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December 31
Can't Remember this Children's Book - Help
Looking for the title to/author of a series of children's books. I can only remember a few details about these books. Help! [more inside]
posted by dyerfr at 10:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Private label LinkedIn-type service?
Alternatives to http://www.xing.com/ and http://www.collectivex.com -- business networking services/software for groups? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 9:15 PM PST - 2 comments

A happy Eid Al Adha?
A happy Eid Al Adha? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 8:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me get my life together
How do I fix myself on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by peewinkle at 8:31 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me utilize my home theater.
How can I wire my home theater correctly? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 7:22 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I make this beautiful for my dad?
What should be done/said when the family gathers to witness someone's passing? I need planning to distract me. [more inside]
posted by vytae at 6:45 PM PST - 27 comments

Where can a girl go to get her head clear for free in this country?
My girlfriend wants somewhere to, in her words, "detox" in the USA. But it's not drug or booze related. She wants somewhere go, chill, clear her head, be quiet for a while and concentrate on starting her life again. And she wants to do it for free. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 5:34 PM PST - 38 comments

Have you tried turning it off and then on again?
It's the oldest computer question in existence... My computer won't start. Help me. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 5:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Seeking the Holy G(rail)|(raid)
Trying to keep my data around with a minimum of bother, and also looking for a long-term solution. Is there such a thing as a (slowly) growable RAID array? [more inside]
posted by printdevil at 5:15 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm a radio. Turn me on.
What's the perfect song to play on the radio, first thing in the morning, New Year's Day? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:49 PM PST - 42 comments

Pray for public transportation.
How can I prove to the DMV that the lien on the car I just bought has been paid off? The secured party listed on the title (a bank) was bought by FCNB bank and then by BB&T bank. [more inside]
posted by youthenrage at 3:29 PM PST - 8 comments

"Dog Whisperer" type business management book filter
"Dog Whisperer" type business management book filter [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy at 2:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Not-the-Exorcist movie?
MovieTitleFilter: There was some movie trailer I saw this year about a youngish demonic/antichrist girl... [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 2:29 PM PST - 5 comments

what to buy for my girly-friend?
what do I buy for a beautiful, single 30 year old woman? Under $100. [more inside]
posted by henryis at 1:38 PM PST - 25 comments

Wanted: Rich expression in music
Music with an edge - terms to characterize this, where to find/learn more? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 1:27 PM PST - 23 comments

SoftwareFilter: help me find a good way to view Firefox pages offline for MacOSX.
SoftwareFilter: help me find a good way to view Firefox pages offline for MacOSX. [more inside]
posted by rmm at 12:58 PM PST - 5 comments

nye fireworks
Baltimore or DC fireworks tonight? I hear the Inner Harbor fireworks are great, and so far haven't found anything indicating downtown DC fireworks. Any suggestions?
posted by nj_subgenius at 12:23 PM PST - 5 comments

20/20 Hindsight Advice
Moving to a New Country - if you had to do it again, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by rougy at 11:40 AM PST - 28 comments

How to Live with Mailing Lists?
The problem: I'm subscribed to 20-30 high volume mailing lists (e.g., Ubuntu, Python) and the gmail account I'm using is now 80% full! I subscribed to them to ask a question once in a while, but I really have no interest in following every post to the lists. My question is how do others handle this situation? Is there a solution to mailing lists that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 at 11:23 AM PST - 28 comments

What's a noun that means "something not valued until missing"?
Is there a word for a thing that — until it is missing — is not fully valued, but that — once gone — is seen to be invaluable? [more inside]
posted by Alt F4 at 11:15 AM PST - 26 comments

Doesn't a maybe really mean no?
Why does someone still insist on saying maybe I'm in love w/you? [more inside]
posted by purplestarz at 10:57 AM PST - 12 comments

where to live in georgia?!?!
i'm going to be moving to georgia in may with my fiance. he's from augusta and would like to move back there. i personally would like to be somewhat closer to atlanta. i want to live in a town with culture and i would like to be able to have some land (acres away from neighbors). please help me decide where i should move.
posted by lilafain at 10:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Hot in Manhattan?
In 1990 (as a non-USAnian) I visited Manhattan. At that time, SOHO was the new "up-and-coming" area: money moving in, interesting shops, galleries, bars, restaurants. What's the hot-spot now? And what's SOHO like now?
posted by TiredStarling at 9:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Airtunes-like function on the cheap?
How can I make my music play on two Macs simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 8:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Blip! Bloop!
Alternatives to junXion? I would like to use my cheapo Saitek P990 gamepad as a MIDI controller on OS X. junXion is not working reliably and is too expensive for my purposes.
posted by mzurer at 8:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Books that are easy to read for those with attention problems?
What are some good books for people with mild ADD? By this I do not mean, books about attention deficit disorder, I mean books that are short, or easy to read. [more inside]
posted by mjao at 8:26 AM PST - 34 comments

2007 UPDATE: breaking up the day? what are the best five minute 'break' websites you visit?
This is one of my favorite posts: internet mental breaks (Thanks eatdonuts) but it's almost a year old. How about another round for 2007? [more inside]
posted by alamo1234 at 8:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Why do parents have to turn into people?
I think my parents are on the road to divorce. I'm away at college in another state- my younger siblings are not. Warning, much, much- [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 15 comments

How to deposit checks that are wildly out of the ordinary for me?
I have two personal checks, both VERY large, to deposit into my checking account. This is slightly freaking me out since I've never done such a thing in my life (and I've had unusually low account balances for 6+ years). Can I just do this without making my bank suspicious or causing any problems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 AM PST - 55 comments

Computer & Internet news round-up 2006
Computer & Internet news round-up 2006. What do you consider to be the biggest or most interesting tech and web news of the last year? [more inside]
posted by MintSauce at 7:54 AM PST - 4 comments

passing of a dog...
My mother's dog (part of our family for 10 years) passed away last night of major sudden medical problems. My mother is in her late 50s, divorced, and lives alone - and considered the dog practically one of her children. How can I help her through this better? [more inside]
posted by jare2003 at 7:43 AM PST - 21 comments

Why can't I format my SD card?
Why can't I format my SD card? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 7:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Reformatting pasted text
Coding question: What is the best/easiest way to preserve typographical formatting (like nbsp's, line breaks) of pasted text that will be stored in a database and later displayed in boxes of arbitrary size? [more inside]
posted by shownomercy at 7:05 AM PST - 6 comments

How to meet people and make friends at a party
I'm going to show up at a new year's eve party by myself. It'll be a huge party, and I will only know one person, who'll probably be too busy to talk to me all night. [more inside]
posted by peteok at 6:54 AM PST - 24 comments

Help! Still trying to get my Xbox 360 to play nice with my PC
Help! Still trying to get my Xbox 360 to play nice with my PC [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 4:41 AM PST - 7 comments

You just like me 'cos I'm good in bed.
Getting better in bed - how? NSFW inside... [more inside]
posted by Ultimate Sockpuppet the Second at 4:29 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me become a Fine Arts Professor, or else help me back away humbly.
What can you tell me about excellent grad schools for the fine (visual!) arts in Eastern Canada... and about the job field for visual arts professors? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 12:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Common denominators for common denominations?
I'd like to read about the beliefs and lifestyles of denominations in the US that teach about Christ. Basically, their beliefs, history, and organization in the US, focusing on who they are today and how they got there. [more inside]
posted by freddymungo at 12:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Are they taking them to the whale weigh stations?
Whalefilter: What are the Japanese whaling fleet researching? [more inside]
posted by scodger at 12:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me move just the songs I want
How do I move only songs from a certain playlist from my external hard drive to my computer? The easy way, please. [more inside]
posted by evilbeck at 12:28 AM PST - 4 comments

December 30
Recommended on-line retailer for bedding?
Which is the best online retailer to buy bedding (sheets, etc) that ships internationally? [more inside]
posted by vac2003 at 11:41 PM PST - 4 comments

DYC into something useful?
Mission Impossible? Converting ICUII video to AVI or MPG or MOV? [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 at 11:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Savory Crepes
Can anyone suggest some savory crepe fillings for a new year's brunch. I'd also like to avoid cheese if possible. Meat is appreciated though.
posted by danb1 at 10:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Identify this hip-hop song please?
Does this hip-hop song ring a bell? It was produced in the last two years. It talked talked about either dead rappers, or famous rappers. The style of music was similar to those by K-OS or Common. Please hope me?
posted by phyrewerx at 10:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me save some DARK home movies!
I have some home movies that I need to brighten up. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 10:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Which "Toy Hauler" to Purchase?
I'm considering the purchase of a trailer, and more specifically a Toy Hauler like the Wells Cargo GetAway IV. I know nothing about these types of trailers but would appreciate brand and model recommendations. [more inside]
posted by jpozadzides at 8:22 PM PST - 1 comments

Another remembering question. Song lyric: "I think I've got blood poisoning!"
Another remembering question. Song lyric: "I think I've got blood poisoning!" An obscure band, probably in the early 90's, sparse and clanky percussive music. The vocalist is telling a story, not really singing, yelling perhaps, and repeating a lot of his sentences twice. [more inside]
posted by Area Control at 7:46 PM PST - 6 comments

What Does Pee Have to Do With Meat?
Strange TV show question: What does eating meat have to do with pee? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:21 PM PST - 16 comments

reading effectively and efficiently
when i read one book i usually read it once to enjoy it, read it a second time to pull out the bits i need to remember and then a third time to fully understand those bits. This is ok when i only have one book to read in one month but when i have 3 books per week to get through how do i make retention more effective. I would ideally prefer to just do one read but im sure id forget everything or be confused byt the end of the first read. Ive thought about using stickies to help me highlight the most important of things but not sure what i should be doing with em. has anyone got a good system of annotating or reading quiclky effectively? That may sound like a simple question but i always thought the to do list was simple untill getting things done showed how primitive it was, perhaps theres something for anotating that will speed up finding the juicy bits of info 2nd time roudn. Ive heard of speed reading but know little of the method. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
posted by thegeezer3 at 6:59 PM PST - 10 comments

I can't find this anywhere, but I need to burn some Anime episodes to a DVD using a Macbook.
I can't find this anywhere, but I need to burn some Anime episodes to a DVD using a Macbook. More inside. [more inside]
posted by stlboi at 6:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Low-budget auteurs
I really love the works of low-budget auteurs like Hal Hartley, Gregg Araki, and Jim Jarmusch (also, although they don't fit so much in the low-budget category, Richard Linklater and War-Kong Wei). Are there any other auteurs out there whose movies I should watch? To refine your suggestions, I'm not looking for classic directors like Godard or Bergman, or big names like Wenders or Greenaway or Tarantino or Von Trier. I'm interested in learning about directors who are not big names. Basically, I'm looking for interesting young directors whose films are available on DVD but have not emerged into the national spotlight.
posted by jayder at 6:52 PM PST - 25 comments

I'm looking for the perfect moisture-proof, quick-warming electric heating pad for my eyelids.
I'm looking for the perfect moisture-proof, quick-warming electric heating pad for my eyelids. [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 6:20 PM PST - 18 comments

What do I do about my stalker?
I have a stalker. This young woman is 26 and we were friends at work, and became friends outside of work. I don't know what to do next... will the police help me? There is no threat of physical harm... just the mental stress from her not leaving me alone. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 PM PST - 29 comments

Is there a generic way to reference the location of a user's Windows desktop (like ~/Desktop would for OS X)?
Is there a generic way to reference the location of a user's Windows desktop (like ~/Desktop would for OS X)? [more inside]
posted by john m at 5:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Vegas, Baghad, and the NCAA: Name that tune!
While on a road trip through Texas, I heard a song on the radio about watching the NCAA tournament on one TV while the bombing of Baghad was happening on another TV in the Las Vegas Airport. Can anyone name the artist/title of this song? It was a nice, bluesy song. [more inside]
posted by verevi at 4:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there a specific term for the rotating sets used in some theaters?
I'm thinking of a rotating platform in the floor of the stage. The platform has many partitions to make rooms, with a different set in each room. When the setting of the play changes, the platform is rotated to reveal a different set. While the actors are using one setting during the play, the partitions facing backstage are re-arranged and prepared before they are used. Is there a term for this, or is it just referred to generically?
posted by Niomi at 4:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Im going to kill him.
Flying without ID (CA to OR)? [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews at 4:21 PM PST - 18 comments

C-c-c-c-old F-f-f-futon
I sleep on a futon mattress directly on the (carpeted) floor, in the basement. I think the coldness of winter seeps through the basement floor and into my mattress. How can I keep from freezing when I want to get to sleep? [more inside]
posted by DrSkrud at 4:10 PM PST - 28 comments

What should I do from now until August?
What should I do from now until August? [more inside]
posted by yoel88 at 3:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Mac OS X RAID Concatenated Disk Set Update
How long should it take Disk Utility in Mac OS 10.4.8 to update a concatenated RAID when two new drives were added to it? [more inside]
posted by rglasmann at 3:41 PM PST - 4 comments

what's up in Cincinnati on New Year's eve?
I'm going to be visiting in Cincinnati this New Year's eve, and I was curious if anyone could suggest something fun for an out of towner to do?
posted by donabean at 3:38 PM PST - 11 comments

own brand compilations CD's - how does the licensing etc work ?
I've noticed that quite small radio stations, shops etc now sell compilation CD's which are badged as their own ("SmallTown FM - 20 Greatest Hits" etc). How do these deals work ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 3:26 PM PST - 5 comments

What do I do with my journals?
Should I burn the books or make them electronic? [more inside]
posted by bozichsl at 3:22 PM PST - 20 comments

Make my iPod nano visible again!
Why does my IBM laptop hate my iPod nano? [more inside]
posted by amber_dale at 3:03 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the Big O of the slowest algorithm in P
What is the Big O of the slowest algorithm in P [more inside]
posted by Osmanthus at 2:12 PM PST - 46 comments

Should I skip frames when learning javascript
Should I skip learning frames in conjunction with javascript (as a newbe javascript self taught student) due to the depreciation factorof frames with correct html? I'm really new at script writing / javascript etc... and appreciate your feedback. Thank you in advance...
posted by orlin at 2:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Winning More Spider Solitaire Games
What are you spider solitaire strategies? [more inside]
posted by batcrazy at 2:03 PM PST - 10 comments

James Brooowwwnn, James Brooowwwn
JamesBrownNewYearsPlaylistFilter: What are some great, obscure gems from deep in the James Brown catalog? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:56 PM PST - 30 comments

"Gophers"
can you help? in 1990 there was a television series called Gophers. In short it was a comedy about a common type gopher family living next door to the very prim and proper rabbit family and the characters were all life size puppets. i have searched long and hard to find any information possible on this series and so far have managed to find only a short cast list and a small snippet from the theme tune and no one i know seems to remember it at all. Is it possible anyone has any information on what happened to the series and whether it was ever released on video?
posted by angelmouse3003 at 1:54 PM PST - 3 comments

PDA filter
Okay, so I'm looking for a small PDA that can run Java, preferably Java SE, and has WiFi.
posted by delmoi at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Uni? Multi? Whip? Band? Huh? Wha?
WIFI-Filter: My brother and I would like to build a wireless network between our two homes to create a secure network, but we have no idea about radio antennas, signal strength, line-of-sight, etc. [more inside]
posted by id at 12:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I rewrite my undergraduate thesis?
I studied philosophy in college. By my senior year I had decided that I wanted to pursue a career in academia. I had co-founded a conference. I was writing a thesis. I had intentions of applying to graduate schools. However, during my last semester I experienced a crisis of faith and delayed my thesis for six months, eventually earning a "C". I want to go back and do the job right, but I don't know how. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 AM PST - 17 comments

Tax preparer near Seattle
Tax preparer in the Seattle area? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Army Jeep, anyone?
My father and I are looking to sell his 1969 m151a2 Army Jeep. It's in good condition, but we're in a town that only has so much selling potential (Birmingham, AL). Putting it on Ebay seems like an obvious choice. I was also thinking of putting it on craigslist for towns that, though far, might include some willing to pay more to have the jeep transported. I've googled about for websites selling Army jeeps but haven't come up with much. Do you have any suggestions for selling this? Online or offline, overall, we'd just like to get the best mix of convenience in selling and price. In advance and always, thank you for reading my question, for thinking about it, and if posting, thank you even more. This really is a great forum and I hope to be a part of it for a long long time.
posted by gbinal at 10:11 AM PST - 9 comments

What to do when you're broke, in jail and all the local law offices are closed for the holiday?
My sister's boyfriend is apparently being held in jail without charges. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by apis mellifera at 9:16 AM PST - 32 comments

Need help teaching a young dog new tricks.
Need help teaching a young dog new tricks. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I turn notes into something useful?
I've been noting down ideas for a potential novel for over a year. Problem is, I now have so many that it's tough to keep track of it all. How can I organise and consolidate them into something workable? [more inside]
posted by Acey at 6:59 AM PST - 27 comments

What to do in Montreal?
Mayor Curley and his wife are in suddenly in Montreal and need general advice. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Peace Love and Unity at 5:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Become a wedding photographer in 2 months
It's been suggested that I take wedding pictures at my friend's upcoming wedding in February as the bride and groom are doing a nice low-key affair. What camera do I get, and how do I get good decent at it in 2 months? 3 parts inside [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 2:20 AM PST - 39 comments

Was Saddam the wealthiest person ever executed?
Is Saddam Hussein the wealthiest person ever to be executed? [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry at 1:17 AM PST - 23 comments

Where to learn Italian in the Bay Area
What's the best places to learn Italian in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by scrim at 12:45 AM PST - 5 comments

HP Tech Support Hold Music?
Does anyone know who performs or where I can download an MP3 of the Guitar riff/song that is played on hold for HP Technical Support? [more inside]
posted by subaruwrx at 12:15 AM PST - 7 comments

December 29
john lennon in the rolling stones video?
In the sympathy for the devil video posted by stavros... does anybody else see John Lennon in there? Is it my imagination? http://youtube.com/watch?v=waFOyhezIPA
posted by bukvich at 11:30 PM PST - 2 comments

What to do this summer?
I'm twenty years old, in college, and I feel like my life is standing still. Help me find something to do this summer that will change my life. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 11:30 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I know if a prospective manfriend is the type to, um, pull my hair?
How do I know if a prospective manfriend is the type to, um, pull my hair? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:29 PM PST - 44 comments

How do I get everything off of a CD?
I want to make sure that the next time I rip my CD collection is the last time. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by reventlov at 10:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Dealing with well-meaning but obnoxious people.
At a party the other day, there was a guy who lived in China until about a year ago, who was behaving obnoxiously (invading personal space, being too loud), but I felt that he meant well, and just didn't know how to behave. How to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by rwatson at 8:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Thngs to do in Texas when you're . . .
January-in-West-Texas-Filter: visiting Alpine, Marfa, and Big Bend for a week. Suggestions for food, art, cultural wonders, and Big Bend trails that are particularly nice in Winter are earnestly sought.
posted by fourcheesemac at 8:35 PM PST - 19 comments

Any street noise reduction tips for a new apartment?
I've lived in L.A. for several years. I've just signed a year lease on a place I like very much, except there's an increase in street noise both sporadic and repetitive that's got me worried. All of my windows face the street and all but one have wooden frames with old-timey latches that don't do a great job of blocking out noise. Does noise-reduction moulding work? Heavy curtains? Any tips for dealing with street noise/apartment building noise in general? [more inside]
posted by ambulance blues at 8:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Religion in World Vision
How heavy a role does religion play in the work of World Vision? [more inside]
posted by bread-eater at 7:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Let's make life fun and easy.
What small indulgences or habits do you have that make your life so much easier? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 7:16 PM PST - 62 comments

Is the Free Money Worth it?
I'm being offered free money to try a Chase service out. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by icebourg at 6:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Efficient drinking technique?
Frat boy wisdom(?) filter: When I was in college, it was common beer drinking wisdom that dropping by the lou too early in the evening was ill-advised and known as "breaking the seal", the idea being that you would be dashing to the bathroom all evening long as a result. Is there any physical or psychological reason why this would be true?
posted by B-squared at 6:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Forgotten heist filter
I saw a British film on TV in the early 80's a group of criminals conspire to be in prison during the big football game in order to break out, print some huge quantity of pound notes in the royal treasury itself, and break back into prison. What was the name? [more inside]
posted by Megafly at 6:03 PM PST - 4 comments

What can a Linux fan use for consistent note taking and archival?
I am studying in human science (psychology), and I'm starting university next month. I have been using a laptop running Linux to take notes and write assignments during the past two years or so, but I feel my current technique for note taking is unsatisfactory. [more inside]
posted by a007r at 4:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Golden Age Sesame Street
Help me find a Sesame Street animated short! [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 4:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Who Needs My Help?
I want to volunteer and help my community. But there are some caveats. [more inside]
posted by solid-one-love at 4:02 PM PST - 22 comments

Feral Kittens--What to Do?
I have five kittens living with their mom in my backyard. They're old enough now that I want to trap them and find homes for them. But I need suggetions on traps (they're very wary of humans) and suggestions on where to go to get the mom fixed (I plan on releasing her back into the yard and provide her with shelter and food). I'm in Red Hook, Brooklyn, without a car, so any extremely cheap vets and/or cat rescue groups nearby would be great. Thanks! (Yes, I already have two rescued beasts that live with me, so I'm not keeping any of the new kittens--although I'd like to.)
posted by mixer at 3:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Weekend killer computer game?
Recommendations for a <$25 computer game to kill the long weekend? [more inside]
posted by anotherbrick at 3:33 PM PST - 40 comments

I'd like to tell people not to front without speaking
Where can I get this Don't Front T-shirt? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 3:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Uniqueness
No two snowflakes are alike. True or false?
posted by richg at 3:16 PM PST - 13 comments

XM Radio and iPod, shall they be as one?
I just got a Pioneer Inno XM2Go Satellite Radio with MP3. Woohoo! But I also have a video iPod. Seems I should be able to put all my MP3s on the Inno. I have about 1000 songs and all are on iTunes. But XM likes to work with Napster. How can I manage this? Can I transfer all the iTunes MP3s to my Inno? Will I have to use Napster from now on to download songs?
posted by miltoncat at 3:05 PM PST - 3 comments

How clean is my house?
Do you worry about how clean your home is when people visit? Do you notice imperfect cleaning at others' homes? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 2:59 PM PST - 54 comments

Question for web developers/ designers/ people in the industry..
Question for web developers/ designers/ people in the industry. I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 2:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Who hires boats in Cabo?
Anniversary experience for a couple staying in Cabo San Lucas -- specifically someone to take them out on the Sea of Cortez? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer at 1:58 PM PST - 1 comments

Is there a weight limit on dating
Just wondering what weight/BMI (considering height) is the dealbreaker for most straight men when they date a woman? Mine is 25 which is overweight but sure as hell don't feel like it! [more inside]
posted by Freecola at 1:52 PM PST - 26 comments

Why does Nero insist on stretching my files?
Help me make good looking movies with small picture dimensions. [more inside]
posted by oddman at 1:45 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you edit your company's Wikipedia entry?
How do I make a correction to a Wikipedia entry? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 1:34 PM PST - 22 comments

Poo
A girl I'm dating recently revealed her secret fetish: she wants me to take a dump on her, but I have an aversion to poo. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 1:12 PM PST - 68 comments

Free tax preparation software??
1. Is there free tax preparation software? 2. If not why? when so many people have to file taxes every year.
posted by antisocialiting at 1:03 PM PST - 17 comments

External analog to digital converter suggestions!
External analog to digital video converter suggestions, please? [more inside]
posted by ThirstyEar2 at 12:58 PM PST - 2 comments

American beer in a red can?
Calling all boozers! Are there any popular brands of beer in the U.S. that come in a red can? [more inside]
posted by pootler at 12:46 PM PST - 25 comments

elementary school cuisine
Where can I find Sloppy Joes in New York City?
posted by Stynxno at 12:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Favorite place to throw a round / drink a round in Chicago?
Where's a good place to play darts in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by pfafflin at 12:32 PM PST - 3 comments

A second stab...
How can I get "ripped" in a month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Can my mom receive back rent for an apartment and storefront she didn't know she owned?
My aunt lied about my grandfather's will decades ago. Can my mom receive back rent for an apartment and storefront she didn't know she owned? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:18 PM PST - 22 comments

When is Microsoft going to put the new processor in the Xbox 360?
When is Microsoft going to put the new processor in the Xbox 360? And does anyone know of any future price-drops for the console? [more inside]
posted by Paul KC at 12:09 PM PST - 2 comments

affiliate marketing that doesn't suck
affiliate marketing program: white label vs. roll-your-own? [more inside]
posted by subpixel at 11:21 AM PST - 2 comments

iTunes7 mystery number
iTunes 7 mystery number: Anybody know what this number means? [ImageShack hosting] [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 11:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me consider the pros / cons of different cameras.
Travel Photography Filter: Take the good, clunky camera or the less good, compact one? [more inside]
posted by irregardless at 11:05 AM PST - 24 comments

What to do on a college admissions interview?
What to do on a college admissions interview? [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle at 11:04 AM PST - 14 comments

creating a gallery with mootools, can someone help?
Since all sorts of very clever people frequent metafilter I figured it would be worth a shot to repost this mootools related javascripting question here. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 10:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Pinball in Durham
Where can I play pinball in Durham, North Carolina? [more inside]
posted by ootsocsid at 10:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a linux distro that can run without a harddrive?
I have a three year old HP laptop with no hard drive. Is there some sort of cd I can pop in it to see if its working otherwise? [more inside]
posted by miniape at 10:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Food Bank Feast
What interesting and nutritious meals can I make out of items regularly given out from the food bank? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 9:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Ah feel like ahcid
The best films to see while tripping? LSD, HDTV, surround sound, on DVD? Looking for visual effects, chromakey, 3000 miles from home, set controls for the center of the sun, etc. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 9:51 AM PST - 98 comments

Suggestions for a Digital Camcorder
What's a good camcorder-like device that can take video and quickly dump it to a computer to post online? I'm going abroad and want to reassure my parents that I haven't died with periodic videos of the trip. [more inside]
posted by Rictic at 9:39 AM PST - 12 comments

New Leatherman! Where can I bring it?
Am I setting myself up for any trouble by tossing my new Leatherman tool in my bag and forgetting about it? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 9:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Spending more for less
How is our government education funding spent? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 9:16 AM PST - 5 comments

How could you describe the Japanese word "setunai" in English?
How could you describe the Japanese concept of "setunai" in English? [more inside]
posted by goseethesphinx at 9:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Madrid on a Friday night
It's Friday evening in Madrid, I got some money cause I just got paid. Oh how I wish I had somewhere to go to... [more inside]
posted by greggish at 8:59 AM PST - 4 comments

SwollenFingersFilter (say that 5 times fast)
Why do my fingers swell up in the morning? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 8:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Can a geek girl buy her own car without getting screwed?
Buying my first car as a female engineer -- do I need a male buddy to go with me? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 8:43 AM PST - 41 comments

Revisiting cost of living in European cities?
I'm in a little bit of a bind determining the cost-of-living in European cities vs US cities... [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 8:36 AM PST - 8 comments

NewYearsDinnerFilter
Help me find a good meal that I (a non-chef) can cook for my girlfriend (loves poultry, asian food, dislikes shellfish) for New Years' Eve. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 8:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Does Apple use poor quality disks?
Does Apple use poor quality disks? Does Apple's filesystem suck? How do you get a bad drive to give a smart error sooner? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 8:32 AM PST - 29 comments

Help me buy some pearls.
I need some help buying a pearl necklace, like, today. [more inside]
posted by Mid at 7:52 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for songs and movies that can teach abusers about relationships
Looking for popular songs and movies that can be used to educate people in the system for abuse related crimes. These examples will be used to facilitate discussions about relationship boundaries, male entitlement, and inappropriate behavior. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 7:01 AM PST - 45 comments

Why does my Western Digital MyBook 100 GB HD insist on being recognized as an iPod?
My Western Digital MyBook has a folder on it called "iPod control." I have tried deleting it, but it always comes back. This hard drive has had this "feature" since I bought it." As a result of this, my Rhapsody software keeps thinking I have an iPod attached to my computer when I don't. I realize this hard drive is only trying to be helpful, but this quirk makes me want to beat it with a hose.
posted by 4ster at 6:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Let's Dance! Put on your red shoes and dance the blues.
Good place for old farts (~44 yrs old) to go dancing in New Haven on January 13th? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Best NYC Winter Restaurant Week venue?
I've got a night in NYC on 24 January and want to take advantage of the Winter Restaurant Week USD 35.00 prix-fixe menus somewhere in town but where? [more inside]
posted by i_cola at 6:09 AM PST - 13 comments

What's the quick gasping noise that Danes make while conversing?
When talking, Danes sometimes make a quick gasping noise that's very distinctive but difficult to describe. Can anyone explain this odd habit? Does it have a name? (More details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Ø at 4:33 AM PST - 27 comments

Long Exposure with DSC-W70
Can my Sony DSC-W70 do long-exposure photos? [more inside]
posted by samstarling at 2:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Am I going to get sued for not changing my name back after a divorce?
Am I going to get sued for not changing my name back after a divorce? [more inside]
posted by haplesschild at 1:53 AM PST - 29 comments

Switching from POP email to Exchange
We're making the switch from POP mail to hosted Exchange mail, and it isn't as much fun as it should be. [more inside]
posted by SteveInMaine at 1:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Every video DVD I burn has audio/video glitches.
I cannot, for the life of me, burn a DVD on my MacPro of an 8.5 minute video without 2-4 video/audio glitches. Details of everything I've tried within. [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 1:08 AM PST - 5 comments

nixon's last mistake?
nixon's last mistake? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 12:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find a video camera that’s jacked!
I’m looking for a video camera and can’t seem to find one with the features I need—a microphone input jack, records direct to digital formats and good enough quality of video for web stuff. [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 12:06 AM PST - 9 comments

December 28
No database for the average Joe
Librarian type question: how on earth can I get access to the National Security Archive database by Proquest? I am writing some articles on the Cold War on Wikipedia and want to see some of the documents in this collection, but Proquest/Chadwyck doesn't deal with individuals. They even offer free trials, which I can't get because I'm not an individual. Am I out of luck? [more inside]
posted by zek at 11:57 PM PST - 8 comments

If you're in college what is "better" a relationship or keeping your options open?
If you're in college what is "better" a relationship or keeping your options open? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 PM PST - 29 comments

Loud-mouthed coworker shares TMI...
How to deal with a loud-mouthed coworker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Song from CSI trailer
I'm trying to find the name of the song they play on the trailer for next weeks (Jan. 4th) episode of CSI. [more inside]
posted by slim at 10:46 PM PST - 3 comments

My browser is sick!
I'm having some really strange cookie issues with Firefox (2.01). For starters, I can't access www.google.com... [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 10:23 PM PST - 2 comments

I Need Love! (Boyfriend withdrawing affection.)
My depressed boyfriend is withdrawing affection; I'm miserable. [more inside]
posted by Teevee's Bella at 10:13 PM PST - 66 comments

How do I handle my mentally unstable father?
How do I handle my mentally unstable father? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 PM PST - 7 comments

NTLOADER is missing.
I have two SATA drives installed on my machine. My computer works fine except for the fact that roughly every two or three weeks my computer will fail to boot with a message reading "NTLOADER is missing. Press CTRL ALT DEL to reboot." I can fix the problem temporarily by opening up my computer case and swapping the drives around on the motherboard (putting the cable for Drive 1 into SATA 2 and vice versa), at which point Windows will boot up fine and function without a problem but as I said, within the space of two to three weeks, the problem comes back. Hope me, please! System specs inside. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:20 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I go about finding proof of residence from 1940's
My mother is 94. I recently found out that she has unclaimed assets from a long time ago. The state says that in order to claim the money, she has to prove that she lived at the residence listed on the claim. We think she lived there in the 1940's. How do I go about finding records from so long ago?
posted by ellke at 8:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Using an air compressor for spray-finishing
Can anyone direct me to a good online (or book) resource for learning basic spray finishing with an air compressor? [more inside]
posted by docpops at 8:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Buying a new computer on which credit?
Buying a new computer: which of these options will be better for my credit in the long run? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Mistakenly failing a course?
I think my professor mistakenly failed me, and I cannot contact him. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 PM PST - 29 comments

Do the top investment banks in NYC drug test their new recruits?
I am looking to apply for an entry-level position at some of the large investment banks in NYC (Goldman Sachs, Bear Sterns) as well as some smaller ones. I have friends that work in banking and are encouraging me to become a junior analyst. Do they drug test? How extensively? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 PM PST - 18 comments

What kind of conditions would be good for a betta?
I got, as a Christmas surprise, a betta (Siamese fighting fish) and the accompanying pet-store setup. I'd really like to keep it in conditions that are not just horrible-but-minimally-survivable -- but Wikipedia's standards seem amazingly high. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti at 7:54 PM PST - 16 comments

How to move to Montreal legally with future spouse and pet
Help me find a way into Montreal in a legal fashion. I am a US citizen and I want to live there only to write my novel but I have no idea how to get a job there. [more inside]
posted by AEM914 at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Mac Mini Keeps Looking for Bluetooth Mouse But I Don't Have One
My Mac Mini shut off when the powerstrip got unplugged. Now when I power it on it loads up the "Bluetooth Setup Assistant" and keeps searching for bluetooth mice - which I don't have any. The Dock is gone and the top white menu bar is only partially painted. [more inside]
posted by ao4047 at 7:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Turntable owners vs. Audiophiles
I received a new turntable for Christmas. I’m having a hard time following the owner’s manual and on-line resources that explain how to achieve the best possible sound quality. If my LPs play fine, to my ears anyway, how important is it to perfectly adjust the cartridge, tracking force, azimuth, etc.? Besides offending obsessive audiophiles, do I run the risk of damaging the records or turntable? [more inside]
posted by njm at 6:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Can this person legally get anything from me?
If someone wants money from a vehicle accident three and a half months after it happened, can they still get insurance to take care of it? [more inside]
posted by Count at 6:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Best mobile device for web-browsing?
Which phone/PDA/super-gadget is the best for mobile web-browsing? [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 5:09 PM PST - 21 comments

Long distance engagement?
She said yes (yay!), but we're 300 miles apart still. What now? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 4:47 PM PST - 15 comments

You don't have any more information, do you, Nina?
The type of self-defense demonstrated on the Fox series 24 is quick, brutal and decisive. Although obviously make-believe TV, it strikes me that this probably an accurate portrayal hand-to-hand confrontations when somebody knows what they are doing. What style of self-defense does the character Jack Bauer employ in subduing or neutralizing his targets?
posted by quadog at 3:45 PM PST - 18 comments

sashimi and shopping
The best (inexpensive) sushi and shopping in Hermosa Beach, CA? [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 3:43 PM PST - 3 comments

