yukon Trail, and pulled for Dyea and Salt Water. I wonder where the Barracks and Salt Water are located. I tried to find them out on a map, but only found the place of Dawson, Dyea, and Yukon Trail. Maybe "Salt Water" means the sea?
What is it like to use snuff tobacco? [more inside]
What does it mean to celebrate something? [more inside]
Help me find the union jack quilt from Get Him to the Greek. [more inside]
I'm trying to track down a series of mystery novels to surprise my mother with this Christmas. [more inside]
Speaking of cast-iron skillets, I have two, and they worked brilliantly on a gas stove. But now that I have a flat-topped glass stove, they work less well because they're not perfectly flat. One is a bit convexly rounded on the outside, so some of it gets hotter than the rest; the other is concave on the outer bottom and sort of mounded on the inner bottom, so that oil pools around the edges, around the mound, if you can picture that. Both pans work great for baking stuff like cornbread, but not so good for steaks or such. So I've got two pans I love but now understand why I could buy them cheap at thrift shops. Question: Is there any way to make the bottoms of these pans perfectly flat again so they'll cook well?
Why are people mad at the Fed? [more inside]
I'm looking for names of cool animals that have extremely long tails. All sorts of animals; the only requirement is that the tail is comically long. [more inside]
At the end of December, my wife is due to give birth to our first child. At the end of November I would like to record a series of interviews between me and my wife in order to capture a snapshot of our lives before we fall off the cliff into parenthood. I want to be able to look back at the video in a few decades time and for the answers we gave to transport us back to who we were, how we thought, and how we lived before we had children. What were our fears, hopes, dreams? What questions should we ask each other to reveal the kind of responses I'm hoping for? [more inside]
What is a effective way to collect basic sets of information on a regular basis instead of sending an email to tons of people asking them to reply? [more inside]
You're a young person, in your 20s or so, and you've noticed that quite a few of your similarly-aged peers & friends are in desperate need of care due to major mental and emotional health challenges - which are taking a toll on everything else. However, support services for this group are lacking. What could you learn or train in to be able to be a better source of support and care for your peer community? [more inside]
Which hosted system is likely to be more secure: A custom-coded database with a web-based front-end coded by an independent coder for $10k and hosted and maintained by a major university, or a small cloud-based provider with several clients who hosts contact data and whose system is set up to accept credit card payments and store other financial information? [more inside]
If you have a mental illness and found a successful treatment plan, does keeping up with it ever get easier? Staying well has proved more difficult than I imagined it to be. [more inside]
I just picked up a cast iron skillet from a thrift store and need help identifying the manufacturer/year, if possible. [more inside]
Why is short-circuiting two ethernet outlets such a big deal? [more inside]
My Google-fu is failing me. Back in probably the early 90's, there was a Spike & Mike's Animation Festival. One of the animated shorts was this one cartoon about the adventures of a kid with a bunch of clowns, except the clowns all had machine guns. They invade a castle or something and ride up in an elevator, and this quintessential elevator music song plays (for those of you that watch the tv show Castle, that same song (I think) was in the last episode when they were in an elevator, which triggered this memory). Anyway, what was the name of that cartoon?
Help me compile a list of 'ambient' tracks that would serve as appropriate background music for a *hip* corporate shmoozing/networking party. [more inside]
Is it troublesome to be able to obtain access to the names and e-mail addresses of students, faculty, employees, and alumni of a university? If so, how should I go about reporting it without being misinterpreted or punished? [more inside]
Washington State: I received a traffic ticket in the mail for overtaking a school bus. I did not see any of the flashing lights which the bus would normally display, and which are hard to miss, so I think that they were not on at the time that I passed the bus. I'm therefore thinking of requesting a "Contested Hearing" rather than a "Mitigation Hearing." Is this plan good or bad? [more inside]
I bought this antique Art Nouveau jewelry casket from an Etsy vendor, and I'm thinking I'd like to reline it and restore the finish. I know I can handle making the new lining, but what do I do to restore the finish? Would I basically just paint it using a special kind of paint, or....?
Help me figure out possible career choices if I want to move away from software development to making use of foreign language skills? [more inside]
Whenever I miss a lot of sleep I get hypomania. It's, um, kinda awesome. Still, hypomania is supposed to be bad. Should I be worrying about this? [more inside]
I did a Dumb Thing. Involving an iron. And some carpet. Please help! [more inside]
Help my friends plan a honeymoon in Australia. [more inside]
I need advice on surviving the ultimate type-A job. I've had a job at a small company for 2.5 years now. In my time at the company, I've accomplished a meteoric rise through the company ranks, from a skilled non-management position to an executive level position, supervising nine employees (seven of them international) and several divisions. I've started one division for the company, and I recently was promoted to the director of what we hope will be a multi-million dollar new division. [more inside]
New Hobby; Need Help. Colorful bead art like the pieces that Mardi Gras Indians wear... how to learn? [more inside]
Posting for a family of a friend, but involves past thefts so posting anonymously out of extreme caution. YANML, YANAL, etc. Adult person with mental health issues developed severe shoplifting habit. Intervention has been held. He HAS NOT been caught by police or stores as far as anyone knows. What should be done with the stolen goods? [more inside]
Should we be worried that Social Security thinks my husband is dead even though he isn't? [more inside]
Where to get a good amount of legal Halloween music for a pre-school Halloween party? [more inside]
I have lost weight, yeah! What do do about my clothes that no longer fit? [more inside]
I just bought an LG Cosmos 2 VN251 phone, and I want to figure out how to export my texts, call history, etc. off the phone and onto my iMac. I was able to do this with my previous phone, an LG-VX9900, via the bluetooth connection using BitPim—but BitPim doesn't seem to recognize this model, and my text inbox is getting full pretty quickly! [more inside]
ExcelFilter: I'd like to copy the contents of cells from one sheet to another, based on the value of a cell in the first sheet. I'm struggling the proper vocabulary to Google this problem effectively. [more inside]
Is volunteering for a political campaign a good way to get a political job? [more inside]
Which add-on window management utility should I get for Windows 7? [more inside]
How do I pitch my comedy Twitter feed as a TV show? [more inside]
Henry Miller makes my sex life hot, True Blood makes it not. What should I be reading / watching in order to get in the mood? [more inside]
How did you instill confidence in your children? How did your parents help you become a confident child and adult? [more inside]
Poets and English majors! Hark! I need a love poem for a wedding - deets inside! [more inside]
Anyone here have mad Mishnaic Hebrew translation skillz? [more inside]
FontFilter: What font is used in the title of this cover of Firebirds Rising?
There's a story I've long accepted as fact, that when the railroad train (or possibly the automobile) was introduced, some people opposed them in the belief that their hair would catch on fire from air friction if they traveled over a certain speed (maybe 35 miles per hour). A while back, I tried Googling this story to find the source, and was surprised to find I was completely unable to locate any reference to this. Did I just dream this one night and forget that it wasn't true?
Things got a little murky with a close, but taken, friend when we were drunk. How do I deal with this situation? [more inside]
My mother is holding her annual Christmas party. Due to the presence of an abusive family member, I'd rather not attend. Help! [more inside]
Tivo and streaming local video files? [more inside]
Best parking solutions in DC. [more inside]
Just found out that the child of a person I worked with (and was friends with through work) died two months ago. Should I contact them, or is it too late? [more inside]
iCloud with families - how does it work? [more inside]
A few months ago Google implemented a way to mark up recipes so they are searchable by ingredients and whatnot. I would like to use this on my recipes. Is there an online tool you can type your recipes into and it spits out the marked up recipe? There is one I have seen for Wordpress but I don't use that.
