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December 31
Who performed these music videos?
Who performed these music videos? Years ago I watched MTV in the early morning when they aired all the zany gainaxy music videos. Three of those stand out in memory for their sheer surreal nexus currency. [more inside]
posted by CyborgHag at 11:13 PM PST - 9 comments

That's the signpost up ahead
Speaking of the Twilight Zone a few questions down, from where came the New Year's Eve marathon tradition? I know SyFy (ugh) has it now, but I believe I remember watching it on WPIX way back when. That may have been 4th of July, though. Anyone know it's origins or what year it started?
posted by oflinkey at 9:38 PM PST - 7 comments

What did I eat?
What did I eat? Fifty years ago, when I was a kid, a friend's Japanese mother made us a snack. She pulled 2 plain, fist sized rice balls from the fridge and sprinkled a dark green, watery sauce on them. It was salty and fishy tasting. It may have had some dark green flecks in it. I've seen nothing like it in Asian markets, and I think it may have been homemade, for it was poured from a wine bottle with a metal liquor spout tube. I've wondered for years.
posted by sagejumper at 8:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Talking dolls before integrated circuits
Talking Tina, how do you talk? I'm watching the Twilight Zone marathon with Talking Tina. Given the technology available in 1963, how would such a toy work? The general talking part, not the evil inanimate object part.
posted by chengjih at 7:50 PM PST - 7 comments

taking ibuprofen for tension headaches
How many days in a row can you take ibuprofen for headaches before it becomes unhealthy? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 7:29 PM PST - 25 comments

oy vey with the gaming
If I buy a newfangled Chrome netbook will my kid be able to use it to play Minecraft? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 6:42 PM PST - 17 comments

More Like This Please
Last week I finally saw Sleep No More and cannot stop thinking about it. I want more immersive theatre and exploration. What other experiences are like it? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 6:01 PM PST - 15 comments

What is the progression of recovery from paranoid psychosis?
How does a paranoid psychotic episode end? Assuming that someone is on medication that starts working, does it tend to be a sudden thing where they wake up one day and they no longer believe in any of the huge conspiracy their mind had created? Or do they gradually stop believing the least plausible delusions one by one? Or do they stop feeling the terror associated with it first, and maybe even continue to believe that all that stuff DID happen to them, but that it isn't an ongoing threat any more? Or do they maybe just become more open to logical arguments against their beliefs? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 5:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me learn to maintain perspective about the role that The Mundane plays in life.
Help me learn to maintain perspective about the role that The Mundane plays in life. [more inside]
posted by armoir from antproof case at 5:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Can you give an asset in lieu of cash when selling a small business?
When selling a small business, can the owner accept an asset of the company in lieu of cash payment? [more inside]
posted by miit at 4:56 PM PST - 9 comments

fiance and product management
Financial modeling for product managers [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 4:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Yet another financial advice question
I need some advice about career plans, graduate studies and whether to rent or to own. Mostly in the financial context but also, of the bigger picture view -- am I being overly optimistic, am I too focused on career? [more inside]
posted by table at 3:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Breakin' the Law?
Can I use a trademarked fictional character's name in a song title? This will be published to CD and vinyl. [more inside]
posted by l2p at 3:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Sharing a car with roommates. What's the right price?
I bought a new car. What is a reasonable and fair way to split car usage expenses with roommates? [more inside]
posted by chrysanthemum at 3:26 PM PST - 16 comments

What do these funny letters say?
Can you read Hebrew? Help me out! [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 3:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Life after PC build
I recently built myself a PC for the first time since the 1990s and really enjoyed it. What fulfilling hobby can I grow from this? [more inside]
posted by sarahdal at 2:50 PM PST - 12 comments

What is it like working in Asia?
What is it like working in Asia? [more inside]
posted by inaisa at 2:50 PM PST - 18 comments

What can I do to help my brother-in-law not be/stop being a stalker?
What can I do to help my brother-in-law not be/stop being a stalker? [more inside]
posted by msbubbaclees at 1:52 PM PST - 33 comments

Looking for TV Movies
Is there anywhere online to view made-for-tv movies from the seventies? Any of the many movies Carol Burnett was in before her variety show, for example. [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo at 1:46 PM PST - 7 comments

In Search of Pond Robots
Help me remember the title of a childhood movie involving pond robots. [more inside]
posted by just_ducky at 1:37 PM PST - 3 comments

2013 will be our year! How?
2013 will be our year! ...But how? Have you had a storybook year or season at work or school or in a club? Something that felt like a Lifetime movie, making it to regionals for the first time for choir, or smashing your sales goal for the quarter, or collecting a ton of stuff for your canned food drive? I am trying to figure out what factors influence extraordinary success in a team setting. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 1:32 PM PST - 4 comments

The Curious Incident of the Disappearing Man
A man with whom I was once-upon-a-time very much in love pops back into my life about once a year, then vanishes again. Do I stop him? Do I just roll with it? Blizzard inside. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend at 1:00 PM PST - 38 comments

Putting in my two week notice after one week?
Just hired, now I have to quit. [more inside]
posted by flying_trapeze at 12:31 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I download all my tumblr images at once?
I post a lot of pictures to tumblr from other devices, and I'd like to have copies of the images on my own computer. Is there a program for OSX that will let me download every image off my tumblr at once?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 12:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Mystery pet in Belize.
What exotic pet animal did I see in San Pedro, Belize? [more inside]
posted by eugenen at 11:34 AM PST - 5 comments

How to diplomatically tell university friends we're not living with them again?
How to diplomatically tell university friends we're not living with them again? Group of friends live together one year and then go on exchange years, and upon returning for final year don't want to live with a certain friend - whereas he thinks everything is fine and rosy and the old arrangement will be repeated. [more inside]
posted by lethologues at 11:34 AM PST - 11 comments

3k13
We're throwing a Three Kings party. What are some regal foods? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 11:22 AM PST - 26 comments

Where should I sell these shoes and pants?
How / Where can I sell some designer items? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes at 11:06 AM PST - 9 comments

EWR to Amtrak connection logistics?
Are either of these connections from Newark airport to Amtrak reasonable? Ground truths needed! [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 11:00 AM PST - 7 comments

poop is not a toy
My very playful kittens love their litter boxes . . . a little bit too much. How can I encourage them not to play in the litter boxes, and more importantly, not to take their poop out of the litter box to play with? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 10:56 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm grippy, have good dexterity, and am windproof, warm, and waterproof. What am I?
I need recommendations for gloves for walking dogs in bitterly cold, relentlessly windy weather. My apparently unreasonable criteria, in order of importance, within. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 10:44 AM PST - 14 comments

How to trade a vehicle, for a vehicle, for trade in.
Should I trade my rebuilt title vehicle for any other vehicle, just to get an increased trade in value? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 10:14 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I design and print an 8-12 page booklet?
I need to design and print an 8-12 page booklet for an upcoming Bar Mitzvah. I'm looking for word processor and page setup advice to get this done. [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 10:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Weighted mean
Mathematics-filter: If there are seven funds with various charges, how can I work out the allocation to these funds of a fixed amount so that the weighted mean charge is below a certain level and the allocations are of similar sizes? [more inside]
posted by djgh at 10:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Can you hear me? No?!
All of a sudden, 1 in 30 of my customers are complaining that my videos have no sound. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 10:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Philly to Brooklyn New Years Eve Masochism Edition
Is traffic going to be crazy driving this evening/early night (Dec. 31st) from Philly to Brooklyn via Staten Island?
posted by ennui.bz at 10:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Folky-rocky harmonizing music groups with male and female leads?
Folky-rocky harmonizing music groups with male and female leads? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor at 9:29 AM PST - 41 comments

Cloud Box desired. Please help :)
Help me find or make a cloud in a box. By a cloud I mean a "A visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the ground." By a box I mean something that can fit on a desktop. The inspiration came from this art installation. [more inside]
posted by rdurbin at 9:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Peace corps medical history
For current and previous peace corps volunteers, Have you lied on your peace corps medical clearance? What did you lie about and how did it end up working out? [more inside]
posted by Globallife12 at 8:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Can't stop lucid dreaming
Has anyone found any strategies for combating sleep state misperception/paradoxical insomnia? [more inside]
posted by mellosphere at 8:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Emotional Basket case at Period Time
Menstruating women of Metafilter: Did/do you find that the older you get the more emotional you are around your periods? [more inside]
posted by kanata at 8:14 AM PST - 42 comments

What to do with an old iPod touch?
I have an iPod Touch 4G 8GB. Since I've moved from iTunes / MP3's towards subscription-based services, I've been using it less and less. What are some projects to make it useful again? [more inside]
posted by ista at 8:12 AM PST - 7 comments

1950s Bathroom / Bar Graffiti
I'm helping the art director on a 1950s period webisode series. There are a few shots which are inside of a bar bathroom. We're interested in recreating graffiti that would have existed in that era and before, since the bar has been open about twenty years. I've come across references to 'Kilroy was here', but not much else. Can anyone help me out?
posted by edaptlab at 8:09 AM PST - 3 comments

For 529 plans, when is enough, enough?
I've been saving big into a college fund since my child was born 8 years ago, on the order of $900 per month. I recently checked the 529 plan that was receiving the funds and it is currently at $90k. There is still a decade before the child would enter college, and by most estimates that could mean a doubling and a bit more if market averages do ok. My investment guy says a kid in the year 2022 might need $300k for tuition at a prestigious college and that I should continue. I think I'm pretty well set for now and it could be around $200k by then with no added input. Should I continue putting money away in this account or should I divert that into my own retirement (which is doing well too, but could always be better)? Or contribute less? When is enough enough for college?
posted by anonymous at 7:55 AM PST - 23 comments

Any good free online workout videos out there?
Free online workout videos? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 7:36 AM PST - 9 comments

It's an honor to be born in Sampencisco.
What is the native San Francisco accent? That is, the accent that San Franciscans had in the middle of the 20th century. Was it as distinctive as a Boston or New York accent? This is a question that I've pondered on and off for a while... [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 6:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I reinstall Windows but keep my dynamic drives?
I want to clean-install Windows 8 on C Drive, but D drive is actually a pair of software-mirrored, dynamic drives. Will I be able to restore the mirrored drive setup, after the clean install? [more inside]
posted by dylan_k at 6:43 AM PST - 11 comments

help me protect my glass jars!
help me find a subsitute to a rubber gasket for these jars. [more inside]
posted by CookieNose at 6:16 AM PST - 11 comments

[Job Search Filter]: How much experience is too much?
When putting down professional experience on a resume, how much is too much? [more inside]
posted by TrishaLynn at 6:07 AM PST - 10 comments

What to look for with movers in Northern VA/DC area?
Moving just up the road in Arlington (Northern VA) but have quite a bit of stuff that I don't trust me and my friends to not mess up. So what do I look for in a professional moving company? [more inside]
posted by zombieflanders at 6:01 AM PST - 9 comments

What do I do with this toddler?
Parenting a toddler: what should I know? What are your tips? [more inside]
posted by litnerd at 5:38 AM PST - 36 comments

Best made plans
How do you come up with a life plan that actually works? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me at least TRY to flirt with my friend
Seeing as how I was an utter failure at my LAST crush, I’m determined to do things differently and boy do I want to move on from that nightmare. Help me figure out how to do it. [more inside]
posted by christiehawk at 4:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Birth: a relative's perspective
My brother and his wife are expecting their (first) baby girl in a week or two. From a relative's point of view, what do the first days/weeks look like? I.e. what is expected of me, what can I help with, what should I avoid, etc. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:23 AM PST - 27 comments

'Actuality is indexical' in Latin?
Please help me high-falute! How would you translate the modal realist tenet 'Actuality is indexical' into Latin? The introductory paragraph in the linked Wikipedia article as well as the summary of tenets should give context for those who'd be interested in providing an answer. Thanks!
posted by Anything at 12:58 AM PST - 2 comments

December 30
I am not a secretary...right?
I feel like I'm being pushed into a secretarial role in my job, and I'm feeling a little crazy for thinking this. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 11:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Use a Mac to install Windows on a formerly Linux nettop box
How do I make a bootable Windows USB flash drive using a Mac? [more inside]
posted by ethidda at 10:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Why does my scalp go crazy if I stop shampooing for a few days?
Why does my scalp go crazy if I stop shampooing for a few days? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso at 10:22 PM PST - 8 comments

What is this dish?
What is this dish? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 10:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Me or relationship.
How do I decide whether this relationship is worth staying and working on or leaving and working on myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:08 PM PST - 31 comments

I need to buy a record player
What record player should I get my partner for his birthday? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing at 10:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Dishes made for breaking
I am needing to buy a bunch of dishes at a thrift store this week that will be very breakable. I will be using them as props: my subjects will be throwing them at walls and floors, and I want them to shatter into pieces instead of bouncing. When I am standing in the dishes section of the thrift store, is there anything specific I should be looking for? [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie at 9:22 PM PST - 20 comments

Shoe shopping for Bigfoot!
Mr. Panda is in need of a new pair of boots. Difficulty - size 15 and with a specific style. [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda at 8:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Dairy Yes, Lactose No
Are there other brands of dairy cheese that use the same or similar process as Finlandia to make their cheese lactose-free? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 8:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find a complete song list for "In the Groove 2"?
Where can I find a complete song list for "In the Groove 2"? DDR is good exercise. I'd like to make a workout playlist for use in my local arcade. I can find lot's of lists for the New songs for In the Groove 2, but I can't find the Old songs that are stored on the machine. For instance it has some but not all of the songs from DDR 3rd mix. [more inside]
posted by Pontifex at 7:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Quiet (not just empty) bar in Philadelphia?
Can you recommend a quiet (but not simply empty) bar in Philadelphia? My gf and I have trouble talking and hearing over the music at most places. If you've ever been to Burp Castle in NY you know what my ideal bar is like (monk costumes optional). [more inside]
posted by brackish.line at 7:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Breaking up with a person when everyone's poly.
I'm looking for breakup advice. Male breaking with a female, long-distance in a poly relationship. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Kenwood, if it could, but can't. Need schematic.
USB malfunction on Kenwood KDC-x595 faceplate... google fu failure attempting to locate schematics... any mefites wanna try? [more inside]
posted by FauxScot at 7:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Who is this Cherry Blossom Girl?
Who is this Cherry Blossom Girl? [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 at 6:51 PM PST - 4 comments

What is this? A book for ants?
I just re-discovered my copy of this edition of Heart of Darkness, which I bought a couple years ago. Help me find more tiny books. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet at 6:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I skip my Bactrim dose?
YANMD, etc: I started Bactrim yesterday for a MRSA-esque skin infection. I'm experiencing side effects that don't exactly bother me (persistent headache), but the prescription info sheet warns that I should be contacting my doctor ASAP. I'll be doing that tomorrow morning, but should I skip my dose tonight? Other deets within. [more inside]
posted by Chutzler at 5:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Software for Process Music?
I'm interested in trying to compose or play with pattern-based mathematical music that evolves, i.e. like that of Steve Reich...any good accessible software available for Mac, iPad, or web-based? Thanks!
posted by wavejumper at 5:45 PM PST - 6 comments

What are some good books or articles on second-language acquisition?
What are some insightful well-written books or articles, academic or otherwise, on the mechanics of how we learn second-languages and anything about the application of linguistics to learning languages? [more inside]
posted by pynchonesque at 4:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Can't they all just get along?!
[New Cat Filter]: Help us integrate an elderly male cat into our home. It's not going smoothly. At all. [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes at 4:33 PM PST - 15 comments

Shipping a soundbar
How to pack a soundbar? [more inside]
posted by dhens at 4:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you identify this plant?
Can you identify this plant? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 3:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Name that Sci Fi Story
Name that science fiction story / movie: Two people in love with each other are trapped in a box. The box is possibly in some alternative dimension with a Panopticon-type God person. I think the story was written by a famous sci fi author. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 3:01 PM PST - 3 comments

West Elm Beds and Bedframes
I am looking for a new bed, and am interested in this one from West Elm. I've been reading horrible reviews of West Elm beds, and I'm wondering if people have similar experience or better recommendations. [more inside]
posted by frizz at 2:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Don't go, but don't stay.
I'm obsessed with my friend? (snowflake details inside). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Self-Employment 101
Self-employment filter: I'm leaving my job to freelance full-time. What do I need to know that I don't already? [more inside]
posted by wansac at 2:15 PM PST - 23 comments

Hell and Choking on a Grape
Where can I watch this skit? I think it's called Satan's Mystique. [more inside]
posted by defmute at 2:13 PM PST - 1 comments

hork... Hork... HOrk... HORK!!!
What is a normal level of cat barf, and how can we reduce it? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 2:05 PM PST - 21 comments

Kindle self-help book recommendations
Looking for recommendations of effective books/workbooks/web resources on emotional intelligence, abandonment issues, anger, fear, jealousy, trust issues and self-compassion. Bonus points for including all of the above and being available on Kindle. [more inside]
posted by f3l1x at 1:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Moving... till I don't know what's sane.
Is moving to Inwood, Manhattan possible for what I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by droplet at 1:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Help my poor dead Mac?
Sooo...my newish MacBook Pro is dead and I have a question about whether or not I can salvage the HDD and stick it in the new MacBook Pro to save a whole world of time. [more inside]
posted by dance at 12:54 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I send these perfumes?
Can I ship bottles of perfume from Canada to the US? Can I ship them within Canada? [more inside]
posted by ohmy at 12:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Video game yoga?
I would like to do yoga with a videogame console I have Xbox +Wiifit [more inside]
posted by ibakecake at 12:15 PM PST - 3 comments

To sublet or not to sublet...
SubletFilter: For personal reasons, I need to step away from my one-bedroom apartment in desirable NW Portland. I would really like to sublet the place, possibly with furniture, for around 6 months. How can I protect myself legally? What am I allowed to charge for rent? [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 10:29 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I resolve my new crown's issues with my dentist
Did my dentist botch my new crown? It seems low to me and doesn't seem to make proper contact with its above counterpart. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat at 10:21 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm making a huge tiny mistake.
Is waiting for someone to contact you first giving them too much power? Is contacting them first desperate? Am I overthinking what is already a trainwreck (most likely)? Help me out, romantically-experienced MeFites! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 AM PST - 17 comments

help me be sexy
How do I be seductive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 AM PST - 25 comments

One itunes library to rule them all, and one library to bind them.....
Macbook and Mac mini server. Both have itunes libraries pointed at an external drive on the mini-server. No problem. My iPhone is backed up to the Macbook. I add music to libraries from both computers. How can I point all my itunes installs to not only one folder, but to all share and update one itunes library.itl file? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 10:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Witch Sue Game: what does it mean?
My 5 year old granddaughter and I like this game and we'd like to know what the captions on the potions mean. Is it Korean? Also, any other insight into the game, any of the characters you get when you make different potions? [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna at 8:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Error message: "The requested resouce is in use."
Why do I keep getting the error message "The requested resource is in use" when a program won't start? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

What is this antique table?
Any idea what this mechanical antique table would have been used for? Photo of the side. Photo of the top.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 8:00 AM PST - 28 comments

iTunes' Ugly Stepchild lost folder issue
I have an album by The Cult called "Electric" that was in Unknown folder in iTunes. I moved it to the proper music group folder in iTunes "The Cult" where all their other albums are. BUT when I open iTunes, it won't show up with the search of The Cult or under their name. I can find particular tracks in iTunes, go an hit Play and it then asks for me to locate that song. There are other screw things going on (like some albums thrown into compilations, but I can probably fix that) but this is the most frustrating. Any ideas? Do I have to go buy Tune Up or some other application? (I am running the newest iTunes on an iMac w/ Snow Leopard)
posted by snap_dragon at 7:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Boot re-soling in Oxford (UK)
Can anyone recommend a decent old-skool cobbler in or near Oxford (UK) to re-sole a prized pair of R. M. Williams boots? [more inside]
posted by Logophiliac at 7:20 AM PST - 2 comments

HyperCard reference manual?
I just got a friend's ancient Mac with a copy of HyperCard 2.4 on it, and I've gone through the tutorial but I can't figure out how to actually make stacks and write scripts. Anyone know where I can find the HyperCard reference manual or a good tutorial? (I'd prefer the manual.)
posted by glass origami robot at 4:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Hope me! I Have no https access. i have done all obvious things
I Have no https access. i have done all obvious things. I have run virus scans, cleaner, system restore and all procedures recommends by Microsoft to no avail. problem is.on both IE and Firefox so not a browser issue. I spent two hours with tech.support. nothing. I can bypass and access through some proxy servers. have run checkdisc etc. There was no change made to my hardware or new software but it did happen just after Windowsupdates were installed. I do not have a windows disk. I am using Vista. Excuse my mistakes, I am typing on my phone. any suggestions? I am thinking it has something to do with SSL Certificates.
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 1:08 AM PST - 16 comments

Gotta be safe and avoid those bedbugs!
Hello, Mefites- Is Hostelling International- New York (UWS) a safe, bedbug-free place to stay for a solo woman in her 20s? [more inside]
posted by timespacewheredoifit at 12:54 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me plan a 3 month trip to Southeast Asia: Thailand,Laos,Vietnam,Cambodia, and Malaysia
I will be backpacking in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia, so any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Trinergy at 12:44 AM PST - 9 comments

How long does my aircon unit need to be upright before use?
Do I really need to let my portable aircon stand upright for 24 hours?? :( [more inside]
posted by Salamander at 12:22 AM PST - 10 comments

December 29
Can you share examples of innovation programs in companies that you are aware of? How do they measure the outcomes of such programs?
Can you share examples of innovation programs in companies that you are aware of? How do they measure the outcomes of such programs? I know Google used to or still has a program where in employees work on projects of their choosing for 20% of their time. Any thoughts around steps that can be taken to increase innovation in an IT organization would be helpful.
posted by r2d2 at 11:29 PM PST - 7 comments

What do I need to buy to be able to use my fairly expensive stereo/receiver in Sweden?
What do I need to buy to be able to use my fairly expensive stereo/receiver in Sweden? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 10:33 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I understand & delight this dylan thomas fan
A fantastic gentleman tonight at the coffee shop where I work recited a supposedly 4 verse poem by Dylan Thomas having to do with autumn and I am convinced I heard the word "Tulip" in there somewhere. My question is -- does anyone know what poem he may have been reciting? And even more -- can you think of a great way to respond to him the next time I see him? [more inside]
posted by soundproof at 9:56 PM PST - 3 comments

What are the best books and websites for identifying and dating vintage clothing?
What are the best books and websites for identifying and dating vintage clothing? [more inside]
posted by imabanana at 9:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Help us celebrate 2013 unforgettably.
Bangkok, New Year's Eve: idiot free destinations? [more inside]
posted by holyrood at 8:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Flipboard for grandparents
Flipboard for grandparents: Is there a simple way for my grandparents to browse multiple social media feeds on their new iPad? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall at 8:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Weight-loss value of under-desk pedaling?
Is an under-desk pedal exerciser a worthwhile supplement to an existing weight-loss / exercise regimen? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 8:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Controlling the message after a post goes viral
A stupid and ignorant Facebook post about ichthyosis has gone viral, with over 1 million likes. How do we respond? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 7:37 PM PST - 19 comments

I have a problem with certain types of questions. Help me to understand why and how I can deal with my discomfort.
I have been struggling to figure something out. There are certain types of questions I have trouble with, and I would like to understand what types of questions these are, why am I so uncomfortable with them, and what can I do to make dealing with them less unpleasant. [more inside]
posted by matrushka at 7:36 PM PST - 58 comments

No, please, just take the money
Help me figure out how to pay a babysitter who doesn't want to be paid. [more inside]
posted by forza at 7:21 PM PST - 28 comments

I wrote a poem once
What is this poetic form called? [more inside]
posted by perhapses at 7:01 PM PST - 1 comments

A linguistic query
How long did it take for the United States to lose all traces of a British accent among its citizens? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 6:59 PM PST - 18 comments

Travel advice needed
travel advice needed: Has anyone visited Vermillion Cliffs National Monument? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth at 6:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Rock and road
How can I learn to play guitar when I need to travel constantly for work? [more inside]
posted by bargex at 6:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Where do I camp in Hampshire?
Where on earth can I camp in Hampshire at this time of year? Must be possible to get there by walking + public transport from Southampton. Ideally somewhere scenic. I'd like the New Forest, but everywhere seems to be closed. Is this doable? If not, is it doable wild-camping?
posted by ElliotH at 6:30 PM PST - 1 comments

Help a busy college student come up with an inexpensive home workout?
I'm a girl looking to build strength, burn fat, and tone up. I prefer to work out at home, where I have a yoga mat, a stability ball, 6lb dumbbells, a doorframe pull-up bar, and full 5 gal / 19 Liter water-cooler bottles. I also have a road bicycle and know how to swim. Using the above, what are some of your favorite exercises that I can do for balanced fitness on the whole body?
posted by grifninetoo at 6:10 PM PST - 19 comments

Fun daily or weekly project?
Looking for a non photography/non drawing daily or weekly project. [more inside]
posted by Lay Off The Books at 5:58 PM PST - 6 comments

My mom has pneumonia - desperately seeking advice
My 90-year old, very hardy but recently frail, mother now has pneumonia. Has anyone been through this, or something similar? Do you have any advice to offer about the whole thing - what to watch out for in her, what to say or do for her, how to deal with the hospital staff, how to handle my own emotional ups and downs as well as those of my sisters? [more inside]
posted by DrGail at 5:56 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the best way to treat a mild flea infestation with complications?
If I can only see the fleas on one cat, what is my best anti-flea protocol? Complications: apartment building full of pets, possible interaction with pregnant lady. [more inside]
posted by feets at 5:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking to start a simple home toolkit
Looking to buy a toolbox with essential tools [more inside]
posted by Highest_Of_Fives at 5:00 PM PST - 23 comments

WARNING!
Might the Toshiba HDD Recovery tool save my ailing hard drive and me a wad of cash at the computer repair store? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 4:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Should we sue the hospitals?
My father contracted MRSA during a long stay in hospital. Is it worth investigating legal action against the hospital(s)? [more inside]
posted by Diag at 4:37 PM PST - 22 comments

Whole lamb: spit roast or roast on grill (or cut up and grill?)
Whole lamb: spit roast or roast on grill (or cut up and grill?). Planning an outdoor festive summer wedding, and the menu is smoked brisket and lamb. I've long wanted to spit roast a lamb, or roast it whole in the ground, but I've also been hearing from experienced hands that this is not great for lamb (although it is traditional), because different parts of the lamb are best cooked to different temperatures--they suggest getting a whole lamb butchered, and roasting the cuts individually. Does anyone have any experience, or suggestions, they can share? I saw this thread, but it didn't speak to the overall advisability of the endeavor. Thanks!
posted by oneironaut at 4:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Birmingham to Boston Road Trip
What weather and road issues should I be aware of in my drive from Birmingham to Boston next Saturday, and what sights should I see? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 3:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find these athletic ankle socks?
Where can I find these athletic ankle socks? [more inside]
posted by amme at 3:04 PM PST - 8 comments

I like you, but I hate the gifts..
Is there a polite way to tell your significant other that you absolutely hate the gifts you've received from them for holiday? But wait!! I'm not being snooty for the reasons you'd think I would! More inside.. [more inside]
posted by baconandvodka at 2:54 PM PST - 69 comments

How to get a reluctant reader to love books?
How to get an 11-year old into reading? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness at 2:29 PM PST - 33 comments

Help me find this video.
Help me find a Youtube video I saw a while back featuring a nerdy young man playing an amazing keyboard/synth setup. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 2:24 PM PST - 10 comments

My new kitten sucks.
My new kitten is awesome, but she insists on suckling people parts. I'm looking for tips on getting her to stop. [more inside]
posted by scrute at 2:08 PM PST - 24 comments

Long kitchen apron
Where in New York can I get a machine-washable 35"-40" long apron for ~$15? I'm tired of wearing aprons that end at mid-thigh, but all the long aprons I've found are heavy, expensive things designed for protection while welding or turning wood or working with chemicals. This is just for cooking, so a waterproof backing would be nice but I don't need leather or ballistic nylon or pockets. I'd rather not go online because the shipping alone is often $15.
posted by d. z. wang at 2:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Dangers of Drywall?
I've been spending time in a house that's been recently drywalled and textured, including sweeping up drywall dust. Are there health implications? Should I be wearing a dust mask? How long until the place is "safe" to be in without a mask? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 1:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Rename my files
Is there a Unix command (Mac OS X Terminal) or a command-line program that will rename a series of plain-text files based on the first line of each?
posted by megatherium at 1:27 PM PST - 13 comments

I just want some sleep!
I am having serious psychological trouble adjusting to using my CPAP machine. I hate it with the fire of a thousand suns and I'm resentful and miserable and shall I go on? Yes, I shall. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 1:16 PM PST - 32 comments

Truecrypt bootloader overwritten...I think. Data recoverable?
Truecrypt bootloader overwritten - I think. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 1:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Ideas for fireplace cooking?
Suggestions for fireplace food for a NYE party? [more inside]
posted by emmatrotsky at 12:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Why am I losing gums around my teeth so rapidly if my dental health is good?
Why am I losing gums around my teeth so rapidly if my dental health is good? [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord at 12:22 PM PST - 23 comments

Oils and health: give me a primer, please!
I'm a little bit confused about whether oils (olive, etc.) are healthy, and in what quantities they belong in a balanced diet (given their high caloric content). Should I be aiming to add them into my diet (pour a couple of spoonfuls over salad, or cook with them), or should I be aiming to avoid them, substituting other things in their place and largely or entirely forgoing them. What nutrients or other benefits do they offer my body that other foods wouldn't, if any? If they are healthy, which are the healthiest? Which are the least healthy? Are some better for eating fresh and others better for cooking with? Help?
posted by UniversityNomad at 12:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Perforated mystery
What's that perforated part on the back of an envelope for? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 12:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Subaru shakes
What could be causing the sudden steering wheel vibration/shake and sudden pulling to the right with my 96' AWD Subaru Legacy? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 11:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Dutch-speaking MeFites familiar with Belgium: who do I call and what's their number?
I have two related questions: are my partner's symptoms worth a hospital visit? And if not, are there Dutch-speaking mefites who could help us find a family doctor open in Leuven, Belgium on Sunday? [more inside]
posted by Leucistic Cuttlefish at 11:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Megaphone Nightmares
Preacher with a megaphone / bullhorn. Street legal in Seattle?
posted by mmdei at 11:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Stowaway Table
We have a wooden dining table that we need to store away until a time undetermined. We have two options: attic or shed. We will, of course, be taking the table apart before storing. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 11:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Are international MBAs or other MA's taken seriously in the US
How accredited are international MBAs or other graduate degrees in the US? [more inside]
posted by Wazooga at 11:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Otterbox + dock = :(
Need an iPhone dock that works with the Otterbox Commuter and has good volume control.. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 11:28 AM PST - 2 comments

salary advice for entry-level architect just graduating from Harvard
I am about to graduate from Harvard Architecture School (GSD) with an M.Arch. and am trying to think about what to do in terms of next career steps. I've worked in architectural offices over the summers (some prominent ones) and not been too thrilled with the work and am now trying to decide what to do about my career. A factor in my decision is earning potential and salary. [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta at 10:59 AM PST - 14 comments

what to do in Manchester uk for new years?
what to do in Manchester uk for new years? [more inside]
posted by rtmfeng at 10:22 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I protect a new door from the sun?
Help me decide how to finish our new front door.... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 10:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Need a place to watch football with kids and beer!
I need a kid friendly place in Chicago to watch the Bears game. [more inside]
posted by repoman at 10:04 AM PST - 2 comments

wild things
I would like to serve my guests bread prepared with fermented wild yeast (wild wheat yeast+spring water, fermented). Are there any safety concerns I should be aware of? My guests include older people, people taking medicines, children and nursing mothers.
posted by leigh1 at 9:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Fashion change
What sort of clothes to wear to project an image primarily of trust and secondarily of mystique/mystery? In seeking to improve myself, I want to upgrade my wardrobe. At work I can wear and usually do, wear T shirts and jeans. I'm tired of that. As part of my self-improvement, a book (Fascinate) shows that I'm viewed as trustworthy and mysterious. I'd like to dress for that.. I'm mid 40's male and have always been a T shirt and jeans guy. This is just one area that I just am not fully understanding
posted by badger11 at 9:26 AM PST - 27 comments

Techniques for fighting the anxiety dragons?
This winter I'm having a lot of low-level anxiety. What methods have you found helpful in dealing with anxiety day-to-day? Any and all anxiety dragon fighting techniques appreciated. [more inside]
posted by oranger at 9:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Is my RL a dead horse or does he deserve this chance?
Another question about my LTR: how much should I try to give another chance to my potentially EUM partner? [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo at 8:51 AM PST - 35 comments

After the operation, doctor, will I be able to flip the bird?
What could be causing my middle finger to pull painfully towards my ring finger, especially while driving? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 8:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Let's come up with a recipe
Cheese lovers and good cooks, how do you suppose he did this? It looks straightforward - and amazing! But I want to be sure I'm not missing something.
posted by tizzie at 8:08 AM PST - 18 comments

"Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up."
Need some tips and pointers, such as those based on personal stories and experiences, regarding getting out of a deep, deep hole of endless darkness and hopelessness when the universe seems to be hell bent on bringing you down to your knees... [more inside]
posted by xm at 8:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Doctor says not to worry about findings on my CT scan. I'm worried. Whom should I go to for reassurance/confirmation?
CT scan shows choledochocele and liver cysts, should I really not worry? [more inside]
posted by xetere at 7:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Move along?
So you survived your 20's, and part of it involved moving to a new city where you didn't know anyone. Recommended? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 7:31 AM PST - 32 comments

Just say yes?
Has anyone used marijuana and experienced its more pleasant effects after many years of staying away from the stuff due to the more unpleasant stuff? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 20 comments