What is a good history of the Israel/Palestine conflict
I would like a definitive view of the Israel/Palestine conflict that doesn't take sides (even most of the factual histories I've read omit some facts to give a certain slant to one side or the other). This could come in the form of a book, website, documentay, torrent, .pdf, podcast, or miscellaneous other media forms I haven't thought of. [more inside]
posted by elr at 2:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me organize my pictures. Without Picasa.
I like Picasa, but I really like open source. Like digiKam, only on Windows. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by niles at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Google Apps for anyone, at my domain?
Google Apps for Domain-style service for non-organisations? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Safari: Failue to Launch
Safari 2.04 will not boot on my Dual 2 GHz G5 mac (10.4.8). [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 2:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Thunderbird won't recognize newly created folders
After an automatic update, Thunderbird won't recognize newly created folders. Why, oh, why? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo at 2:13 PM PST - 3 comments

T-Shirt Screenprinting!
I want to get a large quantity of t-shirts made for my start-up company.... any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Gankmore at 2:00 PM PST - 10 comments

What are some of the best layman's books on the latest advances in physics?
I've read a few really good works on quantum physics and other cutting-edge sciences, and I'd like to know more. However, I'm coming at this topic from a decidedly non-scientific education. Can someone suggest a few titles?
posted by jackypaper at 1:53 PM PST - 15 comments

tap that glass
I'm interested in fitting odd lenses -- and making custom lenses -- to/for digital cameras and digital video cameras. I'm not terribly concerned with the electronic side of things, so you shouldn't be either. What I'm looking for is a crass/crash course in optics -- something (a book, a video, a class, a kit) that will teach me the basics of optics and allow me to force photocopier lenses, telescopes, and microscopes onto unsuspecting recording devices.
posted by fake at 1:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find a global network of amateur stock detectives, as used by Christopher Carey of Mark Cuban's http://www.ShareSleuth.com ?
Where can I find a global network of amateur stock detectives, as used by Christopher Carey of Mark Cuban's http://www.ShareSleuth.com ? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 1:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Financial concerns about attending law school.
I will be starting law school next fall, and I have some financial concerns. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 1:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Man, the beltway sure is a pretty octagon!
Is there a geographically accurate map of the DC metro system? Like this London tube map?
posted by phrontist at 1:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to go in Latin America -- some restrictions apply
What are the most affordable, non-touristy places to travel in Latin American for someone who has already spent considerable time there? [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 12:17 PM PST - 10 comments

who watches the watchees?
Can anyone recommend easy to install, cross platform monitoring software for Mac OS X - that is, something that would allow a parent, employer or teacher to, from their PC, monitor the screen of a Macintosh? Will remote desktop do this? Is it relatively easy to install?
posted by luriete at 12:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Widescreen laptop with widescreen-unfriendly video card?
Strange problem with a new laptop (WXGA display) and a video card that goes from 1024x768 right to 1280x1024. [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me import my old podcasts into Itunes 7!
I am new to the Itunes world (but not to Ipod ownership). I have a ton of Podcasts I got through Ipodder.. [more inside]
posted by Asbestos McPinto at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Sitcoms without the laughter
Are there videos of typical sitcoms that use canned laughter without the laugh track? [more inside]
posted by destro at 10:46 AM PST - 11 comments

iPod abuse
Stop me hitting my iPod! My 4th gen iPod requires frequent slapping to encourage it to unfreeze (try Googling 'slap+ipod' to see what I mean). What does this particular 'fix' actually do? How do I fix my iPod in a more permanent way? [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 10:35 AM PST - 8 comments

mileage vs. age in used cars
All other things being equal, do I pick the older car with lower mileage or the later model with high mileage? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 10:22 AM PST - 18 comments

Montreal or San Jose?
Studying Abroad? Montreal or San Jose [more inside]
posted by chrispy108 at 10:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Don't let me be misunderstood
Please help me find movie scenes that feature miscommunication/ misunderstanding. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 9:42 AM PST - 36 comments

I have decided to go!
How do I schedule interviews for a new job while I'm employed full-time? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 at 9:30 AM PST - 11 comments

martial arts for exercise?
what is the potential of practicing martial arts as form of exercise...and what style? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 9:24 AM PST - 17 comments

20,000 Leagues Under the [South China] Sea
UnderseaCablesFilter: I am in Indonesia and I cannot access my Gmail account through normal means post-Taiwan earthquake. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 8:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Creating a city wiki.
I've been thinking of creating a wiki for my city. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 8:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Why is China so afraid of Folun Gong?
Why is China so afraid of Folun Gong? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 8:37 AM PST - 19 comments

Truck air compressor busted?
The air compressor on my 2002 Ford Ranger is making a really loud clicking sound every ten seconds when the heater or AC is turned on. The mechanic says this is normal. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by worstkidever at 8:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Where do New York City street vendors (hot dog carts, etc.) buy their supplies?
Where do New York City street vendors (hot dog carts, etc.) buy their supplies? [more inside]
posted by tundro at 7:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me buy a horse trailer
Talk to me about horse trailers. I need to buy a horse trailer before horse show season starts in the spring. I'm interested in advice / recommendations from anybody that has a horse and/or trailer. [more inside]
posted by COD at 7:33 AM PST - 4 comments

What will I likely pay for millwork?
What should I expect to pay for some custom millwork? Assuming, of course, that the hive mind doesn't tell me I'm an idiot... [more inside]
posted by phearlez at 7:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Need term life insurance, need to get in shape
I need to buy term life insurance ASAP, but I'm out of shape. What's the smart thing to do? [more inside]
posted by tfmm at 7:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Bluetooth headphones
Recommendations for bluetooth headphones, primarily for music so not interested in the single earpiece products. [more inside]
posted by amestoy at 6:27 AM PST - 10 comments

making a hackintosh
Has anyone here been able to run OSx on non-Macintosh parts (Thereby cutting the cost of a Mac in a third)? [more inside]
posted by localhuman at 6:10 AM PST - 19 comments

Secret Storage
I'm looking for an anonymous physical storage solution. [more inside]
posted by klarck at 4:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Writing for TV? Am I crazy?
How can I get into writing for (British) television? [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin at 4:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Get the inside scoop on Israel
My sister and her boyfriend(Jewish) are talking seriously about moving to Israel. What books, articles, ect. do I need to read to form a rounded opinion about this state. [more inside]
posted by nintendo at 3:57 AM PST - 16 comments

Setting up my own DRM-free music store
What's the best way to sell my music online on my own site? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 1:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me out folks.
I need the hive help. Where do I find a AA group and an Anger Management group in Calgary, AB? [more inside]
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 1:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Bargain-bin computer parts near Washington, DC?
I'm looking for a good computer-parts store in or around the DC Metro area; 'good' meaning one that has "junk bins" of parts that can be pawed through, lots of used gear, no salespeople, etc. Specifically not a big-box store. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 at 12:11 AM PST - 6 comments

December 27
Why's my old school winamp broke?
My winamp (v2.95) has just started to do something strange; it's creating id3 tags on it's own! [more inside]
posted by Sonic_Molson at 11:34 PM PST - 3 comments

How much will a 4th year middle school teacher make working in LA?
How much will a 4th year middle school teacher make working in LA? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 10:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Does anyone have experience with MMI
Looking for a Debt Management solution. Is MMI any good? [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself at 10:51 PM PST - 9 comments

What's mine is mine
I bought a 348 piece tool set from Craftsman to work on my car. This is usually a group effort, multiple tool boxes involved. How can I mark my tools to insure at the end of the day, I have all of my sockets and wrenches. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by JujuB at 10:46 PM PST - 24 comments

What kind of Daisuke Matsuzaka gear can I get for a baby?
What kind of Daisuke Matsuzaka gear can I get for a baby? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans at 10:12 PM PST - 4 comments

It's a nice place to work, but do I want to live there?
It's a nice place to work, but do I want to live there? I'm seeking advice, stories, etc. on an issue I've been struggling with for some time now on whether it's worthwhile to keep a good job that's far away from where I grew up. It's kind of a work vs. family issue, although I'm talking about "family" in the extended sense of cousins, parents, etc, as opposed to spouse 'n' kids. Of course, this is a very individual topic, and of course, there is ... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking For the Perfect... Shelves
This is a long shot, but I'm looking to purchase shelving units that match, or at least come very close, to those pictured here [more inside]
posted by incomple at 9:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Roasting a little fella that's cute, yellow, and chubby...
What is your favorite recipe for roasting duck? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 9:34 PM PST - 12 comments

I need my keys!
How do I get my keys back from someone staying in my apartment, not in person? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 8:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Why isn't ONE of my emails working?
I have a home network that is working fine except for emails from one server. The problem is not the server. What else could it be? more inside... [more inside]
posted by pikaboy202 at 7:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Who is trying to login to my OSX laptop?
OSX Security: I followed the instructions on this MacOSXhints article to setup my shiny new MacBook Pro to take a picture using the built-in iSight whenever there's a failed authentication attempt. I've noticed that every night at 9:53, there are multiple failed login attempts, but it's while I'm using the computer, so I end up with pictures of me. [more inside]
posted by chota at 7:41 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I get softer jello shots?
I need advice from a Jello shot head chef. [more inside]
posted by MasD at 7:06 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the real story of Target and Wii?
Why would Target employees not be truthful about when they have had/will get Wiis in stock? Is there a secret handshake I can do to figure out the real story? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 6:22 PM PST - 26 comments

Who do I sue?
I was hit by a bus while my car was not moving. Who do I sue in small claims court, the driver of the bus, or the private company that owns the bus? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker at 6:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Push Light Lite Brite?
How can I wire a bunch of push lights together and run them off of regular power? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 6:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Make up fortunes for fortune cookies!
Querying the hive wit: Help me come up with fortunes for homemade fortune cookies. [more inside]
posted by aws17576 at 5:51 PM PST - 47 comments

What can I do to lift my mood a bit?
CheerUpFilter: I haven't exacty been the brightest ray of sunshine lately, and as it's 3:30am here and my mum's in the other room sleeping, I need something I can do that'll cheer me up without waking her up. [more inside]
posted by alona at 5:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Finding a sequencer that my grandfather can use.
I need to find a Windows based sequencer or music making program that my grandad can understand. [more inside]
posted by svenni at 5:35 PM PST - 6 comments

What to do with found guns?
What should my friends do about the three guns (one possibly Russian) they found in their new apartment? [more inside]
posted by tsarfan at 4:53 PM PST - 22 comments

Ringing in '07 in Seoul
Entertainment for two megooks in Seoul on New Year's Eve? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 4:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Wall frame for multiple comics?
Wall frame to hold multiple comic books? [more inside]
posted by starman at 4:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Fennesz's gear
What gear does Fennesz use? [more inside]
posted by univac at 4:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Help an out-of-towner see the best of Richmond, VA
What are some unusual/interesting/generally missed by out-of-towners spots in Richmond, VA that I should visit?
posted by ryanshepard at 4:12 PM PST - 13 comments

is this swelling bad news?
My partner is being treated with antibiotics for an infected root canal but has developed a tender, golf-ball sized swelling between his jaw and his cheek. Do we need to go back to the emergency dentist before flying home? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft at 4:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Law school Q
I'm applying to law school this September (after finishing school in may) and I have a question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:06 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I avoid buying stocks in companies that fund terrorism?
How do I know if a company I want to buy stocks in funds terrorist groups? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 3:26 PM PST - 9 comments

No more highlights for dead people
I once heard that newspapers (and/or magazines) before publishing pictures of people who recently passed, would color in the highlight on their pupils. Is this a myth or a truth?
posted by grefo at 3:14 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I be a good boyfriend?
How can I be a good boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 2:58 PM PST - 39 comments

Look into my mouth, tell me what you see
After an uncomplicated lower wisdom tooth extraction, what can you see with an ordinary flashlight & mirror? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 2:54 PM PST - 9 comments

How is Google giving me access to this page?
How come if I search for this page and click on the Google link I get to the page, but if I copy the link that Google gives me and try to access it directly, I'm taken to a login page? [more inside]
posted by alms at 2:29 PM PST - 10 comments

How to crack the poetry code if you're overly literal-minded?
How can I crack the code of poetry without going insane? [more inside]
posted by troybob at 2:26 PM PST - 27 comments

I need an office, but need a clue as to how to pick one
I need to lease some commercial space. There's [more inside]
posted by reenum at 1:44 PM PST - 6 comments

What happenend to Vanilla Coke/Pepsi Vanilla?
What happened to Vanilla Coke/Pepsi Vanilla? I can't seem to find it anywhere any more, and I'm really missing my Cola Vanilla fix! (I live in Massachusetts, if that's important)
posted by deansfurniture5 at 1:39 PM PST - 19 comments

Christmas Miracle!
Christmas Money: I just got a modest check for Christmas, and am actually considering a responsible way to spend it. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by jtajta at 1:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Excel help.
Excel question: I'm looking to pull a months and years worth of spreadsheet information to a summary report. The days work is saved as reportxxxxxx (month/day/year) [more inside]
posted by brent at 1:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Starting 2007 with a clean slate?
I'm looking for ideas or suggestions for some kind of ritual or tradition to do on New Year's Eve to really symbolize starting the new year off with a clean slate. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 12:57 PM PST - 25 comments

Good, basic cooking ingredients, please!
AlwaysPreparedFilter: What are ten (give or take a few) ingredients that are handy to always have on hand to cook a good meal? [more inside]
posted by elquien at 12:55 PM PST - 33 comments

Red fish, blue fish, big breasted fish
If a mermaid were to have a scientific classification, how would I go about building the name so that it sounds half believable? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 12:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Who should we hire to secure our network in NoVA?
Network Security: I'm looking for recommendations for an individual or company that can come check out our network and make sure it's secure. In Sterling, VA (NoVA/DC). [more inside]
posted by sa3z at 12:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Cooking Schedule Software
Looking for a cooking time calculation program... [more inside]
posted by pettins at 12:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Benefits of established checking account
Is there any benefit to keeping a checking account open? [more inside]
posted by dios at 12:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Annoyingly noisy handbag
NoisyStrapFilter: I splurged on an expensive handbag last week and am now surprised to find that the leather and chain shoulder strap is surprisingly noisy. What can I do to make the strap quieter ? [more inside]
posted by AuntLisa at 12:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Putting Wikipedia on an iPod?
My brother would like nothing more for Christmas than to be able to put some or all of Wikipedia onto his 5th-Generation Video iPod. Is this do-able? [more inside]
posted by willbaude at 12:04 PM PST - 4 comments

St. Louis New Years Fireworks
St. Louis New Years Fireworks: I'm going to be in St. Louis over New Years Eve. Where are the fireworks? Googling has found a fireworks display at First Night St. Louis at 9:00 PM and another in Westport Plaza at 6:00 PM. Surely there's more than this (and at least one show at midnight) right? [more inside]
posted by trystero at 11:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Crew cut at home?
Need help finding a good set of electric buzzers to give myself a crew cut. [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 11:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Particle Board, Particle Board
Is it a Bad Idea to cut particle board? [more inside]
posted by MarkLark at 11:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Learning to ride horses
How do I learn to ride horses as an adult? What to look for in an instructor, school, and horse? I am in the DC area. [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 11:29 AM PST - 12 comments

St. Louis Ice Skating over New Years
St. Louis Ice Skating: I'd like to take a date ice skating in St. Louis for New Year's. Where can I go? My assumption is that it's not cold enough for an outdoor rink, so I'm probably looking for an indoor rink. [more inside]
posted by gd779 at 11:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Merging Excel Sheets (With a Macro?)
MS Excel help needed. I need to set up some sort of automated merging macro in excel and am having trouble tracking down the best way. The details, and much [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 11:16 AM PST - 3 comments

What do I do with pepper jelly?
I received a jar of homemade pepper jelly as a Christmas present. What do I do with it? What is it good to put on? My experience with homemade jelly is limited to what you would put on toast or peanut butter sandwiches, neither of which sounds appealling with anything involving pepper. Ideas?
posted by lawhound at 11:03 AM PST - 25 comments

Recommend Photography Tours and Travel Workshops
I would like to find out about good providers of photography tours and/or travel-based photography workshops abroad. Preferably, the workshops should be pitched at the level of an intermediate photographer. [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Dryer sheet conundrum
How can I prevent/elminate static cling without dryer sheets? [more inside]
posted by gregoryc at 10:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I get a beagle?
Should we adopt a beagle? [more inside]
posted by gokart4xmas at 9:52 AM PST - 50 comments

Serving with style
Waitressing crash course: I have the opportunity to work in a high-end restaurant/live music club but I have no previous waitressing experience. I'm taking the job to make extra money and I want to maximize my tip potential. [more inside]
posted by megancita at 9:36 AM PST - 53 comments

Dressy Bessy's little brother?
Please help me find dressy bessy's little brother. [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 9:09 AM PST - 7 comments

how can i use my gps when skiing?
I have a pocket pc and gps device and i'm off to switzerland skiing over new year, is there some way that i can combine my favourite geek toy with my favourite sporting passtime? [more inside]
posted by donbing at 8:37 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I replace this teddy bear?
Has anyone ever seen this red chenille teddy bear before? [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness at 7:51 AM PST - 7 comments

grrr
Why do so many mac people love Growl? [more inside]
posted by tylermoody at 7:37 AM PST - 19 comments

How do you stop feeling guilty for having what you have?
How do you justify how much to spend on yourself when there are so many out there without? And, how much should you give to charity? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 7:08 AM PST - 31 comments

ASF --> MOV?
Can I convert ASF to a mac-friendly format for editing? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 6:24 AM PST - 4 comments

My tracks rule. The world needs to see them.
Have you played the linerider game? If not, you should. It's incredibly fun. If so, I have a question about it.... [more inside]
posted by crapples at 6:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Stuck on you 'till the end of time: getting glue residue out of my optical drive.
My DVDs are stuck, part two: I figured out what's wrong with my optical drives, and now I'm wondering if there's an easier way to fix them. [more inside]
posted by chrominance at 4:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Career Change to Social Entrepreneurship
Is it possible to break into social entrepreneurship/development without getting a MBA? Especially when you already have a master's degree? [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 12:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Why gold?
Gold. I'm looking for an interesting read, preferably something short, that explains why gold has the role it has in the global economy and how that role came about. [more inside]
posted by aaronwsj at 12:32 AM PST - 12 comments

December 26
Poker By The Bay
Playing poker in San Francisco [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 11:07 PM PST - 7 comments

can you help me find GREAT books?
Looking for more fantastic reads, now for 2007. Please help. [more inside]
posted by karen at 9:43 PM PST - 43 comments

Source for a quote
Source of "I ask merely for informational purposes."? [more inside]
posted by tkolar at 9:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Feeding the starving artists.
What are the most effective ways to monetarily support my favorite artists? [more inside]
posted by sarahsynonymous at 9:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Danger Will Robinson!!!
How do you give a stranger warning that the new woman in their life is really a bad person? [more inside]
posted by jtoth at 8:14 PM PST - 33 comments

How can I find out relative market share of online applications?
How can I find out relative market share of online applications? In particular, I'm curious to see how Google Calendar is faring against Yahoo! Calendar. I've found this blog post, which shows stats from May 2006, but I'd like something that's more up-to-date, and broader (i.e., includes calendars).
posted by peterme at 8:07 PM PST - 1 comments

Water temp to maximize hydration speed?
What temperature water will hydrate one fastest? [more inside]
posted by Humpable Prose at 8:02 PM PST - 12 comments

New Cellphone
Can I get a cellphone in Canada that will also work in SE Asia? [more inside]
posted by Iax at 8:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me get from here to there
I have a Garmin GPS unit, I would very much like to get some maps on it. [more inside]
posted by quin at 7:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Flip Flip Flip Damn I wanted to see that!
Broken TVfilter? We have a Phillips TV which keeps turning itself off. A vicegrip and more are inside. [more inside]
posted by jeribus at 7:53 PM PST - 9 comments

My jeans NEED to have rhinestones on them
I have a pair of jeans. It is a normal pair of jeans. I would like to have a line of rhinestones going along the outseam on either leg. What's the best method? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 7:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Daytrip from Chicago
Fun touristy things to do just outside Chicago? [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! at 7:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Solve THIS, Algebraist!
[Iain M Banks Filter] In The Algebraist, much is made of the lack of supralight communication with the rest of the galaxy thanks to the collapsed wormhole portal. (And now we get spoilerish.) [more inside]
posted by beaucoupkevin at 7:25 PM PST - 4 comments

How can someone learn to be thrifty and not be a sucker for ads?
How can one learn/be taught to be thrifty and to not be sucked in by advertising? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 7:07 PM PST - 51 comments

Squirrels in basement?
Help identify 4 legged house intruder eating birdseed in package in our basement. [more inside]
posted by cleve9 at 6:23 PM PST - 21 comments

I need help with meth
Does anyone have first or second-hand experience (good or bad) with any drug (specifically meth) rehab facilities in the DFW area?
posted by holdkris99 at 5:59 PM PST - 2 comments

With $450, what digital video camera should I get?
With $450, what digital video camcorder should I buy? I really like the Sony DCR-DVD 105 but I'm unfamiliar if that's the best camera for my money. [more inside]
posted by seinfeld at 5:42 PM PST - 5 comments

What do I need to take great snowboard photographs?
I want to get in to snowboard/ski photography. I'm new to DSLRs, but have a good eye and lots of time. I have a Nikon D40 and want to spend about $1200 on good glass. What do I buy? Filter recommendations? Any tips for shooting in the snow?
posted by mrunderhill at 5:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Help my baby not get broke! Delicate musical instrument as airline baggage.
The great musical-instrument-on-plane paradox. How do you prepare (what case[s] do you buy and what strategies do you develop) when you need to travel on many different kinds/scales of airlines, with a delicate wooden instrument that MAY or MAY NOT be allowed as carry-on baggage (depending on circumstance, how full the plane is, and how much or little the inspectors care that it looks large, solid and "middle eastern")? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 4:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Which muscles used to recover from heelside snowboard fall?
What muscles are used to recover from a heelside snowboard fall? If one were bad at getting up from such a fall, which exercises at the gym would you recommend to improve?
posted by Malad at 4:39 PM PST - 10 comments

how does cumulative voting work in a public company for directorships?
cumulative voting: so a small number of shares could affect a proposal by stacking the votes? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 4:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Roadtrip: Hogmanay
So we're testing out the other side of the road and driving from London to Edinburgh for Hogmanay. What's to see on the way? What's to eat? What rules of the road should we, naive Yankees, know before striking out? [more inside]
posted by xaire at 4:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me conate regarding this personality profiling instrument
Does anybody know anything about the 'Kolbe Index' personality classification system? [more inside]
posted by lodurr at 4:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me toast myself!
Any recommendations for a natural sun lamp? [more inside]
posted by Tacos Are Pretty Great at 4:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Possession & the Art of Strategy: Legal advice and karma adjustment?
This happened to somebody I care about, who could really use a break. I'm trying to help him figure out his options. Money is the biggest factor, the cheapest solution is best. Story: On Xmas day, a young guy is on his way home from family holiday drives a pickup truck with big tires through a snooty part of town. He gets pulled over for littering (flicking a butt out the window). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:15 PM PST - 38 comments

getting the writing off my windshield
Whats the quickest easiest way to get the serial number markings off the windshield of my recently towed car? [more inside]
posted by sammich at 4:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Help my friend find an apartment in NYC
Asking for a friend: Help me find a cheap, safe, and convenient apartment in the Big Apple. [more inside]
posted by unexpected at 3:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Has anyone ever changed from apathetic to motivated? What happened?
Since developing bipolar disorder, and subsequently being out of work since April 2005, I find my motivation and concentration has gone to be replaced by apathy and what must seem to others like laziness. Has anyone else been in a similar situation and got themselves out of it, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky at 3:45 PM PST - 17 comments

Sending a postal letter via the internets?
Is it possible to send a postal letter (to a UK address) through the internet? [more inside]
posted by simonw at 3:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Why does San Francisco suck?
Beyond the cost of living, earthquakes, and fog, what are the cons of living in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 3:18 PM PST - 61 comments

No, that's not a "laundry rack"
NewYearsResolutionFilter: My husband and I want to cash in on the New Year's savings and buy an elliptical machine. Right now, we feel like we're in a little bit over our head. [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 2:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me get consistent color between my digital camera, Lightroom and online.
Help me get my color photographs to look as good (or at least the same) online as they do locally. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 2:48 PM PST - 3 comments

How to set up a PC as a file server for a Mac?
I want to set up a PC as a file server for my Mac. I'll also use it for light video gaming and website testing. What OS should I run? What else should I consider? [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 2:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get off the beaten path in Prague
Help me get off the beaten path in Prague. [more inside]
posted by Kevin A at 2:31 PM PST - 7 comments

On/Off Switch?
Electronics for dummies? I need something very simple. There is one switch and two wires. When the switch is open, I want wire A to be grounded and wire B floating, when the switch is closed, Wire B should be grounded and wire A floating. Simple as that. What's the very very easiest way to achieve this (preferably using household equipment)? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 2:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Older Woman? Too old or just right?
Older Woman. I'm 21 and she is 25. We went to high school together and I was a freshman when she graduated. Is the difference in age still as big of a factor? [more inside]
posted by eleongonzales at 2:17 PM PST - 39 comments

Print quotas for a small mixed network
What is the most striaghtforward solution for setting up user accounts with quotas for printing on a small closed office network, mixed Mac OSX 10.4 (mostly, PPC and one Intel) and Windows XP (one machine), printing to a HP 3390 laser all-in-one? [more inside]
posted by spitbull at 1:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Fashion for New Year's party
So, I'm going to a New Year's party at a club/restaraunt in NYC this year. I've never gone to a bar in a big city let alone a New Year's party, so I'm in need of some help figuring out what is appropriate to wear. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 1:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Cell Phone Plans for Gmail App
Cell phone confusion: I need a good family plan with support for the Gmail java app. [more inside]
posted by muckster at 1:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Where in SoHo is there a clothes store with gold foil-wrapped columns in front?
Somewhere in SoHo there is a women's clothing boutique with columns in the front wrapped in gold foil. Where is it? [more inside]
posted by ChasFile at 12:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Good web-based (tablet-oriented?) art/drawing games/apps?
I'm looking for fun web-based drawing/art games and toys and apps. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 12:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do I call a pacifier a "goots"?
Anybody else grow up calling a pacifier, a "goots"? I'm not sure if I'm spelling it correctly, but that's how it sounds (rhymes with boots). I'm not Jewish, but that word sounds Yiddish to me. Now I've got a kid of my own, and everybody thinks I'm crazy because I call it a goots. Is it a name brand? West Michigan Polish/Italian slang? Or what?
posted by elvissinatra at 11:58 AM PST - 25 comments

Blackberry Pearl Accessories in Manhattan?
Where in Manhattan can I find a large selection of Blackberry Pearl accessories? [more inside]
posted by VillageLion at 11:51 AM PST - 1 comments

House purchase advice
I would like to find out how much a particular house was sold for and, in general, what economic conditions are like for a purchase. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Hello Mini? This is Katana!
Will Mini Talk To Katana? I've got a intel mac mini with bluetooth, and a Sanyo Katana cellphone with bluetooth. Is it possible to get them to talk to each other? [more inside]
posted by willmize at 11:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Elementary Elements 5.0
I received the new Photoshops elements (5.0 I think) for Christmas but never really used photoshop (only simple things like Picasa, etc). [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 10:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Do I give my grandchild a car?
Do I give my second car to a grandchild? [more inside]
posted by JayRwv at 10:01 AM PST - 35 comments

Fixing a water-logged cassette tape
I have an audio cassette tape which has been waterlogged and soaked in dirt for over 10 years. What are my options for respooling/fixing the tape with its contents intact? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 9:45 AM PST - 12 comments

"Say cheese on three! One, two--oh, shoot, the battery died."
Is it safe to use a non-Panasonic CGA-S005 battery in my shiny new Lumix DMC-FX8 camera? What if there are stipulations? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue at 9:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Promposal!
Beautiful, quiet, or out-of-the-way locations in San Diego one might go to should they want a special place to propose to someone? [more inside]
posted by Bageena at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

How can a 21 year old from Taiwan live in South Africa for a year?
A friend of mine from Taiwan (and living in Taiwan) wants to move to South Africa. She has no idea how to do it, though, and so I thought I'd ask the crew here for ideas! Read on for more info... [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 at 9:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Bein' green
Why do card dealers and bankers wear green visors? [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I leave Incheon International on a layover?
I have a long layover at Incheon Airport in South Korea. Can I leave the airport during that time? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 9:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Safe to eat leftovers left out for a while?
XMAS DINNER: Is it safe to eat these leftovers? [more inside]
posted by criticman at 8:52 AM PST - 15 comments

"Windows gaming on Mac" website?
Is there a website that reviews Windows games for Mac users? [more inside]
posted by danb at 8:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me become a small business owner
I would like to explore the idea of opening a copy center. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 8:36 AM PST - 6 comments

When we are away, the cats will.....turn into catsicles?
CatComfort Filter: We are leaving our three cats alone in the house for three weeks. At what temperature should we set the thermostat? [more inside]
posted by picklebird at 8:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Installing monitors in a vehicle
I am looking for an installation guide/diagram of how to install Myron & Davis headrest monitors. The vehicle actually already has the monitors installed, but I would like to know how to get power to them. I supposedly have all of the parts that I need, just no directions. Any help would be apprecialted. Thanks
posted by prairiepmb at 8:25 AM PST - 1 comments

How do I work with Bluetooth on an older Mac?
General questions about Bluetooth on an old Mac (400mhz g4) and specific questios about bluetooth with a Sony Ericcson Z525 phone using Bluetooth on said Mac. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:01 AM PST - 5 comments

I don't like having peoples' fates in my hands!!
I've just been informed of some things that are going to happen in the office, and will involve several people losing their jobs. I've been given the heads-up so that I can choose if I'm to be one of those people, or if I'm going to get the jobs of 3 or 4 other people when they get laid off. [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 7:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Can I give a string Viagra?
Afetr years on dial-up we almost have broadband, the trench is dug, the cable guys are coming, there is only one problem. Help me get a string through 200 feet of flexible pipe. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 7:03 AM PST - 24 comments

Which mobile plan to choose in anticipation of the Apple phone?
I need to pick up a mobile phone this week, but I plan to dump it the very moment Apple releases its mobile phone. Which plan and phone should I pick? [more inside]
posted by JamesToast at 5:33 AM PST - 11 comments

From Mini to Nano : will iTunes be a problem ?
iPodFilter : In 2005, I bought her a Mini. Now, she has a Nano. Not sure how to deal with it the iTunes way. [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 4:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Why do MSN and skype drop out?
Network oddities with XP, MSN and skype. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 4:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I help my sister?
My sister is in her late-30s and a single mother of one little girl. She's stuck in an endless series of crummy jobs, severely dependent on our mother, and she is incredibly defensive and vitriolic about pretty much everything. I'd like to help her somehow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a 1970's book with drawings of cats
I'm looking for a book of funny drawings of cats from the 1970s.. I've been passed this question at christmas time by my mother, who was asked by a fellow librarian.. A friend read a picture book while at school at an Australian High School in the early 1970s that she loved and has never fogotten. She does not know the title or author but says it was about an artist who drew a cat every day and each day the cat was different. One day it was very thin and slid down grates and through bars, then the next day it was a completely different shape and so had different experiences. Does anyone remember this book?
posted by theducks at 1:54 AM PST - 7 comments

What is the average salary for assistant media planner?
What is the average salary for an assistant media planner position and what are some tips in salary negotiation? [more inside]
posted by herbiehancock00 at 1:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Motivation, Leadership, Learning, Change
What other learning programs are out there that are similar to Sauve Scholars? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 1:15 AM PST - 2 comments

December 25
21 and 16 year olds dating, is it okay?
Is it okay (socially and legally) for a 21 year old guy (me) to date a 16 year old girl? [more inside]
posted by blackout at 11:57 PM PST - 67 comments

Northern California Backpacking in January
Is there a good place to go backpacking in January in Northern California that doesn't involve a lot of snow? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo at 11:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Please Hope Me, Metafilter!
Help me repair a hole in the (vinyl? leather?) armrest of my car. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Tip for NYT Delivery Guy?
What am I supposed to tip the New York Times delivery guy? I only get the Sunday edition.
posted by tboot at 11:10 PM PST - 5 comments

I've lost my light installing mojo.
We decided to replace an ugly old chandelier today. After turning off the breaker and taking off the chandelier, I noticed there are black, red, white and green wires. The house is circa 1968. From what I can tell there used to be a fan/light. So I hooked up our flourescent dome by matching the wire colors and capping the red wire. Unfortunately, it didn't work. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 10:43 PM PST - 14 comments

The Doings of Denver
Looking for fun/easy/cheap things to eat/see/do in denver. A bit [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead at 8:26 PM PST - 11 comments

What does "karmacoma" mean?
What does "karmacoma" mean? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 6:53 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I improve my ability to form mental images?
How do I improve my ability to form mental images? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 5:39 PM PST - 16 comments

What's up with my Archos Jukebox Recorder 15 ?
How can I get my computer to recognize the Archos Jukebox Recorder 15 as an external drive ? [more inside]
posted by therealshell at 5:23 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I perceive you?
In Eddie Izzard's Dressed to Kill, he says that how people respond to you is based 70% on how you look, 20% on how you sound, and 10% on what you say. What branch of psychology studies these reactions? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 5:18 PM PST - 14 comments

How to start-up a small summer lawncare business?
Hi MeFi! I'm a motivated college student who wants to do more than just work for the man to earn my tuition this summer. I've decided I want to start up my own lawn mowing business but have no real business experience whatsoever. To the entrepreneurs out there, where do I start? Is this a worthy business venture? If so, how do I aim for success? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 4:29 PM PST - 17 comments

What is the physically smallest and cheapest laptop capable of running OS X?
What is the physically smallest laptop capable of running OS X? I'm only interested in word processing and light web browsing, so I have no prejudice against old models -- in fact, I'd prefer an older model if it's cheaper. [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 3:59 PM PST - 23 comments

Save Christmas
5mb file on old computer needs to get transferred to new computer. Of course there is [more inside]
posted by kevin_2864212 at 12:50 PM PST - 26 comments

Mac right-click problems with firefox 2.0
Mac right-click problems with firefox 2.0 [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 11:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Question about Mini-DVDs
How do I copy Mini-DVDs without a DVD burner? (more) [more inside]
posted by suasponte at 11:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Does a waterproof MP3 player with a reasonable capacity exist?
Does a waterproof MP3 player with a reasonable capacity exist? [more inside]
posted by andythebean at 11:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Remote access to grandparents' computer
A few months ago my grandparents bought a computer. To help them fix problems without us driving all the way out to their house every time something comes up, I'd like to install something that would allow us to view their screen and control their mouse and keyboard from home. Both systems involved would be running Windows XP Home Edition, and we both have broadband connections. What is the best, preferably free, way to do this?
posted by punishinglemur at 10:20 AM PST - 34 comments

What's the name of this song?
What is the name of the song that starts with the sound of a clock ticking? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 9:21 AM PST - 37 comments