Please help me regain some happiness in my life. [more inside]
BakeSaleFilter: I am a confident baker, but I'm a total novice at the art of exchanging baked goods for money. I have three bake sales to participate in the next week. What are your crowd-pleasing-est single serving recipes? (I should mention that two of these sales are giving a prize to the person whose goods sell the quickest. MeFi, I really want that 20% off coupon.)
I think I'm about to be heartbroken. Please recommend movies similar to Whip It for me. Possible spoilers inside. [more inside]
How can I start keeping a wine cellar when I expect to move often? [more inside]
You know that power surge that happens when you turn on a laser printer and it sucks up as much juice as it can? Are there laser printers that don't do that? I'm replacing a Brother HL-2170W. I need good quality monochrome printing. No scanning, photos, etc. Small and quiet are pluses. Wireless is a must. I'll use it with a MacBook. Every laser printer I've had dims the lights, etc., when it powers up. What should I look for in the specs to identify printers that minimize this? Wattage? Are guides/reviews online that address this issue?
How do I deal better with the tiredness caused by social interactions? [more inside]
I've read "A Hundred Years of Solitude." Twice. What next? [more inside]
Please give me your tips on combining running with exercise induced asthma. [more inside]
How do I select or delete specific songs from my IPod? [more inside]
How do you select a good consignment store? [more inside]
Looking for a good-quality but inexpensive pair of binoculars for a 10-year-old girl. [more inside]
I have a week off, during which I'd like to develop habits that will help me with anxiety and stress, both short and long-term. [more inside]
I have to read a lot of academic papers. They are usually formatted into 2 columns per page. This is fine if I print them out, but when I read them on a computer screen, it is difficult/annoying for me to scroll up and down - I lose my place easily (I recognize this may be unusual). Is there software out there that will strip the text from a pdf into one column (and maybe put all the figures at the end or somewhere)? Like the Readability extension for text on the web, but for pdfs. Maybe a plugin for Adobe Acrobat? Linux or Windows, please. Thanks.
As the green thumb of my circle of friends, I have been asked to resuscitate my friend's dying plant. It'd help me if I knew what kind of plant it was.
I'm looking for the name of an AIDS documentary I saw on PBS sometime in the late nineties. [more inside]
My estranged uncle died and we're trying to figure out how to go about getting into his home and collecting/transferring property. The catch: multiple legal name changes and several aliases. [more inside]
Would therapy fix me? If so, what kind of therapy? Or are there other recommendations for things that I can/could do? Another "I can't find love post" and I don't know what else I can do, please hope me ask metafilter. [more inside]
Can you name any very successful businesspeople who were once in foster care? [more inside]
I want a simple, dumb cell phone. Calling and texting are essential, number directory is semi-essential, clock + date are okay - everything else I'd rather not have. [more inside]
My wife and I are looking to purchase a very large world map to hand on my wall (most likely a political map showing country boundaries, capital cities, etc.). We also would like to get several smaller maps of countries we've visited over the years. What are your recommendations for the best online map stores (or brick and mortar stores in NYC)? [more inside]
If I combine two parts white granulated sugar and one part water (by volume), how much 2:1 sugar syrup will I end up with? Alternatively, if I boil down a 1:1 sugar syrup (say 16 cups water and 16 cups sugar), at what final reduced volume will I have achieved a 2:1 solution? [more inside]
Where can I find good techno this weekend (or any weekend) in New York City? A friend of mine is fond of high-energy techno, akin to "musical caffeine." I'd like to take her to a show she'd enjoy, but I know nothing at all about the genre. Are there any noteworthy events this weekend, or in the near future? Any venues that are reliably good, and where we wouldn't be the only folks in our late twenties? Particular artist names I should keep an eye out for?
What volume of 14 C water do I need to add to 30 L of 24 C water to have a product of water at 20 C?
What volume of 14 C water do I need to add to 30 L of 24 C water to have a product of water at 20 C? Is there an easy calculation for this sort of thing so that I can do this with different levels of water and/or temperature differences? [more inside]
It seems increasingly likely that my company is about to go belly up, probably in the next 2-4 months. What should I be doing to prepare for this eventuality? [more inside]
I have accidentally discovered my boyfriend's secret fetish. He is ashamed and upset. I'm terrified of losing him. Please help me navigate this. (Some details NSFW.) [more inside]
My husband and I are going to Charlottesville next Friday to Sunday. We're traveling from NYC, and will be doing some light sightseeing in DC before our friends picks us up. What should we do in both cities. We'll have just the morning in DC, and Friday afternoon-Sunday afternoon in Charlottesville. [more inside]
I need gift ideas for my mother in law to recognize her excitment and support for our future child. [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for a convenient (and delicious?) place to meet a friend traveling through Chicago with a small dog. [more inside]
What music should a New Orleans noob go see this weekend? [more inside]
I'm a proficient mac user, but I think I'd like to know more about how my machine works. Where do I go to learn more? [more inside]
How do you (mostly) randomly choose one person out of four (or more?) with no props? [more inside]
Youtube, why you suck so much? More inside... (Not SLYT) [more inside]
Some folks recently showed me (too briefly for me to catch everything) a playground-type game for two players who are each holding out a certain number of fingers on each hand. A player's move is either to swap the numbers showing on his own two hands, or to hit the other player's hand with his own and thereby add to the count on that hand. The rest I'm fuzzy on. Is this familiar? What's it called and where can I find a description of it?
I am an advanced PhD student in an engineering discipline. I have been sent a presumably routine email from the department chair asking for comments on my research advisor's interaction with me to be submitted as an email, as a part of a multi-faceted evaluation. [more inside]
Did I just break up with my therapist? Am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
Help me understand Occupy Wall Street? [more inside]
OK, so I need to see a doctor (in Toronto). [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good career counselor in the Washington, DC area? [more inside]
Should I drop out of Engineering and change my major? I have Really bad transcript. [more inside]
I have forgotten basically all of math, and I want to learn it again from the ground up. [more inside]
What kind of dog should our family consider? Or, how do we pick out a mutt that is right for our family? [more inside]
I need to look up the number of employees, number of computers in use at workstations, what type of operating system is used at the workstations, et cetera of a company for a school project. Specifically, I want to calculate the costs/benefits of switching from the presumably Windows OS a company uses to Ubuntu. [more inside]
I'm designing a university course on the grand ol' theme of humanity's place in nature. What are some readings on this topic, from any discipline, that have fascinated/moved/influenced you? [more inside]
(Long shot Ipad question): Need assistance if possible to put /find/extract data from an older ipad backup... [more inside]
Textbooks or readers on social inequality / exclusion - especially with a global perspective? [more inside]
Learning Spanish in Mexico or Central American country for one week. [more inside]
Trying to identify an on oil on canvas painting that was painted over. Maybe a hidden treasure? Could I email anyone a pic of the painting for ID? Driving me crazy that I don't know name or artisit of the painted-over pic!
