March 2010 Archives

March 31
I'd Like to learn written and spoken Hindi starting form square 1. What are the best resources, particularly Web-based resources for doing that? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 11:31 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the best resolution and format to upload a video to Facebook? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 10:24 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm interested in advice about changing career in one's thirties: specifically, learning a trade. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 9:57 PM PST - 13 comments

What should I know about the legality of sending a USB mixtape across international borders? Will sending 20 great songs to a dear friend get me or them in trouble? Can I do anything else to cover my ass? Assume both origin and destination are developed, non-US countries.
posted by anonymous at 9:55 PM PST - 10 comments

What wonderful things for grownups can be hidden inside standard plastic Easter eggs? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells at 9:30 PM PST - 24 comments

If you're an attorney, I'm curious how you handle all the mundane contracts (such as Web site terms of service or software licenses) with which people are expected to comply these days? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 9:10 PM PST - 31 comments

Tokyo Travel: I am arriving at Narita at 9:30pm Saturday night, with reservations at a hotel near Shimbashi Station that evening. Is this trip possible? [more inside]
posted by milquetoast at 9:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Am I over-thinking this, or will attending grad school at a CSU (California State University) hinder further career goals? Help me eliminate one more thing from my grad-application-frazzled mind! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Poster presentation outside of elementary school: help me be professional! Bonus question inside. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 8:54 PM PST - 14 comments

I have issues having intercourse with my partner. Everything starts out, and erect. Foreplay is no problem, but I have a tendency to start going limp during intercourse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 PM PST - 12 comments

What one change I can make in my life for one month will have the greatest positive effect? [more inside]
posted by joshjs at 8:54 PM PST - 69 comments

What reason is there to believe that the recently-passed health care bill is affordable for America? Sure, the CBO projects it to reduce deficits, but isn't it required to use possibly unrealistic legislative assumptions, like Medicare cuts that have never been implemented in the past? Given the incredible growth of Medicare and Social Security costs over the last decades, the powerful interests (like doctors) that may stand against harsh cost-cutting, and the US's aging but heavily-voting population -- what reason is there to believe this bill doesn't start up yet another fiscally irresponsible and politically untouchable entitlement program?
posted by shivohum at 8:51 PM PST - 17 comments

Good, neutral, career aptitude tests? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 8:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Is transferring to a different law school after 1L a good idea, or a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 13 comments

What is this Tea Party thing I keep hearing so much about? [more inside]
posted by Philby at 7:55 PM PST - 34 comments

I am looking for interesting places to photograph in the Durham, North Carolina area. I'm into old architecture, specifically places where I might be able to ask people to pose. (I prefer pictures with people and go around Toronto asking people's permission). I have a car and be there from Friday noon to until Sunday evening. Thanks!
posted by rooster416 at 7:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Breadfilter: Help me troubleshoot my loaf and expand my bread baking repertoire. [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle at 7:52 PM PST - 16 comments

What vegetarian main dish should I make for a seder tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 7:48 PM PST - 12 comments

I am an Australian who will be living in Toronto for 4 months later this year, as my partner is studying there for 1 semester. I am post 31 so can't get a travel/work visa. So I'm looking for suggestions on how could use my 4 months there? [more inside]
posted by JohnBlaze at 7:43 PM PST - 3 comments

VirginiaFilter: Where in Virginia can I find a midnight Easter vigil service... in Spanish? [more inside]
posted by math at 7:42 PM PST - 3 comments

What mid-sized corporations do you think have ugly logos? [more inside]
posted by deinemutti at 7:38 PM PST - 25 comments

What are some excellent documentaries (especially "non-traditional") about South America? Ideally in Spanish. [more inside]
posted by wooh at 7:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you recommend some Nintendo DS games for me? I love Animal Crossing and the Harvest Moon games. [more inside]
posted by leesh at 6:48 PM PST - 24 comments

PortlandFilter: Flying to PDX from May 29-Jun 3 with a 16 month old. Any suggestions for kid-friendly fun? [more inside]
posted by kpht at 6:47 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get a part-time job (nights and/or weekends) in health care could I seek considering that I have no clinical experience and a full-time job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Thinking about doing some cross-border shopping in Buffalo this weekend (from Toronto). What kind of traffic can I expect, and what other tips should a first-timer know? [more inside]
posted by hiteleven at 5:47 PM PST - 11 comments

I've quit smoking, but I miss the periodic (5-15 times/day) neurochemical "hit" -- as well as the break-taking-ritual aspects -- of having a cig. What are my options? (Answers should be less unhealthy than smoking, but don't necessarily have to be "safe as milk"). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:11 PM PST - 35 comments

What are the best practices for investing for a non profit? Details about this particular situation inside. [more inside]
posted by christonabike at 4:59 PM PST - 3 comments

I was offered a dream job eight months ago that I turned down due to situational factors at the time. Those factors have changed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:51 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm work at a California university, and I'm seriously underpaid. Is there any point in bringing this up in today's tough budgetary and economic climate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:51 PM PST - 20 comments

Alternatives to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New York? [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 4:41 PM PST - 6 comments

I recently bought a new 1TB external hard drive to store my microscopy images. What is the best way to partition and index the drive so that I can easily store and access thousands of images? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 4:40 PM PST - 9 comments

I need another word for "Alchemy" for a fantasy setting. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 4:11 PM PST - 25 comments

Dumb math question: is there any useful relationship between numbers a, b, and the function a*(a/b)?
posted by xmutex at 3:55 PM PST - 11 comments

CareerChangeFilter: Anyone have experience of graduate conversion to law mid-career in the UK? [more inside]
posted by KMH at 3:35 PM PST - 1 comments

I'm looking for a book, site or online course notes that explain PC architecture in a moderate amount of detail. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gadha at 3:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Why did some schmuck attempt to open the gas tank of my parked car? [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 3:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Spelling in protest signs - is there a liberal / conservative divide? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 3:14 PM PST - 37 comments

Sexfilter: I'm okay with this, but what does it mean that I love it when Mr. Anon pulls my hair during sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Thank you so much for getting me to seek therapy. You're the best. Now I need more help, because I don't know if the therapy is working. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Should I stay with my midwife practice, given a trustworthy account of a mismanaged case? This gets long, sorry. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 2:48 PM PST - 22 comments

Getting a new furnace with a side order of asbestos abatement funtimes! Do we need new ductwork too? [more inside]
posted by clavicle at 2:43 PM PST - 3 comments

How do you reread comics that are part of a large shared universe? [more inside]
posted by davextreme at 2:25 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the top 20 most visited video game news websites? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket at 2:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there anything similar to freecycle or craigslist for items one wants to borrow and return? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 2:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find the answer sheet to my family's favorite game of 'name all the teams, their mascots and college city in the Pac-10, ACC, SWAC, etc'. Looking for something graphical. [more inside]
posted by shew at 2:09 PM PST - 4 comments

I love Nordic home design. I'd like to subscribe to some Swedish home decorating magazines, but there is the language barrier on the magazine websites. Needless to say I cannot read any Scandinavian language, and the sites do not have an English option. I'm not even certain they'll do foreign subscriptions. I've yet to find a US magazine that has total Nordic design as its focus. [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 2:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it legal for a random genealogy website to display my full name, birthdate and mother's maiden name without asking my permission? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 15 comments

I have three big, lightweight, plastic spheres, and want to turn them into a three-light swag-type fixture. It would be cool to have all three controlled by one switch (kinda like a three-way floor lamp). Is there an easy way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Knicke at 1:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Someone close to me will be undergoing an abortion in about a week. My role will be to support her during and afterward. We don't know yet whether it will be the medical (plan B pill) or surgical procedure. What kind of physical and emotional side effects can we expect to deal with? Can anyone who has gone through this offer advice or wisdom? The patient is 18 years old, athletic, and otherwise in good health.
posted by leafeater at 1:34 PM PST - 30 comments

This Flickr blog post about the project to map Kibera (perhaps the largest slum in Africa) has left me thinking: what is the largest slum in the Americas? In North America? In the United States? [more inside]
posted by komara at 1:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Flipflops, how does one wear them? [more inside]
posted by tigrefacile at 12:50 PM PST - 48 comments

Austin, TX dining: What would be a good restaurant for four friends celebrating a birthday this weekend? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 12:22 PM PST - 30 comments

When I take screenshots on my mac and paste them into a power point presentation I can see them, but anyone I send the ppt to gets no pictures, just a quicktime decompressor message. Images do render to a pdf. This never used to happen to me on my last powerbook. Are there settings that I can change? Thanks
posted by cg1 at 12:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Animal cruelty bothers me way more than it should. Is this related to my childhood sexual abuse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:55 AM PST - 37 comments

I am trying to install a lighting fixture. It is 240v. I am in America. And also what is this electrical wiring weirdness coming from my ceiling that I am hooking it up to? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds at 11:53 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm looking for minimalist, psychedelic pop art with mystical or ambiguous symbols/iconography. Something a bit hypnagogic like this. I also prefer a simple black-and-white or muted approach rather than the garish colors and wavy lines associated with much of 60's psychedelic stuff, though I'm not necessarily opposed to that. Links to images encouraged. Thanks!
posted by naju at 11:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Hiking around Lake Mead, looking for advice on trails. [more inside]
posted by MansRiot at 11:42 AM PST - 1 comments

I'm looking for studies about educational attainment as a predictor for party choice in US Presidential Elections. [more inside]
posted by robinhoudt at 10:53 AM PST - 6 comments

My grandpa died. Some stuff remains. Will you be my personal Antiques Roadshow? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 10:52 AM PST - 21 comments

I need advice finding something to do this weekend in Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau at 10:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Manhattan Mad Men Tour: Fellow I know coming into town is a huge Mad Men buff. I'd like to show him around places that evoke the show's era and style. What places are like the Campbell apartment, the Pierre, the Oak Room, and such? Is it even possible to do it on a budget? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 10:45 AM PST - 13 comments

How long can I stay on Lamictal? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 10:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Do changes in thermohaline circulation have immediate impact on regional climates? [more inside]
posted by melatonic at 10:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Professional photographers in Canada: looking for Canadian based digital imaging lab with services similar to White House Custom Color? [more inside]
posted by mushroom_tattoo at 10:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Where and when did all this zombie silliness start? Why?
posted by space_cookie at 10:10 AM PST - 44 comments

I'm having a hard time finding information about the agriculture and trash systems & practices in Europe. Basically I'd like to know where my food comes from and how waste is disposed of when living there. When I pick up a piece of produce from Portugal, I want to understand what that means. [more inside]
posted by scazza at 10:05 AM PST - 5 comments

A few years back, my friend Russell (mid-twenties, American, white, male) was in Scotland, at a bus stop. It was late at night, he'd been drinking, and some guy (mid-twenties, British, white, male) came up and angrily asked him "Are you of Scottish descent?" Russell raised his hands and eyebrows in a confused "Whoa, no idea what you're on about" gesture and said, "Buddy, you got the wrong guy." The man then punched Russell in the face. WHY? [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog at 9:51 AM PST - 48 comments

What % of NCAA tourney brackets entered correctly picked the remaining teams that currently make up the Final 4? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia at 9:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Roadtrip filter: Recommendations for things to see, places to eat, cheap but nice places to stay for a US roadtrip - Itinerary follows... [more inside]
posted by jammy at 9:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Building a computer: help me put together a shopping list. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 9:11 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I balance my waitlisting to a wonderful PhD program with not messing up my acceptance to a great PhD program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 AM PST - 13 comments

I have a bad attitude. Help me change. (this might get long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 14 comments

What are some great work abroad opportunities for two friends not looking to settle down yet? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 8:53 AM PST - 5 comments

I need short, generic readings designed to model the diction, cadence, and inflection (and to a smaller extent the demeanor/character) of the speaker so that I can record demo clips to use in my voice-over portfolio. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 8:35 AM PST - 3 comments

What is the best way of getting to the Farnsworth House while staying Chicago? [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose at 8:33 AM PST - 8 comments

How to prepare a Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630 for sale on Ebay? [more inside]
posted by de void at 8:23 AM PST - 7 comments

How exactly does Steve Manns latest HMD work? [more inside]
posted by GhostChe at 7:59 AM PST - 1 comments

We're not in the beef jerky aisle at 7-11 anymore, Toto: tell me about foods from other cultures which are difficult for the American/Western palate to "translate". [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 7:52 AM PST - 63 comments

A friend's son is turning 17 this week - what mindblowing book could I get him? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:50 AM PST - 25 comments

I'm preparing a talk for my design studio on the key differences between Apple's Human Interface Guidelines and Microsoft's Windows User Experience Interaction Guidelines. Looking for any resources. [more inside]
posted by jragon at 7:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Marry or break up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 AM PST - 84 comments

CoffeeTableBookFilter: Anyone know of a book full of maps, particularly if those maps show the changing borders of countries in various time periods? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 7:23 AM PST - 4 comments

I need ideas to keep a class of 10-15 1st & 2nd graders occupied. The catch? We don't speak the same language and there isn't a translator. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 7:13 AM PST - 11 comments

What's a good bulk emailer for Mac? [more inside]
posted by moviehawk at 7:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me develop my pectorals! [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 7:00 AM PST - 37 comments

Small-scale, short-term, reasonably-priced storage in Paris. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by threeants at 6:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for songs that reference Pittsburgh. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 6:54 AM PST - 32 comments

Using the subway and taxicabs in NYC without looking like a rube. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef at 5:57 AM PST - 73 comments

What specific items of clothing are these two 19th century men wearing? Is there a name for that style of hat, those styles of trousers, etc? If you happen to know the exact name for those precise styles, that's great-- but if not, even general terms that would help me describe them would be great. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 5:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Asking for a friend: Financial considerations of moving to China and being paid in renminbi? (originally from Britain) [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 4:49 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I organise a huge number of disorganised files in windows? [more inside]
posted by Stuartsjaw at 4:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me not to offend everyone in the whole world! [more inside]
posted by cromagnon at 4:07 AM PST - 14 comments

I currently store bedroom things in one of these. I'd prefer something like one of these. Where can I find some attractive storage crates to make what is on show by necessity look nicer? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 3:10 AM PST - 8 comments

EtiquetteFilter: A business partner's wife handed me a gift for my wife on my latest visit. Said business partner is from (and lives in) the Middle East, same goes for his wife. Their family background is muslim, though they are not really practicing it. I hardly know his wife (met her only twice) and both of them don't know my wife at all. What is the meaning of such a present? Should we give her a present in return? If so, should it be more or less costly than the one for my wife (they are wealthy, far more than I am).
posted by cronholio at 2:36 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I make Chrome work with my company's intranet? [more inside]
posted by arcticbluejay at 2:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Wondering how feasible it is to become a database administrator when I'm in my mid-30s, even though my IT skills are pretty minimal. [more inside]
posted by thisperon at 2:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Is it considered very unusual in the US for people to keep their own surnames when they get married? Does this lead to misunderstandings or problems in everyday life, or is it totally OK/commonly accepted for wife and husband to have different surnames? [more inside]
posted by The Toad at 1:32 AM PST - 60 comments

A silly question, but how do I use those U-shaped neck pillows? I know I'm supposed to put the wider part (bottom of "U") behind my neck, but this pushes my chin down and as I have no support for it on the front (top of "U"), my neck hurts even more than if I just let my head loll around. [more inside]
posted by gakiko at 1:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Why is the smallpox vaccine not available to members of the public on a voluntary basis in the US? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 12:56 AM PST - 29 comments

March 30
Should I get an MBA? (Posting for a friend) [more inside]
posted by metametababe at 11:22 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I help my 10-year-old blog safely? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 11:09 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I add a non-traditional (non-website) link to a blog post/template without the link being changed upon saving? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 10:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I fight an attempt to change my job title? [more inside]
posted by diode at 10:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a cello teacher in Los Angeles for a beginner. Or is there a string instrument instructor you know who might recommend a cello instructor or a cello player who might want to earn a few bucks, or bargain his or her time? [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 9:40 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm in Toronto and having an, err, identity crisis, coupled with feelings of anxiety and depression about my life. Does anyone have any recommendations for a therapist who would be good at dealing with these issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Book suggestions! Looking for fiction that features people a) being Done Wrong and b) dealing with that and moving on with their lives again afterwards. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Windows 7 refuses to read commercial data dvds, plays movies fine, loads CDs fine, but chokes on pre-written disks. [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 8:25 PM PST - 5 comments

I had all but a sliver of my thyroid removed in May 2007, when I was 20. I was under my dad's fantastic health insurance then. Since then, my dad has been laid off, and my health insurance through my work will not pay for anything until I've met a $2000 cap. I didn't make an appointment with my specialist for nearly two years, so he refused to fill my prescription for levothyroxine. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 PM PST - 25 comments

I have been asked to write for a website that deals primarily with first amendment issues. Help me add sites to my RSS feed and find mailing lists that will give me things to write about! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me brainstorm a new job title. [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 7:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Please help me understand travel to Japan [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 7:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Noob looking to start kayaking. [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 7:27 PM PST - 11 comments

I need some interesting internet destinations for my mom. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown at 7:25 PM PST - 36 comments

I have a motorcycle that's been stored outside for a year and I'd like to get it running. [more inside]
posted by heliostatic at 6:39 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I ensure I get good quality yogurt from my yogurt maker? Plus, what cakes would you recommend for Easter? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:16 PM PST - 20 comments

Which pop and rock music studio recordings were performed in unusual and unexpected locations? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 5:55 PM PST - 56 comments

I'm making a reading list and I'm looking for some novels about English village life. What I have so far you can view here. Any suggestions of books and authors I may have missed? I am looking for fiction that is in print and more than likely available at most public libraries in the states. [more inside]
posted by zzazazz at 5:17 PM PST - 34 comments

What is the most reliable site for strictly finding sexual partners? [more inside]
posted by tunestunes at 4:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Innocuous April Fool's pranks for a young kid (5) to play, and to be played on him? [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 4:25 PM PST - 39 comments

Does anyone know how busy Coyote Gulch would be in late June (say, in people per day)? Or how busy the Escalante backcountry area in general would be? Or alternately, is there a message board for people to talk about the Escalante area, like there is for Death Valley?
posted by Dr. Send at 3:40 PM PST - 4 comments

I am a 13 year IT professional who was laid off from my job back in early 2008. After months of unsuccessful job hunting, I did the stay-at-home-dad thing for over a year before I landed a job as an office manager at a small store. (well cashier, but I also do light book-keeping, fix the computers, do the payroll, AP, AR, etc...) With the economy (hopefully) picking up, I want to update my resume and get aggressive about job hunting again, but am hesitant to put this job in my resume. Will this hurt or help? Your thoughts are appreciated! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Please explain the Dublin bus system to me. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 3:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Hey, motorcyclists! Anyone around Western New York care to recommend me a repair shop? [more inside]
posted by Jinkeez at 3:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for hostel/hotel and activity recommendations in Santiago, Chile in May. [more inside]
posted by rebekah at 3:08 PM PST - 1 comments

(Irish Pronunciation) Dougie. The name. As pronounced in Ireland, specifically.
posted by coffeefilter at 3:05 PM PST - 11 comments

How and where does a chick in her late twenties meet guys in Los Angeles? I'm single for the first time in eons, and I'm just starting to come out of my shy shell, too. I'm looking forward to the casual dating scene, except I'm clueless as to where to go (and what to do)! I *don't* want to try anything internet-related (not even meetups) this time. The internet's always been a crutch for me, and I want to overcome that. I will sometimes be with other friends, but sometimes I'm going to be on my own. Which I'm excited about! ...but a total n00b. Help me figure out where to go and how to attract some attention without desperately clinging to a friend's arm. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM PST - 10 comments

body language--placing hands under another's elbows [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM PST - 38 comments

Has the proliferation of MP3 players/other personal music devices had a negative impact on buskers? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 2:40 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I de-fog my windshield without air-conditioning on a cold, rainy day? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist at 2:21 PM PST - 29 comments

Is the Daring Fireball style of linking possible on a self hosted WordPress blog and if so how easy is it to accomplish? [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 2:09 PM PST - 5 comments

I want to propose to my male significant other. What should I do, and what should I give him? [more inside]
posted by audacity at 2:07 PM PST - 48 comments

Is the light bulb in the microwave different than the ones in our lamps? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 1:52 PM PST - 9 comments

What low-calorie foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, do you find most filling? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 1:38 PM PST - 38 comments

How can I move an MS Access file to another PC? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 1:38 PM PST - 3 comments

I've spilled chocolate milk all over my power strip (with surge protector). What to do? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light at 1:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Mr. Koko and I are in Winnipeg, and like to take little weekend trips to anyplace within a day's drive. Neither of us have explored Fargo or Minneapolis, so I thought we'd hit both in one long weekend. I'm looking for one or two highlights for each place. [more inside]
posted by Koko at 1:22 PM PST - 15 comments

This is likely a dumb question. :) But I have this little microwave. Both the glass turntable and the plastic wheel thing are broken. The microwave itself works fine and heats things up. Short of dripping stuff down into the motor enclosure where the wheel+turntable would normally sit, can I use this microwave normally long-term with no worries? I'm assuming that the only difference is the food would be unevenly heated (I could manually turn), but I just wanted to make sure the turntable motor business wasn't connected to anything else. Replacements would cost more than the microwave at this point.
posted by Ky at 1:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there any way to sync my voice notes with my iphone that doesn't involve them ending up in my music section? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 1:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a way that I can find out approximately how many 1st generation iPhones are still in service?
posted by bradn at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find a AA or AAA battery powered MP3 player for my Mom [more inside]
posted by bluefrog at 12:39 PM PST - 18 comments

We think we have carpet beetles! Help! [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 12:21 PM PST - 5 comments

YANMD I just had a weird faint-y, nauseated episode. Care to speculate? I'm invited to a Seder this evening, and don't want to go if I'm contagious. [more inside]
posted by theora55 at 12:14 PM PST - 28 comments

what is a fair price for a used macbook pro? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 12:13 PM PST - 15 comments

If anyone lives in Cleveland, I'd like hear your suggestions for a fun date. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 12:04 PM PST - 18 comments

FogFilter. Flying SFO to LAX on Monday morning (April 5) on United -- if I really need to get to LAX on time should I buy another ticket on Southwest out of OAK? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 11:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Why do people become dentists? [more inside]
posted by abbat at 11:39 AM PST - 69 comments

Recommendations for a tailor/seamstress/alterations expert in Denver for a formal gown? [more inside]
posted by paisley sheep at 11:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Does anyone know where I can find Nick Relief, a product which helps stanch shaving cuts, in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by j1950 at 11:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Having an outdoor wedding in Bay City Michigan the end of June and I am wondering if anyone knows of an effective and safe way to eliminate mosquitoes from the area for several hours? I really want to be sure no pets, people or the environment itself are toxic, I just want the nasty blood suckers to leave myself and the guests alone!
posted by gypseefire at 11:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Chicago Thrift stores: Ones that have a nice selection that don't charge $75 for a used t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 10:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Since every government in the world seeks information control to remain in power. The internet will eventually be tapped, censored, crippled, and/or blocked by every country. How can we fight against this, or rather, route around it? [more inside]
posted by simpleblob at 10:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Are there any examples of television/movie scenes where simple non-plot-related mistakes are made intentionally? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 10:48 AM PST - 56 comments

Why would a new CVS have to keep only the word "pharmacy" covered during construction? [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ at 10:42 AM PST - 18 comments

Help this special snowflake find some witty, urbane blogs? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 10:41 AM PST - 20 comments

I think networking is the missing element to my rather unsuccessful job search effort. Any suggestions as to how I could grow my network usefully? How much about "networking" is hype? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm concerned about my fiancée's mental health. I don't know much about this stuff. Help! Novel-length details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 48 comments

Can anyone tell me why we say "roast chicken" instead of "roasted chicken" and then turn around and say "roasted vegetables"?
posted by markcmyers at 10:30 AM PST - 22 comments

Domestically incompetent + pure sugar cane syrup all. over. kitchen. floor. Help! [more inside]
posted by goodnight moon at 10:16 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I switch health insurance providers now, or wait, given Obamacare? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 10:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Monitor 360 does the kind of work I'd like to do. Help me find similar companies. [more inside]
posted by kjars at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

In a general sense, when did Texas public schools last perform in the top half of the 50 states? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 9:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Why will my GMail timestamp not change to reflect current timezone? [more inside]
posted by banannafish at 9:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Who do you follow on twitter that are motivational/inspirational? I am looking at Tony Robbins already.
posted by Wong Fei-hung at 9:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Should we take a day trip to Montserrat or Carcassonne while visiting Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by emilyv at 9:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Price gun filter? [more inside]
posted by omnidrew at 9:15 AM PST - 6 comments

I hate region specific questions but -- A place for techno/dance/house music in Tampa, FL? [more inside]
posted by CPAGirl at 9:06 AM PST - 1 comments

How to thank parents-in-law for a gigantic, monumental favor (of a financial nature) they've done for us? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 8:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Windows 7 paranoia: the desktop CPU/RAM clock doohickey is now the central preoccupation of my life. But I'd like to know why does my RAM usage continually creep upwards? [more inside]
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee at 8:36 AM PST - 11 comments

I am wondering about the origins of these 1960s NHL vignette photo card things. [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 8:32 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I spend a week with my mother without going crazy? [more inside]
posted by heartofglass at 8:18 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking to make the best trail mix possible. List one or two ingredients that you love in trail mix, and one or two you hate. Will name this trail mix 'hive mind mix' based on you're replies and will re-post with how it tastes.
posted by parallax7d at 8:09 AM PST - 98 comments

A question about experience with Vibram FiveFingers and other minimalist running shoes. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 8:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Too broad, but oh well-- Please recommend clean, uplifting, life-affirming, feel-good books, nearly any genre. [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 8:00 AM PST - 30 comments

Should I be concerned about frozen prepared foods that don't seem all that frozen in the grocery store? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 7:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there a cheap, portable dual n-back (brain training) game? Would consider a phone. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 7:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there an online map tool for identifying a central location? [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 7:44 AM PST - 5 comments

I have a really big red mark leftover from acne, and it won't go away. What's the best way to treat it? [more inside]
posted by fatty magoo at 7:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Am I in my rights to file for unemployment? Recently laid off but promised of a "transfer" to a different job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Moral dilemma: Should I take this job, considering I might turn around and leave for something better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 17 comments

