April 2011 Archives
I have a personal goal to do karaoke in the future. It's not because I enjoy making a spectacle of myself in public or want to show off my singing voice (to the contrary!), it's because I currently have severe social phobia. I think doing something that anxiety-inducing would be a great stepping stone and I'd also like to use that hopefully positive experience as a marker for how far I've come. What songs would suit an otherwise mediocre female voice that surprisingly sounds decent singing There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths and most of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen? I'd prefer if the songs are available on your average bar's jukebox, but feel free to suggest obscure songs. Genre does not matter.
Looking for a "strength training 101" book/resource. [more inside]
What are some pokey radio stations that play old country/forgotten 45's/big band/bluegrass/rockabilly from the 1920's-1960's that I can listen to online for free? [more inside]
I'm looking for personal trainer & weight loss coach recommendations in the Seattle area. Help me, please! [more inside]
Where should we eat vegetarian brunch in Baltimore tomorrow? [more inside]
Las Vegas Shared Housing Monthly Room Rentals... I realize that Las Vegas has been hit hard economically, but are these shared housing monthly room rentals I see on Craigslist for real... $350/$500 for what appear to be rentals in very nice single family homes, etc.? Thinking of "picking one up" as an inexpensive escape as a second "home"... feedback appreciated re red flags, etc. Or have I simply been out of the rental mkt too long and don't appreciate opportunities that exist...
I want to work in family law in New York City and I don't really know where to start. [more inside]
Have you been to Cedar Key, FL? [more inside]
My 15 week old Golden Retriever pup scratches a lot. She doesn't have fleas or ticks. What kind of allergy could cause this? What should I do?
Does this situation sound like stress-induced erectile dysfunction? What can I do about it? [more inside]
My mother is obese. Can I help her? [more inside]
Is there a digital-media/arts-type place in San Francisco that provides access to computers and digital technology - something like The Edge in Brisbane? [more inside]
I'm looking to install roll up bamboo blinds on a very wide, but short, length of windows. It would be very expensive to order them to spec, and I'm looking into making my own. The mechanism is very basic, and I imagine the material is very cheap. I just can't find shades on their own, not pre-assembled. [more inside]
Seeking suggestions for mellow and soothing pop music. [more inside]
My fiancé had plans to drive from Houston to Saint Louis over the next two days. Now it's looking like there is a lot of flooding in the Memphis area and Southeast Missouri. Should she worry, or re-route her drive? What's the best route to take given current conditions? [more inside]
Nutrition filter: I have read a lot of articles about how if you consume less than 1200 calories your body goes into "starvation mode." I have read other articles that claim it is just a myth. Anyone have any sense of the truth of this? Thank for your help!
Do you have recommendations for caterer in the Baltimore, MD area for my sister's wedding? [more inside]
My mother has recently been diagnosed with arthritis of the hips. She's going to Florence on holidays summer and is used to doing lots of walking: recommendations? [more inside]
My house needs new windows. I do not want the traditional window salesman vinyl. Every home renovation board seems to be geared to step 17 (this brand, this thing) in the process. And every window sales place feels scamtastic. What's step 1 to getting the windows I need? [more inside]
I'm in Moscow for the week. Where is the "Lower East Side" or "Williamsburg" of Moscow? [more inside]
Desperately seeking article from 2002 N.Y. Real Estate Law Reporter [more inside]
Bikefilter: I know zilch about bikes. What kind of bike do I want? [more inside]
How do I deal with my MIL who has inappropriate boundary issues with her grandchilden (my stepchildren) and is treating me poorly as a result? [more inside]
I've started a Phd and would like to get tips and advise from those who have walked the path before me. [more inside]
What is the minimal Nvidia GPU that supports all the newest features for CUDA programming? [more inside]
IANAL, and you may or may not be, but why is it is illegal to marry for insurance purposes? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I are going to have a five-hour layover in Berlin on Tuesday morning. Would that be enough time to leave the airport and grab breakfast somewhere? And if so, where should we go? [more inside]
Some time in the last 12 months, I watched a BBC programme in which the presenters visited an event held outside a pub somewhere in England. According to my vague recollection, the point was to fish a rag out of a bucket of beer using the end of a broomstick, and then fling said beery rag at bystanders. I had thought that the programme in question was Oz and James Drink to Britain, and that this had taken place in Lewes, East Sussex, but even with variations on those things as search terms I can find no reference to this online. Has anyone heard of this? What is it called? Where and when does it take place?
How Do You "Break Up" with Another Dude? I think I remember my present problem turning up on Seinfeld or Friends or something, which makes sense because it's kind of absurd. When a romantic relationship no longer functions, there are some established processes and social mores. When a regular friendship maybe needs to end or be heavily renegotiated, the way to proceed is much less clear. Help? [more inside]
I'm a 29 year old straight female, and I've never been in a grown up relationship. Is there something really wrong with me? [more inside]
Help me figure out where to ride my road bike in northern New Jersey. I'm looking for a 20- to 30-mile ride in a rural(ish) area--or at least some place where there are as few cars as possible. [more inside]
What do I do for Mother's Day given that (1) she has brought me quite a bit of stress over the past few years and (2) her own mother passed away a few months ago? [more inside]
Is my hair uncolorable? [more inside]
PC Screen Cleaning: What's the best way to clean a PC monitor? Tried water, scared of windex, changed the cloth type -- still have wipe marks and dust. Home readies or commercials solutions with type of cloth to use appreciated.
Cocktail ideas for home-infused vodkas: Strawberry, cantaloupe, vanilla-caramel, chai tea, tea with lemon and honey, bacon. [more inside]
Recommend a new shoe for my job that requires high speed continuous walking for about 10-15 miles per day. [more inside]
I’m a 28 y/o woman who has finally found someone that I admire, who loves me dearly, and isn't a huge pain in my ass --and I'm hoping to make this last! Please help me to not ruin this wonderful thing! [more inside]
I would like to try a Roku Player to watch Netflix streaming vidoes on my TV. How do I hook up to my standard TV with a Dish Network Receiver and a Sony Blu Ray Player? [more inside]
NonFiction Filter: How come text in some published (non-fiction) texts is so poorly constructed? Why are bad examples not removed in the process of getting a book published? Is it down to cost, time, author's prerogative? (I include an example inside) [more inside]
Last night I at something at a Northern Indian restaurant that was really terrible tasting. Any ideas what it might have been? [more inside]
is there a term for when a compass is going haywire and cant find a direction or at least for when the needle spins around? [more inside]
Advice on approaching publishers for a popular science book? [more inside]
What can I put on my MP3 player to get me through hours of much-hated housework & chores, particularly now that I'm packing up to move house (not long after I finished unpacking after the last move, dammit, so I haven't much motivation)? [more inside]
An IIS web server won't respond to port forwarded requests from the world on 443, but will reply to port forwarded requests on port 80. The IIS web server will answer on 80 and 443 on the LAN. I tried a new router, as well. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good softball league to join in the East Village? I'm a male, with above average skill level.
I met a girl from a club and we had sex. She had a boyfriend then (she cheated on him with me). She is now single & we have been incredibly close. I think I'm being clingy and I need help BIGTIME because I really like her. [more inside]
ChicagoFilter: We're looking to move out of our miserable Hyde Park apartment. Hooray! We don't know anything about the rest of Chicago. What neighborhoods should we be looking at when one of us will be commuting via public transit to Northeastern Illinois University (in North Park) and one half will be commuting (with a car) to Hyde Park? Budget-friendly ideas welcome--we're just looking for anything with more grocery stores and a shorter commute time to NEIU than Hyde Park.
What's the best Blu-ray burning software out there? [more inside]
My new kitten gets congested at night. Is she allergic to something? [more inside]
Careers related to nutrition/diet that don't involve working with people as clients/patients? [more inside]
Anyone have experience moving an Ikea EXPEDIT bookcase? [more inside]
If Hilary Clinton had become President of the United States, how would Bill Clinton have been referred to? He would obviously not be called The First Lady, so how would he be styled? And would he still be addressed as 'Mr. President' in the company of his wife, who would presumably be 'Madam President'? Are there any clearly set out protocols for address in this situation?
(for a friend) I am looking for "the word used to describe a description of a work of art or poem within another work--its a term used in art history and poetics, and it drives me crazy that it escapes me."
Need your best Latin dance music STAT! [more inside]
What's the name of this genre of Japanese porn? (NSFW, of course) Okay: Several women basically have their way with a very passive (or overwhelmed or mildly incapacitated) man. [more inside]
A medical condition that should have killed me didn't. I'm just understanding (three years later) just how lucky I was. What are some ways that I can keep this feeling of being lucky and grateful to be alive in happy, life-affirming (i.e., not morbid or overly emo) ways? [more inside]
I once stumbled upon a site offering a belt-like device to be worn around one's (bent) knees in order to sit comfortably without a chair. Do you know where to find this? [more inside]
My reddit page suddenly started looking like this. What's going on? I'm on an iMac running Snow Leopard, with the latest Firefox 4. [more inside]
I'm up for tackling some big all-time classics, especially Don Quixote and War and Peace, and I'm wondering which translations to get. [more inside]
What is an appropriate housewarming gift for someone I don't know in person? [more inside]
About once a week, I wake up with a searing pain on the inside of my top knee (if I'm sleeping on my right hand side, it's my left knee that hurts). The only way to get out of it is to physically hold my knee, take the weight of my leg, and move it into a different / straighter position. Once I've done that, the pain completely goes away and there is no after-effect at all - I can get out of bed and run around with no residual pain whatsoever. But I don't think this is normal... [more inside]
Well it happened. I'm officially bored with all my ipad/iphone games. The App store has exploded recently and I'm pretty binary on the things I like, plus I've got to share the device with another game-lover with different tastes . What are the best, new iPad/iPhone games? [more inside]
Anyone have any good (and I realize this may be relative) recipes that use nacho cheese sauce besides nachos? [more inside]
O wise MeFites, I am looking for somewhere to take a group of 11 people for a business lunch somewhere walkable from Coit Tower. We are willing to go as far as the Ferry Building for delicious food. We are looking to spend about $20 per person for a nice lunch in a sit-down restaurant. Where shall we go? [more inside]
Shows like The Guardian? Definitely… [more inside]
Renewing US Passport problem [more inside]
What are your best fundraising ideas for a new non-profit focused on trail building for mountain biking/hiking? Another local trail building org has used raffles, film festivals, and races/contests. [more inside]
How dangerous is Potomac Ave Metro area of DC (East Capitol) compared to the rest of Capitol Hill, Eastern Market or Columbia Heights? [more inside]
I am a part of a joint National Science Foundation (NSF)/National Institutes of Health (NIH) panel study, and seemingly will be for the rest of my life. But I do not wish to be. How do I put my foot down and get out of it? [more inside]
We've recently moved into a new place with an empty lot. The previous tenants used parts of the lot to garden, but it's now overgrown with a mix of food plants and weeds. Over the past month, we've had this plant popping up. It looks sort of spinachy, but we don't want to start mixing it into salads unless it's actually edible. Can anyone identify it? Closer look here.
I wanted to download pictures from my Pantech Jest phone. I was using a Scandisk adapter, placed in my camera, then tried to download to my computer. They don't show up. When I place the Micro Scandisk back into the card, I get an error message that says "files are found in unsupported directory please move them to the proper directory". How do I do this? And can I do this from the phone?
I want a crockpot recipe I can make overnight that tastes like Bahama Breeze's "Bahamian Seafood Chowder" [more inside]
I'm moving to Berlin for the summer, and I need to know how I should go about transfering living funds over. I'll be getting 3000 Euro when I get there, but that will not be enough to live on for the entire summer. Should I exchange them into Euros? Should I use my US credit card? Should I get a German bank account. I would love any advice you can give me.
I finished reading Richard Belzer's hilarious book UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe and it has gotten me interested in the JFK assassination. I then looked at a YouTube video that basically used a computer sim that showed the shooting coming from the book depository. My main question: Can any mefite recommend a book or three (of the million written) on the subject that they enjoy and find convincing on the assassination? I am open to any suggestions. Feel free to share your thoughts on the subject.
Desperately disorganized person seeks realistic routine. [more inside]
Why have my numeric output fields stopped working in Flash 11? [more inside]
Homowners' Insurance Filter: Should I stay with Hanover or try another agent and keep shopping? [more inside]
I am looking at a drive of 1300 miles in the next two weeks. How do I get past the dread? [more inside]
What can I do to get through having to sit 12 hours for ten days doing nothing? Nothing! [more inside]
Looking for an ancient greek quote about the evils of writing or technology. [more inside]
Why has the cost of milk gone up so rapidly, proportionally speaking? Five weeks ago, I could find milk for $2 a gallon; yesterday, the cheapest I found was $2.49 a gallon at Costco, and that was only if you bought two gallons at once. Everywhere else it's been higher - I even saw a store selling whole milk at $3.99 a gallon! This is just milk. Nothing premium or otherwise meant to raise the price point about it. Other dairy products have gone up in cost, too, but not so drastically (that I've noticed). [more inside]
Another iPhone question. I tried to cash in on the 3Gs for $49 special today, but my contract still has 8 months on it, meaning I'm not eligible for an upgrade until mid-August. I can't afford to pay full price for an iPhone of any stripe. Do I have any options? [more inside]
How can I best help my boyfriend quit smoking? [more inside]
I have a ~50 miles bike ride ahead of me this Sunday, which I've done before. However, I am completely out of shape and haven't been training much lately. What should I do to increase my chances of finishing while still having a pleasant ride and without completely destroying my Monday? [more inside]
Google has failed me. I need to find that old Maddox thing about gay guys who keep doing things to him.
What are some useful gardening apps for my iPhone? [more inside]
Looking for non-depressing fiction about Russia (any time period). Is there an equivalent to Connie Willis's wonderful Blackout/All Clear? [more inside]
Please suggest support groups for recovering drug addicts besides Narcotics Anonymous (NA). [more inside]
I royally screwed up at work. This isn't the first time. Depression may be partially causing it. What do I say to my boss? Can I change? How? [more inside]
How do I silence the vengeful voice inside myself? [more inside]
I need to access historical stock data for an ASP.NET website [more inside]
I'm trying to find information on the translation of musical theater, particularly the songs. [more inside]
A friend of ours is going to be in Africa for a month this summer. During that month, he is going to be turning the big 5-0. What is something we can get him for his trip that would be particularly useful. I assume he already has a great camera.
what song is this? synthpop-sounding, melodic and upbeat but slightly melancholic as well. from what i can remember of the chorus may have been something about "rosanna" (not TOTO!). more vague descriptors within... [more inside]
I love this Tumi bag! ...is there anything similar but less expensive? [more inside]
I'm heading up to Chatsworth, CA tomorrow night to record some train whistles. How far away from the tracks should I be to get that nice, misty, dreamlike faraway sound? And is there a particularly quiet/desolate part of town where I can sit for a few hours and gather said recordings? (Recommendations for other desolate, train-heavy spots within a two-hour drive also welcome.)
In love with a divorcing man who is now backing off. Help! [more inside]
Online dating etiquette. When is it ok to ask about the other people you're seeing from the site? Is it different for men and women? What's the right response? [more inside]
I took a month off from my running routine before running again. 5 days later this muscle stiffness feeling has not gone away. It's painful enough that it hurts to walk, especially down stairs. What is this? [more inside]
Are there any psychologists out there who know why we are able to generate so much empathy for animals but not for humans? [more inside]
Getting married in two months. GF and her family love dancing and will do a lot of it at the wedding. I want to make her happy, but I'm a terrible dancer and the whole thing is making me very anxious. What to do? [more inside]
What should we do with our wedding photos now that we're getting divorced? [more inside]
Please help me with a name for the kind of door I want to get replace a current standard size exterior door. It would look like a closet door I have that is a standard size door but is in vertical halves and opens towards you on two sets of hinges. It's not a Dutch door, because that is cut horizontally, and I usually think of a French door as being two doors with a lot of glass.
How do I see a large version of Google's reworked logo they make to commemorate special days? For instance, today Google has a little image of the Royal Wedding in place of "Google" in the upper left corner of their search page. I used to be able to go to the main Google page and the image would be nice and big, but now it defaults to my iGoogle page and the image is still tiny....
The bad news: catastrophic hard drive failure! The good news: it's my back-up drive. Help me replace it. [more inside]
What are the best online resources for indie and alt-country guitar tablature or chord charts? [more inside]
ArchieComicFilter: Help! I was talking with a coworker and we were reminiscing about old Archie comic strips. I recounted one of my favorite strips but I can't remember who the character was! More information under the cut: [more inside]
Does this quirk in my son's speech have a name? [more inside]
Given two identical townhouses, one with no basement, the other with a finished basement, what would be the difference in value? Also, who benefits from the savings related to doing a transaction without a broker? Buyer, seller or both? [more inside]
I've been invited to a wedding where I'm only going to know a couple of guests. One of them is a woman who has every right to hate my guts. Help me navigate this. [more inside]
Should we stay or should we go? Make a big international move as a pregnant couple or with a tiny baby? Lots of (possibly) relevant details inside. [more inside]
Does anyone have a link to the Kenny Everett sketch where the Queen sings, "God save our gracious me" while cooking breakfast? [more inside]
Where can I find and share Matlab scipts? [more inside]
Moving from Seattle to Stockholm for graduate school this summer: how far in advance of the August 29th semester start should I fly out in order to maximize my chances of renting an apartment before all other students arrive? Also, where should I stay while I'm looking for a place to live? [more inside]
How do I learn and practice handicapping skills? [more inside]
Friend is trying to cut costs in her budget. Does anyone know a website that's as comprehensive and easy-to-use as MyFoodDiary.com, but doesn't cost $9 a month? [more inside]
TVFilter: What are some of the best episodes from before some big shows got big? Things like Mythbusters, Top Gear, and Planet Earth have big budgets now, but five, ten, or twenty years ago, these nonfiction-type shows probably had some classic episodes that are unlikely to be shown today but full of bootstrapped goodness. [more inside]
I am beginning to dance with female partners and I am terrified. Help! [more inside]
Why is the guy who appears to have a crush on me suddenly acting so nervous? Why isn't he contacting me more now that I have expressed interest? [more inside]
How to record something digitally in a way that verifies it has not been 'shopped [more inside]
CarDetailingFilter: Is professional detailing worth it? IOW, do the professionals have tools, skills, or something else that means they can do much better work than a determined person can do on his/her own? Details follow. [more inside]
Starting in a month, my girlfriend and I will be living for the summer in a 10x16, two room Kelty tent we bought on craigslist. We will be living/working on a farm outside of Olympia, WA. We'd love any advice/experience you might have on long-term tent living. We're super excited about it but we are aware it will suck sometimes... what sucked about it and how can we prepare for the suck? Lots more details inside on building a makeshift kitchen, hopefully cozy bedroom, etc. [more inside]
I have several thousand CDs and am thinking it's time to sell them, which would be easier if I had a comprehensive written list. There are lots of barcode/UPC-lookup sites on the Web, but many don't have comprehensive databases and none seems to take a full list or spreadsheet of numbers and return the product names so I would have a single list. Any suggestions?
I have an Ubuntu server. It's a Dell PowerEdge with a PERC 6 RAID controller. I'm trying to get it to boot to a different drive, and grub doesn't seem to be cooperating - it appears to attempt to boot to the correct volume and partition and then bonks out when mounting /proc - what gives? [more inside]
please forgive my typing. i had a crush injury to my index finger one month ago. my question involves trying to figure out a way to minimize involuntary hand movements at night which only exacerbate the pain. there has to be some clever way to do this? [more inside]
What can I serve with leftover rice and beans? [more inside]
There's lots of great online software for allowing multiple participants to vote on the best single meeting time. There's also software that will allow people to book individual appointment times from a calendar. But I'm looking for a resource that will allow me to invite people to pick from an assortment of specific dates/times to schedule individual meetings with me. For example, let's say I have only ten one-hour blocks of time that are available for meetings next month. What online software will let me invite multiple people to choose from among those ten blocks, so that I am notified who picked which time, which is then not available to the remaining people?
Dr. Leslie Smoling operated an illegal abortion clinic in Toronto from 1962 to June 10, 1968, when police closed the clinic and charged him. He then fled to Australia to evade prosecution, coming back after two decades (?) to face charges. Where in the city was this clinic? [more inside]
How can I best remove ticks from my dog? Is there a gadget to improve my batting average? [more inside]
How do you force yourself to slow down and take your time when proofing? [more inside]
Help me make the most of a beach vacation with my future in-laws. [more inside]
A little over a hundred years ago, William James wrote in Pragmatism that "the philosophic stage of criticism [as opposed to the scientific] ... so far gives us no new range of practical power. Locke, Hume, Berkeley, Kant, Hegel, have all been utterly sterile, so far as shedding any light on the details of nature goes, and I can think of no invention or discovery that can be directly traced to anything in their peculiar thought." (Emphasis mine.) Is it still -- or, for that matter, was it true then -- that there are no inventions made possible by the works of philosophers?
I'm looking for media images (books, movies, TV shows) of a certain kind of romantic partnership: happily partnered, creative, bohemian couples [more inside]
My teenager started an electric ukulele project in her woodshop class and can't afford to buy plans. What's the best way to proceed? [more inside]
Is there some nice shiny, futuristic way to peruse area real estate listings which gives one an accurate picture of what is for sale in a given area? [more inside]
On a hike in East Granby, CT, my friend came across this. Its a frog sitting in a fluffy nest sitting on top of a swampy pond. I really have nothing else to say other than is this normal frog behavior?
