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June 30
Do I fix my sister's iMac?
I can fix my sister's iMac, but she doesn't want me to. Do I go behind her back and get it running again? [more inside]
posted by hellojed at 9:02 PM PST - 29 comments

Obamamania, in person
How would I go about attending a political fund-raiser? I'd like to attend one of those $1,000-a-plate political dinners that I keep hearing about. How do I get an invite? [more inside]
posted by purpleclover at 8:57 PM PST - 6 comments

My neck is retreating into my chest!
I'm 28 years old, thin, and my jawline is slowly disappearing into my neck. Please help me reverse this trend before I end up looking like George Lucas. [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 8:34 PM PST - 18 comments

.1 plus .1 equals what??
How best to circumvent the limitations of floating point arithmetic in Javascript? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat at 8:17 PM PST - 16 comments

shine on your crazy tourmaline (or whatever)
When I was a kid living in La Mesa, California, my mother got to poke around in the tailings at local tourmaline and mica mines as part of weekend classes we took at the natural history museum. Are there any kinds of similar gemstone mines anywhere near where I live now - Sacramento, California - that offer similar opportunities?
posted by luriete at 8:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Intellectual property and marriage
Intellectual property question. A married couple are both coders who have the same software skills (let's say in coding OCR software). One spouse runs Company A (sole proprietorship, OCR software). The other works for Company B which is now contracting with Company C to work on their OCR code, so that spouse is being required by Company B to sign an NDA (no noncompete) which protects Company C's intellectual property. [more inside]
posted by tinkertown at 8:04 PM PST - 8 comments

1930s Hawaii address, where is it?
How do I find the modern geographical location of an old Hawaii address that no longer exists? [more inside]
posted by zippy at 7:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Fishes upon fishes? Allegorical iconography?
What, if anything, is this picture from the comic book Castle Waiting based on? [more inside]
posted by shirobara at 7:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Behold the MT-10,000
Messin with electronics.. filter. I'd like to slightly circuit-bend my Casiotone MT-100 - creating a switch that cuts one circuit when power is applied. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 6:48 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I make my wireless router play nice with my VOIP adaptor?
What's the best way to get my wireless router (Linksys WRT54G2) to play nice with my Vonage VOIP adaptor (Motorola VT 1005)? Frequently when I'm trying to upload somewhat sizeable files (e.g., like a minute-long movie to youtube), I lose my connection and have to reboot. [more inside]
posted by chinston at 6:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Have you kicked the habit in a group?
Has anyone successfully used Nicotine Anonymous to quit smoking? Tell me your story... [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 6:42 PM PST - 24 comments

Hivemind provides tech support herein
An old rusty bike: Opportunity for cheap travel, or just junk? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 6:30 PM PST - 20 comments

Nautical term for "stir crazy"?
Is there a sailor's equivalent to the phrases "stir-crazy" and "cabin fever"? [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 5:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Blogs that teach?
Blogs that teach? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 4:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Weird sound in my car's AC
When I turn on my air conditioning in my car (or any source of air; like the heat, etc.) I can hear a flapping sound, like a plastic bag or something. I'm wondering if anyone knows what that might be caused by, how to fix, where to look, or who to ask. Thanks!
posted by socialpsychologist at 4:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Some questions about the volcano vaporizer
My friend is considering buying the volcano vaporizer. I should first note that price isn't an issue, he's splitting the cost with a few of his friends. He's also a purely recreational user looking for the most potent high he can get. Some of his questions are below: [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 3:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Please help me take my dream job without going broke!
Today I was offered my dream job. But it's only 20 hrs., no benefits. I told my boss at my current, full-time job (which has great benefits) and asked if I could stay on and reduce my hours to part time. He considered it and asked me to write a proposal. How can I convince him? [more inside]
posted by trillian at 3:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Traveling tommorow and have lost my photo id. What to do?
I have likely lost my drivers license and am traveling tomorrow morning. I'm with the family and am planning on contacting the airline and arriving early. But need some advice on what else to do to make sure I make it home. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 3:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Books like "The a Monster at the End of This Book"?
Can you recommend any children's books along the lines of The Monster at the End of This Book? I'm looking for funny books, for kids, where the characters know they're in books. (This is to entertain two goofy kids, ages five and two.)
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:28 PM PST - 11 comments

store in a DRY place -- storage of pills in rainy season
What is the best way to store pills when one is faced with 90-90% humidity everyday because of rainy season? [more inside]
posted by dbooster at 3:12 PM PST - 9 comments

The best things in life are free...
My 13-month CD is just about up, and the current intrest rates are TERRIBLE! How should I invest 10k? [more inside]
posted by veryhappyheidi at 2:45 PM PST - 25 comments

What are some ways I can improve a digital library?
I'm in the process of revamping a digital library website and I have a few questions about how to link my resources into both Google Scholar and the academic/archival community at large. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 2:42 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the best scooter for me?
I would like to buy a scooter to save money on fuel costs, and to limit the miles I put on my relatively new car. I don't want a bike, even though I know the Honda Rebel is $3k. I weigh 165, for reference. What scooters should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by santaliqueur at 2:24 PM PST - 22 comments

What happened with my cell phone Saturday night?
Did someone hack my cell phone or somehow use my number? Do I need to worry about my phone being compromised or something? Someone left a voicemail for my friend and there's no outgoing call on my phone nor would anyone have had access to it (it was at my house, we were asleep.) When I checked my phone log, I found that a few minutes earlier I had a missed call from someone who does not have my number and denies having called me. [more inside]
posted by palegirl at 2:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Screen scraping etiquette
Looking to start a 20k+ request screen scraping project, what sort of guidelines (in addition to those I plan to implement) do I need to follow to avoid having the hounds sent out after me. [more inside]
posted by NormandyJack at 2:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Neighbor problem
How would you answer a neighbor who doesn't like the color of your backyard shed and leaves you a note saying "please repaint it." [more inside]
posted by quintno at 1:55 PM PST - 83 comments

MySQL Sorting
Can I combine and sort MySQL search results? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 1:48 PM PST - 4 comments

How to invest $5,000 for my family's future?
I am a grad student, married with two kids—we're pretty broke. I just got an unexpected $5,000. What's the best thing to do with it to help my family? [more inside]
posted by Elizabethse at 1:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Would you like some more tax sir?
Any Canadian graduate students at an American university to help clear this mess up? According to other CDN graduate students and a previous MeFi post we're not to be taxed on our stipends by Canada. However, despite much letter writing and form filling (i.e. form NR73) the Canadian Revenue Agency insists that I file my taxes. So what exactly did you do to get free of them? [more inside]
posted by Smegoid at 1:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Articles on athletes earning less than you think
Every once in a while a mainstream newspaper or magazine does an article on how little the 100th ranked athlete (or lower ranked athletes) makes in a particular sport. I can distinctly remember reading about stories of nascar teams barely scraping by but can't seem to find these types of articles anymore, anyone know of any? Thanks.
posted by wangarific at 1:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Turn that frown upside down
What are some activities to do with an injured friend who needs to get out of the house? [more inside]
posted by handabear at 12:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Is there an official name for a book's "opening quote"?
What do you call the opening quotes that often preface a novel? Many thrillers, mysteries, and what-have-you include a single quote in the book's front matter, something to capture the story's essence or set the stage. Sometimes these quotes are literary, and sometimes they're drawn from pop culture figures. But other than "opening quote," is there an official name? All the other pages and parts of a book have a formal name, but what about the quote?
posted by jackypaper at 12:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Puppy training 101.
Advice needed on a new boxer puppy--best training book and suggestions for training treats especially. [more inside]
posted by Mavri at 12:40 PM PST - 23 comments

How to get out of my apartment?
How do I get out of the Brooklyn sublet I just moved into without pissing off my other tenants? [more inside]
posted by whitedoor at 12:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Best wildflowers in Colorado?
ColoradoWildflowerFilter: Two guys, four days, a crapload of camera gear, last gasp before one guy gets married. We plan to be in Aspen first thing Friday morning, and need to leave the state by noon (preferably just after sunrise) on Monday. Where are the best stands of wildflowers *right*now*? [more inside]
posted by notsnot at 12:28 PM PST - 2 comments

How to switch careers from Web developer to Mobile developer
What is the best way to get a position doing mobile programming given that I have 9 years of experience using Microsoft technologies (ASP.NET, C#, SQL Server)?
posted by jeff_w_welch at 12:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Are there any good online guides to hard drive partitioning?
Are there any good online guides to hard drive partitioning? I've always had a single hard drive partition, but since I'm getting a new system together I'd be interested to hear any suggestions regarding best practices, etc. [more inside]
posted by anticlock at 12:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Why is my multi-vitamin making me vomit?
Why is my multi-vitamin making me vomit? It took me a little while to figure out that that was what was doing it; I only recently started taking them and don't remember to take it every day. Finally I saw the pattern and stopped taking them. Then, this morning, I noticed the jar and thought, "Oh, that couldn't have been it!" and took one and, ten minutes later, threw it back up. What gives? I've never had a problem taking them in the past. [more inside]
posted by smoakes at 12:05 PM PST - 29 comments

Seed sellers in Chicago
Where can I buy quality seeds, specially for herbs, in Chicago? I'm looking for sellers that are within city limits. Thanks!
posted by sk381 at 11:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Enough is enough! I have had it with these mf'ing guitars on this mf'ing plane!"
I'm going on vacation and I'd love to take my guitar with me on the flights. What experiences have you had since the last question (October 2005) on this problem? Experiences involving United Airlines and U.S. Airways especially relevant. [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth at 11:42 AM PST - 12 comments

In search of coffee on the cape
I'm looking for a good cup of coffee on Cape Cod. [more inside]
posted by pretzel at 11:30 AM PST - 7 comments

decoding 10bit video
Decoding a 10bit video file ain't easy... [more inside]
posted by shino-boy at 11:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me Navigate my Blog
Wordpress Filter: Can I use a click-map on my header graphic for navigation instead of the text-only navbar that Wordpress makes you use? I have a new blog I'm starting and I would like to make my navigation links for each "PAGE" show up on my header graphic. However, I want to make them graphical to fit the theme of the header page. Is there a way to hide the text from the native navbar and make clickable links that are on my header file? [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 11:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Crafty crafts?
I need a craft that has tangible results! [more inside]
posted by emptyinside at 10:46 AM PST - 44 comments

Invasive Root System
I have an aspen tree in my back yard. It's beautiful, but is it too close? [more inside]
posted by maremare at 10:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Some hypermiling questions
A couple of questions about hypermiling: 1. Have there been any studies that prove that driving on the highway with the windows open significantly decreases gas mileage? If so, where can I find them? 2. Have there been any studies that prove that using the air conditioner in the car significantly decreases gas mileage? If so, where can I find them? 3. Does shutting off my car (2006 Corolla) at stop lights/signs decrease the life of my car's starter (or any other parts)? Thanks!
posted by GernBlandston at 10:39 AM PST - 20 comments

Please save my sanity from PowerPoint 2007.
I do PowerPoint design for a living and -- finally, begrudgingly -- I am switching to PowerPoint 2007. So far, do not like. So, a two-part question: 1. Can anyone suggest a text or video tutorial on moving to PowerPoint 2007 for 2003 power users? 2. I've seen some "make PowerPoint 2007 work like PowerPoint 2003" add-ins. Does anyone have experience/recommendations for any of those? Thanks!
posted by SampleSize at 10:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Been to Jones Beach Hotel?
Any information about the Jones Beach Hotel in Wantagh NY? [more inside]
posted by tonci at 10:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Need Music, man
I need a way to purchase music -- what's your favorite method? I have certain things that I look for -- see inside: [more inside]
posted by crapples at 9:40 AM PST - 26 comments

I'm looking for a USB hub-like device that would recognize one thumb-drive on multiple PCs it's connected to.
I'm looking for a USB hub-like device that would share one thumb-drive on multiple PCs it's connected to. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 9:34 AM PST - 6 comments

iPod 3G video stuttering
Please help stop my iPod nano 3G's persistent video stuttering: [more inside]
posted by bbranden1 at 8:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Am I being overly zealous about "proper SSL implementation?"
Am I being overly zealous about "proper SSL implementation?" [more inside]
posted by aydeejones at 8:49 AM PST - 24 comments

How to store hard drives?
Is there a foolproof way of storing internal hard drives for external (hot swappable) use? [more inside]
posted by speek at 8:44 AM PST - 9 comments

If I think it's a scam, it is a scam -right?
I'm pretty damn sure I'm being scammed. Am I? This question regards L.A and the UK [more inside]
posted by ob at 8:36 AM PST - 25 comments

How to relate to my parents during their divorce?
My parents are getting a divorce. How do I support them? How do I relate to them without it being terribly weird on me? How do I stop worrying about them so much? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 8:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Computer Freezes but mouse still moves
My PC has been crashing - I can move the mouse - but everything else is dead as a doornail. Apps don't respond, clock doesn't change etc. As though the display is frozen in time. Any ideas?
posted by zeoslap at 8:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Downtown Minneapolis bar/restaurant for a small get together with my adult family - Post wedding proposal
Downtown Minneapolis bar/restaurant for a small get together with my adult family - Post wedding proposal [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Helpful people/info in Woburn, we needs it!
We are moving to Woburn, MA and need helping finding a variety of services there. [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 8:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Online Driver History Report?
I was wondering if there was an online service/database where I can download a copy of my driving record quickly, kinda like car fax but instead of vehicle history report it would be my personal driving history. The only places I've found online are very sketchy/scammy. [more inside]
posted by rampy at 8:08 AM PST - 3 comments

How DO you backup Windows XP?
My mom and my brother are looking for a simple, solid online backup solution for their Windows XP computers. I know that there are sites like Carbonite, Mozy, and Crashplan. What I don't know is how good or simple any of these sites are or if there are others that are better that I just don't know about. Also, how heavily does the background services these site's software install impact system performance?
posted by Ikazuchi at 7:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Why is there a | in $?
Why do so many currency symbols contain a vertical or horizontal slash? [more inside]
posted by jepler at 7:31 AM PST - 7 comments

VTIVX FOF FTW?
What, if anything, is a "Target Retirement" fund like VTIVX missing? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 7:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Customizing a Wordpress function
Wordpress/PHP question. I'm working on a Wordpress theme and want to use an algorithm to alter some of the HTML it emits. I've got a general idea of how to do this, and could probably manage a brutish implementation on my own, but my PHP-fu is weak and there is probably a better way. [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 6:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me bring my comic to life.
Help me bring my comic to life. [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 6:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there an easy way to share custom Acrobat stamps?
Adobe Acrobat Professional (8.0): Is there any way to distribute stamps from one machine to another? How about simply sorting them? [more inside]
posted by wheat at 6:16 AM PST - 2 comments

By the binky's red glare, diapers bursting in air...
Where near Boston can I find kid-friendly fireworks display? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 6:12 AM PST - 5 comments

How to reward from afar
What is a good gift for a bunch of web developers in India? [more inside]
posted by pencroft at 6:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Help Me Sell My Comics
How can I optimize the liquidation of my not so exciting comics collection? Difficulty: I'm moving to the UK in 3 months. [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter at 5:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Living at Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in Paris?
Tell me everything about staying at the Tumbleweed Hotel above Shakespeare & Co. in Paris. [more inside]
posted by Drohan at 5:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Can anyone help me find the unfindable phone jack?
The phone jack of myth and legend: I'm looking for "A 4-conductor jack with Type 43A mounting bracket attached." In white, not hideous horrible old school beige. [more inside]
posted by Teira at 4:25 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm forever blowing bubbles... and wishing I wasn't
How do I reduce the amount of bubbles in soft drinks?.... um, you might call them sodas or pop or aerated beverages.... [more inside]
posted by taff at 3:36 AM PST - 24 comments

George Carlin's Supreme Court defense
Where can I find a transcript of what George Carlin told the Supreme Court? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 2:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Cigarette Penalties in NYC
What are the penalties for unlicensed cigarette vendors selling untaxed (likely imported) cigarettes in NYC? [more inside]
posted by ifranzen at 12:43 AM PST - 6 comments

June 29
I want us to get along
I want to have a normal sibling relationship with my youngest sister. How can I begin to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:39 PM PST - 30 comments

Follow my dreams or follow the money?
I'm 33 years old, make a low six figure income, married, no kids. Up for big promotion. Is it time to give up my dreams of being a writer? LOTS more inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:38 PM PST - 53 comments

How can I get data off a bad hard drive?
I am having a very unusual problem with my hard drive and CANNOT recover any data from it after trying numerous methods. Please help me with your technical expertise. [more inside]
posted by deafmute at 11:28 PM PST - 7 comments

web design term project ideas?
Idea Filter: I need to create a six-page website for a term project in web design at uni (intro level). What to do it on? [more inside]
posted by tamarack at 11:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Kill autostart programs
While trying to speed-up my computer, I noticed in task-manager several helper programs auto-start on start-up. I rarely use the programs that they are helping, is there any way to keep them from auto-starting (not from within, something to actually keep it from starting). [more inside]
posted by Deflagro at 10:10 PM PST - 13 comments

What to do in Chicago?
So we've got one day to spend in Chicago and we want to make the most of it... [more inside]
posted by vitrum at 10:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Are there any Jive and/or Swing clubs in NYC?
Are there any Jive and/or Swing clubs in NYC? [more inside]
posted by wildrain2008 at 9:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Where are these quotes about reputation from?
[Quotation source-filter] I've found many references on the Internet to two similar quotes about losing a good reputation. The quotes are attributed to Warren Buffett and Benjamin Franklin, but I haven't been able to pin down what the original source is. The full text of the quotes are inside. [more inside]
posted by eisenkr at 8:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for novel-esque non-fiction books.
I love Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City. It's a non-fiction book about Chicago in 1893 which reads much like a novel. I'd like to read other books written in the same novel-esque style about some other cities or historic events. Know of any novel-like non-fiction reads?
posted by melodykramer at 7:39 PM PST - 47 comments

How is a steady-state weight calculated?
I am A years old, am H inches tall and I weigh W pounds. I burn a total of B calories per day on average (that's including exercise as well as just daily living and sleeping). I consume E calories per day. What would my steady-state weight be expected to be, and how long would it take to reach it?
posted by zaebiz at 7:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Love = Love
I once found a sticker that said something to the effect of "those who would say that any kind of love is wrong, don't really know anything about love at all" ... I would like to find it again, can you help? [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet at 7:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Kinder Fee Per Finder, Keeper
What's a fair finder's fee for someone who sent me a buyer for my used car? The mechanic who services our family's cars is a super nice guy, and does a terrific job as well. Recently we mentioned to him that we were selling one of our cars (a 1998 Camry, if it matters), and he mentioned it to a number of his other clients until he found someone who was interested in buying it. The deal went down today, and I'd love to toss a few bills his way to thank him for his help. What's an appropriate sum and/or percentage? I was thinking $300, which is about 5% of the sale price of the car. What do you guys think? Oh, and I'd also like to say that I'm REALLY proud of the title I came up with for this AskMe. Thankyouverymuch.
posted by AngerBoy at 7:09 PM PST - 20 comments

Vietnam War Songs.
What are some of the best/most relevant songs about the Vietnam War or capture the sentiments of that era? [more inside]
posted by clearly at 7:01 PM PST - 38 comments

Lost Colony, Lost Title...
Science-Fiction-Novel-Filter: Lost colony of Galactic Empire, in which a man is dispatched to the planet with an automated legged probe. There is a technology on the planet that is perceived as magic(?) to the natives... [more inside]
posted by strangelove at 6:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Arts and Crafts with a Science Twist?
I need help coming up with ideas for ~30 min science-related arts and crafts activities for kids aged 3-17 in a pretty limited environment. [more inside]
posted by liesbyomission at 6:28 PM PST - 26 comments

My "current" problem...
So I'm installing a new dishwasher. I've yanked the power cable from the old one (not paying a bit of attention as to how it was connected, of course), and now I haven't a clue as to how to attach it to the new one. [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne at 6:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Help Me Survive Windows Mobile 5!
While waiting for the new iPhone, I sold my old one. Now I'm back on a Cingular (HTC) 8125 with Windows Mobile 5 (it can't be upgraded to 6!) And I want to make the best of it without spending any money. I'm on a Mac, so I need to figure out the best way to deal with that, too. [more inside]
posted by Gideon at 5:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Which cellphone, plan, carrier combo for international traveler?
Cell phone - Unhappy with tmobile coverage in the US. Need advice on a carrier, plan and (smartish) phone that can be used in other countries with local SIM cards. [more inside]
posted by lapsang at 5:55 PM PST - 3 comments

will there be any stars?
Smart playlists on my iTunes has stopped working. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 5:48 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I face the Other Woman?
How do I face the Other Woman? [more inside]
posted by deadlypenguin at 5:40 PM PST - 36 comments

All sleeping dogs die.
Dying dog. How do I make him comfortable? [more inside]
posted by kldickson at 5:37 PM PST - 25 comments

That's not logical
In Logic 8, when I try to import an audio (aif) file exported from Ableton Live, Logic slows down the audio file significantly. [more inside]
posted by god particle at 5:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Where are the discounted games?
Why does a club similar to BMG or Columbia not exist for PS3 games? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 5:21 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm not fat I'm husky
What should I change about my current diet and exercise regimen to see some success in shedding fat? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 4:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Please help with an impromptu Nova Scotia/PEI trip
My girlfriend and I are planning a somewhat impromptu driving trip to PEI and Nova Scotia - maybe involving camping... [more inside]
posted by o0dano0o at 4:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Fino a go go
Satisfy my lust for Fino. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 4:34 PM PST - 4 comments

London, Dublin, Cork, Here I come!
TravelFilter: Things to do in London, Dublin, Cork. Places to stay in Dublin and Cork. Indian Restaurant recommendations in London. General restaurant recommendations for either London, Dublin, or Cork [more inside]
posted by majikstreet at 4:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Recommend me some Australian and Canadian comedy!
Similar to this thread, please recommend some Canadian and Australian comedy! [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack at 4:00 PM PST - 21 comments

What can we do about the greedy pigeons in our garden?
We love watching wild birds coming to eat the seeds we put out in our garden but we're always just invaded by boring pigeons that hoover up the lot. How can we encourage more smaller, more interesting birds and discourage what our children call the "big fat pig-o pigeons"? [more inside]
posted by monster max at 3:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Central air conditioner issues on a rental house in Texas.
Air conditioner puts out more water than cool air. Ideas on what two renters can do? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 3:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Screenshots into b&w LaTeX Figures
How do I best prepare color .png screenshots for publication as figures in a LaTeX document that will be printed in b&w conference proceedings? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 3:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Six hours in Vancouver airport
My brother is taking a cheap flight from England to visit us in Seattle, which has a stop in Vancouver (YVR) for six hours. Is there anything taht can be done within that time that's worth doing? Would it actually be possible to get out of the airport? Or should I just tell him to bring a book?
posted by Artw at 3:07 PM PST - 32 comments

Comfort(er) cotton or wool?
Buying a new comforter: cotton or wool? [more inside]
posted by Sagres at 2:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I buy Miffy/Nijntje stuff?
Where can I purchase baby clothing featuring Miffy (Nijntje)? I am near Boston, Massachusetts in the United States of America, and have access to the Internet. I will also probably travel to Montreal before I need the clothing, in case there is a shop there that will best satisfy my Miffy needs
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Proper Lasagna consists of RED & WHITE sauce, not PINK.
We love lasagna. But my white sauce mixes with my red sauce and it all ends up looking pink. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 1:10 PM PST - 34 comments

How to find an August sublet in Seattle?
I'm moving to Seattle! How can I find a sublet for August? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 1:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Moving, and have 3 urgent questions, so anyway, about Pinot Grigio
SO setting the more pressing questions aside, I'm having an evening of wine and conversation with my former educational director and always friend...Wine is the libation of choice... [more inside]
posted by dawson at 1:03 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I remove this strange glue from my previously carpeted hardwood?
How do I remove this strange glue from my previously carpeted hardwood? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 12:37 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I tell people I'm not going to work in an office?
I am almost done with college. Since I've started, four separate times I've taken a semester off to study abroad, work overseas or do unorthodox things in the name of adventure. I've come to terms with myself and I know that this is I want out of life, and I know that when I graduate I'm not going to get a steady job with benefits or any of those other things that responsible people are supposed to do. How do I explain this to the people I care about in a way that makes them feel good about me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 AM PST - 39 comments

Help a gardening novice xeriscape his yard
I'd like to landscape my yard in a way that requires very little maintenance and water. [more inside]
posted by medpt at 11:38 AM PST - 16 comments

Is there any pointing backing up DVDs if you can download them?
Is there any point backing up my DVD collection if I could just download replacements? [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 11:36 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for information about either the Raleigh Woman’s Retroglide NX3 or Coasting Bike.
Looking for information about either the Raleigh Woman’s Retroglide NX3 or Coasting Bike. I haven’t ridden in oh, nearly 30 years. And this is the sort of bike that I’d be most comfortable on, I believe. This is for going to the grocery store, library, mail box, possibly on paved trails through the local nature center. I’m perfectly willing to spend the money on something that will last, but would love to know if anyone else has purchased either model and what they thought of it. [more inside]
posted by korej at 11:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Need access to secret NYC bars/speakeasy. Please hope me.
There are hidden and secret bars in NYC (Manhattan) and there are really secret. Some need phone numbers. I need your help. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 10:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Overcoming a Human Roadblock
I guess the question should really be, "how to overcome a MENTAL roadblock that has taken the form of a person?" I guess my situation can be likened to those age-old stories of someone not being able to forgive a parent for a bad childhood, and blames the parent for his/her failures. But my story is about an unwelcomed competition from a cousin, one that instead of facing I've always cowered to, and have thus grown in resentment and have become stifled as I continue watcihng my life unfold in misery, Wondering how to reclaim a personal sense of power regardless of her presence in my life, even though it seems it keeps "haunting" me. [more inside]
posted by GeniPalm at 10:33 AM PST - 20 comments

is extremely low mileage bad
A friend has a 10-year old Lexus (with only ~50k miles on it!) that gets driven 2-4 miles per week. Is there any harm in this? (It is a second car for one person.) Oil would keep recirculating due to the weekly drive and the alternator should keep the battery charged. Right? I mean, if the car is fueled only once every 12-18 months can that be good for it? (sediment?) Would any other problems be likely?
posted by umlaut at 10:12 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I change my cats violent behavior?
How do I stop my cat from violently attacking strangers when they come over? [more inside]
posted by jModug at 10:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Electric dog fence
Electric dog fence: My parents have a large farm property next to a busy road and want to keep the dog from crossing into the road, but otherwise unrestricted on the rest of the property. Most electric dog fences I have seen form a large circle, with the dog inside the circle. However the property is too big for that, is it possible to have a wire just along the road, activated only when the dog crosses the line? [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 9:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Exactly how screwed am I?
How big of a deal is it to be looking for a job without a job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 AM PST - 12 comments

i'm (not) keeping my baby
i live in dallas-fort worth, texas and i'm getting an abortion. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 AM PST - 12 comments

I can't name my kid after you?
My cousin is changing her first name, but if I had a girl I always wanted to name her my cousin's old name...how do I broach this? I'm happy for her choosing a new name, but I'm wondering is her old name off the table for my own (not yet conceived) child? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Roast Beast on a BBQ?
Barbecue question here...Can we do a sirloin roast on a gas barbecue? I am sure we can but any tips? What about drippings? Is that possible? [more inside]
posted by Richat at 8:58 AM PST - 5 comments

"He's Just Not That Into You": Fact or Fiction?
Question for the guys: I've been reading "He's Just Not That Into You," which posits that if a guy is really interested in a woman, he'll pursue her relentlessly, no matter what else is going on in his life. Is this a valid theory? Has there ever been a time when you really liked a woman and were attracted to her, but didn't pursue a relationship because of external factors that had nothing to do with her (e.g. work problems, family illness, trauma of past relationship)?
posted by zembla3 at 8:36 AM PST - 59 comments

Microbrew kegs near Chicago?
What microbreweries within a hour or two's drive of Chicago will sell me a keg (half barrel) of a good, micro-brewed beer today or sometime this week? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark at 8:35 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I teach intermediate-advanced (spoken) ESL students how to write?
ESL teaching for non-professional teachers! Help me teach native Farsi speakers with intermediate to advanced spoken English skills how to write grammatically correct business English. Example correspondence and other documents needed. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 8:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Melodious Melodica in the Mystic Mist
Two questions about Argentina. First, does anyone know any good hot springs [termas] that are not exceedingly far from Buenos Aires. Second, does anyone know any music stores in Buenos Aires where I could acquire a melodica or other instruments for not too many pesos. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 8:25 AM PST - 1 comments

Elon University
Looking for information about Elon University in North Carolina. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 8:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Where-ever Shall We Go?
What's cool to see/visit in western Pennsylvania? [more inside]
posted by mmahaffie at 7:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Change searching in windows in Firefox
How can I change the behavior of searching in windows in Firefox? The Firefox search-in-browser bar is, and has always has been, awful. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 7:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Public Domain Photos
I'd like to find some public domain photos for a book proposal on urban sprawl and smart growth. [more inside]
posted by hamster at 7:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I watch BBC World News America free online?
Is there a way to watch BBC World News America from BBC America online for free?
posted by DarwinianDan at 7:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Anybody have ideas about a cheap way to get a couch from Austin to Fort Worth?
I found a great vintage Danish couch in Austin that I want to refinish. I need to get it to Fort Worth though. Any ideas on an inexpensive way to move it?
posted by Zebtron at 6:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Torrents are slowing down my Firefox!
Whenever I run Transmission on OSX, my Firefox browsing slows to a trickle, or simply stops altogether. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:54 AM PST - 11 comments

How to help a young man (dual Turkish-Pakistani citizenship) pursue his education in Western country?
How to help a young man (dual Turkish-Pakistani citizenship) pursue his education in Western country? [more inside]
posted by ebellicosa at 5:37 AM PST - 9 comments

mmm ... fizzy water.
Cool-lookin' soda siphons. Where to find? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 4:47 AM PST - 5 comments

give me a way not to lose my return open tix which are going to expire!
I have open return tix with EL AL which expire in two months. now the doc says i may not be able to fly... [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 3:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Is everybody who could be a supermodel actually a supermodel?
Are there a lot of people who are recognizably as beautiful as supermodels who are not supermodels? Or do the present mechanisms of celebrity reliably account for a majority of people who meet the criteria to be supermodels? [more inside]
posted by cgc373 at 2:42 AM PST - 31 comments

I AM THE VINDOW VASHER
Quick! What is the joke about the vindow vasher? My friends and I are going nuts! ..and looking up salmon PR)N.
posted by xorry at 2:10 AM PST - 11 comments

June 28
Cheap, sturdy, modular desks, can it be done?
Looking for a modular, reconfigurable desk--that will incorporate a miniature home theater, among other things. Your help needed. [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 11:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Whatever happened to Lamya?
Whatever happened to Lamya? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich at 11:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Stealing souls at an Austin-area coffee haunt. Location ideas?
I am a photographer in the Austin, TX area looking to do a shoot at a local coffeehouse. [more inside]
posted by bumbleintuit at 10:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it my responsibility to help my friend make peace with his family?
This question is about my best friend, who seems to get into trouble with his family regularly. Is it my responsibility to help him out? Or should he sort it out on his own? [more inside]
posted by cyanide at 10:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Sturdy walking shoes
Looking for great walking shoes in the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by scission at 10:14 PM PST - 5 comments

What should we do in San Diego over the 4th of July weekend?
My girlfriend and I are visiting San Diego over the 4th of July weekend. What should we do and see? Are there any special 4th of July events we shouldn't miss? And what about good vegetarian restaurants? [more inside]
posted by jacobm at 10:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find a way to move to Toronto from the US
Two Americans a year out of college, hoping to find some way to move to Toronto. Is this even plausible? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 9:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Is the waist a positive leading indicator?
The waist pinch: does it necessarily indicate flirting? [more inside]
posted by boy detective at 8:34 PM PST - 30 comments

I like cutting stuff off walls
Home Improvement Filter: why is it so hard to find an offset tool to remove stuff that is mounted on the wall? What do you use for that purpose? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 8:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Where can I get a comma or space-separated list of major U.S. cities?
Where can I get a comma or space-separated list of major U.S. cities? [more inside]
posted by bflora at 8:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Need a good interlinear editor...
I am looking for an interlinear editor or equivalent for managing large foreign language documents with their English translation. [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 7:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Homeward bound. Well, temporarily.
Sublet/short term (dog friendly) housing in Los Angeles. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 7:36 PM PST - 4 comments

I hate the smell of lighter fluid in the evening
My downstairs neighbors use lighter fluid for their charcoal grill and the fumes fill our condo if we aren't home. What are the specific health hazards of the fumes from charcoal lighter fluid? [more inside]
posted by bugsoup at 7:10 PM PST - 9 comments

What are the necessary and sufficient conditions for truly simpatico connections?
We've all encountered, if we are lucky and blessed, someone who transcends the definition of friend -- a truly simpatico soul (as in friend, not "soul mate"), someone with whom you can and sometimes do speak for hours, someone who "gets you." What accounts for the connection? Shared beliefs? Shared values? Shared aspirations Shared stage-of-life? It's got to be more than mere shared interests. [more inside]
posted by adamrobinson at 7:08 PM PST - 34 comments

Let he who be without sine...
Why are sine waves considered "pure" tones? Why do we consider sinusoids the building blocks of periodic functions? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 7:00 PM PST - 35 comments

