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November 30
Google Earth looks great. The menu text, not so much.
When I use Google Earth the menu text (not text in the map screen, but on the top and left side) is ugly and unreadable. What can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by thecjm at 11:56 PM PST - 1 comments

How do I pass form data between pages and have it email me the results?
Help me learn to code a form that passes multiple fields across several pages and ultimately emails me the results. [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 11:06 PM PST - 12 comments

You only need to stare at a piece of blank paper until your forehead bleeds.
I really, really want to write creatively but I hate writing creatively. WTF? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 PM PST - 41 comments

Is the SLK 55 AMG really worth it?
'Best car for the money' questions have been asked over and over, but now it's my turn! I'm young, single, and fast... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 PM PST - 50 comments

Thought-provoking magazines for kids?
Magazines for the inquisitive kid? [more inside]
posted by Taft at 8:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Diabetes 2 & IBS (lucky me)
I have Diabetes II and probably IBS. Is it unusual that I have higher blood sugar levels when the IBS symptoms are at their worst. [more inside]
posted by mickbw at 7:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for attention in all the wrong places
Why would a woman be jealous of the attention her girlfriends receive from their significant others? There is an answer, but the issue has formed a pattern in my life that I fear is getting out of control! I would appreciate anyone who could take the time to help me out by reading more...:) [more inside]
posted by dentro at 7:36 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me find a non-wool, non-scratchy winter hat for skiing
Can you help me find the perfect non-wool, in-no-way-scratchy winter hat for moderateish activity (male recipient)? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 7:14 PM PST - 15 comments

Can you tell me about Tibial Tubercle Transfer surgery?
Questions about knee surgery... [more inside]
posted by sotalia at 7:05 PM PST - 0 comments

Why can't college be cheaper?
My 1 year old daughter has been given money... what now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Taking pictures in Barcelona and Madrid.
What are the best locations for taking pictures of Barcelona/Madrid? [more inside]
posted by scooterdman at 7:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Need help setting up AirPort on my Mac
I'm trying to set up an AirPort on my Mac and I'm having some issues. It's asking for OS X 10.4 and I'm running 10.5 but it still doesn't work. Any clue as to why this is happening? [more inside]
posted by Joseppi at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Kicking butt and taking names - is my kid's coach a jerk?
Help this mom understand the difference, in coaching youth sports, between being competitive and being an asshole. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 6:50 PM PST - 23 comments

Let's put all the pieces together.
Where can I find the best jigsaw puzzle for my puzzle-loving grandmom? [more inside]
posted by wundermint at 6:31 PM PST - 8 comments

"Making a point" gesture - a cross cultural double entendre?
Who does the media often show many anti-Western Muslim leaders in a pose with the index finger pointed skyward? [more inside]
posted by xetere at 6:11 PM PST - 17 comments

How much does it cost a Canadian to send mail to a US soldier in Afghanistan?
How much does it cost for a letter and/or a package to be sent from Canada to a US soldier deployed in Afghanistan? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 6:06 PM PST - 6 comments

So I got these letters asking to buy mineral rights from me. What mineral rights? Scam or real?
So I got these letters offering to buy my mineral rights - for land in a state I've never been to, that I had no idea I owned and in fact can't imagine that I do own. Scam or preposterously possible? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 5:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Antique window needed
Where can I find an old, 6-paned window? Online or Chicago-area [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo at 5:44 PM PST - 6 comments

what's the science? and should i drink it?
my mother used to put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in milk to keep it fresh past the 'use by' date. it appears to work. very well. what's the chemistry behind this? and should i drink it?
posted by msconduct at 5:43 PM PST - 16 comments

ThinkPad T42 wireless connection problem
Windows XP Home network connection issues. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 5:40 PM PST - 6 comments

What should I do about my dishonest job interview?
I was not truthful about my past drug use in a job interview. Now I have a job offer and need to get a secret security clearance. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 PM PST - 23 comments

How should we tell our families we're engaged?
Help us announce our obviously-premeditated engagement in the best way possible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I stay true to my introverted, anti-social self without coming across as an aloof jerk?
I work at the help desk for my company's IT dept, and I generally spend a lot of my time on the phone with users. Being an introverted person, this can be exhausting, so when I'm not on the phone I prefer to not have to talk to anyone. The problem is that where I work, people from other parts of IT are always coming in to the help desk office looking for conversation/socialization and this is stressing me out. In past jobs I've always handled my social awkwardness by just being a very hard worker and gaining respect that way....this is the first job I've ever had where there seems to be a definite social component to getting by. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:21 PM PST - 10 comments

What's better for the environment: mailed physical CD for £6, or digital download for £7?
Is it better, environmentally speaking, to buy a physical CD for £6 and have it mailed to me, or to buy a digital copy for £7? [more inside]
posted by mstillwell at 5:09 PM PST - 15 comments

Down Syndrome toys?
What’s an appropriate gift for a 2.5-year old boy with Down Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by Dotty at 5:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find a list of nominees for the 1990 Inc. Magazine entrepreneur of the year?
Where can I find a list of nominees for the 1990 Inc. Magazine entrepreneur of the year? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 5:03 PM PST - 1 comments

Gift for PhD
What is the perfect gift for a girlfriend receiving her PhD? [more inside]
posted by mola at 4:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Setting up an online driving schedule
Help me create an online driving schedule for friends/family to get a patient to and from far-away medical appts. Is there a better system than Google calendar? [more inside]
posted by JannaK at 4:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Joe on the go for my beau!
Travel coffee mug suggestions, please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 PM PST - 24 comments

New Lawer in the Family
I have just been invited to an open house to honor a distant relative that has just passed his Bar examination. Is a gift expected and if so what would be good for a new lawyer?
posted by Raybun at 4:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Help Us Waste our Time
Just got a PS3, very exciting but confusing. Need advice on hookup, whether to ditch our DVD player, games you recommend, and best games for 2 people. [more inside]
posted by bearwife at 4:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Where to buy a specific clock.
Where can I get a kitchen clock similar to this one. Difficulty: Plug in electric not battery operated. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 4:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Movie scenes about democracy.
What movie scenes would you show a middle school class to teach them the nature/importance of democracy?
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 4:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Life with online banking: possible?
Our money management software (Quicken) is constantly getting us locked out of our online banking accounts (Keybank). Keybank is no help. Has anyone successfully conquered this? [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 3:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Dog Walkers Share Info, Please
Any experienced dog walkers out there in MeFi land? [more inside]
posted by VC Drake at 3:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Which E-Book Reader is most natural at highlighting books and documents?
I'm looking for the best E-Book Reader that will easily highlight the text. I'm in grad school and am an inveterate highlighter. I can't seem to find a review discussing which reader is best at this feature - Amazon Kindle, Sony Daily, or B&N nook?
posted by roundrock at 2:37 PM PST - 10 comments

My Mom won't be around forever... preparation help.
My mom was diagnosed with Small-Cell Lung Cancer about a month ago. Her prognosis is not so good... her doctor is estimating one to two years with chemo. Last night, my mom and siblings got together to discuss her wishes, wills, money, etc. Unfortunately, there are still issues that were left unresolved. In fact, I feel like we left with more questions than answers. [more inside]
posted by Swede78 at 2:18 PM PST - 21 comments

Please plan my trip.
We (two Seattleites in their mid-twenties) just booked plane tickets to Cancun over New Year's. I'm not interested in all-inclusive resorts or clubbing or vegetating at the same stretch of beach for an entire week. Now what? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 2:06 PM PST - 15 comments

My iBook G4 won't start.
My iBook G4 won't start! [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 1:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Do we pay our whole vet bill?
Our dog died at the vets office after surgery, is it reasonable for us to ask for a refund? [more inside]
posted by missanissa at 1:50 PM PST - 21 comments

I bit off more than I can chew. Anyone want a bite?
Help me get rid of my car. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM PST - 14 comments

sifting websites like flour
Which website/company should I go through if I want to teach English in Taiwan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM PST - 6 comments

This disc was made for bootin'
I would like to make a custom boot disc that is very simple to the user. All it would do is restore an image from 6 DVDs to a hard drive. The only options I would like the user to see is: 1) format drive 2) restore drive 3) exit I would like to create this menu and all sub menus that I see fit. I have seen UBCD but it is too complicated for the people I know. I would like to use Driveimage XML and have it read the discs one at a time to restore the drive. Any suggestions?
posted by CodeMonkey at 1:10 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I get myself to stop rationalizing bad behavior?
There are a lot of goals that I am working towards, that are easily within my reach if I just stick to some simple routine tasks. However, I always wind up sabotaging myself by making excuses for or rationalizing getting off track, and ignoring the reminders and cues I have created for myself to stay on track. How can I knock it off so I can reach my goals? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 at 1:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Romance!
I've got some questions about romance novel blogs. Are there good ones that focus on historical romances, or that look at romances from a feminist perspective? What about blogs that are just plain good (on books or otherwise), and whose writers happen to write about romances from time to time? Are there any bloggers who write about romances and about other kinds of books as well? I'm trying to get a handle on this particular corner of the web, and would appreciate any insight. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 1:03 PM PST - 12 comments

This sounds really familiar...
How do authors ensure that they aren't copying older stories? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 12:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Ideas for a place in L.A. to host a large Oscar-viewing shindig?
I'm looking for a venue in Los Angeles -- the closer to downtown, the better -- where we could throw a private party (around 200 people) for watching the Oscars. Indoor location preferred! [more inside]
posted by estherbester at 12:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Creative Coffee Request
What should he order me from Starbucks? [more inside]
posted by tacit_urn at 12:46 PM PST - 32 comments

My speeding citation has turned into a shit snowball.
Please help me navigate a mess involving an expired car registration, a speeding ticket, a lost insurance card, a license held as bond and a omg I can't even think. This involves Illinois and Wisconsin. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 12:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Do I need an upgraded video card to watch HD video?
Do I need an upgraded video card to watch HD video? [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 12:13 PM PST - 6 comments

What's it like to work at Big Fish Games in Seattle?
What's it like to work at Big Fish Games in Seattle? I've heard both good and bad things. I'm looking for more opinions and anecdotes.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Tell me about careers involving psychological reserach please!
If I'm interested in research psychology, what can I go into for a career? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 11:52 AM PST - 7 comments

The perfect sushi gift package
What should the 'starter sushi chef' package include? [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 11:49 AM PST - 21 comments

Can we ask a sick person to leave?
Can we ask a sick person to leave? [more inside]
posted by MorningPerson at 11:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Can you recommend a good book about the WPA artists program, or a great book that came out of the Federal Writers' Program?
Can you recommend a good book about the WPA artists program, or a great book that came out of the Federal Writers' Program? Bonus points if you know of a fictional story that uses it as the main theme. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:29 AM PST - 12 comments

They want me to nag. I don't want to
Have you succeeded in losing (and keeping off) a lot of weight? Were you in a relationship at the time? Great! What did your partner do to help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 AM PST - 25 comments

Ventilation Problem
How do I determine why vent is not sending heat & A/C to one bedroom? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia at 11:03 AM PST - 7 comments

I did that
Ex consultant wants to go it alone. What are the rules governing the use in my marketing materials of past projects that I've managed or worked on as an employee? [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Stuff a sewing stocking swiftly!
I need some sewing related stocking stuffers! [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 10:46 AM PST - 25 comments

I know it's only November.
What are your favourite Christmas TV episodes? [more inside]
posted by bent back tulips at 10:40 AM PST - 45 comments

Who are some of the most innovative hard rock, blues-based rock bands?
Help me turn my boyfriend on to some new (to him) music in the same vein of what he likes. [more inside]
posted by xenophile at 10:37 AM PST - 28 comments

Free Online Classes?
Hi. I'm looking to take some free online classes during my free time. Are there websites that have teachers, forums and others taking classes as well? I'm completely new to this and am just asking out loud. [more inside]
posted by MrningLight at 10:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Nerd seeks Leigh Steinberg
I'm a veteran software engineer / technical lead working for an internet company. I think I've got an opportunity to really cash in at my job, and need guidance on how best to do this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:25 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I explain my 2 year employment gap due to severe burn out from graduate school?
Employment gap filter: Went through depression in graduate school and finished. After I graduated, I took 2 years seemingly doing nothing other than visiting friends and getting my head back on straight. What to say about my 2 year gap? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 AM PST - 13 comments

My legal insurance company denied a large claim. Now what?
I have "legal insurance" coverage through my employer - it works just like medical insurance but covers personal legal matters instead. I have been working with a lawyer on a probate with the understanding that the insurance company will cover the costs, but my claim was denied. Do I have any recourse with either insurance company or the lawyer I have been working with? [more inside]
posted by blindcarboncopy at 10:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Scared to death of traveling. What do I do?
Scared to death of traveling. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Takeyourtime at 9:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Help my find Jack Donaghy's Bar
Where can I find a bar like Jacks? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 9:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Census Worker
Census worker. What is it like to be one? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 9:53 AM PST - 4 comments

The cookies in the lobby are not helping, either.
I'm scared I'm becoming Christian. Help? [more inside]
posted by Syllables at 9:52 AM PST - 46 comments

Jung for the Fool?
Good books on Carl Jung and the general history of psychology written for laypeople? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Bus bent my bike; am I stuck with the damage?
Locked my bike to a post, and a bus sideswiped my bike. Am I stuck with the damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Flying out of the other Birmingham
Any good parking options for Birmingham's (Alabama, not England) airport? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer at 9:10 AM PST - 2 comments

To Meemaw, from Beepaw -- decades of family brainstorming
Please help solve a riddle from a 1943 family postcard [more inside]
posted by cranberry_nut at 9:05 AM PST - 47 comments

Family Christmas
Christmas with parents or with friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I get through library school?
I think graduate school was a mistake. Drop out, seek new program, or persevere? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Identify this iron stove
Identify this iron stove. Australia, probably 1970s. [more inside]
posted by zamboni at 8:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Sending snail mail with a delay
Is there any way to send mail through US Post on a delay? [more inside]
posted by tandemrepeat at 8:21 AM PST - 9 comments

How to get my iPod to sync in the order I want.
I can't figure out how to get my ipod to sync an audiobook playlist, a podcast playlist and then fill up with music from another playlist. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by tonylord at 8:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a Simple HTML Dingus
Is there a very simple, free, standalone OSX application like the HTML Post Opera widget? A dashboard widget would be fine, too; I mostly just want it to run on its own on a PPC computer.
posted by interrobang at 7:59 AM PST - 7 comments

What did I lose when I upgraded to Win7?
[Various Filters] I am stuck. I am using MS Visual Studio 2008 to create a software package. I saved all the source code and what (I thought) I needed so I could format the machine and install the Win7 Update as a fresh OS. After reinstalling the VS2008 compilers, now the project will not compile. [more inside]
posted by Drasher at 7:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Please get out of my dreams!
Help me stop dreaming about my Ex! [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 7:20 AM PST - 29 comments

What are the most essential travel phrases?
I'm building a basic phrase list that I will learn for countries that I visit. What are your most useful travel phrases? I'm also looking for anything that would be useful specifically for Egyptian Arabic. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 7:06 AM PST - 14 comments

MP3 Needle in Music Library Hay Stack
I need a little help finding a song in my music library. [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels at 6:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find the duffel bag of my dreams
I'm looking for a small Eastpak duffel bag made of a specific fabric. [more inside]
posted by transporter accident amy at 6:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Any good media cataloging apps for the iPhone?
Yesterday I accidentally bought the same season of a show on DVD that I already owned, because I forgot I'd already owned it. Faulty memory aside, it made me wish I had a mobile-accessible library of things like that I own. What options do I have? iPhone-specific for me, but other suggestions for the benefit of the hive are welcome. Bit more inside. [more inside]
posted by quixxotic at 6:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Southern California Rehearsal Dinner Recommendations
Help me find a great Long Beach or North Orange County restaurant for my rehearsal dinner. [more inside]
posted by theexpgen at 6:23 AM PST - 4 comments

If only they smelled like yams...
We've returned from an uneventful Thanksgiving trip to the family nest to find nearly all of our baggage reeking of what can best be described as "Old Turkey." What in the world can we do to rid these bags of this awful smell? [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 6:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I hire someone to create a Paper Source-like image?
I want to copy the Paper Source feel for my wedding font and motif. How can I do that? [more inside]
posted by semacd at 6:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Achy breaky hip flexor
Hey, runners (and anyone else): can you help my achy breaky hip flexor? [more inside]
posted by Rudy Gerner at 5:31 AM PST - 16 comments

Tell me about towels.
I'm looking for towels. Big, fluffy, soft towels that are suitable for the occasional trip to Magrathea or just a long bath. [more inside]
posted by madajb at 5:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Xbox 360 games for the retired and slightly arthritic?
Inexplicably, my sixty-six year old father has just bought an Xbox 360. What games could I buy for it that my parents would enjoy? [more inside]
posted by Acarpous at 5:18 AM PST - 23 comments

WishFilter: A digital picture frame that'll pull from our Flickr account with no fuss?
I'm looking to buy a digital picture frame. I've never done this before. Wants and needs inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 5:14 AM PST - 7 comments

To repair or to replace?
To repair or replace? Should I repair a boiler with renowned reoccuring faults or replace it with a new reliable boiler with a 5 year warranty? [more inside]
posted by hjd at 4:50 AM PST - 3 comments

How much French could I learn in a year?
I'm in London and pondering taking some part time French courses. I'd probably be receiving about 3-6 hours of teaching a week, with some obvious extra study at home. Specifically I'm pondering studying with the Institut Francais. [more inside]
posted by curious_yellow at 4:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Ideas for a different job
How can I direct my IT skills to somewhere other than yet another boring IT job? [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 3:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Do communists turn conservative?
"Anyone who was not a communist|socialist at 20 has missed half the point of life, and anyone who is still a communist|socialist at 40 has missed the other half." Who famously said this (or something very similar...)? [more inside]
posted by aqsakal at 3:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Safe vs. beautiful
I have to decide whether to return to medical school next year or not. Looking for lots of perspective. [more inside]
posted by schmichael at 2:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Projects for Christmas-weary adults?
Monopoly and decorating cookies aren't interesting enough to woo my relatives away from their naps. What are some fun projects, challenges, and DIY kits the adults in my extended family can do together for entertainment over Christmas week? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly at 1:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Jesus wants you to have good sex.
I'm looking for some Christ-centered sex-positive how-to books. For a friend. No, really. [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 1:28 AM PST - 21 comments

How do academia and industry collaborate?
I'm looking for non-traditional collaboration models between academia and industry (any field) or between companies/consortiums. Any pointers? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 12:31 AM PST - 7 comments

spelling troubles: Master of Science vs. Master's of Science
Confused on spelling variations: Master of Science vs. Master's of Science. [more inside]
posted by figTree at 12:22 AM PST - 12 comments

November 29
Custom fields, are they like made-to-order crop circles?
Wordpress filter: How can I use custom fields and tags to my advantage? Talk to me as if I am a Wordpress novice. [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 10:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Separation payout for vacation time earned full-time after later reducing hours
What happens to the separation payout for vacation time earned as a full-time employee if the employee is on part time or reduced hours when leaving? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC at 10:07 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the best recent song by a younger artist?
Are there any GREAT new songs? [more inside]
posted by kgn2507 at 8:58 PM PST - 63 comments

Is it worth my while to learn Java Web Services?
Is learning Java web services a good decision in terms of the future job market? [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 8:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Whatever happened to Duty-Free shops in Australia?
Whatever happened to Duty-Free shops in Sydney? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 8:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me not be a psychogirl.
I'm exhibiting behaviors typically attributed to the architypal "psychogirl." And I hate it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Hippocampus shrinkage
I'm am massively depressed right now. I have my Masters dissertation to hand in next month but cannot do anything at the moment involving complex thought and haven't been able to for at least the past year. I have awful memory recall - I can read something, put the book down and cannot tell you a thing I have read - I can barely string sentences together, I cannot think abstractly; in short, I'm a mess. I'm petrified that after two episodes of pretty intense depression, my hippocampus is permanently damaged. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 15 comments

What's the 'law' that says "If someone says something is impossible, they're usually wrong; if someone says something is possible, they're usually right"?
What's the 'law' that says "If someone says something is impossible, they're usually wrong; if someone says something is possible, they're usually right"? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime at 8:08 PM PST - 5 comments

DSL Dead, On Schedule
My DSL stops working every Sunday afternoon for about 4 hours. WTF? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 7:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Records of First Snowfall
Where can I find records of the date of the first snowfall in an area? I'm looking for Hanover, NH, but a tool to find first snow fall dates and records for any area is what I'd really like to find.
posted by furious at 7:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Yes. The cat got my tongue.
What are some physiological causes for Mutism/Aphonia? I'm looking for reasons that are organic in origin (so no 'selective mutism' or other related disorders). I'm also looking for reasons that aren't comorbid with another condition, such as Autism, Deafness, etc. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 7:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Did I spend too much on a book?
Did I spend too much on a book? $325 for a very good hardcover 1st Edition UK (Picador) Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 7:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Professional Troll shirt?
This evening, I saw a man with a slate blue t-shirt on that said "Professional Troll" on the back. There was a pandalike creature on the sleeve. What was on the front?
posted by pinky at 6:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Flooring solution for a slab floor and an owner with allergies.
Very humid house on a slab -- what's the best kind of flooring to help alleviate my allergies? [more inside]
posted by odragul at 6:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I buy a home?
I'm looking to buy a home, am I ready to finance this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Help with an IBS flare-up.
How do I deal with a IBS flare-up? (kind of gross) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Baby, it's cold outside. And inside.
How can I improve my tolerance for cold? (Cold weather, cold hands, etc.) [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 6:00 PM PST - 44 comments

I thought honesty and truth were synonymous
I re-watched Scorsese's movie The Departed recently, and one line struck as me as particularly interesting: "Honesty is not synonymous with truth." How do you interpret this line? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 5:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Value of 1965-1970s quarters?
I have a bunch of (US) quarters from 1965 to the mid-70s that sound and feel different than regular quarters. What are they? Are they worth more than face value? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 5:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Help! Need advice for giving friend advice!!
How do I tell my friend the truth in a way that she can hear it, then take what she can from it and do what feels right to her? [more inside]
posted by Hydrofiend at 4:24 PM PST - 29 comments

How can I speed up my reading?
I love to read but I'm a really slow reader. I avoid reading books longer than about 300 pages because it takes me so long to get through anything longer. I read for hours everyday (mostly online stuff) so it's not lack of practice. Is there anything I can do to speed up?
posted by Andy Harwood at 4:22 PM PST - 17 comments

Name the Movie with arguing couples
Movie-fi: I am trying to remember the name of a movie I saw maybe 10 years ago, involving 3-4 married couples having arguments. Does this ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by nyc_consultant at 4:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Zig a zag ahhh!
Help me dress as a rock star for Christmas! My office Christmas party theme is come as your favourite rock star and I need ideas! [more inside]
posted by Jubey at 4:05 PM PST - 14 comments

What is (or is there any) relationship between cancer, pregnancy, and a fetus?
What is (or is there any) relationship between cancer, pregnancy, and a fetus? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 3:06 PM PST - 7 comments

How (if) does the US résumé differ from the European CV?
I am applying for a job at a nonprofit in Europe with a rather international-seeming staff. They ask for a CV. Is the European non-academic CV pretty much equivalent to the US résumé, or is it a beast of a different nature? [more inside]
posted by threeants at 2:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Would like to open these documents
I have some .pages documents and do not have Apple Pages to open them with. This question was asked back in 2005 but I was wondering if anyone has solved this problem yet. [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 2:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Oakland to Santa Cruz howto
I'm flying into Oakland Airport arriving around 3:30. I need to get down to Santa Cruz. What's the best way to get there? [more inside]
posted by diode at 2:21 PM PST - 9 comments

1980's TV show
Trying to find the name of a 1980's TV program. [more inside]
posted by JAD'E at 2:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Sending mail...psyche!
Why won't my iPod Touch send mail? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman at 2:09 PM PST - 7 comments

carbs or protein
Dean Ornish vs Gary Taubes. Ornish claims through clinical trials to have reversed the effects of heart disease. Taubes argues that there's evidence high carbohydrate, low fat diets increase the risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer, etc. Surely they can't both be right. Is there a unbiased opinion out there? What do the plurality of clinical trials seem to indicate?
posted by leotrotsky at 2:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Out of the Flickr group loop
Flickr filter: I'm looking for an easy way to keep up with all the photo additions to my 30+ groups on Flickr. [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 2:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Keyboard going crazy
Help! Keyboard going haywire – behaving as if Control key is locked ON. But it’s not the hardware (same problem occurs with 2 keyboards.) I’m on deadline and at a standstill. Anybody? [more inside]
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead at 1:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Remotely buying a computer in the UK from Canada
My parents (in Canada) are trying to buy a PC for their family in the UK, but they're having trouble finding a store that will take their money. Apparently they won't accept foreign credit cards, or even money orders. He's tried Dell, PC World, Curry's, and a few others. Any ideas?
posted by krunk at 1:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Blu-ray player on analog tv? Yes?
Should I get a blu-ray player even though the TV is analog? And would it even work? [more inside]
posted by Danila at 1:23 PM PST - 7 comments

CluelessAuntFilter: Help me bond with my 6 year old nephew in Vancouver today
CluelessAuntFilter: Help me bond with my 6 year old nephew in Vancouver today! [more inside]
posted by ebellicosa at 12:45 PM PST - 12 comments

need advice on how to avoid smoking relapse
Ex smokers: What did you do to get past certain stages of withdrawal? [more inside]
posted by marimeko at 12:36 PM PST - 41 comments

Who owns the area between the sidewalk and street?
What rights do the public have to the planting strip (between the sidewalk and street) in a Berkeley residential area? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey at 12:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Getting over a dread of sex?
I am late in the dating game, and sex still doesn't interest me. Want to get past this. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:06 PM PST - 26 comments

Managing the damage. But how?
Anti-anxiety medication: blessing or cop-out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:05 PM PST - 20 comments

Farting Around in Florida
Staying overnight in Miami, what to do? [more inside]
posted by Brettus at 11:56 AM PST - 4 comments

An unwanted gallon of 2% milk
What can I do with an unwanted gallon of 2% milk? [more inside]
posted by k. at 11:28 AM PST - 40 comments

How to scale up DVD playback on Mac?
In Apple's DVD Player app for Mac (or in VLC), how can I scale the footage beyond the screen resolution? (Or specifically, scale the footage to the full width of the screen.) [more inside]
posted by kidbritish at 11:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Apartment blight
A neighbor is trying to get a permit to build condominiums in his back yard. My neighborhood is 70% residential, and I'm afraid of what this will mean. [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 11:01 AM PST - 16 comments

I like it raw.
Any suggestions for a 14-day raw food detox diet? What can I expect to feel like? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 10:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Is the old BBC "My Music" radio series available on CD?
Is the BBC radio series named "My Music" from the 60's & 70's available on CD anywhere? [more inside]
posted by parttimesaint at 10:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Kid's book, chicken brain, early 80's.
Book filter: Kid's sci-fi, boy has to read to chicken brain in jar to make it smarter. Of course, it becomes evil. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 10:27 AM PST - 2 comments

Short term cell phone in Italy?
Cell phone for 3 months in Italy? Cheap is good. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 10:21 AM PST - 6 comments

looking for sci fi book
Looking for a science fiction book I read a few years ago. I believe it came out within the past five years. Basic plot was that a guy died and then his mind was uploaded into a robot. I think the main character might have been fairly poor at one time and then started dating an heiress which was why he was able to do the upload after death. [more inside]
posted by sorindome at 10:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Help! My steak seasoning is a rock!
How do I "de-solidify" my steak seasoning? How do I prevent it in the future? [more inside]
posted by kgreerRN at 9:53 AM PST - 5 comments

On The Road To Feeling Weird
Why do I feel so weird when I return home from a long car trip and how can I prevent these feelings? [more inside]
posted by mmmbacon at 9:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Borrowing birth control
'Borrowing' my friend's birth control pills for a few months. Will it be ok? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 9:08 AM PST - 20 comments

Is my computer going to die when I need it most?
Will my Macbook be alright after dropping it a few times? [more inside]
posted by waterandrock at 9:07 AM PST - 16 comments

recovering photos from a gnawed-upon SD card
Are there any services (preferably in Canada) that will attempt to get data from a damaged SD card? A friend has baby pictures on an SD card, which said baby later found and used as an inappropriate teething aid. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 8:41 AM PST - 6 comments

How Do We Get Into Grant Writing?
How can we get into grant writing for other people? I've had good luck getting money out of the Canadian government for my screenwriting, I've done successful book proposals, and my wife has done all sorts of other successful applications. I am told a grant writer can claim 30-35% of a successful grant. How do we get into this line of work?
posted by musofire at 8:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Will putting cloth through a paper shredder kill the shredder?
I have old clothes, I have a paper shredder (confetti style), can the two come together and make stuffing for pillows? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 8:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Crop Science Education
I'm going to school to become a weed scientist... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 AM PST - 16 comments

What's the best wireless audio bridge / networked digital audio receiver that works on the Mac?
What's the best wireless audio bridge / networked digital audio receiver that works on the Mac? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:27 AM PST - 1 comments

WinXP OEM on a Mac
I've a WinXP Professional OEM install disc that I'd like to (and tried to) install on VMWare Fusion on my 24-inch iMac (running OS X 10.5). But so far, it's a no-go. Is there some kind of restriction on installing OEM versions of Windows in a virtual environment and/or on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin at 8:25 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I have a "purpose" to do stories as an independent journalist?
I am very interested in making photojournalism and radio documentaries. I'd like to approach these interests the way I usually do- jumping right in. However, I get nervous asking people to share their time and stories with me as I am not accredited to an organization. How do I get past this? [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 8:19 AM PST - 16 comments

High Concept / Low Result
What are some movies with clever premises and terrible execution? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 8:14 AM PST - 64 comments

How big a pipeline?
Is there a straightforward set of recommendations or standards for how much internet bandwidth to set up per number of expected users? [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard at 7:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Please help me with this break-up letter
Please help me with this break-up letter [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 AM PST - 36 comments

Smoking lush seeks hospital advice
I drink like a fish and smoke like a chimney. Help me survive a possible hospital stay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 AM PST - 10 comments

How to take a blog from online to book format?
My goddaughter passed away three years ago at 19. She has an online blog (which I host) with about 4 years of entries. Is there a way to take all that text and drop it down into a program so we can print it out easily (almost in book form)? Or is the best way to cut and paste into a word doc and then put it all together? [more inside]
posted by Mysticalchick at 7:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me stay warm with a broken furnace.
Yesterday I woke up to my furnace screeching like a banshee. Turned it off, and called for service, but they won't be able to get out for a while. I'm not sure when, because the service will be through my home warranty. I have a fireplace and wood, south facing windows that let in lots of sun, and a very small, not-so-awesome electric space heater. I have some questions about the combination of heating sources I should use until the furnace gets repaired. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 7:16 AM PST - 28 comments

Mapping GPS Recommendations
Which trail mapping GPS receiver works the best to outline trails on Google Maps/Earth? [more inside]
posted by jeffmac at 7:06 AM PST - 4 comments

NYC broadway birthday brunch on short notice
Looking for a good place to have a birthday brunch for my mom in midtown manhattan before a matinee at 3. There's six of us and we're leaving in an hour or so.
posted by Oktober at 7:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Like a Herring to Water
I'd like to learn a Scandinavian language. Help me decide which one! [more inside]
posted by mippy at 6:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Am I doomed to be a Football n00b forever?
I am a red blooded American, but I just can't seem to grasp football. I understand very little, as in once the ball gets to the end zone the team gets points. I like watching the games, but I feel like a moron. Help me! [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 6:45 AM PST - 65 comments

How to maximize jobs with an obscure MA?
Starting fall 2010, I'll be going to grad school (Master's) in a pretty esoteric field (studying texts from late antiquity, written in an obscure language). If I decide not to go on to the PhD, what can I do now and during my Master's to maximize my job opportunities when I get out? Are there any skills you would really strongly recommend that I pick up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:40 AM PST - 13 comments

how to get rid of a car quick
How do I get rid of a car in the SF bay area? Slightly above junk level... [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 3:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Habermas
Can anybody explain Habermas in brief? Or point me to some good resources (other than wikipedia)?
posted by moorooka at 1:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Who to see?
What kind of specialist should my daughter consult? She has post-partum hpertension. Following a c-section at 37 weeks because of pre-eclampsia (welcome to our first beautiful grandchild!) her blood pressure has been quite volatile, from 140/89 to 179/98. Her normal is 120ish over 90ish. She has been rehospitalized twice in the nine days since her delivery. Put on a magnesium sulfate drip and is on Labetalol (now 300mg 2x a day). Additionally, she has had a few episodes of supraventricular tachycardia that took her to a cardiologist a few years ago. [more inside]
posted by mmf at 12:20 AM PST - 10 comments

November 28
Be alone for the next six month, or...?
Do I bear-up being alone for the next six months to a year, or...? [more inside]
posted by paulg at 11:11 PM PST - 42 comments

Long Term Relationship Advice
Long Term Relationship Advice [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo at 10:51 PM PST - 20 comments

NYC Digital Printers willing to do small issue runs?
Do you know a good printer in NYC who will be willing to do super-tiny runs (say, 5 issues) of digital printing and binding of books? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 8:48 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get Word links to work like on Wikipedia?
How could one change the colors of links in a Microsoft Word document? [more inside]
posted by freddymungo at 8:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Russians got Siberia. How?
How did the Russians get Siberia? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 8:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Oral sex and jaw pain.
How on earth can I give a blowjob to completion without my jaw recoiling in pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:46 PM PST - 21 comments