I am trying to find a desktop or office cubicle ( by which I mean pretty small and elegant) compatible amplifier. I just really need a headphone amplifier since I wont ever be able use any speakers at work, but I must be able to select between 3 different sources. [more inside]
My same-sex partner and I have separated (to my shock and opposition) after a few years of hard financial times. While I am holding out hope that she will come to her senses, I need help deciding on what to do (especially regarding our house) in case we can't resolve our issues. [more inside]
What do you do in your downtime in the office? [more inside]
What should I do about spilt fish sauce? [more inside]
So, Jeffrey Deaver's The Blue Nowhere was terrible in almost every way but I didn't hate the premise. I'd like to read something that has a similar premise or themes but isn't ridiculous and cringeworthy. Any ideas? Thanks!
Where can I watch tonight's Magic/Hawks game online? [more inside]
How do I script PDF "printing" in Windows XP? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of media that combine the landscape of the American West with the horror genre. [more inside]
A small section of my wood parquet flooring is cracked and/or buckled. When I step on this area it creaks and springs up. Can I replace only the damaged section? [more inside]
We gave a check (for a security deposit) to a potential landlord to hold our spot in line. The landlord wasn't going to cash the check until she approved us for the house. We got the house (pending a signed lease agreement). When should the landlord cash the deposit check? [more inside]
there's a blog post somewhere out there about the good that can come of, instead of trying to do clever things, simply avoiding doing stupid things. anyone know who posted it?
I'm a little over 8 weeks pregnant, and other than the insane morning sickness, feel like I'm in good health. However, my thyroid results came back with normal free T4 and elevated TSH. Neither my regular doc nor my midwife seem concerned... so should I relax? [more inside]
I just had a job interview I wasn't thrilled about. In a fluster, I sent my writing samples with a two sentence thank you note. I'd like to salvage the flubbed interview if I can. Should I mail a lengthier thank you letter, or just let it go?
Lease running out and looking to move, but no job yet. What should I do? [more inside]
Baseball rules question---put on your umpire's cap. [more inside]
Summer short course filter: Fun readings on the internet, the future, and research in the digital age for high school teachers. Help a librarian plan a syllabus! [more inside]
My father and I are interested in buying and splitting an investment property 50-50. What are the sort of legal arrangements we should be looking into to lower tax burdens and maximize buying power? LLC? Trusts? Who should we be talking to about this? [more inside]
What is my new job title for a very broad writing/editing position within a corporate team? [more inside]
What is the best Friday night karaoke joint in DC (or Metro-accessible)? [more inside]
I live in Middlesex County in New Jersey. I have begun the application for disabilty due to anxiety and depression. I am worried I might need a lawyer, I have no money, and I don't know where to start. [more inside]
Looking for fun/romantic things to do in Atlantic City, NJ. Best restaurants, best romantic gay-friendly hotels, don't miss events or locations? Things beyond the casinos. [more inside]
About a week ago, I purchased a laptop. When I finally got it, the laptop didn't have the specs advertised. When I wrote the company, they said it was a mistake and I could send the laptop back for a refund. The problem? I could've bought it cheaper (and gotten it sooner) from another company, but now that deal is gone. [more inside]
Help me think of songs/musical numbers that echo the sentiment of "Don't Stop Believing". [more inside]
What is your method for reading PDF files in Firefox 4? [more inside]
I feel like I recently read about a study on confirmation bias asking people a range of questions, one of which was an Obama birther question (as in do you hold birther beliefs), but I can't find it. The study was wanting to know perceived authority figures could influence held beliefs, and may have included questions about global warming. What am I thinking of? Can someone link to it - but mainly if it's a birther story.
Sudden, kind of horrible knee pain--wtf, body? Is this okay, or should I go see a doctor? If the latter, what kind of doctor should I see? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good introductory book on the topic of cognitive bias. [more inside]
Help me find songs about love or close friendship that contain lyrics about something other than the feeeeeelings the couple has for each another. [more inside]
I am trying to come up with the "ultimate utility tattoo" and I need some help with what would be on it. You've a full sleeve (an adult male's arm and shoulder) to work with so what important information do you think would be useful? [more inside]
I will be in Tokyo for a few days next month and need to decide where I am staying - Shibuya or Shinjuku? [more inside]
Can anybody recommend a good estate attorney in San Francisco? We want to set up a will, and we undoubtedly need the whole estate-planning package (power of attorney, living trusts, etc). [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for thriller novels. Preferences insdie. [more inside]
I am planning a summer vacation with my wife and 8-year old daughter. We would like the majority of our vacation to include beach combing and hammocks, kayaking, snorkeling and hiking. Which Caribbean island would be best for this? [more inside]
Can you recommend a non-glossy monitor to be paired with a Mac Mini? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend plays for performance by 8th-9th graders? I need to cast an entire class of 16-20 kids, and I'm looking for something generally gender balanced. [more inside]
Are you a medievalist? I'm looking for books, diaries, art books, websites and other resources about private life and printing in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. [more inside]
Companies/corporations that use strongly human- and earth-friendly business practices and ethics? [more inside]
My family has a collection of 35 lantern slides dating from the 1880-90's. They are black & white photographic images, with some handcolored. They are in reasonably good condition and I would like to somehow transfer them into a digital format. Is it OK to lay these on a scanner, or will strong light exposure risk damaging the slide images? Is there a better way to photograph or reproduce the images? [more inside]
UK jobsearching: I'm 26, and having a tough time finding any job in London - let alone one that's a good career prospect. Do you have any pointers, and in particular, advice on how to get reliable, short-term work to cover the gaps? [more inside]
I need shoe recommendations, please. [more inside]
Is The Simpsons' First Church of Springfield (the building, not the denomination) modeled after an actual church or style of churches? [more inside]
Workout Question - A few years ago I went away from my cardio-only gym routine and added in weight lifting. I did chest press, lat pull downs, shoulder press, etc. I'm a girl, btw. I lost a little weight but now my arms are bulky, not super muscly but just bulkier and sometimes they don't fit in my shirts. I enjoy lifting weights but I feel conflicted about it if my arms are going to continue to get bigger and bigger. My question is - how do I continue to lift weights without my arms getting bulkier and bulkier? I would like to also make my arms less bulky if possible.. Are push-ups a good option?
How do I get rid of my dandruff for good? [more inside]
Have you ever successfully fought for a relationship that you knew was worth saving? How did it work out?
Have you ever successfully fought for a relationship that you knew was worth saving? How did it work out? [more inside]
I am working out a standard operating procedure/system for a referral marketing program with a partner firm and seeking a useful web-based or software system to track signposted, offline referrals. We are thinking of using a discount code or something along those lines but I am dealing with some distrust from my partner about how we reliably continue to track referrals through the lifetime of the sales relationship. Is this going to be based on trust or are there electronic or other systems I should be looking into?
Is there a term for this? People who are above the poverty level (and therefore not eligible for most social services) but below middle income (where they might have some discretionary income to spend on, say, education or legal services)? [more inside]
How do I turn off the ability of others to tag photos of me on Facebook? All I see on Google is info on how to change the setting for previous iterations of Facebook's "privacy settings".
Financing company offered me a 2000$ line of credit. I have questions. [more inside]
Do people really trace their family trees back that far? I'm pretty much dead-ended in the 1850s. [more inside]
Facebookfilter: I vaguely remember seeing something like a users most commented wall posts when viewing what i think was our friendship connection (the things we have in common). Where do i find this feature again and is there more to it? [more inside]
Let's say that I am about to come into life changing amount of cash. What is the best way to manage this new wealth? [more inside]
What recommendations do you have for literature with tones and themes of sadness/loneliness/inadequacy/anxiety/perfectionism/depression/alienation/dissatisfaction? (Not all in a single book, of course). [more inside]
I've designed a pretty awesome piece of software. There's an industry contest I wish to participate in, and I need a video. Help me make it good. [more inside]
NBA Filter: Why does the PF or C always inbound the ball after a made shot? [more inside]
Podcast recommendations sought! Snarky, humourous, preferably with some sort of informational content. [more inside]
I"m an Aussie enjoying a high exchange rate and visiting Hong Kong in a few weeks. What electronic goodies should I be purchasing, and any suggestions on how to go about it? [more inside]
Are there any non-theistic/scientific/philosophical 'afterlife' theories out there? [more inside]
I can work from anywhere. Hooray! I'd like to sublet an apartment somewhere in the US for a few months this summer. But where? [more inside]
I'm going to be in sydney CBD tomorrow, and would like to find a nice place to sit and work for a few hours. I know about the state library and the various university libraries. I've got a folding bike with me, so I'd be prepared to cycle up to 7km out of the city, or get a short ferry ride.
I'm looking for a piece of model or miniature painting advice. Please to step into my office.. [more inside]
Favorite non-fiction audiobooks? [more inside]
Is checking bank statements the best way to find a life insurance policy? Can someone get a life insurance payout if they are not the sole beneficiary? (Family drama below) [more inside]
After a year in counseling to address anxiety, my therapist recommended pharmaceutical treatment. My doctor prescribed Paxil. I'm nervous as all get-out about taking it after reading horror stories on the internet. Am I overreacting? [more inside]
Where can I get this Schwarzkopf hair dye in America? [more inside]
How should I respond to my employer's suggestion that I may be too quiet to keep my job? [more inside]
Please help me ID this song used in the last episode of a not so popular tv show in 2003... [more inside]
Do you own, or have you owned, a Honda Insight? Would you recommend it? [more inside]
I need a reliable host for a ASP .NET framework 4 website. [more inside]
Quirky Canadian tax question - what's the long term impact of reducing CPP payable? [more inside]
Hoping this exists: A website where I can set up a scenario on a chess board and then have it tell me what the next move should be.
It's the future and humans live in space stations. What are some ways (real or fictional) that artificial gravity can be created so there will be no weightlessness? [more inside]
Is there a way for someone with a Mac laptop to send and received faxes directly from and to the computer? Is there a service that does this, allowing faxes to be received if the computer is off?
Do you cook alone? Do you enjoy it? I don't have the budget to go out whenever I am alone so I need to learn to make being in the kitchen solo a fun thing. [more inside]
I'm looking for an infertility specialist or reproductive endocrinologist in Chicago, preferably in the loop. Does anyone have any recommendations? [more inside]
I went on a really good "alternative" day trip to the Scottish Highlands with this company when I was in Edinburgh last week, and am now looking for recommendations for entertaining and offbeat guided tours and daytrips in other places. There are some good suggestions here for walking tours but I'm also interested in bus/coach/cycling etc.
Where can I watch the space shuttle launch on Friday in Washington, DC? Or, if there isn't anything going on: shuttle-themed cocktail recipes? [more inside]
Is there an alternative to snacking that one can do while they focus on something else? [more inside]
Like a heathen, I'm so lost, I don't even know I'm lost. I think I need a database. But I don't know any proper terminology to search for more information or help. [more inside]
What would you call a coming-of-age novel for a chef? In german? [more inside]
UK Filter: Can people retire without buying property when younger? [more inside]
Paris - Looking for a fantastic location to host 15 people for a Sunday brunch/lunch in Paris. Ideally in a terasse/rooftop setting with a fixed menu per person (around 20 euros a head) [more inside]
Unconventional safety topics? [more inside]
Is this laptop battery a ripoff, and how can I be sure? I bought a third party battery for my Macbook. It looks like the original 45Wh battery, but Coconut Battery (and the appropriate ioreg command) report the 'design capacity' as lower than it should be. [more inside]
Places to stay in Boston/Cambridge, May 18-22? [more inside]
DC Filter: Affordable and romantic dinner date spots in DC? Warning: Extremely picky criteria inside. [more inside]
I love the musical "Chess." It is rarely ever produced, though. How or where can I get alerts in my email when a production of "Chess" is in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
This is a question for people who read widely, but don't choose to read poetry. What are you're reasons for not reading the stuff? [more inside]
Why did I have a seizure? How do I not do that again? [more inside]
What books can you recommend that do for their subject what 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' does for science i.e. cover a broad topic in an entertaining and engaging way which is easy for the layperson to understand? I am interested in improving my General Knowledge and want to build a little library of similar books covering topics such as art, film, geography, history, literature, music, philosophy etc. [more inside]
I'd like to train for a front lever, but I'm too weak to get my hips up even in tuck (back rounded, knees to chin), even if I try to jump into it. What other exercises can I do to develop a tuck front lever? (I do have access to a weight room, and I'm working on straps rather than rings, if that makes any difference.)
I'm trying to find out how many video arcade games (think coin-operated) are manufactured within the U.S. and how many are imported. Historical data would be very helpful too. [more inside]
Wondering about using 20garms of Whey in the morning for my "am" food. Will it help me lose weight or expand the benefit of my exercise or does it only make you bulk up? [more inside]
I wait until, I think a task needs to be done ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY or NO MORE DELAY possible to do anything. [more inside]
About to purchase my first coop apartment in NYC, and it's desperately in need of a new kitchen, among other things. Mr. Narrative and I would like to go and look at kitchen cabinets and counter-tops and tile and such in person, preferably in a nice-ish store. Where should we go? [more inside]
I started a sports team at work and now we have more people who want to play than we have spots on the team. How would you diplomatically handle this? [more inside]
A well-made Go game app for the iPad (or iPhone)? [more inside]
Is blunt criticism a warning for being fired? I work in a small office where 3 mistakes (mainly numerical errors) I made have been called embarrassing in a 5 month period. This is not a financial sector job. Yes I make more than 1 mistake a month, but what's bothering me is that this specific word has been used by the 3 people I work with most. [more inside]
Planning a return visit to NYC... can you help me with a few very specific questions? [more inside]
Does Canada import timber??? [more inside]
How does selling an under water house where you bring cash to the closing actually work? What happens if you come up short? [more inside]
How can we amuse ourselves near Camden Yards tomorrow? [more inside]
I have a summer without a full-time job lined up, live near a world-class college campus, and wouldn't mind sitting in on classes. I don't have enough money to actually enroll for non-credit, so I was wondering: what's the general policy is on sitting in on large lecture classes? [more inside]
Can a therapist help me find a more productive (or at least less destructive) way to deal with stress? If so, can anyone recommend what style of therapy would address this best or, even better, recommend a specific person or practice in Atlanta? [more inside]
For Research - Need Near Death Experiences accounts of people who attempted suicide. [more inside]
Is traveling before starting grad school a feasible idea? [more inside]
How do I keep my car insured during an out-of-state relocation that may take a month or two to be complete? [more inside]
How can we help calm this dog's separation anxiety? [more inside]
Money intended for me was PayPal-ed to the wrong person. Any chance I can get it back? [more inside]
Here's another 'what should my roller derby name be?' question. [more inside]
Teach yourself Schenkerian analysis? [more inside]
I'm in the process of being hired on from contractor to full time status. My boss asked me what title I would like. I need some help figuring out what I want to be and how much a person of that title should make. [more inside]
Where to watch the Champions League Final in Barcelona? [more inside]
Is it fun to get 30 things for your 30th birthday, or does it just remind you that you're 30 now? [more inside]
Where in central London can I found the most absurd or obscene Royal Wedding souvenir? [more inside]
Anyone have any tips or recommendations for French-language learning vacations? [more inside]
Which Slavic language should I study? [more inside]
Does anyone know what the break music during the last several This Week in Science (http://www.twis.org) shows is? I've asked around and either gotten no response or no one knows. I've tried googling the lyrics as I understand them and I get nothing.
Can an employer force you to buy clothing that's not related to your job? [more inside]
I need (hopefully inexpensive) mid-Atlantic region vacation ideas. [more inside]
Can the Hive help me identify this children's puzzle book from the late 1960's- early 1970's? [more inside]
Where is the best place to see the space shuttle launch in person this Friday? [more inside]
I have a small website that im running a local event from and i need a way for people to be able to buy tickets online and for me to check them into the event. My main concern is people sharing tickets so I need some way to prevent fraud and it needs to be super cheap. The sites im running is built on wordpress im wondering is there a plugin or 3rd party service that I can use?
I need food that looks unappetizing but that won't make someone gag. Oh, and I'm making it in a Jello mold. [more inside]
Does anybody know a cheap computer parts store in Santiago, Chile? [more inside]
Aspiring author here, asking other writing MeFites: how do you write? How do you discipline yourself? What gets you in the Zone? I have no discipline as a writer and depend on random bouts of inspiration, but I'd like to start approaching writing in a more structured way, with a view to (gasp!) publishing one day. [more inside]
what are some really cool optical illusions I can print and put on my wall? [more inside]
Prog-rammer seeks prog-rock. Help me find some new coding music. [more inside]
How does one push away from parental control while still maintaining a close emotional relationship?
How do i preserve my relationship with my mother while still making decisions she doesn't approve of? [more inside]
You: Someone who knows how to set up a blog _with comments_ using Blosxom. Me: Apparently, a blithering idiot. Help! I wanted to set up a very simple blog for updates for my web page. The blog software my webhost offers is "Blosxom". The blog is fine, but I want comments, and I'm totally failing to manage this with the Blosxom plug-ins. [more inside]
How do I stop feeling responsible to my family for keeping myself safe and guitly for taking risks? [more inside]
I'm traveling to St. Paul, Minnesota I'll have a bunch of free time and a rental car. I would love recommendations for a day trip! [more inside]
I'm a college student with pretty serious ADD who's doing an Independent Study contract in a sink-or-swim situation on a topic I love and am motivated to research. However, I can't actually bring myself to start to do it seriously, and have wasted nearly half the quarter. Stress is mounting, time is nigh, my ability to follow my own schedules near-zero so far. How do I salvage this? [more inside]
What books/websites would you recommend for a recent college grad trying to navigate the practicalities of being a young adult, such as building credit, taking care of a car, wiring lighting, etc. [more inside]
Is there an office game being played here? [more inside]
What is the best way to get into the counseling field? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me where the visiting baseball teams stay in Denver? I'm coming there in May and want to stay in the same hotel as the Giants.
Can'tFindThisVideoAgainFilter: YouTube, perhaps; within last 6 months. A couple of guys go back in time (!) and keep a diary. They return to the present and assert that birds are just dinosaurs. Pretty sure the punchline was something close to my tagline above. Much better than as described...
What is the best cheap(ish) camper/rv/vehicle appropriate for a Dad and his young daughter to take on driving adventures? [more inside]
I'm trying to help my friend put together a simple site, using wordpress as a platform for a static site/CMS. I'm having trouble moving the header (and all the content below it I suppose) to the top of the screen, 3px from the top. Could anyone help me by looking at the source code? [more inside]
What should I get my wife as a gift for graduating from a Master's program for fiction writing? [more inside]
Any ideas for finding a lost Chinese friend? [more inside]
I'd like to make a giant prop Flying Spaghetti Monster for my school's atheist student group, to present during the fall organization fair. How do I go about this? [more inside]
Should an incipient PhD student shoot for the adviser or the program? [more inside]
Work drama! How to integrate two distinct factions in a new team? [more inside]
Where to meet interesting 30-somethings in Boston? [more inside]
For a brief period in the early 1990s there was a young boy, perhaps 10 or so, who seemed to be featured in a different story on CNN Headline News every other day. Each had the same underlying theme: Boy Preacher Causes Controversy. Eventually, there was a climax: Outside his school he told his principal, "You go to Hell.;" However, Boy Preacher was steadfast in his suspension of reality, "I said, 'You will go to Hell.' I never said, 'You go to Hell.'" Then he entered in into a religious refractory period, and there has been no excitement for about 20 years. What was his name? What is he doing today? What was the big deal, anyway? [more inside]
Can you recommend resources regarding Guardianship proceedings for an autistic child turning 18 at the end of the year? (You are not my lawyer, I'm not looking for legal advice, I am seeing a lawyer next week; here I am just looking for advice / experiences from other families who have been through this process.) [more inside]
A week of gifts that don't break the bank? [more inside]
I'm a longtime Verizon customer. Due to one of those "AUGH" instances, missed out on upgrading to the iPhone (details inside). I'm considering switching TO AT&T just to get an iPhone. Is this completely nuts? [more inside]
I want to follow more Christian tumblr blogs. Can you recommend any that have good quotes and/or write substantial blog posts? I would prefer a minimum of politics. [more inside]
What are the best "zombie" websites? I'm looking for interesting examples of password-protected blogs, facebook pages, etc., that were frozen in time upon the owner's demise (or incarceration/disappearance), but which still stay alive (and interesting) in the comments. Or, the sites of dead people that have been taken over by friends/fans, and are updated regularly. [more inside]
Deer hunting with my BMW was expensive! Insurance question from a former insurance agent who has forgotten the rules... [more inside]
What's wrong with my orchid? [more inside]
What should I do about an old paycheck of mine I just found? [more inside]
I'd like to read a book about each country's history, ideally one offering as comprehensive of a timeline as possible. My goal is to get a brief overview of the history of a region rather than a specific focus on any singularly important event. I'm looking for specific suggestions for any and all countries. Since that is a fairly wide net to cast, I'd settle for the best choices on the countries with the longest and most interesting histories and/or specifically interesting books. I have a Kindle, so bonus points for books available in that format.
Leaking central air conditioner. We live in Austin, and it's been in the 90s for the past week or so. During this time, the air conditioner (central air, not window unit) has had some water surrounding the bottom, which is now seeping through the base of the wall onto the other side. What's going on? [more inside]
Forgive terseness. Rent a cargo van or box truck for more than a month. Take some gear from Washington, DC to Phoenix, AZ. Shoot a movie. Take gear back to DC. Total of around 36 days. [more inside]
How do I care for a kitten who may have been taken too early from his mother? I've never cared for anything younger than a year old, and now I have an 8 week old kitten. [more inside]
I'm making a stop-motion film, and my camera (a Nikon D40) died mid-shoot. A friend loaned us a different camera (a Nikon D300), and I'm having trouble figuring out what settings I need to change in order to get the same look as my old camera had. Please help me, metafilter! [more inside]
Continuous Backup of external drives OS X 10.6 - best system? [more inside]
How likely is it that my tattoo would be misconstrued as an affront to Holocaust victims (Jews in particular), and how much should I allow that to affect me as I decide whether to get it? [more inside]
What is the current status of the Youth International Party? (No, I don't mean what can be found via Google.) Who if anyone would need be involved in reviving that group under that name? I am not looking for speculation here, but actual contacts.
