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October 31
Can I unfollow myself for them somehow?
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?
posted by skjønn at 11:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Laundry of doom?
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?
posted by Dilemma at 11:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Strange device!
Asheville, NC. What was this thing I saw downtown? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 10:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Help with Copper IUD
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]
posted by freddymetz at 10:41 PM PST - 27 comments

What is he constantly writing about?
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?
posted by allseeingabstract at 9:31 PM PST - 12 comments

San Francisco - Looking for a sweet spot where I can study during the day.
San Francisco - your recommendations for public study spots with WiFi please! [more inside]
posted by LivinginYes at 8:50 PM PST - 8 comments

How to stop a relationship going any further?
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]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 8:40 PM PST - 43 comments

Serious Problem with the New Google Reader
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.
posted by SocialPsiTina at 8:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me confidently add social media-er director-thing to my resume!
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]
posted by ad4pt at 8:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Kitten vs cat allergies
No one seems to be allergic to my kitten. Are people more allergic to cats than kittens? [more inside]
posted by kerri13 at 7:57 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me find elegance in science and experimental design.
What are the most elegant experiments in all of science? [more inside]
posted by ghostpony at 7:53 PM PST - 35 comments

Suggest some online PS3 coop games?
Recommend some good online multiplayer cooperative games for the PS3? (with a split-screen twist!) [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 7:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Most easily customizable Wordpress framework?
What's the best way to build a website on Wordpress, if the website design has a unique layout? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 7:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Aerobics, and I Can Carry a Tune?
Does aerobic exercise usually measurably improve singing voice? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 7:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Quitting Smoking With A Surprising Lack Of Drama
What's it like quitting smoking with Chantix/Champix at the end of the prescription? [more inside]
posted by fatbird at 7:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Outdoor Colorado Weddings
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.
posted by anonymous at 6:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find an erotic chat room.
Can anybody recommend an erotic chat room(s)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me certify a copy of my Brit passport in LA!
Which is the best way to certify a copy of my UK passport in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh at 6:30 PM PST - 7 comments

How much howling is too much?
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]
posted by rockindata at 5:57 PM PST - 69 comments

Good political debate podcasts?
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]
posted by zardoz at 5:49 PM PST - 7 comments

"Come and do it, come on and do it"
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]
posted by catwash at 5:22 PM PST - 11 comments

What do doulas do?
What is it like to be a doula? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 5:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Yelp! for financial planners?
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]
posted by willbaude at 4:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Not Nutrisystem?
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!
posted by dame at 4:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I buy a small amount of black PVC sheeting?
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]
posted by Brian Puccio at 3:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Google Reader Diaspora
Google Reader's social features just went dark. I'm distraught. What are my alternatives? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 3:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Identify this adult film star
I feel like such a schmuck, but, can anyone help me identify this adult film actress, just from a (SFW) screencap? [more inside]
posted by metaxa at 3:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Is Primerica Evil?
Is Primerica a bad company and would you invest with them? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 2:35 PM PST - 16 comments

I've made up my mind - Salem, OR it is. Now I need some info, please.
Need some info about Salem, OR please... [more inside]
posted by patheral at 2:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Searching for a "letter" written by a father to his miscarried baby
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?
posted by mishmish at 2:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Dance to the music
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]
posted by np312 at 1:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I pay all my tolls online?
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]
posted by andrewesque at 1:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Long term planning
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]
posted by anonymous at 1:39 PM PST - 27 comments

Giving you the future hits today.
I'm searching for digitized archives of Joel Denver's 'Future Hits' radio program from 1984-1992. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 1:21 PM PST - 1 comments

Finding quick work in LA, economy notwithstanding.
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]
posted by brenton at 1:15 PM PST - 25 comments

Nice Guys Finish First?
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]
posted by The Deej at 1:07 PM PST - 23 comments

Nuring the Satan Oar of a Mass of Branches?
What are they lyrics to the song "Moments Before Sleep" by Blue Roses? [MySpace warning] [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee at 1:05 PM PST - 0 comments

Super soft shirt - but where from?
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?
posted by djgh at 12:53 PM PST - 24 comments

Interview the interviewers
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]
posted by omphale27 at 12:49 PM PST - 2 comments

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]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 12:38 PM PST - 0 comments

I call horse shit!
Have you seen a successfully implemented rule requiring horse owners to clean up after their pets? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 12:38 PM PST - 28 comments

Y Kant Anoni Read
Grad student can no longer read. ADD reading strategies sought, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:29 PM PST - 20 comments

Act Casual
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]
posted by anonymous at 12:29 PM PST - 28 comments

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]
posted by rileyray3000 at 12:19 PM PST - 4 comments

A mac, a ps3 and a comcast walk into a bar
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]
posted by Oktober at 11:52 AM PST - 12 comments

Negotiating state employee compensation?
How do I negotiate compensation for a state position? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 11:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me be clear on whether I'm grass-is-greening, or if its time to move on from my job.
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]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 AM PST - 15 comments

research by insiders
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.
posted by dlugoczaj at 11:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Piemaker, PhD
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]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:59 AM PST - 39 comments

What's it like to be a flight attendant in present-day?
What's it like to be a flight attendant? (Present day.) [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 10:51 AM PST - 22 comments

Hmm, lots of people here...
I've just become a new manager, help me understand/improve this public sector service delivery organisation. [more inside]
posted by greytape at 10:50 AM PST - 1 comments

Help me no longer help people
I’m stuck on an IT Help Desk and I’d like to escape. Help! [more inside]
posted by Diskeater at 10:41 AM PST - 10 comments

What Are Best Practices for Landlords in Pittsburgh?
I am buying a 3-family house. One unit has tenants. This is in Pittsburgh, PA. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 9:43 AM PST - 15 comments

"They're all going to laugh at" - Ding Dong!
What's fun to do while waiting for trick-or-treaters? [more inside]
posted by vytae at 9:27 AM PST - 22 comments

Minneapolis / western suburb therapist recommendations?
Therapist recommendations for Minneapolis / western suburbs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 AM PST - 2 comments

LIMS 101
I need a very simple laboratory information management system. [more inside]
posted by roofus at 8:49 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I realize my simple yet amazing software idea?
I need to know the right way to take my groundbreaking software concept from idea to reality. [more inside]
posted by iz0rz at 8:49 AM PST - 34 comments

Like a Christmas tree, except with only two lights
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.
posted by seventyfour at 8:47 AM PST - 6 comments

5500K balanced office = better productivity?
Office Colour Temperature: will I be less tired if the room's fluorescent lamps in the ceiling were daylight balanced to 5500K? [more inside]
posted by querty at 8:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Urethral diverticulum and fear of surgery?
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]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 AM PST - 4 comments

just about ready to quit
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]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 AM PST - 31 comments

I need a small generator to run my fridge; which one?
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]
posted by jenkinsEar at 7:29 AM PST - 14 comments

How do guys move so fast into a new relationship?
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]
posted by Dee123 at 7:10 AM PST - 20 comments

The Winter of My Herbs' Discontent
How do I not kill my herbs this winter? Container gardening in NYC. [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus at 6:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me organize this concept map
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]
posted by griseus at 6:57 AM PST - 8 comments

We need to talk
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]
posted by itmightbecheese at 6:24 AM PST - 35 comments

Now you see it... now you swear!
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!
posted by timpollard at 4:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Trying to figure out Orange is driving me bananas.
Help me understand just what I've gotten myself into with regards to my Orange internet connection. (I'm in France.) [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 3:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Writing a personal contract for a personal loan
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]
posted by dorey_oh at 12:00 AM PST - 26 comments

October 30
Help my phone help me find myself
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?
posted by DoctorFedora at 11:18 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I most effectively learn how to program?
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]
posted by oaklandj at 10:59 PM PST - 17 comments

iPhone iSsues
Can you point me in the right direction to determine if something is wrong with my new iPhone 4S? [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 10:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Fancy Feast makes me feel ill
What is the real deal with cat food? Do my cats need canned food? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 10:00 PM PST - 39 comments

Steadying an unsteady headboard
How to secure my headboard in a more sturdy fashion. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 9:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Options for a foreign student arrested for driving while drunk
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]
posted by farce majeure at 9:04 PM PST - 13 comments

This is not the time to be randomly guessing
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]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! at 8:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Bounced track from Logic won't play in iTunes. Thoughts?
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]
posted by Lutoslawski at 8:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Triceratops is best. There. I said it.
Book identification: dinosaur edition. [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 8:14 PM PST - 11 comments

What sort of set up do I need?
Looking for good speakers for an apartment that can be used by both my TV and my laptop within one room. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 7:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Please stop my cough!
Please help me kill this cough.... [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 7:03 PM PST - 39 comments

In the unlikely event they don't get full-ride scholarships
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.
posted by Ratio at 6:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Living on the edge, breaking the rules.
LaundryFilter: dry cleaning only? Really? How about... [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 6:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Will teflon tape counteract a bad compression ring?
IsMyHouseGoingToFloodFilter: Will a bunch of teflon tape wrapped around a compression ring prevent my toilet shut off valve from leaking? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese at 6:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me remember this quote!
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]
posted by kylej at 6:06 PM PST - 7 comments

It's getting hot in here
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]
posted by backwards compatible at 5:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Block individual website on Android
How can I block individual websites on Android? [more inside]
posted by denverco at 5:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Negative national stereotypes
What are some negative national stereotypes that do not involve Americans as either the -typer or the -typee? [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 5:14 PM PST - 44 comments

What's it like being pregnant near delivery?
What's it like to be pregnant nearing delivery? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood at 5:13 PM PST - 27 comments

Arachnid Identification
What kind of spiders am I evicting from my kitchen? Picture. [more inside]
posted by Dr.Enormous at 5:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Converting VHS to digital and then editing it
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]
posted by Nickel at 4:57 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm excited to stain! Help me not burn my house down!!
How do I (a DIY'er, not professional) properly dispose of stain soaked rags (in Indiana)? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 3:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Managing my clones
What are the best ways to create and deploy Windows 7 images across numbers of often disparate computers? [more inside]
posted by chairish at 3:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Badass female characters needed.
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]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 3:22 PM PST - 92 comments

Please stop screaming and do something
I need recommendations for scary movies featuring strong female characters. [more inside]
posted by sugarbomb at 3:12 PM PST - 32 comments

housemates have anonymous complaints about me
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]
posted by anonymous at 2:46 PM PST - 40 comments

Kamado cookers - worth it or not?
Kamado cookers - worth it or not? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:13 PM PST - 41 comments

How to have my open floor plan cake and also eat the cake without distracting everybody else.
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]
posted by michaelh at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Three coverage in the UK: Do good things come with 3?
Three network coverage in the UK. Is it as bad as the internet suggests? [more inside]
posted by v.barboni at 1:50 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I get more emotion into my singing voice?
How do I get more emotion into my singing voice? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 1:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Oooo what's that smell?!
Drug Filter: How do to keep the smell from being noticed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:36 PM PST - 22 comments

Secular alcoholic recovery support groups in St Louis?
Secular alcoholic recovery support groups in St Louis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:36 PM PST - 4 comments

My Belly is Mysteriously Swelling, Please Help
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]
posted by ZakDaddy at 1:13 PM PST - 17 comments

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]
posted by kitcat at 1:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Short stories, poems, and films about race, age or gender
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]
posted by trigger at 12:30 PM PST - 22 comments

Is China Valves Technology a legitimate company?
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.
posted by gibbsjd77 at 12:07 PM PST - 11 comments

What if my cat isn't MY cat?
I recently adopted a seemingly abandoned cat. We took her to get spayed yesterday, but someone else had gotten there first ... [more inside]
posted by brina at 12:07 PM PST - 36 comments

No symptoms of menopause
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]
posted by infini at 12:01 PM PST - 24 comments

Halloween make-up for black skin?
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]
posted by bluedaisy at 12:00 PM PST - 8 comments

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?
posted by Fizz at 11:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Find some bunny ears for some floppy feet. :)
Where can I get a pair of men's, blue bunny slippers? [more inside]
posted by Kimothy at 11:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Standing on the corner of the road to no regret.
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]
posted by Nomyte at 11:34 AM PST - 1 comments

Modifying 4x2 truck into 4x4
What needs to be done to turn a 4x2 Toyota 2011 Tacoma truck to a 4x4? [more inside]
posted by badger11 at 11:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Help Me Find a White Noise Generator to Replace Our Electric Fan.
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]
posted by Rykey at 11:07 AM PST - 23 comments

Where to buy travel insurance for 1 year around the world backpack trip of a lifetime?
Canadians looking for travel insurance for one year around the world trip? [more inside]
posted by grak88 at 10:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Does my bathroom need a fan?
Does my bathroom need to have a fan? [more inside]
posted by sarae at 9:56 AM PST - 13 comments

please set me up the bomb
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]
posted by gerryblog at 9:43 AM PST - 22 comments

Good Bars for Groups in Portland, OR
Looking for bars in Portland, OR that are good for groups. [more inside]
posted by rachelv at 9:42 AM PST - 3 comments

How friendly is too friendly with an attached man?
Are you a bad person if your guy friend leaves his girlfriend for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:34 AM PST - 57 comments

I can't have vaginal warts if we're both monogamous, right?
I can't have vaginal warts if we're both monogamous, right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:34 AM PST - 22 comments

Is it crazy to have a car in San Francisco?
Is it totally insane to have a car in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by verbyournouns at 9:26 AM PST - 27 comments

Does Amazon know we're both listening, and disapprove?
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]
posted by tomboko at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

What is this magic thing?
What in the heck is this mystery plastic tool type thing I found? [more inside]
posted by kpht at 8:25 AM PST - 17 comments

3 Weeks in London with a 1 year old, what can we do.
3 Weeks in London with a 1 year old, what can we do? [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE at 7:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Remote setup for web video on TV?
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]
posted by crocomancer at 7:26 AM PST - 16 comments

My dad told me all guys were like Parker from Buffy... but they aren't, right?
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]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 AM PST - 34 comments

operation get laid by my birthday
I'm facing down 26 years years of virginity. Help me succeed at Operation: Get Laid By My Birthday. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 29 comments

For a boozy, smelly, wordy, meaty trip...
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]
posted by acidic at 3:47 AM PST - 24 comments

what do you think organizers are looking for in volunteers to a large techy conference?
What do you think that organizers are asking for in volunteers to a large techy conference? [more inside]
posted by hitchcockblonde at 2:55 AM PST - 5 comments

October 29
Give me your education mentoring hacks.
Hope me be the best master teacher/mentor to a student teacher. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers at 11:26 PM PST - 14 comments

How to clean/desmell gasoline from a down jacket
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]
posted by Not Supplied at 11:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Awesome show to see tomorrow in NYC?
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]
posted by amtho at 9:13 PM PST - 17 comments

God Bless This Jacket
Where can I find this men's jacket? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 9:11 PM PST - 6 comments

— · — · — — · — — · ·
Where can I find pictures of all the New York City's "Canyon of Heroes" ticker–tape parade plaques? [more inside]
posted by Jehan at 9:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Cross Country Ski Binding Adapters?
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]
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Tab A goes in which slot again?
Where can I read some good gay erotica? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 8:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Hope me find a word?
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.
posted by jangie at 7:50 PM PST - 20 comments

The one with the turtle ride?
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.
posted by reren at 7:13 PM PST - 18 comments

ProTips for academic job talks
Best job talk ever! Dear academic MeFites, please share your best tips for job talks. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 6:06 PM PST - 21 comments

Can I smoke on the stairs across from my apartment?
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]
posted by ejfox at 4:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Miniature camera and transmitter
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]
posted by Behemoth at 4:13 PM PST - 1 comments

Terry Gilliam I love you, but you're not what I mean
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!
posted by villanelles at dawn at 4:02 PM PST - 22 comments

Paintball with Coworkers. Help!
Company paintball as team-building event coming up. Never played before. Advice? [more inside]
posted by ®@ at 3:30 PM PST - 28 comments

How Do I Encourage How Do I Get My Cat to Feel Safe in Bed Again, After Repeated Kitten Attacks?
How Do I Get My Cat to Feel Safe in Bed Again, After Repeated Kitten Attacks? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 3:26 PM PST - 14 comments

It's Christmas time in the city!
Help us pack Thanksgiving and Christmas with every New York holiday tradition there is. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma at 3:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Apple TV and Me
Tell me about Apple TV. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 3:14 PM PST - 28 comments

Plain granola -- no, really plain
Looking for a plain granola recipe. [more inside]
posted by liet at 3:03 PM PST - 6 comments

What should I make with fake Crab?
Recipes for Krab with a K, also known as "fake crab" or "surimi." Preferably not sushi rolls. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 2:43 PM PST - 24 comments

This American Halloween.
Help me take my Ira Glass costume to the next level. [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto at 2:32 PM PST - 27 comments

Computer Game From 90s?
Help me remember the name of a shareware turn-by-turn space shooter from the mid-nineties. [more inside]
posted by Revort at 2:15 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I get new clients as an introverted financial advisor?
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]
posted by Homo economicus at 2:07 PM PST - 11 comments

How is "market price" for lobster determined?
How is the "market price" of lobster determined? Is there a lobster exchange somewhere? [more inside]
posted by JPDD at 1:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Giving up on research. What next?
Recent bioscience graduate is unsure what to do with his life. Science writing a possibility. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:48 PM PST - 4 comments

What type of health plan should a pregnant person pick?
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]
posted by anonymous at 1:48 PM PST - 22 comments

They tried to make me go to rehab / I said "what?"
Have an interview for an editing job at a rehab clinic. I know nothing about the current state of rehab. Help? [more inside]
posted by pised at 1:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Toronto Girls Night Out?
Downtown Toronto Birthday Fun on a Thursday Night For 2 Ladies? [more inside]
posted by citystalk at 1:17 PM PST - 3 comments

shoes
Where can I find "Party Rock" shoes found on the "Sexy and I know it" video clip?
posted by Bacillus at 1:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Do I need any extra wires/cables/adaptors to fit this radio into my car?
Do I need any extra wires/cables/adaptors to fit this radio into my car? [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 12:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Are these British boots worth the price tag?
Looking for reviews and opinions on Solovair boots or similar Dr. Marten-esque styles. [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Bank accounts for expats?
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]
posted by Ariadne at 12:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Which Samsung TV Apps are the best?
What are the best Samsung TV Apps for watching movies and TV? [more inside]
posted by junipero at 12:04 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I edit a local spreadsheet within Firefox?
How can I make a spreadsheet editable within Firefox? Difficulty: the spreadsheet is stored locally. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 11:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Care for the comatose
What's the current method of caring for patients in a long-term coma? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 11:50 AM PST - 3 comments

What movie is this?
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.
posted by travis08 at 11:35 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I outsource my invoicing?
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]
posted by drlith at 11:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a Daily Show clip
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]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 11:27 AM PST - 3 comments

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]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Lead dust elimination basics
Lead dust contaminated apartment. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 11:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Playlist Please...
MusicFilter: Looking for website or databases that show dj's set lists or peoples playlists based on various factors? [more inside]
posted by MechEng at 11:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Tapas for Tweens
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]
posted by Andrhia at 10:58 AM PST - 48 comments