Custom jewelry in Orlando, FL
I'm looking for advice on getting a custom engagement ring made in Orlando on a budget. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Oh, the possibilities...
San Francisco Bay Area: Looking for new running routes/paths in the Bay Area again...but this time, I have a car! [more inside]
posted by soleiluna at 7:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Target song ID
We need a song/artist ID! [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 7:12 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the best event listing Wordpress plugin?
What is the best event listing plugin for Wordpress? Or is there a simple way to create a custom template to make event listings? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 6:50 PM PST - 5 comments

What is this song?
This has vexed me for more than half of my life. What song is this? [more inside]
posted by Holygrail2 at 6:41 PM PST - 20 comments

Hard drive connection to my HDTV?
In the market for an HDTV, but what should I know beforehand to ensure that I can connect it to a separate hard drive and watch videos already stored on the drive? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 6:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Need hypoallergenic bedding advice
Does anyone have good (or bad) experience with hypoallergenic bedding? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 6:29 PM PST - 6 comments

The fear of not finding a quote...
Trying to remember a specific quote about fear of success, and my google-fu is failing. [more inside]
posted by frwagon at 6:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Where should I live in Vancouver?
Where should I live in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by Alex404 at 6:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Winter Vacation in the Pacific Northwest
My wife and I are flying into Medford, Oregon on December 7th and flying home from Seattle, Washington on December 14th. We want to spend a day or two in Seattle. Also, we're stopping in Florence, Oregon to see my aunt. But, besides that, nothing else in planned. What she should we see/do in the Pacific Northwest this winter? [more inside]
posted by sideshow at 5:40 PM PST - 9 comments

I need help retrieving a vertical blind
A vertical blind slat has blown out of the window and landed on a roof below. Any ideas on retrieving it? [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 5:26 PM PST - 34 comments

Where can we go before we go to Birmingham?
VacationFilter. I have a conference in late March in Birmingham, UK. My travel is covered and it is the day after my spring break from university ends. So I figure why not leave a week earlier and have a vacation? But where to go? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 4:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me find a wall-mounted iPhone dock.
Please help me find a wall-mounted iPhone dock. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find a freeware macro recorder?
Where can I find a freeware macro recorder (with smart recording ability)? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 at 4:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I fix a warped plywood door?
How to straigten a warped plywood door? [more inside]
posted by Izzy at 4:45 PM PST - 7 comments

A hard water rain's gonna fall in my dishwasher.
We have hard water and I've had to pull apart our dishwasher to clean out water deposits and gunk. Is there any way to limit accumulations without buying a water softener? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 4:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Help the fashion clueless dress for a wedding!
Dress Filter: I've never been to a wedding before. Help me figure out what to wear! [more inside]
posted by bluloo at 4:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Simplistic front end for Windows?
Is there an ultra-simple and bullet proof front end for MS Windows thats suitable for elderly folks? [more inside]
posted by jorlando at 4:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Live sports on PC
What's the best way to watch live tv (sports mainly) on a PC? My gf's parents have a vacation cabin with only internet access and they want to be able to watch live sports while they are there. What's the best option. Her mother asked me about "Digital TV for PC" but I think it's a scam. They do have full cable at their main home so I was thinking of advising Slingbox. Anything else out there that won't require me installing hardware at their main home? Thanks!
posted by paulyballs at 3:50 PM PST - 9 comments

I can't even make a clever manga reference since I've never read any.
MangaFilter: Help me find some English language manga for a non-native speaking 11 year old girl. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:33 PM PST - 22 comments

Why does my nose run when I perform oral sex on a man?
Why does my nose run when I perform oral sex on a man? (NSFW details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 15 comments

What will happen in court?
I got my first ticket ahh! What will happen? [more inside]
posted by lwclec072 at 3:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Dual-Bay SATA Enclosures
Dual-bay SATA Enclosures! Which ones let me copy from one drive to the other on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 3:05 PM PST - 3 comments

A tall ship, and a star to sail her by...
So... I'm going to sail around the world in the most dangerous race... [more inside]
posted by PROD_TPSL at 2:34 PM PST - 20 comments

GPS for Luddites
You: owner of in-car GPS with points of interest. Me: trying to buy one but not knowing which one to get and what other things I might need. [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 2:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Nobody uses "queer" to mean "odd" anymore
What is the name of the phenomenon where words lose their original meaning once they take on an off-color meaning? For instance isn't it queer that nobody describes themselves as "gay" anymore unless they are homosexual or are deliberately being provocative? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 2:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me get my GIMP on
Teach me how to download plugins for GIMP as if I were a person with no computer experience at all. [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr at 2:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Why do some people travel under noms de voyages?
Why do some people use false names when travelling? Is this legal? I'm interested in the history of people using noms de voyages, people who do it now, attitudes towards them, and what practical difficulties there are and were.
posted by westerly at 1:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Are kettlebells really a viable fitness regimen?
Will a kettlebell regimen take me from 'skinny fat' to relatively in shape? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 1:47 PM PST - 15 comments

How long can I safely keep steamed chicken wings in the refrigerator before baking them?
How long can I safely keep steamed chicken wings in the refrigerator before baking them? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 1:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Painful Choices.
Relatives-In-Law Might Run Shady Business From Home, Should I Go There For Christmas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 43 comments

What songs make you want to get up and dance?
What are some songs similar to Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones and Lust For Life by Iggy Pop? The kind of song that makes you want to get up and dance around whenever you hear it. Songs can be from any genre or time period. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 12:03 PM PST - 82 comments

what where the odd poles with green circles on top we saw in Oahu?
While on vacation at the north shore of Oahu we kept seeing these poles that had a number of green circle things on top, sometimes four of them but up to seven. The pole also had an antenna and a solar panel attached to it. What are these for?
posted by zeoslap at 11:13 AM PST - 6 comments

How to get robots to send texts?
Interactive art filter - how to get cute robots to send sms messages? [more inside]
posted by Chairboy at 11:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Hosting a public LAN Party; What legal issues should I be aware of?
Hosting a public LAN Party; What legal issues should I be aware of? [more inside]
posted by ilumos at 10:53 AM PST - 1 comments

Likelihood of miscarriage?
Question about finding risk statistics for early pregnancy. I am newly pregnant and am a 'facts and figures' type person and really want to find out what the likelihood is of early miscarriage, 'missed abortion', ectopic and molar pregnancies in the first trimester. I know that early miscarriages are not at all uncommon, but I need numbers! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:52 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me join my friends in their Age of Empires game.
How do I beat the Boot Camp assistant? Mac/Boot Camp problem. [more inside]
posted by wolfr at 10:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Elegant solution or jury-rigged joke?
Is it common to remove a utility pole but leave a small chunk of it still in use twenty feet up? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 10:49 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I stop freaking out over timed LSAT games?
The LSAT is next week and my games section is abysmal. I know it's a psychological thing. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by AAAAAThatsFiveAs at 10:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Durable School Backpack
My son needs the most durable school backpack we can find. [more inside]
posted by Srudolph at 10:43 AM PST - 27 comments

Hi, I'm anonymous. Wanna make time?
How do I deal with my recently redeveloped confidence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Letting go now, this moment.
Please help me stop cheating before I get married (in a few months). I don't want to hurt either of them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:28 AM PST - 53 comments

Help me get rid of this lingering pimple!
Help me get rid of this pimple! I've tried everything and it hasn't gone down in the week I've had it. [more inside]
posted by hotdiggitydog at 9:55 AM PST - 25 comments

My EYES! What have you done to me EYES!
I know YANMED (you are not my eye doctor) but why the hell is it harder for me to see after my prescription was updated? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 9:33 AM PST - 10 comments

What's a clean way to clean my brakes?
What is an alternative to using commercial brake cleaner when changing drum shoes? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 9:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Turning Points
What are some turning points in history? [more inside]
posted by RedEmma at 8:58 AM PST - 64 comments

I really don't want to pay $168 for shoes.
Help me find less expensive shoes! [more inside]
posted by GarotaDaCidade at 8:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Best meat thermometer
What is the most accurate and reliable meat thermometer? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 8:46 AM PST - 10 comments

defragging security mac
Recently had my mac (V 10.4.11) defragged; by another person. Question- I am (too late) concerned about security. What steps can I now take to go thru and secure everything? Change all passwords, ok. Anything else? Where are the weak points?
posted by ebesan at 8:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Choo choo?
Toy train filter: I know not of toy trains, but would like to buy a set for a Christmas gift. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 8:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me get my Sky TV working again.
My Sky+ box only receives some channels, others now display a error 25 'No satellite signal is being received'. Sky want to send an engineer at a cost of £65. Is there anything I can do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Nufkin at 8:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find a (good) CBT psychiatrist/psychiatrist around 14th Street in Manhattan.
Help me find a (good) CBT psychiatrist/psychiatrist around 14th Street in Manhattan who takes Aetna student. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I teach myself French?
Can I teach myself to read French in five months? [more inside]
posted by SamuelBowman at 7:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Recommend some douchebag documentaries
Please recommend some documentaries about douchebags. [more inside]
posted by pollex at 7:20 AM PST - 47 comments

Recommendations for digital voice recorders.
Looking for a dictaphone/digital voice recorder. Your personal recommendations please! [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy at 7:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Is my new tardiness policy fair?
I am seeking feedback on the fairness of a new tardiness policy I instituted at my company. I own an IT services firm that also has a retail storefront (the more traditional computer repair shop model). We have had a situation with chronic tardiness, to the point where on a recent Saturday, at three minutes before opening, I was the only one there (whereas four people were scheduled that day). I have now instituted what I believed to be a fair and generous policy, and some don't like it as they say it is too strict. Please read on for the policy... [more inside]
posted by titans13 at 6:51 AM PST - 62 comments

Whats with this poster?
Why are film posters longer than they are wide? [more inside]
posted by breadfruit at 6:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Devastating deathbed declarations
How common is it for someone to make a devastating deathbed declaration, like "I never really loved you," or "I'm not really your father?"
posted by quidividi at 5:02 AM PST - 28 comments

November 27
Bait-and-Switch or ineptitude?... WTF Travelocity!?
Buying a ticket to Bangkok—is there a dependable online ticket-searching service that is all about getting the truly cheapest fare? Skinflint-In-Coach.com? [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 11:27 PM PST - 20 comments

I like the one with the skulls and the neon splatterpaint...
Does anyone have experience with those new-fangled reverse camber snowboards? [more inside]
posted by fshgrl at 10:33 PM PST - 6 comments

the language barrier
You're talking to some people about computers when you realize that somehow, they know even less than you do. How do you figure out what they need to hear? How do you phrase it clearly, simply and accurately, but not condescendingly? How do you know when you're screwing that up, and how do you recover? And conversely, when people talk to you about computers, how do you figure out what they mean even when they are using a different set of jargon from what you've learned, or incorrect jargon, or plain don't themselves know what they mean? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 10:13 PM PST - 14 comments

complex scene triggering in Ableton Live
I'm making a sort of a jukebox using Ableton Live, and I have some fairly complex and specific needs for launching scenes. I thought I had the entire thing solved a few months ago, but now I can't figure out what I was thinking! [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 10:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Thorium - the other nuclear fuel
Why haven't thorium nuclear reactors been used much compared to Uranium reactors? It would appear there are sizable reserves of thorium available and that reactors based on thorium would produce considerably less nuclear waste and could be considerably safer than Uranium based ones. Given that thorium reactors would appear to have advantages what is the catch? [more inside]
posted by sien at 10:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Will I get in trouble for posting mp3s to my blog?
i am (surprise surprise) into blogs. and before i was into blogs, i was into music. now i like to post mp3s to my blog. is it a bad idea to label which song/artist it is -- as in, are there really crazy music coppers who will show up on my doorstep to arrest me? [more inside]
posted by hagelslaag at 9:33 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I decide between the pill, a test, and a surgery?
We're still not too sure what's wrong with me. I know you are not my doctor but the decision has been left to me for the most part right now. Should I consider the CT, change pills or go straight for a Laparoscopy? Possible causes we've talked about: gall stones, hemorrhagic cyst or endometriosis. Long background and possibly TMI. If anyone has dealt with any of those three, I could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 9:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Dual Booting For Dummies
Two-part question regarding a potential XP/Ubuntu dual-boot setup: a)Do I still worry about viruses if I'm not accessing the internet from the XP half? b) From reading online it seems that I'll be able to access files from the XP half while in Ubuntu, but will the opposite be true? [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 9:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Where's a good place to have sex in Chicago?
Does anybody know a decent place for a night of sex in the Chicagoland area? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:07 PM PST - 5 comments

What to do with leftover turkey
Please share your best recipes for leftover turkey. [more inside]
posted by tr0ubley at 8:01 PM PST - 30 comments

Random slideshow?
Is there a way to randomize the order in which slides appear in a (very large) iPhoto slideshow? [more inside]
posted by Go Banana at 7:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Hey, You Look Familiar
If a woman had a son with Mr. X, then a subsequent son by Mr. X's brother, what would the childrens' relationship to each other be? [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo at 7:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Travel/Proposal trifecta in play
Triple whammy travel/proposal question. For those of you following my previous questions, I am almost home. I now have the diamond and the ring. I also have the flight to Europe. My questions now are: 1) How do I get from Frankfurt to Paris cheaply during the second week of January? 2) Where in Paris should I propose considering the cold January weather? 3) She knows nothing about the trip. How/when do I tell her about it? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit at 7:22 PM PST - 30 comments

Would linux breathe new life into my old powerbook?
I want to have a fast capable NAS/file server/upnp device very similar to the QNAP TS-110 TurboNAS. I have an old 12" Powerbook G4 aluminum MAC OS x laptop. Would it be possible to install a barebones linux installation on the Powerbook to have access to many of the same features of the QNAP device? [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 7:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Small Phone System
Imagine that you have a retail store with 3 incoming telephone lines. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck at 7:18 PM PST - 6 comments

My roommate has been watching what I do online- help!
My roommate has been watching what I do online- help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 PM PST - 37 comments

Why'd I lend clothing to a man named Rip Torn?
I have several pairs of blue jeans which have ripped in the posterior section by the left pocket after about a year's worth of wear. Here's the damage: Pants #1 and Pants #2. My hackish, non-seamstress attempts at mending these rips utilized a needle and thread, repeating the stitch across the rip multiple times, but this repair tends to fall apart in the wash after a wearing or two. The jeans are otherwise in fantastic shape. I recall as a little kid deploying iron-on patches on the inside of ripped pants, but this didn't work so well and eventually came loose. Does anyone have strategies to get these rips effectively mended? I have a Jo-Ann Fabrics store on my corner where I can purchase supplies.
posted by porn in the woods at 7:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Help with our smells
What "base oil" should be used for diluting essential oils to make perfume? [more inside]
posted by skyscraper at 6:40 PM PST - 6 comments

I should break up with my girlfriend but how do I manage to do that?
RelationshipFilter: I think I should break up with my girlfriend of 4 years but I'm not sure how. This is my second relationship and the first one's break up doesn't really count as experience. I missed Human Relationships 102. Please, help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:04 PM PST - 17 comments

Sex toy reuse?
Is it squicky to reuse sex toys with a new lover? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 28 comments

Getting My Gimpy Groove On
How can a gimp who's got a lot going for himself get a date and maybe even get a little somethin' somethin' after a loooong dry spell? More details with minimum self-pity inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Visual symbols that represent the American war of Independence
I need some visual symbols representative of the American War of Independence; can anyone give me some ideas? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 5:31 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm tired of looking like a zombie in my house!
Do you have any LED lightbulb recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka at 4:41 PM PST - 7 comments

"Fathers be good to your daughters / Daughters will love like you do"
Found long lost dad - now what? [more inside]
posted by rmm at 3:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Waking Up for the First Time
How do one become less uptight and serious? People say that you just need to find the humor in life and that the rest will take care of itself. The problem is that I don't see the humor in life. I'm constantly worried about one thing or another. I see a therapist and that helps immensely, but it seems that I'm always hypervigilant of danger on the horizon. [more inside]
posted by Garden at 3:49 PM PST - 6 comments

How to find a taxi/care service to get parents from Jersey City to Long Island on Xmas?
Shot in the dark filter: Does anyone have any ideas about how I can find a taxi/ car & driver service who can get my parents from Jersey City, NJ to Long Island for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by anitanita at 3:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Because the Librarian Action Figure is overdone
Librarians: what do you want for gifts this holiday season? (Not at your libraries, but you personally). [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 3:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Showing appreciation for a classmate who has passed away?
A classmate of mine has passed away following a horrifying accident, leaving behind a wife and infant daughter. What sort of gesture would it be appropriate for my classmates and I to make, if any, to show our appreciation for this person and to let his family know that we're thinking of them during this difficult time?
posted by killdevil at 3:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Where are the baking supply stores in Vancouver
What are some good cooking/baking/candy supply stores in Vancouver? More specifications under the cut. [more inside]
posted by Xianny at 3:23 PM PST - 7 comments

US Kindle 2 in Europe
In January, I'm leaving the US for Europe, where I'll be for the next six months, if not more. I want to buy an E-reader, so I can continue to read books in English, and also to save myself from lugging books back and forth. Given the circumstances, seems to me the best choice is to buy a Kindle 2 right now. Am I right? [more inside]
posted by Busoni at 3:15 PM PST - 11 comments

What do you use your cell phone for?
What do you use your cell phone for? [more inside]
posted by Decimask at 3:10 PM PST - 43 comments

My penguino is chirping for help!
My ceramic pitcher is making a clicking noise even when left alone. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by AtomicBee at 2:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Law-abiding civilian wants to kinda remove personal info from a laptop
What are the basic steps to remove personal information off of a hard drive? (XP Home, SP3) [more inside]
posted by salvia at 2:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Please help me make the most of a paper planner.
I am thinking of switching to a smaller paper planner for 2010. I currently use the "classic" size where the pages are roughly 5.5" x 8.5." I've become enamored with the DayTimer wirebound 3½” x 6½” planners, but I can't figure out how anyone writes that small on the monthly pages. I'm looking for any suggestions you can give on how to maximize your paper planner (including tasks), especially if it's making the most of a smaller space. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 2:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Help a British Ex-Pat Access Overseas Content (BBC, iTV, premier league football, etc...)
My father is a British ex-pat who is craving some good old fashion football/cricket/BBC. Please share some advice about best way to access this content while in the states. [more inside]
posted by ghostpony at 2:10 PM PST - 17 comments

i want i want i want my calendar size...
What would be the 3 most popular widescreen resolutions to offer wallpaper at? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 12:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Perforating Paper
Is there a machine that will allow me to cut a hole in a stack of paper? [more inside]
posted by edmz at 12:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Music with heavenly choirs
Otherworldly choral elements in music - help me find some more. Been listening a lot at the moment to songs by Grizzly Bear (like Foreground, Cheerleader and I Live With You) and Bjork (in particular Unison) which have the most gorgeous, ethereal choral sounds drifting through them. What else might I like that uses similar sounds to colour the songs? I'm not looking for choral music as such, rather rock/electronica which uses choirs to colour the sound and make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
posted by reynir at 11:40 AM PST - 29 comments

Something to get off my chest
If I strap a suitcase to my chest so that it's open, almost like one of those trays that an old-style 'cigarette girl' has, and walk on the street downtown, selling little odds and ends, is it legal? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 11:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Quark Problems
My mom is a graphic designer and uses Quark. She just switched from a PowerPC based Macbook Pro to an Intel based MacBook Pro. Using the new Macbook Pro, she can't seem to open the Quark files she created using the old MacBook pro. It produces an error saying something about the processor. Is there a nice program for converting such files? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 10:58 AM PST - 8 comments

I'd like a number 11, please
Why are the tops of buildings in downtown Los Angeles numbered? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Need help with Laser Printer recommendation AND forums where I can get good Laser Printer recommendations...
Need help with Laser Printer recommendation AND forums where I can get good Laser Printer recommendations... [more inside]
posted by olddogeyes at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Why am I so out of the loop with popular music?
Two part question: 1) What modern pop/hip-hop song has a very danceable beat and the word "melody" in it? It reminds me of "Down" by Jay Sean, but I don't think that's it. 2) How can I keep up to date on all these guilty-pleasure hip-hop singles? [more inside]
posted by Precision at 10:01 AM PST - 18 comments

Metropolitan Museum Filter
Metropolitan Museum of Art filter: Any suggestions for visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art with teenagers? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 9:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Black cats and blue icing
Black cats and blue food dye - oh no!! [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 8:33 AM PST - 8 comments

take me to your leader
What are the good independent music/arts/entertainment/hipster websites in your city? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:25 AM PST - 24 comments

No chowda please.
Please recommend romantic restaurants/cafes in Boston/Cambridge. I'd like to hear about anything you feel is exceptional and possibly off the beaten path.
posted by Behemoth at 8:12 AM PST - 17 comments

A little help, eh?
Help me find a Canada hoodie... [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Augmented reality geocaching on Google Street View
Can you superimpose your own created layers (kml) onto Google Street View for purposes of combining geocaching with augmented reality (would be nice to have floating icons appear during a GPS enabled scavenger hunt)
posted by rtraviscrocker at 7:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Twinkle Twinkle little present?
Burgeoning Astronomer-filter: My husband is getting interested in the cosmos and theoretical physics. Any neat gift ideas to encourage this? I've googled the interweb but don't know where to start.
posted by jennyhead at 7:14 AM PST - 27 comments

Tunes for toddlers: Help me find music that provides 'instant gratification' for my 2 year old
Tunes for toddlers: Help me find music that provides 'instant gratification' for my 2 year old [more inside]
posted by dimon at 5:54 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me logon to my email!!
Please help me fix an internet/computer problem....I keep getting the message "Invalid Security Certificate" when I try to logon to my email accounts. I'm trying to logon to both my gmail account and my msn account and this morning I get the message "google.com uses an invalid security certificate"? [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 at 5:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me celebrate Eid and make it fun
Help a misanthropic lapsed Muslim celebrate Eid in London! Looking for ideas from all cultures and none, on manufacturing a better holiday than the traditional one I usually dread. [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 4:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Download Adobe Presenter Flash Files
I'd like to download a particular "Adobe Presenter" (Flash) document to show it to a group of students without having access to the Internet. How do I download these Flash files to replay them on my computer? [more inside]
posted by mathiu at 3:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Light Metal Indian Dishware?
Indian Cooking - I want those authentic tin plates and bowls - where? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 3:11 AM PST - 8 comments

A hardware solution for recording PC output MUST exist somewhere in the world.
How can I record the output of one PC, up to resolutions of 1900x1200, via another PC or another piece of hardware? [more inside]
posted by khelvan at 2:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Commercial font licence advice needed
Is it ok to use free-for-commercial-use fonts in a pdf-generating webapp? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 2:24 AM PST - 9 comments

How to make periodic reminders from RSS/evernote?
How can I make periodic, spaced reminders of items from an rss feed (or even straight from evernote) so that I know I will not forget them? [more inside]
posted by insperatum at 1:45 AM PST - 1 comments

Slow typing in Excel 2008 and unexplained network traffic
Why would Excel 2008 cause a lot of network traffic while typing in a cell? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr at 1:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Information about travelling museums?
Can anyone please help me remember the name of an artist, a woman, I think from the Philippines, who created and carried her own museum? Or similar projects of "mobile/portabe museums/galleries".
posted by bwonder2 at 12:57 AM PST - 9 comments

November 26
Who do you like to read?
What are some chatty, intelligent, funny personal blogs that I should be following? I used to love reading about people's daily lives on Livejournal, as well as knowing what music, books and films they were enjoying, but I haven't been back to LJ in years, and most of my friends have stopped updating. Something like a more regularly updated Defective Yeti is what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem at 10:09 PM PST - 13 comments

What do I need to know before bike touring in Mexico?
My friend and I are planning to bike tour in Mexico for around three months early next year. What should we know going in to keep ourselves safe given the current drug war problems in the country? [more inside]
posted by lhputtgrass at 8:04 PM PST - 13 comments

How do you save a marriage after an affair?
My world is destroyed after an affair. I desperately need advice. Its a long story... Please help. [more inside]
posted by wantstobeadesigner at 7:27 PM PST - 60 comments

Is there a website that tracks information about companies that have offshored information technology jobs?
Is there a website that tracks information about companies that have offshored information technology jobs? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 7:25 PM PST - 0 comments

Couples / marriage therapy in Round Rock / North Austin, TX?
Need to find a therapist for my husband and I in the area. Preferably not affiliated with any religious organization. Need to make the appointment soon. Wanted to go to CAMHC, but they're booked up until January. Recommendations?
posted by Alias Unknown at 7:15 PM PST - 1 comments

What makes a good TV sports game?
What are some examples of good and bad sports TV production? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 6:15 PM PST - 27 comments

What would you like your boss to get you this Christmas?
If you were offered a 500 dollar gift from your boss, what would you ask for? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 5:59 PM PST - 52 comments

Please identify this bitchin' car from the 70s
Can you identify this exotic car I saw a month ago on the highway, heading towards Stratford, Ontario? It 70s vintage, low and boxy, sort of like a Delorean or a Lamborghini with gullwing doors. Painted flat black with electric orange trim. I think it had a name like Brookline or Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 5:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Can't watch a specific channel on my computer!
Why can't my USB TV tuner find channel 11? [more inside]
posted by mhz at 5:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Did IPCC contributors each win the Nobel prize?
If someone contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's work on climate change, for which the organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, is this person a Nobel laureate? If not, what are they? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 3:37 PM PST - 10 comments

New Vegetarian Feeling Sick
Hive Mind Vegetarians, I need your help. [more inside]
posted by gb77 at 3:37 PM PST - 24 comments

To buy or not to buy?
Is this laptop a good buy for the money? Does anyone have any personal experience with it? [more inside]
posted by timdicator at 3:15 PM PST - 13 comments

What you gon do with all that junk inside your trunk?
Which is the safer car position for my dog? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 3:08 PM PST - 18 comments

3 guys, one chick.
How does one ethically play the field? I need advice on dating and being intimate with more than one person. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Penis scars?
I am masturbating so many times every day (6 or more times to orgasm mainly with my left hand reading erotica - yeah, I can read and work at the same time yo) that I have established a mound of scar over the top of my foreskin. How long should I abstain for it to fall off and what are some ways I should abstain while I am waiting. It's not an STD, I have been to a doc in the meantime. Frodo!
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Tell me about Bangkok, please
What's living in Bangkok like? Should I consider moving there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Make it speak English!
Just downloaded Play65 but it isn't in English! Help! [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 2:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Pimp my database!
Oracle / Storage geeks: What are the alternatives to exadata for high-performance I/O with a rac system? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark at 2:07 PM PST - 1 comments

Good cup of coffee and a damn fine cherry pie
If I bake a cherry pie today, will it still be at its best tomorrow night? [more inside]
posted by bingoes at 2:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Getting my OS X calculator back into the Dashboard
In OS X Snow Leopard, my calculator has escaped from the Dashboard and is always on my screen, and always on top. How can I send it back to the Dashboard? [more inside]
posted by siskin at 1:58 PM PST - 2 comments

My Dream Dual Boot Netbook
Help me build my perfect netbook! [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 1:39 PM PST - 15 comments

stuff about imaginary beings
Help me find wonderful books about demons, angels, and other beings of the fantastic. [more inside]
posted by past at 1:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Climate change ideology
Help me understand the liberal/conservative split in the US with regard to global warming. [more inside]
posted by schrodycat at 12:57 PM PST - 30 comments

thanksgiving volunteer wilmington de
emergency help! I'm without plans tonight at the last minute and want to volunteer in wilmington, delaware area for thanksgiving today/tonight. i can't find any specific opportunities, have already called a few places, didn't find anything on-line. PLEASE if you know of a SPECIFIC place needing volunteers tonight (not just a suggestion to call a church or soup kitchen) let me know asap. thanks!
posted by saraindc at 12:39 PM PST - 0 comments

How can I find & rent/buy a small plot of land in the UK?
Where can I find information about how to find and rent/buy a small plot of land in the UK? [more inside]
posted by refactored at 11:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Ugly dirt marring expensive glasses
How do I keep the bottom edge of my half-frame glasses clean? [more inside]
posted by castironskillet at 11:40 AM PST - 7 comments

How much do I need in savings for my UK Ancestry visa?
I'm applying for an Ancestry Visa to enter the United Kingdom. How much money do I need to have in my savings account to demonstrate I can support myself? [more inside]
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 11:39 AM PST - 7 comments

"Are you high?" + "Yes" = Laughter and ?
Why don't celebrities get in trouble for confessing to drug use on talk shows? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 11:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Want to sell Perma-Moisturizer. Please send tell.
My hands sweat. A lot. They sweat when I am hot. They sweat when I am nervous. They sweat when I am holding a object in my hand. They sometimes even sweat when I look at them. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee at 11:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Let me not be the Weakest Link. Goodbye.
Mac: How can I share a screen, including video, without lag? Help me be a game host on a budget. [more inside]
posted by lodev at 11:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Am I being sexually harassed?
How does one define "sexual harassment"? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 10:28 AM PST - 33 comments

Annoying Facebook gets annoyinger
I'm getting lots (I mean lots - over 50 today alone) of phishing/Trojan spam purporting to be from Facebook, asking me to "update my facebook account". How do I stop it? [more inside]
posted by idiomatika at 10:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Let's do the chemo mañana...
In cancer treatment, how much does delaying chemo by a couple of weeks exacerbate recurrance risk? [more inside]
posted by Estragon at 10:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I learn about accounting and small business administration?
Where can I learn about accounting and small business administration? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Narrowing down a used car search.
Looking to narrow my search for a used car down to just a few options. Seeking something around $5k, reliable, low maintenance and compact. [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean at 10:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Lesbians and their Ex-Girlfriends/Friends! Ugh?!
My new girlfriend is still friends with her old girlfriend... how do I not let my jealousy eat me alive?! [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith at 9:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Virginal quandry
A question and moral quandary from yet another sad virgin.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:41 AM PST - 18 comments

Help us have sex again
My luverly wife and I had a baby a few months ago. He's a great little feller. We're now ready, physically, to have sex again but... (possibly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:40 AM PST - 9 comments

How to set up a project for high school students...
I want my students to develop the habit of reading about current events (local to international). Instead of reading a required book over the summer, I would like them to select one to two articles a week from a list of sources I provide them and comment on the articles. [more inside]
posted by degoao at 9:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before.
"I'm not a vegetarian, I eat meat. It's not because I love the taste of meat, it's because I hate cows." Where have I heard this joke before? [more inside]
posted by bunnytricks at 8:59 AM PST - 13 comments

I can has printing?
Out of toner and out of cash. What's the cheapest way to get my laser printer (Lexmark E232) printing again? This is in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 8:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Turkey Day is A-Okay?
About eight years ago, I read this article on some radical-leaning progressive website, about how the author had come to love Thanksgiving, despite originally viewing it as a celebration of mass murder. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 8:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a 15" African-American doll
Alternatives to American Girl dolls that are also realistic-looking but less expensive? Extra-challenge: I want African-American. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 8:12 AM PST - 15 comments

What is asked in the 3rd step of a job interview?
I'm applying for a programming job. I've had two steps of interviewing so far. What are they going to ask in the 3rd step? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 8:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Doohickey to deter people from interrupting me at work.
I would like your suggestions for something I could place on my desk or computer which would clearly and visibly indicate to me and others my work status. The status I wish to illustrate is either a) Working on project X or b) not working on project X. [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 7:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Looking for awesome charities for holiday donations
One of the things I do as holiday gifts for folks is make donations in their names to charities. I prefer to use lesser known (and/or local) charities, that are doing awesome work and have a focus of interest to the gift recipient. I'm looking for more ideas. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 at 6:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Put a spell on the John?
Can anyone tell me what kind of plant this is? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 6:00 AM PST - 7 comments

I can't go on. I'll go on.
Beckett translation needed badly, please. En Francais. Please look up, or translate the last couple lines of The Unnameable ( L'Innommable ) for me. In English, it works out to: "I can't go on. I'll go on." What is the French? [more inside]
posted by cascando at 6:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Online system for group SMS (Europe)?
I want to put on an urban murder-mystery-like game in Portugal. The system would use SMS to communicate with players. Is there an online system that could send an SMS to every player at once, or to different combinations or groups within the large group (preferably free)?
posted by Josh Coe at 5:48 AM PST - 6 comments

No socks and jocks this year.
Where can I find a nodding dog with brake light eyes? [more inside]
posted by Emilyisnow at 3:56 AM PST - 5 comments

What do you mean I can't watch Dora the Explorer on a brand new iTouch?
Brand new iPod Touch 3G 32GB running 3.12 software and synched to the latest version of iTunes. Getting a "This movie could not be played" error notice when attempting to play an iTunes-purchased commercial video from a major television network (and for Youtube videos as well). Why? [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 2:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Free money for USA kids abroad. Scam?
My wife's from the USA and she got this on a mailing list she reads. I know nothing about US tax law or benefits. Is it a scam, or is Uncle Sam just waiting to shovel buckets o'cash into my pockets? [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia at 1:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Wireless keyboard for a home theater PC?
Please suggest a quality wireless (RF) keyboard that has an integrated touchpad, trackpoint or trackball for use with a home theater PC setup. There's a lot of different things available from Newegg ($35 to $150+) and the other usual sources, but I'm wondering about some first-hand experiences... [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 12:30 AM PST - 13 comments

November 25
How can i get my trunk door to latch shut?
My 2004 mercedes ml350 trunk door will not latch. Please help!!! [more inside]
posted by ramix at 11:53 PM PST - 9 comments

What are some good resources about digital publishing?
What are some good places to get information about digital publishing? [more inside]
posted by jonathanstrange at 11:19 PM PST - 3 comments