I have a usb barcode scanner. I'd like to know if there is some kind of web application (or a program that I can download) whereby I scan the barcode of a particular food item and the nutritional information is retrieved. In particular, I'm interested in this so I can keep track of my calorie intake. I've done some searching and found a few iphone apps. However, I don't have an iphone (or any kind of cell phone), so these don't really work for me.
I'm looking to buy a dashcam, just out of general geekiness and paranoia. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Will TikiWiki (or similar software) work for my rather specific needs, or do I need to build something myself? [more inside]
What happens when a dog bite gets reported to the state of Pennsylvania? [more inside]
I cannot remember a webcomic that I am sure I found while surfing through metafiltered waters. I also cannot remember a short story that I am also sure I discovered through similar means. Help me, O-Me-Fi, you're my only hope. [more inside]
Do in-text citations made using MLA style necessarily include parentheses? [more inside]
How can I advance from a pretty good writer to really good writer? [more inside]
In my law practice, I regularly encounter clients who are despondent and suicidal. I don't feel that I am well prepared for dealing with this issue. Without considering the ethical issues as to disclosure, what is the best course of action when dealing with a client who tells you that they're considering suicide? What resources are available as a guide to dealing with a suicidal client? [more inside]
How to capture a domestic bunny that was released into the wild? [more inside]
I'd like to use hard PVC piping to make a worm tower for my garden - how safe is this? [more inside]
Is it just flat out stupid to get a soft top convertible if you don't have a garage and live in NY (or more generically, a place where it snows a few times a year)? [more inside]
So. This renovation just keeps getting worse. Now the bedroom is involved. Help me brainstorm new flooring, wall color, and keep me sane. [more inside]
I'm about to sign a lease on a commercial space that has radiator heating. The landlord wants us to pay one third of the heating costs for the building, as the space takes up the ground floor of a three story building. At first this seemed logical to me, then I thought about it a bit... [more inside]
My old Ipod Classic has been slow to start lately, and at times couldn't be stopped without a reset. Today, however, it started making a sad sound reminiscent of a spinning disk scraping against cardboard, interrupted by occasional quiet mournful beeps and a cute icon of a sad Ipod, along with the apple website support address. It does not seem to be able to restart, no matter what. So -- do I take it somewhere (?where?) for repairs/refurbishment or give it a decent burial -- and if the latter, what does one do with an Ipod loaded with personal stuff which can't be restarted or wiped?
How can I make calls on my android without using up my minutes, via sipdroid and/or google voice? [more inside]
Looking for a meditation radio show [more inside]
How do I hide a computer when I’m not using it? I want to use a PC in the living area of my house but not leave electronics in plain sight. [more inside]
Are there any examples of particularly elegant implementations of "spoiler tags" out there that work well with both screen readers and touch/mobile based site designs?
Taxonomy (or just a list) of English grammatical constructs suitable for use as a checklist for a second language learner? [more inside]
In California, what are the benefits of a Revocable Living Trust and a will? [more inside]
Home security systems for dummies. [more inside]
Is there a 'bubble' in higher education? By that I mean, are there too many colleges right now, who are charging too much for tuition, and too many people paying too much for degrees, and taking loans that they will never be able to pay off? And assuming that there is such a bubble, and it were to burst, how would a deeply cynical person invest to make money on the collapse in the way that some savvy people made money on the housing market collapse?
What Two-player cooperative apps are there for the iPad and iPod Touch? [more inside]
If P90X worked for you, what did you do after you finished the program? [more inside]
I need a completely generic, impersonal thank you gift for a boss with whom I spend a ton of time but about whom I know next to nothing. [more inside]
Decent 1 or 2 day trips from Boston area? [more inside]
I am concerned that my son's Nanny may have gotten high while looking after my son. Should I report this to CPA/CPS? [more inside]
Any treemap / other visualization software that can use a named image file to represent each node? [more inside]
Help me plan a swanky superdate in Cleveland! [more inside]
I'll be watching my friend's 1 year old for 6 hours a day (9-3), 5 days a week for the summer. I'll be bringing my 11 month old to her house. Our kids get along well and her place is well baby-proofed. I bought a double jogger and she bought an extra high chair and car seat. I've never dealt with two babies before and I need advice. [more inside]
Are there companies that sell access to nutritional information databases that I could subscribe to that a smartphone app could make use of via scanning bar codes and performing certain custom calculations?
When someone makes an Android/iPhone app that scans a food product's bar code and returns nutrition information on that food from a database, who made that database? I can see Weight Watchers doing their own, but surely not everybody reinvents the wheel on this every time somebody makes an app that does something similar. Does anyone sell access to such a database? If so, who is that? [more inside]
Am I screwing myself financially in the long run if I go for a cheapie quickie uncontested divorce? [more inside]
What are the chances that my pregnancy will be normal and I'll have a healthy baby? I'm not asking for fortune-telling; I'm asking for statistics. [more inside]
How would you illustrate the U.S. public debt of $14 trillion in a concrete way? [more inside]
Is Norman Dixon's On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence still considered to be an accurate portrayal of organisational psychology? [more inside]
Is there a book (or books) that explains Christianity that's suitable for an atheist 10 year old? [more inside]
Help me deal with my debilitating S.A.D. that is worse in the transition between winter/spring (now!) [more inside]
Is there a good Spanish-language primer/course/guide for beginners wanting to learn Windows? [more inside]
How should I respond on a wedding invite if I do not have a date yet? [more inside]
Career Counseling: What is the best resource for finding out what people actually do? Your job isn't your title or what you know, but what you sit there and do all day long. [more inside]
I have been asked to explain to a group of college students the consequences of copyright violation. Specifically, the consequences of photocopying entire textbooks instead of buying them. I know it's illegal because it deprives the publisher of the opportunity to make money off of the book, but what are the legal consequences? Do publishers really ever sue individual college students over illegal photocopying of their books? [more inside]
I'm looking for a blog about a civilian embarking on a short-term deployment to Afghanistan (or Iraq?) in some sort of support role—I think he was involved in engineering or computer modeling or mapping or something similar. I believe he was either a MeFite or was mentioned somewhere on MetaFilter. Anyone have a link? [more inside]
Gift ideas for a friend who is on the road constantly? [more inside]
What products and methods should I use to go about cleaning the interior of a car? [more inside]
A friend of mine put me in touch through email with someone who works at a company I'd like to work for. She told me to send her my resume and she'd bring it in for me (awesome!). I haven't got a response to an email asking her if she had brought it in. Should I send it (again?) through more official channels? [more inside]
Is cereal a soup? [more inside]
Will it be too cold to stay in a campervan in August in Victoria, Australia? [more inside]
Looking for a tablet-like media device that plays ripped DVDs, and easily saves and views PDFs and Word docs to take with me travelling. Fitting in a small carry bag would be great as well. Difficulty: Not an iPad. [more inside]
I'm travelling in the US (Los Angeles) from Canada. What are my phone options? i'm sick of paying my local company's roaming charges. Can I buy a phone in LA that'll have full data/text/voice options for a month? If so, what'll it cost me? Can I just buy a chip for my iPhone for that month with no contract? (And if so, what's the best way to unlock it). Also, is there a way to forward SMS/text messages sent to my Toronto number? [more inside]
Summerfest in Milwaukee questions. Where to stay and what to do? [more inside]
How do I grab a domain that is currently parked but not in use? [more inside]
Quick Latin translation help needed! [more inside]
A fetish is causing me a great deal of anxiety, could anyone help me figure out how to deal with this? [more inside]
I interviewed for a seasonal job and an internship. I was offered the job, and haven't heard about the internship. I would prefer the internship. They told me they would get back to me this week.... is it okay to contact them and ask if they've made a decision? [more inside]
Has anyone survived a Texas summer (or a similar hell-like environment) living in a second story 110 year old building that has floor vents for air conditioning? Yeehaw. [more inside]
Last Thursday and Friday I had really bad pain in my back on the right side, in the middle – just about where the ribcage ends. I had a low-grade fever on Friday evening. On Saturday morning I decided that the pain was bad enough to necessitate a trip to an Urgent Care facility, as my doctor does not have weekend hours. [more inside]
Is there an open source or shareware program like Quickjump? allowing jumping to a folder with a few keystrokes? [more inside]
How does Bates Numbering on exam papers reduce the possibility of cheating in universities? [more inside]
Help me understand GPS devices for cars. [more inside]
When can I fix this hole in my house without killing the baby birds? [more inside]
Please suggest names for a healthy living website... [more inside]
I'm planning to drop out of grad school in a few weeks. My questions is, when do I tell my advisor? I would wait until the last day of the semester, but I have a big presentation that will require my thesis committee member's time. I really don't want to do this presentation so would telling my advisor before this happens be a good idea? I also feel it would be more decent of me to tell my advisor sooner rather than later, but I'm not sure what to do. My advisor can be really mean and may make my life a living hell for the final weeks/days that I'm there (though I guess I deserve it). Any insight is greatly appreciated.
Please help name my Italian Greyhound puppy before he develops a major identity crisis. [more inside]
I'm looking for a web novel/short story: sci-fi, underwater research facility, end of society, etc. [more inside]
Traveling from Nepal to Tibet: during monsoon season? Seeking tour and advice [more inside]
Places in South Wales for photo-hungry tourists? [more inside]
Half-remembered-article-filter: Being a single male in your 40s. [more inside]
Girl...on a budget...very shallow pockets...moving across country...what is the safest/cheapest way to get this accomplished?
How does one move across country with the least amount of headaches possible? [more inside]
I'd like to circumnavigate Australia in a sail boat one day. What's the best way to learn about sailing to prepare me for the trip? what do I need to know to survive? and more... [more inside]
Someone I don't like has asked what she did to make me not like her - should I tell her the truth or just gloss over it? [more inside]
Looking for chinese english dictionary with unicode code points [more inside]
What do you say to friends or acquaintances when passing each other while walking in opposite directions? [more inside]
Croatia to the EU? [more inside]
I need help with my life especially what's going on with me nowadays. How to defeat my fear of failure? How should I start living a fresh life? How do I actually start? [more inside]
Please help me figure out how to get from Paris to Chamonix and back, via train, 2 weeks from today. [more inside]
Where can I read about the craft of deploying really well-designed, client-appropriate content management solutions for the web? [more inside]
Why do parts of the song Believe Me, If All These Endearing Young Charms sound like Home on the Range? [more inside]
I got a sweet internship in Kalispell, MT going from mid-June through July. I've never been up there - what should I know, see, and do? [more inside]
What are some characters named Nicholas in well known, or hopefully famous, works of literature? [more inside]
One of my aunts has a slideshow of her life (meaning actual slides in a slide projector) that has been matched with some music on cassette tapes. My aunt's family would like this transferred to DVD. They lack the technical know-how and money to get this done, so they've turned to me for help. If I had time, I could convert the slides and cassettes to digital format. I don't have time. I do have money, though. Can you recommend a company in Portland, Oregon that will convert an analog slideshow to digital? Cost is no object, really. If there are no good options in Portland, I'm willing to consider shipping this elsewhere to get the work accomplished.
Am I a jerk/idiot for wanting the ultimate man-cave... my own place!? [more inside]
I would like to be a Mid-East soldier's internet pen pal. [more inside]
Best hand operated can opener ever! Recommendations? [more inside]
I just bought my first Mac (Leopard). It seems like Command + tab to switch applications is way less useful than Ctrl + tab was on my Windows--I don't really want to tab between things I've shut but not closed (or however you say it), and repeatedly four-finger swiping to view all open apps makes me have to look for which one I want every time, which is slow. Am I missing something?
What would you do with 2 months and $2000? [more inside]
Challenge: The BEST name for a food truck serving excellent BBQ? [more inside]
ColoradoFilter: Who are the major industrial players in Colorado, specifically the Denver region? Are any pharmaceutical companies big there? I may be dragging the SO to Boulder with me for law school, and he needs a job in this field. (slightly more inside!) [more inside]
How do I make videos to put on Vimeo when I just have audio? [more inside]
Where is the best place to get embossed business cards? [more inside]
Find me a dress, chubby tattooed girl version. [more inside]
Where should newlyweds travel over the Christmas holiday? My fiancée and I are going to spend our first Christmas together as a married couple apart from our families. We are trying to decide where we should go. We aren't looking to do something on a super small budget (like no hostels, shared showers, etc.), but we also can't spend an obscene amount. We enjoy beaches, food, culture, and maybe some adventure. We are going to Mexico for our honeymoon so that is out. We are traveling from NYC if that influences your ideas. We welcome all suggestions. Thanks in advance.
Looking for a place in New Orleans to host a casual meetup during a conference. Any ideas? [more inside]
name-this-really-long-fundraising-run filter! featuring: wine and a really great cause. [more inside]
I just graduated, and I have an opportunity to live rent-free in NYC for a couple of months while looking for work. Can you think of a reason this is a bad idea? [more inside]
Office-lunch-friendly South Beach food for vegetarians? [more inside]
Is it possible to put a small fire pit underneath a metal/fabric gazebo? [more inside]
Give me a crash course (links, personal experiences) in helping start a community garden! [more inside]
Can two people split up a two-day Disneyland ticket? [more inside]
How do you go about releasing songs on Beatport? [more inside]
Why do I tear up my shoes like this?? I do this to all of my tennis shoes. Is there an insert or something that I can place in my shoes to help stop this nonsense?
I recently Rit-dyed a silk outfit for a special reception. The dye "ran" a bit at the underarms, staining my undergarment. Is this a health hazard? [more inside]
SF Filter: Where can I find more science fiction in the vein of Peter Watt's "The Island"? [more inside]
I'm considering getting a spider as a pet. A tarantula of some sort. Can anybody provide some tips for me? [more inside]
Is there a good (definitive or even just interesting, really...) companion reader to Ezra Pound's Pisan Cantos? [more inside]
Two addresses. The physical address the other the mailing address. How do I show this in my letterhead? Business card? Invoices? I'm stumped.
Is there a canonical list of words like "birther" and "truther"? [more inside]
I need to have my web site translated into Spanish. Is there an online service that will do this cheaply and that I can trust? [more inside]
I struggle greatly with anxiety and am on a crazy amount of meds simply to sleep and relax. I am doing things to get through such as exercise, yoga and breath/meditating. One of the things that I read and have been implementing is answering 'cognitive distortions' with reality-based answers. Basically, I think I'm helpless (it spirals from an event to "I'm going to lose my job" all the way to "I'm not going to make it"). I've read the books like Feeling Good and do techniques on paper but am not sure how to think realistically and come up with any responses that I believe. This has been going on for some time. Any others who struggle and have tips on how you have tackled cognitive distortions (aka Bullshit Thoughts)? I am not in a hurry and am willing to put in solid effort. I am asking for help but am willing to try to believe I'm not helpless in the long haul. (BTW, I haven't been able to afford a counselor....yet.)
What has helped you get through the identity crisis that sometimes occurs in your twenties/thirties? What has helped you form your sense of who you are as an entity separate from your parents/schooling? [more inside]
I'm interested in potentially pursuing a postdoc and have no idea how the process works! I'm completing my PhD in the social sciences in Canada and wondering how one goes about getting these positions and if I can secure my own funding, can I go anywhere? [more inside]
What do you do after an automatic sprinkler in your home gets activated? [more inside]
How can I be more active in my daily life? [more inside]
Scripted comedy podcasts? [more inside]
When is it necessary to write a cover letter? [more inside]
we can’t figure this out… is the guy saying “simply to simplifiy” or “simply the semper fi” at [nsfw/violent lyrics] this timestamp at 3m30s
What connection kit and software do you recommend for amp modeling and recording guitar on iOS? I'd like to plug the guitar into the connector, pick an amp, record stuff, then get the audio files either off the device or into other apps for mixing.
looking for clarification on this painting i recently spotted in ft. lauderdale. i assume it is a robert henri, which is why i snapped it, but then ingeniously neglected to check.
Once my ride home from the hospital drops me off, what should I expect to be unable to do by myself after my adrenal vein sampling procedure? [more inside]
What do I need to be a good corporate wife? [more inside]
Am I incompetent or being pulled in too many directions? Very long, I'm afraid. [more inside]
I’m beginning to think about a trip to Istanbul (from the DC area) in September or October (dates somewhat flexible). Detailed questions and background inside… [more inside]
Recommendations for the best prog/classic rock vinyl albums? [more inside]
An adult friend of mine is very, very picky about food. She doesn't eat any vegetables in their recognizable forms (e.g. hates tomatoes, but tomato sauce is no problem). Fruits, meats, dairy and other starchy stuff (bread, potatoes, rice, etc.) are all OK, but she'll gag on a piece of lettuce. What can she do to expand her tastes? Is it as simple as forcing yourself to eat a tomato once a day, or is there any pattern for how people can learn to appreciate more foods? [more inside]
I am looking for a poem I read once online about an artist (Matisse? Gaugin?) who confronts his eye doctor about not wanting to wear eyeglasses. In the poem, the artist talks about how his blurry vision allows him to experience the world as connected. It's a really beautiful poem, but I can't find it through all of the eyeglasses spam on Google. Can anyone point me to the poem?
Graduation gift ideas: Does anyone have the contact information for Former Senator Harris Wofford? Or alternatively, any old campaign memorabilia? [more inside]
For sewing/textile geeks out there: My summer just opened up and I have the time and financial resources to take an awesome class somewhere in something. Any recommendations??? [more inside]
I really think I got screwed during my grad school interview. Should I try to remedy it, or will that just look like I'm being a spoilsport? [more inside]
I'd like to put together a play list of songs that you probably shouldn't play at a baby shower. [more inside]
X% of people live within Y miles of a public school. Where can I find datapoints for X and Y? [more inside]
Follow-up: What could temporarily block or disable the tracking anklet my fictional character is wearing? [more inside]
Can you help me identify this reoccurring discharge my dog is having? Pictures included. [more inside]
Does it bother anyone else when people say "Yeah. No." or vice versa? Saturday Night Live spoofed this in the last few years. Help me find the sketch or other examples of people criticizing this recent-ish sentence structure. [more inside]
I may start taking Enbrel to treat moderate-to-severe psoriasis (no - knock on wood - arthritis to date), and I'm wondering if anyone here has experience with it. [more inside]
I suspect I have Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Avoidant Personality Disorder. My current psychiatrist is only treating me for Social Anxiety/selective mutism. During our first session he did not focus on what I consider to be the disorders causing me to remain homebound and avoidant of people. [more inside]
Recommendation for a book of Buddhist mythology? [more inside]
My friend and I are going on a driving tour of awesome/strange/compelling Bay Area libraries and we're looking for recommendations. The only one on the list so far is the Mills College rare books room. We're open to special libraries, public libraries, academic . . . . the only criteria is that it is not actually in San Francisco (since we have use of a car for the day we don't want to waste it on things she can access via public transportation). Recommendations?
When increasing the amplifier volume beyond a certain level, my speakers' woofers begin to shake spasmodically when my turntable is the source. However, the same problem doesn't occur with a digital source at higher volumes. What's goin' ahn? [more inside]
Need advice on handling an employee's mental health issue. [more inside]
Three weeks ago, I was exposed to poison ivy, and it wound up going systemic on me. I am going to be placing myself at risk of exposure again, and need to limit the damage. There is a product called Oral Ivy that has been recommended to me as a preventative. I have questions. [more inside]
ThinkPad X120e or Asus Transformer? Lightroom capability on the Thinkpad? Honeycomb photo apps? [more inside]
I can't run for more than 3 minutes or so without getting shin splints - what's going on, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
What are some of the project management best practices? Are there tools that can help keep a program manager aware of details or is this a characteristic of the person? If I wanted to hire a project manager, what should I look for to get a good/skilled person? Are there contract/independent project managers? [more inside]
Help me with my life problem! I want to move, my husband does not. [more inside]
What happens if Korean immigration refuses my tourist visa? I am a Canadian living in Korea using tourist visas. I am doing online university from Canada and I am not working illegally. I have an apartment in Korea and I am worried that if I get rejected for some reason, I will have no way to get my things. [more inside]
What should I know about french cultural conventions in the context of a job interview? [more inside]
I want to self-publish my urban fantasy novel, but I'm worried about shooting myself in the foot with a number of decisions. [more inside]
What are the very best (i.e. most useful) iPhone apps in these specific categories? [more inside]
What are some melodies or samples that everyone recognizes but most people don't know the origin of? [more inside]
Low grade fever for 10 days with (mostly) no other symptoms. When is it doctor time? [more inside]
How to move a single playlist worth of music from my iMac to an external drive... ? [more inside]
I asked a friend of mine to go with me to a family wedding because I thought my boyfriend would be unable to attend. Plans changed and he can now attend. The bride and other family members know my boyfriend and want him to come. How could I disinvite my friend to take my boyfriend? I know this is extremely rude and feel bad. Thanks.
