March 2010 Archives
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]
What is the best resolution and format to upload a video to Facebook? [more inside]
I'm interested in advice about changing career in one's thirties: specifically, learning a trade. [more inside]
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.
What wonderful things for grownups can be hidden inside standard plastic Easter eggs? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Poster presentation outside of elementary school: help me be professional! Bonus question inside. [more inside]
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]
What one change I can make in my life for one month will have the greatest positive effect? [more inside]
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?
Good, neutral, career aptitude tests? [more inside]
Is transferring to a different law school after 1L a good idea, or a bad idea? [more inside]
What is this Tea Party thing I keep hearing so much about? [more inside]
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!
Breadfilter: Help me troubleshoot my loaf and expand my bread baking repertoire. [more inside]
What vegetarian main dish should I make for a seder tomorrow? [more inside]
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]
VirginiaFilter: Where in Virginia can I find a midnight Easter vigil service... in Spanish? [more inside]
What mid-sized corporations do you think have ugly logos? [more inside]
What are some excellent documentaries (especially "non-traditional") about South America? Ideally in Spanish. [more inside]
Can you recommend some Nintendo DS games for me? I love Animal Crossing and the Harvest Moon games. [more inside]
PortlandFilter: Flying to PDX from May 29-Jun 3 with a 16 month old. Any suggestions for kid-friendly fun? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What are the best practices for investing for a non profit? Details about this particular situation inside. [more inside]
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]
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]
Alternatives to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New York? [more inside]
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]
I need another word for "Alchemy" for a fantasy setting. [more inside]
Dumb math question: is there any useful relationship between numbers a, b, and the function a*(a/b)?
CareerChangeFilter: Anyone have experience of graduate conversion to law mid-career in the UK? [more inside]
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]
Why did some schmuck attempt to open the gas tank of my parked car? [more inside]
Spelling in protest signs - is there a liberal / conservative divide? [more inside]
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]
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]
Should I stay with my midwife practice, given a trustworthy account of a mismanaged case? This gets long, sorry. [more inside]
Getting a new furnace with a side order of asbestos abatement funtimes! Do we need new ductwork too? [more inside]
How do you reread comics that are part of a large shared universe? [more inside]
What are the top 20 most visited video game news websites? [more inside]
Is there anything similar to freecycle or craigslist for items one wants to borrow and return? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Flipflops, how does one wear them? [more inside]
Austin, TX dining: What would be a good restaurant for four friends celebrating a birthday this weekend? [more inside]
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
Animal cruelty bothers me way more than it should. Is this related to my childhood sexual abuse? [more inside]
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]
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!
Hiking around Lake Mead, looking for advice on trails. [more inside]
I'm looking for studies about educational attainment as a predictor for party choice in US Presidential Elections. [more inside]
My grandpa died. Some stuff remains. Will you be my personal Antiques Roadshow? [more inside]
I need advice finding something to do this weekend in Philadelphia. [more inside]
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]
How long can I stay on Lamictal? [more inside]
Do changes in thermohaline circulation have immediate impact on regional climates? [more inside]
Professional photographers in Canada: looking for Canadian based digital imaging lab with services similar to White House Custom Color? [more inside]
Where and when did all this zombie silliness start? Why?
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]
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]
What % of NCAA tourney brackets entered correctly picked the remaining teams that currently make up the Final 4? [more inside]
Roadtrip filter: Recommendations for things to see, places to eat, cheap but nice places to stay for a US roadtrip - Itinerary follows... [more inside]
Building a computer: help me put together a shopping list. [more inside]
How do I balance my waitlisting to a wonderful PhD program with not messing up my acceptance to a great PhD program? [more inside]
I have a bad attitude. Help me change. (this might get long) [more inside]
What are some great work abroad opportunities for two friends not looking to settle down yet? [more inside]
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]
What is the best way of getting to the Farnsworth House while staying Chicago? [more inside]
How to prepare a Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630 for sale on Ebay? [more inside]
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]
A friend's son is turning 17 this week - what mindblowing book could I get him? [more inside]
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]
Marry or break up? [more inside]
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]
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]
What's a good bulk emailer for Mac? [more inside]
Help me develop my pectorals! [more inside]
Small-scale, short-term, reasonably-priced storage in Paris. Any ideas? [more inside]
Looking for songs that reference Pittsburgh. [more inside]
Using the subway and taxicabs in NYC without looking like a rube. [more inside]
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]
Asking for a friend: Financial considerations of moving to China and being paid in renminbi? (originally from Britain) [more inside]
How can I organise a huge number of disorganised files in windows? [more inside]
Help me not to offend everyone in the whole world! [more inside]
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]
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).
How do I make Chrome work with my company's intranet? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Why is the smallpox vaccine not available to members of the public on a voluntary basis in the US? [more inside]
Should I get an MBA? (Posting for a friend) [more inside]
How do I help my 10-year-old blog safely? [more inside]
How can I add a non-traditional (non-website) link to a blog post/template without the link being changed upon saving? [more inside]
Should I fight an attempt to change my job title? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Windows 7 refuses to read commercial data dvds, plays movies fine, loads CDs fine, but chokes on pre-written disks. [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me brainstorm a new job title. [more inside]
Please help me understand travel to Japan [more inside]
Noob looking to start kayaking. [more inside]
I need some interesting internet destinations for my mom. [more inside]
I have a motorcycle that's been stored outside for a year and I'd like to get it running. [more inside]
How can I ensure I get good quality yogurt from my yogurt maker? Plus, what cakes would you recommend for Easter? [more inside]
Which pop and rock music studio recordings were performed in unusual and unexpected locations? [more inside]
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]
What is the most reliable site for strictly finding sexual partners? [more inside]
Innocuous April Fool's pranks for a young kid (5) to play, and to be played on him? [more inside]
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?
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]
Please explain the Dublin bus system to me. [more inside]
Hey, motorcyclists! Anyone around Western New York care to recommend me a repair shop? [more inside]
Looking for hostel/hotel and activity recommendations in Santiago, Chile in May. [more inside]
(Irish Pronunciation) Dougie. The name. As pronounced in Ireland, specifically.
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]
body language--placing hands under another's elbows [more inside]
Has the proliferation of MP3 players/other personal music devices had a negative impact on buskers? [more inside]
How do I de-fog my windshield without air-conditioning on a cold, rainy day? [more inside]
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]
I want to propose to my male significant other. What should I do, and what should I give him? [more inside]
Is the light bulb in the microwave different than the ones in our lamps? [more inside]
What low-calorie foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, do you find most filling? [more inside]
How can I move an MS Access file to another PC? [more inside]
I've spilled chocolate milk all over my power strip (with surge protector). What to do? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
Is there a way that I can find out approximately how many 1st generation iPhones are still in service?
Is there a way that I can find out approximately how many 1st generation iPhones are still in service?
Help me find a AA or AAA battery powered MP3 player for my Mom [more inside]
We think we have carpet beetles! Help! [more inside]
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]
what is a fair price for a used macbook pro? [more inside]
If anyone lives in Cleveland, I'd like hear your suggestions for a fun date. [more inside]
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]
Why do people become dentists? [more inside]
Recommendations for a tailor/seamstress/alterations expert in Denver for a formal gown? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find Nick Relief, a product which helps stanch shaving cuts, in Manhattan? [more inside]
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!
Chicago Thrift stores: Ones that have a nice selection that don't charge $75 for a used t-shirt? [more inside]
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]
Are there any examples of television/movie scenes where simple non-plot-related mistakes are made intentionally? [more inside]
Why would a new CVS have to keep only the word "pharmacy" covered during construction? [more inside]
Help this special snowflake find some witty, urbane blogs? [more inside]
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]
I'm concerned about my fiancée's mental health. I don't know much about this stuff. Help! Novel-length details within. [more inside]
Can anyone tell me why we say "roast chicken" instead of "roasted chicken" and then turn around and say "roasted vegetables"?