1950s hidden camera footage?
Does anyone have "hidden camera" footage of people from the 1950s and before having candid conversations? When they're giving prepared/on-camera remarks in any footage I watch, people seem very very stilted - like unskilled actors. I'm wondering if this was just the style of the "public voice" at the time, or if people actually talked to each other in day to day conversations this way [more inside]
posted by crayz at 11:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Investing Outside of a Tax-Sheltered Account
Is it worth it for a student who makes less than $10,000/year to invest outside of a tax-sheltered account? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide at 10:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to find Kinder Eggs in D.C.?
Where can I find Kinder Eggs in the Washington, D.C. area? [more inside]
posted by zxcvz at 10:16 PM PST - 18 comments

3d CAD drafting on Ubuntu?
Looking for a 3d CAD drafting program that will run with Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 10:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Best and easiest way to generate tax-deductible receipts?
What is the smartest and easiest way for a new non-profit society with limited financial and volunteer resources to create donation receipts? [more inside]
posted by nelvana at 9:41 PM PST - 6 comments

How to pop mini corn cobs?
A month ago we purchased decorative mini corn cobs that looked a lot like the "mini indian corn" on this page. Attached to the cobs were instructions (now misplaced) that gave instructions to soak and then pop the corn. The decorative phase for the corn is waning, and we're ready to pop it. How? [more inside]
posted by quinoa at 9:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Divorce to Go
PFAF: Getting Divorced in Mexico? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 9:28 PM PST - 1 comments

what is this Fabolous song?
what is this Fabolous song? [more inside]
posted by tunestunes at 8:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Need a nice backpack for a heavy commuter!
I need to find a laptop backpack styled similarly to this messenger/briefcase bag: good hope bag [more inside]
posted by bienbiensuper at 7:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Have you taken back your mentally ill partner and wish you hadn't? Or wish you had?
Do you do this? How do I escape the pattern of going back to, because I can't resist helping, my (I think) mentally ill (or unstable/intense) husband. See, he's not all bad... Do you regret going back? Do you wish you had? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot at 7:33 PM PST - 42 comments

Feasibility of a ridiculous texting prank?
What is the potential risk, and legality, of my idea for a prank: sending the entirety of Romeo and Juliet in text messages to a friend. [more inside]
posted by Askiba at 7:28 PM PST - 36 comments

I need suggestions for volunteering on short notice
I want to do volunteer work in NYC when I have discretionary time. I'm not sure what I want to, but whatever it is it can't have a fixed schedule, as my work hours tend to be erratic. Basically I'm looking to volunteer on short notice. Any suggestions?
posted by helios410 at 6:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Girls who wear glasses...
Looking for examples of movies in which the heroine takes off her glasses and becomes cool/pretty/better... And ideas for encouraging the practice to stop. [more inside]
posted by meindee at 5:53 PM PST - 56 comments

What did you do with your degree?
Have you managed to turn an undergrad degree in the humanities/liberal arts into a satisfying and intellectually challenging career? Please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by mellifluous at 4:13 PM PST - 29 comments

Do I need to go to the store again?
If I make Fiery Sweet Potatoes with green curry paste instead of red, will it taste okay?
posted by betweenthebars at 4:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Cite, please.
Does anyone know what the source text of this D.H. Lawrence quotation is, or if it's even correctly attributed to him? Quotation inside. [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 4:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Where to get started with Python GUI programming?
Which Python GUI framework is right for someone new to GUI programming? But who may also aspire to open source community (linux) development/involvement? Cross platform, wonderful documentation/tutorials, and cruft-free new technology are also welcome. [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 3:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Help Identifiy this china.
I need some help identifying some of my grandmothers china. [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 at 3:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it safe to fly with (mystery) reflux?
Safe to fly with (mystery) reflux? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 3:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Discount therapy?
I need a prescription for meds for depression in central/western Florida. And therapy, if that's possible, but it's mostly for the meds. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:05 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I explore and stay safe while doing it?
As a woman, how can I have safe sex with another woman? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:53 PM PST - 8 comments

What makes a co-author?
I worked on a project with some other academics. Now I want to present on and write about the project. Help me understand the etiquette of co-authoring. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Getting around Philadelphia on foot at night
How do I walk around Philadelphia on Saturday night? Is there anything in particular I should know? [more inside]
posted by Electrius at 2:38 PM PST - 15 comments

My brain is broken.
I think I may have a thyroid disorder. What now? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by relucent at 2:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Conflicting information and experiences regarding dual-booting Windows XP and 7
How can I install Windows 7 on a machine that already has XP installed? There seems to be some conflciting information and experiences out there on the web. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 2:25 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I safely order a prescription drug from Canada that's not approved in the US?
How can I order a drug from Canada that's not approved in the US? Will I go to jail? The drug is domperidone and it is widely used to treat gastroparesis (delayed stomach empyting) in Canada and in Europe. There's a big controversy about its not having been approved by the FDA. It's considered a very safe drug everywhere in the world. This disorder, if you're interested, involves feeling too full after eating, and is very annoying and disconcerting, but doesn't seem to be actually dangerous (at least not in my case). Diabetics get it a lot, but mine is "idiotpathic" (i.e. no cause can be found). It seems to reflect a problem with the vagus nerve (maybe). [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 1:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Time to pay the piper, but I'm still paying a DIFFERENT piper.
I'm a graduate student who has been in school continuously in Canada for 10 years now. Now the student loan people want to make me pay. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Reading on the Campaign Trail
What are some good campaign trail biographies? I'm looking for any interesting read, whether in book form or a series of articles, that follows a candidate for a period of time up to their election, preferably ones where the writer actually accompanied the candidate as they went through the process of running. I'm not only looking for presidential candidates, but any government post at all (senate, congress, local government etc). I know Hunter Thompson is a good place to start, but what else?
posted by minicloud at 1:54 PM PST - 12 comments

That is the question.
What is a good heuristic for the usage of 'that'? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 1:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Etsy Alchemy Returns
Etsy Alchemy buyer's remorse - what to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:31 PM PST - 21 comments

How to deal with desk with sharp edges?
A desk I bought from office depot a couple of months ago has sharp edges -- not sharp enough to cut, but sharp enough to be plenty annoying if I ever touch those edges. Is there any easy and not-ugly way to deal with these?
posted by shivohum at 1:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Is ebay a safe place to sell expensive cameras?
I'm considering selling my Leica, M-6 camera on Ebay and was wondering if Ebay is a safe, reliable place to sell expensive gear like this?
posted by tangyraspberry at 1:21 PM PST - 14 comments

My Dads Paranoia?
What can I do about my Dad's paranoia? [more inside]
posted by Neonshock at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Lookin' for words in all the wrong places
Between my iPhone's Stanza app and the loooooong quiet days ahead of me in the office during the holiday season, I'd like to read some stuff online. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 12:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Help with VoIP over WiFi on Android
I am looking for (recent) experiences with Android options for VoIP over WiFi to deal with places where I have a WiFi signal, but no 3G/voice signal. I'm looking for solutions for two situations: (1) In one of my labs at work, there is plentiful WiFi coverage, but no cell/data signal. I'd like to be able to make outgoing calls, and I'd also prefer if I could receive incoming calls. (2) For international travel, it would be nice to have a way of making calls at least where WiFi is available. [more inside]
posted by JMOZ at 12:31 PM PST - 11 comments

"Shallots are for babies; Onions are for men; garlic is for heroes."
I just ate a pasta dish that was saturated with garlic. Help me get rid of the taste! [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 12:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Name me!
I am converting to Judaism and need to pick my Hebrew name. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo at 11:59 AM PST - 29 comments

SEEKING SOFTWARE
KODAK i220 scanner software: can any of you fine meta-types point me in the direction of the download for the operating software for this piece of hardware? I live in the UK and have Vista as an o/s. I have tried googling but could only find an upgrade, and an email to Kodak has gone unanswered. I have borrowed this scanner from a relative who is currently contracting in Australia, so I can't just pop round and collect the original disc.
posted by cameronfromedinburgh at 11:33 AM PST - 5 comments

How do you call Skype numbers
Teach me about Skype. Thinking of dropping my landline and getting cable internet. How would the internet phone number work? I'm in a small (LT 10,000) town. --California
posted by notned at 11:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Proof of Irish citizenship for someone born, adopted in 1880s?
Is this possible to search for (or prove the absence of) my Grandmother's Irish birth certificate and Irish citizenship from the comfort of my own armchair in the US, ideally inexpensively? [more inside]
posted by zippy at 11:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Identify Music Please
What is the music playing here? Who is the guitarist?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:56 AM PST - 4 comments

I’d like advice on how to either leave my church as gracefully as possible, or find a way to reconcile my lack of faith with my continued church membership.
I’d like advice on how to either leave my church as gracefully as possible, or find a way to reconcile my lack of faith with my continued church membership. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 10:50 AM PST - 28 comments

What website provides the infrastructure for taking investments on the startup of your internet business
What is the website that allows you to set a startup amount for a web -based project and allows people to invest in such a way that you won't start the business until you have sufficiently met your startup amount. I tried a bunch of google searches and couldn't come up with it. Hard to find the right keywords to search.
posted by jeffreyclong at 10:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me choose a beginner DSLR?
What beginner's dslr should I buy? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 10:26 AM PST - 42 comments

Supportive email response to an ex-employee?
What's the best response to a "I'm no longer with the company / Here's my new contact info" email when you're an outsider not working at said company. [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 10:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Recommendations for wounded yet likeable men in books.
Book recommendations: Recently I have discovered that I really enjoy a certain type of flawed character in television shows. Think Gregory House on House or Dr. Cal Lightman on Lie to Me. Wounded inside with a tough smart exterior that push people away with sarcasm or slight jerkish behaviour. Help me find examples in literature so I can continue my current obsession when I shut the tv off. [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese at 10:21 AM PST - 47 comments

Need help developing a Excel VBA Macro to Vaildate data entered into a textbox
Need help developing a Excel VBA Macro to Vaildate data entered into a textbox [more inside]
posted by complience at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Polishing the dome
Calling all bald men (and women, I guess): what products do you use on your head? I need gift ideas for bald boyfriend who complains of peeling after shave, and oil day-to-day. [more inside]
posted by caveat at 9:15 AM PST - 15 comments

One day in Fresno, let's have fun!
How should I spend my afternoon in/near Fresno next weekend? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 8:49 AM PST - 11 comments

I want to stop wasting water
How can I get my toilet to fill up all the way to the waterline? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 8:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Coping with a boss who doesn't care about the business any more.
I'm in a sticky situation at work, as, I am sure most of us are these days. Please read my LONG story about my boss and tell me what you would do and what crap you put up with at work. [more inside]
posted by Oireachtac at 8:28 AM PST - 31 comments

Are there any worthwhile professional associations for web developers/designers?
Are there any worthwhile professional associations for web developers/designers/etc?
posted by Jairus at 8:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Need help choosing a camera for video
Wife wants a video camera, I want a still camera that shoots video. Hope us! [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 8:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Brining for too long?
Brine Filter: My turkey's been brining in very cold conditions for now 36 hours. Should I remove it? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 8:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Home invasion - best security?
I live in a semi-rural area. After a rash of recent home invasions in my area (which is something new for here), I'm wondering whether to invest in an alarm system, a gun, or more motion detector lights and just keep locking the doors and windows as I have always done? I have 4 dogs that range from a beagle sized one that is mean to a 95 pound lab that barks like hell but is very loving. My wife is home alone (well, with the dogs) for a couple of hours in the morning after I go to work. Our house is set back from the road a fair distance, and we don't have neighbors that are within visual distance. What do you recommend? I've called the Sherrif's office to ask for advice and they were no help, saying just to use deadbolts etc. [more inside]
posted by dukes909 at 8:13 AM PST - 39 comments

How to merge data fields into a plain text file?
Is there some way to do a "mail merge" type operation on plain text, xml or html files without using a word processor? [more inside]
posted by geekgirl397 at 8:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Articles on law serving specific factions of society? Example of art.
Hi all, I am looking for articles or books on how the law serves specific factions of society at the expense of others. I am specifically interested in the issue of art fraud and forgery, but I would be happy to learn about more general overviews on this issue as well. Is there a "classic" book on how law is socially constructed to serve specific factions of society at the expense of others? Or maybe an overview on the sociology or anthropology of law that you highly recommend? Or some key terms I should be aware of? My intuitive understanding of the art forgery example is that laws to prevent fraud serve the interests of people involved in the art market (dealers, galleries, museums, auction houses) but hinder artists that work in historical traditions because the border between a "copy" and a "pastiche" and a "forgery" and a "fraud" is blurry. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
posted by tnygard at 7:56 AM PST - 13 comments

"Why is our mail sticky and ginger-scented?"
Is it feasible to mail caramels? Or will the recipient end up with a weird melty lump? [more inside]
posted by troika at 7:46 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I help my sister deal with abuse at the hands of our brother?
I recently discovered my brother was sexually abusing my sister and how the hell do I deal with this over Thanksgiving weekend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 AM PST - 39 comments

Christmas '09 Mini-Vacation Suggestions?
Christmas '09 Mini-Vacation with the Fam. I need your suggestions Me-Fi! [more inside]
posted by OuttaHere at 7:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Weasels are not all bad!
Will taking a logic class really help me in talking about things like socieconomic issues that are often emotionally charged? [more inside]
posted by sio42 at 6:52 AM PST - 40 comments

Literary paeans to cats?
Can anyone recommend any literary essays on, or short stories about, cats? [more inside]
posted by laumry at 6:50 AM PST - 26 comments

What's the name of this British tv show?
Help, I can't remember the name of this reality tv show. A British Asian doctor (lady) berates an unhealthy person about their lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by jmmpangaea at 6:39 AM PST - 6 comments

What do you think of "Words Like Notes"?
I have tentatively given my freelance editing and design business the name Words Like Notes. What do you think of it? [more inside]
posted by jlhopes at 6:08 AM PST - 21 comments

Bringing Back the Boot
When I buy used boots, how do I best clean and restore the leather? [more inside]
posted by readery at 6:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Olympus LS-10 recorder help?
Olympus LS-10 recorder help? [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 6:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Have the United States maps been updated in the 22nd edition of Goode's World Atlas?
Have the United States maps been updated in the 22nd edition of Goode's World Atlas? [more inside]
posted by capitalist.pig at 6:00 AM PST - 4 comments

lost Berserk?
Where can I get 'Berserk in the Antarctic' on DVD? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 5:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me stay on good terms with my customer after my boss screws them!
My boss is going to end a contract with one customer, although the customer would want to go on using our services. Boss's decision is because the service in question is not profitable enough anymore. I'm in charge of this contract and like the customer ie. all the people there who I work with. I think the feeling is mutual. These people also have some expertise and contacts I would like to maybe use some day. So how do I come out of this still being (business-) friends with them?
posted by gakiko at 5:32 AM PST - 12 comments

What will different TLDs connote in naming a site for an art project?
How serious are the connotations of .com and .net TLDs, and which should I choose for an art project? [more inside]
posted by Mngo at 5:01 AM PST - 15 comments

What was this toy...?
Name-that-toy filter. Difficulty : probably sold in the 60s or 70s in the UK... [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 4:46 AM PST - 3 comments

All in your head?
Does anyone still believe in phrenology?
posted by Yakuman at 3:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Give me more 'Verklemptness'.
Book Filter: In the spirit of 'Verklemptness'... [more inside]
posted by Pippi Longstocking at 1:26 AM PST - 25 comments

Can I get my landlord to install new windows?
I rent an apartment in the bay area- The bedrooms have old style glass slat windows- aka jalousie or louvered windows. While i understand there is a certain charm to them they do a horrible job of insulating our bedrooms as well as for keeping noise out/in. It's getting cold (for CA) and our rooms are freezing. I'm wondering if there is any way I could convince my landlord to replace them with more energy efficient design, perhaps some building code requiring efficient windows? Alternately, if anybody has ideas on DIY fixes that don't violate my lease terms I would be very appreciative!
posted by ryaninoakland at 12:35 AM PST - 23 comments

How can I use my external hard disk drive to regularly backup my Windows XP laptop?
How can I use my external hard disk drive to regularly backup my Windows XP laptop in as simple a manner as possible? Ideally, I would want something that works like Time Machine on the Mac—I would really like something I can set and forget. Free solutions are best, obviously, but I'm willing to buy software for this. [more inside]
posted by grouse at 12:08 AM PST - 13 comments

November 24
Can I have my own black box?
Is there such as thing as a personal audio recorder that has a rolling 'black box' feature where hitting the record button will start recording now, but also save the previous X minutes of recording data? [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 11:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Speechless Romance Game Face-arazzi
I've noticed that Lady Gaga likes to link up future singles with current singles in live performance. What other pop artists have employed this tactic? [more inside]
posted by speicus at 11:05 PM PST - 12 comments

The most insane Turkey recipe ever.
I'm searching for an completely insane recipe for a "blackened" roasted turkey that David Rosengarten prepared on his old Food Network show, "Taste". [more inside]
posted by melorama at 10:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Opportunities for a Citizen of the World (or at least the EU and US)
Are there any occupations or financial opportunities that are made possible or made better for people with dual citizenship (specifically EU and US)? [more inside]
posted by verevi at 10:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Is mac really better than pc? Help me buy a decent student computer.
I've been a happy Pc-er for the last couple years. That is, until a few months ago when my AVG failed me and my pavilion got all virused up... Twice. Ultimately I had to d-ban the poor thing. Since I was only 'mostly sure' I still had the original operating system disks, I have since been using my mom's mac. While I've been slowly getting used to the system (on a casual basis, no work yet, just internet) I still miss the windows format. My old tower is past it's prime, even with a new system. I'm about to become a student in English and am highly discouraged by previous Windows failings. Should I release the ghost and go with the more 'secure' mac? Or stick with my roots? I would like some advice on my next computer purchase. I'm looking for a laptop that can handle a students workload for the next... lets face it, many years, with minimal extras. The only thing it needs, is to be fast. I break things that go slow. I'm not looking to game (much) or download + store music (at all), I just need to research crap at high speed. All suggestions are greatly appreciated. Cheers!
posted by Miss Mitz at 10:27 PM PST - 39 comments

Does an RSS feed reader exist that can save the linked HTML pages locally?
Is there an RSS reader that can follow a feed's links and download html pages for offline reading? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 10:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Vietnam: Hanoi or Hoi An?
3.5 days in Vietnam: Hanoi or Hoi An? [more inside]
posted by raf at 9:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Station to Station
I am 19; my life has been consisting lately of writing my research paper, school, and planning for the future. I do love these things, but it's not enough. I'm not a recluse, after all. How can I fit myself into my life? How can I fit into the scheme of things? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 9:37 PM PST - 17 comments

My mom changed her face.
I come back to Southern California for Thanksgiving and my mom has gotten idiotic plastic surgery. Please help me cope. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 PM PST - 42 comments

Bleacher Bum Looking for Fun
Where can I find old bleachers in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by gilgamix at 9:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Mefites: Please hope me!!!
I need to take two exams in order to continue to compete for a job I have applied for. I very much want and need this job, or something like it (I am truly desperate!) The tests take place in about a week. The email that arrived from the HR person states that the exams I need passing scores on are: [more inside]
posted by bebrave! at 8:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Beginning Sony Ericsson mobile phone programming. Where to start?
Beginning Sony Ericsson mobile phone programming. Where to start? [more inside]
posted by tmt at 8:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Why Pay When The Wiki Is Free?
Another creative commons question concerning a photograph. The photo is on Flickr (with generic all rights reserved), and that's where an interested person spotted and communicated to me wanting to buy the rights for use of the photograph. Catch, I also uploaded the same photo to Wikipedia with a CC-attribution and share a like license on it, as well a GNU-Free Documentation License. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 8:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Dorian Gray and a guest
My girlfriend and I are planning to give photos we had taken of us to our families (and some friends) for Christmas. We have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 8:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Help Me Help Him
A great kid. Uncomfortable in his own skin. Teen pressure. We've all been there. Help me help him. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 7:44 PM PST - 28 comments

Importing Roquefort from France
Can I bring about 5 lbs of French Roquefort cheese back into the US, this December, without breaking any laws? For private use only.
posted by 77144 at 7:32 PM PST - 3 comments

"No sweetie, not all black people drink grape kool-aide."
Help! My new girlfriend is skeeved out by minorities. Should I break up with her? [more inside]
posted by Eleutherios at 7:14 PM PST - 96 comments

Name that vaguely show-tuney tune
What song plays over the closing credits in the last episode of The Simpsons? [more inside]
posted by miriam at 6:53 PM PST - 3 comments

How much memorization does art dance performance require?
How much memorization does art dance performance require? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Where would I find quality, curved, wooden hangers?
Where would I find quality, curved, wooden hangers? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 6:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Oh brother, where art thou?
I am estranged from my brother for a lot of different reasons. I want to have a relationship with him, but I only can do that if I do it 100% on his terms, which I simply cannot do (not religious and getting more anti-religious by the day). Should I continue to make the effort in the hopes of breaking through to him or just live my life without my only sibling? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 24 comments

In Search of Events Management Software
What are some good software platforms/services that will help us run our conferences? My company runs a number of small conferences, and we're looking for an events management software platform to handle session content, agendas, registration, and call for proposals. Looking for suggestions along the lines of ExpectNation and Cvent. Hopefully cheaper!
posted by redarmycomrade at 6:09 PM PST - 4 comments

thanksgiving minus turkey plus nyc
Will be in NYC for Thanksgiving: Will things be open? Anything cool going on? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 6:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Arctic winter photography + the aurora
I'm heading up to the Yukon for three days this December, and I'm pretty excited. I'm interested in getting some nice Arctic winter photographs, especially of the aurora. Any tips for getting some good shots? [more inside]
posted by elisynn at 5:02 PM PST - 7 comments

lorem ipsum
I need a book printer & binder - ideally the same company - in Northern California who is familiar with photography books. The publication may involve 4-color blacks, or black/silver traditionally litho-printed photographs and text on good paper, Mohawk superfine or something like that; hard and soft bindings may be necessary. Any ideas?
posted by luriete at 4:23 PM PST - 2 comments

VPN woes
I have set up a VPN connection, and two network adapters: wired and wireless. How do I force the VPN connection to use the wireless adapter, without disabling the wired adapter? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 4:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Help solve the mystery of the missing extension.
After reformatting my old reliable xp machine I lost a very useful firefox extension. How can I track it down again? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus at 4:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Relocating to Brisbane, Aus.
I have been shortlisted for a job in Brisbane, Aus. Obviously I am thrilled and would like to know a little about Brisbane. (Yes, Google is my friend). I would like to know from any Aussies or someone who has been in the same "boat". I have multiple questions, which branch into.... [more inside]
posted by fox_terrier_guy at 4:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Alternatives to selling my car
SuperDumbIdeaFilter: Alternatives to selling my car... like leasing it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:58 PM PST - 14 comments

How to teach myself audio electronics
I'd like to teach myself electronics with a focus on audio. I'm starting with this book. What should I do/read from there? [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 3:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I or not with a friend?
Is it stupid for me to hook up with this woman in a "friends with benefits" kinda way? (SFW after the fold for a change, and no, it's not the usual "don't want to mess up the friendship" bit) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 PM PST - 35 comments

How to Initiate "Operation: Disambiguate"
So, this dude has been sending me extremely mixed and just plain weird signals for awhile. I've decided to get to the bottom of this. Problem: I'm hella awkward. Help me start this conversation, MeFi! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Is it possible to do a global change-style in Excel?
Is it possible to automate a citation style change on an entire column in Excel, or do I need to do this by hand? [more inside]
posted by min at 2:41 PM PST - 11 comments

eBay for discrete electronic components?
I have several boxes of expensive electronic components (like this DC-DC converter, various high-freq op amps, 14-bit ADCs, several rad-hard milspec discrete devices, etc.), and I'd like to sell them online. Is there an eBay-like Mouser or Digikey-type site?
posted by spiderskull at 2:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for some fun things to do in Kansas City tomorrow evening (Wednesday Nov 25th).
I'm from out of town (Chicago), but I met a girl here in KC the other day and we've decided to go out tomorrow evening. We're both artsy types with a fondness for adventure and off-the-beaten-path entertainment. I know I could easily defer to her for suggestions, but I'd like to have a few ideas to throw out. I'm up for anything really. It doesn't have to be a proper event or anything- someplace cool to wander around or explore is fine too. Just toss it all out there!! Food suggestions are good too (she's vegetarian). Thanks!!
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 2:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Starting a pilot research on water privatization
Water privatization: I'm starting a pilot research on this subject and I am looking for quantitative data, reports and studies on any water privatization experience. At this point, anything that doesn't show up in a few obvious google searches is welcome, as well as suggestion for websites or publication on the subject.
posted by elpapacito at 1:51 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I keep track of academic papers and my handwritten notes on them?
What is the best hardware/software system for keeping track of a) hundreds of academic papers in PDF form and b) my handwritten notes on these hundreds of papers? Bonus if the answer integrates with some sort of citation management software. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo at 1:28 PM PST - 10 comments

me me me ME me me meeee
Vocal warm-up suggestions for a play that requires me to talk loudly for about an hour straight, and then sing loudly for another hour? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 1:11 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm in need of a (new) hobby!
How do I go about getting back into hobbies, or finding new ones (suggest some)? [more inside]
posted by cofie at 1:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Business Partner
Where can I find a business partner for a start-up? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 1:00 PM PST - 3 comments

juicer suggestions?
looking for some suggestions for a juicer. i really want to buy a fruit/vegetable juicer. something that can handle carrots, beets, oranges, etc. i know from friends that some machines break down really quickly but i am having trouble navigating online reviews. any suggestions would be super appreciated!
posted by anya32 at 12:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Quit or Fail: How to pick up the pieces after academic and PhD abandonment?
How have you reconciled failure vs. quitting? How have you managed to pick up the pieces of your most passionate undertaking after dropping it? Is the desire to reinvent myself and undertake a new passion/direction just a mechanism to hide the pain of giving up? [more inside]
posted by Gaeacon at 12:44 PM PST - 7 comments

the difference it makes
Sort of looking for an Internet Radio Stream that plays kompakt pop/ambient kind of stuff. Thank you!
posted by four panels at 12:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Dealing with a loud animal repellant
Dealing with a neighbor's loud audio 'animal-repellent' that you can hear, even though you aren't supposed to be able to. [more inside]
posted by empath at 12:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Online career change exercises wanted
Are there any websites or online resources for people considering a career change? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 12:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to go for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in NYC this Thursday?
Where to go for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in NYC this Thursday? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 12:16 PM PST - 4 comments

travel with infant
Travel with infant. Do I have to bring a car seat for the trip? [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 11:46 AM PST - 36 comments

ATM fee overcharge
Taking money out at a non-my bank ATM last night, the screen stated you will be charged a $2.50 fee. However, looking at the receipt after it spit my money out, they actually charged a $6.00 "terminal fee". [more inside]
posted by gatorbiddy at 11:20 AM PST - 16 comments

If I could grow my hair through a Space Echo, the world would be a better place.
Help me understand why I am losing hair! [more inside]
posted by setanor at 11:19 AM PST - 26 comments

The snowblower really is her second choice
My wife would love an iPhone for Christmas. She totally deserves one, too, but AT&T coverage at our house is nonexistent. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 11:12 AM PST - 34 comments

Shooting Range near NYC
I'm looking for a gun range near New York City. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Freelancing and Unemployment insurance: Yipe!
After being laid off, do I lose unemployment benefits if I try to support myself and my family by freelancing first? [more inside]
posted by mountainfrog at 10:59 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm going back to cali
On my flight back form Jamaica to Hawaii I have a layover in Los Angeles from 10PM Friday night to 8AM the next morning What can I do with myself for 10 hours. [more inside]
posted by kanemano at 10:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Lounging about in Singapore
What are some things a single traveller can do in Singapore, mid-December? [more inside]
posted by tksh at 10:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Catching el clasico soccer game in DC?
Where in Washington DC will I be able to watch el clasico (Barcelona v Real Madrid) this Sunday afternoon at 1pm? [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo at 10:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Popped Art: How to Promote an Artist's Work?
Looking for advice for raising an accomplished artist's profile from 'recognized' to 'esteemed' - through promotion, exhibition, and sales. How to find trustworthy/high-end calls for entries to art shows and museums? And more. [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Printer for fashion company
Need help figuring out best option for a printer for a fashion company. [more inside]
posted by ChloeMills at 10:35 AM PST - 0 comments

AT&T Wireless Options
My 2-year cell phone contract with AT&T Wireless is complete, and I'm looking for advice on how to handle the next part. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 10:34 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I stop being a fearful driver after a very close call on the road?
A few weeks ago, an oncoming tanker truck ran me off the road on a curvy two-lane highway. I (barely) managed to avoid a collision or rollover but did clip a mailbox. Now whenever I drive the roads in this rural area, I'm constantly worried that oncoming cars are going to veer into my lane. [more inside]
posted by balls at 10:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Best video rental stores?
I make independent films and distribute them myself. I've started sending my movies to independent video rental stores around the country. I've sent my movies to I Luv Video in Austin, Scarecrow Video in Seattle, Video Underground and Hollywood Express in Boston, Acme Video in Providence, and others. What are the best independent video rental stores in your city? Don't say Netflix.
posted by davidriley at 10:13 AM PST - 68 comments

Present for one of HM's new subjects?
Appropriate (humorous) gifts for British citizenship ceremony? Help. HiveMind! [more inside]
posted by MessageInABottle at 10:09 AM PST - 34 comments

Economical Holiday Vacation - With Skiing?
Vacation planning two part-er: Does cheap, decent skiing over the holidays exist? And if not, where else should I spend my time off from work? [more inside]
posted by AV at 10:05 AM PST - 14 comments

In the round.
What's the story behind this strange circular building in the middle of nowhere in Scotland [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:58 AM PST - 9 comments

The fish part, I'm sure of.
Argh! Please help me figure out this song fragment stuck in my head based on a clue or two. [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks at 9:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Thanksgiving Vodka?
Vodka That Tastes Like Fall? Since I do my Thanksgiving a week or so after everyone else, I have time to infuse a massive jug of vodka with seasonally appropriate flavors for the festivities. What infuses well and tastes like fall/thanksgiving/etc? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 9:42 AM PST - 21 comments

Is my Photoshop CS2 Pirated?
I just received a copy of Photoshop CS2 that I purchased via eBay. How can I tell if it's fake? [more inside]
posted by Babblesort at 9:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me with a bit of passive home defence
Looking for a GSM alarm system for my house. I don't live in the States, so the answer should ideally be non-US specific. I was wondering about the Panasonic BL-C131A, but that needs presumably a decent amount of light and a working internet connection to alert me of break-ins. And without push email, fifteen minutes could pass before I get the alert. It's not really ideal, I don't think... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 1 comments

Hard to find?
I'd like to know where is the best place to pick up bi women (18-30) in New York City? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Why am I paying property tax on land when I own a condo?
So confused! My county thinks we have a condo but we thought we have a single-family home (i.e. a free-standing house on land we own). Then why does my property tax bill show that we've been taxed for the land? [more inside]
posted by ObeyScient at 9:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me figure out an urban adventure in Saigon!
Help me have an urban adventure in Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City. I'm traveling there by myself, early 20s guy, and reasonably street smart for Asia (I currently live in southern China). I speak fluent English and advanced Mandarin but no Vietnamese. An ex-girlfriend's family lives outside of Saigon and she's got some young cousins who'll be willing to help show me around if I've got some cash to spare. The area where I live in Guilin already has beautiful scenery, I love urban areas, and I really have little interest in getting out to the countryside, except maybe for a one-day excursion. Thanks for your help in advance, everyone! :) [more inside]
posted by Televangelist at 9:10 AM PST - 2 comments

What to blend with new immersion blender?
I just got a brand new immersion blender. What should I blend? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 9:10 AM PST - 34 comments

Seagate Hard drive Mac
How to get a Seagate FreeAgent Desk external hard drive to work with my Mac? [more inside]
posted by yegga at 9:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Help...traditional holiday party in jeopardy!
What steps can company management take to minimize liability at an office holiday party where alcohol is served? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 8:58 AM PST - 25 comments

I'm tired of being tired!
What are some easy ways to get more energy and motivation? Lifestyle-specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 8:53 AM PST - 17 comments

What's happening in Chicago on Saturday, 11/29/09?
What fun things are there to do in Chicago this Saturday (11/28/09) if you're in a hotel near Midway with no access to a car? [more inside]
posted by xotis at 8:47 AM PST - 14 comments

This anxiety is obnoxious.
I'm stressed. Frequently. It seems like it's always to do with interactions with friends and lovers, but it's dragging me down. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Will My Dept Sink Me With A Prospective Employer?
Will a prospective employer not hire me when they find out I'm repaying money to the IRS? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Slimpstreaming behind a random?
Do you think it is rude for Alice (a commuter cyclist) to slipstream behind Bob (another commuter cyclist, who doesn't know Alice)? [more inside]
posted by Tapioca at 8:32 AM PST - 61 comments

About English expression
About an expression...please tell me if it is true or not. [more inside]
posted by mizukko at 7:48 AM PST - 35 comments

Lasers and mirrors and fog, oh my!
I have a pretty wicked laser, and I just bought a bunch of mirrors. Help me have fun! [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:45 AM PST - 10 comments

How often do people change their minds about starting a family?
How often do people change their minds about starting a family? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower at 7:39 AM PST - 24 comments

Dead iMac - How screwed am I?
My apartment flooded while I was away on vacation now my '07 iMac won't power up. So this is going to be a two-parter with specific questions about my computer and a general question about the nature of battery backups. [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank at 7:30 AM PST - 11 comments

