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May 31
Wondering if she likes me
Does she like me? [more inside]
posted by rocklee389 at 11:32 PM PST - 34 comments

What are the best display settings for a PS3?
What are the best display settings for a Playstation 3 to ensure I get the best possible picture quality when watching Bluray discs and standard DVDs? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 11:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for classy, contemporary fabric and pattern shops online.
Are there any trendy, fashion-forward fabric and sewing-pattern shops online? [more inside]
posted by suimin at 11:07 PM PST - 16 comments

HTF Parts needed for a theremin.
Where can I find a 50-300µh adjustable coil? I have searched the obvious sites; ie mouser, google, all electronics. [more inside]
posted by KI6ILS at 10:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Shy vs. not interested vs. passive?
Is this guy is shy, not interested, passive, or any combination of thereof? (Long explanation provided, naturally.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 PM PST - 40 comments

Twinkle, twinkle big fat star; how I wonder what you are.
In my view of the sky from Mobile, AL - looking southward - there is a star shimmering brightly in red, yellow and even green. What is it? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 8:09 PM PST - 27 comments

It's a podcast about nothing!
Looking for some podcasts about nothing, and video games, respectively. [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast at 6:47 PM PST - 22 comments

Is software just a commodity?
Is software just a commodity? I'm not a student of economics. I understand that a lot goes into software projects but at the end of the day the product is just an expensive apple value-added mainly through labour, is that it? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 6:45 PM PST - 25 comments

Can pinpricks kill ya?
I accidentally popped my pimple with a rusty pin. Ugh. How worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by Sock Muppet Acct! at 6:12 PM PST - 20 comments

Returning to a water park after 20 years...
Water parks in SoCal - I haven't gone since I was in junior high and have some questions about apparel, where you put your stuff, which one is best, etc. [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty at 6:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Fix my inline skates!
I need to have an older pair of Soloman inline skates serviced - they need new axles. However - I don't know the model name for this specific pair. The only marking on the skates is Powerarch DR85. Poking around online reveals several sources for axles - but I don't know what size to order. Anyone know what I need to order (specifically?) Or is there a great skate shop in Chicago where I could have these serviced? And - unfortunately - I don't have the old axles. Thanks!
posted by steinwald at 5:25 PM PST - 3 comments

advanced thermodynamics
explain further The Second Law of Thermodynamics [more inside]
posted by complience at 4:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Jaded Floridians Need Not Apply
Ever been to a Space Shuttle launch? [more inside]
posted by Cyrano at 4:42 PM PST - 17 comments

must pee more!
Recommend some natural diuretics to help reduce some swelling caused by a medication I was taking. My doctor has taken me off the medication and says I don't need an RX diuretic, but I'd like to shed some of this water faster. [more inside]
posted by Kioki-Silver at 3:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Can I reuse corn-based 'plastic' containers?
Can I safely reuse a 'plastic' clamshell made of corn? [more inside]
posted by lindsey.nicole at 3:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Is this moped worth 600 dollars?
I desperately want a moped/scooter due to rising gas prices. I found this 85' Suzuki Rascal on craigslist. Is it worth $600? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 2:43 PM PST - 20 comments

Where to donate dilemma...
Michigan: I would like to donate some clothes, so help me find a good organization to do so. [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix at 2:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there a word for this?
Is there a word for this thing that I do with the names of things? And would you find it annoying? [more inside]
posted by disaster77 at 2:34 PM PST - 36 comments

Can someone track me down from my license plates?
I got into a serious road rage incident with another driver, who turned out to be quite an angry guy. Do you think I should be worried about vengeful repercussions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:19 PM PST - 32 comments

What languages are good for Windows apps?
What programming languages are good for writing a standalone shareware program for Windows? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 1:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Swim Sense
Swim Filter: I've recently begun swimming a lot more for exercise and I have some questions [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 1:09 PM PST - 17 comments

2.5 days in Aegean Turkey
2.5 days in Aegean Turkey, flying in/out of Izmir. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground at 12:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Concentrate my limeade.
More adventures in home food processing: limeade concentrate from limeade? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 12:43 PM PST - 7 comments

How to run collective no-budget underground studio?
RecordingStudioFilter: Advice sought on how to run a collective no-budget underground (literally) studio; starting immediately. lots [more inside]
posted by yoHighness at 12:24 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I create a wifi "hotspot" for our apartment complex?
I've been asked to help create a wifi "hotspot" for the outdoor common area of our apartment complex... [more inside]
posted by lot49 at 12:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Reload reload reload reload.
Why on some web hosts do uploaded file changes not appear immediately? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 12:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Best 3D software for designer who is not really interested in 3D modelling?
I'm a graphic designer (InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects) who wants to be able to use 3D imagery in my work but I have little to no interest in modelling things myself. I'm very interested in animating in 3D space and playing with lights and cameras. No supercomplicated Pixar-like stuff (no characters), just moving around still (buildings etc) or almost still (flowers etc.) objects. For instance: right now I need to make an animation of some playing cards flying/falling away from the camera. I want to do this in 3D space and would like to be able to 'bend' the cards to exaggerate the movement. Is it possible for me to buy a stock 3D model of a playing card somewhere (where?) and add my own design to them? What 3D software would be most suitable for my purposes? I'm thinking it might be wise to pick the software that has the most enthusiastic modelsharing community...
posted by dinkyday at 12:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Changing technologies in book design?
I'm looking for information about how new technologies have affected book design and typography. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus at 10:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Where is the best collection of motel reviews on the web?
I'm planning a road trip. Cheap motels vary wildly in quality, so it's helpful if they've been reviewed by other visitors. Where's the best site to find reliable reviews? I've checked Yahoo Travel and Tripadvisor, but I get suspicious when I see a string of five-star reviews that seem to have been written by the same person.
posted by pernoctalian at 10:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Spin the wheels of the body at the same time as the mind?
What different traditions and practices are there which combine meditation and active motion? [more inside]
posted by protorp at 10:03 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I control my media center remotely?
How do I control a media center pc from a laptop? The catch: I want to make my terminal session run as if I was logged in at the console. This is to control a media center from afar. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 9:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Parkdale...
Canadian Indie song about Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario. References "dollar stores" and "discount whores" in Parkdale. What is the song title, who is the artist and where can I find it?
posted by strangelove at 9:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Why are hybrid vehicles so scarce?
Why are hybrid vehicles so hard to find? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 9:45 AM PST - 30 comments

Help us read the writing on the bag
What does this bag say? [more inside]
posted by o0dano0o at 9:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Montreal Restaurants
Going to Montreal next weekend (June 6-8) for pure recreation. I'm looking for great restaurant recommendations, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. [more inside]
posted by asavage at 9:35 AM PST - 27 comments

180 change of fields as a grad student
I have a humanities undergraduate degree with a minor in computer science. I’m currently in a grad program in the same humanities field. However, I’d like to change directions and pursue a graduate degree in engineering, but I don’t have a math/science/engineering background. What is it going to take to do this? [more inside]
posted by NormandyJack at 9:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me break my Video Game Addiction and get back to work!
Help me break my Video Game Addiction and get back to work! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 22 comments

How do i stop running away?
How do i stop running away? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Is belief a requirement for baptism?
How can a non-believer be most expediently baptized? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 46 comments

How to become a better surf hopper-upper?
I went surfing for the first time recently, and had a hard time doing the "hop up" on the surfboard -- my feet always tended to be too close together, and I just lacked agility. What are some exercises I could do that would strengthen the relevant muscles and/or otherwise make me a hop-master? Thanks.
posted by shivohum at 8:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Non-English spelling bees?
Do non-English-speaking countries hold spelling bees? [more inside]
posted by strangeguitars at 8:18 AM PST - 22 comments

We don't need no water...
Is it safe to burn untreated pine which was stained ~10 years ago? [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne at 8:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Project ideas for a nine year old boy.
I need some project ideas for me to work on with a nine year old Spanish boy. [more inside]
posted by letsgomendel at 7:41 AM PST - 1 comments

kung foo lite
I'd like to find a few recommendations on tai chi DVDs that my 3 year old son and I could watch/do together. I'll save the ninja training for later. Maybe 5.
posted by ducktape at 7:36 AM PST - 1 comments

Is Economics a science? If so, in whIs there a rational basis for making large-scale (world/country) economic decisions?
Is it possible to rationally settle on an economic theary? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 7:29 AM PST - 54 comments

Japan Filter
I will be staying in Japan for a week before I go to S.Korea and would like some recommendations of things to do and places to stay. I will be landing in Narita; however, it seems better to go to Tokyo once I land. I am a student and can't afford too much; therefore, I am looking for some cheaper places that I can sleep and store my bags while I wander around. Also, I will be there August 19th until August 26th -- are there any events happening? Is there anything to be careful of? Anyone know of any good websites or forums that I could check out before I go? I really want to make the best of this trip, yet it's quite intimidating.
posted by Knigel at 7:23 AM PST - 23 comments

Health, safety, and sight-seeing in Sao Paulo
What should I know before my trip to Sao Paulo? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper at 6:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Better Ebay selling
Imagine you're browsing ebay for an item you want to buy. Two sellers have exactly the same item. What is it that persuades you to buy from one seller as opposed to the other? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 4:11 AM PST - 29 comments

Best place to buy a used Mac?
What are some of the better places to buy used Macs? What are good models to buy? I'd like something that can run OS X and still has some life left in it, but also hoping to keep the cost down. [more inside]
posted by OTA at 3:56 AM PST - 9 comments

May 30
Which is the meatiest Indian cookbook?
Lamb and chicken, pork and beef... which is the meatiest Indian cookbook? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 10:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find a song, por favor.
I'm trying to find out the name of a song I heard a while ago. I remember some of the lyrics. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 9:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Is this crown necessary?
My girlfriend's dentist is pushing her to get a crown on a tooth with several fillings. I'm skeptical because she has no pain, he doesn't see anything wrong with it, and he pushed her last year too. Should she listen to him, get a second opinion (any suggestions for Portland, OR?), or ignore him? [more inside]
posted by msalt at 9:33 PM PST - 26 comments

How can I find a good child photographer?
How can I find a reputable, non-creepy child photographer to take head shots of my 3-year-old son (for the purposes of getting him into advertisements, print specifically)? [more inside]
posted by inkedmn at 9:31 PM PST - 12 comments

My Jetta fails me.
Where does one take a sick and ailing 98 Jetta in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 9:30 PM PST - 3 comments

I am seeking recommendations for an original artwork with several specific qualities for a certain spot in my house; or for an artist who might produce such work.
I am seeking recommendations for an original artwork with several specific qualities for a certain spot in my house; or for an artist who might produce such work. [more inside]
posted by worstkidever at 8:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Sriracha mess...
Accidentally splattered hot chili sauce onto the kitchen floor. Any sneaky (the less toxic, the better) tricks to remove the stain?
posted by pea_shoot at 8:29 PM PST - 12 comments

New friends (or lack thereof).
Insecurity/CollegeFilter: Making new friends in a new place (college)? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 8:22 PM PST - 28 comments

a piece of work
I'm looking for quotations or video clips which deal with what it means to be human. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 7:14 PM PST - 23 comments

How should we handle our neighbors stealing our cable?
Should we do anything about our neighbors stealing our cable and crippling our broadband for the past 2 months? [more inside]
posted by hitopshelf at 6:54 PM PST - 31 comments

Splitting Strings in Spreadsheets?
Using OpenOffice Calc (Spreadsheets) - Is there any way to divide the strings in one column into two by the space in each cell? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 6:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommend a book - fiction or non-fiction- dealing with the uncertain, endless posibilities of life
What should I read? Recommend a book (fiction or non-fiction), life affirming, something to be read after a heartbreak/letting go. Possibly involving fate/destiny, and the uncertainty/infinite possibilities of life.
posted by rbf1138 at 6:47 PM PST - 27 comments

Changing unhealthy thinking patterns
Are there unhealthy thought processes that you've had that once you've dealt with them, had a discernibly positive effect on your life? If so, how did you go about changing them? And what kind of benefit did you see? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 6:43 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I matter more to others?
Is it really true that the more you do for others, the closer you will become? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Was I raped?
Was I raped? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:31 PM PST - 66 comments

Shave in NYC?
Where is a good place to get a wet shave in New York City, preferably with a straight razor, (best if below Midtown)? Is this even legal in New York?
posted by flummox at 6:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me pick the right cell phone!
Please help me choose a new cell phone, I need to replace a broken phone. Details-My plan is Verizon, I have no desire to change providers. I'm eligible for the "every two years" upgrade. I use a Mac (OS 10.4). I would like the phone to have the following features: small as possible, qwerty keyboard (screen or hardware), web access (email, weather, news), can sync contacts and calendar with my mac. I DON'T need a camera (still or video), or mp3 player. And, of course, I want to spend as little as possible. [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 5:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Kid friendly Australian music
I'm desperately looking for some upbeat, modern Aussie pop/rock songs to play to kids for my new job. Preferably something that could be sung along to w/catchy chorus. No swearing or sexual themes allowed. Anyone got any ideas!!?
posted by nicole.hilder at 5:16 PM PST - 20 comments

Medical care for travelers in the Netherlands?
My friend is going on a 2-week vacation in the Netherlands starting tomorrow night. Her brother did something to his knee a couple of days ago and they're worried that it'll need more medical attention later. What's medical care like for tourists in the Netherlands? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer at 4:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Autofocus on a new camera
Help me figure out my new Canon dSLR camera's 9-point autofocus feature! [more inside]
posted by jrholt at 4:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Please make them stop knocking at my door!
Is there such a thing as a "NO POLITICS" doorsign? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 4:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Help get my HTPC to sleep
My home theater PC wakes up by itself [more inside]
posted by bargainhunter at 3:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Songs for Guitar in Open D?
What are some good songs to play on a guitar tuned to open D (or E)? [more inside]
posted by Banky_Edwards at 3:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Can non-programmers suggest open source apps?
I have an idea for a cool (though not very utilitarian) open source app, but I have zero programming experience beyond some very elementary applescript. Can I still suggest the program on a site like sourceforge.net and still have "ownership" of the project? Not for profit, but just to guide its development.
posted by tamagosan at 3:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a Nationalism Suit.
Where is the best place online to find and purchase a Zhongshan suit? [more inside]
posted by absalom at 3:41 PM PST - 3 comments

judge my photography... please!
What are good flickr groups to join for getting criticism about my photos? [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo at 3:09 PM PST - 7 comments

not everyone is dying and being maimed and raped, right?
where can i find faith in humanity online? [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 2:40 PM PST - 28 comments

Fun in Chicago!
Whats fun to do in Chicago this weekend? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 1:55 PM PST - 13 comments

What Do I Want to be Sure to Remember Before Moving?
Looking for a good guide about what to do when moving from America to a foriegn country generally, or moving to Israel specifically, or advice about anything that I should be sure not to forget. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 1:50 PM PST - 6 comments

My computer has insomnia!
My computer won't go to sleep (suspend mode) unless the Ethernet cable is unplugged. [more inside]
posted by qvtqht at 1:47 PM PST - 8 comments

What non-traditional benefits could my company offer?
What are some examples of non-traditional employee benefits? [more inside]
posted by Xazeru at 1:25 PM PST - 69 comments

Transition from Windows to mixed Win/Mac
Windows network admin moving into the world of Macs. Where & what to learn? [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

What is the best online property research service?
I need to provide a recommendation to my bosses on which online property research service the company should subscribe. We had been using Nite Owl which we were accessing via a third-party. Cost isn't too much of an issue, and we were happy with Nite Owl. But I wonder if there aren't others that are just as good? I've been looking at Parcel Quest and DataQuick. Any recommendations for others? We need data for the United States; California, specifically. Incidently, we don't use the information for marketing purposes. It's for socio-economic analyses in support of environmental impact assessments.
posted by socrateaser at 1:07 PM PST - 0 comments

What would be the perfect roadtrip vehicle for a four-person cross-canada trip?
In August, a friend and I are planning on driving from montreal to vancouver, where we will meet two friends of ours finishing their summer reservist stints, go camping for a bit somewhere in B.C., and then drive home. The majority of our friends' gear can be shipped home via military mail, but we will need to take all of our stuff out with us, and take our friends' camping + living stuff back to quebec. What would be the perfect vehicle for this trip? [more inside]
posted by cmyr at 12:54 PM PST - 4 comments

'Fsockopen', Plus A Couple of Googlebot Questions
Website help: I'm asking for some input on (1) straightening out a problem with Google and its "description" for each page of my blog; (2) constructing a robots.txt exclusion for certain types of archive pages; and (3) the reason why something is looking for page URLs that have "function.fsockopen" at the end of them. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 12:38 PM PST - 10 comments

CafePress Options?
Does anyone have suggestions for options to CafePress in terms of on-demand t-shirt printing and fulfillment? [more inside]
posted by rev- at 12:30 PM PST - 7 comments

I need essays on langage in advertising!
Can anyone direct me toward an essay [preferably vetted] on the use of language in advertising/media? [more inside]
posted by 913 at 12:27 PM PST - 7 comments

bad grammar vs. poor grammar
Which expression is correct when describing grammatical mistakes: "bad grammar" or "poor grammar?" [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 11:53 AM PST - 8 comments

proper attire whilst poking badgers with spoons
Fashionfilter: Saw Eddie Izzard in DC last month and I need to own what he was wearing. [more inside]
posted by zap rowsdower at 11:51 AM PST - 4 comments

What in the world is wrong with our bathroom shower?
What in the world is wrong with our bathroom shower? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 11:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Will a UK debit card work in the US?
My son has a few friends who will be visiting us this summer. They have debit cards for their UK bank accounts, specifically NatWest/Solo and HSBC cards. Will these work in the ATMs (hole-in-the-walls (or is it holes-in-the-walls?)) here in the US?
posted by cosmac at 10:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Johnny Can't Remember
How can I remember more of what I read? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 10:34 AM PST - 21 comments

I owe taxes
(TaxErrorFilter) I just received a letter in the mail stating my 2006 tax return is flawed and now I owe about $3600 to the government. Is there any way to fight this? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 10:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me identify this metal mouth-like object!
Help me identify this mystery object. It looks sort of like a set of metallic false teeth, smaller than life-size, with a metal tube or something where the tongue should be. [more inside]
posted by kpmcguire at 10:28 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for a Quebec Retreat with Urban Possibilities
Know of any great places to stay or see in Southern Quebec? Looking for a quiet idyll that's not too far (2hrs ish?) from Montreal and Quebec city for daytrips. [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm at 10:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Eco-friendly poop sacks?
Anyone have any experience with gdiapers vs. cloth diapers? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal at 10:13 AM PST - 23 comments

Momma told me...
What stories about everyday things do you tell to your toddler/preschooler? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 10:10 AM PST - 21 comments

yes, I am actually that lazy.
Can i take my driver's license test in a rental? [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 9:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Information Management Filter
I work in group that really needs good knowlege management and I'd like to drive things in that direction. The powers that be have decided that we will be using Open Text's Live Link. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 9:57 AM PST - 1 comments

Why does my laptop disconnect every 3 minutes?
Why does windows disconnect from my wireless network every 3 minutes? [more inside]
posted by sliderjc at 9:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Look out! Here come the Americans!
I am looking for foreign (non-American) films wherein the antagonists are a nefarious bunch of Americans, doing stereotypically bad American things. [more inside]
posted by daveleck at 9:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me fill my RSS reader
I've found myself with a little more time on my hands. I'd like to add a few useful, relevant blogs and podcasts to the ranks of my RSS reader. Any suggestions for me? [more inside]
posted by charmston at 9:41 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm only going to ride streetcars from now on
Inspired by this question - how does one really asses how "safe" a mode of transportation is? [more inside]
posted by NoRelationToLea at 9:32 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I send picture postcards of a city without being in it?
I was in Milan and Zürich for the last two weeks and I had promised to bring back/mail postcards to certain close friends and family. Sadly, I misplaced my package of postcards and didn't get a chance to buy any more. Is there any way to buy scenic picture postcards online or are there any shops that sell such postcards? I live in New York if that helps. Thanks for the anticipated help.
posted by defenestratedego at 9:30 AM PST - 1 comments

Help me choose an apartment
I am headed to law school in Brooklyn with a full ride and a great housing offer-- subsidized housing for 3 years. My partner and I can pick between two apartments, but we can't decide which we should take. [more inside]
posted by sondrialiac at 9:20 AM PST - 20 comments

Isn't the cost of living different there?
Why are salaries in different nations stated in their US dollar equivalents in news programs? Are there any news programs or websites that show relative purchasing power in different countries? [more inside]
posted by that girl at 9:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Inexpensive romantic dinner in North End Boston
BostonNorthEndDinnerFilter: Quick! Where should we eat tonight. [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 8:57 AM PST - 22 comments

The website got hacked. What now?
A website I programmed got hacked. Credit card numbers were compromised. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 22 comments

Rhythm and music; novel percussionists?
MusicRecommendFilter: Can someone recommend artists who use percussion or drums in novel ways? See inside... [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 8:43 AM PST - 44 comments

Someone stole the payroll stubbs! What do we do?
Someone stole the ADP envelopes from my work by somehow calling ADP and asking to change the address. Apparently all the perpetrator needed was the name and address of our company. What do we do now? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair at 8:43 AM PST - 16 comments

RoadtripFilter: Fastest way to MO from NJ?
I-80 vs. I-70: Which will get me to Missouri from New Jersey with the smaller headache? [more inside]
posted by adamdrici at 8:31 AM PST - 15 comments

If you can't trust a car salesman, who can you trust?
A local Dodge dealership has been running ads for $15,000 cash back on new trucks. They make it a point to point out that it does not get added on to the price of the vehicle (i.e. you don't buy a $30k truck and finance $45k to get the cash, I'm assuming). So what's the catch? How is it possible to get a $30k truck for $15k? I'd love for someone to explain the slight-of-hand that my cynicism dictates must be taking place here...
posted by jluce50 at 8:27 AM PST - 20 comments

My dell hates me!
I have a Dell Inspiron 600m that has a weird problem: USB flash drives aren't detected at all, but other usb devices (i.e. external usb harddrives) work perfectly fine. Clean install of Windows with updated drivers does not fix this problem. My google-fu apparently isn't sophisticated enough to dig up a solution. Ideas?
posted by jytsai at 7:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find IA and UXD educational resources.
Please recommend resources for learning more about and staying current on user experience design and information architecture. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A at 7:57 AM PST - 9 comments

XPSP3AMD6440003GBetc.
Games PC CPUFilter: Is it worth upgrading from an Athlon64 3500+ Venice to a 4000+ San Diego? (plus a bonus question on 3GB RAM in XP and dual channel memory). [more inside]
posted by boosh at 7:20 AM PST - 12 comments

work vehicle ideas
Seeking recommendations for a work vehicle for a cabinet-maker. Is it a mini-van? Is it a station wagon? Whatever it is, it doesn't cost much... [more inside]
posted by schwap23 at 6:52 AM PST - 20 comments

Is timing everything?
When it comes to relationships, when do you go for it, even if it's inconvenient or the timing seems to be way off? [more inside]
posted by hydrate at 6:25 AM PST - 32 comments

What can I do with a prehistoric laptop?
I've got an old 486 laptop, 75MHz, a whopping 8Mb of RAM, Windows 95 installed, floppy drive (no CD), no USB ports (but does have PC card slot). Charities won't take it. Is there anything useful I could conceivably do with it, other than using at as a doorstop?
posted by hatmandu at 6:04 AM PST - 20 comments

MacOSX in a PC World
Help a PC guy out with Mac/Linux networking. [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 6:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Managing an Anothology Project
What should I take into consideration when spearheading an anthology project? What resources are out there for us? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 3:16 AM PST - 1 comments

Swap A Cell?
I'm looking for comments on the CellSwapper service. [more inside]
posted by mooders at 3:10 AM PST - 0 comments

How to get to the land down under the land down under.
What is the best way for an American nuclear family (2 adults, kid) to emigrate to New Zealand with permanent residency? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 1:19 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I sell a collection of gemstones?
My husband inherited his late father's gemstone collection 6 years ago, and we want to know how to sell it. Thousands of rocks and stones are in the collection, some valuable, some not. Some are labelled, some not. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 12:46 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I get an MFA without a BFA?
I would like to end up teaching fine arts (specifically printmaking) at a university level but have a Bachelor's Degree in a completely different field and only a small amount of experience. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by RobertFrost at 12:33 AM PST - 16 comments

May 29
Ah cannae' stop eatin'!!
I'll go a long time between meals, then overeat, then continue to snack until I'm sick and dazed. What's happening? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 10:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Frozen chicken breasts: Treasure or poison?
Frozen chicken breasts and other frozen meats: Are they worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 9:48 PM PST - 27 comments

Nom de Femme de Guerre... on Wheels
What's my name, sucka? For roller derby, that is. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:41 PM PST - 57 comments

Dual-boot Mac: which version of MSOffice, 2007 or 2008?
Dual-Boot Macbook; OSX (home)/ Windows (work). Need MS Office on both without rebooting. Office 2007 on the Windows partition + Parallels seems to make the most sense. Anything I should know about? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 9:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Subdocuments
What is the best tool for doing subdocuments? [more inside]
posted by kellyrickert at 8:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Is My Clock Radio Haunted? And If Not, Why Does It Play By Itself?
Why does my radio play when it's turned off and there is no battery inserted? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 8:45 PM PST - 18 comments

View my savings as separate sub-funds?
Personal Finance Filter: Is there an application that can help me track money in separate accounts AND what that money is earmarked for AND keep a log of the movements? [more inside]
posted by forthright at 8:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Maintenance for Dummies
What books can I get to not be a "dummy" when it comes to my new job? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember at 8:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Is finding an apartment in NYC without going there to see it an option?
Relocating from St. Louis to New York (Queens/LI border). I need to find an apartment to move into July 1st. How screwed am I? [more inside]
posted by makonan at 7:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Google reader coming up blank
Google reader started acting funny this morning [more inside]
posted by uncballzer at 7:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Why is a New York shopkeeper in the seventies rocking a Tulane ringer?
Can anybody come up with a good reason why the shopkeeper in Taxi Driver would be wearing a Tulane ringer shirt? [more inside]
posted by The Giant Squid at 7:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Greensboro to Cape Fear
NorthCarolinaFilter: A friend is traveling between Greensboro and Cape Fear and back again - They would love to hear some ideas on what to see? what to do? [more inside]
posted by jammy at 7:18 PM PST - 6 comments

How do we hide extensive tattoos under makeup?
PerformanceArtMakeupFilter: Asking for a friend who needs advice on full body cosmetics over extensive tattoos. [more inside]
posted by elendil71 at 7:15 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm going to need a roof over my head.
My husband and I are moving to Charlotte, NC in August. Any tips on finding a (rental) house? [more inside]
posted by All.star at 6:55 PM PST - 5 comments

How to successfully become sleepy
Here ye, here ye fellow MeFites. I come in need of some suggestions on how to successfully tone myself down better each night for sleep. [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 6:54 PM PST - 22 comments

Wikipedia offline on a mac?
How can I read Wikipedia offline on my mac (bonus points for portable and cross-platform)? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 6:45 PM PST - 13 comments

I need to help find a private eye (and don't know how)
How Does one go about finding a really top notch Private Investigator? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 5:41 PM PST - 11 comments

How do you pronounce 'read'?
How do you pronounce the word 'read' when used in the following context? -- 'John is dry (read: boring).' /rɛd/ or /rid/ Thanks!
posted by gman at 5:37 PM PST - 135 comments

I need to help my dad live his dream.
My dad makes really amazing wooden bowls on his lathe. He wants to sell them but there are a few issues and questions: If he sells them on the internet, where? Any one know of higher-end websites that sell quality art? His bowls have been appraised and would go for 100-200$. Also, is there a way to sell bowls at a store even accross the country? My dad lives in a fairly rural part of Massachussetts, and doesnt really have the resources to travel around. Any one have suggestions, ideas, etc of how to help my dad? He is very unhappy in his current job and i really believe he is a true artist. Thank you!!
posted by tessalations999 at 5:33 PM PST - 22 comments

Why did my router lose its super powers?
Why would my wireless router lose its signal strength all of a sudden? [more inside]
posted by INTPLibrarian at 5:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I get a cheap(er) battery for my aging 2 year old Macbook?
Where can I get a cheap(er) battery for my aging 2 year old Macbook? I have tried Apple, but the price is pretty steep! I'm in Australia (Sydney specifically), if that makes a difference.
posted by ranglin at 5:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Career changer needs advice.
I left my last position in outside sales after 3 years and it wasn't a great fit for me. I could do it but it left me drained and exhausted at the end of the day. Now what? [more inside]
posted by calitocarolina at 5:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Who Does This Song?
Who does this song? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 4:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for songs about Kansas City for a roadtrip - please help?
My little brother just graduated from school in Indiana and is moving to Kansas City. (the Kansas side) He'll be driving there from the eastern side of Missouri and I want to make him a mix for the road but I'm coming up short on songs! [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 4:49 PM PST - 12 comments

What else is in this invisible backpack?
I'm a straight, white, upper middle class male. I'm aware that this automatically means I generally have an easier time than people with a different sexuality/race/class/gender. That said, I'm probably unaware of what these benefits are. What does this 'privileged' status do for me that I don't even notice? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 4:19 PM PST - 92 comments

Best place online to purchase retro/vintage-styled lingerie?
Best place online to purchase retro/vintage-styled lingerie? [more inside]
posted by krisken at 4:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Not-quite-unemployment insurance?
Just got cut down to 12 hours a week at my job (originally 40, then 24). Am I eligible for unemployment in Pennsylvania due to lost hours? And how would I apply for it, then?
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:36 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I get whiteboard or dry erase space, without paying a lot of money?
>How can I have lots of whiteboard/dry-erase surface, without paying a lot, and without altering the walls/furniture of my apartment? [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 3:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Recording multitake voiceover
How do I best use Apple Soundtrack Pro to record multitake voiceover for a video project? [more inside]
posted by shmegegge at 3:16 PM PST - 1 comments

Legal urban exploration in Los Angeles?
What are some great old buildings and derelict locations in and around the Los Angeles area that can be entered legally? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 3:04 PM PST - 10 comments

What to do with cats who don't eat wet food?
My cats are effectively ignoring their wet food in favour of their dry food. What can/should I do to keep them eating healthily? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 2:54 PM PST - 35 comments

Do I alert a store to their over-refund?
I returned two items to a store and was refunded $37 extra. The refund did go back to my credit card and is on my statement. Will the company notice and take it back? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 2:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Astrological suggestions
Complete neophyte looking for an astrology-related birthday present. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 2:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Why do my DVD drives crap out so quickly?
Between the 4 desktops that my immediate family owns, we've probably been through 6 or 7 DVD burners in the last few years. Does everyone else have this kind of failure rate? Any recommendations on reasonably priced, quality drives, so that I don't have to keep replacing them? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 2:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Mashing up government data
I'm trying to lead a crusade for government to publish it's statistics and data in a way that is mashable. Is it possible to define a standard digital format that could apply to a diverse array of data sets? [more inside]
posted by baggymp at 2:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me pick a web dev language to learn.
I am trying to decide which web language + framework to focus on for learning this summer. I am stuck between PHP, Python (with Django maybe) or Ruby (on Rails). [more inside]
posted by the_dude at 2:31 PM PST - 35 comments

Gameboy (original) games in Atlanta?
Where can I find used Gameboy (original) games in or near Atlanta, GA within the next 3 days? [more inside]
posted by djpyk at 2:07 PM PST - 6 comments

A year ago, gas was 2.70/gallon
My salary increase is less than inflation. I'm making less than the previous year for two years in a row now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 24 comments

Neat uses of the mobile web by media outlets?
What are some unique uses of the mobile web by television networks/individual shows, magazines and newspapers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Should we repair unclaimed damage before an inspection?
Ontario car insurance. My wife and I have insurance through PC financial. Over the last year, our cars have been damaged, but we haven't filed a claim. Now, they've requested an inspection of our cars. Is this just to ensure they don't pay for preexisting damage in the event of future claims, or can we expect them to get mad/raise rates for this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:18 PM PST - 3 comments

I can handle the truth.
How can I deal with the dishonesty of the world? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 1:16 PM PST - 34 comments

Tonsillectomy or sinus surgery or both?
I am a classic example of poorly-designed nose and throat, and I want to fix it. But my ENT doesn't have any advice and I don't know what's going to do the trick. [more inside]
posted by ictow at 1:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I get good takeout fried chicken in New York?
Where can I get good, affordable fried chicken and biscuits in New York? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 12:22 PM PST - 23 comments

What are people actually doing on the internet?
What are people actually doing on the internet? [more inside]
posted by quiet at 12:18 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I import a 46GB database into MSSQL without ending up with a 46GB transaction log?
I need to import a database into MS SQL but I do not want to end up with a transaction log as large as the database. What's the best way to do the import? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 12:13 PM PST - 4 comments

DIY Cardboard Displays
Please help me find free online blueprints for cardboard store displays. [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 12:07 PM PST - 2 comments

snappy situation
Where can I get 120 film (for a Holga) in Washington, DC and Auckland, NZ? Is mail order my only option? [more inside]
posted by troika at 11:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Help California (or western Nevada/Arizona) entertain us!
Please provide some suggestions for an entertaining 1 day road trip based out of Los Angeles. We've already traveled to Death Valley, Salton Sea... [more inside]
posted by guruguy9 at 11:42 AM PST - 16 comments

There is no I in Wii
Lost interest in Wii....should I sell it now? [more inside]
posted by Diskeater at 11:35 AM PST - 21 comments

Bathtub modification help needed
Bathtub modification in cheap apartment [more inside]
posted by Listener at 11:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Inexpensive, basic lens for a Nikon D40?
Inexpensive, basic lens for a Nikon D40? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Downtown Philadelphia Hot Spotss
Philly-filter. One evening, mid-June, mid-week. Need watering hole recommendations for city center. [more inside]
posted by priested at 11:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Do you have any cool suggestions for renaming a website?
I've launched a website less than a month ago, but all the domain names I think best fit what I am doing are taken, so I took a name I don't like. I would like your help renaming it. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 11:04 AM PST - 8 comments