My husband and I want to get away during the week between Christmas and New Years. We are looking at places in Central/South America and the Carribean. Where should we go? [more inside]
I own a rowhome and will be renting it out for the first time ever. I need advice so I am neither a slumlord nor a pushover setting herself up for lawsuits or squatters. I have not been a renter in about a decade so I'm a little stale on the whole process, plus I've never been a landlord before. More inside! [more inside]
I am currently an Administrative Fellow in a 3 hospital system (graduated with my Masters in Healthcare Administration in May.) What is the best way for me, being non-clinical, to learn clinical "lingo"/get a clinical "education"? [more inside]
Former leasing company just sent a letter threatening to send me to collections. Am I SOL? [more inside]
A number of people have posted undisclosed 73-byte C solutions to the fizzbuzz code golf challenge. How on earth are they doing that? [more inside]
Are there people who've written blogs about their work and personal lives, and have done it well, and not gotten burned? Any examples? [more inside]
Why did Firefox suddenly start losing my login cookies every day? [more inside]
iOS 5 Reminders - Give me your power-user super-tips! [more inside]
What copper salt is left behind in this neutralized etchant solution? Also, how can I safely dispose of spent etchant in general? [more inside]
Resources for Austrian economics? [more inside]
I am attempting to help a friend research housecleaning services. The problem is, I have never actually hired a maid, and they live in a different state, making any calling for estimates long distance for me. [more inside]
My elderly neighbor lived in my rented room before I moved in. He still uses the public areas of the house as his own. What are my obligations? Lots of snowflake details inside. [more inside]
Kitten filter: My wife's new kitten (he is 4 months old now) seems to be going through a biting phase. He especially likes biting hands and arms. We try to spray him with water and say "no biting." Will this be enough to train him not to bite, or is there something else we should be doing? Thank you!
How do the variables on both sides of physics equations not become redundant (specifically involving adding/subtracting forces and centripetal force and acceleration)? [more inside]
I'd like to find a classy clock that displays numbers, digital or otherwise, for my grandmother who no longer can read analog clocks. I don't even know what words to use to search for such a clock, to avoid the institutional look of most digital clocks.
Where to stay in Sydney when the kids are along for the ride? [more inside]
My Masters program isn't the academic challenge that I hoped it would be. I'm paying a lot of money and spending a lot of time to do this in addition to my full-time job. Should I keep going or cut my losses? [more inside]
Good idea? filter: I am a huge fan of the show TrueBlood. In fact, I had an idea for a short story based on a storyline that I did not think they would pursue in the series. Well, a year later, the short story ended up being a book. I know I cannot publish it, but should I send it in to the show's producers? Lots more detail within... [more inside]
My temporary support staff is leaving next week - and I need an on-line electronic card, or other program, where 70+ volunteers can send a note of thanks. [more inside]
What is the name of the style of the revolving shadow box in Buffy The Vampire Slayer - "Get it done"? Is it an actual shadow play style or did they invent that? [more inside]
What's an effective, but easy-to-implement, ranking/ladder algorithm? [more inside]
I am attempting to publish a book using createspace.com Any idea why my Blue cover is printing as light purple? [more inside]
In Berkeley, CA, a friend's friend accumulated a few thousand dollars in unpaid parking tickets, which were turned over to a collections agency. Any chance that the collections agency will settle for a fraction of the amount due?
My girlfriend and I have been together for over 2 years now. Without getting into too much details, I have real no desire to have sex with her for reasons I'm not sure of. [more inside]
I'm using Chrome (14.0.835.202) on os x (10.7.2). For a while now, I've noticed that, typically, when I do a google search, wanting to just check the wikipedia page for that search term, I type the term in, along with the word wikipedia (such as "whatever wikipedia") in the past this always brought me to a search page with the whatever wikipedia page as the first hit, and now the following happens: for a second or two I get a result page that will show, as the first search item, the wikipedia page for "whatever," but, within a couple of seconds, the search result page changes (with my doing nothing) with other search results at the top (I just went through the first 8 pages of search results for "metafilter wikipedia" and the metafilter wikipedia page doesn't show up at all (although it did flash for a second before that result page refreshed and changed without being asked to!). This used to work like a charm for me, what's changed and how can I change it back? Things are normal in firefox, it responds as I expect it to...
As I was pulling away from the parking spot along the street this morning, my car ran over this gray light metal thing. I'm guessing that this cantaloupe-sized object fell off from the bottom of my car, but what is it and is this vital?? [more inside]
I'm going to a costume party for Halloween. The theme is 80s and 90s cartoon characters. Help me find a costume that won't be expensive or challenging to move around in, but will be awesome. [more inside]
Are there any libraries in the world that allow visitors to actually handle or look at very rare books?
Are there any libraries in the world that allow visitors to actually look closely at very rare books? [more inside]
Have you escaped office drudgery and/or being controlled in a job to launch your own independent, creative, fulfilling career? Please tell me about it. [more inside]
I've been asked by a family member to set up a small business site to be used for displaying images of products for sale. As I don't really want to get too involved, I need a CMS that's easy to use and maintain and figured WordPress to be a good fit. However, I'm having trouble finding just the right image gallery behaviour. [more inside]
Leaving my SO for art? Is this right? [more inside]
How does study abroad work for adults? [more inside]
I am going to be a suffragette for Halloween. [more inside]
Exoticfruitfilter: Madeira banana-pineapple? [more inside]
I need to add a caption to many user-submitted photos at once, and regularly. Best solution? Bonus: any way to automate that process with a tumblr blog? Dbl bonus: free? [more inside]
OK, I need some career/job advice. I have an M.Sc. in physics and essentially no non-academic experience. I'm looking for left-field suggestions about what kinds of jobs I should be looking for. [more inside]
Hey, Im looking for some good books to give me an intro / primer on financial analysis. Im applying to a job working under a corporate financial manager. It would be great if the book had a good intro to accounting and went over some corporate finance basics and basics in financial analysis in: financial planning, accounting, operations analysis, auditing, forecasting, treasury/cash management, or commercial finance [more inside]
Help an audio noob figure out what kind of sound system would be good enough to play music at a small party in a large space. Would a home audio system be sufficient? [more inside]
Short version: I have a never-used-still-wrapped-in-plastic mattress. I have been instructed to donate it. To whom should I give it? [more inside]
Quick-fix singing tips? [more inside]
I would like to listen to some new diverse music mix podcasts. Please advise. [more inside]
Does it ever work in the wrong order? [more inside]
Pregnant and Scared: How to have a baby and a life? Advice desperately needed: Were you somehow able to fulfill your dreams (travel, career, etc.) with a baby, especially if you were middle class (or lower) economically? If so, how did you do it? [more inside]
Inspired by this Conceptual Knitting project. What are some fun long term projects where I can do some small thing every day and end up with something cool after X amount of time. [more inside]
Where to have 4-color postcards printed? [more inside]
I accepted a job abroad. I bought a plane ticket. They haven't sent me my contract. Now what? [more inside]
Every so often I come across awesome business cards online, today Design milk has 10 of the most awesome I have seen. Where does one get cards of this quality made?
How to best run a table top RPG with two people alternating between being the game master and playing a character? [more inside]
Please recommend a photo printer. [more inside]
I broke up with my first girlfriend of 2 years last night; did I do the right thing? / What am I doing with my life? *CAUTION: WALL OF TEXT *
I broke up with my first girlfriend of 2 years last night; did I do the right thing? / What am I doing with my life? *CAUTION: WALL OF TEXT * [more inside]
Can borderline iron deficiency still cause symptoms? [more inside]
I have to be in a wedding this week and I really don't feel like dealing with the new request about having to wear heels. And I look like a WIDE LOAD in this stupid dress I have to wear. Help me calm down. [more inside]
Somewhere I heard that goats are sensitive to pesticides and won't taste plants -- not even blackberries -- that have been sprayed with fungicides or herbicides. Anyone with goat experience know whether there's truth to this?
