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December 31
mystery greek note
Hello, could anyone possibly translate this for me? ΔΕΝΓΑΜΙΕΣΑΙ NA ΑΣΠΡΙΣΕΙΣ hope it's transcribed right, sorry if it's offensive. And could you suggest a good reply? (to flatmate) Ta!
posted by runincircles at 8:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Is it illegal for a business to close earlier than the closing time posted on their door?
Is it illegal for a business to close earlier than the closing time posted on their door? [more inside]
posted by thatgirl at 8:31 PM PST - 44 comments

I need to clean a lot really fast, where is Heloise when you need her?
My dogs destroyed the house while I was shopping, how long do I have for damage control? Football filter of all things. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 7:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to find authentic Chinese food in Madison
Where can I find authentic Chinese food in Madison, Wisconsin? [more inside]
posted by chippie at 6:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me unravel the mystery that is lentils
How long to cook lentils? Do I need to soak them? [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo at 6:46 PM PST - 15 comments

What's wrong with my butt?
What's wrong with my tailbone? [more inside]
posted by drleary at 6:29 PM PST - 8 comments

I can't break up.
I can't break up with my girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 5:41 PM PST - 40 comments

Going completely Skype, wireless and mobile?
I live in a semi-rural area and am incredibly frustrated with my area's landline phone provider. The provider has a monopoly in the area and delays fixing constant faults for many weeks. I want to go completely Skype, wireless and mobile. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 5:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Best workflow for HV20 with Premiere and After Effects
What is a good workflow to capture and export video with the Canon HV20 using Premiere and After Effects? [more inside]
posted by austinlee at 4:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me snatch a hacker/spammer
My hotmail acct has been hacked/cracked and is being used to spam people including a few MeFites. I'm pissed and concerned. Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 4:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Desitny's Child needs more banjo.
Who covered "Hey Ladies" by Destiny's Child on this week's Prairie Home Companion best-of episode? [more inside]
posted by chocolate_butch at 3:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Multiple blog accounts for Word 2007
Microsoft Word 2007 allows users to publish directly from Word to their blog account. I've read you can even have multiple accounts. If so, how do I set it up? [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 3:51 PM PST - 1 comments

It's a Shirt Thing
What are you favorite independent, online t-shirt designer/retailer websites to buy from? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 3:24 PM PST - 27 comments

How can I tell which of these damn Firefox tabs is making a sound?
How can I tell which of these damn Firefox tabs is making a sound? [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 2:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Active life with a bone bruise?
Does anyone have experience with a bone bruise? I have one, apparently, just when I wanted to get serious about exercising again. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 2:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Who is this Marius Girard guy?
ArtFilter. Need help finding info on the artist Marius Girard. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 2:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Is there an X Windows GNU screen equivalent?
Linux filter: Is there an equivalent to GNU screen for X Windows? [more inside]
posted by Kemayo at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Games with Random Flash Action?
I'm looking for flash "games" suitable in content for a preschool child (ie: no gore, violence, etc.) where you click the mouse or press a key and something happens, but where you're basically just creating random action. For example, clicking the mouse on the screen might cause a "firework" to deploy or a bubble to be created or burst. Any suggestions?
posted by anastasiav at 2:02 PM PST - 23 comments

bah humbug
My family members decided to suddenly start celebrating Christmas this year. I feel weird about it. Help me deal with these changes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:48 PM PST - 28 comments

CUPS + Ubuntu server: Help
CUPS server config issues. Why can't I see or use installed printers on my Ubuntu server? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 1:46 PM PST - 5 comments

How should I release and distribute my album?
How should I release and distribute my newly recorded album without a record label? [more inside]
posted by lukeomalley at 1:15 PM PST - 21 comments

Not the Happy Squirrel!
Who are your favorite fortune tellers in the Manhattan/Brooklyn area? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

What do I need to do to get in the clear with my car title?
This september I was given a car by a friend of mine who was moving out of state (the car and I are in Ohio). We both signed the title and thought we had done everything right, but we did not realize that we had to sign the document in front of a notary or have it notarized to complete the transfer. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by mdienno at 11:12 AM PST - 15 comments

wine shipping for dummies
Please provide recommendations for companies to move my wine collection from Seattle to San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Would I be likely to get good research done in China?
If anyone has any experience with postdoc- or young faculty-type work as a foreigner in China, I'd be interested to hear how it worked out for you. [more inside]
posted by Coventry at 9:59 AM PST - 0 comments

The Art Of Conversation
How can I cultivate / find deeper conversations with people? In university it was always easy to find people ready to talk about philosophy, politics, psychology, etc. But now, as I have gotten older and supplanted myself into the corporate world, the art of conversation seems to have been lost. It would appear that most people are resigned to talking about kids, jobs, and pop culture. Am I just in the wrong social circles or does this type of small talk permeate our culture? I long to attend a French salon or dinner party whose primary purpose is the art of conversation. Where can I find groups of people who like engaging, face-to-face conversation? How can I steer people away from talking about what they saw on CNN and towards something with a little more substance?
posted by kaizen at 9:35 AM PST - 23 comments

Obligation to Reservists?
What are an employer's legal and ethical obligations to employees who are in the military reserves? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 9:35 AM PST - 21 comments

Foreign language classes in NYC?
Hebrew and Arabic lessons in New York? Recommendations/best bang for buck? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont at 8:46 AM PST - 6 comments

What is a better investment between Nikon D80 and Canon Digital Rebel XT and which one do you enjoy working with more?
[Photography] What is a better investment between Nikon D80 and Canon Digital Rebel XT and which one do you enjoy working with more? [more inside]
posted by bostonhill at 8:45 AM PST - 33 comments

Finland?
Anyone moved to Finland? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Has anyone ever been sued for downloading music?
Has anyone ever been sued for downloading music? [more inside]
posted by squarehead at 7:57 AM PST - 25 comments

LFG in Eve, Mefi Style
I'm looking for an Eve-Online corporation to join, and I'm wondering if any Mefites might have suggestions of corporations that would be a good fit. [more inside]
posted by heresiarch at 7:52 AM PST - 7 comments

I love stealing so much, I'll steal my internet for you!
I'm thinking of sharing my internet with the neighbors; how can we do it fast and safe? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 7:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Ending an Internet site addiction.
As a New Year's resolution, I want to quit visiting an off-topic forum that robs my productivity. I would like to change the password and keep it at a distance so that I will not have access to it earlier than a year from now. Are there any solutions that will curb my addiction? [more inside]
posted by timmins at 7:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Is the sweetness gone?
I am in my third trimester of pregnancy - from the moment I knew I was pregnant, I cut out artificial sweeteners (in addition to other things) from my diet. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 23 comments

Appropriate holiday tips for building staff.
New Yorkers, please advise me on appropriate holiday tip amounts for building staff. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Good feminist blogs?
Where are the feminist blogs that aren't superficial and/or tending towards ranty? I want more thoughtful analysis and intelligent discussion than you tend to find on feministing et al.
posted by footnote at 6:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Photographing a Kid's Judo Tournament?
What's the best way to photograph a kid's judo tournament and have pictures ready for the parents right after awards are presented? [more inside]
posted by chengjih at 6:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Beautiful Non-Fiction Books Needed
Can you recommend some beautiful / well designed non-fiction books? Topic is (mostly) irrelevant. [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 6:17 AM PST - 32 comments

Finding my A game with the Xbox360
Making a clean break -- with PC gaming, and transitioning to gaming on an Xbox 360. What will bowl me over? What will annoy me? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 6:17 AM PST - 25 comments

How did I hurt myself from sitting?
What is this pain in my tailbone? Last night while seated normally in a futon I shifted my weight slightly and a shooting pain went up through my tailbone area. It came back whenever I curved my spine forward slightlly. I hoped it would go away with a good night's sleep, but it hasn't and moving around difficult to do without feeling like I'm being stabbed. It feels like a badly pulled muscle. Has anyone had this? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 6:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Natural disasters colliding with man-made disasters?
I'm looking for an instance of a large-scale man made disaster (such as a war) that collided with a large-scale natural disaster (such as a hurricane) in the same territory. Any nation, any era ... as long as it's fact. Thank you for any help you can offer. :-) [more inside]
posted by coizero at 3:41 AM PST - 31 comments

HD Favourites
Without getting into the old Blu-ray vs HD-DVD debate, which films would you recommend watching, which really benefit from the HD format?
posted by booksprite at 3:37 AM PST - 15 comments

Books with textures for blind kids?
Can you think of any children's books with texture which would be great for the visually impaired? [more inside]
posted by pootler at 3:33 AM PST - 7 comments

December 30
Religious counter-programming for dummies
My in-laws are Catholics. My husband and I are not raising our daughter in a religious household. How can we effectively counter-program my in-laws' religious activities? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 11:46 PM PST - 56 comments

Software solution for Electronic Medical Records
Help us figure out a software solution for setting up Electronic Medical Records for an inner city walk-in clinic. Mac/Leopard, possibilities in Word, Excel, Acrobat, database software. [more inside]
posted by jroybal at 11:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me Remember an Anime from my Childhood
When I was a child I was exposed to some very early anime. I remember fragments of it, but not what it was called, the plot or any reall relevant details. The general theme seemed to be that an evil...thing was trying to control the world. His primary henchman was a man whose power was to turn people into...mannequins seems to be the best fit. [more inside]
posted by Pontifex at 10:33 PM PST - 7 comments

How to take apart plastic items that are "snapped" together rather than screwed?
How to take apart plastic items that are "snapped" together rather than screwed? [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 10:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Ice hotels
Has anyone stayed in an ice hotel? Particularly the one in Quebec? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 10:11 PM PST - 3 comments

San Francisco New Years
Continuing the New Year's Eve trend: What can a single, 20-something female do in San Francisco on New Year's Eve? [more inside]
posted by Nickel at 9:16 PM PST - 10 comments

How to Help a Sick Friend Feel Less Alone With Her Pain
My best friend has a host of medical complaints (cystitis, a recent herniated disc, upcoming spinal surgery) and I don't know how to help her.What did you need from your friends? Was there a book or movie that helped you feel less alone/less afraid? [more inside]
posted by The Clink at 8:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Odd behavior in our 2007 Nissan Frontier. Anyone know what's going on?
Odd behavior in our 2007 Nissan Frontier. Anyone know what's going on? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 8:23 PM PST - 11 comments

How to cope with an abusive and violent brother?
Domestic violence filter : Please help me to cope with my abusive und violent brother. My twin brother gains satisfaction from ruining my life. What shall I do? (lengthy explanation) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 PM PST - 39 comments

Canis obliviosus
Can anyone identify a specific documentary that details a film maker's work with wolves? [more inside]
posted by bonobo at 7:53 PM PST - 9 comments

My eye is alive
My eye is alive! My left eye won't stop twitching, specifically the area nearest my temple. I wouldn't post asking how to "cure" this, but it's been twitching for months! I tried massaging the area... help me kill this!
posted by princeofpersiaxz at 7:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Masterpiece Theater Airdates
Starting January 13th, the retooled Masterpiece Theater is showing adaptations of all six Jane Austen novels. Does anyone know in what order they're being shown, along with air dates? I thought it would be fun to read or re-read each novel in advance of the movie, but I can't figure out when each novel is going to be shown. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 7:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Trying to Avoid UoPish Things.
Questions regarding online universities. [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 7:26 PM PST - 27 comments

What does your inner three-year-old want to do today?
Suggestions, please, for entertaining a three-year-old. [more inside]
posted by anadem at 7:19 PM PST - 28 comments

What's the significance of a New Year's Eve date?
What's the significance of having a New Year's Eve date? Is it really the Big Deal I've been lead to believe it is, or is it more of a convenience come time for the midnight kiss? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 7:12 PM PST - 25 comments

Life is such a drain.
My laptop battery drains even when the computer is turned off. [more inside]
posted by oddman at 7:12 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the cheapest and safest way to send a package to Malaysia with the assurance that it will get to the intended recipient?
My sister wants to send a package to someone in Malaysia -specifically in Selangor - however, it seems packages don't always make it to the recipient for whatever reason. She is sending photographs and wants to be sure it gets to the recipient - any tips out there? What is the safest and least expensive way to send it (more photographs)? TIA
posted by Jujee at 7:10 PM PST - 5 comments

What is there to do on New Years Eve in Ft. Lauderdale that doesn't involve bars?
New Years. Going alone. Not really interested in drinking. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Where? [more inside]
posted by Green With You at 7:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me research this tomato mold.
Identifyfilter: What kind of mold is this on the tomato? What else can you tell me about that kind of mold? I'm curious partly because it's so pretty and also because I'd like to put the picture on Wikipedia as an example of...whatever it is.
posted by dreamyshade at 6:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Seeing two weekends at once?
Can I force iCal to display more than 7 days at once in its Week view? (Say, 9 or 10 days at once?) I'm not finding a definitive answer on the web, just other people wishing for the same thing (or suggestions of non-iCal programs, which I can't use). I'm running Tiger but would also be happy to hear if there are any differences here in Leopard.
posted by sparrows at 6:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Overlooking the obvious, probably.
CreativeRouteFilter Followup #1: Alberta to NYC. What's that word? [more inside]
posted by Acari at 6:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to buy fancy Belgian beer glasses in the US?
Where to buy fancy Belgian beer glasses in the US? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 6:37 PM PST - 17 comments

On not storing up for ourselves treasures on earth.
Please recommend some books to me that deal with simplifying life and combating materialism from a Christian perspective. I'm looking for both modern writings as well as classics. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 6:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Resort suggestion for New Mexico?
What vacation destination would you recommend in New Mexico -- spa-like, quiet, upscale, desert environment? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 6:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Ringing In '08...Online
Any good websites for watching the ball drop in Times Square? [more inside]
posted by AdamOddo at 6:16 PM PST - 2 comments

How do secularists deal without the comfort of religion?
Religion fulfills certain psychological needs. How do non-believers manage without it? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 5:33 PM PST - 77 comments

Thai Food on / around Sunset?
Places to eat in Los Angeles, ArcLight edition. [more inside]
posted by Weebot at 5:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Rehabbing from surgery.
Has anyone out there had to rehab severed extensor tendons in your thumb and/ or index finger? [more inside]
posted by caveat empress at 4:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me make my home beautiful!
What are your favorite home improvement/design/decorating websites? [more inside]
posted by elquien at 4:51 PM PST - 13 comments

What do you know of the online Ph.D. at CIIS?
Does anyone have any information and/or opinions about the Transformative Studies Ph.D. program at the California Institute of Integral Studies? [more inside]
posted by jackypaper at 4:22 PM PST - 7 comments

WTF?
What's the deal with this Japanese Talk show? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 4:21 PM PST - 6 comments

'Best' napoli sauce recipe?
What's you favourite napoli sauce recipe? [more inside]
posted by jedro at 4:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Car electrical problems.
Can I diagnose my electrical problems with a small multi-meter? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 4:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Interaction design: do I need to be an artist?
Conflicted about a career in interaction design, please help! [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 4:01 PM PST - 6 comments

I need some party music for today's New Year's Eve party I'm hosting
I'm hosting a New Year's Eve party. What music do you suggest I play? [more inside]
posted by Masi at 4:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Heeere fishy fishy fishy
How long can our fish live in the plastic bag from the pet store? [more inside]
posted by chihiro at 3:57 PM PST - 7 comments

What should my eBay listing schedule be for my products? (free HDMI cable to best answer if allowed)
What should my eBay listing schedule be for my products? (free HDMI cable to best answer if allowed) [more inside]
posted by weiler63 at 3:52 PM PST - 17 comments

An itch to find a laundry solution
Laundry hacking for someone whose skin is hypersensitive to detergent residue. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 3:44 PM PST - 19 comments

What do to in Sedona on NYE?
My wife and I are in Sedona, AZ for New Year's Eve. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by asavage at 3:37 PM PST - 4 comments

New State, New Bar Exam. Wah!
Advice for a lawyer taking another state bar exam? [more inside]
posted by batcrazy at 3:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Who wouldn't want a video game movie?
I'll Query The Hive Mind For You Filter: late-eighties or early-nineties video game that involved a VHS tape and a light gun that may have resembled a rocket ship? [more inside]
posted by cmyk at 3:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Should we go to Joshua Tree for New Years? What is there to do there? Other recommendations?
Is visiting Joshua Tree a fun thing to do for this time of year and if we go, what kinds of things do people do for fun when they're there? [more inside]
posted by DarwinianDan at 2:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Design my reinvention
Okay, here's where I politely ask you folks to help rig up a creative midlife crisis. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:30 PM PST - 25 comments

Question about "There Will Be Blood"
[Spoiler Alert] Question about "There Will Be Blood" [more inside]
posted by oldlies at 1:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Tiger help! Why are my wireless and spotlight icons missing from the upper right hand corner of my toolbar?
Tiger help! Why are my wireless and spotlight icons missing from the upper right hand corner of my toolbar? [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 1:35 PM PST - 9 comments

ObjectFilter
Help me identify this vicious-looking implement. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 1:28 PM PST - 24 comments

Chances our child would inherit husband's deformed toes?
My husband has deformed toes. What are the chances that this will be passed on to our child if we have one? My husband's toes vary wildly in length--in particular, his 4th toe is longer than all the rest, and all of his toenails are kind of squashed and distorted. Apparently the rest of his family all have normal toes. What could have caused this, and what are the chances (yes, I'm looking for numbers here, if possible) that this deformity would be passed on to our child?
posted by Enroute at 12:45 PM PST - 24 comments

why are houses in Utica, NY so cheap?
Why are houses in Utica, New York so cheap? [more inside]
posted by arcadia at 12:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Can I buy a brand new 5-year-old car?
Can I buy a brand new 5-year-old car? For example, can I buy a brand-new *2003* Nissan 350Z? Or did they really sell each and every last one back in 2003? Where do unsold new cars go when the new models come out? Any car dealers out there that can explain this to me? They must end up somewhere.
posted by sidereal at 12:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Why do liquid fuel rockets vent gas?
Why do liquid-fuel rockets vent gas while on the launch pad? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 12:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Everyone is having sex in the library, but me....
25 year old girl that hasn't had anything past a 2nd date in 6 years, what is wrong (if anything) with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:57 AM PST - 44 comments

RoleModelFilter
Help a friend of mine find examples of young women who've done extraordinary things? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 11:16 AM PST - 22 comments

I have no New Years plans
Under 21 in Washington, DC with nothing to do on New Year's Eve. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 10:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Please help me hook all my media components to my wireless network.
How do I hook all my media/game components to my wireless network through one wireless router? Instead of buying a wireless adapter for each device (Tivo/ Xbox/ Xbox 360/ PS2) I want to buy a wireless router that I can plug each device into and then wirelessly “bridge” the router to a wireless Actiontec modem provided by Qwest DSL in the other room. Is this possible? How do I make a “bridge?” -Thanks
posted by thewalrusispaul at 10:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Can you help me find a new desk?
Can you help me find a new home office desk? [more inside]
posted by Tacos Are Pretty Great at 10:14 AM PST - 16 comments

First the smell...now the noise
Following-up on my previous question...We now have some noise in the pipes. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 10:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Online financial resources
What are the best online financial resources? [more inside]
posted by meghanmiller at 9:59 AM PST - 17 comments

Please help me straighten (or decide whether to straighten) my feeble, feeble hair!
I understand that hair straightening irons damage your hair, but currently I'm having to use a hairdryer to get my hair into any semblance of socially acceptable appearance anyway. Might the proper hair straightener, used with the right protective oils and techniques, at least do less (or about the same) amount of damage? If so, what one(s) should I consider? [more inside]
posted by zeph at 9:56 AM PST - 18 comments

How to replace cocos fat in an chocolate-dessert?
Chocolaterie-filter: Is it possible to replace cocos fat with some other household-fat in an emergency? What's the best replacement (≈ least damaging)? [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer at 9:49 AM PST - 7 comments

All your bass are belong to us
How can I find the right bass player for my band in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 9:32 AM PST - 20 comments

Wii wish you a merry Chipmas
I'm in Ireland. Was given a gift of a US version of a Wii game. It doesn't work on my european Wii. Am I boned? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei at 8:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Financial Planner (not advisor!) South of Boston?
Searching for a financial planner south of Boston. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 7:58 AM PST - 2 comments

A study in dark and not-so-dark
I'm an amateur photographer. I recently took some quite close up pictures of a white flowered plant. I thought I'd better turn the exposure down (to -1) to avoid the flash picking out the whiteness of the flowers too much. But it didn't work out so well... [more inside]
posted by Don-da-lah at 7:36 AM PST - 18 comments

Tape in my cajon!?!
Should I pull the tape out of the inside of my new cajon flamenco? [more inside]
posted by deliquescent at 6:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Words that native English speakers mispronounce
I'm a native speaker of English but I pronounce some words incorrectly. What other words am I pronouncing wrong? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 6:25 AM PST - 147 comments

Much admiration for the man who can live without bacon...
What's a good vegetarian substitute for bacon? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 6:20 AM PST - 36 comments

start my engine, metafilter
I don't really use my car much in the winter but I park it outdoors. How do I maximize its chances of survival? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 5:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Seeking Bill Gates!
Where do I look for investors? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 5:31 AM PST - 6 comments

The mystery of the disappearing recycle bin
Windows Vista Filter: My Recycle Bin has disappeared from my desktop and I can't seem to get it back. I've also have had folders disappear from the desktop as well. Drag it out of a zipped folder for instance, and it won't show on the physical desktop. [more inside]
posted by wile e at 3:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Mac infrared remote weirdness
My problem with my Apple remote is just getting weirder [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 3:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Think of her as a more judgemental Aunt Bea.
Where could I find a beautiful beach on the Eastern seaboard with bland-as-hell life? [more inside]
posted by fujiko at 2:57 AM PST - 31 comments

UUSee TV
Anyone ever use the Chinese streaming software UUSee? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 2:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Travel noob seeks advice regarding destination.
I'd like to take a trip to somewhere outside the US, for about a month, for about $1k, during an undecided time of the year. Where are two or three good places to go and what are some good things to do for a single mid-20's dude who's looking for general first-time traveler stuff and a little culture shock?
posted by philomathoholic at 2:28 AM PST - 25 comments

Someone must be blogging about blogs, right?
Is anyone out there publishing analysis or actively tracking interesting developments/trends in blogging in terms of the emerging patterns in the form and functionality of the blogs themselves? [more inside]
posted by lhl at 2:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Which awul independant MMA event did I witness?
I'm looking for info about an MMA event that aired on the HDNet channel within the past few months. [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 1:03 AM PST - 1 comments

Did Magellan really
Did Ferdinand Magellan really say this? “The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow of the earth on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church.” [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 12:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Unbalanced six-packs?
Why do some people's abdominal muscles appear to be asymmetrical? [more inside]
posted by Quadroonian at 12:27 AM PST - 7 comments

December 29
Mail.app and text attachments
How can I gets OS X Mail.app to display text attachments as attachments rather than dumping the text inline in the email? [more inside]
posted by badstone at 11:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me configure an HTPC with multiple audio outputs.
What's the best way to configure an HTPC to easily manage and control 3 separate audio outputs and then flexibly route those outputs to 3 separate locations? [more inside]
posted by Embryo at 10:40 PM PST - 15 comments

When was police line tape first used at crime scenes in the US?
When was police line tape first used at crime scenes in the US? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast at 10:03 PM PST - 16 comments

When did movie soundtracks (on LP and CD) begin mixing in snippets of dialog from the film?
When did movie soundtracks (on LP and CD) begin mixing in snippets of dialog from the film? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt at 9:51 PM PST - 14 comments

What should I read to learn about Native American History?
What should I be reading to learn about Native American history and material culture? [more inside]
posted by pluckysparrow at 9:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Visual Basic Communities
Visual Basic communities. Where can I find a supportive community that will help me become a better VB .NET programmer? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 9:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a humorous Natural Gas advertisement
Where can I find a specific funny advertisement for natural gas? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 8:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Blake for the dense
I'm a person who is apparently too dense to understand poetry, but I'm looking for a collection of William Blake's work. [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 7:59 PM PST - 8 comments

"How is that possible?"
Is there anywhere I could find an old Qwest commercial? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 7:27 PM PST - 7 comments

What was my Toyota worth?
How can I find the replacement value of a Canadian Toyota Echo? Mine's toast, and I don't want to get screwed by the insurance company. [more inside]
posted by fish tick at 7:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Mom wants to know...
What species is this this lemur-like animal?
posted by panamax at 7:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Name the mystery object that was in my boyfriend's christmas cracker.
My boyfriend got this mystery object in his Christmas cracker and the family was stumped. What is it supposed to be? [more inside]
posted by shelleycat at 7:08 PM PST - 24 comments

It's either Ad Center or this. I want to do this.
I have been asked to put together a portfolio for a couple of jobs on the creative side of the advertising world. I am very quick with new ideas for marketing and advertising, but I have never put an ad together. Help me put a portfolio together! [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 6:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Put it on the big screen, Scottie.
What was this cool visualization ability I had for a while? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 6:46 PM PST - 18 comments

please point me in the direction of the bag store.
Anyone know where I can buy (in a store) Manhattan Portage products in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by hector horace at 6:26 PM PST - 4 comments

What do quantum physicists mean when they say "observer"?
In quantum physics, what's an observer? [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg at 6:01 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me be the best aunt ever!
I'm going to be an aunt, but I can't stand my nephew-to-be's parents. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Remove my face from Facebook?
Can I get photos uploaded to Facebook that include me against my wishes removed if the person who uploaded them will not take them down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 PM PST - 24 comments

Antidepressants through a GP or clinic
How can I get a prescription for an antidepressant from a GP or (preferably) a walk-in clinic, and how long would the prescription last? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Abandoned souls and the last taboo. Good readin'!
Dan Simmons' amazing book, The Terror, has me now longing for more survival/failure to survive stories. What can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 5:45 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I find authors the same age as me?
Is there any resource online that lists fiction (and possibly non-fiction) authors by age? [more inside]
posted by aclevername at 5:33 PM PST - 5 comments

CAP ON, cap off, THE CAPPER!
Is it becoming standard to type business letters in all caps? [more inside]
posted by 45moore45 at 3:24 PM PST - 35 comments

"Tokini mi ni to sa, mochi ni ku muta..."
What language is Cirque du Soleil's "Rivage" in? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind at 3:16 PM PST - 1 comments

Los Angeles haircut recommendation?
HaircutFilter: Where can I go in the Los Angeles area to get a good men's haircut? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 3:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Burr vs. Blade cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffee Maker?
Are the new burr grinder versions of Cuisinart Grind & Brew coffee makers better than the initial blade-grinder models? [more inside]
posted by morallybass at 3:02 PM PST - 5 comments

What's a good wedding present for someone who doesn't believe in the sanctity of marriage?
What's a good wedding present for someone who doesn't believe in the sanctity of marriage? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 2:58 PM PST - 21 comments

Steve Jobs is holding my pictures for ransom.
I have a bunch of pictures in Iphoto on my mac. Unfortunately, Iphoto uses a really wacky file structure. How do I get the photos out of itunes and sort them into folders labeled by date without including all the weird little dupes and thumbnails that Iphoto generates? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me make him pay
Has anyone used a collections agency to collect on a judgment from small claims court? [more inside]
posted by bove at 2:05 PM PST - 5 comments

As inevitable as death…
Recommendations on a good online summary/overview of educational tax credits and deductions in the US? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 1:25 PM PST - 3 comments

How to find a Vancouver doctor?
My girlfriend and I need to find a doctor! We are in Vancouver (core) and we would like to find a doctor who will help us take maximum advantage of the health care resources available to us. And they should be ADD-friendly... [more inside]
posted by lastobelus at 1:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Why do I shiver upstairs?
Why does my upstairs shower run out of hot water long before the one downstairs? I only have one water heater... [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 1:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Is it still safe to use this turkey meat?
Would it still be safe to make a soup today from Christmas turkey leftovers? (The meat has been stored in the fridge since Tuesday- the carcass was tossed out.)
posted by sophie at 12:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me identify 70s animated movie?
Trying to remember an animated film from late 70s, early 80s. I saw it in 5th grade classroom 1983. All I can remember is a musical song sequence where kids are in a forest (or bog) and are being chased/haunted by the spirits of the forest (or maybe one particular spirit?) the song is catchy and I think the chorus has the word "Who?" sung as if it was the sound a ghost makes. I think the movie might have had a slight pro-environment message as well.
posted by robotdog at 12:36 PM PST - 2 comments

radio waves
How do radio waves travel through walls? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 12:17 PM PST - 15 comments

A nice place in PR for a toddler
I'm looking for a cheap hotel any place between San Juan and Fajardo [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 12:05 PM PST - 0 comments

Leapless in Seattle
Physical therapy recommendation in Seattle metro area? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you help me and my family plan a roadtrip in Australia?
My family and I will be in Australia from March 14th, 2008 to the 26th. We'll be staying in Sydney for most of the trip (friends' apartment) but we also want to take a leisurely road trip to Melbourne. Do you have any recommendations what to do in Sydney, Melbourne and during the roadtrip? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 11:51 AM PST - 18 comments

i think i turned cubist for a sec there.
sometimes out of nowhere, my sense of physical orientation gets all messed up and i feel like i'm crooked. huh? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 11:36 AM PST - 14 comments

What's Up Doc?
Help me find a doctor who takes my HRA! [more inside]
posted by modernsquid at 11:21 AM PST - 1 comments

Pump-Head Syndrome?
Experience with Pump-Head Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia at 10:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Simple home studio
Will you help me set up a simple yet functional home recording studio? [more inside]
posted by kjl291 at 10:54 AM PST - 13 comments

One piece of luggage to rule them all?
Any suggestions for a single piece of luggage for someone that travels light? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 10:20 AM PST - 32 comments

did i just destroy my SLR lens?
I just managed to screw up the lens on my Canon D400 and was hoping someone could give me some advice on how much it is likely to cost to fix? Basically, the focus seems to be slightly twisted and appears to come off it's 'thread'. I can turn the lens to focus but the action is stiff and jams rather than pulling the lens back towards the camera. Obviously, I am no expert, but is it likely that the lens can be fixed, or am I looking at throwing down money that I don't have on buying a new one? Thanks in advance!
posted by hairgelburrito at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Is this racist?
An upper class white Southern lady says of an athlete while watching sports on TV: "Look at him, he's dark. He's like charcoal." Is that a racist comment or am I oversensitive? There were no black people in the room when the comment was made. It made me uncomfortable but I didn't say anything.
posted by anonymous at 9:39 AM PST - 54 comments

Definitely the easiest way out...
Complete communication shut down as a means of ending a relationship: How often is this employed? And why can't people have some courtesy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:39 AM PST - 21 comments

Petite boot shopping in Austin, Texas
Austin shopping filter: Where has a good selection of ladies casual calf- to knee-high boots for reasonable prices in Austin that is not in a mall? See details for specifics. [more inside]
posted by fructose at 9:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Help find a book for a Social Psych course
Bookfilter: Books on prejudice and concealed identities? [more inside]
posted by lassie at 9:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Dollars for Moldovanians!
Why don't small countries use the dollar or the euro in place of their own currency? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 9:02 AM PST - 15 comments

Firewall conflict problems
My wireless router (Linksys) and/or DSL modem recently locked up. Resolved by 2.5 hours of Linksys and Verizon telephone reconfigurations. Apparently caused by my inadvertently restarting pc (Windows XP) from firewall update by MacAfee while on line. Question: Linksys support says the router hardware contains firewall, so there is no need for firewall software such as MacAfee--they can conflict. Any similar experience?
posted by rasputin400 at 8:50 AM PST - 9 comments

PKU-friendly recipes
Looking for tested, proven dinner recipes for a houseguest with PKU. [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 8:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Plum Plum Fizz Fizz
Anyone got a recipe for a dry seltzer, like these? Something that doesn't involve a syrupy or juicy base? Corollary question: Is it possible to make a potable seltzer using a tablet, rather than cartridge, technique? I'm thinking Alka-seltzer, without the Alka. [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer at 7:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Where to begin with Ruby on Rails?
I'm interested in attempting some work with Ruby on Rails. Other than some very elementary BASIC programming and HTML (yes, I know it's not a programming language), I have no programming experience. [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 7:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Help us identify this film
Help us identify this NY-themed, fairytale, mixed-media movie [more inside]
posted by nielsellerkaos at 6:41 AM PST - 14 comments

recording live session from Vista
I would like to know how I can capture audio/video sessions on an HP laptop with built-in webcam for playback on the same machine. Some basic editing functions would be useful to clean up a session. I need to be able to take the file and play it on my Mac as well. [more inside]
posted by diode at 6:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Is it possible to force Flash animations to play at Low quality by default?
I set my Dad up with an old computer of mine. At the default Flash quality (High), this computer renders YouTube clips at about 1 frame/sec. When he manually switches the quality to Low, they are fine; but he has to do this manually every time. Is there a way to make all Flash animations default to Low quality? [more inside]
posted by hAndrew at 5:13 AM PST - 7 comments

How to find someone to be an intellectual mentor for them?
How to find someone to be an intellectual mentor for them? The difficulties I see in finding someone are: 1) I'm not around many new people (esp. younger) that would be interested and 2) why would they choose me? [more inside]
posted by Furious Fitness at 3:38 AM PST - 41 comments

Help me find a website (non CMS/Blog) program/tool for my wife.
My wife and I have a small family farm. While I run a few websites that are hand coded, Wordpress or Joomla based, with galleries and more, she can not handle that. We are trying to find a simple website creation program for her to maintain the farms website. [more inside]
posted by Leenie at 1:31 AM PST - 8 comments

"I love drinking those!"
Help me get ready for a Pilates class! [more inside]
posted by rossination at 1:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Animated Star Wars homages and rip-offs
Are there any good (or at least decent) animated features that have that Star Wars-esque space opera adventure feel to it? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 12:01 AM PST - 23 comments

December 28
Acer Crystal Eye goes blind
What is going on with my Acer Crystal Eye webcam? It suddenly died and won't revive again. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 11:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Best kind of bakeware material?
For a jack of all trades bakeware, what is the best material? Ceramic, Metal (aluminium), Glass (Pyrex), or Silicone?
posted by riffola at 10:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Free (or Very Cheap) US Nationwide Dialup?
I'll be travelling in the US (mostly California) in January, and looking for free (ideally) or very cheap (no contract) nationwide dialup service. I've downloaded Juno (http://www.juno.com) to try it out - though reading the reviews, it doesn't sound promising. Wondering if anyone have any experience with Juno and/or if there are other suggestions out there.
posted by nometa at 10:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Calling unmanaged DLL functions from C#
How can I work with an unmanaged C++ API from within C#? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 10:00 PM PST - 6 comments

How does new value created by industry and economy become cash?
(Possibly Advanced) Economics Filter: How does new value created by industry and economy become money? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 9:47 PM PST - 32 comments

Help me figure out the next step with my dad.
Have you ever explicitly told your dad, or any parent, that for your own emotional well-being you need time away from them? Have you ever wanted to? Is there any way to do this? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 9:01 PM PST - 30 comments

How do I search gmail headers?
Is there anyway to search the headers in gmail? [more inside]
posted by Arbac at 8:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find tourtiere in Vancouver?
Where can I find tourtiere in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by Kristan at 8:56 PM PST - 9 comments

"meow" does not tell me what you want!!!
Why has my cat suddenly become so needy and demanding of constant attention? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 8:40 PM PST - 20 comments

Pictures
I'm looking for images that combine human bodies with machine heads.

