March 2012 Archives

March 31
How do I obtain newer Foreign Service Institute language learning coursework and education materials? [more inside]
posted by andendau at 10:45 PM PST - 3 comments

I haven't been able to use certain items or do certain things until I feel my life has "started." How can I break this thought pattern? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:40 PM PST - 56 comments

Are there any places to purchase costume jewelry with lab/synthetic stones in higher quality settings? Costume jewelry always seems to have cheap settings, which don't look particularly nice (or feel very good to wear). Is there a place to get nicer looking/feeling costume jewelry? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:33 PM PST - 11 comments

I need help coming up with a name for a fitness team. [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain at 9:25 PM PST - 8 comments

I want to get a cat. I think. How do I know if this is a good idea? What does cat ownership entail? Is this too much? Feeling overwhelmed and in need of calm, soothing, authoritative advice. [more inside]
posted by firstbest at 9:05 PM PST - 36 comments

Should I ask this girl to a date this summer? If so, how should I ask? [more inside]
posted by Thisispiggy at 9:01 PM PST - 14 comments

What other supplements cause extreme flushing like niacin? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss at 8:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Help save a shirt that got all weird after Rit Color Remover [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 7:59 PM PST - 6 comments

i go bike riding from time to time for exercise, almost always on hike/bike trails. generally, if i'm passing someone, i don't say anything, if it looks like they're clearly to the right, and if there is room to pass on the left. if they're in the left a bit or look like they're wobbling or not paying attention, i'll give a strong "to your left!" [more inside]
posted by camdan at 7:43 PM PST - 62 comments

Can anyone read this Korean text? Trying to buy tickets on Jeju Air's English website but a dialog box pops up in Korean. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

I've order a bunch of computer parts from Newegg and am going to build my own computer, hopefully not wrecking anything in the process. (I even picked up an antistatic cuff and mat today, to be safe) Thing is, I'm thinking of adding an 100-120gb SSD to the parts list to go along with the 1TB spinning hard drive. How do I set up having two hard drives like this, with the OS and other often-used essential programs on the SSD and everything else on the "slow" drive? I'm new at all of this--I don't think I've ever even looked at a BIOS before, let alone assembled a system. [more inside]
posted by Decimask at 7:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me identify this pest affecting my aromatic herbs (w/ microscope picture) and your suggestions on Pyrethrin [more inside]
posted by elpapacito at 7:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me arrange a comfortable living space for comfy sitting around with friends, reading, watching tv. See the sketch up and photo of the room here (not my furniture, this is previous owners). Most interested in suggestions for type of furniture (e.g. 2 chairs, a sofa, a coffee table this size and shape) and where it should go, but specifics ("this sofa", "paint this colour") good too! [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat at 7:01 PM PST - 8 comments

High quality, custom built wood furniture. Where does one find such a thing? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:53 PM PST - 20 comments

I'm looking for a book that was out around 1997 (the last time I remember physically seeing it) that detailed lots of different mechanical machines Chris Ware had designed/made, many of them coin-operated. I really should've just coughed up and bought it right then, because I've never laid eyes on it since, and no bookshop staff have been able to identify it. Do you know what book this is, or what it's part of, and if by chance it's still in print? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday at 6:32 PM PST - 10 comments

I need a slim iPhone holster, and I can't find one for the iPhone4. [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel at 5:47 PM PST - 7 comments

I am an English speaker learning Russian. I am also interested in the recent protest movements in and around Moscow. Where are the forums/twitter accounts/facebook accounts/blogs where opinions are being formed? They will be used as a resource in learning the language and understanding contemporary russian politics.
posted by 221bbs at 5:18 PM PST - 6 comments

I need to take Human Anatomy and Physiology as pre-req's for Occupational Therapy school. Those courses require that you have taken Bio 101 with a Lab, which I did not take in college (graduated in 2006). My questions are: how lost will I be if I do not take Bio 101 first (college classes sure are expensive!), and is this something that the community college where I want to take Anatomy will even check? [more inside]
posted by imalaowai at 5:13 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm staying in a stranger's home. They have a smooth-top stove. If it is an induction stove then I can use my moka pot on it. If it's not then I can't. How can I determine whether or not it is?
posted by resiny at 5:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Where do lots of younger people around Silicon Valley go to walk/run/play with their dogs? Anywhere between Redwood City-ish down to Santa Cruz would be great! (By younger people I mean 20's to early 30's or so)
posted by anonymousme at 5:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Can anyone suggest a place to buy reasonably priced t-shirt fabric, online or in the general Albuquerque area? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 4:59 PM PST - 3 comments

How much to spend on a used Bike? (Chicago) [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian at 4:42 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I get my drywell draining properly again? [more inside]
posted by cmaxmagee at 4:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help my 25 year old, uninsured brother get medical attention in Portland, OR for what we think is a hernia. Time is of the essence because he absolutely needs to get this taken care of before returning to Alaska in late May to fish for the summer. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 4:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it safe to put rags with Murphy's Oil Soap on them in the dryer? (I'm putting them in the washer first, obviously, but all the warnings on my dryer about oil and grease are making me nervous.
posted by ohmygoodnplenty at 3:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a funky "speculative archeology" picture book from the mid-nineties in which archeologists discover 20th century items and ponder what they may have been used for. [more inside]
posted by menialjoy at 2:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Method for systematic thinking/problem solving? Business, personal, institutional. [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 1:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I trust a web browser's language preference setting to determine whether to provide Spanish-language content to Latino immigrants to the U.S.? (NB: This isn't a technical question, it's a social question.) [more inside]
posted by waldo at 1:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Boston Late 90s Fliter: Looking to find out what happened to a fantastic musician by the name dahlia? He was extremely popular with the first job out of uni crowd, then all of sudden disappeared. Amazing original stuff and covers of strong female artists like Ani Difricanco and more - this was 1996-1998? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 1:16 PM PST - 1 comments

Is a memory foam mattress topper a good idea? [more inside]
posted by vers at 1:04 PM PST - 25 comments

What is the best solution for a small business to run credit card payments for small purchases with a mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by i_wear_boots at 12:50 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm in downtown Chicago today and we're looking for a good place to watch the Final Four games this evening. Requirements: good food, reasonable beer selection, and a laid back area where we can grab a table and hang out for a couple hours. Thanks in advance!
posted by chrisamiller at 12:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Just moved to the UK. What TV should I watch? [more inside]
posted by superfish at 12:06 PM PST - 21 comments

How much did long distance telephone calls cost in the late 1970s and early 1980s? I'm mainly interested in hearing about rates for the USA but data from other countries would be welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 11:58 AM PST - 21 comments

Another health-insurance question - how to deal with an unexpected loss of coverage for my GF. Which of our options is best? [more inside]
posted by FreelanceBureaucrat at 11:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Is late May into June an OK time to visit London? (I'd like to avoid the peak travel season and wading through crowds of tourists and students on holiday.) [more inside]
posted by eeby at 11:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Were there significant pauses between commercials and tv programming in the past? [more inside]
posted by marimeko at 11:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Can you give me recommendations for portable, yet powerful speakers for a laptop? Audio quality not necessarily the #1 priority. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 11:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Just bought a Kindle for my 11 year old daughter (haven't given it to her yet). As far as I can tell, there are no parental controls. How should I set it up so I can manage the content she's reading and limit her ability go on a digital spending spree? [more inside]
posted by punocchio at 11:37 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me learn how to help people come to their own conclusions and learn from their previous experiences in a friendly manner. (Warning: super long explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger at 11:36 AM PST - 24 comments

How much do I charge to paint two small rooms for a friend? [more inside]
posted by xingcat at 11:10 AM PST - 10 comments

What's the best way to determine how much sun our back patio gets? And what's the best way to plant an urban garden on a concrete back patio? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 11:04 AM PST - 14 comments

poll: should I drink coffee? After 10 years of being a caffeine addict (started when I was 16!), I quitted in January, cold turkey. No coffee, no diet cokes, no energy drinks. It sucked, a lot, for about two weeks. All I get now is an occasional cup of white or green tea, that's it. This week has been unusually exhausting, and the next three days are probably going to be the most testing of my life. I am really tempted to drink coffee, but will it actually help? Will it just fxxx me up? Will I become addicted again?
posted by atetrachordofthree at 10:28 AM PST - 32 comments

I'm leaving the country for three months. Where do I store my car in Chicago during that time? Graduate student, so the cheaper the better...
posted by besonders at 10:07 AM PST - 5 comments

CollegeTransferFilter: I have been accepted at two colleges, with deposits due May 1. But I won't hear from the other schools until after May 1. Advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for some help getting some toys that seem to only be available in Asia. [more inside]
posted by never used baby shoes at 9:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me remember the NYTimes (?) article I read about the relationship between gender ratios and sexual dynamics on college campuses! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 9:32 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I express to my partner I'd like him to do thoughtful things for me without making him feel bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 AM PST - 16 comments

The recent Mega Millions lottery got me thinking: why don't wealthy individuals/corporations ever attempt to buy out the lottery? [more inside]
posted by lobbyist at 9:07 AM PST - 18 comments

I need help finding the title of a sci fi story I read once. [more inside]
posted by trojanhorse at 8:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Please help me brainstorm creative ways to leverage my professional experience and expat status. [more inside]
posted by lovermont at 8:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I tell my 71-year-old mother that some of her clothing is ridiculous? [more inside]
posted by semacd at 8:00 AM PST - 73 comments

What PCs should we buy? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 7:41 AM PST - 12 comments

What is going on in Philadelpia in mid-April? [more inside]
posted by Sukey Says at 5:55 AM PST - 8 comments

My thesis is in latex, with PDF graphics that I've made but without fonts embedded in them. The graphics all use the same fonts, so can I embed them only in one of the PDF input files, or do I need to do it for all of them? [more inside]
posted by kg at 3:15 AM PST - 4 comments

You are not my accountant, or my tax professional. I am just looking for a little help on how to proceed on our tax returns since purchasing a house. [more inside]
posted by santaliqueur at 1:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Do you know any recipes of stuff I could bake in a toaster oven? Muffins, bread, cookies, or even meals? What's your general rule of thumb when it comes to method and time of cooking? We're talking old school toaster oven here, I can only select the cooking time, not the degrees. [more inside]
posted by kitsuloukos at 1:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Perfume-filter: Do you find that the fragrances of different personal and beauty products clash when you use them? [more inside]
posted by Bufo_periglenes at 12:06 AM PST - 10 comments

March 30
I've lost a lot of weight in the past year and have gone from a size 14 to a size 8. After a few years of thinking it was just a metabolism/getting older thing, my doctor recently discovered my weight gain was caused by the beginning stages of hypothyroidism. (I ballooned 47 lbs. in a year and half.) After I started taking medication (and increasing my workouts,) the weight started dropping off. I was a size 4 before all the gain, so it's possible I might lose more. I have a lot of nice clothes that don't fit me anymore. Some pieces are really nice designer items and I'd like to keep them and protect my investment in them. Alterations are expensive, and buying new clothes isn't cheap, either. Is it worth it to learn how to sew and do my own alterations? Before I invest in a sewing machine and some classes, I want to know if this plan is doable. I know nothing about sewing, so is taking in clothes something that's complex and should be left to the professionals?
posted by matrushka at 10:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Buying a fixer upper worth it? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 9:39 PM PST - 30 comments

My Bodum french press is broken and I need a replacement part...but it isn't the carafe. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 9:32 PM PST - 14 comments

When an English Premier League team gets relegated down, what does that actually mean to the players, coaches, and fans. Do salaries plummet? Contracts expire? Do top players get recruited back up? For fans is it easier/cheaper to get tickets? What is the impact?
posted by ecorrocio at 9:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Are there any free cloud-based garden planning tools? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 8:56 PM PST - 6 comments

I like talking about books and writing, mostly literary fiction and genre fiction with a slant toward slipstream-style SF. Where can I find a group in Chicago to meet people like me? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 8:18 PM PST - 2 comments

A night nanny for newborns and multiples is a nanny for overnight so the parents can recoup lost sleep. If you were to hire such a person, then what qualities, qualifications, and skills would you look for?
posted by FunkyHelix at 8:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Please help me find some lesbian films that have a happy romantic ending. [more inside]
posted by CheshireCat at 7:57 PM PST - 37 comments

How do I make it easier to make and drink protein shakes with a limited selection? Bonus points for protein powder recommendations and shake recipes. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux at 7:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Quitting a prestigious job I really enjoyed but grew incompatible with, starting a new one that has more promise, but is still an unknown. I've listened the hell out of Moody Blues' "Story In Your Eyes" and Simple Minds' "Don't You." What other songs capture the essence of a bittersweet ending and an exciting but uncertain future?
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Is there an economic theory about monetary incentives doing more harm than good as economic utility becomes harder to determine/quantify? [more inside]
posted by deanklear at 6:44 PM PST - 10 comments

We're getting a divorce. We live in a rent controlled San Francisco apartment. We both refuse to leave and it's hell. Hivemind, please help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:34 PM PST - 38 comments

What's up with the proliferation of QR Codes? [more inside]
posted by mediocre at 5:33 PM PST - 37 comments

I have an open-plan office full of computers, about 75% Macs. We're considering putting in security cameras with a DVR. It seems to me that with all these computers (and a bunch of spares, at that) we could do this with what we have instead of paying a security company for dedicated hardware. What can I use to coordinate multiple webcams and do security-DVR-type stuff with them?
posted by mendel at 5:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Planning on going to Iceland this July. I'm looking for advice on must-see/do thing during this time of year in Iceland. Also, suggestions for incredibly amazing/maybe even life-changing music and art festivals during the summer there? [more inside]
posted by corn_bread at 4:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you help me find some science-based reasons to believe that therapy works? [more inside]
posted by feets at 3:29 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find good areas to stay in in Rome and Siena. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy at 2:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Buying-a-used-car-filter: please recommend a non-dealership mechanic in the Seattle/Redmond area who can check out a car for me before I buy it. The hard part: they need to be open tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by homodachi at 2:23 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I make peace with neighbors? [more inside]
posted by mild deer at 2:18 PM PST - 31 comments

I love my CPS2 JAMMA Super Puzzle Fighter arcade cabinet. The power supply for the CRT spontaneously caught fire (I think it's the CRT's PS). Help me save it! [more inside]
posted by doteatop at 2:16 PM PST - 7 comments

I've come to the conclusion that some therapy/counselling would help me a lot, but as a life-long introvert I find the idea very intimidating and nerve-wracking. Looking for tips and encouragement on starting therapy, and recommendations for a good, preferably female and affordable, therapist in Vancouver BC. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:16 PM PST - 12 comments

How much food does my dog need? If you can find a straight calories, carbs, etc. answer that doesn't need vast amounts of complicated math, I will be forever in your debt. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 2:07 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm interested in fiction books reminiscent of The Wicker Man and Harvest Home. Horror or mystery stories of strange nature cults/paganism/mystery religions...Not so much stories of Da Vince Code or Name of the Rose but more the former two titles.
posted by snap_dragon at 2:06 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm moving to Durham, NC. Help! [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 1:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Washington state law says gift certificates you buy can't have an expiry date. What does that really mean for the groupon, etc. vouchers I purchased that have expired? [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 1:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Secluded, lakeside camping near Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? at 1:33 PM PST - 8 comments

What determines where an application window opens in Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report at 1:30 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I prepare for a career in public relations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:59 PM PST - 6 comments

I feel like I'm losing my mind from grief due to a broken heart. The people I have tried to trust since my break-up have let me down (except for my one true friend and my therapist but they can only help so much and they are kind of like Saints). I'm scared of my paranoia (big business is corrupt and it rules our country without scruples -- today I decided Verilli must have been drugged by the GOP to have so royally flubbed the Health Care oral arguments which may not be insane but if it's true it makes me want to die). What can I do for myself in NYC to not lose my mind and keep growing as a person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:31 PM PST - 23 comments

There is an office collection for the Mega Millions lottery going on. My office has about 60 employees. Almost everybody has put money in the pot. The general consensus is that today would be the last day of work for any participants if we win. So, if we win, come Monday, our office would be vacant and the business (small-to-medium sized law firm) may need to shut down. Do you know of any accounts of something like that happening? Where the employees of a small business jointly won a large jackpot and quit en masse?
posted by SugarFreeGum at 12:27 PM PST - 14 comments

What organization or agency in the San Antonion area would I contact to request that they check in on a relative who's not returning phone calls? [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 12:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Our son (6 months) loves it when I sing to him, and I love singing to him too! I'm looking for great songs to sing to my baby. Bonus points for songs which have the word "baby" in them or ones which are fun but subversive. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 12:12 PM PST - 76 comments

If a vendor is listed on Angie’s list, does that IN ITSELF carry weight with you? Why? And as to the reviews, pro or con, how do you know they’re not fake?
posted by LonnieK at 12:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Plant Identification Filter: All sources say "elephant ear plant", but we're not entirely sure that's it. [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky at 11:50 AM PST - 11 comments

As mentioned in a previous question, I'll be moving to New Orleans in the fairly near future. I have a few questions and a need for reassurance. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 11:48 AM PST - 10 comments

As a tenant, what are my options when the landlord wants to break my lease? [more inside]
posted by Marinara at 11:46 AM PST - 16 comments

Should we store our baby's cord blood and if so, with whom? How do you judge all of the conflicting information on this? Can we delay cord clamping and still store the blood? [more inside]
posted by Original 1928 Flavor at 11:08 AM PST - 20 comments

Do you know of a cultural group that fits this phenotype? [more inside]
posted by ladypants at 10:30 AM PST - 16 comments

How to respond when new boyfriend grows distant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:19 AM PST - 48 comments

My Toronto-based shop has just received a huge collection of art house, cult, foreign, Criterion, out of print etc. DVDs. For obvious reasons I'd like to turn these over as quickly as possible. I posted to our web site and Craigslist to announce the titles, but what other online places do DVD people gather where I could post this news without it being considered spam? Thank you.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 9:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Game recommendations for Xbox 360 over System Link? [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel at 9:35 AM PST - 9 comments

I've recently started doing a sitting meditation, and when I do it in a cross-legged position sitting on a cushion, I'm having pain and sort of a numbness in my right mid back. I don't want to stop doing the sitting meditation--I'm finding it easier to meditate in a sitting position--but it hurts, and I'm worried I'm going to injure myself. [more inside]
posted by supercoollady at 9:00 AM PST - 26 comments

How can I be more consistent and organized with respect to my charitable donations? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 8:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Do you or anyone you know have personal experience as a Caucasian attending an historically Black college/university? African-Americans who work at or who have graduated from such institutions are also free to weigh in on the experiences of any White students/classmates they may have had. [more inside]
posted by lodie6 at 8:55 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for software that will help me schedule play and practice sessions for teams in a sports league. Ideally, the software would be free and be flexible enough to take into account: the number of teams, how many times each team should play each other, & the number of available fields. [more inside]
posted by woodman at 8:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me not get scammed on Ebay, please? I did some Spring cleaning and put a bunch of things on eBay. Everything was sold and delivered without a problem, except for one item that someone's claiming was already opened and probably used. [more inside]
posted by plaintiff6r at 8:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Please recommend a great JRPG based on some very specific likes and dislikes. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 8:29 AM PST - 34 comments

I'm recently divorced and just hopping back into dating. I feel like I'm calibrated all wrong and have no idea what passes for normal. I want you to tell me! Plenty of special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 17 comments

What sort of resources can I use to stabilize myself from my own anxiety-linked self-sabotage, and how can I utilize them while dodging my own anxiety triggers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Did you used to find running tedious and uncomfortable? Do you enjoy it now? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by Aubergine at 7:51 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me understand Google Chrome and sandboxing. [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 7:45 AM PST - 9 comments

If I take my possibly-water-damaged iPhone to the Apple Store, will they replace it on the spot or will they be able to see if there's life in it yet? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 7:03 AM PST - 20 comments

Five years ago, while either in Vietnam or Laos (memory is hazy), I was taken out to a remote working Buddhist monastery. We went by taxi and walked into the monastery at night. I managed to snap this picture before we went in. Can anyone tell me where I was?
posted by vacapinta at 5:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Getting a cat back on kibble? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA at 5:07 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm looking for examples of rants by historical figures, preferably pre-twentieth century, the more unhinged and colorful the better. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 5:02 AM PST - 28 comments

Windows XP and word 2002 refuse to recognize changes on a document made on a different machine. What gives? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 4:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Argh - Wrong Monitor (Secondary) displayed at start-up; can't therefore access any settings! How can I reset? [more inside]
posted by DrtyBlvd at 3:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Project based learning and interdisciplinary teaching! I'm a high school science teacher working with an enthusiastic English teacher and we're trying to find the best project ideas to use in summer school (and beyond if successful). [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 2:26 AM PST - 8 comments

I would like a video editing program for Windows 7 that does the following. I am willing to pay a modest amount, free is good, too. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 12:52 AM PST - 13 comments

March 29
Besides Shakespeare, who are the writers with the greatest wit and rhetorical skill? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 11:27 PM PST - 56 comments

From Music to IT to Neuroscience: Is this insane? (super long tedious details inside) [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature at 10:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Please be my crystal ball and tell me if I should get my MAT degree at Bard or Tufts University. I hate decisions in general, but in this case the financials are equal, I like both city and country, small settings and larger ones, and a longer haul seems only differently attractive than a short 1-year sprint, plus I probably can't break the tie by visiting. [more inside]
posted by reenka at 9:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Looking for a movie title: some years ago, an indie film, basic idea that the government is running a televised competition (much like Survivor), except to the death. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 9:41 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm looking for a cheaper alternative to the Marriott Marquis hotel in San Francisco. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo at 9:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Need help identifying an Impressionist painting. [more inside]
posted by MetalFingerz at 8:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Emergency laptop purchase in Madison WI or Las Vegas NV. I dropped mine on the hard world. I go to Vegas tomorrow for research. What and where should I buy. [more inside]
posted by Mngo at 8:34 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I change the location setting for Google search? [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy at 8:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a great talk therapist in Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 PM PST - 3 comments

What should I do about the gap between my concrete patio and the house? [more inside]
posted by johnxlibris at 7:09 PM PST - 13 comments

[manhattan-bar-filter] Looking for a place around Midtown Manhattan where 4 people can relax, drink, and play board games on a Friday night. [more inside]
posted by musicismath at 6:20 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm a novice programmer. Someone just took a recent Python web project of mine, rewrote it in Ruby, and published it as his own work. My code was open, and I don't really mind, but I'd like credit. How can I ask politely but firmly and avoid triggering a defense mechanism? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall at 6:18 PM PST - 18 comments

What happens to the two dollars I paid for a DVD? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 6:08 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I drill a 25mm hole through a single brick wall? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 6:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Need help with some of the details of buying a diving board for some poor Estonian kids [more inside]
posted by LordSludge at 5:33 PM PST - 6 comments

What do I need to do to keep my career moving? (engineer-filter) [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough at 5:30 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to make an awesome web resource, but have hit a wall on the technical side of it and need to know what to ask for. I want to make an image with a slider that reveals and hides different triggerable pop-ups depending on where you move the slider. [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 5:26 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I not bum people out when I tell them their software idea will be more costly and/or may not work as well as they think it will? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 4:58 PM PST - 12 comments

US/Colorado; I need a used but new to me truck, both to get around and to I hope pull a camping trailer. Due to divorce, unemployment, and other snowflake things I have a pretty tight budget, and will probably not be approved for financing. My credit score is Low. I have a new job and all is looking good though, so the future is bright. [more inside]
posted by digividal at 4:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Is court reporting at all a viable career option in this day and age? [more inside]
posted by shipsthatburn at 4:42 PM PST - 20 comments

I remember reading an interview in which Noam Chomsky made connections between his work in linguistics and his later political activism. Can anyone locate that interview, or perhaps another good essay that connects those two components of his career?
posted by mecran01 at 4:28 PM PST - 4 comments

HELP! I hate my hair and don't know how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose at 4:22 PM PST - 27 comments

Why am I suddenly afraid of flying, and how can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 4:20 PM PST - 19 comments

I am too young to be on all this medication. I’m willing to make drastic lifestyle changes to get off of them. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:15 PM PST - 35 comments

We had a recent thread on things really poor people do when they come into some money, and now I'm curious whether there are analogous mistakes at every level of society. What sort of mistakes would be made by, say, a poor college student taking his first office job, by a middle-class man marrying into old money, by shoestring startup folk after a successful IPO/buyout? I'm interested in particular in sharp transitions, rather than, say, slowly climbing from the mail room to the board room over the course of a lifetime.
posted by d. z. wang at 3:05 PM PST - 18 comments

Sea air: why does it make you tired? Or does it? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 2:40 PM PST - 34 comments

Is there a non-leather version of these? [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric at 2:33 PM PST - 5 comments

A local competitor has copied my website. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry at 2:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Filtering through lenders for a mortgage in a home building situation. [more inside]
posted by phox at 1:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Is giving my kid a traditionally Jewish name (as a gentile) a bad idea, naive? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj at 1:46 PM PST - 77 comments

People who like to take things apart - I need to find a way to keep roughly thirty screws organized when a housing is removed and replaced. They all go in the same size hole, and they're not all the same screws. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 1:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Super Concentrated Soup? So I made split pea and pesto with pork soup two nights ago and I made too much. It also sat on low for a bit too long and is now a thick green paste. What do I do with it? Is it still safe to eat? Can i do anything to it besides adding water and making more soup? How best can I use these leftovers? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 1:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Bourbon, scotch and whiskey that's sweet instead of oaky? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:31 PM PST - 43 comments

My vehicle was damaged by a (possibly) uninstured driver in Wisconsin... What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I integrate my erg into my half-marathon training? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

What sort of things did doctors learn in medical school in the 1800s? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes at 1:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Yay or nay? Ceviche made with previously frozen fish. [more inside]
posted by Kurichina at 1:19 PM PST - 10 comments

A friend of mine is in couples therapy, and the couple are also both in individual therapy through the same organization. My friend shared something with his individual therapist and now they are pressuring him to share this with his partner. They actually said if he doesn't they may not allow them to continue couple therapy. Is this therapist violating Virginia client confidentiality laws? What is the best way to respond to this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:10 PM PST - 30 comments

How do I track referral credits over a period of several months for multiple customers without getting them confused? Lots of confusing details ahead... [more inside]
posted by chatelaine at 12:59 PM PST - 1 comments

No matter what problem I try to discuss with a friend, she always turns the conversation to a similar problem SHE'S had. Any way I can make her stop? [more inside]
posted by shelayna at 12:46 PM PST - 42 comments

LongShotFilter: I'm looking for some recipes in a 2011 issue of Canadian House & Home...I think. [more inside]
posted by cecic at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm a lonely extrovert looking to take the edge off the loneliness by playing an MMO. Which one should I play? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium at 12:06 PM PST - 11 comments

How to recover and get back into running after a half marathon? [more inside]
posted by superquail at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I make it up to my beloved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Smelly urine with no pain - recurrent cystitis? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

What would the modern diner think of a nice dinner out from the 30s-60s? [more inside]
posted by mikesch at 11:03 AM PST - 54 comments

My boyfriend wants to buy a house. I don't. How do we work through this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:02 AM PST - 48 comments