How can I sell a ton of microUSB chargers? [more inside]
Looking for advice to better manage my mental energy so I can accomplish more. [more inside]
London filter: I need to get to Heathrow airport Terminal 5. [more inside]
Bookfilter: looking for fantasy novels without the entrenched sexism. An impossible task? There are plenty of fantasy stories in which the woman proves herself equal to the men, but that's not what I'm looking for. I want a setting in which that proof simply isn't necessary. [more inside]
IP Cameras or security system? So, in a follow up to this question, we've moved into another house, also without a security system. (Much better neighborhood, and a watchful older neighbor across the street, however) The landlord is fine with us having a security system installed. However, my dad has an IP camera installed in his house, which takes photos of movement (also can track sound) and emails them to him. Which do you recommend - ip cameras or security system? Any suggestions for either? [more inside]
I recently visited my mother and noticed that while she has an extensive collection of family photos on display, there are none of my partner and/or me. [more inside]
Theoretically: If a musician doesn't make any money/ask for any money (no merch, no money for playing shows, no cds pressed) can they sample anything (from music and movies) they want for use in their works?
Do I have to disclose a confidential severance package to unemployment if the terms of the package limited both parties to confidentiality? [more inside]
Looking for downtown Pittsburgh apartment recommendations. [more inside]
Where do I buy electronics components in southern Brooklyn (or lower Manhattan)? [more inside]
Is downloading videos and music a likely source of large amounts of outgoing network traffic from my computer?
Is downloading videos and music a likely source of large amounts of outgoing network traffic from my computer? [more inside]
If an employer makes a change to your compensation, how far back can they deduct money? What is the best way to get what I think I am owed? [more inside]
I have a tumblr that is getting decently popular. If I want to become more of an established blogger, do I need to use a different platform? [more inside]
I'm back in school after several years of not thinking about essays. I forgot how to do everything! How do I cite an essay in a textbook in MLA format? [more inside]
What's the best way to replace the toilet seat on a one-piece Kohler toilet? I can't reach the back of the seat mounts -- everything is enclosed. [more inside]
Another dreaded Halloween Costume thread. This one is for the plus-sized gals. [more inside]
The hero thinks he killed an innocent -- examples of this trope in comic books or comic book movies? Couldn't find it on tvtropes.org [more inside]
I regularly need to clear out 15-20 gallons of water from a basin. What would be an appropriate pump for this, and what other accessories would be required? I need the water to be as close to completely drained as possible. There is a sink nearby to drain the water into. Specific links to actual pumps and accessories would be very helpful! [more inside]
Identifying an unmarked vintage erotica 33rpm LP record album? [more inside]
How can my folks find out what this medical bill is for? [more inside]
Please help me find therapist in north jersey. Preferably one that specializes in depression for young women (late 20s). Bonus points if they have experience with sleep disorders. [more inside]
What do you think should be on a university science department's website? If you were a student researching/applying for an UG or Masters program, or someone generally interested in the dept, what would you like to see and where? Alternatively, what are good examples of science dept. websites that you have seen? [more inside]
this is potentially the strangest/most important question asked on askmetafilter: In the film The Vanishing, Kiefer Sutherland's character at one point is wearing a hat with hands on the front that clap together. First, does anyone know what I'm referring to? and secondly do you know where I can find one? i've checked ebay - they don't have it (unless "clap hat" is the wrong thing to type in). thanks for any help.
Getting tap water to taste like Evian? [more inside]
3 weeks in Ha Noi / Vietnam - can you please advise on accommodation and give some general advice. [more inside]
I'm interested in setting up a PID and thermocouple to use a slow cooker for sous vide. Most guides are kind of handwavy about this process. What should I look for in a PID? Are parts from Ebay reliable enough, or are they likely to be unreliable (either in terms of holding it near 1-2 Fahrenheit of the target temp or not lasting more than a few projects) or not work? Or what about using an Arduino? [more inside]
I'm crafting my first real substantial diorama (read: not made out of construction paper and a shoe box) and I need some construction assistance. Bonus! It's the ice planet of Hoth! [more inside]
Please recommend a good bug tracker. Free, or close to free, of course! [more inside]
Looking for first-hand experiences of the Camino de Santiago--with potentially complicating health issues. Can it be done? [more inside]
Please recommend Heatmap system for a website. [more inside]
How to clean carbamide peroxide out of work clothes (one non-iron shirt, poly blend pants)? Soak & hope for best or dry cleaner STAT? [more inside]
I started Yasmin birth control 3 months ago because my doctor thought it would help regulate my hormones. The first month was rough but the last two months were great. This month I wanted to skip my withdrawal bleeding so I started another strip without the stop/placebo week. I am now on day 7 of this strip, and for the last three days I have been having a rather bad headache. I never have headaches three days in a row, and also see no other reason for them. Been outside all weekend, got enough sleep, no changes in food. I don't find much about this on the internet. Should/could I just take a stop-week now, have a withdrawal bleeding, and hope the headache goes away? (and start with a new strip next week?) Should I wait it out? Any experiences?
I distinctly remember seeing an episode of My Little Pony (original series, around 15 years ago) that involved the ponies using some sort of walk/ride through (via conveyer belt) machine to clean themselves or make themselves up pretty - somewhat like a car wash. Did such an episode really exist? I'll be stumped if it didn't, it's so clear in my mind. [more inside]
My ex has developed stuttering when he talks to me. Am I being played? Is there such a thing as emotionally-caused stuttering? [more inside]
How can I dress and look like Shelley Duvall? [more inside]
How can I realign a clothesline on a pulley 30 feet off the ground without a ladder or the handyperson? [more inside]
I'm thinking about having a suit custom-made. I have read the AskMe archives (and the English Cut website) on custom-made clothes, but most of them refer to men's suits. What should I look for (and ask for) in a woman's suit? [more inside]
What are some good bars in NYC for making out? [more inside]
Why do my hands swell when going from cool to warm temperature? [more inside]
Which are the best Tintin stories? [more inside]
Real estate: can our seller back out of the contract since we were late in satisfying a Notice to Perform?
We're in escrow on a house in southern CA, and were recently the unhappy recipients of a Notice to Buyer to Perform (or more accurately our realtor was, by email.) We got the contingencies lifted but did not quite do so within the 48 hour period dictated by the form, and now the seller wants out. Can they now back out legally? [more inside]
I'm a captain of a college Ultimate Frisbee team looking to reach out to companies for sponsorship options / free samples. Does anyone have any personal experience or advice for reaching out to companies like this? [more inside]
Do any independent video game stores still exist in the South Bay? [more inside]
What's that chewing noise in the attic? [more inside]
Is it okay to let our cat sit outside our window? [more inside]
So I stumbled on a campaign poster for Joe Edwards for Pitkin County Commissioner (CO) a silkscreen by Thomas W Benton. Both are famous for their connection to Hunter S. Thompson. Joe Edwards was the first Freak Power Candidate and was almost elected as Mayor of Aspen with Thompson as his Campaign Manager. Benton also did the Famous Aspen Wall Posters and designed the HST for Sheriff posters and I believe the Gonzo Double Thumb Fist Art. There is no info out there about the scarcity of this specific print. The guy who wrote the book on Benton is wanting to buy it and I have no idea where to start haggling.
If Google Photo gives me unlimited photos for free why should I keep my Flickr Pro account? [more inside]
Do columnists write their own columns?
Does it make any difference what kind of hard drive I buy to put in an external USB 2.0 enclosure in terms of transfer speed?