What are the Mac Software Must Haves
I just switched to Macs and I was a Windows power user (video editing, audio editing, scanning, graphic design, presentations, flowcharting, spreadsheets, databases, web design). What software can I absolutely not live without for the Mac? Being a fan of Open Source software (and excessively cheap) I'd prefer open source apps when possible.
posted by arniec at 11:00 AM PST - 23 comments

Bye bye black shoe
Does anyone know of an online store (or a real shoe store that will ship) that specializes in hard-to-find shoes, where I might find this shoe still being sold in my size? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 10:58 AM PST - 5 comments

FSA and mail-in-rebate - which amount is reimbursed?
FSA and mail-in-rebate question: I am purchasing contact lenses to use up my FSA balance before I leave work. There is a mail-in-rebate. When I submit the claim to the FSA are they going to go by the mail-in-rebate price? [more inside]
posted by unsigned at 10:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Fifteen men on the dead man's chest— Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
The new MrsPhritosan and I are going to be in the Clearwater/Treasure Island, Florida area June 2 through June 5 for our honeymoon and are looking for things not to be missed. Food, fun, events, shopping, nightlife. [more inside]
posted by phritosan at 10:18 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I get into the Kinky groove in London?
Any ideas for cowboy and country-and-western themed places in London, UK? [more inside]
posted by laumry at 10:09 AM PST - 12 comments

M600i SMS Backup
How can I make SMS backing-up work with a Sony Ericsson M600i? [more inside]
posted by monkey85 at 10:06 AM PST - 1 comments

Is there anything good about living in Seoul as an expat?
Is there anything good about living in Seoul as an expat? Looking for first-hand experience to counter my (largely unfounded) negative impressions. [more inside]
posted by 8k at 9:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Grief is itself a medicine. - Cowper
Reading/poetry to say goodbye to a dog? [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 9:41 AM PST - 17 comments

gmail doesn't like multipart/alternative MIME type?
Does gmail not like the multipart/alternative MIME type? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 9:30 AM PST - 9 comments

I need a translation of this small Japanese document
I cannot find a free translation of this small Japanese document, found in some inherited articles of my mother's. I hope someone can help me.
posted by lungtaworld at 9:28 AM PST - 14 comments

What's that boat rental thing called again?
Aquatic Vessel Time Share? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 8:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Data visualisationfor presentations
I am looking for some good data visualisation books, tutorials and maybe software [more inside]
posted by tseo at 8:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Flashy blinky.
The Hancock building in Chicago has two different tower lighting systems. During the night the antenna structures have red lights to warn away aircraft. During the day the towers have strobes. Since I was a kid the towers always had red lights. Why did they make the change? It seems like two different systems would need twice as much maintenance.
posted by @homer at 8:55 AM PST - 3 comments

The other end of the 'dacks
Adirondacks filter: I'm going camping at Cranberry Lake next weekend. I want your "must see/do" recommendations in the area. [more inside]
posted by jdfan at 8:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Buttercream Battle
Can my batch of (sorta)buttercream frosting be saved? [more inside]
posted by tuff at 8:52 AM PST - 14 comments

How can a passive candidate ethically apply for new positions?
Let's say you are a mission-critical player for your company, but for a number of reasons, it's time to move on... and of course, you don't intend to broadcast your decision to management while you're hunting. How would you pursue new opportunities while treating your current employer ethically? [more inside]
posted by cockwaffle at 8:45 AM PST - 8 comments

How to find a house boat to rent in london?
What's the best way to look for a house boat to rent in London? [more inside]
posted by YouRebelScum at 8:32 AM PST - 2 comments

wall removal in NYC?
how much should it cost to remove a wall in a NYC apartment? [more inside]
posted by nanhey at 8:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Manual for obsolete test equipment wanted.
I need a manual for a Panasonic VP-8121B AM-FM Stereo Signal Generator. [more inside]
posted by kc8nod at 8:20 AM PST - 2 comments

When in Venice, what do the Venetians do?
What is a good way to spend some downtime in central Venice? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks at 7:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me sell my used academic books for a good price.
Where can I find a used bookstore that will buy gently used academic books in the DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia area? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 7:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Best keyword research tool
What are currently the best keyword research tools or software? [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 7:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Good Obstetrician in New York or North/Central Jersey.
I'll make it quick: does anyone have a recommendation for a good Obstetrician either in Manhattan or North/Central Jersey? The person I am asking for is insured. Thanks Mefi! [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 7:20 AM PST - 5 comments

I think my tail bone pops when I stretch. You?
Why does my butt pop? Does yours? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 AM PST - 14 comments

I don't hate my job ... just you.
How do I tell my work partner that I am transferring away to a new location solely because of our toxic relationship? (semi-long explanation to follow) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 AM PST - 28 comments

Bypassing my work proxy.
My work is boring and I wish I could have access to facebook and flickr. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 6:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Mobility Options for a Non Mobile Application
We use clinical software that uses a MS SQL database. It has a five million records weighing in at 40 GB. The software doesn't have a mobility option but we need one. The company has it on their feature request list but its at least 3-5 years away. HELP. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 6:49 AM PST - 20 comments

Videochat with strangers in foreign languages
Is there a site, or link within Aim or iChat, where you can videochat in different languages? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 6:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Archaeology in the Caucasus
Archaeology in the Caucasus - are there any digs going on or coming up soon?
Any info on contemporary archaeology in the region, please.
posted by Taksi Putra at 6:26 AM PST - 2 comments

Finding Duplicates in Excel
I'm looking for an easy way to find (not remove) duplicate information in an excel database. Ideally I need to be able to easily cross reference the other records with identical information in a certain column. [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner at 6:25 AM PST - 10 comments

"We know more than you" just doesn't cut it
Please help with slogan ideas for my technical support team. [more inside]
posted by waraw at 6:15 AM PST - 16 comments

Smallish cities and ambition - can it happen?
Are there any small or medium sized cites that are producing a disproportionate number of famous, ambitious, or motivated people? [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 5:10 AM PST - 54 comments

What modifies what?
I think that a thesaurus that was organized in terms of which adjectives typically go with which nouns would be really useful. Like, the adjectives that modify the verb "urge" (as in deep or unfulfilled, say). Same thing could be done for adverbs, e.g., ones that modify "talk" (relentlessly, incessantly, insightfully). I am aware of WordNet and many other on-line lexical databases like the BNC. I'm looking for something like a compiled list, based on actual usage, of what modifies what. thanks.
posted by cogneuro at 4:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Vn Dong: Blackmarket rate website?
Vietnam: Website for Black market Dong Rate? [more inside]
posted by sydney54 at 3:30 AM PST - 3 comments

I crave age.
What's the oldest man-made thing I can buy for €1500-2000? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 3:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Bank accounts, currency exchange, and financial advice for an American in Hong Kong?
Moving to Hong Kong for two years, and seeking advice on keeping the finances in order. [more inside]
posted by milquetoast at 3:05 AM PST - 4 comments

What sort of glory?
The etymology of Greek "glory" names... [more inside]
posted by clockzero at 2:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Baby-tracking
Babyweb 2.0 - looking for an online app/site to keep track of baby's feeding/pooping etc schedule. [more inside]
posted by gomichild at 12:12 AM PST - 14 comments

What happens to the money from uncashed economic stimulus checks?
For whatever reason, some people are going to fail to cash their economic stimulus checks. What happens to the money that was supposed to be given to those people, but which never leaves the IRS' account?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 12:11 AM PST - 6 comments

May 28
You would think wireless audio would be easy...
Beaming my TV / PS3 audio to my bluetooth headphones (specifically for playing Rock Band) [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 9:57 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I rehab my formerly broken foot?
My broken foot is healing rather nicely. I'm off my crutches and walking on the boot. My orthopedist gave me some instructions for stretching and rehabbing, but they weren't very specific. How can I do better physical therapy at home? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 9:22 PM PST - 6 comments

increase my productivity!
multiple monitors filter: How can I launch a program directly into second monitor without buying Ultramon? Is there a command line tag I can put into the shortcut for instance? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 9:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Help us move from MD to NJ!
We're moving from MD to NJ in mid-June. Looking for information/recommendations for good movers. [more inside]
posted by MsVader at 9:04 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the process of music making if you are a sample artist?
Do all sample based musicians/bands basically have a full time legal staff? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 8:58 PM PST - 10 comments

What is this fountain made of?
What material is this fountain made out of? What material should I use to make it myself? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 8:29 PM PST - 6 comments

What song is this?
What song is this? Ethereal and moody vocals (not quite spy, not quite gothic, but leaning ecletic), jazz rock background, sounds a bit like early Goldfrapp, or Morphine, or maybe even Darling Violetta. (All pretty approximate.) Very rough lyrics: I call you Tracy, You get along, You lovely... sing me your song. I call you darling, I know it's strong. I bet... ...and on. Show goes on. Show goes on. I call you ... ... I call you Liza B. I wish I could see That maybe it's only my dream. It's only my dream. Show goes on. Show goes on. I miss... ...queen of bees (beasts?). That honey Suzie, bewitched by me. I think you're... what else can be? ... ... Be my promise breaker, ... delusion maker, ... I wish I could see, It's only my dream. Show goes on, The show goes on.
posted by brownbat at 8:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Dirty Driving
Where can I drive off road on hills and mud near Boston - Metrowest would be best. 10MPG, I might as well have fun! (Land Rover Discovery btw)
posted by Barrows at 7:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Devil horns at ya!
Help me find new rock music please. [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 7:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Little-translated national literatures
What are some great national literatures without a substantial presence in English translation? Who/what are their key authors/works? [more inside]
posted by Cucurbit at 7:40 PM PST - 6 comments

What was life like behind the iron curtain?
What was daily life like behind the iron curtain? I recently returned from a vacation in a former Warsaw Pact country and could not help but wonder what things were like there 20 years ago. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 25 comments

Purchasing a retail business
Specific questions, and general advice and suggestions, on purchasing a very prominent, locally owned, retail business. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Ocean City MD Filter
Hi, Booked a vacation to Ocean City MD for the week of 6/16 but now I'm reading about "Senior Week". [more inside]
posted by jara1953 at 7:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Math students, you are getting such a raw deal.
Why doesn't Moore's Law apply to graphing calculators? [more inside]
posted by skryche at 7:23 PM PST - 21 comments

The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind... (and shining from the sun, and growing in the pond, etc etc)
How do I invest in green technologies without paying for the privilege? [more inside]
posted by matty at 7:12 PM PST - 1 comments

Is It Possible To Create A Wii Fit Workout?
Is It Possible To Create A Wii Fit Workout? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 7:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Bone anti stick Powder
I ate tortillas in Mexico that were cooked on an old harrow blade over a wood fire. The harrow blade was dusted with a form of charred bone powder that prevented the tortillas from sticking. They were delicious. Is this anti stick bone powder available anywhere in the US?
posted by Raybun at 6:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Why won't Microsoft Word open?
Every time I open Word I get the Microsoft Office Setup Assistant opening without letting me open Word. I removed then reinstalled Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac and have the same problem with all office apps. Help? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 6:25 PM PST - 8 comments

bookquery: books concerned with the psychology of dating sites.
looking for books about the ins and outs of dating sites, from an "experience" point of view or about the psychology/behavioural psychology of those places. anyone read anything like this? [more inside]
posted by browolf at 6:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Where are all of the cool Buffalo Lesbians?
How do I meet some intellectual lesbians in Buffalo, NY? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 6:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Are the numbers enough?
Help me realistically assess/improve my (Canadian) law school prospects. [more inside]
posted by paradoxflow at 6:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Losing Parents
My parents are both well into their eighties now with health failing just a little bit more each year. How do I prepare myself for their eventual death? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 5:59 PM PST - 11 comments

What did I do? Or, what did I not do?
How can I gain a friend's trust? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 5:49 PM PST - 46 comments

Red sky at night AND morning? Must be Mars!
I want to reconstruct Phoenix Mars lander pics in color. There are five B&W images of the same scene with the wavelength in the jpg headers (445, 485, 533, 604, 753nm). How do I combine these? [more inside]
posted by jwells at 5:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me dedicate my book!
Help me dedicate my book! I am dedicating my upcoming book to my wife and baby daughter, and am searching for inspiration. What are the most memorable dedications that you have seen? [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 5:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Where Can I Find A Flyer Template
Can anyone direct me to a free flyer template that I can download for my MacBook? (PC OK, but I'd have to do the work at home.) We're staging a concert/dance with a cowboy rock band as a fund raiser for the food bank. I've looked and looked with no luck.
posted by partner at 4:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Low cost terminal/pc?
Recommend me a low cost terminal/pc/laptop/whatever with an ethernet adapter and a way to access the web. [more inside]
posted by edmz at 4:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Do I have magnetic superpowers?
Do I have magnetic superpowers? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 4:24 PM PST - 16 comments

What is being a baker or sous-chef like?
What has been your experience working as a baker, sous-chef, pastry chef, or on prep staff in a bakery or restaurant? What was the job like? The hours? What skills did you need to know before being hired, and what was OK for you to learn on the job? Did you have any significant professional training before beginning, or was it all self-taught? I have discovered a love of baking and cooking, and am considering going into the field for a couple of years. Is this feasible to do so without culinary school? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 4:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Help designing a water wall or weeping wall
Hi, I am a contractor and have been assigned the task of building a "weeping wall" in the bathroom for our client. The wall will be a rock wall tilted to about 5 degrees for the water to run down. My question is in regards to the size of the pump and type of drip required to obtain the weeping wall objective. [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 4:02 PM PST - 17 comments

short story recommendations?
What are your favorite short stories or short story collections, anthologies etc. [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 3:53 PM PST - 54 comments

Tighten the loop between the copyeditor and the layout designer
Other than Quark's own CopyDesk, what "story editors" exist out there that dovetail nicely with XPress 7? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 3:25 PM PST - 2 comments

MetaFilter Favorites
Can you create a great fictional team name? [more inside]
posted by Kibbutz at 3:21 PM PST - 47 comments

Couch to 100k?
Is there a good program to follow to build endurance and cardiovascular fitness on a road bike? I have read previous questions (this seeming the most relevant), but was hoping to find something that was highly structured like the couch to 5K program for runners. How do I do a couch to 100k? I have a nice new road bike and time over the summer.
posted by procrastination at 3:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Do I stink from coconuts?
Coconut milk = sewer gob? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 3:16 PM PST - 11 comments

6th wedding anniversary gift
My 6th wedding anniversary approaches. Looking for interesting ideas for traditional 6th year gift which i understand is iron. We have a full set of iron cookware already which we love.
posted by dougiedd at 2:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Rosemary, the other herbal brownie.
What to serve with rosemary brownies? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 2:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Just Flush Please
why do kids not flush the toilet? [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 2:15 PM PST - 42 comments

Is a broken camera lens useful for anything?
Can anything interesting be done with a broken SLR zoom lens? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 2:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Is this a Chinese scam?
Chinese language filter: is this site legit? And, if this is a scam, what kind of scam is it? [more inside]
posted by bru at 1:55 PM PST - 3 comments

mo money mo problems
Why is my credit score so @#!%$ing low? I am in a better financial position than anyone I know in my age / earnings category. [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 1:55 PM PST - 26 comments

Vet for a bunny in Los Angeles?
Vet for a bunny in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 1:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Lung Nodule, What Does It Mean?
Paging all medicos - question about a lung nodule. [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 1:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Little Mermaid Replica
I'm looking for a small replica (say 8-12") of the Copenhagen Little Mermaid for my garden pond. (In other words, suitable for outdoors.) Anyone know where I can get one? Tried to find online tourist shops in Copenhagen, but no luck. Thanks.
posted by nax at 1:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find the right laptop
Can you recommend a laptop that is (in order of importance) a. inexpensive, b. small enough to use relatively comfortably on a coach tray table, c. has a looooong battery life. [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 1:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Anyone had regrets about a massive decluttering of their lives?
Anyone had regrets about a massive decluttering of their lives? [more inside]
posted by studentbaker at 1:16 PM PST - 70 comments

Bossa Nova newb
I'm falling in love with Bossa Nova. I want to learn about the genre but honestly have no idea where to start. Help? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 1:11 PM PST - 10 comments

open source questions for ya
drupal vs joomla. some questions inside. [more inside]
posted by yonation at 12:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Advice on running XP x64 through VMWare Server
XP Pro x64 Server + VMware Server + XP Pro x64 --- So my boss has this idea of running VMware Server on our server and backing up the VMware image nightly. His thought here, is that if the server craps out, all we have to do is re-install, copy over the VMware image and we are back in business. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 12:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Do docs emailed to a Kindle stay in the cloud?
Amazon Kindle question: does anyone know if the documents you email to Amazon's 10¢ conversion service are stored in your account cloud forever, as with books you purchase?
posted by symbebekos at 12:25 PM PST - 3 comments

=D =) =| =( =O
I use instant messaging a fair amount to talk to people all over the United States and in Europe, mostly Austria, Germany and England. Why is it that smiley faces (as in =) and :X) are so much more prevalent in Europe (at least Northern Europe) than in America? It feels like one pops up every other line, sometimes twice in the same sentence. I should mention that I am young (18) and so are the people I talk to.
posted by Corduroy at 12:21 PM PST - 14 comments

*yank!*
Is there a reason you might experience less ingrown hair after waxing than epilating? Say regular exfoliation practices are thorough and remain the same for both methods. Is my imagination acting up, or is there more to it? I mean they both pull hair out by the roots, right?
posted by Bakuun at 12:11 PM PST - 5 comments

My address books are pwning me!
How can I keep track of all my people across several computers? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 12:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Name that pug
Help me with a name for a six week old black pug. We're stumped. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 12:06 PM PST - 100 comments

Recommendation for a cheap second-hand scanner
Trying to go paperless, what cheap, second-hand scanner would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by V-Turn at 12:05 PM PST - 5 comments

What's this non-English version of "He Needs Me?"
What's this foreign-language version of a song from Harry Nilsson's soundtrack to Robert Altman's Popeye? [more inside]
posted by jtron at 12:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Costco Caskets?
Do any of you have experience with caskets purchased from Costco? The mother of someone very close to me may soon be in need of one, and I've only seen the corners of the displays at the stores themselves. Have any of you actually seen one of the full caskets in person, purchased one, or anything related?
posted by c0nsumer at 11:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Friend was fired today for being homosexual. State of Iowa.
Friend was fired today for being homosexual. State of Iowa. I know she has the opportunity to file for unemployment but does she have any recourse for lawsuit for unlawful termination [more inside]
posted by lutzla23 at 11:44 AM PST - 38 comments

What's good in and aroudn Hot Springs, Arkansas?
We'll be around Hot Springs, Arkansas for a few days. What are fun local sights/foods/places/daytrips? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 11:16 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I find out if mold is causing her migraines?
My fiance has been experiencing rather severe migraines for close to a year now. Since they began she's been to many different doctors, specialists, chiropractors, etc. all of whom have failed to provide an answer. Its only now that I'm seeing a correlation between her migraines/headaches and our move into the first floor of an old house within the same timeframe. Could this be mold or another allergen? Help me figure this out and (possibly) get out of here before our wedding. [more inside]
posted by joshwebb at 10:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Where can I find open GIS/location data on coal power plants?
Is there open, free, or inexpensive comprehensive data on the location of coal-fired power plants in the United States available anywhere? [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

forgotten xbox games
I'm trying to remember the name of an xbox game... [more inside]
posted by subtle-t at 10:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Graduation + Wedding = Leech?
June graduation + August wedding = announcements and invitations go out within a month of each other. Do I look like a gift-grabbing leech? [more inside]
posted by alpha_betty at 10:13 AM PST - 16 comments

Fall Fiction
Recommend some fiction that takes place in autumn. [more inside]
posted by prior at 10:10 AM PST - 16 comments

How would I go about buying gold?
How would I go about buying gold? [more inside]
posted by muthecow at 10:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a simple HTML sitemap creator
I'm looking for an application that will scan a website (or subsection) and pull out page titles and the URLs into an HTML site map. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 9:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Where's the best place online to shop for a hard drive?
I need a new hard drive for my laptop. Best place to shop? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 9:43 AM PST - 20 comments

Can I map my phone?
Can I download Google Maps for, say, London, to my mobile phone - which I can then access around town? Without going on WAP? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 9:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Applying to grad school
Applying to grad school. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 AM PST - 7 comments

$300 to fix your mistake.
Can a Chicago landlord transfer storm liability for the structure to the tenant? Can I get out of it? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 8:59 AM PST - 16 comments

No guns allowed, y'hear?
Looking for old westerns with a scene where cowboys have to surrender their guns to the sheriff in order to enter the town, or on their way into an event. [more inside]
posted by mrmcsurly at 8:54 AM PST - 15 comments

MacBook with dead logic board: how to proceed?
Logic board died on my friend's two-year-old MacBook (one year out of warranty). Should she pay for repair ($700 + labor), or sell the carcass for parts and buy, say, a used iBook? [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 8:51 AM PST - 13 comments

The Case of the Missing Fur
My cat has been losing some of her fur and I'm curious about the cause. [more inside]
posted by ktoad at 8:36 AM PST - 14 comments

What non-Boston law schools should I consider if I want to work in Boston after graduation?
Law School Filter: What non-Boston schools should I consider if I want to work in Boston after graduation? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 8:30 AM PST - 14 comments

Creative ideas on how to make BBQ without the barbecue?
Creative ideas on how to make BBQ without the barbecue? [more inside]
posted by romakimmy at 8:11 AM PST - 24 comments

E-mail to Twitter
Can I set up a mailbox that will forward incoming mail as a Twitter direct message? There are several services that will change your Twitter status based on an e-mail. This is not what I want. I shouldn't have to provide my Twitter password either as it is unnecessary for sending direct messages.
posted by grouse at 7:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Exit Sandman
Why does a lack of sleep make me markedly more efficient the next day? [more inside]
posted by freya_lamb at 7:57 AM PST - 20 comments

I want to pump ME up...
I'm going to start working out... But what should I do? [more inside]
posted by odi.et.amo at 7:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Costco or Sam's Club?
Sam's Club or Costco? Which one is better? What are the differences? Can I get cases of Red Bull, water, etc at Costco? The website isn't much help.
posted by paulyballs at 7:32 AM PST - 46 comments

Name that Album!
Rock Album Cover: Mid-seventies, full facial shot of several women, wearing pillbox hats with veils. When you look closer, you see there are sores and scabs on their faces. Artist and title, please? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live at 7:13 AM PST - 2 comments

counseling and advice
I'm in a bit of a jam economically. I've got to make some decisions on how to proceed. Where can I go for advice and counseling on my best course of action? [more inside]
posted by diode at 7:01 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the market for Mac software like?
What does the market for Mac software look like? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 6:47 AM PST - 12 comments

tips for temporary kiwis
Advice for going to New Zealand on a working holiday visa? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 6:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Make Apache recognize Perl!
How can I get my web server to interpret perl [more inside]
posted by kaozity at 5:49 AM PST - 7 comments

The 10 minute Sex and the City
Can you point me towards a concise summary of the major events from the entire run of the Sex and the City show? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 4:54 AM PST - 10 comments

It's a gas
I bought a used gas dryer, and need help connecting it. [more inside]
posted by Pants! at 4:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to go in Europe?
EuropeFilter: Two teens about to spend up to 10 days in Europe. Suggestions on where to go and how to keep it cheap? [more inside]
posted by alona at 3:23 AM PST - 23 comments

What are these nice sunglasses?
Could someone please identify the brand of sunglasses being worn by Jason Pierce of Spiritualized on BBCs Later with Jools Holland. Photos inside... [more inside]
posted by DZ-015 at 2:25 AM PST - 1 comments

Good quality XML editor for OS X?
Is there a good-quality open source/freeware XML editor for OS X that will understand DTD files (and validate too)? And is geared more toward writing documentation than code?
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 2:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Server not found at google.com
Server not found at google.com - I get this message several times per day (and not just google - it can be any site) Its been going on for at least 6 months and its driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 1:54 AM PST - 9 comments

May 27
Leg cramp while dieting - can it be stopped?
Whenever I diet I get cramp in my left calf at night. It's easily cured by standing up but makes me leap out of bed cursing. What's causing it? And is there any way of stopping it? If I've got to buy something, please bear in mind I'm in the UK. [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 11:58 PM PST - 24 comments

Sumorotecism
Sumo porn? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 11:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Why wouldn't this book be published in the US first?
Why isn't the sequel to The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters out in America yet when it's already published in the UK? The UK published the first book after America did, so why would the UK publish the sequel first now? Is it even going to be published in the US? Help me, booksellers and those knowledgeable in publishing! [more inside]
posted by Locative at 10:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I use the blue or silver side of my car sun-shade?
Car Sun Shade Question: I have a car sun-shade that is blue on one side and silverish on the other side. Which side should I face out to keep my car cooler? [more inside]
posted by boots77 at 9:54 PM PST - 12 comments

On my own
I am 28 years old. I have a master's degree. I am an upper-level administrator at a small college. I make $50,000 a year. And I still live with my parents. Um? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 PM PST - 26 comments

Yar! Bare yer booty, wench!
Sexyfilter: Lesbian role-play ideas, bonus points for kinky. Yes, really. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 PM PST - 12 comments

i don't want to sleep with you, and i don't want to be friends. (please don't hurt me).
I have this neighbor who is making me really uncomfortable, and I'm not sure how to make her stop. Background info: she's in her mid 30s, with a husband and two very very sweet little boys. She has a crush on me. Oh, and she's crazy. [more inside]
posted by wearyaswater at 8:59 PM PST - 20 comments

How to make nice looking scientific poster?
I am in the last quarter of organic chemistry. I have only about a week to design and come up with my scientific poster to present now (due to circumstances beyond my control). My professor wants us to build these posters the old fashion way (gluing info onto a matte board). I am artistically inept. Please give advice! [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 at 8:45 PM PST - 10 comments

I'll have the Crown & coke without the Crown... I guess.
My doctor told me to quit drinking. I'm a moderate drinker (I think), but I'm having a difficult time with giving it up. Also, what do I tell people? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 8:45 PM PST - 49 comments

What song is playing the Pineapple Express trailer?
Does anyone know what song is being played in the second half of the trailer for Pineapple Express? The trippy tune with the girl talk-singing, that starts at about 1:20 in this version: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ07JO-SaBc The song is driving me nuts, I'd love to know who it is.
posted by Cranialtorque at 8:31 PM PST - 8 comments

If we know what we're talking about, can we review books without a PhD?
Will academic journals generally publish book reviews written by people who are not academics, but who have applicable experience and knowledge? [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 8:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Trying to find a laptop that doesn't suck
Which brands/models of used laptops should I be looking at if I want (A) something that won't easily break, and (B) to avoid proprietary parts and chipsets? [more inside]
posted by mr. creosote at 8:18 PM PST - 21 comments

I've been wiki-pnotized
Is there a word to describe being sucked into wikipedia; inadvertently wasting hours of time by delving deeper and deeper into articles, interesting link by interesting link? If not, can you help me come up with a clever term for this phenomenon?
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 8:04 PM PST - 47 comments

My car was repoed and auctioned and now they want my soul!
My car was repossessed and auctioned and now Honda wants the difference paid in full. If I could have made the payments I would have...are there any lawyers out there that can help answer my questions, worries and anxieties? [more inside]
posted by eve28 at 7:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Archos 605 in-store?
Where can I buy an Archos 605 in-store in San Francisco or Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by viama at 7:47 PM PST - 1 comments

Help with Battery Backup
Does anyone know where I can find the operating software and a manual for an HP Powerwise 2100 Battery Backup? APC bought HP's battery backups unit in 1994, but this unit seems to work great. I want to control it from my PC but have no software and no instructions. I've visited all of the manual sites and software download sites I can think of.
posted by CollectiveMind at 7:46 PM PST - 1 comments

Help me pick out a new Home Theater receiver?
I need (well, want) a new receiver for my home theater system to accommodate my new HDTV. What's my best bet for the least amount of money? Specs on everything, and details on what I'm looking for, inside. [more inside]
posted by CrayDrygu at 7:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Should a Canuck invest in non-Canuck markets?
As a Canadian investor with a discount brokerage account (TD Waterhouse), what are the downsides to investing in NYSE stocks as opposed to TSX stocks? [more inside]
posted by sweet mister at 7:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Take My Stuff - Please!
Which is the best shipping service to use for moving? USPS, Fedex, or UPS? I would like them to come to my house. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 7:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find information on historical paladins?
Where can I find information on historical paladins? [more inside]
posted by magodesky at 7:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Tablets, the lease of these
How might I lease a tablet PC, and will it change my life? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser at 7:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Make mine a pastrami on rye with a pickle
How can I design a robust system that collects lunch orders and payments, collates them, and then dispatches them to a sandwich shop - all automatically? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo at 7:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Please help me find the artist behind this print
Design/decorating filter:Anyone know who the artist of this print is, or point me to some similar types of prints? [more inside]
posted by Issithe at 7:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Last Try Before I Shoot Old Yeller
Windows XP TrojanFilter: I caught a trojan, cleaned it out, and now...100% CPU usage making my computer unusable, and I can't turn on Windows Update besides. With System Restore off, and every piece of software I've run so far telling me it's now clean, how can I fix my system without wiping my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 6:47 PM PST - 18 comments

What does a star on the side of a house mean?
Is there any meaning associated with stars on the sides of houses? On Virginia's Eastern shore, I saw a bunch of houses with 5-sided stars like this one on their sides. Most were black, but some were more muted colors. Do they mean anything? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese at 6:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Lights & Sound Blogs?
Are there any good websites/blogs for Lights & Sound (as in theater)? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro at 6:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Literary device - term
Is there a Literary device / term for this example - a character in a story yells quiet or hush. The closest I could think of was irony, but I'm guessing there's something more specific. Thanks.
posted by scubbadubba at 6:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Working from home -- tips and tricks?
Working from home -- tips and tricks? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 6:13 PM PST - 12 comments

If I can see it, then I can do it
CookingFilter: I need cookbooks or websites that have step by step visuals of recipes. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Dating and Parents Don't Mix. For me.
My parents are really bugging me about dating/marriage and I need it to stop. How, short of marrying someone random, can I get them to leave me alone? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 5:32 PM PST - 29 comments

What is the difference between the original Ben & Jerry's Heath Bar Crunch and the Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch sold now?
What is the difference between the original Ben & Jerry's Heath Bar Crunch and the Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch sold now? [more inside]
posted by mirepoix at 5:30 PM PST - 11 comments

International service opportunities?
I'm interested in a relatively low-cost international service project to join for late summer/early fall. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 5:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Bachelor Party in Philly
What are some Bachelor Party options for Philadelphia on a Friday night? "Adult Entertainment" is probably out (Atlantic City for the next night). We're looking for fun places that a group of 8 guys in mid 20s would enjoy (early 20s places are always an option). Bars, BYOBs for dinner, cheesy dance clubs. Probably looking for places where the dude ratio is relatively low. Staying in center city.
posted by sandmanwv at 5:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Women's summer clothing for Italy
What do I wear in central Italy this July so that I don't instantly look like a North American (Canadian) tourist. I'm a 60-year old petite blond. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 5:01 PM PST - 15 comments

The Curse of 50 Perry
What happens in 50 Perry Street in the West Village of NYC? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I tell her now?
I have a crush on her filter: Do I tell her now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:27 PM PST - 27 comments

What gets the world's head noddin', feet movin'?
What music does the world listen to? [more inside]
posted by dosterm at 4:20 PM PST - 29 comments

My German car is ruining my perfect American Date
I would like to go to the drive in on a date in my Audi. The problem? The persistent beep that happens with the key engaged and the seatbelt unfastened. Help me conquer this inconvenience so I can get lucky in one of the classic American dating pastimes. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 4:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Mac Office 2008 install Hell
How can I install the Mac Office 2008 Volume License (VLA) version over Mac Office 2008 Peronal License version without losing any user data? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 4:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Need some sauce
Help me make/find a good stir-fry sauce... [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 4:10 PM PST - 23 comments

How to lose weight without losing your mind?
After a lifetime of no weight problems, I am about 30 pounds overweight (this has happened over the past 5 years) but have not changed my eating or exercise habits since my pre-weight-gain days. My doctor says that I have no health problems (my thyroid, cholesterol, and blood sugar have all been checked.) I probably consume around 2000-2400 calories a day and I exercise fairly regularly (3x/week). I haven't had any undue stress or strife in my life, and lead a happy, normal life. I'm a female, late 30s, and am finding it next to impossible to lose the weight. If I try to cut calories even for a day, I find that I am totally starving, and I feel weak, cranky, and dopey (I have a very hard time concentrating at work when I try to eat less). Any suggestions for losing the weight at a reasonable rate (I don't want to be "on a diet" for months on end) without feeling so rotten?
posted by anonymous at 4:02 PM PST - 23 comments

How to go about finding an artist space?
How do I find artist space? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:44 PM PST - 5 comments

How likely am I to be disbarred here?
I'm an attorney, admitted to the New York Bar in February, 2007. I've recently discovered that I did not complete the required number of CLE credits in my first year. How to I best rectify the error and what consequences can I expect to befall me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Mrs Jones has the goods
There is this girl I've had a crush on for about 4 years. She works in a shop, and our relationship is limited to talking in the shop. She has had a boyfriend for a long time. I recently was away for a long period of time, and now that I'm back, she seems to have gotten more serious with her boyfriend, but at the same time now wants to invite me to dinner! What's up with this? (Long, long story) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:43 PM PST - 25 comments

Ain't there nothing I can take, I say, to relieve this flipper ache
CoconutFilter: Spring/Summer has finally hit Boston. I was at Whole Foods yesterday and was enticed by the freshly cut .45 lb. coconut in a little plastic container. It was white and glistening and tropical, so I bought it. I don't know what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 3:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Inspire me with your best personal entrepreneurial story
I'm looking for practical, first-person, inspirational stories of how to launch/bootstrap entrepreneurial ideas with little or no resources. The more specific and detailed, the better. [more inside]
posted by jmnugent at 3:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Children's Book Filter - What was this book?
Children's Book Filter: Help me find a book from when I was a kid. Of course, only limited details remembered... [more inside]
posted by finitejest at 3:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me not bake my tomatoes!
I live in south/central (not coastal, not hill country) Texas. What time of day should I water my tomato plants? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 3:16 PM PST - 2 comments