Botanica? Maybe....
On the off chance the the all wise clan that is Metafilter just happens to have this information handy: Where can I find bulk or low cost religious icons, candles, rosaries, etc in NYC by New Years Eve? Santeria type stuff is good, and I'm also specifically looking for dozens of affordable rosaries... Doing a combo photo shoot/event and need a lot of religious idolatry to outfit a space. Thanks in advance
posted by newpotato at 6:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me understand a passage from a law book (on freedom of contract) + recommend me resources for further reading!
Help me understand a passage from a law book: The most important consequence of changing views about freedom of contract in the period of 1870-1980 was the rise of the various institutions associated with the 'welfare state'. The introduction of institutions such as state-funded education and medical care, not to mention unemployment insurance and welfare, can be understood in large part as premised on the belief that freedom of contract is an empty ideal for those lacking the means to enter a market [more inside]
posted by ethelwulf at 3:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Wikipedia but without wikipedia
How can I work in MediaWiki mark-up language without installing MediaWiki locally or using any of the Wikimedia (eg. Wikipedia) projects? [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 2:21 AM PST - 4 comments

I can handle critters, but not crawling up my legs while I'm doing the dishes.
Any Aussie ant experts around? I'm tired of having sugar ants crawl up my legs while I wash up after dinner. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 2:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Memory isn't what it used to be
Has anyone any experience with having distorted time periods or even days. What I mean by distorted is that my concept of time is really off and if I didn't have a watch on I don't think that I could accurately guestimate ten minutes, let alone hours of time. [more inside]
posted by nidora at 12:32 AM PST - 23 comments

December 28
What does an elm look like?
I can't identify trees, bushes, shrubs, or flowers. How can I learn to do so on sight? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 10:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Immersive Proust at Yale in the 80's?
In the mid-80's (1983-1985?) I saw a play adapted from Proust's Remembrance of Things Past at Yale. It took place in a house on Hillhouse Avenue, and the audience followed characters around the house; multiple events transpired in different rooms. Who wrote the adaptation, has it every been mounted again, and where could I find the text of the play?
posted by musofire at 9:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Unexpected descriptions in literature
Do you know of a detailed description from literature of a non-literary subject which was not primarily meant as literature you would care to share with me? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses at 9:34 PM PST - 10 comments

What do I do with myself?
Every once in a while, I find myself alone and bored with nothing to do. Normally I have plenty of friends and an active social life, but in times like right now, for instance, when I'm away from home visiting family, and everyone I know in this city is out of town for the holidays, and lots of things like dance classes are closed for the holidays, I don't know what to do with myself. [more inside]
posted by Dilemma at 8:26 PM PST - 11 comments

The worst earworm is the one you can't name.
"Sometimes I love you, sometimes I hate you -- sometimes I want you gone, sometimes you're my savior...." Maybe? I think? [more inside]
posted by spunweb at 8:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I need to do anything about the tooth that just fell out?
I had a root canal on a tooth a couple years ago, and never got a crown on it. Most of the rest of the tooth just fell out. Do I need to do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by webmutant at 8:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Help plan a 3 week Italy Trip
I need help planning a trip to Italy this summer/2013 with my daughter for her 14th birthday (golden). Would like to see parts of the south and North. I am a bit nervous about traveling alone. Looking for tips on two week itinery, lodging, family oriented plans. I would like to start in the south as my mother's family is from Montefaconi, Rome, and then north. I have considered a week long tour in the south and then traveling Rome and northern on our own. Would consider a homebase in the north for 4-5days but where to stay??
posted by snztt99 at 7:54 PM PST - 12 comments

How to deal with jealousy in a productive manner
How to deal with jealousy in a productive manner? My boyfriend seems to like spending time out drinking with his friends more than he likes spending time with me. Wondering whether it's all in my head. [more inside]
posted by sock puppetron on wheels at 7:29 PM PST - 57 comments

New relationship: Should I stay or should I go?
Should I keep working on this relatively new relationship, or throw in the towel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:26 PM PST - 27 comments

iPhone Repair in Springfield?
Where is a good place to repair a broken mute switch on the iPhone 4 in Springfield, MO? [more inside]
posted by rmttws at 7:26 PM PST - 3 comments

What glasses does Jacques Greene wear in the 212 video?
What eyeglass frames is (are?) Jacques Greene wearing in Azeelia Bank's "212" video? Still shot here. He's in the video sporadically at around 1:08 but doesn't deviate from the angle in the shot, so I don't know how much help the video will be.
posted by geoff. at 7:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it safe to get my freak on after they froze my MC?
Is my molluscum contagiosum still contagious after cryotherapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Structured activities where a shy guy can meet women?
What are some structured activities where I (early 30s, male) can meet women in their 20s/30s? I'm specifically looking for activities that involve an ongoing group with structured interaction between participants, because I'm not good at starting up conversations on my own. [more inside]
posted by zeri at 6:26 PM PST - 26 comments

What do I eat, read, see in Vancouver BC?
Traveling to Vancouver BC Jan 3rd to the 7th 2013 - What do I do? What do I eat? Where do I get books? Would love to get personal recommendations from those that have traveled to the city before or who live there now! [more inside]
posted by Dauus at 6:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Have you volunteered at a zoo?
Have you ever volunteered at a zoo? What did you do? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 3:51 PM PST - 17 comments

Yet another strange cat behavior question...
We adopted Max from a shelter in October of this year. Shortly thereafter we noticed he would occasionally do this movement spontaneously, and we're curious as to why. [more inside]
posted by FormerMermaid at 3:47 PM PST - 27 comments

Unbeknownst to me, a driving fine has doubled and moved beyond appeal - or has it?
Unbeknownst to me, a driving fine has doubled and moved beyond appeal - or has it? What recourse do I have? And while pursuing recourse, what should I do about the money owed to avoid further penalty? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 3:46 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I end these thoughts of the guy who dumped me?
How can I end these unwanted thoughts of the guy who dumped me? [more inside]
posted by Sock of Silliness at 3:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me get started with costuming!
I know nothing about costuming or sewing, and I don't have a lot of space to do it. Help me get set up and learning how to put together basic clothing/costumes in my apartment! [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 3:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Let's not sing that song about letting it snow.
How do I learn to live happily in a city where it snows? Also, what are some coping methods that I can use to help get me through these winter months? [more inside]
posted by livinglearning at 2:54 PM PST - 38 comments

Doctor in Minneapolis who takes Aetna?
Looking for a doctor (GP) in Minneapolis. [more inside]
posted by heliostatic at 2:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Shingles exposure precautions?
Someone I was in contact with on Christmas has just been diagnosed with shingles. There was skin to skin contact, although I didn't notice any sores (but I wasn't looking for them). I'm concerned that I could transmit the virus to others - particularly some young children, elderly, and otherwise immunocompromised people I would be seeing at another family gathering tomorrow. Should I quarantine myself for a bit? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 at 2:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Jelly time!
What else can I put jelly on, besides bread or crackers? We got some great homemade jelly for Christmas, but don't eat much bread or cracker type stuff. What are some other options?
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes at 2:08 PM PST - 41 comments

Please help me de-stink my shirts.
How do I get a lingering stealthy BO smell out of my shirts? [more inside]
posted by Heretical at 1:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Haven't forgotten my first love
can't forget my early love [more inside]
posted by lloubee at 1:47 PM PST - 58 comments

How to get the most out of Disney Cruise?
Going on a Disney cruise with both adults and kids. It will be on the Magic and to the Western Caribbean. Any tips/tricks/suggestions to get the most out of the experience?
posted by shivohum at 1:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to find tech-friendly fashion
Where can I find tech-friendly fashion that looks good? E.g. sweaters or hoodies that help you with headphone cables, storage for gadgets etc. Shouldn't be too exclusive or pricey. [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 1:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Details, details, details...and then BAM!
As a reader of fiction (especially if you're a devotee of speculative fiction), how much do you like detailed descriptions and/or lists as part of the story? What if the story switches between detail and expediency? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey at 1:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Where in the internet heading these days?
Where is the internet heading? What are the issues we are facing with the internet and issues that will arise in the future? What do internet based companies need to worry about and prepare for? Looking for answers as well as places to read and learn about these sort of issues. [more inside]
posted by carmel at 1:05 PM PST - 16 comments

New York for a mom and son?
New Yorkers: Visiting early next year, wife and child traveling with me. Wrinkle: I'll be working during the days, so I'm looking for cool (and safe) things for them to do and places to go while I sit in a convention center. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:51 PM PST - 32 comments

Restaurants that deliver to South Minneapolis?
Do any good restaurants deliver to South Minneapolis? It is our anniversary and two of three kids are sick. So, we've had to cancel the hotel and restaurant reservations. I'm hoping to salvage the evening a bit with a nice dinner that we don't have to cook. I know about our local Chinese restaurant and the pizza places, but am wondering if there is something nicer.
posted by Area Man at 12:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Music to escape the zombie apocalypse
Help me create a workout playlist that is themed to work especially well with the booming exercise trend: running away from zombies! [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 12:05 PM PST - 34 comments

Help me chose an android phablet (phone/tablet hybrid) to meet my snowflake needs?
Help me chose an android phablet (phone/tablet hybrid) to meet my snowflake needs? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 12:02 PM PST - 11 comments

The new iTunes is big and ridiculous. Help me make it small and snappy again.
Is there any way to make the new iTunes tighter and more minimalist? For example, I want my podcast and artist lists to be like the small-font, compact lists they used to be. Similar to the column browser, but on the side, NOT the top (which is all kinds of stupid up there). Basically, I want to see as many artists as possible with as little scrolling as possible. Any add-on or script or setting I'm overlooking that could take care of this, and perhaps other inefficiencies of the new iTunes?
posted by iamkimiam at 12:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Someday My Camera Will Be As Good as a Phone Camera
Is there an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera on the market that is comparable in quality to an iPhone camera? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 11:58 AM PST - 14 comments

Does it matter what your business degree is in?
Business Administration VS Management degree - is there a difference? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 11:24 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I help my daughter with her height?
Please help me with my incredible (and probably irrational) guilt and grief over my daughter's height. I know that she'll be okay but I blame myself. Is there anything that I can do now? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot at 11:07 AM PST - 127 comments

Help my notebook speak to my shiny new TV
What's the best way to connect my Samsung series 5 TV with my Acer Ferrari One notebook so I can use the TV as a monitor? The laptop doesn't have a HDMI port... [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

How to study for a programmer job interview exam?
There will be an exam as part of my interview for my first programmer/developer job. It will be on J2EE and PL/SQL. Can anyone advise on what to expect and what to focus my studying on? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 11:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Living Like A King
I'm looking for information on the structure of life for members of the British Royal Family, particularly the lives of heirs to the throne: protocols, responsibilities, duties, etc. Do they have support staffs from childhood? Are they surrounded 24/7 by huge security details? Are there media consultants and imaging experts? Do they do their own grocery shopping? Do they have "days off" and what would that even mean in this context? [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee at 10:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Directions to Oz are actually in Q>Marketing>Misc>Masonry>Yellow
Is there a program that will help me locate/tag/organize files on our server? [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 10:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Let's Spend A Week On The Bowron Lakes
Have you traveled the Bowron Lakes Provincial Park canoe circuit in British Columbia? We're wondering about... [more inside]
posted by partner at 9:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I accept a gift of bitcoins?
Someone wants to give me Bitcoins. What's up with that these days? Should I accept these, and what can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by peep at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Other oils to protect steel
I play an Array Mbira. The tines are made of spring steel. I have sweaty hands, so the tines tend to rust unless I coat them with oil. The folks who make the instrument recommend 3-In-One Oil, which is what I've been using. Does it contain anything toxic? Are there other oils I could use to protect the tines? [more inside]
posted by gray17 at 9:37 AM PST - 7 comments

UK Remixes
Can you explain the process behind the official remixes released with UK singles? Examples inside. Not looking for US remixes. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Quitting the office to become a bartender - am I crazy?
I'm a mid-20s secretary and I want to quit and become a waitress or bartender, a field in which I have no experience. Am I crazy? How can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 AM PST - 21 comments

Teaching kids to deal with frustration
How did you teach your toddler/pre-schooler to best deal with frustration?
posted by drezdn at 9:19 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me find an ENT
I need help finding an ENT physician in the NYC area. I continue getting ear infections and it's about time I see a specialist instead of my primary care physician. I don't have insurance and currently working a part-time, so if you can recommend me one that won't charge me over $200 for a first time visit I would greatly appreciate it.
posted by likeapen at 9:10 AM PST - 2 comments

How to eat after pancreatitis and gallbladder removal?
How and what to eat after pancreatitis and no gallbladder? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 8:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Does it always have to be about oil and water, rubber and glue?
We are a relatively new couple in our friends' lives, both in our 40s, socially functional and generous, but not always gracious. Not always the best and most skilled hosts. We have very different kinds of friends who are unused to each other - some are dedicated to not getting along with each others' philosophies ad beliefs - and we'd like to know how to integrate everyone in our parties in the most fair ways with the best chance of getting folks to know and like each other. We'd like our guests to be comfortable and to want to come back and visit again. There is a fly in the ointment of communal friendship (and, frankly, we're afraid that some of our friends may come to shouting matches with each other) and I'm looking for good coping mechanisms and strategies for achieving this among potentially contentious friends. [more inside]
posted by kalessin at 8:46 AM PST - 42 comments

Should i still go to the movies?
Friend invited someone else to hang out with us should i still go? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme at 8:37 AM PST - 26 comments

This is not what I signed up for.
About a month ago, I accepted a job with the federal government. The salary was mutually understood to be at the GS-12 level. I just got a call that the job will now be at the GS-9 level due to fiscal cliff issues. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by jcatus at 8:17 AM PST - 35 comments

Recommendations for all-time best "royal court intrigue" movies, TV series and books?
Recommendations for all-time best "royal court intrigue" movies, TV series and books? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:55 AM PST - 28 comments

Ideas to subdue a red blotch without makeup?
Job interview at 1:00 p.m. eastern standard time. I have a red blotch on my face. [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 7:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Crushed under the weight of good living
More than a decade's worth of Saveur magazines. What to do? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 6:18 AM PST - 15 comments

What's eating me?
Bugs are biting me in my home and I don't know what they are because I can't find them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I come to terms with my depression?
How did you learn to accept that you are depressed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Save my purse and save my cat
Help me rescue and soften a leather purse! [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 6:08 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the economic return like for indie films?
A good friend of a friend completed production of an independent film earlier this year. They've submitted it to festivals and are just waiting to hear back now. Does anyone have some stats on how much revenue a typical independently-produced film can hope to make in the US and how much the most popular ones make? How do indie filmmakers actually make money? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 5:37 AM PST - 11 comments

You must gather your skills before you move forth.
What do I need to learn to make mods for Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition? [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius at 5:11 AM PST - 1 comments

Help Me Pick Good IT Training for 2013
Training for Senior Business Analyst - looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 4:22 AM PST - 7 comments

December 27
They're killing geese in Scotland...
Where did this saying come from: "Snow, snow faster, white alabaster..." [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 11:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Tmobile android phone recommendations
Jumping into smartphone world for the first time.…..i) I would like advice on an android phone that works on T-mobile 4G for email/websurfing/productivity. ii) Would also like advice on buying used phones in general. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 11:01 PM PST - 7 comments

To apply as co-borrowers or not?
My girlfriend and I are trying to get a home loan together. She has good credit, mine is apparently less than good (we were already denied by one lender). Is it possible to apply for loans using only her name, but still include the income I would contribute? Is this a terrible idea?
posted by mumblingmynah at 10:57 PM PST - 19 comments

translating a German book
I would like to have a book (in German, about 157 pp), translated for me. How much is a fair price to ask? [more inside]
posted by gnossie at 10:49 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me figure out why some find me arrogant.
Help me figure out why some find me arrogant. [more inside]
posted by liltiger at 10:46 PM PST - 68 comments

Car that can carry a bike
I want a car where I can throw my bicycle in the back without taking it apart, and that has 4WD and higher than average clearance. What car satisfying these criteria has the lowest operating cost? (fuel + maintenance) [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 10:31 PM PST - 20 comments

...Why am I so antisocial?
Is it wrong for me to not want any friends, or will it destroy me in the long run? [more inside]
posted by orchidgenes at 10:29 PM PST - 21 comments

The economics of small manicure/pedicure spas in NYC
What are the economics of the tons of small manicure/pedicure spas and their employees in Manhattan? There are multiple places on many blocks, and when I pass them there always seems to be at least a dozen technicians in each, most of whom are just waiting for the next customer. [more inside]
posted by unionsquarepark at 9:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find great jeans!
Seriously, how should I be wearing jeans? [more inside]
posted by carmenghia at 8:35 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me find earrings: 12g silver hoops
I need simple, elegant silver hoop earrings. Complication: 12 gauge. [more inside]
posted by dizziest at 7:14 PM PST - 6 comments

How to dress after weight gain?
How do I dress for work and fun when weight gain has made me unfamiliar with my body? [more inside]
posted by none of these will bring disaster at 7:09 PM PST - 23 comments

The laws of thermodynamics are against me.
How do I keep my glasses from fogging up while skiing? Just got back into (downhill) skiing but I wear glasses now, and peering through the fog that forms on them when I'm wearing goggles is making me crazy, plus I can't see things like icy spots or fallen snowboarders. Are there some sort of secret techniques for preventing this?
posted by genmonster at 6:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Epson projector w/Ubuntu
Epson EX7200 projector + Ubuntu 12.04 - help me make these two play together. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 6:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Why are my headphones not playing vocals?
I have a pair of Monster Inspiration. I'm trying to play Madness by Muse but if I plug the headphones completely into the iPod or computer, I can't hear the vocal parts at all. If the jack isn't completely in, then I can hear it perfectly. Why is this happening?? [more inside]
posted by cyml at 6:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can we play slots in our swimsuits?
What magical tropical paradise with beaches and casinos should we take my mom to, within a 4-hour flight of Chicago, for her birthday? Bonus points for a destination with cultural activities for a non-gambler non-sun worshiper. [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 6:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Post-up NYC Bar with Bags
This is very specific NYC filter: What not-too-crowded-but-not-dead bar to hang between 5pm-7pm tomorrow in NYC? Should be in Tribeca, near Penn Station OR along the 1/2 subway line. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 6:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Danger, Will Robinson
I feel like I have what others would consider "natural gifts," and that I may be in the process of squandering them. Help me stay/get on track. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Pay me back ... or pay me not?
Health Savings Account filter: Should I reimburse myself before year-end? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 6:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Flor de Mal question
Are you familiar with Flor de Mal? [more inside]
posted by Quonab at 5:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Bad Dental Crown?
Did I get a bad crown? [more inside]
posted by mamamia88 at 5:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Music theorists: What makes this song so compelling?
Could anyone break this song down for me from a music theory perspective? [more inside]
posted by mermily at 5:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Other party wants to give me check instead of filing insurance, is this kosher?
Person bumped into me in parking lot, wants to give me check instead of filing insurance, is this kosher? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn at 5:12 PM PST - 20 comments

I once knew a dumb comedy song with these two interesting properties....
I once knew a dumb comedy song with these two interesting properties.... [more inside]
posted by and so but then, we at 5:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me stop waffling about my continuing education in Software Development
In the field of software development, is it better to have 5+ years experience or a Bachelor's Degree? (snowflake) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 PM PST - 22 comments

How can I ethically get rid of these clothes?
I want to give away clothes! But how can I do so ethically? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 5:00 PM PST - 26 comments

It's all about the horseradish
Please share your wisdom on cooking for a crowd. [more inside]
posted by Cuke at 4:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me find this bluegrass/country song about missing home and missing someone!
Namethatsongfilter: Last winter/spring, I heard a bluegrass/country song on the radio. It was about coming home to a loved one. What was it? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 4:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Sell my gold coin on eBay or to a coin dealer?
Coin dealer or eBay to sell a 1 oz. Canadian Maple Leaf gold bullion coin? eBay seller fees are $62.50 for the first $1,000 + 2% of the remaining balance over $1,000.
posted by Bushmiller at 4:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me fake it until I make it.
I want to be better, faster, smarter and stronger, but I'm behind the eight ball. Help? [more inside]
posted by dean winchester at 4:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Campervan Cool on the Cheap
Show me pictures and tell me things about really cool DIY camper van fit-outs. What does your dream hippy travel van look like? [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 3:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Why are people taking pictures of our house?
People keep stopping and taking pictures of my house. The previous owner was in a lot of debt and I'm wondering if we should be worried. [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle at 3:13 PM PST - 23 comments

What should I wear with this? Part VIII: Bridal Edition
Mefi fashionistas: Help me jazz up my 60s wedding dress with just the right accessories! Pics inside... [more inside]
posted by sundaydriver at 3:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I raid my 401K to pay my credit cards off?
Can someone talk me out of raiding my 401K to pay off an exorbitant level of credit card debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:45 PM PST - 42 comments

Getting Fun Things Done
How can I make my downtime more productive and fulfilling? [more inside]
posted by jweed at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Google in the enterprise?
Is there a way to define a group of people on which to grant a permission within Google Apps for Domains? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 2:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Babywearing and breastfeeding.
Which wrap or sling is best for hands-free newborn breastfeeding? [more inside]
posted by that's how you get ants at 1:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I pursue a casual FWB relationship with this narcissistic but very intellectually interesting and sexy jerk?
Should I pursue a casual FWB relationship with this narcissistic but very intellectually interesting and sexy jerk? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl at 12:49 PM PST - 115 comments

Help us find the home theater system of our modest dreams.
Can you help me find a home theater or speaker system that meets my needs? Things seem to have changed since I last looked a decade or two ago. [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 12:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Do I need to tell the hiring manager that I'm NOT pregnant?
This fall, when I was unemployed and job hunting, I discovered I was pregnant, kind of like this person: http://ask.metafilter.com/207069/Should-I-reveal-my-pregnancy-in-job-interviews. I did not mention this during interviews, but when I got an offer, I brought it up with the hiring manager as part of my negotiation. I was very pleased that it did not seem like a liability, and he promised I'd be made eligible for their paid maternity leave even though I would have only been there about six months. He also said he'd leave it up to me to tell my boss and team with at least 4 months advance notice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:10 PM PST - 21 comments

This is 35.6
I officially entered my mid-30s in 2012...a year in which I got my BA and have continued to maintain my mental health. Though I feel good about my accomplishments this year, I am at an impasse. Please help! [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 11:42 AM PST - 7 comments

If they numbers are so different now, why can I still see?
Does this eye glasses prescription look right? Significant difference between my old prescription, which I'm still using and work fine, and my new prescription - including a switch from - to + on some numbers. Specifics are inside. [more inside]
posted by Arbac at 11:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Cloud-based alternatives to NotePad++?
NotePad++, but in the cloud? I have the app I like, but I want it everywhere at once. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved at 11:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I join a professional society for research administration?
Should I join a professional society for research administration? I oversee a social science research center at a prestigious Midwestern university. We're funded through a NIH P01. I started at this institution as an editorial type about 5 years ago, and thanks to some fortunate coincidences and active campaigning on my part, I now supervise the day-to-day operations of a staff of about 15. Along with other duties, I am responsible for many of the administrative aspects of active and prospective grants (overseeing ledgers, creating budgets, preparing progress reports, etc.) My title is "associate director," but I think the generic term for what I do is "research administrator." [more inside]
posted by ndg at 10:59 AM PST - 5 comments

How to motivate immigrant in-laws?
How do we help our non-English-speaking immigrant in-laws adapt to the United States, especially when their notions of respectability and gender roles seem to be holding them back? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Clambone at 10:56 AM PST - 30 comments

An impromptu English road trip
Driving north from Bath - what should we see? [more inside]
posted by superfish at 10:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Cheapest possible automobile
The cheapest car, period. Don't care about safety, looks, frills, country of origin, or anything else except as to how it relates to cost. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 10:25 AM PST - 20 comments

dad loved you best
How did you decide when and if to have a second baby? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:57 AM PST - 37 comments

My boyfriends borderline ex-wife is making me borderline crazy!
How should I address the fact that my boyfriend's unstable ex-wife continues to inappropriately contact him and his family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 AM PST - 22 comments

"We show why you aren't qualified to decide"
Looking for a great blog post from many years ago (I think by Julian Sanchez?), about a hypothetical news organization presenting information about why the viewer isn't well-informed enough to make a decision on a specific topic. [more inside]
posted by doteatop at 9:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find my long lost book.
Finding a long lost book with a grey cover and very sparse details. [more inside]
posted by trogdole at 9:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Table. Keyboard Tray. Ergonomic.
I'm looking for a sturdy table. Rectangular. Plain. About 28" high or so. Maybe something that folds up, or with legs that unscrew. And I'm looking for a sturdy height- and tilt-adjustable keyboard tray, wide enough to fit a mouse. Cheap. Simple. Together or separate. Got any advice? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 9:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Suspending employee access to email account
What are the laws and or regulations about "possession" of employee/company email after an employee is terminated? [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 9:25 AM PST - 14 comments

XBMCbuntu: How can I troubleshoot HDMI audio issues when I can't hear the speakers?
XBMCbuntu: How can I troubleshoot HDMI audio issues when I can't hear the speakers? [more inside]
posted by even butter at 9:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Does anyone own a Thermomix? Do you like it? Pros and cons, please
Does anyone own a Thermomix? How do you like it? Pros and cons, please. [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 9:21 AM PST - 5 comments

How to fix lowercase to small caps/conversion issues in Microsoft Word 2007 for certain unicode characters with diacritics?
I have a text (MS Word 2007) that cites Vietnamese authors whose names are written in latin script with diacritics, stored in Zotero in lowercase (with the initial in uppercase). When using a citation style (for footnotes and bibliography) with small caps/uppercase for the names, Word keeps some characters in lowercase: "Dương Thiệu Tống" shows up as "DƯƠNG THIệU TốNG" instead of "DƯƠNG THIỆU TỐNG". How to fix this? [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 9:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Maybe we're just not meant to eat python
How should I cook python? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead at 9:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Oh Hai, Gives Me Teh Job Plz, Kthxbai.
Calling all Mefites who are good at composing emails! I am struggling with verbiage in an email I am sending to someone regarding a potential employment opportunity. Please help this nervous going-on-3 months-unemployed job seeker not screw this up. Tasty plate of beans inside. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 8:41 AM PST - 16 comments

The "Drag List" for my kids
I dragged my kids (ages 13, 11, 9) to see Les Miserables. They loved it. What other works should Mean Dad "drag" them to enjoy so that they become well-rounded adults with perspective and taste when it comes to media choices? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 8:41 AM PST - 37 comments

Does any language lack a word for beak?
Which languages, if any, have the same word for "beak" and "mouth"? Or: which languages lack a specific word for referring only to a "beak" (aka the hard, pointy, front end of a bird)?
posted by Greg Nog at 8:05 AM PST - 11 comments

iTunes and Media Monkey/SAM Are Contradicting Each Other
iTunes Filter. 1. Why would the information for a song (e.g. artist name, song name) be displayed properly in iTunes but in Media Monkey/SAM the artist name is missing and the song name is listed with a number in front of it? 2. Also in Media Monkey/SAM, there are many duplicates of songs that aren't duplicated in iTunes (and these will have the artist name and the song name listed properly). Please note that this is not the case with all my songs (over 21,000), but enough of them (maybe 2,000--3,000) that it does pose a problem when I'm DJing or organising my music. Plus, y'know, I have a tidy mind and this is bugging me.
posted by Amy NM at 7:37 AM PST - 3 comments

I don't want to watch my fingers anymore
Based on this thread, touch typing has changed people's lives. I have been watching my fingers type for more than forty years, so I may not be able to make the change, but I'm willing to put forth a good effort. What software-based training program is likely to be effective to help an adult fast finger-typist become a fast(er?) touch typist?
posted by cameradv at 7:25 AM PST - 25 comments

Create Youtube playlist from list of links
I want to create Youtube playlists based on lists of Youtube URLs. How? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 6:55 AM PST - 6 comments

What is the biggest box I can fit into a USPS drop box?
What are the maximum dimensions (in each direction) of a box that will fit in a standard USPS blue drop box of the sort that you find on a city street corner? [more inside]
posted by enn at 6:49 AM PST - 12 comments

How should Les Miserables sound?
What kind of sound does (or should) the film Les Miserables have? [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 6:47 AM PST - 7 comments

If you were gay / That'd be okay / I mean 'cause hey, / I'd like you anyway... but what if I'm not?
So apparently my close friends and relatives have decided that I, an early-twenties female, am Really Damn Gay. I myself am not so sure, and seek your advice on dealing with their well-intentioned but perhaps slightly misplaced support. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 AM PST - 24 comments

fix a broken champagne flute
Is it possible to fix a champagne flute that just has one clean break? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes at 5:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Is the bookbook for me?
Does anyone have experience with the bookbook iPad cover? I desire something both beautiful and durable. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown at 4:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Help us get this food budget under control.
Our eating out spending is out of control. We obviously have a problem with planning and making meals at home. What have you done that's helped you? [more inside]
posted by third word on a random page at 1:34 AM PST - 66 comments

Affordable bedroom-quiet mini-fridge with a freezer?
I have an old hand-me-down mini-fridge in my bedroom that I use to store cold water and medications. Husband for Christmas thoughtfully bought me a new one with a freezer compartment so that I could keep ice packs up in our bedroom as well, yay! We plugged it in Christmas afternoon and disaster: new one is SO LOUD! Let it settle through the day, but both had awful trouble getting to sleep, and he ended up getting up in the middle of the night and just unplugging it because it kept on cycling in a frequent pattern that he couldn't handle. Looking for recommendations because it turns out that every fridge for sale on the internet has least one review saying it's WHISPER SILENT and another saying it's THE LOUDEST EVER. [more inside]
posted by laeren at 1:15 AM PST - 10 comments

because we R who we R
London-club-night-filter: recommendations for nights out in London that will play us some essential soundz of NOW? [more inside]
posted by Albondiga at 12:03 AM PST - 2 comments

December 26
help me make a party a little fun at least
I'm throwing a (potentially awkward) party for about 20 people in my apartment. Mostly couples. Need advice. [more inside]
posted by buck:fuller at 11:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Is there a cross platform cloud stored photo management application?
Is there a cross-platform cloud-stored photo management/editing application? [more inside]
posted by Raidallinen at 11:08 PM PST - 9 comments

What software can make this scatterplot?
What software is used to make a scatterplot like this? [more inside]
posted by razzbaronz at 10:22 PM PST - 14 comments

I need a real diagnosis on top of my self diagnosis
I suspect I have a food allergy and would like confirmation from a non-woo medical practitioner. Who is this practitioner? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 10:18 PM PST - 12 comments

How safe is food in the vicinity after a Teflon fire?
When you burn a Teflon pan, is it safe to eat the food in the kitchen? Should I reconsider Teflon all together? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 9:48 PM PST - 8 comments

urban design in texas
Cool parks, public spaces and green/urban design in Austin, TX? Houston, TX? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 9:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Did I doom my graduate school application by mentioning my illness?
I need reassurance about incoming graduate application admissions decisions, whether positive or negative. I had a period of academic and job under-performance due to struggles with mental illness and on advice from friends mentioned this in my personal statements. I am now reading on numerous websites I should not have mentioned mental illness at all. Did I doom my application? [more inside]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse at 9:38 PM PST - 7 comments

When you say "you and the guys", you mean the internet, don't you?
Please help me create an "Essentials of Doctor Who" playlist, to catch someone up on the show since the reboot. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 9:36 PM PST - 20 comments

R is for... really cool gift that begins with R?
I need to buy a few small gifts that begin with the letter R for a family gift exchange. My budget is $20, the potential recipients range from an 18 year old college freshman to a 70 year old. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 9:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Feelings are stupid.
How do you take care of a sick significant other without feeling resentful? [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 8:46 PM PST - 42 comments

Name that book
Asking for a friend: Name that book ... SF [more inside]
posted by batikrose at 8:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Help on moving from MS Office Pro 2000 to 2010?
Advice for help on moving from MS Office Pro 2000 to 2010? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 7:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Getting others to respect your boundaries/respect you?
Getting others to respect your boundaries/treat you with respect? [more inside]
posted by Prairie at 7:57 PM PST - 24 comments

Printer sharing XP and Windows 8
Windows networking woes. Windows 8 laptop will not install the drivers for an HP printer that is attached to an XP desktop. Help! [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy at 7:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Mad skillz
I want suggestions for new skills to learn. What are the best and/or most practical skills that you have acquired in life? What did you find was worth really taking the time to master? I am equally interested in short and long term skill sets.
posted by corn_bread at 7:43 PM PST - 35 comments

Best bank for travelers?
Best bank for an American traveling Northern, Eastern, and Southern Europe, as well as Russian? [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft at 7:41 PM PST - 5 comments

eating an older bird
What's the best way to cook an older chicken? Roasted? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 7:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Best ADD apps?
I've found this thread but I'm specifically looking for the best (in your experience) apps for ADD [more inside]
posted by tllaya at 6:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Does my mom have any hearing aid options?
How can I get my mom to consider a hearing aid? And would a hearing aid even work for her? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 6:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Internet Goodness
Besides Metafilter and reddit, what are some of the more popular news sites that university students are using these days? (sites you check almost every day)
posted by MechEng at 6:16 PM PST - 20 comments

Exercises for strength building for childbirth
I'm currently 22 weeks pregnant and am wanting to start some kind of muscle building exercise to help prepare me for (a hopefully unmedicated) childbirth. I have some health problems which place limitations on the types of exercise I can do. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper at 5:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Using a shopping cart with WordPress.com
Need a shopping cart that will work with the free version of WordPress. [more inside]
posted by parrot_person at 5:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Saving for retirement as a graduate student.
I am a new graduate student and was hoping to put some money into a Roth IRA to start saving for retirement, but just read that contributions must be made from earned income and now I'm not sure if that is the best plan for my circumstances. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it even possible to have a "night on the town" with ~20 women without going crazy?
I'm currently a maid of honor in NYC. My bride wants to invite 24 ladies to a night on the town for her bachelorette party. Please help us not kill each other. [more inside]
posted by thirdletter at 5:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Need help getting dermatologist to help with psoriasis pain
Pain from psoriasis is very bad, hydrocodone does almost nothing, and my dermatologist disavows responsibility for helping. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 5:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Do you use Kanban for personal productivity?
Do you use Kanban as your personal productivity system? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 5:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Teach me your peroxide hair bleach secrets!
Help me bleach my black, coarse, glossy facial (and head) hair! [more inside]
posted by windykites at 4:52 PM PST - 26 comments

