May 2006 Archives
Buying a new Macintosh to edit video, I could ask Apple, but I'm asking MeFi: [more inside]
Why do I vomit so frequently? Is this out of the ordinary? [more inside]
Is there anyway to batch convert Adobe Illustrator CS2 files into hi-res RGB Jpg files? [more inside]
How can I follow the World Cup live from my computer at work? I don't want to miss out! [more inside]
Why would Canada Post want to ship a package (from Amazon.ca) bound for Montreal and originating in Mississauga, Ontario (about 350 miles from Montreal) via Richmond, British Columbia (about 3000 miles from Montreal)? [more inside]
Last week I went to the emergency room with massive bladder/stomach pains. Six hours later after a bunch of x-rays and CT scans the doc said I had a kidney stone. He gave me a vicodin perscription and told me to pee in a strainer to catch it. When I left the hospital, the pain was gone. It's now nine days later and apart from occasional but more frequent urges to pee little amounts I have not experienced the hell like pain that i've read about here and else where around the web. Everyone Kidney Stone victim I've spoken describe constant pain from the beginning until the stone comes out. I assume my stone has passed my urethra and it's just swimming around inside my bladder. Is it normal for stones to hang in your body pain free for days? Is there any way I can force it out any sooner? I've been drinking plenty of water and all my pee has been pain and stone free. I'd rather suffer now than wait for it to strike randomly. I called my doctor but he's on the vacay. I'm freaking out, living in fear, clutcing my vicodin bottle, waiting for the apocolypse of doom to strike down on me at any moment.
Can I use water to keep disposable contacts overnight? [more inside]
On two separate laptops, Windows XP is misbehaving in an odd manner that prevents the user from doing anything. Error messages such as "Not enough quota is available to process this command." and "Windows cannot create a shortcut here. Do you ant the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?" [more inside]
Is a pin-stripe suit too "business like" for a wedding? [more inside]
What's your favorite healthy food that can be bought on a college student budget? [more inside]
Why do some people have a difficult time remembering things such as left and right? [more inside]
What is the point of PageRank, and why do people think that's a silly question? [more inside]
Quick question: I plan on moving to England for an indefinite but legal period of time, do I need a round-trip ticket to get clearance into the country? [more inside]
When something is gone from Costco, is it like totally gone forever and there's no chance I can ever purchase the item? I know they do seasonal stuff, but I saw this item less than a month ago and checking three locations reveals they replaced the item with a different yet similar product. Do they ever have overstock sales? Should I call every Costco within several hours of driving distance? [more inside]
I am looking for a work chair that I can take along with me on my business travels - something portable that would provide a level of comfort and functionality that was, at least, remotely similar to my Aeron at home. I know this is a VERY TALL order, so if there are any suggestions for chairs that would simply let me work comfortably in a hotel room - the crappy chairs in those are horrible - I'd appreciate that, as well.
I've never dated a girl before. Where do I start? Oh, and I am one, too... [more inside]
*nix shell "best practices" anyone? [more inside]
We need advice on how to structure our band practice sessions. We've been jamming together monthly for years and have just decided to start a band and have weekly rehearsals. What's the best way to organize our practice sessions? [more inside]
Some radio streams I listen to seem to play very softly, even when my system is at full-volume. Is there free software I can download to boost the volume coming out of my laptop speakers? [more inside]
Most convenient way to insert equations into web pages? [more inside]
Looking for (free) email autoresponder software, the kind that tries to answer questions by matching keywords from an email to answers in a knowledgebase. Can anyone point me to some?
I want to change the group policy on windows xp home. It is easy to do on Windows xp professional, but I have a computer that is running windows xp home. The windows firewall is greyed out and will not let me reactivate. When I try it tells me that the firewall is being controlled by group policy. Where can I find group policy on xp home?? I'm running sp2. Is this a known issue with SP2?? thanks.
What is the best approach for appealing a dental insurance claim that was denied for a pre-existing condition when I have had continuous coverage? Does HIPAA apply? [more inside]
Help me find a cool, customizable WordPress theme. [more inside]
Can childless couples have fulfilling lives? How do they spend all their free time and money? Is it a lonely existence? [more inside]
I'm looking for a piece of software that will spider the company's intranet. After looking around for a few days, I've generated a list of requirements. [more inside]
Are there any online resources that would tell me what percent of Americans have a certain brand of credit card? Like an industry group site or a government site? Thanks
Anyone else using Office 12 Beta? I've recently installed it on my laptop, and I can't find a way to synchronize Outlook 12 with my palm pilot. Anyone know how to do this?
Help!I think I'm "catching" a nervous tic. How can I stop this before it gets out of hand? [more inside]
How can I get smart playlists in Winamp, or any other media player besides iTunes? [more inside]
Cluelessfilter: So I got an income tax refund and the only organizations marked on the check are 'United States Treasury' and 'Treasury / Financial Management Service'. Where is such a check cashed?
How does one prove that all humans see the same colors? Is it possible? [more inside]
I want to work with animals, specifically, big cats. I currently work in IT. Is it too late to get my dream job? [more inside]
I recently discovered that a co-worker has been suggesting that I am ill-suited for my recent promotion; should I respond? [more inside]
What does "barnacle code" mean to programmers? [more inside]
Can anyone identify the song right after the UFO sequence in this video? If you know of similar music, please reccomend it. [more inside]
SpillOnLaptopFilter: To blow or not to blow? [more inside]
Any recommendations of brands/stores that carry bikinis that work for large-breasted women? [more inside]
So, I got a portable MiniDisc player cheap at a garage sale (I don't have an ipod, I'm slow at these types of things) and it didnt come with instructions or any "line-out" type of thing. I wanna make mixes for it but I can't figure out how (I DO have itunes). Can anyone direct me to/give me info on how to transfer music onto a minidisc?
How can I clean the inside of storm windows? [more inside]
New laptop three part question; Just got a new Lenovo Thinkpad, a. I want to make sure I have all the correct settings to make it run properly. b. Wanted to see what accessories I should look at to make it easier/efficient to use? I have an ipod, a pda, and use microsoft office for work. c. Any other comments or suggestions I should be aware of? Thanks for the help guys!
I'm trying to insulate my window/frame... can anyone help me devise a solution? [more inside]
Help on starting a community service website? [more inside]
I'd like to create a category for outsider scientists at Wikipedia. But I tried "outsider scientist" and it was voted down. [more inside]
Wherefore comest the anti-mole? [more inside]
What would you call this thing? The only names I can find for it are "adapter" and "insert," but I could have sworn it had a different name (i.e., "spacer" or something) when I used to use it to play 45s (when I was a wee lad, of course).
How do I stop someone from bothering me and my housemates when we're on the front porch? [more inside]
Name that tune: It serves as the soundtrack to the HBO Documentary Films commercial that currently plays before movies at Landmark Theaters. It's beautiful. [more inside]
FloridaInsuranceFilter: So I need to get insurance in the Sunshine State... [more inside]
How can I watch what is being written to my hard-drive? [more inside]
Do these animals require a lot of care? Will it stink up my house or her room? Does it have to be potty trained? How big will it get? When we go on trips do we take it with us or is there a ferret kennel? What will it do during the day when no one is at home? What do they eat? I dunno if letting her get one is a good idea.
Suggest ways I can get rabbit pee out of white carpet. [more inside]
I need some very basic groupware. It has to have file-sharing, calendar and discussion-board. It should be able to run on a java or php enabled server. Open source or free solutions are preferred. [more inside]
My hard drive recently started sparking, then smoking and burning. I quickly turned off the computer, but now I need to recover my data. I can see the spot on the hard drive that is black, so I know where the problem is. Is it safe for me to spend thirty minutes or so backing data off of this damaged drive? Alternatively, is it possible to repair the drive, at least enough to backup my data? Or have I lost everything? [more inside]
Is there any evidence that physical laws have changed, or could possibly change over time? For example, has the speed of light - since the beginning of the universe - been the same, and will it always remain the same into the future? [more inside]
Who are good uptempo Brazilian musicians, people similar to Tania Maria?
Design-wise, what are the best music/entertainment company websites out there? [more inside]
Student Loan Question. I know it has been asked several times in the past month on askmefi, but i do not believe my specific question has been addressed... [more inside]
How does a web browser decide whether it can display a numerical character reference? [more inside]
How did the ritual of inverting a single cigarette in a fresh pack of cigarettes start? Was there some cultural reason, or a simple good luck charm?
TV shows, movies, books, or other media that involve people living as "someone else" temporarily - whether swapping roles, taking a new role, or pretending to be someone else - to see life in someone else's shoes. [more inside]
How does evolutionary theory explain the caterpillar-butterfly metamorphosis? [more inside]
So some Sunday in mid June I'm going to be driving from Los Angeles to Fresno. I will meeting a vegetarian with a sensitivity to wheat and soy products for lunch. I'm thinking about finding someone in Los Angeles to prepare an Indian tiffin for me. I'll need to pick up the tiffin on Saturday afternoon in order to make it to Fresno in time for lunch. Since this mid-June I'll also pick up a basket of organic cherries. I'm looking for someone who does delicious Indian take out food that can be stored overnight. I'm open to suggestions for non-indian treats.
Music Nerds! Looking for album cover that are references to others. [more inside]
Did Hunter S. Thompson ever give a public reading of his obituary for Richard Nixon?
I'd like to get my group at work using a wiki for certain projects. However, I've uncovered very few wiki implementations that would allow offline editing and syncback; this is a dealbreaker. Any ideas? [more inside]
E-mails I receive and compose in Microsoft Outlook 2003 have inexplicably and recently begun to be displayed with a gray background! [more inside]
Small whitish soft-hard stinky balls coming out of my throat once in blue moon when I cough hard. They have a foul smell. I can't see them inside my mouth. But they occassionally 'fall out' when I cough. The odour is soooo bad. At first I thought they were food particles, but no.. this has happened atleast 2-3 times in the past week. They are not big at all, they're very small.. no particular shape. What is it, and how do I get rid of them?
Hello all, A friend of mine recently completed his feature film as well as a short film which he had premiere at a few indie theaters. He is wondering what other sites such as IMDB allow users to submit their movie information? IMDB seems to be rather tough and not so kind on small and upcoming film makers, so I guess I'm trying to help him find 'other' film/info sites with likes of IMDB. Thanks in advance!
Bugs making it in through the screen door. Help! [more inside]
I'm looking to buy a new Macbook as a secondary computer, however, I want it to be the sole host to my 60gb iPod. I currently have a Toshiba laptop, which has an 80BG hard drive. After two years of use, I've realized I need at least a 120 GB hard drive in any new laptop I get. I don't want to shell out the cash for Apple to throw an upgraded drive in ($250!!!!), but instead I want to buy a new hard drive off ebay or something and replace the 80GB one inside the fresh Macbook. Since I'm only accustomed to the Windows OS -- How do I go about doing this for an Apple computer? Also, does anyone know where I can get a good deal on a laptop drive? :) [more inside]
My mother has been experiencing severe swelling under her eyes at night. None of the doctors she visited have helped. More inside... [more inside]
Does a person born deaf blind experience dreams? My curiousity has always wondered if a person who is born deaf blind has the ability to experience dream? What would dreaming be like if you never have been able to see or hear anything around you. Is a dream a purely visual thing for us sighted ones? Any research sites or personal stories on this topic?
Mind over matter: what strategies are good for psyching yourself up to do something scary, uncomfortable, difficult or painful? The moments I'm thinking of aren't interpersonal situations. More like: you're standing on the high dive. Or you're doing your own bikini wax, and it's time to rip it off. Or you're on a bridge about to bungee. You're at the top of the half-pipe, about to take off. You're about to get stuck with a needle for medical or decorative purposes. Surely "just do it" isn't the only strategy?
Where's the best place to watch the World Cup in Los Angeles? Looking for general recommendations, and also suggestions as to where might be a good World Cup event or viewing party.
What to do with an old 35mm camera? [more inside]
I'd like to purchase the online publication rights to a book originally published in the 1960s, and long out of print. How do I go about doing this? [more inside]
I damaged my All-Clad MC2 cookware by using Cascade powder in the dishwasher. Now the exterior surface is all dull and rough-feeling. Any idea how I can repair the damage?
What are the dangers of a cat scratch to the lateral commissure of the eyelid? [more inside]
We've talked about him before. I was introduced to him in an earlier question. I've bought and read all three books the man has written. But he's given up and won't write anymore. [more inside]
Can anyone identify the music in this MP3 file?
I'm really interested in the soon coming iPod+Nike technology: Basically a really high tech way of tracking your running, syncing it with your computer, tracking your progress, interacting with others, etc. However, I'd really kind of like to avoid Nike for it's high prices and other reasons, so does anyone know any other similar high tech products that could help me track my run? Extra points for Mac compatibility.
EVDOFilter: I'm interested in Sprint or Verizon EVDO phone-as-modem mobile broadband service with my Powerbook, but I've never had a celphone before. Help! [more inside]
Is it possible make a browser window go full screen? Not "fake full screen," but full-on, PowerPoint style full screen mode? [more inside]
I'm looking for articles, books, or insights in any format relating to a common theme in long-term relationships. [more inside]
What's the deal with digital drum kits? [more inside]
Another question about sleep apnea - specifically about how to deal with the actual moment of waking up choking. [more inside]
What are your guesses as to what "the War in Iraq" be known as in ten years? [more inside]
How to wear and care for white bucks (shoes, not slaves). [more inside]
Why does Dreamweaver 8 (mac) show my cursor insertion point in the wrong spot in design view? [more inside]
Having grown up with very little good childhood memories and the absence of both parents, I'm trying to read/learn as much as possible on parenting before my child is born. [more inside]
How can I find out how many days around 30 degrees celcius there are going to be this summer in Ontario Canada? [more inside]
I'm thinking about converting my mountain bike into something more like a comfort bike. Am I crazy? [more inside]
Getaway Askmefi: Can you find us a beautiful retreat in France, Spain or Italy? [more inside]
Where in the Boston area can one host a large barbeque? (we may or may not be doing the actual grilling ourselves) [more inside]
EnergyPurchaseFilter: What is the deal with non-regulated electric purchasing? Who's had experience with this, and was it all the [highly suspect] awesome hoopla that it's played to be by the companies/government? Bonus points if you live/have lived in New Hampshire, where I'm trying to figure out this whole mess. [more inside]
How can I best market my podcast? [more inside]
I carry my cell phone in my pocket (front right), and they have all suffered from "dust under the screen" syndrome. I thought the problem would be solved by switching to a clam shell (my trusty Razr), but no... it still persists. [more inside]
How can I create driving directions in Google Maps to multiple locations at once? [more inside]
One of my favorite Tackhead songs is "What's My Mission Now? (Fight the Devil!)" from the album "Gary Clail's Tackhead Sound System." It includes quotes from some kind of military brass dude talking about what the military can and can't do. Who is it talking and in what context? The samples are not identified/acknowledged. [more inside]
[NoveltySongFilter] I am compiling lists of the following: 1. Bad hiphop tracks from the soundtracks of films from the late 80s and early 90s that summarized the plot during the end credits. You remember...Organized Krime's joint from the end of TMNT 2: The Secret of the Ooze or Tag Team's reprise of their hit "Whoomp, There it is" for Addam's Family Values. 2. Hidden, unlisted and secret joke tracks from the end of albums. Off the top of my head I can only think of more dreck from the mid-90s like Korn's track with Cheech Marin from Follow the Leader or the Green Day track "All by Myself" from Dookie 3. Backwards masking. Kiss and the Beatles were accused of doing it so bands like Ministry thought it would be a good idea. Who else? 4. Funk or soul songs with theremin. Please add to my list. [more inside]
What's the optimal way to combine a fan with an air conditioner? [more inside]
My friends and I were wondering if there is any legal precedent for what happens if someone is a week or very close to turning 21 and then receives an MIP or similar charge? [more inside]
Reasonable rates for very basic photoshop service? [more inside]
Is "My Mother Told Me Not to Shout" an acronym (like "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally") for something? [more inside]
Help me figure out these weird Spanish, Danish, and Portugese characters in an address given to me via the Internet. I don't think what I see is what is meant. [more inside]
HPV and all that it entails. Transmission, treatment, talking with partners. I've read this and this and this. I've talked to my doctor, I've read the websites, I'm still confused. And do I need a new doctor? [more inside]
revalationfilter: What happens in the book of revalations? [more inside]
Bird Song-o-rama: Northern California Sierras, two pairs of doublet whistles (notes G-G/ [lower] D-D), song used often by two birds as call and response. Ring any bells? [more inside]
Who are you supposed to tip for wedding services? [more inside]
Who is responsible for the wonderful type engraved in stone seen on gated walls around the Harvard campus? I am not talking about architectural lettering, but about the several quotes engraved in slabs of smooth stone and mounted in the walls separating various parts of the campus. The work looks contemporary, or at least very well-cared-for.
Music by couples? [more inside]
Quick & healthy food pairing suggestions? [more inside]
A question about vocals on a David Bowie record. [more inside]
Helping a tenant improve his credit score? [more inside]
High school (civics) teachers - how do I distribute a civics curriculum? [more inside]
FreedomRockFilter. Did anyone (other than me) buy Freedom Rock back in the day? [more inside]
How do I buy/build a hypnodisc with a stand and electric motor? [more inside]
What are some good moderate-sized, alternative-y music festivals in the US along the lines of Intonation?
I'm looking for a gift to get somebody who's really interested in death. [more inside] [more inside]
Where do I find a good gynecologist in the Baltimore area that's covered by my insurance? There aren't any rating websites, are there? That would be weird, but cool. There is [more inside]
Is my rose bush dead? Last fall I didn't prune back my rose bushs. This spring 3 of them finally turned green after I pruned back some of the dead wood, but the last one (a climbing rose) is still seemingly dead sticks. Each one has successfully grown for years, never w/ much consistency in pruning, but now I have 2 feet of dead sticks on the remaining bush. How do I know if I should give up on it? Does it have a chance next year? I'm in Colorado in zone 5, for what it's worth.
Need advice for two tent camping newbies about to travel the country via Honda Accord. Is KOA generally reputable/nonscuzzy nowadays? Any other hints for this year's summer season? Recommendations on equipment? Do you have to reserve ahead of time (we are trying to not schedule ourselves too much!) or can you usually show up in the evening and get a spot? This question is as broad as can be - all advice welcome. We are happy to do some off-trail places but don't want to backpack necessarily. [more inside]
How much is 1 Ton of One Hundred Dollar Bills worth? [more inside]
How can we best enjoy a trip to Atlanta & Six Flags? [more inside]
When I was a music student, we had a visit from a music psychologist who worked in a conservatory in London... I think it was The Royal Academy. During her lecture, she described an experiment where performers were asked to play either with no physical movement, or with obviously physically expressive movements. The performers who had no physical movement were divided into 2 groups; one group was asked to play in an emotionally expressive way, and the other group was asked to play mechanically. The result of this experiment was that non-musicians could not tell apart the 2 groups of motionless performers, they could only tell a performer was being expressive if they could see them moving. In short, non-musicians cannot tell if a musician is playing expressively by listening alone. Musicians could of course tell the difference between all of them. I'm now a music photographer, so these findings are of huge interest to me, especially when it comes to persuading musicians just how important it is to communicate on a visual level as well as a musical one. Does anyone have any idea where I can reference this study, or anything remotely similar? Thanks!
QuoteFilter: what's the origin of the phrase "pass the sugar"? Aussies, anyone, help me out here! [more inside]
How long after applying for a job should you accept that you're not getting called up for an interview? [more inside]
GrillFilter: Is my grill becoming rusty after 3 weeks of use, or am I overreacting? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a web-based rss reader that I can access on a crappy cell phone browser? [more inside]
Where should I go in July and August? [more inside]
Why won't sites that use HTTP-EQUIV="REFRESH" work on my Firefox? [more inside]
I'm trying to see if fighting some old parking tickets is worth my effort. [more inside]
Was this actually shown on TV?
How to find bavette in Toronto? [more inside]
I shot a roll of print film (Kodak Gold 200) using the wrong filter (80a instead of polarizing). Can it be fixed in the developing — like when you push b/w film — or later, in the computer?
PublishingAuctionFilter: I'm looking for online, eBay-like auction companies/sites that allow: a) writers to auction articles/books to publishers (of books, magazines, newspapers, websites, whatever); b) publishers to auction licensed articles/books to other publishers (ditto); c) publishers to auction ad space to advertisers (“media buyers,” as they say). I've got one so far: eBay is setting up a system to do C. Anyone have A or B? Thanx.
What's the real estate market in Raleigh doing? [more inside]
Did I inadvertently commit mail fraud? [more inside]
Suitable venue for a working dinner, delegates from Canterbury, Brighton, Guildford, where to go?? The M25 /M23 junction? UK mefites, Urgent help needed! More inside.... [more inside]
Pukkelpop Experiences? (Belgian Alternative Music Festival). [more inside]
Did you learn CPR before 1988? If so, did you they teach to to shake your resusci-Annie and say "Annie, Annie, are you okay?" [more inside]
So my computer has been doing a lot of this lately. Only a hard reset will fix it. Hardware malfunction suspected, but what? Video card? Or could it be something else... [more inside]
Know any good travelling websites? Most specifically for backpacking in Asia... [more inside]
Which University of Missouri is this? [more inside]
Other then releasing press releases, how would I get my business/myself interviewed or written about? [more inside]
GoogleFilter: Is there a quick and easy way to eliminate results from Wikipedia and its many mirrors in Google searches? [more inside]
I'm going to swap the motherboard and CPU on my computer, please help me not screw it up! [more inside]
How do I get rid of the curry smell in my new apartment. [more inside]
My wife is pregnant with baby number 4. As a way to get our other kids interested and involved, she would like to print out approximate week-by-week sizes of the baby's feet and hands. Has anyone seen this online, or (second choice) in a book?
SvenskFilter: English translation of Bertil Mårtensson's "Maktens Vägar" (Paths of Power?) appears not to exist... [more inside]
When considering marriage, how can you tell the difference between annoyances and dealbreakers? [more inside]
I am planning on subletting a room in an apartment for the summer located at 15th St NW and Fuller St NW, in the Columbia Heights section of the city. Should I be worried about living in this neighborhood, ie it's safety? [more inside]
How do I get an orchid to produce blooms? It is a healthy plant that just keeps producing more green leaves, but no orchids.