What PA-speakers should I bring to Burning Man?
What speakers should I bring with me to Burning Man? I'm looking for powered PA-style speakers, preferably less that $250 each, that will withstand the dust and heat. (hopefully for more than one year :) [more inside]
posted by darkshade at 2:55 PM PST - 8 comments

How much is a fair price for a vintage Fendi bag?
What is a fair price for a vintage Fendi bag? [more inside]
posted by prunes at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Are there any new synths in existence that have true poly-key pressure?
HardwareSynthFilter: Is there a synthesizer available today, new, out there somewhere, that has poly-key pressure (like the Ensoniq VFX series had)? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 2:16 PM PST - 4 comments

I wanna be a tofu queen
What are your favorite tofu recipes?
posted by barrakuda at 2:14 PM PST - 33 comments

Google in Internet Explorer but not Firefox?
Google search problems here. I've asked around the local tech circle and no one can think up an explanation for this one. Google will load in FF and IE7 - but - I can only execute a search from IE. [more inside]
posted by AdamOddo at 2:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Here's a head scratcher
Anyone ever grappled with mysterious headaches? I'm interested in both the grappling process and the treatment. Details within. [more inside]
posted by luser at 2:01 PM PST - 30 comments

Awwww... Sugar, Sugar
Is this a low-blood sugar crash? [more inside]
posted by tcv at 1:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Ideas to cut the bitter taste of orange rinds
I LOVE my new juicer but the oranges betray me. [more inside]
posted by smallstatic at 1:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me eat this delicious Chinese crab dish
Help me eat this delicious Chinese crab dish. [more inside]
posted by ghost of a past number at 1:40 PM PST - 12 comments

How to kill bugs and mold?
How can I eliminate and prevent mold and mosquitoes from my apartment? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 1:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me sort my vocabulary list in Excel!
Complicated Excel formula question involving text-search and Japanese characters. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 1:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Kenmore Square Abandoned Building?
What is this building in Kenmore Square with the murals done by JP art students? [more inside]
posted by Texasjake987 at 1:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a Hagstrom Super Swede
Where can I get a hagstrom super swede electric guitar in vintage sunburst? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon at 1:19 PM PST - 1 comments

scan my books
Low volume, book scanning service? I want to ship to these people my (recent, copyrighted) paper- and hardbacks, and they scan them, destroy them, ocr them, proof them, and email me back a pdf. I have many books that I want to reference, but I like to move a lot, and they're weighing me down. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 1:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I help out my neighbor even though her kid is a snot?
Plate of beans in the carpool lane: Help me head off summer mama drama. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 1:08 PM PST - 11 comments

What frame and forks should I look out for?
Fixedgearfilter: I'd like to build a single speed bike, but I have no idea what frame and forks to buy. [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 1:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Little Rock and Roll
Anyone know a good music store in Little Rock, Arkansas, ideally near the airport, preferably on or near I40 N/I65 W?
posted by fourcheesemac at 1:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I screen a short film in NYC?
Does anyone know where I can show a screening of a short film (15 min.) in New York City on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by tealeaf522 at 12:52 PM PST - 11 comments

UV Blocking sunglasses please.
What are the best UV blocking sunglasses for overall eye health and well being, brand name or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by chugg at 12:51 PM PST - 4 comments

e-mail marketing software?
Can anyone suggest a good software program for e-mail marketing? [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry at 12:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Need help finding a specific shirt & pants
Where can I find a shirt like this (except white with blue trim), and pants like these (except black), either online or in the Chicago area between now and July 1st? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 12:36 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get my panic attacks in a car under control?
How do I get panic attacks, triggered by the threat of a real physiological condition, under control? Warning: Somewhat gross discussion inside. [more inside]
posted by wolftrouble at 12:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me make the windows see-through
How to de-fog fogged up storm windows? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 12:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Is it car abuse?
A few months ago my car was hit (hit & run) while parked on the street (ahh, city living). I filed the police report, and went to my insurance company. They assesed the damage and gave me a check (made out to me) to get my car repaired. I still haven't gotten it repaired. It's an older car (2000) and I won't sell it ever (plan to drive it till it dies- which should be about 10 more years because I rarely drive). Would it be fraud for me to say heck with repairing it and keep the check? Will I regret not having it repaired? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 12:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Will a vegan sit on a Barcelona chair?
Is it rude to purchase leather furniture if I have vegan friends?
posted by plexi at 12:19 PM PST - 40 comments

Need specialist to treat Non-Traumatic Myelopathy
I need to find the best doctor to treat Non-Traumatic Myelopathy in a 19 year old male. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Zero at 12:18 PM PST - 1 comments

That smarts
What are some good parameters to use when judging someone's intelligence on the fly? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 12:14 PM PST - 36 comments

Google always in English?
How to avoid localized Google, forever and ever? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 11:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Cheapest Flight to Anywhere
Cheapest Flight to Anywhere: I have a large flight credit on Continental Airlines that I need to use with in the next few months. I'd like to find the cheapest ticket for a same day departure/return so that I can get the remaining balance refunded. Is there somewhere I can find all Continental flights originating from Newark, NJ (EWR) over the next few months? Kayak.com is great but I have to know the destination to get the prices.
posted by nivekraz at 11:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Where O where has my little file gone?
Where did the file go after it was opened from a website and edited it in Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 11:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Laptop overheating
Please help me figure out how to access the heatsink on my laptop. [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 11:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Getting a children's book published
Anyone published a children's book, or work at a publishing house that does? [more inside]
posted by Penelope at 11:21 AM PST - 10 comments

My Options: Rip Off or Blow Up?
We are having a new kitchen floor put in. Everything has to be out of the kitchen. The propane company wants $130 to spend two minutes disconnecting and reconnecting our propane kitchen stove. There is a shutoff valve next to the stove. Can I safely DIY. How?
posted by Xurando at 11:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Stop noise bleeds before they start
I like to listen to my music loud, but out of respect to others I'd like to keep the noise bleed to a minimum. (Think: riding in the subway.) Are their headphones that are built specifically to reduce the amount of noise pollution given off? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 11:14 AM PST - 11 comments

INTERCUT JULIE GOOD MORNING BLUEBIRD
I'm translating a script into English, and the dreaded "Hollywood format" in particular. Doing this in Word is a freakin' impossible task with all the goofy formatting and margins, so is there any particular freeware screenwriting software or preprogrammed Word styles I should be aware of? Would sure as cooter save me some hours of my life...
posted by saysthis at 11:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Thinking Of Getting A G4 iBook Or PowerBook
I've currently got a HP Mini-Note 2133 running Ubuntu. I was going to take a stab at installing OS X on it this coming weekend when I realized I could get a 12" iBook or PowerBook G4 for roughly the same price and it would still be small enough I wouldn't mind carrying it around with me all the time and it would run OS X with no hassle. I'd keep my MacPro as my primary workstation that I use for image editing and such, this would just be for email and for surfing the web on the go. If I get a G4 era laptop and install Leopard on it (want to use Back to My Mac after I roll my own dot mac) will I have any issues? I've only recently become a Mac user after years on Linux, so I never used a PPC-based system. Will application like Camino, Mail, Adium, etc all run with no problems? This is what the universal binary thing is all about, right? Anything else I should be aware of? Any tips or tricks for slimming down 10.5 to make it run better on the older hardware? Thanks!
posted by Brian Puccio at 11:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Activities for bored boys?
What are some good things to do with one or two pre-teen boys? Besides play video games? [more inside]
posted by kerfuffled at 10:42 AM PST - 22 comments

Damn snot nosed kids, get off my lawn!
My daughter started day care almost two months ago. My husband and I have been intermittently sick ever since she got started. Is it common for adults to be debilitated by day care plagues, and if so, when will this misery end?!?! [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 10:41 AM PST - 18 comments

Guess what? I broke Vista.
I irreparably damaged my installation of Windows Vista by trying to clean out my winsxs folder. I'm pretty sure there's no way to recover at this point. I'd like to know if anyone has some good suggestions for tutorials or tools to use to rescue my user info so that when I reinstall I can salvage my stuff. [more inside]
posted by judge.mentok.the.mindtaker at 10:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Vacation ideas needed : with teens
I'm planning a summer vacation with our three teenaged boys. 14 year old twins and a 13 year old. We've done the Florida/disney thing already and I'm looking for some ideas for a fun place to go where they'll have enough to keep them busy and out of trouble for a week. Budget is $7000 all in. Any thoughts out there?
posted by Scoops at 10:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Film Credits Tech?
A director friend asked me to design the opening and closing credits for her upcoming film. Please school me on the technical aspects. [more inside]
posted by signal at 9:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Calling All Ecohydrologists
What does a river look like from above, over time? [more inside]
posted by a_green_man at 9:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Identify this concert/track for me!
On BBC Radio 6 a few days ago, probably sometime late at night or early in the morning in British time (I was listening in the afternoon in the US) they were playing a concert recording of an artist who’s volcal style resembled a less coherent Amy Winehouse. One of the songs used part of tchaichovskys Romeo and Juliet for a hook, and it was all mostly soul/R&B type music. Any ideas what it was?
posted by Artw at 9:30 AM PST - 8 comments

How well-regarded and useful is the Certified Business Manager (CBM) credential?
How well-regarded and useful is the Certified Business Manager (CBM) credential? [more inside]
posted by MrToad at 9:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Slow video conversion
Why would a laptop convert videos to iPod formats so slowly? Is this normal? What changes to make it better? Possibly a new computer? [more inside]
posted by paphun123 at 9:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Come on, get happy!
What cheers you up? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 9:19 AM PST - 54 comments

Help me workout for the day!
Workout filter; From time to time, I love to do Crossfit.com 's workout of the day. Any other sites or blogs that feature that? I would prefer workout of the days, that focus of building size/mass but any will do for now. thanks :)
posted by boyinmiami at 9:01 AM PST - 6 comments

The future of military robotics?
Why is the only .arpa website about unicycles?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Excel tips & tricks
I signed up to give a 90-minute Powerpoint presentation on Microsoft Excel 2007. It's open-ended as to the specific content, and I am stuck. [more inside]
posted by Dec One at 8:41 AM PST - 15 comments

From DC to Dallas.
My girlfriend and I are moving across the country, from DC to the metro Dallas area. I've never moved cross-country on this scale, so what tips/advice/warnings can you give me about this sort of move? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 8:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Cached Web Pages
Is there any way to find a cache page of a website that was taken down within the past day? I have tried the major search engines with no luck... [more inside]
posted by kjl291 at 8:15 AM PST - 4 comments

What to do for a Sixteenth Birthday?
I'm looking for gift ideas for my daughter's sixteenth birthday. She's not into the traditional Sweet 16 routine but still, I feel like the gift has to be more significant than a regular old B-day gift. About her: musical hippie type (has good guitar and equipment already), California girl relocated to Moscow Idaho two years ago; mellow, sweet girl. ANY ideas greatly appreciated.
posted by knolan at 8:06 AM PST - 26 comments

Got my mirrahshades on.
Where can I find a pair of awesome sunglasses I saw on some guy walking down the street last month? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:05 AM PST - 14 comments

How to get rid of gelatin?
Biochemists, cell biologists and assorted biotech types, what's your favorite method for removing gelatin from antibody solutions? No amines allowed! [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 8:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Is My Phone Company Trying to Crimp my Style?
Is my cell phone company lying about unlocking and SIM-carding while abroad? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 7:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Where to buy a suit that's comfortable when it's warm, in London or San Francisco?
Where to buy a suit that's comfortable when it's warm, in London or San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 7:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Quick! I need a Quickbooks Wizard!
Feh. I'm straightening out the accounts of a not-for-profit as a volunteer and putting them onto Quickbooks. Before I got my hands on their books, someone paid the same bill twice. How do I enter two checks for one bill and still take the credit on a future bill? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 7:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to eat in downtown Atlanta
ATL filter. I'm traveling to Atlanta for a concert at the Tabernacle near Centennial Olympic Park. Where should I eat beforehand? [more inside]
posted by spakto at 7:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Restoring application windows missing from taskbar?
Can you restore an application windows missing from the taskbar? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark at 6:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Deli Delivery in Los Angeles
I'm looking for a good deli that delivers in Los Angeles, Beachwood Canyon to be precise. I need a website or very patient people. [more inside]
posted by arha at 6:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Digestive enzyme tablets, any good?
I take tablets of digestive enzymes daily. Am I wasting my time and money? [more inside]
posted by Tarn at 4:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Book catalogue with web OPAC?
Can anyone recommend a simple open source library management system / book database which offers a searchable web front-end / OPAC and which accepts imported data without MARC records (ie CSV or tab-delimited)? [more inside]
posted by Webbreader at 3:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Coming and going in Korean and English
Languages: 'I'm coming' versus 'I'm going' in response to 'Come here!' [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:35 AM PST - 34 comments

my dominant hand is no longer dominant. help!
i was in a very bad car accident this weekend and smashed my dominant hand and my non dominant shoulder. i've been told my dominant hand may not regain full functionality. any tips on getting through the next few weeks/months? any good car accident recovery stories? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 2:23 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me build a simple intervalometer!
Help me build a simple intervalometer! [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 2:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Cows with new calves kept out of pasture: Why?
Moo: Our local farmer, who raises beef cattle organically (no antibiotics, no fertilizers on their home-grown feed, etc., etc.), keeps all of his cows with new calves in a plowed (dirt) field for about two months after the little ones are born. Why? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 1:37 AM PST - 11 comments

May 26
Ecotopian fiction with some political awareness?
Book recommendations: ecotopian fiction? (Something to read after The Fifth Sacred Thing)? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 11:46 PM PST - 16 comments

San Diego Comic Con Accommodation Advice?
Advice for San Diego accommodations for Comic-Con? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 11:27 PM PST - 18 comments

WSG, IRL
I need advice on how to organize an urban, neighbourhood-wide Capture the Flag game. [more inside]
posted by wolfsleepy at 11:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Non-degree, open university programs?
I'm looking for universities that allow students to attend classes without enrolling.. [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill at 10:58 PM PST - 12 comments

FlexBook
When I close the lid of my White 13" MacBook and apply some pressure to the top, as when carrying it, there is some flexibility that is the screen bending slightly. Is this dangerous for the screen or is it designed to withstand that pressure?
posted by alitorbati at 10:50 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation?
How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk at 10:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Replacing Social Security Card
How long does it take to get a replacement social security card? I'm in Texas, if it matters.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 10:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Are there lightweight solar stills that work?
Does anyone know of a super lightweight (i.e. backpackable) solar still that could be used to purify sea water on a long trip? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Send at 9:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Best parking option for Comerica Park?
What's the parking at/near Comera Park like? Is it safe and inexpensive? [more inside]
posted by Joseppi at 8:57 PM PST - 4 comments

What gives with these velocicarmageddon high scores?
OK - this is stupid, but how on earth did these people get such high scores on Off-Road Velociraptor Safari? I got 1,000,000 points once when the game crashed mid-jump, but I can't fathom how these guys got scores in the billions!
posted by sfz at 8:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Sitting Like a Pretzel
Will my lifelong habit of crossing my legs cause problems, like circulation, down the road? [more inside]
posted by skyper at 8:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Can my employer paid everyone else overtime but me?
Everyone in my department at work (desktop publishing) is paid overtime except me (I'm salaried) and we all have the same job title and responsibilities. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by boognish at 8:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Best software for newbie DJ
Best software to start mxing and creating my own dance tracks? [more inside]
posted by wildrain2008 at 7:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find some good vegetarian eating in the Ft. Lauderdale/ Weston area?
Where can I find some good vegetarian eating in the Ft. Lauderdale/ Weston area? [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 7:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Web Page E-mail Links That Don't Work: Bug or Feature?
Web Page E-mail Links That Don't Work: Bug or Feature? Greetings Mefi-World! Here on my Mac OS X Panther PowerBook, nothing happens when I click on e-mail links on any web page in Safari and Firefox. Is this a feature I need to turn on, or is this intentional; an anti-spam thing? If it's the former, what do I change to make clicking on these links open a new e-mail (in Apple Mail)? All suggestions appreciated greatly.
posted by BrooklynCouch at 6:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I stay or should I go?
JobFilter: My boss gets busier every day; I still report to him but expecting guidance/supervision/mentoring has become a joke due to his insane workload. Should I move to another department? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 6:46 PM PST - 17 comments

Xander Cage + James Bond?
Resources for thrill seekers and general superhero/spy training in Texas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Photo scan spots
Why does my photo scanner show images with "white flecks" all over them? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 at 6:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Best Water Park in NY or NJ??
What is the very best water park for 30ish folks to enjoy in the NY/NJ area?
posted by smartypanties at 6:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Griffin Amplifi power requirements
I bought a Griffin Amplifi off Ebay sans power supply. It would seem to be the only product in the world with an AC to DC converter that doesn't specify what the voltage it uses is in the documentation, so that I can buy a generic universal power supply adapter. Anyone own one of these that could look on the power supply brick itself and see what the output is? Thanks.
posted by Keith Talent at 5:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Late-night solo dining in Paris?
Where can I comfortably get dinner in Paris, by myself, late on a weeknight? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 5:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Do you know this quote "Your agony must endure forever" ?
In the Art of Noise song "Instruments of Darkness" (from the In Visible Silence CD, not the various remixes), there is a sample of a voice saying "Your agony must endure forever". This has been attributed to Neil Kinnock, a British politician. Does anyone know what that statement was in reference to and the text of the full speech or comment?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:42 PM PST - 3 comments

How to eat my syrup.
I just bought some Lyle's Golden Syrup, and realized that I have no idea what to do with it. This being my first ever can of the stuff, I'm looking for easy and tasty things to do with it. [more inside]
posted by KingoftheWhales at 4:41 PM PST - 25 comments

Looking for ideas on managing files from multiple locations
Give me some ideas to manage my files, my data, my general computer setup etc. etc. for best use from multiple locations. [more inside]
posted by djgh at 4:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Which path to a career in libraries: diploma or master's degree?
Which path to a career in libraries: diploma or master's degree? [more inside]
posted by Rora at 4:25 PM PST - 25 comments

LIGHT SHOW
I'm interested in learning how to wire LEDs and program/control them. [more inside]
posted by god particle at 4:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for fiction about horrifying and unusual circumstances like Geek Love or The Tattoo Artist.
Book recommendation time! Since you guys did so well the last time I looked for books, I thought I'd kick another random search at you. Looking for fiction about horrifying and unusual circumstances, like in Geek Love or The Tattoo Artist. More inside. [more inside]
posted by 8dot3 at 4:04 PM PST - 32 comments

Regions of the world that have only recently converted to Islam?
IslamFilter: I'm looking for examples of regional cultures/ethnic groups within the present-day Ummah that were bypassed by the expansion of Islam. For example, most of the people of the mountainous and hard to access Nuristan province of Afghanistan only converted to Islam ca. 1890. Prior to that it was known to everyone outside Nuristan as "Kaffirstan" (land of the unbelievers/infidels). [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 3:56 PM PST - 11 comments

help managing my money
Financial skills building classes or workshops for a low-income person with crappy money management skills? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 3:50 PM PST - 9 comments

How do you manipulate the system?
What sorts of code words, specific language or techniques are used in your industry, profession, or area of expertise that can be used to manipulate the system? Or, what sorts of tricks have you found that work in similar ways? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames at 3:44 PM PST - 28 comments

Do pheromone colognes really work?
Do pheromone colognes really work? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 3:27 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get over a girl who has lead me on/won't commit, but I still like very much?
How do I get over a girl who has lead me on/won't commit, but I like very much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:21 PM PST - 36 comments

When the future is everything, how do you deal with it being put on hold?
I tire of the summer hiatus from academia. I live with a very strong work ethic and moral sense of duty that causes me a sort of existential crisis when my life seems to be put on hold. This feeling cannot be ignored, and cannot (seem to) be reconciled. Do you have similar experiences? I'd love to hear stories... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Two exciting questions about Canadians earning income abroad
How do taxes work for a Canadian citizen producing creative content for an american publication? How about a Canadian providing 'e-training' to an American? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:20 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I decide whether I should marry my boyfriend?
Do you have any suggestions or insight that could help me figure out whether I should marry my boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:20 PM PST - 27 comments

Who is the equivalent to Anselm Adams today?
Which living landscape photographer's work can be compared to Anselm Adams' stunning photography? Perhaps Edward Burtynsky (or Andreas Gursky - although he manipulates his images)... ?
posted by jp021272 at 2:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Why do some people wear shoes indoors?
Why do some people wear shoes in the house? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 2:03 PM PST - 214 comments

Need an hour of trippy video, stat!
Help! I have five-ish hours to locate, download, and burn some source of psychedelic imagery/video for a friends' show in Seattle. Think Electric Sheep, only less screensaver, more burnable to dvd. [more inside]
posted by stenseng at 1:44 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I export everything from Palm Desktop?
I want to get away from Palm Desktop. [more inside]
posted by charlesv at 1:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Non-religious memorial service readings
What are some good non-religious readings I can use at a memorial service? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 1:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Help a PGP/GPG noob hold a key signing party.
Help a PGP/GPG noob hold a key signing party. [more inside]
posted by zenja72 at 1:17 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I start traveling?
I really want to travel - how can I get started? [more inside]
posted by brynna at 12:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Party favors for "Death & Taxes"?
I need ideas for creative (and cheap) party favors for a "Death & Taxes" party I'm hosting early in June! [more inside]
posted by Jaqi at 12:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Getting snookered trying to connect a new laptop running Vista Home Basic to our fully functional home WLAN!
I have recently received a brand new HP530 laptop sporting an Intel Celeron M chip at 1.6GHz running a pre-installed version of Microsoft Windows Home Basic. Lovely to look at, but I rapidly came to grief attempting to connect to my BT HomeHub WLAN which works just fine for my iMac and another laptop PC. [more inside]
posted by kairab at 12:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I get cats considering my/their living conditions?
Cat lovers! Please tell me whether it is reasonable for me to get (a) cat(s) with the layout / options I have, or whether I should just abandon the idea for now. [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 12:39 PM PST - 30 comments

Slingbox experiences?
How good is Slingbox's video? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 12:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me appreciate movies!
Help me appreciate movies! [more inside]
posted by arrowhead at 11:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Sesame Street-ish show in Spanish?
What Spanish language kids' show (in the USA) would be good to watch for someone trying to pick up Spanish? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 11:15 AM PST - 9 comments

How to fix a computer with a blank screen?
I have an HP Pavilion a1200y desktop. When you turn it on the monitor is blank, how can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by banished at 11:14 AM PST - 8 comments

A Cure for Shiny Key Syndrome
How can I avoid shiny keys syndrome on my computer keyboards? This relates to the patches of smoothness that seem to appear on often-used keys after a few months of consistent use. [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty at 11:05 AM PST - 16 comments

Where's The Emotional Baggage Check?
Significant Other relations filter: I have a wonderful, devoted, attentive, ardent, insightful, supportive, affectionate, amazing boyfriend. But...I've only had the kind that got tired of me and left in a few months. How do I shake the occasional paranoia that he'll do the same? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Yet more desktop monitoring
Desktop monitoring software for PCs and Macs [more inside]
posted by badger11 at 10:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Is natural gas conversion a slam dunk?
Other than the cost of switching, is it pretty reasonable to convert from oil to natural gas? I own my home, and am unlikely to move.
posted by portabella at 10:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Mac Powermac G4 AGP will not boot, can I take the drive and boot using a firewire enclosure on another G5?
Mac Powermac G4 AGP will not boot, can I take the drive and boot using a firewire enclosure on another G5? [more inside]
posted by safepants at 9:38 AM PST - 6 comments

(Re)creating the perfect pillow
Any advice on how to speed up the aging process of a feather pillow to achieve maximum comfort? [more inside]
posted by wabbittwax at 9:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Funny like Jack Handey.
If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy, which one would you think liked dolphins the most? I'd say Flippy, wouldn't you? You'd be wrong, though. It's Hambone. I love the writings of Jack Handey. His Deep Thoughts (beware sound!) and his articles in the New Yorker. I would love to hear recommendations of similarly funny writings. [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 8:49 AM PST - 35 comments

How can i search my Rails database?
I'm so close to finishing my new database project, but I'm bumping up against my personal ceiling. Can anyone help me determine how to search my Rails project? [more inside]
posted by jmevius at 8:12 AM PST - 13 comments

I leaned on my laptop.
I did a bad thing. I leaned too hard on my Mac and actually created a depression in the top of my laptop. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 8:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Help Me Find This Bottle
Bottle-Filter: What's the name of these bottles pictured on this TOM BIHN product page? [more inside]
posted by trim17 at 7:50 AM PST - 6 comments

I want to corrupt my memory!
How can I corrupt memory? I have a plain SD card, and I'd like to be able to reliably make the memory corrupt. Can this be done? [more inside]
posted by ChrisManley at 7:03 AM PST - 19 comments

On the hunt for the tantalising and elusive French Croissant
Recommendations for French Cooking courses in London or Paris? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 6:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Travel advice filter – planning a trip which will take me via Canyonlands, Bryces and Zion NP to Las Vegas, and from San Francisco to San Diego.
Travel advice filter – planning a trip which will take me via Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Zion NP to Las Vegas, and from San Francisco to San Diego. I am looking for any thoughts on my itinerary in general and am particularly interested in ideas for: nice places to stop en route, must do things in San Francisco and San Diego. Also, am I allocating enough/too much time to the national parks? [more inside]
posted by koahiatamadl at 5:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Best Shows on TV
TV-Filter: I'd love to get your recommendations for best tv shows on at the moment. [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal at 5:25 AM PST - 45 comments

Gov't RFP Sites?
What US governmental RFP sites are worth the time/money - or do you know of any free ones that are not impossible to search? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate at 4:34 AM PST - 2 comments

How to resolve a leaking A/C issue in my home
hi all, this is a first question for me, so here goes; I have spent this Memorial Day weekend without A/C at home (in Dallas, TX) because I have water "streaming" from somewhere at the top of the condenser unit (inside the house). to be more specific, the water is blowing out of an opening through which a cold (to the touch) copper pipe enters the "box" above the condenser unit... needless to say, the floor has been saturated and will be a second issue to resolve later. any info that would help me resolve would be appreciated. thanks in advance.
posted by rxbert at 3:53 AM PST - 4 comments

If we build it will they come?
Say a large web based company like Amazon or eBay wants to roll out a major new feature but first needs to perform a cost benefit analysis. What's the process used to forecast the benefits? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 3:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Why isn't newer firmware better?
Quite often when debugging hardware, such as a router, a recommended solution is to downgrade the firmware to a version that is generally agreed to be the most "stable". What is it about firmware that often leads to the latest released firmware not being the best firmware? [more inside]
posted by hAndrew at 1:13 AM PST - 14 comments

DVD Slideshow recommendations?
Can anyone recommend a good DVD Slideshow software download? [more inside]
posted by osloheart at 12:51 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I use my apple remote through parallels?
how can i use my apple remote in parallels? [more inside]
posted by camdan at 12:50 AM PST - 2 comments

May 25
What's St. John's School of Law like?
I am very seriously considering attending St. John's School of Law. What's it like? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 11:13 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I extend the range of my 2.4GHz cordless phone?
I'm thinking of relocating the base station to a different part of the house, behind a brick wall which will significantly reduce the range of the handsets . Is it possible to open one of these up and install a more powerful antenna? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps at 10:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Come on Indian MeFites, spill the lentils, divulge your most tasty family recipes.
To the Indian MeFites - and the non-indian chefs as well - what are your favorite family Indian recipes and what are some tricks in the preparation to give the food that authentic Indian taste. You know, rich, delicious, mouth-watering, and savoury to the point that eating becomes a spiritual experiece in itself. [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 10:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Goodly drawn girl
Have you ever known someone with so much artistic potential, who does nothing with it? [more inside]
posted by self at 10:03 PM PST - 52 comments

Program to analyze image
Looking for a program that will take an image as the input and gives back a chart/graph/number with the amount of colours as the output. [more inside]
posted by querty at 9:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Film Noir Musicals
Recommend to me film noir musicals, either performed on stage or screen. Stuff that almost falls within the genre is good as well. Murder, gumshoes, gangsters, speakeasys, the 30s, 40s, or 50s...
posted by Unsomnambulist at 8:49 PM PST - 24 comments

Mummy, why is that man wearing a shirt dress?
Shirt too long to wear untucked—what to do? Or just hang with it. [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 8:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me prepare food for a vegetarian new mother
Post-partum vegetarian healthy food help. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 8:42 PM PST - 11 comments

dog-friendly car-camping in east tennessee
recommend a good dog-friendly car-camping spot in east tennessee, please. (or recommend a site that can help us find one) [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 8:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to hear slightly obscure hits
Is there an Internet radio station that specializes in the stuff that "bubbled under" the Top 40 during the 1970s/80s? [more inside]
posted by tinkertown at 8:09 PM PST - 4 comments

The Goggles Do Nothing
Save me from the pain of chilli-in-the-eye. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 6:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Writing without reading?
Can anyone suggest why my daughter can write just fine, but apparently can't read? [more inside]
posted by 5MeoCMP at 6:34 PM PST - 38 comments

Outdoor theater on the cheap
How can I do a stroll in theater outside in my yard on the cheap this summer? I want to have a movie for friends and neighbors in my yard this year. I can't afford a projector. Can I rent?? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 5:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Once you go backyard, you never go back
Is there any neighborhood or general area in San Francisco that allows a carless commute to the Mission, and where an indoor-outdoor cat could be reasonably safe? [more inside]
posted by granted at 5:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Chewy, flavorful, low calorie, and rather expensive.
I have an addiction to sugar free, nearly-zero calorie Lakerol pastilles, ideally in cassis or lemon, and to Ricola's similar lemon-mint breath mints. Because they're primarily made of gum arabic, they're very chewable and give my mouth something to do... and yes, very tasty. The problem being that they're about $1.40 for a .8 oz. box, and I can go through 2-3 boxes a day, no problem. At $28 a pound, that's more expensive than some cigarrette habits! Any ideas on similarly chewable nearly no calorie candies, ideally in a larger container, in bulk, by the pound, etc?
posted by markkraft at 5:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I be concerned about mold?
Should I be concerned about mold? [more inside]
posted by stevechemist at 5:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find my outer Buddha
Can you help me track down a replacement for a Buddha pendant that a coworker brought back to Australia from Cambodia approximately 10 years ago? [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 4:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for hiking trails in western MD and northeastern WV
Can anyone recommend some good hiking trails in western Maryland or the northeastern panhandle of West Virginia? [more inside]
posted by greenie2600 at 4:31 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I port my prepaid number to a different carrier's plan while retaining my balance?
How do I port my prepaid number to a different carrier's plan while retaining my balance? [more inside]
posted by puloxor at 3:22 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I gracefully put people at ease who I have met very briefly before but most probably do not remember me when I meet them the second time?
How do I gracefully put people at ease who I have met very briefly before but most probably do not remember me when I meet them the second time? [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym at 3:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Alternatives to Yahoo Pipes, please.
I'd like set up an RSS feed which offers results of a search from news feeds I've selected. Alternatives to Yahoo Pipes, please. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

This story should totally be a comic!
What's the process by which published fiction gets adapted into comic book form? [more inside]
posted by overglow at 2:06 PM PST - 4 comments

How to locate Wii Fit?
OK, OK, nobody else has asked, so I will: How do I get my hands on the popular and way-sold-out Wii Fit in the U.S. -- without paying more than retail? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 2:04 PM PST - 22 comments

How can I find a gay-friendly doctor?
How can I find a gay-friendly doctor in my area?
posted by tumbleweedjack at 2:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Differences between US and Scandinavian opiate RX access
Compared to the United States, how difficult is it for patients in Scandinavian countries (or Europe in general) to obtain their legally prescribed opiates? (i.e. are there the same, more or fewer hurdles?) [more inside]
posted by symbioid at 2:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Give me the New York lake of my Texas youth!
Seeking swimming hole at lake around NYC like the ones I used to go to as a kid in Texas. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 1:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Ipod + music + metronome = Steady Runner
How do I layer a metronome over music on my Ipod? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 at 1:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Is a blackberry still useful without a data plan?
Is a blackberry still useful without a data plan? I have credit toward a phone upgrade on sprint and can get a blackberry for free. My main use for it is text messaging, syncronizing contacts and calendar with my Mac (using missing sync) and Bible software. I don't actually need email or web. In order to get it for free I have to sign up for a data plan which costs $39. I am willing to do that for a month and then cancel if I can. Will the blackberry still be able to do all the things I need without a data plan? Thanks
posted by jeffreyclong at 1:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Not-Quite-Sex Tips
I've recently gotten out of a LTR where there was a lot of sex without foreplay-- my ex didn't like to kiss/cuddle/etc. Now I'm with a cute, fabulous girl who absolutely loves making out, and I'm thrilled, but feeling like I've forgotten a lot of my old tricks. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Crossdressing friendly vacations
Anyone have any good vacation recommendations for crossdressers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Flying to the USA - What should i watch out for?
Flying to the USA - What should i watch out for? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 12:56 PM PST - 22 comments

A grand for two circuit breakers?
Electrical Estimate Filter: Short version is, is $1100 USD a proper estimate for simply replacing a 125 amp breaker and a 60 amp breaker in a standard residential breaker box? [more inside]
posted by Rendus at 12:45 PM PST - 9 comments

High SPF sunscreen for acne-prone skin?
Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher that won't make me break out? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 12:33 PM PST - 30 comments

How to sell photos online?
I'd like to create a stock photo service for a client. Does anyone have any recommendations for existing services such as photostockplus.com or those that focus on selling digital content such as tidwit.com or the now defunct blish.com. Is there a leader in this marketplace? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 12:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Scaling back Small Business Server 2003
How do I scale back Windows Server 2003 for Small Business? [more inside]
posted by adverb at 11:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Not Inspector Gadget
Would you please share your recommendations for home inspectors and/or pest inspectors in or around Oakland, CA? [more inside]
posted by apostrophe at 11:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Pool clubs in Chicago?
Pool clubs in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 11:54 AM PST - 3 comments