Wordpress Install on a Subdomain
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]
posted by that's how you get ants at 10:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me quell my irrational response to someone's pity
How to handle unwanted pity and an irrational perceived slight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:38 AM PST - 41 comments

How do I get out of this hole? I dug it myself.
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]
posted by anonymous at 10:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Betting it all, and losing, on Facebook
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?
posted by TheDonF at 10:36 AM PST - 2 comments

How make a FoI request to the EU?
How do I make a Freeedom of Information request to the European Union? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 10:06 AM PST - 7 comments

DXA scan in NC?
DXA body scan within 25 miles of Raleigh-Durham, NC? Cash only, no referral required, please! [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon at 9:48 AM PST - 1 comments

I miss eating sandwiches.
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]
posted by Memo at 9:48 AM PST - 17 comments

Two temps enter, one temp leaves.
I need equipment and software to track temperatures. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 9:46 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I buy windows with a small w
How do I buy windows? The kind that go in your house. That you can see out of. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 9:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Gmail bulk forwarding: I am ready to pull out my hair
Gmail bulk forwarding: Why is this not an option and what are our hacks? [more inside]
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 8:52 AM PST - 11 comments

But I like baby shampoo!
Is baby shampoo really bad for adult hair? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 8:47 AM PST - 36 comments

Moving up in the world - circumstances changing
Circumstances changing! Some financial help and advice needed! [more inside]
posted by anonaccount at 8:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Its the time of the season
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]
posted by TDIpod at 8:11 AM PST - 12 comments

“See! This is what I'm talking about! Let’s do something like this!”
What are some go-to websites for cinematographic inspiration? [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight at 7:37 AM PST - 5 comments

MovieFilter? Where can I find intelligent discussion about movies and t.v.?
Where can I find intelligent writing or discussion about movies and t.v. shows? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 6:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Jogger's neck?
Why does my neck hurt when I jog? [more inside]
posted by PersonAndSalt at 6:05 AM PST - 10 comments

I don't care if the handle is a cozy mitten, the scraper still doesn't work!
Is there a car window scraper that doesn't suck? [more inside]
posted by Wuggie Norple at 5:40 AM PST - 19 comments

Electric shavers - what are they good for?
Why do men choose electric shavers over safety or cartridge razors? Are electric shavers better or worse for sensitive male skin? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 5:07 AM PST - 46 comments

I can stall no longer!
I have booked space at an expo. I am clueless. Please help me understand how to create/buy an awesome stall! [more inside]
posted by piato at 5:03 AM PST - 10 comments

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]
posted by sdis at 3:58 AM PST - 15 comments

PDF me ASAP
Is there a way to send a message through Adobe Acrobat? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 2:26 AM PST - 6 comments

A Women-Only Question: Inner Workin's
Female/menstruation/BC issues requiring anecdata. [more inside]
posted by tracicle at 2:21 AM PST - 13 comments

I'm looking for the most bestest iPhone apps
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]
posted by segatakai at 12:50 AM PST - 5 comments

October 28
Starting birth control mid-cycle, specifically to be period-free for a certain week.
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]
posted by Xere at 11:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Our love will last forever, or until Lotrimin is applied topically for 2-4 weeks.
Hopefully-soon-to-be-fiance can't wear rings. What should I do instead? [more inside]
posted by Garm at 10:29 PM PST - 30 comments

Cats 101
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]
posted by ocherdraco at 9:55 PM PST - 55 comments

What links could I use to teach tech geeks about inclusion?
What are good basic resources for teaching about privilege and access, particularly in the context of the tech industry? [more inside]
posted by anildash at 9:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Probable cause vs consent in speeding stop
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]
posted by Slinga at 8:58 PM PST - 20 comments

My Mouth is on FIE-YAH!
Salt 'N Vinegar chips make my lips tingle to an almost unbearable degree. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 8:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Boyfriend had a lousy time at my parents and now I feel guilty...
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]
posted by JoannaC at 8:30 PM PST - 24 comments

Let's just split the difference
What is it like to be in a major negotiation? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 8:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Adopting an animal when depressed
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]
posted by kanata at 7:22 PM PST - 36 comments

How do I get Sprint to break up with me?
How can I get Sprint to dump me, instead of the other way around? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 7:20 PM PST - 12 comments

How to capture and recreate a specific scent?
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]
posted by GilloD at 7:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Funky Cat Maybe?
Where did the music come from for "Funky Cat Maybe"?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:13 PM PST - 1 comments

iPhone: Should I stick with AT&T or switch to Sprint?
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]
posted by starpoint at 6:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Stan Winston and Jim Henson are my heroes.
What are some good resources for learning about special effects? I am looking mainly for practical effects as opposed to CGI. [more inside]
posted by Logic Sheep at 6:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Do I leave my PhD program?
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]
posted by anonymous at 6:04 PM PST - 34 comments

Big, hard nuts... I'd like to smash 'em!
Our black walnut tree delivered us a great bounty this year. We've husked and are drying about 2 bushels. However... [more inside]
posted by Chrischris at 5:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Could a steering repair to a Civic damage an XM antenna?
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]
posted by randomkeystrike at 5:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Form vs function?
Would using this Herman Miller Eames molded plastic chair as a work chair be bad for my back? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 4:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Weird Science
So has Andrea Rossi achieved cold fusion?
posted by jayCampbell at 4:44 PM PST - 35 comments

Is this stuff on my book mold?
Is this stuff on the edge of this used book mold? [more inside]
posted by raf at 4:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Can I make a stockinette scarf roll less on the edges?
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]
posted by colfax at 4:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Really burns my ass to ask...
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]
posted by anonymous at 4:18 PM PST - 35 comments

Looking for a Beluga alternative.
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]
posted by meta87 at 4:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Education on Loan
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]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 4:06 PM PST - 5 comments

How to pretty up plastic?
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]
posted by Nattie at 3:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Finest Examples of Postmodern Literature
What are the finest works, in content and prose, of "postmodern" literature (or at least, how I defined it below)? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ at 3:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Robocall from "Justice for All"
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.)
posted by ljshapiro at 3:51 PM PST - 17 comments

If Newton had an apple and a car...
Please help me solve a traffic equation that I have been throwing around in my head for years... [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 at 3:20 PM PST - 29 comments

A Taste of Toronto
Dearest Mefites, have you any rockin' Toronto nightlife and breakfast/brunch suggestions? [more inside]
posted by chara at 2:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Love AND a Startup?
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]
posted by enzymatic at 2:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Publically posting profiles potentially perilous?
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]
posted by Dr. Eigenvariable at 2:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Bun-yun= No Fun Run?
I (think I) have a bunion and want to run a race tomorrow. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 1:56 PM PST - 10 comments

My toy poodle is bored!
My toy poodle is bored and he bugs us all day. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 1:48 PM PST - 26 comments

the big bad wolf
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]
posted by roger ackroyd at 12:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Freelance payment...
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]
posted by cartoonella at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

I need an iPhone Password App.
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!
posted by Rad_Boy at 12:41 PM PST - 17 comments

I know the shoulder looks like a sidewalk, but it's really not
What are all these pedestrians doing on the freeway? [more inside]
posted by boobjob at 12:34 PM PST - 25 comments

Should I sell my stock in the company I work for which is about to go public?
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]
posted by nohat at 12:05 PM PST - 17 comments

What can systems theory do for me?
Tell me all about Systems Theory, and how it can solve all my problems. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 12:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Applying for new job, haven't worked in 5+ years. What do I enter for employment history?
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.
posted by chrisdab at 12:00 PM PST - 3 comments

I hate IOS5. I don't have an SHSH blob.
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]
posted by Bango Skank at 11:59 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for a course's video...
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]
posted by Timen at 11:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Jennifer seeks Government
SeattleHalloweenCostumeFilter: how to put a logo on my face? [more inside]
posted by Sauce Trough at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me stop my computer from dozing off.
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]
posted by matkline at 11:34 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I find out how much corporate executives and board members earn?
Where can I find out how much money the execs and board members of various big companies make? [more inside]
posted by Askr at 11:23 AM PST - 9 comments

How much to insure diamond rings for?
How much should I insure a diamond engagement ring and a wedding band for? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 11:09 AM PST - 20 comments

high school classroom needs calculators
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]
posted by beandip at 11:06 AM PST - 16 comments

I've got ALL the devices EXCEPT for the device I NEED.
I need an ultra-low-power home server/media hub. Cheap is good. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 10:58 AM PST - 21 comments

Could I have done something different?
Could I have done something different? (Boyfriend's marijuana problem) [more inside]
posted by Teradactyl at 10:40 AM PST - 59 comments

Help us choose what to do in San Francisco!
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]
posted by sabotagerabbit at 10:36 AM PST - 18 comments

ready to pay off some expensive lessons in personal finance
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]
posted by Aubergine at 10:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Can we still have a sweet tooth?
[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]
posted by anya32 at 10:05 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me love my jerk brother
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]
posted by La chaussette, c'est moi at 10:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Children's illustrated book about the Seasons on the Farm!
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]
posted by la_rousse at 9:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Video games featuring food?
Video games featuring food? [more inside]
posted by Wossname at 9:02 AM PST - 54 comments

Printable labels without messy residue
Labels I can print at work that won't leave residue? [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 8:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Let's STOCK this pantry!
What baking staples should I have on hand? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 8:50 AM PST - 29 comments

Awesome swag
Help me find some awesome swag. [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 8:50 AM PST - 4 comments

puzzling over a query
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]
posted by hotelechozulu at 8:44 AM PST - 5 comments

You know things are messed up with the Gourds start protesting.
Need help with funny copy for Occupy sign. Special Halloween snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged at 8:37 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me pick boots please.
Please give this Southern girl recently relocated to Boston a crash course in picking out boots. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 8:36 AM PST - 34 comments

Organizing background reading without post-it notes?
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]
posted by aimedwander at 8:29 AM PST - 11 comments

My body decided it hates food. My mouth disagrees.
Food allergies have taken away my staples. Please help me eat! Gluten, dairy, and grain free (maybe Paleo) people, this means you. [more inside]
posted by Neekee at 8:29 AM PST - 20 comments

Help Me With iMovie 09
I need to do some slightly fancy audio swapping and synching in iMovie 09, but I'm inexperienced with the app. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 8:19 AM PST - 3 comments

you be the sherlock, i'll be the watson
I got this scam email with what looks like a CODE!!!!!!!! Is it a code?! [more inside]
posted by 200burritos at 8:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Data and calls in Paris without breaking the bank?
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]
posted by SNWidget at 7:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Must be cheaper than BT eh?
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.
posted by By The Grace of God at 7:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Displaying "From" in Outlook 2010 Shared Inbox Messages
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
posted by Kalatraz at 7:27 AM PST - 1 comments

B-I-N-G-O
Asked for a friend: if you inherited a vintage, "institutional bingo set," what would you do? [more inside]
posted by availablelight at 7:15 AM PST - 11 comments

How hard is this DIY replacement?
Handyman Help: How do you replace a shower handle? [more inside]
posted by smitt at 7:12 AM PST - 9 comments

What's a technical term for the production of soda?
Is there a technical term for making soda/pop? [more inside]
posted by apip at 6:56 AM PST - 15 comments

What's inside mydeco.com's engine?
What's the technology behind mydeco.com? [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Am I an alcoholic?
I have 2-5 drinks per day. Am I an alcoholic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:22 AM PST - 43 comments

Your Favorite Spots in Shanghai
Shanghai'd - Heading back to China and want hear about your fav spots. [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza at 6:06 AM PST - 4 comments

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]
posted by EndsOfInvention at 6:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Is Netflix gift-worthy?
I want to buy someone a Blu-Ray player that streams Netflix. Should I bother? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload at 4:56 AM PST - 29 comments

How do you write with both Devonthink and Scrivener?
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.
posted by philosophygeek at 4:48 AM PST - 4 comments

What can I do with all ths basil?
A LOT of fresh basil - now what? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 2:39 AM PST - 18 comments

What is the name of an old rambling song?
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?
posted by Cogentesque at 12:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Fiction set in the '20s
I am in need of period-specific fiction. Specifically the 1920s. [more inside]
posted by Bachsir at 12:23 AM PST - 23 comments

Looking for the name of a ride.
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?
posted by mondotwistedmojo at 12:20 AM PST - 2 comments

October 27
Is being alone really worth it?
Do you really have to be a very highly confident, self-sufficient, charismatic, successful person before you can have a healthy relationship? [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet at 11:31 PM PST - 36 comments

What should I wear to a high-end beach wedding in St. Barths?
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]
posted by melancholyplay at 10:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Looking for a Cardinals bar in LA to watch the game on Friday night. [more inside]
posted by McPuppington the Third at 10:28 PM PST - 1 comments

What books am I thinking of?
What two obscure books am I thinking of? One about ships, one about an outsider. [more inside]
posted by esereth at 10:26 PM PST - 6 comments

They sold me the wrong part. How do I get them to pay for the consequences?
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]
posted by serena15221 at 9:12 PM PST - 17 comments

"We have to go back!" Lost Tour Ideas
I'm on Oahu, and I'm a Lost fan. What are some must-see Lost locations to visit on the island? [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw at 8:33 PM PST - 6 comments

What do you regret about not going to art school?
People who decided against art school because they have many other interests: what did you regret? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 8:28 PM PST - 22 comments

Integrated Instrument Case/Stand
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]
posted by sandking at 8:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Best route from Santa Monica to Pico-Robertson by car during the evening rush hour?
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]
posted by estherbester at 8:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Creating Quizes on Google Docs
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]
posted by robverb at 7:47 PM PST - 3 comments

How much cheaper are generics?
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]
posted by lollusc at 7:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Boiling Point
What is the minimum water temperature that will give me enough caffeine / taste from french-pressed coffee grounds? [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches at 7:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Fire up your pad n pencil
I kind of want to be Blossom for Halloween. What says Blossom to you? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 6:49 PM PST - 25 comments

name that shoe!
name that shoe! [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered at 6:40 PM PST - 4 comments

American contact for motor home innovation?
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?
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 6:21 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get pregnant if my husband's Viagra isn't doing the job?
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]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Company is giving me only 17 days to use a voucher that they normally give 12 months for
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]
posted by ogunther at 5:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it still funny if you're the only one who gets the subplot?
Halloweenfilter: Is it offensive for two straight men to go to a Halloween party as a lesbian couple? [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle at 5:25 PM PST - 37 comments

How to keep gel packs warm
How to keep "gel packs" warm? [more inside]
posted by Kevin S at 4:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Name That Tune!
Need Help identifying the song in this video. [more inside]
posted by beta male at 4:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Xbox 360 and my PC
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]
posted by SpacemanStix at 4:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Recommend a newbie friendly book for linux networking
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!
posted by conrad101 at 4:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Any ideas for cheap window coverings?
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...
posted by janecr at 4:09 PM PST - 24 comments

Date movies for people who love dark comedies?
I'm looking for good date movies for people who share a dark, twisted sense of humor. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful at 4:02 PM PST - 68 comments

I have a top hat, now what?
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]
posted by filthy light thief at 3:50 PM PST - 30 comments

Feed my TV!
Feed my TV! [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 3:29 PM PST - 42 comments

"One toke? You poor fool! Wait till you see those goddamn bats."
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.
posted by troll at 3:22 PM PST - 44 comments

What can I do with a giant pile of premature tomatilloes?
What can I do with small tomatilloes? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 3:09 PM PST - 12 comments

No lumps of coal
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]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 3:05 PM PST - 36 comments

Let me entertain me, and I'll have a real good time!
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]
posted by ChuraChura at 2:49 PM PST - 44 comments

Original costumes involving a Viking helmet
Viking Halloween: I have a plastic horned viking helmet. I need fun, original ideas for a Halloween costume that includes it. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten at 2:22 PM PST - 29 comments

Goodbye unpaid internship...
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.
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 21 comments

Ultra Unique, Funky Mens Boot Links Needed
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
posted by StUdIoGeEk at 12:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Epson Shcam.
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]
posted by sully75 at 12:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Object Oriented Programming Challenges
What are some good programming challenges that encourage the use of Object Oriented programming? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 12:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Which witch would bewitch me?
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.
posted by orange swan at 12:55 PM PST - 40 comments

Help me figure out how to make a form letter! (Electronically.)
How can I create an online form letter that users can send in the form of an email? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 at 12:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Zen in the big noisy city
Zen places in Houston? (also, fishhhhhh) [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 12:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home!
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]
posted by parkerama at 12:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Arizona trust in need of a trustee
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]
posted by Gusaroo at 11:54 AM PST - 5 comments

What is spirituality
"Being spiritual" - what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 11:43 AM PST - 44 comments

Math it up.
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]
posted by cmoj at 11:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Get rid of my tangles!
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]
posted by Marinara at 11:00 AM PST - 15 comments

How screwed am I?
How much am I about to pay a body shop? [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 10:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me leather up the fingers.
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]
posted by psoas at 10:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Too many fashion brands, a few demographic
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]
posted by facehugger at 10:25 AM PST - 34 comments

Tattoo Me!
Tattoo ideas pleeeze! [more inside]
posted by PJMoore at 10:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Reverse master chef: the missing ingredient.
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.
posted by Erasmouse at 10:17 AM PST - 18 comments

help us brainstorm our perfect vacation place.
Please help us plan a 2-3 week overseas trip. We like good food, moderate weather, and bicycles. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 9:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Urban Outdoor Winter
It's going to snow in NYC this weekend. What does OWS need? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Healthy Money
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.
posted by rouftop at 9:16 AM PST - 8 comments

What should we expect with our medicated dog?
So we finally broke down and put our dog on clomipramine. What to expect? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 9:00 AM PST - 3 comments

What to expect when you're expecting Amon Tobin at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple?
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]
posted by Joey Bagels at 8:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Literaure about censorship?
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]
posted by Annabelle74 at 8:46 AM PST - 18 comments

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]
posted by mboszko at 8:42 AM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find an airline pilot uniform in NYC?
Help me find an airline pilot uniform in or near New York City. Tomorrow! [more inside]
posted by bassomatic at 7:26 AM PST - 8 comments

So I want to be a tree hugging scientist...
What skills should I be developing while in university as to work as an ecologist, environmental scientist, something similar in the future? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul at 7:20 AM PST - 18 comments

Thai cats
Siamese cats are from Thailand?! [more inside]
posted by devnull at 7:19 AM PST - 32 comments

Late '90s called, wants hair back
I haven't had a haircut this century. I think it's time. Help me decide on the way forward. [more inside]
posted by distressingly thick sheets at 7:11 AM PST - 23 comments

Must be careful. Must not break.
Trying to lightly clean a stuffed toy, how do I ensure I cause no damage? [more inside]
posted by Saydur at 6:31 AM PST - 18 comments

Fu*king Algebra, how does it work?
Math in the morning - help me figure out how to solve this problem! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan at 6:18 AM PST - 17 comments

How can we see shared time better?
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]
posted by history is a weapon at 6:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Son Volt simple
Help me make a Son Volt playlist. [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson at 6:13 AM PST - 19 comments

All I Want is a Photograph
Will I ever be able to send photos from my unlocked phone? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 6:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Help us choose a car
Which car should we buy? A Citroen C1 or something else? Also, new or used? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 3:58 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I configure squid3 proxy to allow rtmp streaming traffic?
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.
posted by aadf at 3:22 AM PST - 2 comments