Feed me more enchanting musical masterpieces. [more inside]
Culture shock, loneliness or a whole new adventure? I am considering a move from Central New Jersey to Thousand Oaks , California for a great job opportunity. I am a divorced 46 year old female. My mother and one brother live within 2 hours of the new location. My boyfriend and I broke up 2 months ago, I have lived in NJ for decades, I have long time friends here, prefer intellectual versus athletic pursuits, like witty sarcasm, and worry that it is difficult to make friends at this age/stage. Wondering if that is a deal breaker (I am quite shy). Any advice, thoughts on the culture out there?
A long long time ago in the year 2000 I bought a copy of the compilation album "Indie 2000 Volume 5". In the track listing on the second CD there was listed the BIS song "Action and Drama", but when I played the album the song that was on the CD was "Theme from Tokyo" from the same artist. To make things even more confusing I knew someone who bought the same album and their copy had the correctly listed song. My question to you, is how on earth is this possible?
My fiance has a platinum engagement ring and the bottom seems to be warping due to plat being a soft metal. We are not sure why this is happening. [more inside]
TxtmsgFilter: Why can't my best friend receive my txt msgs? [more inside]
What's the state-of-the-art for cracking wi-fi under Windows? Knoppix CD with aircrack / airsnort / kismet? Or are there some decent Windows binaries these days?
I've got my DV camcorder, my big hard drive and my PowerBook all set and ready to go with Final Cut Pro. I've tinkered around a bit, but I want to really get to know what I'm doing. What now? [more inside]
I need recommendations for a casual (read: jeans) restaurant in San Diego's Gaslamp district. My only other requirement is that they take reservations, as we will be a party of 8.
Restaurant reservation poaching? Witnesses? Perpetrators? [more inside]
Tell me what web-forms really, really impress you. I'm stuck in "form-developer" block mode, and after muddling through mountains and mountains of layouts and best practises sites, I think I'm about to explode. [more inside]
Help me find a series of fantasy books (NOT the Gor series) I read in the 1980s about an Earth man periodically teleported by mysterious god-like beings/aliens to dangerous situations on another planet, which had a swords-and-sorcery tech level. He spent years on this other planet, built a life there, etc. Over 30 books in the series, I think. [more inside]
How do I make Dreamweaver define CSS-properties in the external stylesheet by default? [more inside]
Who is Henry Raddick, really? [more inside]
What were the court costs in Jarndyce? (Spoilers inside if you aren't familiar with Bleak House.) [more inside]
My computer's on/off fan is driving me mad; and I don't need the power. How can I limit the available processor power so that I can run it silently? [more inside]
Are ice packs a good way to beat the heat? [more inside]
Where to stay in South Beach (Miami) for large group (40+) of the post-collegiate (but not too serious) type for a weekend in September? Trying to find places $150-$200 which deal with groups (10 rooms or so) often. [more inside]
Anyone know of a service or business that will reverse-engineer an existing piece of clothing, and either produce a pattern, or be willing to copy it in a different material? Oh yeah, and for not an exhorbitant fee. [more inside]
I'm looking for literature analysis websites. Are there any suggestions for worthwhile sources? I've found a bunch of essay websites, but they seem conflicting or written by students. I'm looking for accurate information that will give me some new perspectives in a wide variety of literature. In time I would like to be able to teach more about hidden symbolism to other people including students. Right now I'm looking specifically for interpretations of Margaret Atwood's "A Handmaid's Tale" and George Orwell's "1984". Thanks in advance if anyone has any advice or tips.
Does membership in Professional (non-legislated) Associations make my resume look better? Or am I just paying money to add useless acronyms to it? [more inside]
I'm looking for a free genealogy website - one where I can upload my GEDCOM file, reference various databases and the like. [more inside]
How to make leather smell, well, less leathery? [more inside]
Two friends and I are looking for a crazy adventure story-of-a-lifetime vacation in Central or South America for roughly a week, and I am completely stumped. Help? [more inside]
In regards to design and press printing. Towards the bottom of this Paper Specs article it touches on an overprint varnishing technique called "dot-on-dot varnishing." Is anyone familiar with this technique and care to elaborate on how it is accomplished and the effect it has on the final piece? [more inside]
Laptop can't resolve the domain name when I first type it in, but it does upon refresh. [more inside]
Anyone ever hear a hilarious radio special on the CBC called "Not the History of Rock and Roll"? There were two of these produced. I've heard Part 2, it's got really funny impersonations and faux interviews of David Byrne, Michael Jackson, James Brown and others. I'm trying to locate the first part. Anyone have an idea of where to find it?
I need suggestions for arts/design related careers. [more inside]
Should I let other people use expensive and easily breakable pieces of portable electronics I have like a camera or Palm? Especially if I rely on them like the latter? [more inside]
Does the Apple iTunes mother ship remember what songs I have already purchased? [more inside]
FetishFilter: can a person overcome a dangerous or detrimental sexual fetish? or any fetish for that matter?
My 4 year old daughter has seen a few anime shows and really likes them. She especially likes them subtitled, so she can hear the original Japanese voices. What are some anime series, appropriate to her age that I can pick up to encourage this? I know it's a long shot, but I'd like to find something that keeps her entertained, but doesn't drive me crazy. Some Japanese equivalent of Spongebob - a show I'd watch even if I didn't have children.
In this month's GQ, there's a longer update to the Milford High drug bust story, in which a 23-year-old private detective went undercover at a high school, leading to the eventual arrest of seventeen high school students. (The story inspired a decidedly banal MeFi thread.) My question--not covered in the previous thread, the news coverage, or the GQ article--is simple: how in the world is it legal for a private detective to buy drugs? And for the reported purchase of drugs to lead to an arrest? [more inside]
On my WinXP Pro laptop I can ping, nslookup, and tracert to whatever address I like, but no browser can load any pages, even by IP address. I get connection timeouts 100% of the time. Why, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
What steps should one take to see published the letters their grandfather wrote during the Second World War? [more inside]
Thanks to advice here on the green, I have sorted out my transportation logistics for getting to the World Cup. Before and after the Paraguay vs. Trinidad game, I will be visiting Paris, Florence, and Madrid for a few days each. Where should we stay? I don't mind paying $200-$300 a night. Just looking for some nice hotels in good locations for people who don't speak the local languages.
I'm looking for two kinds of charity groups: One that helps the children of soldiers killed in Iraq, and one that helps children in Iraq who have lost parents. Any know vetted organizations that fit this bill?
Is there a way to import UPS tracking information into an MS Excel document? [more inside]
Is there software that will let a user (say, a teacher) broadcast the contents of his computer screen to a number of other users (say, students), so that all the screens are showing what the server's screen is showing?
What do status codes S.31 and S.36 indicate on a Vaillant ECOmax VUW 236 EH boiler? [more inside]
Allstate vs. Geico Auto Insurance? [more inside]
Using Pocket PC to sync Outlook between two PCs. Wont allow In-box to sync [more inside]
I'm looking for films (and documentaries) that feature architecture. [more inside]
Can you help us find a cool place to locate our summer home? (USA) [more inside]
What was your favorite (inexpensive) date? [more inside]
I'm looking for a hip, alternative-minded video store in the south bay of southern california. [more inside]
Net Neutrality Issue: Please help me interpret this email from my Senator. [more inside]
Are there any Firewire or USB external hard drive enclosures that support translation of SMART messages? [more inside]
Mixtape suggestions of ridiculous 1950s pop music. [more inside]
My cell phone is being bugged, I have changed my number several times. My corded landline phone is also bugged. My apartment has been bugged , don't know if it still is since I have moved. Don't know how they were able to bug my last apartment but it was. Can anyone help me
Bakers and homemakers; I need bread/dough recipes. [more inside]
Help connecting to the internet needed! I'm in a new house and the internet all of a sudden stopped working. My wireless can "see" several networks, have a strong signal and good speed, but I don't get assigned a network address. (the networks are unsecured.) Sometimes I'll connect yet have "limited or no connectivity". Why would my connection suddenly stop working? I have no viruses, I checked. [more inside]
The best book about The Doors? [more inside]
The deck / patio on my mother's house is completely exposed to the sun and umbrellas haven't been working as shade providers. The wind breaks them. Or they provide insufficient shading. Besides building a roof over the deck, what else can we try to turn her deck into a nicely shaded space?
Need help writing a cover letter for a job...the catch is that I am not exactly qualified for said job... [more inside]
Is there anything fun or unusual I can do with two 256mb PC2-5300 DDR2-667 RAM sticks? [more inside]
Help this ignoramus understand his netgear admin log. [more inside]
For my work, I've been asked to prevent a client's son from browsing porn on the family computer without spending money on NetNanny style products. I confess to encountering some difficulty. I have set Win XP to use the MVPS hosts file and tried a couple of free porn filters but have come up against a brick wall. Help me! [more inside]
I've started singing with a group, but my skills in reading sheet music are... lacking. [more inside]
How can I find out what music shows will be happening while I'm traveling around Europe? [more inside]
I have this idea that I want to walk to and from the grocery store to have an excuse to take a long walk (perhaps as long as an hour each way). How long can the walk be before the food becomes unsafe to eat? [more inside]
Is my tea kettle poisonous? I put the kettle on to boil, then was called away to face some kind of (I have a six-year-old) emergency. When I returned, the forgotten kettle had boiled away all of the water and had been probably been firing away empty for about ten minutes. Is that bad? Should I toss it? Why?
Okay, so I graduated college. Now what? [more inside]
I had an idea for a temporary solution to postpone global warming crisis. Does my idea make any sence? [more inside]
Is my long hair affecting my job prospects? [more inside]
Help me find a good place in Disneyland Paris where my students won't get accosted. [more inside]
bookfilter: I just discovered a book I want to read by Charles De Lint. It is his latest novel Widdershins. [more inside]
How can I fix the collars on my polo shirts? [more inside]
Feel like I am missing out on some great music, but need convincing. recommendations for the best Who, Stones and Beatles album please. [more inside]
Owners of the US version of Taiko Drum Master for the PS2 - how loud is the drum? More plastic-drum-related questions lurk within! [more inside]
Aside from the standard knives, what would be a good gift for a student off to culinary school? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good, woman-friendly physician or nurse practitioner at Kaiser-Permanente's Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles facility? [more inside]
Can I automate Craigslist searches? [more inside]
InTheMeantimeFilter: I've got a formerly filled, chipped tooth with exposed dentin that doesn't hurt .. yet. What can I do in the meantime before the dentist visit? [more inside]
Anyone have medical/anatomical knowledge to support the observation that the pelvic girdle/hips grow wider as a person ages? I don't mean getting fat - I mean literally do the bones spread outwards, increasing the hip size and so the width between the legs. I see this on old men especially
When trying to change the batteries in my maglite after a long period of neglect, I found that the cap wouldn't unscrew. After persuading it open with a pair of mol-grips, I could see that one of the batteries had leaked and there was a big grey corroded-looking stain on the inside of the battery compartment. Is there any way I can clean this up, or should I bid farewell to my trusty torch? The battery is a D cell alkaline.
Who gets to share food and drinks with your child - from the same cup or spoon? [more inside]
Sorry to ask a Photoshop question here, but I can find no answer elsewhere. [more inside]
Can you help me figure out which version of 'Rocky Top' I'm thinking of? [more inside]
I could use some insight/support from those who suffer from generalized or social anxiety disorder and their loved ones. Despite being medicated to the hilt - which works only to the extent that it deflects and masks total public meltdowns - I am increasingly unable to tolerate social functions or recover from "weird" encounters or awkward conversations. The problem is that I am feeling tremendous amounts of guilt for essentially ditching my awesome, beautiful, incredibly supportive wife by leaving her to fend for herself at parties or any kind of large gatherings. [more inside]
Where should a Hastings student and a Caltrain commuter live in San Francisco? [more inside]
X3/internetsfilter: *SPOILERS*Question about a line in the new Xmen movie as related to an internet meme.*SPOILERS* [more inside]
Wool mattress topper, who has had experiences with them? I'm looking for input on comfort, cleaning, and anything else anyone has to say about them. [more inside]
Tomorrow I have a telephone interview for a job at a regional metro daily newspaper. What might they ask me? And, er, how should I answer? [more inside]
How gross is a used mattress? Is there a way to determine "how used" a mattress is? If I got a used mattress with no visible urine/ejaculate/other(?) stains on it, and covered it with a nice thick mattress pad, would you think less of me? [more inside]
I need ideas on what job I can do on the side. [more inside]
Origin of "This _____, it vibrates?"
I am reading Douglas Coupland's new book (JPod) and I'm always a little frustrated by him. He seems to get the general vibe of nerds but is horribly off on details sometimes (in the first 50 pages, he makes reference to a "56k floppy disk"), which is agonizing. Anyway, he posits a math problem (I don't think this counts as a spoiler, I'll even omit the context and just pose the problem with page number, but if you really don't want to see anything about the book, don't read on, I guess.) [more inside]
Where could I watch the World Cup in Providence, Rhode Island? [more inside]
I have a access query that is making me tear my hair out. My database has 40 fields that have three possible values (OK, NG, NA). I need to list only the entries that have NG in any one of those 40 fields. [more inside]
How do I fix my display resolution? Warning: This is not as simple a question as it appears to be. [more inside]
Is it possible to get a DUI off your "record"? [more inside]
How sinister is a pre-employment "investigative consumer report" that includes interviews with acquaintances? What do those interviews involve exactly? [more inside]
Please find me examples of vehicles which have V24 engines. [more inside]
I am thinking about buying an acre or so in Western NC on which to build a home and [more inside]
What's the best way to estimate monthly unique visitors for a website when Google Analytics chokes on more than two weeks of data? [more inside]
I need a good Irish bar in San Francisco. The kind where there's lots of drunken singing of faux-Irish songs. [more inside]
In The Netherlands for a few days, what to see outside Amsterdam? [more inside]
"When will I see my companion again?" I recall hearing a poem including this line (or a subtle variation), but cannot identify its name or the author. Can you help me identify this poem? [more inside]
Please help me save some time laying out a document in Adobe InDesign... [more inside]
My best female friend is very emotionally sensitive-- to the point where we can't mention a specific ex-boyfriend from three years ago in her presence. I and her other close friends are starting to think she can't control her responses about this, and that it's starting to impact how honest we can be with her. What can we do? [more inside]
Where can i sit on a patio and drink a reasonably priced margarita in New York City right now!? Right NOW! [more inside]
What's the best way to do shrink wrapping at home? I have a few magazines, books, boxed games, etc.. that I want to protect from moisture. Is there a shrink wrapping system for home users?
How do you deal with casual racism/prejudice without starting trouble? [more inside]
Why do dogs dribble saliva and is there anything we can do? [more inside]
How to upgrade and old Gateway solo 5300? [more inside]
How do we deal with the “cool guy” who has decided we are beneath him? [more inside]
Where can I find hip, designer-ish tee shirts in New York City? I am thinking of places like Odin, if you are familiar with it.
Where do the affluent shop/hang-out online? I'm looking for examples of websites that target the wealthy. Bonus points if they are real-estate related. [more inside]
I am trying to reverse-engineer a data file comprised of various integers, strings, floats, and so on. Is there a good Windows tool that will help me group the records and start picking the fields apart? I'd rather not try this in a plain vanilla hex editor.
Looking for good web-based discussion board software. [more inside]
I have 90GB of mp3s on a hard drive and 27GB of mp3s on my 5th generation iPod. How do I determine which songs on my iPod are already present in my 90GB library, and which ones aren't, using a smart playlist? [more inside]
My wife and I have really started to get into bike riding lately - nothing extreme or long distance, just urban riding (10 miles or less). I have an old Huffy multi-speed that I'd like to dismantle, clean up, and repaint, but I don't know the first thing about bicycle maintenance and dis/assembly. Help! [more inside]
How much is a picture worth? I recently received an e-mail from a well known publisher of travel books. The e-mail was inquiring about a picture that I took that they would like to use for an upcoming publication. The publication will run for 2 years with an estimated print run of 50,000 copies. One of the questions asked is how much I would charge for them to use my picture. I am not a professional photographer so I have no idea how much I should charge. Some ideas or a point in the right direction would be appreciated.
What a surprise: I'm working on another music mix and would like suggestions. This mix features folk/bluegrass/country songs that tell stories. The less production, the less instrumentation, the more acoustic the better. [more inside]
Billboards around town offer the service of "Any (lab) test." The companies offering the service vary, but they all include the word "lab" in parentheses. Why the consistent parenthetical? The service wouldn't really make sense without the parentheses, would it?
VPN on Windows 2000: I need to connect to both the VPN and the Internet at the same time. I need some IP addresses to go through the VPN, and others to go through my router's gateway. [more inside]
How do I get a daily post to my Movable Type 3.2 blog of my del.icio.us links with one particular tag? [more inside]
I have recently been offered a position with a new company. I have kid issues... read on... [more inside]
Vacationing in the Berkshires this summer... [more inside]
Help a geek find a long-lost favorite childhood storybook/gadget. [more inside]
Why is Hydrogen inflammable? And not Helium? [more inside]
Michigan Ave in two hours? [more inside]
I work odd hours. I wake up at 4am, work in a warehouse doing physical work for 5 hours, go home rest for a few hours, then suit up for a 7 hour shift (15:00 - 22:00) as a security guard doing primarily stationary work. Because of the long hours my meal schedule is quite irregular and I usually over eat or binge eat. Any ideas on how I can start regulating my meals? [more inside]
So I've just deleted a bunch of files which were held on an Ubuntu server, from my XP laptop, via a Samba share. Is there any way to retrieve them?
I plan on upgrading to a larger memory iPod, and I want to sell my 4th generation 20G iPod, but I don't know how much it's worth. [more inside]
Some of my bittorrents are stuck at 99.X% [more inside]
I'm shocked, horrified, and absolutely appalled that several people I know and love have not seen the John Basedow commercial featuring his new theme song. Where can I find this video or audio clip? [more inside]
I noticed my computer starting to beep often about 2 years ago (I think) even when I'm just browsing the Inkernet. I have a feeling that's not normal. [more inside]
What are the "must see" places and "must do" activities when the wife and I visit Newfoundland, the Gaspe Peninsula, New Brunswick & possibly Nova Scotia in mid-July? If you have ideas for quaint, clean and reasonable places to stay that will provide lasting, fond memories, please suggest those too. If you have photos to post or link to, you receive bonus points! The trip will begin & end in Boston.
Just before heavy rain/thunderstorms (especially so if lightning is involved) I get incredibly lethargic, fall in and out of sleep, get severe headaches, become panicky and restless and then after the whole spectacle is over, the horrible state I'm in vanishes. Why does this happen, and is there is a good way to treat/prevent it?
Probability filter: How do you determine the odds of being extremely unlucky? [more inside]
What is the best (preferably online) tutorial for teaching the basics of HTML (and CSS, although that's not as necessary)? [more inside]
Should you or shouldn't you cover your teeth with your lips when giving a blow job? [more inside]
Nature abhors a vacuum; thus I need Access training in the Toronto/GTA area, any recommendations? [more inside]
Does anyone know of good computer software for general memorization? [more inside]
At-home autobody: Does anyone have experience with the ding king dent repair kit or anything similar? I got two small (less than quarter-sized) dings in my less-than-one-month-old (to me) car that are making me quite sad. [more inside]
Where should I start for film directing? [more inside]
A group of my friends and I are looking to hike the first leg of the Nantahala area AT this weekend, and can't figure out where to park and enter. [more inside]
What should I eat? [more inside]
Can I connect to my wireless internet? I live in an apartment with wireless DSL already set up and used by a mac, but I started trying to use my Windows machine with it, and it's not working. [more inside]
How do I get a cross platform (Mac/PC) application developed? [more inside]
A year or so ago, I happened across a single php file I could drop in a website directory which then enabled the browsing of image files in said directory. I have since forgotten its name. What is this application or any simple, light-weight image directory browser?
Trying to think of movies in which the main story concerns a character trying to win back a lost love. For example: Gene Hackman attempts to re-woo his estranged wife in "The Royal Tenenbaums". Julia Roberts goes for her ex in "My Best Friend's Wedding". Any more?
How concerned should I be about email/net privacy? [more inside]
Help me identify this odd computer noise. [more inside]
Can you Help a Big Fat guy find his Ideal weight? I am 6'9" (205 cm) and none of the charts go that high. [more inside]
Can anyone give me wallpaper stripping/removal tips? My fiance and I just purchased a home (built in 1988) that is pretty much covered in wallpaper. And we hate it. I've heard the process is torturous. Help!
What is the best sub woofer system for my car for circa 250 bucks (willing to go up to 300 probably). All in ones are welcome, but I hear bad things about the bass tubes.. All wiring is already installed and I get free hook up of the sub. [more inside]
I have a gig helping someone get up to speed developing marketing capacity for a startup, and one of the first things that we're going to do is make sure good info is coming IN to the company. Please help me figure out the best tools to use! [more inside]
Antique Mac/Butler SQL question. (System 7.6) Recovering or resetting the Butler SQL admin password. [more inside]
About 15 years ago, I gave the GF a pair of diamond earrings. Nothing grand – we were both young and poor – about 5/8 carat. When I found out she was cheating, I demanded them back (among other things). Flash forward 15 years – I am now married (to someone else obviously), and just came across the long forgotten earrings in an old box. [more inside]
help me find movie or TV scenes that vividly depict the cult of individuality OR the scary nature of fake / plastic ["i drank the cool-aid"] community... [more inside]
Quicken and Bank of America Business users? [more inside]
Where do I find doccos that tell me how to authenticate my PAM-capable unix boxen against Microsoft's Active Directory? [more inside]
Does anyone know where this image comes from?
Help me jump over a bar (superman-like), land on the ground and roll. Without hurting myself. [more inside]
What are the best, most useful, most ingenious backpack/messenger bag features you've ever seen? [more inside]
I'm taking care of my buddy's stag in Montreal and we are looking to get him into the last trouble he will ever see for the rest of his life. Which strip clubs / bars / clubs would you recommend in Montreal to have a good time? [more inside]
What law, specifically, is violated if a government official discloses secret information? For example, if a CIA operative told his cousin about an operation that was supposed to be classified, which law is his guilty of breaking? [more inside]
my ex gf who has bipolar recently packed up her things and left the state of Florida WITHOUT TELLING ME. She was apparently manic depressed etc and cut her hair. After two weeks I found out she eventually made it home with her parents. I supported emotionally and financially and boy was it crazy. And then my mom passed away and my ex wont even acknowledge the passing only to tell me that everything is my fault i ruined everything etc. She hates me for whatever reason and will not have contact. Are her actions ever forgivable if she ever calls me. Having no contact has been good because i need to figure out if i want to be a caretaker for the rest of my life....Any advice?