How much does it cost to live in Marina Del Rey (or LA in general)
I will be moving to Marina Del Rey from NY soon. I've been a New Yorker all my life, and don't know much about west coast economics. I do come from the 10th most expensive-to-live-in county in the country, so I'm sure I won't be terribly ruffled by the prices. I was hoping I could get some insight on how much it typically costs for: Electric, Gas and Heat, Water, Cable/Net, and any other utilties I may have missed. Thanks!
posted by FireStyle at 11:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I get sit and work in NY?
Where can I get some work done tomorrow in Manhattan (around 65th and Broadway)? [more inside]
posted by lionelhutz5 at 11:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Inertia
Although an aquantaince said he hadn't lifted weights in 9 years, he looked like a active weight-lifter, huge. WTF? [more inside]
posted by uni verse at 11:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Human (And Dog) Antenna
A question about how our bodies affect radio reception... [more inside]
posted by amyms at 11:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me figure out why I'm so upset, please.
Good tips or techniques for identifying, and articulating, negative emotions? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 8:57 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm not Superwoman. Help me get real!
I tend to get very excited about lots of different projects and overcommit myself. I can be happily insanely busy for a while, but then I get overwhelmed, freak out and flake out. I don't want to do this anymore. How can I find balance and learn to work sustainably?
posted by streetdreams at 8:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Can't burn DVD+R's on a Mac
For the life of me, I can't seem to burn a dual-layer DVD+R on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 7:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Online videos of Heroes and Adventure - Ain't Going Anywhere Soon......
Online videos about courage, survival and adventure. Where? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 7:33 AM PST - 4 comments

I think I need a putty knife...
I need to hang things from my walls and ceilings, but can't. Help! [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 7:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Xbox original doesn't like DVDs
My Xbox original shuts itself off. [more inside]
posted by Carbolic at 6:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Giving her the finger as I give her the ring
Now that I've decided to propose to my girlfriend, I suddenly seem to be picking fights with her. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Prebook before holiday
I am going on holiday to Vienna, Salzburg and Munich in August, what should I pre-book to avoid disappointment or gain best options?
posted by trashcan at 5:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Live USB boot problems
I'm trying to put a bootable, persistent Linux install on my USB drive, but it won't boot! [more inside]
posted by edbyford at 4:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Meet my Wordpress relatives...
What code do I need to modify to alter the width of the new post/new page box in WordPress? [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 4:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Who made these "flesh" dolls?
I'm being driven crazy by what is most likely an interesting, artistic hoax. [more inside]
posted by louche mustachio at 3:57 AM PST - 10 comments

What's the plan, aunt paduasoy?
Things to do with a one year-old and a four-year old outside the house. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 3:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Doctor or Doctorate? To-may-to, To-mah-to?
What does it take to be a doctor (MD)? And what does it take to be a doctor (PhD)? Torn about what path to pursue, [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia at 2:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Resources to learn to identify furniture-quality woods.
My daughter is beginning to learn to build furniture and has a particular interest in learning how to identify exotic and really any furniture-quality woods. She is a visual learner so pictures rather than wordy descriptions work best for her. [more inside]
posted by mumstheword at 12:23 AM PST - 9 comments

May 24
Need help identifying 3 tree branches from the Southeastern Minnesota region.
Need help identifying 3 tree branches from the Southeastern Minnesota region. [more inside]
posted by LittleNami at 10:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find a loooong collage picture frame?
Where can I find a looooong collage picture frame? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 9:55 PM PST - 3 comments

MIT clothes for babies?
Where can I buy baby clothes with Massachusetts Institute of Technology logos on them online?
posted by drezdn at 9:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Having extra periods?
I've been getting "extra" periods... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Vista/Ubuntu Dual Boot desperate help needed :(
How to dual boot vista/ubuntu hardy heron and get everything set up. More details Inside. Starting to pull hair out :( [more inside]
posted by thesonofmorgoth at 8:51 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I get rid of the file that won't go away?
Why won't this file go away in Vista's DVD burner? [more inside]
posted by champthom at 8:46 PM PST - 1 comments

Difference between a bag and a purse?
What is the difference between a purse and a bag? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 8:06 PM PST - 32 comments

Should she stay or go?
My wife has a friend from college (about 20 years ago) with whom she wants to sever relations. Nothing major happened; she just finds the friendship more stressful than it's worth. [more inside]
posted by yalestar at 7:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me find new karaoke songs.
Help me find new karaoke songs that are 1) recent 2) in my key 3) likely to be in a karaoke playlist 4) don't have a bunch of runs and shit and 5) have at least one part where I really get to belt it out like a mofo. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo at 6:34 PM PST - 10 comments

But I LOVE electionfilter!
Every time an electionfilter post gets deleted, people say, "There are websites where this post would be appropriate, but this isn't one of them." What sites are those? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 6:25 PM PST - 20 comments

I prefer "the people's guitar."
Can I actually play my toy guitar? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic at 6:21 PM PST - 4 comments

mp3 Fiesta - who's getting ripped off?
mp3 Fiesta - what's the catch? [more inside]
posted by mooza at 6:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Oh, boy, parallel universe #57339! That's where I'm a Viking.
How would the many-worlds interpretation work on the human level, if at all? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 5:39 PM PST - 39 comments

Help me fly the vegan skies
Vegan airport/airline dining - connect and lunch in Dallas (DFO) or Chicago (ORD)? Somewhere else? How long to allow for a connection to assure we can eat at the restaurant you recommend? We're traveling from Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco and it's looking kind of grim for in-flight meals; it's > 7 hours overall travel time but broken into two segments; best advice for not-having-to-pack-lunch? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 5:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Archive WordPerfect?
Is there a program that will help to convert a batch (10 to 100) of WordPerfect files into TXT or RTF or DOC format so that they can then be archived into a text management program? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 5:06 PM PST - 5 comments

So do you walk to school or bring your lunch?
What do you take for lunch everyday? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 4:56 PM PST - 35 comments

It's not a feature, it's a bug
It's not a feature, it's a bug or why do they impair my equipment when not asked to? [more inside]
posted by TheRaven at 4:52 PM PST - 28 comments

Things to do in Rostock when you're heavy
Can anybody give me some ideas for fun things to do in and around Rostock, Germany? My other half wants to do a one-week course at the end of July and I'm thinking about tagging along for the trip and need to keep myself entertained during the days. [more inside]
posted by dogsbody at 4:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Selling Records
Where can I sell some vinyl records in Austin or San Antonio? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 4:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I skip college math?
Is it possible to bypass a math course requirement at a community college? [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast at 4:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Describe Your Pages, WordPress
How can I make my navigation bar in WordPress look like this, without modifying the WordPress code? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 3:41 PM PST - 5 comments

removing modPodge'd art
my daughter 'mod podged' a collage to her wall. now that i'm remodeling, she's distraught about losing her work. anyone know a way to remove it from a painted, drywall surface? i've offered to photograph it, which i'm thinking is the only solution. any other suggestions, or just save my money for therapy? thanks.
posted by mdienno at 3:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Has my gmail been hacked?
Has my gmail been hacked? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Why won't Norton Ghost make a recovery point for my C drive?
Why won't Norton Ghost make a recovery point for my C drive? [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy at 2:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Friend, foe, or escargot?
Help me identify this garden snail, please? Most of the info I've found on garden snails is centered on the Pacific Northwest & California. I'm in Philly, and am unsure as to what varieties of snails are common on the east coast. [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 2:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Good Historic books
I'm interested in reading more fun books, written in 1945 or earlier, which clearly set themselves in the time and place that they were written. Examples include Anne of Green Gables, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, Pride & Prejudice, and China to Me. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 1:59 PM PST - 39 comments

Asparagus...it's awesome because it makes your pee smell funny.
Share your favorite asparagus recipes! I love it grilled and roasted, but I eat it like this all the time. What are some new ways to prepare one of my favorite veggies? [more inside]
posted by sararah at 1:38 PM PST - 30 comments

To dip or not to dip?
Should my friend dip into her 401k to pay off credit card debt? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 1:33 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I politely (and possibly repeatedly) say "I don't know"?
I'll soon be training some new employees remotely via shared desktop + speakerphone (possibly + webcam). I/ we have never done this before, so if I'm put on the spot, what are good, different ways to deflect questions that I don't know the answer to whilst keeping my cool and not sounding like I'm clueless? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 1:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Marble run - marble = ?
We ate at Sonic last night and got a cool kids toy that consisted of marble run type pieces with magnetic backs for fridge use. However, instead of a marble, it had a wheel that rides the rails. My son has a birthday at the end of June and I would like to get a large set of these. I can only find the type with marbles, no good in my house. Where can I find the wheel type fridge roller coaster that will keep a 6 and 2 year old busy for hours?
posted by Talia Devane at 1:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Cheap swimming pools
I am pondering whether to get one of those $100-150 department-store above-ground swimming pools to help beat the heat. Are they a steal, or am I wasting my money? Comments from anyone who owns one?
posted by crapmatic at 12:53 PM PST - 16 comments

How to avoid runner's knee this time...
Looking to start running again- it's been 10 years and I want to take better care of my knees this time. What are your favorite stretches and exercises for preventing/relieving patella-femoral syndrome (runner's knee)? and... [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Iron Man plot holes?
Movie Filter: I can't believe I am saying this but I couldn't follow the plot of Iron Man, or it just didn't make sense... ***SPOILERS INSIDE*** [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 12:39 PM PST - 28 comments

Can't get off without the buzz!
Female orgasm question (by a female). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 PM PST - 17 comments

The Great Nina Simone
If you could only own one of Nina Simone's albums (not a "best of"), what would it be? [more inside]
posted by quine's_gavagai at 12:29 PM PST - 11 comments

“I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
Great places in the world to visit (or short-term volunteer opportunities) when traveling alone?
posted by blue_beetle at 12:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Origins of red blur in MiniDV video?
Question for my roommate about red blur in shooting MiniDV video. [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 11:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me remember an African movie.
Vague Movie Recollection filter: All I remember is this is a movie from the late 60's, set in Africa. One key scene is a bad guy wearing a stolen watch with a builtin alarm starts a stampede (of elephants?) when the wrist watch alarm goes off. Said bad guy ends up crushed in a bush. The alarm watch touch suggests it's set in modern times. Help me, Mefites!
posted by cameradv at 10:37 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I send pictures to my Blogger blog using my Sprint phone?
How can I send pictures to my Blogger blog using my Sprint phone? I've set it up so that I can send text messages and they will post, but I'm having a bear of a time setting up picture mail to do the same. Any suggestions?
posted by grrlaction at 10:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Hi Mom.. I'd really prefer not to talk to you.
How do I handle interactions with a parent in the present, when I still haven't been able to let go of anger from the past? It's my mother.. simply calling me every now and then to ask how I am doing, and yet when she comes up on my caller ID I usually have overwhelming feelings of dread, anger, and then guilt if I don't pick up the phone. [more inside]
posted by citron at 10:14 AM PST - 28 comments

mailing list into Iphone
Loading address list / contact list into iphone. Starting with a word doc. [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 10:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Nervous Nelly; don't want to be a Floppy Frank
How do I perform well after abstaining from sex for four years? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 9:57 AM PST - 14 comments

'Something something....the...something..'
Yet another...help me find a this song after I supply you with really vague details about it question. But come on, it's fun! [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah at 9:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Music ensembles for a flautist in Los Angeles
What kind of community music ensembles are there that a flute player could join in (or near) the San Fernando valley area of Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by TheClonusHorror at 9:24 AM PST - 1 comments

Unhappy job at a stable company, or better job at a takeover target?
Should I move from an unsatisfying job at a stable company, to a better job at a company that might soon be sold? I'm not happy at my current job, and have just been offered a better position elsewhere. The problem is, the company that's trying to hire me is on the auction block, and will probably be sold in less than a year. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me get back to sending picture messages from my cellphone!
[MotoQ Filter] Help me send and receive picture messages with my cellphone. [more inside]
posted by jseven at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I convince my friend's dad she'll be safe to visit me in Israel?
I'm going to be studying in Jerusalem next year, and I'd really like it if one of my friends could come and visit me. The only problem is her father - he is very resistant to the idea, and undoubtedly gets his concerns from the news - which we know has an awful tendency of sensationalizing things beyond recognition. I was hoping you guys could help me put something together that she could show her father, to hopefully help assuage some of his fears. I mean, we're not planning on road-tripping down to Gaza or anything! [more inside]
posted by howgenerica at 8:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Awesome Twitters?
I just saw this, from the Tower Bridge, and for the first time I thought: "Twitter could be awesome for things like this!" Any similarly awesome twitterers you can recommend? (Strict awesomeness criteria inside.) [more inside]
posted by rossmik at 7:43 AM PST - 9 comments

My shoes have been red all week so what's with the fifth day of jokes?
Why do people I know, both acquaintances and quasi-friends, bring up my oddities whenever we go out together? It annoys me, and I wonder if I'm overreacting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 AM PST - 43 comments

If *I'm* late, think what her husband's saying.
explain-this-joke filter? "Hey, if *I'm* late, think what her husband's saying." (from The Talented Mr. Ripley) [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 7:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Is it ethical to make money from subleasing an apartment?
Is it ethical to make money subleasing an apartment to others while not living there myself? Does the landlord need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:14 AM PST - 18 comments

HELP! Poison Ivy Out of Control
Poison Ivy -- Ok, I'm on round 2 of dosepack, steriod creams, and combining N1 and N2 allergy inhibitors -- I'm doing the best modern medicine has to offer, and based on the raised ugly red whelps it appears to no avail. I'm covered from head to toe and unfortunately points in between. Now -- how about some some Hivemind brilliance on other methods to get this more under control. I'm game for about anything at this stage. And yeah, I know I shouldn't -- but I did -- so please, help me! (Thanks...)
posted by peace_love_hope at 6:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Old church windows
Calling all Stained Glass Experts!!! Is it all right to put older stained glass pannels inside insulated glass? Older windows on church, are there better ways to protect - save energy?
posted by ok at 4:40 AM PST - 3 comments

How to get a baby to cope with new time zones?
How should I reconcile my baby's happy, working sleep schedule with our upcoming international travel? [more inside]
posted by lottie at 2:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Wordpress post time minus 13 hours?
I need Wordpress to display the_time as well as the_time - X. [more inside]
posted by mysterious1der at 1:27 AM PST - 8 comments

May 23
Does anyone know a good printer that does NOT use ink cartridges with embedded chips?
Does anyone know a good multi-function printer (print/copy/scan) that does NOT use ink cartridges with embedded chips? [more inside]
posted by m94402 at 11:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Summer reading for strange tastes?
What author should I delve into next? [more inside]
posted by el_lupino at 10:24 PM PST - 36 comments

How did Library Cards Work?
How did paper-based library circulation work before computers? I remember that the librarian stamped the book and the book's card with the due date (by hand), and then kept the card. What did they do with the card? How did they associate the book with my account? Was there a separate ledger where they kept the association? Or did they write my name/number on the card itself?
posted by Jeff Howard at 10:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Are there any scriptable digital picture frames?
Hey Metafilter electronic hardware folks: I want to set up a digital picture frame that I can control via software on a Linux desktop to toggle between two different images on command. What should I buy? [more inside]
posted by jacobm at 10:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Death by fat stunt falls minibike attempt
What happened to the Mccrary twin (of the Guinness world's fattest twins who ride the bikes together) in the Niagara Falls mini-bike accident? He died there, but I'm unable to find anything about how, what or why. Was he trying to jump the falls in a minibike?
posted by destro at 9:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Weird Black Hole in Corner on Mac
I have an Intel Macbook with a fairly large 2" diameter black circle floating in the bottom right corner... [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 9:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Reference Check Legalities
In Canada, is it legal to verify the employment history of a job candidate without their consent? [more inside]
posted by Raynyn at 9:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Help interpret this ACT score
Help me interpret this ACT score & figure out what to do with it... [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 at 8:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Cryptic jewish kids on parade...
I ran into a parade of children from our local Hebrew school today...what were they chanting? [more inside]
posted by Wavelet at 8:12 PM PST - 10 comments

As a cigarette should
Smoking hot american mefites! I'll be traveling from MD to MA soon. Which state between here and there has the cheapest cigarettes? [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie at 7:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Fun stuff for six-year-old girls?
What should I do with eight six-year-old girls for 1.5 hours a week that targets social skills and building peer relationships? [more inside]
posted by enaira at 7:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Now what?
Should-we-break-up-filter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:31 PM PST - 44 comments

How do I keep my rooftop apartment un-broken-in-on?
Parapet defense 101, or, how to discourage home invasion of an overly-fab rooftop apartment without turning it into a prison. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 PM PST - 30 comments

I would say "help
Basically, I want to talk to someone without feeling judged. Both now and in general. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Split my mp4 videos!
How can I split an mp4 video file in two (or three or four) on my Mac, preferably without a lengthy re-encode? [more inside]
posted by raygan at 6:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me get some sand in my shorts.
Please suggest affordable suggestions for a tropical or sunny beach vacation from Boston -- emphasis on affordable. [more inside]
posted by theredpen at 6:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you get there from here?
Are there any convex nations? [more inside]
posted by thrako at 5:45 PM PST - 54 comments

Ideas for staying in touch with a stay-at-home mother during the summer
Summer is here and my wife is now at home all day every day with 5, 7, and 9 year olds. I am looking for ideas for things I can do while I'm away at work during the day to try to help her maintain sanity. I'm already planning multiple daily phone calls.
posted by TheManChild2000 at 5:20 PM PST - 15 comments

off the rack, or tailor made
Which is better, a Hong Kong tailor made suit, or a high-end off the rack suit? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 5:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for traffic accident details
Is there a way to find out details about a particular traffic accident and death that occurred in New Jersey on May 11? The only additional info I have is the name of the deceased. [more inside]
posted by shortfuse at 4:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Am I really paying $90 to cook dinner twice a week?
Paying for gas to light the boiler pilot lights in a NYC apartment? [more inside]
posted by blueskiesinside at 4:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me clean the bathtub before my relatives find out and kill me.
How to remove dye (paper, not hair) from a bathtub? [more inside]
posted by naoko at 4:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Getting multiple monitors to work using only keyboard
How do I turn off "extend my desktop to multiple monitors" in XP only using the keyboard? [more inside]
posted by fingo at 4:30 PM PST - 5 comments

The Ghost of Tom Joad, on Stage
Trying to track down a DVD or a digital download of the filmed version of the Steppenwolf production of The Grapes of Wrath. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 4:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a new webhost
Halp! I need a new host for a wiki. My RPG has a wiki, because we're wordy and five years old and ... well, we're dorks. Our current host is not so good for us anymore for reasons of database size. [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL at 3:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Skinny ties in Austin
Where can you get skinny ties in Austin?
posted by rush at 3:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Decadent literature recommendations
Starting a book club for literature of the decadent movement. Starting with Against Nature. What next? What else?
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Camping near Austin, TX
What are some of the best places to camp around Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by Espoo2 at 3:00 PM PST - 8 comments

The Man Who Fell To Earth Post-Nixon
Walter Tevis's classic sci-fi novel The Man Who Fell To Earth was published in 1963. Does anyone know how and why, then, the current edition came to contain a reference to the 1972 Watergate scandal? [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 2:57 PM PST - 12 comments

U-Lock Saw
How do I liberate my bike from a U-lock? [more inside]
posted by jtajta at 2:52 PM PST - 22 comments

how to do live green screen backdrop effects like at the fair
How do you create a green screen / backdrop effect like at the fair or Disneyland? [more inside]
posted by samuel1613 at 2:31 PM PST - 5 comments

The address of the official Apple Reseller in Taipei?
I'm looking for the address of the official Apple Reseller in Taipei, Taiwan. Languages complications within. [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 1:57 PM PST - 6 comments

First, Do No Linguistic Harm
How do you pronounce the Latin phrase "primum succurrere"? My best guess would be something like "PREE-moom soo-koo-RAY-ray". But I totally have no idea. Anyone care to throw me a lifeline on this one? It's much, MUCH easier to be pretentious about using a phrase in Latin if you're not mispronouncing it. ;O)
posted by AngerBoy at 1:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Identify this 80s movie featuring Indy-type blond heroine and... Aztecs?
Back in the 1980s, I remember watching a bizarre sort of Indiana Jones-copycat treasure-hunting/western movie. It featured a young, blond Daryl Hannah lookalike and possibly Aztecs who liked to dip humans head-first in liquid gold before decapitating them. It was fairly violent stuff, and one scene had the characters being horrified when one of their comrades returned headless on a horse. The whole thing must have been somewhat tongue-in-cheek, however, because it ended with a humorous 70s-style montage that set up a (presumably fake) sequel with the blond girl as a butt-kicking Indy-type heroine. I am pretty sure it was made in the 80s, and I remember the dialogue as being English, but I could be wrong; all I know is that Bud Spencer and Terence Hill weren't in it. Ring any bells?
posted by gentle at 1:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Bunny Rabbit debate
Debate at work. Can Bunny Rabbits have heart attacks. [more inside]
posted by JAD'E at 1:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Adobe sans-serif
If you could pick one sans-serif family from Adobe, what would it be and why? I am trying to branch out from the Myriad Pro I got free with InDesign.
posted by Foam Pants at 1:23 PM PST - 28 comments

Need help with a German pronounciation
How do you pronounce the "sz" in a German word or name that begins with it, such as "Szigen" (like the festival) or "Szaggars"?
posted by bondgirl53001 at 1:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Free online fitness planning?
Free online fitness planning? [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 1:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Tools for Life
Tools for Life: The last [blank] you'll ever need to buy. [more inside]
posted by sirion at 12:59 PM PST - 50 comments

Crash Course in MMA Submission Grappling
I just signed up for a submission only MMA tournament taking place mid june, I have 4 years HS wrestling experience, ZERO MMA experience... help? [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 12:52 PM PST - 19 comments

What IT systems would Jesus use?
Looking for a IT consultant for a largish-church in NYC - please help? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 12:50 PM PST - 5 comments

No Kang and Kodos?
What are some great animated halloween classics appropriate for the teen set? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 12:39 PM PST - 9 comments

'Cause Every Girl's Crazy 'Bout a Sharp-Dressed Man
I'm a very overweight man in my early to mid-thirties, and I would appreciate your advice as to how to dress in a way that's complementary to me for social situations (such as going to clubs, bars, lectures, etc.). More inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 12:37 PM PST - 27 comments

What web portal software for PDF/HTML search?
I’m trying to build a simple web portal to share PDF and HTML documentation with our customers, and allow them to search the documentation. I figured this would be many FOSS tools available to do this, but I keep running into roadblocks… [more inside]
posted by RecalcitrantYouth at 12:35 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the pronunciation of Myanmar.
What is the pronunciation of Myanmar? [more inside]
posted by xetere at 12:26 PM PST - 23 comments

Why do I always dream about stairwells and elevators?
Whenever I dream, stairwells, elevators, and large buildings with multiple levels always figure prominently. There'd be nothing strange about this except a) my daily life does not involve stairwells, large buildings, or elevators in any way, and b) they're in absolutely every dream I have -- no exceptions. This has been going on for at least a year, possibly longer. What could be possibly be causing this?
posted by coizero at 12:06 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I care for an antique flag?
Antique Flag Care: How do I care for a WW I era flag? [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 11:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Chemical societies
I need a list of of foreign chemical societies. [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 11:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Lost my passport. Keep my boyfriend?
Help me reconcile losing my passport and disappointing my new SO. [more inside]
posted by frumious bandersnatch at 11:37 AM PST - 18 comments

iPod won't show Steve Miller!
iPod won't display Steve Miller Band! [more inside]
posted by skybolt at 11:34 AM PST - 11 comments

How to impartially choose a qualified Webmaster?
An organization I'm in needs to fill the newly created position of Webmaster. How should we determine if a candidate is qualified to hold this position? And any advice on making an impartial selection if the only person among those making the decision with any web experience, is also a candidate? [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek at 11:33 AM PST - 5 comments

What is "living life to the fullest"?
What is "living life to the fullest"? How to do it? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 11:12 AM PST - 18 comments

yet another honeymoonfilter
We need help! Please advise two hopelessly indecisive travelers on their honeymoon. [more inside]
posted by sid at 11:00 AM PST - 11 comments

What's fun in Portland, OR?
Going to Portland for RailsConf, and wondering about potential after-conference activities. I have a very broad notion of fun, so any and all suggestions would be welcome.
posted by bashos_frog at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Riding NY Express Bus
Do you ride an Express Bus from Brooklyn into Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by tonci at 10:15 AM PST - 0 comments

Geothermal heat on a mountain?
Geothermal heating: what happens if you live on a mountain? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 10:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Lewiston, Idaho? Missoula, Montana?
Help me pick between Lewiston, Idaho or Missoula, Montana for a weekend getaway? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 10:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Help installing Debian Etch?
Okay I'm trying to set up rtorrent and wtorrent using Debian Etch and this guide. Installs and updates the kernel fine, then I get "bash command not found" when trying to run through the rest of the tutorial. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 10:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Par-tay
Private party spaces in New York? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 9:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Suit Rental
Sometime in the next month or so. I will have a funeral to attend. I do not own a suit that's appropriate, and as I'm in the process of downsizing (physically) I don't want to buy one. I'm in the Lower Mainland in BC. Does anyone know of a suit rental service (not tux)?
posted by Neiltupper at 9:55 AM PST - 14 comments

FleaMarketFilter: Looking for all Flea Markets in Europe
I'm looking for flea markets in Europe. Specifically we will be going through Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia (Sarajevo), Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland (Krakow) before settling in France, but any other suggestions in Europe are welcome. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop at 9:55 AM PST - 5 comments

2 girls 1 week
7 days, 2 girls, $2k. We live in FL and want to go on vacation. Will prob fall back on the ol' standby, the funship cruise, unless you fine Mefites have some wackier idea we haven't thought of. We intend to party much and are awesome. Where should we go (1st week of July)?
posted by sarelicar at 9:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Don't call me, I'll call you. No, seriously, I'll call you. Don't call me.
I'm currently out of work and looking for a new job. I share a cell plan with my family, but thanks to the combination of my having little money coming in and my sister & her boyfriend deciding that text messages are super fun, my phone's been cut off. So now I have dozens of resumes floating around with a bad phone number! How do I let prospective employers know my new number? [more inside]
posted by aristan at 9:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Backlight or Inverter? How can you tell?
Backlight or Inverter? How can you tell? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 8:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I bail out of my SUV now?
Should I dump my SUV? I have a 2006 Expedition, I've only put 12,000 miles on it since I purchased it new. My commute is 12 miles round trip and I only drive it in the winter and when it rains in the spring and summer, I bike on all other days. My concern is two fold. First, I am currently under water on my loan and will have to come up with around $5,000 on a trade or private sale. Second, if I keep the vehicle am I effectively throwing good money after bad, will this vehicle be unsellable / undriveable in a few years. I know that my question requires some prognostication, but I would appreciate some opinions.
posted by revan at 8:36 AM PST - 28 comments

I thought I taw a pouldycat.
What is the deal with people who are following 800 others on Twitter and have no website linked to their account? I'm talking (apparently) private citizens here, not brands. You look at their twitter page, and it's just a photo, a name, and 800 friends. What are they trying to accomplish? Do they really read all the incoming tweets? Are they just hoping to make some random selection of people interested in them?
posted by bingo at 8:31 AM PST - 19 comments

Helping a kid deal with losing...
What to do (if anything) about a kid (Kindergarten) who cannot deal with failure/losing? [more inside]
posted by unixrat at 8:25 AM PST - 28 comments

Who has succeeded most in bringing people together?
What are some powerful examples throughout history of public figures or concepts that have successfully united disparate people?
posted by deern the headlice at 8:25 AM PST - 24 comments

Does anyone know of any resources/suggestions on getting trapped birds out of office buildings?
I work in a pretty large office building, and while walking the bi-level lobby floors I always hear trapped birds chirping and see them hopping around... [more inside]
posted by BlackStrapMolasses at 8:21 AM PST - 1 comments

Is there a way to give a dog a safe indoor place away from a cat?
Is there a way to give a dog a safe indoor place away from a cat? [more inside]
posted by wukkuan at 8:08 AM PST - 16 comments

Compact dishwashers: any good?
Compact dishwashers: are they any good? Which one is best. [more inside]
posted by wsg at 8:01 AM PST - 15 comments

What can I do about online slander?
Looking for advice on a situation involving online slander (?).... [more inside]
posted by InstantSanitizer at 8:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Do you recall information about food recalls?
I'm looking for relatively recent data on food recalls - anybody have a good source? [more inside]
posted by LakesideOrion at 7:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Desperately Seeking Aerobed
I need to find a queen sized Aerobed (or equivelent) by in midtown Manhattan by 1 p.m. [more inside]
posted by dshargel at 7:17 AM PST - 6 comments

What is the desert warfare definition of a 'box'?
In the terminology of armored desert warfare, what is a 'box'? [more inside]
posted by felix at 7:12 AM PST - 12 comments

How do we delicately end this friendship?
ParentingAssistanceFilter! How do I deal with a friend that's a bad influence? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 7:10 AM PST - 34 comments

Places to play poker in Manhattan?
I'm looking for cool spaces (preferably bars) in Manhattan where they'd let you just sit and play poker with your own cards and chips -- just among friends, not against a casino. Would most bars not care? Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by Malad at 6:51 AM PST - 11 comments

I bet you I was a liberal arts major
As mentioned before in this post, my house is running a jello wrestling night. Now that we have the logistics set up, I would like to make some extra cash on taking bets. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics at 6:48 AM PST - 11 comments

How to set up Mediawiki infoboxes?
Mediawiki infoboxes. I'd like to use a Wikipedia-style infobox in my own personal Mediawiki. Help? Please? [more inside]
posted by Otis at 5:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Best movies of 2008 so far
Amazing movies of 2008? Has there been any? What have I missed? [more inside]
posted by extrabox at 4:56 AM PST - 38 comments

Home buying suggestions in Ann Arbor
Home buying suggestions in Ann Arbor, Michigan? [more inside]
posted by that_one_guy at 4:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Crossing America..
Me and three friends are flying out to drive across America, mainly following the old Route 66. I have two main questions: 1) What's worth seeing on this route? 2) What should we be wary of? Also, any other advice is more than appreciated.
posted by bobbyone at 4:16 AM PST - 20 comments

Simple French-language booklets for Kenyan French teacher of elementary students?
On a recent trip to Kenya, we visited a school who is in need of simple French language instruction booklets for elementary-age children. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 4:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Medialess
Can I actually buy an Office 2007 DISC? As in, the actual media? I have really struggled with this, since reinstalling Office 2007 on a reformatted 'Office-ready PC' is impossible: Reformatting obviously wipes out your Office install and the the trial version (which is the only thing available to download) is incompatible with (some of?) Microsoft's own license keys. [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 2:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Undo iPhoto effects?
Is there an automated (or "simple") way to undo iPhoto effects? Some look difficult, but the "pop art" effect in particular looks like if should be fairly easy to get something like the original image back.
posted by d7415 at 1:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Principles for when to speak up in relationships and when to keep your mouth shut.
What are some good principles and shorthand rules for when you should communicate what you're thinking/feeling to friends/friends-who-are-potential-lovers/lovers. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 1:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Red Book for South Asia?
Is there a book like The Red Book of the Peoples of the Russian Empire - but for South Asia? Tribes / castes etc?
posted by harhailla.harhaluuossa at 12:40 AM PST - 1 comments

Princeton old-school Italian?
Princeton, NJ area mefites: What would you recommend for the best independent red-sauce Italian/pizza place?
posted by brujita at 12:01 AM PST - 9 comments

May 22
Help me lower this time capsule into the ground...
Time capsule/Mac trouble--help me start backing up my data with a minimum of muss/fuss! [more inside]
posted by roombythelake at 11:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Remember the Samsonite Gorilla?
Can you provide examples of common false memories? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 11:18 PM PST - 40 comments

Should I only be paying interest on land I purchased?
Bought a piece of land and only paying interest. Why would I do that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 PM PST - 11 comments

NYCFilter: Street name that sounds like hugo
I'm not from NYC, is there a street name that sounds like hugo? I got an address over the phone and clearly should have asked how to spell the name, anyone have an idea?
posted by karpet at 11:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Help a 3 year old deal with death
My wife's beloved grandmother died yesterday and we are wondering how to explain things to our three year old daughter. [more inside]
posted by TedW at 9:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Are my discs slipping?
Sometimes when I stretch my back, it kind of pops and hurts sharply, what's up with that? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange at 9:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Please recommend happy rap songs.
Does anyone know of any happy, zippy, upbeat rap that I can run to? My last question about music made me realize there is a lot of stuff out there I've never heard. [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp at 9:31 PM PST - 43 comments

Bike needs to lay off the twinkies
What's the best way to put my new bike on a diet? [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 9:31 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the best site to conduct background checks?
What's the best website to research someone's background? [more inside]
posted by thewittyname at 8:58 PM PST - 2 comments

machismo 101
How can I be more macho? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 PM PST - 54 comments

Freeform Roleplaying Opportunities Wanted
Know of any good freeform roleplaying sites? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 PM PST - 5 comments

owen is stuck in a cave, his survival depends on you
the child otto falls down a hill, sprains his ankle, and then the situation gets worse. help me remember what children's book this scene is from? [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor at 8:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Can you paint over wallpaper glue/backing? And can you "seal" the paint?
Can you paint over wallpaper glue/backing? And can you "seal" the paint? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 8:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Time to Pimp My Blog
Suggestions for what additions, widgets, extensions, interactive doodads to include on a blogger/blogspot blog. Looking for input from both blog writers and readers. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 7:23 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I use my rafters to store things?
Home DIY pros: I've just moved to a new house, the upper floor of which has exposed rafters. How can I use these to store my stuff? Details to follow. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Bono, is that you?
What is the song played at the end of this recent episode of the Travel with Rick Steves radio show/podcast on Dublin? The singer sounds very much like a young Bono, but the music does not sound like that of U2. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 7:08 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm totally ignorant about comic books
I'm totally ignorant about comic books. [more inside]
posted by keith0718 at 6:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Downward Dog
How do I become a yoga instructor? [more inside]
posted by All.star at 6:52 PM PST - 11 comments