Two examples are the Freaky Flicks mascot and Andrzej Klimowski's cover illustration for Faber and Faber's 1992 edition of Vargas Llosa's Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter.

Do you know any more?
posted by sushiwiththejury at 8:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Effective/interesting domestic uses of solar power?
What domestic devices can be operated effectively on solar power these days? Know any interesting alternative uses? Wide open question.
posted by vizsla at 7:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Mystery print technique
I was recently given a print. It was one of at least a handful identical copies made in 1972 by a student. There's a blowup of a part of it here. Knowing nearly nothing about art, I'm very curious to learn how was this made. The hatching & stippling scream computer to me, but that seems unlikely, given the time. It seems like it was done in CYMK, with a brown key, & the offset of the brown & yellow is a bit off. Can anyone shed some light on the process, start to finish, behind this?
posted by devilsbrigade at 7:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Wikipedia Wizards Please Help!
How to get custom templates from Wikipedia for a locally installed instance of MediaWiki? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 7:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Fix my PSP backlight!
How do I fix my PSP backlight? [more inside]
posted by ThirstyEar2 at 7:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Why can't my kitten just grow up and play right?
My genius cat is really letting me down lately. I know she's not blind, but why can't she seem to see her toy when we're playing fetch? [more inside]
posted by heyho at 7:26 PM PST - 15 comments

i let my domain expire and someone picked it up
I let my company's domain name expire, and now someone else owns it. What can I do to get it back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Shortwave? Yes, I do.
So, I got a shortwave radio for Christmas, and I've already picked up a weird signal.... [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 6:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to service a Range Rover in the LA/Glendale area?
Los Angeles CA Range Rover owners - If I buy a 2000 Range Rover in good condition/edmunds.com price where should I have it serviced in the Glendale or Silver Lake areas? Also, feel free to throw in comments on to buy or not to buy (I understand that this is a needy vehicle).
posted by guruguy9 at 6:02 PM PST - 1 comments

They kept it in the bath, but didn't make a movie about it
Help me identify this UK children's book about a sea monster kept in a house! It's not The Water Horse! [more inside]
posted by subbes at 5:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Well, you LET him get away with it . ..
How to help parents and sibling out of what seems to be dependency cycle? [more inside]
posted by oblio_one at 5:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Perfect HDTV picture: Buy now or wait?
I haven't owned a tv since 2004. Since then, I've been downloading my shows, at first at compressed HD quality, and then more recently 720p and 1080i/p. I don't want to watch broadcast TV that looks like YouTube, I want a beautiful picture. Should I wait until 2010 to get an HDTV and service? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 5:26 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I discreetly research a family member's suicide?
Earlier this year, my cousin shot himself. I'd been estranged from him for several years, but we used to be close. How do I go about getting information about his death and about the last few years of his life? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 5:24 PM PST - 7 comments

I Need Lingerie That Fits!
Mrs. Irontom here - I need a professional bra fitting in the DC metro area... [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 5:18 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the best way to download online magazine/newspaper articles?
What is the best way to download online magazine/newspaper articles? In particular the Economist, which you can only access free for a certain length of time. Any plugins or software that can do this for free? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony at 5:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Better than sex and $50?
Got an Xmas gift from my mother in law... Tried searching Google for "better than sex and $50" A sad, messy search result... So what to does the Metafilter have to offer? FUN things to do with $50? (On the East Coast, or on the web, in the uSA?) [more inside]
posted by geekP1ng at 4:35 PM PST - 12 comments

How should I deposit a check that isn't made out to me?
How should I deposit a check that isn't made out to me? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 4:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me id some random comedy heard on Sirius
I am trying to find the name of the comedian and what album the bit I heard on the radio was from. We were listening to the Foxhole on Sirius, and it was either a real or scripted prank call. The comedian was calling a young woman's father and asking permission to go away with her for the weekend. He kept calling the dad "playa" and mentioning that he was 47. It kind of spins out of control and he threatens to go fight the man? Any ideas would be appreciated.
posted by jules1651 at 4:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Past Movie Reviews/Reactions
Are there good online resources where you can go to find out how movies were received when they came out? Collections of criticism and/or public reaction?
posted by hermitosis at 4:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Speciality Business Cards
Print shops that will do specialty cut business cards on good paper [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 3:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Give me your thought provoking questions.
Help me compile an interesting online survey. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 3:33 PM PST - 8 comments

What did my cat do to my computer?
Why is my screen all stretched out and blurry? [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 3:23 PM PST - 10 comments

I need chicken sausages.
Help me find chicken sausages in the UK. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 3:22 PM PST - 6 comments

On the 5th day of Christmas someone gave to me......
Help! I just received an unexpected and unsolicited check for several thousand dollars from the sister of my best friend who died several years ago. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 3:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Hey daddy who?
Hey daddy, daddy: song identification help requested. [more inside]
posted by roue at 3:08 PM PST - 5 comments

What can you tell me about my Kodak Brownie?
Total novice ahead! What do I do with this Kodak Brownie 8mm? [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 2:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Free web-based ticket sales?
What are some free web-based ticket sales applications? [more inside]
posted by jkoby at 1:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find the original or a similar equivalent image
I'd like to know the source of this Tech Crunch Christmas Greeting image or barring that, a free or CC licensed equivalent. [more inside]
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions at 1:36 PM PST - 3 comments

I wish I had Zhang Ziyi's hair!
I have slightly wavy hair that looks different it dries after a shower, and it's not always a pretty. What can I do, short of blow drying or styling, to control how it dries? [more inside]
posted by jasminerain at 1:33 PM PST - 17 comments

single-serving recipes
Cooking for one: I need some tasty, healthy single-serving recipe ideas! [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 1:24 PM PST - 27 comments

Stay with me?
Is there any reason why people need to stay awake to avoid freezing? I've seen this over and over in movie and tv plots where one person tries to keep another awake.
posted by srboisvert at 1:15 PM PST - 13 comments

How to look normal in a long black trenchcoat?
I'm 6 feet tall, solidly built, in my early twenties, and I have an ankle-length black leather trenchcoat. It's swishy and sleek, with a button closure (no belt), like this one (it may be the same coat). I got this coat after pining for it in high school for years, and went through a wearing-black Matrix phase with sunglasses and the whole deal. Now I have a girlfriend and some perspective, and I'm more likely to wear pullover sweaters. [more inside]
posted by lostburner at 12:55 PM PST - 49 comments

Is this bit of jazz famous or just a movie score?
Is this piece of music, used in the film 'Forget Paris', just incidental music or a well known piece of jazz? If it is well known, what is it? http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=O29IITBox2c (starts around 2:53) [mild expletive warning for the clip] I bought the soundtrack, composed by Marc Shaiman, and it's not on there.
posted by Ulleskelf at 12:52 PM PST - 6 comments

what is tomato sauce really made of?
I'm getting ready to make my first serious attempt at marinara. Recipes that I have seen vary on whether one should use whole tomatoes, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato puree, or tomato sauce. What effect does it have on the finished product to use or not use any of these in particular? [more inside]
posted by zebra3 at 12:49 PM PST - 30 comments

I'll have a number 42...
I want to cook chinese takeaway style food at home. Is there a website that will tell me how to do this? [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 12:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Children's book title redux
I'm looking for the title of a children's book I read while growing up (early 80s) about a condemned house. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 12:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Suggestions for Regional/Cultural Snack Foods?
I'd like to sample some distinctly regional or cultural snack foods without leaving the comfort of my own home using the magic of the Internet. Suggestions may include candies, chocolates, chips, cookies, crackers, cheeses, or any item which fills a similar role in a specific culture or region... so long as the ordering process is online and the product can be shipped to the United States. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 12:46 PM PST - 28 comments

What are the best disposable phone options?
What are the best disposable phone options? [more inside]
posted by adi at 12:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Titles and Subs
What's the difference between Title and Subject when it comes to metadata? And how do you use Title and Subtitle? Best practices, please... [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 12:46 PM PST - 4 comments

public swimming pool myth
When I was a kid there was this idea that if you pissed in a public swimming pool the water around you will turn blue and follow you around. Today I asked a few friends and everyone got told the same thing. Is this just a myth invented to stop kids from doing this or is it real? [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 12:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Backtrack 2 Final Hibernate + Sleep?
How do I make my laptop "hibernate" and "sleep" while using Backtrack 2 Final? In other words, what is the command or where would I go to hibernate or put it to sleep?
posted by meta.mark at 11:53 AM PST - 1 comments

Countdown to his death
I remember a story about a scientist or mathematician who noticed he slept increasingly more each night. The increase followed some kind of mathematical progression. When the amount reached 24 hours, he died. Who was he?
posted by 999 at 11:48 AM PST - 11 comments

History resources?
Little sister is working on a project and need to find sources that can help her identify several things for railroad workers, meatpacking plant workers, a Rockefeller employee, and a business employing child labor from 1885-1910. The things she needs are their job responsibilities, wages, number of hours, conditions of the workplace.
posted by Sgt.Grumbless at 11:45 AM PST - 2 comments

What are some good reasons to end a relationship?
Lately I have been thinking about ending my six-month relationship with a guy but cannot find a good reason to do it. [more inside]
posted by Ria at 11:36 AM PST - 24 comments

So I got my R4, but now what?
I just got an R4DS, but I am at a loss for what homebrew to look into. What should I be running on my R4? [more inside]
posted by MaHaGoN at 11:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Darth Maul wasn't my father, why are my eyes red?
Obviously I need to see a Dr. and you can't give specific advise. But what the heck is going on with my eyes?!? [more inside]
posted by TheDukeofLancaster at 11:28 AM PST - 19 comments

Any desktop touchpads apart from Cirque products?
Does anyone know of any other desktop touchpads available for Windows (preferably Vista) other than the Cirque products? [more inside]
posted by dazzle at 11:21 AM PST - 1 comments

Why are TV studios and sports teams allowed to colluded in labor negotiations?
Question about the Writer's Guild strike and comparable situations in other industries: why are the studios allowed to negotiate as a single entity, the AMPTP? How does this situation compare to the various US sports leagues and the auto and airline industries? [more inside]
posted by mullacc at 11:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Keeping tags, etc. when uploading to photos Flickr?
How do I upload my digital photos to Flickr and make sure the metadata stays intact? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 10:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me figure out what I should snap
I got a new camera for Christmas. I love it and want to do something with it aside from taking photos whenever I'm out somewhere. [more inside]
posted by icarus at 10:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Glastonbury 2007 - anyone remember this beat boxer?
I went to glastonbury 2007 and on either the Thursday or Friday early in the day a human beatboxer played on a tiny stage (a tent) by the green fields, tried to find out who he was on the glasto website but to no avail. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by swisspotter at 10:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Tuxedo t-shirt in Seattle?
Where to buy a tuxedo t-shirt today in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by imaswinger at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I pursue an e-commerce patent?
I'm developing an e-commerce project with business processes that are truly unique and might be patentable. I understand there is serious debate about the benefit and/or validity of many patents in this field, but I think my idea stands up to the bullshit test, and I don't think protecting it would be anti-competitive.

So, should I launch and go about protecting the invention later, or should I hire a patent attorney right away? I've searched the patent databases myself and found nothing remotely similar. But I'm not an expert.
posted by subpixel at 10:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Great works of literature created from humble resources
Any examples of great works of literature that were written on scraps of paper or created using inferior devices?
posted by survivorman at 10:20 AM PST - 34 comments

Psychomatic sinusache?
Slightly weird one: I occasionally get what I think is a psychosomatic sinusache. It seems to be induced by looking at a sharp edge or point, and perhaps happens to me once every one or two weeks. I'm wondering if anyone else has ever experienced this, and/or has any input into what's going on (mentally or physically) and any fixes or things that alleviate what's going on. As always, [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 10:18 AM PST - 4 comments

What are the names of some fictional cities?
I'll phrase this as succinctly as I can - I'm looking for fictional US cities featured in comic books. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 10:14 AM PST - 41 comments

My mother has become a crazy cat lady. Help me!
My mother has become a crazy cat lady. Help me! [more inside]
posted by mockjovial at 9:54 AM PST - 31 comments

What does "crash at my place" mean really?
Stupid dating question involving New Year's Eve and an invitation to "crash at my place". [more inside]
posted by BuddhaBelly at 9:38 AM PST - 32 comments

Health Beliefs of Different Countries
The Russians have a saying that goes "the onion treats seven ailments", meaning, if person eats an onion every day,he will remain healthy and not need a doctor. What other health-related beliefs, that are indigenous and unique to a particular country, can metafites think of?
posted by PoopyDoop at 9:11 AM PST - 27 comments

Why won't my Remote Desktop server forward sound?
I recently reinstalled Windows XP Professional on a "headless" machine—that is, one that I access only via Remote Desktop. Each time I've previously set this machine up, Remote Desktop has properly forwarded sound to the client computer; this time, however, sound doesn't work with Remote Desktop sessions. The hardware's the same as it's always been, and I'm using the same drivers and software. What's wrong? [more inside]
posted by cmyers at 8:52 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I improve my dull, lifeless skin?
My skin is terrible. It's not just the acne, though I do have that. It is mottled and dull. I have deep shadows under my eyes. Wrinkles are spreading under my eyes and from the corners of my nose to my mouth. I don't (and never have) smoked, nor lived around smokers. I drink at least 2 liters of water a day. I'm a female in my early 20s, and I've got the skin of a nicotine and alcohol addict in their forties. What am I doing wrong? More treatment details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 AM PST - 35 comments

Tenants getting DMCA notices under my (landlord's) name.
What are my options as a landlord for a tenant who got a DMCA notice for illegal downloading under my internet connection and my name in CA? [more inside]
posted by razorfrog at 8:50 AM PST - 7 comments

My Dark Calculus II Secret
Calculus II filter: I have trouble setting up the integral for the volume of a solid of revolution when it is being revolved around a horizontal or vertical line other than the x- or y- axis. Does anybody know a trick or mnemonic for these types of problems? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 8:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Do you know these books? Well, help a gal out, then.
I'm looking for the title of a Scholastic (I think) kids' book published possibly in the early to mid-1960s, and also the name of the author of a teen novel published in the 1950s. [more inside]
posted by droplet at 8:12 AM PST - 6 comments

I disgust myself
I'm sick. Gross bodily fluid question involving phlegm, etc,. inside. [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 8:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Best US$1K laptop?
Best US$1000.00 Windows laptop? [more inside]
posted by bodega at 7:43 AM PST - 13 comments

My very own NORAD
As part of my work for a client I've begun researching online privacy, cryptography, and other sundry ways of protecting oneself online. And I'm now completely creeped out and must switch NOW to uncrackable passwords, multiple email accounts, encrypting the crap out of everything I do, and generally making sure that only the things I want public on the internet are publicly accessible. But we run into the question - how do I do that without driving myself nuts trying to remember my passwords, convince everyone I know to use encrypted communication, and maintain a reasonable amount of privacy in my web surfing? And how do I do that after 8 years of webwhorage where I wasn't too concerned who knew what about me? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 7:29 AM PST - 15 comments

I don't want to be evil.
I'm a junior in college currently pursuing a chemical engineering degree...but what can I do that won't have me working for evil companies or make me part of Big Pharma or the military-industrial complex? [more inside]
posted by liesbyomission at 7:21 AM PST - 21 comments

help me get them cheap.
Are things (in particular, wellingtons) really that cheap on eBay? How can I get them wholesale? [more inside]
posted by drea at 7:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there too much culture?
Where can I find a mp3 version of Mike Figgis' "Is there too much culture?" [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 6:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Ecotourism in Peru?
My girlfriend and I will be participating in La Tortuga Feliz in Costa Rica in early February for two weeks. When we arrive in Peru in late February, is there similar program we can get involved in to spend our time wisely and really dig into the local climate? [more inside]
posted by scabrous at 5:59 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I serve this port?
Do I need to do anything special to serve this bottle of port? [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 5:15 AM PST - 17 comments

Changing video dimensions for Youtube upload
I have a video (here it is) that is 240 x 320 px. Youtube resizes it when I upload it, expanding the width and making it distorted. How can I easily change the video so that is the right dimensions for Youtube?!
posted by wibbler at 5:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Snakes, why did it have to be snakes?
As a Brit traveling to California do I need to be wary of snakes or spiders (or anything else for that matter?) [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 3:10 AM PST - 33 comments

Regex Alms for the Perl-less?
Help me composite some regex. (That phrasing makes this question sound way less nerdy than it is) [more inside]
posted by ChasFile at 2:12 AM PST - 13 comments

One USB charger to replace lots of wall warts?
Like most mefites, I have far too many gadgets, and the wall warts to match. I suspect most of them could be replaced with a single USB charger - is this something that already exists? [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff at 2:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Alternatives for Nero Burning ROM?
More burning, less fiddling: alternatives for Nero Burning ROM? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 1:40 AM PST - 12 comments

December 27
Highway to Hell
I want to make a play list of songs that have a reference to a US highway somewhere in the lyrics. Which songs do you know that have this? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 10:13 PM PST - 63 comments

How often do cats need teeth cleaning?
Do our mostly-indoors, otherwise healthy cats really need to have their teeth cleaned at the vet's once a year? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 10:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Philadelphian in need of Framboise.
Where, within a one hour dive or so of Center City Philadelphia, can I buy a case or so of Lindemans Lambic Framboise? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 9:51 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm walking out to be a bookkeeper. Or am I?
You know all the boring, tedious stuff that you have to do to keep your business running? The stuff that you think is a waste of your creative genius time that you'd like to just pay somebody else to do? The bookkeeping, invoicing, budgeting ... everything having to do with spreadsheets, numbers, QuickBooks and filing cabinets? Well, what careers might that describe? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico at 9:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I sell my website? What is it worth?
Someone e-mailed and wants to buy one of my websites. Should I do it? How much should I ask for? Should I feel like a sell-out? There are complicating factors. [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 9:30 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me find a cool looking jacket
I want to find a cool winter jacket or coat - sorta like the Buzz Rickson "Pattern Recognition" jacket. Fashion details inside. [more inside]
posted by Mid at 9:13 PM PST - 12 comments

My mother-in-law secretly baptized my Jewish children
I'm Jewish. My wife converted many years ago. I found out that my Mother-In-Law secretly baptized my children. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 PM PST - 121 comments

Playing therapist to parents? Never again.
Imminently divorcing parents, naive and idealistic father, playing therapist to adults - the works. Help me not hate my family! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:32 PM PST - 24 comments

Where can I find the best old books in Denver?
Looking for good used bookstores in Denver.... [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:30 PM PST - 3 comments

How do you motivate yourself and handle obstacles?
What is holding you back from doing the things you want to do? And if you were able to accomplish something special how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by philad at 6:59 PM PST - 26 comments

Coachella Mystery
Mystery surrounding a miracle in Coachella involving a cross which burns bright in a window, even at night? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 6:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me let the muse in!
I have a huge mental block when it comes to writing songs that is the direct result of being ridiculed or sometimes even punished by my father when I was little. It's so bad that even when I try, a little voice in my head screams, "no, no, no!" and I just shut down. Freewriting is great, but I need to be able to ignore that voice even when I'm writing thoughtfully and paying attention to conventions like rhyme, rhythm and melody. I have plenty of ideas, but I need help learning how to get them out onto paper. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 6:39 PM PST - 21 comments

Credentials are a must!
What credentials can I gain quickly (>6 months), easily (effort is fine but not too much!) and cheaply (<$150)? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 6:29 PM PST - 23 comments

Help! A _girl_ likes me!
Help! A girl likes me! [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid at 6:19 PM PST - 41 comments

I can't format anything!
Why can't I format anything with my laptop? I can't format an external hard drive or an mp3 player with it. I'm using a Dell Inspiron 6000 with XP professional. I want to fix the problem!
posted by Eiwalker at 6:11 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I walk and stand correctly?
How do I walk and stand correctly? My upright posture sucks and I want to change it. [more inside]
posted by JZig at 5:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Ideas for an 'adventurous experience' in London, England?
Ideas for an 'adventurous experience' in London, England? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 4:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Dumb questions about car insurance
I've got a few questions about car insurance [more inside]
posted by special-k at 4:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Help Me Become An Official Officiant, Officially
Can someone out there help me become a ULC wedding officiant in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by scrump at 4:35 PM PST - 5 comments

TV Tuner Card
I'm interested in buying a TV Tuner Card for my PC, but I don't know where to find good reviews. Does anyone have any recommendations for a cheap, decent-quality card that preferably comes with a remote? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 4:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Lost In Translation (and in the Postal System)
Are there any Czech speakers out there who can help me track down the recipients of this Christmas present? [more inside]
posted by polyester.lumberjack at 3:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I Pad my Parking Garage Pillar to Save My Paint Job?
Where can I buy a padded jacket for the concrete pillar in my parking garage that I keep accidentally scraping my car against? [more inside]
posted by bonheur at 3:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Pommie don't preach.
How do I support my newly pregnant 18-year-old friend? She sent me a bubbly happy e-mail with her "good news" - I haven't responded yet. [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 3:30 PM PST - 20 comments

What are the quality magazines of Conservative (U.S.) political/social opinion?
What are the quality magazines of Conservative (U.S.) political/social opinion? [more inside]
posted by radiosig at 3:21 PM PST - 21 comments

Tough lovin' is hard on a cell phone
Need an inexpensive indestructible cellphone for my SO. Since the ol' luddite has converted to this "cellular phone" business he's managed to bang the ever-loving crap out of this phone. [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 3:11 PM PST - 28 comments

Software for AVCHD?
Please recommend consumer level video editing software for working with AVCHD in Windows Vista. [more inside]
posted by sockpup at 3:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Don't let my retainer get me down
How do I work "on retainer" without screwing myself or making my client unhappy? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 3:04 PM PST - 4 comments

what phone should i get to replace broken RAZR?
What basic cell phone do you recommend that is not a RAZR? [more inside]
posted by hazel at 2:28 PM PST - 29 comments

What shall we do before midnight?
Last Minute Travel Plans: I'm seeking advice on what to do in New York City this new year's eve. [more inside]
posted by gursky at 2:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Too much rain, need sun and fun
Mid-February one-week vacation in the southwest U.S. Daughter will be turning five and we want to focus on awe-inspiring natural areas (accessible to non-hiking inclined girl) and sunshine. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 2:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Not an easy task.
How do I help my brilliant - but broke - friend go to school? [more inside]
posted by laughinglikemad at 1:39 PM PST - 23 comments

Linux + emulators + roms = homebrew console
How do I create a linux-based game station that's loaded with emulators and roms that I can hook up to my tv? [more inside]
posted by deeman at 1:19 PM PST - 13 comments

PCIe 1.1 vs 2.0 / DDR2 vs 3
Is PCIe 1.x x16 a viable technology for a gaming PC intended to last for the next 3+ years? What about DDR2? [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 12:49 PM PST - 10 comments

In search of a timeline of literary periods.
I'm entering a Literature graduate program and I'd like to fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge of the British/American canon. I've been looking for a timeline of literary periods to assist me in identifying where my major gaps are. It would (ideally) have major authors and for bonus points, their major works. I've been googling for about 45 minutes now and I can't find anything substantive. I would pay a pretty decent premium to have it poster-sized to hang above my desk. [more inside]
posted by damnthesehumanhands at 12:39 PM PST - 13 comments

My heart is breaking, and I don't know why
How do I deal with this overwhelming sadness that has no apparent cause? [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 12:15 PM PST - 30 comments

Best street photography/photographers
Street Photography: any suggestions for photography books or or great photographers in that niche? I'm particularly interested in street photography of the 1930's thru the 1970's.
posted by bbranden1 at 11:47 AM PST - 14 comments

"Delita, you live!"
Desperately looking for downloadable videos of FFT:LW's cutscenes. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent at 11:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Finding establishments with pinball machines near Seattle.
Cool old pinball machines are tough to find, especially outside of the city according to Google. [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin at 11:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for an instructor pilot in Atlanta.
Wild Blue Yonder-filter: After many years of saying I want to do it, I'm planning to take the plunge and get my pilot's license. The problem is that Google is giving me a bunch of results for instructors that look (if you'll excuse the pun) somewhat fly-by-night. [more inside]
posted by socratic at 11:42 AM PST - 15 comments

cultural history of childrearing
being a new mom i've read way too much about baby care. now i'm interested in the history of baby raising and care. i'm [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 11:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a word count widget
Is there a javascript bookmark available that I can nest on my toolbar that will give me a word count for whatever text I have highlighted (in a text box or otherwise)? Or maybe a firefox addon or greasemonkey script that would do the same? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 11:35 AM PST - 7 comments

D.C. in January...
In D.C. next week with more time on my hands than work to be done. Any political rallies or events going on I should go to?
posted by Hugh2d2 at 11:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Do I have to pay for my roommate's HD-TV add-ons for the cable bill?
Do I have to pay for my roommate's HD-TV add-ons for the cable bill? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 11:17 AM PST - 59 comments

How does a scientist start a career in illustration and design?
How do I get into a career in illustration and design with no qualifications or knowledge of the business? [more inside]
posted by D J Robertstein at 11:01 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I sell an adult domain without getting screwed?
I've owned a domain name for quite a while that was intended for an "adult novelty" online store. I believe it to be an excellent name for that and now I'd like to sell it. How do I valuate that and how do I sell it without going to huge amounts of effort? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 10:56 AM PST - 7 comments

What cartoon has haunted me for 15 years?
When I was in sixth grade many years ago, I passed out after gym class one day. When I woke up, I had vivid memories of cartoonish bananas dancing around a red pool of blood, chanting "E equals MC squared" over and over. [more inside]
posted by csimpkins at 10:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Help us work out how we can live together
Help us work out how we can live together [more inside]
posted by Marzipan at 10:47 AM PST - 19 comments

How do they get away with that?
Why don't people who try to scam BestBuy out of a PS3 by saying they got an empty box get arrested? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 9:56 AM PST - 30 comments

Wind down in Tempe
I will be in Tempe for the New Year and my friends and I could all use some R & R - any recommendations on hot springs, mud baths, massage etc. in that area? (Or any other take-it-easy type activity).
posted by forallmankind at 9:50 AM PST - 7 comments

What to see and do in Montevideo and environs, Uruguay
Where should we go in Montevideo, Uruguay? 40-something couple (M/F) seek tips on restaurants, sights, shopping, good photo spots (we're both serious Flickrites). We'll be there in February. Have already collected various guidebook and internet tips - looking for personal experiences of great places. Will also be in Colonia del Sacramento and probably taking a day trip to Punta del Este to photograph Casapueblo.
posted by matildaben at 9:31 AM PST - 1 comments

Tortilla dough in SF?
Are there markets in San Francisco where I can buy the dough to make tortillas? [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 9:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Wither the weather experts?
Where can I find "legal experts?" Specifically for meteorology? [more inside]
posted by nushustu at 8:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Little Boxes, Little Boxes
How can I get Japanese characters to show up on webpages, rather than those less-than-helpful little boxes? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 8:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Why has Photoshop forsaken me?
When i try to upload images I made in Photoshop to Blogger the colours get screwed up. It seems like all the yellow gets removed or something. Also, Photoshop won't let me save anything as a png. it just doesn't show up in the format box. Any ideas?
posted by Andy Harwood at 8:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Photographic archive in Paris?
Help me identify a photographic archive in Paris [more inside]
posted by gravelshoes at 8:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Feliz Año Nuevo en DC
We're throwing a Mexican-themed New Year's Eve party. Where's the best place to buy the booze, food and decorations in Washington DC? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo at 7:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommend a case for iPod Classic
Can you recommend an iPod Classic case? [more inside]
posted by Cordelya at 7:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Baby's Razor Nails
What can I do to prevent my baby from scratching his face? [more inside]
posted by lynda at 7:47 AM PST - 21 comments

The Amazing Invisible Gallbladder
I know you aren't my doctor (or even my mother's doctor), but if you *a* doctor can you please help me connect these dots regarding a gallbladder? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 7:45 AM PST - 11 comments

I Love Metafilter
I have a server down with about 20 domains on it and need an Adaptec 2410sa in the Phoenix area. I have been unable to locate one locally. It is rare but I find it now necessary to invoke the power that is Metafilter. Thanks ahead of time.
posted by Mr_Zero at 7:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Defining the Japanese Concept of 'Ma'
What do you know about the Japanese word/concept of 'Ma'? I know it denotes the negative space between objects and it relates closely to the similarly used Japanese word 'Mu'. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 7:36 AM PST - 15 comments

All about Palais-Royal.
I am looking for stuff on the Palais-Royal just before the French Revolution. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 7:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find a list of physical sensor sizes for digital cameras??
Where can I find a list of physical sensor sizes for digital cameras? [more inside]
posted by mrkinla at 7:05 AM PST - 9 comments

I crashed my car... and may have to move before I can fix it.
I rear-ended somebody with my car. Twist: I'm moving in a week... background inside. [more inside]
posted by Jeanne at 6:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Business Biographies?
I'm heading on a long trip in a week, and need some reading materials. I enjoy "business biographies" - stories about business, deals, etc. Looking for recommendations for books I haven't read yet [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 6:33 AM PST - 18 comments

Help salvage a poor innocent Moog!
My friend's just bought a nice new Moog Etherwave! Unfortunately, he plugged it in to the mains with just a plug converter, and since we're in Australia (240V) instead of the US, where the Moog came from (120V or something) - boom. Can we fix this? Would he have just have fried the power supply rather than the Moog itself? If so, can we just cut the cable, buy a new power supply (and transformer), and splice it on? Would that be a horrible nightmare?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 5:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Mens Dress Shoes That Don't Suck Please
ISO men's dress shoes that are appropriate with the most conservative business attire but that will stand up to New England winters and walking-intensive public transportation commutes without wrecking my feet. Bonus if there's a retailer out there that has juicy post-Xmas discounts.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 4:55 AM PST - 21 comments

Stay Classy San Diego
I am taking a week long trip to San Diego for a week. Help me make the most of it. [more inside]
posted by clearly at 2:30 AM PST - 26 comments

Casual flute self-study to Beatles and downtempo pop?
I want a casual beginner's flute regimen that won't bore me to tears. [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 1:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Non-KitchenAid Mixer Recioes
I got a stand mixer for X-Mas! No, not the damn KitchenAid with the atom smasher attachment. I'm looking for some good, basic mixer recipes, breads and meatloaves in particular. [more inside]
posted by maryh at 1:42 AM PST - 7 comments

What sudoku game do I want for my new Nintendo DS Lite?
I got a Nintendo DS for Christmas! Given my logical style of solving sudoku, which of the scores of sudoku titles do I want? [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti at 12:32 AM PST - 11 comments

In the market for a new mattress: Requesting info on the classic Bergad Isoform Mattress.
I've been sleeping on a cheap Ikea mattress for a few years now and have finally decided to invest in a better one. I like the Tempur-Pedic beds, but I haven't really looked into them due to the high prices (I need a Queen). I recently came across these Bergad Isoform Mattresses while researching online and found quite a few good reviews on epinions. I'm a bit worried about having to purchase one without being able to test it, though I hear they are quite comparable to the Tempur-Pedics. What are your thoughts? As an aside, I have a genuine curiosity about how these beds are for sex. I'm used to spring mattress beds which seem to be more buoyant than the foam beds, and I'm curious if that affects sex in any way. I don't mean to be crass, but it IS hard to find reviews on that other thing people do in their beds!
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 12:26 AM PST - 19 comments

December 26
Off the beaten path male wardrobe
Changing my wardrobe. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:48 PM PST - 37 comments

Help finding low cost therapy in the Philadelphia area
Recommendations or help with finding low cost therapy in the Philadelphia area for anxiety and depression. Any particular schools, agencies or companies that you know of or have used would be great.
posted by antisocialiting at 11:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Where to alter women's clothing in Montreal?
I need recommendations for a tailor in Montreal for women's clothing. [more inside]
posted by exquisite_deluxe at 11:06 PM PST - 1 comments

Have domain name, need email name
So I picked a domain name, but can't decide what to name my e-mail address. [more inside]
posted by davidstith at 11:04 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me find a good rubik's cube
What high quality Rubik's Cube can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 11:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Which hot sauce to get for my friend?
I'm trying to get a hot/tabasco sauce gift for a capsaicin-fiend friend of mine, recommendations? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 10:07 PM PST - 29 comments