Looking for the title of a book I saw last year. [more inside]
posted by metaphorik at 10:53 AM PST - 3 comments

What practical, non-medical tips do you have for pet allergy sufferers who will have to stay in a home with a pet for multiple days? Next month I'll be faced with this. Reading previous questions, I saw a good suggestion - bring your own Pillow Case. What other things do you do when you know you have to live with someone with a pet for a few days? Any nonmedical suggestions for me, the visitor, are welcome, and I'd love to hear any kooky things you have done in the past that somehow worked for you.
posted by cashman at 10:48 AM PST - 21 comments

Can I connect an external memory stick or memory card to my phone? (with an adapter) [more inside]
posted by Xhris at 10:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for tips on implementing drag and drop that snaps to the nearest point on a polygon. [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 10:34 AM PST - 13 comments

I've been admitted to grad school at the University of Albany for the fall semester, starting in late August. When should I start apartment hunting? [more inside]
posted by eggporkalypse at 10:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Are there any myths or legends out there where a deity or superhuman being gets involved with a human and it ends up badly for the deity, rather than just the mortal? [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 10:26 AM PST - 34 comments

What's the best non-intrusive MP3 playing software on OSX? [more inside]
posted by wrok at 10:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it better to predict a test answer then look for the choice that matches or read through each answer choice on middle school standardized tests? [more inside]
posted by Elsie at 10:14 AM PST - 8 comments

My job on a university campus entails incrementally building relationships with faculty and administrators over the course of many years. In the fall of 2012, I will be subbing for a director on a different campus for one semester. It doesn't make as much sense to slowly build relationships because I will be returning to my home campus in Spring 2013. Yet, I still want to be proactive. What is a good framework for thinking about a one semester cameo on a new campus?
posted by Jagz-Mario at 9:58 AM PST - 1 comments

Is there blog software that has a ready-made template that allows for sidenotes? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia at 9:43 AM PST - 7 comments

On paperwork I am filling out for a new job, it asks if in the last 5 year I have been fired from any job for any reason. I was downsized/laid off a year ago. Is that the same thing as fired?
posted by random thoughts at 9:30 AM PST - 13 comments

How do people with lots of moles monitor them for signs of cancer? [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer at 9:26 AM PST - 28 comments

I have a couple of friends who were hired at retail and fast food places but have never been put on the actual schedule, even after months go by and they follow up with the manager. Is this an employers way of laying someone off? What is the purpose of hiring someone if you don't put them on the schedule? Any ideas about how my friends can advocate for more hours? Thanks so much!
posted by tessalations999 at 9:25 AM PST - 13 comments

How is the best way to cold call companies to solicit them with your resume (and bonus, what is the best way to phrase "Inordinately useful!" as a job description when pitching self to employers) [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 9:16 AM PST - 9 comments

How to figure a contract rate for 1099 work? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 9:14 AM PST - 10 comments

What is considered good practice (but not ADA) for interior door clearance in a small residential bathroom with an outswing or pocket door? [more inside]
posted by pizzazz at 9:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Why does the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) lack a severability clause? [more inside]
posted by jonp72 at 9:05 AM PST - 19 comments

Seeking suggestions/examples of websites of individuals (not firms or companies) that incorporate a blog but provide a showcase or platform for the individual and their expertise. A few more details and examples given inside. [more inside]
posted by infini at 8:58 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm selling my condo. How do I make it stand out from the other 5 condos for sale in my complex? When should I consider coming down on the asking price? [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 at 8:48 AM PST - 22 comments

Can any print-on-demand book companies offer a non-standard, horizontal/landscape orientation for a full-color book with artwork on every page? Is there an ebook option for a book in this format? [more inside]
posted by Scram at 8:33 AM PST - 6 comments

How to build deeper social connections by addressing vulnerability issues? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet at 7:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Children's books with uncluttered, simple illustrations [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 7:50 AM PST - 32 comments

What is the best way to repair a potential relationship that has been damaged by my manic episode? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:43 AM PST - 45 comments

How do I make Chrome show bookmarks in a vertical row down the left side, like they do in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by KRS at 7:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find really large plastic gems like the ones on sale here--but twice the size or more? [more inside]
posted by K.P. at 7:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it possible to create an amortization schedule in Excel when the payment amount, the principal amount, and the interest amount each year is unique? [more inside]
posted by lea724 at 7:18 AM PST - 16 comments

I'm heading out to Oregon in mid-April for a conference, but I'm taking four extra days in front of the conference for a nice, solo vacation. I'm mostly interested in day hikes to see ecologically interesting things and relaxing a bit. What should I do and where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by buttercup at 7:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Mac Mail Filter: So I've added Gmail to my list of accounts. But when I delete a message on the inbox, lower down, in the IMAP folders, it doesn't delete there. Why not? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 6:55 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm highly skeptical of a lot of brands that trumpet their environmental friendliness. I know "greenwashing" is rampant. What are some green brands/products that walk the walk? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 6:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Is there a science fiction book club with really good (nebula, hugo, clarke award quality) books? I love Stross, Schroeder, Vinge, Bacigalupi, Chiang, Stephenson, Reynolds & Mieville ...but I've already read everything they've written. How can I separate the wheat from the chaff with new or unknown authors?
posted by leotrotsky at 6:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Dog Breed Filter: What do you think this cute dog is a mix of? [more inside]
posted by c at 6:44 AM PST - 20 comments

How to be a good interviewer, not interviewee. [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 6:22 AM PST - 19 comments

ipod filter...What to do with all these non-working ipods? I have 4 older 20mb & 30mb original style ipods that don't work at all. Won't charge or do anything. Also, I have a 5-6 year old Nano that is in the same boat. Is there any hope for these or are they just trash? Any ideas? Thanks!
posted by mikedelic at 5:55 AM PST - 14 comments

London UK Job Search Help: I'm 36 and after 11 years service for a single company in the financial sector I"m looking for a new job. I've also just taken a 6 month 'sabbatical'. So how exactly do I approach finding a new job in London? A couple of key questions: [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 2:10 AM PST - 5 comments

March 28
I'm a travel novice about to embark on a world tour with a deliberately fuzzy itinerary. Help me navigate the mysterious badlands of interacting with immigration & customs officials, rogue cops, and hostel mates. Time-saving travel "hacks" for quickening the visa approval process are also greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by identitymap at 10:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Please suggest a thin/light laptop with great build quality and battery life for approximately $1000. An Ultrabook would have been ideal but I need at least 500gb hard drive and all the standard ports (more USBs, HDMI, Ethernet etc.) I don't need an optical drive. Also, I don't want a Mac. I would be using it mostly for watching movies, college work, surfing the web etc. but no gaming. Given these conditions which would be the best laptop I can buy immediately?
posted by libbrichus at 10:21 PM PST - 18 comments

The current Mega Millions is valued at $500,000,000. I have (I think) a logical idea for the best way to maximize the "payment" option of the payout. More inside..... [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 10:13 PM PST - 31 comments

I’ve been working and saving money for years, and I think I should probably invest it. I’m pretty sure that investment property is the right move, but there are a few things I’m not sure about and would appreciate some advice on. [more inside]
posted by A Very Muddled Alpaca at 9:41 PM PST - 11 comments

I have a SanDisk Cruzer 32 GB USB flash drive that is holding my data hostage. I got one of those "there might be errors, want me to check and fix them?" messages and said yes, which the PC did without problems. Then I was unable to "safely" remove it despite shutting down all programs on my computer, so I had to pull it. Now, although the computer recognizes that it is in the port and assigns it a drive letter, it cannot read any files, asks my to reformat, and shows as either full or empty. [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs at 9:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Dear mefites, please share your wisdom. I have developed a crush on a guy I work with and I can't tell whether he likes me or not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 PM PST - 36 comments

Does it make sense to block off a few months to develop the skills needed to pursue a modest career/business developing indie games and mobile apps for Android, or am I better off just getting an entry-level job at a call center and make a decent amount of money doing sales or tech support? [more inside]
posted by porcupine at 8:21 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I keep my dog out of my raised bed garden? [more inside]
posted by ellenaim at 7:59 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm applying for a community college teaching position, and the application package requires both a resume and a CV. In the past, I've only submitted a CV. [more inside]
posted by cute little Billy Henderson, age 4 at 7:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Egg-free, cow's milk-free, wheat-free, nut-free snacks to make for my nursery class in two days? [more inside]
posted by kansakwens at 7:45 PM PST - 14 comments

I just had a frightening confrontation with my landlord and I don't feel safe. What now? [more inside]
posted by This sockpuppet asks awkward questions at 7:23 PM PST - 44 comments

How weird is my (unremarkable for either coast) gender presentation going to seem to people when I live in New Orleans? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Sorry but I have a sort of weird name-this-kids'-book question: Two kittens are trying to protect each other. I remember a couple of disjointed scenes and some dark themes of self-sacrifice, bravery, and loss. Please tell me I didn't imagine this. [more inside]
posted by beandip at 6:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Say you have 5 days, $1000 for flight+hotel (+maybe car rental) and you want to get out of rainy Seattle to somewhere warm and relaxing. Where do you go? [more inside]
posted by karizma at 6:51 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the right way to walk in Vibram Five Fingers? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle at 6:38 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I had when I was a kid. It's a collection of humorous stories about a family in turn-of-the-century-ish England or possibly East Coast USA. I always get the title confused with "The Pickwick Papers" so it must be similar to that. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 6:21 PM PST - 6 comments

paint filter: How much paint/spray paint will I need to stencil 60 2'x2.5' signs? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 5:47 PM PST - 10 comments

I just watched Poltergeist, which I am now thinking seems right-wing, almost Catholic. at the end of the movie, the husband kicks the tv out of the room and serene music plays. is this a common feature of the movies of the time? did people kick the tv out of the room a lot in the movies of the 80s?
posted by parmanparman at 5:40 PM PST - 16 comments

There's nothing wrong with my job. There's something wrong with me. Please help me to choose what to do. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 4:45 PM PST - 17 comments

Please help me remove glue from a cat with luxurious long fur. Complication: she reacts violently to human touch. [more inside]
posted by cmyk at 3:33 PM PST - 35 comments

How to start exercise and other daily routines when super fatigued, sleepy, spacey, sad, but otherwise "healthy"? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette at 3:04 PM PST - 34 comments

I'm looking for a cool video that came out a couple years ago featuring hundreds (if not thousands) of still photos of Portland Oregon house fronts, played very quickly in succession.
posted by Rubik at 2:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Bought a house, hence the DecorateMyBedroomFilter! DYI: how do I put up a curtain rod for a window whose corner meets a slanted ceiling? Décor: what kind of wallpaper should I put up on a single accent wall of my otherwise very white and neutrally furnished bedroom? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 2:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me compile a list of names of iconic fictional characters from popular songs. For example Jimmy Mack, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Maggie May, Absolutely Sweet Marie, Johnny B Goode. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 2:32 PM PST - 143 comments

Help! I need suggestions for smallish, easy snacks that are high in protein, calories, and fiber, while not too high in fat or sodium. [more inside]
posted by Sidhedevil at 2:28 PM PST - 21 comments

I'm not optimistic, but I would like to legally watch my home team play live baseball from my couch without paying for cable (cancelled cable 6 months ago.) MLB.TV apparently only provides access to out-of-market games (unless my home team is playing and then those are blacked out too.) [more inside]
posted by Jacob G at 2:24 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I gain weight with a sensitive gut? [more inside]
posted by vecchio at 2:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Name that movie: I'm remembering an indie film from a few years ago. It featured men in suits in an office building, very atmospheric, and there was dance. [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor at 2:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a way to dump the results of a file search in Windows 7 into a text file or spreadsheet? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 2:06 PM PST - 9 comments

After almost a decade of hard work and loyalty, I have decided to retire my old hiking daypack. Today I went out and bought a new one, but can't decide whether or not to move the patches from the old one to the new one. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 2:01 PM PST - 18 comments

Prepaid smartphone SIMs? My wife and I are visiting NYC for 10 days, need to be connected, and don't want to use our European roaming plans (been there, paid through the nose.) Can you recommend SIM cards for our unlocked Android phones that will work for a few phone calls and a bunch of data? [more inside]
posted by muckster at 1:55 PM PST - 9 comments

UK TV filter: Please Help me fix my TV antenna signal. I've recently moved into a new shared flat & am trying to get our TV to work. In the bedrooms there are regular tv aerial sockets on the wall, but there is no signal to any of them. In the lounge, there looks is a panel with three satellite plugs (picture link) which has an old Sky box connected. We would like to use freeview, but it looks like there is no antenna plug in the lounge, and no signal in the bedroom sockets. The sky box does however seem to get a satellite signal from its plug on the wall, but none of the others will give a freeview signal (or are the wrong kind of socket). [more inside]
posted by snarkle at 1:51 PM PST - 6 comments

I've started a subject-specific blog and it's going well. What should I be doing to continue building an audience? What timeline is normal for a blog? What should I reading about strategy or expectations? [more inside]
posted by carbide at 1:29 PM PST - 10 comments

I recently read a pretty interesting book review of a book that asserts people make decisions based on their own social morality, not logic, reason or education. But now I can't find said book review or remember where I read it. Help, hivemind!
posted by bearwife at 1:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Plant ID-Filter: I'm having trouble identifying these plants from Crystal Cove state park in Orange County, California. Any native plant specialists able to lend me a hand?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 1:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Asking for my 25-year-old brother: do you know of free or cheap mental health resources in Houston? Or a great therapist with a sliding scale? I'm doing the requisite googling, but just in case I miss something ... Thank you so much!
posted by jessca84 at 1:18 PM PST - 4 comments

When dealing with depression and struggling to make it through the day, how do you keep from being envious of other people's seemingly exciting lives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Has anyone rebooted their Facebook account? Do high school and college students delete, then restart, their Facebook accounts when they start looking for jobs? [more inside]
posted by aoleary at 12:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Please help me brush my teeth more regularly. I have a lot of shame about this issue, so please be gentle. [more inside]
posted by Why hello, I am a sock puppet at 12:53 PM PST - 68 comments

How can I learn to stay focused while talking (and listening) on the phone, particularly in professional contexts? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line at 12:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Have I completely screwed myself out of this job or is there hope for me yet? [more inside]
posted by CookieNose at 12:36 PM PST - 11 comments

I realized recently that I purchase a certain brand of tomato sauce because underneath the label lies a very attractive mason jar. Do you have products that you buy almost as much for the reusability of their packaging as the product itself? The Altoids tin would be another example.
posted by gwint at 12:27 PM PST - 94 comments

What would be a good name for a blog/site about the Apollo space program? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:18 PM PST - 36 comments

Is there something wrong with my husband with regard to his introversion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:06 PM PST - 33 comments

Dress shopping in NYC: if I only want to spend $40-$100 on dresses, where should I be shopping in Manhattan and Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 12:00 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I find out which local restaurants will deliver to my address? [more inside]
posted by tckma at 11:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Video games with bummer endings? [more inside]
posted by the dief at 11:51 AM PST - 62 comments

What advice would you give to a 17-year-old young man who wants a creative career? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 11:47 AM PST - 21 comments

Tell me everything there is to know about Eugene, OR and Springfield, OR. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em at 11:45 AM PST - 11 comments

How do you know when it's time for a new microwave? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 11:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Sleep No More filter: Had an amazing experience last month, seeing the show again on Saturday. Interested in any and all tips, tricks, suggestions, guides, etc. to get the most out of a repeat visit. That includes recommended reading beforehand and places to visit/things to try during the show. "Spoilers" are totally fine and in fact welcome. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:23 AM PST - 21 comments

I'd love your recommendations for some upbeat, happy, dance/electronic music (probably from Europe), based on a couple of tracks inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 11:09 AM PST - 4 comments

What are the most comfortable soft, disposable contact lenses out there? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:07 AM PST - 27 comments

Can you help me make a setlist of piano pieces that I can play at restaurants? [more inside]
posted by costanza at 10:59 AM PST - 14 comments

What's the simplest wiki software out there? [more inside]
posted by beshtya at 10:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Am I subconsciously trying to destroy my LTR? (Long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 69 comments

Please help me understand how to make our home economics work: we want to have children, but I don't see how we can afford to. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:35 AM PST - 35 comments

I am very, very casually toying with the idea of writing an urban fantasy style novel. [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 10:21 AM PST - 20 comments

I am looking for recommendations on an event calendar application for fb. I need to display a series of events on my fb organization page; however, all of the events are on the same day in different locations throughout the world. Can you recommend an fb app which will allow me to display these events on my film/organization page. Thanks for your time. -Roger [more inside]
posted by Roger_Mexico at 10:21 AM PST - 2 comments

Where should we stay? Anaheim edition. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

How have you (or have you not) reconciled your feminism with an unexpected and expanding sense of submission, which is not limited to the merely or nearly sexual? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 AM PST - 26 comments

Me : Extrovert. She : Introvert. Can this relationship survive? Should it? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B at 9:42 AM PST - 69 comments

How does attending a U.S. Supreme Court oral argument usually work? [more inside]
posted by ochenk at 9:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find the best high end unlocked cell phone that can be used with Tmobile (U.S.) [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog at 9:31 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm renovating my office, which is currently a monument to 80 years of bad decor. Help me modernize and brighten. Overview. Many details within. [more inside]
posted by zvs at 9:01 AM PST - 15 comments

I'd like to relearn the fundamentals of economics and public policy. Where should I look for books, videos, and other materials on these topics? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 8:56 AM PST - 5 comments

You've lived in New York/Brooklyn your whole life. You're moving to Southern California in three months. You have a lot of free time. (No car, but access to Zipcar.) You realize you won't be back in New York for a long time. You're making a list of everything you want to do before you go - places you want to visit, things you want to see, things you want to eat. What's on your list? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 8:44 AM PST - 45 comments

Spring cleaning/maintenance recommendations, please! I want to hear about companies you've hired and been really happy with in Toronto. Detailed list of services desired inside. [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 8:42 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm looking for reading material written by or about political, progressive scientists who had/have productive technical careers as well as being politically active, and who saw/see their research in the context of political activism. [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 8:29 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I best use "compost tea" on my potted herbs (and what should I avoid)? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 8:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Are there any hotels actually in JFK? If not, what hotel is the closest? [more inside]
posted by Maisie at 8:26 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for a specific picture frame to display school pictures of my four kids. The pictures are 3.5" x 5" portrait oriented. Is there a simple frame out there with spaces for 4 pictures with the same orientation? If not I will need to have a custom mat made but would first like to find something inexpensive.
posted by jacobsee at 8:18 AM PST - 7 comments

What are some healthy ways to think about, develop, and understand a healthy platonic love with someone of the other sex? Snowflake details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 AM PST - 15 comments

I have a question that I feel stupid asking, but I don't know how more elegantly to put this: what does it *mean* for a corporation to not pay its taxes? What exact taxes are being bailed on? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 8:10 AM PST - 21 comments

[Career change filter, humanities edition] How can I best market my skills when I have very little experience? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 8:03 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm moving to New Jersey! Unfortunately, I'm a 22-year-old midwesterner who's pretty clueless about New Jersey. I'm going to grad school in Madison, but am not sure where to live. Snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by naturalog at 7:34 AM PST - 12 comments

Walking is making my back hurt. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by chara at 7:17 AM PST - 17 comments

[sex filter] Rhythm issues . . . Um . . . Am I . . . loose? Dimensionally, I mean. NSFW, more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 12 comments

My roommate is going to try to kick me out of the apartment for breaching one of his rules twice. I am struggling with communicating how sorry I am and how much I would like to stay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 46 comments

I have started a new job at a established internet startup. Decorating your cube is a big deal around here. I need ideas for something cool. As I am a project manager, I would like to have something somewhat professional but also creative / aesthetic pleasing. Any ideas for cube flair? Any cool cubes you have seen that aren't over the top? Help me have the coolest cube ever!!!
posted by jasondigitized at 6:55 AM PST - 7 comments

I am looking for a recommendation of a unique house plant/tree, and where to buy it. [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit at 6:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Hi all! I'm in a film production class and I have to shoot an intimate scene set in a restaurant booth. Frankly, I'm having problems figuring out how to stage everything, so I'd like to take a look at some similar movie scenes. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any. YouTube has been no help (maybe I'm not searching properly). Can anyone suggest some specific movies with scenes set in a bar or restaurant booth? I'd prefer something film noir-ish but I'll take any suggestions. Thanks!
posted by laswingkid at 6:41 AM PST - 27 comments

I have a boyish haircut, and I want to mature it up a bit. How should I style it, and what should I tell my haircutter? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:29 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm going to Macau and I'd like to see a few casinos and gamble a bit, but I'm also a poor student. What are the best games for me to play to get the most time and fun for my money, or to have the best odds of winning (impossible, I know)?
posted by reductiondesign at 5:15 AM PST - 10 comments

I have extremely poor hygiene. I smell bad, and I want to change. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:08 AM PST - 68 comments

Translation quickie (Korean): I have a cute card; I'd like to know what it says before I do anything embarassing with it. Please & thanks.
posted by whatzit at 3:37 AM PST - 3 comments

What happens when flowers are delivered to private houses in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by runincircles at 2:17 AM PST - 2 comments

My brother shot himself to death last night. I feel numb. My therapist is out of pocket for a week. Things need to happen. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by book 'em, danno at 2:02 AM PST - 29 comments

March 27
Other games like "Way" by Coco & Co? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 11:40 PM PST - 1 comments

I feel like my depression and loneliness are growing worse and it's starting to become unmanageable. I could use some help or some advice or something. I'm not doing so well. [more inside]
posted by Modica at 9:35 PM PST - 30 comments

Where should a vegetarian eat in Medford, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 8:52 PM PST - 3 comments

It's time for another edition of Name This Cat! [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 8:48 PM PST - 47 comments

Why is google chrome giving me an across-the-board "Missing Plug-in" all of a sudden on literally any video I try to play and many pictures as well? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 8:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me compile a reading list menu for AP World History. Err.. Please? [more inside]
posted by absalom at 7:42 PM PST - 27 comments

So I've lost a little over 10 or so pounds in the past 3 weeks. I know its not water weight because it has stayed off. I've been dieting. I was originally 215 or so pounds and now I"m about 205. The problem is I'm not seeing any physical results as of yet, at least not that I can tell. Is this normal? I'm a 6'5" male.
posted by johnx at 7:28 PM PST - 24 comments

7-month-old cheques - should I ask for a new one or try it with the bank? [more inside]
posted by cyml at 7:22 PM PST - 5 comments

I left him. Packed up my stuff, and the pets. He was there trying to keep it together even though I could see his pain. He killed himself 10 days later. Everyone is saying it's not my fault and not to blame myself. How? [more inside]
posted by puppup at 7:02 PM PST - 53 comments

How can a small company hire honest, reputable sales people and how much do these mystical people get paid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:31 PM PST - 2 comments

I love my cocktails. Is that bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:22 PM PST - 25 comments

What is considered to be the best non-fiction of recent years? [more inside]
posted by csjc at 5:55 PM PST - 36 comments

Savory icecream recipes? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 5:51 PM PST - 30 comments

I'm traveling this week and tomorrow I am planning on meeting some online friends in person. We firmed up the plans for tomorrow night a little while ago, and in a text, one of the women said she can't stay too long because "her husband has spoken about it." I don't know what this means and I feel awkward asking her to clarify. Is it a religious thing?
posted by crankylex at 5:51 PM PST - 25 comments

Freaked out like crazy: I ran a red light and put myself and others in very real danger. How did I forget how to drive safely for 10 seconds? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 5:32 PM PST - 50 comments

Hello. I'm a trans (MtF) person of color. I live in a mid-sized East Coast city. My partner lives in Williamsburg, BK. I got into grad school in the Heartland. Please help! [more inside]
posted by BEE-EATING CAT-EATER at 5:29 PM PST - 17 comments

How to buy a Mac laptop on the cheap? And when? [more inside]
posted by juliewhite at 5:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Trying to remember the name of a TV series program that I watched in the late 1980s that in one episode on digital information predicted the rise of the electronic book. There was a male host who led the show, which was an examination of new technologies. In the particular episode I am looking for, he recounted an idea that books in the future would be distributed from something like an ATM machine where you would insert a card onto which the book would be downloaded. If it helps, I remember he stood at some kind of podium during the broadcasts that had like an acrylic/lucite egg-shaped glowing top--random detail, but these are often what jog people's memory.
posted by cmp4Meta at 4:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Do the strategies in "Why Men Love Bitches" really work? I'm almost at my wits end in the dating scene. I'm not clingy or anything of that sort but I could use a little help in self-preservation. Is there a proper way to use the tactics in the book w/o too much manipulation?
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 4:35 PM PST - 32 comments

Where is my iTunes Mad Men episode hiding? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 4:19 PM PST - 6 comments

I just hit the two month mark at my new job. I am miserable, due primarily to doing the work of about 3 people and the company culture (it's a small, family run business, and the two sons who are taking over the company in the next 2 years ran down the public hallway cursing each other out and hitting one another yesterday, to the point that one of them left with his face bleeding and we had to talk a tenant down the hall out of calling the cops). I've decided to leave, despite not having another job lined up. a) What's the best way to do this, and b) How do I spin it to potential employers? [more inside]
posted by firei at 4:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Can you name some digital marketing sales and marketing gurus in the non-profit, charity, NGO worlds? [more inside]
posted by metajc at 3:59 PM PST - 1 comments

I'm a post-bacc pre-med student, and I'm trying to find a research position (paid, unpaid, whatever) for this summer so I can start to get some research experience. My school's listings for research positions in medicine-related fields (or even basic science) are really not useful, nor is the pre-med advising office. Where can I find listings for such positions? Who else should I talk to?
posted by ocherdraco at 3:33 PM PST - 15 comments

I think I have delayed sleep phase disorder. Recently I found an online questionnaire that asked questions about your natural preferred wake and sleep times, along with the times necessary to fit into your actual life schedule. It would then calculate what time you should expose yourself to very bright light, and for what periods of time in order to shift your wake and sleep patterns. I cannot find it now that I really need to change my schedule. Anyone have any idea where I could find this site again?
posted by mmf at 3:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Who is Sanders Theatre in Cambridge Mass. named for?
posted by Raybun at 3:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Are there coffee beans specifically made for cold brewing/extraction? are certain roasts/geographies better for cold brewing? Or, is it really just trial and error and finding what you personally like? [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 2:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there a reliable way to determine exactly on what date I first installed a copy of Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by melorama at 2:45 PM PST - 3 comments

How to get back into a productive headspace after business legal issues. [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 at 2:36 PM PST - 3 comments

What is this weird fruit thing growing in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 2:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find sunglasses that won't make me look like I'm trying really hard [more inside]
posted by taltalim at 2:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Could anyone suggest a book or other resources with a Bible study plan for a mostly secular Bible study group? [more inside]
posted by chrchr at 2:23 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I keep couples therapy from ruining my relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:21 PM PST - 24 comments

Want to install an ungrounded hanging light fixture in place of an existing grounded flush-mount dome light. Controlled with existing three-way switches. [more inside]
posted by reeddavid at 1:16 PM PST - 4 comments