How to connect an old external HD drive?
I lost the data cable for an old IOMEGA HDD 120 USB drive. IOMEGA no longer carries the cables. How can I get the data off it? [more inside]
posted by catsclaw at 6:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Formaldehyde treated sheets
Lately we have been buying no-iron sheets because they are so soft and do not require ironing. Now we hear that they are treated with formaldehyde. Lands' End says: "The fabric is treated at a fiber level with a no-wrinkle finishing process that is deemed so safe it's commonly used for children’s clothing" but they don't mention formaldehyde. Should we be concerned?
posted by retiree at 5:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Horray for electric scooters!
I want to charge this scooter w/o buying another bunch of crap. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 5:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Where the streets have no name.
Please help me find a map of Santiago Atitlan, Solola, Guatemala! [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 4:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Korea travel advice?
South Korea travel advice: Seoul, Jeju, elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by betterton at 4:39 PM PST - 10 comments

MySQL vs PostgreSQL?
What's the hive mind's opinion on MySQL vs PostgreSQL? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 4:32 PM PST - 24 comments

Getting starlings to shut up?
We have a nest of starlings living in our ceiling. The nest is too far back to remove. We mostly don't mind, except that the noise of the nestlings can be quite annoying. Is there any way to shut them up without killing them?
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 4:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Physical handset for softphones?
Handset that works with softphones? As universal as possible. [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 3:56 PM PST - 0 comments

Job Interview help for a DVD menu position, what are the essentials I need to know?
Job Interview help for a DVD menu position, what are the essentials I need to know? [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 3:37 PM PST - 1 comments

Ideas to get over being bored
Time off between jobs; what are some fun things to do? [more inside]
posted by humanawho at 3:17 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm looking for an old graphic novel.
I'm looking for an old graphic novel. [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons at 3:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Meetup.com for Sydney?
Is there anything like meetup.com for Sydney, Australia? There is meetup.com, of course, but there don't seem to be too many people from Sydney, there. (I'm visiting from the Washington, D.C. area, so perhaps I'm spoiled.)
posted by Coventry at 3:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Under my mattress?
Good local banks/credit unions in Oakland/East Bay? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 2:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Toronto employers of insight/strategy/planning people?
I live in Toronto, and I want a new job. I currently create 'consumer insight-led innovation strategies' for the marketing department of a major retailer. I want to continue to work in the strategy, planning, consumer insights, trend forecasting, and/or consulting type of roles, but I want OUT of the big corporate cube farm. Please use your fantastic insider knowledge to tell me about the fantastic place to work that I don't know about yet. [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 2:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to buy furniture/home accessories online for small spaces?
Furniture for small spaces: Somewhere on the internet, there exists a hip little home furniture/accessories store with products designed specifically for those living in tiny dwellings. Do you know what it is? [more inside]
posted by krisken at 2:14 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the best way to get rid of these tickets?
I've got tickets to the Sonoma Jazz Festival that I can't use. Have any tips on getting ride of them? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans at 2:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I plant these bulbs now?
Bulbs filter...Can I plant these or should I stick them in the fridge? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 1:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Web Design Sans Style Sheets
Any tips on web design WITHOUT style sheets? Yes, I know that's crazy talk. [more inside]
posted by echo target at 1:43 PM PST - 25 comments

[latin grammar filter] Summa or summa? Laude or laude?
How do you properly capitalize "summa cum laude" on a diploma? [more inside]
posted by deejay jaydee at 1:40 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I state my salary requirements?
I'm at the second interview for a job I'm interested in. I'm currently employed and not actively looking (I was recruited for this new position). They've asked me to bring in salary requirements; how is this usually done? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 1:00 PM PST - 12 comments

underwater point-and-shoots summer 2008
Anyone know of a good, cheap (< 300$) digital point and shoot with above average underwater shooting capabilities?
posted by johannahdeschanel at 12:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Pass Quiz In Order To Use the Fora
Can anyone point me to a vbulletin script that forces you to pass a quiz in order to use the forum? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 12:50 PM PST - 3 comments

What cartoon did I see?
When I was a kid, I saw a cartoon that featured robot sex and Star Wars rip-offs. What was it? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 12:46 PM PST - 6 comments

What's my best option for finding a cheap-as-dirt computer in the Dallas area?
What's my best option for finding a cheap-as-dirt computer in the Dallas area? [more inside]
posted by item at 12:43 PM PST - 11 comments

My PT Cruiser will help us reach peak oil...
Is there a way I can cost-effectively add more horsepower and/or fuel efficiency to my non-turbo PT Cruiser? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 12:27 PM PST - 31 comments

Easy way to find out what's fresh where?
Is there an easy way that I can find out what fruits and veggies are in-season in a country before I even arrive there? [more inside]
posted by Planet F at 12:27 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I fix my sunglasses?
One of the lenses of my expensive pair of sunglasses keeps popping out. Can I fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles at 12:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Teach me where to fish...
I've had what I think is a decent idea for a website. Rather than asking someone to "punch it up" in their "spare time" I'd like to learn to do it myself. I know a bit about html and took a turbo pascal class 11 years ago. Since then it's been all humanities, social science, and law. What do I need to learn and what, in your experience, are the best books/web sites to learn from? [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds at 12:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Who would have thought I'd miss windows?
Why can't I connect to the internet when using the XP partition of my Macbook? [more inside]
posted by hector horace at 12:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Create PDF Letterhead Template
Hi, How do I create a PDF Letterhead Template? or in other words: Does any one how to print to a pdf letterhead template? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by cmherskovic at 12:00 PM PST - 3 comments

New York City, please
NewYorkCityFilter: I'm headed to New York City this weekend, staying midtown. It's somewhat spur of the minute but I was wondering if any MeFites have suggestions of current things to do, places to eat and drink, etc. I love trying new places, eats, visual, audible, sensual stimulations. Anything discussed on Mefi recently? Thanks.
posted by hangingbyathread at 11:51 AM PST - 20 comments

Whatever happened to Pretty Levine?
What happened to Abraham 'Pretty' Levine after the Murder, Inc trials? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 11:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it all just going to end in tears?
Has any Mefite actually gotten one of the Allerca kitties or personally met somebody who had? Or is it all just a scam? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 11:30 AM PST - 17 comments

divx? DVD? what?
I want to rip my TV Series DVD's and store the episodes on my computer (Windows 2003 or XP). Can someone tell me what hardware I need to do this? Just a DVD drive in the computer? I've found some software information, including this old AskMe thread, but updated recommendations would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 at 11:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Pimp My Radish
What do I do with all these radishes? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 11:24 AM PST - 24 comments

Clingy like a barnacle.
How can I extract myself from a relationship with an overly-clingy (and engaged) coworker? Whole mess o' details inside. [more inside]
posted by moitz at 11:23 AM PST - 20 comments

Gift for the New Orleans-bound?
NewOrleansFilter: What should I get for my girlfriend, who is going to New Orleans for the summer? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex at 11:19 AM PST - 10 comments

How do find the therapist needle in the haystack?
How do I even start to locate the therapist that I think would be right for me among so many options? The details are inside. [more inside]
posted by logovisual at 11:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Finding Concerts Made Easy.
LosAngelesConcertFilter: Is there some site that lists all the live acts playing at various venues around town, broken down by date? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher at 10:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Audio File
I'm looking for an audio file. Its the sound you here in for example a military program as "official" graphics appear to be typed onto the screen.
posted by Yer-Ol-Pal at 10:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Outsourcing my life decisions
CityFilter: I'm young and free, but not doing much about it. Where should I live? [more inside]
posted by jinjo at 10:22 AM PST - 43 comments

Is it a good idea to drive out of LA on friday 23rd may for SFO bwn 4-6 pm, if we avoid highways?
Is it a good idea to drive out of LA on friday 23rd may for SFO bwn 4-6 pm, if we avoid highways? -- we are driving to SFO for memorial weekend. we cannot leave before 5 due to work. some friends advised us to start at 8-9 pm due to traffic. Is it a good idea instead to leave at 5 pm but avoid highways till we get out of LA and then get onto I-5?
posted by tvjoshi at 10:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Information about a stock audio clip where a dispatcher says "Beta ... something something"
There is a stock audio clip used all over the place in which you can hear a dispatcher say "Beta ... something something", I can never make out anything past "Beta" but it's very common. The last place I heard it was in one of the latest Arby's commercials where a paramedic is getting into an ambulance for some reason or other. And the first place I remember hearing it is in Sim City 2000 when you call in the police it would play this audio clip every time. I am looking for as much information as I can find out about it, and my google-fu has failed me. Specifically I would like to know what the dispatcher says.
posted by sir_rubixalot at 10:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Job advice for a burnt-out graphic designer in London?
My life sucked, so I moved to the opposite side of the world. I'm a former mid-weight graphic designer in London, and I need a new non-design job. What should I do for a crust? [more inside]
posted by linus587 at 10:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Maya MEL scripting
How long will it take me to learn MEL scripting in Maya for the sole purpose of creating and manipulating complex geometries? [more inside]
posted by comatose at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Eat Food, but which leaves, and how?
According to Michael Pollan's Eat Food article in the New York Times, we're supposed to eat more plants, esp leaves. So where are the leaf recipes? Does this come down to nothing more than spinach and lettuce salads or is there a interesting cuisine out there somewhere? Are there any cookbooks with leafy foods as their focus?
posted by bbranden1 at 9:44 AM PST - 33 comments

Need help building an RSA SecurID / Ace Server query
Need help building an RSA SecurID / Ace Server query [more inside]
posted by twistedmetal at 9:44 AM PST - 1 comments

What places in Northern Virginia and Maryland will I never find out about on my own?
I'm in the Washington, DC area for two months with a camera and a bike. Help me explore! [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 9:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Convex wheels keep on turnin'!
Why do most large trucks and other heavy vehicles have wheels with hubs that protrude outward in front?
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 9:03 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking for a hard-headed camera.
I'm looking for a digital camera to take on my two-month bike ride. [more inside]
posted by yomimono at 9:01 AM PST - 14 comments

From C++ to Java
In which I attempt to swap to a more fashionable programming language, just as it becomes unfashionable: are there any good tools for translating C++ to Java? [more inside]
posted by outlier at 8:50 AM PST - 7 comments

ProgrammingFilter (ASP.net): Help me before I jump out this window!
Help figure out what my options are for solving this programming dilemma. I've inherited an ASP.net project (C#) that is poorly written and even more poorly documented. Apparently the previous owners made a change that broke a page and I am stumped as to how to fix it. It has to do with events not firing for dynamically loaded user controls. If you're still interested, read on. If not, I don't blame you. [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 8:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Vitamin C Shower Filters--Do they work?
Anyone ever used the VitaCShower or similar products? Did it work? Did you notice a difference? And did you try the bath tablets too? I'm looking for a shower head filter that will remove chloramine and chlorine. [more inside]
posted by i_love_squirrels at 8:34 AM PST - 0 comments

Purchasing a home from your own family trust?
Can a person purchase a home from her own family trust? Problem: my friend's dad died a few months ago and left his estate plus the family home in a trust set up for his 3 adult kids. My friend and her sister want to buy the house from the family estate (their brother is against this and wants to sell it "as is" on the open market) but they are running into a problem as their lawyer and others say you can't buy a house from "yourself." Can this be true? We live in Illinois. Thank you.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 8:30 AM PST - 12 comments

I need tips to be a tougher negotiator
I think I'm too nice to do certain things entrepreneurship requires. I need tips to be a tougher negotiator and be able to drive good deals. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Where can I buy Nixon CDs?
How can I find more music by Nixon? [more inside]
posted by clcapps at 7:45 AM PST - 8 comments

What do I need to learn about wines to be a waitress at a nice restaurant?
What do I need to learn about wines to be a waitress at a nice restaurant? [more inside]
posted by Niomi at 7:34 AM PST - 26 comments

life insurance HEALTH STATEMENT
My life insurance lapsed - and a new signed medical health statement is required - am I screwed if I lie? [more inside]
posted by Mr Chips at 7:21 AM PST - 9 comments

What happened to my knee, and how can I exercise around it?
Should I seek additional physical therapy for my mysteriously injured knee, and how can I continue to work out in spite of it? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 7:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Counterfeit careers!
I love counterfeiting. Especially counterfeit toys and clothes, cars and other crazy items! I LOVE counterfeiting. I want to explore the possibility of a career in intellectual property law or other careers that have to do with counterfeiting (like: becoming a counterfeiter!) [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 6:52 AM PST - 15 comments

I am looking for a certain CMS for a startpage
Anybody know a CMS for a catalogue-like startpage like the one for this site: http://dnb.neverseenbefore.com/ ?
posted by tseo at 6:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Squirtle? Bulbasaur.
Was there a falling out between Squirtle and Bulbasaur? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 6:00 AM PST - 17 comments

Bank error in my favour? Collect $200?
I've received a transfer into my account for a not insignificant amount of money that's labeled a "GDP SUNDRY ITEM". What the heck does that mean? [more inside]
posted by loquax at 5:28 AM PST - 18 comments

Online phone messages
Has anyone found a web-based utility for tracking telephone messages? In the Web 2.x world, it would seem that this would be a natural. Instead of little pink slips, a web site where the basic information would be recorded and then of course available to the recipient anywhere, even when she might be far away from the desk where those pink slips accumulate. If it doesn't exist now, shouldn't it?
posted by megatherium at 4:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Vintage airplanes over Los Angeles
On this past Mother's Day afternoon, I saw several WWII-era aircraft flying around L.A. over the course of a few hours. Anyone know if there was some air show or something else like that going on that day?
posted by shoos at 2:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Fat guy on a little bike?
Is this bike sturdy enough for a 280lb man? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 1:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Why do screensavers hate me?
Is there a clever way to figure out what's telling screensavers to exit as soon as they launch? (Windows XP SP2) [more inside]
posted by Lazlo at 12:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Better quality Taxi Driver image needed!
Where is this image from? Why it is from Taxi Driver, you exclaim. But in actual fact it never appears in the movie with that framing. Help me figure out where it comes from and how I can get a good quality version of it please! [more inside]
posted by atmosphere at 12:19 AM PST - 11 comments

May 21
Whats a good streaming source for Leopard?
What is a good icecast source client for leopard? [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy at 11:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Mystery song
I'm looking for a single that was popular on college radio during 1987 or 1988. The refrain was "I'm still waiting for you to realise that I'm alive," sung by a young female voice [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 11:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Best book for a beginner to learn C?
Best book for a beginner to learn C? I've never learned a programming language, but I'm hoping to learn C over the summer. My friend, a computer science student, is going to teach me as he learns it. We would like a textbook or reference book or work book of some kind. What would be a good choice? [more inside]
posted by asparagrass at 10:44 PM PST - 22 comments

Recording in the bar, stupid or just awesome?
So my buddy and I are starting a podcast. The catch? I want to record it at the bar. [more inside]
posted by The Man from Lardfork at 9:29 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I be calm when someone around me is angry?
How can I be calm when someone around me is angry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 PM PST - 21 comments

How do we make sure our kids have fully-functioning parents?
I have two toddlers and a wife with severe postpartum depression that went untreated for two years, all of whom I love very much. However, I think I'm starting to crack, and am not thrilled about my children potentially having two emotionally unstable parents. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:18 PM PST - 30 comments

Am I Blue?
Let's say you wanted to make red white and blue ice cream treats for the 4th of July, or even Memorial Day. White I can do. Red I can do. What ice cream/sorbet would you do for blue?
posted by gimonca at 9:17 PM PST - 20 comments

Hammocks?
I'm looking for a hammock suitable for camping/backpacking. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 9:06 PM PST - 8 comments

How to talk to my friend about his arranged marriage?
My friend is having an arranged marriage organised by his parents for him and recently decided to say yes to his bride. He made the announcement to his friends and said he was happy to do it even though it had been a difficult decision. We're not entirely sure he is happy or that this is what he wants and don't know how to talk to him about it. [more inside]
posted by doobiedoo at 7:58 PM PST - 26 comments

Mineral Oil - Uses? 'Banned in Europe'?
Uses for mineral oil, and (why) is it 'banned in europe'? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 7:14 PM PST - 32 comments

Looking for dentist in Durham or Chapel Hill
I'm looking for a good dentist in the Durham/Chapel Hill, NC area. [more inside]
posted by feathermeat at 6:45 PM PST - 7 comments

I need music for my Mage game
Help me find appropriate music for my Mage: The Ascension game set in 1997. [more inside]
posted by mr_book at 6:40 PM PST - 18 comments

crunch-filter: how do I stop my stomach from being sore?
crunch-filter: how do I stop my abdominal muscles from aching? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 6:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Bioesthetic Dentistry for TMJ dysfunction
"Bioesthetic" dentistry: expensive quackery or my last best chance at a pain-free life? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 5:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Rings on her finger and bells on her toes
Please help me find this ring! [more inside]
posted by Polychrome at 5:54 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I teach someone to drive?
Tips for teaching someone to drive who is not familiar with USA car culture? [more inside]
posted by selfmedicating at 5:53 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me find the song I'm named after.
My parents named me after a song called "Tahiti Tiare". I've been looking for copies of this song for a while and cannot find it. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Late night eating
How to deal with the late night munchies? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 5:36 PM PST - 30 comments

Flooooating down the riveeer
I'm going on a float trip for the first time. What are some things that I should know to make it a fun and SAFE time? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 5:18 PM PST - 26 comments

Back to the garden!
Advice and plant identification help for a novice gardener? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 4:54 PM PST - 25 comments

How to get iTunes to recognise an MP4 movie?
iTunes thinks my MP4 movies are audio tracks, but I beg to differ. How to fix it? [more inside]
posted by different at 4:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Examples of Epic Storytelling
What are some of the best examples of epic storytelling that have taken place? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 4:49 PM PST - 56 comments

Grind House, or The Mills of the Gods
DH and I are looking at grinders -- specifically, grinders that can handle whole wheat berries but we will, of course, use this grinder for whatever else we can (coffee, for example). Looking for your experiences with and recommendations for grinders, as well as your ideas for what to do with ground substances. There is [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:48 PM PST - 13 comments

What experiences do you have with a Skype Phone?
I'm thinking of using a Skype phone as my mail cell phone. Does anyone have experience with this? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi at 4:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Self-paced transferable online college courses?
I'm looking for reasonably priced transferable-credit online college courses that I can take at my own pace, or at least on an accelerated schedule. Is anything like this available? [more inside]
posted by eratus at 4:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Mefites of the World, Unite!
Marxism Filter: Sure, Socialism was the phase before Communism (state monopoly of the means of production right before the proles took over the same). But where in Marx's writings does he talk about this? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 4:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Best store bought alfredo sauce
Best store-bought Alfredo sauce? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 3:58 PM PST - 26 comments

No business taxes?
Is it true that if you have a business in New Hampshire or Nevada, there are less (or no) taxes than in California. Are other states like this, if so, which ones? Share your experience or direct me to a succinct, layperson site to understanding this. Thanks.
posted by healthyliving at 3:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Toddler+July+Nicaragua=Insane?
Give us your best travel deals for a fabulous trip this summer for 2 adults, two kids (one a 2 year old, one 11). We'd like to go for about 2 weeks in either July or August (restricted by school schedule). Our goal is to take our children out of the United States for their first time. Husband would love to get some surfing in. I'd like a fun place for the kids where I can also relax. Have thought of Nicaragua, Panama... [more inside]
posted by purenitrous at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Just how sketchy is it anyway?
SeattleSketchynessFilter: I've just been informed that for the next few months, I'll be living on the 1000 block of East Terrace Street in Seattle. While I know that Seattle is generally a pretty safe city, the address in the International District, along with the close proximity to the city's sole remaining major public housing project is setting off some alarm bells in my mind. At the same time, it's quite hard to figure out how how sketchy a neighborhood is online. So before I raise a stink and try to move someplace else, I ask Seattle Metafiltes: just what kind of a neighborhood is this, and might I, as someone who enjoys being able to walk to restaurants/shops, find it a decent place to live?
posted by zachlipton at 3:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Infopath 2003 - Printing a cascading list
Infopath 2003 - How can I get the items in a cascading list box to appear when I print the form. [more inside]
posted by xyberspam at 3:11 PM PST - 0 comments

Good place to try out various bags/backpacks in Chicago?
What's a good place to check out a wide variety of bags and backpacks in the Chicago area? I have three different bags from Timbuk2 that I ordered online over the past couple of years, but none are perfect; I need to try out my next bag-candidate in person.
posted by korpios at 3:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Why do I hiccup after drinking soda?
Why do I hiccup after drinking anything with carbonation? [more inside]
posted by carmelita at 3:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Can I use a haemocytometer for camera calibration
Microscopy question. Can I use a haemocytometer to calibrate our new camera? [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch at 2:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Some good conference venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn?
NYCFilter: What are some good venues (600-1000 seated theater style) in Manhattan and Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by justincone at 2:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Any reason not to accept a disability policy with exclusions I don't like?
Will accepting a disability insurance policy with pre-existing condition exclusions negatively impact my ability to get a policy without them later or have other negative effects? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Web-journal about working in a porn store.
A friend was telling me about a very well written web-journal about a woman working in a video-porn shop. Where can I find this? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 1:28 PM PST - 11 comments

"blogism" is out
Help me think of ways to think of a name for my new blog! [more inside]
posted by transona5 at 1:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Feminist commentary on female sexual preferences
I'm interested in reading feminist commentary on female sexual preferences, especially on the near-universal (?) preference of women for taller and older men. What does the range of opinions within feminism look like, and what books or articles or essays ought I search for? Suggestions for materials that respond to feminist perspectives on this topic are also welcome.
posted by Cucurbit at 1:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Treating achilles tendonitis on my own
I seem to have classic achilles tendonitis and am trying to treat it myself. What treatments worked for you? At what point should I just give up and go to a doctor and get professional assessment and physiotherapy? [more inside]
posted by rosebuddy at 1:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me avoid gravity...somewhat.
What are those things called that you see on badge clips and rock climbing walls that automatically retract a nylon cord? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 1:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Bicycle shopping in Jacksonville, FL
Any huge bicycle store in Jacksonville, FL? I'm looking for one that I can test ride several Trek and Giant models.
posted by pinkkitty at 12:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Science Forums?
I am a grad student in the physical sciences and I've got questions, but I work in a small group on a project by myself so a lot of the times I have simple questions that can take a while to dig out of papers. Is there a good forum or message board that is generally accepted to be useful for posing questions and such? [more inside]
posted by Large Marge at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Flying with the cold symptom dwarves: dopey, sleepy, sneezy. and drippy.
Tomorrow night I'm flying across the country. I've got a cold. I want to sleep, but not be so out of it I can't manage my connection. I'm in Canada -- what can I buy OTC to make my flight as painless as possible? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 12:34 PM PST - 19 comments

How much will a free trip cost me?
I won a trip in a drawing. I have questions about the tax implications of accepting the prize. [more inside]
posted by amarynth at 12:26 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I learn the proper way to deal with permissions on a Windows server when I am clearly a n00b?
File and folder permissions on Windows Small Business Server 2003: what's the right way to set up a shared folder so it can only be accessed by a particular group? [more inside]
posted by bcwinters at 12:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I water my garden from two stories up?
I recently planted a vegetable patch. There is no outdoor water, so water must come from the apartment. My window is around thirty feet from the ground. Would it be bad for the plants if I misted them with water out the window? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 12:19 PM PST - 23 comments

SAS112 Risk Assessment help
My midsized arts organization needs to complete the new audit risk assessment form SAS112. Has anyone done this yet? We need to know if there is standard language, suggested scope, any tips for getting through it with no staff time to spare. Found some stuff on google, but I'm still at sea. I've only made it up to page 19 with about 15 hours put into it, so either I don't know what I'm doing or this is a mess o' hard.
posted by nax at 12:18 PM PST - 1 comments

I would like to use my GPS receiver to analyze my commute.
I'm a data dork. Is there a way to rip my tracks and my trip odometer data from my Garmin 60CSx to analyze my commutes to work? [more inside]
posted by timmins at 12:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Why is my excel VBA code execution randomly slowing down?
Sometimes excel VBA code executes very slow. Sometimes it's really fast. I can't seem to pinpoint why. [more inside]
posted by johnstein at 12:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Programmable keychain for spontaneous Willhelms
I want to download my own sound effects onto a multi-button keychain. If they don't already exist, how would I build one? [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 11:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Google Earth: controlling from external application?
Is it possible to track things such as user movement and button clicking in Google Earth? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 11:53 AM PST - 1 comments

Who will help me bake this site?
Where can I find beta testers for a niche-ish recipe site? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 11:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me connect up this network?
I have been charged with the task of adding a switch to a network. There are ethernet jack points at each workstation and each of these go back to a network cabinet. Apparently to make the connections live I need to add a switch. Where can I find a tutorial that will quickly get me up to speed with this sort of networking?
posted by chairish at 11:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Is there a Yellow Pages for blogs?
What's an easy way to efficiently find and contact many different bloggers at once? [more inside]
posted by Kibbutz at 11:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Lovely, simplified project plan tools?
Is there software or a website that supports working with nice-looking, chunky, color-coded blocks to build a plan? Kind of like Microsoft Project for aesthetically attuned kindergarteners? [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 11:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Getting Along With Family
How do I reconcile cultural differences with my in-laws? [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 10:49 AM PST - 34 comments

Looking for a very special garbage can
The cupboard beneath my sink would seem to be an oddball, I've never found a garbage can that will fit it perfectly - 20 inches high, 10 inches wide, 15 inches deep. I usually buy taller containers and cut them down. I'd love to find something built to fit. Is there a site you can go to find such a thing, or, even better, where you can input the dimensions of the container you're looking for, and then browse results?
posted by boombot at 10:28 AM PST - 5 comments

PrinterFilter
I have pages of cardstock that are perforated such that one can print on them and rip them apart to produce 10 business cards. What software on these? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 10:25 AM PST - 11 comments

When a young man dies in war
Can you help me translate a certain passage of 7 lines from Homer's Iliad into latin? Book 22, starting around line 70. [more inside]
posted by Bakuun at 10:25 AM PST - 10 comments

I can see you.
Why haven't (or to what extent have) prisons embraced video technology? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 10:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Music Education 101
I would like to be more passionate about music. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 10:02 AM PST - 29 comments

Is there any version of the Search marker Firefox extension for 3.0?
Search Marker is no longer maintained. Does anybody know if a similar extension that is still alive? [more inside]
posted by V-Turn at 9:57 AM PST - 5 comments

help me get to docking nirvana
does the ultimate internet radio/ipod dock/streaming audio portable device exist? [more inside]
posted by rikatik at 9:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Personal Finance
whats a good personal finance magazine to subscribe to? i know of kiplinger's. i don't know how good it is, though. what are some other magazines for personal finance?
posted by locoindio at 9:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me purchase the correct laptop for partially mobile nursing home residing father!
Looking to purchase a no-frills laptop for my father who currently resides in a nursing home. [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon at 9:37 AM PST - 7 comments

It's 98 outside and the A/C just went belly up!
Our home A/C unit is dying. What next? The other day we came home and our house was 86 inside even though we had the therm set for 75. We called our normal a/c guy and and he came out and said that the main unit which normally holds 6 pounds of freon, only had 2 in it. He suspects a leak in the main coil. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 9:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Saying "no"
Miss Manners Filter: How do I politely say, "Please never contact me again." [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 9:01 AM PST - 44 comments

How can I find a list of compatible audio cards for Dell Dimension 9100?
How can I find a list of compatible audio cards for Dell Dimension 9100? I'd like to upgrade to a top of a line one for this machine since I am a home-studio musician and the C-Media mixer I currently have is full of static and sucks real bad. Thank you in advance!
posted by cheero at 9:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Champions League audio?
Where can I access streaming audio of today's Champion's League Final? I am in the US.
posted by Brocktoon at 9:01 AM PST - 10 comments

What's life like on the bottom rung of Hollywood?
How much does a script reader make? [more inside]
posted by nushustu at 8:56 AM PST - 4 comments

I Can't Dress Myself
Where can I find inexpensive, wrinkle-free, short sleeve men's shirts? [more inside]
posted by bove at 8:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Muffin me up?
Looking for a healthy muffin recipe. [more inside]
posted by bluekrauss at 8:40 AM PST - 11 comments

I am an Audio/Video/Graphics designer looking for the proper machine for multi-media production. Please help me find the right components I need. ANYTHING BUT DELL!
I am an Audio/Video/Graphics designer looking for the proper machine for multi-media production. Please help me find the right components I need. ANYTHING BUT DELL please! [more inside]
posted by bostonhill at 8:39 AM PST - 22 comments

Which UK Internet Banks Use Security Fobs?
Does anyone know which UK banks give security fobs to regular customers for accessing their internet banking facilities? [more inside]
posted by paulfreeman at 8:19 AM PST - 10 comments

What entry level DSLR + prime lens to get?
I'd like to get an entry level DSLR with *only* a basic prime lens for under $600. Is this doable? [more inside]
posted by rsanheim at 7:57 AM PST - 33 comments

Don't make me gravel.
Other people have decided to do some work on our road and bill us later. We were not consulted at all. What can we expect? [more inside]
posted by eafarris at 7:54 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me find some healthy podcasts
[Workout/Weight loss Filter] I'm looking for workout and weight loss podcasts and blogs, and healthy, wheat free recipes (due to a wheat intolerance). Any help? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 7:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Open source skulduggery
How should an open source project deal with someone misappropriating its code for profit? [more inside]
posted by jbrjake at 7:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Migrating from Lotus Notes to Outlook/Thunderbird
How to export my Lotus Notes emails and addressbook (.nsf files) to Outlook (.pst) or any other free email client ? Almost all web searches have led me to paid softwares ($250+). Is there a freeware (or nearly freeware - approx $10) utility to accomplish this ? [more inside]
posted by forwebsites at 7:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I not find a synonym for the word...
Where can I find a good online database that gives me similar meanings instead of just synonyms? [more inside]
posted by any major dude at 6:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Go west young man...
Off to Big Bend, would like some advice from those who have been there before. [more inside]
posted by sanka at 6:24 AM PST - 11 comments

What's a really good book on Ruby.
If my favourite reference on C++ is The C++ Programming Language by Stroustrup, what would be my favourite book on Ruby. (And my favourite book on Python.) [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 6:07 AM PST - 17 comments

transportation from bronx to manhattan west side
How can I get 6-8 adults, 2 car-seat-aged kids, and all of the associated luggage from the Bronx to our cruise ship departure site on the west side of Manhattan on a Sunday morning? [more inside]
posted by iscatter at 5:48 AM PST - 21 comments

What can an editor teach medical writers?
What can an editor teach medical writers? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 5:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Please sort my parrots
Item: one Excel spreadsheet. Contains: fifty rows. Column A - parrot name. Column B - parrot selling price. Column C - parrot age when sold. Without sorting the rows, how can I find the average age when sold of the most expensive ten parrots? I know I need an array here but just can't work out how to get my correct parrot average.
posted by humuhumu at 5:22 AM PST - 10 comments

What to see in Ireland?
Driving through the northern half of Ireland next week, does anyone have any suggestions on castles, sights, breweries, or distilleries that we shouldn't miss? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 5:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Well, I Was Walking Down the Street One Day
I find this to be fascinating and uncanny. Are there other documented cases of people finding themselves on Google Maps Street View? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 5:07 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me hold my head up high
I'm very tall (6'6"), and like most tall people, struggle with posture - I tend to slump my shoulders forward and tilt my head down, especially when standing. Are there any exercises that target that area (upper back, neck) that will pull the shoulders back and make standing/sitting properly "feel right"? (I lift weights regularly, but I think my back is a weak spot - the more I lift, the worse I feel my posture gets.)
posted by jbickers at 3:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Acrobat Professional Sux
What's with Adobe Acrobat Professional - and not being able to put my custom page / section numbers into the header / footer? Did I miss a meeting? Why has no one else posed this question to the Googles? Is there a 3rd party plug-in that does this? Surely somebody knows something?! [more inside]
posted by mjao at 3:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find this website again.
Does anyone know where I can find a comparison chart for different kinds of hormonal birth control? [more inside]
posted by arianell at 2:37 AM PST - 4 comments

How to handle media upload when traveling far and light?
My little brother will in a few months embark in a year-long trip around Asia (India, Vietnam, Thailand...), towards Australia as final destination. He asks me to set up a blog for him - easy does it, I'm a WordPress translator. But what about media? And in general, what should I not forgot to make sure we get the best from his experience while not making it hard for him to communicate? [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 2:09 AM PST - 10 comments

I just want a simple, pretty wedding, goddamit.
Destination weddings for those of modest means? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 1:13 AM PST - 18 comments

Gift for 80's metallers?
Thoughtful Gift for 80's metallers? [more inside]
posted by twistedonion at 12:47 AM PST - 10 comments

May 20
"Help me, MeFi, you're my only hope!"
Anyone get the license plate of that potentially Earth-destroying meteor? (Long, needlessly detailed yet interesting story inside.) [more inside]
posted by Vavuzi at 11:05 PM PST - 28 comments

Loans with Borders?
If someone moved out of the US and defaulted on a federal student loan, and never returned to the US as a resident, what would be the implications/ramifications? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 10:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Mild Concussion has completely destroyed me
I experienced a minor concussion about 3 months ago when I fell off my longboard and hit my head on the concrete. I didn't lose consciousness or feel nauseous I just felt dazed immediately afterwards and into the night. I took it easy for two weeks and all of my symptoms went away and I felt completely normal. Then I made a terrible decision and decided to drink a bit. [more inside]
posted by thewood12 at 10:22 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I send recommendations to multiple b-schools?
What's the best way to handle b-school recommendations in regards to submission, length of time and etiquette on following up? [more inside]
posted by notsogirliegal at 10:22 PM PST - 1 comments

How do I move a blog from a subfolder to domain root?
What's the best way to move a Yahoo-hosted WordPress blog (v2.5.1) from a subfolder (e.g. mydomain.com/blog) to the root of the domain (e.g. mydomain.com)? [more inside]
posted by pmbuko at 9:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Is a bycast leather couch crap, or craptacular!?
What can I expect from a leather couch that is made from "bycast leather" (also called "bicast" or PU leather). Any Kramfors owners out there? Also, if I buy a leather couch, will vegetarians hate me? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 9:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find blue... er... brown suede shoes
Minnetonka moccasins in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by kitkatcathy at 9:09 PM PST - 1 comments