Arabic aliens? Gollum in Gaelic?
Recently I've been fascinated with the way a good actor doing good voice acting can convey a very specific character in movies or video games. (This may seem dumb, but the Demonhunter Illidan in WarCraft III has a particularly memorable voice). What I'm really wondering about, though, is the fact that all the examples of really effective, specific voice acting seem to be English-based. [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized at 8:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Best Linux Laptop?
What is the best laptop to run linux on? I need it to be fast and to support at least 2 monitors - three would be better.
posted by jclaborn at 7:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Papa needs a brand-new answering machine (RIP James)
My answering machine/fax combo has joined its compadres in the big electronics graveyard, and I need a state-of-the-art answering machine-type thingy now. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:49 AM PST - 2 comments

Video sharing solutions?
I have a website with a small community of members. I'd like to let them upload and share videos with each other. [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 2:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Song From the movie DINER?
Song From the movie DINER? [more inside]
posted by jbelkin at 12:39 AM PST - 3 comments

December 24
Imovie transitions won't
I was cranking out the family christmas email, complete with links to crappy home movies, and I can't get my last little clip made in Imovie. Specifically, Imovie won't let me insert transitions. Regardless of the length of the clips I'm transitioning, the "add" button is all greyed out. Oh, and Merry Christmas!
posted by craniac at 10:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Cleaning Breastpump Parts?
My wife wants to know if it is safe and advisable to clean Medela breastpump parts (tubes and other plastic bits) in the dishwasher. The tubes and so on. Not the pump itself, obviously. [more inside]
posted by geekhorde at 9:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Unlock and load!
What could stop me from using an unlocked GSM phone with a Tracfone SIM card? [more inside]
posted by fujiko at 9:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Wildlife Porn
Is there a species (mammal, reptile, amphibian, etc.) that has two functioning sexual organs? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 7:52 PM PST - 21 comments

Fix the Rental?
what if someone who was renting a car, uh, hypothetically, ran over a curb and damaged a tire rim? would they be smart or stupid to just have the tire replaced before turning the car in?
posted by ubiquity at 7:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Convert Video to be played on a sony cybershot?
How can I encode a divx file into the proper mpeg format in order to play it on my sony cybershot digital camera? I have a 2gig memory stick on here and want to use it as a media player. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 6:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Luggage storage in London
I'm arriving in London on Thursday morning and will have 9 hours to spend in the city. Unfortunately, I will have three big, heavy pieces of luggage with me. I need a convenient place to drop it. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 4:20 PM PST - 10 comments

ADSL and Gibraltar (the place, not the firewall)
Problems configuring a modem/router in Gibraltar [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 3:54 PM PST - 3 comments

c'mon and pimp my board.
I run a very dynamic web forum, but I need suggestions for how to make it really shine. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me find a long-term umbrella
Can anyone recommend a folding umbrella that will last for many years? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 1:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Traveling to Los Angeles
Los Angeles Filter: I'm going to be in Los Angeles for the first week of January 2007 and it will be my first time there. What are some things I should definetely see/do around the area while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by deeman at 1:13 PM PST - 24 comments

New and better browser for an old computer?
What browser would you recommend for an iMac running system 9.2? [more inside]
posted by anticlock at 12:55 PM PST - 17 comments

You can tunafilter, but you can't tune a fish.
Why don't my mother's cats like tuna? [more inside]
posted by Malor at 12:35 PM PST - 21 comments

A Persian in Peru
I just finished an excellent book-- An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie-- which details an Togolese man's interactions with the Inuit. I was wondering if anyone could recommend other books which are one non-Western culture's take on another. (To me, at least, the more apparently unrelated the two cultures the better.)
posted by bethm at 12:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Any experience with seismic upgrades?
Anyone know anything about seismic upgrades? We own a 40 year old house in the SF Bay Area, love it, and plan to live in it for years and years to come. However, it's a 1.5 story house built against a hill, with the majority of the house sitting above a two car garage. There's... [more inside]
posted by mosk at 10:06 AM PST - 2 comments

DJ Gifts?
Looking for 3-5 $5-15 gifts for a DJ girl. Optional difficulty: I'm in Amarillo and ideally could get stuff here. [more inside]
posted by davebug at 8:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Bangkok Tailors
I'm leaving for Bangkok in a few days. Although there's info online already , I'd like MeFi specific recommendations on good tailors. I'm looking for business & casual clothing. I am fashion-challenged, so any advice on materials, cuts, and what clothes look good on a not-very-tall guy are appreciated as well. [more inside]
posted by yorick at 7:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Unwanted Connection
Something verycurious is going on in the bowels of my PC. [more inside]
posted by IronLizard at 5:53 AM PST - 12 comments

the other man in her life is dead : forgive her or break-up ?
Here is a tough one : the girlfriend has been seeing two men simultaneously. Me and another one. Now the other man she's been seeing is dead. Should I drop her or should I forgive her ? [more inside]
posted by Baud at 3:36 AM PST - 72 comments

Music to listen to with the top down
Music in the style of "Little Lies" by Fleetwood Mac, and "Crockett's Theme" by Jan Hammer. [more inside]
posted by anonaccount at 3:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Sue infidels lover?
Question about infidelity? My spouse recently disclosed an emotional affair with a coworker that has been escalating for the last few months. There hasn't been any sexual contact so far but there is a fear that it's not far off. She wants to end the affair and has told the lover many times to back off. He basically ignores her and continues to persue, recently telling her he loved her etc. She is afraid of repercussions if she were to file a sexual harassment claim, and she also says she doesn't want to destroy his career. Unforuntately we can't afford for her to leave her job (government employee) and she can't avoid seeing him at least for a couple hours each week. There involvement is becoming workplace knowledge so I am expecting it to get easier for her to claim harassment. It's my understanding that once she told him to back off he is legally in violation if he continues to pursue. My question is can I sue him for trying to break up my marriage and my family, if so what grounds?
posted by overweightgeek at 2:44 AM PST - 52 comments

Out in paperback yet?
Is there a website that will let me know when books I want go from the undesired hardcover to the coveted paperback?
posted by srboisvert at 2:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for music by the original Ozma.
I want to listen to music by Ozma. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 12:31 AM PST - 4 comments

December 23
Should I go to Kansas City?
I am thinking about a visit to Kansas City one of these days. Aside from the delicious BBQ, is there anything else worth taking a look at in this fair city? [more inside]
posted by dhammond at 10:25 PM PST - 15 comments

How do you get over almost dying?
How do I get past almost dying? Much much more inside [more inside]
posted by SuzySmith at 9:08 PM PST - 39 comments

Java?! More like molasses.
Why are java apps so slow on OS X? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 8:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Second date filter: How long to wait for the second date phone call?
Second date filter: How long to wait for the second date phone call? [more inside]
posted by sandrapbrady at 7:47 PM PST - 35 comments

How Do You Handle Ovarian Problems On No Insurance?
Girlfriend has been told by doctor to have a vaginal ultrasound. He suspects either an ovarian cyst or endometriosis. We live in Seattle; she has no health insurance. Options & advice? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 7:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Does there exist on the Mac a picture/video viewer that is as easy to use as ACDSee on the PC?
Does there exist on the Mac a picture/video viewer that is as easy to use as ACDSee on the PC? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 7:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Take money from estranged dad?
What should I do with a monetary Christmas gift from my estranged father? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 PM PST - 40 comments

PersonalStainFilter: Help for Pyridium stains
Do you have any solutions for the stains Pyridium leaves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:14 PM PST - 9 comments

How do repo guys work?
This evening some repo guys and a Rentway truck showed up briefly asking for the people that lived here a year ago. This got me to wondering. Wikipedia only talks about the contract aspect. What I don't understand is (a) why don't repo guys take it to court, and if they did why isn't a peace officer or deputy involved in seizures; (b) what keeps them from asking for -my- ID to prove I live here; (c) and what happens if the people they're looking for say they can't enter? I just want to understand more about who showed up expecting to come in my house and how my own rights relate to them. I think they were after the plasma TV that we saw when touring the house last year.
posted by rolypolyman at 6:59 PM PST - 9 comments

You'll love this question...
Does anyone know of a research paper that states recommendations for a product/service/company are liked more? For example, if I recommend a book to a friend, they will end up liking it more. It seems to make sense to me, but I was hoping there was some research that confirmed this.
posted by lpctstr; at 6:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Cheapest place to live?
where is the easiest place (US or otherwise) for three guys to live off the income from an entry level job? food, shelter, internet, basic utilities
posted by jimmy at 5:43 PM PST - 31 comments

Where can I find history content on iTunes?
Interesting history lectures on iTunes? [more inside]
posted by charlesv at 3:45 PM PST - 9 comments

How to delete/edit files on XP network
I know this almost completely defeats the purpose of administrator privilege, but is there any way to delete/edit data and cache files on an XP network without logging in as the administrator?
posted by dgbellak at 3:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Ticket Predicament
MyFirstTicketFilter: What should I do? [more inside]
posted by lain at 2:17 PM PST - 22 comments

Why don't fighter planes have backwards pointing guns?
Why don't fighter jets (in real life or in those classic movies) have backwards pointing guns and missiles to shoot down their chasing adversaries in dog-fights? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 2:16 PM PST - 33 comments

How do you get there from here?
Route/restaurant/attraction recommendations for a mid-20s couple on their first mini-road trip, which will be from home in Chicago to a wedding in Kansas City? [more inside]
posted by asuprenant at 1:36 PM PST - 17 comments

OS X kernel panic after HD added
OS X kernel panic after adding new HD. [more inside]
posted by spock at 12:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Can you be prepared for sexual assault?
Can people be trained to better withstand or recover faster from sexual assault? I'm thinking specifically of people being sent into situations where being sexually assaulted is a high risk (e.g. law-enforcement undercover in the sex-trade, humanitarian aid workers in combat zones, soldiers)... [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs at 11:56 AM PST - 14 comments

I want to (opportunity) to buy a bunch of stuff I don't need.
Any Woot-like on-line stores that sell/ship to Canada?
posted by porpoise at 11:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Breakups in fiction
What are some great novels and movies about breakups and divorce? [more inside]
posted by tabulem at 11:19 AM PST - 62 comments

Boy Meets Grill(guard)
I'm considering a grill/brush guard for my mini SUV. Apart from their main purpose as off-road accessories, are there any real benefits to be derived from installing one on a vehicle mainly used in daily urban commute (collision protection, etc.) aside from cosmetic? Do they void any insurance protection or add to gas consumption? I believe form must follow function hence this query. Thanks for your time.
posted by azul at 11:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Shit, still in Saigon.
Who holds copyright to Hearts of Darkness^, and why did they block inclusion of the documentary in the recently-released Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier DVD set?
posted by mwhybark at 10:50 AM PST - 12 comments

How long does Levaquin stay in the body?
How long does it take before Levaquin leaves your system? [more inside]
posted by peep at 10:37 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I get deep furniture impressions out of my carpet?
How do I get deep furniture impressions out of my carpet? [more inside]
posted by thir13en at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

I left my iPod in the seat pocket!
I left my iPod in the seat pocket on a flight from SFO to IAD (I changed planes and went on to ROC) yesterday. I've made some attempts to locate it, but with the holiday travel and the huge backup due to Denver being closed, I'm having little success. I'm jumping through the hoops with the airport and airline, but having a tough time due to the heavy traveler volume. Has anyone else lost an item by leaving it in the seat pocket and got it returned? Any tips?
posted by mhm at 10:04 AM PST - 13 comments

I'd lik-sang THAT for a dollar.
Now that Lik-Sang is dead, where do I turn if I want to import games, or even better, electronic gadgets, computers and such. There was one big site I remember seeing (but, of course, can't remember the URL) that seemed to have quite a few laptops and cameras. Where do you import your gadgetry and games (to the US)?
posted by Merdryn at 9:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Magnetron Torture
My microwave is driving me nuts! [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 9:30 AM PST - 20 comments

Info on a old egyptian print
I have a old print I would like more info about. I is by Luc Oliver Merson. The name on the bottom is "Le Repos En Egypt" It has a woman sleeping between the front legs of a Spinx, man asleep on the ground, donkey standing with it's saddle on ground behind it and a fire that is buring out and just smoldering. Any info on this print woud be appreciated.
posted by Dale-Mac at 6:29 AM PST - 3 comments

SD card case for nerdy guy with too many cards
I need a small case for carrying SD cards on my keychain. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by tristanshout at 3:51 AM PST - 6 comments

December 22
Low-light photography with an old digital camera?
Please help me make the most of my old point-and-shoot digital camera in low light situations! [more inside]
posted by the_bone at 11:35 PM PST - 27 comments

Popular expat American actors?
Are there any popular American actors/actresses that do mostly productions not targeted for Americans? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 11:09 PM PST - 27 comments

How can I speed up my thought processes in a foreign language?
How can I speed up my thought processes in a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 10:31 PM PST - 21 comments

Estate/Inheritance Tax Question
How long does it normally take to get approval of the filing of a federal estate tax return? How about the filing of an Iowa inheritance tax return? eg, how long does it take to receive the tax clearances from the feds and the state authority? If it matters, the returns are being filed by a major financial institution for an estate with substantial assets.
posted by america4 at 10:13 PM PST - 1 comments

Wii are Japanese, if You Please
Is the Wii marketing campaign the first game console campaign to make such a big deal about its Japanese heritage? (In the U.S., anyway.) [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 8:14 PM PST - 14 comments

How cities are made
I want to learn the basics about urban planning, road planning, and how buildings are put together. Everything from skyscrapers to single family houses. I always wonder about the reasons roads are built where they are given the terrain. I'm always staring at high rises under construction to figure out what principles and methods go into their construction. My ultimate goal would be to create a program for generating random terrain/roads/towns/cities etc..
posted by parallax7d at 8:02 PM PST - 17 comments

What to do with a nativity set created by a pedophile?
A friend recently found out she owns a nativity set painted by a local priest who has been convicted of child molestation. As a victim of abuse herself, she wants it out of the house but would prefer to somehow sell it and donate the proceeds to a relevant advocacy group. Is this reasonable or should she just smash it up and toss it? [more inside]
posted by mrgoldenbrown at 7:47 PM PST - 28 comments

Where is my food going?
Why is my food not making it to my stomach? [more inside]
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 7:26 PM PST - 25 comments

Tip of Headphone Plug Stuck in MacBook Jack!
I was using the headphone jack on my macbook and moved it around slightly when the sound suddenly cut out. I soon realized that the very tip of the headphone plug had broken off and gotten stuck inside the jack, and the rest of the plug remained intact. I tried using a small refrigerator magnet to see if it would draw the broken bit out, but it didn't, and i didn't want to try a more powerful magnet because I don't know where the hard drive is in the computer. I was thinking maybe getting some pointy tweezers and taking the battery out so I don't electrocute myself while poking around in the jack? any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
posted by hidinginabunker at 7:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a short story published in Harpers.
Help me find a short story published in Harpers in the last two years. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 7:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Do you know a chocolate chip cookie recipe that doesn't use butter or shortening?
I'm making chocolate-chip cookies tonight and I have no butter or shortening. Can you suggest recipes without either? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 6:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Christmas Tree debate?
Christmas Tree debate - Can this tree be used/saved? [more inside]
posted by msshe at 6:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Well, the Germans would say...
Is there an English word for the feeling one gets while seeing a familiar possession in an alien environment? [more inside]
posted by lauranesson at 6:25 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me use my Garmin GPS device with my Powerbook
I just bought a Garmin Forerunner 205. I love it, it's neat, wow, awesome. But I use an Apple and the software isn't compatible. Can someone walk me through how I can get my PowerBook to recognize the unit (and download the data) when I plug it in via USB and if there are any programs I can use that are similar to the "Training Center" software included?
posted by tumbleweedjack at 6:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Question regarding the way TV commercials are aired on local cable systems
Question regarding the way TV commercials are aired on local cable systems. [more inside]
posted by adamgreenfield at 5:31 PM PST - 10 comments

ColdFusion designed websites
A question for ColdFusion gurus. A guy in our company has used ColdFusion to design a password protected website, and I need to know how it works as ColdFusion is a total unknown to me. [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 5:22 PM PST - 13 comments

How to automatically lock workstation upon logon in XP?
I'm trying to find a "lost" tweak that automatically used XP's "lock workstation" feature on boot. [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems at 4:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Installing Linux on my Mac's external hard drive
Is there anywhere I can find step-by-step instructions for installing a Linux distro (Ubuntu in particular) on my PowerBook G4's external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 3:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Moving to Dominica
How is the living/lifestyle for US expats and travelers on the island of Dominica? [more inside]
posted by mongonikol at 3:15 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the world of legal work like?
What's it like to work in a patent law office? A law office in general? I'm considering applying for an entry-level patent secretary job in Northern Virginia.
posted by juniper at 2:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to go in Stockholm for New Year's Eve?
My wife and I will arrive in Stockholm on New Year's Eve, and since we don't have any friends or family in the city we're at a loss over where to go. I'm a student and she's a medical resident so the posh venues that reveal themselves on Google are out of the question. Where should a young-ish couple go in Stockholm to celebrate the New Year?
posted by 1adam12 at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Solution comparable to Windows Media Center
Are there any standalone apps similiar to Windows Media Center for Windows 2000? [more inside]
posted by Scottk at 2:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Do you know this animated musical short film?
I am trying to find an animated musical short (possibly Italian? - it had subtitles) which I saw on television at least ten years ago. It may have been an Oscar-nominated short animation, but I can find nothing at imdb. Description inside.... [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 1:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Linux/LAMP for dummies...
i am a complete Linux Noob and i've decided to go a few rounds with a simple LAMP server. Where can i find helpful resources and suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Davaal at 1:34 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I speed up my ever-slowing PC?
Windows PC keeps getting slower and slower--what to do? [more inside]
posted by markcholden at 1:12 PM PST - 37 comments

Where can I download an obscure cd?
Not-on-Itunes-Filter: Where can I download the entire cd Twila Paris' 1991 It's the Thought? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles at 1:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me advocate for hospital patient relative
How to get the best hospital care in a time sensitive situation. [more inside]
posted by mabelstreet at 12:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Phone home from Ethiopia
How much does it cost to phone Canada from Ethiopia? Is it possible to buy a long distance calling card in Ethiopia for calling Canada?
posted by metaname at 12:45 PM PST - 9 comments

What CD am I talking about?
I saw an CD yesterday in a music store, but now I can't remember the artist's or the album's name. It's electronica (I didn't listen to it long enough to be able to name the sub-genre). The album cover was bright yellow, with a photo of a guy (the artist... I assume) in the middle. He had thick black make-up under his eyes. Oh - and I think it came out in 2005. Please help!
posted by smartless at 12:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me preserve my deliciousness
Help me preserve my deliciousness (i.e. disappearing del.icio.us bookmarks) [more inside]
posted by special-k at 12:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Compact flash card capacity
We are dragging and dropping picture files from a Windows XP PC onto a 256 MB Lexar compact flash card in a SanDisk card reader. The card no longer accepts data after around 125 MB have been transferred to it. How can we fill the card to its full 256 MB capacity to view digital photos in a digital picture frame device?
posted by hdfische at 12:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Artists not carried by i-tunes?
What are some of the more well-known artists that the i-tunes store does not carry? [more inside]
posted by lisaj32 at 12:03 PM PST - 16 comments

I can't find these Birkenstock/Birki Trinidad sandals in a size 43 in black online? I bet you can't...that's a challenge. :)
I can't find these Birkenstock/Birki Trinidad sandals in a size 43 in black online...I bet you can't....that's a challenge. :) [more inside]
posted by wogbat at 11:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Volunteer work on Christmas Day, Chicago
Last minute Christmas Day volunteering in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by arha at 10:35 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I deal with check fraud?
A warrant is going to be issued for my arrest in an hour-and-a-half for passing off bad checks I didn't write. That is, someone has my old checks from a bank account I closed over almost a year ago, and they're now using them. What the hell do I do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 10:30 AM PST - 48 comments

I've got a rocket in my pocket!
I'm looking at get a Doc Johnson Pocket Rocket as a stocking stuffer for my girlfriend for Xmas. Ordinarily I'd order it online but as we're only a few days away from the holiday, can anyone tell me where, besides an "Adult Shop," I might be able to buy this? [more inside]
posted by ghastlyfop at 9:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for examples of stylish freeze-frames in movies
I’m looking for films or movie trailers the feature a specific style: I guess you’d call them “freeze-frame action stalls.” [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan at 9:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Fast User Switching is fast, but it won't swtich users
Fast User Switching isn't working for me in Windows XP Pro. [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 9:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Wolf in fleece clothing
What was this wolfskin/fur fleece jacket? [more inside]
posted by London Irregular at 8:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Yippie Kai Yay Mr. Falcon!
"Yippie Kai Yay Mr. Falcon!" In a censored version of Die Hard II, a dubbed over Bruce Willis exclaims these words as a final FU to the bad guys. Anyone know where I can download this tidbit?
posted by jeff_w_welch at 8:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Does helping others succeed hurt your own success?
Can helping aspiring authors succeed somehow help me, or does it hurt my own chances of being published? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 AM PST - 19 comments

Dumbed Down Ditties
I was fascinated by this post about the changes made to the lyric of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" between the original and Sinatra's saccharine version. What are some other popular songs which started out with morbid or otherwise dark lyrics only to be "happied up" before hitting it big? (Not necessarily limited to Christmas Carols.)
posted by murphy slaw at 7:53 AM PST - 29 comments

Traumerei and Russian History
Help me understand the connection between "Traumerei" and Russia. [more inside]
posted by ducksauce at 7:25 AM PST - 7 comments

it's a small handkerchief?
A Mexican friend of mine recently used a Spanish phrase that literally translates out to, "The world is like a handkerchief." He says it means the same as "it's a small world." However, he doesn't know the origins of this phrase or why it means that. Being mathematicians, we think it's that any point on the handkerchief can be brought arbitrarily close to any other point on the handkerchief. Does anyone know the origin of this phrase?
posted by bluefly at 7:07 AM PST - 6 comments

I want to datarock
[BedroomRockStarFilter] How do I start making music on my PC? [more inside]
posted by unmusic at 6:16 AM PST - 20 comments

Christmas Every Day, but Maybe Not This Year
Years ago my wife and I read a story by Heinrich Böll which I remembered being titled "Christmas Every Day," but its real title is apparently Nicht nur zur Weihnachtszeit (Christmas Not Just Once a Year). This year we'd like to read it to our son, who is now old enough to appreciate its black humor. I thought this would be easy to find in print or online, but I've looked up web and down Foyles, and have had no luck. Can anyone tell me the name of an anthology where the story appears ... or scan it and be my friend forever?
posted by lukemeister at 5:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Why might a cat have no ears ?
I met a cat in the street tonight and didn't have any ears. I was walking down a quiet street and saw a white cat sitting in the middle of the street, it didn't move as I approached. I got to abaout 10 ft and stopped, and called to it. It came over and was clearly not afraid. It did not have any ears, it had holes where ears would be and the holes were clean, no flaps or raggedy bits. We bonded easy enough, I was able to lift the creature onto my lap, it was purring. It was skinny and I think under fed, certainly my own cats which are lean, are much fuller in body. Why might a cat have no ears ? Is it an act of malice or surgery ? Disese or cruelty ? Birth defect ? It made me very sad.
posted by matholio at 4:44 AM PST - 19 comments

Can I record police officers performing their duties in public?
Can I use a video camera to record police officers performing their duties in public, in Illinois? I was threatened with jail tonight by a police officer if I didn't shut off the camera that was filming him. Here is the video with his threats. [more inside]
posted by jbb7 at 2:06 AM PST - 30 comments

December 21
Pregnant or just fat?
Is my cat pregnant or am I just paranoid? [more inside]
posted by Ariadne at 11:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Space sucks.
Relationshipfilter: My 5month girlfriend suddenly realized she needs space to grow on her own, outside of a serious relationship. How the hell do I do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 PM PST - 30 comments

How do I deal with new online competition?
Will my site be destroyed by a competitor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Be My Own Barista
Any resource recommendations on learning to be my own in-home barista? Where do I buy those syrups? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 10:35 PM PST - 12 comments

I don't want to be creepy, but...
Is it totally creepy to ask out someone I who I met at a museum ticket counter yesterday? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 10:21 PM PST - 29 comments

How to deal with extremely nosey/creepy neighbors?
How to deal with extremely nosey/creepy neighbors? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 10:20 PM PST - 48 comments

How do I get certified to teach an official defensive driving class in California?
How do I get certified to teach an official defensive driving class in California? [more inside]
posted by puppy kuddles at 9:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find this song please!
During Tuesday Night's CSI:NY (the one with a girl stabbed by an ice-bottle), there was a song about midway through that had a catchy, reggae/hip hop beat to it. Vaguely remembered lyrics include something about people struggling, "my feet keep hurting," and "we have had enough." Despite those sort of downtrodden words, it had a very upbeat sound to it. Can anyone help me find it? Google searching has gotten me nowhere. It sounds new and like it would be popular, but I couldn't find it in iTunes top 100 songs either.
posted by hihowareyou at 9:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Car Stereo Blues
What's the key-sequence to unlock my car stereo? I know the code but how do I enter it? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 9:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Orgins of "keyed up" and "keeping my nose clean"?
What are the origins of the terms: "keyed up" and "keeping my nose clean"? [more inside]
posted by cwarmy at 8:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Awesome ipod -> car connector cable?
I'm looking for a cable that has the ipod connector on one end and both a cigarette lighter adapter and two male RCA's on the other end. Does such a thing exist?
posted by joshuaconner at 8:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Can you name this painting?
What is the name of the John Collier painting pictured on this book cover? (link opens Amazon reader): [more inside]
posted by slow, man at 8:24 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you get that rich gravy like texture in Indian dishes?
How do you get that rich gravy like texture in Indian dishes? Whenever I make Indian food at home like a Dal or Masala dish I can never get that rich creamy gravy-like quality I get in restaurants. I suspect its because I dont use dairy in my cooking but I dont think they do in Indian food either (aside from the obvious like paneer). I know they use Ghee which is clarified butter but could that be what it is? I thought ghee was more like clear and not very thick.
posted by postergeist at 8:06 PM PST - 28 comments

Arabic tapestry?
What does the writing on this tapestry mean? It looks like Arabic, but I'm not sure. [more inside]
posted by nervestaple at 7:40 PM PST - 11 comments

I am the grey market
Seeking advice about selling to the UK on eBay. [more inside]
posted by evariste at 6:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to find opera glasses in DFW?
I want to get a pair of opera glasses as a gift for my wife. There are plenty to be found all over teh internets, but I'd like to buy from a brick & mortar retailer somewhere in the DFW area. Problem is, I have no idea who would even sell something like that. Any suggestions?
posted by satori101 at 6:51 PM PST - 9 comments

When a forum isn't a forum, it's kinda like MeFi. How would you put it together?
Where can I find code for a question-and-answer webpage, like Ask.Mefi? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 6:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Do I Grab the 24" iMac In Front Of Me Or Wait For Its Bigger Sister?
Please tell: Is it worth waiting 4 whole weeks for the 2GB RAM, 500 GB HD 24" iMac I want to arrive, if Apple here in Lisbon can bring me the standard 1GB, 250 GB set-up tomorrow? Is the spec difference worth the wait? [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso at 6:06 PM PST - 21 comments

What books would be good for learning English?
What recreational reading books would you recommend for a Spanish-speaking adult to work on her English? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 5:57 PM PST - 17 comments

To underscore or not to underscore?
Is there an advantage to having an underscore in a file name? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 4:05 PM PST - 23 comments

Strange engine odor
Why does my engine smell like butterscotch? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 3:51 PM PST - 23 comments

can i alter a sweater?
can i get a sweater altered? it's a beautiful piece of clothing, but bunches a bit under the arms. otherwise it fits fine. would a tailor be able to take it in or does this call for a specialist?
posted by thinkingwoman at 3:50 PM PST - 6 comments

.htaccess with MAMP
.htaccess with MAMP [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 3:45 PM PST - 6 comments

A desire to join...
I just recently turned 25 and have a new desire to join some type of organization. I was never part of a fraternity or any organized social "club". I feel like I missed out. I'm looking for something that is oriented towards personal growth of some type (non-religious), could possibly be service oriented, and has some kind of traditions or rituals. Having to be inducted is a plus, but not necessary. It could be for men or men and women. I would prefer that people would be people near my age as well as older. I know it's a little vague, but I want to leave my options open. What types of groups are out there?
posted by ieatwords at 3:38 PM PST - 33 comments

Low volume of credit card transactions without huge monthly fees?
I'm handling a lot of the financial aspects for a small organization that would like to process credit card transactions. It's a non-profit with a small, part-year-only revenue stream. What's our best bet for avoiding insane fees? [more inside]
posted by CrayDrygu at 3:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Eating after my workout?
I've heard from 3 independent sources now that there is some benefit to eating within 15 minutes after a strenuous workout. What are the benefits of this? What's the basic physiology of it? [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster at 3:26 PM PST - 15 comments

What is the pi symbol?
For those of you who live in Western Washington: For the last 5 years or so, I've noticed graffitied pi symbols all around the Seattle area (North to Everett and South to Tacoma). What is up? [more inside]
posted by Holygrail2 at 3:18 PM PST - 21 comments

American seeks an open Canadian work permit
How to get an open work permit for Canada (working in Quebec)? [more inside]
posted by concourse at 3:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I determine the speed of a car from its skidmarks?
A speeding driver just about rear-ended my delivery truck. I know how long her skidmarks are. Can I determine how fast she was driving? [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 3:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me ski cheaply!
I'm watching the weather coverage on the news with envy. Can you help me make it out west after new years alone on a budget? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 2:53 PM PST - 5 comments

My computer doesn't like my mouse!
Recently (and I know its obnoxious to not be able to pin it down to a single event), I've been having an issue where my Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer USB (It's optical) will freeze up for a few seconds and then start working. It seems that my XP machine thinks it is being disconnected, as I heard the sound cue for hardware being removed, and then 5 seconds later the re-connection sound. The thing is, I've had this issue before, and I believe it was resolved with a registry hack, or uninstalling a bit of software, I just can't for the life of me remember which. [more inside]
posted by softlord at 2:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Can Flash play back synced audio clips?
Can Flash/ActionScript play multiple audio clips simultaneously, while maintaining sync, over a timespan of, say, 4-7 minutes? Preferably while presenting only one set of playback controls (stop, play, pause, and maybe positioning) to the user? [more inside]
posted by baylink at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Leather jacket care?
How to care for a leather jacket? [more inside]
posted by raf at 1:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Trying to minimize travel headaches due to the Denver Blizzard.
I'm scheduled to fly out of Seattle (SEA) tomorrow (Friday Dec 22) on my way to visit family in Ohio (columbus, CMH) for Christmas. However, my layover is in Denver (DEN), which seems to be under a couple feet of snow. They say the airport might not even open until tomorrow afternoon... What are my options to make my trip less of a headache? [more inside]
posted by johnstein at 12:18 PM PST - 24 comments

Doggie Footprint Art
I need advice about a craft project that will involve taking pawprints from my dog. [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 12:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Avoiding Open Flames
Is there any where I can buy a furnace in the DC area and pick it up today? It needs to be all electric, and not a heat pump. [more inside]
posted by juggler at 12:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Translating Pinyin to English?
Can anyone help me translate Pinyin to English or know of a site that can translate phrases? A friend of mine was sent this, 'Wo zhen de shang ni chu, yen wei wo xi huan ni pe wo de shi zhen' and he has asked my help in finding out what it means. For all I know it could be totally insulting, inappropriate, etc... so apologies in advance if its offensive. Anyone?
posted by herword at 11:52 AM PST - 21 comments

What's a good recipe for menma?
JapaneseFoodFilter: Help me make menma! [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 11:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Stripping a cast iron skillet.
I picked-up an old, cast-iron skillet which has seen better days and needs to be stripped and re-seasoned. Problem: I can't get it stripped down sufficiently. [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske at 11:26 AM PST - 38 comments

How do i keep my bed room warm and fresh at the same time?
How do i keep my bed room warm and fresh at the same time? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 11:11 AM PST - 15 comments

NYE 2007 in Philly. Ideas?
A friend and I are going to be in Philly for New Year's Eve, 12/31/06 - 1/1/07. What should we do? Neither of us have ever been before.
posted by wabash at 11:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Recommend a USB headset
Recommend a USB headset to use for voice-chat in games (mainly WoW). [more inside]
posted by Kemayo at 10:57 AM PST - 14 comments

All out invasion from overseas telemarketers...
I made the unfortunate mistake of ordering medication from an overseas pharmacy; it was for a drug that I'd originally been prescribed in Europe, which was not available in the US (then.)... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn at 10:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Electrocution in a pool
Is it possible to be electrocuted by jumping into a pool that has a light that has short circuited? [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent at 10:12 AM PST - 53 comments

Influential novels of each decade
What were some of the most influential novels of each decade of the 20th century? [more inside]
posted by n-clue at 8:55 AM PST - 59 comments

Architecture Book Suggestions
I'd like to learn more about architecture and design - any book suggestions? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 8:53 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I get this interview?
Specific questions about work at a library... [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 8:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Balancing a Rotisserie Chicken
What's the best way to balance a chicken on a rotisserie? [more inside]
posted by beowulf573 at 8:39 AM PST - 9 comments

What are the chances (of rain)?
Why do weather forecasters say there's an 80% chance of rain when it's raining right now? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy at 7:20 AM PST - 25 comments

What would you have loved to learn about in a high school travel and tourism class?
Travel & Tourism filter: I've been tasked with teaching a travel and tourism course for the rest of the school year. What would you have loved to learn about in a high school travel and tourism class? Conversely, is there anything that you wish you did learn?
posted by maxpower at 7:05 AM PST - 27 comments

Video transparency/opacity solution?
Help me watch anime while I work [aka video transparency/opacity solution?] [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 6:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Calling all web-based solutions!
My company needs a miracle...and by miracle I mean a web application that can juggle 801 different things and still look nifty. As always, there is... [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 6:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Please suggest great books for girls.
Books for nine year old girl? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 6:16 AM PST - 73 comments

Determining "sameness" of documents
I'm writing a load of content for a client and a condition I need to meet is that each of roughly 50 pages must be at least 30% unique. How can I compare them? [more inside]
posted by braintoast at 5:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Mac video encoding
I ripped a DVD with Mac The Ripper. I have a collection of IFO and VOB files on my hard drive. I want to get a movie file that I can then import into iMovie to cut up. What program do I need and what file type should I shoot for? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 4:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Linux compatible MP3 player
Linux compatible MP3 player. I would like to get suggestions for a good quality, Linux compatible larger MP3 player, and it would be nice if it also played Oggs. [more inside]
posted by jb at 4:03 AM PST - 25 comments

Casual Christmas side dishes?
This year, my family is doing Christmas with ham sandwiches in lieu of the traditional dinner. What are some casual yet impressive side dishes I could bring along to go with this theme?
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 4:00 AM PST - 31 comments

Windows RSI reminder program
I need a program that reminds me to take breaks [more inside]
posted by killa62 at 3:00 AM PST - 15 comments