Help my mouth get it on
I am 24 years old and have never kissed a guy. I want to change this by my birthday 6 months from now. I have a lot of anxiety about it and am also holding onto romantic feelings for a close friend who lives far away. What's the best approach?
posted by anonymous at 4:45 PM PST - 17 comments

What does it mean to be a Commonwealth state?
Can somebody please explain to me in very basic terms (as if I were a 5 year old) the difference between a "Commonwealth state" and a state in the United States? I have Googled this question and still don't understand the difference.
posted by Coffee Bean at 4:23 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I move / switch NYC apartment radiators?
Does anyone have experience with, or know how to, switch radiators between two different rooms in the same apartment (in NYC)? [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB at 4:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Facebook Astro-Turfing, Bot-Monster. Help us uncover it?
Facebook Astro-Turfing, Bot-Monster. Help us uncover it? [more inside]
posted by stewieandthedude at 3:57 PM PST - 5 comments

I need to talk.
How do I get my health insurance (Kaiser in Hawaii) to give me talk therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Could these really be cold sores?
Could I really be experiencing cold sore breakouts this minor? Background info inside: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 PM PST - 6 comments

UK-onlyRoadSafetyFilter: how do I get a pavement put in our dangerous road for my kids and others?
I want to get a couple of neighbours (directly or via the municipality) to put a pavement in the currently pretty dangerous piece of road that connects me and my kids' house to town so we can walk there safely. UK only please. [more inside]
posted by KMH at 3:38 PM PST - 5 comments

What should I do to prepare for a road trip?
What should I do to prepare for driving from SF to NY this January? [more inside]
posted by Peemster at 3:28 PM PST - 19 comments

I like to draw. I fear I suck. Thus, paralyzed.
Creative wibble: Feel like I could do some cool stuff but crippled by insecurity and thus don't sit down and DO IT. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:47 PM PST - 14 comments

King sized wool blanket for $50 or less
My husband and I don't have very much money, but we would like to own a few (or even just one) giant (king sized) wool blankets. [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 2:37 PM PST - 24 comments

Like letting a fox watch the hen house?
Can you recommend a financial planner in DC? Also. Um. How does that work? Newlywed financial noob questions inside. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 2:20 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I transform cookies into lasting Christmas tree ornaments?
How do I turn my gingerbread man cookies into long-lasting Christmas tree ornaments? [more inside]
posted by film at 2:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Cure for latest flavor of website cruft?
Popups. They're baaaack! Half the websites out there seem to have decided (roughly all at the same time) that full width toolbars or promotional bars that rise up at screen bottom and cover up content, or slide-in promotional boxes that obtrude themselves from screen lower left or lower right or both and cover up content, are absolutely wonderful ideas. Ad-blockers don't seem to think they're ads since what they're flacking for is the same site you're already on (The VERY NEXT New York Times story you'll want to read is...) rather than something in a different domain. Is there any hope of blocking these? Thanks very much!
posted by jfuller at 1:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Help for slippery steps
Help us make these wet, slippery, wooden steps safer! [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 1:21 PM PST - 18 comments

I can has what kind of cheezburger!?
What exotic cheeses should we try in place of the ordinary (american, cheddar, muenster, mozzarella)? Recommendations for exotic cheese dishes also welcome! [more inside]
posted by chaiwawa at 12:46 PM PST - 44 comments

Please evaluate my brother-in-law's plan?
Brother-in-law wants a loan to start a home-based business. Please evaluate if his plan seems profitable? [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake at 12:36 PM PST - 35 comments

a car for a pie - sounds fair, right?
Non-monetary thank you gift in exchange for a free used car? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 at 12:27 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I support my husband while he sets boundaries with his family?
How do I best support my partner when he sets boundaries with his passive-aggressive family, particularly when the boundaries are about how they've been treating me? Wall of text, with bonus holiday drama, inside! [more inside]
posted by SeedStitch at 12:17 PM PST - 43 comments

Weight Loss and Benchpress Plateaus: Help me burst through my stagnation! Details inside...
Weight Loss and Benchpress Plateaus: Help me burst through my stagnation! Details inside... [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 12:07 PM PST - 11 comments

(A AND NOT B) is okay for bachelor parties and weddings, right?
Bachelor party - can I invite people who aren't invited to the wedding? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 12:01 PM PST - 42 comments

Unattended program installation options in a home context?
I'd like to automate installation of windows programs. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 11:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Soup Without Canned Broth
Do you have any recipes for soup that don't require broth or stock? [more inside]
posted by Ery at 11:15 AM PST - 35 comments

I have a cough that simply will not be suppressed. Help!
I have a cough that simply will not be suppressed. Help! [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 10:57 AM PST - 30 comments

Prince's taste, paupers finances.
I really like the fabric/material in the "Life is Good" shirts... [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 10:56 AM PST - 3 comments

What is a realistic path to becoming a published SF author?
What is a realistic path to becoming a published SF author? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 10:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Monologue for a 10 year old
Monologue for a 10 year old's audition? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 10:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Wanna beach bum it up for a month in March!
Less touristy Central American beach spot to plunk down for a month in March? Thinking Quepos, Costa Rica, got anything better? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 9:55 AM PST - 13 comments

How to transfer pics
How do I copy photos efficiently to my computer? [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 at 9:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Help us make the best of the Amalfi Coast.
Traveling to the Amalfi Coast in Italy in March with my girlfriend and her family (6 total people). Need some help. [more inside]
posted by scooterdman at 9:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me name my new multi-app
Help me name my new product, which combines the functionality of popular existing apps, but is specialized with high-security features. [more inside]
posted by bfu at 9:08 AM PST - 21 comments

Making my dog happy on a rainy day?
How do I keep my puppy entertained on a rainy day? My 6&1/2 old puppy (see this previous post) has turned out to be ... rather interesting. She is not particularly high-energy and doesn't seem to take much joy in long walks. She is, however, really interested in romping and socializing with other dogs. [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 at 8:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Museums on the edge of insanity and brilliance.
Some of my favorite places on Earth are the House on the Rock, the Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Mütter Museum. Not only do these places have a massive bevy of bewildering curiosities, they are also rich in depth and full of small, standalone stories. Each require many, many hours to appreciate fully. What other unconventional places in the world feature an equivalent mix of amazement, craziness and depth?
posted by eschatfische at 8:47 AM PST - 46 comments

Sneakin' around on the PS3
What PS3 games would you recommend for sneakin' around and quietly killing bad guys? Loved Batman: Arkham Asylum. [more inside]
posted by wolfnote at 8:39 AM PST - 21 comments

Are my concerns valid/ Should I just ask him out?
I want to ask a guy out. I have some concerns and am wondering if I shouldn't. Please give me your advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 30 comments

Please help me not burn down my new apartment in Singapore
Who makes reliable, well manufactured step down transformers? [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 7:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Software to find resale values of music CDs
I want to help a relative sell a collection of CDs. Is there any software that takes UPCs or other identifying information and automatically checks Amazon, Spun.com, eBay, etc., for current resale prices?
posted by espertus at 7:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Noise reduction for a concrete box
Hometheaterfilter: How much soundproofing do I need to do in a concrete box? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin at 7:40 AM PST - 8 comments

How to restore a beautiful but corroded silver plated thing?
What can I do to restore a beautiful but heavily damaged (rusted, corroded, tarnished) set of silver-plated silverware found on the street? [more inside]
posted by cinoyter at 7:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I just pay someone to fix my credit?
My credit is kind of a mess, but I have a good income and no real debt -- can I just pay someone to fix it for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Drugs make my bipolar mom a shell of herself. She says it's worth it.
Extremely medicated mom: My mom has struggled with intense bipolar disorder for most of her life. She attempted suicide twice and has been hospitalized 3 times. For the past 3 years or so, medication has stabilized her moods, but at what appears to me to be a heavy cost. She's dulled and flattened to the point that she seems like only a small fraction of the person she was. It's hard for me to see her this way, but I don't know what I can do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:33 AM PST - 20 comments

Safety issues in Quito, Ecuador
My son is applying to a Junior Semester Abroad program in Ecuador for next fall semester. I am reading that Quito has become more dangerous than it was when we went there on a family vacation 6 years ago, and I am nervous for his safety. I'm looking for first-hand information and advice about how to stay as safe as possible. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 5:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Removable wallpaper to cover hideous apartment detail.
What do I need to know about using removable wallpaper? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 5:28 AM PST - 1 comments

Modern jazz recordings reference?
Which book should I buy to replace the (non-existent) 10th edition of "The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings"? [more inside]
posted by avysk at 3:17 AM PST - 1 comments

Is it worth it to live in a city with too many bad memories?
Is it worth it to live in a city with too many bad memories? I love Los Angeles, but I feel that pieces of my heart are scattered all over it. [more inside]
posted by Cybria at 2:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me get back into computer games!
Computer games advice please! I want to get back into playing computer games after a long hiatus (since the mid 90s!!) so I need your advice. If I buy game CDs on Ebay/Amazon or the like, how do I tell if they are legit or bootleg copies? I want to stay away from shady business! Why are sites like Steam and Good Old Games so cheap? Are they scams? What does a subscription service actually mean?
posted by EatMyHat at 2:42 AM PST - 19 comments

Slow cooker too slow?
Just acquired a slow-cooker, it doesn't behave how I imagined it would. Are my expectations misguided or did I get a dud...? [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 1:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Need to find a store in the US to buy a netbook.
Where is the best brick and mortar store to buy a Windows netbook in the US? [more inside]
posted by jim.christian at 12:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I change my Janome to sew super thick fabrics?
New Sewing Machine Question! I got a new sewing machine for Christmas, a Janome Magnolia 7318, and I love it. My only snag so far is how to sew thick fabrics. I want to sew thick fleeces for stuff for my dogs and the layers are too thick to fit under the stock foot. Is there a different shank I can buy (not sure if that is the right word) that is higher? I tried to google it but no luck.
posted by dottiechang at 12:34 AM PST - 5 comments

VADO HD Battery - Help Needed Please
Where can I find a replacement generic battery for VADO HD? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 12:07 AM PST - 0 comments

December 25
Help me find a Christmas song that sounded like the A-Team!
Help me find a Christmas song that sounded like the A-Team! [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 11:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Save my feet!
The arches of my feet hurt quite a bit during my spin classes. What can I do to alleviate the pain? [more inside]
posted by amycup at 11:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do so many cop shows feature footage from Ohio?
Why do so many cop shows feature footage from Ohio? [more inside]
posted by halseyaa at 10:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Silent Night...
I'm trying to find a watch that does not beep when I press the button to illuminate the watch face. I also need it to have an alarm and to be somewhat water resistant (suitable for jogging/hiking in the rain). It would be awesome if this watch cost less than $50. Any suggestions?
posted by wearyaswater at 10:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Keeping up with mens fashions
How can I stay current on fashions for men? [more inside]
posted by chundo at 10:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Screwing the environment and shutting down science - what's in it for Harper?
Canadian politics question. Screwing the environment and shutting down science - what's in it for Harper? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 8:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Sparky's visor, what kind of sunglasses?
Concerning Tom Tomorrow's Sparky the Wonder Penguin, in This Modern World -- what kind of sunglasses does he wear? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 8:26 PM PST - 3 comments

How best to communicate with doctors?
How do you advocate for the best care from three states away? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 PM PST - 9 comments

how to slow things down without killing the spark?
An unexpected hookup with a coworker crush at a Christmas party has opened up the possibility of a new, exciting relationship. How do I slow things down to a comfortable pace? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Men’s fashion book from the 70’s
A couple of years ago I read about a book of contemporary men’s fashion from the 70’s. It is considered a classic by some and I believe fetches a fair price. It featured a lot of mixing of styles. Any idea what this might be?
posted by bongo_x at 7:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Is my fridge broken or is it just me?
Is my fridge broken or is it just me? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia at 7:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Winter blues
I get extremely depressed (sometimes to the point of suicidal ideation) on my month long winter break from college. Help me help myself prevent that from happening this year. [more inside]
posted by Hey Judas! at 7:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Lactawesome
What is the most potent-per-dose lactase supplement (e.g. Lactaid) on the American market? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 7:08 PM PST - 3 comments

My big girl panties are pinching
I should have gone the no-contact route a coupe of years ago when he told me that he only saw me as a friend, but I struggled through and we got back to good friend status. Recently the old feelings have resurfaced. Do I have to "use my words" again or is it okay to do a slow fade? [more inside]
posted by Neneh at 6:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Nexus 7 Apps
What are your must have free or low cost apps for the Nexus 7?
posted by thatwhichfalls at 6:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Acid reflex can't swallow
Acid reflex can't swallow anything. YANMD but maybe you can help me in a pinch. [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 6:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Aggregated top albums of 2012?
There are lots of Top n Albums/Songs of 2012 lists all over the internet, but is anyone aggregating them to figure out what the overall internet consensus of top albums/songs of the year is? That is, is there a fivethirtyeight for music?
posted by capricorn at 5:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Parlez vous éducation?
I am in Seattle. I'd like to learn French, to the point where I could (in 6 months, say) carry on a rough conversation with someone in Québec or France. I have knowledge of a few words but would essentially be starting from scratch. With which group/center/school should I take classes, but most importantly: why? (In other words, what would make that class better than those offered through alternatives?)
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Water Alarm System For Crawlspace
I'm looking for a water detection system with a wireless alarm. [more inside]
posted by shew at 5:12 PM PST - 3 comments

What do you put on vulvar abrasions to help them heal?
Embarrassing Injury Filter: I managed to scrape my vulva on a rough surface today. Now I have these little paper cut type abrasions on the very softest parts but I can't really see them and I don't know what to put on them so they heal up properly. Can I put Neosporin on them? I'm worried that if I'm not careful any ointment I use will spawn a YI or something. :( My gyno won't be open till after the New Year otherwise I'd call and ask her.
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 4:38 PM PST - 18 comments

A work in progress...
Am creating a wordpress-powered site on my .com domain. It's far from being finished and looks pretty crappy right now. How can I make a "site coming soon" splash page without uninstalling wordpress from my page and starting all over again? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 3:55 PM PST - 5 comments

If we could harness fan-boy angst!
Help me find a video explaining who's who and what's what in the development of the Fallout franchise, particularly Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 3:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Graphics Problem with Macbook Pro/Ubuntu
I recently set up my old late-2007 Macbook Pro to dual boot OS X and Ubuntu. I'm very new to Ubuntu, and while mucking around I think I seriously screwed something up with my graphics card. Is there any way to fix it? Despite the problems these older Macbook Pros have with graphics cards, I am almost certain it is not hardware-related. [more inside]
posted by Yiggs at 2:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Dinner for 6 - desperately need inspiration
Inspiration has left the building. I'm making dinner for six Thursday (including two kids) and I'm completely out of ideas. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 1:52 PM PST - 17 comments

As you walk on by, will you answer my question?
Settle a Christmas debate: Could Brian from the Breakfast Club really have committed suicide with a flare gun? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 1:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I bring up this family incident from the past that still upsets me?
Should I bring up this family incident from the past that still upsets me? [more inside]
posted by sunflower16 at 1:02 PM PST - 32 comments

Feeling ignored by my loved ones.
How do I deal with feeling ignored? [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist at 12:57 PM PST - 19 comments

A fat, obsolete TV on a glass shelf?
About ten years ago, I unplugged an amost brand new TV, and just stopped watching TV entirely. Recently, I moved, and decided to dust off the TV and plug it back in. What I've learned is that there have been some changes in tv land since I've been away. [more inside]
posted by Transl3y at 12:53 PM PST - 21 comments

Monophobia
How do I get over my completely insane (and crippling) fear of spending time alone. [more inside]
posted by pandorasbox at 12:13 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the 411 on 50-03?
What does "50-03 was an inside job" mean? I saw this bumper sticker on a lightpost in Cambridge, Mass., above a "9/11 was an inside job" sticker. Google turns up nothing but that uninformative post from 2011.
posted by Jasper Fnorde at 12:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Southwest Christmas jazz?
I just heard a recognizable piece of music at a Christmas event, but can't name it. [more inside]
posted by dhartung at 12:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Help my sister identify this outtake or live skit.
Help my sister identify this outtake or live skit. As my sister describes the scene, there's a man eating a sandwich and the sound effects keep getting out of synch. Eventually he turns to the camera/audience and says something along the lines of "You know, I have to eat this whole sandwich." [more inside]
posted by ErWenn at 11:31 AM PST - 3 comments

A long shot for a long shot?
Can I use my espresso maker without a metal filter? [more inside]
posted by hasna at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Fantastic! Now ... how to hang it
Calling all handymen and women, artists and other problem solvers; how to hang totally awesome (but heavy) acrylic painting my boyfriend made me for Christmas [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 11:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Is the flu shot at all effective after one week?
I'm travelling up and down the northeast US starting next Sunday. The first person I'm going to see has told me she's coming down with the flu. If I get a flu shot now (or I guess tomorrow since it's Christmas) will it do me any good?
posted by Busoni at 10:39 AM PST - 18 comments

I AM NOT YOUR OWL
I am tired of being the owl for my friends and family. How do I get them to talk to *each other* instead of *me*? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 10:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Why does my central heater smell of urine?
Whenever our high-efficiency heater runs, I smell urine. Why would that be? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 10:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Why does my grandmother treat me like a child? What do I have to do to be seen as an adult?
I'm 30 years old. I recently moved to the complete opposite coast of the country and have been living on my own successfully. [more inside]
posted by starpoint at 9:56 AM PST - 50 comments

Help me play tourist in NYC
Assume for a moment that you're a five year old boy. What kind of tourist tchotchke from New York City would you want? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 8:57 AM PST - 25 comments

Christmas Breakfast Emergency!
Can I Eat This Filter - Christmas Breakfast Emergency Edition: Last night I made a breakfast casserole that was supposed to cook overnight in the crock pot. I set it on low but forgot to plug it in. There's a dozen eggs in it. If I cook it this morning, will it poison us all?
posted by dchrssyr at 8:35 AM PST - 11 comments

I chronically lie to people and have for a long time. How can I possibly stop?
I chronically lie to people and have for a long time. How can I possibly stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 20 comments

How to get over a relationship that just couldn't be?
How to get over a relationship that just couldn't be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 AM PST - 11 comments

December 24
late 70s recording of maggie and milly and molly and may
Looking for a children's musical tape from the 70s or 80s that had a song of the e.e. cummings poem "maggie and milly and molly and may". It was probably a man singing, possibly with some children in a chorus. [more inside]
posted by diamondsky at 11:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Quarantined for clostridium difficile
I live with someone who was just put on a six-month home quarantine for clostridium difficile. I have advanced heart disease including multiple heart attacks, stents, open-heart operations and a couple mini-strokes. The infected person is also on lactulose due to a severe intestinal problem and must wear diapers at all times. Further, she is an alcoholic who has started drinking heavily in the last two weeks, and she is tracking feces all over the house. [more inside]
posted by Ardiril at 10:47 PM PST - 26 comments

what is that indie song about turning into a wolf?
Name that song: I have a very vague memory of an "indie" song I heard last year but can't recall the name or artist or tune. The lyrics may have had something to do with turning into a wolf or running with a wolf, or something... [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 10:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Cutest animal in the world!
How do you say "slow loris" in Indonesian?
posted by bengalibelle at 10:02 PM PST - 3 comments

She doesn't want help, but I want to help her.
How to convince someone who may be schizophrenic to seek help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Good online forums for discussing complicated feelings and comforting others?
Are there any particularly good, well-moderated private online communities out there for discussing personal and medical concerns in a safe space? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Feed the Jews
What is the best place to eat Chinese food for lunch tomorrow (Christmas) in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by bq at 8:45 PM PST - 6 comments

I wish I had double ovens, but alas...
YouAreNotMyChef question: Two dishes, one oven. I'm braising Ina Garten's Four Hour Leg of Lamb tomorrow and making her French flageolet beans. I have one oven (I can turn on convection if necessary) and there are two cooking temps. Can you help me with the math? [more inside]
posted by cecic at 8:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Films with great soundtracks?
What are some films with excellent soundtracks? [more inside]
posted by Bahro at 8:39 PM PST - 64 comments

2 Pi in the service of the King
Looking for suggestions regarding old books (Napoleonic era) on the subject of navigation and/or trigonometry [more inside]
posted by honestcoyote at 8:28 PM PST - 5 comments

On top of the world!
Ways to replicate the feeling of being drunk. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit at 7:21 PM PST - 45 comments

What is the name of this children's book?
What is this children's book (and its sequel, if I recall correctly?) A girl takes an elevator in an old house/building to a floor that opens up several generations ago. She meets children from the past there. There is a scene where the narrator finds an old photograph and sees the girl in it. In this book, or possibly its sequel, there is some going back and forth in time to find buried treasure at the house in modern times. I don't remember the reading level but it may be considered a children's book or YA book. It was probably written sometime between 1960 and 1980, and I think I read it in the early 1990s.
posted by michaelh at 6:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Backup texts to computer
How do I get my text messages off my phone? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 5:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Optimal prime rib temperature scheme
Christmas Eve rib roast question #2. Hot sear? Steady 350 degrees? Somewhere in between? [more inside]
posted by scose at 5:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there anything I should do?
Trying to be rational here. Is it possible that I might be targeted by a group of people? [more inside]
posted by antgly at 5:18 PM PST - 39 comments

Help Me Deal With These Persistent Pimples!
All Metafites Who Have Battled Mild/Moderate Yet Persistent Acne: What has actually helped you? In terms of diet, products, medication, or anything else? What about for the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark marks) that remain? I prefer natural remedies, but any anecdotal suggestions/advice is very appreciated. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen at 3:30 PM PST - 45 comments

But how did you see me there? I was invisible!
Is there any way to 1) have an Android phone that is always on and connected with your gmail account and 2) be invisible in gchat at the same time? [more inside]
posted by segfault at 3:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Win 7/ Thinkpad X1 Unexpected Shutdown
Win7/ Thinkpad X1 problem driving me crazy - at some random time in sleep mode, my Thinkpad will reboot and give a "Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown" message when it's back up. The Reliability Monitor returns that this has happened 7 times so far this month. I'd be grateful for any assistance in troubleshooting - a few additional details inside. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 1:56 PM PST - 11 comments

If Logitech can do it, so can I. Right?
I can't seem to make the buttons on my mouse do what I want. And I know damn well that it's possible. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 1:51 PM PST - 3 comments

What type of audio connectors are these?
What type of audio connectors are these? [more inside]
posted by woolite at 1:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Fish dish
Need suggestions for seafood entrees that will hold up well (not get rubbery or slimy or unsafe) for a couple of hours on a buffet table. Soups/stews OK--we'll have access to a crock pot.
posted by elizeh at 1:03 PM PST - 12 comments

How to work around $20/day hotel Internet in Central London
My friend is headed to London for eight nights and the hotel he is staying at has Internet for $20 a day. Is there a way around that? Is there a cheap "Mi-Fi" type 3g/wifi device available without a plan, or other tricks to leverage prepaid 3g for his and his wife's laptops? Just a 3g sim isn't enough as they will really need laptop wifi access.
posted by carlodio at 12:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Has anyone ever written to your senator or district representative?
Has anyone ever written to your senator or district representative? How long did it take them to respond? [more inside]
posted by instantfail at 12:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Kanji Now!
A friend wants an iPad app to help learn Kanji, there appear to be many and was wondering if anyone has a recommendation? thanks and happy holidays!
posted by silsurf at 12:24 PM PST - 6 comments

What is intimacy?
How does emotional intimacy work in your marriage/LTR? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:43 AM PST - 18 comments

What Do You Give New Parents?
Parents of Metafilter: What the best gift you can give new parents? Everyone has suggestions for the baby but what about the parents? What are the things you wished you had/realized you couldn't live without when dealing with your first kid? How could someone have made your life easier despite being on the other side of the planet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:43 AM PST - 23 comments

E-readers and tablets and smartphones oh my.
I can't decide if a tablet or an e-reader AND a new phone* is more suitable for my purposes. I don't know much about either market which is why I come to you guys for advice. [more inside]
posted by Modica at 11:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find number estimation quiz questions?
I want to do a quiz that encourages having a guess above getting the exact right answer. What I'm looking for is a collection of questions and answers where the answer is some estimable number. [more inside]
posted by PJMcPrettypants at 10:58 AM PST - 7 comments

GET THEE TO SUNSHINE NOW.
What should I expect flying with a young child (8) from Seatac on Christmas morning? [more inside]
posted by roboton666 at 10:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Step 1: Insert Tab A into Slot B. Step 2: Don't die.
Can I fix this seat belt by myself? [more inside]
posted by sacrifix at 10:11 AM PST - 18 comments

What is a good source of Android games and app reviews?
Getting a Nexus 7 tomorrow. I need good review sources for Android app reviews: both games and utilities. [more inside]
posted by One Hand Slowclapping at 9:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Is SoundCloud a good gift for a new electronic musician?
Is there a better gift in the $40 range for a budding dubstep/electro musician (in his 60s) seeking to get the word out than SoundCloud Premium? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Fan fun
How do I, using common household tools and objects, determine the (variable) RPM of a fan? [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname at 8:41 AM PST - 17 comments

Reading Aloud Allowed?
What are the legal rights and obligations of someone reading aloud in public from a published book? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me be a good sober sitter!
My SO is planning on taking LSD during the extended break between Christmas and New Year's. I will be his sober sitter. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 AM PST - 52 comments

What is the best "Santa Tracker" for a first gen iPad?
Help me find the best Santa Tracker [more inside]
posted by leafwoman at 8:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a lens?
I'm going to take a photography class. Students need a manually adjustable (non-automatic) 35mm camera and 50mm lens. I have an Nikon N50. Is that okay? Also, what kind of lens should I get? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase at 8:08 AM PST - 18 comments

You never call, you never write. And you never ring.
Sprint Android smart phone question: the phone rings for essentially all calls except those from one specific number. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 7:59 AM PST - 3 comments

There Are Two of Them and Two of Us, so Why do we Feel Outnumbered?
Parents of Metafilter: All I want for Christmas are your tips, advice, dark humor, commiserations, stories of hope, etc. for surviving the transition from 1 to 2 children. [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 7:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Just call me "Blister Sister"
Related to this post on the blue: How do you who go bare-legged in pumps do it without turning your feet into raw hamburger? Do I need to trade in my feet for an upgrade? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 7:03 AM PST - 40 comments

A Wan LAN
How can we pinpoint whether our network trouble originates with our ISP or with our router? [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo at 6:22 AM PST - 24 comments

Weird fun with kids after Xmas in St. Augustine, FL?
What are some fun off-the-beaten-path activities to do with kids (boys 12 & 9) in the Saint Augustine, FL region during the week after X-mas? The more nature or weirdness involved, the better.
posted by chr1sb0y at 6:08 AM PST - 7 comments

USB ports failing
My Compaq Presario V2000 notebook running XP is a bit more than 5 years old, and all three of its USB ports are failing. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 6:00 AM PST - 7 comments

John, Jim, George and Ringo!
When did Paul McCartney start going by the name Paul? Has this ever been addressed in biographies or interviews? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 5:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Next up, sous vide in your hot water heater
Cooking a rib roast in wood stove? [more inside]
posted by mkb at 5:54 AM PST - 5 comments

What did the landed gentry in Jane Austen's era do all day?
I just read Pride and Prejudice again, and once more I am struck by how empty the lives of the main characters seem. I understand the class division that set "gentlemen" land owners above those "in trade" who worked for a living but what I don't understand is how people with nothing to do passed their time. [more inside]
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:17 AM PST - 24 comments

Play until your neck falls off
What are your favourite non-FPS games with local multiplayer for Xbox 360? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno at 4:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Does swallowing semen break your fast, medically speaking?
A question about oral sex and taking medication. [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 4:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Current 93 - All the Pretty Little Horses
Trying to find a version of Current 93's "All the Pretty Little Horses" but with David Tibet actually singing it. [more inside]
posted by DJ Broken Record at 2:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Sync bookmarks for digital books between a Mac and an iPad?
I like reading books on my iPad, but I also like reading them on my Mac. Is it possible to sync bookmarks between the two? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 12:55 AM PST - 12 comments

60's NYE Ball Drop
I am looking for the best quality video of a TV broadcast of the ball drop in Time Square from any time during the 1960s. [more inside]
posted by mge at 12:41 AM PST - 2 comments

HAHAHA remember that time when...?
How do I look out for and tell funny personal stories? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess at 12:25 AM PST - 11 comments

December 23
I want a long life!!!
Do tall people die sooner? [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 at 9:49 PM PST - 18 comments

New Years in Berlin
Any suggestions for events or activities in Berlin between 30 December and 2 January, especially New Years Eve? I'm ideally looking for the burner, hippie, artist, rave, etc. vibe that'll appreciate laser pants, but the burner groups haven't posted anything yet.
posted by jeffburdges at 9:16 PM PST - 1 comments

New Zealand essentials?
So this is happening: my wife and I are taking a last-minute trip to New Zealand for the new year. We'll be away for 12/29-01/18, driving a few hours every few days, starting in Queenstown and heading north. Where should we stay? What should we see? What should we experience? [more inside]
posted by ronv at 9:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for an articulate explanation of literal interpretation of the bible vs. non-literal
Bible filter: Question on biblical interpretation [more inside]
posted by BlueMartini7 at 7:29 PM PST - 18 comments

How to find an affordable temporary housing in Davis CA?
How can I find an affordable temporary housing in Davis CA? [more inside]
posted by YukoInNature at 7:24 PM PST - 7 comments

A funeral with a crazy family estrangement scenario
How do I deal with my estranged brother at our grandmother's funeral? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse at 6:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me edit the metadata in my music files
Can you recommend a good sound-file metadata editor for OS X? [more inside]
posted by TheDonF at 5:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Point us towards some sweet matchy books
My sister and I like matchy books: works by a single author or in a thematic series in new, nice, editions. Preferably hardcover, preferably freshly typeset, preferably authoritative and not decorative. [more inside]
posted by silby at 5:03 PM PST - 12 comments

He likes me. He likes me not. Solutions?
Unrequited crush...or is it? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 4:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Well-timed montages
From John Simpson flinching (at ~26s) to a 747 appearing out of the haze in Koyaanisqatsi: what are the most apposite and best-timed pairings of music to moving pictures? [more inside]
posted by Talkie Toaster at 3:59 PM PST - 18 comments

F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5....hey, I can see the search bar!
Why does my computer have so much trouble connecting to Amazon, and no other website? Difficulty level: reformatting the OS drive didn't work. [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 3:53 PM PST - 21 comments

What's the name of this online puzzle series?
Help me find a devilishly difficult online puzzle that I had worked on ~4 years ago. Difficultly: I remember a few of the levels and not much about the name. It's not the "Impossible Quiz" flash game. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish at 3:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Birmingham on Christmas Day: options?
Birmingham, England. Christmas Day. Is *anything* open at all? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 3:07 PM PST - 7 comments

My mouth flows like a waterfall
YANMD, but this has been driving me crazy. My saliva tastes like metal and it is torturing me. details inside [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos at 3:07 PM PST - 13 comments

What is it like to live on a reservation?
Blogs or books about "expat" living on an Indian reservation? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 2:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Seattle iPhone carrier recommendation
We want an iPhone. We want to pay as little as possible for the service and can buy the phone up front. But we don't want to sacrifice good coverage (in Seattle). Please recommend whether we should go with ATT/Verizon or one of the much cheaper alternatives (Virgin, TMobile, etc.) [more inside]
posted by carterk at 2:51 PM PST - 15 comments

getting older, horny as ever
Horny Old Man Filter: Tips for ensuring that my straight dude's libido ages gracefully. [more inside]
posted by sureshot at 2:04 PM PST - 40 comments

Get rid of oily worms
What's the best way to get all the white and black heads out of your skin? Specifically in the nose. I always seem to have little white and black heads and I don't know how to definitively get rid of them. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 2:03 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I feel better after all this?
How long is too long to still be upset about a break up? It's been 3 weeks for me as of today and while I'm approving a little bit, something is holding me back... [more inside]
posted by Autumn89 at 1:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Need a hobbyist electronics shop in Toronto
Where in Toronto can I buy small cylindrical rechargeable 3.7V Li-ion batteries like the UltraFire, hopefully at a reasonable price? (or maybe they were 3.6V, I can't recall) [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 1:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Calling number 9...
How do you say Henry Ireton's last name? [more inside]
posted by Jehan at 1:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Ever search for evidence of absence instead of finding absence of evidence?
Is scientific research ever organized to search for evidence of absence by reversing the null hypothesis? If not, why not? [more inside]
posted by nathan v at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I have to tell the temp agency that I am on an SSI disability?
I went to a temp agency. Their paperwork included some questions to see if an employer would qualify for a Work Opportunity Tax Credit by hiring me. I answered yes, because I have received SSI within the last 60 days. Could I have chosen not to reveal my disability status without being accused of giving false information? [more inside]
posted by aphorist at 12:43 PM PST - 4 comments

More than one color to resistor number, what to do?
Resistor color coding (the electronic color coding) has more than one color combination to resistor value. How do you know which one to use? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 12:40 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm thirsty just writing this
Alkies of AskMe! Please recommend me a scotch, rum, bourbon or other whisk(e)y for a man who loves dark beers. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari at 12:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Why do my shoulders cramp when I drink sugary alcohol?
YANAD/YANMD: Why do my shoulders get crampy when I drink sugary, alcoholic drinks? [more inside]
posted by fruitopia at 11:37 AM PST - 17 comments

t-mobile unlocking in the uk for iphone
How can I unlock an iphone tied to t-mobile in the UK? I have received as a Christmas present an iphone which is locked to t-mobile. I am currently on an 02 contract that ties me for a further 6 months. Clearly, I would like to use my 02 sim with this iphone, however, when I went to a shop who specialised in phone unlocking, to get it unlocked, I was told that he could not unlock it and that it would take atleast a month to get t-mobile to unlock it. It was also mentioned that the merger of t-mobile in to the new company everything everywhere will probably delay the unlocking further. I am getting the impression that I will be forced to take out a t-mobile contract as it stands. Anyone out there have any recent knowledge about t-mobile unlocking. Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 at 11:36 AM PST - 7 comments