What is this flower?
Help! Another flower identification question... [more inside]
posted by elisse at 2:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Help our small-office caffeine delivery system!
Our office of around 10 people is in desperate need of a better coffee-making setup. [more inside]
posted by nafrance at 1:31 AM PST - 17 comments

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]
posted by anonymous at 12:10 AM PST - 28 comments

October 26
In the audiovisual deep end, all dressed in white.
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]
posted by Griffynn at 9:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Nail fail.
Is my fingernail ever going to stop being weak and splitty? [more inside]
posted by troublesome at 9:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Can my apartment complex restrict my acces to cable Internet?
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]
posted by camdan at 9:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Is this very expensive robotic pool cleaner worth it?
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]
posted by t0astie at 8:32 PM PST - 1 comments

Mom: Spell bed. Child: B-A-D. Mom: Not bad, bed. Child: B-A-D. Mom: Ok, we'll try again later.
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]
posted by Soda-Da at 8:18 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me make someone happy with semi-legal tv shows.
How do I burn a DVD that will play in a standard US DVD player? [more inside]
posted by norm at 8:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Therm-o-STAT!
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]
posted by brentajones at 8:04 PM PST - 21 comments

information wants to be free but not in my class
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]
posted by anonymous at 7:38 PM PST - 82 comments

How much would you pay for a dead Xbox?
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.
posted by COD at 7:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Look at the size of that moai's heed! I'm not kidding, it's like an orange on a toothpick.
Help settle an internet fight about the height of Easter Island moai! [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 7:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Need Mac support!
I need a YouTube downloader for my MacBook. [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises at 7:05 PM PST - 12 comments

One way first class ticket to Albequerque^WRomania
Canadian citizens with a minor child investigating a year long stay with a Romanian grandparent. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 PM PST - 3 comments

I am looking for feminist theory that examines the economic impact of divorce on women.
FeministTheoryFilter: I am looking for feminist theory that examines the economic impact of divorce on women. [more inside]
posted by paulus andronicus at 6:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me figure out a finance equation
Please help me with a compound interest question (specifically with IRAs) [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky at 6:13 PM PST - 17 comments

IR and veterinary science?
I'm interested in the intersection of international relations and other, niche-ier fields. So, um, what are some? [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 6:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Whats the best click for my clack?
I want to get a new keyboard, and am looking at getting a mechnical keyboard. [more inside]
posted by lkc at 5:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Curious about what it's like to be pope.
What does the pope eat? [more inside]
posted by sy at 5:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Blue state family. Red state in-laws. HELP!
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]
posted by anonymous at 5:29 PM PST - 50 comments

Underground cell phone coverage on BART in SF
Do T-Mobile cell phones get decent reception underground on BART south of Civic Center station these days? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 5:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Grounded by faith
How the heck is this outlet 'grounded'? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 4:35 PM PST - 20 comments

A mysterious WWII Navy Badge from Pearl Harbor
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
posted by DickStock at 4:25 PM PST - 15 comments

I feel good and she won't like it.
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]
posted by buck:fuller at 4:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Non-traditional library careers
(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]
posted by angelaas525 at 3:46 PM PST - 8 comments

P2P sharing now
What’s the new P2P fad? [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette at 3:46 PM PST - 18 comments

A battery of questions!
Does an expensive battery charger do a better job of charging and maintaining NiMH batteries than a generic, cheapo charger? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 3:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Snow long, farewell ...
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.
posted by lukemeister at 3:26 PM PST - 11 comments

What are some non-fiction movies and books about people driven by an obsession?
What are some non-fiction movies and books about people driven by an obsession? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 3:12 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me find a count down clock.
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.
posted by mge at 3:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Portable protein for the picky
Inexpensive, low-carb, no-effort, portable protein supplement? [more inside]
posted by darksasami at 2:51 PM PST - 44 comments

Is our children learning?
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]
posted by webhund at 2:50 PM PST - 26 comments

What might be the history and significance of my monkey figurine?
What's a "monkey of silence," and have I got one? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto at 2:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Practical assistance with sewing trouser lining
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]
posted by cranberrymonger at 2:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Can heroism be a (very, very, very) part-time job?
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]
posted by Shepherd at 1:53 PM PST - 10 comments

West village bar for group
NYC: West Village bar suggestions for a group of ~15 on a Saturday night [more inside]
posted by dorisfromregopark at 1:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Koalas, Kangaroos, and Kookaburras... Oh My!
Tell me everything you know about Kangaroo Island! Side question: If this seems too good to be true, is it? [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 1:52 PM PST - 11 comments

How should I alter my Where's Waldo costume?
My wife purchased a Where's Waldo outfit for me for Halloween. How should I spice it up (i.e. zombie Waldo, pirate Waldo)?
posted by a47danger at 1:39 PM PST - 19 comments

Can I get vitamin D with my gin?
Is it legal for a bar to serve a cocktail fortified with vitamins in Washington state? [more inside]
posted by girlstyle at 1:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Khakis for the boyfriend
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]
posted by peacheater at 1:30 PM PST - 14 comments

What to do with a 7-1/2 hour layover
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.
posted by eepersmom at 1:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Delay in getting home appraisal report
We're in contract to buy a house. It's taking forever to get an appraisal. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 1:13 PM PST - 12 comments

How to access or find transcript of a captioned YouTube video?
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]
posted by ahaynes at 1:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Should we get a dehumidifier or do something else?
Is a dehumidifier the right solution for my problem? What else should we be considering? [more inside]
posted by linettasky at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

".cPr" instead of ".com" - what gives?
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]
posted by foggy out there now at 12:48 PM PST - 14 comments

"Well wait a second, don’t you see that’s 555-FILK?"
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]
posted by pollex at 12:33 PM PST - 27 comments

Halloween in San Francisco
Best people watching scene on Halloween in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Metal me, please
Help me find more metal/black metal to listen to, based on some very specific likes and dislikes, please. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:17 PM PST - 11 comments

FAS + RAD + ADD = Eve of Destruction. Hope? Help?
FAS + RAD + ADD = Eve of Destruction. Hope? Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:11 PM PST - 9 comments

How to quickly bone up on current Broadway?
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).
posted by mccn at 12:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Zombie needs a hauler to collect more brains
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]
posted by zombieApoc at 12:00 PM PST - 23 comments

I just want to smash the state a LITTLE bit...
Theoretically, if I were to be arrested at Occupy Wall Street, what would that mean for my future employability? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 AM PST - 28 comments

is my awesome present for someone simply lost forever?
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]
posted by asimplemouse at 11:23 AM PST - 11 comments

African Cup of Nations
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?
posted by josher71 at 11:05 AM PST - 4 comments

I want that chili trophy
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]
posted by mudpuppie at 10:58 AM PST - 45 comments

Microsoft Word replacing text at random
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]
posted by macfly at 10:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Excel formula help
Help me write an Excel formula to extract specific data from a list? [more inside]
posted by genesta at 10:56 AM PST - 8 comments

My brother needs his knee fixed but can't pay for it.
My brother was scheduled to have knee surgery, but has just lost insurance coverage. How can I help him? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 10:35 AM PST - 16 comments

how to eat crow?
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]
posted by iLoveTheRain at 10:12 AM PST - 35 comments

Need help roasting my husband on his 40th
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]
posted by Robtri93 at 9:26 AM PST - 23 comments

How to fit Iron Gym pullup bar with thick doorway trim (or seeking alternative)
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?
posted by madscientist01 at 9:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Like Avett's I and Love and You?
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.
posted by ShootTheMoon at 9:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Can we ask people to send "expressions of interest" prior to the actual wedding invites?
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]
posted by anonymous at 8:45 AM PST - 39 comments

Odd Metal Artifact from Charleston Plantation???
What is this odd metal artifact? [more inside]
posted by SixteenTons at 8:17 AM PST - 20 comments

How to cope with divorcing
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]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 AM PST - 21 comments

Dive bars, Portland.
I need to find a dive bar to become a regular at in Portland, OR. [more inside]
posted by jivadravya at 8:10 AM PST - 30 comments

iPad multitrack recording
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]
posted by dirtdirt at 8:01 AM PST - 1 comments

Post-singularity theater short story id
Today's FPP reminded me of a short story about post-singularity life in the theater. [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 7:58 AM PST - 2 comments

My boyfriend found out that I cheated on him. Help me deal with the aftermath.
My boyfriend found out that I cheated on him. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 AM PST - 28 comments

Novel/alternative treatments for alcoholism?
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.
posted by anonymous at 7:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Got Milk?
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]
posted by zizzle at 7:39 AM PST - 24 comments

How can I set up a schedule for everything in my life?
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]
posted by Deathalicious at 7:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Who are the love children of Helen Reddy and Linda Ronstadt?
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?
posted by seanmpuckett at 6:09 AM PST - 37 comments

These shoes may be made for walking, but are they made for duck walking?
What is an acceptable level of gape for a pair of flats? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery at 5:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Easy online assessments?
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]
posted by Petrot at 5:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Buying a used Acer Timeline
Considering buying a used Acer Timeline as a Linux-powered workhorse -- can you help me make the call? [more inside]
posted by a small part of the world at 5:37 AM PST - 2 comments

References to overcoming embarrassment
Do you know any quotes and/or well-known books about overcoming embarrassment? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 at 5:26 AM PST - 6 comments

There are literally dozens of us!
I need to paint myself blue for Friday. I have no idea how I'm going to do that. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 4:44 AM PST - 28 comments

How soon can we introduce our new kitten to two resident cats?
How soon can we introduce our new kitten to two resident cats? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi at 4:09 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I salvage a delicious but dried-out pork fillet?
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]
posted by joboe at 3:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Seeking peaceful NY Christmas getaway with dogs
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]
posted by catrae at 3:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Dead MacBook Pro
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
posted by nickji at 2:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Femslash 101
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?
posted by moody cow at 2:18 AM PST - 7 comments

What's this touch-o-phobia I have?
Getting a bit obsessive about keeping my personal space personal. Would like to know what is going on. [more inside]
posted by juiceanddoom at 2:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Why is it so grippy?
Please help my son research grip tape for a demonstrative speech. [more inside]
posted by simbiotic at 12:11 AM PST - 7 comments

October 25
Where can I find information about the public view of Barack Obama before the election?
Where can I find information about the public view of Barack Obama before the election? [more inside]
posted by furisto at 11:39 PM PST - 6 comments

What are an employee's rights around a disabling health condition in Canada?
What are an employee's rights around a disabling health condition in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 10:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Ok, time for an embarrassing diarrhea question.
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]
posted by hellameangirl at 10:39 PM PST - 18 comments

Hank Hill? Anybody?
How much energy does a propane clothes dryer use? [more inside]
posted by Leta at 10:09 PM PST - 1 comments

How to make a website handle 3-4 iframe widgets without trouble?
Web design question: too many iFrames. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz at 10:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Boyfriend and parent issues, how to resolve?
Boyfriend is scared of my mother. I haven't yet met his. Possible issue? And if so, how to solve? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Baby throwing up only in the evening?
Blech. Why is our 10-month-old baby vomiting at night all of a sudden? More foul-smelling details after the jump... [more inside]
posted by thomsplace at 9:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Knoxville, Tenn.
What to do in Knoxville, TN around Thanksgiving time? [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 9:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Accurate portrayals of the CIA in fiction
What fiction-genre books/movies are the most accurate in their depiction of the CIA and/or CIA-related activities?
posted by KChasm at 8:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Effeciently origanizing my wdgets for packing
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]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 8:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Tattoo artist recommendations in southern California/Los Angeles
Can you help me find a tattoo artist in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free at 8:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Need suggestions on replacing a wood patio deck.
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]
posted by roaring beast at 8:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Has anyone had experience with putting a lime wash with tint onto their plaster walls?
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.
posted by zagyzebra at 8:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Smartphone choices: iPhone vs. Nexus
I have conflicting needs driving me towards either the new Nexus phone or an iPhone 4S. Which will be better? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 7:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me buy this French anti-perspirant.
Where can I buy this French anti-perspirant? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 7:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Terrance Malick
Has anyone ever found any New Yorker (or other) articles by Terrance Malick? [more inside]
posted by mixer at 7:28 PM PST - 4 comments

No BS
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]
posted by abirdinthehand at 6:42 PM PST - 6 comments

How/whether to be a rat
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]
posted by anonymous at 6:11 PM PST - 45 comments

Can't quickly review images for D7000
I can't view thumbnail images in playback mode on my Nikon D7000. What is wrong? [more inside]
posted by bumpkin at 6:08 PM PST - 6 comments

What do I do when I "hit the wall"?
I reach half-way through the semester, and everything goes down the hole. How can I stop this train wreck? [more inside]
posted by raintree at 6:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Where in Europe should we go on our two week honeymoon?
Where in Europe should we go on our two week honeymoon? [more inside]
posted by cad at 5:32 PM PST - 15 comments

What do to when a friend is having a major depressive episode *right now*?
What do to when a friend is having a major depressive episode *right now*? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 PM PST - 27 comments

Employer HSA Contributions
Is it discriminatory for an employer to vary HSA contributions based on an employee's health? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me use the whole pig
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]
posted by ssg at 5:16 PM PST - 21 comments

At least it's not a High Anti-Oxidant Meal Replacement Cookie.
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]
posted by Lot's ex-girlfriend at 5:00 PM PST - 13 comments

How to excel?
ExcelFilter: Currently using a clunky nested for loop - is there some way to make this more efficient? [more inside]
posted by hot soup at 4:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Great dentist in Sydney or Illawarra?
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.
posted by ginky at 4:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Vanity URLs for Academics
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]
posted by Apropos of Something at 4:31 PM PST - 19 comments

Is there a website like Metafilter for Business Owners?
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?
posted by jamesalbert at 4:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Wheelchair van
Need recommendations for a wheelchair van. [more inside]
posted by Floydd at 4:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Do you remember a color-changing polar bear?
Children's book from the 80s where a polar bear changes colors.... I think? [more inside]
posted by jabes at 4:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Why does my cat bite my partner when he laughs loudly?
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?
posted by matildaben at 3:54 PM PST - 18 comments

Book recommendations about Reform Judaism
Interested in learning about Reform Judaism. Book recommendations? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 3:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Movie with a kid who makes a force shield bubble.
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.
posted by mrflibble at 3:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Vegan Maki ideas, please.
Vegan sushi (maki) ideas wanted. Tips for my first attempt at this are also welcome. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 3:28 PM PST - 21 comments

Will Obama's student loan plan affect student loans that have already been consolidated?
Would the president's Pay As You Earn initiative affect student loans that have already been consolidated? Where can I find out more?
posted by jwhite1979 at 3:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Good hosting company for IIS/ASP these days?
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.
posted by TreeHugger at 2:58 PM PST - 3 comments

where should the baby sleep?
Is there a good source to neutrally explain various baby sleeping options? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 at 2:23 PM PST - 44 comments

Breaking into a Research mindset
How should I get involved in doing my own research? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 at 2:18 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the market value for customer support?
I'm about to go into business doing freelance customer support, but: I have no idea how much to charge for this. [more inside]
posted by nostrich at 2:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Global Gaikokujin: mobile data in Japan
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]
posted by baggers at 2:05 PM PST - 3 comments

LGBT-related volunteering in NYC?
What are some volunteer opportunities in NYC that involve working with the LGBT community? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man at 1:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Life at Half-Speed
Name that sci-fi short story I read as a child. [more inside]
posted by minifigs at 1:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Name this baby
My sister is having a girl baby and has requested that I ask for name suggestions from you guys. [more inside]
posted by jingle at 1:53 PM PST - 127 comments

Hi Res History, San Fran in 1851...
Historical Photo / Daguerreotype Gurus, how might I download or purchase this particular panorama of San Francisco in 1851 in extreme hi-resolution? [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 1:33 PM PST - 3 comments

So, um, do you like....stuff?
What are some questions I can ask new dating partners to get to know them beyond a superficial level? [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 1:27 PM PST - 25 comments

¿How long to achieve true second language competence and basic mastery?
¿How long to achieve true second language competence and basic mastery? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 1:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Ski length and general advice for a beginner buying at a swap
I'm a beginner buying used downhill skis at a swap soon. How long should they be? General advice also welcome. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 1:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Need help with Word 2007 and styles and whatnot
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]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 1:13 PM PST - 4 comments

My mom was fired today. What should she do next?
My mom was fired today. What should she do next? Also, niece and school special snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 12:35 PM PST - 16 comments

What do people and dogs do in Victoria?
Three young adults and two dogs have one day in Victoria, BC. What shall we do? [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 12:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Tell me what I need to know about living in LA
Moving back to LA. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 12:31 PM PST - 27 comments

Sibling money disparity stuff
How to best reach an agreement on a fair settlement percentage after the sale of our family home? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 12:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Which GPS can I use to record my cross-country motorcycle trip?
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]
posted by aaronbeekay at 12:22 PM PST - 14 comments

It is called "PAINTER'S TAPE," right?
Ok, this is nearly impossible to Google: Is masking tape/painter's tape easy to paint over? On purpose? [more inside]
posted by snapped at 12:09 PM PST - 5 comments

The road to Rhodes
I love the sound of a Rhodes piano. Help me find more songs that showcase this fantastic instrument. [more inside]
posted by slogger at 12:04 PM PST - 24 comments

Music of the spheres (NOT)?
Can a solar flare interfere with internet music streaming? [more inside]
posted by Logophiliac at 11:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Do you remember this children's book with a memorable birthday party?
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!
posted by frescaanddietcoke at 11:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Suspended in tribulation
Is it ok to take my unborn child to a death metal concert? [more inside]
posted by Maximian at 11:28 AM PST - 36 comments

Looking for visa interview dos and don'ts.
Looking for some helpful tips for a young Chinese student about to have his visa interview to come to the US. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 11:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Canadian Giant and the Magic Gemstone
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.
posted by bewilderbeast at 11:18 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I open and fill out an .oft template in Entourage?
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]
posted by olinerd at 11:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Alas, poor Subaru. I knew him, Horatio.
Best experiences in getting rid of a non-working car? [more inside]
posted by rich at 11:09 AM PST - 18 comments

Going from Mac OS X 10.4 to 10.5, but in an awkward way.
How to fix this problem: upgrading a Mac from 10.4 to 10 .5 but "manually"? More details inside! [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Goodby to all that
When (and why/how) did "good-by" fall out of use as an variant on "goodbye"? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 11:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Book based on interviews: what rights does the interviewee have?
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]
posted by abdulf at 10:47 AM PST - 1 comments

Cheap(ish) fares to Bangkok over Christmas?
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]
posted by Hwaet at 10:40 AM PST - 7 comments

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]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Frequently dropping wireless
My wireless connection keeps dropping every few minutes. Eee PC, Windows XP, roommate's Macbook does not have this problem. [more inside]
posted by moonroof at 10:30 AM PST - 6 comments

how to find temporary or contract work??
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]
posted by dahliachewswell at 10:17 AM PST - 7 comments

My manic mother is destroying our family.
My bipolar mother is manic. Can this family be saved? [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 10:15 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me understand El Duende.
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]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 10:07 AM PST - 11 comments

I must, I must, I must decrease my gut.
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]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 AM PST - 17 comments