Can anyone tell me why we say "roast chicken" instead of "roasted chicken" and then turn around and say "roasted vegetables"?
Domestically incompetent + pure sugar cane syrup all. over. kitchen. floor. Help! [more inside]
Should I switch health insurance providers now, or wait, given Obamacare? [more inside]
In a general sense, when did Texas public schools last perform in the top half of the 50 states? [more inside]
Why will my GMail timestamp not change to reflect current timezone? [more inside]
Who do you follow on twitter that are motivational/inspirational? I am looking at Tony Robbins already.
Should we take a day trip to Montserrat or Carcassonne while visiting Barcelona? [more inside]
Price gun filter? [more inside]
I hate region specific questions but -- A place for techno/dance/house music in Tampa, FL? [more inside]
How to thank parents-in-law for a gigantic, monumental favor (of a financial nature) they've done for us? [more inside]
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]
How do I spend a week with my mother without going crazy? [more inside]
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.
A question about experience with Vibram FiveFingers and other minimalist running shoes. [more inside]
Too broad, but oh well-- Please recommend clean, uplifting, life-affirming, feel-good books, nearly any genre. [more inside]
Should I be concerned about frozen prepared foods that don't seem all that frozen in the grocery store? [more inside]
Is there a cheap, portable dual n-back (brain training) game? Would consider a phone. [more inside]
Is there an online map tool for identifying a central location? [more inside]
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]
Am I in my rights to file for unemployment? Recently laid off but promised of a "transfer" to a different job. [more inside]
Moral dilemma: Should I take this job, considering I might turn around and leave for something better? [more inside]
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]
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]
Flying With a Guitar? [more inside]
How do you get reddish brown marks off sidewalk caused from the snowblower scraping along the concrete? [more inside]
Window hardware and curtain suggestions for a 12ft opening? [more inside]
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.
My employer is going to pay me $5,000/year to go to school. Help me figure out my next move. [more inside]
What's with the weird barcode thing in the opening titles of Channel 4 news? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
[DatingWardrobeFilter]: How casual is too casual? Hoodies acceptable on second date? [more inside]
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]
Can anyone tell me what the deal is with 'red' Batman?
What poem am I thinking of? (Warning: woefully inadequate clues inside.) [more inside]
Mobile broadband recommendations? [more inside]
Is there any way I can freeze part of a chicken but not the rest? [more inside]
I'm looking for "badges" from other environmental groups to put on my group's Facebook page. Suggestions? [more inside]
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]
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]
My life is complicated and so are my wedding invitations. Help me word this thing, please! [more inside]
TheatreFilter: Help me identify the play that this morbid, dark, hilarious scene I saw came from. [more inside]
Responsible science filter: Social sciences + military = bad? [more inside]
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.
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]
Can you help me identify the country-ish/folky song in my head? [more inside]
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]
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]
I have a nice Telecaster. Trouble is, I like making surf sounds. Would I ruin it by fitting a Bigsby or some other tremolo?
What are the major Scandinavian Mountaineering/Ski clothing companies out there? [more inside]
Was I being a jerk/untoward with this girl? [more inside]
Looking for a friendly, preferably cozy, bar (or non-drinking establishment) in Chicago to watch World Cup 2010 games this summer. Suggestions? [more inside]
External hard drive stolen, then recovered. Can I tell if its contents were viewed/downloaded? [more inside]
Weird MacBook Pro behavior... It seems to fart when I move it. [more inside]
Are any dry-erase whiteboard markers genuinely odorless (or close)? [more inside]
What are the longest individual presidential term limits in the world? [more inside]
How can some students climb Kilimanjaro this summer, for a decent price? [more inside]
Is it possible to get a U.S. passport in less than a week? If so, how? [more inside]
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]
Do you think I could obtain a prescription for Marinol to treat my chronic migraine headaches? I am in NC. [more inside]
Sex = ouch! Help? [more inside]
What are great places to fish, boat and camp driving distance from central Maryland? [more inside]
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.
Body function filter: early potty training. If he can sit, he can poop there. Right? [more inside]
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?
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]
What APs would you recommend for an iPod Touch newbie? [more inside]
What sources for inspiration for courage can you think of? [more inside]
Help me learn why Aperture, or maybe it's os x, is showing me the wrong files? [more inside]
Why do my lightbulbs burn out so fast?! [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
Possibly NSFW question about the acoustics of peeing. [more inside]
How can I get a count of total misspelled words on a web page and a count of total words overall? [more inside]
Milwaukee restaurant recommendation time! Where to eat in the general area of the Pabst Theatre? [more inside]
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]
I need to find a job, but the odds are against me. What should I do? [more inside]
Does the Osage River contribute the largest volume of water of all the tributaries of the Missouri River?
There is this one guy at work I'm having a hard time getting along with. [more inside]
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]
Anyone use Freelancer's Union insurance? [more inside]
Help writers use the internet! Polling the hivemind for interesting business models to generate earned income for writers and literary arts nonprofits. [more inside]
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]
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]
We are $125k underwater in our mortgage. We are not currently in financial distress. Do we have any options? [more inside]
What pains did you experience in early pregnancy? [more inside]
Third job interview - now I have to write a proposal...now what? [more inside]
What types of rechargeable batteries will hold their charge over several days of non-use in a digital camera? [more inside]
RSS aggregators that can also scrape pages without feeds? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
Downloading from itunes store without itunes? [more inside]
Are there any powered computer speakers (2.0) that are shielded from the dreaded snap-crackle-pop interference from GSM mobile devices? [more inside]
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]
Best case for a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 digital camera? [more inside]
Foot_Pain_Filter:Has anyone successfully reversed foot pain? [more inside]
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]
How bad is travelling to Paris/France in August? [more inside]
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?
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
What does this "sleepy level" sticker on my candy mean? [more inside]
(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]
What's really in sausage? [more inside]
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]
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]
What would we find on the bookshelves of Chris Morris? [more inside]
Is there any danger in taking a two-week trip to Europe while being a month or two pregnant? [more inside]
Web design firm recommendations in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
How important is it to get a DUI lawyer for a first possible DUI? [more inside]
I have an RSS feed that takes parameters, something like http://my.site/rss.php?parameter=foo. 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?
What is said at the beginning of this Washington DC Metro station announcement? [more inside]
How can I improve my (unusual) exercise regime? [more inside]
What works of literature/movies/etc. depict Heaven as a restaurant? [more inside]
Digital transition redux woes... [more inside]
I would like to fly business class to Japan. Any tips on doing this as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
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]
Help me get these little jerks off of my cat! [more inside]
is there a usable remote desktop type app for sharing your mac desktop to your windows 7 pc other than vnc? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I would like to know how you have dealt with or are dealing with this thing called loneliness. [more inside]
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]
What is travel like in New Zealand and Australia in the two weeks following Christmas? [more inside]
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]
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.
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?
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?
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.
Mail.app + Exchange 2007 + Snow Leopard. Messages aren't getting deleted inside mail.app. They look like they are, but when i quit and re-open, they're back. The internet has failed me. [more inside]
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!
Is it worthwhile to learn blues on a classical guitar? [more inside]
How do I raise money to replace stolen goods for a friend? [more inside]
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]
Job Offer Dilemma: Do I take this offer? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!
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]
What are some good, snarky comebacks for when people make fun of your accent? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I played this match-3 game online once, and now I can't find it. Description inside... [more inside]
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]
Children's book involving a cat and a map? [more inside]
Summer housing in San Francisco: is it totally crazy to fly down and start looking only two weeks before my job starts? [more inside]
Constant feeling that boyfriend would be interested in other people than me [more inside]
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]
Is it possible for an American citizen to get a job working for the UN FAO? [more inside]
Travelling to Guatemala (from Mexico) without a passport and Visa. Is it possible? [more inside]
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]
Ficutfi: Final Cut Wonder Showzen export out of sync with final cut edits. Is God (or other) punishing me?