Does it make any difference what kind of hard drive I buy to put in an external USB 2.0 enclosure in terms of transfer speed? [more inside]
An acquaintance of mine said, "He's fixated on that faggot. . .I bet he's afraid that after a few drinks. . ." I was shocked at the use of that word, then confused by the ending implication.* Is my Australian friend homophobic or is this a cultural difference in word connotation? [more inside]
How can I reassign one of the character keys on my macbook to type a different character? [more inside]
Looking for tights that feel more like leggings - essentially I want "footed leggings." [more inside]
Looking for information on international drivers license for driving in the US. [more inside]
I am embarrassed to have to ask this, but I have apparently completely forgotten how to get multiple Google calendars to show up in iCal in Lion. [more inside]
Springerle cookies in Buffalo? [more inside]
[Fertility filter] I've been trying fruitlessly to get pregnant for about 10 months. At what point do we talk to a doctor? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
Urgently seeking recommendations for an Adult ADHD expert in the SF Bay Area who also has expertise with anxiety disorders. [more inside]
The Canadian Wheat Board's monopsony is being abolished. If I were a wheat farmer in Saskatchewan, what could I expect to see over the next five years? [more inside]
Neoprene of plastic? 3mm or 5.5mm? Pockets or no pockets? Help me choose my first pair of waders! [more inside]
Rename my public radio show! (Details inside.) [more inside]
If you were to make a mohawk-shaped headdress composed of snakes, how would you go about it? [more inside]
I'm looking for a Greek liqueur called 'tentura' in Los Angeles, CA, USA. The usual big box alcohol vendors don't seem to have it, and a few Greek specialty shops didn't either. Anyone know of a source?
Is there a way to find out who own's a house? There was a house for rent about a year ago that my girlfriend and I liked the look/price of a lot, but it got filled before we sought any information. Is there some way to be notified if this house comes up for rent again without knocking on the door and asking the renters? My apologies if this is an obvious thing most adults know.
What is this brick structure in my yard? [more inside]
I have replaced the flapper, flush valve, overflow tube, spud washer, bolts, and gaskets. A big leak (spontaneous refilling every 1-2 hours) has become a small leak (2" drop in water level in 12 hours). Now what should I do to make it stop entirely? [more inside]
Am working on a project to photograph some weeds in my area as pictorial reference for allergy patients. I can find pictures of specimens, but I must use original work. When I go out weed hunting, I cannot tell the difference between mustard or golden rod or ragweed (for example). Any ideas for a field guide, including a budding botanist? This is for Southern California.
Group Decision Processes for Relationship and Family Planning-Filter: How do you discuss and organize all the variables that go into making important life decisions with your partner? [more inside]
Can you recommend online resources to help me memorize the anatomy of several animals for a biology test? [more inside]
Which therapeutic lights for SAD do you like best? [more inside]
What effect would licking a common English toad have on humans? [more inside]
Tell me how IUD replacement compares with first-time insertion of an IUD. [more inside]
Safari redrawing every tab – is this a known problem? [more inside]
Help me prep as an applicant in an imaginary interview for a junior programming position centered around Linux shell scripts, PHP, and Python, with an emphasis on processing text and URLs (availability, routing, etc). [more inside]
ADD Filter (YANMD) - I am at the end of my rope with my ADD symptoms and feel stuck in the fact that heart issues prevent me from going on something like Straterra. Any other options or suggestions? [more inside]
"Chicken Diane in only 30 minutes!" Please help me track down the name of this 1980s-90s quick-recipe card subscription service advertised on U.S. television. [more inside]
Please help me find some Columba Cream! Difficulty: Canadian. [more inside]
So, I'm a thirty year old guy who has spent the majority of his life openly and continuously telling anyone who even looked like they had a modicum of interest that he wants to write a book. Fiction, philosophy, fantasy, something. The problem is, once I've finished work and I go home I'm also a thirty year old secret slacker who finds that every time he tries to actually sit down and write, I go through something like these stages. [more inside]
Is it possible to bulk edit references in Reference Manager 10 (Network) and, if so, how do I do so? [more inside]
Help me come up with an awesome Halloween costume for my dog! [more inside]
(UK) I want to sell things but I don't want to have to buy or hold any stock. Possible? Is there a name for such a business? How is it done? [more inside]
Say I have a computer (Mac) with a web cam. What's a good way to build an otherwise simple program that can record and play back what happens on the web cam? (With the audio) [more inside]
Seeking a recommendation for a medical marijuana evaluation in Oakland/Berkeley. [more inside]
Just what is it I see from my car that is off at the side of the road? [more inside]
This is the only thing I miss from my Android phone. On my Android phone, I could hold the search key and say, out loud, "navigate to 123 main street" or "navigate to the nearest drugstore" or "navigate to John's house" ... and Google Nav would open and begin navigating. Does anything voice-activated like that exist for iPhone? [more inside]
I don't want my sister, hospitalised in the U.K. to die in pain. She will die soon of anal cancer and surgical complications including an extremely painful fistula. I would like to know if she has legal rights to be kept pain free, even if that leads to death. I know doctors can make that choice. I would like to know if she can also make the choice. I do not live in England, and cannot stay with her until she dies, others of the family will be with her. [more inside]
I'm looking for an electronic music recommendation. My past experience with electronic music has been Aphex Twin "Selected Ambient Works", The Orb "Orb's Adventures..." and "U.F.Orb", Orbital (first three albums). Any suggestions? [more inside]
Hi all, I am helping to organize a charity walk/run in Quebec and we are looking for a solution to print a large quality version of the route to have around at the race site. Do you know of any way to do this? Screenshots of a googlemap printed on legal paper are still less readable than I would like. Thanks for your help! [more inside]
Help me sort out this ridiculous dating situation. Please. [more inside]
My car was recently totaled. I'm switching to Zipcar, but I've read that Zipcar's insurance isn't enough (e.g., here and here). Which parts of my current insurance policy should I keep? [more inside]
Avoiding injury in Judo, exercise? [more inside]
I've heard of these great Mac tools, but how do they work for the humanities? I'm a PC person working with some Mac users who want to organize their scholarly lives. I know that Papers, Mendeley, Bookends, and Sente are mentioned as excellent Mac programs, but according to various forum posts around the web I've heard that they're far better for the sciences. Can anyone recommend these for use in the humanities? [more inside]
This morning, I accidentally took too much of my (legally prescribed) Adderall — 40mg rather than 20. This is still a fairly low dose and I'm not worried about health consequences, but I sure do feel like flaming dogshit. Suggestions? [more inside]
My website's domain is not resolving after ≈60 hours. The test link from the hosting service is working fine. The nameservers are correctly assigned over at my registrar. What gives? [more inside]
I love Aveda's Phomollient Styling Foam, but dang, does it ever run out fast for the price. I'm looking for a cheaper alternative. [more inside]
How hard is it really to get canned pumpkin in Ireland? [more inside]
Book recommendations sought for my wife. Details inside. [more inside]
How can a US citizen register a .ES domain? [more inside]
[credit unions in maryland or dc]: looking for recommendations. [more inside]
How can I find where the U.S. ranks internationally in graduate degrees awarded in engineering, computer science and math? [more inside]
Super high blood pressure during anesthesia? [more inside]
Would you help me pack a Polish working-man's lunch? [more inside]
I'm in the USA. How can I watch the House of Commons debate the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster which is scheduled to begin at 2PM EST, 1900 BST today? [more inside]
What are the best questions to ask a potential employee to identify that they are knowledgable and effective as a I.T. professional? [more inside]
I am going to be abroad for a while, 1-3mos, and I'd like to take my external hard drives with me to a place where they have different electrical outlet. Can I still access these drives without possibly destroying everything? [more inside]
How much money flows between companies, consumers, etc? [more inside]
New Yorkers, when a very dear friend visits from out of town, do you pick them up at Penn Station or do you have them catch a cab? [more inside]
I’m sick, or overworked, or both, and need to come up with a plan to deal with it and not lose my job. My doctor hasn’t been able to find what’s wrong or help me get better. I love my work but it’s stressful, and getting worse as I get worse. I may need extended time off but not sure how to do it, or if that is even the best solution. [more inside]
How much to tell a potential new love about past infidelity [more inside]
There are ants in my laptop. What now? [more inside]
Can I use Find My iPhone with Macintosh 10.6? Friends and husband tell me to set it up, but can't find it on my Mac. Found the App and put that on the phone, but shouldn't there be an App on my Macintosh to find the phone?