Recommendations for dental tourism?
Recommendations for medical tourism (dental implants) in Costa Rica, Mexico or elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by wretched_rhapsody at 10:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Bosses of Bosses meeting with Bosses of Bosses
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]
posted by parallax7d at 9:31 AM PST - 7 comments

What do women who are losing their hair use on the back of the scalp?
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]
posted by JJkiss at 9:07 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to do this the easy way but I don't know how.
How do I efficiently pull this data from an Access 2003 database. [more inside]
posted by VTX at 8:55 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I get my coworker to stop barging in on my and everyone else's conversations?
A coworker keeps intruding on everyone's conversations. How do I get them to stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Keeping the weight off
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]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Word won't type my square brackets and more!
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]
posted by CelebrenIthil at 7:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Got baby, got DSLR. Now what?
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]
posted by CrazyGabby at 7:27 AM PST - 19 comments

Why the +1 for Sansa Clip+?
Why is the Sansa Clip+ the pinnacle of MP3 player design and sound quality? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:13 AM PST - 25 comments

It makes an attractive 911-only phone, at least.
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]
posted by mkb at 7:02 AM PST - 8 comments

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]
posted by DaveZ at 6:49 AM PST - 15 comments

How to Popup Song Titles and Artists While Streaming?
Website for Discovering New Music that Features a Pop-Up/Pop-Down Display? [more inside]
posted by franklen at 6:46 AM PST - 4 comments

How many grad students does it take to change a lightbulb?
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]
posted by UniversityNomad at 5:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Moroccan Cooking Book Recommendations?
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!
posted by Judd Danby at 3:13 AM PST - 13 comments

My Little Little Camera
Can I have your recommendations on a digital camera for a 3 year old? [more inside]
posted by Spumante at 2:38 AM PST - 19 comments

October 24
These I crave, you have the answer!
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]
posted by SockyMcSockyPants at 11:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Beyond Thievery Corporation?
My musical odyssey continues. Deep into Thievery Corporation currently. Who else would I like? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 11:31 PM PST - 37 comments

Easiest way to pull contacts off of a Blackberry Bold and onto an iPhone 4S?
Easiest way to pull contacts off of a Blackberry Bold and onto an iPhone 4S? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 9:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I see the Northern Lights?
Can I see the Aurora Borealis tonight in New England? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo at 8:51 PM PST - 6 comments

What websites give practical explanations of moog terminology and usage?
Looking for the best websites and books that explain the theory and practice of synthesizer use, particularly the use of a Moog. [more inside]
posted by winna at 8:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Highway crossing frog, where are you?
What relatively current console games contain a port of the original arcade frogger? [more inside]
posted by ulotrichous at 8:19 PM PST - 3 comments

What should I tell my new counsellor?
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]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Is my ISP throttling my connection?
I'm in need of advice to determine why I never get close to the download speeds I'm paying for. [more inside]
posted by medarby at 7:50 PM PST - 14 comments

How to learn to kick/punt for HS football?
How can i learn to kick/punt a football to start next year? [more inside]
posted by Banananoah at 7:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Proustian Book
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?
posted by Infernarl at 7:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Acoustic gtr store near Boston
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]
posted by lothar at 7:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Embarrassing underarm problem.
I have a problem: persistent underarm fungus. Help me be fungus-free! [more inside]
posted by sucre at 7:14 PM PST - 25 comments

I mean I sure wouldn't want to know how often THEY get it on.
As an adult, how honest should one be with parents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 PM PST - 41 comments

Help me find this puzzle ball game!
Help me find this online flash puzzle game from a few years ago! [more inside]
posted by mikeweeney at 5:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for the perfect psychiatrist
Looking for the perfect psychiatrist in NYC [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 5:29 PM PST - 4 comments

How much is too much to spend on a dog's health?
Our dog is ailing -- how does one determine how much to spend on her treatment(s)? More wrinkles to the situation inside... [more inside]
posted by theplatypus at 5:08 PM PST - 33 comments

Giftable Cookbooks for Beginners?
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]
posted by rhiannonstone at 5:05 PM PST - 65 comments

How does alternative education work?
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]
posted by biscuits at 4:24 PM PST - 33 comments

Why did I see faces in my bedsheets?
I experienced something strange while I was pregnant. Can anyone help me find an explanation? [more inside]
posted by gentian at 4:21 PM PST - 22 comments

How do you know if you need or needed sparks?
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]
posted by anonymous at 4:14 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I best use ebooks (and ebook readers) to learn German and Spanish?
How can I best use ebooks (and ebook readers) to learn German and Spanish? I live in Canada. [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 3:28 PM PST - 8 comments

The joys of walking the streets
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]
posted by zaebiz at 3:24 PM PST - 37 comments

Houseplant mystery #999
Yet another mystery houseplant... images inside. [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry at 3:01 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I stop my mattress from reeking?
Removing Beer on Mattress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:57 PM PST - 5 comments

This is kind of like that time I took a coupon from a chicken...
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]
posted by schmod at 2:54 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I become a legal guardian in New Jersey?
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]
posted by runcibleshaw at 2:37 PM PST - 17 comments

How is the Vitamin B12 supplement made?
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]
posted by DetriusXii at 2:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Right there... oh... OHH... oh :-/
I love sex, foreplay but it takes forever to climax. [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 2:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Extraverts + introverts attract
What do extroverts find specifically attractive in introverts, for either romantic relationships and/ or friendships? Anecdotes from extraverts especially welcomed. [more inside]
posted by moiraine at 2:14 PM PST - 29 comments

Blocking Specific Videos on Websites
Is there a way (extension, software) to quickly block certain videos on video websites? [more inside]
posted by BlueAugust at 1:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Need a Fabulous Hotel in San Francisco for a Budget Price
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?
posted by TurquoiseZebra at 1:30 PM PST - 20 comments

Enhanced HARP for second home?
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.
posted by HotToddy at 1:21 PM PST - 1 comments

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]
posted by darkgroove at 1:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Who drew this picture of a teddy bear defending a sleeping child?
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.
posted by DWRoelands at 1:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I watch new episodes of AMC's The Walking Dead?
Where can I watch new episodes of AMC's The Walking Dead? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 1:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I be screened for BRAC?
What potential drawbacks could there be if I get tested for the BRAC1 or 2 mutation? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 12:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Discuss together, watch alone.
I *just* finished watching the series finale of ABC's "Lost", and I would like to know what still needs solving. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 12:29 PM PST - 19 comments

What the F is wrong with my camera?
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?
posted by sideofwry at 12:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Winter heating confusion
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]
posted by andrewesque at 12:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Is this bite something to be concerned about?
What is this on my baby's face? A bug bite? Something to worry about? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 12:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Is this legal?
Has someone violated my rights? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 12:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Pesto-- more like PestNo!
FixMyFood filter: brilliant idea for creamy pesto gone wrong. help make me unsad! [more inside]
posted by CookieNose at 12:01 PM PST - 14 comments

To Flash or Not to Flash? That is the question.
Simplest way to check for the presence of Flash on a client's web browser, and then redirect depending on the answer? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 11:57 AM PST - 6 comments

What to do in NOLA that isn't a tourist destination?
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?
posted by terezaakarenin at 11:20 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I teach my husband to seduce me?
How do i teach my husband how to seduce me? maybe a book or something? NSFWish [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 AM PST - 18 comments

Kinky and anonymous?
Getting started in the local kinky / Fetlife community - with a real-life reputation to keep completely disconnected. How to do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 AM PST - 20 comments

TeamCenter's Requirements Module's Integration with Simulink
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?
posted by RandyWalker at 11:12 AM PST - 0 comments

Online for off kilter
I'm looking for online courses related to emergency management. [more inside]
posted by maurreen at 10:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Auto appraisal site?
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?
posted by Gilbert at 10:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Fitted case with an 18-135 lens?
Fitted case w/an 18-135 lens? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 10:40 AM PST - 1 comments

My boyfriend can't be in my life how I would like?
My boyfriend can't express himself much at all, should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 at 10:13 AM PST - 30 comments

Is that cheese in your bra or are you just happy....?
Anybody been to the biennial international cheese festival in Bra, Italy? (Or touristed near Bra?) Italian Piedmont. [more inside]
posted by amanda at 10:06 AM PST - 4 comments

I want (to be) SURE!
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]
posted by ramix at 10:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Why is there a price posted for the "Skyfari" cable car at the San Diego Zoo?
Why is there a price posted for the "Skyfari" cable car at the San Diego Zoo? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 9:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Educational consultants in NYC?
Can you recommend an educational consultant in New York? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:18 AM PST - 3 comments

How much spinach juice is tooo much?
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?
posted by citybuddha at 8:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Is this "blessing" offensive and racist?
Is my in-laws' blessing as offensive as I think it is? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 62 comments

Sad Kitty Guts
Sick kitty question, bowel obstruction edition (line is busy at the vet's). Details within. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 8:33 AM PST - 16 comments

How to leverage second degree LinkedIn connection?
[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]
posted by thereemix at 8:03 AM PST - 17 comments

All I want is Instanote.
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]
posted by scarylarry at 7:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Gay Girl in Amsterdam for 2 Days: Where to stay and what to do???
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]
posted by thatgirl1985 at 7:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there a website like Metafilter for the arts?
Is there a website like Metafilter for the arts? [more inside]
posted by beshtya at 7:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Finding a place to live in Toronto without a professional career
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]
posted by TimTypeZed at 7:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Buffalo eggplant compatibility!
I have eggplant, bison, and potatoes. Tonight, I want them to join forces to create something delicious. What? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia at 7:21 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I land a job in the Bay Area - when I'm currently overseas? Or should I move first?
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]
posted by The Shiny Thing at 6:54 AM PST - 4 comments

How to quit shortly after starting?
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]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Need help with managing a memorial page on a Wordpress site.
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]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Headphones in a theatre?!
What was this person doing wearing old headphones and making hand signals in a theatre during a musical? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA at 6:37 AM PST - 19 comments

What is this smudge on my iPad?
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]
posted by Biblio at 5:42 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I add plausible drums to my recordings?
How do I add plausible drums to my recordings? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 5:18 AM PST - 21 comments

How does Sheryl Crow play 'Chances Are' on guitar - non-standard tuning?
How does Sheryl Crow play 'Chances Are' on guitar - non-standard tuning? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 3:23 AM PST - 3 comments

How to Keep a Non-Custodial Parent out of the Financial Aid Process Legally?
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]
posted by kinetic at 3:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Firewire to USB
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]
posted by chavenet at 2:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Trying to find a "unique-gift-a-month" website/club
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.
posted by Hartster at 2:02 AM PST - 8 comments

The Friendship Dating Pool
Am I some form of abnormal for thinking about my friend this way? [more inside]
posted by Heretical at 1:56 AM PST - 44 comments

Spooky poems for reading out
What are your favourite spooky poems, that are two to three minutes long when read out, for an audience of adults? [more inside]
posted by siskin at 12:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Must Love Dogs?
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.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 12:19 AM PST - 83 comments

October 23
Best Toyota mechanic in Seattle?
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]
posted by friendlyjuan at 11:06 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I obtain a copy of the script for the play "Shulamith" by Abraham Goldfaden?
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.
posted by ovesh at 10:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Who made the techno-dance song with lyrics "be my b***"?
Who made the techno-dance song with lyrics, and song title: "my b***"? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 10:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Haircut questions on the green: 2. Useful questions on the green: 0.
Maintaining a haircut by myself with clippers? [more inside]
posted by zennish at 10:39 PM PST - 7 comments

What's your best idea for a "____ hunter" costume?
I'd like to be a "______ hunter" for Halloween this year. Help me fill in the blank! [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 10:36 PM PST - 32 comments

How much should I reimburse an employee for driving?
At what rate should I compensate a casual employee who will be occasionally driving to my office? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:14 PM PST - 11 comments

When do you give up pursuing a degree?
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]
posted by Calzephyr at 8:38 PM PST - 27 comments

Get out the vehicle, hippy!
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]
posted by ambulocetus at 8:32 PM PST - 9 comments

I need shoes.
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]
posted by selenized at 8:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Where to find foreign-language baby name books?
Need recommendations for foreign-language baby name books. [more inside]
posted by skilar at 8:17 PM PST - 6 comments

probably too chilly for a hayride
Fun, romantic autumnal activities for this Thursday or Friday night in Chicago and surrounding area? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 7:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Does this seem like it might work out?
I need some advice about my first relationship. [more inside]
posted by lali at 7:59 PM PST - 17 comments

It's hard to justify a 14-hour round trip drive for lunch.
Where can I get a Philadelphia-style vegetarian hoagie in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by 256 at 7:48 PM PST - 1 comments

SELECT careerhelp FROM much better informer mefites.
It is time to refine my career. Help me become an excellent database administrator. [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie at 7:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Can anyone provide resources for learning to be in a healthy long-term relationship?
Can anyone provide resources for learning to be in a healthy long-term relationship? [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough at 7:33 PM PST - 9 comments

So little to go on
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?
posted by doift at 7:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for nice T-Shirts
I'm trying to find some nice, solid color, everyday wear t-shirts in both short and long sleeve varieties. [more inside]
posted by Jacob G at 6:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I get out set in grease stains?
Hope me, laundry wizards! Is there any way to get out grease stains on a shirt after it's been dried? [more inside]
posted by calistasm at 6:44 PM PST - 24 comments

Entrepreneurship class: We're creating a GPS company, how do we get licensing?
Obtain a commercial license to use GPS? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac at 6:27 PM PST - 7 comments

No Adderall in NYC
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]
posted by You Get A Favorite For Being A Snowflake at 6:25 PM PST - 19 comments

Thank you
How to properly thank a superior? [more inside]
posted by gocubbies at 6:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Could I have acquired rabies from this squirrel?
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]
posted by r0w at 6:05 PM PST - 39 comments

how do i sharpen scissors?
can you recommend an idiot-proof scissor sharpener? [more inside]
posted by sockpuppet plots an escape at 5:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Is this good exertion or bad exertion - heart rate question
How much I should be concerned about high heart rates while running? Question about exercise and heart rates. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 5:49 PM PST - 31 comments

Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.
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]
posted by Sassyfras at 5:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Not a Vitae
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]
posted by R2WeTwo at 5:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I replace my UPS?
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]
posted by marble at 5:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Who wrote Blue in Green?
Did Bill Evans write Blue in Green, or did Miles Davis, or did they both? [more inside]
posted by liminalrampaste at 5:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I use my remaining WIC benefits after I got a new job, before my next certification?
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]
posted by anonymous at 5:00 PM PST - 11 comments

History of Mental Institutions
I'm looking for a book about the de-institutionalization of mental hospitals in the US. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 4:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a new pair of the best nail scissors ever.
I lost the best nail scissors ever. Problem: I don't remember exactly where they came from, standard drug store replacements suck. [more inside]
posted by anaelith at 3:59 PM PST - 5 comments

How to stop my life's blooper reel constantly playing in my head?
[Depression/medication filter] Recommendations for constant negative thoughts about myself? Unfortunately medication/treatment-resistant so far. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:00 PM PST - 14 comments

To Second Opinion or Not, what is the etiquitte?
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]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 2:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Best route, Cheyenne -> Dubois?
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]
posted by xiw at 2:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Need another pair of eyes on this beholder
How I do go about helping play test an indie pen and paper rpg? [more inside]
posted by 0bs01337 at 2:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Nasty! Nasty seals.
How can I clean or replace my shower door seals? [more inside]
posted by huckit at 2:44 PM PST - 4 comments

email always, phone call, almost zero
Help me analyze this: why am I strongly prefer email than phone call to communicate with my friends. Am I selfish, hypocritical? [more inside]
posted by akomom at 2:29 PM PST - 25 comments

No kitty in my new apartment!?!?
Landlord says a fellow tenant's allergies mean no kitty for me. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by good day merlock at 2:28 PM PST - 30 comments

Why won't my PC burn disks?
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?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 2:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Am I pregnant? I sure hope so!
Hopeful pregnancy filter: please help me figure out what's going on with my body. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 2:19 PM PST - 29 comments

200mg of caffeine and me.
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]
posted by punkfloyd at 2:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Remedy my teenage angst
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]
posted by anonymous at 2:10 PM PST - 32 comments

I can't pay my credit card bill with a wire transfer. And I just found the hidden charges...
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]
posted by alex_skazat at 2:09 PM PST - 15 comments

My boss hates me.
So, my new manager doesn't like me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:09 PM PST - 8 comments

3 Cars+ 3 States = Total Confusion
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]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 2:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Sources for figuring out what's on in London
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]
posted by PercussivePaul at 1:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Is teaching ESL abroad worth the ESL?
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]
posted by reenka at 1:29 PM PST - 13 comments

compromised site loses favorite recipe
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]
posted by whatzit at 12:53 PM PST - 9 comments

I've been sick forever
I'm sick. I'm not getting better. It is ruining my life and relationships. [more inside]
posted by windbox at 12:52 PM PST - 36 comments

father in law crossing the line
Should my father in law be telling me what to do in regards to buying a house with my wife? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 12:41 PM PST - 29 comments

Y NO HEAD DRESS
Quark doesn't wear a Ferengi headdress. Why not?
posted by Brocktoon at 12:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Afforable day trips around chicago, Metra/public transit accessible
Afforable day trips outside of chicago, Metra/public transit accessible [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger at 12:02 PM PST - 5 comments

When this guy sneezes, he looks like a party favor.
Nose hairs, I have em. Help a brother out with some trimming advice. [more inside]
posted by the real deal at 11:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Save my flashgun!
[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.
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College at 11:47 AM PST - 1 comments

Visitor or harbinger?
Beetle on my purse. One off or possible infestation to be checked? [more inside]
posted by dame at 11:36 AM PST - 8 comments

What more to do to help air travel with cats?
What more can we do to make the international trip with 2 cats doable (aka not hell for everyone)? [more inside]
posted by kirikara at 11:24 AM PST - 16 comments

Where can I go to get scared for Halloween within a day's drive of Boston?
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]
posted by msbrauer at 11:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Name that dog, for the nth time.
Help us name our pup! [more inside]
posted by utsutsu at 10:30 AM PST - 63 comments

What do you call super-soft denim?
What is this fabric? Why is it so soft? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 9:48 AM PST - 3 comments

What's this flower called?
What kind of flower is this? [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob at 9:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Using new-ish surround speakers with old head unit?
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]
posted by notsnot at 9:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Jazz piano 101
First steps at jazz piano - how would you go about it? [more inside]
posted by ruelle at 8:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Heaters in building entrance area - good or bad?
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]
posted by bibbit at 8:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Any advice for our landlord possibly going into foreclosure.
Landlord possibly going into foreclosure...what can we expect? [more inside]
posted by Shark Tail at 8:28 AM PST - 5 comments

High Power LED help.
Electronics help. I'm looking for a good informational/tutorial web site for working with high power LEDs 5 Watts and up. [more inside]
posted by Eekacat at 8:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Mindfulness classes in New York
Recommendation for an affordable mindfulness class in NYC? [more inside]
posted by J-Do at 8:21 AM PST - 4 comments

My belt holds my pants up, but my belt loops hold my belt up...
Shopping filter: I need a belt to match my shoes. [more inside]
posted by erstwhile at 7:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Need some music blogs that post mixes!
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]
posted by JannaK at 7:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Teaching Lord of the Flies for the very first time.
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]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 25 comments