Cousin reconnected.
Forgotten relations have parachuted into my life...Can I make them useful? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 10:05 PM PST - 22 comments

Big Truck - Small Stuff
I'm looking for resale shops, and especially resale shops that specialize in 20th century modern furniture or antiques in Chattanooga, Louisville, Nashville, Indianapolis, or Lafayette. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 9:45 PM PST - 1 comments

Periods after Miscarriage
Periods after Miscarriage? I had a miscarriage on 10-28-07. The first period after that was November 28 through December 3rd. It was complete and there was no D & C. I had a follow up with my OB 11-28 . Before the pregnancy and miscarriage my body was more predictable. Can a miscarriage change my body and periods? [more inside]
posted by Snoogylips at 9:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Dreamweaver Site Deifinition problem
When in Dreamweaver 8 setting up the "site definitions / advanced/ remote info - I enter my login-in an password information and when I exit DW, it erases the information. Note that I've check the save password box. I can't get DW to save my Login and Password. How can I get it to save it? Thanks in advance for your help...
posted by orlin at 8:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Where are the bumps on _your_ keyboard?
What's with the little bumps on the F and J keys on my computer keyboard? Yes yes ... I know they are guides for touch-typing, but I'm sure that when I was learning to type back in high school on electric typewriters (pre-computer days) the bumps were on D and K. Am I mis-remembering this? Did they change, and if so, when? And did every typist go crazy when it happened?
posted by woodblock100 at 8:26 PM PST - 22 comments

Dino Fantasia
I need a decent still of the dinosaurs in the movie "Fantasia." [more inside]
posted by BE ADEQUITE at 7:58 PM PST - 5 comments

iBudget
What's the best budgeting/personal finance for my Intel iMac running 10.5.1? [more inside]
posted by Pants! at 7:42 PM PST - 12 comments

I don't want my life to sit around gathering dust.
Simplifying life and purging my junk. I'm exhausted and I haven't even started. How to make it easier, less painful, and maybe even profitable? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 6:43 PM PST - 57 comments

Young, Dumb, and in NYC for a week and a half
My girlfriend and I are housesitting in Manhattan for 10.5 days starting very shortly, and we have some questions. Things to eat, things to do, things to eat while doing things.... [more inside]
posted by cmyr at 6:27 PM PST - 26 comments

Damn the flu!
I'm sick of the flu. What will speed my recovery? [more inside]
posted by Smalltown Girl at 6:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Lighting arrestor to dampen the ground voltage differential
Using a lighting arrestor to dampen the ground voltage differential between two building. [more inside]
posted by jumpsuit_boy at 6:24 PM PST - 6 comments

How should I setup satellite radio in my car?
Any satellite radio users able to offer some insight on the best method of installation? [more inside]
posted by Rewind at 6:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Mail order prescriptions and temperature
Does the cold temperature outside destroy my mail-order medication? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 5:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me plan my NZ honeymoon.
My wife and I are *finally* going to go on our honeymoon and we're aiming for mid-March. We live in Tokyo and we're thinking of going to New Zealand. Assuming we have a week (or perhaps shorter, like 5 full days), what could we do in NZ? How's the weather? North Island or South Island? Can we get around either island by train/bus easily or is renting a car a better idea? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:03 PM PST - 7 comments

NTLDR is missing! YIKES!
NTLDR is missing! YIKES! [more inside]
posted by D Dear at 4:52 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I install Ubuntu alongside XP without being able to boot from a DVD drive?
I've recently purchased a new external USB DVD drive, as I do not have a floppy drive or internal CD/DVD drive on this windows PC. I am trying to set it up now for dual-booting Solaris+Ubuntu but, even after updating the BIOS (Phoenix 6.00) I cannot boot a USB drive. First, does anyone have a way I could somehow add USB drivers as a boot option (along with XP), so that I can then add Solaris and Ubuntu (making it four options at boot)? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk at 4:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Vista and I are working very hard on our relationship
On the sixth day of Vista, my laptop gave to me... (List of specific troubles within) [more inside]
posted by jinjo at 4:17 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking for a list of cult books.
I'm looking for a list of cult books. In other words, books that have acquired a highly devoted but relatively small group of fans. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 4:02 PM PST - 60 comments

Got an electrical outlet?
I have heard that prisoners will use a trick involving sticking a bit of metal in electrical outlets to get a spark in a rather Macgyver-esque process of lighting a cigarette. Is this more urban legend than reality. [more inside]
posted by gbinal at 3:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Simple application usage timer?
As part of my new-year-self-improvement kick, I'd like to track the amount of time I spend browsing the web. Is there an app that will track how long a single application (in this case, Opera) is open each day, and show the total time somewhere on the desktop? [more inside]
posted by ad_hominem at 3:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Spam in documents folder
I found an rtf file in my documents folder in vista that contained instruction on how to get a free ipod by refering friends to a site. I have not downloaded this. Is my computer compromised? Should I do anything? Did it matter that i opened it in word?
posted by ilike at 3:26 PM PST - 5 comments

I want puzzles!
I am looking for brain teasers and puzzles like the ones here http://stores.brilliantpuzzles.com/ But I would like to actually look at them and feel them before buying. So I prefer if there is a store that sells them in the bay area. I am in mountain view. Even if the place is expensive, at least I can see what I like and order it online from somewhere cheaper. Thanks
posted by convex at 3:17 PM PST - 1 comments

Domestic Help - How Much?
Domestic help? How much? Laundry, dishes, beds, straightening up, occasionally driving the kids to the sports practices. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 3:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Cheap or free German gps maps for a magellan roadmate 1200?
Cheap or free German gps maps for a magellan roadmate 1200? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 2:18 PM PST - 1 comments

Single man on the prowl
Can anyone recommend a good lunchtime or after work bar in the Austin, Texas area? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 2:17 PM PST - 11 comments

RFID login on a Mac?
How can I use RFID to login to my Mac running Leopard [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 1:58 PM PST - 6 comments

My Cateye does not compute. I need new ideas.
I'm thinking of changing to a wireless cycle computer. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Info regarding a disappeared surreal political humor flash site
What happened to www.iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.com? It was a visually overloaded, interactive Flash site with a hilariously surreal, antiestablishment bent. Can it still be seen anywhere? Who made it, and have they produced other works?
posted by ism at 1:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Voter Education
Teach me to be a better informed voter for the next Presidential election [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon at 1:40 PM PST - 14 comments

how do i learn to deal with disappointment?
How can I learn to deal with disappointment in a healthy, adult way? or: Help! My boyfriend's babymama is ruining my life! [more inside]
posted by kerfuffled at 1:14 PM PST - 37 comments

Seeking Sheets Sold Separately
Where can I buy high quality bedsheets by the sheet, not in sets? [more inside]
posted by hyperfascinated at 12:30 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I export my Entourage mail from one machine to another?
What is the best way to move my Entourage 2004 Email from one Max OS X machine to another? I had done this once before, and it wasn't as straightforward is it should be and totally forgot how to do it (Mac's help is no help). [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Washington Post = Only slightly less authoritative than the Bible, at least in my family
Help me find a copy of the Washington Post in Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 12:07 PM PST - 11 comments

help a layman understand multi-dimensional data modelling
I'd like to know how multi-dimensional data modelling works. [more inside]
posted by goethean at 12:02 PM PST - 2 comments

vbscript printing to command line
How does one make a VBScript print to the command line without invoking Cscript before the script.vbs? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 11:55 AM PST - 9 comments

The Vista fails to inspire me
It's time to replace our desktop computer. After threads like this about the sluggishness of Vista, I'd prefer to get XP Pro, but it appears that some vendors, such as HP, only offer Vista. I'd rather not buy a computer with Vista and then install XP. Ideally, the new box would come with XP Pro and include a coupon for Vista that will still be valid in one or two years when Microsoft will presumably gets its act together. Does anyone have such a thing? Thanks and happy holidays! [more inside]
posted by lukemeister at 11:54 AM PST - 26 comments

ID these silicone promotional items!
A friend in Austria sent us these silicone ... things in a Christmas package. They're clearly promotional items for this castle near Salzburg. Are they just random knickknacks, or do they have some other use?
posted by wtdoor at 11:52 AM PST - 16 comments

of making many books there is no end
What should I know about academic publishing, as a researcher working outside academia? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 11:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Alcohol: a depressant/high
If alcohol is a depressant and lowers my 'vibration', then why do I feel "buzzed" or "high" when I drink a lot?
posted by mrmarley at 11:45 AM PST - 8 comments

NE/Greek pizza in NYC?
New England/greek style pizza in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza at 10:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I make my own GPS based audiotour?
I like the idea of "tour" audio that's loaded into my GPS unit, and as I drive through, say, Virginia, a voice tells me about Civil War battles and troop movements that took place in my immediate area. Here's one vendor that makes these. Question is -- how hard would it be to make my own? What technical expertise/hardware/software would be required?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Beyond black cats and four-leaf clovers
Got any great books about luck? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 10:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Here's the mail, it never fails, it makes me wanna wag my tail. When it comes I wanna wail: MAAAAIL!
How do you keep incoming mail neat, organized, and dealt with in a timely fashion? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:23 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I get Airport Express working?
Help me get my new Airport Extreme working with my Linksys router. After running the set up utility the Airport disappears. [more inside]
posted by sauril at 10:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Is HDMI a Deal Breaker on an LCD?
I'm looking at getting a new LCD that I'll be using with my computer and really like the HP 2408 & LP2465. However, will I end up shooting myself in the foot for not having HDMI? [more inside]
posted by chrisWhite at 9:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Expensive to travel this weekend!
Priceline flights going up $80 in minutes? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Beyond vinaigrette?
Need some great recipes with fancy vinegars. [more inside]
posted by Ragma at 9:39 AM PST - 12 comments

What if I told you Mari-Mac's mother is making Mari-Mac marry me?
Where can one learn to fiddle in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 9:27 AM PST - 2 comments

How difficult is it now to get a mortgage with no money down?
Since the subprime market bust, how difficult will it be for my boyfriend to get a mortgage for a house with little-to-no money down? Are there things he should know before beginning the process? [more inside]
posted by scarykarrey at 9:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Shake It Like a Polaroid Pictcha
Recommendations for shops in Manhattan that can scan a large quantity of polaroids. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 9:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Any Great Tips For A Mobile Grad Student?
Any Great Tips for an Mobile Grad Student? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 7:42 AM PST - 7 comments

What do I need to send/receive text messages via satellites?
What device can be used to send/receive text messages from very remote locations? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 7:41 AM PST - 11 comments

How to get education funds earmarked?
Can a defunct trust fund donate tax-free to a university student's dissertation? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 7:31 AM PST - 4 comments

I get the big picture, now how do I break it down?
I love the whole Linux idea from start to finish. I've been using it for a year now, full time, and I want to go deeper. How do I contribute? [more inside]
posted by cdmwebs at 6:43 AM PST - 19 comments

can I, should I ressuscitate my dead printer ?
can I, should I ressuscitate my dead printer ? [more inside]
posted by Baud at 6:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Hunger in America: Meals missed per day?
How many people in America miss one or more meals per day because they can't afford to put food on the table? Any authoritative (citation) answer / statistic appreciated. [more inside]
posted by lasitter at 6:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Not self-raising flour
Can self-raising flour be turned into plain flour? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 4:40 AM PST - 8 comments

3D Physics toys.
A few years ago I came across some cool OpenGL 3D physics demo programs. Basically, they gave you a surface with various objects on it, and you could click and drag the objects around, and watch them bounce into other objects - knock down bowling pins, roll along the floor, all that stuff. I want to find them again, or possibly something much cooler or newer - any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 12:27 AM PST - 5 comments

December 25
Mmm, fresh tagliatelle...
I want to make pasta, but it's oh-so-complicated... [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 11:53 PM PST - 19 comments

Songs about difficult Decembers?
My sister is having a rough month. She's toughing it out through a Jerry Springer-scale divorce drama while dealing with potentially serious medical problems. She's asked me to find songs for a compilation about difficult Decembers to help her get through. [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 11:43 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me find a cold pillow!
I am looking for a pillow that stays cold all the time that does not require water! [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 10:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Keeping secrets is keeping me up nights.
How do you make everything good again after someone finds out you've kept a secret from them? Thing is, it's not your own secret you are keeping. [more inside]
posted by Jazz Hands at 10:43 PM PST - 30 comments

osx not booting up and I'm unable to make it to an apple store...
osx not booting up and I'm unable to make it to an apple store... [more inside]
posted by krautland at 10:18 PM PST - 20 comments

replace powerbook display a go go?
my powerbook g4 15" screen is often incapable of displaying the bottom 2/3 of the display. is it at all likely that this is a connection issue or do i probably just need to replace the screen? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 10:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Where should we go in Kentucky/Tennessee?
Within 5 days, where should we take a roadtrip in Kentucky/Tennessee/other close-ish areas? [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 10:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Unperformable plays?
What well-known (or lesser-known) plays are written intentionally so as to be unperformable -- only readable as scripts? I'm thinking stage directions along the lines of pulls out a handgun and fires at random into the audience, or that instruct the actors to walk on the ceiling, or specification in the dramatis personae that goats are to be cast in speaking parts. Who's employed this device to the greatest artistic effect?
posted by electric water kettle at 10:00 PM PST - 24 comments

What options are available for mini-tensile architecture?
What kind of fixtures/joinery/wire is available for small-scale tensile structures? (i.e. project size ranging from an object/structure the size of a tent down to a model). [more inside]
posted by serial_consign at 9:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Salt & pepper- which goes in which shaker?
Salt and pepper shakers: Does the salt or the pepper go in the shaker with more holes? And does the salt or the pepper go in the shaker with bigger holes? [more inside]
posted by rawredmeat at 9:32 PM PST - 46 comments

Should I drive and get the car, or pay to have it shipped?
Should I drive from Austin to Minneapolis to pick up a free car, and then drive it back to Austin spending approximately $380 on hotels and gas, or should I pay $750 to get the car shipped? [more inside]
posted by jeffxl at 9:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me name and/or locate an episode of 'Davey and Goliath'.
Please tell me you remember an episode of Davey and Goliath where Davey steals a hypnotic, psychedelic toy from a friend and learns a valuable lesson in return. [more inside]
posted by item at 9:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Best Cinematic Prologues?
What films have the best prologues? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 9:15 PM PST - 41 comments

Help me figure out what to do about my relationship.
Help me sort out my feelings about the relationship I’m in because I just can’t seem to figure it out. (long and complicated - sorry!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 PM PST - 27 comments

American football in Manila?
Where to buy an American Football in Metro Manila/Makati? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 8:49 PM PST - 6 comments

How should a college kid store his coffee?
Coffee beans behave like busses apparently. I went with preground for a year, and then I got a 5lb bag and a 1lb bag of roasted coffee beans and a grinder today for Christmas. How should I store them, accounting for my specific situation? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:48 PM PST - 16 comments

London Calling?
I'm a geographer looking to move abroad (UK or NZ) for a year or so. Advice? [more inside]
posted by troika at 8:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I be happy and successful without a degree? How?
I want to drop out of college because I'm unhappy with it. I don't think I really absolutely need a degree to do what I want. My goal is to work in a computer/network security or general (*nix) sysadmin position. Help me form a plan to a happy and successful life without a degree. [more inside]
posted by crypticgeek at 8:39 PM PST - 58 comments

Spin the Bottle or Similar Games
Do most cultures have some version of "Spin the Bottle" or other kissing games? What kinds of similar games does the coming-of-age crowd play in other cultures? Did you play these kinds of games when you were growing up (and where are you from)?
posted by amyms at 8:30 PM PST - 10 comments

does doing math make you better at it?
Does doing math improve one's aptitude at math? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 7:49 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me identify this book.
Help me identify this young adult book about time travel of a sort. [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 7:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Independent camera stores - Canon 40d, lenses - in Broward county, Florida?
Independent camera stores - Canon 40d, lenses - in Broward county, Florida?
posted by VeniceGlass at 4:56 PM PST - 1 comments

Gmail: time to bail?
I love Gmail, but with all the security and privacy concerns, I'm thinking of bailing. Whereto next? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 4:11 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I get Vista and XBOX360 to work over ethernet?
Can I connect a Windows Vista Media Server directly to an XBOX360 to serve media content? I only have a PC, an Ethernet cable and an XBOX 360. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 3:50 PM PST - 4 comments

How to combat short-term memory loss due to interrupted sleep?
When your sleep is frequently interrupted and your memory and focus suffer, how do you get back up to speed? [more inside]
posted by EastCoastBias at 3:30 PM PST - 27 comments

Shure SE310 vs. Etymotic ER6 with a catch.
I've been given a pair of Shure SE310 earphones for Christmas. This is fantastic. However, Etymotic makes the ER6s which can be fitted into custom earplug molds. I happen to already have the custom earplug molds for my musician's earplugs. Should I keep the Shures or exchange them for ER6s? [more inside]
posted by Evstar at 1:21 PM PST - 3 comments

which unix shell is best?
I have been using tcsh for a number of years now ( at least 12), and it seems that most OSes and most users have moved on to something better. Is there a reason for me to change, and if so, what is the best shell out there? ( main os is OSX 10.5, but use all sorts of linux/unix OSs ). [more inside]
posted by brent_h at 12:28 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I prepare myself for being a daddy?
I don't feel ready to have kids, ever. How can I shorten that to around 2-3 years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 27 comments

Handheld Hell
Is it possible to connect the new psp slim to a wireless network using a belkin 802.11g router?
posted by Student of Man at 11:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Oh, infatuation..
What sweet, silly gift can I give to a sweet, silly boy? This question isn’t as cliché as one might think. [more inside]
posted by fiasco at 11:06 AM PST - 46 comments

Magic money?
I loan an amount on Kiva. Lets say it's $25, which at the time of lending is £12 GBP. When I get the money back 6 months later, I get £13 GBP back. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 9:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Application windows disappear when switching or opening applications
OSX troubles - whenever I open or switch applications, all other open application windows disappear. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by djgh at 9:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Puzzled over private school application
My 8th grader wants to attend a very progressive local private high school next year. Are there some general guidelines for how long, or how deep, these non-college application essays should be? [more inside]
posted by ick at 9:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Is Itunes deleting my music? And why won't it load?
Is Itunes deleting selected MP3s for no reason? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 7:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Can I integrate an online gallery and online store?
What's the best way to integrate an online photo gallery with an online shop? [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 7:04 AM PST - 6 comments

What Nintendo DS Lite cases are good?
I really want a case for my DS Lite that can hold a few games and doesn't suck in some silly way. It doesn't need to hold the power adapter, as my main concern is portability. Being able to play the DS while inside the case is also not something I'm interested in at all. It doesn't even have to be a "real" case built for the DS—it could just be something that works well for the job. Do any MeFites have a case for your DS Lite that you're particularly fond of? [more inside]
posted by Mikey-San at 6:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Birthday Gift for Someone Turning 50
What's a good gift for my wife? She's turning 50 next month and I better come up with something good. Ideas?
posted by JackO23 at 3:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Oddly enough, I didn't come to Italy for the churches.
I just landed in Italy. Help me find the Florence and Rome that no one writes about. [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious at 3:23 AM PST - 12 comments

December 24
Hold the prayer and pass the potatoes
How do I respectfully yet firmly request that a member of my extended family not say a prayer before a meal in my home? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 9:56 PM PST - 89 comments

food and cooking podcasts
please recommend food and cooking podcasts or internet radio [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 8:51 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I turn my Sony Clie into a simple word processor/ebook reader?
How can I turn my Sony Clie into a simple word processor/ebook reader? [more inside]
posted by sallyann at 8:48 PM PST - 7 comments

One little mouse...
Something inside (the walls) just died right near our heating pipe, and we can't get it out... [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 8:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Need recommendation for a discount optometrist in Bay area
Posting this for a friend. He has short sight and currently does not have insurance. He has just passed out of highschool. He needs to get eye glasses. He got a part-time job just now and so very frugal on money related matters. Any discount program where he can get eyes checked by an optometrist with reasonable/low fees. He is in bay area. Also any idea how much does an optometrist charge for the above. Thanks.
posted by tom123 at 7:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Missing book from childhood
Looking for children's book with a teddy bear and a full moon. [more inside]
posted by dnthomps at 7:24 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to get an external DVD burner for my new Windows laptop. Suggestions?
I want to get an external DVD burner for my new Windows laptop. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by yoga at 6:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Which Orange Box to Buy for a PS3/Mac User
Which Way to Go on Valve's Orange Box: the PS3, or Apple Boot Camp. A Two-Part Question. [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez at 6:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me identify a clothing brand with a side profile of a shaggy dog.
Help me identify a clothing brand with a side profile of a shaggy dog. [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 6:28 PM PST - 13 comments

looking for a chess notation buffer translator thing
I'm looking for a chess program into which I can simply type algebraic notation, and then be able to watch the game one move at a time on the board. For macs. [more inside]
posted by bingo at 6:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Deposit required before work is begun...
One of my clients insists that NO businesses expect to be paid up front, even in part, before beginning work... [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 6:01 PM PST - 59 comments

Feel like I am using her, but anyway:
I, an immigrant on F-1 (expired, though I am still on status), am going to get married to an American next month. We decided that I should apply for work authorization and permanent residency. Some questions … [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Modify twin bedframe into full/double?
How can I cheaply turn a twin bed frame, box spring and mattress into a full/double frame? (The current frame and mattress can't be disassembled or moved to a different room, so I need to expand/modify the twin frame + box spring so it supports a double mattress, then just store the twin mattress underneath it on the floor and bring in a double mattress for the top.)
posted by lorimer at 4:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Pay Option ARMS in SF Bay Area?
How can I found out how many homes in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay in particular) were financed with Pay Option ARM mortgages? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 4:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Composite decking recommendations
I'll be replacing a cedar deck soon, and would like recommendations on composite decking material. [more inside]
posted by Slacker Manager at 4:25 PM PST - 18 comments

How could you rank the validity of a celebrity encounter
I once read a book about a couple of autograph hounds who ranked celebrities by their willingness to meet with fans and sign autographs. If this system were ported to the web and opened to the public, allowing anyone who's had contact with a celebrity to rank their experience, how could you validate that the encounter actually happened? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 4:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Please save me from "Excel Hell"
I need suggestions for an application (or database) to help my employer keep better track of live-trivia scorekeeping results. They are currently doing it all in various separate Excel spreadsheets, and this is (almost) 2008, so I'm sure there must be a better way. [more inside]
posted by jmnugent at 3:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Help creating a bot
I need help creating a web bot (for non-malicious purposes). Are there any tools out there to facilitate this? [more inside]
posted by chips ahoy at 2:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Week-long Bicycle Tours In or Near New York State?
I need to submit my 2008 vacation requests soon and I need some help finding a week-long bicycle tour to go on this summer that is within a reasonable driving distance from western NY State (Rochester). [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 2:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Hat, hat, where you at?
Need to find very specific type of hat on the INTARWEBS. First seen in San Francisco's Chinatown. Picture follows... [more inside]
posted by rhoticity at 2:31 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I cope with someone else's chronic disease (espeically when they aren't taking steps to manage it)?
My mom has fibromyalgia. She cries a lot - she's obviously in great pain. However, if it doesn't involve taking a pill, she's not interested in any methods of alleviating the problem. She will not make lifestyle changes in food, exercise, etc. Even if it IS taking a pill, she's mostly not interested in methods of alleviating the problem unless they work instantaneously and with great efficacy. Which, with fibro, is pretty rare. I don't need to find out how to help her, because I've done the research, found her multiple specialists, and none of it has helped. I need to help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:11 PM PST - 24 comments

Avoid frozen death
I grew up in the California Central Valley - so I know nothing about ice. Now I'm in the Midwest. My question is: How do I know when it's safe to walk on a frozen river or lake? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 1:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Vegas shows advice please
Recommendations of shows in Las Vegas, for two people in mid-20s. Looking for a few to see and for advice on how to get tickets for cheap if possible. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by bread-eater at 1:21 PM PST - 9 comments

My rib roast is finishing too early. How can I let my meat loaf?
My 11 lb rib roast is about to be finished early (4:00 for a 6:30 dinner). The roast is currently out of the oven, wrapped in foil and a towel, sitting at 115 degrees. [more inside]
posted by donpardo at 1:11 PM PST - 10 comments

J1 Visa stuck at customs, plane tomorrow, now what?
US J1 Visa (DS-2019 form) held up by DHL, plane ticket already booked for tomorrow. Now what? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror at 12:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Pistol Grip Shotguns Bad For Wrists?
Can someone share their experience with firing a pistol grip shotgun? I've been seeing a lot of these recently and I can't believe that your wrist would ever be the same after pulling the trigger. Now I'm kinda curious, but I thought I'd ask before I tried it...
posted by tkolar at 12:29 PM PST - 12 comments

XBox360 or PS3?
Please to give me the pros and cons for XBox360 and PS3. [more inside]
posted by Koko at 12:20 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me hang particle board?
I have a piece of local, home-grown artwork done on a length of scrap shelving -- particle board with a laminate. I'm unsure how to hang it without damaging it. [more inside]
posted by amanda at 12:14 PM PST - 6 comments

How to set up an easy to use portfolio for an artist?
I'm looking for an easy way for an older, non-technical artist to post a portfolio of some of her work online. A free solution would be fabulous but it doesn't have to be free as she would likely want to register a domain name to forward anyway. [more inside]
posted by rfarmer5r at 11:27 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking for an MP3 player that you can treat like a USB drive. With recording capabilites.
I'm looking for an MP3 player that you can treat like a USB drive. In other words, I want to load MP3s onto it by just plugging the device into my machine and the copying files over. I do not want to use a specialized program like Itunes, and I want to use a standard USB or Firewire cable to plug the device into my computer. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 11:15 AM PST - 32 comments

Live music on Kauai
Does anyone know what live music will appear on the Hawaiian island of Kauai between December 30 and January 8, 2008? I'd like to check something out. Superduper thumbs up for any Okinawan music.
posted by billtron at 10:56 AM PST - 2 comments

How are paparazzi not considered harassment?
How are paparazzi not considered harassment? [more inside]
posted by miasma at 8:20 AM PST - 26 comments

return to tipasa
Can someone provide me with the original French language version of Albert Camus's essay "Return to Tipasa"? Preferably an online version, because time is off the essence and I won't be able to wait to order a paper copy from somewhere.
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 8:07 AM PST - 3 comments

Cat in a manger? Stable?
Help me find this Christmas book from my mother's youth-- the Christmas story from a cat's perspective. [more inside]
posted by summit at 7:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Need silicone stretchy food covers
Help me find these reusable silicone food covers. [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 7:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I go to emerg? Should I report this doctor?
A doctor at an after hours clinic told me I have "a massive chest and throat infection" and prescribed Apo-Clarithromycin (250mg) which I've since taken 5 doses of at the prescribed time. I'm feeling better in some ways but MUCH worse in others. Should I go to the emergency room? Also, should I report this doctor? Pathetic details inside... [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 6:52 AM PST - 16 comments

What to do when a parent squanders inheritance designated for both of you?
Inheritance question: what can you do when a parent backs away from a signed agreement to distribute funds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM PST - 33 comments

Fixing Persistent WordPress "Your session has expired" error?
I've been a Wordpress user for years and have never encountered this particular problem. When I try to login using the proper password, I get the error message "Your session has expired." [more inside]
posted by maud at 6:20 AM PST - 2 comments

AOL IM clients no longer working, but only at home. Could it be my router?
AOL IM clients no longer working, but only at home. Could it be my router? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 4:53 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I clean turbot?
How do I clean turbot? [more inside]
posted by romakimmy at 3:18 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I get the first piece of cake out of the baking dish without wrecking the first piece itself?
Whenever I make a cake or pie in a baking dish, I always find that once it's done, I always wreck the first piece while trying to get the first piece out of the dish and onto a plate. After the first piece, getting subsequent pieces out is easy but that first piece is impossile. But there must be a way! Share your tips on how to get the first piece of pie/cake out of the baking dish and onto a plate without destroying it!
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:13 AM PST - 15 comments

Buying an engine online
I am in need of a replacement engine for my 1995 Mazda MX5 (Mata). I have found one online, but I'm possibly being overly cautious.... [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 2:40 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I solve my airline woes?
Help me figure out an air travel fiasco. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 1:19 AM PST - 10 comments

I need a new motherboard and processor.
I need a new motherboard and processor compatible with my old hardware. [more inside]
posted by mithiirym at 12:28 AM PST - 6 comments

December 23
Velvet & hot irons...
So my loving seamstress mother is making some fancy something out of velvet. She's ironing part of it out, having just finished off the final hemming stages annnnnnnd... she slips, some of the velvet isn't protected by a velvetboard anymore and touches the iron directly for a couple of seconds.... [more inside]
posted by ThomThomThomThom at 11:17 PM PST - 6 comments

IMHO, IANAL AOKAY.
LegalFilter: My foolish friend received a misdemeanor in CA for trespassing and apparently needs to be booked and appear in court. She's set to fly to NY for school in three weeks - is she allowed to leave the state? [more inside]
posted by coolhappysteve at 10:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Getting the most out of my gym membership?
How do I get the most out of my new gym membership? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit at 10:16 PM PST - 10 comments

eating disorder v 2.0
How can I be there for a friend with a reoccurring eating disorder? [more inside]
posted by janelikes at 10:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Help the Old People Blog
I gifted my family a Wordpress blog (it's all up and designed and everything). I want a virtual center for our family that now spans the globe and can't get together often. However, how can I get the older coots to not only understand WHAT a blog is but how to use it. They use the interwebs. But only to look up the goofy stuff old people like - like when Murder She Wrote is on. Or to hate on George Bush. But not so much to interact. More inside. [more inside]
posted by tkchrist at 9:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I clean kerosene spilled on a hard outdoor surface?
Should I clean kerosene spilled on a hard outdoor surface? [more inside]
posted by fan_of_all_things_small at 9:06 PM PST - 4 comments

32 days without a smoke. Now what?
I haven't smoked in over a month. How can I inspire myself to extend that indefinitely? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 8:48 PM PST - 34 comments

Surprise! I'm not prepared, HELP!
Where can I find a nice white shirt and skirt in this xmas time mess? [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda at 8:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Eenie Meenie Midi Mo
Help me find a good Midi Driver download for Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 8:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Help a miserable 20something deal with her paranoid, overprotective father!
Help a miserable 20something deal with her paranoid, overprotective father! Long story short: I need help dealing with an overprotective parent. His behavior and beliefs have been debilitating both developmentally and socially, and I can't stand to watch another stagnant year go by. I need to start living my life. I'm a 20 year old girl and a bit of an old soul. I've already graduated from college with honors and I'm almost done with my master's. I have a full time job. I'm attractive, I take care of myself, I have everything I want in the material sense, but I'm miserable. I don't have friends. I've never dated. I don't go out. I have no sense of enjoyment in my life. I don't know how to interact with people or cope with my anxiety. [more inside]
posted by sansgras at 8:26 PM PST - 51 comments

Cash Rules Everything Around Me
Should I take a job at a company I'd really like to work for if it involves a pay cut? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 PM PST - 22 comments

Need help getting a gift!
What store can I find Philadelphia Eagles merchandise (t-shirts, sweatshirts) tomorrow in the DC area? [more inside]
posted by eightball at 8:01 PM PST - 1 comments

Can I stream music to my WM6 smartphone?
Are there any services that will stream my music collection to my WM6 smartphone? [more inside]
posted by PandemicSoul at 7:50 PM PST - 1 comments

How to treat Frenulum breve
Penis problem: Frenulum breve to be exact. Or in simpler terms, problem retracting the foreskin due to the band of tissue under the glans of the penis is too short. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 PM PST - 9 comments

How should I complain about this?
Help me write a good complaint letter so I can get my $99 back. [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix at 7:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Help find our relative's cats their toys!
Where to find Hot Cats in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by DoomGerbil at 6:59 PM PST - 1 comments

Does the term "dulce de leche" always connote the presence of milk?
Does the term "dulce de leche" always connote the presence of milk? Or is there such a thing as a dulce de leche flavored product that doesn't contain milk or other dairy? Additionally, in Spanish, would the term "dulce de caramel-o" connote a flavor similar to dulce de leche, but without milk? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 at 5:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Is this a good Christmas gift?
Is this a good Christmas gift idea or a disaster in the making? [more inside]
posted by brynna at 5:24 PM PST - 30 comments

Juicy roast and puffy pudding?
Cooking Filter: Perfect Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 4:51 PM PST - 15 comments

How is desktop formed?
How is desktop formed? How do icons get on scraen? [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 4:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Mom needs a new phone
My mom needs a new phone and it's Christmas time. [more inside]
posted by aburd at 3:43 PM PST - 5 comments

poopy google calendar
stupid google calendar question: why won't event times display when importing a csv file? [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 2:32 PM PST - 2 comments

family vacations in tulum mexico?
Family and extended family vacation in Tulum area of Mexico? [more inside]
posted by malphigian at 2:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a Good Video Montage Freeware App
I'd like to put together a nice photo montage (put together from digital stills) with dubbing and/or background music. I'm looking for a freeware program that'll deliver a professional look and will allow me to save in the more popular formats, to eventually upload to YouTube and others. I'd rather it be a downloadable program and not work online. Can you help me find a good app?
posted by watercarrier at 2:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Pimp My Wii!
How can I get the most out of my Wii (without mods or hacks)? [more inside]
posted by explosion at 1:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Never the twain shall meet
Where to meet a friend in Madrid? We need something very precise, since our cell phones will not be working! [more inside]
posted by ohio at 1:41 PM PST - 7 comments

OH the pain!
My roommate is dying from a toothache. However, with it being Sunday, no one is open. Is his only option the emergency room or waiting in pain?
posted by Ikazuchi at 1:22 PM PST - 36 comments

tubing near Truckee
Quick: what's the best place to go sledding/tubing near Truckee, CA? [more inside]
posted by contraption at 1:15 PM PST - 1 comments