Private Health Insurance Questions
Are some health insurance companies better than others? [more inside]
posted by mahamandarava at 6:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Home remedy for dog constipation?
What's wrong with my beagle? Constipation? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 6:27 PM PST - 8 comments

"In a world..."
God help me when I watch movies. I either lose track of the plot, the characters, or both. What can I do to follow along better? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 6:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Places to stay around Oxford, MI?
I'm thinking of going to a herb conference in Oxford, Michigan, the first weekend of August. It's hard to get a grip on what sorts of accommodations are around there, since there are so many little towns. Does anyone know the area, who can point me to a decent place to stay? Under $100 a night is preferable. Dog friendly a plus but not imperative. Thanks.
posted by Riverine at 6:21 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get my laptop to wake up?
My girlfriend's Dell 1501 laptop, running Vista, fully updated, won't wake up after it has been shut. How do you fix this? Thanks. [more inside]
posted by doppler68 at 6:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Not so itsy bitsy.
Where (online) can I find a toy camel spider or something that looks remotely similar? [more inside]
posted by thisisnotkatrina at 5:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Send a password over email
Send a password over email (to a non-techy client) without compromising its security. [more inside]
posted by bjtitus at 5:14 PM PST - 21 comments

True or false: blonde hair will regrow darker if plucked?
True or false: blonde hair will regrow darker if plucked? [more inside]
posted by Ampa at 5:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Plug-in LED lights for house outlets that make pretty colors?
Hive mind, do you know of a cheap, plug-in LED light that will wash the wall above it with pretty colors? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 4:45 PM PST - 8 comments

How to hookup 2 external monitors to a laptop with one VGA port?
What's the best way to setup 2 external monitors on a laptop with just one VGA port ? [more inside]
posted by greenknightwatch at 4:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find the name of a video I saw on Youtube about an animated pig
I want to find a video I saw on YouTube about a year ago. It was a short animation about a pig with a song in Spanish. What is it called? [more inside]
posted by comfortinsound at 4:24 PM PST - 1 comments

Democratic Fact-Check Smackdown
Please help me lay down the Democratic smackdown upon my fact-lacking Republican friends. [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 3:52 PM PST - 20 comments

What's in these pills?
I just got back from Mexico and bought what I hope is their version of Prempro. But now I'm not sure that what I have is the exact formula. I have estrogenos conjugados (Brand is Neradin). Does this have progesterone? Or just estrogen?
posted by what-i-found at 3:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Invasion of the browser snatchers!
I've been running Firefox 3 since Download Day. I'd like to update it with some settings from Firefox 2 that didn't automatically carry over during the installation process. Is there any way to (temporarily) revive my old copy of Firefox 2? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 3:07 PM PST - 6 comments

How to move quickly?
We're moving! Any tips on doing so quickly and efficiently? [more inside]
posted by clcapps at 2:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Wedding/anniversary gift ideas for hard-to-shop for couple!
Gift ideas for close friends' wedding / first anniversary, please! [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 2:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for business books!
I've just accepted a full time (telecommuting, FWIW) position with a Fortune 50 company. What are some must-read business books? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 2:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Sounds like Sevareid?
The name of an author whose name sounds like (but is not) Eric Sevareid? [more inside]
posted by humannaire at 1:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Why are the UC Berkeley treesitters protesters "declining to yield their urine?"
"protesters declined to yield their urine" WHY? [more inside]
posted by andythebean at 1:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Please reassure us about daycare...
Please reassure me about daycare... [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 12:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Phantom Foot Thumb
Does anyone else ever feel the presence of a phantom thumb jutting out of the side of their foot? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes at 12:03 PM PST - 21 comments

Can a Linux Logical Volume Manager be read by Windows?
Can an LVM partition be mounted by Windows XP or Vista? [more inside]
posted by lukemeister at 11:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Fireboard plus Joomla: "Out of Memory" error.
Joomla and Fireboard Memory Problem: Whenever I click on a post, Fireboard breaks and reports that it's out of memory. I've increased memory allocation with php.ini and .htaccess-- it's now at 64m-- and this has had no effect. I'm using Hostgator. Any suggestions on how to get Fireboard operating properly (or for that matter, a host which runs Fireboard easily)? Thanks.
posted by darth_tedious at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

What type of Larivee is this?
Does anyone know exactly what model Larrivee this guitar is? [more inside]
posted by eightball at 11:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Are Table Saws Safe Yet?
A few years ago I saw a video where someone made a table saw technology where if the blade touches your skin it stops immediately and all you get is a knick on your finger. I was curious if this is being built into table saws yet? And if not why isn't it? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 at 11:26 AM PST - 35 comments

Can anyone recommend a NYC criminal defense attorney for a disorderly conduct charge?
Can anyone recommend a good NYC criminal defense attorney to help me with a disorderly conduct charge? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Did this relationship have to end?
Did this relationship have to end? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me find a good venue for a class reunion
I'm going to be organizing a pub night for my class from the grade school I went to at some point — probably in September or October. The best location for the pub is probably in the north end of Toronto, say on Steeles or Finch somewhere, and not too far east or west. Not being very familiar with that area, I'd like suggestions as to a good venue. I'd like a quiet and comfortable atmosphere, decent food, and definitely nothing dive-y or too bar-like.
posted by orange swan at 10:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Sticking it to the oil man
We are thinking about switching from oil heat to a geothermal system to heat and cool our 1200 sf cape in western massachusetts. If you have a geothermal system are you happy with it? Have you had any problems? How much did the conversion cost? What are the monthly costs associated with it? Do you know of a reputable installer in our area?
posted by a22lamia at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for old musical digital watch
I'm trying to find on OLD casio (i'm pretty sure) digital musical watch. Any ideas either where to look or at least identify the model? [more inside]
posted by foodybat at 10:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Need recommendations for artistic non-fiction writing classes.
I'm looking for recommendations for low cost (e.g. community college) writing classes to improve the artistic aspects of my non-fiction (essay, blog entry, resume, website content, etc.) writing. [more inside]
posted by jcdill at 9:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me plan a European relocation?
European relocation: I've been asked to help plan a friend's relocation from Switzerland to Norway. [more inside]
posted by dance at 8:29 AM PST - 2 comments

What the hell is BIGLAW?
I'm a law student trying to figure out if BIGLAW, with all the big letters, is something worth pursuing. [more inside]
posted by ecab at 8:15 AM PST - 16 comments

Funes the Memorious
What happened to Calpurnia after Julius Caeser's death? [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Christopher Street Day und Fußball
NYCFilter: from Pride 2008 to Euro 2008? [more inside]
posted by oaf at 7:51 AM PST - 2 comments

YANMD, I get it.
I'm back. They put the broken ankle in a cast. YANMD but I'm asking you because my doctor thinks I'm a whiny baby (he'd be right but [more inside]
posted by nax at 7:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I stay or should I go?
My former boss contacted me out of the blue a couple of months ago, offering me a job. After some protracted negotiations the time has come to decide if I should take it or not. [more inside]
posted by claudius at 7:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Microwave vs. Computer, and the Microwave is winning.
The kitchen computer has a little trackpad/keyboard combo that sits atop of the microwave. When the microwave turns on, the trackpad stops working. Looking for suggestions on shielding, putting a filter in line with the cable, grounding, anything to help me cook and mouse at the same time. [more inside]
posted by sol at 6:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Gift ideas for someone moving to Japan
My niece is going to teach English in Japan for a couple of years. What's a good going-away present I can give her? I would rather not just give cash although that's my last resort. She's from the Midwest, speaks some Japanese, about 25 years old.
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead at 6:17 AM PST - 22 comments

I've quit my job and now...
I have finally quit the job that in which I experienced so much grief. [more inside]
posted by tcv at 5:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me get a raccoon out of a stomrdrain before the big storm!
There's a juvenile raccoon stuck in the storm drain in front of our house. How do I get it out? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 4:40 AM PST - 12 comments

How to represent yourself in bfd court case
Chronic pain patient took to writing own prescriptions. This is frowned upon. Now, the poor woman Or should one spend 10K to an attorney to have the record expunged when otherwise, a criminal record isn't important to other areas of life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:37 AM PST - 26 comments

Hunting the elusive toe ring
Toe rings and anklets in SF Bay Area, Marin/Sonoma? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 1:40 AM PST - 6 comments

What website offers the best baby registry service?
What site offers the best baby registry service? Special difficulty - the parents-to-be are in the Philippines, the friends and relatives are scattered everywhere else. [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 12:33 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I get people to not antagonize my phobia?
How do I get people to respect my phobia? How do I make them stop antagonizing me by showing me the thing I'm afraid of? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 12:28 AM PST - 56 comments

How to deal with age difference among friends?
How does a woman in her mid-40s keep her self-esteem in an sea of thirtysomethings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:10 AM PST - 27 comments

June 27
Where to watch Euro Final in DC?
I'd like some suggestions on where to watch the European Cup Final this Sunday in Washington DC. Extra points if the bar is pro-Spanish.
posted by mand0 at 11:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Plan our cross-country road trip!
Where MUST we stop on a road trip from the Bay Area (CA) to Baltimore (MD)? [more inside]
posted by CommonSense at 10:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Blue Man, not the group.
I'm looking for an old science fiction novel about an evil, blue giant titled "The Blue Man" - the Google and Amazon search is poisoned by both The Blue Man Group, and a young-adult science fiction novel "The Blue Man" which isn't it at all. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 10:25 PM PST - 4 comments

monitor vs projector
I'm thinking of replacing/supplementing my PC monitor with a projector, but I've never really used or shopped for one. Is it worth it, or should I just go for a couple of the biggest monitors I can afford? [more inside]
posted by dozo at 10:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Enjoying the Apostle Islands and Superior Lakeshore
Trying to take a long weekend trip to the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior. We've only got about 3-4 days up there, so we want to make the most of it. Are we missing out by camping on the mainland? Besides kayaking, any must-do activities in the area? (Especially decent hiking that is easily accessible?) [more inside]
posted by sararah at 10:02 PM PST - 6 comments

No TV, no beer make Homer something something...
Borderline Personality Disorder: What's next? [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky at 8:44 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I have awesome sex?
[SexFilter] Mindblowing sex. I would like to have some. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 21 comments

Why do they hate me?
Everyone at work makes fun of me. How can I deal with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 47 comments

Salary for IT: I can't find a title for what I do, so I can't research whether I'm underpaid or not. Help?
Salary for IT: I can't find a title for what I do, so I can't research whether I'm underpaid or not. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Cut That Out Sonny or I'll Make You Walk the Plank
Novel Research Filter III: What's it like to travel long distance on a yacht with kids? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 6:18 PM PST - 9 comments

How do i use two instances of firefox at the same time?
How do i use two separate instances of firefox at the same time? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 5:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Promotion
Networking: What are some things to bear in mind when promoting a Windows workgroup to a small domain? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:05 PM PST - 4 comments

outlet mishap
Home electrical problem/mystery: I accidentally plugged the phone charger into an outlet incorrectly and now that outlet and the dishwasher don't work. Help? [more inside]
posted by mundy at 5:04 PM PST - 10 comments

People and Quandaries
Today on the corner of 6th Avenue and 20th Street, right next to the Avalon (which used to be the Limelight), there was a burnt mattress and a pile of furniture. On a small dresser there was an unlabeled Memorex CD-R. I put it in my bag, out of curiosity. All that was on it was a single short audio track. [more inside]
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 4:43 PM PST - 8 comments

How safe is driving down to Baja at the moment?
How safe is driving down and camping in Baja at this time? [more inside]
posted by WhaleRider at 4:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Money is tight but I'll do the $16 if I have to
Priority Mail or Express Mail? This Saturday I'll mail a flat envelope from NYC to a P.O. box in Bethesda, MD (20824); I want it to arrive by this Tuesday. Do I need to spring for Express Mail? Anecdotes welcome.
posted by lorimer at 4:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Is A Health Care Power of Attorney Valid In Another State?
I'm curious about what is the validity of my partner's Health Care Power of Attorney when he travels out of state. I can't seem to find much authoritative information when I google this. Can anyone clarify? [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo at 3:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Seasoning in asia specialties, anybody know where to get it??
Seasoning in asia specialties, anybody know where to get it?? [more inside]
posted by radsqd at 3:48 PM PST - 5 comments

The Houston Social Scene
Best non-alcoholic social events in Houston? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 3:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Australian Gift Card
How do I acquire a gift card to an Austrailian home-goods retailer for a friend who is moving there? [more inside]
posted by mai at 3:33 PM PST - 10 comments

What kind of plant is this?
What kind of plant is this? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 3:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me copy a Drupal install for local sandbox testing
I'm having some trouble recreating a Drupal site on my local machine for testing/sandbox purposes. The mysql databases are the biggest stumbling block at the moment - very basic, beginner advice is probably needed. [more inside]
posted by Banky_Edwards at 3:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me get my son a good education!
Mrs. Spyder and I are thinking about buying a house in the next year or so. With 1 youngster (almost a year old) and one on the way, we're looking to buy in an area with a good school district. Where can I find this information? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 2:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Rotting fences make bad neighbors
I am shoring up a sagging fence that I will help replace in a year. The original posts are not in cement and are rotting at the base. I'm trying to figure out how to attach some support posts. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 2:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Things to do and consume around Sarasota and Bradenton
I'll be in the Sarasota/Bradenton, FL area this weekend for 3-4 days and was looking for suggestions on things to do. I was last there about 5 or 6 years ago so I've hit some of the highlights already (Ringling Museum, the Dali Museum and Busch Gardens). Any other suggestions would be great. [more inside]
posted by mmascolino at 2:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Ubuntu 8.04 on a portable hard drive?
Ubuntu 8.04 on a 40 gb portable HDD: LiveUSB w/persistence, or install straight to HDD? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 2:37 PM PST - 2 comments

What should I do in Amsterdam?
What should I do in Amsterdam? [more inside]
posted by CElijah at 2:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Please recommend anti-American songs.
Trying to put together a playlist of anti-American songs, or songs about leaving America. For instance, Green Day's "American Idiot" qualifies. This is for a going-away party, and very much tongue-in-cheek. Songs that hate on specific regions (particularly New York, New Jersey, DC and LA) are also good. Thank you!
posted by Mr Bunnsy at 2:03 PM PST - 78 comments

Logical quizzes about logic
I recall seeing a quiz on the internet some time ago, that asked you about 20 questions, and then told you how logical your thought processes were, and told you why. Do you know where I can find this quiz? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 1:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Pit stop.
Is there any noticeable difference in effectiveness between spray, stick, gel, or roll-on anti-perspirants? If so, why?
posted by modernnomad at 1:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Don't take my drink away!
So what exactly are the restrictions regarding purchasing alcohol in Maryland? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 1:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I buy an eee PC?
How do I get DVD video onto a optical driveless PC? [more inside]
posted by smithmac_99 at 1:01 PM PST - 9 comments

The Hunt for the perfect 13 compound lifts ??
I've read somewhere that a workout regime consisting of 13 compound lifts is really all you need. Does anyone know which 13 lifts they may be talking about ? or can point me to the article ? [more inside]
posted by hboogz at 12:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Undershirts with polo shirts?
What are your thoughts on men wearing an undershirt under a polo shirt? How much exposed chest hair is too much? [more inside]
posted by Sar HaPanim at 12:26 PM PST - 45 comments

Geting Rid of My (Car's) Spare Tire
Where can I get rid of a old donut-type spare tire? The tire shop won't take it because it has a rim. [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa at 12:13 PM PST - 10 comments

How to strengthen knees?
Is there any kind of exercise I can do to strengthen my knees? [more inside]
posted by jb at 12:08 PM PST - 19 comments

Pefect spot in Tuscany
Looking for a perfect luxurious spot to stay in the Tuscan countryside. Should I be looking in Northern or Southern Tuscany? [more inside]
posted by Lylo at 11:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me remember this movie...
I'm trying to remember what the title of this movie was. I think it was made in the 1960's or 1970's in the U.S. I remember watching it on TV on the Sunday Matinee show in the 1980's. The plot involved this millionaire who wanted to attack the Soviet Union, he had a small force which was to attack Russia by driving trucks across the polar ice cap. All I can remember was that in the end of the film his plan is thwarted by the Soviets, who send planes to bomb the ice, and the trucks sink to the bottom of the ocean. Any ideas?
posted by smoothvirus at 11:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Public service loan forgiveness
So, is there any reason not to go for the new public service loan forgiveness program? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 11:40 AM PST - 11 comments

government records
Are records kept by government about the architectural blue prints of every building built? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 11:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Recommend me some good post-apocalyptic movies and books
I have just found out I'm a big fan of post apocalyptic fiction books. Somehow I like the idea of an individual or small group of survivors almost alone in the world trying to find out what the hell happened to the planet and fighting for their survival. What are some good books and movies the hive mind can recommend?
posted by dcrocha at 11:24 AM PST - 99 comments

It's 114 and I'm melting!
We're looking for some short trips we can take to beat the heat in Arizona. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 11:24 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I install XP without a CD-ROM?
Major computer issue: I have recently bought an ASUS EEE PC with Linux. I need to put XP on it but I have no CD-ROM drive. I do have three USB ports and wireless capabilities, however. How do I get XP on my computer? [more inside]
posted by keeblerte6 at 11:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Youtube Search
Could anyone tell how I can search youtube by video length? For instance I want to find all videos that are 13 seconds long. Could anybody tell me how to filter a search in this manner.
posted by hubs at 11:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Unconventional air fresheners
Coffee beans as an air freshener? [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 11:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Wiki-Tastraphy
What program can I use to help my department compile information that needs to be put on wikipedia? [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 11:00 AM PST - 5 comments

where's the wedding?
DIY fabric dying/painting/decorating? I have this dress... [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain at 10:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Easy Reader goes blue, Lucinda turns to the green
Question about Morgan Freeman (spoilers for Wanted inside). [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 10:28 AM PST - 3 comments

What movie was this?
Please ID this recent comedy: main character has a fantasy / nightmare in which his boss is schtupping his wife. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

It's a piece of cake to bake a pretty cake / if the way is hazy...
I'm fed up with CakePHP taunting me like a disobedient two year-old. What's a better PHP framework built around model-view-controller? [more inside]
posted by spamguy at 10:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Blind shih-tzu separation anxiety
Semi-blind shih-tzu rescue won't stop barking at night. Any ideas before we give up? [more inside]
posted by wolfkult at 10:18 AM PST - 15 comments

30 days or 60 days, that is the question...
Landlord/Security deposit/renting filter: GA State law requires the security deposit to be returned within 30 days. My contract says after 60 days. Which wins? [more inside]
posted by djpyk at 10:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Which backpack fits my needs?
I'm looking for a travel backpack with removal daypack that is gadget friendly. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 9:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Aquarium Pump Cat Fountain Surprise
Er, I mean supplies. Need pump advice from someone who knows their fish tank equipment. [more inside]
posted by quarterframer at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I fix a thermometer if the mercury has separated?
How do I fix a thermometer when the mercury has separated? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 9:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Recommendations for SF/Fantasy books that deal with "lost civilizations"
Recommend me some SF/Fantasy books that deal with "lost civilizations" [more inside]
posted by papercake at 9:44 AM PST - 34 comments

What's the best option for office chairs in the UK?
Does anyone have any recommendations for office chairs in the UK? [more inside]
posted by idiomatika at 9:40 AM PST - 1 comments

New Examples of Collaborative Document Editing?
I'm looking for examples of collaborative document editing. I've read through most of the older threads on this topic, but many of the examples seem to have gone out of business. Are there any newer examples out there? It would be good to have a document "owner" that integrates comments and changes from many contributors, so I'm thinking that a wiki might not be ideal. The ability to compare revisions is a must-have and it'd be nice to have it show not only text changes but image changes. Doesn't have to be hosted, or even online, though if it is, that's probably better. [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard at 9:30 AM PST - 8 comments

I can't give my phone what it needs, and it's ruining our relationship.
I dropped my phone, but it turned itself back on once I slid the battery back in properly. I though all was well. However, it is now demanding a PIN code and won't let me use the phone without it. I'm not sure why it wants one, and I would give it one if I had one, but I don't have one and don't know how I would find one. Can you help? It's a Blackberry Curve, if it matters.
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 9:28 AM PST - 14 comments

we need our google maps
We are having Issues with IE6 and google maps not playing nice. it sits on loading. [more inside]
posted by Amby72 at 9:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Get me to the mouse on time, shuttle options LA - Anaheim
I am in Los Angeles (Silver Lake area) and need to get to Anaheim (Disneyland/Convention Ctr. area) for this library conference this afternoonish. Is the best way to do this to go back to the airport and grab a shuttle, or is there something simpler? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 9:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Caulk won't dry in the shower -- too wet!
The caulk along the floor of our shower had started to get moldy after a couple years in a new house, so we removed it and recaulked (with a "kitchen-and-bath" adhesive caulk). Worked great along three of the four edges -- but the fourth edge, along the metal frame under the shower door where the 1" metal frame meets the lip of the shower floor -- wouldn't seal (wouldn't even cure -- was still mushy) after 72 hours. Pulled it up, and discovered that although the area had been dry to the touch, enough water had still been under/inside the frame to soak a paper towel slid through the joint between frame and the floor. [more inside]
posted by SeanCier at 8:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Which one of us would be the sucker in this real estate purchase?
Can someone tell me what the catch is in this real estate ad? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 8:33 AM PST - 20 comments

'Refresher' driving lessons in or near DC?
DC-area driving lessons: I'm a qualified UK driver, and I want to organize a few hours of "refresher" driving instruction to build confidence on US roads. But I'm finding it strangely difficult to arrange. Suggestions for specific DC-area instructors, or advice on where to look and what to ask for? [more inside]
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 8:07 AM PST - 12 comments

What are some polite ways to remind people of things?
What are some polite ways to remind people of pending workplace tasks? [more inside]
posted by rhyax at 8:00 AM PST - 18 comments

I'm looking for good online sources for African American news.
I'm looking for good online sources for African American news. [more inside]
posted by parkbench at 7:57 AM PST - 6 comments

I like all their pretty songs and I like to sing along
Great '90s grunge songs EXCLUDING Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, STP, and early Radiohead? [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh at 7:18 AM PST - 93 comments

Window cleaning costing for n00bs
Window cleaning question: how much is reasonable to pay for gutter, soffit and window cleaning for a 3-bedroom Victorian house (UK)? [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 7:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I downgrade Windows and not lose my liscenses?
Can I backup Windows license information to "downgrade" a PC with Vista and Office installed to XP? [more inside]
posted by hwestiii at 6:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Max Axe
Who are the most talented guitar players alive today? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 6:22 AM PST - 92 comments

Lego Company Man-iac?
Can I play with Legos as a job? [more inside]
posted by explosion at 6:13 AM PST - 22 comments

Is this numbness a problem?
I've recently developed a tingling sensation in my hands and elbow whenever I use my home computer. [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 4:41 AM PST - 18 comments

Need pic taken in King's Lynn
Anyone in King's Lynn Norfolk with a moment to spare? I need a favour. [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 4:27 AM PST - 1 comments

Denim jeans that fit. How hard can it be?
Where in the UK can I find women's jeans that fit me? Levis high-waisted styles fit in the waist and hips, but anything labelled 'skinny' or 'slim' does not agree with my thighs. And I would really prefer something 100% cotton, but at this point I'll try pretty much anything. [more inside]
posted by Lebannen at 3:53 AM PST - 7 comments

P.S. I'll find my phone. Who took my phone.
UK phone fraud: Someone stole my phone and rang up £3000 of calls to Nigeria. The phone company says it's my fault for not keeping tabs on the phone and I have to pay it. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by Drexen at 2:44 AM PST - 24 comments

Flats and sharps in music theory
In music, why does the key of F have a B flat and not an A sharp? Is there actually a difference, or is it just musical tradition that a flat is used in this key and not a sharp? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 2:42 AM PST - 40 comments

Help me find a word relating to balance
I'm searching for a word, possibly a technical or medical term, that I think starts with the letter p, and that defines the relationship between the bones in the feet as they apply to overall balance. Am I dreaming this word?
posted by Mil at 1:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Skyscraper living
Do people still live in The Sears tower in chicago? or any other skyscapers? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 12:51 AM PST - 20 comments

June 26
I have around 10k emails (Gmail) that I would like to dump into text files.
I have around 10k emails (Gmail) that I would like to dump into text files. They are bunched into conversations of length 100 emails a piece. Has anyone written a script I can use? Some caveats inside. [more inside]
posted by Taksi Putra at 11:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me socialize in Singapore
Where can I party in Singapore? [more inside]
posted by Kevbo947 at 11:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Romantic Plays with Female in Pursuit
Can you think of classic or commonly known plays where the woman pursues the man assertively, if not aggressively? [more inside]
posted by Rae Datter at 9:18 PM PST - 24 comments

Redirect images & mp3s to mirror via htaccess
How do I redirect all my website's images and mp3s to another domain via .htaccess? [more inside]
posted by frenetic at 9:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Conventional Wisdom
I've got Denver and Minneapolis on my mind, and it seems like going to a political convention is a rite of passage for any serious nonfiction writer in this country. So what are the best pieces of writing (or film or radio) about a nominating convention?
posted by jtajta at 9:13 PM PST - 14 comments

How to best to dispose of my dead laptop?
My Powerbook is dead. What do I do with it now? My priorities: 1) I want it gone 2) I want my data to stay safe 3) I want to make some money [more inside]
posted by rzperllian at 9:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Add a new category to this list: Aliens, Monsters, Ghosts...
Aliens, monsters, and ghosts. The big three. But is there a fourth? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 8:51 PM PST - 47 comments

kosher picnic
What snacks can I bring to an outdoor picnic that are easy and kosher? [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel at 8:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me edit a specific sound out of a home video (DV-AVI)
Is there free video editing software that can edit audio as well? If so, how do I remove a specific sound from my video? [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 8:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Fix tomato sauce indigestion.
Cooking puzzle: Help me nullify the acidity of tomato sauce (and heartburn) in this recipe I've concocted. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 8:12 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I patch up a hole in my wall?
When I had DirecTV installed in my apartment, the technician drilled a hole in my wall to string the cable through to the satellite (outside on my balcony). Now that I might be moving, what's the best way to cover up the hole? What do I need to buy? I know nothing about home repair/hardware, so please....the more details, the better!
posted by invisible ink at 8:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a fully covered swim suit
I am looking for a women's swimwear, which is fully covered. Can you pl. recommend some shopping store. The reason i am looking for fully covered is i have some marks on my upper arms and legs (on the thighs) due to skin surgery/transplantation and i want to cover them, so that they are not visible.
posted by tom123 at 7:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Is there a smaller AC adapter out there?
I have a Dell Latitude X300, which uses the same ac adapter that every other Dell I’ve seen lately uses. Is there anything that will work for my laptop that is smaller and easier for me to carry around? [more inside]
posted by SirNovember at 7:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Tip-Only pliers?
Is there a name for, or type of, deep throated pliers (pincers?) that only meet at their tips? Got a source? Details within... [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 7:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Solar Panels R Fun!
Do you have this backpack? Have you taken it through the TSA? [more inside]
posted by aetg at 7:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Conference Room A/V Help in Chicago
I work for a smallish non-profit that is looking to outfit a conference room with some A/V equipment (projector, probably an additional plasma or two, presentation station, sound, etc.), and I'm having trouble finding someone in Chicago to help out with this. Google reveals a bunch of people who want to repaint my room and buy all new furniture, but I just need A/V help. Do you know any people / companies here that can help? [more inside]
posted by moof! at 6:31 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm bored and hungry in Denver - please help.
In Denver for a conference and I need things to do and places to eat/drink. Would love Lesbian or queer-friendly suggestions too. [more inside]
posted by anthropoid at 6:04 PM PST - 15 comments

What books were originally included in the Tall Tarzan Gift Shelf set?
Does anyone own the Tall Tarzan Gift Shelf? It's a collection of a couple dozen 60s-era Burroughs Ballantine paperbacks in two cardboard cases, each ~ 5" x 15", with two tiers. There's a pic of the spine at the bottom of this page (which incorrectly lists the set as one case of 20 books). I'm trying to figure out how many and which titles were originally included in the full set of two cases. [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 5:50 PM PST - 0 comments

Accepting Credit Cards On The Go
I need a solution to accept credit cards on the go. [more inside]
posted by Pinwiz at 5:49 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I create an algorithm to rate products?
This will expose my complete ignorance of math, but hey. I need a simple algorithm to calculate and display overall individual grades for similar products. [more inside]
posted by william_boot at 5:47 PM PST - 19 comments

Hard Questions for a Paperless Life.
I want to go paperless. What should I keep an original hardcopy of? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 5:21 PM PST - 9 comments

BUZZ - I know!!
Electronics filter. Game show buzzer+. There are tons of simple game show buzzer layouts on the google. What I can't seem to find is an idiots guide to something that would allow you to take an input more complicated that a simple yes/no. i.e. interrupt + [string]. Any pointers?
posted by Jakey at 5:19 PM PST - 3 comments

I want my CCTV
Video file needs codec to play, which I have; how do I convert it to something that doesn't need this codec? [more inside]
posted by striker at 5:03 PM PST - 6 comments

When can a terrible driver's license photo be a serious issue?
Are there any situations where having a ridiculous driver's licence photo will be more than a laugh? (Or: How I Learned to Abandon my Ego and Self-Image.) [more inside]
posted by Ian.I.Am at 4:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Acupuncture in Edinburgh
Can anyone please recommend a good acupuncturist in the Edinburgh area for my partners migraines/IBS? Preferably one that won't try to sell her lots of expensive herbal remedies on top of the treatment.
posted by Chairboy at 4:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for an FTP server that can auto-mirror new content to secondary server.
Can anyone recommend a Windows-based FTP server that will automatically mirror (copy, replicate, whatever) files uploaded to it to a back-up server? Say user "X" uploads foo.jpg, I want the FTP program to log into my back-up server's FTP site and automatically upload the image as soon as it's done uploading, if you follow me. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mattoly at 4:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Telecommuting jobs?
Help me find a telecommuting job! [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 4:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Dealing with the loss of a child
Do you have any advice for helping a family deal with the death of an infant, with the added fuck you from god that the mother can't have another child? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:22 PM PST - 23 comments

I don't want my picture took!
The [very big city newspaper] is coming to my house tomorrow to interview us, and I'm a mess. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:22 PM PST - 29 comments

Artsy like Moo, but more American?
I'm looking for a source of "artsy" modern postcards, preferably via web. Graffiti-styled, abstract, you name it. It just has to be visually interesting and around $1 per card. [more inside]
posted by Leon-arto at 4:12 PM PST - 7 comments

HD Camera that won't freeze?
Can you help me find an HD video camera? [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 4:00 PM PST - 5 comments

What song is being sampled in this song?
What vocals are being sampled in this song? Here is a preview from Amazon. Just click the "Preview All" button and the sampled vocals begin immediately and last for about 15 seconds.
posted by Paul KC at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Where should we go and what should we see in Germany and Switzerland?
My boyfriend and I will be meeting my dad in Berlin in mid-September. I've never been to Germany and my boyfriend has never been to Switzerland, and we'll be there a total of 10 days. How should we split up our time, and what should we see? My dad will be renting a car, so we're planning on driving between cities. Any suggestions are appreciated!
posted by odayoday at 3:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Entertain Me, Hive Mind
Quick -- I leave work at 4 and the iPod that I usually listen to on the bus ride home has no battery left. What can I find online to print out to read that will entertain me for 20-45 minutes? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 3:10 PM PST - 9 comments

. . . but a good cigar is a smoke.
Okay, it's time to get serious and learn about . . . cigars. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:58 PM PST - 11 comments

How many lacrosse teams?
How many lacrosse teams are there in the United States?
posted by arrhn at 2:27 PM PST - 3 comments

The Skylark speaks in tongues.
Romanian speakers, get your radio ears on. What's she singing? I'm trying to discern the name of this folk tune. (nb.: Radio Romania itself is useless for this. No e-mail contact info on their Web site and no links or information to the "Skylark" radio program.)
posted by mykescipark at 2:13 PM PST - 4 comments

I got TP'ed. It's time to return the favor.
After having my yard toilet papered and forked (not my yard in the link), it's time to get back. [more inside]
posted by niles at 2:09 PM PST - 37 comments

What do my cufflinks say?
What do my cufflinks say? I believe it's Chinese. A friend got them for me in Hong Kong, wrote down what they meant, and then lost the slip of paper.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 1:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Interviews with Chemistry
Who are some great talk show guests I should look out for? I love watching Julia Roberts when she appears on Letterman. Likewise for Allison Janney or Lauren Graham on Ellen. Are there other great guest/host chemistry combinations I should make sure to catch with my DVR? [more inside]
posted by shesbookish at 1:42 PM PST - 40 comments

MotorcycleNYCFilter: getting out to Long Island alive?
I'm a fairly new motorcycle rider (MSF class, less than 1,000 miles so far), and I'm looking for a route out to Eastern Long Island that is both fun and not completely insane, especially through Queens & Nassau County. My longer rides to date have been up the Palisades to Harriman & the surrounding area. If I was in a car, I'd simply forgo the fun aspect & get on either the LIE or the Grand Central/Northern Pkway, but both of those routes are pretty dicey, and stress-inducing even in a car. My time is flexible - I'd plan on doing the trip during off-hours, both heading out & returning. Suggestions much appreciated. FWIW, I'm heading out from Park Slope.
posted by swngnmonk at 1:26 PM PST - 4 comments

This shouldn't be happening.
Help me diagnose repeated failure of my lighting dimmers. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 at 1:20 PM PST - 20 comments