SolarPowerFilter2012: Is there a currently available somewhat affordable solar power rig of any worthwhile kind I could use to take advantage of my westerly facing, blasted-by-the-sun-for-7+-hours-a-day-rented-apartment balcony? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 1:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Germany has the Oktoberfest, Brazil has the Rio carnival. What are the lesser known, strange and fun festivals around the world? [more inside]
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral at 12:53 PM PST - 61 comments

How does one "choose" between the hypothetical wishes of a long time friend and the feelings of a fiancee? [more inside]
posted by Debaser626 at 12:51 PM PST - 34 comments

[family support question] my partner's mom is sick. multiple autoimmune conditions, potentially cancer now. how can i best support my partner (on multiple levels)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:37 PM PST - 6 comments

I volunteered to teach a vegan cooking class in April. Only I have never taught a class before. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 12:36 PM PST - 10 comments

What should I write on a giant sign to cheer on my friends during a 10 mile race this weekend? [more inside]
posted by troika at 12:26 PM PST - 34 comments

Over the last 4 months, I swapped out the driving part of my commute for walking. I walk about 4 miles round trip. This is great, but my beloved heels are all gathering dust in my closet. I would like to do the shoe swap out at work, but I really dislike the look of running shoes and dresses clearly designed for heels. Where can I get cute shoes for this purpose or am I resigned to running shoes?
posted by Nimmie Amee at 12:11 PM PST - 30 comments

I have to attend a wedding at the end of April. Upon taking my suit out of storage at my parent's house, and finding a hole eaten through the shoulder, I no longer have a suit. I'm looking at this suit from Indochino, but was curious if there'd be anything at cost or cheaper in the DC area, and any general advice when ordering from Indochino. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 12:05 PM PST - 24 comments

To jailbreak it not- worth it? I have a 4s, and it's been a couple of years since I've jailbroken an iPhone. What are the drawbacks/Bennifits these days? I know this has been asked before, but these things change quickly, and I think it's worth asking again.
posted by letstrythis at 11:47 AM PST - 14 comments

My friend works at a video game developer/publisher and said he'd pass my resume to his boss, who is the VP of sales. Help! [more inside]
posted by griphus at 11:39 AM PST - 4 comments

I need some help navigating a sticky parting-from-roommate situation. (Apologies: LONG) [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 11:31 AM PST - 14 comments

If I take a economic hardship deferment for my federal student loans, will that make it harder for me to get student loans in the future? [more inside]
posted by overglow at 11:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Are email lists for group discussion dead? If you were starting a new group -- for networking or to talk about a local issue -- what would you use to bring people together online? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 11:08 AM PST - 15 comments

I want to read more NYC-specific blogs. Lay 'em on me. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:05 AM PST - 14 comments

I want to start writing creatively, and am thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus at 11:01 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking for an HTML5/CSS3 tutorial geared for complete beginners who have never built a single web page before. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 11:00 AM PST - 7 comments

My background is in Web Development, but I just took a "User Interface" Developer position. What are some good resources to help me move from the world of code to the world UI? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 10:56 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I broach to colleagues that I can tell they're (poorly) multitasking? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 10:53 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm a full-time graduate student & MA resident about to turn 26 in August and lose my parent's health insurance. My school offers health insurance, but it costs $3000 for the year, which I cannot afford. I have looked into applying for MassHealth but it seems like I am not guaranteed to be approved since I do have coverage available from my school. [more inside]
posted by kmavap at 10:42 AM PST - 12 comments

I'd like to buy a bunch of dark grey undershirts. I can't find any. [more inside]
posted by Patbon at 10:28 AM PST - 21 comments

Give me your advice for renting (for one person) in the nyc area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:36 AM PST - 45 comments

Another Brooklyn (or maybe Queens) neighborhoods question. [more inside]
posted by enn at 9:26 AM PST - 16 comments

For the first time in my life I have a garden! What books should I read to take me from gardening ignorance to green-fingered? Both the garden and I are in the UK.
posted by xchmp at 9:18 AM PST - 10 comments

I am looking for Goth slow songs. [more inside]
posted by Sully at 9:03 AM PST - 52 comments

Grant writing: is this a good career for an introvert? [more inside]
posted by indognito at 8:54 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I keep my child free friends in my life when I decide to have a child? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 85 comments

Looking for a family friendly resort within a few hours of Barcelona [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 8:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a fashion label with a picture of a running dog (or similar looking animal) in it's logo - not Puma. [more inside]
posted by svenni at 8:17 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm coming to Phoenix next week with the family. We have all our activities planned, but where should we eat? I want to avoid national chains at all costs. We're staying in Mesa, but we'll have a car.
posted by donpardo at 8:07 AM PST - 26 comments

I want a semi-private cabin on a lake with mountains in eastern Europe. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by Cwell at 8:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Does PMS exacerbate injury-related swelling, or am I a freak of nature? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:51 AM PST - 5 comments

I'd like to replace my 2 or 3 year-old Acer 12-inch netbook with something that has more horsepower. But I still want something that's small and light with at least 6 hours of battery life. I also want a netbook or laptop that's sturdy and doesn't get hot or have a loud fan. It looks like the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook meets my needs and it gets very good reviews. Although I'm nervous about it having only a 3-cell battery. I also like the specs for Lenovo's $750 Thinkpad Edge e220s but there are no customer reviews for it on Newegg or Amazon. I'd like your input and to know if I've overlooked any other good choices. I'd rather spend $500 than $800, but I might be willing to pay even more for a truly great machine. [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 7:47 AM PST - 29 comments

Has anyone come across a Really Big List of [Author-/Poet-/Filmmaker-/Artist-/Musician-] Librarians? [more inside]
posted by activitystory at 7:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Programming challenge: pull XML data with an HTTP GET, process and/or lightly transform it, and output a csv file. Please help me figure this out in Java or tell me what other language to use. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari at 6:59 AM PST - 19 comments

What are the Sarah Vowell/Mary Roach/John Ronson books of world history? [more inside]
posted by whodatninja at 6:49 AM PST - 19 comments

I was in Paris in April of '96 and kept hearing her song everywhere but never got a chance to pick up the album, which I assume had just been released. It's a solo artist (I'm pretty sure), slow, acoustic guitar, and the video had her sitting in an empty derelict apartment while people peered in through the peephole. I've tried everything I could to find it but gave up until I discovered Mefi. If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear from you. [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair at 6:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Please help me identify this young adult novel (comatose teen explores afterlife with long-dead caveman). [more inside]
posted by audi alteram partem at 5:46 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the best way to set up a chat forum for a party? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 5:31 AM PST - 2 comments

I quit my last job due to poor management. I know that interviewers don't want to hear an applicant speak negatively about former employers. Help me spin this. [more inside]
posted by ThisKindNepenthe at 5:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Brooklyn apartment hunting: Tell me about Bensonhurst/ Dyker Heights/ Midwood! [more inside]
posted by Jeanne at 5:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Is there any way, from my end, to stop photos of people I don't know from showing up in my Facebook feed when friends like or comment on them? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 4:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Talk to me. Don't be afraid to be long-winded. I welcome oversharers. I've done reams of research on teaching in South Korea, but I still have lots of questions. And the only people I really trust to answer them are you. Spill, please. What's your Korean story? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 3:10 AM PST - 13 comments

What are the limitations of making artwork from scans of currency? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 1:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Are there any mapping applications that display all regions within a fixed distance from an input point? For example: from a given address in NYC, what are all the places I can get to in 30 minutes, via any combation of walking + public transit? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum at 12:27 AM PST - 4 comments

March 26
Facebook filter: A friend and I have a blog that we would like to promote via Facebook, but the deities who run Facebook will not let us disconnect our blog's page from our personal Facebook pages. [more inside]
posted by emilyclaire at 9:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Another horrible roommate scenario. I live in a 5 BR house and we're all on separate leases. One of my housemates is particularly nasty towards me and it makes it hard for me to deal with being home. I'm moving out in 2 months and I'd like some tips on how to deal with this in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 9:23 PM PST - 44 comments

Help me figure things out! I just ended a casual relationship and I'm worried that I will only continue to stop connecting to people due to my deep fear of rejection. The extended explanation is quite long, but I've been needing to vent to a group of strangers for a while so bear with me while I rant my cerebral crazy. [more inside]
posted by bengalibelle at 9:20 PM PST - 18 comments

My wife and I will be moving Johnson City, Tennessee in June. After settling in, what should we expect? [more inside]
posted by Groundhog Week at 8:53 PM PST - 12 comments

My brother is getting married! I want to make him the most amazing wedding present. He's into guitars, I'm into Arduinos. Suggested features from other guitar people for the best effect box possible? [more inside]
posted by KeSetAffinityThread at 8:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Precedents/ideas for molding agriculture, food/cooking, health, and psychology together into a meaningful, practical career? [more inside]
posted by trampoliningisfun at 8:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Are there any online banks that allow recurring automatic transfers to another bank? [more inside]
posted by zazzles at 8:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Need ideas for historical nautical costumes. Preferably 18th Century British sailors. I don't need to go as the captain or someone important. In fact it's kind of better I don't. Also where does one go about finding such costumes? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 8:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Long wash times and wet clothes with a Samsung front-loading washing machine -- please help! [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 8:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Music genre history question: What music genres (popular or otherwise) were invented in the 2000s? A friend claims none but that can't be right, can it?
posted by storybored at 8:18 PM PST - 27 comments

Brief me on the ergonomics of the Cambridge Satchel as a backpack, and alternatives. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 8:12 PM PST - 3 comments

What to do in Richmond VA? I'm in town next week and I just found out that the Flying Squirrels' opening day is still two weeks away---so no baseball for me--any recommendations for fun in the general Richmond area? I have a car at my disposal and would have loved to see a minor league baseball game. Looking for interesting things to see [or eat] during the weekdays. Preferably no overnight trips. thanks!
posted by calgirl at 8:03 PM PST - 27 comments

Help my SO and I solve this intricate PhD two-body problem. Options galore! [more inside]
posted by kuju at 7:46 PM PST - 35 comments

I'm an academic who officially gender transitioned about three years ago, and am fortunate enough in my appearance that strangers now almost always refer to me as "he" or "sir." Yet some colleagues consistently misgender me, which can be quite awkward in professional contexts. How ought I respond? [more inside]
posted by DrMew at 7:18 PM PST - 26 comments

Englishman-doing-Jamaican-accent-LyricFilter: What is Rednek saying in the first verse of this song? [more inside]
posted by Edogy at 7:10 PM PST - 7 comments

I like to listen to a wide variety of music: classical, rock, jazz, instrumental metal, folk, video game, rap — whatever catches my ear. I also like listening to podcasts. Unfortunately, most of the music podcasts I've seen only cover music in a single genre, often with an emphasis on newer music. I'd like to find a podcast that a) spans genres and eras in a single show, and b) isn't afraid to play popular music. Does such a podcast exist? Super bonus points if there's some commentary about history and context, so that I can learn something while I listen. [more inside]
posted by archagon at 6:55 PM PST - 6 comments

I need help dealing with hateful relatives. [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 6:53 PM PST - 42 comments

Are Crest White Strips worth trying out? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 6:52 PM PST - 18 comments

HR from potential (new) employer is asking for 1) references 2) salary history. This is post interview which took place nearly 2wks ago. [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas at 6:47 PM PST - 12 comments

You are a well-dressed person. You put effort into your appearance and you always look good. What are some of the things you do regularly to achieve this? [more inside]
posted by yawper at 6:43 PM PST - 40 comments

I loved this bowl, and then it broke. I will be disproportionately sad if I can't replace it. But how? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles at 6:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Euroscale vs Eurostandard CMYK in Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by polywomp at 5:47 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to have some sort of easily-editable text box floating on the top level of whatever I'm doing in Windows. Think, like, a sticky note or a ticker. [more inside]
posted by threeants at 5:41 PM PST - 3 comments

My late grandfather painted an interpretation of one of Maurice Utrillo's depictions of the "Maquis" of Montmartre, in Utrillo's time a very poor area of the well-known Paris neighbourhood. Which Utrillo work did my granddad use as a blueprint, and where exactly was Utrillo's vantage point? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Looking for a Bed and Breakfast near NYC for a nerdy, foodie, book and music loving couple's last huzzah before she leaves! [more inside]
posted by AutoPilot83 at 5:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Need healthy canned dog food for a finicky dog, must be chunky form in gravy. I have tried to feed her premium canned food in the pate (ground) form and she will not eat it. Need recommendations for dog food please.
posted by just asking at 5:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Why do I keep waking up in the middle of the night? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen at 4:54 PM PST - 26 comments

For all you nautical types: what kind of instruments on a large ship could detect if a rogue wave were headed your way? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 4:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Moving to NYC. Preferably Brooklyn. Where should we live and how should we apartment hunt? [more inside]
posted by Sockowocky at 4:48 PM PST - 19 comments

What's a great restaurant within walking distance of the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing? [more inside]
posted by vincele at 4:47 PM PST - 14 comments

What gluten-free option do I replace matzo meal with in a cake? [more inside]
posted by jeather at 4:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it time for a dtr (define the relationship) talk? Is it too soon? How would I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by StrictlyVague at 4:30 PM PST - 45 comments

I saw Cave Of Forgotten Dreams and loved it. Now I want to read more about early human history. Please recommend some good books on the beginnings of human art in particular and the emergence of human society and the beginnings of conciousness in general. I'm not a scientist and I'm not looking for a textbook, but I'm not afraid of a challenging read, either.
posted by vibrotronica at 4:23 PM PST - 16 comments

What is this vehicle called? I'd like to find out more about it, but I'm not sure of the model name (if any) or even what to call the type. 1966 Chevrolet delivery-type truckish thing. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 4:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me name my wedding officiant business! [more inside]
posted by *s at 4:14 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm taking a road trip from New Mexico to Washington state tonight and tomorrow. Although I am officially licensed to drive by the state of Colorado, I don't have a physical copy of my driver's license. What are the dangers of driving without a copy of my license, and how can I minimize them? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz at 4:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Please recommend me more high quality woodworking video content! [more inside]
posted by fonzie at 3:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Facebook Filter: Why won't Facebook let me claim a duplicate place page and merge it with the main credit union page? Details of the issue inside. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver at 3:28 PM PST - 6 comments

I had a workplace affair with a horrible guy. Has anyone had an affair with a "bad" guy who treated them poorly? How do I get over it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:14 PM PST - 68 comments

My wife has this leather painting/art kind of thing which was made by taking a hide of leather and cutting out patterns in it. I think it was then painted a bit. It was made in Thailand originally. The problem is that it got stored somewhere damp and the bottom bit has shrunk, so now it is not rectangular but more rhombussy shaped. (Not a lot, but noticeably). Is this repairable? I mean, leather stretches right? If so, where would you go to get it fixed? I don't even know what sort of craftsman to ask.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:01 PM PST - 3 comments

A bit panicky: What do I do with my life after graduation? (A question old as time, of course, but one with its own distinct circumstances. My prospects aren't dire - I just don't know what I should be looking to do.) [more inside]
posted by LSK at 2:56 PM PST - 11 comments

My bosses misuse words in very official, very important documents. Can I do anything about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:56 PM PST - 35 comments

I recently got a wok (I've never owned or cooked on one before). I seasoned per the instructions that came with the wok, but it seems to be looking worse for wear. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by daboo at 2:46 PM PST - 15 comments

What Python and PHP source code can I read to become a better programmer? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 2:44 PM PST - 17 comments

What should I look for/value in a used car when shopping on a tight budget? [more inside]
posted by gavagai at 2:05 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for a recent article that compared certain books of a few authors with their "more famous siblings"--that is, books by that author that are less well known or less often read. Dickens was one of them; Austen might have been included too. The article might have appeared in Slate, Salon, The Awl or The Hairpin (or somewhere else) but I can't find it!
posted by scratch at 2:03 PM PST - 2 comments

What are some good, reliable, up-to-date websites that discuss buying and building a budget gaming PC? [more inside]
posted by nurgle at 1:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Microsoft Access programming problem - what do I have to configure in my database to make use of the DAO object? [more inside]
posted by tdismukes at 1:49 PM PST - 2 comments

I have an existential OSX file problem - trying to delete a file that can't be found... After moving a slew of .mv4 files of moves that I've shifted from MBA hard drive to external drive I noted that my laptop memory did not reflect deletion. [more inside]
posted by aggienfo at 1:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Any recommendations on an Afghan cookbook? I love Afghan food and would like to recreate my favorites at home. [more inside]
posted by postel's law at 1:42 PM PST - 3 comments

I saw some Brooklyn high schoolers outside playing a game that could be described as turn-based freeze tag (and poses that came out of tai chi postures). As the initial setup they stood in a ring of around 8-10, frozen in a pose. At certain points one person would make a wild move (mainly using arms, hands extended flat, sometimes pivoting) and attempt to tag the person next to them out of the ring. They would return to frozen after that, but there may have been a countermove made as well. Eventually there were two people and a winner was found. Any idea what they were playing?
posted by sub-culture at 1:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Which books (fiction or non-fiction) gives a stranger the best impression of what it's genuinely like to live in New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo in modern times? [more inside]
posted by Kirn at 1:23 PM PST - 29 comments

What do I need to look for in a higher end email host? [more inside]
posted by karathrace at 1:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Good (English-language) Chinese cookbooks? [more inside]
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College at 1:10 PM PST - 9 comments

LA-filter: looking for a place to stay near USC [more inside]
posted by OHenryPacey at 1:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there a web framework/toolset that can handle (consistently) the whole spectrum from static content to full applications? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble at 12:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Biography recommendations for Thomas Jefferson? [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 12:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Music Nerds! I'm looking for insight into record labels, promotion, sending demos, et cetera. I play shoegaze-influenced electronic music that falls somewhere between Lush and Boards of Canada (links are in my profile) and am looking for record labels that would be interested in doing a release. More questions follow. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 12:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me organize a ping pong league. [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 12:32 PM PST - 3 comments

ExcelFilter: How to combine the data from three spreadsheets into one spreadsheet? (But wait, there's more!) [more inside]
posted by smirkette at 12:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Headhunter has interrupted my career-change plans, how do I know whether this is an opportunity or a blind alley? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:02 PM PST - 9 comments

YANMD — girly parts and boy parts edition. Is this even possible for STD's? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:02 PM PST - 33 comments

What are some words that are most commonly associated with specific others? [more inside]
posted by Mrmuhnrmuh at 11:56 AM PST - 36 comments

I'm looking for an old(ish) Linux breakout clone. I believe it came installed by default with Redhat (??) and/or KDE. This would be around 10 years ago, give or take. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 11:52 AM PST - 6 comments

What can I do with an extra 1.5 cups of bechamel? [more inside]
posted by Bebo at 11:41 AM PST - 31 comments

A bit too much Tylenol, do I need to be concerned? [more inside]
posted by primethyme at 11:37 AM PST - 16 comments

looking for a backpack/briefcase combination (handle on side when carrying horizontally/shoulder strap, or wear on back vertically). Any ideas? Thanks! The important thing is that there should be 3 ways to carry it (handle on horizontal side; shoulder strap on vertical or horizontal side, and backpacking straps to wear vertically on your back). After extensive online browsing i've seen backpacks that come close (usually shoulder strap/backpack straps but no side handle).
posted by jak68 at 11:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Please help us identify this print (and photograph) from the 1920s. [more inside]
posted by annaramma at 10:57 AM PST - 10 comments

In legal settings: how to keep my cool when dealing with a liar? [more inside]
posted by ThiefOfSweets at 10:41 AM PST - 33 comments

I'd like to paint a pair of file cabinets. Any suggestions for the best paint? [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 10:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Do old yearbooks (mostly 1930s and 40s) have any historical value? [more inside]
posted by compartment at 10:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for an e-newsletter template! [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 10:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Won a place in the Peachtree Roadrace (10k). Now what? [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner at 10:11 AM PST - 12 comments

I just saw a guy down the street pull over to the side of the road and throw a bag of trash down the sewer before turning into his driveway. He knows that I saw him do it, but didn't seem to care. This is obviously not ok, but what can I do? [more inside]
posted by Dr. ShadowMask at 10:08 AM PST - 30 comments

Recipe Filter: Carrot Edition. Give me your favourite carrot-consuming recipes, stat! [more inside]
posted by greenish at 9:49 AM PST - 36 comments

Recommend for me some 100% cotton vests I can wear in the summer time to replace my sweater vests. I'm a guy. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 9:47 AM PST - 3 comments

What sorts of retail stores do you view as healthy and not on a path of decay wrought by the internet? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 9:45 AM PST - 42 comments

My dad recently found this old photo (apologies for the .bmp - that's how it was sent to me), but we've been unable to identify where/when it was taken. There is a kid in the front row holding a chalkboard on which is presumably written the name of the school and year, but it's faded a lot. Does anyone have any suggestions about how I might enhance the text on the chalkboard to make it legible?
posted by chumptastic at 9:35 AM PST - 19 comments

I'm in the process of formulating a story that would twist a known, beloved children's franchise setting into a violent noir. The eventual goal would be to self-publish an ebook for a few bucks on Amazon, but I'm concerned that the subject matter would get the book pulled due to copyright matters. How does Amazon handle parody and pastiche? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:27 AM PST - 10 comments

I am trying to help a good cause that books talent once a year for a fund raiser. They would like to try book John Mayer, the singer, if possible, but need an agent to get in touch with; how do I find the person or agency represent this performer?
posted by Postroad at 9:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it possible for a older (65 yrs) person to dislocate a hip while asleep? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by misspat at 9:00 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the URL of that tumblr with pictures of graphic designers working while their bosses look over their shoulders?
posted by whimsicalnymph at 8:59 AM PST - 1 comments

What causes squeaky cheese? [more inside]
posted by jay.eye.elle.elle. at 8:36 AM PST - 14 comments

My dear Egyptian friend calls me "Yah Soosah" and "Yah Habibti." What does this mean? I'm pretty sure these are terms of endearment, but what do they mean? She said "yah soosah" is an old Egyptian word. Help me figure out the meaning of my new pet names. Thank you!!! : )
posted by thatgirl1985 at 8:17 AM PST - 14 comments

What's the best recourse when USPS loses a package (espicially when things may not actually be their fault)? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 8:05 AM PST - 19 comments

I have air conditioning vents in the floor at the side of the room. The vents can be angled in different directions. If I put a large dresser against the wall, above a vent, with clearance of a few inches, will it be substantially detrimental to heating/cooling?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Maybe be starting a potential relationship with a person I met over the internet. He's funny, sweet, and we have so much in common - the only qualm is that he's pretty overweight. I'm thin and have battled with a life long eating disorder. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Need a good dentist south of Seattle [more inside]
posted by fx3000 at 7:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find the source of my favorite animated gif. [more inside]
posted by miskatonic at 7:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it possible to install a CAD file into a consumer handheld GPS? [more inside]
posted by Red Loop at 7:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there any convention or other way to make subscript / superscript icons look intuitive? [more inside]
posted by piato at 7:46 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I get Excel to search through multiple files and extract data into a separate worksheet? [more inside]
posted by panboi at 7:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find this electronics/computer magazine from the 1970s based on its cover... [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR at 7:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Stuck in an emotional trap- how do I deal with this friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 22 comments

What are career options outside of academia for someone with an astronomy Ph.D.? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 7:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Around 4-5 years ago, I attended the Natural Products Expo and received a sample of a product called Aaah Toilet Paper Moistener (photos). The company now has a dead website. Googling has revealed people making fun of their infomercial and reviews circa 2008, but no current product info. Where can I get some more of this stuff or some other toilet-paper-moistening *foam*? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 AM PST - 9 comments

So they discontinued my go-to concealer, and now I need some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by stillnocturnal at 6:25 AM PST - 15 comments

i'm interested in your recommendations for hair product which is as affordable as possible with a natural-looking and long-lasting hold for a messy quiff/faux hawk hairstyle. [more inside]
posted by austere at 6:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it possible to abandon your UK settlement visa? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 5:43 AM PST - 2 comments

I have a lot of weight, eating, and body-image related issues that I am trying my best to overcome. It is going to be a long hard slog. I'm much better than I used to be, but one thing that makes me feel really bad is when colleagues and friends talk about dieting and working out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:11 AM PST - 33 comments

If I wanted to be the most powerful man in the world, what books would I read to gain the necessary knowledge?
posted by Saddo at 4:48 AM PST - 35 comments

We have a house with exactly zero flowerbeds (or landscaping in general for that matter) and it has no curb appeal whatsoever. THIS SHALL NOT STAND! I have some experience gardening, but creating beds from scratch seems a bit major at first glace. Help me make new flowerbeds, and help me make a good plan for our new beds. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 4:40 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm looking for a better way to create a DVD with subtitles, without losing quality from the original DVD. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 4:34 AM PST - 6 comments

I currently use Google Docs for cloud storage for documents I wanted to work on at home and at lunch, but I've heard good things about DropBox's usability and would like to give it a try. However, I'm concerned about my employer being able to log what I do in DropBox if it's installed on an office computer. Will my employer be able to access my DropBox the same way they can access the rest of my work machine?
posted by Roz McClure at 4:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Oregon to Texas Roadtrip: which is the better route, down through California/AZ/NM or through Utah/NM? [more inside]
posted by mokin at 4:11 AM PST - 15 comments

I just bought a second hand iphone 3Gs for my wife due to her old phone missing some texts. What are some great tips/tricks and apps/games we should install on it? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 12:46 AM PST - 7 comments

March 25
Looking for enclosed area for dogs to run around in/near Oakland that isn't a dog park. [more inside]
posted by user92371 at 10:47 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I prepare myself for a career in public relations? [more inside]
posted by livinglearning at 10:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Affordable humanely-raised dairy, meat and eggs in NYC? [more inside]
posted by !Jim at 9:27 PM PST - 12 comments

I want to know everything about life in Ozone Park in the 1930s/1940s [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs at 9:21 PM PST - 5 comments

[Privacy filter] A friend of mine is freaking out because her name ended up on some "name list" websites. Should she be scared? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 9:16 PM PST - 8 comments

[Nursing filter] Not-so-new-grad RN needs advice on returning to nursing after a year of soul-searching. [more inside]
posted by constellations at 8:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find this anti-nuclear protest play I saw online at some point in the last two years. [more inside]
posted by jrb223 at 7:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Six months in the UK sandwiched between continental European travel for an American WWOOFer who'd rather not get visas if she can possibly avoid it. Your tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm watching the TV show Sliders. At what point do you recommend that I stop watching Sliders? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:35 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I report what I think are unsafe work conditions at a construction site near my house? Who should I be talking to, the developer? OSHA? [more inside]
posted by pallas14 at 7:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Family data backup: what is the best external HD and how do I set it up? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 7:06 PM PST - 12 comments

What does it mean for an argument to be coherent? [more inside]
posted by polymodus at 7:02 PM PST - 20 comments

Should I drop my profitable, very low maintenance, but unfulfilling online business, in order to get a full time job? [more inside]
posted by choppyes at 6:52 PM PST - 19 comments