Palm Foleo we miss you...
The Palm Foleo....everyone seems to have gone ga-ga over the Asus EEE, but did the aforementioned piece of kit reach production stage before it got pulled, and does anyone know where i might be able to acquire one?
posted by spyke23 at 12:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I worry about my car's detached door seal?
The rubber door seal has come off the door of my car -- how big a problem do I have? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 12:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Bird course, please.
I'm looking at a frozen pheasant. Assuming I want it for Christmas dinner, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by tangerine at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

In search of cheap international flight departing within 48 hours.
I would like to depart on an international trip over the next 48 hours. I'll go anywhere as long as it is cheap. I depart from NYC. Any ideas on how to find cheap last minute tickets? I've already tried Kayak and Orbitz and I was unable to find anything. Thanks
posted by yoel88 at 12:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Flu with no fever???
You're not my doctor, but please help diagnose me! I have what seems like it might be influenza, without a fever-aching joints, extreme fatigue, chills, no running nose or other cold symptoms. It's Sunday, doc is closed, and I really would like to figure this out before Monday. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous at 12:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Sense of touch too sensitive?
Why does rubbing my hands on clothing cause tooth discomfort? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID at 11:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me sell my gold
I found a 1910 Indian head ten dollar gold coin in my childhood piggy bank. It looks like this. I have seen it listed online for different values between $400 and $1700. I am broke and (regretfully) feel like I need to convert it into cash. How do I do this quickly, fairly, and for maximum profit?
posted by mr. remy at 10:54 AM PST - 5 comments

404 Not Found
Why are the 404 pages on my server broken?! I get a 500 Internal Server Error instead. Link to my .htaccess inside. [more inside]
posted by lou at 10:40 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I sing like Tiny Tim?
Is there any way I can sing in a higher voice for karaoke? [more inside]
posted by greasepig at 10:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Is this crush turning me into an asshole?
I am infatuated with someone, and confused as to how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 AM PST - 57 comments

Networked Xbox: threat or menace?
I have a new little alien on my home net, namely my daughter's xbox 360. I don't know what this will do to network security hereabouts. [more inside]
posted by jfuller at 8:16 AM PST - 10 comments

What do you want to know about business in Brazil?
I am in the process creating a new blog/site aimed at US and European business owners looking to do business in Brazil. I have my past experiences, trials and tribulations to comment on; but, as it is my intention to offer posts geared towards the small business owner wanting to expand or explore the brazilian market; what types of topic would be of interest to you, the current and future business owners? Note: The blog is not a commercial endevour and is being created with the intention of saving time, money, hairpulling, and headaches for its readers.
posted by zona_sul at 6:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Registrar w/ bulletproof mail redirect?
Registrar w/ bulletproof mail redirect? [more inside]
posted by skywhite at 6:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for hippie stores in WV.
I need help finishing my Christmas list. Looking for stores in Charleston, WV. [more inside]
posted by wg at 5:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Differing laptop power leads
I have a laptop with a completely discharged battery, but no power lead. I do have a power lead from my other laptop, but the outputs differ slightly... [more inside]
posted by edbyford at 3:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a certain book about a mole
Childrens' book filter: I'm looking for a story about a mole, in which he tries to escape from a digging machine. [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 3:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Why do people treat me better when I use a British accent?
Why do people treat me better when I use a British accent? [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym at 1:35 AM PST - 56 comments

help with nds escape please
im trying to get through the last level (20) in escape (clubhouse games) on the ds lite. im starting to think its geometricaly impossible, has anyone actualy gotten the block out?
posted by dent8101 at 1:19 AM PST - 1 comments

December 22
Looking for funky hooks and shelves to spruce up a hallway.
I'd like to decorate the hallway in my apartment with funky hooks and shelves like these and these. Like the entire wall. All different. I'm looking for as many funky shelves and hooks as possible. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 11:11 PM PST - 14 comments

How come my office chair stopped reclining?
I have one of those pretty standard, leather, 'executive' chairs that you buy at Staples. it has the L-shaped yoke on the right hand side, and the phallic tube extending from the base. Recently it stopped reclining, like, all of a sudden. I remember playing with the Phallus until it reclined again, but that's not working. What do I do?
posted by tremspeed at 10:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Is it true that it is good for a car to fill it up with higher grade gas once in a while?
Is it true that it is good for a car to fill it up with higher grade gas once in a while? I usually fill up at Shell, and there is 87, 89 and 91 kinds of gas, with 87 being the cheapeast and 91 being the most expensive. I usually get 87. However, I heard that if you own a car and want it to last longer, it is beneficial to fill it up with the most expensive gas, to "clean the engine". Is that true? If so, what is the explanation behind it? I drive a 2002 Kia Rio, if that makes any difference.
posted by esolo at 9:50 PM PST - 24 comments

ID an old device
What is this device (180KB jpg)? My dad has had it for years but doesn't know what it's purpose is. It has a jaw that opens (103KB) and a scale (67KB) that reads up to 72, labeled every six divisions, and closes with an odd spring. I don't think that's in degrees since the jaw does not open that wide. It's obviously for measuring something but what that something is we can't figure out. My brother's idea was something involving maps. It is made of steel except for the brass scale.
posted by 6550 at 9:03 PM PST - 13 comments

German/Japanese axis
Why were the Germans allied with the Japanese in WWII? Why were the Americans at war with the Japanese?
posted by TigerCrane at 8:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Stuck in Winter, Canada for Christmas. Help?
Stuck in Winterland, Canada for Christmas. Help? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 8:51 PM PST - 10 comments

photograph large white flat things and make them look beauteous.
What's the best way to photograph big mostly all white drawings with tiny black details? [more inside]
posted by beckish at 8:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Would a mylar mirror work for a home gym?
Would a Mylar Mirror work well for a home gym situation? [more inside]
posted by jseven at 8:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Why are guitars made out of solid wood?
Why are solid-body electric guitars almost always made out of solid wood? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 7:56 PM PST - 20 comments

What is a reasonable amount of debt load for someone with a chronic illness?
What is a reasonable amount of debt load for someone with a chronic illness? I come from a family that doesn't accrue debt, which I realize is a luxury many people don't have, so I haven't had a model for managing debt. Specifics about my particular situation follow. [more inside]
posted by RobotHeart at 7:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Cheapest prices, in the 5 boroughs of NYC, for Amy's frozen foods?
Cheapest prices, in the 5 boroughs of NYC, for Amy's frozen foods? Specifically, do you know any store where the Pockets are regularly less than $2.19, or the Tofu Lasagna is regularly less than $3.99? Those are best individual prices I've found (my freezer's too small for me to buy a case).
posted by sparrows at 6:24 PM PST - 30 comments

XP or Ubuntu?
Help me decide whether to downgrade to XP Pro or move to Ubuntu from Vista. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 5:42 PM PST - 26 comments

Everybody's ahead of me!
I'm finally going to college four years after I was supposed to get out of high school. Please tell me you've done it too, and everything worked out! [more inside]
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 5:41 PM PST - 41 comments

Advice for a goody two-shoes about to be disciplined
I just found out that I'm being written up by my HR manager. What's the best way to handle it so it's goes smoothly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:00 PM PST - 14 comments

How did Kubrick do it?
How did Kubrick do it? There's a scene in "2001 A Space Odyssey" that has always fascinated and puzzled me. It's the scene on a spaceship in which a character is walking down a circular corridor, moving away from the camera. At the end of the corridor is a rotating ring. When the character reaches the ring she starts walking around it, up the wall. Obviously the camera is linked to that far rotating ring, but the transition between the near corridor and the far ring is absolutely seamless. [more inside]
posted by schrodycat at 4:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Gift giving etiquette
[EtiquetteFilter] My sister and her new husband are giving me one gift for Christmas. Am I obligated to give each of them a gift, or is it acceptable for me to give one gift to the couple?
posted by HotPatatta at 3:57 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I install Apache FOP on a Mac?
How do I install Apache FOP on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by fleeba at 3:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Are we going to have a punk rock Christmas this year?
Can anyone recommend some good contemporary Christmas compilations? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 2:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Who did this combo Walken/Goldblum impression?
Back in the days when MTV had Donal Logue and Denis Leary doing promos, I seem to recall a brief bit where two comedians did an impression of Christopher Walken and Jeff Goldblum having a conversation. It was essentially a bunch of "umm" and "ahh" with the appropriate bizarro stylings. The Walken guy might have been Jay Mohr, he does a pretty good impression and it's about the right timeframe. Unsure who might have done the Goldblum. Any ideas? Any video?
posted by schoolgirl report at 2:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for name of a dirge I played in high school.
I played a piece in orchestra in high school that I think was named Aces Däd, but I can't seem to find that anywhere. [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. at 1:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Cat with a nose bleed?
Yet another kitty question: When we got up this morning our 21 year old cat had left blood splatters all over the floor, around her food and in her water bowl (a little gross info. inside) [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 12:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Is there anything we can do to help prevent or minimize flooding in a finished basement?
Is there anything we can do to help prevent or minimize flooding in a finished basement? [more inside]
posted by designmartini at 12:07 PM PST - 8 comments

ACECAD DigiMemo
I'm looking for an A4 sized combination digital notepad and graphics tablet, ala the Aiptek MyNote or Adesso CyberPad (apparently the same product). But neither works under Mac OS X as a graphics tablet. Maybe an ACECAD DigiMemo? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 12:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Little Rock Massage
Recs for a massage therapist or spa in Little Rock, AR? [more inside]
posted by blapst at 12:05 PM PST - 2 comments

I have too much time
I have an abundance of time this holiday week, and I finally got around to watching that Japanese t-shirt folding tutorial video and learning how to do it. I wonder, what other quick, easy, and cool time-saving tricks can I learn this week?
posted by nitsuj at 11:41 AM PST - 11 comments

bafflingly obscure LP
rare/weird vinyl filter: I have an LP that, as far as I can tell, has stumped Google itself. Help! [more inside]
posted by mundy at 11:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Online gifts for girls... cool or drool?
Is an online gift card (say, to a bookstore) okay as a Christmas gift for early teen girls? Or will the intangible nature of the gift make it seem like I'm not giving them anything at all? [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 11:00 AM PST - 21 comments

Advice for getting to Nicaragua from San Jose, Costa Rica.
In mid-January, I will be going to Nicaragua and Costa Rica for about 10 days. We will be flying into San Jose, Costa Rica - and do a day there, with the rest of the time spent in Nicaragua. I need advice on inter-country buses. [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 10:51 AM PST - 6 comments

How to find a good massage therapist in Portland, Oregon?
How to find a good massage therapist in Portland, Oregon? (and what kind of massage would be appropriate?) [more inside]
posted by Auden at 10:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Is Jack Vance hoaxing me? Does "The Lonton Times Historical Atlas" exist?
Is there such a book as "The London Times Historical Atlas"? Google and Amazon are clueless. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 9:51 AM PST - 6 comments

PhotoshopFilter: How to make a colourised B&W photo look stunning [or at least gift-worthy]?
PhotoshopFilter: How to make a colourised B&W photo look stunning [or at least gift-worthy]? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 9:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Semantic markup and the world wide web: non-noob needs an explanation.
Semantic markup and the world wide web: non-noob needs an explanation. What is all this semantic markup talk about, and where can I learn more? [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9 at 8:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Where To Take A Month Holiday For Two?
My girlfriend finishes school in July and starts work in September. We'd like to spend a month abroad during August. What are good locations where we can live comfortably and be able to have a lot of experiences - touristy and not? While we don't have a budget set yet, I'd think we'd be looking at between US$3000 and US$5000. [more inside]
posted by chriswarren at 8:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Big Screen Blues
How can I play things like movies from my laptop to my TV? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

New Year's in Portland
New Year's Eve tips for Portland newbies? [more inside]
posted by bunnycakes at 8:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Create easy sortable table for blog?
What's the best way to create a website table that a) can be dynamically (via Javascript) and statically sorted by readers and that b) can be created and added to easily c) for a Blogspot blog. E.g. a list of products I like, with ratings and category (sort by any of these things)? Thanks.
posted by shivohum at 7:04 AM PST - 5 comments

You ruined me!
I truly love my wife, but I am really angry at her for screwing me up financially. If you have been in a similar situation, what have you done to forgive and forget? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:21 AM PST - 77 comments

Go towards the light Carol Anne!
Is Al right? Am I really saving the environment by switching to CF bulbs? [more inside]
posted by Pollomacho at 5:38 AM PST - 46 comments

Baritone Voices
Help me find more singers with deep/baritone voices. [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 4:43 AM PST - 36 comments

Like a watercolor postcard, but neither watercolor nor postcard
In tourist shops there are sometimes prints of watercolor or color pencil drawings of the city. The prints usually come in a bunch of sizes from postcard to 8x10. They cost a few dollars each. I'd like to purchase a bunch of these, but I can't find any online. They're out there, but my Google-Fu isn't finding them. I keep getting stymied at art supply shops and gallery pages. Can anyone find an online vendor for these? Thanks!
posted by 26.2 at 2:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Hot rabbit recipe
A chilli rabbit recipe from a 'Hemphills Herbs and Spices' book. [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 1:15 AM PST - 5 comments

December 21
Cheap Prepaid SIM in Canada?
Prepaid SIM card in Canada? [more inside]
posted by JPDD at 11:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help my sister laugh for Christmas.
Need funny, easy-to-finish books, that aren't moronic. STAT. [more inside]
posted by brain cloud at 10:01 PM PST - 77 comments

How can I insert text into an existing PDF using Ghostscript?
How can I insert text into an existing PDF using Ghostscript? [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons at 9:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommended service for DVD/GameCube disk repair?
Can anyone recommend a good mail-in service that will repair/resurface DVDs or Game Cube disks? [more inside]
posted by cgk at 9:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Specs....
Where can I get great glasses frames in LA? [more inside]
posted by dentata at 8:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Help an IT consultant find his niche!
I'm an IT consultant with a broad set of skills and experiences, and I need help finding my niche! [more inside]
posted by thehickmans at 8:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Seasonale out of order?
Are all of my "active" Seasonale tablets identical? Can I take them out of order? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 PM PST - 8 comments

B&W Photo Enhancement.
I need to enhance facial detail in a 70 year old B&W 120 negative. The negative is both underexposed and out of focus. I am using PS Elements 3.0. I also have Photoshop 7. I will be using a Canoscan 8400F scanner. I can go to a local pro and have the negative scanned on his Epson V750 for $$$$$ if needed. What are good texts that can explain the mechanics of image enhancement? Any advantage in upgrading Elements? My computer does not have an internet connection and I do not need any of the net connected features that seem to be the reasons for upgrading Elements. I can also live with the 3.0 poor cataloging.
posted by Raybun at 7:39 PM PST - 4 comments

1963 was a good year for pennies
Why do 1960s pennies look different? [more inside]
posted by qvtqht at 7:27 PM PST - 10 comments

can my mac handle leopard?
Yet-another-Mac-Leopard-upgrade question: Should I do it on my older machine? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 6:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Actress in Walk Hard?
Who is the woman in this red band Walk Hard clip? She's wearing blue and says "Come on Dewey, join the party" about 17 seconds in. IMDB didn't turn up anything.
posted by null terminated at 6:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Young Pooterstein
I have some novice questions about a re-install with dual booting in Windows XP. More inside.... [more inside]
posted by Huplescat at 6:41 PM PST - 1 comments

An optimistic take on the world
My parents have been reading a lot of pretty pessimistic, doomsday books about the US, world, etc. I'd like to get them a book that has a more optimistic outlook, without being naive. Any suggestions, oh hive mind? I'm not too picky about topics, but I'd prefer broader rather than narrower.
posted by devilsbrigade at 5:59 PM PST - 25 comments

Pre-WWII non-Japanese poetry that mentions Japan
I'm looking for pre-WWII non-Japanese poetry that mentions Japan. [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 5:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to find free therapy in Chicago
Is there any place in Chicago to go for free, extremely cheap, or sliding-scale-rate therapy/counseling? [more inside]
posted by white light at 5:36 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I make sure whatever phone I buy in Japan will work with my Roger's SIM card?
I am in Japan and want to buy a new cellphone to take back to Canada. I have an existing plan with Rogers in Canada, and I want to take the SIM card from my crappy Motorola and put it into a new phone brought back from Japan. How can I make sure whatever phone I buy will work with my Roger's SIM card? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 5:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Differences between "allergies" and "colds"
1) Why are some sicknesses "allergies" while others are things such as "colds"? Also, 2) how does the body know which is which? [more inside]
posted by sideshow at 4:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Turtles all the way down!
Somewhere, a while ago, somewhere on the internet (here? BoingBoing? somewhere else?) was posted a PDF (I think) of a cookbook (?) from the 19th century (?) that had various recipes used by kitchens in wealthy households. Somewhere in that cookbook was a detailed description of how to store turtles (for soup) long-term (cool, mostly dry) in stacked boxes. Please hope me find it!
posted by dmd at 4:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Saxophone 101/411
My Sis gave me her sax a while back and I have a few hours to fool with it. That leads me to 3 questions. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 4:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Upgrade to XP Pro or buy more ram?
I bought a refurbed Emachine for my kids. I've put 1.5 gb ram into it, but it came with Vista and feels sluggish. Should I upgrade to XP Pro? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 3:59 PM PST - 25 comments

Instrument used for the Unforgiven opening
What is the stringed instrument that plays the wistful tune at the beginning of the movie Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood? Mandolin? Banjo? Ukelele? I want to buy one.
posted by zaebiz at 3:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Creative ways to give coins as a gift
What are some creative ways to give rolled coins as a gift? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 3:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Where do I go to buy a cadet cap?
What kind of stores (local--where I can buy in-person tomorrow) would carry a woven cadet cap? [more inside]
posted by rocket_johnny at 3:20 PM PST - 1 comments

Gone Chopin. Be Bach in a minuet.
Hello, hive! Advice sought for acquiring, moving, and maintaining a used piano, and in getting my 12-year-old son set up with lessons. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 3:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Haj activities - open all year, 24/7?
Haj activities - open all year, 24/7? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 3:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Why can't I "Add/Remove Programs?"
"Add/Remove Programs" in Control Panel won't let me remove some programs. Help! [more inside]
posted by wordwhiz at 3:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to find a Wii?
Whats the best way to find a Wii in the Washington, DC area? Is there any chance at all of finding one?
posted by matkline at 2:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Xbox resources for N3wbs?
Where is the best resource that will clearly explain the differences between all the different XBox 360's? What comes with all the bundles and packages and what doesn't. Elite, Pro, Arcade, Holiday bundle. what does it all mean?
posted by Megafly at 2:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Wal-Mart employee data
In search of Wal-Mart employee data. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 2:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Joystick seeks power supply to allow use of peripheral
RandomPowerAdapterFilter: I need a suitable power supply for a Thrustmaster Top Gun Afterburner Force Feedback Joystick. [more inside]
posted by trokair at 2:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Buying a house with almost no downpayment
My wife and I want to buy a house in the Boston area, but have almost no down payment...maybe $10K. We both have good credit (725 and above) and make about $110K, together. What are my options to buy a house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 26 comments

How do I turned the Enhanced 911 feature off my cell phone?
I would like to disable the Enhanced 911 feature of my cell phone that broadcasts my position continually via GPS tracking. As my phone doesn't allow me to turn this feature off through the settings, how can I modify the circuit to bypass the GPS transmitter?
posted by moooshy at 2:22 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I not kill my son? :)
MeFi Parenting filter: What are appropriate consequences for an 8-year-old who has a history of carelessness with belongings, and has lost his $250 glasses? [more inside]
posted by liquado at 2:20 PM PST - 66 comments

He needs a grill to match his truck and his NASCAR cap.
Best place to get a stainless-steel propane grill TOMORROW in northwest Chicago suburbs? I'm talking about the big honkin' type you put on your patio. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 2:04 PM PST - 6 comments

complex dice probability make head esplode
I need a tool to help me analyze the probability of certain events occurring regarding a pool of X dice for a game I am creating. See my examples below. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 1:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Retaining my URL
I subscribe to an internet hosting service for my website. When I signed up I was provided with a URL that contains the name of my organization. Now I want to move to a less expensive hosting service. Can I retain my current URL?
posted by retiree at 1:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Tire chains for an '06 Toyota Sienna?
Tire chains for an '06 Toyota Sienna? Unsafe? If not, which ones? [more inside]
posted by diastematic at 1:44 PM PST - 4 comments

I screwed up; how to minimize the family drama at Christmas?
I missed my two brothers-in-laws' birthdays, and one of my sisters is mad at me. I'll see everyone at Christmas. Help me make things right and prevent family drama. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:18 PM PST - 24 comments

Not so slick, slick.
Drawing with a tablet, drawing on an ice-cube... [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 1:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Delete/disable a User account but still forward their email?
Server2003/Exchange - can I disable an account but still have its mail delivered/forwarded? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 12:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Lord of the Rings joke goes here
What is the best way to get a diamond ring across the country? [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian at 11:51 AM PST - 23 comments

lead lead everywhere
California has a new law that specifies limits for lead in jewelry products. Even though the answer to my question should be a no-brainer, I need to confirm: [more inside]
posted by edjusted at 11:30 AM PST - 11 comments

One more for joy
Where can I download a live recording of Electrelane's final show? I've emailed the band and gotten no response. Many of the places I used to look online for live recordings are gone. [more inside]
posted by rbs at 10:05 AM PST - 2 comments

The horror
Hair dye-filter, need to fix this mid-90's burgundy disaster I created on my head last night by 4 pm and I can't afford a pro at the moment. [more inside]
posted by sarelicar at 9:39 AM PST - 19 comments

We can rebuild it... Maybe?
Can my sewing machine be fixed? [more inside]
posted by slowfasthazel at 9:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Where are the best flannel sheets?
Help me attain flannel sheet nirvana. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:36 AM PST - 26 comments

We love Mom, but don't want her going with us on vacation.
How can we avoid hurting my Mom's feelings? Or should we take her with us? [more inside]
posted by capcuervo at 9:32 AM PST - 54 comments

An interesting gift for Random Young Bachelor?
Looking for gift ideas for A Single Guy, with essentially no other information. What to get my dad's wife's son for the gift exchange? [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 9:17 AM PST - 30 comments

Name that tune in 0 notes!
Another Christmas song question ... this one very vague. [more inside]
posted by Hey, Cupcake! at 9:02 AM PST - 27 comments

How do I break into brand and identity design?
I would really like to get into brand and identity design. What are my best options? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 8:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Taboo with religious gift?
I know very little about Christian gifts. Is there any taboo about getting my Catholic girlfriend a cross necklace? [more inside]
posted by Nerro at 8:15 AM PST - 22 comments

Book in which female editor writes to authors?
What'sThatBookFilter: A not-recent, nonfiction book by a female editor in which she, among other things, writes letters to her authors? [more inside]
posted by Drohan at 8:13 AM PST - 3 comments

What kind of car would best make my daily commute safe, comfortable, and cost-effective?
What kind of car should I buy (under $15K) to make my commute safe, comfortable, and cost-effective? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 8:00 AM PST - 43 comments

What to do for a year?
I'm graduating but want to do something unconvential before I start my business career. What? [more inside]
posted by milestogo at 7:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Career change due to eye problems
I have recently been advised by my eye doctor that I need to significantly reduce my computer usage (no more than 2 or 3 hours a day). My entire career has been spent in the computer field (operations, programming, general systems work). Anyone have any suggestions on how to leverage my skills and abilities into a new career field?
posted by sandpine at 7:25 AM PST - 15 comments

Cleaning up imported data in excel using VBA.
Cleaning up imported data in excel using VBA. [more inside]
posted by corpse at 7:20 AM PST - 1 comments

Disable folder redirection on XP
How do I completely disable folder redirection and offline files in Windows XP? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by gfroese at 6:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Is silver a good investment?
With the US economy apparently getting ready to go 'foom!', a friend of mine has become very excited about silver as an investment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 32 comments

Christmas lunch in OKC???
Can you help me find restaurants in Oklahoma City that are open on Christmas? [more inside]
posted by illek at 6:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Wanted: Musical Bear (Country Bears Need Not Apply)
I need a musical stuffed bear for my six year old daughter. She loves the one she has and says it "needs a friend." [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 5:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Prozac Problem!
Prozac filter: I've just been told by my long time psychologist that she feels Prozac may be helpful to me. (Have read previous answers on the topic...) [more inside]
posted by Rubyspicer at 5:32 AM PST - 18 comments

Broaden my photography horizons!
I'd like to open my eyes to more photographer's work but don't know where to start... [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 2:46 AM PST - 20 comments

How to entertain a lonely Jew on Xmas?
Young, alone and Jewish on Xmas in LA. How do I entertain myself? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 1:45 AM PST - 26 comments

"Please don't start a similar business to mine elsewhere. It would hurt my feelings."
Can you really hold copyright to a business model/idea/concept, and disallow others from duplicating it? If not, then how is The Sampler able to do so? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 1:01 AM PST - 26 comments

looking for internet video
i AM Looking for an internet video of a guy reading a letter he found, he says something in it like "you always wanna hold hands" my friend said it was hilarious but i havent been able to find it
posted by madmamasmith at 12:58 AM PST - 2 comments

books about tea
I know nothing about tea and want to correct that. What books would recommend to a tea newbie? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr at 12:13 AM PST - 12 comments

December 20
What is the name of this blind sculptor?
What is the name of the man in this photograph? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 11:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Best medium-difficulty Chinese novel?
I want to read a book in Chinese to keep myself from getting rusty. What is a good novel for doing so? It has to be modern Chinese (classical Chinese twists my brain into noodles), and preferably available online. [more inside]
posted by jasminerain at 10:58 PM PST - 11 comments

What's hot in Hangul?
Korean Book Gift Filter: What Korean books (meaning books written in Hangul) should I get for my parents? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 10:29 PM PST - 5 comments

How easy or difficult is the road to Hana (Maui)?
How dangerous or hair raising is the road to Hana? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 10:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Weird rock found in Western Desert of Egypt
An Egyptian friend of mine found this rock in the West Desert of Egpyt. Can anyone tell us what it is? It's really abnormal-looking. (All of my theories involve Sun Ra and pharaonic collusion with Saturn.)
posted by odasaku at 10:06 PM PST - 13 comments

"We're not worthy!!!!!"
Help me write a mini-note in a holiday card to an influential person... [more inside]
posted by arishaun at 9:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I withdraw money for a first-time home purchase with my accounts?
You can use your Roth IRA for your first time home purchase (up to 10k). However, you must have the account open for 5 years. How is account defined? [more inside]
posted by InvestorMD at 8:43 PM PST - 5 comments

How big a bang am I allowed to make without actually invading anyone?
What's the largest explosion I can make, legally, without any particular kind of license, and what would I use to make it? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 8:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Checking if my work PC is connected from home.
I have a work PC and a home PC, both running XP. It's fairly important that my work PC stays connected, as the router has a habit of sometimes locking up. Since I'm away from the office for the next two weeks, I need to keep an eye on the computer to make sure it stays connected, or at least lets me know if it isn't so I can go in and power cycle the router. I am thinking maybe automatic emailing on the hour? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 8:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Homebrew PVR with HD?
Just switched from cable to DirecTV (7 HD channels on cable just wasn't cutting it), and we have a Mac Mini we'd like to use as a DVR. Possible? Practical?
posted by joshuaconner at 8:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Road Rash iPod
How can I repair/replace my 80GB iPod classic (black aluminum) faceplate? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 8:25 PM PST - 6 comments

I need a new old DSL modem!
Help me find and buy a working Fujitsu/Orckit Speedport DSL modem in Los Angeles for use with Verizon DSL. [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel at 8:07 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I deal with this debt?
So do we just stop paying our credit cards? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:00 PM PST - 37 comments

Where to get paisley shirts?
Where can I find button-front casual shirts in paisley or paisley-like patterns, like the one worn by Peter Gibbons in Office Space? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 8:00 PM PST - 5 comments

NFL jersey numbers
Can anyone help me find the most-sold NFL football jersey number? e.g., Have more #7's been sold than any other number, regardless of team or player?
posted by robstercraw at 7:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Good resources for mastocytosis
Posting for a friend-filter: What are the best resources for information about cutaneous mastocytosis? [more inside]
posted by debgpi at 7:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me configure the ultimate Mac OSX backup solution.
Help me configure the ultimate Mac OSX backup solution! [more inside]
posted by drgonzo2k2 at 7:04 PM PST - 4 comments

chlorine dioxide, miracle mineral suppliment?
Has anyone heard of the alternative health cure called chlorine dioxide, marketed under the name of Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS), it is claimed to have cured 75,000 documented cases of malaria, as well as cancer, aids, lyme, etc.. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 6:47 PM PST - 37 comments

Seattle eatery
Seattle eatery for me, spouse, seven-year-old girl this weekend... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 6:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Toxic Touch Barbie
Are 30-year-old Barbie dolls dangerous? [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler at 6:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Bumming Around All Night in the Capital
Recommendation for an all-night place to hang out in Washington D.C. Saturday night that is safe and clean, has wireless and bathrooms, serves food, and will let me stay there all night. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 6:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Broken D300 or just bad design?
Should the release mode wheel on a Nikon D300 (or D200) just spin or should there be click stops? [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy at 6:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Has anyone else had this problem with USPS's Click-N-Ship?
I got an F in Click-N-Ship. Did I fail Christmas with my botched attempt to mail my packages? [more inside]
posted by likesuchasand at 5:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Searching for Paradise
How can I find out which states have towns or cities named Paradise? Also, it would be helpful if the database or whatever I was directed to had demographic information about the towns/cities, like population size, average income, local industries, etc. Thanks for your help.
posted by Cranky Media Guy at 5:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Is there a place to find a Drafting Table WITH a Parallel Straightedge?
Is there a place to find a Drafting Table WITH a Parallel Straightedge? Bonus points if it includes the light and the chair. Even more bonus points if it's really well priced! More bonus points than can even be imagined if it is wood finished and has a couple drawers included in the table as well as the light and chair in one package. [more inside]
posted by adi at 5:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Name this (Burns?) poem?
Hello. Does anybody recall the title or the rest of this scrap of probably Robert Burns poetry? goes something like: "... nor duke that ye dined with yester'een. A crab louse is still but (or yet) a crab (or louse) tho' perched on the c*** of a (or o' a) queen." I would like to know for a friend who is writing a book on Scottish nationalism. Thanks!
posted by runincircles at 5:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Need some advice about reading philosophy
Need some advice about reading philosophy [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 5:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Blow my house down.
New home sound system, and now I've got more bass than I know what to do with! Help me take advantage of this with music recommendations that will make my house shudder and boom as I harness the power-- THE POWER. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 5:29 PM PST - 28 comments

Ad Astra Per Aspera!
Seeking recommendations for some great space exploration/simulation games. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 5:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Speech infliction transposing s-words.
My kid is transposing "s" to the end of the word, line snow->nows. I am curious is this is a common thing, has a name, or just something they go through... [more inside]
posted by lundman at 5:18 PM PST - 22 comments

Is 3 1/2 months too long to wait for a laptop to be repaired?
Averatec is holding my laptop hostage for the last three months, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by any major dude at 5:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me connect my ps3
Will my 5 connection component video cable for Ps3 work in a 3 connection (I think composite) TV? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 5:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Travelogues tracing historic routes
What are some good modern travelogues where the author is retracing a historic route? Especially ones where the original traveler wrote an account that the author weaves into the narrative.
posted by rasputin400 at 4:52 PM PST - 27 comments

Pageturners with insightful character development?
I'm looking for novels that are pageturners (genres preferred: science fiction/fantasy, magic realism, mystery/suspense/thriller) but also have psychologically acute character development. Any recs?
posted by Malad at 4:47 PM PST - 33 comments

Findiing toy stores, typewriters in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles shopping filter: Is there a big toy store like FAO Schwartz in LA? Also where can I buy a working mechanical typewriter? [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 4:18 PM PST - 9 comments

M3U CUE LOG WTF?
Please explain to me what a cue, m3u, and log file are in layman's terms. (In regards to audio files.) [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 4:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find interesting anthropology/sociology books.
Books about anthropology, psychology, sociology, modern rituals...I think. Can you point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by lhall at 3:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Does art.com suck?
What is the deal with sites like allposters.com, art.com, etc.? [more inside]
posted by jeb at 3:48 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I plan for surprises?
I saw the movie Dan in Real Life yesterday, and the last line of the movie... [more inside]
posted by PoopyDoop at 3:37 PM PST - 20 comments

will honey keep theraflu from tasting like old hippie smell?
theraflu's natural apple cinnamon flavor tastes like licking the window of a hippie candle store. will it lose efficacy if i add a dollop of honey to my next mug of the stuff?
posted by lia at 3:18 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I round prices in Excel?
In Excel 2007, I need advice on how to round a series of prices to either a $0.50 ending, or a $0.95 ending. [more inside]
posted by Futurehouse at 3:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Fuck.
So, I just messed with the electronics in my car and now the 2001 Hyundai Elantra won't start. [more inside]
posted by quelindo at 3:07 PM PST - 7 comments

How interchangeable are laptop power supplies?
How interchangeable are laptop power supplies? [more inside]
posted by JeffL at 3:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Standalone programs that burn CPU?
For a good reason, I need some program, any program that I can leave unattended and will eat up CPU on a windows xp box. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 2:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Back in Black 8va
How the heck did Brian Johnson of AC/DC sing that way? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 2:49 PM PST - 11 comments

They forgot to charge my card for 3 months. Can they now?
If a company had a "clerical error" and forgot to charge my credit card for 3 months, do they have right to charge it now? [more inside]
posted by wflanagan at 2:38 PM PST - 11 comments

