February 2007 Archives

February 28
I want to watch videos that are shared on my home network on my TV
I want to watch videos that are shared on my home network on my TV [more inside]
posted by disaster77 at 10:21 PM PST - 19 comments

MusicVideo/Music Question
Can you name the mellow song and the band for a music video which featured a girl with dark hair slowly walking down the street in the early morning carrying a pair of shoes from the mid-90s? [more inside]
posted by DudeAsInCool at 10:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I rent time on an earth mover? And maybe some earth to move?
Backhoe filter. Is it possible to give a few hours on a backhoe or other earth mover as a gift? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Sleep, Interrupted
Why am I waking up exactly one hour after I fall asleep... with a giant urge to urinate... almost every night? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 PM PST - 14 comments

How normal is a terrible memory?
Bad memory makes me feel stupid. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 PM PST - 26 comments

USB to TV adaptor?
USB thumbdrive to television - does such an adaptor exist? [more inside]
posted by whatisish at 9:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I have a large jpeg printed cheaply in Chicaog?
Where in Chicago can I have a largish three color jpg printed, with good results, cheaply? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 8:37 PM PST - 5 comments

External hard drive has split personality
Why does the drive letter for my external hard drive keep changing? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 8:18 PM PST - 10 comments

I wanna be a trucker!
CBRadioFilter: I want to add one to my car. Help please! [more inside]
posted by DMan at 7:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Make my ibook LCD work
Help me get my ibook's LCD working, please. [more inside]
posted by god hates math at 7:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Where on the web is the best Flash advertising work?
I’d like to see examples of really creative Flash-based advertising or marketing. [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 7:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Stuff to help a one-armed man?
What should I buy to make life with a broken arm more bearable? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 7:01 PM PST - 17 comments

MCE and Tablet edition on one Vista Machine?
Can Vista Laptops Have the equivalent of both Windows XP Tablet edition and Media Center Edition on one system without having to boot into separate partitions? [more inside]
posted by Apo11o at 6:59 PM PST - 4 comments

What are the major differences between Parlimentary and Presidential systems.
What are the major differences between the Presidential system of government that people in the US are familiar with and the Parlimentary system which much of western europe has adopted. [more inside]
posted by KenFox at 6:58 PM PST - 35 comments

Feminist organizations in need of monetary support?
What can you tell me about organizations that support women's rights? I would like to donate some money. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 6:38 PM PST - 17 comments

for how long can i leave my kitten?
I have a 12-week old kitten. Both my partner and I are at work/school during the day. How long can I leave her alone for?
posted by esolo at 5:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Too paralysed by indecision and fear to make up my mind whether to accept a job offer.
Seeking advice on whether to take a job, and experiences of those who did or didn't accept job offers. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 5:07 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I activate my Jewishness?
How can a non-practicing (ever) Jew start practicing? [more inside]
posted by Meifa at 5:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me unmangle a German word/phrase
I'm looking for a German word or phrase that: 1) means understood, agreed, got it, capisce, message received, or something along those lines; and 2) can be somewhat easily mangled into sounding like "gooshday". [more inside]
posted by stefanie at 5:00 PM PST - 18 comments

San Francisco home decor Question
San Francisco home decor Question. -I am looking for a unique home decor in San Francisco where I can find original window dressing (curtains). [more inside]
posted by jek at 4:59 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I diffuse my predilection for long-term relationships in order to make the most of things short-term?
Is it possible to recalibrate my thinking/expectations to accept the circumstances of casual dating? [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird at 4:54 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I extend the range of my keyless entry remote, or buy a new one?
How can I extend the range of my car's keyless entry? Or what should I buy that has a longer range? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 4:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me overcome my congential elitism.
What do you know about the M.A. in Writing program at DePaul University or about such programs in general? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts at 3:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Reconsidering Plans in Asia
A friend of mine recently posted this question about doing research in Tibet . His university has decided that it would like to err on the side of caution - thus, they are restricting him from going to Tibet. So, he needs a new plan and potentially a new topic of research - probably still focusing on Sino-Globalization as it relates to Tibetans. His university suggested Yunnan Province as a possibility, but do you Mefites have any suggestions? (Budget is $3000 for 3 weeks)
posted by jne1813 at 3:29 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some killer Photoshop projects for my class of design students?
What are some killer Photoshop projects for my class of design students? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 3:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Is it because I have no gall bladder that I can't drink?
I had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy last November (gall bladder removal). Recently I have noticed I get much drunker, much faster than I used to. Is there likely to be a connection between these two facts?
posted by nowonmai at 2:53 PM PST - 9 comments

What type of business insurance do automobile dealers have?
I'll spare the details, but I am looking for insurance for a used car dealership. I have googled "automobile dealer insurance" and many variations of that phrase, and have come up with nothing. What companies do used car dealers use for their insurance. Thanks.
posted by mjger at 2:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Let's do some billing!
Help me figure out how to compare employee pay/benefits with self-employed pay/benefits? Math may be required. Please show your work. Start... now: [more inside]
posted by Cardinal Fang! at 2:26 PM PST - 12 comments

What blood relation am I to Madonna?
What blood relation am I to Madonna? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 2:22 PM PST - 42 comments

Best app for making web charts?
Thoughts on apps for making web charts (FusionCharts, Swiff/GlobFX, Dundas, Aspose, PopCharts, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by geremiah at 2:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Lick, lick, lick, lick, lick, lick, lick, lick, lick, lick, lick, lick, lick, lick...
How do we keep our dog from obsessively licking the floor? [more inside]
posted by printchick at 2:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Why is my iBook suddenly unstable?
All of a sudden, my G4 iBook is incredibly unstable. All sorts of programs keep crashing (though not the whole machine). What could be wrong? [more inside]
posted by sindark at 2:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Why does my electricity go the wrong way?
Why does my electricity go the wrong way? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi at 2:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Freshwater fishing for n00bs
I want to go fishing. You know, the kind where you stand around in a river with a floppy hat. I want this to be my hobby. [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 2:05 PM PST - 32 comments

Learning to click my Ruby shoes together.
Installing Ruby programs on a website: Where do I even begin? [more inside]
posted by Xere at 2:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me re-train my cat!
My cat begs for attention when I am on the computer. I have tried to wear her out before I get online with lots of love and play time, and I've also tried distracting her in appropriate ways (fishing pole and laser pointer) while I'm on the computer. The problem seems to be getting worse, and it has just occured to me that I've accidentally trained her to think of computer time as play time. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb at 2:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Is this person still with us?
I am trying to find out if British author Olivia E. Coolidge (born 1908) is still alive. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher at 1:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Domain Registrars in Canada?
I'm looking for a reliable, cheap, not awful Canadian domain name registrar. Kindly recommend away. [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo at 1:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me identify this cliche
Help me identify/find examples of this movie/tv relationship cliche: attractive, intelligent, uptight, bossy woman plus attractive, jocky, loose cannon, cocky-funny guy equals sparks fly, with arguing ? [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 1:07 PM PST - 58 comments

How do I get my mouse to scroll down again?
Did I brake my Mighty Mouse? I will not scroll down (but it scrolls in every other direction). This is the second mouse I have done this to. Please help before our IT guy takes away my Mighty Mouse privilages forever!
posted by elvissa at 1:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Screen resolution problem
Help me understand a screen resolution problem. I just got a brand new lenovo t60 laptop which came with an ATI Mobility Radeon X1300 graphics card. The resolution it came out of the box with is 1400X1050 which when I set it to 32bit color depth looks great. However, if I change the resolution to 1280X1024 which is my ideal one, it looks like utter shit! [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 12:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Why do my digital pictures have lines on them?
Digital Camera Filter: I have a Canon Powershot A300 that I have used for a couple years, but recently got strange lines that appear on my pictures. Example of picture with lines (Notice the horizontal lines across the face/body) I have made no settings changes. Is this fixable? And if so, will it be worth the money?
posted by unceman at 12:18 PM PST - 8 comments

The Danish Poet: Getting US access to streaming video
The Danish Poet is the short film that won the Oscar for short film this year. Here's a website with the film in streaming video that i want to share with my friends. The problem is that people in the US can't seem to play the video. They're blocking the content to US users somehow. Is there any way my friends can use to get around it?
posted by storybored at 12:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a bored immunologist
Any research immunologists out there? I need information on footpad swelling experiments in mice. [more inside]
posted by divka at 11:59 AM PST - 14 comments

In what way exactly did I cripple my laptop?
Did I kill (injure, actually) my motherboard? My video card? Something else? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 11:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Is there a US City within Canada?
I remember reading a year or two ago about a city that's fully contained within Canada, but is a US territory. It shares no land border with the lower 48 and it's not part of Alaska. Does anybody know what I'm talking about? I can't find it via google. Thanks.
posted by lkm at 11:57 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I make "Player(s)" a possessive?
How do you show possession in the case of an optional pluralisation? For example, if the word is player(s), would you write player(s)'s? Player(s)'? Player('s|s')? [more inside]
posted by magacid at 11:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Need songs about phones.
A list of songs about phones, using phones, calling, etc. [more inside]
posted by burhan at 10:54 AM PST - 60 comments

Convert images to swf?
I want to convert a bunch of images (.gif or .jpg) into a swf. What is the best way to do so? [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 10:18 AM PST - 9 comments

What is this flag?
Please help me identify the flag in this Kinkade painting. [more inside]
posted by Durhey at 10:12 AM PST - 19 comments

Unknown fantasy book title
I'd appreciate some help trying to remember a fantasy book I read when I was younger, but I can't remember the name of it. [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett at 9:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Relatively speaking, how good is my life insurance quote?
Help me determine how fair my life insurance quote is. [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 9:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Let's Play Dress-Up!!!
Help me pick a costume for this years round of Purim Parties! [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 9:31 AM PST - 15 comments

sticky notes where the whole thing's sticky?
I'm looking for a specific kind of sticky note. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 9:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Wireless devices as informational art
What non-computer wireless devices are available for displaying information? I already know about Ambient Devices and Nabaztag. What else is out there? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 9:18 AM PST - 4 comments

How to move an existing iTunes library to external drive for use by multiple computers?
I just received my new Airport Extreme. I'm eager to make use of its ability to connect to a USB drive. I'd like to transfer most of my data — songs, movies, and TV shows, in particular — to this drive, and then use it as a central repository for most of my Macs. But these computers already have existing iTunes libraries. What's the easiest way to make this transition? What's the best way? [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 8:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Movable Type hangs on rebuild. Where to look?
What's the best way to diagnose why Movable Type hangs when trying to rebuild my site? [more inside]
posted by avoision at 8:49 AM PST - 18 comments

Wind power from utility poles?
Would it be feasible (/cost efficient) to put small wind turbines on existing utility poles to generate power? [more inside]
posted by jacobjacobs at 8:49 AM PST - 23 comments

Help Me Remember the Horror!
Help me remember the titles!!!!!!! When I was a kid (early- 1970's) there was a Saturday afternoon program in Philadelphia called "Creature Double-Feature." They played wonderful horror movies including two movies I'd like to find. [more inside]
posted by iam2bz2p at 8:40 AM PST - 10 comments

What maps do I need for my GPS handheld?
Which maps do I need to buy in order to use my GPS in London? [more inside]
posted by louigi at 8:30 AM PST - 5 comments

install logger program?
In search of a (preferably) small program that does install logs and (optionally) removes leftover files after uninstall. [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs at 7:41 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I retrieve the files from a hard drive without HD enclosure?
My computer recently crapped out and I desperately need to get back the files on my hard drive. I bought a HD enclosure which did not help me out. I tried to change the permission on the files, but it kept telling me that I need to format everything. Is there any other way I could get my files back? (The computer is completely done, but the hard drive is alive.) [more inside]
posted by cheero at 7:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Job board services...?
Are there any good job board 'services'? (I'm looking for an actual service that I can host/manage, for a community job board)... [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 6:56 AM PST - 3 comments

What goes on in an Asian Spa?
What exactly goes on in the Asian Massage parlors in Rhode Island? [more inside]
posted by quibx at 6:42 AM PST - 18 comments

Survey tool/program that I can use with SPSS??
Survey software, survey tool to use with SPSS. Hello fellow chums, I am looking for a software program (preferably free - but also looking for one that has a flat fee) which can perform all sorts of surveys including open ended questions. The most important part is that I find one where I can use it and transpose it into an SPSS file to be sent out to others, or simply use it in SPSS myself and analyze it. Can anyone point me in the right direction? ...pretty please? :) p.s. as an aside, can something like this be placed WITHIN a website with a fair amount of ease? [if this last question makes no sense, please ignore it]
posted by seeminglyshy at 6:41 AM PST - 6 comments

What kind of network cable to run underground?
I want to network 2 buildings about 15m apart with CAT6 cable through an underground 100mm PVC conduit. What could go wrong? [more inside]
posted by chillmost at 6:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Neutral while driving?
Is it OK to switch to neutral while driving a car with automatic transmission? [more inside]
posted by jadanzzy at 6:09 AM PST - 34 comments

Where did my tastebuds go?
I want to go from goat to gourmet. Having taste buds that are happy eating MREs all day long has its advantages, but it would be nice to enjoy the finer things in life. But I can't spend all my money on high-end restaurants. How do I become a pescetarian foodie on a college budget? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 6:05 AM PST - 28 comments

Does showing wealth turn off potential clients?
Does showing wealth turn off potential clients? [more inside]
posted by JJ Jenkins at 5:51 AM PST - 31 comments

Light explosives now
Does anyone know the origin of this delightful piece of sheet music nonsense? I'd love to get a print of it. (via)
posted by cogat at 5:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for Jewish villages in Eurasia
Is there anything remotely like a shtetl still in existence in Eastern Europe? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 3:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Name this juvenile fiction book, please.
Another tired name-that-kid's-book-filter question: purple cover (?) paperback, crazy old lady in the neighborhood hosts kids on a rainy day. Something about an elaborate basement in her house, nothing overtly magical involved so far as I remember, but an air of "magical realism" most definitely abounds. [more inside]
posted by joe lisboa at 1:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Scaly Red Facial Rash
Since childhood, I have had a facial rash - scaly red bumps in my nasolabial folds and on my chin. It never seems to get any better or any worse, and it doesn't appear on any other part of my body. What is it? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 12:40 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I promote my site in an interesting way while still keeping Mr. Wallet happy?
Help me think of a publicity stunt for my website. [more inside]
posted by 913 at 12:40 AM PST - 21 comments

Things to do in London when I am three
I am traveling to London next weekend (Mar 8-12) with my family and want some ideas of things to do with a three-year old. [more inside]
posted by hariya at 12:03 AM PST - 19 comments

February 27
Vacations are supposed to be relaxing.
Travel anxiety. I've been travelling for a week or so now, and I thought I wanted to be here. Now that I am though, all I can think about is the number of days till I go home. [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 11:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Hey, I've heard that before!
[YetAnotherMusicQuestionFilter] I'm looking for movie score music/themes that are commonly borrowed for trailers/commercials/other uses than the film they were originally written for. [more inside]
posted by po at 11:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Crappy MacBook displays: true or false?
Are the displays on the MacBook Pro really as bad as I hear they are? [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 10:49 PM PST - 28 comments

Good typography software?
I'd like to know what PC software is best to make this [nsfw] piece of motion typography animation. (previously on MeFi). A few guesses are After Effects or Director but I'm not sure. Anyone know?
posted by zardoz at 9:46 PM PST - 6 comments

how do i find out historical weather for a location in the US?
how do i find out historical weather for a location in the US? [more inside]
posted by Pasa la bola chetu at 9:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I POD should I truck?
How do PODs stack up vs. moving trucks, in terms of the amount of stuff one can fit inside? I know the cubic footage in each, but... how much of that can actually be used? Looking for info from people who have moved (or helped someone move) using both. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 8:30 PM PST - 14 comments

How to entertain a mobile drunken mass of people?
Ideas for Comp Sci Pub Crawl: Keep walking from bar to bar amusing. [more inside]
posted by billy_the_punk at 8:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Biking/balling/lifting for fat dummies like me.
Help me design a beginner's work-out routine using my exercise bike, a ball, and a few weights (using as many layman's terms as possible.) [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 8:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Advertize PhD on business cards?
Should I put PhD on my business cards? I'm starting a new job in a senior technical role, but my PhD is not in that technical field - I'm completely torn whether having the PhD after my name is horribly pretentious or helps raise the perceived value of my name & advice. [more inside]
posted by raoulm at 7:50 PM PST - 48 comments

Long term motivation towards a career change?
How do I stay focused on a career change when my life is just so darn easy the way it is? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 7:48 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I ask an ex to quit calling?
Is it too pathetic to ask an ex who wants to be friends to quit calling me because I’m still stuck on him? If not, how can I do it and maintain a shred of dignity? What do I say? [more inside]
posted by poxuppit at 7:35 PM PST - 32 comments

Getting a cookbook published.
I want to publish a cookbook and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by magikker at 6:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Joomla! or Wordpress Mu?
I've started cobbling a blogging site out in WordpressMu. Today, i ran across Joomla. I think I want to switch - any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Davaal at 6:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Forgotten Movie
I'm trying to remember the title of a movie where two versions of the same story were told in parallel. The branch between the two stories started when a man bumped into (or maybe cut off?) the woman (main character I believe) on a stairwell in a subway station, causing her to miss her train. Any clues as to the title?
posted by comwiz at 6:36 PM PST - 9 comments

I want my whites bright!
How do you clean light colored non-washingmachine-able fabrics? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 6:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Boston-area circuit/military-style training?
Is there a regular pay-as-you-go circuit training or military-style exercise class in Boston / Cambridge, USA? [more inside]
posted by galaksit at 6:28 PM PST - 4 comments

What is this abstract hip hop tune?
ObscureLyricsFilter: Help me identify this tune of the 'Backpacker Hip Hop' variety. All I can remember is it sounds like Deep Puddle Dynamics or CloudDead and has a line which sounds something like "I know how hard it is to be you, you're all magnanimous and stuff..." [more inside]
posted by Captain Najork at 6:15 PM PST - 4 comments

How To Claim Adsense Revenue on Taxes?
Full-time job = salary = W-2 form = income to report on federal taxes. So far, so good. But I also made a few dollars (~$1,000) in 2006 from ads on my websites (some Adsense, some others). No documentation for the income, other than deposit receipts into my bank account. How do I include this modest sum in my annual income? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 6:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Miniaturized world fair cartoon?
I remember in my childhood a short cartoon. It was black and white and seemed from the fifties. It began with someone clicking on a capsule, or otherwise activate the enlargement mechanism of this thing that became an enormous world fair or luna park or something. [more inside]
posted by Baldons at 6:05 PM PST - 4 comments

What's this bug?
What is this bug (1.5MB, 2848 x 2136 JPEGs), and should I be worried that I'm starting to see them in our home? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 6:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Abbreviated Load: why won't my computer let me see the entire page?
Why am I the only person not allowed to see this particular page? My computer refuses to load it more than a third of the way. [more inside]
posted by Famous at 6:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Problems shutting down Windows XP
I'm running Windows XP on a two-year old Dell Dimension 4600. For the last couple of months, I've been having trouble simply TURNING OFF Windows. I hit the Turn Off button from the START menu, and it often take 5 or more minutes to shut down--if it shuts down at all. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by quintno at 4:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Why is my bra size so confusing?
Boobfilter: Bras are confusing. Why does my tape measurement say one thing, but my well-fitting bras say another? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi at 4:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I buy a Nintendo Wii?
Where can I buy a Nintendo Wii? [more inside]
posted by cmicali at 4:21 PM PST - 28 comments

Pick a job
Help me choose a job, please. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 4:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Why not six bells? Eight?
Where did the phrase "beat seven bells" (out of someone) come from? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 4:00 PM PST - 8 comments

UK / France signal confusion.
In the UK the accepted drivers signal for ' Go ahead / I am surrendering my right of way ' is a flash or two of the headlights. In France the same signal means the opposite. How does one signal ' Go ahead / I am surrendering my right of way ' in France?
posted by Dr.Pill at 4:00 PM PST - 26 comments

What's with all these retirement plans?
I have a 401(k) from a previous employer. What should I roll it into? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 3:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Spider web soup or suit
In the book 'Big Snake' by Robert Twigger, there are a couple of passages about collecting spider webs either to be eaten or to make clothes. [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 3:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Monocle magazine
where in London can I find a copy of Monocle magazine? (I couldn't find one in Waterstone's, Gower St, the other day.)
posted by davemack at 2:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Mommy, can I eat yet??
How soon after very minor oral surgery can I go back to eating normally? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 2:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Artist Hunt - HBO's ROME
Does anyone know who the artist is that did the art in the opening credits of HBO's ROME? TIA!!!
posted by Jujee at 2:03 PM PST - 4 comments

What's My Illness? Testing the Hivemind.
Yes, I'm seeing a doctor in about 1 hour. But I wanted to test out the hive mind. I always wanted to do this. A few times a day, my eyes have trouble correctly aiming at things. If I'm trying to look at something they'll overshoot and I'll get a dizzy for a second. Or it might be the other way around with the dizziness coming first.... a better description inside. [more inside]
posted by Cog at 1:33 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me learn how to sightread!
After 12 years of memorizing piano pieces, how do I learn to sightread well? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 1:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Most famous typo
What is the most famous typo in history? (And I don't mean malapropisms like "misunderestimated" or Kerry's botched joke.) [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 12:51 PM PST - 92 comments

Non-Lasik Laser Eye Surgery
During a pre-screening for LASIK, I was told the shape of my corneas was too steep, and they recommended ASA (Advanced Surface Ablation) instead. Has anybody had this done? Any recommendations for eye surgeons in Austin? What should I know, given that I don't know anybody who's done this?
posted by stovenator at 12:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Document management on a shared hosting server?
Help me find an online document management system / digital asset management system. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 12:43 PM PST - 4 comments

The Spy Who Wrote Me
In the movie Breach, notorious spy Robert Hanssen obsesses briefly over a specific brand/model of pen. Anyone know the brand/model Hanssen preferred so much? [more inside]
posted by basicchannel at 12:34 PM PST - 6 comments

My nose looks like a dalmatian!
For years, I’ve had terrible blackheads on my nose. Is there any way for me to get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by chickletworks at 12:17 PM PST - 31 comments

Ripped off at the E85 pump
"My first experience purchasing an alternative fuel (E85)", or "How can I get my $20ish back?" or, "why is this such a pain in the ass?" [more inside]
posted by bradn at 12:02 PM PST - 17 comments

how to receive radio transmissions from the space shuttle?
I want to purchase a radio (receiver) that can pick up transmissions from the space shuttle (preferably unedited), etc. What range do they broadcast in & is this possible? Also, (unrelated), is it possible to purchase glasses or binoculars that let's you see infared? [more inside]
posted by foodybat at 11:55 AM PST - 13 comments

DVR me?
Scenario: the Cable line in my house comes into the living room. My desktop is in my bedroom, on the other side of the house, nowhere near that coaxial line... I'd love my desktop to act as a DVR, recording tv from that cable line. Is there some sort of solution other than running coaxial across the house to get me a cable line in my bedroom? [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 11:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me identify the clothing
Please help me source identify an article of clothing and where I can buy it: Lone Cypress. [more inside]
posted by dios at 11:44 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the cloudy substance in my vodka?
What's wrong with my vodka? [more inside]
posted by bryak at 11:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Friends to more than friends
I have one of those "movie" situations: A really good friend of mine and I finally realized that we "like-like" each other. When I told my good friend (a mutual friend of us both) she said "Finally!! Everyone has seen it all along except for you two!!" I'm really happy with how everything's happened. But now I don't know how to proceed! [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 11:33 AM PST - 20 comments

After the eurail pass, the white picket fence?
Past and present world travelers, backpackers, and real-world avoiders: where are you now? [more inside]
posted by vytae at 11:29 AM PST - 26 comments

Invigorate Me
Help reinvigorate my idealism with books. I am looking for literary inspiration to rise above my emotional rut. The best way to describe my situation: I am bored with my safe yuppie life. [more inside]
posted by kaizen at 11:23 AM PST - 38 comments

When it's Springtime in Alaska...
What's it like to live in Fairbanks, Alaska? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 11:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Rent Question
How much can a New York City landlord raise rent on a non-rent-stabilized apartment lease? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 11:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Dreadloc maintenance in Baltimore
I'm looking for a skilled person to help me maintain my dreadlocs in Baltimore County or Baltimore City, Maryland. [more inside]
posted by Jenesta at 11:14 AM PST - 1 comments

Help me avoid the stinkfridge!
Help me save money by bringing lunch to work: I need a mini fridge (not a dorm fridge!) that is of decent quality. [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 10:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Macbook, Core2, CoreDuo, 1GB, Refurb. Headache
So, I want to buy a Macbook. A new Macbook 2GHz/1GB/SuperDrive/Core2 costs $1200 while the 1.83Ghz/1GB/SuperDrive/CoreDuo/REFURB will cost me $800. So, apart from differentiating engineering terms, and ofsetting the fact that the REFURB ALSO comes with a 1yr warranty, is the $800 not a better "bang for the buck" than a new macbook ? Are there any compelling reasons to get a new one or otherwise ? Thanks
posted by cusecase at 10:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Build my Wardrobe
Help me update my wardrobe into the realm of "creative casual." [more inside]
posted by trueluk at 9:55 AM PST - 9 comments

"I'll have a grrrl-cheese sandwich."
What are some great female monologues?
posted by Mach3avelli at 9:46 AM PST - 30 comments

Should I get reading glasses, or will they make my eyes worse?
Do reading glasses make you become more farsighted? [more inside]
posted by fuzz at 9:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Am I overdoing the vitamins by eating prepackaged goodness?
I often consume a Clif Bar, an Odwalla Super Protein, and a multivitamin all in one day. Am I at risk for vitamin overdose?
posted by juniper at 8:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking to get a quality disc resurfacing machine...
Tell me all you know about mid- to high-end cd/dvd disc resurfacing machines. I'm in the market and don't know anything. Will be resurfacing 50 - 100 discs per week. Thank you.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 8:42 AM PST - 2 comments

How to get a stuck DLT tape out of the backup drive?
We have been doing tape backups of our server at work for about 4 years. Now one of the backup tapes is stuck in the drive and I can't for the life of me figure out how to get it out again! [more inside]
posted by gemmy at 8:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Partner vs family. Let the battle commence.
In a nutshell, my fiancee hates my family. [more inside]
posted by aprivateperson at 8:36 AM PST - 115 comments

Adult (mature, not pornographic) comic books review sites?
I have just run across several good comic book series, in particular Chadwick's Concrete , Azzarello's 100 Bullets and the Sin City graphic novels. Its an area that I am unfamiliar with, and there does seem to be a lot of literate writing out there. I would love to find a site that could help me separate the wheat from the chaff and that would keep me posted of new good material. Any suggestions?
posted by UncleJoe at 7:32 AM PST - 19 comments

Can I put an internal powerbook drive into an enclosure?
Can I stick my Powerbook internal drive into an external enclosure and get the data off it? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 7:22 AM PST - 7 comments

It snowed last night. I got lucky last month. What's the deal with his handbasket?
Where is this line from? "I've seen some weather. I've had some intercourse. I don't know where I'm going." [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 6:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Am i a republican, democrat, or liberal?
Political filter: Tell me the main differences between republicans, democrats, and liberals. I'm trying to find out where i fall into.
posted by flipmiester99 at 5:10 AM PST - 39 comments

Do Home Laser Hair removal devices work?
Home laser hair removal devices? Has anyone tried one that works? [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 3:41 AM PST - 15 comments

I am curious about how some people manage to approach nudity without the social connotations of vulnerability, sexuality, and invasiveness.
I am curious about how some people manage to approach nudity without the social connotations of vulnerability, sexuality, and invasiveness. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 1:53 AM PST - 38 comments

I don't know if I find it difficult to talk about my feelings!
Meyers - Briggs Personality Inventory scores seem to pop up a lot in explanations for askme questions as background on the poster to help people answer his or her questions, and occasionally I've heard people I know discussing their 'types' and how it affects their lives. Because of my own experience with the test, my knee-jerk reaction is that it seems only slightly more helpful than giving one's astrological sign as background. [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 1:16 AM PST - 50 comments

What about WWOOF?
Has anyone WWOOFed? I'm thinking seriously about volunteering on an organic farm through WWOOF and would like to hear experiences and prepare myself. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 1:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Please list anything and everything that has to do with interns and internships
I'm writing an essay on interns and internships and I need suggestions for books, films, songs (?), quotations, etc., about or that reference, surprise, interns and internships in some way. [more inside]
posted by Cochise at 12:24 AM PST - 17 comments

February 26
Help me be a happy road warrior
Any tips for a few months of near-constant business travel? Coping mechanisms? I need your tried and true road warrior advice. [more inside]
posted by Mozzie at 11:46 PM PST - 23 comments

Effective Googling for abstract things?
How can I construct an effective Google search when I'm not looking for a specific object/person/thing, but rather something I only hope or suspect exists? Clarifying example inside. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 11:38 PM PST - 16 comments

How to best preserve an open bottle of wine?
WineFilter: seeking advice and recommendations on wine-preservation devices/techniques. [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 11:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Who has written the most checks?
Which rap / hip-hop song has the most writing credits?
posted by ejoey at 11:00 PM PST - 9 comments

I want to be able to discuss our website design knowledgeably
I work for the government of a small developing country, and we are looking at making all of our legislation freely available on the internet. We hope to be able to obtain the services of a virtual volunteer to do the web design and setup for us for free, but I need help in getting clear in my own mind exactly what it is we will be asking our volunteer to do for us. [more inside]
posted by Tawita at 10:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Printing digital images onto metal?
Printing digital images onto metal? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Bands on TV: who, what, when?
Is there a site out there that will tell me what bands are playing on the major late-night talk shows/SNL/any other outlet for bands and on which day? Preferably with an RSS feed? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 10:10 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I recover my Entourage Calendar?
How do I recover my Entourage Calendar? -- While importing my Entourage calendar into iCal, my MacBook Pro froze up, and I had to Force Quit both programs. When I restarted Entourage, my entire calendar (appointments, dates, events) was completely blank. Any geniuses out there who can help me recover it?
posted by ruwan at 10:01 PM PST - 1 comments

Two different markets' area codes, family plan possible?
Will any of the wireless phone service providers allow you to do a Family Plan if you want to port into such a plan numbers from two different metropolitan statistical markets? (Cingular will NOT). Thanks!
posted by skepticallypleased at 9:09 PM PST - 8 comments

My job doesn't fit my personality. What should I do?
Update: My job doesn't fit my personality. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 8:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Help find a camera to film while driving!
Can you help me find a video camera that will help me film from my car as I'm driving? [more inside]
posted by Geoffh at 8:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Protecting mah bandwidth
Website admin question: I want to put up a website with about 10000+ charts. I don't mind people copying images, but how can I protect against a site sucker barging in, scooping them up, and killing my bandwidth? I wish I could generate a bunch of static HTML pages with simple IMG tags, but I'm guessing this isn't possible. What might PHP have to offer for protecting my content from site suckers?
posted by calhound at 8:12 PM PST - 11 comments

What is involved in a Catholic wedding couples consultation?
Pre-marriage Catholic priest consultation - what to expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 PM PST - 29 comments

how do new parents cope with sleep deprivation?
Parents, tell me: how do you cope with the sleep deprivation that comes with the territory of having a baby? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 PM PST - 38 comments

Annyong ha shimnikka
Does anyone know how to make the smell of kimchi (a Korean dish: fermented, spicy cabbage) less offending for those who are not eating it? [more inside]
posted by somersault at 7:37 PM PST - 18 comments

Recommendations for ping-pong paddles?
What ping-pong paddles should I buy? [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 6:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Protecting a fridge in the great outdoors
I need some suggestions about how to protect an old, small beer fridge which I'm going to keep outdoors from the weather, particularly the rain. [more inside]
posted by Second Account For Making Jokey Comments at 6:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Boots!
I need a pair of men's riding-style boots for cheap. Where do I find them? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:15 PM PST - 7 comments

I do NOT need to smell that snake again...
I have a dual sink with a disposal, and something is causing the water to back up into the other sink. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 5:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Weren't dodos like three feet tall anyway?
I need help identifying a movie from bits of dialouge about birds stealing the nests of others. (Obscure-filter) [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 5:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Freezer/Fridge not cold
KitchenApplianceFilter: My Whirlpool fridge (the number inside says ET8WTK) seems to be messed up. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 4:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Scholarship on stereotyping accurately!
What are the best scholarly books and articles in any field that would bear on how you might rapidly assess a person and predict aspects of his or her behavior based on various easily (not *necessarily* instantly) ascertainable characteristics (demographic information, body language, speaking patterns, ethnicity, education, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 4:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Online Survey widget applet
I'm looking for an embeddable free customer survey type applet/widget. Something similar to PollDaddy but one that will let me ask a series of questions. Is there anything out there like that?
posted by Dag Maggot at 4:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Dogs and cats living together: mass hysteria.
Help my cat adjust to the new neighbour's dog. She has never had to live with a dog before. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 4:05 PM PST - 6 comments

What should I do about my rehab-avoiding father?
My father just left rehab for the 2nd time. What is an appropriate response that will get him to realize that he needs to deal with his alcoholism? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 4:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Mechanic dispute.. Did they screw up my lug nuts?
Mechanic dispute.. Did they screw up my lug nuts? [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 3:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Live recording with a USB mic?
I have a great sounding USB MXL.006 Microphone, but I can't figure out how to make it playback through my sound card without latency. [more inside]
posted by elkelk at 3:50 PM PST - 11 comments

name that sci-fi book!
SciFi BookTitleFilter: I am preparing a segment on religious-themed or religion-oriented science fiction and trying to remember the name of a book I read in college...of course there's more! [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 3:47 PM PST - 26 comments

Can you bring a laptop with you when reporting for Jury Duty in Toronto?
Can you bring a laptop with you when reporting for Jury Duty in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by purephase at 3:37 PM PST - 12 comments