Bridesmaid Dresses, Racket or Not?
Bridesmaid dresses & alterations: legit or racket? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 9:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me with Wii + Projector + 18 foot wall = Massive Fun
Help me with Wii + Projector + 18 foot wall = Massive Fun [more inside]
posted by jrholt at 8:34 PM PST - 16 comments

It's the reel thing!
Coming home with my reel-to-reel. [more inside]
posted by jonmc at 8:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Where to find intelligent American female voices?
Some colleagues want to set up a voicemail system in the US for a small tech company in Australia and we need some intelligent, welcoming American female voices that sound at ease with technical jargon to do our answering messages. Any adult age. Slight accents ok. I haven't really been impressed with the sound of professional voice models - they're a bit too slick for our image. Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 8:15 PM PST - 13 comments

How to do things with JL Austin
What's the big deal with JL Austin's "How To Do Things with Words"? [more inside]
posted by limon at 8:04 PM PST - 10 comments

How do they rank how popular a website is?
How do they rank how popular a website is? Which one of the services is the most accurate between Alexa, Quantcast, Hitwise, Compete, Google, etc...?
posted by shshao at 8:00 PM PST - 3 comments

What's best for me vs. what's best for my dog: move her to NYC with me?
I'm moving to New York from DC, and I'm trying to decide if I should take my dog with me. I've had her for just over 6 years (she's 8 now), and she's been through another big move (from Michigan to DC). I'm concerned about what's best for my dog - particularly in light of changes to my routine or lifestyle that may result from the move. [more inside]
posted by anarchivist at 7:59 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I get a Trinibagonian phone number and forward it to an American phone?
Is there a cheap or free way to setup a phone number in Trinidad and Tobago and have it forward to an American number? Skype and Grand Central don't have numbers in that area code (868). A dozen other vaguely similar services don't, either. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 7:40 PM PST - 2 comments

How best to respond to a bad sector?
Inconsistent information about bad sectors on a hard drive -- what's going on, and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by puffin at 7:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there a generic form of the sleep aid medicine Restoril (temazepam)?
My prescription is ourageous for brand name temazepam and my pharmacy doesn't offer any generics of it. Why would one pharmacy carry it and others not? Where can I find it.
posted by isopropyl at 7:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Testing a Hunter attic fan controller?
How do I test a Hunter attic fan controller? I want to be thorough before I climb in the attic. [more inside]
posted by notsnot at 7:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Turning an iPod up to 11
Is there any way to increase the overall volume on an iPod shuffle? [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 7:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I grade grub now or later or ever?
Should I talk to my professor about getting an exemption on a test grade before or after final grades come out (and I learn whether it actually matters)? [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 6:58 PM PST - 26 comments

What can I do to legally stop exploratory natural gas drilling within 1000 feet of my neighborhood?
What can I do to legally stop exploratory natural gas drilling within 1000 feet of my neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by TauLepton at 6:54 PM PST - 8 comments

blog audio player
I see audio players like the one on this page all over the internet. I am HTML-impaired but want to use this player on my little blog so I can post clips of music and write about them. How do I get this player, and what's the easiest way to implement?
posted by ChickenringNYC at 6:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Best practices for computer names on a large network?
I need to come up with a conventional naming scheme for 200+ computers in my organization. Help! [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 5:53 PM PST - 27 comments

Keeping a computer in the car powered on while the car is not.
I use a PDA (a Nokia N800) to listen to podcasts in my car. It downloads them overnight, which is wonderful. I keep it plugged into a cigarette-adapter charger, which it uses to detect the car being turned on or off (to automatically play or pause, so I don't have to fiddle with it). The problem is that the PDA's battery doesn't like the short charge cycles, and is now mostly dead. I have a plan to fix this, but it's ugly and I wanted to get more opinions... [more inside]
posted by jewzilla at 5:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I get TV work in Canada?
My boyfriend and I are interested in working in (and eventually moving to) Canada and I'm not sure where to start. We both have strong resumes in reality TV post-production. [more inside]
posted by eric1200 at 5:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Which MIDI Interface to Purchase?
I'm looking to buy a MIDI interface, and I'd like your opinion. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 5:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me replace and adjust the belt on my front load washing machine.
Please help me replace and adjust the belt on my front load washing machine. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 4:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Recommendations on business card scanners ?
Looking for recommendations on business card scanners to be used with a laptop running Vista. [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 4:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Devise a Fitness Competition Between Roommates
Devise a fitness "competition" between myself and my roommate. Roommate and I will be having a friendly competition this summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) where the person who improved the most physically will 'win'. Problem is, we are a little different physically [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 4:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Do I hate HP, Vista, or Walmart?
Tell me i didnt waste $1,060 on this laptop [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 4:24 PM PST - 29 comments

something to do in seattle for a rag-tag bunch?
SeattleFilter: picking up my mom & a friend at Terminal 30 on Sunday, then doing something with them and 3 other relatives, including a 10 year old kid. Any suggestions for parking or fun things to do? [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 4:16 PM PST - 10 comments

What is bookkeeping and how can I learn it?
What is bookkeeping as it relates to office/secretarial work, and how can I learn more about it? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 3:55 PM PST - 5 comments

I can has 1st geer? Corolla transmission only downshifting to 2nd gear!
My '93 Corolla (AT) isn't shifting into 1st gear. What's the likelyhood that this is a simple or very expensive repair? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

OS X file permissions issue
OS X Sites folder permissions and a question about flags on the files in bash. What gives? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 3:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Find me an AT&T/Cingular cellphone that doesn't suck.
Help me buy a new AT&T/Cingular cellphone that doesn't suck? I need reliability, general feature quality, and (ideally) calendar synchronization, don't need outrageous expense... [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 3:15 PM PST - 16 comments

cartography!
Mapping IP addresses... How would I make a map of IP addresses that I have in a list? [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 3:01 PM PST - 5 comments

PLAN MY DAY FOR ME
I will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the beginning of June. I will (probably) not have access to a car. I will have one afternoon/evening to myself. What bookstores/specialty shops should I not miss?
posted by wittgenstein at 2:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Good Money Market Accounts
Where can I find a good FDIC insured money market account? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 2:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Is fried cauliflower regional?
Is fried cauliflower a regional dish? Have you ever had it at a restaurant, and if so, where? [more inside]
posted by LucretiusJones at 2:37 PM PST - 40 comments

How do I get personal information from banks and utility companies?
How do I get personal information from banks and utility companies? For immigration purposes I need to gain access to utility bills from old addresses and bank loans I co-signed. How do I get utility companies and banks to give this information to me in a prompt and timely fashion? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 2:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Magical unticking ticky boxes in Leopard
I'm running OS X Leopard on my beloved shiny Macbook and there's one thing that I find irritating. I love using F9, F10, F11 etc to bring up Exposé, Dashboard and the Desktop, but every now and again they suddenly stop functioning. It's normally when the computer's been on for a few days - I hit the keys and nothing happens. So I check in Keyboard Shortcuts of the System Prefs, and all the boxes in the "Dock, Exposé and Dashboard" are magically unticked. I can tick them again, and everything's fine and dandy for a few days. Alternatively, I can reboot and it's back to how it should be. (For a while...) Why is this happening, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising at 2:24 PM PST - 6 comments

What I thought I wanted to do isn't what I actually want to do
So I want to quit my first real job. What's next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Is apartmentratings.com accurate?
How accurate is apartmentratings.com? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 2:06 PM PST - 14 comments

How to cope with crippling career regrets?
Followed my dreams, now totally wish I hadn’t-- how do I stop regretting it, make the tough choices and move forward with my poor mangled career? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:58 PM PST - 30 comments

help for the technologically callenged, please
Please help me find a cell phone plan. (Please make it not be with Verizon) [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 1:58 PM PST - 10 comments

How do you know if a therapist will be helpful?
Finding a therapist: I'm sure I can find one. But how do I know whether the therapist I choose is any good? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Any recent works on Elizabethan revenge tragedy?
ElizabethanDramaFilter. I'm considering doing a PhD (because apparently I'm a masochist who doesn't have quite enough student loan debt yet), and my area of emphasis is Elizabethan/Jacobean revenge tragedies. I'm trying to find a book on the comprehensive history of the form, but the most recent one I've been able to find is Fredson Bowers' Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy, 1587-1642 from around 1940. Does anyone know of something similar that was written in the last fifteen years or so?
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 1:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Seeking OS X media player with specific features
What video/media player do you use in OS X? Can you recommend one that has some specific features (listed inside)? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 1:26 PM PST - 6 comments

How did you change your life?
How did you change your life? What small-ish changes have you made that greatly impacted your life? [more inside]
posted by elisabethjw at 1:21 PM PST - 48 comments

Can LensCrafters adjust frames with progressive lenses?
Glasses filter. I bought my frames at Lenscrafters, but had the prescription filled, and the lenses put in the frames, by a doctor in my hometown. The lenses are the progressive type. My doctor mailed the finished glasses back, and left the markings on the lenses which help with adjusting and fitting the lenses the first time. After the first time fitting you erase the markings with acetone. Can I trust Lenscrafters to fit and adjust these? [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 1:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Getting into account planning?
How to get into account planning? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 1:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Road trip! Mendocino to Calgary in 4 days.
Honeymoon-ish road trip from Mendocino CA to Calgary AB. Routes? Sights? Places to stay? [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish at 1:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Good Meat
I grew up in northern Michigan and spent my early years eating wonderful hotdogs and sausages cooked by Polish geniuses. Where in the Charlotte-Piedmont-North Carolina-anywhere in the southeast can I find a good meat market? Something like this.
posted by zzazazz at 1:01 PM PST - 4 comments

She likes me, I like her... Why can't it be so simple?
What exactly did I do wrong with this girl, and what can I do to rectify it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:50 PM PST - 57 comments

What should I do with a gifted Steel Drum?
What should I do with a gifted Steel Drum? [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard at 12:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Should a start-up use its patented tech to get some money in the door while it works on its consumer launch?
TechHistoryFilter: Can The Hive Mind name any instances of technology or net-based products that began life as a "white label" business service solution before being rolled out as a consumer-facing service? [more inside]
posted by mrkinla at 12:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Bell Canada dsl meddling?
Can anybody tell me with some authority if it's possible to measure the effects of packet management/traffic management/deep packet inspection within the Bell Canada wholesale DSL network? The effects ought to be felt by any user whose ISP buys DSL service from Bell, but the question is really what effect the shaping has on normal things a user might try to do (e.g. peer-to-peer, but also other stuff).
posted by ashbury at 12:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get out of an IT contracting loop!
I'm 26 years old and stuck in a IT-contracting loop. Would an MBA, Masters or going back to get certified in certain hardware/software help me out? What kinds of opportunities could they open up? [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 12:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Pig ears optional
I'm a transplanted Kentuckian who's been in the UK for almost two years now, and one thing I really miss is Southern-style sausage (think Jimmy Dean). Home made sausage gravy and biscuits is my number-one comfort meal and sometimes I just NEED it. [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 12:01 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I embed an audio player into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet?
I have an Excel spreadsheet that contains a list of songs, and I want the viewer of the spreadsheet to be able to conveniently listen to sample clips of these songs. The 30 second sample clips are stored in MP3 format on a publicly accessable web server. [more inside]
posted by Emanuel at 11:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Mount Shasta Fun!
What is there to do when visiting Mount Shasta and Siskiyou County? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 11:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Put me on a treadmill and strap me to a video screen...
I'm looking for a treadmill for walking ONLY that is ideally compact and folds up at an affordable price. [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Being laid off, while being offered a new job at the same place. Severance available?
Been wanting to quit my job. A unique situation has popped up which might allow me to do so which might give me severance/unemployment. Am I correct? [more inside]
posted by BecauseIHadFiveDollars at 11:42 AM PST - 12 comments

mando demando
I was gifted a mandolin for my birthday this past weekend. I already play guitar and bass. Mandolin, not so much. Tips, techniques and tricks are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 11:39 AM PST - 8 comments

ISP denying bugmenot?
How can I figure out if my ISP is blocking bugmenot? I haven't been able to access it for about 3 weeks and downforeveryoneorjustme.com has been reporting that it is up. Tracert is "Unable to resolve target system name www.bugmenot.com."
posted by srboisvert at 10:54 AM PST - 20 comments

Which Paris metro ticket should I buy for a four day visit?
In Paris for four days. Riding the Metro in the center city, not out to the burbs, probably four boardings per day max. What kind of ticket? Per-ride? Daily? Weekly? Some other special ticket I don't know about?
posted by soulbarn at 10:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Order of the Culture novels?
Is there a best order to read the Culture novels by Iain M Banks? [more inside]
posted by Caduceus at 10:50 AM PST - 21 comments

Weather in Miami In September
I'll have some free time (a week) after Labor Day (Sept. 1). I really really like Miami Beach; I have been there several times in the winter and once in early July. Will hurricane season make a short trip right after Labor Day this year a nightmare? I don't mind really hot/humid weather I do mind hurricanes... Even if the weather is O.K., will South Beach be dead anyway? I can't go earlier than that, and I can't go later. Personal experiences of Miami Beach in September and good weather resources welcome. Thanks!!!
posted by PenguinBukkake at 10:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me grow some salsa!
Growing a few green chile plants in the hot desert. Any tips or tricks? [more inside]
posted by azpenguin at 10:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Time to separate cats?
CatFilter: After two years of uneasy but peaceful cohabitation, the larger of two cats showed up with scratch-marks on his nose one week, and then an unexplained, gaping hole in his back. Do we need to give one of them up? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 10:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Coffee roaster that won't stink up the house?
Good coffee roaster that'll cut down on the smoke? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 10:20 AM PST - 17 comments

I think my Blackberry is assuming I'm Buck Rogers and I'm going to make it to the 25th century.
Everytime I sync my blackberry with Outlook 2007 my task due dates get screwed up. By at least 500 years. Really. Is this a problem with outlook or does Microsoft know about my plan to get cryogenically frozen at some point? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 10:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a web-based scheduler app to keep track of employee locations/tasks
I know there have lots of previous threads regarding time tracking and scheduler apps, but I have a specific need -- we have multiple locations and a huge complex with mobile employees. We need to be able to pull up the web page and see a list of the employees and their status (In/Out/Lunch/Off-Site), and a notes and/or pull-down section that specifies location. [more inside]
posted by superchicken at 10:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there any reason this Amtrak trip won't work?
This summer I'd like to take the Amtrak from Cincinnati, OH to Holland, MI, by way of Chicago, and I'd like to take my bike. Help me figure this out. [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 10:03 AM PST - 5 comments

What did I hear in the woods?
What did I hear in the woods? Was it a human crying in pain or a non-human animal? [more inside]
posted by PatoPata at 10:02 AM PST - 35 comments

What is the best overall pitch-shifting plug-in for Pro Tools LE (Windows)?
AudioRecordingFilter: What is the best overall pitch-shifting plug-in for Pro Tools LE (Windows)? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 10:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Online expert system/decision tree software?
I'm looking for a script (ideally PHP) to run a website which asks various questions and then suggests the 'best fit' answer, in the manner of an expert system. Examples of the sort of thing I have in mind are the Search by Sight facility at Fonts.com or the 20 Questions game at 20Q.net (the latter uses some sort of neural network simulation, I think). Even just a decision tree tool would be good, though I guess that's more rigid. (I've seen this thread but that doesn't seem to answer my question.) Any ideas?
posted by hatmandu at 9:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Uninstalling A Bootleg Copy of Photoshop CS3 (Mac)
I am trying to help a friend remove a bootleg copy of Photoshop CS3 from her iMac (Mac OSX 10.4.something) so she can install a legit version she purchased. The legit copy thinks that Photoshop is already installed and won't install itself. [more inside]
posted by briank at 9:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Why do CISC chips need to translate instructions?
Why can't CISC instruction sets be converted to RISC/uops by an advanced assembler so that CISC chips, such as Intel's Atom, would be able to run with a simpler instruction decode hardware? [more inside]
posted by bdc34 at 9:25 AM PST - 23 comments

Advancing to candidacy gift/gesture?
My boyfriend is advancing to PhD candidacy today, and will be giving a talk to his committee and all that jazz. He's been a stress case about this for weeks, understandably, and I'd like to do something nice for him to celebrate. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 9:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Excel Sums with Multiple Criteria
Help me recreate these charts in Excel [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes at 9:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Hack My Baby
Give me your baby hacks! My wife and I are expecting our first child in November. What tips and tricks can you offer us to make our lives a lot easier? For example, a friend of mine swears that putting a crying baby in front of a mirror will cause it to stop. Another uses noise cancelling headphones to temper the noise from his shrieking child. I am looking for hacks on everything from diaper changing to stroller modifications. Make our lives easier as we enter into parenthood.
posted by jasondigitized at 9:16 AM PST - 47 comments

Firefox 3 Beta Quits After Installing Extension
I love Firefox 3. However, since trying its most recent release, I've been having problems. I mistakenly activated the "nightly tester tools" extension so that I could activate all my old add-ons from Firefox 2. [more inside]
posted by bronxteacher at 9:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Zojirushi Coffee Maker - Where to buy in Chicago?
Where can I buy a Zojirushi coffee maker in Chicago? I'd prefer to pick one up in person, as opposed to ordering online. The Zojirushi website is very helpful in pointing me towards a retailer.
posted by steinwald at 9:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Goodbye journalism?
I am thinking about leaving my newspaper career and becoming a high school English teacher. [more inside]
posted by als129 at 9:05 AM PST - 18 comments

Advice on applying for Canadian citizenship in BC?
Asking on behalf of an American friend, who's been working in Canada (BC) for the last 3+ years: does anybody have advice on how best to get started on applying for citizenship? [more inside]
posted by zeph at 8:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Honest car audio shops in or around Philadelphia?
Anyone know of honest car audio shops in or around Philadelphia?
posted by hcastro at 8:51 AM PST - 1 comments

Multi-platform, web-accessible task list software
Having searched through askMeFi already, I haven't come across anything that answers my query. I use Evernote, which is a fine web/application, that is accessible on all platforms, via the web, and by Iphone. Does such a thing exist in the realms of to-do list software? I prefer being able to put my tasks into an application, but have them accessible and synced to the web. I use OS X
posted by spyke23 at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Dead-simple software for visualizing geographic data.
Dead simple mapping software for visualizing data? Any idea how to make something similar to these pretty maps without expensive and complicated GIS software? [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 8:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me feel I made the right decision in moving to NYC.
How did you adjust to living in New York City? I just got here and I'm feeling incredibly overwhelmed and uncertain about my decision to move here. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 8:14 AM PST - 50 comments

Best cell phone websites?
What are your favorite mobile (non-iphone) websites? I'm interested in all topics, but, particularly, useful tools when I'm out and about, e.g., weather, traffic, price comparison, etc.) I saw a question from a couple years ago on this topic, but I'm betting there's been a lot of development in this area.
posted by SampleSize at 8:14 AM PST - 6 comments

good pencils for comic strip drawing?
Artisti: If you were going to buy a great pencil or pen or set thereof for someone who draws comic strips, which one would you get?
posted by pipti at 8:07 AM PST - 14 comments

bean me!
I love beans! I want a few simple recipes for bean salads that will keep a few days in the fridge, and that I can take to work for lunch during the week. The simpler the better - short prep time, few ingredients. [more inside]
posted by Koko at 7:55 AM PST - 18 comments

What should I photograph in Yellowstone?
In a few weeks, I'll have the chance to be just south of Yellowstone National Park, and I'd like to make the most of it from a photographic standpoint. [more inside]
posted by tocts at 7:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Fight or flight?
I've put on 20 pounds since I started my full-time desk job a year ago, and the time has come to get myself back in to shape. Research has brought me two preferable possibilities: a few days a week, either start taking Krav Maga classes (during my lunch break), or start commuting to work by bike instead of driving (15 miles each way). I have no experience with either, live in Boston, work north of Boston. Help me pick the right path. [more inside]
posted by SamuelF at 7:36 AM PST - 27 comments

Mosquito screening in Tuscany
I need ideas for mounting screening on windows during a 3-week visit to Italy. We're staying in a house in Tuscany for 3 weeks and I understand it's not common to screen windows in Italy, and that there a lot of mosquitoes. My only idea is to bring some window screening with me and to stick it up on the window frames with duct tape. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 7:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Inlaws Behaving Badly?
Does being married justify bad behavior? [more inside]
posted by ghastlyfop at 7:31 AM PST - 63 comments

My company's firewall is blocking my website. Is there anything I can do on my end to fix this?
My company's firewall is blocking my website. Is there anything I can do on my end to fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 6 comments

To Tell or Not To Tell
How to exit this job gracefully? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 7:28 AM PST - 15 comments

4 day road trip on the US' East Coast: What to see, where to stay, what to eat?
Roadtrip along the US' East Coast from New York to Port Canveral, FL with 4 days to make the drive. Where should we stop along the way to enjoy ourselves? [more inside]
posted by unsupervised at 7:23 AM PST - 13 comments

St. Louis Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Referral?
St. Louis CBT Therapist Referral: I am looking for a referral to great a cognitive behavioral therapist in the St. Louis metro area to deal with depression and anxiety issues. Suggestions?
posted by gd779 at 7:18 AM PST - 1 comments

Help my WWII navy vet Grumpy find more of his Navy Grog!!!!
PLEASE help me find my grandfather's favorite Trader Vic's Navy Grog mix for his birthday!! I'd be his hero, not to mention the hero of my 40 family members who have just sent out an emergency notice that they discontinued it?!? [more inside]
posted by CAnneDC at 6:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Something is killing my FTP!
I have some malware on my machine -- yes, I know, stupid. Prolly got it from pr0n. I'm running Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 on a Gateway laptop with a Pentium 4, 3.06GHz and 480 MB of RAM. I can connect to the nets, but I can't FTP into sites (I'm a freelance web designer) with either Dreamweaver or WS-FTP, my weapons of choice. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 4:21 AM PST - 26 comments

Please help two drives co-exist
SATA I or II? Hopefully very simple question about hard drives [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 3:24 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I give an interesting crash course on web design?
I have a duty to teach my fellow peers the basics of web design, and I intend to not bore them to death. Where do you recommend I start? [more inside]
posted by semi at 3:03 AM PST - 15 comments

Make Small Money Sound Big
I need a really great, somewhat poker related prize (or a couple of prizes) that will cost less than $1200. I'm giving it away in early August (somewhat flexible on the date). [more inside]
posted by my homunculus is drowning at 2:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Who am I?
A Crisis of Identity? All my life, I've been the sort of person to avoid my faith to a certain extent (I would pray and try and be as good a muslim as I could, but there was always so much more I could do, and I knew it). Recently, I've met someone who's awakened that desire in me to finally make the commitment, and it feels great to have begun to do so, but there's another side of me that feels like I'm (I don't even know how to say it...) cheating on it... [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 2:03 AM PST - 38 comments

What manual settings for a Canon Rebel XTi are ideal for night shots?
How do I take night shots with my Canon Rebel XTi without looking like a nerd with a tripod? [more inside]
posted by jimdanger at 1:49 AM PST - 20 comments

Help a reasonably-fit vegetarian mefite turn into an extremely-fit meat-eating mefite!
I've been a vegetarian all my life, but caught the fitness bug last year. I lost around 80lbs in about a year by jogging, working out at the gym and following a strict diet. Although I feel that my vegetarian diet is supplementing me well, I'd like to try non-vegetarian food just to see if I'm missing out on anything. More inside! [more inside]
posted by cyanide at 1:14 AM PST - 16 comments

May 19
Looking for a CMS or Forum that supports anonymous posting.
Looking for a CMS or Forum that supports anonymous posting. [more inside]
posted by ilikebike at 11:44 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I make oral surgery into a lovely birthday present?
My friend is getting her molars removed on her birthday - what can we do to make it better? [more inside]
posted by brittanyq at 11:29 PM PST - 18 comments

Sources on the history of DC and Marion Barry?
Where can I find books, videos, articles etc. about the history of DC from the 1950s on? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 10:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Help figure out why my applet won't run on my Mac.
Why would an applet work fine on my school's Windows computers, only to throw "java.security.AccessControlException: access denied (java.io.FilePermission filename.gif read)" when I attempt to run it on my Mac? This is using a lot of Java stuff I'm quite unfamiliar with, so be prepared to talk down to me. The thing-I-don't-understand in question is mostly something called MediaTracker, if that rings any bells. Many more details inside and upon request. [more inside]
posted by MadamM at 10:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Do I sleep weird?
I wake up feeling drunk, then stumble through the day, and regularly pull all nighters to meet early morning deadlines, how do I break the cycle!? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 10:08 PM PST - 26 comments

Terms of Endearment
Children nicknamed "mommy" or "papa". What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 9:52 PM PST - 22 comments

What is the camera in "Awake"?
I just watched the DVD of Awake, and I'm going crazy trying to figure out what kind of camera Jack (Terrence Howard) uses throughout the film. It is all black and a bit old looking. I'm a bit of a camera nerd, and I have to know!
posted by grieserm at 9:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Aidez-moi à transcrire!
Help me transcribe 22 seconds of French! [more inside]
posted by molybdenum at 9:36 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you ink a drawing with a brush?
How can I learn to ink drawings using a winsor & newton series 7 brush? [more inside]
posted by pantufla at 9:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I get an Adopt-a-Chicken t-shirt from Kauai?
Where can I find a Crazy Shirts brand Adopt-a-Chicken shirt from Kauai? [more inside]
posted by poulet at 9:24 PM PST - 1 comments

Allergy problems in mid-atlantic region.
Is anybody else in the mid-Atlantic, specifically Pittsburgh, area getting massacred by allergies right now? [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 8:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Is brain damage the answer?
I've been playing guitar for 10 years. How do I forget? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 8:45 PM PST - 27 comments

Looking for a television episode from a long time ago.
TV Filter: Help me find an episode of a show I saw over a decade ago. [more inside]
posted by occidental at 8:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Weekend in Portland or Vancouver?
Weekend in Portland or Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 8:35 PM PST - 8 comments

have Mac,will travel
How can I get a Mac consulting gig off the ground as quickly as possible? [more inside]
posted by D-ten at 8:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Kitchen repair dominoes.
Why is my 6-10 yr old Kenmore Dishwasher not draining? [more inside]
posted by iamabot at 7:53 PM PST - 3 comments

vicodin dosage
My dad's passing a kidney stone tonight....he already took two 5/500 vicodin within the last hour and he's still in a lot of pain....can he take another?
posted by pilibeen at 7:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Graphic/Design Heavy Post In Wordpress?
Is there a way I can integrate graphic-type web content into a Wordpress page/post? I'm not talking about just adding an image to a post/page, I'm looking to add photo/graphic content with clickable links similar to something like this. In other words, something similar to what you could do with a normal web page. I know you can add HTML to Wordpress posts/pages, but I'm not sure I understand how to design something in Photoshop/Dreamweaver and then translate that over to Wordpress. I'm using Wordpress 2.5.1. I know Photoshop and I also have a copy of Dreamweaver at my disposal if needed. Bonus to anyone that can tell me how to make the resulting graphic page SEO friendly. Thanks!
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 7:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Google account disappears -- help!
We had a Google account which stored photos in Picasa web albums, and paid for extra storage. One day, the account simply disappeared. We contacted Google. They replied "Because our investigation was inconclusive, we can't provide you with access to this Google Account. ... we take privacy and security of our users very seriously. For this reason, we're unable to reveal any further information about the account you'd like to access." This is Kafka-esque. We can't figure out how to get any more information or help. Any idea what to do?
posted by shivohum at 7:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me deal with this horrid landlord
Please help! My landlord management company refuses to let me terminate my lease early. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 7:34 PM PST - 26 comments

Keep the 93 Civic or the 2002 Aerio?
1993 Honda Civic or 2002 Suzuki Aerio? I love my Honda, with 125K miles, and have taken very good care of it. The engine is great, but I'm at the point where it needs things that cost $500 to $1,000 a pop, plus the interior is really worn. My mom's Aerio, at 65,000 miles, is still under warranty. So I could drive it for a few years and not have to spend any money. I know the Honda is the better car, but does it make sense to keep it and sell the Aerio? [more inside]
posted by skuchinskas at 7:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Obtaining a bike in Trento
For a friend: where does one purchase a used (read: relatively cheap) bike in Italy in the Trento area?
posted by melvinwang at 7:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Art in Houston
Places to buy art in Houston? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 7:14 PM PST - 5 comments

How to keep my reputation intact?
How do I preserve my professional reputation after a rough parting with an abusive boss? Heeding the advice of the hivemind, I quit my job after my boss started yelling at me, calling me stupid in public, and generally berating me to the point that other people started asking me questions about why she was so mad at me. Now I'm worried that she will start to poison the well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 PM PST - 11 comments

OMG I am gonna fail... except, oh hai, I am actually the valedictorian.
Why does the person who sobs and complains loudly about how they think they "failed" every test and that they are doing/did "horribly" in school (but ends up being #1) bother me so? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 PM PST - 42 comments

Embiggen My Puny Arms!
What are, say, the 5 key dumbbell exercises for arm strongening? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 6:59 PM PST - 12 comments

need NYC recomendations
Looking for a great hotel/restaurant Combo for June in NYC... planning to propose, so much... [more inside]
posted by jmugrapler at 6:51 PM PST - 10 comments

markup!
I want to highlight and otherwise mark-up a PDF document in OSX. [more inside]
posted by Pants! at 6:47 PM PST - 4 comments

What The Hell Is That?
I have searched YouTube, Google and the MetaFilter archives until my eyes are bugging out of my head, so please forgive me if this has been posted. I'm trying to find a video of the SNL sketch with Steve Martin and Bill Murray, I believe from 1978, "What the hell is that?" Can anyone help?
posted by wv kay in ga at 6:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Back in the kitchen, what do I do now?
CookingFilter: Recipes, books, and blogs dedicated to recipes to beginner cooks or cooks on a budget? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:34 PM PST - 14 comments

My cup runneth over
I am a web developer, and was working for 9 mos for a large corporation as an outside contractor paid through an agency. Good company, great job and better still, they hired me a month ago as a full time employee, with benefits, corner office--all the trimmings. The Employee handbook says new hires get to fill a cup with their urine since its a "drug free workplace" but rehires don't. After that an existing employee can only be (re)tested for just cause. In short: I was given a job offer and I accepted. I went through orientation a leisurely 3 weeks and 1.5 paychecks later, but its now been a month and they still haven't asked me to fill the cup. My urine would be clean as of today. When can I safely assume the time to appropriately ask me to fill the cup has expired? I really miss burning the rope...
posted by Fupped Duck at 6:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I has cheap hosting plz?
What's a good web host for a novice, who wants her own online space on someone's server to play around with? The idea is a blog and maybe a sample of my cartooning, hosted somewhere that won't break the bank. [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 6:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Tips For Studying & Reading Most of the Day, Everyday?
Tips For Studying & Reading Most of the Day, Everyday? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 5:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Lazy, bored, worthless.
Why am I so lazy? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 5:30 PM PST - 41 comments

Can you help me to find this novel from its plot description?
In the early 80's, I read a library book that featured a heroine stumbling into a parallel world and encountering chicken-legged vampires (not Baba Yaga) and their master. I can't recall the title nor author of this novel and you will earn my eternal gratitude if you can identify this work for me so that I can locate and read it again. [more inside]
posted by Carmody at 5:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Discovering new works from ancient Greece or Rome?
When was the last time scholars discovered a previously unknown piece of literature from ancient Greece or Rome? Has it happened at all in modern times? If you were to speculate on the chances we'll ever rediscover another play from Euripides, Sophocles, et al, are there any relatively recent discoveries of new works from ancient Greek and Roman authors you could use as examples?
posted by mediareport at 5:20 PM PST - 17 comments

publsher to pdf?
I am having trouble converting Microsoft Publisher files to PDF... [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Management consultants just wanna have fun
Can anyone recommend software for a community forum / photo gallery / blog suitable for a corporate organisation? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl at 4:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I really need to take my puppy to puppy classes?
Do I really need to take my puppy to classes? Can you recommend a good one in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Twinedog at 4:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Vegetarian Meals for a Steak-and-Potatoes kind of guy?
Vegetarian meals for a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 4:28 PM PST - 50 comments

We are experiencing unusual turbulence
Vertigo and motion sickness - is there any way out of it? [more inside]
posted by carbide at 4:28 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I keep from getting an ankle rash while snorkeling/diving?
How do I prevent an ankle rash from dive fins w/ socks while snorkeling? [more inside]
posted by squishy at 4:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find Cerama Bryte pads?
Where can I find Cerama Bryte pads for ceramic cooktops? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 4:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Why don't I get my stimulus?
I'm a US citizen, while my wife is from Canada, and is in the US on a K3 visa while we work on getting her Green Card. The downside of this is that until she gets either that Green Card or a work permit, she can't be employed in the US. I filed my taxes as "Married Filing Jointly," and was informed that because she has an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, rather than a Social Security Number, I would not be getting my "Economic Stimulus (Bush Bribe)" check. Does anyone understand the rationale here? Why does her status preclude my receiving my payment?
posted by mgrichmond at 4:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Good music to sex to?
Song recommendations: Music to bang to. [more inside]
posted by svolix at 3:40 PM PST - 51 comments

Sangria, Serve Me Up Some Recipes.
It's summer. Time for eating and Drinking outside. Any Moose wants Sangria recipes. [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm at 3:27 PM PST - 8 comments

New Trends in Restaurants?
I'm working on an article about new trends in restaurants (things like pickled eggs being served in high end restaurants and bartenders serving meat-infused drinks like the sashimi-tini) and wondered if anyone has noticed new and fun trends out there. [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 3:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find some good blogs about Toronto.
Help me find some good blogs about Toronto. [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 3:06 PM PST - 12 comments

hey, here's a card! see you in... not sure when!
Do you attend the birthdays of your nieces and nephews (if they don't live all that close to you)? [more inside]
posted by jalebi at 2:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Exercise and mealtime
During the week my only time to exercise (mostly cardio for now) is after dinner. How long after dinner should I wait? Is exercise after dinner/at night less beneficial than exercise at other times of the day?
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 2:21 PM PST - 12 comments