How to programmatically record user sessions?
I'm looking for a non-interactive screencasting tool for use in my application. I'm doing some usability testing where I cannot be physically present on-site, and I want to record the sessions while my program is in use. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by lwf at 7:28 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I roast chestnuts so that they're easy to peel?
Is there something I can do to chestnuts so that they are easier to peel after roasting?
posted by ovesh at 7:12 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I help my sister with her debilitating scoliosis?
Why has my sister's scoliosis suddenly resulted in partial paralysis, and what treatments are available to help her? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 7:07 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me perform an expatriat culinary miracle.
How can I best approximate a real Thanksgiving turkey— with chicken, a gas burner, and toaster oven? What other kinds of traditional fare can I make, given the limited ingredients available where I live? Help me have a real Thanksgiving far from home! [more inside]
posted by bookish at 7:07 AM PST - 21 comments

The ethics of buying stolen bikes
Help me figure out the ethics of buying stolen bikes (or other stolen things). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM PST - 59 comments

What's American for 'undercoat'?
Can someone give me a primer on translating the British terms for wall / house paint into their American equivalents? [more inside]
posted by holgate at 6:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Schizoaffective question
Has anybody ever dated someone whom is schizoaffective, which is a combination of a mood disorder and psychotic symptoms. If you have , have you experienced being dumped without an explanation when you thought everything was going well.
posted by villazapat at 6:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Website to track previous travels?
I'm looking for some sort of web service that will keep track of previous travels and do things like make a map with pinpoints of where I've been, where I've been in the past year, etc. Mapping out highways taken and the like would be even better. Sort of like Brightkite, but without the whole social networking thing. I don't care about planning future trips or booking flights or hotels. Does this even exist?
posted by reductiondesign at 6:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Fleet GPS Tracking
I'm looking for a GPS system for the fleet at my business. We have 6 trucks and run a small service company. I'm having a hard time finding what I need. [more inside]
posted by Tavern at 5:52 AM PST - 6 comments

We all came out of Gogol's overcoat... but then it fell apart.
Toronto & Southern Ontario Mefites, help me save my favorite winter coat! [more inside]
posted by dnesan at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Tricky trojan?
Please help me get rid of this annoying virus/spyware infection on my laptop [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 5:50 AM PST - 10 comments

MA in Politcal Science v. M Public Policy
¿Master in Political Science or Master in Public Policy? [more inside]
posted by brakiwi at 4:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Music-making: Suggest a capable laptop, please!
Which laptop computer for making music? It's PC vs Mac with the usual provisos... [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 3:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Wireless and dLans and making them talk to each other
Please help my computers talk to each other once again. Windows networking question within [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 3:14 AM PST - 4 comments

I don't really know why this has to be awkward.
College freshman drama: After knowing A. for a week, I dated him for two; I was the one who broke it off. A month later, I started dating D. It's been three weeks since that started and things have been fantastic, except A. still refuses to talk to either one of us. This is awkward because we all live in the same dorm. Is there anything I can do to make things smoother? [more inside]
posted by flawsekno at 2:38 AM PST - 36 comments

November 23
The minor works of Gustav Verklempt
Do me a favor here... make me cry. Or at least a little verlklempt. I would like to add to my collection of videos that get me a little choked up or emotional. [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey at 11:02 PM PST - 111 comments

How do I do right by a giant, evil media corporation
How can I go about contacting CBS to ask for permission to post clips from 1970s talkshows on Youtube/Podcasts? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil at 10:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Contempt as a response to cynicism: Is it a trap?
Out of despair I've started to respond to a co-worker's cynicism with contempt. I feel like I'm heading into an emotional trap. [more inside]
posted by Talez at 10:34 PM PST - 24 comments

Where can I find a soap bubble blowing pipe that looks like a realistic wooden smoking pipe?
Where can I find a soap bubble blowing pipe that looks like a realistic wooden smoking pipe? [more inside]
posted by leptin at 10:03 PM PST - 1 comments

Full faith and credit of the US Government or an insurance company I've never heard of
My credit union (in California) switched from being federally insured to private insurance through American Mutual Share Insurance Corporation (aka ASI). Should I put my money elsewhere? Or am I needlessly worrying? [more inside]
posted by zombiedance at 9:51 PM PST - 7 comments

How Can Wordpress Easily Provide A Voting and Commenting View For 5 Page Layout Possibilities?
How can I allow anonymous users to access "Media" wordpress pages (ie a jpg image) so that it appears to anonymous users the same way as it appears to admins? [more inside]
posted by peter_meta_kbd at 9:50 PM PST - 1 comments

Visa Problems
I'm supposed to be at the Spanish Consulate in Miami getting a student visa tomorrow (appt. at 9:25am), but I don't have all the paperwork I need because some of it hasn't arrived from the school that I'll be studying at next semester(as a visiting student). What do I do? What can I do? Fun complications after the jump. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 9:23 PM PST - 5 comments

I thought this was university, not highschool...
How far am I supposed to be willing to go to help my students with their term reports? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 9:21 PM PST - 19 comments

My servos are seizing
Posting for a Roommate: His 802.11b USB adapter is unable to connect to our 801.11n network. [more inside]
posted by cabbages at 9:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Need help figuring how much to put aside...
I need to know a rough estimate of how much I should take out in taxes. Theres no withholding with my checks because the temp agency is whack like that. But I need to know how much to take out for tax season? I live in NY, but don't live in the city. So far I earned with this agency... 7466.55. The end of the year it will be $9000 earned. Can anyone help?
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 8:57 PM PST - 12 comments

How to prevent alcohol-induced blackouts?
I find that it doesn't take very much alcohol for me to end up with a bit of short-term amnesia. Is there anything I can do about this? Is this a sign of Bad Things To Come? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 PM PST - 33 comments

Paid-for air travel—help me save the money for later
Lots of air travel in near future. Help me survive and save money. [more inside]
posted by coolnik at 8:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Out Damn Cat.... what now?
I sprayed my neighbour's cat with the hose and now he's missing. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by taff at 8:46 PM PST - 50 comments

All I want to do is upload some band videos
Recommendations for converting a 35-minute DVD to discrete segments so I can post it on youtube? [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 8:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Shared Flickr set?
How do I make a shared Flickr set? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 8:19 PM PST - 4 comments

What are those personalized audio cones above me at the museum?
What are the personal/individual audio cones are museums called? Is it possible to make one at home relatively inexpensively? [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin at 8:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Oregon legal definition of good cause
I received a parking ticket, ended up paying late, and now I am looking to file an affidavit for relief. What qualifies as "good cause" in Oregon? [more inside]
posted by herda05 at 8:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Italiano?
Can you please help me translate this phrase: cominciâ a butâ da bande, ce che ho ai dentri e nol è gno Thank you very much!
posted by LittleMissItneg at 8:00 PM PST - 5 comments

I Don't Like Money
I honestly have no interest in money, but I'm constantly reminded to invest my money. I've tried learning about it with little success, presumably because of my uncommon beliefs regarding money. So how do I invest this stuff so that I can maximize my joy in life and minimize my reliance on money? [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft at 7:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can I find a business directory or point of interest database?
Are there any reasonably-priced, reliable databases of US businesses that allow users to store, edit, and retransmit that data? [more inside]
posted by SemiSophos at 7:42 PM PST - 1 comments

Help me subjugate the subjunctive, or I might get moody.
Yet Another English Grammar Question: Which is correct? Based on my facial expression right now, you would think I [were/was] excited. The former sounds wrong, but reading about subjunctive moods makes me think it's right. Does it matter whether I intend to imply that I was not in fact excited?
posted by phrontist at 7:33 PM PST - 27 comments

Altered Rent check - Memo line erased
My rent check is being altered every month, the memo area completely blacked out. Feeling at risk, what are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 PM PST - 40 comments

Help us put Starbucks out of business, for a week.
Any tips on a short-team lease of retail space in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by yom3ts at 7:06 PM PST - 1 comments

MS Access - Limit to # of shared users
Is there a limit to the # of users who can share a Microsoft Access database across a network? [more inside]
posted by cg1 at 7:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Desudser?
How can I clean the soap out of my (laundry) washing machine? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 6:34 PM PST - 10 comments

T-shirt with shelf bra?
Where can I find a short sleeve or long sleeve cotton shirt with a built-in shelf bra? [more inside]
posted by Chick Pea at 6:33 PM PST - 2 comments

should I sue?
Should I sue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Where can I meet fellow grad students?
Where can I go to meet cool UT grad students in Austin. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 PM PST - 12 comments

To The Moon Alice, and BEYOND!!!
Any suggestions for a high powered telescope that is t-ring compatible (for DSLR) AND is tough and light enough for backpacking and camping? I'm thinking 40 lbs max. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:15 PM PST - 8 comments

A silkscreen a day...
What is one creative thing you do each day? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 6:01 PM PST - 38 comments

Probably-needlessly-complicated-family-drama-filter.
So my grandfather is really sick and I haven't seen him in four years. Up until I turned eleven or twelve, our relationship was great. After that, not so much. Long, sorry. [more inside]
posted by Tha Race Card at 5:37 PM PST - 25 comments

Subvert the dominant, oh geez, I can't even type it
Any experience / suggestions / pearls of wisdom / recommendations for free Subversion hosting? TIA, no more inside.
posted by mwhybark at 5:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Please hope me generate a custom report from a Wordpress database
PHP/MySQL gurus: Please help me get data out of Wordpress in a really specific fashion. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:39 PM PST - 4 comments

How to make my dog have a solid stool?
What type (not brand) of dog food is good for dogs with bad gas and soft stool? [more inside]
posted by jwfree at 4:25 PM PST - 22 comments

Why do my lungs hurt?
Lung pain brought on by sudden exercise - possible causes/solutions? [more inside]
posted by Salieri at 4:01 PM PST - 6 comments

What can today's fat man do for tomorrow's fit man?
Is it possible to ask someone out several months in advance? I've met someone great, but I've met them too soon! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:59 PM PST - 55 comments

Did she imagine this book?
[Obscure book filter] Anyone remember a book about a grandfather hired to make a notebook to teach someone's daughter about the world, but he secretly makes two copies? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 3:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Re-enter PhD program after many years -- recommendations?
Applying to enter a math PhD program after working in industry. Question about recommendations. [more inside]
posted by lakshmi_mefi at 3:31 PM PST - 9 comments

21st century Darcy
BookRecommendationFilter: I'm looking for the Jane Austen of the modern man. [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 3:30 PM PST - 19 comments

Where do I find a Nepalese hat in Oregon?
I'm looking for a local store that carries Nepalese hats (the kind with ear flaps and a tassle). Found lots on line, but I'd prefer to shop in person for this so I can try a bunch on before picking the pattern. REI appears to carry them, I'd prefer something along the smallish import store style. (Can one really shop local for an import item?) Location - I'm in Oregon, between Salem and Eugene, so recommendations in either city would be fine.
posted by dorey_oh at 3:16 PM PST - 5 comments

how do i send booze in the mail
looking to deck the halls with homemade liquor (infused vodkas, lemoncello, something like that) - but now how to get it through the mail. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:41 PM PST - 9 comments

How old is too old to climb on?
I've always thought that rock climbing soft gear had a life of 10 years. Others are now telling me that is doesn't age if looked after properly. Is there a definitive answer? [more inside]
posted by dantodd at 2:41 PM PST - 14 comments

I am struggling with relatively simple algorithms. Am I doomed?
ProgrammingFilter: Just how lame is it that I can't come up with (create from scratch) a string matching algorithm? Can I still become a programmer? I need your honesty. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 2:38 PM PST - 45 comments

Difficulty of writing and speaking English?
Is English much more difficult than most languages to speak and to write? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 2:25 PM PST - 37 comments

Information literacy in higher ed?
I'm looking for information on methods of introducing information literacy in higher education. [more inside]
posted by pahool at 2:25 PM PST - 3 comments

AOL logo font?
What font is the AOL logo? [more inside]
posted by nostrich at 2:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Creative Exercise at Work?
Help me figure out unique ways to get some activity during a work day to keep me healthy and occupied as I quit smoking [more inside]
posted by phrakture at 2:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Journal Of Tanzanian Meat Sciences
I'm looking for strange magazines to give as gift subscriptions. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream at 1:49 PM PST - 34 comments

Help me plan a fun solo Thanksgiving
Kinda excited at the prospect of my first Thanksgiving alone. Where can a twentysomething girl go, or do, for Thanksgiving - both day and night? I'm in the Los Angeles/Pasadena area. Previous similar question, and I've taken all answers to heart. But mine has a twist: I can't stay in. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Will a newspaper job inch me closer to a career in public relations?
Job_Offer_Filter: I'm a struggling freelance writer trying to (someday) break into the pr/communications field. I've just been offered a staff writer position at a small local newspaper. Does accepting the job inch me closer to my desired field? Or just burden me with a ton of unmarketable experience? [more inside]
posted by sureshot at 1:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Video-Editing for Dummies!
I'd like to make a presumably simple video in the style of a series of opening credits for a tv show. What's my cheapest way to do it, and how? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 1:39 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm so bored with the USA
Where should my wife and I go traveling in January and February on less than $10,000 CDN? [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese at 1:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Slick ideas for a seven-day countdown?
Help me count down from my wife's birthday to her Special Surprise. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 1:21 PM PST - 7 comments

SPIE FTW
Fourier Optics Filter: Imaging the iphone camera point spread function- possible? [more inside]
posted by Large Marge at 1:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Questions on health care to ask a senior fellow at the Cato Institute
What are some respectful, substantive, and incisive questions to ask a senior fellow of the Cato Institute about health care reform? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 1:09 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm stuck in my flat
The electric gate into our block of flats has malfunctioned and nobody can move their cars in or out. It's nearly 9PM here in the UK and we can't get hold of our landlord or the building company. If, come morning, we can't get our cars out of the car park can we (legally) charge someone (anyone?!) for the taxi journeys we're going to have to take instead? [more inside]
posted by alby at 12:57 PM PST - 28 comments

Refinance Problem
How can we deal with Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac's rule that, for new mortgages or refinancing in condo buildings with fewer than ten units, one person may not own two or more units if those units are rented out? [more inside]
posted by kim in chicago at 12:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Fair Market Value for a Custom iPhone App?
What's the going rate for custom iPhone application development? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 12:18 PM PST - 8 comments

PowerMac life extension
Squeezing a bit more out of a PowerMac G5... [more inside]
posted by omnidrew at 12:08 PM PST - 9 comments

My skin has fallen and it can't get up!
My formerly oily, acne-prone skin is now severely dehydrated, horribly irritated acne-prone skin. Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:52 AM PST - 19 comments

Such thing as a reverse calorie counter?
I'm keeping a food log. It's the middle of the day. I know I have W calories remaining, X grams of Fat, Y grams of protein, and Z grams of carbs left. I'm wondering what are some typical meals I can eat for dinner, and an afternoon snack. Is there an online service that provides this type of info? [more inside]
posted by mdebruic at 11:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Mom at her wit's end / Therapy in San Diego
My mom has always had high anxiety, been prone to fear and pessimism, and has tended to focus on her fears in a very repetitive, verbal way that is often tiring to those around her. Her situation has worsened recently for several reasons. I want to help her find help. This question is both about therapy in general and for recommendations in San Diego in particular. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Sorry for your loss and by the way you're a terrible person
I've been told that it's not uncommon for friends to either ignore or drop you after you've been through the process of death/dying of a loved one. Good or bad, sometimes people just can't deal with that type of situation. However I've had 2 friends in recent months go off on me, tell me that I'm a terrible person, and that I'd said/done something that offended me so much that they don't want to be my friend anymore. Both accusations took me by surprise and I'm now wondering, did they wait to say anything to me until after my loved one passed? [more inside]
posted by green_flash at 11:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me find this t-shirt!
[LongShotFilter] Help me find this t-shirt! [more inside]
posted by oh really at 11:43 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm sick of all these spreadsheets
Overloaded with spreadsheets! Looking for an online database program that has bug-tracking features. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 10:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Pound a nail, win a prize!
I want to create some authentic carnival games at home so I can practice my stuffed animal gathering skills with some friends. Does anyone know of plans for such games, or info on the type of materials used, etc.? Here's one I found for the bottle/ring pickup game. Any others like this? I'm mainly interested in the basket toss, but unfortunately the name of that game is also a cheerleading move, and I'm swamped in GO Team!
posted by razdrez at 10:31 AM PST - 8 comments

give me a sign! women and their ways to show they like you
i'm absolutely smitten by this girl. i find myself constantly thinking about her. but what are the signs of that she may an interest back? [more inside]
posted by sniperantics at 10:29 AM PST - 27 comments

Can I order prepared black recado online?
Is there someplace I can order prepared black recado (aka recado negro aka chilmole) online? [more inside]
posted by anazgnos at 10:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me design a new home entertainment system.
My old tube television has died a terrible sputtering death. Help me get over my sense of loss by assisting me in replacing it with a new HD television and entertainment system. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef at 10:08 AM PST - 23 comments

A Spurious Coin
Numismatists: what is this coin/token thingy? It was found inside the wall of a late 18th/early 19th century rowhouse in the Seton Hill neighborhood of Baltimore.
posted by GodricVT at 10:06 AM PST - 7 comments

The left side is the right side, and the right side is the wrong side.
[Possible Pipe Dream Filter] I used to ride horses competitively, and recently am longing to hang out with horses again. I'm not looking to compete, nor do I want to take lessons or go on guided trail rides, since I already know how to ride. I just want to get back into riding for the fun of it. What are my options, if any? [more inside]
posted by anderjen at 9:59 AM PST - 14 comments

What should I do with a fresh duck and a goose that won't be used for 6 days?
What's the highest and best use of a duck and a goose, picked up last Saturday, but not destined for the table until our Thanksgiving meal on Friday? [more inside]
posted by paanta at 9:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Help!
Help me find a necklace my girlfriend lost. [more inside]
posted by SneakyArab at 9:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me replace my sweetie's Celtic band
[music filter] Mr jane's birthday is soon. He was just lamenting the fact that one of his fave groups, Nightnoise was no longer. Any Nightnoise-similar music that I might proffer as a suitable replacement?
posted by sarajane at 9:35 AM PST - 3 comments

I could almost handle the headaches, but I can I handle the stupids?
Tips & tricks for adapting to the side effects of Topamax (topiramate) for a full-time office worker & part-time grad student? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 9:33 AM PST - 14 comments

I've just seen a face...
Yikes! Nearly every 'healthy' cosmetic brand has toxic waste in it! Here I thought using Burt's Bees was good for unicorns and everything, apparently they have issues too! So does the Body Shop - badly. Search the database... Anyone have a good, healthy brand line? Please no "Stop Using." Try telling that to a 13 year old who just got permission.
posted by eatdonuts at 9:30 AM PST - 20 comments

Help us recreate iconic film costumes for our holiday party
[CostumeFilter]: My company is having a Hollywood-themed holiday party in two weeks. Please help me think of a good costume for myself and my boyfriend. Difficulty factors: He has a beard, I'm short and curvy. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 9:22 AM PST - 17 comments

The Greatest Story Ever Told
I want to be a better storyteller. What qualities do good storytellers universally exhibit? How much does embellishment play a role? Lyndon Johnson was a great storyteller who was also known to pepper his stories with a lot of bullsh*t. Most importantly, where do storytellers get their stories? Have they led lives of extraordinary experience, or have they read a book full of awesome anecdotes? Help me spin some yarn at a party or at the water-cooler.
posted by jasondigitized at 9:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Best place in Providence for a facial treatment?
Providence, RI: Best place for a facial treatment?
posted by quodlibet at 8:59 AM PST - 1 comments

“Happening” all inclusive resort for friend vacation in South Cancun or Mayan Riviera – Your experiences
Hello. I’d like the ask the Ask MetaFilter audience for help in finding a fun, all inclusive resort for a friend vacation, ideally from your personal experiences. Sure, maybe I could read the some (possibly suspect) posts on various travel websites, but I would prefer the high quality responses for which Ask MetaFilter is known. [more inside]
posted by disguise at 8:54 AM PST - 2 comments

The buyer's remorse...I have it.
SonicareFilter: Can I charge an Essence model brush with an Elite model charger? [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 8:36 AM PST - 3 comments

"What are you doing?" "I'm ending our friendship." NOOOOO!
Help! Can I salvage this friendship even after experiencing the searing pain of rejection? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Help Get Me Going at my New Gig
What are your tips when starting a new job as a software developer? Looking for coding, organizational approaches and social hints as well. [more inside]
posted by sidd.darko at 8:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Ice Ice Ipod, too cold? Too cold?
How bad is it for me to leave my iPod classic in the car all the time? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 8:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Others like St. James Infirmary?
My band does a great cover of St. James Infirmary Blues. What else should we do that's in the same vein? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:53 AM PST - 13 comments

i need to buy some hemp material
Does anyone know where to buy Hemp linen material at a good price and reliable supplier. I have a project coming up and need about 20 yards by next week. Light weight natural linen is what i am looking for.
posted by aisleofview at 7:42 AM PST - 4 comments

It is time once more to take up the dice
Looking for a pen and paper RPG, science fiction, certain other specifications required. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 7:27 AM PST - 26 comments

Help 3 clueless Brits do something fun for thanksgiving in NYC!
3 Brits in NYC, no plans for thanksgiving and wondering what all the fuss is about! What cool stuff can we do this weekend? [more inside]
posted by hibbersk at 7:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Speaking with confidence
How can I start speaking confidently without worrying about people disagreeing with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 7 comments

How, if at all, is sex different after a vasectomy?
How, if at all, is sex different after a vasectomy? NSFW details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Compare these brands of jeans
I'd like a comparison of CK, Levi's, Dickies and Lee jeans. [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool at 5:03 AM PST - 20 comments

Simple pocketwatch, either from the fringe or elsewhere
I need/want the pocketwatch shown in this screenshot from Fringe. Where can I find it? Failing that, can you point me to a similar (classy, simple) pocketwatch for under, say, $200? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 4:38 AM PST - 7 comments

It gets 20,000 miles to the isotype!
[ScienceFilter]: I want to drive a nuclear powered car. If nuclear power is good enough for submarines, why can't the technology be scaled down? Looking for big picture such as limitations, environment, storage, infrastructure and adaptations required.
posted by Funmonkey1 at 4:12 AM PST - 27 comments

Filter for Flickr feeds
How would I filter out a single user's images from a Flickr pool's feed? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now at 4:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Depersonalizing media violence
Now that I'm a mother, I'm hypersensitive to portrayals of child abuse or child death in movies and books. I just woke up from a nightmare induced by a novel that culminated in the murder of a child. How do I depersonalize violent media depictions of children? It's a terrible feeling to have some book or some movie eat away at me because I've inappropriately projected the situation onto my own daughter and let the book/movie play off irrational parental fears.
posted by crazycanuck at 1:55 AM PST - 34 comments

Cloned drive won't boot
How do I get a new hard drive, that's been cloned from my primary drive, to boot as the new primary drive? [more inside]
posted by willcosgrove at 12:56 AM PST - 8 comments

November 22
Tea flavored ice cream would be awesome
I want English breakfast tea ice cream. Help? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 10:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Quinoa help me out with this dish?
Quinoa salad at Mitsitam Cafe in DC--where can I find the recipe? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 10:45 PM PST - 1 comments

How do I grow an olive tree from the fruit of another?
Is it easy to grow an olive tree from the fruit of my current tree? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 10:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Will any British Columbia vineyards ship ice wine to California?
Will any British Columbia vineyards ship ice wine to California? A former supervisor, who lives in California, got me a job interview in Vancouver that went really well. I'd like to express my appreciation with something suitably Canadian. [more inside]
posted by mote at 10:07 PM PST - 7 comments

All the lonely people
The world is full of lonely people. I'd like to bring some of them together... at least the ones in my general vicinity. But I need your help in finding the best ways to go about this. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 9:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Automechanicfilter: The Case of the Thirsty Tank
What could be some reasons why my gas mileage is very suddenly and dramatically craptastic? [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 8:47 PM PST - 20 comments

Something to watch while exercising?
Looking for good video blogs to watch while riding my exercise bike ... especially any indie game review video blogs! [more inside]
posted by Admira at 7:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Is Die Zauberflöte opera suitable for five year old?
Is Mozart's - Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) opera with Diana Damrau suitable for a five year old? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 7:46 PM PST - 18 comments

How does your comfort level in relationships show?
This is REALLY not about the toilet seat...or is it?!? Men, I need your advice!! Women, there is a question inside for you too! [more inside]
posted by hollygirl at 7:46 PM PST - 75 comments

First wedding anniversary paper/origami gift ideas?
My husband and I will be celebrating our first (paper) wedding anniversary this Friday. We're really short on funds, so I'm thinking of folding him something with origami and writing our vows or a poem on the unfolded paper... Any suggestions on what to fold? [more inside]
posted by saileyn at 7:41 PM PST - 13 comments

I can't remember the name of an obscure religion
Can't remember the name of a particular obscure religion. Or maybe it is just a philosophy? I know it ends with "ism" and includes the name of the founder, perhaps? Can't remember any other details. :( [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 7:19 PM PST - 25 comments

Where's the website Startup button?
I want to create a website and need general and specific guidance. I don't want to give the idea away so the description is a little sketchy. How do I deal with keeping the kids out of the "adult" section? How do I "spread the word"? (to get submissions and readers?; i.e. kickstart) [more inside]
posted by Drasher at 7:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Hot, dangerous… rock music?
Help me make a raunchy rock playlist! [more inside]
posted by nuala at 7:03 PM PST - 61 comments

Help me find a Simpsons screensaver I remember from the 90's.
Is the Simpsons Screensaver I remember from my youth still available? [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I quit or continue?
Requesting advice with my career in computer science. Briefly, should I stay or should I go? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 6:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Remember print magazines?
My wife reads my Esquire and Wired magazines and is looking for a print magazine strong enough for a man but PH balanced for a woman. [more inside]
posted by Overzealous at 6:14 PM PST - 37 comments

ThanksgivingFilter: Cranberry mold help, please!!
Years ago, I went to my aunt's house, and she made this really fun Jello mold that was red and had bits of food-processed cranberries, walnuts, celery, and pineapple bits. It was soooo delicious! Since then I've tried to replicate it a few times, all to no avail. Each time, the Jello doesn't set and it comes out like basically a cranberry sauce that tasted like whatever Jello flavor I use. Can anyone point me to a good recipe AND include some tips for success? Many thanks in advance!!
posted by choochoo at 6:13 PM PST - 14 comments

3G SIM Card for 1 Month Trip to India?
How to get a 3G SIM card for a 1 month trip to India w/out signing a 1 or 2 year contract? [more inside]
posted by Kerim at 6:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it worth putting time or money into this CD player?
Cheap CD player hisses. Worth the trouble to diagnose or fix? [more inside]
posted by lakeroon at 5:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me keep the shutterbugs happy!
What should I include in a 3 hour photography workshop aimed at 30 12-15 year olds? [more inside]
posted by man down under at 5:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Where can we get an advanced London Eye(s) Test?
Advice on where to go in London for more advanced eye problems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Is something wrong with my brain??
Something odd happened to me cognitively last night. Have you experienced anything similar? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Rental discrimination/morality
I'm a landlord for a owner-occupied 4-unit bldg. I know I can't discriminate, with respect to tenant selection, regarding "family status", but am I free to prefer a single-occupancy renter to a family? My motivation is mostly remunerative -- included in rent are: water, hot water, and heat, and so a single renter is cheaper for me than a family of three with respect to those utilities. Is my preference for 1 vs. 3 rentors actionable discrimination? (Call me a miser if you like, but I'm under rent control, and I need to watch my costs, since it is near impossible to pass inflationary costs on to tenants.)
posted by JimDe at 5:09 PM PST - 17 comments

movies without soundtracks?
Can you think of movies that have no soundtrack? [more inside]
posted by saturn~jupiter at 4:58 PM PST - 53 comments

Possessive?
Where should the apostrophe go in the sentence "In Memory of Great Loves Lost"? Loves is plural (referring to all the loving in the world), but does it possess "lost"? Should it be loves'? [more inside]
posted by niccolo at 4:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Thanksgiving for the very busy.
What can we do in Chicago for Thanksgiving dinner considering I have no time or reason to prep and cook a feast? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 4:49 PM PST - 10 comments

I want boxes for my CDs
What's a good source of some kind of boxes for carting around large numbers of CDs (1000+) in their jewel cases? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 4:30 PM PST - 17 comments

It wasn't kosher but does it matter?
Should I apologize (or otherwise acknowledge our "oops") for cooking my Jewish co-worker's family a decidedly non-kosher dish following the birth of their first child? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 4:28 PM PST - 44 comments

Imac has lost its once strong wireless signal
My girlfriend's imac keeps losing its wireless signal, despite having functioned perfectly for over a year at its present location. How can I remedy this? [more inside]
posted by ranunculus at 4:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Digital Camera Recommendations for Smoggy China
Digital Camera Recommendations for Smoggy China [more inside]
posted by imalaowai at 4:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Firefox 3.5.5 + VLC 1.0.3 + Embedded .MOV + Windows 7= $#@%!!!
Firefox 3.5.5 + VLC 1.0.3 + Embedded .MOV + Windows 7= $#@%!!! [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 3:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Canadian Bluetooth Blues
Jabra Stone Bluetooth earpiece availablility in Canada? If not, recommendations for quality Bluetooth headsets that aren't grotesque? [more inside]
posted by WilliamWallace at 3:48 PM PST - 1 comments

Possible hormone deficiency?
I think I may have a hormone deficiency. I plan to see a doctor. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Suggestions for tasteful hardcore?
I'm looking for tasteful, high-quality hardcore porn. Does what I want even exist? NSFW obviously. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Why do I have to wait to get results from a medical exam?
What is physically wrong with me and why do I have to wait for the doctor to tell me in person? [more inside]
posted by Unnecessarily Sarcastic Bitch at 3:38 PM PST - 13 comments

House-building idiot seeks construction guide for dumbasses.
What is a good reference for learning to build a house? I need to get a basic grasp of things like building codes and best practices for electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing, etc. [more inside]
posted by bengarland at 3:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Stuck in the dreaded “friend zone”!
So as fate would have it, I am sharing an apartment with a girl that I am very attracted to. And now it seems as if I've been perma-friended. (For the sake of discussion, lets forgo the “dating roommates is a bad idea” discussion.) [more inside]
posted by RandomGradStudent at 2:55 PM PST - 122 comments

How to handle Christmas stay envy?
What's the best way to stand up to my mother about Christmas and to handle her jealousy about our better relationship with my partner's parents? She's determined to make the holiday season into a zero sum game with my partner's mother [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft at 2:45 PM PST - 42 comments

A Gym plan for a chubby dude with not-enough time (yet).
For a few months, I have a total of 30 minutes at the gym in the morning (not counting shower) at three times a week. (It's a long story.) I know this is not much at all. I am a 25 lbs overweight guy and would like to get a bit leaner. I don't expect quick results. I have asthma but control it with inhaler so I can "trot" a bit on the treadmill so far. I can't (yet) flat out run for long periods without asthma/poor shape affecting me. I am very familiar with the gym and various weightlifting exercises. I am not sure how to make the best of my time, though. At all. Within a month I would like to bump it up to 45/1hr in the gym and 4 times a week. (and then later, 5 days a week.) But for now, do you have any solid advice that works for you? [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon at 2:41 PM PST - 21 comments

Hello My Name Is Boring
I am highly motivated to avoid the blahness of YANFCB (Yet Another Fucking Conference Badge.) Help me come up with COOL conference badges. Or something. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 2:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Designing my next career move
CareerFilter: I enjoy user experience design, and have a successful career at a top agency. Now I want to work fewer hours, have less stress/slower pace, and try something new. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:28 PM PST - 4 comments

How Long Will Antique Drugs Still Work?
Ancient drugs...opium, morphine, even absinthe. Can they still be potent after decades? [more inside]
posted by esereth at 2:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Source for construction industry lingo?
Can anyone point me to a resource where I can learn construction industry-related lingo? [more inside]
posted by eliina at 2:06 PM PST - 1 comments

If she loves Yo!Ville, will she love the Sims?
My wife loves YoVille, farm town, farmville, etc. on facebook - will she love the Sims (2 or 3) for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 1:41 PM PST - 18 comments

help me slay my allergies!
Where in Manhattan can I find nasalcrom and ketotifen eye drops? Do they sell them at Duane Reade? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 1:26 PM PST - 4 comments

What can I do about this wood paneling?
Our spare room/hopefully future nursery has ugly wood paneling on the walls. What can I do to make it better? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 1:13 PM PST - 26 comments

Student Loans vs. Investing/Saving with a Twist
The paying back student loan vs. investing/saving question - but with a bit of a twist [more inside]
posted by 1901gunner at 1:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Don't mean to pry...
Need to replace a toilet seat. The hardware seems to be fixed fast to the throne; the screw is all rusty, there's a plastic-y sort of nut that has resisted all my attempts to pry off with a wrench. Would really like to do this myself and avoid having to call in a plumber. [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 at 1:10 PM PST - 20 comments

How does an international student get financial aid?
I am an international student going to college in the US (one of the top ten schools, but not need blind to internationals). I have not applied for a scholarship when I was first admitted, because I knew that it decreased my chances and the exchange rate was relatively comparable. Then, things went downhill; my aunt who was helping my parents pay the tuition lost her job, the exchange rate went up from 1.21 to 1.85 and that is the story. I am looking for a form of scholarship, be it need-based or merit based. How? [more inside]
posted by kuju at 12:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Am I safe from a paypal bill? Can they find me?
Am I safe from a paypal bill? Can they find me? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 12:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Book recommendations for a new Christian!
I'm looking for book recommendations for a young woman who has recently become interested in religion. Ideas please! [more inside]
posted by schmoo at 12:37 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me get my European drivers license.
Looking for a Citroën C3 drivers manual. [more inside]
posted by swhitt at 12:37 PM PST - 1 comments

Need help finding a Christmas/Hanukkah card
Please help find a particular Christmas/Hanukkah card that my wife and I love! [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 at 12:00 PM PST - 4 comments