How to use my neighbour's driveway if they're unwilling?
A large truck needs to get into my backyard, but my driveway is too small. I don't get along with my neighbour. In the event he refuses, what are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me sift through the deluge of potential topics!
What do you feel is the biggest case, or group of cases, concerning online censorship and a breach of first ammendment rights to happen in the past five years? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 3:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Landtrustfilter
Land Trust Filter: How do you remove a trustee from a Florida Land Trust? [more inside]
posted by mad_little_monkey at 2:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Online Casino?
Anyone know of a good online game of casino? [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 2:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me compensate for my abrasive personality
I'm looking for ideas on how to reduce wind noise when I have the top up in my 2002 Toyota Solara convertible. [more inside]
posted by alphanerd at 2:06 PM PST - 2 comments

no pop-up url forwarding?
I have a domain that I would like to forward to a free wedding site. I naively registered it through Dreamhost before realizing they don't provide this service unless you also buy a hosting package. I then signed up for URL Forwarding through Doster ($5 fee), not realizing that they pop-up obnoxious ads before doing the forwarding. So now I'm looking for an alternative provider for ad-free URL Forwarding.
posted by jacobsee at 1:43 PM PST - 17 comments

How to use a fax machine in a room without phone line support?
How to use a fax machine in a room without phone line support? [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy at 1:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Wordpress theme - tips for finding a new one please!
I am running a new blog on my own webspace powered by WordPress 2.1. The theme we're using (I am inviting friends in my walking group to join and become authors) is Kubrick, which has it's limitations. [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 1:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Pretty sure it wasn't Pilgrim's Progress ...
Help me find yet another vaguely remembered horror movie from the 70s. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 1:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Small cat hair elimination device please.
Is there a small vacuum with a beater brush that I wouldn't mind having sitting out in my living room? [more inside]
posted by Patrick Graham at 1:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Bluetooth isolation headset?
I'm looking for recommendations for a bluetooth headset, with sound quality and noise isolation as primary concerns. [more inside]
posted by hihowareyou at 1:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Casual player looking for WoW guild recommendations
Can anyone recommend a World of Warcraft guild that meets my specifications? [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 1:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Cheesy TV Show Title Wanted
Okay TV trivia folk, here is a question that has me and my wee cadre of TV nerds completely stumped. In the late 80s or early 90s there was a show that loosely followed that old tried-and-true Moonlighting formula, you know the template, roguish man and a girl solving crimes together. However, this drama took place in a tropical locale and the lead male had a number of distinguishing characteristics: he was handsome, he always wore his hair tightly pulled back in a ponytail and he generally wore his tropical-style shirts open in the front, displaying a hairy chest. The show was cheesey and quite laughable, and always seemed to be on later in the evening. Ringing any bells?
posted by ChaoticIndustry at 12:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Where the long-headed kitties at?
Some folks seem to like brachycephalic, or short-headed cats. Like Persian and Himalayan cats, with their squished little faces. Okay, cool, takes all kinds. But has anyone ever tried to breed cats with unnaturally long heads?
posted by Greg Nog at 12:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Digital Dating (camera variety)
When I take photos with my Panasonic DMC-FZ7, the date shows correctly on the LCD screen, but when the image file is moved to my computer (which also shows the correct time) it's off by five hours. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by LeLiLo at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the term for that phenomenon?
What is it called when a brand name becomes so ubiquitous that it becomes a descriptor for the action or item itself, e.g. Xerox and Kleenex? [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 11:44 AM PST - 11 comments

What's up with my connection?
My cable modem slows down inexplicably at night. How can fix this? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 11:42 AM PST - 20 comments

Tax software and moving across state lines, do they mix?
Worked in two states in 2006 (move from VA to OR). Does tax preparation software handle this well? [more inside]
posted by wolfkult at 11:37 AM PST - 16 comments

Where have the good presses gone?
What is a good newspaper press/printing facility in San Francisco (or within 100 miles)? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 11:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Quest For A Mightier Pen
Rotring Xonox Graphic pens? In the USA/Manhattan? Help? Me? Find? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 10:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Will we ever be homeowners?
Help me find resources to help me figure out when I might be able to buy a house. [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 10:20 AM PST - 28 comments

Factoring Utility Costs into Business Plan
How does one estimate utilitiy costs utilities in 4000 square foot retail space? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 10:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Might end up with a boy scout cap!
Searching for a BSA motorcycle t-shirt in the bay area. [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 10:10 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I sell mature green Japanese maples?
How do I sell mature green Japanese maple trees? [more inside]
posted by slhpatterson at 10:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I allow people to visit one page in IE and nothing else on that computer?
Can I allow users on a Windows computer to access only one website in one program (IE Explorer or Firefox) and nothing else on that computer? [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 10:01 AM PST - 8 comments

working abroad
What is it like working for an International company in Europe. (ie. an American company in Spain or a French company in the UK). [more inside]
posted by nyu2 at 9:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find an accordion chair?
Where can I buy the chair featured in this video?
posted by Human Flesh at 9:34 AM PST - 7 comments

What do I need to know about money changing?
I am leaving for Japan in two days: should I change money before or after I get there? Does it matter? How do I do it?
posted by davidriley at 9:07 AM PST - 22 comments

Help with Hebrew Translation.
Seeking help with Hebrew translation. Basar Echad, does this really mean "one flesh"? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 9:02 AM PST - 26 comments

help me identify a scaly german porno
Please tell me the name of an awful German or Austrian porno from the late 80's or early 90's (Dubbed version). NSFW (duh!) [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 8:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I use my President's Choice debit card in Mexico ATMs?
CanadaBankingFilter: I need to know if I will be able to use my President's Choice Financial debit card to withdraw cash from ATMs in Mexico. [more inside]
posted by ninefour at 8:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Can an Outty to Inney keep a secret?
Is being a transsexual a guaranteed denial for an Australian security clearance? I'm a 15-year post-op MtF. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Dating someone with BPD?
Just starting to date someone with Borderline Personality Disorder, please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 70 comments

Is Tibet safe for travellers (and their Tibetan friends)?
Is it safe to for a college student, who has never been to a "developing" country before to travel to Tibet to do an independent research project there? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 8:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Adobe Acrobat Reader Errors
Could not find the Xobject named I0 Adobe Acrobat Error [more inside]
posted by lutzla23 at 7:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for tiny plastic toy shoes
Please help me find lots of tiny plastic toy shoes. [more inside]
posted by leapfrog at 7:52 AM PST - 12 comments

“Everyone who enjoys thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit, but in point of fact the principal thing to it is the seed. Herein lies the difference between them that create and them that enjoy.”
Where can I buy pounds of Indian mustard seed (Brassica juncea)? We need it for a phytoremediation project in New Orleans and all of the seed suppliers in our area (NC) don't carry it. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by barometer at 7:29 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I search for hotels with in room hot tubs?
How do I search for hotels with in-room hot tubs? [more inside]
posted by mrgoldenbrown at 6:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Best camcorder for sports videography?
Please help me navigate the bewildering array of digital camcorders and decide which one is best for my purposes. [more inside]
posted by pasici at 6:49 AM PST - 4 comments

A 'metro-sexual' haircut in Houston?
Where can I get a good men's haircut in Houston, TX (preferrably the south side)? [more inside]
posted by cebailey at 6:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Please help me not have to dust off my resume!
How do I convince my boss to let me telecommute? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 6:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Grep me into BBEdit address book heaven
Could a good grep samaritan help me out of "find and replace" purgatory into BBEdit heaven? [more inside]
posted by unclemonty at 6:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Splitting TV cable service
I have TV cable service to my house. I would like to split it six or seven ways to allow cable access from rooms throughout the house. I would never use more than three of the lines at a time. Will this work or will the signal be diluted somehow?
posted by retiree at 5:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for the answer to a historical puzzle.
Who is Allen Dale and where is Dales? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 5:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Alternatives to the "suitcase full of £50 notes" method
What is the best, most cost-effective way to transfer about £9,000 from a bank account in the U.K. to another in Spain? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno at 4:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Gettin' down and dirty with the 'graines
Migraineurs and chronic pain patients, help! After suffering through a hurricane-force migraine on Saturday, I need a potent analgesic that'll knock a bad migraine into 2006. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 4:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Paper Tickets
If I buy a paper airline ticket, via the Internet, in a foreign country that does not have paper tickets delivered to it by some airlines, can I show up to my flight ticketless and have them print me a new boarding pass? [more inside]
posted by PHINC at 1:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Will a Slab O'Clay Keep The Doctor Away?
Why would someone ingest powdered clay? Is this harmful, or are there some nutritional benefits? [more inside]
posted by maryh at 12:47 AM PST - 20 comments

The Ripper's blues
One-CD-to-one-audiofile software ripper? Failing that, audiofiles merger software? [more inside]
posted by Iosephus at 12:11 AM PST - 11 comments

February 25
Guitar songs that don't focus on chords?
Help me find "picking-heavy" guitar tabs for acoustic guitar!! [more inside]
posted by Phire at 11:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Is a mystical experience considered as a disorder by psychiatrists?
Is a mystical experience considered as a disorder by psychiatrists? [more inside]
posted by dhruva at 11:11 PM PST - 20 comments

My dad wants to turn his home movies into DVDs. Might win an Oscar, you can never tell.
What's the best Windows software package to edit video and create DVDs? [more inside]
posted by IvyMike at 10:49 PM PST - 6 comments

the lonely puzzle piece
I feel like I am fading away into nothingness. [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 10:33 PM PST - 56 comments

Vacation: pre-packaged deal or do everything myself?
Vacation: pre-packaged deal or do everything myself? [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 8:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find fashion awesomeness?
StyleFilter: Where can I find a grey men's blazer with a black (velvet?) collar? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 8:30 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I book a ferry from Stromboli to Naples?
I am trying to book a ferry from Stromboli to Naples and/or Naples to Stromboli for April this year. Ive tried a few websites but no love. Anyone know of a reliable booking site? [more inside]
posted by OzMoges at 7:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Acrylic Alternative
Can I seal inkjet prints without polluting the air and killing my lungs/brain cells? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 7:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me not hurt my paint job any more than I already have.
How do I know where my car ends and the rest of the world begins? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat at 6:55 PM PST - 18 comments

J.C. Penny Ad Music?
i was just watching the Oscars and there was a J.C. Penny advertisement that I assume was brand new. Completely forgettable -- people doing things in J.C. Penny clothes -- except for the music. It sounded like the Degados: the female vocalist had their lilt of Emma Pollack and had their signature offbeat pacing. It was a great song and I was wondering if anyone knows what it was and who did it?
posted by rtimmel at 6:55 PM PST - 19 comments

Find me an online music source!
Where can I find uncrippled (By DRM) mp3's? [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 6:36 PM PST - 32 comments

How do I go about getting government-issued documents in a different name for a name change in Pennsylvania?
How do I go about getting government-issued documents in a different name for a name change in Pennsylvania? [more inside]
posted by book at 6:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Flowcharts from C/C+++ source code
What are some good open source code analysis programs that will draw a flow chart from C/C++ source code?
posted by obedo at 6:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Music recommendations
I love Velvet Underground, I love the Violent Femmes. I love early R.E.M. I love early David Bowie. What new bands should I listen to? [more inside]
posted by grateful at 5:34 PM PST - 57 comments

Is our domain a golden ticket?
This (somewhat shady-seeming) automated domain appraiser claims that our domain is worth over US$150,000. What does that translate to in real money? [more inside]
posted by miagaille at 5:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Where to find a special bikini?
Where to buy a bikini that features the Atlanta Braves? [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 5:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Will blogging while writing my book create copyright problems?
I'm writing a book and keeping a blog along the way. I have a questions about copyright law in case I want to use text from the blog posts. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 4:52 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the best way of keeping track of a large collection of Quotes?
What's the best way of keeping track of a large collection of Quotes? What I really want is a searchable collection of short to long quotes on a large variety of topics that can be categorized/tagged. I'd also love it if it could be online, self contained or use a standard like Office so that I could access it via the internet or my external drive from wherever I'm at. Is there a product or service that does this that I've overlooked or a great workflow using existing software that makes this easy? [more inside]
posted by chrisWhite at 4:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Foil covered disk in ceiling lamp.
One of the lightbulbs in my (apartment's) ceiling light blew out. I removed the glass dome, and found a precariously placed aluminum foil covered disk. Where is is supposed to go? What is it? [more inside]
posted by sentient at 4:20 PM PST - 6 comments

How to render an iCalendar using Ruby on Rails.
I'm fairly new to Ruby on Rails and I'm having trouble getting icalendar to play. Can some one point me to a tutorial so that I can learn how to render an iCalendar in a webpage? [more inside]
posted by dantodd at 4:11 PM PST - 7 comments

avoiding post-exercise aches
I'm going to exert myself excessively this Friday. What can I do to minimise the aches and pains that will leave me a cripple by Sunday?
posted by wilful at 3:49 PM PST - 28 comments

Looking for an old-timey TV graphic
I'm looking for a goofy 50s-esque TV graphic that showed a station technician sitting at a console with either video tape or film wrapped around his body, and spilling onto the floor - TV stations used to show it when they were having 'network difficulties' [more inside]
posted by estherbester at 3:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Mac version of Insert?
Mac Word Filter: Help me turn off the Mac version of the Insert button. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 3:33 PM PST - 2 comments

How does electric guitar composition affect its tone?
Why do different electric guitars have different tones? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 3:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Baby got back pain
Weird, pinch-y lower back pain. What's causing it and how can I make it go away? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 2:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Arson rap song
Greetings, Late 80's early 90's rap song that describes an arsonist starting a fire, then watching the response....a very powerful song that was essentially banned from the airways as it was thought it would possibly encourage arson... Anyone remember the song, group, have lyrics etc. By the way, is it appropriate to censure this kind of art?
posted by Daddest at 2:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Gift for her family
I am visiting my girlfriend's family for the first time and want to pick up an appropriate gift. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find Sages of Memphis
Help me find music from mid-90's band Sages of Memphis. [more inside]
posted by krakedhalo at 2:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Do compact florescents change maximum wattage allowed?
Most of my lamps and light fixtures suggest a maximum wattage to use. I've always assumed this was related to heat output, not power consumption, so believe that if I switch to compact florescents, I can use higher wattage bulbs (if they're called that) in the fixtures. Am I right?
posted by EllenC at 2:08 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I randomly display blocks of text in a .jsp file?
How do I output random blocks of text in a JSP include? I am not in any way a java/jsp programmer. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 1:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Atmel ATmega not programming over DAPA
AVR Programming Hell: I've built my own Atmel programmer for my ATmega32 and it doesn't work a lick. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 1:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Tools! Tools will solve all my problems!
In a (perhaps misguided) attempt to get my work life organized, I'm trying to find a tool, or tools, that will let me keep some resources easily at my fingertips (or mouse-pointer-tip), preferably in the system tray. Help me not fall down the rabbit-hole of trying to code my own! As usual, there's [more inside]
posted by jferg at 12:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Quicken
My stepfather passed away suddenly on Friday. He didn't leave the passoword to Quicken 2006 Deluxe for my mom. I have looked every where to see if he wrote it down, but no luck in finding it so far. Any way to figure out his password? [more inside]
posted by Beaufort at 12:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Why is my flight delayed?
Why is my American Airlines flight (Sun Feb 25 at 7:50p) from Atlanta to NY-Laguardia cancelled? And why is the next available flight Tuesday morning at 6:50a? [more inside]
posted by dhanlon at 11:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Why won't PHP recognise this extension!
PHP Filter: Why won't PHP recognise the SSL2 extension. [more inside]
posted by xoe26 at 11:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Warning, this is a bad site!
Why is Google warning that Yochai Benkler's site is bad? Here's Google's warning [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 11:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Suggestions for Hanggliding Class - So. Cal
Hanggliding Filter: Any recommendations for good options for trying hanggliding for the first time? In Southern California. [more inside]
posted by krudiger at 11:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Tamarisk Fleet
What's a good anagram of "National Science and Engineering Week"? [more inside]
posted by alby at 11:11 AM PST - 16 comments

IRCfilter: how to use fserves on Mac osx
Are there any comprehensive guides to Fserve use on Mac OSX? [more inside]
posted by Iananan at 10:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Group Procrastination.
I am looking for punishment suggestions for a group of procrastinators. [more inside]
posted by user92371 at 10:23 AM PST - 24 comments

iTunes: Sort by Purchaser
iTunes Filtering Filter: I would like to be able to sort my iTunes library (ether in iTunes or using a standalone piece of software) by the account that purchased the song from the iTunes Music Store. Is this possible? How? [more inside]
posted by Charlie Brown at 9:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Remote access mac to mac
I'm looking for some help accessing my home mac from my work mac. Both machines are running OS 10.4. My home mac is behind a D-Link 624 router, using verizon FIOS. [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 9:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Help ID this movie.
Help identify this 1980s exploitation horror movie based on this graphic scene description... [more inside]
posted by jca at 9:16 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I sort this array?
How do I sort this array in PHP? [more inside]
posted by samstarling at 8:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Small, inexpensive speakers
Help me replace my big ugly speakers with smaller, out-of-the-way ones. [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 8:39 AM PST - 10 comments

I don't want to be Tom Hanks in the Money Pit
How to hire and work with a contractor on a remodeling project [more inside]
posted by bove at 8:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Javascript for a randomized image and corresponding text.
Help me find a javascript for selecting an image at random, and then some corresponding text lower down on the page. [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 7:52 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I confront my parents about my mother's undiagnosed mental illness?
Seeking advice about how to confront parents about mom's mental illness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 AM PST - 13 comments

What law would be really good for a state legislature to pass or repeal?
What law would be really good for a state legislature to pass or repeal? This is a practical question, seeking practical answers: I have a friend who is a good-government, reform-minded state legislator who is looking for suggestions, but the deadline for filing in this part-time legislature is one week away for the biennium (two-year period).
posted by Mr. Justice at 7:31 AM PST - 33 comments

Golf at Kadena?
Looking for some fairly specialized help here - Can my son and I, both US citizens but neither armed forces nor govt. employees get a tee time or two at the Kadena base golf courses while vacationing in Okinawa in March? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherWay at 7:23 AM PST - 4 comments

playlist for my party
having a party in japan, need suggestions for the music. so far will be mostly a mix of jazz (old freddy hubbard, miles, lee morgan) and some more obscure funk from japan. i want to set up my ipod so i can just leave it running. just give me a brief few lines of what you might include for a spring party for a mixed group. (this 2 weeks a question is killing me )
posted by edtut at 6:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Simple website bug tracking software
Simple bug reporting software that will allow non techies to report website problems prior to its launch. [more inside]
posted by toocan at 5:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me tame a cast iron wok
Help me to tame my cast iron wok. Since I bought this Le Creuset wok I began to question my ability to cook. I realized (too late) that it is not really suited for Thai food but mostly for Chinese. Are there any good sources to teach me how to get the best out of this wok for vegetarian cooking? [more inside]
posted by slimeline at 5:14 AM PST - 21 comments

An earworm that's been bugging me for so long...
I keep hearing this song when I'm out and about in Australia. What is it? Humming included. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Can anyone remember this book?
Lost childrens book! I'm trying to find this sci-fi book I read in 1978 but don't remember enough details to turn up anything useful on a web search. [more inside]
posted by jtoth at 4:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me remove a water ring from my parents' antique chinese rosewood table!
Help me remove a water ring from my parents' antique chinese rosewood table! [more inside]
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 3:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me keep my site statistics up.
My Onestat account is dying soon. Please help me find a replacement. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 2:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Books featuring Barcelona in Spain?
I'm going to Barcelona this weekend and wanted to get a book for the flight and for when I'm relaxing over there. Does anyone know of any good books that feature the city quite prominently? I'm happy to consider fiction, non-fiction, sporting, historical or political books, anything that you might have enjoyed and that you think might help me engage that little bit more with what Barcelona has to offer.
posted by uk_giffo at 2:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for MD, the magazine
Sometime in the early late 60's and 70's I used to read a medical news magazine MD edited by Dr Felix Marti-Ibanez in the medical library. [more inside]
posted by kryptos at 1:07 AM PST - 4 comments

February 24
Short-Story Filter?
I read this short story in middle/jr high school, and I have no idea what the name of it is. It's going to bother me until I find out. [more inside]
posted by lisawin at 10:57 PM PST - 17 comments

A Missing Link
Does anyone know where I can get an MP3 of the music Link plays when he calls the Hawk in Twilight Princess? I have worked google like crazy but can't find it for anything.
posted by jopreacher at 10:05 PM PST - 5 comments

give my credit card to scumbags?
Can a company force me to pay by credit card? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 8:58 PM PST - 20 comments

96 Jeep intrument panel mod?
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Mod: Is it possible, where are resources for, modifying/updating the instrument panel cluster? [more inside]
posted by Kensational at 8:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Will a unauthorized credit card appear on my credit?
I recently applied and was pre-approved for a mortgage at Chase. The sales rep asked me if I wanted a credit card and I said no. Then he sent me one anyway. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 8:37 PM PST - 13 comments

New credit card scam?
Device to steal numbers from your cards in your pocket? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 7:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me read magazines online more comfortably.
Is there an easier way to get the current issue of a magazine journal from a database such as Lexis Nexis? [more inside]
posted by alex3005 at 6:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Name those balls.
What do you call these Japanese percussive ball-on-a-string things? [more inside]
posted by bloggboy at 4:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Baby, you can geek my car.
I drive a Subaru. I'd like to have digital access to its internal state in a format and on a bus that I can read with something like a linux PC, in real time. I'd like to know RPM, speed, sensor readings, etc (essentially everything that this can display). Can I buy or build a doohickey that will do this? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 4:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Hekp me move a div!
Javascript Noob: I need to move one div inside of another div that is elsewhere on the page. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Freen at 4:02 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm looking for a story that I read back in 5th grade.
I'm looking for a story that I read back in 5th grade. [more inside]
posted by zacharyseibert at 3:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find my dad's email address?
Can you help me find my dad's work email address? My dad works for Northrop Grumman Corporation's Integrated Systems in Melbourne, Florida. [more inside]
posted by kellygreen at 2:52 PM PST - 20 comments

clickable concept map
How did he make this? Its a 'clickable concept map' on a webpage. Any ideas? What software to use, etc? Easiest way to create something like this? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 2:43 PM PST - 20 comments

Job Interview - Salary & Benefits Discussion
Finding Salary Information for Internet Project Management work. [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 2:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it legal for bill collectors to use assumed names?
Is it legal for telemarketers/bill collectors to use assumed names when calling? I'm being hounded by an obviously non-native speaker named "Crystal Chandler" from "New York" (her colleague mentions a place several time zones away) regarding my credit card. They call me at least 3 times a day now using different numbers. I'm tempted to respond using an accent from that "Simpsons" character.
posted by anonymous at 1:56 PM PST - 16 comments

"What do you mean poor people aren't lazy?"
Point me toward some interesting statistics, graphics, videos, or other materials about the causes and extent of social inequality in the world or in the US. [more inside]
posted by mariokrat at 1:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Where to find solid wood cd shelving in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?
Where to find solid wood cd shelving in the Dallas/Fort Worth area? [more inside]
posted by snowleopard at 1:34 PM PST - 2 comments

How to make a small profit with currency if you have regular access to the Euro and Slovak Crown?
How to make a small profit with currency if you have regular access to the Euro and Slovak Crown? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Windows won't let me install!
Help! Windows won't let me install downloaded programs. [more inside]
posted by dagnyscott at 1:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Help with Across Lite
Across Lite & NYT crossword puzzle question. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 12:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Please help us find the right vehicle for a cross country trip.
My fiancee and I are planning to drive cross country and back for our honeymoon. Please help us find the right vehicle for such a trip. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 12:39 PM PST - 24 comments

A Diabetic-Friendly Easter Basket
Does anyone make a sugar-free chocolate bunny with something other than maltitol? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 12:14 PM PST - 7 comments

As a shy, socially unskilled introvert, how do I develop a relationship with my boyfriend's teenage daughter (who hates me)?
I am very shy, quiet, introverted. I find that interactions with people take a great deal of effort and energy from me. I don’t really have any friends and I find the social interactions needed to develop them difficult – and, more importantly, I feel like I don’t know how to interact – it’s uncomfortable. That said, I’m really not upset by this. I like being alone and my relationships with my boyfriend, family, and a couple of colleagues at work are more than enough for me. [more inside]
posted by anondonna at 12:12 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I learn better?
I want to learn how to learn more effectively and efficiently. What steps should I take to maximize my ability to master skills and retain information?
posted by TwelveTwo at 12:04 PM PST - 14 comments

How to treat soft scales infested conservatory plants?
Strelitzia reginae and other conservatory plants seem to suffer with soft scales...more inside [more inside]
posted by koahiatamadl at 11:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find a simple sterling cuff bracelet in Toronto?
Where on earth (well, specifically Toronto), can I buy a simple sterling silver cuff bracelet? What I thought would be a simple search has become almost comically fruitless. [more inside]
posted by generichuman at 11:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I request Audio Books?
Is there any service through which I can "request" certain books be made into audio books? (For the handicapped...) [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 11:39 AM PST - 10 comments

games to play with baseball cards?
Do you know any games I can play with my 7 year old son that revolve around baseball cards? [more inside]
posted by luser at 10:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Anyone Know A CPA in Corvallis Oregon?
Can anyone recommend a CPA to tackle my (individual) taxes located in Corvallis Oregon? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 10:38 AM PST - 1 comments

How does one tame a bobbin?
SewingFilter. I've a new sewing machine, a model 2950 bought refurbished from Singer. As such, I need help with something that ought to be simple. How does one go about positioning and manipulating the bobbin in such a way that the needle will pick it up? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 10:27 AM PST - 8 comments

How to get songs off of a Mac-formatted iPod in Windows?
Is there a way to get songs off of a Mac-formatted iPod in Windows? [more inside]
posted by JacksonEsquire at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me get wood.
Where can I buy wood online? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 9:19 AM PST - 13 comments

What are the best rules, formulas and tricks in math?
MeFites: Share with me your favorite math tricks, truisms and formulas that clarified and simplified math problems and made life easier in high school and college. [more inside]
posted by dropkick at 9:01 AM PST - 59 comments

iTunes Downgrade Problem
I'm having a problem downgrading from iTunes 7 to iTunes 6... [more inside]
posted by vronsky at 7:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Stress-induced menstrual issues?
Can a combination of stress and intense physical activity cause problems with my menstrual cycle even though I am on the pill? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:43 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I find counseling with no money to spare?
I desperately need to see a therapist/counselor in Providence, RI, but I have no money. Where should I go and who should I talk to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Antidepressant side effects?
How frequently do antidepressants create behavioral abnormalities like OCD, low impulse control, or mania? How does that work? Is it due to misdiagnosis, drug interaction, or abnormal drug tolerances? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 7:24 AM PST - 26 comments

What qualities make Bill Clinton attractive
Why is Bill Clinton viewed as an inspiration to the world, whereas many other international politicians struggle to find the qualities that unite people? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 4:41 AM PST - 33 comments

Yikes! Just found out my new apt. won't be free until 2+ weeks after my lease's start date (which is next Thursday).
Minor-Panic Filter. NYC apartment won't be ready for move-in until at least two weeks after lease's start date (which is next Thursday), and I found this out LAST NIGHT. I still have to vacate my current place on Thursday. What are my options, and what creative solutions might keep me from having to move all my stuff twice in the space of two weeks (during an ultra-busy month for me)? [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 4:26 AM PST - 32 comments

Gift for an 85 yeard old Freemason
What do you get a Freemason for a gift? My Grandfather will be celebrating 60 years as a Freemason, they will be holding a Gala event in his name hosted by 4 different lodges, that I can not attend. Thanks
posted by askmatrix at 4:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Error Message 00192
My IBM Thinkpad 600 (Pentium 2) has crashed. Whenever I start it up, I get error message 00192. I'd like to avoid going to a technician if possible. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by alona at 3:53 AM PST - 9 comments

I'd like to leave the country/For a month of Sundays... but how do I tell my mother-in-law?
EmigrationFilter: How do we deal with our parents who don't/won't want us to go? Bonus if you've a) had your first kid abroad and had to deal with the whole visitation kerfuffle b) have clingy parents c) have emigrated to or live in Sweden. [more inside]
posted by corvine at 2:19 AM PST - 28 comments

I've got the will and the time to write - but about what?
Am I crazy to think about trying to find a field or topic to write about purely based on potential popularity? If not, how? [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 12:42 AM PST - 19 comments

How does a busy student turn more coin?
How do i turn some coin without ruining my studies? I'm in the 4th year of my degree which i should have finished a while ago, due to pressure to pay rent each week I've been working a lot, and subsequently failed a lot of papers due to pressures all around. I cant get government support. [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 12:11 AM PST - 10 comments

February 23
How to soothe a resentful orchid?
Help! My orchid is cranky and I don't know how to help it be happy. [more inside]
posted by janell at 9:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Advice for Child with Stereotypies
My five-year old son has some benign but frequent sterotypies - flapping his hands, jumping in circles, grimacing. He's entering kindergarten this fall, and I'm worried about how this behavior might cause him trouble in the school environment. Any insights and experience from parents, teachers, or people with sterotypies themselves would be extremely helpful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 PM PST - 23 comments

Privacy, disclosure and past medical records
Is there any medical reason to disclose a past abortion (uncomplicated, several years ago, at 8 weeks) to my new OB-Gyn, who will (hopefully) be ushering me through a successful pregnancy and birth? There is no existing medical record that I know of, since the procedure was done at a clinic in another state, and wasn't claimed on insurance, because I didn't have any at the time.
posted by anonymous at 8:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Pap Smear Pain
Pain is making it impossible for me to get a Pap smear. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 PM PST - 33 comments

Importing airsoft guns
Is it legal for an individual to bring an airsoft gun with them from China to the USA provided that it meets all safety regulations (orange tip) and complies with local laws? [more inside]
posted by killa62 at 7:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Closing Amex Account
How do I go about closing my American Express credit card account? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 7:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Stumped
How do I get my Home Folder back on my Mac? It is running OSX 10.4.8. I went to drag it over to the app "Back Up" and it smoked out on me. Does anyone have any idea how to get it back in the left hand column of the finder? [more inside]
posted by bkeene12 at 7:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Biodiesel warranty
Are there commercial diesel engines being manufactured and sold that will not lose their warranty if run on biodiesel? [more inside]
posted by ykjay at 7:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Data from Javascript to Rails?
How can I pass data created via javascript to my Rails application? [more inside]
posted by jxpx777 at 6:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Is the famous "Bus Stop" episode "A Lion Walks Among Us" available anywhere?
Is the famous "Bus Stop" episode "A Lion Walks Among Us" available anywhere? "Bus Stop" was an ABC show in 1961, and singer Fabian played a psychotic killer in the "Lion" episode, which was directed by Robert Altman. Many affiliates banned it and it reportedly hurt Fabian's career for a while (apparently he kills an old man with an axe). I'm wondering how tame the show would appear to our jaded eyes of 2007, but since it's so old and was so controversial, figure it may not be available at all.
posted by GaelFC at 6:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Why is there a subtle Christian reference in The Pacifier?
I have just watched the Vin Diesel vehicle The Pacifier (don't ask), and in the wrestling scene, one of the students is holding a placard saying John 3:16, which is the verse about God giving his only son as a sacrifice that we might be saved. Does anyone know why? Was the director sending a subliminal message? Is it a common high-school thing being satirised? It just struck me as odd. Thanks.
posted by Hermit at 6:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Obey Me iTunes
Does this iTunes SDK provided by apple in 2004 work with iTunes 7 on Windows XP? I have tried via VBScript, JScript and I have also tried C# in Visual Studio 2005 to no avail. [more inside]
posted by zackola at 5:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I buy a studio?
I'm considering purchasing a studio-sized condo. Is this a worthwhile investment? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 4:44 PM PST - 17 comments

I'm only hungry when it rains... wait, what?
HungryFilter: Whenever I am really hungry, I feel/hear the sensation of rain/tiny stones running down the back of my throat. What the hell? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 4:12 PM PST - 24 comments

Looking for a good, non-nonsense yoga studio in san francisco
YogaFilter: Looking for a cheap(ish), no-nonsense yoga studio in san francisco. [more inside]
posted by christy at 3:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Are there Baby Ruths on Dagobah?
Are there Baby Ruths on Dagobah? Does anybody know what the prop guys used for Luke Skywalker's rations during his first dinner with Yoda? I remember it being this brown cylindrical chewy/crunchy thing. And if there is a star wars term for the Rebellion rations, that would be nice to know as well.
posted by activitystory at 3:39 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I split info into sections via XSLT?
I need to take an XML list and split it into sections/subsections by keying off a child element. Samples and [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo at 3:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Wasn't "pointer finger" good enough?
Why is it called the index finger? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 3:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Why Does the Hard Drive Light Blink Exactly Every Second?
Why is my (windows) hard drive light blinking every second? I've started in msconfig "diagnostic mode - basic devices and services only" and it still does it . . . [more inside]
posted by petebest at 3:21 PM PST - 7 comments

UK Thinkpad advice
I need to buy a laptop soon and I'm looking hard at getting Thinkpad for a variety of reasons. However I'd like some advice on what to prioritise when buying one, especially considering the limited options for customisation available in the UK. (Other laptop recommendations welcome) [more inside]
posted by drill_here_fore_seismics at 3:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Luxury Leather Lifestyle
Why are leather seats considered a luxury item in cars and sometimes part of first class service on trains and planes? Is it a holdover from earlier times? Just a question that popped into my mind as I recycled a floyer from Amtrak detailing the new First Class Acela service.
posted by buttercup at 2:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for 1/2 house numbers
Anyone know where you can find some nice 1/2 house numbers online? (I live at 217 1/2 N. joshuaconner St. and want to put my address outside.)
posted by joshuaconner at 2:20 PM PST - 9 comments

suggestions for hotels in Amsterdam?
I'm taking a short trip to Amsterdam in April, and would love some suggestions for unique/ interesting/ historically important hotels, that aren't over-the-top expensive. [more inside]
posted by ethel at 2:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Degradation of old prints
I just scanned in some 1970s-1980s family pictures (on print paper). Some of the colors seem washed out. Is there an easy way to improve the colors a bit? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 1:42 PM PST - 9 comments

where in Flint?
In 1969, elements of the Weathermen held a"War Council" in Flint, Mich., whose purpose was to launch a military front inside the United States with the purpose of helping Third World revolutionaries conquer and destroy it. Where in Flint? [more inside]
posted by clavdivs at 1:06 PM PST - 24 comments