Finding the source of an unfortunately pertinent quote.
Trying to remember the text and source of a quote I half-remember. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 1:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me "spit the words" out.
Suggestions on helping me 'spit words out'? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 1:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Trout Fishing in America
Teach me how to fish. GF and I are going camping for a few days on the Yuba River in Northern California. I want to go fishing. I haven't been fishing since my dad took me as a kid, and I have no clue how to start. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 1:02 PM PST - 11 comments

What is a unique or more tangible Air Force or “Support our Troops”-related sympathy gift?
What is a unique or more tangible Air Force or “Support our Troops”-related sympathy gift? [more inside]
posted by texas_blissful at 12:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Sounds like Creed, smells like Creed, looks like Creed!
How many bands sound like Creed? Listening to some of the post-grunge music over the past 5-10 years leads me to believe that it all sounds the same - heavy guitars, slow to mid tempo, growling lead singer who overenunciates, but an overall non-threatening sound. [more inside]
posted by adverb at 12:54 PM PST - 33 comments

Please make my computer quieter
How do I know what kind/size of fan/heatsink will fit in my computer? [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 12:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Diesel woes, help us sort it out!
We've got a huge truck that does pickups and deliveries all over a rural community. Diesel eats us up. Do you have suggestions for helping us schedule pickups in a manner that maximizes efficiency? We're an NPO... [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 12:46 PM PST - 5 comments

i can has mobile video?
Where can I get some introductory-level information regarding video player implementation on mobile phones? I want to build a site that will play video on a variety of mobile phones. I have a non-mobile version of the site already, and all the videos are FLV format playing within a flash player, but the file & player format can be modified as necessary.
posted by negative1 at 12:06 PM PST - 3 comments

How much will it cost to get my rings rhodium dipped?
How much will it cost to get my rings rhodium dipped? And where should I go? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 11:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Need help watching doggie daycare webcam
I want to take advantage of the webcam at doggie daycare; unfortunately, the instructions are for Internet Explorer and I'm on a Mac. Is there a way to make this work in Safari or Firefox? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 11:31 AM PST - 14 comments

What's the profitability of getting into the restaurant industry?
What is the profitability of a small restaurant? [more inside]
posted by CWitt at 11:27 AM PST - 29 comments

iridotomy side effects?
Glaucoma Filter. Have you had a laser iridotomy? How common are any side effects, really? [more inside]
posted by krix at 11:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Can you recommend mouse gesture software for Vista?
Can anyone recommend (free) mouse gesture software for improving productivity in Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 11:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Seeking Facts/Advice on If a 401(k) Withdrawal Became Necessary
I would like to know a few things about withdrawing (not loaning, but flat-out withdrawals) from 401(k) funds. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 11:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Who made this world, again?
Help me find this book about people abducted by nontraditional faeries! [more inside]
posted by overglow at 11:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Which font format?
Which font format should I buy? MyFonts.com's FAQ suggests that OpenType is the wave of the future and the first truly cross-platform format. But I want to be sure that what I get will work with all my older software, older Mac OS (as well as my main Win XP machine), and wherever I get things printed. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 11:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me get the hell out of Dodge (or rather, Arizona) and on track to feeling good again!
My life is stuck and it's making me feel incredibly depressed. Help me see the light and get on track for getting out of here. [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 11:10 AM PST - 32 comments

Is there a way to get Endicia (for Mac) to validate APO/FPO addresses?
Is there a way to get Endicia (for Mac) to validate APO/FPO addresses? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 11:08 AM PST - 2 comments

How can we better secure our network?
My (very) small office has two desktops running XP Pro (SP3), that are networked using a cable. They also share a DSL internet connection, which can also be accessed wirelessly via our Linksys router. The internet connection isn't password protected, which is nice in that it allows people who visit to have an easy time getting online. However, I'm pretty sure that free and easy access to wireless network=anyone can access our shared folders on those two desktops. Clearly, this is bad, but I'm not sure what to do. Please explain a fix to me like I'm five. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 11:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Visa service recommendations?
Visa service recommendations to get a tourist visa for China? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 11:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Butterfly wedding favors
I ordered 18 boxes of these butterflies for centerpieces/favors for my wedding. What can I do with them? I was thinking of clipping them to some sort of tree-like thing but the local craft store didn't have anything appropriate. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 11:00 AM PST - 13 comments

New CA cell phone law: why not ban text messaging?
California's new law that bans talking into a cell phone while in a vehicle, starts next week. What's the reason why text messaging was not explicitly banned also? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 10:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Who funds the Canadian Taxpayers Federation?
Where does the Canadian Taxpayers Federation get its funding? [more inside]
posted by russilwvong at 10:34 AM PST - 9 comments

if i had waited ten more exits the gas would have been 10 cents cheaper!
How can I find the cheapest gas along a route? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Selling online business
How to figure the asking price for an online business? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 10:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Are expired multivitamins safe?
Is it safe to take multivitamins that are past their expiration date? [more inside]
posted by wabashbdw at 10:17 AM PST - 10 comments

I need a novel-writing soundtrack
Can you help me set the writing soundtrack to my novels? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 10:07 AM PST - 23 comments

Oh you have to go to this place
What are the best restaurants specific to Philadelphia for vegetarian or seafood fare that you've been to this year? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 10:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Good used bikes in NYC?
Where can I find good used bikes in NYC? [more inside]
posted by jeffsimmermonTWC at 9:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Quick-fix short term diet, exercise plan, or supplements?
In need of quick fix short term diet, exercise plan, or supplements to lose 5-10 pounds in 2 months. [more inside]
posted by alpha_betty at 9:42 AM PST - 20 comments

MAGI May (Be Headed North of $100k)
Will opening a Solo 401(k) before year's end reduce my modified adjusted gross income (MAGI)? I'm a 28-year-old freelance worker with a sole proprietorship, and I'd like to be able to fully fund my Roth IRA for 2008 [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 AM PST - 1 comments

A simple, lightweight vps monitoring tool?
I have a server and some friends have servers, and we'd like to install a lightweight tool on each server that can monitor if the other servers are running, cpu/memory load is normal, httpd/mysql is running, and fire off an email if there are problems. [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker at 9:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Does the human brain respond to certain note progressions in music?
Is there a physiological response to certain phrases in music? [more inside]
posted by slo at 9:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me support my friend during a scary time
My good friend's young son will be having heart surgery in a few weeks. It's expected to go well, but it's still terrifying for everyone. I want to do something for her to let her know I care, but I'm coming up blank. She and her husband have plenty of family in the area so I'm sure they'll be handling meals, etc. The children's hospital is nearby so they won't be staying in a hotel or anything. Have any of you been through something like this? What helped you out during hours in the waiting room? (The irony is, I have young sons myself so I should be able to put myself in her place, but the whole idea of being in her place scares me so much I can hardly think about it.)
posted by _Mona_ at 8:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Jack in the wine box
I was recently persuaded by a good friend to buy a box of wine. It was a Banrock Station Cabernet Sauvignon, which I was assured I would enjoy. I just had my first glass last night, and unfortunately I found it to be a dud. So now I have this box (3 bottles?) of wine that is not terrible, but does not scream deliciousness to my tastebuds. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by amelliferae at 8:34 AM PST - 38 comments

Tam tam tam tam.....
FirstDancefilter: Please recommend a Viennese waltz. [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 8:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Mysterious network errors
Why am I getting these mysterious network errors in my C# app? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 7:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Cushy playroom flooring on a shoestring budget, please!
Need creative ideas for inexpensive flooring in a playroom/rec room. Our budget is next to nothing. [more inside]
posted by missuswayne at 7:54 AM PST - 18 comments

Is there a way to show all my blog posts?
Is there a script that will show summaries of every post from my blog, using a feed from a Blogger blog? [more inside]
posted by jejune at 7:46 AM PST - 2 comments

UHF stations change after a storm
Why did my UHF stations change after a storm? Can I get them back? [more inside]
posted by Jenesta at 7:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Taps lyrics in the public domain?
When were the popular lyrics to Taps written? [more inside]
posted by cider at 7:31 AM PST - 2 comments

You can't read 'em all... that's précis talk
Précis, outlines, abstracts for contemporary non-fiction books -- are there any sites or publications doing this? [more inside]
posted by alb at 7:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Promotional/Personalized Items for a Small Business?
Where can I buy personalized pens and polo shirts in low quantities - like a dozen or two? [more inside]
posted by allthingsbright at 7:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Urban camping
Camping near NYC? How about Washington DC? As part of our road trip this summer, we will be headed east from California and making for the east coast. [more inside]
posted by jvilter at 7:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Olympics 2008 on TV
In the US, what cable channels do I need to have complete coverage of the 2008 Olympics? [more inside]
posted by hipersons at 7:17 AM PST - 8 comments

OS X in a WHS Envirnoment?
I have finally completed a overhaul of my home network. There's only one question left - how can I leverage the resources I have to backup my Mac? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 7:16 AM PST - 14 comments

get behind the thrift store
i'm heading to birmingham, alabama from new orleans to see tom waits at the alabama theater next thursday (yea!). my compadre & i would like to hit some thrift stores along the way. anyone have any good recommendations for thrifty places along i-59 between these two cities? thanks. [more inside]
posted by msconduct at 6:51 AM PST - 3 comments

convert vocals only from mp3 to midi for Ultrastar import?
convert vocals only from mp3 to midi for Ultrastar import? [more inside]
posted by nolnar at 6:42 AM PST - 5 comments

How to prevent cheap jewelry from changing color or rubbing off on your skin?
How do I prevent cheap metal jewelry from tarnishing? I have a couple of necklaces that I adore, and while they weren't dirt cheap, they are not made of the finest of metals. They have changed color somewhat - are brassy in places, and one looks almost like it could be rusting? - and I would like to recoat them. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by jacquilinala at 6:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me with my husband, the Sleepwalking Zombie
What do I do about a sleepwalking partner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:53 AM PST - 21 comments

How to overcome loneliness?
How do I deal with loneliness? How do I accept being single? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:53 AM PST - 42 comments

Abnormal menstrual bleeding with no apparent cause; has this happened to anyone else? (Not for the squeamish, sorry!)
I'd really appreciate any thoughts. My period is usually pretty regular - every 26-32 days for years, (though three months ago my cycle was 37 days long). Last month it came and went as normal (5 days long) but then, about three days later, I noticed more kind-of watery blood. Then, in the night, I coughed and some very bright, red, new-looking blood dripped out for about an hour. There was no pain and it wasn't excessive (didn't fill a pad), but kinda scary. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 AM PST - 9 comments

gas explosion in apartmen short film - name?
Trying to find a Japanese short film "Tension" that I saw at the Rotterdam Film Festival 1999 or 2000. [more inside]
posted by dabitch at 5:46 AM PST - 3 comments

For those about to work
What do you wish you knew when you started working? [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup at 5:42 AM PST - 46 comments

Personalized Lawyer License Plate
Personalized (vanity) lawyer/legal license plate ideas needed. [more inside]
posted by cainiarb at 5:40 AM PST - 26 comments

Why are you singing that way?
Curious about a certain phenomenon in music, where someone sings the same notes that he's playing on guitar... [more inside]
posted by knave at 4:20 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I get a job at Nike "Online"
How can I get a job at Nike "Online" - I would love to work for one of Nike's websites. [more inside]
posted by swisspotter at 3:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Revisiting career changing question of a year ago.
Remember me? Well it's a year later, a LOT has changed and I have more questions! Come on inside, out of those wet clothes and we can have a nice chat by the fire. [more inside]
posted by wile e at 2:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Why does it burn when I pee
I love spicy food, and I seem to suffer no ill digestive-tract-related effects from it. However, it seems that it causes my urine to be.. spicy. Not excruciating, like touching your genitals after handling hot peppers, but quite unpleasant. Is this common? Is it something I should see a doctor for? [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 1:19 AM PST - 12 comments

The windows, they do nothing?
How much UV damage am I getting sitting in a classroom for 5 hours with a big window. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 12:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Store Today, Where Tomorrow?
Quite a few magazines are published every month. Supermarkets, convenience stores, bookshops, and various other stores sell the current issue. At the month's end, the unsold magazines are packed up and replaced with the new issue. What happens to all the unsold magazines? [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 12:05 AM PST - 16 comments

June 25
Help me sleep.
I haven't been able to sleep for around 60 hours. What to do? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 11:20 PM PST - 31 comments

Who owns the IP on the commercial aspect of my PhD?
IntellectualPropertyFilter: Who owns the IP on the commercial aspect of my PhD? [more inside]
posted by lottie at 10:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Hey, someone visited my silly page, why don't you visit my silly page too? Hey, someone visi...
What cute/pointless web things are out there where visitors to your page/site generate RSS feed entries simply by visiting? Example inside. [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 9:40 PM PST - 1 comments

What software makes McCain interesting?
What software are people (most likely) using to create custom videos for Colbert's McCain green screen project?
posted by bingo at 9:14 PM PST - 5 comments

GUI Career Options
I want to go into graphical user interface design. What type of college program should I investigate? What type of careers are available? Can I make good money in this field but still have free time, or is it like any other programming job with long hours?
posted by parallax7d at 9:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Bad news - can anything make the wait any easier?
Hints on easing the wait for bad news. With complications, and a story about my cat. [more inside]
posted by MadMage at 9:01 PM PST - 21 comments

stretching a nickel abroad
I've got this ongoing fantasy about living cheaply abroad. Is it doable to live for $500 a month or so in some foreign locale? [more inside]
posted by D-ten at 8:54 PM PST - 27 comments

Like a bartender
I am interested in doing some bartending this summer and fall. I worked in several restaurants before, but not as a bartender. What is it really like? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 8:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber
Should I have this tooth pulled tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 7:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me find an internship, internationally.
I'm a 21 year old Canadian university student. I have 6 months free come January and I want to do an internship abroad. I love advertising and marketing. Multinationals are fun, so are random countries. Any tips or opportunities? [more inside]
posted by 913 at 7:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Last-minute camping in the Bay Area?
Last-minute camping within ~2 hours of San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by rkent at 7:16 PM PST - 14 comments

HELP! Will my dogs be okay or are they in danger?
URGENT: House guest dropped klonopin (clonazepam) on the floor, possible reactions if found by our dogs? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 7:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Nintendo DS games for a 7 year old boy.
I'm in need of Nintendo DS recommendations for a 7 year old boy. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:35 PM PST - 27 comments

Legal Mushrooms?
Magic Mushrooms? [more inside]
posted by thedoctorpants at 6:25 PM PST - 13 comments

How to stop being a miserable wretch and start living
I seriously need some inspiration here. I'm female, 32, single, miserable in my job, cannot seem to get it together, and don't seem to find enough hours in the day to simply HANDLE MY LIFE. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 PM PST - 37 comments

As if altered at the time in a "photo-shop"
Can you answer some questions I have about this recently uncovered photograph (circa 1830s) of an ancestress of mine? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 6:13 PM PST - 30 comments

Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
Tell me some indie/punk shows/venues I MUST see in England/Amsterdam/France/Spain (but mainly England) this fall (mid-August through October). [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 6:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Recommend some great fonts
Which high quality fonts - mainly serifs/sans-serifs - can you recommend that should be in every designer's toolkit? I'm thinking about gorgeous and versatile fonts such as Helvetica, Futura, Frutiger, Franklin Gothic, Myriad, Garamond, Palatino, etc. Go on, get that list underneath your pillow because I really want to know!
posted by Foci for Analysis at 6:02 PM PST - 21 comments

How to break the news to the conservative parents?
My girlfriend and I have been living together for about a year, and her conservative Asian parents don't know. How do we break the news to them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 20 comments

Should I take this relationship to another level?
My friend is willing to become a friend with benefits. Should I do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 22 comments

How do you know when you’ve been legitimately fired? No, I'm not as dumb as I sound here...
How do you know when you’ve been legitimately fired? No, I'm not as dumb as I sound here... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 8 comments

I. Am. Done.
I am breaking up with my business partner. How do I best do this? [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce at 5:47 PM PST - 11 comments

I want the hair of a hiphopapotomus
I want my hair to look like Jemaine Celemnt's. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 5:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Am I a sucker?
Am I a sucker or will this actually make me some money? [more inside]
posted by LiveToEat at 5:26 PM PST - 16 comments

VegetarianFilter
Can I call myself a vegetarian if I only eat meat 10% of the time (approximately 10% of total calories)? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 5:07 PM PST - 70 comments

I have so much _____ to give, I just don't know where to put it!
Jobsearch question: Should I send a brief, professional email in this scenario, or would that seem desperate? [more inside]
posted by CitizenD at 4:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Cleaning service in Brooklyn?
Can any of you recommend a good, reliable cleaning service in Williamsburg/Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 4:53 PM PST - 2 comments

How do home musicians keep organized/productive?
How do you home songwriters keep yourselves organized? How do you keep yourself motivated? [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard at 4:32 PM PST - 12 comments

My resume is very unhappy
How do I mitigate my lack of experience when searching for jobs? [more inside]
posted by danb at 4:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Central Asian green chew that gets you high?
Anybody heard of a Central Asian drug that's green and gets you high when you chew it? [more inside]
posted by metajc at 4:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Perm specialist in San Francisco?
Perm specialist in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 4:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Someone didn't follow the first rule of usenet... now we're all screwed.
Grrrr, Time Warner Cable has unceremoniously removed their stellar USENET access. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 4:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Why is my minivan not selling?
Why is my van not selling? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 3:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Two two two songs in one: What's this album name?
Name that tune [more inside]
posted by mcbeth at 2:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Can anyone suggest an illustrator to work in 70s movie poster style?
Desperately seeking illustrator to work in the 70s movie poster/Atari Cartridge artwork style for a magazine layout. Where are the new Bob Peaks? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 2:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me serve softly.
We have been given two bags of commercial soft-serve ice cream mix. Is this stuff possible to use at home without an ice cream maker?
posted by TuxHeDoh at 2:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Driving uninsured?
What happens if I get caught driving without car insurance? [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 2:18 PM PST - 26 comments

NYC Tour Guide Exam
I would like to take the NYC Tour Guide Exam. However, I'm having trouble finding an idea online of what they ask on the exam. Has anyone taken it? Or, can anyone help me find where I can get even an idea of what sorts of things will be asked?
posted by josher71 at 2:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Resources to learn about money and finance
[MoneyFilter] Turning 18, i find my knowledge on money/finance dangerously lacking. Help me find resources to learn everything about finance for life (stocks, banks, taxes, etc.) [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed at 2:12 PM PST - 18 comments

Can an email group be a chat group for some, and an announce-only group for others?
Is there a way to make an email list announce-only for some recipients and unmoderated for others? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 2:11 PM PST - 5 comments

English as a foreign language.
What's the best way to teach conversational English to a Polish person with currently only very minimal English skills? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 2:07 PM PST - 3 comments

What is a Hariky GK-3?
Tell-me-what-this-thing-is-Filter: What is a Hariky GK-3? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 2:00 PM PST - 4 comments

What do these signs mean?
I live in western North Carolina. Recently I noticed a couple of signs along my road and am curios as to what they mean. The signs are bright blue rectangles with white letters at the top reading "WP". There are white numbers below the letters.
posted by haikuku at 1:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for the Japanese watch of my dreams
I'm looking for this watch, designed by Naoto Fukazawa. It is NOT part of his collection for Issey Miyake, nor was it designed for ±0. I can't find any details about it beyond what's on the IDEO page, and I'm guessing my inability to google in Japanese might be the problem. Help!
posted by symbebekos at 1:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Are pit bulls dangerous?
Should I adopt a pit bull? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 1:16 PM PST - 49 comments

Where can I buy sunglasses with red mirrored lenses?
Where can I find these "impossible" red mirrored sunglasses? Not shimmery yellow and red, not shimmery blue and red, RED. [more inside]
posted by Saydrah at 1:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Feeling like a rebound..
In love with an ex boyfriend that i am currently dating, but i think he's still in love with his other ex gf, i feel like a rebound, should i stay or should i go? Help!! [more inside]
posted by SummerLove at 1:00 PM PST - 22 comments

What ever happened to...?
What ever happened to the lethimstay.com family? [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 12:47 PM PST - 2 comments

turtle in chicago
Turtle in Chicago [more inside]
posted by generalist at 12:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Tipping at Sonic
Do you tip your car hop at Sonic Drive-thru? If so how much? [more inside]
posted by Beaufort at 12:26 PM PST - 47 comments

Opportunities for a technical lawyer?
prompted by an earlier question, I'm considering a career change and going to Law school. More to follow... [more inside]
posted by Karmic_Enigma at 12:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Pre-midnight munchies inside the perimeter
AtlantaFilter: please help me find dinner after 10pm! [more inside]
posted by catlet at 12:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Can you recommend an ABA agency in Los Angeles?
JobFilter: Can any behavioral therapists out there recommend an agency/company to work for in the Los Angeles area? I have been working with children on the autism spectrum for three years, but desperately need a new company to work for. [more inside]
posted by corey flood at 11:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Ideas for a Travelogue
A pal of mine is planning on setting up a website for a road trip, and in addition to integrating a blog, he'd like to track simple bits of data & information. Here's what he's thought of so far: [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 11:32 AM PST - 8 comments

How to clean a burned porcelain teacup?
How to clean a fine porcelain teacup that found its way into a bonfire? [more inside]
posted by workerant at 11:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Recommendations for restaurant on Devon Avenue in Chicago?
Recommendations for restaurant on Devon Avenue in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 11:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Shipping computers across the Canada & U.S.A. border
I'm in Canada, and I need to send some computers to our office in the U.S.A. (Vermont, to be more specific). Will the hardware be inspected by customs or other security as it crosses the border? [more inside]
posted by danwalker at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments

What can I give to a new touring musician?
My little rocker brother's heading out on a two-week tour in a smelly van with a bunch of smelly guys. How can I make his life easier? [more inside]
posted by raz5 at 11:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me pick a second degree.
Considering a career change to Coding/Programming. Advice wanted. [more inside]
posted by highfidelity at 10:55 AM PST - 20 comments

1980s preppy/punker short film
Trying to remember an early '80s (possibly Canadian) short film shown on HBO's Short Take (right after a video for the original "Don't Stand So Close to Me," which might place it around 1980/81, maybe later?) about a prep-school kid who spots a punk rock girl on a train and dreams that he's kissing her.
posted by btmeacham at 10:53 AM PST - 0 comments

Old ads
Ad repositories? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Am I foolish for not going HD with my new camcorder purchase?
Am I foolish for not going HD with my new camcorder purchase? [more inside]
posted by Roach at 10:44 AM PST - 6 comments

What Non-Blackberry Phone Can Sync Subfolders?
Can you recommend a phone that will sync Exchange sub-folders? Getting a BES isn't an option. A phone on AT&T Wireless is preferred. [more inside]
posted by nokry56 at 10:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Make links in pdf files open in Firefox?
Why do links in pdf documents open in Explorer instead of Firefox? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot at 10:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Names of dance moves in Something Good '08 video
Besides "running man" and "hammer dance", do you know the names of the dance moves in the video for Something Good '08 by Utah Saints?
posted by dmo at 10:12 AM PST - 4 comments

1987 Washington Times access needed.
I need to find out what date the following article was published on: "Poindexter ends testimony, refuses to bow to the critics". It was published in The Washington Times sometime in July of 1987. It was written by Mary Belcher. Thanks!
posted by sperose at 9:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Why doesn't my XBox 360 know it's an XBox 360?
Borrowed Call of Duty 4, for the XBox 360, from a friend, and each time I try to play a message appears informing me that I need to insert the disc into an XBox 360, which is where it is. The message is static, and when trying to do anything with the controller, the DVD control overlay appears. What's going on here? Google searches point to some similar experiences, but not much in the way of solutions. The disc has been cleaned several times and while not in perfect shape is certainly not damaged beyond playability.
posted by boombot at 9:41 AM PST - 13 comments

intelligent navigation
Hello all. Building a new website for a company and would very much like to incorporate a navigational system such as exists on the left hand side of this site. [more inside]
posted by j.p. Hung at 9:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Solo 21st in san francisco- ideas?
I'm moving to san francisco, where I don't know anyone yet, right before my 21st birthday. Any meaningful/memorable ways to celebrate by myself? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 9:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Smart books for a smart guy using Project 2007?
Are there any good books on MS Project 2007 out there? My brother-in-law, an experienced project manager, has been using MS Project 2003 for a while and is pretty confident with the basics, but he wants to learn more, especially as he's considering upgrading to Project 2007. I'm pointing him to some local trainers, but I'd also like to find some decent books so he has the alternative of teaching himself as much as possible.
posted by maudlin at 9:22 AM PST - 1 comments

Why invest in treasuries?
What's the advantage of treasuries over savings accounts? [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 9:21 AM PST - 11 comments

What is that clumsy, fat guy doing in my yoga class?
Wanted: Boston area beginner's yoga class. Difficulty: Male, heavier and a novice. Where? [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm at 9:16 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I start scuba diving?
I want to start scuba diving as a hobby. Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 9:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Kayaking in L.A. area?
I took a trip up to the pacific-northwest and tried kayaking for the first time (and second, and third) and became hooked. Can anyone recommend some good kayaking spots (river or ocean), tour companies that do camping trips etc with kayaking involved, or other nifty ideas that I haven't thought of in Southern California? I live in L.A. but a few hours drive seems reasonable.
posted by slopepheasant at 9:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Please help identify this childhood book.
Please help identify this childhood book. I'm 90% sure it was english, otherwise it could have been written in spanish. The book was wider than tall, probably 15" by 10", very colourful but dark and weird at the same time. The only page i remember is one where s the main character is walking through a cave or forest and all these very interesting animals/creatures looking at him. (I think there's also page with just eyes surrounding him in the dark). The creatures are oddly drawn and very interesting and it was scary if anything. I believe this was a hand-me-down but eitherway I had it late 80's early 90's. I know the details are vague but i'm just hoping someone out there can bring me to peace. Thankyou
posted by 0.0.0 at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

My outside air conditioning unit needs a Karen Silkwood shower
Help me de-gunk my outside air conditioner. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 8:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Best Activities to do in Western USA
What really fun, random, and cheap activities can I do with a bus full of thirty 16-year olds thoughout the western USA? [more inside]
posted by benji at 8:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Re-interviewing for a job I turned down 6 months ago. How much do I need to explain?
Re-interviewing for a job. How much do I need to explain about why I turned them down 6 months ago? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Amsterdam for stoners?
Amsterdam for stoners? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:26 AM PST - 14 comments

But I want to have fun, too!
GirlfriendFilter: I'm here, she's there. She's out having fun and I'm not. How do I stop feeling jealous? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:25 AM PST - 19 comments

why?
Why are the Democrats granting the telcoms immunity from civil lawsuits in the new FISA bill? What is their angle? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 8:17 AM PST - 18 comments

travel-adventure-coldfeet
Why is it good to travel and work in another country? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 7:55 AM PST - 25 comments

Free/custom ringtones for a KRAZR on a Rogers Canada plan?
Free/custom ringtones for a KRAZR on a Rogers Canada plan? Apparently they have locked it but I'm sure you smart people know a way around it. :) [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 7:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Tales From Agency Life?
PR/Marcomm Filter: What's it like to work for a PR/Marketing/Ad agency/firm? [more inside]
posted by producerpod at 7:46 AM PST - 8 comments

I go on holliday the plants are going to die?
I am going on holiday for 14 days, leaving behind several plants on the window seals in a small flat. There is no neighbor / friend to look after them in our absence. How can I make sure that the plants will not die? I have 2 tomato plants in pots, climbing tomatoes in a hanging basket and few pots with chillies. [more inside]
posted by slimeline at 7:43 AM PST - 11 comments

How to get started with surfing in the UK?
How to get started with surfing in the UK? [more inside]
posted by tomw at 7:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Why a picture of a watering can?
How do sites choose their security pictures? I'm talking about the images that some sites (like banks' websites) use so that you know you are logging into to the real site and not some spoof site (at least I think that's what they're for). [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 7:22 AM PST - 6 comments

How to fix a leaky basement
Should I fix my leaky basement from the inside or the outside? [more inside]
posted by Badmichelle at 7:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Jogging in Aix-en-Provence?
FranceFilter: Where can I go jogging in a semi-secluded, flat area in Aix-en-Provence? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 7:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Online sales for Palestinian woodworkers
Help me help my friends sell their Palestinian olive wood carvings from Bethlehem, West Bank, via the internet. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 6:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Rain rain go away, although this game is moderately fun to play
Awesome but slightly rambunctious 8th grade class going on a school trip to the country. Rain is possible. Possibility of ultra-rare recreational computer access is likely to be a highly compelling reward for good behavior. The kids speak German. With all of these givens, what non-crack-like game should I install on the beater iBook G3 12" running 10.4 that I'm sending the teacher off with? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Small ones up top, Big ones down below.
There are some buildings at a Cornell Univeristy with slate shingles. The shingles towards the top, near the peak of the roof are about half the size of the ones along lower part. Why? Is this common? [more inside]
posted by bdc34 at 6:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Befuddled wannabe games maker
Ignoramus wants to make games for his Mac. Adobe Actionscript, Cocoa... What choices do I have? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 5:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Flick-pliers? WANT!!!
I was watching an old Mythbusters last night and Jamie had a multi-tool where the pliers sprung out like a flick knife. Not in a fold-back-the-handles way like my current one, but a spring loaded thing of beauty. WANT!!!
posted by handybitesize at 5:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Feck off, and take your BBC with you...
UK legal-filter. Warrantless access and TV Licensing... [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 5:23 AM PST - 14 comments

help me feed my gas-emitting microb-enriched compost pile
Geeky DIY Homesteading [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 4:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Best mileage when traveling with a bike
Driving from Pennsylvania to South Carolina with a bike and a kid cart for the bike. Which will create less drag, putting them on top of our Ford Focus wagon, or on a bike rack on the back?
posted by Toekneesan at 4:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me drink outside!
Boston beer gardens? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 4:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me make Charlotte more like home
Moving to Charlotte, NC. I want recommendations on finding some local businesses/services. [more inside]
posted by All.star at 4:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Megabus issues
Waste-of-question-filter: Help with Megabus from Boston to NYC. [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 4:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Which Psychometric test is best for Career Development?
I am interested in taking psychometric assessments - specifically for use in Career Development. I would like to hear about experiences with specific psychometric instruments for this purpose. Which test is best? [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 3:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Is Japan allowed to catch any whales for food use?
I have just read an article in the New Scientist about the Chile Whaling Conference. The article describes how Japan is allowed to catch 1000 whales each year for scientific purposes, yet has been accused of allowing some of the meat to make it's way to the dinner table. I lived in Japan a couple of years ago, and every supermarket seemed to sell small quantities of whale meat, and it wasn't a particularly rare sight in many restaurants. Would this meat be part of this, presumeably illegal, "for scientific purposes only", catch? Or do they have a separate quota for food use?
posted by mairuzu at 2:27 AM PST - 3 comments

You can't get that from here.
What goodies do we need from Phoenix, AZ? Husband is going there for a few days in July, and we're trying to think of what treats he ought to bring back to New England - stuff we can't find here at home. Cactus Cooler soda and prickly pear jelly/candy are all I can think of. See's Candies would be wonderful, but would not travel well. Any other regional favorites? Thanks in advance!
posted by Lou Stuells at 2:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Where to find a specific fur-trimmed hoodie jacket?
Help me find a particular men's hoodie jacket with fur trim on the hood, white with grayish horizontal and vertical stripes in a pattern that looks like plaid put through an enlarger a few times. [more inside]
posted by troybob at 1:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Flavored iced tea suggestions?
Iced tea is my main summertime beverage. I usually drink it completely plain. I am not a fan of "sweet tea," but I'd like to experiment with adding different flavors, the more unusual the better. Any suggestions?
posted by amyms at 1:04 AM PST - 30 comments

Help the flying dog.
In a few months, my (former) dog is going to be flying from California to the UK in the cargo hold. How can this be made as safe and comfortable for him? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 12:50 AM PST - 9 comments

June 24
Water well and propane heating
I'm considering moving to a nice house twenty miles away from the big city I'm currently in, but the new home uses a water well--I don't know exactly what type at the moment, but let us assume I won't need a bucket--and propane for heating. What should I expect from these in regards to water quality, water pressure, cost of propane versus gas provided by public utilities, and anything else those experienced with these systems can think of.
posted by mithiirym at 11:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Take this Job and Shove It?
I need to complain about my job. Warning: Excruciatingly long. [more inside]
posted by mynameismandab at 11:52 PM PST - 32 comments

Online banking, credit and investing through one package
What basic, personal accounting software do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Autumn music.
What kind of music reminds you of autumn? [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast at 11:29 PM PST - 44 comments

HOW IS ARCHY FORMED?
How was this made? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 11:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Will it make it intact?
I have a 42-inch LCD TV in its original box that needs to make its way cross-country. Can we just drop it off at FedEx/UPS, or does prudence and shipping policy require us to find a larger exterior box with more cushioning?
posted by QuantumMeruit at 10:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Island Vacation Party Food?
Help me plan and buy food for "Island Vacation" party -- San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 9:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I buy bedding made from exotic or fine wools?
Hi There, I'm looking for luxury bedding of exotic woolens. Cashmere, Alpaca, Yak, Vicuna, etc. Sheets, blankets, duvet covers, pillow cases, etc. I really love fine quality wools and really dislike cotton in general. Can you please point me to some brands and online retailers to purchase such items from?
posted by Ligament at 9:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Acoustic guitar songs that are "metal"
What are some songs featuring acoustic guitars, rather than electric, that could still be considered "metal"? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 at 9:20 PM PST - 20 comments