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]
Is getting your taxes professionally prepared worth the time and money? [more inside]
Dear hive, are you by any chance aware of ravelry-style(ish) social networking spaces for embroiderers/cross-stitchers? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
ApartmentHuntingFilter: How do I find an apartment when not currently employed? [more inside]
A question about fonts, handwriting, and alphabets other than our Latin one... [more inside]
What is the best choice of bike rack for a 2009 Ford Focus SE ? [more inside]
What is this bug that I found in my room yesterday? [more inside]
Looking for feedback on my plan for a May trip to Western Europe, probably Paris and one other country. [more inside]
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?
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]
I am making a DVD with 7, but I am having letterbox issues. How can I burn a letterboxed DVD? [more inside]
Colonoscopy Prep- making it less unpleasant - detailed description inside [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
Is there a bookmark organizer that works like a mindmap tool? [more inside]
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?
I want to install ubuntu/xubuntu onto my iBook G3 clamshell. How? [more inside]
Has the American health care nonsystem made Americans more neurotic about their health? [more inside]
How do I pick new city tires for my mountain bike? [more inside]
Making pesos (or dollars or reales) in Central / South America - how can it be done, and what will you be doing? [more inside]
Tomorrow morning we need to tell our 3.5 year old that our beloved dog has died. Please help. [more inside]
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]
How can I tell if someone is remotely viewing (not accessing) my computer and how can I prevent it? [more inside]
Can a guitar amplifier ruin every speaker cabinet it gets plugged into? [more inside]
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]
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)
Fixed gear or not, in NYC? a) No. b) Yes. c) Yes, but with THREE SPEEDS... [more inside]
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?
How do I have critical responses to a particular academic journal article? [more inside]
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]
How can the weird advertising strategy employed by the walk-in tax prep places be worth it to the owners?
How do the economics of hiring minimum-wage sandwich board carriers work? [more inside]
What does full disclosure really mean in a real estate sale? [more inside]
Toddler gets blue lips when very active. Is this a problem? [more inside]
What are cool (non-douchey) restaurants and bars in the Marina in San Francisco? [more inside]
Does anyone know of any "American food" type buffets in Seattle? [more inside]
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]
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?
Fund raising by mailing pull tabs from aluminum cans. Does that really work? [more inside]
I tweet for our library. I usually use Tweetdeck or Hootsuite...my 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.
Are cheap wireless microphones (less than $100) reasonably good? [more inside]
How to help my friend's marraige and mental health survive their 3 year old dictators? [more inside]
Having once again missed Talk Like a Pirate Day AND Pi Day, help me assemble a full calendar of nerdy observances. [more inside]
Can anyone help me out with ideas for a college gift bucket? [more inside]
Which South Florida HMO should I pick? VISTA, AVMED, United Healthcare - any reviews ones to watch out for etc... [more inside]
Should a plaintiff provide copies of her smalls claims court lawsuit papers to the insurance company of the party she is suing? [more inside]
Why does stainless steel have such strange properties? [more inside]
Seasonal allergies: sign of a weak immune system, a healthy one, or just pollen-wrought hell over which I have no control? [more inside]
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]
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]
I want a Sims-like sandbox type game that I can mess around with in my free time. Suggestions? [more inside]
need to rebuild my website authoring chops -- can you teach me how to make tha cool stuff? [more inside]
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]
Anybody else culturally fragmented? [more inside]
Feet in massage - how do it know? [more inside]
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]
Toddler Bed recommendations? [more inside]
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?
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]
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.
Free screencapture program similar to Jing but with more editing features? [more inside]
What services do medium and large companies typically outsource (locally, not in India or China)? [more inside]
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]
Is there a closed-form method for finding the unique subsets from the power set of prime factors of an integer? [more inside]
Are there DIY methods to strengthening my speaking voice? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Why aren't campaign contribution addresses kept private (or at least semi-private)? [more inside]
I enjoyed mussels in Europe, why are they making me vomit in America? [more inside]
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]
How do I read without talking to myself? [more inside]
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?
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?
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]
[RussianComicsFilter] What is this comic strip I used to read back in Russia? (NB: Probably did not originate in Russia) [more inside]
[Boston filter] Could anyone recommend a female therapist or psychologist in the city of Boston? [more inside]
What is this strange plant I saw in jamaica? [more inside]
How can I print out all of my chats from Gmail? [more inside]
DanceFilter -- Can anyone explain to me the steps of the Madison as performed in the film Band Of Outsiders? [more inside]
Via the magic of chemistry, I'm now a redhead. Unfortunately, I also have a historically flaky scalp. What shampoo? [more inside]
A car rental agency in Hawaii wants $400 for damage we have no proof we actually did. [more inside]
(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]
Is there any chance of finding a doula (in Chicago) that will work with us at 39 weeks? Any recommendations? Thanks!
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]
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]
Anyone taken/know of anyone who has taken a BOSS field course? [more inside]
reptile-filter: what would cause this lizard's tail to become embedded in the ground, requiring human extraction from said earth? [more inside]
My daughter wants voice/speech recognition, including voice mail to text, while working in the field, office or home. [more inside]
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?
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?
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]
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]
Can I learn how to play the banjo via the guitar? How? [more inside]
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]
What are some things that come in threes? [more inside]
Where can I buy CDs of the Moscow State Chamber Choir? [more inside]
What are the best games you or your friends have made up yourself(s)? [more inside]
Who should pay what among a group of renters, subletters, and others for a summer? [more inside]
I really like ScoutingNY, but I live in Chicago. Is there anything similar with a Chicago focus?
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]
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]
How can I start a weblog that allows anonymous contributions for posts (not just comments)? [more inside]
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.
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]
[SFBay Area Filter] Replacement for Triangle Machinery? [more inside]
I'm moving from Philadelphia to North Carolina. Where and when do I buy my first car and car insurance? [more inside]
MS Access: How do I turn my database from a tortoise to a hare? (Or, if not a hare, a chipmunk?) [more inside]
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]
Weirdness. Am I haunted? Is my house haunted? Strange, unexplainable things are happening. [more inside]
Is there a twitter hack going on right now? [more inside]
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.
If I need meds because I have focus problems, how can I focus on ... what, um, hmm, where was I going with that?
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]
"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]
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]
Can you recommend an immigration lawyer in the Bay Area who specializes in dealing with academics (J1 Scholars)? [more inside]
For the past few weeks, I've been having extremely stressful dreams. Why? What will make them stop? [more inside]
New home owner without a green thumb needs help to bring his destroyed front lawn back to life. [more inside]
Wanted: Hotel in Denver, CO, at a reasonable price that includes free shuttle service from the airport. [more inside]
Let's name a music that has never existed before. [more inside]
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.
Can you help my mom? She's locked herself out of her msn.com email account. [more inside]
Can you offer a health/diet remedy for food-induced chest pains? [more inside]
Need help with setting up my PC for live streaming video, with an emphasis on high-quality sound and video. [more inside]
Are discount cosmetics/perfume retailers online or in-store selling old/expired/liquidated merchandise? Please explain how cosmetics industry works. [more inside]
Where's the best/least sleazy place to buy a used Prius in the Phoenix metro area these days? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What is the best way to carry a suit on a bicycle? [more inside]
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.
Help! I'm married to a computer geek, and we are in desperate need of some home office solutions. [more inside]
Are free will and an omnipotent/omniscient God possible in the same universe? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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]
We need a name for our LLC! [more inside]
How long between drinking water and having to pee?
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?
How do I and my company deal with customer reviews online? [more inside]
Cleanliness is next to godliness. So, one who's good with sex related cleanliness is very nearly a sex god, right?
A couple questions (his n' hers) regarding sex-related cleanliness. [more inside]
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]
Looking for a great urologist recommendation, preferably in suburbs of philadelphia. [more inside]
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?
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]
Help me find readings that two people can read together on my wedding day! [more inside]
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?