Pray for Mojo
Pray ... for ... Mojo - wav/mp3 sample needed! [more inside]
posted by saintsguy at 1:45 AM PST - 6 comments

On Aperture and missing my photos.
I switched to Aperture from iPhoto and love it, but I miss feeling connected with my old photos like I used to. Help develop strategies to stay in touch with them in Apple's grown-up photo client. [more inside]
posted by coolhappysteve at 1:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Mp3 plagiarism How to tell?
Given an mp3 file by student. He says he wrote the music. I doubt it. Can I look inside and find if the details have been edited? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 1:27 AM PST - 25 comments

December 20
Just like the tag examples... but with a twist.
Are there really no in-dash hard-drive based car MP3 players (er, under $2000) or single-DIN 6-disc changers on the market anymore? Help me with my broken changer. [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 10:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Vacationing in LA's east-end?
Stuff to do in the eastern reaches of the Los Angeles vicinity? [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan at 9:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Just got a pup and have a few questions.
I rescued my pup from a local animal shelter Monday and I have a few questions I was hoping someone with some puppy experience could answer for me. She seems to be a lab/pit bull mix and the shelter estimated her age at about 4 months. The vet that spayed her says she is probably closer to a year, but her small size (malnourished at 25lbs) and the small size of her teeth make me think she might be closer to 4 months (the vet the shelter was using seems to be a moron, I'll never take my pup there again). More inside.... [more inside]
posted by TheDude at 9:14 PM PST - 20 comments

Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music - Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов
Can anyone transcribe this into Cyrillic for me? There is [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 9:12 PM PST - 5 comments

English translations of Control Machete lyrics requested.
I'm looking for English translations of Control Machete lyrics. [more inside]
posted by concrete at 8:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Do nutria build dams like beavers do?
Do nutria (aka coypu) do the kind of water works that beavers do? [more inside]
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 8:56 PM PST - 11 comments

How do we split profits for our startup?
SmallBusiness Filter: I need help with how my business partners and I get paid. [more inside]
posted by xyberspam at 8:01 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to volunteer on Christmas in NYC.
I want to volunteer on Xmas in New York City, instead of sitting on my fat lazy ass. What are some good organizations I should contact to offer my services?
posted by Juggermatt at 8:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Turning HTML into a book?
I'm trying to turn someone's blog into annual books for them as a gift (not Christmas). What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by reborndata at 7:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Inbox privacy at work.
Inbox privacy at work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 PM PST - 19 comments

Who did the beautiful concept art for Elebits?
IGN.com posted some of the original concept artwork for the new game, Elebits, and it's graphically stunning. Do you know who the artist is? What other work is he/she responsible for? (Be nice; I'm new!)
posted by santojulieta at 6:49 PM PST - 6 comments

How many sides does a circle have?
How many sides does a circle have? I always assumed the answer was an infinite number of sides. My boyfriend disagrees with me and thinks that the answer is zero. My brother seems to think that it depends on your definition of what a side is. I have searched all over but can't seem to find a definitive answer.
posted by Inside Out Girl at 6:47 PM PST - 42 comments

What did he do?
I was at a business hotel a couple of days ago, sitting in the Business Center, when an employee came in with a key or something and touched it to a small metal circle on the casing for the (metal and glass) door. Then he split. What did he do and why? (WAGs are OK but knowledgeable answers preferred.)
posted by megatherium at 6:43 PM PST - 20 comments

Cruise ship travel questions...
I won a cruise to Baja, Mexico!! Now what do I do when I get there?? Help me by Suggesting things to do at the ports of call… [more inside]
posted by MathewS at 6:33 PM PST - 7 comments

What to do in Bogota?
Looking for things to do/see in Bogota, Colombia, over the coming holiday week. [more inside]
posted by ab3 at 5:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me name our restaurant something other than "The Restaurant"
namemyrestaurantfilter: My husband and I have been planning on owning a restaurant for the last 15 years. Now that we are finally at the stage of getting incorporated, we can't come up with a name. [more inside]
posted by saffry at 5:10 PM PST - 100 comments

If my computer is a fan heater, when will my fan heater be a computer?
How efficient is my computer as a means to heat my apartment? [more inside]
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral at 4:19 PM PST - 37 comments

What is the science behind Camel's new non-spit oral tobacco product?
How is it that Camel has achieved in marketing a non-spit oral tobacco product when typically, that type of product has to be spit? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman at 3:56 PM PST - 8 comments

What's the best approach to building a lightweight database app?
I have been asked to write a database application that will be running in a storefront situation and will allow the user to enter data on what is sold (in this case, bicycles and bicycle accessories and parts) and generate basic bookkeeping reports (i.e. end-of-day sales, quarterly sales, that sort of thing.) [more inside]
posted by evisceratordeath at 3:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Shooting guns in NJ
I'd like to spend a nice New Jersey day shooting a rifle. Can I? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 2:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Gift: Help me replace a Samsung HT-P38 DVD Home Theater
GiftFilter: My brother's Samsung HT-P38 DVD Home Theater receiver is broken. I'd like to fix it or replace it with something equivalent/better/the same thing. Advise! [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 2:38 PM PST - 8 comments

What are some skilled apprenticeship programs I can participate in?
I think I'm finally done with undergrad. I have no interest in grad school right now. I don't want a career in my area of study. How does one go about finding a good apprenticeship/internship in an interesting trade? I've been going to school now for around 20 years and I've yet to learn a skill that I can earn a living with. [more inside]
posted by Telf at 1:48 PM PST - 18 comments

Reliable cab company in Berkeley?
I need a recommendation for a reliable cab company to take me from Berkeley to Oakland Airport. I do not want to use Super Shuttle or BayPorter because they make stops and pick up other people. I am traveling very early in the morning and would rather spend a few extra dollars on a cab. Suggestions?
posted by sara558 at 1:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Serendipity not rendering well.
SerendipityFilter: Great globs of text [more inside]
posted by fantastic at 1:20 PM PST - 1 comments

incomplete mp3 email
A friend of mine always receives just a fraction of the MP3 that he is sent via email. [more inside]
posted by MNDZ at 1:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Inconceivable!
Is there another book like "The Princess Bride"? [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 1:19 PM PST - 44 comments

In OS X, USB Drive also mounting non-existent CD-R
In OS X, when I mount this new USB drive, a dialog appears with "You inserted a blank CD...." How do I get this to stop showing up? Also, what Volume Format should I use to allow the USB drive to be mounted on both OS X and Windows? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 12:16 PM PST - 12 comments

I am looking for a web-based sales order system.
We currently use a very broken system that is barely chugging along. Its server based. Due to our business, we would like to find a web-based system that does all the usual stuff- vendors, customers, inventory, shipping, receiving, etc. It doesn't need accounting as we do that separately. Ideally it would allow us to hook a shopping cart software into it later so that orders placed by our seales people or via the online store would dump into the same order bucket for processing. I am not looking for an ecommerce shopping cart. I am looking for a sales order system.
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 11:42 AM PST - 15 comments

please identify this image
i am looking for any information anyone may have about the following image
posted by dont_ask at 11:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Using an unknown quote in artwork
If I use a quote from an internet source (not famous, but from a blogger, etc.) in an art collage, without crediting the source (because I cannot find the source), what possible trouble could I get into? Does this sort of random, "I heard this" violate any kind of copyright law or anything like that?
posted by agregoli at 11:38 AM PST - 10 comments

I'll make it through customs with some help from Johnny Walker red.
I want to ship some possibly sketchy items to Suriname. How can I get them there with a minimum of fuss? [more inside]
posted by kdar at 11:37 AM PST - 9 comments

My refrigerator runneth over
EtiquetteFilter: I had surgery last week and my lovely, sweet friends have signed up to bring a home cooked meal each night until the 29th of December. How do I get them to stop? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 11:22 AM PST - 34 comments

Why does the brain use up so much energy?
Why does the brain use up so much energy? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 11:20 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I dispute two dubious parking tickets?
Help me prove I am innocent of a parking infraction. More inside [more inside]
posted by battlecj at 11:05 AM PST - 16 comments

How to transfer a domain name from a non-existent entity
Domain ownership transfer question, with a few... Complications. [more inside]
posted by wolftrouble at 11:03 AM PST - 5 comments

What should I do about my college transfer situation?
*Sigh* I'm having trouble with a college transfer. In short: was going to transfer from a small liberal arts school in GA to GW in D.C. for the Spring. But I found out (probably should have known) that they have nothing left to give me in the way of scholarships/grants. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Land Stander at 10:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Question about a remote starter for my car...
I'm thinking about installing a remote start system for my car. I'll need to buy an immobilizer bypass for it to work according to my friend... [more inside]
posted by aznhalf at 10:24 AM PST - 6 comments

What to do in NYC for ten days around NYE?
I'll be in New York, staying in a subletted West Village apartment, from Dec. 27 to Jan 6. Although I have plenty of friends who I can hang out at night, most will be working during the day. I'm looking for either some possibilities to keep busy during the day... these include finding other travelers to go to some more obscure sights, short term volunteering, info about watching taped shows, etc. If anyone has suggestions, or places I can look for activities, events, people, that'd be great. I just don't want to waste my time there. Thanks!
posted by sandmanwv at 10:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Can anyone recommend some good stops on Highway I95 between NC and Florida?
Can anyone recommend some good stops on Highway I95 between NC and Florida? I'm driving to Florida after Christmas on Highway I95 and thought I'd consult the mefi hive for some suggestions on good stops for food or other things that are worth pulling off the road for periodically. I've driven the route before but I've always wished I knew of better places to eat than the usual chains/fastfood (ugh!) that have saturated the highway offramps. Roadside attractions are welcome, too (but not Pedro's tourist trap emporium at the NC/SC border).
posted by runningdogofcapitalism at 10:16 AM PST - 10 comments

How to connect an X-Box 360 to a wireless network.
I am trying to come up with a solution to play by X-Box 360 on a TV that is downstairs while my router is upstairs. Is it possible to buy a second wireless router (I currently have a Linksys WRT54GC), set the second router near the 360, and then connect the Ethernet cable from the 2nd router to the 360? [more inside]
posted by jonshadow at 9:54 AM PST - 17 comments

What should we get the car salesman as a sign of gratitude?
We got a great deal from a car dealership. What should we get the salesperson as a sign of gratitude? [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 9:28 AM PST - 20 comments

What is that portal on the bumper?
Bumper question: It seems on many newer vehicles with plastic bumpers there is a 2.5" square that looks like a mini door somewhere on the bumper. What is its function? [more inside]
posted by premortem at 9:19 AM PST - 23 comments

hair in embarressing places
Hair inside laptop screen? [more inside]
posted by puffin at 9:18 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I make the best of a self-imposed period of celibacy.
I think a period of celibacy is in order. How can I make the best of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 AM PST - 24 comments

Dell spontaneously powers down...what should I do?
My Dell Inspiron 8600 has been spontaneously powering down. Your advice: fix/replace/other? [more inside]
posted by timnyc at 9:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Girlfriends against drunk driving
Where can I find statistics about drunk driving on New Year's Eve? [more inside]
posted by ellebee at 8:37 AM PST - 3 comments

How did people describe "electric" experiences before electricity?
How did people describe "electric" experiences before electricity? I got to wondering when someone described the feeling of being pressed up against someone as "electric"...surely people had that experience (for example) before it meant "like invisible power" or "tingly all over"? [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes at 8:17 AM PST - 27 comments

Point me to a place to buy a handheld GPS.
My husband wants a handheld GPS for Christmas. HELP! I don't know where to get one, how much to spend, will it need tech support? My husband has a Lowrance GPS on his boat so he knows how to use it although he isn't good in other areas like using the computer or even his cell phone. I am thinking of getting him Lowrance, but can I go to Circuit City or Best Buy or should I go to a sporting goods store?
posted by chocolatetiara at 8:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Party like it's 1956? Help plan my retro New Year's shindig.
Party like it's 1956? Help plan my retro New Year's shindig. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 7:54 AM PST - 14 comments

How to cheaply furnish a Manhattan apartment?
How can I cheaply furnish a Manhattan apartment? [more inside]
posted by onthestereo at 7:42 AM PST - 23 comments

Generation to generation debt
Is family debt passed on from generation to generation anymore? [more inside]
posted by iTristan at 7:39 AM PST - 7 comments

I HEARD her, loud and clear.
My athiestic leanings make me feel extremely unwelcome in my workplace. It's a public school. No one there even knows I'm an athiest. I need advice. [more inside]
posted by PhatLobley at 7:13 AM PST - 90 comments

Ways of coping with fibromyalgia?
My wife's been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Other than prescribed medication (pain pills, sleeping aids, etc) what else is worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by Atom12 at 6:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Are layers really warmer?
If layers are better for warmth (as I have been told as long as I can remember), why isn't there a blanket made out of a bunch of thin layers fastened together?
posted by white light at 6:10 AM PST - 19 comments

Christmas Lights
Where is the best place(s) to look at christmas lights in and around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area?
posted by flipmiester99 at 5:00 AM PST - 15 comments

The best kind of Ph.D. is a finished one ...
I have one year left on my Ph.D. and still have six chapters to write. Does anyone have any advice on writing and time management strategies to help me make sure that I don't run out of time? [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 12:04 AM PST - 30 comments

December 19
My photos in iPhoto are living on the wrong disk - how do I move them without pain?
I've imported photos to my iPhoto library, but left the originals on the wrong disk (external HDD). How can I move the originals to the iPhoto library without having to start over? [more inside]
posted by jcummings1974 at 11:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Books about Argentine financial crisis of 2001?
I'm looking for a good book about the political and economic crisis in Argentina (particularly Buenos Aires) in 2001. Documentaries would be good too. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 10:06 PM PST - 4 comments

When vanilla isn't vanilla...
I bought some Mexican vanilla at an import shop, but after some reading I'm sure that it's synthetic. Is there any way to tell if it's safe? [more inside]
posted by jheiz at 9:26 PM PST - 8 comments

I want to...sing!
Kamal Hassan on the bus, dancing, on the road to Kashmir. Which Hindi film? [more inside]
posted by QIbHom at 8:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Strange Sensation
Sometimes a spot on my scalp crawls. [more inside]
posted by stray at 8:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Is this arrangement common in screenwriting?
Can a barebones film concept be shopped to screenwriters? [more inside]
posted by swiffa at 8:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Blackberry 8703e vs Treo 700p?
Blackberry 8703e vs Treo 700p? [more inside]
posted by sockpup at 8:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me with search in Tiger
I'm having some trouble constructing a search in the latest iteration of my favorite operating system. I love the idea of Smart Folders, and I keep coming up with cool ways to implement them. But I keep running into problems of two main kinds - not being able to use NOT logic and it not finding things. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 8:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Man shoots pillow in cold blood!
WeegeeFilter: Help me identify a photo by the late, great Arthur Fellig. [more inside]
posted by turducken at 7:35 PM PST - 4 comments

We want to take a few months off and travel the country - are we crazy?
Would it be crazy for a family of three to take 4-5 months off to travel the country? What are the main issues we'd have to look out for (I know health insurance would be a big one). And lastly, if we do go ahead and do this, what should we see? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Cumming but not cumming
Sexual anhedonia is a condition where you 'cum,' but don't have an orgasm. I have it, and would like to not have it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 12 comments

pop my ride
I want to teach myself 3d modeling and am looking for the easiest package to learn that is closest to Adobe Illustrator. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 7:21 PM PST - 8 comments

wtf
After running CrapCleaner, I experienced browser crashes in both FireFox and IE when visiting certain sites (e.g. pages with videos like this one, or when opening several MySpace profiles at a time). Also, my Windows Live Messenger shuts down by itself every once in a while. What's going on? I should mention that I've run antivirus/spyware scans. [more inside]
posted by catburger at 7:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Where do I buy a platform bed?
Help me find a queen sized bed. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 6:15 PM PST - 18 comments

There is one on now! I am sure of it!
How is it that I can always tell there is a television on in the house, even when there is no sound coming out of it? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy at 5:56 PM PST - 41 comments

Brian Wilson and "I am the Walrus"
I recently heard a rumor that after listening to the song "I am the Walrus", Brian Wilson decided to shelve a project that he was working on. The rumor continued, as rumors are wont to do, stating that "I am the Walrus", with its intricate production, finally pushed Brian Wilson over the edge and into Crazy Town. This rumor . . . it's true? So far, the Google has failed me. MeFi music historians, please help me.
posted by billysumday at 5:55 PM PST - 9 comments

the family truckster
Help me choose - I want an all wheel drive wagon, leather, sunroof, navigation, etc..: BMW 328xi Wagon Audi A3 Wagon Audi A4 Wagon Volvo S50 T5 Wagon Subaru Outback and why?
posted by fumbducker at 5:53 PM PST - 44 comments

The world is big, and I'm small
I want to find some art (for my wall) which has a humanist nature. It should capture that feeling you get when you realize some deep truth in physics or math, or when you're contemplating the universe. Know anything that fits the bill? [more inside]
posted by clord at 5:31 PM PST - 23 comments

Sharing two monitors with a one-monitor switcher?
I'm trying to add a second monitor to a PC/Mac hardware-sharing scenario. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 5:15 PM PST - 7 comments

In/Out board replacement.
Where I work we use a web-based "in/out" board to track where employees are, but people are already entering their info into Outlook/Exchange. Is there an easier way to do this? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Showing them what I'm worth
A company has asked me to serve as a "lead generator" for them. I will be paid an hourly fee to call potential customers, and then turn interested leads over to the sales team. How do I show my employer what the potential benefit would be vs. the cost of paying me? [more inside]
posted by Kibbutz at 3:21 PM PST - 15 comments

What handtools should I register for?
I have been tasked with registering for hand tools. I have a general idea what kinds of tools to get, but need suggestions on what I'm missing, where to register and how much to spend. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 2:54 PM PST - 38 comments

Reading into my cat's nose bumps
Just curious. If I am sitting on my couch, or lying on my chair, sometimes my cat will come up to me and bump noses with me. I recognize this as a sign of affection or a friendly greeting. Sometimes, it is a prolonged (4-5 second) nose bump.....Now if I should happen to approach my cat who is an another part of the room, and initiate a nose bump, will my cat look at it as a greeting/ form of affection, or will she be thinking 'what is this guy doing?'... Is it a two way street? Or do they only accept affection in forms of scratching their head and behind their ears?........is the prolonged nose bump their way of being super affectionate? I have researched several websites on cat behavior, but havent found a answer close enough to what i was looking for....
posted by TwilightKid at 2:26 PM PST - 43 comments

Books/writing on death, loss and grief.
Books/writing on death, loss and grief. [more inside]
posted by cosmonaught at 2:11 PM PST - 41 comments

Help me choose guitar strings
I need to buy my first pair of replacement guitar strings. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 2:05 PM PST - 25 comments

how much does an escort make?
what is the going rate for an escort that is working for an agency? [more inside]
posted by butterball at 1:55 PM PST - 17 comments

what is the most efficient hankerchief use method?
because i hate disposables, i use a hankerchief. my current method is sloppy, and mostly inolves scrunching it up a lot... i've noted in the past that some "gentleman"-types have a method of folding hankerchiefs to allow for many blows while avoiding ever having to accidentally touch (or even see) snot. any of you have a great method for getting the most blows out of one hankerchief?
posted by lgyre at 1:55 PM PST - 17 comments

CO and the Internal Combustion engine
At what CO concentration would a generator stop running? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 1:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Employment forms and requirements?
I work for a small company with less than a dozen employees. We currently have no formal hiring process, forms or other documentation. Scary? I think so, and I need some help to remedy the situation. [more inside]
posted by suchatreat at 1:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Is our smelly closet a lost cause?
We have a large closet in our apartment that has always smelled of cat urine. Despite taking every measure we possibly could to eliminate the odor, it still smells, 2 years later. Is there anything left to try? [more inside]
posted by catfood at 1:23 PM PST - 27 comments

Touchy co-workers
I have a coworker who not only invades my personal space when she talks to me, but also tends to grab my arm or make other physical contact when talking to me. It puts me into immediate defensive 'fight or flight' mode. Should I bring it up with her directly? [more inside]
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 1:11 PM PST - 20 comments

Horrible timing or chance of lifetime?
Dream job in the wrong place at the wrong time. Previously on FlamingBore's questions: You'll remember I was looking at relocating to Portland, OR for a lucrative job being tailor made for me. Then it fell through. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 12:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Coldplay copycats?
What is the Bola Sete song that sounds very similar to a track from one of Coldplay's recent albums 'X and Y' or 'Rush of blood to the head'? Not Kraftwerk + computer love/talk - this is certainly something different.
posted by takeyourmedicine at 12:39 PM PST - 0 comments

Where/when can an amateur classical pianist perform?
I'm an amateur classical pianist. I used to give solo recitals at college, and I would like to start performing again out here in the real world. But what sort of group/organisation/event do I need to get involved with to have this kind of opportunity? Could I organise a little independent recital for myself, or is that weird and too egotistical? [more inside]
posted by chrismear at 12:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Tell me anything about this lullaby
IdentifyThisSongFilter: I have a recording of this song being performed by a local DJ a few years ago. He called it "The Lullaby Song" Searches for the lyrics give me nothing at all! [more inside]
posted by Syntoad at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get out of market local channels?
I live in Minneapolis, and I'm trying to determine how I can get the local Chicago channels on TV. I do have Direct TV, but with the Minn/St. Paul channels. Is there any way to do this through Direct TV, and if not, is there any other way to get the local Chicago channels?
posted by astorias at 12:22 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the word for the kind of character Piglet is?
English majors? I'd like to read about how elements of narrative are categorized and labeled [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 12:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Designer (not artist) for Jeff Beck Group's "Beck-Ola"?
I need to know the cover designer for the Jeff Beck Group's album Beck-Ola. Please note that I do not need to know the artist of the cover image -- I'm aware that the painting on the cover is The Listening Room by Magritte. What I need is the name of the person who designed (or art directed) the sleeve itself. Alternatively, if there is no designer or art director credited on the sleeve, that would be helpful, tpo. Thanks!
posted by scody at 11:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Massage in St. Louis?
Please, anyone know of a good massage place in St. Louis? [more inside]
posted by torticat at 11:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Need help finding a Far Side cartoon.
Need help finding a Far Side cartoon. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 11:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Where to find Alphonse Mucha in Seattle?
Where can I find a nice framed Alphonse Mucha print in the greater Seattle area? [more inside]
posted by Diddly at 11:21 AM PST - 1 comments

Should I be worried about my grandmother?
My grandmother was acting very strange last night and now I’m worried. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 11:05 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I be a good Dad-to-Be?
We've just found out that my wife is pregnant. What can I do to be a properly supportive husband? [more inside]
posted by fellion at 10:45 AM PST - 34 comments

cleaning mineral deposits out of a possible valuable vase
My mother needs to clean what appears to be hard water mineral deposits from an old Van Briggle vase without damaging it. Vinegar? [more inside]
posted by dozo at 10:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Pimp my veggie tray
I've been asked to bring the ubiquitous veggie tray to my aunt and uncle's house for Christmas Day. What can I do to pimp it up and make it more interesting? [more inside]
posted by printchick at 10:33 AM PST - 29 comments

Comparison/Tester Websites for the UK?
Are there any product test/feature comparison sites other than 'Which'? [more inside]
posted by Kadeeae at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Breakfast of Working Champions HOWTO
Good recipes for food to make in a batch at the weekend then take into work? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 9:49 AM PST - 17 comments

How much should I pay to have my fence hauled away?
Hauling away debris: in a recent windstorm, my old rotten fence blew down. How much should I pay to have it hauled away...? [more inside]
posted by gurple at 9:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Boneless Trout
Anyone know of a method to bone-out a whole trout? [more inside]
posted by JABof72 at 9:20 AM PST - 11 comments

No Happy Endings!
NYCFilter: I am interested in purchasing a massage/spa package as a gift for my female roommate. Preferably located 60's east side or along the PATH route. Any suggestions?
posted by bastionofsanity at 9:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Watch Babylon help five order in me chronological.
I have never seen "Babylon 5," but intend to watch the series via Netflix. However, I'd like to watch the DVDs in chronological order. I believe through a bit of research that I've sorted the discs into chronological order, but would appreciate any die-hard Babylon 5 fans' corrections. The order I'll be putting them in is in the "[more inside]" (Similarly, if said fans see any major problems in watching them in this order, I'd appreciate a non-spoiler heads-up.) [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 9:04 AM PST - 21 comments

Using an insulin pump
I just bought an insulin pump. I've been using it for about a month and would love to hear any tips, hints or suggestions from other pumpers. [more inside]
posted by lumiere at 8:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Any bicycle historians in the house?
Going by the style of clothing, the age of the man, and the make/model of the bicycle can you help me date a picture? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:20 AM PST - 28 comments

How to disable Firefox spell check when context menu is stolen?
How do I disable Firefox's spell check (for a specic field) in Google Docs when on right click I can only get the Google Docs' context menu? [more inside]
posted by jacobjacobs at 8:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me help my almost 99-year-old grandmother read again!
Help me help my almost 99-year-old grandmother read again! Excessively epic story inside. [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 8:02 AM PST - 18 comments

Kid-friendly computers
I'm playing Santa's elf this year, and am setting up 2 computers for my siblings that Santa is bringing them. I need suggestions on software to equip it with. [more inside]
posted by charmston at 7:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Ideas for finding this specific lightbulb?
Where to find silver bowl lightbulbs in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live at 7:46 AM PST - 12 comments

ISO dates
Where can I find good quality dates? I recently went to a local Islamic temple open-house and they had free dates which were so good I realized I had never had a decent date before. Thanks to God I am now a date convert, but the local stores carry a pale shade of the real thing.
posted by stbalbach at 7:41 AM PST - 19 comments

I've been disappeared.
IdiotFilter, Windows XP. I was trying to make it stop telling me, every single day, that my password was about to expire and would I like to change it. [more inside]
posted by scratch at 7:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a song.
Is there ANY version of Seven Spanish Angels by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson that does not fade out at the end?
posted by n'muakolo at 7:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Online ipod repair
Anyone have experience with mail-in iPod repair? [more inside]
posted by nameless.k at 7:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Settling in to New Orleans
I've recently broken off a 2-year relationship and come to New Orleans as a disaster relief worker (housing inspector). I'll be here for 6 months or might move permanently if things work out. I need help finding places to go, things to do and nice people to meet to help take my mind away from the old life and begin anew. [more inside]
posted by Jonasio at 6:51 AM PST - 10 comments

APY on CDs
Please help me understand APY vs. interest rate on 6 month CDs so that I can stop being paranoid about getting ripped off. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 6:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Name my cats!
Name my cats, AskMe! [more inside]
posted by corvine at 6:26 AM PST - 67 comments

Name that job!
JobTitleFilter: What would be your suggestion(s) for a job title for a quality manager + process improvement manager position? [more inside]
posted by MrToad at 6:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Converting Itunes to non-Apple players
I'm new to Ipods. Could someone please explain how I can convert music I've bought on ITunes to mp3s playable on other type of non-Apple devices. When I backup purchased music, it comes out in mp4 format, which isn't transferable or playable in anything but Itunes or Ipods.
posted by quintno at 6:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Friend needs to get seen by a doc
Getting a free or cheap checkup in New York City. [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 5:58 AM PST - 3 comments

I inhaled what??
With all the news lately about carbon monoxide poisioning on the West Coast, I've laid in bed wondering about the carbon monoxide testers we have in our house. How do I know they REALLY work?? [more inside]
posted by matty at 5:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Preparing to go to China
I'm going to China next year to study for 12 months. I am concerned about getting sick over there, particularly, contracting Avian Influenza (bird flu). My question is, how concerned should I be? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 5:08 AM PST - 12 comments

SCART-hate and a mysterious Freeview signal
I have disconnected the SCART connector between our television and PVR. I did this in part because I think Freeview sends some signal at 4am which wakes up the TV and therefore everyone in the house. Is it really a disadvantage not to use a SCART connection? [more inside]
posted by boudicca at 4:52 AM PST - 7 comments

New to MT
I want a private, metafilter-like blog for a group of friends. So I installed MT. Works great, but the default install isn't the best for people who are not great with computers. All I want is for "post" to be at the top of the displayed blog and it should only allow authorized users to post. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by about_time at 4:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Are these people crazy? A copyright law question.
Copyright-filter: "The Public Domain status does not give you the right to resell material unless you have access to the original source and permission from the owner to reproduce the material" What? [more inside]
posted by crypticgeek at 4:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Evidence against DMR
I recall (and might be wrong) that there was a recently released report on how Digital Rights Management didn't work - put forward in the UK, or possibly the EU. Any references appreciated (on behalf of a small colony somewhere in the south pacific, currently investigating similar DMCA type legislation) [more inside]
posted by Sparx at 4:12 AM PST - 7 comments

When's best to get the train home for Christmas?
When will the UK passenger rail service, particularly journeys on Virgin Cross Country via Birmingam New Street, be quietest: Thursday evening or Friday morning? I'm getting the train home for Christmas from Oxford to Sheffield, and am keen to avoid the annual ordeal of fighting for seats and sitting on the floor outside the toilets.
posted by caek at 2:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Name the tune
Name that tune. This [mp3, 100 Kb] is a shamefully crude MIDI reconstruction of part of the tune in question. I'd place it around 1975, Moog type Top 100 pop music; sounds something like Hot Butter but is not. Any ideas what it is?
posted by shannymara at 12:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Sneaking around?
Bizarre-roomie/iTunes-filter. (It's kind of convoluted, so let's just leave it at... [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire at 12:10 AM PST - 19 comments

December 18
Gifts for capitol hill aide?
I have a friend who's going to become a democratic aide on capitol hill. Any ideas for gifts that would inspire, educate, enlighten, or just plain lighten up the situation? Preferably ones that could be gotten easily in a major retail store of some sort.
posted by shivohum at 11:59 PM PST - 23 comments

What can I learn from comic books?
I like to learn things, but textbooks are boring! I find comic books gripping in ways that normal books aren't. Can you all offer examples of educational, information-rich comic books (or, if you prefer, "graphic novels")? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 11:33 PM PST - 29 comments

Hive mind, PLEASE help me replace a jade bracelet my friend lost!
I need some help finding [somewhere to purchase] a piece of jewelry that was lost. It was originally purchased at TJ Maxx in Orlando. [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 10:35 PM PST - 8 comments

I become dull and emotionless for stretches of 3-5 hours at a time. What's up?
I become dull and emotionless for stretches of 3-5 hours at a time. I don't feel depressed, I just feel absolutely nothing. I can play my favorite, rock-out song and it feels the same as listening to CSPAN. I can kiss my girlfriend and I might as well be kissing my hand. It happens regularly, usually in the afternoon, but not every day. Sometimes coffee or food can snap me out of it, sometimes not. The difference between being in or out this "mode" is very distinct. When I'm not in the "mode", I experience a pretty full, normal range of emotions and I'm not what you'd call depressed at all. Have other people experienced this? Any ideas of what causes it or how I can beat it? I hate missing out on experiences while stuck in this zombie-land.
posted by anonymous at 10:22 PM PST - 19 comments

Synch program for iriver T10 2GB
I have an iriver T10 2GB and want to find another program to sync music other than windows media player. Can anyone suggest a different program?
posted by PORTUGAL58 at 8:35 PM PST - 10 comments

drier sheets.
how do we get a five year old boy to stop wetting the bed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:26 PM PST - 29 comments

Work Christmas Cards - If I give out one, do I have to give one to everyone?
OfficePolitics/Etiquette Filter: Christmas Cards - If I give out one, do I have to give one to everyone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Writing in lingua LA
Is this the right way to write to a Los Angeles-based potential client in the entertainment industry? [more inside]
posted by amusem at 7:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Help my Dad celebrate Christmas by poking gentle fun at Christians
SomewhatObscureGiftFilter: I'd like to buy a Darwin Fish bumper plaque/emblem, and I'd like to have it by December 24. I'm in Ontario (Niagara region). The online options I've found have slow or super-expensive shipping to Canada -- anyone know of a bricks-and-mortar source?
posted by ewiar at 7:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to buy Kenneth Cole in Ottawa, Canada?
What stores in or near Ottawa carry Kenneth Cole's clothing lines?
posted by Jairus at 7:32 PM PST - 4 comments

We Need Good Bakeware!!
My wife once threatened me with death if I ever dared present her with housewares as gifts. "I want real gifts" said she. Fifteen great years later, she wants good bakeware for Christmas. Good is defined as "won't ever rust" and "not that floppy silicone nonsense". So, Mefites, Hope Me! [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 7:26 PM PST - 29 comments

Hybrid audio/power cable for iPod?
iPod connectors: I recently added an AudioVox FM modulator to my cars stereo so I can play my iPod over the radio more reliably than with an iTrip. It works great, but now I have a new annoyance to deal with - two cables coming out of the iPod. One for charging via the cigarette lighter, from the bottom, and one from the top for the audio connection to the Audiovox. I'd like to combine the functionality of these two cables and use a single cable from the bottom of the iPod. How? [more inside]
posted by skwm at 7:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Polka recommendations
Can you help me build my jazz polka collection? [more inside]
posted by Doohickie at 7:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Moving to Europe: Cell phone?
CellPhoneFilter: Moving to Austria. What do I do about my cell phone? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 7:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Cat Scratch Fever: Help Me Help my Friend
CatScratchFilter: My friend just got mauled by our cat when he became frightened. Help me treat her wounds. [more inside]
posted by atayah at 6:53 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me fix my subwoofer
I have a passive NHT SW2 subwoofer being driven by an NHT SA-2 amplifier that is supposed to control the volume. Lately, however, the volume for the sub plays at full, irrespective of the actual volume setting on the knob. When it first started, tinkering with the volume control could sometimes get the correct volume, but now it's just at max all the time. [more inside]
posted by Gamblor at 6:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I make AJAX work with HTTP authorization?
Is it possible to make an AJAX request work with an HTTP authorization-protected server script? [more inside]
posted by Godbert at 6:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you identify this Peter Drucker quote:
Can you identify this Peter Drucker quote: "The future can not be planned..." [more inside]
posted by pantufla at 6:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I send out 200 holiday cards?
Please help me with holiday card logistics within a law office. [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 6:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Partitions, windows’ and linux, Oh My!
I’ve got a new 400gb drive heading my way, plus a free copy of Vista. What is the best way to rebuild my system, with XP, Vista sharing files etc. with maybe a little Ubuntu thrown in? There’s [more inside]
posted by nazca at 6:06 PM PST - 7 comments

The Purple Protagonist??
For a friend: Name the heroine - similar (looking) to She-Ra but with a purple outfit. Hair: Black/Brown with purple in it. May have ridden a white horse. Help?
posted by knapah at 6:00 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I get vaccinated for travel to West Africa?
I have the opportunity to visit West Africa, but I do not have health insurance or a doctor. How do I go about getting the vaccinations needed, and how much will it cost? [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 5:52 PM PST - 8 comments