I think I might have Asperger's. What should I do?
I think I might have Asperger's. In my case, should I even bother being tested? What would a confirmation/disconfirmaton mean? [more inside]
posted by edguardo at 11:32 AM PST - 20 comments

television broadcast production of the 50's
Are there any good resources that explain the logistics, equipment and practices of television broadcast production of the 1950's?
posted by parallax7d at 11:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Riddle me crazy
This is starting to get seriously depressing - I'm no nearer to solving this riddle than I was 3 freaking hours ago. (Neither is my husband - and he's the smart one.) [more inside]
posted by Jody Tresidder at 10:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Tomato Wireless Bridge + forgetfulness = ???
Tomato Wireless Bridge + forgetfulness = ??? [more inside]
posted by xla76 at 10:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Composter without a bin?
I want to compost, but don't have any good options at present. Can I just throw my organic waste into the bushes and let nature do its thing? [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada at 10:14 AM PST - 21 comments

IKEA, O why did you discontinue the RIAN?
Suggestions for small side tables like the Ikea RIAN? [more inside]
posted by Ky at 8:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I access medical journals?
How can I access medical publications and journals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 AM PST - 26 comments

Unblocking the emotional dam - slowly!
How can I make space for my emotions and feel safe letting myself feel them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 AM PST - 17 comments

What is the PayPal of the adult industry?
Adult Website Filter: Which payment processor should I use to sell advertising space on my porn website? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 2 comments

What's wrong with my cat who is now mostly unresponsive after a day of vomiting?
What is wrong with my cat? We've been to both the regular and emergency vets in the last 24 hours, and we still don't know what's wrong or why she isn't improving. (Details within.) [more inside]
posted by enoent at 7:52 AM PST - 37 comments

Sorry, no matches for the tag graphic design books across MetaFilter‽
What are the essential books on the topic of the objective qualities of effective graphic design? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 7:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Wireless internet and wireless printing on two separate networks
I borrow my neighbor's wireless internet, with their permission. Can I set up a separate network for wireless printing in my apartment, and use it simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 6:54 AM PST - 10 comments

PDA replacement in 2009?
Need to replace a PalmOS PDA used primarily as an address book. Key requirements: cheap(ish), easy to use, sane desktop software, not a phone.
posted by ConstantineXVI at 6:34 AM PST - 14 comments

shredding shreds
How can I save the shreds in my shredded jeans? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 6:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Muffin book
MuffinFilter: Looking for a book details muffin recipes which range from run of the mill (but delicious) plain muffins thorough to healthy, alternative muffin recipes using non-wheat flours (spelt etc). [more inside]
posted by SueDenim at 4:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Business optimization eek!
I've got these 2 math problems that are driving me crazy. Business optimization. Please help. [more inside]
posted by nomnomnom at 3:55 AM PST - 16 comments

A day or two in Sicily? Worth the trouble of getting there?
Is a quick trip to Sicily worth it? I've got a ticket to fly to Rome 4-11 December, and am considering a quick trip to Sicily (max 3 days, min 1 day) via a low-cost air carrier. [more inside]
posted by purpleclover at 3:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Do I warn a friend that her new boyfriend was my date rapist?
Three years ago, I was date-raped by my then-boyfriend. Some of our mutual friends know, some don't. I just found out that a friend in the know is trying to set up another friend's sister with my rapist. What, if anything, should I do? (Apologies for the lengthy description that follows...) [more inside]
posted by honeybee413 at 12:09 AM PST - 61 comments

November 21
Without Maru the cat, I am nothing.
How to display Japanese text in Win7? [more inside]
posted by chez shoes at 11:09 PM PST - 7 comments

How to fix a house's foundations?
After noticing some small cracks on the interior walls of one room, I went outside and saw several HUGE zig-zag cracks have appeared between the bricks at the back corner of my house. All the indications of a bad case of subsidence. Time to panic; the house is now worthless! What are my options? [more inside]
posted by moorooka at 10:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me name my web show!
Name-my-web-show filter: I'm launching a web show that features the places and foods of Singapore. I need a shot, snazzy title for it, ending with a .tv domain. Anybody got any ideas? Thanks so much!
posted by mordecai at 10:50 PM PST - 10 comments

I want an orthogonal basis for feelings
What are the most basic feelings, from which all others are composed? By this I mean that some feelings are combinations of other feelings (e.g., melancholy is a combination of sadness, thoughtfulness, listlessness, etc.), whereas others are unrelated (if you feel loving, you don't feel angry, for instance). What a smallest collection of feelings which could be combined to create all possible feelings? Has this been studied? Or is the premise false?
posted by jewzilla at 10:49 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me get over my stupid complexes so I can enjoy/succeed in college academics/life.
I'm finally on my own and liberal arts school should be the place for me. But I'm still approaching my coursework from the standpoint of "how little can I do and how late can I do it and still not utterly fail," and it's making me hate myself. [more inside]
posted by randomname25 at 10:17 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me be the boss of the GRE
I took the GRE on Veteran's Day and the results were not my personal best. How do I best gear up for a second try on Dec. 8?? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 9:44 PM PST - 8 comments

I need a recommendation for an iPhone earbud/mic/controller combo that doesn't suck.
I need a recommendation for an iPhone earbud/mic/controller combo that doesn't suck. [more inside]
posted by loudguitars at 9:15 PM PST - 13 comments

What's evidence of non-action?
I spend a lot of time alone at home, playing video games, reading books, wasting time on the internet, etc. If I was accused of a crime, what evidence supports the fact I'm at home not really doing anything? [more inside]
posted by meowzilla at 8:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Rental of Fujitsu ScanSnap (or Similar) in Chicago Area? Or General Advice?
At some point in the future, I'd like to follow the recommendations of some various sites I've seen online and scan most of my paper archives to PDF. It looks like this would be the best solution (I'm a Mac user) – or, at least, that's the device I've seen recommended a few million times. However, I really can't see having the discretionary $417+ to purchase this device, not for a very, very long time. Does anyone offer this device for rental? (I live in Chicago.) Is there a RipDigital equivalent for this kind of thing (a very long time ago, they did the initial move of my music from CDs to MP3s)? Are there cheaper alternatives that are just as good?
posted by WCityMike at 8:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Yes my refrigerator is running, and you need to get a lawyer
Legal status of inadvertently sent (supposed to be internal) automated test calls which could be viewed as "prank calls" that go accidentally to 7-13 unsuspecting recipients. And more. YANML i know, please read details. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 PM PST - 10 comments

dealing with unwanted attention
I tried to do someone a favor, it backfired and now I cannot get rid of them. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Too niche for the hive mind?
Recommendations for "let's play videogame X" videos? [more inside]
posted by Baldons at 7:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Traveling near Tokyo in December?
Some last minute business brings my girlfriend and I to Tokyo this December, and we'll be spending a week's vacation there as well. We've been to Tokyo before, so what can a couple do out of the city (but nearby) during winter? [more inside]
posted by destrius at 7:45 PM PST - 7 comments

(UK) mobile phone operator?
Is their a "decent" UK mobile phone operator? [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 7:22 PM PST - 10 comments

You hit Duke. Duke is killed.
I'm trying to teach myself Java by writing a simple roguelike. Can you help me figure out the architecture? [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi at 7:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Cream, Whey and What?
What sort of dairy product did I inadvertently create? Bad housekeeping details under the fold... queasy stomachs beware! [more inside]
posted by LOLAttorney2009 at 6:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Getting a Job in Capitol Hill Seattle, Where To Live
I might be getting a job in Seattle soon, the job being located near Lakeview Cemetery. I'm going to be apartment hunting from a distance so I won't be able to really check things out in advance. Help me find a place to live. [more inside]
posted by Gideon at 6:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Tools to learn Spanish
What tools can I use to help my family (adults and children) learn to speak Spanish? I am interested in CDs, software, music, TV shows,kid-friendly immersion programs, and anything else. [more inside]
posted by Nickel at 6:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Wifi weather station?
Cheap wifi-enabled weather station? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 6:40 PM PST - 1 comments

What online map software will choose the best multi-point route for me?
Is there some online software/Web site that will take a list of addresses and generate the most efficient route to drive to all of them? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 6:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Name-that-Film-Filter:
Name that Film-Filter: I'm trying to think of the name of a movie that I'd like to buy before the liquidation of a nearby Blockbuster comes to a close. High fantasy, vignettes, made less than five years ago. [more inside]
posted by fook at 5:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me fill the rest of my day!
Six hours in NYC on Tuesday - what to do? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 4:29 PM PST - 19 comments

Mapping accident statistics
Cartography/Google Maps: I want to represent severity of accident data on a map to show the most dangerous parts of town to walk/bicycle. I have the raw data, but I can’t seen to show the info in a compelling way. [more inside]
posted by lrivers at 3:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Christmas Flamethrower Cartoon?
Looking for a specific Christmas cartoon printed in the New Yorker a couple of years ago. [more inside]
posted by cr_joe at 2:42 PM PST - 0 comments

Help me debug this bluescreen.
Windows XP Home machine goes blue screen on boot. I'd like to fix it without reinstalling. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 2:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Where would you take a friend out for steak in downtown Portland?
Where should I take a friend out for steak in Portland? It needs to be in the downtown/Pearl/NW area. I'm looking for someplace not too expensive (under $150 for the two of us), not too stuffy or corporate feeling, and if they have a rib eye, that would be superb! Any recommendations?
posted by pdxgirl42 at 2:02 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I treat road rash?
How should I treat my road rash so that it will heal quickly and not scar? [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 1:59 PM PST - 33 comments

Storage facilities in San Diego area
Recommendations needed for storage facility (eg 5x10 or 10x10 spaces) in the San Diego area, preferably around Del Mar. Looking for inexpensive but also safe place to store miscellaneous belongings/furnishings for several months.
posted by america4 at 1:27 PM PST - 0 comments

Windows7 on a netbook?!?
Should I install Windows 7 on my netbook? [more inside]
posted by smitt at 1:16 PM PST - 16 comments

70s TV show with female, puppet hosts?
Please help me ID this American TV show/special/variety hour from the '70s featuring life-sized female puppets/marionettes - or prove to me that I am indeed halluciremembering. [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 1:03 PM PST - 5 comments

What are and how do I obtain miniature cacti?
Are miniature cacti just younger plants or do they have their own name or classification? Awhile ago I saw some tiny (~1 in. apiece) cacti for sale in a big box garden/home supply store, but am not having luck finding them online (getting a lot of hits for dollhouse miniatures, etc). I would like to buy some but know neither the right terminology to use, nor where I'd buy them. I've already browsed several online cacti stores w/o success. Thanks for your help tracking this down!
posted by artifarce at 12:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me un-grinch my holiday season!
Help un-grinch my holiday season! Need suggestions for ways to get myself into the holiday spirit when I come from a family who does not really participate... [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 11:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Cooking a turkey in an electric roaster oven
Have you ever used an electric roaster oven to cook a large turkey? [more inside]
posted by Lylo at 11:49 AM PST - 2 comments

does a direct external heat source mess with your body?
Is it bad for you to sit in front of a heater, even when its not THAT cold? [more inside]
posted by bdoop21 at 11:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Does Xbox 360 have a proxy option with authentications?
Does Xbox 360 have a proxy option with authentications such as username and password with it? Or PPTP w/ authentications. Also does it have a VPN support?
posted by omaralarifi at 11:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Grandfather's first laptop
I'm looking for recommendations on setting up a new laptop for my 92 year old grandfather. He is essentially a "first timer" to modern computers, having never used a computer with a modern operating system and internet access, so any ideas to make it simpler and safer for him are welcome. [more inside]
posted by XcentricOrbit at 11:13 AM PST - 19 comments

External USB drive, Linux machine, POST/mount woes!
Please hope me: my Linux machine cannot boot when my external drive is connected: it can't get past POST tests when USB legacy is enabled, but it also can't mount the drive when USB legacy is _not_ enabled. :( [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 11:11 AM PST - 12 comments

places to stay in Provincetown, MA?
Suggestions for places to stay in Provincetown, Massachusetts over the Christmas Holidays? Looking for guest houses or vacation rentals. [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 11:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Color TV tuning wand?
My girlfriend was telling me this story last night. I think the TV guy was just having fun with them. She also said the "wand" made "colors" on the screen. I think it was a stick with a magnet on it. Does the Hive Mind have any recollections of this "tuning" wand? Story after the jump. [more inside]
posted by patnok at 10:50 AM PST - 12 comments

warning your references ahead of time
I've found a great potential job, given them references, and know the references will be contacted on Monday. To what extent is it typical to let your references know beforehand they will be contacted by my potential employer? [more inside]
posted by diode at 9:59 AM PST - 17 comments

Travelling with Ritalin
I currently live in Brazil but shall be returning to my country of origin, the UK, for a month or so in December. I recently managed to get a prescription for Ritalin from a psychiatrist here in Brazil and was wondering whether I'd have any complications in bringing this back into the UK. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 9:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Why do we refer to Galileo Galilei by his first name?
Why do we refer to Galileo Galilei by his first name? Seems unconventional.
posted by found missing at 9:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Kids don't like eating at school...
Where can I find a Remains of the Day lunchbox? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 9:50 AM PST - 13 comments

How do you solve a problem like Maria losing her ID?
What form of identification can I get in Germany? [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 9:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Bash my files into shape.
My command line/scripting-fu is weak. Help me clean up and copy a lot of files without having to do it by hand? [more inside]
posted by sinfony at 9:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Seeking clicking mechanism or design...
What kind of small toys or devices click when you rotate them forwards and backwards? Seeking mechanism or design... [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 8:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Crayon in the Dryer, 3x Over
I washed some clothes with a crayon in a pocket. Now I've got yellow crayon spread out across my clothes. But it gets better. The clothes weren't getting dry and I kept putting them through the dryer. 3 times total, never noticing that the crayon stains were there. How can I get rid of, or at least minimize, the problem so I get some of my pants for work back? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 7:13 AM PST - 10 comments

After cooking a chicken stew is it safe to freeze the chicken with the bone still on?
After cooking a chicken stew is it safe to freeze the chicken with the bone still on?
posted by citybuddha at 7:00 AM PST - 8 comments

wintry mix
Looking for music that feels like winter. [more inside]
posted by samsarah at 6:55 AM PST - 93 comments

Gmail fail! Please help!
Gmail shame! My account was accessed and all my contacts were spammed. How do I keep this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 6:37 AM PST - 7 comments

What history / philosophy books should I read next?
What history / philosophy books should I ask for for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 6:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Does he have jimmy legs? Spontaneously evacuating bladder?
Why was there a panel blocking the lower half of Biden in this episode of the daily show? [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 6:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Where Can I Get a Directory of New York High Tech Companies?
Is there a directory of New York high tech companies? [more inside]
posted by simpleton at 5:14 AM PST - 4 comments

chinese language educational software for native chinese speaking kids
my kids (ages 3 and 6) are beginning to learn chinese. i am looking for useful materials and strategies to get them fluent. i don't speak chinese. one thing that helped a lot in learning spanish (their second language) was spanish language education software that targets native spanish speakers ages 3 to 5. does anyone have any recommendations both for the chinese educational software of this type and how to buy it when you don't speak chinese. there is absolutely nothing more daunting than a chinese language web site.
posted by alcahofa at 12:48 AM PST - 20 comments

November 20
What is the best mandoline to buy with price, size, and safety in mind?
What is the best mandoline to buy with price, size, and safety in mind? It will be a present for my father who likes to cook, but has not used a lot of mandolines in the past?
posted by macowell at 11:52 PM PST - 16 comments

I'm not sure what jobs I should be applying for.
What are some decent-paying jobs for someone who has B.A. degrees in English and in Psychology, and a lot of unofficial and very specialized technical knowledge but no "official" (i.e. paid) experience with such? [more inside]
posted by Lakmir at 9:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Super Germs invading my mouth
Super germs... in my mouth?? [more inside]
posted by jadegenie at 9:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Playlist on iTunes and iPhone have different songs.
I have a smart Playlist on my iTunes which functions properly and has all the right tracks in it. I have it checked as a Playlist to export to my iPhone. The iPhone has a playlist with exactly the same name ... but completely different songs. I've double checked that I don't have two playlists with the same name in iTunes. Not just one track is different--none of the tracks overlap. Why is this happening? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 9:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Lonliness and depression
Lonely and depressed...need advice [more inside]
posted by loser8008 at 9:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Bigger without Blurrier
How can I get a DVD movie to fill (at least one axis of) my screen without compromising the picture quality? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan at 8:52 PM PST - 16 comments

It's Hip to Make Bad Puns
I'm turning 25 in a few weeks and the party theme I've decided on is "Hip to be Square". 'Cause 25 is 5^2, get it? GET IT? Yeah, I know, I'm a dork. Looking for suggestions of how to incorporate that theme into a party. [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 8:27 PM PST - 20 comments

How to clean the sediment from my PC
I have a water cooled PC that is slow building up sediment in the bottom of the reserve and inside of the tubing. I used a retail additive with de-mineralised water so this is coming as a bit of a surprise to me. I have since replaced the fluid with more de-mineralised water and car radiator concentrate, this has stopped the build-up of sediment though the existing sediment still remains. Is there a way to clean out this sediment in the form of a flush or something similar?
posted by wombycat at 8:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Too twee for me.
Draw a line from the 1981 release of This Heat's album Deceit to today. What do you get? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 7:56 PM PST - 35 comments

Administering non-celebrity Facebook pages
Does anyone run a Facebook page with a large number of fans? [more inside]
posted by total warfare frown at 7:26 PM PST - 5 comments

e-cart ala carte?
Can anyone recommend a scalable shopping cart solution? [more inside]
posted by tilde at 7:07 PM PST - 0 comments

Now We Aren't Quite Six
I'm going to a birthday party for a five-year-old tomorrow, one of my students. His mom said not to bring a present, but I was hoping to put something fun in the card. I love A.A. Milne's poem Now We are Six and I'm wondering if anyone knows of a similar poem about turning five.
posted by easy_being_green at 7:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Brand me
What is that I'm doing? Tag my business. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 6:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Nothing good, is the answer
What does it mean to say that someone "had tests run and that the two arteries to her head are in bad shape with one being closed and the other partly closed"? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 6:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Tell me your memorable, exciting learning experiences!
What are the most fun, memorable, interesting, exciting, and long-lasting learning experiences you have had? [more inside]
posted by Cygnet at 6:10 PM PST - 25 comments

Oh what a tangled web we weave
I need some advice about how to move my life forward. Relationship, job, and home. A simple question: should I stay here or should I go back home, but with the usual tortured backstory that I will try to keep as relevant as possible! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:58 PM PST - 14 comments

What's a good gift for an Amish family?
Should I give a gift to the family who we bought a CSA farmshare from this year? I was at their house every week from May to Oct picking up produce, and even a few chickens. Complication is that they're an Amish family (maybe Swartzentuber?), and I have no idea what would be an appropriate gift. It's the parents, and about 5 kids under the age of 10. The best idea I have at the moment is a jar of maple syrup from my trees, since that's about the only thing their farm doesn't have.
posted by saffry at 5:26 PM PST - 16 comments

keyframing problems in premiere
Adobe Premiere Filter: how do I adjust keyframe interpolation to get a title to move the way I want it to? (I can't believe the fairly simple option I'm looking for wouldn't be available...) Exhaustive details inside. [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 4:21 PM PST - 6 comments

My Little Camera
Can you recommend a reasonably-priced digital camera for a bright seven-year-old girl? Bonus points if it's available in pink.
posted by timeistight at 3:57 PM PST - 13 comments

I Need to Pause the Movie and Look Something Up...
Which is the best method for adding codec, playing video from remote shares, and most of all usable web browsing to an AppleTV? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 3:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Bronx to Boston: What's the fastest way?
My question is a simple transportation one - I'll be in the Bronx for an interview near the Albert Einstein College of Medicine on a Tuesday. I'll probably be done around 2 or 3, but then would like to get down to Boston by dinnertime (7 or so). [more inside]
posted by archofatlas at 3:10 PM PST - 19 comments

If my doctor says there's no generic, but I can order one, should I?
When nobody seems to think there's a generic for a drug, and yet I can order it. Is this an online pharmacy scam? [more inside]
posted by lumpenprole at 3:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Are gmail addresses private?
gmail alerts...Through gmail alerts I try and watch which sites my son goes to. He has had some trouble. Is it possible anyone else could have the same gmail address, in another country or with a different password?
posted by sandyfrd at 2:57 PM PST - 34 comments

The Subway vs. My Back
Is the subway causing my body to hurt? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 2:29 PM PST - 18 comments

What to see in Vegas
What single show should I see in Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by nushustu at 2:28 PM PST - 28 comments

Finding an old book about teenage love and axe heads
[Bookfinder filter] Trying to find a book I read at school, in the UK, in about 1987. It was a book for teenagers, with two interweaving stories across different times: one thread involved a teenage couple in modern times, and the other thread was about some Norse warriors, including a berserker, in ancient England. The two threads were tied together by an ancient axe head. The final section of the book was written in a cipher. [more inside]
posted by memebake at 2:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Was the Rockport Institute worth the money?
Anyone ever used the Rockport Institute before? Was it helpful?
posted by Rubbstone at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

I really enjoy Brings' cover of Zarah Leander's "Nur nicht aus Liebe Weinen". Who else does this type of cover?
I really enjoy Brings' cover of Zarah Leander's "Nur nicht aus Liebe Weinen". Who else does this type of cover? [more inside]
posted by Seeba at 1:51 PM PST - 1 comments

Florida or Bust!
Recommendations for traveling south of Miami. We are planning to fly into Miami, rent a car and drive south down Highway 1 toward the Keys. We want to go down in Feb or March. Where should I focus my research on the area to decide which destination to go to and what we must see or do along the way. We want the adult version of spring break. That means fun parties in the evening, exploring historical or interesting places during the day. Warm sandy beaches at some point are a must. Anyone know anything about that area? There is just so much there I don't know where to start.
posted by meeshell at 1:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Jean Genie?
I'm looking for black, size 18 jeans. But I'm really, really picky... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 1:16 PM PST - 17 comments

How did you become aware of what you are good at and what you suck at?
I’m trying to be confident, self assured, and self-aware but constantly doubt myself. It doesn’t feel like I have picked up any valuable skills and it seems like my brain is stagnating. I read constantly and always have but still feel incredibly stupid. That fact that I have not advanced professionally is eating at me. Everyone else seems to possess some magical learning skills and I am not measuring up. I am consistently bad at everything I do and fail to get the big picture or the tiny details. I’m always forgetting something or making simple mistakes. And everything takes a really long time to complete. It has become increasingly difficult for me to recognize my own skills. At this point in my life I need to get good at something because I don’t see any progression in my future with the way things are now. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 12:43 PM PST - 19 comments

From the career perspective is there money in the online/e-learning space?
From the career perspective is there money in the online/e-learning space? If so, where is it, or where will it be in a few years? I specialize in software training and education and am looking to get my foot in the door if it is worth it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Calling all ex-tenants
How can I track down former residents of a specific apartment complex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 PM PST - 12 comments

How to snatch up an "expired" domain?
A domain name I'm interested in just "expired" 5 days ago according to its WHOIS record. However, all the registrars I've tried say that the domain is unavailable. Is there some kind of grace period for this? What's the best way for me to know if/when it actually becomes available? Any way for me to grab it right now? BTW there's nothing hosted there, and it appears to be owned by a squatter. Obviously I'm not looking to pay squatter prices here.
posted by scarabic at 12:27 PM PST - 9 comments

What Mexican rock/rap song did I hear?
What Mexican song did I hear that heavily sampled (or covered) an English language rock band like April Wine or Foghat (or similar). The Spanish lyrics sort of rapping over a bed of the classic rock sound. And I'm almost positive it wasn't Molotov. [more inside]
posted by birdherder at 12:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Argument against Bill O'Reilly?
My uncle loves "The O'Reilly Factor" and relies on it for much of his news consumption. He sees Bill O'Reilly as a "straight-shooter". I'm trying to convince him of the folly of his ways. What evidence can I point to? thank you!
posted by grammalvsu at 12:18 PM PST - 40 comments

How to avoid the H1N1 while vacationing it its hotspots?
How can I make sure I don't get H1N1 for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by pick_the_flowers at 12:09 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me find piano music to play.
I want to expand my (intermediate/advanced amateur) piano repertoire. Can you recommend some music? [more inside]
posted by philokalia at 11:57 AM PST - 16 comments

Save me from my excel hell
Another GD excel/csv filter [more inside]
posted by TheBones at 11:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Courting Ellen West
“The Case of Ellen West” was published by the Swiss psychiatrist, Ludwig Binswanger, in 1944–1945 and (as far as I can tell) appeared in English translation in 1958. Anyone know where I can get a copy? Usual search suspects are turning up only the Carl Rogers article, "Ellen West and Loneliness", in the Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry (which I've requested via interlibrary loan) and some other scholarly pubs on Rogers (behind the usual pay walls).
posted by crush-onastick at 11:45 AM PST - 4 comments

The Weather Inside Is Frightful
Mystery water dripping from the ceiling in the late night. No rain, so no leaking roof. No upstairs neighbors, so no one else to blame. Is this the Rising Damp the Britcom is named after or does my apartment need an exorcism or what? [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Many iPhones, One recording?
Audio/mobile phone idea/question: I was at my kid's band concert recently, trying to record some of it for Grandma. I only thought of it after we got there so I was using my iPhone. Not a bad recorder, but it's hand held. It picks up me moving in my seat, people fidgeting, etc. Why isn't there an app/service where I could record the concert on my less-than-professional-equipment, and a bunch of OTHER Dads and Moms record the same thing from other vantage points (with other noise!) then put 'em all together subtract the noise and end up with a beautifull, clear, stereo recording. With the iphone's bluetooth/wifi/gps the iphones should be able to figure out where they are relative to each other. Is the doable? Am I nuts? Does it already exist?
posted by davereed at 11:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Best Cobbler in Victoria BC?
Who is the best cobbler in Victoria BC? I have a pair of Black Spot Unswooshers that I like the look of, but are falling apart prematurely. The seam along the top of the toe is starting to come apart, and I'd like to have a cobbler fix them before the tear goes too far. Can anyone recommend a skilled Cobbler in Victoria BC? I'd like the repair to be as inconspicuous as possible.
posted by Sustainable Chiles at 11:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Getting another copy of the receipt
My PS3 died out of warranty, but still under the extended purchase protection of my credit card. Only problem is to make the claim I need the receipt which I lost. I called the store where I bought it (EB Games in Canada) asking if they could print me a new receipt and they said that they would but the credit card purchase log only goes back a couple months at their store. Is there any law about being able to get another copy of the receipt? Maybe if I called their corporate HQ armed with such information?
posted by GleepGlop at 11:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Tsubo boots
How durable are Tsubo boots? [more inside]
posted by little_c at 11:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Which video game classics did I miss the last three years?
I intend to make this weekend a gaming weekend. I haven't played video games in a long time. At least not as seriously as I used to. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by wolfr at 11:05 AM PST - 40 comments

How to Reorder and Rename Files
For an art project, I need to take several thousand image files, reorder them randomly and rename them sequentially. Is there an AppleScript for that? Or something? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 10:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Like a turkey trying to fly.
I'm hosting my first Thanksgiving. I have zero idea what I'm doing. Advice, s'il vous plait! [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 10:37 AM PST - 46 comments

What was the name of the service that provided you with a free 800 number and credit card processing?
What was the name of the service that provided you with a free 800 number and credit card processing? Their model was that they took a percentage of the credit card fees and you billed your customers through them. It was a very neat way to setup a small service business with almost no overhead. Are they still in business?
posted by thinktwice at 10:17 AM PST - 6 comments

chop shop
this should be pretty simple - Ive got a HUGE image (72" x 96") and want to print it. Thats going to be REAL expensive to print as one piece so i was hoping to find some software that would chop it into many 8x10" pieces that I can then print in a standard printer. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Rear ended by a drunk driver then effed in the rear by the medical system.
Bone graft gone wrong. Testicle swollen, major pain, difficulty walking, Doctors not helping. Need advice. [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell at 10:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Need encryption advice!
Please help me figure out a way to encrypt a folder on my Windows XP machine, and then back it up on various media. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 9:57 AM PST - 5 comments

OK, so like, the walls are still here, so I guess things are still cool?
What should a landlord look for during a mid-lease inspection? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 9:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Sticky work situation
Sticky work situation, advice needed. [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 9:38 AM PST - 18 comments

What is the best children's music without branding & popular characters?
What is the best children's music without branding & popular characters? [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 9:34 AM PST - 59 comments

What Bay Area stores carry the Dell Adamo?
Where can I see a Dell Adamo (not the new XPS, but the one that was released last year) in person, in the San Francisco Bay Area? Frys doesn't seem to carry it, and I don't know who else would. I'm considering buying one, and want to handle it and check out the keyboard, weight, etc., in person, before making a decision. Thanks for any help you can provide :-)
posted by Susan PG at 9:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Philadelphia restaurant with ambiance?
Please recommend me a an excellent restaurant in Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 9:24 AM PST - 18 comments

Nasal polyps removal: Boston or Bergen?
I'm thinking of getting surgery to remove nasal polyps. Should I get it done in the Boston area, where I have no insurance, or in Bergen, Norway, where I'll be returning for work in January (with a worker's visa)? Or should I have it done at all?
posted by anonymous at 8:53 AM PST - 8 comments

How to help a long-term loner happy with a lady?
How can I make my new partner come?? NSFW details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me buy a sauna!
Good 2 - 4 person sauna? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Developing excellent academic general knowledge.
Developing excellent academic general knowledge. [more inside]
posted by ekpyrotic at 8:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Can my landlord toss my stuff?
Can my landlord throw out my stuff in a storage unit? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 8:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Best Wireless N router for £50ish that supports DD WRT
Im looking for recommendations on the best wireless N Router for around £50ish that supports DD WRT (or similar). I have a seperate cable modem so I dont need an all in one solution. I looked through the list of Linksys products buy unfortunately the one I can afford (WRT160N) v3 isnt supported.
posted by toocan at 8:39 AM PST - 3 comments

But what's it there for? Do you actually sleep on it?
Little known facts about men [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 8:37 AM PST - 371 comments

Help me lacquer up a bookcase
I'm looking for a long white lacquered bookcase and found this one at Ikea. Unfortunately, the white version of the bookcase is not lacquered like the other colors. Would it be difficult for me to apply a lacquer finish to it? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 8:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Does Etsy take orders?
I have a picture of a quilt that was auctioned off, I'd like to have it made. Is there a way to request an item on Etsy? Click for pic, on Photobucket (I've asked the auctioneers who originally made the quilt, so I can go straight to the source. Haven't gotten an answer yet. My first choice would be to give my money / kudos to the original creator of the quilt.)
posted by steeb2er at 8:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Yet another Friday night...
GoodTimesFilter: Instead of going out and being social, I tend to make excuses, saying I need to stay in to complete work - which I often don't actually complete, due to procrastination and distraction issues. How I can quiet this negative voice, and go out to have a good time? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments

When your best actually isn’t good enough: What could a supervisor do to help you if you were under-performing at work?
When your best actually isn’t good enough: What could a supervisor do to help you if you were under-performing at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do I have to clear my throat so much?
Why do I have to clear my throat all of the time? When I'm speaking, my voice often becomes croaky to the point where I can't speak normally without sounding like Tom Waits on his deathbed. This is normally resolved by me clearing my throat rather audibly (ahem-uh-huh-hem!), after which I can speak fine again. I might have to do this five or six times in an hour long presentation. I'm not spitting out or swallowing phlegm, my voice is just unusably scratchy until I clear my throat. Occassionally, clearing my throat does nothing, and I'm left with a voice that can barely speak. This happens with my normal conversations, too, not just presentations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Good Phone for the Could You Speak Up A Little Crowd
Loud, clear, land-line phone without feedback whine? [more inside]
posted by DU at 8:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Help with vision problem
What are these moving lines in my vision? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Windows 7 AppLocker
Am I doing something wrong with Windows 7 AppLocker? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Woman's Fashions of the Late !930s
Mrs Raybun watched the 1937 version of The Women and loved the fashion show sequences. What other late 1930s movies that showcase woman's fashions of the period would she enjoy watching?
posted by Raybun at 7:59 AM PST - 12 comments

looking for nice shoes to go with casual wear
I'm looking for recommendations on a pair of shoes that are "classy", but that look good with casual clothes (jeans and t-shirt, for example). The reason is that in Europe, many places seem to frown upon sneakers, even if they don't care about the rest of your clothing. [more inside]
posted by * at 7:48 AM PST - 27 comments

Replacement Motherboard for one that crapped out.
What motherboard can I find that will replace an MSI K9VGM-V? [more inside]
posted by saxamo at 7:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Lost WAMU accounts and dead-end customer service
Washington Mutual lost $2,400 of my money (NOT counting 12+ years of accumulated interest). The customer service rep hung up on me when I tried to figure out how to get it back. What to do next? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal at 7:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Quick fix for auditory overload?
My ability to hear volume seems fine--I hear distant birds, quietly chirping insects, etc. However, I have trouble understanding people when there are other people talking, and it's affecting my business. Is there a quick fix? [more inside]
posted by PatoPata at 7:34 AM PST - 19 comments

concrete 'mold', rammed earth in Mexico
Why does so much of the concrete work here eventually mold? (I am in the Yucatan) If that is the right word for this action. The discoloring. Is there an admixture missing? Something that is used elsewhere? how much is to be blamed on the humidity? People elsewhere are experimenting w/ new mixtures (i. e. fly ash) to make less wasteful, lighter etc.; in this area, is anyone experimenting w/ new formulas? What is the difference between exposed formwork say, in the US, and here? Oh, and one more. Could 'rammed earth' construction be done here? What is the raw ingredient necessary? There is alot of limestone here.
posted by ebesan at 7:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Boy, That's One Expensive Powder Room...
What are some common euphemisms in older literature? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 7:09 AM PST - 23 comments