2 days in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. But I don't want to be a tourist. [more inside]
What gross website from the early 2000's am I thinking of? [more inside]
Please help me teach myself about physiology and anatomy, and to generally understand the human body
Please help me teach myself about physiology and anatomy, and to generally understand the human body. [more inside]
Need recommendations for a dressmaker in Toronto. [more inside]
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.
How does an agnostic write an encouraging note to a religious relative? [more inside]
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]
Aside from moving, what can I do about the prevalence of white supremacy in my community? [more inside]
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.
What is the approximate cost for television stations to have helicopters for their local newscasts? [more inside]
Help me import music from a DVD onto my Itunes! [more inside]
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]
I need $150 by March 31st. Running out of ideas to obtain it. What can I do? [more inside]
How to meet people in the big city without spending a ton of money? [more inside]
What's a good academic text/trade book about Jinni? [more inside]
Where can I find this desktop background? [more inside]
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.
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?
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?
Where are some brick-and-mortar places to get micro-USB cables relatively cheap? [more inside]
My 3 year old son seems to be immune to biting insects (tics, mosquitoes, leeches). Why? [more inside]
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]
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?
What are some online commercial printers that have reasonable prices, but also have great customer service? [more inside]
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.
Where can I buy Clearly Canadian in NYC? [more inside]
Is lack of circumcision considered a big deal, particularly in sexual situations? [more inside]
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]
What is your one game-changing tip to manage multiple projects with multiple timelines? [more inside]
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]
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.
Cuckoo kitty craves coffeebean crunch. Concerns? [more inside]
I need some help figuring out construction of a vintage dress from pictures. [more inside]
NYC neighborhood filter: Help me figure out if living on the Upper West Side is right for me? [more inside]
Does anyone know anything about this statue of an angry nude man being pummeled by babies? [more inside]
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]
My roommate died. Who do I make the security deposit check out to? [more inside]
Using a Pantone Huey color calibrator seems to make drastically bad choices with terrible results. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
(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]
What's the best way to take care of my father's cremation wishes? [more inside]
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.
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]
I want to exercise and tone my upper body. Please help suggest SIMPLE exercises. [more inside]
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]
Identifyfilter: Probably quite cheesy children's/young adult book series -- "The Happy Holidays". Google-Fu failing spectacularly. [more inside]
I need help with my HTPC and its component cable connection. I'm missing the blue channel. [more inside]
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]
Second Interview: Dress as nice as before? [more inside]
I need a Seattle lawyer to help guide me through contract negotiations with VC/Angel investors. [more inside]
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?
Rote memorization. How do you do it? [more inside]
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]
American Jewish Accent? [more inside]
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]
Need a list of bond, note, and bill symbols - searching online is providing mixed results. [more inside]
Are there any sports where three teams compete on a field at the same time? Perhaps on a triangular field? [more inside]
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]
Help me plan a 2-day trip to New York with my wife and young children. [more inside]
I'm worried about having to support my mom financially, indefinitely. [more inside]
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]
Help me decide whether to buy a Nexus One. Unusual questions about switching service providers, SIMs, and international options inside. [more inside]
What are your top tips for removing textured paint from a plastered wall? [more inside]
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]
Physical therapy was deemed medically unnecessary after the fact; is the medical provider responsible at all? [more inside]
Help me have a seder for just me and my eight year old daughter [more inside]
[sewingfilter] What is the best way to applique a piece of one t-shirt to another t-shirt? [more inside]
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]
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]
Seeking networking groups for a youngish, unemployed, non-profit-minded professional in NYC. [more inside]
Are there potential risks from using my iPhone and other wireless devices in close proximity to my baby? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Non-Profit People: How do you feel about sending solicitation letters to vendors?
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]
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]
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?
Where can I find very low power (+.50) reading glasses in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
Do you remember what this car commercial was for? [more inside]
Ok I am confused about Blackberries, the way they connect to the internet, and wifi. [more inside]
A disproportionate number of people named Hannah or Hanna have red hair. Confirmation bias or fact? If fact, why? [more inside]
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]
Wrooom Wrroom Tractortronica: I'm going to perform live with three tractors. What kind of sounds can you get out of them? [more inside]
Looking for a Boxer in the mid-Atlantic states. [more inside]
What websites would you like to see have their comments stripped away? [more inside]
I've been recommended for admission to the graduate program I applied for!! Just a few questions... [more inside]
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!
What do I get my cousin for his bar mitzvah? [more inside]
Just how inconvenient is it to be left-handed? [more inside]
Minor surgery (in this case, laparoscopic tubal ligation)-- without pain meds. What can I expect? [more inside]
Please help me get the most out of our new PS3! [more inside]
What happened to the Spirograph? [more inside]
Help me find short, touching essays written in the first person, about personal relationships. [more inside]
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.
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]
How can I break out of "customer service" sort of jobs? [more inside]
Cake that freezes well, but isn't edible when frozen? [more inside]
What's a good tool for keeping track of expenses on a film production? [more inside]
Help me fix my Mac's cursor? Google-fu fail. [more inside]
How do you decide when someone is asking too much of you? How much do you sacrifice in your romantic relationships? [more inside]
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]
Crowd-sourcing photo info: Where was this photo taken? [more inside]
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]
Can you recommend me a GTA or Gran Tourismo-esque game... for the PC? [more inside]
Looking for an engaging guide to English history from the Norman Conquest onwards. Yeah, not a broad question AT ALL. [more inside]
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]
Do you know any good blogs written by Muslims, especially devout Muslims, about Islam? It's quite a slog trying to find readable ones!
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]
Where to find WordPress post view stats. [more inside]
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?
Looking for cheap, beautiful art and design books I can buy used. [more inside]
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]
Professional Writers: How many words per day is average for you? [more inside]
Help me find a new backpack! [more inside]
How do I rename a project in Scrivener? [more inside]
I need a non-vulgar synonym for butthurt. Canonical english and neologisms both are welcome. [more inside]
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]
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.
Which car rental places let you drive out of state? [more inside]
Where should my family eat in San Francisco? [more inside]
How do I take care of my turtle's unhealthy looking shell? [more inside]
Renting a car in Europe for a few days -- what are some things we should keep in mind? [more inside]
Have you ever seen a student slowly shut down over the course of the year? [more inside]
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]
I need help finding the best shoes or sneakers for chronic achilles tendinitis. [more inside]
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.
How can I tell if an iPhone is refurbished? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Would taking a picture of the sun damage a digital camera's CCD? [more inside]
What are some short tunes that often play onscreen to quickly identify the location of a movie/tv scene? [more inside]
What does your writer's block feel like? [more inside]
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.
What English words are there for "the supernatural ability to travel instantly between locations" besides "teleportation"?
Is there an English word for "the supernatural ability to travel instantly between locations?" without the technological connotations of "teleportation"? [more inside]
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]
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]
Which should I secure first, new work or new shelter? Gawd, what a day. [more inside]
Is this scoliosis? If so, what do I do? [more inside]
What was the first rap concept album? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
What neat things might I do with 31 bowling balls? [more inside]
Total real monthly bill for a Google Nexus One with T-mobile? [more inside]
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
What Seattle-area museums should I visit? [more inside]
Have any of you had experience of being in the military with Asperger Syndrome? [more inside]
Fun date ideas in Ft. Worth, TX for a man who's only spent time in Dallas? [more inside]
My jeans ruined my new messenger bag. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
Why do towns in the USA have population signs? [more inside]
Should I name-drop a former university instructor, a former employee at the company I am applying, in a cover letter? [more inside]
I'm trying to run some PHP scripts via the CLI instead of over HTTP. How do I make them play nice? [more inside]
Can animals go insane? [more inside]
Children's story about a wooden chair that grows back into a tree? [more inside]
What is the protocol for applying to companies that don't have any job openings listed? [more inside]
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]
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]
Passing the CFA, is it really possible as a liberal arts major? [more inside]
What do you do? Where are you from? How long have you been living here? Hey, wait, where are you going?