Where and how much should I pay for my kitten to be neutered in New York City?
I actually have a few related questions. I am 22 and a first time cat owner. It's come time for my adorable kitten Erwin Schrodinger to get neutered and possibly declawed. I'm living in NYC and am fairly clueless. I don't even know about how much each of these procedures should cost. I don't want to be cheap and risk his health, but I also don't want to pay through the nose, just because it's 'the city.' Basically, I'm looking for a competent, but mid-range vet recommendation, and an estimate about what is an appropriate cost for neutering alone and neutering/declawing. Could you guys help me out? Thanks!
posted by amileighs at 12:40 PM PST - 58 comments

I'm your head, messing with your speling!
Why do I have to work so hard at spelling and writing? [more inside]
posted by The Behatted Wild Man of Greenfield at 12:39 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I import high-quality (ie vector) PDFs into Microsoft Word for OS X?
Why does Microsoft Word (OS X v.11) hate PDFs? Or: Please help me make this stats assignment just a little less frustrating. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 12:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Can I talk on my cell phone through my Mac using Bluetooth?
Can I talk on my cell phone through my Mac using Bluetooth? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 12:34 PM PST - 8 comments

3D Rage II+ Drivers (or, Can Drivers Be Copied Off Of Another Computer?)
LegacyVideoCard Filter: Can I get video drivers off of the other computer? (or do you know where to get them?) This is an ATI 3D Rage II+ . [more inside]
posted by niles at 12:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Good Video Game Podcasts?
What are some good podcasts about video games? [more inside]
posted by Otis at 12:06 PM PST - 8 comments

New Beetle Needs Work + Brakes
I'm looking for recommendations for Volkswagen service and brake service in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 12:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Fitty Cent
Coin collections - what is the best way to find a fair and honest appraisal for about a hundred coins? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 11:57 AM PST - 10 comments

money for living abroad?
What are some sneaky ways to get paid to go to a foreign country? Ex: JET or French Assistantship [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 11:53 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I install a keyboard drawer on an antique desk without permanently damaging the desk?
I have a family heirloom desk that is heavy wood (likely maple), has two drawers on the right side, and no center drawer. It is from a time long before typewriters were in common use. How do I install a keyboard drawer on an antique desk without permanently damaging the desk? [more inside]
posted by mshellenberger at 11:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Name that dream tune
I had a dream in which I was helping a friend figure out chords to a song on a piano. I woke up not remembering the song, but remembering the chords. Can you help me figure out if this is a song? [more inside]
posted by Eringatang at 10:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Ideas on how to write a Peace Corps book
I need help putting together a book about my Peace Corps experiences, though I have no idea where to even begin. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by brokekid at 10:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Recommendations for watch repair in Seattle?
Any recommendations for watch repair in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by mhum at 10:18 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I extend GTalk's idle time?
How can I extend the Google Talk's idle time status change? [more inside]
posted by Leech at 10:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Why are users automatically being added to my AIM buddy list?
Why are users automatically being added to my AIM buddy list? [more inside]
posted by marc10 at 9:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Which electricity supplier should I choose?
New York City residents: Have you switched from Con Edison to another electricity and/or gas supplier under deregulation? If so, have you seen a significant difference in your bill, and how is the new provider's customer service? I'm trying to decide whether to switch to another provider (Econnergy, Energetix, etc.) for electricity, gas, or both.
posted by zembla3 at 9:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Funny Jewish Memoir
Author/Title? Comic memoir about Jewish childhood in pre-WWII tenements in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:47 AM PST - 28 comments

Atheist strategy and ethics
Dialogues with atheist figureheads, Richard Dawkins in particular, on strategy and ethics of atheist proselytism? [more inside]
posted by Anything at 8:39 AM PST - 21 comments

Why aren't other carnivore species intelligent?
First off, please excuse me for being a Biology ignorant. I seem to remember reading somewhere that men are so intelligent today because of they high protein consumption, in form of meat, which caused the brain to grow during evolution, making our species more intelligent than the others. If this is true, why don't we have superintelligent lions and other carnivore animals walking on twos and building cities and electing the mayor in Lionland, PA? They eat way more meat than we do.
posted by dcrocha at 8:31 AM PST - 35 comments

A little piece of history...
AncientMacFilter: Best way to erase the hard drive on a Power Mac 6100/66? [more inside]
posted by Kwine at 7:39 AM PST - 6 comments

How am I going to make the boy pay?
I need help coming up with a creative punishment for my teenage son. [more inside]
posted by msali at 7:29 AM PST - 73 comments

Email to RSS?
Is there a way to turn an email listserv I'm subscribed to into an RSS feed? I've looked at Mailbucket, but I'm wondering if there's anything else out there. I'm currently using Thunderbird for email and Google Reader for RSS. [more inside]
posted by bokinney at 7:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there a bohemian quarter in Bangkok?
I will have to linger in Bangkok next week. As I am pretty dispassionate about aged culture and interchangeable city centers: what is the best borough to get access to Bangkok subcultures?
posted by phuture-4000 at 5:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Stay Asleep, Little Mac
MacBookSleepFilter: I like how plugging in a USB device will wake my MacBook from sleep, but I hate how unplugging a USB device does the same. Is there a setting I can change? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 4:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Your favorite "author's profile" pages?
I'm looking for examples of beautiful "author's profile" pages. I'm building a community blog and I want to create good author's profile pages that will really make the authors look good. What websites/publications have good formats and designs I can use as examples? [more inside]
posted by m2002 at 4:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Mac Mini adding external bits
Mac Mini 1.66, 60gb with 1 or 2gb RAM - then adding big external drive and dvd burner - is this an economical / workable option? [more inside]
posted by Megamix at 4:05 AM PST - 8 comments

The check is in the mail!
Looking for a little advise as to how to handle information or some ideas of a decent, and cheap (maybe free) software allowing me to track information gathered when doing accounts receivable or collection calls (NO I am not that person calling people around dinner time to ask why they have not paid the cable bill). Our customers are all corporations and are good about paying just some are a bit slower than we would like so we call to check on the status of payments. We currently use QuickBooks to do our invoicing and the method that I am currently using is to pull an aging report, pull the older invoices up and then type notes in the notes field of that invoice which I feel is not all that efficient of a method. Any advise or help that you can provide is appreciated. Have an enjoyable weekend!
posted by scooters.toad at 3:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Mid twenties, moving to London. Where should I live and what should I know?
Mid twenties, reasonable income, moving to London. Where should I live and what should I know? [more inside]
posted by pollystark at 3:21 AM PST - 20 comments

Balancing pleasures
One cigarette shortens life expectancy by about 11 minutes. How much time do the following take off: One drink over the recommended limit? One burger for which the calories are not burned off? Preferred units: assume a drink to be one UK unit of alcohol: 10ml or 8g pure alcohol. Assume a burger to be one Big Mac: 540 kcal. [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot at 12:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Who's writing about the colossal squid this week?
I enjoy reading the Knight Science Journalism Tracker, an MIT website that gives timely peer review to popular science journalism. Can anyone recommend similar sites or blogs that do the same for other types of news. I'd love to find a site that uses a similar format to both cover world events and critique their coverage at the same time, for example.
posted by thecjm at 12:18 AM PST - 4 comments

February 22
I am trying to find a birthday gift for a woman in her late twenties. (Los Angeles)
Trying to find a birthday gift for a woman in her late twenties. (Los Angeles) [more inside]
posted by MediaJunkie at 11:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Hair cut recommendations in San Jose
San Jose area filter: I seek recommendations for a barber/hair stylist in the San Jose area (preference for near Santa Clara. [more inside]
posted by fief at 10:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Ghost In the Machine(s)
What could cause every desktop computer in the same house to begin randomly powering down on their own? [more inside]
posted by Teevee's Bella at 10:42 PM PST - 19 comments

What's the new dailymotion?
I need a site like what dailymotion used to be before it got all dmca'd. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 10:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I switch from cold to warm compress on knee?
Is there a time I should switch from cold to warm compresses on a joint injury? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 9:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Unicode Conversion Formatting Issue
Unicode Filter: Converting an Office 98 document to Unicode has caused formatting problems. [more inside]
posted by AArtaud at 8:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Where do I find a mother-of-pearl inlay ring?
Please to help me locate a replacement mother-of-pearl inlay silver ring of great sentimental value. [more inside]
posted by joecacti at 8:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me control the stereo with a phone.
What's the cheapest mobile phone available in Australia which speaks 802.11b or 802.11g?
posted by pompomtom at 7:54 PM PST - 15 comments

How many digits of pi did you have to memorize?
Has anyone else ever had the insane/completely useless (save for its novelty) experience of having to memorize a certain number of digits of pi (52 in my case) for a middle school math class (or any class for that matter)? I had to do just that to pass my 6th grade math class. Was my teacher a little off or was she just trying to teach us the value of ..... something or other? (I still remember 26 digits, but that's as far as I can go.)
posted by inconsequentialist at 7:52 PM PST - 60 comments

Compulsive tuneless whistling
Have you ever been able to get someone who constantly, tunelessly whistles to themselves to stop? [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 7:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Major Hair Loss probably from Liptor...please help
Why is my mother losing so much of her hair when her hair was as thick as a horse's mane? [more inside]
posted by eve28 at 5:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Unisex words - why?
About unisex terms: What is the reasoning behind them? By this I mean, for example, flight attendant instead of steward or stewardess, server instead of waiter or waitress, etc. I suppose during the height of the feminist movement in the 70s it was probably claimed that it was sexist to use terms that specify gender. But I am scratching my head wondering what the logic would be behind this. After all, if you use a term to specify females (eg stewardess) then you are also specifying males (eg steward), so I fail to see how this would be sexist. Also, it strikes me as a very handy conversion to be able to specify gender in the same word as the title. Nowadays, we have two words.. so you might hear your neighbor say, "I went to see a female doctor yesterday" (indeed, I think this is a common one), so we are still specifying the sex, so why not use doctress? I'm just curious about why this trend towards unisex words is happening and the logic behind it because frankly, I fail to see any. Thanks for any thoughtful replies!
posted by dbooster at 5:12 PM PST - 98 comments

Done Gone To Debt Hell
Does consolidating your credit card debt wreck your credit history or kill your credit score (FICO)? [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 4:43 PM PST - 25 comments

How to iterate through controls in VBA/Excel?
How do I loop through a bunch of controls using VBA in Excel 2003? [more inside]
posted by apark at 4:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Designing an Org Chart that looks like a Windows Directory
Is there any easy way in, say, Visio or another MS Office product, to make an attractive chart in a compact tree view format? I am trying to make an Organization Chart that looks more similar to a Windows Explorer folder directory than a traditional Org Chart. [more inside]
posted by catfood at 3:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Current photo booth locations in Boston
I'm looking for photo booths currently in/around Boston. [more inside]
posted by Marit at 3:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Water water everywhere
Could you water plants with heavy water? What would be the effect? Would they survive/thrive?
posted by barrakuda at 3:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Will welding goggles protect reflections from a green (532nm) laser?
Will standard welding goggles protect against reflections from a green laser? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 2:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Please, help me find a house to move onto my lot!
I need a house to move onto my lot in the Florida panhandle (South Walton County). I don't want a modular or mobile home. I want a real house, even if it's a fixer-upper. [more inside]
posted by wsg at 2:49 PM PST - 16 comments

How many sticks are in this Macbook Pro?
I'm thinking of buying a refurbished Macbook Pro from Apple, but I want at least 2 GB memory. Most of them have 1 GB, but I don't know if it's using two slots (512x2), or just one slot with the second one open. Is there a way to know by looking at the description? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 2:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to Get an IQ Test in Person?
My mom (in her late 70s) wants to, for the 1rst time in her life, be tested to find out what her IQ is. She's not linked to the net to do this online, so to who or where could she go in person that would be reliable and reasonably priced to test her IQ ?
posted by Kellyu at 2:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Teaching personal finanance to Burmese students
Asking for a friend: She will be going to Thailand to teach students mostly from Burma and needs some advice. [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas at 2:28 PM PST - 3 comments

The Reluctant Hero
I'm looking for movies in which the hero is given a second chance, which he or she doesn't want. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 2:15 PM PST - 55 comments

Mortgage too Risky
I am about to buy a house which I can afford to make the mortgage payments on, but it will wipe out all of my cash. Is this a bad idea? My wife and I both ave stable jobs, but we also have three kids.
posted by gogomickey at 1:56 PM PST - 34 comments

Learn-to-read serial in Chicago paper. I think.
Wanted: a book of a learn-to-read cartoon of sorts, likely serialized in a (Chicago?) newspaper, c. 1950-1970. [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 1:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Dual monitors - working independent - on a laptop. (more inside)
Dual monitors - working independent - on a laptop. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by bradth27 at 1:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Who proposed this novel proportional tax idea?
I remember reading about an idea to change the tax/budget system that might work as follows: [more inside]
posted by Emu Jerky at 1:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Picturing the mid-20th century
Helping make a historical documentary, I'm looking for photo archives of various scenes in England in the 20th century. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 1:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Why can't google find this article when I added two more keywords from the article. ?
Google shortcoming? Why can't Google find this article when I added two more keywords from the article? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 1:15 PM PST - 11 comments

I've got money to spend here!
I've looked through most of the AskMe threads on various CMSes, and gotten a lot of good information on free and open source solutions, but I really want to know what I can get if I spend some money! [more inside]
posted by alas at 12:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Please help me with a sensitive wedding invitation challenge .
Please help me with a sensitive wedding invitation challenge. My partner doesn't want her parents on the invitation as her father has died years after a bitter separation from her mother. But my mum is a traditionalist and can't understand how I could leave her off the invite. Is there a way for everyone to be happy? [more inside]
posted by razzman at 12:25 PM PST - 22 comments

Move an old NT 4 application to Windows XP?
We have a perfectly working NT 4 application running on Windows NT4. We need to put it on new hardware running Windows XP. Possible? [more inside]
posted by jldindc at 12:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Introducing the bearded lady...
I'm a hairy woman. What is the criteria for being "hirsute" on a woman? How can I tell if I have PCOS? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Best Wireless ADSL2 Router with QOS
Best Wireless ADSL2 Router with QOS [more inside]
posted by BillyRayMae at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

What is this contraption?
Can anyone help me figure out what is in this image? I know that it is from ancient Greece and thats it. It has to be some sort of tool, maybe to catch fish? Any help is appreciated.
posted by pwally at 11:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Taking a risk on a new law school?
How significant is prestige and tradition when it comes to law school? I know that the answer is "very," but of course there's [more inside]
posted by timory at 11:49 AM PST - 17 comments

The case of the Disappearing Ink!
Help me track down the source of the excessive printing in my office! There's... [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 11:38 AM PST - 10 comments

I want to travel guilt free.
How many trees do I have to plant to offset commercial airflight? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 11:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Where to go to photograph full moon near Los Angeles on Saturday, March 3
Where should I go (near Los Angeles) and what should I do, to make a nice photograph of the full moon when it rises on Saturday, March 3rd? I'm thinking someplace in the desert, but I'm open to driving a bit of a ways. [more inside]
posted by willnot at 11:25 AM PST - 15 comments

Salmon Rushdie!
What's the best seasoning for baking a salmon fillet in the oven? My girlfriend's making it for dinner, and I'm advising. Since this is dinner, quick responses would be appreciated. Thanks!
posted by potch at 11:18 AM PST - 37 comments

What's interesting & fun to do in or near Chennai
Off to Chennai on biz, should I stay on holiday? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 11:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Final Draft purchase - both platforms?
If I purchase Final Draft for download, will I be able to download both the Mac and Windows versions, or do I have to pick one or the other?
posted by staggernation at 10:49 AM PST - 5 comments

File systems for Mac and PC
I just bought my first Mac and I keep finding conflicting reports when it comes to file systems. All of my music and photos are on an external drive, formatted NTFS. Will OS X be able to read/write to it, or will I have to backup the files and reformat? I still need to be able to connect the external HD to a PC on occasion, but it will primarily be used with the Mac. Thanks in advance!
posted by emoeby at 10:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Tax deductions for freelancers
I'm an aspiring filmmaker, is the new camera I just bought tax deductible? [more inside]
posted by blim8183 at 10:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Trying to find a brand of jeans I bought in Paris
I'm looking for a brand of blue jeans in I bought in Paris several years ago. I don't think they are a French brand - no French on the labels. The word for the brand name, "Missy," refers to "an average female size" in America, so Google has been no help. They were bought in the 11e arrondissement of Paris, probably sur Rue du Faubourg-Saint Antoine, on the sidewalk in front of an unknown shop for €10 or €15. Here are pictures of the tags, labels and buttons.
posted by desjardins at 10:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Apartment showings going a little too far?
Landlord showing my apartment. What is reasonable? [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish at 10:19 AM PST - 25 comments

Small Virtual Transportations
Inspired by this thread, I'd like to build a virtual collection of atmospheric web-based art sites like this one. Do you know of any? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 9:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Want to feel the Illinoise again...
So I saw Sufjan Stevens at the Kennedy Center with members of the National Symphony recently... [more inside]
posted by Heminator at 9:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me Plan my stay in Sin City
[Vegas Filter] Please help me decide where to stay when we go to Sin City! [more inside]
posted by unexpected at 9:36 AM PST - 35 comments

Why you gotta mess things up?
My coworker screwed up my project when I was on vacation. Is there a way to rectify this without getting her in trouble or causing bad feelings, or should I just let things go? [more inside]
posted by Tasty Like Your 9V Battery at 9:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Poor management = unhappy employee
How can I complain to my boss's boss about my boss? [more inside]
posted by scratch at 8:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Recommend a Mover in Toronto
Can anyone recommend a reliable moving company in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by id girl at 8:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Find, Copy and Paste a Paragraph into a new Word Document
Is there a way to automatically find, copy, and paste an entire paragraph into a separate document in Microsoft Word based on just the beginning of the paragraph? [more inside]
posted by Jeff_Larson at 8:22 AM PST - 10 comments

O' Valencia: Where to stay during Las Fallas
So I've been wanting to go to Las Fallas in Valencia for years now and am finally going in a couple weeks. I just don't have lodging. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mwachs at 8:04 AM PST - 3 comments

How to make an ebay template?
A Google search for ebay templates turns up a lot of sites that will let you use an already created ebay template - some even make a flash animation out of your pictures. But I'd like to use a template that I've already created. Does anyone know if it's just a matter of including html code in your description or if there's more to it than that? What if I want to include a flash animation? Can I just point to a flash .swf file hosted on my web server or will that cause security issues?
posted by katyjack at 7:56 AM PST - 2 comments

What cookbooks don't tell you:
Embarrassingly basic cooking question: When cooking on a gas stove, how do I determine the heat level? [more inside]
posted by megancita at 7:50 AM PST - 29 comments

Hey MixMaster, What's The Matter With You?
How can I learn to mix (not DJing, Audio Engineering) my own music in my limited spare time? I've bought books and read what I can on the net, but I find that I'm more of a "hands-on" learner type. Lately I feel that this is what's holding me back with my music-making. I'm in NYC. [more inside]
posted by teemo at 7:10 AM PST - 24 comments

Outlook Taskbar Icon Go Bye Bye?
Where has my Outlook New Mail notification on the taskbar gone? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 7:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Will a US Playstation 3 settle in the UK?
Will a US-bought Playstation 3 work in the UK? [more inside]
posted by badlydubbedboy at 6:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Make me into a human sniffer dog
There's a very faint smell in my bedroom. I can't track down the source. Does anyone have any tips for tracing down the source of odours? [more inside]
posted by edd at 5:15 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I recover from upward feedback?
How can I recover my confidence after upward feedback that was less than complimentary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Bowling Alley/Sports Centre online booking software
PinPalsFilter: Looking for a commercial software package that will allow online reservation of bowling lanes in a bowling alley. [more inside]
posted by ReiToei at 4:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Is there any way I can get back the money my girlfriend owes me?
Is there any way I can get back the money my girlfriend owes me? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee at 3:28 AM PST - 104 comments

TrueCrypt
I am about to install TrueCrypt for the first time. My aim basically is to encrpyt the files in my USB stick. However, during the process of creating a volume, there is a notice that states: "if you encrypt a partition or device, all data currently stored on the partition or device will be erased." What is the best way to create a volume in a device like USB stick without losing the data already in the stick ?
posted by Yiba at 3:15 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I develop a friendship with my favorite writer?
Recently I've met my favorite writer in a book presentation. He is considered one of the best living writers. In 2006 he won several prizes. His name is sometimes mentioned as a Nobel candidate. I was lucky enough to cause an impression on him, and I suggested him to visit my blog. He did, and then he sent me a short e-mail about it. Now, how do I keep things moving forward? How do I develop this contact into a friendship, without turning this into a worship, without causing a wrong impression that I could be using his name to my personal benefit? Essentially: how do I maintain and develop this relation, instead of killing it?
posted by dfreire at 3:06 AM PST - 24 comments

What is this symbol?
Weird-Symbol-Filter: I have driven past this house every day to work for years and I am no closer to working out what this symbol hanging above the owner's gateway is. Help me Me-fites! [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy at 1:44 AM PST - 15 comments

What's a good way to transfer MMS messages from my phone to my Mac via Bluetooth?
What's a good way to transfer MMS messages from my phone to my Mac via Bluetooth? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 1:07 AM PST - 4 comments

What's so great about Sinatra?
What was (is) so great about Sinatra? [more inside]
posted by holdkris at 12:25 AM PST - 34 comments

February 21
What are these things for?
Why do the traffic signals at a particular intersection have light-blocking louvers on them? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 10:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Why do we find people annoying?
I've heard it said that the reason we don't like certain people is because they display certain traits in OURSELVES that we don't like. Do you find this to be true? Where does this theory come from? [more inside]
posted by goseethesphinx at 10:03 PM PST - 22 comments

What is this mystery coin?
One day about six years ago I was headed out to lunch when I found something in the parking lot. What is it? [more inside]
posted by deadfather at 9:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Clear plastic donation box in the Perth metro area?
Perth (Australia) Filter: Anyone know where I can purchase a perspex/lucite/acrylic, clear, lockable donation box in the Perth metro area? Size would be suitable for putting on a small table. Would need to accept notes as well as coins. I only want one.
posted by krisjohn at 8:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Shouldn't you be able to see the bottom?
How can I stop myself getting skin / ear / eye / anything infections after swimming in a dirty pool? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo at 8:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Can a low credit score keep me from my Brooklyn dream?
What credit score is a minumum requirement for an apartment in NYC? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 8:00 PM PST - 10 comments

How willing are naturopaths in Canada to sign medical marijuana forms?
What are your experiences with getting a naturopath to sign a form stating that "cannabis may have therapeutic value for [me]" in order to apply for compassion club membership? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I get life insurance without disclosing the skeevy details of therapy?
Is there a way to get life insurance without the underwriter seeing the complete records of my two-plus years in therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 PM PST - 7 comments

I need some Santa Claus-faced chocolate chips
Where can I get some of those special red-and-white Christmas chocolate chips that look like Santa Claus faces? [more inside]
posted by freddymungo at 7:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Cloning DVDs on a Mac
I'd like to know how to clone DVDs on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by wolfsleepy at 6:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there a comprehensive online list of upcoming Wii games?
Where can I find a comprehensive list of announced Wii games and their status online? [more inside]
posted by adamwolf at 5:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Why do cigarettes have 4000 chemicals in them?
OK, so there are apparently 4000 different chemicals in a cigarette, right? But as I understand it, the only substance that makes it addictive is nicotine. So why don't cigarette companies simply not include all these various chemicals? Does their removal lessen the 'joy' smokers get from smoking a cigarette? What's their purpose? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:26 PM PST - 47 comments

I must organise my past!
Help me organize my family history info on my mac [more inside]
posted by ndaguiar at 4:19 PM PST - 8 comments

new baby, insurance & leave
My wife and I are in the process of adopting a child and I have some questions about insurance and leave from work. [more inside]
posted by luriete at 4:02 PM PST - 3 comments

HOW TO GET MARRIED?
Im in town (Lousiville, KY) for two days and my Fiance and I want to get married. Whats the quickest and or best way to do this locally?
posted by slowtree at 3:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Device Manager in XP doesn't see LCD monitor
Help! I've just reinstalled Windows XP, and now my computer doesn't recognize that I have a monitor in the Device Manager, which means I can't install drivers, which means my screen in currently in 4-bit colour mode. Which is really not going to sit well with my family if I can't fix it. [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 3:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me drag an 88-year-old radio commentator into the 21st century ...
Help me drag radio commentator Paul Harvey into the 21st century. A request for podcast help and Mac compatibility follows inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 3:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Questions about cron
Paging Linux geeks -- please teach me the inner mysteries of cron and scripting. Simple questions follow. [more inside]
posted by zek at 2:57 PM PST - 11 comments

How many baby pics can you look at without vomiting?
New baby coming, lots of photo ops. Which digital camera to get for less than $500? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 2:53 PM PST - 23 comments

How to optimize desk assignments?
In the office we’ll be moving to soon, we’ll have about 50 desks, and almost that many workers to be assigned to them. How can we optimize who’s assigned to each desk so that as many workers as possible are as pleased as possible with their desk assignment? [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 2:47 PM PST - 19 comments

Passport Problem?
I want to leave on an overseas trip exactly two weeks from tomorrow. I've never had a passport before. If I go to the post office and get expedited two-week service, will I have my passport in time? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 2:24 PM PST - 22 comments

BlogBurst: An opportunity or a mistake?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using BlogBurst? What do MeFis think?
posted by Maia at 2:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Which restaurant near SF's Union Square do you recommend for 10 people?
Which San Francisco restaurant (from the list inside) would you choose for 10 weary business travelers to have dinner together? There's... [more inside]
posted by Soda-Da at 2:01 PM PST - 16 comments

I'd like to vaccum under my desk
Help me find the right CPU stand. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 1:47 PM PST - 4 comments

My Canon Powershot A530 takes terrible pictures at night.
My Canon Powershot A530 takes terrible pictures at night. [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 1:43 PM PST - 22 comments

As a non-runner I want to run a half marathon
I just bought my first ever pair of running shoes. I want to run a half marathon. How soon can I do it and how should I train for it? [more inside]
posted by sveskemus at 1:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Quelle Coincidence?
I am trying to remember the title of a French movie I saw in early 1999, although it may date from earlier than that. I don't remember the content of the main part of the movie at all other than that it had to do with amazing coincidences (or AN amazing coincidence, something like that)... [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 1:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Help with FinalCut and LiveType conversions?
Help with titling conversion problem from LiveType into Final Cut Pro? [more inside]
posted by Roach at 12:40 PM PST - 19 comments

St. Patrick's Day is coming up. Can you recommend books for getting into the mood and for appreciating Irish heritage and culture?
St. Patrick's Day is coming up. Can you recommend books for getting into the mood and for appreciating Irish heritage and culture? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 11:59 AM PST - 30 comments

Paczki in Portland
Attention, Portlanders [OR]! Does anyone know of any Portland area Polish bakeries or other purveyors of Polish treats that sell the donut-like delicacy known as Paczki?
posted by rokabiri at 11:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Camping in Arizona
I'm looking for a good campground in Arizona. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 11:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Do deaf people get distracted by very expressive hand and body movements?
Is it annoying, distracting, or offensive to a deaf person who is using an interpreter to interact with hearing people who gesticulate a lot and have very expressive facial or body movements? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Self-teaching algebra
I'm looking for textbook suggestions for teaching myself algebra and trigonometry. Are there any algebra textbooks that stand out as exceptionally good? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 11:34 AM PST - 7 comments

her favorite foods are cigarette butts and junk mail, should I add basil to the list?
Will my cat eat basil? What happens if she does? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 11:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Milk does my body bad
Why does cows milk & ice cream make my eyes cross and make me sick? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 11:23 AM PST - 17 comments

My garage door opener is possessed. Help!
My garage door opener has been acting funny, but it's very intermittent, which of course drives me nuts. Every once in a while, about 1-2 seconds after the garage door closes, it'll open back up. Sometimes, if I just close it again, it'll stay closed. But lately, it'll take 5-6 tries until it'll stay shut. The garage door opener is a Genie Pro Stealth, and I've already tried adjusting the limiters and such on the opener, and it actually worked perfectly for about 6-7 months, but lately it started acting up again. I tried adjusting the limiters again, and of course it worked for 2 days, then started reversing again. Does anybody have any idea what might be causing this and how I can fix it?
posted by edjusted at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Ripon WI vs Westminster MD?
Contemplating a move: Anybody know anything about Ripon College and Ripon Wisconsin, or McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) and Westminster Maryland? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:14 AM PST - 19 comments

Headless Humanoids??
Cryptozoology question! [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 11:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for 3dMeNow professional original tutorial
There's a face modeling program called 3dMeNow that a friend uses, for which the parent company is out of business. She is trying to find the original tutorials. [more inside]
posted by apathy0o0 at 11:08 AM PST - 1 comments

Memory leaks, like the corners of my Flash
I'm struggling with Flash video. It's eating memory and crashing client browsers.... [more inside]
posted by dw at 11:06 AM PST - 7 comments

S'il vous plait - what's the deal with accented characters in Firefox?
I'm reading through some instructional material regarding the French language from About.com, and am running up against some inconsistencies in the way accented characters are being rendered in Firefox. Some pages render correctly, and others do not - the accented characters are replaced by question mark characters (these pages render correctly in Safari). Why would there be a difference between pages like this?
posted by DandyRandy at 10:54 AM PST - 2 comments

What to do about excema/psoriasis?
EmbarrassingSkinFilter: I get excema/psoriasis in the winters, usually on my arms and legs but now it seems to be spreading to my face. What do I do?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:45 AM PST - 25 comments

cleaning marker off slate
How can one remove magic marker from unsealed light coloured slate? My sister's family moved into a house with a fireplace. My 7 yr old nephew, no doubt both in an effort to be helpful and display his literacy, wrote "ca(u)tion" on what appears to be an unsealed slate hearth, light grey colour, in permanent magic marker. [more inside]
posted by mattfn at 10:35 AM PST - 26 comments

Bright light flashes in my right eye.
Balls of bright light, one or two, appear as if zipping through the top right corner of my right eye. First, I thought it was the headlight of a car that sneaked into my room through the curtains. But no, it happened again, this time in broad daylight. What is it? [more inside]
posted by Devileyezz at 10:12 AM PST - 15 comments

How well can I expect a burn to heal?
How well will a 2nd degree burn heal? My 6 year-old daughter was burned on her forearm.. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:04 AM PST - 35 comments

Is my apartment liable for injuries resulting from a fall?
Slipped and Fell on Apartment property, are they liable? [more inside]
posted by imjosh at 9:54 AM PST - 22 comments

edjumucate me.
Is it too late for me? Is it crazy to start university in your 30s? [more inside]
posted by loiseau at 9:35 AM PST - 59 comments

Help me keep it clean!
Anyone have first hand experience with ultrasonic cleaners that they purchased for jewelry and eyeglass cleaning? [more inside]
posted by 6:1 at 9:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Germ Theory alternatives?
I've recently come across someone who disputes the Germ Theory of Disease. Has anyone ever heard of such a crazy thing before?
posted by xmattxfx at 9:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Shopping tips for the young, lanky urbanite?
TallGuyFilter: Where can a tall/lanky (6'7", about 200 lbs.) young Canadian guy such as myself purchase clothes reliably? [more inside]
posted by freudenschade at 9:14 AM PST - 11 comments

School Filtering
I can't download torrents at school (JC in Tucson). Pages won't load. Solutions? Thanks
posted by JABof72 at 9:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Software Farming
Software Farming. Can you think of a software/internet equivalent to small-time agricultural farming? [more inside]
posted by jsonic at 9:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me develope a morning routine
What morning routine has worked for you? [more inside]
posted by sicem07 at 9:00 AM PST - 14 comments

checklist for life practicalities?
What do I need to do in daily life that I don't realize I need to be doing? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy at 8:46 AM PST - 58 comments

Creative ideas for visual stimuli needed.
I need help brainstorming creative ideas for visual stimuli which vary independently on two dimensions. [more inside]
posted by dmd at 8:14 AM PST - 22 comments

Can I make my own delicious Aquafina water at home?
I love Aquafina bottled water. There's something in it that makes it taste much different than other bottled waters. Still, it gets expensive. What's in it that makes it taste so nice and can I make my own at home? [more inside]
posted by redteam at 7:52 AM PST - 32 comments

Where to drive on the other side of the road?
{UK Travel Filter} - My girlfriend and I will be visiting the UK for 10 days next month.... [more inside]
posted by o0dano0o at 7:44 AM PST - 22 comments

Reasons to visit an allergist?
Reasons to visit an allergist? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 7:38 AM PST - 12 comments

What kind of snowboarding stuff should I buy?
I've started to get into snowboarding and I need suggestions for what kind of gear to buy. [more inside]
posted by Suparnova at 7:21 AM PST - 17 comments

LCD TV vs LCD Monitor
Looking to get either an LCD TV or LCD Monitor as a new primary monitor for my computer. Given that I'm not that interested in watching TV on it nor having an ultra high resolution (say 1900 x 1200) which makes more sense to buy? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 at 7:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Blessed are the peacemakers?
Has religion ever helped to end a war? [more inside]
posted by brevity at 6:47 AM PST - 22 comments

how to restore the warning in itunes for playlist delete?
dumb itunes question: i need to GET BACK the warning message when i try to delete a playlist in itunes. i keep on doing it accidently lately but i had checked the "don't ask me anymore" checkbox. perhaps i am out of luck but i feel like itunes must have [more inside]
posted by annoyance at 6:31 AM PST - 5 comments

IE javascript error
Hi I have IE ver 6 SP 1 and Win 2000 SP4 Operating system. In IE, I always get a javascript error icon in the the status bar while browsing websites. When I click the icon, it shows "Object doesn't support this property or method" or 'undefined is undefined', etc But the same websites open properly when I visit them from some other machine from internet browsing center. What settings do I need to check in my browser ? Javascript is enabled in my browser. Are there any IE updates or hotfixes for this problem ?
posted by inquisitive at 6:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me spend my loonies wisely.
Help me learn about personal finances... Canadian style. [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 6:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Document collaboration and assembly solutions?
I'm looking for recommendations for tools and workflows to simplify my firm's document creation and assembly processes. [more inside]
posted by mjbraun at 6:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Magic movie communist Volvos?
Asking for friend: Watching The Lives of Others, a movie taking place in East Germany during the Cold War, I noticed that a limousine in the movie was a Volvo. I have also noticed that other movies set in the Eastern Bloc show cars made by Western nations. Is this an oversight by the movie makers, or were these cars actually available at these times?
posted by dreamyshade at 1:15 AM PST - 4 comments