50s competitor to stereo in Easton, CT
A number of years ago, I looked at a house in Easton, CT that included a huge barn that had been a factory/research facility for an electronics company, I believe in the 50s-60s. The technology was supposedly a competitor to stereophonic sound or something. Does anyone have any ideas about what this might have been or any brainstorms about how I might find out more?
posted by sfts2 at 5:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Will my (someday) Wii still be fun in 2008?
WiiFilter: Long-term love or short-term crush? [more inside, obviously] [more inside]
posted by terceiro at 5:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me find that song, you know the one...
Can't find that song filter: There is a song that I've been looking for, from the mid 90's, something having to with bohemia. [more inside]
posted by ampersand2001 at 4:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Where do they get all those wonderful data?
WhereTheHellDoTheyGetAllThatData Filter: When someone wants to start a site that requires huge amounts of data like IMDB or Pandora or Last.FM, where do they get the data? [more inside]
posted by jxpx777 at 4:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can I find cheap semi-long-term parking in nyc and boston?
Where can I find semi long-term parking in NYC and Boston (2-3 consecutive days each) without paying too much? [more inside]
posted by helios at 4:03 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I replay a campaign on Advanced Wars for Gameboy Advance?
How can I replay a campaign on Advanced Wars for Gameboy Advance? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 3:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Florida Executor Fees
Would a member know what is considered a reasonable and just fee acting as a legal Executor for a person's Estate in the State of Florida? Is there a web site that would provide an estimate of Executors fees handling the disposition of a Florida Living Trust? Thank you.
posted by Mckoan1 at 2:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Xbox games for 7-year-old boy?
Xbox games for 7-year-old boy? [more inside]
posted by wheat at 2:17 PM PST - 24 comments

Laptop on the cheap. What are the minimum specs?
Shopping for a cheap used laptop: What are the minimum specs I should be looking for with respect to CPU, RAM, HD? I'm planning to use WinXP (maybe I'll settle for 2K), Open Office, and FireFox (including some AJAX-heavy web sites such as gmail, Google Docs, del.icio.us), with a wifi card. And not much else. I want to avoid "I'm always waiting for this stupid slow computer!" but not spend much more than the minimum needed to avoid that.
posted by Leonard of Vince at 1:30 PM PST - 24 comments

Random missing non-Latin fonts in Firefox on OS X?
How can I get certain non-Latin fonts to show up as display options in Firefox on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by skoosh at 1:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Terminology in nutrition
I use Fitday (the Windows program downloadable from Fitday.com) and I don't understand the difference between "oz" and "oz, raw, yields" in things like "Onion, mature, raw" and "Cabbage, red, raw". The "oz, raw, yields" includes "raw" a second time (redundant, right?) and what's with the "yields" as opposed to just "oz"? Anyone know? (Fitday is not the only one with the usage, I believe.)
posted by LeisureGuy at 12:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Got to get those numbers
I run operations for a fairly large retail chain in Europe with shops all over the continent and beyond. I need to capture some basic data from these shops that either doesn't exist in our (incredibly complex and fragile system infrastructure,) or lives in systems that don't talk to each other. As is often the case, there's [more inside]
posted by Expat at 12:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Easy Windows backup software using remote storage?
I'm looking for very easy to use Windows backup software that backs up to a remote (FTP or SFTP) site. Essentially, something as dead-simple and friendly to use as Mozy, but that allows you to specify your own storage. [more inside]
posted by miagaille at 11:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Help with my 12 year old son
Help, am I crazy? I am concerned over my 12 year old son. He has always been a sensitive kid, has a lot of stuffed animals in his room and cries easily, but lately he has started to become very effeminate in his mannerisms. He does play a lot of sports, but he is the least aggressive kid on the team and always afraid he is going to get hurt. [more inside]
posted by justamom at 11:47 AM PST - 67 comments

Lrn2Pastry
I just had a last-minute flash of inspiration for an Xmas gift for my fiancée: she is interested in making pastries and candies and has an innate knack for it. I'd like to get her some lessons from a pro. Possible? [more inside]
posted by redshifter at 11:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Artists inspired by U.S. national parks?
Who are some relatively modern (1950s+) and famous artists whose work was inspired by national parks in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 10:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Typical contribution to med benefits in nonprofits?
Where can I find statistics on what percentage of medical premiums are typically paid by employees of nonprofit organizations in the US? [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 10:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Set of oil pastels & inspiring book
[GiftFilter] I need a good set of oil pastels, and an inspiring book. [more inside]
posted by senterstyle at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments

The New Oldies
MusicFilter: Help me make a mix CD of hip indie bands for my baby-boomer mom. [more inside]
posted by cholstro at 10:16 AM PST - 48 comments

I hope I get a helmet for Christmas.
Are there any laws that pertain to how much time an employee is given to consider their insurance options? [more inside]
posted by wabashbdw at 9:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Song suggestions for retrospective slideshow?
Need song suggestions for an end-of-year company slideshow. [more inside]
posted by wubbie at 9:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Turpentine Smell-Be-Gone?
How to get turpentine and its smell out of a worn-out old cork floor? [more inside]
posted by tiny crocodile at 9:42 AM PST - 11 comments

I need Kranky
How can I get my hands on some Kranky? [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:29 AM PST - 14 comments

Online electronics store that ships to Canada?
Where can I buy electronics online (a cordless telephone specifically) and ship directly to Canada? I tried a few websites: the US based ones don't ship to Canada, and the Canadian ones don't take a credit card with US billing address... Obviously I am in US.
posted by raheel at 9:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Will these specs be the answer to my problems?
Does anyone have any experiences with Clic Glasses? [more inside]
posted by 999 at 9:16 AM PST - 4 comments

From Thailand with love
How long should I expect postcards and small packages sent from Bangkok to New York and Los Angeles to spend in transit?
posted by chickletworks at 8:55 AM PST - 5 comments

US Email Archive Law
Are American companies required to archive all incoming and out going email? [more inside]
posted by coolin86 at 8:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Plant-Sitter Please!
Please help me find a plant-sitting nursery! I'll be unable to care for my wonderful plants for about two or three months starting in January and I would love to find a florist or nursery in or around New York City that could care for them for me (for a price, of course). My google-fu is not strong, and is failing me. Does anyone know of such a thing?
posted by The Bellman at 8:35 AM PST - 5 comments

How to start investing
Looking for good information (ie. a book, not a basic article) on how to start investing a little bit of money every month. [more inside]
posted by comatose at 8:34 AM PST - 20 comments

What do I call my cookies?
Cookie exchange in one hour! Need punny/clever name for my chocolate-covered peanut butter bars. The more political the better. [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 8:25 AM PST - 15 comments

0% Credit Card?
We need a 0% interest balance-transfer credit card. We used to get such offers weekly -- no more. Does anyone have a source?
posted by partner at 8:23 AM PST - 10 comments

peter piper picked a pepper
is there such a thing as a phonetic thesaurus? [more inside]
posted by randomizer at 8:21 AM PST - 4 comments

What motivates a person to start an email chain letter?
I am curious why some email chain letters exist? Why would someone feel compelled to send out an email often expressing a sad or sympathetic event only to inform you of your impending doom if you delete it and do not forward it? Is there some profit to be made for such a thing? I recall snail chain mail where you were to put a dollar in it and pass it which made sense but I am baffled by electronic version of the chain letter. If you pass this on to 10 people you will have a Merry Christmas if not WHOA!!! Good luck!
posted by scooters.toad at 8:09 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I handle this delicate work gift issue?
WorkGiftExchangeFilter: Got a gift, unexpectedly got another gift, should I return/do something charitable with the second? Of course it's way more complicated than that, so for the brave there's.... [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 7:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Hotels for a honeymoon in Rome/Venice?
Hotels for a honeymoon in Rome/Venice? [more inside]
posted by PenDevil at 2:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Pre-Beat/Beat Poem hunt
I need the text of a poem I can no longer recall, one dedicated to William Everson (Bro. Antoninus). [more inside]
posted by faineant at 2:21 AM PST - 3 comments

parents just don't understand
aol optimization on the parental computer... [more inside]
posted by mdpc98 at 12:47 AM PST - 12 comments

December 17
Gifts won't arrive in time for holidays.
Gifts won't arrive in time for holidays. What to do? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 11:59 PM PST - 17 comments

A suitable suit
I would like to buy a suit. But I don't know what kind of suit I want. I'd love some help with deciding. [more inside]
posted by blindcarboncopy at 11:04 PM PST - 47 comments

Blackberry Blindside
Can an employer enter into a contract for which the employee is responsible without his permission? [more inside]
posted by mrkinla at 10:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I legally be getting a pay rise?
I work in a company that seemingly doesn't believe in pay rises. Does Australian law allow this? [more inside]
posted by paterg at 10:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Heal my acne cyst fast, please!
I poked at a painful blemish on my forehead and now I have a big lump. What's the best way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by bonheur at 10:16 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the name of that piece?
I'm trying desperately to remember the name of a piece of music (and its composer). It's a twentieth-century piece, and fairly famous. It's quite soft and mournful and titled something like "Miss ______ Died Today." I've known this for years and it's just slipped out of my head.
posted by Bromius at 9:22 PM PST - 11 comments

When is a little knowledge a dangerous thing?
When is a little knowledge a dangerous thing? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 8:47 PM PST - 52 comments

What's up between Taylor Hicks and American Idol?
What's up between Taylor Hicks and American Idol? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 8:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Cheap No-frills Cellphone
Last Minute Gift: I need a cheap cell phone. The fact I don't need a plan is making that hard to find. [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 8:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me solve everything always
Looking for the title of a book which I recently read a review for. Something related to algorithms for solving common problems or situations. I think it's about applying geekish logic to a non-geek scenario. Unfortunately there's no
posted by kaydo at 7:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Wandervogel literature
Nicholas Mosely's Hopeful Monsters has an extensive section dealing with the German Wandervogel movement. Can you suggest any other novels (preferably in English, but auf Deutsch is also acceptable) deal with Wandervogeln or related themes?
posted by Chrischris at 7:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Bad roommate wants to do good
BadRoommateFilter: in which I am the bad roommate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 PM PST - 49 comments

Are there good avoidance or coping strategies for fainting at blood?
I faint all too easily at blood/gore. How do I avoid or at least cope better? [more inside]
posted by dmz at 6:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me identify an old watch!
Please help me identify/value this watch that I inherited from my grandfather. [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 at 6:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Lint Magnet Overcoat
Can a black wool overcoat be made less of a lint attraction? I have a overcoat that I am about to give to the Goodwill, because it is like a magnet to lint. I can have it proffessionally dry cleaned, but in about four hours of normal use, I look like a homeless person. Is there a way to treat the fabric so it would be less likely to attrract so much lint?
posted by garyfugere at 5:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Russian History in Book Form: A Quest for a Gift
Can you help me find a book which traverses Russian history from, well, as far back as possible up to the Russian Revolution of 1917? [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 5:15 PM PST - 10 comments

How do you find someone when you think that's what you're missing?
Helpful advice on breaking cycles of loneliness and relationships? [more inside]
posted by upc_head at 4:59 PM PST - 9 comments

What's better: hitting a car or hitting the ditch?
What kills people when they drive into the ditch? Is it rolling over, or just the high speeds of the highway? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 4:58 PM PST - 21 comments

to iud or not?
Tell me about your IUD experience? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 4:50 PM PST - 19 comments

What are some examples of efficient, non-linear page layout?
We're trying to design a choose-your-own-adventure holiday planner in our magazine. What are some examples of efficient, non-linear page layout we could use?
posted by stokast at 4:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Word slowdown after installing CS2 on Mac.
I recently installed Adobe's Creative Suite CS2 on my MacBook Pro. Since then, I've experienced an almost unbearable slowdown in Word. There must be some connection--anyone else have this problem?
posted by bronxteacher at 4:36 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I score some green goods?
Where do sites like ThinkGeek get their expansive inventory, and how can I do the same? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 4:33 PM PST - 9 comments

how should I sell my laptop?
How should I sell a used laptop (when I have no eBay reputation)? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez at 4:11 PM PST - 19 comments

I need epic music.
1812OvertureFilter: I need epic music. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 3:40 PM PST - 46 comments

Help my wife do something cool for some cool kids.
Help me get thirty inner-city kids into a movie for free. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 3:34 PM PST - 26 comments

Print double-sided posters on demand?
Cafepress doesn't make double-sided posters. Is there anywhere like cafepress that does? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer at 3:31 PM PST - 3 comments

How do browsers work?
How does a browser render a website? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 3:04 PM PST - 10 comments

My first post about my genetalia. :)
I have a few white lumps on my scrotum. What are they? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Deferring the School
I am closing in on my high school graduation and I'm at a loss for the next step. I think I want to take a year off. There's [more inside]
posted by daviss at 2:40 PM PST - 24 comments

How can I make my sleeping (read crappy-futon) experience more comfortable?
Comfortfilter: Help me sleep better- My futon is old, lumpy and I am currently too broke to replace it. [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky at 2:09 PM PST - 21 comments

It's like saying, 'errr...' with added apathy.
What is doing this called? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 2:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Help a non-Turkish speaker unlock the key to the universe
Please tell me what Turkish psychedelia singer Selda Bagcan is singing about in her song "Ince Ince" because this song blows my mind. [more inside]
posted by extrabox at 2:05 PM PST - 1 comments

Where should I study Spanish in Cuba?
Can anybody recommend a school to study intensive, intermediate-level Spanish in Cuba for two weeks? [more inside]
posted by penguin pie at 1:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Photogravure in Chicago?
Photogravure resources in Chicago? A link posted in the blue and a look at some Steglitz photogravure prints at the Art Institute has me interested in the process. [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 1:18 PM PST - 1 comments

Need new internet security programs
I need advice for buying a new internet security suite (or individual programs). [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 12:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Oh why oh why did I do that.
oh CRAP filter: I just waxed off a huge chunk of skin from my upper-lip and eyebrow. Help! [more inside]
posted by zippity at 12:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Garnier Fructis Ad Song?
What's the song in Garnier Fructis commercials? And where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 12:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there an optimal selection strategy for a white elephant gift exchange?
Mathematically speaking, is there an optimal strategy towards gift selection while opening gifts during a white elephant gift exchange? [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo at 12:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Thy game is over!
Help me find the Joust like graphic seen on this shirt. [more inside]
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions at 12:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Asian language translation help
My daughter found this small plaque at a garage sale, and wants to know what it says on the back. [more inside]
posted by ChromeDome at 12:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Does anyone know the kind of book I'm aiming for?
Are there any books you think a smart, grieving preteen would find comforting or of use? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 12:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Mathematicial inefficiencies of sports betting markets
Mathematicians, I've always suspected there is a real opportunity to exploit the inefficiencies of the online sports betting markets and amateur bettors and make serious money. Have you felt the same way or am I kidding myself? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 11:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Do these pants make my shirt look big?
My clothes never fit. How can I make them fit? [more inside]
posted by hamhed at 11:27 AM PST - 21 comments

Can I re-freeze thawed french fries and hash browns?
Can I re-freeze thawed french fries and hash browns? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 10:58 AM PST - 7 comments

How to find the case wire pinout arangement for an old MoBo?
What's the spec for the pinouts to the case switches/LEDs on an ATX motherboard? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors at 10:53 AM PST - 7 comments

How to stop my cats chewing wires?
How do I keep my two cats from chewing through every wire less than an eighth of an inch in diameter? They eat every pair of headphones that I buy, no matter how well I keep them hidden or protected. Please help!
posted by joshers13 at 10:51 AM PST - 12 comments

What Theme Music is used in the Ad?
Theme Music is used in this Ad? thanks
posted by BillyRayMae at 10:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Searching for hyphen or minus sign on Google
How do you search for minus sign (the "-") in Google? [more inside]
posted by MarkO at 10:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for used Motorcycle Dealer in LA
Help me find a good used motorcycle dealer in LA. [more inside]
posted by KenFox at 10:10 AM PST - 1 comments

Cat Eats Own Puke
How do I get my cat to stop eating her own puke? [more inside]
posted by adrober at 9:20 AM PST - 18 comments

From Mail to Filemaker?
How can I automagically parse the oddly-formatted text from the body of an email so that Filemaker can use it? [more inside]
posted by bink at 9:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Volunteer vacation near Texas?
I need ideas for (very) short-term volunteering/vacation opportunities this winter [more inside]
posted by ch3ch2oh at 9:01 AM PST - 2 comments

stationery in new york city!
hey folks! I'm a new to New York-er (the city, that is), and have done some serious googling and asking around in the "real life" and have not had any luck finding smallish stationery/gifty stores that carry paper goods-- along the lines of what are fairly common on the west coast where I'm from. a little bit.. [more inside]
posted by ethel at 8:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Umm, hi!
How do you ask someone out on myspace? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 25 comments

Flashlight up my sleeve?
Help me find a wristwatch with a built-in LED flashlight. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

My eyes taste like burning.
Help, capsaicin on contacts. [more inside]
posted by empath at 7:48 AM PST - 17 comments

More than just BlackBerry
Is it possible/practical to have multiple server-side mobile messaging solutions running on our Exchange server simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by MattD at 7:43 AM PST - 1 comments

Are home warranties worth it?
Does anyone have an opinion on home warranties? [more inside]
posted by zzztimbo at 7:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Remote keyless entry problems
Remote keyless entry problem. [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 7:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Pi-ta-go-ra su-i-chi!
In this collection of clips of Rube Goldberg machines for NHK's Pitagora Suichi, was CG animation used? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:39 AM PST - 18 comments

"Louisiana SOS" Shirt?
About a year ago, someone was selling a t-shirt with a red background and a white state of Louisiana with "SOS" carved out of it. Who was selling it and are they still available? EBay returns nothing and Google searches mostly bring references to the Secretary of State.
posted by kittyprecious at 6:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Streaming sound should stream seamlessly
OS X, Netgear DG834G, "Network stalled" message in iTunes is getting rather annoying! [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 5:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Lost my keys at Ikea
I lost my keys at Ikea (Atlanta) of all places... What steps can I take to recover them or start a new set of keys? [more inside]
posted by jadanzzy at 4:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Break the Wii 4-player barrier?
Are there any Wii games (released or announced) that support more than 4 players? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 2:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Why is my USB storage device lying to me??
Why is my USB storage device lying to me?? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 2:33 AM PST - 11 comments

name that children's book
looking for the title and author of a children's book about a polar bear. i don't remember the specifics of the story except for the fact that it ends, approximately, with the line: "polar bear, underwear." what i remember of the story is that the polar bear is on is way to the shower and involves him stripping down to his "polar bear underwear." i remember the artwork being somewhat strange.
posted by defmute at 12:14 AM PST - 7 comments

skinning rabbits
How do I skin and clean a rabbit? [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz at 12:00 AM PST - 20 comments

December 16
i just like to watch.
seattle / tacoma folks - i like to watch airplanes take off and land. Suggest a good spot to sit quietly and watch the air traffic at seaTac airport? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 11:54 PM PST - 6 comments

What do penguins taste like?
Kind of a weird question, but... what does penguin taste like? [more inside]
posted by pwf at 10:39 PM PST - 13 comments

"781." "Fuuuck you."
Has anybody on the Price Is Right, when overbid by one dollar, ever won because the actual retail price was exactly the amount they bid?
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 9:32 PM PST - 22 comments

Suggested pianists?
Anyone have recommendations for some great jazz pianists that I could look into? [more inside]
posted by j-urb at 8:53 PM PST - 36 comments

What's the chemistry of playdough?
What's the chemistry of playdough? The recipe for basic playdough is: 2 cups flour, 2 cups water, 1 cup salt, 2 tsp cream of tartar. This plus a little oil and food coloruing + low heat and stir until congealed. What's the function of thee salt and the cream of tartar? The oil is obviously for lubrication the flour and water are what make the dough through the reaction of starch + heat.
posted by singingfish at 8:02 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I combine two identical damaged DVDs into one good one?
I have two DVDs with identical content, both damaged in different places. How can I combine the "good" data from each DVD to make one perfect copy? [more inside]
posted by bakerybob at 7:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Yet another name that artist..
name that artist filter: Who's rapping in the Neon Genesis Evangelion Symphony Soundtrack? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 7:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for "an escape from L.A. filter."
Is there one database or GIS I can use to research several important features, to cull the possible cities I might want to move to? [more inside]
posted by SMELLSLIKEFUN at 6:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Architecture Europe 2007
My fellow architects: what new buildings should I not miss in Europe this winter? [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:05 PM PST - 21 comments

What's a good newbie PDA?
I'm looking for a good, entry-level PDA. [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 5:50 PM PST - 7 comments

If I have to carry my own food to my table, it doesn't count.
Anybody know of a good restaurant for lunch in London, Ontario? [more inside]
posted by Drunken_munky at 5:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I accept this job offer? How can I get them to sweeten it?
Should I consider a job offer after only a month at a pretty good job? If so, how can I get them to sweeten their offer? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 4:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Make Dell laptop work with Verizon DSL
Any ideas why my Dell laptop's wireless gets 'limited or no connectivity' to a new Verizon DSL wireless modem? Verizon says its a problem with the Dell computer and I need to get Dell to sort out the fault. Dell wants me to pay for the information. I figure Dell and Verizon must have encountered this problem before and hope there's some folks here who know where to get the information to change settings or otherwise set up a configuration to make it work. Suggestions?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 4:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Vanilla porter?
HomebrewFilter: How to best go about brewing up a vanilla porter? [more inside]
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 4:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Wii!~
So I wish to purchase a Wii for a Christmas gift. However, there are problems. Taking up residence in front of Zellers might not be an option, and I don't think I have the necessary funds to negotiate a purchase on eBay, with the scarcity premiums and the "Giant expensive package" traps. I live in Canada, and thus the WiiFinder sites I've found cannot seem to help me. Is there anything I can do to acquire a Wii, or do I have to wait until they can actually be purhchased like any regular consumer product? [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 4:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Money saving tip for our church
How can my mom's church save money? [more inside]
posted by brokekid at 4:08 PM PST - 20 comments

U.K. Christmas
As a child, I was an American expat, growing up in Scotland. This time of year I have many fond memories of Christmas Pantomines, Christmas Pudding, Paper Crowns & Crackers, 'Cadbury's Christmas Selection Boxes,' etc.' I also remember getting copies of year-end "annuals," particularly the 'Beano Annual' and the 'Blue Peter Annual.' There were many others, but I am at a loss for remembering their titles. What are/were some of the others published at Christmastime?
posted by ericb at 4:07 PM PST - 14 comments

need to rent a car
do car rental companies do a dmv check before you can take the car?
posted by jmarq at 3:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Where do I submit an idea?
I have an idea that involves cell phones, a web service, and participation from OS developers and designers/printers. It would be a time saver for many people and I am sure could provide profit to major players in these industries. Who/where/how do I get my suggestion out there? [more inside]
posted by superdeluxe at 2:17 PM PST - 11 comments

What is the standard dress for a company Christmas party?
What's the standard dress code for a company Christmas party? It was unspecified in the invitation. The company is a relatively small technology start-up. 60-some-odd will be attending, including some of the (wealthy) founders. Help a clueless non-girly girl who comes from very little money. [more inside]
posted by moira at 12:57 PM PST - 23 comments

Unlocked smart phone
Any problems using an unlocked Treo 680 on T-Mobile? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 12:51 PM PST - 1 comments

NewCarFilter: Changing car dealerships.
I'm living in Calgary and ordered a 2007 VW GTI in October. I'm expecting delivery in February or March. I'm applying for work in BC and AB and there's a chance that I might be in BC by then. What's involved with changing dealerships? [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish at 12:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Multitasking the new phone
GSM cellphones: is there an easy (and legit) way to integrate two phone #s from the same provider on one SIM card so I don't have to lug around two phones? [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 12:03 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm looking for suggestions for instrumental music to be used in the background of a radio piece.
I am working on a documentary radio piece and I'm looking for some instrumental music to use in the background. I've stumbled across some great instrumental stuff, but most of it is incredibly sappy. The problem with this is that my story is not. I'm looking for relatively upbeat music, not music to break up to. Can anyone suggest some interesting instrumental artists or collections? Maybe a movie soundtrack?
posted by erikcore at 11:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Photo Book Reccomendations
What are some good ways to create an affordable hard-bound photo book online? [more inside]
posted by superbird at 11:27 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the easiest way to network my Windows PC with my Xbox 360 to stream music from PC --> Xbox?
What's the easiest way to network my Windows PC with my Xbox 360 to stream music from PC --> Xbox? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 10:59 AM PST - 3 comments

WWA-Contractor-D?
HOME CONTSTRUCTION FILTER:Should I build a house from the ground up or buy a fixer? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq at 10:11 AM PST - 17 comments

"California, California, oh yeah" song?
Stupid and ridiculous song (not main theme) that I've seen once on Baywatch that goes, "California, California, oooh yeah". The singer sounds like Bon Jovi or Brian Adams. What is it called?
posted by limon at 9:50 AM PST - 3 comments

What's a movie like Bourne Identity but with a woman?
I'm trying to identify a movie that has a plot very similar to Bourne Identity but with a woman in the leading role. [more inside]
posted by Svitlana at 9:41 AM PST - 14 comments

flashing cursor in xp
Flashing cursor problem (XP). Easily replicated, easily worked around, but highly annoying. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 9:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Cyber stalking?
On the Internet, maybe somebody does know you're not a... [more inside]
posted by fuse theorem at 9:29 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I sleep on my back and not my face?
I have the habit of sleeping on my face, and I wake up looking like I've gone 12 rounds with Clubber Lang. How can I ensure I sleep on my back at night? [more inside]
posted by dropkick at 8:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Go North, Young Woman
I want to buy 20 acres in Canada so that I have a refuge and a windfall when the coming global apocolypse comes down, I'm ready. Where can I buy now that would be the best investment, esp. for not much money? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer at 8:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Overcoming constant accusations and insinuations of infidelity?
What to do about accusations / insinuations that one can't be trusted hanging out with other people's girlfriends and/or they can't be trusted hanging out with you? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 8:24 AM PST - 18 comments

Dodging a nice person
I need help non-hurtfully brushing off someone who wants to be friends with me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 AM PST - 45 comments

What is this 'iPod' you speak of?
So, I've got my lady an iPod for christmas, and I'd like to preload it with some vids - help me understand Apple's way of doing things... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 10 comments

How is one to know a Vancouverite from a Haligonian?
Why doesn't Canada have more regional English-language accents? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 7:05 AM PST - 43 comments

To Touch a Child
Looking for guidelines on physically handling children at school. [more inside]
posted by dragonsi55 at 4:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me build a christmas tree
I'd like to make my own cheapass christmas tree. [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 3:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Very complicated potential real estate transaction
Real-estate lawfilter: Is it possible to lend money towards the cash purchase of a property by a family member, and then be handed ownership by a quit claim deed, and then take out my own mortgage on that property? [more inside]
posted by mert at 3:04 AM PST - 16 comments

My vote goes for marzipan.
Having read the ying, I am now curious about the yang: fellatio aficionados, what does it taste like to you?
posted by Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson at 1:56 AM PST - 44 comments

How to deal with idiot kids?
So I've got some alleged neighbors who apparently don't understand the rules of civilized society. How to deal with them? [more inside]
posted by ubernostrum at 1:00 AM PST - 37 comments

Seriously seeking satin sleep shorts
Where can I find womens' satin or silk sleep shorts? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated at 12:10 AM PST - 8 comments

December 15
Best places (beyond ebay & Craigslist) to sell old PowerBooks and other used tech gear?
Right now, what are some good places -- in addition to ebay & Craigslist -- to sell used tech gear (such as old PowerBooks and any other excellent-condition but old stuff)? [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 11:24 PM PST - 4 comments

ogg -> mp3
Please suggest a Windows or Linux tool to batch-convert ogg files to mp3. [more inside]
posted by jlub at 10:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Alt-tab is asking too much! Help me help my computer!
DualMonitorFilter: What am I missing? Two-cards, two monitors to get an extended Windows desktop. [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 10:47 PM PST - 6 comments

How to show off my smoker's skill in a bar?
Ok, I'm a cigar smoker (no cigarettes), so I'm at a bar, got a girl in my eye, she's looking toward me--I wanna show off--so how do I shoot off a smoke ring? [more inside]
posted by uncballzer at 9:42 PM PST - 26 comments

I lost my turkey recipe...who took my turkey recipe...I'll find my turkey recipe
I'm looking for a recipe for rolled / stuffed turkey breast that was published in (a Christmas edition of?) Australian Better Homes and Gardens magazine some time in the last few years (which I've since lost). Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 8:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Who plays the Cingular guy in the Alltel food court commercial?
Who plays the Cingular guy in the Alltel food court commercial, and why have I seen him in so many commercials recently?
posted by Xazeru at 8:38 PM PST - 4 comments

How does this photographer do skycam shots? (NSFW)
How does this photographer do skycam shots? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by cheero at 7:32 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I get Preview and Aperture to share a single color space?
Why do my photos look different in Aperture after I white-balanced them with Preview? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 7:19 PM PST - 1 comments

Do DVI-out PCI-Express cards work?
Will this [see Newegg] DVI-only, PCI-x add-on card work with many/any motherboards? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 7:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Sleep Shock
Sometimes before I fall asleep (but after I've started to doze off), a strange electric shock runs through my body and wakes me up. [more inside]
posted by archagon at 6:29 PM PST - 18 comments

Raptiva: good, bad, or other?
Do you have first-hand experience with Raptiva (efalizumab), for psoriasis? [more inside]
posted by loiseau at 6:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Can one company buy all the stock of another?
How can one company buy all the stock of another public company? [more inside]
posted by sideshow at 5:57 PM PST - 8 comments

To bill or not to bill?
RecurringBillingFilter: As a small-time hosting provider, we bill every month using ModernBill. MB Stopped working about 5 months ago, so about 12-15 clients went unbilled for that time... Where do we land re: back-billing? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 5:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Recommendations for Paris reading?
Recommendations for historical fiction about Paris? I'll be there for a couple of weeks, and have found that historical novels can really help me sink my teeth into a place. I have no particular era in mind, so the period is less important than the setting and the writing.
posted by walla at 5:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Why won't my BIOS recognize a SATA drive?
Why won't my BIOS recognize a SATA drive? [more inside]
posted by malaprohibita at 5:37 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I build a cheap, temporary fence?
Temporary fencing question : I'm going to foster a retired greyhound for a few weeks but have to somehow put up a fence on one side of the yard so he won't get over. The length needed is around 8 metres and runs along some hedges on the border of the neighbour's place. Probably needs to be about 5 feet high. I want to do this myself as cheaply and quickly as possible. Any suggestions?
posted by zaebiz at 5:35 PM PST - 15 comments

What do you do with a BA in English?
What are some possible career paths or jobs suitable for a helpful, problem-solving, researching, decision-making, disorganized, short-attention-spanned recent college grad? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy at 5:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Advice for visiting and living in India
I will be leaving in a month for Jaipur, Rajasthan, to study abroad. I'll spend the spring living with an Indian family, studying international development, and doing an internship at an NGO in or near the city. Afterwards, I may travel around India for a while with a friend. Please give me any and all advice you have about traveling and living in India. [more inside]
posted by bookish at 5:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Summary of Vietnam War Casualties
Where can I find a chronological summary by month of America's Vietnam war casualites for the entire war? I've seen a few such summaries for limited years, but nothing comprehensive. Extra credit for a matching public opinion polls on support for the war.
posted by Jackson at 5:16 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I give a good seminar?
How do I give the best instructional presentation ever? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Ooops.... I spent it all..
How likely is it for a company to make you pay back the sign on bonus? There's [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 PM PST - 24 comments

4 month old scar still hurts..
4-month old leg injury filter: I scraped up my leg really bad 4 months ago. It healed, it scarred, it still hurts. Now what? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 4:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I buy these Chinese nuts?
Where can I buy these Chinese nuts? [more inside]
posted by twoporedomain at 4:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Windows networking problems for modem connection
I'm trying to set up an non-internet-connected Windows XP computer to receive incoming connections via modem. Somewhat reproducibly, the "Incoming Connections" icon in the Network Connections dialog goes away after a reboot. [more inside]
posted by jacobsee at 4:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can someone host a few mp3s to link to from Blogger?
Free + easy hosting for a few media files? [more inside]
posted by john m at 4:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Is Doxycycline A Bad Idea?
Doxycycline used for eye surface repair: Safe? Worth it? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 3:57 PM PST - 12 comments

More career questions! Who doesn't love that? Am I right? Am I right?
Should I dumb down my resume? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 3:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Help with cripped hard drive
How can I get my crippled computer to communicate with the outside world? [more inside]
posted by stam_broker at 3:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me be a better dad
My 15 year old is starting to slack off at school. Help me make her understand that she needs to straighten up! [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 3:11 PM PST - 39 comments

Is it okay to mix foundation with your sunscreen?
Is it okay to mix a dab of foundation with your sunscreen to make an ersatz "tinted moisturizer"? Or will it create a rip in the very fabric of space and time? [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 3:06 PM PST - 9 comments

My My daughter is addicted to vicodin
My 25 year old daughter is worrying me. She self medicates with vicodin to help her through her depression. Lately she has become comatose, falling asleep at the wheel, talking with slurred speech and denying that she is doing any drugs. Her mother took her to the hospital and they advised her to see a psychiatrist. I would like to give her the benefit of the doubt and believe that she is clean but she has a history that can't be denied. My latest thought is that she is doing but is in denial. Is there a definitive test that I can purchase from the pharmacy that would be conclusive. The part about her slurred speech, can anything else be causing this (she is also bulemic). As you can see she has alot to deal with. Any suggestions? I know she needs psychological help but I can't force her and since she is an adult she would not let her mother speak with the doctor.
posted by aisleofview at 2:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Should I store my truck?
Going out of town for 3 months...should I store my truck? [more inside]
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred at 2:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Voices in my PC
My PC is literally trying to tell me something [more inside]
posted by hoppytoad at 2:53 PM PST - 13 comments

All I want for Xmas is my PowerBook Back!
Merry Christmas, Your personal laptop's been stolen at work. Now... how do you handle replacing it? But wait... there's [more inside]
posted by aristan at 2:46 PM PST - 14 comments

My belly puzzles me.
How come I get acid reflux from fatty foods, but not from dairy-based high-fat foods like ice cream and cheese and not from foods cooked in olive oil? What is my stomach doing differently?
posted by joannemerriam at 2:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Artifacts: The TV, or the Broadcast?
Are the display artifacts I'm seeing in our plasma screen due to the low broadcast resolution, or due the the tv itself? [more inside]
posted by everichon at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Version control
How does a wiki store revisions? [more inside]
posted by deadfather at 2:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Kid-Friendly Corner Fittings for Sharp-Cornered Frames
I'd like to find some kid-friendly corner fittings for sharp-cornered frames. [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 2:37 PM PST - 1 comments