CC outside the US?
Is the term “caption” or “closed caption” and the “CC in a TV” symbol commonly recognizable to non-U.S. people? [more inside]
posted by breaks the guidelines? at 2:05 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I figure out how much a rubbing of Shakespeare's grave is worth?
I have a rubbing from Shakespeare's grave slab. I'm trying to figure out if it is potentially worth enough to bother with an appraisal ($150 I think) or just guess a price and sell it. [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 2:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Accounting firm in need of client management software
Background - I work for a small accounting firm of six people right now. We have 1 cpa, 2 staff accountants (Im one, currently working on my CPA) and the rest is bookkeeping/admin staff. We just hired a new administrative assistant because of the growth we experienced this year and plan on hiring more CPAs in the future. With this growth comes the need to be more organized, no longer is it possible for my boss to keep track of where every project is, how far it is along and who it is assigned to it. So we need some sort of well known software. (Nothing terribly obscure please) [more inside]
posted by Tinen at 2:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Why is there a mildew smell in car during rain?
Can someone tell me where a mildew smell in my car might be coming from on rainy days if there are no apparent leaks? [more inside]
posted by supertouchme at 2:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Trying to find a Mech Warrior Cartoon from the 80s
I am looking for a cartoon from the 80s that I can't remember the name of. It had an aircraft carrier in space that sent jets down to earth. There was even an old school Captain that steered the space carrier.The pilots could transform them into a "mech warrior" of sorts. It wasn't Transformers that I am sure of. They were protecting us from something that came from space. There was also a sub-plot/love story as some of the pilots hung out/dated. The cartoon was definitely Japanese. [more inside]
posted by Botunda at 1:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Where the Gypsy Angels Go
New Jersey-Filter: Two questions. First, can you recommend any great B&Bs in Monmouth County? Second, if you had the aim of introducing two close friends to summer in the Garden State, with the ulterior motive of disabusing them of anti-Jersey stereotypes, where would you take them and what would you do?
posted by Miko at 1:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Why have I not been hired? Or at least told I wont be...
What is the best way to handle an internship or job situation where you have applied, interviewed 2 or more times for the position, then do not get a call back from the company? Catch, I have not been rejected, their HR staff is simply not on the ball, they have hired nobody for this position as of yet. [more inside]
posted by atlman at 1:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Why are there three Thai restaurants on my block?
Why do I often see two, three, even four different Thai restaurants on the same block, sometimes even right next to one another? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba at 1:08 PM PST - 22 comments

Looking for advice about Spanish immersion programs (and more) while in Oaxaca, Mexico
Traveling to Oaxaca with a friend for a 2-4 week Spanish immersion program this June/July. We are looking for some advice about Spanish language programs, homestays/lodging, and transportation. We are having a very difficult time finding a good learning program—there are so many to choose from and we don't quite know what to look for and how to determine which ones are good. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 1:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Why is Red Sacred?
I'm trying to reconcile the significance of red cloth to the natives in Eirik the Red's Saga. Can anyone point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by Edelweiss at 12:56 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I do what I am supposed to do, and will it make me feel any better to do those things?
The new normal sucks. How am I supposed to cope after my father's suddenish death? [more inside]
posted by bash at 12:50 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me stock my medicine cabinet...
What should a well-stocked medicine cabinet contain? [more inside]
posted by somanyamys at 12:38 PM PST - 30 comments

A Summer in Cambridge
Help me take advantage of a summer living in Cambridge... [more inside]
posted by saoyama at 12:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Badass songs from the beginnings of rock?
I've always thought of early rock and country as being populated by men who might have done very bad things if they hadn't done music, and I want to hear some songs that prove it. Dale Hawins' Susie Q has that vibe. Charlie Feathers' That Certain Female seems like a song Mr. Blonde would bop to. I'd like to hear some other songs that feel just as... raw? Intimidating? I'm not quite sure. I think it's a "know it when I hear it" situation, and I'm hoping someone else has heard it and knows it.
posted by ictow at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I hack my J2ME/Symbian phone?
What are some ways to "hack" my J2ME/Symbian phone?
I'm specifically interested in adding additional language support, and dealing with java.lang.SecurityException [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 12:04 PM PST - 0 comments

It wasn't just a dream... was it?
Is it possible for a woman to have an orgasm while she's asleep? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:35 AM PST - 17 comments

Could the way in which my boyfriend masturbates render him impotent?
Could the way in which my boyfriend masturbates render him impotent? Super-sexy questions inside, most definitely nsfw. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:34 AM PST - 10 comments

fun for all ages
What are some of your favorite things that a 2 1/2 and almost 5yr old can do together. [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 11:32 AM PST - 10 comments

There's a freeze up comin' (maybe)
Post-marathon advice: I'm running my second marathon this weekend; I was very sore after my first and am convinced that an ice bath is probably my best bet post-race to combat soreness. Problem is, I'm more scared about the bath than the race. [more inside]
posted by activitystory at 11:29 AM PST - 9 comments

I don't know anything about riding or buying a bike. Help!
Had my tricycle stolen this weekend. Thinking it's time to bite the bullet and learn to ride a bike. Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 11:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking to write a spec script for television ...
Some questions about writing a television spec script. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 11:21 AM PST - 4 comments

People who need people are the luckiest people in the world. Even online.
I'm looking for great examples of local/city networking and information sites that really offer something useful/fun to both visitors AND residents of a community. Sites that people enjoy using as a regular resource to enjoy and really embrace a specific place and what makes it tick. Do you know of any really kickass city websites that have rocked your world? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 11:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Phoenix Suns Tickets
I'm looking for a picture/scan of a Phoenix Suns ticket and my google-fu doesn't seem to find anything large enough to print. Any links or personal scans would be much appreciated.
posted by woolylambkin at 11:12 AM PST - 4 comments

So, I have a news story about violation of privacy...
If a national news station publishes your home address on television without your consent, what is(if any) the recourse? [more inside]
posted by irishkitten at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Protocol for suicidal users on social networks?
I work as an admin for a social networking site, and I'm trying to figure out protocol for how to handle users who seem suicidal. [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx at 10:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Help us dance at our wedding!
My fiancé and I need some help with our first dance at our wedding. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 10:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Compositing in .NET Custom Controls
How do I prevent flicker in my .NET app? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 10:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Blackberry email privacy
Blackberry privacy: the Blackberry user has the option to get an email receipt and a read confirmation from other Blackberry users for each email sent. Does it notify the sender every time the mail is opened, or only the first time? When the Blackberry email message is sent to Yahoo web based mail would these confirmations also be sent back to the Blackberry for the first time and every subsequent time the email is opened? Even if Yahoo Mail blocks images from being shown (I think this is a way mail opening is detected)?
posted by paphun123 at 10:13 AM PST - 2 comments

WSUS tracking help
How can I get WSUS 3.0 to display installed RAM? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 10:13 AM PST - 0 comments

Is it necessary to have a crush?
Is it necessary to have a crush? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly at 10:04 AM PST - 29 comments

Is it safe to use proxy servers from public lists on the web?
I am outside the US but would like to watch some online TV episodes from US networks websites. I have found many lists of US-based proxy servers online that I could try, but I am concerned about security -- would using such a proxy server make me more vulnerable to viruses, worms, spam, and/or other such things? Many thanks.
posted by leticia at 9:59 AM PST - 7 comments

TIME FOR MORE STORIES
Last night, I spent an hour reading the crazy, hilarious stories posted here. One hour was not enough. I need more davesecretaryatwork - or at least, more like him. [more inside]
posted by yeoja at 9:49 AM PST - 24 comments

Preparing Pantry for Parties
I'm looking for ideas for simple, make-ahead pantry-stocking recipes for things I can use as appetizers or nibbles -- spiced nuts, marinated olives, etc. I'd ideally like things I don't need to refrigerate (although I do know how to can things), but I'm also thinking of some made-ahead-and-frozen cheese cracker dough as well; I'd also like things that keep a while. I'd love to be able to just pull some crackers and bread out, grab a couple jars, and there it all is. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Chicken soup for the non-sappy soul?
In 1998 I bought a paperback at a bookstore. It was an anthology of inspirational and spiritual writing by a variety of authors. It was great, I loaned it to someone, and now I'd like to find another copy of it. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 9:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Summertime (working) Blues
My 17 year old son has been looking for a part time job for several months, and now would like a summer job before heading off to college. The problem is, he doesn't seem to be able to find anything. [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 9:13 AM PST - 31 comments

lost document
Need help recovering lost document on PC [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet at 9:05 AM PST - 14 comments

Vacation Cell Phone in London?
What are my options for one week of cell phone in London? [more inside]
posted by morallybass at 8:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommendations for science experiment book for children?
Looking for recommendations for a science experiment book suitable for an 8 year old. When I was a kid, I had a copy of “Mr. Wizard’s Supermarket Science” that I loved, but unfortunately it’s out of print. Any suggestions?
posted by skwm at 8:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Advice for a beginning programmer
Programming as a hobby. Rewarding for the non-professional programmer? [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 8:08 AM PST - 18 comments

Strong Eastern/Western Graphic Novel dramas?
MangaFilter: I'm just finishing the Lone Wolf and Cub series, and read the Akira mangas two years ago. I've really enjoyed the mix of action and relatively good writing in both of them. What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by bullitt 5 at 8:03 AM PST - 16 comments

I Can Haz Pierogies?
Is anyone going to the Pierogi Fest this year? Has anyone ever been? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 7:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Help, help, help. Anxiety out of control!
Help me deal with my severe and (hopefully) temporary anxiety until I can see my psychiatrist this week. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:38 AM PST - 21 comments

What's my rating on the Wi-Fi pW/\/4g30m3t3R?
How secure is my wireless network? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM PST - 20 comments

Driving routes from Cincinnati to Ann Arbor?
Please tell me about your experience driving the main or alternate routes from Cincinnati, OH to Ann Arbor, MI. [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 7:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I legally log into an employees webmail if they left their password on a company computer?
Say I have an employee who was using a company computer. They departed under bad terms. I suspect that they took proprietary and valuable company documents with them when they left by sending them to themselves or someone else using a webmail service. If I can recover their webmail password from the company computer they were assigned, is it legal for me to log in and check to see if they did this? Why or why not? [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 7:17 AM PST - 25 comments

Lease question: I don't want no uncompensated burnination!
I am moving to a new apartment in Washington DC, and in reading over the lease there are a couple things I am not so sure about... Can you please take a look at the clauses and tell me if they seem reasonable? [more inside]
posted by allen8219 at 6:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Watching the Champions League final in London
Watching the Champions League final in London [more inside]
posted by paulramshaw at 5:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Cell Phone for Emergency Use in Bay Area/Sacramento?
What cell service should I get for my in-laws in the Sacramento/Bay Area, for use in emergencies? [more inside]
posted by chengjih at 3:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Does anyone recognize this painting?
Does anyone recognize this painting? http://www.fupub.com/images/painting.jpg
posted by gummo at 1:15 AM PST - 13 comments

How to party like a 5 year old?
Public pillow fight... public water balloon fight... I need more ideas for silly, childish fun to organize in my city! [more inside]
posted by inactivist at 1:04 AM PST - 22 comments

Dead Marshall Amp
Guitar amp problem: Marshall MG100DFX won't turn on. [more inside]
posted by hutta at 12:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Can you recommend some good, lesser known XBOX 360 games?
I've been keeping track of pretty much all the xbox 360 games out there, but i am sure i missed some great games. So, can you recommend some games that are lesser known? Also, games that got poor or average reviews, but are actually fun to play?
posted by PlayWithFire at 12:18 AM PST - 18 comments

May 18
Best translation of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations
What is the best English translation of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations out there, and why?
posted by ac at 9:39 PM PST - 4 comments

What do the players of pro sports teams do when on the road?
What do the players of pro sports teams do when on the road? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 9:34 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I control my beer temperature?
I'm looking for a serial-port temperature controller thingie for a bizarre cooling system I'm building, for a beer fermenter. [more inside]
posted by geodave at 9:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Han shot first. That is what I want to buy!
Which Star Wars set will give me what I want? I love extra special editions, but I want to buy a copy of Star Wars where Han Shoots first. I am looking for any advice on which versions I should or should not get.
posted by slavlin at 9:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Could this dog be Cujo?
I was sort of bitten by a dog tonight. I'm morbidly afraid of shots. How necessary is it that I see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 8:50 PM PST - 30 comments

How to deal with a speeding ticket, given the notoriety of this particular ticketing police force?
How does a driver with a squeaky-clean record (previous to this) handle a speeding ticket from a town that has national notoriety for a history of shady ticketing practices? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 8:45 PM PST - 20 comments

And there it is again! And there! And there!
Is there a name for this phenomenon? Like confirmation bias, but with a positive connotation. [more inside]
posted by Mender at 8:30 PM PST - 20 comments

I really want to stop wanting things.
In Buddhist philosophy, how is one supposed to do anything? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 8:16 PM PST - 45 comments

I know I've seen this guy before.
Who is the guy in this poster? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 8:04 PM PST - 41 comments

I need help finding this painting
I need help identifying this painting [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 8:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Aurduino or Make Controller
I am trying to decide which to (learn) to use, The Arduino or The Make Controller Kit. Which should I choose as a first buy / entry level controller? [more inside]
posted by dylanSnow at 7:55 PM PST - 8 comments

PhD in NYC, money?
I'd like to do my PhD in a scientific field, full-time in the NY Metro area. How can I make it work money-wise? [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 7:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Things to do/learn over Summer Break for a Computer Engineering Freshman. Lives in Maryland.
Things to do/learn over Summer Break for a Computer Engineering Freshman. Lives in Maryland. [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed at 7:48 PM PST - 9 comments

What restrictions are there on mailing over-the-counter medicine from the United States to Japan?
I have relatives in Japan who want me to mail them some over-the-counter medicines--specifically, extra-strength Tylenol and Sudafed (the new kind, without pseudoephedrine.) Both are legal in Japan and would be for their personal use only. So how do I find out how much of each I can mail them at once?
posted by aws at 7:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I learn how to be a successful puppeteer?
Where can I learn the skills needed to be a successful puppeteer? Are there places in where Miami can I take classes? Are there quality books or websites on the subject? [more inside]
posted by JustKeepSwimming at 7:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Dividers between same-day Blogger posts
I'm using Blogger. I'd like to have some kind of divider in between posts I make on the same day, but I don't want this divider to appear anywhere else, like between one day's posts and another. Is there a simple way to do this?
posted by electric water kettle at 7:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Aeschylus a Pythagorean?
Was Aeschylus a Pythagorean? [more inside]
posted by catherinem at 6:36 PM PST - 3 comments

How much should I expect to pay for a car? And what do I need to know when looking at used cars?
How much should I expect to pay for a car given my situation and what should I know about when looking for a used car? [more inside]
posted by bobdylanforever at 6:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Window shopping... but I want the display, not the merchandise!
Sourcefilter: I've been seeing large sheets of paper or a paper-like material with cutouts of flowers, animals, and other cutesy designs used as a backdrop in window displays at stores like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Where can I buy some? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 6:22 PM PST - 4 comments

LAMP to WISA
After working in a mostly LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) environment the last few years, I need to make a quick switch to WISA (Windows, IIS, MS SQL, ASP). [more inside]
posted by gringoese at 6:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find literary magazines in Cleveland?
Clevelandfilter: Where can I find literary magazines in Cleveland? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Informed at 6:00 PM PST - 12 comments

imrworldwide server-side spyware and my isp?
Web-security-filter: I've got no-script installed in firefox, and today noticed that imrworldwide was requesting to run javascript in two consecutive (unrelated) webpages... [more inside]
posted by acro at 5:59 PM PST - 2 comments

One Drive To Rule Them All
I have three 500 MB hard drives in my XP desktop machine, and another 500 MB external. Right now, I'm working with them as four different drive letters, which gets confusing. Is there a utility that will allow me to treat them as a single drive letter? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 5:56 PM PST - 14 comments

What literary fiction should I read?
I'm going back to college next fall, to attend an undergraduate creative writing program. What literary fiction should I read this summer to get up to speed? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 5:23 PM PST - 36 comments

Insurance claim against other driver denied. So what now?
Insurance claim against other driver denied. So what now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 PM PST - 8 comments

What has hijacked Firefox?
My Dell Win XP laptop caught some kind of infection via Limewire which blocks Firefox from loading and produces contast popup ads via IE. I never use IE. I've removed Firefox and redownloaded it. Still doesn't load. I've run Ad-Aware, RegScrub, and every other spyware program I know about. What happened, and how do I fix it?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 5:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Mad money looks like a terrible film
How do I make medical school affordable? [more inside]
posted by ouchitburns at 5:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Mystery antique
What the heck is it? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 4:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Help with wirelessly backing up laptop?
Help, Backup-Filter: "Access Denied" error when using Memeo's AutoBackup Software to wirelessly backup a laptop HD to a password protected external hard drive that is directy connected to the wireless router via USB. [more inside]
posted by Phire at 3:55 PM PST - 1 comments

Need Recommend for NYC area doctor
My daughter in Brooklyn NY needs a recommendation for excellent pulmonologist, or appropriate specialist. She has a full med plan, but needs to home in on one or two good specialists whose offices will say: "OK. Here's your appointment for very soon!!" She finds it difficult to get communication going with offices that don't take her anxiety about her condition very seriously. Namely her current internist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:52 PM PST - 4 comments

How will the recent California Supreme Court ruling affect my resident status?
How will the recent California Supreme Court ruling affect my resident status? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:51 PM PST - 16 comments

ReferenceLibrarianFilter
Tell me what to call this topic I'm interested in, so that I know how to research it. It's somewhere within architecture and/or engineering. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Endnotes! Help? Please?
I'm writing a paper in Microsoft Word, and I want the endnotes to have each reference assigned one number throughout the whole document, instead of one each time I add an endnote. I really don't want to have to go through and number them manually. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by cholly at 3:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Backubuntu
What's the best backup solution for (Ubuntu) Linux? I need a backup as complete as possible of a home directory of ~10+ GB, nightly, etc. I have two large external USB 2.0 drives for the purpose... [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 3:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find a two-month parking space south of San Francisco
Where can I stash my car for cheap, during the summer in the SF Bay Area, for a couple months? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 3:05 PM PST - 3 comments

How much does a nanny make for the summer?
FairWagefilter: My 25-year old sister is a 2nd grade teacher who is considering going to NY to nanny for the summer. So far the general specifics are: 3 young boys (I don't know their ages); in Rye, NY; 2 days off a week; I think that they will buy plane ticket, groceries, etc.; duties will be taking them to their day camp, sports/music lessons, making food for them, etc. [more inside]
posted by hulahulagirl at 2:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me not donate more money to dealer profit than I really need to...
2006 Honda Civic service schedule: Maintenance Minder or dealer service recommendation? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 2:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Our groomer moved away
Need a recommendation for a dog groomer in Princeton, NJ area. We have a standard poodle, and it's been hard to find someone who is an expert at poodle grooming and deals well with both canines and humans. We need someone ASAP. Appreciate any recommendations.
posted by mmf at 2:23 PM PST - 1 comments

Where can I learn to draw weird little creatures?
Where can I find online resources to help me learn to draw like Andrew Bell of The Creatures in My Head? [more inside]
posted by mikeweeney at 2:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a 3D renderer in Flash
Is anyone aware of a general-purpose 3D renderer built with Flash? Sort of like a Flash version of those VRML plugins that were all the rage in 1997, only without the suck? I'm creating a browser game, and I'd like the main viewport to display 3D images. I could render images on the server and feed them to the client, but the demand on server CPU and bandwidth would be prohibitive. I'd love to find a client-side solution. [more inside]
posted by greenie2600 at 2:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Seborrhea management tips?
Have any tips on successfully managing seborrhea? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 1:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Switching off the asian glow?
Is there any way to prevent or alleviate the "asian glow" when drinking? [more inside]
posted by oranges at 1:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Software/instructions to make a photo/music slideshow?
Recommendations and instructions for easy-to-use Mac software to make a 5-minute slideshow / video (with music) of 100+ photos. I need to vary the time of some of the photos - Lightroom isn't sufficient for this task. [more inside]
posted by jcdill at 1:08 PM PST - 22 comments

My elbow is not a noodle!
2.5 years postop for a badly fractured non-dominant elbow (long since fully rehabbed, which I even finished early), I am doing more physical activity. It's sore, which I expected, but not in the way in which I figured. Tips? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 12:10 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I help a Judge in NC get elected?
CampaignFilter: Help me get a Judge Elected in Wake County NC. What is the most effective method to campaign with a limited budget? We apparently have access to a robo-dialer but no call lists. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 11:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Was my memory forgoten?
Where can I find RAM for an old Sony Vaio PCV-7762 desktop? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Chips at 11:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Can geraniums root in water?
Can I propagate a geranium stem cutting in plain water, or do I have to use some other kind of medium?
posted by footnote at 10:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Tell me where this old photo was taken
Can anyone tell me where this picture was taken? The photo was taken in Europe during the 70's by my parents. they think it might have been somewhere in Germany, but Denmark and Sweden are also potential options.
posted by nanhey at 10:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Are my relationship expectations too unreasonable?
Are my relationship expectations too unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:41 AM PST - 32 comments

Lets list some useful economics textbooks for beginners
Can you recommend any books that cover fundamental economics at a beginner level? [more inside]
posted by dragontail at 9:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Money for the American dream...
What's the best way to loan money to a friend? [more inside]
posted by odi.et.amo at 9:36 AM PST - 26 comments

Keyless door locks
Does anyone have those door locks that use a combination instead of a key? Do you like them? Any problems? I'm considering putting touchpad front and back door locks on a rental house that I own so I'm not out $150 everytime I need to re-key the locks. Good idea or no? [more inside]
posted by BoscosMom at 8:57 AM PST - 26 comments

Creating Non-Downloadable Audio Files
How can I create non-downloadable audio files for a website? [more inside]
posted by panboi at 8:39 AM PST - 22 comments

travel curling iron or rollers?
Traveling to France for a few weeks this summer. At home, I normally blow-dry my hair and set it in hot rollers, but I don't want to lug my full-sized stuff. Anyone have a suggestion for a really good large-barreled curling iron, or a compact set of hot rollers, as well as a small hair dryer? I've seen a few online, but if you have a rec for one you think is good, I'd like to hear it.
posted by Ollie at 8:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Shuls in NY and DC
Help me find a shul to attend in New York and Washington D.C. [more inside]
posted by PenDevil at 7:31 AM PST - 10 comments

ideas for 50th anniversary party
mother and father's 50th wedding anniversary in a few weeks-please help my brothers and I figure out a special way to celebrate their special day [more inside]
posted by elis at 7:27 AM PST - 8 comments

ClogFilter
Should I use helpful bacteria to unclog shower and bath drains? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 7:15 AM PST - 13 comments

NGO fundraising
Chasing funding and attracting sponsors / donors for an NGO: European Union / Bulgarian / educational context. Please, teach me? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 7:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Alternatives to Dropbox?
Looking for software that's available now that's similar to online service Dropbox (http://getdropbox.com/), but not necessarily online. [more inside]
posted by TooManyGadgets at 6:31 AM PST - 9 comments

I heard it first, I want the royalties
Help me find the origin of the joke/song/story "Missing My Son" as told by Tom Waits. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 5:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Dirt Cheap UK
How to spend a month or so in the UK as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright at 5:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Is it possible to buy off content owners in the adult entertainment business?
I want to help a friend get some nude photos removed from the 'net before they cause real damage. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 AM PST - 57 comments

Gmail not working
When I start Gmail, it hangs, without fully loading. I input my name and password, and it attempts to load, but hangs before fully loading and showing my mailbox. My only alternative is then to load the HTML view. This is a very limited and unworkable mode. I've tried Google's standard fixes with no avail. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by lometogo at 3:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Monobuds - clever or stupid?
I mostly listen to audiobooks on my mp3 player using only one earbud. I thought of just snipping off the second earbud to keep it from being in the way. Is there any reason this is a bad idea? I can't imagine there would be enough power flowing through them to make any danger of shock, but would the leftover earbud still work?
posted by happyturtle at 2:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me fill in the vowels: BTQSTD
I make a fairly large monthly to-do list, usually a few words per task. But I omit the vowels for each word and put a dash for spaces, example: "RFLL-CLLNG-CRD" would be "REFILL CALLING CARD", here's one I can't solve... [more inside]
posted by querty at 12:09 AM PST - 58 comments

May 17
Hey, you got your Puzzle Contest in my movie! And it tastes like crap!
In the mid-eighties, there was some "event" on television. It was a (crappy) movie, but embedded within it was a contest and/or puzzle. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 11:31 PM PST - 6 comments

looking for outside-the-box thinkers who changed the world
looking for examples of world-changing innovation as the result of seeing a conventional thing in an unconventional way. [more inside]
posted by klanawa at 11:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Appropriate headphones for an iPod Shuffle?
I recently purchased an iPod Shuffle, and while I've been happy with it so far, I'm sick of Apple's earbuds. Are there any respectable headphones that the Shuffle can power without a significant decrease in battery life? I've searched AskMe, and while this question has come up in regard to full-size iPods, I'm worried about the ability of the Shuffle's tiny battery to keep my headphones going for more than thirty minutes at a stretch. If it helps, I'm considering buying a pair of Koss Portapros (I've had great experiences with them before and the price and size are right). Any suggestions are welcome.
posted by Merzbau at 10:46 PM PST - 17 comments

Bungee Jumping Near New York City
I live in Brooklyn, NY and recently on vacation in Mexico I went bungee jumping. Let me say it was fun ... is there any place within reasonable driving distance to Bungee Jump in NY, CT, or NJ or wherever?
posted by bobadoci at 10:00 PM PST - 1 comments

Cross Platform Lab Management software?
Does anybody know a way that we can manage dual boot Macs regardless of what OS they are booted into. [more inside]
posted by crios at 9:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Being the bright kid at 30
I would like to be the bright kid again, but I've just turned 30. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 8:18 PM PST - 34 comments

Is there a type of thermal (or similar) underwear out there that will keep me warm when it's cold, but also cool when it's hot?
Is there a type of thermal (or similar) underwear out there that will keep me warm when it's cold, but also cool when it's hot? [more inside]
posted by katala at 8:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Can you recommend a great eye doctor in New York City
I'm looking to hear from people who have both astigmatism and myopia and have successfully transitioned to contact lenses. Also, if your eye doc is in Manhattan, can I have his/her number? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 8:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for New Ties
Where do you get your ties? Are there any that you recommend? [more inside]
posted by toaster at 7:48 PM PST - 21 comments

Primal urges (not like that)
Video games similar to Primal? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 7:38 PM PST - 3 comments

God mode in Wii games?
Why don't the 'current' gen game consoles have cheats/trainers? [more inside]
posted by Towelie at 7:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Obesity causing skin discoloration?
Can extreme obesity cause facial skin discoloration? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 7:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Getting Started With Wireless Internet?
I have a laptop. I have wireless internet in Philadelphia through the city-wide wifi program that will be ending very soon. Please help if you can. I know NOTHING. [more inside]
posted by Danila at 7:17 PM PST - 17 comments

No more tinny synthesizers!
I'm for looking non-karaoke instrumentals to sing over, preferably free. Ideally someone just playing an acoustic guitar or piano with no vocals, limited frills and high recording quality, either jazzy standards or pop. It's actually pretty hard to find all three at once on youtube and other such sites, so I thought I'd give Mefi a shot. Somebody must have a collection...any ideas?
posted by StrikeTheViol at 6:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there a herpetologist in the house?
Do Gopher Snakes truly "imitate" Rattlesnakes or could they somehow be genetically related? [more inside]
posted by vertigo25 at 6:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Making my maps move?
How do I build animated maps - say, of a city getting built up, or immigration patterns? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 6:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Keep your Madison's and Miley's.. Give me an Agnes or a Vera!
NameVoyager lists popular baby names dating back to the 1800's. Where could I find something similar for foreign names? Specifically, I'm interested in finding names that were used before the 1970's (as opposed to current baby name lists that show what's popular now).
posted by ellighi at 5:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me identify this muted-purple plant
Help me identify this live-forever lookalike (sort of) [more inside]
posted by aleahey at 5:22 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I be OK with never being intimate with another?
I'm 29 and haven't had sex. How can I reconcile with the fact that it might not ever happen for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 PM PST - 42 comments

Help me engineer a great job
My dream job is coming up but [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Getting to a Marlins game
I'm spending next week in Ft. Lauderdale, and plan on going to see a Marlins game sometime during the week. I'd prefer to take some sort of public transit to the stadium, but the Marlin's site doesn't mention anything about it. Is there some relatively safe/reliable way to get there without having to drive myself? If so, where's the best place to park to get on the transit? My big reason to want to go this way is to avoid stadium traffic, so I'd like to catch a bus or whatever far enough from the stadium so as to avoid that.
posted by robhuddles at 4:16 PM PST - 4 comments

I need to grow up
Help me get over being homesick. [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 3:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Durable Anti-scratch Coatings?
[Eyeglasses] Anti-scratch coatings deteriorate after a couple of years. Anyone found durable coatings? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 2:38 PM PST - 13 comments

What just happened to me?
Last night I was hanging out with a friend of a friend who I'm reasonably attracted to. At one point we were sitting real close as I was showing her photos online, when she poked me in the forearm with her pinky. I instinctively looked at her and she looked away pretending nothing had happened, and then the next thing I knew I was filled with lust, couldn't resist making out with her, and so I did. So what's up with the pinky prod - is it a secret move I'm unaware of? And does it work the other way around...? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 2:36 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me find maps of the world's larger cities!
Help me find maps of the world's larger cities! [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 2:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me fix my Popeye arms
Standard adult male body, but I have skinny upper arms. Suggestions for a workout to add some mass, specifically from elbows up? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 2:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Dear Professor, your class is kicking my ass
Should I tell my professor why I'm dropping his class, or just not say anything? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 2:17 PM PST - 23 comments

Alternatives to shoving pills down my cat's throat?
Help me trick my cat into eating his pills. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 2:05 PM PST - 21 comments

Good pasta in San Diego?!
Where can I find fresh pasta in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by brynna at 1:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Bridge and an external drive?
Tools > Photoshop > Batch... doesn't work when the selected files in Bridge are on an external drive? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay at 1:56 PM PST - 1 comments

What is the best paid dating website with ACTUAL results?
What is the best paid dating website with ACTUAL results? [more inside]
posted by wildrain2008 at 1:52 PM PST - 27 comments

Mozilla, Inc. Department of Redundancy Department
I'm running Firefox 3 RC1 on Windows Vista. How can I use userchrome.css to hide the "list all tabs" button until Tab Mix Plus is updated? [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 1:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Evista ad background music
What is the cello piece that plays in the background of the new Evista ad?
posted by Raybun at 1:41 PM PST - 1 comments

Ack I broke acrobat professional
I tried to update my Adobe Acrobat 7.0 and I broke something. Help me make it work again. [more inside]
posted by special-k at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get married in a few days?
Where might my fiancé and I marry in South or North Carolina in the next few days? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:08 PM PST - 6 comments

What's wrong with my firefox tools menu?
Why is my Firefox Tools menu horizontal instead of vertical? [more inside]
posted by HSWilson at 1:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Where, oh where, is the plus-size travel underwear?
Where can I find travel bras made for large ladies with large bosoms? I'm a 44DD and all of the travel underwear sites like ExOfficio seem to only have bras for more slender/less stacked folks. [more inside]
posted by whitelight at 12:44 PM PST - 7 comments

spyware is killing me.
Spyware infected. Help! [more inside]
posted by likeapen at 12:25 PM PST - 14 comments

My fridge is failing to cool my food.
The side-by-side fridge in our rental (a GE tfx22zrs, tfx22jrs) has been failing to keep the refrigerator side cool (freezer side works fine). I think I have traced this down to some kind of lightbulb short -- the bulb heats up so much, so fast, I presume it is keeping the food from getting cool; possible fuse problem? Do fridges have user-serviceable fuses? Or is this a compressor problem and the lightbulb a red herring? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker at 12:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Paint thinner smells bad and I want it off.
Anybody good at removing paint thinner from untreated wood? [more inside]
posted by Dipsomaniac at 11:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Personally, I'd rather be a rock star...
What can I do with a degree in Physics? What doors and pathways will it open for me? How long will I need to study before I am able to call my self a Physicist and make a meaningful contribution in my field? [more inside]
posted by shoebox at 11:19 AM PST - 30 comments

Comparing Construction Prices 1968 to 2008
I need to compare construction costs in 1968 to costs for a similar project in 2008. [more inside]
posted by viewmastr at 11:15 AM PST - 5 comments

How well does Amazon's Kindle reproduce the printed version, especially non-standard elements?
I know Kindle doesn't do color, and I've read that photographs leave a little to be desired. I'm curious how well Kindle does with other graphics and unusual formatting. [more inside]
posted by sjthomp at 10:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Where's a good source for instrumental, edgy, creative commons licensed music?
I'm looking for good sources of creative-commons licensed, edgy rock instrumental music. A really good example of this is www.saviumsaliva.com. The music there just seems to work for the podcast that I'm working on. I've tried Jamendo, and one other "search engine" for creative commons licensed music, but slow going. I keep hoping for the motherlode.. So far, not so much. Anyone have any other suggestions for places to look? Thanks!
posted by wflanagan at 10:29 AM PST - 3 comments

When you care enough to send... um..
Am looking for something nice I can send to someone to thank them for a wonderful kindness, but it probably shouldn't involve food or flowers. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 10:20 AM PST - 12 comments

My MacBook's Internal Speakers Are Stuck on Mute
I can't get my Mac laptop's internal speakers to work -- they just stopped one day. When I press the volume adjust buttons, the little bars don't move, and the classic circle-with-bar-through-it appears. I've checked the volume in System Preferences, and the "mute" button is not selected by accident. [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 10:08 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I train for a marathon?
How do I train for a (half-)marathon? [more inside]
posted by ChasFile at 9:44 AM PST - 16 comments