The use of Linear Algebra in Programming.
I just finished my first course in Linear Algebra. I know a fair amount of Python. Please help me come up with a project that combines the two. [more inside]
posted by lobbyist at 10:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Shower runs hot, then cold, then hot.
My shower runs hot, then cold, then hot again under certain circumstances. What would cause this? Details within. [more inside]
posted by Right On Red at 10:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Advice on how to display a vintage movie poster
How should I display and protect a vintage 14x36 insert movie poster? [more inside]
posted by RachelSmith at 10:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Plugin to keep me in touch
Is there a gmail plugin that notifies you when a certain time has passed since you last contacted that person? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 10:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Dynamic / adaptive headlights: do they help me see where I am going and not what I'm missing?
Car-filter: how useful are dynamic / adaptive headlights (the ones that swivel when you turn)? Why do they appear to be going out of fashion? [more inside]
posted by meowzilla at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for creepy reads
I'm looking for recommendations for creepy and/or scary novels and nonfiction. [more inside]
posted by indognito at 9:50 AM PST - 32 comments

Apple Tuning House
WebSite Filter: Looking for a website of a company who beefs-up Mac Pro and MacBook Pro computers and then leases them (with support) to studios. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 8:41 AM PST - 2 comments

In 2013 help me spread hope around me
Help me spread hope around me as part of my new year resolution [more inside]
posted by Baud at 8:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Gmail on the Mac
I recently updated my Mac to Mountain Lion from Snow Leopard and now the way my computer handles the mail messages has changed and I would like to go back to the old way. [more inside]
posted by Flacka at 8:34 AM PST - 1 comments

Why are the apps locked and nothing else is?
We gave my husband's old iphone (3GS) to our son, filled with apps. Only now, I can't update, change, or do anything to the apps in itunes. This is probably easy. Help? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 8:03 AM PST - 6 comments

I got CLANKssssssssssssssCLONKsteam heat!
My radiator steam vents (photo) make an incredibly loud banging noise whenever they open or close. (CLINK whoooooosossssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh CLONK). Can you recommend replacements? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 7:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Nursing Transfers
Asking for my brother: He is attending a 4 year university for a BSN in nursing. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 7:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Next steps now we've lost our local mom hangout?
I live in a quiet and basically ok city neighborhood that's thinking about gentrifying a little. A few months ago we got a new local cafe/bar that's become a community center for parents. But now they don't want us. Can you give me some insight into why that might be or help me plan how to find us all a new hangout? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 6:45 AM PST - 54 comments

What can I do to make his parrot hate me less?
What can I do to make his parrot hate me less? Some details within. [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp at 6:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Can my wife sue me for infidelity (and what does that even mean?)
Can my wife sue me for infidelity (and what does that even mean?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Eyelid surgery: any advice?
Your experiences/tips for having eyelids lifted (blepharoplasty)? [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi at 6:18 AM PST - 14 comments

Which sign language to use for Baby in a bilingual household?
Baby sign language in a bilingual household research: I'm American, Dad's Italian and we live in Italy. When Lil' Peanut is old enough, should we go with ASL or LIS? Or am I beanplating this?
posted by romakimmy at 4:59 AM PST - 14 comments

December 22
New 10" Speaker Recommendation
What replacement speaker should I get for my amp? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser at 10:51 PM PST - 5 comments

A Fair Price For a Used Compact Edition of the OED
What is a fair price to pay for a used Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (Reprint or possibly original 1971 edition) that looks to be in good shape, including the slipcase & magnifying glass? Used on Amazon looks to be about $50+Shipping to Canada, but I am leery to buy something like this sight unseen; a local used/rare book store has it for $100, and I'm not sure if that is a bargain (The latest edition is $275 on Amazon.ca) or if I could find it cheaper.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:11 PM PST - 10 comments

I need advice on sexuality
I need advice on sexuality! [more inside]
posted by UrbanClassic at 9:08 PM PST - 21 comments

Who can the White House negotiate with?
Is there a procedural way that a deal on the fiscal cliff can be made that doesn't rely on negotiating with the Speaker of the House and the Speaker then delivering the votes to support the deal?
posted by rdr at 8:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Copyright status of publications created by the city of New York
What is the copyright status of works created by the New York City government? Specifically works created by the Department of Health or similar agencies, concerning vital statistics and similar public data? (That is, indices to vital records but not actual vital records, which are protected by privacy restrictions.) Does it make a difference if the records and books were published more than 50 years ago? 40 years ago?
posted by Asparagirl at 8:53 PM PST - 5 comments

X marks the what?
Which brand of jeans has a flattened "x" on the back pocket? [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear at 7:44 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to come back alive!
How safe is Costa Rica in terms of violent crime/theft? My partner and I are planning to visit in February, and I'm reading wildly contradictory reports of the danger levels for tourists there [more inside]
posted by abbagoochie at 7:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Delicious appetizers on the cheap
I'm on the hunt for cheap but semi-fancy appetizer recipes. [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 6:37 PM PST - 25 comments

How do restaurants get perfect avocados every time?
How can I have guaranteed, perfectly ripe avocados? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 6:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me deal with my sister's baby daddy's behavior.
I have a problem with my little sister's baby daddy. He's racist, bigoted, irresponsible, and I can see that he's a bad person for my sister and their child. It's driving me crazy, and being around him is breaking my heart. What can/should I do? Warning: some derogatory language within. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet at 5:51 PM PST - 48 comments

Raised flooring on a budget.
I would like to install raised/tiled flooring in the new electronics lab I am outfitting. (So its easy to string new cables of all sorts around the lab with no mess or moving furniture around). I can afford the enterprise tiles I have found on the net so far. Can anyone think of a creative way to implement it without breaking the bank? I would be very happy.
posted by digividal at 4:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for short story or novel about forced marriage
I am looking for the title of a nineteenth centry short story that goes: a man and a woman (acquainted but unconnected) inadvertently get lost or delayed together on an excursion and have to stay out overnight (sleeping separately). When they return, everyone is scandalised and propriety forces them to marry, which both resent, and blame each other for. But they fall passionately in love as soon as they are married. I thought this was by Guy de Maupassant, but I have searched all his stories and cannot find it.
posted by Bradfordian at 4:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Lapsed classical lover seeks guidance
Can you recommend fantastic, classical music released in the last five years or so? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 at 4:34 PM PST - 8 comments

All that's silver was gold
Home for Christmas and my mom has a jewelry question. She tried cleaning the chain of her gold necklace using silver polish, and when she did, it turned silver. Why? And can it be reversed?
posted by EmGeeJay at 4:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there a brand of low dose aspirin
Is there a brand of low dose aspirin that doesn't contain the mix of crap they put in the main brands like Corn Starch, FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake, Flavor, Mannitol, Saccharin, Silicon Dioxide, etc?
posted by tangyraspberry at 4:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Need a gift idea for two new parents in Houston, TX!
Last minute gift panic: Halp! My sister and her husband live in Houston, TX. I'd let to get them a nice gift that they could use in the area- Spa time, restaurant gift cards etc. I know nothing about the area. Suggestions? Special snowflake details inside [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 3:48 PM PST - 6 comments

I like him a lot, but I don't feel like I have much to give in a relationship. He wants to wait, I have PTSD and I'm not so sure.
I like him a lot, but I have PTSD don't feel like I have much to give in a relationship. He wants to wait, but I'm not so sure. [more inside]
posted by proximacentauri at 3:22 PM PST - 7 comments

ipod touch/itunes n00b needs help recovering from a big PC crash...
ipod touch/itunes n00b needs help recovering from a big PC crash... [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 2:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Some info about carnivorous plants
I am a creative writer (NOT a gardener or botanist) and have some questions about carnivorous plants. I'm wondering what some of the more "out-there" examples of carnivorous plants are and how they work. I was also wondering how a person could modify a carnivorous plant so it doesn't eat insects (it doesn't matter if this would kill the plant; just need to know how to do it.) Have read wiki page and some other basic info. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 2:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Quick Christmas Pudding
Due to a very recent decision to cook Christmas Dinner (rib roast and Christmas Pudding) I need a quick version of an unsteamed pudding that I can make today and serve on Tuesday. Should be dark and succulent and fragrant. I am soaking the dried fruits in rum as I write this. Inventive Cooks please help me.
posted by lungtaworld at 2:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Save my marital bed from the plague of snoring?
My husband snores incredibly loudly. It makes sleeping next to him very difficult. Are there any unconventional recommendations - i.e. beyond drugstore earplugs and a white noise machine - to tolerate it? This is starting to really fray our marriage. [more inside]
posted by sixtyten at 2:05 PM PST - 60 comments

Dear Opera /Classical buffs: did lizst ever do a variation on Bizet's Carmen?
Dear Opera /Classical buffs: did lizst ever do a variation on Bizet's Carmen? [more inside]
posted by DesmondDoomsday at 1:19 PM PST - 5 comments

contemporary song reminiscent of Air's "Surfing on a Rocket?"
This is a name-that-song. There's a somewhat recent song that is sort of similar to the refrain from Air's "Surfing on a Rocket" - the chords that start the song's main progression seem to have the same intervalic movement as the beginning of the refrain in SoR, and both songs have staccato clean guitar parts, though the guitar in the more recent song is more busy & sounds like it has the sharp string-on-fret attack of hammer-on playing (I could be wrong about that). I know I know this song & it is driving me crazy. For sociocultural context, I heard it last night in a bar/restaurant in Silverlake (Los Angeles). Thanks, amazing people!
posted by univac at 12:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Mmm...braised pork...
I picked up a pork shoulder for holiday cooking. I love braising, but have only done beef and lamb. I've dug up a couple of recipes, but none has really grabbed me yet. What is your favorite braised pork shoulder recipe? [more inside]
posted by madmethods at 12:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Great lullabies, terrible lyrics.
A friend told me his baby was soothed quickly & consistently by Neutral Milk Hotel's "Oh Comely", despite its seemingly wildly inappropriate lyrics. What other songs have worked well as baby lullabies despite their actual meaning? [more inside]
posted by davebug at 12:13 PM PST - 52 comments

Health Insurance for Younger-than-Medicare-Age Spouse?
I'm 51, spouse is 58. When he retires at SS age (let's say 68), he will be eligible for Medicare (age 65). I won't. Spouse currently gets good group health insurance, which covers both of us, through his full-time job. I don't work for money and haven't for 20 years. If he retires in 10 yrs, at 68, he will be covered by Medicare (assuming anyone is by then ...). But I will be only 61 then, so I won't be eligible for Medicare for 4 more years. What are my health insurance options? (We live in NH now.) Believe me, thinking about this keeps me up at night.
posted by mmw at 11:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Japanese fruit identification
What is this Japanese fruit: four brown seeds inside tennis ball size fruit? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 11:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Help choose a WordPress theme for a simple, 365-post photo blog.
Please help me to choose a WordPress theme for my (second) daily photo blog. My problem is that I want something so plain and simple that I'll probably have to pay for it, but the paid themes are complex and difficult for me to decipher. The content will be 365 posts and an archive gallery, presented as simply as possible. [more inside]
posted by cribcage at 10:56 AM PST - 5 comments

I know Jack
How do I go about finding the re-sale value of bottles of whiskey / bourbon? My father has a fair number of old whiskey and bourbon bottles he has picked up over his years of travelling. He wants to find out if they are worth anything, or if he should just drink them? One of the bottles he's got us this one? Is it actually worth that much on the private market? How would he go about selling it? Ebay?
posted by lloyder at 10:50 AM PST - 6 comments

What do *I* do at a pedicure?
Manicure/pedicure etiquette: What exactly do you do during the process? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia at 10:42 AM PST - 18 comments

roadrunner webmail not accessible?
My folks are visiting. They won't migrate to contemporary email services such as gmail, preferring to rely on the email service from their broadband provider, Roadrunner. On the road, they have used "https://webmail.roadrunner.com/" as the point of access in the past. However, at the moment, the website appears to be universally inaccessible from within my hole LAN, wired or wifi. When I access the URL, no browser completes the page render. If allowed to timeout, I can examine the source for the page, and the sent content includes a frame hosting a javascript which appears to loop, directing the frame to load "https://webmail.roadrunner.com/". They are not interested in setting up mail client access or forwarding. How can I solve this?
posted by mwhybark at 10:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Warm jacket suggestions
Good warm jacket suggestions [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 10:18 AM PST - 14 comments

Can I print an image at Kinko's that has the copyright symbol, but also says "free for personal use"?
Can I print an image at Kinko's that has the copyright symbol, but also says "free for personal use"? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder at 9:46 AM PST - 9 comments

windows 7 from Dell not genuine after nearly 3 years
Windows suddenly not genuine after nearly 3 years. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 9:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Reduce 12v to 9v or 5v
How can I control/reduce the amount of power from a 12v battery? [more inside]
posted by powpow at 9:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Why am I so hung up on this?!
I am heterosexual. During a party, I was asked by a roommate if I was gay. This is not the first time - I need help navigating my insecurity regarding my sexuality. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:20 AM PST - 53 comments

What is this tune?
WhatIsThisSongFilter: A mobile plays this tune and we can't figure out what it is. Does anyone have any ideas? (Please disregard the cute baby cooing, as she isn't a part of the ensemble. ;-)
posted by TauLepton at 8:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Small budget, big car?
How should I go about buying a car with a $2500-3000 budget? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 8:27 AM PST - 20 comments

How to I keep in touch with my one-and-only squeeze for a week without squeezing my bank account?
Short-term (prepaid?) mobile in Regina, Saskatchewan. [more inside]
posted by Decimask at 7:29 AM PST - 2 comments

How to watch Yogaglo on my TV?
I want to watch videos from a yoga website (Yogaglo) on my TV. The tools I have available to me are: MacBook, xbox 360, and Apple TV. Can I make it happen? [more inside]
posted by Anonymousness at 7:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me not fail.
I think I am failing at my career. It feels like being in a slow-motion car wreck. What do I do at this point? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 AM PST - 24 comments

Therapists who can handle philosophical unrest?
Recommendations for therapists who are comfortable with atheist and materialist world views in the DC area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Are you a fondue or a fondon't?
What are some interesting non-beef options for hot oil fondue? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 6:51 AM PST - 11 comments

What are the greatest (yet most original) love affairs of all time?
What are the greatest (yet most original) love affairs of all time? [more inside]
posted by skylar at 6:51 AM PST - 77 comments

Good day spas in and around Anchorage AK?
I'm spending next week with family in southcentral Alaska and I'd like to take my mom to a nice day spa in the area. I'm not having much luck getting a sense of what places are good from online searches. I'm basically looking for a great, warm atmosphere and quality massages. It doesn't have to be super-fancy (but that would ok too!), but it does need to be an enjoyable place--not run-down or unfriendly, if that makes sense. Are there any hidden gems that I should look into?
posted by missix at 5:54 AM PST - 1 comments

It's Snowing Cats and Dogs
We are providing temporary emergency Christmas fostering to a stray kitten in a home with a dog. The dog will be fine; please help me make this OK for the kitten, too. In exchange, I will provide kitteh photos! [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 4:58 AM PST - 24 comments

Cape Town Family Day Trips?
What are some great family day trips from Cape Town, South Africa? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle at 4:05 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm sorry I don't feel pain the way you think I should, but...
A couple of weeks ago, I moved out of my marital home (details in my posting history). Whilst I seem to be doing okay, most people expect me to not be. In fact, they seem to expect a fragility and sadness from me that I'm not feeling even remotely. This has lead to some judgements from people that I could have done without. How can I navigate the sympathy of folks during the holiday season without having to pretend to be an emotional mess (which I'm not) and without suffering judgement from people who don't know the whole story (Which I can happily live without). [more inside]
posted by six sided sock at 3:04 AM PST - 27 comments

Extracting/Disposing of Methyl Mercury (methylmercury) from Canned Tuna
How can I extract/rid of methylmercury out of canned Tuna? I bought a ton, and just realized I should have went with canned salmon. There HAS to be an easy way to at least cut down on the Hg content... right? [more inside]
posted by JamesBlakeAV at 2:14 AM PST - 27 comments

How do I import my Magento database? (memory errors)
I am trying to import a Magento database in phpMyAdmin but keep getting an exhausted memory error. [more inside]
posted by Unhyper at 1:16 AM PST - 2 comments

December 21
Is this a re-bound cat?
My beloved cat died five months ago, and I miss him every day. A friend has a kitten she needs to find a home for, and asked if I would take him on, as she knew I would like another cat one day. I'm not sure. How do I tell if this is a good idea? [more inside]
posted by indienial at 11:43 PM PST - 33 comments

Overnight dog friendly hiking trip?
Where can myself, a friend, and our dogs go for a sweet overnight trip near LA next week? We'd like to do some hiking and some casual beer drinking, and we'd like to be able to get a cheap hotel room and not drive more than 3 hours or so. Also, although we're both in good shape, his dog is 12 years old and mine is a wimpy shih tzu so the hike should be fairly easy and would ideally have some access to water. I think it's too cold to camp, but if there's somewhere warmish we're open to that. Lay it on me, mefi!
posted by justjess at 10:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Transatlantic Victorians
Where can I find information about US-British relations between the War of 1812 and WWI? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 10:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Year in long reading 2012
I have an ~18 hour flight ahead of me and I am compiling a DIY ebook of longform journalism/non-fiction for my Kindle to get me through it. So, what is the best thing you read this year? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 10:01 PM PST - 11 comments

How did *Ulysses*' Ithaca episode strike you?
How did *Ulysses*' Ithaca episode strike you? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses at 9:29 PM PST - 17 comments

I don't think duct tape is going to cut it this time.
After a theft, how much DIY car repair is too much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 PM PST - 11 comments

What are some effective ways to process the emotions around big life changes?
What techniques do you use to process big changes in your life? I'm interested in specific tips to deal with change once you've accepted it and made it. [more inside]
posted by rockpaperdynamite at 9:20 PM PST - 6 comments

All I want for Christmas are some great documentaries!
I need documentary recommendations! Requirements inside . . . [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible at 8:15 PM PST - 34 comments

Kinky Friedman's Plastic Jesus
I want to find Kinky Friedman's version of Plastic Jesus on my Dashboard. Don't care what format, just want to get it. Anyone know where I can get it?
posted by nathanrudy at 7:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Etiquette for 'optional' workplace events that are not really optional?
Starting to feel uncomfortable about work events which are allegedly optional but don't turn out to be. How to approach this with boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Finding a Christmas treat from the past
Hello We are looking for a Christmas treat. They were toffee like almonds but I have googled this and only find recipes for toffee almonds. They are sugary, crunchy and In Australia around the late 1980s. We can remember having them but can't seem to remember their name. Any help will be appreciated. Angela
posted by nassep at 6:53 PM PST - 11 comments

She wrote her first action scene using alphabetti spaghetti
Who is the youngest person to have ever written or co-written a script for a film that has been produced? [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 6:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Human Random Generator
Can you think of a method that allows an individual to pseudo randomly create a sequence of numbers (at the very least the randomness is opaque to the minds of other people) assuming said individual may only use his mind and body (no physical tools are allowed)? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 4:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Why does this foreclosure auction seems so odd?
Our house was recently sold at auction due to foreclosure. I'm curious about the details of the sale, specifically the fact that the same bank that owned the mortgage won the auction (bought the house from themselves?) and also that they paid way more than the house is worth. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to be Cher when I grow up.
What makes the difference between a good academic campus interview and a great one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Help us hike with our dog in Pennsylvania next week!
Help us hike with our dog in Pennsylvania! We'll be driving from NJ to Chicago in the last week of December, and would love to stop somewhere along the way for a few days of hiking. [more inside]
posted by walla at 3:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Most enjoyable co-ed sports
Female sports players: what are your favorite and least favorite sports to play co-ed, and why? [more inside]
posted by cairdeas at 2:56 PM PST - 30 comments

Is there a such thing as Old People IT services?
After a decade of virus-filled PCs, a few years ago I got my dad a iMac. After a conversion period, he was off and running and doing fine. But he still finds amazing ways to do things like delete all his applications and otherwise ruin the thing. Is there any sort of lightweight IT service I can pay to lock down his Mac a little and prevent him from messing it up? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 2:09 PM PST - 18 comments

10 degrees of latitude south
GiftFilter: Gifts for an outdoorsy teenager trapped in the burbs. [more inside]
posted by zvs at 1:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Mystery lump, minor freakout
Between now and my doctor's appointment, could you offer up an opinion on what this lump in my abdomen might be? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 1:36 PM PST - 15 comments

I would like an iPhone for Christmas, please.
I would like to get an iPhone and have some questions about the cheapest way to do so. Questions about Verizon within. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire at 1:22 PM PST - 7 comments

How to view pending friend requests from others on facebook
Ever since I've had a facebook account, I've had it set so that nobody can add me as a friend; I must add them first. Recently, I added a friend of mine, and I didn't receive a confirmation that he accepted; I could simply see his wall and stuff an hour or so after I added him. When we hung out next, he said, "So, you finally added me on facebook." He'd apparently added me two years ago and to him, I'd never confirmed, but I'd never even received notification of his request. I've had my fb account for years; certainly there must be other people I've inadvertently offended in this way. How can I view pending incoming friend requests, when I've never received notifications for them?
posted by homodachi at 1:18 PM PST - 9 comments

not even a spark
My 1991 Nissan 240sx won't start - it won't even try to turn over. This one is a real mystery; I think it must be the starting circuit, so I'm trying to go through the service manual carefully and check everything. However, I still can't find the issue. Does anyone have any ideas? Details inside on what I've tried so far. [more inside]
posted by koeselitz at 1:13 PM PST - 26 comments

Finding a business owner?
How do we find who owns a specific business in a city?
posted by lloubee at 1:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a Messiah...
Looking for Messiah sings, greater Boston area. [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry at 12:53 PM PST - 1 comments

So, what is alt.chi?
HCI people: I have an opportunity to think about going to alt.chi next year. From what I can gather, it looks interesting, but also will be expensive to travel to and to attend. So, has anyone been in the past, or actually presented alt.chi papers? [more inside]
posted by carter at 12:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Who really purchased this house?
How do I find out if a house has been "flipped" ? [more inside]
posted by out_of_order at 11:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Mail Merge using Google Docs?
How can I do mail merge in Gmail? All the online "how to" things (e.g.) I am finding are telling me there's mail merge functionality in Google Docs, but I can't even find Google Docs from my gmail account. Do I need to install something? Help. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get rid of this screenshot button on my note II?
How do I get rid of this screenshot button on my note II? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 11:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Would like to give old Iphone to Dad for a gift.
I would like to give an old Iphone to my Dad for a gift. How do I get it off AT&T and set it up on an inexpensive network/data plan? The Iphones (a 3G & a 3GS) are just sitting in a drawer. What are the basics of accomplishing this. I'm not a tech whiz but I can handle the basics. Do I have to jailbreak it, unlock it, get a new sim card for it and/or reset etc.? What is the best (most economical) compatible network to join? He lives around Buffalo, NY, if that matters. I've trying searching this down online but the options are unlimited. Any help from experienced readers in narrowing this down would be appreciated.Thank you.
posted by mbx at 10:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Putees in US Army?
When did the US Army stop using fabric wrapped (Not Leather or Canvas) puttees?
posted by Raybun at 10:48 AM PST - 1 comments

Star Wars novel where Han Solo uses an interstellar telescope?
Which Star Wars novel features a scene where (I believe) Han Solo is using a telescope to look at a planet in another system, and can resolve it well enough to actually see what people on that planet are doing X years ago, where X is the number of light years that planet is away from the one he's on?
posted by cthuljew at 10:32 AM PST - 6 comments

lunchtime etiquette
Is it kinda assholey to ask someone to leave their desk when they're eating lunch? [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising at 10:24 AM PST - 63 comments

How to best level a kitchen floor?
I've gutted my kitchen, and the concrete floor is uneven. Can I get away with only leveling the floor where I'll install the floating flooring, or should I really pour leveler where the cabinets will rest, too? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 10:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Dvds and Books on factory-farming to encourage me to give up dairy
Philosophically, I believe in eating a plant-based vegan diet. In practice, it has proven difficult, as we are so disconnected from the animals that we are consuming. The most difficult for me is giving up dairy. So HiveMind, please help me by recommending books and DVDs on modern -day factory farming , which will reconnect me with the animals I am consuming. I am hoping that by seeing their suffering I will be no longer be able to be complicate in their exploitation. I have Our Daily Bread on DVD, and have Earthlings on hold from the library. I see there is a series on Peta.org, called Meet Your Meat. But, I really want a DVD, I'm not trying to watch stuff on my computer. I have also seen the Got the Facts on Milk documentary, but I really what to have a visual connection between dairy cows and the production of milk, so that when I think of consuming dairy I have an image that would deter me from doing so.
posted by TRUELOTUS at 10:18 AM PST - 22 comments

My question is, I try to be busy but it still sneaks up on me should I be worried? Also, I do talk to her mom once in a while, should I stop doing that?
I posted a question about a breakup at the begining of the month. It's been almost a month now and I'm getting better. I still get sadness, anxiety. Having troubling sleeping still. I'm still trying to the to do the no contact thing but she did call me the other day thinking it was a emergency but it wasn't. I think it set me back. My question is, I try to be busy but it still sneaks up on me should I be worried? Also, I do talk to her mom once in a while, should I stop doing that? [more inside]
posted by kser333 at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I handle dog agility?
Can dog agility be a "sometimes" activity? Apologies in advance for my ignorance and wack assumptions. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 9:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Pretty sure there were no BB guns involved
Help me identify a Christmas movie/tv special. [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 9:45 AM PST - 3 comments

What do I listen to next
Where do I go from Kimbra and Kendrick Lamar? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing at 9:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Where should we go?
We have the second week in March off. Where should we go for a non-snowy vacation within a day of travel from Alaska? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 9:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Vegan Gift Ideas or Vegan Cooking Classes in Denver, CO?
I am looking for gift ideas for a vegan couple who live in Denver, CO. Budget is about $80. My first thought was to find a vegan cooking class for couples somewhere in the area, but I am not from Denver and my google-fu has failed me. I'm open to any and all suggestions other than cookbooks because we have already purchased one for them. Thanks in advance!
posted by adustum at 9:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Offsite / Offline Data Storage
I would like to keep an offsite backup of certain files (various financial docs, my iTunes library, and some photos)--say, 200 gigs total. I've considered storing them online with Crashplan, but the cost of the unlimited plan for multiple computers (mine and SO's) and the bandwidth to push that data out leave me meh. Thinking of getting another HD and keeping it at work. Can I run something by you? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Gift dilemma for guy i'm dating
What christmas gift should I get the guy I've been dating casually for 4 months (dating every 1 to 2 weeks) and more seriously for the past 3 months (going on dates, seeing each other at least once a week but sometimes twice, sleeping over, hanging w/ each others friends)? *Total of 7 months* We haven't specifically said we're boyfriend and girlfriend but act like it and aren't dating other people. He likes quirky type things that are unique. Not sure if I should get a physical gift or buy tickets to something that we can experience together. Advice needed!
posted by soooo at 8:58 AM PST - 21 comments

Potential herpes infection - help?
I think I might have herpes, and I'm freaking out. Can you give me any advice or reassurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Food suggestions for a sore throat
Okay, this is a bad time to be without money and there's nothing I can really do to change that immediately. I am on assistance. I have food stamps that can buy only food stuff. Because of last minute car repairs and things like extra gas for appointments that I couldn't miss with government agencies, I have zero on the cash assistance (non-food side of food stamps). I slowly developed a cold today. It's just a cold. Sore throat, coughing, running nose and headache. I have Tylenol for the headache, but my throat is killing me and coughing keeps adding to the burn. There's no money for non-food cough/throat stuff. No cough drops or meds. What can I buy that is a food item that can make my throat feel less like it's been scraped with a brillo pad with each cough. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM PST - 49 comments

How serious should I be taking the black mold that is growing in my Pacific Northwest apartment?
How seriously should I be taking the black mold that is growing in my Pacific Northwest apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 AM PST - 25 comments

What makes an ideal non-art professor at an art college?
I am not an artist. But I would like to teach artists. For those MeFites that went to a visual arts college, what made a non-art course (think humanities, sciences, mathematics, ect.) interesting and useful? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Put Jellybean back onto a seemingly useless Android phone?
Took a seemingly bricked Samsung Galaxy Nexus to one of those repair shops. They "unbricked" it, but the thing seems useless. No Play Store on it, you can't set up a Google account... details inside. The shop says they don't know how to undo what they did. A way to salvage? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 7:44 AM PST - 9 comments

A Christmas Breakfast Miracle?
What are your best recipes for a savory breakfast casserole that can be prepared the night before and cooked in the morning? [more inside]
posted by MsVader at 7:41 AM PST - 17 comments

Why is John Boehner so powerless?
Why is John Boehner such an ineffective Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives? I can't remember there ever being a speaker so unable to deliver votes and negotiate on behalf of his caucus. I'm used to the speaker being a powerful figure. How did this happen? Is he lacking certain traits?
posted by Area Man at 7:22 AM PST - 42 comments

Interesting destinations between LA and San Fran??
What exciting things should we do/eat/see/visit on our road trip from San Francisco to LA in early january? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea at 6:33 AM PST - 19 comments

How to present surprise gift to grandparents
For Christmas, my family is endowing a college scholarship in my grandparents' name. My grandparents have no idea. How should we present this gift to them? [more inside]
posted by pear at 6:01 AM PST - 12 comments

PayPal as terminal
Is there a way to use PayPal to set up your computer as a way to accept credit cards in person at a fundraising event? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 5:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Last Minute Amazon Gift
Your idea for ~$125 gift exchange gift that can be bought using Amazon Prime today for arrival tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by starkraven at 4:54 AM PST - 13 comments

WHERE HULK BEGIN SMASH?
I want to start reading The Hulk. What's a good issue to start reading from, given that I don't want to go back years to get myself caught up, but I also don't want to start reading halfway through a storyline?
posted by zoo at 4:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Music, sweet music.
What is the name of this piece of music from the True Romance soundtrack? Bonus round: where else have I heard it? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 4:33 AM PST - 9 comments

December 20
help a textbook taught me something relevant and amusing once
I'm looking for an essay I read in a textbook. This would've been in the late 90s and it was a middle school Literature textbook. The essay was about writing. I remember that it included a bit about how you can't ask writers about writing for the same reason you can't ask the sea about itself (it will just gurgle at you). It also had a bit about breaking the rules when writing, talking about how writing guides tell you never to open a story with dialogue but then gave an example of a classic novel that opened with dialogue in French. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 9:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Build me a modern small business solution
What is the state-of-the-art Small/Medium-sized "Enterprise" business process database workflow solution these days? [more inside]
posted by bmosher at 9:18 PM PST - 5 comments

The laundry caste system
The social etiquette of hanging laundry on the line... [more inside]
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies at 9:05 PM PST - 45 comments

How to add city to Facebook status updates?
How do I show my current city on status updates on Facebook for Android? [more inside]
posted by ljuvlig55 at 9:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find an old Stephen Jay Gould article.
Help me find a Stephen Jay Gould (I think) essay. [more inside]
posted by ropeladder at 8:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Changing to a Credit Union
Recommendations for a credit union bank in Boston, Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth at 8:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I use Airplane Mode on an airplane?
What's the real deal with electronic devices on airplanes? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 8:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Why no pets in the Canyonlands ?
Why aren't pets allowed in the Canyonlands and Moab areas ? [more inside]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 7:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Poor puppy
My first experience with a female puppy.Her awesomeness was spayed today and she is so far tolerating the funnel but there seems like there should be a better way. Does anyone know of an alternative we might use a couple of days down the road after she has healed a bit. Seems like someone would make some kind of anti-chew belt you strap around the dog that would be more tolerable.
posted by Carbolic at 7:26 PM PST - 22 comments

How should I set appropriate boundaries and working structure as a freelancer?
I'm a freelancer. How do I handle this particular client who may be undervaluing my work and time, and overstepping some boundaries? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 PM PST - 29 comments

Is gun control doomed like prohibition was?
Are there any legitimate parallels between the temperance movement and present-day gun control advocacy? [more inside]
posted by chicxulub at 6:44 PM PST - 15 comments

I need advice on who to sell my settlement annuity to
I was in an accident when I was young. I got a structured annuity and now need the money. I need advice on who I should sell the annuity to in order to cash it out. I don't want to go to a disreputable one. Do I have other options? What have been your experiences with this, MeFi? I'm pretty sure other people here have been in my boat. Metlife currently holds it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you find a great place in Austin, TX?
We need some advice on the logistics of finding a place to rent in Austin, TX. [more inside]
posted by lamechopz at 6:22 PM PST - 10 comments

I don't want to bleach the state land, thanks.
We recently moved to a new house and our washing machine hook-up does not drain properly. Instead of fixing it, our landlord keeps being pushy about how we should just drain it into the state land behind the house. [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 5:46 PM PST - 27 comments

What the hell do you even do for New Year's in NYC?
What the hell are you supposed to do on New Year's in New York? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon at 5:34 PM PST - 31 comments

Bakers, why is this dough bitter?
I made a pie crust an hour ago and the dough tastes bitter to me. The ingredients: Gold Medal all-purpose white flour, lard, water, egg, vinegar, salt. I tasted each ingredient just now (except the egg) and they all seem fine. Does anyone know where if an interaction among some ingredients might be causing bitterness? Or are my taste buds wrong? I'd appreciate any relevant advice.
posted by wryly at 5:27 PM PST - 10 comments

What equipment do I need to do small scale metalworking?
What equipment do I need to do small scale metalworking? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 4:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Applied Auntie Skills 101: Summer intensive
I have a week to hang out with my 3-year old nephew. Yay! What things can I do to make some fun shared memories, cement my status as an Awesome Auntie and lay the groundwork for interesting Skype chats after I go home? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 4:49 PM PST - 18 comments

It sucks to have an early January Birthday
I'm looking for suggestions for an indoor golf practice net and mat (sturdy enough for real balls) for a January birthday. [more inside]
posted by mightshould at 4:46 PM PST - 1 comments