How big a performance hit will I take running CPU heavy programs in 32-bit WOW emulation?
How much of a performance hit will I take if I install the 64-bit version of Vista and run, for instance, my Digital Audio Workstation in 32-bit WOW emulation rather than running it in native 32-bit? [more inside]
posted by adi at 2:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Montreal juke joint
Looking for a good Montreal bar [more inside]
posted by helvetica at 1:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Need a graphic metaphor to illustrate progress
I am helping a volunteer group collect donations. I need something other than a thermometer or a mountain climber to graphically illustrate our progress. HELP!
posted by punkfloyd at 1:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Stay at or leave my part-time job?
I've always been a late-blooming underachiever. Is it time to get off my butt and get out of my lousy part-time job, or should I keep my lousy part-time job because it gives me time to work on my book (I'm writing a novel)? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 1:11 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I remotely install windows 50 times?
How do I remotely install a Windows xp based disc image to ~50 PC's at the same time? [more inside]
posted by griffey at 12:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Tips for finding a good deal on a car rental this holiday?
Tips for finding a good deal on a car rental this holiday? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 12:21 PM PST - 12 comments

What is electronica, anyhow?
I often see artists such as David Gray and Dido, or specific cd's such as Bright Eyes' Digital Ash in a Digital Urn listed as electronica. However, when I look at Wikipedia's entry on electronica, the stuff listed there seems to be a much different genre. How would you classify the above music, and what are some similar type artists or cd's?
posted by stovenator at 12:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Photography classes in SF?
Where can I find classes in San Francisco to help me become a better photographer? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 11:52 AM PST - 2 comments

I need a humane mouse trap, that works on smart mice.
I was attacked by a house mouse. [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla at 11:29 AM PST - 55 comments

New classic Christmas songs?
Which songs or renditions from the last 10 years have entered the "canon" of classic Christmas songs?
posted by smackfu at 11:23 AM PST - 28 comments

old people + radiation = disturbing graphic novel
Help me find the name of a graphic novel, in which a naive elderly couple deal with the aftermath of an atomic bomb. . . [more inside]
posted by changeling at 11:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Writers and Blackberries et al?
Writers: do you benefit from Blackberries, PDAs and other nifty handheld devices? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey at 11:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Girl with burnt angel wings - what's the movie called?
Vaguely remembered movie filter: Girl is dressed as angel, running from a fire (house is burning down). [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 11:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Stories that involve shadows?
Novels, short stories, movies--all are welcome. I find shadow stories spooky and interesting. My fave was a kid book called "The Shades" which explains how the shadows of people live their own lives. Know of any others?
posted by largecorp at 10:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Misbehaving technology!
Help me troubleshoot my printer &/or computer, which is refusing to print! I suspect it's something simple, but there's... [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 10:39 AM PST - 4 comments

What is the best sub-compact digital camera du jour
What is the best small digital camera Du Jour? I know this has been asked before, but 6 months can make a big difference for these sort of things. What I'm looking for is a smallish, light digital camera with a big viewfinder, that takes really good pictures. That isn't too much to ask is it? [more inside]
posted by heh3d at 10:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Why is entourage in my code mangling my wordz?
Why is Entourage mangling email text in email newsletters? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 10:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Trying to figure out green tea
I'm now trying loose leaf green tea instead of supermarket green tea bags. It seems to be coming out weaker. Is that normal? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 9:54 AM PST - 21 comments

Moving to LA...help!
Within the next year I will most likely be moving from Central New Jersey to Los Angeles, CA. I need a lot of insight, suggestions and recommendations in all areas. This is going to be a big big question with lots of little questionlets. [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 9:43 AM PST - 24 comments

Drunk @ Work again
[LegalDrinkingFilter.] My hotstuff girlfriend lawyer wants to get an engraved flask for her firm partners. She's trying to think of something witty to engrave on it like "BB&W where it's legal to drink". (Actually more witty than that). Please help us!
posted by bitdamaged at 9:40 AM PST - 43 comments

We got the big ol tv, but let's make it sound nice
What is the best home theatre system for us? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 9:21 AM PST - 12 comments

How to help lovely other eat better?
How can I help my picky-eatin' partner to choose healthier foods? [more inside]
posted by emptyinside at 9:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Erectile dysfunction while using a condom because of a heart condition?
A boyfriend of a friend of a friend claims that he cannot maintain an erection when using a condom because of a heart condition. How likely is this to be true? Or is it just bullshit? [more inside]
posted by yeoz at 9:13 AM PST - 44 comments

It's the little things that count
What are some creative romantic ideas done on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 9:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Best Collaborative Content Management Software
I am about to create a website for a university class on collaborative ethnographies. What software would suit my needs best? Right now, ExpressionEngine and Drupal 5 are my top two choices. If I am barking up the wrong tree, please let me know. [more inside]
posted by billtron at 8:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Why reinvent the SQL wheel?
Software design question - Why do people still write PC archiving and cataloging software? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel at 8:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Save my job, please!
I need to create an employee manual using only Microsoft Word 2000. Help! [more inside]
posted by ohio at 8:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I be concerned about missong a dose of my anti-malaria medication?
I just returned from an extensive road trip through Southern Africa including many malaria-prone areas. I took the anti-malaria medication Malarone once a day but missed a dose on the plane home. I received three mosquito bites in Mozambique (a malaria-prone country) the last day of the trip. Should I worry about contracting Malaria? Will the missed dose reduce the medication's effectiveness? [more inside]
posted by yoel88 at 7:59 AM PST - 9 comments

O Holy Album
I've fallen in love with this rendition of "O Holy Night"[MP3] from last week's episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Now I want a whole Christmas album in that style - either already made or individual songs to make a mix. Any recommendations? I particularly like how the song is still totally recognizable and pleasant, despite having lots of soul to it and cool improvisations. Thanks!
posted by rorycberger at 7:57 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you build a road?
Why does road construction take so long? [more inside]
posted by frykitty at 7:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Why is Drudge Pushing "Dreamgirls"?
Why has the Drudge Report been obsessively pushing the movie "Dreamgirls"? [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 7:31 AM PST - 19 comments

Serve me, server!
I work for a small non profit who is looking to add a central file server to bring our non existent tech infrastructure out of the stone age. The boss is looking to drop $2,500 on a complete package from DELL, but Im thinking there must be a better and cheaper way to accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 7:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Mobile Office for MotoQ?
Can I buy Microsoft Office Mobile? Where? [more inside]
posted by GhostintheMachine at 7:18 AM PST - 1 comments

Password skullduggery?
A friend of mine might be being spied on... [more inside]
posted by Heminator at 7:06 AM PST - 19 comments

Is there an easier way to get to "Save as PDF" on my Mac?
I really love the baked-in "Save to PDF" function that OS 10 has. I love it so much, that I often have multiple things that I want to save as PDF. It is a little inconvenient/inefficient to go through five or six pages, hit cmd-p, click "PDF", select "Save as PDF", hit return, hit return again, for each file. It would be much easier if I could punch in one key combo and have the "Save" dialog box come up, with "PDF" in the format. Please help. Anyone know a way to make this happen?
posted by grieserm at 6:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Should your partner always be your priority?
In a relationship, should your priority always be towards your partner? [more inside]
posted by aprivateperson at 6:28 AM PST - 38 comments

Faith Online
Religion-Online-Filter: Help me find good religious websites, blogs and online communities. [more inside]
posted by MarshallPoe at 6:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Set Your Own Salary
Within the past year, I read an article about a corporation where employees set their own pay. Other functions are similarly innovative. I vaguely remember a connection to Brazil/Latin America. What is this company? Where can I find more?
posted by Korou at 5:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Music, sweet music, I wish I could caress and kiss and find ...
Help me find industrial-strength software to catalog an extremely large CD collection. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 5:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Vat?
What gets charged VAT and what does not when sending things from the US to the UK? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 5:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Google says: Press Association, Personal Assistant, Penny Arcade, Pennsylvania
Need to put together a PA for a music venue [more inside]
posted by Leon at 3:00 AM PST - 11 comments

You ever played jacks? Well, it's kinda like that....
What pick-up lines have you used, witnessed, or been the victim of that actually worked? Please include context.
posted by Mach3avelli at 1:20 AM PST - 40 comments

December 14
Stop Mac's Spotlight from indexing!
Please! Stop the Mac OSX Spotlight from indexing. [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 11:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Where on god’s green earth can I find a decent media player to handle my (120gb+) MP3 collection?
Where on god’s green earth can I find a decent media player to handle my (120gb+) MP3 collection? I have 120 gb + of music that I can’t seem to get any media player to handle adequately. Any suggestions on one to try? Or how to make the big ones actually work quickly with this many files? [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 11:05 PM PST - 23 comments

Help Me Camp
I am looking to get into some beginner back country camping, and I need some recommendations for gear and guides. [more inside]
posted by deafmute at 10:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Movies on your wrist. It's not just for friendship bracelets anymore
So I just got this super cool new watch that plays up to 2gigs of videos on it. It's like Dick Tracy minus the villains. Only problem? The program that comes with the watch makes you encode the videos into something called NXV format. And it's not working right. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 10:16 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I help the homeless?
How can I help the homeless? [more inside]
posted by palet at 10:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Can't stay on my antidepressant.
Can't stay on my antidepressant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Urine smells like food
Within an hour or so after eating or drinking, my urine smells strongly of whatever I ate or drank. Is this an indication that there is something physically wrong with me?
posted by anonymous at 9:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Did you know that yellow and blue make green?
I'm Chinese, and North-American hair-dyes seem to hate me with a passion. [more inside]
posted by Phire at 9:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Laundryful in Seattle.
I have washed my last load of laundry. Never again. I'm looking for a good laundry service that will pick up/drop off in West Seattle, or if you don't know about Seattle share with me your tips/nightmares for finding a good laundry service.
posted by crunchyk9 at 9:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a Bible and a Koran.
I'm an atheist -- help me find a study Bible and/or study Koran. [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 9:26 PM PST - 17 comments

PIRGThing
I need to catalogue my non-profit's library of books and videos. We want it to be accessible for students and faculty to easily see what we own and what is currently available for borrowing. I have been looking at LibraryThing, and am pretty impressed, but I can't see a way to incorporate our films, to give each item an id number, or to mark what is currently borrowed or available. Are there ways for me to do this, or would another site/software be better?
posted by arcticwoman at 9:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Who is the artist/musician in L.L. Bean's Holiday commercial?
Does anyone know the song/music/artist in L.L. Bean's Holiday commercial? It can be seen here.
posted by camworld at 9:11 PM PST - 3 comments

How does one determine if they can be happy living in LA?
Job interview in west LA, never been to LA before, am spending a few days there. What's the best stuff to checkout in the area to tell if I can be happy living in LA? [more inside]
posted by archae at 9:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Typographyfilter: Help me figure out what typefaces Flickr is using
Typographyfilter: What typefaces are they using on the new Flickr Gift page found here: http://flickr.com/gift/ [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9 at 8:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Netflix: Adding secondary account holders as friends
Netflix: If I am a secondary account holder, can I add another secondary account holder to my friends list? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 8:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Save a bundle?
Is the Mac Heist bundle worthwhile? I'd really like to get TextMate but they're still short $37,000 and I'd hate to pay $49 for everything but the product I want most. Is there any speculation of whether they might just throw it in after all?
posted by furtive at 8:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Academics: What's your filing system?
Academics: What's your filing system for academic papers? As I finish up my undergrad degree and enter grad school, I'm reading a lot of papers. Currently, they're just in a tall stack on my desk and in a folder in my Mac. I'm interested in hearing filing solutions -- both hard copy and electronic -- for academic papers.
posted by pealco at 7:18 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me pay way too much to have a TV fixed. Or not.
My friend flung a Wii remote into my new 40" LCD TV during a heated session of Wii Sports Bowling. No, really. [more inside]
posted by tumult at 6:57 PM PST - 38 comments

Radio Free Europe (Sport Section)
How can one listen to the Ashes and/or live UK football online in a country other than UK- given that the BBC screen out people abroad? [more inside]
posted by Gratishades at 6:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Christmas and New Year's Eve dinners in NYC
My family and I will be in New York city for the holidays. My mission: to find great restaurants for Christmas and New Year's Eve dinners. [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon at 6:38 PM PST - 6 comments

My face is clean. But it looks dirty.
I dye (colour!) my hair black a couple times a month. I just like it better. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 5:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Why haven't GPS units dropped as much as other electronics?
Most electronics drop dramatically in price. GPS units do not seem to have dropped as dramatically. Is there a reason, or multiple reasons for this? Are GPS receivers fundamentally harder to make for some reason? Is there a licence fee? Have the volumes been too low? Does getting new information for the maps, for car guidance systems, keep the price up?
posted by sien at 5:47 PM PST - 19 comments

What Are the "Hottest" Restaurants in NYC?
The NYC Chiliheads Meetup Group (http://hotnspicy.meetup.com/42/) wants to consider possible venues for its future gatherings. We're a group of individuals, drawn from a variety of backgrounds and industries, that simply LOVES fiery, spicy food. Recent outings have taken us to Cho Dang Gol and Brick Lane Curry House. Like-minded AskMeFites are welcome to join us! What restaurants do you recommend? Why? What cuisine do they represent?
posted by NYCinephile at 5:36 PM PST - 6 comments

What was the odd music at Seaworld's puffin and penguin room?
What is the name and artist of that incredibly bizarre music that was played 6-7 years ago at the Florida Sea World penguin and puffin house? They might be still using it today but I would not know. I asked several employees and they claimed to had no idea what it was, and they hated it because it played over and over again all of the time! I can't really describe the music because I have never heard anything like it in my whole life. (it was fairly abstract)
posted by santogold at 5:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Open source media contacts/relations database suggestions?
I'm looking for a free (or nearly) solution for storing an existing list of media contacts. [more inside]
posted by Pacrand at 4:46 PM PST - 2 comments

"Scott" vs "Ephron"
FilmSchoolFilter: In terms of cinematography, what factors cause different movies to, well...look different? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Online, customizable barebones PC vendors other than Monarch?
Can any mefites suggest some alternative barebones PC builders other than Monarch? Looks like they've fallen on hard times just as I'm gearing up for a new machine. [more inside]
posted by Jase at 4:10 PM PST - 9 comments

identify this spider
Can anyone identify this spider ? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 3:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Designer Sheep gift search
Trying to find specific designer sheep gifts seen in a store on Nantucket. [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 3:38 PM PST - 2 comments

What was that in the sky?
What was that in the Boston sky? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax at 2:34 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I subscribe to an MP3 blog as if it was a podcast?
I'm in search of an application that can subscribe to mp3 blogs via rss (or even better html scrape). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by unformatt at 2:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Dancing under the Arch?
Where in St. Louis can I get good beginner ballroom dancing lessons for couples? [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 2:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Why don't more herbivores have sharp horns?
Why don't more herbivores have sharp horns? Some of them do, like the Cape Buffalo and the Kudu, but most have horns that do not seem very useful for defense. Given that the cost in keratin is the same for sharp and dull horns, and that sharp horns don't seem to cause intra-species injuries, why wouldn't all herbivores have razor-sharp horns to defend themselves?
posted by turbojav at 2:04 PM PST - 40 comments

Roaming Profiles on Windows XP what to do?
Looking for a secure Windows XP Roaming Profile alternative. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 2:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Suggest a Vancouver restaurant?
Vancouver Filter: Suggest a spot for my office Xmas lunch? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 1:57 PM PST - 13 comments

WAP site converter?
Is there a service, besides Winksite, that will easily WAP-ify my sites? [more inside]
posted by crickets at 1:40 PM PST - 1 comments

Slideshows for beginners. Absolute beginners.
Creating a podcast with synchronized images that will pop up at irregular intervals during the podcast. I'll also be showing some very unsophisticated users how to do this in a few months. Which tool is best for the job... [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 at 1:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Theme Song question
What theme song does the instrumental "First Snow" by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra sound like? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 1:17 PM PST - 6 comments

please help me get a media/arts job in NYC!
need an entertainment job offer in NYC, or a good writing or film program. [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 12:42 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the most likely to succeed and equitable method of teaching my fiancee to be responsible for her finances?
What is the most likely to succeed and equitable method of teaching my fiancee to be responsible for her finances? [more inside]
posted by sequential at 12:28 PM PST - 67 comments

How to use my accelerometer w/ Parallels
I just got a new Macbook with Parallels and Windows XP pre-installed. I knew of someone who utilized the accelerometer to be able to flip between OSX and Windows by a slap of the side of the screen. How can I set this up on my MacBook?
posted by pelican at 12:21 PM PST - 8 comments

How Can I Wrap My Brain Around GTD?
I've bought and read most of David Allen's Gettings Things Done. I've also read a ton of things on line. But I'm still having a bear of a time wrapping my mind around GTD. I feel like I understand it on one level but I don't know how to fit it into my normal daily workflow. What is it that I am missing? [more inside]
posted by dgeiser13 at 12:19 PM PST - 25 comments

You can't have cashmere with out cash.
Suggestions on where to look for women's cashmere "lounge" pants in Chicago? there is of course [more inside]
posted by AllesKlar at 12:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Gang hairstyle
Is there a term for the close-cropped hairstyle (similar to buzzcuts, I suppose) that a lot of gang members wear? It's not a ball fade, but something like that? I'm thinking of mostly Latino gangs.
posted by tommassit at 12:13 PM PST - 18 comments

Divorce as cheap as possible.
How cheaply can I be divorced? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:11 PM PST - 12 comments

I guess I'm not over her after all.
How can I get over the selfish jealousy I feel towards my ex-girlfriend who is also my best friend and her new man? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:10 PM PST - 29 comments

How do you know when you're ready to go back to work after a nervous breakdown?
How do you know when you're ready to go back to work after a nervous breakdown? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me Clean those URLs
How do I make my URLs not need the .php extension? [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 12:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Preparing a course of self-study in Philosophy.
I'm preparing a course of self-study in Philosophy. I need text-suggestions and ESPECIALLY secondary source suggestions. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 12:01 PM PST - 28 comments

Books for parents. Which one is your bible?
Books for parents. Which one is your bible? [more inside]
posted by mitocan at 11:59 AM PST - 17 comments

Looking for a word
Is there a word that refers to 5 year periods as decade refers to 10 year periods (besides half decade)?
posted by notcostello at 11:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Do birds burp?
Do birds burp? [more inside]
posted by zembla3 at 11:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Middle-school-art-teacher-filter
What region/country/division does the red & yellow flag seen in the upper left of Monet's Terrasse à Sainte-Adresse signify? [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt at 11:32 AM PST - 8 comments

How does Windows label hard disks?
How does Windows XP label hard disks? [more inside]
posted by Symeon at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

What's on your Flash Drive?
What should I put on a USB Flash Drive? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 11:17 AM PST - 16 comments

Save money at Vail Ski Resort
I am going to Vail, Colorado this weekend. How can I save some money on a one day lift pass? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 11:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Pet-friendly Austin hotels?
We're moving to Austin, Tx and need a pet-friendly, inexpensive, and centrally located hotel. [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 10:57 AM PST - 7 comments

REGEXpert help needed!
Regex experts: I need a regular expression to help trim some lines in a text file. I haven't done regex in some time and I'm not having any luck with this. Hope it'll be easy for a wiz. [more inside]
posted by Tubes at 10:45 AM PST - 10 comments

What assumption did Feynman see through about the electron?
In one of Richard Feynman's books, he talks about solving a problem by finding that a 'fact' about (I think) the spin state of the electron was really an assumption. I recall that it could be one of two values, something like T or V, and everybody had assumed it was T without any evidence. I know I got that all wrong, so what's the reality behind it?
posted by Skorgu at 10:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Am I old?
Given today's global population sample, at what age are you older than the majority of people on earth? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 9:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Is this actually global warming?
It's December 14th and 56 degrees here in Boston. Everyone is walking around saying, "this is global warming." Is this actually a direct effect of global warming or just part of an abnormal but not potentially life-as-we-know-it ending weather pattern?
posted by jk252b at 8:58 AM PST - 41 comments

If I want to leave, do I let anyone know
I have a goals & objectives meeting with my boss. Lately work has been hugely unsatisfying, and I feel, moreover, that promises have been broken or infinitely deferred. I have plenty of other work opportunities, it is almost hard to keep them away. Do I mention that I am seriously considering leaving in this meeting in hopes that it might change things, or just be quiet and leap when the time is right? [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 8:51 AM PST - 20 comments

Can instructors distribute students' papers without permission?
Can an instructor enter a student's paper into one of those paper databases without telling the student? [more inside]
posted by sian at 8:35 AM PST - 21 comments

Multiline cell phones?
What cell phone providers will allow you to have two phone lines/ #'s on one phone? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 8:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Outlook Blackberry Sync problems
My blackberry 7250 is not saving the contents of notes and tasks since upgrade to Outlook 2007. The only thing being saved is the title. In Outlook, everything looks fine, but once I upload the information to my blackberry, the message disappears. I have not been able to find very much documentation on this subject, and I was hoping someone here might have a suggestion. Of course, if all else fails I could downgrade again. Second question: Are there any opensource projects like Outlook that download to Blackberry? (This is what I would really like :) stupid Outlook, I hate you)
posted by Knigel at 7:15 AM PST - 1 comments

Lost SCTV episode spoofing "The Cisco Kid"
Help me find the lost SCTV episode featuring The Cisco Kid. [more inside]
posted by Floydd at 6:53 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I start being a source of inspiration rather than envy?
How can I start being a source of inspiration rather than envy? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 5:20 AM PST - 81 comments

Keeping the Giant Warm
[bigfeetlongarmsfilter] I need to find a winter coat for a very tall man. [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 5:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Destination: Bariloche
Any tips on San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina? I'm going next week on a last-minute trip and would appreciate any pointers/recommendations. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 3:39 AM PST - 5 comments

How much do TV shows really cost?
Imagine a world with no TV advertising, and no sponsorship with TV shows being view on demand and funded by pay-per-view by the viewer. How much would (or should) a TV show actually cost? [more inside]
posted by nielm at 3:20 AM PST - 22 comments

What items should I get to fill up my living room wiht this Eastern theme?
I need help redecorating my house. I am going for the "Eastern" and contemporary look (Indian/ Middle Eastern/ Asian decor mixed with West Elm-ish contemporary style). I want to have Buddha statues, silk fabric for the window curtains, silk throw pillows, artificial plants and etc. [more inside]
posted by apple at 2:34 AM PST - 17 comments

December 13
What to do at a 49ers game?
SF Bay Filter: Going to our first 49ers game Christmas Eve, looking for traffic, tailgating and general advice. [more inside]
posted by jpmack at 11:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Why are people in coutries other then the U.S. mostly skinny?
Why are people in countries other then the U.S. mostly skinny? It can't just be the Mcdonalds. Could it maybe have to do with weather? or how we grow vegetables? I am in the middle of building a hydroponics plant system which uses nutrients (chemicals) and was wondering if we grow lots of our produce that way and thus are maybe causing more problems for our health? [more inside]
posted by Craiggy83 at 11:21 PM PST - 94 comments

firefox display problem
help! I got some firefox display issues. [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor at 11:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Selecting the MODE of a group of data in Microsoft Access
Microsoft Access. An SQL "GROUP BY" query. How do I generate the mode of the values that it's grouping, when I want averages in other multiple fields? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 11:04 PM PST - 3 comments

The life of a scholar for me?
What made you quit grad school? What was the deciding factor? How did you know it was time to go? Subtle signs? Did your advisor say 'go away'? If you stayed, when did you feel like quitting? [more inside]
posted by mariokrat at 10:29 PM PST - 27 comments

Looking fer a Genki Japanese 1 lesson plan
I'm looking for some ideas to effectively use the Genki 1 textbook to start teaching myself Japanese. [more inside]
posted by badger11 at 10:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Did you know Leslie Harpold? Can you help me keep her sites alive?
Did you know Leslie Harpold? Can you help me keep her sites alive? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 10:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Software that will let me create a Windows screensaver on a Mac platform.
A client wants us to create a promotional screensaver for them. The problem is we are on a Mac platform and they are on Windows. [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 9:59 PM PST - 8 comments

My LCDs got the blues
My 2-year old LCD has a blue vertical line for anything not white. Can it be fixed? [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 9:46 PM PST - 4 comments

What are your favorite books?
If you could buy any computer book(s) or subscribe to any tech-related journal(s), what would it (they) be? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 9:30 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I replace Dashboard with Yahoo Widget Engine?
I'd like to know some specifics about replacing Dashboard with Yahoo! Widget Engine. [more inside]
posted by secret.osha at 8:46 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I fix my CRT display's ghosting?
I just brought home a big o' 21" viewsonic P815 monitor. It didn’t have the monitor cable, so I used a crappy one I had. I’m noticing a lot of odd “shadow” effects, especially with black text on a white background- the text is clear, but there’s a very light grey echo to the right of it, then a lighter echo to the right of that, and so on. It reminds me of cable "ghosting." My question: is it a cable problem or a monitor problem? [more inside]
posted by dogwelder at 8:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Horses have four legs, Bucephalus has four legs ∴ Bucephalus is a horse.
I am looking for a concise or idiomatic term that refers to a correct conclusion which is attained through some sort of invalid reasoning. Is there a debate or logic term for this phenomenon?
posted by aubilenon at 7:47 PM PST - 38 comments

Which adjective best describes Inspector Javert?
Is there an adjective to describe a person who believes in absolute obedience to the law, as personified by Inspector Javert in "Les Miserables"?
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 7:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Red Red Meat: Where can I purchase you?
I'd like to send some raw meat to my brother for Christmas. Web site suggestions? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 7:42 PM PST - 23 comments

Online gift certificates (France)
I want to send my sister in France an online gift certificate. She has just moved into her new country home there. What sites (useful in FRANCE) would easily redeem the certificate and would also be interesting, ecclectic, fun -- and would give her the best value? [more inside]
posted by Surfurrus at 7:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Journey to the West
Monk and Monkey seek western paradise. Can you help us plan our Journey to the West? [more inside]
posted by Pollomacho at 7:23 PM PST - 4 comments

What game studios are based in the greater Seattle area?
What game studios are based in the greater Seattle area? [more inside]
posted by Riemann at 7:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me see a reindeer before Christmas (and save my career)!
Help me see a reindeer before Christmas (and save my career)! [more inside]
posted by dogsbody at 7:05 PM PST - 19 comments

How to split a.iso into 2 .iso?
Can you split an .iso (DVD burn image) file in two? I've been ripping all of my Netflix movies into .iso files before realizing that my burning software (Nero burning rom) doesn't split an image file (.iso) that is larger than 4.7gig into two smaller files. All of these movies require dual layer blank DVDs, but since I have a 100 pack of blank DVDs I would like to try to see if I could split the movies to 2 different discs rather than buy the larger blanks. [more inside]
posted by wile e at 6:34 PM PST - 22 comments

Dual-head remote desktop
How can I get to applications on a second monitor over Remote Desktop? [more inside]
posted by event at 5:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Ich ben ein sufganiyah
Can you get great sufganiyot in Nassau County? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 4:38 PM PST - 5 comments

How dumb am I, ya know, sexually?
Stranger, please pass judgment on our most intimate moments! So, my fiancee and I have been in a monogamous relationship for 8+ years, and the only method of birth control we use is condoms. Are we stupid? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 4:27 PM PST - 54 comments

How do I force HTTPS in Tomcat (through Apache and mod_jk)?
I'm at my wit's end. I've been trying to configure tomcat (through apache 2 using mod_jk) to automatically re-direct all traffic to HTTPS from HTTP. More boring technical details to follow. [more inside]
posted by purephase at 3:56 PM PST - 15 comments

MS Word date fraud mayhem
Is there a way on Microsoft Word to alter the file properties so that the document appears to have been created on a different time/date? [This question asked on behalf of another member.] [more inside]
posted by Arcaz Ino at 3:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Floppy Laptop Lid Solution?
Floppy Laptop Lid: Toshiba Satellite 2450 (bought in Canada, FWIW). The lid is flopping around. Are there any online tutorials/instruction manuals for how to fix this annoyance? Can it be done without spending $ or ordering parts, etc.? Thanks.
posted by rumbles at 3:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Reddit Down?
Is reddit.com down? I've not been able to ping it or load the page all day.
posted by tehgeekmeister at 2:57 PM PST - 5 comments

that's with an R not an S
I'm looking for a file repository application suitable for managing a software collection plus storing metadata about each program (version, developer site, dependencies, that sort of thing - I'll need to have some custom fields also). This is for private use, I'm not recreating Sourceforge or Freshmeat, so lightweight is better. Must run under OSX or LAMP. Suggestions?
posted by scalefree at 2:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me make my pictures pictures again!
[Digital Camera N00b Filter] I took a bunch of photos on my new camera (Canon Rebel) in RAW, but when I use the software that came with the camera it uploads them onto the computer as .avi files that I can't open. At one point I managed to upload them through another program as .crw files, but I still didn't know what to open them with (photoshop didn't work). How do I make them pictures again?
posted by elr at 2:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Why are people using ellipses instead of a period?
What has happened to people being able to properly use a single period to end a sentence? [more inside]
posted by The Bishop of Turkey at 2:32 PM PST - 76 comments

My books are rotten
Help! My books are rotten - as in they're covered in mould! Suggestions on anything I can do to save them most welcome... [more inside]
posted by Sifter at 2:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Wo to go?
What should I do this weekend in Germany? [more inside]
posted by bargex at 2:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Designing printed forms in InDesign CS2
Any advice or resources on best practices when designing printed forms in InDesign CS2? I have a registration form to design (and will have several dozen others to redesign in the new year) and would like to do things right the first time. [more inside]
posted by bcwinters at 1:54 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you learn to ask great questions like Chicago Public Radio's Gretchen Helfrich (Odyssey radio program)?
How do you learn to ask great questions like Chicago Public Radio's Gretchen Helfrich (Odyssey radio program, now cancelled ) ? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 1:38 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I eliminate the smell of spilled soup?
I've spilled some chicken noodle soup in my car. I wiped up what I could with napkins, but some of it soaked down beneath the surface of the seat. I suspect my car will now smell like chicken broth. What can I do?
posted by ignignokt at 1:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Farewell SkypeOut
Now that Skype is cutting off it's free service, what free alternatives are available?
posted by Sufi at 1:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Dandruff vs. Hat
Is frequently wearing hats a bad idea if you have dandruff? Some days it's cold enough to warrant a hat, but mostly I just like hats and not having to do my hair. Would styling it with hair product be any better or worse?
posted by luftmensch at 12:59 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I play old Mac games on my Intel iMac?
How can I play old Mac games (for Systems 7 through 9) on my Intel iMac? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 12:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Toenail torment
Does anyone know if it is customary for nail salons to trim toenails? [more inside]
posted by melangell at 12:38 PM PST - 9 comments

work related abuse
work related question. A co-worker I work with very closely threatened my verbally and physically, claiming I was doing a poor job. I reported to my supervisor, and said co-worker denies it. What should I do (other than quitting, but I like the job) I have been there 3 years and this came out of the blue. I feel now I have to resign. Suggestions?
posted by cvoixjames at 12:31 PM PST - 39 comments

cross country auto shipping
I need to ship a car from New York/NJ to San Francisco area on Dec. 15. Online info for such services seem dodgy. Any recomendations or warnings? [more inside]
posted by zaelic at 12:23 PM PST - 13 comments

How to respond to incorrectly addressed email?
What's the best response to an incorrectly addressed email? [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 12:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Spreading cheer with festive food
(not cookies) food gifts. I'd like some recipes for not too expensive, not too hard to make, but stunning food gifts that are easy to package and give away for the holidays. Got any gems you'd be willing to share? [more inside]
posted by nnk at 12:10 PM PST - 35 comments

Execute Remote Program Upon Remote Connection?
how can i modify an XP machine so as to allow remote program execution upon connection via windows remote desktop? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Vitamin shopping
Where do you buy your vitamins? [more inside]
posted by lagreen at 11:57 AM PST - 27 comments

The $200 mass-market paperback
What's with some of the absurd prices I'm seeing with Amazon Marketplace sellers? [more inside]
posted by calhound at 11:44 AM PST - 21 comments

Online dating mysteries explained (hopefully)
This question is for women who have used online dating : What are your most common reasons for breaking off an email exchange with a man who you met through online dating? Also, once you have given the man your phone number, and he calls you, what are your most common reasons for not returning the phone call? [more inside]
posted by kenoshakid at 11:42 AM PST - 43 comments

Need a download solution
How can I use p2p software behind a restrictive firewall? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 11:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Stop Gap Measures
[Dental Filter] So, my gums are doing an awful lot of bleeding. It will be at least four months before I can go to the dentist. What can I do about this in the mean time? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 11:08 AM PST - 29 comments

Should I put an alcohol treatment program on my health insurance?
What are the potential negative consequences for putting an alcohol treatment program on my health insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Korean Language XP Operating System
Korean Language XP Operating System Can I buy a "Korean Language XP Operating System" here in the USA ? I want to get a Laptop in Korean Language. Where can I get one ? I called Dell and they did not have one in the USA. From what I understand one has to buy it from Korea itself. Thanks.
posted by endlessknot at 10:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Who became the first Internet Video Star?
What video clip out on the net is considered to be the first "internet video star", rising to making international news or headlines? [more inside]
posted by randomthoughts at 10:42 AM PST - 20 comments

MP3 Streaming How-to
Best way to stream mp3s in a standard LAMP environment without getting tricksy? [more inside]
posted by sonofslim at 10:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Ephemeral Fillms
Ephemeral films: You know, those films by Coronet, Jam Handy, Centron, etc, that were shown in classrooms in the 1950s-1980s.... Where can I find scholarly literature / books on them? I'm really struggling on finding sources, and I'm writing a paper comparing them to Noam Chomsky's propaganda model in Manufacturing Consent. Any suggestions? I've got access to scholarly journals through the school library, but I'm uncertain as to what to search for.
posted by fvox13 at 10:12 AM PST - 10 comments

What is the easiest way to convert e-mail to tasks or appointments in OSX?
I am considering making the switch to the Mac, and I am wondering how you all convert an e-mail to a task or appointment in OSX. In Outlook, I just drag it to the Calendar or Tasks button (or use one of the ClearContext buttons). I understand this does not work in Entourage. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 10:10 AM PST - 7 comments

When function keys go bad
Is it possible to totally or selectively disable keyboard shortcuts in Google Talk? A hyperactive F11 key likes to initiate unwanted voice calls. Irritating!
posted by pullayup at 9:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Using acupuncture to treat recurring miscarriages?
Last week, I had my second early miscarriage. In addition to a battery of tests I'm trying to convince my ob/gyn to give me, I'm also considering treatment with acupuncture. [more inside]
posted by discokitty at 9:34 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me lose a tooth.
My teeth have been in disrepair for several years now, and I've been saving my money for nearly as long to have them extracted (and replaced by dentures) en masse. Unfortunately, I discovered yesterday that at least one tooth has grown impatient with that schedule. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 9:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find an affordable phone without a plan?
Where can one purchase discontinued or used cell phones? [more inside]
posted by werty at 9:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Who's your favorite sportswriter?
I'm looking for some new reading. Specifically about sports. There's [more inside]
posted by reenum at 9:12 AM PST - 18 comments

all inclusive family resort in Cabo?
We have a family of five;1,2&8 yr old boys and us. Can anyone recommend a great all inclusive resort on the southern tip of the Baja? Kid friendly, beautiful, good food etc. Thanks, Gina et all
posted by gina at 9:10 AM PST - 1 comments