USB SATA HD WTF FTW?
Is my external HD enclosure killing drives? Or is it bad luck? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Crying over poured milk. Why?
My 3-year-old daughter suddenly hates drinking milk. Mealtimes are rife with tears and battles of will. How can we get her to drink milk happily and eagerly again? [more inside]
posted by lexfri at 5:29 AM PST - 78 comments

I hear the internet is on computers now.
When completing an online job application that gives you the opportunity to attach a cover letter and resume at the end, is it necessary to fill out all of the fields if the resume contains the information? [more inside]
posted by otters walk among us at 5:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Ah hurt mah knee. Please hope.
Yesterday I started having sudden sharp pain and stiffness in my left knee, above and around the kneecap. I suspect I injured it doing squats and lunges (with bad form) the night before. Could it get better on its own, if I rest for a few days? Or should I see a doctor (and what kind)? [more inside]
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 3:52 AM PST - 19 comments

What's my name?
Help me guess this person's name. I've been given some clues. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 1:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me plan to build a boat
Help me think about and plan boat building. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 12:29 AM PST - 15 comments

A good haircut?
Where can I get a good men's haircut (and style) in Las Vegas? (or Chicago?) [more inside]
posted by chris p at 12:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Searching the Internet for tranqulity info
QuoteThatI'mTooDumbToFindFilter: I remember reading some quote online about popularity being a watered down kind of respect, and respect just being a pale substitue for a quiet life well-lived. Something along those lines. [more inside]
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 12:16 AM PST - 0 comments

Intra-company knowledge exchange
How to increase knowledge exchange in a tech company. (i.e. imitate Google)? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 12:08 AM PST - 12 comments

November 19
How much is that [blank] in the window?
In this photo of the Microsoft store in Mission Viejo, there are two islands of product immediately as you enter the store. On the left is various versions of Windows 7. What is the product on the island on the right? [more inside]
posted by ericc at 11:32 PM PST - 3 comments

IT advice for non-profit
How likely is it that in the next 2-3 years cloud computing (using for example google chrome OS with web apps running off thin clients) will be the norm and how should a non-profit organization with high tech needs (healthcare) but limited tech resources begin to position itself for the changes this might entail?
posted by dougiedd at 10:57 PM PST - 18 comments

Are there any Muay Thai themed xmas presents?
My brother is going to Thailand for a 3 month Muay Thai training camp and I want to get him a themed or appropriate Christmas present. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 10:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Great Fiction, Online? Does It Exist?
Where can I find great works of fiction online or in some sort of text form that I can read on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 10:45 PM PST - 27 comments

Foreclosed on when the payments are up-to-date?!
A friend got a notice of foreclosure on a house on which he's made regular payments for over a decade. It's in Sonoma County, California; he's lived in and owned the house since the late 90s. I've advised him to lawyer up, and tomorrow will help investigate what pro bono attorneys are available to him. He has little money; his home is his wealth. Meanwhile, maybe someone here has been in this position and can provide a roadmap? [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 10:40 PM PST - 18 comments

I want to look good. No, *really* good. (Or: personal shopper?)
A few years ago, I had a girlfriend who (gently) took me to task about my wardrobe and made a few suggestions as to how I could look better. I could see the difference after I'd tried a few new outfits, but I'm not very good at coming up with them myself, and I'm not very good at knowing what looks good and what has to change. It recently popped into my head that I could hire someone to help me out with this, but I know absolutely nothing about how to do so--although I hope MeFi harbors someone who does. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by tellumo at 10:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Please help me remember the name of this movie.
What was the name of this movie? Martial arts-themed/action (think JCVD-style). Cheesy scene description - the only one I can remember - inside. [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 10:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Propitious places to move to & unusual living situations for having 3 or 4 days a week free to work on personal project
I'm working on a project that requires at least 3 or 4 full days attention each week. What are some places in the US or world I could move to, &/or unusual living situations, that would give me a good chance of doing this? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone at 9:39 PM PST - 6 comments

I need to organize all these books.
I have about a thousand books and a burning desire to reorganize them. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 9:28 PM PST - 26 comments

Do vaccines bring you closer to death?
Is there a set quota of white blood cells that the human body produces over its lifetime, and if so do routine vaccines (e.g. the flu) tax the immune system enough to significantly shorten the person's lifespan? [more inside]
posted by foulowl at 9:16 PM PST - 34 comments

vox clamantis in deserto
How the hell do I export a Vox blog to Wordpress? [more inside]
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 9:04 PM PST - 4 comments

What are other examples of interactive - "volunteer needed" type websites?
What are other examples of interactive - "volunteers needed" type websites like WheresGeorge.com, CoCoRaHS, BOINC, Folding@home, Geocaching, BookCrossing?
posted by MrBCID at 9:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Contact organizations for marginalized populations in south India
I'm writing a final masters thesis on whether south Indian IT can and should be replicated in Senegal. Part of what I want to investigate is whether there has been a negative impact on marginalized populations in the Indian state of Karnataka. I need to contact NGOs, government offices, and anything in between in the state of Karnataka that deal with said marginalized populations, such as Dalits, widows, etc. Any advice on relevant organizations?
posted by msk1985 at 8:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Adaptive computer programs for math practice?
Any good computer programs for math practice? Impoverished children need your help. [more inside]
posted by Suciu at 8:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Largest FFT to date
What size was the largest (Fast) Fourier Transform ever performed to date? How many array elements? Can anyone beat 16,3843 complex-to-complex?
posted by mqk at 8:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for information about second-trimester abortion
I am looking for information about therapeutic abortion in the second trimester. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Negotiating patient/family rights at an ultrasound facility
Is there a medical or technical reason an ultrasound facility would specify that only one person can accompany the pregnant person during the ultrasound? (And if it turns out we must follow this policy, how could the third parent observe the ultrasound from the waiting room?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 PM PST - 9 comments

(Damn, no benzos. No wine.)
My unplanned-pregnant soon-to-be-single-mother friend was unexpectedly invited to Thanksgiving dinner with the, err, donor and his parents. She is freaking out, convincing herself that it will be terrible, etc. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Why do I freak out if I don't know why?
I need help dealing with "unknown", especially in personal issues. I have an intense desire to know why something is happening, what someone's explanation is and I wind up a big ball of anxiety while overthinking it. I want to know how to be comfortable with just "not knowing", and how to be comfortable with the resulting feeling of not being able to control the situation. [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted at 8:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Immigrationlawfilter
Any advice for our Nanny who is seeking citizenship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Bet They Won't Play These Songs on the Radio
Mix CD filter: Suggest stupid/funny songs! [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 7:38 PM PST - 54 comments

Mold in Truck! Out Damn Mold!
I'm asking for my sister. And, yes I saw the previous sorta related mold questions but this is specific enough and those were long enough ago that I thought, perhaps, there might be some new mold-fighting technology or tactics: "We have a serious mold problem in our truck! Has anyone had success battling mold? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 7:28 PM PST - 6 comments

What should I do about my lost domain name?
So I lost my domain name. Now what? [more inside]
posted by doubtless at 7:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Self- Improvement Books
Book recommendation filter: Can you point me to a book about purity of self/ respect for self/ self improvement through interactions with nature? Possibly with discussions on eating healthily/ exercising and/or with emphasis on gaining clarity of thought. [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 7:26 PM PST - 4 comments

MacgyverFilter: link sharing using MS Office
Macgyver IT: I want my team to use something like del.icio.us to share links. But since this is ask.metafilter, I can't use the obvious right answer. I need to make something like it myself, using bubblegum and string the MS Office 2000 suite and my knowledge of VB. What would be my best approach? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 7:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Download it with Firefox and it's borked. Download it with Safari, and it's fine. Huh?
Download a certain program with Firefox and a key feature is broken. Download it with Safari, and it runs fine. Howzzat? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 7:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Ladder operators refer to some sort of blue-collared workers, right?
Help me pass a subject I hate. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 5:40 PM PST - 9 comments

The stupidest miracle
I just did something banally amazing. Now I'm overcome with a profound sense of dread. Is this legitimate? [more inside]
posted by Lacking Subtlety at 5:39 PM PST - 61 comments

What suitcase should I get?
Is luggage one of those things where spending more money buys real quality? And if so, what should I spend it on? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 5:26 PM PST - 25 comments

Managing BiPolar Relative
Managing Bipolar Manic Episode? [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 5:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Want separate desktop on Virtual Machine
Question. I upgraded to Parallels 5.0 to run a Windows Virtual machine on my Macbook. The problem is that icons on the Windows desktop show up on the Mac desktop and vice versa. How can I set up Parallels so that both desktops are separate identities that don't impact each other?
posted by hdh at 5:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Can someone claim ownership of our dog?
Missing dog filter: How long does ownership last? [more inside]
posted by dozo at 5:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Will I Lose My Driver's License?
Do I have any options with the California Department of Motor Vehicle regarding having had seizures and losing my license? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 5:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Freaky Bright Orange Spider!
I have a picture of this spider with a bright orange body. I was hoping someone out there could identify it. http://picasaweb.google.com/senador1/OrangeSpider#
posted by senador at 4:54 PM PST - 7 comments

excel gets my goat sometimes
excel filter: why wont it let me have header rows below row 1? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 4:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Call it "Tailor Tourism"
I'm thinking about taking a suit holiday. As in, going to a country where not only can I have a fun vacation, but I can get a bunch of suits made for a good price. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 3:52 PM PST - 24 comments

Breaking the News
I'm trying to compile a list of stories that cable news went insane for. OJ, Elizabeth Smart, Jon Benet Ramsay, Di's death, balloon boy, 9/11, Chandra Levy, Clinton/Lewinsky, Katrina . What other breaking stories have provoked saturation coverage on CNN/Fox/MSNBC, even if only for a couple of days?
posted by unSane at 3:23 PM PST - 69 comments

Scraping & saving?
I have perhaps a thousand delicious links (to documents in the SEC database). All of these could be broken at anytime if the SEC changes the way it displays these. How do I automate the process of copying the contents of those documents so I can save them in a database? [more inside]
posted by extropy at 3:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Name this ghost movie
What's the title of this movie (that came out around 2005, give or take)? A teenager is left for dead and becomes a ghost. He seems to influence things around him but then what he did didn't actually happen. In the trailer, he yells his girlfriend's name in an empty high school, and it seems like she almost hears him. It turns out he's not dead but dying. The reviews were not good. Thank you!
posted by zeek321 at 3:12 PM PST - 7 comments

One month to Masters
What's the best way to indicate a degree I've completed but haven't officially been awarded yet? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg at 3:11 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I tell my friend she is crazy?
I have a friend who laments she cannot find a partner. She is gay (I am not) so when she tells me tales of past relationships and the aftermath of breakups I don't usually comment much. But this last time she reported actions that were boarderline stalking and she has not clue. [more inside]
posted by shaarog at 2:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find Mother's Cookies (or something similar) in New York?
Where can I find Mother's Cookies (or something similar) in New York? [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 2:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Internet radio that's great for a intense work project
I'd like some suggestions for Internet radio that are slightly mainstream and also go back to the 70s/80s/90s. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 2:44 PM PST - 8 comments

No Prep Potlucking
Late to the party, no time to prep: I'd like to have a collection of recipes that can be manufactured just-in-time; dishes that I can throw together in under 10 minutes with minimal use of kitchen tools. Bonus points if you can assemble the entire dish right out of the shopping bag. MacGyver me some meal ideas! [more inside]
posted by krippledkonscious at 2:23 PM PST - 27 comments

What is this crazy flag?
What crazy flag is this?
posted by Optimus Chyme at 2:07 PM PST - 23 comments

All the tracks lead you to heartbreak.
Best break up albums of all time? [more inside]
posted by dhn at 1:26 PM PST - 103 comments

With a Little Help from My Friends
Woman in business looking to find a good professional association or networks to join. [more inside]
posted by rmm at 1:22 PM PST - 4 comments

serious business!
Is there a word for a person who has been subpoenaed? If two people are subpoenaed, they are called co-...? They're not co-defendants. Is there an equivalent?
posted by streetdreams at 1:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Why is my Russian Dwarf Hamster so irritable lately?
Why is my Russian Dwarf Hamster so irritable lately? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 12:52 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I keep strawberries alive over the winter?
I unexpectedly received several rare strawberry plants. Currently living in USDA Zone 6 -- what can I do to ensure they survive such late planting & a potentially hard winter? [more inside]
posted by muirne81 at 12:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Please help me repair natural slate tile.
Please help me repair natural slate tile. [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 12:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Am I being too uptight about my Macbook screen?
I have an appointment to see the Mac Geniuses tomorrow regarding my Macbook's screen, which looks rather dim. However, I'm not sure if I'm asking too much, since I know the older displays dim over time. I have some photos inside comparing my Macbook to an almost identical model that is one year older than mine. Could you take a look at these pics and let me know what my chances are of getting a repair? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 12:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find speherical bags that will help me turn my trash into toys?
Where can I find bags of various sizes that: are spherical or ball-shaped when full of stuff are made of durable outdoor-hardy material and close with velcro or a drawstring or some other kid-safe closure mechanism Bonus: Bags of other useful shapes like kid furniture, that can be filled and closed You see, I want to make balls out of trash... [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 12:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Review book for Criminal Procedure
What is the best hornbook for a law school Criminal Procedure class? [more inside]
posted by j1950 at 12:44 PM PST - 10 comments

How do TV dance pros get their partners ready each week?
What do pro dancers do to get their celebrity amateurs so good, so quickly? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 12:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Austin for the weekend
Fun in Austin, TX for a young couple with 2 days to spend, one of which is Black Friday? [more inside]
posted by a.steele at 12:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Good guys get blue, bad guys get red.
How close are we to handheld laser weapons? I read an article about a laser on a C-130 burning a hole through a car, a 747 that can shoot down an ICBM, and now a truck-mounted laser that can bring down a plane or UAV. What kind of science challenges do we need to meet before these weapons are issued to soldiers, etc.? [more inside]
posted by uaudio at 12:06 PM PST - 23 comments

I can't afford my family's Christmas expectations, how to handle this appropriately?
My husband lost his job, we're not sure how we're going to pay the rent in January, and my family is being assholes about Christmas gifts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 66 comments

What are the negative unintended consequences of medical marijuana?
What are the unintended, negative consequences of having a medical marijuana prescription? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there a good way to get notified when jobsites post new listings?
A wildland firefighter/fire ecologist, I have a rather unique skillset. I know most of the websites appropriate jobs are posted, but few of them have email alerts or rss feeds. Is there any way to stay abreast of new postings without going to each site every week? [more inside]
posted by RachelSmith at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

What interesting statistical information can I dig out of this medical billing data?
What interesting statistical information can I dig out of this medical billing data? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

How to make amends for disruptive behavior in a library?
A group of 11-year-old kids under my wife's supervision got out of control and were disruptive to the library they were meeting in. How can we make it up to the library/ its patrons, and ensure that something like this doesn't happen again? [more inside]
posted by Jpfed at 11:13 AM PST - 31 comments

What stereotypes do people hold about Portland, OR?
What common assumptions and stereotypes do people have regarding the city and residents of Portland, Oregon? And regarding Oregon in general? It'd help to know where respondents are from.
posted by thinman at 10:06 AM PST - 109 comments

Best Mac text-editor to replace Homesite on a PC?
For years I've been using Homesite on a PC, which was a great text editor. Now I've switched to Mac and all the text editors I find pale in comparison, despite the fact that Homesite hasn't been updated in years. Help me find one that I'll like. [more inside]
posted by lsemel at 10:04 AM PST - 21 comments

Opera for kids.
Opera suggestions for children. [more inside]
posted by eyeballkid at 10:00 AM PST - 28 comments

Most difficult math on the computer-adaptive GRE?
GRE 800Q scorers: What was the most difficult math you saw on the computer-adaptive GRE? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 9:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Gift horse, mouth, etc.
Why am I getting free Sirius? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 9:49 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I cope and have best outcome for son in viscious custody battle?
Horrible custody battle about to begin. How do I cope and have the best outcome for my son? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM PST - 32 comments

It's past-a joke.
What should I know before buying a pasta maker? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 9:28 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me help you
HabitualRobotFilter: I am looking for some ideas to start becoming more active. Naturally, this is the first place I decided to look. [more inside]
posted by SharkLangasta at 9:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a taxi!
Lost my camera in a NYC yellow taxi. Paid via Credit Card. No receipt. Can I track down the cab I took? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 9:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Help us keep the baby safe from pulling the g button out at night
Very active one year old with G button (MIC-key low profile) During night feeds and traveling in car how do I keep her Button from being pulled? It has come out once before in the crib by her moving so much the slack in the feeding tube got caught in crib and pulled out. It was painful for her since the balloon was fully inflated. I want to keep this from happening again. How do other parents keep thier kids g buttons and tube feeding cord protected at night. She is a wiggly thing and often turns in her sleep many times from belly to back and forth. The feeding is necessary and cannot be missed. [more inside]
posted by Snoogylips at 8:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Connecticut DMV Hell (Help me out since their system is useless)
I recently got a speeding ticket and received a letter in the mail telling me I have to complete a driver retraining course. My last ticket was over 24 months ago, and the officer who wrote the ticket told me that because of this I wouldn't be required to attend any such course. [more inside]
posted by jofuu at 8:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Formatting Differences in MS Word on Windows vs Mac
How consistent is MS Office between Windows and OSX? Will using MS Office on my Mac solve this formatting problem I'm having? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 8:35 AM PST - 13 comments

My best friend and wife are fighting. Should I try and mediate or stay out of it?
My best friend and wife are fighting. Should I try and mediate or stay out of it? [more inside]
posted by washateria at 8:29 AM PST - 36 comments

Deleting Doubleclick.net spyware
removing spyware called Doubleclick.net [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 8:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Cacti experts, help!
I have some questions about cacti. First, can you help me identify the awesome cactus my boss' husband gave me? It looks exactly like this one (though that's someone else's photo). [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 8:15 AM PST - 3 comments

The Dare Essentials
I am thinking of organizing a "two-dollar dare" party and I need simple dares that can be performed in front of a lot of people, and achievable right there. Props are fine, as is the use of another person. So far, I have things like, picking your nose, licking someone else's foot, peeing in a pair of adult-diapers, letting someone slap you hard, letting someone give you a haircut, simulating an orgasm. The idea is that if the people at the party want to see it, they can up the "bid" to a double-dare ($4) or a triple-dog-dare ($6) so I am looking for a good selection of tame dares and rather more outrageous ones. Can the hive mind help me?
posted by Sully at 7:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Recommend me an LCD TV!
I'm thinking about getting a 32"/37" LCD TV. Primary applications are DVDs (and I guess, now, BluRay), NetFlix/Hulu streaming, and an existing PS2. I'm also eyeing the PS3 (or a Wii?) but haven't made a decision yet. We don't have cable/satellite, and don't typically watch over-the-air. What factors should I be considering? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 7:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Roles we play in business meetings
I am looking for something I saw on the web about people's behaviour during meetings. It was funny and lighthearted, might have been a comic strip or maybe even a video? [more inside]
posted by maggiemae at 7:31 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm sure about the songs from under the sand.
Again with the "identify this short story." [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me be a standup guy ... with a guitar.
Help me be a standup guy ... with a guitar. [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 7:20 AM PST - 12 comments

How do you solve a problem like syrah? (-grenache blend)?
What can I cook with a whole bottle of red wine? [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 7:18 AM PST - 22 comments

Help Identifying Weird Old Nature Book
Help identifying weird old nature book, 1940's to 1970's. Links to images inside. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 7:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me Bag an Apple
Looking for a good backpack for a 17" MacBook Pro [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 6:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Shalom, kitties!
Asking for a friend: Does anyone know where to find authoritative information on requirments for pets moving to the USA from Israel? [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 6:48 AM PST - 6 comments

I readed a story, but I forgetted it.
I'm trying to find a short sci-fi story I read over 10 years ago that I barely remember. It may have involved some or all of the following: bicycle repair, ripe banana smelling bacteria used as deodorant and anti-libido medication. [more inside]
posted by jrishel at 6:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Info on Adult Big-Wheeled Foot Scooters
I'd like an adult kick scooter with bigger wheels than a Xootr and smaller wheels than a Kickbike. Two wheels the size of the Kickbike Freeride's backwheel would be good. Or this old model but adult size. Can you recommend such a scooter? [more inside]
posted by McGuillicuddy at 6:07 AM PST - 1 comments

Pandemic flu tourist vaccination
Which European countries currently provide or are planning to provide flu shots (H1N1 strain) openly, without invitation letters or national health insurance? [more inside]
posted by rom1 at 5:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Using factory restore disc after factory set RAID 5 configuration change
Will changing/removing a factory (DELL) set RAID 5 configuration from a home desktop PC interfere with rebuilding the OS (XP Pro) from the factory restore discs? [more inside]
posted by lyam at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Did I mess up my phone's reception?
Could I have messed up my cellphone's reception when I replaced its casing? I recently replaced the casing on my phone: taking my phone apart, unscrewing lots of things, then putting the phone into a new case. I just followed online instructions; I don't have a lot of experience with these sorts of things. I can't remember when it started, but my phone seems to say "Emergency Calls Only" or "No Carrier" quite regularly now, and I never noticed it doing this in the past. Is there something I can do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem at 5:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Animal Control killed our pets, what steps to take to make sure this doesnt happen to others
What can we do to keep this from happening again? Round Rock Texas Animal Control killed our dogs for barking and growling. The AC officer acted as Judge, Jury and Executioner .. All within two hours. [more inside]
posted by Relly70 at 5:08 AM PST - 44 comments

How to make my diary not suck?
How to write diary entries I actually want to read? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco at 4:28 AM PST - 18 comments

April tax year advantages?
What are the (unintended) advantages to Britain of having a tax year that starts in April?
posted by devnull at 4:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to celebrate 21 years in Chicago?
I'm turning 21 next Tuesday. My friends want to take me to a bar. I want to avoid the mediocre college bars. Tell me where to go! [more inside]
posted by elisabethjw at 1:04 AM PST - 16 comments

November 18
Film Filter 101:
I am looking for films that use animation to help push their stories along. [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 at 9:58 PM PST - 49 comments

I miss my country's healthcare system
I'm a grad student in Massachusetts. My school-sponsored health insurance is terrible. The maximum benefit limit is 75,000$ and covers only 80% in-network, 60% out-of-network. I'm poor, but since I'm from abroad, none of the state-supported programs will help. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by gmarceau at 9:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Mmmmm, breeeaaadddd. D'ough!
Fresh baked bread noob. What's the best way to keep fresh bread dough for 24 hours before baking? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips at 9:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Marketing and Psychology or just Psychology?
If I want to do marketing research should I double major in Psychology and Marketing? Alternately, if I enjoy research psychology and conducting studies, what are other possible careers I might be interested in? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 9:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Santa Barbara for Thanksgiving
Santa Barbara Thanksgiving Dinner Location [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 8:59 PM PST - 4 comments

The acrylic...it burns!
I'm trying to teach myself to knit/crochet and have found that one of the major barriers to learning is the yarn - acrylic yarn to be exact. It irritates my skin. [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 at 8:31 PM PST - 41 comments

Where to find a bag to ship in?
Where can I get one of those durable bags that clothes and such are sometimes shipped in? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 8:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Please give me some advice on how to start my post university life!
How do I figure out what I can and/or should do after my undergraduate degree? [more inside]
posted by tumples at 7:57 PM PST - 7 comments

How worthwhile is it, careerwise, to pursue a second Master's degree?
How worthwhile is it, careerwise, to pursue a second Master's degree? [more inside]
posted by mirepoix at 7:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Pain during laryngoscopy
Did my doctor miss a crucial step or am I just a wuss? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 7:18 PM PST - 28 comments

It's like a star trek script before they fill in the [tech]s
I am out of my depth at work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Best way to store 4 TB of media?
I'm looking for reliable, scalable storage, around 4 TB. [more inside]
posted by heliostatic at 6:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Anyone know any Norwegian restaurants in the Los Angeles - Long Beach - Orange County area?
It's the holiday season and I'm feeling nostalgic and I'm wondering if there are any Norwegian (not Scandinavian and certainly not Swedish) restaurants in the Los Angeles - Long Beach - Orange County areas? Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Ask suggest no but I can't believe that's possible. Thanks!
posted by holdenjordahl at 6:48 PM PST - 7 comments

I know you're there.
In the very beginning of Project Grizzly, Troy James Hurtubise talks about how he "could feel a presence that was looking straight at me." Feeling that someone is looking at you seems to be a pretty common human experience, although it's usually a person, not a bear. Is there any documentation about this experience, or research into in its source? [more inside]
posted by Pants! at 6:29 PM PST - 9 comments

What's a good idea for a thesis paper combining English and Physics?
I go to a small Liberal Arts school in Pennsylvania, and part of the graduation requirements involve writing a substantial Senior Composition, basically a baby thesis (Original research requirements, rigorous, etc.) I'm double-majoring in Physics and English, and I'd love to be able to combine both of these subjects into one comprehensive paper, especially because if i can't, I have to write two separate ones. [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns at 6:25 PM PST - 18 comments

designing Filemaker for web publishing.
Please point me to a comprehensive resource of designing databases to be published with Filemaker Instant Web Publishing. [more inside]
posted by lalex at 6:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Caffiene snooze
Why does one cup of coffee make me sleepy? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Fuck death
Both of my wife's parents died. Her dad first in January, now her mom in September. My wife is the oldest child. No will was left. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by Bageena at 5:58 PM PST - 24 comments

Middle School book club for adults!
Middle School book club for adults! A group of friends and I have recently started a book club featuring middle school literature. The first book we read was The Giver and the resulting discussion was amazing. I am looking for more books like this - young adult literature with larger themes. We have also considered Island of the Blue Dolphins and A Wrinkle in Time. What other books would you recommend?
posted by koselig at 5:46 PM PST - 83 comments

One-Night Dungeon
I need a good idea for a one-night D&D game! [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 5:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Junior High isn't easy if you're an Adolf
I'm looking for writings about experiences that arise from having a name similar to a famous individual. Online sources preferred, but a trip to the library would be OK.
posted by jepler at 5:16 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for an alternative nightclub in chicago
Going to chicago this weekend and would like something other than the standard club. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by bwilms at 4:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Will my brand new computer be faster if I uninstall everything?
I just got a brand new HP G61 320US with AMD Athlon II 2.0 Ghz processor and 3 GB RAM, running Windows 7. It is still in the box. I want it to run fast. Do I need to uninstall everything and then reinstall the basics? If so, what program should I use to do the uninstall? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 3:16 PM PST - 23 comments

Yeah once I ordered coffee in Chile in French, but it sounded right at the time.
I'm very seriously considering the foreign service, but I've never been any good at languages. Will I likely be able to learn a language, with the intense training the Foreign Service provides, without a natural apptitude for languages? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Relaxing alternatives to marijuana use
How can I unwind in the evening if I give up pot? And no, alcohol is not an option. I'd like advice for sober ways to unwind, as well as tips for making the transition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:03 PM PST - 49 comments

In search of a NOLA floral rockstar
Do you have any recommendations for an awesome (but not crazy expensive) florist in New Orleans? We're getting married there in April 2010 and planning the wedding from San Francisco, so it's hard to know where to start. [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 3:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Inherent self-worth?
How do you develop a sense of inherent self-worth? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:57 PM PST - 26 comments

Should we take the risk and buy a bigger house now or should we save up a safety net before we buy another house?
Should we take the risk and buy a bigger house now or should we save up a safety net before we buy another house? I am in my early 30s. I live in St. Paul, MN. I have two young boys (4 & 2 yrs - neither is in school yet). I have a good job. However, I am worried that if I lose my job I won't be able to get another at anywhere near the same salary level. Also, We don't have a financial safety net. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there a word for this situation?
Is there a word that describes a situation where you *technically* have free will, but don't REALLY have the option to choose otherwise? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 2:49 PM PST - 28 comments

Looking for an external hard drive
My external hard drive has been making some very odd noises for a while and I’m looking for a good replacement. Your input would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 2:35 PM PST - 12 comments

post-surgical bruising
Is there a term for the type of bruising that occurs after surgery, away from the site of the surgery? [more inside]
posted by moonlet at 2:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Where are all the letterform script logos?
I'm interested in finding examples of (likely extinct) brands and companies that used a letterform script for their logo. I'm positive I've seen many examples of logos that were reminiscent of the classic Coca Cola spencerian script letterform, but now that I'm looking for them I'm finding a whole lotta nothing.
posted by subpixel at 2:26 PM PST - 12 comments

What's the best way to teach 8th graders about soil salinity?
What is the best way to demonstrate to 8th graders the issue of soil salinity as well as showing ways to prevent or reclaim salinized soil? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon at 2:23 PM PST - 5 comments

it isn't playing god if they fail the turing test
Can I take the formatted hard drive from one computer and stick it in another with a minimum of stress and hassle? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 2:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Optimum Voice: How to get my fax machine to work with optimum voice?
Optimum Voice: How to get my fax machine to work with optimum voice? [more inside]
posted by telsa at 2:08 PM PST - 1 comments

What's the online equivalent of a dozen Playmobil dudes?
I'm looking for the online equivalent of a dollhouse, or Lego or Playmobil people — a Flash/Java/whatever app that lets the user dress up a bunch of characters with different clothes/props/features/whatever and arrange them in a scene. I know I've seen stuff like this on websites for kids. The catch is, we need this for a psycholinguistics experiment we're running, which means we need to be able to run the app on our own server and record the user's actions (with consent, of course). Does something like this exist? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Name this tune
Can you figure out what U.S. song this song sounds like? [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger at 1:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Frog Music
What is the French song and band posted on the background of this page? I must download now!
posted by mtstover at 1:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Fender bender responsibility?
Who is at fault in the following scenario (USA, Colorado)? "Person A" in a pickup stopped in the left lane of a 4 lane road waiting for a car in front to turn left. "Person B" in a car stopped behind "person A". "A" and "B" get tired of waiting and seeing no traffic in the right hand lane pull into it to pass the stopped car. "B" hits the right rear quarter panel of "A"'s truck. "A"'s truck is large, "B"'s car is small. "A" asserts (s)he never saw "B". [more inside]
posted by cosmac at 1:41 PM PST - 29 comments

Money Matters
Am I being unreasonable to think that my SO should pay for more things in our relationship just because he makes 10 times more than me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:40 PM PST - 101 comments

Only You Can Help Make Maui Awesome!
Where should we stay in Maui? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 1:35 PM PST - 22 comments

Help my teenage sister unlock the wonder of Photoshop
I'm getting a copy of Photoshop CS3 for my younger sister, who's always shown a lot of interest in graphic design. She's turning 16, what beginner's resources can I point her to? [more inside]
posted by acorn1515 at 1:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me batch print text files on the Mac
OS X: I want to batch print all the files in a source-code library. They are actionscript files, which means they are text files that all end in a .as extension. The files are in a complex directory structure (one root folder but files in multiple subfolders), and there are non .as files that I don't want printed. When the files print, I need some kind of separator ( spaces, asterisks, new page...) between each file. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Succumbing to Basecamp, please hope me
I'm looking at a combination of Basecamp, Highrise and a time tracking/invoicing widget (probably Harvest). You are a Highrise/Basecamp/Harvest user (preferably as a business owner), and I ask you: will taking the plunge make me happy? [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 1:14 PM PST - 8 comments

xBox around the world?
PS3 allows players to play with players from other countries. xBox 360 appears to restrict players in North America to only play with other players from North America. Is there a workaround here? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 1:05 PM PST - 10 comments

knitpicky.
does anyone know where i can get the knitting pattern for this? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 1:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Stand back! I don't understand regular expressions
How do I use regular expressions to express "at least one of each of these, but not necessarily in this order"? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 12:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Tick-tock biological clock
38. No kids. Want kids. Loving relationship. HELP! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:33 PM PST - 26 comments

She likes me, but does she *like* me like me?
Late start at dating, and I'm worried that I don't/can't express attraction on dates or around people I like. Halp! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I go smell some shaving soap?
Where can I purchase shaving soaps in the Chicago metro area? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls at 12:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Sheet music for Eileen Ivers' Bygone Days
My Mom loves the Thanksgiving: A Windham Hill Collection and would like the piano accompaniment for track 2, Bygone Days by Eileen Ivers. Her birthday is in late December and I'd like to buy it for her, if I can find it. [more inside]
posted by jaden at 11:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Sounds like your starter is dead.
Why won't my computer boot up Windows on the first try? [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane at 11:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Which publishing tool should I use for topic-based blogging?
What tool should I use for publishing extended thoughts that I want to link to from Twitter? I'd like something topic-based, with tagging, that lives in the cloud? Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by diogenes at 11:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Protagonists named 'Scarlett'
I am looking for all kinds of fiction, especially for children, featuring a protagonist named Scarlett or Scarlet. Children's stories, novels, poems, movies, songs etc etc are all of interest. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by beniamino at 11:30 AM PST - 15 comments

monitor-splitting software?
What's a good monitor-splitting software for finance people who have wide screen monitors? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 11:24 AM PST - 7 comments

GamerTag Activity RSS Feed
How do I get an RSS feed of games played for an XBox360 GamerTag? In the past, certain Yahoo Pipes offered this, but they now all seem broken.
posted by boombot at 11:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Cost of Living in South Africa
Is USD$1,800/month enough to live comfortably in South Africa? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 AM PST - 5 comments