How will the recent US healthcare reforms affect the VA hospital system? Will vets be more or less likely to seek treatment at the VA? Will the VA see an overall increase or decrease in number of patients treated? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 7:10 AM PST - 6 comments

What are prevalent upper-class social markers of speech in the US (if any)? I'm from continental Western Europe; the Netherlands. I asked my US girlfriend what upper class speech markers exist in the US. Because in NL I can place people quite quickly as coming from a specific upper class or lower class background just by hearing the way they speak. She said that that doesn't exist in the same way in the US. I find that hard to believe. Do you notice social markers of speech in your surroundings? And can you give examples? Maybe even youtube fragments? [more inside]
posted by joost de vries at 7:09 AM PST - 87 comments

Flying With a Guitar? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 6:52 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you get reddish brown marks off sidewalk caused from the snowblower scraping along the concrete? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 6:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Window hardware and curtain suggestions for a 12ft opening? [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond at 6:44 AM PST - 1 comments

Help me find hardcore science podcasts. I am a well-informed layman who likes reading about science issues above my head. Are there any hardcore science podcasts out there for me? NPR's Science Friday, Nature, and Science podcasts are all way, way too dumbed down. I want something really meaty I can listen to on the train and just barely be able to follow what they're saying, and maybe look up stuff on the web to actually learn something new. In other words, podcasts for science specialists by science specialists.
posted by zachawry at 6:35 AM PST - 18 comments

My employer is going to pay me $5,000/year to go to school. Help me figure out my next move. [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 6:33 AM PST - 8 comments

What's with the weird barcode thing in the opening titles of Channel 4 news? [more inside]
posted by public at 3:53 AM PST - 8 comments

I am attempting to identify the artist and time period of a specific painting. Vague (and possibly unhelpful) details inside- any help would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest at 12:11 AM PST - 8 comments

March 29
I've always wondered about the lyrics to the Dead Kennedys' song "Moon Over Marin". It seems like one would have had to have lived in California in the late 70s-early 80s to get all the references in the song, so I'm hoping someone who did can explain them. [more inside]
posted by DecemberBoy at 11:15 PM PST - 18 comments

I am thinking about having some microdermabrasion treatments. I do not have scars, just some stubborn mila and mild rosacea. I have done research but am getting confused with all the choices and methods. I am in the LA area, so have a big selection of Med-Spas where the treatments are given by an RN or LVN. What is the difference between SmartPeel or Vibraderm or a SilkPeel, or...they go on and on. Does anyone have any direct experience with the various methods. Don't tell me to see my dermatologist, as Kaiser doesn't deal with optional aesthetic procedures. I use some prescription creams, Metronidazole works better than Retin A, for the rosacea.
posted by cosmicsister at 10:30 PM PST - 4 comments

I am in a graduate college urban composition class, and I'm making a presentation, to about 45 people, about the history of a building over the years. I don't want to reveal what the building is currently used for. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 PM PST - 24 comments

[DatingWardrobeFilter]: How casual is too casual? Hoodies acceptable on second date? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:52 PM PST - 83 comments

Help! I am SO confused about picking the right budgeting software. I am looking for a budgeting software but I have a lot of parameters. I have read the previous threads but it seems like nothing does exactly what I want it to do. Paramemters below. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 9:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Can anyone tell me what the deal is with 'red' Batman?
posted by Frasermoo at 9:11 PM PST - 5 comments

What poem am I thinking of? (Warning: woefully inadequate clues inside.) [more inside]
posted by ardent at 9:07 PM PST - 24 comments

Mobile broadband recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kprincehouse at 9:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there any way I can freeze part of a chicken but not the rest? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 8:06 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking for "badges" from other environmental groups to put on my group's Facebook page. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by andythebean at 7:53 PM PST - 1 comments

I would like to get root access on a Macbook Air running Mac OS X 10.5.8. Bonus points - without nuking the existing keychain. [more inside]
posted by zippy at 7:31 PM PST - 31 comments

I just bought this LG monitor, and after I got it home and unpacked it I realized it (of course!) came with an installation CD. Problem: I'm using it with my netbook, which doesn't have a CD drive. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 7:08 PM PST - 12 comments

My life is complicated and so are my wedding invitations. Help me word this thing, please! [more inside]
posted by hooper4 at 7:03 PM PST - 25 comments

TheatreFilter: Help me identify the play that this morbid, dark, hilarious scene I saw came from. [more inside]
posted by iktomi at 6:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Responsible science filter: Social sciences + military = bad? [more inside]
posted by _cave at 6:40 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm making an archival database (in Excel) with about 10,000 rows and 6-7 columns for each row. I'm doing this so the information will be easy to cross-reference and search. I've never done anything like this before and am looking for books, blogs, etc. for tips, suggestions, and anything that will make my life and this project easier.
posted by melodykramer at 6:39 PM PST - 16 comments

Moved Northeast from Southeast back in January. Realized last week, I still hadn't found a pdoc to refill my prescriptions. Ends up that my Venlafaxine had no more refills. [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon at 6:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you help me identify the country-ish/folky song in my head? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 6:33 PM PST - 5 comments

OddballPlaylistFilter: I'd like to make a playlist of songs that use a specific musical allusion -- the single repeating note doot-do-doot-doot-doot-do-doot that represents "signal transmission." But I can only think of two examples. [more inside]
posted by Balonious Assault at 6:15 PM PST - 38 comments

Where in Chicago can I test ride a Plato by Republic Bikes or a Dutchi by Linus Bikes? Barring that, can anyone A) swear up and down they are not suited for a very short girl so I can stop dreaming or B) suggest similar smaller-framed Dutch single-speeds? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:58 PM PST - 8 comments

I have a nice Telecaster. Trouble is, I like making surf sounds. Would I ruin it by fitting a Bigsby or some other tremolo?
posted by scruss at 5:25 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the major Scandinavian Mountaineering/Ski clothing companies out there? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat at 5:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Was I being a jerk/untoward with this girl? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:16 PM PST - 33 comments

Looking for a friendly, preferably cozy, bar (or non-drinking establishment) in Chicago to watch World Cup 2010 games this summer. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Wisco72 at 5:11 PM PST - 4 comments

External hard drive stolen, then recovered. Can I tell if its contents were viewed/downloaded? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Weird MacBook Pro behavior... It seems to fart when I move it. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 4:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Are any dry-erase whiteboard markers genuinely odorless (or close)? [more inside]
posted by decagon at 3:59 PM PST - 10 comments

What are the longest individual presidential term limits in the world? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra at 3:24 PM PST - 7 comments

How can some students climb Kilimanjaro this summer, for a decent price? [more inside]
posted by senseigmg at 3:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it possible to get a U.S. passport in less than a week? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by TrishaLynn at 3:13 PM PST - 24 comments

I hate my office job. I want to quit it and become a high school English teacher. Is that stupid? What would I have to do to get started if I live in NYC? What are the pros and cons of teaching high school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 24 comments

Do you think I could obtain a prescription for Marinol to treat my chronic migraine headaches? I am in NC. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Sex = ouch! Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 14 comments

What are great places to fish, boat and camp driving distance from central Maryland? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 at 2:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Where in New York can I get a digital perm? (preferably for less money) What exactly are the differences in results over a regular perm and are they really worth the cost? I am seeking more larger loose curls for Asian hair.
posted by pinksoftsoap at 2:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Body function filter: early potty training. If he can sit, he can poop there. Right? [more inside]
posted by Mrs Hilksom at 1:55 PM PST - 13 comments

How to preserve/display this old map in my home? [more inside]
posted by phisbe at 1:43 PM PST - 3 comments

We live across the street from the beach and are constantly losing the battle to keep sand out of the house. What are your tips and tricks for dealing with this problem?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 1:23 PM PST - 13 comments

I am wondering what series or cartoon these plastic robot toys come from. They were bought to me when I was a child (that's the eighties). [more inside]
posted by jgwong at 1:01 PM PST - 3 comments

What APs would you recommend for an iPod Touch newbie? [more inside]
posted by Pressed Rat at 12:53 PM PST - 18 comments

What sources for inspiration for courage can you think of? [more inside]
posted by hipersons at 12:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me learn why Aperture, or maybe it's os x, is showing me the wrong files? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 12:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Why do my lightbulbs burn out so fast?! [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 11:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I improvise a power supply for a mysterious LCD monitor? A sticker on the back gives the power requirements, but the plug type is strange. [more inside]
posted by Maximian at 11:41 AM PST - 7 comments

My wife and I have recently decided that we’ve had enough of the chemical laden, highly processed, "bad" foods our families have been eating for generations now. We're looking for healthy, family-friendly meal ideas that use fresh ingredients. Help us break the cycle of boxed dinners, frozen meals and drive-through take out. [more inside]
posted by Otis at 11:24 AM PST - 50 comments

I'm going on holiday to Ethiopia - specifically, Addis Abeba and some hiking in the Simien Mountains. Does anyone have any tips or recommendations? Whilst I am fairly well travelled, this is the poorest country I will have visited; is there anything I should look out for or anything I should take?
posted by handee at 11:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Possibly NSFW question about the acoustics of peeing. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 11:20 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I get a count of total misspelled words on a web page and a count of total words overall? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 11:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Milwaukee restaurant recommendation time! Where to eat in the general area of the Pabst Theatre? [more inside]
posted by Windigo at 11:04 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm a taller than average woman who is often asked out by shorter men. How can I stop being bothered by the height difference when dating? [more inside]
posted by mesha steele at 10:51 AM PST - 79 comments

I need to find a job, but the odds are against me. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Does the Osage River contribute the largest volume of water of all the tributaries of the Missouri River?
posted by clockworkjoe at 10:15 AM PST - 5 comments

There is this one guy at work I'm having a hard time getting along with. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 10:01 AM PST - 22 comments

queer-judaism filter: can't find an answer online: two moms, one jewish, the other not. how does traditional matrilineal descent apply to "lesbian" couples? [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 9:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Anyone use Freelancer's Union insurance? [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 9:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Help writers use the internet! Polling the hivemind for interesting business models to generate earned income for writers and literary arts nonprofits. [more inside]
posted by johnasdf at 9:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Second time I've had a prostate exam, second time I've felt pain, soreness, and general differences for weeks and even months later. Are my doctors doing it wrong, or is it just me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 AM PST - 11 comments

I know my anxiety to be a liar. I don't know how to shut it up. Please help me get a handle on it before it derails something amazing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 AM PST - 16 comments

We are $125k underwater in our mortgage. We are not currently in financial distress. Do we have any options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 AM PST - 21 comments

What pains did you experience in early pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Third job interview - now I have to write a what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 AM PST - 7 comments

What types of rechargeable batteries will hold their charge over several days of non-use in a digital camera? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls at 8:13 AM PST - 23 comments

RSS aggregators that can also scrape pages without feeds? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi at 8:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Remember when pepperoni on pizza was thick and would curl up and collect it's own grease in a nice little meat bowl? I need to find a pizza place in the Boston or Southern NH area that still cooks their pizza that way. [more inside]
posted by csimpkins at 7:58 AM PST - 16 comments

I grow weary of hard games and/or games that require massive investment of time and energy for any payoff. Please recommend easy, casual video games for me. [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus at 7:52 AM PST - 28 comments

Where do you get colorful inflatable furniture? I used to have an entire lime green inflatable living room set, but I cannot find anything similar online now because the company that sold them (Bubble Furniture) seems to be "OUT" of absolutely everything.
posted by mortaddams at 7:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Downloading from itunes store without itunes? [more inside]
posted by wile e at 7:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Are there any powered computer speakers (2.0) that are shielded from the dreaded snap-crackle-pop interference from GSM mobile devices? [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 at 7:13 AM PST - 6 comments

A blog I run stands to get some exposure on television, on radio, and in the newspaper. It's all likely to happen in the next month or so. I'm a little skeptical about conventional media's ability to drive traffic to a web site, and I'd like to know if anyone has experience with what to expect. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 7:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Best case for a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 digital camera? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 7:11 AM PST - 0 comments

Foot_Pain_Filter:Has anyone successfully reversed foot pain? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 7:05 AM PST - 20 comments

Does anyone know whether the zombie march from Davis Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge will be taking place this Sunday? If so, what time? I can't seem to find any information about it. Or, if you know any other zombie marches in/around Boston this weekend, I love to hear about them. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:01 AM PST - 10 comments

How bad is travelling to Paris/France in August? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 6:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Does anyone know when the Australian Net-Filter legislation is to be put to the House of Representatives? How long does it takes for them to debate it before they vote? Then when does it go before the senate? And how long does it take for the senate to debate and vote on it?
posted by tomargue at 6:31 AM PST - 3 comments

I need to organize a spreadsheet of log files into specific columns. The spreadsheet is a converted text column, each log file parses things differently, so column 'a' on one row can be userid, while column 'd' on row is the userid. I want to organize this spreadsheet, so that column a is userid for all logs. is there a specific excel formula or macro i should use, i was thinking: if cell contains userid, move to column 'x'. just not sure how to do this. - Tim
posted by fozzie33 at 5:23 AM PST - 5 comments

What does this "sleepy level" sticker on my candy mean? [more inside]
posted by PontifexPrimus at 4:44 AM PST - 7 comments

(Atlanta filter) I'm trying get one of the entry forms for the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta this year. It was in last Sunday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution (03/28/2010). [more inside]
posted by redtriskelion at 3:14 AM PST - 5 comments

What's really in sausage? [more inside]
posted by molecicco at 2:54 AM PST - 30 comments

My wife and i are going on a cross country road trip in just two weeks. Shall we book hotels in advance (thus bounded by all the check-in deadlines), or just "wing it" (thus may have to pay dearly for some last minute reservation)? [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 12:10 AM PST - 30 comments

March 28
What is the best frequent-flyer mile program for someone who travels from the US to Japan at least once per year, and makes several trips within the US per year? [more inside]
posted by twblalock at 11:12 PM PST - 12 comments

What would we find on the bookshelves of Chris Morris? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 10:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there any danger in taking a two-week trip to Europe while being a month or two pregnant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 PM PST - 24 comments

Web design firm recommendations in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 9:36 PM PST - 1 comments

How important is it to get a DUI lawyer for a first possible DUI? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 PM PST - 16 comments

I have an RSS feed that takes parameters, something like I want to track subscribers for this feed. FeedBurner won't work, because it doesn't support this. Is there any service out there that does?
posted by zavulon at 8:48 PM PST - 6 comments

What is said at the beginning of this Washington DC Metro station announcement? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 8:30 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I improve my (unusual) exercise regime? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 8:01 PM PST - 25 comments

What works of literature/movies/etc. depict Heaven as a restaurant? [more inside]
posted by Point n Click at 7:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Digital transition redux woes... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 PM PST - 8 comments

I would like to fly business class to Japan. Any tips on doing this as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
posted by ch1x0r at 7:17 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm deeply confused. Other than in a strictly juvenile, we-won-you-lost sense, why and how is the recent US health reform legislation considered a success? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 7:11 PM PST - 52 comments

Help me get these little jerks off of my cat! [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu at 7:09 PM PST - 29 comments

is there a usable remote desktop type app for sharing your mac desktop to your windows 7 pc other than vnc? [more inside]
posted by joose at 6:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Hey guys, this is my first question. It's a career question (yawn, I know!) I've been working as a software engineer for the past two years. It's a decent job and I like my coworkers, but I'm feeling a bit anxious about my future prospects. [more inside]
posted by Triumvirate at 6:52 PM PST - 36 comments

Does anyone know any American slang (preferably country or southern) that is for this concept: "poor people/lower socioeconomic class people who behave in upper class ways" ? [more inside]
posted by mscottveach at 6:30 PM PST - 61 comments

Can you identify these wine (water? sherry? liqueur?) glasses? Pics 1, 2, 3, 4. They are from before 1960 and feature an etched design and, oddly, rose pink bases. Bonus question: what beverages are the different sizes/shapes meant to contain? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 6:24 PM PST - 16 comments

If a sports game or another special event shown on TV runs over, how can I find out how much the station is delayed by so that I know when to come back for my show? [more inside]
posted by cider at 6:11 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm really bad about not focusing on my current task, and hastily finishing whatever it is so I can move on to the next and perform it equally as poor. How can I learn to be more focused on -- and enjoy -- what I am currently doing, rather than spending that time looking ahead to the next project at the expense of doing the first well? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 7 comments

I would like to know how you have dealt with or are dealing with this thing called loneliness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 25 comments

NetbeansFilter: I need to know exactly how to do a very simple thing - package a .jar file correctly so that the Java App inside can read critical data files, across the three major platforms. [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 at 5:13 PM PST - 4 comments

What is travel like in New Zealand and Australia in the two weeks following Christmas? [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 5:03 PM PST - 19 comments

What kinds of alcohol are least and most sedating? Whats a good strategy to enjoy a few drinks in an evening without the sedating effects? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:28 PM PST - 30 comments

Mail order medical supplies [diabetic testing strips] from overseas, has anyone found a reliable resource? I would prefer Accu-Chek Aviva system. At a $1 a strip I could use some help.
posted by 77144 at 4:06 PM PST - 6 comments

TaskList Special Request: MyLifeOrganized is my preferred tasklist software, because I can do exactly what I need - simply create new tasks and sibling/ child tasks rapidly and unrestricted, and drag and drop them into category groups. Problem: I have so many tasks, one huge vertical list isn't really working for me, nor does it jive with my widescreen workspace. Solution: I want to view each category group (eg immediate actions, projects, documents, clients etc) in it's own vertical list, and each list is displayed side by side in a horizontal view. Is there any Win XP tasklist software *not web-based - no internet access at work* that does this?
posted by forallmankind at 3:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Sports Newbie-In a hypothetical match-up between 2 'perfect' ball teams,would the final score be 0-0, or 1000-1000? Or something mixed, like now?
posted by ebesan at 2:59 PM PST - 30 comments

I live in northern Virginia, however all of my family lives in the Los Angeles area. At work, I have to keep my web browsing to a bare minimum and restricted to my lunch break. As such, I'm worried about the Big One hitting the LA area, and not knowing about it ASAP, especially if LA's phone lines and cell towers get knocked out. Is there any way I could arrange for a text message to be sent to my cellphone, for every earthquake that hits the LA Basin? I realize this may turn out to be excessive, but am willing to experiment.
posted by invisible ink at 2:53 PM PST - 13 comments + Exchange 2007 + Snow Leopard. Messages aren't getting deleted inside They look like they are, but when i quit and re-open, they're back. The internet has failed me. [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 2:35 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking for blogs by and about foreigners who move to the US and talk about their experiences. I'd like to avoid mandatory student blogs if possible. Bonus points for English-language blogs by someone from the East, but anything that isn't Canada will do. Thank you, MeFi!
posted by reductiondesign at 2:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it worthwhile to learn blues on a classical guitar? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 2:18 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I raise money to replace stolen goods for a friend? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 2:17 PM PST - 6 comments

House is being foreclosed on after a long battle with the bank. We've got mere days to move and nowhere to go. Can we leave behind furniture, etc, that we can't afford to move or dispose of? Are we liable to clean the house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Job Offer Dilemma: Do I take this offer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:05 PM PST - 12 comments

My girlfriend keeps initiating contact with her ex-boyfriend and I don't like it. I know she's doesn't want to get back with him and I know she is not going to cheat on me. One of the reasons I don't like it is because he seems so indifferent to seeing her, but she just keeps initiating contact. He has made it quite obvious that she is of little importance in his life now and he has moved on, maybe he feels like she treated him badly. But every now and then she wants to get together, why can't she just leave him alone!? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:05 PM PST - 19 comments

This is a four-part question, in which I ask: how much profit does a merchant typically make on the following products and services: A $2.00 slice of plain pizza, a $5.50 cycle on a laundromat clothes washer, a $1.50 box of strawberries and a $0.25 cycle of 8-10 minutes in a laundromat dryer? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 1:41 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the best way to convert a high quality video into a high quality .swf? I have footage of a stamping machine that i filmed and want to put it on a website (like a flash banner). It looks great in imovie but when i convert it to flv and import to flash it looks grainy. [more inside]
posted by Paleoindian at 1:34 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm trying to identify this drawing of an insane asylum, which opens a surgical film that I'm writing about. I felt sure it was Hogarth, but it doesn't seem to match any of his works. I'm sorry it's so blurry!
posted by miriam at 1:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Moving East to West for seasonal Outdoor Ed job, but need something stable afterward. Advice for the skilled & experienced, but perpetually hand-to-mouth college grad? [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis at 1:19 PM PST - 3 comments

What are some good, snarky comebacks for when people make fun of your accent? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 1:05 PM PST - 55 comments

Looking for the lowest cost for sensor swabs or pec pads to be used for digital SLR sensor cleaning. Specifically for the Canon 30D. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler at 12:56 PM PST - 3 comments

So, I'm just three months out of a 1-year relationship and recently met somebody really amazing. We're taking it very slowly so far, but after 4 or 5 dates I think there is definitely long-term relationship potential. The problem is: a voice at the back of my head is telling me maybe I'm not quite ready. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by kramer1975 at 12:23 PM PST - 15 comments

I lose my cell phone all the time at home. Is there a way to ring my phone from the web? (For free? In the US?) All I need is a hint where to look and it would be back in my hand! [more inside]
posted by Ys at 12:09 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm looking for a high quality online radio station that plays Johann Johannsson, Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds, Stafraen Hakon, Yann Tiersen, Sigur Ros, and the like? [more inside]
posted by jonj at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Please help me figure out what TV movie / TV special from the 80s I'm remembering. It involved a woman receiving a manufactured child in the mail that required her to add water (or some other liquid) to activate it. [more inside]
posted by BishopFistwick at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Our very active dog has turned what used to be a fairly nice backyard lawn into clumps of grass and lots of dirt. [more inside]
posted by davcoo at 11:38 AM PST - 8 comments

How was a woman's life prior to the feminist movement? Books? Articles? Documentaries? Personal stories? I want to know everything about a woman's life prior to the feminist movement: sex, food, drugs, smoking, parents, siblings, school, boobs, lesbians...everything. Nitty gritty. [more inside]
posted by lifeonholidae at 11:28 AM PST - 44 comments

More help and reassurance for the injection impaired, please! I found this question but I'm still a bit freaked about having to give myself a subcutaneous injection. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 11:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Melbourne,FL filter: I don't know how many Space Coast MeFites are on here, but never hurts to ask right? I need a haircut, please help me find someone who can deal with my cursed hair. [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron at 11:07 AM PST - 5 comments

A driving sim that can satisfy my apparently abnormal desires; specifically for one that doesn't require racing, realism, or GTA-style shenanigans. [more inside]
posted by rodgerd at 10:59 AM PST - 20 comments

I played this match-3 game online once, and now I can't find it. Description inside... [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 10:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Two months after ending a six-year relationship, I miss my ex and am contemplating getting back in touch. Move on or try again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 AM PST - 27 comments

Children's book involving a cat and a map? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 10:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Summer housing in San Francisco: is it totally crazy to fly down and start looking only two weeks before my job starts? [more inside]
posted by ewiar at 10:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Constant feeling that boyfriend would be interested in other people than me [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:59 AM PST - 18 comments

My mother is going to die and my boyfriend is barely able to provide the support I need. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 26 comments

Is it possible for an American citizen to get a job working for the UN FAO? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Is this tree gonna die? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 9:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Travelling to Guatemala (from Mexico) without a passport and Visa. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 9:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Drove ex-gf to California, got a ticket, asked for extension (or to appeal?) and forgot about it. Never got a response and now a law firm in El Paso is trying to collect about $250. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee at 9:51 AM PST - 8 comments

The first 28 minutes of the export are perfectly in sync, and then suddenly it's Final Cut Pro export is massively out-of-sync, after about a half hour of the exported quicktime movie. Part of the movie has disappeared, and the audio includes parts of the movie I've edited out. This article suggests my processor might be overwhelmed. Is there a solution? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 9:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Is getting your taxes professionally prepared worth the time and money? [more inside]
posted by lizjohn at 9:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Dear hive, are you by any chance aware of ravelry-style(ish) social networking spaces for embroiderers/cross-stitchers? [more inside]
posted by coffee_monster at 9:06 AM PST - 1 comments

My HP laptop dv6500 abruptly shut down last night and now it won't turn on. Anything I can do? Or where can I get it fixed (I hope?) in downtown Toronto? [more inside]
posted by scribbler at 8:42 AM PST - 2 comments

One of the steps for marrying in D.C. is to, at the time of registration, identify the name of the officiant who will perform the marriage ceremony. When and how does one find such an officiant? [more inside]
posted by Piscean at 8:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for Risk rules that avoid the pesky "we-both-know-who-will-win-but-the-game-still-doesn't-end-for-another-hour" phase. [more inside]
posted by JensR at 8:32 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm a professional screenwriter interested in breaking into video games. I want to know more about videogame story telling. Aside from playing a bunch of games, which I'm doing, what should I read? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 8:12 AM PST - 14 comments

ApartmentHuntingFilter: How do I find an apartment when not currently employed? [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh at 7:45 AM PST - 9 comments

A question about fonts, handwriting, and alphabets other than our Latin one... [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 7:23 AM PST - 10 comments

What is the best choice of bike rack for a 2009 Ford Focus SE ? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 7:08 AM PST - 5 comments

What is this bug that I found in my room yesterday? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 7:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for feedback on my plan for a May trip to Western Europe, probably Paris and one other country. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 6:44 AM PST - 9 comments

According to some sources, Marx argued that the mechanism of social change was the contradiction between the material forces of production and the relations of production, whilst elsewhere it is argued that Marx saw social change as arising from the conflicting interests of different social classes. My question is, assuming that Marx stated that both of these contradictions brought about social change, what is the relationship between class conflict and the conflict between relations and forces of production?
posted by FuckingAwesome at 6:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Anti-snoring devices? I've tried a few, but do you know of any that work? My snoring is in the back of my throat, and isn't linked to whether I lie on my back etc. Read on to learn what I've tried. [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 6:17 AM PST - 14 comments