Hot/stuck pixels in a new consumer-grade digital camera? Fact of life, or defect? [more inside]
What's a creative liquor or other alcoholic beverage to bring to a "Cajun/Creole" dinner party? [more inside]
Need help identifying a recent-ish Kaiser Chiefs/Arctive Monkeys/Futureheads/etc nu-indie NME type record... [more inside]
I'm looking into planning a trip to Montreal in late July and seek accommodation recommendations in the US$ 70-90 range. Not too difficult, right? But the room must have a private bathroom. [more inside]
Is it possible to fit a queen-sized mattress and boxspring in a full-sized pickup truck? [more inside]
How can I easily create web forms? [more inside]
"La Riviera Maya" (er, coastal Quintana Roo, Mexico) or Costa Rica for a Totally Awesome Father-Son Bonding Experience in March/April/May 2007? [more inside]
Where does my spyware go? [more inside]
Are there any unlocked k750i users who have successfully gotten their phone to tether to their powerbook and work reliably as a bluetooth modem with t-mobile in the US? [more inside]
Sir Lepel Griffin. Need help identifying and locating a source. [more inside]
Does Knowledge Management have any validity as a professional field of expertise or have internal wikis made it obsolete? [more inside]
My dreams and memory loss are starting to get out of control and I'm scared. [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out a way to convert a vector map image, in Adobe Illustrator, to a .shp shapefile usable in GIS software like ArcSoft. I know very little about ArcSoft and shapefiles. Is there a plugin? Is there some intermediary format I could export from one and import to the other? Is this simply impossible? My research thus far has been fruitless, so any help would be much appreciated.
What's the best way to get on line at a remote cabin with no phone access? [more inside]
Please help an American out with British slang: what is a flute shop? [more inside]
There have been a few questions about this previously but none were concerned with online driving resources. [more inside]
My girlfriend's job takes her away from me for the next three months. Until then, what's the Xbox 360 game that will add the most utility to my life? [more inside]
I know what's wrong with my Dell computer - I need to repair reinstall. But of course, Dells don't come with a Windows install disc, so I'm waiting for them to send me one [two weeks and counting...], but the tech support rep is contradicting himself and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
Do you think you could choose a future partner purely on the basis of his or her music (or book) collection? Have any of you, in fact, ever done this? If so what were the deciding factors and did it work out? [more inside]
I want a quick, real tan but I'm pale...really pale. People need sun glasses when I take my shirt off to avoid the glare... (more paleness inside) [more inside]
What is the right RSS notifier for me? [more inside]
Name this song. I also have the song for you to listen to if you'd like to. [more inside]
Indiebandfilter: Help me find some unknown bands that I'd like, considering that I like the bands listed in my more inside: [more inside]
My employer recently banned listening to music at work. Anyone know of any research related to the effects music has at the workplace? [more inside]
PostOfficeAvoidanceFilter: Has anyone made a weight calculator (or just recorded weights of commonly mailed objects) such that I can figure out how much a double DVD case, 2 dvds, and a bubble mailer would typically weigh? [more inside]
I absolutely loved playing Pikmin 1 & 2 on Gamecube. What other games would I like? [more inside]
Are there Italian language learning videos like Fokus Deutsch or French in Action? If not, are there any really easy to understand videos in Italian anyone could recommend? [more inside]
I will fiddle as the world burns! or drowns, or disintegrates. Thoughts on an apocalypse party are here!
That fateful day is almost upon us! 6-06-06! Will fire rain down upon us from the heavens, or will the avian flu start spreading like a bad case of the Da Vinci Code? To celebrate these exciting times, I would like to throw an Apocalypse-themed party where we party like it's 1666! But I need some suggestions. [more inside]
I'm writing a (perl) script that opens up files in IE. I'm having problems getting them to open in the current IE window and not a new window. [more inside]
If I get a Bachelors of Arts from Excelsior University (formerly Regents College), am I going to have a problem getting into a grad school? I was specifically thinking about a psychology major. [more inside]
I have a G5 running MacOS 10.4 and a very old Win98 Compaq that has a certain sound card required for a piece of Generative Music software by Brian Eno. I have a wireless network at home for the mac, but the PC does not have a wireless card. Can I connect the Mac and the PC via an ethernet crossover cable and control the PC from the Mac?
I've forgotten the name of an author I used to read as a child. His last name ended in "aard", I think, and maybe started with a K or an L? He wrote a number of books about dogs... [more inside]
What do you do when masturbation has lost its fun? [more inside]
Should I buy a Nintendo DS Lite when I already own an original model DS? Is it really all that worth it?
What's this bump in my girlfriend's hand (completely innocuous picture inside). [more inside]
How practical is a 850/1800/1900 GSM phone for international use? [more inside]
Wanting to send a nice bottle of wine to a friend as a "thank you" for letting me stay at his house. Problem #1 : He lives in Seattle and I live in NYC. Problem #2 : I know nothing about wine. [more inside]
Dorothy Parker has beguiled and confounded me! And she's dead. What a gal. I'm looking for help figuring out a puzzling casual remark from one of her short stories. [more inside]
Help with modifying an .htaccess file. I'm on Dreamhost and using Expression Engine, if that makes any diff. [more inside]
Outdoor cinema-fi - I'm running an outdoor community movie series in an urban park. Should attract up to 200 people. I need recommendations for an audio set up. Last year I used my NAD amp/receiver with some home-made speakers; this set up occasionally shorted the amp (it switched off). This year I have a budget of about $1k for amp, speakers and wiring. Any suggestions? What are the major considerations? Thx
How sore is a tattoo on the top of the foot? [more inside]
Gross insectfilter: What are these larval-looking things my daughter and her friends found in some stagnant water on my property in the Tampa Bay area of Florida? [more inside]
Bookworm MeFites: I'm looking for novels, short stories, and plays by white authors where their non-white characters speak in a dialect. For instance, the slave Jim in Twain's Huckleberry Finn. [more inside]
I need to record my screen while I operate/explain a piece of software to new users. There seems to be a number of applications available, but I am hoping to find a free, *reputable* one. [more inside]
Name that sitcom: I vaguely remember seeing a sitcom about a college or university faculty, where a new lecturer arrives (teaching english lit?) and tries to get to grips with the job. He had long curly dark hair. I think the theme tune was the Eels' Novocaine for the soul, but given how easily googleable that should make it (which it isn't), I might be wrong on that. It was aired somewhere in the middle of the nineties on NBC, though it was NBC in europe, parts of which differ from the US NBC broadcast, so it might not have been on in the US at that time. [more inside]
My setup came with the R15 DVR that Direct TV makes. I want to get my DVR'd programs onto my ipod so I can watch them at the gym. Let me know what I have to do. Do I need to trade it for a standard Direct TV reciever and get a Tivo with Tivo to Go? Will that work with direct TV? Is there some sort of program that will work with my system and my XP laptop? Or is there something you can do to mod the R15? Is there a guy who hacks the boxes and lets you use the seemingly dead USB outputs? AND, if none of that works...should I ditch the ipod and get one of those PVP's that records videos and just set that up on TOP of my DVR? Or do they not work with satellite? I know, this is a lot. But any help would be appreciated.
Probability of one binomially-distributed variable being greater than another one - is there a closed form for this? [more inside]
I'm sending an old computer off to recycling. What is the best way to delete old programs, files and personal information? Anything else I should do to it before recycling?
What's the most exciting novel you've ever read? I mean this in the simplest sense: an exciting plot. I'm looking for page-turners. Novels that keep you on the edge of your seat and refuse to let you sleep until you finish them. I'm looking for genre novels -- but I don't care what genres: Mystery, thriller, sci-fi, etc. (though sci-fi/fantasy has been done-to-death here, so I'm really more interested in other genres.) Oh, I care about words. So no matter how exciting, I'll quit reading if the prose is crappy. [more inside]
My wife really, really likes the Grand Theft Auto series. She doesn't play the story line or missions, just likes to walk/ride around shooting people, cars, helicopters, etc. She uses cheats constantly. Like I said, it's not about completing or competing, just shooting stuff. What other game could she have a good time in?
I own a website that targets a certain demographic / niche, how do I get my site in front of ad agencies with campaigns that target this niche? [more inside]
Help me master this simple, straightforward omelette recipe. [more inside]
I'm moving to Incheon, South Korea and I have some questions (and I'm soliciting generic Korea advice). [more inside]
PhysicsFilter: The Great Racquetball-in-the-Eye Debate [more inside]
I want to append a line of text to the end of a text file in a password protected WebDAV directory on my webserver from a normal php webpage outside this directory. Can this be done? [more inside]
What's a Disgaea-like game for the GBA/Nintendo DS? [more inside]
I found a few references to herbal dog calming remedies in the MeFi archives, but I specifically want some testimonials (positive or negative) about products such as Actipet Anxiety-Free tablets. Or similar products containing St. John's Wort, chamomile, valerian, hops and yeast. Bonus points if you've tried them on a basenji.
Anybody got a good recipe for galub jamun? The "Urban Peasant" recipe that keeps popping up on Google isn't quite what I'm looking for. As authentic as you've got, please and thank you.
Last year I bought all of the gear my wife and I need to start spending more of our free time in the woods, hiking and camping. The issue is she is a city girl (well, Long Island) and has never been camping and is deathly afraid that bears (or other wild animals) will get us. [more inside]
My partner and I once saw a photographic phrasebook / dictionary while at the National Gallery in Canberra, Australia allowing the language impaired to point to an image. Does anyone know of the book we're referring to? (An Amazon ref would be grand) [more inside]
Who owns the Glaser "I HEART NY" logo? Is it copyrighted? [more inside]
I want to make a CD for the upcoming World Cup. Can you help me with some song ideas to celebrate the beautiful game? [more inside]
My better half's MP3 flash drive says its full even though there's nothing on it. Please help. She hopes to have some tunes for a flight/train journey tomorrow. Any ideas? [more inside]
Compliant-vs-speed filter: Aluminum vs Carbon Fiber, aggressive vs less-aggressive? Steel junkies leave your opinions at the door please. [more inside]
Catfilter: Questions about prescription food and cat pee problems... [more inside]
Royalty-free video sources for trade shows? I have a trade show coming up in a few weeks. As part of our technology demo we want to show relatively high-quality video signals passing through our devices. [more inside]
Does exercise reduce your ability to recover from surgery? [more inside]
Why are there dead bodies all over my livingroom floor? Dead ant bodies, that is. [more inside]
XML Character Woes: I'm getting the error Reference to undefined entity 'ldquo' (and 'rdquo, etc) when I try to open my XML files with IE or Firefox. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
What can I do If I'm not physically attracted to my spouse? [more inside]
I have no clue what to get my boyfriend of four years, who is turning 26 in two weeks. I’d like to give him something fun, like an experience, but all of the “experience” websites cost way more than I’m looking to spend. Here’s the details: we live in the DC/Baltimore area and he’s into piano, karate, and listening to jazz/funk music. Looking to spend less than $100, as I already bought a ticket to fly home with him for his birthday so he can see his family. Also, it has to be a “family-safe” gift since he will probably open it in front of them.
Question for the hive: What techy ideas do you think would work well for the tourism industry? [more inside]
Where to look on line for deals on cruises? [more inside]
Can this contact lens klutz re-use a lens? [more inside]
Simple physics question. [more inside]
A friend of mine has an employer who is asking my friend (who is quitting voluntarily to move cross-country) to sign what I believe is a non-legal waiver. Can any legally savvy Mefites help out? [more inside]
Anyone know of used bookstores in the Washington, DC area that give cash for books? Second Story and Idle Times do not. Thanks.
What affordable, high quality halogen desk lamp/task light would you recommend? Ideally, the lamp should not have too large a footprint.
Job filter: any advice for a recent graduate trying to write a cover letter that isn't all inane buzzwords and useless filler? [more inside]
My 17-year-old sister and I will be driving to New York City from Minneapolis, MN some time this summer. When should we go? What route should we take? Where should we stop on the way? [more inside]
How can I mount a paperback book in a shadow box frame so that the book doesn't sag? [more inside]
I need your help. I'm a licensed acupuncturist and a herbalist. I have been involved in many out reach programs in the past. My goal was to reach out to as many immigrant groups with no to low health insurance coverage and educating them of available resources. The unique experience came working with the Korean community in New York City. This group tends to have such a high stomach cancer rate and about 70% of the patient population I came in contact with tested positive for H. pylori. The standard of treatment for H. pylori is course of antibiotic drugs. I don't know if you guys are aware but if you don't have health insurance to cover for these meds, it cost about $300 out of pocket expense. So, my thing is this - I wanted to set up a research program using simple herbs that are readily available and in low cost. I know nothing about setting up a research program. What do I need to do and who do I need to talk to? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Thinking about buying a NuView camcorder adapter (discontinued product, shoots interlaced 3D video) and I would like to see some content before I buy...if there's any way someone could point me to an MPEG/AVI/QT/any type of movie so I could watch/convert it, I'd greatly appreciate it.
Hi, I just wanted to figure out the song to this video. If you could help me, it'd be great.
Seeking advise for a Los Angeles cheese tour. [more inside]
Where can I buy/otherwise obtain a copy of the Open Theater's production of "The Serpent"? [more inside]
Hello. Here’s the lowdown: I’m the senior sound designer / managing director for a leading international sound library company who’s been successfully running a company that doesn’t belong to me for 6 years. I’ve exhausted this opportunity, as the company is limited in its ability to grow due to the owners methods. In short, although I still have my job (and could have it forever, so to speak), I need to get out. I’m striving to create an opportunity for myself (and potentially for some of the other amazing employees I’ve hired who are looking for better opportunities) by starting a new company, and I must act now as I am not getting any younger.. I’ve been thinking this through for almost 6 months now, and something seeming great has just happened. Can you help me make the most out of it? [more inside]
I'm about to self-study myself to an MCSA (Microsoft Certified System Administrator) and would like advice on certification guides, practice tests, e-learning, etc. [more inside]
Before building a CMS for my University project, i tried out a whole bunch of alternatives...but i cant remember what a specific one was called now that i'm trying to write about it. Google is failing me :( [more inside]
I'm trying to identify a musical artist: one guy with a zither, who might've toured with They Might Be Giants in the early 90's. [more inside]
HPV etiquette: Given the ubiquity of this organism and its imperviosness to condom use, what is the etiquette for informing a new sexual partner that you have been discovered to harbor the virus, for both men and women? (Given the absence of symptoms and the inability to test in males, some sleuthing will disclose how it was discovered.) For women, if you have been diagnosed with the virus at age 20, should you be expected to disclose it to new partners indefinitely?
Something called MPREXE has invaded my computer. Is it a virus or part of Microsoft's evil empire... in any case it is making my PC screwy.... help me get rid of it please! [more inside]
How do I find interesting podcasts? Where's the Metafilter of podcasts? [more inside]
I need evidence of mailbox limits in use in large companies. [more inside]
How would I look into hiring a celebrity for an event in the UK? Before you mention it, I know it's expensive... [more inside]
Olderwomenwholikeyoubutwon'thavesexwithyoufilter: There it is. 75% of the women I've dated in the last 8 months (and ALL of them have been older than me) have a strange issue, in that we can make out all night to the point of being naked, kissing, touching, but that final step of actively engaging an orgasm seems to be too much for them. So... what the... ? [more inside]
I spotted this housing post on Craigslist, and when I clicked on the link posted inside it, it sent me straight into the inbox of my Yahoo mail account. Was this a phishing attempt? [more inside]
I plan to create a video podcast with moving or animated backgrounds like we see on TV weather shows. I have a trial version of Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 but it doesn't come with any animated backgrounds. I like the ones that are on digitaljuice.com but since it is just an experiment, I am looking for a free resource where I could download them. Can somewhen please post links where I can download video sets and backgrounds. I just need a couple of them. If anyone here has done this before, a link to learning tutorial would also be much appreciated. Thank you everyone.
What are your favorite homemade dry rubs for meats? I'm especially looking for a good homemade jerk chicken/pork dry rub (or marinade). [more inside]
Explain to me the popularity of "moonbat." [more inside]
In the papers, I routinely read about thousands of people pouring into the streets protesting some sort of injustice in what seems like a spontaneous gathering. What are the logistics behind this? How do people know where to go? And how does mob mentality function internationally, exactly? [more inside]
How can I configure my PC to play Youtube Videos better? [more inside]
I've just copied all my data from an iBook G4 to a Macbook. For some reason, the delete and return keys don't work in Safari and Mail.app on the Macbook. I think I've solved this before but I can't remember how and can't find the answer. [more inside]
I'm having some difficulty with my ex-landlord over $$... [more inside]
For those of you who don't live in Japan and who aren't familiar with its culture: Do you know the term NEET? [more inside]
I am looking for a free, easy to use, web site where people with my last name can have a discussion board, post photos to a gallery, as well as create some wiki-type pages... [more inside]
WorldCupSoccer(Football)inNewYorkFilter : A Mate of mine will be in NYC for the most important sporting event of the last 4 years. Where to watch ? [more inside]
Do you have the OS 9 game Avara from Ambrosia Software? [more inside]
Need to find an application that moves all scroll bars to the left side of the screen. [more inside]
How to Sync Palm Treo with Outlook 2007 I took the plunge, downloaded the Office 2007 (Beta), and started playing with it. One problem (so far), while you can keep old Office programs on your computer (in case the new ones don't work), the Outlook 2007 Beta required deletion of Outlook 2003. So, now my Treo won't sync anymore. Palmsource's Hotsync Manager 6.01 is not comaptible with Outlook 2007. I do not want to buy the Chapura program. Has anyone discovered a solution? In the meantime, word to the wise, if you rely on your Treo ... don't upgrade to the MS Office Beta (yet).
I just ran barefoot on a hot street for a few minutes and my feet came back red and promising terrible blisterage. What can I do to speed up the healing process and/or soothe the burn while the healing is going on?
How do I export Outlook messages without losing the dates/times? [more inside]
Redesigning my website, and I'm wondering: [more inside]
Who has custody of children if it is not spelled out in the divorce? [more inside]
Anyone know any free solution for forwarding MSN messages to an email address? [more inside]
What is the copyright status of works derived from the Cthulhu Mythos? more specifically, could someone just put out their own book, movie or comic extending the Mythos (and using shared characters) or would they have to get permission and pay someone first? [more inside]
Does anyone have any idea what the phrase "common or garden" actually means? I mean I know it means "ordinary" but what is the garden bit about? or is it common as in Greenham Common, perhaps?
MovieFilter: Movies or TV shows that have someone running across a bridge that's collapsing as they're crossing it. Perhaps at the end they make a final leap to safety. Rope, stone, wood , the material doesn't matter. Here's what I have so far... [more inside]
How long is it safe to keep cooked shrimp in a refrigerator before eating? [more inside]
Looking for a nice restaurant in Mendocino, CA [more inside]
Looking for copyright free color images of some of Revolutionary figures [more inside]
What have been your experiences with the effect of changes in diet and nutrition on depression? [more inside]
What are my rights as a contractor (1099) worker? [more inside]
Please help me start to search for volunteering opportunities for a high-tech worker in Asia. [more inside]
What's the simplest way to charge someone to download a song from a web site? Can it be done with Paypal?
After several years of a healthy diet, exercise and a loving relationship, I got hooked to an MMO and let all three go down the crapper over the course of about a year and a half. On Monday I finally quit and now I'm trying to recover (as silly as that might sound). One aspect of this is trying to get back into a healthy routine. [more inside]
What's it like to rely on Viagra? [more inside]
What are the possible repercussions (legal or otherwise) of subletting my bedroom which has, in the past three months, been treated for a mild bedbug infestation? We discovered bedbugs in our apartment earlier this year. We treated the apt ourselves (very thoroughly, though) and I purchased a new bed. I have gotten a few bites over the past few weeks but am planning to have a professional extermination of my room before I leave. I have not said anything to the subletter. I am wondering what the subletter could do if, god forbid, he/she is bitten over the course of the summer. I feel I have dealt with this problem responsibly and thoroughly but I know there is no guarantee that he/she will be bite-free during his/her stay. Could I be sued? More generally, is it totally unethical of me to sublet given the situation - especially given the fact that I have not mentioned any of this to the subletter?
Picasa 2: a question about how to share pictures over a network. [more inside]
Does anyone own a hot air balloon? I have had a desire to own one and go on some amazing trips but is it feasible? [more inside]
My mother is going to Alaska and wants to being back unique "Alaskan" souvenirs for the family. [more inside]
I'm beginning to go bald (AAARGH), how useful is propecia, what are mefites experiences of using and where can I get me some in the UK? [more inside]
Where is a good place to meet some friends for dinner close to here in Alameda, CA?
We were recently given a region free DVD player. What great DVDs should we get to play in it that we could not otherwise see in the US? A couple of other notes are the [more inside]
My father is looking for an easy way to showcase his paintings online. I'm thinking photo blog. [more inside]
How do I turn off my home email client when I am away from the (macintosh) computer? [more inside]
One of these days I'll be going to Amsterdam and would like to know what I'll be in for with Absinthe. [more inside]
I need to purchase a new dive computer for recreational scuba. Looking for recommendations. [more inside]
My friend from CA is going to be in NYC soon - what would be some good activities for a Tuesday/Wednesday adventure? [more inside]
where can you find a battery for a Sony VAIO for less than $140? [more inside]
Are there any good, non-cheesy erotic adult games? [more inside]
50 Newton St., Buffalo NY: Good neighborhood or bad neighborhood? Heck, if you'd be so kind, just tell me all about this neighborhood. [more inside]
What is the origin of the hitchhiking gesture? [more inside]
How do I create an online glossary? [more inside]
A friend whose birthday is approaching would love a very nice King James Bible. Does anyone have a recommendation for a nice, possibly leather-bound KJV Bible, perferably between $50 and $100?
Is there any live streaming video for World Cup matches? [more inside]
What is the tube under the barrel of an old Winchester rifle. Image & [more inside]
Bibliophiles: I want to read a book on every US president for my summer reading project. Recommendations? [more inside]
How can I make the most out of repaying my student loans? [more inside]
How do I password protect a specific app in OS X? [more inside]
I'm looking for a new job. I would like to find out more about a position within a large multi-national company than contacts within the firm can tell me. How do I go about this? [more inside]
So I started to do my paperwork on the internet on top of my computer. I began in pen to write on top of my keyboard, in a bout of busyness, I did not notice that my task bar got on steroids at that instant. I tried everything including a small diet and control panel. Needless to say, nothing worked and my taskbar and whatever else looks big, looks BIG! Anyway to get any of this back to normal? Why does godforsaken XP make everything so damn hard? I just want to shrink it.