How to lock a music players playback controls?
Is there a way (using Windows) to lock a media player (iTunes, Winamp, or any out there) but still allow users to queue songs? [more inside]
posted by Schuby at 8:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Can we move to Oregon or Washington? Where?
My family is considering moving to Oregon (or conceivably Washington) in a couple of years, and we are going to visit soon. I'd like to collect suggestions of possible locations so we can try to visit. We would like a cheap, small town with a liberal climate along the Washington/Oregon border or moderately near the coast. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by lgyre at 8:04 PM PST - 30 comments

Adult grad gift ideas.
Help! I need suggestions for a college graduation gift for my 48 year old brother in law that says... I'm really proud of you, you beer drinkin', deer huntin', north woods redneck, wall street worshipin', 80's caine sniffin', Reaganite, mustachioed, b@strd. From your loving, granola crunchin', sandal wearin', organic pimpin', Utne reading, Wellstone worshipin', green believin', bleeding heart, pain in your arse little sister in law. I love you man, way to go!
posted by thewalrusispaul at 7:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Do you eat the dirty fruit?
This question is for chronic hand-washers that use soap. Why is it not alright to wash your hands with just water before a meal, but it's perfectly kosher to just rinse a piece of fruit off under the faucet before consumption? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 7:53 PM PST - 30 comments

What should the person who's read everything read?
I want to give my boyfriend something to read. Help me figure out what he'd like. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 7:49 PM PST - 20 comments

Sports summary: does it exist?
Is there a sports summary website? Where I can get quickly and simply up to date on any team? [more inside]
posted by Towelie at 7:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Cheap hotel/hostel near Brussels airport
My college-age niece (MEANING: broke, almost!) needs a cheap place to stay near the Brussels airport. She's going to be spending US dollars, so I know "cheap" is relative. She's an inexperienced traveler and a little timid. Any ideas?
posted by soulbarn at 7:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Hip, trendy pregnancy blogs?
Are there any hip, trendy pregnancy/baby blogs out there? [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 7:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Listen again! Why do people listen to music repeatedly?
Why do people enjoy listening to the same music much more often than they enjoy watching films or reading stuff repeatedly? How come children usually grow out of watching favourite videos over and over, and having favourite stories they want read to them, but remain happy to repeatedly listen to music? [more inside]
posted by xchmp at 7:15 PM PST - 31 comments

Flight of the Conchords vest?
So I just watched thought the first season of Flight of the Conchords, and I really like the vest that Bret wears in episode 12 (prominently featured in this video. Where I can find it/something like it for a reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by comwiz at 7:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Fashion and beauty blogs for the novice?
I am learning how to 'be' a girl, after years of hiding (literally) in badly-fitting guy clothing. Could you please help suggest web resources for the beauty/fashion aspect? Something like The Sartorialist would be nice, but with a critical eye and maybe a list of which stores have those pieces/products. (similarly/previously, but without the focus on online resources) [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 7:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Megabus vs. Boltbus
I'm traveling to New York from D.C. soon. Megabus? Boltbus? Your experiences? [more inside]
posted by elisabethjw at 6:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Affordable dinner in NYC?
Help me find a nice BYOB restaurant in NYC for a 12-person celebration. [more inside]
posted by LittleLisi at 6:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I have to turn このファイル.dat into 00001.dat?
Is there some way to bulk rename files from kanji/kana to romaji? Or any other solution to keep some of the Japanese file name while only using ASCII characters? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 5:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Herbal Cigarettes or Equivalent
Let's talk herbal cigarettes and other non–nicotine related substances! [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 5:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Brand new question
What is the etymology of "brand new"? When did it first appear?
posted by Neale at 5:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Burned out at work
How can I deal with burnout? [more inside]
posted by saturn25 at 5:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Charity Badge in Mediawiki?
How to display a charity badge in mediawiki? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 5:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Buda-what?
TravelFilter: What should I see or do while in Budapest for the next two weeks? [more inside]
posted by ThFullEffect at 5:08 PM PST - 14 comments

You know. Doc Brown style. Into a flux capacitor...
Is anyone working on harvesting the energy of lightning? [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend at 5:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Testing for lingering pesticide residues in the home
Testing for lingering pesticide residues in the home from professional pesticide application in the 1980s ... who can perform such tests? And then what? [more inside]
posted by Auden at 5:03 PM PST - 1 comments

How to use multiple passports?
A family member born in another country recently became a US Citizen and got a US passport. Her old country does not allow dual citizenship and would revoke her citizenship if they found out about her becoming a US citizen, but she still wants to use the native passport on trips to the native country and retain her citizenship. [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 4:53 PM PST - 24 comments

Whence the Dylan fourth?
Where did Bob Dylan's use of the fourth scale degree originate? [more inside]
posted by dfan at 4:46 PM PST - 13 comments

XP is not playing nice
Windows XP pro is failing to load. There was a brief power failure which shut the machine down, and now xp won't load. I get a BSOD that flashes so quickly I can't read it. [more inside]
posted by Shohn at 4:36 PM PST - 9 comments

My dog loves me TOO much!
Help me find a very good dog behaviorist/trainer in the NYC area! Bonus points if they specialize in seperation anxiety. [more inside]
posted by modernsquid at 4:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Manhattan Beach: yay or nay?
Can you tell me what California's Manhattan Beach area is like? I'm considering a move to be closer to my workplace in the coming months. [more inside]
posted by Bakuun at 3:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Italian wine book for an enthusiast?
Winefilter: What's a good book about Italian wine (and maybe a bottle, too) for my dad? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 3:49 PM PST - 4 comments

need some reno sun at hotel pool
(Reno filter) What hotels in Reno have a pool with good sun during the day? [more inside]
posted by Liver Killer at 3:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for advice about getting and spending money while in Mexico.
Traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico next week. Looking for advice and information about money while I'm there. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 3:02 PM PST - 9 comments

out damn spot!
Besides sunspots/liver spots, what could be the reason that my hands have developed little brown spots on them? [more inside]
posted by jalebi at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Coffee, anyone?
What is a good, cheap coffee-maker for someone who will only make coffee a few times a year? [more inside]
posted by mothershock at 1:42 PM PST - 50 comments

Leviticus 20
Who decides what passages of the Old Testament are no longer relevant in Christian theology, and who grants this authority of interpretation?
posted by plexi at 1:38 PM PST - 34 comments

I want people to come help me leaflet at this stupid thing.
I have a group with 300 members on facebook. I just set up an event related to the group. I want to invite all the group members to the event but the little button that allows you to do this (well, it was there on Saturday) has disappeared. How do I invite all the group members? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 1:01 PM PST - 22 comments

It's gettin' hot here in Texas
(AutoRepairFilter) I'm so close to fixing my Nissan Frontier's A/C. I have to replace a leaky hose... or do I? What is the cheapest way for a budding DIYer to handle this? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 12:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Shove off, potato features!
AdCampaignFilter: Poster in the London Underground that read "Shove off, potato features!" My google-fu has failed and I really want to know what the product was. Bonus points for a poster I can get my grubby little paws on. [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 12:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I get upper dentures?
I am thinking of getting an upper denture. I'm 37, and have always had problems with my teeth. [more inside]
posted by Shoeburyness at 12:34 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you learn to never ever infatuate someone?
Drama penguin of the day: I am infatuating a work colleague of mine badly and I am looking for resources to understand the nature of my infatuation to get over it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Restaurants named for the days of the week in the NYC area?
Do you know restaurants named for the days of the week in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by jasonsmall at 12:17 PM PST - 7 comments

We're here to protect you from all the terror.
What's the point of armed police at airports and train stations? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 12:16 PM PST - 29 comments

Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its carpet time! COOL RUNNERS!
Where can I get modern, bright or otherwise designy carpet runners online or in Southern California? Long, long, by-the-foot options preferred, but if I find something I like I might just buy several of the same one. Other relevant information: I am allergic to beige.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Illustrator that creates interiors with outdoor elements?
I'm looking for an illustrator that creates images of interiors with exterior elements. I know I've seen something like it at some point and this image evokes my memory of the style cues. I'm having trouble constructing a searchable phrase that will lead me there.
posted by suzen at 11:57 AM PST - 2 comments

HIPAA
What is HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act)? How does it protect an individual in terms of Doctors and medical conditions that , say, an employer might ask. Does it protect your privacy?
posted by cvoixjames at 11:45 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you get rid of extremely stubborn plantar warts?
Advice for treating some ridiculously persistent plantar warts? What remedies do you know that have been successful after all others have failed? Is there anyone who specializes in treating plantar warts? (In the Boston area.) [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 11:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Where can we find an hibachi?
Where have all the hibachis gone? Long time cooking! [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 11:37 AM PST - 16 comments

21 judges give 4 contestants a 4, 3, 2, or 1. How often is there a first place tie?
Imagine a contest, with 21 judges and 4 contestants. Judges must give one contestant 4 points, one contestant 3 points, one contestant 2 points, and one contestant 1 point. The winner is decided by summing the scores of all 21 judges. Mathematically speaking, what percentage of the time would you expect there to be a tie for first place after all 21 scores have been added?
posted by 23skidoo at 11:22 AM PST - 25 comments

Dealing with bad blank DVD-Rs
Problems with DVD-R blank media. Help me parse my solutions. [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 11:10 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I keep the kids from burning themselves?
What are good safety procedures for soldering with kids? [more inside]
posted by gaelenh at 11:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me get my hands on Trent Parke. I mean, his photo books.
It's driving me mental. I *must* get Trent Parke's "Dream/Life" and "The Seventh Wave" photo books. They are nowhere for sale. Or are they? [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal at 10:52 AM PST - 8 comments

If you were designing a website that relies heavily on photos and text, what CMS platform would you pick?
If you were designing a website that relies heavily on photos and text, what CMS platform would you pick? [more inside]
posted by jrholt at 10:39 AM PST - 12 comments

"I'm making a note here: huge success."
What video games feature in-game songs (with lyrics) related to the game itself? I'm thinking Portal's "Still Alive," not Rock Band. [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 10:33 AM PST - 37 comments

Educational Spanish rap/chant from middle school. How does it go?
In 7th grade (1990-ish) Spanish class, in Dallas, TX, we "memorized" the capitols of the countries in Central (and maybe South) America, using a cheesy yet hypnotic rap/chant that our teacher played from a cassette tape. Can someone tell me how it went? I only remember the very beginning. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 9:42 AM PST - 9 comments

MKE rental advice
Advice for finding a rental (house or apt) in Milwaukee? [more inside]
posted by sulaine at 9:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Self repair on a drafting table?
Can I salvage the parallel bar on my drafting table? [more inside]
posted by jmchrist at 9:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Ah, so that's why people habitually shoplift Prilosec.
How do I get off of Prilosec? [more inside]
posted by bunnytricks at 9:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Why does my printer give me a quarter for nothing?
I have an Epson R260 that seems to somewhat ignore the size settings that I set in Photoshop. What gives? [more inside]
posted by merocet at 9:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Nutrition for weight training.
Favorite books or websites dealing with good muscle-building nutrition? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 8:59 AM PST - 16 comments

What to do at 50 thousand miles
Help me sort through the hype, gimmicks, and dealer doublespeak. What do I need to service on my car at 50,000 miles? [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 8:36 AM PST - 14 comments

What's it like around Downtown Crossing (Boston)?
What's it like around Downtown Crossing (Boston)? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity at 8:12 AM PST - 39 comments

Where can I find good D&D podcasts?
I need a good D&D-themed podcast. The only one I've found that's still updating is a recording of a game group's actual sessions, but that's not what I want. Ideally, it'll be about running a good game, creating campaigns, &c. Any links for me? [more inside]
posted by daveqat at 8:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Where is a good place to go camping this weekend within a few hours of Denver, CO?
Where is a good place to go camping this weekend within a few hours of Denver, CO? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 7:59 AM PST - 7 comments

In search of lovers
Where can I purchase a print of this photograph by Imogen Cunningham? . . . Note: if you're searching at work, some of Cunningham's works depict nudity.
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 7:51 AM PST - 1 comments

All we are is (saw)dust on your desk
Help me figure out just what the hell is up with our new addition, bugs, and sawdust! [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 7:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Wierd Reefer?
I saw a girl slice a cigar lengthwise, poke it with what looked like a syringe [more inside]
posted by raildr at 7:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Does that there fence look straight to you?
In East Texas, and in counties surrounding the DFW metroplex, there are many, many surveys and tracts of land oriented along a 30° or 60° angle. Why is this?
posted by Sugar Induced Coma at 7:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Down or synthetic sleeping bag?
Down or synthetic? What insulation should I get for our new sleeping bags? They will be used camping, and probably backpacking overseas, but rarely - if ever - hiking, and likely never in below-freezing conditions, so synthetic sounds like it will be fine. But the old boy-scout romantic in me likes the idea of down ... [more inside]
posted by puffmoike at 6:42 AM PST - 17 comments

Anonymous, free, non-needle-based HIV testing in NYC?
In NYC: routine HIV testing that is anonymous (not "confidential"), uses saliva or a fingertip-prick (not a blood draw from the arm), and is free or very cheap -- those three things are musts -- that is in or close to the 5 boroughs? I don't need fast results; just looking for my usual periodic tests. This was easy and free in my former (smaller) city; am I just missing something in NYC?
posted by anonymous at 6:24 AM PST - 8 comments

How does a very good man meet a very good woman?
How does a very good man meet a very good woman? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 AM PST - 30 comments

Remember a photo of Pink Floyd in Kew Gardens?
What Pink Floyd album cover (or liner) does this image come from? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 6:19 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm not the only one
Help me cover my ass. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 6:19 AM PST - 17 comments

What to do with all that free time in law school?
I'm just about to head off to law school, where there are dozens of student-groups and extracurricular organizations. Which are most impressive to perspective (big-law) employers? [more inside]
posted by ericc at 6:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Best Coffee in the Square Mile?
Best Flat White in the City of London? Coffee-lovers, please advise! [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 6:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Reselling goods, is this legal?
Are there any specific illegalities to purchasing clothing (e.g. name brand shorts) from an outlet store and then offering them for sale in a boutique that specializes in selling resort wear?
posted by lungtaworld at 5:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Airline scam or not?
Why would a major airline help desk consultant ask for my phone number? Was I scammed? [more inside]
posted by boots77 at 5:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Best Phone for GPS, Gmail, and craigslist
Best Phone for Real-estate? [more inside]
posted by CaptMcalister at 5:26 AM PST - 9 comments

One night in Stockholm
Help me spend a night (and a Day) in Stockholm. [more inside]
posted by kall at 4:58 AM PST - 11 comments

ROACH ON MY FACE + wimp = oh no
ROACH. Need near-term help. [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 3:55 AM PST - 24 comments

Interesting Non-Academic Fellowships
What are some interesting non-academic fellowships out there? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 3:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Why does my baby hate me?
PregnancyFilter: I have four weeks to go and am suddenly miserable and in a lot of pain. My doctors shrug and say it's normal. Tips to get through the last month? Warning: some TMI-worthy confessions inside. [more inside]
posted by GardenGal at 3:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Italian rhythms
Do you speak Italian? Would you be willing to either read this short (five-line) poem into my voicemail or respond in the thread telling me where the stresses are in each phrase? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 2:35 AM PST - 5 comments

camping hacks
Give me your best camping hacks. [more inside]
posted by keith0718 at 2:24 AM PST - 44 comments

Am I sharing blood with my cat?
We're well into the rainy season here in Tokyo, and that means mosquito season too! It seems to be quite a bad year for them here, at least it seems so in my area. Boots the Cat is being especially bothered by them, and I've even seen one probing at her nose as she sleeps. I'm of course getting bit too, and that makes me wonder - as Boots-chan and I are the only residents in this house, and it's quite possible that mosquitoes have been going 'back and forth' between us, am I 'sharing' blood with her? Is this something I should be concerned about?
posted by woodblock100 at 1:59 AM PST - 8 comments

June 23
4-2
Is this soccer chant from a Sid the Sexist cartoon based on something real? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 11:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Which Bike?
Should I get a racer or a tourer? [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 11:38 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I remove caked-in cat poop from wood floors?
A bout of constipation and butt-dragging resulted in my cats rubbing their poop into the poorly-surfaced hardwood floors of my apartment, and no amount of scrubbing or Lysol will remove the poop caked into the grain of the wood. This is not a stain, the poop is literally caked into the wood. What do I do to remove it with a minimum of damage to the floors? Is there some way to dissolve the poop?
posted by Braeog at 11:24 PM PST - 11 comments

How to heal a sunburn?
How do I deal with a horrible sunburn? It's so bad that my shoulders have second degree burns and it hurts to move my arms. Is there a way to lessen the pain or somehow make my skin heal faster? I got the burn on Friday and have been applying aloe vera ever since.
posted by alitorbati at 10:05 PM PST - 30 comments

How to fairly split costs on a roadtrip
What's the fairest way to split gasoline and other costs between riders on a roadtrip? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu at 9:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Cheap NYC fun
The Staten Island Ferry is said to be "one of the best values in New York City" because it's free and offers great views of the city. What are other "best values" in NYC, including shopping, food, activities, and anything else that's surprisingly inexpensive. [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 9:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Road trip: Up the Mississippi, across the UP and Canada, through the Adirondacks, and back to Chicago
YARQ: Yet Another Roadtrip Question. My wife and I are taking a circle tour kinda-sorta of the Great Lakes, going west from Chicago, up the Mississippi, through the UP, east to Montreal, south through Vermont and Adirondacks, and down to Pittsburgh before heading home. Basic question here: what should we do? [more inside]
posted by sandor at 8:47 PM PST - 19 comments

public high schools in NYC
What public high schools in Manhatten should I look at for my Daughter? [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell at 8:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Winnie the Pooh needs some TLC
Teddy bear/stuffed animal repair in New York that doesn't cost a fortune? [more inside]
posted by theseampsgoto11 at 8:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I stay or go?
Follow-up to this. So I finally managed to break things off with the one in my class. I had some talks with some other people also and realized that it wasn't good for me, and I was essentially being used. Right now we don't speak at all, which is perfectly fine for me, and I spend my time interacting with everyone else. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Tell me what year my bike was made
Can you tell me what year my bike was made? [more inside]
posted by nanhey at 8:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Where does my baby get her red hair?
Where does my baby get her red hair? [more inside]
posted by vermontlife at 8:08 PM PST - 40 comments

Cuz I'm Freeeeee.......Freee Fallling
Skydiving or Hang-gliding in Vanuatu? [more inside]
posted by thelloydshow at 8:05 PM PST - 3 comments

What's a good high school prom venue in NYC?
Can anyone suggest a good venue for a high school senior prom in New York City? [more inside]
posted by bah213 at 7:44 PM PST - 7 comments

You Put Your Weed In There?
What is this wooden object I found in my closet? [more inside]
posted by scottMontgomery at 7:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Foods that wiggle, foods that jiggle
What exactly is the appeal of jelly-textured foods? [more inside]
posted by brain cloud at 7:36 PM PST - 18 comments

Help updating Ruby (on Rails)
How do I update Ruby/get RoR working? (OS X 10.4). [more inside]
posted by theRussian at 7:31 PM PST - 5 comments

How do you work this thing?
I've recently inherited a few old cameras from my late grandfather, my favorite of which is a Minolta Hi-Matic G in almost perfect condition. I need a little help using it and finding out what can be used with it. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 7:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Developing my own fitness routines?
I'm interested in developing my own workouts. I know what to do, but how do I string it all together? [more inside]
posted by rikhei at 7:03 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I manage my boss's expectations?
InOverMyHeadFilter: I'm in a job where I have unrealistic performance goals that I didn't get to see until after I had been working for a week or so. I don't think they're obtainable and my job/bonus (hah, bonus, funny) depends on it. The kicker is that I actually like the job more or less (not a dream job though) and I'm moving at the end of the week so I can't really quit...How can I manage the expectations of my boss and management without looking like I can't do my job? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 6:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Driving infraction: to contest or not?
I was pulled over the other night after making a right turn at a stop sign. I believe i came to a complete stop but believe the officer could not properly see the sign or intersection from where he was standing. ( they seemed to be pulling lots of cars over: i watched three get pulled over in the short time i was stopped) How can i decide whether to contest this case? In my mind the key variables are: keeping a clean driving abstract so my insurance rates don't go up versus the hassle of going to court and potentially losing the case ( i am planning to photograph the site to see how strong my evidence looks and don't know yet). How would i discover whether this would affect my rates? In hawaii. Geico is the insurer
posted by dougiedd at 6:32 PM PST - 22 comments

Vacation spots within driving distance of Memphis for two 20-somethings?
Vacation spots within driving distance of Memphis for two 20-somethings? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 6:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Does such a Vegas hotel room exist?
DoesThisEvenExistFilter: Can 4 couples get some kind of suite-type-thing with 4 bedrooms and a common area with a decent view of the Vegas strip for $800/night or less? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 5:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Freelance liability insurance is making my head hurt.
I'm a small freelance business owner, with a new client whose standard contract requires me to carry general liability insurance. Probably not a bad idea, so I could use some tips for what to look for in this type of insurance, and any good carriers. But in the meanwhile, for this specific contract, I'd like to get that clause waived. Has anyone had any success having a clause like this waived, and how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by Stacey at 5:52 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get experience with nonfiction magazine-style writing?
I'm a journalism student who wants to gain experience with a particular form of freelance magazine writing, if not break into the business itself. How can I find a print or online outlet willing to give me a shot? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 5:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Green Cards take how long?
My sister has been living and working in the US for years. She applied for her Green Card in 2003 - she's still waiting, along with a group of workmates who applied at the same time. She believes she has no recourse. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by mooza at 5:39 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm not gonna swell up and die, am I?
How afraid of side effects should I be while taking lisinopril for hypertension? You guys aren't my doctor, because I just saw her today. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:33 PM PST - 15 comments

He may be moving away geographically, should I be moving away emotionally?
Is my relationship going nowhere? And how might I go about asking him what his intentions are without freaking him out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:33 PM PST - 30 comments

I think I have a winner but
Digitalcamerafilter: Tell me what you think of your Olympus 1020 [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 5:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Is there a place on the internets that I can get an idea of what my records are worth.
Is there a place on the internets that I can get an idea of what my records are worth. [more inside]
posted by citybuddha at 4:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Varrrghas.
Help me identify the title of this illustration by Alberto Vargas. [more inside]
posted by davidriley at 4:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Getting notified of airline specials?
Is there a website where I can list the airlines serving my airport, and my airport itself, and then get an email whenever special fares are offered to anywhere, including last minute deals? I'd like to be tempted, and Travelocity doesn't seem to have this.
posted by rabbus at 4:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Recipes for a family covered over in bok choy.
We got a huge load of bok choy in our CSA last week, and I'm at a loss as to what to do with it outside of stir-fry. Please, no more stir-fry! Bonus points for dishes that could be frozen.
posted by Mimzy at 3:50 PM PST - 29 comments

Seattle: How to sell a nice, newish sewing/embroidery machine
Where can I find a consignment shop for sewing machines in Seattle? I have two very nice ones , but I know almost nothing about sewing machines and how people sell used ones. [more inside]
posted by ascheele at 3:46 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get Firefox to work in 256 colors?
I want to use Firefox 3 in a thin client environment - SBS2K, RDP. Terminals cannot display more than 256 colors, and FF3 does not seem to support this. [more inside]
posted by Tawita at 3:33 PM PST - 11 comments

What should I do in Dawson City?
Yukonfilter: One day in Dawson. What should we do/avoid? [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty at 3:21 PM PST - 1 comments

What happens (legally) when an American and a Japanese person marry?
International Marriage filter: When a US Citizen marries a foreigner, what process is involved in bringing the new spouse to the US and getting permanent resident status? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 3:00 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I find the 8th grade teacher who inspired me so much?
How do I track down the amazing 8th grade teacher I had in 1994? I've tried all the obvious things, but no luck... [more inside]
posted by ardief at 3:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Which satellite radio provider is offering the best deal?
Which satellite radio provider is offering the best deal? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 2:58 PM PST - 7 comments

New car stereo solution?
Car stereo solution for someone non-technical. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 2:37 PM PST - 6 comments

What should we read to know what my pregnant wife should be eating?
Recommendations on what diet my 6-week pregnant wife should be following. [more inside]
posted by MythMaker at 2:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Are my car's dents worth fixing?
Are my car's dents worth fixing? [more inside]
posted by aliasless at 2:22 PM PST - 12 comments

How to stop an annoying buzzer next door?
What can I do about an obnoxious parking lot buzzer in the building next door? [more inside]
posted by i less than three nsima at 2:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Know a good San Francisco lawyer?
I've decided to buck the trend and not ask you for legal advice and go straight to getting a lawyer. So... do you have a recommendation for a lawyer in San Francisco to help me through a business/contract/billing dispute? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:15 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I stop worrying and getting myself in trouble?
I'm trying to figure out how to be less paranoid and obsessive and how to not replay past and future negative scenarios in my head constantly – eventually getting myself in trouble. Often, I go over negative things that I've overheard or have suspicions about, and negative recent occurrences (like getting fired recently or conversations that might have left me in a bad light in someone else’s view). I feel paranoid about anything I cannot control and have ever had problems with perhaps. I was recently fired from a job for generally being too confrontational with my boss about things I saw going wrong and things I was feeling paranoid about. The thing is -- the paranoia is somewhat justified, and I have a hard time believing that it's possible not to worry about stuff all the time. And now at my new job I feel that I’m at risk of the same behavior, feeling jaded already about my new work situation and worrying constantly about everything in my life (and about not having a life, and even about worrying too much itself!) – how can I feel more relaxed and just chill out? [more inside]
posted by albatross5000 at 2:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Resources and Support for ALS
My father was recently diagnosed with ALS. I could use your help, particularly if you have personal experience with it. [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw at 1:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Toronto Restaurant?
Hello, I am organizing an event for approx. 40 people coming from Europe and I am looking for a nice venue in Toronto. I live in New York, it's kinda hard to go see them myself, I just need the names of some really nice, posh, blah blah places, since the guests are high scale. Any responses will be very much appreciated. Thanks
posted by lumidine at 1:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me improve my poker game
Can you help a n00b get started with online poker? [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants at 1:48 PM PST - 15 comments

How to be a better citizen journalist?
Looking for websites and podcasts with tips on being a better citizen journalist/blogger. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 1:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Camping suggestions for NC/VA in July
Where in northern NC or VA should we go camping from July 10-12th? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 1:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Will this even work?
DIY Woodworking - The step for my kitchen door was totally rotted through, so I chiselled out all the bad wood. Now what? [more inside]
posted by boosh at 1:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Seeking Austin Blogs
I'm moving back to Austin, TX in December and am looking for some local blogs to read in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 1:11 PM PST - 4 comments

We did not make the bed, but we must lay in it.
Our mattress was damaged in a (self) move and we have reason to believe that it is a manufacturing issue. We have to deal with the furniture store first. We do not anticipate this being an easy situation. Advice needed, please. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommend pants for hot weather.
I'm a huge baby. Southern California in the summer is too hot for me. I own two pairs of pants. Both are black denim. Are those tactical 511 pants very cool? I don't wear shorts. What do they wear in the desert? I'm looking for something really cool, really comfortable; not really concerned with fashion -except I hate baggy pants. I'm about 6 feet tall and skinny.
posted by low affect at 12:23 PM PST - 25 comments

I'm too young for new knees!!
Is my knee screwed or just screwing with me? [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember at 12:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Overcoming everything to start anew
TraumaFilter: what worked for you in overcoming PTSD, anxiety, depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:00 PM PST - 23 comments

Why do traffic lights have a blink cycle?
Why do traffic lights switch to flashing red after a power outage? [more inside]
posted by ChrisManley at 11:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Inspiration or entertainment? Both please.
Movie recommendations in which the main character gives up his/her own success or place in society to pursue an unpopular social cause or to help unpopular person or people. Bonus points for movies based on actual events. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 11:31 AM PST - 37 comments

New phone/carrier recs.
It's come the time to buy a new cellphone. I have a RAZR V2 and it's falling apart. My Verizon contract is up in November. Should I re-up with Verizon and stay on my family plan or should I break off and/or go to another carrier? And what phone should I look into? All I know is that I do not want a huge fold out QWERTY keyboard like a 16-year-old girl with a Sidekick and probably do not want a Motorola. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 11:06 AM PST - 29 comments

Fake Tan vs. Sun Tan
How does a real, UV created tan work when it is acquired after skin has been fake tanned with a cream/spray type product? [more inside]
posted by lukeo05 at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Song ID Please
What is the name of this King Crimson song, and which album is it on? (WARNING: Song is used as soundtrack for NSFW non-nude slide show of porn star.)
posted by Crotalus at 11:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Things to watch out for with print-on-demand services
Are print-on-demand on-line shops really going to steal my precious artwork? [more inside]
posted by ghost of a past number at 11:00 AM PST - 6 comments

What makes a U.S. congressional bill non-binding?
What makes a U.S congressional bill non-binding? Is there a way to tell from the text of the bill itself? [more inside]
posted by metadave at 10:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I take pictures in DC?
Photography in Washington, DC: Where can I take my camera, and where can I take my tripod? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 10:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Our e-newsletter script went broke... need help!
PHP List is borked, and our e-newsletter was supposed to go out this morning! Does anyone have suggestions for a similar online e-newsletter management system (preferably free or ultra-inexpensive)? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 10:39 AM PST - 6 comments

How do people shave when backpacking?
When backpacking around tropical climates where most budget hostels seem to only provide cold showers or bucket showers, how do people go about shaving? [more inside]
posted by paulfreeman at 10:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Baby Boy goodness?
Flip this question: What is great about parenting a boy? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:25 AM PST - 41 comments

Need to identify Hot Wheels part
Help me identify a Hot Wheels die cast car part/accessory. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 10:19 AM PST - 2 comments

What are some best practices for creating an online office locator?
What are some best practices for creating an online office locator? [more inside]
posted by HC Foo at 9:54 AM PST - 7 comments

How should I tote my stuff, including a laptop, on my bike?
How should I tote my stuff, including a laptop, on my bike? (Backpacks and messenger bags need not apply.) [more inside]
posted by Project F at 9:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Drop and give me 100!
My friends and I are about to embark on a 6-week push-up training program. Obviously, this has to be a competitive event. The problem, though, is finding a fair way to measure who wins... [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 9:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Measuring influence: how do political lobbyists or similar groups measure their success?
Measuring influence: how do political lobbyists or similar groups measure their success? [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 9:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Can this ring be saved?
Can my unusual eternity band be resized? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy at 9:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Songs with the appropriate mush-factor and fun-factor?
Please help me compile a set of music for my dad to use in his video projects. [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 9:18 AM PST - 2 comments

How many hard drives does it take, before WinXP can see them?
External hard showing "weird". Better known as, sharing an external/portable hard drive between osx and winxp. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 8:42 AM PST - 10 comments

"Our love is like Jesus, but worse/Though we sealed the tomb up where we laid its body, it rises"
How do you let go of love? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 8:37 AM PST - 33 comments

Baby Daughter Daddy
Help me with gender disappointment. My wife and I just had an ultrasound and found out our baby will be a girl. I was hoping for a boy because I never knew / met my father. My dad was a completely absent f*ck-up. I was hoping to somehow fill that void by giving my son what I never had and teaching him the things I had to learn on my own. I know I will be overjoyed when my daughter is born, but right now, I am feeling quite sad. What is a good way to look at this, and what can I look forward to with having a girl
posted by jasondigitized at 8:33 AM PST - 71 comments

That catholic schoolboy sound
I'm looking for songs with the Catholic sound - like Enigma: Sadness. [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon at 8:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me find a new hair spray!
Hair spray fanatics: Help me find an unscented, non-aerosol, max hold alternative to this Pantene hair spray. [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 8:17 AM PST - 10 comments

What to do when laptop display dies?
The screen on my HP Pavillion dv9000 laptop suddenly went black. Is there anything I can do except sending it back to HP? [more inside]
posted by SurrenderMonkey at 8:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Why do some men hang out to talk in office restrooms?
Men: Do you socialize in the restroom at work? WHY? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious at 8:06 AM PST - 41 comments

Turkey, Bulls and Frank Gehry
Travel three-fer: Istanbul, Pamplona, Bilbao... [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 7:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Escaping the inevitability of losing my interview recordings.
Transferring from a dictaphone (headphone output only) to a MacBook, and I can't afford to lose much quality. Help! [more inside]
posted by carbide at 7:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Furniture Shopping in Highpoint
I have family visiting me in Durham, NC this weekend to buy furniture. Where are the best places to go? [more inside]
posted by philmas at 7:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Where in Philadelphia can I go to use a treadmill for free?
Where in Philadelphia can I go to use a treadmill for free? [more inside]
posted by jrichards at 7:33 AM PST - 2 comments

A Box Set Box for My Blank DVD Cases?
Do-it-yourselfers: I'm trying to make my own DVD box set. The part that's missing is the box. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 7:17 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I get back up to speed on basic CSS and ColdFusion quickly?
How can I get back up to speed on basic CSS and ColdFusion quickly? [more inside]
posted by allen8219 at 7:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Oldbuilders unbellyfeel Lego.
It seems to me that bricklaying would be more efficient if house bricks interlocked like Lego blocks. Why aren't they made like that?
posted by Joe in Australia at 7:14 AM PST - 28 comments

The ultimate self-discipline is not peaking at the answer.
I need some mind-bendingly difficult brain teasers. [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 7:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Are you not entertained?
Is it time to give up my humor? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser at 7:10 AM PST - 17 comments