I'd like to find a twin to a beloved lost toddler toy! [more inside]
posted by klugarsh at 6:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Do you have the recipe for Legal Seafood's Rhode Island red clam chowder? [more inside]
posted by travellingincognito at 6:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Any ideas how to get a gmail account to synch on a new Razr 4g phone? [more inside]
posted by dbmcd at 6:16 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm trying to track down a quote that goes something like "It takes an excellent taste in highbrow to have an excellent taste in lowbrow." Who said this and what is the correct quote? I think it was maybe said by Groucho Marx or Mel Brooks.
posted by prunes at 6:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me deal with depression/stress-related weight loss and the resulting loss of body image. And how can I healthfully gain it back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 18 comments

You have a business. One of your customers has a business. He wants to cross-promote, co-produce events, etc. He subscribes to the "there's a sucker born every minute" business model, charging way too much for crap. He could bring you lots of new customers, but you don't want to give him any more "marks." How do you proceed? Or do you?
posted by thrasher at 5:04 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I stand out in an interview among tens of other equally-qualified candidates? [more inside]
posted by alona at 5:01 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I help my friend print and market a wall calendar of her art? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 4:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommend me some audio interviews like NPR's interviews. [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 4:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Give me tips to shop for used pots and pans. [more inside]
posted by bq at 4:48 PM PST - 21 comments

Looking for an object that will move just frequently enough to continually trigger a motion sensor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:32 PM PST - 34 comments

Unusual disease filter: What idiopathic disorders can present with anemia and thrombocytosis? [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch at 4:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Are there any Oakland (preferred) or San Francisco (if necessary) bars hosting Mad Men viewing parties tonight? No television here, thought it'd be fun to go out to watch the premiere, but my searches are coming up empty.
posted by migurski at 4:00 PM PST - 1 comments

Help me locate an arrangement combining two Vernon Duke songs - April in Paris (1932) and Autumn in New York (1934). I heard it performed once (I think around 2004-2006) at a small venue in New York City, though I can't find a program which would tell me who did the arrangement. [more inside]
posted by mccn at 3:39 PM PST - 2 comments

My brother has been asked to become the godfather (is the sponsor of a Jewish child a godfather?) of his old friend's coming baby boy. The friend is not Jewish, but the baby will be Jewish. What are the duties of a Jewish godfather and what gift would be appropriate for him to give to the baby? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Brown at 3:36 PM PST - 5 comments

What brand/type of dildo should I use to start experimenting with anal penetration? [more inside]
posted by his median eminence at 3:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a jacket to run in cold weather [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 3:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I be concerned about this minor but weird apparent untruth by my SO, or let it go? [more inside]
posted by Pomo at 3:20 PM PST - 55 comments

I need to recover my self-esteem from a possible STD diagnosis when I'm a vulnerable place? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me build the quietest gaming desktop system, pro favor. [more inside]
posted by 6spd at 2:30 PM PST - 11 comments

How do you begin academic research? I'm abroad, trying to build connections, but I'm falling apart—what exactly does 'research' entail and how do I go about starting it? Expanded dumb confusion inside. [more inside]
posted by Papagayo at 2:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Music Publishing company: You register your company name (doing business as, sole proprietor or LLC) with the Secretary of State for your county / state, and pay them a filing fee. You pay for two consecutive notices to appear in a Legal Newspaper. You submit Copyright form SRs to the Copyright Office, and pay fee for each form. Is that about it? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 2:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Someone wrecked my bike's frame while it was locked to a bike ring. Is it salvageable, or even safe to ride? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by pmv at 2:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Tomorrow I will be seeing a neurologist about my migraines. What do I need to know/ask/expect? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 2:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Will weed ever be the same? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:47 PM PST - 17 comments

How do you fill/structure your day when you go from a full-time job to a period of short-term (and possibly long-term) disability? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking for pants online that have a similar fit to Bonobos washed chinos (preferably bootcut) but cost much less than 90 dollars and are available in black. Anybody know any? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at 1:34 PM PST - 0 comments

I'm in the process of planning a bachelorette party in New York, and am looking for some hotel recommendations. We'd like to stay in the SoHo/Meat Packing district. There will be a total of 10 of us and I'd like to keep the price around $100 per person, but think people would be comfortable spending a little bit more if necessary. From my research, and the prices I've seen, it looks like this is going to be tricky! What are you hotel recommendations?
posted by cad at 12:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Light install went bad. We have a positive negative and ground wire dangling from the wall. Is it safe to turn the breaker back on if we put a wire nut on the end of each wire (separately)? More, does the ground wire need a nut? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 12:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Is it legal for a company to withdraw online payments from my account without notifying me first? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:19 AM PST - 13 comments

I'm looking for a desktop Twitter client for my Windows laptop. It should be able to both manage multiple accounts and let me easily save and edit drafts of tweets. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by unsub at 10:47 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I determine whether to purchase vacant land next to my house? 1/3 of an acre in western Oregon, $15,000, but no utilities. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 10:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Which iPad subscription do you recommend- FT (Financial Times) or WSJ (Wall Street Journal)? [more inside]
posted by manny_calavera at 10:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Is there anything illegal about being verbally abusive in a triggering way to someone with mental illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Where's my pencil? I would like to find a .7mm Mechanical Pencil with lead cushioning in a brushed metal barrel - the Staedtler 925 25 would be perfect if it had lead cushioning.
posted by Brent Parker at 9:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Can a mini sewing machine and iMac live happily on the same desk? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 9:08 AM PST - 4 comments

What is the science of a gluten free diet? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 8:10 AM PST - 27 comments

Last week I asked about creative hedge fence ideas because our neighbor has a trashy yard. We thought it would be too rude to put up a fence. Well...now we want the fence. What type of fence? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 8:01 AM PST - 32 comments

Is there a cultural dynamic to groupthink? [more inside]
posted by espada0 at 8:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I tip when I get take-out (and if so, how much)? How does the process work at the restaurant? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson at 7:34 AM PST - 33 comments

What are some of the best under-appreciated songs, by great artists? [more inside]
posted by rahulrg at 7:31 AM PST - 27 comments

I'm looking for a crash-course in modern-day counter-cultures around the world that have come about as a response to a crisis of capitalism or materialism. For example the recent Occupy movement but also more nascent and lesser known ones. [more inside]
posted by scrm at 7:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me have leak-free periods please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:09 AM PST - 63 comments

Cure for ennui? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:09 AM PST - 19 comments

In need of young kitten help and advice please! [more inside]
posted by Trexsock at 6:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Please spoil this episode of Waking the Dead for me- who was the bag man? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo at 3:41 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you know its time to go to the ER with gallbladder issues? Can I wait 24 hours? Please calm my nerves! It's 3:30am, I just had two bouts of loose stool and one episode of throwing up. [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted at 1:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Has anyone had lip lift surgery? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 1:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Hi everyone, I live in Seattle (Queen Anne to be specific), and I was wondering: (1) Whether or not a Vespa would be a great investment, better than a car, taking into account the layout of Seattle, for getting around the city, no major trips, and about as frequent as every weekend, maybe twice a week (2) Coming from NYC and not knowing how to drive, what is the best approach to learning how to drive a Vespa? Is any sort of license required, and where would I go to obtain that license? How long would it take, if I devoted time to learning regularly? Are there any issues specific to Seattle that I should take into account in taking up this project of learning how to ride and purchasing a Vespa? Any general commentary about motorized scooters is also greatly appreciated.
posted by brighteyes7 at 12:17 AM PST - 20 comments

I use Windows 7 Media Center to timeshift basketball games and it works fine, except that after a commercial break where there is a bright white commercial, the brightness is shifted down, and the subsequent footage is too dark. This happens at record time but I'm not sure exactly what is causing it or how to disable. My capture card is an ati tv wonder 600 pci.
posted by Manjusri at 12:14 AM PST - 2 comments

March 24
What's a good car for city living that will allow me to have 2 car seats and room for passengers? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 11:09 PM PST - 18 comments

What lifts should I do to increase the width (from front and rear) or general diameter of my biceps/arms? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:02 PM PST - 7 comments

How much are you supposed to tip on giant food delivery order? [more inside]
posted by macrowave at 10:53 PM PST - 18 comments

What is this mystery Japanese product? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 10:30 PM PST - 5 comments

How did Wirephoto (news wire photo transmission) work ca. 1948 or earlier? Transmission over phone lines of...pixels? Was there error correction? Etc. [more inside]
posted by circular at 10:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me identify the font of the logo for the Belly card. It can be seen on their website here is it a custom logo design or a font? I feel live I've seen it before. Thanks!
posted by twoforty5am at 8:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Why do my arms hurt when I see a cute [human] baby? Is this something other people experience or just some idiosyncrasy of my own weird body? [more inside]
posted by enlarged to show texture at 8:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I Eat This? filter: Farmer's market lettuce left in a hot car for (up to) a few hours - is it safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 7:13 PM PST - 23 comments

I'm trying to find an old comedy book where the protagonist had to spend a large sum of money in a limited period of time. Somehow things always went wrong and the protagonist found himself with more and more money. Another character was following the protagonist to make sure he was spending the large sum. [more inside]
posted by dfreire at 7:09 PM PST - 5 comments

One of the few tricks that Dali the dog (obligatory yada yada) knows is bringing her food dish downstairs when it's time for dinner. But we're having trouble finding the right dog-carryable dish. Help? [more inside]
posted by supercres at 6:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Two weeks today I'm running a half-marathon (my first). The running is not the problem; issues with my digestion and its effects are. How can I deal with running and the need to poop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:43 PM PST - 13 comments

So, on a whim, and thinking it would be fun to offer a variety of size experiences to potential partners, I bought a Vixen Ride On sleeve/extender (NSFW). Slight problem with the mechanics, though. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Advice on using Javascript and JQuery to create a web-survey. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 6:01 PM PST - 6 comments

A young woman of my acquaintance is looking for a church or possibly other religion. Preferably in or around Milwaukee, WI, but general suggestions are great too. She is looking for one that is gay-friendly, feminist, and sex-positive. What would you recommend?  
posted by Slinga at 5:09 PM PST - 12 comments

A model friend of mine is due to work with a photographer about whom I've heard unsavoury (sexual harassment of models-related) rumours. She's an experienced pro model so would likely not take that kind of crap, but I wonder whether I should pass on my information to her (it is at best second hand), or whether I should just keep my mouth shut (for fear of spreading vicious rumours that might be unfounded). FWIW (not much) I have met, and don't particularly like, the photographer in question. Any advice?
posted by gmb at 5:00 PM PST - 11 comments

My group of friends is having trouble with one member and are completely baffled as to how to handle this. [more inside]
posted by buteo at 4:55 PM PST - 55 comments

What source says that human beings are the most secure they've been in 200 years? [more inside]
posted by ichomp at 4:09 PM PST - 4 comments

My 12-year-old wants to get her ears pierced, and I'm wondering about the pros and cons of having it done at a doctor's office versus at the mall. Any advice or experiences from the hive mind comparing these two options would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by plantbot at 4:07 PM PST - 67 comments

Should I transfer schools and move far away? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 4:03 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me find good court shoes for a guy who plays racquetball, has wide feet, and over pronates. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 4:01 PM PST - 1 comments

What would be a suitable protective coating for cabinets that were stripped and treated with a combination of orange oil and beeswax? [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname at 2:29 PM PST - 7 comments

I'd love to visit Japan for a week or two with my wife, but I have some food allergies that will make it difficult. Will it be possible to survive and even find some nice meals with my soy and (pea)nut allergies? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Ways to increase my kinesthetic awareness and proprioception? [more inside]
posted by so_gracefully at 2:04 PM PST - 10 comments

What's so special about French and Chinese laundries? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 1:56 PM PST - 7 comments

My fiancée and I are getting married in a few months, and it's been suggested that we look at gift registries. Aside from asking for help paying for the honeymoon or gifts to charity, we can't figure out what to register for. [more inside]
posted by oostevo at 1:50 PM PST - 35 comments

Name that tune. [more inside]
posted by bigspoon at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you gently let someone know that they're being too friendly and affectionate with you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 PM PST - 29 comments

Song from a Russian film score - lyrics translation wanted. [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry at 1:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Someone I know who is a volunteer would like a copy of the REACT/Red Cross produced video "Where Seconds Count". He had been told he could view it online, but repeated online searches have failed to find it, and neither the Red Cross nor individual REACT organizations seem to be selling physical copies via their websites. I've been trying to help him find it, but have had no luck. Anybody? [more inside]
posted by bunky at 1:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me choose my next work-commuting bike! [more inside]
posted by Mid at 1:21 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I help my Chinese SO come to USA without a marriage visa? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:41 PM PST - 6 comments

What's this movie called? Asking for a friend: a Chasidic Jew in Nazi Europe peddles goods by motorbike, but as the power of the Reich increases, he is increasingly excluded, shunned, and abused. Does this ring any bells for anyone? Thank you!
posted by aimeedee at 12:29 PM PST - 1 comments

Does flipping a switch on and off rapidly damage electrical equipment? [more inside]
posted by antgly at 11:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Please recommend books about unique story lines with minimal romance featuring female protagonists. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 11:56 AM PST - 38 comments

Recommendations for meal delivery places for low-fat meals in Anchorage, Alaska? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 11:52 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I 'get better' when I have conflicts with my own support system? My mom wants me to get better, but I'm easily irritated by her and now I'm moving to be close to her while seeking the help I need. TL;DR in the end because I just have a lot of issues :/ [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 AM PST - 8 comments

What are the next steps I should take after receiving a lowball offer from other party's insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:19 AM PST - 7 comments

My dad is turning 67, and he's a rather eccentric guy. I want to get him something unique for his birthday. Help me find a gift for him! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma at 10:46 AM PST - 24 comments

I'm setting up at my first comic book show, as a dealer selling toys. What do l need to know? [more inside]
posted by quibx at 10:29 AM PST - 6 comments

At work I use a Dell Latitude 5400 on XP Pro. In it's dock - which has twin DVI outputs - it can output to a 32" and a 24" monitor at a resolution of 1920x1200 on each. I want to switch out the Dell with a Thinkpad x200 on Win7. It has a VGA output, and if I buy the dock, it too has a single VGA output. How do I determine the maximum resolution I will be able to achieve from the Thinkpad (understanding that dual monitors would not be possible), and will buying the dock enable me to achieve a larger resolution?
posted by forallmankind at 10:20 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm relocating in 2 months and currently doing the job search. How do I handle current job postings which do not specify a start date: apply anyway and state my arrival time (or don't mention it)? Is there anything I can do in the application/interview process to increase the likelihood that an employer might hold a position for me, or how do I broach the subject? Is it worth applying to a job that has a start date earlier than my arrival "just in case"? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 9:56 AM PST - 10 comments

My socially awkward roommate/friend is hampering my social life. I don't know how to kindly set boundaries without really hurting him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Historical brain fart -- help me remember the name of this English custom!! [more inside]
posted by mibo at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Guitar players -- what are some good country/folk/blues songs for a couple of intermediate acoustic players, one strumming or picking, the other accompanying on slide? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

I have a new smart phone on Virgin Mobile. I could have ported to Google Voice initially, using a number on GV I already had, but chose not to. I'm now getting calls from the cell's # and my GV #. Should I port over to GV completely and have just one number? [more inside]
posted by diode at 8:19 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm a medical student, taking a year off before residency. During the year, I'm going to be working for a new start up that creates medical apps. I will be creating content for their apps and working on their social media strategy. Does anyone have any ideas about how I can determine what I should be paid, and/or how to negotiate it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a first night seder to go to somewhere in the vicinity of northern Maryland. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 7:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Can this friendship be saved? My friend told me about sleeping with a guy in a relationship and I can't stop feeling sick about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM PST - 49 comments

Copy/Paste isn't copying/pasting formatting anymore. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 7:35 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm looking for great facebook pages, and tips for making pages great. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie at 6:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Is there a great book on software audio filter programming? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 5:47 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm looking for a youth campsite/retreat center within 3-hour driving distance from Fairfield County, CT. Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by archimago at 4:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me to learn math as an adult when I still despise the frustrating beast from my childhood! [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 4:33 AM PST - 20 comments

I'm using FileZilla to ftp files to my web server. I want these directories and files to be viewable to the public so they can browse the folders, find the document they'd like to view and download it to their computer. I'm having trouble figuring out the correct file attributes, which you can set with FileZilla. [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 4:10 AM PST - 5 comments

My Macs have decided suddenly to merge the information on two kinds of files into a single file listing. As I use separate programs for these, switching back and forth is really not an option, and manually setting things is going to eventually drive me crazy. Help! [more inside]
posted by mephron at 3:30 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm going to be in Florence for the next couple of days. Where should I have breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong at 3:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Help for a queer immigrant new to San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by lore at 3:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Would a completely autonomous reprogammable AI have a “will to live”? [more inside]
posted by amorphatist at 2:29 AM PST - 14 comments

I bought some Kaffir Limes. (I also bought the leaves, but I've cooked with those before.) What do I do with them? [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 1:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Passover meal all planned for my family, I am making brisket, matzoh ball soup and gefilte fish. Only problem is I want to include two dear friends who are vegetarian and one of them is stictly no dairy! Since I will be so busy cooking everything else, I want to find a FAST EASY entree recipe I can make for them-- no meat, dairy or flour--would love a make ahead casserole like matzoh lasagna, but everything good seems to have cheese! If you have a recipe that fits the bill, PLEASE share!
posted by Lylo at 12:05 AM PST - 22 comments

March 23
I want to do something crafty and fun with old books. [more inside]
posted by spunweb at 11:39 PM PST - 16 comments

What has just happened in my relationship? Am I being unintentionally dramatic and hard on my SO? (long...ugh) [more inside]
posted by couchtater at 10:01 PM PST - 43 comments

So I've used Python here and there to solve system administration tasks and create some small web applications (again to solve any issue related to work). Living in the sys admin world, I typically turn to Bash. Bash because I know it well and I can throw out a solution quickly. Problem is I'm starting to interview more and more for "DevOps" positions, what's the best and fastest way to bring my Python (or insert language) abilities up a notch? I admit that I typically write in Python with one screen trained on the library docs. I've got a solid understanding of data and control structures. I thought maybe coming up with a weekend project might help but I'd like to hear other people's thoughts. Reading good code always helps, but doing is always better for me. I guess the real question is creating something that does x always makes you understand a language at a deeper level (if such thing exists).
posted by snuffaluffagus at 9:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Does anyone remember these lyrics to Brahams Lullaby, or did my mom make them up? I think there were more but I am stuck. Lullaby and Goodnight/ It is time you were sleeping/ In the morning when you wake up/ There will b-e lots to do/ Lullaby and Goodnight/ Da la lala la la la (part I have forgotten)
posted by saradarlin at 9:42 PM PST - 7 comments

How many soldiers (if any?) survived the entirety of the fighting of either the western or eastern front of World War I? [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 9:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Cab ride confessions. Help me learn how to proceed with this situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:25 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking for career path suggestions for a family member. From debt adviser in the charity sector to ??? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Calling all SOONERS: I'm looking for the name of a University of Oklahoma professor, a woman, who taught GEOG 3253 in the Spring of 1985. My memory is that the class was called "Geography of Natural Resources", though my 2012 copy of my transcript says it was "Environmental Conservation". Story inside... [more inside]
posted by takenRoad at 7:45 PM PST - 8 comments

2 related questions about creating/editing MP4 files to play on my Sony Bravia TV: 1) converting MKV files to MP4, and 2) hardcoding subtitiles - specifically SRT files - into my MP4 files. [more inside]
posted by 254blocks at 7:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Crazy, weird phenomenon: since I was a little kid (I'm now almost 52) I have occasionally experienced an extremely sudden, acute sort of spasm--more like a very acute, kind of painful itch--simultaneously in the tip of my big toe and on the skin of my lower abdomen. It will last fractions of a second, but usually reoccur up to 5 or 7 times maybe within the next few minutes. Then nothing for maybe a couple of months. The feeling is definitely located on my skin, not deeper, like a muscular thing. It's very pin-pointed and specifically located. It's quite uncomfortable, almost painful, though very, very quick. It's sudden and acute enough to make me gasp and grab my stomach and my toe in reaction. Obviously this is not a big problem. I'm writing because it's so very strange, and I have never known anyone else to experience this. In fact, if I'm ever bold enough to ask someone, they just laugh in disbelief: "your toe AND your stomach!?!" I know! I mean, how on earth are the big toe and the skin of the abdomen related? So, the question is: anyone else ever experience this weirdness?
posted by primate moon at 7:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Girlfriend's sexual fantasy: Rough sex while listening to dirty hip-hop. Song suggestions?? [more inside]
posted by fso at 7:28 PM PST - 53 comments

What's my responsibility to a buyer who I shipped to in good faith, but he claims he didn't receive his item? [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 at 6:45 PM PST - 7 comments

I am cooking dinner for me and a friend on Tuesday. The friend used to be a chef, and I want to make her something she'll really enjoy. But there are two contraints that are making it hard for me to choose a menu. [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 6:29 PM PST - 22 comments

What is the best reasonably priced handheld device I can buy for playing emulated games, particularly SNES and GBA? [more inside]
posted by raygan at 5:48 PM PST - 5 comments

First TV work soundtrack commission. How to best spend £2K budget? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness at 5:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Vacation suggestions? I have two weeks vacation coming up next month, but no clue yet where I want to go, what I want to do, etc. [more inside]
posted by AMSBoethius at 5:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Examples of novels where the reader is expected to know more than one language. [more inside]
posted by AlexanderPetros at 4:55 PM PST - 37 comments

I am a new eyeglass wearer and the astigmatism correction (the visual distortion) is driving me nuts. Can I ignore it and just get glasses that fit the rest of my prescription? [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill at 4:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Are online MSW programs worth it? Which ones are best? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 4:29 PM PST - 6 comments

What smartphone has the best quality camera? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 4:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Going to San Francisco for two nights! Where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by greenland at 4:04 PM PST - 18 comments

You are not my immigration attorney and I'm not expecting legal advice, but thoughts on green card renewal would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anadem at 3:44 PM PST - 2 comments

OSHEAGA 2012 in Montreal! Tell me all about it! [more inside]
posted by apip at 3:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for the name and/or author of an American poem about a father and son in a boat. [more inside]
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 3:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Were doing an addition to our house, mainly a new kitchen. But included in our wish list is a set of french doors and we must move the washer and dryer to a new location outside the main house. I had a highly recommend contractor come over to take a look. After going over our "wish list" he said the way to proceed is to make a "as built" set of drawings of the property with set-backs, electrical, etc. He does the drawings work himself and charges $50 an hour. Says the entire preliminary drawing could cost up to approx. $5000. My head hurt for awhile and I am just not clear on the best way to proceed. I know we cannot afford all the work we want to get done. I know we are willing to work with cabinetry from places such as IKEA or Home Depot, if that really makes a difference. I know I want to have everything up to code and work with permits on the job. I know my head hurts. I started my own overview house plan using Google SketchUp and the help of this very forum, but it is very preliminary and I am not sure if I am up to making it a complete drawing with gas, elec, plumb, etc that would be necessary for the final job drawings. What I am asking for is help on how to wrap my head around this project. Am I being naive to think that this can all be done without spending 5K on drawings alone? What else am I missing here?? Thanks, Henry
posted by silsurf at 3:20 PM PST - 26 comments

I have been thinking that mercy is an anachronistic concept that has little application in everyday lives. I'd like to see examples (if any) where mercy may manifest itself in your life or the culture as a whole.
posted by Xurando at 3:17 PM PST - 37 comments

What are the highest quality electric barber razors? [more inside]
posted by laptolain at 3:03 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm looking for a blog post I think I saw on Hacker News titled "Ruby is just the API" or something similar. It mentioned the Spine and/or Backbone framework(s) for Javascript. This was in the last two weeks, but the post may have been a bit older.
posted by phrontist at 2:38 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm looking for linked short story collections. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 2:36 PM PST - 23 comments

I've been happily making regular investments, but I suddenly have a lot more money to invest. How should my strategy change, it at all? [more inside]
posted by theexpgen at 2:25 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the books and films that The Hunger Games rips off pays homage to? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 1:44 PM PST - 42 comments

AskMefi, my computer is suddenly refusing to connect to the internet. I'm starting to go a little bit nuts. [more inside]
posted by fight or flight at 1:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Does synthetic polyisoprene (i.e. in non-latex products such as gloves or condoms) contain carbamates?
posted by monkeys with typewriters at 1:33 PM PST - 1 comments

Can I starch my slouchy suede boots? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by CTORourke at 1:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Definitive answer please. Why does ice smell? [more inside]
posted by tigrefacile at 1:16 PM PST - 10 comments

2 cats meet 1 cat. Ms. Alchemist and I moved in together last year, and our cats are not loving it. If they could just coexist peacefully without hissing and growling and peeing on things, we would be very happy. Help us improve this situation! [more inside]
posted by alchemist at 1:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Does anyone know a good vascular surgeon/varicose vein specialist in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Odds on the street: I think that my neighbor has a gambling problem. What should I do to protect myself and those around me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Wrigley's gum, and only Wrigley's gum, makes my nose itch. Why? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 1:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Latinfilter: how would one replace "Satan" with "Christ" in the "Vade Retro satanas" exorcism formula? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 12:55 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm looking for poetry with a feminist leaning and/or covering a certain set of topics. [more inside]
posted by kanata at 12:39 PM PST - 30 comments

Later this week I'm taking my kid and her friend to the Crescent City/ Jedediah Smith National Park area. The plan is to do some hiking in the redwoods and hanging out near the beach, but I'm looking for other suggestions or recommendations for things to do in the region, assuming it's going to stay cool and rainy.
posted by pernoctalian at 11:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Where do I* want to eat in Calgary? *I and a dozen colleagues. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 11:55 AM PST - 9 comments

I want to learn about IP and Network integration for home theater/home automation. Cedia looks like they have exactly what I'm looking for...but not until September. I'm reasonably computer-savvy and a fast learner, so my first choice would be a fast-paced crash course, starting right-the-heck now. In order of preference: Live in-person class(es), interactive learning website or software, book, non-interactive website. Also, location in the Northeast US is optimal but not required. Thanks!
posted by SampleSize at 11:45 AM PST - 0 comments

What are some unique (but non frou frou) appetizers I can cook on a grill? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 11:43 AM PST - 28 comments

Does English have any words that mean the exact same thing? [more inside]
posted by shew at 11:26 AM PST - 100 comments

Asking for a friend. "Jan" is buying a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid, it has 60,000 miles on it now. The dealer is offering a warranty on said car, 6 years or 60,000 miles, for $1600. She is set on the car, but can't decide on the warranty. She has just ended one sided needy relationship with a narcissistic Mercedes with never ending issues. This recent experience is clouding her decision and I suggested turning to mefites. thank you!
posted by jennstra at 11:08 AM PST - 18 comments

What are some English words that contain a prefix, but the root is either not a word or is substantially unrelated to the prefixed word? [more inside]
posted by Geppp at 10:44 AM PST - 37 comments

I want a cheap e-reader for reading longform articles in bed. It must work with Readability or InstaPaper or the like. It does not need to do anything else like games or surfing the intertubes. I have an iPhone for that. Do I want a Kindle?
posted by desjardins at 10:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Trying to turn my life around, but there is a problem. What are the best ways to end an extremely unhealthy 'friendship' with minimal drama?(long, involves substance abuse, clinginess) [more inside]
posted by satori_movement at 9:50 AM PST - 50 comments