Am I intolerant to alcohol, or just bashful?
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]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 7 comments

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]
posted by pravit at 6:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Home Networking Setup Advice
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
posted by trashcan at 6:17 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm not waking up when my alarm clock goes off. Help me get alarmed by my alarm again.
I've become immune to my alarm in the morning. Help me train myself to wake up when I have to. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 5:02 AM PST - 28 comments

Can you hear me now? Not good.
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]
posted by tkolstee at 4:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Keep the gate shut!
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?
posted by AnnaRat at 4:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Don't be scared
Anyone have any tips for speeding up the process of "forgetting" scary things? [more inside]
posted by simplethings at 2:38 AM PST - 14 comments

October 22
Soft Pretzels
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?
posted by ericb at 10:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Improving signal in a wi-fi jungle?
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]
posted by stopgap at 10:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Play today, s'il vous plait.
Where can I buy digital copies of books without an e-reader? [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane at 9:14 PM PST - 9 comments

truck tailgate mods
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]
posted by gregg at 8:27 PM PST - 5 comments

This is probably just in my head, but my guilt over my dog's quality of life is bringing me down
I need help getting over some complicated feelings of homesickness and guilt regarding a recent international move. More details within. [more inside]
posted by msali at 7:47 PM PST - 21 comments

A pigeon has been sitting on my balcony for hours. Should I be concerned?
A pigeon has been sitting on my balcony for hours. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by thebots at 7:35 PM PST - 19 comments

CIA/FBI manual on subversion?
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]
posted by ellaminnowpea at 5:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Player piano scene in film?
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?
posted by Put the kettle on at 4:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Been bugging me for years
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.
posted by Simon! at 4:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Is the pig still good?
Is it safe to eat question #18734. Vacuum packed pork spare ribs, six days in the fridge. Still good? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 3:52 PM PST - 18 comments

The Old Hag?
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]
posted by chmmr at 3:49 PM PST - 9 comments

What are the chords to "Bird Song" by Bert Jansch (simplified for a beginning guitarist)?
What are the chord progressions for "Bird Song" by Bert Jansch? [more inside]
posted by parsley7 at 3:38 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I create my own laminated cheat sheets?
Is there a template or software to help create my own laminated cheat sheets for subjects I use commonly at work? [more inside]
posted by denverco at 3:34 PM PST - 5 comments

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]
posted by Pericardium at 3:21 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I develop basic adult habits at 27 after all this time living like a teenager?
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]
posted by chickibaby at 3:19 PM PST - 48 comments

Come back, interwebs!
Laptop suddenly unable to connect to the internet! [more inside]
posted by so much modern time at 2:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find a replica Eames desk?
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.
posted by geoff. at 2:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Inducing browser delay through configuration/programming?
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]
posted by mhuckaba at 2:16 PM PST - 12 comments

What kind of fish is this?
What kind of fish is this? [more inside]
posted by flyingsquirrel at 1:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Eudaimonia is not a 1-dimensional spectrum
How does a generally unintelligent, unmotivated and jaded person transform into one of the "competent elite"? [more inside]
posted by identitymap at 1:31 PM PST - 26 comments

Video showing how Gutenberg-era movable type printing press works?
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.
posted by SpiralT at 12:44 PM PST - 7 comments

IE VM RDC LOL
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]
posted by michaelh at 12:31 PM PST - 6 comments

What to eat and do in Malaysia?
What to eat and do in Malaysia? [more inside]
posted by FunGus at 11:27 AM PST - 20 comments

should i eat this?
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]
posted by insectosaurus at 10:42 AM PST - 29 comments

Help me choose software in order to book meetings in a small group with an online calendar.
Help me choose software in order to book meetings in a small group with an online calendar. [more inside]
posted by coraline at 10:33 AM PST - 4 comments

A mix for an aspiring drummer
Help me create a mix-CD for a ten-year-old aspiring drummer. [more inside]
posted by waraw at 10:30 AM PST - 30 comments

What's causing me to get holes in my socks so quickly?
What's causing me to get holes in my socks so quickly? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 10:18 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I fix the XBox 360 "open tray" error?
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]
posted by saizai at 10:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Moving from the US to Germany. How do I transfer my money to my new German bank account?
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]
posted by hellhammer at 10:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Project/activity ideas for expat
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]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 AM PST - 12 comments

DIY Solar Collector Mounting
How do I install solar water collector panels on my (garage) roof without paying for fancy roof mounting hardware? [more inside]
posted by milkman at 9:56 AM PST - 10 comments

where to buy blackberry battery in NYC
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.
posted by metafus at 7:45 AM PST - 4 comments

I must understand this odd ritualistic traditiono and not be a bitch about it
Help me embrace all that is The Rocky Horror Picture Show [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 7:42 AM PST - 36 comments

What is this bizarre email about?
I got an email today straight from the X-files. What does it mean? [more inside]
posted by Ian Scuffling at 7:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Good resources for stylish yet sturdy sweaters?
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?
posted by matrushka at 7:32 AM PST - 26 comments

YANMD-Filter: DIY Toe Surgery?
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]
posted by spacewrench at 7:20 AM PST - 15 comments

What can I do with a very tiny home office?
My home office space is about 12 square feet. How can I make best use of the space I've got? [more inside]
posted by Catseye at 6:31 AM PST - 12 comments

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?
posted by Year of meteors at 4:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Mini Mouses (Mice)
[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?
posted by kuanes at 4:13 AM PST - 9 comments

How to "dock" my Dell Inspiron 1546 laptop?
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!
posted by Jacqueline at 3:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Apple Juice or Lemonade?
My 5 month old (last gen with the Core2 processor) Mac Mini is being cranky. Did I just get a lemon? [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 12:17 AM PST - 16 comments

Qatar Travel 101
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]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 12:16 AM PST - 7 comments

October 21
Poem about a creature dying
Asking for a friend: help identify this poem please! [more inside]
posted by cheesegrater at 11:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Video chat US/China?
What is the best US/China video chat option? [more inside]
posted by skbw at 9:51 PM PST - 9 comments

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]
posted by Land Ho at 7:53 PM PST - 9 comments

No bricky bricky, I do hope
A safe way to upgrade my iPhone 3GS from iOS 4.0 to 5 ? [more inside]
posted by armoir from antproof case at 7:36 PM PST - 15 comments

How to make this rack fit my bike?
Any way to mod this rear bike carrier rack to fit onto my v-brake bike? [more inside]
posted by stray at 7:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Am I going to have a seizure?
Can I safely stop using Fentanyl transdermal and hydromorphone "cold turkey"? [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 7:16 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me paint like a pro
Help me paint like a pro! [more inside]
posted by Becko at 6:58 PM PST - 13 comments

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]
posted by miasma at 6:35 PM PST - 24 comments

All the clouds turn to words, all the words float in sequence.
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]
posted by Nomyte at 6:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Computer keeps freezing, brand new
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]
posted by johnx at 5:46 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I easily make a few bulk Twitter lists?
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?
posted by Hammerikaner at 5:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Help Me Find Grandma's Jewerly Box
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]
posted by The Whelk at 5:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Movies for the very young and the very immature
Movies that I can watch with my two-and-a-half year old, that both of us can enjoy? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:59 PM PST - 46 comments

How to avoid someone you're attracted to you know isn't good for you?
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]
posted by anonymous at 4:58 PM PST - 23 comments

How to best negotiate new schedule after maternity leave?
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]
posted by anonymous at 4:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me teach my 7-year old to SEE!
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]
posted by zachawry at 4:36 PM PST - 21 comments

Decipher my Kindle concerns.
I may or may not want a Kindle. Help me decide with your experiences and advice. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 4:26 PM PST - 38 comments

Websites of +5 gardening
Good gardening websites? Looking for organized information and not like, meandering contentless blog posts. [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 3:51 PM PST - 6 comments

As American as apple pie
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.)
posted by thinkingwoman at 3:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Paranoid Android!
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]
posted by murtagh at 3:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Honey Maid Graham Crackers Aren't Recession Proof- Did they secretly change the recipe?
Did Honey Maid Graham Crackers... change more than the size of there product? [more inside]
posted by matimer at 3:01 PM PST - 13 comments

What? I can't hear you over the sound of the CPU fan!
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]
posted by jpolchlopek at 2:54 PM PST - 24 comments

Can you help me reduce pick-hand pain when I play bass guitar?
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?
posted by slackdog at 2:09 PM PST - 15 comments

My kingdom for a cloud solution
Help me cloud-ize my home. [more inside]
posted by iarerach at 2:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Innovative names for innovation
Help brainstorm synonyms for an idea incubator [more inside]
posted by allen.spaulding at 1:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Where is that rain coming from?
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?
posted by smich at 1:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Throwing good rent after bad
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]
posted by arcticwoman at 1:28 PM PST - 19 comments

Seeking special snowflake wedding venue outside of NYC
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]
posted by SampleSize at 1:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Dutch Oven Needs British Beanz
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.
posted by blue_wardrobe at 1:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Baby Carrier for Dad
Recommendations for baby carriers (like baby bjorn type thing) most likely to be comfortable for a big 'n tall man. [more inside]
posted by HMSSM at 1:17 PM PST - 27 comments

What did we eat?
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]
posted by gijsvs at 1:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Replacing my brother's old camcorder with something slightly less old
Looking for a decent HD-capable video camera to replace my brother's old Sony Handicam [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 12:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Have you successfully beaten a ticket received from a traffic camera?
Have you successfully beaten a ticket received from a traffic camera? [more inside]
posted by wensink at 12:46 PM PST - 16 comments

What recordings can only be watched at TV museums?
What rare, important, especially unusual recordings can I only see at TV museums in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by stleric at 12:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me feel good about XML.
Help me be excited about XML from a programmer/DBA/IT perspective. Suggest tools, software and processes please. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 12:36 PM PST - 22 comments

Drawing small graphics in Windows
What do you use to make quick little drawings in Windows? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 12:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Crohn's! Now what?
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]
posted by stefnet at 12:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Suggest an awesome romantic place in Bristol, UK for dinner / drinks?
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?
posted by servix at 12:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Creepy wind chime guy or good dad?
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]
posted by escher at 12:23 PM PST - 74 comments

sexzual chemistry
Is it possible to get over some pretty big sexual chemistry if you really frigin love someone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:16 PM PST - 23 comments

I'm pregnant. Help me stop freaking out?
I just found out I'm pregnant. I'd like suggestions for managing miscarriage fears and my doctor's testing recommendation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 PM PST - 28 comments

I thought I was so clever, but now I'm eating Chrome...
Why did my Google Chrome stop blocking websites? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 11:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Me and my Jones (fracture), we got a thing going on.....
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]
posted by TomSophieIvy at 11:44 AM PST - 8 comments

All your batteries are belong to us.
Are there ANY aftermarket (non-Nikon) batteries that work with the Nikon D3100? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger at 11:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Getting to first bass.
I've decided to buy my first upright bass to learn on (a used student bass). What to look for? [more inside]
posted by hanoixan at 11:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Ninjas, hack my phone life!
Cell phone ninjas, hack my phone life! What is the best cell phone and plan for me? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic at 11:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Renting in the Gulfport / Biloxi area
Looking for information about renting in Gulfport / Biloxi area. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Quick, remind me about... I forget!
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]
posted by two lights above the sea at 11:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Durable and cheap netbook?
Best netbook under $200? [more inside]
posted by grak88 at 11:02 AM PST - 22 comments

Do I settle or keep at it?
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]
posted by Wazooga at 10:47 AM PST - 27 comments

"The life so short, the crafts so long to learn"
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]
posted by Doleful Creature at 10:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Can you source this video of Stew Albert and John Lennon? Yippie!
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]
posted by jewishbuddha at 10:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I travel this winter?
What is a cheap international trip I can take this winter? [more inside]
posted by grimace636 at 10:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Reserved seat, great. But where /is/ it?
Please help me decide whether the seats I have for a concert at Echo Arena in Liverpool are good enough. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 10:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Website dedicated to DVD commentaries?
Which website does a good job of indexing and discussing DVD Director Commentaries? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 10:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Any Ideas for a Relatively Inexpensive Short Vacation from NYC?
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.
posted by knoyers at 10:19 AM PST - 21 comments

Making a VOIP phone wireless
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)?
posted by cg1 at 10:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Protection vs. patent trolls?
How might one structure a company for maximum resilience against patent trolls? [more inside]
posted by aramaic at 10:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I get my boobs back???
Is there anything I can do about post-breast-feeding shrinkage? [more inside]
posted by saturn~jupiter at 9:57 AM PST - 20 comments

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]
posted by jeremias at 9:54 AM PST - 1 comments

My wife's job blows. How can I help?
How do I help my wife cope with a job she hates, and get her to feel positive about finding something else? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 9:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Please stop yelling at me and just fix my heat.
[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]
posted by shesaysgo at 9:34 AM PST - 20 comments

A Cigar Gift?
Cigars in Seattle: Where and what kind for around $50? [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

I want a pretty graph of traffic!
I needs a replacement for Analog. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

What' are your favorite behind the scene stories on film?
What are your favorite "insider" movies? [more inside]
posted by marsha56 at 9:02 AM PST - 49 comments

help me commission a designer
Where are the best places to find an exciting designer to commission a one-off design for a poster? [more inside]
posted by gravelshoes at 8:56 AM PST - 4 comments

List me some very long songs.
Help me find very long songs. Preferably 30 minutes or more. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:55 AM PST - 74 comments

Help us support her through therapy.
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]
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM PST - 8 comments

What other songs are like Ross' Concert by Jeff Danna (example included)
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.
posted by AbsoluteDestiny at 8:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find eccentric exploring ladies!
Help me find eccentric exploring ladies! [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 8:27 AM PST - 19 comments

Gmail Confusion via Blogger
Help me not lose my original gmail account. [more inside]
posted by Elsie at 8:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me never forget to buy a staple at the grocery store again!
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]
posted by royalsong at 8:05 AM PST - 32 comments

What type of contractor do we need?
What kind of contractor(s) would one need for these kinds of projects? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 7:59 AM PST - 5 comments

A "New Bay" Seasoning?
How can I make an Old Bay-esque spice blend without the paprika? [more inside]
posted by mmascolino at 7:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Hacking a way through Google+ and Skype audio cancellation
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]
posted by 0bvious at 7:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Not another new home!
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]
posted by Kronur at 7:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Of food and other demons
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]
posted by Ziggy500 at 6:31 AM PST - 38 comments

apple proximity power funkiness
Can proximity between two Apple laptops cause sleep/power-down oddities? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 at 6:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Observed emissions for pre-2000 vehicles by model?
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]
posted by lasitter at 3:34 AM PST - 0 comments

October 20
Top or Bottom, and why?
How should we carve our pumpkin, from the top or from the bottom? [more inside]
posted by BurnChao at 11:04 PM PST - 30 comments

Remote Offline Malware Scan
Remote offline malware scan; What would be the best tool / technique to complete such a scan correctly & completely? [more inside]
posted by Pontifex at 9:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Toxic friends: how to mediate bad experiences with someone you were once close to
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]
posted by everydayanewday at 8:35 PM PST - 40 comments

Deliberately or otherwise, this person is lying about us
What do you do with a passive-aggressive, anonymous busybody neighbor? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 8:22 PM PST - 40 comments

Which muscle's giving me pain?
Which of my muscles is hurting and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by desertface at 8:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Bupropion vs Adderall
Should I go back on Bupropion (Wellbutrin), or give Adderall a try? [more inside]
posted by edguardo at 8:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Buying a hot water heater. Is there a good way to choose one?
Buying a hot water heater. Is there a good way to choose one? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 7:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Can you help identify this 19th century English classic novel?
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]
posted by storybored at 7:43 PM PST - 8 comments

"I assume" that mefites will know this song.
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?
posted by ajackson at 7:40 PM PST - 1 comments

a social network's success hinges on whether it will help get people laid.
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.
posted by furtive at 7:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Please hope me...
Offerer or Offeror? No, seriously, which one do you use? [more inside]
posted by Chairboy at 7:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Sony Blu-ray + universal remote = no joy
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.
posted by Exchequer at 6:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Adventurous and skill building career aside from the Military?
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]
posted by dino terror at 6:29 PM PST - 23 comments

What is this thing?
What is this? [more inside]
posted by ericc at 6:26 PM PST - 33 comments

AD withdrawal fun
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]
posted by kanata at 5:47 PM PST - 23 comments

You're so vain, you think this class III malocclusion is about you
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]
posted by unannihilated at 5:09 PM PST - 16 comments

iTunes hates fat kids! How can I see the full listing of trailers in itunes on my pc again?
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]
posted by Draccy at 4:58 PM PST - 1 comments

Lions/tigers gene pool
What's the genetic diversity situation like with lions and tigers? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 4:33 PM PST - 5 comments

How to undelete a file
How to undelete a permanently deleted file (Windows edition)? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 3:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for a Clan banner/emblem generator.
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]
posted by Sufi at 3:43 PM PST - 2 comments

What's my name? No, really, what's my name?
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]
posted by anonymous at 3:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Can we find an NYC apartment?
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]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Permanently single. What can I do?
I'm 34 and I've never had a serious relationship. Help me figure out how to change this. [more inside]
posted by meronym at 3:28 PM PST - 25 comments

Easy-to-use video setup
Questions about setting up a recording/video conferencing setup for my company. Hardware, software, and studio tips needed. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 3:21 PM PST - 0 comments

Grad school programs like NYU/Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program
Are there comparable grad programs to NYU's Interactive Telecommunications (ITP) on the west coast? [more inside]
posted by tarthur at 3:21 PM PST - 5 comments

How to stop procratinating on the internet
Help me break my internet addiction and stop procrastinating. [more inside]
posted by raeka at 3:16 PM PST - 22 comments

Bank Error In My Favour?
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]
posted by custard heart at 3:03 PM PST - 23 comments

Where is Flo when I need her cheery optimism???
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]
posted by Madamina at 3:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me understand sunrise/sunset & moonrise/moonset tables
Please help me understand these sunrise/sunset & moonrise/moonset tables. [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 2:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I sell my bone marrow?
I'd like to sell my bone marrow-- I was wondering if this was possible in my neck of the woods. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:04 PM PST - 9 comments

How to deal with wife's midlife crisis?
As a husband, how do I deal with my wife's midlife crisis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:04 PM PST - 34 comments

Looking for a non-annoying version of The Nifty Fifty United States
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).
posted by raulgutierrez at 1:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Replacement Talbot's Men's Dress shirts?
Looking for the discontinued Talbot's dress shirts for men. [more inside]
posted by ldthomps at 1:39 PM PST - 1 comments

Can i check 'left luggage' without leaving the secure area of Narita airport?
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]
posted by Kololo at 1:35 PM PST - 13 comments

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]
posted by jander03 at 1:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Have IANYL and TINLA ever done anything?
Has the standard list of disavowals: IANYL, TINLA, IANAMD, etc, ever actually protected a professional or layperson giving advice online? [more inside]
posted by Crashback at 1:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Sending money to my parents!
How can I send money to my parents in the cheap (and easy?) [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel at 12:59 PM PST - 15 comments

make my glasses look like they're broken
Halloween Costume Filter: DIY broken lens eyeglasses. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 12:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Seeking sources for an article on privacy
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.
posted by cyndigo at 12:29 PM PST - 9 comments