New England & American Studies Programs - Help Make Me Smart About Them
American Studies scholars, please help me compare 2 programs in New England and American Studies and get some general advice. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 6:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Deep fryer recipes?
Either because she loves me, or because she wants me to die early, my lovely wife bought me a deep fryer! What are your favorite recipes that end in “…deep fry until golden brown.”? I’m especially looking for recipes for fish and chips and tempura, but anything else will be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 6:40 AM PST - 30 comments

Public financing of campaigns.
Last week Obama eschewed the public financing system for the general election. It seems that many of the articles I am reading are saying that he is the "first major party candidate to reject public financing and its attendant spending limits." Do they mean in this election, or ever? If they mean "first-ever" (since public financing started) and public financing means a candidate can't raise private funds, then why is there always so much talk of candidates hosting various fund-raising events like $x,000-a-plate dinners? Are the publicly financed campaigns having their PACs raise money or what?
posted by pithy comment at 6:39 AM PST - 10 comments

I don't have any real life friends. What should I do?
I don't have any real life friends. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:57 AM PST - 34 comments

buzz off
I live in an apartment that gets a lot of street noise, so sometimes I use earplugs when it gets to be too much. The problem is that when I use them I hear a constant buzzing noise that's really distracting. [more inside]
posted by trig at 2:44 AM PST - 16 comments

What questions should I ask the subjects of my documentary on the Philippines porn industry?
I'm going to be filming a documentary in the Philippines about families supported by the pornography industry, and I'd like to hear any interesting questions you might have for the subjects. [more inside]
posted by premiumpolar at 2:23 AM PST - 18 comments

A new kind of dial-up internet hell.
Archaic Windows dial-up networking question; why do I randomly lose internet connectivity (with dial-up still online) and can't get it back without restarting the computer? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 2:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Accomodation in Philadelphia
Looking for cheap accommodation ($50-$60?) in Philadelphia near the university for end of July/beginning of August - any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by gravelshoes at 1:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Advice on solar hot water systems in the UK? What do I need to know?
Solar hot water and central heating for dummies? I'm in the UK, our (gas, combi) boiler has been rubbish since we moved in, and given that we're now looking at a new boiler we're thinking of complementing it with some sort of solar panel based solution. What should we look out for? What do we need? Can we reuse our existing radiators? What questions should we ask installation companies? [more inside]
posted by handee at 1:26 AM PST - 7 comments

How does an adult develop rhythm?
How does an adult develop rhythm? [more inside]
posted by mrmarley at 1:17 AM PST - 10 comments

June 22
Good laptop and camera backpack for carry-on?
I need to get a backpack that fits a 17" MacBook Pro (with neoprene sleeve on), as well as some sort of separate (i.e. removable and wearable) camera shoulder bag, holding itself a canon 40D and a few lenses. Oh, and it has to get through airport security as carry-on luggage, obviously... [more inside]
posted by avocade at 11:43 PM PST - 8 comments

What are these maternity doctors and nurses chanting?
[Link is NSFW: graphic childbirth.] What is the maternity staff chanting in this video? They seem to have a few different songs, one for when the woman is pushing and another for once the baby is born. The notes for the video say that they are in "an Asian country" but I don't know what language they're speaking. [more inside]
posted by lemuria at 11:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find Huy Fong-brand sriracha chili sauce in Chicago's Hyde Park?
I know I can get an amazing sampler pack by mail-order for $7, but shipping is $10 additional. Anyone know a brick-and-mortar store in Hyde Park that carries Huy Fong's sriracha chili sauce? Failing that, any recommendations for Chicago's Chinatown would also be appreciated.
posted by d. z. wang at 11:29 PM PST - 9 comments

CSS and WordPress woes.
CSS, WordPress Themes, HTML: Trying to custom-design my new blog's design; only three images out of ~10 appearing. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 9:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Replacing the C-guard for Siemens Pure 500 hearing aids
My husband's hearing aid's C-guard slipped out, and any new one we try to insert gradually worms its way out and pops out too. Any advice on getting it to stay in until we can make an appointment? [more inside]
posted by shirobara at 8:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Snack us!
What are some creative black and white, bite sized snacks? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 8:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Would it be wrong to paint my own version of a painting I like?
I stumbled upon a print of a painting selling online (sold by the artist thru a third party site) which I really love. I’m creative, so rather than buy the small and expensive print, I thought it would be fun for me to paint my own version of it. What are the ethics/copyright issues of this?... [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 8:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Who's the woman speaking on NWA's "Gangsta Gangsta"?
Who is the woman sampled speaking on NWA's "Gangsta Gangsta"? She says "hopin' you sophisticated motherfuckers here what I have to say", "he'll fuck up you and yours - and anything that gets in his way", and "he'll just call you a lowlife motherfucker and talk about your funky ways." [more inside]
posted by redteam at 7:50 PM PST - 16 comments

A Flip that doesn't shimmy?
I'm looking for an alternative to the Flip Video that doesn't shimmy the video when I move it side to side. [more inside]
posted by the_W at 7:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Just like the neighbor's cat in your kids' sandbox...
What am I doing to my links pointing to images in a private directory that prevents me from seeing the pics in Dreamweaver CS3 Design mode? [more inside]
posted by bonobo at 7:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Creative Decor Ideas please.
How could I creatively hang this paper on my walls? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 6:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Which IT/Network Certs are most valuable on a resume.
Which IT / Network Certifications are most valuable on a resume? [more inside]
posted by huxley at 6:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Quiz night games!
Quiz night games- I'm organising a quiz night for 150+ people (argh!) and need to fill the time between rounds with games. Does anyone have suggestions for interesting and fun games for people to play at a quiz night? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 6:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Mexican spanish help please.
How would you say "bite my shiny metal ass" [sic] in Mexican Spanish?
posted by wilful at 6:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there anything I haven't seen in this neck of the woods?
Vacation spots in Ontario/Quebec? [more inside]
posted by hiptobesquare at 6:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Drill It Into My Head
Help me understand electricity and physics and how they apply to motors. I have my head around electricity basics and electromagnetism, but I have a few unanswered questions about the more subtle aspects. [more inside]
posted by kaizen at 6:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Birding Gurus: Was that really a Carolina Wren?
A wren or not a wren, that is the question.... [more inside]
posted by longdaysjourney at 5:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Help with Wifi!
How can I increase the range of my brand new Linksys WRT600N wireless router so that my wife's Dell Inspiron 1505 gets a better signal? My former router, a 3 year old Linksys model (WRT54G) seemed to send a much better signal, and I bought this new router thinking I'd see improvements a-plenty, but noooooo, and documentation is sorely lacking. Help! I really don't want to go back to the WRT54G, since surely this new router is more capable when set up properly, right? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 5:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me learn to like coffee.
CoffeeFilter. I love the smell of coffee but can't stand the taste. Far too bitter for my tastebuds. How can I learn to like coffee? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:42 PM PST - 64 comments

My life is a blues song.
Brokenrelationshipfilter? Two weeks ago I found out that my girlfriend of a year had been seeing an acquaintance of my best friend for the past two months. They're over, and she told me, asking that we stay together. I'm not sure now if we're going to or not, but we agreed to six months more to see if we can make it work. I'm pissed, frankly, and she's suffering from horrible post-breakup depression; crying, insomnia, apathy, the works. I do, I believe, love her, but I'm having trouble seeing how we'll get through all the smoke in the air. I'm well aware that I'm the only one who can make this decision, but rationality isn't my strong point right now, and I could use some outside perspective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:37 PM PST - 62 comments

Best comedy club in Los Angeles?
Which comedy club in Los Angeles is the best? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 5:32 PM PST - 10 comments

iphone, just a couple last questions...
Iphone, just a couple specific questions...still can't figure out [more inside]
posted by femmme at 5:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find a bowler hat on my Scotland holiday?
Where can I find a formal bowler hat in Glasgow or Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 4:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Help Me To Start Drinking Beer
Beer. I've never tried it. Or any other alcohol. And I'll be 39 next week. But I'm ready to start drinking! Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by catcatwomanman at 4:44 PM PST - 77 comments

Divorce, Guilt, Pursuing Happiness
Am late 50s, living in Portland, OR, divorced many years, really don't want to be here (interested in relocating to southern california), but have early teenager daughter. How do I reconcile wanting to pursue what I want to do with the years I have left, with staying around in this area for my daughter (my ex has custody, zero problems with visitation, etc.). By the time she turns 18, i'll be in mid 60s+, which i know is not the end of the world, but...am i being selfish for wanting to pursue what I think will make me happy, versus "doing time" here just to be physically close to my daughter (we have a great relationship). Genuine feedback appreciated.
posted by america4 at 4:40 PM PST - 26 comments

How to call a UK 0700 number from the USA?
How do I call a UK 0700 number from the USA? My mother is in hospital and I'd like to call her tomorrow. I'm familiar with the normal rules (01144 + drop the leading zero) but it doesn't seem to work for these 0700 numbers. [more inside]
posted by w0mbat at 4:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Worst part of the world sitting on you? De pression!
Depression while traveling: it's such a bummer! [more inside]
posted by electronslave at 4:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Keep on trying / 'til we run out of cake
GirlfriendFilter: What should my almost-but-not-quite girlfriend of two months and I do to celebrate her birthday? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Public health filter
Where can i find free municipal NYC condoms in bars or locations in the city or in Brooklyn that are placed abundantly and in discreet locations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:15 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you act in a gay bar?
Just out of the closet. Little bit socially clueless. Teach me how to behave at a gay bar. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Subaru motor of death?
Girlfriend fell in love with a 1996 Legacy Outback. It has the 2.5 liter motor that everyone and their mother says died a horrible headgasket death.. [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 4:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find an issue of Architectural Digest from the 20's?
Where can I find a very old copy of Architectural Digest? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 3:46 PM PST - 6 comments

VW Beetle wiring riddle
Apropos of nothing, why would the wiring going to the fog lights on a US 2002 VW New Beetle have an extra unattached plug on it? This is not the lowest model, but came with the fog lights standard. I wonder if one of the upscale versions had fog lamps with two bulbs in each light or something that would have required another plug. On second look, it occurs only on the drivers side wiring, the passenger side looks normal. Please stop me from agonizing over this superfluous detail!
posted by ackptui at 3:35 PM PST - 11 comments

What's wrong with my wrist?
What's wrong with my wrist? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 3:28 PM PST - 8 comments

What sort of heart rate monitor should I buy?
Could someone please give me advice on buying a heart rate monitor? [more inside]
posted by Jack Alucard at 3:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Seriously, he didn't even TOUCH you.
FootballFilter: which national teams have reputations for good sportsmanship? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 3:17 PM PST - 12 comments

how to wire a fan control switch
Need help putting 3 ceiling fans on a single fan control switch. [more inside]
posted by frogmoses at 2:56 PM PST - 8 comments

How to preserve white rosebuds?
How do you preserve white rosebuds without having them turn grey? Or, alternately, where can you buy dried rosebuds in white? [more inside]
posted by diamondsky at 2:56 PM PST - 1 comments

How can I *officially* get dibs on this NYC room share?
Getting an room in NYC question...with a twist. [more inside]
posted by lxs at 2:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Metal roofing on a shed...sheet and ridge cap installation?
I'm nearly the end of my first major building project...an 8'x8' shed with a foot overhang on all sides. I've just put up the trusses (purchased them, with a 4 in 12 pitch) and put 3/8" plywood on top. A neighbour gave me a whole bunch of metal sheet roofing in 12' lengths that I will cut down to length. My question is...he didn't give me a ridge cap and I have no idea what to buy or how to install that. Advice please? FWIW, I'm not 100 clear on the metal sheet installation either, so help there is appreciated too. Please keep in mind that this is just a shed and I don't expect anything even close to perfection! Thanks!
posted by Kickstart70 at 2:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Safari's user agent: How can I make it stick?
How can I make safari open a certain page using a specific user agent, each time, without me having to choose the agent (on leopard)?
posted by senseigmg at 2:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Windows XP demands User Account password that doesn't exist.
My Windows XP randomly asks for a password for the User Accounts when there is no password, but will accept a blank password field. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro at 2:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Pondering Mycological Mysteries in the North Woods--book recommendations?
What field guide for mushrooms should I get? [more inside]
posted by RedEmma at 1:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Identify this photo
Does anyone know who the photographer is, or which series this photo is from? [more inside]
posted by quantum eclecticist at 1:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me remember this western/comedy movie.
Help me identify this old western movie by its final scene (is it a comedy?) [more inside]
posted by arniec at 1:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Handwriting? Writing with ones' hand? Please explain.
I'd like to find typographically pretty stencils in small sizes; Something neat and flat that I could have in my notebook and trace with a .005 pen. [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 12:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Fish out of water?
Can a liberal, vegetarian, yoga-loving, non-Mormon be happy in Logan Utah? [more inside]
posted by TorontoSandy at 12:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Staying Fit While Traveling in Europe
Going on vacation to Germany and Italy for 2 weeks. Looking for ways to try to stay fit while traveling. We will be staying with friends in Germany and may have access to a Gym, but will be staying in a house in Italy with no gym access. Any ideas for this? Possibly equipment that I could take that would assist?
posted by gm2007 at 11:41 AM PST - 8 comments

In search of...open-source BookCAT
Is there any open-source book cataloging program, based on MS Access or another popular database, for personal use? [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 11:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Voices you either love or hate...
I like singers with strange voices. I don't like novelty songs (e.g. Betty Boop) and I don't like "songs" that are so avant-garde that they're basically noise (e.g. someone screaming into a microphone). So I'm not looking for strange music. I'm looking for traditional (melodic) music sung by singers with non-traditional singing voices. Examples of what I like: Joanna Newsom, Leon Redbone, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Elaine Stritch. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 11:26 AM PST - 106 comments

Korean Music Meta Meta Uber Filter
Please help me find Korean music. I am learning Korean; therefore, I would like to practice my listening. Not only that, but I'd like to learn as much of the diverse culture as possible. I am looking for anything and everything. I would like traditional and modern, conservative and outrageous, mainstream and alternative. I am looking for soundtracks and singles. I am looking for torrents, radio links, youtube, websites, lyric sites, your favourite songs, songs that you hated, songs with lyrics, songs without lyrics. I am looking for anything that would make this the best Korean music thread on AskMe MeFi. Kamsahamnida.
posted by Knigel at 11:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me not wear clothing that will burst into flames.
I'm going to be taking a few weeks of glassblowing lessons soon, and need to wear mostly or entirely cotton clothing while I'm there (no artificial fibers). However, I have some clothing made with modal, and I have no idea if that's ok to wear or not. Help? [more inside]
posted by mismatched at 10:45 AM PST - 13 comments

flying with prescription drugs
My doctor gave me a dozen Vicodin for back pain. I just realized that the bottle doesn't have my name on it. I'm getting on an international flight in a few hours. Will this be a problem? Flying from the US to the EU.
posted by mrunderhill at 10:24 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I program for OS X?
My new Intel iMac is coming in the mail in a day or two, and I'd really like to learn how to program software for OS X and for my iPod Touch. Where can I learn how to do this? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 10:20 AM PST - 6 comments

f-stop my heart
DSLR recommendations anyone? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 9:52 AM PST - 21 comments

Figure 8 Urban Plan?
Looking for a particular transit-oriented development website. [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider at 9:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Sunday computer problems..... ahhh yeah.
First time with formatting partitions or installing linux. [more inside]
posted by thatguyryan at 9:29 AM PST - 4 comments

My Windows Won't Switch alt-tab is
alt - tab no longer an option [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 9:11 AM PST - 7 comments

My young friends wife (27) is in a coma. How do I offer support?
My friend from childhood - who I haven't really kept up with much even though we live in the same neighborhood - woke up one morning to discover his wife of less than 3 years was unconscious. She is in a coma and it's not clear if she'll ever wake up. They have one kid. How do I offer my support? [more inside]
posted by seatofmypants at 8:55 AM PST - 20 comments

Chanel Ciel de Nuit
Looking for nail polish similar to Chanel Ciel de Nuit. My 10+ year old bottle of Urban Decay Frostbite is on its last legs, and the look-alikes mentioned here have been similarly discontinued.
posted by needled at 8:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Tips for running?
Tips for running? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 8:25 AM PST - 22 comments

When should a garden be watered?
What time of day should the garden be watered? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:02 AM PST - 16 comments

What is this blues song?
Long shot - I'm looking for the title/artist/any information for a blues song that I had on a mix cd once. The song may have had "yodel" in the title, but there was no legitimate yodeling in the song. Aw shucks! [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear at 7:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Teaching kids music
How do you encourage children to learn to play musical instruments? [more inside]
posted by baggymp at 7:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Where are all the fun online trivia games?
I love trivia! And, I love playing games on the internet. Problem is, finding both of these has been disappointing. [more inside]
posted by UseyurBrain at 7:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Why don't electric companies take credit cards?
Why do electric utilities either not take credit cards for payment or charge ridiculously large surcharges ($5) to do so? [more inside]
posted by OTA at 6:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Bands and fame
A question about how bands get noticed. [more inside]
posted by LSK at 5:14 AM PST - 19 comments

Where in France can I find some inexpensive privacy?
I'm looking for a secluded place in France, preferably no more than two hours from Paris by train, where I can read philosophy for two days straight. [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 5:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Three Monitors, One Linux (I know obscenity when I hear it)
Please help me: Make my triple monitors work in Ubuntu ----OR---- Find a distro that will gracefully handle three monitors. [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 12:23 AM PST - 9 comments

June 21
Aftermarket lights for an old Forester
I want to replace my 2001 Subaru Forester's signal lamps. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by fleeba at 11:01 PM PST - 6 comments

If I Need Surgery For This I'm Not Going to be Happy
What is going on with my wrist? Pictures inside, and most likely safe for work but I can't guarantee that since I don't know what's going on. And of course, YANAD and all that good stuff. [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 10:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Playing with the numbers
Thinking of Joe Cocker's great cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends", I started wondering: what other cover versions have actually changed the time signature of the original? [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:54 PM PST - 48 comments

I am Schwinn's (what?)
What do you call this part of a bike? (Photo inside) [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 9:52 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I stop the extreme condensation in my refrigerator?
How can I stop the extreme condensation in my refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 9:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Email Marketing
I'm a dog trainer. Almost 100% of the potential clients who telephone me sign up for lessons. Far fewer, about 40% of the people who email me, sign up for lessons. The other 60% don't respond to my email. How can I get that other 60% to sign up? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 9:31 PM PST - 28 comments

Seriously this was a really good sandwich.
Can I patent a sandwich? I may have just invented the best sandwich ever, and before I reveal the recipe I want to know it's safe from those would attempt to misuse it's power for evil. [more inside]
posted by Dillonlikescookies at 8:39 PM PST - 51 comments

Any software auditing software for OS X?
Are there any free, good software auditing programs/suites for OS X? [more inside]
posted by speek at 8:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Keep my Wordpress blog out of search engines!
Why is my Wordpress blog showing up in Google when I have specifically chosen the option to keep it private from search engines? [more inside]
posted by Drohan at 8:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Vintage Wedding Gfift - Naughty
Can you help me with titles, online shopping sources for 1950s tongue-in-cheek sex/marriage manual? [more inside]
posted by Lesser Shrew at 6:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Heading to Madrid!
I'm giving a talk in Aranjuez, Spain (southern part of Madrid metro area) in mid July and will be in the area for a week. Can anyone tell me about Aranjuez? How far is it from the center of Madrid and is it easy to get into the city? [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 6:24 PM PST - 7 comments

What does Getty Images care about Lenin?
SeattleFilter: What does "[t]his photo opportunity © Getty Images" mean? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum at 6:20 PM PST - 15 comments

How to design a book
Book design help! I would like to find a good website or blog that can help me learn more about designing the interior of a nonfiction book. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 6:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Le song is driving me Le bonkers
Song I.D. filter for the song at the end credits of french film The Grocer's Son [more inside]
posted by stavx at 4:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Need help with an old-ish iMac and iMovie
Help me with my outdated iMac and editing HD digital video - it doesn't recognize HD, so what do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by Nick Verstayne at 3:58 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I find al word documents containing a particular phrase?
Hi, I'm trying to find some old Word documents in Windows Vista and I don't seem to get the option to look through file contents when I use search. Could someone please tell me how I can do an advanced search to find all documents containing a particular phrase in Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by Tnuocca at 3:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Things to do in Krakow
Krakow, Poland. A fleeting visit - seeking suggestions for Great Things To Do. [more inside]
posted by 4eyes at 3:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Why is my laptop so hot, and what laptop can I buy that won't burn me?
Do all laptops get this hot? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 3:21 PM PST - 17 comments

The Other Kind Of Red Meat
Restaurant with ostrich fillets in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 3:07 PM PST - 4 comments

How to get fired?
Can I request to be laid off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Is my boyfriend cheating on me or am I being paranoid?
Is my boyfriend cheating on me or am I being paranoid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:46 PM PST - 49 comments

I need t-shirt ideas...SCHNELL SCHNELL!
I have a family reunion coming up soon and I thought it would be fun to make some t-shirts. I am going for humorous, possibly incorporating our last name somehow (long German name). I could maybe play off the fact that I have six brothers and sisters. Maybe the fact that the reunion is taking place in South Dakota and most of us don't live anywhere near there. I dunno...anyone have any ideas?
posted by superduperfly at 2:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Attending first Quaker meeting - what should I know?
I'm attending my first Quaker meeting tomorrow. What should I know beforehand? [more inside]
posted by clcapps at 2:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Controllers for my PC emulation machine!!
What's the best USB controller to use when emulating old games on my PC? [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 at 1:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Staving off Chester the Molester Without the Drama?
Tips for avoiding an awkward social situation with someone who molested me? [more inside]
posted by Gianna at 12:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Are these meditation CDs any good?
Anyone here used Dr. Jeffrey Thompson's meditation/"mind system" CDs? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Need translation help before I make udon soup.
Help me read the directions on this Japanese soup stock packet. [more inside]
posted by puffin at 12:12 PM PST - 3 comments

I can't see any Google pages after I log in to my GOogle account
What is wrong with my Google login? Recently my Google sign-in has been acting strange. Whenever I access a service that needs a login (such as my iGoogle page, Gmail, but not Google Reader), all I see at the end is a blank page. There are no error messages, etc. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 11:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Tell me everything your know about the community of Elmhurst, NY.
What can you tell me about Elmhurst, NY? How long does it take to get there from the Upper West Side? [more inside]
posted by DarwinianDan at 11:21 AM PST - 5 comments

newbie sales need a clue
I'm doing a career change into sales for an IT company. This company doesn't have a sales person now or a marketing strategy. How can I best contribute and succeed at this role? [more inside]
posted by diode at 11:05 AM PST - 3 comments

How common are pay for download warez scams?
Are warez sites that are a "one time payment for unlimited downloads" basically all a scam? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 11:01 AM PST - 11 comments

"Waiter, I'll have the fish."
What is this thing in the video? Cool looking but I have no idea what it is. Video is of a fish-like thing. I think it wants to eat my brain.
posted by zerobyproxy at 10:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Mechanical transmissions
Mech-E-filter: Can someone point me to a comprehensive online resource or tutorial with an overview of mechanical power transmission mechanisms? I'm interested the transmission of rotary motion as well as conversion between rotary and linear motion. [more inside]
posted by Krrrlson at 10:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Awesome online dogtag recommendation?
Recommendation for a tried and true online dog ID tag merchant? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:01 AM PST - 8 comments

What has the internet actually replaced?
What institutions/artefacts/services has the internet categorically seen the back of?
posted by MrMerlot at 9:54 AM PST - 40 comments

Older Foreign or Newer Domestic?
I need help buying a used car, and I'm on a budget. [more inside]
posted by King Bee at 9:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Provide your own wage: how much do I ask for experienced heavy labour?
Asking for a friend: If starting wage for unskilled heavy labour was $13/hr. What would one ask for (in wages) if they were asked to provide a wage for themselves for skilled and experienced heavy labour? [more inside]
posted by Acer_saccharum at 9:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Please tell me what to eat!
I make bad food decisions. I would like someone to tell me exactly what to eat for every meal, every day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 AM PST - 23 comments

Microbial yeast-infection war with my boyfriend
Long distance relationship...and my body is not cooperating??!!! (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me deal with bisexuality.
Fiancee best friend is bisexual. I have issues dealing with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 AM PST - 28 comments

You have been disconnected.
We're having some problems with our wireless network, and I can't figure out what the problem is. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 9:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Really need some help with a file that doesn't exist
Please help me. I have installed "one care". As you can see it recomends that "ad-aware" should be removed, however when I press "unstall now" I get the second screen. I have searched for this file and have found no such file. On page three I have found "ad-aware" in programs2, but I have no idea what to do now. I keep getting the screen on page one and I also get a notice that their are trojans that keep popping even though I have not gone to any web sites but have connected with the net. I hit "clean all" and yet the same trojans keep popping up. Thank you.
posted by ok at 8:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Fold flat paper Sunglasses
Where could I buy paper glasses that could act as decent sunglasses? Polarizing glasses (for 3d movies) would be close, I just need them to be darker.
posted by phrontist at 8:29 AM PST - 8 comments

If you give me frosting, I'll give you cake
What is your best frosting recipe that doesn't use confectioners' sugar but does use a liqueur? [more inside]
posted by Polychrome at 8:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Building my husband's confidence.
How do I help my man get some of his confidence back after a career change that everyone's treating like a demotion? It's been two years and I feel like I'm forgetting the caring and capable man I fell in love with. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 AM PST - 20 comments

I cheated. Now what?
I cheated. They each make up for the other's discrepancies. Time to make a decision. Yeah... it's one of those. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 AM PST - 36 comments

Suitable gift for Irish teacher
My children are finishing the year at a primary school in Ireland. Their teachers have been wonderful and I want to give them an end of the year thank you gift. In the U.S. gift certificates are popular but I'm unsure of the etiquette surrounding gift giving in this situation. Please advise. Thank you!
posted by KTrujillo at 7:43 AM PST - 10 comments

What to do you say to someone that will soon die?
A good friend of mine called me the other day. He wanted to see me (he is a good friend, but I haven't seen him in many years, we live in different cities) and ask me for help. We met, and he told me his wife has cancer, one of the most difficult ones. He spends a lot of money in treatments, but he realizes that the chances are minimal. The worst part, he said, is that he is completely out of words for her. He doesn't know if he should try to give her hope, or if they should face the inevitable fact. He is despaired, she is more despaired. What can he say to comfort her? What can he say to make her feel better while she's still here? They have two daughters, 8 and 12 years old.
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Liquidating an estate in the USA... in today's economy. Shouldn't we just wait a while?
How should we handle liquidating assets in an estate in the USA right now? Assets consist primarily of a stock portfolio and a house. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 17 comments

Best "make your own t-shirt" companies?
Which are the best of the "design your own design t-shirt" companies (ie Zazzle etc)? I have some ideas that I want to sell to others [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 7:28 AM PST - 5 comments

I never understood this "gate" thing when I was an ESL student.
What is a good (the best?) book on Watergate, if I've just finished Rick Perlstein's Nixonland and want to know what happens next? No spoilers please. [more inside]
posted by shortfuse at 6:16 AM PST - 5 comments

How best to swap apartments?
Apartment-swap-filter. We're thinking of swapping our place in the center of Rome with a place in Manhattan for a long week around Easter 2009. Any information and/or recommendations on reputable house-swapping sites would be much appreciated. (Also: any stories on the sort of things swapping entails, and what's important to think about and get right in preparation.)
posted by progosk at 5:52 AM PST - 1 comments

i cant watch internet tv but i want to
i am having trouble watching worldondemand.net, streaming internet tv. what is wrong with my laptop setup? [more inside]
posted by edtut at 5:51 AM PST - 0 comments

§
What is this character: §. And what is it's use? [more inside]
posted by strangelove at 5:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Not a dandelion, then what?
What's this plant...? Thought as first it was a dandelion, now I'm sure it isn't. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:49 AM PST - 11 comments

June 20
Tell me where to find these gross dolls.
Tell me where to find these gross dolls. A friend is looking to purchase these. Where can I buy them?
posted by ®@ at 11:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Could the fact that iTunes skipping be a sign that I need a new hard drive?
I just got my Macbook back from the Apple Store today after they replaced the logic board on the unit. I've noticed that every song I play in iTunes seems to skip. Finding this odd, I opened up the Activity Monitor and looked at disk usage. It seems like whenever a read to the disk is made, iTunes seems to begin skipping. Furthermore, I have the same problem after trying to play mp3's via mpg123. I'm worried that the skipping could be a sign my hard drive might be failing. I recently installed a brand new 250 GB hard drive from Newegg about a month and a half ago, so I'm somewhat skeptical. Is it a reasonable concern?
posted by phr4gmonk3y at 11:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Sour Cherries
Where can I find fresh sour cherries in Toronto?
posted by alse at 11:19 PM PST - 5 comments

How Can I Help You?
If you work (or have in recent memory) in a service position, what are the pet peeves/annoyances you remember most that people in general can fix? No matter if you're a dentist, waiter, teacher, or used car salesman, let us know (: [more inside]
posted by Precision at 10:55 PM PST - 57 comments

What car should I buy for poorly maintained roads?
Not driving for work, only for fun. Have been hitting a lot of poorly maintained roads... which car to buy? [more inside]
posted by ceberon at 10:45 PM PST - 14 comments

How can my friend get the rights to sell mp3s?
Who can license music for download/sale? A friend came up with a wicked cool idea for selling music using the internet, but it can't be done through some affiliate mp3 link (like Amazon). We're just a couple of college guys, and we don't know any rockstars or label executives. [more inside]
posted by racecar at 10:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Why can't I have two copies of a bookmark in Firefox 3???
Why can't I have two copies of a bookmark in Firefox 3??? [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp at 9:45 PM PST - 9 comments

The I Ching seems like too complex a text for me to undertake on my own!
How can I get started learning about the I Ching and actively consult the oracle? [more inside]
posted by saxamo at 9:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Textual Analysis Primer/Examples?
Looking for a general background/framework within which to define the more technical aspects of a textual analysis project, as well as interesting examples of computer-driven textual analysis. [more inside]
posted by signal at 9:12 PM PST - 1 comments

My boss doesn't care anymore!
Should I attend this party? Or rather, how can I justify not going. [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 9:06 PM PST - 27 comments

Stop the pee!
How do I get my cat to stop pissing all over my apartment? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 9:01 PM PST - 24 comments

Will I ever enjoy the smells of fine wine?
Olfactory Filter: My sense of smell is severely diminished, when it exists at all. I have known this for years but now I want to taste wines so I am wondering if there is any way to repair my sense of smell or is it lost forever? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 8:10 PM PST - 9 comments

?
The boyfriend proposed, and I said yes. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Have you heard of sandulla?
I'm trying to find the recipe for something called sandulla (spelling is probably wrong, san pronounced as in bonbon and dulla as in hoola). [more inside]
posted by sluglicker at 7:24 PM PST - 3 comments

how do you feel about an innocent admirer
A question for the guys - how does it feel when you know someone has a crush on you? Creepy? Flattering? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 PM PST - 26 comments

She might leave for a job for good. How do I enjoy the month until I find out?
She might be leaving for good in one month, or not leaving at all. We find out in one month. How do I not ruin the next month for myself and her by being miserable about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 PM PST - 11 comments

How much does it cost to replace the shocks on a Toyota 4Runner?
How much should it cost to replace four shocks on a 1996 Toyota 4Runner? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 7:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Tvorog / Farmer's Cheese
Tvorog = farmer's cheese: any good recipes [more inside]
posted by BlackStrapMolasses at 6:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Ah me mah what the hell does that even mean
Help me figure out this Japanese music video! I can't remember any of the lyrics (or speak Japanese), except that part of the refrain goes "ah me mah" or something like that. Most of the video features this schoolgirl who can dance really well. The song uses sirens. I wouldn't use Ask Metafilter for such frivolous questions usually, but there's a dollar (1!!!) bet riding on whether this video actually exists.
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 6:51 PM PST - 7 comments

How to find local people with similar interests on MySpace?
I'm probably not using it for its intended purpose, but is there any way to actually search for LOCAL people, with similar interests, on MySpace? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 6:25 PM PST - 1 comments

Need advice on what kind of dental work I need, and where to find it.
Help me find a Vancouver area dentist that can fix my front teeth. [more inside]
posted by Listener at 5:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Input on Denver apt. - urgent!
Does this Denver apartment location sound good? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw at 5:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Cat door that reads 10 digit RFID microchips?
Is there a cat flap and/or cat door that works with 10 digit microchips? There is one available in Europe that only reads 15 digit microchips--most microchips in the U.S. are only 10 digits. Are we yankees to go without our RFID cat flaps? [more inside]
posted by scrumtralescent at 4:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Am I already paying for slow internet access?
Can I tether my LG Rumor to my computer with just Sprint's Vision pack? If not does the Boost trick still work? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 4:15 PM PST - 1 comments

Anyone had any success using Apple's portable home directory feature without OS X server or a linux server?
I've read this, this, this and a bunch of other sites. I've got a Mac Pro and a Powerbook I'd like to share home directories over, but I'd rather not purchase OS X Server or get a small machine up and running Linux to deal with authentication (LDAP). Anyone authenticate locally, but still use the portable home directories? Alternatively, anyone just unison their entire /user/ directory? Thanks!
posted by Brian Puccio at 4:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Hooligans
How can I buy the series DVDs of 'The Real Football Factories' and 'The Real Football Factories: International' in Canada? [more inside]
posted by chugg at 3:40 PM PST - 1 comments