Saturn '98 SC2 idling problem after highway driving
Why does my '98 Saturn SC1 have odd idling problems after more than an hour of highway driving (i.e. it sometimes revs high, sometimes it drops to nothing and stalls)? [more inside]
posted by Java_Man at 9:07 AM PST - 8 comments

May the force sensor be with you
What is this handheld "force sensor" Jamie Hyneman yields in the "concrete glider" episode of Mythbusters? [more inside]
posted by bluefrog at 8:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Curious.....
"Olive Juice" looks like "I love you" by someone lip reading. What is this called? [more inside]
posted by Coolcan2 at 8:40 AM PST - 23 comments

who sings this?
Who sings this? "I'm the jauggernaut bitch, I'll hit you with your own pimp"
posted by Jujee at 8:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a doctor in the house?
Listening to this story about hospital interns on NPR yesterday got me thinking about the practice of interns and residents working around the clock. What is the purpose of this? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 8:28 AM PST - 44 comments

I'm going on an epic trip to the Mideast and I need some help!
Travel filter! Researching a trip next year to Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Mideast and Iran. Any visa/general travel suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mixer at 8:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Seeing Double or Seeing Nothing
Help my MacBook play nice with my Apple Cinema Display... [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 8:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me make my candy cute!
Cheap, cute, original ways to package the home made candy I'm giving as holiday gifts? [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 7:51 AM PST - 18 comments

optics on different cameras, how can I get consistency?
2 different cameras, 2 lenses, how can I get the closest possible recreation? [more inside]
posted by tip120 at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Hypothetically speaking what if I were, uh, madly in love with you?
How do you communicate to a good friend that you love them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 AM PST - 49 comments

How do I get cheap healthcare fast?
My cousin appears to have an abscessed tooth. She's uninsured, broke, and in desperate need of a prescription for antibiotics so she can sleep and work. How can we do this as quickly and cheaply as possible? [more inside]
posted by polyhedron at 7:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Subvert Christmas
Help me find subversive Christmas videos, music and other media. [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy at 7:32 AM PST - 24 comments

Printing/Saving Protected PDFs
Printing/Saving Protected PDFs [more inside]
posted by KRS at 7:28 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I make it to Spain next June?
New to international travel. Sonar Music Festival in Barcelona, next June. How should I start planning? [more inside]
posted by mikeh at 7:24 AM PST - 7 comments

If I give up on therapy, how can I manage my depression on my own?
How can I best work on my depression & anxiety on my own if I choose to stop seeing my therapist? Is this a really bad idea? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 7:21 AM PST - 20 comments

Faux Finishing retailers in Boston?
Where can I find a faux finishing retailer in Boston? [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 7:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Event hosting in Boston?
Help me find a good place in Boston to host a fundraising event. [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle at 6:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Oh that... it's just my transmission destroying itself
My '98 Honda Accord is intermittently making a rather loud clicking noise when I shift it in to reverse. Help me diagnose the problem. [more inside]
posted by !Jim at 12:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Graphical data representation
Help me work out how to represent data in an innovative way. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 12:15 AM PST - 12 comments

December 12
How accurately does Auberge espagnole, L' depict the city of Barcelona?
If you've been to Barcelona and if you've seen the movie Auberge espagnole, L', would you say that the movie does a good job of depicting what the city is like? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 11:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Vacation Panic
EmergencyVacationAdvice. . . Filter. Free flight to anywhere in the 48 states, but I have to decide time and place by tomorrow (Thursday) morning - including budget planning! Please lend me your wisdoms. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:53 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm going to Mexico, and I want a new Ipod!
Would I be able to purchase an 80 Gig Ipod more cheaply in Mexico City than in the US?
posted by theperfectcrime at 10:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Adobe Reader: any way to have highlighted text automatically copied into the comment?
Adobe Reader: any way to have highlighted text automatically copied into the associated comment? [more inside]
posted by Ø at 10:16 PM PST - 0 comments

Recording live television onto a computer
Recording live television onto a computer? I'm NOT looking for a HD quality picture here. Just bare minimum; choppiness in the video stream is my enemy. I've tried a tv-to-usb adapter on a couple of computers I have, with the recording software set at BARE MINIMUM settings (ie, about a 5 inch by 5 inch picture, with audio and video settings set very low if not on the lowest settings). [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 9:57 PM PST - 18 comments

Does six meals a day + green tea work for weight loss?
Diet&Health: Will six small meals and green tea really help my metabolism and weight loss - and what's the deal with fiber? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 9:54 PM PST - 16 comments

'Cause I don't want a regular "tramp stamp!"
At Body Art Ink in Myrtle Beach, I saw a picture I really wanted as a lower-back tattoo--a lion lying on his back with a girl straddling him. Does anyone know the picture or where I can find it again? [more inside]
posted by Cricket at 9:22 PM PST - 5 comments

What's Wrong with a BUSY Signal!?!
TelephonyFilter: Is there any Internet telephony provider that will allow you to receive incoming calls, but does NOT require that you have voicemail service? When I spoke with representatives at Skype, they said that the voicemail feature can not be disabled. I would be more than happy to use Vonage, however, due to the way my Internet is set up, it doesn't work (a known issue with this particular ISP). All I want is some way to set up a phone number and receive incoming calls ONLY--with NO voicemail, NO forwarding, NO call waiting. Is there any such service out there?
posted by polexxia at 9:03 PM PST - 7 comments

What questions to ask a prospective babysitter?
What questions should we ask of a prospective babysitter? [more inside]
posted by dan g. at 8:35 PM PST - 34 comments

What is this song called?
SongFilter: I heard this song on the radio, but I don't know what it's called. It goes something like this... [more inside]
posted by zachk at 8:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Desktop Cluster
How do I make one big, fast computer out of three smaller ones? [more inside]
posted by N8k99 at 8:32 PM PST - 10 comments

interviewing while employed
What are the unwritten rules and conventions behind interviewing for a position at a different company while you hold a full time job? [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym at 8:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I pay off my mortgage early?
Should I pay off my mortgage early? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Buying pizza boxes in Toronto
Looking for a place to buy pizza boxes (for mailing LPs) in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by winston at 7:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Forgive and forgetting
How can I forgive my SO for hurtful things done (and apologized for) in the past? I'm having a really hard time moving on and moving forward due to my inability to forgive. [more inside]
posted by zoey08 at 7:43 PM PST - 22 comments

I need it to be Greek to me just this once
I want to use the myth of Pandora's box for a project. I was hoping to find some text written out in the Greek alphabet to use as part of the project. [more inside]
posted by eggplantia5 at 7:42 PM PST - 5 comments

If I file my taxes early, when would I receive a refund?
If I file my taxes early, when would I receive a refund? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 7:17 PM PST - 10 comments

iTunes for Flash assets/templates
Looking for an iTunes-like system that permits users to access a library of assets that can be swapped in and out of preset Flash templates. Must run a local dbase containing all assets and templates... [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 6:34 PM PST - 0 comments

Skin care products for eczema - are any particularly pampering?
What are some nice, pampering products for someone who suffers from eczema? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 6:30 PM PST - 18 comments

How is "ease of use" quantified?
In product design, how do they quantify biomechanic or ergonomic "ease of use"? Do they measure forces or torques needed to use the product, and if so, how? Do they count the number of muscles involved in its use? Do they just try it out on a lot of people? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 6:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Modal verbs can versus could
English grammar: 'could be Xing' versus 'can be Xing' -- how can we explain why one is correct and one isn't? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:20 PM PST - 23 comments

Creating the definitive audio meme collection
I'd like to create the definitive musical collection of internet memes for my own personal library. I need your help finding the real gems. [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 5:39 PM PST - 28 comments

Is the Taylor 110 a decent guitar?
Looking for new acoustic guitar. Anyone have any experience with the Taylor 110, Martin DX1, or similar guitar? [more inside]
posted by tom_g at 5:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Quotation (About A Heart, I Think) From Toni Morrison's 'Beloved'?
In Toni Morrison's 'Beloved', there's some part where—I think a guy gets to sleep with someone he's wanted to in a shed or something—so a motif about this guy's heart being like a closed black tinderbox or somesuch is brought up and upon that moment, he feels that there's a beating heart in there with red blood & the works. Ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by Firas at 5:02 PM PST - 10 comments

wants more knob
why did monitors switch to buttons with menus for controlling brightness and contrast, rather than knobs? knobs are so much faster and easier - it was like a dimmer switch for your desk!
posted by wumpus at 4:44 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I optimize an audio streaming setup?
How can I optimize the audio streaming setup that is the core of the low power radio station I work with? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 4:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Volunteering for an HIV/AIDS Organization?
As part of my Peace Corps application procedure, I have been asked to do some volunteer work with an organization that assists people with HIV and AIDS. [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 4:09 PM PST - 6 comments

How to make pecan pie filling.
Does anyone have a recipe for pecan pie filling that doesn't involve the pie? [more inside]
posted by forrest at 4:04 PM PST - 10 comments

a box inside a box inside a box inside a box
I've already got the xmas gift figured out, now I'm trying to figure out how to give it...so what are some creative/clever/funny ways you've given gifts? [more inside]
posted by 777 at 4:00 PM PST - 26 comments

Where should we celebrate New Years in Los Angeles?
Where should we celebrate New Years in Los Angeles? My friends and I are coming down from San Francisco for New Years, and we're looking for something fun and cool to do on NYE. Everything we've found so far is at some big mega-club and costs like $125 to get in. Yuck. [more inside]
posted by dennis at 3:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Subclipse icons
I'm using Eclipse with Subclipse. Until recently, in Eclipse's Navigator window, there were little icons on each folder and file telling you if they had been changed since the last commit. The icons have gone. How do I get them back? [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 3:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you help me find free online English Translation of Cortázar's "La Casa Tomada?"
Can somebody please help me find a free, online English version of Julio Cortázar's short story, "La Casa Tomada" (A House Taken Over)? I had found one a couple months back but forgot to bookmark it and now that I badly need it, I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by Malachi Constant at 3:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Solicit donations to a non-profit?
Where can I get handouts in Sydney? [more inside]
posted by mhz at 3:27 PM PST - 5 comments

GPS unit is not exactly accurate. Is this normal?
GPS unit sometimes is sometimes a bit inaccurate... Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by D Wiz at 3:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Make My Laptop A Light Sabre
(Thinkpad Filter) Just been given a T42 by work (thank you) and am looking for some fun stuff to do with the motion sensor [more inside]
posted by eb98jdb at 3:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Packrat conundrum
Moving in together: how do you deal with a packrat (and not much storage space)? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 3:08 PM PST - 27 comments

Songs TO children, but not FOR children.
Playlist filter: Songs TO children (not FOR children). I am looking for songs written to a child or children, whether in fact, or in your perception. What I am NOT looking for is children's music. NO Barney, The Wiggles, etc. Example: "Fix You" by Coldplay
posted by clh at 2:55 PM PST - 90 comments

How can we stop people from stealing exams?
How can I design an exam setting that will discourage cheating? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 2:29 PM PST - 71 comments

How do I burn copies of an audio CD with a .cue file on OS 10.4.8 using either Burn or Firestarter?
How do I burn copies of an audio CD with a .cue file on OS 10.4.8 using either Burn or Firestarter? [more inside]
posted by jack_mo at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

what defines a tv network
What is a TV "Network"? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 2:20 PM PST - 24 comments

Wildlife adoption experiences needed
What are some good organizations from which to adopt an endangered animal? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 2:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Darts in Manhattan
I'm trying to find a place to a really nice set of steel tipped darts/flights/case in New York City. There used to be a great store in the low 20's on the East Side. Does anyone know a place?
posted by Shanachie at 2:10 PM PST - 2 comments

HIPPA
Do HIPPA rules apply to health care professionals when they discuss health problems/treatments of friends and family members when they are not professionally involved with their treatment?
posted by Raybun at 12:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Is a Blackberry 8800 on T-Mobile my best choice for a data-heavy cell plan starting in spring 2007?
My (non-existent) ideal device is a Treo -- with wifi, GSM/GPRS, and either EDGE or HSDPA -- on a service plan that includes flat-rate unlimited data, flat-rate international data roaming, and a small amount of voice usage inside the U.S. (say 100 mins/month). So, in the real world, is a Blackberry 8800 on T-Mobile my best choice for a plan starting in spring 2007? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 12:47 PM PST - 15 comments

zip+4 to lat/lon? Where? & precision necessary?
I want a free-as-in-beer way to put in a ZIP+4 postal code and get back a latitude and longitude. Unless that's more precision than I need for terrestrial astronomy. [more inside]
posted by pax digita at 12:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Scripting the parallel execution of a tedious task
Calling all shell script gurus! Help me write a command that performs an action on items in a list in parallel (as opposed to sequentially). [more inside]
posted by pmbuko at 12:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Make love, start a revolution?
I'm looking for a video I saw online a few years ago that I recall sending the message to "Make Love, Start A Revolution." There is... [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx at 11:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Why should homemade oral rehydration solution not be boiled?
Why should homemade oral rehydration solution not be boiled? [more inside]
posted by oats at 11:40 AM PST - 6 comments

To ski or not to ski. That is the question. (something about snowboarding too...)
I've never gone skiing or snowboarding before, but I'm going on a co-worker outing in January to a ski resort for one day. I've decided to take beginner lessons in one - but which one? What would you recommend and why? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 11:34 AM PST - 34 comments

Mom-friendly massage in LA?
Los Angeles-filter: What's a nice, casual massage place near Eagle Rock/Pasadena? [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade at 11:34 AM PST - 2 comments

My precious pictures!
Flying With Film: I'm traveling to Vietnam next week. I've decided to leave the digicam at home and bring my ol' fashioned 35mm cam + film. Should I worry about x-ray damage to the undeveloped film? [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 11:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre
New Year's Eve in Paris... any ideas? [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude at 11:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Guidance from the squid?
This is driving me nuts. I'm trying to remember the name of a site that offers general how-to information and contains the word "squid" or something like it in the URL. In content it's not unlike makezine or instructables, but less specifically hands-on. Am I crazy? Was/is there such a site?
posted by Pliskie at 10:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Need a new mac puzzle game.
My girlfriend loved the game "Big Kahuna Reef" but now everyone is playing and creating levels for "Big Kahuna Reef 2" - which is not available for macs (our only computer). Any ideas for similar puzzle based games?
posted by guruguy9 at 10:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Poetry books for girls
GiftIdeaFilter (sorry): I'm looking for suggestions for poetry books for an 8-year old girl. She's an excellent reader and likely well above her target reading level. I thought introducing her to poetry might be a nice change of pace... preferably something she won't finish by supper. Thanks!
posted by Witty at 10:48 AM PST - 30 comments

Can I claim for damage from a pothole in the street.
A pothole ate my wheel. Can I claim against the city? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 10:44 AM PST - 10 comments

What are the best video games for character customization?
What video games have the broadest, most flexible character customization features? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:41 AM PST - 18 comments

Whoa, yes, wait a millisecond, Mr. Postman
New Year's resolution: get serious about a B2B direct (snail) mail campaign for my small biz. Recommended USB mailing label and e-stamp printer for my WinXP PC? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:31 AM PST - 5 comments

USB2.0 PCMCIA for scanner
USB2.0 PCMCIA card recommendations - I would like to run a USB powered CanoScan LiDE 60 scanner on an X22 Thinkpad. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 10:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Crawling through Monterrey
Please help with suitable nightlife (good bars) in Monterrey, Mexico. From the U.S. and looking for something cool/funky. No dance clubs please. Will be here for three nights and located downtown. Willing to taxi anywhere. Local flavor a plus. Thanks.
posted by repoman at 10:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Bush and Civics
How do civics teachers handle their jobs? [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 10:05 AM PST - 15 comments

FSAfilter: help me spend $250 on useful medicines/ vitamins before the end of the year.
My Flexible Spending Account (FSA) has about $250 left on it to be used by the end of December - it's use it or lose it, so I'm looking for ideas on the most useful things I can spend this money on within the next 3 weeks. I am potentially interested in stocking a basic medicine cabinet items that would be useful for a baby/ small child. [more inside]
posted by netsirk at 10:00 AM PST - 25 comments

What, you mean TODAY is the 12th?
LastMinuteAuditionFilter: I have less than three hours to prepare for an audition I totally forgot about until this morning. [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 9:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Teaching in China for just a few months?
I'd like to teach English in China, but only for a couple months. [more inside]
posted by jiawen at 9:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Show me the money...
Where do sites like Pandora & Last.fm make their money? I use both sites and others that have no or limited advertising and I'm very curious as to how they can support good looking websites with some degree of infrastructure behind them (staff, music rights etc). Also I'm keen to find out how I would go about pricing up my idea for a site that works in a similar vein but with a twist... [more inside]
posted by mjlondon at 9:39 AM PST - 13 comments

I needed that dollar.
Why did PayPal take a dollar from my bank account? [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 9:14 AM PST - 14 comments

IPOD Stereo Connection COAX
IPOD connection to stereo through RCA - COAX - RCA plugs. Does anyone have experience connecting an IPOD directly to the stereo over a 30 - 40 ft distance using COAX and the resulting sound quality?
posted by strangej at 9:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Pan Sobao and Pan De Agua Recipes!?
Puerto Rican Food Recipe Filter: I am a transplanted Boricua looking for recipes for Pan Sobao and Pan de Agua. Google gives the wrong recipes! I am looking for someone who: 1. Has had actual Pan Sobao from Puerto Rico. Pan Sobao from La Facciola is best. 2. Actually MAKES this, preferably in Puerto Rico, and has the right recipe. [more inside]
posted by Void_Ptr at 9:12 AM PST - 7 comments

How do YOU get the data on the page?
I would love some examples of high end print design workflows, especially database driven ones. Store circulars, flyers, etc. The more complete the workflow you can describe, the better. [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 9:11 AM PST - 4 comments

What percentage of biologist accept evolution?
What percentage of biologists accept [unguided, non-theistic] evolution? Citation needed. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 9:08 AM PST - 29 comments

Help me get over a car accident
My wife got into a car accident last week. I wasn't with her, The story is, someone cut her off and slammed on the breaks and she had to turn to avoid him, she over turned and someone else almost hit her so she turned again and the car started rolling. it was an SUV and that made the flipping so easy. She is unharmed, she did not hit anyone, but the car is totalled. [more inside]
posted by convex at 8:58 AM PST - 15 comments

First year necessary?
Battlestar Galactica question. The mini-series, season 1, 2, etc.? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 8:56 AM PST - 22 comments

Is AIGA group insurance worthwhile?
Any AIGA members here who are using their group health insurance plan? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 8:55 AM PST - 0 comments

Centralized Advertising for the Lazy Blogger
I run AdSense on my blog, and burn my feed with FeedBurner. I would love to advertise within my feed with AdSense for Feeds (AFF) rather than the Feedburner Ad Network but AFF seems to have dropped off the face of the earth. Does it still run, and how can I get into the program?
posted by mutantdisco! at 8:42 AM PST - 4 comments

RSS feed to track an investment portfolio?
Looking for a site where I can enter a portfolio (stocks and funds) and generate an RSS feed that gives daily breakdowns of how each stock is doing. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 8:18 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I find my best place to live?
Help me figure out how find my perfect place to live: someplace temperate to warm, with a low cost of living and a growing population and economy [more inside]
posted by objdoc at 8:12 AM PST - 35 comments

How best to workout at work?
Bit out of shape, me. Would like to fix that. Our office has a small gym. In this gym is an expected fleet of treadmills, stationary bikes, free weights and a single stair-climber. We've got shower, locker room and changing facilities as well. Given these tools available, what would be my best use of them? Workout before work? After? And which for how long? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 8:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Top tips and advice for building a Shuttle barebones system?
Over the weekend, I shall be building a Shuttle SK21G Barebone PC system. Given that I've only built about 4 computers (all of which worked fine) and never a Shuttle, is there anything you can tell me or websites I should read which will make the building process go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 8:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Button Fly Jeans
Levis: Button fly versus zipper [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:08 AM PST - 38 comments

Celebrate Flash Video
Where can I find a flash video with the music "Celebrate" (Kool and the Gang) used?
posted by cainiarb at 7:58 AM PST - 1 comments

Warranty of electronic items in the European Union (or "me vs. HP")
Warranty of electronic items in the European Union (or "me vs. HP"): [more inside]
posted by kchristidis at 7:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Fuel System for a 1998 Honda Civic
My friend was just told she needs a "new fuel system" for a Honda Civic (1998). What should we be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 7:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Give a dog something to do!
This doggy-dog needs a jobby-job! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 7:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Creating a custom search engine from a set of bookmarks?
Trying to turn a set of bookmarks (del.icio.us) into a custom search engine. [more inside]
posted by imposster at 7:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Web server hardware requirements
How to calculate hardware requirements for a load balanced web server cluster? The web servers will be running Windows 2003 with a back end DB server, I want to support about 1000 simultaneous connections per server. The web application is fairly AJAX intensive. Not sure how I go about determining what sort of hardware I need for the servers, any ideas or suggestions?
posted by RedMosquito at 7:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Juicy Sushi goodness
Sushi! Having read previous questions I'm full of enthusiasm for the end of my sushi-making virginity. To help make it a joyous occassion for all, what are you favourite sushi recipes? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 6:40 AM PST - 15 comments

b0rked partition table! halp!
I have a SATA hard drive with all my data (yeah, I was just about to implement a backup scheme with rsync...), and my Ubuntu installation shit the bed. I'm back up, but the partition table on that drive is kablooey. It is formated ext3, and I have little reason to suspect that the data is not there. Are there any good tools for restoring a partition table on ext3, or can this be done natively? Gparted shows the file system marked as ext3, but with a warning about not being able to open dumpe2fs. [more inside]
posted by adampsyche at 6:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Zip Code Proximity Search
I need to add a zip code proximity search to a site. I have the registration form configured so that it stores a user's zip code with his/her profile. Now I want to give the option to "Show all users within X miles". Does anyone know if there is a web API to handle this? [more inside]
posted by GatorDavid at 6:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Who will assess me?
Looking to take some AS-levels as an external candidate in the UK. Help! [more inside]
posted by greytape at 5:51 AM PST - 2 comments

What product can I buy offline what I can't online?
Offline vs. online shopping - is there anything (other than services) that you can buy offline, but not online? [more inside]
posted by Chunder at 5:20 AM PST - 39 comments

Why can't the 2 of you just get along?
Is there a way to have both Landscape and Portrait set pages in a Word document? [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ at 4:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Sudden fat around stomach - normal at 25?
At 25 (6Ft, 68KG), I suddenly developed a fat stomach that now goes a bit over my belt. This happened suddenly over 3 months, so fast that it feels all wierd, like it is not my body. I know that many guys have big stomachs, so I'm not sure if my case is normal or not. That's my question - did you develop fat around the stomach suddenly, or did it come gradually? [more inside]
posted by markesh at 4:37 AM PST - 30 comments

Seats with a view?
I'm flying from Geneva to New York tomorrow - what side of the plane should I sit on? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 12:59 AM PST - 16 comments

What should I expect my first time skiing?
I'm going to visit my boyfriend's family with him over New Years weekend, and he just casually mentioned to me that there'd definitely been some skiing involved. I've never been skiing before, ever. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by sherber at 12:26 AM PST - 29 comments

December 11
Fat kid was Sirius
Is Sirius going to take over XM? The fat kid that smelled liked cabbage who works in the car audio section at Best Buy said it was likely.... [more inside]
posted by Dr. Lurker at 11:42 PM PST - 30 comments

Help Me Not Study For My Finals
Where can I buy Worms for my Mac (preferably pay for and download online so I can play it right now)? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Hey Fido, hope me find the web.
Prepaid Fido (Canadian cell phone company) unlocked Treo 650 can no longer connect to the internet. There is [more inside]
posted by birdsquared at 11:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Mysterious laptop screen death after tinkering around inside.
Is my laptop screen dead? [more inside]
posted by ThirstyEar2 at 11:03 PM PST - 4 comments

How to began a career in internet marketing?
Need help breaking into the Internet marketing industry. [more inside]
posted by herbiehancock00 at 11:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Writing for web?
Looking for recommended articles on writing for the web. [more inside]
posted by gomichild at 10:35 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I keep my crappy memory from ruining my relationship?
I'm an irresponsible guy with a really horrible memory dating a very responsible girl, and I keep fucking things up between us by forgetting things, screwing up schedules and things like that. It's not just things like the date we started going out, her birthday, or whatever (this sort of info is on my calendar just not in my head). It's things like the time we're going to meet, or where she's going to be at a specific time. I've always been so bad with dates and times and schedules that if I don't have absolutely everything written down then SOMETHING will be completely forgotten. I write down when dates are going to be, I copy her class and work schedules into my calendar, all that sort of thing, but I fuck some things up and it really upsets her. [more inside]
posted by shanevsevil at 10:26 PM PST - 28 comments

Manga convention question: golden teardrop
One feature of the New Yorker's recent 'Cartoon Issue' was a two-pager by their regular, Roz, documenting her reaction to manga. So... what was that thing sticking out of her friend's head? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 10:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Better way to clean muddy dog paws?
What is the best way to easily (or more easily) clean my dog's paws when she comes in from our rain soaked yard and they are all muddy? [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 10:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Love and Creativity
Inspired by this Mefi post: Do you know of any other creative declarations of love? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 9:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Name That Ornament!
Can you Name That Ornament? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 9:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Online Gambling, No Really?
Can I legally gamble online anymore? [more inside]
posted by unreasonable at 9:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Clean my fridge - I need beer
Dirty, gross refrigerator in garage. A bit of mold inside and lots of black stuff filling every crevice. Mechanically sound, but is it possible to get it clean enough to use again? [more inside]
posted by cleve9 at 9:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Selling a High-Profile Site
I run a community website that receives around 2 million pageviews a month. I'm finding that I don't have the time to run it these days - and I'm considering selling the site. It's in kind of a "hot" area and I think I could sell it for $2 million. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Why don't I feel like fucking my hot girlfriend anymore?
Lesbian Bed Death... what gives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Skim milk = Skinny?
A lot of the studies I've googled indicate that there is a non-intuitive relationship between skim milk and obesity, at least in children. Does this extend to adults? Could someone explain how whole milk makes you lose weight?
posted by anotherpanacea at 8:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Christmas 2006
How do you classify the end of December? Is it Christmas time or something else?
posted by Kilovolt at 8:45 PM PST - 15 comments

ssh tunnel - allow remote connections on remote side?
How can I allow remote connections to the remote side of my ssh tunnel? -g doesn't work. Neither does GatewayPorts. [more inside]
posted by dmd at 8:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me become a graceful nondrinker.
How do I gracefully become a (young) non-drinker? [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 8:32 PM PST - 46 comments

and no spotlights on the front of the house. mom did that when I was a kid and it was annoying.
Help me decorate the outside of our house for the holidays! [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 8:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Help my find my favourite shirt
Help my find my favourite shirt [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 7:59 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I know when my Bonsai tree is dead?
How do I know when my Bonsai tree is dead? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 7:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Kvas?
Is it possible to purchase authentic Kvas around Boston or Chicago? [more inside]
posted by :-) at 7:56 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the best way to backup/restore (on a Mac)?
What's the best way to backup/restore (on a Mac)? [more inside]
posted by Colloquial Collision at 7:55 PM PST - 13 comments

creative writing classes in dc
Looking for creative writing classes in the DC area. I have DC residency, so community college classes in MD/VA are out. I've taken one expository writing class before and am a voracious reader, but I havent really done much in the way of a class setting before. I'd like to take a class, also for the peer review aspect and some help getting started on writing! Anywhere that's cheap in the DC region is fine.
posted by jare2003 at 7:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Neti Pot Nose Nuisance
Neti pot users- what am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 7:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Where did my .doc go?
When you open a .doc out of a yahoo email (just open - not downloaded) then edit it, and click the save icon, where does it go? What happens after you close that window? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 7:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me make my Flash button-inside-a-movie-clip work.
Can someone look at my .fla file and tell me why my button inside a movie clip doesn't work? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 7:32 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I go from skinny to kinda buff?
How do I go from newly skinny to kinda buff? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 7:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Witness Inc.
I'm looking for way to get a CD or record single of an obscure 60s Saskatoon band. They're called Witness Inc. [more inside]
posted by sleslie at 7:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Maybe my brain just really digs on antioxidants.
Is drinking green tea giving me a buzz? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 6:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Power strip remote switch?
I'm looking for a desktop switch that will turn a device on and off, similar to that of a lamp dimmer. But a hard switch. [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 6:07 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the brand of flashlight the aliens are hawking on this commercial?
Have you seen the commercial with the aliens trying to fix their ship? If so, what's the brand of the flashlight they're hawking? [more inside]
posted by PandemicSoul at 6:04 PM PST - 4 comments

No Bum Album
I need a list of CD albums in which all the songs are great (no more than one filler). [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 6:04 PM PST - 99 comments

How can one reconcile Free Will and Depression
Does the current paradigm of Mental Illness having an underlying physical and biological basis (say, due to a chemical imbalance) negate the concept of Free Will? Also, where can one read more on this issue?
posted by sk381 at 6:00 PM PST - 23 comments

I'm not drinking a widow!
Dateline: Oxford Blue's House, 11:59:59 31/12/2006. You want to celebrate the new year. Do you go with a bottle of: A) Veuve Clicquot B) Moët et Chandon
posted by oxford blue at 5:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Warranties for laptops
Buying a laptop in the USA but giving to someone in the UK - anybody know about international warranties? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 at 4:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Move over XP, / I heart Ubuntu
New to Ubuntu. How do I completely uninstall XP after already having partitioned my hard drive. [more inside]
posted by nintendo at 4:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Do hobos do a lot of data entry in the winter?
What's the deal with hobo gloves (gloves with no finger tips)? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 4:30 PM PST - 38 comments

Cracked iBook hinge covered under warranty?
One of my G4 iBook's hinges has a crack and it's spreading. Should I be worried? Is there likely to be any hassle getting it fixed under warranty? [more inside]
posted by mce at 4:21 PM PST - 3 comments

News that grows on trees
What are some memorable news stories this year that could be easily turned into company contest fodder, and how can I go about doing it? [more inside]
posted by geronimo's folly at 4:00 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to look like Lady Godiva
Help me stay sane while I grow out my hair. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 3:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Talk about self-loathing...
I saw on the news tonight that there was a sect of radical orthodox Jews (some type of haredim? chasids?) attending the Holocaust denial conference in Tehran, Iran. I know some ultra-orthodox groups deny the legitimacy of Israel based on Scriptural reasons, are these the same guys? Who are they and what is their reasoning for denying the Holocaust? [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 3:51 PM PST - 18 comments

What artists are in the same vein as the Dismemberment Plan?
Recommend me some good music in the vein of The Dismemberment Plan. [more inside]
posted by Mali at 3:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Under pressure
I think I have the flu. Should I stay in bed or run 5K?
posted by four panels at 3:48 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I POST a file using php?
How do I POST a file using php? Not POSTing to a PHP script but using php to read a file from the file system and POSTing it to another site. The site I am working on doesnt have cURL but fsockopen is available.
posted by Pasa la bola chetu at 3:34 PM PST - 5 comments

The lighthouse ghost
Does anyone recognize this old Scottish lighthouse ghost story? [more inside]
posted by zek at 3:33 PM PST - 1 comments

Writers on writing?
Writers on writing? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite at 2:55 PM PST - 39 comments

What should I stock my bar with?
I'm having a few people over one evening "for cocktails." In order to provide a decent repertoire of standard cocktails, what should I stock my bar with? [more inside]
posted by jacobm at 2:38 PM PST - 41 comments

Getting a Schengen visa
In which one of the Schengen countries is it easier to get a Schengen visa? [more inside]
posted by celine at 2:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Tamil Nadu Tips
IndiaFilter: anybody have any specific tips on places to visit / avoid in Tamil Nadu? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:23 PM PST - 3 comments

One-click single page for nytimes.com?
Anyone know of a firefox extension/greasemonkey script that would cause all nytimes.com articles to automatically open in the "single page" format. I read the whole paper online, and it's really annoying to have to click the "single page" button for every article that's longer than one page. Alternately, how hard would it be to write such an extension/script?
posted by ericbop at 2:22 PM PST - 3 comments

A death in the family.
My mother passed away last week and now I'm lost. [more inside]
posted by liquorice at 2:19 PM PST - 70 comments

Tetris shaped jigsaw puzzle?
Every heard of a non interlocking "jigsaw" puzzle using tetris-like pieces? [more inside]
posted by ALongDecember at 2:19 PM PST - 5 comments

suggest a solution to supply of surplus sheet-metal
What creative use can I put all this sheet metal to? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 2:15 PM PST - 16 comments

No sweater thick enough
I have a double sliding glass door in my bedroom that leads on to an enclosed porch. These doors are slightly bowed outward away from each other, which leaves a gap about the thickness of my finger in the middle. In Beijing, in December, with prepaid utilities and heating that's barely adequate to begin with, that's not a good thing for my wallet, conscience, or bodily comfort. So how can I McGuyver this gap shut? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 2:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Name that scary story for young adults
I'm looking for a young adult collection of ghost/scary stories I read in middle school (1980s). It was illustrated by Edward Gorey and contained a story about a young girl who discovers a creature of some sort living in a quarry near her home. She becomes obsessed/infatuated with the thing and frequently visits it. I remember strong sexual undertones in this story. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 2:05 PM PST - 3 comments

the best way in install and run Windows Vista on a Mac
I want to take advantage of mf my new MacBook Pro's Intel chip: what's the best way in install and run Windows Vista on it? [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb at 1:42 PM PST - 22 comments

Do wet riding conditions increase the chance of getting a flat tire?
Do wet riding conditions increase the chance of getting a flat tire?
posted by Chuckles at 1:40 PM PST - 17 comments

My rice lusts for your delicious recipes!
I need some tried and true suggestions for stuff to go on top of my rice. [more inside]
posted by Jonsnews at 1:32 PM PST - 38 comments

Inland Empire. What was THAT about?
SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS: David Lynch's Inland Empire. What does it all mean? I have developed some theories and read some others, but I'd love to pick the Metafilter Brain Trust.
posted by Sticherbeast at 1:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Stop me before I kill (my computer) again
Calling all Linux-minded MeFites: Please answer several questions related to kernels, upgrades, and Slackware 11. The last time I tried this I was left with a dead server. Help me do it right this time 'round. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 12:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Media criticism
Phrases like 'the news about an event has become more important/more real than the event itself' are commonplace. Where did this kind of media criticism start? Who is known for having said this?
posted by Termite at 12:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I buy Xoriguer?
Help me find this Menorcan Gin: GIN XORIGUER. [more inside]
posted by sulaine at 12:05 PM PST - 3 comments