I recently added 2 gigs of RAM to my PC but Windows Task Manager/System properties do not recognize it, while BIOS and Crucial.com do. What could be causing this issue?
I recently added 2 gigs of RAM to my PC but Windows Task Manager/System properties do not recognize it, while BIOS and Crucial.com do. What could be causing this issue? [more inside]
posted by bostonhill at 2:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Which economic forecaster or economist can you really trust most of the time, if not all of the time?
Which economic forecaster or economist can you really trust most of the time, if not all of the time? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 1:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Pimp my text area.
What tricks have you learned that make writing, editing, and formatting in web page "text areas" easier? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 1:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Tips on avoiding backhoes welcome too.
How can I practice/learn fiber optic networking without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu at 1:49 PM PST - 7 comments

If they say "Don't tell Dad!", do you?
How much do parents tell each other about the stories/secrets their children thell them? [more inside]
posted by twiki at 1:49 PM PST - 32 comments

What was the site that mirrored allmusic.com's content but didn't suck?
What was the site that mirrored allmusic.com's content but didn't suck? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 1:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Staples and tape and glue, oh my no!
Alternatives to staples, paper, glue etc for paper fastening in crafts and papercraft? [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 1:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Fast, Dramatic, Sinister music?
In search of: dramatic, sinister, or fast music. Disastrous, villainous, swift and dexter melodies best set to chaos, tragedy, or discovery. [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 1:22 PM PST - 24 comments

quantum pathology
quantum physics. what am I not getting? [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 12:55 PM PST - 48 comments

tell me a tale..
AutoFilter: In your experience, is it worth the higher price to take your vehicle to the dealer for routine service than a third party? [more inside]
posted by Industrial PhD at 12:53 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I be a better waiter?
I'd like to be a better waiter. Got any tips? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy at 12:32 PM PST - 67 comments

But what does it DO?
Corporate trainers, I need your help. I need to train some colleagues on the capabilities of an software package to prepare them for designing some upgraded features. However, they are not users of the software, so my standard new-user training is not going to cut it. Do you have any tips on how to do this kind of training/education? Any suggestions of training books or websites that can help? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 12:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Nokia N95: is it better than a stick in the eye?
I have serious tech lust. I think I want to get the American version of the Nokia N95. Please help me decide if this is the phone for me. [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy at 12:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Getting our natural gas turned back on by Christmas?
Do I have any options as far as getting our natural gas turned back on by Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 12:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Where can i get an HP mediaserver to buy in WA?
Please help me make my new husband's birthday (today)a memorable one! [more inside]
posted by ramix at 12:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Blooming tea in NYC?
Where to buy blooming tea bags in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by dcjd at 11:41 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I create a table of contents for a PDF file that is composed of a variety of different source documents?
How do I create a table of contents for a PDF file that is composed of a variety of different source documents? Open source/free software or methods are best. [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 11:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Is it ok to mail a magnet?
Is it ok to mail a thin magnet along with a card in the regular mail? Do I have to do anything special to it? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 11:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Maybe I'll just use Comic Sans and hork *everyone* off
What one font is the easiest to read on both on a computer screen *and* off a sheet of paper? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 11:07 AM PST - 30 comments

Harvard Business Review
Anybody know where I can get a good quality copy of the cover of this month's Harvard Business Review? I got a subscription on Audible that I'm burning to CD, and I'd like to slap a copy of the current art on the case. Their site only has a crappy low-res version...
posted by richmondparker at 10:35 AM PST - 4 comments

I smell feet
I smell feet. [more inside]
posted by peep at 10:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Grant Me This Christmas Miracle!
Does anyone know where I can buy cheap generic gingerbread man cookie cutters in or around Mesa, Arizona? I want the regular size – not the mini, and I want around 20 of them. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 10:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Securely disposing of CD/DVD media (while maintaining maximum laziness)
Securely disposing of CD/DVD media (while maintaining maximum laziness) [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 10:29 AM PST - 26 comments

Terminology Management software solutions
Software for keeping lists of terms and definitions organized? Help me tame the glossary monster. [more inside]
posted by gemmy at 10:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Hook a nook to look at books!
Need suggestions for an online collaboration tool for managing a reading list between friends. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 10:25 AM PST - 5 comments

It's inappropriate for you to do that
UKEmploymentfilter: What was the point of the meeting my boss had with me today? [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 10:25 AM PST - 15 comments

Do corporate officers need to be employees?
If I have a small corporation and intend to have officers (VP, Directors, etc.) who are currently corp-to-corp contractors, do I need to convert those officers to employees? In other words, do officers of a corporation need to be employees? I know, I know -- YANAL and/or YANML. :) [more inside]
posted by Merdryn at 10:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Books like Encyclopedia Brown for kids?
Are there any other books like the Encyclopedia Brown series? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 10:12 AM PST - 39 comments

How to write one press release for many events?
How can I write a good press release for an entire calendar of events? (As opposed to just a single event) [more inside]
posted by bubukaba at 9:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me make the yummiest peppermint bark!
CookingFilter! I need tips and tricks for making the bestest peppermint bark EVAH. Also any favorite peppermint bark recipes. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 9:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Any real-world rolling boulders and poison darts?
Have there ever been any Indiana Jones-style booby traps discovered in real-world archaeological/exploration expeditions? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 9:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Out Of Sync With Firefox
My Firefox updated recently and now a dialog box pops up occasionally titled, "Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer." It says, "Please enter your username and password to continue." I have no username or password for Firefox. My computer is not on a network. I cancel out of this and continue, only to have it pop up again a short time later. As far as I can see, synchronization of bookmarks isn't in the help files. How do I disable this?
posted by partner at 9:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Agree to agree
Help me find the right non compete, non disclosure agreement. [more inside]
posted by paulinsanjuan at 9:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Redoing the games closet...plastic bins?
Where can I find inexpensive plastic bins that I can keep my board games in that fit the game boards and all the pieces? I've been googling for over an hour and I can't find any 16 x 11 x 2 bins anywhere other than The Container Store. Call me cheap, but I don't want to spend more for a container than I spent on the game in the first place, and at $15.00 each, the Container Store is out. Any advice or recommendations on how you've stored your board games in plastic containers would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by riverjack at 9:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to buy an unlocked simfree iPhone in San Antonio, Texas US?
Where to buy an unlocked simfree iPhone in San Antonio, Texas US? There is a good possibility that the iPhone I purchase has firmware 1.1.2 and the new bootloader which has not been hacked yet. Does anybody know a store where to get simfree iPhones San Antonio Texas. A name, address of the store or any tips are much appreciated.
posted by flixz at 9:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Why does iphone mail client show unread messages even though inbox is empty?
Why does iphone mail client show unread messages even though the inbox is empty?

my iphone, on the main (home) view, shows that i have 50 unread messages in my e-mail inbox. yet when i tap the mail icon, it shows that the inbox is empty.

i've tried restarting, turning on and off, syncing, checking & rechecking e-mail, and for the past week or so it's shown 50 unread messages. (and no, it's not an IMAP or whatever issue - i check on POP only, and the POP box is definitely empty, too.)

any ideas?
posted by cg2 at 9:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a Creative Commons Lawyer
Please help me find a lawyer with Creative Commons license experience [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop at 8:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Who sells "Store Closing" signs and banners?
Does anyone know a good source for ready made "Store Closing" and related signs and banners, with quick delivery times? [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 8:58 AM PST - 4 comments

The lighting above us.
In Slate's Explainer column today, they have the unanswered questions of 2007. Most are inscrutable, unanswerable or ridiculous... but I've wondered this one myself too many times to let it go: "Very rare to find a hotel room with a light on the ceiling, they're usually floor lamps or desk lamps. Is there some structural reason for that?" [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 8:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Where is the jewelry in OKC?
Oklahoma City jewelry? Looking for something unique / simple. Where are the coolest local jewelry stores/craftspeople/shops in the OKC/norman/edmond area? [more inside]
posted by striker at 8:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Worry about tomorrow today, or tomorrow?
Relationshipfilter: I'm agnostic. She's Christian. We've been dating for four months. We fit eachother well and are very happy together, but of course clash over our deeply-held ideologies. Should we worry about the ideological clashes now, or be happy with eachother now and worry about how to raise the kids if/when we have kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 79 comments

Tiny Accident, They're Claiming Injuries, How Screwed Am I?
Tiny Accident, They're Claiming Injuries, How Screwed Am I? Last week, I had an accident. I was waiting to turn right behind a van, also waiting to turn. He went, then jammed on brakes. I braked, but couldn't avoid hitting him. Minimal damage for him, none for me. [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim at 8:38 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me with my Toshiba
I'm thinking of buying a Toshiba laptop, specifically this one. Can you help me to decide? [more inside]
posted by oddman at 8:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Rectangular card in a square peg
Is there some kind of trick to using these big card reader slots on the front of my PC? [more inside]
posted by CXImran at 8:24 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I make LaTeX PDF presentations that don't look like cheap PowerPoint?
How do I make LaTeX PDF presentations that don't look like cheap PowerPoint? [more inside]
posted by Anything at 8:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Mismarried Mac, Mac, Mac
How can I sync, and keep in sync, my Powerbook G4 (tiger) & Mac Mini (leopard)? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher at 7:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Help with a batch file?
windowsbatchfile: Can someone give me the command/script for a simple batch file that will take a file from location A, copy it to location b, then add the current date to the name of the file> Thanks in advance!!!
posted by flipmiester99 at 7:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Come on Down!
Why did gameshow hosts used to be called the "star" of the gameshow? When did this stop and why? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 7:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Mailing from NYC to Seoul
Mailing, from NYC to Seoul, a padded envelope (papers and a slim CD case) with no commercial value. What's my cheapest option if I want it there within a few weeks? (Mailing on Monday 31 Dec and want it to arrive by Monday 21 Jan.)
posted by allterrainbrain at 7:39 AM PST - 7 comments

iDunno
Why is iTunes doing this to me?! [more inside]
posted by sephira at 7:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I transfer my AppleCare/iTunes from a stolen Mac to a new Mac?
My apartment was burgled and my Macbook was stolen. Can I transfer my old AppleCare account and iTunes library (or at least iTunes purchases) to a new Macbook? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 7:11 AM PST - 5 comments

A Mummerful New Year? Or not?
[PhillyFilter] Tell me what you know about the Mummers Parade on New Year's Day in Philly. Good times with the family or a day spent wishing you were home? [more inside]
posted by pammo at 6:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Change printer port name in Windows XP
Making DOS program get along with new Windows XP machine and ancient printer: How to change the name of the printer port from USB001 to LPT1? [more inside]
posted by chitlin at 6:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Please help my dock and apps play nicely together
On my Mac (Tiger), I prefer to have the dock at the bottom, hidden. But all my applications insist on opening new documents and windows so that the new window touches the bottom of the screen. As a result, it often happens that when I go to resize the window by grabbing the bottom right corner, I invoke the dock instead. Usually, a second try will be successful, but this is annoying as heck. Is there a global setting that will tell my applications to stay out of that last quarter inch of my screen? Or some other solution to this?
posted by bricoleur at 6:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Help hold on to an iPhone
Protecting an iPhone from theft or inadvertent misappropriation [more inside]
posted by lassie at 5:53 AM PST - 20 comments

Is there a program that can do "one to many" synchronization?
Is there a program that can do "one to many" synchronization to a large amount of PC's? [more inside]
posted by sav2880 at 5:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Sending homemade food from Canada to Japan and New Zealand
Can I send homemade sealed raspberry jam from Canada to Japan and New Zealand? [more inside]
posted by remi at 5:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Travel from Mexico City Airport to Toluca Airport
How long will it take to get from Mexico City Airport to Toluca Airport on the weekend of the 5th of January? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 2:44 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I match the sound qualities of Quicktime and Itunes?
How can I match the sound quality of Quicktime and Itunes? [more inside]
posted by DudeAsInCool at 2:42 AM PST - 7 comments

How to avoid our cat taking an Incredible Journey?
We're heading home for Christmas. How do we make sure the 8 month old kitten we're taking with us doesn't freak out and disappear? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 1:23 AM PST - 13 comments

December 19
What to do for new years in LA?
I want to go to someplace cool and exciting with my friends for New Years.. I live in the LA area (Santa Monica) and would like to stay within 15 miles of the city. I'm fairly new to the area--having just moved here this summer--but still know a bit. I'm 22 so I still have the energy.
posted by evanm at 11:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Hide your children. You think I'm joking.
In the last couple of months, I have gone from not thinking about children at all to being just. Plain. Baby. Nutzo. My biological clock has to be out of whack - I'm only in my late 20's. But for some reason, I am PANICKING to have a child. And I need one now. I need stories, advice, anecdotes, what have you. Posthaste, people! Posthaste! [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 10:54 PM PST - 68 comments

RFRFPFilter: Help me choose a Web Developer for this huge site!
I've been charged with redoing our Label Website pretty much from scratch, both back-end and front-end (yes, its a self-link but its relevant). Because this site is about classical music, there is a HUGE amount of metadata that will need to be collected, parsed and displayed (think 3700 titles * 10 tracks * performer, composer, title, length, etc for each track). Has anyone done or know of anyone who's done work on this scale on either the back-end side or the design side before that they might recommend? I have an RFP pretty much already mocked-up. I would've liked to have used someone like 37signals but it seems like they don't do work for others anymore.
posted by softlord at 10:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Just when I get the password, I can't get to the site.
I cannot connect to one specific website. [more inside]
posted by aclevername at 10:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking to buy an experience
Help me find an hour or two of extravagance in Los Angeles [more inside]
posted by Ziggurat at 10:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Living near the University of Miami
Where should I live near(ish to) the University of Miami? [more inside]
posted by aussicht at 10:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Buying Fabric in New York City
Where can I buy fabric near midtown NYC? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 8:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Why is Firefox shutting down my PC?
Firefox is shutting down and restarting my PC, what gives? [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman at 8:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Printing Inside VPN
How do I print when inside VPN? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 8:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Does emusic use watermarking ?
Does emusic.com watermark mp3s and if so, what is in the watermark and can you provide technical details on this watermarking ?
posted by pixx at 8:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Should I buy a Sony Reader? I'm on Mac and in Australia.
Should I buy a Sony Reader? I'm on Mac and in Australia. [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 8:00 PM PST - 18 comments

2.2Ghz vs. 2.4 Ghz. Can it possibly be worth an extra $500?
Macbook Pro question: 2.2Ghz vs. 2.4 Ghz. Can it possibly be worth an extra $500? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 7:54 PM PST - 33 comments

Help me make clear reports!
I have an upcoming meeting at work about standardizing technical reports from several different offices. The people writing and designing the reports are technical experts and not graphic professionals, and thus, we have some strange looking reports with a lot of information jammed on one page or series of nested tables surrounding a photo. I have trouble following the content of the reports due to the design and format issues. [more inside]
posted by buttercup at 7:44 PM PST - 3 comments

When something bad happens to Doctor Who, why doesn't he just go back in time and fix it?
DoctorWhoFilter: When something bad happens to the doctor, why doesn't he just go back in time and fix it? He doesn't seem to have a problem with fiddling with time, so why not? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 6:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Help this impatient person learn how to cook from a book.
Help this impatient person learn how to cook from a book. [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 6:50 PM PST - 24 comments

SIM SIM SALABEEM
(Question from Mrs. Wittgenstein) Is anyone using University of Kansas' Strategic Instruction Models (SIMS) to teach high school physical science or biology? If so, which models are you using?
posted by wittgenstein at 6:50 PM PST - 0 comments

Hola! Donde esta la biblioteca?
I'd like to teach myself some various languages. Help me find some resources for Spanish and Japanese. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 5:09 PM PST - 22 comments

What to do while visiting Oahu
What's interesting and new on Oahu that's non-touristy? [more inside]
posted by nerdpita at 5:01 PM PST - 8 comments

What can I expect from the dealer when I try to cancel my extended warranty?
So I didn't research as much as I should have, and I financed my new 2008 Toyota today with the extended warranty. Now it sounds like I should have waited or gotten other quotes, but with all the number juggling, I lost sight of the bottom line. I'm going back to the dealer tomorrow to cancel the extended warranty. Can I expect the dealer to try to change the APR or any other aspect of the financing of the car? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 4:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Russian-translation-filter
Russian-translation-filter: Please help me understand the linguistic nuances in Tolstoy's famous quote, "There was something terribly lacking between what I felt and what I could do." (here in English) How accurate is this translation in your view? What is missing from it? What if anything does it add which is not there in Russian? [more inside]
posted by rudster at 4:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Please tell me about Cincinnati
Cincinnati residents, help me find a place to (possibly) live. [more inside]
posted by m3thod4 at 4:32 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me Re-Negotiate
The appraisal came in low. Buying a house with no real estate agents involved. Offer contingent on appraisal. Re-negotiation strategies needed. [more inside]
posted by theora55 at 4:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Automatic reboot from Leopard to XP?
I have an Intel iMac with Leopard, and via Boot Camp, a partition with Windows XP. The normal way to boot into XP is--after restarting Leopard or turning on the computer--to hold down the Option (Alt) key and then choose the OS. Is there a way around this? Is there some setting or third-party app that will reboot my computer from Leopard and automatically start Windows so I don't have to wait around holding down that key? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Position? Impossible.
Where to buy a SiRFStar III GPS in NYC, and specifically which one? [more inside]
posted by wierdo at 4:01 PM PST - 8 comments

What lotion can I use for my newborn's sensitive skin?
What lotion can I use for my newborn's sensitive skin? I've tried the Mustela, Aveeno and J&J but it doesn't seem to work very well. What lotion do you recommend that I can use on her face? [more inside]
posted by albolin at 3:23 PM PST - 27 comments

How many rolls 'till n values in a row.
Given a fair die with s sides, what is the expected number of rolls r before I get o outcomes with the same value v in a row? [Note this is emphatically NOT a homework problem; I just really want to know, feel like I should be able to figure it out, can't, and it is driving me nuts.] [more inside]
posted by lucasks at 3:01 PM PST - 30 comments

Books like "The Name of the Rose" and "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell"?
Could you recommend books similar to The Name of the Rose and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell? There's something about the tone, the mashing of genres together, and the over-immersion in details that is unbelievably appealing to me. (But don't recommend Tolkien!) [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 2:57 PM PST - 49 comments

Cthulhu fhtagn! Now feed me!
H.P. Lovecraft-themed foods? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:44 PM PST - 28 comments

How do you write a clear design specification?
I run a small, clunky UK political blog. It needs a New Year spruce up. I love blogging but am as near as you get to being technically illiterate. Fellow Brit bloggers are going to help me with the techie stuff but I need to give them a design specification. I don't really know where to begin. What goes into a good design spec and can you point me to examples of other well designed blogs?
posted by baggymp at 2:43 PM PST - 9 comments

So SAD. Illuminate me.
I've been aware of a tendency toward winter blues for many years, but this winter is really kicking my ass already. I think I'm ready to look into a little treatment, and I'd like some advice. Yep, I've read all of the previous AskMes on this. [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 2:42 PM PST - 22 comments

DrugFilmFilter
Are there non-stupid substance abuse prevention films? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 2:41 PM PST - 30 comments

Okay, fine. I never thought I'd say it. But yeah, I love LA.
So hey, how has LA changed in the last 3 years during my absence? Update, please. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 2:33 PM PST - 36 comments

How poisonous are tomato vines?
I've always thought that tomato vines were quite poisonous, but now I am curious since I've seen one occurrence of someone on TV (celeb chef) cooking with one as flavoring. [more inside]
posted by barc0001 at 2:11 PM PST - 19 comments

Why would Apache refuse connections from the server it lives on?
Why would a server start refusing http requests from itself? Curl, wget, lynx- all of them used to work, now I just get "connection refused". FTP still works, though, and it's only a problem with Apache- requests to the Lighttpd server on the same box work just fine.
posted by paul_smatatoes at 2:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find more of the piano music of Yoko Kanno?
The piano music of Yoko Kanno in this solo blew me away. Where can I find more of it? Similar artists? [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 at 1:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Which Creative Commons license is most like public domain?
Which Creative Commons license is most like public domain? Does it make any sense to license the content I've posted if it's in the public domain? [more inside]
posted by cog_nate at 1:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Why does Outlook Calendar print in pastel
Outlook calendar displays in vivid colors, yet it prints ONLY in pastel. This happens on multiple printers, so it's not the printer settings. I emailed with a MS geek and he offered no help - no surprise. The HIVE is my last hope. (It used to print in vivid color before 2007 was installed).
posted by quiverandquill at 1:51 PM PST - 1 comments

When and who invented Ginger Ale in Ireland in the 1850s
Ginger Ale ( the soda, not the beer) was supposedly invented in Ireland in the 1850s. However, I can't find anything more specific. Do you know of any history links that have concrete information about the invention of Ginger Ale in Ireland around the 1850s? If it could be pinpointed to a certain person or town or custom, that would be great.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:47 PM PST - 8 comments

In riches or in poverty, in sickness or in health
Did you write your own vows when you got married? Should we? If you did, what part of your customized vows were you most happy with? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 1:30 PM PST - 31 comments

Tape Stuck Boy
How does one eject a stuck DAT Tape? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 1:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Muffy, let's head to the country club....
Where does the "stereotypical rich white guy" voice come from? I've been doing it for years, but have no idea how it originated. Here's a good example, someone doing an impression of Judge Whitey on Futurama.
posted by emptybowl at 1:16 PM PST - 28 comments

A gift for my teammate on the other side of the world!
I have a coworker I work very closely with who is actually in Manila. I'm in the US. I'd like to get her a little something for the holidays, is there a popular online shopping site for The Philippines (like Amazon?) that I could get her a gift card for?
posted by Kellydamnit at 1:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Are inversion tables worth the money?
Does anyone have any experience using inversion tables to treat back pain? Do they work? Bonus: any credible studies you know about or can find discussing the use/pros/cons of inversion tables? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 12:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Librivox Recommendations?
FavoriteLibrivox books? [more inside]
posted by prettyboyfloyd at 12:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Suggestions for readings on Radical Thought
I'll be teaching a first-year composition class at university. What I teach, I hope, is critical thinking, invention and arrangement of writing. The topic for the semester is American radical thought. I am looking for suggestions for essays, visual pieces (art, film, video), songs (audio & lyrics) that cover a wide range of radical response & resistance. [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba at 12:21 PM PST - 28 comments

How should I go about building a 2d game "tile-set" in Illustrator CS3?
Illustrator CS3 Filter: Process recommendations for a novice Adobe Illustrator user on building/using a "tile-set" (like you'd see in a 2d video-game) in AICS3... [more inside]
posted by joe_from_accounting at 12:17 PM PST - 6 comments

How best to transfer stocks?
My in-laws would like to give my daughter 15 shares of stock (about $1500) to help with her college expenses. What is the best way to do this considering financial aid and taxes for both my in-laws and my daughter? [more inside]
posted by retrorider at 12:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Eliminating Hyperlinks in Excel X for Mac?
Probably ridiculously obvious Excel question: how do I set it so that a URL is never turned into a hyperlink? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 12:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Recommend a simple monochrome mobile phone that can sync with Mac / PC?
I want a simple mobile phone with a monochrome screen and a fast interface that can sync contacts with my Mac or PC via a cable or IR. Something like the Nokia 1110 but with the ability to sync! [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian at 12:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Does carrying my laptop in a roller bag damage the laptop, due to the vibration?
Because of an injury, I carry my laptop in one of those roller backpacks. I've heard that tiny vibrations (such as construction in the next office building) can be very damaging to computers. So does the vibration from the rolling on pavement potentially damage my laptop? [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 11:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Rejected email with plus addressing
Why do very few websites accept plus-addressing in emails for signups? [more inside]
posted by that girl at 11:50 AM PST - 19 comments

New paralegal job = a million papercuts! How do I prevent them and/or heal more quickly?
I just started a paralegal job where my main task is to sort through boxes and boxes of documents. (Yay fun!) I know that I'm less likely to get papercuts if I keep my hands moisturized, so I brought in a bottle of lubriderm, but it doesn't seem to be quite doing the trick. My next move is to get a very very thick lotion, like perhaps the L'Occitane hand cream that everyone raves about. I've also read reviews of this "gloves in a bottle" lotion that excema-sufferers use. Does anyone have any experience with this type of lotion and its effectiveness for preventing papercuts? Any other recommendations for lotions or creams? If anyone has any tips on how to get the cuts to heal faster once I've been bitten, I'd love to hear it too! Thanks!
posted by ahimsa at 11:21 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I cut and paste in Excel?
How do I format the cell in Excel so that when I cut and paste a series of data derived from a formula onto a new sheet, it pastes the numbers, and not the formula? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 11:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Blind Date Books?
Do you know of any books or blogs that are compendia of blind dates? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 11:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me pick the best business producitivity management tool(s) for my consulting practice! (Not Daylite)
Hello MeFi peoples, I am trying to find the tool or tools to run my sustainable business consulting practice, which I started in August, and I've been going a bit nuts with too many choices. I've been looking all over, and am getting near hits, but all "not quite there"s. Highrise sort of works, but has some quirks that that it doesn't hit the mark, and it's missing some of what I want to do. Daylite looks interesting, but no...well I'll explain below. Basecamp, same thing. Copper, ditto. Help me find the needle(s) in the haystack! [more inside]
posted by healthyliving at 11:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Where exactly did my ancestors disembark in New York when they arrived from Ireland?
Where exactly did my ancestors disembark in New York when they arrived from Ireland? [more inside]
posted by pantufla at 11:08 AM PST - 11 comments

scrip.taculo.us Draggables
JavaScript:— I want to call a function to make a scrip.taculo.us Draggable revert (fly back to its starting position). This is easy to do if you want it to revert when it is released from the drag, but I want it to happen when a different Draggable is released from a drag. [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 11:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Pimp my GUI!
Help me find all those small but necessary apps, as well as the fun and ostentatious bells and whistles, for my new desktop (linux)! What are your favorites? [more inside]
posted by Barmecide at 10:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Shops in Manhattan that sell canvas grocery bags?
Shops in Manhattan that sell canvas grocery bags? [more inside]
posted by twoporedomain at 10:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Wireless network set up.
Wireless routers: can I tell the router what devices to allow without having to enter passwords on those devices? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 10:25 AM PST - 10 comments

New Box, HELP
New computer build, how to decide [more inside]
posted by raildr at 10:17 AM PST - 7 comments

The Galvanized Gullet cookbook is ok.
Give me your hottest recipes. Crazy hot. Like Naga Jolokia hot. [more inside]
posted by sushiwiththejury at 10:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Tingle Dingle Mrowr
Looking for a black all-elastic nylon kitty collar with a bell. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:15 AM PST - 3 comments

"I'm sorry to let you know we've selected another candidate."
What's better/less worse: Telling someone now that they didn't get a job, or leaving him/her hanging until after the holidays? I want to do the humane thing here.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 10:14 AM PST - 37 comments

Cherry Grapes?
What is the fable, aphorism, or metaphor that is the complement of "sour grapes" [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 9:34 AM PST - 21 comments

Can Omega Drivers push an old video card to widescreen resolutions?
Will "Omega Drivers" allow my ATI Radeon Mobility M6 card to drive a widescreen display? [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk at 9:24 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I combine records in Filemaker?
Filemaker question: How do I combine two records into one? [more inside]
posted by parkerjackson at 9:20 AM PST - 5 comments

I know what I like
Hey you cultured folks, help me find some art! [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 8:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Track that samples Crazy Train scream
I'm looking for a dance/electronica track that samples Ozzy Osbourne's scream at the beginning of Crazy Train. I think I heard it when watching The Fast & The Furious but listening thru the soundtrack doesn't show it. Does anyone know what it is?
posted by Pasa la bola chetu at 8:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Travel suggestions for a couple of kooks, svp?
Two quirky gals, ten days in March, plenty of expiring FF miles but sadly just US $ to spend... where in the world should we go? [more inside]
posted by Scram at 8:32 AM PST - 15 comments

A Very Brady Question
I want to know more about Brady Bunch-era American house designs. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 7:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Keep the clothes on!
Help me find a way to keep my son's clothes on. [more inside]
posted by ericales at 7:41 AM PST - 24 comments

Trumpet-playing in the century of the Interwebs
I haven't played trumpet since I was a senior in high school in 1994. Recently, I picked up a good used student horn on eBay and am excited to start practicing again. Trumpet players of the green, I ask you- what are your favorite websites? [more inside]
posted by bobot at 7:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Comedic writer wants a shot
How to get started writing comedically? [more inside]
posted by aleahey at 7:20 AM PST - 9 comments

What good punk/indie/hardcore podcasts are out there?
What good punk/indie/hardcore podcasts are out there? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield at 7:13 AM PST - 7 comments

They grow this sh-t in Walla Walla, so why not try it here?
Can I grow wine grapes in Boston? Advice and anecdotes sought... [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 7:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Why Human Resources?
In researching this question, I found this quote: "When Personnel became Human Resources, we all lost something.", which exactly sums up my feeling today. Does anyone know when and why 'Personnel' became 'Human Resources'? [more inside]
posted by MtDewd at 7:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Moving a business?
When a large business considers relocating its headquarters to a different city, is there a particular type of consultant they use to make this sort of decision? [more inside]
posted by LakesideOrion at 6:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Visiting the Big Easy
Recommendations for things to see and do for two people who've never been to New Orleans? [more inside]
posted by LN at 6:47 AM PST - 27 comments

A good recording device?
Can anyone help me select a high-quality recording device for fieldwork and speech analysis, please? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 6:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Please help me send Word attachments and do my job
I can't send Word attachments any more. I have to, it is how I pay the rent. Please, please help me. [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 6:04 AM PST - 43 comments

How do you politely tell an ex that they are invited to your parent's visitation, but not the funeral?
How do you politely tell an ex that they are invited to your parent's visitation, but not the funeral? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:01 AM PST - 18 comments

Can I get into an MBA program?
What type of people apply to a top ten MBA program? Are there $9,000-a-year college admissions consultants for this, too? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Pregnancy. Hand-held massager. Problems?
Pregnancy. Hand-held massager. Problems? My wife is 23 weeks in and having some back pain. I thought maybe one of these might be good... (I know it's not a "real massage" replacement). What I'm particularly interested in hearing is if anyone has "Don't Do It" experience... [more inside]
posted by paterg at 3:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Italian Chocolates in London
Does anyone know where I can find the Italian chocolate Torroni Baci in London or from somewhere that'll deliver?
posted by oh pollo! at 2:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Needed: Change Tray for 2008 Accord
Needed: Change Tray for 2008 Accord LX - Parts guys don't know what I'm talking about. [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 12:48 AM PST - 11 comments

December 18
No, this ISN'T a mortuary, and no this ISN'T a meat locker.
I want to buy an "official" sign or sticker that implies to the reader that "THE ROOM YOU ARE ENTERING IS GODDAMNED COLD!!!" [more inside]
posted by melorama at 11:29 PM PST - 29 comments

where is the sonic youth dvd :(
there was a great clip at the end of a sonic youth video, which featured 4 kids in a band, cruising around and arguing. can anyone tell me where i can find a copy of the file? [more inside]
posted by edtut at 10:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Am I coming across as a wuss?
De-corking a bottle of wine. Slow and steady or just rip 'er out? [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 9:49 PM PST - 30 comments

Followup Question: Getting popped Yahoo mails back into email account
As a follow up to this question, can I use the following scheme to get all my popped emails back into my Yahoo account? [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 9:47 PM PST - 0 comments

iBook Battery Woes
Anyone have experience with 3rd party batteries for Apple portables? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 9:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Is my old digital camera worth anything?
What should I do with my old digital camera? The flash doesn't work, but otherwise it's fine for taking outdoor or brightly-lit indoor photos. [more inside]
posted by LiveToEat at 8:42 PM PST - 13 comments

How would I go about getting a legal prescription for HGH?
How would I go about getting a legal prescription for HGH? (Bear with me, please.) [more inside]
posted by dzot at 8:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Ridin' the Rails Lah
I'm trying to find audio recordings of MRT Stop landings (Singaporean) for a Christmas present. [more inside]
posted by TetrisKid at 8:02 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I watch my video?
I had a DVD made of my first skydive. It will not play on any DVD player. [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 at 7:59 PM PST - 33 comments

Car on fire: plausible?
Plausibility-filter: Recently my car engine wouldn’t stop running, and eventually caught fire. Damage was pretty minimal, but how it started is a bit of a mystery. Does this sound plausible? Backstory (long) and the mechanic's explanation below: [more inside]
posted by robotot at 7:52 PM PST - 16 comments

What was that song?
Please help me identify this song from the HBO series "Flight of the Conchords". [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 7:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me give a (restaurant?) gift to someone in Pietrasanta
Please help me be a gift-giving genius. I think I want to arrange a lovely but not-too-expensive lunch or dinner for my friend in Pietrasanta, Italy, where he is now living. I've never been there, know nothing about the town, and don't speak Italian. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to live: Seattle or San Diego?
Help me decide where to live: Mid 20s in San Diego or Seattle? The factors of importance are within. But any unique perspective will help. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 7:19 PM PST - 25 comments

How does your Rummoli board look?
Rummoli players: what's the best version to teach rummoli to newbies? [more inside]
posted by fish tick at 7:04 PM PST - 1 comments

I don't want to work with the public anymore.
Jobs for people who hate people? For most of my life I have been working in sales and/or customer service. I am completely burned out and seeking to get into a new line of work with minimal public contact. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by LeeJay at 6:54 PM PST - 26 comments

All alone over the holidays
My family is off doing their own thing (my parents are off traveling in another part of the world and my sister is on vacation with her family), my friends are off home and I am all alone. What can I do to keep up my spirits over the holidays? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:51 PM PST - 22 comments

Does Hollywood Want Us To Be Scabs?
Is my comedy group being asked to scab? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Secure Online Personal Journal?
I would like to keep a personal journal online so I can access it from any computer. I also would like the journal to be private meaning only I can read it. And very secure. I've thought of starting a private blog on Wordpress but would like a more secure environment. Does anything like this exist that would allow me quickly to search prior posts by date or content?
posted by dclawyer at 6:38 PM PST - 22 comments