Good online source for Christmas carol tabs?
Anyone know of a reliable source for guitar tabs/chords for Christmas carols on the web? [more inside]
posted by freem at 4:45 PM PST - 1 comments

CPU or Graphics Card? What's the better upgrade?
I'm buying one of the new iMacs. I'm torn between paying for an upgrade to the CPU or an upgrade to the video card. Help me decide! [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Speak up, I can't hear you!
I think I might have ruptured my eardrum. Did I? Is this an urgent care situation? [more inside]
posted by katyggls at 3:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Suggest fun, weird movies for Christmas watching?
I'm looking for non-traditional fun (maybe dark) Christmas movies, for my Christmas day full of movies. Right now, I'm watching Rare Exports, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hogfather . Any other awesome and ridiculous suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 3:36 PM PST - 39 comments

YNMDMVE
Jeff has loaned his car to Charlie. (Jeff is being more than fairly compensated for temporary use of the car.) The car's registration has lapsed. So Charlie is the one who would get ticketed, if pulled over. Jeff will be taking his car back in a couple months. [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky at 3:19 PM PST - 12 comments

employment contract lawyer needed for quick consult
I'm looking for a quick consult with a Boston lawyer with primary in employment contract law - ideally by end of day tomorrow. I just need to run a Do Not Compete contract by them to determine legality and scope. Please help me, hivemind! [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 2:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Scroogelike Xmas Gifts For Coworkers
What's the most lastingly useful thing I can buy everybody in the office for for a maximum of five Australian dollars (and can get today)? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia 2 at 2:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Legacy book
Beautiful leather or wood binder-type notebook, available for purchase immediately in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 2:05 PM PST - 3 comments

How to help my girlfriend through apocalypse anxiety?
Help my girlfriend get through apocalypse anxiety? [more inside]
posted by drd at 1:58 PM PST - 29 comments

Like a Man Card, Only Western?
Has anyone ever heard the expression "cowboy card?" References? Insight? Ideas for search terms that won't just get me greeting cards?
posted by newrambler at 1:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Gift for couple with everything.
Help me gift the couple who has everything. [more inside]
posted by apparently at 1:44 PM PST - 31 comments

What happens to low-voiced(bass) people when they get a cold?
What happens to low-voiced(bass) people when they get a cold? [more inside]
posted by specialnobodie at 1:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Stick & Throttle
Sim pilots: help me join the 21st Century by sharing your opinions of the current crop of available controls. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus at 12:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Wait, they MIGRATE too?! This is impossible.
Mefi birdwatchers, i need help! I'm looking for the most authoritative and comprehensive book(s) on the indigenous birds of Arkansas. Bonus points if it's fancy and the kind of thing you could put on your lap while sitting on the porch and bird watching. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 12:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Eucalyptus uses?
A couple of eucalyptus (perhaps E. gunnii) trees are about to be cut down. I've already saved some branches for rooting and for drying. Is it worth trying to extract the essential oils in some way?
posted by gray17 at 12:20 PM PST - 3 comments

What game can I play with my dad?
Please recommend an app that I can play with my dad! [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 12:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Chinese carrot-tops for real?
Really dumb question inside. I really hope I don't sound ignorant or racist, it's an honest question, I have no agenda. [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 11:42 AM PST - 33 comments

An android app for seeing iTunes data
I have a rather specific question regarding iTunes and android. I'm looking for an app that will locally save, on my android phone, the data of what is in my itunes library in a browsable way, WITHOUT actually having to put the music itself on my phone. I'm imagining an app that could, say, parse my iTunes library file and let me save & browse it on my phone. (The reason I want something like this is because I use Amazon's cloud drive to store my music, and it's a great service, but the Amazon mp3 app is not very good for browsing my music collection. For example, I can't search by genre or composer there. Moving to another cloud provider, eg Google Play or iTunes match, won't work because they don't provide sufficient space.)
posted by Frobenius Twist at 10:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Studies of actual "False Flag" operations?
Are there any good historical/scholarly studies of false flag operations? Not so much chroinicles of a specific single event, but more about how common they've actually been throughout history, how effective they tend to be, how they are eventually disclosed (whether on purpose or not), etc. They seem to be the core of a lot of conspiracy theories ("9/11 was an inside job", "Oswald was a tool of the CIA", and so on), and I'm curious about how prevalent the real thing is.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 10:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Could I be resistant to all opioid drugs?
Biochemistry Filter: I believe I have some kind of resistance/insensitivity to opioid painkillers, although I have not been able to verify that this is a medically known phenomenon. I am due to give birth soon, and I am concerned with the possible efficacy of drugs that may be administered for labor pain. Do you have any experience with this in yourself or others, or can you comment on the chemical plausibility of it? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts at 10:06 AM PST - 20 comments

I need snow chains for my 2006 Volvo S40
Asking on behalf of someone else: I need snow chains for my 2006 Volvo S40. Official Volvo chains sell for at least $310, which is more than I'm willing to spend. Are there cheaper alternatives? [more inside]
posted by nanook at 10:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking For Not so Sweet Sweet Potato Recipes.
Help needed with sweet potato side dish recipes [more inside]
posted by wwax at 9:49 AM PST - 23 comments

So while we wait for the end of the world, what else is going on?
December 21 is finally (almost) here. The world probably won't end, but are there any interesting FACTS about the date? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 9:41 AM PST - 22 comments

How can I start a digital publishing company?
Does anyone have an insights into the digital publishing industry? [more inside]
posted by swizzle_stik at 9:33 AM PST - 7 comments

West Palm/Lake Worth yoga studio?
Looking for a better than average yoga studio with heated classes near West Palm Beach/Lake Worth. [more inside]
posted by eggman at 8:52 AM PST - 0 comments

Entertaining guests in RI after Christmas
What to do with guests in RI the week after Christmas? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 7:49 AM PST - 24 comments

Help make my drivethrough a blizzard go faster!
Select an audiobook for me to listen to on my road trip, please :] [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 7:47 AM PST - 21 comments

Magical, quirky Parisian nights?
Where to go and what to do in Paris this weekend? Good ways to meet people when in town for just a couple of nights? [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps at 7:45 AM PST - 5 comments

My New Smartphone Seems Less Smart
On my last smartphone, I could push a button, say "Find pizza" and the phone would bring up a map showing all the local pizzerias. Or "Find 300 Commonwealth Avenue" and it would show me a map with my destination and where I was. Now when I say "Find pizza" my phone instead does an internet search for pizza. If it is a more specific command, often the internet search will lead me to an option to find the selected item using Google Maps instead. But it's still a little annoying that I have to choose things with my finger instead of my voice. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 at 7:26 AM PST - 4 comments

How to find financial planners for the paycheck to paycheck set?
How to do credit counselling without limiting credit cards? [more inside]
posted by ldthomps at 7:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Join mensa?
Should I join mensa for professional advancement? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 36 comments

Path to better self-esteem
Has anyone here genuinely moved from a sense of low self-esteem to a sense of high-self esteem? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 30 comments

Where is the coldest place on earth - right now?
Where is the coldest (or hottest) place on earth right now? I'm looking for a dynamic website so that I can see on a daily basis the places on earth with the most extreme temperatures. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm at 6:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Tips for helping our dog while we manage his torn acl?
Our 30 lb dog beast has torn (or ruptured) his ACL. He has a host of other medical issues, but the vet has put him on pain meds (he was already on an anti-inflammatory) and wants to see how he does by the end of two weeks. Because it's a common problem, I was hoping you folks might have some tips to make him as comfortable as possible. [more inside]
posted by Glinn at 5:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Tablet for 12yo girl for drawing?
Art tablet for computer PC for a 12 year old girl? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 5:49 AM PST - 12 comments

What makes more sense when broken?
I need a visual metaphor or pun: something that shows "break for sense." What object or symbol can be taken apart, or decomposed, and then reveals something new? Ideally can be shown fairly simply, in an abstracted way. [more inside]
posted by JLMC at 5:23 AM PST - 18 comments

I'm not Mrs Him!
I am not Mrs Myhusband'sfirstinitial Myhusband'slastname. I keep getting Christmas cards that suggest I am. Is there any way of nicely asking people not to do this that isn't rude or churlish? [more inside]
posted by raspberry-ripple at 5:13 AM PST - 140 comments

WordPress spam
How do WordPress spammers work? [more inside]
posted by TheRaven at 4:44 AM PST - 9 comments

The world is one big oyster
7 months to spare before starting med school – help me plan an adventure somewhere abroad. [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield at 4:16 AM PST - 6 comments

A company in China is planning to use my company's trading name online... any advice?
A company in China is planning to use my company's name. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by davemee at 2:24 AM PST - 5 comments

What to do with unripe apricots
A friend helpfully picked all my apricots for me, many of which are absolutely green. Is there any way to ripen them? If not, is there any way to use them?
posted by Joe in Australia at 1:55 AM PST - 9 comments

How does titanium wear?
What do polished titanium rings look like after they've been worn a while? I want to buy this as my (replacement) wedding ring, but the polish in the picture worries me. [more inside]
posted by brenton at 12:45 AM PST - 11 comments

December 19
Do, a deer, a female deeeeeeeeeeer.......
I am in Japan and miss playing piano, and so am in the market for a quality - but cheap! - keyboard. Is this possible? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 at 10:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Please convert Chicago neighborhoods to DC equivalents for me
Where in the DC area might I find my kind of community? Would love if you can explain the vibes of DC's neighborhoods in terms of the vibes of Chicago's neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by deliciae at 10:38 PM PST - 20 comments

Cliff notes for dorks?
Where can I find short plot summaries of books, especially prequels to genre novels? [more inside]
posted by aspo at 8:57 PM PST - 6 comments

love/hate delicate machinery
How fragile are kindles nowadays? I had a kindle keyboard and... it died. [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 8:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Resources for sex-worker personal finance?
I am looking for resources-- websites, organizations, books-- on personal and business finance for sex-workers. Topics of interest include paying taxes, dealing with untaxed past income, transporting and storing cash, general and accounting. California or Florida, if that matters. Anon email: endora@hush.com
posted by anonymous at 8:29 PM PST - 2 comments

I have thirty minutes to make my boss stop hating me.
My boss treats me like garbage. My coworkers encouraged me to set up a meeting with her to discuss how we can have a better relationship. Our meeting is tomorrow and I'm regretting scheduling this talk. How can I go through with it and get the best results without humiliating myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Any recommendation for a fee-only financial planner in the los angeles area?
My girlfriend has as long as I have known her, struggled with money problems. As a thoughtful and incredibly unromantic gift, I am getting her a meeting with a fee-only financial planner for her birthday. [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor at 7:58 PM PST - 36 comments

Is my insurance agent giving good advice?
I was in a car crash today that seems pretty straightforward, but my agent called with a proposition I hadn't expected, and I don't know what's best. [more inside]
posted by Ickster at 7:25 PM PST - 24 comments

What me worry?
Human Existence Filter: Does everyone have pervasive "background radiation" of anxiety/fear/worry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 PM PST - 43 comments

Making him happy
Help me plan weekly surprises for my grandfather! [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 6:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for book recommendations, etc.
How do you help children develop impulse control? [more inside]
posted by mermily at 6:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me not get painful static shocks to my hands at Costco please.
I get painful static shocks to my hands where they touch the cart as I'm pushing it around at Costco. As far as I can tell this happens while wearing various kinds of shoes, although I haven't experimented rigorously. Help me devise a method to prevent this that I can realistically implement during impromptu trips to the store. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 6:13 PM PST - 20 comments

What's a good table saw for a beginner woodworker?
Woodworkers of Metafiler: give me your table saw recommendations. [more inside]
posted by jquinby at 6:09 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I make my open relationship a reality?
I'm looking for practical suggestions on finding casual sex in the context of an open relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Montreal LZ
Where's the best spot to be picked up by a car travelling through Montreal via Highway 40 (Metropolitan Expressway)? [more inside]
posted by In The Annex at 5:42 PM PST - 2 comments

86 flights. 1,576 stairs. Please help me not die.
I got into the Empire State Building Run Up! Um...now what? [more inside]
posted by Fuego at 5:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Does anyone speak Cantonese?
I was hoping someone might be able to give me a clue as to what's being said in this clip. [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE at 5:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Estimate my car repair cost (TPMS sensor-related)
I broke a part of my car's tire valve (the TPMS sensor, maybe?), dropped my car off at the tire shop and realized I have no idea how much this will set me back. Does anyone have an idea what these repairs might run me? [more inside]
posted by JannaK at 5:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Black gold
CoffeeFilter: Why does drinking coffee prevent me from getting headaches? Is there another substance that has the same headache-relieving properties, but without the stimulating effects of caffeine. [more inside]
posted by deadwax at 5:01 PM PST - 18 comments

Want Quality, Not Buzzwords.
Teacher/Educator Filter: Professional Development Resources? ...Social Workers, HR & Management, NPO people, Local Govt. Workers, Community Organizers, Policy Advocates-- I'm open to your PD stuff too! [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy at 4:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Thunderbird implodes
Thunderbird receiving blank or scrambled messages. Can I save them and how do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair at 4:45 PM PST - 1 comments

Suggestions for mixtape?
Help for playlist? Every year I make a mixed tape/cd for my brother for Christmas. This year the theme seems to be "almost annoying pop songs that you would never buy yourself but you know you sing along to" and "cool songs that you didnt think to buy yourself." So far I have call me maybe, never ever getting back togther, womanizer by britney spears, telephone by lady gaga, and e.t. by katy perry, for the first half. I have long skirt/short jacket by cake, seven nation army by the white stripes, another way to die by jack white and alicia keys, and oh my by gin wigmore. Can anyone suggest a couple more tunes to round out my mix tape? Thanks!
posted by orangemacky at 4:00 PM PST - 23 comments

What the hell just happened?
What are some of the light-hearted, bizarre news stories of the past twelve months? For a Christmas quiz, I'm trying to get something for each month. September, there was the woman who painted over Jesus. For this month, Darwin the Ikea monkey. But I'm stuck on some of the other months. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c at 4:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Bah! Humbug!
Which film versions of "A Christmas Carol" or "Scrooge" should I absolutely watch in the next few days. [more inside]
posted by zizzle at 3:58 PM PST - 23 comments

Most unusual online comics?
What are the most unusual, non-traditional, online comics? I am especially interested in learning about comics that are visually different. For example, I would love to learn about comics that blend photographs with drawing, are interlinked in a non-linear way, or are all one continuous strip rather than divided up.
posted by mortaddams at 3:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Please, not another Snookie.
A reality tv show that will be airing in January on a major national cable television tv network was filmed next door to my house. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:24 PM PST - 14 comments

How do you deal with knowing that the person's friends hate you for how you've hurt them?
Relationship fall-out: How do you deal with knowing that the person's friends hate you for how you've hurt them? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 3:23 PM PST - 56 comments

Gift/Activity ideas for Dog
Christmas gift/activity ideas for my dog? [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld at 3:20 PM PST - 17 comments

What happens in a stolen property dispute?
I run a business that sells used things. Someone came in and told me one of my used things was theirs. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:03 PM PST - 24 comments

Doomed with Rural Internet?
I am moving to the Tri-Cities in Washington State next month, to a scenic, quasi-rural part of the area. While the Tri-Cities have fast Internet, my specific address is a bit out of the way, and it looks like Frontier Communications might be my only DSL option out there. They do have a 25 Mb plan, but the reviews are not great. It's less important for fun, but I need fast Internet for my work. Am I screwed? How can I get the best Internet speed and reliability in this scenario?
posted by Atrahasis at 2:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Things to do in Shanghai Jan/Feb
Going to Shanghai for the first time for three weeks in Jan/Feb. Where should I go/eat/do? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 2:21 PM PST - 7 comments

The Big blocks of technology & internet services
Twitter, Ticketmaster, Google, Facebook how do their architecture and infrastructure work. Looking for a book/site which explains how these tech services may be assembled. Obviously not looking for the secret sauce or anything. Just wanting to understand the bigger picture of how large scale technology work and come together. Not looking to understand the code aspect or nitty gritty details of how each component works. Just broad understanding is what I am looking for. I am a UI engineer looking to get more background on middleware and backend systems. Please recommend any sources/sites/blogs/books to help me gain decent insight.
posted by gadget_gal at 2:14 PM PST - 8 comments

I got a job! Help me be great at it!
After posting here several times about my job search and post-MBA malaise, I have been offered an Account Manager position. This wasn't what I wanted to do entirely, but I want to be great at it, so I can move into a position I would want in a year or so. How do I be awesome at my job? [more inside]
posted by hrj at 2:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Is $600 for this car repair within the range of plausibility?
My mechanic says the leak from my car looks like it is because a wash plug between the gear box and engine block needs replacing. He says it's not a simple job because he'll have to remove the gearbox. He is quoting me "at least" $600. (Bearing in mind that in this city mechanic labour alone is around $80-100 an hour) does that sound reasonable? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 2:02 PM PST - 17 comments

How to pick a mattress?
So...How do you test and select a mattress? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 1:52 PM PST - 17 comments

I can get an A, but can I do it without a trip to the bathroom?
[TMIfilter] Test anxiety and bodily functions. Help me keep it together. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 1:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Sauna time! Except without all the other naked people. Or the sauna.
Tips, ideas and suggestions for an at-home, DIY couple spa night? [more inside]
posted by ladybird at 1:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me plan a last minute international trip to an unknown destination
Emergency Vacation: Help me book a trip from San Francisco to Somewhere Else in the World between Friday 12/21 and Monday 12/31. [more inside]
posted by farmersckn at 1:36 PM PST - 11 comments

should I call my old landlord about my security deposit?
Is it worth trying to get my security deposit back? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 1:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Foreign Language Dictionary App for iPhone?
Any good dictionary apps for foreign languages on the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 12:42 PM PST - 8 comments

How to stop my colleague undermining me at work?
At work, my slightly-more-experienced colleague makes a habit of saying subtle and/or ambigious cricitisms, disguised as innocent remarks. I spoke to management about it recently but they couldn't see the problem. How should I deal with a work colleague who tries to undermine me and make me look bad, but who is subtle enough not to get caught? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 28 comments

Ugly Breakup
Where do I begin...... [more inside]
posted by Butterflies47 at 12:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Can My Passive Aggressive Partner Change Enough For Me?
Can my passive aggressive partner change? Breaking up is hard to do. [more inside]
posted by KoiPond at 12:25 PM PST - 58 comments

Super, you're super. Please take my money
My Super is wonderful. I want to give her cash for (what I consider) to be going out of her way but she actively refuses it. Suggestions, especially as we're in the midst of holidays of various flavors. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 12:19 PM PST - 12 comments

How do you wish someone "good luck" without being fake?
How do you wish someone "good luck" without being fake? [more inside]
posted by suburbs at 12:18 PM PST - 24 comments

Friend keeps calling other women whores and I find this offensive
Friend keeps calling other women whores and I find this offensive, but she thinks I'm "censoring" her [more inside]
posted by sedulous at 12:17 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me get my work laptop ready for return.
As my current job ends, should I scrub my laptop? And if so, how? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 12:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Make payments on a debt about to be settled?
make payments on 2nd mortgage about to be settled in short sale? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 11:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Do you know about any researchers studying human behavior with regard to motivation, habits, and goal-setting, or books/papers about those topics?
Do you know about any researchers studying human behavior with regard to motivation, habits, and goal-setting, or books/papers about those topics? [more inside]
posted by markbao at 11:52 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you transform your pain through art
Do you express your pain through art? How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera at 11:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Fictional criminals with imaginary friends?
Books/movies: Fictional criminals who had imaginary friends/accomplices? [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake at 11:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me beat Ceiling Cat at his own game
Help me create the ultimate CatCam! I want a way to watch what our cats are doing at home from the internet. [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 11:17 AM PST - 10 comments

i know, it's not a terrible problem to have!
help me buy myself a birthday present! a generous family member gives me cash for my birthday every year, but i'm not allowed to spend it on occasional manicures and lattes, i have to buy myself a gift with it. [more inside]
posted by sabh at 11:17 AM PST - 17 comments

BCP: how long to take effect?
YANAD or a pharmacist, etc., but maybe you give me some idea how long I need to take my birth control pill before it is effective as contraception. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa at 11:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Convenient, reusable K-Cups?
I'd like to get a reusable K Cup for my sister for Christmas, but I want her to use it. She's addicted to the disposables for their convenience-- unless a refillable solution is a streamlined experience, it's just going to gather dust. Is there a way that the refillables can be just as emotionally easy? [more inside]
posted by simonemarie at 11:09 AM PST - 18 comments

Latour or Callon: Facts do not obtain?
"Facts do not always obtain" or something like that. Bruno Latour or Michel Callon quote. What was it? Who said it? [more inside]
posted by turtlefu at 10:56 AM PST - 1 comments

It shouldn't be this hard when Toronto is barely 100 miles from Buffalo, OK?
I want to change the world. Or at least make it easier/faster/cheaper to send my niece and nephew, currently living less than 500 miles from where I live, a flipping Christmas package. Who should I bother to help get this done? [more inside]
posted by SMPA at 10:47 AM PST - 22 comments

No really, I need a microwaveable travel mug
Yes, I know, another travel mug question. But I have different special requirements! And it HAS TO be microwaveable! [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 10:34 AM PST - 18 comments

We all agree. Let's make it legal.
U.S. Lawyerfolk: Family member needs to make a simple will for a simple estate that is unlikely to be contested. Is LegalZoom or QuickenWills OK for something like this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:30 AM PST - 8 comments

He's just 75 pounds of pure love . . . HOME ALONE!
I'm visiting my family for the holidays in Boston. My senior German Shepherd dog cannot come with me. How can I make sure that my house is not destroyed and neither my dog nor my roommate are traumatized by the experience? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle at 10:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Hope a hopeless new Android user
[I am old/paranoid/a special snowflake filter] I am a Mac person. I have mostly avoided google products in my life, and am not eager for google to know everything about me. I just got a Nexus S (because it was the free option). How can I use my phone most effectively for email and calendars/reminders? [Lots of tedious old person details inside] [more inside]
posted by latkes at 9:23 AM PST - 19 comments

Isn't this supposed to be fun?
Help me enjoy my wedding. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 AM PST - 56 comments

How can I make my eyes brighter and less tired-looking?
How do I make the area around my eyes look softer and younger? I have genetics, Lasik complications and sinus issues working against me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Can you annotate folders in OS X?
On my work computer (Mac OS 10.7.5), I usually organize my projects by putting all the files related to a single project in a single folder. I try to give the folder a descriptive name, but sometimes this is difficult if there are two projects that are kinda similar. Is there a way (either natively or using some tool that I can download/buy) to annotate folders with a longer description? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 9:02 AM PST - 10 comments

I will survive!
Prepping for a five hour layover in Houston (and lots of other holiday traveling in the next three weeks). What are your favorite movies or shows to watch while traveling? [more inside]
posted by mittenedsex at 8:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Good inexpensive keyboard for Kindle 8.9 tablet?
Looking for recommendations on a low end keyboard for the Kindle Fire 8.9 HD model. Hoping to get something on sale $30-40 (and i do realize this limits quality a bit...). I need to order it today if possible. Again, not expecting any whiz-bang but something rather basic and simply functional.
posted by snap_dragon at 8:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Reducing .pdf size
Is there a failsafe way to make a pdf smaller? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 8:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Can deleted image data be recovered?
Is it possible to recover portions of an image that have been cropped or cut away? And if so, how to prevent that? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 8:41 AM PST - 7 comments

How to keep the kids busy and me sane on Christmas
We are hosting the family Christmas celebration this year. I've got the food, the gifts, and the decorations under control. I need help with the entertainment. In particular, entertaining eight kids in a very small house. [more inside]
posted by rebeccabeagle at 8:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Android site and app login problems
Android Login problems. I can't login to either Flickr or Tumblr using my android phone. I can login in just fine on my laptop but on my phone I am unable to login via the apps or direct to the websites via the browser. Does anybody have any idea why that would be the case? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 8:21 AM PST - 5 comments

How to store hundreds of magazines?
We've got too many magazines -- how to store them for collecting purposes, but also keep them accessible for reading and research? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 7:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Maybe we need a Negotiator...
We want to move to a new CRM provider, but our old CRM provider is holding our data hostage. Is there any recourse? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 7:37 AM PST - 15 comments

Nexus 7 vs iPad mini for Android user
Android phone user considering a tablet purchase. Considering iPad mini or Nexus 7 and trying to determine pros and cons of staying with android or having access to the Apple realm. [more inside]
posted by sinical at 7:36 AM PST - 37 comments

What do we need to know about shareboarding?
Have you ever shareboarded? We're thinking of shareboarding a horse for our daughter to ride, and we want to know your experiences, advice and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 7:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Prepaid SIM for iPhone 5 in the US?
I have an iPhone 5 purchased unlocked in the UK. I travel regularly to the US for 1-2 weeks at a time, often in situations where WiFi is not an option, and would like to be able to buy a pre-paid US SIM primarily for data. Now that the iPhone 5 has been out for a few months, has anyone finally gotten onboard with pre-paid nanoSIMs for the 5? Or is cutting down a regular SIM still the only option?
posted by olinerd at 7:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Finding a mechanic for an old car in a new city (Toronto)
How can I find a trustworthy mechanic in a new city (Toronto) without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by cacofonie at 6:43 AM PST - 9 comments

A cute and cozy full coverage women's robe
Searching for the perfect women's robe: "cute and cozy, non-Burqa-style robe." What this means in practice is something full coverage but without the shapeless lack of drape of some of those floor to ceiling women's robes that look like something cut for Lurch's body type.
posted by OmieWise at 6:42 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I save my IT career?
How can I get a new job in IT with limited experience, no relevant education, and an unusual employment history? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Meta-therapy
It is quite clear I need therapy promptly, but I do not know how to start having it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 AM PST - 12 comments

state with the easiest teaching licensing requirements
In what state is it easiest to get an alternative teacher certificate? This is for somebody who has a BA in English and about 2 decades of teaching experience here and there (mostly overseas) but no certificate. [more inside]
posted by gnossie at 5:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Draining spirits?
FolkloreFilter: What entities (?) do I need to read up more about that are like the gebbeth in Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea Trilogy? I want something that occupies (or can) the same physical space as a person but which freerides, parasitises, occupies, drains or otherwise has negative effects on a person.
posted by cromagnon at 5:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Alternatives to english.stackexchange.com?
Hi Mefi-ers. I am looking for appropriate alternatives to english.stackexchange.com. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Stocking Stuffers for Young Boys
Can you suggest some stocking stuffers for two boys, ages 11 and 13? They need to be inexpensive ($5ish) and ideally Amazon Prime items. Unsurprisingly, the boys like sports and video games. I'm a big reader though and I try to instill a reading habit in them when I can. [more inside]
posted by qsysopr at 5:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Put the Old Bill on me...
[UKMediaFilter]I really enjoy police/detective procedural dramas (series and "movies") from the UK (BBC, ITV, etc). Seen thus far: Luther, Whitechapel, Thorne movies, Inside Men, Sherlock, etc. Recommend me! [more inside]
posted by kuanes at 4:14 AM PST - 33 comments

Seeing all instances of Google Calendar recurring event.
Can I get a detailed view of all instances of a recurring Google Calendar event? [more inside]
posted by nangua at 2:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Recovering Office 2010 product key from dead Windows 7 system
How might I recover an Office 2010 product key from a Windows install now located on an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by dumbland at 1:49 AM PST - 5 comments

iOS / Full Stack Developer Compensation (Freelance / Salary)
I am wondering how much I can expect to make (range) from a freelance position / salary as an iOS developer? (rip-off / expected / stretch) Possible tips to best negotiate salary / contract rates? What should I market myself as when I can work the product stack? I have the most experience / feel the most comfortable doing iOS development work, but love all aspects of building tech products. [more inside]
posted by nathanm at 12:40 AM PST - 9 comments

December 18
Theory of style
Seeking scholarly and otherwise fascinating essays on costume history, especially ideas that made you re-think your understanding of fashion design, department store display, shopping, tailoring, the representation of clothes in history painting, material culture, theory of style, couture, etc [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 8:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Crappy NYC White Elephant gift?
Ideas for a Crappy White Elephant - Yankee Gift Swap "Buy Local" NYC gift? [more inside]
posted by moedym at 8:16 PM PST - 33 comments

Russian travel prep
I'm traveling to Moscow (and likely St. Petersburg as well)! Tell me all your best resources, materials, and hacks! [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 7:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Let my kid upload gaming videos to YouTube?
Should I let my 10 year old upload gaming videos to YouTube? What issues should I think about as part of this? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy at 7:30 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I keep everyone from realizing I'm completely broke?
How do I decline invitations to go out to dinner, bars, dates, etc. without letting on that I'm completely broke? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 6:36 PM PST - 34 comments

Help Me Stay On Top of Current Literature in 2013!
Help Me Stay On Top of Great Literature in 2013! [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 6:22 PM PST - 17 comments

Quirky gifts for cheap-ish
Interesting gifts for my family - give me some inexpensive gift ideas for weird, funny, creative, or out of the ordinary gifts. Bonus if I can order them online and get them on time for Xmas, still. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 6:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for a desktop PC that will run two monitors
Can you recommend a desktop PC that will be durable, do basic surfing, and run two monitors? I'd like to avoid Dell. Cost is an issue, but it does not need to be cheap. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 5:30 PM PST - 15 comments

A pair of grad school admission questions. Recomendation request, now? How are my psyc GRE scores?
Two parter to grad school admission. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 5:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Shy and Unlucky in Love
Help me figure out why I'm so unlucky with romance [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:27 PM PST - 26 comments

Seattle child psychologist recs
Looking for a Seattle-area child psychologist that specializes in younger children, in this case for an 8 year old. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Catting around or really lost?? Leaving in the morning, don't want cat to die. Help.
I leave tomorrow for two weeks, and I'm not sure if this cat has a home. Help! [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 4:37 PM PST - 33 comments

Show me a link to your favorite, male, solo (as in, no groups) rendition of "O Holy Night".
Show me a link to your favorite, male, solo (as in, no groups) rendition of "O Holy Night". Acapella is good too. [more inside]
posted by brownrd at 4:26 PM PST - 21 comments

My mean-ass toddler
Does a 2.5 year old's aggressive tendencies point toward aggression issues later on? Or will he truly grow out of it (with consistent consequences, etc.)?
posted by kristymcj at 4:13 PM PST - 23 comments

Careless Whispers
[GiftFilter] I need a gift for my brother. Difficulty: Estranged siblings who talk 4 times a year at best. [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius at 4:09 PM PST - 23 comments

Anon postings free speech?
I am curious if anonymous postings are protected as free speech. [more inside]
posted by lasamana at 3:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Choices, Choices, Choices!
[MAC FILTER - Follow Up] Upgrade the HDD and RAM? Buy a new-but-used MBP? By New MBP? What would you do? Intermittent Flurries Inside [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog at 3:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me delete a few hundred thousand files from a webserver
Let's say I have 300,000 files on a webserver in a single directory. I want to download them to a local directory and then delete them. My FTP client of choice is choking on the task. What should I do?
posted by fake at 3:15 PM PST - 24 comments

Need advice wrt mens dress shoes.
Please help us find some appropriate men's shoes for a fancy wedding. Or talk me out of my search. [more inside]
posted by stinker at 3:09 PM PST - 32 comments

Current hiphop
Re-introduce me to hip-hop! [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 3:07 PM PST - 36 comments

How young is too young to get engaged?
What are some good SECULAR reads (books or websites are both great) on getting engaged, marriage, etc.? Particularly for those who are not engaged but would like to get engaged in the (maybe not-so-distant) future. Also, some relationship-specific questions inside. Primarily, when's a good time to get engaged? [more inside]
posted by BenS at 2:45 PM PST - 30 comments

How to not give myself away to HR?
Interviewing for a new job. HR has asked- in writing (email) - for current salary (which is low, in part due to location in low-cost-of-living state) and salary expectations. Because they want this in writing, it doesn't seem like I can obfuscate with the kind of answers that are usually suggested for in-person interviews. Any suggestions? Details within. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 2:09 PM PST - 32 comments

Can a PA slice and dice?
Physician Assistant Philter: Considering pursuing this as a career. More specifically, Surgical Physician Assistant. I understand a Physician Assistant works under the license of a Physician, but I am familiar with many offices where on a day-to-day basis, the PA on site has the highest level degree. My specific question is this: what is the most advanced procedure a PA can perform autonomously? For example, I know PAs can perform biopsies of skin lesions, but can they go beyond that?
posted by Stan Grossman at 2:06 PM PST - 1 comments

Help Me Be The Best Aunt Ever
Xmas gift filter, kid edition: What to get for a 10 year old girl and 8 year old boy on a limited budget? [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 1:54 PM PST - 24 comments

History of Sociology of Religion; Why Bellah Doesn't (Much) Cite Eliade
Why does Mircea Eliade get short shrift in Robert N. Bellah's Religion in Human Evolution? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 1:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Travel magazines for the Spanish-language reader?
Are there any magazines from Mexico or South/Central American countries specializing in travel to the region, in Spanish, directed towards the Spanish speaking reader, that are available via subscription in the US? If so, which would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 1:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Family vs. Career
Is it more important to be near family or to follow career developments? Snowflakey existential question that needs review. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Help
I'm unemployed, and probably depressed. Any help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Well, I've made it HERE, so...
Given this list of things I do and don't like about living in NYC, where might I want to consider moving? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:36 PM PST - 41 comments

Blogging for IRL friends?
Have you deliberately used your personal blog(s) to make IRL friends completely outside your social circle? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 1:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Pruning old gardens.
How best to communicate to most of my old friends and some current ones who are too needy that I simply don't have time for them anymore? Has anyone tried to do this? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 1:20 PM PST - 16 comments

find me someone who will tell me not to buy the house
Looking for recommendations for an aggressive, adversarial home inspector in the Milwaukee, WI area (specifically Shorewood). [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 1:12 PM PST - 3 comments