My Son goes to War
My first born son has entered the National Guard of America; He is in basic training and has 12 weeks to go. I am writing letters 2x’s a week. What more can I do to support him? More inside [more inside]
posted by JujuB at 12:54 AM PST - 38 comments

1991 Jeep Cherokee Trembling
My 1991 Jeep Cherokee automatic seems to be "trembling" while it idles. The shaking decreases once it's moving, but persists- albeit in a much reduced state. On top of that, the engine just sounds like it's working harder than it used to. Help! [more inside]
posted by Waffle_King at 12:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Trying to remember a sci-fi tv show.
Trying to remember a tv show I watched about 10 years ago. It was a sci-fi show about a group of people that crashed on a desert planet. The captain was killed quickly by some animal. I remember one episode was about a predator type hunting the crew and could sense their movements somehow. I'll try to recall more if needed. Thanks all!
posted by meta87 at 12:18 AM PST - 5 comments

February 20
Restrictions on using laptop in coffee shop or library?
Hello, I was wondering what are the standard rules for taking a laptop to a coffee shop or library. My laptop battery only lasts about 45 minutes, so do they allow you to plug in? And also, what are the normal costs of wifi access, if any? Thank you.
posted by CliffDiving44 at 11:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for a good Long Island B&B
I'm looking for recommendations for a quality, reasonably priced bed-and-breakfast in the NYC tristate area (preferably in Long Island)... [more inside]
posted by incomple at 11:25 PM PST - 1 comments

Working in the UK
I'm looking for resources, online or otherwise, for Australians moving to the UK. [more inside]
posted by the duck by the oboe at 10:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Ayudame por favor!
Singing in Spanish filter: I need some feedback, por favor! [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 10:53 PM PST - 15 comments

How to do a clean install of OS X on my iBook?
How do I do a clean install of OS X on a used iBook G4 if I don't have the original discs? [more inside]
posted by apple at 10:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Could a baby rip an ear off?
Could a 9 month old baby rip someone's ear off?
posted by fenriq at 10:03 PM PST - 37 comments

How do I get smoke out of my bags?
How do I get the smell of smoke out of my bags? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 9:38 PM PST - 13 comments

how to give a kitten meds
Does anyone have any good tips for giving a kitten amoxicillin? It's in liquid form and pipette; I can't seem to bring myself to give her the dose the way the vet described; she's got to have 2 doses a day. [more inside]
posted by uncballzer at 8:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Will the USPS reject a letter weighing 1.1 ounces with 1 first class stamp?
Will the USPS reject an envelope weighing 1.1 ounces with 1 first class stamp? [more inside]
posted by duncantuna at 8:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Ring Finger Lickin' Good
I need a "copycat" recipe for Bojangles fried chicken, but hours of web searching have proven futile. My southern boyfriend loves the stuff, but I have never had it, so I don't even know where to begin to reproduce it. Has anyone who has eaten it have any recipe ideas? The man said he'd marry me if I could make it, that's how much this chicken means to him.
posted by evilcupcakes at 8:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Phuket, Thailand family accommodation filter
Phuket, Thailand family accommodation filter. [more inside]
posted by bystander at 7:05 PM PST - 5 comments

I want to entertain you!
Guitar playing (and guitar listening for those who dont play) What are some good songs to entertain on the guitar that do not require singing that are comperable to 'Little Martha' by the Allman Brothers? [more inside]
posted by comatose at 6:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me get Postgre running. Please.
I'm trying to get Postgre running on my winxp thinkpad. Please hold my hand. I can't get this users stuff straight. [more inside]
posted by miniape at 6:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Palliatives for the common cold?
An elementary question: I've got a cold. What remed(ies) should I take to feel better? [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 6:17 PM PST - 41 comments

Dizzy Kitty
Strange Cat Behavior Filter: My beloved old cat had what looked like a transient dizzy spell last night. What could have caused it? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 6:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Don't switch the blade on the guy in shades oh no
UV filter: Can anyone identify the maker of these sunglasses? [more inside]
posted by missmobtown at 5:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Working hard for the non-money
[I got a master's degree for this?] Filter. I just got a job offer for a barely-livable amount of money. Other applications are pending. Please tell me whether my expectations are insane, and how to plot my next move. [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 5:19 PM PST - 49 comments

Finding a doctor in Cambridge, Mass
Help me and my boyfriend find a/multiple doctors in Cambridge, MA. Difficulty: BCBS HMO Blue plan. [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 5:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to find an online Oscar pool?
Which is the best site to run an Oscar pool on? Follow-up, where should I go for a reliable guide to who will win the obscure categories like best visual effects, best sound mixing, and best cinematography. [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 5:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Stream many .flv files one after another
How can i stream 50 short .flv files from a player on a website that I am designing?...is this possible? [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 4:45 PM PST - 6 comments

eCommerce Locations
Best Country for eCommerce HQ [more inside]
posted by rougy at 4:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Old time footage of San Francisco
I need some old-time footage of San Francisco in the 40s or 50s, and of Shanghai in the 20s. Anyone have any ideas of DVDs I could rent and rip some shots off of? [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 4:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Summer Housing Problem
Looking for summer housing in Boston...but there are a few conditions... [more inside]
posted by azriel2257 at 4:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Parents ruined my credit!
Bad Credit Filter: When I was 19/20 years old, my credit was ruined. It's nearly 7 years later, are these charges going to disappear, or is that just an urban legend? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair at 3:43 PM PST - 40 comments

DIY lead paint removal for mortals
I need to strip many layers of paint out of my old house. Does anyone have any experience with the "new" (in America) infra-red heat-strippers? They seem like a good idea, but I'd feel more comfortable with a few recommendations from regular folks before spending $500. The two brands I'm aware of are the "Speedheater" system, and the "Silent Paint Remover." [more inside]
posted by markhu at 3:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Wordplay with Marriage/Military
Going to a wedding where I will make a humorous speech. The groom just got out of basic training for the reserves, so I've been brainstorming a on the theme of "he used to say [civilian speak], now he says [military speak]." Below is what I have so far (just the shorthand.) Any contributions would be most appreciated! Wedding ring => Chain of Command Orgasm=>Honorable Discharge "That time of the month"=>Defcon 3 Blocked Shot (basketball)=>Court Martial Wedding Day=>D Day ?=>WMD Urination=>Operation Golden Flow ?=>Flak Jacket "Yes Dear"=>Roger ?=>AWOL ?=>Going Below Decks SEX=>Sierra Echo X-ray
posted by jbradley at 3:05 PM PST - 22 comments

You say it's your birthday? It's my birthday too yeah...but mine is more important. So help out.
I'm turning 35 in Los Angeles next week on Wednesday the 28th. What should I do for my birthday? And if anyone says Karaoke they're gonna have to remove my shoe from their lower intestine. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 2:57 PM PST - 12 comments

I know I need an attorney, but what kind?
I want to make internal parts for someone else's electronic item, please help me determine the legal direction I should take. [more inside]
posted by luckyshirl at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

I.T. Ninjas
How do great I.T. Managers run their departments? I am looking for a playbook on how to run a steamlined I.T. department for an organization of 500-1000 people. McDonalds has a handbook on running a restaurant from soup-to-nuts. I want the same for an I.T. Department. I have searched the Web and Amazon and cannot practical, tactical information on managing an I.T. department. I can easily find literature on high-level concepts like ITIL, SOA, and 'Runnng I.T. Like a Business', but nothing practical like 'How to run a helpdesk', 'How To Keep Track of Software Licenses' or even 'What does an I.T. Manager really do?'. What are the things that your I.T. department does that make them great? How do I get a blackbelt in I.T. Management?
posted by jasondigitized at 2:26 PM PST - 22 comments

what's that animated short where the people realize they're in a guy's dream and they send an expedition out to turn off his alarm clock
flimsy (1:37:17 PM): hey, ask metafilter what that animated short was where the people realize they're in a guy's dream and they send an expedition out to turn off his alarm clock
posted by jimmy at 2:19 PM PST - 2 comments

car rental dollar hertz roadtrip chicago
chicagofilter: renting a car - from a dealer (or: where can I find a decently priced mileage-free rental for a roadtrip) ? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 2:08 PM PST - 9 comments

How to upgrade to a larger hard drive in Windows Vista???
Does Windows Vista have a built-in application to migrate or ghost a hard drive? [more inside]
posted by chaosscontrol at 2:07 PM PST - 6 comments

It's a small world after all.
Looking for a bit of advice on working (teaching English most likely) in Japan or Korea. [more inside]
posted by Saydur at 2:04 PM PST - 18 comments

pod people
If I send my 3rd generation iPod in to Apple for a battery replacement, will I get a refurb 3rd gen or a 5.5? [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t at 1:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Mac using a PC-connected printer over wifi network?
How can i use the printer hard-connected to my PC from my wifi-connected Mac? [more inside]
posted by frenchbenj at 1:56 PM PST - 2 comments

The 80s are back... in pog form!
80's Filter: I need a phrase to put on a shirt for an 80's party on Saturday night! [more inside]
posted by unixrat at 1:52 PM PST - 51 comments

hydrocele surgery: crazy or not?
vis a vis today's mefi post: http://www.metafilter.com/58775/Proof-that-guys-think-with-their anyone out there had hydrocele surgery? [more inside]
posted by oigocosas at 1:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Old Dog, Gross New Trick
How do I train my dog to drink from a water bottle? [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 1:17 PM PST - 11 comments

What should I do with Indian silk?
What should I do with Indian silk? My boyfriend went to India and brought me back some gorgeous Indian silk fabric, which I have no clue what to do with. Theres probably about four or five yards...any suggestions?
posted by enaira at 1:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I pursue a future in brain science?
How can I decide if I should pursue my layman's interest in brain science? [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx at 12:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Love Poem from Nepal
Please help me locate a poem or passage which one of Nepal's kings read to his bride on their wedding day. It would be available in English. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 12:51 PM PST - 1 comments

What solids other than water float on their liquid forms?
Are there any substances, other than water, where the solid form is less dense than the liquid? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 12:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Music and Grad school in Richmond, VA
I have a 2 part Richmond, VA question. First, anyone out there graduate from VCU Psychology grad program? Second, how is the music scene in Richmond for someone without a band who plays original acoustic music? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 12:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Help my wife consider her career change options.
Help my wife consider her career change options. As always there's [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 11:54 AM PST - 10 comments

How would one become Batman?
Let's say you wanted to actually BE Batman... [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 11:47 AM PST - 33 comments

Can Entourage and Exchange be friends?
Help me make Entourage and Webmail play with each other. [more inside]
posted by genial at 11:39 AM PST - 1 comments

I ate the 'Grilled Pork Chops and Vietnamese Crushed Rice'. How do I make it at home?
FoodFilter: I recently ate in Republic Noodle in NYC while on a visit there. I ate the 'Grilled Pork Chops and Vietnamese Crushed Rice'. It was tasty. How can I make it at home? [more inside]
posted by nafrance at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

What does the phrase "early close of stdout" mean?
In the context of OpenSSH, what does the phrase "early close of stdout/stderr" mean? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 11:35 AM PST - 1 comments

Graphic novel in which protagonist wanders through hell quoting poetry?
I need the title and author of an alternative graphic novel in which a blank-eyed naked man wanders through hell speaking lines from Dante or another classic poetic text. [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder at 11:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Baby, when you call me...
Looking for snappy songs about telephones. [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers at 10:26 AM PST - 69 comments

acoustic performance of MAPS
I am looking for a Yeah Yeah Yeah's acoustic performance. MAPS. It has dissappeared off Youtube and I am dying. Its Karen Oh and the guitarist. Its like a sit down session, not a true live show. In the beginning of the video she holds her hair in front of her face like a mustache and says "its karen OOOOHHHH". Its deadly. Please help me find a link to the video somewhere.
posted by cascando at 10:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Converting various video files to DVD
I have an assortment of .WMV/.MPG/.AVI files that I'd like to convert to .ISO so I can burn them to a DVD. Please suggest the best free/cheap program that can accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 9:59 AM PST - 4 comments

When did America Know About the Holocaust?
How widespread was the knowledge of the concentration camps outside of Germany, and displaced Jewish families, in the 30's and 40's? When did the general American public become aware of what was happening? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 9:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Webmail Without PHP
Non-PHP based webmail? [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter at 9:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Examples needed of ethical situations at work
Looking for *your* real-life example of an ethical situation, problem, or dilemma at work. [more inside]
posted by langedon at 9:26 AM PST - 36 comments

Woman issues- what type of specialist?
Girl medical problems-- I'll try to make it brief [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Better bulb for those halogen torchieres?
Does anyone make a better bulb for those ubiquitous halogen torchieres? [more inside]
posted by bink at 8:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me repair a bent pin in a CF slot?
Please help me save my digital camera. Inside the compact flash card slot, I have a bent pin. I can see it, but I can't think of anything small enough, yet rigid enough, that I could get in there that could straighten it out. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 7:29 AM PST - 21 comments

Chalkboard Rejuvenation
What's the deal with chalkboard schmutz? [more inside]
posted by DU at 7:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Why can't I have my music the way I want it?
Why is there so little innovation in car audio? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 7:22 AM PST - 20 comments

Coffee Is For Closers
I'm currently doing some consulting in the business development area and could use some tips on closing deals. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 7:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find a clear frequency for my Ipod.
I hook my Ipod to my car stereo using an FM transmitter. Before setting out I'd like to choose a frequency that's not going to compete with local radio stations en-route. Is there a simple list of frequencies likely to be safe from interference? Alternatively has anybody done yet built some kind mash-up website that would give me a frequency for a given journey? I am in the UK but would be interested if this has been done anywhere. [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 6:23 AM PST - 19 comments

Is there a way to bcc an email into a database somewhere?
Is there a way to bcc an email into a database somewhere? [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 6:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Will dimmer switches dim LEDs?
If I replace halogen bulbs with LED clusters, will my dimmer switches still work? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 6:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Rings on the candles
Question about birthday party scene in the movie Guinevere. [more inside]
posted by JigSawMan at 5:24 AM PST - 1 comments

Recommended baby sites?
My wife and I are expecting our first child soon, and I've been looking for a site that would allow us to post photographs, videoclips, maybe a journal/blog, etc., and then allow family members/friends to log-in and view them. Has anyone used such a site they'd recommend strongly? [more inside]
posted by stuehler at 5:14 AM PST - 16 comments

Seeking real Java software
How can I find real Java software for a Motorola SLVR L7? I've only ever seen stupid games. I need a PDF reader, a text editor, and a French-English dictionary, or else dictd and a dict client. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 5:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Does Skype turn you/him/her on?
Does Skype "smooth" your voice to make it sound mellower, more seductive etc.? That's my impression; but is there any evidence to support it? I suppose an analogous means of customer retention might be the use in shops of "slimming mirrors".
posted by londongeezer at 1:09 AM PST - 15 comments

Australian customs trouble
Australian customs- does anyone have any experience bringing a wooden drum with an animal skin into Australia? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 12:45 AM PST - 11 comments

February 19
Feeding the masses
Is it weird to offer home-made cookies to authors when they're signing my books? [more inside]
posted by Samantha at 9:59 PM PST - 39 comments

Photoshop: clean up newsprint background?
How do you use Photoshop to clean up the "newsprint-like" background noise behind a text graph? [more inside]
posted by rexruff at 9:49 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I search firefox Smart Search from the command line in OS X?
I absolutely love Firefox Smart Keyword Searches. Beyond just the default preinstalled ones, I also use custom ones for easynews, rottentomatoes, metafilter, etc. Here's my question: Is it possible to launch these from the command line in OS X? For example, ideally I would enter (into a bash prompt) rt apple to open a new tab in firefox with a search result for "Apple" in rotten tomatoes, like this.. Similarly, I would like to be able to enter easy creative commons to have it launch the keyword bookmark "easy" which searches easynews global for "creative commons". Is this possible to do, preferably without using Applescript or Automator?
posted by crazyray at 8:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Some questions about fonts specified in a colophon
I have a book that, in the colophon, says, "Text: 9.5 / 12.5 Rotis Serif". I know Rotis Serif is the font, but what do the two numbers mean? I tried setting that font to 9.5 size and 12.5 leading but it doesn't look anything like the layout in the book. Same for reversing those numbers. (more) [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 8:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Links Regarding Not Fully Reading, or Misreading, Philosophy Books?
I'm looking for links to anecdotes, discussions, quotes, etc., anything dealing with not reading philosophy texts all the way through or misreading philosophy texts. This link to Maverick Philosoher's Blog shows the type of thing I am looking for. It was actually this thread that got me wondering where I could collect more known examples:
posted by Gnostic Novelist at 8:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Corset advice?
I'm interested in buying a corset for use as an outergarment and as nightclub wear. [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 8:01 PM PST - 23 comments

Avocado oil in non-tiny quantities?
Please help me find a good "bulk" supplier of edible, refined avocado oil. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by kalessin at 7:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Which adult-sized Heelys are the best ones?
Which adult-sized Heelys are the best ones? I am finally jealous enough of the kids that I am looking at Heelys for myself. I see that most are about sixty dollars, but some are eighty or a hundred. Are the more expensive ones actually better skates, or what? [more inside]
posted by castironskillet at 7:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Scotch tape. Unhealthful?
What is the nature of adhesives in adhesive tape? I have a regional bigwig who suggests that our use of double-faced tape should be discontinued because the adhesive contains sugars that might host bacteria. These tapes anchor seasonal / promotional tags to regular food service signage.
posted by namret at 7:14 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the arm like thing on old turntables?
I've noticed on some old turntables there's a kind of arm-like thing that can be put above the disk, and it's not the reading head, it's smaller and seems to have a spring... What is that for??
posted by PowerCat at 6:37 PM PST - 26 comments

This is not a movie review.
I've seen many movie review sites that host, or link to, images from the movies. Assuming the site didn't get permission, is this legal? What if you're selling ads on the review site, or charging users a premium to view it? Or is there some way of definitively identifying a photo as a publicity still, meant to be used by anyone who isn't diluting the brand? Obviously, this extends beyond movies, to books and other products.
posted by bingo at 6:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Stuck on you.
A neighbourhood vandal has stuck a "glue trap" to the middle of my windshield. How do I get it off? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by mrmcsurly at 6:21 PM PST - 22 comments

Can you also shoot a man in Vegas just to watch him die?
[VegasFilter] A friend of mine is heading to Las Vegas for a rock climbing trip with a buddy in March/April. He wants to know about interesting and crazy things to do in Vegas that don't involve drinking or gambling. [more inside]
posted by chrominance at 6:04 PM PST - 27 comments

WANTING TO MOVE
Living in Omaha, NE - looking to move to Sacramento area. Does anyone know where a good place to start looking for a job? I work in insurance(claims). $60,000
posted by husker at 5:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Unlimited Budget for Wedding Ring?
Is there a formula for buying an engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by wondergreen at 5:31 PM PST - 40 comments

Cover Letters for the creative?
Creative Cover Letters: Fact or Fiction? [more inside]
posted by Meemer at 5:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Guitar tab for As You Said?
Does anyone know the guitar parts to As You Said by Cream? The song appears on the Wheels of Fire album. I've looked for transcriptions before on the net, but couldn't find anything. Any suggestions? I'm thinking some sort of open tuning, but I don't know what.
posted by The Coach LD at 5:25 PM PST - 1 comments

E-Cards, from my site to your email?
Trying to send images from my website direct to friends, via email. I've seen this on other sites, usually with a button that says "email this image to a friend." But I can't figure out how to do it, despite two days of googling. [more inside]
posted by largecorp at 5:16 PM PST - 7 comments

LAN of Old Machines Needs Games
Hope me find an older game with co-operative multi-player. I am looking for older technology games (video cards at least 2 years old) that allow LAN players to team up and fight AI opponents. FPS preferably, but RTS or other game suggestions are welcome. Please don't recommend RPG's this is for casual play without time investment. [more inside]
posted by Megafly at 5:10 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I burn music onto a 90-minute CD?
How do I burn music onto a 90-minute CD? [more inside]
posted by sixpack at 4:53 PM PST - 7 comments

It Slices, It Dices
MovieSceneFilter: Help me remember where I can find this grand ol' guillotine scene. I'm doing it for the kids! [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 4:27 PM PST - 10 comments

What to do with my car for the next 2 years?
What should I do with a car I won't be using for the next 2 years? [more inside]
posted by liberalintellect at 4:24 PM PST - 26 comments

Indiana Jones can do it, Crocodile Dundee can do it, why can't I fall asleep on command? ...Is it the hat over the face?
If you have learned to be able to fall asleep on command where you once couldn't before, how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by who else at 4:23 PM PST - 21 comments

What's wrong with Granny?
My mom went to visit my 96 year old grandmother in the nursing home today and found her slumped over in the wheelchair, drooling, clammy and unresponsive. The nursing staff said this had happened before (we were not informed then). They didn't think she had stroke, only possibly that her blood pressure had dropped. However, it was within normal limits when they got her back into bed. She was able to say "no", when asked if she was in pain. The only medication she is on is aricept. Aside from her age, what would cause her to lose conciousness like this?
posted by socrateaser at 3:19 PM PST - 14 comments

The stats of bowling 300
ProbabilityFilter: Can I predict, from my bowling average, how many games it will be (on average) until I bowl a perfect 300 game? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 3:14 PM PST - 27 comments

Compression Shirts: What are they for?
What is (/the original purpose of) a compression shirt? A local store has long-sleeved compression shirts on sale cheap and I've been looking for a cozy-n-toasty shirt for wearing like an undershirt in the winter that isn't longjohn/thermo material.
posted by Quarter Pincher at 2:27 PM PST - 9 comments

how to repair a synth?
I have a kawai k1 synth, it's been lying around for ages and took it out to play it with but a couple of the keys don't work now and another key always strikes at full velocity. Is this fixable by myself?
posted by quantumonkey at 2:24 PM PST - 1 comments

Tracking a URL's ranking for specific keywords?
I need a piece of software or a web application that will help me track a URL's performance relative to specific keywords over time. [more inside]
posted by aebaxter at 2:20 PM PST - 3 comments

A Grand Does Come for Free
If you had $1000 to spend on peripherals/software/extra things for a new MacBook Pro, what would you buy? Assume that you have no need for a printer or really expensive software like LogicPro or FinalCut. Through a generous gift, I find myself in this position.
posted by Falconetti at 2:04 PM PST - 40 comments

Look into my eyes...and explain this commercial
Can someone explain the meaning/point of the Las Vegas commercial (i.e What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas) featuring the girlfriend and boyfriend visiting a psychic/fortune teller? The b/f is hesitant to get his fortune but the g/f insists and then he and the psychic have some kind of weird stare down with no words exchanged. I've tried googling with no luck.
posted by uva_nupe at 2:03 PM PST - 30 comments

What happens when two satellites 'do it'?
XM and Sirius announced their plans to merge. What happens now? [more inside]
posted by mjthomas at 1:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Need OS X equivalent of WinXP "Restore Points"
Help me track down a bug that is causing one of my OS X applications to continually crash! [more inside]
posted by melorama at 1:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Why does NPR sound so unique?
Why do people's voices on NPR sound so dramatically different from those on any other radio station? [more inside]
posted by kaytwo at 1:33 PM PST - 38 comments

Hard drive backups for closed office
My father passed away a few months ago and the question of how to store the data on his office computers for the long term has come up. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by BigSky at 1:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Men's sexual health.
Men's sexual health question. Sort of sensitive. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM PST - 17 comments

What is this instrumental music?
Can you help me identify the artist and name of this instrumental music [1 minute excerpt, 374k mp3]? (I really thought it was Penguin Cafe Orchestra but couldn't find it in their discography.)
posted by night kitchen at 1:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Mountains upon mountains of work.
BA to MD/PhD - how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by The White Hat at 12:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Designer Restaurant in Manhattan
Looking for a designer restaurant in Manhattan... [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 12:43 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I reduce my PMS mood swings?
PMSfilter: Help me get off the emotional rollercoaster! [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 12:36 PM PST - 25 comments

bsod computer problems
There is something wrong with my computer. Help me diagnose what is causing bsods, random restarts and registry errors. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 12:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Cover my nipples in the unbra-able dress
Any girl MeFites have experience with NuBra or similar cushioned adhesive bra things? [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 12:11 PM PST - 13 comments

EFS for an entire drive?
Is it possible to set EFS (Windows encryption) for an entire drive? I can set EFS for a folder, but not for an entire drive. Is there a way around this? [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 12:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Help Me Be Irresponsible
(Yet-Another)What-Should-I-Do-With-My-Life-Filter: I'm almost positive I want to go to law school, but that's 18 months away. Tell me, what should I do till then. Clearly [more inside]
posted by zazerr at 11:58 AM PST - 15 comments

wow! wolfman has nads!
What does it feel like to get kicked in the balls? [more inside]
posted by Espoo2 at 11:48 AM PST - 81 comments

How can I stop cats from pissing on the outside of my house?
How can I stop cats from pissing on the outside of my house? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 11:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Does bread ever get too stale to be useful for something?
Does bread ever get too stale to be useful for something? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 11:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Where in the heck is my scrollbar?
My scrollbar has disppeared and won't come back! I'm sure this is a stupid question with a simple answer, but I can't seem to get google to work for me to help answer it. I'm running MS Word on OS X, and my vertical scrollbar on the right hand side disappeared a few weeks ago. I nosed through pretty much every menu looking for a way to bring it back, but I can't seem to find it. It's becoming more than just a minor nuisance. The horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the window appears just fine, it's only vertical that has gone missing. What do I need to do to bring it back?
posted by booknerd at 11:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Textbook recommendations for a college-level humanities class on copyright?
I'm teaching a senior college-level class on "the culture of the copy" in the Fall. I want to cover some of the same material as Cory Doctorow's current USC copyright class but it's a humanities/English class and I'd also like to broaden the discussion a little to include history and art/culture/literature. So far I've got the open source/free software basics (Cathedral and the Bazaar, etc) and Marcel Mauss's book on gift economies. [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 10:28 AM PST - 27 comments

Anyone remember a children's story about a train? No, not that one...
Children's Story Filter: I'm trying to remember a picture book about a train conductor who had retired. He ended up building a working train that ran through a park, and he gave children tours. [more inside]
posted by cynthia_rose at 9:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Zen of +40 Freinds or How the Mid-life Chandler Bing seeks a new Joey, Ross, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe
How to build a posse, crew, entourage or social clique of men and women post-40s? [more inside]
posted by choragus at 9:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Russian Word commands?
Does anyone out there have a list of key commands for the Russian version of Microsoft Word (in cyrillic)?
posted by pullayup at 9:03 AM PST - 1 comments

Where can I find a bunch of John and Jane Does?
Does anyone happen to remember the name of the LiveJournal community that existed a few years ago, that publicly posted the password, so that anyone could log in and make posts about whatever they wanted? It was an open community for everyone and anyone. There may have been more than one, but I only knew of one. [more inside]
posted by eggplantia5 at 8:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Amphibious Terrane Vehicle
Help identify this amphibious creature motorized vehicle. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 8:28 AM PST - 9 comments

fenugreek while nursing?
Fenugreek and nursing moms? [more inside]
posted by konolia at 8:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Looking for quality goth clubs in NYC
Looking for quality goth clubs in NYC, or clubs in NYC with a quality goth night.
posted by kenoshakid at 8:06 AM PST - 3 comments

(Insert pithy investment-related quote here)
My company has been attracted the attention of several larger companies who wish to invest in us in exchange for a position on the board and an equity stake in the company. We're a small, privately held group, and have no clue what this means for us. Obviously, we need to get at attorney involved in this process, but I'm the kind of guy who wants to know what to expect out of deals like this. [more inside]
posted by Merdryn at 7:56 AM PST - 10 comments

What is this bug and how do I destroy it?
I have found destructive insects living in a wool rug (photos 1, 2, 3). I'd like to know what they are, and more importantly, how to prevent them from re-appearing. [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 7:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me focus my shopping efforts?
Can you please offer your personal recommendations for shopping Indian/Turkish/Tibetan/Moroccan "stuff" in New York City? [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat at 7:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Good multiplayer old console games.
I'm looking for your favorite multiplayer games for older consoles/emulators. [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 7:28 AM PST - 32 comments

Medication allergies
Help with understanding severe allergic reactions to medication? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 7:20 AM PST - 4 comments

so awesome, sounds like...?
must.find.more. where can i find more music that sounds like the track in this movie? more inside... [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 7:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Please recommend a consistently accurate portable wrist blood pressure monitor under $100
Please recommend a consistently accurate portable wrist blood pressure monitor under $100 [more inside]
posted by deeman at 7:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Help Me Remember!
Best friends with whoever can tell me the artist and/or name of this song I've been trying to figure out for years. [more inside]
posted by heartquake at 6:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there a website where you can put in features of artwork from a CD/album, and it'll find what the album is?
Is there a website where you can put in features of artwork from a CD/album, and it'll find what the album is? [more inside]
posted by trampesque at 6:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Invert the colors on my PC?
How to invert the colors on my PC laptop? Plus, what else do you recommend to reduce eye-strain that leads to headaches? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 5:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Good job to keep me in leaflets.
I'm looking for work that I can do that will earn a living and leave my brain free to pursue my real work, which doesn't pay. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 5:08 AM PST - 14 comments

by buggy or ship
In Medieval times how long would it take for a diplomat, merchant, or otherwise well funded individual to travel from, say Paris to Moscow? London to Constantinople?
posted by parallax7d at 5:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Need classical recs!
I recently started listening to classical music, but my usual means of finding new albums (radio, friends, overheard-at-the-store, etc.) are somewhat ineffective. Need recommendations! [more inside]
posted by archagon at 4:50 AM PST - 25 comments

the weight of the world between two eyes
I have a weird headache. Maybe this is what botox feels like! [more inside]
posted by lullabyofbirdland at 3:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me paste graphics into Adobe Illustrator
I can't paste graphics from any other application to Adobe Illustrator CS2, on a Mac. Whenever I try, i get the inane message, 'Quicktime and a TIFF (uncompressed) decompressor are need to see this picture'. Needless to say, I have QuickTime installed. [more inside]
posted by beniamino at 2:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me stretch non hd channels on my wide screen tv.
How do I use the entire screen on my new wide scren tv? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 12:55 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I compile Ogg support on a Mac?
How do I compile Ogg support under Mac OS X the hard way? There's way too much [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 12:28 AM PST - 8 comments

February 18
Kill me, drug me, heal me, or fill me?
Can I eat these mushrooms growing in my front yard here in sunny Brisbane, Australia?Flickr photo set
posted by shokod at 11:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Addicted to the thrill of the chase ... help.
Can anybody recommend the right book, web site, or support group for me? Over the past 5+ years I have developed the habit of becoming involved with unavailable men, even when there are wonderful, loving men available to me. I seek out the fun, exciting, generous, sexy, dashing, unattainable types with the intent of making them fall in love with me. In short, I am addicted to the thrill of the chase (and enjoying the benefits that come with it). I am at an age where I need to decide what I really want to do about this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 PM PST - 25 comments

How do you motivate without being a nag?
How much will my overambition clash with my fiancé's underambition? And is his underachieving a symptom of something larger? I firmly believe that it is possible to find a job that I love to do, while my fiancé seems to be more of the mindset that he is content to work a job he doesn't really care about in order to fund his recreational activities that he does care about. I'm worried that he is aspiring towards mediocrity, and I'm worried that I will quickly tire of that. How do I motivate him to achieve more, or how do I stop stressing about that, because it is none of my business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:15 PM PST - 33 comments

My computer acts like it's high all the time. Help me hold and intervention/make it react quicker/eliminate latency!
My laptop computer is reacting slower and slower to commands. I'm not sure what to call it, but I believe 'latency' is something I heard. Most commands--typing, clicking on links, etc.. takes much longer that it should. Rather than being able to instantly click/type, my computer takes about 3-10 seconds to react... like it's fubar on the Humboldt County chronic. The stickiest of the icky. I need it to sober up. Please help! [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 10:15 PM PST - 21 comments

Blog for language learning?
After reading this answer, I have decided to follow its advice to improve my written english. However I feel that I have nothing to write. [more inside]
posted by Memo at 10:09 PM PST - 12 comments

How to safely run Windows on a Mac?
What do I need to know in order to safely run Windows on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by raf at 10:04 PM PST - 9 comments

The end?
How does one say "The End" in other languages? [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 8:54 PM PST - 30 comments

What's this sci-fi novel i remember?
Help me remember the name of a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel i read as 10 years or so ago. [more inside]
posted by sunimplodes at 8:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Saving money while avoiding the spectre of inflation
What's a safe long-term savings investment if (1) I'm concerned about inflation and/or the dollar getting weaker and (2) I'll only be investing a small amount, like $100 a month? Is it possible for me (in the U.S.) to buy small amounts of Euros without getting eaten alive by transaction/exchange fees?
posted by chef_boyardee at 7:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Unlocking phones..? Give me the key!
Help me find a Sony Ericsson K790a or K550i and figure out how unlocked phones work with US service providers, pretty please! [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 7:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Sweet Sounds for the Stressed and Cloistered
Music-for-studying-for-the-@#%#-bar-exam-filter: Please help me balm the pain of preparing for this miserable test by recommending excellent music that's either wholely instrumental or not in English. [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 6:29 PM PST - 38 comments