Fitnessfilter: I keep putting on (muscle) weight while exercising. I want to stop this. [more inside]
I have allergies, I'm constantly congested. I used to take sudafed but can't anymore. What else can I do for relief? [more inside]
Hypothetically, what would happen if an inventor (one of several) did not sign a patent application? [more inside]
I have enough doubts regarding the integrity of the American criminal justice system that I'm uncomfortable with the prospect of jury duty. Advice? [more inside]
Does anybody know where I can get an appreciable quantity of moo boxes in the UK? Bonus problem: We would like them to make other noises besides moo, although we do want some that moo.
How do I watch the local news live in multiple television markets other than the one I currently reside in? [more inside]
Let's say you emigrated to the USA from Italy with your family when you were just a child and you're now in your 20's. You find yourself in a situation where, for one reason or another, you've lost your birth certificate, your citizenship papers and your passport and you want to set about obtaining them again. How would you go about doing it? Where would you even start? Could you come up with a detailed step-by-step plan? It would seem to be a Catch-22. Can you get one document without having the other.
My doctor wants to put me on anti-depressants, but I'm hesitant. What experiences do you have with them, and would you recommend dealing with the depression naturally or with the medication? [more inside]
On some websites, on some days, I can't see some images. What the heck is going on? [more inside]
Bipartite ChavezFilter: Are there any (at least vaguely scientific) polls out there of U.S. public opinion of Hugo Chavez--ideally, with responses broken down by political leanings? As for Question Two, [more inside]
I need some examples of (major) news stories that were either generated, or kept alive, by blogs and bloggers. but my mind has gone blank. Can anyone help? All suggestions welcome..
Where can I find screws to temporarily attach fabric to upholstery? (Description inside) [more inside]
Best hard-wired solution to connect an iPod to my car? [more inside]
UKPropertyFilter: I'm in the process of buying my first house. Can anyone offer the wisdom of their experience of employing a conveyancer? Specifically I'm interested in using a local firm of solicitors/conveyancers vs. using the cheaper on-line alternative. [more inside]
It says "sou deshoune" on some Japanese candy. I assume this is Romanji. What does it mean? Is there a free dictionary online where I can figure out this stuff?
My wife and I recently adopted a rescue cat, he is a 1 year old moggy male. But after a month or so he still won't let either my wife or myself come near him. [more inside]
I'd like to find a news aggregator that will also automatically download podcasts [more inside]
Where to go for a family beach holiday in Europe this summer? [more inside]
I need help cooking a dynamite Indian dinner for my girlfriend who has never had Indian food before. Of course, there is [more inside]
A friend of mine who is 19 is dating a 16 year old girl. He is getting a lot of negative comments about him and keeps trying to confide in me. I think if the chemistry is there and they are cool with it why not. Any opinions?
Is there a console app for *nix that I can use to crop images? [more inside]
is there any way to grey out the background on modal popup boxes (in windows xp) like the "shut down" box automagically does? [more inside]
Can anyone identify the artist, title, and location of this artwork? (It's a cropping of a larger work, and it may be a version of the Last Judgement, that's all I know....)
Electric Arc of Death's video is gone, and I really want to see it again. Does anyone have a copy or know where to look?
Is there any way to reduce the font size used by my Palm OS device? Palm OS provides four font-size options for its system apps, but the smallest of these four is still much bigger than my ideal size. [more inside]
I've recently become interested in brewing beer and stuff, and I have to wonder - How the hell do they make Bia Hoi? It's an incredibly cheap, evidently preservative-free beer that they make in Vietnam and is generally drank the day it's released. Is it just hastily made lager like anything else? I'm basically just intrigued by the concept of making cheap, easy beer that tastes okay to pretty good.
Looking for recommendation for good book about history of Post-War Italy. [more inside]
How do I easily record a Windows session (with audio) to DVD? [more inside]
For the sake of my productivity and my sanity, I need to block certain websites that eat up waaaaay too much of my time. I use Firefox (specifically, Deer Park) on a Mac. How can I do this? Oh, and there's a twist inside... [more inside]
iPod re-installation woes - tried the usual steps, still not working up. [more inside]
[Caribbean Vacation Filter] Suggest me somewhere to go to in the Caribbean for two weeks at the end of August. There is [more inside]
Can a user develop a tolerance for an SSRI after time? [more inside]
What's your favorite beer? [more inside]
Selling custom t-shirts: alternatives to CafePress? Also, questions about getting off the ground, general advice very welcome. [more inside]
An internal serial ATA (SATA) 3.5" hard drive pulled from an iMac G5 (the iMac is not accessible). A FireWire IDE enclosure. I live in Brooklyn and want some place open tonight (magically) or early tomorrow to find either a USB2 adapter for the SATA drive, a cheap USB2/FireWire enclosure, or an SATA>IDE adapter so I can use my current enclosure. (Give me any ideas that don't involve J&R.) Bonus points for Brooklyn - other boroughs are cool too, or any of these devices on loan from someone extremely generous would also be awesome!
Help me find or compile a list of recently discovered animals in reverse chronological order! [more inside]
What bad effects can holding in urine or bowel movements have? [more inside]
I read a lot of text on screen (on a CRT) at work. Is there anything available to minimize eyestrain while doing it? (something like Tofu, but for Windows) Suggestions for settings are also welcome.
How much can I charge to buy my washer and dryer? [more inside]
how do i get water seal\stain for the deck off my siding? [more inside]
I want to compare the prices of common consumer commodities over time within a specific region of the U.S. Is there any clearinghouse for this information? [more inside]
Do I have a driver issue? I need to start 'Wireless Zero Configuration' on my Dell after each boot to access any wireless networks. [more inside]
How do I get the bubble gum out of my car seats? [more inside]
Speaker/ReceiverFilter: I have a recently acquired NAD 7240PE receiver, and a pair of older but fairly decent (I think) floorstanding speakers. The input source is clean (its a CD player that has its own headphones jack, and that's clean), but I'm running into a problem with the speakers + receiver. [more inside]
Japanese readers: help me get the most from my (Japanese) rice cooker! [more inside]
Is there any (circumstantial) evidence that ancient people performed 'archeology' or 'paleontology'? [more inside]
Did anyone notice that the season finale, "Joseph", of "Cold Case" on Sunday had the same basic story line as the movie Laura (1944)? [more inside]
Website design software for a Mac beginner? [more inside]
My downstairs neighbor won't tolerate the sound of my treadmill. Any ideas? [more inside]
Where can I find market share information on what devices are used to listen to podcasts?
CMSFilter -- recommendations and de-recommandations. Say I can get Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress installed with equal ease. Which do I want for a relatively simple site? [more inside]
I need a Safari plugin that will allow me to download all of the files/folders from a given website. Does this exist? Where?
Home Networking Disaster -- Help! [more inside]
My cable company offers On Demand movies and shows. The free content works fine. It also claims to offer premium channels' On Demand offerings, but those are not working. What can I do? [more inside]
Why does my Firefox download manager no longer show up on OSX? [more inside]
Looking to record classical guitar music near me for a reasonable price - I am thinking of posting something up at the music school at the nearby university, and maybe a guitar shop or two in town if I can do that, and making some recordings with willing musicians. Is this a reasonable concept or a blindingly stupid idea? If it's workable, what sort of price range should I pay the musician(s)? [more inside]
BluetoothFilter: Help a friend connect her phone to her Wintel PC [more inside]
Songs of Obsession...? Putting together a 'Mix Tape' of sexual fixation/obsession... in the vein of "Every Breath You Take." Suggestions?
Some time ago I went to the Boston Pops reformance. My seat was on the far wing of the first balcony that overlooked the orchestra. One of the performers was operating a large darkroom timer in addition to his instrument. What was he doing with this timer?
My room has an angled ceiling. I have measured its height at the highest and lowest points, and I have the dimensions of the room. Help me determine what height the ceiling is at a particular point on the floor, and where exactly the skylight is. [more inside]
I am in charge of a custom installation of a web calendar application (ORS) that is feeling the strain of too many users and the consequences of some unusual policies. I need some advice on how to get better performance out of this application. [more inside]
My father is an independent consultant, and works for $900/day in the formulated food business. What rate should he charge for travel time (per day) when he travels coast-to-coast for an assignment? [more inside]
Should we attempt to hire out for a mailserver or let the seemingly incompetent corporate IT department run our mail, with all the restrictions they want to impose? [more inside]
Where can I get a copy of Pitchfork Media's original review of "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel? [more inside]
I am going insane trying to find this book. The author was interviewed on Fresh Air (it might have been a repeat, but played not that long ago). In order to help you help me, there is . . . [more inside]
My two true talents are writing and spending entirely too much time on videogames. Help this flakey fanboy combine his pointless pursuits for profit. [more inside]
I recently shifted the content management for my blog (www.sindark.com) from Blogger to WordPress. I shifted the Blogger version into a sub-directory, so that people who prefer to access old posts in that format can. Now, I want to use htaccess to automatically redirect people who try to access the Blogger archives in the old location. I want them sent to the Blogger files in the new location. [more inside]
How can I find a new home for my overweight, unhappy, kind of gross cat? [more inside]
Someone has asked to buy some paper I've written on... A few questions inside. [more inside]
Help me become a cheese expert. [more inside]
I've had a couple smaller splogs that gave up after a period of time. However, one splog has persisted and, through volume, is showing up higher in searches than my original posts. What can I do? [more inside]
My airconditioning (which is new) makes a strange noise when it starts/stops. [more inside]
How can I fix a dent in my new painting (oil on canvas)? [more inside]
Help me get through my brother's divorce. [more inside]
My cousin (a musician/producer-type) and I are taking a spectacular North American gear hunting road trip. What hot spots can you recommend? [more inside]
Can Plutor make his own cell phone repeater? [more inside]
A new management company has taken over my apartment building, and my lease is up. Should I stay where I am, or should I start looking for a new apartment? [more inside]
I'll be in Lubbock, Texas for three days this week. [more inside]
I just got some of this nifty resinated chirimen fabric. The manufacturer won't tell what's in it. It hasn't darkened the fabric, doesn't leave a residue on your hands, doesn't smell. It's very pliable, holds a crease, holds a curl, keeps it from fraying. [more inside]
Trouble with XP, Firefox 22.214.171.124, and Adobe Reader 7.0.7... I have reinstalled everything other than the OS. Firefox crashes every time it loads a PDF... How do I remedy this? [more inside]
Hallucinogens as weapons? [more inside]
Where can one download simple or "obsolete" games for little/no money? I'm having a hard time finding anything decent. [more inside]
Should I leave my ibook in an unairconditioned apartment in muggy Hong Kong while I go to China for a week? Not worried about security; paranoid about humidity damage. It's hot and humid here. Walking around is a bit like taking a sticky bath. Leaving the a/c on is expensive and wasteful. Not interested in taking the laptop with me on vacation. What should I do?
There was a staff announcer that did ABC promos (and newscast intros for affiliates) in the 1970s-80s-90s. He also appeared (in sample form) on the Beatmasters remix of Depeche Mode's "Route 66." He had this distinctive baritone, and it's bugging me that I can't figure out his name. Sound samples included. [more inside]
Okay, so I often use free wireless connections...whether they be in coffee shops or occasionally my neighbor's open network. My question is, how much of what I post online/what sites I visit can be seen? Sometimes I post things I don't want to share with my neighbors, also I check email. If other open wireless network users CAN see what I'm looking at, how do I prevent it? The network I use is belkin 54g. This shouldn't be a problem soon, as I am getting my own connection. When I had my own, I left it open so others could share. I assume my neighbor is doing the same thing? But for now, I would like to know that my neighbors can't see the pix I send my long-distance boyfriend and/or what I post on our shared journal. Is this unrealistic? Thank you for your help.
Anyone know of any good documentaries about Hugh Hefner? [more inside]
I'm flying from Portland to DC in mid July for 2 weeks. Tickets are currently $400-500 and haven't budged for weeks. Anyone here have experience in the travel industry that can comment on the likelihood of prices falling in the near future? I'm a little stressed that I'm playing with fire by waiting. If it matters, I'm more interested in the non-stop option, for which there are fewer flights.
Help me break a career curse. [more inside]
Boys! And their manifestation of physical energy + why do they have a love/hate relationship with trying to kill each other?
Help me identify this music video from about ten years ago on what used to be M2 (MTV2). [more inside]
Computer Won't Boot -- needless to say [MI]: [more inside]
Help me figure out the best way to get my "can't-miss" realty show off the ground. [more inside]
Why does Blogspot's "Blogthis" work fine when I click on the example link at blogspot.com 's help section, but not when placed as a link in my favorites folder? [more inside]
Flow-creating, full-screen, web-killin' creative tools for Windows? [more inside]
Modifiable out of the box ecommerce software recommendations for a coder, preferably PHP? [more inside]
Filemaker Pro 8 Instant Web Publishing Filter: Am I doing something wrong or is it really glitchy? [more inside]
Where should I go for hiking/wildlife-watching near Addis Ababa? [more inside]
What is an innovative way to share a project with many schools around the world via the internet? [more inside]
My wife & I will be spending 4 days in Northern Italy this weekend and would like to do some walking - does anyone have any recommendations or know of any sites where I can find itineraries for day or half day walks? [more inside]
Help me find something I can use as currency for a baby sitting circle. [more inside]
Importing a car from the US to the UK. [more inside]
Honda Filter: Since replacing my driver door mirror, I've been having weird coincidental electrical problems on my 98 accord 4-door. [more inside]
I was thinking about setting up a flickr page to display a very extensive set of photos I took during high school, between 1996 and 2000. Since most of the things I do on the internet come back to bite me in the ass, I thought I would ask about the legal and ethical questions this kind of project might raise and what kind of pertinent information I may have overlooked. [more inside]
"Writer's block," "swimmer's ear," and "athlete's foot" are all examples of occupation-specific conditions. Are there any others? [more inside]
Help us figure out how to spend 9 months to a year in France. [more inside]
DivX to .SWF conversion always converting without a sync. I have a video that is an .AVI (DVcodec), I converted it to DivX via VirtualDub and later on converted it from DivX to .SWF via (Flash Video Studio 1). For some unknown reason, whenever it gets converted to .SWF, the audio/video are not in sync. [more inside]
What are good options for a group of guys to vacation in Portland Oregon for 3-4 days? [more inside]
How can I stop one of my cats from bullying the other during mealtime? [more inside]
so i started this new job a couple of months back. There are a lot of people there around my age who seem really nice, though not so much in my department. My first couple of weeks, I went out for drinks a few times with a bunch of them & had a good time, we seemed to be clicking & I was kind of stoked about working in a somewhat more social/fun environment than I've been accustomed to in previous jobs. What happened? [more inside]
how come my semen turns clear after being exposed to air? [more inside]
How do I dry hardwood flooring? [more inside]
Is there any way I can use my Vodafone 804SS (Samsung Z540) with my mac via USB? [more inside]
I've got a similar situation to the American Idol runner-up: My right ear is fully functional, but I am 90% deaf on my left ear. However, my left ear was deformed at birth, so my earbuds don't fit in it. [more inside]
How can I deposit a check made out to an as-yet-nonexistent business entity rather than to me personally? [more inside]
Erm, I just ate raw swordfish. I mean, it was microwaved for a couple minutes. But mostly-- ceviche. Am I gonna die? [more inside]
If I wanted to hang something heavy from a rafter, how should I do it? [more inside]
DIY data recovery from failed disk drive: what low level diagnostics can I run? [more inside]
Poem identification: [more inside]
I've downloaded the Sibelius Scorch sheet music plugin for both Firefox and IE. When I purchase Scorch sheet music, Scorch only plays the first page, even though I've purchased the entire song. The back/forward page buttons are grayed out. I've downloaded several songs from different Web sites, and I always get the same result. This happens with both browsers. Any ideas?
Help me have sex with my boyfriend outside without being eaten alive by ticks and mosquitos. [more inside]
ScifiBookFilter: My uncle has been trying to figure out this novel he read around the 70s. [more inside]
Help me enjoy sex with my husband. [more inside]
My boyfriend has epilepsy. So far I've only witnessed two seizures (tonic-clonic, or what they used to call grand mal). While I felt mostly prepared for them (I'd done a lot of internet research) I found timing them quite difficult because while the beginning was distinct, the end wasn't. [more inside]
A rat just swam up into my toilet. Can I flush it back down?
What's up with my Flash player? [more inside]
GiftFilter: a friend has been accepted into a prestigious graduate program for screenwriting. [more inside]
What happened to Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw? [more inside]
I like to be taken on a journey far beyond my own culinary cultural milieu. What is the worst tasting food? [more inside]
confused.... met this guy thru on-line dating since early 02/06. We started to date in 04/06 and physically involved. He calls a couple of times a week, haven't said he miss me or anything smooches. But when we together (2-3 times a week), he's very attentive and very loving. I asked him about his feelings but the response was "I'm a slow mover"..... We're both in our late 40s. I'd like to be with someone who is affectionated and open with his emotions.... What should I do? Give him time or move on....
Creative, clever gift-filter. I need an appropriate gift for each of two separate occasions in June: My mom's retirement, and my ex-girlfriend's wedding. [more inside]
Thoughts on doing a year long foreign exchange stint at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. [more inside]
I'm thinking of organizing an office pool on the World Cup. I'm based in VA. I'd probably set up something similar to what gets done with NCAA bracket pools. My question is though: Is this illegal given US gambling laws? [more inside]
What are the best books offering analysis of Beethoven's symphonies? Other classical works? [more inside]
A young adult vampire book, published late 70's, early 80's? Involves a kid who meets the vampire in the basement of a library, falls asleep and wakes up having no memory of it. Main vampire's name is Radu, but I believe there were several other vampires around, also with "traditional" names (a "Carmilla" perhaps?). [more inside]
Moving to the sticks. How can I optimize my communications-cost curve? [more inside]
In the past two weeks a bird (let's call him Stan) has developed a weird attachment to the rear view mirrors on our car. (The car is parked outside.) At all hours of the day Stan can be found sitting on the side of one of the mirrors pecking furiously. He seems to prefer one side mirror more than the other but doesn't really care too much. I'd really like to discourage little Stan from his behavior because he might scratch up the mirror and he's pooping all over the doors. [more inside]
What's the going rate for an all-round web-based UI designer on contract? [more inside]
Any advice on simpler backup and device migration for a Treo user with a Mac? [more inside]
My six year old daughter has recently (past few months or so) had a recurring fear of being kidnapped. I have tried many different tactics to quell this fear of hers, but would love to hear some possible tactics to relax my nervous midget.
Will a GPS device help my running and what are the best weapons against unfriendly animals and dangerous humans? [more inside]
BeachFilter: My wife has put me in charge of locating a nice beach to go to this August. We live in DC and will be taking our son (he'll be 13 months old in August). We are planning on going over a long weekend, maybe 4 days. We'd like to keep the driving distance to less than six hours. [more inside]
Can you suggest places for young teens to shop in Atlanta (besides Lennox Square Mall). Any funky offbeat clothing stores--not too expensive of course. We will be there this coming weekend. Thanks!
Anybody know of any good boutiques/clothing stores in major cities that sell hip, fresh apparel to 18-26 year old men and women? [more inside]
Has anyone tried the Shangri-La Diet? Results? [more inside]
Can I bring food to RFK Stadium? There are conflicting reports as to weather food is allowed to be brought into RFK. I'm going to a baseball game soon and I'm sick and tired of paying $6 for a handful of peanuts. I desire an unending supply.
Help me get a surround sound system! Specific questions and products inside. [more inside]
In South Boston, at the intersection of Babe Ruth Rd and Columbia Rd near Carson Beach, there's a stone memorial. There are four names inscribed in it, along with ages (all between 16 and 20) and date of death (all June 19, 1982). There's no explanation, besides a mournful poem. What's the story? [more inside]
How can my wife use her superpowers for good? [more inside]
My google fu is failing me on these two very random queries: 1) info about a beer commercial from a few years ago where a guy paints himself in a kung fu pose with a giant afro, 2) an image of the painting that the son paints in Wedding Crashers... [more inside]
What is the condiment "saba"? [more inside]
How can cockroaches be evicted from the innards of a laptop? [more inside]
I'm working on a website for my band, and I would like to have a section on the main page which lists news items. I don't want to have to edit the html file every time I want to add an update though. I'd like it to run from a database or something, so can I set something up to display the 5 most recent database entries on my website? [more inside]
What is a good price to pay for webhosting, database and a secure shopping cart? [more inside]
What fonts/collections are essential to the web designing MeFites? [more inside]
What external resolution can an old 800Mhz G3 iBook with 32 MB VRAM drive? [more inside]
BaseballFilter: A friend is trying to determine who has the single season Major League Baseball record for most games in a season with at least one hit. [more inside]
What is the etymology of "Genius of the restoration / Aid in our resuscitation" from The Last Crusade? Remember? Marcus and Dr. Jones Sr. do a little dance in a german tank, and Jones says "Genius of the Re-Sto-Ration!" and Marcus automatically replies "Aid in our Resus-ci-tation!" Anybody know where this came from? It smacks of inside Ivy League joke, and I want to know bad. Thanks metafilter.
Is there any way one can buy an international plane ticket while waiting for a replacement passport? [more inside]
Help me fit into my dress! [more inside]
I'm looking for the names of two video games I used to play in the early 90's... [more inside]
Final Cut Pro users: What do you do with your bulky collection of project and video files when you're ostensibly done with the project?
What's the essential gear for bike commuting? [more inside]
Since my lady and I mostly just lay in bed all day, we're looking for some more appropriate clothing for our lifestyles. What are your favorite lounging around clothes? [more inside]
Need help identifying a song from an old cartoon.... [more inside]
What to do about a cat that can't be spayed? [more inside]
My wife succumbed to a high-pressure car salesman when I was out of town. Help me get some or all of my money back! [more inside]
When I was in school in '98 I read one of the best poems ever. Help me find it. [more inside]
WorthaBuyFilter: So I was perusing an antique store and came across an old photograph of U.S. Army soldiers in China during the 1890's. The price was $175. Is it worth it? [more inside]
Are there any video players aside from Quicktime and iTunes that will play an iTunes .m4v video file? [more inside]
Which Washington, D.C. neighborhood is right for my interracial, liberal, priced-out-of New York, two-child family? [more inside]
How do I replace a failing disk in a jbod array setup using the windows XP Pro dynamic disk system? [more inside]
Why do I pick fights with people close to me and how can I stop? I'm not like this with friends, just relatives and S.O. [more inside]
after being on birth control pills for many (8+) years, i had to go off them (permanently) for medical reasons. six months later, my breasts have noticeably shrunk almost a full cup size. [more inside]
What are some casual ways to come out as polyamorous or as being in an open relationship? [more inside]
Prime Minister's Questions questions. UK citizens, please explain a couple of things to this curious American. [more inside]
Adjusting to RGP contact lenses [more inside]
Why must XP insist so infernally on rebooting? [more inside]
What's the best foundation you can get for less than $20? [more inside]
FirefoxFilter: why is the date displayed in American format (mm/dd/yy) using firefox on a website, and correctly (dd/mm/yy) using IE? Followup, how do I fix my firefox settings?