Looking for a Boggle-style iOs game with a specific daily game mode! [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 9:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Hit me with your ideas for a staff day/event for a company with 3000 employees in US and Europe [more inside]
posted by guy72277 at 9:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Does anyone know of any self-guided training (books, online, whatever) for ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus? I'd like to learn a bit more about some of the things it's capable of, but the company's own website isn't very helpful and I haven't been able to turn up much via The Google, either.
posted by briank at 9:48 AM PST - 1 comments

If you had a 4.5 hour layover in the Honolulu airport, what would you do with your time? [more inside]
posted by Twicketface at 9:31 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm looking for ways to improve my (non-commercial and very new) anonymous online presence-- to make it easy for potential readers to find my personal blog and Twitter account. If this were any other sort of site I would know (or be able to figure out) what to do, but because it's anonymous (and by definition/subject matter a bit vague) I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by sockless at 9:27 AM PST - 10 comments

I inherited a 1988 John Deere 160LT Lawn Tractor. It has been difficult to start. I was advised that my battery did not have enough cold cranking amps, sp I bought a more powerful twelve-volt battery today and I still cannot start the mower. I can, however, hear a click inside the engine compartment each time I turn the key. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 9:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Highly cited journals in online / distance education? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 9:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Where online can I find cheap (or free, that's always good!) 80s and 90s Barbie shoes and accessories, aside from eBay and Etsy? Copious amounts of linked examples inside. Someone please please help me out here! And any Barbie collectors who wanna chime in are definitely welcome! [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat at 9:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Can anyone help me determine what's safe to delete in the WINDOWS/Installer folder? [more inside]
posted by yorkeandvedder at 9:02 AM PST - 7 comments

This is a pretty basic question about WordPress & Earthlink hosting. I need advice about installing WP through Earthlink's installer in the control panel. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I make a budget/financial graphic like this for a non-profit? It would be incredibly useful for fundraising and board meetings. [more inside]
posted by beisny at 8:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Doing my first (sprint) triathalon in about 6 weeks and need to start looking into gear. I don't have real bike/spin shoes yet, only good sneakers, and I'm ready to bite the bullet and get some. Anything specific I should know before I go into the store and ask someone knowledgeable for advice? Are there different types or are all bike shoes pretty much equal? (For instance, I'd love if I could get one pair and it would work for spin class + both the bike and run portion of the tri.)
posted by lovingkindness at 8:29 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm going legit: Which online music store benefits artists the most? [more inside]
posted by verdeluz at 8:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Please help me troubleshoot my EasyTether (mobile tethering app for Android) and VPN woes. [more inside]
posted by hot soup at 7:55 AM PST - 4 comments

First test: thyroid fairly normal, TSH elevated. Second test comes back with no antibody activity and normal thyroid function. No treatment planned, but I'm still feeling like a ton of bricks has hit me. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 AM PST - 16 comments

How to kindly discourage flirting in a pen-pal context? Military perspectives very welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 12 comments

My 3 year old female cat (DSH) is having urinary issues. We are on day 9 of antibiotics for a UTI (she had no crystals on her UA)and she is not improving. She will be going to the vet for a recheck soon, but I'd really like to hear other people's experiences with UTIs and bladder stones in cats. Does anyone recommend a particular supplement like cranberry? Should I ask the veterinarian to culture her urine for the right antibiotic? Money is in short supply, but I LOVE my cat and will do whatever it takes to get her better. [more inside]
posted by biograd08 at 7:47 AM PST - 18 comments

I just erased a disk (not reformatted). It was the wrong one. How can I undo this horrible thing I did, if at all possible? [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 7:44 AM PST - 9 comments

I video our kids on their birthday while I ask them random questions. I am looking for more questions to ask them and record (on paper or video). Questions like "will you get married?", "What do you want to be when you grow up?", "what was the best day of your life so far?". [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 7:27 AM PST - 22 comments

Mad Men Canada: Will Mad Men Season 5 be available on iTunes Canada, Netflix, or something other? I will not be boosting my cable package for just the one show, even if it's this one. [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault at 6:29 AM PST - 14 comments

How does Throat Coat tea work? Singers and people who use their voice professionally all seem to recommend Throat Coat to soothe vocal strain, but I'm interested in how it works. If I twisted my ankle, I wouldn't want to take a pain killer and keep running. Does Throat Coat contain some sort of herbal anaesthetic? Can anyone tell me how it works so well?
posted by surenoproblem at 1:28 AM PST - 6 comments

March 22
So, being myself isn't quite working out, in that I either wind up being entirely untalkative, boring or entirely strange. How can I stop this? [more inside]
posted by jumelle at 11:30 PM PST - 32 comments

HP 1400 Printer Setup Hell [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 10:46 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I go from semi-hip-commuter-cyclist-girl to super-awesome-bike-racer-chick? Help me become the female Tom Boonen. [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 10:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Trying to locate more info (and ads/packaging) for these toys from 1999. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 9:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find a pair of leather gladiator sandals? Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by sucre at 8:18 PM PST - 9 comments

How to best go about finding a speech-language pathologist that is willing to do Skype sessions? [more inside]
posted by trogdole at 7:48 PM PST - 5 comments

iPhone filter: Dad and I are on the same Verizon plan each with identical iPhone 4Ss (that was clumsy) purchased at the same time ... but our texts to one another are green, not blue. Now that I think of it, I think most of the texts of mine that should be blue are green. [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky at 7:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a choral work I heard several years ago. It had a line that was repeated a few times throughout that ended in the word "done," but the 'n' sound was stretched out like "dunnnnnnn." It may have been 'work is done' or something similar. I think it was religious. Any help? [more inside]
posted by amcm at 7:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Why does the Netflix Watch Instantly homepage hate me? It can take anywhere from 5 minutes to ∞ minutes to load all the images. I can't say it's completely useless without the images—if I'm desperate, I can mouse over every black rectangle to see what it contains—but I'm sure the irritation is shortening my life. While it's loading, I typically see a message that Firefox is waiting on data from one of (what appear to be) Netflix's servers. I tried flushing my DNS cache, and that actually seemed to help momentarily, but then it stopped helping. (Yeah, I don't think it really helped.) Is this just Comcast throttling Netflix so I'll use Comcast's video service? Is there anything I can do to speed things up? I started the dreaded customer service phone call last night and that actually seemed to precipitate an avalanche of image loading—did they see my customer service ID and say hey, dump that guy's images so he'll hang up?
posted by bricoleur at 6:36 PM PST - 11 comments

I am building a collection of books to teach the history of fine art book making, and I would like to find copies of the Torah, Bible, and Quran that are visually pleasing. Do you recommend any specific editions? Unfortunately, my total budget for a starter collection is only $500, so I would especially value suggestions that are modest in price. At the minimum I would like to show my students a range of calligraphy, typesetting, and illumination, but I suspect that I can find some really interesting editions that do much more. All suggestions are welcome.
posted by mortaddams at 6:23 PM PST - 12 comments

There are a zillion great books on game design, writing for games, designing sound for games etc. But what about game production? What're the important texts/articles/blog posts for leading a team and standard production practices? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 5:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Please suggest the most riveting, distracting, absorbing fiction! [more inside]
posted by amro at 5:23 PM PST - 63 comments

How would one visualize 3 parametars on the same graph? I have to visualize my sleeping schedule (time + day) + alternations of my body temperature during the day on the same graph. How could it be done?
posted by leigh1 at 5:19 PM PST - 13 comments

How do you deal with fears about global warming? [more inside]
posted by gentian at 5:01 PM PST - 39 comments

I need to rent (or acquire, if renting is silly) a sandblaster, as well as the correct abrasive material to sandblast the interior of a 22' fiberglass sailboat. I have access to a large air compressor, and I'm handy with tools - just never used a sandblaster before. [more inside]
posted by namewithoutwords at 5:00 PM PST - 8 comments

should i leave my current job to go back to my old company? [more inside]
posted by cm1088 at 4:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Ladies, please? Does anyone have any ideas on where to find a plain old COTTON swim suit? [more inside]
posted by henry scobie at 4:24 PM PST - 8 comments

I have some works of fine art by two different Canadian painters that I would like to sell. As I am new to selling, I want to avoid being taken advantage of. [more inside]
posted by Dodecadermaldenticles at 4:04 PM PST - 2 comments

What are some good, EASY vegetarian recipes I can freeze, TV dinner-style? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 3:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Spa Pillow Rehab? Looking for suggestions on how to replace "skin" over foam spa pillows. [more inside]
posted by Big_B at 3:50 PM PST - 1 comments

I don't really like hip hop (with the exception of older stuff like RUN DMC and Beastie Boys). However, once in a while I come across some tracks that I really enjoy, like these two songs by Wiley and this one by Azaelia Banks. Any other artists / tracks with a similar vibe that I should be listening to? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me put together a Hitchhiker's Guide / outer-space themed DJ mix for a friends' birthday party! [more inside]
posted by thedaniel at 3:12 PM PST - 41 comments

I am navigating a very awkward, uncomfortable situation with a coworker who wants us to be friends. I'm in need of smart, sensible advice on how to handle this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:41 PM PST - 92 comments

How to fill my time on medical leave for RSI issues? And how to cope with not being able to live as normal? [more inside]
posted by itesser at 2:37 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I find every possible outcome of an arbitrary length set of coin flips? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 2:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Some of my best friends are getting married, and they have asked my husband and I to give a reading during the ceremony. Help us find the perfect reading. Difficulty level: Must be around 5 minutes long. [more inside]
posted by erst at 2:21 PM PST - 24 comments

My boyfriend seems to have a kind of blindness around other people's feelings and motivations. I don't think he has Aspergers -- more like ADD and some narcissistic traits, perhaps. What might this be called, how can I gently help him with it, and how can he help himself? [more inside]
posted by sockratties at 2:16 PM PST - 36 comments

I currently live in a shady neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. I call the police at least once a week. I also have a 50 mile commute through the city. We want to move closer to my work sooner rather than later. After almost 2 years of unemployment that wiped us out financially, we're back on our feet, but savings is in rough shape. I have a 401k from my previous employer with about 30K in it, and I'm wondering if there is any sensible way to use the money in the 401k as a down payment so that we can buy, rather than rent. Making payments won't be a problem, just the down payment. We intend to stay in the new place for many years, and I really, really hate moving, so I'd rather not move this year into a rental, and then do it again in a year or two.
posted by Morydd at 2:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Our dog is decidedly more manic when left alone with me. Is it normal for dogs to behave very differently with two different caregivers? How can I make things better for her where I'm concerned? [more inside]
posted by peripathetic at 1:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Tips/Tricks to get a dog interested in the frisbee? [more inside]
posted by wcmf at 1:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Veggie sausages vs. meat sausages: Which is healthier? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 1:40 PM PST - 24 comments

What are the odds of finding a bar in Brussels showing the Stormers/Bulls Super XV Rugby match? [more inside]
posted by PenDevil at 1:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Does anyone have recent experience with free VOIP apps for Android. [more inside]
posted by buggzzee23 at 1:18 PM PST - 9 comments

What are some good poems/lyrics about ALL aspects of sex? [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 1:05 PM PST - 20 comments

A cinephile is someone who loves movies, but a cineaste is someone who uses her love of movies to inform and inspire her own filmmaking. Do other disciplines have a similar term? [more inside]
posted by beautifulstuff at 12:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Have you had Gynecare Thermachoice? My doctor has recommended it to treat some ongoing menstrual issues I have. If you have had it, can you tell me if it was useful, horrible, etc., particularly related to cramps and PMS?
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 2 comments

I’m considering trying to become an Audiologist. I’m 27 and have an undergrad degree in philosophy and music. Talk me off the ledge or help me jump. [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder at 12:25 PM PST - 7 comments

I recently find myself 41, married, child-free, and a housewife in a rural area (I am no longer working due to a currently moderate but progressive disability). It's important for my health to stay active and engaged, and I like to be busy. In trying to research the fine art of being a homemaker, I can't find ANY websites that cater to people in my particular situation (2 adults, no kids). I've even tried websites about how to live life as a retiree, but they seem to think all people over 65 do is travel and play golf with their financial adviser. Any suggestions on sites about how to be an "alternative housewife"? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 12:10 PM PST - 31 comments

I am a male in my 20's, and I get the same things done every time (shirt sides taken in, coat sleeves taken up, or pant legs hemmed up). Does anyone know of an affordable, quality tailor in Richmond? Every time I call asking for an estimate, they tell me to bring my clothes in to get an estimate. I would waste time and money driving all over town!
posted by sushi69 at 11:59 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I move 100 or so GoDaddy email accounts to our server and not lose email and have minimal downtime? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 11:48 AM PST - 13 comments

After a recent and unexpected breakup, I'm starting to feel like relationships can end at any time, and finding it hard to imagine letting myself love again. Help me figure out a healthier way to think about dating in general. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:51 AM PST - 22 comments

What are the best DIY sites on the web? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika at 10:24 AM PST - 13 comments

My spouse has been having an emotional affair at best and sleeping with an ex at the worst and I'm 6 months pregnant, what in the world do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:22 AM PST - 81 comments

Should we do something about this stray kitty? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 10:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Mew. How do we get 2 kitties across the country? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:12 AM PST - 36 comments

Help me decide the perfect funny/nerdy word or phrase to use on a gift for a friend who recently got his PhD in Economics. [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 at 9:35 AM PST - 15 comments

I am an aspiring young adult author who has a literary agent. My agent has represented me since 2008 and in that time has tried to sell two different novels that I wrote. My second book has been out with editors since June, and there still have not been any takers. I just finished the first draft of my third novel and am starting to wonder if I should start looking for a different agent to represent me. [more inside]
posted by Palmfrond at 9:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Where do I park near Brighton Music Hall on Friday night in Boston? [more inside]
posted by otters walk among us at 9:25 AM PST - 12 comments

I need advice on dealing with my family's flakiness. [more inside]
posted by hought20 at 9:21 AM PST - 15 comments

I am angry at everyone who tries to be friendly with me because of a repeated thing that has happened to me socially and with my family as well. I really don't want to become bitter and friendless but I either feel like I'm putting on an act or I get angry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:20 AM PST - 19 comments

What are the best places to go vintage and/or second-hand shopping in Houston and any other advice on vintage shopping in general appreciated. Help! [more inside]
posted by daydreamer at 9:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find some horrible, soul-deadening instrumental music like that heard on "Between Two Ferns" (link to Funny or Die video)?
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to go to a therapist and submit the bills to my student insurance, but what if I need to get independent health insurance later? (I.e., what if I start my own business or something?) I'm in the USA--Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, and Illinois, most likely. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

I will be renting my house to a friend shortly (June). What resources (web sites, books, etc.) would you recommend on such various issues as; drawing up a lease, potential problems & how to avoid them, things I might be forgetting, etc. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 8:53 AM PST - 4 comments

What are some examples of small web apps that earn their creators a side-income? What are the stories behind them? [more inside]
posted by philipy at 8:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Is it common to forget specifics of emotional abuse? (potential triggers inside) [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 8:43 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me find a high collar dress shirt for women, like that worn by Glenn Close in Damages? [more inside]
posted by Falwless at 8:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Filipino, currently living in the Philippines and have never been to the USA. I want to buy a house in the Indianapolis area, one I saw online for $20,000 and can pay in cash. Now my question is: Can someone who have never been to the USA purchase a property? If yes, how? And will it entitle me to be able to live there legally, since I already bought a property in their country? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg at 8:25 AM PST - 15 comments

In the office I work, we've got a Lexmark C935 colour laser printer. It gets loads of use, so we're constantly ordering toner and photoconducters for it. [more inside]
posted by colin folds five at 8:18 AM PST - 7 comments

I sold some items through a consignment shop that has now gone out of business. On the day I picked up my unsold items, they said they'd be distributing checks after the last day of operation. That was nearly three weeks ago. Would it really take this long, or did they just take my money and run? [more inside]
posted by never nice at 8:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking to go back to school for Physical Therapy in NYC. [more inside]
posted by gpoint at 8:03 AM PST - 2 comments

Historically I have a bad habit of using q-tips to clean deeply into my ear. I am now dealing with my second ear infection in under a year. I am positive these two facts are directly related. How do I break my bad habit, and perform proper ear maintenance? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 7:56 AM PST - 31 comments

You know that peel-away silicon caulk you can use to seal up leaky window panes in the winter and then dispose of in the summer? That stuff's awesome. Unfortunately, I must have accidentally used the regular silicone caulk last fall. Any ideas how to get it off without destroying the finish on the panes? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Give me your best tips and strategies for combating work-related stress, particularly how to not let the stress leak into time when I want to be decompressing, not worrying. [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 7:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommendations for custom color letterpressed business cards ? [more inside]
posted by darkgroove at 7:41 AM PST - 12 comments

I am working on a school project where I need to figure out if a specific combination of different shaped items can be successfully packed into a known box size. One Example: I am shipping a small statue, a toaster box, and coffe cup into a 20x20" box. (I can measure the individual items) I will have many different items or combinations of items. I need to know if there is a calculator or computer program I can use to know if selected items will fit in my shipment box. Anyone know how to be pursue this? THanks!
posted by kmurray24 at 7:36 AM PST - 6 comments

What to make for dinner for 4 - 6 people that can handle with a 3 hour car ride with no cooler? [more inside]
posted by zix at 7:12 AM PST - 22 comments

Dog training, crate training question. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 7:08 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm having trouble figuring out the pronunciation of several of my Chinese students' names. Help! [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 7:05 AM PST - 12 comments

My front door is not closing correctly and is scraping against the marble threshold/saddle. If I lift the door up using the door handle as I close it, the door clears the threshold and shuts just fine. I have been given two conflicting solutions. What to do? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 7:05 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me pick a baby crib that won't break the bank and will look nice in our small (approx. 100 sq. ft.) nursery. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 6:59 AM PST - 25 comments

Loving our new iPad 3, but it's adopted my iPhone's ID and hijacked my wife's along with it - I need some help getting two devices back to normal. [more inside]
posted by jalexei at 6:26 AM PST - 11 comments

What the heck is going on with my computer? The Windows task bar suddenly becomes unresponsive and other things suddenly started acting bizarrely. Details within... [more inside]
posted by littlesq at 5:57 AM PST - 5 comments

MeFi's, I'm at my wit's end. Help me install a DVD burner in a desktop. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 5:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for practical travel accessories [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 4:38 AM PST - 32 comments

I'm looking for movies that have a father that is living well even beyond family life. [more inside]
posted by meantime at 3:31 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm looking for a good blog/website devoted to design plagiarism (not just web design rip offs). The best site so far was You Thought We Wouldn't Notice but is is not active anymore. I'm not interested in legal advices, just lots of examples of rip-offs.
posted by kamil_antosiewicz at 3:18 AM PST - 2 comments

March 21
Baroque Choral Music Filter: I love the kind of baroque choral music with multiple parts going on simultaneously or in very close interaction, providing a gorgeous complex polyphonic tapestry that transcends language and sends me to heaven (as JS intended!). I very much dislike the soloists droning on in German against the orchestra. Which albums have more of the former? [more inside]
posted by zachawry at 11:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Is off-the-shelf cough syrup a controlled substance now? [more inside]
posted by fuse theorem at 10:09 PM PST - 21 comments

Why is my ex (who dumped me) still contacting me a year later? We only dated for a few months and then he dumped me by text. I, understandably upset, deleted and blocked him online and off my phone and went on with my life. Since then he's been sending me texts or e-mails every few months. [more inside]
posted by Dynex at 10:02 PM PST - 43 comments

So, I've joined a gym. Now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 10:00 PM PST - 23 comments

Low-key, not super expensive beach getaways for May, east coast-ish? [more inside]
posted by manicure12 at 9:50 PM PST - 6 comments

How hard will it be for me to find work in New York City in an Art Direction role with a boutique design firm or major news-media organization? (Looking for a fresh 2012 / Canadian to NYC / Design approach, if possible) [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto at 9:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I get fillings of tooth cavities that have been diagnosed with a Diagnodent laser? If so, what number should I make my cut-off? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla at 9:16 PM PST - 8 comments

How did my Yahoo mail get hacked to send spam without showing any login in recent history? [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree at 8:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a way to find out which Blu-Ray movies include iTunes digital copy? [more inside]
posted by ridogi at 8:45 PM PST - 1 comments

Help me crack a communication enigma and figure out how to deal with a workplace bully. [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 8:38 PM PST - 28 comments

How do I maintain a relationship with my nephews and niece when I live far away from them? [more inside]
posted by McPuppington the Third at 7:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for a 90" (w) sofa sectional. Cannot find one anywhere, with the sole exception of a model that is from Restoration Hardware (MAXWELL UPHOLSTERED LEFT-ARM SOFA CHAISE SECTIONAL) selling for 5k. This is a very nice couch but since I have to buy a small couch, I would rather spend less. That being said, I love the look of the RH one [more inside]
posted by Nellebee at 7:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Tracking down a pre-2000 children's TV show with a female presenter in a fairy tale style magician's house. [more inside]
posted by jeffkramer at 7:11 PM PST - 5 comments

My wife is struggling with stress levels at work. How can I help her reduce them without patronising her, and at the same time stop being so selfish when dealing with her stress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me remember the name and choreographer of a classic piece of modern dance that involved incredible leaps. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy at 6:32 PM PST - 12 comments

I've ruined my All-Clad non-stick frying pans. Help me find some new ones that I can't hurt. [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 6:21 PM PST - 29 comments

Is shaking hands at the end of a date too formal? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 6:20 PM PST - 35 comments

I'm a humanities-oriented people person freelancing as a Web developer and IT person, but tired of working from home in isolation. While I enjoy running my own operation, I wish I could get out there and teach people, work with kindred spirits, etc. Anyone have any ideas or experience they might be willing to share on beating this predicament? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Please help me talk to my boyfriend about his relationship with his ex-wife and rude, overly indulged child and evaluate my relationship overall. Yeah, I know. Long. [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert at 6:14 PM PST - 42 comments

Please suggest texts about bacteria and viruses. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 6:05 PM PST - 9 comments

I feel bad saying I'm a virgin, and I feel bad saying I'm not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:59 PM PST - 29 comments

I want to visit my hometown before my mother sells the house I grew up in. Complication: ailing kitty. [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 5:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Travel recs? SO and I are doing a road trip through Idaho, Oregon and Washington [more inside]
posted by bluehermit at 5:00 PM PST - 13 comments

I reached my financial aid limit at college because I spent four years taking classes in order to "find myself." I took time off to figure out what I wanted, and now I'm working two jobs to pay to go back. Can you recommend some regionally accredited online schools that aren't too costly? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 4:59 PM PST - 20 comments

I'm looking for a book or story I read about a Jewish baby who is thrown from a crowded train on its way to a concentration camp during the Holocaust. The baby was sick, and some passengers thought he/she had died. When his mother fell asleep, they threw the baby from the train. I think the book mainly focused on what happened to the baby after it was found near the train tracks, but I mainly remember the child's mother. After losing her baby, she took to standing in her closet, trying to recreate the feeling of being on that crowded train with her child. [more inside]
posted by last_fall at 4:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I get health insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:13 PM PST - 33 comments

A friend of mine has Hashimotos and just (happily) got pregnant. She's super worried about her pregnancy and I'd love to send her a care package, but I know there's tons of exclusions of food for both pregnancy and Hashimotos, so I'd love some input on what would make her day!
posted by anonymous at 4:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Is this false advertising or just bad sales technique? Salespeople using "Made in USA" to boost sales... of foreign-made items. [more inside]
posted by checkitnice at 3:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Best high-megapixel, high-zoom camera for the photography-challenged to take on wilderness vacation? [more inside]
posted by amber_dale at 3:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Quickest, most efficient way of stacking 40,000 GeoTIFF rasters (about 6gb in total) into a NetCDF file? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 3:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Is this contract for translation reasonable? Normal? Acceptable? [more inside]
posted by little cow make small moo at 3:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Suggest unto me some dressy -- albeit lighter -- men's jackets & outerwear! [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau at 3:32 PM PST - 7 comments

My sister is Topper from Dilbert. She's an Est-er. (Everything is the Best, Biggest, Mostest, Greatest, etc.) Help keep me from throttling her. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 3:19 PM PST - 21 comments

I just discovered the most amazing study on the average finances of musicians - is there anything equivalent for the film industry? [more inside]
posted by sidi hamet at 2:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Where does it make sense to go for our late July/early August honeymoon? The wedding is in Bulgaria (nearest airports in Bulgaria are Bourgas and Sofia, but we can also fly out of Istanbul, Turkey) and afterward we'll fly home to Seattle. [more inside]
posted by halogen at 2:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Does an agency track colds and minor aliments like colds? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 2:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Question about proper saving of e-mail and web receipts in case of an IRS audit. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 2:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Dumbest question I've ever asked here, but: Spanish for artichoke? Is "la alcachofa" correct? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 2:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me buy my wife a computer. We know about what she wants but it's been several years since purchasing a machine and we're out of the loop. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 2:08 PM PST - 39 comments

Border crossings along the Niagara River: Peace Bridge or Lewiston-Queenston? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 2:03 PM PST - 11 comments

I have at least 12 hours (probably more) between the end of my current lease and the start of my new one. What do I do with my stuff? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount at 1:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Could a low dose (10 mg/day) of fluoxetine really help with my generalized anxiety? I can find information on its use for panic disorder, but it doesn't seem to be explicitly indicated for GAD. Has it worked for you? [more inside]
posted by dialetheia at 1:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Is an overseas honeymoon possible? [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 1:24 PM PST - 33 comments

MPA or M.S. Writing? More useful, or more engaging? I'm at a point where I am thinking about my advanced degree choices, and would love some input and advice. [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette at 1:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me help a friend suffering severe depression in Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by harujion at 12:55 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm looking for some websites for the beginner. I'm fine with the animation part. That is (relatively) easy. But I'm pretty much totally lost on the Action script part of it, and the Adobe tutorials are a little complicated for my idiot self. I'm just a little ol' designer and all this talk of code and scripts and computer lingo is freaking me out. I'll take anything. Any ideas. Any help. Anything. Thank you.
posted by freakazoid at 12:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I ignore occasional--maybe accidental--hangups from a former coworker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:35 PM PST - 33 comments

I need professional help with trying to save my marriage to a person who has had profound anger, anxiety, and depression issues since childhood. I need help with leading her toward restarting therapy (and potentially toward reconsidering her insistence on no chemical treatment). Our relationship is in serious jeopardy and we have a child. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:34 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the most effective way to use a thundershirt for a dog that's anxious most of the time? Other tips for helping an anxious dog are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 12:34 PM PST - 28 comments

Can you help me fake a reader layout/imposition mock-up for a printing project WITHOUT using the hated Excel? [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 12:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Not sure how to respond to this very important email introduction. [more inside]
posted by Shouraku at 12:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Can anyone please explain to me how to enter the highway without mentally writing my last will and testament? It terrifies me and I feel I endanger other people, too. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 11:58 AM PST - 33 comments

Should my mother's mechanic have caught a failing fuel pump when he repaired a closely related relay? [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay at 11:56 AM PST - 10 comments