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]
Do charter school teachers in Arizona pursue Master's degrees as often as the public school teachers?
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]
Does anyone have any advice on how I can turn my two driving passions— writing and orchestral film music—into a vocation? [more inside]
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.
work question filter: Seeking recommendations and experience with video conferencing equipment and operations [more inside]
Can one have a nostalgic feeling even for a time of great personal suffering? [more inside]
So, this hipster beard thing that's going around. Did it start with Zach Galifianakis, or were there other origins?
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]
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?
Turning faux pockets into real pockets on a jacket. Can it be done? [more inside]
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]
I think the optometrist gave me a bad eyeglasses prescription. Should I have to pay for getting my lens corrected?
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]
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]
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]
Just had a break-up. I need a book recommendation. [more inside]
what are the modern or post-modern approaches to historical analysis? [more inside]
I'm looking for restaurant recommendations in Brooklyn and the UWS -- whatcha got, MeFi? [more inside]
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]
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]
Are there children's authors today who write like Seuss? [more inside]
Is this a yeast infection? WAAAAAAAAY TMI inside. [more inside]
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]
Another person wondering if they have a wrongful termination case in an at-will state. [more inside]
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.
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]
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?
Motorola Backflip - can I clear contact history? [more inside]
How do I make friends when I'm in a new city? [more inside]
I-suck-at-gardening-filter: none of my seeds have sprouted. It's been two weeks. What's going on? [more inside]
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]
Renting out a house in the NoVa/DC area. Seeking referrals and advices/warnings on locating and hiring property management companies. [more inside]
I'm looking for a particular video clip of a CGI animation of a biochemical process. [more inside]
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]
Help me find the perfect international destination for my high-tech sabbatical [more inside]
This will hurt. :( I have to share some news that will be really hard to hear. How can I minimize the pain? [more inside]
How can I give an image the look of a spray painted stencil using Photoshop? [more inside]
PsychologyFilter: Group dynamics courses. Where can I do something like this? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
How do I get rid of this horrible, high-pitched feedback? [more inside]
What product do you recommend for a post-work-out wipe-down when no shower is possible? (Sweaty details inside.) [more inside]
What prevents companies from simply screwing everyone and paying off their owners debt free? [more inside]
Where to buy BULK? (Online mostly) [more inside]
What is the divorce rate for interfaith marriages? [more inside]
What is wrong with my foot that causes this pain??? [more inside]
Explain the US healthcare system to me (an Australian) in easy-to-understand language. [more inside]
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]
Need to print Excel spreadsheet so it turns out like a vertically-folded half-sheet card. [more inside]
How can I get World Cup finals and semis tickets, and can they be purchased from someone outside my country? [more inside]
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?
Recommendations for a small event in Toronto? [more inside]
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]
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?
Genealogy - I would like to find out where an ancestor was buried. [more inside]
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]
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]
Reported commercial disputes between Life Sciences licensors and Big Pharma licensees? [more inside]
Can I easily replace a failing hard drive in a desktop? [more inside]
Creative ideas uses for really small pieces of scrap wood. [more inside]
What to do in Nassau, Bahamas when you have three nights? [more inside]
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?
I need help remembering stuff. But I don't want to be productive. [more inside]
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]
I have a company video that I want to stream on Blackberry phones. [more inside]
Have any of you ever washed clothing in a dishwasher? How'd that turn out? [more inside]
What are nice positions/activities for FFM threesomes? Or good non-pornographic resources for same. Very new to this... [more inside]
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]
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]
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 enom.com. 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]
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]
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.
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]
Man-filter: Why does the scrotum tighten and pull up close against the body when you have stomach problems? [more inside]
Where can I eat decent barbecue in or near Gastonia, North Carolina? [more inside]
How do I give an incentive requiring an independent contractor to meet certain goals without creating an employer/employee relationship? [more inside]
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]
Does anyone have anecdotes, experience or advice regarding home-canning home-made mustard or barbecue sauce? [more inside]
What books and movies have helped you define what it means to be a man? [more inside]
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]
What is a good smart-ish phone usable with Verizon's inexpensive data plan? [more inside]
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]
How to transfer video from a Mac and burn on a Blu-Ray PC? [more inside]
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.
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]
Need suggestions for a computer chair (Toronto, Canada) [more inside]
Phone headphone socket with FieldTurf crumb rubber particle deep inside. How to remove? [more inside]
I want to implement a simple barcode inventory system, but this has lead to surprisingly complicated questions. [more inside]
What should I do with all the old cable and power cords I have? Donate? Arts and crafts? Recycle? [more inside]
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?
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?
How do I create a forced splash-page or homepage for people using my WiFi hotspot? [more inside]
Help me figure out how to pay people in our new company. [more inside]
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]
Early spay/neuter for puppy at seven weeks old. OK or no? [more inside]
I've got issues - big complicated medical issues. Help me find a primary care doctor in Kansas City. (TMI lurks within.) [more inside]
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]
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]
PlumbingFilter: Where is this water coming from and how do I make it stop? [more inside]
I need instrumental music that would work well for a kids movie soundtrack! [more inside]
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?
EndoFilter: Have you followed an Endometriosis Diet? Did radical changes to your diet mitigate your symptoms? [more inside]
Please recommend your favorite non-heavy boardgames. [more inside]
Help me get back on academic track as I recover from depression. [more inside]
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?
"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.
Help me find some Hip Hop songs about dances. [more inside]
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]
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]
What are some net-capable multiplayer games that a friend and I can play on our low-end laptops? [more inside]
Why will 3D TVs be successful when 3D PC games weren't? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
I’m trying to decide how best to spend my limited advertising budget. [more inside]
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)
Cheap transportation between Prague/Vienna and Graz? [more inside]
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]
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?
What are these weeds/trees/green things that are all over my yard, and can I do anything about them? [more inside]
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!
In what popular magazine did I first read about the 1990 study "Attractive faces are only average" (I think that was it)? [more inside]
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]
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]
Looking for a specific list of design fundamentals / best-practices. [more inside]
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]
Help me scan my legal documents. [more inside]
Please help me make my new computer case a little more snazzy. [more inside]
How do I say “Happy birthday, stepbrother!” in Latin? [more inside]
Why does my tooth pain get so much worse after each antibiotic dose? [more inside]
Is there a good resource online for reviews of literature geared towards early-teens? [more inside]
Cirque du Soleil: O - question about audience participation (spoilers inside) [more inside]
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!
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]
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?
The apartment opposite mine is being rented weekly by prostitutes. [more inside]
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]
I want a long lasting, good looking, custom, temporary tattoo. [more inside]
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]
Seeking suggestions for remote desktop services to assist an elderly computer user. [more inside]
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?
Restaurant recommendations in D.C. that are loose on IDs. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Best way to put an image on dress: screen printing or fusible interfacing and machine sewing? [more inside]
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.
What are some examples of ways in which companies have driven customers to order online rather than a physical location? [more inside]
Screen printing for very cheap. I have printer inks for pigment, what can I use for a medium/binder? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How do I prepare for a second career now, before I want one? [more inside]
Where can I buy Terra Chips at wholesale prices? [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm trying to recover an .ODS file from OpenOffice that was accidentally deleted. Can you help me get the "header"? [more inside]
Suggestions for how can I get DeviantART to give me my profits? [more inside]
How do I log the ip addresses of people who visit my website or download my publication? [more inside]
Should my friend file a complaint against his doctor and, if so, how? [more inside]
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]
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]
My 7-year-old daughter wants her BFF to spend the night. BFF is a boy. Is that ok? [more inside]
Help me choose a destination for a one-day ski trip near Boulder, CO. [more inside]
Does anyone know what this song is? [more inside]
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.
Is it possible to configure Outlook to automatically create reminders when emails are flagged for follow-up? Thanks!