All my dreams are coming true!
I have been called back for my dream job - an internship on a public radio program. Please help me impress my potential employers and get this position! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Just a stirring in my soul?
I can't seem to get unstuck. [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 10:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Help Jenni Be Awesome
Good source for wigs for transvestites in the UK? What to look for and think about when getting a wig? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 10:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Help with a Mac whose apps all go non-responsive?
Once a week or so, all the applications running on my Mac go into "not responding" mode, one after another. The only way I can recover is to turn off the Mac using the power button. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 10:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Mama Said Knock You Out
What are the best boxer autobiographies? [more inside]
posted by azure_swing at 10:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Mystery noises and BSOD on my newish Acer Aspire One netbook. Am I screwed?
Mystery noises and BSOD on my newish Acer Aspire One netbook. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by tealsocks at 10:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Who can predict moves and lost?
Silly Request. Can you moments in anime series where an opponent is able to see/predict the moves of the enemy, but is too slow to do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by kaozity at 10:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a retirement song.
Musicfilter: Looking for a song for a friends retirement. She's retiring from high school English teaching after 34 years. We're looking for something along the lines of: upbeat, rock and roll genre, has a positive message, sad to leave friends but happy to not grade any more papers, hoping she left a positive influence. She is considering a couple of songs, one by the Association, one by the Eagles and one by Daughtry (she can't remember the titles of the songs). All clever and fun recommendations are appreciated.
posted by crios at 10:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find simple recipes for discussion evenings
On a regular basis, I'm going to be having informal discussion evenings in my home, with two to four people at each one. They (and I) need to eat dinner, but the focus of the evening isn't the food. I'm looking for food ideas that meet a number of criteria, and trying to figure out more variety. [more inside]
posted by modernhypatia at 10:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Combining two clips into one (side-by-side not end-to-end)
How do I take two video clips that were shot at the same time and merge them so they play simultaneously in a single video? [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I learn how to use a Cisco Router?
How do I learn how to use a Cisco Router? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin at 10:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Talk me out of paying for a dedicated server!
What kinds of cool things can I do with a Dedicated Server? [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles at 10:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Rabbit recipes?
My very local farmer's market has started to sell cheap rabbits. Please recommend your most delicious recipes. [more inside]
posted by biffa at 10:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Hell is thinking about other people.
Since childhood I've been a rather sensitive and justice-obsessed person, but also pretty interested in / attentive to the well-being and inner lives of other people. But I feel increasingly drained. In my field of work there is a lot of getting-ahead through nepotism/ingratiation rather than ability/ passion/effort, and it bothers me. In my life I have people whom I generally like and have opened up to, but who, at critical junctures, exhibit such self-absorption that I'm left feeling not only outraged but injured. I want to change the intensity and duration of my reaction to these things, as it's a huge waste of time, and sometimes upsets my own self-esteem. Please help me stop thinking about other people without becoming alienated and alienating.
posted by taramosalata at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Help cool down my graphics card so I can get back to Dragon Age
My graphics card is overheating. How can I make it stop, or alternatively turn off the warning message? [more inside]
posted by penguinliz at 9:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Aren't you a little short to be a hard-bitten streetwalker?
How does Hollywood film unsuitable-for-children scenes involving children? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island at 9:49 AM PST - 31 comments

What should I do (by myself, possibly with two dogs) for Thanksgiving within a couple hundred miles of Houston, TX?
What should I do (by myself, possibly with two dogs) for Thanksgiving within a couple hundred miles of Houston, TX? [more inside]
posted by junipero at 9:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Best online broker for newbie investor w/ modest funds?
I'm trying to choose an online broker. Fees vs. site functionality and features are my main concern. (1) What is the best online broker for someone who has between 5 to 10K to invest? (2) Is there any advantage to paying higher per-trade or per-contract fees for use of a site that has better features, or can all of the common features be found elsewhere easily? (3) Which discount broker has the best site functionality? [more inside]
posted by mintyfresh at 9:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Traffic accident incorrectly without fault?
Maryland Accident, car totaled. Cops incorrectly say both drivers are at fault. Can anything be done? [more inside]
posted by anti social order at 9:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Mocking School Lunch in the Movies
When was the first time "school lunch" was ridiculed in a movie (most likely a teen flick) or a TV show? We're currently producing a documentary on school lunch, and we know that there was a cultural shift in how school lunch was perceived (great social achievement to grotesque laughingstock). If you can help us identify the first instance of this shift in popular culture, we'll give you a film credit.
posted by jacknose at 9:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Jealous cats ruin computers
Water spilled on my desktop computer, what now? [more inside]
posted by mesh gear fox at 9:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Letting go of God: Help me deal with my atheism and the five stages of grief. I'm in the fourth stage now.
Please give advice on how to accept my atheism, let go of God and the need for one, how to get over the fourth stage of grief/letting go (depression), and how to find my passion for life again! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 46 comments

What are the "top" cosmetology schools?
Which cosmetology schools are considered reputable/"top 10?" [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Gap in work history
How would an employer view a 2-3 year gap of lack of employment? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by cheechman85 at 8:27 AM PST - 16 comments

What should I serve as dessert after a heavy risotto dinner?
What should I serve as dessert after a heavy risotto dinner? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 7:13 AM PST - 39 comments

Help, I feel culturally patronised
My boyfriend's mother keeps trying to rename me and I find it offensive, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by Xianny at 7:11 AM PST - 77 comments

Tell me about your experience on Citalopram (Celexa / Cipramil).
I'm about to start a course of Citalopram (Celexa / Cipramil). What should I know in advance? [more inside]
posted by SebastianKnight at 6:58 AM PST - 21 comments

Study method for the one who feels hopeless?
I'm uncomfortably depressed to the point of feeling completely hopeless...but I need to pass my classes. Can anyone recommend a good study/homework method that worked for you in hard times? [more inside]
posted by Taft at 6:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Quiet Coffee Shop Upper West Side
NYCfilter: Help me find a quiet coffee shop on the upper west side. [more inside]
posted by edbles at 6:02 AM PST - 9 comments

What's your favorite favorite?
What's the best way to rate comments and why? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 6:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Nice shoes, I'm married, she's fine with it, wanna do it?
How can I indicate to potential female partners that I am interested in casual sex with them, and that my wife approves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:58 AM PST - 23 comments

Why do people keep interrupting me?
People routinely interrupt me when I'm speaking in a group. Why does this happen, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:58 AM PST - 37 comments

How much notice do I need to give? (France, fixed term contract)
How much notice do I have to give at work? I'm in France, and my contract lasts 1 year. [more inside]
posted by handee at 5:43 AM PST - 3 comments

massive Chrome memory leak
How to correct sudden massive Chrome memory leak? [more inside]
posted by drlith at 5:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Proper culture for soy yoghourt
Trying to make my own vegan soy yoghourt from scratch, I ended up with an uncultured mess. Please advise on proper microbial use, or improvements upon whatever else it was that I mucked up. [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 4:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Weird YA book
[Bookfinder filter] Help me identify a weird book about black magic from my childhood. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me remember this abstract relaxing computer game please...
I'm trying to remember the name of a PC game I used to play and my mind is not helping. It was an abstract game (black background simply drawn objects), in each level you floated slowly to the ground, except when you passed through an object, which catapulted you upwards. The goal of each level was to pass through all of the objects. The trick was to relax and use very gentle mouse movements, and the soundtrack changed as you got smoother in your play. [more inside]
posted by itsjustanalias at 1:02 AM PST - 2 comments

November 17
Cheap Couple in NYC
What is the cheapest place for a couple to stay in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide at 11:32 PM PST - 34 comments

House Design on the Computer
Can anyone recommend a website that lets you design a house, inside and out, including furniture placement in realistic-looking 3D for free?
posted by VC Drake at 11:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Tagging along with Angels
Kabbalah Obscura: looking for the source of an old Jewish parable where either Moses or Solomon doubt an Archangel's word, and the Angel takes them along to observe what angels do to accomplish the tasks of the divine mission... [more inside]
posted by archae at 11:29 PM PST - 9 comments

How much does NuvaRing cost?
How much does the NuvaRing cost without insurance? [more inside]
posted by amandarose at 11:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Where in Los Angeles can I Cut and Drill Metal Plates?
Recommendations for Los Angeles: machine shop - metal work. [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 10:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Look into my...ear
YANMD filter. I have had an earache for...a long time. I need a super low cost ENT type visit in the miami/fort lauderdale area. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 9:51 PM PST - 20 comments

Wrong address on the envelope, what am I to do?
Canada Post filter: I sent a registered letter yesterday. I JUST realized that the return address I put on the envelope is slightly incorrect. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by 913 at 9:00 PM PST - 12 comments

IP homeless
Out of nowhere I cannot renew my IP address and thus cannot connect to the Internet at home. Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:59 PM PST - 27 comments

antinutrients
Anti-nutrients: Do they pose any legitimate risks? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 8:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Hide rows in excel if two cells match.
Please help me create an excel macro to hide rows given a certain criteria. [more inside]
posted by onich at 8:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Hangul help
Help me find someone with Hangul calligraphy skills. [more inside]
posted by larsks at 8:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Prescription to Move.
Canada Filter: I live on Vancouver Island, BC. We just had 180mm of rain in a day and a bit. I have Seasonal Affective Disorder. The two do not mix. Where should I move? [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese at 8:02 PM PST - 38 comments

All HTTP requests time out, unless connected remotely via VPN.
All HTTP requests time out, unless connected remotely via VPN. HTTPS (in my trusted sites) and FTP work fine. Somehow OpenDNS factors into this. [more inside]
posted by tdischino at 7:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Simple database app for text files?
Is there any simple database that can operate "over" raw text files? [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 7:57 PM PST - 2 comments

I don't want to cuddle my pepperspray all night.
I need to go to a professional conference in New York City at the end of December. I'll be going alone. Where can I find a cheap, safe hotel? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint at 7:46 PM PST - 48 comments

Cocktails for the evil capitalists
My dad is a grouchy old man, and as much as I shouldn't be encouraging him I would like to make him an old-fashioned cocktail kit for Christmas. Something James Bond or an evil capitalist from 1928 would appreciate. I know I'll put some nice whiskey and some bitters in there- what else? [more inside]
posted by ohio at 7:46 PM PST - 14 comments

What's a good sub-$500 digital camera for general use and macro work?
What's a good digital camera for someone that wants to do long exposures, macro photography, and has roughly $500 to spend? [more inside]
posted by hjo3 at 7:43 PM PST - 23 comments

Can someone identify these rocks?
Can anyone identify these two rocks from near Hatch, Utah? Picture links included inside. One we're just wondering about. For the other, we're stumped, and the geologist we've asked had never seen a rock like it. [more inside]
posted by dragoon at 7:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Is there a family-sized Echo substitute?
Our family has grown 50% this year. Sadly, the laws of science are a harsh mistress, and my Toyota Echo is unable to grow at the same rate. What car would you recommend to replace it? [more inside]
posted by nickmark at 7:36 PM PST - 27 comments

Can I use a retirement fund to buy out startup stock options?
I'm about to leave a startup to go to a different company, and I need some help figuring out how to handle my stock options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Favorite recipes website?
What is your favorite online source for recipes? I'm looking for reliable recipes. Bonus points for the ones with recipe ratings. [more inside]
posted by Neekee at 7:19 PM PST - 32 comments

Could I be brain-dead?
Could I be brain-dead? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 7:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me be a better knitter!
Knitting filter: Help me get my yarn unstuck from my circular needle. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 7:06 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I prevent or pre-treat various pregnancy issues?
I'm-going-to-want-a-baby-someday-filter: My mother had a ridiculous number of issues getting pregnant (inside). I'd like to do my best to prevent these issues, but realize most are inevitably genetic. I'm looking for various pieces of advice ... [more inside]
posted by kthxbi at 6:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Escape from rain city
We want to go somewhere sunny and warm in February. We're in Vancouver BC and don't want to fly too far; cost is an issue. We would really like to bring our touring bicycles and do a mini-tour at a relaxed pace - maybe 250 miles over two weeks. So far we're looking at South Baja. Good idea? Other ideas? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 6:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Getting Steam client to work correctly behind a proxy?
Getting Steam to work from behind various firewalls and WiFi access points always seems to involve banging heads with network admins (if at all available) about opening various ports. [more inside]
posted by your mildly obsessive average geek at 6:20 PM PST - 5 comments

I can't stay logged in to any websites
Suddenly today, I can't stay logged into anything - Google, Facebook, Metafilter, Twitter, Flickr, etc. I've run through a bunch of possibilities, but could the power cutting out last night have done something? [more inside]
posted by peep at 6:17 PM PST - 11 comments

What to do with a nice, fresh stretch of blacktop?
Our street in Chicago was just repaved, and in honor of The City that Works, we're closing it off on Saturday to throw a block party. We've got 100 feet of beautifully smooth black asphalt with a slight crown and a gradual west to east fall of about 3 feet or so, enough for things to slowly roll with a starter push. We don't have enough time to make soap box racers, but what else could we do with the street before it's ripped to shreds by snowplows?
posted by eamondaly at 6:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Give me your old coins!
Looking for junk silver coins in or near Richmond Va or Front Royal Va. Willing to travel 35-45 miles from either location. Website recommendations welcome as well. Thanks!
posted by MayNicholas at 6:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Acing this test!
Me = fat guy, annual health checks = "A" grade. What gives? Actual data inside, BP, LDL, HDL, Cholesterol etc, inside... [more inside]
posted by lundman at 5:47 PM PST - 24 comments

Vintage sunglasses filter. Help me find the brand of this pair...
Please help me find the brand of these glasses. [more inside]
posted by ouke at 5:45 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I plan and execute complex tasks in a job where I am frequently interrupted?
How can I plan and execute complex tasks in a job where I am frequently interrupted? [more inside]
posted by yath at 5:32 PM PST - 9 comments

recommend me a good file transfer thing or something...
How do I transfer music from old iPod to new iPod, without using iTunes? [more inside]
posted by osloheart at 5:15 PM PST - 11 comments

reference advice
What is the protocol regarding asking for academic recommendations? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 5:03 PM PST - 20 comments

What goofy, funny, insightful thing would you put in a wedding rsvp?
What silly or insightful quotation (or object) could I include with a wedding rsvp card? [more inside]
posted by amme at 4:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Just a friend?
More-than-a-former-coworker-filter: How do I know whether a former co-worker is more than a friend? Lengthy, quasi-insane description/details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 PM PST - 34 comments

Can I live without laughter?
Have been dating this guy for almost three months, am feeling very serious about him, and he about me. There’s just one thing: he doesn’t laugh. Hardly at all. Almost never. I am trying to figure out if I should move forward with a relationship which is wonderful in pretty much every other way. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 PM PST - 30 comments

Small Claims Court Question
I'm trying to figure out which party to take to small claims court or if i should take both. The band i play in was hired to play at a bar by a promoter we have worked with before. At the end of the night there was no check and still is no check. We have sent a demand payment letter to both club owner and promoter and both claim they are not responsible for paying us. Do we sue both or just the club owner ?
posted by scottbass at 4:15 PM PST - 21 comments

It's dot com!
Trying to find a hockey blog I came across during the last NHL season. I forgot to bookmark it, and Google is failing me. Hoping someone will read this description and know the one I'm talking about. [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento at 4:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Restore deleted usernames and passwords to Firefox?
I errantly deleted all of my saved usernames and passwords from Firefox. Is there any way to get them back? [more inside]
posted by sockpup at 4:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it depression and am I making it worse?
Every night that he comes home and winds up browsing the internet for hours, I feel like I'm going to scream. Am I a nagging worrywort, is my boyfriend mildly depressed, or both? And what's the best way to work on it? [more inside]
posted by brisquette at 4:10 PM PST - 39 comments

Why does my mascarpone taste weird?
Why does my mascarpone taste like alcohol and mushrooms? Is it supposed to taste like that? [more inside]
posted by snailparade at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

No one wants to buy a house next to a burned out property.
How can we sell our house, when everyone is scared off by the vacant burned house next door? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 4:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Watt's up with this?
I bought a new lamp today and the sticker by the bulb receptacle says "40 Watts max", so I think fine... [more inside]
posted by dbmcd at 4:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I buy a low gpm metric aerator for a Grohe faucet?
A public restroom at work has a Grohe Eurosmart Faucet (part #32709) with a 2.2 gpm aerator. According to the plumbing supply place where we bought it, the aerator is metric & therefore difficult to find a lower gpm version. Grohe customer service has not responded to my question, and my googling hasn't yielded many useful leads... So where can I get a .5 or 1 gpm metric aerator or aerator insert to fit that faucet? [more inside]
posted by jenmakes at 4:00 PM PST - 2 comments

How to treat a basement sewage backup?
What treatments, if any, are available to a homeowner whose basement has been flooded with sewage? [more inside]
posted by Clambone at 3:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Critter in wall.
Critter living in wall? How to trap? How to re-home? [more inside]
posted by Vaike at 3:24 PM PST - 10 comments

WWED: What would Edward do?
Help me brainstorm ideas for presenting an unusual necklace. [more inside]
posted by Knowyournuts at 3:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Do I need to use a heat diffuser with my soapstone pot?
Do I need a heat diffuser on my glass top stove when using a two quart soapstone pot? And, if so, what type is recommended and where can I purchase one online... [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 2:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Prepaid iPhone data plan in Mumbai?
Hi, I will be living in Mumbai for 11 weeks next summer. I have an unlocked iPhone 3G. What is my best bet in terms of carrier and plan for the cheapest and most reliable data access? I plan to do local calls over the cell phone voice network and international calls via Skype on the iPhone. Thanks in advance!
posted by jesseendahl at 2:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Does my informal job contract at least state an intetion to pay for my vacation?
Does my employer owe me vacation time? Does my contract make clear an intention of paying for my vacation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:39 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm sure I'm being unreasonable, but...
What can I do to get along with my husband's family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:38 PM PST - 43 comments

Activities/tasks/distractions for my grandmother?
I'd like ideas for activities/tasks/distractions for my demented grandmother. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:37 PM PST - 10 comments

I choo-choo-choose you.
Looking for cutesy little puns of the kids' valentine variety. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 2:34 PM PST - 12 comments

How to perform better in public
How can I better my live performance? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 2:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Does anyone know of software I can use to map my weekly schedule?
Does anyone know of a program that will work on a Mac that will help me easily produce an unschedule as described by Neil Fiore in The Now Habit? [more inside]
posted by Original 1928 Flavor at 2:29 PM PST - 1 comments

St. Augustine Essay Ideas
I'm going crazy trying to come up with a topic for a paper on St. Augustine on Memory (ie, book X of the Confessions). I've been trying for days and I just am such a blank. Help brainstorming? I need to be arguing something. Thanks!
posted by howgenerica at 2:27 PM PST - 2 comments

SOS: BOFH Gone Postal!
Our small company is about to lay-off our sysadmin who refuses to share passwords and could go postal. Advice on how best to proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:13 PM PST - 21 comments

What Would OFFICER Gladys Kravitz Do About the Bad Neighbour?
Please help me to find, and to understand Toronto's Construction and Parking By-Laws, and then how to have them enforced and upheld strictly, quickly, and legally in order to protect our rights, our property and our peace of mind. I have been to the city's website, and have downloaded Chapter 363 Building Construction and Demolition and am trying to understand how to apply the information in it. I've Googled, and have written to the City Planner and our local Councillor's office for information and advice - but know from experience that their responses take days if not weeks and I see that we will sometimes need to immediately effect change. Jokingly mentioning to the construction workers "Please kind to your neighbours!" isn't working. I need to take Gladys Kravitzing to the next level. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Douching out your friend behind his back = FAIL!
Quick advice about handling possibly douchy remark made by friend. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 2:08 PM PST - 41 comments

Help me get Adobe out of my boot sector!
How do I COMPLETELY uninstall Photoshop CS4 to allow me to reinstall it properly? I am debating wiping my master boot sector. [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 1:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find easy to learn tin whistle music online?
Does anyone know where I can find short or easy songs for the tin whistle online? [more inside]
posted by emperor.seamus at 1:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Where's the cheap food and drinks in Denver?
What are your favorite cheap eats and drinks in Denver? [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 1:08 PM PST - 2 comments

What should I name a blog about question-asking?
I'm starting a blog about question-asking (including Q&A sites, library reference, etc) and I need a good name for it. I was thinking of some kind of wordplay involving hives/bees/honey/pollen because I love bees, and because "hive mind" is kind of related. Obvious names like "hivebuzz" or "infobuzz" or "hivetalk" are a little too obvious for my tastes (and are also already taken, so it could just be sour grapes). Any ideas? Non-bee suggestions are also welcome!
posted by unknowncommand at 12:58 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I become an Israeli citizen?
My father is Jewish and my mother not. I was bar mitzvahed in a reform synagogue. What are my options for becoming an Israeli citizen? [more inside]
posted by nohat at 12:57 PM PST - 16 comments

NYC on a Weekday
NYC Filter: What's fun to do in New York City on a weekday? [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek at 12:35 PM PST - 13 comments

First Dates in Portland Oregon
In the need of first date ideas, particularly in Portland, Oregon. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler at 12:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me not rust away
Restoring a badly rusted battleaxe and need advice [more inside]
posted by Iron Rat at 12:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Make me an offer I can't refuse
NYC Food Filter: I am leaving New York City and want to get some great Italian food in the Bronx's version of Little Italy on Arthur Avenue before I go. What are your favorites? [more inside]
posted by scrutiny at 12:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Just ignore those Fs.
Is it worth getting copies of my old transcripts now that I'm going back to school, even though I failed the last semester and my transcripts reflect that? [more inside]
posted by Zophi at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Picture Book of Humans?
I am looking for a large picture book on anatomical differences of humans around the world... [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse at 11:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Make our house a fortress.
Our house was broken into yesterday. I'd like to prevent this from happening again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:39 AM PST - 40 comments

What to do at Grandma's house
What kind of activities can a 5-year-old do alone to entertain herself? My daughter goes to my mom's 2 days a week, from 9 am to 3 pm. She’s getting really, really bored. [more inside]
posted by yawper at 11:30 AM PST - 33 comments

How does Indian stamp paper work?
How does stamp paper in India work? [more inside]
posted by Capri at 11:07 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I incorporate a controlled vocabulary into my RELAX rng schema?
[xmlschema filter] So, I'm trying to create a RELAX ng schema and I can't get my custom controlled vocabulary to validate! I'm a total n00b and I've been puzzling over this for a while, so I apologize if my question doesn't even make sense. [more inside]
posted by thewrongparty at 11:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Please help me come up with some great fundraising ideas so my co-workers and I can help feed DC's homeless.
I need some fundraising ideas to help feed DC's homeless. [more inside]
posted by DrDreidel at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Sleeping on meth?
Thinking about old times just now... I used to do a *LOT* of meth (I've been clean for about 5-6 years now, and I knew this guy who could snort a line and an hour later, go take a nap.) How is this possible?
posted by drleary at 10:51 AM PST - 17 comments

The Birth of Rock and Roll
What was the really good music of the fifties and sixties? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 10:50 AM PST - 35 comments

Too Hot Not To Handle
A friend, who leans Ron Paul libertarian, was recently trying to convince me that anthropogenic global warming is largely a myth. A central part of his argument was his claiming that there was recently a petition signed by 40,000 independent climate scientists saying that, in his words, "so-called global warming is bullshit." More inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 10:39 AM PST - 41 comments

How do I care for sterling silver jewelry?
How do I take care of sterling silver jewelry? [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 10:36 AM PST - 18 comments

Help Me Make My Salads Less Lame
How do I make my salads less lame? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 10:34 AM PST - 66 comments

The weather outside is frightful, but my drinks are so delightful
Recipefilter - It's winter(ish) time in my town, and I love seasonal flavored drinks, but I want to make my own (from scratch would be fun). Please recommend hot cocoa / chocolate recipes, coffee flavorings and the like.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:28 AM PST - 25 comments

Aerial Maps of the United States
Is there a list of good US aerial maps, on government websites, by state? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 10:02 AM PST - 1 comments

What's Cooler Than Dancing in a Train Station?
What Are Some Creative Ways To Get People Interested In A Giving Campaign? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 9:55 AM PST - 2 comments

My car stinks and I can't blame it on other cars forever.
Should I bother fixing my catalytic converter? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 9:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for racism tests
Do you know of any good tests for racism? I've only found two that seem promising. [more inside]
posted by shetterly at 9:28 AM PST - 23 comments

Does line by line scientific calculations software exist?
Is there any computer based replacement for doing numerical engineering problems by hand? [more inside]
posted by stepheno at 9:26 AM PST - 22 comments

Oral surgeon in NYC area
Can you recommend a good Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon/specialist in the greater NYC area? This is for jaw discomfort and a really screwed up bite. [more inside]
posted by KHinds10 at 9:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Websites for flow charts or concept maps?
Is there a good website for making flow charts or concept maps or cognitive maps in groups? A group of my students and I will be making a website together, and I am hoping to find a free or low-cost way for all of us to make such a chart together online. This would be to show how all of the sections of the website relate to each other. Any thoughts or experiences with such services would be most appreciated.
posted by tnygard at 9:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Show me your naming convention
After approximately 10 years of using the same equipment naming convention at work we're thinking about changing, I'm curious what other people have used. [more inside]
posted by togdon at 8:28 AM PST - 8 comments

"The human body can be drained of blood in 8.6 seconds given adequate vacuuming systems."
Does "creepy" have specific meaning? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 8:17 AM PST - 45 comments

Tell me how to choose a child/family therapist.
Should I go for the in-plan, cheap co-pay therapist or pony up more cash for the therapist who seems a better fit for my family? Would it be bad to switch therapists shortly into the process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I keep from worrying about this?
How can I keep myself from freaking out about a medical issue that, in all likelihood, is common and minor, and for certain is not life threatening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 AM PST - 10 comments

HY=EY to you too, buddy
I'm being outsmarted by a personalized license plate (I think)! [more inside]
posted by ailouros08 at 8:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Cheap online file storage solutions with very specific needs?
What suggestions do people have for cheap online file storage solutions with very specific needs? [more inside]
posted by AbsoluteDestiny at 7:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Ideas for Seattle, WA and Richmond, VA-specific gifts?
Looking for info/tips/leads on local gifts for my Seattle- and Richmond, VA-residing brothers [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 7:34 AM PST - 14 comments

What's the best online shared calendar that doesn't have an admin?
I'm looking for the best shared online calendar that doesn't require that I act as an admin and/or have any special rights or responsibilities. I'm happy to set it up, but I don't want to have to approve updates, invite people to view it, etc... I just want it to be available to and update-able by anyone who wants to use it.
posted by ali.perelman at 7:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Which NYC area colleges and Universities are teaching valid hand marked-up xhtml and css in their web design courses?
Which (if any) NYC area colleges and Universities are teaching valid hand marked-up xhtml and css in their web design courses? [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper at 7:21 AM PST - 1 comments

Is there a term for this real estate strategy?
Is there a word for the strategy of real estate companies who buy up properties in one area and keep the buildings empty in order to force out local businesses? [more inside]
posted by creeky at 7:19 AM PST - 4 comments

What to read to my ill grandmother
In search of something to read to my ill grandmother. [more inside]
posted by pised at 6:55 AM PST - 17 comments

No peanut, no milk filling breakfasts?
I'm hungry! What can I eat for breakfast that is a) filling b) dairy-free and c) peanut-free? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 6:53 AM PST - 47 comments

Help me find the most computer for my money
It's time to buy a new computer. I'm hoping that with the shopping season coming up I'll be able to snag a good deal somewhere. I would prefer to just order the complete package from somewhere, but with enough help I would be willing to purchase individual components and assemble. I need something that will let me game a little and without graphical snags, and something that will continue to perform well for several years. [more inside]
posted by miratime at 6:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find reviews of Android Market apps?
What are the best sites out there to stay abreast of new apps in the Android Market? [more inside]
posted by GamblingBlues at 6:33 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I access files from a fritzed Windows Home Server?
How can I access files from a fritzed Windows Home Server? [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 6:28 AM PST - 9 comments

I need help understanding FETs.
I need some electronics help - why is this FET not doing what I expect it to? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:18 AM PST - 17 comments

Looking for Outlook setting.
Is there an Outlook setting to tell it to substitute a glyph from an alternate font if the current display font doesn't have a glyph for a particular character? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 5:33 AM PST - 0 comments

How do I feel better about this?
I just ended a budding relationship with a really nice girl, for a number of reasons. I feel like shit about it, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 AM PST - 20 comments

"Don't hire her, she's pregnant. You will need to train someone new in June when the baby is due. Not a wise move"
Please help me analyse this workplace drama. I feel betrayed by my friends and discriminated against for being pregnant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:27 AM PST - 40 comments

too bad it isn't just a babelfish
Physical problem or mental problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:27 AM PST - 9 comments

What was this itty bitty car?
What the heck was this small, two seater (two car seats side by side) with three wheels and a completely open cab--not just a convertible, but no doors and no roof, that I saw driving down the road? It had turn signals, mirrors, license plate, etc. The guy driving it was wearing a lap belt and a helmet. It looked kind of like a Miata/four wheeler hybrid but had a model name on it...something like "sunfire" or "starfire", but I can't remember exactly. It also said "limited edition". I saw it in northern Virginia.
posted by anaelith at 5:15 AM PST - 11 comments

My aquarium got cloudy and I don't know why
I have a 20 gallon fishtank with three goldfish and one plecostamus. Everything's been great for over a year until yesterday. There was some water evaporation so I decided to add some plain tap water, a couple of gallons, maybe. I've done this before with no ill consequences. Then I discovered that I had some Aqua Plus left, and poured in about 1/2 cup. It's always worked fine both in this tank and in my pond outside. However, this morning (the "morning after") my tank is completely cloudy! The fish look okay but I just don't understand what's going on. The tap water was completely clear, and Aqua Plus is used to clear up cloudy tanks! What could be going on here?? the fish are still looking good but the cloudy tank looks horrible.
posted by DMelanogaster at 3:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Known-good Linux PCI-e SAS HBAs?
Can you recommend a known-good 4-port PCI-Express SAS adapter for Linux? I need out-of-the-box in-kernel driver support. [more inside]
posted by krilli at 3:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Dual layer DVD movie quality?
Question about burning movies onto dual-layer DVDs...is the quality better? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 3:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Rounding the Cape
Is there a website where I can (legally or otherwise) watch the France v Ireland World Cup Qualifier Playoff? [more inside]
posted by micklaw at 3:30 AM PST - 5 comments

sites online offering theatre or other drama for streaming or downloading?
I'm very impressed with LA Theatre Works and wondered if there were similar sites online offering theatre or other drama for streaming or downloading?
posted by feelinglistless at 3:28 AM PST - 1 comments

got milk? i do.
What can I do with two bottles of real milk before they go bad tomorrow? So, I bought real, straight-from-the-cow milk at the farmers market on Saturday. I have not drank it all yet and am afraid that it will turn bad tomorrow since it doesn't last too long. What can I use it in, besides coffee, that will significantly benefit from its real yummy taste?
posted by kitchencrush at 1:07 AM PST - 27 comments

Potential roommate drama?
Is it a bad idea to rent a room to a friend who expressed potential romantic interest once? [more inside]
posted by cheesecake at 12:40 AM PST - 37 comments

November 16
Where's the XP Installer's Undo?
A Windows 2000 hard disk got clobbered by the XP installer and is "unallocated". What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 11:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Housemate doesn't clean up after himself. Help.
My housemate doesn't clean up, like ever. How can I do to make things work, or at least more bearable? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 10:58 PM PST - 41 comments

I just think that we'd get on.
I haven't had a crush since I was 14 and now I have a HUGE one. I have never had to be the pursuer before, but now I think I need to be. AskMeFi, teach me to flirt and pursue while still keeping me cool!! [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl at 10:09 PM PST - 19 comments

"It's obviously a wormhole due to these scientific recordings that show...xyz"
Let's say you were an astrophysicist who saw a wormhole open up in the sky above you, and you had video of it, magnetometer readings, whatever else you'd need to record it. What kind of recorded "proof" might be used to identify it as a wormhole-- after the fact? [more inside]
posted by MattS at 9:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Wii might get a Wii.
What do I need to know, nowadays, about buying a Wii? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 9:46 PM PST - 41 comments

Auction? What Auction?
A house across the street from mine is going up for auction. Help me find out the details. [more inside]
posted by shew at 8:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I get a safe, low-tech, cheap water distiller?
Help me not blow up my kitchen, while simultaneously not spending hundreds of dollars on a water distiller. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 7:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Where do I find a high quality card to congratulate my friends on their engagement?
Please help me find a nice place to buy high quality stationery--either in Boston or online--so that I can congratulate two close friends on their engagement. [more inside]
posted by dubitoergosum at 7:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me determine the chemical makeup of...well...everything!
What type of equipment is necessary to determine the chemical makeup of a given substance, is such equipment available to the general public, and if so at what cost? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 PM PST - 22 comments

Can I negotiate rental agency tenant-changeover fees?
I live in London in a flat of three, and someone wants to move out. We have someone else ready to move in. The lettings agency wish to charge £150 for swapping a person over, and £100 for admin fees. Can we dispute this, for a more reasonable fee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 PM PST - 6 comments

An ADD-like condition helped me screw up at work big time. How can I protect myself?
Serious mistakes made months ago at work have been uncovered. Facing possible discipline (even termination), I'm wondering how (or if) I should disclose mental health issues that likely contributed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me identify this story.
Please help me remember the title and author of a short story I read maybe 15 years ago. A handicapped woman, living with her sister and her sister's family, sees a man in church she feels quite sure is the devil. In order to get away from him, she struggles to regain the physical independence she had given up. (She had gone into a wheelchair because walking was possible, but too painful.) She does manage to become self-sufficient enough to move out on her own--and then wonders if it was worth it, after all. I am almost sure the author was Italian. Can anyone help?
posted by uans at 6:29 PM PST - 0 comments