I am making a DVD with 7, but I am having letterbox issues. How can I burn a letterboxed DVD? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Colonoscopy Prep- making it less unpleasant - detailed description inside [more inside]
posted by plinth at 4:25 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm writing a cover letter for a job application at a company. Should I mention in the letter how I found out about the opening? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 4:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Why do governments use cash accounting and not accrual? Are there any governments that DO use the accrual method? I'm interested in the history, legality, challenges, anything. Any location, any government. [more inside]
posted by FuManchu at 3:26 AM PST - 7 comments

I am unable to find a song that I once had on my iPod. It's a post-rock number. Although there are no lyrics (that I recall, anyway), there is an extended sample (I don't know from where) of a guy talking about a hot night when the power went out in his apartment complex. He talks about a woman who lit candles, and somehow in the end this leads to an apartment fire. The song feels like the soundtrack to a dream. My memory is not 100% on these details. It's been well over a year since I heard it. But the song was really good and I think about it now and then and I really miss having it. Anyone recognize it?
posted by Moody834 at 1:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there a bookmark organizer that works like a mindmap tool? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 12:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Wolframm's "A New Kind of Science" is a very thick book that would require a significant investment of time to read through. I'm interested in the computational modeling of complex adaptive systems and have heard it recommended as an interesting read. I've also seen it described as a huge load of crap. Is it worth the bother?
posted by moorooka at 12:40 AM PST - 12 comments

March 27
I want to install ubuntu/xubuntu onto my iBook G3 clamshell. How? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID at 11:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Has the American health care nonsystem made Americans more neurotic about their health? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 11:35 PM PST - 34 comments

How do I pick new city tires for my mountain bike? [more inside]
posted by fedward at 11:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Making pesos (or dollars or reales) in Central / South America - how can it be done, and what will you be doing? [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 11:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Tomorrow morning we need to tell our 3.5 year old that our beloved dog has died. Please help. [more inside]
posted by ellenaim at 10:47 PM PST - 25 comments

My friend alleges that dictionary writers start with the letter M, but when I asked, "Why?" he had no response. Apparently he just saw it on QI (with Stephen Fry). Extensive googling has produced no results, and I won't be able to sleep until we get to the bottom of this. HALP! [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 10:10 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I tell if someone is remotely viewing (not accessing) my computer and how can I prevent it? [more inside]
posted by LittleNami at 9:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Can a guitar amplifier ruin every speaker cabinet it gets plugged into? [more inside]
posted by nurgle at 9:53 PM PST - 2 comments

I really want to start living my life now, as is, instead of waiting until things are "right" and obsessing about perfection - but I keep falling into this way of thinking - help! [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis at 9:44 PM PST - 22 comments

I want to know how have people with milk allergies and/or lactose intolerance changed their lifestyle in terms of eating out. It seems it should be simple- all you need to know if there is milk in it- but then again, not so much, esp if its not consistent (different brands etc). I am not interested in answers of the kind, "ask the waiter" but I am more interested in knowing how it affected this part of your life. Is it a drain to eat out with people at the new office when they ask you out? Do you turn a date down just because..? How did you accept that you may never be able to enjoy that ice-cream or cheesecake again?? (sigh)
posted by xm at 9:19 PM PST - 25 comments

Fixed gear or not, in NYC? a) No. b) Yes. c) Yes, but with THREE SPEEDS... [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 9:08 PM PST - 13 comments

A while back I found a web page for nice OSX tool for fixing the dates of a set of pictures by allowing the user to sort them graphically in a timeline. Sadly I did not download it then, and now I seem to have lost the link. Does anyone know what this tool is?
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 9:01 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I have critical responses to a particular academic journal article? [more inside]
posted by ethulin at 8:21 PM PST - 7 comments

With all the discussions around catholic priest abusing children and the police considering any report of such abuse as not part of their jurisdiction, I was wondering what the legal status of a catholic priest in the United States would be? [more inside]
posted by TNLNYC at 7:44 PM PST - 21 comments

How do the economics of hiring minimum-wage sandwich board carriers work? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 7:42 PM PST - 13 comments

What does full disclosure really mean in a real estate sale? [more inside]
posted by swimming naked when the tide goes out at 6:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Toddler gets blue lips when very active. Is this a problem? [more inside]
posted by Simon Barclay at 6:07 PM PST - 18 comments

What are cool (non-douchey) restaurants and bars in the Marina in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo at 5:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Does anyone know of any "American food" type buffets in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 5:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Small, 2" circular plastic sign/placard?/decal?, red circle crossed though with an image of a laptop inside. "No Laptops Allowed" being the meaning. Comes with adhesive foam tape on back. Purchased from Daiso. Where can I find another online? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 5:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Tomorrow afternoon (28th Mar) from 2:30pm until 6:30pm I have a layover at Edmonton International Airport, Alberta. What is there close by to see or do, or are we stuck in the airport?
posted by lych at 5:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Fund raising by mailing pull tabs from aluminum cans. Does that really work? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 4:41 PM PST - 10 comments

I tweet for our library. I usually use Tweetdeck or question regardless of the app used (including Seesmic and Twitter's own page itself) -- can multiple persons be logged in to the same account and post at the same time? Other librarians from different departments would like to be logged in while I am logged in and tweet whatever. Thanks for your time.
posted by snap_dragon at 4:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Are cheap wireless microphones (less than $100) reasonably good? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 3:36 PM PST - 8 comments

How to help my friend's marraige and mental health survive their 3 year old dictators? [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 3:06 PM PST - 75 comments

Having once again missed Talk Like a Pirate Day AND Pi Day, help me assemble a full calendar of nerdy observances. [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 2:28 PM PST - 47 comments

Can anyone help me out with ideas for a college gift bucket? [more inside]
posted by nickhb at 2:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Which South Florida HMO should I pick? VISTA, AVMED, United Healthcare - any reviews ones to watch out for etc... [more inside]
posted by dorcas at 1:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Should a plaintiff provide copies of her smalls claims court lawsuit papers to the insurance company of the party she is suing? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 1:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Why does stainless steel have such strange properties? [more inside]
posted by Skeptic at 1:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Seasonal allergies: sign of a weak immune system, a healthy one, or just pollen-wrought hell over which I have no control? [more inside]
posted by sarelicar at 1:04 PM PST - 21 comments

I am in search of a dedicated speaker system to listen to my LP's. Doesn't have to be too fancy, but I like nice sound. Any help is GREATLY appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Kcmartin at 12:59 PM PST - 12 comments

My friend's thermostat failed. He came home and his house was 120 degrees. How does this happen? How common is something like this? Could this have been prevented? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 12:53 PM PST - 10 comments

I want a Sims-like sandbox type game that I can mess around with in my free time. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 11:52 AM PST - 22 comments

need to rebuild my website authoring chops -- can you teach me how to make tha cool stuff? [more inside]
posted by jseven at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Decorating Filter: I'm moving to a new apartment and finally want to rid myself my cheap, student cultch and want to have a more modern, adult decor. Problem One - I don't know what I need to avoid/get rid of to keep my new place looking professional rather than studenty. Problem Two - I don't have a giant amount of money to spend on new items to decorate with. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 10:42 AM PST - 23 comments

Anybody else culturally fragmented? [more inside]
posted by simpleton at 10:02 AM PST - 25 comments

Feet in massage - how do it know? [more inside]
posted by tenkarasu at 9:50 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I automatically and simultaneously create multiple .ZIP files out of an equal number of uniquely named folders in a common directory? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 9:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Toddler Bed recommendations? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:41 AM PST - 17 comments

Prompted by this comment, I'm here to ask what the deal is with "calories" as a measure of "nutritional content" (whatever that means). I understand that the calorie value we see on food packaging is arrived at by burning the food in a calorimeter, and that this would be an effective measure of the total chemical energy in the substance. How well does this actually approximate the energy our body can put to use (mechanically, or for other biological processes)? Isn't this measure essentially useless for people trying to lose weight? Why do we put so much emphasis on it then? Are there some foods which have an astronomical number of calories which our digestive systems can do little with?
posted by phrontist at 9:34 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm looking for examples of things - anything - for which the "authentic" version is exceedingly rare or non-existent, and most or all of the real-life versions are imitations/knockoffs/replicas/synthetic/fake. Especially if the fake versions are commonly believed to be real. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:35 AM PST - 95 comments

A friend of mine is being driven crazy by a half-memory of a horror movie or TV show that had the song "Downtown" (Petula Clark's version) in a pivotal scene in it. Does anyone remember this? Not Little Shop of Horrors, though.
posted by Meep! Eek! at 7:32 AM PST - 20 comments

Free screencapture program similar to Jing but with more editing features? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 at 7:32 AM PST - 7 comments

What services do medium and large companies typically outsource (locally, not in India or China)? [more inside]
posted by OctopusRex at 6:33 AM PST - 25 comments

Back in January, as a New Years resolution, I set myself the goal of reading a book a month in 2010. Each book would help me expand my world view or be the seminal book about an interesting topic. They would be non-fiction. I'm looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 6:02 AM PST - 31 comments

Is there a closed-form method for finding the unique subsets from the power set of prime factors of an integer? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Are there DIY methods to strengthening my speaking voice? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 5:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Lately I've been hearing the phrase 'money in your pocket' a lot. I know it's an old expression, but the overuse of it recently seems to point to some real estate/money makin' motivational speaker or program suggesting this particular phrase as some sort of tagline. Can anyone point me to a point of origin for this recent usage? [more inside]
posted by biddeford at 1:30 AM PST - 8 comments

My boyfriend and I would like to spend a week this spring at a reasonably priced All Inclusive Resort anywhere that's Warm where we can do some photography in the area. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Andrea2880 at 12:12 AM PST - 10 comments

March 26
I have a four and a half minute video that a client wants to have in a format he can email as an attachment. What's the smallest, most broadly compatible video format I can use for this, and what software and settings should I use to convert it? [more inside]
posted by raygan at 10:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Why aren't campaign contribution addresses kept private (or at least semi-private)? [more inside]
posted by thorny at 10:38 PM PST - 14 comments

I enjoyed mussels in Europe, why are they making me vomit in America? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 9:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Has anyone found a clever or useful use of the stock heatsinks that came with your CPU? Specifically, one that came with an Intel Core2Duo and an Intel i7 (the i7 is marginally bigger and has more vanes, but they're very much alike). Please delete if considered chatfilter [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 9:04 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I read without talking to myself? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps at 8:18 PM PST - 22 comments

The fact that drugs aren't marketed as being x% more effective than another drug makes me more than suspicious. Where can I find comparison information of old vs new drugs? new vs generics? I'll give you an example. I have allergy problems. Doctors try to tell me about the latest xyz antihistamine. These doctors are paid by the drug companies to sell me this stuff, and can't seem to give me any apples to apples comparisons. Is allegra more affective than diphenhydramine? Is x more affective than y? Were the best drugs already found, and the newer drugs crappier, or is it the other way around, or neither? Why isn't this openly published and available? What the hell happened to the scientific method?
posted by torpark at 8:15 PM PST - 23 comments

I've been given a couple jugs of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice syrup by a few friends of mine. I love the stuff, but it's due to expire soon (or soonish, not sure how long it will keep beyond the date) and I know I'll never use all of it. I'm pretty handy in the kitchen, so I thought I might use them to make desserts and whatnot (loaves, muffins, etc.). Any recipe ideas/suggestions?
posted by idleminded at 8:14 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm looking for a high-quality tamper-reistant nut (like a Bryce penta-nut) in 8x1.25mm (8mm coarse), and in small quantities. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:13 PM PST - 8 comments

[RussianComicsFilter] What is this comic strip I used to read back in Russia? (NB: Probably did not originate in Russia) [more inside]
posted by griphus at 7:51 PM PST - 0 comments

[Boston filter] Could anyone recommend a female therapist or psychologist in the city of Boston? [more inside]
posted by kmavap at 7:24 PM PST - 7 comments

What is this strange plant I saw in jamaica? [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 7:13 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I print out all of my chats from Gmail? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 6:39 PM PST - 6 comments

DanceFilter -- Can anyone explain to me the steps of the Madison as performed in the film Band Of Outsiders? [more inside]
posted by custard heart at 6:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Via the magic of chemistry, I'm now a redhead. Unfortunately, I also have a historically flaky scalp. What shampoo? [more inside]
posted by purpleclover at 6:16 PM PST - 10 comments

A car rental agency in Hawaii wants $400 for damage we have no proof we actually did. [more inside]
posted by medea42 at 6:12 PM PST - 18 comments

(Should-I-be-worried filter) Spouse & I are buying a house in another city. The closing is on Wednesday (3 business days from now). Realty paperwork & mortgage process have all gone great, no hitches. Now, at 4:30 pm on a Friday afternoon, the Commitment Letter from our bank arrived but has a blurb asking both my spouse & I to provide letters from our employer certifying that we'll both be keeping our jobs, working from home in the new city. This was never part of the equation. [more inside]
posted by rpaxton at 6:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there any chance of finding a doula (in Chicago) that will work with us at 39 weeks? Any recommendations? Thanks!
posted by steinwald at 6:04 PM PST - 1 comments

Looking to set up a fairly simple home surveillance system. I’m looking for some basic advice on equipment, programs for view and recording feeds as well as any other insights you might have. [more inside]
posted by emmysue01 at 5:40 PM PST - 5 comments

I am moving across the country in a few weeks. I had these two VERY old desktop computers that I have completely taken apart. Now I have this box full of hard drives, boards, wires, etc. I want to dispose of them securely... [more inside]
posted by eric1200 at 5:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Anyone taken/know of anyone who has taken a BOSS field course? [more inside]
posted by LegateSaxon at 5:10 PM PST - 1 comments

reptile-filter: what would cause this lizard's tail to become embedded in the ground, requiring human extraction from said earth? [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler at 4:48 PM PST - 6 comments

My daughter wants voice/speech recognition, including voice mail to text, while working in the field, office or home. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc at 4:39 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm considering buying an mac mini or 21.5" imac w. 4GB of RAM. Think that they're powerful enough to support upcoming Adobe CS5 (photoshop, bridge, and InDesign open), Windows 7 in a virtual machine, and HD YouTube video similtaneously--and in a timely manner?
posted by doncoyote at 4:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Why is it a bad idea to get one's nutritional needs entirely from vitamin pills and whatnot, and eat whatever one wants for calories?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 3:41 PM PST - 22 comments

New bike, new apartment and for the first time in my life I have to keep my bike outdoors. Any tips/tricks to keep it clean, safe and in working order when it's parked in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by thecjm at 3:27 PM PST - 10 comments

I've been doing some public speaking, and it's been going pretty well. One critique from a friend of mine, however, is that my voice tends to drop at the end of sentences. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 3:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I learn how to play the banjo via the guitar? How? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 3:11 PM PST - 21 comments

What obscure musical gems have you unearthed from the Great American Songbook genre -- Broadway show-tunes, cabaret and jazz standards from the 1930s-1960s? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 3:08 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some things that come in threes? [more inside]
posted by hpliferaft at 3:01 PM PST - 89 comments

Where can I buy CDs of the Moscow State Chamber Choir? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl at 2:58 PM PST - 3 comments

What are the best games you or your friends have made up yourself(s)? [more inside]
posted by 1awesomeguy at 2:55 PM PST - 29 comments

Who should pay what among a group of renters, subletters, and others for a summer? [more inside]
posted by hepta at 2:42 PM PST - 12 comments

I really like ScoutingNY, but I live in Chicago. Is there anything similar with a Chicago focus?
posted by Arbac at 2:28 PM PST - 2 comments

In epidemiology and/or medicine, is it called the "positivity rate" or the "positive rate"? Is one (i.e., "positive rate") a preferred term for laypersons? Also how do you calculate this rate? I've seen it done several different ways. Could you provide references to authoritative sources that define it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Can someone help me get high-res scans of Ramanujan's notebooks? [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze at 2:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Have you taken desipramine for depression? How about Tegretol? What did it do for you? Effects, purely anecdotal, of course as you are not my doctor nor a therapist nor would I follow your advice if you were anyway. [more inside]
posted by kanata at 1:43 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I start a weblog that allows anonymous contributions for posts (not just comments)? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 1:30 PM PST - 13 comments

What language is this written in? Obviously the top third is English, but the bottom third and side? No one I know can identify it. Extra points for any clue as to what it says.
posted by ochenk at 1:14 PM PST - 20 comments

I'm a lazy bastard who spends a lot of time on the computer. I'm running Snow Leopard right now, and I want to know if there's a quick, easy way to pause iTunes when I start watching a YouTube video. [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey at 1:09 PM PST - 13 comments

[SFBay Area Filter] Replacement for Triangle Machinery? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 1:05 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm moving from Philadelphia to North Carolina. Where and when do I buy my first car and car insurance? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr at 1:04 PM PST - 4 comments

MS Access: How do I turn my database from a tortoise to a hare? (Or, if not a hare, a chipmunk?) [more inside]
posted by Vavuzi at 1:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Cabins/cottages w/in 3-4 hr. drive of Detroit? I've got three days off next month and would like to get out of the city for that time. [more inside]
posted by lolo341 at 12:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Weirdness. Am I haunted? Is my house haunted? Strange, unexplainable things are happening. [more inside]
posted by davoid at 12:55 PM PST - 55 comments

Is there a twitter hack going on right now? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 12:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Will exercising in a poorly ventilated basement near a cat's litterbox have any detrimental effects on my health or the quality of my workout? (Aside from the unpleasantness). Should I be worried about breathing heavily in this environment? Moderate-to-vigorous cardio (elliptical) plus heavy-ish weight training, about 30-40 minutes 5x per week.
posted by Alabaster at 12:45 PM PST - 20 comments

HeadMedFilter: How to keep track of effectiveness of ADHD/anti-anxiety/anti-depression meds. Working with a therapist and a dr to find the right meds, but I can't seem to quantify how anything effects me. I want to help them help me. [more inside]
posted by sio42 at 12:36 PM PST - 11 comments

"When we are dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity."- Dale Carnegie. What can I read to deal with people and understanding their nature, motivations etc better? Oh, and can you also suggest getting better at being less impulsive in conversations? [more inside]
posted by iNfo.Pump at 12:32 PM PST - 9 comments

A psychological question about work -- How can I be zen and mature about a work reorganization? (I know this sounds like a boring work question, but it's really about how to get over fears of being left out or that other people are better than me.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you recommend an immigration lawyer in the Bay Area who specializes in dealing with academics (J1 Scholars)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 2 comments

For the past few weeks, I've been having extremely stressful dreams. Why? What will make them stop? [more inside]
posted by millipede at 12:15 PM PST - 11 comments

New home owner without a green thumb needs help to bring his destroyed front lawn back to life. [more inside]
posted by papercake at 12:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Wanted: Hotel in Denver, CO, at a reasonable price that includes free shuttle service from the airport. [more inside]
posted by Unnecessarily Sarcastic Bitch at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Let's name a music that has never existed before. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Looking for an Application to search a file directory which contains php files (or any code, if it will work with PHP) and find all of the Database Tables which are referenced in the code, without relying on comments in the Code.
posted by jesirose at 11:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you help my mom? She's locked herself out of her email account. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 11:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you offer a health/diet remedy for food-induced chest pains? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse at 11:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Need help with setting up my PC for live streaming video, with an emphasis on high-quality sound and video. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 11:25 AM PST - 0 comments

Are discount cosmetics/perfume retailers online or in-store selling old/expired/liquidated merchandise? Please explain how cosmetics industry works. [more inside]
posted by hedonic.muse at 11:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Where's the best/least sleazy place to buy a used Prius in the Phoenix metro area these days? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 10:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Newbie to weightlifting seeks relief from awful muscle soreness. Yes, I'm a wimp. But my soreness is almost to the point where I can't do exercises the following day. I know it goes away in time and with repeated lifting, but if I can't lift the next day, I'll keep repeating the cycle! [more inside]
posted by Viola at 10:45 AM PST - 24 comments

Why exactly do the front wheels on some/most buses jut out slightly, whilst the back wheels are recessed? Is this just a case of weight distribution to improve comfort for the driver (by damping vibrations) or something else? [more inside]
posted by jhayes at 10:43 AM PST - 16 comments

I can't believe she's wasting a question on this filter: Is there some technique for changing the bottle in a water cooler that I'm completely unaware of? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 10:43 AM PST - 35 comments

What is the best way to carry a suit on a bicycle? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 10:27 AM PST - 16 comments

I have three oranges and two avocados that were purchased two weeks ago. They look and feel OK but I'm sure they'll go bad soon. What can I do with them over the weekend (not necessarily together)? Assume EXTREMELY BASIC cooking skills. Other ingredients must be inexpensive.
posted by desjardins at 10:18 AM PST - 23 comments

Help! I'm married to a computer geek, and we are in desperate need of some home office solutions. [more inside]
posted by onepot at 10:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Are free will and an omnipotent/omniscient God possible in the same universe? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 10:11 AM PST - 93 comments

Living extremely close to North Korea, I'm very concerned about the news that a South Korean ship was sunk tonight, possibly by the North. Looking for practical advice for what-if scenarios and general reassurance. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 10:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Suddenly, my Word and Excel for Mac OS10 open as read only, with a command to save them with a new name. I haven't advertently (is that the opposite of inadvertently?) fiddled with anything. Anyone have a clue why? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl at 10:06 AM PST - 8 comments

My friends and I are looking for a good place to go dancing tonight, in NYC. We'd prefer Manhattan or Brooklyn, and a dance party would be much better than some huge, crazy club. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 9:51 AM PST - 8 comments

A question for San Diego transportation experts: Can I get from La Jolla/UCSD area to 2160 Avenida De La Playa (Surf Diva surfing school at the beach) on Saturday and Sunday, reliably and safely, using public transit? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 9:50 AM PST - 7 comments

We need a name for our LLC! [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo at 9:35 AM PST - 17 comments

How long between drinking water and having to pee?
posted by DMelanogaster at 9:34 AM PST - 16 comments

I was just reading about Scripture Cake and I have some vague memory of this cake being referenced in a children's book--maybe one of the Little House books, I can't recall which book and googling Laura Ingalls Wilder and Scripture Cake comes up with nothing. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by pipti at 9:14 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I and my company deal with customer reviews online? [more inside]
posted by Tavern at 9:00 AM PST - 20 comments

A couple questions (his n' hers) regarding sex-related cleanliness. [more inside]
posted by anonysex at 8:48 AM PST - 29 comments

This is a question for the statistics / data analytics junkies out there. What techniques should I use to tease out leading indicators from a set of data? [more inside]
posted by AaRdVarK at 8:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a great urologist recommendation, preferably in suburbs of philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 8:25 AM PST - 0 comments

Does anyone work 9-5 anymore? (Aside from government employees, that is.) I just got a job and my hours are 8:30-5. I've noticed that many of my friends work similar hours- 8-5 or 8:30-5:30 or 9-6 or even later. Is "Working 9-5" a thing of the past?
posted by shelayna at 8:23 AM PST - 84 comments

What really cool photographs am I NOT taking by having a Canon Digital Rebel XTi, and what features do newer models have that I will love do I not know I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 8:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find readings that two people can read together on my wedding day! [more inside]
posted by farfaraway at 8:07 AM PST - 7 comments

I plan to drive from NYC to the Black Hills in South Dakota and Devil's Tower in Wyoming in a few months. I have a Nexus One Android Phone and service with Tmobile. How realistic is it to expect to use Google's free GPS Navigation with Tmobile's coverage along this trip?
posted by somas1 at 7:47 AM PST - 12 comments

2 days in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. But I don't want to be a tourist. [more inside]
posted by hasna at 7:37 AM PST - 3 comments

What gross website from the early 2000's am I thinking of? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 7:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Please help me teach myself about physiology and anatomy, and to generally understand the human body. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey at 7:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Need recommendations for a dressmaker in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 7:26 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm going to Denver for a conference, Ap 30-May 4. I'm looking for an affordable hotel (less than $150/night), and it would be great if it were near cafes and public transportation. Know of any? And, if you have a favorite cafe, I'd love to know. All suggestions are appreciated.
posted by Pineapplicious at 7:26 AM PST - 12 comments

How does an agnostic write an encouraging note to a religious relative? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 22 comments

My company provides a service to a client that I can do (and have done) all by myself. I am considering trying to cut out the middle man and offering to provide the service myself as a contractor... and quitting my job. Should I do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Aside from moving, what can I do about the prevalence of white supremacy in my community? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 25 comments

I have a PDF (hundreds of pages) that was scanned from a book. All the odd pages are tilted about 6 degrees left, all the even pages, 6 degrees right. How can I fix this, preferably with free software? A command line solution would be ideal.
posted by dmd at 7:05 AM PST - 7 comments

What is the approximate cost for television stations to have helicopters for their local newscasts? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 6:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me import music from a DVD onto my Itunes! [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 6:38 AM PST - 4 comments

If I buy an English book that has been translated into Spanish, does it matter for which Spanish-speaking country it was translated? In other words, if my intention is to learn Castilian-Spanish, is it better to find book translated for Spain? If so, how do I find such books? How do you know what version of Spanish a book is based on? [more inside]
posted by verevi at 6:29 AM PST - 13 comments

I need $150 by March 31st. Running out of ideas to obtain it. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by spinto at 5:12 AM PST - 49 comments

How to meet people in the big city without spending a ton of money? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 4:18 AM PST - 13 comments

What's a good academic text/trade book about Jinni? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 3:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find this desktop background? [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 1:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Name that children's fiction from the 70's/80's: it was a mystery that two kids (I think a boy and a girl) needed to solve. The solution turned on a note. It was in shorthand, but it turned out the shorthand was in German. I wish I had more, but that's it.
posted by lionelhutz5 at 1:07 AM PST - 2 comments

I have a soundcard with a MIDI port. Is there software out there that would allow me to change the tuning of my MIDI keyboard and play it in real-time through my speakers?
posted by archagon at 12:35 AM PST - 9 comments

What was this computer I had as a kid? It was in the early to mid 80s. It was small (barely bigger than the keyboard). It had a very small built-in display (LCD, I think). There was a membrane keyboard. It took cartridges, and some of the carts came with keyboard templates. There's one in particular I remember that had information about countries of the world, and the template had one flag for each key. I seem to recall the plastic case being beige, but I'm not 100% sure. It could play sounds, and there was a cart for composing music. What was this thing?
posted by jewzilla at 12:02 AM PST - 16 comments