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]
What are your best sources for online science fiction / fantasy / horror short stories? [more inside]
Please help me understand the relationship between force and power via this little thought experiment I dreamed up. [more inside]
I've been given a (supposedly) blank check to get myself the best work desktop that I can. [more inside]
What is the best way for an American to get an office job in Europe? [more inside]
This clogged toilet is giving me hell....help! [more inside]
Help me figure out if my dream comics career is worth pursuing. No wait, that's too easy to answer. [more inside]
Help me find/remember this "odd" fairy tale short cartoon series [more inside]
Looking for an article or a radio story about baseball as a uniquely American sport. [more inside]
How bad an idea would it be to try to buy a condo before the new homeowner credit deadline (April 30th)? [more inside]
What is the history of Las Vegas showgirls, and especially their costumes? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!
Sex interest filter [more inside]
Civil ceremony! What's it gonna be like? We're gettin' hitched in DC. [more inside]
Seeking ideas for discouraging piracy of a DVD which has a small potential audience of only a few thousand, well-connected people. [more inside]
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]
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?
Make/Carpentry Filter: I am a milliner (hat maker) and I desperately need some new wooden forms. Here's the rub... [more inside]
Flowery interpretations needed for a list of billiard house rules. [more inside]
Follow me inside for a bunch of questions about co-sleeping with an older child. [more inside]
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]
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]
How much does writing in books decrease their value? [more inside]
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]
Any examples of well-designed web sites in the industrial/engineering/manufacturing industry? [more inside]
Does anyone have any recommendations for a good painter and decorator who will work on my house located in South West London? [more inside]
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]
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.
Did my cat's tapeworm medicine fail? [more inside]
A diamond can't be scratched. But can a diamond be crushed? [more inside]
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]
I am a "small-time" real estate investor...got 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]
How much should the uncertainty of housing prices affect one's decision of buying a house in this market ? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
What are some good books or other resources on rock climbing technique? [more inside]
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]
Should I publish research I did while moonlighting? [more inside]
No job, loads of "savings" being burnt in rent, financially illiterate [more inside]
How can I viscerally understand distributed revision control? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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?
Mac users: is there an easy way to export a large number of photos and videos from the Photo Booth application? [more inside]
What is this plasticky hair in a pore on my cheekbone? [more inside]
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!
Why can't I stream HD movies wirelessly over my home network? [more inside]
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]
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.)
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]
Help us plan our vacation! [more inside]
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]
I play Hold 'em on PokerStars, are there any extensions, add-ons, etc that I should be using? [more inside]
How do I get experience to figure out if an animation/game design or illustration oriented career is for me?
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]
Building a new garage. It will include a dedicated space for brewing fabulous beer. Technical design and planning questions inside. [more inside]
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]
Where can I find heavyweight, textured paper suitable for an invitation in Manhattan or northern New Jersey? [more inside]
What is the typeface used in the subtitles of the American release of "Un prophète" (A Prophet)? [more inside]
How can I set tempera paint stains on my jeans? [more inside]
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?
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?
Taking a recently divorced friend to New Orleans for a weekend to celebrate his singledom -- any recommendations? [more inside]
Is anyone aware of 3rd-party reviews or search tools for Literotica.com? [more inside]
How do I wirelessly sync hundreds of photos from my iPhone? Without hundreds of clicks. [more inside]
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]
easy to understand resources on tort law? [more inside]
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]
What kind of truck/bus/car is this? I'm guessing it was pretty old when the picture was taken in 1952.
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]
Wordpress and MySQL-savvy coders, please help me do something. [more inside]
Why do people tweet in code? [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for an awesome couples therapist in Philadelphia. [more inside]
I'm looking for advice on what mountain bike to buy for a long off-road tour. [more inside]
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]
How to buy a bicycle or motorbike in Rome to use for a summer in Italy? [more inside]
How annoyed should I be? (Photographer/videographer issue) [more inside]
Who (other than Google App Engine) offers cloud computing solutions measured by usage rather than time ? More inside ... [more inside]
Where can I pay to drive a bulldozer for fun in the San Francisco Bay area or the Mid-Atlantic region? [more inside]
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]
Any recommendations for scanning / PDF management software for my Mac that is cheap or, better yet, free? [more inside]
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]
Can I include past consulting clients on a resume, even if I haven't actually been employed by them? [more inside]
What is that wire in his ear? [more inside]
What Seattle neighborhood is like Brooklyn's Sunset Park? [more inside]
Is it possible to bend the bridge of my sunglasses to make the fit better? [more inside]
Interesting things to do? Time available - six months (Sept. Feb. inclusive). Location - anywhere. [more inside]
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.
What are good sources of funding for travel & summer courses in grad school? [more inside]
I'm looking for a support group in NJ, can you help? [more inside]
DebtFilter: should I declare bankruptcy before leaving the USA for a long time? Details within. [more inside]
Not ballroom wedding venues in Boise ID [more inside]
How do you pronounce magret? [more inside]
How do you get the maximum renewal effect from a short vacation? [more inside]
When I buy a DVD at a retailer, where does the money go? [more inside]
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]
What just happened on C-Span? There was some health care related vote. What exactly did that vote decide? [more inside]
Looking for a newsletter / emailing list for art exhibitions, openings and galleries in New York City [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good book for teaching children about the virtue of patience? [more inside]
Not sure if I should go to a conference or not due to imminent resignation. [more inside]
Using photo of the President for a "for profit" parody enterprise? Guide me, MeFi! [more inside]
Does anyone know a good psychotherapist / psychologist in Melbourne? some details inside for what I need. [more inside]
Video camera for a runner? [more inside]
What do I do with lemongrass, mushrooms and soup greens? [more inside]
I'm trying to bake a cake from a German recipe, help me with archaic and confusing conversions! [more inside]
Studying Early Childhood Education and need to study it in Spain. What are good programs that are affordable (also through Financial Aid)?
What are good foreign exchange or study abroad programs in Spain, Italy, or England for Early Childhood Education and Development? [more inside]
How do I hide puffy nipples as a guy? [more inside]
Is there a name for this little island in Ricmond, VA? What is it?!
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]
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 :)
How do I run a utility on every font? [more inside]
Does anyone know what this piece of writing was and where I might find it? [more inside]
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?
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.
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]
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]
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]
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?
Why does Twitter search find some tweets but not others? [more inside]
Is a portrait shooting with a professional photographer an appropriate 40th wedding anniversary gift? [more inside]
What is killing my habanero pepper plant, and how do I save it? [more inside]
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]
Is there such thing as an aroma class, for recognizing component aromas in food and spices? [more inside]
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]
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]
As a kid (I'm 58) I remember a toy record player that, when used special records, played an animation... [more inside]
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]
Where could I get a bed rest that has a 100% cotton exterior and some sort of natural stuffing (cotton, beans, whatever)?
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]
I am looking for sites where I can read classic comic books online. Any suggestions?
Having trouble finding a laptop that meets my requirements, do MeFites have any suggestions? [more inside]
Who should I follow on Twitter, that will reliably transmit immediate results of each of the House Health Care votes taking place on Sunday?
Water leaking from an upstairs apartment seems to be short-circuiting a ceiling light. How dangerous and how urgent is this problem? [more inside]
I am looking help with the process of formatting my iMac (2007) hard drive and restoring it with Super Duper. [more inside]
I need recommendations for Memorial Day weekend with two teenagers in Omaha, please. [more inside]
Can the hive mind recommend a reasonably-priced Seiko watch repair place in San Francisco? [more inside]
Which SSD will work with Bootcamp on my 2008 MBP? [more inside]
How can I listen to televised movies on my computer? [more inside]
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.
How long do intellectual-property clauses typically last? [more inside]
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]
I will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico for one day. What cheap activities should I do? [more inside]
What other secret, magic foods can I buy and eat? Bonus points for being local to Washington or the Pacific Northwest. [more inside]
I'm making a video (think Steve Irwin or Jeff Corwin) outside, and want to know about what makeup to wear. [more inside]
What can I grow indoors in 4-inch clay pots? [more inside]
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]
Do really good looking guys ever ask for the numbers of women they don't know? [more inside]
Got my connectivity/internet issues fixed yesterday. But what was the problem? I don't understand what the tech guy told me. [more inside]
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]
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 email@example.com. Thanks!