My question is, other than antibiotics what can be a natural medicine known to treat urinary infections. I heard a lot about drinking chamomile, cranberry juice, even weird things like boiling and drinking cherry stems! Any ideas of possible natural treatments that work to avoid medications? [more inside]
What free software can I use to open and convert an Adobe InDesign .indd file on Windows XP? Will GIMP do the job? Inkscape? Yes, I've read the answers to this question.
Where can I buy a Taiwanese snack over the net? [more inside]
My girlfriend is starting a master's public health program next fall and she's looking for funding. [more inside]
The back of my DLP HDTV, has a vent in the back for the light projector. Some light escapes out of this vent. A small bug got into the house recently and found the light from the vent. It then discovered an illumination jackpot inside the set. This resulted in a big bug inside the unit and projected onto the screen that I couldn't get out. Does anyone have tips on keeping small insects out of a projection TV like a DLP without restricting the airflow to the lamp, potentially damaging the set?
Can I eat this? [more inside]
Weird skin thing-- for the last month or so I've been getting these teeny tiny blisters on the pads of my thumbs and forefingers. [more inside]
My mousepad is in its last throes. Help me find a new one that has some pizzazz. Something unusual or perhaps one like yours. Extra points for anything geeky, retro, or tattoo culture oriented. Much obliged.
I'm trying to remember the name of an old Atari game. It's been about 20 years since I played it so my description may be a bit hazy. [more inside]
SnackFilter: Milk with pretzels and orange juice with cookies. Why? [more inside]
I'm backpacking through Europe this summer and I just realized that I might be able to make it to Siena, Italy in time to see the Palio horse race. Can anyone offer me tips to make it a great experience? [more inside]
What are some techniques you use to find websites similar to a random website that you come across and like? [more inside]
I love having my ears kissed/licked, but this seems to cause ear infections sometimes. Is there a way to avoid the infections?
I would like to know if it is possible to fly from Canada into the United States with only a one way ticket. I have searched many U.S. government web sites and have been unable to find any information. Will customs let me through, or will they deny me access?
Moving to Philly! Where should I live? When should I start looking for a late-August move? Any good source of apartment listings, besides craigslist? [more inside]
I just finished the first draft of the second half of my first book. Now I have to revise it, and I have to revise it good. [more inside]
AdSense: Is it possible to force Google to broaden (or randomize) some of the ads on my Adsense for Content banner? I run a forum and I think I'm losing potential revenue because Google tends to serve up a lot of the same ads all the time. Can I put keywords into a meta tag to bring up new ads?
Has anyone gotten a travel visa to India at the consulate in New York City? Just wondering if it's a long long wait and if I should use a visa service (and pay for the trouble)
What's the best DVD recorder (hopefully with a VCR as well) which could capture a 2-hour movie from the cable box with the highest quality?
What are some upper body exercises I can do without putting any load on my wrists? [more inside]
Home schooling filter: Where else can I find non-religious, relatively complete curricula for home schooling purposes? [more inside]
Should I report a (probably) one time medical event to the driver's license medical board? [more inside]
Help a girl out with oral sex. [more inside]
What are the legal implications of a university monitoring, storing, and cataloging all incoming and outgoing email into a searchable database? What if I have first hand knowledge of a university doing this? [more inside]
Six computers, a router, some laptops, and a NAS walk into a bar... (stop me if you've heard this one)
Six computers, a router, some laptops, and a NAS walk into a bar... [more inside]
Well, I've looked through other posts and took the advice to heart. Anybody have any recommendations for a divorce attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area? Preferably on the Peninsula.
I need help with an Excel formula. Warning: this may venture into the realms of calculus. Maybe. [more inside]
Are there archives of Television without Pity's initial smaller recaplets anywhere? I can only seem to find archives of their full multi-page recaps, but I'd enjoy going back and reading through an entire season of something using the smaller recaplets.
Broadband connection uptime monitoring? [more inside]
Excelfilter: how do I compute a rolling seven-day average for something that happens at sporadic intervals? [more inside]
Why is electrical a word, but electronical isn't? [more inside]
I believe that another tenant has place an air "freshener" in the hallway out side of our apartments in violation of their lease. I want it removed. What should I do? [more inside]
Cell phones for elementary school kids? My kid wants one, I don't see the need. Am I missing something here? [more inside]
I had an incredibly rude, and I think incredibly unethical run-in with the liquor patrol at the bars last night. I wish to do something about it but I do not know where to start. [more inside]
Ignoring the the drug itself, what are the long-term effects of regular drug injection? [more inside]
How do I get started in constructing ferrocement sculptures? [more inside]
Is it possible to paint a wooden sword to give it a metallic affect? [more inside]
Where would I look for a couple of experienced game designers in the Baltimore Washington area who aren't so experienced that they avoid startups? [more inside]
My car's engine heat indicator suddenly began soaring anytime I idle. This can't be good. What is the cause, and how do I fix? [more inside]
What are the copyright implications if creating an ad using photos of figurines? [more inside]
A wee horned caterpillar turned up in my backyard yesterday. Can you identify it? [more inside]
Philosophy-Filter: In reading a paper about mathematics philosophy I came across a reference to the term "idiotic infinity"; which Hegel used to express the unlimited accumulation of ideas, all of which become equally profound. I'd like to read more of what Hegel said about this idea, but I cannot find the term in use anywhere. Does anyone familiar with Hegel know where in his enormous corpus I might find the discussion of the "idiotic infinity"? There is also the off-chance that the math paper reference was wrong, and the term might have originated with another philosopher entirely.
I would like to make or use a web2.0ish personal address book. Little image for the person, birth date, phone number that opens up skype and starts dialing, address, etc. Does something like this exist? [more inside]
What is the best way to remove an iron on from a tee? [more inside]
At a local traditional Japanese restaurant a while ago, the server brought a little fabric ball with a bell on a string with our check where you'd usually expect mints. She made it clear that it was for us to take, but we didn't learn anything more about it, and now I'm wondering if there's any symbolism, meaning or tradition behind it. There's a picture and [more inside]
So a kid just wet my bed... [more inside]
What to do in London during June 10 ~ June 17th? [more inside]
Safari is not retaining any history older than a day. This is a problem because it 'forgets' long URLs to auto-complete. How do I make it remember again? [more inside]
When you sign for your credit card, do they save the digital signature? (A little more to it, too) [more inside]
songs about/featuring d.c./l.a? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend good books to read to a two-year-old boy who's going to be taking his first airplane trip in ten days? [more inside]
A slightly different PowerPoint/ presentation filter: What are your tips, tricks, tools and resources for making kick-ass presentations? [more inside]
Apart from the Fulton Fish Market, where in NYC could I buy frozen greenshell mussels?
What are these people protesting? [more inside]
I have an iPod 4G with a click wheel that the USB cable has died on. I was going to order a generic cable for $5 from Amazon rather than the $20 connector from Apple. I read a review (two actually) on Amazon saying that there were sync problems with this cable. Anyone have experience with these cables?
As a birthday present, I want to make my spouse's dream meal, which is apparently a feta cheese or greek-style crepe from Crepes On Cole in San Francisco. I've never been there and don't live in SF. Can any one guess at the recipe that I'm after? [more inside]
Tell me about day spas? [more inside]
A number of online photo printing services have been mentioned here on AskMeFi, but a search hasn't revealed one that will print to my liking. I'm looking for a top notch black and white print with archival borders - 8x10 image on 11x14 paper. I'm working with high quality scans of black and white negatives. Suggestions?
Two computer questions really, if that's legal. How do I make my wireless network safe, and what the heck is this cmdlog that keeps popping up in my documents. [more inside]
Say I wanted to be on the first commercial flight of an Airbus A380. Would it be possible and how would I go about arranging it? [more inside]
It is Eurovision Song Contest time tonight - is it just the UK or is it a joke to the rest of Europe as well? [more inside]
On my XP system, the recently installed Norton anti-worm app told me that my Netgear RP614v2 NAT-enabled router attempted to udp connect to my port number 2061 from its port 12024. However, there is no port fowarding or triggering enabled, nor is there a DMZ address configured at all. [more inside]
For a late June, post-wedding escape from L.A., my groom and I would like to find an off-the-beaten-path town/hotel. Our requirements must be odd, of which [more inside]
I am trying to find a reading copy of an English translation of Hanns Heinz Ewers's novel Alraune. I have not had any luck. Can you help me? [more inside]
Can anyone speak to acquiring a license (if it's even necessary) to use AP Photos on your web site? I've searched and I've searched and I've searched.
A white, circular discoloration has appeared on my oak coffee table. It was probably caused by condensation on a vase. Is there anyway to remove this stain without refinishing the entire table top?
What can you tell me about bicycle touring in southern Spain? [more inside]
ShowerDrainFilter: Every six months or so our shower drain clogs and we have to call a plumber to snake it out. That costs about $125 each time. We asked him the last time if we could buy our own snake and do it ourselves and he strongly cautioned us against that. [more inside]
What's this cable? Would it have enough value to anyone for me to sell it or put it on eBay, or should I just chuck it or try to give it away? [more inside]
How long do people date before doing the deed these days?
How do I get rid of stiffness from my fingers? [more inside]
Under indoor conditions, what is the life expectancy of metalized Mylar? [more inside]
How do I convert my Palm into a guitar player's best friend? [more inside]
Driving from Seattle to Canada on vacation - what should we see? [more inside]
I tried to remove IE7 beta1 from my pc and the uninstall failed. If I try to reinstall it that fails as well. This is causing problems in various other programs e.g. Dreamweaver. Help! [more inside]
Yet another "time to buy a car" thread [more inside]
computer vision: i need an algorithm to extract statistics about the diameters (in pixels) of some roughly-circular objects from an image file. [more inside]
My iBook doesn't love my gamepad. How do I get the romance started? [more inside]
I am in Philadelphia. My wife and I would like to travel from Reading Terminal Market to the zoo by public transportation. How do we best do it? Also, we would like to get to Citizens Bank Park via public transport today. Is this possible? The web site has a lot of information about parking but nothing about getting there by public transport.
Two friends agreeing to marry each other if they are single by a certain age: does this really happen in real life? [more inside]
Hard drive password: the Samsung laptop my wife uses suddenly started asking for HDD 0 password on bootup. Checking in the bios confirms that a password has been set on the HDD. She swears she didn't do it, and has no idea what happened. What to do? [more inside]
[Chewing Gum] Does this exist? A sugarless, flavorless chewing gum that loses its pliableness the longer you chew it? [more inside]
Outlook question: I tried to recall a message, and now every day I get 30 or so e-mails telling me that the recall effort failed. How do I stop these 'failed recall' e-mails? (the message was re-called to correct a typo and in any case has been obe'd, i.e., "overtaken by events"). Thanks.
java: If a private method can't be overriden, but it's possible to create a method in a subclass with the same signature, what's the difference? [more inside]
Is there anywhere I can download software shareware and cost-free software with the assurance that it's spyware free? [more inside]
Where can I get one of these? [more inside]
How do the air purifiers integrated into a house's heating/cooling system work? [more inside]
Help me find the website with pics of the (Japanese?) woman who dressed up like a sexy Ronald McDonald! My Google skills have failed me, enough that I'm not even sure I saw this thing I think I saw in the last 2 years... [more inside]
Does anyone know a source for this story? I once heard about a railroad crossing that had quite a few fatal accidents, because drivers would routinely duck under the barrier gates as they closed instead of waiting several minutes for interminable freight trains to pass. But there's a twist ... [more inside]
Help me document (on film) my pre-conception, conception and pregnancy process. [more inside]
Where can I find more writing about metaphor? I vaguely remember reading something about how, when machines became ubiquitous, people began understanding their lives in terms of machines. I'm looking for that sort of thing. [more inside]
What is it like to give birth? I'm male, and one of the side affects is that I'll never get pregnant. I'm wondering what it's actually like to give birth to a whole new person. [more inside]
Is the UK property market bubble ever likely to burst? [more inside]
How do I keep my dog from peeing where I don't want him to? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good insurance broker for the San Francisco Bay Area? My current guy is getting very flaky and I want to shop around for my home owners and car insurance. I'm looking for someone I can trust. -Thanks.
I want to create a short movie (DVD) clip that does the cinema count-down 10, 9, 8 ... gray circle with black numbers. Can someone more creative and smarter than me advise how? [more inside]
This has been bugging me for years; someone has to know the answer. In "The Jerk" (Steve Martin, 1979), Steve Martin's character gets out of bed to snap his fingers and dance to a song on the radio he claims "speaks" to him. What is that song, and who performed it? [more inside]
Could it be that a little bit of coffee before bedtime is actually helping me sleep better? [more inside]
fundamentalists; My nephew is graduating from High School this month. He has been given a scholarship to an extremely fundamental christian college, similar to a Liberty or Bob Jones.....I have been invited to; [more inside]
I'm getting married in a week to a girl I've been dating for just over three months. We decided last night. It just sort of came up in conversation, but I need to come up with some creative way to formally propose to her in the next few days. She's got a sense of humor as twisted as my own, so the key adjective here is wacky. [more inside]
What is the fastest way to micro-commute one mile to the bus stop? The bus may not have space for bikes. I'd like to spend under $200 inclusive of protective gear/clothing. [more inside]
How long does champagne last? [more inside]
I have a 1997 Telecaster Plus with a rosewood fretboard that I'd like to darken up a bit. [more inside]
Help me identify a no-frills cell phone and carrier. I have two firm requirements involving design (gotta be small!) and custom ring tones. [more inside]
Given the current economic trends, what will happen to the chinese currency when it is no longer pegged to the us currency? That's about it, I am just curious whether people think the chinese currency would gain or lose ground to the dollar if that happened.
ObscureStatisticsFilter: Help me find usage and market adoption statistics for major streaming audio servers. [more inside]
My work wants to accept payments online but doesn't want to accept credit cards. Most banks issue debit cards that work as credit cards. Is there a way to determine the difference? [more inside]
What are the best books/dvds/cds/websites out there for Turkish learning? What did you use and recommend? Are there any tips or things that helped you? [more inside]
Help me plan a trip to Italy - Rome, Florence and the countryside in Tuscany and Umbria. [more inside]
Please recommend a good book blog where I can hang out. Because heaven knows I don't fritter away enough time on the Internet. [more inside]
ExcelFilter: I need help creating a pie chart as a separate worksheet in Excel that counts how often values appear in a column and creates a pie graph based on that data. I'm stumped, I'm not using the right Google terms, and my company's help desk couldn't guide me through the process, either. (That sounds awkward, so I describe it more comprehensibly inside.) [more inside]
Where to stay (for cheap) near Harrisburg, PA? What to do while there? [more inside]
I need new teeth. (For entertainment purposes only.) [more inside]
I currently just finished my second year of college. As a electrical engineering major I find that I sometimes go back to look at course notes and material from past semesters. Thus, I have a lot of paper and not a whole lot of room to put it. Currently each class I have taken is in its own manilla folder and in a file caddy I have. This is less than ideal as most classes don't really fit in a single folder yet I do it anyway so I can keep track of them. I am looking for a creative and space saving way to store them for semi-easy access and more importantly organization. I have thought about 3 hole punching everything, but I would probably end up spending a day or so doing that. Any suggestions.
TravelFilter: This summer I and 3 friends are planning on travelling around part of Europe by train and are looking for advice on the main areas we plan to stay in. Information on hostels or other cheap accommodation (first hand if possible) would be great (more inside) [more inside]
I found a $100 Series EE savings bond of mine that matured in 1999. Did it continue appreciating after 1999 or is it limited to $100 forever? None of the resources I've checked tell me the answer. Where can I redeem it locally (U.S.) if I don't have a local bank branch?
Advice for native NYCers moving to Lexington, KY? [more inside]
Unique group date idea for Saturday night in Wilmington, NC [more inside]
I need a goretex Anorak for hiking in spring/fall that is rainproof, breathable and provides some warmth for varied terrain across Norway. Priced out some options in country, but am very hesitant to pay 3000 Kroner (500 bucks) for top model gear here when my brother is coming over from the states in June. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Why is that new MacBook firmware update making my computer suck? [more inside]
How do you get yourself to stick with routines that will improve your life? I'm trying to get myself to stick with simple & easy routines surrounding issues like my finances, my health, and my work, but have trouble being consistent. [more inside]
Harry Caray's trademark oversized black glasses: Who makes them? Where can I get a pair? [more inside]
So, I just received a Timex Sinclair 1000 (WITH the 16k memory upgrade! and flight simulator!) as a gift. Should I open the box and play to my hearts content? Or will this monolith of computing power be worth enough in the future, to justify it staying trapped and suffocated in its yellowed shinkwrap? [more inside]
Where can I find free DHTML menu code that doesn't require a visible link back to the developer's website?
I'm trying to find a poster of Ludwig van Beethoven for my wall at home. I would love to have a poster with an image of Beethoven, perhaps some notes or sheet music, and some of the text (the original German, not a translation) of the Choral movement of the 9th. Obviously, I want something very specific. I've looked at allposters.com and several other online poster sites and I haven't found quite what I'm looking for. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
What's the next step in collective intelligence? [more inside]
What are some good books about the international arms trade? Nonfiction or informative fiction, please.
I’m looking for songs that won’t piss me off at six a.m. [more inside]
How to convert Canvas 10.4.0 files to HTML? [more inside]
CitiBank has just released a new round of their humorous identity theft ads for May, 2006. You know them instantly by the mismatched video and voices. Here are the original ads from 2004. I've Googled using all possible tags with no success to see who might have them posted for download. Thanks for the hunt!
Does who won the War of 1812 depend on where you live? [more inside]
I just bought a new car. I seem to remember hearing that you should keep the speed to, say, 50 mph, for its first couple hundred miles - something to do with tires or brakes... Is that right? Do I need to do this?
I'm quitting cable. What should I do with the money? [more inside]
How does a musician learn to write better lyrics? [more inside]
How are the envelope window and sleeve barcode use at the netflix sorting facility? [more inside]
Suggestions to replace a 1995 Volvo 850? [more inside]
I found a magnet hiding under my PC yesterday. Now Windows is telling me that my second hard drive isn't formatted, but it's unable to format it when I try to do so. I don't care about the data on the drive, I just want a useable disk again! Any suggestions? [more inside]
I need recommendations for short stories suitable for discussion at a work-sponsored short story club. [more inside]
If a guy is not a player why would he continue to frequent a dating site a month into what seems to be a pretty good relationship for both of us? [more inside]
I have a question about bidding on eBay. Take a look at the bid history for this crazy auction to get a place on UK TV's Big Brother programme. Why are some bidders such as ceo_of_crazy_thursdays, puppy_sandwich and robthecricketer posting multiple bids in a row which often add thousands onto the price? Why not post just one big bid? Even stranger, why put up the price so much with sucessive bids before waiting to see who outbids you? The actions of these people appear to only serve to help the seller as it'll massivily boost the final price - so is this some sort of scam?
After hearing "Imitation of Life", I'd like to listen and enjoy some more R.E.M. music. Where should I start? What albums are recommended for a newbie to R.E.M?
Attention geometry wizards, Explain this picture
Auction House speculation in World of Warcraft. [more inside]
Laptop power supply interfering with PA speakers. [more inside]
I really want these shoes, but they don't ship outside of the U.K..... [more inside]
What are the best manners that I am not aware of? [more inside]
My girlfriend asked me if I'd ever have sex with a man. I replied by saying that I'd never say never. Does this make me less of a heterosexual? [more inside]
Ive read that cancer can be pretty clever - securing nutrition by releasing hormones which cause the creation of blood vessels, employing various methods of fooling our immune system etc. All these seem (at least to my layman's mind) to be pretty specialized eh... 'behaviors' i guess is the word. My question is, how would they evolve? [more inside]
I am going to be detailing the interior of my 2002 Ford Mustang this weekend. I'm looking for the best techniques/products for the job. My goal is for it to end up looking like a professional detail job (or at least as close as I can get it to be). What has worked for you? I have no leather seats so I don't have to worry about that. But what about the cloth seats...carpets...dashboard...steering wheel...sticky soda drips? What do you suggest?
My friend swears that he once saw a video of a guy dropping highly reactive marble sized pieces of metal in a bathtub. The guy would drop in more reactive pieces of metal until eventually "a geyser shot up from the water and the tub split in twain." Is this remotely possible? [more inside]
How can I buy tickets to see The Pipettes at Sous La Plague at Park of Paris? [more inside]
The MacBook calls to me. But I have a desktop (PC). Is there any justification for having a desktop AND a laptop computer? If not, is there any way I can sell a desktop computer without taking a huge loss?
What is this subtle sound that I keep hearing while using my computer? [more inside]
How do we start and run a successful book club? [more inside]
Recommend a restaurant in Boston for business dining? [more inside]
I'm looking for discussion list software that will allow users to receive e-mails only from other users that are within X miles of their zip code. [more inside]
How can I develop writing skills in a non-native language? [more inside]
Has anyone added RAM to an iBook G4? [more inside]
Part of my garden has been growing wild for some time: I've decided it is time to reclaim it. But my current tools aren't up to the job. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Where can I find a simple UNIX homework submission script? [more inside]
Job ethics: I have decided to leave my job two months from now. Do I let them know now so they have more time to find a good replacement, or do I wait and just give my two weeks notice? [more inside]
How do I determine the sell value of a site that has 5000+ readers per day (including RSS readers), 3300+ articles written, 120,000+ comments, 40+ active authors, and a high Google PageRank of 7? [more inside]
What are good resources, books, etc. on how to find investors/business partners for buying a bar? [more inside]
How do I make a DVD from my iTunes video downloads? [more inside]
How much copper is there inside an average PC? [more inside]
There are 2 small groups of people, one in Montreal, one in Toronto. Help me plan a low budget Summer event to bring them together. [more inside]
Assuming denomination of currency was not specified in the contract, could someone hold the terms of a contract unfulfilled because the denomination of currency was inconvenient and/or costly to process? [more inside]
How would I write a biography or history book? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a passenger ferry service which leaves from Chicago and goes on Lake Michigan to ANYWHERE? I'm looking to get away for a weekend to somewhere in maybe Wisconsin or Michigan (think Door County or Mackinac Island) and would like to not have to drive much, if possible. I thought it would be fun to take a boat ride to my destination starting from the lake in Chicago, but so far have not found anything online. Chicagoans, let me in on your secrets!