Term life assurance - flat payments or "inflation adjusted" payments ?
I'm considering buying term life assurance for a term of 19 years. The default deal is $x per month for $z of cover (the amount of cover does not alter over time). However (this amazes me but it's true) the Company gets to determine $x on a year to year basis. You can also pay for the same cover by a different means in which your payments are a fixed number of dollars, $y, every month for the duration of the cover. The quote I have makes $x = $y/2.54 (obviously based upon the inital value of $x). The term is 19 years. Assume for the moment that $x truly is related to inflation. How can I calculate the rate of inflaction which is assumed by these two deals ? Just realised this sounds horribly like a homework question - if only it was ! [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 6:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Fired yet again, now what?
I had low-level jobs before going back to school for legal secretary, graduating in 2003. I was successful at 2 legal secretary jobs after that but had to quit each one due to needing better benefits or better working conditions. But now this 3rd job I got fired from last week after 5 months, due to a combination of my poor concentration and my boss's critically obsessive perfectionism. I had been fired numerous times before going back to school, but now I thought I was headed for a real career. Since my concentration isn't the greatest, I'm wondering about a career change, but the only thing that looks good on my resume is the legal secretary stuff. I still haven't told my parents, whom I live with, that I got fired yet again. The errors I was making weren't critical, really mostly stuff like [more inside]
posted by serena15221 at 5:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Free Service or A La Carte?
Free T-mobile data service, or is there a catch (a la carte service)? [more inside]
posted by Boydrop at 5:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Cached out!
How come my L2 and L3 cache is disabled? Am I taking a performance hit? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 4:55 PM PST - 4 comments

I want amba sauce.
I am craving a recipe for amba sauce. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 4:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me shrink my screen!
Why does my computer (Linux, Gnome) suddenly think my screen is 3 feet wide? How can I convince it otherwise? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 4:32 PM PST - 10 comments

A Problem of Scale: Halfway in size between an atom and the universe
"A human is halfway in size between an atom and the known universe"... This is a paraphrased quote I have come across several times. I like it. Who said it first? How true is it in the most literal sense? And, finally, what errors arrive in postulating a universe, or an atom, which can be measured AT ALL from our singular, relativistic, perspective? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 4:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Help a stupid noob find a good MySQL GUI program
Stupid MySQL noob question: is there a free/free (or at least free-as-in-beer) win32 MySQL frontend that will show graphical representations of tables, allow drag-and-drop editing of their relationships, actually import all of my data, and use MySQL vocabulary and syntax for its queries? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 3:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me camouflage cabinet doors
Kitchen cabinet camouflage - bring me your ideas! [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 3:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Best software solution for a reading list database?
What is the best way to go as far as software for making a annotated reading list/database of books is concerned? Apart from the usual details, I'd like to add tags and short notes to each entry and would like to be able to work on the file off-line. Are there any existing software solutions for such a task out there or is my best option to go with MS Access/MySQL or a similar such program? I'm on the PC/Win XP platform and looking for inexpensive/shareware/freeware options Thanks!
posted by sk381 at 3:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Is Putt-Putt out of gas?
How do I get OSX to run old Mac games? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 2:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Will Voice over IP work for me?
What are good options for phone service for a home office? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 2:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Help Me Learn To Use My Camera's Flash
Help me learn how to take indoor pictures with my Canon SD800. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 2:12 PM PST - 20 comments

keep bugs away from my balcony
i've just moved into an apartment with a large tree right next to the balcony--i could touch the branches. what are good ways to keep the bugs away? i was thinking about a bird feeder...
posted by thinkingwoman at 1:33 PM PST - 15 comments

Image Header Manipulation
EXIF IPTC &tc. - need method to read/write in programmatic way [more inside]
posted by fluffycreature at 1:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me get my hard drive back!
My Dell Inspiron 5100 (XP, SP2) notebook has stopped recognizing my external hard drive. I get an error message that says "This device cannot start. (Code 10)." Googling says that I need to uninstall and reinstall the drivers, which I've done. However, after reinstalling the driver and plugging the hard drive back in, I get an error message saying that the device did not install correctly. What am I doing wrong? What can I do to get the computer to recognize my hard drive again?
posted by whatideserve at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I quickly relieve stress while in a tense situation?
How do I quickly relieve stress while in a tense situation? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 1:18 PM PST - 21 comments

Voice mail for Meditel in Morocco
I am visiting Morocco soon, and already have a Meditel card for my phone. As I do not speak French, can someone help me with setting up voice mail? Or does anyone have English instructions for the VM system?
posted by bright77blue at 1:13 PM PST - 1 comments

Does drinking cold water make me hotter?
Does drinking cold water on a hot day warm me in the long run? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 12:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Specific incident, US soldier mutilating enemy dead, 1990-91 Gulf War?
Somewhat gruesome question: Are there accounts of a specific incident (details inside) of a US soldier mutilating enemy dead in the 1990-91 Gulf War? [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 10:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Name of British recipe
Looking for the name of a recipe that, near as I can recall, appeared in the early 70’s in an article in the New Yorker. It's a British accompaniment for cold leftover roast pork, and it had a reduplicative name—like “Huffy Duffy” or “Harvey Scarvey”: that sort of name. The recipe itself was quite simple: [more inside]
posted by LeisureGuy at 10:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Which Nikon dSLR should I buy?
Which Nikon dSLR would you recommend for an advanced amateur, and why? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The at 9:53 AM PST - 11 comments

How to negotiate for a particular job position?
I have an interview scheduled for a new job. The company I'm interviewing with supposedly has a reputation of pigeonholing applicants into positions they either did not apply for or are unqualified for. How do I tactfully insist on being considered for the position I applied for? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 9:12 AM PST - 4 comments

A computer for a four year old?
I have a four year old son who seems about ready to start using a computer, but I would like to keep him away from mine, so the obvious choice is to ask his grandparents to buy him one for his birthday... Any tips on specific systems and or accessories that might be age appropriate?
posted by curiocity at 9:11 AM PST - 26 comments

Windows 2000 goes into CMOS/BIOS set up at start
One of my PCs running Windows 2000 Professional has been a stable workhorse for several years. However, beginning a few days ago, it has not been booting properly - it heads to the CMOS/BIOS set up menu after the memory test rather than log in. [more inside]
posted by vers at 8:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Where is the title to my father's Lexus?
My father has a 99 Lexus without a title. Florida has records of a lien on the car. The lien holder is a company went out-of-business years ago. Where is the title? How can my father get one in South Carolina? What are his options if Butthead (explained inside) never had the title? [more inside]
posted by Tasanova at 7:06 AM PST - 14 comments

I've Fallen And I Can't Get Up: Medical Alert Services
Which medical alert service for independent seniors do you recommend, and why? [more inside]
posted by NYCinephile at 4:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a horrible old "hacker" video!
I'm looking for an old video that I think I saw back in the early 90s. It was a two part video about computer ethics. The first part was about piracy, the second was about the "evils of hacking". My Google skills have failed me. Does anyone out there remember this? [more inside]
posted by tehgubner at 2:48 AM PST - 1 comments

Discovering my orientation!
I'm looking for a web application that will let me record the goals that I have achieved in my life, and those that lie in front of me. [more inside]
posted by markesh at 1:44 AM PST - 7 comments

February 17
Remember Provo spelled backwards is Ovorp
"Adanac" is "Canada" spelled backwards, and it's an exceedingly common name for businesses, streets and so forth in Canada. Is this common in any other country? [more inside]
posted by solid-one-love at 10:42 PM PST - 45 comments

Stripey Chinese talisman
Help me identify this Chinese talisman thing. [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind at 9:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Spy kit
What should I put in my spy kit? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 9:38 PM PST - 51 comments

La Michoacana
Why is it that many Mexican candy/drink shops seem to be called "La Michoacana" or some variation thereof? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 9:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Who owns performances?
When a band plays a venue and a recording is made of the performance, who owns the rights to the performance? Is it the Band, the Venue, the Record Company or whom so-ever actually put the tape in the deck and hit record?
posted by jeffamaphone at 8:20 PM PST - 27 comments

How can I sync Yahoo and Outlook (and/or Yahoo and Thunderbird)?
How can I sync Yahoo and Outlook (and/or Yahoo and Thunderbird)? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 7:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find this shirt?
Cesar Milan ("The Dog Whisperer") occasionally wears a black shirt bearing a logo that looks like a crowned boxing lion (think medieval England). What make is it and where can I get one?
posted by macadamia at 7:36 PM PST - 11 comments

the art of pouring a beer.
Anyone who's ever worked in a bar... The science of pouring beer? How to master the "two-part pour"...without tipping the glass. [more inside]
posted by mjao at 7:07 PM PST - 35 comments

Bubblegum, bubblegum, in a dish... how many pieces?
Will swallowing my chewing gum / bubble gum actually have any ill effect on me? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 7:05 PM PST - 12 comments

She asked him to do what!?
I asked him to marry me. I live in a very open-minded, liberal and culturally aware area. To my surprize, the general reaction to learning about the engagement is one of complete shock. People seem so amazed that I was bold enough to get down on one knee, ring in hand, and propose to him. Which led me to the question of, how common is it nowadays, for the woman to ask the man to marry? [more inside]
posted by engling at 6:59 PM PST - 50 comments

Do I have to check luggage through to my final destination?
I'm considering skipping out on the last leg of a domestic US trip (AA). If I do this, can I check luggage, and simply ask it not to be checked through to my final destination? Or am I stuck with carryons only?
posted by kickingtheground at 6:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Conspiracy Theory Cell Phone Tracking
TinFoilHatFilter: So what's the most current info on cell-phone tracking? What can government/private agencies do nowadays if you own a cell phone? (Location? Coversation monitoring? Direct microphone feeds even when phone is off?) What *do* they do with any frequency? (Feel free to differentiate between agencies such as FBI, local police and private investigators) [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 6:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Is the requirement for a mechanical license for (free) cover songs enforced?
Cover songs, legal vs. practical: Is the requirement for a mechanical license ever enforced, especially for covers distributed for free over the internet? [more inside]
posted by advil at 4:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get wireless internet working on my Ubuntu laptop.
Help me get wireless internet working in Ubuntu on a Thinkpad R60. [more inside]
posted by dkleinst at 3:36 PM PST - 17 comments

We need a better name than "seed ball."
Help-us-name-filter: Our urban envirionmental group is working on a project to seed vacant land. We're using the seed ball technique pioneered by Masanobu Fukuoka--forming seeds, humus and clay into small balls which are tossed onto the ground or thown over a fence . We need a catchy name for the process, something better than "seed balls," and without the violent/militaristic/terroristic assoiciations of "seed bombs." [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic at 3:04 PM PST - 35 comments

Should I stay with my girlfriend?
Is it a bad idea for me to stay with my girlfriend if I see no marriage potential for our relationship? For the record, we're both in our 30's and we've been together for about half a year. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:41 PM PST - 24 comments

Saturn President's Day Sale TV Ad Song
What is tha name of the song in the new Saturn commercial for President's Day? [more inside]
posted by jspierre at 2:33 PM PST - 6 comments

How to watch BBC3 in America
I am in the U.S. How can I watch BBC 3? Specifically, I want to watch episodes of Freaky Eaters. [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 1:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Is my kitchen floor real linoleum?
Is there a way to tell if my kitchen floor is real linoleum, or vinyl? [more inside]
posted by peep at 1:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Who killed my Workstation Service?
What keeps killing Windows Services? I run Windows XP (with SP2) on a MacBook Pro (I know, I know, don't be hatin'). I'm having an odd problem: every now and then, the background for the windows task bar changes, and some of my services get stopped. In particular, Workstation, Wireless Zero Config and Windows Audio are stopped when I check using services.msc. [more inside]
posted by baggers at 12:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Flexing my dating muscle
Uncharted territory: who's had success (or crashed and burned) with getting dates at the gym? [more inside]
posted by DonnieSticks at 12:31 PM PST - 25 comments

Cooking the books
I'm looking for blogs where people are cooking their way through all the recipes in a particular book or by a particular chef e.g. Kathryn Cooks with Jamie and The Next Nigella. Do you know of any others?
posted by janecr at 12:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Make it del.icio.us
How do I create an ordinary "post to del.icio.us" link? The Del folks provide very informative instructions on creating a button using extensions, and on creating a bookmarklet or link using javascript. But for those for whom neither option works, how do you simply create an ordinary link that can be added to the Favorites list?
posted by yclipse at 11:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Cheap Printers in Canada
Looking for cheap printers in Canada. I need something that is around $100, can print in colour, double-sided, can be used for school purposes or making business cards and HipsterPDA cards. One thing I'm weary of is gettng a printer that forces me to spend tons of money on ink replacements. From my understanding there are some that are better than others when it comes to refilling ink. Thanks in advance for your help.
posted by Knigel at 11:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Alternatives to blue jeans?
Please help me break my addiction to blue jeans. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:57 AM PST - 33 comments

Can't get back to where I was in Firefox
Using Firefox on some web sites, if you scroll down from the top of the page, select a link, and then hit the back arrow to return the original page, the original page does not return to where you were when you clicked the link, but annoyingly to the top of the page, requiring a manual scroll to get where you were before. This doesn't happen with IE on the same web sites. What causes this problem? For example http://sadlyno.com/ or http://seattletimes.nwsource.com
posted by ShooBoo at 10:49 AM PST - 4 comments

How bad are the roads in Patagonia?
Are the roads in Patagonia really that bad? [more inside]
posted by MattS at 10:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Printing in "signatures"
How do I print one copy of a book I've written in "signatures"? [more inside]
posted by mediaddict at 10:38 AM PST - 7 comments

How did Disney dis the Pooh?
Regarding the recent thread on the blue about Winnie the Pooh, I noticed a lot of people saying that Disney had bastardized and soiled the the Pooh property, as well as The Jungle Book. I am curious as to why people feel this way. I am not saying I disagree; I am saying that I am unclear on what Disney has done to earn the wrath of the fans of the originals. Can anyone elaborate, or point to such an elaboration?
posted by John Smallberries at 10:35 AM PST - 27 comments

bartering for knowledge not pigs
Wheres the best place to learn things like how to migrate a messy pile of microsoft access databases to sql? Normally when learning new I use books, online sources and forums, and good old fashioned trial and error, but its a slow process for some of us. As its easier learning from someone with experience in the field. are there any sites that go some way to addressing this teacher / student system online, aside from the usual forum formats, i was thinking of some sort of bartering system, but for knowledge not pigs?
posted by ugrndhg at 10:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Torture in the media?
Help me find examples of torture in movies and on TV. [more inside]
posted by EarBucket at 10:08 AM PST - 73 comments

Where can I find this BITTER BEER FACE commercial online?
Where can I find a digital copy of this beer commercial: It starts out with our protagonist (I think it's Joey Slotnick) walking, and a voiceover -- "You're at a party. You've got a cold beer, and a brand new shirt. You're . . . a tiger." Then, he takes a sip of the beer and his face shrivels up, and a couple of girls cringe. "Whoa! Bitter Beer Face!" Then, that's solved by drinking Keystone Light, and then the scene switches to noir; he's in a white tux with his hair slicked back, both of the girls on his arms, and he says in a David Niven accent, "Pack your bags -- we sail TONIGHT!"
posted by k7lim at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Seeking An Electronic Web Device
I am looking for a PDA or electronic device used primarily for accessing the web through WIFI. The bigger the screen the better. If possible I would want this device to be able to read JAVA. When traveling, I find my computer is a bit bulky to use quickly as a web device. Thanks
posted by Mckoan1 at 9:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find a missing TAL episode
Help me find a "This American Life" episode. [more inside]
posted by david1230 at 8:57 AM PST - 4 comments

User Friendly MP3 Player
Which MP3 player will have controls & a screen that will allow me to choose which podcast to pay, switch from one function to another reliably? My Creative Zen Nano doesn't do it for me and I need another player with a more easily used controls. A larger unit is okay, size is not so important. Price is a factor. Is there a place, website, store where one can actually handle and test players?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 8:20 AM PST - 13 comments

What to do in LA?
My wife and I are in LA. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by tr45vbyt at 8:17 AM PST - 16 comments

Pain in the Butt?
I have a pain in the butt. Help me fix it. [more inside]
posted by sweet mister at 6:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Why not just send your kids to a private school?
Church/State, creationists, private education in the US; why don't all the "intelligent design" folk just send their kids to private religious schools? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 5:49 AM PST - 33 comments

My friend's friend saw so-in-so at a Melissa Etheridge concert...
Are there any openly lesbian women's basketball coaches in the NCAA?
posted by 10ch at 4:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Pitching a TV show?
I have an idea for a television show. What are the guidelines for a treatment/pilot? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 1:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Is it safe to keep a step-down converter turned on at all times?
I just picked up a 1000W step-down converter (220V-110V) to power a receiver after a 750W exploded in a blaze of glory when I turned it on one morning. I'd very much like to avoid this kind of thing again. So my question is, is it relatively safe to keep step-down converters turned on at all times? If so, will it constantly be using 1000W of power even when the receiver is turned off? I've heard differing opinions but found no definitive answer on the interwebs. Related, is it true that you should always have something plugged into the converter when it is turned on?
posted by DefendBrooklyn at 12:09 AM PST - 7 comments

February 16
What to do with a BE/LLB?
Where can I go with (Electrical) Engineering and Law qualifications under my belt? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 11:52 PM PST - 9 comments

What's worth seeing on Honshu, between Tokyo and Sendai?
JapanFilter: What's worth seeing on Honshu, between Tokyo and Sendai? [more inside]
posted by graytona at 11:39 PM PST - 4 comments

My significant other and parent both work at same company, SO parent is about to sue company, now what?
Lawsuit Filter: So my significant other and significant others parent both work for the same company. SO's parent might be suing said company for age discrimination (and has a very good case). SO is worried about being blacklisted and/or targeted. How much should I and SO worry? Could SO also sue if SO is targeted because of the suit or at that point even join the lawsuit? I know (most of you are) not a lawyer but at least point me in the right direction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:29 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm Gonna Tell Mom!
Can one get "anonymous" complaint information from a local government bureau? How? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 11:16 PM PST - 6 comments

How to get started with MIDI on the cheap
I'm looking for an interesting and inexpensive MIDI instrument. [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness at 10:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Weird ice cream place in North Carolina?
I'm trying to remember the name of an ice cream shop in Asheville, NC, or thereabouts. I was there in 2002, I believe. They used a big machine that loudly pulverized your ice cream flavor and toppings together, and then extruded it like soft serve. Is this place still around? I got the feeling that it was kind of like a franchise, and that the machines could be found elsewhere. Best ice cream I've ever had.
posted by unknowncommand at 10:09 PM PST - 13 comments

The value of a bit
I am looking for blog posts / articles about someone who created an empty mp3 and another mp3 of copyrighted music but with the sound level at 0. The argument posed was that the files were binary equivalents, but one was still a copyright violation. Therefore, there is not only a digital value to a bit, but also a "color" or "flavor" to it.
posted by y0mbo at 9:20 PM PST - 5 comments

anyone know the origin of this phrase?
Where does the phrase "I fuc*ing concur." come from? [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 9:04 PM PST - 17 comments

Canada Close to Chicago.
We live in Chicago. We'd like to take a trip to (scenic) Canada once it warms up a bit. Where should we go that is within a reasonable driving distance? [more inside]
posted by Dalton at 8:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Becoming a licensed Architect
I have a B. Arch. degree from outside the US. I am currently working in the US "california" and would like to start working on my licensing procedure. And it seems the first step is to "convert" my degree and let it be accepted as an accredited degree. where do I start? Is there special agencies that do that? How much is it going to cost me? I will need any possible advice in this matter especially if you had to go through this same process.
posted by convex at 8:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Reissue of credit card because of security.
Credit card reissued because of possible fraud. What now? [more inside]
posted by zabuni at 8:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Who can use the credit bureau to police contracts?
When and who can contact credit agencies regarding reneged payments to reflect on a payees credit report? Is this limited to businesses and banks or less official transactions as well? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for some thrifty threads
Know of any good thrift stores in/around Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by charlesroper at 6:56 PM PST - 9 comments

TongueFilter: Why does my tongue burn so easily?
TongueFilter: Why does my tongue burn so easily? [more inside]
posted by stance at 6:15 PM PST - 17 comments

how do get more people to participate in my adventure racing site?
i'm trying to increase participation and membership in the (free) adventure racing website i built, what can i do that i haven't already done? [more inside]
posted by dolface at 6:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find that old anti-Nintendo and Sega commercial series?
Does anyone remember those old anti-Nintendo and anti-Sega commercials where they showed the same guy making 3 different responses? Where can I view that commercial, preferably the series? [more inside]
posted by thejrae at 5:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Entourage has lost its memory!
EntourageFilter: I've been using Entourage for years. All of a sudden every time I download messages from my email account on my ISP's server it downloads the same messages I downloaded before. [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 3:45 PM PST - 10 comments

What computer games should I play if the last games I had played were Kings Quest and Myst?
What computer games should I play if the last games I had played were Kings Quest and Myst? [more inside]
posted by Carialle at 3:43 PM PST - 23 comments

What shouldn't I refrigerate?
What shouldn't I refrigerate? [more inside]
posted by andythebean at 2:55 PM PST - 42 comments

Looking for an artsy, stylish yet functional business tote bag or messenger bag.
Looking for an artsy, stylish, functional business tote or messenger bag. [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 2:51 PM PST - 32 comments

Lousy doctor's visit. Refund possibility?
I wasn't at all satisfied with the doctor I chose for my yearly checkup. What's the best way to get a refund, if possible? [more inside]
posted by hoborg at 2:30 PM PST - 35 comments

Real estate agent for flippers?
Can you recommend a great real estate agent for wannabe flippers in Northern Virginia and DC? [more inside]
posted by gregoryc at 2:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Where is this cow on YouTube from?
Does anyone know where the cow that appears about 2/3's of the way though this (otherwise crappy) YouTube video is from? My 3-year-old son absolutely loves it and I'd like to see if there's more from the same animation, or even by the same studio that produced it.
posted by ssmith at 2:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Games for a McQueen themed birthday party?
My nephew will be turning six and is having a Lightning McQueen themed party. What are some good games we could play? [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 1:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Hello, I am awesome and here is my portfolio.
Hey, creative sorts: I could use a little help with a theatrical directing portfolio for an MFA interview. [more inside]
posted by lauranesson at 1:11 PM PST - 8 comments

My car got towed in Chicago
I live in chicago and got my car towed last night (on Division bet. western and california). The reason is because there is no parking on the street when snow is two inches or more (from 3am to 7am). It has not snowed since wednesday and there was no snow in the street when I parked there, nor did it snow during the evening. I paid the fee to get my car out and I have scheduled a hearing for 2/23/07. Has anyone successfully gotten their money back? Am I in the wrong? I would appreciate any advice I can get going into this hearing.
posted by danb1 at 12:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Virtualization Recommendations
LAMPFilter: Which VPS solution (Virtuozzo, VMware, freeVPS, etc) is recommended for a small web-hosting company? [more inside]
posted by afx114 at 10:51 AM PST - 6 comments

NJ peeps, what would you miss if you lived out of state?
Can anyone give me suggestions on what do mail a friend that used to live in NJ. I am looking for something that says NJ. I basically am looking for things she couldn't get where she lives now which is Charleston, SC. [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla at 10:42 AM PST - 20 comments

Hegel's Aesthetics-Filter
Hegel's "Aesthetics"-filter: I'm wondering what the German original is for the word "glance" in the English text? Blick? Flüchtiger Blick? Augenblick?" An English version of Hegel's Aesthetics can be searched here, fwiw. Thanks.
posted by rumbles at 10:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Working out at home
What's the best (and cheapest) workout equipment for my small place? [more inside]
posted by johnsmith415 at 10:23 AM PST - 21 comments

Short craft/project tutorial - mindstorms appropriate?
I have to do a short tutorial website for a course (30 min/10 pages) with a physical object (no software). Is Lego Mindstorms too big/complex to introduce? [more inside]
posted by ejaned8 at 10:07 AM PST - 3 comments

She cuddles me, she cuddles me not.
Help me interpret my cat's somewhat odd, hot-and-cold behavior. [more inside]
posted by googly at 9:57 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for sound system advice.
My mother has an ideal speaker system in mind, but no idea what that entails. [more inside]
posted by Alex404 at 9:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Humidity and acoustic guitars?
I'm about to purchase a new acoustic guitar. How important is humidity? [more inside]
posted by tom_g at 9:34 AM PST - 14 comments

Detained on a plane?
If I was on one of the jetBlue flights that sat on the tarmac for nine hours and I demanded to be let off the plane, isn't it against the law if they detain me? [more inside]
posted by flyingcowofdoom at 9:25 AM PST - 77 comments

jhnrfjhrhuio54w89wefw
I'm looking for an OS X utility that will capture and discard all keyboard and mouse input until I tell it to stop. [more inside]
posted by Armitage Shanks at 8:43 AM PST - 17 comments

Outlook Email Address Extractor
I need to extract all the email addresses from my Outlook 2003 folders in order to send an email to a big bunch of people (trust me, I am not spamming). This program does exactly what I want, but it costs $29.95. This should be really straightforward, isn't there a free alternative?
posted by falameufilho at 8:27 AM PST - 10 comments

SoundPlaybackDeviceFilter: I need to play back audio for a specific purpose. Please tell me what devices (mp3 player, sampler, etc.) have worked for you!
I'm looking for something that will be able to play back either an uncompressed WAVE file or that will record an actual audio signal for later playback. It has to be totally shock/shake-proof, and it must be able to automatically stop after every track/file and wait for input to start again. Preservation of sound quality is absolutely essential. If any of you have experience with such a device, please share. [more inside]
posted by gaiamark at 8:26 AM PST - 13 comments

What's up in San Diego President's Day?
Anything interesting happening in San Diego this long weekend? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 8:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Masters in Journalism--Is it necessary?
Canadian journalists: how important is getting an MJ? (and other career advice) [more inside]
posted by Menomena at 8:16 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I write a .htaccess file the will redirect if you AREN'T coming from a specific website?
How do I write a .htaccess file the will redirect if you AREN'T coming from a specific website? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 8:01 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I fix a nylon backpack zipper?
How do I fix a nylon backpack zipper? The zipper parts seem fine -- the zipper "pull" has just popped out of one side. This isn't like a jacket, where there is a way to completely separate the two sides, with a metal tab to aid in joining them. [more inside]
posted by catkins at 7:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Restore Down Word Wrap
Suddenly when clicking on "restore down" in Firefox, part of the contents of the web page now disappears off the screen. IE still adjusts the "restore down" screen to accomodate most of the original web page. Does anyone know how I can reinstall this feature in Firefox. Thanks.
posted by NinaLee at 7:20 AM PST - 4 comments

How many dorks does it take to change a lightbulb?
My wife and I have the dumbest homeowning question ever: we can't figure out how to change a light bulb. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 7:03 AM PST - 43 comments

How do you tell a coworker that she talks too loud?
How do you tell a coworker that she talks too loud? [more inside]
posted by fellion at 6:45 AM PST - 20 comments

Finish my work for me
Help me find the perfect digital SLR camera to substitute my Minolta Maxxum 300si [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 6:31 AM PST - 41 comments

Does freezing adversely effect soft contact lenses?
Does freezing adversely effect soft contact lenses? [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate at 6:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I patronize a business I'm 99.9% sure is lying/cheating?
Moral dilemma. Can I patronize a business I'm 99.9% sure is lying/cheating, when it's the only business that fits what I need? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:58 AM PST - 42 comments

Cabachon ring designs?
Nice, tasteful ring designs suitable for a large blue-gray star sapphire in 'cabachon' cut? [more inside]
posted by 8k at 5:11 AM PST - 10 comments

CSS Issue in Win IE. Help please!
I run a website and am having a little difficulty getting the CSS to work properly in Internet Explorer. I am trying to implement the search field into a little 'pop-up' in the navigation. It works properly in FireFox and Safari, but in IE for Windows the pop-up shifts diagonally instead of directly below. Any ideas on how to fix this?
posted by Timen at 4:38 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I cope with short term stress?
How do I cope with short periods of lots of work? [more inside]
posted by someone else at 2:23 AM PST - 14 comments

What are some interesting verse forms?
PoetFilter: I want to experiment with writing poetry in (relatively) obscure verse forms, but don't know which are challenging (in the fun way) and which are just mind-numbing. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 1:39 AM PST - 20 comments

Okay, now give me something that doesn't flap its ears
How do I get notified of new email without a computer? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 1:24 AM PST - 5 comments

How to find a good injury lawyer?
How does one "shop" for a personal injury lawyer? What are features of a good injury lawyer? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:12 AM PST - 8 comments

February 15
Coming out of the windows closet
Wherein the apple gods torment me; or why does it take so long to get my macbook? [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 11:21 PM PST - 13 comments

i'm pee-wee herman determined to get my bikes replaced
Two of my bicycles and my work stand (and a bike not mine) were stolen out of my condo building's basement bike storage room. The perps (who we've seen on tape) easily entered the front door of the building twice a few evenings ago. I've got no home owners insurance and the replacement value of the bikes is quite significant. I thought I was pretty much screwed until I recieved a call from the building's developer. He had the door company out to fix the now obvious flaw in the front door. The door company stated that the lock was incorrectly installed and forced entry would have been "impossible" had things been installed correctly. The developer told me that he called his lawyer, and that the lawyer said I could "file against" the company that installed the door (though I'm sure this wasn't official legal advice). [more inside]
posted by ArcAm at 10:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Living downwind of a power plant?
I just rented workspace/artspace which is directly downwind of the huge coal-fired power plant. (Didn't realize it until after I signed the lease). Short of moving, what steps can I take to minimize the negative health effects of the situation.
posted by Bighappyfunhouse at 10:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Worst Case Scenario: What happens when you break a lease?
Worst-Case-Scenario-Filter: What would happen if we broke our lease? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 10:33 PM PST - 11 comments

When will frozen lakes kill me?
Under what conditions are frozen lakes safe to be on? Is any noise coming from a lake bad or just earth shattering cracks nearby? Sorry of this seems silly [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 10:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Need a PC Laptop Recommendation to Replace a MacBook Pro
Ack! New long term contract position requires me to have a PC laptop! [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 10:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me share!
Since I've downloaded the newest version of iTunes, none of my friends can access my music through OurTunes. Can the hive mind help me fix this? [more inside]
posted by wandering steve at 9:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Schematic for DIY sequential shift lights?
Can anyone hook me up with a schematic for a DIY sequential shift light set up? [more inside]
posted by ZoomX2 at 8:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Hapless painter wants to take a stab at video art. Cheaply.
Video camera rental advice: I'm looking to make an exceedingly simple, short video (an art project, if you will) and I'm looking to rent a fairly high quality camera to do it with. The condition is that I need a camera that can function reasonably (I'm not expecting miracles, here, but I don't want horribly washed-out, grainy business) in a very low-light situation. I'm applying for a small grant to do this, and I can't afford more than maybe $200 for a day's rental, $250 tops. [more inside]
posted by wreckingball at 7:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Calculus help neede
Quick help needed for my rusty calculus. Regarding algebraic functions, are the terms "no limit" and "limit does not exist" synonymous?
posted by Neiltupper at 7:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Block search, anyone?
Are there any new resources for the block search mapping that A9 used to have? You know, pictures taken sequentially along city blocks and mapped to the streets... I've missed it since they took it down, but it seems reasonable they would have sold the image library and technology to someone else...
posted by setanor at 7:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Online workout journals
I want a quirky way to log my exercise progress. I like the concept of walking to Rivendell, but I'm not a big Lord of the Rings fan. [more inside]
posted by scission at 7:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Book smart?
I'll be leading a book club discussion soon. And while I've read and commented upon a number of books, I've never been part of a book club. I'm looking for some dos and don'ts from experienced Mefites about how to structure the discussion, handle introductions, quiet the dominant, etc. What, other than a good book, makes for a great book club experience (that the moderator can control)?
posted by B-squared at 7:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Help with "The Typing of the Dead"
Help with video drivers for 'The Typing of the Dead'. OK, Google search did return some answers but nothing helpful. When I attempt to run the application I get the following error: 'Not Support Graphic Device' How can I fix? [more inside]
posted by evilelf at 7:01 PM PST - 1 comments

HELP ME PICK A NEW GUITAR
I need serious help picking an electric guitar. Why do I want to buy a new one? See... [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 5:47 PM PST - 21 comments

Things to do in 6 months!
I am going back from college back home. I have a job for the 6 months for the time I am there. The problem is I want to do something other than the job, I am one of the people that needs to do stuff.. not a workaholic!. Specifically Central New jersey princeton area Is there a club I can get involved in? Is there a specific skill that needs 6 months to master. Basically stuff I can do after work or during weekends.
posted by radsqd at 5:34 PM PST - 13 comments

The Aerogarden. How noisy? How hackable? Alternatives?
The Aerogarden. How noisy? How hackable? Any alternatives that are also "easy" enough for my non-specialist friends? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 5:27 PM PST - 16 comments

convert xls to rss?
How can I create an rss feed out of the content in a spreadsheet or a database table? [more inside]
posted by pessoa at 4:57 PM PST - 3 comments

What Ever Happened to Chesspiece Face?
Anybody know where I can get free vector art of nice-looking chess pieces? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 4:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Other jobs ideas for a talent agent?
Hi, All, Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated..What type of jobs would I be qualified for? For the last 8 years I've worked as a talent agent (representing actors, models, voiceover talent for commercial projects) and seek a job/career move into a different area/field. Side note: My prior experience is in the music business (primarily as a lyricist/songwriter/musician). [more inside]
posted by bydar at 3:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for a Hostel in Hong Kong
Looking for a cheap, secure hostel in Hong Kong for an overnight stay next week. [more inside]
posted by gc at 3:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Vacation group accomodations near Santa Fe
Hotel/House rental ideas for 8-10 guys in Santa Fe or between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 3:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Barber or Hair Salon for a man looking for a new hairstyle?
Hair Salon or Barber? How to get a good haircut without knowing what would look good? This is in Berkeley. [more inside]
posted by bsdfish at 2:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Drastically Disparate Double Marjos– Can it work?
Is it foolhardy to pursue such different double majors as graphic design and neuroscience? [more inside]
posted by dantekgeek at 2:35 PM PST - 38 comments

Disorderly State Laws.
How does the state law differ between California and Oregon? [more inside]
posted by emptyinside at 2:14 PM PST - 27 comments

Who did dance/hip-hop track with lyrics 'into something good'?
Looking for dance/hip-hop track with lyrics that sound like those of the Herman's Hermit's track (but does not directly sample it in any way that I could hear)"Something tells me I'm into something good". By DJ Red Alert? Yes/no? Where the heck can I find this? Thanks mefi-ers. No, it's not the Utah Saints track nor the mix with the Kate Bush samples. [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 2:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me concoct the essay portion of this test
I want to give a job applicant a writing test. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A at 2:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Look Out Honey, 'Cause I'm Usin' Technology
I posted some items for sale on Craigslist, and shortly thereafter I got email from a typical scammer who wanted to send me and have me cash a check from "his client," and I'd refund him the balance--you know, the textbook overpayment with a fake check scam. Now, I'd like to have some fun with this. [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt at 2:04 PM PST - 25 comments