Guns and ADD do mix
Could being treated for ADD cause someone to lose their concealed carry permit? [more inside]
posted by TorontoSandy at 6:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Coming of age for a wannabe Pirate.
BookFilter: I read a book about the coming-of-age of a boy who's father is a Privateer. I read it around 2000 and I can't remember the name. It painted pirates in a sympathetic light. Help. [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 5:51 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I stop acting contemptuously towards my partner?
How do I stop acting contemptuously towards my partner? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin at 5:39 PM PST - 33 comments

No, you should not have eaten this.
You (Possibly) Ate WHAT?! Filter: I turned my back for a second and lo, the toddler in my care had a small piece of styrofoam in his mouth. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Why do I always get so hungry late at night?
Why do I always get so hungry late at night? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Shirt-ironing hacks?
How can I get faster at ironing shirts? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 5:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Escapism for the recently bereaved
A bereaved work-mate is looking for escapist literature that does not treat with death, dying or human tragedy - in short - 99% of the english language canon is off limits. Can anyone suggest good books? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl at 5:28 PM PST - 30 comments

Automatic Timed Scanning Software?
I'm looking for some kind of scanner software that will automatically scan every X seconds/minutes so I can easily scan in notes for my class. Preferably free.
posted by gzimmer at 5:13 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I stop this ridiculous crush?
I met the most beautiful geeky girl I have ever seen or imagined. Help me get her out of my head, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:06 PM PST - 66 comments

I hate The Office
What can I do with an business degree if I don't want to work in a typical business setting? [more inside]
posted by bobber at 5:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Nobody light a match!
Why do I smell gasoline when I'm in my car? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 4:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Testing IIS websites locally over virtual machines
I'm running IIS on Windows 7 to test a website locally. How can I access my local site through my virtual machines? [more inside]
posted by LeiaS at 4:29 PM PST - 4 comments

ebook or ubook
Looking for the best e-book reader. (depends on how you define best) [more inside]
posted by esemay at 4:26 PM PST - 10 comments

.NEF file discrepancy
Why does my version of Photoshop open the Nikon D700 images I have stored but not the D90 images? [more inside]
posted by Hypnotic Chick at 4:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Cat went fiddle-i-fee
My secret santa giftee is an in-law who I have never met. 50-something, craftsman (violin-maker). Budget is £25 (ca. $40). My hope: something sock-knocking in the classical or folk vein; preferably on the new side.
posted by sagwalla at 4:11 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I replace embedded PDF fonts?
How can I replace embedded fonts in a PDF with "normal-looking" versions? I have a textbook I received from my professor for a class, and the text is incredibly hard to read. [more inside]
posted by lwf at 4:07 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the beat backing Thunderheist on this mix?
DJ Shiftee, two-time winner of the world's biggest DJ-ing contest made a mix for BBC. At 1:09:30 into the mix he transitions from M.O.P.'s "Ante Up" to Thunderheist's "Bubblegum" backed by an insanely catchy beat. What is this beat???
posted by JamesJD at 3:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me make my life a little more chili
I've decided that it is time for me to learn how to make chili and I'm looking for some pointers and resources on advanced chili theory. More composition and less paint-by-numbers, please. [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete at 3:49 PM PST - 47 comments

Seeking Observing Ego
Reaching the observing ego has been elusive recently when months ago it wasn't. I'm not pushing for it, just waiting. Even after 45min sit, it is more common to find emptiness. Suggestions?
posted by 77144 at 2:42 PM PST - 23 comments

Making school less of a struggle for an introverted, anxious kid
What can help for a quirky kid struggling with the school environment? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 2:34 PM PST - 19 comments

How to ace my test tutor audition!
What is a good topic that can be presented easily and engagingly in 5-10 minutes? Also, what are some good presentation tips? [more inside]
posted by danceswithanonymity at 2:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Germs on my hands
Is it possible for bacteria, and/or viruses to ever physically adapt to soap, alcohol, peroxide, iodine, ect.? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 2:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Importing to Wordpress Using Custom Fields
When importing data into Wordpress, is it possible to put parts of that data into custom fields? [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments

ad concept confusion
New to copywriting: what is an 'ad concept' ? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 2:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Experiences with the Mirena IUD?
Firsthand experience with the Mirena IUD, especially after being on the pill? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:00 PM PST - 29 comments

How to be a good "new boss"
I am your new boss. How can I get our relationship off to a good start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:00 PM PST - 33 comments

Puzzle Me This
I love logic/word puzzles. Where can I find more/better puzzles? I've getting into word puzzles like the stuff you find in Games Magazine, or those PennyPress books. Are there other good periodicals or sources of puzzles I should know about? Preferably offline puzzles, as doing puzzles on the computer just isn't the same. [more inside]
posted by aspo at 2:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Ignore the Benz, that's not really me...
Inspired by the recent thread outlining what it takes to "be a man" I've always wanted to know what it takes to be "down to earth". With the assumption that being down to earth is a good thing that people would admire, what things should one (read: I) do to be that guy/gal? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 1:50 PM PST - 25 comments

Online or local (NYC) sources for solid oak Mission-style home-office furniture?
I am looking to buy a desk and two-drawer lateral file cabinet in solid oak, Mission or Amish style. I have seen some nice furniture online (for example, at barnfurnituremart.com and missionliving.com), but have no idea if these are reliable sources. Does anyone have experience ordering this kind of furniture online, or alternatively, are there good stores in NYC?
posted by merejane at 1:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Wirelessly broadcast PC screen to multiple TVs?
The easiest way to do this is to tell you what I need: I want someone to be able to work on a laptop and be able to broadcast the video information on the screen wirelessly to more than 1 TV. My question is - how? [more inside]
posted by neksys at 1:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Safe to cook this chicken breast?
Uncooked chicken breast has developed a small hard spot (image1, image2). Safe to bake and eat around the spot? [more inside]
posted by casaubon at 1:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Follow Up Freak Out
Interview freak out: I'm concerned I may have hurt my chances with this job by being too aggressive with my follow-up. Any ideas to get me out of this hole? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 1:09 PM PST - 22 comments

Seeking new Church
Need Church Recommendation in NOVA/DC area with active 20/30/40 single congregation [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 at 12:52 PM PST - 4 comments

There. You Did It. Are You Happy Now? (Career Satisfaction Question Inside)
I've been contemplating a huge career change for the better part of a year now and am almost ready to take the plunge into something completely different. But one of the nagging questions I'm still constantly asking myself is whether I'm doing this because I'm fed up with absence of personal satisfaction in my current job (divorce lawyer) or whether that feeling is something else that would, given enough time, just follow me on to the new career. So the question is: [more inside]
posted by webhund at 12:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Needing a project management silver bullet
I need recommendations on a solution that will solve the project review and approval workflow at my ad agency. [more inside]
posted by quadog at 12:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I get Google to ignore certain terms on my web site?
Can I get Google to ignore certain terms on my web site? [more inside]
posted by valleys at 12:25 PM PST - 15 comments

A bird in the Tuthahn
What are some good alternatives to turkey for a thanksgiving main dish? [more inside]
posted by CharlesV42 at 12:19 PM PST - 32 comments

Sir / Ma'am / ???
What's the gender-neutral equivalent to "Sir" and "Ma'am"? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen at 12:18 PM PST - 26 comments

Please help me get my email address back
I just moved and canceled my Verizon phone and Internet service. Unfortunately, in the stress of moving, it didn't occur to me that my Verizon email account would also be canceled. Eek! [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 12:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Leonids by BART?
Looking for advice on viewing the 2009 Leonid meteor shower for the vehicularly impaired. [more inside]
posted by quarterframer at 12:02 PM PST - 3 comments

A question for the ladies about bras.
It makes me crazy they can send a man to the moon but can’t make comfy bras. Do you have a favorite style/brand/retailer? Fitting advice? I’m looking for suggestions for my size, which is 32C, but it seems to be a problem for most of my friends: large boobs, small boob, post-breast feeding boobs--whatever. This is for everyday wear, and of course comfort and support are primary but looking pretty is always a bonus.
posted by greensalsa at 11:57 AM PST - 38 comments

Here's all my passwords dude
Rudder or Mint? Is there a big difference between these two services? I'm an obsessive bank account checker and pay everything online. [more inside]
posted by sarelicar at 11:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Lambanog?
Where can I buy a bottle of lambanog in Vancouver, BC, Canada? [more inside]
posted by Iax at 11:47 AM PST - 2 comments

I see a blog post in your future
Do I have the right to transcribe and publish a recording of a psychic reading (I was the client)? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 11:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find a large glass goblet in Austin (or online)?
Where can I find a large glass goblet in Austin (or online)? [more inside]
posted by theRussian at 11:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Which SSD drive to buy for fastest seek time?
Which internal SSD drive to buy for fastest seek time? [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree at 11:25 AM PST - 17 comments

how do I control exposure for panorama photos?
I just bought a new Canon digital camera, an SX110IS, and have discovered that it doesn't have the stitch assist mode. I may yet return it, but I'm wondering what would I need to do to still do a decent panorama without the assist? Obviously I have to frame the photos for overlap, but the real benefit of stitch assist mode was the exposure control. What should I do, manually, to get good panoramas as a result? [more inside]
posted by intermod at 11:10 AM PST - 10 comments

My mother's lung biopsy for pulmonary fibrosis: I'm scared.
My mother may have pulmonary fibrosis, which her mother died of. She's been told she should have a lung biopsy, but I've been told it can make her breathing dramatically worse. She's due to have that biopsy on Thursday. I'm terrified. Is it worth it? What are the facts? [more inside]
posted by bwerdmuller at 11:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Where are the kid unfriendly places in Western Pennsylvania?
Where in Western Pennsylvania / Northern West Virginia are the places you'd take your Mom but not your kids? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon at 10:55 AM PST - 19 comments

A piece of fruit on prime time?
Fruit on TV? I remember someone saying something to the effect of, "If we put a piece of fruit on television every night, it will become a national icon". Who said that? And I think that someone actually did it (SNL?), did THAT happen?
posted by slactoid at 10:33 AM PST - 8 comments

How reliable are Virgin Mobile and their term plans?
Is Virgin Mobile worthwhile for their non-pay-as-you-go phone plans? They've got very competitive prices but I've heard they're terrible for their pay-as-you-go plans. Does anyone have any experience with their term plans? Are they just as bad? The main thing I've heard is their customer service being the worst and that the coverage isn't great. Any thoughts?
posted by Joseppi at 10:30 AM PST - 17 comments

Thanksgiving for two?
My significant other will be abroad for Thanksgiving & our anniversary. What recipes can I make to celebrate belated Thanksgiviversary for two? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 10:29 AM PST - 13 comments

How do they fix performance glitches when doing post-production on "live" recordings?
How do they fix performance glitches when doing post-production on "live" recordings? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 10:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Hotel recommendations for Capitol Hill in Denver?
Can anyone recommend a decent hotel in Denver, somewhere in or around the Capitol Hill area? Up to maybe +/-$125 a night. Clean, good location to do shopping/sights/etc, but otherwise no major restrictions. [more inside]
posted by jroybal at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there a GPS device for me?
Is there a GPS device for me? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 9:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Tips and suggestions for a first-time skiier
I'm going to Whistler for a conference. I've never been skiing or snowboarding before and I'd like to. But I know so little about winter sports that it is hard to make the right choices or to even know what I need to know. [more inside]
posted by grouse at 9:39 AM PST - 40 comments

Taxi to Limerick
Ireland travelers: Anyone have success using Ireland's local taxi services to travel distance of about 50 miles to save time and enjoy a different journey? Is it a doable thing or is the Irish cost structure just too high to permit that as an option?
posted by Freedomboy at 9:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Elusive jigsaw puzzle - Mad Magazine related?
Seeking old jigsaw type puzzle from my childhood. Possibly Mad magazine related, or drawn by Al Jaffee... slim details inside. [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

What's a good non-geeky present for a scientist?
GiftFilter: What would be a great present for someone who loves science, but not in a geeky/campy way? [more inside]
posted by daelin at 9:12 AM PST - 19 comments

Where could I get evangelical broadcasts from about 1990?
Where could I get old tapes of the 700 club, specifically from about 1990? [more inside]
posted by jrengreen at 8:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Photograph of a girl dribbling milk... Where is this from and / or who is it of?
Photograph of a girl dribbling milk... Where is this from and / or who is it of? Please help! Thanks...
posted by FuckingAwesome at 8:39 AM PST - 4 comments

How much money does Apple receive for every iPhone sold?
How much money is Apple actually making per iPhone? [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 8:36 AM PST - 10 comments

What really long lists can I put my name on now to thank myself later?
Long Term Planning: I just submitted my name to the Packer season ticket waiting list, which is supposed to be 30 years long. I don't even live in Wisconsin, but life could take me anywhere in 30 years, and I like the feeling of knowing it might be an option one day. Are there any other lists or similar things I should do now? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit at 8:31 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me move email to word
How can one take a bunch of emails and easily move them in to a word document? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 8:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Where to buy tea online, + pu-erh
Tea Filter: what's your favorite online tea store? Bonus question: tell me about pu-erh. [more inside]
posted by k. at 8:24 AM PST - 38 comments

How Do I Write A Site?
What are your most critical and helpful tips to keep in mind when evaluating the copy -- not the design, but the copy -- on a website? I'm doing some volunteer editing and want to help the organization I'm working for as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 8:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Barefoot, pregnant, and slaving over a hot stove
Where the expression "barefoot, pregnant, and slaving over a hot stove" came from? What is the history of it in English speaking countries?
posted by ivanka at 8:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Judging judges.
What questions should I ask a candidate running for Superior Court Judge? [more inside]
posted by ryanrs at 7:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Need recommendations on automated checkout and download
I need recommendations for a web host and software to allow people to purchase digital downloads using Paypal, etc. (think Rifftrax or eBooks, etc.) [more inside]
posted by arniec at 7:38 AM PST - 1 comments

Looking for a specific shirt style.
Having a hard time finding the (mens) shirt I want. Basically, I want a high quality long sleeve tee with these specs. Not 100% cotton (no shrinkage). Not ribbed cuffs. Solid colors only, not white, no art. Thanks!
posted by luge at 7:03 AM PST - 5 comments

More expensive Nintendo DSi or cheaper DSlite for a child? And why?
Kind and generous relatives have offered to buy our children (8 + 5) Nintendo DS's for Christmas. They've seen a special offer on (unused) DS-lites but I'm wondering whether to suggest that we pay part of it so they can get (the newer and more expensive) DSi's instead. Would greatly appreciate advice from gamers and parents of child gamers out there - thank you! [more inside]
posted by monster max at 6:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Movies set at Christmas
What are the best movies set at Christmas that aren't actually Christmas movies? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi at 6:20 AM PST - 61 comments

Being an inquiry into extant instances of prolix and lapidary prefatory remarks upon a narrative.
What are some good long-winded title pages from old books and novels? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime at 6:03 AM PST - 11 comments

finding a surgeon for gynecomasti
I'm a male in my late 20s - I am about 5'7" and weigh 170 lbs. I have gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts. I want to have them shrunk. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I mention I'm mentally ill on a graduate school statement of intent
Should I mention my mental illness on my graduate school statement of intent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:35 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me become a better scientist
My goal is to have a career as a successful researcher in the biological sciences; however, I do not like writing. Is my goal unobtainable? [more inside]
posted by Lord Force Crater at 5:27 AM PST - 18 comments

Assisted living? Retirement home? Help!
Assisted living? Retirement home? Help! [more inside]
posted by Raze2k at 5:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Quiet Uncrowded London Sweet Spots
LondonFilter: Looking for a place almost exactly like Gordon's Wine Bar without the crowds. [more inside]
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 4:30 AM PST - 6 comments

looking for italian church art.
religious-art-filter: looking for a specific image of Christ rising from the grave. I saw it on a TV program and I'd like to see it again. [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek at 4:13 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I get better at reading aloud?
How can I learn to read aloud with more feeling? [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 4:05 AM PST - 22 comments

Intergalactic Google-fu Fail...
I've searched here, there, and everywhere for information on the optimal time/date for viewing this year's Leonid meteor shower from my little corner of central Japan. Has anyone else out there been able to find something with a world clock style of interface or am I reaching? I checked the IMO, but found their schedule unwieldy.... [more inside]
posted by squasha at 4:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Useful translation practice?
I want to hone my translation skills (English to German), but I'd like my translations to be useful/needed. [more inside]
posted by carrot at 3:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Best wishes in Japanese?
Japanese speakers: please help? I need to convey best wishes to a dying person. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 2:55 AM PST - 6 comments

I need a gallery script that isn't retarded.
I have a lot of photos on my blog that I want to put into a gallery, but there are so many that I don't want to deal with reuploading them somewhere or installing a feature-creepy (I just made that up!) gallery script and putting them all into it. They're all in a big messy directory on my server, so is there a very simple script that will look in the directory for anything that's a JPG and spit it out in gallery format? Or, if you know PHP: I could probably write the thing myself, but what would the code for "look in /directoryx/, put all filenames into this array" look like?
posted by borkingchikapa at 1:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there a friendlier phrase for "disposing of the estate?"
I'm helping a friend dispose of a relative's estate. She left a lot of stuff to move out of the house. We're not sure how best to do this. [more inside]
posted by Pronoiac at 12:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Amount of D3 in wool
Vitamin D3 is often extracted from lanolin. I would like to know how much wool is necessary to produce say 1000 IU of vitamin D.
posted by davar at 12:43 AM PST - 8 comments

CPA Licensing Jungle
Calling all CPAs: which state has the lowest (easiest) licensing requirements? [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 12:41 AM PST - 1 comments

Springsteen doesn't have any songs for problems like mine
I've been told by several people that I kiss "like a high schooler," and that this is a bad thing. I'm a straight male in my mid-20s and relatively a n00b, sexually. What are ways for me to become more mature in my physical intimacy? [more inside]
posted by Spock Puppet at 12:16 AM PST - 30 comments

November 15
Cotton or synthetic fibres
Should one wear cotton or synthetic fibres in a tropical country ? I'm visiting guyana and the tourism website advises "Bring clothes made of cotton (avoid synthetic fibers) ". What is the justification for this ? I prefer synthetic fibers in hot & humid weather.
posted by lahersedor at 10:52 PM PST - 17 comments

How to not get screwed over in a business partnership.
How does the tech person in a business partnership avoid getting screwed over by the business person? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 10:35 PM PST - 13 comments

should i care that my full name is in my flickr url?
i made a big gaffe three years ago while creating my flickr account and set my URL (which you absolutely cannot change) to include my full name. setting up a new account just to be free of my name would be a huge hassle to say the least. is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by hagelslaag at 10:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Help teach a woman how to attract the men she's interested in.
What resources would you recommend to a 29 year old woman who's got absolutely no game whatsoever and needs help with every aspect of the dating world, from meeting guys to keeping them? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 9:59 PM PST - 19 comments

You've Got Too Much Mail
I am helping a friend who just got a mac set up their computer. They use gmail and I wanted to set up his macmail to get his emails from his gmail account, but when i had the mail account "auto set-up" it began grabbing ALL his emails from his gmail account, and he has more than 10,000 and a great many with large attachments. [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest at 9:43 PM PST - 7 comments

"Stuck in (Red) Shift"
Help me brainstorm clever astrophysics bumper stickers! [more inside]
posted by np312 at 9:32 PM PST - 15 comments

What's the best way to buy and store ebooks on a budget?
I'm drastically downsizing and cannot take my beloved books with me. I think the best solution for my new living arrangement would be to find a way to buy and store ebooks. But how and with what? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 9:28 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me find a site that people list their favorite words on
I bookmarked a site years ago that was all about people listing their favorite words - sort of like "delicious" but for word nerds. Does anyone have a clue what this is? thanks
posted by debu at 9:14 PM PST - 7 comments

What to do with a Wal-mart gift card?
My daughter, for her fourth birthday, was given a $10 Wal-mart gift card by a girl with whom she goes to daycare. We have not shopped at Wal-mart for more than a decade and would like to keep it that way, and my daughter doesn't seem to care about spending the money. But I really don't want Wal-mart to end up with what would essentially be a $10 if the card isn't used. What should we do?
posted by nbergus at 8:40 PM PST - 42 comments

How do the chips on a memory module interrelate?
How is memory typically mapped to the different chips on a DIMM, and what are the typical timing characteristics, broadly speaking? For example, are bytes/words whose address is i mod 8 typically on chip i? In the case of reads, are results returned first from chip 0 (after the RAS and CAS latencies), then promptly on subsequent cycles from each of the next 7 (or 15) chips? How about from other DIMMs on the same motherboard?
posted by espertus at 8:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Shirts for swimming?
What type of shirt do I wear swimming? Where do I buy them? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 7:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Can he get my address from the police report? :(
Can he get my address from the police report? :( [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me de-fuzz
Can you recommend a place to get laser hair removal done in D.C.? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 7:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Academic novels from student perspective
I'm looking for academic novels from the student's perspective (apparently this is a subgenre of campus novels called varsity novels). Bonus for books considered "young adult." [more inside]
posted by alicat at 7:21 PM PST - 28 comments

How to drive home a car bought in another state?
So I bought a car from out of state...please help me with the logistics! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan at 7:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Where should I live in Chicago?
Which Chicago neighborhood should I live in? [more inside]
posted by prunes at 6:38 PM PST - 26 comments

Online bicycle swap meet?
Does anyone know of an online equivalent to a bicycle swap meet? I bought an old tandem bike for $100 and need to replace some rusted parts (handlebars, cranks, etc), but don't want or need new parts (nor do I think I'd find them easily). I've checked e-bay, but no luck this time. I guess my ideal would be an e-bay just for bicycles. Does such a thing exist?
posted by robverb at 6:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for recommendations for recent popular music soundtracks
Does anyone have any recommendations for somewhat recent (post-2000) TV or movie popular music soundtracks (or some other kind of compilation)? I tend to like alternative rock, but I'm open to any genre. [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 6:21 PM PST - 16 comments

My new piece of furniture has lost its magnetic personality.
The magnetic closure on my new piece of furniture does not work properly. It is a simple problem, but I can't figure out a solution. Please help me fix it! [more inside]
posted by AtomicBee at 6:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Need help shopping for a camera
What is the next best camera to the Nikon D300s? [more inside]
posted by FireStyle at 6:14 PM PST - 16 comments

My stubby amplifier...
Home amp filter: Shallow cabinet, 5.1-channel, three-input-HDMI, two-zone, good-quality amplifier-receiver -- does it exist? [more inside]
posted by rleamon at 6:12 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I optimize bio-availability and absorption of nutritional supplements?
How do I optimize bio-availability and absorption of nutritional supplements? [(figure I'll cross-post this at ImmInst, but you guys are rather sharp so couldn't hurt to break in the new MetaFilter account :)] Question regarding bioavailability and absorption of supplements across a multi-factor spread [more inside]
posted by jerwilkins at 6:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Where in the world should I go?
The last few years of my life have been fairly difficult for any number of reasons. But things are finally looking up: in May I'll finally graduate with my long sought-after PhD, and I have one firm job offer and a few tentative ones, any of which I'd take in a heartbeat. As a present to myself for making it through, I want to take a few weeks and do some traveling. I'm American and would like to go someplace new and exotic and international. The only question: where? [more inside]
posted by captainawesome at 5:19 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me fulfill my penguin dreams!
Help me feed my penguin addiction! [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 4:45 PM PST - 47 comments

Real lactose-free milk in the Bay Area?
LactoseFilter: Where can I get real lactose free milk (i.e. the filtered kind, not the sickly-sweet enzymated stuff) in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by you at 4:43 PM PST - 6 comments

SharePoint CQWP: How to use today's date to compare to another field
SharePoint CQWP: How on earth can I use today's date to compare to another field in a calculated column or filter in SharePoint? [more inside]
posted by momzilla at 4:38 PM PST - 1 comments

Coast Guard Reserves?
What are the Reserves (specifically, the Coast Guard) really like? [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 4:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Should've-Asked-This-Question-*Before*-I-Got-The-Dog-But-I-Had-My-Head-Up-My-Ass-Filter
I used to live with my dog and (now) ex-boyfriend. I moved out. Dog now lives with him. I live in apartment that doesn't allow dogs. Ex is abusive to dog. She can't stay with me, she can't stay with him, even though he wants to keep her. If I find her a new home, she'll be safe, but I won't get to see her again and my ex might retaliate against me. If I leave her there, I'll get to see her more often, but my ex could flip out and hurt her. I'm not sure how to do what I need to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:22 PM PST - 39 comments

Long Distance Divorced Parents Dating Successfully?
Long distance dating between 2 single parents possible? I'm asking for my sister (who doesn't know I'm asking) because I want her to be happy but don't know if these relationships ever really work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me articulate the concept of how unfamiliarity and familiarity alter perception.
Help me articulate the concept of how unfamiliarity and familiarity alter perception. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 4:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me get out from under all these piles of to-do lists!
I'm looking for a productivity app that can help me manage both my projects and my time. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 3:52 PM PST - 6 comments

travel fixed date-flexible destination
Any tips for travel deals where your dates are fixed but you are open about possible destinations? [more inside]
posted by tangonerd at 3:09 PM PST - 4 comments

What movie is this?
Help me find the name of this fantasy or scifi movie I saw as a child. [more inside]
posted by xenophile at 2:35 PM PST - 11 comments

English Help Please?
Help me fix some problems with my English essay (scribd link) please! [more inside]
posted by kylej at 2:25 PM PST - 28 comments

What does the Venn intersection of journalists and inventors look like?
I've been following the development of the CrunchPad with some interest. It's made me wonder, are there any famous examples in history of journalists also being successful inventors/innovators?
posted by runkelfinker at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I convert Microsoft Image Composer files into a usable format?
I have a bunch of old Microsoft Image Composer (.mic) files. Nothing in my current toolkit can handle the format. How can I view them and/or convert them to something useful? [more inside]
posted by Lazlo at 1:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Privacy in Public
Where are some good spots in public where I can get privacy? [more inside]
posted by bobertdude at 1:24 PM PST - 32 comments

Good Prepaid Cellphone for Austin, Tx?
Hey there, I hate dealing with credit cards, signing contracts. Need a good simple and reliable Prepaid cell phone. [more inside]
posted by Sentus at 1:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Feedback on my interpersonal skills
How can I get constructive criticism on my interpersonal skills? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 12:44 PM PST - 10 comments

You can't just throw a Google search together!
Does anyone know the Far Side volume that includes the "posse organization" one? [more inside]
posted by barnacles at 12:40 PM PST - 6 comments

What are these ornaments?
Does anyone know anything more about these Christmas ornaments? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 12:25 PM PST - 5 comments

How to restore a glossy laptop screen?
Is there any way to restore the glossy coating on a Macbook Pro screen? [more inside]
posted by bashos_frog at 12:22 PM PST - 8 comments

This is what consumerism does!
Where can I find these $10 shoes I found in Chicago, when I don't live there anymore? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 12:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Who created this catchy, possibly Russian piece of music?
What is the (possibly Russian?) piece of music in this video about a Moscow performance artist who shares his home with a llama? I think it includes an accordion and a mandolin. [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 12:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Help identify this retro triptoy grid-light ..thing
A friend owns one of these antique (?) clear-plastic, free-standing, quasi-lite-bright type hobby-kit devices. The label/signature can be seen here. Just what the hell is it? (besides the obvious trip-toy type device). Bonus = it still works.
posted by jmnugent at 11:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Help! :)
I'm dying to find a song that I can't find anywhere at all.. [more inside]
posted by iabide79 at 11:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for Oscilloscope Recommendations
I'm a hobbyist looking to buy an oscilloscope, and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by DMan at 11:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Is is true third-world poor buy TVs instead of education?
I heard once that many people living in poverty tend to make more luxurious purchases, such as televisions, as they see simple luxuries as way to enjoy their life in a way they deem possible. Is this true? Can anyone point to a source? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 10:20 AM PST - 33 comments

Just call me Forgetful Jones.
I missed the date to continue my state health insurance. Now my only option is to pay for the super-high-end one until 2011. Do I have any chance of fixing this? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 10:20 AM PST - 4 comments

How can a guy dress more sexy?
How can a guy dress more sexy? [more inside]
posted by oxit at 10:19 AM PST - 44 comments

Lather over Lotion?
Why does Palmer's Olive Butter Formula Lotion vary so wildly in price? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 10:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Plan the best road trip EVER
Help me plan the most epic road trip from Wisconsin to Aspen, Colorado! [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 9:53 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I get out of social food situations?
How can I avoid social meals gracefully when I have an eating disorder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM PST - 26 comments

uuugh, schmoozing.
On the receiving end of lots of business 'networking' for the first time. How to deal with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Speed of Decomposition
The first dead person I ever saw was my grandmother in 1964 at the age of 8. The image of her beautiful face in the casket has haunted me all these years. I have often wondered with the passing of the decades how she would look at various times. What is the speed of decomposition with an average embalmed body. What happens in 10 years? 25 years? After 50? We have seen horror movies but what is the actual look after a few years? I know it is ghoulish, but it has been a recurring question of mine for many many years. Anyone have a good idea?
posted by Mickelstiff at 8:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Best route for overland commute in NYC
I live at the top of Central Park in New York City (my park entrance is at 110th and Lenox), and I'm thinking of either getting a bike or rollerblades to commute to my job at 23rd and Fifth (or, perhaps more accurately, to my gym at 23rd and Park, where I can shower and change). What's the most direct path through the park from top to bottom, and which streets should I take to my destination once I exit the park? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 8:17 AM PST - 18 comments

Apple is rejecting me
For the past few days (maybe longer, I'm not sure), I have not been able to connect to apple.com or the iTunes store, nor update software with Software Update, on my 10.4.11 iMac, although I can connect to the rest of the 'net. [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 7:16 AM PST - 4 comments

books about the academic study of memoir
I'm looking for book recommendations on the academic/literary study of memoirs. Thanks!
posted by katopotato at 6:36 AM PST - 7 comments

How dangerous is this glass in my hand?
I think there's a piece of glass in my hand. Is this a bad thing? [more inside]
posted by shelayna at 6:26 AM PST - 23 comments

Buying a baby gift from away.
Gift-Filter - Please recommend a shop in Edinburgh that I can buy a tasteful new baby gift online that will deliver in a little over a week. [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 6:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Macbook wireless, what gives?
Macbook wireless connection has gotten considerably weaker and flakier recently. Suggestions on how to fix, please! [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:17 AM PST - 6 comments

What can I buy a boy recovering from a tonsillectomy?
What can I buy a boy recovering from a tonsillectomy? [more inside]
posted by gabrielsamoza at 6:13 AM PST - 14 comments

how to get over this friendship/relationship/whatever that was
how to get over this friendship/relationship/whatever that was [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:25 AM PST - 13 comments

the blues......
Help! I need creative ideas on how a professional Jazz musician can pay the bills in Brooklyn, NYC. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:25 AM PST - 5 comments

oops?
Braising pork belly: did I ruin my Momofuku Pork Buns? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 2:14 AM PST - 8 comments

November 14
What to do in Kathmandu?
Where to eat and what to do in Kathmandu? [more inside]
posted by pranalaxmi at 11:35 PM PST - 6 comments

simulated 3d from two photos
what is it called, and how do you make a simulated 3D photo using two photos, then animated to flash back and forth? [more inside]
posted by karl88 at 11:19 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I not be offended by my girlfriend's lack of enthusiasm?
My SO has no passion and this turns me into an asshole. When I talk to her about things like finances or anything serious, she ignores me, and she doesn't know what she wants from life and has no wish to find out. She settles for what she has with no desire to improve anything. And the very very douche-y tone that I write that description in is a problem as well. [more inside]
posted by DerangedGoblin at 11:11 PM PST - 68 comments

White Meets Black Music Mashups
I really like mashups that juxtapose hip-hop/R&B/reggae with classic rock/radio pop. Some good examples are Girl Talk's music, this Biggie Smalls/Miley Cyrus mashup, and this Beatles/Black Eyed Peas/Ludacris/ etc mashup. What are the best executed and most fun ones you've heard?
posted by i_am_a_fiesta at 10:58 PM PST - 29 comments

Avocado oil for dry skin?
Dry skin and Avocado oil: My wife has excellent results with with an Avocado oil based product designed to prevent dry and flaking skin on her face during winter. We bought a tiny bottle of it at the cosmetic department of a department store that cost 55 euros. After reading the ingredient list it seems a bit of a ripoff... [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 9:50 PM PST - 8 comments

LOUD washer end-of-cycle signal
How do I turn off the earsplitting, wakes the dead end-of-cycle signal on my clothes washer? [more inside]
posted by amro at 9:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Failing this, does anyone know a good cobbler in 19104?
Help me find a pair of decent, grown-up shoes to wear to work, that will last me more than six months. Preferably for less than $100 a pair. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 9:06 PM PST - 26 comments

My apartment is filled with Mace!
My lovely husband has just accidentally set off pepper spray in our one-bedroom apartment. We're now hanging out in the building lobby, and have all the windows open and the fans going. Is there anything else we can do to make it so we can go back in the apartment tonight?
posted by EmilyFlew at 7:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Why does my Asus occasionally behave as if it has no goddam sense?
What is this weird, monospace thing my Asus EEE netbook does for no apparent reason? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Here comes the rain
My basement is currently flooding. Anything I can do before it stops raining? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 7:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Converting PowerPoint to video or flash (again)
Converting PowerPoint to video or flash (again) I know this question was just asked, and two years ago but none of the answers suit my needs. [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman at 7:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Just asking this question feels like self-indulgent wallowing
Why am I such a pathetic sad-sack these days, and how can I shape up before I drive all my friends away? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 PM PST - 15 comments

When would they quarantine?
If I was bit by a rabid animal, how long would it take until I was a risk to other humans? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Mandatory athletic supporters in middle school
When I was in middle school P.E. in the late 1980s, we