The Greatest Story Every Told
Could you publish a book out of Yahoo Answers / Groups etc. and make it successful? I think it would be wicked to give one of those sites or the Green a good editorial scrub and create a tome filled with great nuggets of fact, reality, belief, and opinion. How would you structure the business? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 6:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Fumbling for bubbly
WineFilter: How do I open a bottle of prosecco gracefully? [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 6:37 PM PST - 7 comments

SF Bay Area Physical Therapist for active older person?
My 74-year-old father-in-law broke his femur skiing last week. Please recommend a physical therapist in the SF Bay Area for a very active older person. [more inside]
posted by harkin banks at 6:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Best online resources for DIY computer building?
Best resources for building your own computer? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 6:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Quality Dedicated Hosting that allows Bittorrent Tracker? Have Budget.
I will soon be distributing a bunch of large scientific and research datasets, all entirely legal for redistribution, many as large as a few gigabytes. Bittorrent is the best solution for this. Many respectable webhosting sites don't allow Bittorrent trackers; too many of those that do seem fly-by-night. I have a budget for this and want something respectable and reliable. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mrflip at 6:01 PM PST - 20 comments

The ULTIMATE chill music?
MorbidityFilter: What soothing yet depressing tune is this funeral home's website using? I know I've heard it before, but I have no idea of it's composer.
posted by cdmwebs at 6:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Games to play at a Christmas Party
What are some good games to play at a christmas party? [more inside]
posted by Nick Fisher at 5:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture?
Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture? [more inside]
posted by electric water kettle at 5:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Sloe Gin = Fast Dunk?
I'm the recipient of a bottle of sloe gin. While I love plain old G & T's, what else can I do with this interesting purple stuff? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 5:22 PM PST - 12 comments

CreativeRouteFilter: Canada to Israel
Creative travellers: how can a guy get to Israel as cheaply and indirectly as possible? [more inside]
posted by Acari at 5:18 PM PST - 12 comments

i love you, but not like this
how to keep from shutting people out? [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo at 5:02 PM PST - 11 comments

How Do I Choose Who Gets The Charitable Donation?
How do I choose between two equally worthy charities to receive my donation? [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo at 4:46 PM PST - 10 comments

How to get a job in user interface design?
How does one get into the field of user interface design? [more inside]
posted by pwally at 4:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Spa visit for an older lady?
Is a spa visit a good gift for an older lady? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 4:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Availability of B&W photographic film and processing services in New Delhi
A few questions about the availability of B&W photographic film and processing services in New Delhi, India [more inside]
posted by hellhammer at 4:12 PM PST - 3 comments

I've lost my keys, am stuck inside, and not sure what to do.
I seem to have lost my keys. I wish it were just that simple. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 4:03 PM PST - 22 comments

How should I get connected in the U.S. again?
I'm probably moving back to the U.S. in August or September. I'm visiting this week and again in late March/early April. I already have a UK tri-band GSM phone. What should I do to get mobile phone coverage in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 4:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Identify this marriage essay without the help of my long-retired English teacher...
In high school (the late 1990s) I read an essay on marriage -- the writer's main contention was that it's unrealistic to think that a single person can ever be at the exact same life stages as yourself, e.g. Young & Passionate (teens), Ready to Have Children (30's), Wanting Intellectual Companionship (60's), and thusly, that having just one partner over the course of a lifetime is a near impossibility. [more inside]
posted by acorn1515 at 3:57 PM PST - 3 comments

"Hang on to your grandmas!"
LostintranslationFilter: "Hang on to your grandmas!" [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 3:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Installing Vista from Upgrade in Bootcamp
Has anyone tried installing Windows Vista in BootCamp (On a Mac) using an upgrade disk? I've installed Vista perfectly using this guide on a computer I built myself, but I want to do it on a new Mac. [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 3:39 PM PST - 2 comments

I Think I Want To Give My Work Away
Is there any reason I shouldn't post my out-of-print poetry book on Gutenberg under a Creative Commons license? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 3:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Any Family Law Recommendations for California Bay Area?
Any recommendations for family law attorneys in the California Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by brool at 3:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Gotta mail books fast.
I need to mail books fast. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 3:20 PM PST - 6 comments

no way Jose...
I need a holiday sentiment for the inside of a Christmas card. In Spanish. [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 2:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Dog in the rain....
Our little dog refuses to walk outside when it is raining. This is problematic when it's potty time. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 2:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Memorable Christmas gift for fashion maven girlfriend?
Memorable Christmas gift for fashion maven girlfriend. Is a tennis bracelet tacky? Would a necklace be better? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 2:28 PM PST - 26 comments

How do I create a page full of feeds?
Are there any simple sites that will help me combine a bunch of (RSS) feeds into a new page? [more inside]
posted by joshnunn at 2:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Antique Ornaments in NYC?
Help me repay a gift of 23 chromosomes: Is there a store in New York City that sells antique Christmas ornaments? [more inside]
posted by toftflin at 2:12 PM PST - 3 comments

suggest resources for budding liberal
A student of mine (college junior) asked me to give him a list of progressively-oriented blogs, films, and websites. I have a few ideas for him, but would like to solicit the hive mind for more.
posted by chicainthecity at 2:09 PM PST - 10 comments

How to force revolting neighbors to vent their apartment into the outdoors rather than the building, or force the landlord to clean the air up somehow?
Renting in Baltimore, my lease expired a year ago and I am month to month. The things that live on the first floor do not work or leave their apartment but spend all day every day smoking cheap, foul tobacco. The smoke fills the stairwell and rises to the third floor and enters my apartment. It is revolting. I've written a formal complaint to the landlord once. Do I have any legal rights in this? I find the smell sickening, it gives me headaches, sinus problems, and watery eyes and I can't block it, the building is so old it creeps in no matter what I do, I've even taped the door shut. Which mostly works except that I do work during the day and can't tape it shut every morning. Besides, that's insane. For my second complaint I'd like some precedent or legal argument. If I could afford to move I'd be gone in a flash but I am penniless. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 2:07 PM PST - 31 comments

Trials of a Responsible Hedonist
Peripatetic, endearingly-awkward geek seeks amazing advice for casual sex shenanigans. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:11 PM PST - 124 comments

How can I fly with knives?
flying-with-knives/holiday-shippingFilter: Fly with chef knifes in a knife roll, or ship them? Who will get my stuff there the fastest? Providence, Rhode Island to Dallas, Texas. [more inside]
posted by sindas at 12:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Open source spreadsheets for the excel-challenged
Looking for open source spreadsheet templates I can use commercially (if it comes to that) for recipes, fitness programs and the like. Why? Because my excel skills suck. [more inside]
posted by cameron.case at 12:13 PM PST - 5 comments

De-oxidize my mortar & pestle, please.
I have a gorgeous cast-iron mortar and pestle, that I use a lot for cooking. Unfortunately, it has some rust, especially on the bottom, probably from when it's washed and left to dry still slightly wet on its bottom. How should I: a) get rid of the present rust. b) avoid future rust. [more inside]
posted by signal at 11:56 AM PST - 23 comments

At least they're not filled with radioactive waste.
Garage studio advice: Help me best configure the space we have for recording. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 11:30 AM PST - 8 comments

I AM BUDGET
What were the budgets for the previous "I Am Legend" movie adaptations? According to Wikipedia, they include "The Omega Man", "Last Man On Earth" and "I Am Omega". How much did it cost to make each of them? [more inside]
posted by BE ADEQUITE at 11:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Jazz Lair
I want to transform my room into a jazz lair! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 11:16 AM PST - 18 comments

Does anyone know where to find good writing prompts?
Does anyone know where to find good writing prompts? [more inside]
posted by hypervenom at 11:06 AM PST - 9 comments

What candidate went to Jonestown?
Who is C. Hitchens talking about when he says a presidential candidate "followed the "Rev." Jim Jones to a Kool-Aid resort in Guyana"? (He claims that this actually happened!?!)
posted by griseus at 10:54 AM PST - 31 comments

How to turn a gift card into cash?
Is there a way to turn a VISA gift card into cash? [more inside]
posted by clcapps at 10:52 AM PST - 18 comments

Palau Musica Tickets - Jose Carreras?
I would very much love to attend Friday's Christmas Concert at the Palau Musica in Barcelona with Jose Carreras (scroll down slightly to the 21st of December). Only problem is, it's been sold out for months. The box office, concierge, and Google haven't been much help, so it's time for Ask MiFi. I would appreciate any leads on ticket brokers/ticket exchange sites that might be of help. I only need one ticket.
posted by zachlipton at 10:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Let's grow grape vines in Washinton!
What wine grapes (if any) would grow successfully just outside of Kelso, Washington? Ideally, they would be low maintenance as far as grapes go. Would be looking to graft 2 or 3 year old plants. It's cold in the winter, hot in the summer and wet all the time.
posted by guruguy9 at 10:47 AM PST - 10 comments

What would you do at the crossroads?
After 5 years of working in the US, I was laid off last week. My chances of being able to stay here are slim, and I'm rather upset at the thought of returning to the UK. If you were in my situation, and had a bit of savings, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 10:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Recommendations on an audio sampler.
I would like to buy an audio sampler, but am new to this. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by clearly at 10:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Tips on cooking or brewing with hot peppers.
Tell me about cooking (or better yet, brewing) with hot peppers. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Paper which Weigh?
I need help finding a 'peek-a-boo paperweight' for a Christmas gift. Has anyone seen one available online? [more inside]
posted by DragonBoy at 10:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Where to find BIG stuff. The opposite of miniature versions.
Is there an online store that carries nothing but humorously large versions (preferably functional) of everyday items? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 10:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me be a cool older cousin and get awesome gifts for a 14 and 15 year old.
Help me find gifts for remarkably un-greedy teenage girls: they are 14 and 15, and absolutely refuse to tell me what they want (I think their mother, my aunt, raised them too well.) [more inside]
posted by Mr Bunnsy at 9:56 AM PST - 24 comments

Orange you glad I didn't say "banana"?
What can I do with all of this dried fruit? [more inside]
posted by theredpen at 9:54 AM PST - 26 comments

In the name of Michael Moore: No free clinics in Dallas?
Is there a free clinic in Dallas? Or any kind of reduced-payment medical facility, more specifically, for treating injuries vs. illness? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 9:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Maine coast restaurant with stupendous ocean view?
I am looking for a Maine coast restaurant with a really awesome ocean view. It needs to open be year round as I am looking to go around New Years. Preferably it's not more than an hour north of Portland and south of it is even better. Oh and good food too! :)
posted by fx3000 at 9:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Christmas Lights In Vancouver?
Where can I find neighbourhoods that are lit up to the nines with Christmas lights in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 9:35 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I de-iTunes my music folder?
Is there an easy way to resort my iTunes folder back into by albums, instead of by artists? [more inside]
posted by criticalbill at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

They're dead, but they're comin' right for us!
Help me find the perfect gift for a zombie enthusiast. [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 9:20 AM PST - 29 comments

Music for the Forgetful
I'm considering making a mixtape (okay, not on actual tape, but "mixCD" just doesn't roll off the tongue) consisting of songs with one word or phrase only repeated in the lyrics. [more inside]
posted by captnkurt at 9:14 AM PST - 65 comments

Good camera equipment for nature photography?
What sort of setup do I need for decent nature photography? [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg at 8:57 AM PST - 13 comments

drumsticks, mallets and brushes for a KISS fan
I'd like to spend $100 buying my teenage cousin some drumsticks. He loves Green Day and KISS, and already asked for these. I'll get him some of those, but thought instead of just buying him tons it might be cool to pick up a pair of mallets/brushes as well? Can anyone recommend some higher-end brushes/mallets for a fan of that Eric Singer series? [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 8:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Selling a car you finance for buyer
How to go about selling a car where I basically finance it for the buyer? [more inside]
posted by covert7 at 8:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Breaking up with a friend is hard to do!
How do I break up with an old friend? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn at 8:22 AM PST - 24 comments

What to do in Cabarete, DR
We are going to the Dominican Republic for Christmas. What should we do/see/explore/not miss while we're there? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl at 8:11 AM PST - 10 comments

coping calmly with change thru catharsis
About to go through a big life change, and I want to get through it the best I can. [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf at 8:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Is stubhub safe?
Is stubhub a good site for selling tickets (I just want face value)? If not stubhub, what would you use? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 8:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Charity begins at home
I'd like to donate money to charities on behalf of my family members, but I'd like to tailor it towards their occupations/interests. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 7:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Vintage how-to drawings
I'm looking for vintage diagrams from how-to books, online, for domestic arts. For example, instructions on how to make jam, with step-by-step drawings; or how to make a handkerchief, with step-by-step drawings. [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 7:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I drive non-destructively with broken power steering?
If I drive my car (2000 Skoda Fabia, UK) while the power steering is faulty, will it damage it? [more inside]
posted by thoughtless at 7:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Who made the song "Vertigo"? It's not U2.
When the Diamond Rio PMP300 portable MP3 player came out, it had a bonus CD of songs, but they were lacking metadata. One of the songs was simply "vertigo.mp3". I really liked that song, but I cannot find who the artist was. Help?
posted by bryanjbusch at 7:04 AM PST - 9 comments

scooter parts
I am looking for a place that sells used, stock parts for scooters. Vespa, genuine, kymco etc..... A scooter graveyard if you will. Can't seem to find one
posted by citybuddha at 6:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Regulating Sleep
I need help with my sleep cycle. [more inside]
posted by lilboo at 6:45 AM PST - 24 comments

How can I make an exact bootable copy of my 120GB mac hard drive to a larger hard drive?
How can I make an exact bootable copy of my 120GB mac hard drive to a larger hard drive? I am hoping that there is a way to make a copy of the existing drive so that I can just replace the current drive without having to install the new drive / OS/ software/ settings etc.... Any ideas? Thanks in advance MeFites!
posted by pleuroma at 6:27 AM PST - 7 comments

pittsburgher needs mental health help
Looking for recommendations on good mental health therapists in Pittsburgh for help with depression and anger management issues. East End area preferred. The last few I've tried have been pretty bad and I didn't get along with them- however, I am not sure of what I am looking for.
posted by anonymous at 6:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Oh give us a figgy pudding....but which one?
Looking for the definitive recipe for "figgy pudding". [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Ex-files: the sexual history?
Ex files: how much sexual history should you disclose? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:11 AM PST - 24 comments

Virtual Camera in Video Editing Software
How can I create a virtual, movable camera in a video editing software? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 5:14 AM PST - 2 comments

A problem of sorts
This is a very basic Word 2003 question. I have a list of 50 countries in descending alfabetical order. I've used the "convert text to table function" in Word (2003) to put them in a table (5 columns, 10 rows). Up to here, everything is fine. [more inside]
posted by juva at 5:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Did people really use ice packs?
In older films, ill people are sometimes shown with an ice pack on their head. Presumably to bring down a fever? Did people really do this back then, or is the ice pack merely a comedic signifier?
posted by R. Mutt at 4:54 AM PST - 18 comments

Name this band and song
Identify this song and band: American, male, R'n'B vocal group attaining brief mid-chart respectability in the UK in '92 or '93. [more inside]
posted by Jofus at 3:20 AM PST - 20 comments

Can I send Christmas cards online?
Is there a service where I can send a physical Christmas card to someone, from a website? Sort of like Interflora, but for cards instead. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Whats the kids book about the three eyed/eared alien rabbit who lost its parents?
Whats the wonderfully illustrated childrens storybook about a little yellow three eyed/eared alien rabbit who has lost his/her parents on Earth? [more inside]
posted by 6am at 2:37 AM PST - 1 comments

How do French folk size their kiddiwinks?
How do I search French ebay effectively for lots of used French childrens clothing? [more inside]
posted by taff at 2:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Tax credit across the border?
Can Canadians give tax-deductible donations to American non-profit organizations? [more inside]
posted by purplefiber at 12:00 AM PST - 2 comments

December 17
this is my street! I don't care if you like it or not!
LongShotFilter: I'm looking for a 1990s recording of rap songs that were designed for teaching English. [more inside]
posted by streetdreams at 11:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Bestest Windows Download Manager
Fastest, bestest, prettiest, lightest, freeest Windows download manager for large files. Did I mention fastest?
posted by Avenger50 at 10:55 PM PST - 18 comments

At the very least, I imagine that the people in these Before pictures actually look like the ones in the After pictures.
I'm looking for user-uploaded before, after, and in-progress fitness photos. I'm hoping that AskMeFi would be able to point me to some galleries or sites. [more inside]
posted by Weebot at 10:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Family Bike Route in SF?
Looking for ood bike rides for kids AND grownups in San Francisco? Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by asavage at 10:34 PM PST - 12 comments

What are some low fat snacks I can keep in my suitcase while travelling?
What are some low fat snacks I can take with me travelling and keep in my suitcase to eat when dinner or other meals weren't suitable? Little to no preparation at time of eating is preferred but I can make or buy stuff before I go. [more inside]
posted by shelleycat at 10:31 PM PST - 25 comments

How to get an Xbox 360 to work with crappy hotel wireless?
Any tips on getting an Xbox 360 to work with wireless hotel internet that requires signing in via a webpage? I'm looking for some sort of "wireless-to-wired bridge" that would let me sign on via my laptop and then leech internet with my 360. [more inside]
posted by MrHappyGoLucky at 10:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Shipping home my luggage from Nepal.
I'm in Kathmandu, Nepal for the week, and I have a big, very heavy suitcase that I really don't want to drag around on the rest of my trip. Any advice on shipping it home to the USA?
posted by Hollow at 9:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Kitty sneezing. What to do?
My FIV+ cat is sneezing. A lot. We have a humidifier on, but aren't sure how serious the situation is. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 9:43 PM PST - 6 comments

If French is a character, that dude smokes and eats cheese.
I seek recommendations for foreign language films which feature extensive narration or otherwise crisp, clear, lovely dialogue. [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 9:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Can you identify this New York subway station?
I'm flying to New York tomorrow to tape an appearance on The Maury Show and I need your help. [more inside]
posted by dhammond at 9:25 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I access my work server's harddrive through VPN on Mac?
How do I access my work server's harddrive through VPN on Mac? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 9:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Help find a gift for my Grandpa with Parkinson's
What do I get my Grandpa who can't do much anymore? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta at 9:07 PM PST - 19 comments

Downsize my USB receiver?
Can I use a Logitech VX Nano wireless receiver with my MX Revolution mouse? If so, where can I buy just the receiver. [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 7:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Like the phone book, but with more plot
Looking for some good, loooong novels. [more inside]
posted by sonofslim at 7:43 PM PST - 102 comments

Why does ginger ale get no respect?
I was drinking a tasty ginger ale today and wondering why it's so uncommon. Although you can find it in virtually any store in the USA, it's seldom available in gas stations and almost never in restaurants. Yet it's very popular on airplanes. Why is that?
posted by tomwheeler at 7:36 PM PST - 30 comments

I am a genius
In the movie "Shaun of the Dead" there's a mug that says "I am a genius." I want one. [more inside]
posted by NormieP at 7:36 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I do billing for a small consulting firm?
Can a total newbie very quickly teach himself to do (all of the) Billing for a small consulting firm? [more inside]
posted by GeckoDundee at 7:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Do you use a washcloth?
Is using a washcloth in the shower a cultural thing? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 6:56 PM PST - 118 comments

Need help identifying font
Would someone please help me identify this serif font? [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 6:43 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get Thunderbird to recognize my password?
Thunderbird Help -- I have no idea how it happened but all of my folders and emails have disappeared. [more inside]
posted by thekorruptor at 6:42 PM PST - 12 comments

DIY GPS
Is a DIY lojack plausible? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 6:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Best gifts for a 12 year-old girl
Some co-workers and I are sponsoring a family for Christmas, and I picked the youngest (12 years-old) daughter of the family. Help me come up with some nice things that are are fun, functional, and long-lasting. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 6:31 PM PST - 21 comments

Linking diverse gameboys
What's the best way for two people with incompatible gameboys to trade pokemon? [more inside]
posted by baf at 6:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Hairfilter: High/lowlights in auburn hair?
Should I get highlights/lowlights to make a boring but practical haircut look more interesting? And where can I get a boring but practical (read: no layers, long, cut straight across) haircut in Northern VA? [more inside]
posted by anaelith at 6:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Any advice for a couple traveling to Baja Mexico?
My S.O. are thinking about a March getaway in Todos Santos, Mexico. Are there any Mexicans or experienced travelers who can advise us? We've never travelled in Latin America, but are in the mood for something new. [more inside]
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 6:01 PM PST - 4 comments

'Woo Hoo!" or "Yoshi!"?
In Mario Party 7 for the gamecube, when Yoshi wins a minigame, does he yell 'Woo Hoo!" or "Yoshi!"? [more inside]
posted by selfmedicating at 5:45 PM PST - 39 comments

How should I spend my educational reimbursement?
What should I spend my $300 educational reiumbursement on? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 5:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Cooking up a recipe-wiki
Some friends and I are putting recipes on our website for easy reference, and for comparative analysis of different recipes for the product. As far as I can tell, ingredient lists can't be copyrighted. But how much do we need to change/reword the instructions to preempt letters from lawyers?
posted by jytsai at 5:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Smoky battery is never good.
Why did my battery start to smoke in my lovely (but old) car? [more inside]
posted by Holy foxy moxie batman! at 5:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Save Me From Myself
I made the mistake of trying to futz with my display settings in WindowsXP to make things easier on my old eyes, and now every web page is white and the text is all mashed up. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 5:10 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I give a tasteful gift of booze
I'd like to spend about $50-75 on booze for my secretary. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 4:43 PM PST - 28 comments

Compress Your Luck
Preparing videos for youtube: what are the most efficient video/audio compressions to use when trying to keep a video under 100 MBs with sacrificing as little quality as possible? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 4:36 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do about bad data appearing in scans of old photos?
I'm scanning old family photos and the scanner appears to be adding colored pixels to black and white photos. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by Jupiter Jones at 4:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Vonage alternatives.
Vonage alternatives? [more inside]
posted by NoMich at 4:13 PM PST - 12 comments

iWant an iPhone, but how much should iOffer?
How much should I offer for a barely used iPhone and how easy is it to get service with AT&T on a used iPhone? [more inside]
posted by aristan at 4:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Affordable accommodations in Vegas?
Can any of you recommend a cool, affordable hotel in Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 3:56 PM PST - 28 comments

Canadian eligible for retirement plan in U.S.?
My boyfriend is a Canadian citizen working in the United States on a TN visa. Is he eligible to enroll in his employer’s retirement plan? [more inside]
posted by zgg105 at 3:53 PM PST - 1 comments

Did I really just pay for this class?
Is it possible to dispute a grade? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 3:44 PM PST - 36 comments

Are dreadlocks compatible with my hair, lifestyle, and location?
Should I get dreadlocks now, later, or ever? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 3:14 PM PST - 60 comments

Mediawiki ate itself -- AND my data!
My previously installed MediaWiki is now asking to be installed again: "Please set up the wiki first." Like, sounds great, but what about the wiki that was already there?!? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 2:41 PM PST - 3 comments

A cat window perch without screws or velcro?
I’m looking for a cat window perch similar to this one, that doesn't require any modifications to the window. [more inside]
posted by La Gata at 2:37 PM PST - 5 comments

BlemishFilter: What are these tiny, black things?
what is this thing on my back? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 2:28 PM PST - 24 comments

What great harmonica songs are in C or G?
I'm trying to make a blues harp "inspiration" mix-tape as a gift for some new players. They only have a C harp, so I'm trying to find songs in either G or C for them to play along with. [more inside]
posted by bingoes at 2:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help us find a great resource to send gifts in Europe!
It's holiday gift time, and once again I am presented with the problem of trying to send something to my in-laws on another continent. Usually, I spend a couple months shopping for tiny items that I can mail to the Netherlands for as much as I paid for them. Today it dawned on me...there must be an easier way! Please post your great online resources for sending gifts to Europe. [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 2:17 PM PST - 16 comments

How much spending money should I bring for a 15Day trip to India??
How much money (in US$) should my S.O. and I bring on a 15 day trip to India? [more inside]
posted by lonemantis at 2:04 PM PST - 15 comments

online appointment-setter thingy?
I'd like to set up an online calendar for my students so they could schedule appointments with me during hours I've marked as "available." but I would rather not set up 65+ google accounts. Is there a php script or a free web app that would work for this? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 2:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Suggestion for a Real-time strategy game to play with my GF
Suggestion for a Real-time strategy game to play with my GF [more inside]
posted by V-Turn at 1:57 PM PST - 20 comments

Craving a winter swim but it's not worth chlorine smell
Non-chlorinated winter swimming options in or around NYC? (Sustained swimming, not quick dips like the Polar Bear Club takes at Coney.) Just asking in case there's some idea I'm totally missing, short of "go somewhere warmer."
posted by lorimer at 1:46 PM PST - 5 comments

My mother-in-law thinks we're cheap!
My mother-in-law is under the impression that my wife and I are far wealthier than we actually are, and it's threatening to drive a wedge between us and the rest of her family. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:38 PM PST - 67 comments

Where to go in getting help with non-epileptic seizures.
Looking for resources on non-epileptic seizures. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 11 comments

pregnancy presents?
Please help me make a kick-ass care package for my best friend, who is starting her third trimester of pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by gaspode at 1:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Maguro, frittatas and Oly-- Oh My!
Seattle recommendations, please? Sushi? Sunday breakfast / brunch? Dive bar? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 1:17 PM PST - 18 comments

Am I working my poor little drive too hard?
Am I running my completely enclosed HD into the ground? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 1:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Pseudonymous blogging for the uninitiated
How can a once tech-savvy type who has fallen behind the times create a pseudonymous (or semi-anonymous) blog on his just-registered domain? [more inside]
posted by lionelhutz5 at 12:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Holiday bonus for service providers?
Do you give service-providers a special gift at Christmas? Does it matter if they're federal/state service providers (mail person, garbage guys) or people who work specifically for you or your company? Does it differ by country, city, or culture? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 12:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me give the gift of dance
My girlfriend has made it pretty clear she wants dancing lessons for Christmas. Any recommendations for the San Jose, CA area? [more inside]
posted by Zaximus at 12:06 PM PST - 4 comments

statisticians, I need your help
I need statistics help. I badly need statistics help. Involves three groups, several tests that don't test exactly the same thing, missing data. [more inside]
posted by dmo at 11:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Cafe name game
What should I name my cafe? [more inside]
posted by thehmmhmm at 11:52 AM PST - 59 comments

help me strengthen my core
I need some very gentle core exercises. [more inside]
posted by Koko at 11:51 AM PST - 15 comments

How portable is tagging info written into the picture files?
I'm currently using Photoshop Elements to organize my pictures, and have spent some time going through and tagging them. There's the option to write the tag information to the individual files via XML, and I have some questions. I'm a newbie to Elements. [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 11:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Are there any benefits to drinking coke when eating greasy food?
I heard coca-cola is a good fat solvent. Are there any benefits to drinking coke when eating greasy food? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 11:39 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm about to photograph my first wedding. (help!)
I'm about to photograph my first wedding. (help!) [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 11:39 AM PST - 24 comments

Not clean, not yet dirty
I don't normally wash my clothes after each wearing. I'm lazy/cheap and I hate wastefulness. But I also don't like to fold them up and put them back in the drawer, because even a little smell or dust will negatively effect the surrounding clean clothes. Both my boyfriend and I do this, and we do not have a good place to put these limbo clothes in our apartment. Where/how do we store our not clean, not dirty clothes?
posted by bookish at 11:33 AM PST - 42 comments

Hot-blooded, check it and see / got a fever of 312.594444° Kelvin ...
There are gay bars, lesbian bars, and leather bars. Are there "geek bars"? In geek culture, what institution, meeting, or whatever serves the purpose that "meat market" single bars do amongst the non-geeky populace? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 11:23 AM PST - 51 comments

Can medical providers commit extortion?
My regular doctor quit the medical group and I was assigned to a new doctor. Its the second time in three years. The new doctor wouldn't renew any of my prescriptions without seeing me first. During the office visit, we met, chit-chat a bit, and I get the refills. Now I get a bill for $198. (adjusted to $142 by my major medical coverage) The medical group is the having trouble retaining staff. Shouldn't this visit be on their dime? [more inside]
posted by jorlando at 11:14 AM PST - 20 comments

Best PAYG SIM for short-term visit to UK?
How can I be as wireless for two weeks in the UK as I am year round in the US? [more inside]
posted by fedward at 11:06 AM PST - 8 comments

People paws?
If toes and fingers are digits, and arms and legs are appendages (limbs, extremities), what's the general anatomical term for hands and feet?
posted by gottabefunky at 10:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Working while "secretly" going to grad school to change careers
Going to graduate school to pursue a different profession while still working at my job? [more inside]
posted by Rae Datter at 10:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for resources regarding sustainability.
Zero waste is the topic. Turned up zero hits in my AskMeFi search. [more inside]
posted by valentinepig at 10:36 AM PST - 8 comments

The True North Stands Alone
Recommendations for dystopian sci-fi, with a Canadian twist. [more inside]
posted by the dief at 10:20 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me keep track of where I take my photos!
What is the best, cheapest option to add GeoTagging to my Nikon D50 pictures? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 9:47 AM PST - 7 comments

lasik vs implantable contacts?
What are your thoughts on Lasik versus implantable contact lenses? [more inside]
posted by pipti at 9:34 AM PST - 17 comments

What were the last films to be released in the VHS format in the UK and USA?
What were the last films to be released in the VHS format in the UK and USA? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 9:30 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I move the location of my mac Music and Movies folders?
How do I turn "Movies" and "Music" folders in my Mac home folder into aliases? [more inside]
posted by hydrophobic at 9:29 AM PST - 6 comments

How do funeral homes control their odors?
This question is morbid, but I've always wanted the answer. How on earth do funeral parlors (especially those that do cremation) operate in neighborhoods or right next to them without smelling horrible? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 9:27 AM PST - 15 comments

mac in the box
So i just got myself an iMac yesterday. Of course, I like it. But what cool things can I do with it that I probably don't know about? Also, what should I be concerned about or not do? I know a lot about Windows and PCs, but next to nothing about this fancy new machine on my desk.
posted by Pants! at 9:11 AM PST - 26 comments

Once a cheater, always a cheater
Once a cheater always a cheater? [more inside]
posted by confused1965 at 9:07 AM PST - 55 comments

Playa de Carmen
Bachelor party in Playa De Carmen Mexico. Where should we stay? We would prefer a hotel that has all the amenities including pool, good food, beach, comfortable beds and nice showers.
posted by kaizen at 9:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Should we (can we) use a TV instead of a projector at work?
We are looking at the idea of using a flat-panel TV in our new conference room at work in lieu of a projector. The advantages of this would be that A) we could keep our existing lighting system, and B) it would look classier. Are there disadvantages to a setup this? Problems? Gotchas? And what kind of hardware should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by fusinski at 9:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Recommend Storyboarding Animation Software
Can you recommend a good, cheap and/or free tool for storyboarding a stage production I'm about to direct? [more inside]
posted by bovious at 8:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Save my sex life.
Sex is painful. I've been to the doctor, I've done what they told me to do. Sex is still painful. I know you are not a/my doctor, but please try to help me save my sex life. It's a long-ish one inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:32 AM PST - 33 comments

How to mentally cope with constant music and sound
I'm in a living situation where there is a lot of constant, erratic noises throughout the day from repairs being made down the hall. There is nothing I can do about it for the time being, except suck it up and take it. My question is... [more inside]
posted by survivorman at 8:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Retro-metro(nome)?
Please refer me to a music shop (either online or in the MSP area) that sells classic metronomes (classic-looking, that is - either wood or metal).
posted by B-squared at 8:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me unerase a phone message
I deleted an important message from my answering machine. Is there any way I can unerase it? The machine in question is Panasonic KX-TG6051B. There is a secondary question below. [more inside]
posted by eebs at 7:51 AM PST - 5 comments

More like St. Smellmo
Do you know a derogatory nickname for a town or city? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 7:39 AM PST - 198 comments

It melted.
SOMEBODY in my household made a sandwich and left the empty bread wrapper draped over an electric burner on my stove. Which is now melted onto the coil. What is the easiest way to clean this off???
posted by konolia at 7:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Hollywood sucks, help me find good movies.
Most movies released lately are bad, unoriginal, trying to be good but failing at it, remakes of good movies, etc, etc. Look at the list of movies I really like, and suggest me some good movies in similar genre. I like many different types of movies but I don't like purely romantic movies or movies that are too slow paced. I don't like movies dealing with war or combat (action is very ok). The below list is not all the movies I've ever seen, it's just a selection of the movies I enjoy the most. They don't have to be older movies, as long as they are quality movies. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 7:06 AM PST - 34 comments

Can I combine Zovirax & Abreva
So I have a cold sore coming on, and I have both Zovirax(Acyclovir) and Abreva(Docasonal) can I use both at the same time for a double dose of cold sore nuking ?
posted by zeoslap at 7:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Please help me to not damage myself...
Barely competent homeowner question about siding and power washing. [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 6:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Responsibility for damages to car which struck our pet.
My dog got hit by a car this morning. She is not allowed out unleashed (normally) but got out this morning and ran in front of a car. There are a lot of snowbanks around so I do not fault the driver. However, his car was damaged a bit, front skirt. Should I offer to repair the damages? The driver did stop and was very concerned for the dog.
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 39 comments

Improving basic geography and cultural knowledge
I'm looking for books that will help me improve my basic knowledge of geography, other countries and cultures. [more inside]
posted by shirobara at 6:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Name that Irish tune!
[Music Filter] Looking for the name of an Irish sounding song I found online years ago. [more inside]
posted by TheDukeofLancaster at 6:50 AM PST - 0 comments