General contractor is incommunicado and will not return to repair his worker's error. He now asks that I deduct what I think is right from what's owed. Not sure how much to pay. [more inside]
I received an email the other day from someone who claims they have a client who wants to advertise on my blog, which I only started a couple of months ago. I can't tell if it's legit, and I'm wondering how best to find out. I don't have any advertising on my blog, nor do I have any mentions of seeking advertisers. [more inside]
Why do public parks have closing times? How are those closing times justified to serve the public good? [more inside]
I have a decent sized pear tree in my backyard...in Minnesota...so the growing season is far too short to yield edible fruit from the tree. Can I simply: 1) cut it down; 2) dig up the roots of the tree; 3) plant an apple tree in the same hole; 4) and start getting apples after a few years? Or is there a lot more to it that I don't know that I don't know?
Kindle email, whispernet and personal documents [more inside]
Is there a site like "instantwatcher.com" for Amazon Prime? [more inside]
Where can I find the community aspect of a church without any religion whatsoever? [more inside]
My dad is 63. He's been diagnosed with pancreatitis, but there are a whole host of complicating factors, for that and for everything else. I'm at pretty much the end of my tether. Some advice? [more inside]
Tips on growing winter greens? [more inside]
Every few years I enjoy reading Jostein Gaarder's The Christmas Mystery. Can you suggest other rituals or stories that follow the advent structure? [more inside]
So I work in a non-profit (education-centric) and I've been asked to put together a new Mac system to help me in my video editing work. I also need to archive 20 years' worth of videos and keep them safe. I could really use your help! [more inside]
Does .Net require an extension (e.g. '.aspx') on URL rewrites? I seem to see it that way everywhere, but that doesn't seem right. [more inside]
Help me learn about spies and spying. [more inside]
In about two weeks time, Stockholm city will cut down one of the oldest oak trees in the city. How to preserve a leaf? [more inside]
What is a non-itunes brand of mp3 player that allows me to transfer my music folders to it and access them exactly how I access them on my computer? [more inside]
Please help me understand the various fluoride percentages in toothpaste, and find the highest level of fluoride in over-the-counter paste. [more inside]
Good Roy Lichtenstein biography? [more inside]
Mosquitoes have been buzzing in my ears and keeping me awake at night. How do I either keep them away from me or block out the noise? I have good earplugs, but I imagine they'd be uncomfortable to wear while I sleep. I live in Sydney, Australia and I'm not sure why there are so many mosquitoes. I'm okay with killing them.
I'm 31, and not overweight, but I don't trust my knees anymore. Is there anyway to restore that trust? [more inside]
Smart SMS tricks for a dumb phone? [more inside]
What can anyone tell me about "The WELL"? [more inside]
There are "novels" and then there are "books". I want some "books" to read that are creepy and fast-paced and, preferably, modern. These "books" I speak of are generally the "pocket"-sized ones, about 8 by 4 inches and thick and cheap and pulpy and gripping. I'm thinking of stuff by authors like Jeff Long (Year Zero, The Descent), Scott Smith (The Ruins), Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, even Matthew Reilly to an extent. [more inside]
Recommend me a video camera to use capturing sports action. I'm looking for a USB camera for use outside that can send live capture to a Win7 machine. It should have a wide auto-focus, software to instantly review the feed. I've reviewed previous Mefi posts, and can't decide whether a web cam, stand-alone Hd camcorder, or something like a Flip or helmet cam would be suitable. Right now the Contour or GoPro are considerations, but I'm unsure of the software side. Price is not really important, but I dont' want to spend $500.
Yet another Halloween costume question: Lady's mid-thigh pleather semi-rounded toes high heeled (not stiletto) boots with lots of buckles and straps and lacing with some studs. Ideas for a centerpiece for a costume for a guy? [more inside]
Parents who were still cosleeping at one year: can you give me your stories of transitioning your little darlings to their own beds/rooms? [more inside]
What to gift a polo enthusiast? [more inside]
LifePlansFilter: I’m currently enrolled in graduate school in a masters of secondary education in art program. I enrolled as a way to explore my creativity in studio classes, and also as something to do during unusual life circumstances. Being in this program will continue to be an option for me for a limited time. Should I take the requisite courses I need to complete the program or should I keep taking whatever classes I want and drop out of the program when I leave? Many details within. [more inside]
Best fashion blogs of the moment? I'm not interested in being informed of what's in style at the moment, I just want to look at some cool outfits: Male, female or in-between, from any place. [more inside]
Anyone go through the American Housing Survey interview? What happens? How intrusive is it? [more inside]
What is this classical song (short clip on guitar inside)? [more inside]
Reformed exes- "suck it and see", or leave it alone? [more inside]
What is the single thing, aside from medication, that has helped you most with your ADHD/chronic disorganization? [more inside]
How should I manage my workflow for researching and writing a nonfiction book using Evernote and other tools? [more inside]
Recommended psychics in NYC? [more inside]
Does anyone have a guess at how much I could sell this Chinese room dividing screen for? [more inside]
Native Instrument's Absynth 5 question: I can't see the database version of the browser only the file structure page so I can't really search. [more inside]
How do I calculate the static pressure resulting from the transition of a 12" air duct to an 8" duct, given a target CFM of 2,000 CFM? [more inside]
Different foods and breastfeeding - looking for real evidence. [more inside]
What's the best Mac program you've found to take notes for school lectures? [more inside]
Reminded of that Opie and Anthony stunt severeal years ago...We've been playing a game coming up with what we think would be the most exciting/dangerous/easiest/etc. places to have sex in 'public' in New York City. Help me come up with the winning ideas... Reasons for why it's dangerous/easy/exciting/amazing/practically impossible are appreciated.