Something in my house is causing my wife and I to itch. What could it be? [more inside]
I work at a national retail store full-time, and the majority of the time when I'm not working the register it's all very simple stuff like straightening and folding clothes. It only takes maybe 15%* of my focus. I need suggestions for things to think about, mental games, and methods of mental improvement to take up the other 85%. [more inside]
Can one partner of a divorcing couple compel the sale of the house for the purpose of division of assets? [more inside]
I'd like to learn a new language to help improve my skills in the IT field. I manage multiple teams in a support environment, both desktop and server. A foreign language seems to be a good way to improve my offerings to employers and help broaden my mind. [more inside]
I'm looking for a group file sharing, discussion web site... [more inside]
Hi! I'm looking to compile a list of travel-oriented songs in any genre, specifically ones that hit on the independent, vagabonding, adventure, exploration style of traveling. Let's hear your suggestion!
I am organizing a bachelor party to be held in Calgary, Canada and I could use some suggestions to increase the awesome. [more inside]
Help me fulfill my nerdly destiny and make my lantern into a decent Golden Age Green Lantern prop. [more inside]
Have you worn PureVision contact lenses? Do they really "combine breathtaking clarity with incredible health and comfort," and would you recommend them? [more inside]
TravelFilter: Got Luggage? [more inside]
What should you take into a tropical post-hurricane situation? [more inside]
Calling all armchair MacGuyvers: My car is locked in my garage, and there must be a way to get it out. [more inside]
How do I find a girl that I knew as a child/teen? All I have is her name (she may have changed it through marriage) and the town where she grew up? She doesn't live there any more. [more inside]
There is a hawk's nest in the lot next to our house with babies in it. They are about to clear cut the land to put yet another crappy built house there (all in the name of "money"). Is there anything that can be done to save that nest?
When I pour sugar in my coffee the total volume in my mug increases. What happen to the volume when the sugar dissolves (decreasing or stable ?) ?
Please help me figure out the most affordable, logical phone/internet package for my house. There are too many options, and I'm not quite sure where to start. [more inside]
I'm writing a business plan for a company that will develop software for scientists doing biomedical research. I need to estimate the size of the market--e.g. how many labs in the U.S. fit this category. One starting point would be the number of grants given out annually by the NIH. Does any one know this number or know where I can find it? Any other suggestions as to how to make this estimate?
What short course can I do to get better paid part time or self employed work? [more inside]
Gardenfilter: I'm starting my garden this weekend and never had a real vegetable/herb garden. I'd like to grow some unusual/heirloom varieties of vegetables but wasn't together enough to order seeds, etc. Any Mass/Southern NH Mefites know of a garden nursery or greenhouse that has LOTS of variety for veggies for plants??
Can public library books harbor bacteria/virii/disease? [more inside]
Are new ipods more reliable than old ipods? [more inside]
I need recommendations for an mp3 player for a blind user. [more inside]
I will leave Japan to travel back to the UK this August and am looking for interesting, original places and/or ways to make my way back. Where/how should I go? [more inside]
How do i go about improving my arguing/debating skills? [more inside]
Looking for examples of title cards from silent films, and the fonts used thereof. [more inside]
How to import vcf files into Thunderbird? [more inside]
Can someone translate this phrase from an Indian language (Hindi?) into English please? Many thanks. [more inside]
What's a good, warm tube amp to go with a Gibson SG? [more inside]
Living inexpensively in London [more inside]
I recently received this cool watch as a gift. What I want to do is figure out how to do all the nifty functions, namely the bezel and all numbers running along the rim(s). It's a (partial) calculator I know, and has techy-sounding words like "STAT" and "NAUT" and "Flight Timer", which I deduce will allow pilots to...well, do what? Can someone help me decipher all the geeky goodness so I can impress my fellow nerd friends? [more inside]
Windows Explorer behaves weirdly; showing all my desktop folders as "Desktop". Screenshot here. What's going on?
Please hope me! What font is this?
My live-in girlfriend has flown to Europe for a month and a half, and I feel a little lost as to what I should do with myself now. [more inside]
I need a scan or photo of a Swedish airmail envelope (not an aerogram), as in, from Sweden to elsewhere. Ideally from around 2002 but I'll take what I can get. [more inside]
Suggestions on a portable digital recorder, with compactness, data portability and price as the key features [more inside]
How can I file share more obscure music? [more inside]
I bought an ibook recently on ebay here in Australia. I've just been emailed by the police today, informing me that the laptop was stolen merchandise. I'm resigned to the fact that I'll have to return the laptop to the original owner. (I would want no less if it was stolen from me) - but do I have a chance of getting compensation from ebay? the laptop was about $1,200 AUD. Any tips on approaching ebay and negotiating this are very welcome.
Generally it seems frowned upon to allow information about the extent to which someone supports charity enter the public sphere. What is the reason for this or if that is too obvious the origin of this belief? [more inside]
Good utilities for writing comments in visual c++ (2005)? [more inside]
When I get plastered enough, my eye twitches. Why? [more inside]
I have a file in Word with a header that consists of a date, centered. Is there any way I can add 29 pages to the document to make a total of 30, dated " Thursday, June 1, 2006" - "Friday, June 30, 2006"? It seems like some sort of mail-mergy voodoo might work. [more inside]
Advice for a first-time manager? (more inside) [more inside]
Why am I getting junk mail in my ex-husband's name? [more inside]
What's the difference between all these types of laptop memory anyway? [more inside]
Why does Windows think I want to permanently type in "accent character" mode? [more inside]
Bicycle rear wheel problems. [more inside]
I have several questions about starting a business. [more inside]
Did my new apartment give me a rash? [more inside]
Is Project Entropia a good playground for a 14-year-old? Does its economic model encourage the exercising of real-world social skills, or is it just another unaccountable identity-hopping scammer's paradise? [more inside]
What "good" sub $100 computer speakers are out there? [more inside]
I need recommendations on good "personality" jobs. [more inside]
How do you prepare eel? [more inside]
What would you ask the Mythbusters stars? [more inside]
Outlook 2003: adding an "archive" button? [more inside]
I need to find an apartment in LA, where I am moving for a new job in Burbank. I know nothing about LA. Do you have any advice on neighborhoods? Buildings? Rental companies? Apartment brokers or services? [more inside]
Why does Jon Stewart insist that his guests sit down before he does? He will keep standing no matter what, even if it creates an uncomfortable situation. It's awkward and has always bugged me.
I'm asking a question for my roommate. She's trying to decide between 2 cars, same price. Which should she choose? 1) '98 Subaru Forester S Series, 160k miles, Power everything, anti-lock brakes 2) '97 Volvo GLT 850 5-cyl Turbo wagon, 150k miles. Any experiences with either car? Opinions? Advice? Thanks.
What is the true meaning of the word 'fictual'? Is it actually even a word? [more inside]
Where can I make a charitable donation that will provide me with cool benefits? [more inside]
Is it just me, or has 2006 in Los Angeles been extraordinarily foggy and overcast? And if I'm right, is there an explanation? Something about jetstreams or low-pressure systems in the Indian Ocean or maybe butterflies?
Alternatives to SourceForge? [more inside]
I'm having troubles with my ISP (UK) and I need to prove the times when my internet connection is out. How can I record if my connection is up or down when I’m not there to check? [more inside]
In a UK company with 3 shareholders, with percentages 51%, 24.5%, 24.5%. Can the person with the majority force the other 2 holders to sell-out ? [more inside]
Do straight guys ever eat their own come after masturbating? [more inside]
How can I get a chance to become a free beta tester for Spore? And how much time would I have to commit to it? [more inside]
Will the Opera browser for the Nintendo DS Lite support GMail and Google Calendar? [more inside]
Is it tacky to bring a flask to a music show at a club?
After spending so many years in *nix environments, I need to get up to speed with Microsoft products (specifically vb.net) without losing my sanity. [more inside]
I'm using Microsoft Access 2003, SP2. Does it come with triggers and procedures? I searched Help, and it says trigger is only available to Access project. What's Access project? Help please.
Does This Exist: A standalone compact flash card reader that can copy (and then delete!) pictures from a camera onto a hard drive for later retrieval? [more inside]
What would a mixtape of over the top egotistical/self-aggrandizing songs contain? [more inside]
Bay area landscape gardeners—anyone have a recommendation for a good landscape gardener on the peninsula? My yard is sad.
Accomodations in Kyoto for Gion Matsuri? [more inside]
Recommend me some good sci-fi space simulation games I'm missing. [more inside]
Is it a bad idea to stay in East Memphis? [more inside]
I'm failing to see the joke or point in this week's Perry Bible Fellowship. http://126.96.36.199/imageserv2/temporary/PBF101ADTheShortcutExpress.jpg Is there one?
Why aren't supermarkets liable for damage as a result of their shopping carts? [more inside]
Is there any reason not to buy a used ergonomic chair? [more inside]
Working in Europe: Visa Conundrum. [more inside]
Where can I find good resources/tips for how to improve the curb appeal of my semi-detached house? [more inside]
LibrarianFilter: Is this even legal? My school has just announced they will be increasing student fees by over 60% for the next semester. I've sent an email to the director, but what can I, or other students, reasonably do to combat this? Do I have to drop out of school because I can't afford an additional $5,000? Full text of the announcement is below. [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a "cool" lunch box or bag? Not cool as in 1970s Godzilla lunch box, but one that you would carry to work and is not a lunch sack or one of the ones you always see? I like a nice design aesthetic (if possible), and I have been unhappy with the ones I have seen. Extra points for insulation and something that can fit in a briefcase if inclined.
I use my ipod Mini for audiobooks. When I stop and turn the ipod off and then later turn it back on, I usually have to search for my place. Can anyone tell me how to solve this problem?
I'm looking for companies that offer quasi-entry level jobs for professionals making a career change. [more inside]
My fiancee and I are thinking about getting married in New Orleans. Advice? Is it still in bad enough shape that this is a bad idea? [more inside]
Suggest a video editing program? [more inside]
I am tired of being connected and available all the time. To that end I have decided to drop my Treo PDA phone and just get a simple phone that will give me access to my calendar and contacts - but no email - no web - mobi-video - just plain old POTS. Any recommendations for simple cell phones?
So I got a new Motorola SLVR L7, what are some cool things I can do with it? Bonus points for OSX-Friendly apps/solutions. [more inside]
In Access (and Excel as well I would imagine) what is the symbol for "Not Equals"? I would imagine since = is equals there must be a symbol for everything excluding said parameter [more inside]
Cooking Filter: I need to convert a recipe that serves eight into a recipe that serves 100. [more inside]
I'm curious about equipment seen at larger concerts: opaque plastic (?) disc, clear plastic tube attached to one side, spiral wire around the tube, cable coming out of the other side of the disc. Some kind of microphone? [more inside]
I need to create a simple and small screensaver, like the logon.scr that comes with windows server 2003, that has my company's logo instead of "Windows Server 2003." [more inside]
Windows XP problem possibly involving Windows Defender or spyware. [more inside]
The Merrimack River in Massachusetts decided to become part of my backyard these past few days, but thankfully has receded. My question is, how do I disinfect my lawn from all the bacteria and what not that was in the river without actually killing the lawn?
Why does my PowerBook G4 take so long to recognize my 60g iPod? [more inside]
2 Bedroom Apt, 3 people, what's the most fair way to split the rent? [more inside]
I'm going to NYC for a week in September. I need recommendations of the best alternative/weird/unusual/eye-opening places in Manhattan. [more inside]
Does anyone know off the top of their head what Mishima says about exercise? I'm talking about the 1985 film by Paul Schrader. The scene I'm talking about is when he's using a sort of rowing machine and you see him topless. [more inside]
Cheap and innovative bridge solution that doesn't interfere with the river, or the banks at all? [more inside]
How do I learn to shut my Big Fat Yapper? [more inside]
How can I successfully transition out of being a pothead? [more inside]
Sending email via Gmail using POP and Verizon ISP? [more inside]
Can I download Wikipedia to my Sony Ericsson K750i, or do I need a fancy smartphone? [more inside]
My iBook has started freezing on me. When I start it up, it starts making a buzzing, whirring sound from under the left of the trackpad, then won't do anything else. I'm thinking it's some sort of a fan problem or HD-related issue, but I'm at a loss, and very frustrated. Can you help? [more inside]
what fiction to buy for an urologist? [more inside]
Do you "pose" for snapshots? Should I? It has been kindly brought to my attention that I look like crap in photos--worse than in person. [more inside]
Teachingfilter: So, fellow mefiteachers, how do you deal with the exhaustion that comes with the job? [more inside]
[CollectiveMemoryFilter] Please help me find an FPP from a while back with a single link to a short video skit about a guy serenading a girl in a coffee shop early in the morning, with the help of the other patrons. [more inside]
In the last two weeks, a weird nodule has formed on the bottom of my tongue. I think it's a ranula, but I'm not a doctor and can't say that for certain. I don't have health insurance, but I gotta get rid of this thing before it gets massive and more painful. What kind of doctor do I see to get this removed? How much will something like this (getting a "thing" on your tongue removed) typically cost? [more inside]
I need a web scraper script/proggie to download and thumbnailize images for a long list of search terms. [more inside]
I recently bought a bunch of Star Trek DVDs cheap and need ideas on how to sell them, preferably easily. [more inside]
I see corrections in newspapers all the time. And now come to think about it Ive NEVER seen my local TV news do a correction. Nobody is perfect. So how do they deal with mea culpas? [more inside]
Syncing an old PDA with a USB/Serial Adapter. Help me figure out why I can't choose a COM port that isn't busy, and what I need to do about it. [more inside]
I want to learn to make mobiles! [more inside]
FantaFilter: Help me get some european soft drinks in the US... [more inside]
Toddler shoes -- what are the best brands? [more inside]
I have an IP address and I would like to work out where it is. I know it is on a university network but I would like a more accurate placing of it than that. Can anyone recommend a technique, software or website, which might give me the information? Thanks.
Help me make my hard working wife's feet happy. My wife is a surgery nurse and is due for a new great pair of nursing shoes. We'll be in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area in a few weeks. Anyone have any recommendations on a great place to buy such a pair of shoes in that area?
It's 80s-music-nostalgia-filter: For sentimental reasons, I'm trying to track down versions of Peter Gabriel singing "In Your Eyes" live with Youssou N'Dour. How many versions are out there? And what albums are they on? Bonus question: Is there an "IYE" cover that beats the original? Thanks.
Got a sparkly new MacBook today, and I want to listen to my Gameday Audio subscription on mlb.com. but Windows Media is blocking my way. [more inside]
Does this device exist: standalone video player with a builtin harddrive, component video outs, menu system & remote, ethernet/wifi. Does not rely on computer in the house. Can be turned off/made silent like a normal device when I'm not using it. But when it's on I can watch shows and movies I've transferred to it over the network without excessive hacks-- hopefully it can decode most common video formats and play in HD if necessary. Does not need video in--I don't want a recorder. [more inside]
I've been asked to set up a mail server for a small company with a specific auditing requirement. How do I insure their requirement "show me all emails from May 30, 2005 to June 30, 2005", for example, is fulfilled? [more inside]
What methods and processes can I use to manage the content of a university-school website? [more inside]
I'm planning on getting a tattoo incorporating the Cross of Lorraine, does it have negative connotations? [more inside]
Where can I find Murakami's website that allowed readers to submit questions regarding the meaning of the book Kafka On the Shore? [more inside]
Did "based on" beget "based off of"? [more inside]
[New York City apartment filter] So my future roommate and I found a place we thought was perfect. We're thisclose to signing the lease. And then a search with HPD turns up 96 open violations in the building. How concerned should I be? [more inside]
Investment finance question: Where can i find the historical correlation coefficients between Certificates of Deposits and US. Gov't bonds? Where can I find the equivalent info for Canadian GICs vs Canadian gov't bonds?
Can you recommend a good online record/CD price guide database to help sell part of my collection? [more inside]
Has anyone written and published very brief, dense prose works akin to Borges' ficciones, and are they any good? [more inside]
I've been applying to adopt a dog in Massachusetts for about a year. I live in a tenant-at-will apartment, so they won't give me one. My situation is such that I rent from a friend, his elderly aunt lives downstairs and I look after her, and she would love to have the companionship of a dog during the day when I'm at work. But it seems I can't have one, even though my landlady has given me the go ahead. She is deaf and partially blind, but able to play with a dog. I read the post about dogs being euthanized in Georgia (May 11, MeFi) Maybe these people should advertise in other states. I'd be happy to pay the transportation fee for a long-life friend. I don't want to buy one from a breeder, because that's a waste. I want a nice, friendly pooch, I don't care what it looks like, just that he's in my lap in the evenings when I'm watching TV, and an inspiration to get me up early in the mornings for the morning and evening pee, happily clutching my plastic bag to pick up the poo. Anyone in Massachusetts have any ideas?
Help me remember this website! Small website consulting company. It had two words, most likely starting with "web____". It was award winning, made with flash, punchy animations and a distinctive tango-like soundtrack.
I can't FTP to my domains johnbrownlow.com and pinkheadedbug.com, which are both hosted with Westhost.com. Help me figure out the weirdness -- this isn't a firewall issue as far as I can tell. [more inside]
This should be a layup for AskMeFi. Funny video of two male roommates communicating with each other ONLY via IM, even though they're sitting in the same room together. [more inside]
what's the name of that song, couple years back, cello, acoustic guitars, male and female duet, b&w video with the camera slowly spinning from the inside of a circle of singers/musicians and a portion of the lyrics go something like "
hurricane come knock me down" (or maybe it was 'tornado'?) is it just me or is it impossible to search for song lyrics on the intarwebs!
Does anyone have specific examples of products that were either boosted or busted solely from buzz created on the "blogosphere?" [more inside]
Does anyone have recent experience with a damaged U.S. passport? When does one need to be replaced. [more inside]
Salary negotiations tomorrow morning. Please help! [more inside]
Where shall I shove a new HD? [more inside]
My parents just bought a new condo in Naples, Florida. What is the best way for them to rent it seasonally? [more inside]
I want to easily and quickly synchronize my work laptop with my home office desktop every evening when I get home, and visa versa just before I leave for work. What software and what hardware do I need. Cost is not a primary issue, but time and convenience are. A seamless "plug this here" "two clicks there" operation is my goal. Machine 1/2 is backup for machine 2/1 every 12 hours.
What are good tools for managing software archives? [more inside]
Questions about grad school housing: 1. Anybody know a good site to find apartments on? I'm moving to Mt. Pleasant, MI in August and need a place for me to live that takes cats. I tried rent.com but its not helping much. 2. Are there any sites that help match you up with roommates? 3. Living with your classmates? High compatibility or just plain dumb (I'll be in a class of 7) [more inside]
I'm looking for a word that is like "obsequious", but has more to do with gushing gratitude -- to the point of being obnoxious -- rather than compliance and approval-seeking. [more inside]
My homies and I are playing a Fantasy World Cup Competition, any hot tips? [more inside]
Where can I buy horsemeat? [more inside]
MovieSongFilter: Need some help getting the name and performer of a song I've heard now in two separate movies. [more inside]
Need help building da Vinci's self-supporting bridge. [more inside]
I'm thinking about cooking up a Sinner's Dinner. Help me make my shopping list of religiously forbidden foods. [more inside]
Do you know any words which are common to many languages? [more inside]
Need a recommendation on a Mazda mechanic in San Diego. [more inside]
I need a reliable, cheap online source for printer ink. Where should I go? [more inside]
I want a car that carries more than 5 passengers AND gets good fuel economy! I did see some similar recent posts on this question, but not explicitly including the more than 5 seating issue! Right now I drive a tiny civic hatch back. I don't care about having a BIG car, I just want a car that can carry more people than the members of my immediate family. I hate to switch from 35 mpg to the 18 that even the most efficient minivan provides. Any creative seating solutions (Optional rear bench? Back facing station wagon seating?) will be considered!
Can anyone recommend a good site for borrowing books online? Physical books I mean, not e-books. I've found Booksfree; are there any others out there?
What are some ways I can stay more focused at work? [more inside]
Why are movies on airplanes so bad? I just sat through 12 hours of oxygen-deprived mediocrity (Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Rumor Has It, King Kong, The Transporter 2). I mean, it is just simple economics -- do the airline companies get a better deal on movies that suck? But then why does it cost no more to watch or rent a good movie than a bad one? If they're aiming for wide mainstream taste, couldn't they at least have things everyone wanted to see -- movies that have won awards, or genuinely done well at the box office?
I have to move by July 30th, and I've started looking for a place. I would prefer a private landlord vs. a managed complex. In my searching, an apartment locator service has come up, and I'm wondering if I should use them. [more inside]
Does it make sense that unknown exposure -- allergies or sensitivities -- is making me wildly moody? [more inside]
Is it possible to move up and down the continuum of human sexuality? That is, can gays turn straighter or straights turn gayer? And how would you go about doing it? [more inside]
I'm encountering what I imagine is an entirely rudimentary SQL error, but am baffled as to how to solve it. [more inside]
Should we get our parents a gift for our wedding? [more inside]
Can someone point me towards an online version of the screenplay or at least a transcript of Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Thanksverymuch.
I am headed to World Cup for the Trinidad vs. Paraguay game. I will be flying into London from Bermuda. I am planning on heading to Germany for the game, and then heading to Italy for a few days, and then to Madrid for a few more, ultimately going back to London and then onto Bermuda. What is the best / cheapest way to get to these countries once I am into London. Should I fly, take a train? Use a ticket broker like AirTreks. Look at RyanAir??
What's in your condo storage locker? [more inside]
Help me find a great wedding photographer for my wedding on Long Island next June! [more inside]
How do I fight an inflated doctor bill? [more inside]
I want to get into making electronic music on my PC. What software should I purchase for ambient moody pop stuff? Any help greatly appreciated! [more inside]
Can I figure out email addresses for mobile numbers outside North America, if I know the provider? Does most of the world who use SMS even send/receive email through their mobiles? [more inside]
Good hotel close to Fox Theatre, ATL? [more inside]
Is there a topical solution to acne scars? [more inside]
How good is the reputation of Swinburne University in Victoria, Australia? Are they more focused on teaching or research? [more inside]
Leather shoe repair with putty? [more inside]
Should I try to bill my asthma medicationto my insurance company, or will they fire me for a prexisting condition?...