Doctor Referral
What is the logic in insurance companies requiring referrals from a primary care physician when you go to a specialist?
posted by josher71 at 6:50 AM PST - 27 comments

Inkjet or laser printer for reliability with really minimal use?
Will an inkjet or laser printer be more reliable if the printer will be turned off for 99.9% of its life? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike at 6:47 AM PST - 18 comments

What will they do if I CAN'T turn on my laptop?
TSAfilter: will there be any problem getting a laptop without a battery through the carry-on checkpoint at my local (American) airport? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:32 AM PST - 26 comments

kiss and told. Now what?
2 months before the wedding. Fiance kissed another man while drunk. Told me about it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:55 AM PST - 82 comments

Oh baby i'm gonna...
BirthControlFilter: My girlfriend believes that in order to be properly safe during sex (in this case baby free) 2 types of preventative measures should be used (condom + pulling out). Any hard facts to back that up? I believe just a condom used properly will be fine. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:55 AM PST - 35 comments

Out of the Frying Pan into the Ire
What's the sticky glutinous gunk I get on the bottom of the pan when I try to fry rice? [more inside]
posted by YamwotIam at 2:51 AM PST - 23 comments

Help a first-time tutor get started!
FirstTimeTutorFilter: I'm plan to start tutoring Math, Chemistry, Physics and possibly ESL in January. Only problem is, I have *no idea what I'm doing*. Anyone have any textbooks, general teaching books, online certification courses, etc to recommend? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 1:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Need ideas for activities in DC for end of the year.
I have to cancel my end of the year vacation plan because I have to find a place to move in the beginning of the year. I still want to have fun and enjoy my vacation. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 12:36 AM PST - 2 comments

When did the word 'fire' first start being used as meaning 'discharge your weapon'
When did the word 'fire' first start being used as meaning 'discharge your weapon' [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 12:06 AM PST - 9 comments

December 16
Why is my girlfriend's hair breaking so easily?
My girlfriend's hair comes out, too much! Every day she loses a small handful of it, and it won't grow past her shoulders very far. It's been this way for several years. What could be the cause of this? [more inside]
posted by Anthony84 at 11:48 PM PST - 27 comments

It would be easier to just assume I'm not saving enough for retirement...
Excel/OpenOffice: How can I use XIRR to show an estimated percentage return based on account deposits/withdrawals/balances? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 11:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Advice for sleep apnea please.
Sleep apnea sufferers: Advice needed. Whats it like to have sleep apnea? What treatments have you been given? [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 10:35 PM PST - 18 comments

How to rig up a cheap system to photograph book pages
I'm after online resources about photographing a book. It may be that recommended sites photograph other objects but have systems readily adaptable for books. (Resources should preferably have images of the set-up and be aimed at say, an enthusiast but not a professional) [more inside]
posted by peacay at 10:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Bejeweled.. But Not
Addictive online game filter: Help me find a certain online game I miss. It's 'sort of' similar to Bejeweled. [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 10:01 PM PST - 31 comments

Resize/Rename Images with PHP
Resizing/renaming images with PHP and keeping only the thumbnail [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 10:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Where I can I find the heavenly equivalent of form 27B Stroke 6?
How does the Chinese 'celestial bureaucracy' work? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Cheney-Halliburton Connection
What's a good way to verify Dick Cheney's financial interest in Halliburton or lack thereof? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 8:49 PM PST - 13 comments

What could possibly cause MySpace to kill my internet connection?
What could possibly MySpace to kill my internet connection? [more inside]
posted by cheero at 8:30 PM PST - 21 comments

AlternaPod
What are some high-quality, legal downloading alternatives to iTunes that are compatible with the iPod? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 7:48 PM PST - 23 comments

rot13($real_name)
I'm going to get a 'customer loyalty card' from Bloom's (aka upscale Food-Lion) supermarket. The terms and conditions don't mention anything about the validity of the information, and I know enough about security and datamining that I don't want to distribute that information. Do they have a policy, or is there any way I could get caught using a fake name/address/telephone no, etc.?
posted by tmcw at 7:35 PM PST - 36 comments

Student Work/Travel
Help my daughter find a program allowing her to work/travel in Europe. [more inside]
posted by GregWithLime at 7:28 PM PST - 6 comments

What happens to a membership contract when the gym unexpectedly closes?
The gym I joined 6 weeks ago went belly up over the weekend and locked their doors. Supposedly a different gym not affiliated with the bankrupt gym is buying all the contracts, but nothing is clear at the moment. What are my rights in this situation? [more inside]
posted by 45moore45 at 6:50 PM PST - 9 comments

We are not the masters of subtitling yet
I (well, my boss) am/is inputting Chinese-language sub-station Alpha subtitles into VirtualDub for DVD's, and what comes out are, surprise surprise, piles of unicode. The citizens of the PRC are not known to be fluent in unicode, so what could be going wrong and how do I, his designated software monkey, fix it? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 6:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Algorithm Challenge!
Algorithmfilter: I have a set of tasks and a set of workers. Tasks vary in size. Each task can be done by only some of the workers. How can I find a mapping from tasks to workers that minimizes the load on the the heaviest-loaded worker, and assigns all the work? [more inside]
posted by jewzilla at 6:35 PM PST - 9 comments

What are the secrets of good homefries?
I love homefries. Omigod I love homefries. What are your secrets?
posted by unSane at 6:24 PM PST - 36 comments

Help me make good tahini custard.
I am trying to replicate a recipe for vegan/macrobiotic tahini custard from Masao's Kitchen. I have tried a bunch of recipes but none come close. The original holds its shape well, but has a nice mushy custard feel, with all of this sweet syrup/juice around it. Does anyone have any good recipes for tahini custard that comes close to this? [more inside]
posted by laminarial at 6:01 PM PST - 3 comments

When does a company legally owe you a bonus that was promised in writing?
Does anyone here have experience with the legalities of performance bonuses as they apply to someone living in Canada? This is complicated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommend a book for Mom that lists old movies
For a Friend: Recommend a book that will list all the movies my mother would have seen back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s if she'd had the time. [more inside]
posted by username68 at 5:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Mash me up
What software should be in my arsenal of weapons for making some wicked music mashups? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 5:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Speedboat Scaredy-Cat
Why didn't our speedboat capsize? [more inside]
posted by wetpaint at 4:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Remove my file tumor!
Can't get things deleted off my USB drive anymore. Think it's Windows-Media-Player-for-Mac's fault. [more inside]
posted by jinjo at 4:11 PM PST - 5 comments

It's a Federal Rap, No, it's a State Rap
Book Research Filter: How is jurisdiction determined when someone is arrested on Federal and State charges at the same time? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 4:01 PM PST - 10 comments

You go, my brother! How to help?
My brother is about to achieve his dream and open a musicvenue/ restaurant / nightclub . I'm so very happy for him and want to offer encouragement. What would be a really good christmas gift in this vein? [more inside]
posted by mkim at 3:53 PM PST - 10 comments

What are [A] [B] heading notes?
What are "heading notes"? This is a book publishing question, not computer programming. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:53 PM PST - 5 comments

portable guitar with built-in amp/speaker?
Can you recommend a travel electric guitar with BUILT-IN AMP/SPEAKER? (more inside). [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 3:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Undereye wrinkle treatment that actually works to heal wrinkles?
Know of any products that heal undereye wrinkles? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 2:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Which consulting job?
Entry-level consulting positions: graduating in May, I have two standing offers from consulting companies, one in Dallas and one in Manhattan. Help me choose! [more inside]
posted by jckll at 2:43 PM PST - 32 comments

Download flash based games?
USAToday has embedded crosswords in Adobe .swf format: Is there any way to save these to my computer for later offline use? I tried Amazing Media Browser but it wants to re-download the game when I try to work the crossword.
posted by bbranden1 at 2:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for an online D&D client.
I'm looking for a program that will simulate the experience of playing pen and paper Dungeons and Dragons, but allow online play. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 2:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Just Say "No" to Merging
I'm freshly sprung on a new cutie. How do I take it slow? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:13 PM PST - 20 comments

What is the name of the photography machine that takes 360 degree views of items?
There is a piece of photography equipment that helps you take 3D/rotatable product images. What is the name of this equipment or where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 2:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Is my laptop slowing the family desktop?
Is my laptop slowing the family desktop? [more inside]
posted by andythebean at 2:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Night spots in Sydney?
Which night spots should I hit in Sydney? I'm a 28-year-old single male and I'm mostly interested in French electro/house-type music (Daft Punk, Justice, Ed Banger, Kavinsky, etc). The centerpiece of my trip will be seeing Daft Punk at Never Ever Land. I will be there for a week and I do not know anyone there. Thanks!
posted by fac21 at 1:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Just the two of us on Christmas morning
Ideas for temporary empty nesters on Christmas morning in Charlotte, NC? [more inside]
posted by phrits at 1:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Are we six months from the Freep just reprinting the AP feeds?
What's going on at the Detroit Free Press? Terry Lawson and Mike Duffy have apparently accepted buyouts, and Susan Ager writes that she was going to, but then decided against. This is wild stuff - essentially the identity of the lifestyle section for the last decade+. Massive cost-cutting, some sort of housecleaning, or what? [more inside]
posted by boombot at 1:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Don't get your honey where your money is.
How do I maintain positive relations with a group of work friends recently turned neighbors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 9 comments

cardio + shivving=dead?
Would getting a person to exercise before stabbing them cause them to die faster? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 12:35 PM PST - 23 comments

acoustic/electric ukelele for around $400?
I'm looking for a good acoustic/electric ukulele to add to my collection of instruments. My budget max. is around $400. [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 12:29 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I help my boyfriend de-stress?
What can I do for my boyfriend when he's going through a rough patch? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Small engine repair
Trying to dig ourselves out here in New England... snowblower problems... Anyone know how to find out what the sparkplug gap should be for a snowblower?? Can't seem to figure out how to find out on the web.
posted by beccaj at 11:49 AM PST - 6 comments

How's I-70 in January?
Can I make it through Colorado? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 11:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Translate "Maxime, si tu vis, cupio contendere tecum"?
Maxime, si tu vis, cupio contendere tecum. Need help translating this "detestable Latin hexameter" (well, that's what the 1911 Britannica called it, anyway). [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 11:17 AM PST - 15 comments

What movie is this line from: "Get out of my way!"
Can you help restore my sanity, where is this movie line from "Get out my way!" ? [more inside]
posted by Kristan at 10:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Delhi-gating Our Gift Budget
Broke-ass Americans taking a trip to India-- what to give as gifts to our hosts? (2007 update on someone else's AskMe question from 2005) [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 10:51 AM PST - 8 comments

If there's drinking, crying and cops, well, then it must be Christmas
Should I go home for Christmas? (Warning: long family financial drama inside). [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle at 10:47 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I get them to leave me alone?
How can I get them to leave me alone? I have the court order. I have moved and rarely leave the house. So how do I get this person to leave me alone? [more inside]
posted by uh126 at 10:32 AM PST - 19 comments

Who will print and sell my photobooks and pay me commission?
I want to produce photobooks for sale. I would like to upload them to a printing site where others can go and see them and purchase them without further reference to me. They would deal directly with the printer. But I would like to receive a commission from the printer for each one sold. Does anyone know of a printer of photobooks who would provide this service or of a way I can achieve my objective?
posted by granma at 10:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Layover fun
What can I do today that is within walking distance of King station in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 10:22 AM PST - 6 comments

leaving the hermeneutics at the door, plzkthx
I want to make stuff and do stuff in the Boston area (accessible by the T) that's not intellectual and academic, and as a welcomed respite during grad school. A friend and I have been thinking about things like shop class (making stuff you can use is incredibly fulfilling!) or stilts walking, or something interesting and fun and active - besides a dance class, sports, or pottery class - that we can do with some regularity (once maybe twice a week). [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 10:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Marsala Usage
How long do I have to consume a bottle of opened Marsala? [more inside]
posted by mmascolino at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Can you recommend some piano music?
Recently I've realized that I enjoy listening to piano music, but I'm not really familiar with it. Can you recommend CDs/compilations/pieces that I might like? [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 9:58 AM PST - 29 comments

I'm squishy
I've never set foot in a gym or done any kind of non-phys-ed exercise... so how do I take advantage of my school's free gym? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:51 AM PST - 15 comments

How can two critical AND sensitive people get along better?
How do two people who are both a) super-sensitive to criticism, real or imagined; b) prone to being critical toward others; and c) married manage to coexist peacefully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Can't we all just get along?
I'm looking for an external storage solution that will play nice with an XP Desktop and a Kubuntu laptop...preferably at the same time [more inside]
posted by Rallon at 9:48 AM PST - 10 comments

I have an STD, help me determine when to tell him. I'm pertified.
I have an STD and don't know what time is the right time in terms of telling the partner. Please help, I'm scared out of mind! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:48 AM PST - 46 comments

Will my wife be eligible for Paid Family Leave?
My wife is pregnant and due in June. She works in health care and up until now has been working a few different part-time jobs, juggling shifts to get to more or less full-time equivalent. She is planning on taking paid family leave when the baby arrives. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:47 AM PST - 1 comments

Can you recommend a website that will help me file my late tax returns?
Tsk, tsk. I still need to file my taxes from 2006. Is there any website you can recommend that will help me do this?
posted by anonymous at 9:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to buy computer stuff in UK?
Where to buy PC components in UK (both online and in store)? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 at 9:41 AM PST - 14 comments

Old JR maps?
Where can I find old Japan Rail maps? I saw hand-painted bird's eye perspective JR maps like this at the Tokyo Hands department store while traveling, but don't have the language skills to navigate their website.
posted by ioesf at 9:21 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a key-alarm as a Christmas present for my aunt
Looking for a key-alarm as a Christmas present for my aunt [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 8:56 AM PST - 3 comments

I have at least two and as many as seven overhead projectors. Now what?
Because of the relocation of a friends' academic department, I have come into possession of at least two, and potentially up to 7 overhead projectors. Besides selling them (which I am looking into) and donating them (which I will do if I can't put them to good use) what are some creative, interesting, or generally mind-blowing uses can I find for them? [more inside]
posted by cadastral at 8:04 AM PST - 16 comments

When you can take the pebble from my lips, Grasshopper, I will have taught you well.
How do you teach someone to be a better kisser? Can you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:42 AM PST - 20 comments

Is quitting my job crazy?
Is it crazy to consider quitting my job? I'm giving myself a deadline of four months so I have time to prepare. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:42 AM PST - 7 comments

SM question?? (very personal)
SM question?? (very personal) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:41 AM PST - 22 comments

History at home.
What historic moments have happened at home? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 7:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Firefox Frozen
Computer geniuses of all stripes: What the heck happened?? I hit the back button in Firefox, using OSX 10.4.11, and I got this page!. I can't force quit Firefox, I can't shut down the computer (it times out), and I can't access the window that's behind the one shown in the picture!! Of course I could 'hard' reset the computer - but my questions are these.... [more inside]
posted by crapples at 6:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Umm, so where abouts is the off button?
I can't stop thinking, and it's destroying my life! I over think and over analyse every damn situation, it's causing me major depression and stealing my sleep, so how do I stop? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 6:50 AM PST - 26 comments

How to back up my business?
I'm looking for a hassle free, preferably automated backup system for a small business (1 desktop computer). [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 6:44 AM PST - 11 comments

help me do this push up exercese
How to do this push-up exercise from 5BX? I am working through the 5BX exercise program and got up to Chart 3. Exercise 4 in this chart is a form of push-up that i find almost impossible to perform properly. More inside [more inside]
posted by slimeline at 6:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Dual-personality dogs.
What to do about a normally friendly dog, who has a bloodlust for veterinarians? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 3:52 AM PST - 21 comments

Online Fans of Showtime at the Apollo Theater?
Where can I find online communities who discuss the syndicated American television program Showtime at the Apollo? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 3:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Beer/Liquor or Liquor/Beer?
"Liquor then beer, you're in the clear; beer then liquor, never been sicker." Is this true, and if so, why? [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 12:18 AM PST - 35 comments

December 15
Money for nothing
I owe about $40K and just inherited $20K. Invest or pay down debt? [more inside]
posted by raider at 11:46 PM PST - 43 comments

Need help with a worship song key change transition
Church worship leader needs help with a key change transition for a Christmas song! [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 11:37 PM PST - 20 comments

How DO they do it?
How do those internet ads that reference your hometown (or a reasonable facsimile) get that information and use it? Furthermore, is there any way to stop it? [more inside]
posted by phaded at 10:24 PM PST - 15 comments

What can I do to get a cheap degree?
What's a good cheap way to get a degree online? I've seen a lot of ads for doing so, but upon investigation they are extremely expensive. I'm not overly concerned about having a degree from a well-respected college, but I'd like to have a degree. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 10:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Parking during snow in Chicago
How does Chicago's "No Parking if snow is over 2 inches" rule work out in practice? Are the blocks of cars parked on my street (Sheridan at 7600 N) all going to be towed overnight and tomorrow morning? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 9:54 PM PST - 18 comments

"From now on, we'll have to muddle through somehow/So have yourself a Merry Little Christmas now."
"Emotionally ambivalent" Christmas Songs? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo at 9:12 PM PST - 40 comments

Looking for a VERY specific HDD enclosure...
Calling to the hive mind! Is anyone aware of a (reasonably priced (sub $150)) external hard drive (or, better, HDD enclosure) that meets the following specifications? [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 9:08 PM PST - 6 comments

What to do about moldy walls and a bad landlord.
What to do about moldy walls and a bad landlord. [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 8:29 PM PST - 7 comments

where can I find dramatic stills of lion taking down buffalo?
where can I find dramatic stills of lion taking down buffalo? [more inside]
posted by starr226 at 7:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Evolution of the Rock Biography
When did the genre of "rock biography" become what it is today? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 6:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Brainy/cultural escapes in Utah?
In the spirit of DIY-holiday gifts, we're trying to put together a handmade travel/survival guide for the 4-month sabbatical our folks/in-laws will be spending in Orem, Utah from January through April of this coming year. [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo at 6:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Who makes personalized bath products?
What web site provides a "Design Your Own" service for unique personalized bath abd body products? [more inside]
posted by campy at 6:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Learn to speak French via podcast?
What are the best (free) podcasts for learning languages? [more inside]
posted by lindsey.nicole at 6:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to buy retro, printed leggings?
Where can I buy retro 80's / 90's fluorescent leggings like these? Is there a specific name for them? I've been searching for months without any luck.
posted by book at 5:55 PM PST - 10 comments

I love my girlfriend, but I don't want to go south of the border
My girlfriend is having second thoughts about what she wants out of life. This could lead to a change and possible end our relationship. I'm scared. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:27 PM PST - 30 comments

What is the name of this book or story?
Looking for the name of a book I read as a youngster. [more inside]
posted by TheClonusHorror at 5:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Can't remember a movie!
Gah... I was just asked. There's a martial arts movie where one of the characters blocks a punch from an attacker and then walks his hands up the opponent's arm and body locking him in place (using pressure points). I can vaguely see the scenes (I'm pretty sure it happens more than once), but neither I nor my friends can remember the movie. Help me hive mind, you're my only help.
posted by Ikazuchi at 4:57 PM PST - 13 comments

bail bond
If I post bail bond (in Florida for larceny and grand theft), for a relative via a credit card the bond agent wants me to sign 6 pages of legalese documents including a promissory note to a Texas bank @ 12% interest'. i thought this was a 1 way transaction. can anyone tell me what's this about.? can't find anything on the Net.
posted by lemuel at 4:54 PM PST - 3 comments

How to set Open Office Writer language and font settings for good?
How do I keep language settings and fonts consistent in Open Office Writer (2.3.1)? [more inside]
posted by sudasana at 4:47 PM PST - 2 comments

ew.
Why do I get severe nasal congestion after I have, um, stomach problems? Horrific details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Greening an in accessible but highly visible space . . .
Guerilla Gardening: I need a tree/shrub/bush that can survive on low sunglight and be planted via aerial bombardment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:45 PM PST - 24 comments

What regular things do you look forward to?
What regular things do you look forward to? [more inside]
posted by katala at 3:36 PM PST - 72 comments

Pot Paranoia
What is it about marijuana that can make the user feel paranoid?
posted by cookie googleman at 2:56 PM PST - 22 comments

Best. New Year's. Party. Ever.
I'm planning a New Year's Eve party, and I'm looking for inspiration. Have you attended a great New Year's Eve party in the past? What elements made it so successful?
posted by sotalia at 2:49 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I weed my book collection?
Due to space restrictions, how do I bid farewell to my home library? [more inside]
posted by oldlies at 2:46 PM PST - 36 comments

electronica double entendres
I need another electronic music themed double entendre for my boyfriend's Xmas gift. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 1:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Add Or Remove Programs Washed Out
I seemingly lost a bunch of programs from the Add/Remove programs list. Some programs are still listed, but many of them are gone. There are some programs I would like to uninstall (like Y! Messenger for example), but they're not listed in the Add/Remove Programs list nor do they have an uninstall option. What can I do? I'm running Windows XP
posted by JackO23 at 1:39 PM PST - 16 comments

Cheap overnight parking in New York?
How can I find parking in New York from Tuesday to Friday next week? Ideally it would be on Upper West Side Manhattan and not very expensive, but I could park farther afield. [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 1:14 PM PST - 15 comments

USPS shipping options?
USPS will ship an inflated ball without it being packaged (sendaball.com), it just sticks the postage information right on the ball.. My question is, what other items can be shipped this way, without being packaged in a box? I want to send something nifty to my niece this Christmas season!
posted by princeofpersiaxz at 12:52 PM PST - 23 comments

Noise Reduction Software for the Mac
What do you think is the best noise reduction software out there for the Mac? Right now I'm using Photoshop CS2, which sometimes has positive affects, sometimes very little. I know the best solution is to know what I'm doing with my camera, but I just 'upgraded" to a Nikon D200 and am still learning the ropes. I've been using a 18-200 f3.4 VR lens, which is great, but which produces extraordinary noise when zoomed far in on subjects. I know I know, another case of a newbie with a camera out of his league, but I'm learning! [more inside]
posted by bronxteacher at 11:53 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I wash a furry toy without ruining it?
My daughter has a stuffed kitten ("soft kitty") and lo, the whiteness and furriness of it is surpassing. When I washed its predecessor ("matted kitty") its fur became less-white and the fibres less separate. How can I wash the new one (whose odor doth verily surpass an outhouse) while retaining its new appearance? The fur is synthetic and the animal is a white "Animal Alley" kitten, if that helps.
posted by Joe in Australia at 11:46 AM PST - 19 comments

How to unstick videotape?
How do I prevent an old video tape from sticking? [more inside]
posted by mbarryf at 11:43 AM PST - 1 comments

Why does YouTube think I'm Polish?
Why is YouTube directing me to the Polish version in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by champthom at 11:10 AM PST - 9 comments

digital camera condensation problem
What to do about digital camera condensation problem? [more inside]
posted by dawson at 11:01 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I sleep with a yelping dog?
I recently moved in to a small manhattan apartment which I share with a small dog that decides to bark in his high-pitched yelp during the middle of the night 2-3 days a week. [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 10:59 AM PST - 9 comments

crop rotation in the 14th century was considerably more widespread after....
Photoshop question about the crop tool ? why cant i crop exactly what i see on the screen ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 10:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Meaningful charity for picky recipient
What's a good charity to give money to in someone's name as a Christmas gift? Caveats: The intended recipients are quite concerned with poverty and the third world. Ideally, the charity will send some kind of card that I can give the recipient to inform him, and they would send the card in time for a December 25th exchange. [more inside]
posted by jaybeans at 10:20 AM PST - 26 comments

What happened to the bad guys? Did they get away with it?
How do I find out the results of a trial? Every so often you hear about a murder or crime or something and somebody gets arrested. But it seems like you rarely hear how it ends. For instance, this one has bugged me for a long time. As much as I search, I just want to know what happened to the guys they arrested. Where do people look for how things end?
posted by CrazyJoel at 9:51 AM PST - 11 comments

How do they make rodeo horses buck?
How do they make rodeo horses/bulls buck? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 9:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Long road trip/ young kids!
We are driving from New Hampshire to St. Louis over a two day period (12/26 - 12/27) with our 3 1/2 and 2 year old children. Any suggestions for keeping our sanity on this 20 hour drive (and the return trip 7 days later)? [more inside]
posted by beachhead2 at 8:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Gorilla me this...
Gorillas -- does anyone know of a good online (or near Seattle) source for large, good quality pictures of gorillas, suitable for framing? [more inside]
posted by Pantengliopoli at 8:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Best (Cheapest) Long Term Parking at San Jose International?
Best (Cheapest) Long Term Parking at San Jose International? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 8:22 AM PST - 4 comments

What do Wii need?
We bought a Wii for the kids for Christmas and we're trying to find out what accessories are musts. [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 8:19 AM PST - 22 comments

Chopping lemongrass makes me want to chop off my hand
The boy and I are trying to make a sort of bulk Thai seasoning paste, which we've previously freezed in portions pretty successfully. One thing is holding us back, though -- the absolute )*&^&*$ we have to go through to chop the lemongrass properly. What with us using a pound or two of lemongrass, even chopping it roughly to do the rest in the food processor is a pain (literally), and the last time we did this we ended up with a whole bunch of stringy bits. Yes, we've peeled off the outer layers and chopped off the tough bit at the bottom; we typically use a large, properly sharpened chef's knife. Any other tips?
posted by Madamina at 8:18 AM PST - 10 comments

remote PC access that support twin-screens.
Looking for remote PC access that support twin-screens. I use Logmein but it doesnt seem to support twin-screens. Is there any remote PC access / control software that supports multiple screens?
posted by priorpark17 at 7:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Cutting up the government's visa card
Why don't large organisations make more use of capital investment? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 6:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Warm the cockles of my heart!
Every Monday, I look forward to the Metropolitan Diary column in the New York Times. Can anyone recommend similar columns, podcasts, etc. for me to try? [more inside]
posted by Shebear at 5:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Wanna be a once-a-day man
Help me go to the toilet less often! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:51 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I ask for a part-time job from my full-time employer?
What is the best way to ask my current employer to offer me a part-time position? I'm a single young male with no other responsibilities or commitments. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Does basil taste like pot for anyone else?
Does basil fried rice taste like marijuana to anyone else, or is it just me? Am I tasting the spice wrong? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:50 AM PST - 10 comments

We don't need no stinkin' macs!
I need help in stopping my campus IT group from their hostile tolerance of macs to outright banning of them on campus though a multi-platform environment is supported in the rest of the university system. Long explanation to follow... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:50 AM PST - 24 comments

How much do you spend on your spouse at Christmas?
How much do you spend on Christmas presents for your significant other / spouse (don't worry, you can give me a percentage!) [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 3:58 AM PST - 37 comments

Red hot Chilli Peppers
I have just been given a load of fresh chillies by a colleague at work. Apart from using them in a Chilli or a curry not really sure what else to use them for. One thought I have had is make a chilli sauce. Any tips on the best way to make a chilli sauce?
posted by lloyder at 3:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Things to do in chicago in December
What should I do in Chicago this weekend? [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill at 1:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Anonymous Hep A, B, and HIV testing.
I am looking for places that do anonymous testing for Hep B, Hep A and HIV. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 AM PST - 14 comments

December 14
Is there such a thing as an 'invisible' virus?
Is there such a thing as an 'invisible' virus - have biologists stumbled across any 'diseases' that have no noticeable symptoms?
posted by unmake at 11:58 PM PST - 20 comments

How to avoid unwanted student loan deferment
My student loans were put on deferment against my will -- how do I prevent this from happening in the future? [more inside]
posted by mahamandarava at 11:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Why is ham pork and not not pork?
Why is ham a pork thing? Are other meats preserved in this way around the world? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 11:12 PM PST - 19 comments

Web display/edit of complex algorithms
Visual Web Interfaces for Workflows - I have a complex workflow that I need users to be able to set up quickly and easily. I need suggestions and examples on how to visually / interface-wise represent this complex workflow. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 10:43 PM PST - 1 comments

How soon can we access the proceeds from a house?
I live in Illinois and just sold a house that I own. How soon after closing will I be able to access the funds that I will receive from the sale of the house? [more inside]
posted by shawnmk at 9:57 PM PST - 5 comments

My girlfriend's new dog is threatening our relationship
I hate my girlfriends little dog. I told her not to get it from the beginning. It's going to break us up. [more inside]
posted by gradient at 9:54 PM PST - 54 comments

How much to charge for freelance gig?
How much to charge for a (new) freelance job in graphic design? [more inside]
posted by thisisnotkatrina at 9:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me move to the Netherlands!
I think I want to move to the Netherlands. Help! [more inside]
posted by fogster at 9:27 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the origin and reasoning for abbreviating "contract" as "K"?
What is the origin and reasoning for abbreviating "contract" as "K"?
posted by JakeWalker at 9:08 PM PST - 14 comments

And why is there a goat?
what's the origin of this painting? [more inside]
posted by eatdonuts at 8:53 PM PST - 3 comments

What's up with Yahoo?
What's up with Yahoo! Am I alone or are there problems? [more inside]
posted by bach at 6:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me find my daughter's perfect dance dress...
I am looking for a particular kind of skirt to give my daughter for Christmas. She's a dancer, and she's looking for a particular black dress with a ragged hemline (angular, or slanted, I'm not sure what to call it). We have seen them all over the place on other girls, but never FOUND one on the web or in stores. Picture inside. [more inside]
posted by jwhowa at 6:39 PM PST - 7 comments

How can we afford these prescriptions?
Prescription medication for uninsured. [more inside]
posted by owtytrof at 5:38 PM PST - 32 comments

get out of my head baby dango!
ObviousFilter: What current hip-hop song has a chorus that goes "I'm rich, can't help the money I spend, (something something) car I'm driving..."? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 5:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Car rental insurance, yea or nay?
Driving from Denver to Portland and back in a rental car, in January.... [more inside]
posted by yodelingisfun at 5:15 PM PST - 7 comments

What to get for a new teacher?
Gifts for soon-to-be teachers? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:01 PM PST - 21 comments

Jogging down memory lane.
Anyone familiar with nursery schools or grade schools in the East Los Angeles or Pico Rivera, CA, area in the mid-to-late '70s? A name to go with the memories would be most welcome. [more inside]
posted by bonobo at 5:01 PM PST - 2 comments

YouTube on the blog
Is there a straightforward and cheapish way - let's say ready-made software, or a web-based service - to create a dynamically-updated and custom-designed selection of YouTube movies on a blog? [more inside]
posted by londongeezer at 4:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Must-see/read/listen items from New Zealand?
Looking for recommendations of great New Zealand movies, tv, books, music, etc. Would be best if it is available in the US, but if not, it's not a dealbreaker. [more inside]
posted by wsquared at 4:53 PM PST - 24 comments

Sync Our Flix!
Is there a syncing media player? [more inside]
posted by evariste at 4:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Can time heal a fractured bone?
What would happen if you fractured a bone and never got it treated? [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 3:45 PM PST - 16 comments

I need them to show me the money ... now how do I ask for it?
I low-balled myself when called about a job prospect. How can I turn that around in the interview? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 3:41 PM PST - 11 comments

How to keep my calendars synchronised?
I want to synchronise calendar information between my Outlook 2007 and Google Apps for my domain. [more inside]
posted by chairish at 3:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? Please recommend!
Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years, that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 3:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Brain in 2nd Gear
I'm awake by 7 AM, but don't feel truly mentally "awake" and in the "zone" till the afternoon. Caffeine and exercise early in the morning help a little, but mainly they seem to affect my physical energy more than my mental energy. Does anyone else feel this way, and what can I do to get my brain up to speed earlier in the day?
posted by parallax7d at 2:45 PM PST - 29 comments

Cheddar Bay Biscuits >>>> FOOD
Help me find the right cheese to make Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits. [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 2:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it Safe?
Question regarding the real-life legality of Marijuana dispensaries in California. A friend of a friend invested in semi-passive ownership in some dispensaries, and apparently it’s paying out very handsomely for him... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:11 PM PST - 12 comments

How much will I save in taxes by donating this item?
I've never really understood the economics of donating something valuable like a car for a tax write off. I am wondering what I will save in taxes by donating this item versus selling it. I'm having trouble calculating the exact value of the tax deduction to me... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:11 PM PST - 18 comments

How dI record an mp3?
Quick and easy mp3 recording? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 1:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Best Lighting Solution For A Vanity
How can I add lights to a table-style vanity for best results (i.e. applying makeup, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by zephyrian at 1:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Convince family to let me help others?
Should I try to convince my aunt that one person's Christmas present can make a difference? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:52 PM PST - 25 comments

How big will that kitty in the window be?
How can I figure out how long/tall/big my kitten will grow to be? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 1:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Two hd tv's, digital cable and a Series 2 Tivo.
Two hd tv's, digital cable and a Series 2 Tivo. what to do? [more inside]
posted by captaindistracto at 1:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Give me a fire by Christmas, please!
What, if any, are the effects of express warranties by landlord and landlord's agents under New Jersey landlord tenant law? [more inside]
posted by bunnycup at 1:24 PM PST - 6 comments

How much can one mind hold?
Is there a limit to the human brain's storage capacity? [more inside]
posted by trokair at 12:55 PM PST - 26 comments