Where can vegans and carnivores get some good food together in NYC? [more inside]
When my girlfriend checks into her hotel in Europe a couple months from now, I'd like her to have a letter from me waiting on her, is this possible to arrange? [more inside]
Is there a good iphone app that will allow me to use my Mac's built in camera (or multiple Macs cameras) to monitor my home? I need an app that will record both audio and video (and save them to my computer) not just play sound when I am monitoring it through my phone. [more inside]
What are some good recent fictional and non-fictional accounts of African-American slavery in pre-Civil War America? [more inside]
Asking for a student: we're looking for TV commercials that have any kind of identifiably "world music" or more generally non-western musical styles in their soundtracks. [more inside]
How do I stop having extreme anxiety when I think about the fact that I live 1,500 miles away from aging parents? [more inside]
What are little things I can do each day to lower the amount in which I care what people think of me?
What are little things I can do each day to lower the amount in which I care what people think of me? [more inside]
Please help me identify the device seen here (3 pics) what i'm looking for is the specific brand etc. [more inside]
Following from this question, how do you approach and answer the classic interview questions? I am looking for specific examples / tactics around questions like: Tell me about yourself? How do you deal with ambiguity? How did you manage a difficult personality? How do you deal with competing priorities? How do you influence people? Any of the examples in the aforementioned thread are fair game. I am interested in both your specific answers but also your general approach / goal in answering the question. Personal anecdotes a plus!
Where can I sell used DVDs in Canada? [more inside]
Help me put together a care package for a pregnant friend based on shopping at Trader Joe's. [more inside]
You live in New York City. (Brooklyn, to be exact.) You have two weeks of unemployment before you start a new job, during which you can do WHATEVER YOU WANT. You don't have a car, so staying within the realm of public transportation is important. Where do you go? What do you do? [more inside]
I'm going to be in Venice for the next week and a half! Please give me some recommendations for food and sightseeing. Thanks!
Hi all. I am looking for recommendations for food in Venice (anything from a Paninoteca to a Ristorante). I've read that it is difficult to find good food in Venice, so I'm hoping the Metafilter hive mind can help me out. In addition, any recommendations for sightseeing would be great. Especially non-traditional/off the beaten path stuff. Thanks again.
I'm currently apartment-hunting in Boston, and have a question about how street-parking works (specifically, in the winter). [more inside]
Where in south east Asia can 16 adults - half 20s, half 40s - have a good time for a week. Requirements: beach and relaxation for all, nightclubs and shopping for some. Not too overblown but not too quiet and within a day's easy travel of a main airport. Hotel / resort / villa recommendations welcome. Budget up to US/Aus $70 per person per night. [more inside]
Looking for information about making handmade jewellery (earrings) - resources, tips, help, suggestions, etc. [more inside]
Is iTunesU supposed to act like this (ie: auto-delete after a single play)? [more inside]
Suggestions for reducing a pootchy far-post-pregnancy belly? [more inside]
How would you translate 販売、サービス改善部 (kaizenbu) into English? [more inside]
What did your personal trainer teach you about getting fit? [more inside]
Have you had sedation dentistry? Can you tell me about it? [more inside]
My best friend's husband has asked for help finding a first Mother's Day gift. We're at a loss. Hope him? [more inside]
As a kid, did you say, "aww-dee" when someone got in trouble? [more inside]
Most TI-99 games used classical tunes for their music. I'm trying to identify the main theme from the game Alpiner, which can be found here. I'm also trying to identify the tune that plays when you conquer the last mountain, which I couldn't find online but reproduced from memory here. Any ideas? [more inside]
Pukey kitties: when is it normal and when do we go to the vet? [more inside]
What do I do about someone squirting glue into the locks of my house? [more inside]
Can you help me change the color on part of a chart in Excel 2010? [more inside]
Help! My old dentist screwed up my teeth and now I live 500 miles away and need a possible root canal. Is there any way to get a reimbursement for the work that was done? [more inside]
Hearing the same song or melody done in disparate languages fascinates me. What are some songs that have been covered in multiple languages? [more inside]
You know those amazing billboards with moving parts and 3D effects and breaking the 4th wall and so on? Where the hell are they? [more inside]
What are some ways to promote a garage/yard sale? [more inside]
How do I rescue a caramel experiment gone wrong? [more inside]
Are there any online forums that are more intellectually oriented? [more inside]
Attempting to identify a comic book artist! [more inside]
I recently found out I have a 13 year old daughter. Now what? [more inside]
My brother will soon graduate from a US Maritime Academy with a 3rd Mates Unlimited, and a couple years later, have a 2nd Mates Unlimited License (to steer ships). How hard would it be to transfer/use this license in Europe? Specifically, he is interested in working in the North Sea for Norwegian companies because of the better pay, working conditions, time off
As a single Mom at 36, is it foolish to believe I can "have it all" regarding relationships? [more inside]
Is there a website that tracks how many hours you've put into building a skill, a la Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hours-to-Mastery concept? [more inside]
Movie ID: Disaster film, sabotage at a nuclear plant? (not The China Syndrome) [more inside]
Stupid questions for interviewers: memorable, harmless, or just stupid? [more inside]
What are my opinions for dealing with my alcoholic parents while they spend the week with us? [more inside]
Being around most of my mother's family makes me uncomfortable and angry. How to let go of my past with them and come out of family gatherings feeling more positive? [more inside]
I am a US citizen considering spending 6 months in Mexico City in about 12 to 18 months from now. What kind of things do I need to consider over the next year or so? [more inside]
I'm a fit guy in my early 30's, but I have a small stomach and some soft love handles that I can't seem to get rid of. [more inside]
What are some good books by or about videogame designers? [more inside]
Questions about the Saddleback leather backpack. Can't find many reviews about this particular piece. How is it for carrying? How is it in the rain? And most importantly...just...do you like yours? [more inside]
Looking for simple videos with easy-to-follow interpersonal interactions with a white/plain background, with limited camera angle changes. Use of sarcasm or other subtle social cues appreciated. [more inside]
I want to make an existing wall taller so I don't have to look at my awful neighbors anymore. Help! [more inside]
With respect to developing skills/expertise, is it better to master basic techniques before moving on to something more challenging, or to challenge yourself with something beyond your level? [more inside]
I remember seeing on British TV some time in the 90s/00s, a production of Alice in Wonderland where Alice's dress subtly changed hue in between (every?) scene(s), from blue, through yellows and violets. (It may not have been a specifically British, or a made-for-TV production, either.) [more inside]
I agreed to review a novel. I just received the review copy and read the first chapter, and it's absolutely awful. What does professional etiquette dictate here? [more inside]
What is early labor like? [more inside]
How should I sit up in bed? [more inside]
What does someone do with a law degree from one of the online unaccredited law schools? Can you pass the bar and practice law? If you represent yourself as a "lawyer" or "counsel" is that illegal? [more inside]
How do I go about learning to speak better businessese? [more inside]
Why do I feel like I am driving on the wrong side of the road? [more inside]
Are there any sites with ideas for new web services? I'm in an entrepreneurial slump and ideas are a dime a dozen--so where are all the ideas? Trying to find inspiration for creating a new consumer web service. [more inside]
What are some compelling techno-utopian visions from the past that didn't pan out? [more inside]
How do you cope with other people finding your life strange, depressing, or kind of disturbing, especially when you don't feel the same? I'm really tired of having to choose between everyone telling me I'm "hard to get to know" because I don't share a lot of personal information or floods of tears on my behalf. [more inside]
I am not Christian, and often feel seriously awkward and uncomfortable talking to faithful people on/around/about Christian holidays. How can I avoid or lessen this feeling? [more inside]
IdentifytheShortStory Filter: Takes place in Spain. Probably by Hemingway. About a man who dies, but at the end of the story the narrative scope expands to include the lives of others.
Why was Jesus of Nazarath (also called Jesus Christ) killed? What was going on in Roman occupied Jerusalem that lead up to his death? [more inside]
Is there a better option than incandescent bulbs for my kitchen? More inside... [more inside]
I've been cooking in the backcountry for years with a pepsi-can stove (it simply provides an aerated vessel in which to ignite 75% - 99% isopropyl alcohol which you pour into it)...now recently I've noticed a distinctive, not exactly pleasant smell at the very end, when the fuel finally runs out and the flame extinguishes itself...perhaps a residual vapor is released at that point (I'm usually done cooking). SO, my question is, are dangerous gases perhaps being released? I'm wary of course of getting aluminum in my bloodstream and catching Alzheimer's, but any other dangers I should know about?
I just moved to Orlando, and I'm a little lonely. I really, really want to adopt a cat. However, I'm not convinced that it is a good idea. Help? [more inside]
Help me solve this dessert challenge! [more inside]
Why do the elevator buttons seem to be moving? My eyes deceive me! [more inside]
I had an allergic reaction to amoxicillin. I am currently half way through a 10 day prednisone taper. The hives are gone, but I am still itchy. When will the itching stop? [more inside]
What's the best way to apply the "deliberate practice" philosophy to language learning? [more inside]
I need some advice for DIY replacement of a wooden fence. [more inside]
What's the mean number of marriages for Americans? [more inside]
Melancholy movies about loneliness and alienation? [more inside]
I'm being asked to travel to a 3-hour meeting as part of a freelance project I'm working on. How much time should I be compensated for? [more inside]
Should we avoid vacationing in the Black Hills, SD area, right after the Sturgis rally? We (4 adults, 4 kids aged 3-8) are planning to arrive on August 14, the day the rally is ending. The plan is for camping and visiting the Black Hills, Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park, ect. Are we likely to regret arriving on the tail end of a biker rally, or should it all be over and done? [more inside]
The site that I'm valeting at right now has plenty of foot traffic. Almost every time I'm at work, I get asked if there's an ATM machine around. I tell them that it's a half-mile away, and they just give up. I thought it would be a great opportunity to put up an ATM machine nearby. [more inside]
Does such a thing exist that will allow me to keep my shirt tucked in, invisibly? [more inside]
Please help me understand and manage what I think is an unhealthy and debilitating jealousy. [more inside]
I keep deactivating my Facebook account, but I think it can be of use to me. How can I make it useful, especially while in a quarterlife crisis? [more inside]
Help me to come up with the name of this movie. The world contained magic, and Michael Caine was a strong magician with an 'evil eye'. [more inside]
How can my girlfriend and I stay..."pure" until marriage ? [more inside]
What's some great German music I can dance, sing, and rock out to? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a Twilight-related blog that I remember seeing recently. The blogger cut all the pages out of a copy of Twilight, scanned or photographed them, and rearranged snippets of text to highlight and criticize odd or repetitive choices of language. [more inside]
How to deal with your parents getting a divorce when you're an adult? [more inside]
Do computer glasses work? Where can I find a company that will fit a pair of frames with eyestrain lenses? [more inside]
Help me identify a music video containing a couple of black metal kids. [more inside]
Your best ideas for a graduation gift for my sister-in-law who is getting her Master of Public Health next week. [more inside]
Do antidepressants just not work for some people? [more inside]
Toast Filter: Some members of my family feel it necessary to touch everyone else's glass when toasting at the table - glass-to-glass contact between every dang glass at the table. It can be a bit inconvenient, especially when there more than a few people at the table. Anyone know toast etiquette / history? [more inside]
My best friend and girlfriend hate each other. [more inside]
Please help me get my DSL to work. I have to keep power cycling my modem and tech support is useless. [more inside]
Where in the world can I find the most high-tech and futuristic locations? [more inside]
Is iTunes my only option for getting Doctor Who Season 6 online? [more inside]
I haven't colored my own hair in over 10 years, and the last time I did I used salon products sold to me by my hairdresser. Those products aren't available to me now, so I'm looking for a decent store-bought brand (or at least something available to non-professionals). [more inside]
I'd like to become a psychiatrist. Problem: I earned a bachelor's degree that includes none of the prerequisites for getting into medical school. I live in Austin, TX. [more inside]
Please help my bring my blueberry plant back to life! [more inside]
End Credits movie sequence. Where did this shot originate from? [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name of the animated cartoon (or the dog in the cartoon) that said "Yes, dear, right away, dear." In my memory, it looked kind of like the Pepe Le Pew animations. [more inside]
How do I more gracefully join a large group of people when I only know a couple of them? How do I make my friends comfortable in the opposite situation? [more inside]
I need to make about 3-4 different jpeg slideshows that can be burned to a DVD. Nothing fancy, but it would be nice to add text to the images ( I have Photoshop, so that's not critical), and be able to control the speed (very critical) to maybe 30 seconds per slide/jpeg. Total images would be less than 50. Autoplay a plus. I am using Windows 7, and love simple to use free stuff, but would pay 50-100 if it is worth it. What am I looking for?
Hip-hop song with something about a microphone and an atomic bomb? [more inside]
I need help putting my ideas for a tattoo into an actual image. Help please? [more inside]
I'm trying to copy some windows files to an external USB drive so I can wipe the disk. I am doing this under Ubuntu Jaunty because it won't stay up in XP due to malware (not even long enough to scan the drive, but I'm don't need to repair the system. I just want to get some files off it.) [more inside]
How to give and receive "vacuous" compliments graciously, particularly in relation to artistic work? [more inside]
Recently I've been looking for a new job. I think I want to work at an interactive agency, but I can't really finding any listings, and I feel like I'm missing something. Can you help point me in the right direction for finding tech jobs that are at places other than pure IT companies? [more inside]
An anthropologist studying some primitive society fell in love with one of the women he was studying, and, against all professional decorum, married her and brought her home. The ensuing events were apparently pretty interesting. The person who told me about it can't remember if it was a book, a film, or what. Or which country...or which anthropologist. Can anyone help?
Are my expectations about STD testing unreasonable? Am I being paranoid? [more inside]
Why is Time Machine backing up nearly a Gigabyte every time? [more inside]
Cat psychology question: I may have really upset my cat - please help me soothe her. [more inside]
A group of us are planning on heading to Windsor from Chicago for a bachelor party next month. What are some fun things we can do? [more inside]
I'd like recommendations for books, stories or non-fiction accounts of women wrestling with societal norms to achieve their goals and having trouble overcoming their own internalized ideas of gender. [more inside]
A friend snapped a photo of this bird outside of their house near North Plains Oregon, and we're having trouble identifying it. [more inside]
Looking to buy a cute, non-wool rug. [more inside]
At a local gas station I received a quarter that is branded with a symbol that says "kids love pedos." Am I supposed to bring it to the police? [more inside]
Any suggestions for inns or small hotels that incorporate modern/minimalist design? I'm trying to avoid the Victorian, lace, floral aesthetic. I'm particularly interested in the New England/East Coast area. [more inside]
Barely remembered web comic filter: "This week, Author X communed with nature while Author Y was reduced to a fine powder." Literally all I remember about this comic (apart from that I liked it) was that every strip had a comment afterwards saying odd things that each of the authors had done. Long shot, but do you know what I'm talking about?
Possibly really dumb, gynecology-related question inside, regarding a former hysterectomy and what is going on in my body now. [more inside]
How do I make the most of a corporate mentor? [more inside]
A friend of mine has a relative with Epstein-Barr. We are looking for information on treatment and doctors in either New York or Chicago. [more inside]
I'm getting ready to dye Easter eggs with my kids, ages 7, 9, 11 and 14. Do you have any tips for decorating easter eggs? Our repertoire consists of using two colors, crayons, and putting on stickers. My google-fu is failing me. [more inside]
How do I get Ubuntu Linux to recognize my plugin USB DVD/RW drive? [more inside]
What is this weird symbol carved in stone? [more inside]
I once read that Einstein had several outfits exactly the same, so he didn't waste time figuring out what to wear. Has anyone done this with food; specifically, figuring out exactly what to eat over the course of a week to provide exactly the right amounts of all the proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, etc. that the body needs? If so, is this menu available? [more inside]
My parents seem to have a fairly stubborn Trojan on their computer that periodically will forcibly install various Facebook-related apps. They don't even USE Facebook; but I check my own account when I visit them (about twice a year). I've just run Malware Bytes and run their Norton; Malware picked something up and killed it, but then it tried to install something again and I ran Norton, but that only found one cookie. Help?
Is it safe to eat this unrefrigerated strawberry jelly? [more inside]
Searching for the name of a (trilogy? or longer?) of SF/Fantasy books I read in the late 1980s or early 1990s. [more inside]
What do you know about 2000 - 2005 Subaru Foresters? Problems? [more inside]
What are your favorite mid-century memoirs? [more inside]
I've had brain surgery that involved cutting out a quarter-size hole in my skull and peeling back the dura-matter and layers of other tissues, drilling through bones connected to my ear, then putting everything back with a titanium plate. The surgeon forgot to order pain meds. and I was in misery for two hours before the first shot. This was NOTHING compared to the migraine I barely endured two days ago. Had we a gun in the house I would most certainly not be here. [more inside]
How do I break up with him? [more inside]
What are some colleges close to major cities in the Northeast (NYC, Boston, etc.) that are challenging but not at the top level? [more inside]
Grinnell or Oberlin? [more inside]
My 16-year-old sister and I will be in Portland, OR tomorrow and we need to kill some time between 8PM and 1AM. Know of any places, activities, or events that go late and aren't 18+? [more inside]
If I were to do a Work and Holiday Visa in New Zealand/Australia what jobs could I reasonably expect to get that allow me to legitimately log USCG Sea Time and and gain other valuable maritime experience? [more inside]
What are the best user friendly video editing software programs? [more inside]
I am losing my hair, but I'm comfortable with the fact that soon I'll either be a guy with thinning hair, or a guy with a shaved head. What I'm worried about is that I may just have unsightly moles on my head. [more inside]
How should I respond to "how was your trip?" [more inside]
Stomach stretching and tips on preparing for and succeeding at restaurant eating challenges (or competitive eating contests)
Man vs Food vs Stomach Capacity: How (and for how long) should I "train" my stomach to hold six pounds of food? What can the stomach handle? How does food differ from liquid in the stomach? Additional tips for beating restaurant eating challenges? Lots of questions, and an account of my experience preparing so far, after the break. [more inside]
I have a Thinkpad 755c, dating from 1995 or so. Is there anything remotely useful/interesting I can do with it? [more inside]
Taking over a car lease- My fiance and I are wanting to take over a car lease. We have searched under leasetrader.com and swapalease.com, but there aren't many options in our area. Are there other websites you know of? Thank you!
Do you have a recommendation for a trusted laundry in Houston who can clean treasured linens, quilts, and hand-knits and -crochets and wrap them with archival paper? [more inside]
After fourteen years of being being in the same position/job I may be moving on by October or earlier. During this time most of my networks have dried up/disappeared. Looking for sites online where I can brainstorm entrepreneurial, creative, occupational ideas and possibilities. [more inside]
Root cause analysis. What exactly does it mean in the context of an engineering job and how can I prepare for this interview? [more inside]
What's the deal with shows like Animal Planet's "The Haunting?" Is this just a front for evangelicalism or charismatic christianity? [more inside]
I am experiencing serious mood-swings and insecurities. Just got Mirena IUD put in a few weeks ago. Could it be the hormones, and how do I manage without destroying my relationship? [more inside]
Waxed cotton jacket: is it practical? [more inside]
Is it fair for my temp agency to prevent me from being hired on full time at the current business I'm contracted with? [more inside]
I need help finding a remote keyboard and mouse app - for one computer to control another, not for a smartphone to control a computer. More inside. [more inside]
How to concentrate on a research-driven book project when the subject matter is periodically changing / being updated by other writers? [more inside]
I want to learn how to (temporarily) show no reaction when someone is angry with me or says mean things to me. [more inside]
I need a great mother's day gift for my new baby's wonderful grandmas. [more inside]
I am currently vacationing in Berlin and I have this notion that it would be wonderful to escape the city for a small, cozy, quintessentially German village somewhere nearby -- like within 1-2 hours of train travel if possible. I know Potsdam and Spandau, but I would prefer somewhere less traveled and -- for lack of a better word -- quainter, where we can taste the locally-brewed beer and eat some rustic German food. Any suggestions?
Where in Manhattan/NYC can I buy a cheap replica of the Princess Diana/Kate Middleton engagement ring? [more inside]
What are some interesting/quirky/idiomatic phrases that convey the sense that one has just walked into the metaphorical lion's den, or somewhere you are dangerously out of place? Examples of what I'm looking for, inside. [more inside]
I got funded to do an MA in London, but I still don't know how I'm going to afford it. What jobs could I do that will allow me to study and live without insane financial stress? [more inside]
Providence? Or Scaminence? [more inside]
I run a user facility that houses a variety of scientific equipment and i want to start a wiki for documentation & tutorials. Looking for open-source wiki software and your tips for starting a wiki. (Or if you're a scientist and you've ever used a facility like this, what kinds of things you'd like to see in your FacilityWiki!) Details inside... [more inside]
I've been in country for one day and suddenly I am very popular with much younger women. Do I have "Sugar Daddy" written on my forehead or is there something else going on? [more inside]
Help me find awesome SF books that aren't libertarian screeds, y'all. What are your favourite Science Fiction books that aren't just swimming in libertarian ideology? [more inside]
On the heels of this recent question, I'm wondering -- can I have my old car sold in a [non-eBay] auction? [more inside]
Where can I hike with a dog off-leash in or near Portland, OR? [more inside]
How can I explain to my boyfriend that some of the fantasies he has about me are hurting my self esteem (and our relationship)? [more inside]
The default plain text editor on my work computer drives me up the wall, and I'm not allowed to download a replacement. Are there any online plain text editors I can use to draft an occasional HTML or CSS file and preview my results?
I want to play with puppies and awesome dogs this weekend. Where in Los Angeles can I do this? [more inside]
SSD's for Mac Pro (NOT a laptop): I'm thinking about adding a smallish one of these to a 3-year-old Quad-Core Xeon desktop and can't find any descriptions about how exactly to split out storage (Documents, Pictures, Mail, Downloads, etc.) from apps and System files. I.e., how to install Snow Leo and apps on the ssd so they use another standard internal drive for all their storage, etc.? Anybody done that? Thank you!