In The Dark About Noir
After reading this article on Weegee, I started thinking about the concept of Noir and wondered about this question. "Does Noir exist as a current idiom or appear in a culture in America in 2008, and if so where might it be found?" [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 2:58 PM PST - 11 comments

So Many Cherries, So Few Recipes
What should I do with all of these cherries? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 2:50 PM PST - 24 comments

Another "What the mutt?" question...
Yet another "What's my mutt?" question if you'll bear with me. He's a cutie, but what breeds is he likely to be? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ at 2:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I bother learning Dreamweaver CS3?
What workflow advantages have you found with Dreamweaver CS3? [more inside]
posted by camcgee at 2:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Firing based on a background check
A friend works for a company who has recently performed a background check on all of its employees. It has instructed him to fire all employees who come back with a previous felony, even though in several cases, they knew about the charges when they hired the employees. This is happening in Indiana. Is this even legal? What rights does my friend have to oppose these firings, and what can these employees do about it?
posted by billybunny at 2:02 PM PST - 21 comments

MS Outlook help, please.
MS Outlook 2003: a couple quick question about customizing the default settings in Outlook. [more inside]
posted by ASM at 1:52 PM PST - 1 comments

Where to go to relax for 3 weeks in Turkey in June - Kackar Mountains, Black Sea coast, or elsewhere?
Where to go to relax for 3 weeks in Turkey in June - Kackar Mountains, Black Sea coast, or elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by ebellicosa at 1:46 PM PST - 7 comments

isometric music video
I'm trying to recall an isometric animated music video. [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 1:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Open source alternative to Creative Suite 3
Is there an open source equivalent to Adobe Creative Suite CS3 for Windows that you're happy with?
posted by Sia Stewart at 1:17 PM PST - 20 comments

Ancient L'oreal-Sublime-Glow Secret.
help! I adore gradual self-tanning lotion, but it's turning my laundry yellow! [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 12:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Miss Jenny has a voice like a linebacker.
What is she? I am the soon-to-be momma of a lovely mutt. Here are some pictures of Miss Jenny. [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph at 12:37 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I port my number to Cricket from Vonage.
Cricket says it isn't possible to port my phone number from Vonage but there has to be a way, right? What's the cheapest way to accomplish this? I'm assuming I'd need to port it somewhere else first. Or not?
posted by 2oh1 at 12:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Lubricant sheets?
My new crosscutting paper shredder manual suggests using shredder lubricant sheets twice a month, or every 30 minutes of active shredding. Naturally, they also sell these lubricant sheets. [more inside]
posted by R. Mutt at 12:27 PM PST - 14 comments

day spa in Bayside?
Best day spa near Bayside, NY? For my grandmother who just turned 90!
posted by joshuaconner at 12:27 PM PST - 2 comments

What in the tammershand is a "Scot Burger"?
My mother was reminiscing about food she enjoyed as a youngster/young adult and she mentioned a "burger chain that had a 'Scot Burger'" that somehow involved some craziness that sounds a whole lot like coleslaw but made with Green Goddess dressing. She swears it is not Green Goddess dressing, per se, but could be similar. My google-fu has turned out the link above, but fails me as to the exact make up of the alleged "Scot burger". Please help!
posted by the_royal_we at 12:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Rules in Outlook 2003
I use Outlook 2003 at work, and I have several rules created to automatically sort my incoming mail into specific folders. I usually create a folder for each department and sub-folders for each person within that department that I communicate with. My question is: Normally when an incoming mail message is recieved and sorted automatically into a folder, the folder's name changes to bold and a number is displayed in blue indicating the number of unread messages in that folder. An example would be I have a Jason Johnson subfolder in my Human Resources folder. The Jason Johnson sub-folder goes bold when I receive a message from him, but not the Human Resources folder it is contained within. Is there a way to make the "parent" folder go bold to indicate that a subfolder within it has a new message? I hope this makes sense. Thanks in advance for your help.
posted by adustum at 12:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Getting the timing right for MCAT
MCAT filter: Is timing everything? [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find a car database?
Where can I find a database of American cars? [more inside]
posted by pb at 11:15 AM PST - 5 comments

See How They Run
I was hired as a campaign grunt for my NY Assemblyman's reelection. We were hoping to hire a deputy campaign manager, but most qualified candidates are being sucked up by the Obama campaign. My name is being forwarded as possible DCM. Yikes. Can any of you recommend good books, resources, etc on how to run a successful run such a campaign. [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie at 11:13 AM PST - 8 comments

This Nightmare of Listening Freedom is Almost Over!
So which P2P networks garner the most RIAA lawsuits? The lawsuits are, of course, a sort of cloak and dagger affair, but isn't there some data on this kind of thing? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 11:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Miss Thing who's not a queen
What do Lyle Waggoner, Sam J. Jones, Christopher Atkins, Fabian, and Tommy Chong have in common? (I'm really asking) [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas at 10:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Battle of Chicago tickets
I suddenly find I am going to be in the Windy City next weekend and would love to score tix to the Friday afternoon Cubs/White Sox game at US Cell. What's the best reliable way to get tix? In the past I have had no problem getting tix from scalpers out front of Wrigley. Is it the same at US Cell? Otherwise, any suggestions? Ticketmaster is useless and I hate them.
posted by dzot at 10:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Make some noise
I've just bought a second-hand Shuttle XPC computer with an Nvidia sound card. One fault is bugging me: no sound through the analogue audio outs or headphone sockets on the front or back, even when the operating system volumes are set to maximum. However, I have been told that the previous owner used the optical audio out. Is it possible that he could have disabled the analogue sound somehow? If so how might I re-enable it?
posted by skylar at 9:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there a credit card virtual account number service out there that is usable via a mobile phone browser (i.e., a browser w/o Java or Flash support)?
I need to be able to generate virtual credit card account numbers (ala the service provided by DiscoverCard or CitiCards) via my mobile phone browser. The DiscoverCard and CitiCards web services seem to require either Java or Flash support in a browser, neither of which my phone supports. I've got a V3XX, and can use the built-in browser or Opera Mini. Any services out there that would support this configuration?
posted by arathorn at 9:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Name our team of bankers!
Help me name my sales team! [more inside]
posted by smitt at 9:51 AM PST - 28 comments

Looking for a CMS with inline or front end editing.
A simple CMS with an inline or front end editor? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 9:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Has anyone here ever actually learned to be more optimistic?
Has anyone here ever actually learned to be more optimistic? [more inside]
posted by katyjack at 9:30 AM PST - 42 comments

Am I destroying my clutch?
Is it bad to keep my clutch pedal pushed all the way in as I brake for stop signs and turns? Should I instead shift to neutral, let the pedal out, and then shift back into gear when I need it? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 9:03 AM PST - 33 comments

Internet Comedy Radio
Any good internet radio stations that specialize in good stand up comedy? Stuff like Hicks, Carlin, Cosby and Pryor with a mix of good new stuff?
posted by zzazazz at 8:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Driving off a Swarm
[InsectFilter] Please help me drive pestilence out of my kitchen. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 8:45 AM PST - 12 comments

A grave error.
Itès a mystery. I was typing comments into the MeFi text box, when all of a sudden every apostrophe turned into the letter e with a grave accent. What gives? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:31 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I straighten a length of plastic tubing?
I'm building an automatic misting system for my tortoise's tank. The plastic tubing I bought to transport the water is too difficult to work with since it's sold all coiled up. How can I straighten out a 20-foot length of it? [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt at 8:28 AM PST - 7 comments

How Did They Get Those Sounds?
Looking for technical info (gear, configurations, studio acoustics, etc.) on the recording sessions for early Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello albums. [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Please help me open these files!
Can someone tell me what software would open these files (or could you open them for me)? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 7:44 AM PST - 9 comments

unemployed and paralyzed.
What can an unemployed quadriplegic do to supplement his income? [more inside]
posted by levijk at 7:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Fun activities for a couple at home
RelationshipFilter: Help me find some good time activities to do at home with a prospective girl friend. [more inside]
posted by the_dude at 7:35 AM PST - 39 comments

How do I locate small scholarships?
What is the best way of locating small scholarships? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 7:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Camping and traveling to Colorado.
Tx to Colorado trip/camping/firearm/bear filter: I am taking my wife and child tent camping in Aspen, CO. I have a few questions that i need some answers to. 1. Can i travel with a firearm(Pistol) in my car for the trip? Not 100% on our route yet but i will be going thru Tx, OK, and Co..Maybe Kansas but not sure yet. 2. Can i bring the firearm to the campsite (Difficult Campground-Near Aspen)? Cant find any documentation on this thats why im asking. 3. Are black bears and mountain lions a big threat in Colorado? Ive heard there are all over near Aspen. What caliber pistol would be effective against a black bear but easy enough to take on this trip? Thanks....And any other tips about camping in the Rockies would be appreciated.
posted by flipmiester99 at 7:30 AM PST - 37 comments

Vas deferens difference
One of my vas deferens is hard and it aches. The other one, not so much. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 AM PST - 9 comments

How do normal people go about finding casual sex?
How do normal people go about finding casual sex? For someone who thinks that taking advantage of drunk girls in clubs is immoral and adult match-making websites are scams or dangerous, is there any outlet to meet nice (albeit frisky!) gentlemen and ladies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 AM PST - 21 comments

What is the source of "When you fight with a pig you both get dirty - but the pig likes it"?
Where does this phrase/proverb come from? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 7:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me get our developers excited about mobile devices.
How to create iPhone demonstration videos (and what software works best)? [more inside]
posted by genial at 6:59 AM PST - 2 comments

How do you tell an overly dramatic and bizarre friend to snap out of it?
How to handle a very "different" and overly dramatic friend? [more inside]
posted by dasheekeejones at 6:46 AM PST - 16 comments

How can i use my built in laptop webcam to protect my laptop from theft?
How can i use my built in laptop webcam to protect my laptop from theft? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 6:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Switzerland for foodies?
Switzerland for foodies? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 6:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me whimsically prank some folks.
Where can I find some small, cheap flashing lights? It doesn't really matter what kind of light they are as long as they flash, a variety of colors would be nice but not necessary, the ability to turn them on and off is nice but not necessary, they shouldn't require a cumbersome power source but they don't need to last much longer than ten minutes, and I need to be able to obtain them by tomorrow (Saturday) in NYC. [more inside]
posted by doift at 5:39 AM PST - 15 comments

\windows\system32\config\system HELP PLEASE
I've really got myself a bad computer problem. At startup I get the error that the following is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system. More details after the link... [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 4:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Undeleteable bookmark folder
Is there any way to move or delete a top-level folder in the All Bookmarks folder in Firefox 3? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 4:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Researching going legit with dubiously sourced music collection
Legitimizing iTunes Library. I have *ahem* a friend. This friend has a reasonably large digital music collection being managed by iTunes on a Mac. He would like to understand the cost of ensuring this collection is 100% legal, having realized that the vast majority of it is not. [more inside]
posted by superfurry at 3:55 AM PST - 13 comments

illustrating plagiarism
Illustrating plagiarism [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson at 3:37 AM PST - 23 comments

right eye red left eye blue
When I open only my right eye things are tinted red. When I open only my left eye they are tinted blue. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 2:53 AM PST - 36 comments

June 19
Color:Colour::Sucker-punch:Head-butt?
I've been watching a lot of UK TV lately. It seems that in British shows or movies it's not uncommon to see one character head-butt another where in similar situations in US productions a sucker-punch would be employed. Has anyone else noticed this and is there a decent explanation for the difference? [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds at 11:32 PM PST - 15 comments

What should I negotiate for the use of my song?
What should I negotiate for the use of my song on a compilation? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 9:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me not die in an electrical fire.
What is wrong with my electricity? Lights started to flicker, circuit breaker didn't trip, circuit started to buzz, now afraid the house is going to burn down. [more inside]
posted by quin at 9:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Deciphering my dreams
Most of my dreams are either exactly the same or have recurring themes. Help me decipher them. [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 9:21 PM PST - 21 comments

it's off to work we what?
for anyone who has trouble hearing, seeing a movie at the theater means missing out on a lot of dialogue and piecing together the story as best they can. thankfully, many movies are now distributed with (optional) captions, and some theaters will have 1 or 2 special screenings where they show the dialogue on-screen. however for some reason, disney/pixar refuses to participate. who at disney do i need to talk to about this, to try and set things right? [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor at 7:26 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I care for a turtle?
What equipment do I need to care for a pet turtle? What are some good practices for making sure that the turtle thrives? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 6:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Please help me with the CHDK menu for my Canon SD800?
CHDK question for Canon SD800 IS [more inside]
posted by laskagirl at 6:28 PM PST - 13 comments

What can I do to be more hot?
I want to regain my "hotness". But I have limited money and time. What will have the most impact in amping up the sexy quotient, and what else should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 PM PST - 79 comments

ADHD Meds for a Child
Choosing between ADHD meds for a child. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 PM PST - 25 comments

Interesting language dichotomy
LanguageFilter : What is the most common word for "cars" in Spanish and in Portugese? Is it coches or carros? What is the difference between the two words and what are their etymologies?
posted by zaebiz at 5:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Why are pirates allowed to eat oysters all year round?
Is it ok to eat oysters in months NOT ending with an "R"? [more inside]
posted by Telf at 5:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Water, Water, and No Watch
I've lost or broken my third watch in three months! Help me find a cheap, seawater-proof watch. [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa at 5:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Most readable translation of the Critique of Pure Reason?
What is the most readable translation of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason? [more inside]
posted by limon at 5:10 PM PST - 10 comments

How to DIY distribute an album on the internet?
Is there any sort of code available / software / how would I design a digital download distribution model for an independant band? [more inside]
posted by Mali at 5:00 PM PST - 8 comments

How to meet other not-old-but-not-so-young-either musicians?
Where do gainfully employed, moderately settled, experienced mid-30s musicians connect to play together casually and on occasion rawk out? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso at 4:58 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the deal with these sores on my lips?
What's the deal with these sores on my lips? [more inside]
posted by anazgnos at 4:54 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm looking for a specific style of eyeglass frames.
Classic 50's scientist: I'm trying to find a pair of eyeglass frames just like #6 on this page. I don't care if they're vintage or new, but they have to be able to handle contemporary prescription lenses.
posted by Robson at 4:27 PM PST - 14 comments

What is this comic?
Trying to find a comic strip feat. 3 (or 4) animals trying to sell something, using sunny-side-ups as puppy dog eyes; from a few years back
posted by nvly at 4:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Need to strengthen back muscles
How best to support my back and feet? [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 4:06 PM PST - 4 comments

IE javascript bug is kicking my ass
Javascript/CSS and IE6/7: content called from a javascript file (a modified form of fontSizer) into an otherwise blank div appears and disappears intermittently in IE6/7. Help a newbie! [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 4:06 PM PST - 6 comments

I don't have time to type "metafilter.com" every single time.
How can I set up autocomplete to work on Firefox 3 like it did on previous versions? [more inside]
posted by My Bloody Pony at 4:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Audio Technician Gear?
What is included in a typical sound technician's kit when recording scenes for TV or Movies? [more inside]
posted by AltReality at 3:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Stretches for hip pain
I've been having moderate hip pain for the last two days, and I'm not sure what caused it. Either way, I was wondering if the hive mind could suggest some good hip stretches or exercises that might help alleviate the pain, or at least keep it from getting worse. Thanks!
posted by bjork24 at 3:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me bathe!
I broke my ankle. This is not a medical question. [more inside]
posted by nax at 3:00 PM PST - 25 comments

CD drive malfunctioning
My CD drive still exists, but my computer system apparently doesn't realize it. [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 2:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Make my card-signings witty!
What witty things can I write on co-workers cards? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 2:53 PM PST - 24 comments

Stop Leaking Loops
In Ableton Live, how do you properly render a MIDI loop that "leaks" over? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 2:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Have you ever seen a basement with a roof and no house?
Have you ever seen a basement with a roof and no house? [more inside]
posted by moof at 2:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me get the fizz into my home made root beer
Help me get the fizz into my home made root beer [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 2:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Could my Great-Grandfather Have Used this Saw?
Is there a way to determine the date range that this saw might have been made? [more inside]
posted by hworth at 2:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Camping in the Okanagan
Can anyone suggest a good place to go camping in the Okanagan in BC? Last minute - we leave tomorrow! [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 1:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Who is currently envisioning Mars cars?
Where can I find accurate info on the types of vehicles currently being considered for future human exploration of the Martian landscape? Though I have found details of potential manned ground vehicles for lunar use, I can't seem to locate any (realistic) material on proposed land vehicles for Mars. Any help? Thanks!
posted by jackypaper at 1:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Interesting grown-up watches
Grown-up watches with nerd appeal? [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness at 1:09 PM PST - 41 comments

Off the shelf HTPC recommendations?
Does anyone have any recommendations on off-the-shelf WMC HTPCs? I've been searching high and low, and virtually all the information on the intertubes seems to be about building HTPCs. I know that's the more cost-effective route, but I just don't have the time. Here's what I'm itchin' for: [more inside]
posted by MaxVonCretin at 1:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Who illustrated Twitter’s whale and robot?
I am looking for the name of the artist who created the “over capacity whale” and “technically wrong robot” illustrations for Twitter. Any information or pointers would be amazingly helpful.
posted by grant at 12:45 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I get ice skates that fit?
I'm trying to get back into ice skating after a long hiatus. (25+ years!) But I'm having some problems with the fit of the skates. [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 12:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Where has the sound gone??
I'm testing out video clips with my Samsung L100 digital camera. Video quality is great, but the audio sounds like it's a million miles away. Anyone else had this problem? [more inside]
posted by globetrotter30 at 12:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Class ACROYNM?
I'm trying to come up with a course name that offers a clear description of the curriculum and avoids an awkwardly verbose title. I think I need a clever acronym. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 12:16 PM PST - 19 comments

Excel solver binary constraint help
Why is Excel Solver not using the binary constraints I've set? [more inside]
posted by mtstover at 11:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Need help hiding my name online!!
Keeping my name private on my website - can robots.txt help? [more inside]
posted by giddygirlie at 11:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Is my kid an ancient hebrew good luck charm?
A few years back, an older Israeli man told me that my daughter's name, Kameya, meant "good luck charm" in ancient Hebrew. Was he just pulling my leg? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Girls don't want to have fun?
Why are there so few lesbian bars in the NYC/Brooklyn area when compared to the high number of gay bars? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 11:30 AM PST - 31 comments

Please help identify my mixed puppies breed...
Please help identify my mixed puppies breed... Pictures inside [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 11:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Last pre-fatherhood birthday gift recommendations?
Birthday gift recommendations: this will be the last birthday before he starts getting Father's day presents too. [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 11:22 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I access the internet through an ISA Server proxy?
I have an application installed on my PC at work that needs to connect to the internet through our ISA Server. The problem it has is that it can't connect directly unless I put in proxy settings. The problem that I have is that the proxy setting is just one long URL with no username or password. How can I get this application to connect? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 11:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Any central signature managment tools for MS Exchange?
ExchangeFilter: any centralized signature/logo/disclaimer management tools you can recommend? I'd rather not go desk to desk to add a logo. [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 10:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Can frequent periods of low blood sugar be a precursor to diabetes?
Can frequent periods of low blood sugar be a precursor to diabetes? I know that diabetes is actually high blood sugar. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 AM PST - 13 comments

You have been weighed and found wanting. Really? Show me.
You have been weighed and found wanting. Really? Show me. I need an example in popular culture or film. [more inside]
posted by rubberfish at 10:05 AM PST - 29 comments

Travel - Make 'em learn without realizing it!
My family will be in New Canaan, CT next week. We plan to visit the Big Apple but what other sites are "must see" in the area? [more inside]
posted by Northwest at 9:42 AM PST - 10 comments

To sleep? Perchance to sleep?
Dear Type A personality, what helps you ward off insomnia? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex at 9:32 AM PST - 20 comments

Songs from the womb?
I really like the song "Grave's Disease" by Matt Pond PA, because it has a distinct "zhwub-zhwub" rhythm throughout. It's the sound of being inside the womb, listening to a baby's heartbeat. Are there other songs that use this type of sound? [more inside]
posted by sarahnade at 9:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Why, yes, I do have too much free time
I want to play games on my iPhone with these qualifications: I don't want to "jailbreak" it and I want to be able to play a game without having to connect to the apple web apps page every.frickin.time. I don't want another "concentration" game. So, ideally: iphone games that I can download. I especially like Tetris-type puzzle or word games. Thanks, hivemind! [more inside]
posted by misha at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I display 6 slide shows on 6 LCD displays?
We are building a video display wall for our new office and I need to figure out the best way to do it, with out spending too much. The output source are 22 LCD displays, there are 6 of them all showing different slide shows. DVD? PC? Any help would be appreciated. More details of what has been tried are inside. [more inside]
posted by MrBobaFett at 9:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Mosquito Magic Uncovered!
Is it possible for a person to have natural immunity to bug bites? I haven't had a single bug bite in over 15 years and am starting to think I'm a medical anomaly! [more inside]
posted by clpage at 9:00 AM PST - 26 comments

Warden threw a party in the county jail!
Any idea where to find a black-and-white horizontally-striped t-shirts reminiscent of old style prison outfits--like what Elvis had in Jailhouse Rock? I've found whole costumes (jumpers, etc.) but I just need t-shirts.
posted by sourwookie at 8:57 AM PST - 8 comments

peace of mind 404
You are not my doctor, but your input is appreciated. Does the wife have herpes? She's my first, I'm her second. It's been 4 years since she was with someone else. This is the first flair-up/outbreak/occurrence. Everything online says first herpes outbreak 2-20 days after infection. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Wining/Dining in Cambridge, MA?
Dining and entertainment options in Cambridge, MA, this weekend? [more inside]
posted by lassie at 8:39 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me pick out the perfect journal
Please help me find the perfect journal. I'm looking for something around 5x7 inches in size (smaller is okay, bigger not so much), with lined sheets. At least 150-200 pages, but more is good too. I like things with nice clean designs, hand-made or letterpress covers are terrific, cute things in general are great. I'm just having trouble sifting through all of the things that don't meet my specifications to find something I like. When I don't have something I like to write in, I'm much less likely to carry it around with me and actually write.
posted by booknerd at 8:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Dog Experts, I Need You. *So* Much.
I need advice from people who are great at understanding canine behavior and solving related issues for what is a rather thorny (and potentially tragic, dog-health-wise) situation for this inexperienced dog owner. I'll make it brief, then tell the (much, much) longer story inside. We have a new rescue dog (our first dog; female, a little under 2 years old) who is just now beginning to feel really at ease and at home after being with us for a month, and all our efforts towards house training have finally paid off, and she is doing beautifully... But, we are going to have to take care of a friend's un-neutered young male dog for two-four weeks in our small apartment, and there are very many things that worry me a great deal, and I really need good advice. Nearly full explanation follows, and it's very long - so sorry! - but it's important stuff to me. Bear with, if at all possible. [more inside]
posted by taz at 8:26 AM PST - 39 comments

Overcharged by Verizon
Verizon charged me for DSL service I haven't been using for the last ten months. [more inside]
posted by klik99 at 8:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Any wannabe Scarletts out there?
Need an antebellum costume post haste! [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 8:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Invest the house?
$75,000 to invest. Question: Do we put it down on our next house or invest for retirement? [more inside]
posted by purenitrous at 7:35 AM PST - 21 comments

Is there a technical name for that nails-on-a-chalkboard feeling?
Nails on a chalkboard. Tearing paper. Fork tines on ceramic. Touching lycra, silk, wool.. Certain things will cause that teeth-gritting, hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck rising, Dear-God-Make-It-Stop response. What is the name for that? [more inside]
posted by SilverTail at 7:03 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm being sniffed!
Should I worry about a WiFi access point owner spying on me? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 6:54 AM PST - 18 comments

How to Pay Foreign Freelancers?
As an American employer paying foreign freelancers doing work in their home countries abroad, do I have to withhold US taxes or require my freelancers to file US tax paperwork, etc.? [more inside]
posted by chrismohney at 6:45 AM PST - 4 comments

10 people going to Berlin in July: What to see?
I'm organizing a trip to Berlin for about 10 people in their mid-twenties in July. What should we not miss? [more inside]
posted by sveskemus at 6:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Water Sucks
It seems obvious, but what is the best liquid to drink to prevent dehydration in a desert environment? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 6:18 AM PST - 24 comments

Daddy Music
If you don't enjoy country music, do hip, relatively new songs exist about fatherhood, or more specifically, fathers and daughters? [more inside]
posted by brozek at 6:00 AM PST - 33 comments

How do I make a "mark" understand that they are being scammed?
I have a 60-year-old female friend who is single and spends a lot of time on dating sites. She seems unaware of the risk for fraud and scams. She's fallen into a travel scam with a "man from Louisiana working in Uganda" and just wired $110 to a third party. She's both totally convinced and stubbornly attached to the "relationship." [more inside]
posted by greensweater at 5:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Is the British Queen regnant/reigning King allowed into the City of London?
Is the British Queen regnant/reigning King allowed into the City of London? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 5:36 AM PST - 34 comments

Uh...tech pirates?
Help name my Tech Support Team! [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 5:31 AM PST - 13 comments

It's not real, dammit.
How do you deal with friends or family sending you (and everyone else in their address book) fake virus warnings and other hoaxes? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 5:19 AM PST - 31 comments

Staten Island, NY: traffic & driving tips?
Does anyone have any driving tips for travel between Albany, NY, & Staten Island, NY? I'm leaving Albany at 6AM tomorrow (6/20), and I expect I'll hit the Island at around 10AM (Google maps says 3hrs 8min. - is that even realistic?). I'm headed toward the southern end of the Island (Richmond Ave) first; should I anticipate any heavy traffic, and if so, how bad will it be? After a few stops, I'm headed back to Albany at around 5PM, departing from the northern tip (Richmond Terrace); how's the traffic at that hour? Any tips to avoid the bulk of any traffic delays? Thanks a LOT for any help!
posted by NYScott at 4:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Will polyphasic sleep cure my acne?
Any polyphasic sleepers reading this have nice skin? [more inside]
posted by querty at 12:40 AM PST - 17 comments

June 18
Why are 24/7 big-box stores so rare in Chicagoland?
Why are 24/7 big-box stores so rare in Chicagoland? I'm not talking just the downtown core or even the city itself. You have to drive nearly 30 miles from downtown to hit the first 24/7 Meijer in Schaumburg. I'm comparing this to central Illinois which has nearly a dozen Super Walmarts for 300,000 people in a 25 mile radius. Surely there is demand for 24/7 shopping in the city and the inner-ring suburbs.
posted by hitopshelf at 11:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Lots of stuff in apartment glows under uv-light. Is this normal?
I bought a uv-light (black light) to help locate a urine stain in my living room. I located the urine stain (from cat) but then I took the uv-light around the house and stuff glows on EVERYTHING. Am I living in a toxic waste of an apartment? [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 at 10:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Revamp of old question: Need help identifying 3 southeastern Minnesota trees.
Revamp of old question: Need help identifying 3 southeastern Minnesota trees. [more inside]
posted by LittleNami at 10:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Portable Soldering Iron
Recommendation on Portable Soldering Irons? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 10:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Help Lenovo - they need it !
I want a list of resolutions supported for external screens by a ThinkPad T61P - is this asking too much ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 10:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Cupcake method/recipe/mix recommenations?
Recommend cheap, delicious/impressive, easy-in-large-batch (cup)cake recipes, methods, or mixes. [more inside]
posted by alpha_betty at 9:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find the right laptop bag
I'm in love with these bags but can't find one that fits my needs - help me find something similar to this thats fit for a laptop. [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 9:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Hey, Mister! Ya Wanna Rent a CHICKEN?
Obscure Cartoon Filter: "Hey mister! Ya wanna rent a CHICKEN?!" [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint at 9:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Foreign magazines in L.A.?
Where can I find foreign fashion magazines in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by serialcomma at 8:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to go?
So I am pondering a trip to Scotland. I know nothing at all other than that I think it is beautiful. If I were trying to find some place to go that possibly included the following desires (listed after the general questions) A.) Are there any good websites to explore for booking purposes B.) Have you dealt with any companies that you really enjoyed... Desire list: B&B style accommodations, in the country, the greener the scenery-the better, horses are good & preferred, water for swimming is cool- but not absolutely needed, booze must be easily found, good food huge plus Any words or links of wisdom?
posted by MayNicholas at 8:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Complete list of Trivial Pursuit questions online?
Where can I find a complete list of questions from the Genus editions of Trivial Pursuit online? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 8:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Meerrrrrooowww!
We get along great; our cats don't. My boyfriend and I will probably be moving in together in the next year. Our cats have already met, as I've taken care of his cat several times, usually for a week or two. They don't get along. Is there anything I can do to reduce the aggression? [more inside]
posted by queseyo at 8:25 PM PST - 12 comments

How does one pronounce Oranje?
How can I support the Dutch? [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 7:52 PM PST - 15 comments

How should I cool my three year old processor?
Can someone recommend a good mid level heat sink (I'm overclocking but not crazy case modding or spending more than $50) for my Socket A processor? It's an Athlon 2500XP on a K7N2 Delta2 MSI motherboard. The key is that I have to be able to still buy it, and it needs to be better than the stock one that came with the processor. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 7:33 PM PST - 5 comments

STD aren't the only "bugs" I fear catching
I fear that my OCD will interfere with my sex life. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 7:19 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I learn to sneeze softly?
How do I learn to sneeze softly?
posted by riffola at 7:12 PM PST - 27 comments

Getting started on my own
How do I best set up space to work as a solo graphic designer (furniture, computer equipment, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 7:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Learning the Chicago L
I am planning a trip to Chicago this weekend, and my goal is to learn the L by picking fun stops across the city (my husband and I are ex-New Yorkers who love mass transit.) What are some suggestions for fun places to shop/eat/sight-see that are close to L stops? Our starting point is Diversey and N Clark, but we hope to cover a lot of territory. Please include descriptions about your recommendations and (of course) the nearest L station name.
posted by elgalan207 at 7:08 PM PST - 26 comments

You know, for kitchens!
For a long while I've thought about developing a domestic climate-controlled larder, for food which doesn't really belong in the fridge (bread, eggs, cheese, tomatoes and so on) but doesn't want to be left out on the counter. Would you buy one and if so what features would be most useful to you?
posted by unSane at 6:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Email notification screensaver for Windows
Is there any (fancy and/or free preferable) Windows screensaver that shows the number of unread messages using POP3 and/or IMAP? [more inside]
posted by fcoury at 6:51 PM PST - 1 comments

Dating for the relatively grounded?
I know a great deal about how romantic relationships develop with insecure people, but very little about what happens when the participants are already comfortable in their own shoes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 13 comments

What are the social benefits of pornography?
Does porn benefit society? Over the years we've read a lot about the ills of pornography but the world doesn't seem to be falling apart any faster than it was before the internet came along. What's the latest thinking on this? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 6:25 PM PST - 24 comments

Find Motivation or Move On?
Please help with a tough decision about leaving a good job for something I would be more interested in. [more inside]
posted by AvailableName at 6:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Long distance cell phones between Hamilton and Peterborough
My girlfriend and I are going to different universities in the fall - hers in Peterborough, mine in Hamilton. What should we do about long distance phone calls? [more inside]
posted by ndicecco at 6:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Inserting exposure metadata into scanned photographs
Is it possible to (and how would you) add shutter speed, f-stop, ISO, lens, and camera metadata to scanned files saved in a .psd format? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 6:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me have a well-managed pantry.
Help me have a well-managed pantry. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 5:59 PM PST - 16 comments

What's going on in the world?
I need basic info about current events. [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 5:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Strip Clubs in Mississauga, Ontario.
Does anyone know of any good strip clubs in the Misissauga, Ontario area? (preferably with male dancers). I'm planning a bachelorette and need some help. [more inside]
posted by LiquidKarma at 4:57 PM PST - 1 comments

Help ID this bizarre cable movie
Trying to ID a bizarre movie I saw the end of on Cinemax, many moons ago. (description is incredibly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by mgrichmond at 4:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Who sung this song???
I'm trying to find a specific version of the song "P.S. I love you" and it's driving me insane..... [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq at 4:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Problem with regex order
RegExFilter: Can any regular expression ninjas help me with my this teensy problem? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei at 4:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Back me up, Scotty!
Recommend a good tool to remotely backup/synchronize large folders to my home NAS. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 4:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Not straight
Where are the short, feminine hairstyles for thick and wavy hair? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 3:59 PM PST - 29 comments

right name for a type of plumbing thing?
what's-it-called-filter: I want to add a water spigot for gardening away from the house, rather than having it come directly out of the wall. What should I be searching/asking for?! [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 3:39 PM PST - 8 comments

I'll write a tipsy letter to a real good friend of mine
Darling-Letter-Filter: Where can I purchase attractive, design-inspired paper goods online? [more inside]
posted by numinous at 3:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can I get cool photos of the numbers 1-20 around New York?
NYC Wedding Filter: The future Ms. Smatatoes thinks numbered tables for our wedding would be too boring, but the current Mr. Smatatoes doesn't want cutesy names (ie, "Tribeca", "Red Hook"), either. So our compromise is getting nice photographs of numbers from around the city- ie, a shot of the front of a 1 train for table #1, and so on. Here's the question: what are some good, creative places to get a cool shot of the numbers 1-20 around NYC?
posted by paul_smatatoes at 3:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Why is my internet acting like it's 1998?
Why does my internet connection suck? [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 3:32 PM PST - 6 comments