Where can I find good value beginner's fencing classes in NYC? [more inside]
Please help me find a purpose in life. [more inside]
I'm sporting some pretty awesome, consensually-obtained bruises in some choice places this week, which I certainly wasn't planning on showing to my doctor. Now I just realized I'm almost out of birth control and need to go for my annual women's health checkup to get more. Am I going to run into any problems? (NSFW) [more inside]
Does anyone know how or why 72 degrees fahrenheit was decided as the ideal ambient temperature for humans? is there any scientific basis for this number at all? seems like it makes sense, but why 72, instead of 73 or 71? any ideas when, where, how or why this came into practice? Thanks! /bc
What are best Halloween events in the Baltimore area? [more inside]
Where can I find Reebok Alien Stompers in NYC? [more inside]
Can you help me pinpoint the perfect messenger/shoulder bag? [more inside]
Never dated someone I didn't already know. Some advice on dating protocol? [more inside]
My girlfriend wants to know how to go about shaking her booty. [more inside]
Why do people throw teabags in the sink instead of throwing them in the garbage can? [more inside]
Awesome: I'm a homebrewer with access to a steady stream of free food-grade buckets. Not so awesome: Pickle buckets. How do I get the smell out? [more inside]
What is it about my apartment that makes me so itchy!?! [more inside]
YANML: Can you recommend a lawyer with experience with eviction law in Atlanta, GA (Fulton County)? [more inside]
So I'm a 23-year-old guy with curly hair. My hairstyle has been based almost entirely on neglect since I was born. Time to grow up. How does a guy get away with curly hair in 2011? [more inside]
My 10 yr old daughter loves arts. She likes to do all kinds of crafts. She also like to draw and paint. She has been taking drawing lessons. But the problem is that she doesn't like her drawing teacher. She told me that she does not want to spend time learning sketching, drawing still life. She found trying to draw people very frustrating. She said that she wants to just learn painting. She enjoys playing with colors and patterns. So I decide to look around for more suitable teachers. But without much knowledge of on this subject myself, I want to know if there are teachers who would teach kids painting without trying to build basic drawing skills. How to talk to art teachers to see if they can work well with my daughter. Will a better teach be able to motivate her into practicing drawing with less frustration? Thanks
Anywhere online I can watch the replay of the All Blacks / Wallabies semi final game at the RWC? I see I can watch it at the RWC main site in 72 hours, hoping for something sooner than that. [more inside]
Complete Parmesan cheeses in Milan, bicycle wheel sized paella pans in Barcelona...what are some other products considered everyday enough to be stocked in a particular country or region's supermarkets - yet which would be considered very unusual elsewhere?
Creativity filter - constructive use for many lengths of 42" long soft steel wire ( 0.086" diameter - approximately 12 gauge ) [more inside]
What does the "principle of dissolvent rationality" mean in Chapter 1 of The Dialectic of Enlightenment? [more inside]
I may be purchasing a used Berkel bread slicer — the model is MB (it may be MBSS, since the whole model is stainless steel). It currently has a 3/8" slice size. I need it changed to a 1/2" slice size. Do you have a recommendation for a service center in or around NYC that could do the job well without breaking the bank? [more inside]
Will my rug shed forever? [more inside]
We have a new house and huge yard. We're eager to fill it with plantlife. In fact, we're a little too eager and found some good prices, so we already bought over 200 seedlings, half of which are kale and chard. We live in Davis, CA, in the CA central valley near Sacramento, in the west region that is known for particularly clay-y soil. Our main source of garden information is from: http://daviswiki.org/gardening *** See inside for 9 questions we have as last-minute uneducated gardeners.... [more inside]
Any one have personal experience with Giant Bubbles that you're willing to share? [more inside]
Help me find this unique, snowflake-y sports bra for dance/yoga. [more inside]
Help me get through to my dad about respecting my privacy now that I no longer live with him. [more inside]
What are some of the best blogs, websites, newsletters, etc. that explore the innovative uses of (and issues related to) technology and social media in K-12 education? [more inside]
So I think I've had enough and I'm going to close out my BofA account tomorrow. Any good credit union/co-op recommendations for Los Angeles? [more inside]
My boyfriend is not putting effort into our relationship to the same degree I am? [more inside]
I am a freelance writer writing a piece about people who have done fun things that copy popular cultural and musical icons. For instance, people who have stood on the corner in Winslow Arizona, or have crossed the street at Abbey Lane, or who have had the phone number 867-5309, or who have a soccer ball named Wilson. [more inside]
Does buying a new iPod Touch as a gift for my wife still make sense now? Considering the iPhone... [more inside]
My boss called me at 1:45am to ask me to come in early the next day. Is that as outrageous as I think it is? [more inside]
I'm thinking about upgrading my computer. I was wondering if there was a motherboard that had a better - or at least comparable integrated graphics card to mine, a GeForce 8400GS. [more inside]
I think it would be cool if I could carve little wooden toy animals for my recently-born daughter. Something like these, maybe with a little more detail. Please hope me! [more inside]
Can you identify the random bits of technology in this photo of Steve Jobs' home office?
I'm recording Skype calls using Audio Hijack, and finding that the resulting AIFF files are pretty big and hard to send. What's the easiest way to compress them (to where they're still good listening quality), either via iTunes or RealPlayer or some other app?
What kind of shoes do you think I could wear with this dress? [more inside]
I fly every Sunday and Friday for the next several months. Help me stay healthy and sane. [more inside]
Is there an agency or organization to complain to when an insurance company denies a test that results in extended but easily avoidable pain & suffering? [more inside]
Does Wordpress support display of blog posts in English + East-Asian languages, natively or out of the box? [more inside]
Have any of you purchased ThinkGeek's Bag of Holding messenger bag? It seems perfect for me (huge capacity, neutral color, numerous pockets, ever-so-slightly geeky) but so many Amazon reviews mention that the zippers break or come apart easily. If not, do you have recommendations for a similar bag? [more inside]
If you were unlucky in love for most of your life, but then things finally changed and you met the mate you feared you never would, what changed? Or was it just a matter of persistence? [more inside]
Help me translate some Spanish (Spain) to English, and understand the significance of what it says. [more inside]
I feel like I'm stuck in that awkward phase of a relationship between dating and when things become serious. I'm ready for something more. I'm not sure my boyfriend is, and I'm concerned. Snowflakes abound. [more inside]
Where can I find a good stainless steel 60 inches ruler? [more inside]
I'm pretty sure my female cat has a urinary tract infection -- she's dragging her butt, licking herself all the time, going to the litter box a lot, etc. I'm going to take her to the vet, but I'm having trouble finding one that's open on Sundays. Is it okay for this to wait until Monday or should I go to an emergency animal hospital?
Is it realistic to find a non-religious man who doesn't watch porn regularly? [more inside]
Florida law question: Dear Florida litigators, is there a general rule governing the deadline by which a party must file a Response or an Opposition to a motion in a civil action (e.g. X days before the hearing)? I've looked at the Florida Rules of Court and didn't find a rule on point. But I'd be gobsmacked if there wasn't a rule of some kind.
Halloween Costume Filter: I want to be Macho Man Randy Savage for Halloween (the cowboy hat version) [more inside]
Is there a really good story-driven Xbox 360 game that I can play through in one afternoon? [more inside]
This insider perspective on the management culture at Google and Amazon by Steve Yegge is absolutely fascinating and educational. Where else can I get information like this on the culture of various software organizations? [more inside]
While I was at work this evening, my wife had to call the cops on a guy doing something really horrific in our apartment complex. The guy left before the cops showed up. We're terrified. What now? Details, possible animal cruelty triggers, after jump... [more inside]
How do you adjust plastic eyeglass frames? I have always had wire frames which are easily adjusted (and easily knocked out of true). Can plastic frames be adjusted? Do they need adjusting? Any other opinions on plastic vs. wire?