March 25
Where are some brick-and-mortar places to get micro-USB cables relatively cheap? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 11:09 PM PST - 17 comments

My 3 year old son seems to be immune to biting insects (tics, mosquitoes, leeches). Why? [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse at 10:20 PM PST - 19 comments

Is there a service for mapping online communities where I can just embed code and it will make a map that people can put pins in? Frappr used to do this, I believe, but it seems to be dead now. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 10:18 PM PST - 1 comments

Going to the World Cup in South Africa for a month (mid-June to mid-July) as a group of 6. Will primarily be in the Johannesburg area. What's the best game reserve/national park to visit, how long should I set aside to visit, and what's the best way to arrange and book a visit/stay there?
posted by lupefiasco at 9:45 PM PST - 9 comments

What are some online commercial printers that have reasonable prices, but also have great customer service? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 9:42 PM PST - 9 comments

I am looking for the actual name of thisremix of the song Cannon by lil Wyane. Either the name of a remixing artist, the title of the remix, or most preferrably a link to a decent quality version is what I'm looking for.
posted by Samineru at 9:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I buy Clearly Canadian in NYC? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 9:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Is lack of circumcision considered a big deal, particularly in sexual situations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 PM PST - 43 comments

Why, at my job at a convenience store, am I throwing out 30-50 loaves of bread a week? Isn't there be a better way? [more inside]
posted by Truthiness at 8:52 PM PST - 31 comments

What is your one game-changing tip to manage multiple projects with multiple timelines? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 8:52 PM PST - 10 comments

I need some unbiased feed back....I went on job interview on a whim. Turns out the hiring manager liked me a lot and I got a job offer the next day. The offer included a hefty pay raise with bonus potential. The job is similar in scope with some more responsibility and the potential for good growth. But the health insurance/dental/vision benefits are not great, but all other benefits are similar. The new position is salaried, my current is hourly. [more inside]
posted by burlsube at 8:50 PM PST - 18 comments

I have an old Line6 GuitarPort with Gearbox 3.5 on a Windows laptop. Does anyone know if there is a Line6 plugin or other software available (from Line6 or elsewhere) that I can download to my laptop that will simulate a looper pedal (or a phrase looper as defined by wikipedia ). I'm trying to record the rhythm for a song I like, have it loop and then freestyle the solo on my guitar, all through my computer.
posted by WhereAmI at 8:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Cuckoo kitty craves coffeebean crunch. Concerns? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 8:28 PM PST - 11 comments

I need some help figuring out construction of a vintage dress from pictures. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

NYC neighborhood filter: Help me figure out if living on the Upper West Side is right for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Does anyone know anything about this statue of an angry nude man being pummeled by babies? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 7:40 PM PST - 13 comments

I was doing some poking around in the NY Times online archive, and found a brief article about a 'libidinous hebdomadal' known as The Town (later The Sporting Times) from 1865. The NY police were quite keen to confiscate this newspaper, apparently, which originated in Boston. Anyone heard of it or have any idea what kinda content it would contain? I'm guessing it's sort of dirty. [more inside]
posted by tremspeed at 7:13 PM PST - 5 comments

My roommate died. Who do I make the security deposit check out to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Using a Pantone Huey color calibrator seems to make drastically bad choices with terrible results. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 7:04 PM PST - 7 comments

(relationship filter] Please help me choose between true love and great sex. Of course, I don’t really mean that. But I do need help making a decision and whatever I decide to do, someone’s heart is going to be broken. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:23 PM PST - 47 comments

What's the best way to take care of my father's cremation wishes? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 6:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me make a gift for a friend. I have a friend that enjoys shopping at the the Hobby Lobby / Michaels kind of stores, and she also likes board games. Help me adapt a board game rule set that would go nicely with shopping at such an establishment. (One problem, she hates Monopoly - so it can't be a Monopoly adaptation.) She really likes Taboo, but I can't think how to work it in with this theme.
posted by Brent Parker at 6:17 PM PST - 11 comments

So, I've become worried by this question and I have to know: how detrimental would it be not to be able to roll your R's in say, the Balto-Slavic languages? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 6:05 PM PST - 13 comments

I want to exercise and tone my upper body. Please help suggest SIMPLE exercises. [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 5:51 PM PST - 22 comments

Can someone explain why my cat bit my girlfriend? I was tickling her and she was laughing with somewhat of a high pitch, and the cat ran over and nipped her on the face. [more inside]
posted by dragoon at 5:27 PM PST - 43 comments

Identifyfilter: Probably quite cheesy children's/young adult book series -- "The Happy Holidays". Google-Fu failing spectacularly. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 4:55 PM PST - 4 comments

I need help with my HTPC and its component cable connection. I'm missing the blue channel. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 4:45 PM PST - 6 comments

So let's say a Jack Bauer-type had to stop a terrorist from blowing up a nuclear power plant... Where within the plant might the final showdown take place? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 4:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Second Interview: Dress as nice as before? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 3:59 PM PST - 28 comments

I need a Seattle lawyer to help guide me through contract negotiations with VC/Angel investors. [more inside]
posted by nyc_consultant at 3:13 PM PST - 3 comments

For my son's 2nd birthday, I am looking for ideas for children's books with complicated pictures full of different objects. He adores Richard Scarry books where he can spend ages pointing out all the different things he can see in a scene. But I have had enough Richard Scarry for this lifetime. What other books have similarly rich, complex pictures?
posted by beniamino at 3:05 PM PST - 40 comments

Rote memorization. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 3:01 PM PST - 41 comments

I've been offered a brief side job putting together a website that looks fun, but I don't know what a fair price is. [more inside]
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 2:44 PM PST - 4 comments

American Jewish Accent? [more inside]
posted by Biru at 2:27 PM PST - 39 comments

A Princetonian character in The Dud Avocado (set in Paris in the 50s) is described as saying mostly "zop zop". Was this a real thing? Part of ivy/preppy or Paris-based emigrant slang? Part of a larger lexicon of nonsense? No one in the novel (thus far) seems to think it remarkable. [more inside]
posted by kenko at 2:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Need a list of bond, note, and bill symbols - searching online is providing mixed results. [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Are there any sports where three teams compete on a field at the same time? Perhaps on a triangular field? [more inside]
posted by battleshipkropotkin at 1:53 PM PST - 26 comments

How can I keep my Outlook 2007 Calendar always on top, and always "snapped to" my other programs (so their borders don't overlap the calendar) on my Windows XP desktop? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 1:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me plan a 2-day trip to New York with my wife and young children. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 1:27 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm worried about having to support my mom financially, indefinitely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM PST - 39 comments

How can I get a form in an Access database (I'd like to make a web app, but my hands are tied and I must use Access) to let me use images in a dropdown as the choices? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio at 1:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me decide whether to buy a Nexus One. Unusual questions about switching service providers, SIMs, and international options inside. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 1:05 PM PST - 22 comments

What are your top tips for removing textured paint from a plastered wall? [more inside]
posted by different at 12:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Once, there were ten-digit ISBNs. Then, someone added a three-digit "978" prefix, the checksum digit at the end of the number changed, and now ---shazam--- they are Thirteen-digit ISBNs. Are they planning one day to use prefixes besides "978"? What was the point of this massive and seemingly pointless change? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 12:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Physical therapy was deemed medically unnecessary after the fact; is the medical provider responsible at all? [more inside]
posted by moonlet at 12:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me have a seder for just me and my eight year old daughter [more inside]
posted by Ruki at 12:27 PM PST - 13 comments

[sewingfilter] What is the best way to applique a piece of one t-shirt to another t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by luazinha at 12:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Mac users: Can somebody please tell me how to set up a keyboard shortcut or script that allows me to toggle between U.S. keyboard and International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) keyboard layouts? I switch these on and off a LOT when I'm using my iMac and Macbook, but am tired of constantly going up to the little flag dropdown menu in the Finder (which I have to do repeatedly as I switch from program to program, since the drop-down window change doesn't seem to apply globally, but rather only within the current program you have up top). I know there's an easier way, I just haven't gotten around to figuring it out or setting it up. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 12:16 PM PST - 5 comments

What are some good charities/organizations that are nonpartisan, that both the most bleeding-heart liberal and bible-thumping fundamentalist conservative would feel comfortable supporting? [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt at 12:11 PM PST - 32 comments

Seeking networking groups for a youngish, unemployed, non-profit-minded professional in NYC. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 12:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Are there potential risks from using my iPhone and other wireless devices in close proximity to my baby? [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette at 11:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Users of Co Q 10: Did it help you? How long did it take for you to feel better? Am I feeling a placebo effect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm looking for advice on how to exercise effectively but safely on ADHD medication. My heart rate has been jumping up to about 170 (90% of the heart rate zone for a 40 year old woman) with moderate exertion, but if I lower it, I don't feel like I'm getting much of a workout. I'd like to find a solution that would let me remain focused and still alive. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 6 comments

So what's the deal with aggressive panhandling? Does it work? I have been experiencing a lot of it recently and some of it has scared me. I don't so much need self-defense advice; I just want to understand the phenomenon. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 37 comments

Non-Profit People: How do you feel about sending solicitation letters to vendors?
posted by parmanparman at 11:45 AM PST - 4 comments

My iBook is locked into playing Region 1 DVDs, but will consent to play Arnaud Desplechin's "Un Conte de Noël" (Region 2) with VLC -- but no other Region 2 DVDs! Qu'est-ce qui se passe? [more inside]
posted by delayed-reaction android at 11:32 AM PST - 7 comments

How much do regular church-goers donate, when they pass the collection plate? Any statistics available, (ideally by denomination and demographic), or maybe that would all just be guesswork? This recent question was helpful, but not quite the answer. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 11:25 AM PST - 21 comments

My Logitech lx7 mouse has served me well, but is approaching the end of its useful life and I want to upgrade (I remain on Windows XP). What's good now? I want wireless, mobile (i.e., not a big trackball. I do not want a small notebook mouse.), comfortable (although I don't need to be walking into a clients office with a mouse that looks like a dildo) . I'm on the computer all day doing fine-motor work, so the cost is reasonably unimportant. A friend of mine has a new Logitech mouse with a really nice, spinny scrollwheel that I like, but am not set on. I'm male, but have smallish hands. Extra buttons are important to me; Four or more over the standard left and right will do. I know the best way to do this is to try a bunch in-person, but please get me started in the right direction?
posted by The Dutchman at 11:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find very low power (+.50) reading glasses in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by trixare4kids at 11:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Do you remember what this car commercial was for? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 11:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Ok I am confused about Blackberries, the way they connect to the internet, and wifi. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 11:00 AM PST - 3 comments

A disproportionate number of people named Hannah or Hanna have red hair. Confirmation bias or fact? If fact, why? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 10:46 AM PST - 30 comments

Building recumbent (adult) trike. Is there ANY way to replace the non-driving crank arm with a chain sprocket set or a shaft. [more inside]
posted by mbarryf at 10:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Wrooom Wrroom Tractortronica: I'm going to perform live with three tractors. What kind of sounds can you get out of them? [more inside]
posted by gmm at 10:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Looking for a Boxer in the mid-Atlantic states. [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 10:23 AM PST - 8 comments

What websites would you like to see have their comments stripped away? [more inside]
posted by thepalephantom at 10:08 AM PST - 51 comments

I've been recommended for admission to the graduate program I applied for!! Just a few questions... [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 9:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Has anyone had a good experience with a pre-marriage counselor in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) metro area? Not looking for anything too religiously structured, but won't rule it out if you've had good experiences of that sort. Looking for the pre-marriage "inventory" or compatibility type classes /retreats. (We are not getting married at a church.) We are very compatible and know each other well, but I don't think it can hurt!
posted by jilliank at 9:22 AM PST - 3 comments

What do I get my cousin for his bar mitzvah? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 9:16 AM PST - 15 comments

Just how inconvenient is it to be left-handed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 AM PST - 103 comments

Minor surgery (in this case, laparoscopic tubal ligation)-- without pain meds. What can I expect? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 8:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Please help me get the most out of our new PS3! [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 8:44 AM PST - 32 comments

What happened to the Spirograph? [more inside]
posted by Goodgrief at 8:31 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me find short, touching essays written in the first person, about personal relationships. [more inside]
posted by yawper at 8:24 AM PST - 16 comments

Hi, all, I'm fairly adept at Photoshop, but have been having trouble finding what i need: Need to create an image -- symbols (which I have) that appear to have come from pages of old, soiled journal. Need to be scratchy, roughed up. Output in gray scale, 300 dpi. I'm open to tutorials, ideas, brushes, custom shapes, etc. Thanks in advance.
posted by gb77 at 8:17 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm working on a project where I need photo and video reference of a large split-flap display in action, like those old Solari departure boards that used to grace train stations and airports. Where can I still find one in use? High quality video or film references would also be welcome (like if you can think of an old movie where these are featured in action). [more inside]
posted by mboszko at 8:07 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I break out of "customer service" sort of jobs? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 8:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Cake that freezes well, but isn't edible when frozen? [more inside]
posted by ThiefOfSweets at 7:57 AM PST - 37 comments

What's a good tool for keeping track of expenses on a film production? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman at 7:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me fix my Mac's cursor? Google-fu fail. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 7:50 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you decide when someone is asking too much of you? How much do you sacrifice in your romantic relationships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 AM PST - 46 comments

Online dating filter: My friends & family seem to have unspoken texting rules. I'm concerned about the amount of time I've invested in a person I haven't met yet, and I want to know what other people consider the texting rules in this situation. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 7:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Crowd-sourcing photo info: Where was this photo taken? [more inside]
posted by rev- at 7:09 AM PST - 16 comments

CareerChangeFilter: Help me get a better understanding of the risks and fall-back options of a career-change attempt. Comments from IT managers & HR people will be especially appreciated. [more inside]
posted by great.ideas.$1 at 6:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you recommend me a GTA or Gran Tourismo-esque game... for the PC? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 5:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for an engaging guide to English history from the Norman Conquest onwards. Yeah, not a broad question AT ALL. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 5:33 AM PST - 12 comments

VDSL2: We'd like to bridge two 100Mbps LANs together. They are located at buildings approximately 600 meters apart by cable distance. I've found a few VDSL2 Ethernet bridge products that will do 90/70Mbps full duplex on 24 AWG POTS phone wiring at 600 meters. Wireless point to point links are not an option. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 5:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Do you know any good blogs written by Muslims, especially devout Muslims, about Islam? It's quite a slog trying to find readable ones!
posted by flibbertigibbet at 4:27 AM PST - 11 comments

I just watched JFK. It IS a movie (hence, adapted for storytelling purposes) but I'm somewhat convinced that there was a conspiracy behind the assassination. Please reassure me that I'm not going bats--t. [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 4:07 AM PST - 37 comments

Where to find WordPress post view stats. [more inside]
posted by thelastenglishmajor at 3:43 AM PST - 6 comments

I have a friend (living in the U.S. Southeast) who is not working due to type 1 diabetes. He was recently working the assembly line for a major Japanese automobile manufacturer before diabetes forced him to stop working and now he's on some kind of disability for the rest of his life. Does his employer write his disability checks or the Social Security system or is this unknowable without asking him probing questions?
posted by loosemouth at 2:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for cheap, beautiful art and design books I can buy used. [more inside]
posted by TayBridge at 12:11 AM PST - 6 comments

March 24
Is it possible for a rather hardcore atheist to find some sort of spirituality again? Long, but I attempted to keep it concise. [more inside]
posted by LokiBear at 11:20 PM PST - 52 comments

Professional Writers: How many words per day is average for you? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 10:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me find a new backpack! [more inside]
posted by fshgrl at 10:20 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I rename a project in Scrivener? [more inside]
posted by snorkels at 10:15 PM PST - 1 comments

How to create this line effect in Word 2007? [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 at 9:52 PM PST - 4 comments

I need a non-vulgar synonym for butthurt. Canonical english and neologisms both are welcome. [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:42 PM PST - 51 comments

I have the opportunity to get into a pathology residency programme in Singapore. Does anyone have any idea what pathology will be like as a medical specialty? [more inside]
posted by ianK at 9:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Me and a friend are both taking the Amtrak Empire Builder from Minneapolis to the Northwest in late May. However, she is heading to Wenatchee, WA. and I am heading to Portland, OR. We haven't bought any tickets yet, and we are wondering if it is possible to be on seats next to each other even though we are heading to different locations. Is this possible? The train we both need to take splits off in Spokane, WA. which is why we can't simply buy the same tickets and one of get off early.
posted by Corduroy at 9:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Which car rental places let you drive out of state? [more inside]
posted by and1 at 8:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Where should my family eat in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 8:30 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I take care of my turtle's unhealthy looking shell? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 8:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Renting a car in Europe for a few days -- what are some things we should keep in mind? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut at 7:52 PM PST - 22 comments

Have you ever seen a student slowly shut down over the course of the year? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 7:49 PM PST - 19 comments

After 40+ years in Colorado, I don't know where to go... for spring break. Help me figure out our last-minute-low-cost-something-new vacation plan! [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 7:47 PM PST - 6 comments

I need help finding the best shoes or sneakers for chronic achilles tendinitis. [more inside]
posted by shimmer at 7:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find full episodes of Survivor 2010 on the internet? I'm in Canada so the cbs website doesn't work for me. Thanks.
posted by cleo at 7:22 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I tell if an iPhone is refurbished? [more inside]
posted by Penks at 6:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a San Francisco or Bay Area equivalent to Austin's (or NYC's) Handmade Music scene, focused on building electronic musical instruments? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 6:39 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm thinking of heading back to school in network management/IT, but I'm thinking of going back to a vocational school. So would something like Keller/DeVry be worth it? [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete at 6:38 PM PST - 7 comments

If I want to cover a mold I'm using in a vacuum bag veneer press with a thin sheet of thermo-formed plastic, what type of plastic would be best for wood glue resistance and clean up? [more inside]
posted by machaus at 6:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Would taking a picture of the sun damage a digital camera's CCD? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 6:37 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some short tunes that often play onscreen to quickly identify the location of a movie/tv scene? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 6:36 PM PST - 24 comments

What does your writer's block feel like? [more inside]
posted by lore at 6:27 PM PST - 18 comments

does anyone have the inside scoop about the hours / schedule of the dog police? i'm not talking about the police dogs, i'm talking about the folks who drive around in their vans handing out tickets for having your dog off leash. i live in denver, colorado. i have two well behaved, trained dogs and i live next door to a nice little park. the problem is that there is a hefty fine attached to being caught having your dog off leash. the general rule of thumb according to my neighbors is 7 am to 7 pm 7 days a week. do the dog police get government holidays off? do they get snow days? any info would be helpful. (please do not remind me that there are sanctioned "dog parks": the one near me is a small area for a large number of dogs without a tree or a blade of grass in sight. it is a disgrace.) thank you for any info.
posted by zoesmom at 6:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Is there an English word for "the supernatural ability to travel instantly between locations?" without the technological connotations of "teleportation"? [more inside]
posted by aether516 at 6:22 PM PST - 39 comments

Some time ago I was able to access hidden BIOS settings on my M50Vm Asus notebook and change memory settings for my video card. Now I need to change them back but have no idea how to access it again. I know that there is some magic key combination (and it's not ctrl+F1) but Google seems useless. [more inside]
posted by przepla at 6:18 PM PST - 2 comments

My sister and I have been trying to remember a computer game from our childhood. It was on a Macintosh, and involved a stick-figure man who tried to go up levels using ladders, but could also fall down through space from whatever level was on. [more inside]
posted by warble at 6:14 PM PST - 21 comments

Which should I secure first, new work or new shelter? Gawd, what a day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:46 PM PST - 23 comments

Is this scoliosis? If so, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 5:32 PM PST - 8 comments

What was the first rap concept album? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 5:28 PM PST - 30 comments

Any ideas for a goofy gift for a very good friend who just got a job in an insurance company (doing data analysis)? [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty at 5:17 PM PST - 8 comments

I think an elderly pedestrian took down my license plate number and reported me to the police. What might happen and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by GuffProof at 4:42 PM PST - 56 comments

What's a good cartridge recommendation for a home listener with a Technics SL-1200? I'm currently using an Ortofon Concorde Nightclub and would like to try something new. Currently listening to a lot of jazz, but there's everything in the stacks. Thanks.
posted by the sobsister at 4:38 PM PST - 15 comments

What neat things might I do with 31 bowling balls? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 4:29 PM PST - 33 comments

Total real monthly bill for a Google Nexus One with T-mobile? [more inside]
posted by bhance at 4:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Hey, I'm interested in finding sites that discuss the positive and negative aspects of Che Guevara as a historical figure. They don't necessarily have to be ambivalent; editorials are definitely ok and might even be better since I'm interested more in the debate itself rather than specific historical facts. Examples might look like this or this
posted by bookman117 at 3:47 PM PST - 7 comments

What Seattle-area museums should I visit? [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 3:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Have any of you had experience of being in the military with Asperger Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by jpcooper at 2:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Fun date ideas in Ft. Worth, TX for a man who's only spent time in Dallas? [more inside]
posted by troutforbrains at 1:54 PM PST - 9 comments

My jeans ruined my new messenger bag. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by threetoed at 1:22 PM PST - 19 comments

Why do towns in the USA have population signs? [more inside]
posted by xchmp at 1:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I name-drop a former university instructor, a former employee at the company I am applying, in a cover letter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm trying to run some PHP scripts via the CLI instead of over HTTP. How do I make them play nice? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Can animals go insane? [more inside]
posted by WolfDaddy at 12:37 PM PST - 39 comments

Children's story about a wooden chair that grows back into a tree? [more inside]
posted by breadfruit at 12:33 PM PST - 1 comments

What is the protocol for applying to companies that don't have any job openings listed? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

BreakUpFilter: How do I make it through the next month of living together now that we're broken up but before I move out? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 12:01 PM PST - 39 comments

My parents are on a long-anticipated vacation overseas. They return in 2 weeks. I'm taking care of their house and their very, very beloved cat (which I was also very fond of). The cat was hit by a car last night and killed; I just found her body this morning. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Auden at 11:40 AM PST - 96 comments

Passing the CFA, is it really possible as a liberal arts major? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Women of AskMe : A guy starts a conversation with you in a bar or social gathering. Assume for the moment that you are available and find him physically attractive. What kinds of things would you like him to talk to you about or ask you about? NOTE : I am NOT looking for pickup lines. [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! at 11:22 AM PST - 34 comments

Any teachers in Arizona out there? What are the key differences between charter school teachers and public school teachers in the greater Phoenix area, especially with regards to professional development? [more inside]
posted by terilou at 11:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Does anyone have any advice on how I can turn my two driving passions— writing and orchestral film music—into a vocation? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy at 10:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Any idea where I will be able to find green walnuts in NYC when the season arrives (June-ish?)? I am raring to make nocino, after tasting it in Ticino some years ago.
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

work question filter: Seeking recommendations and experience with video conferencing equipment and operations [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb at 10:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Can one have a nostalgic feeling even for a time of great personal suffering? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 10:21 AM PST - 23 comments

So, this hipster beard thing that's going around. Did it start with Zach Galifianakis, or were there other origins?
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 10:18 AM PST - 44 comments

I have always had difficulty with mathematics. Now I'm in my mid-thirties and have gone back to school to study engineering. Things are not going appreciably better than they did the first time I went to university. What can I do to fill the gaps I have and become a skilled problem-solver? I want to go from being a C to being an A student. [more inside]
posted by rhombus at 9:54 AM PST - 30 comments

I don't have insurance. I do take medication. Can I get free or cheap health care through the gov't? Where do I sign up? Can I get free or cheap medication through the gov't? Where do I sign up?
posted by oneous at 9:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Turning faux pockets into real pockets on a jacket. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Moving to a new city. A good friend is a manager at a local company and has a job open - should I take it? (If only it were that easy...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:52 AM PST - 14 comments

I think the optometrist gave me a bad eyeglasses prescription. Should I have to pay to get my prescription updated or the lens corrected? [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 9:35 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm paranoid about security and want to add a strong door lock and interior deadbolt when I move in. What should I expect (or how should I handle) the landlord-relations part of this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM PST - 16 comments

How to reintegrate as quickly as possible after having lived abroad? Both socially and with regards the "systems" in place in England. I'll be moving back to southern England after three years in Norway. I am a British national currently living in Oslo, Norway. I intend to move back to England in July after three years of living here as an ex-pat... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Just had a break-up. I need a book recommendation. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 8:45 AM PST - 17 comments

what are the modern or post-modern approaches to historical analysis? [more inside]
posted by TMezz at 8:37 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking for restaurant recommendations in Brooklyn and the UWS -- whatcha got, MeFi? [more inside]
posted by Janta at 7:54 AM PST - 26 comments

Why is federal refund reduced because of money I owe the state? Is the fed paying the state this amount and thus reducing my debt to the state? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 7:52 AM PST - 6 comments

My wife and I have been invited to a friend's home for a housewarming / Passover celebration. As Christians, we don't know what to expect. Difficulty: we would also like to bring a thank-you / housewarming gift. [more inside]
posted by Drasher at 7:47 AM PST - 32 comments

Are there children's authors today who write like Seuss? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 7:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Is this a yeast infection? WAAAAAAAAY TMI inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 AM PST - 11 comments

I’m about to undergo some pretty major role changes in my life, and I’m not sure I have the tools and tricks to deal with those changes. I need strategies / diversions / projects that will help me become a better caregiver for my little sister, who is faced with a dire medical prognosis, while at the same time trying to retain my own identity in this crisis. Folks who have become caregivers to loved ones at the expense of other important things in their life, this question is for you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Another person wondering if they have a wrongful termination case in an at-will state. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I add Google Reader as an RSS subscription option in Firefox 3.6? When I click on an RSS feed icon my only option is Live Bookmarks.
posted by jmf2525 at 7:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Name that children's book! I read it in the late 70's or early 80's around the end of grade school, beginning of middle school. I remember nothing at all of the plot, but it had a theme of dying and reliving your young life, physically. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 7:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Friends are going to be in Asheville NC for a celebratory weekend April 2-4 and I'd like to get them a gift certificate for a meal at a great place. best I can come up with, based on previous threads, is Tupelo Honey. Any other suggestions?
posted by Ollie at 6:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Motorola Backflip - can I clear contact history? [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 6:04 AM PST - 1 comments