I need to lose a bunch of weight by next Tuesday morning. How can I do it? [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 11:53 AM PST - 46 comments

Looking for real world experience with white cabinets. Should I go with wood for a higher end look or high quality MDF lacquered and avoid possible hair line cracks in the finish? For the look we want, thermofoil is out. [more inside]
posted by FastGorilla at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm looking for a book I read as a pre-teen. It's been years since I read it and I can't recall the name of the writer, or the title of the work. I recall a little of the plot, but not much. As far as I recall, it was about a girl living in a small town in the east coast who falls into a pit, or cave, something like that, and is saved by a man made of earth and stone. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist at 11:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Stand alone tablet/laptop mounts that are balanced/floating arm? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 11:13 AM PST - 3 comments

So I tried to patch a bike tube on my lunch break and I apparently didn't spread enough of the vulcanizing agent. Is the tube ruined? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 11:01 AM PST - 14 comments

I am irrationally afraid of heights and subway trains. I live in New York City. HELP! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:59 AM PST - 18 comments

My friend groups feel bored with "life as usual." As do I. Any ideas on non-drinking activities in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by hubble at 10:49 AM PST - 42 comments

How does one convert hundreds of multiple page PDFS (of varying page sizes per PDF and varying total page count), so that only a single jpeg is saved of the first page of each PDF, with the original file name intact. I have access to Photoshop CS 5 (not 5.5) and IrfanView 4.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:47 AM PST - 18 comments

I got the job. Hooray! Now it's stressing me out. Advice and perspective greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm lost. I'm facing divorce of my wife of 5 years. I've been with her for longer than that, 10, 12 years. We have a 3 year old son. I need help. How can one survive this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 AM PST - 37 comments

Please help me name our new "employee of the month" award. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 10:28 AM PST - 27 comments

Please help brainstorming a new and better paying career. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 10:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Conditioning, Stamina, Endurance...5k in 30 days! [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 9:43 AM PST - 9 comments

What's a good mid-range car for a person who likes shiny electronic gizmos? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 9:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Graphicnovelfilter : I am very much a novice when it comes to graphic novels but have enjoyed the realist works of Joe Sacco (The Fixer & Palestine) and The Burma Chronicles (Guy Delise) initially kickstarted along time ago by my stumbling upon Harvey Pekar (American Splendour). What other graphic novels of this nature should I be tracking down? I'm interested in International Relations / Politics / History / Travel / Journalism / Espionage - as well as more esoteric perspectives on the world - so anything ticking these boxes would be great.
posted by numberstation at 9:29 AM PST - 26 comments

I'd like to get a chef's knife for my wife, as she has recently developed an interest in cooking. The thing is, she has pretty bad arthritis and needs a knife that would be easy to hold, something with a largish handle. Any suggestions as to brand would be great. Also I should mention we are looking for a decent quality carbon steel type knife.
posted by WASP-12b at 9:25 AM PST - 23 comments

Looking for a car headrest mount for my iPad [more inside]
posted by TedW at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Reverse-headhunters. Does such a thing exist? I want to pay a company to find me a new job. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 9:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Please help me plan for a bachelor party, in a city I've never been in. Which is happening in 48 hours. [more inside]
posted by Poppa Bear at 9:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Name that game: Flash based snail edition! [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 8:40 AM PST - 4 comments

After seeing the Human Bird Wings video (doesn't matter if it's real or not), I thought about this TED Talk again. Are there any 3D programs/motion-capturing software that can map out that bird and its motion from the talk and convert a 3D model out of it? Then all you would have to do is scale it to human size and build it offline right?
posted by querty at 8:21 AM PST - 4 comments

I am interested in purchasing a Heart Rate Monitor for myself. I am overwhelmed by my choices and am leaning towards "what my friend has"...but want to hear about other options before making the purchase. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 8:13 AM PST - 15 comments

Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 8:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me negotiate a better salary for a federal job. Also, if I start the clearance process (after tentative offer, before final offer), is it really bad form to back out and take another job? [more inside]
posted by pseudonick at 7:57 AM PST - 22 comments

I want a secure way for people to log into a server on my Windows machine from the internet. I have an idea; is it good? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 7:40 AM PST - 13 comments

My department chair thinks I dress too nicely for academia. Is this solid career advice, or is he just being a curmudgeon? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot at 7:38 AM PST - 80 comments

Any suggestions for young adult novels in English for a reading class of high-level Japanese university students (18-19 years old)? [more inside]
posted by ameca at 7:36 AM PST - 17 comments

I have a limited edition graphic novel by a well-known artist which is apparently very valuable suddenly. What next? [more inside]
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth at 7:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me and my girlfriend get short extensions on our separate leases instead of being forced into year-long extensions. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 7:22 AM PST - 10 comments

My dear friend, to whom I am not attracted, continually brings up wanting to date me and isn't getting what I thought were my polite expressions of interest in being just platonic. I think I need to tell him in no uncertain terms, but am not sure how, due to the special snowflake details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 AM PST - 49 comments

Looking for book recommendations or self-directed online prep courses to aid in studying to take the CAPM exam. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 7:07 AM PST - 2 comments

UK Insurance Question: Has anyone else tried to get critical illness/ life insurance cover. I have questions: [more inside]
posted by london302 at 6:46 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm curious about trying regular fasting for general health (not weight loss nor spiritual reasons) but I'm finding a lot of woo. [more inside]
posted by Katine at 6:43 AM PST - 17 comments

Relationship filter: New guy. His former flame. Her very bad medical condition. Wondering how to control my anxieties. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:41 AM PST - 19 comments

I did some out of character, stupid things while in the middle of a long nervous breakdown. I told many of my close friends. Now how do I handle the shame? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:41 AM PST - 15 comments

What's the smell on a freshly cleaned aeroplane and can it be replicated? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 5:37 AM PST - 2 comments

I have a 2002-era problem: a big library of Mp3s, many ripped from physical CDs I own, some downloaded from iTunes, others left over from when I merged music collections with my then partner. They are completely disorganised. Some albums are incomplete, most lack album art, hundreds of individual songs are just kicking around in a big folder of their own. What's the best way to tame the mess? (This question has been asked before, but I imagine best solutions have changed since 2008). [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 5:16 AM PST - 32 comments

It's all in my head, I think. Questions about signals I thought were being sent by a woman I have strong feelings for. (..a little long) [more inside]
posted by Guyatoffice at 3:14 AM PST - 23 comments

What are the must see attractions in Aberdeen? [more inside]
posted by Emilybpd at 2:50 AM PST - 4 comments

What is the name of this info box that pops in when you scroll to the bottom of a webpage? Seen here here but also on many other pages.
posted by MarvinJ at 2:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Where is the best place to go for a bra fitting when you don't have a "typical" body? [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek at 2:25 AM PST - 15 comments

Who are the best prose stylists in science fiction? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 at 2:14 AM PST - 68 comments

3d human figure models...is thng I'm asking for exist? Long complicated details inside. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 12:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Needing advice from an estate lawyer or someone with thorough knowledge of how trusts work. [more inside]
posted by northxnorthwest at 12:07 AM PST - 15 comments

March 20
Is it a good idea to try dating when you don't have your life figured out? [more inside]
posted by costanza at 10:18 PM PST - 26 comments

Late twenties female taking a break from professional school, met a man online who shockingly may be a potential future partner in life, yet does not know about the past six months of my life... when would you tell him and about what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 PM PST - 31 comments

What does this shirt mean, if anything? It says "Robespierre" three times, and each of the "O"s are the faces of three different (cartoon?) characters. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:38 PM PST - 13 comments

I was extremely mean to the staff of a bar. Should I try to apologize? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:34 PM PST - 49 comments

We have a close friend who needs a job solely for the benefits. The catch: he has been out of the work force for five years and isn't particularly social or skilled. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 9:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me find a great outfit that is awesome and unique, and won't get me weird stares from strangers. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 8:23 PM PST - 10 comments

What to do late night in New York that is not drinking centric? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 8:22 PM PST - 13 comments

GroupCommitmentFilter: I've been trying to put together a large group of people to participate in an artistic performance-based hobby that they all claim to enjoy. I'm the group leader, and it feels like I'm herding cats when it comes to getting people to commit to attending training sessions so that our shows will be of a high quality. I'm constantly altering my plans so that the least experienced people aren't left behind. How can I get people to step up their game and commit to the group without alienating them? [more inside]
posted by adamk at 7:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Any recommendations for quiet eSATA two- or four-hard drive enclosure that supports RAID 0/1? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Does the description of the trial in the book "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest" accurately reflect Swedish court procedure? [more inside]
posted by HiroProtagonist at 7:03 PM PST - 1 comments

I have just been given a substantial raise and promotion. Yay! Now, I want to take most of that extra income and stash it away, for the time being, in some kind of savings vehicle. What kind of savings vehicle is right for me? [more inside]
posted by breakin' the law at 6:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Recommendations on routers with QoS, please? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 6:53 PM PST - 8 comments

another thirty-something with only a bachelor's degree uncertain about what to do career-wise. Also uncertain as to what transferable skill(s) to highlight, if any, were I to apply for a job. What should I do with myself? (longgggggggggggg, slightly snowflake-y post ahead) [more inside]
posted by ditto75 at 6:38 PM PST - 17 comments

I just found a text from another woman on my husbands phone. Not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by my_thai at 6:23 PM PST - 72 comments

Help me avoid a fitting room meltdown. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma at 6:21 PM PST - 45 comments

Can you recommend audiobooks (downloadable only) or podcasts for handling anxiety? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 6:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a quick and cheap template to make a simple but polished e-picturebook that I can offer as a free download / giveaway with a CD product? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 5:54 PM PST - 2 comments

[MAC Filter] Why is my Safari doing this weird "roll up" thing that I don't know exactly what to call and how to I make it stop? (Pics Inside) [more inside]
posted by trixare4kids at 5:23 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm trying to find a singer/song-writer who I heard for the first time 3 years ago. She had a soft, high, very feminine voice, and the lyrics were entirely nonsensical (although grammatically correct), detailed descriptions of bizarre circumstances. This might not be true of all of her songs, but I remember, many times, thinking "god this song is beautiful... /wait/ what's it about?!" [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh at 4:34 PM PST - 47 comments

How do does one complain effectively to the FCC concerning interference by one FM radio station with another one? An aged relation in a rural area is upset that a new religious station is interfering with her reception of the closest public broadcasting station. [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 4:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Mad Men 5 is screening in the UK soon. How will us non SKY subscribers cope? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 4:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it ethically questionable to knowingly start working for your future competition? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I have sex with my (male) partner when he has a urinary tract infection? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:38 PM PST - 12 comments

My great aunt was murdered somewhere in the USA around 1970 by her husband. I only know her first name. How do I find out the details? [more inside]
posted by pandini at 3:31 PM PST - 28 comments

My W7 laptop has an InPageCoFire error, and Windows Explorer crashes. Am I hooped? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 3:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I get a phone number that I can access through the internet, with the option of forwarding to my cell phone? That can handle voice *and* SMS in both directions (for privacy reasons). [more inside]
posted by Nish ton at 3:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Last-minute travel question: Can I leave the Warsaw airport during my layover? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 2:43 PM PST - 6 comments

I have a job interview for a junior/intermediate financial writer position with a financial services marketing company on Friday. This is a bit of a career jump for me as my background is mostly in legal editing with one stint at an educational publisher. Are there any MeFites with some sort of experience in financial writing who have some advice for me on how to ace the interview, or on what kind of research and prep I should be doing? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 2:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Shopping options for relatively inexpensive hot-weather clothes for a plus-size woman? [more inside]
posted by brilliantine at 2:09 PM PST - 13 comments

What are business email courtesies in French and Spanish? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 2:09 PM PST - 17 comments

I spilled some beer on my MacBook durring an international Skype-powered drinking contest. The computer itself is totally fine, except everything to the right of my O key is sticky. I want to pull the keys off so I can clean the little mechanisms in there, but I'm not sure how to pop them off without creating more problems than I already have. Several Google searches have brought me conflicting advice on how to do this. The specific model is a Macbook4,1 Intel Core 2 Duo, the white polycarbonate one from a few years back. [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker at 1:14 PM PST - 10 comments

After the terrorist events of Sept. 11, 2001, I remember seeing a photo of Disney World being evacuated. I've since not been able to find it, but would love to find it again. [more inside]
posted by lea724 at 1:13 PM PST - 7 comments

I smell fine, but I'd like to smell gooood. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool at 1:07 PM PST - 27 comments

My mother won't accept that she hurt me emotionally as a teenager. How can I learn to deal with this situation without losing respect and love? [more inside]
posted by arhammer at 1:03 PM PST - 44 comments

Please help me find the password management solution I'm hoping exists: the ability to automatically, dynamically sync a specific folder of passwords between accounts w/o involving Dropbox. [more inside]
posted by pavane at 1:02 PM PST - 1 comments

Did your chronic emotions (good or bad) in early pregnancy affect your child's temperament or health? [more inside]
posted by mild deer at 1:00 PM PST - 18 comments

What trick did the water sales person use today in my office? [more inside]
posted by glaucon at 12:59 PM PST - 31 comments

I was amazed how quickly I got a similar question I answered last week, so here goes another one, as I delve the origins of my subconscious... I am looking for a comic in book form/graphic novel that would have been around in (probably) 1982. It was a similar style to the Heavy Metal comics I guess. It featured a computer called Rose and a huge weird kind of evil organ (as in the kind you get in a church!). That's about it. If anyone gets this I will be suitably impressed... thanks MeFites.
posted by KateViolet at 12:50 PM PST - 7 comments

perl or sed or awk help for newbie [more inside]
posted by v-tach at 12:32 PM PST - 26 comments

About 4 years ago I fell in love with an umbrella I saw a woman carrying in Seattle. Countless Google searches later, I still can't find it. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 12:30 PM PST - 8 comments

I am looking to purchase an e-ink reader... Been looking at the Kindle and Nook and I am having trouble deciding. One of my top priorities is that books I purchase not be lost in 3, 5 or 10 years down the road. Which device is most likely to be be future proof? I also have specific uses that I want it to work for such as being able to load PDFs of academic articles/books and access to the library (see extended explanation for more uses). Thanks for your help! [more inside]
posted by D Wiz at 12:22 PM PST - 43 comments

What do I need to know about dealing with brokers for apartment rentals? (I'm located in Brooklyn.) [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine at 12:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Seeking activities, tutorials or resources designed to impart academically-oriented Google skills. Bonus points: fun? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 12:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Choosing between grad schools: better funding or better advisor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:08 PM PST - 20 comments

Maryland: Help me find a nice year-round co-op or CSA in the Baltimore Metro Area? [more inside]
posted by kensch at 11:41 AM PST - 7 comments

My manuscript (sci-fi) is done, and my test readers tell me it's great. Can you point me to good resources on what to do next (and how)? I know how to self-pub, but how do I navigate the traditional routes? As always there's more inside... [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 11:25 AM PST - 25 comments

What is the most effective procedure for removing these ghastly spider veins from my left thigh? Short-shorts season is upon us, and now this is on my mind... Lasers? Sclerotherapy? I am 31, female. [more inside]
posted by cejl at 11:21 AM PST - 5 comments

You're hiring interns and one of your qualifications is for them to be "proficient in Photoshop". What do you expect them to know? [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano at 11:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Recommend a surf instructor / school for one-time intermediate "lesson" in Santa Cruz? I've got half a day and want to get wet, and want some local knowledge to help pick the equipment & spot, plus help me improve. [more inside]
posted by ElGuapo at 10:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Camino de Santiago/Spain- help me develop my plan by Wednesday [more inside]
posted by saraindc at 10:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Temporary Cloud Backup on the road: I'm traveling this summer for 2 months in Europe and will be shooting HD footage at a rate of at most 64 GB a day (4 hrs) documenting music festivals. What would be the cheapest solution to do daily backups to a hosted service? By the end of the trip I at most will have 3 TB of video. [more inside]
posted by wcfields at 10:40 AM PST - 10 comments

My wife was sexually assaulted over a decade ago, before we met, resulting in an unhealthy sexual situation over teh past few years. Our therapist has suggested that we watch some adult videos together to try to re-expose her to sexual situations in a safe and positive manner, but I need some help choosing, based on the following requirements... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 18 comments

I'm pregnant, at the worst possible time. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 58 comments

I need help staying calm and relaxed on the soccer pitch, but still play assertive. How do I reach that balanced zen? [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm looking for good first-person non-fiction accounts of how people rationalize their descent into bad behavior. I'm particularly interested in business or organizational contexts in which unethical behavior or corrupt behavior has occurred. Anything come to mind? Thanks!
posted by langedon at 10:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Is it possible to find a recording of Shay Duffin's "Confessions Of An Irish Rebel" in a semi-recent format? I have an old copy of it on cassette from my parents, but I haven't listened to it in years because, well: cassette.
posted by yerfatma at 10:10 AM PST - 1 comments

Are there any reputable online equivalents to a university level "intro to Sanskrit"? [more inside]
posted by eric1halfb at 10:05 AM PST - 3 comments

I want to play an excellent turn-based computer/iOS game remotely with a friend who is stuck inside after major surgery. Something where each player makes 1-3 moves a day, yet it is still fun. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 9:30 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me understand empathy [more inside]
posted by OrangeCat at 9:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Just another "can you name that tune" question, soft instrumental edition. [more inside]
posted by tyllwin at 9:16 AM PST - 5 comments

A friend of mine is moving to an all-iOS home infrastructure: - iPhones - iPad - airprint printer - Apple TV No computer. Their died and they're not buying a new one. They don't have much or any local music or video content, but do have a ton of photos (like over 16GB by some large amount). What's the best way that you can think of, without them having to buy a computer, of storing photos and sharing them amongst all of their devices and with other people. Interested in hearing about both free and paid services. Also interested in camera app recommendations, other app recommendations, and service recommendations. This question gives some interesting camera app recommendations and I'll send that to him as well. Thank you.
posted by reddot at 9:04 AM PST - 15 comments

When should I tell my supervisor about a job within our organization that I intend to apply for? [more inside]
posted by Mrs Roy G Biv at 8:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Identify this science fiction short story, possibly by Isaac Asimov. The few survivors on a marooned space ship play a game of wits to stay alive. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 8:41 AM PST - 3 comments

[WeddingDramaFilter] My fiance wants his best friend, my ex, who may still be in love with me, in the wedding party. And it gets more complex from there. Help me figure it all out! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM PST - 37 comments

My wife and I are becoming incompatible, can this be fixed or should I start thinking about heading for the exit [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM PST - 49 comments

Where can I find a pattern for a modern dirndl-style summer dress? [more inside]
posted by permiechickie at 8:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Vien-Suong-Loi. Spiral, hanging incense from Vietnam. Where can I find it in NY? [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 8:08 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking for the title of a novel. The novel is set in the future, in a utopian society. Men and women have reverted to sexist roles (men farm and women cook and clean). The protagonist is a young woman, who runs away from home to go join one of the many military schools populating her country. The book has a male author, and last I checked it was no longer in print. [more inside]
posted by emilynoa at 8:08 AM PST - 4 comments

[MathFilter] How many people were alive in the U.S. between 1974 and 2004? [more inside]
posted by arveale at 8:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Any recommendations for blogs/sites about the cutting edge of contemporary painting? I'm casting a wide net here in terms of subject matter, abstraction vs. representation, etc.
posted by Toecutter at 7:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Got a norwalk juicer. Not here yet but tell me your favorite things to make with it, juices and otherwise. [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 7:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Moving windows or palettes around in Photoshop CS5.1 on Mac OS X 10.7.3 is a total nightmare. This is the only app giving me this problem. Halp. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 7:32 AM PST - 1 comments

I'm going to be in Helsinki next weekend, and in Turku for an afternoon. However, the only guide book I can find for the city is from 2006. Any recommendations on interesting thigns to see and cheap places to eat? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 7:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for recommendations for beautiful, unique, high-quality iPad apps (and/or references to sites that share lists of such apps). [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 7:07 AM PST - 15 comments

I’m looking for the ideal grown-up handbag: classy and trend-proof, durable, and nice enough to wear with a suit. But I have very specific tastes, and I’d rather not spend an arm and a leg. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:06 AM PST - 30 comments

Children's novel: Protagonist is the son of deceased missionaries, retaining only a comforter and a photograph. He lives with an aunt and uncle, and the plot concerns his reintegration into non-missionary society. Setting is an island in New England, and there are scenes of driving on the ice in the winter to get to the mainland. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker at 6:58 AM PST - 0 comments

How have John Dewey's theories about thinking and learning held up over time? [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 at 6:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Do real estate brokers get "discounts" on homes they purchase? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 6:07 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I fix this hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 5:54 AM PST - 6 comments

I need to take an already-printed book and scan it into a format appropriate for e-book publishing on say the Amazon Kindle store and similar. I do not have the original book proofs in digital format. If I simply took the book to Kinko's and had it scanned as images or a PDF, would that be likely to work well or is there a better option? What resolution and format would be best?
posted by shivohum at 3:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Visiting London for the first time, alone - Have any recommendations as to where to stay or eat comfortably? [more inside]
posted by xiadagio at 3:55 AM PST - 26 comments

So I'm looking for a new TV and of course I want the most cost effective for my needs. The thing is I will use it exclusively with my HTPC which is connected to my surround system, meaning I don't need sound, a smart TV, hard drive, 3D, Internet or networking capabilities or any sort of receiver. All I really need is kind of a big computer monitor. It should of course have a great picture. Can you recommend me something? Price can be up to 600€, size around 40-42 in., for screen type I don't have preferences (not beamer).
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon at 2:50 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm trying to figure out the lyrics to Sweet Life by Roberto Cacciapaglia, off The Ann Steel Album. I've figured out most of them, but there are some parts that I can't quite make out. Can you help? I've put what I've made out of the lyrics below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 2:18 AM PST - 4 comments

About to buy a city bike. Are urban cruisers as good as I've heard? Is a single-speed bike comfortable for commuting? Best brands of same in Canada? [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 1:29 AM PST - 21 comments

So, a ticket to the taping of Smackdown in Newark today at the prudential center pretty much fell into my lap. I've been to a number of EVOLVE and other indy wrestling shows, but never a WWE taping. Can you give me any tips, etiquette, advice or anything I should know or keep in mind? [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck at 12:20 AM PST - 2 comments

March 19
I will be staying in a rented apartment at 28th St and 2nd Ave in the Kips Bay Area of New York City for a week at the end of April. Can anyone familiar with the area (Kips Bay, Manhattan) orient me to local transportation, fun activities, and good eats? [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco at 11:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Need a book recommendation for a friend. Something like "Dr. Seuss Goes To War". [more inside]
posted by jengapiece at 10:41 PM PST - 13 comments

I am terrified to travel. Trying to overcome some of the most basic of challenges is intimidating such as where do I eat, where do I sleep, how do I make money all come to mind. I figure I keep a bag of rice with some peanut butter and oats on me for food. I'm thinking a tent for a place to sleep and panhandling if I wind up screwing this up too bad. I would day labor no problem if it comes down to it, wondering if anyone has any experience with this? I keep trying to find travel companions, but everyone keeps falling through. [more inside]
posted by Nighthawk3729 at 10:30 PM PST - 30 comments

Proposing this weekend, any restaurant ideas for after? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac at 10:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Does anyone know of any books for children around the age of 9 (a rather intelligent 9 year old mind you) that explores philosophical concepts, specifically metaphysics and epistemology. I gave him some old philosophy textbooks of mine, but they were a little too much for him I think.
posted by fightoplankton at 10:21 PM PST - 24 comments

Can this piece of furniture be refinished or painted over? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 10:10 PM PST - 14 comments

SEO services - not too big, not too small. [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly at 9:59 PM PST - 5 comments

She needs to sleep early without any noise, mom and I need to use the kitchen which inevitably causes noise. Help! [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 9:05 PM PST - 37 comments

I have a Nikon D50. I am looking for an upgrade and am having a hard time choosing between D5100 and D7000. Would love to have your recommendation. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by justlooking at 8:50 PM PST - 15 comments

What do you mean, exactly? This relates to friends & human interactions in general. I just don't know how to accurately tell if someone is being sincere or not [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm looking at a software company of about 30 developers. Everything looks great except there's no QA department. Is this a big warning sign? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 PM PST - 17 comments

How is Chevy reliability these days. Specifically the Equinox/GMC Terrain? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 8:21 PM PST - 5 comments

My favorite ratty old coat is away at the tailor being freshened up. I need to order some replacement parts to give the man who's fixing my beloved outerwear, but I don't know what to call these parts when I'm googling for shopping options. I need help efficiently and accurately searching for a piece of cord with which to re-affix the fasteners to my coat. [more inside]
posted by treefort at 7:59 PM PST - 4 comments

What are your favorite low-cal bread machine recipes? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 7:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I buy a bike on marktplaats.nl and have it shipped to me in the US? I looked through the policies and stuff, and didn't see anything that would prevent it, but my Google Translate might be fooling me. [more inside]
posted by dammitjim at 6:28 PM PST - 10 comments

What are ways for men and women to increase confidence? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 5:51 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I prepare my car for a long road trip? [more inside]
posted by digdan at 5:00 PM PST - 26 comments

Looking for a gift for my sister and her husband. Their Flip video camera recently died and they want a new portable video camera. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by pahool at 4:56 PM PST - 7 comments

How (if i should) do I find my cat(s) a new home? Or Litter training 3: This time it's purrsonal. [more inside]
posted by djduckie at 4:32 PM PST - 25 comments

What is the music in the background of this video? Bonus: Where else has it been featured? It is so familiar it's driving me batty.
posted by Ducks or monkeys at 4:31 PM PST - 9 comments

I was recently accepted into graduate school (pursuing my MFA in nonfiction writing) but after doing some thinking, I'm pretty sure I'm not going to go. I'd like some different viewpoints, however. But what's more pressing is that, if I don't go, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with my life right now. And for that, I could use (a lot of) advice. [more inside]
posted by Modica at 4:29 PM PST - 19 comments

In search of nerdy birthday bash one (or two) liner. [more inside]
posted by mrzarquon at 3:32 PM PST - 9 comments

I would like to find some high quality Mad Men analysis. Is it out there? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 3:31 PM PST - 26 comments

How much effect does a choice of high school have on a childs educational outcomes ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 3:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Please recommend for me a new search tool to replace Google Desktop. Ideally I want something that searches the full text of all files, that covers everything on my hard drive plus Google Docs. I want it to be fast, offer results in context, and have a simple interface that offers 'sort by relevance' and 'sort by date.' I use Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG at 3:05 PM PST - 2 comments

I need to set up a VPN between two Juniper Netscreens... with some strange requirements. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 2:58 PM PST - 29 comments

Restaurant or cafe recommendation in Florence, Itay (preferably near the Uffizi, other minor snowflake details within)? [more inside]
posted by moxiequz at 2:53 PM PST - 6 comments

A modern day Three Stooges movie is coming out in a month or two. Saw the previews recently with my ten-year-old son and he laughed so, so hard. Until then, can you recommend any original Three Stooges film that might be better than the others, or be considered a "classic"? I've never seen any myself, and the little man and I would like to see the best example(s) of what made them so popular back in the day.
posted by teg4rvn at 2:46 PM PST - 25 comments