LGBT-friendly doctors in Ithaca, NY?
My new doctor and I are a horrible match. Clearly the answer is "find a different doctor", but how do I make that work? (Bonus points: recommend an LGBT-emphasis-on-the-T friendly doctor in or near Ithaca NY. Willing to drive as far as Syracuse or Binghamton if they're sufficiently awesome.) [more inside]
posted by dorque at 1:03 PM PST - 16 comments

The Lazy Gift Giver
This is a question about giving gift cards at a work Christmas get together. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 12:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Massage gift packages in MA/NH?
I'd like a gift for a years worth of massage for my wife. Where can I find a company offering a deal on this? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 12:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Driving during the honeymoon - Just trying to remove stressors before they happen.
We're going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon! We’re risk-averse and easily scared / frustrated while driving in the US. Should we drive ourselves or hire a driver / drivers in Costa Rica? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 12:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Dinner ideas both paleo and vegetarian
I need some dinner ideas that are both vegetarian and suitable for a paleo diet! [more inside]
posted by troublewithwolves at 11:56 AM PST - 21 comments

Gifts for Coworkers?
Holiday gifts at the workplace: incredibly small business edition. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 11:47 AM PST - 20 comments

How to record and transcribe Skype conversation
What technology and software I should look at inorder to be able to record interviews on Skype on to my hard disk (MacBook Pro) and then be able to manipulate the recording easily in order to type out a transcript? Or, preferably , find reliable speech recognition software that will automatically produce a written transcript I can enter into my word processing program (Open Office.) ? I'm willing to change up software and able to spend no more than $100 to make this work. Is it possible?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 11:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Confidence: Better than Makeup and High Heels?
Does confidence really make a difference when it comes to attraction? If so, I'd like to generate enough in time for New Year's. [more inside]
posted by Ashen at 11:28 AM PST - 26 comments

How do I get the burning rubber smell out of my jeans and t-shirts?
How do I get the burnt rubber smell out of my laundry? [more inside]
posted by Tesseractive at 11:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Tutorial-ception.
Are there online trainings/tutorials for...well, creating online trainings/tutorials? (Books or other resources also welcome.) [more inside]
posted by Stacey at 11:06 AM PST - 2 comments

how to de-salt pumpkin seeds?
Help me de-salt these overly salty pumpkin seeds! [more inside]
posted by windykites at 10:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Non-fiction recs SVP
I am a reader of fiction. I read a lot, and I read all sorts of fiction genres. I do not, however, read non-fiction because the couple of times I tried to I found them desperately dull. I am sure that can’t be the reality for all non-fiction books… right? Teach me something interesting and make me learn to like non-fiction please. Specific requests inside... [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 10:04 AM PST - 84 comments

Hot Wings in Dubai
My girlfriend and I like to have a non-traditional Christmas meal. This year we're going to be in Dubai and we'd like to go for hot wings, curly fries, jalapeño poppers and deep fried x. I've already located a TGI Fridays and a Hard Rock Cafe, but I'm wondering if Mefites can recommend somewhere else I ought to look at.
posted by alby at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I Hire My Friend?
Should I hire my friend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 AM PST - 21 comments

DivaCup after Pregnancy?
I had a baby and my DivaCup no longer seems to be working. Did that happen to you? What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 AM PST - 13 comments

2D LAN games?
Please recommend PC LAN multiplayer games that aren't 3D. [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 9:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Cutting the cable cord
Questions about cutting the cable cord in the US. [more inside]
posted by sock, the puppet at 9:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Biostatistics filter
What statistical test should I use to determine if there is a significant difference in the percent change in the presence of bacterial species observed among five groups before and after treatment. [more inside]
posted by waving at 9:29 AM PST - 19 comments

Please help me save my teeth before they are gone.
I never drink soda, and I place more focus on health and nutrition than anyone I know. Why are my teeth dissolving?! [more inside]
posted by lmpatte2 at 9:24 AM PST - 48 comments

Safe to update my iPhone 4S to the latest iOS6 version?
iPhone 4S users: have you updated to the latest iOS6.whatever in the last couple of weeks? Did it go without a hitch? Or have you experienced problems that would make you advise me not to update? [more inside]
posted by tel3path at 9:22 AM PST - 19 comments

Wordpress for dummies?
Wordpress question: How difficult is it to learn wordpress for someone with no experience or knowledge of it? Assume that the student is around 18 years old and has basic computer literacy but has never heard of wordpress before. Thanks for your help!
posted by tessalations999 at 9:15 AM PST - 8 comments

identifyfilter: YA story about kid trapped in Arctic cabin with murderer
Name that YA book or story! Young boy/teen is in a cabin or hut in the Arctic. There is also a murderer. It may be the kind of thing where there are a few people in the cabin, and one of them is a murderer, and people are being killed one by one. Very sketchy details follow. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 9:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Raw food lifestyle
Has anyone tried raw food lifestyle? Are there affordable raw food teachers/classes in new york? [more inside]
posted by raghuram at 8:47 AM PST - 11 comments

At-home vs. At-work Antivirus Protection
Is it still worth paying for antivirus software for computers on my work network? I manage the IT needs for an 11-person office. [more inside]
posted by bullitt 5 at 8:36 AM PST - 7 comments

How much to tip building staff during the holidays?
How much to tip building staff? [more inside]
posted by cm1088 at 8:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Mileage log - every day vs. monthly?
Is a day by day mileage log an excessive amount of info to keep? Or does the IRS really want to know that much about where we drive? [more inside]
posted by lootie777 at 7:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Windows equivalent to Target Disk Mode?
Colleague's Windows laptop isn't starting up properly. Would it be possible to boot this laptop as an external hard drive to another computer, a la Apple's Target Disk Mode, perhaps using an Ethernet cable? We have both Windows machines and Macs in the office. Please note that I am exclusively looking for this sort of solution, within the confines of this particular question.
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Boston on the Cheap
Know how to have a fun weekend in Boston on a budget? Details within. [more inside]
posted by xenization at 7:45 AM PST - 14 comments

like NYC, but not as expensive?
(looking for somewhere to live) Where is like New York, but not as expensive? [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 7:40 AM PST - 29 comments

Dr. Waste my time
How do you deal with a doctor who isn't helpful? [more inside]
posted by Unred at 7:40 AM PST - 21 comments

Could you help me with my Applescript?
I am trying to batch convert a bunch of MS Word documents via Pages on my Mac. I have an Applescript that I believe will work, but I am getting hung up on a dialog box, and I am trying to see if someone could proofread the script for me. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 7:35 AM PST - 3 comments

First trip to a major city since the bed bug armies attacked...
Traveling to Minneapolis in early January--when making a hotel reservation, will it be offensive to inquire if they've had bed bug problems? Or will it be any use at all to ask? (assuming the receptionist will say, "no, no, everything's fine!") [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 7:31 AM PST - 3 comments

If I'm so strong why are my kicks so weak?
Should I lose weight and muscle mass or just lose the fat? [more inside]
posted by mearls at 7:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Copying between iCal calendars, Exchange to Google.
I have a work calendar in Exchange. I also have an Android phone and a Mac. For the last couple of years I've been using Spanning Sync to copy entries from my Exchange calendar to a Google calendar and then on my phone I can see all my calendars using the built in calendar program ( I also use Touchdown so I can see my exchange calendar on my phone if I have to, but it doesn't integrate with the phone calendars so I have to use two different applications to see my entire calendar, which is a pain). The problem is that Spanning Sync is going away. Is there any other application or service out there that'll automatically copy entries from one iCal calendar to another?
posted by Runes at 7:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Corporate security while working internationally
My company has a security policy against using their equipment outside the U.S.A. What steps can I take to get them to make an exception for me? [more inside]
posted by puddleglum at 7:11 AM PST - 14 comments

This Takes Five Seconds On My iPad
So, there's this photo of an amazing catch in an American football game that I would like to use as the lock screen wallpaper for my Galaxy S2 7.0 tablet. This seems impossible. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 7:09 AM PST - 2 comments

PhDating
How do you handle developing relationships in grad school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I get my brother to pluck his unibrow?
How can I get my brother to pluck his unibrow or want to improve his image? He is 25, doesn't maintain his beard/sideburns and has very thick unibrow. He uses a wheelchair and I'm afraid his appearance is giving off the wrong impression. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 AM PST - 35 comments

Cheap virtual voicemail for existing US landline number?
Best service to transfer existing home phone number to voicemail only? [more inside]
posted by jacobsee at 6:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Fantasy novels featuring talking cats, telepathic cats, sentient cats, intelligent cats, etc.?
Please recommend to me some fantasy novels that feature talking, telepathic, or otherwise sentient cats. Ideally with human companions, but a society entirely composed of intelligent cats could be cool too. Thanks!
posted by Jacqueline at 6:27 AM PST - 53 comments

Sci-Fi graphic novel suggestions?
Thoughtful science-fiction graphic novel suggestions needed! (non-horror, limited violence) [more inside]
posted by Auden at 6:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Goldilocks ISO juuuuuust-right fantasy novel
I'm just finishing up the third book in Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" series, and I've really enjoyed these books. What fantasy book(s) should I read next to suit my current mood? [more inside]
posted by taz at 4:09 AM PST - 12 comments

What is the real difference between friends and lovers? (Codependency question)
What is the real difference between friends and lovers? (Codependency question) [more inside]
posted by Cybria at 3:03 AM PST - 15 comments

AT&T left its utility box unlocked and doorless--how do I contact them?
Need help finding contact information to discuss a utility box AT&T has on my easement. Looks like the last tech that was here forgot to put the door back on and lock it (padlock is locked on the ground). I couldn't get it back on myself because of a back injury. Now it is pouring rain and I've been searching for the right number to call for over an hour on their labyrinthine website. I would feel very bad if the neighborhood lost service due to this. :) I have tried calling the main line and it is of no use, they don't know who to send me to. Does anyone else here have a box on their property? It was already there when I bought the house. What department should I ask for when I call them or is there a direct line for "box hosts" like me?
posted by dottiechang at 2:37 AM PST - 9 comments

December 17
the L word
how can i learn to love myself and be more self-confident in my relationship? [more inside]
posted by happyjuice at 10:21 PM PST - 9 comments

How long do the blood-thinning effects of alcohol last?
How long do the blood-thinning effects of alcohol last? I'm asking so I can know how far in advance to stop consuming alcohol before my next tattoo session. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 10:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Best TV shows to keep you hooked?
What TV shows consumed your life? [more inside]
posted by frizzle at 8:52 PM PST - 146 comments

How do I sound like a wholesaler contacting another b2b company.
How do I sound like a wholesaler in email to make inquiries from an overseas company? I'm doing a bit of amateur investigative journalism and need some pointers. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 8:47 PM PST - 4 comments

help me recreate my coffeeshop productivity!
grad school filter: how do I become as productive in my home office (or my grad student office at school, or the library...anywhere free!) as I am in coffeeshops? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 8:13 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me find some music similar to Cloud Atlas
Help me find some music similar to Cloud Atlas (classical music suggestions) [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 8:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Open-range ranching in Ontario
What is the situation regarding open-range ranching in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by jamincan at 8:00 PM PST - 1 comments

How can two people propose to each other?
My partner and I, two girls, have this slight thing bothering us when we talk about our future engagement. We both want to be proposed to. Is there a way we can make this happen?
posted by trogdole at 7:54 PM PST - 34 comments

Best charity for Haiti in 2012?
What is the best charity currently working in Haiti to which I can donate? [more inside]
posted by The Minotaur at 7:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Which Boston-area theater/performance/arts subscription should I buy?
Which Boston-area theater/performance/arts subscription should I buy? [more inside]
posted by teditrix at 7:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Elegant slanket = hopefully not an oxymoron
Is there such a thing as a "luxury" or "elegant" snuggie/slanket? If so, where can I buy it? I want to buy one for my grandmother but she will not appreciate bright colors, NFL logos, smiley faces, or similar. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 7:45 PM PST - 10 comments

our company recommendations for Russia (St. Petersburg/Moscow)?
Tour company recommendations for Russia (St. Petersburg/Moscow)? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 6:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it normal to have a fluctuating body image?
Do most people have stable perception of their own attractiveness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 35 comments

Should we create a business for our airbnb'ing?
Should we create a business for our Airbnb listing? After our Mom moved into a rest home this year, we listed her (out of state) place on Airbnb and did surprisingly well. In fact, we grossed more than $10,000. But we frequently had incidental expenses - I had to fly in several times, the cleaning service was $75 each time, and there were some modest house expenses when things had to be replaced or were broken, etc. With our 2012 taxes coming up, we're wondering if it would be helpful to create a business for this, or if people have done this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 7 comments

What's Ayahuasca Done For You?
Have you ever done an ayahuasca ceremony in Peru? Or known someone who has? (other than "my friend's sister's cousin") [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 6:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Yay, a week in the desert!
Things to do in Vegas for non-black-outers? [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved at 6:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Help my younger cousin learn to love her skin.
How can I help my adopted cousin learn to love her skin? Have you been part of a transracial family? What did you find helpful or comforting? [more inside]
posted by turniphead at 6:14 PM PST - 15 comments

On a perfume-hunt
Help me find this perfume [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 6:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me furnish my "grown up" apartment in NYC.
Help me furnish my "grown up" apartment in NYC. [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle at 5:42 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I insurance better?
How do I get the most out of my new Health Services Account (HSA)? [more inside]
posted by apip at 5:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Cloud Atlas is Chordally Dense
How difficult is it to transcribe an orchestral piece (say, a digital recording) into an accurate paper score? [more inside]
posted by polymodus at 5:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Sweet dreams
What was the best advice about sleeping routines you received when you brought your newborn home? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle at 4:54 PM PST - 30 comments

Yeehah! Looking For Cowboy Boots in L.A.
Where can I buy cool cowboy boots in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 4:32 PM PST - 6 comments

How to make the best of graffiti?
Home project: revamping fence graffiti? [more inside]
posted by flying_trapeze at 4:32 PM PST - 9 comments

You can dance if you want to, you can legsweep from behind
I liked capoeira a lot, but my wrists did not. Are there any other martial dances? Or schools that take a martial art like tai chi but do something dance-y with it?
posted by curious nu at 4:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Browsing multiple Word files?
I have a large number of .doc files (50+) that I want to browse through. Is there a faster and more efficient way to do this other than opening them up individually in Word? I'm on PC, running XP.
posted by zardoz at 4:13 PM PST - 5 comments

What kind of jobs could I do remotely?
In the next year, me and mr. desjardins are embarking on a nomadic lifestyle (in the U.S.). Given my skillset, what kinds of jobs could I do remotely? Or what kinds of temp work could I pick up while we stay someplace for 2-3 months? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 3:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Composing with vocal fragments
What's an easy way to put vocals together so they sound something like the intro to Django Django's "Default"? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 3:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Testosterone for late 30's
Testosterone for late 30's? More details [more inside]
posted by jassi at 2:49 PM PST - 5 comments

A lawyer with a badge and a gun?
I'm trying to find the exact law-enforcement/legal job to give to a fictional character. My ideal description would be "a prosecutor with a badge and a gun," someone who both kicks down doors and prosecutes cases. Does this job exist? A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 2:44 PM PST - 26 comments

Sex therapist on the SF peninsula
Looking for recommendations for a sex therapist on the SF Peninsula. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:39 PM PST - 1 comments

Ouch, my chest! Advice please, Cold-Climate Mefites?
Severely painful nipples in the cold! I’m as rugged-up as I’m going to get. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:39 PM PST - 19 comments

Manuscript Evaluation
Editorial Manuscript Evaluation. What does it cost? How do you find a good match? Any advice for getting value out of the service? I'm looking for a professional that can help me turn a thoroughly polished and "good as I can get it" novel length draft into something publishable. I'd love advice, because I don't want to waste my time or money on this, and I really do want it to work out. Help? Thanks!
posted by Stagger Lee at 2:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Wow what a great book
What are your favorite children's illustrated books? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 2:22 PM PST - 67 comments

Help turn a famous quote into an equation!!!
Looking to turn the Winston Churchill quote, "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm," into an equation.
posted by fubunker at 1:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Automated PDF modification
Is there an automated way of placing elements from one PDF file into another? Open to coding this via Python if a relevant module exists. [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 1:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you help with this pain in my neck?
I'm having serious neck and shoulder pain due to some combination of a bone spur in my cervical spine, a herniated disc and/or flexor joint arthritis. I have doctors. I'm getting physical therapy. Anyone have suggestions for dealing with the pain in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by driley at 1:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me spread the wifi through the trees into this log cabin.
Can you help me share WiFi between 2 distant houses with strange construction materials? Need antenna and setup recommendations. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 1:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Best practices in organizing a digital, image-based inspiration file
As an aspiring artist, I've recently acquired a habit of saving to Dropbox every image I find particularly inspiring or useful as an artistic reference. This is fun and motivating, except I'm realizing that my Finder-based 'folder > subfolder' organizational structure is doing a poor job of keeping up with my needs. I'm looking for software recommendations (Mac OS X) or general tips re: sorting a frequently-accessed image collection that will eventually number into the thousands. The catch: the system needs to sync with an iPhone/iPad. [more inside]
posted by brieche at 1:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Best "to do" list website?
Best "to do" list website? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite at 1:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Jolly Old OCD
Mefites with psych issues, do you have tips for getting through the holidays? [more inside]
posted by Katine at 12:54 PM PST - 14 comments

What is the correct punctuation of the last stanza of Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening?
I need the correct version (punctuation) of Robert Frost's Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, please. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 12:42 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me find an easy craft project for 3rd graders
Could someone suggest an easy holiday craft project (less than 30 minutes) for a 3rd grade class to complete during their holiday party? [more inside]
posted by victoriab at 12:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Stylists, assemble!
Help me dress myself for a hot date! Dress to follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 22 comments

Partners in business and in life - a bad idea?
When should I (or should I) reveal that my partner is applying for for my old job, given that I now work in a new job in the same institution? Or is the whole thing a bad idea? Managers and HR people, your input would be especially appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Ideas for a singles event?
Looking for activity ideas for a singles night in a small restaurant. What doesn't make you cringe? [more inside]
posted by ceiba at 12:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Fun things to do in London in December in 2012?
Tell someone who's pretty familiar with London what there is to do between December 20 and the first week of January. [more inside]
posted by anewnadir at 12:08 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the TSA stance on cheese?
Can we take cheese in our carry-on luggage? [more inside]
posted by troika at 11:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Can you help me Talk?
How can I open Google Talk on my Samsung Galaxy S3? [more inside]
posted by alynnk at 11:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Can you recommend a spa in Portland OR?
Can you recommend a spa/salon in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by nickmark at 11:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Cute plus-size socks and tights?
Where can I find cute, fun plus-sized socks and tights on-line? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Is the demand for digital librarians stable or expanding?
Is there demand for digital librarians trained in data management, exposing electronic collections, digital archiving, and so on? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 11:12 AM PST - 16 comments

L is for Lonely, if nobody shows up
How to make an open house party enough fun that people will show up for another one? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 10:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Are toques like security blankets?
Are unraveled toques a thing? I saw a friend wearing a sad, sad hat, and am debating knitting him a replacement. [more inside]
posted by momus_window at 10:55 AM PST - 8 comments

What am I worth?
OK, I'm officially fed up with my university job. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:30 AM PST - 3 comments

I make experiment, you make experiment, inexplicably one is better than the other
How creativity is measured? [more inside]
posted by curuinor at 10:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Tourmaline "negative ion" curling iron - bullshit or legit?
My wife bought a "Professional Tourmaline Curling Iron". The text on the box has trigger words for me like "negative ion technology", so I am skeptical. Did she get taken for a ride? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist at 10:10 AM PST - 30 comments

The morning after I have had a few drinks (something that happens rarely), I often feel better (elevated mood, better focus) than I would have if I had no drinks the previous night at all. Why does that happen?
The morning after I have had a few drinks, I often feel better (elevated mood, better focus) than I would have if I had no drinks the previous night at all. Why does that happen? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at 10:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Christmas Games for the Family!
What are some fun games my family can play at our annual Christmas Eve party? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes at 10:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Is it OK to ask at a job interview whether I'm suitable for this position?
I have a job interview for an academic position. In the interview, is it OK to ask them what they think they are looking for? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by starcrust at 9:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Where to buy potpourri offline?
Where's a good place to buy a large-ish (1-3 gallons) quantity of potpourri offline? Most department stores and such only seem to sell it in tiny bags.
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 9:22 AM PST - 6 comments

All in the desert fighting a war against mutants with bicycles.
There is some insane YA trilogy that no one can seem to track down. Anyone here have a clue? [more inside]
posted by cereselle at 8:39 AM PST - 8 comments

model.where(:name => "string) INTERNAL ERROR!!! No attribute exists!
In Rails, I'm using a model to represent a database view. I'm getting an error when I try to search on an attribute. (gist). [more inside]
posted by czytm at 7:48 AM PST - 8 comments

My boring ass internet connectivity problem
Seeking a more fulfilling relationship with my little box of internet. I have DNS troubles. Can you help diagnose them? [more inside]
posted by clavicle at 7:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a personal database/info manager!
Looking for the perfect personal database/information organizer. It's not quite DevonThink or Evernote…specific requirements inside: [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 7:16 AM PST - 2 comments

I feel like I'm in a love triangle, help me breakup with my girlfriend.
I feel like I'm in a love triangle, help me breakup with my girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 19 comments

Techie Not.
Completely clueless: Can I use this Sony Blu-ray player with my Haier Full HD LCD TV Model: L39Z10A? Will they be compatible?
posted by LittleMissItneg at 7:02 AM PST - 4 comments

How to do a Minecraft club?
I work at a middle school and our after school program wants to set up a Minecraft club. We want a group of about 15 people and I want to find the cheapest and simplest way to do this. I was looking at MinecraftEdu as an option but I wanted to ask y'all if you knew of a better/cheaper way to do things.
posted by Modica at 6:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Irish Whistle music with piano accompaniment?
Looking for specific music: Irish whistle/flute with piano [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS at 6:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a fun Kinect game
As an adult, what is the most fun Kinect game(s) you've played/enjoyed? [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 at 6:36 AM PST - 18 comments

What kind of visa do I need to study and telecommute in the U.K. for three months?
American going to UK for 3 months, in need some immigration help. Any specialists here? Special snowflake details follow. [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus at 4:33 AM PST - 5 comments

What did the history books get wrong?
What facts about history did people once believe, only to have them later discredited? I'm looking for cases where historians changed their opinion about concrete facts ("It turns out George Washington never chopped down a cherry tree") or about cause and effect ("Maybe the French Revolution wasn't just caused by the rise of the Middle Class.") I'm NOT looking for cases where historians re-evaluated their ethical judgments ("Maybe it wasn't so cool that the Founding Fathers owned slaves.")
posted by yankeefog at 3:44 AM PST - 52 comments

Can you recommend an apocalyptic text to read on stage?
I'm looking for some good armageddons. I'm MCing an End-of-the-World poetry reading on December 21st and I want to read a few short passages from apocalyptic texts. I've already settled on the Book of Revelations and Ragnarök, but I'd like to cast a wide net and find some non-Western and/or non-religious/mythological descriptions of the end times. Can you recommend a good doomsday for me to read?
posted by Kattullus at 3:02 AM PST - 27 comments

What is wrong with my brain?
For as long as I can remember I've had a difficult time understanding and absorbing verbal information, especially long-winded information without being given an outline first. Do I have a learning disability? Low IQ? ADD? Auditory Processing Disorder? Is it just the depression? I intend to talk to my therapist about this, but I'd like to read other people's thoughts and experiences before I talk to him. [more inside]
posted by Cdr Sara Bellum at 2:33 AM PST - 18 comments

How bad is traffic in Dubai on Sundays in the afternoon/evening?
How bad is traffic in Dubai on Sundays in the afternoon/evening? My wife and I have 24 hours in Dubai, beginning on a Sunday. We arrive to our hotel (right next to the airport) around 5:15PM, and we're taking the Bateaux dinner cruise leaving at 8:30PM. My plan between these two times is to take her to the Royal Mirage down by Jumeira for drinks. Online, it's looking like a taxi will take roughly 40 minutes to cover the distance from the airport to Jumeira, assuming no traffic. But on a Sunday (which is a work day in Dubai, as I understand it?), I'm worried: will the roads be totally clogged at that time of day? Or will a taxi be able to get us there in a reasonable amount of time?
posted by Televangelist at 2:08 AM PST - 3 comments

December 16
Cant get Modem to Install
I am trying to install a 56K modem card from a PC that ran Windows XP onto a PC that runs Windows 7. The card used either the LSI (Agere) driver or the Intel sep 536ep driver. I've found Windows 7 versions (64 bit) of both drivers and both are saved to my new PC. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 11:29 PM PST - 5 comments

A technical term for oversharing
Is there a term in psychiatry for pathological oversharing? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 11:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Bag baggage
Help me identify this item: backpack, military, olive drab. Bonus points for finding one in the wild that I can buy. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 11:01 PM PST - 5 comments

baby's first slr
Giving my sister my old dslr for her 18th birthday. I'd like to also give her a book that explains the principles of photography. I'd like it to be clear and easy to understand in regards to aperture, depth of field, dynamic range etc. , but I'd also like it to have some ray optics to get her to think about why the camera works the way it does (focal depth, optics etc). Any suggestion would be great.
posted by Large Marge at 10:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Reeking of the Desperation Cologne
I’ve been researching a lot, and have read time and time again, that during interviews, you’re also interviewing the employer to see if you’re a “good fit” together and that you should never seem desperate for a job, but rather, you should pretend money is no object and you’re only there because you think it would be fun, etc. The question is—how do you do this when you are in fact desperate for money and you need a job ASAP? (long-winded details behind cut) [more inside]
posted by camylanded at 10:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Is there any top that makes these shorts okay?
I bought a pair of tiny little sequined shorts from Forever 21 that I'd like to wear on NYE. What top would work with them? [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta at 9:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Please advise on car insurance issues after an accident.
A guy hit my car parked on the street in Cambridge, MA, causing some damage (to the car only, I wasn't around). He left a note. I called him and he wanted to bypass our insurance providers. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by A dead Quaker at 9:46 PM PST - 35 comments

CT to NYC on Metro-North: Where to park?
I'll soon have to travel semi-frequently from Hartford to NYC for work stuff, at both peak and off-peak times. I'm guessing the best option is to park-and-ride at some station along the Metro North line, but where should I park? This AskMe said Bridgeport Station is the best option, but that was almost six years ago - has anything changed? Would a station in New York state proper be better - Port Chester, etc? I'll also have to travel pretty late some nights in case that makes a difference.
posted by UncleBoomee at 8:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Why am I not in a relationship?
Almost 21 and I still have not had a serious relationship - what is wrong with me? How can I change this? [more inside]
posted by cyml at 8:49 PM PST - 42 comments

Help me EXCEL at my new job. (Yes, I went for the obvious one.)
What books or websites should I look at if I want to master Excel? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 8:31 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I move my mattress across state lines?
Is it prohibitively dangerous to try to move a full-size mattress from Ohio to Florida on the roof of a Honda Accord? [more inside]
posted by grokfest at 7:51 PM PST - 28 comments

Does this 'kid' stand a chance?
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to move to SF or NY. I really want to do this and feel like the time is now, especially since I recently earned my degree. But, I'm unsure of whether or not I stand a chance compared to US citizens. Is it worth applying for jobs in the US based on my educational background and experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 PM PST - 10 comments

What should I use this free elective on?
I have a free elective in my final undergrad semester. What should I take? [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 6:36 PM PST - 40 comments

Building Credit
Worried about how I'm going to take out medical school loans without a cosigner in two and a half years. [more inside]
posted by squirtle at 6:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Substance for the runner
I need some snack/meal ideas for myself in my very fast paced work environment. Help me take my non-healthy current solutions and make them better! [more inside]
posted by Folk at 6:23 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I ensure things stay platonic, but friendly, with this guy?
I just got asked by email to meet for drinks by this guy in my Meetup group. He's a nice person, and I'd like to be friends. I have a boyfriend, and I don't think he knows this. How do I politely deflect? [more inside]
posted by iadacanavon at 6:07 PM PST - 24 comments

Montreal hotels/suggestions for a short visit?
Montreal hotels/suggestions for a short visit? Tell me about the city [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 4:58 PM PST - 18 comments

Why did the KKK form?
A question about why the KKK formed in the first place. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 4:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Tea Time
Does this happen to anyone else when drinking tea? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 4:35 PM PST - 12 comments

May She Rest fi Salaam
What is the appropriate expression of condolence, in Palestinian Arabic, for an Arab Christian? [more inside]
posted by femmegrrr at 4:20 PM PST - 4 comments

let there be a way to recover my stolen data from the ethers
My stolen windows laptop was recovered, but everything on it is gone. Can I regain my documents and media? [more inside]
posted by KingoftheWhales at 4:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Helping a family member of the 1st anniversary of their spouse's death
My mother and father were married over 50 years. Dad passed early this year (Feb) and now is the 1st anniversary is upon us. I have been helping mom out quite a bit since then, but could use some pointers about what to do or look out for over the next couple of months. A little more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:17 PM PST - 6 comments

My gifted dog gifted me with a gift of... explanation?
Calling all language nerds: anyone know what's behind the increasing frequence of "gifted" as a verb? [more inside]
posted by amelioration at 3:58 PM PST - 30 comments

Keep thumbs out of asses in western Mass.
Is there ANYTHING fun* to do on NYE in Springfield, MA? Difficulty level: no alcohol**. [more inside]
posted by peacrow at 3:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me decide which Stephen King book to read first.
I want to get to know Stephen King! Which book should I read first? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 3:30 PM PST - 43 comments

Make my honey a little less runny
How can I make honey stick to roasted chicken? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper at 3:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Why can't I just get over this?
How do I get more onboard with my in-laws' presence in my life? [more inside]
posted by agress at 3:04 PM PST - 37 comments

Twas the Night Before Leaving For Christmas
One hour to clean and straighten up very messy office so I can get some last minute work done tonight before I leave tomorrow on a 2 week break. Ready? Go. What's first? Oh, btw, not a hoarder, but want to keep some stuff.
posted by Xurando at 2:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Birmingham to Boston
Moving from Alabama to Boston to join a startup. How do I adjust to this new city and the startup culture there? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 1:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Apple, I like you but you're pissing me off.
How do I get iTunes to give me a different random selection of music from my library every time I sync my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 1:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Camelotfilter: Best "Arthurian" work.
Which is the "best" version of the Arthurian legend to read? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 1:45 PM PST - 31 comments

Can I ship the bacon jamz?
Is it ok to mail a jar of "bacon jam? that I made? [more inside]
posted by little_c at 1:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Making copies of old hand drawn art.
I have some hand drawn portraits by my late Grandfather, they were drawn on thin paper before he went to the Southern Pacific during WWII. I would like to make sure other people in the family have copies. What is the best way in Seattle to make copies?
posted by slothhog at 1:25 PM PST - 2 comments

The Gift of Health
I'd like to give one of my relatives health insurance for Christmas. She's a freelancer in Brooklyn. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic at 1:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Traveling way Down Under
Travel tips for Tasmania? [more inside]
posted by islander at 1:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Help Me Come Up with a Quirky Username for VLogging my exchange!
I'm going on exchange to Lille, France in January til June. I want to record my experiences on YouTube by V-Logging--can you help me think of a cute and quirky YouTube username? My brain is failing me! Also, looking for general advice and suggestions for students going on exchange. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen at 12:55 PM PST - 4 comments

"Eds"?
Medical terminology filter: "Eds" comes to 54 centimeters. What could this word that sounds like "eds" possibley be? [more inside]
posted by wansac at 12:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Gift to help catalog antique pottery
I need help finding a gift for somebody who is a constant state of labeling and cataloging his collection of antiquities and pottery. What would help him? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 12:53 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get this mildewy mess out of my bathroom?
Water collects in a recessed area on the edge of my tub. How do I manage this? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer at 12:48 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you move on from a bad job?
I am trying to process a period of professional turmoil in my life that occured over a year ago. Things are okay now but I am still dealing with painful emotions and memories from that experience. How can I go about finding closure? [more inside]
posted by rasselas81 at 12:28 PM PST - 17 comments

We three costumes
Please give me ideas for a fancy dress costume for 3 adults. A 60-year-old (but look/act decades younger) couple and their late-20s child. They need to be WARM as they will be worn outdoors on New Year's Eve in a Cornish seaside town, but it also needs to be possible to eat a restaurant meal in them. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 12:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Oh yeah, it runs on the world's most powerful graphics chip: Imagination!
What are some fun daydreams I can think about to fill up long bus journeys? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess at 11:58 AM PST - 31 comments

Where should I go for great traditional music in Quebec?
Where should I go to hear traditional music in Quebec this holiday season? [more inside]
posted by Polyhymnia at 11:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Good deal or scam?
Looking to by a MacBook Pro off Craigslist, is this one a scam? Advice for buying used computers? [more inside]
posted by space_cookie at 11:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Please help me administer eye drops three times a day to a very skittish little dog
Please help me administer eye drops three times a day to a very skittish little dog. [more inside]
posted by scody at 11:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Learning How to Play Blackjack at a Casino
I'm going to a casino in a few days, and I want to play blackjack. However, I've never played any of the card games at a casino, and I'm pretty ignorant about the strategy to use for blackjack, as well as any etiquette I need to be aware of. [more inside]
posted by DMan at 11:06 AM PST - 12 comments

How to get French Press coffee without the cholesterol
My parents have decided to replace their french press due to concerns about cholesterol. Previously . I want to get them a paper filter based coffee maker that makes 4 or more cups of coffee at a time. The other constraint is that the machine has to be shorter than 14 inches so it fits under their cupboards. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony at 11:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me cope with chronic illness
I really, really don't want to be 'the sick girl', help me figure out how to look after myself and navigate the social aspects of having a chronic illness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Say babe, did you get that letter?
Ragtime blues - who else should I know? [more inside]
posted by timshel at 10:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Where to work tonight?
Help me find non-Starbucks coffee shops open late on Sundays in Chicago! [more inside]
posted by andrewesque at 10:06 AM PST - 13 comments