Hi. I recently (about six months ago) switched health insurance providers. I filled out the application form honestly, except for one thing: I forgot to note that I'd received a prescription two years ago for an albuterol inhaler (which is an inexpensive inhaler used to relieve asthma attacks while they're occuring.) [more inside]
Does it make sense to do a CPU upgrade to a Sawtooth G4 for Logic? [more inside]
Help my iBook talk to my Commodore SX-64. [more inside]
What kind of computer should i get? My laptop died (motherboard fizzled). [more inside]
What is that song?! [more inside]
1950s era Low Voltage Relay Lighting - My new home has a system, and I'm not sure what to do if it ever breaks. Are there any good resources for parts out there? Any good discussions on these systems? Books I should pick up?
Why couldn't I delete/update/rename my files in a portable drive suddenly? [more inside]
I have a friend who has just finished her Masters In Social Work. I am looking for a good graduation gift for her. [more inside]
Let's say I want to make a chart that's like an excel bubble chart, but I don't want the size of the bubble to vary depending on a third variable. Instead, I want the width of each bubble to vary by some amount, and the height of each bubble to vary by a different amount. [more inside]
[How] can I rebuild my laptop? [more inside]
What happened to my brakes? [more inside]
What website layouts work best for a site selling some books and/or software? Ideas? Examples? What about NOT-recommended ideas and examples? [more inside]
I would like to find resources, either in print or online, for learning as much as I can about video color space, specifically where it applies to compositing/keying work. [more inside]
You are suspended in a large, hollow sphere. The inside of the sphere is perfectly mirrored. There is nothing else in the sphere, and all you carry is a flashlight. You turn the flashlight on. What do you see? [more inside]
Song name problem. I remember an upbeat and poppy tune from a CMJ issue from the late 90's. The lyrics I can recall are "Take a bubble bath baby. There's a towel on the towel rack" and "Got a pimple, keep it simple". I've tried searching lyrics sites via google and had no luck.
How do i open the top of really tall windows? [more inside]
So how do we know the Bible isn't just a book of fiction that someone has written? [more inside]
IpodFilter: I have the photo ipod and am looking for a really good sport case I can use at the gym..... [more inside]
How can I find out what Barcelona locations were filmed in the 1999 Pedro Almodovar movie All About My Mother? [more inside]
What is the best time of year to visit California's wine country? [more inside]
I just found out that I have the entire month of August to do with as I please. This may be the last time in a long time I have a big chunk of time like this. Help me use it wisely? [more inside]
Why does hydrogen peroxide on a cut start to foam and bubble? [more inside]
I'm looking for an English translation of Borges online. [more inside]
I'd like to gather some recommendations for good bed & breakfasts or rental cabins for a weekend couple getaway in the Oregon Coast area or other areas of Oregon with great natural beauty. Requirements are listed on the inside. [more inside]
One-year position in the Netherlands: Should I take it and how do I prep for it? [more inside]
Is it possible to take a dangerous dose of ginger? [more inside]
How do I convert the various popular flavors of digital video floating around the Internet into a format I can easily and reliably burn to DVD and play on a DVD player? [more inside]
Please help me help my ex girlfriend find a design class for 2-10 weeks anywhere in the world. [more inside]
How do I identify garden pests? And what do I do about them once I've identified them? [more inside]
Please help convince me to become a Christian. Or not. [more inside]
ChurchFilter:I don't know if I should stay with this congregation or cut my losses and find a new parish... [more inside]
Exactly how does Amazon know the number of pages I view? [more inside]
How do I rent an apartment in Paris for three months? [more inside]
Help my friend download images captured from her Motorola ROKR E1 to her Mac computer. [more inside]
Excel use question: what's the term (and usage, if you don't mind) for the concept of "copy only the rows with (special indicator here) from that worksheet"? [more inside]
Roadtrip Filter: I need advice on how to kill 72 hours in a mini-van, among other things. We leave on Friday. [more inside]
Where can I find a container to let me strain and store bacon grease? [more inside]
We're going to Istanbul for about a week and a half in early June. Any suggestions?
Do you have a great recipe for custard strudel? [more inside]
CatFilter: Sometimes in the early morning my cat who sleeps near my shoulder puts his paw in my mouth... [more inside]
Is the IMac as strong (poerful) as my Dell, some 6 years old? [more inside]
Tips or tricks for lowering fasting morning glucose levels without resorting to insulin? [more inside]
My mom just got let go from her job. What can I do to help her? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend home inspectors and/or renovation contractors in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
Hi8 to DVD - easiest solution? Looking for a USB capture device/software package for transferring all of my Hi8 home movies to DVD [more inside]
How do I prevent edits on my networked .hta file? [more inside]
Please help me identify this font! [more inside]
I want to store a few dozen CDs with their liner notes and inserts (we're talking the regular American style thick CD jewel cases). Most of the CD binders seem only able to store the booklet, not the tray inserts. I'd like one that can store everything except the plastic. I want to be able to stick them back into jewel cases if I ever decide to get rid of them. [more inside]
The other night my wife and I heard a creature calling in the woods, near our house, for about half an hour. It was an alarming cry that neither of us have heard after a lifetime of living in the woods of central Virginia. Naturally, we recorded the sound (190k MP3) knowing we could just Ask Metafilter. Can anybody ID this critter?
3 days in London and 1 day in Paris : what to do? [more inside]
CroatiaFilter : I'm going to Croatia in July and need tons of info , help ! [more inside]
Should I (male) stay friends with someone (female) who I love uncontrollably when there is no reciprocation? Messy story and a lot [more inside]
My twenty month old jammed three cds into my car cd player. The eject button is less than useless. What is the best way to recover them? [more inside]
Any jokes with the theme of Pyramids, Ancient Egypt or Joseph (Dreamcoat)? [more inside]
I would like to get an educated guess about what this black spot is in some old x-rays. [more inside]
Carving docks into desk: If we're going to sling some MDF or other density chipboard style wood between two walls as a benchtop, how can we cut holes for ipods, phones, and usb plugs without having hideous amounts of chipboard showing through? [more inside]
Help us keep bamboo from invading our yard. [more inside]
Guarantee question. Bought a load of stuff from Mothercare in the UK. Arranged to have it delivered to home. Some of the stuff was not in stock, so it took them nearly 2 months to deliver it all. Now this is not a problem, baby's not due for another couple of weeks, my problem is they are stating that the guarantee for each of the items starts on the day of purchase and not on the actual day we took delivery from them. So in effect we've been stiffed of 2 months guarantee. Is this right?
Teach me a card trick. Inspired by a recent post on card tricks, I'd like to learn a simple but reasonably impressive trick with which to pester children at family gatherings etc. [more inside]
My invisalign-type retainer has broken and I won't see my orthodontist for months! What should I do? [more inside]
What's the easiest way to extra data about my emails? It's for the purposes of making a visualization along similar lines to Mountain. [more inside]
How do I find a lost house cat that made a break for it? [more inside]
OnlineSalesFilter: ClickBank | eBook selling; is anyone here in affiliate marketing for these ebooks? [more inside]
Is there a name for the type of vocal 'whoop'ing that sometimes happens at some dance parties or raves or somesuch, where the audience will all yell out 'whoop' or 'whoop whoop' in time with the music? Bonus cool points for recommending songs that actually have samples of said whooping in them.
I'm best man at my friend's wedding in July. What are all of my responsibilities? [more inside]
My wife is planning a 'stagette' type party for her soon-to-be-married friend, and needs some info about Seattle. [more inside]
All diplomatic efforts at a peaceful solution have failed. I have no choice but to invade and depose the ty-rat-ical government in my roof. But I don't want to injure the canine civilians. Can I do this myself or do I need to bring in the elite forces?
I got bold and asked a man out. Now, how do I mitigate my boldness? [more inside]
Does anyone know any resources on growing vegetables while living in an apartment? [more inside]
Need SALAD or DESSERT recipe for a pot luck with a group of friends with lots of different food sensitivities. [more inside]
We have two small children, and we're thinking of hiring an au pair. We're looking for advice from those who have done this. [more inside]
Where can I rent a frozen margarita machine in New York for one night? [more inside]
My husband, a friend and I have started a community theatre group. We're in the midst of our first show, and we've gotten great publicity and we're getting healthy first-time audiences. We want to keep doing this, but we think we need to incorporate (become an LLC, LLP, something) before we get in too far. A lot . . . [more inside]
I am a Mac Geek and will be setting up a Windows XP Pro computer for my computer novice mother, but I am concerned about XP security. [more inside]
What's up with my weird Latino next-door neighbors? [more inside]
I know similar questions have been asked, but here goes...I've had anxiety and depression for awhile now, but more severely the last few months. I've been seeing a therapist, and have been on some medicine, and both have helped, but I'm looking for more help [more inside]
I live in Canada and cannot buy Marzetti Original Slaw Dressing. I have tried twice, but cannot get the egg taste. Even with 3 eggs, sugar and oil in a double boiler, I cannot get the taste right. Can anyone help?
Is it my imagination, or do grocery baggers hate canvas bags? [more inside]
Has anyone successfully installed CivIII or Age of Empires on a MacBook Pro running Win XP SP2 over Parallels? [more inside]
Hi there, any peeps on the green have any advice on whether to move to Charleston? [more inside]
I want to make large lifestyle changes, but I'm fighting my own ingrained negative mental attitudes that go back 17 or more years, and they're winning. Help me overcome them. [more inside]
I need to find a mouse to suit someone with large, but not long, fingers. Who's left handed. [more inside]
Lovefilter: how do I get over a girl while remaining close friends? [more inside]
Tomorrow I sign a lease for a huge old house built in the 1800's, and I am worried about how much oil will be required to heat the place. How can this be predicted without appropriate historical data? [more inside]
What are good restaurants and hiking trails in the twin cities area (for a visiting Houstonian to go to)? [more inside]
Why does my ear clog up when I exercise? [more inside]
I'd like to trigger a relay that momentarily closes a switch based on the voltage of another wire. Maybe. I think. Please help me with this basic (I hope) electronics project. [more inside]
What unique methods can I use to find a graphic/web designer who is also a good teacher? [more inside]
My Dad sells computer games on the Internet as a hobby. He has done nothing to protect his intellectual property rights other than placing a copyright notice on an "About" screen. He thinks Nintendo might like one of his game ideas and would like to contact them about it. Should he be concerned about protecting his IP rights before contacting Nintendo or is it too late? [more inside]
I need recommendations for the best book to buy for my sales team helping them understand the basics of information technology. More specifically we are an organization that offers computer training. Classes cover Microsoft certifications, Novell, Citrix.....etc.... This team is very green and I need to help them learn this stuff faster. Any ideas?
I've recently been promoted to VP, and I've realized that my skill set needs an upgrade. I need a methodology for setting goals for my reports. I need a system in which I can feel confident with their progress (and coach where needed) without micromanaging. Any suggestions or books I can read? [more inside]
How many credit cards do typical people have/carry? [more inside]
The professor and his students break into drunken song in Madadayo. Are those traditional songs? [more inside]
What are the best resources ( public records etc) for locating someone in Canada. Possibly in Ontario but not sure. All suggestions very much appreciated. The name is very common-- internet search not successful so far...
I just bought a new graphics card. The only thing I need it to do is to output my computer display to a television. To this effect, the card has three output options: (1) RCA, (2) S-video, (3) HD (red, blue and green cord). The first two options work great. The third, which is the one I'm really jonesing for, doesn't. What appears on the TV through the HD-out is all wonky and strange -- I can sort of make out stuff, but just barely. Any ideas as to how to get this up and running? I'm on XP (Home Edition), and here is the TV I'm using.
I want to buy a very comfortable blanket/cover to wraparound when I read. Please recommend some nice samples.
What was the first video game to have a level design feature? [more inside]
Long time listener First Time caller, can someone please explain to me why my volume control Icon on my task bar keeps removing itself. (More inside). [more inside]
Why does my computer keep doing this? Moving around an open window does this. The purple lines usually pop out of nowhere, independent of what I'm doing. It started this week and has been happening more often as time goes on. Restarting the computer seems to be the only cure.
Hugo Chavez is in London. Does anybody have a quick link to the Venezuelan Government press office? [more inside]
Non-theoretical real-world maze solving? [more inside]
Travelling: Gruβ Gott ! What could I do in Austria and Southern Germany near Munich? [more inside]
What should I do about my weird neighbor encounter? [more inside]
How can I find old ikea catalogs? [more inside]
I've just been rejected from ALI. How am I ever going to get fluent in Arabic? [more inside]
What kind of documentation will convince a non-software guy that writing a program is actual work? [more inside]
Linguists: What's the history of 'standard forms' of languages? [more inside]
Should I buy a window / portable air conditioner for my home office? [more inside]
Major audio recording problems on an iMac - help?! [more inside]
So-- I go to boarding school. At my school, there's a senior position entitled Vice President of Social Life. I've already made it to the finals- just two candidates left. I have to give a speech on Tuesday. I was wondering if the MeFi community had any good ideas for social events to be held for a 9th through 12th grade high school. [more inside]
Who is the actress that plays the naked flying woman that Billy Crudup and Dennis Leary see in the movie "Jesus' Son?" The Dennis Leary character says it's his wife, though I'm not sure we're meant to take that literally, and we never see the woman before or after that scene. IMDB and Google give no love.
What exactly do I need to do to play AVIs and the like on my Playstation 2? I have a CD-RW drive and don't want to spend any money.
Great googly moogly! When I open my Breath Right Nasal Strip at night in the dark, it briefly flashes with an eerie light. What the heck is causing this unearthly phenomenon, and must I seek an exorcist to properly address my sleep apnea?
Help! I just lost a very expensive, very old, and a very beloved family heirloom of a diamond ring down the drain of my bathtub. [more inside]
I want to read some awesome books this summer. Recommend! [more inside]
Suppose there's a web form with 50 checkboxes (representing options or interests), and that checking one has no effect on any of the others. A user could select any two boxes, or a half dozen, or a different half dozen, or all 50. The only constraint on the form submission is that the user must check at least two boxes. How many possible combinations are there? [more inside]
What did the music of ancient Rome sound like? [more inside]
I have a large collection of Photoshop brushes and am looking for the best way to organize them. [more inside]
linguists: i vaguely remember a story that i can't verify. the gist is this: two groups of people who spoke the same language became separated by some minor geographical obstacles, like hills, and remained so for a period of years (decades, i think). upon analysis some years later, their common tongue had forked noticeably into fairly different languages. is this true? [more inside]
I'd like to be able to download unread articles from Bloglines to my Palm T|X via the Wifi - no PC sync involved. [more inside]
At P.F. Chang's, our waiter didn't write any portion of my family's order down (party of six.) This seemed to be the custom at this particular location, but I don't understand why. Do restaurant managers specifically instruct their wait staff not to write the order down? Why? Is it considered more personal and attentive? [more inside]
Is regular unleaded gasoline made with only petroleum-derived compounds better than gasoline containing ethanol? [more inside]
I'm looking for easy outdoor party themes and ideas. Do you have a memory of a good outdoor party? What makes an outdoor gathering memorable for you? [more inside]
NYC FurnitureFilter: Moving to a new place on the UES and looking for some cool furniture on a budget. [more inside]
My laptop died. I mounted the hard drive in a USB enclosure. If you can solve permission problems, that would help. If you can solve Mac / PC compatibility problems, that would help. If you can solve both, that would be great! [more inside]
Our waitress took the late, over-cooked burger off the check. Should we have tipped on the pre- or post-adjustment amount? [more inside]
My computer has been laggy since I got my dual-dvi card...anything left to do that I haven't tried? [more inside]
How can I install a window air conditioner into my metal framed window with no place to screw in the rails? [more inside]
What's the best way to organise a book of old newspaper clippings, quotes and recipes? (Scanned and/or transcribed) [more inside]
How do I merge/combine 4 separate photographs onto a single sheet? This is for an insurance record. Four separate photos might be more easily lost in my insurance agents' filing cabinet. i need to keep the four separate images intact and unmodified. I have Photoshop Elements 3, Photoshop 7 (which I have never used) and Corel Photopaint 8 and could not find (or did not know how to properly phrase a question to find) a description of how to do this I any of these programs. Can this be done in any of these programs? I would prefer to use PE3.
The previous owner of my house left bags of gypsum pellets behind. [more inside]
How do I recover data from dead hard disks myself? [more inside]
My last left contact (-3.50 Power, BC 8.3, Dia 14) ripped. Anticipating this, I placed an order at 1800-CONTACTS a week ago, but it's in the mail. Help me see!
There's Lag in my Mud! [more inside]
Does anyone have the skinny on what's going on with allofmp3.com? I haven't been able to order anything or add funds for a week now and every day seems to produce a different error message.
I would like to purchase a GPS receiver for my car. I primarily need it for work covering Chicago and suburbs. I would like one that can speak and talk me to my destination. There are just too many models to choose from! I do not want to purchase the cheapest model and regret the decision later. Neither do I need one to cover all of North America and Canada. I am just seeking a good reliable system that has a good reputation for always picking up the signal. Any assistance would be appreciated.
A couple of months ago I read an article that stated that world class athletes or musicians were not that much more talented than other people: they just worked harder. Does anybody know which article I mean? I am also interested to learn other opinions about this. How good can you become if you are very motivated and willing to invest the time? My personal interest is in long distance running, but I am also interested in general stories/opinions/articles.
Interesting summer work for a technology/IT enthusiast soon to be graduate [more inside]
My wife is hosting a baby shower for a mother-to-be that wants 50 people to be invited (she's even providing the list). But I have heard that here in Toronto, you need to have a permit for private gatherings of more than 25 where alcohol will be served. We can't find any detailed information on this though. Anyone know where to look, or know the answer?
Where could I sell vintage bathroom fixtures and tile? [more inside]
My ISP doesn't like "unrestricted" peer-to-peer, so shouldn't "restricted" peer-to-peer (namely BitTorrent) be ok? [more inside]
Help me fix my broken IOGEAR KVM Switch in OS X / XP. [more inside]
"Windowshades" functionality on Windows XP? Possible? [more inside]
If the exterminator comes to kill roaches will they kill my pets too? [more inside]
In a few years I’d like to drop out of an unfulfilling IT career, buy some good land, and do something related to small-scale sustainable organic agriculture. Does anyone have any advice or ideas for making a modest income in this area, or is this just a naïve dream?
InterviewFilter: Help me ace an interview with a hiring committee -- of my current and former professors! [more inside]
Efficient string array comparisons in PHP, and a question about Apache and PHP performance... [more inside]
I have to spend time professionally with a former lover next week. I still have frequent thoughts about her which I would rather not have, since they are unhelpful in trying to 'move on' . Please suggest some songs that will help me with this? [more inside]
Is there any benefit to using the yellow legal-pads instead of the white legal-pads. I used to buy the yellow for note taking simply because they were cheaper, but now I am finding I perfer the white. I am simply curious if the yellow paper has any benecit such as being better for the eyes or something, or if it is entirely just personal preference.
I'm looking for a book on how to manipulate and control a group of humans, non-physically. Governments use manipulation to convince it's citizens to agree with them. Companies invest billions of dollars into researching how to convince a consumer to buy a product. [more inside]
Temp agencies in Toronto... [more inside]
Java: What is the difference between a String starting with a certain character, and a String having that character as its prefix? [more inside]
Although I've created sites hosted on Apache servers before, I've never had to take form results from a page and send them to a specific email (i.e. a standard form request) with Apache/PHP. Done it many times with CDONTS/CDOSYS or similar mail objects. Is there an equivalent object with Apache? I can't get an answer from the host provider (yet.)
New York City: My husband and I will be travelling to NYC next weekend. The weather is supposed to be rainy. Suggested activities for this kind of weather? [more inside]
Civilization IV: if a UN civics resolution passes, is it possible to change those civics ever again in the game? How about if you become Secretary General?
What are the comparative participation rates of workers in sex-related industries country to country? [more inside]
I'm looking at renting a house with two or three friends. We're all young (early 20s) and I'm the only one that really has much of a credit history. What do I need to know about working this out? [more inside]
What does "<3" mean? [more inside]
For Japanese readers, what does the text on these two coffee wrappers say? [more inside]
In a course I teach, I've assigned students to remix a cultural text of their choosing. One student, after missing many classes, has turned in Henry V's famous "Once more unto the breach" monologue pasted into the word balloons of an old WWII comic showing the English at El Alamein, and I'm suspicious of plagiarism, especially since he's shown no previous drafts. (I'm hoping I'm wrong, because if he came up with it on his own, it's a really cool idea.) It's one page, five panels, with Montgomery speaking as Henry V. Has anybody seen this elsewhere?
What painting is represented on this tin cover? [more inside]
I want to move to Oregon. I have heard good things about Ashland, Medford, Roseburg, Eugene, Corvallis, Salem, Beaverton, and Portland. How can I choose where to try first? We have ‘up and moved’ before (without plans, no jobs waiting at new city) and I don’t want to do that again. I can see us moving summer 2007. [more inside]
Gag/dry heaves with exertion. Help. [more inside]
Why is it that I cannot see shared drives on other machines on my home network unless I install "NetBEUI Protocol" on each participating machine's network configuration? [more inside]
Should I be concerned about my emails and letters to my US Senate and House representatives ? I have written to my Maryland federal representatives expressing my opinion on the War on Drugs and support for legalization (marijuana) and decriminilzation (all other "illegal" drugs). I have listed my address as to not be a crackpot when I sent the email. With this issue spiraling out of control - how concerned should I be that I am now going to be on some list somewhere for thinking for myself? I know I am asking this after sending but I was just curious to see what everyone else thought.
Today's big science news story about a theoretically infinite number of big bangs immediately triggered memories of a non-fiction book or essay by Isaac Asimov that proposed the same theory of the universe. Am I recollecting Asimov's conjecture correctly, which if I remember correctly he proposed almost as a flight of poetic fancy. Does anyone remember what book this was in?
Clock Face Templates? Bought an old clock. The paper face is stained and ruined. Are there any websites offering templates of clock faces that I can re-size and print? Looking for something about 3 inches square with cool art deco numerals.
I would like to purchase a high-mileage / low-emissions vehicle which I can drive (alone) in the carpool lanes around the Bay Area. Hybrids present one option, though I'd rather be in a diesel VW Golf, running biodiesel. I need help figuring out the requirements listed here to see if a diesel Golf meets them. And does anyone know if filling it with biodiesel changes anything? What other vehicle options are there?