How can I learn to be more dominant in bed? (NSFW) [more inside]
Does anyone know of any Catholic priests or parishes in the Cleveland area that will issue a godparent sponsor letter quickly? [more inside]
My dog's bark has become high pitched and hoarse. Cause for concern? [more inside]
What role does Rush Limbaugh serve in society seen from an anthropological/ sociological point of view?
How do I improve on memory and answering questions? [more inside]
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.
What should I consider before going to interview my Great Great Uncle? [more inside]
Using Wikipedia content and photos in an iPhone application. How to proceed? [more inside]
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.
Is Moroccan Hair Oil safe to use? Is pure Argan oil better, or will it make my hair smell like goat droppings? [more inside]
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]
Collegedorkfilter: He's acting like he's in love with me, and I feel the same, but he seems to have another girl.
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]
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]
[First Aid] Central America: Came across an unconscious boy on the side of the road - how should I have responded?
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]
How do I qualify for an in-school deferment on my CitiAssist loans? [more inside]
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.
What film, TV or literary female characters begin as adversaries and end up friendly? [more inside]
What are some good PS3 games for kids in kindergarten and 1st grade? [more inside]
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]
Sometime in the late seventies a story appeared in a Jewish kids' magazine; I'm fairly sure it was World Over. [more inside]
What leads to congress assembling on the weekend? [more inside]
Ouch! Is pore extraction good for my skin? [more inside]
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]
Recommend me art that will blow my mind. [more inside]
What is the best way to ensure better quality picture uploads to Facebook? [more inside]
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]
Plot question about the first season of Damages. (Beware spoilers.) [more inside]
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]
Hello, is this you? Yes it's me. Oh, sorry, I was looking for a different you. With your same number. And first name.
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]
I need a recommendation for laundry/dry cleaning in Hell's Kitchen NYC area. [more inside]
What does soap smell like? [more inside]
i'm looking for a place in richmond to grab dinner and watch the ncaa tournament tomorrow night. [more inside]
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]
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]
This is the inside of my A/C. Am I going to die? [more inside]
I'm looking for the best AM3 motherboard out there quality wise under 200 USD. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Who are the living legends? [more inside]
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]
Help me to understand the mentality of those Americans who are opposed to Obama's national health-care plan. [more inside]
Please translate this English to German: [more inside]
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]
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]
what's the difference between speed and ice?
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]
Which bible should I read? [more inside]
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?
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]
Is there something like Toastmasters for writing, specifically the functional, everyday kind? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
Applying to jobs online vs. submitting a resume and cover letter in person. [more inside]
My refrigerator isn't running, so I can't go catch it. [more inside]
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]
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]
Are there some interesting places to stop from Asheville to D.C.? [more inside]
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]
Small dark spot on ceiling wasn't there before. Should I be immediately concerned? [more inside]
Please suggest some songs that I could play on a guitar in D tuning. [more inside]
Is there a site for music like "Rotten Tomatoes? [more inside]
Where should I purchase roller skates in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
What are your favorite albums from the 70s or 80s that feature synthesizers or electric combo organs?
What are your favorite albums from the 70s or 80s that feature synthesizers or electric combo organs (think Farfisa or Vox)?
I'm at SXSW, I want to see some punk tonight, and I don't have a badge (or wristband). Is there any hope?
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]
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]
Has Woody Allen seen Miami Rhapsody? [more inside]
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-
I want to make an extra $500 over 3 months. Looking for ways to achieve this modest goal. [more inside]
I need blunt, direct advice about a recent brief crush. [more inside]
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]
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]
Need to be tactful in a tough situation. How do I go about it? [more inside]
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]
How can I take advantage of a long road trip to learn about entrepreneurship and niche marketing? [more inside]
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]
Can I stream from a Seagate Dockstar to my XBMC-running Xbox? [more inside]
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]
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.
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.
Need anti-bored ideas while wrist injury is healing. [more inside]
TreasureHuntFilter: looking for devilishly puzzling clues for a grown-up birthday treasure hunt. [more inside]
Punk rock love songs? [more inside]
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]
how can i practice mindfulness when my brain's default is mindlessness? [more inside]
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]
Does a nose piercing emphasize or distract from a large nose? [more inside]
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?
Wireless Router Doesn't Work [more inside]
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?
Where can I buy or order pinha fruit AKA "sugar apples" in the United States, specifically Massachusetts? [more inside]
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.
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]
Does anyone know if people die of starvation in the United States? [more inside]
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?
Is it possible to automate the process of editing two word documents, converting them to pdfs, merging them, and then emailing? [more inside]
How can I remove an evil smell from my kitchen cupboard? [more inside]
What potato varieties are suitable for growing in potato towers? [more inside]
My MacBook's keyboard mysteriously changed to Dvorak! How can I tell if someone messed with my computer? [more inside]
How / where do I get a proper allergy or food intolerance test? [more inside]
What determines semen color (and does mine mean I'm sterile?). [more inside]
Our house was broken into. But nothing was taken. What's going on? [more inside]
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?
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]
I'm moving apartments and I have an aquarium of fish I am growing to hate. [more inside]
Help me learn to ride a motorcycle [more inside]
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]
[Boston filter] We're thinking of going bowling tonight. Where? [more inside]
I was accepted by UCLA. Now what? [more inside]
How much selfishness is normal in a relationship? [more inside]
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]
Newbie landlord in training - how can I help a person in desperate need AND be business savvy? (Long winded, please forgive me). [more inside]
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]
What can I do to help my mother deal with all her friends dying of old age? [more inside]
Looking for a HD camcorder. [more inside]
Is it possible to copy your safari browser session from your iPhone to a Mac? [more inside]
Anyone have tips on upgrading JBoss 4.2 to 5.1? [more inside]
Newton, MA: What not to miss? [more inside]
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]
I shouldn't be worried that my child was accidentally given another woman's breastmilk. Right? [more inside]
How can my family celebrate my dad's 77th birthday? Twist: no food. [more inside]
Is it possible to use another email address as my default send as in outlook 2007. I have my personal email account firstname.lastname@example.org 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@example.com email is my outlook profile. thank you
Turning 30 next week. Is it too late to start taking care of my skin? [more inside]
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]
Why does my face powder smell like pee? [more inside]
How can I convert a video into a powerpoint? [more inside]
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?
road trip USA: my wife and I will drive from Las Vegas to NYC mid-april. Any suggestions on the itinerary? [more inside]
Why does the Seagate Barracuda ES.2 cost almost twice as much as the 7200.12 for the same capacity? [more inside]
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]
Perfect gift for someone who recently got into dirt biking? [more inside]
Where's the "use the loofa!" video? [more inside]
What is the best most comfortable pillow in the world? [more inside]
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]
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!
Tell me about refinishing hardwood floors. [more inside]
Where do I find web designers that can work with Tumblr? [more inside]
How can I paint my bathroom once and for all? My steamy showers seem to obliterate paint. [more inside]
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]
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]
How do I prove that the scientific method works? [more inside]
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]
I need some quotes/ideas on IT hardware...and have to generate a proposal in 12 hours! [more inside]
I'm looking for software to help streamline production scheduling in a small business. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What are the most difficult books you have ever read? [more inside]
Does bison or buffalo meat have the same drawbacks as beef? [more inside]
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]
Should I stay at this job or should I go? [more inside]
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]
Can you recommend a placement agency for a CIO/CTO/Director level position in IT? [more inside]
How do I use Facebook to my advantage for graduate school? [more inside]
I have ~$100K in student debt...from undergrad. A very long story with legal, emotional and financial questions after the jump. [more inside]
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]
Email replies going to a different address than the one sent from in Thunderbird. [more inside]
Where in Chicago should my mother and I go shoe shopping? [more inside]
What are some different ways that businesses try to hoodwink customers? [more inside]
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]
Why did Wes Craven make "Wes Craven's New Nightmare"? [more inside]
This American Life music identification needed: I've looked in all the usual places. [more inside]
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]
Please tell me about the current state of the art for blog and/or content management systems? [more inside]
Are there any optical illusions that give the illusion of motion / general tripy-ness on a computer monitor at 32x32 pixels? [more inside]
Thunderbird is downloading all my emails for the last 9 months (all 6k of them) - help! [more inside]
Advise for renovating/landscaping the trashed up corner lot out my window. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How far back in history can I go before the English language I know and love is of no use to me? [more inside]
I have a leather bag with a couple small punctures in it, where should I take it in Manhattan for repair?