What is a good single term for Apple iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad?
I am writing some documentation for an app that runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. I need a consistant way to refer to these devices and am looking for something better than "iPhone/iPod/iPad". For example: "Hold your iPhone/iPod/iPad's camera so that the QR code is centered in the brackets." I've come up with either "... iPhone/iPod/iPad (referred to as iPhone from here on)" or "IOS device" Anyone have a better idea?
posted by cosmac at 9:58 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I get by?
Tips for single parents? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 9:53 AM PST - 28 comments

Getting off on the right foot with a new boss
Any tips on getting off on the right foot with a new boss? The new person has delayed her transfer date a few times, and is coming into a government office where budget cuts mean reduced services to clients and less prestige for the office--and for her as its head. [more inside]
posted by rpfields at 9:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Eight nights of hot wax
Hanukkah is over. Eight nights of digging candlewax out of the little holders. I'd like to keep the wax out of the holders. I need a menorah condom. [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 9:20 AM PST - 24 comments

Work to get in, work to get out.
Labor of death much like the labor of being born? [more inside]
posted by itsacover at 9:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Citations & Bibliography Group in Microsoft Word-please help me...
I am trying to make a bibliography in Microsoft 2010 (after the nightmare of doing all of my citations manually, I learned my lesson) and it is not working out for me. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 8:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Fun, light hearted holiday music for all.
I'm putting together a holiday play list for the office pot luck and, trying to make it fun and all inclusive. I've got tunes from Peanuts to Springsteen to the Arrogant Worms. I'm in need of more Hanukkah (got the Adam Sandler one, thx.) and desperately in need of some music for the woman organizing as she's Islamic (and for the record has a wicked sense of humor). Ideas?
posted by rooster416 at 8:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Short term memory has declined. Looking for ways to fix it.
In the past two years my short-term memory has gotten terrible. I forget where I put items, I forget names which I wouldn't have in the past, and I am not good at all in keeping short lists in mind. I have searched for solutions but have found no real answers. [more inside]
posted by Lugos at 8:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Great vacation ideas with both beauty and brains?
Asking for a friend: What are some seductive and alluring travel ideas which feature both a) stunning natural beauty and b) some intellectual stimulation more than just learning about history (e.g. solving some mystery, practicing a language, etc.). This would be for a middle-aged couple in average shape, money (within reason) no object. Length: roughly 2-4 weeks. Specific tour recommendations also welcome.
posted by shivohum at 8:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Has there ever been an App.net that was successful?
What's an example of a project like Diaspora or App.net that's actually been successful? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 at 7:48 AM PST - 17 comments

How to pick up vocabulary in a foreign language?
I need help in acquiring a lot of a vocabulary for a lot of languages. How can I best proceed and what should be my expectations and timetables be? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ at 7:42 AM PST - 9 comments

you could catch a dozen ducklings
Best way to dispose of this plastic mesh wine bottle sleeves. [more inside]
posted by mkb at 6:24 AM PST - 14 comments

traveling and making things
Please help me find creative outlets that don't require living in one place or computer screen time, that aren't repetitive, and that pack small. [more inside]
posted by aniola at 1:20 AM PST - 22 comments

December 15
Can cats truly sense anxiety in humans?
I'm about to take my 4-year-old female cat with me on a cross-country flight from the west to east coast for the holidays. We're leaving on Monday, and I've been having butterflies in my stomach all weekend in anticipation of the coming journey. I have no experience flying with cats but have done all I could to prepare for this trip. [more inside]
posted by starpoint at 11:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Would Chalky White really have sounded like that?
Does anyone have any resources to find historical forms of Ebonics? [more inside]
posted by patricking at 11:36 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I delete or disable this stubborn program?
How can I get rid of Windows Speech Recognition from Vista? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen at 8:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Building circles....
Is it possible to make a pop-up card without the pixellated look? I have searched Google to no avail. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 at 8:51 PM PST - 4 comments

BZZT! You're eyes are fixed! Have a nice day!
Considering getting PRK, but am really anxious when it comes to medical procedures. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 8:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Waiting for the drugs to work
How to deal with depression while waiting for the meds to kick in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Pareeeeeee
What short things can I watch/read to get in the mood for my upcoming trip to Paris? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 6:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find a list of Save The Cat moments?
I wonder whether there is a good listing somewhere of "Save the Cat" moments from movies? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz at 6:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you liven up our 4180-mile I-40 road trip?
Please suggest lunch and dinner places and maybe some shopping for a CA-AR road trip, with a detour through Texas. General advice welcome too. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet at 6:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Making an "alphabet" shaped Pizza. Advice?
Is it possible to make pizzas in the shape of the alphabet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:47 PM PST - 38 comments

Video time capsule
Looking to make a video time capsule with my friends. What questions should I ask, what should we put in it. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 5:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Finding the perfect Mac laptop for an indecisive Windows-based web developer
I'm a web developer / eLearning developer on Windows 7 looking to: 1) Get a Mac because I need to be able to test sites quickly and easily on my own; 2) Get a Windows-bootable unit that can act as my backup machine when my Asus throws a tantrum as it did this week; and 3) Get a reasonably portable Windows-bootable laptop that can handle Photoshop and other resource hogs so that I can work on it at client sites without having to barely squish the Asus (aka "The Clydesdale") into my largest backpack. Ideally, I could get all three in one machine that wouldn't cost the earth. Please join me as I anguish over the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, the Mac Mini, and other options. [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 5:13 PM PST - 18 comments

What gun control group should I join?
What pro-gun-control group should I join? I want to find a group that spends its money effectively, and that will lobby for sensible gun regulations.
posted by professor plum with a rope at 5:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Can't find a favorite art piece...
Looking for an artist previously featured in the magazine Hi Fructose...or I'm mistaken and I saw it in a tattoo magazine like Inked. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 5:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for good team-based giving opportunity.
Apart from Kiva, do you know of any good charities that support team-based giving?
posted by found missing at 4:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Dealing with unappreciative people
How do I deal with people that are unappreciative of the things others do? [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 at 3:51 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I learn to stand up for myself?
How do I become more assertive without being rude and stick up for myself? [more inside]
posted by morning_television at 3:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Can't do ALL THE THINGS right now.
In 2013 I will have 2-3 hours a week to spend learning one or more of the following: French, guitar, advanced math (stats, calc). Which will benefit most from this limited amount of study effort? [more inside]
posted by riddler at 3:09 PM PST - 6 comments

And A Partridge in a Pear TRee
I've been gifted a fruit basket. The problem is while there are lots of fruits I eat, I now find myself with a bunch of fat pears. Because I'm a picky eater, I don't like pears. However, since I'll be attending holiday parties, I figure there are probably some delicious pear recipes-cookies, desserts-that would allow me to share this gift with people who will actually enjoy them. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 2:53 PM PST - 29 comments

Should we file jointly or individually?
Mr. Arnicae and I are married, but haven't filed our (U.S.) taxes jointly before. We're trying to figure out how to decide if it would be financially advantageous to file jointly, and what the negatives or positives would be. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 2:49 PM PST - 9 comments

How to help friends deal with daughter's death?
How can I help my friends whose daughter was killed in yesterday's school shootings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:35 PM PST - 56 comments

Help me buy clothes for someone who hates clothes.
Should I get my brother clothes for Christmas? Good gift ideas for an ABD? [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 2:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Ferret Swiper, No Swiping?
Train ferret to harvest shiny valuables? True? Completely difficult and therefore unlikely? Ferret owners/lovers especially welcome. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider at 2:26 PM PST - 13 comments

How does licensing for the music work on these contest shows?
How does licensing for the music work on these contest shows? The Voice, American Idol, X Factor, America's Got Talent, et al. Especially during the audition process where they might now know what people are going to sing before they're on stage. [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 2:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Why isn't the male/female makeup of pilots and flight attendants proportionate to the population?
Recently I went on a trip with my kid sister and each time, the pilots were men and the flight attendants were women and even while we were waiting to board, we watched the pilots and flight attendants for other airlines walk to their gates and it was always the same and she was curious and disgruntled about this, so I thought I would ask the hive mind. Are there institutional/systemic/socioeconomic reasons why the pilot/flight attendant makeup isn't proportionate to the population they serve?
posted by Sully at 2:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Search warrant in Indiana
In the State of Indiana, is it legal for the police to stop you from entering your house while they are waiting to obtain a search warrant? Can you point me to any statutes or literature that addresses this issue?
posted by Ggardner at 2:03 PM PST - 7 comments

What. The hell. Did I do.
Driving home this afternoon, I spun my car 360 degrees. I have no idea what happened. Please help me figure out what it was so that it never, ever, dear god ever happens again. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 1:51 PM PST - 24 comments

Anyone want to help me find songs like these?
Musicfilter//: I love the following 2 songs: Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (Beastie Boys featuring Santigold) and 1977 by Ana Tijoux. What else should I listen to? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl at 1:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Windows 8 question
My XP computer died this morning and now I have to learn Windows 8 in a hurry. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck at 1:11 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do with leftover browned butter with sugar in it?
Bakingfilter: What can I do with superfluous boiled browned butter + brown sugar? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 at 1:02 PM PST - 18 comments

What's it like to be a Neurologist?
You are a neurologist/know a neurologist/have seen a neurologist/have read really good books with neurologists in them. I want to know everything you can tell me about what it's like a on day to day basis to be a neurologist. [more inside]
posted by Calicatt at 12:53 PM PST - 18 comments

MANDATORY
What does "Individual / Partnerships" mean on a credit application? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 12:51 PM PST - 3 comments

henceforth he's to be referred to as dungbeetle
Issues with supporting a friend in court for divorce [more inside]
posted by anon4now at 12:29 PM PST - 9 comments

How typical are preventative dental xrays for kids?
Our kids' toothologist dentist would like to take x-rays to look for cavities. Is this typical? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger at 12:27 PM PST - 23 comments

Last minute dog sitting in Seattle?
Christmas Doggie Care backed out. Where can I find good, trustworthy dog sitting for my awesome, friendly 60lb mutt in Seattle?
posted by emmatrotsky at 12:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Translation Help. Chinese to English.
Looking to put these characters in my kitchen. Do they actually translate as "Food is Heaven"? Also, which type of written characters are they, traditional or simplified? Any info would be great. Thank you for your help.
posted by alchemist at 12:23 PM PST - 1 comments

Will I replace these contents one way or another?
Can I Eat It: Whole Fridge Edition. [more inside]
posted by mibo at 12:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Corporation for Tax Savings?
Consultant, LLC for Tax Savings? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 11:55 AM PST - 5 comments

We're not usually helicopter parents, but this time...
Please hope us to find a remote controlled helicopter? [more inside]
posted by peagood at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Accordiong to this...
Accordion music quiz! [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 11:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Coffee Recommendations?
Can anyone recommend a great brand of coffee that will aid me in drinking my coffee black rather than with cream and sugar? [more inside]
posted by incandissonance at 11:07 AM PST - 41 comments

How do non-believing parents find a church for their kids?
How can we, as atheists, find a church for our children who want to attend? [more inside]
posted by Saminal at 11:01 AM PST - 29 comments

What are you MA insurer experiences?
[MA Health Care Filter] I've recently become ineligible for health insurance from my erstwhile employer and need to choose a Massachusetts based insurer to individually purchase coverage from. What is your insurer anecdata? [more inside]
posted by andorphin at 10:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Baby Mamma Drama?
I'm going to have a discussion about what my son's father thinks is excessive child support in a few hours. Please help me frame what I want to say in a non-argumentative, non-condescending, non-bitchy way? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 9:53 AM PST - 63 comments

Apartment finder's fee to a friend?
Paying an apartment finder's fee to a friend who's place will soon be available? [more inside]
posted by orme at 8:34 AM PST - 14 comments

Should I change my career from education to the library field?
I am currently very unhappy in my career (education) and would like to change to a completely different career (librarian). Please advise whether this would be a smart thing to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 AM PST - 23 comments

Is this settling? Is that really such a bad thing?
I'm dating someone who I respect and admire more than almost anyone else I know. He loves me. But I'm not in love with him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 AM PST - 55 comments

How to learn tone patterns in Chinese?
What is the best way to learn tonal vocabulary in Chinese? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl at 7:37 AM PST - 9 comments

"Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence" means what???
What does a motion to "Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence By A Person In Federal Custody" mean? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now at 7:18 AM PST - 1 comments

Just not up for dealing with this right now
So a couple years ago this happened, pretty much in my front lawn. I thought I was pretty much over it, and hadn't really thought about it too much despite the 14 mass shootings since then, but I'm feeling totally worn down by yesterdays events. What's your best advice for shaking this sort of thing off? [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 5:24 AM PST - 26 comments

how can i use a zoom h4n to make waterfall plots
i want to use a h4n to make waterfall plots [more inside]
posted by edtut at 12:27 AM PST - 1 comments

December 14
How can I turn him down without crushing him?
How can I avoid leading a guy on when he won't come out and state his attraction? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 10:18 PM PST - 29 comments

Which Jewish-American author could this be?
Can you help me remember the name of this Jewish-American author? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses at 8:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Bring on the Drink Cart
I'm thinking of buying and repairing this vinyl sofa and chair set, but some of the tufted buttons are missing. Anyone know how possible it is to repair this? [more inside]
posted by nosila at 7:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Where Have All Bird Corpses Gone?
Why don't I see more dead birds? [more inside]
posted by notyou at 6:54 PM PST - 17 comments

I want to be the next Professor X.
I know I want to study genetics but I don't know where to go from there. What kind of things in genetics did Professor X and the Drs. Suresh on Heroes study? I want to study that. [more inside]
posted by acthelight at 6:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there a term that defines how a singer incorporates breath sounds into the beginning and end of the lyrics they sing?
Is there a term that defines how a singer incorporates breath sounds into the beginning and end of the lyrics they sing? [more inside]
posted by No Shmoobles at 6:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Law enforcement in 19th century Zanzibar
In Zanzibar in 1870, was there any kind of law enforcement? If so, what kind? [more inside]
posted by pgswim at 6:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Fun times for broke kids
End of the semester adventure??? [more inside]
posted by non-kneebiter at 6:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Telling my online dates that they were not the chosen ones
I was dating multiple people from OKcupid and Match, and now I've gotten serious with a guy I met outside of online dating and am no longer looking. Who should know? [more inside]
posted by ponytime at 5:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Roy G Biv T-shirt seen in TV Commercial
Where can I buy that "Roy G Biv" t-shirt that that kid was wearing in the commercial for cable TV? [more inside]
posted by mgriffioen at 5:20 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you know?
How do you know if it's not big enough? (A raise, I mean?). I would like to hear about whether the recession has shaped how people think about money and career advancement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Buy a house without a spouse?
Buying a house while married but physically separated -- what are the possible issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get salary info for mid-level nonprofit jobs in NYC?
I am in the process of interviewing for a mid-level program/project coordinator position at a non-profit in New York City, and I believe I will be offered the position. I have always been terrible at negotiating salary, and want to change that this time around, but I am finding it very difficult to figure out what the general market range for similar jobs is. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Where the crickets last chirp.
Is there a reason crickets decide to die in conspicuous places? Or is it just me / this house / the crickets that populate this house? [more inside]
posted by ditto75 at 4:50 PM PST - 8 comments

A Little Bit (Or More) Each Day ... Of What?
Help me decide how to spend 5 to 30 minutes each day in 2013. [more inside]
posted by reader-writer at 4:46 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm so sick of this...
I'm not liking my life anymore. I need to become excited about my life. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Autumn89 at 4:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Wanted: Nest of irrigation control systems
Is there a wifi/web-based irrigation control system available? Ideally it would track weather patterns and moisture levels. Not interested in ethernet cable-based systems. Basically looking for the Nest of irrigation systems.
posted by letitrain at 4:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me have sex without my wrist hurting!
What can I do to prevent my wrist from hurting when I'm stimulating myself during sex? [more inside]
posted by misspony at 3:19 PM PST - 16 comments

oversharers wanted
Where can i seek out people who are into oversharing and instant intimacy? [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace at 2:48 PM PST - 39 comments

"You just have to believe in karma and fate... then everything will work out"
Asking for my parents: What advice to you have for first time landlords, especially with regard to the rental agreement? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Wherever you go, there you are, but sometimes you need to be yourself somewhere else.
Urgent need for a Plan B, low budget, holiday retreat, greater NYC area (probably). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:44 PM PST - 5 comments

A job while I train for a career?
I'm currently in school for a 2-year degree in biomedical equipment technology (how to fix medical stuffs). While I'm going through the program, I'd like to have a part-time job that, in some way, could be a resume builder...but I also need to make semi-decent money. [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 2:42 PM PST - 2 comments

What's your theory on this term?
I'm trying to think of a word.... Is there a term for a 'theory' (in the scientific sense) that explains the majority of the data/observations, but is not fully complete? [more inside]
posted by mockjovial at 2:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Bigger cookies please
Can I edit a website cookie to make it last longer? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 2:21 PM PST - 5 comments

I want to buy a pair of sweatpants that say "POTUS" on the butt
Imagine those sweat pants with the classic college lettering of your school name on the butt. I would like to purchase a pair in that theme, but the lettering says "POTUS". My searches have turned up nothing so far. I'm open to online options or places in D.C. as I'll be there for a few days next week. Help me make this happen!
posted by colourmebrad at 2:14 PM PST - 6 comments

The cheapo shirt that keeps it's shape
I have a T-shirt made from a kind of fabric I've not seen since, I'd like to get more. It's supposedly 100% cotton, but I'm not sure if that's true. [more inside]
posted by Lynx at 2:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Christmas gifts for an instructor
I'm an adult who has been taking private lessons on a musical instrument for most of this year, and I get along very well with the instructor. But what's most appropriate to do for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 1:43 PM PST - 7 comments

14-42 is ... ok, I guess?
I've decided it's time to upgrade from my Canon point and shoot. I'm going to get a Panasonic Lumix G5 DSLM. Now...what lenses should I get? [more inside]
posted by solotoro at 1:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Throw in some beans and let 'em go...
Looking for a quality crock pot for a family of 4. [more inside]
posted by LizardOfDoom at 1:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Best book for 8 year old who loves to draw?
My 8 year old loves to draw, but she wants to "draw better." I just bought her one of these. What's the best book out there to help her improve her abilities? This would be a book that she could largely read/use herself with occasional help from me.
posted by gwint at 1:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me help the machines talk!
Networking filter: I'm a young (still learning much) SysAdmin for a pretty large site. I inherited the network configuration, and now I'm trying to troubleshoot some strange issues: workstations losing connectivity without rhyme or reason, and slow web browsing. [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 12:58 PM PST - 9 comments

insert various Charades gestures here
PlaguingMeForYearsBecause IUsedToKnowItButForgotFilter: What's the word (I think it's Greek in origin) for the atavistic phenomenon like the motor of a car being in the front of the vehicle simply because the horse was in the front of the cart...?
posted by TigerMoth at 12:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Car dock for a Nexus 4?
Please suggest a good car dock for the Google Nexus 4. [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron at 12:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find my Fringe Reading Companion
I just started watching Fringe. I'm only about three-quarters of the way through Season 2, so please no spoilers. What I'm looking for is companion reading material. [more inside]
posted by duckus at 12:11 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I get old texts onto new iPhone?
How do I get texts, contacts, and photos off my old dumb phone and onto my new iPhone? [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear at 12:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me come up with “exciting” and “pleasant” experiences for us to do together as a couple.
Help me come up with “exciting” and “pleasant” experiences for us to do together as a couple. [more inside]
posted by booksandwine at 11:58 AM PST - 22 comments

Cook My Goose
Holiday Goose Help [more inside]
posted by tealcake at 11:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Low-pressure coaches vs. high-pressure coaches
Many years ago (perhaps a decade or more), I read an interesting article that argued there were essentially two types of coaches in professional sports: low-pressure (perhaps someone like Phil Jackson) and high-pressure (say, Bill Parcells). Both styles had their positives and negatives, but the author went on to say that if a low-pressure coach failed, you never wanted to replace him with someone even lower-pressure, and vice-versa, since that would only exacerbate what had already gone wrong. It might have been in the New Yorker, but I really can't say. Ringing any bells? Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Best way to make old PlayStation 2 region free?
Best option to mod an old PlayStation 2? [more inside]
posted by nickthetourist at 11:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me identify this rock.
Help me identify this rock! [more inside]
posted by _DB_ at 11:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Le Pop Super-Bon!
Le Pop Super-Bon! Can anyone suggest French bubble-gum pop that's especially au courant? Like Yelle (particularly her first album), only more recent? Stuff good for dancing or for cleaning the house. I've seen these threads, but they're a bit stale. Merci à tous!
posted by Capt. Renault at 10:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Gallbladder redux: Should I have it taken out?
Mystery Gallbladder Redux [aka Perhaps Beating a Dead Horse]: Hey mefiters. YA(still)NMD but: I previously posted a year ago about this exact problem, and I seem closer to a resolution, but it's still the same question: should I have my gallbladder removed? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 10:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Time for a delicious rhubarb cocktail
What to do with my Rhubarb Schnapps? [more inside]
posted by pompelmo at 10:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Surprisingly Versatile Accessories?
Please give me recommendations for accessories that you initially dismissed as too weird or "out there" but then discovered were surprisingly versatile. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 10:18 AM PST - 24 comments

But I still wanna watch Girls...
I'm disconnecting my cable. What are my alternatives? [more inside]
posted by thank you silence at 10:04 AM PST - 30 comments

I am sick of this club
My husband is a longstanding member of a club that is full of drama. He feels compelled to listen to and give advice to any of the ranters in the club whenever they call which is, at the moment, every second day. Afterwards he feels anxious and shitty and dumps it all on me. Then I feel shitty. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 28 comments

How to navigate cross cultural family dynamics?
I'm having difficulty navigating very different cross-cultural (U.S./El Salvador) family dynamics. Can you please offer me books, links or your own best practices on keeping an international marriage strong? [more inside]
posted by Coffee Bean at 9:58 AM PST - 8 comments

GingerbreadFilter: help me improve my annual gingerbread party this year (A complete blizzard of snowflakes inside)
GingerbreadFilter: help me improve my annual gingerbread party this year (A complete blizzard of snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by halseyaa at 9:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Jealous, Possessive FWB
My FWB is Jekyll and Hyde, acting like a jealous boyfriend, then rationalizing it. When I try to talk to him about it he goes into denial. Help? [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet at 9:33 AM PST - 31 comments

Squeezing MIDI files into a trombone.
My seventh-grade son is taking trombone in jr. high. I'm trying to put together a workflow that will allow me to find free scores (midi or other formats) of video game tunes and convert them to trombone sheet music. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Help ID uniforms in an old drawing
Help me identify uniforms worn in an antique pencil watercolor. And maybe a guess as to where it was recorded. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah at 9:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I look into Manga Studio?
If I have a good comics-making workflow established with PhotoShop, is it worth my time to look into Manga Studio? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 8:49 AM PST - 6 comments

My dog is a socially awkward penguin. Where can we board her overnight in Seattle?
What are some good dog boarding/kennel services in Seattle (or, even better, on the Eastside) that will know how handle my sweet but incredibly nervous and poorly socialized dog? [more inside]
posted by iamfantastikate at 8:26 AM PST - 13 comments

You lying asshole.
So I'm on a performance plan at work due to dishonesty. Please help me turn this around. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 53 comments

How to make a struggling kindergartner feel valued
How to help child struggling in kindergarten? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 AM PST - 29 comments

Please help me remember a short story!
Short story help, please. I remember this... [more inside]
posted by pentagoet at 7:47 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I export MS Powerpoint to a Word document?
How can I export MS Powerpoint to a Word document? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza at 7:35 AM PST - 4 comments

I won't be home from Christmas
I'm not going to be with my family this Christmas, and I'd like to ship them some kind of gift basket. Does anyone have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 7:22 AM PST - 21 comments

Gift Card for Audible.com
Physical gift card for Audible.com? [more inside]
posted by richmondparker at 7:17 AM PST - 1 comments

Love writing but...
I've always had communications-related jobs, but they never seem to be the right fit. I'm a great writer (although I have a love/hate relationship with writing), but I also helping enjoy helping people and interacting with people, etc., and writing is a pretty solitary job. (Well, PR isn't, but that's one area I want to stay away from, as well as fundraising). Have any other writer-types who are like me found a solution? (Oh, and I don't want to take on grad-school loans right now.)
posted by trillian at 6:59 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I break up with a therapist?
How do I break up with a therapist? [more inside]
posted by cheeserk at 6:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Critical Contexts for Writing : a reading list
I've been asked to put together a longish reading list for a BA Art/Literature module, and I'd love some ideas for texts outside my current knowledge. The list should cover a series of genres and contexts, with writing from, and about, the history and theory of art, journalism, academia, design, architecture and film. Writing on design and architecture are particularly outside my knowledge. What innovative and critically significant writings can you recommend across any of these subject areas? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 6:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Is a wristlet a bad gift for a new mom?
Is a wristlet a bad gift for a new mom? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder at 6:27 AM PST - 26 comments

Is it possible to buy a decent, non-plywood cello in New York City for $2000?
Is it possible to buy a decent, non-plywood cello in New York City for $2000? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 6:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I buy a ham in Park Slope?
Holiday party emergency: Where can I buy a 12-14 pound bone-in smoked ham today or tomorrow morning in or near Park Slope? [more inside]
posted by kevin-o at 6:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Do you trust computers?
So I'm using 2-Step Verification with Gmail and I was wondering how Googlemail recognizes a trusted computer and how easy it would be to fake this. Apparently it works with a cookie since different browsers on the same machine ask for Verfication upon login. Wouldn't it be easy to transfer that cookie to another machine or is it tied to some hardware/ software specifics (MAC-Address etc.)? Is it known to what specifics it is tied?
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon at 5:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Tips/studies/articles to help put myself in my 1 year old's shoes?
Tips/studies/articles to help put myself in my 1 year old's shoes? [more inside]
posted by tzb at 5:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Comma delimited list to multiple lookup values in Access 2010
Is there an easy way of turning a comma-separated list into multiple lookup values in access 2010? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet at 2:14 AM PST - 1 comments

Numbness as a side effect of the mini pill?
YANMD, but how paranoid am I being? Also some general birth control questions and angst. [more inside]
posted by celtalitha at 1:16 AM PST - 18 comments

December 13
centering circular cake boards
[geometryfilter] I have to assemble a tiered cake stand to hold cupcakes at a wedding tomorrow. The tiers and the styrofoam thingies that will separate the tiers are all circular. How do I make sure that I get each tier centered properly on the next?
posted by undue influence at 10:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Christmas cards for grinches
I need some pithy one liners to write inside of Christmas cards to some old cranks. [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 9:25 PM PST - 13 comments

iPhone me--which model do I need 4, 4S, or 5?
iPhone me! --which model do I need: 4, 4S, or 5? [more inside]
posted by calgirl at 8:56 PM PST - 43 comments

Cedar Sake Ball: Make or purchase, either one?
Where can I either obtain instructions to make, or simply purchase, a cedar Sake ball? My Google skills are failing me completely.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 8:47 PM PST - 5 comments

RIP Ravi Shankar
Going to India in two weeks and I need some answers to some fairly basic questions. [more inside]
posted by Flamingo at 8:46 PM PST - 44 comments

Dozing mid-sentence
Last night, my mother was talking animatedly to us, when she suddenly dozed off for a few seconds. Should we be worried? [more inside]
posted by redlines at 8:43 PM PST - 16 comments

If you can't say anything nice, say it anyway?
Help me suss out the pros and cons of truth vs tact, honesty vs politeness. [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 8:42 PM PST - 33 comments

My mouse is dying and I need a new one.
My mouse is getting worn out and I need a newer and more precise one. [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos at 8:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me not hate my tummy!
Practical advice for accepting a part of my body I hate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 PM PST - 35 comments

Inspire me!
Vacation filter: somewhere awe-inspiring. (+ book recommendation also, if you could.) [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit at 7:50 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I do this in Excel?
I am new to working with dynamic arrays in Excel. Also, I would like recommendations on books/resources for advanced Excel users. Help! [more inside]
posted by prunes at 7:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Please point me to free books on Marxism for my Kindle please. Any era, any author, English only.
Please point me to free books on Marxism for my Kindle please. Any era, any author, English only. That is all. Thank you.
posted by beshtya at 7:25 PM PST - 3 comments

How do you get people to come to a comedy show?
How do you get people to come to your shows? [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein at 7:00 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me plan up to a few months of fun/service/bonding
one to three months of bonding/service in a warmer region of US [more inside]
posted by saraindc at 6:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Genetic Testing & Progressive Illness & My family & Me
I can get tested to find out if I will die of a progressive neurological illness. Oh good, that is not tricky at all. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:10 PM PST - 17 comments

How to avoid the dreaded leap to the conclusion she's being proposed to?
How can I present my intended with a Christmas gift that is in no way an engagement ring? Degree of difficulty: its packaging absolutely screams, "this is an engagement ring!" [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:09 PM PST - 67 comments

Help me change the life of a teenager
I have my teenage nephew for a week. We can go anywhere. I'd like to change his life. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 6:05 PM PST - 39 comments

Someone may be using my license information - what should I do?
Scam filter: An apartment finders made a copy of my license upon entering (before even filling out an application). I didn't end up using their service and asked for the copy of my license back. They made a bunch of excuses and then said that they shredded the copy of my license and showed me a bunch of shreddings. What can I do to protect my identity? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 6:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Help with a betrayel playlist.
Putting together a playlist for when you have been betrayed. not sappy romantic shlit. any ideas?
posted by kenaldo at 5:36 PM PST - 70 comments

How can I replicate the experience of the mid-90s web for a curious Generation Z tweenager?
Does such thing as an early web emulator exist? My 12 year-old stepson is learning HTML and CSS, and today I was trying to describe the web of yesteryear (for me, c. 1995-96). I'd love to show some visual aids. I have googled to no avail. [more inside]
posted by allisonrae at 5:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Best Toronto- area iPhone plan?
Best phone plan for a Toronto resident who wants a free iPhone? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 5:31 PM PST - 1 comments

Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel
Where can I download a shapefile of UK House of Commons constituency boundaries in effect for the 2010 elections?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College at 5:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Where to find heavy wool pants that I can wear to the office?
I'm looking for good-quality black and dark gray winter wool dress pants that I can wear to my office. [more inside]
posted by the sobsister at 5:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Too sad for a witty title
My grandad passed away today. My family have asked me to find a poem he might like, to read at his funeral. He was an engineer who would only read 'factual' things, such as instructional/educational books and later in life, a lot of biographies. He didn't go in for poetry at all that I know of. Would like to avoid 'Do not stand at my grave and cry'. Any reccommendations? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday at 4:47 PM PST - 28 comments

Too smart for ADD?
I think, but I'm not convinced that I might have ADD. When I talked to a psychologist about getting tested, he told me that because I do very well in college, there is very little likelihood that he or any other psychologist would diagnose me with ADD. [more inside]
posted by raeka at 4:14 PM PST - 26 comments

I need an adult
Help! I need a parent! Which Monster High and Bratz dolls are cool? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 3:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Ich weiße nicht!
What is this greeting?/ Was dieser Gruß? [more inside]
posted by droplet at 3:51 PM PST - 5 comments

I want to get on my own two feet. I need a plan of attack.
The Short: I'm a single young adult with a college degree and student loan debt. I live in a sterile small city with limited job prospects. I want to move out and get an entry-level or temporary job in a coastal U.S. city (NYC, LA, SF, Seattle). Please walk me through the logistics and help me devise a plan, as well as offer any advice you have on making it on your own in a new city (essentially, how to be an independent, self-sufficient adult). [more inside]
posted by matticulate at 3:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Help this space cadet stay grounded
I am often spaced-out and disconnected. This happens often but it definitely happens when a situation becomes emotionally intense or emotionally difficult. This is possibly linked to my ADHD (inattentive type). Also possibly to the fact that my mother is very dramatic and when I was young she expressed all her emotions with great intensity, and I was often frightened. If you or someone you know have experienced this, what has made it better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Do they manufacture Super-Wood ?
Do they make lumber interlaced with steel wires, which is much stronger than regular lumber? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 3:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Why aren't top commerce sites using AOSSL?
Question for the hard-core commerce and security geeks: Always-on SSL, or AOSSL. Last spring The Online Trust Alliance, or OTA, started a PR campaign to convince folks who manage web sites to use SSL to secure the entirety of their web sites — not just forms and checkout pages. OTA points out that some large social sites (Twitter, Facebook, Google) — folks for whom the customer is the product — have implemented AOSSL, or are in the process of doing so. Who I *don't* see coming on-board are large and highly trafficked e-commerce sites. By my survey, none of the top 100 eCommerce vendors (using Internet Retailer's list) have implemented AOSSL, and I'm wondering if there's a reason why... (more inside). [more inside]
posted by deCadmus at 3:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for the name of an old-school, plaintext Mac setup system
Please help me track down an article (or documentation) about an OS9 Mac setup regime that was heavily text-based, emphasizing how to set up a Mac with keyboard macros, desktop-accessible text snippets and very specific keyboard macros. [more inside]
posted by mph at 3:11 PM PST - 1 comments

'Mambo Lupita' - no se!
Help me find this version of "Mambo Lupita"! [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad at 3:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Where to get a replacement end-piece for an Apple MagSafe airline adapter?
Where to get a replacement end-piece for an Apple MagSafe airline adapter? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 2:16 PM PST - 2 comments

who made this cool chair
Can anyone identify this chair? [more inside]
posted by gregr at 2:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Michel Thomas Teaches Phlebotomy
What brilliant pedagogical methods/courses/CDs/books are there for me to learn things that I don't already know? [more inside]
posted by taltalim at 1:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Cambodia / Khmer Rouge novel?
What's that novel? In high school I read a book about 2 children surviving the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. It was my first introduction to the Khmer Rouge,and I'm desperate to find out what it was called. [more inside]
posted by robotot at 1:17 PM PST - 7 comments

I need a little black dress!
Help me find a little black dress. I'm in my mid-20s, short (5'2"), and curvy (dress size 4-8, depending on much curvature they allow), and it should look good with black knee-high boots and 'hose. So I'm thinking maybe something that stops at mid-thigh. It should be something dressy enough for a NYE party and classy enough to wear to a work holiday party. Pure black preferred, but different textures and shapes are welcomed. I own a lot of fit & flare dresses, so I'm comfortable with that, or I can get a more sheath like dress...? It needs to be from somewhere (local to Seattle or online) where I can return for free (including shipping). Budget: $20 to $300 for the right dress.
posted by ethidda at 12:51 PM PST - 29 comments