Diabetic cat care
How do I best care for my cat after a hypoglycemic reaction until I can get him to the vet? [more inside]
posted by Stacey at 9:19 AM PST - 1 comments

Help a cellular phone newbie
U.S. cell phone question: Is Tracfone or a major cellular carrier (Alltel is what I am interested in) more economical for a light duty user? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 9:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Advice on river rafting
Next week, I'm spending four days river rafting with friends in Idaho. I've never done it before. Any suggestions on clothing, gear, keeping a camera safe, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Argyle at 8:41 AM PST - 17 comments

SHWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!
Have you every used an electronic cat deterrent? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 8:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Has anyone used Careington Dental plan, or something comparable?
Has anyone used Careington Dental plan, or something comparable? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:01 AM PST - 8 comments

"We have started a culture!"
Does your workplace have a clearly-stated 'organizational culture' or defined theme or an All-Encompassing Guiding Principle for employees? I've been told to create one for our company. From scratch. HELP! [more inside]
posted by GuffProof at 8:01 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I photograph, help, and respect the homeless in my community?
Hey MeFi, long time listener - first time caller here. I'm looking for guidance on how to help out the homeless in my community, further my photography career, create awareness, and do this all with the utmost respect. [more inside]
posted by JRGould at 7:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Dissertation fonts
I'm working on my dissertation and looking for suggestions for fonts that will compliment each other well. The dissertation will be primarily in English, with substantial amounts of quoted German text, a fair bit of French, and occasional epigraphs or isolated words of polytonic Greek. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 6:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I turn myself into a homebody?
Applying for a job with a non-profit based in Kenya. Amazing opportunity, I'm very excited about it. Biggest concern I have is spending 2+ years living in a very isolated community, with only half a dozen other native English speakers. How can I stay happy and sane there? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr at 6:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Co-op shooters/FPSes?
My sister loves playing co-op shooters. Can you recommend any? Our systems are the PS2, and a PC running Windows XP that was middle-of-the-road 3-5 years ago (so no Army of Two, thank you). Freeware/shareware/indie are great, but so are huge blockbusters. It just needs to have as long, good, co-op section.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 6:42 AM PST - 22 comments

What was the programme I watched?
What was the name of this BBC documentary? It was broadcast sometime around 2000. It was about how Britain has changed post-WWII, dwelling on rail closures due to the Beeching Axe, the construction of the motorways, and the subsequent death of the 'traditional' rural Britain. Its tone was pretty melancholic, and it was (to me) quite a moving piece. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 6:24 AM PST - 1 comments

Artisanal Flour--where and what to buy
Where can I find artisanal bread flour in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 6:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Are YOU my doctor?
Why the uninterrupted heartburn for a week, and how can I make it go away? [more inside]
posted by Etaoin Shrdlu at 5:45 AM PST - 12 comments

How to cross an ocean
I want to travel from Wroclaw, Poland to my family in Seattle, with less than 1000USD, without flying, within five weeks. [more inside]
posted by Galen at 5:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Book 'em Danno
Suggest an offline booking system, no wait... Suggest a one-click WAMP solution, no wait... Flash and flat files mebbe? [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 5:18 AM PST - 1 comments

Give me a break!
How can I install/use the DOS batch scripting SLEEP command with Vista Ultimate? It does not exist by default. Back while scripting on XP, I used to install the free package "Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools" which came with this command. [more inside]
posted by Slenny at 5:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me Become an IT Ninja!
I know what I like to do and I think I've found a job to go along with it. My problem is: padding my resume. [more inside]
posted by Pontifex at 2:32 AM PST - 48 comments

What books do you recommend for babies and toddlers?
What are your recommendations for good baby and toddler books in English? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 2:04 AM PST - 22 comments

How to get on rooftops in cities? (especially Portland, OR)
I'm looking for a knowledge base about how to get on rooftops in big cities. I live in Portland, OR, so Portland buildings are of the most immediate interest to me, but I'd be interested in any city.
posted by nnevvinn at 1:39 AM PST - 7 comments

violent memories are stuck in my brain...
Old movie question involving US military, China, torture, and other things. What movie was this? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 1:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Transcribe to Mac
Please recommend a solution for transcribing voice to text on my Mac. [more inside]
posted by segatakai at 12:17 AM PST - 5 comments

May 16
help me make an indie rock bar a little more surreal
I'm looking for something really freaky to put on the tv at the bar I work at; video imagery to really make some hipster indie rocker kids say wtf when they notice it playing in the background-"holy mountain" and svenmahers"alice" are my usual standbys, but I know you Mefites know just the thing to make a standard night watching post rock bands just a little stranger.what visuals would you use, remembering that the sound of the movie won't be heard--
posted by donabean at 11:46 PM PST - 77 comments

Lost cause laptop - Problem #1
I have an old hp pavilion zt1170. It's been through quite a lot, such as being frozen, blasted with dust, rained and spilled on, dropped and, well, subjected to a variety of other abuse of which this list only scratches the surface. Understandably it isn't in perfect working order. [more inside]
posted by mockdeep at 10:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Which strings for a martin dreadnought
For a friend: I have an acoustic Martin dreadnought guitar and I am wondering which type of string to use. I have heard that elixers are good, but was looking for more opinions/info. Thanks!
posted by meta87 at 9:58 PM PST - 13 comments

How to Become an Editor without University...or experience.
I'm very interested in becoming an editor, please help...yes, I've read the previous posts. [more inside]
posted by nikksioux at 9:01 PM PST - 34 comments

Joomla or WordPress Forum Integration
Integrating a forum into either Joomla 1.5 or WordPress 2.5.1 [more inside]
posted by eightball at 8:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Orthodontists in Beijing
Does anyone have recommendations for an orthodontist in Beijing? Can treatment be started in China and continued in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by monkey85 at 8:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a good printable nyc subway map
I'm looking for a good printable map of nyc's subway system. NFT has lots of great maps, but not a big one that covers the whole system and can easily fit in my back pocket. Any suggestions?
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 8:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me understand jargon in "The Wire"
Where online can I find a list of vocabulary from "The Wire" and some plain-language definitions? [more inside]
posted by gwenzel at 8:39 PM PST - 18 comments

Please help me not rue the day I planted rhubarb
Looking at my rhubarb patch, it seems I'm going to be eating a lot of rhubarb this summer. Though my mother always had some in our garden, I don't think I've ever eaten rhubarb in any form but in rhubarb pie or rhubarb crisp. What's your favourite rhubarb recipe?
posted by orange swan at 8:34 PM PST - 37 comments

Missed Australian Census date
I have missed my (Australian) university's census date. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Cassette to iPod
I'd like to transfer several hours of audio from old cassette tapes to CD for my mom and to iPod for me. Of course if I can get them to CD I can take it from there. [more inside]
posted by dawson at 7:19 PM PST - 10 comments

What bank and wireless provider should I use in and around Boston?
Moving from the 519 to the 617. Please help a Canadian moving to Boston plan his banking and wireless services. [more inside]
posted by KevCed at 7:01 PM PST - 17 comments

"PC load letter?"
[igiveupfilter] Trying to export my current wordpress-run blog onto a new wordpress-run blog. I keep getting an XML error that says "XML document must have a top level element. Error processing resource 'file:///C:/Users/damnjezebel/Desktop/wordpress.2008-05-16.xml". I've tried this link which helped me the last time I moved my blog, but that's not working this time. I've tried changing permissions as well and no luck. please help me import my old blog before i pull all of my damn hair out!
posted by damnjezebel at 7:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Ramekin Recipes
I've been given a set of four Le Creuset Ramekins. Some savoury recipe suggestions please? I don't have much of a sweet tooth.
posted by mattoxic at 6:46 PM PST - 17 comments

The landlord wants to give our money back
My management company is giving back everyone's security deposits. Tomorrow. Should we accept? [more inside]
posted by limeswirltart at 6:18 PM PST - 17 comments

My lovely Bump (humps)
I need help finding a maternity dress or nice top to go with black pants in plus size that would work to attend a wedding in June and my baby shower in September or October. [more inside]
posted by Snoogylips at 5:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you help me debunk my Mom's food superstitions?
Mom's visiting. Along with her decade's old prohibition against eating tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, potatoes, etc. I'm kind of sick of this. Any clinical proof that solanine causes osteoarthritis? Even better, any proof that it does not? I am forbidden to even re-use cooking utensils between pots that have touched the forbidden foods.
posted by moof at 4:30 PM PST - 15 comments

This here bug needs a name.
Name this bug! [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 3:06 PM PST - 7 comments

If I fully comply to the terms of a cease and desist notice, will I be left alone?
If I fully comply to the terms of a cease and desist notice, will I be left alone? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide at 2:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Great San Francisco camera stores?
Great San Francisco camera stores? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 2:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me introduce iCal to my bills
Do any of the new breed of financial websites like Wesabe, Mint, Yodlee et al. offer an iCal-subscribable calendar of your bills' due dates? Or do you have an idea for how to achieve this easily? [more inside]
posted by evariste at 2:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Cat won't let us sleep!
My cat has recently taken to waking us up in the middle of the night, every night. She's done this before, but not for this long. [more inside]
posted by CrazyGabby at 2:27 PM PST - 26 comments

Chips are for potatoes, not nails!
How do I get the same long-lasting result with an at-home manicure that I do when I go to an upscale salon? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 2:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Taps
I'm looking for information about a basketball game we used to play at summer camp a hundred years ago called Taps. [more inside]
posted by buriedpaul at 1:35 PM PST - 16 comments

A framework for designing a self-study course using free material?
Is there a high-level general procedure or process that can be used to design a course of self-study in any topic? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 at 1:34 PM PST - 6 comments

What was this book? (Very vague.)
I'm trying to recall a book I read 11 or 12 years ago. Be warned: This may be the vaguest post ever. [more inside]
posted by crickets at 1:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Redundancy and Safety Tradeoffs in Industrial Design
How do industrial and product designers or human factors engineers or ergonomics experts talk about the safety implications of redundant controls? [more inside]
posted by gum at 1:32 PM PST - 3 comments

52 * 25 * $50 * 1.5 = Windfall?
I'm a software developer in Pennsylvania. Am I eligible for overtime? [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 1:17 PM PST - 10 comments

the genius robotic entity of sciforums.com
Can you help me find the fascinating and mysterious forum postings of a self-proclaimed robotic entity on sciforums.com? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 at 1:13 PM PST - 1 comments

Target ROI for a late stage investment in a biotech startup
How much ROI would a VC be looking for in a late-stage biotechnology startup? [more inside]
posted by alms at 1:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Kitty needs a friend?
Do I get a second cat (long details inside)? [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 12:45 PM PST - 20 comments

Where to buy ginseng at a brick and motar store
Why can't I find ginseng anymore? I used to buy ginseng at Target but they stopped selling it a few years ago so I would buy it at Costco. Now I can't find it at Costco. Is there some law or something that I'm not aware of that prevents selling ginseng in Illinois?
posted by qsysopr at 12:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Welcome to back injury-ville.
A friend has a serious back injury and I want to help him negotiate the maze of advice he will face. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Format Error! Images Lost! Recovered Giant MPG! WTF?!
At the end of a badass and beautiful backpacking trip, my digital camera's memory card suddenly read "format error." My camera is a dinosaur Sony Cybershot with merely 3.2 megapixels. I downloaded Photorec and tried to recover the photos, but all I ended up with was a 13.9 Meg mpg file... [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 12:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to buy blue diamonds?
I'm in the market for a blue diamond engagement ring...anyone have any experience with any blue diamond jewelers in the NYC area?
posted by pooya at 12:32 PM PST - 10 comments

What is working in the Cayman Islands like?
An amazing job opportunity has presented itself in the Cayman Islands. Any advice on living and working in their? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 1 comments

Looking For Literary Journal / Magazine Suggestions
I'm looking for a journal/magazine that will be all about literature, with all different forms of criticism. Something that has good articles/essays about literature. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
posted by chriswarren at 12:23 PM PST - 6 comments

smelly friend, smelly friend, what are you doing today? tomorrow? the day after tomorrow? this weekend? next weekend?
How can I communicate to a very clingy friend, that no, she does not smell, and yes, I value her as a friend, but do not need to see her every week? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:39 AM PST - 18 comments

How to get an Alesis Micron to run on batteries?
Is there any way to modify or use an external part to get an Alesis Micron to run on batteries? [more inside]
posted by Mali at 11:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Ugly headlights
My truck is starting to get ugly cloudy headlights. What's a cheap inexpensive way to make them look new again?
posted by kowboy at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Mine is Bigger Than Yours
How to deal with ultra-competitive people [more inside]
posted by uxo at 11:03 AM PST - 62 comments

Dance Music By People Who Hate Dance Music
I recently rediscovered the song "Man, It's So Loud In Here" by They Might Be Giants, and the delicious juxtaposition of the New Order/Pet Shop Boys pastiche of the music and the sardonic treatment of club culture in the lyrics leads me to my question: What are some other songs that sound like typical dance music but which have lyrics that are critical of dance music or club culture in general?
posted by murphy slaw at 11:02 AM PST - 35 comments

What do I need to know to start an outdoor compost pile?
I want to start composting, but I'm clueless: what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by davidriley at 11:01 AM PST - 24 comments

Cheap device for song lyric display?
I'm looking to use some kind of tablet device, pocket pc, or possibly even e-book reader to display lyrics and chords for me while playing guitar. Criteria: cheap, readable, hackable, in that order. [more inside]
posted by rhys at 10:58 AM PST - 4 comments

I was just in a car accident and I need your advice on how to handle it.
I was just in a car accident and I need your advice on how to handle it. [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 10:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Dill recipes?
We have LOTS of dill coming up. Can anyone provide any not-too-difficult recipes to take advantage of this situation? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 10:39 AM PST - 28 comments

tips for navigating the myriad harbor
What's the simplest way to get from Sea-Tac airport to 1st/Seneca in downtown Seattle? [more inside]
posted by mezamashii at 10:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Voting from abroad
I have U.S. citizenship but have never resided in the states. My mother was from Illinois. Is it possible for me to vote in the presidential election? [more inside]
posted by glip at 10:32 AM PST - 12 comments

heart health & my new diet
I am 37, 5'9", 185 & just had a minor heart attack. Diagnosis: diffuse coronary disease. I swim several times a week, and eat well. But I have questions about my new diet, the one that will help me lose 30 - 50 lbs in 2 years, as my cardiologist wants. [more inside]
posted by luriete at 10:30 AM PST - 26 comments

Computer woes
ComputerDebugFilter: How can I find out what caused my computer to crash? [more inside]
posted by bmalicoat at 10:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Help Me Research My Curriculum
Does anyone know of concise histories of imperialism and/or colonialism? These will be used for developing a 12th grade history/literature curriculum, so extra credit is available for those who can make a literature connection. Plus, books focusing on India and Africa will be appreciated.
posted by partner at 10:28 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I secure a room in Beijing during the Olympics?
I'm in Japan right now, but I have all of August off. I want to hang out in Beijing for a week or so during the Olympics. I don't actually want to attend them, I just want to take part in the hubbub. How can I reserve a cheap bed (~30USD) now? Caveat: I do not speak any Chinese.
posted by borkingchikapa at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments

How long is that green light?
Help me find NYC traffic light times! [more inside]
posted by Cochise at 10:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Help My Blackberry Speak German
I'd like to get a German dictionary/language program for my Blackberry Curve. Any recommendations or caveats? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 10:08 AM PST - 1 comments

Can the electricity company charge a deposit regardless of credit?
I am new to renting and I just called the power company and they said that I have to pay a deposit no mater what my credit is. Is this normal practice? [more inside]
posted by stevechemist at 10:03 AM PST - 32 comments

How much time does a project manager spend on the "red tape" of project management?
How much time does a project manager spend on the "red tape" of project management, rather than on the work of the project itself? [more inside]
posted by Nick Verstayne at 9:54 AM PST - 9 comments

What's a PCB Designer to do?
What's the next step, career-wise, for an experienced PCB Designer in the SF Bay Area who is finding numerous dead-ends on his current job search? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Vanity URLS or backslashed directories?
Which is better? A vanity url or a backslashed url. For instance, www.awesometown.com or www.mycompany.com/awesometown Mind you, this is an advertising question. With a product/property it seems smarter to use a vanity url for name recognition, but I understand diluting the brand is a bad idea. What's the best practices you've seen or opinions?
posted by Davidissimo at 9:28 AM PST - 22 comments

Any good info services other than Metafilter?
Any good info services other than Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by Jack Alucard at 9:25 AM PST - 11 comments

How was that Gödel, Escher, Bach carving made, and how can I do it at home?
I've always been fascinated by this book cover for Gödel, Escher, Bach. Anybody know how the woodcarving was designed, how it was made and how I could perhaps make one myself? [more inside]
posted by cog_nate at 9:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I buy Philips SBCH5385 headphones?
Where can I buy some Philips SBCH5385 headphones? [more inside]
posted by tnuocca 2 at 9:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Who said, "no!"
What are some relatively obscure examples of someone who said no to something? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 9:02 AM PST - 29 comments

Regaining Access to a Fairly Old Encrypted PDF?
Is there a way that I can access some very old PDF files that are encrypted with a password I cannot remember any longer? I have a system running Mac OS X (Leopard), and I do need to do the decryption myself. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 8:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Who came up with this joke?
People often say: "The best way to make a small fortune in [insert industry here] is to start with a large one" Who first came up with this joke, and what industry was the joke originally about?
posted by Kevin A at 8:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Best website for moderately-priced, interesting and stylish ladies shoes?
Best website for moderately-priced, interesting and stylish ladies shoes? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 8:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Need help with WWOOF and other stay-with-a-stranger programs
Summer just started, and I'd like to either WWOOF or helpx.net for 3-4 weeks. [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 at 8:45 AM PST - 3 comments

What am I smoking?
What herb am I growing? Here's the wide view, the buds, and the leaves. [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 8:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for the definitive DVD collection.
A single DVD collection defining Modern Cinema? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 8:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Zoom Zoom
Please help me find some safe, beginner-ish bike routes that start out in Williamsburg/Greenpoint, Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 8:32 AM PST - 5 comments

SFIO to Redwood City?
How can I get from the San Francisco Airport to my housing in Redwood City on Saturday night? [more inside]
posted by version control at 8:15 AM PST - 10 comments

iphone tricks & tips
I got a new iphone (en route),what do I need to know?Any tips and/or suggestion/sites?
posted by femmme at 8:13 AM PST - 15 comments

Questions about metal porch roofs.
I have some questions about the metal roofs on our porches. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 8:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Boston transplant needs local knowledge infusion, stat
I'm new to Boston (not here even a week yet). What should I be sure to see or do as I get settled? How do I fit in (and hide the fact that I'm from NYC)? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:10 AM PST - 39 comments

What are the tax benefits of being a landlord?
What are the tax benefits of being a landlord? [more inside]
posted by Capri at 7:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Break up, or stick it out?
I'm 29, male, and with no significant relationship experience. I've been dating the same girl for a few months now and I'm still not sure, although she seems to be. How do I tell whether a relationship is worth sticking with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:02 AM PST - 24 comments

The Picky Introvert's Guide to Making Friends?
I'm a male introvert with very, very few close friends. I can make casual friends no problem, but I'm rather particular about the type of people I'd want to be serious friends with. Difficulty: I'm an atheist liberal eco-friendly vegetarian tech nerd who doesn't drink, smoke, or do drugs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:02 AM PST - 51 comments

Teeth!
A fair-sized bit of one of my teeth just fell off. The tooth is a molar, third from the back on the bottom jaw. I'm not in pain, and this has never happened before; I have no fillings and my teeth are generally healthy. I can see an NHS dentist in two weeks' time at the earliest, but what (if anything) should I do about it in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 6:54 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I most effectively hire movers to move out and move in on the same day, but with a giant gap in between?
How do the logistics of hiring a mover work when I need to close my sale and my purchase in the same day (from Chicago to the suburbs, if that matters)? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 6:22 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the best way to geotag blog posts?
What's the easiest way to geotag a blog post in MT4? Are there any decicated plugins, or any map-based technologies, that could make it easier for people who want to do it?
posted by ascullion at 6:06 AM PST - 2 comments

It's like Sex in the City, without the sex and in Chicago
[ChicagoFilter] What are some inexpensive things for two 30-something, childless women to do in Chicago this Sunday, May 18? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 5:54 AM PST - 12 comments

The Aerogramme Over The Sea
Can Air Mail envelopes be used for domestic mail? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 5:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Where should we go in Eastern Tennessee?
Help me find little-known destinations in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area, please! [more inside]
posted by TrinaSelwyn at 5:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Prilosec needs a 4 month break?
Prilosec and Zantac. News reports that using Zantac correlates with mental decline have me paying more attention to previous guidance from my doctor that Prilosec would be appropriate for me, but the directions on the package are pretty odd. Do people really take Prilosec OTC for 14 days, not take it for 120 days, then rinse and repeat? That's what the directions say, but it's really hard to believe. Why are the directions like that? Is it supposed to be working that whole time?
posted by NortonDC at 5:34 AM PST - 16 comments

checkmate.
Me and a friend want to play chess on a roller coaster this weekend. In Coney Island. Please help. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 5:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Software free Blackberry/Outlook Sync
Is there any way of syncing an outlook calender with a blackberry 8100 without installing Desktop Manager on the (locked down) laptop? [more inside]
posted by brettski at 5:09 AM PST - 1 comments

Peppercake Orchestra?
Who are the Peppercake Orchestra? [more inside]
posted by ninebelow at 4:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can we find a large selection of triathlon wetsuits in New York City?
Where can we try on lots of triathlon wetsuits in New York City? On Saturday? [more inside]
posted by rdn at 4:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Help! I'm stuck with a girl I can't stand!
I'm stuck in a relationship I shouldn't be in and don't know how I can end it. [more inside]
posted by lukeo05 at 3:53 AM PST - 25 comments

Look-and-Feel
Is there a database of looks-and-feels out there? I grok that the term itself is pretty broad. Is someone trying to map the feature space of all ls-n-fs? [more inside]
posted by Taksi Putra at 3:47 AM PST - 1 comments

Why won't my iPod sync?
Why won't my iPod sync? 5th generation 60GB, Leopard 7.5.2, iTunes 7.6.2. Sync begins normally and hangs after a few minutes. [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice at 3:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Is goon (box wine) made from fish eggs?
Does goon (box wine) actually contain fish eggs? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella at 3:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Can't calculate paired T-value in Visual Basic
Visual Basic and Excel: How do I replicate the results of excel’s internal function for paired dual tailed t-test in Visual Basic. I tried and failed, where did I go wrong? [more inside]
posted by JeNeSaisQuoi at 2:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Where do I get a tiny water dish
I want a pet rock for my cubicle. Obtaining the rock isn't a problem, however I also want a mini water dish for it. Don't ask. Anyone know where I could obtain a 1" or so pet water dish?
posted by hungrysquirrels at 2:33 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me identify Jon Stewart's accent
Help me identify Jon Stewart's accent [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 1:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Your art was the prettiest art of all the art...
How do I mount my enormous masonite painting? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 12:25 AM PST - 9 comments

What song is this?
What folky song is about the things we used to say/do, but don't say/do anymore? [more inside]
posted by brownbat at 12:14 AM PST - 10 comments

May 15
What was this crazy statue I saw in NYC in 1999?
What was this giant, crazy statue I saw in New York City? It was near Columbia University in 1999. [more inside]
posted by jtron at 9:56 PM PST - 5 comments

What should I do to replicate the looks of Trinny and Susannah?
Regarding "What Not To Wear": What do you think are the tricks to the particularly glowing hair and make-up styling on the hosts Trinny and Susannah? [more inside]
posted by lottie at 9:56 PM PST - 16 comments

MacBook fan trouble
Why does my 13" MacBook's fan start running full speed when watching online video from sites such as youtube? Is there anything I can do about it?
posted by alitorbati at 9:40 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I set more reasonable expectations for relationships?
How do I set more reasonable expectations for relationships? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 9:30 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I find cool screen savers that are safe for download?
Help me find a cool screen saver that won't infect my computer. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 9:04 PM PST - 11 comments

is there a problem cutting pwer to a laser printer?
Is there an issue with putting a laser printer (Lexmark c522) onto a simple timer that just kills the power at night, and lets it power up again in the morning? Am I going to damage components significantly?
posted by dripped at 8:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Why can't Godfrey work the trackpad?
Why, when I drag the fleshy (i.e., not furry) part of my cat's paw across the trackpad on my MacBook, does the cursor not respond? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 8:50 PM PST - 46 comments

Online pharmacy for Canada?
I am in Canada, looking to get provigil or modalert from an online pharmacy that delivers to Canada. Anyone know a reputable one?
posted by cascando at 8:49 PM PST - 5 comments

But once you introduce a third, you've gone too far...
So I was listening to NPR talk about how the California Supreme Court rejected a ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional. During the conversation, the guests for both sides of the issue kept coming back to polygamy. Opponents of gay marriage were all "well, this opens things up to craziness - like polygamy", while the proponents were all trying to distance their movement from polygamy, a la "well, this makes sure it's only marriage between two people... so no polygamy". Why do people have a problem with polygamy (of the non-FLDS-child-bride variety)?
posted by jytsai at 8:25 PM PST - 62 comments

Hush Puppy
Why doesn't my puppy make a sound? [more inside]
posted by owtytrof at 8:17 PM PST - 20 comments

SOHO network with DHCP and static routing?
In a home network, I'm using static routing on a router connected to my ISP connection, and added an additional router using DHCP. From the DHCP side, I'm able to connect to the internet, but am unable to reach any of the static addresses, nor can any of the static IPs reach through to the DHCP side. (How) can this be made to work? [more inside]
posted by Ickster at 8:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Help a college kid help college kids, online.
What would be some good practical web resources for college students? [more inside]
posted by clearly at 8:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Which Bike gets the new crankset?
MTBFilter: Which of my two bikes should get the new LX Hollowtech II Crankset I just bought and should I use an XTR Rear derailler on my commuter? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 7:33 PM PST - 14 comments

It just has a certain ring to it.
What would you call this style of engagement ring? And maybe, more importantly, can you tell who else actually makes them? [more inside]
posted by messylissa at 7:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Vectors, they're not just for graphics anymore
What are the good public health blogs? [more inside]
posted by dw at 7:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Am I a dual citizen?
Please help me determine if I am a dual citizen with the United States and Mexico. [more inside]
posted by alhadro at 7:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Best PDA for medical students?
The g/f is starting her hospital rotations in 2 months, and apparently they must have a PDA. Any med students/doctors care to recommend a make/model, or software for it once we pick one out? Thanks.
posted by R_Nebblesworth at 6:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a name for this style of art?
Is there a name for Satoshi Kitamura's art style in Creepy Crawly Song Book? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 6:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Can't finish anything.
How can I prevent myself from getting sick of something long enough to finish it? [more inside]
posted by Rhadamanthus at 6:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Who is this guy?
Anybody read Polish? Or know about Stan Nonin? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 5:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Cannot find "Creative Suite Color Settings" under edit in Bridge.
Cannot find "Creative Suite Color Settings" under edit in Bridge. [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 5:44 PM PST - 1 comments

Inserting XML into an HTML document
I wish to insert a namespaced XML document into an (X)HTML web page. The "XML Data Island" trick is verboten. There appears to be two ways of accomplishing this. Both continue to elude me. [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 5:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Name that number.
Sometime in the past two months, I came across a blog entry (I think) which asked for expressions for the "largest finite number" that could be submitted. Intuitively there is no such thing, but the piece toyed around with that idea. If I recall, there were few if any restrictions on the how the expression was written. Sorry I can't be more specific than that. I'm not interested in "all you have to do is add one" replies, only pointers to the site if the general parameters of the question are familiar to anyone
posted by Neiltupper at 5:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Which of Holst's Planets Sounds the Best?
Seeking the definitive recording of Gustav Holst's The Planets. [more inside]
posted by bach at 5:29 PM PST - 9 comments

The 90s weren't *all* grunge...
What movie defines the 90s? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 4:31 PM PST - 98 comments

I'm scared
what are the chances she's pregnant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:30 PM PST - 49 comments

My friend's car was stolen. Catch: by her husband.
Legalfilter: My friend's car was stolen. Catch: by her husband. What are her options? [more inside]
posted by reebear at 4:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Best route to get from the PCH / Santa Monica to LAX?
Best route to get from the PCH / Santa Monica to LAX? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich at 4:17 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the difference between a geek, a nerd and a dork?
What's the difference between a geek, a nerd and a dork? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 3:33 PM PST - 44 comments

Why'd my reliable mac crash so violently?
My 15" Powerbook from 2003, running OS X.3, just froze up and demanded that I restart my computer. Why? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 3:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Do I have complete copyright over an image of a band's setlist?
What copyright restrictions may or may not be placed on me of a picture I took of a band's setlist during a live, public performance? [more inside]
posted by ozreiuosn at 3:12 PM PST - 31 comments

Recommend Industrial Hot Glue Guns
Hot glue: I need a REALLY INDUSTRIAL hot glue gun. Something that puts the glue out like nobodies business. Something that won't make my fingers tired either if I'm doing it all day, if possible. I can spend up to $150. What works?
posted by Murray M at 3:04 PM PST - 5 comments

It's not me
There is someone with or using my name at one of the Yahoo services to access Asian porn sites. [more inside]
posted by mrleec at 2:31 PM PST - 30 comments

My own hotspot...
What is the legality of providing free/cheap wifi to neighbors? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 2:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Salary history on a job application: Where and how?
Salary history questions: the job listing requests resume, cover letter and salary history. What is the most elegant/least awkward way to list the history? Also, I've been a freelance consultant for several years, what is the best way for the self-employed to list a salary? [more inside]
posted by birdlady at 1:38 PM PST - 9 comments

How to contact my estranged father for documents required for Irish Citizenshp?
I recently learned I am eligible for Irish citizenship because my grandparents were born in Ireland. I need to obviously prove my relation to them, which is where things get sticky. I am related to them by way of my somewhat estranged father. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Headache-free travel between Croatia and Germany?
Planning a trip to Europe in September: the plan is to visit my girlfriend's family in Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) for about a week, and then head up to Berlin for another week. What's the best way configure our travel plans? [more inside]
posted by freudenschade at 1:28 PM PST - 7 comments

How to become a DB Admin in two weeks?
How to become a DB Admin in two weeks? [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words at 1:26 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the name of the short story about a Vietnam draft dodger?
Help me remember the name of this short story about a draft dodger in Vietnam. [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 1:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I file a claim for hail damage?
My car has a few dings in it from a hailstorm last night. Should I file a claim with my insurance? [more inside]
posted by stovenator at 1:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Why does my MacBook keep waking itself up?
My MacBook keeps waking itself up from sleep mode. Sometimes it gets "stuck" in a loop doing this over and over. It happens even with the screen closed. Any idea what's going on? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 1:05 PM PST - 8 comments

They couldn't have asked us LAST week?
Wedding Music filter: My sister and I (both mezzos) have been tagged to sing at our cousin's wedding. This Sunday. Please help us find a song that is a) a duet, b) that we can both hit the notes on, c) is something we know or is easy to learn, and d) is not stupid. Does such a song exist?
posted by cereselle at 1:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Coloring an OSX Terminal window based on an ssh connection?
My career involves me using OSX Terminal ssh'd into other servers. Often, I have multiple ssh connections open, sometimes two or three to the same server. I can't bring myself to use tabs. Is there anything that can automatically be done to automatically color/title my terminal windows once I ssh into them? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 12:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Adult diagnosis of a learning disability and where to go from here
Adult diagnosis of a learning disability and where to go from here [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me improve an employee's writing skills.
Looking for recommendations for English grammar workbook(s) designed for adults who did not finish high school years ago. [more inside]
posted by bartinpc at 12:29 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I survive another day at my job?
How do I survive my last 3 months at work? I work in a dungeon with no windows, and lots of crazy people. More below. [more inside]
posted by All.star at 12:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Another Private Parts Question
I'm not talking about bread... yeast question inside. [more inside]
posted by jrichards at 12:16 PM PST - 22 comments

Can Firefox menus use different fonts to display items in different languages?
Can Firefox menus use different fonts to display items in different languages? [more inside]
posted by trig at 12:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Songs about America
I'm driving cross country and am looking to make a mix CD for the road using songs about America. Ask Metafilter has previously tackled similar questions dealing with songs about Los Angeles, California, New York, New Jersey and even Europe, but what are some of the best songs about America?
posted by DoorFrame at 12:08 PM PST - 41 comments

The whole world's watching the cameraman
Does anyone know of an online source for what movies are filming at any given time in New Orleans (and where)? [more inside]
posted by lionelhutz5 at 11:07 AM PST - 10 comments

How can you detect arsenic in soil from a satellite?
How is it possible to detect arsenic in soil from a satellite? [more inside]
posted by destro at 10:50 AM PST - 3 comments

What's this song?
What's the song in this trailer? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 10:43 AM PST - 1 comments

Typing this question hurt more than it really should.
Can someone recommend an ergonomics consultant in Toronto who will work with a home office? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 10:38 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the best way to get dogs and cats to live together harmoniously?
What's the best way to get dogs and cats to live together harmoniously? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 10:36 AM PST - 20 comments

Where should I look for a boyfriend.
I've recently come out of denial/uncertainty and realize I'm gay, I live in Adelaide, I don't really dig the club scene that much, but I want to meet other gay men. How do I find them? [more inside]
posted by Basalisk at 10:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Experience with a Spinal Cord Stimulator?
Anyone with experience with a Spinal Cord Stimulator? [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 at 10:21 AM PST - 7 comments

What makes raw eggs dangerous?
What is the relationship between the age of a consumed raw egg and the risk of food poisoning, and what factors influence it - in general, but also specifically to salmonella? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 10:20 AM PST - 5 comments

What is this novel called?!
Please help me identify this French novel! [more inside]
posted by nonmerci at 10:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for rooming/boarding near Catonsville Maryland.
Looking for rooming/boarding near Catonsville Maryland. [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 10:12 AM PST - 1 comments

Money and banking for American expats.
Expats, particularly Americans abroad, how do you manage your money? [more inside]
posted by Mr Bunnsy at 9:47 AM PST - 19 comments