My computer doesn't like to think too hard
Why are my high CPU load applications crashing? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 3:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Clean up my "Documents" folder!
How do I hide folders in OS X that other programs need regular access to? [more inside]
posted by mikespez at 3:23 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I define a new product category?
Any tips for bringing a new product to market? Specifically creating a new and defining a new product category? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 3:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Philly quick and fun activities?
new-to-Philly-filter: Casual, short dating activity--no food, coffee, or alcohol? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 2:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Tips for MTB stage races?
I'm doing the Trans Rockies Challenge (a 5-day mountain bike stage race) in August and am looking for any tips and tricks people may have for doing something like this. [more inside]
posted by dolface at 2:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Is a Nokia phone with GPS good enough to track my runs?
I've been thinking of buying a phone with GPS to track my runs. Help me be sure and confident about my choice, or suggest a better alternative... [more inside]
posted by cyanide at 2:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Avoiding getting ripped off in a market filled with experts, salespeople when you're a novice.
How do you avoid getting ripped off in the jewelry market when you're not an expert? [more inside]
posted by Poleris at 2:05 PM PST - 8 comments

¡ORALE!
I want to get a bunch of friends to drive down to Mexico and rent a house for the weekend. [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 2:03 PM PST - 3 comments

The trick to playing the piano...
[Wodehouse Quote Filter] Need the exact quotation for a paper. It's Wodehouse I'm sure, but only vaguely remember which character said it or the verbatim of the thing. It's about playing the Piano. [more inside]
posted by Smegoid at 1:53 PM PST - 9 comments

MY EYES MY EYES - help me avoid the WordPress interface and still post to my blog.
I don't like the WordPress 2.5 look and feel. I am not interested in switching CMSes. What are my options for basic postings to my blog with minimal interaction with the WordPress interface? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 1:48 PM PST - 11 comments

For how long does fatty pig skin stay good in the fridge?
For how long does fatty pig skin stay good in the fridge? [more inside]
posted by Anything at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Moving two dogs and a cat across country in a Mini Cooper
I need some creative ideas for getting myself, my husband, two 50-pound dogs and a cat from Miami FL to Seattle WA in a 2007 Mini Cooper. [more inside]
posted by little miss s at 1:33 PM PST - 16 comments

How many times do I need to weigh a given object to overcome the scale's inaccuracy?
If I have a scale that is accurate to .1 grams and I want it to be accurate to say, .05 grams, how many measurements do I need to take to do this? Can I even do this? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 1:30 PM PST - 22 comments

More Doctor please.
[DoctorWho filter] What else would you recommend for a family that has watch the new series together but wants more Doctor Who? General DVD, book, comic book, etc recommendations dealing with the Doctor Who universe are highly encouraged, but I do have a specific question inside. [more inside]
posted by TheDukeofLancaster at 1:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Eating out is nice, until you can't breathe
Food makes me sick! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 1:10 PM PST - 15 comments

How does one sort out grad school?
I have been trying to figure out what to do for graduate studies for over a year now. Help! [more inside]
posted by prunes at 1:08 PM PST - 13 comments

I Want my Roommate GONE!
I want my roommate GONE. We have no formal, signed agreement, all verbal. What do I do? What are my rights? I'm in Arizona. [more inside]
posted by TurquoiseZebra at 12:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Bands to see in Montreal
What bands to see in Montreal from the 19th - 24th? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 12:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Damn, I got a Dell. Now what?
Would reinstalling XP mean I don't have to deal with Dell? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 12:11 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some well designed, very secure interior door manufacturers?
What manufacturers should I be looking at in searching out a very secure (i.e. 3 point lock) but stylish interior door to act as the entrance into a condo unit? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign at 12:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Eat food, not too much, mostly vegetables, and with as little effort as possible
I'm a single guy living alone. I need to start cooking for myself because I spend too much money on food, and most of what I eat is kinda bad for me. However, I hate doing dishes and don't have much time to cook. What foods/recipes would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 12:03 PM PST - 39 comments

Where are the good skateparks in MA?
Good skateboarding parks in or around Cambridge MA, or less than a 20-minute drive therefrom? Whadda they have? Any good public places where skateboarding isn't frowned upon, with stairs, rails, curbs? For a 13-year-old who is at the basic level and wants a challenge. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 11:59 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I stop thinking about the nasty?
I'm obsessed with sex. I think about it constantly. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 AM PST - 35 comments

There's something strange in the neighborhood...
The apartment building I'm moving into might be haunted. I know it's not rational to believe in ghosts, but I'm kind of superstitious. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:14 AM PST - 58 comments

Learning how to troubleshoot T-Carrier equipement
I'm looking for some good books and other resources about troubleshooting T-carrier problems at the DS1 and DS3 level. [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 10:58 AM PST - 1 comments

Where are the user-ranked laptop reviews?
I'm thinking of buying a laptop, and find that at sites like CNET, the editors and users often disagree wildly. I haven't found a place that reviews laptops that can sort reviews by the users' rankings. I tried amazon, but their "sort by average customer review" doesn't work. Which sites do you like? [more inside]
posted by lukemeister at 10:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Discount brokerage experiences?
I'm interested in both good and bad experiences people here have had with discount brokerages. [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 10:37 AM PST - 14 comments

What kind of gear did guitarist Sonny Sharrock used?
Does anyone know what kind of gear did guitarist Sonny Sharrock used?
posted by MrMisterio at 10:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Dell Inspiron 5100 BIOS password reset?
Dell Inspiron 5100 BIOS password reset? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 10:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Travel tips for Austin, TX?
Headed to Austin TX with teenage sister...Suggestions for fun that doesn't include booze and/or 18+ shows? [more inside]
posted by muxnaw at 9:53 AM PST - 20 comments

What can you tell me about 'Poe(t)heory'?
What can you tell me about 'Poe(t)heory'? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 9:51 AM PST - 3 comments

What's up with ATMs in delis?
What is the relationship between delis and the owners of the ATM machines that are inside them? Are the machines "free" to the deli owner? Or do the ATM owners pay the delis? If they do pay, how is it done - a flat fee or a variable fee depending on use? (I'm asking purely out of curiosity).
posted by Shebear at 9:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Singin' the impact driver blues
My recently purchased impact driver strips the heads of screws. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 8:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Good party venues in Anaheim?
I have to organize a party for academics in Anaheim. Can anyone suggest some fun bars or restaurants by the convention center/Disneyland? [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 8:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Comparing a Summer's Day
What poems can I think about while riding my bike on these beautiful June mornings? [more inside]
posted by readery at 8:29 AM PST - 26 comments

Ethnomusicology equipment recommendations
I'm headed out to travel rural developing areas on a folk music field recording expedition. Can I get some advice on what equipment to use? [more inside]
posted by iamck at 8:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Intermediate ASP.NET/VB Book?
Good ASP.NET(VB book)? [more inside]
posted by fx3000 at 8:01 AM PST - 2 comments

It might be easier to just fill out an application that comes in the mail...
I need help finding the best deal on a Canadian credit card. [more inside]
posted by cgg at 7:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Is an index fund really a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
InvestingFilter: Is there anything inherently flawed about investing in index funds? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:34 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me get to Merriweather Post Pavilion tonight
DC area filter: What is the best route to Merriweather Post Pavilion at rush hour, from the South? I'm headed to MPP for the Iron Maiden show tonight, plan to leave Fredericksburg at 4:30 PM. Are there any secrets to navigating traffic or parking? Is 95N to MD 32 to US 29 the best route at that time a day? I know it's DC at rush hour and every route will likely suck. Looking for whatever edge I can get via insider knowledge. Thanks!
posted by COD at 7:29 AM PST - 8 comments

What is the highest memory capacity of USB flash drive available in the market?
What is the highest memory storage capacity for USB portable Flash drive in the market right now? [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi at 7:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Make my city a sandbox
SimCity4 question: make my city a sandbox. [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 6:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I lie to get a summer job?
College student who needs a summer job. Should I lie to get one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Save me from making 60 calls
Asking for a co-worker: Is there a service, web-based or otherwise, that will record a message from me, then call a list of phone numbers I provide and play it back to them? [more inside]
posted by mysterious1der at 6:18 AM PST - 14 comments

romancing romania
What is sex like in Romania? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 5:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Beware the fourth day
Help me get past day three of my diet. [more inside]
posted by LN at 5:56 AM PST - 25 comments

Is Your Excellency aware of the 2 for 1 special on pineapples today?
What is the proper etiquette for addressing an authority figure in a religion that you don't practice? [more inside]
posted by C^3 at 4:54 AM PST - 28 comments

Finding my English Heritage...
My Google-fu has failed me - I'm looking for contact details for English Heritage's management-level events organisers (the folks who book acts to appear at EH venues) and I can't find any current information - can anyone help me please? Thanks!
posted by timpollard at 4:24 AM PST - 1 comments

Slow during the day, frantic at 5 pm?
Why are 99% of service businesses open only at inconvenient times? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 4:23 AM PST - 34 comments

How common is familiartity with .ZIP archives?
Is it safe to assume that anyone professionally employed in a computer-using job (secretary, assistant, ect.) is familiar with ZIP archives? What about the public at large? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 3:22 AM PST - 29 comments

What do you call reflexology?
I am studying reflexology and I need to come up with a name for my business, as part of the course. Help me Mefites, I need inspiration! [more inside]
posted by Happycat79 at 3:09 AM PST - 19 comments

Technologies in use within your organization?
What technology do you used at your work place to communicate between workers / organizational members? Bonus points if you're on a Virtual Team. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 2:33 AM PST - 11 comments

What a warm, loving family...
I'm looking for some films/TV shows that revolve around the concept of family, especially the "created family". [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 2:02 AM PST - 36 comments

Outta Stock
I'm looking for decent stock web elements that aren't from 1998, but I'm totally stuck. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by ejoey at 1:58 AM PST - 9 comments

How to power a Canon EOS from the grid?
Where can I find a AC power adapter (not battery charger!) for the Canon EOS / Digital Rebel series? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 1:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Can you identify this font?
What is the name of the font from the title sequence of the Italian Job? (the good one, with Michael Caine, that is). [more inside]
posted by marxfriedrice at 12:01 AM PST - 3 comments

June 17
Feet to the beat
What song would you use for a running commercial? [more inside]
posted by 913 at 11:52 PM PST - 35 comments

Neeed assistance
I am part time and make 100, or so dollars a week.often less what i want to know is can i recieve any goverment assistance i can barely afford insurance. I am trying to find a better job but it isnt going very fast i live in lancaster pa
posted by quseio at 10:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Is Square Trade warranty a good idea?
Does Square Trade honor their warranties? [more inside]
posted by flotson at 9:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Marriage therapist (in Illinois)? Marriage counseling weekend?
Marriage therapist (in Illinois)? Marriage counseling weekend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 PM PST - 3 comments

EthicsFilter: Who should pay when a three way rental split gets interrupted by a breakup?
My boyfriend and I moved into an apartment with a classmate of his almost 2 years ago. We found a place in Park Slope, Brooklyn, which is notoriously expensive but which we were able to all afford by splitting the rent three ways. Our room was really big, with room for both our desks and a bed. His room is about half the size but he also got the whole hall closet. Now that my boyfriend and I have broken up and he's moved out, we have a little problem. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 PM PST - 28 comments

Looking for an alt hip hop song...
Searching for an alternative hip-hop song, I believe called "Witness Protection" sung by two white dudes... [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor at 8:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me build some arm strength!
How can I build some upper body/arm strength without going to the gym to lift weights? [more inside]
posted by All.star at 8:47 PM PST - 22 comments

Back brush leads to bad itch
Why do I get a really bad itch on my back after using a back brush in the shower?
posted by TheManChild2000 at 8:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Alternatives to Exchange?
Has anyone in the hive had experience with Kerio Mail Server?
posted by keep it tight at 7:40 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the next best alternative to Photoshop?
What is the next best alternative to Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by Steve Hight at 7:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Wedding Gifts
Please help me find something decent to get my sister & brother-in-law as a belated wedding gift. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 7:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Coaching techniques
Is there a book or other resource that will provide tips/techniques on being a coach? [more inside]
posted by elf27 at 7:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Profitable Golf Course or Sub development?
How profitable is a golf course? I love playing golf and would love to own a golf course. However, with the price of real estate the way it is, I wonder if it is even really profitable? Is it more profitable to buy couple hundred acres and put a course on it or put some homes down? I would think that it would be more profitable to put homes down, because the course would take several years to get out of the red.
posted by CWitt at 7:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Why must it be so darned catchy?
What is the music used in the title sequence of Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 6:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Need simple php flat file cms.
I need a simple php cms. [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 6:14 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I evict for unpaid rent?
EvictionFilter: How do I evict a tenant for unpaid rent in Tennessee? [more inside]
posted by lost_cause at 5:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a locally-owned restaurant in Phoenix...
Who can recommend a locally-owned restaurant in or near Phoenix for lunch on Saturday? Type of food doesn't matter, just that they know what their ingredients are and are willing to deal with some food allergies. [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 5:44 PM PST - 7 comments

¿Dónde está la biblioteca?
9 years of Spanish have proven worthless. How do I become a conversationalist? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 5:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Help with Yahoo Small Business
Need help with Yahoo Small Business / Premium Services support: is there a way to update payment information at once? Tried their UI but to no avail. Also seek email to customer service--phone call got dropped after hours on hold. [more inside]
posted by seeminglee at 5:37 PM PST - 1 comments

Is there a word for "tastes like it smells"?
I've just started a wine tasting course, and someone asked whether there was an adjective that described a wine that tastes like it smells. The closest we could get was onomatopoeic, which obviously isn't the right word, but is similar in concept. If not in English, is there a word in any language? (I'm thinking that maybe there's a German word, as they're really good at creating new words by putting other words together) Or is "tastes like it smells" as good as it gets?
posted by finding.perdita at 5:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Where to stay in Olympic National Forest
Please share your favorite lodgings in/near Olympic National Park. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 5:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Legal comeback against a Towing / Traffic Control Company?
Car Towed Away by Traffic Control Company - then broken into - what legal comeback do I have? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 4:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Cool project ideas for HD?
Help me do something cool with a borrowed pro HD video camera. Many constraints, detailed inside. [more inside]
posted by angry.polymath at 4:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Credit Card Ugh
How to get a new credit card with a high limit to transfer a bunch of smaller balances to when your FICO score looks more like your bowling score? [more inside]
posted by cellphone at 4:20 PM PST - 17 comments

How to fix windows premissions for torrented files
Torrented files can't be read by a remote machine until they are cut/pasted. Why, and how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors at 4:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Why doesn't my computer recognize my MP3 player, and other travails.
Help me smooth out the glitches with my Samsung YP-T9 MP3 player. [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 4:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Take out sucks anyway.
I've heard amazing things about the Mr. Bento lunch jar, and I really really want one. I have heard that there are places in or near Vancouver BC that sell them, but my inquiries have turned up empty. Does anyone on MeFi know of such a place, or will I have to get one shipped from elsewhere?
posted by barc0001 at 3:59 PM PST - 13 comments

I am 36 years old and I want a career change.
I am 36 years old and I want a career change. [more inside]
posted by SoulNoise at 3:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Why Ambasador, with these Prawn Balls you are really spoiling us...
How do I cook genuine 'posh' Chinese food? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 3:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Would you like to supersize that oil change?
Are the "extra services" that the oil change shops offer ever worth it? [more inside]
posted by wondercow at 3:43 PM PST - 19 comments

"Stick that in your ass and smoke it!"
What is the origin of the phrase "[to] blow smoke up [someone's] ass"? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities at 3:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Video capture with iSight under Tiger?
I want my Mac's iSight camera to capture video, not just still photos. I'm running Tiger (10.4), not Leopard (10.5). Will anything other than upgrading to Leopard let my Mac do this? (Is there any hack or third-party software that lets the iSight act as a video camera under Tiger?)
posted by sparrows at 3:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Teach me how to fund art organization!
I have an idea for a community art organization. Help me figure out where to look to fund it! [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 3:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Macster Chief where art thou?
Halo Mac: where are all the game servers? [more inside]
posted by neuron at 2:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to get bracelet making instructions (with a twist)?
CraftFilter: I want to make a bracelet designed around a ring, but I need instructions. [more inside]
posted by niles at 2:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Redirecting a directory to a TLD?
Having problems with a TLD that lives as a subdirectory. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana at 2:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for more foodies.
Are there any under-the-radar online foodie communities? [more inside]
posted by crickets at 2:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Guide me to a smooth move-in and making it my home.
As a first-time renter, what should I do to avoid problems down the road, what will I forget to buy that I need, and how can I make it my home? [more inside]
posted by cgomez at 2:02 PM PST - 39 comments

The greyhound doesn't go far enough north.
YukonFilter: How does one get from Whitehorse to Dawson City? [more inside]
posted by Acari at 1:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Permaculture for Rationalists?
GardenFilter: Gardening noob wants to start a permaculture garden, what to read? [more inside]
posted by gofargogo at 1:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Canoe hope me?
Help me plan some good canoeing weekends in Missouri. [more inside]
posted by Spinneret at 1:12 PM PST - 14 comments

White cat. Dark sofas. Cat hair is not sexy
i got a couple of new couches for the living room, and i enjoy lounging on them. my roommate's cat has taken a liking of them too, but sheds massive amounts of hair. I now have to vacuum them every time before said lounging. is there anything i can do to deter the cat from lounging on the couches?
posted by ye#ara at 1:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Solution May Take Patience
Our company has been using Gmail’s SMTP servers without issue for the last couple years for sending our ecommerce clients emails that read “A customer has placed an online order on your web site. To access it go to https://www.sometime.com/.” - Well, this week Gmail started blocking our outgoing messages as spam. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 12:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Magic, incarcerated
Help me find real-world magic items. [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 12:34 PM PST - 47 comments

Window Garden of Eden, Baby, Don't You Know That I Love You?
Help me make my window garden a success. [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 12:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Mystery on 5th Avenue - real life puzzle ideas?
Please help me make a cheap but kick ass version of the amazing Mystery on 5th Avenue apartment for a friend. (recently on Mefi). [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 11:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Fair Weather Traveler
Where should I travel in January, February and March, climate-wise? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 11:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Legal question about using celebrities in works of fiction
What is the legality of using a celebrity as a character in a satiric work of fiction? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:36 AM PST - 14 comments

LaGuardia-Tribeca Express?
LaGuardia Airport to Tribeca - Monday morning after 9:00AM. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 11:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Subtitles in letterbox area
Why are movie subtitles almost never put into the black letterbox areas, outside the picture? [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 11:03 AM PST - 21 comments

what is the inner voice that Gilbert speaks of in Eat, Pray, Love?
what is the inner voice that Gilbert speaks of in Eat, Pray, Love? [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 10:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Name that drug
Name that drug. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 10:48 AM PST - 23 comments

DIY bumper sticker materials?
Help me make my own bumper sticker please! Do you know where I can find plain white bumper sticker material that I could write on? [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 10:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Will Firefox 3.0 finally allow inline viewing of pdf's on an intel mac?
Yippee - Firefox 3.0 has landed. Will this solve the most glaring problem with Firefox 2.x - unlike native Mac app Safari, Firefox can't load pdf's inline. [more inside]
posted by ericbop at 10:31 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I determine authenticity and value of a Chagall print?
I have what I believe to be a Marc Chagall signed print. Is there an efficient way to find out exactly what I have and its value without exposing myself to potentially self serving gallery owners? Maybe I'm just being paranoid about galleries.
posted by inkyredbone at 10:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Joining the corporate blog crowd
I work for a small company. The idea of having a blog (outward-facing, not internal) has come up a couple of times. I'd like to a) find some good examples of existing company blogs as a model, b) figure out issues of upkeep/best practices/etc. [more inside]
posted by O9scar at 10:28 AM PST - 1 comments

WKRP: in which episode does Carlson throw the drawer out the window?
Which episode of WKRP in Cincinnati has Mr. Carlson accidently throwing a desk drawer out the office window? [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 10:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to host a happy hour for 100 in Seattle?
Need help planning a happy hour event in Seattle this September. [more inside]
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

The Secret Policeman's Other Database
(The Secret Policeman's Other Database) - Do the police ever keep a database of traffic warnings they've given out? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 10:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Hack Hack Hyeeeuuueegh
What can I do about this empty-stomach retching? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Cordless Phone Dropouts - Grrr!
DECT Cordless Phone dropouts are driving me insane [more inside]
posted by cmm at 9:58 AM PST - 1 comments

A + B = a trip to Radio Shack?
How can I build my own A/B/A+B speaker selector box? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks at 9:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Why does this fabric smell so bad (and can I fix it)?
Why does this fabric smell so bad (and can I fix it)? [more inside]
posted by egg drop at 9:51 AM PST - 8 comments

day the earth stood still ringtone
Help me get a sweet Day the Earth Stood Still ringtone... [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 9:35 AM PST - 5 comments

My stacks of DVDs are close to Jenga.
Looking for a good, cheap way to store my DVDs. [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 9:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Good, cheap fun in Miami this weekend?
I'm headed to the north Miami area for a long weekend, and I'm looking for fun, cheap things to do. I've been down there quite a few times, and have a family member in the area who I'll be visiting, so I'm looking for your best suggestions of the things that people never actually get around to seeing when they live in the area but that are worth playing tourist to go see. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi at 9:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Qualitative Data Analysis... 101?
ResearchFilter: How does one go about covering bases and exploring fundamentals of qualitative research? [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 9:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Things you think about driving in Seattle
Why don't they shift freeway lanes to even out the wear? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble at 9:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Quiet Place to Write in NYC?
Help me find a quiet place in Brooklyn/ Manhattan to read and write. [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 8:53 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I make my sneakers water resistant?
What's the best way to make my sneakers water resistant? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 8:51 AM PST - 3 comments

I lost the plot. Help me snap back.
How do you get back in the swing of things - catch up on work, personal goals and commitments after getting lost/overwhelmed/giving up etc..? [more inside]
posted by jeffe at 8:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I retake the LSAT?
Should I retake the LSAT? What's the worst that could happen? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 8:42 AM PST - 15 comments

How to aggregate emails into one text file
How can I aggregate the text of multiple received emails into one text file? [more inside]
posted by yarrow at 8:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Good stretches for an inflexible fellow?
I went to see my doctor yesterday for a running injury (IT band). He says that basically I'm fit but that I have the "flexibility of a two-by-four". He wants me to do a stretching regimen three times a day — more if possible. He showed me a couple of stretches, but I'd like to do more. Can you recommend any good individual stretches or stretching routines, especially for a novice runner (and especially for one having trouble with his IT band)? YouTube clips a HUGE plus. Yoga's fine, but there's now way in hell I can do the pigeon pose (I have the flexibility of a two-by-four, remember?).
posted by jdroth at 8:24 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me get my math on
I need to brush up on my basic college math skills for a course readiness assessment in a week. What are some good resources online and what should I focus on? [more inside]
posted by baphomet at 8:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Why the stomach thump?
Why does my stomach thump when I lay down? or really Does your stomach thump? [more inside]
posted by fructose at 7:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Why won't my computer talk to my monitor?
My monitor stopped talking to my PC. Strangely, the monitor shows the Windows startup screen before going dark. It does this every time I boot up. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 7:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Graduate school help
I'm currently looking at materials science PhD programs and I'm having some difficulty locating magnetic materials groups. My interests lie in volatile and non-volatile storage, which is a pretty broad area. Can anyone suggest schools to look at? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 7:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Is my Canon a lemon?
I'm really disappointed with my (fairly new) Canon PowerShot A570IS digital camera. It seems to eat batteries and the images seem really noisy. Can you help me work out whether (a) I'm imagining it or (b) I've just got a dud unit or (c) if I've got the settings wrong somehow. [more inside]
posted by monster max at 7:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Need San Antonio Restaurant
I'm looking for a great / unique restaurant in San Antonio to take some business associates this friday night for dinner. [more inside]
posted by foodybat at 6:57 AM PST - 6 comments

how to help an 8yo deal with teasing?
Our 8yo boy is very sensitive. Any teasing really seems to upset him, and of course that's the reaction the teaser is going for. How to help him? [more inside]
posted by luser at 6:49 AM PST - 32 comments

Please help me find a black floor length formal/evening skirt.
Please help me find a black floor length formal/evening skirt. [more inside]
posted by scazza at 6:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Fight the power! Itunes Power!
Is there a legal reason that I should not install Itunes on a higher ups computer here at work? [more inside]
posted by Jonsnews at 6:27 AM PST - 49 comments

G-tech or Western Digital Hard Drives
I am looking to buy 2 1T drives. I'm doing some final cut work but mostly for media storage. I'm looking at the Western Digital 1 TB My Book Premium Edition II Triple Interface ($236) and the G-Tech Q drive which retail at $445. That's almost twice the price of the western digital. [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 6:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Is it possible to have an iPhone on the same plan with a non-iPhone?
I want to get one of the new iPhone 3Gs when they become available next month. My husband and I currently have two cell phones on the same Verizon account. I'd like to keep my number and transfer it to an iPhone, but my husband has no interest in an iPhone, he just wants the standard default phone. Can we do that through AT&T? Basically can you have one AT&T account that consists of an iPhone and a non-iPhone?
posted by zelda139 at 6:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I be happy with a partial salary increase?
How should I deal with being given a raise, but not given the agreed upon amount? [more inside]
posted by aftermarketradio at 5:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me hack open a proprietary binary image.
I'm trying to disassemble an undocumented, proprietary binary image format. I'm looking for the best tools and tutorials available. [more inside]
posted by fake at 5:07 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me love (or at least somewhat enjoy) my summer in the City of Brotherly Love.
PhillyFilter: Help me love (or at least somewhat enjoy) my summer in the City of Brotherly Love. [more inside]
posted by mcroft at 4:37 AM PST - 32 comments

Needed: cold recipes for a hot day that are good eating.
What passes for summer is here in London, and I've already made all the cold dishes I know about ... [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 3:41 AM PST - 24 comments

mp3 player, incommunicado!
I just reinstalled XP, and on first plugging in my little mp3 player / USB stick (a Samsung YP-U3), I declined to go through any of the "install new hardware" process, figuring it would just show up as an external HD and I could manage my files like that. Well, it doesn't - the display on the stick reads "connecting", then it connects, then straightaway the display assures me that the USB is safely disconnected. As far as my computer's concerned, it's invisible. Running the bundled software does no good either - the stick's just as invisible through the Samsung media manager program as through Explorer. On any other computer than mine, it works perfectly, and I can see it no trouble. So - is there any way to render my poor stick visible?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 2:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Help with Clay Topsoil
The soil in my tiny yard is hard as concrete, but I want to grow a garden. Tips? [more inside]
posted by maryh at 2:26 AM PST - 19 comments

Not quite a party, but more than a get-together
I'm going to be hosting weekly patio-sits/get-togethers/hang-outs, but want some theme ideas to keep the conversations interesting, without too much work on my part. Help? [more inside]
posted by cheeken at 2:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Chai - why so bitter?
I thought I'd make my pregnant wife a nice cup of home brewed chai from a pregnancy recipe book. But it's awfully bitter and difficult to drink. What is causing the bitterness? [more inside]
posted by joshnunn at 1:07 AM PST - 15 comments

At least it's not maggots
Where can I buy wheat gluten in the UK? [more inside]
posted by ceri richard at 1:06 AM PST - 2 comments

I Don't Want to be Willy Loman!
I don't want to be a salesman! Can anyone help a recent grad find a sane, non-sales job in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 12:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Stop the Headaches after working out.
How do I stop getting headaches after working out when I'm out of shape? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 12:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Make my pork and beans taste good
I need a kick arse recipe for pork and beans that's slow cooker compatible. I've tried a few found via google with lack luster results, so now I'm looking for something tried and true. [more inside]
posted by shelleycat at 12:08 AM PST - 11 comments

June 16
Look farther to get closer
Photostellar Geolocation - Assuming a 10X optical zoom camera, comprehensive star charts and a carpenter's level to determine "straight up", what global positioning accuracy could I achieve? [more inside]
posted by jayCampbell at 10:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Urban areas flat as a pancake?
What are the flattest cities in the world? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 10:23 PM PST - 43 comments

Is taking a year off uni for work a bad idea?
I'm a third year CompSci BSci Student in Large Canadian City, and I've just been offered to extend my co-op term into next winter or probably next year. Is this a good idea and it's worth it to delay my degree by another year? Is this a bad idea, and I would be better off graduating asap? [more inside]
posted by pmv at 10:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I (try to) learn to play golf?
Should I (try to) learn to play golf? [more inside]
posted by taubman at 9:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Any recommendations for a wedding in Mexico?
Any recommendations for a wedding in Mexico? [more inside]
posted by kiwitobes at 8:22 PM PST - 11 comments

House vs. apartment. Are the costs of maintaining a house roughly less, the same as, or more than levies on a comparably sized apartment?
House vs. apartment. Are the costs of maintaining a house roughly less, the same as, or more than levies on a comparably sized apartment? [more inside]
posted by lottie at 8:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Keyboard problem.
New keyboard problem. I installed a Logitech 3200 cordless keyboard which works perfectly in all applications except Outlook Express (which thankfully I use infrequently). OE does not respond to the keyboard in Create New Mail (or Reply). It accepts keystrokes in the dropdown menus such as help or Address Book, but not in Create Mail. No problem in Word, Notepad or any other application that I've tried. Any suggestions?
posted by Neiltupper at 8:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Smart Britcoms?
Please recommend smart British comedies on DVD. I liked As Time Goes By and am enjoying Cold Feet - what else should I look for? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 7:45 PM PST - 61 comments

Bed for a nomadic lifestyle?
I'm about to embark on a nomadic lifestyle for, I believe, a few years. I will be spending in the neighborhood of 3-6 months at a time in various places, renting rooms, subletting, etc. What do I do about a bed? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 7:31 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me choose!
Opportunity to take a printmaking class - should I take relief or intaglio? [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 7:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Will not covering up this tattoo negatively impact me at my upcoming job interview?
I have a job interview on Wednesday for a very interesting non-profit organization involved with animal research (for good purposes). All of my suits are skirt/jacket combos. I'm very short...too short for pant suits, and no time for alterations. The skirt suits wouldn't be a problem if I didn't have a huge tattoo on my leg. In my former career in creative arts, tattoos were acceptable and even commonplace. I'm not sure if this is a big deal with the new field. Nylons look silly over the work, and tights make me look like a little girl. Plus, it's very hot out. Is showing the tattoo something I should worry about? Do you think it will be viewed negatively? Any suggestions to help make me look more professional? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 PM PST - 33 comments

can I travel outside of US and come back using my h1b visa
I want to go to Canada for a little vacation with my family. Can I legally travel outside of U.S. and come back using my H1b visa? [more inside]
posted by clueless22 at 6:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Interestng Jobs in Animal Science?
What sort of jobs are there that involve working with animals, aside from the non-obvious (zoo, vet, dog walker). [more inside]
posted by potch at 6:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Rapist Search
Is this photo real? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 5:52 PM PST - 22 comments

What do I need to do to get ready for a move to South Korea?
I'm moving to South Korea in August to teach English for a year and I have a few questions, but would appreciate advice in general. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 18 comments

No means no
How to nicely but firmly tell someone I am completely and totally uninterested romantically and at this point, pretty averse to friendship, too? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 5:23 PM PST - 27 comments

Is my cat abnormally stupid, or is she a little blind?
Is my cat abnormally stupid, or is she a little blind? (note: I'm leaning towards that she is stupid) [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 4:57 PM PST - 44 comments

Where to by good frames in Philly?
Where in/around Philly to buy really snazzy eyeglass frames? [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful at 4:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Solution for ride from Chilliwack to Vancouver airport?
I live in Chilliwack in BC and find myself wanting to go to the Vancouver airport pretty frequently. I'm really interested in a shuttle service ala SuperShuttle that will take me to the airport and then home but have so far only found AirportLinkShuttle which hasn't worked out for me yet (I was the only rider last time I wanted to use them which means they charge double). Is there some solution for getting to the airport that doesn't include renting a car, or buying a second one? I'm open to car-pooling, public or private transportation - any help?
posted by royalchinook at 4:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Classical classics
School me on the classics of classical music. What are the top ten recordings that someone who knows nothing about classical music should own? [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 4:27 PM PST - 42 comments

What are some of your positive, personal business practices?
What are some practices/methods/things I can do to ensure a good rapport with my colleagues as well as establish myself as an outstanding employee? [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo at 3:58 PM PST - 25 comments

Form, yay! Function, boo!
Our new place has a Clawfoot bathtub and Im having trouble adjusting to the clawfoot-lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 3:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me be the perfect roadie!
So I told my friend I'd be his band's light/sound guy, and I need some help figuring out the practicalities of it all... [more inside]
posted by unexpected at 3:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Jazz recommendations similar to this compilation
Recommendations for jazz compilations similar to this one (dinner at eight)? [more inside]
posted by imaswinger at 3:20 PM PST - 5 comments

What is the best way to submit a resume to a company that I have no contacts with?
What is the best way to submit a resume to a company that I have no contacts with? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 2:59 PM PST - 6 comments