Put my music in the cloud
Help me stream my media from a home server to our phones. [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 12:46 PM PST - 9 comments

But I don't have an answer to this question!
What is the history behind feminism supposedly claiming that women could "have it all"? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats at 12:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a painting I once borrowed from a library
Painting filter: can you help me track down a painting? I borrowed it from a local public library years ago (they have since stopped loaning out art, don't know why) and can't recall the title or artist. [more inside]
posted by crepeMyrtle at 12:45 PM PST - 5 comments

The Best Camera is the One You Have
Is the camera in my Samsung Galaxy Nexus good enough for casual day-to-day use? (Do-I-really-need-another-camera-filter) [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 12:40 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I buy or rent "Ratatouille" to watch on an Android device?
I have an Android tablet, and live in the UK. Is there a legal way to download Ratatouille -- or virtually any other Pixar film -- onto it? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 12:39 PM PST - 9 comments

To reproduce, or GTFO, that is the question.
Can someone help explain my boyfriend to me? Special snowflake, yadda yadda, you are not my (or his!) therapist, etc. [more inside]
posted by domo at 12:38 PM PST - 57 comments

What's your experience with the NPS?
Any National Park Service or other closely affiliated agency (BLM, Army Corps of Engineers, etc) able to speak about their experience with said agency? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Are detailed logs made during surgery?
Are there any kind of notes taken during a medical procedure, or is it all after-action report-type stuff? If I wanted to know just how much of each drug I was given during anesthesia (for instance) for a procedure months or years ago, would it be somewhere in my record that I could request? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux at 12:28 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm Okay, You're a Wreck.
Coworker/friend/mentor really, really depressed... and with good reason. Can/should I help? How? Wall o' sadness inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find a book for a classic movie buff
I need a book gift for a classic movie buff! [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 12:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Homemade Socks for Dummies
Knitting filter: Looking for your suggested relatively easy patterns to knit soft, warm socks ankle or slightly higher length socks for myself (normally wear US women's 9-11 sock) and my Bear (long narrow male feet, unsure of his sock size). We both are somewhat allergic to wool. [more inside]
posted by bearwife at 12:00 PM PST - 9 comments

How to prevent/treat chilblains in cold weather?
Poor circulation and cold weather are causing chilblains on my fingers. Advice needed on prevention and treatment please! [more inside]
posted by neilb449 at 11:38 AM PST - 12 comments

LA Fitness is dumb.
LA Fitness didn't cancel my membership when they told me they did. Is it reasonable to chargeback in this situation? [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast at 11:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can we find more of these awesome European "trail" socks?
Where can I purchase more socks like these? Acquired by my husband over 10 years ago at an airport in the Netherlands, they are long-lasting, comfortable, made of wool, have the word "TRAIL" embroidered in red across the instep, three horizontal red stripes on the ball of the foot, and what may be a size "3-46" in red across the toe.
posted by matildaben at 11:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Coming home for Christmas film?
Can you help me identify the following film from my mother's description. It's so I can buy it for her partner's Christmas present. She said 'P loves that corny film about someone trying to get home for christmas'. What film is she thinking of?
posted by plonkee at 11:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Do they not teach looking and listening in med school?
Is it worth my time/energy to complain to my hospital about negative interactions with a Dr. 18 months ago? I had complained several times previously to the Dr's office with no response, but new information has come to light that makes me even more irritated, since I found a document they gave me that misstates my height by 10 inches (4'11" instead of 5'9"), putting my BMI at 32, which explains why she lectured me on being fat. [more inside]
posted by MonsieurBon at 11:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Photo Stream for videos
What's the best way to directly transfer videos between an iPhone's Photo Library to an iPad's Photo Library? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 11:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Best nursery rhyme cds?
What are some nursery rhyme compilations that are top-notch, musically speaking? [more inside]
posted by Liesl at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Betting you can help me restore my dad's card collection
Old playing cards: Help me find a specific deck from my childhood based on a description [more inside]
posted by dadici at 10:55 AM PST - 2 comments

My employer stole my money?
How to pursue check theft with my employer [more inside]
posted by cartoonella at 10:51 AM PST - 28 comments

More than Maus
Suggestions for graphic novels that can be considered activist works. [more inside]
posted by Cuke at 10:34 AM PST - 39 comments

Roadblock: Who wants to get down?
Every year for our gift exchange, there's a theme. This year the theme is kind of action - adventure related, think about some of the activities on the Amazing Race. I'd like to give something more "do something" than "get something" this year, given the following parameters: I'm looking for things like zip lines, running-related, climbing activities, bungee jumping, etc. I don't live in the area so the phone / email / online part is important since I can't go down in person.
posted by curse at 10:33 AM PST - 10 comments

My degree was more about math theory than math practice
Ugh. Grading. Help me come up with a formula to weight assignments when I dumbly made everything worth 100 points. [more inside]
posted by *s at 10:16 AM PST - 15 comments

Do any other bugs besides bed bugs leave blood traces?
Do any other bugs besides bed bugs leave blood traces? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleGargoyle at 10:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Time to see doc?
YANMD, but is it time to see mine? (Very mildly NSFW/L inside). [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 9:58 AM PST - 10 comments

If support hit me in the face I wouldn't know what I was look at
How do normal, happy couples support each other in a non-dysfunctional, healthy relationship? Not surprisingly, longish snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 AM PST - 36 comments

Gift ideas for a 6-month tour, a 6-month tour...
You just retired from being a high school English teacher and are now about to embark on a long mutiple country voyage on a boat with your husband. What would be an awesome gift for you from a former student, assuming space on the boat is limited? [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc at 9:53 AM PST - 14 comments

I think I smell a rat. Oh, I think I smell a rat.
Help! Are the rodents too smart for us? I am losing my wits and feel like poison may be the only option, but I have two big ole dumb dogs that would most likely eat the poisoned rats outside. [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 9:27 AM PST - 16 comments

If a sinus infection kills me before the cancer, I'm going to be really pissed off.
Does anyone have experience with infection/disease in the sphenoid sinus? Everything I read online suggests that I have to get this treated IMMEDIATELY or I'll become brain-damaged or dead, and I'm already convinced the former is setting in... [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 9:26 AM PST - 7 comments

I like it dark and smooth...
[Philly/Internet coffee beans filter] Help me get some good coffee beans! I had the best coffee of my life at Kopplin's when I was in Minneapolis this summer. Problem? I live in Philly. I bought a bag of beans from Kopplin's, and they recently ran out. I've been sampling coffee from the local roasters in Philly, and (to me) they taste like crap. I'm also of the Starbucks > Dunkin Donuts mentality. Where can I get some beans to my liking, either locally or on the Internet? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 9:22 AM PST - 21 comments

I NEED A LOOUUDDD AM/FM RADIO!!!
Help me find a small, loud, and possibly even stylish outdoor AM/FM radio for use in a tailgating situation. Preferably under or around $50. [more inside]
posted by dr handsome at 8:54 AM PST - 2 comments

All the greatest problems are unsolvable.
Can someone help me find the source of this quote attributed to Carl Jung? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 8:53 AM PST - 6 comments

That kind of depression where you just don't care. Have you been there? What helped?
That kind of depression where you just don't care. Have you been there? What helped? [more inside]
posted by Anonymousness at 8:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Fucking Tailgaters
How do I deal with or avoid being tailgated? Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by galvanized unicorn at 8:45 AM PST - 56 comments

boss destroying morale
We like our jobs but toxic manager is gutting us. It feels awful because we can't perform to our full potential when she's around and feel like we have no career prospects. How can we help ourselves? [more inside]
posted by swimmingly at 8:24 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I fix an air mattress without ordering a patch kit online?
Can I patch a tear in an Aerobed with a vinyl pool liner repair kit? If not, what else can I buy today in the SF Bay area to repair very it with? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 8:22 AM PST - 15 comments

What are the best "best ways to learn X"?
What are the best curated syllabi for learning something new on the internet? [more inside]
posted by oqrothsc at 8:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Tangle of tools
How do I organize my household tools in a very small apartment? [more inside]
posted by DaveZ at 8:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Is it appropriate to give a holiday gift to a nurse?
Should my father give Christmas gifts to my mother's nurses? [more inside]
posted by amro at 8:18 AM PST - 16 comments

Film Noir Cartoons
Does anyone have any examples of some cartoons that reference Film Noir or are drawn in a noir-esque fashion/explore noir themes? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 8:12 AM PST - 17 comments

Guitar Shopping Made Easy, I Hope
Help me find a killer acoustic guitar for my 27 year old son. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 8:03 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I handle a friend who is potentially messing up my love life?
My date canceled on me because he's best friends with a guy who is in love with me...even though I have absolutely no feelings for said friend and I've told him so. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by mlk915 at 7:44 AM PST - 65 comments

Rural Internet Access: Help my Dad get a connection that can actually let him stream..., well, anything!
Rural Internet Access: Help my Dad get a connection that can actually let him stream..., well, anything! [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 7:43 AM PST - 7 comments

So this is how it is?
Is it common not to get credit for what you do when you work in marketing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM PST - 16 comments

It's the delicious pomade that also works as a cuticle cream!
What are the best toiletries/personal care products that double as other toiletries/personal care products? Either officially or unofficially? [more inside]
posted by mskyle at 7:11 AM PST - 36 comments

How does one sell special interest items on the Internet anymore?
How does one sell special interest items on the Internet anymore? Is that even a thing these days? [more inside]
posted by atayah at 7:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Best science magazines for 11-12 year old girls?
What do you think are the best educational (preferably scientific) magazines for middle-school aged girls (11-12)?
posted by andshewas at 6:51 AM PST - 4 comments

But I'm a Girl!
At age 45 I'm noticing changes in the hair all over my body: less on my head; more on my chin; darker, thicker moustache; more on my feet. Bonus difficulty: I am a woman. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 AM PST - 16 comments

how to explain to a flirty friend about being monogamish?
I didn't cheat on my girlfriend but it might look like I did; I flirted with my friend but I don't want it to be emotional. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 AM PST - 25 comments

Mystery metatarsals.
For the past few months, when I wake up in the morning (or get up in the middle of the night), I experience pain between/around my 4th and 5th metatarsals when I put any weight on that foot--more on the side and top than the sole (it is not plantar fasciitis). Within 5-10 minutes, it stops and doesn't hurt at all for the rest of the day. My GP, orthopedist and physical therapist are stumped. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 6:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Delicious "no-cook" dishes in under 30 min?
I recently came across this awesomeness of a Daal recipe. It blew me away, not only with its amazing flavor, but the fact that you actually don't have to cook. I mean you chop one onion, dump all the ingredients in and less than 30 minutes later, you have an amazing meal. Which immediately made me wonder, are there any other awesomely tasty recipes out there which I could add to my repertoire of fast and easy?
posted by kitchencrush at 6:32 AM PST - 26 comments

Seeking to read non-linear books.
I would like to read some non-linear books. Could you recommend titles and authors to me? [more inside]
posted by tnygard at 6:19 AM PST - 28 comments

Do you know the title of this YA space academy novel?
Can you help me remember the title of this YA science fiction novel that took place at a space academy in the asteroid belt? [more inside]
posted by Area Man at 6:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Do I need a professional to design my website or could I do a good job myself?
Do I need a professional to design my website or could I do a good job myself? [more inside]
posted by Megami at 3:32 AM PST - 5 comments

i'm like a nightmare bookstore customer
Can the hive help me identify two books I barely remember? [more inside]
posted by neuromodulator at 12:12 AM PST - 7 comments

December 12
Need help finding a small, cheap, Arduino-ready solenoid valve or pump assembly
I need some help building a gadget with an Arduino board. Specifically, I need help finding a way to dispense very tiny quantities of fluid (10 μL) once an hour. The valve assembly is the part I'm having trouble with... [more inside]
posted by dialetheia at 11:10 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I find my suicidal friend a solid psychiatrist to see tomorrow without getting him "flagged in the system"? (
How do I find my suicidal friend a solid psychiatrist to see tomorrow without getting him "flagged in the system"? (deets inside) [more inside]
posted by bpm140 at 10:36 PM PST - 38 comments

Bangkok to Ko Mak — Make it happen!
Bangkok to Ko Mak and back again: Help me solve an impending travel conundrum in Thailand (Transit nerds and Thai-speaking timetable readers welcome!) [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 9:53 PM PST - 5 comments

What is going on below my waistline?
I have spots near my groin region. I know you're not my doctor, but if you can give me any insight to calm my nerves it would be appreciated. Also, what do I say to the girl I'm dating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Resources for improving one's writing
Looking for essays and books you have found most helpful in improving your writing - in particular, style, critical analysis, and conveying a strong message. I've read "Politics and the English Language" and The Elements of Style, and found them both really helpful. Thanks!
posted by mossicle at 9:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Where should I get chairs reupholstered in Seattle?
Where should I get chairs reupholstered in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 9:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Help Me Feed the Need to Spread My Seed
After reading a number of articles such as this on Metafilter, I realized that I might want to have kids soon, before it's too late. I have a biological clock and that instinct is telling me I ought to propagate before my sperm becomes useless. However, I have no immediate desire to parent anyone. My instincts are only concerned with reproduction, not any of the details. My thought is that I could become a sperm donor. I have no emotional need to ever meet my kids (though I have nothing against it either) - it would be enough to know that they're out there somewhere. However, I am confused by some of the potential ramifications. (Snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 at 9:02 PM PST - 17 comments

WTF? My GF Took Meth?
My girlfriend caught a horrible cold a couple days ago (I'm sure if I get it I'll get it sooner rather than later). She normally doesn't get sick, so this is a new thing for her. Here's the complication... Normal medication such as ibuprofen and aspririn don't affect her. She got a pretty bad cold. Went to the pharmacy for help. She's been taking psuedephredrine, ibuprofen, mucinex, etc. (she normally doesn't take anything ever) At this point she's a bit out of her normal mindframe. I'm looking for suggestions that will keep her focused until tomorrow when she comes down and we can discuss what happened. [more inside]
posted by krisak at 8:59 PM PST - 62 comments

How the Other Half Lives (or, you know, Murders People)
Recommendations for fiction about the rich and all their trappings, imposters within that world, or stories where the mighty fell and then rose again? [more inside]
posted by dean winchester at 8:50 PM PST - 27 comments

Deposit, gas bills
How do I go about tying up the financial loose ends of my last apartment? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 7:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Anti-school songs
Know any good anti-school songs? [more inside]
posted by abcde at 7:39 PM PST - 31 comments

I'll take "Diseases I May Have" for $200, Alex
You are not my doctor. But you will probably spend more time thinking about what is wrong with me. What is wrong with me, anyway? I have an appointment January 4, should I go sooner. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 7:08 PM PST - 16 comments

Sherlock as a Mathematical Logician?
A colleague alluded to a passage from Sherlock Holmes where all the evidence is re-written as formal logic propositions, leading to a mathematical solution that matches Holmes' solution (and is far from trivial). Does anyone else know where I could find this passage? [more inside]
posted by Anon Ymous at 7:01 PM PST - 11 comments

How to communicate about our feelings?
How much should we be talking about our feelings for each other? I love him, and I think he loves me... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Name! That! Font!
It's time for another edition of Name That Font! I have two examples--I'm not sure if they're the exact same font, but they're a similar style, and I would be happy with anything that's close to these examples (example 1, example 2). What the Font isn't helping because the letters are connected so it can't recognize individual letters. And....go!
posted by Bella Sebastian at 5:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you find this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Comic?
Trying to find a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal where the character menacingly quotes lyrics from a Train song (IIRC, Drops of Jupiter).
posted by drezdn at 5:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie
So I screwed up and had an affair. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:08 PM PST - 29 comments

Ideas for Traditions
What are some non-religious family (winter?) traditions that don't have to involve children? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 5:05 PM PST - 21 comments

how to sell stuff at a festival?
We have a tiny online shop and we managed to score a stall/stand at a large festival. This is our first "event". Can you help us plan the practical details of selling stuff in the middle of a drunk crowd? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 4:57 PM PST - 6 comments

comfy rug for comfy feet
I want a comfy, comfy rug that is soft and feels nice on my feet. I would also like it to look nice! Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 4:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Wishing spaghetti straps were work-appropriate.
How do I look put together without sweating bullets? Looking for alternatives to cardigans and blazers for a stylish layered look. [more inside]
posted by quietta at 4:32 PM PST - 8 comments

I don't want Cruella De Ville's dressing table
Is it still moral/ethical to buy cosmetics from companies who have decided to enter the Chinese market? If not, are there any mainstream/high-street options left? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:28 PM PST - 16 comments

It's not me, it's actually you.
Am I being friend-dumped? (small wall of text and some itty bitty snowflakes) [more inside]
posted by sockorama at 4:27 PM PST - 50 comments

Do you have any ideas to help me communicate better and curb my frustrations?
Help me, I get frustrated and it's not helpful. I want to find a better way to act to relationship communication frustrations. Snowflakes inside [more inside]
posted by couchdive at 4:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Examples of failed independent regulatory agencies?
What are some examples of industries that successfully regulated themselves, and examples of those that failed? [more inside]
posted by matt_arnold at 4:16 PM PST - 18 comments

Two living rooms aren't as exciting as we thought
Have you ever lived in a different state from your spouse and still had everything held jointly? How did you handle questions of residency, normally mundane paperwork like insurance, and keeping everything organized? Full details within. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster at 4:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Pucker Up
Is it unsafe to insert an alum (styptic) stick inside one's body? [previously] [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 4:11 PM PST - 6 comments

So many adorable tiny humans!
What should I knit or crochet as gifts for friends and family who are having babies? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul at 3:42 PM PST - 32 comments

Best shipping method for home business.
Help me decide on my small home business shipping system! [more inside]
posted by PlutoniumX at 3:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Orthogonal
What does the word orthogonal mean in this context? [more inside]
posted by font_snob at 3:13 PM PST - 19 comments

I want it all, I want it all, I want it all and I want it now.
Help me talk about salaries to a potential employer! Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by fearnothing at 3:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Will pomegranate seeds hurt my young daughter?
Are pomegranate seeds safe for my 8 year old daughter to eat? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 2:48 PM PST - 13 comments

thank you gifts for dummies
What would be an appropriate thank you gift for my florist friend who really went above and beyond in helping with my wedding? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 2:44 PM PST - 8 comments

this is NOT a New Year's resolution
I've been using Weight Watchers online for years now, but it's stopped working for me. Is there an iPhone app with a similar function? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 1:54 PM PST - 29 comments

dr freud - dr.
Is there any way to get a good job in psychology without a degree? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 1:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Anachronistic music
Looking for examples of anachronistic music. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 1:46 PM PST - 42 comments

Is there a website that provides a quick way to keep track of books I have read?
Is there a website that provides a quick way to keep track of books I have read? [more inside]
posted by mai at 1:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Bye-bye ex-friend, please.
How to end a friendship as painlessly as possible? (online snowflake-y version) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Men's clothing store in South Seattle/Fremont Sunday Market
What is this men's clothing store in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 1:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Meaning of car terms in a song lyric
Help with car terms in Steve Earle song "Sweet Little '66," please? [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy at 1:19 PM PST - 17 comments

All I want for Xmas is airport peace, quiet and wifi
How can one keep sane with a 6 (six) hour layover in Detroit airport during the Xmas travel rush? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 1:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me save my inheritance.
Help me save my inheritance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Sex on the brain - what are these strange electric pulses?
Sometimes when I have a sexual thought, I can literally feel a buzz, a reaction in my brain just above the ears on both sides of my head, almost an electrical feeling, usually in two short pulses. What is this? Do you experience it? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Could Pho possibly have dairy?
Could Pho possibly have dairy? I had some Vietnamese Pho -- a crab and tomato soup called Bun Rieu -- and it seemed liked I was having a dairy issue -- gastric distress -- after I ate it. [more inside]
posted by Lescha at 1:03 PM PST - 16 comments

Making (accordion) chords out of nothing at all?
I have a 24-button bass piano accordion, and I'm having trouble figuring out how to get all the chords I need out of it (maj7, dim, etc). [more inside]
posted by mckenney at 12:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Are air quotes international, or localized?
Do Francophones (or other users of non-English quotation marks) use “air quotes”? [more inside]
posted by zamboni at 12:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me repay a parking garage manager
Is there anything I can get for a security guard who did me a favor when I messed up and might have lost my job due to negligence? [more inside]
posted by kellybird at 12:29 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me choose a no-contract dumbphone for my mom.
Looking for prepaid phone recommendations for an older person in the US. No smartphone, no texting, just very occasional outgoing voice calls. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 11:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for some awesome fiction
My book queue is empty, and my brain craves fiction! Could you please recommend some books? Favorites include : DeLillo, Murakami, Pynchon, Bolaño, Lethem, Barthleme, Franzen, Chabon, DFW, Bulgakov, Rushdie, David Mitchell, Gabriel García Márquez, Mark Z. Danielewski, Philip K. Dick, Stephen King, George Saunders, Joe Hill, and Raymond Chandler [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 11:36 AM PST - 70 comments

Beer Flights in Washington, DC
My GF's birthday wish was to go out for beer flights, and my Google Fu is failing me. I am looking for places in Washington, DC that serve beer flights and for bonus points that either have an awesome beer selection and/or more ambiance than a Gordon Biersch. (Note, I am not looking for places that just have awesome beer. I am looking for places in DC that have awesome beer flights available)
posted by forkisbetter at 11:19 AM PST - 18 comments

How can teachers help undergraduate students use the syllabus?
Post-secondary undergraduate students, what can your teachers do to help you use the syllabus? [more inside]
posted by aunt_winnifred at 11:05 AM PST - 35 comments

Combining a broken Sony KDS60A2000 and a broken Sony KDS50A2000 into one working TV?
I recently inherited both a broken Sony KDS60A2000 and a broken Sony KDS50A2000 from a friend. They're both broken, but they're both broken in different ways. Can I cobble together one working television from the two of them? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 10:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Lettuce Wash Outside?
Do I have to wash the inside of my romaine lettuce? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 10:33 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me find a funny music video on Youtube.
Help me find a funny music video on Youtube. I believe it was some kind of symphonic metal and included a very elaborate story including a man on a horse and a maiden. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Mystery Puking
My daughter throws up after she showers. (And a few other times, too.) It's been going on for nine days. What could be causing my kid's mystery vomiting, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 10:24 AM PST - 43 comments

Tips and techniques for keeping in touch with people more often?
I want to keep in touch better with family and friends. What are your techniques, tools, and strategies for doing this? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 9:48 AM PST - 11 comments

My back... it hurts! And I'm so tired.
Help save our Christmas! My wife and I are sleeping on the basement floor of my parent's house during Christmas week. We've stayed on a queen-sized inflatable mattress before and it is incredibly uncomfortable. Any recommendations for alternatives? [more inside]
posted by swhitt at 9:33 AM PST - 22 comments

Which network should I pick for the iPhone 5
I am thinking of getting an iPhone 5, and I'd like help deciding between AT&T and Verizon, in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by enn at 9:30 AM PST - 14 comments

Insurance against stupid
I clearly cannot be trusted with my own valuables. Help me find a lifetime warranty that will cover me in the event of dumbassery. [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Please recommend me a bank that suits my snowflake needs and has a branch in Columbus Ohio.
Please recommend me a bank that suits my snowflake needs and has a branch in Columbus Ohio. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 8:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Clinical lab paper
I need to write a paper for my clinical laboratory sciences class, but being that the teacher was unclear in her instructions, I'm not sure what qualifies as a separate laboratory and what doesn't. Something like " the hematology lab" is very broad. Can I focus on JUST histology, for example? Is there such a thing as a histology laboratory, even if it's under anatomical sciences? Or does that refer to a technique. What to do here? How would you structure this paper? Any advice is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 at 8:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Which car should we sell?
CarTalkFilter: Mrs. Rakdaddy drives a '97 Toyota Camry with 38K (no, really). I drive a '05 Prius with just under 95K. We bought Mrs. Rakdaddy a '12 Prius Plugin, and figured we'd do the work to sell one of the other cars rather than trade one in. Of course, now we're not sure which one. [more inside]
posted by RakDaddy at 8:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Indoor/Home Temperatures in Arctic or Very Cold Climates
At what temperature do people set their thermostats if they live in Arctic climates, such as Barrow, Alaska? My mother wants to know. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 8:28 AM PST - 16 comments

Casual relationships and gender norms, plus any feedback on this guy's behavior?
Mixed signals from a guy I made out with. What do they mean? Any hopes for further fun? And also, on a philosophical level, what are your thoughts on women pursuing men and differences in the rules of the game for dating versus casual fun? [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps at 8:26 AM PST - 25 comments

I'm leaving, but what do we do about the lease?
BadRoommateFilter: Last night, I came home to my roommate ranting about a dirty kitchen. The rant culminated with him throwing a jar candle at the window, at which point I left. There's broken glass on the kitchen floor still, this morning. I'm seeking new housing, but what to do about the rent for the remainder of the lease term? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 8:14 AM PST - 19 comments

Getting hitched in the City of Roses. But where?
Recommend awesome venues for a wedding in Portland, OR. Money is an issue, but I'm clueless! [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 7:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Inattentive ADHD
I have a friend who has ADHD primarily inattentive type and struggles with multitasking in both work and home life. Rather than being the hyper person that most of us visualize, he is the exact opposite, very slow and methodical with some rigidity to how he must follow certain rules. My buddy has been struggling in his work place, because he constantly feels overwhelmed. He does see a therapist, but it doesn't seem like any of his issues (at least in the work world) are getting any better. He told me yesterday that people are constantly telling him that he is not present even when he is at work or at home with his wife. It must really be frustrating for him because I know him to be a good guy with good morals. From a brain perspective, it's kind of a bummer because he does take adhd meds, but he is constantly overwhelmed by everything and he tells me that people seem to get frustrated with him even though he is trying. When we hang out, I mainly validate and offer him some understanding. Any suggestions on how to help my friend? [more inside]
posted by nidora at 7:44 AM PST - 12 comments

How to create a heatmap without external services?
How can I create heatmaps of geographic data, without relying on an external web service or API? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 7:39 AM PST - 5 comments

If those Yankees can do it, then so can I. How to watch (preferably HD-quality) Romanian TV in the southeastern USA?
If those Yankees can do it, then so can I. How to watch (preferably HD-quality) Romanian TV in the southeastern USA? Willing to consider anything, including satellite and IPTV. [more inside]
posted by verdeluz at 7:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Auto repair question
Am I getting a fair price on 100K maintenance for my 1999 Avalon? [more inside]
posted by boognish at 7:27 AM PST - 8 comments

A labor of love
Help/ideas/moral support needed for handmade wedding invitations for a 10-person wedding. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 7:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I expect a post-partum sex drought?
Very specific question about sex after childbirth. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Therapy while traveling or in transit.
What are my options for therapy while I am traveling and in the midst of a move to a different part of the world, with a lot more travel on the horizon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM PST - 3 comments

FIAMO
Charleston MeFites and/or southerners, please help me identify a flag I saw in South Carolina. [more inside]
posted by socks are for puppets at 6:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Destructopup strikes again!
Please recommend an indestructible dog bed for our 18 month old chocolate lab. [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 5:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Can or should I be a professional phoenix?
I've been in my professional field for about a decade. For the first five years of that, I was a bit of an alcoholic. I shudder when I think back to some of the unprofessional ways I behaved. I'm worried that I now have a reputation of being flaky within my rather small professional community. Short of changing fields, is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by silly me at 5:15 AM PST - 16 comments

I am looking for a web based email scheduler. Can you help?
I am looking for a web based email scheduler. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by citybuddha at 4:40 AM PST - 2 comments

cover version... where did u go?
looking for a cover version...? [more inside]
posted by swindlehorne at 4:26 AM PST - 2 comments

Videos with Walking in Them?
I work with a non-profit that promotes biking and walking in my town, and am looking for music videos or clips from movies with walking in them. Will appreciate any at all, but mostly looking for clips where walking is badass. [more inside]
posted by katinka-katinka at 4:20 AM PST - 24 comments

Please nobody tell me to get her 36 scented candles.
Birthday gift suggestions for 12/12/12? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 4:06 AM PST - 10 comments

How to jump to another Excel worksheet?
[Excel 2007 filter] Is it possible to input some text into a cell, e.g. "Click here for Worksheet 2" or similar, and create a hyperlink on that cell to open, uh, Worksheet 2? In the same window, not a new instance. Neither a search of AskMe and/or the Excel help-screens has been successful. Thanks in advance.
posted by aqsakal at 4:00 AM PST - 7 comments

I hate conflict - help me make peace with a breakup gone bad
Help me make peace with the way a relationship ended while processing a major health scare, family issues, a new job and new city. [more inside]
posted by rockpaperdynamite at 1:56 AM PST - 9 comments

December 11
Recommend me similar films to these Iranian ones!
Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to see these two films: Café Transit, and Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame, which I greatly enjoyed. I was wondering if anyone could recommend me similarly enjoyable films, irrespective of country of origin. [more inside]
posted by thespiritroom at 11:59 PM PST - 2 comments

To be honest, I'll probably max it out on a new computer first
I need a credit card for my job. Considering my situation, what are some of the best options (in terms of credit limit and benefits) right now? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE at 11:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Need a magic little Holiday spot in LA!
Looking for a little Holiday magic before a dinner date tomorrow in LA. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 11:24 PM PST - 5 comments

I never knew just how awful bipolar disorder could be
What do you do when brain chemistry has turned your beloved partner into someone who doesn't seem to like you and who you, well, don't really like that much either? Please help me understand how to live through and survive my significant other's first manic episode. [more inside]
posted by The Puppet of Secrets at 11:22 PM PST - 31 comments

Travel agent, or magical booking site?
How to book flights for 5 people, originating in different cities, flying together sometimes? [more inside]
posted by Anwan at 10:57 PM PST - 8 comments

44th Mongolian Cavalry
The last Cavalry Charge. That's how I remember it, but I can't find it anywhere anymore. In the winter of 1941 a troop of cavalry attacked a German armored column. They were not successful. [more inside]
posted by mule98J at 10:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Best smartphone pay-as-you-go plan for Ireland
Back home to Ireland for Christmas - what's the best pay-as-you-go mobile deal for a smart phone? [more inside]
posted by Long Way To Go at 10:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Need recommendations -Washer/Dryer
Washer and Dryer recommendations needed [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 9:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Is therapy a good career choice these days?
Is masters' level therapy a smart career choice right now? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee at 8:55 PM PST - 9 comments

No light at the end?
Have you ever not only been unable to see the light and the end of the tunnel, and don't care anymore if you do? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl at 8:47 PM PST - 21 comments

Sump pump running a lot in winter?
Why is my sump pump still running this winter and how can I correct it? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 8:30 PM PST - 4 comments

How to prevent Princess and the Pea situations with overnight guests?
Inflatable-Mattress-Filter: what's the best inflatable mattress for two people that I should buy? [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict at 8:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Failure Mode Failure
Give me better rules of thumb for dealing with mundane failure: missing deadlines, losing things, and so forth. [more inside]
posted by LogicalDash at 8:16 PM PST - 12 comments

It's a sense of freedom that you don't get with other holidays
What is the one item you have for your trailer/RV/caravan that you love but never would have thought to buy yourself? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta at 8:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Worlds Finest Chocolate, really?
So fall/winter in the US is when I am barraged by schoolkids and their parents to buy chocolate or trinkets or coupon books to raise money for the school. My very specific question is is this an American thing only? Pros and cons of this are not relevant here, but i am curious if other countries turn their students into salesmen. If so, what do they sell or fundraise with outside the states?
posted by asockpuppet at 7:49 PM PST - 26 comments

Are you sometimes completely overwhelmed by unknown feelings?
Are you sometimes completely overwhelmed by unknown feelings? [more inside]
posted by Thisispiggy at 7:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Hair conditioner recommendation
My conditioner has been discontinued. Can anyone recommend a substitute? [more inside]
posted by jenh526 at 7:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Can't stop picturing it!
How do you stop picturing your ex having a romantic date and sex with the new person he's dating, when someone has told you exactly where they are and what they are doing? [more inside]
posted by galenka at 6:47 PM PST - 29 comments

PO Box closed. What now?
What happens to your mail when the PO closes your box for nonpayment? Forgot to pay my PO Box bill. The box has been closed. This is just in the past week or so. But what will happen to my mail? Are they holding it? Sending it all back to the original senders? Yes, I will call the PO tomorrow, but I will sleep better tonight if I know what's happening to my clients' checks, even if I can't fix the problem right now.
posted by liketitanic at 6:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Think I can solve this privacy issue of mine?
Think I can solve this privacy issue of mine? If not, what to do if I'm "discovered"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 PM PST - 12 comments

What should I do with my career
I have a pretty successful career but still feel like a fraud. I would like to change that, NOW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I talk like a sailor at the happiest place on Earth
Thirty something professional leaves it all behind to try to work at Disney World. Am I taking crazy pills?!? [more inside]
posted by phytage at 6:20 PM PST - 25 comments

Plate Captian: "Here is the raprod."
What should I know/do before I sell a cell phone I own to a person I know? [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph at 5:16 PM PST - 1 comments

Ideas for getting back into a socially satisfying salaried position after years of self employment working from home.
Ideas for getting back into a socially satisfying salaried position after years of self employment working from home. [more inside]
posted by molloy at 5:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Frienddate? But I just want to kiss your face. :(
I have a second date coming up this weekend. I think. The guy seems to like me in some way, but there is an odd vibe with the friend vs. date signals and I have no idea how to proceed. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove at 4:47 PM PST - 20 comments

Waffling.
How do I deal with not knowing if my relationship is over or not? If it is, how do I heal from losing the love of my life? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium at 4:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Need help easily mailing 100 DVDs overseas
I need to ship almost 100 DVDs, many going overseas. How do I do this the easiest way possible? I know I have to fill out customs forms, determine postage to each country, etc. but is there an easy way to d