Do I let (seemingly) being excluded bother me? Do I say anything? [more inside]
I have a jar of raw honey that is more like a paste than a liquid. I would like to use it to glaze my ham this weekend. [more inside]
My next-door neighbor keeps her dogs outside 24/7. I'm not sure how I should feel about this. [more inside]
I have a small simple 16 bit windows application that I need access to from a couple dozen Windows 7 64 bit computers. Unfortunately we lost some of the source code so recompiling it is not in the cards any time soon. Is there a way I can host this app on something like Amazon AWS and give all these users access to run the app via a browser or some other method? Installing VM lite or the windows virtual pc is not an option unfortunately. These users would need access to this program concurrently. The VMWare solutions are far too expensive and the VMLite product that might help we won't be out for some time. Thank you for reading my post. Have a great one.
I am applying for a job within my small department. Career counselor says I MUST tell my boss this before landing the job. I don't wanna, but can't see a way around it either. [more inside]
Mid-career Academic Offer/Negotiations filter. Qs about questions to ask, people to see, other advice from faculty/academics wanted. [more inside]
Foreclosure (but not on us personally) How long til the bank bounces us out and we dont get to live rent-free? Because this is pretty awesome right here.
Foreclosure!!!(but not on us personally) How long til the bank bounces us out and we dont get to live rent-free? Because this is pretty awesome right here. [more inside]
Can I launder a wool blanket at home? [more inside]
Looking for good pop songs that I can dance to and sing along with. [more inside]
Is there anything I can say to discourage my socially-anxious friend from giving pedantic lectures? [more inside]
I'm not sure I want to live in Toronto anymore, but I want to stay *near* Toronto. Where can I go? [more inside]
Is there a topo map of the Superior Hiking Trail that gets granular enough to be useful on the trail? or a few maps that cover the whole thing? [more inside]
I want to but a domain name and .com is taken. Should I buy .org? [more inside]
Suggestions for car donation programs in Washington DC? [more inside]
Seattle Eastside dentist recommendation, please? Special issue: I haven't seen a dentist in 16 years. Yes, you read that right. [more inside]
I'm looking for a word or term that says that coincidence may be your unconscious keeping useless information in the background of your mind (i.e. reading about a specific type of bird on wikipedia, and then the next day seeing one fly in front of your car). [more inside]
Where do I get my Italian beef and other Chicago classics for 10 people coming to my house for the weekend?
What are some good Chicago-area catering options for a group of 10 people? We are hosting a small group of relatives at our house for the weekend in May, and we want to have some classic Chicago dishes for people to eat. But, we also don't want to spend the whole weekend in the kitchen working on deep dish pizza, either. So, we're looking for suggestions on places to check out that we can bring food home for about 10 people. So far, we're going to check out Portillo's and Jewel for Italian beef, but I'm open to other options for the beef and other Chicago specialties. (Actually, we live in Naperville, but I'm willing to go pretty much anywhere in the area if it is worth it.)
What antique stores/dealers in Austin might be interested in buying vintage kitchenware such as Pyrex, and various small pieces of American art pottery (Roseville, Sascha B, Van Briggle, etc.)? [more inside]
Somatic Experiencing is a method of recovering from emotional trauma-- I'd like to hear about experiences with the system because In an Unspoken Voice describes it as dealing well with the paralysis aspect of trauma, not just the intrusive memories and explosive emotions, and I tend to be pretty stuck. [more inside]
Is there a list somewhere of French names for common embroidery stitches (split stitch, backstitch, stem stitch etc.)? Google is failing me... [more inside]
Help this Unix guy understand Windows domains, security and file sharing. I'm a software tester who's mostly worked with unix systems and unix file systems but now I've got to develop and execute a test plan for file sharing between Windows clients and samba servers running within Windows domains of various configurations. What are some good relatively quick learning resources that can get me up to speed? [more inside]
How to ground (shield?) a laptop to get a good EEG signal? [more inside]
I need to cool my apartment without making it smell terrible. [more inside]
My husband was laid off today... The day that was supposed to be my last day of full-time employment. How do I recover at work? [more inside]
Need a recommendation of a good, preferably non-marriage-centric, relationship counselor in the Northern Virginia / DC Metro area. [more inside]
Help me decide if a contract staffing agency is legit. Google has turned up nothing. [more inside]
Long-term travel during pregnancy. Should we go? And where? [more inside]
Help me find a place to purchase this tiny car part for a Scion xB! [more inside]
I need to buy a bell today. Where would I shop for such a thing? [more inside]
Can you recommend the best Historical Fort/Monument to visit in the North Eastern USA or Maritime Canada? [more inside]
I need to find a blood glucose meter I can use to track my cat's blood sugar. [more inside]
What is the moral obligation that the wealthy have towards the less-well-off? [more inside]
Opinions on Vanuatu/general pacific life? [more inside] [more inside]
Old job over, new job good! But help me ease a few anxieties over the switch. [more inside]
How can I learn basic principles of business? [more inside]
Examples of admirable fictional characters named Alan? [more inside]
Should I study abroad when finances and my gut are telling me no, but everyone else is telling me yes? (Lots inside. Yes, I'm going to talk to the financial aid office and a therapist.) [more inside]
Can anyone help identify this classic movie about ghostly children? [more inside]
Is it possible to change timestamps on comments in Wordpress? [more inside]
I know this is kind of vague, but I'm looking for examples of rappers, or even just individual rap songs, that have a "philosophical" message. I don't mean that they encourage people to get off drugs, or do something with their lives, or anything like that (though I'd like those examples, too) -- but that they espouse a specific philosophy of life or worldview. I'd love some mainstream examples -- I'm not just looking for "issue" rappers who have made philosophy their thing (though I like these, too!) Thanks!!
DIY: is it easier to go a good DIY job painting walls (interior) or installing laminate floors? [more inside]
Can you help me identify this flower? I saw it in a park (in England, if that matters) the other day. [more inside]
Soc-Psych-filter! Do people become gay or lesbian because they grow up feeling that stereotypically straight-acting kids are "exotic" -- as per the "Exotic Becomes Erotic" theory? [more inside]
What are some websites, software or photoshop plug ins to turn a low resolution image (ie. something I grabbed from the web) into a high resolution image (ie. something that I can use to print)? Something that is good enough to make the image look good at 16 by 11 or so. [more inside]
I am looking for an app (android preferably, but iPad/iPhone ok) to help me keep my kitchen inventory... But with a special detail. [more inside]
Help me become the uninhibited artist and writer I once was. [more inside]
Seattle knowing/loving Mefites....A friend has to move to Seattle for surgical residency, multiple hospitals, crazy hours...What's the best apartment choice? [more inside]
I have a mild herniated L5 disc. It's been causing me continual back pain, and pain in my left leg. I've heard that yoga can help build strength and help with the pain. Is this true? [more inside]
I am looking for some high quality blog directories devoted to technology blogs. I already have plenty of general blog directories with technology sections, and I have googled extensively, but I am hoping there are some out there I am missing.
Please help name another business/Etsy store/website. (I had to ask because I am stuck and you are good at it!) [more inside]
There is a mouse running around my house right now, and all the stores are closed. How can I trap it? [more inside]
I've got this packet of Pillsbury Pie Crust in my freezer. What are some delicious things you can do with it? There are plenty of recipes out there but I'd like to hear what your favorite is.
LA Traffic Filter: How long will it take me to drive from Glendale to Long Beach tomorrow morning? And when should I leave to arrive by 8:00am? And what's the best route?
I have less than a week -- but where? Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, or Buenos Aires? [more inside]
What's the state of the art in quad-band capable Android smartphones? Essentially I'm looking for alternatives with capabilities similar to the Motorola Atrix 4G. It needs to be carrier unlocked and support 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM 2G functions and 2100MHz WCDMA. [more inside]
I'm trying to draw in white over a black fountain pen ink background that I've applied to vellum Bristol. But I haven't found a way to do so that results in a sharp line. [more inside]
What is the lightest-weight netbook released in the past twelve months? [more inside]
Flying. ID. Waiting for new driver's license, old one clipped. [more inside]
How will I look to recruiters after getting the boot before school starts? [more inside]
My foster dog is very pregnant and about to pop. I need some awesome puppy names! [more inside]
A family member has just found out their very aggressive cancer has returned after what was thought to be a successful surgery. My family member and their partner have been advised to think in terms of management as opposed to cure. [more inside]
Should I upgrade from Outlook 2003 or just keep using it forever? [more inside]
I'm curious about ritual superstitions, particularly the ones involving driving--holding your breath when going past a graveyard, for example. What are more of them? [more inside]
"XP Security 2011" --- did I really just get absolutely beaten by a Windows scareware virus? [more inside]
Is anyone familiar with an Easter puppet special that was on (I think) HBO in the early '80s? I remember that it involved a bunch of bunnies working in an Easter egg factory, and that the Easter Bunny ("E.B.") was fairly nervous and might've had a Woody Allen-esque delivery. It definitely isn't "Tale Of The Bunny Picnic" (though that looks pretty cute, too). Bonus points if there's a streaming version anywhere online - I'd love to show this special to my bunny-obsessed niece. Thanks, all.
What scientific research has been done on the science of gay attraction and sexuality? [more inside]
I have a Samsung Captivate smartphone with a rate plan and data plan. If I were to cancel my AT&T contract (and pay the required fee, of course), could the phone continue to be used to access the Web via Wi-Fi to sync my Google calendar/contacts/e-mail, surf the Web, and run Web-enabled apps? Would I lose anything else besides telephone and 3G data capabilities?
Miller Puckette's The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music, as a textbook, seems obtuse and unrefined to me. Am I missing something? [more inside]
Where can I find satirical lyrics for Billy Bragg songs inspired by his support for Nick Clegg [more inside]
Are tetrachromats more prevalent and successful in the fashion industry and art world? Are there groups of trichromats who are overrepresented in artistic endeavors on the whole? [more inside]
[WebdesignFilter]: Building a website for a professional writer and film critic. Just articles and stories, as Victorian as possible. Got a prototype ready and need feedback. [more inside]
Why does nose-oil eliminate the foam from carbonated beverages? [more inside]
On average, how many books are checked out of a US public library, per year? Has there been a decline or an incline books being checked out in the last couple of years? [more inside]
Is there a service that takes articles from the web and reads them for you? [more inside]
Being a vegetarian for 18 years comes with a whole lot of identity issues and emotional baggage. How do you let that go and start eating meat again? [more inside]
There was an artist posted on MeFi around last summer/spring and I need help finding their name. I've searched for quite a while over the past week. I believe they melted plastic over busts, can anyone help me??? Here is an example of their work.
(Spain) Spanish Social Movements: What sites and literature can I look into to get up to date with social movements on the ground in Spain currently?
(Spain) Spanish Social Movements: What sites and literature can I look into to get up to date with social movements on the ground in Spain currently? [more inside]
In the From Eternity to Here episode of the Science Talk podcast, Sean Carroll says that without entropy there could be no memory. Could you provide an explanation of why that is to somebody who's very much a layperson when it comes to thermodynamics? [more inside]
Is there any way to identify social media users who are consistently sharing viral content before it goes viral? [more inside]
I am passionately in love with ideas, but I feel pretty tepid about real things. Can this be reversed? [more inside]
Help me get over my fear of using a circular saw. [more inside]
JET (teaching English in Japan) vs AmeriCorps (cool community stuff in my city). Or, how do you decide between two paths that seem comparably engaging/difficult/unknown? [more inside]
I just finished up a small project that I way overestimated. I sold the project for a fixed bid, nominally based on the hourly rate I charge for my services. The customer has already paid me - should I offer to refund the difference? [more inside]
I have been diagnosed with stage 2 glioma/astrocytoma (brain cancer). I would love to find some good blogs from people who have gone through the treatment and experience of brain cancer, but I've been having trouble with the search. Links would be much appreciated! I've looked at "Blog for a Cure" and there are few that are updated. I've found more by googling but many are inapplicable. Thanks in advance for your help.
What did you wish you knew before you had your first website built. [more inside]
I would like a full CD/LP of bearded seals, please. [more inside]
I'm looking for research studying the efficacy of parenting classes and/or early education intervention for infants and toddlers (as opposed to programs that target older children). [more inside]
Need information on the Wyndham Orlando Resort, please [more inside]
How to balance the desire to eat vegan with the passion for occasional meals that aren't? [more inside]
In Microsoft Outlook 2007, how do I set up a notification when a contact is available? [more inside]
Do you have good examples of compelling "Feature Tour" videos for web applications or native/software applications? [more inside]
For a film festival focused on farms, food and food systems, I'm looking for short (under 45 minutes) films on those topics. Documentary, fiction or animated all acceptable. Any suggestions appreciated, especially with contact info or website links.
How Much Personal Information Should I Give Out When Being Designated An Heir? [more inside]
Great movies/films/documentaries about the roots of rock 'n' roll? [more inside]
Please help with RSS/Atom feed suggestions that are both interesting and easily read, in full, via Google Reader's mobile version. [more inside]
Is there a scientific consensus—ideally based on controlled, peer-reviewed, longitudinal, independently replicated studies—that an organic diet is healthier than a non-organic diet? [more inside]
Browser/OS/platform/device compatibility testing vendors - reviews and advice. [more inside]
How would I modify recipes for making mini-cakes and tarts instead of a single large cake/tart? Specifics on my cakes and tarts are inside. [more inside]
Braintree, MA filter: looking for a cool bar/cafe/bistro...you get the point. [more inside]
Iron deficiency anemia causing sustained exhaustion and fuzzyheadedness. How can I treat the symptoms? (Underlying cause is undiagnosable so far and only worsening.) [more inside]
What did you do the summer before you went on the academic job market? What do you wish you had done? [more inside]
I am looking for a cross-country bike for use in a mountain-y watershed area. I am not a skilled or graceful descender, and there is going to be a lot of descending. Bike shop guy, who I have known for a while and trust, says hydraulic discs are the way to go because of how they handle heat. Is this really a factor I should account for? [more inside]
AT&T be gone. What are my options to have a land line at home? Can I use the phones I have? [more inside]
I need to figure out how to create a line graph that allows me to vary the thickness of the line dynamically (i.e., as a function of a variable). Sort of like the way this health care expenditure/life expectancy graph varies the line thickness based on average number of doctor visits per year. [more inside]
Help me debunk Auntie (& Bill Whittle) - warning, highly politicized fiscal data [more inside]
How can I turn the folders on my web server into a browse-able website (without setting up a content management system)? [more inside]
I'm heading over to Europe in a few weeks and I'm curious about the differences in food quality and food ingredients as compared to the U.S. What will I find there that might be emblematic of a different system or attitude toward food? [more inside]
Ok I admit it, I’m a cheap drunk, a lightweight. One beer, one glass of wine, and I’m feeling good. Any more than that, even another half a beer or half a glass of wine, and I’m starting to get buzzed. So I’ve always been very careful with my drinking. I’ve never been stopped for suspected DUI, and don’t plan to be. That said, I’m curious about whether my blood alcohol level actually increases more quickly than most people, or do I just feel the effects of the alcohol more quickly without my blood alcohol level rising very much. IOW, over a period of an hour, you drink two beers, you’re not drunk, and your blood alcohol level is below the legal limit. I drink two beers in an hour, I’m pretty buzzed, enough that I would not drive. Is my blood alcohol level probably over the legal limit? If it matters, I’m a fairly normal-sized adult female, 5’5”, 120 lbs.
Seven months ago I cheated on my partner. Six months ago I came clean to him. Three months ago we broke up. This past week we have begun to spend some time together, and I feel like we both reached a breakthrough last night. Am I crazy to have this renewed faith in/willingness to work for our love? Do I need to finally let it go? Much more inside. [more inside]
Hot pot fell of stove onto wood floor. Burn ring! Help! [more inside]
My beautiful, hilarious, brilliant, elegant mother started chemotherapy today. Please give me your best suggestions for comfort items. [more inside]
Sante Fe, NM in August: Yea or Nay? [more inside]
What to do with a sudden, moderate, windfall of avocados? [more inside]
Where should I stay during Gay Pride in Paris? [more inside]
I'll be in Amsterdam for 7-10 days in early August, and am looking for some self guided bike rides out of the city and into the surrounding countryside. [more inside]
Why is it legal for teachers to treat kids in a way that you could never treat adults in a workplace? And if a parent wants to think about addressing this archaic situation in terms of the system (rather than just moving one's child to another class, for example) how would one even start to think about doing this? [more inside]
Why do my thumb knuckles always crack? And how can I stop it? It seems like every time I bend either of my thumbs all the way, they "pop". I have no other poppy bones, and I am a 28 year old male, and neither of my thumbs have ever been injured as far as I know. It started about a year ago.
What is the best way to find a freelance researcher to help me create infographics? [more inside]
Good summer hat for city wear? [more inside]
Does anyone have any recommendations for films, performance art pieces, or shorts with the subject matter of women's identity politics in the South? [more inside]
Are there resources on the internet where I can find information about what's under the hood of my car? I just feel that being a man and all I should have a good idea of what I'm looking at when I pop the hood of my car. I just want to learn the basics and maybe get a better idea of how stuff works under there. I have a Honda and a Toyota, and I know things are built differently under there, but if there's anything specific to those two then that would be preferable.
INTP-friendly companies in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, or Madison? (à la Myers-Briggs) [more inside]
What is this font? I'm trying to match the cute, handwritten scroll feeling of "just add ice." I'm happy to find a typeface either to buy or a free download. OpenType preferred. My results from Identifont weren't close.
I looking for a reliable and free way to schedule facebook updates. I have used laterbro, hootsuite and socialsafe. All have issues. I post about 12-20 times a day and they frequently stop sending the updates at some point. The best solution would be web based. I would also like to find a free web based email scheduler as well. What have you, hive?
What is the proper MLA citation for a book abstract? [more inside]
My iPad Gmail app appears stuck in viewer mode. How to fix? [more inside]
Tech help - trying to install Win7 over XP Pro, without administrator privileges. [more inside]
I need gift basket ideas for an elderly diabetic homebound woman. [more inside]
Lately, I've been enjoying myself more. I go out to concerts, I eat in restaurants, I buy books from Amazon, I buy fruit juice and cake and cool ingredients to make delicious food. All this is a welcome turnaround from the days when I would spend hours indoors feeling miserable. But the result is that I'm burning through money like there's no tomorrow. [more inside]
How to extricate myself from a negative relationship cycle. [more inside]
Looking for the best resources for generative art [more inside]
How do you become an international election observer? [more inside]
Which company is seen as the premier Stadium Operator in the industry, internationally or otherwise? [more inside]
I have a short weekend (Fri night to Sun morning) off in Shanghai during a work trip, and I'm looking for an activity - even a day trip to Beijing or the Great Wall. I'd appreciate suggestions and/or advice. [more inside]
How do I use I'm Feeling Lucky with Chrome Custom Search and ALWAYS get the first result, not a list? I've googled my heart out. Some searches work, others give me regular results. I always want the first result. [more inside]
A 2009 question by the same title (http://ask.metafilter.com/141735/Chicago-Restaurants-for-Cheap-Locavores) with loads of good advice, but 2 years in the restaurant world can be a long time and it is not so critical to be in that 30-40$ range (though 195 before tax and tip is a stretch). Will be there for three nights in May. Any places that speak to the intersection of community and food would be of interest as well as those with wow factor for food (ambiance not so important) will be at hyatt regency
Does anyone know of a movie similar to Fredric Brown's short story "Arena," (or the Star Trek episode of the same name) that takes place on a Pacific island, with an American and a Japanese soldier pitted against each other? Note: I just watched Boorman's Hell in the Pacific, and it's not that. [more inside]
Where is there a Thursday Pre-Easter Holiday? I met an Asian tourist today who asked whether banks, libraries, and schools would be open on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before Easter. When I said the only "holiday" was Easter Sunday, he said that 15 yrs or so ago he visited the US and remembered these days as holidays. Now I'm curious. Does anyone know where in the world this might be so? I told him that some churches might hold special services on those days, but that wasn't what he remembered.
Psi seminars: BF is hooked, I'm scared, what now? [more inside]
What have been your experiences with the medical abortion pill (RU-486 or mifepristone and misopristol)? If you have to have an abortion, would you do it in the US or the UK? [more inside]
I would like to find a small pub in Portland, Oregon, with regular live folk-ish music. [more inside]
Finding a cheap/creative wedding venue that can trick people into thinking it's a formal/traditional location.
How to search for a wedding and reception venue in LA. [more inside]
Incentive stock options: explain them to me as if were a child! [more inside]
I am looking for a few pointers to well-regarded non-profits that focus on "social equality" (I may not be using the right term) - breaking povery cycles, education assistance, living wages for blue-collar work and so on. I don't know where to start, but maybe you can help me! [more inside]
"Television will lead to people disrespecting authority figures" ... what is this article/paper/book which I saw quoted recently ? [more inside]
Help me figure out what to do about this undergrad research situation [more inside]
Am I crazy to want to purchase a house? [more inside]
I am debating getting my CMA, certifed management accountant designation. It is a new term to me, and I work in finance with gaggles of CPAs. Is the CMA a recognized and respected designation? [more inside]
Please recommend for me a down-and-dirty bike shop in Austin. [more inside]
Should I sell a settlement annuity to buy a second house for an investment? [more inside]
What are cheap bulk sources of electrolytes? [more inside]
Here's what I want: leather sneakers that are acceptable for a young man to wear with business casual clothing. I want them to feel and wear like sneakers, but look nice enough to wear with wool pants and a button-down dress shirt in a professional environment. [more inside]
Give me your best behavioral/situational interview questions! [more inside]
How do I keep my Windows 7 computer from deciding it's time to update when I'm watching a Netflix Watch Now movie full-screen? (It really breaks the mood.)