How do I make friends when I'm in a new city? [more inside]
posted by shortbus at 5:04 AM PST - 21 comments

I-suck-at-gardening-filter: none of my seeds have sprouted. It's been two weeks. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 4:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Should I try to move from the newspaper industry to the book publishing industry? Or is this just jumping from one sinking ship to another? Canada-specific advice appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Renting out a house in the NoVa/DC area. Seeking referrals and advices/warnings on locating and hiring property management companies. [more inside]
posted by MD06 at 1:57 AM PST - 0 comments

I'm looking for a particular video clip of a CGI animation of a biochemical process. [more inside]
posted by darkstar at 1:52 AM PST - 8 comments

The art director of a magazine I submit photos to seems to be rejecting my iPhoto adjustments in favor of the originals. Should I discontinue sending in the adjusted photos? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 1:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me find the perfect international destination for my high-tech sabbatical [more inside]
posted by superboy422 at 1:15 AM PST - 13 comments

March 23
This will hurt. :( I have to share some news that will be really hard to hear. How can I minimize the pain? [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 10:48 PM PST - 34 comments

How can I give an image the look of a spray painted stencil using Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 9:49 PM PST - 10 comments

PsychologyFilter: Group dynamics courses. Where can I do something like this? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder at 9:40 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking at older (70s-80s) motorcycles. Which makes and models are the easiest to obtain parts for these days? Which makes and models should I be looking at in terms of cheap cheap beater bikes? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 9:39 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to eventually become a world-class training manager (the business kind, not the lifting weights, drinking powershakes kind). Trainers of the askme world -- what was the path you took to get where you are today? [more inside]
posted by Ham_On_Rye at 9:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Are flashmobs still "in"? I would like to participate in one in Seattle and Googled Seattle and flashmob but the only hits are for flashmobs that happened some years ago. Unfortunately I missed the Thriller flashmob in Seattle last summer. Anyone know how I could participate in a flashmob in Seattle, even if such things aren't popular anymore?
posted by MsKim at 9:12 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get rid of this horrible, high-pitched feedback? [more inside]
posted by Zero Gravitas at 8:21 PM PST - 6 comments

What product do you recommend for a post-work-out wipe-down when no shower is possible? (Sweaty details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Mid at 8:16 PM PST - 22 comments

What prevents companies from simply screwing everyone and paying off their owners debt free? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 8:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Where to buy BULK? (Online mostly) [more inside]
posted by Benzle at 7:37 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the divorce rate for interfaith marriages? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 7:09 PM PST - 14 comments

What is wrong with my foot that causes this pain??? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 6:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Explain the US healthcare system to me (an Australian) in easy-to-understand language. [more inside]
posted by micklaw at 6:51 PM PST - 29 comments

I'd like to find as much financial information as possible on a small, privately held company. What's the best place to start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Need to print Excel spreadsheet so it turns out like a vertically-folded half-sheet card. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 5:57 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get World Cup finals and semis tickets, and can they be purchased from someone outside my country? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 5:44 PM PST - 5 comments

My very fickle, post-dental-operation (one of her canines had to be removed) cat is getting hungry. She doesn't like wet food -- she'll lick up the juice and ignore the rest. I tried softening some dry food with water, but she's not interested in that either. So I've been giving her tuna, which she eats and enjoys. Should I just stick with that for the next couple weeks or is there something else I should try feeding her?
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 5:02 PM PST - 27 comments

Recommendations for a small event in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 4:34 PM PST - 5 comments

I finally hauled my old touring bike out of the closet and am commuting to work. I'm prepared for a certain amount of pain, but how can I get it over with faster? [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad at 4:03 PM PST - 28 comments

The solid piece of rubber trim around the wheel well of my car is gradually peeling away. What kind of adhesive should I use to reattach it?
posted by dephlogisticated at 3:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Genealogy - I would like to find out where an ancestor was buried. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 3:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Last month, I finally landed my first "real" job. However, I have no idea how to dress myself -- I need to look "smart," but not overdressed. Give a geek some fashion advice! [more inside]
posted by schmod at 3:30 PM PST - 35 comments

Looking for a fun or sentimental token / good luck charm to give as a gift. Something that is in Hebrew, or relates to Judaism would be cool, too, but is not necessary. [more inside]
posted by diamondsky at 3:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Reported commercial disputes between Life Sciences licensors and Big Pharma licensees? [more inside]
posted by extropy at 3:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I easily replace a failing hard drive in a desktop? [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep at 2:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Creative ideas uses for really small pieces of scrap wood. [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 2:35 PM PST - 17 comments

What to do in Nassau, Bahamas when you have three nights? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 1:48 PM PST - 6 comments

In a few months, I'm heading to Las Vegas for a conference. I am absolutely not a gambler, but figure I'll spend an hour or two checking out some of the gaudiest casinos and maybe playing some slots. But, for some reason, I also have an urge to try playing blackjack. My question is twofold: 1. What can I expect from the blackjack-playing experience? I've only played slots before and have never interacted with anyone at a casino. How can I keep from looking like an idiot? 2. Any recommended resources for basic blackjack strategy?
posted by laze at 1:43 PM PST - 28 comments

I need help remembering stuff. But I don't want to be productive. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 1:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Dear hivemind, can you recommend (or provide an argument against) a face mask designed to keep the majority of large particles out of my nose and mouth while outside? [more inside]
posted by strixus at 1:35 PM PST - 12 comments

I have a company video that I want to stream on Blackberry phones. [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 1:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Have any of you ever washed clothing in a dishwasher? How'd that turn out? [more inside]
posted by whatzit at 1:21 PM PST - 33 comments

What are nice positions/activities for FFM threesomes? Or good non-pornographic resources for same. Very new to this... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Hope me understand what's going on on p.144 (footnote 5) of Tufte's Beautiful Evidence. Page 6 in this online excerpt. [more inside]
posted by madred at 1:16 PM PST - 6 comments

This switch/receptacle has been miswired for years. For starters, neither device had the grounding wires attached. I want to put things the way they should be. [more inside]
posted by dhartung at 1:11 PM PST - 14 comments

I have a friend whose former boyfriend registered a domain and set up a site for her. I'd like to transfer the domain to her so I can change the DNS settings and move her to Google Apps. The registrar appears to be I've sent several e-mails to the boyfriend and he responds that he's busy, etc. What can I do to get the domain in her name? He seems to have no problem with transferring the domain, he's just making it difficult and refuses to do anything. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:20 PM PST - 10 comments

I pay for an individual health-care policy with a ridiculous premium (I'm in grad school, so I have no medical coverage available to me, as the school's plan only covers undergrads). It's the prescription coverage that forces me into the high-end plan. Do I have other options? (Much, much more inside; sorry for the info-dump) [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 12:15 PM PST - 38 comments

I'm looking for some brown slip-on formal loafers that have this kind of style but without the styling on the side (I'd prefer them to be slightly more plain looking). Any ideas? I'm in the UK.
posted by samengland at 12:07 PM PST - 8 comments

I really don't like my fiance's cat. Now that we've moved in together, how can I learn to accept the cat as a part of my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:05 PM PST - 37 comments

Man-filter: Why does the scrotum tighten and pull up close against the body when you have stomach problems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I eat decent barbecue in or near Gastonia, North Carolina? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 11:54 AM PST - 24 comments

How do I give an incentive requiring an independent contractor to meet certain goals without creating an employer/employee relationship? [more inside]
posted by farmersckn at 11:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Since having a baby, I've been trying to pay more attention to the types of products we use and now I'm pretty sure that everything is killing us. How do I become better informed about hidden toxins and chemicals and other nasties and learn to eliminate them from my life without going completely crazy and running off to the forest with my tinfoil hat? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 11:49 AM PST - 31 comments

Does anyone have anecdotes, experience or advice regarding home-canning home-made mustard or barbecue sauce? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 11:45 AM PST - 8 comments

What books and movies have helped you define what it means to be a man? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 11:41 AM PST - 100 comments

Limerence filter How do I ask someone out but minimize the other person’s discomfort, especially if this person has been a friend for a long time? [more inside]
posted by Dances with sock puppets at 11:07 AM PST - 17 comments

What is a good smart-ish phone usable with Verizon's inexpensive data plan? [more inside]
posted by medusa at 11:07 AM PST - 13 comments

No longer the fat girl and need help! How to maximize the positive changes and make this a discerning moment in my life? Help me improve my most important relationship, the one I have with myself. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by ss448 at 10:53 AM PST - 21 comments

How to transfer video from a Mac and burn on a Blu-Ray PC? [more inside]
posted by bach at 10:44 AM PST - 3 comments

I am looking for the identifiable steps that a government takes towards being a failed state, with a specific emphasis on African countries. I was wondering if anybody is aware of a list similar to this one written by Naomi Wolf. I am hoping for a list that might use Zimbabwe as a case study. Anything that addresses the systematic movement from a working to a failed state will be appreciated.
posted by gekko15 at 10:31 AM PST - 11 comments

This year I have been accidentally discovering the hard rock in the 70s that for some reason escaped me. The latest discovery is Jetliner by Steve Miller, thanks to Noah Baumbach. Despite writing about music, I am not exactly sure what I am looking for... [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose at 10:24 AM PST - 56 comments

Need suggestions for a computer chair (Toronto, Canada) [more inside]
posted by abbat at 10:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Phone headphone socket with FieldTurf crumb rubber particle deep inside. How to remove? [more inside]
posted by galaksit at 9:36 AM PST - 15 comments

I want to implement a simple barcode inventory system, but this has lead to surprisingly complicated questions. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 9:23 AM PST - 8 comments

What should I do with all the old cable and power cords I have? Donate? Arts and crafts? Recycle? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 8:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Why isn't the new U.S. health care program a good thing? I am apolitical and a registered Independent, so I'm not looking for a two-party flame war, but having just read the list of things that health care will provide, the only possibly "bad" thing I see is that some people will be forced to buy insurance or pay a fine. But otherwise, these seem to be good measures. I'm not very savvy when it comes to current events, so what am I missing? Why are some people so angry?
posted by jackypaper at 8:56 AM PST - 56 comments

I'm a cat lady with 3 rescue cats. I'm seeing a guy with 2 rescued dogs. We want to see if they will get along. What's the best way to do this while minimizing trauma?
posted by Kurichina at 8:54 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I create a forced splash-page or homepage for people using my WiFi hotspot? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss at 8:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me figure out how to pay people in our new company. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 8:51 AM PST - 3 comments

I have: An excel spreadsheet with a bunch of emails. I need: A self-updating text string that can be copy-pasted into an email TO: Field. I know about C1&","&D1 but is there a way for the list to be automatically updated when I or subtract an email, without specifically having to tell the formula to look in the newly added row? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 8:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Early spay/neuter for puppy at seven weeks old. OK or no? [more inside]
posted by randomination at 8:47 AM PST - 8 comments

I've got issues - big complicated medical issues. Help me find a primary care doctor in Kansas City. (TMI lurks within.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:44 AM PST - 2 comments

My wife and I have a LOT of credit card debt and no savings. We can now afford to start paying off the debt. We'd like to buy a house as quickly as possible, what can we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 40 comments

Had the ad agency with whom I do freelance work won the account, I'd probably have work. But the Other Ad Agency got the account. Can I approach The Other Ad Agency to work on the account? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 8 comments

PlumbingFilter: Where is this water coming from and how do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by thejanna at 8:13 AM PST - 9 comments

I need instrumental music that would work well for a kids movie soundtrack! [more inside]
posted by ictow at 7:47 AM PST - 9 comments

A student asked me this. Given that content providers to the media - journalists, bloggers etc. - are or can be paid for their content, why isn't Facebook obliged to pay me and its other 400m users, without whom it would be nothing? Or is the pleasure it gives sufficient payment in itself, a logic which my boss would love?
posted by Holly at 7:40 AM PST - 49 comments

EndoFilter: Have you followed an Endometriosis Diet? Did radical changes to your diet mitigate your symptoms? [more inside]
posted by somanyamys at 7:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Please recommend your favorite non-heavy boardgames. [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 7:35 AM PST - 51 comments

Help me get back on academic track as I recover from depression. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:30 AM PST - 10 comments

What fields have strict limitations on hours worked per day or per week? Trucking and aviation limit strictly. Nuclear power workers have regulations that aren't often enforced. Medicine limits residents but not attendings. Any other industries place strictly enforced limitations?
posted by reverenddrjice at 7:29 AM PST - 8 comments

"This is how it really works." I'm looking for things you know that work differently than people assume they do. For instance, people usually assume that school textbooks are chosen strictly on merit, when actually it is Texas book events that end up controlling textbook sales. Or like the comment that said "what the FBI does is collect evidence for prosecution. They rarely solve crimes on their own and they rarely prevent them." Before payola was widely talked about in recent years, most people thought songs on the radio got there solely because of popularity. I'm looking for other examples where widely common perceptions about how something operates are not accurate.
posted by cashman at 7:18 AM PST - 104 comments

Help me find some Hip Hop songs about dances. [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 6:58 AM PST - 23 comments

Help, we need a nurse! Or someone who hires them or teaches them or is learning to be one. My 18 year old, HS senior niece wants to study nursing...lots more situational stuff and numerous questions after the jump. We're in the US, Colorado. [more inside]
posted by BoscosMom at 6:56 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I send an executable file, namely, the Skydur VPN software, to a friend in China (I am also in China)? Gmail does not allow this, and her options for alternatives are rather limited. As is my knowledge about these things... [more inside]
posted by dawson at 6:45 AM PST - 15 comments

What are some net-capable multiplayer games that a friend and I can play on our low-end laptops? [more inside]
posted by genericdave at 6:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Why will 3D TVs be successful when 3D PC games weren't? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 6:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Anyone know a cheap, clean hotel or B & B in London? Looking for something in the £25 a night range. All of the big chain hotels are so expensive and I only need a bed for the night and a shower in the morning.
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 6:05 AM PST - 16 comments

What Cable Do I Need To Buy To Connect My MacBookPro To This TV. [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 5:58 AM PST - 8 comments

I cannot get my license because a car insurance company is exploiting me with a safety claim. Can someone help me find a lawyer or offer some advice? [more inside]
posted by justflux at 5:23 AM PST - 9 comments

I am trying to get my printer working, with minimal luck. What am I missing? MacBook Pro --> USB cable --> Brother MFC-240C = promising noises, but... [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 4:59 AM PST - 7 comments

I’m trying to decide how best to spend my limited advertising budget. [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 4:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Buying a home in Northern Virginia. Closing costs include Lender's title insurance for $2600 and Owner's title insurance for $1000. Do I have to purchase Owners title insurance? We are purchasing from original owner in an established community (25 year old home)
posted by cactus86 at 4:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Cheap transportation between Prague/Vienna and Graz? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 12:14 AM PST - 7 comments

March 22
At the end of this year I am hoping to feed several families as a part of a charitable effort/challenge that I started for myself. I need advice and ideas on how to find families, how to feed the families, any problems that can come from this, etc. [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 10:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Socialism. I keep hearing this word in regards to our current health care reform. I'm fairly sure most of the people I know don't really know what it actually means (my mother, for example) - I'm not even sure I know anymore. Are there already socialized programs in the US and, if so, please give me examples I can share?
posted by _paegan_ at 10:39 PM PST - 32 comments

What are these weeds/trees/green things that are all over my yard, and can I do anything about them? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 9:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Does anyone have a recommendation for a Vet in the Catonsville or Ellicott City MD area? We have an older cat with some health issues, and don't feel we are getting the best care from our current vet. Does anyone have any recommendations in the area? Thank you!
posted by nalyd at 9:00 PM PST - 6 comments

In what popular magazine did I first read about the 1990 study "Attractive faces are only average" (I think that was it)? [more inside]
posted by Ky at 8:51 PM PST - 9 comments

I've become super sensitive to people bossing me around, and it's freaking me out. How do I stop this delayed-onset teenage rebellion before it gets me in trouble? [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 8:39 PM PST - 13 comments

I put a down payment on an apartment but the landlord delayed until I backed out. Now he's delaying repayment of the down payment. What should I do? YANML. [more inside]
posted by amanzi at 8:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a specific list of design fundamentals / best-practices. [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan at 8:19 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to pay cash for a lot, then have a modular house put on it or have one built. Have any MeFites done this, and what sort of books or people should I be referencing for getting started? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster at 8:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me scan my legal documents. [more inside]
posted by shew at 7:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Please help me make my new computer case a little more snazzy. [more inside]
posted by haplesschild at 7:52 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I say “Happy birthday, stepbrother!” in Latin? [more inside]
posted by kyten at 7:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Why does my tooth pain get so much worse after each antibiotic dose? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr at 7:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there a good resource online for reviews of literature geared towards early-teens? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 6:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Cirque du Soleil: O - question about audience participation (spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 6:47 PM PST - 7 comments

NYC filter: Looking for a bar on the Upper East Side (preferably east 80s/90s) which can accomodate a group of ~50-70. My high school class is having its 15th reunion, which will start off at our school and then progress to an after-party at a bar at around 9/9:30pm on a Friday in June. So a private room would work, as would a bigger bar which could simply accomodate a mass influx. Anything from divey to schmancy is a possibility. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 6:46 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm looking for suggestions for websites that would be interesting, useful and informative to a group a adult newcomers to the internet. [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 6:43 PM PST - 20 comments

An article (or essay? almost a manifesto?) on the proper role of a police officer, or perhaps rather, the philosophy of what a British constable is supposed to do. From I think the late 19th century. Can you find me the link?
posted by Eshkol at 6:39 PM PST - 2 comments

The apartment opposite mine is being rented weekly by prostitutes. [more inside]
posted by theCroft at 6:04 PM PST - 74 comments

I need help getting up to speed on writing Windows apps that interact with MS Office (specifically Outlook). I am completely lost. Show me the way. [more inside]
posted by perrce at 5:37 PM PST - 3 comments

I want a long lasting, good looking, custom, temporary tattoo. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 4:57 PM PST - 3 comments

This weekend I took my son out to an empty parking lot for his first experience behind the wheel of a vehicle. He didn't do anything that caused my heart rate to spike, so we got that going for us. However, I realized that I have no idea what I am doing. [more inside]
posted by COD at 4:53 PM PST - 52 comments

Seeking suggestions for remote desktop services to assist an elderly computer user. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 4:50 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking for a NYT article about the country's best tax lawyer. A man infamous for finding loopholes and his perspective on the ethics of his work. It was very interesting. Does anyone know where to find it?
posted by JamesJD at 4:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Restaurant recommendations in D.C. that are loose on IDs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 18 comments

OK, I'm pretty sure this issue is creepy, so, brace yourself. The gist of the issue is that I'll be in public, at the store, the park, whatever, and I'll see someone who I find is very attractive ("wow, I can't believe how hot she is."). But, instead of simply letting that nice moment pass and continuing on my way as normal, I remain distracted, not really able to focus on what it is I was doing or was going to do, for a very long while, up to an hour or more. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 106 comments

How do people cope when the sex of their baby isn't the one they were hoping for? What if you were hoping for a girl, but got a boy instead? Or vice versa? What if you have a definite preference? Should you just not have children? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 54 comments

There are three dozen eggs in my refrigerator that will expire about 2.5 weeks from now. What are some easy, different and delicious egg recipes? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 4:20 PM PST - 50 comments

Best way to put an image on dress: screen printing or fusible interfacing and machine sewing? [more inside]
posted by jaynedanger at 4:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I get hold of a high-resolution (300dpi or better), print-quality digital copy of a radiograph (ie., x-ray photo) of a complete cat's body? I'm looking for something like this one at Getty Images, although preferably one taken from the side, like this or this. I have found several decent detail photos via Flickr and Google Images, but what I'm looking for needs to be a complete image. Getty and other stock photo providers are hideously expensive, and this is for a personal pet project of sorts (no pun intended), and not something I am able to spend hundreds of dollars on.
posted by gentle at 4:14 PM PST - 6 comments

What are some examples of ways in which companies have driven customers to order online rather than a physical location? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum at 4:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Screen printing for very cheap. I have printer inks for pigment, what can I use for a medium/binder? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 3:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Can someone help me identify what combination guitar effect pedals are being used to create the shimmering electric guitar swells littered around this clip (skip to about 1:02) [more inside]
posted by freud at 3:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Trying to invoke a remote web service in ColdFusion and I want to see the exact request that's being generated and sent out. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 3:51 PM PST - 7 comments

I have an idea for a political advertisement that I want to pass along to my party. How do I do that? A letter to the chairman of the party? And how do I make sure that I'm credited in some (non-monetary) fashion? [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I prepare for a second career now, before I want one? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 3:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I buy Terra Chips at wholesale prices? [more inside]
posted by mazniak at 3:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Has anyone ever hiked the GR10 (or the GR11, or the Haute Route Pyréneen, or anything else in the Pyrenees)? More specifically, how cold will it be there in April-June, and more generally, what kind of sleeping bag do I need? [more inside]
posted by threeants at 3:08 PM PST - 4 comments

When I eat or drink more than a bite's worth of anything with agave or agave syrup in it, including tequila, I get confused, irritable, and light headed. I see spots and get tunnel vision and I often get a buzzing noise in my head. I feel like I'm on the short road to passing out. When it's over I'm headache-y and exhausted. WTH? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 3:06 PM PST - 24 comments

I'm trying to recover an .ODS file from OpenOffice that was accidentally deleted. Can you help me get the "header"? [more inside]
posted by setanor at 3:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Suggestions for how can I get DeviantART to give me my profits? [more inside]
posted by Outis at 2:42 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I log the ip addresses of people who visit my website or download my publication? [more inside]
posted by Seeba at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Should my friend file a complaint against his doctor and, if so, how? [more inside]
posted by wet-raspberry at 2:10 PM PST - 37 comments

What's the protocol for doing research in an archive? I know I probably have to call in advance, but is there anything else I should know? And do I have to know exactly what I'm looking for before I go? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 2:01 PM PST - 13 comments

I've been with my boyfriend for three years (living together for half that amount of time). This is my first long-term relationship. Previously, my relationships lasted anywhere from 3-6 months. So I don't have a real point of comparison for anything outside of the endorphine-rush phase. [more inside]
posted by Blazing Star at 2:01 PM PST - 10 comments

My 7-year-old daughter wants her BFF to spend the night. BFF is a boy. Is that ok? [more inside]
posted by SamanthaK at 2:00 PM PST - 37 comments

Help me choose a destination for a one-day ski trip near Boulder, CO. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 1:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Does anyone know what this song is? [more inside]
posted by BiffSlamkovich at 1:40 PM PST - 3 comments

My Mom wants to download and print coupons. I went as far as downloading the couponprinter software from the net and Comodo warned against it. Is this a safe application? It is a form of spyware in that it collects data, though relying on your agreeing to it. I’m not a computer-talented person, but I know enough to have installed security software for her and to be wary.
posted by mightshould at 1:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Is it possible to configure Outlook to automatically create reminders when emails are flagged for follow-up? Thanks!
posted by mpls2 at 1:31 PM PST - 4 comments

I am in the midst of applications for professional positions in my field. Often the people doing the hiring will fly interview candidates out to their location for a day-long interview process, which includes meals with people on the search committee. How can I gracefully request that they accommodate my vegan diet? [more inside]
posted by Fui Non Sum at 1:30 PM PST - 10 comments

What are your best sources for online science fiction / fantasy / horror short stories? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream at 1:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Please help me understand the relationship between force and power via this little thought experiment I dreamed up. [more inside]
posted by nathan v at 1:14 PM PST - 17 comments

I've been given a (supposedly) blank check to get myself the best work desktop that I can. [more inside]
posted by _cave at 1:13 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the best way for an American to get an office job in Europe? [more inside]
posted by metakiwi at 1:02 PM PST - 20 comments

This clogged toilet is giving me! [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 1:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me figure out if my dream comics career is worth pursuing. No wait, that's too easy to answer. [more inside]
posted by circular at 12:46 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find/remember this "odd" fairy tale short cartoon series [more inside]
posted by sanskrtam at 12:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for an article or a radio story about baseball as a uniquely American sport. [more inside]
posted by cusack at 12:08 PM PST - 7 comments

How bad an idea would it be to try to buy a condo before the new homeowner credit deadline (April 30th)? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 11:58 AM PST - 10 comments

What is the history of Las Vegas showgirls, and especially their costumes? [more inside]
posted by tnygard at 11:58 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm looking for books to read during a Los Angeles - Beijing flight. I have a guidebook and an abridged copy of Journey to the West, and I would really like to read something more contemporary. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by betweenthebars at 11:43 AM PST - 11 comments

I do a fair amount of photo/video editing and would like to step things up with some new equipment. I'm going to replace my overheating, broken screen hinge laptop with a desktop and monitor, but I know nothing about gigs and ram and video cards. Any other suggestions regarding photo storage, organization, and editing software are welcome. [more inside]
posted by defreckled at 11:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Has anyone ever used a life coach / career counselor? I'm unemployed and at some crossroads and wondering if this may be the shot in the arm I need to find some direction... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 11:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Hi, I searched through the archives and did not find a match. Thank you in advance. Let's say I have a spreadsheet in Google docs with two columns, names and dollar amounts. Jane Smith, $5; Joe Sixpack, $7; Jane Goodall, $4; Joe Frankin, $10, etc. I want to use – I think – the QUERY function to ADD up all the dollars that all the Joe's have, or all the dollars that the Jane's have. I have read through as much documentation as I can find and it's not giving me enough to formulate a successful query. This:
=query(A1:B20, "Select A where (A contains 'jane')", sum(B))
does not work. Any suggestions? thank you!
posted by noway at 11:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Sex interest filter [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 10:56 AM PST - 41 comments