How to boost a line-level signal (in a car) to acceptable levels?
How to boost a line-level signal (in a car) to acceptable levels? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 11:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Recommend an LCD monitor.
I'm looking for a glossy, high-brightness LCD monitor. [more inside]
posted by Armitage Shanks at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Application to Turn External CSS to Inline
Is there an online application that will take an HTML page with an external stylesheet and make the styles inline? e.g. style="color:#000000" [more inside]
posted by destro at 11:56 AM PST - 8 comments

What's the bestest way to self-publish?
Has anyone used blurb.com? More to the point, what are my options for self-publishing? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

52 Fun Things to learn.
a list of 52 cool things you always wanted to learn but never got round to! [more inside]
posted by thegeezer3 at 11:48 AM PST - 34 comments

Where can I buy a cradle for a Palm VX?
Where can I buy a cradle for a Palm VX? [more inside]
posted by prentiz at 11:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Need help with two iTunes annoyances
Any way around these two (Mac) iTunes annoyances? First, iTunes apparently cannot remember my password for "Check for Purchases". Second, iTunes always jumps the focus back to the next song it's playing despite how much further down I'm browsing and adding songs to playlists. [more inside]
posted by ontic at 11:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Are there any open indoor track meets in the St. Louis area?
Are there any open indoor track meets in the St. Louis area? [more inside]
posted by chuckforthought.com at 11:14 AM PST - 1 comments

Rotating the view of pages in Illustrator
Is there a way to rotate my view of a page in Adobe Illustrator? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 10:56 AM PST - 4 comments

An Apple a day
Children's Story Filter: Help me find a story about the Apple family. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 10:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Corrosion, Palm
My Palm Pilot won't charge, and I think the problem is the charger. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 10:39 AM PST - 8 comments

coreldraw exporting
When exporting from CorelDRAW to Adobe Illustrator, why does the file size jump from 4 MB to 50 MB? What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by rare_g at 9:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Best photo ideas for canvas prints
What kind of pictures (photos) render best on canvas. I am trying to get a large sized photo-on-canvas frame from a night-time city shot. The picture I have in mind are night time photos of city skylines (manhattan from brooklyn) Would this look good when converted to canvas ? What other suggestions does the hive mind have when it comes to shooting digital images for framing on canvas
posted by cusecase at 9:45 AM PST - 7 comments

I've seen the artwork for an unusual tattoo before - but where?
The other night I saw a woman with many tattoos - one of them was of a pair of worms that had the heads of a perky boy and girl. I know I've seen this image before but my searching has been in vain. Does this sound familiar?
posted by pinky at 9:29 AM PST - 17 comments

What are the various government-subsidized housing programs in New York City?
What are the various government-subsidized housing programs in New York City? For buyers and renters [more inside]
posted by beautiful at 9:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Chalkboard markers
Can anyone tell me where to find erasable, colorful markers for a chalkboard? Specifically, the vivid ones you see used at Starbucks and other merchants? [more inside]
posted by docpops at 9:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me boot into windows with a broken bootloader and no installation media...
I've messed up my boot loader. I have a (working, legal) XP installation, but it won't boot, and I don't have any Windows installation media. How can I fix it? Linux, Windows and general stupidity feature in the creation of the problem, and getting the computer ready to give away in time for Christmas is the aim. [more inside]
posted by handee at 8:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Hey Pancakes!
Calling experienced cooks: What would cause pancakes to come out dull and tortilla-like in appearance rather than a scrumptuous dark brown? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 8:33 AM PST - 27 comments

Looking for the name of a movie
Name that movie - Japanese movie on television last night [more inside]
posted by Julnyes at 8:25 AM PST - 9 comments

How to route plexiglass?
I've been trying unsuccessfully to figure out how to route a channel in a piece of plexiglass for quite a while and now, having run out of ideas, I turn to the hive mind for help.
I've tried both a Dremel and a full-size router, but since they both spin at high RPMs (even at the Dremel's lowest setting), the plastic winds up melting and burring all over my bits as well as turning opaque due to the heat. My goal is to make the channel as translucent as possible, and I believe that I can put the plexiglass sheet in an oven after routing causing the plastic to smooth out and clear up any opaque areas caused by roughness. Can anyone recommend the proper combination of tool, bit, speed and technique to achieve my goal? Note that I am not wedded to plexiglass; I just need a very translucent material that I can carve channels into. [more inside]
posted by mjbraun at 8:21 AM PST - 14 comments

What to wear in court?
How do I dress for court? I'll be a factual witness against the defendent, and may or may not be asked to answer questions, dependent on how everything goes - if I testify, my input is extremely important to the case. It's important that I appear (in both manner & dress) as respectful, calm, matter-of-fact (casually confident), honest, ladylike, etc. I am all those things, but... [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 8:12 AM PST - 22 comments

Places to stay in Killington?
Does anyone have any recommendations for places to stay in Killington (VT) in January? I'm looking for house for a large group (20-25 ppl) for a ski retreat weekend. I've been looking online, but I'm not too sure where to start looking and a lot of the places I have found seem to be booked. [more inside]
posted by ruwan at 8:04 AM PST - 6 comments

White to move and mate in two.
Help me solve a chess problem, please? [more inside]
posted by vytae at 7:53 AM PST - 33 comments

Oh, Bristol
I might be moving to Bristol, England. What I should I really know before I get there? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 7:42 AM PST - 18 comments

Foundations of DIY-culture.
Books that laid the groundwork for DIY-culture. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 7:42 AM PST - 31 comments

Help with a charity gift request.
I need help locating a certain brand of cologne requested as a charity gift. The request is from a 14 year old male, and who wants "Sexy" cologne for men. On-line searches just seem to turn up "Very Sexy for Him" by Victoria's Secret. I'm not sure that is the right one. Any ideas, or thoughts on possibly substitutions? I know from my teacher friends that Axe body spray is all the rage with teen boys right now.
posted by socrateaser at 7:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Good Chinese reading for non-Chinese reader?
I'm looking for some good Mandarin Chinese online reading -- news, blogs, etc. Very simple -- no fancy academic language. [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 7:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Best way to deep-clean a work computer before leaving?
I am leaving this job at the end of the week, and I want to get every last single one of my files off my computer and leave it as clean as possible for the next person.. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 6:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me unbender my fender.
What is the likelihood that I can replace the front fender on my Honda Accord all by myself? [more inside]
posted by googly at 6:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me sell my software without getting screwed
The company I work for has expressed interest in purchasing a software product I've been developing privately. How do I go about doing this so I don't get screwed? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 6:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Songs about a great mom
Need suggestions for songs for a video about mom [more inside]
posted by Jandasmo at 6:12 AM PST - 16 comments

Corporate Computer monitoring detection
How do I figure out what user/usage monitoring software is running on my work laptop? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 5:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Some of my recordings sound like Tom Waits after a two-day cigarette bender
Crackly, scratchy distortion on the low bass notes on my recorded music: Audiophiles, what's the cause? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:34 AM PST - 14 comments

What are the key culture changes between UK and US Universities?
I've got the opportunity to do an American Exchange next Autumn from my UK University for about 15 weeks. What are the key culture changes that I'll experience? Of course, there's [more inside]
posted by philsi at 3:56 AM PST - 17 comments

apple
thinking of buying a 13-inch apple macbook [more inside]
posted by baker dave at 3:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Toronto anniversary ideas?
My girlfriend's parents' 30th wedding anniversary is coming up soon, and we'd like to do something nice for them. [more inside]
posted by oaf at 12:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Snot Rags in the Stocking
I'm trying to find some nice handkerchiefs for my lady. She uses them instead of tissues, and is often running out of them, so I'd like to shore up her supply. [more inside]
posted by breath at 12:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Civic sitting for six years
Mechanic Filter: Someone left me a '98 Honda Civic that has been stored for 6 years it seems. VERY low miles lol. What do I tell the mechanic(s)? [more inside]
posted by prodevel at 12:15 AM PST - 13 comments

December 10
Name that fish!
Name my new fish! [more inside]
posted by tdreyer1 at 10:39 PM PST - 87 comments

Estate gift or sales transaction?
Estate gift or sales transaction? Need advice... I have a small condo which my daughter lives in ..... [more inside]
posted by teapot at 10:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Why can't I see my flash drive?
Why won't my USB flash drive show up? [more inside]
posted by univac at 10:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Show me the money
Help me with some student oriented nonprofit fundraising ideas (mi) [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 9:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Should an under-30 couple join the Beard House?
Anyone know anything about dinners at the James Beard Foundation in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by ch1x0r at 9:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Aw, Crap.
How likely is it that a woman's disposable razor, accidentally flushed down the toilet, will result in a pipe blockage? [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 9:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a stripper snow globe. Help me find one.
Looking for a Snow Globe with a stripper in it. Preferably with dollar bills as snowflakes. No luck on ebay so far. Any suggestions where I could find one.
posted by govtrust at 8:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Wikipedia vandalism
Someone is using tricky html code to vandalize Wikipedia entries. Can anyone look at a page in question and tell me how they are doing it? [more inside]
posted by pcameron at 8:16 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me be compelling
Have you ever been on a guided walking tour? What did you like about it? What did you dislike? Was the subject matter most important, or the presentation? How long was it? Was it focused narrowly (like, sites to pick up dudes in the Castro) or more broadly (like, the history of Manhattan) I would love to hear as much detail as possible about the walking tours that have bored you, thrilled you, or just made your feet hurt. Thank you!
posted by serazin at 8:03 PM PST - 33 comments

open source in the physical world?
open source in the physical world? [more inside]
posted by bliss322 at 7:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Who are the Sugar Boys?
Who were the country musicians on COLD CASE tonight? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 7:54 PM PST - 9 comments

"Quick! Call Flammie!"
I'd like to get my son a "Flammie Drum". Where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by eleyna at 7:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Baloney Sandwich?
This lunchbox is no longer in stock. If you can direct me to somewhere I can buy it new online, I will send you a special holiday card. Really I will. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 7:33 PM PST - 11 comments

So I know HTML. What to learn next?
What web technology/language should I learn to make simple online apps and just generally enhance my bare-bones knowledge of HTML? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 7:23 PM PST - 18 comments

What to Wear?
What is appropriate interview attire for a very creative, non-traditional company? [more inside]
posted by jmugrapler at 6:41 PM PST - 21 comments

32 or 64 bit windows on a 64 bit AMD platform? Why?
I bit the bullet and bought the hardware to create a cheap PC. Dual core and 64 bit with a decent upgrade path, but I digress. Now I need to know: WinXP SP2 or WinXP x64? I figure I'll "try" before I buy the latter, but to save headache and hassle I thought I might simply ask. It's basically 2007, here, folks. Should I run a 32bit OS on a 64bit platform? What are the ups and downs, the pros and cons, in your experience. Thanks!
posted by Grod at 6:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Ancient percentage of alcohol in Molson Dry
Molson Dry Question [more inside]
posted by a007r at 6:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Alternatives to trackpads?
What are the alternatives to laptop touchpads that work without a flat surface? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon at 6:19 PM PST - 19 comments

QuoteFilter: universe & man
QuoteFilter: about the universe and thought. [more inside]
posted by provolot at 5:54 PM PST - 9 comments

What is this rock-climbing finger pain, and how do I heal it?
What, exactly, is this rock-climbing finger pain, and how do I heal it? [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 5:45 PM PST - 18 comments

In the end he's stepping on?
Another song hunt. [more inside]
posted by allen.spaulding at 5:35 PM PST - 2 comments

How do International Debt Collections work?
How do International Debt Collections work? Can I avoid it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Yet another ‘how to make friends’ post
Yet another ‘how to make friends’ post [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Where do I find funny websites to help me come up with "creative" entries to competitions?
I need a good collection of bookmarks to help me enter competitions! What are some good repositories for jokes, wordplay, and the like? [more inside]
posted by mjao at 5:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Secure my documents abroad.
I am taking a surf trip to costa rica. Because of the nature of the trip, I will not be able to keep important documents on my person for large chunks of time. Where can I put them so that they are secure? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 5:06 PM PST - 9 comments

How to make this toilet more attractive?
How do I beautify my scary industrial-looking toilet? [more inside]
posted by bdk3clash at 4:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Where should we escape to?
Where should we escape to? We (couple, not going to have kids) vant to be alone. We telecommute, so all we need is somewhere very quiet and safe and stable with good home Internet access. Where are the best places? I know we will have to do some travelling and check them out, but if you can give us some ideas, places, links, strategies to start on, we're grateful. [more inside]
posted by Listener at 4:28 PM PST - 21 comments

Mystery song from rum ad
Anyone know what the song at the start of this Captain Morgan commercial is? [more inside]
posted by bob sarabia at 3:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Do you talk AppleTalk?
MacNetworkingFilter: Setting up a print server in a small office–Ethernet, AppleTalk, wireless, oh my… Lots [more inside]
posted by al_fresco at 3:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking to learn the nitty-gritty about property/real estate.
Looking to learn the nitty-gritty about property/real estate. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 3:36 PM PST - 3 comments

The incredible reappearing bookmarks toolbar
Why won't the bookmarks toolbar in Firefox 2.0 remain hidden across multiple sessions? [more inside]
posted by padjet1 at 3:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Who's got music recommendations?
Got any band recommendations? [more inside]
posted by 53B3L1U5 at 3:17 PM PST - 34 comments

Where can I watch the Biathlon World Cup?
Where can we watch the Biathlon World Cup? [more inside]
posted by saladpants at 2:52 PM PST - 1 comments

when a foreigner goes through customs, their fingerprints and other details are being stored. who has access to all the information?
when a foreigner goes through customs, their fingerprints and other details are being stored. who has access to all the information? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 2:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Cats + Me != Crazy Delicious
MedicalFilter: What allergy medications work best against cat dander? [more inside]
posted by dw at 2:32 PM PST - 20 comments

But I still sleep in Superman boxers!
If it was a planned pregnancy, how did you know when you were ready to have your first baby? [more inside]
posted by brozek at 2:23 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I format raw data that will eventually be part of a database?
Complete database newbie. I have raw information in the form of text, numbers and photos. This stuff will eventually be fed to users on a web site. I am in the information-collection phase now. What's the best way to collect and format the data so it has the easiest possible path into a database that will serve the web site? [more inside]
posted by crosten at 2:16 PM PST - 9 comments

More of that name that tune!
MoreNameThatSongFilter [more inside]
posted by LunaticFringe at 2:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Ack! A Crack In The Wall!
There's a small crack/dent in the wall by my door where it got kicked by accident. What's my best bet on fixing it? I don't need it to be perfect, but good enough to not be obvious. I've uploaded a few pics. My initial thoughts were to throw some spackle over the crack/hole, smooth it over, and then paint. Or should I just be trying to find someone to pay to do this? Thanks!
posted by inigo2 at 1:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Dance Studio Birthday Party - How Much to Charge
I'm trying to figure out how much a local dance studio should charge for hosting a 1-2 hour birthday party with dance instruction by one of our teachers. [more inside]
posted by GregX3 at 1:31 PM PST - 8 comments

how to find a real estate agent in Buffalo
I need help finding a good real estate agent in Buffalo. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 1:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Free, accurate foreign exchange data feed for GBP?
I'm trying to avoid shelling out an annual fee to XE for UK foreign exchange data. The European Central Bank provides a feed with Euro as base currency and the Bank of NZ has one for NZD. Surely there's a GBP equivalent?
posted by Foaf at 1:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Cosas hacer en Morelia?
I'm visiting Morelia, Mexico this week, arriving just in time to miss the Virgin de Guadalupe fiesta, and staying about a week. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot at 12:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Non-Christmas getaway near DC?
Christmas getaway near DC for people who don't celebrate Christmas? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 12:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Internal Card Reader Not Detected
My internal card reader has suddenly vanished from My Computer. Help! [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 12:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Where in SF should I park my car?
Where can I park in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 12:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Recommend a backup device for a Mac
I need a good 500GB backup device for a Mac - any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 12:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Lust in my heart
Is thinking/fantasizing/looking at someone who is not your partner cheating? What if your partner thinks it is but you do not? What do you expect from your partner in addition to simple fidelity? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 11:33 AM PST - 79 comments

make my instep pain go away
What ski boot brands/models tend to have the most room for people with high arches, short toes, and somewhat wide feet? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 11:16 AM PST - 11 comments

hungry hungry hippos
I have about $20 to keep me fed until Thursday night. What do I buy? [more inside]
posted by tylermoody at 10:47 AM PST - 27 comments

What's it called?
I've seen this type of personal (unpowered) watercraft, used close to shore, in the surf. I don't know what its called. Please help me identify this distinctive board/boat/flat kayak as google is not being my friend on this matter. Description within: [more inside]
posted by Fupped Duck at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

GPS Navigehtion
Best GPS navigation system for Canada? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 9:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Clothes shopping in Taipei/Hong Kong: What to get where?
I am going on a trip next week to Taipei and Hong Kong, and would like leave with an empty suitcase and come back with a full one. Can you help me prepare for what to get where? [more inside]
posted by jonmartin at 9:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Investing for Dummies
Does it matter where you buy a mutual fund? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 at 9:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Confused Children
I'm an atheist. My fiancé is not. What about the children? [more inside]
posted by drleary at 9:18 AM PST - 52 comments

Safe/dangerous African countries?
What are the safest African countries for a white, English-speaking visitor? What are the most dangerous? Why?
posted by stammer at 8:38 AM PST - 27 comments

Single- or Multi-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker?
I'm looking for a drip coffee maker that can make a single cup, preferably in a thermal mug, or make several cups at a time in a thermal carafe. I've searched the internets without success so far. Any suggestions?
posted by cahlers at 8:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Public terminal software
Kinkos and other public internet terminals run software that restore the computer between log-ons. What software is this? [more inside]
posted by MotorNeuron at 7:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Why have people always thought this?
So, despite no one having told me this through high school, now that I'm in college I've been informed that everyone, everywhere, thinks I'm gay (and high school friends have confirmed this, now that I've asked). Men, women, doesn't matter. I am aware that I have a (very) slight lisp, which I hate because I can't control it (from birth). I am aware that I'm upbeat and tend to talk fast when excited. My body language is probably somewhat submissive, but I don't think it's THAT bad. I'm shy around a lot of women, don't make eye contact a lot, and a lot of guys don't like me because I'm not that into the "guy topics of conversation". Aside from, you know, how EFFING HOT random girl #43 is. (Cause she was!) The point is, I'm disturbingly straight and finding out what everyone really thinks has thrown me for a huge loop--not only am I being perceived as something I'm not, but it's also been (continually) detrimental to my success with women and social acceptance by guys... and I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized at 7:28 AM PST - 68 comments

So realistic they leaped off the page.
Half-remembered fairy tale: a kid could only draw one eye on an animal, or else it would come to life. His secret is revealed when he's forced to draw both eyes on an animal, which then.. leaps off the page. What was this story? Where did it come from?
posted by cmyk at 7:10 AM PST - 4 comments

cheap Mac file sharing?
I'm looking for a cheap (or better yet, free) software to run a simple file server in my journalism lab. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 6:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Date Stampin'
I just bought a new camera that I'm very happy with (a Sony DSC-H2) but there's one imporant thing that it doesn't seem to do: Put a date stamp on the pictures! This is essential for a disorganized guy like me. How can I get datestamps on my pictures in some other tricky way once the pictures are moved to my PC? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 5:34 AM PST - 8 comments

How to soothe an infant who wants 24/7 nursing?
Nursing advice before I keel over? We've got an almost-two-week old here at home, and if she could she'd nurse (for comfort as well as food, I know, but there are no indicator lights to tell the difference) around the clock. If we thwart her drive to be hooked up every moment when not in deep sleep, it's howling time. We're trying every soothing trick in the many books to get her to calm down when not latched... [more inside]
posted by clever sheep at 5:28 AM PST - 21 comments

AlgorithmFilter
How do you fairly score a pub quiz? The quiz I run always has wildly varying team sizes - from one guy on his own to groups of eight or nine. It seems obvious to me that a sole participant who scores 95% has done better than a group of ten who score 100%, but I'd like an algorithm that will calculate a fair score for every team. I've tried to create one using exemplar data but I just don't seem to be able to hit the right combination of terms. My basic data set consists of (number of team members) and (score out of 100). Any statisticians out there with a solution? Bonus points if the algorithm is easily understandable to the general public.
posted by alby at 4:05 AM PST - 20 comments

Leaving the Earth behind us
Assume space travel is currently safe, as fast as possible and comparatively (compared to now) inexpensive. How feasible would it be to start colonizing a planet in a new solar system in a self-sustaining way knowing what we know now? Is this being thought about? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 2:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Cleaning dog poop during winter?
Dogpoopfilter: what to do with dogpoop on a lawn that gets no sun? Now with Mea Culpa inside! [more inside]
posted by asavage at 1:07 AM PST - 15 comments

A good knife for whittling?
Trying to remember the name of good French knife and also looking for suggestions for a good whittling knife. [more inside]
posted by Cochise at 12:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Trailers (not the movie kind)
I'm thinking of getting a towbar and (camper) trailer, but I have two questions: How do I make sure that the trailer sits level when connected to my car, and why does the towing capacity of the car appear to have no reference to the total weight of the car and trailer and load in both?
posted by krisjohn at 12:43 AM PST - 3 comments

December 9
Foreclosure - how can I stop it?
Please help! I received a foreclosure notice. I have the money, but have been having a difficult time with the lender. How do I prevent a foreclosure on my house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:42 PM PST - 15 comments

When to lift weights in a weight-loss program
When to mix in weight training with a weight loss plan [more inside]
posted by ttrendel at 11:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Augmentation question (SFW)...
Can ActiveSync be augmented? I use the task list on my PDA extensively in a GTD-like manner. However, I would like my tasklist to be synchronized with my Outlook tasks via our office Exchange server. My PDA is a Pocket PC running WM2003 SE. While Windows Mobile 2005 can sync tasks with a server, WM2003 cannot - instead it can only sync tasks with a PC. So, the question is whether any third-party solutions exist to provide a conduit or some such, for Tasks for WM2003 for Exchange. Any takers?
posted by blue_wardrobe at 11:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Simple email list maker
What's a small, free program to store a bunch of email addresses, label them according to categories, generate lists to mail different categories and eliminate duplicate addresses from the lists?
posted by Tuffy at 11:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Why is my video/image quality grainy?
20" LCD Monitor + GeForce Video Card = Grainy Images/Video. [more inside]
posted by jimdanger at 10:55 PM PST - 9 comments

I keep finding a small man in my bed
My boyfriend's 5-year-old son insists on climbing into bed with us in the morning. [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne at 10:46 PM PST - 29 comments

Travelers subway fare swap
Looking for suggestions on how to organize and promote an exchange of unused subway fare cards for travelers from Ann Arbor to DC, NYC, SF. Leaning towards a design that minimizes writing code. I'm heading out to DC Sunday and had to dig around to find the remnants of the last fare - that should have been easy and an opportunity to socialize with the last person who came back with a partly full Metrocard.
posted by edwardvielmetti at 10:43 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you respond to news of a recent abortion?
How do you respond to news of a recent abortion? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 9:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Name that tune...
Ridiculously specific question regarding Ladytron's just-finished US tour... [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 9:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Help Me Paint Some Balls
What's the best paintball gun to buy with a $200-300 budget? [more inside]
posted by Cyrano at 9:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Ghost folder keeps coming back from dead
I had a folder on my XP desktop containing some .wav files. I then deleted the entire folder, and emptied the recycling bin. For some reason, this folder has been restoring itself on my desktop (sans the files) for reasons I cannot fathom. Each time, I delete it, and at some mysterious point later, it shows up again. [more inside]
posted by war wrath of wraith at 8:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a GIS + Google Maps website?
Is there a website that lets you show GIS data (i.e. standard geographical data from various sources) on Google Maps? [more inside]
posted by blacklite at 8:46 PM PST - 6 comments

The learning curve to switch to Firefox from IE6
How much work will it take me to change from IE6 to Firefox? Looking at the list of problems in AMF, should a person not highly computer literate make the change? I use XP and have MS office installed and am now learning to write web pages -- CSS, HTML, Java.. Thanks in advance for your advice.
posted by orlin at 8:12 PM PST - 25 comments

International money transfers between family members
What's the best way to transfer money from my father's (residing in Japan) account to my own in the US for banking/investing, and what complications may there be? Or, if he's not expecting extreme rates, are there better options he can pursue himself within Japan? [more inside]
posted by Muu at 7:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Deodorant goo removal?
What will dissolve deodorant/antiperspirant goo? [more inside]
posted by sentient at 7:24 PM PST - 16 comments

VZW CDMA in China?
Will my Verizon CDMA 800 / 1900 phone work in China? [more inside]
posted by prettyboyfloyd at 6:34 PM PST - 11 comments

How to ignite post day out conversation?
After a long day in the company of others, how do you keep conversation fresh during the evening and nite? [more inside]
posted by oxala at 6:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Craig Armstrong song. What is it?
What's the background music on this YouTube video? Stupid, pointless background story inside [more inside]
posted by niles at 6:26 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the art theory term for an effect like a Where's Waldo picture?
What is the art theory term for an effect like a Where's Waldo picture? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 5:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you put superglue on your tongue?
Can you put superglue on your tongue? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 5:35 PM PST - 23 comments

How can I stop getting sick of new songs quickly?
How can I stop getting sick of new songs quickly? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 5:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Gay Snowbird thinking about flying to Cuba
Gay Snowbird thinking about flying to Cuba. Any thoughts? Good experiences? Horror stories? [more inside]
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 4:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Cameras and batteries
Why are my kids' digital cameras devouring batteries? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 4:37 PM PST - 18 comments

Technology 0.5?
Any idea what this object is/was once used for? I'm fairly certain it represents an obsolete technology, but I'm curious. It's quite well-made. [more inside]
posted by trip and a half at 4:30 PM PST - 57 comments

Night vision problems with LASIK
For those mefites who have had LASIK surgery, especially those who had the surgery done with the Allegretto Wave laser, what was your NIGHT VISION like after the surgery? I had the surgery a week ago, and I'm seeing very large starbursts of light when driving at night. It doesn't give me searing headaches, but I find it very annoying and distracting. Is this something permanent that I should brace myself for now? Can night vision problems be corrected with an enhancement surgery? [more inside]
posted by speedoavenger at 3:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Whare you doing, Dave? I'm calling my lawyer...
Legal thought and science fiction? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine at 3:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Blog lost in the tubes...
Help me find a blog about a British man who snorts cocaine and enjoys prostitutes. There's [more inside]
posted by pants tent at 3:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Flying with beer in your checked luggage?
Flying the Trappist skies: smuggling beer in your checked luggage. Thoughts, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 3:38 PM PST - 12 comments

What's this yellow thingy that came with my timbuk2 bag?
I just bought a bag from Timbuk2. What's this yellow clip thingy? [more inside]
posted by IvyMike at 3:36 PM PST - 11 comments

just like your mom used to make in hanoi
help me find the Vietnamese grandmother i never had (digital version): i’m looking for the web’s best references to learn to cook northern-style foods. [more inside]
posted by n y my at 3:14 PM PST - 1 comments

Best Christmas lights in Atlanta
I'd like to take my kids on a drive of the best Christmas lights in Atlanta. Can anyone point me to the best houses to include on our drive? Feel free to e-mail me privately if you don't want to post the address on the Internet.
posted by katyjack at 3:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Yes, but how many *seconds* to midnight?
So how close exactly were we to nuclear war? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:59 PM PST - 17 comments

The Little Prince in Irish
Help me acquire The Little Prince in Irish (An Prionsa Beag.) [more inside]
posted by Captain Shenanigan at 2:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Simple animation that looks beautiful.
Looking for examples of animation that could be described as both "beautiful" and "simple."
posted by davebush at 2:38 PM PST - 19 comments

What to do with a Logitech NUON gamepad?
What to do with a Logitech NUON gamepad? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 2:14 PM PST - 2 comments

I creepy people out when I close my eyes
Why do my eyes turn into creepy white slivers when I close them (but not sleeping)? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 1:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Your all-time favorite book (fiction or non).
What is your all time favorite book (fiction or non)? [more inside]
posted by Meemer at 1:02 PM PST - 77 comments

Underneath my linoleum--a secret treasure! (question about subflooring)
We are going to install about 200 sq. ft. of laminate flooring in our kitchen/dining area, which is 1/2 linoleum and 1/2 ugly blue carpet. Because the previous owners installed 1/4" subflooring before they put in the original vinyl, there is a height difference between the carpeted area and the vinyl floor area. Should I rip out the old subflooring to level it out, or add subflooring to the recessed area so everything is level? There is *really* old linoleum underneath the carpet and the subflooring. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Where should I buy an unlocked Cingular phone today in Chicago?
Where can I find an unlocked Cingular phone, preferably a Nokia 6030, but whatever is fine, that I can buy today for a reasonable price (not necessarily as cheap as on the internet, but not hundreds of dollars) , that I can put my SIM card into and just start using? Oh, yeah, and I know that I can get one on the internet for cheap, but I want to get it today, in Chicago, and without an additional contract. [more inside]
posted by jcwagner at 11:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Can women intuit their pregnancies in the first few days or weeks?
Can women sense, on an intuitive level, that they have become pregnant before the normal physical signs of pregnancy are present? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 11:37 AM PST - 35 comments

How can I meet people like myself: a bit older, still young at heart, and looking for friends?
How can I meet people like myself: a bit older, still young at heart, and looking for friends? Hello, well guess the title pretty much explains my question. I have this problem that I look and feel like I'm 24, but I'm 33 (and a guy, btw). [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 11:19 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm thinking of getting a tablet PC, specificly the Fujitsu T4215.
This will be my first tablet. Does anyone have any expirience with these Tablets? [more inside]
posted by EasyLover at 11:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Sweat-free socks
What kind of socks make your feet sweat the least? [more inside]
posted by tabulem at 11:01 AM PST - 18 comments

Will I be able to enjoy a White Christmas?
I'd like to buy someone tickets to White Christmas at Fox Theatre in Detroit. Where are the best seats? [more inside]
posted by sLevi at 10:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I download Photoshop CS for Mac (non trial version)
Does anyone have a URL where I can download Adobe Photoshop CS (Not CS2) for Mac? I'm trying to reinstall it, but I do not have the original install package. I did find a download link for the CS trial version, but this version does not let me enter a serial number. The 'registration' menu item is grayed out. Alternatively, is there a way that I can plug in my serial number to the trial version that I found. Thanks.
posted by jpep at 10:20 AM PST - 10 comments

How to keep a mentally ill guest safe when she visits?
Need best practices for keeping a troubled young woman "safe" while she visits me over the holidays. Also need recs on things to do, movies to rent, books to borrow from the library, etc. Please see ... [more inside]
posted by Soda-Da at 10:01 AM PST - 17 comments

How to set up actions in GIMP?
I'm a GIMP user, and I'm trying to figure out how to mimic the actions one can set up on Photoshop. Specifically, I'd like to set up a sequence that sets photos to a standard size (600 x ___), adds a standard black border, flattens the image, and saves the whole thing to a set folder. I'm not the most savvy GIMP user, so clear instructions on how to do this sort of thing would be greatly appreciated.
posted by lindsey.nicole at 10:01 AM PST - 2 comments

How do police videos get released
Police Incar Videos: How do they get released to the public/youtube? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 9:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I tell him I haven't had sex?
I've never had sex, and the guy I'm "just having some fun with" doesn't know, and though things are getting more intense I have no plans to have sex with him. Should I tell him, or will it put him off? [more inside]
posted by trampesque at 9:42 AM PST - 51 comments

Metal Shop in Boston?
I need to find a public use metal shop near Boston. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 8:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Starfall in French?
I find that our kids enjoy Starfall to learn reading. Does anyone know of a similar program for French? (Ages 5 and 6)
posted by bright77blue at 8:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Do I need help?
Just as I'm falling asleep, I regularly have a brief but powerful dream in which I experience the fear that I'm about to have or cause a car wreck, and then I wake up. Should recurring dreams of this nature be a cause for concern, or are they quite commonplace and natural?
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 8:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Songs that mention Canada
What pop songs mention Canada, or a place or city in Canada? [more inside]
posted by beelerspace at 7:47 AM PST - 95 comments

My kid knocked out a permanent tooth--now what?
My 7-year-old got a bunch of his teeth knocked out, including a permanent front top incisor that the dentist put back in a very crooked position. What should we do? What is in our future? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 7:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Calling All Monk Fans
Help me find more shows like Monk. [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 6:48 AM PST - 49 comments

Changing ibook g4 keyboard language
How do I change my ibook g4's keyboard layout to french? Does anyone know of any specially made stickers for the g4s, or, indeed if I could purchase a replacement keyboard anywhere? It's essential that I use the inbuilt keyboard for this. Thanks.
posted by Hanni at 6:25 AM PST - 2 comments

SCOTUS declining to hear
SCOTUS filter: Why does the Supreme Court decline to hear cases? [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 6:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Coyotes in our Midst
There are a lot of coyotes in our nieghborhood this year, and they're less shy than in the past. [more inside]
posted by maryh at 5:36 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me make sense of Australian industrial relations reform
Help me make sense of the industrial relations reform (WorkChoices) that has taken place in Australia since the last federal election. [more inside]
posted by teem at 4:57 AM PST - 3 comments

12 Trees
ArtFilter: 12 paintings of trees purchased at the One of a Kind art show in Toronto. Who painted them??? a little bit [more inside]
posted by alona at 4:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Are vols 1 and 2 of S.R. Gardiner's "History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate" available online?
Seventeenth-century history-Filter: where can I find a copy of the first and second volumes of S.R. Gardiner's History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate online? [more inside]
posted by greycap at 2:44 AM PST - 4 comments

It's for a Hellogoodbye Compilation CD
Help me find the font used on Campbell's soup cans! [more inside]
posted by JackarypQQ at 2:44 AM PST - 3 comments

How to send a playlist to a friend with similar music?
A friend of mine on a different continent has a similar music collection to mine. Since we have many of the same MP3s, I would like to send an iTunes playlist that she can just place into her iTunes. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 2:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Idiot-proof hand-held Sewing machine=fact or rubbish?
Good gift/Bad gift? So I thought that this year I'd get this same item for my son, my daughter, my adult niece and a couple of neighbourhood strays too. I know for a fact that that they'll be tickled that it's not another flashlight or safety kit... The item? A handheld battery operated sewing machine. (I can't seem to link it to the product) These recipients are not handy people but I think that we can, all of us, use this from time to time to fix stuff around the house? 1: in theory, do you think it's a good idea? 2:do these things actually work? It almost has to work on it's own. Idiot-proof. Very simple for us to use - did I mention that we are not handy people? (though not a weighty topic, I searched unsuccessfully to see if these machines had ever been discussed here) Thanks!
posted by lois1950 at 1:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Why can't I get an erection?
I'm 21 years old--could I have erectile dysfunction? Or could it be emotional? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 1:07 AM PST -