Boom Boom!!
I'm looking for urban cuts that sound like Mia's "Ten Dollar". Bass-heavy, utterly debaucherous, with a style that isn't necessarily "American" sounding. Are there any afficionados out there can help me with this search?
posted by phaedon at 1:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Free Word or free-er OpenOffice?
So we know that OpenOffice.org is a better value than MSWord...but is it really BETTER? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs at 1:52 PM PST - 41 comments

Are we misunderstanding a colleague's seemingly rude behavior?
My co-workers agree that a Russian colleague has an off-putting attitude. Is this a personality conflict or a cultural misunderstanding? [more inside]
posted by juliplease at 1:08 PM PST - 24 comments

do ground coffee beans work for reducing cellulite?
has anyone used the coffee grounds routine for cellulite? does it work for you??
posted by jamshine at 12:51 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I get my money back from a scumbag?
What is the best way to pressure someone living in a foreign country to return money that he owes my family? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 11:55 AM PST - 12 comments

What can I cook without any ingredients?
What should I bring to a potluck dinner, when many people attending have food allergies and dietary problems and the list of banned foods is huge? (No meat, dairy, onions, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, and many, many other things, listed inside.) Recipes needed. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 11:55 AM PST - 69 comments

I need examples of bad design.
I need examples of bad design. [more inside]
posted by quadog at 11:51 AM PST - 66 comments

I need to extract firefox passwords/userid's
How do I extract and save/print firefox 2.0 passwords [more inside]
posted by wildpetals at 11:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there any way to type square brackets [like these] on the Nokia E61?
Is there any way to type square brackets [like these] on the Nokia E61? I need them for proper calendar syncing with GooSync and just cannot figure it out!
posted by subpixel at 11:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Headache + Flu + Fever + Expired Tylenol =?
I'm at home, sick with the flu. I have a headache, sore throat and a low grade fever. I've gone through all of my current tylenol. I still have a bottle with an expiration date of June '05. Its freezing and I don't want to go outside for some more. Can I take the old stuff? Will it work?
posted by Ironmouth at 11:10 AM PST - 24 comments

A right angled electrical outlet cover
What is an electrical outlet cover than mounts the plugs at a right angle to a surface called? [more inside]
posted by ssg at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

SLP CFY advice: Therapy company or not?
I am a master's student in speech-language pathology looking for a clinical fellow position starting this summer. I'm doing all the regular sending out resumes to hospitals and whatnot, but I'd like to know if anybody here has any experience with the big US based therapy agencies... [more inside]
posted by absquatulate at 10:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Help! What happened to my cell phone?
Help! What happened to my cell phone the other day? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

What CMS should I implement in a simple website for a friend?
What is the simplest and most accessible free web content management system at this time? [more inside]
posted by jmprice at 9:50 AM PST - 22 comments

Camera stuff sales websites?
I want to sell my old 35mm camera equipment. Where's the best place to sell it online? (not ebay!). I'm based in London. [more inside]
posted by kenchie at 9:26 AM PST - 20 comments

Can I buy a used or unlocked phone for my plan with Verizon, or is this a right given only to those blessed with GSM carriers?
Can I buy a used or unlocked phone for my plan with Verizon, or is this a right given only to those blessed with GSM carriers? [more inside]
posted by Bengston at 9:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Help disabled individuals with day to day difficulties
[Handicap/Mobility Impairment Filter] What are some of the most irritating, or seriously restrictive access/mobility problems faced by people with motion disabilities/impairment due to injury, or disability on a daily basis? This is sort of a non-profit version of this recent AskMe. [more inside]
posted by KevCed at 9:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Greasemonkey script for Gmail
I'm looking for a Firefox Greasemonkey script that will hide a conversation in Gmail. [more inside]
posted by wildster at 9:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Creative Job Gurus in Chicago
Creative type recruiters/job counselors in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey at 9:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Where do the Wild Ones go?
Where do uncontrollable children ultimately end up in the US? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 8:08 AM PST - 25 comments

GET OFF THE COUCH
Does my roommate need help, or do I? [more inside]
posted by BE ADEQUITE at 7:52 AM PST - 35 comments

Satisfy my infolust
Where can I find some great infographics? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 7:23 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I recover my deleted Froogle list?
How can I recover my deleted Froogle list? I once had a lengthy (20-30 items?) shopping list on Froogle, here. I pointed people to this list as recently as December and it was full then. It now appears the entire list is gone. The items for myself aren't that important (if I can't remember I want it, maybe I don't really need it), but I used the list to keep track of gift ideas for others, and I'd really like to recover those. I've searched for an older cache on the Wayback Machine, Google, and Yahoo, with no luck. And I can't find any means of contacting Google for help.
posted by scottreynen at 7:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Name this cheese
What was the bright pinkish-red cheese I had last night? [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 7:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Is the Universe made of information?
Can you help a reasonably smart layperson (who is not very good at math) understand how the word "information" is used in physics? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 7:05 AM PST - 35 comments

Where did the MySpace mass email address function go?
Over a year ago, MeFi users described how it was possible to mass import addresses into MySpace from your address book. Now, scouring the site as described in the original post, I can't find this function. Have they removed it? Is there an automated tool / hack I could use to check if anyone from my address book has a MySpace profile? I'd raher not do it manually. address by address.
posted by skylar at 6:59 AM PST - 3 comments

How to replace my Sky Plus box?
How do I replace my Sky Plus box? [more inside]
posted by salmacis at 5:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Raleigh or Iowa City?
Where should we live? Raleigh, NC or Iowa City, IA? [more inside]
posted by MarshallPoe at 4:52 AM PST - 24 comments

Ankle ow woe
This woman in her twenties gets her left ankle sprained every few months. It's very painful, and she does the ice-compression-elevate thing. She wants to reduce the reoccurance of this without wearing a brace forever. Do you have any advice?
posted by Arcaz Ino at 4:50 AM PST - 29 comments

My neighbors are kinda creeping me out.
Why are the scetchy dudes who live downstairs throwing away hundreds of empty boxes of painkillers? [more inside]
posted by bookish at 4:13 AM PST - 23 comments

All this scratching is making me itch - baby eczema
What can stop my 5 month old scratching his skin off? [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse at 1:54 AM PST - 34 comments

Taiwan 2008 Presidential elections: What are the odds?
Taiwan 2008 Presidential elections: What are the odds? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 1:30 AM PST - 1 comments

Re-learning Piano without dying of Frustration
I'm re-teaching myself piano and need suggestions for drills, scales and other practice material. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 12:48 AM PST - 12 comments

February 14
Should my girlfriend and I rent a place together with my best friend?
Should my girlfriend and I rent a place together with my best friend? [more inside]
posted by jivesoul at 11:49 PM PST - 48 comments

Old-style Nyquil formulation?
Is there any easy-to-find medication (in NYC) out there that's equivalent to the old Nyquil formulation, with the meth precursors and all? The old stuff helped me greatly with any minor illness or insomnia, while the new stuff doesn't really cut it. I guess I'd have to ask at the desk, but I don't even know what to ask for.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 10:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Knock, Knock Thelma... where'd ya get those sexy support hose?
I'm a reasonably active 28 year old male who has long suffered from a couple of disorders normally seen in the elderly: venous insufficiency and leg ulcers. Now the nurse practitioner I see has suggested I find a surgeon in Charlotte, NC as the only vein surgeon in Albemarle doesn't take my insurance. I'll have to find and evaluate a vein surgeon on my own... how do I go about doing that? [more inside]
posted by aristan at 9:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me feed an alzheimer's patient well
How can I improve my grandmother's nutritional intake with super simple-to-make foods? [more inside]
posted by missed at 9:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Which quad-band GSM phone should I start a T-Mobile account with?
Which quad-band T-Mobile (U.S.) phone should I buy? [more inside]
posted by stleric at 8:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Why steroids for a viral inner-ear infection?
My doc thinks I may have a viral inner ear infection. He has prescribed prednisone. How does this help? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 8:24 PM PST - 18 comments

Baby Signs
I'm working on some basic sign language with my 14 month old, and now that the weather's warming up, he has a real need to communicate the word "outside" when he wants to go out and play (he'll go over to the door and babble, but it would be great if he could come to me and tell me what he wants). Can someone explain (or link to a site with picture/video) the sign for "outside," "outdoors," or something similar? Bonus if the gesture is fairly simple so that my son can catch on quickly.
posted by roundrock at 7:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to live in Alexandria
Where should we live in Alexandria, VA? [more inside]
posted by Flamingo at 7:25 PM PST - 12 comments

My Own Private Venus
How can I reduce CO2 levels in my house? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble at 7:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Help my dry hands!
How can I keep my hands moisturized without lotion? [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm at 7:01 PM PST - 39 comments

BS?
animal telepathy [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 6:21 PM PST - 14 comments

How can the little guy influence legislation through campaign donations?
I was recently having a discussion with someone about whether an individual can influence the passage of legislation, by making campaign donations, in the same way that we know corporations do. It seems unlikely, to me, that individual donations would be as effective as corporate donations. But I have a few questions about this. [more inside]
posted by jayder at 5:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Kid-friendly Bangkok?
Are there any fun sites or activities for a 10-year-old boy in or near Bangkok, Thailand? [more inside]
posted by misozaki at 5:13 PM PST - 25 comments

Do Novelists Dream of Bodies Electrific?
Charles Dickens claimed he never dreamt about his characters. Is this par for the course for fictionists? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 5:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Nudity vs Porn - not a question of ethics, but a question of implementation
How would you, as a site owner, encourage people to upload photos as part of a social networking site including those with "soft" or "respectable" nudity but discourage the mountain of spam-like XXX cam girl sites from exploiting that loophole for shady business tactics? [more inside]
posted by revmitcz at 4:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Who would sacrifice their reputation for the sake of the world?
Who would sacrifice their reputation for the sake of the world? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:56 PM PST - 73 comments

Cold showers
Please help me figure out what is going on with my hot water heater. I want to have a less foggy understanding of what may be wrong before I start asking either my landlord or the oil company questions. [more inside]
posted by mkb at 4:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Body-Type View
Is there a website with images of body types? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 3:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Up and Atom!....Up and at themmm!
I'm a healthy, mid-20s male suffering from impotence. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:39 PM PST - 18 comments

I don't wanna sleep under the sakura!
I was off to Kyoto by myself to see the cherry blossoms, till a friend decided to come too. Now I've cancelled my single room accommodation and because of the mere weeks to go, we can't get a booking... I need help - google fails me! [more inside]
posted by teststrip at 2:17 PM PST - 18 comments

What's a fair offer for a house that needs major repairs?
My wife and I put in an offer on a house for $187,000, which was accepted by the sellers. However, the inspector found a major problem that will cost about $22,000 to fix. What's a fair counter-offer given this problem? [more inside]
posted by jay_wiese at 2:10 PM PST - 30 comments

Does anyone know of a UPS that doesn't beep?
Which UPS units to buy? I want one on which the power failure audible warning can be turned off permanently. [more inside]
posted by reddot at 2:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Won't someone think of (shooting) the children?
I'm shooting video at an event attended by grade-school children, and my client (a Chicago museum) wants b-roll of "engaged kids." Advice? [more inside]
posted by asuprenant at 2:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Missing commas in CSV file
Why is my CSV export missing commas, which is foiling my upload? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 1:31 PM PST - 16 comments

One-way mirrored birdfeeder reflective window material stuff!
Is there a one-way reflective material for windows that doesn't reduce outbound visibility? I'm trying to help my cats sit on the windowsill without scaring the birds away from the feeder. [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 1:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Midtown Manhattan eats?
In Midtown Manhattan, can you recommend a nearby and decent: 1) Indian restaurant; 2) Jewish or Italian deli; and 3) a place to get a good egg cream? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 12:59 PM PST - 36 comments

How do punishments meted out in schools work?
Help me compile a list of punishments for 1st-4th Grade. [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 12:23 PM PST - 28 comments

Getting an unseen used vehicle 1000 miles away...
I recently purchased this used vehicle on eBay which is located around Bangor, Maine, and I'm planning on driving it back to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I'm looking for advice to maximize my chances of actually making it back... [more inside]
posted by nTeleKy at 11:46 AM PST - 30 comments

Help fix our scratched-up dining table!
Help! We just screwed up our wooden dining table. [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc at 11:39 AM PST - 6 comments

A Hunka Burnin' Love (in Austin)
Where do I get Elvis-themed goodies and decorations in Austin? [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Fingernail + Bamboo Shoots, Will It Ever Heal?
I accidentally pried my fingernail back about a year ago and it hasn't reattached itself entirely. In essence, I've done the same damage one might receive from having bamboo shoots stuck under the nail. The thin white crescent at the tip/end of my finger still recedes where the damage occurred. I've looked at a lot of MeFi posts regarding fingernail injuries but haven't found quite what I'm talking about. I've given it almost a year but it still hasn't reattached/resealed all the way. The nail itself isn't damaged and the injury never went more than halfway down my nail (so the cuticle and luna were never touched). Wikipedia describes something [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 11:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Why does the font change?
Why do letters in the same font/typeface vary slightly in a printed book? [more inside]
posted by provolot at 11:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Does he deserve another chance?
My boyfriend has recently been diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Alone this is something to come to terms with but on top of this i have just found out he has been lying to me, which has made me question my whole relationship and the very foundations it has been built on. I have no idea what i should do... [more inside]
posted by rainbow_2006 at 11:31 AM PST - 83 comments

A (Cheap) Ticket to Cairo
Help me find the cheapest ticket to Cairo! [more inside]
posted by awenner at 11:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Things to do in stockton?
Things to do in Stockton, CA? [more inside]
posted by clcapps at 10:39 AM PST - 10 comments

On my way back to Georgia
We're heading to Atlanta tomorrow--what to do? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 10:10 AM PST - 26 comments

Where to dye leather goods in NYC?
Where to dye leather goods in NYC? [more inside]
posted by beautiful at 9:07 AM PST - 4 comments

greece, travel
It's official, we're taking a trip to Greece this June. Specifically to the Greek Islands. Help me plan an itinerary! [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 8:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Smutty quotes from distinguished authors
I need the perfect quote that relates writing to physical pleasure, titillation, and yes, sex. [more inside]
posted by papier machine at 8:30 AM PST - 18 comments

ETS: Endless Trials Service
I took the GRE this past weekend. I have tried to find the percentile ranks for my scores, but (shockingly!) ETS does not make this easy to do. More inside... [more inside]
posted by melangell at 8:18 AM PST - 21 comments

Interesting places for a stroll in London?
I'm in London with some time to kill, and looking for some interesting places to wander around. [more inside]
posted by rifflesby at 7:59 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me process non-verbal communication
Help me understand my fiancee's non-verbal communication better. [more inside]
posted by hobgadling at 6:53 AM PST - 51 comments

What the heck is Cerkle.com?
Can anybody explain to me what the purpose/function of Cerkle.com is? [more inside]
posted by loquax at 6:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Problems with Point-to-Point
Hi, I have two Cisco 2610 routers, each with WIC-1DSU-T1 cards. We have a Point-to-Point between two locations and I am using these to route the traffic between. The lines belong to Verizon and the AdTran cards are locked in a Verizon box. I can look in and see the status lights through the top. Each location has a RJ48X loopback jack. When I plug in the Cisco at Location 1 it seems to hook up fine, and the carrier detect light pops up. (Which is strange to me because our PTP is unmonitored and I thought the CD would only come on when equipment is plugged into both ends.) Then when I go and plug in the Cisco at Location 2, I get no lights, no nothing. I check the lights in the Verizon box and an alarm is triggered with a red LED. I disconnect the Cisco and it clears the alarm. How can I figure out what the problem is? I had the company that provides the PTP come and check the circuit originally and they said they found problems but that the problems had gone away now. Is it possible that the WIC-1DSU-T1 card in this router is faulty? Any help is appreciated! Thanks.
posted by doomtop at 6:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there a way to use AIM at my work with something that can hide it from being visible on my desktop and systray?
Is there a way to use AIM at my work with something that can hide it from being visible on my desktop and systray? [more inside]
posted by cheero at 6:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me identify this song...
Last night I saw Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Scout Niblett was supporting. They sang a beatiful duet, a call and response about her love being like a pine tree, and then like a willow, and an oak etc. Anybody know this song? Thanks in advance.
posted by sann1657 at 6:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Silent WInd
This morning I sat near a guy on a train, who produced a pair of headphones and plugged them into what I can only describe as a silent flute... [more inside]
posted by funboytree at 4:42 AM PST - 12 comments

How to attribute Creative Commons images?
Is there a correct way to attribute images used under the Creative Commons system? [more inside]
posted by Ulleskelf at 1:25 AM PST - 2 comments

E=MC². So?
What did Einstein actually contribute to the modern world? With some scientists, you could say - he made the lightbulb, the other would be - without his help, the computer would not be possible, yet another - he made the first prototype of the airplane. Well, what did Einstein actually do? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 12:59 AM PST - 33 comments

February 13
Typing test website
How can I submit my own text, have it cut up, and use it as a typing test? [more inside]
posted by 913 at 11:31 PM PST - 1 comments

must... stay... focused
I have a few exams to cram for... the thing is, I need to stay awake. Can anybody suggest some natural ways to stay awake while being deprived from sleep? (No coffee/caffeine or pills) [more inside]
posted by veol at 11:13 PM PST - 31 comments

Can I get away with recording a band in an abandoned building in SF?
San Franciscans! How safe/legal/easy would it be to record a band in an abandoned building in your city? [more inside]
posted by Bappy Lorenzo at 11:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Where is there a good tidepooling beach near Berkeley, California?
Where is there a good tidepooling beach near Berkeley, California? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 11:09 PM PST - 6 comments

What information is passed on to a credit card company when a purchase is made?
What information is passed on to a credit card company by merchants when a purchase is made? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 9:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Buffett quotes
Please help me find two Warren Buffet quotes/articles [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 9:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Love Sucks. Yeah, yeah, yeah!
I HATE CUPID FILTER: Having an ANTI-Valentine's Day Party...need some assistance please. [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 at 9:08 PM PST - 42 comments

While it's not as good as AskMeFi...
Where can I find a good substitute for AskMeFi? Not that I'm jumping ship, of course. I've used Yahoo Answers a few times but it seems pretty large and unwieldy, and the answers all seem to come from the same snotty 14-year-olds. The Straight Dope has a good forum, but it required a paid membership, and I'd like to find free forums first. Any and all topics. Any suggestions?
posted by zardoz at 8:37 PM PST - 24 comments

What if?
What is the origin of the phrase: "what if they had ____ and nobody came?"
posted by Krrrlson at 8:32 PM PST - 14 comments

How to search pending lawsuits or court cases prior to completion?
How do you search for court cases or law suits that have not yet been completed? [more inside]
posted by wile e at 8:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Sources for *small* dimmable Compact Fluorescents in Vancouver, BC?
I have been switching over to CFL bulbs, but have many lights on dimmers. Dimmable CFLs exist, and they exist in the sizes I need too, but I would like to find a supplier in Vancouver or at least within Canada, as paying customs charges on freaking light bulbs would be a real kick in the pants. [more inside]
posted by pascal at 8:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Shows similar to This American Life?
Listening to This American Life (and motown) keeps me sane at my data entry job. Are there any other podcasts similar to TMI?
posted by Tlogmer at 7:20 PM PST - 23 comments

Silver bullet for my nausea-inducing monitor?
[DirtyPowerFilter] My CRT monitor has developed a nasty shake/vibration at certain refresh settings, since I moved to a new apartment. I think the problem stems from the old electrical system. Is there anything I can do to "clean" the power and alleviate the problem? Or are all "power conditioning" products bogus? Backstory and more info below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 at 6:37 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I drive a bus?
How do I get a class 2 driving license in Quebec? [more inside]
posted by a007r at 6:33 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I grab the text (not code) off of a bunch of .htm files?
How can I automatically grab the text (not code) off of a bunch of .htm files? [more inside]
posted by pantufla at 6:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Getting around in Ohio without a car.
I need help for a friend traveling to Athens, OH this week. [more inside]
posted by ikareru at 6:20 PM PST - 5 comments

How can we acclimate our pug to getting his fingernails clipped?
How can we acclimate our pug to getting his fingernails clipped? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 6:04 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I have an airline let me use my wife's ticket?
How can I have an airline let me use my wife's ticket? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 6:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Please hope me put back together this CZ 82
Hope me put back together this CZ 82 [more inside]
posted by bh at 5:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Yet another LCD TV question.
Yes, another LCD TV question, but please bear with me. I just want a big, flat TV to watch non HD programming and my DVDs. [more inside]
posted by althanis at 5:51 PM PST - 10 comments

iDon't understand iPhoto
My Mac powerbook crashed. I had backed up 99% of everything, so it wasn't as painful as it could have been. But for some weird reason iPhoto doesn't show that I have any photos. [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 5:48 PM PST - 5 comments

a news site with historical data linkouts?
I find that I don't read enough news. When I look at the headlines I am lost about the history of the situation. Does anyone know of a news site that has the news with good historical link-outs to give me a broader understanding of the situation?
posted by lukeomalley at 5:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Suggestions for online grief support
Can anyone personally recommend a support site and/or community specifically for people grieving from cancer, brain cancer if possible? [more inside]
posted by jrossi4r at 5:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Repetitive Monotonous?
Krautrockfilter: I'm looking for long, driving, and repetitive songs. [more inside]
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred at 4:47 PM PST - 63 comments

Can I sell a near-complete set of film magazines?
I got my hands on a near-complete series of film magazines (1970s-1990s) while doing an internship in college. They're great to have, but I need some extra cash right now. I looked on EBay, and I see a few people selling single issues of this magazine with some success. Is there a market for selling the lot and if so, how much can I expect to make? [more inside]
posted by sswiller at 4:43 PM PST - 9 comments

wild and varied uses of magic sculp
Craft/ artistic/ diy/ unusual uses for Magic-Sculp? [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain at 4:38 PM PST - 3 comments

mp3 to swf converter?
I need a command-line (Windows) tool that will take an mp3 and make a swf out of it. Anybody know of one? [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 4:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Home theater system sans DVD
Looking to buy my first home theater system. Seems most systems come with a DVD/CD player. Thing is, I already have a Sony DVP-NS975P DVD player which I am more than happy with. The DVD player has HDMI output and I would also like to run my Xbox 360 (HDMI) through the receiver. Any recommendations in the sub-$1000 range?
posted by sharksandwich at 4:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Have I mis-identified my dog's breed?
Is my dog a husky or a malamute? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi at 4:11 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I make multiple Listbox selection in Access Form work?
How do I make multiple Listbox selection in Access Form work? [more inside]
posted by dy at 4:08 PM PST - 1 comments

No more dried up tatts!
Calling all tattoo junkies! In the absence of A&D ointment, what should I use on my fresh tattoo? [more inside]
posted by denimflavored at 4:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Neural networks learning how to talk
I'm looking for a mp3 of a computer learning how to talk. [more inside]
posted by aubilenon at 4:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Why are my pupils dilating weirdly?
Why are my pupils dilating weirdly? [more inside]
posted by sephira at 4:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Remove Herman Miller Aeron arm rests?
Is it possible to remove Herman Miller Aeron arm rests? [more inside]
posted by Kristan at 4:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Musty, what does that mean?
Can you describe what mold smells like without using the word musty? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 3:06 PM PST - 32 comments

Finding A Genetic Algorithm Fish Video
Help me find an old clip on genetic programming AI. [more inside]
posted by unreason at 2:57 PM PST - 4 comments

What should I put in my hot water?
My watercooler at work has a hot water feature which I would like to take advantage of. What are the best healthy substantial "meals" that require me only to add hot water? (Relevant info: At a cafe I used to frequent, there were packets of Bear Naked blueberry oatmeal that were outstanding. Now, Bear Naked's site doesn't list this as one of their products. Does this product still exist? I don't like Quaker Oats.)
posted by Aghast. at 2:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Human resources consulting in Ontario Canada?
Free or cheap human resources consulting for a start up in Ontario, Canada? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 2:46 PM PST - 2 comments

It's a needle in a Haystack, but will the needle hurt?
Over 3 years ago I registered with the National Bone Marrow Donor Program as part of a charity event. It was really simple - all they did was take a little blood... Today I get a phone call that apparently, I'm a match. [more inside]
posted by matty at 2:31 PM PST - 33 comments

Save the snowed-in pets!
My cousin is snowed in away from home, which is where her pets are. No one has a key. Who does she call? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 2:29 PM PST - 20 comments

Weird miscommunication?
How can I help or at least understand my friend who is closed-minded, but doesn't realize it and doesn't care? [more inside]
posted by hypervenom at 2:25 PM PST - 29 comments

Help Me Plan The Greatest MB Bachelor Party in History
How can I throw my best friend the greatest bachelor party ever in Myrtle Beach over Easter Weekend? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 1:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Cramming sights into a mini-vacation
Going to Orlando for 2.5 days in about a week. Kennedy Space Center is a definite yes, what else should we see or do? [more inside]
posted by Big_B at 1:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Sue my insurance company?
Have any MeFites sued their homeowner's insurance company? [more inside]
posted by Benny Andajetz at 1:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Sell, rent, or stay put ?
I'm in a really weird housing market (Baton Rouge, LA). Should I get out and rent for awhile until it calms down? Any ideas about weighing capital gains tax vs. possible profit I might lose if prices nosedive before my 2 years are up? [more inside]
posted by ultraultraboomerang at 1:30 PM PST - 10 comments

chewy carrot fries? no thanks
I like to roast vegetables, but my technique needs help. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 1:29 PM PST - 23 comments

Maybe it's my magnetic personality.
My BART card keeps getting demagnetized. Is there anything I can do to make it last longer? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 1:24 PM PST - 24 comments

I'm selling my apartment for the first time!
I own a one bedroom co-op in NYC. (West village - St. marks Place Area / NYU). I am looking to sell my place after being here almost 6 years. This is my first experience in selling, as it was also the first place I bought. Looking for tips in what to do actually. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 12:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Where did my macros go? what macros do you use?
My MS Word (2003 version) macros keep disappearing! What gives? While I'm at it, what macros do you use? [more inside]
posted by timnyc at 12:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Hiring on the res?
How do I advertise my open job positions within the Native American community? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl at 12:29 PM PST - 10 comments

What Internet Video should I not miss?
Videos I just shouldn't miss? I'm working on a panel for a Science Fiction Convention, and I'm going to show a DVD full of internet videos. What would you include? [more inside]
posted by davereed at 11:48 AM PST - 35 comments

Emergen-C Clone
What companies can custom manufactur a food/diet product for me? (Similiar to "Emergen-C") [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 11:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Are there actually more crying toddlers on the subway than ten years ago?
Help me find a NY Times article claiming that the number of kids in cities has increased over the past ten years! [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 11:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Whose permission do I need: The remixer or the original artist?
mc DJ did a killer remix of Sufjan Stevens "Illinois". I want to use a track from the remix on a podcast, but I don't know who to speak with regarding rights. [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 11:16 AM PST - 1 comments

My shoes need help!
Help me find good shoelaces. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 11:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Line drawing in MS Word
I need to make a hash marked box with offset dashes similar to this one linked inside using MS Word '03. How do I draw the line with the "chisel point?" [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent at 11:10 AM PST - 1 comments

Ring
Can you buy a girlfriend a ring without asking her to marry you, when the relationship is already going on for 5 years? Not that I don't want to marry her, but we're just not there yet. So the question is: can I buy her a nice ring and not propose, or would that be so weird that it would better be to not give her a ring at all? Thanks for any insights. For the record, I'm 40, she's 35.
posted by hz37 at 11:03 AM PST - 39 comments

"Can I borrow your pen...?"
Looking to buy some promo pens (yeah I know, very unoriginal) but I'm looking for cheep... cheeeeap ones. Minimum amount (at least 50) and minimum price (less than $100) Checked a few sites, but nothing has caught my eye yet. Recommendations ?
posted by Webbster at 11:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Non Fiction Women No Longer
Help me to let go of my bias against women's fiction. What fiction books written by women would a "real" man like? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 10:39 AM PST - 77 comments

I'm a Facebook loser, please hope me
Facebook: I am a Facebook bum. How can I get some more friends without actually knowing them in real life or online? Is this possible? I understand that Facebook is a social network built on mutual trust etc. Nevertheless, can anything be done about my Facebook challengedness? [more inside]
posted by Clementines4ever at 10:30 AM PST - 26 comments

Where can I find resources regarding "group building" activities for teens?
Where can I find resources for "group building" activities for teens? [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 10:18 AM PST - 1 comments

ChicagoFilter: Car-less in Chicago, looking for an apartment
ChicagoFilter: Car-less in Chicago, looking for an apartment [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 9:50 AM PST - 21 comments

What's life like for someone working in corporate real estate in new york city?
What's life like for someone working in corporate real estate in new york city? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 9:46 AM PST - 1 comments

Help me stop sitting on the floor outside the Admiral's Club checking my email.
Starting in a few weeks I will be doing a lot of travelling with my laptop. Help me choose a wifi provider for airports and possibly other locations. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 9:45 AM PST - 19 comments

How to find other shy people online and offline?
I am shy and sometimes socially anxious person who has benefitted greatly from social activities run by a small support group where I live (Glasgow, Scotland). I found that site just by sheer good fortune after learning (a couple of years ago) to type the phrase "social anxiety" into Google. I would like to meet more people and have more of a social life and so have started a local Shyness group on Meetup.com. I would like my group and my site to appeal to those who see themselves as shy rather than socially anxious and to those who know they are shy but have never heard of social anxiety. Where would be good places online and offline to promote our group? Where are the local shy people to be found?
posted by AuroraSky at 9:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me overcome my reluctance to dominate my girl and fulfill both our fantasies.
Help me overcome my reluctance to dominate my girl and fulfill both our fantasies. I would feel silly and disconnected dominating my girl the way she wants to be dominated in the bedroom. How can I step beyond my self-consciousness to give her what she wants while remaining sensual enough to satisfy myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 AM PST - 24 comments

How do I list installed files in Windows?
How do I track all of the installed files when I install new software in Windows? [more inside]
posted by nightengine at 7:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Books about small amusement parks
I'm looking for a book about Mom & Pop theme parks. [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 7:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Import list of allowed IPs in IIS?
How can one easily import a list of allowed IPs in IIS 6 all in one fell swoop? [more inside]
posted by xetere at 7:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me sell my bling
I've got a ring I'd like to sell. It's 14k white gold, about 7g. It's very simple, and somewhat blemished from wearing it and being clumsy and knocking it about. Where would I get the most money for it, and how can I calculate its raw material value (I know the raw price of gold, but being 14k and white...)?
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I get into an industry that I'm qualified for, needs staff, but doesn't want inexperience?
I'm looking for advice, thoughts and tips on how to break into a fairly closed industry (diving support), that I'm qualified for but have little experience in and no contacts in. Details inside.. [more inside]
posted by Nugget at 7:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a song from City of God!
City of God Filter: Please please help me find the name of the song (artist who performs it) that is playing during Benny's going away party at the club/disco. (NOT "Kung Foo Fighting") [more inside]
posted by diggerroo at 6:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Sugar, Spice, and....?
Ack - 1yr old girl BirthDay Gifts? yep - there's... [more inside]
posted by niteHawk at 6:05 AM PST - 29 comments

I need some flooring scraps and they won't give or sell them to me.
How do I get a few planks of flooring from a company that says they don't sell material without also installing it? [more inside]
posted by pmbuko at 5:47 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I love thee, let me lose this phrase.
Hope me Romeo, you're my only hope. What will you be writing to your sweetie in your Valentine's Day card tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by FreezBoy at 5:40 AM PST - 31 comments

How do I organise my college course modules into one cohesive format?
How do I organise my college course modules into one cohesive format? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 5:29 AM PST - 6 comments

What are good reasons for requesting a single room in college?
What are good reasons for requesting a single room in college? [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill at 2:46 AM PST - 43 comments

Help me find an audio search engine to replace Singingfish.
My favorite audio search engine (singingfish.com), has recently been turned into a hairy filtered mess of a site by AOL. Does anyone familiar with the old Singingfish know how to coax out the results I used to get, or can anyone recommend a better (similar) site to search for audio?
posted by SilverTail at 2:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Manipulation of Data
Your told you have a test in Excel regarding Data Manipulation, what do you revise? [more inside]
posted by informity at 1:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me unearth a Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel I loved ten years ago?
Help me find a Sci-Fi / Fantasy book whose title I've forgotten! [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 12:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Occam's Razor hypocritical? Discussion links request.
Deceptively unchatfilter =P I am looking for good discussions on Occam's Razor -- which I think is obscenely absurd. Looking for links to discussions, not necessarily petitioning comments (although welcome). [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 12:36 AM PST - 29 comments

Tracking album releases: easy way?
On keeping track of music: how does one know when bands release new albums? [more inside]
posted by gormanite at 12:21 AM PST - 20 comments

February 12
Two Nokia phones from different countries on the same charger?
I have two Nokia mobile phones - one purchased in the US and one that I've purchased here in Indonesia, both with their own similar-looking chargers (though with obvious differences on the plugs). Can I charge the Indonesian phone in the US on the US charger? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 11:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Freemasonry?
Just what is the Freemason experience really like nowadays? [more inside]
posted by Myles at 10:59 PM PST - 26 comments

There's got to be more than two...
What objects gain value through use and time? [more inside]
posted by cubby at 10:39 PM PST - 55 comments

My toe hurts
Please help me Dr. Metafilter, my swollen toe hurts and my real Dr. has failed me! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 PM PST - 9 comments

When is a relationship not a relationship?
When is a relationship not a relationship? A casual-sex question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 PM PST - 25 comments

dubplate madness
djFilter: Looking for some direction and pointers getting my start as bar dj. [more inside]
posted by ronmexico at 10:00 PM PST - 5 comments