What are the ingredients of a awesome perfume kit?
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]
posted by Brent Parker at 11:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Based on your experience, would you recommend accutane?
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]
posted by pintapicasso at 11:35 AM PST - 54 comments

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]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 11:30 AM PST - 9 comments

How to fix audio/video mismatch between HDTV and speakers?
How can I fix a lag between the HDTV image and the audio coming through the speakers? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 11:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Antiques & Collectibles Education Sought
How do I learn about antiques & vintage collectibles? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 10:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Make Me Blink!
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?
posted by davidmsc at 10:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Srssly don't make me eat your brain. Kthx.
A question about zombies. Specifically, Zombie Stories. Extra specifically, Zombie Stories that Don't Suck. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 10:22 AM PST - 43 comments

I can't just uninvite her, can I?
How should I handle my mom wanting to promote her most recent Pyramid Scheme at my Wedding? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 10:19 AM PST - 71 comments

And I say no, no, no.
My sister might end up in rehab. What happens there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:07 AM PST - 20 comments

Do I have scabies? Will I have scabies?
Two of my boyfriend's roommates have scabies. I do not want scabies. I am also extremely anxious about bugs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:07 AM PST - 14 comments

What's the best recipe for homemade asiago bagels?
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]
posted by BlueJae at 9:50 AM PST - 7 comments

What is the best dusting tool?
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]
posted by Lady Li at 9:35 AM PST - 26 comments

Where be these boots?
Name That Boot: A dapper friend has fallen in love with these boots. Can you help bring him and the boots together? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island at 9:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Testing gold with a multimeter
Testing gold using a multimeter [more inside]
posted by jago25_98 at 9:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Excel 2011, does it get better?
Excel 2011 for the Mac, is it any better? [more inside]
posted by bytewrite at 8:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Millionaires by Profession Statistics
What is the breakdown of millionaires by profession? (Statistics with sources). [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 8:35 AM PST - 10 comments

I think my personality is incompatible with motherhood
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]
posted by litnerd at 8:27 AM PST - 53 comments

How early is too early to practice the piano?
How early is too early to practice the piano if you live in an apartment? [more inside]
posted by Sandor Clegane at 8:19 AM PST - 34 comments

Good bye, my delicious friends!
OK, I'm desperate and I'm ready to try a low carb diet. What should my shopping list look like? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 8:11 AM PST - 48 comments

Electronic John Hancock
What's the best way to handle an electronic signature on a website-hosted submission form? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 8:02 AM PST - 2 comments

What is wrong with my car?
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]
posted by helloknitty at 7:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Can this excel sorting macro be made to work on any selected range?
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]
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 7:42 AM PST - 2 comments

How to figure tax savings on an HSA?
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?
posted by partner at 7:40 AM PST - 12 comments

Historic Gold Rush Trails
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?
posted by mizukko at 7:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Tobacco in my nose?!?!
What is it like to use snuff tobacco? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction at 7:31 AM PST - 10 comments

How does celebration work?
What does it mean to celebrate something? [more inside]
posted by LogicalDash at 7:16 AM PST - 23 comments

Rock n Roll Union Jack Quilt needed
Help me find the union jack quilt from Get Him to the Greek. [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 7:10 AM PST - 3 comments

The Case of the Toasted Bookfinderfilter
I'm trying to track down a series of mystery novels to surprise my mother with this Christmas. [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 7:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Can you make a warped cast-iron skillet perfectly flat again?
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?
posted by fivesavagepalms at 7:01 AM PST - 8 comments

What's going on with the Federal Reserve?
Why are people mad at the Fed? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 5:38 AM PST - 41 comments

Animals with extremely long tails
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]
posted by ferdinandcc at 5:25 AM PST - 39 comments

Who were we back then?
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]
posted by chill at 4:49 AM PST - 18 comments

How to collecting regular information from co-workers without email?
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]
posted by djfreex at 4:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Youth Care - what to learn
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]
posted by divabat at 4:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Which is safer: University IT or cloud-based contact hosting?
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]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 4:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Does long-term mental illness treatment get easier?
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]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse at 1:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me identify my new cast iron skillet!
I just picked up a cast iron skillet from a thrift store and need help identifying the manufacturer/year, if possible. [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor at 1:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Short-circuiting two ethernet outlets
Why is short-circuiting two ethernet outlets such a big deal? [more inside]
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon at 12:40 AM PST - 10 comments

October 19
Clown Animated Short From the 90's...what was it?
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?
posted by edjusted at 11:44 PM PST - 5 comments

something to help the yuppie puppies move up that golden ladder...
Help me compile a list of 'ambient' tracks that would serve as appropriate background music for a *hip* corporate shmoozing/networking party. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:41 PM PST - 45 comments

Should I report this security issue to my school?
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]
posted by anonymous at 11:29 PM PST - 18 comments

WA State Traffic Ticket
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]
posted by K and S at 9:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me make a 100-year-old look like a 20-year-old.
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....?
posted by orange swan at 8:07 PM PST - 13 comments

another confused college kid
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]
posted by movicont at 7:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Can hypomania be OK?
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]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 PM PST - 23 comments

More like D'oh!-lefin, amirite?
I did a Dumb Thing. Involving an iron. And some carpet. Please help! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 7:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Australia!
Help my friends plan a honeymoon in Australia. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 7:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Surviving the Ultimate Type-A Job
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]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Witty Cross-Stitch Won't Cut It
New Hobby; Need Help. Colorful bead art like the pieces that Mardi Gras Indians wear... how to learn? [more inside]
posted by sestaaak at 6:23 PM PST - 6 comments

What to do with stolen goods?
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]
posted by anonymous at 6:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Alive person marked dead; scam or government mixup?
Should we be worried that Social Security thinks my husband is dead even though he isn't? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to get a good amount of legal Halloween music for a pre-school Halloween party?
Where to get a good amount of legal Halloween music for a pre-school Halloween party? [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree at 5:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Smaller me! YEAH! Can't afford new clothes! Boo!
I have lost weight, yeah! What do do about my clothes that no longer fit? [more inside]
posted by jennstra at 5:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Can't you just take my word for it?
What kind of bug is this? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 5:08 PM PST - 20 comments

LG Cosmos 2 VN 251: Exporting information
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]
posted by not_on_display at 5:06 PM PST - 3 comments

ExcelFilter: Conditional copying between worksheets
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]
posted by cramer at 4:58 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the volunteer-to-job path in politics?
Is volunteering for a political campaign a good way to get a political job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:49 PM PST - 25 comments

Which add-on window management utility should I get for Windows 7?
Which add-on window management utility should I get for Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity at 4:47 PM PST - 0 comments

How to pitch a Twitter profile as a sitcom?
How do I pitch my comedy Twitter feed as a TV show? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Suggestions for libido-enhancing books, films, etc?
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]
posted by anonymous at 4:08 PM PST - 16 comments

How do we help our toddler to be confident?
How did you instill confidence in your children? How did your parents help you become a confident child and adult? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle at 4:04 PM PST - 37 comments

how to say 'i like you'
Poets and English majors! Hark! I need a love poem for a wedding - deets inside! [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 4:00 PM PST - 5 comments

"Are you well?" in Mishnaic Hebrew
Anyone here have mad Mishnaic Hebrew translation skillz? [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 3:30 PM PST - 9 comments

What font is used on the cover of this book?
FontFilter: What font is used in the title of this cover of Firebirds Rising?
posted by paulus andronicus at 3:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Did people believe their hair would catch on fire if they rode on a train?
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?
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 3:25 PM PST - 5 comments

I always knew he looked at me a little too long...
Things got a little murky with a close, but taken, friend when we were drunk. How do I deal with this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:22 PM PST - 26 comments

My mom's sister, the snow bunny
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]
posted by anonymous at 3:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Tivo and Video Streaming
Tivo and streaming local video files? [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars at 2:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Parking near U St. in DC
Best parking solutions in DC. [more inside]
posted by typography at 1:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Late Condolences?
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]
posted by Hactar at 1:39 PM PST - 14 comments

iCloud with families - how does it work?
iCloud with families - how does it work? [more inside]
posted by Argyle at 1:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Google Recipe Markup Tool
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.
posted by Mr_Zero at 1:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me regain some happiness in my life.
Please help me regain some happiness in my life. [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 1:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Competitive Baking. Totally a thing.
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.)
posted by aint broke at 1:26 PM PST - 43 comments

I'd rather whip something else, but you know.
I think I'm about to be heartbroken. Please recommend movies similar to Whip It for me. Possible spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 1:20 PM PST - 31 comments

How can I start storing wine when I don't know where I'll live in a decade?
How can I start keeping a wine cellar when I expect to move often? [more inside]
posted by Schismatic at 1:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Laser Printers Without The Power-On Surge?
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?
posted by justcorbly at 1:14 PM PST - 15 comments

How to deal with tiredness caused by social interaction?
How do I deal better with the tiredness caused by social interactions? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 at 12:47 PM PST - 30 comments

Further steps into magic realism.
I've read "A Hundred Years of Solitude." Twice. What next? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 12:32 PM PST - 46 comments

I'd like an order of asthma to go
Please give me your tips on combining running with exercise induced asthma. [more inside]
posted by bq at 12:30 PM PST - 15 comments

IPod Confusion
How do I select or delete specific songs from my IPod? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 12:19 PM PST - 8 comments

What makes a good consignment store?
How do you select a good consignment store? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 11:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Binoculars for a budding birdwatcher
Looking for a good-quality but inexpensive pair of binoculars for a 10-year-old girl. [more inside]
posted by tully_monster at 11:52 AM PST - 6 comments

How to chill out, in a week?
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]
posted by c'mon sea legs at 11:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Readability for PDFs?
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.
posted by bluefly at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments

What is this houseplant?
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.
posted by tumbleweedjack at 11:11 AM PST - 3 comments

AIDS Documentary
I'm looking for the name of an AIDS documentary I saw on PBS sometime in the late nineties. [more inside]
posted by Anders Levant at 11:10 AM PST - 6 comments

How to deal with a dead relatives property
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]
posted by gally99 at 11:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Broken
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]
posted by Lord of the Sock Puppets at 11:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Researching successful former foster children
Can you name any very successful businesspeople who were once in foster care? [more inside]
posted by chelseagirl at 10:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there a dumb phone for me?
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]
posted by bubukaba at 10:49 AM PST - 24 comments

Best Place to Purchase Large Modern World Wall Maps?
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]
posted by Falconetti at 10:39 AM PST - 10 comments

if one train full of sugar leaves chicago at 3pm...
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]
posted by peachfuzz at 10:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Point me towards good techno in NYC!
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?
posted by Mr. Excellent at 10:23 AM PST - 11 comments

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]
posted by pwb503 at 10:15 AM PST - 11 comments

What should I do to prepare to be unemployed?
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]
posted by anonymous at 10:08 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I deal with my boyfriend's secret?
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]
posted by anonymous at 10:08 AM PST - 59 comments

What should two New Yorkers do in Charlottesville next weekend?
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]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound at 10:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Mother-in-law shower gift ideas
I need gift ideas for my mother in law to recognize her excitment and support for our future child. [more inside]
posted by sulaine at 10:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Where to meet in Chicago?
Looking for suggestions for a convenient (and delicious?) place to meet a friend traveling through Chicago with a small dog. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I deal with all that jazz?
What music should a New Orleans noob go see this weekend? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield at 9:44 AM PST - 5 comments

How does my computer work?
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]
posted by Homo economicus at 9:40 AM PST - 12 comments

We're all out of straw
How do you (mostly) randomly choose one person out of four (or more?) with no props? [more inside]
posted by thewumpusisdead at 9:37 AM PST - 21 comments

I H8 U, YT!
Youtube, why you suck so much? More inside... (Not SLYT) [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom at 9:27 AM PST - 8 comments

What's this fingers-hands-counting type game
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?
posted by Wolfdog at 9:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Evaluating a professor
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]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Therapy or Party?
Did I just break up with my therapist? Am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 AM PST - 33 comments

What are the goals of OWS?
Help me understand Occupy Wall Street? [more inside]
posted by xarnop at 9:16 AM PST - 32 comments

Doctors in Toronto's west end.
OK, so I need to see a doctor (in Toronto). [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Career Counselor in DC?
Can anyone recommend a good career counselor in the Washington, DC area? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 8:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Should I drop out of engineering?
Should I drop out of Engineering and change my major? I have Really bad transcript. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 at 8:45 AM PST - 18 comments

I still KNOW the quadratic equation, just not what it means
I have forgotten basically all of math, and I want to learn it again from the ground up. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:37 AM PST - 28 comments

How do you pick a dog who is good with kids and likes the right amount of activity for your family?
What kind of dog should our family consider? Or, how do we pick out a mutt that is right for our family? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 8:37 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I look up publicly available information about a company?
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]
posted by bookman117 at 8:30 AM PST - 10 comments

It's Syllabus Time
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]
posted by Beardman at 8:23 AM PST - 42 comments

Why can't this be more simple?
(Long shot Ipad question): Need assistance if possible to put /find/extract data from an older ipad backup... [more inside]
posted by handbanana at 7:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Texts on social inequality / exclusion suggestions?
Textbooks or readers on social inequality / exclusion - especially with a global perspective? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 7:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Spanish instruction in Central America
Learning Spanish in Mexico or Central American country for one week. [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 6:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Can you help identify my painting?
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!
posted by merrygoround at 6:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to travel in Central America between Christmas and New Years?
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]
posted by ejazen at 6:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Help a first time landlord!
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]
posted by 8dot3 at 5:44 AM PST - 18 comments

help this non clinical administrator get a clinical education!
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]
posted by knockoutking at 5:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Rental Company Changing Their Mind on Lease Break
Former leasing company just sent a letter threatening to send me to collections. Am I SOL? [more inside]
posted by runnergirl at 5:16 AM PST - 12 comments

How is it possible to write fizzbuzz in 73 bytes of C?
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]
posted by flabdablet at 4:57 AM PST - 22 comments

Blogging: talk about yourself, but don't talk about yourself
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]
posted by Busoni at 4:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Why did Firefox start losing my login cookies?
Why did Firefox suddenly start losing my login cookies every day? [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 4:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Reminders Power Tips
iOS 5 Reminders - Give me your power-user super-tips! [more inside]
posted by roofus at 3:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Chemistry of Copper Etchant Solutions
What copper salt is left behind in this neutralized etchant solution? Also, how can I safely dispose of spent etchant in general? [more inside]
posted by [expletive deleted] at 1:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Anyone familar with Austrian economics?
Resources for Austrian economics? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 1:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Housecleaning services in Eugene, OR
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]
posted by Charybdis at 12:14 AM PST - 5 comments

October 18
won't you please be my neighbor (and not my roommate)?
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]
posted by dd42 at 11:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Kitten biting now, help!
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!
posted by Equiprimordial at 10:11 PM PST - 32 comments

Physics with Albegra for the nonlinear thinkers
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]
posted by sunnychef88 at 9:15 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for a nice digital or numeric clock
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.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Kid-friendly accomodation in close proximity to Port Jackson
Where to stay in Sydney when the kids are along for the ride? [more inside]
posted by N-stoff at 8:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Graduate School Dropout, No Graduation Day for You
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]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 PM PST - 17 comments

TrueIdiocy or TrueBrilliance?
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]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 PM PST - 28 comments

Unwanted guests
Can anyone tell me what this beastie (warning: dead insect) is? [more inside]
posted by dhens at 8:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Electronic Card for Large Group
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]
posted by what's her name at 8:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Taggin' for Science!?
What is this molecular diagram? [more inside]
posted by axismundi at 7:53 PM PST - 13 comments

buffy shadow play
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]
posted by kitsuloukos at 7:52 PM PST - 4 comments

What's an effective, but easy-to-implement, ranking/ladder algorithm?
What's an effective, but easy-to-implement, ranking/ladder algorithm? [more inside]
posted by brother at 7:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Why is my blue createspace cover printing purple?
I am attempting to publish a book using createspace.com Any idea why my Blue cover is printing as light purple? [more inside]
posted by JoeGoblin at 7:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Any recourse when Berkeley parking tickets sent to collections?
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?
posted by doncoyote at 7:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Communication and Sexual Issues in Relationship. Who to Talk To?
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]
posted by Peeekay at 7:13 PM PST - 14 comments

fix my chrome!
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...
posted by HuronBob at 7:00 PM PST - 12 comments

This fell off the bottom of my car, right?
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]
posted by of strange foe at 6:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Give me the Halloween that Alvin and the Chipmunks always dreamed of.
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]
posted by decathecting at 6:52 PM PST - 30 comments

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]
posted by imabanana at 6:33 PM PST - 25 comments

Fulfilling Career
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]
posted by bearette at 6:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Combining Lightbox with Wordpress gallery
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]
posted by ar0n at 6:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Leaving my SO for art? Is this right?
Leaving my SO for art? Is this right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:00 PM PST - 24 comments

Can single, working adults study abroad?
How does study abroad work for adults? [more inside]
posted by veganfilmjunkie at 5:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Votes for Women!
I am going to be a suffragette for Halloween. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 5:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Madeira banana-pineapple?
Exoticfruitfilter: Madeira banana-pineapple? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious at 5:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Easily add subtitle to user-submitted pics?
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]
posted by skypieces at 4:43 PM PST - 1 comments

I have an M.Sc, help me find a job.
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]
posted by auto-correct at 4:22 PM PST - 17 comments

Financial Analysis books Primer
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]
posted by happydude123 at 3:53 PM PST - 1 comments

Which stereo will rock the party?
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]
posted by zosime at 3:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Mattress, free to good home.
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]
posted by lekvar at 3:09 PM PST - 12 comments

it's my tip in a vox
Quick-fix singing tips? [more inside]
posted by threeants at 3:07 PM PST - 15 comments

More Beats in Space?
I would like to listen to some new diverse music mix podcasts. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse at 3:05 PM PST - 3 comments

I wish I had asked you out instead.
Does it ever work in the wrong order? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:05 PM PST - 34 comments

How to have a baby and a life?
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]
posted by anonymous at 3:05 PM PST - 67 comments

ADD Crafting
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]
posted by TooFewShoes at 3:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Four-color postcards?
Where to have 4-color postcards printed? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Brown at 2:45 PM PST - 8 comments

I think I have a job?
I accepted a job abroad. I bought a plane ticket. They haven't sent me my contract. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:14 PM PST - 22 comments

Where to get business cards made.
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?
posted by adventureloop at 2:07 PM PST - 15 comments

exquisite corpse: the game
How to best run a table top RPG with two people alternating between being the game master and playing a character? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus at 2:05 PM PST - 8 comments

We need a good photo printer
Please recommend a photo printer. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:56 PM PST - 4 comments

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]
posted by Snorlax at 1:54 PM PST - 25 comments

Can borderline iron deficiency still cause symptoms?
Can borderline iron deficiency still cause symptoms? [more inside]
posted by vanitas at 1:21 PM PST - 6 comments

WARNING: WIDE UNSTEADY LOAD
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]
posted by KogeLiz at 1:07 PM PST - 73 comments