Civil ceremony! What's it gonna be like? We're gettin' hitched in DC. [more inside]
posted by atayah at 10:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Is there a TinEye for audio? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 10:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Seeking ideas for discouraging piracy of a DVD which has a small potential audience of only a few thousand, well-connected people. [more inside]
posted by puffmoike at 10:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me determine the name of an older children's book. I have a year and a half old child and for months now I've been wracking my brain trying to remember the name of a book that sticks out in my memory from childhood. I vaguely remember it from 1st or 2nd grade so that would have been in the early 70s. [more inside]
posted by mcschmidt00 at 10:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Carleton v. Wesleyan. I'll be seeing my nephew next week, and he has his future whittled down to these two colleges. Not that it will really have an effect, but I'd like to appear to know more than that it is colder in Minnesota, and asking MeFites seemed easier (and maybe more astute) than reading a lot of PR things. Neither he nor I know what he will major in, but probably nothing practical (ie. if he doesn't wind up an academic, he'll be applying to law schools sooner or later.). Any opinions or insights?
posted by Some1 at 10:26 AM PST - 22 comments

Make/Carpentry Filter: I am a milliner (hat maker) and I desperately need some new wooden forms. Here's the rub... [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 10:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Flowery interpretations needed for a list of billiard house rules. [more inside]
posted by travis08 at 10:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Follow me inside for a bunch of questions about co-sleeping with an older child. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 10:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Found out on the weekend that my employer has been deducting completely bogus amounts of tax and other deductions since last May. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:14 AM PST - 10 comments

After some soul-searching, I've decided I need to break up with my live-in boyfriend. Our lease is up in August, and I'm worried about how to deal with living together when we're no longer "together" while we're looking for new apartments. I'm sure many of you have gone through this, so any anecdotes or advice would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:14 AM PST - 28 comments

How much does writing in books decrease their value? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY at 10:05 AM PST - 19 comments

I'm interested to know how people with chronic illnesses keep it from interfering with their professional lives. I have Crohn's Disease and am training to be a psychologist. How does having an illness affect your ability to see patients or clients, keep a schedule, and have a professional business etc.? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 9:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Any examples of well-designed web sites in the industrial/engineering/manufacturing industry? [more inside]
posted by relucent at 9:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good painter and decorator who will work on my house located in South West London? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 8:59 AM PST - 2 comments

SXSWfilter: Saturday afternoon, at Flamingo Cantina (OrigAudio's party), there was a band that I'm trying to find the name of. I've looked at the official ads, but I think they were a last minute substitution... [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 8:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Need recommendations for purchasing towels online. I know of Bed Bath & Beyond, but I'd like some alternatives. The only requirement is that the store sell towels individually and not just in sets.
posted by Beholder at 8:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Did my cat's tapeworm medicine fail? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 8:35 AM PST - 19 comments

A diamond can't be scratched. But can a diamond be crushed? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:12 AM PST - 15 comments

I just bought a wooden swingset for the kids this weekend and I'm going to be putting it together by myself. I'm looking for any helpful tips/suggestions you have regarding assembly. [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 8:07 AM PST - 13 comments

I am a "small-time" real estate started in my early 20's (10 years ago)...thought it was a good way to live in a better house/better neighborhood as a single woman. I owner-occupy one of my units and rent out the other building entirely. [more inside]
posted by mdn31 at 8:07 AM PST - 11 comments

How much should the uncertainty of housing prices affect one's decision of buying a house in this market ? [more inside]
posted by cusecase at 8:03 AM PST - 8 comments

I recently started working with a nutritionist, and have been given a framework for all my meals, but the actual meal planning is up to me. So far, everything has been really easy to incorporate into my lifestyle except for dinners, so I am hoping that the hive mind can help me come up with some tasty ideas that fit in with the guidelines I've been given...whether they're recipes, resources for recipes, or just tips on how to turn a "grilled chicken breast" type meal into something that's actually appealing. [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 at 7:19 AM PST - 25 comments

Genealogy and local history filter: Canadian army circa 1943: Where can I find information about my Dad? The family story goes that in 1942/43 my Dad learned that he was about to be drafted (into the army). So he joined the navy. Then I was born (October 1944). Then he was sent to Montreal and my mother and I followed him. Then we returned to Toronto. Is there anywhere in Canadian army records that I can confirm this information? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 7:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Hey London -- I have a pony request! No, really - a REAL pony request: American Mefite visiting has heard rumours that there are actual pony/horse rides available at some local parks. This is as far as my knowledge on the matter goes. I am an accomplished equestrian (and do tend to bounce when thrown, anyway) so, I don't want to ride a merry-go-round. Where can I find a spot to go for a ride? Would anyone like to join me?
posted by caveat empress at 6:44 AM PST - 15 comments

What are some good books or other resources on rock climbing technique? [more inside]
posted by chiefthe at 6:31 AM PST - 6 comments

AnxietyRemedyFilter : Advice on school-related anxiety, which seems to complicate my academic pathway (question on generally interation with administrative staff, teachers, future internship tutors and the like. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I publish research I did while moonlighting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 AM PST - 5 comments

No job, loads of "savings" being burnt in rent, financially illiterate [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I viscerally understand distributed revision control? [more inside]
posted by DU at 5:27 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm interested in the way that athletic performance changes with age, and how this varies amongst different sports. Can anyone point me to some data sources on age-specific performance for any sports? What about age at retirement for pro/semi-pro athletes in different sports? [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 2:59 AM PST - 8 comments

I just read this in passing: "The State of Washington pretty well went broke on the Townsend Plan (during the 1930s) without getting the economic benefits it had hoped for. (I simplify, but it's a reasonable summary.)" I can find references to Francis Townsend, and his plan. What I haven't been able to find are any specific references to the state of Washington trying it out, with middling to bad effects. Anyone? Bueller? Thanks in advance.
posted by aurelian at 2:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find freely available online science fiction, preferably involving people who are totally badass in very quiet, restrained ways that involve mental abilities more than just being Superman, and also explores the consequences of making the human body a bit malleable. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 2:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Where do I find a list of translations of "Help" into all major languages? I want to write a "Help" function for a computer tool (have it already). Now I want to allow people to enter "Help" in their local language and find that help page. [more inside]
posted by christianhauck at 2:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Does anyone know what happened to development on the history microformat? Is it dead in the water like it seems, or did something newer and better take over?
posted by thebestsophist at 12:44 AM PST - 0 comments

Mac users: is there an easy way to export a large number of photos and videos from the Photo Booth application? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 12:16 AM PST - 4 comments

March 21
What is this plasticky hair in a pore on my cheekbone? [more inside]
posted by trampoliningisfun at 10:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I buy a Thermapen in the D.C. Area? After reading fifteen million positive reviews on this device, I'm going to take the plunge and buy one. I'm feeling a bit impatient, though, and would also like to avoid S&H costs. Do you know of any restaurant supply joints or other stores around the District that carry them? Thanks, Hive!
posted by AAAAAThatsFiveAs at 9:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Why can't I stream HD movies wirelessly over my home network? [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 9:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Where do you go for porn? I'm asking in good faith about a genuine problem. When I look at porn on free websites, I sometimes end up infecting my computer with viruses. I've already installed NoScript, and I scan regularly with MalwareBytes and SuperSpyware. Is there anything I can do to reduce the risk of infecting my computer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:31 PM PST - 42 comments

I am ready to pull out my hair!! What is the difference between a cover letter and a "Personal Qualifications Statement"? I feel as though I am merely going to be restating information. ( I am applying for a position as an adjunct instructor, and I have been asked to write both.)
posted by AlliKat75 at 8:28 PM PST - 11 comments

I made ricotta today from whole goat's milk. Yay! Now I have about 6 cups of leftover whey and no idea what to do with it. Help? [more inside]
posted by cheerwine at 7:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Help us plan our vacation! [more inside]
posted by elquien at 7:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Defeating evil bloodsucking insects: Is there a style of ear net that will stay on my horse overnight or should I leave his fly mask on all night? In the past I have used Swat, but do not want to do that this year. Normal fly spray is ineffective. [more inside]
posted by anaelith at 7:19 PM PST - 6 comments

I play Hold 'em on PokerStars, are there any extensions, add-ons, etc that I should be using? [more inside]
posted by cyphill at 6:54 PM PST - 5 comments

I live in Toronto where I'm finishing up a graduate degree soon in a social science area. I also have some experience doing Web design. Now that I have a lot of free time on the horizon, I want to seriously probe my career options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Building a new garage. It will include a dedicated space for brewing fabulous beer. Technical design and planning questions inside. [more inside]
posted by BrooksCooper at 6:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me come up with some cute or funny advice for a bride-to-be. It's for one of those activities at a bridal shower where everyone writes little bits of advice in a book for her to keep, along with a recipe. I can't stand the usual "let him think he's in charge" old-fashioned sexist stuff, and I think she'd appreciate a joke or a quote or something that's a bit more up to date than that. [more inside]
posted by harriet vane at 6:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Where can I find heavyweight, textured paper suitable for an invitation in Manhattan or northern New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by miscbuff at 6:26 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the typeface used in the subtitles of the American release of "Un prophète" (A Prophet)? [more inside]
posted by emflr at 6:26 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I set tempera paint stains on my jeans? [more inside]
posted by cloudburst at 6:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Moving to Minneapolis area -- working in Golden Valley -- what are good neighborhoods in which to look for a nice three-plus-bedroom home for a family with two very young kids? -- would love a short commute, would love a Craftsman/Bungalow house, would love to be near a food co-op -- what comes to mind, Minnesotans?
posted by LittlePumpkin at 6:05 PM PST - 7 comments

At my company, we recently started recording our internal talks/seminars. I want to set it up so that people can watch these later directly through their web browser. So, basically, looking for self-hosted video streaming server software (kind of like a YouTube/Vimeo from inside the firewall). Are there free alternatives to Adobe Flash Media Server? I'm currently looking at Apache with the h264 Streaming Module and JW Player. But is there anything that just works seamlessly? Copy an .MP4 file to a directory, give it a name in a form and a URL is generated for you?
posted by miasma at 6:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Taking a recently divorced friend to New Orleans for a weekend to celebrate his singledom -- any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Is anyone aware of 3rd-party reviews or search tools for [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I wirelessly sync hundreds of photos from my iPhone? Without hundreds of clicks. [more inside]
posted by portabella at 5:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Everywhere I look, I see blog posts, AskMeFi comments, etc., about how you shouldn't go to law school, about the crushing debt that it imposes, stories about how people hate their lives as lawyers, about the masses of layoffs in the industry, or about how the work isn't what, or as interesting as, they expected. Now, my question is -- are there any notable positive blogs / perspectives out there, written by a lawyer? Comments from MeFi lawyers are definitely welcome. [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 5:23 PM PST - 26 comments

easy to understand resources on tort law? [more inside]
posted by qvinx at 4:41 PM PST - 8 comments

EmbarassingUrologyFilter: I've got to pee all of the time, except when I don't. What's going on here? (Gross, NSFW stuff inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:34 PM PST - 18 comments

What kind of truck/bus/car is this? I'm guessing it was pretty old when the picture was taken in 1952.
posted by scruss at 4:34 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the deal with men offering to be generous to a young college student who needs help or guys who claim they're normal and want a girlfriend but like paying for things? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist at 4:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Wordpress and MySQL-savvy coders, please help me do something. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Why do people tweet in code? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 at 3:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Seeking recommendations for an awesome couples therapist in Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 3:27 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm looking for advice on what mountain bike to buy for a long off-road tour. [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind at 3:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Digital Signage: I have to set up digital signage at work - 3 or 4 large monitors which will display data that management consider pertinent to the employees. Displaying inactive data - eg branding, general company info - seems do-able with something like Xibo, but what solutions are there for displaying active/ live data - eg yesterday's on-time deliveries, or what's due to ship today - which is reported in either MS Projects or SharePoint? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 3:12 PM PST - 7 comments

How to buy a bicycle or motorbike in Rome to use for a summer in Italy? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 3:06 PM PST - 6 comments

How annoyed should I be? (Photographer/videographer issue) [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 2:57 PM PST - 25 comments

Who (other than Google App Engine) offers cloud computing solutions measured by usage rather than time ? More inside ... [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 2:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I pay to drive a bulldozer for fun in the San Francisco Bay area or the Mid-Atlantic region? [more inside]
posted by CCCC at 2:41 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I get the transmission fluid/gear oil into the transmission of an '08 Kia Spectra5? It's a manual 5-speed, and, as far as I can tell, there is no dipstick. [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 2:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Any recommendations for scanning / PDF management software for my Mac that is cheap or, better yet, free? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 1:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Beginning this week, I will start using a Windows XP notebook as my home computer; to date my personal computers have been Macs. I've done some preliminary research as to Windows alternatives to programs, but I'd appreciate three areas of people's suggestions: (i) general tips for owning a Windows machine as your home machine; (ii) specific tips for people migrating from a Mac to a Windows machine; and (iii) critiques and/or alternate suggestions for Windows alternatives to the Mac programs I've used. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 1:51 PM PST - 24 comments

Can I include past consulting clients on a resume, even if I haven't actually been employed by them? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 1:32 PM PST - 6 comments

What is that wire in his ear? [more inside]
posted by srbrunson at 1:29 PM PST - 11 comments

What Seattle neighborhood is like Brooklyn's Sunset Park? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it possible to bend the bridge of my sunglasses to make the fit better? [more inside]
posted by edmz at 1:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Interesting things to do? Time available - six months (Sept. Feb. inclusive). Location - anywhere. [more inside]
posted by djgh at 1:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Anyone have any experience with renting a wide variety of audio books (preferably in MP3 format) online? I'm looking for reputable rental services for audio books, preferably via download. My local library does audio downloads. and I do use them, but their selection is limited.
posted by answergrape at 1:03 PM PST - 10 comments

What are good sources of funding for travel & summer courses in grad school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm looking for a support group in NJ, can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 1 comments

DebtFilter: should I declare bankruptcy before leaving the USA for a long time? Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Not ballroom wedding venues in Boise ID [more inside]
posted by Uncle at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

How do you pronounce magret? [more inside]
posted by languagehat at 1:00 PM PST - 9 comments

How do you get the maximum renewal effect from a short vacation? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 12:32 PM PST - 13 comments

When I buy a DVD at a retailer, where does the money go? [more inside]
posted by VTX at 11:56 AM PST - 5 comments

How can we salvage this woodworking project? We've applied two coats of stain, and just finished the second coat of polyurethane - but the poly is drying bleached white! What did we do wrong and how can we salvage it? [more inside]
posted by ish__ at 11:52 AM PST - 9 comments

What just happened on C-Span? There was some health care related vote. What exactly did that vote decide? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 11:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a newsletter / emailing list for art exhibitions, openings and galleries in New York City [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 11:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Can anyone recommend a good book for teaching children about the virtue of patience? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 11:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Not sure if I should go to a conference or not due to imminent resignation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Using photo of the President for a "for profit" parody enterprise? Guide me, MeFi! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Does anyone know a good psychotherapist / psychologist in Melbourne? some details inside for what I need. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:03 AM PST - 1 comments

Video camera for a runner? [more inside]
posted by archivist at 11:02 AM PST - 5 comments

What do I do with lemongrass, mushrooms and soup greens? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 11:01 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm trying to bake a cake from a German recipe, help me with archaic and confusing conversions! [more inside]
posted by coryinabox at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

What are good foreign exchange or study abroad programs in Spain, Italy, or England for Early Childhood Education and Development? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 AM PST - 1 comments

How do I hide puffy nipples as a guy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 AM PST - 23 comments

Is there a name for this little island in Ricmond, VA? What is it?!
posted by xmutex at 9:45 AM PST - 3 comments

I saw a necklace on an acquaintance who received it as a gift. It is a diamond ring cut out of a flat piece of gold or gold-seeming metal. This is a pendant on a necklace. Where can I find this? [more inside]
posted by beautiful at 9:35 AM PST - 9 comments

I really love this mashup of Lady GaGa and Behemoth. Does anyone know of music like it (I really like the pop/death metal mix - it makes me smile)? I've listened to the other videos by the same uploader but I'd like more :)
posted by Ikazuchi at 9:28 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I run a utility on every font? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 9:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Does anyone know what this piece of writing was and where I might find it? [more inside]
posted by marimeko at 8:56 AM PST - 4 comments

I was given this button with a picture of a bearded fellow on it. He looks familiar but I can't figure out who he is, do you recognize this face?
posted by waxboy at 8:55 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm an amateur astrologist and a few months back found a terrific and comprehensive (and free) website that provided broad stroke explanations as well as detailed minutiae regarding horoscope readings. Of course, I didn't bookmark the site and can't seem to find it in my history. Knowing this isn't much to go on, I can recall that the site provided detailed individual readings (again, free) for all facets of life (love, sex, money, career, travel, etc. etc.) as well as friendship pairings and love matches. Any help in finding the site would be greatly appreciated and paid back to you in some karmic cosmic way, I'm sure.
posted by captflamingo at 8:37 AM PST - 8 comments

i grew up in a home where asking an innocent question such as, "why" resulted in verbal or physical abuse ("why are you so stupid", "don't ask why", and if I did, a hand or a fist would come at me). no surprise that i've also come to realize that I am SO much more insecure than I thought I was. now that I look back, I see that i've never asked the right questions at work, with doctors, or anything like that. My brain would shut down and I would just nod and agree to what I was being told only to think about what happened much later and realize that I should have asked this or that or responded in a certain way. My thought/response patterns have been pretty consistent throughout my life (sad, I know, as I'm nearing 40) and I desperately want to work on communicating better. I struggle to figure out how to say things "nicely" or in a way that's effective as opposed to what often times is more harsh/rude/ineffective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 15 comments

Sometimes when I listen to music, it all sounds slightly off-key and a few rpm's slower. I mean, it all begins to sound rather disturbing. Happy, upbeat tunes like Mr. Blue Sky or the Go! Team sound lifeless, dreary. Anybody else ever experience this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 11 comments

it seems that the various methods of infecting computers dependent on weaknesses in browsers and operating systems. what are the safest browsers and operating systems? is virus detection software necessary, assuming you've made good choices about operating system and browsers. [more inside]
posted by alcahofa at 7:07 AM PST - 26 comments

Sadly I lost a friend to a long battle with cancer last night, her husband and teenage children are without any extended family in the area and will rely on some of us for the next while. Two things: 1 - Can you tell me of things that friends and family have done for you in similar circumstances that really helped at the time: large, small, immediately, over days, weeks, months, whatever. We'll sort out food, the pets and cleaning the house but what else can we do? 2 - Any advice on striking the right balance between giving them their space to grieve and being there to support to them?
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 6:34 AM PST - 22 comments

Why does Twitter search find some tweets but not others? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 6:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Is a portrait shooting with a professional photographer an appropriate 40th wedding anniversary gift? [more inside]
posted by eurandom at 6:27 AM PST - 12 comments

What is killing my habanero pepper plant, and how do I save it? [more inside]
posted by Adridne at 6:00 AM PST - 9 comments

How to work with a divorced parents dating situation where you love the guy one-on-one, but his relationship with his daughter is another, entirely more problematic issue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:58 AM PST - 38 comments

Is there such thing as an aroma class, for recognizing component aromas in food and spices? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 5:55 AM PST - 5 comments

My Dell M65 laptop has been thoroughly rinsed by a virus infection. I've tried everything I can, but I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and completely reinstall windows. The laptop does have a restore partition, so I'm planning to use that. What do I need to think/do in order to get back up and running as quickly as possible? [more inside]
posted by alby at 12:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Argh! I am an idiot and accidentally sent an email asking about a summer job (tailored to a charity) to a person running a research lab. How do I salvage this? [more inside]
posted by monocot at 12:24 AM PST - 13 comments

March 20
As a kid (I'm 58) I remember a toy record player that, when used special records, played an animation... [more inside]
posted by raildr at 11:23 PM PST - 3 comments

I am a lady who knows next to nothing about hair. What should I ask for when I get my next hair cut? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous at 10:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Where could I get a bed rest that has a 100% cotton exterior and some sort of natural stuffing (cotton, beans, whatever)?
posted by jsturgill at 10:46 PM PST - 1 comments

What is this game? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 10:46 PM PST - 4 comments

I find myself employed (yay!) in a position that requires SQL knowledge that I don't have, and can't quite wrap my head around (boo!). I need practical training/guides to remedy this. [more inside]
posted by sysinfo at 10:30 PM PST - 12 comments

I am looking for sites where I can read classic comic books online. Any suggestions?
posted by citybuddha at 10:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Having trouble finding a laptop that meets my requirements, do MeFites have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Sonic_Molson at 10:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Who should I follow on Twitter, that will reliably transmit immediate results of each of the House Health Care votes taking place on Sunday?
posted by jaimev at 9:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Water leaking from an upstairs apartment seems to be short-circuiting a ceiling light. How dangerous and how urgent is this problem? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 8:18 PM PST - 13 comments

I am looking help with the process of formatting my iMac (2007) hard drive and restoring it with Super Duper. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:28 PM PST - 6 comments

What other names does this game have besides tacoyaki? [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads at 7:15 PM PST - 8 comments

I need recommendations for Memorial Day weekend with two teenagers in Omaha, please. [more inside]
posted by chihiro at 7:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Can the hive mind recommend a reasonably-priced Seiko watch repair place in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 6:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Which SSD will work with Bootcamp on my 2008 MBP? [more inside]
posted by whiskeyspider at 6:12 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I listen to televised movies on my computer? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 5:59 PM PST - 8 comments

What purpose does the ball inside a whistle serve? My kid just got a clear whistle and watching him use it... the ball just sits there.
posted by Paleoindian at 4:23 PM PST - 5 comments

How long do intellectual-property clauses typically last? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there any reason to think NBA superstars of generations past could compete in today's NBA? Is it even fair to compare players of different generations? [more inside]
posted by Detuned Radio at 3:52 PM PST - 17 comments

I will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico for one day. What cheap activities should I do? [more inside]
posted by lunit at 3:30 PM PST - 5 comments

What other secret, magic foods can I buy and eat? Bonus points for being local to Washington or the Pacific Northwest. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 3:29 PM PST - 49 comments

I'm making a video (think Steve Irwin or Jeff Corwin) outside, and want to know about what makeup to wear. [more inside]
posted by griseus at 3:22 PM PST - 3 comments

What can I grow indoors in 4-inch clay pots? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 1:56 PM PST - 11 comments

I've recently opened a reseller account with a web host and taken over the hosting of a friend's website. There was a lot of trouble transferring accounts and data, and I've realised that I don't really have a clue what I'm doing. Please recommend some good on-line resources to help me learn how to effectively manage the hosting of websites. [more inside]
posted by doost at 1:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Do really good looking guys ever ask for the numbers of women they don't know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:47 PM PST - 45 comments

Got my connectivity/internet issues fixed yesterday. But what was the problem? I don't understand what the tech guy told me. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm interested in getting involved with either Olympic-style lifting or martial arts in Chicago. Do any good places for either exist in the city? [more inside]
posted by prunes at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

After a few chatroulette connections that turned surprisingly erotic, my wife and I (on the cusp of our 40s) are interested in further exploring sexy webcam chats. We're looking for sites populated by people (ideally other couples, but singles are OK too) who are not teenagers, and who are inclined to be discreet (I realize there's no guarantee on that one, but sites with a culture of discretion would be nice). Pay sites are OK. Any suggestions? If you'd rather not post info here, feel free to send suggestions to Thanks!
posted by anonymous at 1:27 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I learn to be more dominant in bed? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Does anyone know of any Catholic priests or parishes in the Cleveland area that will issue a godparent sponsor letter quickly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:59 PM PST - 5 comments

My dog's bark has become high pitched and hoarse. Cause for concern? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 12:30 PM PST - 4 comments

What role does Rush Limbaugh serve in society seen from an anthropological/ sociological point of view?
posted by manwoo at 12:20 PM PST - 26 comments

How do I improve on memory and answering questions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm a little sheepish about this, but I feel like I missed out by not joining a good frat in college -- on the group camaraderie, bonding, and drunken partying. Also, I like the idea of a large group of guys who just get along and enjoy hanging out rather than having to share some hobby. I'm probably romanticizing it, I know, but how can I experience something similar now, in my late 20s? I live in NYC, and going back for any kind of new degree is not an option. The workplace is not too helpful, unfortunately.
posted by anonymous at 12:17 PM PST - 12 comments

What should I consider before going to interview my Great Great Uncle? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Using Wikipedia content and photos in an iPhone application. How to proceed? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 12:07 PM PST - 1 comments

I've been demoted. Returning to work Monday after two months medical leave of absence under FMLA. I just learned I've been demoted in responsibility though not in pay after two years on the job. I'll consult a lawyer right away. My question is about unemployment insurance. In Oregon, if I voluntarily leave the job, will I have a chance for unemployment under these circumstances? I'll visit the State employment office right away, too. But, if possible, I'd like some background before I do.
posted by partner at 11:51 AM PST - 20 comments

Is Moroccan Hair Oil safe to use? Is pure Argan oil better, or will it make my hair smell like goat droppings? [more inside]
posted by Locative at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Music recommendations - what are your favorite prog rock epics? Looking for more rich, multi-movement, overlong 15+ minute songs. Particularly newer stuff from the last 10 years. [more inside]
posted by Khalad at 11:35 AM PST - 30 comments

Collegedorkfilter: He's acting like he's in love with me, and I feel the same, but he seems to have another girl. What do I do? Nerdy ass literary references, awkward silences, and lots of hot-wild cuddling action ensue! [more inside]
posted by cheberet at 11:12 AM PST - 41 comments

My girlfriend drives a 2004 Ford Focus that is insured by her mother, but my gf pays her for it. The title and registration are also in her mothers name, but the loan is in my girlfriend's name with her mom as a cosigner. My girlfriend has made 100% of the loan payments (as well as minor repairs). Recently my girlfriends mom has begun to demand that she turn over the vehicle because it is "hers", but has now decided to try to cancel her insurance but cannot do so due to not having the plates to the car. My girlfriend is now living in fear and worrying that her mother is going to come over to our house and take the plates off the car. Her mother has also threatened to report the car as STOLEN. [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 10:32 AM PST - 14 comments

You're driving in backwater Central America and find an unconscious, bleeding boy lying on the side of the road - What do you do? (Happened to me yesterday) [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 at 10:23 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I qualify for an in-school deferment on my CitiAssist loans? [more inside]
posted by guybrush_threepwood at 10:02 AM PST - 2 comments