Suggest some non-mainstream songs about sex, the erotic, and especially seduction. Bonus points if Australian. [more inside]
Question about Wordpress plugins and hooks. [more inside]
Advice for where to move in Montgomery County (North Philadelphia suburbs) and where to find good listings! [more inside]
Which Treadmill Desk? [more inside]
I want a portable, legs-that-screw-in wood table. Does anybody know what kind of hardware I need to make this happen or of a table for sale that has legs made to screw on and off frequently OR a folding leg table of wood that is truly a cut above a regular card table? [more inside]
Where can I get a list (or lists) of all stock symbols of stocks currently trading on major US exchanges for download? If possible, lists that are kept updated over time would be preferable. I don't mind pulling the data out of a larger set if necessary.
Does anyone know where I can get a listing of lat/long for philly subway stations? A Shapefile would work too since I think I know how to convert the stops into lat/long.
Gwyneth Paltrow's cook book is called My Father's Daughter in the US and Notes from my Kitchen Table in the UK. The synopses I've seen suggest they have the same recipes but different surrounding texts. Are they the same book with different titles, or variations on a theme? [more inside]
Can you "ascend" a horizontal "walkway"? No? Then how does one describe this action in a single word? [more inside]
Does anyone have any recent experience with the Continental/Amtrak link for trips to Philadelphia 30th St. Station (coded ZFV by Continental)? I need to get to Princeton NJ (not Philly) and Continental/Amtrak link is much cheaper than just a flight to Philly or Newark. [more inside]
Can I do anything to reduce hydrocodone (lortab) "hangovers" which happen when the pill wears off? [more inside]
Please tell me about games which involve online messageboards/online forums! [more inside]
This morning, I sneezed and threw out my lower back. Since then, I've been unable to walk any significant distance without severe pain throughout my lower back/butt/left thigh, and the pain while walking is getting worse. Should I go to the hospital? [more inside]
I'm going to be moving to Paris for 2.5 months, what should I do while I'm there? [more inside]
So for work I have to login to a DoD website and fill out this form, and to complete my task I'm going to have to fill out this form several thousand times. But, here's the deal - the data I am entering in all of the fields are indentical for each form except for one field. [more inside]
Hou Hanru: On the Mid-Ground is a collection of curatorial statements and catalogue essays by a curator/critic. What other collections of curatorial statements might you recommend? [more inside]
I need to understand the Japanese cultural importance of "saving face" with respect to business, and how I can make myself less frustrated with an ongoing business negotiation I'm involved in. [more inside]
Recurring herpes outbreak - every week for 6 months [more inside]
Can throat muscles weaken or stop working? [more inside]
What open source/free software projects exist that have a humanitarian or social justice mission? [more inside]
What is "Yaza Kilolardan Kurtularak Girmek İstermisin?" Has The Onion's Facebook sharing section been hacked, or is it my computer? [more inside]
What are some games that 2 people can play while running long distances to pass the time? [more inside]
Aside from mushrooms, are there any decorative houseplants I can grow in a dark and neglected apartment?
Does a dark and somewhat uninhabited apartment mean I can't have houseplants? [more inside]
Is a Mul-T-Lock worth it? [more inside]
My girlfriend have decided to go 'on a break'. I'm interested in hearing about how others have fared in such an arrangement. [more inside]
In the past 6-9 months, I read an issue of (I believe) Wired Magazine that included an awesome multi-page diagram of the steps required to restart an oil/gas refinery after an emergency shutdown due to hurricanes. Which issue of Wired is this in? [more inside]
What are some laws that exactly 49 out of the 50 US states have on the books? [more inside]
tips/advice for a cat with arthritis? [more inside]
How do you settle for someone? I feel like it would be so much easier to find a woman to date if I didn't care what her face looked like. Does anyone know of any way to make myself do this?
Dragon NaturallySpeaking: Can you recommend a USB microphone or headset that works well with this software? (or maybe bluetooth) [more inside]
Here's what I don't understand about negotiation: why it's good to go last. [more inside]
My wife is planning on learning to draw from the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. I'd like to surprise her with a box with all the materials that are needed to complete the course but I can't get the book away from her for long enough without her being suspicious. I've tried google but no luck. Does any one have or can direct me to a list of the materials needed? Thanks
After reading this post, I've realized that I want my next house to be.. different. How do I go about finding a warehouse/church/water tower to convert into a home? [more inside]
cabin recommendations near Richmond, Va (up to 4 hours away) [more inside]
I am the proud new owner of a beautiful 1985 Honda Nighthawk 700S. Tell me what else I should spend my money on. [more inside]
I really like spy movies where the main character is trying to retire/extricate themselves from The Company. I've seen a bunch from the library, but which ones have I missed? [more inside]
Good portable headphone suggestions. [more inside]
Very affordable commuter/road bike? [more inside]
Abandon my job for future prospects? [more inside]
Know anyone that has experienced burning pain in their neck (back of neck) that radiates to the face , and if so how do they relieve it?
Know anyone that has experienced burning pain in their neck (back of neck) that radiates to the face , and if so how do they relieve it? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I live together, and the relationship is great, but things have gotten very 'comfortable'. I think it's time to take everything he thinks he knows about us and turn it upside-down (in a good way)! How though? [more inside]
Have you ever switched from being a stoic to being a crier? Could this be from treating my depression or something else? [more inside]
I'm looking for a recently released album that was actually recorded in the 70s but was only released now. The name was something like Torrey Canyon, Torrey Pines, Laurel Canyon (but Google is not helping me here), any ideas? I really wanted to listen to it but it's looking like I have the name completely wrong. I believe I originally heard about it on Metafilter. I do not have lyrics, because I haven't heard it! Note: it is not Torrey Canyon LTD, from Kent, OH.
Help me find the most interesting and walkable neighborhoods in Orange County! [more inside]
I have several thousand images from almost 30 years of photography and filmmaking scattered throughout one of four hard drives on my Mac. I want to move all my images to their own drive, build a searchable photo library, and I need a way to organize, tag, search, and easily find images. [more inside]
Please help me figure out how to build or buy a vacation/summer home or cabin within 3-4 hours of New York City [more inside]
White Couch + 2 Dogs = I need recommendations for upholstery cleaners in NYC [more inside]
I'm looking for a specific mashup, and suggestions for similar mashups. [more inside]
How can I convert powpoint presentations (.ppt and .pptx) to PDF for editing on iPad 2? [more inside]
I collect beach glass to make things. I've used a rock-polisher to create beach glass. I am looking for hints in increasing my yield from the rock-polisher, namely how to break bottles to get decent sized pieces. [more inside]
How did sexual reproduction become evolutionarily advantageous? [more inside]
Anybody know where I can find a Library of Parliament umbrella that was previously sold by Chapters? [more inside]
How do I get better at providing constructive criticism to design colleagues? Especially ones that don’t ask? [more inside]
How does one find a specialist in your area? [more inside]
How do you handle rejection from Speed Dating in a classy manly way? I received a rejection email from a woman and I feel like I should reply...see details below... [more inside]
I'm worried I'm going to be fired because I'm so tired. [more inside]
Hi, I have a song in my itunes that my daughter will be singing to at a recital. The teacher asked me to "change the song a few half steps up to key C". She said her students do it often, but I'm not computer savvy. [more inside]
I've got a busted up Dell Mini 9. Can you help me source a few parts? [more inside]
I was in Venice for a few days at the end of March, and several times saw young people in the street participating in a weird ritual: they would read out a passage from a hand-made poster, the crowd would laugh, and someone would attack them with a foodstuff -- I saw a lot of flour, once a meat tray, and an unfortunate soul having canned whipped cream injected down his pants. What? [more inside]
Wife mistrusts me now over a single comment, and thinks I'm withholding family information. What should I do? [more inside]
When rappers say "one time for the .../two times for the ...", what are they referring to? If I'm watching a concert, what am I supposed to do? [more inside]
When did the idea of America being the "freest country in the world" first gain popularity? [more inside]
On my daughter's second birthday, I'd like to make cakes like her favourite toy - but edible. Please help me! [more inside]
There are two sets of FB "likes" that I would like to be synched; one, the likes on the website's posts, and the other, the likes I get when I link to those posts on Facebook. 21 people like my latest post on my website, but only one person has liked the link I put about the post on facebook. Can I get the two to add together with some automatic gizmo? Thanks mefi!
I saw this French cop/conspiracy/scandal movie at French camp in the 1970s. Now that I have the awesome power of the internet at my disposal, I'd like to find it again. But I can't. [more inside]
Help improving my Brazilian cheese bread. I tried to make Brazilian cheese bread, but the inside is all gooey. How do I make the inside fluffier? [more inside]
I'm looking to find doctors who practice private/concierge medicine in Europe and Asia. These doctors typically charge an upfront fee and gives you significantly more attention (ie, he has 500 instead of 3000 patients; is available immediately 24/7). They usually practice family medicine or internal medicine. This type of doctor is growing in the US, but I can't seem to find them elsewhere in the world...
How can I easily save the images I find online for later viewing? [more inside]
Please help me find this silver ring with a rectangular lapis lazuli (or possibly sodalite?) setting and elemental symbols around the band. [more inside]
How do sexual abuse survivors handle getting long-term medical care? [more inside]
How much storage does Google Apps for Non-Profit provide for photos (Picasa Web Albums)? [more inside]
What is going on with my new tree ferns? Bad things, yes, but what manner of bad things? [more inside]
Hello fellow Metafilterians, now that allergy season is upon us, does anyone recommend the best OTC med for: pressure on the eyes, chest congestion, stuffy nose, and sore throat? It's much worse in the morning. Coughing up yellow awfulness (sorry, gross). Claritin and Mucinex-D do NOT work. Sudafed works like a charm but knocks me out, literally for 2 days. Not sure what's out there, haven't had allergies in a couple of years.
I'm renting an apartment in Denver, CO, and the property manager is asking I pay a deposit in the form of a money order mailed to his address or delivered to the onsite manager to hold the apartment. I've checked the property out with the onsite manager, and it looks great. Worryingly, the application says that if offered the apartment and I refuse to sign the lease, the deposit will be kept. Is this normal, and is there anything else I should be worried about? [more inside]
Dear MeFi, please help me in making the most awesome self-referential name check mixtape ever. [more inside]
What sort of questions would you ask someone about on the theme of enemies and nemeses? [more inside]
I'm about to purchase a $1500 camera from a fellow I met through an online photography forum. I'll be paying via PayPal (funded by my American Express). I've no reason to think the seller untrustworthy, but what can I do to protect myself just in case?
Tutoring two 2nd-grade students in writing more creatively. I'm a creative writing grad student, so no sweat right? Wrong. Their first language isn't English. [more inside]
Opening a can of tomato paste, the contents spewed out. Can I eat this? [more inside]
What's a focus-enhancing ADHD medication that won't cause anxiety or make me feel "out of it" the way caffeine does? [more inside]
Hey, anybody got an end-to-end solution to do set-it-and-forget-it style timeshifting of Justin.tv streams? [more inside]
I'm looking for really simple PHP image gallery software that does RSS, automatically parses a directory of images, and automatically generates thumbnails. That's really about it. [more inside]
My government has made severe cuts in education, due to that and the fact I'm only in my 2nd year of teaching the probability that I would be laid off is very high. I have a sociology degree and an education degree, but I'm struggling any job that asks for either. [more inside]
I'm on a search for a song from the eighties. [more inside]
IdiomFilter: What is the origin of the phrase "as all get-out"? [more inside]
After getting married, and starting a new (temporarily lower paying) job, money is tight. During the wedding planning, I thought, "Man, when I have the money again, I'd love to get back to rock climbing or take a French class". Well, the money is still tight, and looks to be for a while. What are some hobbies I can pick up that would cost very little to no money per month? [more inside]
There will soon be a death in my family. I'm worried this one's going to be especially hard and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
Does anyone have any tips for vegan mac and cheese? Or favorite recipes would be nice also. [more inside]
Asking for a friend: French-language TV (or radio) pour les petites? [more inside]
Which current smartphone in the market plays FLAC files, has crossfade, has 10-band equalizer, and can either grab folder.jpg/cover.jpg from the same folder or display embedded artwork of any size straight out of the box? [more inside]
I'm in College Park, MD for graduate school. My lease ends in August, and I feel like it's time to start looking for a place. I want to stay within a few minutes of campus (lived in Hyattsville before, and really liked that) but also want to try to get a place between $500 to $700 before utilities and cable. I've mostly just known people for the past few places I've lived, so I'm looking for some advice on when to start seriously looking, where to look, and other advice. [more inside]
I need a (soft) condensed matter physics textbook. [more inside]
I'm looking for songs that start out cheerful or sweet and turn sad. My best example of this is the Marriage Song/Theme from the movie Up. It doesn't suit my purposes, however. Can you help me find some others? [more inside]
Drug-testing filter: A friend of mine is working for a non-profit domestic (USA) organization and was asked to get a DOT health/medical card to drive a truck/trailer combination in excess of 10,000 lbs, carrying heavy equipment. Will a drug test be required?
Restaurant recommendation in Ann Arbor for a vegetarian and a picky carnivore. [more inside]
Why are food cart burritos so so good and how can I make my burritos at home that good? [more inside]
I have to buy a fridge and I don't how important things are. [more inside]
We've talked about how to make gifs before - but what about "cinegraphs?" [more inside]
Where can I go to sell custom notepads? [more inside]
My mother in law is convinced there was a novel published in the last twenty years featuring a nun as the protagonist. It was written by a man and won at least one award. Any ideas?
Ideas for Amazing in-class Physics presentation? [more inside]
Hello Folks; My wife would like a ebook reader,and we know very little about this. [more inside]
How to deal with a customer that just won't stop asking pre-sale questions? [more inside]
Is my diet triggering migraines? [more inside]
I need sound clips from film, television or other media that incorporate the word 'cover' or 'covers' in some way. Suggestions? [more inside]
I'm looking for a better web survey software for academic research applications. I cannot use a hosted service such as survey monkey because of human subjects data safeguarding considerations. [more inside]
Why are people in Mexico not interested in "grocery stores"? [more inside]
I am a journalist trying to find a way to locate people who were passersby at 9/11. Not first responders, mind you, or folks who escaped from the towers -- just people who happened to be around when it happened. And despite their non-direct involvement, may have been in some way affected. Thoughts?
What should I do with my unlimited bandwidth? [more inside]
How to earn extra $400-500/mo. with limited hours and 8-5 job? Specifally, seeking good at-home/on the side or Saturday/Sunday A.M. job ideas. [more inside]
Please help me find a reliable external Hard Disk enclosure. [more inside]
Sony HG120 tape, Sony 8mm MP120 tape, Sony Video8 MP60 tape. Need converted to DVD or other modern format, in Philadelphia. If not local, than some reputable online business someone has used previously. [more inside]
What would the U.S. economy be like right now if it hadn't left the gold standard and the Federal Reserve had not been created? [more inside]
Crochet-filter: Can you tell me how to make the edging of an afghan not be bunched up and stupid-looking? [more inside]
There's a sweet and commoner-than-I-expected wedding reading that's frequently attributed to Robert Fulgham. It starts "You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment..." and is sometimes referred to by the title "Union". Did he actually write it? [more inside]
Is it unreasonable to expect most knowledge workers entering the job market today to have basic HTML knowledge? [more inside]
Hiring a new graphic designer. Is it realistic to be looking for someone with both print and web design skills and some ability to code? [more inside]
We're moving to New York City in 8 days. Our extended-stay hotel, where we made a reservation weeks ago, just told us they won't be open by then. What do we do now? [more inside]
What are librarians to do when they suspect a student is cheating on a research paper and want thier help to do so?
What are librarians to do when students cheat on a research papers and 'want them to help them? [more inside]
Wife cannot get a teaching job. How to increase chances or what alternate career paths? [more inside]
Where do IT people go to work when they don’t want to do IT anymore, or even work in a corporate environment? In which jobs and/or careers would IT experience be valuable? [more inside]
Did Winamp just install something on my computer without my permission? Help solve my mystery. You have 3 hours 52 minutes remaining! [more inside]
How is pizza made at a major chain pizza restaurant? [more inside]
Why aren't I losing weight anymore, despite meticulously tracking my calorie intake and exercising? [more inside]
Has anyone had success with neurofeedback, or know someone who has? [more inside]
Where can I watch the Canadian Federal Election in a bar/coffeshop in Austin, TX? [more inside]
Hoping for reliable info on appropriate care and management of modern SSD drives. [more inside]
Can you identify this (seemingly) misidentified piece of electronic music? It's supposedly by Marumari and is called "Kid Icarus Fight", but I am pretty sure that's incorrect... [more inside]
Why does random music make me teary? [more inside]
Is there a grief groups in Silicon Valley, for men? [more inside]
when considering 'time/space', and then identifying 'time frames' as a discrete property of this. is it appopriate to then say 'time/space' and 'not time/space' share the common property of 'time frames' ?
"Graphic novel" isn't merely a more sophisticated synonym for "comic book." The "H" in the Montreal Canadiens logo doesn't stand for "Habitants" (it's just "hockey"). What are other examples of wrong "insider" info commonly cited by poseur-types? Stuff that only true experts/fans would be quick to refute, and probably snicker at? [more inside]
What, if any, is the connection between Desi Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Hines II? [more inside]
what are the nicest suburbs to rent in darwin australia? is the inner city a good option? apartment for preference
Why can't LNG (liquid natural gas) pipes have long straight runs? [more inside]
What in an overdriven, broken electric motor is "burned out"? [more inside]
Looking for titles for two fantasy books from childhood, the publishing time frame is 1970~1990ish. Scenes from Game of Thrones reminded a friend of them... [more inside]
Why do our light bulbs seem to burn out far faster than they ought to? And our light switches make sparking noises? [more inside]
Where to start looking for web content (or similar) work in Canada? From New Zealand? [more inside]
I just realized I made a mistake on my NJ state income tax return *after* I e-filed it with TurboTax. The mistake turns my refund into a payment. Should I wait until the incorrect refund clears and then file a 1040X, or just file the 1040X immediately? [more inside]
I need help finding contact information of supporters of human cloning for my school project. [more inside]
I'm thinking of switching my default Flickr license from All Rights Reserved to Creative Commons. Help me understand the practicalities of this. [more inside]
Can YOU identify this wifi connector? [more inside]
What cool/useful/fun items do I want to have at a cabin with no electricity? [more inside]
Is there any way in Windows 7, an application or setting, to get folders to behave like in Mac OS X? I mean specifically the little triangles you can click to expand the folder so you can work with the contents without going into the folder. [more inside]
What should we feed our new kitten? [more inside]
I will be moving house soon and am interested in adding a (second) cat to my household. How to minimize trauma for the cat I already have? [more inside]
Please help me think of a new name for an Italian restaurant. [more inside]
Sleep Cycle app on iphone 4 - does it kill your battery? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend Psychedelic/ Mind Expanding contemporary Sci Fi books? [more inside]
Hiring a new employee. Well qualified applicant bullied a current employee in high school (15 years ago). Immediate disqualification? [more inside]
I'm about to take my GED test, and it's long overdue. I'm fairly confident I'll pass most sections, but how can I keep from over-thinking the essay question?
I'm about to take my GED test, and it's long overdue. I'm fairly confident I'll pass most sections, but how can I keep from over-thinking the essay question? [more inside]
What term describes this property of human language? [more inside]
What's the cheapest, best HD TV I can get in Australia? I'm upgrading from a CRT to some sort of flatscreen. I'm mostly going to use it for playing XBox and watching TV, so larger is better and it should be in HD. I've looked around on Gumtree but I'm wondering if there are any sites that would let me order overseas with cheap shipping and/or tricks MeFis know to get the best prices.
Will I be missing out much if I buy an SL series or Thinkpad Edge laptop instead of a T series thinkpad? [more inside]
Is the adorable Japanese children's TV show Pythagoras Switch, (aka Pitagora Suicchi) available as a dvd or download in the US? [more inside]
Should I go see my doc tomorrow or wait a month? [more inside]
I'm currently a UK international student and I just found out about online writing services such as www.demandstudios.com. I've just earned my first $15 through the first article which I'd submitted, yay ! However, I'm concerned about the legalities of such activities. [more inside]
Tips on getting mentally prepared for my first mountain bike race. [more inside]
What's the chime-y instrumental background music at ~1:35 of this clip from the No Reservations Thailand episode? [more inside]
Help me introduce a new kitten to my cat. [more inside]
Can you help me stop stupid burning my stupid hand? [more inside]
My first annual review since entering the workplace is coming up. What should I expect? Can/should I parlay the courtship I'm getting from other companies into a raise? [more inside]
How do I get over feeling weird about my girlfriend and her male friend? [more inside]
High altitude day hikes in California. [more inside]
I tried to break up with my boyfriend over the weekend, and it didn't go well. I've agreed to give things another shot but I don't think I can get over what happened during the breakup. [more inside]
What should I get paid as a senior editor of a new ebook company? [more inside]
I'm looking for awesome short environmental videos available online, to be included in an environmental video festival. Thoughts? [more inside]
I have an old friend Ned (who is not friends with any of my other friends) on facebook. I comment on and discuss many things with this Ned. My other friends (who are not friends with Ned, live in a different state, have never met Ned, and have no connection to him except my existence!) show up on Ned's page liking what I have said and occasionally even adding to the discussion. [more inside]
Help me plot out an awesome roadtrip and hotel from San Francisco's East Bay to Indio, CA this weekend. Bonus point: teenagers, driver's sanity, scenic viewpoints [more inside]
Ghost in the van: our 12-passenger van has started up a few times without a key in the ignition. Also, the locking mechanism sometimes engages continuously, leaving us briefly locked in/out of the vehicle. Is it haunted? [more inside]
Does anyone recognize the music playing during Eisenhower's speech at about 40 minutes into "The Atomic Cafe"? It's not on the soundtrack and it doesn't seem to be listed in the closing credits. Thank you!