Find me a hat like Ricky's argyle cap
Where can I get a hat like the argyle cap that Ricky Lizalde wears on Project Runway? It's a kangol-style cap with a black/white/gray argyle pattern. [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 12:50 PM PST - 4 comments

vt-100?
At the 1:30 mark of this 1985 Live Aid video, there's a computer terminal behind the keyboard player. It looks very much like a DEC VT-100. What would it have been used for on stage?
posted by Armitage Shanks at 12:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Santeria eye
Anyone familiar with the wooden/ceramic (?) "eye" that is mounted over doorways by adherents of Santeria. [more inside]
posted by Heatwole at 11:50 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm all googled out! Please help MeFites...
Broken Promises: Looking for stories of the damage that broken promises can cause an individual. Can be personal (maybe childhood stories), read somewhere(biographies?), recommendations where to find them, etc. Preferably something that can be easily told within a couple of minutes...Any help is appreciated!
posted by stevyb at 11:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for something a little different to listen to
Looking for good, guitar-driven new music that rocks, but that's away from the early 80s influenced, quirky indie pop that's been so ubiquitous of late. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 11:37 AM PST - 44 comments

I want a kik-ass MIDI suite. And a pony.
I need new MIDI sequencing/editing software. Something as close to Logic as possible, given that I'm using a Windows PC at home. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 11:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Breathe, breathe in the air...
Not to start a fight but I am curious about this one...If the entire atmosphere is 100% and nitrogen is 89% and the inert gases are 0.9% and the rest is the O2 we breathe and more and more CO2 is being made [carbon burning made that is] from that O2 and not going back out of the system as released O2 will we see a drop in the amount of O2 we have to breathe? Does the actual % of the various gases get checked on by anyone? And would we see it first decline at higher altitudes or in the deaths of animals who need more O2 for their specific needs..........which ones are the mine canaries here?
posted by Freedomboy at 11:25 AM PST - 12 comments

I don't want to make New Year's Resolutions. I want to actually get stuff done!
It’s almost the New Year! There’s a lot I want to accomplish in 2008, but I find New Year’s Resolutions to be kinda lame, plus I always end up forgetting them by February. I’d like some sort of substitute that will get me excited about self-improvement right away and still keep me going strong for months/years to come. Ritual value is nice, but more importantly, it has to work. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:17 AM PST - 16 comments

A personalized gift
A cheap, nice alternative to Neighborhoodies? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:17 AM PST - 9 comments

What do people mean about Bill Clinton's perceived "blackness"?
Civil rights leader Andrew Young on Bill Clinton: "Bill is every bit as black as Barack. He's probably gone with more black women than Barack". Where and why did the "Bill Clinton is black" meme start? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 11:09 AM PST - 14 comments

What is the best codec, settings and software to backup animation (Disney, Pixax) DVDs?
What is the best codec, settings and software to backup animation (Disney, Pixax) DVDs? [more inside]
posted by dinkyday at 10:58 AM PST - 7 comments

DIY Music Toys
DIY Music Toys - The DIY Music Box Kit is the kind of thing I'm looking for. I've also got enough links and resources about circuit bending toys, etc. What other music doo-dad toys are out there for not-so-serious music making?
posted by agregoli at 10:48 AM PST - 7 comments

martial arts for kids in San Diego
I've got a friend with an adopted son. The kid has some adjustment problems from his early treatment and adjustment here. She's looking at using meds to change his behavior. I think that's not a great idea and she should look to enrolling him in martial arts classes. They are in San Diego. Can anyone recommend a program in that area? [more inside]
posted by diode at 10:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Focus on the Issues
What are the major issues for the 2008 presidential race, and what are the best links that support your view of those issues? [more inside]
posted by bove at 10:32 AM PST - 28 comments

CCTV for remote locations
I have a need for a CCTV system in an area with no power or wired connections. The images/video would only need to be retrieved in the event of a break in or something of that ilk. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 10:26 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I easily and effortlessly find out DEFINITIVELY if a song is in the Public Domain for free use in a TV show?
Here is an example... My Boss: "We want to use the Can Can song. Our music guy has done a recording for us. Is it in the Public Domain?" Me: "Yes. The composer, J. Offenbach, has been deceased since 1880 and if we are doing our own arrangement we are fine." My Bosses Boss: "About 5 years ago, I tried to clear this song for use in a TV production and discovered that it was NOT in the Public Domain. Elle Vator, can you research this and let us know the answer two months ago?" [more inside]
posted by Elle Vator at 10:12 AM PST - 13 comments

New kinds of dryers in the US?
Are there any companies in the US which sell either heat pump or mechanical steam compression dryers? [more inside]
posted by brujita at 10:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Ink as a coping strategy?
Why did my brother's suicide attempt make me want to get a tattoo? And should I? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy at 9:47 AM PST - 33 comments

Tag relevance voting on amazon.com
I'm doing some research, a timeline, on the evolution of user-experience on the web. I know, via AskMeFi (thank you!) that it was late in 2005 when amazon.com began testing tagging in general but does anyone know, specifically, when amazon.com began allowing users to flag or vote on the relevance of individual tags?
posted by bz at 9:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Help a future cheater to never exist
Resources to help a young person understand plagiarism and why it's bad. [more inside]
posted by Eothele at 9:37 AM PST - 21 comments

Saul Williams-esque
So, I was listening to the new Saul Williams album and its awesome. Can you recommend other more intellectual hip hop.
posted by khaibit at 9:28 AM PST - 40 comments

webcam for EEE?
Webcam that is compatible with the Asus EEE surf? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 9:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Help with bar code fonts/software
Please recommend a program that would create Interleaved 2 of 5 barcodes. [more inside]
posted by kalimac at 9:06 AM PST - 6 comments

I need to purify the air for someone else
I've got a sick basement, I need to fix it. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 8:45 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I make a sweet web-enabled office jukebox?
What's the best way to create an office jukebox with a web interface? [more inside]
posted by jmprice at 8:43 AM PST - 15 comments

What digital camera should I buy?
New digital camera purchase help! [more inside]
posted by papercake at 8:37 AM PST - 19 comments

Help Me Find Flick's Hat
Where can I get a hat like this? I'm looking for an adult-sized hat exactly like this, with the goggles and everything. Thank you!
posted by interrobang at 8:36 AM PST - 9 comments

What to do when your s-o doesn't come through in a pinch
Tonight my car broke down and my girlfriend refused to come help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 AM PST - 131 comments

Are there other ways to gain trust other than acts of honesty and time passing?
Is there any other way (other than the passing of time and being completely truthful) to help better regain someone's trust after a lie or two has been committed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Would my roommate's boyfriend's surprise appearance be unwanted?
My roommate's long-distance boyfriend asked me to help him surprise her. But I'm afraid he might be the one who gets surprised, if she's sleeping with someone else (I'm not sure). What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 AM PST - 30 comments

I want to know what why my grandma died. But I don't want any of my family to know that I want to know. Do I have options?
Besides researchers, In the US, who is allowed access to a person's Protected Health Information (tm) after they're dead? Who can get their death certificate (listing cause of death)? If these people aren't me, what can I do to cope with feeling that a loved one died because of someone's uncaring/ineptitude/etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 AM PST - 9 comments

What was the name of that flamenco record?
Help me find a traditional Spanish flamenco record from my past! [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 8:12 AM PST - 0 comments

Bad memory of good memories- reconcile the difference!
Hazy childhood memories of books I read. Can you help me identify them? [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 8:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Best of Rest-of-World TV
Which are the good/acclaimed live-action television shows from around the world outside of US/UK/Canada? [more inside]
posted by Gyan at 8:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me get a 93' Club Car working...
My dumbass friend bought a well-used golf cart. Without a charger. or working batteries. Help us get it running. [more inside]
posted by itheearl at 8:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Rainbows please
In the Bay Area, where can I find a selection of prisms to buy? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 7:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Voice over internal modem?
Is it possible to use the modem in an iBook running Tiger to send and receive voice messages? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 7:29 AM PST - 4 comments

This could be a long-shot even for AskMe
In middle school I read a story about time-travel. Can you help me identify it based on these inaccurate and erratic details? [more inside]
posted by sambosambo at 7:01 AM PST - 4 comments

What's a single word that means "propeller beanie?"
What's the word for a propeller beanie? [more inside]
posted by Grundlebug at 7:01 AM PST - 13 comments

my apps have short term memory!
my apps are acting funny when they start up [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 6:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me Popup!
JavaScript filter: popups, mouse over, toggle display. HELP - I'm not a developer! [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 6:08 AM PST - 5 comments

stock prices
How are stock prices determined at the exchange? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 6:00 AM PST - 9 comments

SJU to Fajardo
Cheap and reliable way to get from San Juan Int'l to Fajardo Ferry Terminal, PR? [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 5:59 AM PST - 6 comments

NYC on Xmas Eve:
I'm going to be in New York with my dad on Christmas Eve. What should I expect, crowd- and activity-wise? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 5:43 AM PST - 5 comments

What do you wish you would have asked?
What questions do I NEED to ask during the inspection of the home I just bought? Also, what questions should I ask the seller/seller's agent during the inspection? [more inside]
posted by elquien at 4:50 AM PST - 27 comments

email oddness
Mysteriously changing email image attachment? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 2:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Eat 'em before they get mouldy!
Why do my banana muffins go so mouldy so quickly? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 12:44 AM PST - 14 comments

December 13
Making Complex Connection Webs
If I have the data "A is friends with B, B is dating C, C is cousin of A, D is old schoolmate of B" etc, how can I easily make a chart of everyone's connections to each other? This should preferably be software, as trying to map it out manually is way too timeconsuming and difficult.
posted by divabat at 11:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Romantic (small) Hotel or B&B in Seattle
Looking for a small hotel or bed and breakfast in Seattle (or close by, but not in the San Juan Islands), with water views that is romantic. Perhaps within a one hour or so drive of Seattle.
posted by america4 at 11:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Book suggestions for a new manager
I'm looking for suggestions for books for a person new to management. [more inside]
posted by peeedro at 11:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Blogger: Isn't there some quote about liberty vs. security?
I don't use blogger, but I post comments on a blog that does. I happen to run my own blog (impressed?), which I used to link through Blogger's "URL" field. Apparently Google has removed that field from the commenting form. Instead it goes to my "Blogger Profile" which of course is empty, and even if were full, it still couldn't link to my self-hosted blog. What is Google thinking? Anyhow, is OpenID my friend?
posted by apetpsychic at 10:49 PM PST - 9 comments

My new Macbook screen has poor contrast and doesn't have to vividness expected from glossy screens. Is this normal?
My new Macbook screen has poor contrast and doesn't have to vividness expected from glossy screens. Is this normal or did I get one with a bad screen?
posted by herbiehancock00 at 10:18 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I tone down my red lips?
I'm a dude and have very red lips. How can I change this? [more inside]
posted by Jbgohlke at 10:06 PM PST - 36 comments

Why 'argument'?
Why do mathematicians (and/or programmers) describe information passed to a function as an 'argument'? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 9:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Car vs SUV rental for winter driving?
What is the best rental car option for winter driving? I am going to be renting a car in Boston and driving up to Vermont. The rental agencies won't guarantee a car with 4 wheel drive. So am i better off with a regular car or an SUV?
posted by metahawk at 9:05 PM PST - 22 comments

sim cards and cell phones
I have a t-mobile cell phone, which I hate. It accepts a sim card. Can I buy a t-mobile branded phone off of ebay and pop my sim card in and have everything work? T-Mobile isn't being very helpful; they'd rather I buy a new cell phone.
posted by boo_radley at 9:04 PM PST - 16 comments

traveling with oxygen
I'm working to transfer a person on oxygen from San Diego to Oregon. It's a long trip and this person is mostly wheelchair bound. Overexertion causes breathlessness and anxiety. We are trying to effect this ourselves and the oxygen is proving the most problematic. At 12 liter flow, getting enough oxygen is a major technical issue if moving by vehicle. We're talking a 3 day trip with a stop halfway in Watsonville for a day. [more inside]
posted by D-ten at 8:44 PM PST - 15 comments

I've got an itchy trigger finger and a runny nose
Why does the cold virus always make my index finger itch? [more inside]
posted by EL-O-ESS at 8:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Proposing in New York
ProposalFilter: I'm proposing in New York City tomorrow, can a New Yorker or someone with good city knowledge make sure my plan will work alright? [more inside]
posted by jpcody at 8:00 PM PST - 28 comments

What toy would make a 10-year-old's eyes all aglow?
I'm seeking affordable gift ideas for a 10-year-old boy we've "adopted." [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 7:39 PM PST - 30 comments

Yeah, what you have right here is your classic kangaroo court.
Multiple requests for dismissal in a trial I just took part in were denied, even though they seemed to be extremely basic and logical. Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 7:37 PM PST - 38 comments

How do you... give gifts?
How can I become a great giver of gifts? [more inside]
posted by violinflu at 6:48 PM PST - 22 comments

How to get the Vista Search Indexer to index all of my files?
How can I get the Vista Search Indexer to index and find all of my files? [more inside]
posted by Amaterasu at 6:26 PM PST - 4 comments

What are some good dental anthroplogy texts?
What are some good books focusing on dental anthropology and evolution? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 6:17 PM PST - 3 comments

How technical/specific should my grad school personal statement be?
Grad School Filter: How technical and specific should my statement of purpose for my Computer Science PhD application be? [more inside]
posted by christy at 6:10 PM PST - 10 comments

2 Good 2 Be 4 Gotten
I'm compiling a list of popular bon mots of the kind that are usually written in yearbooks, memory books, autograph books, etc. Things that are typically written by adolescents and teenagers to their friends and classmates. [more inside]
posted by amyms at 5:52 PM PST - 50 comments

Targeting Hiring Managers
Targeting Hiring Managers Through Online Professional Networks [more inside]
posted by gm2007 at 5:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Where should we go to watch the meteor showers, near San Francisco?
Where would be the best place to go to view the meteor shower tonight? The shorter the drive from San Francisco, the better. [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 5:30 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get scrollwheel-clicking to open links in a new tab in Firefox?
The scrollwheel-click has suddenly stopped working in Firefox. I don't recall making any changes in preferences, but all of a sudden, what used to open up links in new tabs, no longer does so. Instead wheel-clicking on a link does nothing. Any idea how to fix this problem? I feel like I'm browsing with one less finger! (Mac OSX.4.11, Firefox 2.0.0.11, Safari is unaffected by the problem.) [more inside]
posted by ruwan at 5:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Where's a photo booth in the twin cities?
I'm looking for a photo booth near Minneapolis, MN or preferably, in the western suburbs (Minnetonka, Plymouth, etc.). A Google search brings up lots of people willing to rent out a photo booth but I just need a few pictures. [more inside]
posted by pithy comment at 5:13 PM PST - 9 comments

"And then they made a stew out of blanched chicory root and ostrich feet."
Please to recommend novels that could function as survival manuals. [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 5:11 PM PST - 62 comments

What happens if I eat moisturizer?
"For external use only." Okay... what if I eat it? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 4:51 PM PST - 36 comments

Need medical/health spa vacation suggestions
My husband needs some time away from the rat race and from us rats (his family). Any suggestions for a health or medical spa/resort where he could spend a week long vacation? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 4:25 PM PST - 4 comments

All the Zappa catch phrases?
So I'd like to compile a list--better or at least easier to peruse than the ones I've found on the interwebs--of all of those crazy catch phrases Frank Zappa used on all his records and at shows. So far I have "It's a way of life" and "Add water; makes it own sauce!", both from Joe's Garage. Maybe there's a great site I'm missing 'cause it's got no GoogleJuice?
posted by littlerobothead at 4:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Must see things in Frankfurt, Dresden, and Berlin?
Must see things in Frankfurt, Dresden, and Berlin? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 3:46 PM PST - 19 comments

You will know him by the shoes and watch he wears
I am trying to understand the film, Eastern Promises. How authentic are the portrayals of the vory and ex-pat culture? With some googling I understand that the Russian spoken in the film was done well. But what about the rest? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 3:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Why does Subway™ stink?
Every Subway smells the same, and it's rank and pervasive. What is it? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket at 2:43 PM PST - 60 comments

How do I execute this command at start up in OS X?
OS X-filter: I've been searching but having a hard time finding an answer anywhere. I have a command I put into the terminal each time I boot my Mac that disables some third party firewall I can't find to delete. I'd like a shell script that would launch and just execute the command each time I start up my computer. [more inside]
posted by mattoly at 2:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Easy way to make great-looking charts and graphs?
Elegant and simple way to create nice-looking graphs/charts from raw data? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 2:28 PM PST - 10 comments

How to motivate mom and dad?
How do you motivate older people to do things that are good for them? [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 2:25 PM PST - 21 comments

"Matter is Lucifer crawling itself back to God"?
"Matter is Lucifer crawling itself back to God".... what's this mean then? [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Figgy Pudding Not Required...
Turtlegirl and I will be in London for a few weeks and we were hoping we could get some recommendations for places to eat ON Christmas day and/or Boxing day. [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 2:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Scrubbing the Stovetop
I'm having trouble cleaning my electric stove top. My main problems are the eye pans underneath the burners. [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 1:52 PM PST - 14 comments

How to pass CA smog test without losing all my money?
Help! My car didn't pass the CA Smog Test and now the dealer wants $600 to bring it up to standard. What can I do?! [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 1:48 PM PST - 30 comments

Indestructible Mac keyboard?
I break keyboards. Help me find a Macintosh keyboard that I will not break, or one that is easy to repair if I do. [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 1:22 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm 30 years old and don't know how to dress myself
Where can a tall woman go to buy a dress for a company holiday party tomorrow that she forgot all about until today? The person in question is in Lawrence, KS. [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne at 1:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Rainy day math problem!
How many different conversations can six people have? [more inside]
posted by keasby at 12:57 PM PST - 18 comments

Help with mystery mail
Someone at my office received this in the mail today: Picture. We have no idea who it is from or what it's about. [more inside]
posted by chiababe at 12:28 PM PST - 28 comments

How do I cheer my daddy up?
My nearly-60-year-old father has just gone through a breakup. What can I do to help him feel better? [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 12:27 PM PST - 4 comments

"I need more pieces, please!"
Is there any way I can get my hands on some cool Scalino marble run pieces before Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 12:13 PM PST - 1 comments

Hope Me Pay for My Meds!
Why Don't We Have Socialized Medicine Yet? Filter: Help me deal with privatized health care. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 12:10 PM PST - 20 comments

I want to find an old friend
How can I figure out someone's maiden name? [more inside]
posted by msali at 11:48 AM PST - 10 comments

"I must get the recipe for your lavender."
Where can one buy edible flowers from a reputable vendor in New York? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 11:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Classical music for Christmas
Please recommend classical music related to Christmas/birth of Jesus - preferably including comments on specific recordings. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 11:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a small business wireless router recommendation
Our cheapo Linksys just gave up the ghost, so I am looking for a new wireless router for my company . Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by baggers at 11:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Lots of questions about calcium
What the best formula for Calcium supplements? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 11:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Can a Paddy buy the Nokia7500Prism?
If my Irish friend orders the Nokia 7500 Prism from the UK, will it be unlocked when he gets it? [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 11:09 AM PST - 4 comments

My Wife And I Want To Shoot Each Other
Help me shoot my wife: suggest a first-person shooter we can play against each other. I'm on a Mac (pentium macbook pro); She's on a PC (about four years old, without the latest and greatest graphics card). We have a home network. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 11:00 AM PST - 27 comments

i'm not hormonal, you're just stupid!
Is there a way to tell the difference between real emotions and crazy emotions caused by temporarily messed up hormones or brain chemicals or whatever? Is there even a difference? [more inside]
posted by kerfuffled at 10:48 AM PST - 30 comments

WMV format for Nickelodeon Npower Fusion
Santa needs a hand: WMV format for Nickelodeon Spongebob NPower Fusion media player? [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick at 10:47 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I convince corporate IT that I need a Blackberry?
How can I convince corporate IT that I need a Blackberry? [more inside]
posted by rholly at 10:45 AM PST - 18 comments

Vacuum cleaner
Need a cheap, industrial strength vacuum cleaner! [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 10:24 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I get my predecessor's collection agencies to stop calling me?
My predecessor's creditors are calling me up to 10-15 times a day: What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 10:16 AM PST - 17 comments

Why does root beer smell like Deep Heat?
Why does root beer smell like Deep Heat? [more inside]
posted by macdara at 10:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Vegans do it without animal products.
I need some tried and true delicious vegan recipes. [more inside]
posted by sneakin at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments

In what novel are the characters brains scanned for copyright royalties?
Help me remember what book I read this in: In this sci-fi dystopia, you don't have to buy books or recordings. They're free for the taking. But at regular intervals, you have to report to a "copyright center" to have your brain scanned, at which point you are charged for the media you've consumed. Not reporting... [more inside]
posted by raconteur at 9:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Aural Skills
Where can I find non-commercial online resources for Aural Training? [more inside]
posted by occidental at 9:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Time Out and Therapy Needed
Question for my boyfriend: Grad student wigged out before exams. He now needs excuse to get out of missing exams, and probably a 1/2 year off. [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 9:42 AM PST - 23 comments

Laying a graded path
How do I lay a stone/brick path over an area which is uneven due to tree roots? Instructions available on the web or books? [more inside]
posted by sLevi at 9:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Best doctor for headaches?
Is there a "headache specialist" I can go to? [more inside]
posted by Becko at 9:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Find me an online fashion home!
Recommend a really good, friendly online fashion forum (or bulletin board, or LJ) for a funky fortysomething. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 8:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Connecting game consoles to wireless network with WPA security?
Help me get my wireless console gaming groove back on after a change from WEP to WPA security (and help me understand the difference between a wireless ethernet bridge and wireless access point). [more inside]
posted by de void at 8:49 AM PST - 3 comments

How to get GCal to accurately link to GMaps.
How can I ensure Google Calendar's 'map' links are accurate? [more inside]
posted by Glum at 8:42 AM PST - 3 comments

How Can I give thanks man...?
How can I thank the UK for the opportunity its provided me? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 8:34 AM PST - 19 comments

dirty deeds done dirt cheap?
Where can I find a Saeco Piccolo steam cleaner in the US? [more inside]
posted by melissa may at 8:18 AM PST - 5 comments

How to properly display an Army uniform jacket?
How to properly display part of an Army uniform in a display case? A customer of ours has a 'by the book' army husband and wants to make sure she doesn't break any rules displaying it. [more inside]
posted by whoda at 8:09 AM PST - 7 comments

book on universal design for teenager
Is there an easy to understand book on universal design suitable for an adolescent? [more inside]
posted by rosethorn at 8:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a direction for my website.
I want to build a website centered around maps, mapping, geography, GIS, etc., but I need help narrowing down my focus. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 7:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Facebook tracking puzzlement
How does Facebook's new Beacon feature work? [more inside]
posted by tastycracker at 7:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Best value for storage on an MP3 player?
What MP3 player has the best storage-capacity-to-price value? [more inside]
posted by p3on at 7:36 AM PST - 19 comments

Mix CD for 30th birthday
Songs about thirty for a 30th birthday mix CD. [more inside]
posted by Huw at 7:16 AM PST - 23 comments

Take me to Sponge City
Help me find the best deal on natural sea sponges! [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 7:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Name that logo?
I'm trying to work out what company or organization this logo belongs to. [more inside]
posted by demagnetized at 6:42 AM PST - 9 comments

CCF Settlement...
Any experience with or deeper information about the Foreign Currency Conversion Fee Antitrust Litigation (whew) settlement? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 6:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Leaving Tokyo On A Jet Plane
Help my Japanese friend find a job in the US! [more inside]
posted by willmize at 6:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Is a day of rest good for productivity?
I've heard of studies that having a day of rest in the week (like Sunday) actually increases productivity than had they worked all seven days. Does anybody know of any studies or statistics to support this claim?
posted by JaySunSee at 6:19 AM PST - 11 comments

How to configure roaming profile paths automatically for newly created domain users?
How do I setup Windows Server (2003) to default newly created domain users to be configured with a roaming profile path? [more inside]
posted by arathorn at 6:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Rusty frets, no obvious damp?
I recently got one of my guitars out of its case to find the frets covered in green stuff, and small patches of rust on a few of them.... [more inside]
posted by chrissyboy at 6:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me create a visualization of a corporate family tree
I need help putting some data in a pleasing graphical form. In short, it is a history of a particular industry, with all of the companies, their founders and where they came from. I would like to build some sort of corporate family tree like this famous one. Does anyone know any good tools for this?
posted by blahblahblah at 6:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Parallels Vs. VMware Fusion
I'm looking at purchasing a MacBook Pro for my job at a non-profit. I do web design and IT (as well as Accounting, which is what I'll need to keep running Windows XP for, and Outlook for the Exchange server). I'll install Bootcamp for XP, but much of the time, I will not want to reboot into XP. Would Parallels or VMware Fusion to a better job of meeting my needs? Does either one do a better job of running off the Bootcamp partition? [more inside]
posted by mac-way at 5:12 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm attracted to shiny things
Last year I was in Strasbourg and was lucky enough to visit the Christmas Markets. I was amazed by the variety of Christmas ornaments, I've never seen anything like this in the US. That's the problem. I bought a few small ornaments, but would like to buy more. Does anyone know where online I can find these?
posted by revan at 4:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Is my kitty sick or in need of a nose job?
Does my cat have a chronic respiratory infection, or is it possible she just naturally has poor breathing passages? Ever since my partner and I adopted her and her sister in August she has had periodic coughing and hacking fits that have been relatively unaffected by three separate rounds of antibiotics. Now I wonder if maybe she just has the equivalent of a deviated septum, or whether it's time for hospitalization. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 4:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Wait, this was only 30 santims last week!
How do I, alone, financially cope with high inflation and an overheated economy? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 3:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Who will refill my cosmetics bottles?
Is there anywhere in the UK that will refill empty cosmetics bottles? You used to be able to take empty bottles back to The Body Shop to be refilled from jumbo tubs behind the counter, but since they stopped I've never found anywhere else that does it. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie at 3:09 AM PST - 5 comments

What cheap software or webapps can I recommend to help my friend manage her small business?
What free or cheap software, or webapps, can I recommend to help my friend manage and build her small business, a salon? Although there is software out there specifically made for this purpose, it seems out of her price range and shares a lot in common with more general software. [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee at 2:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Good places for me to sell my used cds, books, guitars and old computer/computer parts in London, that would offer me reasonable/good money?
Good places for me to sell my used cds, books, guitars and old computer/computer parts in London, that would offer me reasonable/good money? (You'll be helping me pay my bills - any help much appreciated!)
posted by Ira.metafilter at 1:31 AM PST - 3 comments

3d animations in Flash
I want to put rendered, animated, anaglyphic 3D in a flash, with flash merging the eye-images at runtime. [more inside]
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 1:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Can you be my herb doctor?
What happened to my little herb garden? They were growing really well [1] [2] [3] [4] (just-watered), and then they've sort of died off [5] [6] [7] [8]. I've been growing them under my oven light. Can you help me figure out what went wrong and if I can save my herbies?
posted by lpctstr; at 12:12 AM PST - 20 comments

December 12
Prude women, more HIV?
I read online that AIDS spreads faster in societies where the women are less promiscuous. What is the best way of creating a model which will show me the development and spread of the virus in the case where women are less vs the case where women are more promiscuous? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 11:07 PM PST - 35 comments

Roadkill Cafe
I found armadillos for sale at a meat market in San Francisco's Chinatown. My question is who buys them, and what do they do with them? And where did they come from? That market has had them on several occasions, so someone must be buying them. [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 10:20 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I determine if older multiplayer games are still up and running?
What's the best way to find out whether or not an older online multiplayer game still has an active user base? Short of purchasing the game and looking for myself, of course. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 10:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me write a treatment!
Help me write a great treatment. [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 10:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Pretty harsh words
Seeking a word: Is there a term other than "euphemism" for couching an insult in fancy-sounding words, so your insult sounds less harsh to the inattentive ear? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:45 PM PST - 63 comments

Help a business consultant become an editorial freelancer....
I am currently working at a consulting firm and consider myself to be a half-decent writer. Before I apply for my MBA, I'd like to enhance my application by writing articles for business magazines. How could I do this? Do you recommend any particular publications that might be willing to take a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by moooshy at 9:37 PM PST - 8 comments

sweet sweet tea
I just took a trip to Atlanta and became addicted to sweet tea. I googled for recipes and noticed a few variations in the way it's prepared (besides amount of tea bags, sugar, water). That is, some recipes call for boiling the tea, then adding the sugar, then adding *room temperature* water. Some call for adding boiling water to tea, steeping, adding the sugar, then adding *cold* water. I think one called for adding the boiling water to tea, adding the sugar, then adding *room temperature water*. etc. etc. What I'm curious about is how do the differences affect the final taste? [more inside]
posted by edjusted at 8:59 PM PST - 33 comments

My kingdom for a some narrow-calved boots!
I long for the carefree, halcyon days of my youth (or even my early 30s) in which boots regularly fit my legs snugly. Now, evidently, I am the last narrow-calved woman on the planet. Help me not have to wear the same boots for the fifth season in a row! [more inside]
posted by scody at 8:49 PM PST - 25 comments

vroom vroom!
CarMaintenanceFilter: Do I really need new spark plugs and a fuel-injector cleaning when I just got them done? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 8:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Winter tires in Denver: required or just recommended?
Do I really need winter tires in Denver? I lived in Chicago for 30 years and never bought winter tires. Granted, I was young and foolish for many of those years, but still. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 8:12 PM PST - 17 comments

I just want to watch Ratatouille!
Very poor, sometimes non-functional, video DVD playback on my Dell laptop. The related features have no problems in any other context. I don't even have any idea what could be wrong, so no idea what to Google for help... [more inside]
posted by rhoticity at 8:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Exercise Makes My Teeth Hurt (Sometimes)
Jogging or biking makes my back teeth ache (throbbing nerves!) when I first start exercising after maybe a month off (and also, I get violent itches deep in my leg muscle tissue.) Why? Yes, it goes away once I'm back in shape.
posted by Shane at 7:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Not saving a bunch of money on my car insurance...
Car in PA, registered in DC, now living (and insured) in NY. Geico wants a LOT of money from me. I don't want to pay NY rates. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by kdar at 7:08 PM PST - 10 comments

ROAD TRIP!
I'm looking for things to see and do between Atlanta and Chicago, as well as a cool place to stay somewhere in between. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 6:55 PM PST - 5 comments

where do i get quality earring backs?
i've lost a few earring backs over the last year or so, where can i get replacements? the posts are different widths so i can't swap between the ones i have left. online stores or lower manhattan, preferably.
posted by lia at 6:27 PM PST - 10 comments

How to get a Simpleshare NAS to recognize an USB drive?
I need help with a Simpleshare NAS. Details are below if you have experience with the device. [more inside]
posted by COD at 6:19 PM PST - 6 comments

"Turn up the signal, wipe out the noise."
Please recommend current-market analog cassette decks with superior signal/noise ratios. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 5:53 PM PST - 4 comments

As much as I enjoy getting medical advice from the internet. . .
YANAD, but maybe you can help me find one: Any doctor recommendations in Brooklyn/lower Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by doift at 5:35 PM PST - 5 comments

This thing must open up somehow...
How do I 'open' the tailpiece on my mandolin to restring it? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities at 5:23 PM PST - 1 comments

Does anyone know if there's any good software to turn a mac into a news display kiosk? Nobody will actually interact with the computer -- the contents will dynamically update via the internet (RSS/other).
Does anyone know if there's any good software to turn a mac into a news display kiosk? Nobody will actually interact with the computer -- the contents will dynamically update via the internet (RSS/other). [more inside]
posted by evanm at 4:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Declaring Next of Kin?
Is it possible to legally declare someone your next of kin or the equivalent? I know that you can make a will for estates, and medical care proxies and the like, but next of kin make decisions about funeral arrangements and other issues and I'm not sure how to go about covering all the miscellaneous bases out there. I'm in the US/NYS, gathering info before talking to a lawyer about specifics.
posted by voidcontext at 4:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Importing Foods
What is the official procedure (in New York, say) for selling or distributing a canned product imported from another country? Are there specific licenses that need to be obtained? [more inside]
posted by dminor at 4:28 PM PST - 3 comments

What should a good medical exam consist of ?
What should a good doctor check for when giving a physical/basic medical exam consist to a 26-year old male. [more inside]
posted by GardnerDB at 4:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Chi è questo?
Hi. Who is this actor? [more inside]
posted by wfc123 at 3:57 PM PST - 14 comments

How many times a day does the normal 2 year old poop?
How many times a day does the normal 2 year old poop? [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 3:32 PM PST - 23 comments

Buddy, are you rolling in pomade when i'm not around?
I want to see what my cats do when I'm not around... from their perspective. I know we discussed Mr. Lee and his cat-cam before... I'm wondering if I can do this with my home wifi and a battery powered webcam? Any ideas?
posted by muscat at 3:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Absinthe is Good (So I Hear)
Where can I buy absinthe, now that it is legal in the US? [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 3:22 PM PST - 20 comments

1,000 Useless Mugs - Let's Keep them out of the Landfill
The org I work for has 1000 coffee mugs we can't use. What can we do with them to keep them out of a landfill? [more inside]
posted by nomad73 at 2:57 PM PST - 33 comments

Freighter passage from Gulf Coast to Mexican coast?
Freighter passage from Gulf Coast to Mexican coast? Ideally, I want go from Mobile, AL to Merida [only 674 miles]. But Pascagoula, Pensacola to anywhere in Mexico is fine by me. All I've been able to find is the Schepers Line which goes from Houston to Veracruz and then onto Central America. Driving all the way to Houston. there's the carnival cruise but I'm just looking for one-way, no-frills trip.
posted by caveatz at 2:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Too Many Moments of Zen to Count
Specific Daily Show and/or Colbert Report episode recommendations (with air dates so I can find them)? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 2:37 PM PST - 24 comments

FADE IN: We're in the oval office. Cheney trembles as he cups the constitution
Secret hat cameras or button cameras. [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 2:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Firefox Browser Gmail Issues
Google Browser Synch keeps showing my old gmail name though I have completely signed in with my new gmail address. Still, Firefox (2.0) for Mac keeps showing my older gmail name in the right corner of the browser bar. Any ideas on how to set it to my new gmail account's name?
posted by snap_dragon at 2:17 PM PST - 5 comments