When did the Japanese stop eating whole-grain rice and switch to white rice? I imagine that this was a gradual move, starting with the rich and slowly filtering down to the masses, and I'd like to know, generally, when it started, and when everybody was eating white rice only.
posted by ovesh at 10:01 AM PST - 10 comments

What film, TV or literary female characters begin as adversaries and end up friendly? [more inside]
posted by duckus at 9:50 AM PST - 29 comments

What are some good PS3 games for kids in kindergarten and 1st grade? [more inside]
posted by crios at 9:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Where on the internets can I find a map of San Francisco telephone exchanges? Or, help me choose a 415 number for Google Voice. [more inside]
posted by little e at 9:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Sometime in the late seventies a story appeared in a Jewish kids' magazine; I'm fairly sure it was World Over. [more inside]
posted by brujita at 9:34 AM PST - 1 comments

What leads to congress assembling on the weekend? [more inside]
posted by qbxk at 9:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Ouch! Is pore extraction good for my skin? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 9:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Celebrities on a world-tour to promote their new record/movie/tv show/book on local tv programs. Do they pay to go on worldwide tv shows, are they paid to appear on worldwide tv shows, or is it a "do ut des" (for free, a win-win for both parties) ? [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly at 9:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Recommend me art that will blow my mind. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 9:01 AM PST - 57 comments

What is the best way to ensure better quality picture uploads to Facebook? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

I recently fulfilled my wife's lifelong dream of owning a KitchenAid mixer. It was a used Epicurean 475-watt beast that was in great shape. That was about a month ago. Now we have the paperweight to beat all paperweights and I need help finding a replacement. [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 8:35 AM PST - 24 comments

Plot question about the first season of Damages. (Beware spoilers.) [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 8:33 AM PST - 3 comments

It's the mid 20th century. You're a 40 or 50-something, poor, married immigrant mother who barely speaks English, has been accused by your husband of infidelity....and has just been committed to a state hospital for the "insane." How mentally ill are you likely to be, by today's standards? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Is someone spoofing my cell phone number (and first name)? If so, why? And does this have any impact on my cell phone contract? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

I need a recommendation for laundry/dry cleaning in Hell's Kitchen NYC area. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 8:07 AM PST - 3 comments

What does soap smell like? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 7:50 AM PST - 10 comments

i'm looking for a place in richmond to grab dinner and watch the ncaa tournament tomorrow night. [more inside]
posted by noloveforned at 7:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Does the "lay advisor" in these videos: 1 2 (about 15 mins in total) have any real legal standing for what he is doing -- claiming that this UK magistrate's court is invalid/improperly carried out, and that council tax is not an enforceable law? [more inside]
posted by Drexen at 6:35 AM PST - 7 comments

I just purchased a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R. I need to adjust the rear suspension to accommodate my girlfriend. Do I need to take the bike to a shop? [more inside]
posted by austere at 6:31 AM PST - 7 comments

This is the inside of my A/C. Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits at 6:09 AM PST - 16 comments

I'm looking for the best AM3 motherboard out there quality wise under 200 USD. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Thirdworld at 4:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Who are the living legends? [more inside]
posted by Baldons at 2:49 AM PST - 112 comments

While I was using it, the image on my LCD monitor suddenly dissolved into white, as if the pixels disappeared and the backlight was completely exposed. Has anyone encountered this problem before and is it fixable? [more inside]
posted by hgcrpd at 12:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me to understand the mentality of those Americans who are opposed to Obama's national health-care plan. [more inside]
posted by Pippi Longstocking at 12:22 AM PST - 71 comments

Please translate this English to German: [more inside]
posted by rahnefan at 12:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Apparently the version of The Little Mermaid I read as a child is way different than the original Hans Christian Andersen version. Can someone help me find this decidedly more gruesome version? [more inside]
posted by katyggls at 12:03 AM PST - 6 comments

March 19
What type of bird is this? It seems to chirp frequently all day and all night. How can I pinpoint where the sound is coming from? [more inside]
posted by querty at 11:35 PM PST - 5 comments

what's the difference between speed and ice?
posted by moorooka at 11:30 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm in my mid-20s and was diagnosed with ADHD (inattentive, not hyperactive) in my teens. I tried therapy and medication on and off for a while, but that stopped a few years ago. Has anyone had positive experiences treating with a child psychiatrist as an adult? More about why I am a special special snowflake below... [more inside]
posted by inertia at 11:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Which bible should I read? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 10:17 PM PST - 47 comments

I've been given a large (2lbs?) frozen (from friend's deep-freeze to my freezer) venison salami. How do I make the best use of it? I've already considered sandwiches of many varieties, but what else?
posted by MuChao at 9:21 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm 21, jobless (on benefit) and still living with my parents. I want to move out and concentrate on starting a business with my friend (which is something I've thought long and hard about). [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 9:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there something like Toastmasters for writing, specifically the functional, everyday kind? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 9:11 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the green flag with a blue canton that appears on the back of the uniforms of the University of Vermont's men's basketball team? It can be seen fairly clearly here and here. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 8:07 PM PST - 4 comments

I like eating tuna fish. Tuna is kinda endangered. Is there a non overfished tuna I can still eat? How can I tell which is which?
posted by Omon Ra at 7:55 PM PST - 9 comments

10 months ago I got a speeding ticket, a ticket for expired insurance card, and didn't show up in court. How much trouble am I in? [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo at 7:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Applying to jobs online vs. submitting a resume and cover letter in person. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 PM PST - 19 comments

My refrigerator isn't running, so I can't go catch it. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 6:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Why is my installation of Collabtive 0.6.2 not connecting to the MySQL databases on my web server? I've uploaded the software and set up a MySQL database, but when I run the install module I keep getting an "Error: Tables could not be created" message. [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 6:42 PM PST - 3 comments

How do we figure out the pros/cons of entering a same-sex marriage in various jurisdictions? Do we want to talk with a lawyer? [more inside]
posted by PMdixon at 6:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Are there some interesting places to stop from Asheville to D.C.? [more inside]
posted by ae4rv at 6:16 PM PST - 15 comments

What does it feel like to have ADD or ADHD? I'm looking for specifics rather than generalities, so personal anecdotes are best (preferred over hearsay or lists of symptoms from the internet). [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 6:06 PM PST - 123 comments

Small dark spot on ceiling wasn't there before. Should I be immediately concerned? [more inside]
posted by jal0021 at 6:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Please suggest some songs that I could play on a guitar in D tuning. [more inside]
posted by jalexc at 5:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Is there a site for music like "Rotten Tomatoes? [more inside]
posted by acrasis at 5:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Where should I purchase roller skates in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
posted by Pochemuchka at 4:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Without warning my hot water (and hot water only) has suddenly started running brown, and when I drain a tub of it silt like material is left in the bottom. I suspect it's rust. After running the water for a long time it does not seem to be going away. Am I right in thinking that this is probably my boiler and it should be replaced? The suddenness seems weird. Also: my family has been showing and bathing in this, could it be harmful in any way?
posted by Artw at 4:52 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm in college, have no income and I'm pretty close to being homeless. Is there anything I can do to get more financial aid from my school (which would cover housing/food/etc)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 PM PST - 37 comments

Are you a member of (or do you know of) a couple who actually bounced back from long-term relationship "bed death," where one partner's sex drive went through the floor? How did you (or they) do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 PM PST - 40 comments

What are your favorite albums from the 70s or 80s that feature synthesizers or electric combo organs (think Farfisa or Vox)?
posted by MaryDellamorte at 4:33 PM PST - 17 comments

I'm at SXSW, I want to see some punk tonight, and I don't have a badge (or wristband). Is there any hope?
posted by rush at 4:20 PM PST - 1 comments

Master bathroom shower takes FOREVER to get hot water. The hot water heater is outside, less than fifteen feet from the actual shower. Other faucets in the house are much farther away (up to 30-40 feet away) never fail to get us hot water in less than 15-30sec. What gives? How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 3:50 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm a freelance graphic designer, and my friend -- who is starting a consulting business -- wants us to have a policy of mutual referral fees. This makes me uncomfortable. How should I handle it? [more inside]
posted by bethist at 3:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Has Woody Allen seen Miami Rhapsody? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 3:30 PM PST - 0 comments

I'm looking for puzzles for novice programmers similar to The FizzBuzz Question. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 3:29 PM PST - 19 comments

I have a folder of 500+ movie clips and would like to know the total time duration when they are combined. Is there a freeware utility that can help me? I'm using Windows XP. Thanks-
posted by cwarmy at 3:21 PM PST - 2 comments

I want to make an extra $500 over 3 months. Looking for ways to achieve this modest goal. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 2:47 PM PST - 27 comments

I need blunt, direct advice about a recent brief crush. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:45 PM PST - 34 comments

My Mom has an infected PC. I've been trying to debug it for an hour and a half now to no avail. It's apparently an updated version of the XP Security Center virus. Problem is: it's prohibiting either Firefox or Explorer from opening, so I can't d/l anything. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 2:36 PM PST - 22 comments

I'm currently job searching and aside from getting in touch with close contacts and recent colleagues I'm having trouble with the whole idea of contacting people that I haven't spoken to in years when it's obvious my ulterior motive is networking. What's the best thing to say when approaching? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Need to be tactful in a tough situation. How do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Here's my painfully specific waste of a question. I'm writing a letter to someone important at my alma mater. This letter is coming from me specifically as an alumn. My brain is fried and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to best format my signature block - I know I've seen this before but I'm having trouble. [more inside]
posted by peep at 2:29 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I take advantage of a long road trip to learn about entrepreneurship and niche marketing? [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru at 2:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Your boss gives you 24 hours and $1500 to buy a simple DSLR camera for use in a clinic so the docs can take digital pictures of skin lesions and other pathologies, for future use in trainings (PowerPoints), websites, handouts etc. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 1:56 PM PST - 32 comments

Can I stream from a Seagate Dockstar to my XBMC-running Xbox? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Do business owners and freelancers ever learn to relax while running their own businesses? And if so, how do they get to that point? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 1:10 PM PST - 18 comments

I bought a Takagi Jr tankless heater and was wondering if anyone could help me with getting the right venting for it. I'm going to be venting it through the back wall right into my backyard.
posted by jasonbold at 1:07 PM PST - 3 comments

To SF MeFites: Where's a good place to catch March Madness today? I particularly want to see the Maryland/Houston game around 6:30 tonight. 'Good' here is defined by cheap beer and the chance to occasionally hear some commentary. Proximity to BART a plus, willing to travel to Oakland.
posted by Gussio at 1:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Need anti-bored ideas while wrist injury is healing. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 12:49 PM PST - 16 comments

TreasureHuntFilter: looking for devilishly puzzling clues for a grown-up birthday treasure hunt. [more inside]
posted by aint broke at 12:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Punk rock love songs? [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke at 12:33 PM PST - 82 comments

Is there an action / tool / simple, built-in feature in Photoshop CS4 that will auto-correct color levels based on what I choose as a neutral color (like Picnik does)? Image>Auto-Color isn't cutting it. [more inside]
posted by jeffrygardner at 12:21 PM PST - 10 comments

how can i practice mindfulness when my brain's default is mindlessness? [more inside]
posted by sucre at 12:18 PM PST - 21 comments

People who became vegetarian or vegan for ethical or moral reasons: how did you get over the fact that meat just tastes so good? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 11:55 AM PST - 67 comments

Does a nose piercing emphasize or distract from a large nose? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 11:53 AM PST - 38 comments

I have multiple individual project schedules in Microsoft Project format. Is there a way to view all the schedules simultaneously on the same page without me manually creating a master schedule?
posted by crankylex at 11:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Wireless Router Doesn't Work [more inside]
posted by KRS at 11:39 AM PST - 13 comments

My parents live in Portland, Oregon and we want to visit the area for the month of June. Me, my wife and our corgi will be driving up from Texas and are looking for a place to stay. Any recommendations on where to find a one month rental in and around Portland?
posted by jeffkramer at 11:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can I buy or order pinha fruit AKA "sugar apples" in the United States, specifically Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by fremen at 11:28 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm considering getting a tattoo that reads, "Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias," or roughly, "A life lived in fear is a life half lived." I learned of the quote from the film, "Strictly Ballroom," but I can't find any more info on it except that it's listed on some sites as a "Spanish proverb." I'd love to know more about this saying, but I'm not turning up anything online.
posted by trillian at 11:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Can you suggest unprocessed or minimally processed foods for hiking day trips (approx. 12 hours) and three-day backpacking trips? The catch: no refined carbohydrates. [more inside]
posted by halogen at 10:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Does anyone know if people die of starvation in the United States? [more inside]
posted by digividal at 10:54 AM PST - 21 comments

I can't find a professional printer in the Chattanooga area who can print a flyer done on a Mac, in Pages. What are my options? I really have no way to do this flyer, other than on a Mac, and I made this flyer for someone who lives in Chattanooga TN, and has been unable to find a printer who has a Mac. Is there a way to convert this POS to PDF or something equally stupid and pedestrian?
posted by tejolote at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it possible to automate the process of editing two word documents, converting them to pdfs, merging them, and then emailing? [more inside]
posted by gagoumot at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I remove an evil smell from my kitchen cupboard? [more inside]
posted by Catseye at 10:19 AM PST - 13 comments

What potato varieties are suitable for growing in potato towers? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 10:17 AM PST - 3 comments

My MacBook's keyboard mysteriously changed to Dvorak! How can I tell if someone messed with my computer? [more inside]
posted by k. at 10:11 AM PST - 9 comments

How / where do I get a proper allergy or food intolerance test? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments

What determines semen color (and does mine mean I'm sterile?). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Our house was broken into. But nothing was taken. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:23 AM PST - 38 comments

Had a job interview on Wednesday. They said they would have decisions out by the end of the week. It's now 4pm on a Friday, and I've heard nothing. This means I didn't get it, right?
posted by handee at 9:03 AM PST - 17 comments

I need help building my French-language library. I'm looking for good books in French that aren't too tough for someone who isn't used to the language. All genres are welcome, but non-fiction and YA especially. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 9:00 AM PST - 13 comments

I'm moving apartments and I have an aquarium of fish I am growing to hate. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 8:54 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me learn to ride a motorcycle [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus at 8:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a set of travel speakers that actually sound good and are a pleasure to listen to. Are there any out there? [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels at 8:36 AM PST - 4 comments

[Boston filter] We're thinking of going bowling tonight. Where? [more inside]
posted by zizzle at 8:32 AM PST - 12 comments

I was accepted by UCLA. Now what? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 8:31 AM PST - 41 comments

How much selfishness is normal in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 33 comments

I was stopped at a "sobriety checkpoint". The officer said I blew 0.07, and let me go with a "warning". The catch - I don't drink. Haven't had a drink in 20 years. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 26 comments

Newbie landlord in training - how can I help a person in desperate need AND be business savvy? (Long winded, please forgive me). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 19 comments

How to get Dell to follow through with their warranty promises, when they insist the problem is "software related"? PS They installed the problematic software. [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 7:59 AM PST - 15 comments

What can I do to help my mother deal with all her friends dying of old age? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 7:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a HD camcorder. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana at 7:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Is it possible to copy your safari browser session from your iPhone to a Mac? [more inside]
posted by subpixel at 7:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Anyone have tips on upgrading JBoss 4.2 to 5.1? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 7:41 AM PST - 1 comments

Newton, MA: What not to miss? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 7:40 AM PST - 20 comments

So March 30th, I'm heading to Boston to visit some friends for a week, only....they've told me they're going to have to work the whole time after all. No hanging out together until the weekend. Can anyone recommend some good tours and activities for someone on their own? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 7:39 AM PST - 14 comments

I shouldn't be worried that my child was accidentally given another woman's breastmilk. Right? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 7:16 AM PST - 32 comments

How can my family celebrate my dad's 77th birthday? Twist: no food. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 7:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it possible to use another email address as my default send as in outlook 2007. I have my personal email account and rites to send from multiple distribution groups and users. Is it possible to set another person or distribution groups email as my default send from address. my email is my outlook profile. thank you
posted by antisocialiting at 7:00 AM PST - 1 comments

Turning 30 next week. Is it too late to start taking care of my skin? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 6:53 AM PST - 27 comments

European Music Nerds! I'm putting together a show for a local community radio station and am looking for (preferably foreign-language) not very mainstream music from Europe. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 6:30 AM PST - 23 comments

Why does my face powder smell like pee? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 6:10 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I convert a video into a powerpoint? [more inside]
posted by Suciu at 2:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Are our feelings/emotions (love, anger, lust, sadness, etc.) a result of chemical reactions that take place in our body? Or do chemical reactions occur as a result of our emotional state? What comes first?
posted by murtagh at 2:25 AM PST - 40 comments

road trip USA: my wife and I will drive from Las Vegas to NYC mid-april. Any suggestions on the itinerary? [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 1:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Why does the Seagate Barracuda ES.2 cost almost twice as much as the 7200.12 for the same capacity? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator at 1:23 AM PST - 13 comments

I've been thinking of adopting a cat from the local shelter...HOWEVER...I am starting to hesitate because of all the problems people have with cat pee. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 12:23 AM PST - 52 comments

Perfect gift for someone who recently got into dirt biking? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 12:06 AM PST - 5 comments

March 18
Where's the "use the loofa!" video? [more inside]
posted by fatbird at 10:35 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the best most comfortable pillow in the world? [more inside]
posted by tracert at 10:26 PM PST - 23 comments

Can you help me find more sweet tracks like The Roots' Get Busy and Here I Come? I am painfully lost in the hip hop universe. [more inside]
posted by mindsound at 9:33 PM PST - 22 comments

I'm looking for best practices and recommended fonts for typesetting Somali, Farsi, Tamil, Pashto and Punjabi (not sure which script yet). Do you read these languages? Can you point me in the direction of some good-looking examples? Thanks in advance!
posted by avocet at 9:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Tell me about refinishing hardwood floors. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 9:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Where do I find web designers that can work with Tumblr? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 9:09 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I paint my bathroom once and for all? My steamy showers seem to obliterate paint. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 8:57 PM PST - 18 comments

I really want to paint my bathroom. I have never done any sort of DIY or home project before. Is this going to be harder than I think it is? Where do I even start? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 8:54 PM PST - 8 comments

I can't believe I'm asking a question like this, but, I need help finding a video. In it there was a guy who was saying something about how to do the "best trick ever" with skateboarding and then proceeds to tell you how to bluff your way through. [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 8:19 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I prove that the scientific method works? [more inside]
posted by lexicakes at 7:29 PM PST - 32 comments

I have asthma and allergies. My husband would love to get a Boston Terrier puppy. Oh and I love dogs too.... how crazy are we to get one? How are Bostons for allergies? [more inside]
posted by SarahbytheSea at 7:25 PM PST - 28 comments

I need some quotes/ideas on IT hardware...and have to generate a proposal in 12 hours! [more inside]
posted by titans13 at 7:05 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm looking for software to help streamline production scheduling in a small business. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 6:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Has anyone had success using any service to remove personal contact information, including just the name of the town where you live, from online public records searches? In short, I would like to make it as difficult as humanly possible for people to use the internet to track me down in meatspace. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 PM PST - 7 comments

I love to read bisexual erotic fiction and peruse Nifty, ASSTR and Literotica with regularity. I am looking for more boards or online communities that are updated regularly and/or have archives of bisexual (MMF/FFM) erotic fiction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I ensure that my Amazon Web Services bill (specifically EC2 usage) doesn't exceed a certain dollar value? Is there a tool that will kill off my instance(s) at after a given amount of resources have been used? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 6:43 PM PST - 10 comments

What are the most difficult books you have ever read? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey at 6:26 PM PST - 134 comments

Does bison or buffalo meat have the same drawbacks as beef? [more inside]
posted by Kirk Grim at 6:14 PM PST - 10 comments

My son's third grade class is going to be doing a fun project called "Mini-Society." Each student has to come up with a product that they will market to other students within the society. Help me come up with a fun, easy product for my son to "sell!" [more inside]
posted by meggie78 at 5:49 PM PST - 33 comments

Should I stay at this job or should I go? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly at 5:24 PM PST - 9 comments

The Bay area, a pivotal center of technology, finance, home to CAL, Stanford, and many, many literate folks does not have a semi-decent local newspaper. How and why? Can anything be done? ps: the local "news" blogs are really no better (SFist, beyond chron, etc) [more inside]
posted by macadam9 at 5:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Can you recommend a placement agency for a CIO/CTO/Director level position in IT? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:05 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I use Facebook to my advantage for graduate school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:05 PM PST - 15 comments

I have ~$100K in student debt...from undergrad. A very long story with legal, emotional and financial questions after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:05 PM PST - 32 comments

The debt has been deleted from all 3 credit bureaus after having been successfully disputed, and now, all of a sudden, the collector has come a-knockin'. How do I keep Zombie Debt from trying to eat my brains? [more inside]
posted by fictionalcara at 5:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Email replies going to a different address than the one sent from in Thunderbird. [more inside]
posted by LillyBird at 5:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Where in Chicago should my mother and I go shoe shopping? [more inside]
posted by dizziest at 4:35 PM PST - 10 comments

What are some different ways that businesses try to hoodwink customers? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 3:45 PM PST - 42 comments

Help! I am THE PICKIEST clothing shopper ever. Really. Long list of specifications inside, but here's the teaser: I'm very short with an unusual build, I insist on basic, no-frills, high-quality things (but I don't object to somewhat "feminine" clothes), I prefer to patronize socially/environmentally conscious businesses, and... well, the list goes on. Where can I find clothes? [more inside]
posted by Cygnet at 3:33 PM PST - 23 comments

Why did Wes Craven make "Wes Craven's New Nightmare"? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 3:29 PM PST - 11 comments

This American Life music identification needed: I've looked in all the usual places. [more inside]
posted by cheeken at 3:11 PM PST - 2 comments

As an enormous fan of American craft beer visiting New York, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where should I go to partake of the finest brews? Do any local breweries offer tours of their facilities or tastings? Are there any beer happenings going on in the period between the 10th and 20th of April this year? [more inside]
posted by flippant at 2:34 PM PST - 43 comments

Please tell me about the current state of the art for blog and/or content management systems? [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 2:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Are there any optical illusions that give the illusion of motion / general tripy-ness on a computer monitor at 32x32 pixels? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 2:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Thunderbird is downloading all my emails for the last 9 months (all 6k of them) - help! [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 2:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Advise for renovating/landscaping the trashed up corner lot out my window. [more inside]
posted by LZel at 2:12 PM PST - 4 comments

What young adult novels (or chapter books for kids) are written in particularly elegant prose styles? (Bonus points if the story and characterization are good, of course, but I'm especially looking for books where the writing style itself is beautiful.) Examples include The Graveyard Book, Haroun & The Sea of Stories, and When You Reach Me. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 2:04 PM PST - 45 comments

Should I stop seeing my counselor/therapist? New to all this, not sure how this all works. This is my first time really going to therapy, so how does one determine if who you are seeing is helping you? [more inside]
posted by greatalleycat at 1:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Help this mefite listen to the XM/Sirius "Chill" station (35) for as little money as possible. Frugal advice for equipment/subscription plans? [more inside]
posted by siclik at 1:56 PM PST - 15 comments

My boyfriend and I need to go on an all-day date in NYC and Brooklyn this Saturday. We're native New Yorkers, so we don't need to see the Statue of Liberty or every art exhibit, but we'd prefer something other than watching Hulu at home. So what do we do? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 1:30 PM PST - 20 comments

How far back in history can I go before the English language I know and love is of no use to me? [more inside]
posted by Geppp at 1:25 PM PST - 21 comments

I have a leather bag with a couple small punctures in it, where should I take it in Manhattan for repair?
posted by sonofslim at 1:06 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm bringing my bike (and a budget) to DC this weekend. Where should I go/what should I do? Looking for cool outdoor spaces... [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 12:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Please identify the man on the left with the moustache. The guy on the right is clearly meant to be Einstein. Who's the guy punching him? [more inside]
posted by robotot at 12:53 PM PST - 36 comments

Question on paying off student loans. [more inside]
posted by TheBones at 12:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Why did I sweat so profusely when I donated blood? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 12:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for great month-long summer courses in NYC? Particularly in intro to javascript, iphone dev, or ... marketing. [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher at 12:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Group shoots in the DC area, or general safety/learning tips for a model just starting out? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 11:48 AM PST - 1 comments

i'm trying to transfer contacts from a nokia E51 to a blackberry. [more inside]
posted by niyati182 at 11:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Which version of Quickbooks I should use, online or software? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 11:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Unauthorized transfer of cash INTO my paypal account. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 11:42 AM PST - 16 comments

I'm a sophomore in college who was totally sure as a high school senior that I wanted to go to an out of state liberal arts college. I succeeded, and now I'm pretty sure I made the wrong choice. Did this happen to you? How did you deal with it going forward into Real Life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 AM PST - 40 comments

I need a cardio exercise that is as close to being as effective and versatile as running as possible that I can do with certain injuries (knees and ankles). [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 11:20 AM PST - 23 comments

Why do my headphones whine when going through security sensors? [more inside]
posted by hepta at 11:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can a 40 year-old dude go in the Tempe/Chandler AZ area to be (sort of) social? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 11:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there a place where I can see many bathroom vanities on display? I need to buy a bathroom vanity and it is something I need to see in real life not just on a website as color and quality can look different up close. Places like Home Depot and Lowes only display a few and a search for "bathroom showroom" found contractor/decorator storefronts where the main purpose is to sell $20,000 bathroom makeovers rather than to display products. Are these things people typically buy mail order without having seen them or am I looking in the wrong place?
posted by fries at 11:08 AM PST - 4 comments

What should I do about elevated iron level. [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 11:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Living without a car: Would you choose downtown Portland or downtown Seattle? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:53 AM PST - 29 comments

Asking for a friend: Friend is a senior litigation associate in a mid-sized firm in a smaller legal market. Partners have told him they want to see more business development. Problem is, the market is a mature one, saturated with firms. How does he make it rain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

I moved into a new apartment where my back windows now face other neighbors, not too close, but not very far either. This exchange of views is a new thing to me. My question is: how dressed up do you have to be in order to avoid offending the neighborhood? Anyone with "rear window" experiences? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:53 AM PST - 24 comments