I need help finding an Indie mmorpg project. [more inside]
DC area (Arlington, VA specifically) charities that will come pick up furniture donations? Preferably alternatives to the Salvation Army? [more inside]
Product recommendations for the usual summertime beauty issues....? [more inside]
Given 4 months of free time, how can an advanced English learner take the biggest step toward full fluency? [more inside]
I'm writing a program in Python using Tkinter for GUI stuff. How can I pass data back from my buttons to the logic of my program? [more inside]
Are there "alphabet songs" for alphabets other than English? THere is the familiar alphabet song, to the tune of "twinkle twinkle little star". Are there similar songs for children learning the alphabets of other languages, such as Finnish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, etc.? [more inside]
I was invited to a Passover seder tomorrow night with the request that each guest bring a personal bottle of wine for our own individual enjoyment. There was also this: "I would appreciate if your wine was not produced in occupied Palestinian territory." In the spirit of being difficult, I'd like to locate a wine produced in a state with an ongoing territorial dispute. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
Looking for a cheap (free?) online collaboration tool that will allow me to share documents with a group of folks. Maybe it has a blog/notes capability? Maybe a discussion board? Plus it sends email notifications to users when updates are made. Is KeepandShare? Is it something else? Help?
Help me make the best ever Bachelorette party goody bags. [more inside]
Which circumstances lead to an erection after death? [more inside]
Excel-macro filter / this-must-be-possible filter: copy and paste a cell (say, A2) into Google Maps, hit submit, then copy and paste the first phone number into an empty cell (say, A10). How to make it work? [more inside]
Looking for web based Open Source tool for allowing tagging of text documents by a community [more inside]
Is refinancing a house absolutely excluded when you're under water? (Mortgage balance ~250k, home value ~220k)
I've been thinking about the social impact of relatively mundane technologies, like air conditioning, largely because of a brief mention by Kevin Kelly in What Technology Wants. He says something along the lines of, "cheap air conditioning transformed the American southeast." So I'm looking for scholarly sources that discuss the transformative power of air conditioning on american culture. [more inside]
If a tenant's safety is severely threatened, can they legally bypass the lease agreement and break the lease? [more inside]
help me break a fever asap! [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for dressy, breastfeeding-friendly outfits to attend a wedding (or two!) in. [more inside]
My herb and spice rack never gets used. I would like to use them all up this year, if not I will probably throw them away. Since I don't have a chef's instinct, I don't know what foods they are best used for, or probably more importantly, what foods they wont work well with. [more inside]
Can you direct me towards a Portuguese class in Seattle? [more inside]
Hey Theater People!!! How do I run backstage wardrobe for a show in China??? [more inside]
I have three weeks off and I've forgotten how to amuse and improve myself. [more inside]
What is the title/author of this essay about caring for an aging dog? More inside. [more inside]
Renter's insurance. How much does one get, and how do appraisals work? Asking on the higher end of things, broadly speaking. [more inside]
My beloved cat died. How can I integrate her collar into a memento? [more inside]
I'm trying to gather a list of regional pejoratives for cities and suburbs. Like here in Oregon USA, we refer to Springfield as "Springtucky," and Clackamas as "Clackansas". In Denver they call Aurora "Saudi Aurora" or "Guadalaurora". "Spocompton" is a common epithet for Spokane, WA. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for print shops in California (or close by) that can print full color stickers on a roll. [more inside]
Removing colour print dithering artifacts from scanned image/map? How? [more inside]
The last weekend of June I'm headed to Pocono PA for a family reunion with my bf. We're from Seattle and want to stay an additional 4-5 nights to explore the area. We're looking for a rustic cabin or lodge surrounded by wilderness to explore. We've been looking around the Delaware Gap but everything seems targeted at families with kids or golfers (we're in our 20s). It'd be great to do some hiking on the Appalachian Trail. The hut to hut hikes in NH look pretty amazing but they're a bit of a trek from PA. If you're familiar with the Northwest we're looking for the Doe Bay or Kalaloch of the area. Thanks for your help.
I have an opportunity to get an new xbox for cheap, and I have a huge (really huge) library of games available for me to borrow from and play for free. If I do go this route, which games should I look at? I'm not really a gamer... [more inside]
I've been keeping research notebooks since the early 1990s, on a lot of different subjects. They're all finally consolidated as a couple thousand text files written in Markdown syntax. I'd like to start putting them up, gradually, on a website for others to use. A wiki seems the best way. (Is it?) I've got a few other questions about the best one, and best way, though: [more inside]
Need ideas for a sexy video to re-ignite relationship with beloved spouse. [more inside]
Please help me request a month off of work. I have a great opportunity coming up, but don't want to risk my job for it. [more inside]
Please help me find a group video chat solution that works better than Skype! [more inside]
help identify books about solipsism [more inside]
Can a Panasonic PV-GS120 be used for streaming video without a firewire port? Plus more questions! [more inside]
My roommate is blaming an oven fire on my cat, and it's causing some tension between us. Help me figure out the best way to handle the situation so we're both satisfied. [more inside]
So what is the current protocol for getting professional references & making sure they're positive? Difficulty: I am still employed and don't want to tell The Boss I'm applying. [more inside]
Where can I find a Radio Lab (I think...) recording that was of a girl's speech patterns from birth through adolescence? [more inside]
Where can I find a print or high-quality poster of this photo of Ireland's Rock of Cashel? [more inside]
How can I make this cover stay on my couch? [more inside]
My RA medication (sulfasalazine) seems to work less well after I am about halfway through a bottle of tablets (i.e. about halfway through each 30 day supply). How do I keep the tablets at a defined (warmer than average) temperature, in case storage conditions are an issue? Details inside. [more inside]
Where can I buy ski wear from the eighties? Better yet, are there any companies that do this now? [more inside]
I just accidentally bought a year's premium-ish web hosting. I can't get a refund. How should I sell it or give it away? [more inside]
Please help a new grad move to San Francisco. I will probably arrive on June 1 and start working June 10, and I have $1500 for the whole move in process. Where do I stay while I'm apartment hunting? A hotel is very expensive and a hostel is pretty cramped. I could probably stay on a friend's couch but are there any other reasonable options for 1 month stays? [more inside]
I'm looking for user interface (UI) and user experience articles, tutorials, and resources specifically targetted at tablet applications. [more inside]
I really like the coloured leather bracelets in this photo from STREETFSN. Where can I get similar bracelets? [more inside]
I am seeking movies and clips of individuals with personality disorders, for a lecture I will be giving to college students. Any great ideas? [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for well-cut, simple, durable, high-quality clothing basics for women. [more inside]
Should I buy bank stock? The sequel [more inside]
My friends, a software engineer and a novelist, are getting married. I want to give them a puzzle to solve as a wedding gift that requires the use of both their skills. [more inside]
What are some good songs about domesticity besides "Our House" by Crosby Stills Nash and Young?
Stolen iPhone - no remote "wipe everything" software set up, what can I do, if anything, to protect my privacy? [more inside]
[SydneyFilter] The Easter holidays are upon us, and we aren't going anywhere. Right now, it seems likely that we'd only be able to do day trips (same day return, no overnight stays) to places around Sydney. Where should we go? [more inside]
My family lives and pays taxes in Virginia, and has for nearly a decade. I'd like to live and work in D.C. and commute to a certain suburban Virginia school to finish my Bachelor's degree starting this coming Fall term. I'd be financially independent with the exception of tuition, which my parents would cover. Is there any way I could be eligible for in-state tuition while living in the District?
I've recently noticed that I occasionally feel lost (literally) when I absolutely shouldn't. [more inside]
How can I learn to cook for myself? [more inside]
What's the history of performers using backup dancers? [more inside]
Can you help with the name of this movie: From the 70s (possibly early 80s) about a teenage boy and his relationship with a psychiatrist/therapist. I think his brother had died, also, he might have been a swimmer? The therapist helps him overcome his emotional demons. I cannot remember much more than this but it was a great movie and I want to watch it again!
Help me find a hip hop song with the lyric "black diamond, white gold". [more inside]
What do you do with a "friend" who gets you down but you'd like to keep as a professional connection? [more inside]
How do I become a carefree person? [more inside]
My living situation is perfect. But I'm not satisfied with it. Is there a way to fix it? Should I leave? If so, how? [more inside]
How do I sell footage of a celebrity from before they were famous? [more inside]
what can i use to protect myself from unleashed aggressive dogs on my walk to work? [more inside]
The song title notwithstanding, what's the board game being played in this ABBA video?
How much is this particular proof of a Thomas Kinkade painting worth and how do I go about selling it? [more inside]
Do players of Italian soccer use the heel part of their foot for dribbling/passing more than in the Premier league or elsewhere? [more inside]
Is my new employer (a spice company) acting ethically in its business practices? [more inside]
I don't know much about computer games, but I love historical adventure game The Last Express. Please help me find similar games. [more inside]
I am moving to a new host for my website and I have a couple questions. [more inside]
Anyone know of real E-74 error Xbox 360 fix? [more inside]
What foods should I serve at a Eurovision party? (It will be mid-afternoon in my time zone.) Any other party suggestions? [more inside]
I have the urge to build a small terrarium but have had little luck finding plants the right size in Savannah, GA. Where can I find small houseplants in the Savannah area? [more inside]
Control issues: help me find online resources and reading material [more inside]
Please help us with French translation for an engraving on a wedding ring! Details inside. [more inside]
I was cycling in Central Park this morning and got a summons for running a red light with my bike. Now what? [more inside]
I have good drawing skills (especially pen and ink) but am an amateur artist. I would like to get into working with digital art etc perhaps even to the point as a side job or making a living. The bumps are that I cannot afford to go back to school and am not super tech-savvy (yet). I have basic skills in Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator but that is it. Any ideas on where to go next? (I am so completely ignorant on the field taht I don't know what to call people who do this for a living.) Push come to shove, I could probably take a few classes a year, though after I save some money.
Can anyone help me get back on my feet (literally)? My feet are killing me after a London weekend. [more inside]
Hassle free way to share video from a DSLR? [more inside]
I'm looking for bubblegum dance music. The most sublime bubblegum dance you know of. Things like Waka Laka or the famous Barbie Girl. [more inside]
How much can I expect to spend in two weeks at the Bahamas? [more inside]
Where online can I buy a "fun" map of Helena, MT? [more inside]
Recommendations to set up an online appointment booking system for student advising appointments and psychological experiment participation in a medium-sized academic department? [more inside]
Icelandlodgingfilter: My wife an I will be in Iceland for a week in late May and are looking for lodging. We're out of the demographic for loud noises and partying but like to get a feel of places that we visit. [more inside]
Two years ago, I rescued an older 10lbs shiba inu/chihuahua mix who has a lot of fur and overheats easily. We've already had a few hot days in Los Angeles this year, and I'm concerned about keeping him cool and healthy, especially since we've moved to a new house that gets a lot warmer during the day. [more inside]
Help! Got an injury before getting laid off, but doctor underdiagnosed me until after the lay-off. Can I still make a disability insurance claim with the company or is it too late? [more inside]
Visiting Hawai'i for 10 days. Staying on Oahu. I also want to go to the island of Hawai'i to Volcanoes National Park. What are the best site s to research my trip? Are there some overlooked interesting sights you can recommend, a can't-miss restaurant, etc., on Oahu or Hawai'i? Out of the way museum? [more inside]
Need Help planning a Berkeley CA/East Bay Staycation with my wife. [more inside]
overseasjobfilter: I'm about to be a newly minted BA with a foundational understanding of formal arabic. I want to find a job in an Arabic-speaking country. Thoughts and ideas? [more inside]
How much does GPA affect entrance into the Coast Guard? [more inside]
Graduate School: Can I ? Should I? Where? [more inside]
I am becoming more "powerful" at work even though my job title is remaining the same, and I'd like some ideas on how to handle the change gracefully and maintain good relationships with my colleagues. [more inside]
Moving Into A Rowhouse In Baltimore. What Do I Need To Know? [more inside]
What upbeat song would be an appropriate soundtrack for a 30-second time lapse video clip of my wife's baby belly growing over the span of her pregnancy? (intro to the baby's first year video) [more inside]
Is she my ex-BFF? [more inside]
One of our cats gets off on strawberries. Is this OK? [more inside]
My relationship is good, but I want it to be the best relationship EVER (hyperbole). What are some good ways to improve a long term relationship, after both people are really comfortable with each other? [more inside]
I ripped a DVD of music videos, and now have one giant .m4v file. What's the easiest way to cut it down to separate videos? I used handbrake to rip it, but the chapters don't correspond to the videos - there are intros, etc. that i don't want. I have access to iMovie and maybe Final Cut Express, but that seems like overkill. There's gotta be a simpler way, right?
I am in Canada and would like to acquire an Ikea gift card that can be used at an Ikea in Sweden. [more inside]
Where in North/Central American could I go for an overnight of adventure or peace or interest? [more inside]
I'm going to learn to drive a car. I have never driven a car before (unless you count, like, dodgems). I'm in my late 30s, and have recently moved to a town on the edge of nowhere (in Wales). The idea of driving is beginning to make me nervous. It's a combination of the "it's hard to learn when you're old" thing, the "rural place so no dual carriageways" thing, and the "oh my all those cars seem to go so fast" thing. What can I do to make this easier? Are there any "learning to drive for dummies" books that are worth getting? Or should I just stop panicking, bite the bullet and book myself some lessons?
I'm looking for the very best, "I've never tasted anything so good," melt in your mouth, dessert recipes I can find. [more inside]
This afternoon, a girl at work confided in me that a male colleague of ours has been making her feel uncomfortable. I want to help her, but I find myself questioning my own motives. I don't want to be one of "those" guys... [more inside]
Dear Metafilter, I'm trying to create on online database of the legal status and punishment of various activities in different jurisdictions. Does this already exist? [more inside]
How do I find the value of a silver tea set? [more inside]
How to solve this dating dilemma? [more inside]
My fiancee suffers from panic and anxiety disorder as well as OCD. I live with her and her mother and haven't worked since 2005 because of my own mental health challenge (bipolar disorder). I now want to start the long journey towards being employed again, but a potential stumbling block will be her anticipatory anxiety. She gets totally panicked when I have appointments such that I have had to cancel visits to my psychiatrist or meeting up with friends. How will we ever get to the point where I can be making regular appointments for job interviews? More inside. [more inside]
My mother died, and now I need to know what to do about wills and probate and so forth. [more inside]
I have an interview for my dream position this week. Help me ace it/not ruin my chances. [more inside]
How can I help a friend protect herself from a stalker? [more inside]
Will getting a dog help me be less of an introvert? [more inside]
Please help me binge! Looking for high volume, low calorie foods that I can seemingly eat endless amounts of without feeling bad [more inside]
Why do I get prompted for a Windows username and password when I connect to a virtual directory under IIS? [more inside]
Anyone know any cool kickass Android phone themes that are really well designed?
I need a major rehabilitation of my wardrobe. I kinda know where to start, but I need any fashion help possible. Caveats: I'm a guy, I'm overweight, I have a limited budget for now, and I'm style-impaired. [more inside]
Automated camera w/infrared for catching scofflaws (boom cars)? [more inside]
I have an old formal garden next to my 1830's house and I'd like to transform it to more of a kitchen garden with a combination of vegetables, herbs, flowers, berries and espaliered fruit trees interspersed with stone work and some wilder areas. I'm also considering chickens and will want a place for a clothes line. Do you know of a good book for designing beautiful, yet practical, gardens? [more inside]
I got 2 job offers - yay! But now I need help on deciding which one is the right career move for me. [more inside]
Help me introduce my aunt to good music she's never heard. [more inside]
Senior dog going deaf. Care of deaf dog: anything I'm overlooking? [more inside]
A good friend of mine is in a reciprocal position to my position. He has a decent amount of old silver dollars that he would like to convert to cash and I am interested in accumulating Silver bullion... [more inside]
Confused about my new Samsung cell phone.. [more inside]
Am I misunderstanding how to read basic nutrition labels? Please help me figure out how much of what is in my package of bacon. [more inside]
Going overseas in 4 and both by debit and credit card stopped working. Can I get a replacement or open a new account and get a card in time in Australia? [more inside]
Do you know of any high end forum or blog threads which have started with a controversial but lucid OP (original post) and over a large number of comments the OP'er has proven him/herself to be totally and wickedly dishonest and possibly insane. [more inside]
What is the most interesting fine visual art that has been made for the web? I am especially interested in experimental stuff that could never exist as a conventional painting or sculpture, and which can only be experienced online. Any examples appreciated!
I'm a petite woman with an extremely large head. It is difficult for me to find decent-looking non-RX sunglasses that don't painfully squeeze my head. [more inside]
our 2006 honda civic EX sedan (automatic) is having occasional problems shifting into reverse. we're taking it in to be fixed, but i want to try and read up on this beforehand. fascinating details inside. [more inside]
Spirituality filter: What does "union with God" or "unity" mean to you? Mystics and religious figures often talk about how union with God/ unity is the final end/ realization in the spiritual path. I have heard many different ideas and interpretations about what this means but am unsure how to think about it. [more inside]
Help! Name that movie! I only remember a single scene: the movie is set in the 20s or 30s, I think, and one of the characters- who I believe is a chubby little guy with a moustache- is obsessed with the idea that people are "givin' him the high hat." [more inside]
Is there somewhere I can go online to discuss relationship questions, or to ask for advice? Which forums are best for getting someone else's perspective? [more inside]
Dating bean plate: Are we both too insecure and anxious to date each other? Or this is normal for the first stages of dating? [more inside]
Why am I drawn to certain people like a moth to a flame? [more inside]
I need more information on which popular ethnic dishes I need to avoid. [more inside]
What are some seasonally-appropriate beverages for spring? [more inside]
Spanish idiom filter: I'm looking for a spanish idiom/phrase meaning something far away from civilisation. It went something like: ahi donde el jesu christo something.any ideas?
I'm looking for the recipe for "Instant Mouse" from The New Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier. Is it kosher to not buy the book, but ask for the recipe? I did used to own it...
My longtime boyfriend and I are coming up on an anniversary soon, and we're planning a "sinful" vacation to celebrate. We're also pretty kinky. Where in the US can we go and what can we do to have THE most (legally) debaucherous weekend imaginable? [more inside]
My friend is now my boss. How does our friendship change? [more inside]
[Catholic-Details-For-Fiction-Filter] I'm one of the Pope's personal hitmen/supernatural problem solvers on assignment. What's in my travel kit (besides blessed weapons & ammo)? [more inside]
I'm having some trouble identifying two weeds in my yard/garden. [more inside]
How can I get to Crater Lake from Portland OR, without having to rent a car? [more inside]
Fender suggestions for a road bike [more inside]
How to store lemon zest? [more inside]
How do I deal with an expectation of perfection at work while receiving little constructive feedback?
How do I deal with an expectation of perfection at work while receiving little constructive feedback? [more inside]
Should I admit that the anonymous gift was from me? [more inside]
What are some In-N-Out Burger locations easily accessible via airport and light rail? [more inside]
Help me choose a new BBQ. [more inside]
Rainy day + Replaced timing belt (2005) that's loose + Car won't start. Could it be the loose timing belt or just a wet distributor cap? [more inside]
Can anyone identify these splats? My friend found them in her Ann Arbor MI (USA) townhouse after having been away last weekend. They were on windowsills as well as the bathroom floor. In addition, a few small items on top of a tall piece of furniture were knocked over. While she was gone, the interior motion-sensor of her alarm system went off twice, but the service tech found and replaced a bad wire, so this may or may not be related. We assume it's animal droppings of some sort, but have no idea beyond that. Can you help?
Should I continue on with my co-author on a questionable project (and with a difficult working relationship)?
Should I continue on with my co-author on a questionable project (and with a difficult working relationship)? [more inside]
I am in my mid-twenties and, after being in relationships almost continuously since high school, I am finally single and ready to start dating around. I want to start meeting people and maybe have a few one-night stands, because why not? I am a little unfamiliar with how to meet strangers. The discussion came up with some of my friends about wingmaning. [more inside]
I just got a smartphone. What are some great ways you've found to use your phone? I've got a good array of basic apps, so I'm not so much looking for recommendations, but instead for your ideas about how to integrate the phone and its combinations of apps into a productive and creative way of life. [more inside]
Strange but beautiful large bird - what is it? [more inside]
After 10 years of being blasé about downloading dodgy stuff from wherever I pleased, I've just messed up my computer in a single mouse click. It won't start up now, even in safe mode. How can I fix this? [more inside]
What are the most genuinely useful, practical things you've bought on Amazon that you didn't even know Amazon sold?
What are the most genuinely useful, practical things you've bought on Amazon that you were surprised they even sold? I'm trying to spend a gift certificate, but drawing a blank. [more inside]
My kitten is missing. What can I do to maximise the chances of getting her back? [more inside]
Is a human-dolphin hybrid genetically possible? [more inside]
You Are Not My Employer's Accountant: My W-2 this year has an entry in Box 18, which is preventing me from e-filing because Boxes 19 and 20 are (correctly) blank. There's a mistake here somewhere... but where? [more inside]
I had a tooth extracted last week and despite being on antibiotics for four days, it's infected, and the infection has spread, making it painful to swallow. The solution: a different antibiotic has been prescribed. I don't like antibiotics, so my question is: what would happen if I just didn't take the damn things, took the painkillers, braved it out and waited for my body to handle it alone? Would that just be stupid? I appreciate that it's probably hard to advise without specific details, but any comments welcome.