My curiosity has gotten the better of me. Somewhat gross bodily function question inside. [more inside]
Can I make a 10:08 AM train from Paris' Gare d'Austerlitz if my flight's arrival time to CDG is 7:45 AM? [more inside]
HousewarmingPartyFilter: Is is impolite to invite some coworkers (my immediate team) to a housewarming party but not others (the office at large)? [more inside]
ObscureHipHopFilter: identify this sample. [more inside]
How much do I need to redact my writing sample? [more inside]
What bleeding-edge technology websites do you frequent? [more inside]
What code can I include on my site to delete all cookies it has set? [more inside]
Is this "chrono shift" - your memories shuffle chronological order? Does this happen to other people, is there a medical term? (Drinking involved) [more inside]
I use Miraflow as my daily contact lens cleaner. I use either AOSept or AMO UltraCare as a disinfectant. All three products have completely disappeared from the shelves, in stores and online. What is going on, is anyone else experiencing this, and can anyone suggest an alternative for cleaners or disinfectants - even my eye doctor's doesn't know what's going on.
Why do kids dislike spicy food and is this culturally specific? What about Mexican/Thai/Indian/etc kids who can't avoid it?
Would it be possible to turn an old PDA into a multi-item timer? [more inside]
Suggestions for vineyards in the Pacific Northwest where one can do the "pick grapes and make your own wine" thing?
I'm going to my first opera tomorrow night. It's Don Giovanni here in Portland. It's opening night. We have cheap seats, I think. I'm moderately overweight, and so cannot fit into my truly nice clothes (which aren't even really that nice to begin with). What the hell do I wear? [more inside]
Iconic Dionysus / Apollonian imagery (i.e., for a tattoo)? [more inside]
Buying a used car in Vancouver, BC, dealers you'd recommend, or conversely, those to absolutely avoid? [more inside]
Looking for this old IT cartoon: a manager walking away from one or more programmers while saying, "You start coding, I'll ask what they want." My husband and I have found many references to the cartoon, but not the cartoon itself.
Should I open my Roth IRA now and buy what I can afford, or wait until I can afford the minimum investment in the fund I really like? [more inside]
The conventional wisdom is to not buy "Rev A" Apple hardware. How can I tell what revision a specific piece of hardware is? [more inside]
I like to carry my cellphone in a cargo pants pocket, on the outside of my body away from vital organs. I believe this is good for my health because the odds of microwaving my kidneys and intestines and all that other good stuff are reduced. Am I being crazy?
What can be said of a philosophy of transience? [more inside]
Asking for the girlfriend (if that wasn't clear): My significant other is plagued by oral contraceptive -induced sunlight sensitivity. [more inside]
LoanConsolidationFilter. I know this question has been asked before, but I can't find any information about my specific student loan cirucmstance. Please help! Should I consolidate in-school and lock in low rates? Ive been told i need to do it before July 1st or i cant consolidate in school anymore! [more inside]
FedEx Help - - I did a driving course online and I need the documentation in my hot little hands before I go to the judge on monday. I paid for next day and should have received it yesterday. [more inside]
A question for big-ass TV owners. [more inside]
Need help with a Google Earth based puzzle game... [more inside]
Where do I look for information on Jewish violence? Does Judaism have much violence in its history? I'm specifically looking for information on pre-Zionist Jewish militance, if such existed. Were there any major battles or wars involving Jews before the twentieth century?
How do you ween a 16 month old from biting? [more inside]
I'm trying to find the name of a Mexican male "performance" enchancer that I once saw at a Walgreens in Berkeley. It comes in a yellow box and has a picture of a bull's head on it and is apparently made from bull's testicles. The design is fantastic, and I'm having no luck google-fuing up a name.
Standing upright and relaxed, my left shoulder appears to rest higher than my right. Who do I go see? [more inside]
Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional: I've got a document with several hundred links in it. Right now, they're all invisible; I'd like to change them all to dotted rectangles of a particular color. Is there any way to change the appearance of every link in the document simultaneously? "Make this the default appearance" doesn't do it; it only affects the links you make in the future. Help?
I've got a mouse problem in my house and I need advice on ending it once and for all. [more inside]
Anyone have any tips on making telecommuting work? [more inside]
How much documentation should my non-profit expect from our web developer at the conclusion of our new website project? [more inside]
What are some good message boards to discuss British TV? [more inside]
Ridiculously Specific Travel Filter: I'm driving from Washington to Hartford on Saturday to visit the family. My well-honed route involves taking the Jersey Turnpike to the Garden State Parkway to 684. I'd like to grab lunch somewhere interesting along the way. Assuming I'm flexible about what time I leave, and I don't want to go too far out of the way -- under 10 miles -- where should I go?
Is there any way of telling whether someone is connected to my computer via remote desktop? [more inside]
I love doing cryptic crosswords. I can spend hours over some clues and not get the answers. [more inside]
Manteo / Nag's Head (NC) lodging - 10-ish minutes or less from Jockey's Ridge, lets us microwave/refrigerate our own veggie food, clean (mold-free, non-stinky) -- where can we stay for a minimalist hang-gliding-school weekend? [more inside]
Any ideas on cleaning shoepolish off of rubber? [more inside]
Songs about coding/programming? [more inside]
I just got a ticket for parking at a commercial meter in NYC. Can I leave the car there for the rest of the day or do I need to move it?
My father has primary liver cancer, how do I prepare for the coming months emotionally and financially? [more inside]
At the grand old age of 37, I've suddenly been hit by the realization that I'm in the wrong career and it's corroding by soul. I want to work in something to do with the surveying and production of maps (I love maps). Does anyone work in this field and have advice on what qualifications I'll need and be able to tell me what sort of stuff they do?
So, it looks like this internet thing is here to stay and it's playing a bigger and bigger role in my professional and personal life. Hence, I want to bite the bullet and learn how it really works. I'm looking for suggestions of great resources (online and otherwise). [more inside]
What are some good breakup movies? Think, "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," not the sort of movie where the two get back together at the end.
What would you look for in the design of a radio station website? [more inside]
Can anyone share their experiences of working in the Alaskan fishing industry (commercial not sport), either harvesting or processing? Did you have a blast or wish you were dead? Make loads of cash or left with nothing? [more inside]
Let it be known, first, that I devoured past posts on Macs and backup tools, and see a lot of things I want to try. However, I used Apple's own Mac Backup 3 application (a .Mac tool) prior to learning here that it sucks. So, for those who have also similarly (if inexplicably) used Mac Backup, I have a question. How do I know if it worked? [more inside]
I need help using my external USB hard drive with Mac OS X, and there's [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some pensive, melancholy, dirge-like chamber music for rainy days and blue moods? (Other genres, like post-rock, are also acceptable--but no vocals please . . .) Thanks.
Anyone know of somewhere one can either borrow or rent a paper shredder in San Francisco? [more inside]
I'm trying to get in touch with one of my middle school english teachers. I've found everyone I've ever looked for by using google but this guy is totally eluding me. [more inside]
How do I dry out a wet sofa? [more inside]
I'm looking for a very old French film where some characters take a train that eventually takes off an crashes into the sun. [more inside]
Has anyone ever had micropigmentation treatment on bodily scars? [more inside]
So I bombed my GMAT test today. Can I still get into grad school? [more inside]
Fox's House MD features a theme tune by Massive Attack in the US, but in Europe it has a different theme called "House" due to licensing problems. What other programs have had to do this, and what does a "licensing problem" mean, exactly?
Need help with a Sharp Laser Printer Model Ar-M355U [more inside]
Surprise! Paul Simon's newest album works on an external CD player but not on either of my Macs. I assume this is a DRM issue (my experience, backed up by one Amazon review). The iBook says it can't recognize the CD and spits it out; the PowerBook says nothing and spits it out. Any ideas here, beyond bittorrent, returning the disc or initiating the class-action lawsuit? The label is Warner. There is no mention of DRM/compatibility on the disc.
New computer, yet want all my old stuff... I have a new (to me) G4. I want to take all of my stuff, but most specifically my Thunderbird email and settings (bolded for easy scanning on the page) and put it on the new computer. [more inside]
Many years ago, I found this keychain on the ground near Columbus Circle in NYC. It looks to be solid silver, and there are identifying marks of some kind on the clasp and one of the links. The text appears to be Arabic... [more inside]
What's a good, thorough full-body workout that you can do without any machines, like in a hotel room?
My 4 yr old has recently been put on an eye patch to make his back eye strong. He won't wear it! What do I do? I have tried everything. [more inside]
NewHomeFilter: I have a few questions about moving into my first new condo. I'm on a budget and green to the process with questions about: furniture (where to get), TV service (see inside), and lots... [more inside]
I had Micro$oft OneNote installed on my laptop. My laptop died (hard drive= OK) & I lost the install CD (which has the serial number). How do I get the serial number from the old install so I can register it on my new laptop? [more inside]
I need to buy one or two *good* books about speaking in public. Techniques, how to build a good presentation, usage of humour, tips, etc. The works. There are thousands available on Amazon and I don't want to waste my money. Any good recommendations?
Cats are mysteriously drawn to me. [more inside]
Breakfast in Gilroy, CA? [more inside]
David's last summer - or, music that deals with the transition from adolescence into a different world
Looking for songs that have a wistful, bittersweet feel to them that captures the move from adolescence into "adult" life - eg the moments before leaving school, or before getting your first job. [more inside]
When should I buy tickets to Hawaii for travel on August 7? [more inside]
How do I encrypt my http traffic so my company can't read it? Oh, did I mention SSL is no longer an option since they intend to decrypt all SSL traffic that passes through their proxies? [more inside]
My hair is thinning. What's going on? [more inside]
What would you put in a small home gym? [more inside]
I need to lose a lot of weight, but I'm worried about being left with excess skin. Like, it worries me to the point where I'm reluctant to even start Project Weightloss. My question is: do people sometimes regret losing a massive amount of weight? [more inside]
What is the relative safety of certain sexual acts with a partner who has had one confirmed outbreak of genital herpes and no subsequent outbreaks? [more inside]
How to sate my baby lust without actually having a baby? [more inside]
I can't get my new XBOX360 to work, should I return it? I have a premium system with the wireless controller and I can't get it to stay connected. I hold down the thing in the middle until the upper left quadrent stays green, and there's also a green upper left quadrent on the XBOX360. When I let go of the button (after I have the solid green) it goes dark again and I get a thing saying "Please Reconnect XBOX360" [more inside]
I'm strongly leaning toward dumping Verizon and switching to Gizmo. What I'm curious about is the actual user experience of making and receiving VOIP calls. Is it be a hassle to be tethered to the computer via a headset? Do I need to leave my computer on all the time? How do I check voicemail (it's got something to do with e-mail, apparently -- does Gizmo e-mail me WAV files or something)? How do I dial out? If I'm making a call to an automated system that requires touch-tone data entry, how would I do this? How expensive and complicated would it be to route my calls to a conventional handset?
Please Explain two things I've observed at any of the several health club I've belonged to -- one involving people (usually women) avoiding the locker room, the other a tradition among racquetball players involving their gloves. [more inside]
What is the best way to deal with a dedicated server provider gone M.I.A.? [more inside]
I need to find a source for DVD Suse ISOs. [more inside]
I've finished ironing, and I set aside the iron to cool before putting it away. It's still half-full of water. Will the iron cool down more quickly if I empty the water before it cools down, or after? [more inside]
I want a great short curly female haircut. Any recommendations? [more inside]
Who's carrything the breakcore/gabber/drill'n'bass/whatever torch these days? [more inside]
"Managing" the development of an application: I'm the lead developer on a project that has swelled to 6 people. How do I smartly break tasks up into discrete chunks, assign them to people, get accurate estimates of how long it takes someone else to do something and track their progress? [more inside]
I need, post haste, a perl or shell script that will loop through a directory and combine files. The files are named like this: 212_Class001, 212_Class002, 212_Class0** There are some gaps in the sequence. In retrospect it was a bad idea to store class notes in individual files. I'd like to combine them in the sequence they are numbered. Can someone please help ‽
What is the best way to go about advertising locally? [more inside]
Web page access keys are driving me crazy! How can I turn them off? [more inside]
Where can I find a source that can tell me targets for web advertising? [more inside]
Music for bondage. [more inside]
My right testicle hurts and I'm not sure if it's twisted or not. [more inside]
Where can I send my friend to look for a job as a graphic designer in or around Springfield, Missouri?
What is the market like for graphic designers around Springfield, MO? [more inside]
I've been checking out grad schools for a while and Tuesday evening found the program I want to apply to. The deadline for Fall 06 is June 1. [more inside]
I need advice on temping in Atlanta. I relocated to Atlanta from Boston a week ago and would like to start working as soon as possible. I've been sending out resumes, but haven't had any bites yet. I have a lot of professional administrative experience and have previously worked for colleges and public television. I've had experience with less than great temp offices (Office Team) and would like to know if anyone could suggest a good place to try. [more inside]
Why won't my iPod show up correctly on my work PC? [more inside]
Can I get China to stop blocking my domain? [more inside]
There was recently an article published that basically said that it was healthy - even beneficial - to have a "nemesis." I would really like to find that article again. Anyone know where I can find it?
We had a table saw injury this week at the furniture factory where I work. Does anyone have experience with the SawStop? The web page is impressive. Interested in experiences good, bad, and indifferent.
I’m a Brit living in the US and my husband is a New Yorker. I really suffer in the presence of my in-laws and don’t know whether this is just a cultural difference and I need to be more understanding and less uptight or if they really are insufferable and I need to draw a line. Below are the main issues. (Long sorry!) [more inside]
Help me make my other Mac, in the other room, beep me when an app has finished what it's doing. [more inside]
Looking to re-develop an intranet around task orientation rather than business structure. Have you done this? [more inside]
Does anyone have any recommendations about how one could go about gaining access (legally) to interesting roofs in interesting buildings in interesting cities around the world? [more inside]
soundeffectfilter: Looking for the sound effect that is used when a bad joke falls flat. [more inside]
Help me identify this physical characteristic. What would you call what Jamie Oliver has? A lisp? [more inside]
What are some cool/interesting grad school programs for someone with a B.S. in physics and 7 years of programming experience but which would be outside of those fields. [more inside]
I'm going to backcountry Alaska to work for 3 months. What should I do in my spare time? [more inside]
I just switched to Adelphia cable internet and my connection speed is 99.2% lower than the average user [more inside]
Our young (1 1/2 year) mini Jack Russell has a new habit. He growls at nothing. Or more specifically, ever-changing places around the room, but with much intensity, looking to us and obviously bothered. He's also sniffing the air a lot. [more inside]
Can anyone make out the complete lyrics to "Goodbye, My Friend" (sample here), the catchy but hard-to-decipher theme song from the 1974 Italian movie "Street Law," starring Franco Nero?
Does anyone know of a reasonable vet in Sacramento, CA? [more inside]
How do I reduce the sweat in my butt? [more inside]
How is it to have a blind roommate? [more inside]
[badcreditfilter] Does moving out of state affect your credit status for the good, for the bad, or no? [more inside]
How do I tell my mother-in-law-to-be that I've been married before? [more inside]
Is every crime committed in the District of Columbia considered a federal crime?
How is this Palestinian name pronounced? [more inside]
Rebuilding my teefus... [more inside]
Cat with a minor case of ear mites, but I cannot get him to the vet... [more inside]
My brother is going away to college this upcoming fall, and for a high school graduation present, my mom is getting him a laptop to take with him. He is interested in trying a Mac. We are both life-long PC users. I am the most technologically-inclined in my family. My brother knows the basics and has no trouble with them, but anything more is my job. [more inside]
Giving celphones to charity in Montréal? I've heard of women's shelters accepting and/or refurbishing celphones so that battered wives can call for help. [more inside]
What is a reasonable/fair amount of time to date a person while you are trying to determine if you have feelings for them, could develop stronger feelings for them and if they have long-term potential? [more inside]
(Note: I'm in the US) My pharmacist this week was unable to fill my prescription for indomethacin. I was able to find it at another pharmacy; but several pharmacies are out of it and my regular pharmacist says that the manufacturer has stopped making it. Does anyone have any information about this? [more inside]
I have had a pretty unhealthy lifestyle for several years - too much alcohol and coffee, not enough sleep and exercise and its all catching up with me - I feel old and knackered. I know long term changes are needed but I'm also looking for some quick fixes to get me motivated. Any tips for quick and easy changes that will have a big impact?
Is it a bad idea to check a bag on an airplane with a small form factor (SFF) computer in it? [more inside]
I want to get some moles removed. Will the scars heal by this day in June? I want to look pretty for a wedding. [more inside]
Where can a high heels devotee buy hiking boots in Toronto? [more inside]
Anyone used Address Validation software? [more inside]
Can I drive across the USA in 12 days? Say a route from LA to Las Vegas to Salt Lake to Denver to Mt Rushmore to St Louis to Nashville and on to New York
Is there a conceivable method of getting a Palm to have a full-size (say, 15" laptop screen) display? [more inside]
Has Safari become a second class browser? Does it have a future? [more inside]
Any rental property owners with experience using a property management service? [more inside]
what can i do to get this person to stop harassing me? [more inside]
Who is buying music by Shostakovich, watching silent movies, and reading Thackeray? [more inside]
I'm going to be writing a certification workbook, and am trying to come up with an engaging design. I'd like ideas for study guide features/layouts you like and those you hate. [more inside]
Tell me about law schools in Boston. [more inside]
I'm looking for a intelligent (i.e. successful) way to advertise a new blog about baseball. We just started up and I want to increase readership but want to avoid scammy blog ad techniques that don't work.
i need things to do during the day, at work, on the computer or that look like work. [more inside]
My dog ate my brand new digital camera. It's a Panasonic Lumix FX-9, and is pretty much a goner. The LCD is cracked and since the camera is a ultra-compact, it has no analog viewfinder to fall back on. The lens housing is also a little bent up and doesn't seem to extend all the way. [more inside]
BuyingRetailBusinessFilter: What should my first steps be? [more inside]
Why can't my fairly powerful system play HD video content? When ever I try, the audio works fine but the video stutters and lags behind. [more inside]
Where can a 45 yr old non-dancer take his wife out dancing in LA? [more inside]
I'm interested in giving someone the gift of cooking classes near Fairfax, VA. Recommendations? [more inside]
I've often wondered if the quote from the movie Good Will Hunting: "You wasted 150 grand on an education you coulda got for a buck fifty in late charges at the public library" is feasible. [more inside]
How do I get my great-grandfather's and great-grandmother's birth and marriage certificates from the town of Randazzo (province of Catania, Sicily), Italy? [more inside]
Labor, Vacation and an Unreasonable Policy. I need help figuring out how to strike an acceptable live/work balance when my company's "policy" is designed to crush my soul. [more inside]
Today's request for an mp3 player recommendation. [more inside]
I'm one of the top two candidates being for a very large and complex public art project. It's the second location of a high profile hospitality industry brand leader, and they want to do a similar art treatment as they did successfully at their first location. [more inside]
I run Mac G5 with OSX. I have several folders on my desktop that I use to place various documents, downloads, music files etc... My question is: can I protect the folder (s) with a password? For instance when you double click on the folder icon a password box pops up, you enter the password then gain access to it, as opposed to the folder immediately opening up once its double clicked...
Can anyone recommend affordable, beginner classical ballet, or tango, classes in NYC? [more inside]
My ironing board is broken. The lever-thingie that you use to close it fell off, and I can't figure out how to put it back in. I would like to know how the closing mechanism works, how to release the catch, so that a) I might not need a new board or b) if I do need a new one, it won't be a pain to carry an open ironing board 5 flights down to the sidewalk.
How do you phrase a letter politely to let an ex (or whomever) know that you no longer want to be contacted by them? No bitterness, no hurt - just the expression of the preference that you would prefer all future contact to cease? [more inside]
After long term use... [more inside]
Any murderer who killed own parent became famous later on for a valued skill? Is Mary Lamb the only person you know of? Who else?
Any murderer who killed own parent became famous later on for a valued skill? Is Mary Lamb the only person you know of? Who else? [more inside]
How can I convert OpenOffice formatted files to MS Word? [more inside]
How should I deal with the prospect of being put out of business by a greedy University? [more inside]
What does the colour of UK police cars signify? [more inside]
I am looking for a simple, free, time tracking solution. Online would be nice - offline ok. [more inside]
Flying Robot Planes? The analysts seem to think there is no good way to stop these things. Why isn't the government interested in using the wisdom of crowds to prevent terrorist attacks? [more inside]
Please help a confused student (US citizen) figure out how to study Mandarin in Taiwan. [more inside]
How have your life lessons/philosophies/epiphanies etc changed over the course of your life so far? What has changed now? What don't you believe in now that you did ten years ago? And vice versa. [more inside]
Hi, I want to make a page on my site that mimics the wiki template, but isn't a wiki (ie: isn't editable by anyone, doesn't have their complex cross-reference page, etc...) Help? [more inside]
What's the best surround sound solution for my Mac Mini? [more inside]
Question for the SQL ninjas in the house. Say you're grabbing data from a bunch of similar tables in a big union. Now say you want the last ten items added anywhere to the database, from any one of those tables. What's the most efficient way to do that? [more inside]
I have questions about grad school for literature. [more inside]
I need to have everyone 'on the same page' so to speak. [more inside]
Please identify this Japanese tea cup. A friend is looking to find other pieces of the set. She is hoping that someone can identify the brand or provide more information, probable dating, etc. First picture, Second picture. Thank you.
When I don't sleep well, my eyes are sore all day. Why? [more inside]
How do you set up a Legal Defense Fund? I have a very good friend who is a legal bind and will very possibly be charged with three felonies as a result of a barroom brawl. [more inside]
What did nerds recite before Monty Python existed? [more inside]
How can I bundle OCXs, DLLs, and other required files with my Visual Basic application? [more inside]
Need juvenile boot camp recomendations for a troubled 14 year old, particularly around Virginia but anywhere will do. [more inside]
How do I travel to a country where a visa is required for one of my citizenships, but not the other?
I'm a US citizen, but through my dad I also have Swiss citizenship and a Swiss passport. I have to travel to Brazil for work and I found that for US citizens a visa is required (about $160), but Swiss citizens are exempt. Is it possible for me to travel to Brazil on my Swiss passport? If so, how would I go about doing that? [more inside]
My friends and I are throwing a large, time-travel themed dance party. I need recommendations for funk, soul, and R&B to play during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, as I'm deeply asea in this area. [more inside]
Is it possible to get a driver's license without a car? [more inside]
How can I avoid letting Enterprise Rent-A-Car's Scam in Process Succeed? [more inside]
One of the rubber "feet" on the bottom of my notebook computer ca