Do goats eat plants that have been sprayed with pesticide?
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?
posted by zagyzebra at 1:02 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I sell phone chargers in bulk?
How can I sell a ton of microUSB chargers? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 12:53 PM PST - 7 comments

You load 16 tasks, what do you get?
Looking for advice to better manage my mental energy so I can accomplish more. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 12:48 PM PST - 11 comments

How to get to Heathrow in the early AM
London filter: I need to get to Heathrow airport Terminal 5. [more inside]
posted by buck:fuller at 12:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Fantasy novels without the sexism = are they only a myth?
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]
posted by marginaliana at 12:31 PM PST - 79 comments

IP cameras or security system
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]
posted by needlegrrl at 12:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Where's Waldo's lesbian sister?
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]
posted by kamikazegopher at 11:58 AM PST - 30 comments

Legality of sampling for fun
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?
posted by drezdn at 11:40 AM PST - 17 comments

Disclose or not?
Do I have to disclose a confidential severance package to unemployment if the terms of the package limited both parties to confidentiality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Sowntown Pittsburgh Apartment Recos
Looking for downtown Pittsburgh apartment recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Where do I get electronics parts in Brooklyn?
Where do I buy electronics components in southern Brooklyn (or lower Manhattan)? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 10:50 AM PST - 7 comments

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]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 10:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Can a company decide to change your pay going back months?
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]
posted by tryniti at 10:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Tumblr vs. Wordpress?
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]
posted by kingfishers catch fire at 10:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Oh crap, I forgot how to write essays!
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]
posted by cheerwine at 10:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Flushed with frustration
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]
posted by lgandme0717 at 10:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Costumes for People Who Don't Need Fat Suits
Another dreaded Halloween Costume thread. This one is for the plus-sized gals. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 10:14 AM PST - 29 comments

Comic book heroes killing innocent people?
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]
posted by arniec at 10:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Seeking a Water Pump
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]
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 9:47 AM PST - 29 comments

Unidentified Vintage Porn LP
Identifying an unmarked vintage erotica 33rpm LP record album? [more inside]
posted by well_balanced at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Medical bill help.
How can my folks find out what this medical bill is for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a therapist in north jersey with no insurance.
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]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 2 comments

University Departmental Website Content?
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]
posted by lalochezia at 8:56 AM PST - 22 comments

Clap Hat
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.
posted by matt755811 at 8:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Water, Water, Everywhere but Only Evian to Drink!
Getting tap water to taste like Evian? [more inside]
posted by citystalk at 8:03 AM PST - 25 comments

3 weeks in Ha Noi / Vietnam - can you please advise on accommodation and give some general advice.
3 weeks in Ha Noi / Vietnam - can you please advise on accommodation and give some general advice. [more inside]
posted by dmagic at 7:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Homemade Sous Vide Controller
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]
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me build Hoth!
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]
posted by kbanas at 7:43 AM PST - 10 comments

it's not a bug, it's a feature!
Please recommend a good bug tracker. Free, or close to free, of course! [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 at 7:37 AM PST - 24 comments

Walkin' and coughin'
Looking for first-hand experiences of the Camino de Santiago--with potentially complicating health issues. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt at 5:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Heatmaps, cickmaps?
Please recommend Heatmap system for a website. [more inside]
posted by signal at 4:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Wax on...WAX OFF
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]
posted by xiaolongbao at 4:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Headaches on extended pill regimen
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?
posted by blub at 4:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for an episode of My Little Pony, old series
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]
posted by mondotwistedmojo at 4:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Why is my ex stuttering?
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]
posted by b33j at 3:05 AM PST - 24 comments

What comes to mind when you hear "Shelley Duvall"?
How can I dress and look like Shelley Duvall? [more inside]
posted by Vrai at 2:46 AM PST - 21 comments

How to realign clothesline from up high?
How can I realign a clothesline on a pulley 30 feet off the ground without a ladder or the handyperson? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 1:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Custom suit - for a woman
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]
posted by OLechat at 12:03 AM PST - 8 comments

October 17
need helping finding good bar in ny
What are some good bars in NYC for making out? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed at 11:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Sensitivity to temperature change?
Why do my hands swell when going from cool to warm temperature? [more inside]
posted by sallyseashore at 10:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Which are the best Tintin stories?
Which are the best Tintin stories? [more inside]
posted by jjderooy at 10:05 PM PST - 19 comments

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]
posted by contraption at 9:53 PM PST - 10 comments

How to best ask companies for free samples for my college Ultimate team
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]
posted by aleatorictelevision at 9:48 PM PST - 4 comments

South Bay - Indepedent Video Game Stores?
Do any independent video game stores still exist in the South Bay? [more inside]
posted by Talez at 9:36 PM PST - 2 comments

A chewing noise
What's that chewing noise in the attic? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 9:18 PM PST - 22 comments

Is kitty in danger?
Is it okay to let our cat sit outside our window? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 9:11 PM PST - 31 comments

Looking for help valuing silscreen campaign poster
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.
posted by kenaldo at 8:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Am I wasting $25/year?
If Google Photo gives me unlimited photos for free why should I keep my Flickr Pro account? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 8:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Do columnists write their own columns?
Do columnists write their own columns?
posted by Jagz-Mario at 8:07 PM PST - 15 comments

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]
posted by GuyZero at 7:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Is that how they say it down under?
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]
posted by abirdinthehand at 7:40 PM PST - 36 comments

Please let me type these darn characters..
How can I reassign one of the character keys on my macbook to type a different character? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 7:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for tights that feel more like leggings - essentially I want "footed leggings."
Looking for tights that feel more like leggings - essentially I want "footed leggings." [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum at 6:43 PM PST - 23 comments

International drivers permit for driving in the US
Looking for information on international drivers license for driving in the US. [more inside]
posted by wile e at 5:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Why can't iCal on my Mac behave like it does on iPhone and iPad?
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]
posted by 4ster at 5:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Springerle in Buffalo
Springerle cookies in Buffalo? [more inside]
posted by mrflibble at 5:25 PM PST - 3 comments

I want a baby.
[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]
posted by fluffysocksarenice at 5:04 PM PST - 38 comments

Need a rec for an adult ADHD/anxiety expert in the SF Bay Area
Urgently seeking recommendations for an Adult ADHD expert in the SF Bay Area who also has expertise with anxiety disorders. [more inside]
posted by Sock of Silliness at 4:50 PM PST - 2 comments

What happens when the Canadian Wheat Board monopsony goes away?
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]
posted by twirlip at 4:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me choose chest waders.
Neoprene of plastic? 3mm or 5.5mm? Pockets or no pockets? Help me choose my first pair of waders! [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 4:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Help rename my public radio show!
Rename my public radio show! (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 4:13 PM PST - 176 comments

preferably not composed of actual snakes
If you were to make a mohawk-shaped headdress composed of snakes, how would you go about it? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 4:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Tentura in Los Angeles?
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?
posted by felix at 4:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a way to be notified if a specific house comes up for rent again?
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.
posted by Corduroy at 3:34 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this brick construction in my yard?
What is this brick structure in my yard? [more inside]
posted by madajb at 3:21 PM PST - 18 comments

PlumberFilter: I have turned a big toilet leak into a small one. How can I stop it entirely?
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]
posted by mausburger at 3:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Help identifying weeds to photograph.
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.
posted by Don92705 at 2:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Group Decision Processes for Relationship and Family Planning
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]
posted by pollex at 2:35 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I learn animal anatomy in an online, interactive way?
Can you recommend online resources to help me memorize the anatomy of several animals for a biology test? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 2:35 PM PST - 8 comments

What brand of light therapy do you recommend?
Which therapeutic lights for SAD do you like best? [more inside]
posted by angiep at 2:15 PM PST - 6 comments

What would happen to someone who licked a common English toad?
What effect would licking a common English toad have on humans? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 2:12 PM PST - 7 comments

the question is, how *much* will the IUD hurt my cervix this time?
Tell me how IUD replacement compares with first-time insertion of an IUD. [more inside]
posted by kataclysm at 2:10 PM PST - 21 comments

On a safari to nowhere
Safari redrawing every tab – is this a known problem? [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 1:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Scripting exercises and tech interview theory?
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]
posted by jsturgill at 1:28 PM PST - 10 comments

My ADD needs help can you...wait what was I talking about?
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]
posted by UMDirector at 1:27 PM PST - 16 comments

I don't want to *cook* the recipes, I just want to laugh at them.
"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]
posted by jocelmeow at 1:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Columba Cream in Canada?
Please help me find some Columba Cream! Difficulty: Canadian. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 1:07 PM PST - 1 comments

How do I write?
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]
posted by rudhraigh at 12:46 PM PST - 63 comments

Adding keywords to multiple references in Reference Manager 10
Is it possible to bulk edit references in Reference Manager 10 (Network) and, if so, how do I do so? [more inside]
posted by jb at 12:08 PM PST - 0 comments

Help me dress my dog for Halloween!
Help me come up with an awesome Halloween costume for my dog! [more inside]
posted by southpaw at 12:01 PM PST - 26 comments

Shop of Nothing
(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]
posted by run"monty at 11:57 AM PST - 6 comments

What do I want to make a video recording kiosk?
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]
posted by RobotHero at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

215 in 510
Seeking a recommendation for a medical marijuana evaluation in Oakland/Berkeley. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 11:51 AM PST - 1 comments

What is it I pass while driving?
Just what is it I see from my car that is off at the side of the road? [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 11:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there a GPS navigation app that does voice recognition?
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]
posted by dmd at 11:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Death without pain
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]
posted by nickji at 11:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Electronic Music Recommendation
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]
posted by crios at 11:29 AM PST - 27 comments

Please help me print a large copy of my race route!
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]
posted by anewnormal at 11:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Tale of two Dudes.
Help me sort out this ridiculous dating situation. Please. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 11:06 AM PST - 30 comments

What insurance coverage should I buy to supplement Zipcar's coverage?
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]
posted by morninj at 10:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Avoiding injury in Judo, exercise?
Avoiding injury in Judo, exercise? [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 10:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Papers/Mendeley/Sente/Bookends for the humanities?
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]
posted by lillygog at 10:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Took a little too much Adderall. Advice on staying calm and comfortable?
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]
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:40 AM PST - 29 comments

What's wrong with my domain?
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]
posted by Scientist at 10:35 AM PST - 12 comments

If it smelled as nice as Aveda, that would be a bonus
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]
posted by adiabat at 10:22 AM PST - 3 comments

How hard is it really to get canned pumpkin in Ireland?
How hard is it really to get canned pumpkin in Ireland? [more inside]
posted by mathtime! at 10:13 AM PST - 16 comments

My wife needs some new books!
Book recommendations sought for my wife. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Atom12 at 10:04 AM PST - 18 comments

ES TLD Registration help!
How can a US citizen register a .ES domain? [more inside]
posted by iz0rz at 9:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Good credit union in DC/MD area?
[credit unions in maryland or dc]: looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 9:36 AM PST - 15 comments

Need US rank of grad degrees awarded
How can I find where the U.S. ranks internationally in graduate degrees awarded in engineering, computer science and math? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Stressed out while anesthetized?
Super high blood pressure during anesthesia? [more inside]
posted by *s at 9:26 AM PST - 10 comments

What would be in a working class Polish lunch from home?
Would you help me pack a Polish working-man's lunch? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 9:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Justice For The Ninety-Six
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]
posted by Edogy at 9:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Best questions to find a great I.T. helper?
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]
posted by Static Vagabond at 8:57 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I use my external harddrives from abroad?
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]
posted by icollectpurses at 8:56 AM PST - 8 comments

How much money flows between companies, consumers, etc?
How much money flows between companies, consumers, etc? [more inside]
posted by simpleton at 8:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Am I not special enough a snowflake to deserve a welcome party?
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]
posted by Dragonness at 8:46 AM PST - 53 comments

Sick and Tired and don't want to lose my job. Help.
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]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM PST - 23 comments

If you're going through hell, keep going
How much to tell a potential new love about past infidelity [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM PST - 20 comments

Ants in my laptop
There are ants in my laptop. What now? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 8:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Find My Iphone
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?
posted by lynnshaze at 8:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Deadbeat Contractor wants his $
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]
posted by mizrachi at 8:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Do they really want to advertise on my blog?
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]
posted by trillian at 8:19 AM PST - 9 comments

As I went walking I saw a sign there And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
Why do public parks have closing times? How are those closing times justified to serve the public good? [more inside]
posted by garlic at 8:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Under the Shade of the Unusable Pear Tree
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?
posted by TinWhistle at 7:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Kindle email, whispernet and personal documents
Kindle email, whispernet and personal documents [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 7:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there a site like "instantwatcher.com" for Amazon Prime?
Is there a site like "instantwatcher.com" for Amazon Prime? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 7:09 AM PST - 1 comments

Church for Atheists
Where can I find the community aspect of a church without any religion whatsoever? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 AM PST - 41 comments

Alcoholism, parents and dealing with both.
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]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Kale is $3+ a bunch, so I need to figure this out
Tips on growing winter greens? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 6:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Advent rituals or stories
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]
posted by Huw at 5:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Calling all Storage Ninjas!
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]
posted by mordecai at 5:51 AM PST - 4 comments

URL Rewrites in ASP.NET -- extension required?
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]
posted by lodurr at 5:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me learn about spying.
Help me learn about spies and spying. [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 5:15 AM PST - 25 comments

How to preserve a leaf?
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]
posted by three blind mice at 4:59 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I access my music my way?
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]
posted by lazy robot at 2:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Which toothpaste has the most fluoride?
Please help me understand the various fluoride percentages in toothpaste, and find the highest level of fluoride in over-the-counter paste. [more inside]
posted by Houstonian at 1:27 AM PST - 10 comments

"I'd rather sink -- than call Brad for help!"
Good Roy Lichtenstein biography? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 12:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Keeping away mosquitoes?
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.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 12:05 AM PST - 32 comments

October 16
How do I trust my knees more?
I'm 31, and not overweight, but I don't trust my knees anymore. Is there anyway to restore that trust? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 11:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Smart SMS tricks for a dumb phone?
Smart SMS tricks for a dumb phone? [more inside]
posted by BlackBox at 9:13 PM PST - 17 comments

What can anyone tell me about "The WELL"?
What can anyone tell me about "The WELL"? [more inside]
posted by pipian at 8:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Scare me with pulp.
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]
posted by tumid dahlia at 8:52 PM PST - 40 comments

webcam for sports capture
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.
posted by TDIpod at 8:47 PM PST - 2 comments

These boots are meant for....
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]
posted by porpoise at 8:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Bed weaning
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]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 8:15 PM PST - 28 comments

What to gift a polo enthusiast?
What to gift a polo enthusiast? [more inside]
posted by saperlipopette at 8:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I complete this masters program?
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]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 5 comments

clothes clothes clothes
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]
posted by NoraReed at 7:52 PM PST - 24 comments

I am not a number! I am a free man!
Anyone go through the American Housing Survey interview? What happens? How intrusive is it? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 7:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Not Moonlight Sonata...
What is this classical song (short clip on guitar inside)? [more inside]
posted by 3FLryan at 7:33 PM PST - 3 comments

About those "reformed" ex-boyfriends and girlfriends..
Reformed exes- "suck it and see", or leave it alone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 PM PST - 22 comments

ADHD hacks
What is the single thing, aside from medication, that has helped you most with your ADHD/chronic disorganization? [more inside]
posted by granted at 7:04 PM PST - 27 comments

How should I manage my workflow for writing a nonfiction book?
How should I manage my workflow for researching and writing a nonfiction book using Evernote and other tools? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman at 6:51 PM PST - 2 comments

I see a bright future...in my crystal ball. NYC Psychic Recommendations.
Recommended psychics in NYC? [more inside]
posted by bquarters at 6:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Any guess on how much this is worth?
Does anyone have a guess at how much I could sell this Chinese room dividing screen for? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 6:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Native Instrument's Absynth 5 bug?
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]
posted by captainscared at 6:18 PM PST - 0 comments

Gotta figure this out or I'm duct.
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]
posted by buzzv at 6:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Flavoured Milk.
Different foods and breastfeeding - looking for real evidence. [more inside]
posted by smoke at 5:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Best Mac program for taking notes?
What's the best Mac program you've found to take notes for school lectures? [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 5:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Sexy-time in the Big Apple.
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.
posted by mittenbex at 5:24 PM PST - 19 comments

Picking up a blade in NYC?
Where can I find good value beginner's fencing classes in NYC? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol at 4:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Please help me find a purpose in life.
Please help me find a purpose in life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:44 PM PST - 17 comments

I swear I begged for it.
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]
posted by anonymous at 4:44 PM PST - 26 comments

What is the origin of 72 degrees and 'room temperature?
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
posted by quickasfoxes at 4:34 PM PST - 24 comments

The Halloweenies!
What are best Halloween events in the Baltimore area? [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden at 4:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Another bug hunt
Where can I find Reebok Alien Stompers in NYC? [more inside]
posted by speednoisemovement at 3:39 PM PST - 1 comments

Help me look like a classy Archaeologist!
Can you help me pinpoint the perfect messenger/shoulder bag? [more inside]
posted by _superconductor at 3:12 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I approach a second date?
Never dated someone I didn't already know. Some advice on dating protocol? [more inside]
posted by Atlantic at 2:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Booty shakin' lessons!
My girlfriend wants to know how to go about shaking her booty. [more inside]
posted by dazed_one at 2:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Throwing teabags in the sink? WTF?
Why do people throw teabags in the sink instead of throwing them in the garbage can? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 2:37 PM PST - 40 comments

How to kill that pickle smell?
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]
posted by Perthuz at 2:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Please make it stop.
What is it about my apartment that makes me so itchy!?! [more inside]
posted by gursky at 2:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Looking for an eviction lawyer in Fulton County, Georgia
YANML: Can you recommend a lawyer with experience with eviction law in Atlanta, GA (Fulton County)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 2 comments

How to look decent with curly hair
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]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 23 comments

Who's the woman holdin' the rifle?
Where is this photo from? [more inside]
posted by zer0render at 2:03 PM PST - 3 comments

how to find a good teacher to teach painting for kids
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
posted by akomom at 1:58 PM PST - 13 comments

RWC 2011
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]
posted by edgeways at 1:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Curious regional supermarket products?
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?
posted by rongorongo at 1:29 PM PST - 37 comments

Creative re-use of soft steel wire
Creativity filter - constructive use for many lengths of 42" long soft steel wire ( 0.086" diameter - approximately 12 gauge ) [more inside]
posted by tronec at 12:45 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the "principle of dissolvent rationality"?
What does the "principle of dissolvent rationality" mean in Chapter 1 of The Dialectic of Enlightenment? [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 at 12:38 PM PST - 5 comments

3/8" to 1/2" Berkel (MB) Bread slicer change in NYC?
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]
posted by defenestration at 12:31 PM PST - 1 comments

Like my great-uncle's back hair.
Will my rug shed forever? [more inside]
posted by TallulahBankhead at 12:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Last-minute soil for winter garden
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]
posted by oneous at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments

How to I make GIANT BUBBLES... Bubbles... bubbles...?
Any one have personal experience with Giant Bubbles that you're willing to share? [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels at 12:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me tame my titties.
Help me find this unique, snowflake-y sports bra for dance/yoga. [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp at 11:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Stop reading my mail!
Help me get through to my dad about respecting my privacy now that I no longer live with him. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 11:54 AM PST - 34 comments