STOP, in the name of a heated discussion!
Can you really push the "stop elevator" button without getting in trouble? [more inside]
posted by nervestaple at 9:26 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me find a book from my childhood!
I'm trying to figure out the name of a book from my childhood; some things I can remember are a computer named Sherlock, a robot dog, and some sort of holographic chess game. [mi] [more inside]
posted by AaronRaphael at 9:20 PM PST - 4 comments

How soon to apply for a new job as an archivist?
Attention archivists! Seeking realistic timeline for hiring-- the sweet, sweet grant money is running out... [more inside]
posted by modavis at 9:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Evolution
Evolutionary Mechanisms Filter: Help me argue evolution with a friend, there's [more inside]
posted by sepsis at 9:12 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I set my Powerbook desktop background to be completely black?
How do I set the desktop background of my Mac to be pitch black? I'm running Mac OS 10.4.8. This would really help for when I watch DVDs on my laptop, but I can't figure out the answer to what seems like such a simple question.
posted by invisible ink at 8:52 PM PST - 16 comments

The real story behind Iranian IEDS?
Shaped Explosive Charges - and Iranian "involvement" how much do we actually know about shaped charges in Iraq? [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 8:48 PM PST - 23 comments

Please suggest a good Lincoln biography
Can you suggest a good biography on Abraham Lincoln and /or a history of the Civil War? [more inside]
posted by BluGnu at 8:05 PM PST - 17 comments

The Arts and Crafts of War
Send me to war college. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 8:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Mix board selection
I am recording drums into a sound card that allows for eight inputs. What I am searching for is a mixboard that will allow me to do a direct line out from each channel. The main constraint being that it needs at least 8 xlr inputs and an output for each so I can keep each part of the kit on seperate tracks. Finally, it would hopefully be under $500 to acquire this 'magical' mixer. So can anyone make some recommendations?
posted by occidental at 7:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Advice needed re: website which will (hopefully) be hosted in Jordan
Does anyone have experience with domain registration and/or hosting companies in Jordan? [more inside]
posted by zharptitsa at 7:13 PM PST - 2 comments

How to apply to the company, not the job?
What are the best ways to handle applying for jobs after graduation, which is still months away? [more inside]
posted by andifsohow at 7:05 PM PST - 3 comments

It really, really stinks in here.
Stop my dog from farting! [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 6:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Help with my Telecaster and HUM!
Telecaster Hum... Why won't it GO AWAY? Please help, I just installed some new pickups. [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch at 6:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Is dealing with a publisher worth it?
Should I bother with a publisher? How much do nonfiction authors make off a book deal these days? [more inside]
posted by antipasta_explosion at 6:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Problem with editor
Unprofessional behavior and bad PR in the book world... am I better off taking my book back from this publisher or sucking up their bad behavior and just being done with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Migraines and (de)hydration
Migraines, hydration and pee — oh my! [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Younger Guy, Older Woman: Tell Her Kids?
Soap Opera Situation Filter: I'm suddenly seeing a much younger guy - who happens to be the son of a very close friend and, as if that is not enough, is also a good friend of my children AND is currently living on my couch. We've been keeping it secret. Should we tell my kids and if so, a) when and b) how? And if we don't tell them but they find out somehow, is there any kind of preventive damage control we can do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 PM PST - 42 comments

Bulding A Joomla-Based Intranet
Is Joomla a good solution for the CMS of a mid-sized non-profit's intranet? I've taken a look at the product and think it would work, but would love to hear about any firsthand experiences.
posted by boombot at 5:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Gimme some sun!
My teenaged son and I leave for Albuquerque/Santa Fe in a few days. Anything cultural, archaeological, culinary we absolutely should not miss? Thanks!
posted by DawnSimulator at 3:36 PM PST - 19 comments

The ethics of CCL and Flickr
I need to know if I'm doing something wrong by displaying a derivative digital art piece. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 3:29 PM PST - 7 comments

How much does Led Zeppelin make in radio based royalties?
How much money does a given band (say Led Zep) make each and every time a song of theirs is played on the radio? [more inside]
posted by asparagus_berlin at 3:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Portrait photographs I can draw
To keep my skills sharp I draw from models I find online. I do 3 or 4 pencil drawings daily, usually head shots or 3/4 length portraits, quickly, in front of my laptop. I'm looking for more of this type of photograph, in bulk. [more inside]
posted by oxala at 3:21 PM PST - 16 comments

HP Sold Me A $1400 Craptop!
My HP laptop (DV8000) crapped out on me with just over one month left on the 1 year manufacturer warranty. They've had the computer for almost a month now and are giving me the run around, even trying to sell me a brand new computer. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by my homunculus is drowning at 3:14 PM PST - 8 comments

seeking fat fingers instead of skinny stylus
I've got a touch screen PC that I'm setting up for a commercial demo and I've got a couple questions that I've been unable to figure out on my own during the last couple days, and I'm hoping someone here can help. [more inside]
posted by quadrinary at 3:06 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I uninstall Sygate Enforcement Agent without uninstall password?
How do I uninstall Sygate Enforcement Agent without uninstall password? [more inside]
posted by arathorn at 3:06 PM PST - 6 comments

boston custom embroidery
Where in Boston can I get an apron embroidered with a custom image before Valentine's day? Can those mall kiosks that do caps handle a jpg on a disk, or only their own images?
posted by saffron at 3:03 PM PST - 1 comments

Deja Who?
What do you call co-opting other people's memories, accounts, and stories for your own memories in a deja vu-like moment? [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 2:02 PM PST - 15 comments

waiting to hear, aarrgghh
Post-interview, waiting to hear about a job, and I'm going nuts... [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 1:46 PM PST - 15 comments

telling muslims apart
Do shia look different than sunni? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 1:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Help find Genuine Fractals and Photoshop article
Help me find the webpage that says the best way to use Genuine Fractals is to do half of the upsize using Photoshop bicubic resampling, and then do the other half of the resample using GF. [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground at 1:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Am I nuts to think I'll actually have time for this stuff?
Besides doing all I can to guarantee my baby becomes a genius, what can I do during my 8 months of maternity leave to be more productive and keep my brain from turning into mush? [more inside]
posted by printchick at 1:21 PM PST - 11 comments

My hair is befuddling me.
Help me with my mysterious hair medical mystery. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 1:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Are the NFL schedules set by a "little old lady in flyover country"?
NFL Urban Legend: Is it true that the NFL schedules are set by a "little old lady in flyover country"? [more inside]
posted by llamateur at 12:58 PM PST - 8 comments

What is required for "ethics consulting"?
I hear that sometimes businesses and other institutions hire "ethics consultants". Does anyone know anything about getting into ethics consulting or the actual day-to-day activities in ethics consulting? If not, has anyone seen an ethics consultant in action at a company? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 12:49 PM PST - 4 comments

I need to put the boss's brain in a jar that he can carry around.
Can XP Pro be installed on & booted to from an external USB HD - from different computers - without too much complicated adjustment? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 12:34 PM PST - 14 comments

MS Access Reporting for an Interval
Microsoft Access: How to query data with a variable that is a time value, and incremented. [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 12:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
Help me not be buffaloed by Buffalo. [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 12:26 PM PST - 42 comments

Which old guard news organizations have the best internet policy?
Which old guard news organizations have the best internet policy? [more inside]
posted by [@I][:+:][@I] at 11:25 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm Plum Out of Wagner Now
With the arrival of Das Liebesverbot last week, I now have a complete set of recordings of every completed opera Richard Wagner composed, even the ones rarely recorded or performed. I've been slowly acquiring more of Verdi's stuff, but I'm curious what other opera I should look for. [more inside]
posted by Captain_Tenille at 11:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Verizon standalone email account?
Does Verizon offer any method of preserving your '@verizon.net' email account, independent from having DSL service with them? [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 11:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Best way to climb the computer career ladder?
What's the best way to get my foot in the door or "create my own door" in a computer security-related field without a degree? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 10:53 AM PST - 22 comments

On the hunt for the elusive Kaffir Lime
Where can I find the ingredients to make Thai food in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by squeak at 10:52 AM PST - 9 comments

recording a phone interview
How should I record a phone interview? [more inside]
posted by joshuak at 10:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Is a "jazz pump" a good shoe for me?
Dance shoe experts & semi-experts: is a "jazz pump" a reasonable substitute for a character shoe? Jazz pumps seem like they might be exquisitely comfortable, maybe with the addition of cushy insoles. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

We're not in kansas anymore...
Liberal moving to Colorado Springs for the summer. Please Advise. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead at 10:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Lawyer's duties upon notice of possible crime
LawyerHive: If I send to the condo lawyer a copy of a letter wherein I suggest to my condo association that it has an improper independent contractor on site who may not be paying the proper taxes, social security withholding and/or workers compensation does the lawyer have a legal obligation to act to make sure this is not the case and if the lawyer fails to act is the lawyer in trouble? Can the lawyer ignore this notification of a possible crime?
posted by Freedomboy at 10:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Kitchen Clueless
Help me not be scared of my kitchen. [more inside]
posted by sonofslim at 10:12 AM PST - 49 comments

Finicky feeder
Any tips on a home repair to restore my HP inkjet to its former paper feeding glory? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg at 10:02 AM PST - 2 comments

block b&w jobs to color printer
I've got a windows networked color printer on a 2003 domain and I'd like to be able to block print jobs sent it to that are not in color. [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 9:51 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I schedule specific vista backups?
Can anyone advise me how to make Vista schedule copying to my external drive? [more inside]
posted by mrbenn at 9:24 AM PST - 3 comments

SF Bay and Transit Filter: anyone have any transit system schedules for their iPods?
SF Bay and Transit Filter: anyone have any transit system schedules for their iPods? [more inside]
posted by rmm at 9:21 AM PST - 3 comments

What do you love/hate about being an elementary school teacher?
What do you like most and least about being an elementary school teacher? I'm changing careers and want the lowdown. [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 9:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me help him help me
Help me help my friend help me. He's working on a database project using MusicBrainz (the one here) and has run into a programming issue--he's unable to retrieve tracks. He's using C++ and XML. Details are inside. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 8:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Why is my TV picture flickering when I don't use a VCR?
Electronics filter: When I connect Dishnetwork straight to my television, the picture is flickery and unwatchable. When I run it through my old VCR first, it's fine. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 8:54 AM PST - 7 comments

All ADD drugs suck.
I am taking Wellbutrin for ADD, and (like other posters here) I've noticed that my personality seems to be flatlining. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:35 AM PST - 22 comments

What are my choices for Broadband Internet service in Toronto?
What are my choices for Broadband Internet service in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 8:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Japanese IME on Ubuntu
Japanese IME on Ubuntu? Help! [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 8:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Tell me about being an air courier
Tell me about being an Air Courier. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 8:24 AM PST - 4 comments

How many greens are there?
How many shades of the color green can the human eye differentiate?
posted by tamagosan at 8:10 AM PST - 24 comments

How much is my Master's worth?
WannabeEditorFilter: I hated my first year of grad school, with its accompanying anxiety attacks, no free time, surly students, and pages of really boring reading. I'm halfway through my Master's and I am dreading going back. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 7:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Wiring an RF modulator from a VCR.
I've pulled an RF modulator out of an old VCR, but I don't know what some of the pins are for on the unit. Help me wire it up to modulate a composite video signal. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 7:48 AM PST - 12 comments

What family recipes are hiding in your closet?
LiqueurFilter: After realizings that vodka + sugar + instant coffee + water + vanilla + chocolate and carmel syrup to taste makes a decent version of Kahlua, I am looking for other good liqueur recipes. [more inside]
posted by magikker at 7:40 AM PST - 16 comments

A portable option for transferring files from an audio recorder
I have an Olympus WS-100 Digital Recorder. I am looking for an alternative to lugging around a laptop just to transfer files off the recorder in order to make space for new recordings. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by doctorcurly at 7:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Some kind of (nonprofit) monster
Where can I find communication/team building resources online (preferably for free)? [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 7:27 AM PST - 2 comments

Ebay item broken in shipping, who is responsible?
I bought a stereo component off ebay, and it arrived broken. Thankfully, when I made the purchase, in the shipping options, I opted to include shipping insurance (vis USPS). [more inside]
posted by Gamblor at 7:00 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you pronounce Vafai?
How do you pronounce the last name Vafai? I think that it is Iranian.
posted by ND¢ at 6:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Need faster internet!
How do I find out the maximum ADSL broadband speed supported by my telephone line, and how can I get this? [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 6:39 AM PST - 14 comments

No, I didn't know the Strazinsky's had a tartan...
Help a Scots lad find a decent, good value kiltmaker in Edinburgh [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 6:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Board shorts for the aerodynamically curvaceous?
BigBootyFilter: Is there any brand of women's board shorts that is cut for curvy, hippy girls? [more inside]
posted by somanyamys at 6:24 AM PST - 13 comments

How best to serve a women's shelter?
I have an interview coming up for a volunteer position on the board of the local women's shelter. I anticipate them asking something along the lines of "what will you do for us as a member of the board," and I'd like to have a good answer. [more inside]
posted by AV at 6:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Anyone know anything about the Eastern Shore of Maryland or southern Delaware?
Anyone know anything about the Eastern Shore of Maryland or southern Delaware area? [more inside]
posted by boots77 at 6:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Seeking chronic pain treatment facility
My boyfriend's mother has suffered from a variety of chronic pain issues for roughly 15 years and is in the process of trying to find a facility that is best suited to her needs. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 6:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Website that will create combinations?
I'm working on a presentation for a public speaking class, and my chosen topic is group choice. Is there a website (or program) that I could use to generate all possible preference orderings for a specific set of preferences? [more inside]
posted by almostbarefoot at 6:01 AM PST - 3 comments

what does babbling in english sound like?
What does American English sound like to people who don't speak english? [more inside]
posted by sammich at 12:01 AM PST - 35 comments

February 11
Sobbing like a little bitch
Can depression start at/before birth? [tiny bit of detail inside] [more inside]
posted by sperose at 11:49 PM PST - 24 comments

Options for Taglit-Birthright Israel
Taglit-BirthrightIsraelFilter: who's got info/buzz about the different trip organizers? I see 11 non-denominational, generic-looking trips ... does it matter which I choose? Random personal anecdotes welcome. [more inside]
posted by geremiah at 11:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Sleepless in Squaw Valley
Recommendations for Lodging for Large Groups (20+) in Squaw [more inside]
posted by lannanh at 11:39 PM PST - 1 comments

That collar from the Sephora ads?
This is kinda (really) obscure, but what the hell. Does anyone know where they got the collar that is being worn here? [more inside]
posted by blacklite at 11:32 PM PST - 8 comments

romance ideas...go!
Valentine Day date ideas in Bloomington, Indiana [more inside]
posted by Kudos at 11:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I possibly avoid getting sick in India?
please elaborate about getting sick in india. really. [more inside]
posted by metasav at 11:02 PM PST - 36 comments

They're watching you...
How does MSN Messenger track your typing activity? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 10:45 PM PST - 3 comments

I want some stinky spiky fruit!
Where to get good durian in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by stray at 10:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there really a low salt ham?
Help me find some really low salt ham cold cuts. Healthy Choice is still too high in my opinion. Thanks
posted by Noodles at 10:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Noooo! Not the sandbox!
My trusty Littermaid litterbox seems to have run into difficulties. The rake arm went all the way to the end where the waste goes, and stayed there. and has stayed there. I tried wiggling it around, and no luck there. Anybody fixed this before? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 10:09 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I learn more about contemporary art?
How can I quickly learn a lot about the contemporary art scene? [more inside]
posted by Cochise at 10:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Please tell me everything you know about MIDI over Ethernet or MIDI over IP.
Please tell me everything you know about MIDI over Ethernet or MIDI over IP. [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 9:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Dispensing the awkward since 1983, or, How to Remain Friends?
I poured my heart out and all he did was throw me a mop to clean it up. How to turn this awkward situation into a friendship? [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia at 9:49 PM PST - 27 comments

Baldness or malnutrition?
Is my hair thin because I am a vegetarian or because I am a 36 year old male? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 9:11 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me learn to speak better
How can I most practically improve my speaking voice? In everyday conversation I often mumble, slur words or speak too fast. I am not looking on ways to become a better public speaker, but to improve the articulation and speech patterns of everyday conversation. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 9:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me look my absolute best in a week.
If I wanted to look my absolute best - i.e. healthier skin & hair, and as much weight lost/redistributed with lean muscle mass - in just over a week, what might I do? And yes, there is much... [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 8:17 PM PST - 35 comments

Can a nutritionist stage an intervention?
I’d like to find an Austin-area nutritionist who makes house calls, if such a person exists. I’m talking about someone who will come in and go through the fridge and the cupboards and the pantries, throwing out the over-processed, obesity-fostering crapola, and then provide—even dictate—a shopping list and a weekly menu. If that’s not possible, what’s the nearest approximation? [more inside]
posted by vetiver at 8:17 PM PST - 6 comments

VA Medical Records
Does Veteran's Administration medical treatment information get to the insurance world? [more inside]
posted by Mom at 8:10 PM PST - 1 comments

to re-use the dusting flour?
Should I put the flour used to dust the counter and/or pizza peel back in the bag? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 8:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Feelings about NowPublic?
What is NowPublic? Anyone have experience with them? [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 7:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Physics to Economics?
How best to get into Economics from Physics? [more inside]
posted by dr. moot at 7:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Can my psp play ps1 games?
Can I play my ps1 games on my psp without a ps3? [more inside]
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 7:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Fix this 8mm projector!
Oops! Hamhanded cleaning brush incident with ancient 8mm projector - where did this spring come from? [more inside]
posted by fish tick at 6:45 PM PST - 1 comments

Search engine for cultural events
I've lost a link to a search engine for cultural events (museum exhibitions, etc) that was handy when planning short weekend trips, say to New York or Philadelphia. I can sometimes find copies of Time Out New York, but not always. Prefer the web anyway. Anyone have a method for checking out what's going on in the next 2-3 months in museums and galleries? Thanks
posted by egk at 6:39 PM PST - 5 comments

So Cal paddle surfing lessons?
I would like to take a paddle surfing lesson in the LA area in a couple weeks - any recommendations for where to rent a board and get a lesson (I am a fairly new surfer - but long-time board sport person (skateboarding, snowboarding).
posted by specialk420 at 5:45 PM PST - 1 comments

sad little dude
What is a good way for an eight year old to respond when he feels that his friends/playmates are ganging up on him? [more inside]
posted by ohio at 5:33 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I become a freelance editor?
How can I become a freelance editor (or proofreader)? I have a good eye for grammar and whether writing makes sense, and I have an unrelated bachelor's degree from a respectable school. On the other hand, I have no significant experience. I'm hoping to work from home on a freelance basis. Is this crazy? How would I get started?
posted by lgyre at 5:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Have cello, will travel
Help me find a good travel agent. I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area, and would love to find someone local, but I'm also open to other options. [more inside]
posted by purplefiber at 5:10 PM PST - 3 comments

1/16" to 1/4" Converter
Where can I find a 1/16" to 1/4" hex adapter? [more inside]
posted by mr.dan at 4:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Fun things in Burlington, VT
Looking for fun activities in Burlington, VT [more inside]
posted by coolin86 at 4:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me identify this sci-fi book I read
BookFilter: When I was a kid (~14 years ago), I read a sci-fi book about the future. I don't know if I'd like it today, but I'd like to go back to it... [more inside]
posted by qvtqht at 4:39 PM PST - 8 comments

All I want to do is print an envelope....
I want to print a variety of different sized envelopes on my Mac Mini and cheap-o Lexmark 232 printer. I want to include bar codes. I do not have, nor do I want to guy, Office Mac, which i know has the feature. Don't know about iWork from Apple. NeoOffice can't do it. Snail Mail program looked interesting but doesn't work. AbiWord may or may not do it; it's moot since it crashes repeatedly. I'm actually having to block print these envelopes by hand! Ugh. /john
posted by banjomensch at 4:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Why are my girlfriend's cats fighting?
Why are my girlfriend's cats fighting? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 4:04 PM PST - 17 comments

Where to Eat Well in Akron, Ohio
My wife and I are foodies. She travels for work frequently and tries to make the most of it by finding great food. Next week she has to go to Akron, OH. Anything from hole-in-the-wall to gourmet recommendations would be appreciated. Only restriction--local food only. No nationwide chains, please!
posted by verevi at 3:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Where to find a credible source regarding a controversial figure?
Help me find a good monograph or two about Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci. [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 3:47 PM PST - 5 comments

The great men in "World of Apu"?
Towards the beginning of Satyajit Ray's Apur Sansar ( aka The World of Apu) there is a scene between Apu and his landlord. In it, the landlord mentions that Apu has pictures of great men pinned to his wall. I could make out Einstein, but is there a list somewhere of who the others are?
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 3:44 PM PST - 3 comments

advice on email for hopelessly tech ignorant Grandma
are there any simply-email appliance(s) out there for grandma? [more inside]
posted by narakunate at 2:39 PM PST - 26 comments

Just curious
Were Native American men (before any intermingling with other peoples) really unable to grow facial hair? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 2:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Have you seen this Hindi poem?
Where can I find the following Hindi poem: "Hawa hun hawa main basanti hawa hun, Suno baat meri anokhi hawa hun, Jidar chahati hun udar goomthi hun, Hawa hun hawa main basanti hawa hun." [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 at 2:22 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I make myself more marketable as a programmer?
I'm a programmer/web developer with 7 years experience. I'm looking for a new job, but I fear I don't look good on paper. How can I improve my marketability? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 2:13 PM PST - 22 comments

How to look up an MP by postal code?
Where can I get an API that allows lookup of (Canadian) Member of Parliament via postal code? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 2:01 PM PST - 2 comments

lend a hand...for money?
Is there a no-hassle way to hire someone over the internet for a one-time office type research task? [more inside]
posted by irregardless at 1:44 PM PST - 11 comments

When did it cost 4 cents to mail a letter?
When did it cost 4 cents to mail a letter? [more inside]
posted by suki at 12:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Javascript Acrobat Needed - Must work without net
I'm looking for some Acrobat Javascript help, dealing with inserting a line of text into a bunch of PDF documents... [more inside]
posted by gwenzel at 12:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Lost Dog
Lost Dog: looking for an old educational film clip from Sesame Street. [more inside]
posted by avocet at 11:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Examples of Adaptation of Farming to Extreme Climates
I'm looking for historical accounts and analysis of the adaptation of farming to extreme climates. A few weeks ago I spent a relaxed Sunday afternoon learning about early settlement, farming, and society in Iceland. Fascinating stuff! I now have the opportunity to research the adaptation/failure of farming in extreme climates for a term paper. [more inside]
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... at 11:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a VPS provider for a non-coder
Looking for a VPS provider for a non-coder [more inside]
posted by Argyle at 10:57 AM PST - 7 comments

So just how do ya become a Scenario Planner?
So just how do ya become a Scenario Planner? I've read about and I'm interested in making it a career. [more inside]
posted by badger11 at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

What is your favorite highlighter?
The best commonly-available highlighter? [more inside]
posted by coolhappysteve at 9:14 AM PST - 19 comments

Moving to Colorado. Looking for Advice
Moving to Colorado. Looking for advice [more inside]
posted by gb77 at 9:02 AM PST - 29 comments

Why work?
Is it possible to be a well-respected and fulfilled person without having a career? [more inside]
posted by JJ Jenkins at 9:00 AM PST - 61 comments

Cascading Tears of Stylish Despair
Internet Explorer 7 broke my website's CSS! [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer at 8:48 AM PST - 5 comments

The dance of Heaven's ghosts
I have a strange affection for the syrupy, slightly outdated, epic-sounding vocal pop of female singers like Eleni Vitali (Greece), Selda Bagcan (Turkey), Lata Mangeshkar (India), and the like. Who else would you recommend in this line? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 8:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Paying for a family tree?
Am I related to George Washington? I have a bet with my boyfriend but don't want to do the genealogical research myself. [more inside]
posted by amber_dale at 8:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me to resent less, help more.
How do you forgive or let go of resentment toward a family member who’s an addict? Also, how do you determine how much of your behavior toward them is reasonable, and how much is just spiteful? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 6:44 AM PST - 25 comments

Estate Tax Release question
How long does it normally take to receive an estate tax release for filing of the federal estate tax return from the IRS?
posted by america4 at 6:27 AM PST - 0 comments

California Tips!
California-filter: I'll be traveling in California for one month with my girlfriend. Please provide us with little hidden gems (hotels, restaurants, lunch rooms, best cappuccino in town, things to see and do etc) we won't find in travel guides. Please see our travel plan and other specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by IZ at 3:40 AM PST - 34 comments

Finding mp3 metadata in OS X's Finder?
Is there a way to get my Mac Finder (10.3.9) to see mp3 data such as bitrate and tag metadata? [more inside]
posted by p3t3 at 2:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Johnny Carino's Posters
Where can I find the posters used at Johnny Carino's Italian Restaurant? [more inside]
posted by idlm at 1:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Irish rebel fights his own double?
Irishlorefilter: I once heard a brief reference to a fascinating irish legend/tale/fictionalized episode. This was many years ago, back when ask Metafilter didn't exist, so I don't know if everything I say is true or I made it up. [more inside]
posted by Baldons at 1:16 AM PST - 4 comments

February 10
Facial gone bad...
So I got my first facial on Friday, and it didn't quite have the result I had hoped for. Help! [more inside]
posted by irishkitten at 10:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Is homebrew a stinky business?
Is home brewing beer stinky business? [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 10:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Need tips on restaurants/places to visit in Nashville, TN; Huntsville, AL; and Birmingham, AL...
Need tips on restaurants/places to visit in Nashville, TN; Huntsville, AL; and Birmingham, AL... [more inside]
posted by MrBCID at 9:10 PM PST - 16 comments

What do women wear under board shorts?
What do women wear under board shorts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 PM PST - 21 comments

Why are there so many motels on Lincoln?
ChicagoFilter: Why are there so many motels on Lincon, ~north of Lawrence out to the city limits? You know, the pretty old ones with (mostly) neon signs. [more inside]
posted by rbs at 7:20 PM PST - 12 comments

I can't even put together an office chair
Any office chair experts here? I got this chair from the store yesterday and my attempts at making it fully functional are unsuccessful. It's put together but the lever to raise/lower the height of the seat doesn't work. Furthermore, I can no longer separate the bottom from the top. How do these things work? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 6:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Long distance hurt
Can it be fixed? Long distance heartache question [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Please forget you knew my name
I don't like that Firefox knows my credit card number. How do I make it forget and not relearn this information? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 5:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Birth Control and Pregnancy
I had unprotected sex 5 days after starting birth control pills. (My birth control type advises to use an alternate method for 7 days after starting). Should I get emergency contraception? Even if it means getting my period again a week after it ended?
posted by anonymous at 5:08 PM PST - 16 comments

How to convert Blogger to Movable Type?
What's the best way to convert an existing Blogger blog into Movable Type? [more inside]
posted by MythMaker at 5:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Extemporaneous weekend vacationing?
Mini-vacation weekends? I want to spend my weekends having fun in various different cities. How to do this? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 3:27 PM PST - 9 comments

i am on fire. help.
gynfilter: i am itching and burning for no apparent reason. help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Safe OTC anaphrodisiacs?
Are there any entirely safe, over-the-counter anaphrodisiacs that are ingestible substances, not behavioral things such masturbation or exercise? (In other words, prevention of desire, not relief of desire.) Saltpeter's a myth. Yeah, just answer the question, please.
posted by anonymous at 2:23 PM PST - 24 comments

It's amazing how much not paying $450 / mo. can add up to!
My mother collects back child support from my father on a monthly basis, in the event of her death who will receive it? [more inside]
posted by Mijo Bijo at 2:03 PM PST - 8 comments

What's the connection between menstrual cycle and orgasm?
Uh, Embarrassing-Sexual-Question-Filter? There seems to be some connection between being at the end of my menstrual cycle (that is, days from starting my period) and how easy it is to orgasm (that is... not at all.) Is this Science, or something I'm making up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:28 PM PST - 19 comments

How to get Vulture for Nethack on my Mac
Is there a viable way to install a playable version of Vultures for Nethack on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by LizardOfDoom at 1:04 PM PST - 9 comments

hair
my hair on the front of my head on my right hand side has always stuck up, it never ever goes down. why?
posted by randomizer at 12:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Adapt Tokina lens to Canon?
the padres were cleaning out their house and came across some old camera lens' (along with my priceless collection of transformers), one is a Tokina 400mm. I currently have a Canon D20 and no telephoto, is it possible to purchase an adapter for this lens to get it to fit the Canon?
posted by dieguido at 11:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Replace an old freezer?
My father refuses to replace his 30-year-old chest freezer. [more inside]
posted by jca at 9:58 AM PST - 27 comments

How paranoid is too paranoid?
I feel like I'm losing my mind but I'm too worried about my medical records to do anything about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 31 comments

How should we hire web designers?
Help us hire a web design intern. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 16 comments

I can't hear The Office!
Why won't the speakers on my computer at work play at full volume anymore? [more inside]
posted by messylissa at 9:14 AM PST - 12 comments

I gush too much for my own good.
Tips for going down on a woman who gushes, please! [more inside]
posted by kika at 8:48 AM PST - 27 comments

Liability over ice falling in residential area?
Some ice fell from the top of our neighbor's roof, and struck my mother-in-law in the head. Are they at all liable? [more inside]
posted by wysard at 8:42 AM PST - 17 comments

Road Trip!
[VacationFilter] I want to go on a whistlestop tour of the US Northeast. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 7:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Don't call pretty Peggy
Neil nerds: does anyone know if there's a live performance of The Old Laughing Lady out there (and available on CD or MP3) with banjo rather than guitar, as in this clip?
posted by Mocata at 6:36 AM PST - 1 comments

How to acquire an unavailable domain name
Help me acquire a domain name that's unavailable! [more inside]
posted by Turtles all the way down at 6:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Those thrilling days of yesteryear ...
What software am I looking for in order to organize and play a bazillion mp3 files as if my computer were a mini radio station? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 1:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me identify this dotcom boom movie?
What is the name of this movie about a video-streaming startup? [more inside]
posted by mikeyk at 12:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Do burnt out lightbulbs use any electricity?
Does an incandescent lightbulb continue to use electricity after it's burnt out? [more inside]
posted by muddylemon at 12:36 AM PST - 13 comments

i dont want to work
help me to retire, and continue to live a fulfilling life. [more inside]
posted by edtut at 12:18 AM PST - 10 comments

February 9
What podcasts, radio shows, or TV shows feature an outstanding debater?
What podcasts, radio shows, or TV shows feature an outstanding debater? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 11:42 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the best way to lower my resting heart rate?
What's the best way to lower my resting heart rate? I'm slightly overweight, and exersice just a few times a week. I've read a ton of literature that says a lower heart rate leads to a longer life. Any tips? Exercises that'll help? [more inside]
posted by Geoffh at 10:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Ham radio help needed......
What is the best way to get into the ham radio hobby? [more inside]
posted by Mantix at 10:07 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm a dick - now what?
So, I moved halfway across the country to be with a guy who subsequently decided I'm too irritating to be around. Help me make the best of a shitty, shitty situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:57 PM PST - 31 comments

Uncut and underexperienced.
I need some tips for giving oral sex to a man who isn't circumcised. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Does being a dependent on someone else's tax filings make them liable for your actions?
Legal liability and auto insurance questions (fun!): Is there any reason I should purchase more than the minimum insurance coverage in my state (California)? Does being a dependent on my parents' tax filings make them liable for damages in court if I, say, caused an automobile accident? [more inside]
posted by jbb7 at 9:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Need help identifying a song
What is the name of this song (8386 KB MP3), and who is singing it? I'm pretty sure it's called "Maybe". Lyrics inside. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 9:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Monkey trouble!
Zelda/wii: I have all three monkeys and I am standing at the long rope which (I am assuming they are supposed to help me get across), yet they do nothing but follow me around. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by ThFullEffect at 9:35 PM PST - 10 comments

dances
At what grade should school dances begin? [more inside]
posted by Kilovolt at 9:26 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me find an old Dilbert please...
I'm looking for a specific Dilbert comic from a year or two ago about English majors... [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 8:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Can you ID this movie?
Can you name this late 70s kids-coming-of-age movie? [more inside]
posted by kimota at 7:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me be a better self-editor
How do I improve my self editing/proofreading skills when it comes to the writing I produce for work? [more inside]
posted by suasponte at 6:44 PM PST - 27 comments

This American Life was Bad This Week
I know there are a lot of This American Life fans here. But, have you ever listened and thought "Wow, this is awful." What are your least favorite TAL stories? I am working on putting together a class about good and bad "radical" radio and want some listener opinion besides my own.
posted by parmanparman at 6:43 PM PST - 47 comments

I don't hate babies, but . . .
What should I say/do to be polite about someone's baby? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 6:31 PM PST - 46 comments

It's a Podcast! It's a Song!
iTunes Filter: How do I move tracks from the Podcasts section to the Music section? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 6:29 PM PST - 3 comments

iTunes vs podcasts
My iTunes seems to only show 10 podcasts in the pane/tab of my iPod as viewed in Itunes. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 5:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Nokia and its Subcontractors
Can anyone point me to a recent article or post about Nokia and its relationship to Finnish subcontractors and/or unions? I read it. Now that it has become somewhat important, can not find it. [more inside]
posted by hexatron at 5:55 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the name of this old children's movie?
I can't remember the title of this old children's movie I saw long ago. [more inside]
posted by koshka at 5:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Why were our numbers removed from the Do Not Call list?
Why were all of our household's phone numbers -- through separate phone companies -- recently removed from the (US) National Do Not Call list? The reasons given on the website don't seem to apply. [more inside]
posted by litlnemo at 5:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5/2.0 compatibility?
Is it possible to take Adobe Premiere Pro project files back and forth between 1.5 and 2.0? [more inside]
posted by noisia at 5:26 PM PST - 1 comments

Can't deal with blog's explosive growth
My topic-oriented blog got more popular than I ever expected and I don't know how to handle the growth (this isn't spam, I'm not even linking to the site). [more inside]
posted by krark at 5:12 PM PST - 28 comments

some cat behavior problems to deal with
The cats are bein' bad... [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 5:12 PM PST - 18 comments