Check engine light came on this morning. Auto repair guy is giving me a very large estimate and an offer to just buy the car off my hands. I know next-to-nothing about cars, so can't tell if he's robbing me or not. People who know cars, help me figure this out? [more inside]
Good contest sites and Facebook contests that are open internationally (or just to Canadian residents)?
Good contest sites and Facebook contests that are open internationally (or just to Canadian residents)? [more inside]
What can I do if my neighbor's pool leaks into my yard? (USA, VA) [more inside]
I'll be taking a business trip in a few weeks and I have a 6 hour layover in the Denver airport. What are my options? I've heard the airport might be too far away from the city for any real excursion. Is there anything worthwhile INSIDE the airport? NEAR the airport? Or do I just need a good book and a cup of coffee?
How to tell the difference between an anxious person who's interested in you but shy about it from a person who's not interested and anxious because you're creeping them out? [more inside]
just how unrealistic is a gun silencer as presented in films, something about twice the size of the barrel making a pistol barely audible? how close to the "polite sneeze" sound of a silenced pistol can you get in reality with a similarly-sized muffler?
My brain needs some fiction reading and I'd like some recommendations based on my tastes in TV/Film: Mad Men, Quadrophenia, Good Fellas, The Krays, There Will Be Blood, Election, Spinal Tap, American Beauty, Eyes Wide Shut, Flashbacks of Fool, The Graduate, Rushmore. Thanks!
My Windows Explorer has recently begun to crash whenever I get a Facebook email. Any idea why this is happening and how I can fix it?
iTunes doesn't want to sell apps to me anymore, and I'm hurt. Any help for a v8-er? [more inside]
Calling Men's Fashions: Is there a way to do formalwear without squeezing the neck? [more inside]
Career: New job, rapidly discovering I don't like the way the place works, but need to stick it out. How to adjust my expectations in order to survive? [more inside]
I used to have an app on my Nokia E71 that would allow me to set waypoints and then provide a distance and bearing back to that position using the phone's built-in GPS. You could store thousands of GPS waypoints, either by using your current location or by entering long-lat; and organise waypoints into groups. There was no need for any data access. Does something like this exist on Android (HTC Desire)? What I'm not looking for is an offline SatNav program like CoPilot or MobileNavigator.
What album cover would be cool as a toilet door sign? Anything goes...! [more inside]
I'd like suggestions for a motorcycle- less than $8000, would get 40-100 miles daily with several stops, comfortable for a larger dude, and gets rocking mpg. [more inside]
I am not even pregnant yet, and I feel like my husband is already concerned about the state of my body after pregnancy. [more inside]
Is there a specific name for the McSweeneys-type quizzes / lists where the reader is asked to identify which category an item belongs in? [more inside]
I'm looking for free sites on which to play chess against live people. [more inside]
My dog had oral surgery today and had six teeth out; all went normally. Sent home with pain meds, and has taken them. She has been whining all night, and I know I would too if I were her, but I'm running out of ideas. What else can I do to help both of us sleep? [more inside]
What's it like "on the inside" when a politician gets skewered over really stupid comments or actions and the response goes viral? [more inside]
Seller/developer claims to have a competing offer on house that we're interested in, the day before we're due to meet with her-- is this suspicious?
Do real estate sellers ever falsely claim to have a competing offer to drum up a sense of urgency and drive up your own offer? That would be really unethical, right? But is there any way to verify their claim of another offer? [more inside]
Can i put a three-picture, automatically alternating slideshow in a wordpress.com post? [more inside]
What is the cheapest pre-paid WiFi internet is Australia?
Do you know of a free website, or good book, that will help me write better? [more inside]
Asking for my friend. My friend is finishing her associate's degree in a creative field in May, but is not sure of whether she should look for a job right away, or accept her admittance to a prestigious and high-profile exchange program at a foreign university. Oh, and she knows about the flipping-a-coin trick so that won't work. [more inside]
Can you recommend good books on forgiving yourself / accepting yourself for having a kink? [more inside]
My wife is looking into reporting her boss for miscategorizing her as an independent contractor. I'm quite sure she has been; her boss has even referred to the staff repeatedly as employees. (In materials we have saved.) We're looking for an employment attorney right now, but I've just got a couple preliminary questions to understand how this works. [more inside]
Trip planning to SF/Yosemite help! [more inside]
I've got a Bosch SHU9915UC/U11 dishwasher that makes a really loud noise a few times during the wash cycle. The noise comes during the draining cycle(s). It's loud and I think I might even hear some grinding noises. It does drain, and there is no water left inside when the cycle is complete, but I could do without all of the extra noise. I've located a replacement pump online, but before I buy I just want to get a few second opinions as to what you think the problem might be. Thanks!
There is a dead deer under my deck. Who do I call to get rid of it? [more inside]
Bandwidth meters don't detect any network traffic. What's happening (or not)? [more inside]
What test scores is it appropriate to list on a general resume for someone with a Master's and job experience? [more inside]
I have an old IBM Thinkpad T30-2366-21U 1.6 Ghz 256 Mb ram, came with Windows 2000 Pro SP4 which MS no longer supports. I wonder which Linux distro would be a good fit for this machine to get a little more useful life out of it. Thanks for your opinion.
My family is meeting up in Paris this June to spend time together, and my parents would like to have a cellphone to use there. They don't currently use one, and know very little about how to get one. They've asked me to figure out their best option. [more inside]
I have an appointment tomorrow morning for my first session of body waxing. What do you wish someone told you before the first time you got waxed? [more inside]
Tell me your favorite movies about the successful execution of a plan. [more inside]
Anybody have any experience with multi-point locks for French doors? [more inside]
Help me figure out why my wordpress blog is redirecting the front page… [more inside]
Help me make the most of JSTOR and the other online resources my university library subscribes to before I graduate. [more inside]
Medicalized New Yorkers: How do you get a biopsy appointment fast? [more inside]
Recommendations for good, simple walkie talkies, or similar "Where are you, kid?" devices. [more inside]
What is the best way for an US-based online poker player to obtain proof of their online bankrolls in light of the pending worldwide shutdown of FTP, Stars and AP? [more inside]
I am attempting to curb my alcoholism, and I'm wondering if taking Naltrexone might be a good aid. [more inside]
How do I catch a rabbit? [more inside]
I'm going to Rome and concerned about getting robbed/pickpocketed. Help me have an unstressful vacation! [more inside]
Any suggestions for a guide to business development for a European in Japan? [more inside]
Does anyone have any good ideas/recipes/uses for pickled beets? [more inside]
Help me identify and date this glass pendant lamp. [more inside]
I'm looking for two free Windows applications: a full-screen randomized slideshow, and a random file opener. Slightly more detail inside the fold. [more inside]
Scotland vacation help needed, please. We have the itinerary, now we just need suggestions on the best things to do! We'll be visiting Edinburgh, Inverness, and Glasgow. [more inside]
Also, I'm not to keen on working for free, either, unless that's not as outlandish a concept as I perceive it to be.
Thinking way, way ahead filter: I would like an industry internship for summer 2012, between the first and second year of my MSc in Biochemistry program. How do I go about securing it? [more inside]
I'm looking for translations for the phrases "little sister" and "little brother" in any language you might know. I'm interested in both literal translations and any affectionate slang-y translations. Many thanks!
My 2010 was the first complicated tax year I've had- bought a house, and wondering whether the HR Block online filing is still sufficient, or if I'll need and want a professional- and if so, where to find a good one in the Capitol Hill/Seattle area this weekend. [more inside]
I’m looking to make a career change, possibly into sales. You sell me on it…Go! [more inside]
So, what's this Twitter thing all about? [more inside]
Anyone use an internet-only mortgage company to refi their mortgage? [more inside]
I just purchased a home that is all plaster and wire-mesh. Apparently, the place is one huge WiFi deadzone. What are some options for getting the house WiFi enabled? [more inside]
Help me to wildly change my professional direction from Forest Engineering to Anthropology...I have some ideas, too. [more inside]
Prayer alternatives. [more inside]
Should I keep trying to maintain the friendship? [more inside]
Go-to dinner party fare for recovering vegetarian? [more inside]
Finding Work in Montreal Filter: With only intermediate french, and a newly minted BA, how do I swing something that's not telemarketing? You could also help by giving general adult job hunting advice. [more inside]
What are ways to eliminate sugar from my diet? [more inside]
In the UK, can a link on a website to illegal content (in this case a version of the leaked BNP membership list) itself be considered against the law? [more inside]
I need a "tribal" cowboy hat. The short-brimmed kind worn by those SLP boys with the pointy boots. [more inside]
My mother (45yo) is suffering tremendously from some sort of arthritic condition. But is there something else we should be looking for? [more inside]
Is there an alternative to the Documentary Hypothesis yet? [more inside]
I have three DIY self-watering tomato planters made from beige 30-or-so gallon containers. They work great, but "in the sun" in my yard means "visible from the street." Please tell me some ways that I can make them more attractive with coverings or any other ideas that you might have. [more inside]
I need a free alternative to 3D Studio, one that has a fairly similar interface. [more inside]
Car is acting funky. I know there is a transmission issue, but... [more inside]
OrganizationFilter: When scheduling tasks for a day, do you just throw them into a giant list and move through it, or do you come up with specific times and orders for things? [more inside]
Is it appropriate to ask my new employer if my salary will increase over a period of time? I forgot to ask that question during the job interview. [more inside]
What's a tastefully-themed content management system + host that is not a blog? [more inside]
How can I set up a Slingbox or Vulkano without a set top cable box? [more inside]
Okay, okay. I started sending out resumes. Now I need some help separating the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. All of these emails about consulting and contract positions - are they worthwhile, or just recruiter spam? [more inside]
Does traditional Judaism and/or the Talmud say anything positive about women who do not marry or have children? [more inside]
chocolate muffin recipe filter: I'm looking for a recipe for muffins I can make and take when on the go, that are chocolaty, filling and as nutritious as possible (ingredient and capability limitations inside). [more inside]
I got my first scintillating scotoma, now what? [more inside]
Two dads and four kids visiting Washington DC for a weekend next month. Do you have any hotel recommendations? Other travel advice? [more inside]
What should I do with two of my hidden journals which might hurt the feelings of my fiancée if discovered? [more inside]
I'm seven months pregnant. I need to find a new job, stat. Advice? [more inside]
What is the best photographer fee approach for portrait photography? Mrs. dyno04 is getting into the photography business and is trying to figure out how to best price sittings, prints, etc... We don't really like the sitting fee + price per print approach. So we are thinking about either a sitting fee + price per print + after X amount of prints receiving print release rights or sitting fee includes print release rights. If you were going to pay someone to take pictures (she is targeting babies, families, possibly pets), what kind of fee structure would you like to see from a photographer?
Which blogs out there are the best kept secrets? [more inside]
My sister wants to be a Speech-Language Pathologist, but is having trouble figuring out how to finance the program she wants to go into. [more inside]
International schools in Copenhagen? [more inside]
11th hour tax filing question...Do I have to file a NY state tax return? [more inside]
My HP laptop keeps dropping wireless signal after only a few minutes. [more inside]
Why is it common practice in the US for people to be known by their first initial and middle name eg. J Robert Lennon, E Jean Carroll? Why don't those who prefer their middle name still keep the initial? [more inside]
What's a good bike? While looking for a bike, I realized there are (maybe) six manufacturers of frames and ten manufacturers of everything else (excluding hand-made specialty parts). Which ones are the best - 'best' meaning highest quality construction for the least added 'name-brand' expense? [more inside]
Sub-$700 Skyrim computer? [more inside]
I know that there is a big country scene in Australia, and I know some of the artists (Kasey Chambers, et. al) but I don't know the details really. [more inside]
One of my favorite coffee shops is closing their doors after many years in business. I'm thinking of getting something for the proprietors to thank them for their many years of brightening my mornings with caffeine and conversation, but I'm not quite sure what would be appropriate. [more inside]
Why is my memory failing me at such a young age? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a company or companies that do sales and distribution of self-published books? [more inside]
After growing up in a VERY authoritarian family environment, I lack a sense of proportion when it comes to when I've really screwed up bad. I'm in therapy but would like some further advice. [more inside]
I've got a Nikon D7000 to record video. I've got a Zoom H4n to record sound. I've got Adobe Premiere Pro (which I'm just learning) to put them together. What's the best way to go about recording and combining audio and visual during post to ensure easy (I really don't want this to be a pain in the neck, if possible) and effective synching? If it matters, I'll be recording musical performances in a controlled environment.
I have been dating the same man for 4 years. We've been monogamous for about 3 and a half years. When we became monogamous, I had the full round of STD testing done, all negative. Since then, I've had regular yearly pap smears that included testing for HPV. All negative. Until today, when my doctor called me to tell me that the pap smear I had last week tested positive for HPV. [more inside]
We just bought a hot tub and we are concerned about herpes. [more inside]
I got a spam email from my friend who has a hotmail account. It looks like the spam has been sent to everyone in his hotmail distribution list. My question is, how did the hackers do this? Did they need his password in order to get access to his distribution list? As far as I know he is still able to use his account which puzzles me. Wouldn't a hacker (if he had the password) quickly change the password so that they could keep sending spam out on that account?
Did you ever have a burning urge to do something significant that makes a difference in the world? How did you become that person? How did you figure out what is it that you wanted to do and how to get there? [more inside]
I do not know math. I have a number, and I want to backwards engineer that number so I can arrive at it by adding some unknown amount and 13% of that unknown amount. Is there any way to figure this out besides trial and error?
I live pretty close by to the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, CA. Can you recommend a golf pro to seek out? Also, what questions should I be asking to see if I'm a good match with the instructor? I'm a beginner. Never been out on the fairway. But I've hit a few balls on my own. Thanks!
You have friends, a kid, a spouse, family that you reasonably like nearby, a good job, a place to live, and most of the other trappings of a decent life. Would you move for something new? [more inside]
In Los Angeles (Redondo) for a few days. Any suggestions for the best place(s) to purchase Lowepro/Pelican camera cases/Lastolite panels etc ?
Does the 2010 version of TurboTax Premier really remove an important useful function useful in previous versions?
In past versions of TurboTax Premier, there was an option to use an external file (not a data feed directly from a third party) to import all stock transactions. Where is that in TurboTax Premier 2010 ? [more inside]
How to get Google Translate to translate only parts of a Word document? [more inside]
My iMac (running Snow Leopard) suddenly stopped connecting to the Internet, and I think--but can't prove--that Little Snitch is to blame! [more inside]
I broke my smartphone, what should I do? [more inside]
Which of these scotches would you recommend? [more inside]
What is the average increase in home insurance if the house has knob and tube wiring? [more inside]
Why is letting our customers use gift cards to buy gift cards a bad idea? Or is it? [more inside]
I'm involved in a major research-based writing project and I'm looking for a way to bridge the gap between mind maps and research findings. I currently do a lot of thematic organizing in mind maps, and I separately keep a huge list of quotes/paraphrases from my research. The problem is fitting the two together. [more inside]
Where can I buy prickly pear syrup in Chicago [more inside]
Kindle guide for an elderly gentleman? [more inside]
Any recommendations for a good clinical nutritionist or naturopath in New York City? [more inside]
What are the interesting traits, habits or facts that you can pick up on just by looking at someone? [more inside]
What are some good 'visual novels'? [more inside]
Is there a dictionary of prescription and OTC drug names, which has an open license or can be licensed cheaply? [more inside]
Please help me figure out how to resolve, as cheaply as possible, this failure-to-file notice I've received from the Massachusetts Dept. of Revenue. [more inside]
Help me find appropriate books for my 3rd grade daughter who is a voracious reader. [more inside]
So, my poetry is going to be in a large local juried art show. One of my poems is professing my love for my boyfriend. We haven't said "I love you." but have discussed marriage and house-buying and will be living together this summer. Should I point out the poem is about him to him? [more inside]
How long can my bank hold a deposit? [more inside]
Give me your best vegetarian appetizer/hors d'oeuvres recipe using baby asparagus! The catch: it should go well with sour beers. [more inside]
Going forward, what is the best use of my about-to-be-paid-off credit card? [more inside]
Help me find a good IDE for gui development in Java. [more inside]
Must I pay estimated taxes this year if last year I didn't withhold enough taxes and triggered a $29 penalty when I filed my 2010 return? [more inside]
Another movie filter-name that WWII movie! [more inside]
Is it worth it at 40yrs. old to take out student loans and go back to school full-time for 2 years? The profession I am interested in has a starting pay around 45-60K and is in the healthcare profession, so jobs are plentiful. I would be taking out about 30K in loans and of course, losing my current salary. My spouse and I both make pretty good money, we have a 4 month old child, we own a home and have 2 car notes, but no other debt. Considering these factors is it worth it to take on that amount of debt at 40 to make that kind salary? Is having a more satisfying career, being a happier person, parent and spouse (not that I am unhappy personally, just very dissatisfied with my career) worth the loss of salary and debt? Is that fair to my family?
Help me find a better shampoo. [more inside]
Now I need help choosing tile for the shower floor. Is the one I picked going to hurt me? I know you are not my tile setter but I've got to order tile soon. Testing the tile before ordering is not an option. [more inside]
Statistical analysis (for dissertation) in Boston? Help. [more inside]
Lakers coach, Phil Jackson was just fined by the NBA for talking with the media about a possible lockout next year if the NBA and the players union don't finalize a new CBA. As part of the player's CBA or the ref's CBA they can fine those guys, but on what authority can the NBA as a league fine coaches, assistant coaches, and owners?
There's a "Trimet Respects Civil Rights" notice on all the public transit vehicles in Portland. It's one straightforward paragraph translated into 6 languages. Why is it that in the [what I believe to be] Russian translation, the word "Trimet" only appears once, whereas in the 5 other languages it appears twice? [more inside]
I have an idea for a documentary. Now I just need to see some similar ideas so I can figure out how to do it.
I'm thinking of putting my resources into a documentary on a small quirky themepark that went out of business a while ago. What I need are good examples of feature length documentaries on unusual places so I can see how one would be produced. [more inside]
Have you ever made tasty vegan coconut macaroons? Do you have an awesome recipe from that experience? [more inside]
What is the best thing to do about all the weeds in my yard? There's hardly any grass remaining. [more inside]
When applying for federal jobs, how problematic is it not to allow a potential employer to contact a previous supervisor? [more inside]
How do I ship Iodine tablets from the UK to Japan? [more inside]
American cooking : If someone from Europe was your guest, someone with a sweet tooth, and you really wanted to treat that person to a special dish representing a genuine sample of your State's cooking, what would it be ? [more inside]
I chew my mouth and I want to stop without using gum or other mouth foods as my main crutch. [more inside]
I have Strabismus, a misalignment of the eyes which causes double vision. It's a condition I've dealt with my whole life but which had largely only manifested itself during periods of above-average tiredness, fatigue, or intoxication. As I passed through my 20s and now into my mid 30s, the condition has worsened to the point where it affects me every day, and I want to fix it. I'm considering eye muscle surgery, but I'd like to hear some personal accounts as to the effectiveness of this treatment. Positive or negative experiences are welcome, as well as non-surgical treatment ideas.
Looking for book and/or film recommendations for 2 young girls (10 and 8) who will be visiting the Holocaust Memorial Museum in a few weeks. As a sort of primer.
I want to learn how to make truly excellent, craft-quality cocktails. What should I read? [more inside]
Help me stop Google Chrome (Mac OS X) from creating a superfluous tab when opening for the first time with an external link. [more inside]
How do I respond to an old friends letters from prison? [more inside]
How to deal with friends who cancel on you at the last minute constantly? [more inside]
For a community health project, I need automated capability to send text messages to participants' phones based on a specified schedule, content and sequence of messages. The volume would be in the range of 100 recipients grouped into 6 or 8 different categories (each category would receive a distinct sequence of messages), with perhaps 2 or 3 messages per day to each recipient. Any suggestions?
Can I use LinkedIn and still maintain a modicum of privacy online? [more inside]
Student loans available for a student without a co-signer? Need a one time loan of $18,000.... [more inside]
I was all set to leave my current job in two weeks to take some time off and work on my Masters. I need to call my boss tomorrow to resign, and I have cold feet. Help! Should I take the plunge? [more inside]
Is it possible to develop personal android apps? [more inside]
The friends of my recent ex-bf sent me an email invite to attend their monthly music jam session. My ex will probably be attending. I want to go, but I also don't want to make things awkward. [more inside]
I can't seem to find out if a song used in a short experimental film is available anywhere. The film is "Tango" by Zbigniew Rybczynski. You can check the film out here. I believe it's from 1980. More details inside... [more inside]
Camera Noob Filter - I like taking pictures and I find that I like taking them a lot lately. My boyfriend is in a band and I love taking pictures of their shows but I can't get great shots in low - light with my Sony point and shoot. Any suggestions on a camera that isn't the full-blown DSLR but not point and shoot that will give me great low light shots as well daylight shots?
Is a replica of my dream bass made and sold anywhere? (It's Flea's [of Red Hot Chili Peppers].) [more inside]
Is there a web service that shows the geographical usage of a particular word from twitter? [more inside]
Friends coming in to DC from overseas. Where should I take them for breakfast and sight-seeing before they can check in to their hotel? [more inside]
Does anybody have a link to an old story (or fable) about a great artist or craftsman who intentionally introduced an obvious flaw into each of his works (or maybe it was his greatest work) so as to avoid invoking jealousy in the gods? [more inside]
I am in the running to get a dream job. I just heard back from the place and it is between me and one other candidate with a decision to be made by the end of next week. Is it appropriate/would it be helpful to make one final pitch to my contact? [more inside]