What are some judicial tests? I already know about the M'Naughten rules and the Product Test (for mental competence to stand trial), and the Lemon Test and Coercion Test (for whether school-led prayer violates the establishment clause). I love these. What are some other judicial tests? Where can I read about them? [more inside]
posted by mathtime! at 10:47 AM PST - 19 comments

18 People traveling together! How do we arrange this without going crazy? [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane at 10:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Where on the internet do you go with your questions, when you can't ask the hive mind? [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 10:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Looking for a short (and good) online piece on tips for pitching bloggers that I read in the last six months or so, but my Google Fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by hwickline at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I get a 100% objective assessment of the way I look? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 51 comments

I'm looking for online voting software with a few specific requirements. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:40 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm putting together a list of some of my favourite time-vacuum websites. What I mean by that is a website that you can visit and then lose half your day to, by the sheer amount of great stuff to read, watch, play, listen to, learn, etc etc. They could be news pages, or a site where there is always something new to see, or maybe just a database that you can lose hours mining for interesting information. I'm sure we all have stuff like this in our bookmarks, so I'm turning to the hive mind for help to expand my list of really interesting sites. [more inside]
posted by oxide at 7:53 AM PST - 37 comments

It's census time. I'd like to share as little as possible. What's the minimum requirement? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 48 comments

Is it possible to draw unemployments benefits in Georgia, while having a LLC and the business making money, but not paying myself? I got laid off in Atlanta around July 2009, but I had a nice severance package and got paid bi-weekly till December 2009. Around September 2009, I formed an LLC and made a couple thousand through the end of 2009. I am filing taxes for the LLC as needed. So far this year, I've made a bit more, but I'm wondering about unemployment benefits. I have never withdrawn any money from the LLC bank accounts into personal accounts at all and don't plan on it for a while. I can't figure out from the Georgia DOL website if I can get unemployment benefits under this situation. Anyone have better google-fu skills or know otherwise?
posted by anonymous at 7:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for things to do on road trip from New York to Virginia, tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by dshargel at 7:16 AM PST - 8 comments

What museums have websites you can get lost in? What sites, other than wikipedia, can you lose yourself in, jumping all around until you look up and go "huh, what time is it?" [more inside]
posted by dame at 7:16 AM PST - 27 comments

A space in or near Camden (London, UK) we can take over to build kites and paper planes? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 7:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Something-like-a-fileserver-filter: I have two computers, one with a scanner. Want to scan files with that computer but have them (immediately?) available to the other computer. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 6:52 AM PST - 13 comments

What are your favorite cook books? I'm in the market for more cook books. I am open to all cuisines and my only requirements are that the cook books have beautiful food photos and tasty recipes. So Mefis, bring it on, what are the cook books that I absolutely must have?
posted by kitchencrush at 6:51 AM PST - 52 comments

Myself and two friends are going to Las Canarias for the week before easter. We're flying into/out of La Palma, but we're interested in catching a ferry to other islands if there's cool stuff to do there. We're looking for recommendations for cool preferably cheapish things to do, places to eat, places to see, etc. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 6:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Would a pair of Solid State Disks in a RAID 1 perform proportionally worse than a pair of HDDs in a RAID 1? Are there any significant gotchas to running a Windows 7 RAID pair on SSDs? [more inside]
posted by Danaid at 5:57 AM PST - 9 comments

How can we best plan upgrading within our new apartment? [more inside]
posted by Hiker at 5:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Today I poured cream into my coffee whilst standing up. As the cream 'billowed' through the coffee, I happened to rotate my body but kept my eyes on the coffee, and I noticed that the cream 'clouds' seemed to remain in the same place while the mug turned around them, i.e. the turning motion of the mug had no effect on the 'absolute' position of the goings-on inside it. I think this is kinda cool, and I'm just curious: what principle of physics is this based on? Can someone explain to me how/why this works?
posted by Brentusfirmus at 4:45 AM PST - 20 comments

We're visiting China (Shanghai, Beijing and Tai Shan) for a couple of weeks at the start of April. Any suggestions for things to do? [more inside]
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 3:48 AM PST - 16 comments

March 17
How much should I charge for this freelance writing gig? A small book publisher has offered me a job writing roughly 100 humorous, high-concept captions for a book of illustrations. There's no clear category for this kind of work in the Writer's Market. They've asked me for my rate. Should I base it on magazine per-word rates? Halp!
posted by DeWalt_Russ at 11:37 PM PST - 8 comments

I will be receiving roughly $300,000 in the next year that I do not need for living expenses. I'm 31, salaried, and have no debt. I'm currently renting. Aside from buying a house or investing in the stock market, what are other longer-term investment options that I might consider? What would you invest in right now, and why? [more inside]
posted by Household Tipster at 11:37 PM PST - 23 comments

Could use some help finding an appropriate job title [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels at 11:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Please tell me about raising pigeons. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 10:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Songs for freedom? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 10:44 PM PST - 35 comments

Where can I find cute, comfortable shoes for flat female feet that stand for 10 hours a day? [more inside]
posted by mornie_alantie at 10:38 PM PST - 21 comments

I am writing an RPG to play with my girlfriend, and I would like some advice on it. I have never done this before. Description of how the game I have written works inside. [more inside]
posted by rebent at 10:35 PM PST - 8 comments

You have digital pictures that are cropped to various rectangular dimensions, but you want to print each of them on 4"x6" paper without losing any of the image. Of course any that are not a 4x6-ratio image - that's most of them - will need to have some white letterboxing. Can any of the standard consumer on-line photo printing services do this automatically, as a batch request? Just print whatever I upload, but fit each one entirely on 4"x6" paper? Shutterfly and Snapfish customer service (for example) said I'd have to go in and adjust the cropping for each picture individually.
posted by Dave 9 at 9:53 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the name of the technique used on the background of this book cover, and how would one get the same effect in Photoshop?
posted by dws at 9:52 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the name of the song at the beginning of Antonioni's L'Avventura? It's not on the soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by hamsterdam at 9:49 PM PST - 1 comments

How do abnormal periods affect the timing/use of pregnancy tests? (Subtitled: should I be concerned for my girlfriend and I?) [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 9:40 PM PST - 23 comments

What's wrong with my feet or what can I do to make them work? My feet ache when I do any bouncing movements. I started taking kick boxing classes and when we do jumping jacks or jump rope or when we do any sort of extended bouncing (which is pretty much most of the class) I get an aching, burning feeling in the middle of both my feet. There are other factors... [more inside]
posted by simplethings at 9:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Has the California Energy Commission ever issued a CEQA statement of overriding consideration on a power plant siting case? [more inside]
posted by rzperllian at 9:33 PM PST - 1 comments

I'm considering going to Korea to teach English, but am having some doubts. Should I still do this? [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 9:17 PM PST - 21 comments

What can I do to make life easier on my family and i? (were broke) [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo at 9:17 PM PST - 23 comments

Five holes in the countertop, four things to put in them. What should I put in the fifth? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 9:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Useful resources for teaching high-school students about alternative energy? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 9:05 PM PST - 6 comments

I've got a plan to ditch my landline using Google Voice and cell phones. But I'd like some Mefites to look it over and provide input. [more inside]
posted by ChrisLSU at 9:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Boyfriend violated probation and no unlawful contact order, what's next? [more inside]
posted by lwclec072 at 8:34 PM PST - 26 comments

I'm thinking of going to LA for the first week in May. I've never been there before, don't have a full driver's license, and am low on funds. A director has expressed mild interest in my writing (read one of my screenplays, doesn't want to buy it, wants to discuss my writing in general)--he's in Venice Beach. Where should I stay? Also, what kind of license would I need to rent a Vespa type scooter? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 8:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Are there any web-comic written in the disjoint style of Sleater-Kinney's songwriting? [more inside]
posted by oddman at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Online dating and marital status disclosure: when and how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by lmm at 8:18 PM PST - 25 comments

I want to learn Japanese online via a webcam (i.e. Skype) Any tried and true recommendations? I looked online, but would like some real life input. How many lessons of one hour each should I have during the course of a week?
posted by ayc200 at 8:10 PM PST - 7 comments

What curriculum/books should I follow to teach 2 students one in the 7th grade and one in 8th grade that are homeschooling? [more inside]
posted by minsid at 8:04 PM PST - 14 comments

So I'm doing the old study abroad thing and I'm starting to plan for it now, because I already know the counsellors at my soon-to-be 4-year school are going to screw it up, just because counsellors do that. So how should I start? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 7:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Help, Nikon Lens broke and I'm in the middle of nowhere [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 at 7:31 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get my T'ej (mead) to ferment in a cool climate? [more inside]
posted by milkman at 7:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there any hope for my recently soaked laptop? [more inside]
posted by farce majeure at 7:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Tomorrow I will be 'supervising' my best friend and roommate as he goes through what will be the first full day of detoxing from his alcohol addiction. General pointers would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 7:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Is's use of Flickr photos illegal? [more inside]
posted by oulipian at 6:59 PM PST - 9 comments

What criteria make two people compatible, relationship-wise? [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi at 6:58 PM PST - 25 comments

We've been going out for three months and suddenly he's starting to freak out. He's got all the symptoms of the classic cold feet you see in the movies. Our relationship is still very new but good, and loving, but he's building up all this irrational stress about being in a committed relationship is cutting off his options and he's afraid he'll hurt me because he can't trust himself if he's tempted. [more inside]
posted by sweetmarie at 6:55 PM PST - 25 comments

Can I see how an image of me has been used on the internet? [more inside]
posted by joechip at 5:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Translators! How do you handle proper nouns? Especially the obscure ones? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 5:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Where are the art and craft galleries in the Los Angeles area? I'm looking for galleries that sell art, jewelry, pottery and so on that's not mass-produced, but not crazy expensive fine art either. I'd love to find something like Portland's Real Mother Goose. Nice stuff, not too experimental or edgy and perfect for buying gifts for my parents.
posted by kbuxton at 5:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Does anyone know of or have a UK Pension which has low annual fees? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower at 4:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I respond to this guy's text message or ignore him? [more inside]
posted by amycup at 4:21 PM PST - 38 comments

Is the name "Magnolia Investigations" a reference to a TV show or movie or book? [more inside]
posted by awfurby at 4:00 PM PST - 6 comments

How screwed am I from eating food out of a microwaved bowl? [more inside]
posted by Jazzwick at 3:53 PM PST - 24 comments

If I build a project in Windows Movie Maker, is it possible to save it as an audio file instead of a WMV file? If not, what's the best way to get around this? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 3:42 PM PST - 7 comments

OK, big broadbrush question. I'm 60, retired, with an annual income of $50,000. It's time for me to move. But, where? I'm looking for a place where I can rent for no more than $1000 per month, don't need a car, and that's not bereft of reasons to be there. Climate matters. I.e., sun is good, ice is bad. Is this possible in the U.S.?
posted by justcorbly at 3:35 PM PST - 40 comments

Short but sweet, can someone more green-fingered than me tell me which flowers are in these bouquets?
posted by ellieBOA at 3:33 PM PST - 11 comments

For a writing project, I'm researching cases where incorrect information causes individuals to make decisions they would not have otherwise made. The information can be purposely or accidentally inaccurate. [more inside]
posted by verevi at 2:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Did a squirrel deliberately pee on my head? [more inside]
posted by dirk gently at 2:41 PM PST - 22 comments

Getting involved in international development - Is an MPH right for me? If so, is now a good time? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 2:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Why does flash let me load from one url but not the other [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 2:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Recommend a good fertility doctor/reproductive endocrinologist in NYC? [more inside]
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 1:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me get myself down to 5-10 essential fonts I can put on my Ubuntu machine for free. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 1:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Will the audio output on my laptop or desktop "drive" the sound on my old and venerable JBL L100 speakers? If I hook up my JBL L100 speakers to the output source of my laptop or desktop, will that work?
posted by shoe478 at 1:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you help me find unbiased data, or even better, unbiased analysis of data, about violent crime, as it relates to both race and income level? [more inside]
posted by HabeasCorpus at 1:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me be less bothered by my husband's habit of worrying things and gnawing on them. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 1:47 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me choose a cheap espresso machine. I know, I know...contradiction in terms. Bear with me... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 1:43 PM PST - 35 comments

I am cutting and pasting pages of a .pub doc to an Outlook email and some of the articles are cutting off. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 1:33 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking for a reading of Michael Cunningham's short story, "White Angel." I heard it years and years ago on NPR, although I don't know which program it was. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 1:27 PM PST - 3 comments

At Christmas, my sister gave me a pair of Levis that didn't fit her--and I fell in love with them. I'd love to buy another pair, but they don't have the model/style number noted anywhere on them. Help! [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 1:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Exquisite island relaxing music. Is it Hawaiian? Maori? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 1:20 PM PST - 5 comments

I fear I'm slowly but surely becoming Mr. Magoo. Is there anything I can do to preserve my eyesight? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover at 1:15 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I constructively get my 4 year old to get up and get ready in the morning? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 12:55 PM PST - 32 comments

I'm looking for a sad story I read on the internet. A son was browsing through his father's possessions after the father's death and came across a Pokemon game. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:11 PM PST - 9 comments

The company I'm working for hosts a good amount of video on our site. As it stands, we're trying to standardize to FLV (not my favorite format, but not my call either), and we have 65% of our videos in FLV. However, that still leaves more than three thousand videos that have yet to be converted, in various formats (mostly WMV, some MOV/AVI). I'm looking for a program to automate this conversion process. [more inside]
posted by Mali at 12:07 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I restore my XP backup file onto my new Mac? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 11:46 AM PST - 9 comments

What are some great bars in Boston for st. Patrick's day? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony at 11:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Is cement polishing a viable and cost-effective way to treat cement floors that have been carpeted for decades? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 11:43 AM PST - 15 comments

What is the market like in S. FL for IT Training Specialists in large or mid-size law firms in downtown Miami or within 25 miles? [more inside]
posted by iam2bz2p at 11:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Do men have hormonal cycles? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 11:20 AM PST - 10 comments

I want to know the performance statistics of various classes of RC helicopters in Light, Moderate and Heavy Winds. EX Could you reliably fly one in 15-20 knots of wind? Or higher? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 11:00 AM PST - 4 comments

We are purchasing a home, which should close by the end of the month. We have also finished our taxes for the year. We will qualify for the $8000 first time home buyer tax credit. Is it possible to amend our taxes and get the credit for the 2009 tax year, even though we completed the purchase in 2010? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 10:56 AM PST - 5 comments

looking for a clue on a circuit bendier/musician how uses big macs to make music. possibly relates to this video hack.
posted by yosh at 10:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Why does my blood sugar bottom out after I eat an egg-white omelette? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 10:49 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I know the subfloor is rotting/rotted? Plumber came by and mentioned this about the bathroom; how bad is it? [more inside]
posted by Towelie at 10:44 AM PST - 12 comments

We are going for a vacation in Tucson from March 28th to April 5th. We are staying in a condo near Sabino Canyon. [more inside]
posted by marlys27 at 10:39 AM PST - 16 comments

Have you ever disenrolled from a HMO (Kaiser) that manages your Medicare to straight Medicare? A lot of people have told me if I do this, it will be easier to find my mom a nursing home. She has dementia/behavior difficulties. Looking for insurance advice specific to California/Medicare/Medi-Cal/dementia nursing homes. [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty at 10:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Someone is in your face and out of control, obviously about to attack you. You have a few seconds left to take the initiative - one surprise move to neutralize the threat. What is it? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso at 10:34 AM PST - 85 comments

Best gear for camping with a toddler? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 10:29 AM PST - 7 comments

What is the best tool to generate UML diagrams from pre-existing code in Eclipse and/or Visual Studio? I'd also like to reverse engineer the code from an existing UML diagram, if possible. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 10:10 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I get rid of my puppy's diarrhea? [more inside]
posted by jwfree at 10:10 AM PST - 19 comments

I selected a Velbon DV-7000 tripod for my video and photography projects, partly because it was advertised (by Amazon, B&H, and the manufacturer) as being equipped with a bubble level. I received my tripod yesterday, and just set it up. There is no level! Or am I somehow missing it? [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 10:09 AM PST - 7 comments

I need help either changing all links in a sharepoint(sql server) database to point to a new file server. Is there a way to do a find/replace in the sql server database for sharepoint to change the links? or do i have to do something else? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 10:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Our bankruptcy is less than 2 years old, but we are trying to get a mortgage. Contract-for-deed or rent-to-own will not work, so don't suggest those. Everybody, whether a bank or a mortgage broker, says "FHA requires 2 years post-bankruptcy before we can lend to you," but is my only option really to wait? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 9:23 AM PST - 15 comments

“That’s so gay”: How do you ask/remind people to be a little bit more sensitive without being a buzzkill in social situations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 101 comments

Where does (my) laziness come from? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Minor, minor car accident. Other driver left the scene. No damage to my car. Is there any reason that I should report this to my insurance agency? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 9:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Ack! I forgot deodorant and I'm starting to smell like B.O. I'm at work and can't get to a store, plus my shirt's starting to smell anyway. Help me smell better asap! [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 8:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Looking for interesting stuff to listen to during my commute. Where can I find some cheap/free audiobooks (or other ~1hr long listening materials) online? [more inside]
posted by Xany at 8:44 AM PST - 30 comments

i'm trying to locate a copy of a sketch from a comedy show i believe was 'alas smith and jones'; [more inside]
posted by beige at 8:34 AM PST - 0 comments

Another installment of GiddyAdventuresInHouseRevonationFilter! How to make the most of an awkward (narrow and enclosed) under stairs space? [more inside]
posted by psychostorm at 8:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a children's book about bunnies going on an airplane. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 8:01 AM PST - 3 comments

What are the implications of remodeling away bedrooms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 14 comments

I need to quit my job but have no other ideas on how to make money or if thats even a good idea. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

In one of the original Superman films, Superman flies over the world and at one point Italy. I forget exactly what happens, but I think he rights the leaning tower of Pisa and it shows two of the locals upset. One of them bites his thumb and then raises it to they sky in what must be a rude gesture. Is this gesture still done in Italy today? Bonus points if you are Italian and have done it or you are someone who has seen it in Italy within the last week or so. [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 7:32 AM PST - 16 comments

I would appreciate some input on what type of network topology to implement in a small-scale network of about 20 computers for multi-player gaming purposes. What kind of networking hardware would be required in such a situation - routers, servers, cabling etc. Last but not least, as far as network security is concerned - what are the key things one should look out for? Thanks to all that can contribute some ideas
posted by naskar at 7:16 AM PST - 9 comments

What problem does "open enrollment" solve for employers or insurance companies? [more inside]
posted by Houstonian at 6:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a Faulkner passage which I believe was in The Town or The Hamlet. [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 6:10 AM PST - 1 comments

What instrument is Neko Case playing in this photo?
posted by Ike_Arumba at 4:55 AM PST - 8 comments

I got into a top English grad program, but they defaulted me from PhD to MA. Is it worth shouldering the massive debt of a Master's degree, or should I gamble on getting into a PhD program next year? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 4:49 AM PST - 38 comments

We love Thai food! What's your favorite Thai cookbook? [more inside]
posted by teragram at 4:13 AM PST - 17 comments

Are there any websites that hook up editors with students willing to pay for paper-editing? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly at 3:47 AM PST - 8 comments

What's new in university teaching technology? [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 3:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Recently I got a dog. He's doing great, I'm doing great, it's been nearly 3 months since I got him from the shelter. Problem: He's meeting my brother and his kids, in a few weeks (family reunion weekend), and my brother has a strong fear, maybe even a phobia of dogs. What can I do to put him at ease, navigate the situation and help everyone get through this unscathed? [more inside]
posted by Elfasi at 2:12 AM PST - 28 comments

Video cognascenti: Why is it that video and audio are so easily desynchronized? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom at 12:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for some resources for explaining a programming career to middle school kids. [more inside]
posted by tantivy at 12:14 AM PST - 8 comments

March 16
Why are boxes and packaging so very often bilingual with English and French specifically? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 11:46 PM PST - 25 comments

So this question was deleted for being chatfilter (and rightfully so), but I really enjoyed the examples on the wikipedia page he linked in his question. What are some more examples of incredible coincidences throughout history? [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 11:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Can I make a decaleur? If not, which should I buy? [more inside]
posted by heliostatic at 11:10 PM PST - 1 comments

How do I make her trust me and save the relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonop at 10:56 PM PST - 36 comments

My Macbook has something called a Mini DisplayPort, which apparently has all sorts of compatibility issues (and benefits?). Before I buy my first monitor, what should I know? More info inside. [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 10:33 PM PST - 16 comments

He's the man of my dreams (literally) and I want to stop thinking about him. How can I let go? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 10:02 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I link my domain URL ( to a static homepage on Wordpress. Please don't say "change the reading setting", because that totally doesn't work. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 9:45 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the job market like in Manchester (UK)? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 9:11 PM PST - 3 comments

How should I handle types, varieties and errors in my coin collecting database? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 9:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Business dilemma: I own a small but popular bar in NYC. The lease is coming up for renewal very very shortly. The landlord had previously told me that they would extend the lease for a certain amount of money, but has now changed that amount to be unreasonably high. Very long complicated situation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm 34, female, and I don't expect to have children. How do I cope with being in the minority? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:01 PM PST - 57 comments

I'm a photographer and one of my photos was used without my permission on a television show. Is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 8:58 PM PST - 13 comments

We're looking for a cheap spot to hold a winter wedding in Ann Arbor or the surrounding bits of Washtenaw County. No, I mean really, ridiculously cheap. Help me brainstorm possible venues. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:47 PM PST - 11 comments

I sent my lawyer an email about my case that was kind of emotionally unbalanced. I said at the bottom that if he had a comment, okay, but that I really just needed to say it. He did not reply directly but then in a later email, said that to hang in there, I was "doing fine". I definitely err on the side of hysterical in general but I think I have a good rep for being a thoughtful and passionate and honest person. However, I am having a big problem with the way my case is going, and I need to send him another email, and I am wondering if I need to apologize to him for wasting his time with the emotional crap that really was inappropriate to send to him, or should I just ignore it and don't mention it at all? I'm really embarrassed, and what I have to write to him now is really sensitive and I don't want the previous email's rant to cloud what I have to say right now. [more inside]
posted by lakersfan1222 at 8:28 PM PST - 27 comments

Looking for computer game recommendations for an older person who likes simple logic/puzzle games. [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 8:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Can I safely cede control of my Twitter account to others, but somehow prevent them from locking me out of it? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 8:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there an eco florist in your town? I'd like to hear from you! I have been inspired by this florist in Melbourne I recently discovered. I've had a wander around the internets but I'm aware that many small or very local businesses around the world may not have webpages or publicity. [more inside]
posted by honey-barbara at 8:22 PM PST - 1 comments

Yet Another Forgotten Book From Childhood Filter: Yeah, here we go again. Subjects? (1) Koalas and locusts, and (2) weird poems, somewhat grotesque line drawings and optical illusions. [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon at 8:14 PM PST - 9 comments

What are some great books on astronomy and space exploration? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 8:10 PM PST - 7 comments

We've accumulated some credit card debt, about $40k - I have a wild idea to buy a cheap block of land in the countryside (rural Australia) that is surrounded by pretty hills - I've found the spot - for about 50k - I would like to borrow $90k - get the block and pay off our CCs at reasonable interest. Is this madness? Is this fraught in some way?
posted by mattoxic at 8:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Please tell me of any sustainable youth centers you have in your area. [more inside]
posted by beardlace at 8:01 PM PST - 2 comments

If I run an extension cord or long power strip under my steam radiator, will something bad happen? [more inside]
posted by doift at 7:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Will rain do any damage to my pea coat? I'm going to Ireland next month and I expect I'll get caught in the rain a time or two. Will the rain do any harm to my pea coat that's labeled "80% wool, 15% polyester, 5% other"?
posted by Dodgy_Dude at 7:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Recently started weaving chainmail in a search for a quiet crafty activity to do at my desk during downtime at work. Sunk ~$100 into getting a good mix of starting materials (anodized aluminum, brass, and a steel "coif kit" for when I get the hang of it.) Have so far learned basic 4-in-1 weave and made a bracelet and some earrings for my wife. (The latter turned out, the former is so-so.) What are some good resources for patterns, advice, other info?
posted by Scattercat at 7:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Good eats in Modesto/Merced, California area? [more inside]
posted by telstar at 7:23 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I stop moaning and making other strange noises in my sleep? [more inside]
posted by Maude_the_destroyer at 7:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there a site or document that has step-by-step basic computer skills instruction, especially for seniors? [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 7:17 PM PST - 7 comments

One of my best friends just tried to kill herself. She has clinical depression, but she got help for it a year or two ago and I thought it was under control. Was that a delusion? Can people suffer from depression that can never be treated or controlled? [more inside]
posted by daelin at 6:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Can someone recommend a good dentist in White Plains or somewhere in Westchester county, New York? I prefer a female dentist who graduated from a good school. It's also important that she's caring, reassuring, and comfortable with someone who's 32 but behaves like a kid. Thanks!
posted by jchaw at 6:46 PM PST - 1 comments

Can you recommend a tax person in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella at 6:40 PM PST - 2 comments

phew, i get to ask my first question! yeah!!! ok, i am interested in purchasing a USED mini cooper. i am on a budget and want to make the most of my money. in short: what is the sweet spot where miles/age/dollars converge to make an awesome purchase? what should i be looking for in terms of repair records? where in their lifetime/mileage do minis typically need an expensive repair? any tips would be greatly appreciated. thank you in advance.
posted by zoesmom at 6:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me scan some precious old family photos! I need advice on the best settings to use: TIFF, dpi, encodings, and the rest of it.. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin at 5:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Japanese translation filter: so I have two seed packets. Which is mint and which is basil? [more inside]
posted by Windigo at 4:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Music publishing structure for songs with multiple authors? [more inside]
posted by chaff at 4:10 PM PST - 5 comments

I want to backup my utorrent appdata for when i upgrade to windows 7 on my htpc. but the resume.dat file is corrupt. What do i do? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 3:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Insight, advice, perspective required for relationship dramas/attempt to become emotionally unstuck (longggggg) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 12 comments