Jalapeno-cheddar sausages go with... WHAT, exactly? Help me figure out dinner tonight, please! [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi at 2:21 PM PST - 28 comments

How do all of the people getting master's degrees in NYC support themselves? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing at 2:13 PM PST - 21 comments

Is there a trick to opening one of the new Xbox 360 hard drives without damaging the actual HDD? [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 2:10 PM PST - 4 comments

What setting of the Magnificat is this? I sang it when young but cannot identify it now - help! [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS at 2:09 PM PST - 2 comments

What can you recommend as a good history of the Catskills area nightclubs (the "Borscht Belt") circa pre-WWII to say, the late 1960s?
posted by BostonTerrier at 1:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Give me some examples in media of the creation/summoning/existence of an improbable sea. [more inside]
posted by facehugger at 1:27 PM PST - 22 comments

Can you recommend a good book/guide to writing scientific research papers (for publication)? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 1:15 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to send a letter with a personal touch but I have horrific handwriting. [more inside]
posted by neilb449 at 1:09 PM PST - 31 comments

What are the advantages of owning the same brand of smartphone as your friends? Or to ask the same question another way: if all my friends have iPhones, what will I miss out on by getting an Android? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:41 PM PST - 50 comments

Ciao Roma! I have two questions about traveling TO and THROUGH Rome this summer. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Real-world inspirations for the Peter Weyland character from Prometheus? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Singer-songwriter from Minneapolis. Featured on an afternoon NPR program in late 2001 or early 2002. Mentioned seeing Paul Westerberg ride past him on a bike. Who are you? [more inside]
posted by playertobenamedlater at 12:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you help me sniff out some possible astroturfing? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 12:13 PM PST - 12 comments

How was the sound recorded from this recent 'Riding the Booster' video? [more inside]
posted by zackola at 11:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a new laptop. Mostly web surfing, watch a lot of online videos, could do with at least 400GB hard drive (more would be useful) for storing podcasts/music. On that note, decent speakers would be nice. [more inside]
posted by Reggie Knoble at 11:52 AM PST - 1 comments

The fan in the power supply on my PC has been briefly cutting out, about once every 30 seconds. This makes the sound kind of annoying. Do I need to replace the entire power supply or can I just replace the fan? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 11:13 AM PST - 17 comments

Is there an easy way to map a sphere onto a dodecahedron? I'm playing with the idea of generating "planet dice." [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 11:12 AM PST - 11 comments

I am homozygous CCR5 delta32, and I've been wondering about getting involved in HIV (or other) research. Can someone tell me how I would go about that? [more inside]
posted by totalbs247 at 10:47 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm tired of ESPN. I dislike its ethics, and much of its content. I still love sports. What are my best replacement options in terms of websites?
posted by Arquimedez Pozo at 10:41 AM PST - 21 comments

Anyone know of some Strong Comedies for a mostly female cast? I'm looking for something that laughs easy but isn't campy and has some underlying substance to it. Suggestions?
posted by docholiday1307 at 10:40 AM PST - 11 comments

What are your meal-planning-for-one tips, tricks and best practices? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 10:28 AM PST - 22 comments

My girlfriend confided in me that old thoughts from her days of having an active eating disorder are cropping up again. Help me help her. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find more long, repetitive, hypnotic, electronic music similar to Black Meteoric Star. [more inside]
posted by czytm at 10:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Do I get a gift for this very senior person in my company who took the time to speak with me and bought me lunch? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:39 AM PST - 19 comments

Feel like I got massively screwed over at work for being a trusting idiot - should I make a fuss or just let it go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 AM PST - 24 comments

I've got sinus surgery scheduled for the middle of the week. What do I need to have on hand or do to be completely prepared? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead at 9:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Is there a standard medical clearance form for immigration purposes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Why is my check engine light coming on and off? And can I wait to get it fixed? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle at 9:12 AM PST - 20 comments

My house is pre-wired for Sonos, and has speaker cable running from the basement to 6 speakers embedded in the ceiling (2 ceiling speakers in each of 3 zones). I don't want to spend $1500 and I don't need to have more than one zone running at a time. What are my options? Since I have to hook up the receiver in the basement I'd want to control everything from my ipad/iphone (including the switch between zones) and have access to streaming music and streaming radio.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 8:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a way for me to increase my sensitivity to the insults of others, and thus maybe decrease my aggressiveness/harshness? I think I don't take enough offense, and so don't realize how offensive I am. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 8:34 AM PST - 23 comments

Can anyone comment on the "Behind the Lines" tour at the National WWII Museum? And also, we'll be there on Final Four weekend, but care nothing for basketball; any ideas for what to do and what not to try to do? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 8:10 AM PST - 6 comments

A friend of mine has a large black and white painting of a distinguished Chinese man, next to some text, and under some other text. Can you translate these texts and identify this man? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor at 7:10 AM PST - 14 comments

What do you do when you are dumped, because even though everything is going well, "something is not there" and "things are not progressing"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:02 AM PST - 36 comments

Need an explaination regarding NYC only. Uptown vs. downtown! [more inside]
posted by pamspanda at 6:46 AM PST - 21 comments

Is there a reliable way to test for food allergies, without seeing an allergist? [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 6:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Am I too young to have arthritis? [more inside]
posted by Arethusa at 5:43 AM PST - 25 comments

What's a good itinerary for a 3-day walk in Scotland? Part of the West Highland Way, or the Great Glen Way? [more inside]
posted by destrius at 1:57 AM PST - 21 comments

How should I handle this tricky situation at work? My boss has taken me under her wing to guide me on the path of success. I feel she did this because I was open to her assistance. We have now developed a friendly "quid pro quo" type of agreement. She assists me by sharing her expertise on certain work-related items and vice-versa. I will in turn share with my colleagues when I feel capable of doing so. Some of my closest colleagues are feeling insecure about my friendly and close relationship with our boss. It seems like they feel threatened by it...like they think I am privy to all this "important information" that I won't share with them. [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985 at 1:40 AM PST - 15 comments

Can anyone tell me the most time-efficient and cost-efficient route from the US West coast to Noumea, New Caledonia? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 1:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Give me happy violin music! [more inside]
posted by flod at 12:02 AM PST - 12 comments

March 18
I need help setting limits and protecting my feelings in friendships with men. [more inside]
posted by bearette at 11:38 PM PST - 18 comments

how can you tell if a sort of shy guy is into you? [more inside]
posted by happyjuice at 10:18 PM PST - 30 comments

Is Harrisburg, PA a decent place to live without a car? [more inside]
posted by Winnemac at 10:13 PM PST - 5 comments

My husband dribbles on the floor in front of the toilet when he pees in the toilet. I am mortified at the prospect of bringing this up with him, and he is likely to be mortified to hear it. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:00 PM PST - 61 comments

How do you deal with verbal abuse in your workplace? [more inside]
posted by marimeko at 9:57 PM PST - 21 comments

Please help me understand the infant vaccination/anti-vaccination debate. [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz at 9:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Please help me be an ex-hunchback! Does anyone know of a physio clinic in Toronto that offers Global Postural Reeducation (GPR or RPG)? Anecdotes of experience with this method, or suggestions for other methods of correcting poor posture are welcome as well.
posted by khregs at 9:15 PM PST - 3 comments

In my mid-20s. Am just now really getting into the dating scene. Help me figure out how not to deal with this like a teenager. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Inventing a recipe: how do I know if something will bake solid? [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 8:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Can anyone tell me the density of water at 200GPa (pressure) and 210deg Celsius. The volume of water in questions is 1,500,000L or 1.5km3 at 0GPa and 0degC. [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea at 8:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Why does my router need to be placed out of direct sunlight? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 8:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Flying into Dallas Love Field Airport late in evening. How best to get to Arlington, TX? [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 8:26 PM PST - 2 comments

FlowerFilter: What are these small white flowers? [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads at 8:15 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I find data on whether a flight from the recent past (less than a week) was delayed or not? [more inside]
posted by brgale at 7:48 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm looking for weird-ass music. [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus at 7:20 PM PST - 57 comments

I have given hundreds of lectures to audiences of all sizes and compositions, but I have never given a PowerPoint lecture. Help a complete novice do a great job the first time. [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 6:58 PM PST - 35 comments

What are the words I should use in my salary negotiation? I know what I want and my alternatives, etc. However, I'm going to be asking for a significant percentage increase over the initial offer, and it feels uncomfortable. Give me a script! [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms at 6:44 PM PST - 21 comments

My husband and I have just returned from a great trip to West Texas; both back to work tomorrow. In order to keep our sanity, need to start planning the next road trip. Any suggestions? Probably no more than 10-12 days during the summer and we are willing to fly to a start off point. We like to linger. Preferably in the US or Canada.
posted by mwark at 6:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Please recommend me pretty electronic music for my earholes. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia at 6:14 PM PST - 35 comments

Cheapest cross-country moving option for 2 people, 3 pets, and a small apartment's worth of furniture and possessions? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic at 6:05 PM PST - 16 comments

I would like to watch March Madness online. I am even happy to pay NCAA.com the $3.99 they want. But I am not currently in the US. Two questions: 1. If someone in the US purchased a pass for me and then gave me the log-in info, would it work for me to log in overseas? from overseas I am blocked when I try to purchase a pass. 2. Alternatively, if that is not possible, do I have any other options for watching March Madness? Google is proving surprisingly useless.
posted by resiny at 6:02 PM PST - 5 comments

What can I do about cat smells in my house? I'm freaking out a little. [more inside]
posted by zutalors! at 6:01 PM PST - 27 comments

Anyone know about the Holland Codes personality assessment for career planning? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee at 5:42 PM PST - 4 comments

What are the best exercises to strengthen my core that I can do at home without expensive equipment? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 5:31 PM PST - 23 comments

Math/sports question! I entered a "Square pool" (purely theoretical money at stake :) ), for the NCAA basketball tournament. I am curious if there are better numbers to have, and why that would be the case. More information inside. [more inside]
posted by JoeGoblin at 4:58 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the name of that song about a werewolf in love? [more inside]
posted by dolce_voce at 4:54 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do with a broken MacBook? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 4:33 PM PST - 11 comments

What is this thing on my wall? This is on the wall of our laundry room, and I don't know what it is. I want to add shelving in the area, so can I remove it without causing a problem? NSFW only if you have imaginative farsighted co-workers. [more inside]
posted by razdrez at 4:25 PM PST - 14 comments

I saw a nutritionist and she recommended for lunch and dinner I make sure that 50% of my meal be vegetables, 25% lean protein, and 25% a starch of whole grains with only a minimal amount of dressing or oil for cooking. Beans are great, but count as a starch and a protein. The vegetables can really be any vegetable except potatoes (too starchy). So far I've been (1) eating salads with chicken or pork and (2) vegetable fajitas with whole wheat tortillas and beans (maybe too starchy because it counts as two starches, but I like it). Any other ideas for these eating parameters? I need suggestions for things that I can cook at home very quickly (preparation and cooling 20 minutes or less really don't have a lot of time) and things that I can order in restaurants. Thanks!!!!
posted by bananafish at 4:17 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I decline an open dinner invitation from an acquaintance with whom I do not wish to spend time? [more inside]
posted by kellygreen at 4:05 PM PST - 17 comments

AT&T's mandatory iPhone data plan is killin' me! [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 at 3:38 PM PST - 13 comments

What is the best method to paint this hideous clock? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 3:31 PM PST - 5 comments

My girlfriend is hoping to get a mohawk. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by sendai sleep master at 3:14 PM PST - 17 comments

What are these large metal objects? [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Ecler is a Spain-bases audio manufacturer, including for DJ equipment. However, they haven't made a new DJ mixer or updated their website in years. Does anyone have any idea what is up with the company?
posted by heybudday at 2:26 PM PST - 4 comments

My SO are trying to plan a short, romantic trip to Italy for our 3rd anniversary. Flying out from London for two nights in May, mid-week (if that matters). What small, pretty, fairly quiet town would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by sundaydriver at 2:08 PM PST - 18 comments

Good Product Management/ Product Development Books [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 1:33 PM PST - 1 comments

My Italian nephew is the proud owner of a Greyhound bus pass. His pass is valid for two months, he speaks decent English, loves nature, and he is not afraid to sleep on the bus. He just arrived from New York City to Oklahoma City, where he will be based for a while. What loops around the US should he travel?
posted by francesca too at 1:16 PM PST - 18 comments

In startup businesses, how much funding is required, on average, to create one job? I'm looking for hard data, ideally broken out for different industries. [more inside]
posted by beagle at 1:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Im 22 years old college male and never had a serious relationship. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 at 12:46 PM PST - 20 comments

My somewhat newly religious friend told me that because of his spiritual beliefs he now believes that homosexuality is wrong because God planned men and women to procreate, and gay relationships don't follow that plan. He also said he is pro gay marriage because he views that as more of a political or practical issue and doesn't think that religion should be used as a justification for laws that also govern the non-religious. How should I take this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:19 AM PST - 54 comments

For reasons not worth explaining at this juncture, a large chunk of my hair has been removed from the back of my head. I have to Go Out tonight, and my hairdresser is unavailable on Sundays. Anything I can do? (Or, failing that, calm me down with soothing words of reassurance?) [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 11:14 AM PST - 21 comments

The locking latch is broken on one of the casement windows in our home. Can you help us get it open? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist at 11:12 AM PST - 3 comments

My partner often behaves in a way that I consider to be very childish. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:11 AM PST - 30 comments

Network configuration question: I have a desktop with a wifi card, a wireless router, and an external wireless connection I have access to. I want to connect the desktop to the external wireless connection, then connect the wireless router to the desktop, creating a second wireless network with internet access. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 11:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Please recommend me some Asian (supernatural) horror movies to watch. Problem is: I have already watched most or all of the classics, so I need some fresh suggestions, preferably something from the last 3-5 years.
posted by dcrocha at 10:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Suggest me a very good, affordable color laser printer that will print crisp images of newspaper clippings and website pages? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 10:34 AM PST - 1 comments

I fold my t-shirts like this. Lately, though, I've acquired a lot of long-sleeved thermals that I like to wear. Is there a comparable method of folding long-sleeved shirts? If not, what's your favorite quick and consistent long-sleeved-shirt folding method? (Extra points if it also works for bulkier stuff like sweaters and sweatshirts.)
posted by naturalog at 10:02 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I accept that I destroyed my relationship, learn to forgive myself and eventually move on to something new? Lots of snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by farce majeure at 9:14 AM PST - 23 comments

How do you survive an attack by a mountain lion? [more inside]
posted by tracert at 8:49 AM PST - 23 comments

In an act of stupidity, I ripped a pair of Julian Red jeans that I liked a lot. I am trying to find a new pair but can't find anywhere that sells them. [more inside]
posted by prunes at 8:40 AM PST - 3 comments

What do professional-level coaches of team sports do to coach their teams? Obviously there's the Xs and Os component of the job, and managing player rotations during the game, but there must be a ton more that they do, especially between games. So what does that level of coaching look like? (I'm thinking especially about basketball and American football, but accounts from other sports are welcome.)
posted by philosophygeek at 8:35 AM PST - 6 comments

When it comes to skin care products, are CVS/Walgreen's (or generic of your choice) brands the same as L'oreal, Olay, etc.? [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 8:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Can anyone direct me to a video, movie, kid's book or comic book that explains the passage of time to a 4 year old? i.e. "This is how time passes from point A to point B." in a visual way? Google/Bing/DuckDuckGo fu all fail and just return how to teach kids to tell time on a clock (useful, but not what I am looking for).
posted by smallerdemon at 8:02 AM PST - 12 comments

We have a property with a house and garage, and we are going to have the unrepairable house torn down. Our insurance company says they can't insure an outbuilding, because they only insure houses. We really don't want to leave the house standing, but the garage is new and we'd like to keep it. Any suggestions?
posted by mezzanote at 7:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Stats filter. I am doing multivariate regression for the first time and I want to understand what I'm doing, having gone beyond my formal training. I have many possible ways I could formulate the regression (different variables to include) and I want to find a model that is both the best possible fit while using the fewest number of variables. How? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 7:36 AM PST - 12 comments

My fiancee and I are finally ending the long-distance part of our LDR. Hooray! She'll be moving in with me and will be financially dependent on me for some time. I am very comfortable with this, she is less so. Please give us some guidance regarding how to handle this. [more inside]
posted by benbenson at 7:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Mrs. Musofire strained her ankle. Why are we icing it? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 6:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Men love being my friend but not dating me. Am I doing something wrong? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 6:24 AM PST - 49 comments

We're going to Rome in a month's time, and are looking for great places to eat that won't mind us bringing our baby along. Any other tips for enjoying Rome with a push chair/stroller are also welcome!
posted by Harald74 at 5:48 AM PST - 7 comments

I suck at being gay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Anyone know of a wireless Cherry MX Blue keyboard? [more inside]
posted by Pterofractal at 1:58 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I organize a whole lot of (8000ish) fiction books in a children's library? If alphabetized under genre is the best way, how can I clearly and easily instruct others to figure out the genre of all the books and which genres should I use? And what should I do about all the hundreds of very skinny emergent reader books? [more inside]
posted by pick_the_flowers at 12:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Can you identify this light fixture? Photo 1, Photo 2. Where can it be purchased? Asking for a friend based in the Boston area.
posted by ocherdraco at 12:03 AM PST - 9 comments

March 17
Is there a way for us to endear ourselves to the barking terror next door so that we don't have to listen to his aggressiveness every time we open the door out back? [more inside]
posted by adrianna aria at 11:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I find a guitar buddy in NYC? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 11:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for stories, sayings, myths, etc dealing with hope. [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 11:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Suggest unto me a fake self-tanning lotion that wont make me smell goofy or look filthy! [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 10:48 PM PST - 8 comments

What should I be paid? My job is essentially a combination of marketing and web content creation. I write blog and page content for the website of a retail company. My writing requires an in-depth and technical knowledge about the general field as well as an intimate knowledge about how to convey this information in an attractive way to the consumer base. I constantly update my own knowledge in order to provide this content. I write consumer friendly technical info for the individual products as well as more elaborate landing pages to bring google ad traffic to. I add in-depth daily blog posts. I am also expected to manage the email marketing and as well as the online Google ads. Since I have begun this work, the readership and web sales have shot up and I expect it to continue to climb. [more inside]
posted by KoiPond at 9:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Questions about New York DMV records of my change of address. [more inside]
posted by jejune at 9:16 PM PST - 4 comments

A while back I asked a question on what a single guy in NYC should do to meet women and I got some great suggestions but I need help implementing that advice [more inside]
posted by curious-mind at 7:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Bug bite filter: I woke up with three painful welts that I suspect are insect or spider bites. One of them looks potentially worrisome. Gross bug bite descriptions inside. [more inside]
posted by Mrs.Spiffy at 7:51 PM PST - 18 comments

What just happened in this relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:46 PM PST - 55 comments

Trying to make paper mache masks (more specifically Hei's mask from Darker than Black, and other white background masks), need help on how to make it faster/more efficiently. [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos at 6:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Existential panic in the mornings that subsides shortly after waking up. Is this just another stage in getting over a breakup? [more inside]
posted by sockomatic at 6:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Does anybody know where I can find orchestral scores on the web? [more inside]
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 6:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there a way to be notified when new issues of specific comic books are released? [more inside]
posted by bdk3clash at 5:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Does anybody know of a cheap, effective way of treating Folliculitis? [more inside]
posted by Toby Dammit X at 5:01 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I be the best advocate for myself getting the best health care possible with a myriad of complicated chronic health problems and symptoms while on medicaid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Does anyone else manage their finances in excel? How exactly do you do it? I would like to manage my (pretty straight forward) personal finances. Alternatives to excel welcome. [more inside]
posted by bruinbruin at 3:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Do you use niacin to combat migraine? Please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by bryon at 3:29 PM PST - 2 comments

I need a music player for Mac OS that emulates Windows Winamp. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 2:47 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the best solution for blogging with an iPad? Is anyone actually doing this? I'd like to be able to travel with just an ipad and a bluetooth keyboard instead of my laptop. What I need: CC photo search and image resizing, the ability to easily add links, and upload to a wordpress blog to which I'm a contributor. Blogsy looks pretty good. What say you Metafilterers? Doable? Pipe dream? Be honest.
posted by letstrythis at 2:36 PM PST - 5 comments

CleanPersonFilter: I'm driving my mother crazy. [more inside]
posted by woodvine at 2:32 PM PST - 40 comments

Is $36k a decent salary? I'm weighing job options and could use some help assessing the salary factor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:30 PM PST - 29 comments

The car had run out of gas. When it got gas and finally started, it ran very strangely. How come? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 at 1:37 PM PST - 15 comments

What are your favorite films, stories, poems, or passages about sleep? [more inside]
posted by Ylajali at 1:28 PM PST - 32 comments

Does anyone know any good caterers for a wedding in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by notswedish at 1:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Getting older has no visible benefits? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor at 1:11 PM PST - 38 comments

I need true and well known examples of a person who has truly redeemed or changed him/herself. [more inside]
posted by Barium232 at 1:10 PM PST - 39 comments

Help me find software to make tree graphs. [more inside]
posted by SueDenim at 12:19 PM PST - 7 comments

[Apartment Exchange Question] I have looked through the archives and didn't find anything recent that was on point. I am in search of recommendations on reputable apartment exchange websites... [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered at 11:50 AM PST - 1 comments

Microsoft Access: Help me streamline (or completely automate) creating weekly reports that include tables and charts. I'm almost there, but I just can't wrangle the formatting. Is it me or is it Access? [more inside]
posted by GPF at 11:45 AM PST - 6 comments

How to view geo specific web content from anywhere in the country? [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy at 11:32 AM PST - 2 comments

I cannot figure out how to wear a necklace I bought (at a mall stand in New Orleans). It consists of one long silver chain with two sparkly Swarovski beads at the ends and a silver open loop in the middle. Here's a couple of pictures. [more inside]
posted by bearwife at 11:05 AM PST - 11 comments

In this old house in which I find myself living, useless metal bedframes have been kicking around here for eighteen years. What should I do with them? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 11:02 AM PST - 22 comments

Should I buy a washer/dryer from someone who smokes? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 9:57 AM PST - 8 comments

My dog is biting her nails. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 9:52 AM PST - 10 comments

I need a dog harness that doesn't touch the neck. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 9:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I safely flush silica cat litter down the toilet? [more inside]
posted by Bukvoed at 9:36 AM PST - 13 comments

How do you get through a breakup when you are depressed and have no support system? [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee at 9:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Dilemma: I plan to break up with my boyfriend but we live together. Our lease is up at the end of May. I know that the right thing to do would be to tell him now so he has time to find an apartment (I've started looking for one). What is the right thing to do here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 AM PST - 21 comments

About six months ago I listened to a recording of a guy telling a story about taking a trip to Ireland with a co-worker who he barely knew, and the co-worker's father turned out to be Paddy Maloney, of The Chieftains. Where did I hear this? [more inside]
posted by waldo at 8:47 AM PST - 4 comments

I'd like to start collecting art. I know, collect what you love - and I intend to. This is for my home, though if the pieces also have financial value down the road, so much the better. I really like older, typically Renaissance or Medieval portraits or action-filled landscapes (particularly those that feature animals (e.g. da Vinci's Lady with Ermine). As a non-expert with a budget of <$500-$2000, how do I go about buying interesting art without being fleeced? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 8:36 AM PST - 14 comments

What are the best blogs, online periodicals, or discussion groups that address the history and consumption of food in an intelligent and critical way? (In other words, not just a place to swap recipes.) I would love to know where people find the most engaging ideas about food.
posted by tnygard at 8:31 AM PST - 6 comments

I have a very difficult relationship with my mother. I now have a baby. Things are getting worse and I don't know what to do. Very long background inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 AM PST - 24 comments

I'm a healthy female in my late 20's. Every once in a while I need an extra "wake the f up" boost. Are there severe health risks in consuming a 5-hour energy once every week? What should I be looking out for if it becomes a problem?
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 8:04 AM PST - 13 comments

AmtrakFilter: I have a one-way ticket but now need to board the train later on the route than my departure city. Do I need to change the ticket with Amtrak or can I just board and claim my paid-for seat? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 7:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Backyard drainage/flooding issues: please help me choose an excavating contractor and get the job done right. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 7:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Stubborn 12-year-old with primary retentive encopresis. Refuses help. What to do? [more inside]
posted by schrodycat at 6:56 AM PST - 16 comments

What are some techniques I can use to make intercourse more pleasurable for my woman? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I gracefully curb my employee's know-it-all tendencies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 AM PST - 17 comments

My wife, four sons (1, 3, 4 and 14) and I will be in NYC in April for three weeks. Other than the obvious (Children's toy museum, natural history museum, central park, zoo) what do people recommend we do, with or without children (if without, a babysitter service recommendation would be appreciated). [more inside]
posted by Neale at 5:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me hide me neighbors toilet... and all the other trash the have on the side of their house. Looking for creative hedge ideas. We would like to plant a privacy hedge so we don't have to look out our windows and see our neighbor's junk. Our houses sit about 15ft apart on one side. It is only the front side yard we need to worry about as the back yard has a nice tall 8ft fence. Wish list inside. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 5:20 AM PST - 17 comments

Trying to find a video - fake commercial for a service that'll let you talk to loved ones after they die by letting an app mine their social networking data. Features a bloke receiving creepy messages from his dead wife / girlfriend.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 4:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Do you surrender your right to privacy when you contact someone in jail? [more inside]
posted by bookman117 at 3:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Homemade chocolate recipes sought. All sorts. That's all. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by beshtya at 1:58 AM PST - 9 comments

My wifi connection is driving me insane. I mean this literally. It is making my mobile reboot, freeze, etc. I offer a reward to anyone who solves this riddle. [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 12:05 AM PST - 18 comments

March 16
How can I create my own custom tabs/boxes/apps for my Facebook page using the new timeline? (link to example inside) [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 11:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a desktop application to track my menstrual "periods" and birth control schedule (kinda NSFW). [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 10:41 PM PST - 7 comments

I need the most accurate or visceral or affecting or convincing description of starvation written. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 9:47 PM PST - 27 comments

Help us find the Berkeley bumper sticker song by The Bobs. [more inside]
posted by aniola at 9:40 PM PST - 3 comments

What kind of gas would you need to keep a steampunk/fantasy airship aloft? [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 9:04 PM PST - 19 comments

Cross-country road trip with three children aged five and under in an aging minivan! Great idea, or GREATEST idea? [more inside]
posted by Wavelet at 8:56 PM PST - 36 comments

Struggling, College Educated 23-year-old Needs Solid Life Advice [more inside]
posted by foreversport at 8:41 PM PST - 26 comments

Can my husband find a job in international relations in San Antonio TX? [more inside]
posted by feidr2 at 8:19 PM PST - 7 comments

What are specific things have you done that have improved your self-esteem and confidence? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 8:15 PM PST - 40 comments

Can stress cause vaginal spotting between periods? [more inside]
posted by flowers103 at 7:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Menstrual rage or something else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 15 comments