How should I go about finding internships at start-ups? I am getting a master's in Accounting (my BA is in English and I also have an MA in Writing). I'm 25 and, not wanting the make the same mistake as last time, I know I need to do some internships and get experience. I'm really interested in start-ups, I might even start my own company one day, but right now I want to get involved in one. [more inside]
I need help finding a specific blue/grey Red Bull beanie. It's more important than you'd guess! [more inside]
Clever name for a cat? [more inside]
Ok, probably a stupid question, but... with the iCloud, what's the advantage of the larger hard drive sizes on the iPhone 4S? [more inside]
A couple years ago I ate at a restaurant called Bread in NYC. I believe this is the restaurant. They had mindblowingly awesome tomato soup. Do you know the recipe this restaurant uses? [more inside]
Will updating my Mac software (from Leopard to Snow Leopard) re-lock my iphone? [more inside]
AskMefi type board for woodworking and metal work DIY projects? [more inside]
Looking for an easy-to-throw-together male costume for a party with dress code "Neon Geisha, Renegade Replicant, Mechanical Doll, Retro Glamour, Femmebot Fatale, Electroglam, Gothic Renaissance, New Romantic, Blitz Kid, Cyberpunk, Electric Witch, Blade Runner Realness..." [more inside]
Why the heck did my butter turn purple? [more inside]
I'm looking for a wrist watch with these features: Digitial, water proof/resistant, an easy way to monitor my or someone else's heart rate in an emergency situation, and a timer that I can easily set for 2 to 5 minutes so I know when to administer additional meds if my dog has a seizure. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Where can I buy grapefruit pajama pants? [more inside]
Need some datapoints on body piercing. [more inside]
I am trying to find the name of a short story that involved a socially awkward actor brought out of his shell romantically by Shakespeare's words. [more inside]
What are these ants on my patio doing? Every day, all day, a few ants will bring little specks of what looks like dirt (could be something else, like decayed ants) and leave it on my patio. They do not make a pile, but spread it out. Every day the sprinklers come on at midnight and wash all that stuff back down towards the ants, and as soon as it is dry they start again. Why are they doing this? I feel like the ants are littering on my patio. If it helps I live in north Dallas. Thank you! (I do not think it is them trying to get infected ants out of the nest, but maybe. It was my first thought.)
Flying Burrito Brothers : The Eagles as Brooks and Dunn : The Louvin Brothers as John Coltrane : ?? [more inside]
Is there a way to buy custom printed or molded candy other than M&Ms - ideally lifesavers or similar. And I'm not talking about just a logo on the wrapper... [more inside]
I really like birthdays. I want to have the longest birthday that is technically possible. How do I achieve this? [more inside]
How do I find out what (really scary) just happened to me on the subway platform? [more inside]
Trying to find out where a particular ethnic (Muslim?) women's costume comes from. Too shy to take a photo. Does anyone recognise my description? [more inside]
I've often called my career in architecture glorified itinerant work. The fact is that I need to go where the jobs are. So, despite having confidence in my position for the next six months to two years, I recently decided to start brushing up my public facing networking tools. In particular this means LinkedIn, and I decided to send a request for recommendations to many folks I have worked with over the past decade and a half at several positions. The result has been pretty gratifying to my ego, but now I realize I need to better understand the etiquette and strategy of how best to post them. [more inside]
How can a person with a conscience watch contact sports? [more inside]
What is your go-to poster? The one that you hang up in your office or bedroom and just derive profound enjoyment from? [more inside]
No Chilton or Haynes manual exists for my 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer ES, and I've been unable to find any equivalent or substitute. How and where can I acquire such an item? (Note: Not looking for the nearly useless Owner's Manual. I want as much technical detail as I can get.)
My MacBook Pro 2011 13" is making an odd noise through the speakers/headphones. Has anybody come across this before? [more inside]
I've been told to invest in an antistatic dust cover for my 24" iMac. Any suggestions? Live in the UK
I grew up in St. Louis, West County, and my family still lives there. After living in New York for 16 years, I'm thinking about moving back in order to be closer to them, but I'm sad to leave Brooklyn. What neighborhoods in St. Louis should I look at? [more inside]
I have lived and worked with a lot of people from different places around the world. From one of these people I have picked up the habit of saying "Thank you kindly" instead of simply "Thank you". Is there a country or region where this is particularly common? [more inside]
Help me get MLKSHK back! [more inside]
I'm looking for the name of a documentary which reunited Third Reich denouncers and their victims. I believe that I saw it in the late nineties, but I can't find any references to it on Google.
Help me come up with a fantastic birthday gift for my husband. Special circumstances make this challenging. (Maybe a little NSFW). [more inside]
Emergency baking question - I don't have the size pan that I thought I had, and am not sure what to do. Help me figure out the alternative! [more inside]
I enjoy going on dates. I do not enjoy navigating a thicket of doublespeak and bullshit in order to figure out what's next. Is there any way around this? [more inside]
I'm attending a friend's birthday party who was born in 1986, hence the party's theme. I'm female, but I've only been able to think of a lot of male costumes that don't get me anywhere (karate kid, tom cruise in top gun, etc). The costume has to be someone/something specific from that year. Help me think of a female costume (preferably quickly since the party is .. tonight)!
Bombastic, histrionic, over-the-top, emotionally cathartic songs? Preferably those especially good played LOUD. [more inside]
I have some iPhone ringtones I've made with GarageBand that are entirely too loud. I cannot figure out how to decrease the volume. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Librarians / reference experts: I'm seeking any information in English about Phùng Thị Chính (other than the stub on Wikipedia).
I'm getting an iPad for my (aging) mother -- what am I missing? How can I make this as simple as possible for her? If it's at all complicated, she won't go for it. [more inside]
For a protest/event/action later today I need sarcastic slogans, chants, and lines about tough the rich have it, and how they can't afford to pay more taxes. [more inside]
I'm 10 weeks pregnant and I am so angry! I have less patience, tolerance, and empathy for everyone and everything. How do I calm down and get a grip? [more inside]
Block spots on my curry leaf plant (Murraya koenigii). What's killing my poor plant? [more inside]
What is a good basic to intermediate financial or cost accounting book that is focused on software/internet companies? [more inside]
I'm in a funk: how do I stop feeling anxious and depressed and build more of a social life? [more inside]
I am just about at my wit's end with my boyfriend. Please recommend a couples counselor in New York (Manhattan, specifically). [more inside]
How can we tactfully decline a very generous offer to deliver food to our house in the first weeks with our new baby? [more inside]
Awaiting delivery of my iPhone 4S and then I will be switching from Android. What do I need to know to make the switch smoothly? Since this will be the first iPhone I've ever really played with at all, are there any tips/tricks for new users that will help me get up and running faster? I know that which apps are considered "have to's" depends a lot on what you are into, but are there any particular apps that I should be looking at first to help get me started? What do you wish you'd known as you set up your first iPhone/Apple product?
How to restore the sheepskin in Uggs? [more inside]
What is the best way to lower the ambient noise in my bedroom given the following constraints? (Snowflakes inside) [more inside]
Can you suggest must-do's and must-not do's for a road trip from the Chicago area to South Bend (Notre Dame)? [more inside]
I'm thinking of going backpacking with a couple of friends in Southeast Asia for two weeks, and using a GPS tracker with an alert function. Only trouble is, who should I alert, and what could they do? [more inside]
Hi I am in need of software for auction sellers. Something that will track my inventory, final sales, profits and losses, etc. I sell in two different auctions sites ebay and labx so I need something that is not solely for ebay. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
I was advised to take 100 mils of ibuprofen before I go in for a colposcopy and possible cervical biopsy Monday morning. Should I take my last half of a klonopin, or my last ativan, and will these drugs necessitate me asking someone to drive me? [more inside]
I'm looking for a new job or career that has no computer use, no sitting around in chairs, and no driving a van. Can you help me think of ideas? [more inside]
Has anyone gone to a graduate program in graphic design? What was the experience like? And were you able to get a job that would pay off the cost of going into one? [more inside]
Help me find this children's book I would have read in the 80's. It had a psychi