Teaching today's tech to the teachers
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]
posted by aheckler at 11:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Where do I move my money in Los Angeles?
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]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 10:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me figure out the reason for my boyfriend's lack of effort?
My boyfriend is not putting effort into our relationship to the same degree I am? [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 at 9:36 AM PST - 21 comments

867-5309, et al
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]
posted by CollectiveMind at 9:27 AM PST - 13 comments

iPod Touch or iPhone?
Does buying a new iPod Touch as a gift for my wife still make sense now? Considering the iPhone... [more inside]
posted by theobserver at 9:16 AM PST - 16 comments

Can my boss call me at 2am?
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]
posted by Nibbly Fang at 8:43 AM PST - 34 comments

Any motherboard with better graphics cards than mine?
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]
posted by SeeTheTurtle at 8:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Woodcarving for beginners
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]
posted by The Toad at 8:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Steve's Office is as Messy as Mine
Can you identify the random bits of technology in this photo of Steve Jobs' home office?
posted by LastOfHisKind at 8:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Compressing AIFF files
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?
posted by dearleader at 6:14 AM PST - 8 comments

What shoes would go with this dress?
What kind of shoes do you think I could wear with this dress? [more inside]
posted by prune at 5:23 AM PST - 26 comments

Frequent tired flyer
I fly every Sunday and Friday for the next several months. Help me stay healthy and sane. [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 5:09 AM PST - 26 comments

Does anyone gather statistics or investigate health ins. companies for denying necessary tests?
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]
posted by xyzzy at 1:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Does Wordpress support English and East Asian languages natively?
Does Wordpress support display of blog posts in English + East-Asian languages, natively or out of the box? [more inside]
posted by Bodrik at 1:19 AM PST - 3 comments

October 15
I need my very own Bag of Holding.
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]
posted by cp311 at 11:37 PM PST - 31 comments

No Love For You!
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]
posted by oceanview at 10:15 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me translate a Spanish poem recieved from a recent love interest
Help me translate some Spanish (Spain) to English, and understand the significance of what it says. [more inside]
posted by robobrent at 10:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I get a jump?
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]
posted by erstwhile at 9:46 PM PST - 20 comments

Metal ruler?
Where can I find a good stainless steel 60 inches ruler? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 9:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Cat can't a go go
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?
posted by The Lamplighter at 9:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Is it realistic to find a non-religious man who doesn't watch porn regularly?
Is it realistic to find a non-religious man who doesn't watch porn regularly? [more inside]
posted by figgypudding at 9:30 PM PST - 74 comments

Florida timing rules for civil motions?
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.
posted by KimikoPi at 9:20 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I create an awesome Macho Man costume?
Halloween Costume Filter: I want to be Macho Man Randy Savage for Halloween (the cowboy hat version) [more inside]
posted by mrbob14 at 9:20 PM PST - 3 comments

short-form Xbox entertainment?
Is there a really good story-driven Xbox 360 game that I can play through in one afternoon? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 9:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Where to get more information about the culture of different software teams?
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]
posted by unmodern at 8:53 PM PST - 7 comments

wtf
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]
posted by triceryclops at 8:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Plastic frames for glasses?
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?
posted by metahawk at 7:49 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I intern for a start-up? (My major is accounting)
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]
posted by locussst at 7:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me support my boy by finding his hat!
I need help finding a specific blue/grey Red Bull beanie. It's more important than you'd guess! [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 7:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Deep Space Feline?
Clever name for a cat? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 6:50 PM PST - 72 comments

Does (harddrive) Size Matter with the Cloud?
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]
posted by Caravantea at 6:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Tomato Soup Recipe from Bread restaurant in nyc
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]
posted by mjcon at 6:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Unlocked Iphone and Mac Software?
Will updating my Mac software (from Leopard to Snow Leopard) re-lock my iphone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 PM PST - 5 comments

The Hardware Store guys don't have answers.
AskMefi type board for woodworking and metal work DIY projects? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 5:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Quick and easy Tokyo Blade Runner costume
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]
posted by Jacen Solo at 5:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Why the heck did my butter turn purple?
Why the heck did my butter turn purple? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG at 5:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for wrist watch with particular features
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.
posted by htm at 5:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Grapefruit Pants?
Where can I buy grapefruit pajama pants? [more inside]
posted by Guernsey Halleck at 4:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I change my mind?
Need some datapoints on body piercing. [more inside]
posted by stubborn at 4:52 PM PST - 10 comments

What theater-themed short story involving a wallflower actor am I having trouble remembering?
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]
posted by noyb42 at 4:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Entomologists, ants are littering on my patio! Why?
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.)
posted by Reighlok at 4:27 PM PST - 4 comments

So who's the obscure forerunner of Coltrane?
Flying Burrito Brothers : The Eagles as Brooks and Dunn : The Louvin Brothers as John Coltrane : ?? [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 3:53 PM PST - 21 comments

Mold me a Lifesaver (r)
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]
posted by danapiper at 3:28 PM PST - 10 comments

How to have the longest birthday possible
I really like birthdays. I want to have the longest birthday that is technically possible. How do I achieve this? [more inside]
posted by v.barboni at 3:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Scared and mystified
How do I find out what (really scary) just happened to me on the subway platform? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 3:19 PM PST - 13 comments

What is the origin of this costume I keep seeing?
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]
posted by Perodicticus potto at 1:42 PM PST - 5 comments

LinkedIn Endorsements - Trim to the few "best" or show them all?
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]
posted by meinvt at 1:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Watching Sports While Worrying
How can a person with a conscience watch contact sports? [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 1:05 PM PST - 43 comments

Post Searching for Poster
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]
posted by eytanb at 12:44 PM PST - 47 comments

Where/how to obtain a manual for a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer?
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.)
posted by perspicio at 12:30 PM PST - 6 comments

MBP 2011 Speaker Pop
My MacBook Pro 2011 13" is making an odd noise through the speakers/headphones. Has anybody come across this before? [more inside]
posted by anaximander at 12:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Computers + Dust = Die
I've been told to invest in an antistatic dust cover for my 24" iMac. Any suggestions? Live in the UK
posted by nam3d at 12:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I recreate Brooklyn in Missouri?
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]
posted by valeries at 11:59 AM PST - 16 comments

Thank you kindly
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]
posted by alby at 11:56 AM PST - 21 comments

They drank my MLKSHK!
Help me get MLKSHK back! [more inside]
posted by pjern at 11:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for the name of a documentary which reunited Third Reich denouncers and their victims.
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.
posted by klanawa at 11:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Low cost gift ideas for my amazing husband
Help me come up with a fantastic birthday gift for my husband. Special circumstances make this challenging. (Maybe a little NSFW). [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 11:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Which cake pan do I use?
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]
posted by Neely O'Hara at 11:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Dating without the bullshit?
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]
posted by dekathelon at 11:31 AM PST - 43 comments

Help me think of a (female) costume for a 1986 theme party
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)!
posted by madscientist01 at 11:18 AM PST - 27 comments

How to convert this jQuery snippet to plain JS or Mootools?
Need to get standard Javascript or Mootools equivalent code for this jQuery snippet. [more inside]
posted by circular at 10:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Bombastic, histrionic, over-the-top, emotionally cathartic songs
Bombastic, histrionic, over-the-top, emotionally cathartic songs? Preferably those especially good played LOUD. [more inside]
posted by vers at 10:43 AM PST - 79 comments

So much for being discreet.
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]
posted by andrewcilento at 10:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Phùng Thị Chính?
Librarians / reference experts: I'm seeking any information in English about Phùng Thị Chính (other than the stub on Wikipedia).
posted by kalapierson at 10:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Getting my mom an iPad. I need simplicity!
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]
posted by cgg at 10:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me help the top 1%!
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]
posted by elmer benson at 9:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Why am I so angry?
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]
posted by fiasco at 9:20 AM PST - 29 comments

Black Spots on Curry Leaf Plant
Block spots on my curry leaf plant (Murraya koenigii). What's killing my poor plant? [more inside]
posted by destrius at 9:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Good intermediate accounting book for internet companies?
What is a good basic to intermediate financial or cost accounting book that is focused on software/internet companies? [more inside]
posted by I like to eat meat at 9:10 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm in a funk: how do I stop feeling anxious and depressed and build more of a social life?
I'm in a funk: how do I stop feeling anxious and depressed and build more of a social life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Couples counseling in NYC
I am just about at my wit's end with my boyfriend. Please recommend a couples counselor in New York (Manhattan, specifically). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Thanks, but we were just going to get takout Mexican
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]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 8:15 AM PST - 33 comments

Android --> iPhone
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?
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 7:32 AM PST - 9 comments

How to bring life to old Uggs?
How to restore the sheepskin in Uggs? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 6:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Buy curtains, get sleep?
What is the best way to lower the ambient noise in my bedroom given the following constraints? (Snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera at 5:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Chicago to South Bend Roadtrip
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]
posted by qsysopr at 5:20 AM PST - 9 comments

What to do in a far-away emergency?
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]
posted by edbyford at 4:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Auction Software
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.
posted by Noodles at 3:45 AM PST - 1 comments

Drugs and cervix
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]
posted by goofyfoot at 3:35 AM PST - 27 comments

A new job or career that has no computer use, no sitting around in chairs, and no driving a van
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]
posted by Not Supplied at 2:31 AM PST - 17 comments

Is graduate school a good idea?
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]
posted by mando at 1:30 AM PST - 4 comments

October 14
Child psychic, tea-reader mom, titanic blanket
Help me find this children's book I would have read in the 80's. It had a psychic girl in it, from a poor family, and I believe it was set in the 1920's. Her mother was a tea-reader and may have been a gypsy. I remember a scene where the girl briefly time-traveled to the sinking titanic, and came back soaking wet, draped in a white star line blanket. Her fame allowed her to meet some royal personage, and the rich family in town gave her a dress from the dry goods shop. that's all I've got.
posted by camdan at 11:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Sometimes it just never happens
How do you let go of regret and envy? [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 11:21 PM PST - 26 comments

How does one set about making an impact in their surroundings?
How do I make an impact/difference/accomplish something memorable? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 at 11:17 PM PST - 3 comments

What are my rights in Washington state regarding the sale of the property I rent by my landlord?
As a tenant, what are my rights regarding my landlord's ability to sell the property to a new owner before the end of the lease? [more inside]
posted by NBJack at 9:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Wish Book Please!
How do I get a FLOOD of Christmas catalogs? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 9:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Ain't WHICH Mountain High Enough?
On the muzak where I work, which is actual Muzak brand muzak, there is a soul channel that sometimes plays a version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" that is simply amazing. It's a female vocalist, sounds like Aretha Franklin, may be her, but I can't seem to find a matching version online. [more inside]
posted by Slinga at 8:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Advent Calendar w/chocolate
Please help me find an Advent Calendar with chocolate prizes. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep at 8:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Are you a hydro-electric engineer?
Can anyone explain how the 'intake towers' at the Hoover dam work? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 7:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Attention Please
[MusicalEquipmentGeekeryFilter] Can anyone answer my questions about the stage equipment of the band BORIS? [more inside]
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 7:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I help others for my own questionable mental health purposes?
Where can I volunteer at a soup kitchen (or similar organization) in NYC *this weekend*, as a last-minute thing? [more inside]
posted by Eshkol at 6:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Mexican "Day of the Dead"-themed Costumes
Halloween costume filter: Inspired by this AskMe, my wife & I have decided to go for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)-themed costumes. Interested in any and all ideas both for costumes themselves and face-painting patterns (and floral accessories!). A few possibilities we've been looking at: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5. But open to anything. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 5:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Group Condo Purchase
What do I need to consider with regards to a group buy of a condo? [more inside]
posted by rryan at 5:03 PM PST - 7 comments

The Crumbs Remain
I have a small, tile, kitchen floor (small space, largish tiles). What is the best swiffer-type product to use after sweeping to get the last bit of dirt and crumbs that are left? Or is a traditional mop still the best bet?
posted by nadawi at 4:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Programmable Keyboard for data entry?
I have this programmable keyboard at work. Any (modern) equivalent replacements? [more inside]
posted by Fortnight Bender at 4:38 PM PST - 7 comments

I bent a trundle bed and need to replace it!
I bent the top frame of a trundle bed, how does one go about finding a new one? [more inside]
posted by Botunda at 4:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Pocatell me everything about Pocatello.
I want to know about Pocatello, Idaho. [more inside]
posted by angab at 3:32 PM PST - 8 comments

I failed at internet dating.
internet dating etiquette filter: reinstating abandoned communications, and dating multiple people at once [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 3:30 PM PST - 16 comments

Costa Rica filter
Costa Rica Blogs? [more inside]
posted by private_idaho at 3:18 PM PST - 1 comments

Warm fuzzy feelings?
Why should I transfer my savings account to a credit union? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 2:58 PM PST - 26 comments

Need help with garbage disposal
Need help with wiring a garbage disposal. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 2:08 PM PST - 4 comments

When to stop/start pushing someone for something you really want?
How much hounding of someone is too much when applying for something like a scholarship or internship? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments

I want to kill zombies in higher resolution
Getting a gaming rig -- advice? [more inside]
posted by extramundane at 2:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Emerging from my Personal Great Recession
The last eighteen months have been brutal for me and my small company. The company became over-reliant on a single client who then stiffed us for a lot of money. To avoid layoffs, I burned down the company’s reserves, then the company’s credit, then my own savings, and then my own credit. Promised payments never arrived, layoffs ensued anyway, productivity collapsed as staff panicked and I began living a crazy-frugal lifestyle. Meanwhile I worked hard to reboot the firm and project to friends, family and competitors that everything was under control: stress city. Now, today, comes the payment I negotiated. It’s enough to pay off the company’s debts, return me to the payroll and reimburse myself for enough of the money I loaned the firm to pay off my credit cards. But it’s really weird, Metafilter: practical and behaviorial economics questions within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Philly to NYC for a show!
Philly to NYC for a concert: help me plan. I am going to the Duran Duran concert with openers Neon Trees in Madison Square Garden. I have never been to the venue. We are going to take the bus up that day and need to be back in Philly in the morning. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 1:53 PM PST - 14 comments

What was that old computer game where you're the President of the USA in the not-too-distant future?
Please help me remember an old computer game. It was a lighthearted kids' adventure/puzzle game. It takes place in the far future and you are the president or possibly the president's advisor. (It wasn't Shadow President). Puzzles involved dolphins, martians and robots. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 1:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Plone vs. Wordpress CRAZY PANTS Search Engine Discovery
How can I improve Plone search engine discovery? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog at 1:14 PM PST - 1 comments

I'm looking for Spanish podcasts.
Are there any general-interest, Spanish language podcasts similar to Radiolab, All Things Considered, TED, or the Moth?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 1:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Jobs that involve communication of social science data?
How can I focus on what I'm good at? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin at 1:01 PM PST - 10 comments

What DVD is this clip from, and where do I buy it?
How do I find out what DVD this clip is from, and where to buy it? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:59 PM PST - 6 comments

How to break heroin addiction
There is a person who is close to me who is addicted to heroin. We need to help her. For those of you who have experience with this, please help us figure out what the next steps are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Meeting important people. Tips on having a great conversation?
I'm meeting some important people at individual coffee meetings. What can I do to ensure I have a quality meeting/conversation where the person feels like they had a rewarding time as well? [more inside]
posted by suburbs at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

What's this riff?
Can you help me identify this guitar riff? I have a feeling it might be Roy Harper, but I can't find the track (and I haven't heard it for 30 years...) [more inside]
posted by MinPin at 12:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Tax implications and other challenges for a job in the US with an overseas business
What issues am I not considering about this potential job working in the US for a friend's overseas business? [more inside]
posted by Hark! A Sock Puppet at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Good edition of The Ambassadors
Could someone suggest a nice reading edition of Henry James's The Ambassadors? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 12:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Legal issues of writing a book about a video game?
What legal issues might I run into when writing an instructional guide book for a video game? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 12:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Unique seeds for pops!
My dad loves being outside. I want to get him some cool/fun seeds for Christmas to plant in the spring. What should I get? He lives in south eastern Wisconsin (zone 5). [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft at 12:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Go to book on working with an assistant?
I am a busy executive level position in a small consulting firm. Business is booming and I'm in high demand - as such I am beginning to feel the need to hire an assistant to take some things off my plate and allow me to focus on some higher level thinking. Is there a respected book, resource, or school of thought on how to incorporate a personal / administrative assistant in to my personal workflow? [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 12:16 PM PST - 2 comments

day trip outside of Denver
2 days in Denver metro area in November and looking for a day trip (and a place outside of Denver to stay the night) - what to do? [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 11:52 AM PST - 9 comments

How to get mothball stink out of a dresser that's already been empty of mothballs for years?
How do we get mothball fumes out of a dresser (not just mask the scent), when the dresser has already been sitting empty for years and still stinks? [more inside]
posted by palliser at 11:50 AM PST - 13 comments

GRE Biology Subject Exam question
Folks that have taken the GRE Subject Exam in Biology: Is it absolutely necessary to take Biochemistry before tackling the exam, or can I study for the exam and still knock it out of the park? (specifics follow) [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 11:49 AM PST - 14 comments

How do libraries decide which donated books get added to the catalog?
The question was asked, What does the library do with donated books? and one of the respondents said that library staff screen donations and then decide what to do with, or where to send each book. These people were referred to as "Selectors." I'm curious about the process of 'Selecting' on behalf of a library. What I mean is, How do libraries generally decide what gets added to the catalog (approved for processing) and what gets rejected (sent off to the 'Friends bookstore' or what have you). I'm sure each library has its own needs to consider but, generally speaking, are there some set of basic guidelines that most Selectors employ in the initial screening process?
posted by mousepad at 11:33 AM PST - 19 comments

Neighborhoods in Chicago for twenty-something foodie?
What Chicago neighborhood is best for a single 20-something foodie? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 11:30 AM PST - 18 comments

A 1 percent for your thoughts.
How much money do you have to make to be in "the top 1 percent", in world terms? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 11:18 AM PST - 31 comments

Will my doctor friend lost his medical licence if he checks into an inpatient mental facility?
My best friend is a doctor in Miami (with a board-certified specialism) and he's having a nervous breakdown. He's afraid that if he checks himself into a mental hospital he'll lose his licence to practice medicine. I have couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 12 comments

ScotchFilter: Help me introduct my girlfriend to Scotch whisky.
What's a good Scotch to introduce someone to the wonders of Scotch whisky? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 10:34 AM PST - 56 comments

I need help with my quit-smoking tattoo.
TattooFilter: I'm getting a quit-smoking tattoo and I need help with placement and a font, and maybe a border. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 10:23 AM PST - 29 comments

Writers: how do you educate clients who don't value your work?
Copywriters and other creatives: how do you protect yourself when dealing with clients who suck up time with extensive revisions, general indecisiveness, or just plain bad judgment? My larger projects can handle some ballooning of time in one direction or another, and for my big national clients there is always client awareness of my expertise and what it's worth. My problem is with taking on smaller clients who seem great at first, but then balk at suggestions, revise good writing