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]
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]
Question on paying off student loans. [more inside]
Why did I sweat so profusely when I donated blood? [more inside]
Group shoots in the DC area, or general safety/learning tips for a model just starting out? [more inside]
i'm trying to transfer contacts from a nokia E51 to a blackberry. [more inside]
Which version of Quickbooks I should use, online or software? [more inside]
Unauthorized transfer of cash INTO my paypal account. What is going on? [more inside]
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]
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]
Why do my headphones whine when going through security sensors? [more inside]
Where can a 40 year-old dude go in the Tempe/Chandler AZ area to be (sort of) social? [more inside]
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?
What should I do about elevated iron level. [more inside]
Living without a car: Would you choose downtown Portland or downtown Seattle? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
18 People traveling together! How do we arrange this without going crazy? [more inside]
Where on the internet do you go with your questions, when you can't ask the hive mind? [more inside]
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]
How can I get a 100% objective assessment of the way I look? [more inside]
I'm looking for online voting software with a few specific requirements. [more inside]
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]
It's census time. I'd like to share as little as possible. What's the minimum requirement? [more inside]
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?
Looking for things to do on road trip from New York to Virginia, tomorrow. [more inside]
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]
A space in or near Camden (London, UK) we can take over to build kites and paper planes? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
How can we best plan upgrading within our new apartment? [more inside]
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?
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]
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!
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]
Could use some help finding an appropriate job title [more inside]
Please tell me about raising pigeons. [more inside]
Songs for freedom? [more inside]
Where can I find cute, comfortable shoes for flat female feet that stand for 10 hours a day? [more inside]
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]
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.
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?
What's the name of the song at the beginning of Antonioni's L'Avventura? It's not on the soundtrack. [more inside]
How do abnormal periods affect the timing/use of pregnancy tests? (Subtitled: should I be concerned for my girlfriend and I?) [more inside]
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]
Has the California Energy Commission ever issued a CEQA statement of overriding consideration on a power plant siting case? [more inside]
I'm considering going to Korea to teach English, but am having some doubts. Should I still do this? [more inside]
What can I do to make life easier on my family and i? (were broke) [more inside]
Five holes in the countertop, four things to put in them. What should I put in the fifth? [more inside]
Useful resources for teaching high-school students about alternative energy? [more inside]
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]
Boyfriend violated probation and no unlawful contact order, what's next? [more inside]
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]
Are there any web-comic written in the disjoint style of Sleater-Kinney's songwriting? [more inside]
Online dating and marital status disclosure: when and how do you do it? [more inside]
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?
What curriculum/books should I follow to teach 2 students one in the 7th grade and one in 8th grade that are homeschooling?
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]
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]
Help, Nikon Lens broke and I'm in the middle of nowhere [more inside]
How can I get my T'ej (mead) to ferment in a cool climate? [more inside]
Is there any hope for my recently soaked laptop? [more inside]
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]
Is weblocal.ca's use of Flickr photos illegal? [more inside]
What criteria make two people compatible, relationship-wise? [more inside]
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]
Can I see how an image of me has been used on the internet? [more inside]
Hebei Sings For A New Century's Spring – Hebei Television's 2001 Spring Festival Special Evening Presentation (燕赵新歌世纪春——2001年河北电视台春节联欢晚会)
Translators! How do you handle proper nouns? Especially the obscure ones? [more inside]
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.
Does anyone know of or have a UK Pension which has low annual fees? [more inside]
Should I respond to this guy's text message or ignore him? [more inside]
Is the name "Magnolia Investigations" a reference to a TV show or movie or book? [more inside]
How screwed am I from eating food out of a microwaved bowl? [more inside]
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]
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.?
Short but sweet, can someone more green-fingered than me tell me which flowers are in these bouquets?
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]
Did a squirrel deliberately pee on my head? [more inside]
Getting involved in international development - Is an MPH right for me? If so, is now a good time? [more inside]
Why does flash let me load from one url but not the other [more inside]
Recommend a good fertility doctor/reproductive endocrinologist in NYC? [more inside]
Help me get myself down to 5-10 essential fonts I can put on my Ubuntu machine for free. [more inside]
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?
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]
Help me be less bothered by my husband's habit of worrying things and gnawing on them. [more inside]
Help me choose a cheap espresso machine. I know, I know...contradiction in terms. Bear with me... [more inside]
I am cutting and pasting pages of a .pub doc to an Outlook email and some of the articles are cutting off. [more inside]
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]
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]
Exquisite island relaxing music. Is it Hawaiian? Maori? [more inside]
I fear I'm slowly but surely becoming Mr. Magoo. Is there anything I can do to preserve my eyesight? [more inside]
How can I constructively get my 4 year old to get up and get ready in the morning? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do I restore my XP backup file onto my new Mac? [more inside]
What are some great bars in Boston for st. Patrick's day? [more inside]
Is cement polishing a viable and cost-effective way to treat cement floors that have been carpeted for decades? [more inside]
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]
Do men have hormonal cycles? [more inside]
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]
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]
looking for a clue on a circuit bendier/musician how uses big macs to make music. possibly relates to this video hack.
Why does my blood sugar bottom out after I eat an egg-white omelette? [more inside]
How do I know the subfloor is rotting/rotted? Plumber came by and mentioned this about the bathroom; how bad is it? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Best gear for camping with a toddler? [more inside]
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]
How can I get rid of my puppy's diarrhea? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
“That’s so gay”: How do you ask/remind people to be a little bit more sensitive without being a buzzkill in social situations?
“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]
Where does (my) laziness come from? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
i'm trying to locate a copy of a sketch from a comedy show i believe was 'alas smith and jones'; [more inside]
Another installment of GiddyAdventuresInHouseRevonationFilter! How to make the most of an awkward (narrow and enclosed) under stairs space? [more inside]
Looking for a children's book about bunnies going on an airplane. [more inside]
What are the implications of remodeling away bedrooms? [more inside]
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]
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]
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
What problem does "open enrollment" solve for employers or insurance companies? [more inside]
Looking for a Faulkner passage which I believe was in The Town or The Hamlet. [more inside]
What instrument is Neko Case playing in this photo?
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]
We love Thai food! What's your favorite Thai cookbook? [more inside]
Are there any websites that hook up editors with students willing to pay for paper-editing? [more inside]
What's new in university teaching technology? [more inside]
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]
Video cognascenti: Why is it that video and audio are so easily desynchronized? [more inside]
Looking for some resources for explaining a programming career to middle school kids. [more inside]
Why are boxes and packaging so very often bilingual with English and French specifically? [more inside]
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]
Can I make a decaleur? If not, which should I buy? [more inside]
How do I make her trust me and save the relationship? [more inside]
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]
He's the man of my dreams (literally) and I want to stop thinking about him. How can I let go? [more inside]
How can I link my domain URL (www.domain.com) to a static homepage on Wordpress. Please don't say "change the reading setting", because that totally doesn't work. [more inside]
What is the job market like in Manchester (UK)? [more inside]
How should I handle types, varieties and errors in my coin collecting database? [more inside]
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]
I'm 34, female, and I don't expect to have children. How do I cope with being in the minority? [more inside]
I'm a photographer and one of my photos was used wit