Printing Out Confessions
How do you create a printable version of a livejournal entry's comments when there is more than one page? [more inside]
posted by crayolarabbit at 5:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Ski Vacation booking - acommodation recommendations?
Where’s the best place to book an all-inclusive ski vacation? Where’s a good powder accessible condo with a view/hottub? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 4:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Didn't it fill your head? Didn't it entertain? Did you feel alive at the end of it?
I have recently heard a story about a disgraced US politician who committed suicide on live tv. I'm fairly shaky on the details. Anyone know who I'm talking about. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 4:38 PM PST - 21 comments

crush on a shy boy
i have a crush on really shy boy and i am not sure how i should approach [more inside]
posted by grafholic at 4:31 PM PST - 26 comments

Going to see about a canal
What is the driving distance from the southern California border to the Panama Canal? [more inside]
posted by letitrain at 4:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me cure my allergy-related fatigue
Does anyone have experience with allergies causing fatigue? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 3:07 PM PST - 14 comments

What are good, secluded ponds for skating near NYC?
Good pond skating in the New York City region? I'm willing to travel up to 100 miles (though that's the absolute limit). The more secluded the better, and no man-made rinks.
posted by one_bean at 3:01 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I find out whether he likes me?
Is he gay like me? Will it work out? The messy process of coming out ... [more inside]
posted by cscott at 2:28 PM PST - 25 comments

Deamweaver "Site Definition" question
Help, Help !! If anyone has experience with Dreamweaver and setting up the “Site Definition” settings; either basic or advanced mode for “Remote Info” I desperately need your advice and it would be very much appreciated. Runbox is my web host and I use “cPannel” to manage my web files. I can’t figure out what settings to use for “FTP access”. What would my “FTP host” be and what should I put in there this field? To be honest, I’m not quite sure what a FTP is although to use Dreamweaver’s functions, I need to set this up and have not been successful. Next question; Am I correct in saying the “Host Directory” would be in the “public_html” folder in cPannel that all my web page files are located? Any advice would be appreciated. I’ve tried multiple times and days to set this up, but I must be doing something wrong. Thank you in advance for your cooperation…Orlin
posted by orlin at 2:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Where does this sample come from?
For a few years now I've noticed a sample that I believe is the same in two songs. Posse in Effect by the Beastie Boys, and Take it Slow by Technotronic (scroll down to Pump up the Jam)... Each page has a sample to listen to. It seems to be a slow sax sample. I'm not sure, but that's what I think it is. Is it the same sample? If so, does anyone know where it's sampled from?
posted by symbioid at 2:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Seattle home buying as a group?
A friend and I, and possibly others, are interested in pooling resources to buy a nice Seattle home as an investment and to live in (for now). Any experience/tips/quasi-legal advice on creating a small real estate trust or corporation to do this? [more inside]
posted by hincandenza at 2:11 PM PST - 4 comments

CEH training in San Francisco?
CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) training in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by littlegreenlights at 2:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Balls in boxes algorithm
Is there a standard ball picking algorithm? I have 10 balls that I want put in four boxes (A-D). Every box can hold zero to all balls. [more inside]
posted by davar at 1:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Does a reliable credit monitoring service exist?
For a variety of reasons, I've decided to look into a credit monitoring service. Help me find a reputable one. [more inside]
posted by drstein at 1:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me locate resources on the philosophy of language as it relates to swering.
Could you point me to resources that discuss the philosophy of language such that it relates to cussing/cursing/swearing? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 1:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Riding the short-bus
How can I rent a shuttle bus? [more inside]
posted by patrickje at 12:47 PM PST - 10 comments

A 1940's movie about three struggling career women?
OldMovieFilter: I'm trying to find a movie I saw a while back. It was from either the 1940's or 1950's. It was about three women trying to make it in a new city... [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 12:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Technology-law related jobs in DC other than patent law?
Technology-related legal positions in DC for new attorney that are not patent prosecution? [more inside]
posted by dcjd at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to find energy efficient GU10 bulbs in Canada?
Where can I find GU10 compact fluorescent bulbs in Canada/US? I've found these bulbs overseas at sites like this one but can't find a source for these in Canada/US. I'm located in Winnipeg (central Canada), so any Canadian vendors would be ideal, shipping to Canada from the US would be second best.
posted by gfroese at 12:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Book about Finnish space colonists?
ScienceFictionBookFilter: What is the title of a science-fiction book about a cold, snowfilled planet being colonized by residents from Finland? Artificial suns and mystical powers involved... [more inside]
posted by rlef98 at 12:15 PM PST - 4 comments

A simple way to make an Amazon associate bookstore?
I want to create an online bookstore using Amazon's associate program. I'm not a web programmer. Are there any super easy-to-use web design templates that simplify this process? Why on earth hasn't Amazon created an associate "bookstore automator", I wonder?
posted by sntamonica at 12:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a particular vi quick reference card/picture.
Help me find a particular vi quick reference card/picture. [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 12:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to buy bones for stock?
Cookingfilter: where do people buy bones for stock? [more inside]
posted by Finder at 11:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Encounters with unleased, people-free dog(s)
A friend was walking her dog (a sturdy greyhound-dalmatian mix) on a quiet side street in her neighborhood. She looked across the street and saw a pitbull with no collar (just a bandana) and a wire muzzle. [more inside]
posted by nnk at 11:57 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me find my dream car
Help me find and buy my dream car. [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 11:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Bad head. Doggy style.
A tick dug its foul way into my dog's belly yesterday. We found it dug in but not yet engorged in the middle of an irritated red patch of skin. I tugged 2/3 of of it out of my dog's skin, but despite my best efforts, the head's still in there. What now? [more inside]
posted by Sinner at 11:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Science fiction story ending with "...waiting for the light that had always come back"
Please help me remember a science fiction short story ending with "...waiting for the light that had always come back" [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 10:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Two Computers-One Internet
Computer simpleton here with a simple computer networking question (I think) regarding shared internet access. [more inside]
posted by quercus at 10:45 AM PST - 5 comments

GPS Traffic Services Compared
Does anyone have experience using a GPS with traffic updates (in the Chicago area?) Looking to compare XM Navtraffic to Clearchannel's FM traffic reports. [more inside]
posted by natness at 10:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Help! I broke my glasses!!
(eyeglassfilter) my frames broke in half! Where can I find low cost replacements to put my lenses into? [more inside]
posted by jtoth at 10:10 AM PST - 16 comments

How to tame a growing collection of RSS feeds?
How can I spend less time scrolling through endless feeds of news, where only some of them actually interest me? [more inside]
posted by irian at 9:58 AM PST - 27 comments

Make science simple
I was a high school dropout and didn't go to college, and now I'm trying to catch up, working towards a degree in a science/health field. This semester I'm taking Chemistry (an introductory level class) and Anatomy and Physiology. I'm doing OK in my classes, but certain concepts are coming pretty slowly. [more inside]
posted by serazin at 9:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Why is my ConEd bill so high?
Why is my ConEd bill so high? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 9:40 AM PST - 19 comments

How many Pages to Write a Novel?
How many type written pages make up a novel? [more inside]
posted by finitejest at 9:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Perpetually semi-broken elevators & PA building codes
I've got a friend who works in a Univ. of Pennsylvania building with ongoing broken-elevator problems. I suspect the state of them is a legal no-no; how to go about filing complaints to straighten them out? [more inside]
posted by Drastic at 9:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Building a tech writing portfolio
How do I build a technical writing portfolio when all of the docs I work on at my current company are proprietary information? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 8:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Funneling words into my noodle at a rapid rate
What are the best (free) online exercises to prepare for the GRE? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 8:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Our free pineapple giveaway did not produce the results we hoped for...
I'm looking for recommendations for firms or individuals located in or near Vancouver Canada that can help where I work refine current recruitment advertising strategy. [more inside]
posted by concreteforest at 8:24 AM PST - 1 comments

Anyways, I am just curious.
Why do some people say "anyways"? I notice Mayor Bloomberg always says it. He may be the mayor of NYC and a billionaire media mogul, but he sounds like he never opened a book in his life. I know he's from Boston, but I don't believe this is a regional thing.
posted by wfc123 at 8:11 AM PST - 35 comments

How do I taked notes?
I don't know how to take notes. No. really. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 8:03 AM PST - 33 comments

Sh1tty Kitties
Please help our kitties learn to use the litter box again. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 7:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Is there a kind of tightening/unstretching solution for leather shoes?
Is there a kind of tightening/unstretching solution for leather shoes without causing damage to them? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 7:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Please help me find the business cards of the big dogs
Are there any sites that have a collection of pictures of Fortune 500 companies' business cards? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:21 AM PST - 13 comments

What should I mail to my nephew for Valentine's Day?
I'd like to mail my 4-year old nephew a cute valentine & would like to include something in the envelope that isn't candy. I'd like there to be [more inside]
posted by Alpenglow at 6:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Getting Blogger To Release Unused Blog Name
Is there any hope of getting Blogger/Blogspot/Google to free a blogspot name? [more inside]
posted by JamesMessick at 5:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Travel Agents Licensing?
What does it take to become a travel agent? Do you have to be a licensed travel agent to make plans for people or can anybody do it? [more inside]
posted by philsi at 3:24 AM PST - 6 comments

February 8
Hint: It's not Santino's jam
Lots of people have asked about finding songs played during television advertisements, but what about figuring out what song was played during a Bryant Park Fashion Week show last week? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 11:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Clean WMP ISO quickie w/W/E record shop, NYC/area. No phonies/haters!
I have a free day in New York City soon. Is there One True Record Store? [more inside]
posted by Lazlo at 11:35 PM PST - 15 comments

How to erase high scores in Tetri DX
How do I erase the high scores in Tetris DX for the GameBoy Color? [more inside]
posted by a red so deep at 11:25 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I plan a Europe trip that won't end in PTSD?
Will I get attacked if I stay alone in a hostel? And other fun questions a very small woman has about solo travel in Europe. [more inside]
posted by crinklebat at 10:17 PM PST - 39 comments

Tips for buying and using a car with biodiesel
What car models are best for biodiesel? Anyone done the full conversion to vegetable oil? [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 9:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Problem booting Windows/reinstall/backup
Ok, so after having first consulted a bunch of tech forums, I've found my way here, where I know I'll get some good help. So, to recap: For some reason earlier, my windows xp on reboot would hang at the splash screen, while the blue bar continued moving... [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 9:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I buy a solar trickle charger?
Car battery solar trickle charger -- fact or fiction? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 8:34 PM PST - 16 comments

What to get a younger guy I don't know well as a thank you gift?
I'm moving cross-country. My boss's son attempted to help me find a place. He didn't come up with anything, but he tried, so I'd like to get him a thank you gift. But what? [more inside]
posted by Meifa at 7:39 PM PST - 15 comments

When will these 15 minutes end?
Are there any substantive critical analyses of fame written from the inside? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 7:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Questions about poetry.
I don't know shit about poetry but have been enjoying Leonard Cohen, Charles Bukowski, Charles Simic, and Robert Creeley for years. (I mostly like works about relationships, romance, love...) Who else should I read? Also, in addition to "practice", how does one get better at reading/writing poetry. Can you also recommend journals / anthologies / web sites / quarterlies?
posted by dobbs at 7:29 PM PST - 39 comments

What color is yoga?
What color should I paint a yoga/exercise studio? [more inside]
posted by mad_little_monkey at 7:19 PM PST - 16 comments

How to wash satin?
Hi, I recently had some pyjamas made for me when I was in Vietnam. They are made of satin. How do you wash satin?
posted by yak sox at 6:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Music download service with Russian Folk and Classical music?
I'm looking for a music download service that includes non-standard music, most importantly, Russian folk music, and a wide selection of Classical music. [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 6:41 PM PST - 11 comments

What to do about my quasi-lack of heat?
My apartment in Los Angeles has no heat...sort of. What, if any, recourse do I have? [more inside]
posted by kitty teeth at 6:05 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get white teeth?
I want white teeth. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Quarter pounder of cheese
What is a good cheese to use to make Smažený Sýr? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 5:48 PM PST - 7 comments

weird yellow stuff leaking down chimney
Nasty yellowish liquid dripping down the brick furnace chimney into my basement....why? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 5:42 PM PST - 7 comments

USB TV Tuner
I'm thinking of buying this TV tuner, but I have some questions before I do. [more inside]
posted by eunoia at 5:17 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I make Safari's search box more customizable, like Firefox's search?
I've switched to Safari from Firefox and am looking for the fastest way to search something on Wikipedia. Is there any way I change my search engine from Google on-the-fly and easily switch it back?
posted by metacort at 5:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Easy image insertion in MT
Movable Type: is there a plugin/hack that would make it easy to insert a different line of code depending on a selection from a pull-down menu? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 4:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Song identification
In Peru in mid 2006 there was a song getting a lot of radio airplay, and I want to find the title and artist. [more inside]
posted by nomis at 3:54 PM PST - 7 comments

ISO Public Library Vision, Mission, Goals & Objectives
To librarians: I am looking for a strategic plan for a public library. It needs to have the following components: vision, mission, goals and objectives. I have to review the four parts for my Library Management course. Thanks in advance PS Ideally I would prefer short yet detailed (I saw one that was 34 pages today!)
posted by melissaz at 3:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Have Chloe Patch Me Through.
How realistic is the exchange of information in the show 24? [more inside]
posted by jtajta at 3:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Do we ever smell for leisure?
Are there any ways in which people focus on enjoying the sense of smell, by itself, solely for the leisure/pleasure aspect of the sensation? If not.. why? [more inside]
posted by white light at 2:52 PM PST - 61 comments

Need a free interactive virtual whiteboard
Online interactive whiteboards. Are there any alternatives to GE's imagination3.com (can't move things around, you have to erase the whole thing and start over), groupboard (I'm looking for a free one, not a demo that expires) or sharing a desktop and using powerpoint? What about FF extensions? Open source?
posted by yoga at 2:41 PM PST - 6 comments

More Money, More Problems. Or, Best way to have a full-time and part-time job with freelance opportunites.
Getting a new full-time job, might get to keep the old one. What are the better options from a financial/legal standpoint? [more inside]
posted by littlelebowskiurbanachiever at 2:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Old Venetian Prison Film
Does anyone know the title of old Italian film - Partly set in a Venetian Jail? [more inside]
posted by Dub at 1:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to get a fridge in LA?
Where can I buy a cheap fridge in LA (and have it delivered)? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 1:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Flushing before using the toilet?
I've noticed some of the women in my office flush the toilet before they do any of their business. Does anyone know what superstition or purpose this is supposed to help with?
posted by agregoli at 1:09 PM PST - 49 comments

Is this right? How to write it most simply?
For engraving purposes: Tell me (a) if this is right (b) what it looks like in one of the Japanese alphabets. [more inside]
posted by pax digita at 1:02 PM PST - 27 comments

I'm not winking at you, I promise!
Help me and my twitchy eye. Why won't my eye spasm go away? What can be done about it and why is it worse when I am working out? [more inside]
posted by necessitas at 12:58 PM PST - 17 comments

I REALLY don't want to screw up this interview.
What are some generic "technical interview" questions you've received? Help me land my dream job! [more inside]
posted by cebailey at 12:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Copper Copper Copper China
How (where) does one go about procuring 100mt of copper for shipment to China from North America?
posted by strangelove at 12:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Managing iTunes cover art
iTunes puts cover art in one of two places: embedded within the MP3s, or in a separate folder (~/Music/iTunes/Album Artwork). I prefer the latter. Is there a program that will take the embedded cover art out of my files and store it in the Album Artwork folder instead? I'm on an Intel Mac.
posted by danb at 12:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Christening films?
What recent/easy-to-get-hold-of movies feature a christening scene?
posted by creeky at 12:17 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I help my father retire into an assisted living community?
How do I find and evaluate assisted living, retirement communities, and nursing homes from afar? My father wants my help in researching retirement options for him, and he wants to retire to an area where neither of us currently lives. Google is a bit overwhelming and feels predatory on this topic, and I'm just not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by occhiblu at 12:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Doesn't OED look like an emoticon for a man in a canoe?
When does a word attain enough critical mass to enter a dictionary? [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik at 11:13 AM PST - 20 comments

Fifefox macro and restore session questions
FIREFOX QUESTIONS: I need a simple-to-understand macro program that would allow me to right-click on a web link and open it directly in a new tab. Also, I keep having a problem--every time I boot up the machine and click on FIREFOX (Windows version) I keep getting the message "Do you want to restore old session or start new session." How do I stop this message from appearing (I can't seem to find anything in the tools section to prevent it).
posted by quintno at 11:11 AM PST - 13 comments

The Political Philosophy of Moderation
Are there any good academic papers out there applying political theory and philosophy to the moderation of online forums? Also interested in recommendations of papers on moderation in online forums in general. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 10:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Printer-Friendly for Typepad
Is there an easy-to-follow method for automating printer-friendly pages for Typepad? [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

He farts and he cusses and stinks up the busses
Help me defend myself against an angry bus driver! [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier at 10:36 AM PST - 28 comments

Diaphragms and Spermicide
New diaphragm: Tips, tricks, and spermicide recommendations, please. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 10:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Why can't my friend move to a new job?
A friend of mine (really) recently found an opportunity to move to a different team within our company—certainly a promotion for him. Word got down to his existing management, and they said they would "block" him from moving, because they need him for an event later this year. Is that legal, and what can he do? [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 10:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Is it possible to use a USB hard disc enclosure with a CD-ROM?
Is it possible to use a USB hard disc enclosure with a CD-R/RW? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread at 10:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Intelligent Macro?
NerdyCodeFilter-I have a need to automate the filling of forms for a particular website, the issue is...that I need logic... [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 10:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Bigger picture of romantic neolithic skeletons
Help me find a bigger picture of the romantic neolithic skeletons from Mantua Italy. [more inside]
posted by jouke at 10:02 AM PST - 11 comments

What should I pay for a 2003/4 BMW 330i?
If I were a dealer how much would I expect to pay for a 2003 BMW 330I with performance package in Northern California with say 30-40k miles on it i.e What are they going for at the dealer auctions? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 10:00 AM PST - 17 comments

2007 is Quarterlife Crisis year at AskMe!
I just left Teach for America....and I think I might be professionally ineffective for the rest of my life [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:17 AM PST - 49 comments

How do I hang up these old drapes?
I bought these old drapes. I have no idea how to hang them. (The answer will not have "clips" in it.) [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo at 8:57 AM PST - 9 comments

No boys allowed.
Help me turn my bedroom into a sweet fort. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 8:50 AM PST - 56 comments

Looking for web-dev book suggestions
If you can buy three books on web-development today, what would they be? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 8:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Tailor in Montreal
Tailor recommendation in Montreal. [more inside]
posted by racingjs at 8:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Why am I a Vegetarian?
I recently became a vegetarian, and need help dealing with criticism from my roommates. [more inside]
posted by trueluk at 8:32 AM PST - 45 comments

How does the Sonicare charger work?
How does the Sonicare charger work? [more inside]
posted by smithygreg at 8:32 AM PST - 9 comments

What do I do with a damaged car?
I crashed my car but the insurance company won't total it. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 7:54 AM PST - 16 comments

How to work with my highly functional autistic co-worker
I have a co-worker with Asperger's Syndrome and I'd like to learn more to better our working relationship. [more inside]
posted by lostinsupermarket at 7:34 AM PST - 21 comments

Find this chocolate!
In london on a trip last year, I purchased a bar of chocolate (the flat bar kind, about 2.5 inches w to 5 inches L). It was a dark chocolate, and contained slightly dry sour cherries. It was by far the best chocolate my significant other and I have ever had. Help me find it again.
posted by omidius at 6:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Short jokes
My wife is working very difficult and stressful night shifts for the next few weeks. To help her keep from becoming emotionally overwhelmed, I like to send her jokes to her text pager. It's quickly become hard to find quality jokes that are short enough, though. Little help? [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 6:05 AM PST - 57 comments

I want to know details about university degrees in U.S. and Canada.
I want to know details about university degrees in U.S. and Canada. [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 5:54 AM PST - 8 comments

I am not actually going to Cuba
Hypotheticafilter: If my wife (UK Citizen) pays for everything on a trip to Cuba from the UK, will I (US Citizen) still be guilty of "Engaging in Trade with an Enemy"? [more inside]
posted by medium format at 5:23 AM PST - 17 comments

Hasta la vista, winter (for a while)
Travel: Our brief "escape the chill" winter trip to Guatemala is impending. Recommendations on sites? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Pain in the rear (of my gums)
My gums hurt. A lot. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 1:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Cell phone for elderly man
My father needs a cell phone. It has to be simple to use, inexpensive, and the bills must come to me. I know this question was asked and answered early last year, but I can't find it.
posted by goofyfoot at 1:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Were VirtualDubMod to have an Linux equivalent what would that be?
Where can I find a Linux equivalent of VirtualDubMod? [more inside]
posted by Satapher at 12:12 AM PST - 14 comments

February 7
How do I transfer old videotapes to my Mac?
I have: a bunch of family videos, and the two old camcorders they were taken on. I also have: a PowerBook G4. I would like to get these old videos onto DVDs, using the copy of iMovie on said PowerBook. How do I go about this? What new hardware do I need? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 11:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for foam core board
I'm looking for a source of cheap foam core board. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 9:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Help Me Find These Sunglasses!
Looking for help categorizing/finding a particular style of sunglasses, harder than it sounds! [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 8:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Horrific slowdown
PowerBook chugging hopelessly [more inside]
posted by Wolof at 8:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Code Snippets Management Software
Which is the best (free or reasonably priced) program for Windows that I can use to save a growing collection of code snippets? Ideally should be able to rapidly find and extract snippets I'm looking for, that might mean instant searching, tags, favorites bar, or whatever. Any recommendations? Thanks!
posted by jak68 at 8:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Song from Liars episode of This American Life?
Can you identify this song used in This American Life? Starts at 19:18 and continues for the entire segment. [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 8:14 PM PST - 6 comments

I landed my dream job but I don't think I'm cut for it. What should I do?
I landed my dream job but I don't think I'm cut for it. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 7:53 PM PST - 28 comments

Do surgeons wear diapers?
How do surgeons satisfy various bodily requirements during marathon surgeries? There's [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot at 7:45 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I remove duplicates and then merge two excel files?
In MS Excel, how do I remove duplicates, clean up a document and merge two files together? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 6:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Warm Stylish Coat for Cold Nasty Weather
Where can I get a coat like this? [more inside]
posted by turbanhead at 6:14 PM PST - 13 comments

USAA Financial Planning
Anyone have experience with USAA Financial Planning services? [more inside]
posted by macfly at 5:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Usage procedure for steam room /sauna
Having recently joined "the gym" I'm curious about the funny sauna facilities they have. There's the steam room, the sauna, and then a whirpool tub. What's the proper usage procedure for these things? What's the point? [more inside]
posted by sfluke20 at 5:22 PM PST - 17 comments

soundcard problem
Onboard soundcard problem. [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:45 PM PST - 4 comments

vibrating, and not in a good way.
Recently, I've noticed a slight buzzing/vibration sensation inside my right breast. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:16 PM PST - 11 comments

No say in wage, no way with wage
Non-ProfitFilter: My non-profit is not allowed to set its own salaries and that is instead done at the discretion of the a non-profit we rent from here in Maryland. Is this kind of rule legal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Importing tab-delimited text into supermemo
How to import text into SuperMemo? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 4:06 PM PST - 4 comments

How can Bush fund the surge if Congress won't appropriate the funds?
[AppropriationsFilter] If the Democrats vote *against* funding the troop escalation, what recourse does the President have to follow through with his plan? [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 3:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Gum and bear it?
My tooth doc suddenly urges me to get a frenectomy. Cause for suspicion? I like my dentist, who's skillful and friendly, but sometimes I get the feeling he's a bit too enamored of getting the latest gizmos and practicing trendy procedures. [more inside]
posted by rob511 at 3:30 PM PST - 14 comments

How hot should my bathwater be?
What temperature should a good hot bath be? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 3:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Reproductivity Tech: Good or Evil?
Reproductive Technologies: Pros and cons [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 3:25 PM PST - 6 comments

401k Over-contributions
How do I remedy over-contributions to 401k plans? Of course there is more.... [more inside]
posted by jcwagner at 2:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Digital versus offset 4-color process printing?
What is the difference between printing digitally vs. offset printing (when the printer outputs to film)? Can you design with full bleeds for digital printing? Do solid colors come out wavy or streaked with the digital process? [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 2:48 PM PST - 12 comments

To Call or Not to Call...
An unknown someone bashed in my garage door last night to the point of knocking it off the track. Should I file a police report, or is it not worth it? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 2:31 PM PST - 19 comments

mod_rewrite Filter
mod_rewrite filter: I need some code foo help here. I'm running a website that was just converted to WordPress. There are hundreds of Google search results pointing to the old site's search system. I want to redirect those to the new system. [more inside]
posted by GatorDavid at 2:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Logging applications using WMI
Looking for help in creating an automatic journal application for tracking my tasks using WMI. [more inside]
posted by frogmoses at 2:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Adware everywhere
Please help me get rid of this spyware infection before I just give up and re-install Windows. [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 1:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Stealing the Web
Stealing-the-Web filter. How can you check? [more inside]
posted by TheRaven at 1:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Dysfunctional family
I need advice on dealing with a desperate mother who wants her adult daughter to stay by her side. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:10 PM PST - 53 comments

Timeframe for grieving?
Grieffilter: Is he still grieving his wife, even though it's been so long? Need advice on my relationship with a widower... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:09 PM PST - 11 comments

FileMaker me?
FilemakerFilter: I need some database help, because I am a n00b. My FIRST robotics team is creating a database of teams at our regional event, for scouting... [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 12:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Now serving number 948392038409301....
Has any one used a title agent in Maryland instead of getting a title and registration at the Motor Vehicle Administration? [more inside]
posted by divka at 12:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me pick carnival music.
Music for an art carnival? [more inside]
posted by sonnet at 12:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Is using a fork with sushi considered impolite?
It is considered rude/wrong to ask for a fork with sushi or other Asian foods? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 12:14 PM PST - 55 comments

Getting better gas mileage out of a fuel hog?
Fuel economy filter: I drive a 1998 Dodge Durango, so I know my gas mileage is going to be low... But I was wondering if I use Mid-Grade or Premium gas if I'll be able to squeeze some more mileage out? [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself at 12:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Valentine's Day Woes
I'm looking for some suggestions on what to do this Vday. My Girlfriend and I rarely get to go out anymore because of my hectic work schedule and I want to make this year extra special... [more inside]
posted by unvivid at 12:10 PM PST - 19 comments

Mystified by choices for CMS or blog of some kind
Suggestions for a CMS or blog for a website whose main draw is a very, very busy forum? [more inside]
posted by zek at 11:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Turning of a network connection profile
How do i turn of the bluetooth modem in my network connections. [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments

East Indian music recommendations, please.
Homeworkfilter: Suggestions for classical and contemporary (pop) (East) Indian music without vocals? [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 11:24 AM PST - 1 comments

No-nonsense, serious weight loss community via mailing list?
I am looking for an e-mail mailing list in which weight loss is discussed. However, I'm looking for one with a very specific sort of attitude. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 11:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Uploads are down
I can barely upload anything and I've tried everything to fix it. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 10:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Don't want to pay for Tivo.
I'd like a DVR with no required subscription service. [more inside]
posted by superbird at 10:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Grand CaymanFilter
CaymanFilter: Looking for MeFite input on a trip to Grand Cayman ... [more inside]
posted by bhance at 10:38 AM PST - 8 comments

How does a publisher get Library of Congress information to include in a book?
I'm publishing a book. How do I go about getting Library of Congress information to include behind the title page? [more inside]
posted by RossWhite at 10:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Gift For Li'l Landlord?
What's an appropriate (but fun) baby gift to give our landlord? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 10:20 AM PST - 31 comments

How can I add descriptions to a category listing in Wordpress 2.1?
WordPress 2.1 help: How can I add descriptions to a category page? [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan at 10:00 AM PST - 6 comments

How to record a sing-along choir track without a pile of headphones?
Lo-fi group recording: how can I record a 6-8 person sing-along choir cleanly if I don't already own a bunch of headphones and splitters? [more inside]
posted by cortex at 9:10 AM PST - 18 comments

What to do while visiting Irvine?
I'm visiting family in Irvine, CA 2/15 - 2/22. Can you help me put together an itinerary of must-do / see things in the area? [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 at 9:09 AM PST - 22 comments

Are the SAT prep courses worth the money?
Personal experiences with SAT course preparation? [more inside]
posted by Flakypastry at 9:02 AM PST - 33 comments

navapsvc
navapsvc.exe hogs 62-70% of processor time [more inside]
posted by KRS at 8:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Help Migrate Data from Ancient Machine
Help me transfer selected files from a computer running DOS to an XP machine via a parallel cable, and let's see if we can do it for free. [more inside]
posted by chitlin at 8:56 AM PST - 7 comments

I've made a huge mistake...
Ask Methairfilter + Arrested Development: What hair stuff do you reckon they used on Jason Bateman's hair and how can I semi-imitate that look? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 8:32 AM PST - 15 comments

The microwave gave me superhuman powers
What are some words of wisdom your parents have told you that you've never really checked the validity of (and probably aren't true)? IE: "Going out with wet hair will give you a cold," "cell phones release dangerous amounts of radiation" "eating right before you sleep makes you fat," etc. [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 8:28 AM PST - 89 comments

Ugly discharge equals ugly bubbles.
Bath bubbles change in the presence of a yeast infection. Why? [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 8:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Running a computer with a generator
I need to install a branch line from my emergency generator circuit that will feed my wifes work computer at home. I always assume that voltage from my Honda generator/welder is going to be quite dirty. Do I need more than a surge protector and line conditioner to prevent her system from being damaged?
posted by Raybun at 7:55 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I copyright original artwork on my web site?
My personal web site contains a lot of original photography and artwork. How do I protect it with a copyright?
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot at 7:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Running fool!
I've started running recently although I know nothing about it...help! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 7:45 AM PST - 32 comments

Who makes the best salsa?
What are your favorite salsa artists and albums? [more inside]
posted by Tacos Are Pretty Great at 7:40 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I get Firefox to use the OSX Keychain?
How do I get Firefox to use the OSX Keychain? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 7:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Therapy: Confidentiality/conflict of interest?
I've been seeing a psychotherapist since last summer. A few months ago, my boyfriend joined me in seeing the same person for couples counseling. Now, my boyfriend is also seeing her for private sessions. Q1: Is there a conflict of interest because she sees both of us separately? Q2: I am thinking of breaking up with him. Does confidentiality prevent her from "leaking" this info to him?
posted by anonymous at 7:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me fix a poor student's computer
Please help me fix a poor college student’s Dell Dimension E310 desktop PC. I need to know whether they use an industry standard power supply unit or a proprietary Dell unit. [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 6:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Waldorf/Steiner Schools
Waldorf/Steiner schools - good, bad or ugly? Any personal experiences with this type of school that you can share would be very much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 6:04 AM PST - 18 comments

Zoho, any good?
Do you have feelings about the Zoho suite of web apps? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 5:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Sherrif's Business card on door?
What could a buisiness card from a Sheriff's Deputy left on your front door mean? I called but had to leave a message and am freaking out. [more inside]
posted by rainbaby at 5:43 AM PST - 26 comments

How to connect PC sound card to an LCD TV?
I have a Gateway desktop with a standard sound card in it. The video is connected to a Vizio 42" LCD TV via VGA cable. We would like to connect the sound to the TV as well. There is no PC Audio input on the TV...just red and white RCA jacks. I looked for an adapter cable or sound card that had RCA jacks out, but got confused really quickly. All help is appreciated!
posted by titans13 at 5:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Aye Aye IP Printing! Help
So, following the advice on a few previous MeFi threads, I bought an old HP Laserjet 5M printer for $80 on eBay that promises to do everything I ever dreamt of (pretty printing, cheap, duplex--there seem to be lots of these around, coming off corporate leases). IF I can figure out how to get the connection to a router and to my Mac G5 to work, that is. [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 4:57 AM PST - 21 comments

Should I become a magazine / new media journalist? [UK based]
CareerFilter: Should I become a magazine / new media journalist? [UK based] - LONG POST WARNING! [more inside]
posted by dcbarker at 4:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Alternatives to Dora The Explorer?
My daughter is mad for Dora The Explorer. I think it's a good enough program for her if she's going to be watching TV; we get involved and she doesn't just vegetate in front of it. That said, the repetition is doing our heads in. What are some alternative programs that she might get as much out of but will give her Mum and me a little variety?
posted by adamt at 4:18 AM PST - 43 comments

I need a U18-friendly venue to hire in London on a Saturday evening...
I need a U18-friendly venue to hire in London on a Saturday evening... [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 3:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Where do the guitars on Run DMC's Rock Box come from?
Where do the guitars on Run DMC's Rock Box come from? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 1:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Batten down the hatches!
It’s cyclone season where I am. There’s a pretty good chance we’ll loose power and / or water. What should I put in my emergency food box? [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 1:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Need bike.
Good independant cycle shop in London please. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 12:16 AM PST - 14 comments

February 6
Can I rent a Minsk in Saigon?
Can I rent a Minsk motorcycle in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 11:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Who has the time to renew their license the few days they move?
I moved to California 18 days ago, and just noticed that the DMV website says I need to get a California license within 10 days. I haven't... will I be subject to fines or penalties when I go to get my CA license? How can they tell how long I've been here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Art Relationship Morality Filter
Art Relationship Morality Filter – Have recently discovered my newly wed wife has lied to me about the contents of a painting that takes pride of place in our small flat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 PM PST - 42 comments

French sci-fi and fantasy.
Give me some recommendations for French-language science-fiction or fantasy books. [more inside]
posted by Silune at 11:19 PM PST - 8 comments

what's the best thrift store in San Francisco?
What are your favorite thrift or specialty clothing stores in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 10:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Jazz Fest 2007
Help us plan our trip to New Orleans Jazz Fest! [more inside]
posted by peeedro at 10:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Best mail-order food?
What are the finest mail-order food goods available at reasonable prices? I'm talking best bread, brownies, cakes, fruits, frozen pizzas, cookies -- any recommendations for extraordinary food at not-exhorbitant rates.
posted by shivohum at 9:34 PM PST - 33 comments

Where's my remote?
Where's my remote? If you can't tell me that, does there exist a universal remote with a cordless phone-like paging feature? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 9:00 PM PST - 17 c