A neighbor's rotting tree fell on my house. I have no homeowner's insurance and the neighbor's insurance is denying responsibility. I can't afford the repairs, although I own the house outright (no mortgage), and now the city of Montgomery, AL wants to demolish. What are my options, legal or otherwise, to save my house? [more inside]
posted by legibility at 6:30 PM PST - 32 comments

How do makers, hackers, and artists go about creating prototypes when they don't know where to start? [more inside]
posted by jfoo at 6:09 PM PST - 12 comments

What to do with 30-50 trees' worth of large branches in Orange County, NC? Burn, shred, give away for bird thicket, other ideas? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 5:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Doubts after a breakup: hit me with that frying pan one more time and I might actually get it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 45 comments

Southern California Bird Identification: Body color that of a Robin's breast. Same size. Eye surrounded by white with black on top and bottom almost making they eye look like a cross. Neck had about 5 vertical black stripes that flared out at the bottom very elegantly. Nothing very unique about the overall shape of the bird, kind of generic, actually. About 5-6 inches tall. [more inside]
posted by Vaike at 4:47 PM PST - 10 comments

I am unemployed, living in New York City, with no health insurance and need to see a dermatologist. I can't afford a $250 visit. Does anyone know of a (cheap) dermatologist I could see?
posted by likeapen at 4:35 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm considering purchasing a house. It's a fantastic midcentury home, it's got the perfect square footage, a pool, a really cool atrium entryway, and it's structurally sound. It's also being used as a group home by about seven elderly people and one mentally disabled younger man. They seem very nice. One of the elderly men is living in the garage. It's not a converted garage, just a regular two-car garage with exposed structure and wiring, etc. The house is clearly not being maintained well, and frankly, it's pretty depressing to see. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Bay Area Housing Filter: Partner has been offered a great job in Santa Clara (Hooray!) Where might we live that would not reduce our quality of life and/or suck up all the extra income? [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb at 4:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Will I run into any formatting or track changes problems if working on the same documents in MS Office 2007/2010 for PC at work and in MS Office 2011 for Mac at home? [more inside]
posted by RedMapleWhiteOak at 4:15 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm looking for an animated movie for a friend. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat at 4:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Legal advice for breaking lease in NYC? [more inside]
posted by skybluesky at 4:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Where's a good place to hike to see the sunset near Tucson, AZ? Must involved at least 2 miles of hiking, could be more.
posted by rzperllian at 3:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Why do I experience stomach/intestinal issues during my period? Those systems aren't connected! (Brief discussion of bodily functions contained within.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 30 comments

Have you been diagnosed with hypoglycemia? Has that diagnosis been helpful? [more inside]
posted by aetg at 2:38 PM PST - 4 comments

I have recently become appalled at just how carb-heavy my diet is. But without them, I crash. "What should I be eating instead?" and other glycemic questions follow. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen at 2:30 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me track down some mystery artists! Vague memories within! [more inside]
posted by jph at 2:16 PM PST - 4 comments

My long and forgotten ex boyfriend's best friend continues to torment me years after the relationship ended. He works in the same small industry and his passive-agressive actions just make me see red. What else can I do to take the high road and not let this get to me until I can cut ties completely? [more inside]
posted by cakebatter at 1:48 PM PST - 21 comments

I can't be the only person on Metafilter who's succumbed to temptation and gotten their new iPad today. So now that I have it, what apps will make it extra awesome? [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp at 1:35 PM PST - 61 comments

I've implemented a streaming twitter widget into the site I manage. However, for some weird reason the script is creating a div or something that is overlaying the entire sidebar, making links above it unclickable. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:20 PM PST - 10 comments

I’m looking for information on how infrastructure priorities are determined for developing countries. [more inside]
posted by maurreen at 1:13 PM PST - 5 comments

I need a new mattress. I'm looking at memory foam and would like to keep the costs down to $500-600. What is the winner? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 1:10 PM PST - 30 comments

How do they make older 2D movies into 3D? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 at 1:01 PM PST - 3 comments

What are the best paints and other supplies for creating your own graphic tees/t-shirt art? Where can I buy the soft, plain tees for it? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 at 12:47 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I cite the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in MLA7 format? I can't find it the State Department's Treaties and Other International Acts Series, probably because it was only signed this year. Full text of the treaty. [more inside]
posted by randomname25 at 12:46 PM PST - 3 comments

[Naming filter] Help me come up with a name for a piano duo. [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 at 12:45 PM PST - 12 comments

I am seriously allergic to shellfish (crustaceans). I need to be able to communicate this in several languages. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 12:43 PM PST - 11 comments

I made an awesome dartboard-type chart in Excel, but now I'm trying to put it on the web. Help!! [more inside]
posted by snapped at 12:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Any of you have any experience with high-tech dog doors? [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah at 12:10 PM PST - 7 comments

My father is in his late 60s, former smoker (20+ years, quit about 25 years ago.) was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer. Where and how to get the best treatment? [more inside]
posted by dudeman at 12:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me with some basic math: The circumference of a circle is 8 inches. Extend that circle by 8 inches from circumference (i.e. adding 16 inches to the diameter). Now what is the circumference of the larger circle? [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ at 11:52 AM PST - 24 comments

Portland, OR mefites: Looking for neat-o birthday dinner recommendations in your fine city for this weekend. [more inside]
posted by area.man at 11:51 AM PST - 19 comments

How do Kickstarter iOS projects that offer pre-ordered copies of the app deliver them? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 11:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Why is a sheet cake at Whole Foods so expensive? Can I do better (in Chicago?) It doesn't need to be decorated, just tasty. [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis at 11:01 AM PST - 34 comments

I need to get audio files from Fruity Loops to Ableton. Is there any way to make this process easier? [more inside]
posted by googly at 10:56 AM PST - 6 comments

I am about to be unemployed for an indefinite period, and my cohabitant boyfriend and I are about to start living on his income alone. Please give us some guidance so we an avoid practical and emotional pitfalls. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 10:32 AM PST - 30 comments

Catastrophic Google-Fu Failure. Help me find these three things: One, a web comic which had a flower with an ASCII art penis on it. Two, a web comic which had peeps and Mal from Firefly. Three, a video of a man doing a yoga flow routine which included L-sit to handstand, scorpion, and back again. Sorry for the grab bag, this stuff is simply driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by anaelith at 10:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Your favourite reading material that's available online (for free)? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock at 9:52 AM PST - 18 comments

VLC scripting help! I'd like to take the incoming video from a camera and split it into two feeds, where the first leg is broadcast over the LAN and the second leg is chroma keyed, then broadcast over the internet. I can't seem to figure out how to capture leg2, though. [more inside]
posted by eamondaly at 9:52 AM PST - 2 comments

The way I research (academic or otherwise) is increasingly incompatible with the tools I have. Reams of handwritten notebooks, and hundreds of word docs vs a highly tagged website only add to my self-created confusion. I'm drawn to Tinderbox software as a possible solution, but as an adamant PC user I'm locked out. How do you order your research? / How to write-up my PhD now my brain is fried? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 9:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Please help me remember the name of the graphic artist, popular in the early '90s who did stylised (mostly African-American) figures garbed in primary colours, often combined with inspirational words; the most popular line was available in posters, t-shirts, and even bookmarks. [more inside]
posted by batmonkey at 9:09 AM PST - 17 comments

I need either an idiot proof explanation of CHDK I can understand, or suggestions for a cheap digital camera that has a remote shutter [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 8:58 AM PST - 10 comments

I've always prided myself on being tough and low-maintenance; how can I become more demanding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 AM PST - 34 comments

I am considering pursuing a lateral move to Washington, DC. I'm trying to figure out whether this is afforadable given my parameters. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 AM PST - 18 comments

E pluribus una (urbs): Out of many cities, one. Examples of cities that at some point were two or more independent cities? [more inside]
posted by languagehat at 8:53 AM PST - 61 comments

Suggestions for the absolute best short hike near Asheville, NC? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 8:41 AM PST - 8 comments

I said I'd bring pasta salad to a potluck, and now I lack inspiration. Does anyone have any particularly interesting and/or delicious pasta salad ideas or recipes? [more inside]
posted by craichead at 8:35 AM PST - 32 comments

Is there a keep alive / dead man's email service? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser at 8:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for suggestions for tutorials on modern, easy, and soft-looking updo hairstyles. I've found plenty online but they are tailored for women with very thick hair-- but I have long straight hair that's very fine, and wouldn't work for most of those styles. Alternately (and it surprises even me that I'm asking this), are there clip-in or elastic-style hair extensions that you could recommend to help add some thickness to pull off a pretty updo? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 8:30 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you negotiate buying a new house that is not completed? (a very basic negotiation question) [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson at 8:26 AM PST - 6 comments

My friend threw a towel on our bedside table and used it as an ironing board. Now the varnish is damaged (pics). How do I fix it?
posted by mrunderhill at 8:24 AM PST - 6 comments

What are your favorite new new new new music podcasts? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Do you know any English grammar checker? [more inside]
posted by - at 7:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Writing a story... What is a malady or health issue that is 1) hereditary, 2) difficult to diagnose in an unborn child, 3) makes life particularly difficult (mentally or physically) for someone who has it? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 7:49 AM PST - 31 comments

The BF initiated the moving in together talk. Am I being ridiculous? (Little snowflakey...) [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 7:40 AM PST - 31 comments

Programmer longevity concern ? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 7:35 AM PST - 6 comments

How to get through a stressful long-term discharge or termination from work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 10 comments

[Grossness warning] I accidentally ate food that was tainted with a small amount of feces. I am concerned about parasites. How do I take care of the fallout, and what are my best human deworming options? Everything I can find on this topic (information and, annoyingly, worming tablets too) seems to be geared towards deworming dogs, cats, and horses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Can you recommend decent, inexpensive Minecraft server hosting? [more inside]
posted by Perthuz at 7:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me hack a DIY transport system for approximately 200 mini-cupcakes. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:01 AM PST - 12 comments

I need to find a website that would allow me to upload and sell photos that I'll be taking for a charity golf event. I don't need to sell them at a markup or anything, just make them available for sale. It would be nice if those interested in buying the photos didn't have to join the site or create an account, but that isn't mandatory. Do sites like snapfish or flickr allow such ease for guests to purchase prints?
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 6:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Good choice for a combined (and inexpensive) iPhone and iPad charging dock? Crucially, a dock that takes into account an iPhone's bumper case and iPad's case. No speakers required--just somewhere to put them overnight to charge.
posted by humblepigeon at 6:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Three questions: (1) How many current civil service employees are also reserve/national guard members, (2) How many current civil service employees were also active duty military service members, and (3) How many of both groups retired from the military? I've been to DOD, the Census, OPM ... I'm not having much luck.
posted by CollectiveMind at 6:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Can anyone tell me how much Dollars and Sense magazine pays its freelance writers? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 6:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Public speaking: I know my material, I feel good about it, I still end up with horrific dry mouth. What can I do to make that ease up? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved at 6:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Writers using Scrivener for Windows: how do you keep track of timelines? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 6:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Hi I think I might have a plumbing problem, can you confirm what the next step is...? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 5:25 AM PST - 11 comments

I've had a pre-order with a major UK online retailer for a limited run collectable ornament for a couple of months now, but the 'Due for release' date has been pushed back three times now, allegedly down to manufacturer delivery issues. That wouldn't normally be a problem... but the same online retailer has exactly the same item (and it's only made by one manufacturer) listed again elsewhere as 'In Stock' - but at more than a 50% markup (£130 as opposed to the pre-order price of £80). Are they doing anything legally wrong here (in UK law), as opposed to just deeply immoral?
posted by timpollard at 3:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Calling all Latin scholars: help needed translating a phrase. Can someone translate 'strength, courage and majesty' into Latin for me please? I'm a bit suspicious of translation sites on the web - will they get the grammar right? Thanks!
posted by Intaglio a go-go at 3:17 AM PST - 19 comments

Are there any home exchange websites specifically for rustic cabin-type dwellings? Looking to swap my place in Spain for something in the states. [more inside]
posted by maca at 2:29 AM PST - 1 comments

In transition, need some ideas of what to do with my life. As a job, as a business, whatever: what can this artsy nomadic person who can't fit a boundary do for love and profit? [longpost is looooong] [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:11 AM PST - 15 comments

I appeared to have developed a bad back here in my 20s. What can I do? Will it get better and how? [more inside]
posted by strekker at 2:07 AM PST - 22 comments

Looking for statistics on how long visitors will spend looking for information on a website [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 1:47 AM PST - 1 comments

Asking for a friend. I need a recommendation to a GREAT divorce attorney in Los Angeles, California. And by great I mean: Knowledgeable, Strong Advocate, Fair-minded, and with an excellent "bed-side" manner. The last bit is most important. Please Memail your suggestions, or provide resources in-thread! Snowflakes inside.... [more inside]
posted by jbenben at 12:23 AM PST - 1 comments

March 15
Please help me build a solid foundation in understanding User Experience. I am in technology and this skill will super help me. [more inside]
posted by gadget_gal at 11:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me create a list of things that I (someone in my early 20s) should do this year! I don't want another year to pass me by. [more inside]
posted by livinglearning at 10:07 PM PST - 26 comments

I want to disconnect myself from the internet in order to focus. But we have wifi and I have a Macbook, so my distractions follow me wherever I go. Is there a clever way I can cut myself off from the internet for a few hours at a time? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 10:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Tell me about your experience at CMU or SVA's interaction design grad program... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:12 PM PST - 8 comments

A question that came up in a conversation with a musical friend today: Do professional singers (who sing frequently in front of live audiences) ever freeze? I can see if a singer was under great stress or drugs, say, that they would put in a poor performance but they would still be able to open their mouths and sing something right? They wouldn't stand there and not be able to make a sound would they?
posted by storybored at 8:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Could a loose ground wire explain my sprinkler system troubles? [more inside]
posted by nasayre at 8:17 PM PST - 4 comments

This car is totally pimped out, has really low mileage, and a really low sticker price. It's also been in a severe accident. Should I buy it? [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug at 8:05 PM PST - 36 comments

Question for Kannada speakers. [more inside]
posted by nangar at 7:55 PM PST - 4 comments

I would like to connect two external TVs to my PC, each playing its own independent video with audio. The source video files would be located on the PC's hard drive. Would I need two video cards or a single card with dual video outputs? Also would I need two audio cards? Is there a video software that can run in multiple instances that will allow me to select the video and audio outputs for each video to separate the outputs? Can anyone suggest a solution to accomplish this?
posted by dennis10512 at 7:47 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking for a really good pot pie recipe. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 7:33 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I find a readable, concise document outlining marriage laws in California? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss at 7:21 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm in the process of transferring my Wordpress blog to a new host. So far everything is working just fine, except the media library. I copied /wp-content/uploads/* onto the new system. I see the folders and files on the new server via SFTP, but WP doesn't seem to notice them. Is there some sort of "cache refresh" trick? Do I actually have to manually go in and load all the individual images from the past year via the UI?
posted by symbioid at 6:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Sitting-tour-of-NYC filter: My seventeen-year-old sister is visiting me in NJ this week and we want to hit up NYC on Saturday. Problem: she sprained her knee on the plane ride over, and so a lot of things I had in mind (mostly shopping) are no longer practical. Help me find cost-effective entertainment in NYC for someone on crutches! [more inside]
posted by brieche at 6:43 PM PST - 17 comments

I bought a new pair of shoes I'm super happy with, but they gave me a wicked blister and now I have a blood stain on the back of the heel. Is there any hope to get it clean? [more inside]
posted by unlapsing at 6:38 PM PST - 3 comments

I feel like my I've progressively become red-green colorblind over the past decade or so. Is there any medical condition that could explain this? [more inside]
posted by archagon at 6:16 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I restore a laptop hard drive to factory settings through my desktop? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 6:09 PM PST - 10 comments

My kid wants to play Minecraft. I am not a gamer. Please help me answer questions regarding system requirements, appropriateness and how to get him started when I really don't want to get involved at all! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 5:04 PM PST - 30 comments

What are some good images for a 3rd-gen Kindle's screensaver / cover? [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 4:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Is library school worth it in terms of the education received? [more inside]
posted by Danila at 4:28 PM PST - 31 comments

Chemistry research ideas for an 8th grader? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 at 4:26 PM PST - 4 comments

I am the proud new owner of a soldering iron. What are some good first projects? Must be cheap and at least marginally useful. Blinky lights are a plus! [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 3:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Can anyone identify the aluminium luggage shown in this photo? [more inside]
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 3:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Can anyone identify this bug? [more inside]
posted by amcm at 3:47 PM PST - 13 comments

I am running a Wordpress installation on my own domain. It was hacked. For an admin fee, my web host is restoring prior to the hack. What are my best practices going forward to prevent this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 3:35 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the next steps after receiving TN status? [more inside]
posted by gillianr at 2:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Due to the current recession I've been under-employed for far too long. Unfortunately it's turning out to be a catastrophically long time, and now I need to know what my options are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:34 PM PST - 18 comments

Can you identify this piece of 1950s German cinema? [more inside]
posted by muhonnin at 2:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Texas hill country folk, help plan my and my wife's anniversary! [more inside]
posted by SugarFreeGum at 2:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I get my shipping dangerous goods training on the cheap? (Like this, but not for $400.) [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 at 1:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Who designed this 1969 NYSE pamphlet, Understanding Financial Statements? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 1:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Planning a DIY, slightly punk rock, progressive, feminist drunken young peoples' Passover Seder, looking for advice on haggadahs, leading for what will probably be a largely goyim crowd, and a million other weird little jewtastic details. [more inside]
posted by Betty_effn_White at 1:05 PM PST - 32 comments

I have a vomit phobia. My SO is upstairs vomiting, and I think he has a stomach virus that's been going around. How do I get through this? [more inside]
posted by OsoMeaty at 12:30 PM PST - 38 comments

Has anyone ever tried using Flexjobs.com for freelancing? If so, has it been a good experience, or are there other freelance directories that I should look into. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 12:27 PM PST - 2 comments

PlaylistFilter: Songs about the mundanity of every day life please. [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 12:26 PM PST - 60 comments

After reading the Mefi post about the hitman for hire I checked out hitmanforhire.net and found the Michael Duke Production company, that is apparently going to make a movie out of the story. But is that guy for real? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 12:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Ad agency/career filter: I'm 24. Sometimes I love my job, sometimes it stresses me out so much that I want to leave. An opportunity to move on has presented itself and now I'm panicking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I, a man whose clothes comes from Marks & Spencer (US: think JC Penney), get away with having a pink mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by ambrosen at 11:58 AM PST - 57 comments

My wife-to-be doesn't really like rice. I am a big fan of rice. What are some good recipes to help someone realize the wonders of rice? She likes fried rice and sticky rice, but that's about it. I like pretty much any rice dish that there is. How do we bridge the gap? Give me some recipes! Help me convert my future wife to a lover of rice!
posted by asnider at 11:53 AM PST - 38 comments

is it a red flag if a person never thinks they're wrong? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 AM PST - 67 comments

How do I charge for work as a starter illustrator, graphic designer, mural artist, arty project person? [more inside]
posted by torietorie at 11:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Haircut time! Where should I go in NYC, that isn't too expensive and won't make me cry? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 11:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Boston Karaoke Redux: Last asked in 2008, it seems DoReMi and Limelight are still the two box karaoke places to be at in the Boston area. Which one do you go to in 2012?? I ask this again because various yelp-type reviews may have changed the lay of the land. [more inside]
posted by whatzit at 11:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Linkedin seems to be somehow scraping my email contacts from an account that was never connected to Linkedin. Two questions: How does that work; and is there anyway to stop it other than closing my account? [more inside]
posted by seesom at 11:01 AM PST - 20 comments

I have a terrible memory. I did join luminosity to try to "regain my brain" lol. I think there might be other ways. I do read a ton but I find I sometimes even forget the characters. I have spoken to a doc and they say it isn't medical so I'm hoping to get a few suggestions? I find it is a detriment to my everyday life.
posted by femmme at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

I need a way to block sunlight (UVA/UVB) on the driver's side window of a car while I'm driving. Difficulty: I'm driving. [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 10:55 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I bail from a relationship I might have outgrown? Should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM PST - 35 comments

I want to start my own T-shirt company (i know I know. Don't roll your eyes). I am a graphic designer and would like to create shirts that are stylish. Basic screen printed shirts with sayings etc. While I know how to screen print I think my best bet is designing and then getting them printed through, well, an online shirt printing company. The trouble is most of them are very limited and have just the tacky crew neck shirt kind of thing. I don't want to do cafe press or zazzle style printing. So, What's a good company to go with? any suggestions? For example take a look at JacVanek.com Not crazy about her designs but her shirts are what I'm looking to print on. That urban outfitters style! Thanks!
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Ireland natives/Irish cooking aficionados: what are your tips to make some fantastic Colcannon? [more inside]
posted by chatelaine at 10:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Please help me figure out how I should tell my girlfriend about my probably-not-an-STD-freakout-moment. [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:28 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm moving to Augusta, Georgia, for a few years to pursue an awesome professional opportunity. What can you tell me about Augusta? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer at 10:21 AM PST - 11 comments

What are your best quotes relating to resilience, hope, community-building, acceptance, children with special needs, or the like? [more inside]
posted by cnc at 10:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Can anyone explain to me why used iPad 2s are selling like hotcakes on eBay for as much as $285 including shipping, when you can buy a new one, shipping included, for $300?
posted by markcmyers at 10:07 AM PST - 17 comments

What are some ways to kick up my cooking skills and techniques? I need to add a little more variety. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 10:03 AM PST - 13 comments

What egg dishes will turn me, an egg-hater, into an egg-lover? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 9:57 AM PST - 54 comments

Help me find interesting projects that are crowdsourcing data entry to support research / scholarship. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 9:56 AM PST - 4 comments

There is a line of thunderstorms heading our way, and my anxiety (nay, fear) is rising sharply. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by raintree at 9:45 AM PST - 25 comments

Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:27 AM PST - 12 comments

The recovering addict and the… sports addict? Is this level of interest in sports normal? How can I not take the backseat to sports, while remaining considerate of his feelings as he deals with me dealing with multiple health issues? [more inside]
posted by overyourhead at 9:25 AM PST - 28 comments

Surprise hospital trip yesterday for chest pain. Now what? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 9:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Somehow I've inherited a very tall (around 5 feet), very heavy hookah that was brought over from the middle east (UAE). I don't want it but don't know what to do with it. It's been in an attic for the past 20+ years so it hasn't been used in a very long time. It could be worth a lot or a little, I just don't know. Are there any concerns I should have if I try to sell it? Paraphernalia laws that could get me in trouble? As far as I know it is meant for tobacco but could possibly be used for other stuff.
posted by popaopee at 9:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Asking for a friend: Any recommendations on books about social or environmental justice for a high school junior? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul at 9:03 AM PST - 9 comments

My SO was victim of credit card fraud - what now? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood at 8:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me choose some outdoorsy birthday presents for my boyfriend! He likes to hike and he just bought an inflatable rubber raft. [more inside]
posted by missrachael at 8:47 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I sleep with a woman? If I am a late 20's woman who has never done so before. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Inheritance law question: death of named party prior to death of estate's owner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:35 AM PST - 12 comments

PDX Filter: Looking for a day use open-air private hot tub / soaking tub in the Portland area. [more inside]
posted by brandoniain at 8:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Grammar: Is it better to say that a committee "will be implementing a new policy" or "will implement a new policy"? I favour the latter because it seems more succinct; however, all my colleagues use the former convention. What am I missing? Does their way make more sense, grammatically or stylistically? Or is this just a collective habit that they've all adopted and I should avoid picking it up? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 8:12 AM PST - 26 comments

(Michigan filter) Looking for good , woods, and isolation. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by handbanana at 8:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Calculating/approximating ln(x) 'by hand'? [more inside]
posted by unixrat at 7:54 AM PST - 18 comments

What's going on with my daughter? Maturity issues, impulse control, oral fixation, oh my! [more inside]
posted by altopower at 7:16 AM PST - 39 comments

How do I talk to my fiance about the imbalances in our relationship? [more inside]
posted by guessthis at 6:38 AM PST - 76 comments

Fun place to travel for a weekend semi-close to Atlanta? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 6:26 AM PST - 19 comments

Apparently as the air system in our office building has degraded, the heat in our offices during the spring and fall when the AC shuts off has become unbearable as air that is hotter than outside is blown around. Bad for people, but worse for our server room. It has gotten to the breaking point and we need to do something. I'm looking for a way to cool off our servers in the transition periods between winter and A/C being turned on. [more inside]
posted by charred husk at 6:08 AM PST - 14 comments

How to automatically mute (or pause) one audio source if any other audio source is playing. [more inside]
posted by Akeem at 5:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Smoke detectors: do products exist which aren't subject to "false positives," i.e. activating due to dust, dirt or other reasons when there isn't a fire or smoke nearby? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:16 AM PST - 13 comments

YAHQ (yet another headphone question) -- what's the best all-around pair, good for running *and* working? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia at 5:03 AM PST - 7 comments

What kind of saving can I expect from a ductless AC with heat pump? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 5:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do my knees hurt when cycling? And then suddenly not hurt...? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 4:54 AM PST - 24 comments

I need help copying a master file to a file with a new name. Complication new name should be the date of the first of the month [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 4:06 AM PST - 4 comments

I promised to take my girlfriend, soon to head overseas for a year, to a really nice restaurant in Melbourne on Friday night before she leaves. 24 hours should be enough to book in to Movida, right? Apparently not... [more inside]
posted by chmmr at 2:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Is there a non-sweet milky drink that can replace my latte addiction? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 1:39 AM PST - 30 comments

How would you build a plywood kayak without fiberglass? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix at 1:03 AM PST - 10 comments

I have not bought a used car before by myself. I need some help. [more inside]
posted by digividal at 12:32 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I fill my downtime at work? My new job is short bursts of high-pressure activity and long stretches of downtime and I'd like some ideas for productive activity - almost anything goes (Details inside). [more inside]
posted by NoiselessPenguin at 12:28 AM PST - 12 comments

March 14
I remember seeing this amazing picture gallery of some guy's travels with his small plane via some link aggregating site/blog a few years ago, but can't find it now. The guy had landed his plane in all sorts of amazing landscapes (mostly in North America, I think), and taken pictures. Anybody know what I'm talking about?
posted by palet at 11:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Did I graduate HS? How does education verification (like a background check) for a high school diploma work? (Specifically, with small private schools.) [more inside]
posted by clever anonymous username at 9:56 PM PST - 21 comments

What are the best new webcomics? [more inside]
posted by Rinku at 9:52 PM PST - 23 comments

Anyone know where I can find a (preferably clean) mp3 of the audio old "Head for the Mountains of Busch"(youtube link) ad/song?
posted by griseus at 9:07 PM PST - 1 comments

How many classic Beasts were killed or suffered misfortune because of Beauty? Along the line of King Kong, Frankenstein's monster, the Creature (from the Black Lagoon), the Phantom (of The Opera)... &c.?
posted by Shane at 8:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Can you identify this action figure? (the one in the middle) [more inside]
posted by 2ghouls at 8:07 PM PST - 4 comments