What happens when the bank forecloses on your apartment?
We just found out that our landlord is facing foreclosure. How screwed are we? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 2:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Anyone remember a NPR/PRI 'search for a baby sitter' story?
NPR or PRI story- About a year ago, I heard a story in which the narrator was attempting to find his long lost baby sitter- a woman named Susan or Sharon?! It seemed like a TAL type story but I don't believe it was Ira Glass. Sadly I missed the ending and have been searching for it ever since. Has anyone heard of the story?
posted by rlm-job at 2:53 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I drill a hole through a human tooth without shattering it?
How would I drill a hole through an extracted human tooth without shattering it? [more inside]
posted by mediocre at 2:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Resources for those close to people with PTSD?
Good literature and resources for learning to help and support someone with PTSD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Flying a dog cross country?
Flying a dog cross country? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Don't stop in Gary, Indiana.
I'm going on a road trip from NYC to Chicago, then to DC, then back to NYC. I have plenty of time for stopovers and I'd like to see more than I-80. What should I stop to do during this trip? [more inside]
posted by ben242 at 2:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Too big for her?
Sex question: what to do about being "too big"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:58 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me lug luggage and Costco stuff in my car
Help me stow more in my 4-door Civic sedan. [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 1:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to print custom wedding invitation?
Where to print custom wedding invitations online? [more inside]
posted by patrickje at 1:25 PM PST - 8 comments

What's up with the legs?
I saw a guy today who had something going on with his legs that I was curious about. He was wearing shorts and had these sort of flesh-colored "sleeves" over both legs and what looked like some sort of therapeutic boot with a very thick sole or padding. He walked as though he had a prosthetic leg, but these were not like any prosthetics I have ever seen. He didn't have a cane, crutches or any other sort of assistance. Any ideas what this was all about?
posted by mattholomew at 1:24 PM PST - 8 comments

How to back up entire sms threads (BlackBerry / Mac)?
How can I preserve / back up long sms conversations with one other person -- simply as long chunks of plain text containing entire conversations? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 1:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Do you know an Irish love poem? One condition - no religion
Can anyone recommend an Irish - or even Northern Irish - poem or extract, on the topic of love or romance, that would be suitable to be read out at a civil wedding (ie, no references to God or religion allowed) [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 1:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Rewarding myself for uh getting massively into debt and not finding a job?!
So just how irresponsible and how much of a mistake would it be to take a month long post Bar trip to SE Asia when I am 1) unemployed and 2) massively in debt? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 12:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Extra deaths in Shakespeare's Hamlet?
Productions of Hamlet in which an additional character dies unexpectedly? (spoilers for a 400-year-old play and modern productions) [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti at 12:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Making a pattern from old slacks
Please help me make a pattern from my all-time best-fitting slacks--which no longer fit me. [more inside]
posted by sevenstars at 12:55 PM PST - 4 comments

How to control weeds in my garden?
Seeking practical alternative to Roundup weed killer for Florida flower garden. [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow at 12:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Dealing with blank slates
I consider myself creative in some areas. But I have problems with the "blank slate". But I'm great at improving things once they start to take shape. Am I weird or are there others like me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:53 PM PST - 16 comments

BP: Pre-Employment Credit Check?
Does BP conduct a pre-employment credit check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Our dog just had an anaphylactic shock reaction to vaccination. Should we cancel our travel plans?
Our dog just had an anaphylactic shock reaction to vaccination. Should we cancel our travel plans? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 12:19 PM PST - 19 comments

This question is not based on any real concern
I just saw The Bank Job and had a question about the disclaimer at the end [more inside]
posted by daksya at 12:18 PM PST - 7 comments

25-30 mi bike ride in Boston?
I will be at Usenix in Boston next week, and want to do a 25-30 mile bike ride one of those evenings. [more inside]
posted by everichon at 12:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Hangout near North Beach SF
Child is doing summer classes at San Francisco Art Institute (800 Chestnut St), Mon-Fri, 9-4. It's impractical for Mom to go home and come back between drop-off and pick-up, so she needs a place to study near the Institute. Suggestions please for a place to hang out and work - read, write and internet - within an easy walk of Chestnut @ Jones. This will be every day for the next month; low cost is essential. Maybe a library or better a laid-back cafe where not too much coffee needs to be bought. Wi-fi is needed too, preferably free.
posted by anadem at 12:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Cult or Not?
I just saw a group of folks at the cafeteria in the DeKalb Farmer's Market in Atlanta, and I'm trying to figure out... are they a cult? [more inside]
posted by jpburns at 11:42 AM PST - 10 comments

120 film processing in Montreal, Canada
Where can I develop 120mm colour film in Montreal, or by mail order to Canada? [more inside]
posted by exquisite_deluxe at 11:36 AM PST - 2 comments

What do I do with those fancy gym machines?
What are all those machines at the gym and how can I make them work for me? [more inside]
posted by elisabethjw at 11:33 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm scared.
Please help me lessen this fear I have of getting hurt so that I can feel like myself and enjoy my new relationship. [more inside]
posted by blithely at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Identify this sock please.
Who makes this sock?
posted by dendrite at 11:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Laser Etching in Toronto
I want to get my laptop laser etched with something appealing on the lid. I'm a little stuck for inspiration about what to put on. [more inside]
posted by gaby at 11:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Texturizing Theatrical Sets Like Jackson Pollock?
SetPaintingFilter. When I was in college theatre, our sets were never finished until our company technical director walked the set, paint brush in hand, adding texture to the platforms with what seemed to be a very ordered splatter pattern. He'd do this alone, the night before we opened. The textures didn't take away from the set, but added depth. So what was he doing? I've seen the phrase "splatter wash," but can see no details on the method, the mix for the paint, anything. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 11:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you help me find the photo that got away?
Can you help me track down the photo I didn't take in the Disneyland area? (Description of the photo may be NSFW depending on where you work.) [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 10:44 AM PST - 9 comments

moonlighting coworker
What to do about a moonlighting coworker? [more inside]
posted by Rae Datter at 10:40 AM PST - 36 comments

Bodyhacks
I am looking for experiments, useful tricks, and fun things to try out, using my biological cycles, chemistry and anatomy. [more inside]
posted by bobobox at 10:39 AM PST - 11 comments

I want an iPhone for $199...
Will activating a current iPhone for a day make me eligible for the $199 iPhone 3G? [more inside]
posted by Rowgun at 10:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Music analysis software - where is it?
I'm looking for either free software or an API that could take a wav file and parse it. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 10:30 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I control THE VOLUME OF MY VOICE?
Soft talker here. Any methods/courses/books/exercises that might help me develop better voice projection? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 10:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Why does my heart race and my blood pound when I wake up from a nap?
Why does my heart race and my blood pound when I wake up from a nap? [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone at 10:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Recommendation for Expresscard Gigabit NIC?
Recommendation for Expresscard Gigabit NIC? The card needs to have one gigabit port, fit in a 34 or 54 mm expresscard slot, and support linux. [more inside]
posted by PueExMachina at 10:25 AM PST - 2 comments

My turkeys are always done.
Male nipples! Will they get smaller after some weight loss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Assume that I don't want to make gin
Bathroom remodel question: does one really need a bathtub? [more inside]
posted by mumkin at 9:53 AM PST - 51 comments

Powdercoaters in Toronto?
Powder Coating in Toronto... who does a good, fast job for a reasonable price? I want to change the color of a bike frame and fork but using google just gives me a bunch of companies in Mississauga with terrible web sites... I'd love a first hand recommendation if anyone's got one. Also disregarding geography, any advice or caveats regarding powder coating in general? Thanks!
posted by dobbs at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I assemble a bbq without instructions
Bought a new gas bbq grill from someone on eBay but it didn't come with the assembly instructions. How can I track the instructions down or put it together without them? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 9:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you share the pension & the taxes?
A father dies. There is a pension and 2 children. Only one person can be named beneficiary. How do you handle the taxes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

But they're both sugary and delicious!
Understanding that both are bad for you, which one is worse: high-fructose corn syrup or aspartame?
posted by pised at 9:13 AM PST - 30 comments

Being kept down by the man, so let's protect our backs.
Help me protect myself from a radically inept boss. Please! Very long, very sorry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 24 comments

First-time car seller looking for best way to sell a car in NYC
First-time car seller looking for best way to sell a car in NYC? [more inside]
posted by dcjd at 8:55 AM PST - 6 comments

What be this book?
Asking for a friend: Trying to find a book, whose central conceit is that computers (and large data sets like Google's in particular) are, in fact, smarter than people at trending probability, etc. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 8:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Hey there, baldy! Here's five bucks!
I'd like to shave my head for charity. What's the best way to go about it? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 8:53 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm lost about Lost
How far ahead do writers of serial dramas plan? I've been catching up on Lost (only through Season 2 - no spoilers please!) and I've been wondering how much of this was planned, and how much was decided a week in advance. I'm sure the overall story arc is planned well in advance, but just what does that entail?
posted by um_maverick at 8:49 AM PST - 17 comments

Free linux dynamic dns hosting?
What is the best Linux friendly free dynamic DNS hosting provider? [more inside]
posted by Thoth at 8:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Move HDD with OS to a new computer?
Can I move a HDD with Windows 2000 to a new computer and expect it to load Windows 2000? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 8:38 AM PST - 7 comments

The longest line in excel land
I need help making sense of data from an adobe form that I want to export to excel. Adobe just laughs and excel simply shrugs. [more inside]
posted by Umhlangan at 8:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Want to master the Fox!
Help a computer light-weight make the most of Firefox and gmail. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 8:33 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I get a new laptop fast?
I am an American living in overseas, and do not have access to computer stores. In addition, shipping here is prohibitively expensive (shipping a laptop via DHL's lowest cost option would be just over $500, and no retailer I have found ships here directly anyway.). I will be in Canada (Toronto) for two days, starting tomorrow, and need a new Thinkpad. Is this possible? I had no warning on this trip, and obviously cannot wait two+ weeks for delivery as the Lenovo website states. [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 8:29 AM PST - 11 comments

What Chicago neighborhood should we move to?
Which neighborhoods in Chicago should we consider moving to? [more inside]
posted by EarBucket at 8:16 AM PST - 13 comments

graphics tablet and photoshop smudge tool crashing woes.
I have an old Active XP-Pen graphics tablet with up to date drivers that I use for occasional graphic design work in Photoshop CS2. All seems to be fine except when I use the smudge tool. After a short while the action on screen becomes laggy and then Photoshop hangs completely. No amount of waiting has brought it back so far so I lose work. Will getting a nice shiney new Wacom tablet solve my problem or is this more likely a hardware issue on my PC's side? [more inside]
posted by merocet at 8:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Getting engaged should feel so right, but why do my guts ache when I think of my future life?
I got engaged a couple of weeks ago, but ever since I have been having huge nagging doubts that I am doing the right thing. I worry I am settling for companionship, caring and safety but without the feelings of passion or true love I should be feeling. I am like the character in the film "Marty" who describes himself as "a short, fat, ugly man" (except I'm not short). What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Is this MS?
I may have MS. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 19 comments

A penny for your thoughts?
What's a really good looking copper coin? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 8:01 AM PST - 5 comments

What is your 5yr olds favourite toy?
What toys does your 5yr old play with the most? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 7:56 AM PST - 25 comments

I want different headers on every page, just like Charles Dickens
My copy of "Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens shows the chapter name on the head every left page, and a summary phrase of the spread's content on the head of every right page. Is there a name for that style? I'd love to know any history of it, why it's not done now, and how I could set it up in a word processor for use in my own docs. Thanks!
posted by largecorp at 7:39 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I move Outlook 2003 from one user account to another on the same computer?
How can I migrate my Outlook 2003 settings, mail, contacts and calendars to a new XP user account on the same computer? [more inside]
posted by JPDD at 7:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Montreal during the Jazz Festival
Should we go to Montreal during the Jazz Festival? Or will it be "too crowded" if we're not super-into jazz? [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy at 7:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Camping near DC
What are some good places to go camping near Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 7:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Catfilter: How to stop a cat from trying to run out the door when the door opens?
How do I keep the cat from running out the front door every single time it's opened? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 6:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Life Coach?
What do you specifically call a coach who can help a young adult be less klutzy in his/her walking, mannerisms, dress, etc? Are there such coaches? How can I find one?
posted by mbarryf at 6:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Why does the posse show up on a date?
Why does she invite her ex or friends to everything we do? What's my next move? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:14 AM PST - 44 comments

Why am I so useless?
I am a useless procrastinator, I see it happening, and I can see the outcome but I can't help it, I feel out of control almost. It's something I tend to deal with okay at work (a more direct task-based environment I guess) but at home it's terrible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:14 AM PST - 24 comments

Should I worry about my physically lost, encrypted passwords?
So, I lost my USB stick. No big deal - except it has my password database on it. [more inside]
posted by TooManyGadgets at 3:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Which Who? Doctor Who DVD recommendations.
Looking for recommendations for (original series) Doctor Who DVD releases. [more inside]
posted by mtonks at 2:23 AM PST - 15 comments

June 15
Can google reader jive with digg?
I use Google Reader from Safari on a Mac to read an RSS feed of Digg.com. When I click a link from the feed, it opens a new window which is the story/article on Digg. I have two questions. 1) Can I make google reader open clicked links in new tabs instead of new windows, and 2) Can I make the link to digg I click from reader go directly to the story that digg links to? confusing enough? [more inside]
posted by alitorbati at 11:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Fear the Firkin!
Are those small novelty wine barrels that one sees in gift shops in the "Bar" area actually meant to hold stuff? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 11:45 PM PST - 5 comments

This ain't your Auntie Dennitsa's harvest song. (Or maybe it is.)
Bulgarian speakers: What song is this? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 11:02 PM PST - 6 comments

External sound card for laptop. Recommendations wanted!
External sound card for laptop. Recommendations wanted! [more inside]
posted by watson415 at 10:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Wholesale laminate flooring in Southern California?
Can you recommend a wholesaler to buy laminate flooring from in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 10:53 PM PST - 1 comments

Feedback on tattoo artists in Vancouver?
Does anyone have any recommendations for tattoo artists in Vancouver, BC? Thanks.
posted by jokeefe at 10:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Carnatic music
Carnatic music recommendations? [more inside]
posted by palet at 10:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Foreign phrases for "overacting"
foreign phrases for "overacting" [more inside]
posted by zeraus at 10:00 PM PST - 3 comments

How to Get Dental Goodness
How do I take better care of my pearly yellows? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 9:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Bike Filter-Old mountain bike, upgrade or not??
Bike Filter-What should I do with my old mountain bike? [more inside]
posted by MiggySawdust at 9:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Immature party animal or unstable mental patient?
My first job interview is coming up and I'm wondering which is the lesser of two evils to disclose. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 PM PST - 34 comments

I shouldn't have had the cheap instant pasta for lunch
How do you deal with occurrences of a chronic, non-contagious illness at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find wall art where the majority of the photograph is black and white, but the crucial element is in color? Example inside
Where can I find wall art where the majority of the photograph is black and white, but the crucial element is in color? Example inside [more inside]
posted by jeffderek at 8:46 PM PST - 8 comments

How to speak with a transatlantic accent?
How can I learn to speak with a Transatlantic accent? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 8:28 PM PST - 20 comments

career options?
i have an economics/mathematics degree from UT Austin, and for the past 3-4 years I've been teaching math. i dont want to teach anymore so im not sure what all i can do. ive thought about getting a job at a hospital, some accounting job, and financial planning. and im not much of a corporate america person. all ive got goin so far is work through a temp agency. i need some more ideas and so im throwing the idea out to the general forum. please write back with some ideas.
posted by locoindio at 8:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Trailer music used at the Alamo theaters in Austin?
Longshotfilter: can any Austin folks tell me what music is used in the Alamo's trailer for upcoming events, e.g. midnight showing of Lebowski, Iron Giant, the road show, air sex championships, etc etc. [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 7:38 PM PST - 8 comments

What to send to a person who has everything (within walking distance)
Manhattan care package? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 7:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for Small Italian City
Anyone know a smaller Italian city to visit in July that is not Florence, Venice, Pisa, Sienna or Rome? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 7:30 PM PST - 30 comments

Digital noise recording to Mac Pro
I'm trying to record audio on my Mac Pro from a hardware source using the digital Line In on the Mac, but am only getting "digital noise" as the recording. [more inside]
posted by wubbie at 7:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Never talk to the angry without earplugs
EarPressureFilter: I had an argument with someone a couple hours ago, and they yelled in my left ear for a few seconds. My ear isn't ringing. but it feels pressurized, like I'm underwater, on and off. I've taken a full dose of magnesium-based antacid...anything else I can do? Will a doctor be able to help, or do I just need to move somewhere with a vow of silence for a month?
posted by StrikeTheViol at 6:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Welcome to the desert, please leave your lawn at the door
Converting to a drought-friendly lawn, should we use chemicals or not? [more inside]
posted by davejay at 6:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Hey Reese's? You're not the only game in chocolate and peanut butter town.
Either I'm being paranoid or the stores I frequent have stopped stocking certain items beloved by me because they contain both chocolate and peanut butter. Paranoid or not, I can bake, and am therefore not at the mercy of the peanut butter and chocolate overlords. Which leads me to ask the question, what decadent peanut butter and chocolate recipes do you have to share?
posted by orange swan at 6:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Please, not another boy-meets-girl story with over the top acting.
I'm looking for good Filipino movies (in Tagalog, with English subtitles) that are not cheesy soap operas. Bonus points if available through Netflix. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 6:34 PM PST - 10 comments

I want to become fluent in French by being an exchange student
Studying abroad in high school. Recommendations? Advice? Anecdotes? [more inside]
posted by majikstreet at 6:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Index fund advice, please.
Should I put my savings into an index fund? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 5:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Find me a nice retreat spot
I'd like to spend a week or two of vacation in a kind of "intellectual retreat". Let me rephrase that and try to make it less pretentious - I want to get away from it all and read/write in peace. Please help me find a suitable place. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 5:07 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I share a mounted NTFS volume over AFP?
Networkfilter: I have a NTFS volume mounted on my OS X Server box. I'd like to access it over the net using AFP. It's not showing up as an available AFP share. What gives? [more inside]
posted by DLWM at 5:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Blogging To Get A Job? Advice?
Blogging To Launch A Career Outside Academia? Advice? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 4:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Is a folding bicycle right for a train commute in Chicago?
This is actually a two part question. First, can anybody recommend a folding bicycle? I'm going to need to travel from a train to my work and it's about 2 miles. Would you recommend one of these bicycles for this kind of commute? How do they hold up in the rain and when it gets cold? Is there anything I can do about water flying up from the front and rear wheels? 2nd, does anybody know if you can buy a monthly Metra pass that will allow you to transfer between two Metra lines? [more inside]
posted by crios at 4:46 PM PST - 19 comments

Low Haemoglobin level
My haemoglobin level is 13.7g/DL. (The normal range is 14 to 18). My doctor recommended to take SlowFe Iron tablets. Is it needed to take, since i feel it is only slightly less than the normal. Any other suggestions to improve haemoglobin level. Are there are any other better medicines ? Others who have taken SlowFe, can you share your experience ?
posted by tom123 at 4:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Treatments deemed unnecessary after the fact, do we have to pay?
Several months after her last visit to physical therapy, my fiancee was informed that her health insurance company won't pay for the last two months of it because they didn't think it was "medically necessary". Even if she upheld all her obligations, including co-pays every visit, is she liable for these charges? (more details inside) [more inside]
posted by Sloben at 4:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Best places to go in the Canadian Okanagan
We'll be passing through the Canadian Okanagan on a road trip from Seattle to Banff. We'd like to spend a day or two in the Okanagan on the way. Any tips on the best places to go/eat/drink/see while we're there? We like good eating, wine, and photographing pretty places.
posted by matildaben at 3:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Telephoto lens for Nikon P5100
I'd like to buy a telephoto lens for my Nikon P5100 . There's a bunch on ebay & Amazon - Tokina, Opteka, Fotodiox - for between 40 & 100 bucks. Are any of these lenses/ brands worth their dollar? ($100 is my max, so the $250 Nikon branded lens is not in the running.)
posted by forallmankind at 2:58 PM PST - 3 comments

English-speaking journalist with the travel bug
English-speaking journalist with travel bug: where should I go? [more inside]
posted by lindsey.nicole at 2:14 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm starting to get tipped off.
In Ontario, are there any legal restrictions to how an employees tips should be handled in the service industry?—specifically with regard to restaurants and cafes?
posted by Evstar at 1:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me organize my iTunes library!
What's the best way to organize and re-tag my enormous MP3 library? (iTunes, Mac 10.5, 20k+ songs) [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 1:53 PM PST - 21 comments

How stupid would it be to trash the old financial stuff?
How dangerous is throwing out old financial records, really? Don't want to pay to shred, and lots of peoples' trash is mixed with mine... [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 1:39 PM PST - 42 comments

Cursors foiled again!
Why is my keyboard cursor moving so slowly? [more inside]
posted by sixpack at 1:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Meaningful places in India
What is your favorite place in India? I am traveling to India in August for a month, and want to know where to go. I'm not as interested in touristy spots, more places that were meaningful and struck a chord with you. What places made an impact on you during your trip? Where would you tell someone they HAD to go if you were giving suggestions to a friend?
posted by tessalations999 at 1:22 PM PST - 22 comments

'Razor blade, that's what I call love..'
Getting into hair! How can I practice cutting it? [more inside]
posted by bradly at 1:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Catfish Song Mystery
Walkin' talkin' dancin' catfish, you are a friend of mine Walkin' talkin' dancin' catfish, I'm in luuuuuv with you.... These are two lines of a song that my husband has been singing to my daughter. No amount of Googling has revealed more lyrics or any information about the song. Can you help us identify the entire song? If not, can you recommend any other silly songs you like singing to kids? Thank you! Getting all the lyrics would be an awesome Father's Day accomplishment!
posted by omphale27 at 1:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Has my friend found a way to make free money?
Has my friend found a way to make free money? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 1:07 PM PST - 26 comments

Mac desktop alternative to Backpack
Free or low-cost Mac alternative to 37Signals Backpack for storing personal information in? [more inside]
posted by dyslexictraveler at 12:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Is this an emergency?
Is this an emergency? Not peeing or pooping, sitting funny, grunting, looking really uncomfortable: is my rabbit ok until tomorrow or should I pay the extra $200 for an emergency appointment? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 12:32 PM PST - 32 comments

necessary and sufficient
Taking the LSAT tomorrow. Any last-minute advice? [more inside]
posted by streetdreams at 12:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I buy or commission Men's knitted clothing of exotic wools?
Exotic wool and fibers: where can I buy or commission Men's knitted clothing of exotic wools and fibers? [more inside]
posted by Ligament at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

"Ultimate" Bluetooth Frustration
How do I get this Bluetooth headset working with Skype on Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 at 11:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Pineapple seasoning, yum!
What is that orange seasoning they use in hawaii on pineapples? [more inside]
posted by jimmy0x52 at 11:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Glue, Water and Paper
I have a print that I want to glue to the wall. [more inside]
posted by edmz at 11:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Noiseless gaming tips
Which second hand Xbox 360 should I buy to minimise noise? [more inside]
posted by phatmonkey at 10:49 AM PST - 8 comments

iphone insurance possibility
How can I insure my Iphone? [more inside]
posted by femmme at 10:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Trying to help a relative navigate the tricky waters of child support
Can anybody school me about child support enforcement laws in the state of Colorado? [more inside]
posted by msali at 10:36 AM PST - 15 comments

Photoshop is such a baby.
CS3: I am having trouble getting Photoshop to select the semi-transparent pixels when I cmd-click the thumbnail. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Replacing windows for thermal comfort!
What do I need to know about replacing my windows? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 9:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Where should I take my mom hiking near Olympia, WA?
What's a good place to take my Mom hiking in the Olympia, WA area? She's got endurance for a decently long, steep walk, but she's afraid of heights and won't walk on loose or slippery surfaces. [more inside]
posted by scose at 8:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Wring music? How hard can it be?
Can I learn to create melodies? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 8:33 AM PST - 38 comments

What should I learn to do this summer?
What books can teach me skills that would be enjoyable or interesting to share with friends in group settings or one-on-one? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Notcot for Japan?
I am in search of the paper flowers used in Lost in Translation. Also, what are your favorite rad Japanese culture-watch resources, shopping websites, etc?
posted by roygbv at 8:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Would it be absolutely ludicrous to look into buying a car that takes premium fuel in this day and age?
Would it be absolutely ludicrous to look into buying a car that takes premium fuel in this day and age? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 8:02 AM PST - 55 comments

How can I learn some basic electronics?
How can I learn some basic electronics? [more inside]
posted by greenie2600 at 7:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Can I play old US Xbox games on a Japanese 360?
Can I play old US Xbox games on my Japanese 360 using the backwards compatibility function? [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine at 6:47 AM PST - 1 comments

Scotland in August? Should I bother?
Scotland in August? Should I bother? [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 6:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Books that grab you and don't let go
Looking for decently written, page-turning historical fiction. [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 6:20 AM PST - 66 comments

What job title should I choose? I'm doing a combination of policy writing, strategic planning, technical support (management) and customer liasing.
I'm starting work at a new company and can choose my job title. What title should I choose? I'm doing a combination of policy writing, strategic planning, technical support (management) and customer liasing. [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 4:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there a Firefox extension for copying the details of the page I am on?
Is there a Firefox (3) extension that will copy to the clipboard a HTML formatted link of the page I am currently on? The Copy Link Text will copy a link to another page, but not for the page itself. I would like to be on the website I want to link to, and have a link copied to the clipboard in the format <a href="PAGE URL" title="PAGE TITLE">Link</a>. Thanks.
posted by chorltonmeateater at 3:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Shipping up to Boston
What's the best way to find a nice 2br apartment in the greater Boston Metro area? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 1:59 AM PST - 16 comments

See the tear standin' in my eye
The USPS lost the contents of a media-rate package. Many books within. What are the odds I'll get any of it back? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 12:53 AM PST - 12 comments

June 14
How/where can I sell an airline/airplane/flight ticket?
I bought a plane ticket, I subsequently had to cancel the flight, and now I'm stuck with a Delta voucher. I want to sell it and buy a ticket on another airline, which happens to have a much better flight to my destination. But where can I sell my ticket? I tried eBay and Points.com already.
posted by harwons at 11:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Spanish TV?...Help me get past telenovelas y Sabado Gigante
I want to watch some Spanish-language TV shows, and I want to get past telenovelas and things like sabado gigante (no offense!). I have Directv and a few channels such as Univision and Telemundo. (I could add the ParaTodos package if you can show me the light on some cool programming). I'm in the Denver area so I have access to several terrestial spanish language channels as well. I'm not interested in dubbed stuff from English, so Discovery Channel Espanol type stuff is out. [more inside]
posted by wogbat at 11:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Digital Camera for college?
I'm heading off to college in a few months and I'm absolutely overwhelmed by the myriad of point-and-shoot cameras on the market. I ran through some pictures (well, actually many pictures) on Flickr to try and get a feel for what I was looking for, but some pictures are naturally more appealing than others and the quality is affected by various factors, so I ruled that method out as an objective option. I'm pretty sure more megapixels isn't always more quality and that there are other factors to account for, such as noise and shutter speed, but I'm at a loss at what really matters in a digital camera. I hope I don't sound completely uninformed, but I've scoured previous topics and while they're very helpful, they're a little outdated. I would really appreciate recommendations on a compact/ultracompact camera that takes pretty pictures! I'm willing to spend up to 300, but hopefully no more than that :) Thoughts? Suggestions? Jeers? :(
posted by tihleigh at 11:48 PM PST - 27 comments

"For Novelty Purposes Only" : what if people don't listen?
I'm planning on making gag gifts to sell at stores that contain dirty items, such as cigarette butts. For demonstrative purposes, let's pretend I was creating a perfume that had used cigarette butts soaking in it. If I put "for novelty purposes only", does that prevent me from being liable if some idiot decides to use the product? Or is this a bad idea to be pursuing?
posted by razdrez at 10:31 PM PST - 10 comments

nokia n95 password encryption
Does Nokia N95 encrypts e-mail passwords that it stores for automatic retrieval? [more inside]
posted by raphael19 at 10:29 PM PST - 6 comments

A Series of Tubes
What is this mysterious structure? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 10:01 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the best source control for non-technical people?
I'm helping manage a project which has a lot of different document types contributed and edited by a lot of different people. Program code, bitmaps, text documents with homebrew markup code, PDFs, and a whole lot more all need to live together in the same repository. I was using SVN, but many of the people on the site are pretty non-technical. I had to switch to a mailing list from a real project management forum, because people weren't consistently able to get the RSS feed working for the forum. I know people are likely to say we should use a wiki, but I haven't liked any of them--they're great for documentation (and that is a lot we're working on) but they don't really handle things like programming code and desktop publishing files especially well. Ideally, the source control would look just like a local directory, and users could load and save files to it and the merging and versioning would happen transparently. As close to that as possible would be great. A specific wishlist is inside. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by catsclaw at 9:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Pimp Mom's clambook!
What free/low-cost/simple kinds of things can be done to the clamshell G3 iBook my mom uses for really basic web stuff to make it function better? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 9:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Racing school recommendations?
Help me find a good racing school course! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Folding aces.
I'm in a long-term relationship with an girl, and things are both great and awful. She's seriously dependent, I need my alone time. She wants a farm house in the middle of nowhere, I want to be close to the city. I'm the always-connected gadget-fiend type, she thinks tech is dumb. We could probably compromise on these, but we have some relationship scars and problems in the bedroom. But, we're on the same page on most moral issues, have a ton in common, and she's beautiful. Things have been rough for a while, and I'm starting to feel like our problems and differences make this relationship detrimental to both of us. I don't want to throw away The One, though. Is it time to fold? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 PM PST - 36 comments

Shhh!
How anonymous is my anonymous blog? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 PM PST - 21 comments

Sights and activities for a two week trip to New Mexico for a budget traveller bumming a free ride.
Last minute trip down to New Mexico came out of no where but I'm leaving tomorrow with a backpack and wanted to know what one could do for a couple weeks. I don't even have enough time to grab a guidebook and my only plans so far are to read The Border Trilogy. The ride is stopping overnight somewhere Utah then finally in Taos. I've got little money to spend regardless, what should I see and do here? I'm looking for a relaxed, unique, authentic Southwest American experience.
posted by ageispolis at 8:50 PM PST - 4 comments

The mouse chose to run down the drain instead of being bitten again. Repercussions? Advice?
My cat brought a small mouse home from outside and was playing with it in the bathtub. I went over to rescue it before things could become violent. Things did get violent and, unable to climb up the sides of the tub, the mouse just scurried into my shower drain. What are the repercussions? Is there anything I should be doing? [more inside]
posted by nobody at 8:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Low calorie snacks?
Low calorie snacks? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 8:03 PM PST - 27 comments

Where to find cheap nuts/fruits in Sacramento, CA
Where is the best place in the Sacramento, CA area to buy quality nuts and dried fruits on the cheap? They just seem too expensive and/or "fingered" at the grocery stores.
posted by Sultan of Succulence at 7:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Sign Vinyl Cutter Info Needed!
I want to buy a moderately/low priced sign vinyl cutter for a project. What is a decent brand? [more inside]
posted by Ponderance at 7:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me not blow up my gear
I need to work out which of my DC adapters powers my devices - I don't want to damage anything. [more inside]
posted by chairish at 7:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Gulf Coast Getaways
Help me find a beach getaway in Texas that's cheap and easy enough to let me do it a few times a year when the mood strikes me. I hate flying and driving, so my options are limited to places that are serviced by Greyhound or regional bus companies. No out-of-the-way small towns, but most big towns are go. [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 7:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Fun circuitry projects?
What are some fun, simple electric wiring projects I can try? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro at 7:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Cookies without eggs?
Do you know any easy-to-make cookie (or just dessert) recipes that have no eggs? Bonus points if there are no ingredients that would require a trip to the grocery store (no buttermilk, no special chocolate, no fancy egg-substitute, etc.).
posted by flibbertigibbet at 7:03 PM PST - 19 comments

store the big stuff
Long term storage of digital media that is too big for DVD's... what's best practice? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 6:41 PM PST - 21 comments

What is this song?
I am looking for the name and or title of a popular song that has the phrase 'jump on it, jump on it'. It sounds like a 70s-esk song and has been in movies and on television too.
posted by chuma at 6:09 PM PST - 4 comments

I need car buying advice please
I need to buy a car, it must be small, cheap and good on gas. [more inside]
posted by yodelingisfun at 5:44 PM PST - 20 comments

Jewish Symbolism in Mothman Prophecies
Did anybody else notice all of the Stars of David in the movie the Mothman Prophecy? If so, what did you think it meant? [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 5:30 PM PST - 6 comments

How expensive will fixing the floors be?
What's the cost and effort involved in fixing floors attacked by termites and fungus in the bay area? [more inside]
posted by bumpybear at 4:31 PM PST - 1 comments

Where can I stretch $20k the furthest?
I've got about $20k saved up and no real responsibilities. I'm quitting my job soon, and before heading to grad school sometime in the next year or two, I'd like to do some serious traveling. I haven't really been anywhere in the world, but I'm interested in everywhere. Where are the cheapest countries/regions to go to now, and how long can $20k last me there? The experience of traveling is what I'm after, so I really will be making my decision based on where my money will go the furthest.
posted by decoherence at 4:01 PM PST - 27 comments

Kid, you look like you're ready to take on the world.
I feel like I can take on the world. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 3:39 PM PST - 13 comments

What's your favorite Sonoma winery?
What extra special wineries has this Sonoma Valley regular missed? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 3:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Why is iPhone silent?
Why does my iPhone go silent? How do I fix it? More and more often there is no sound on the phone app when I place a call - a connection is made, but I can't hear the other person, and sometimes they can't hear me either. I do hear a ringtone when someone calls, and I can listen to music through the iPod feature. In the past I have solved this by powering off for several minutes, that doesn't work today. No help on the Apple support page or previous posts. Anybody know what to do?
posted by Rain Man at 2:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Home-School Management Software
What home-school software would you recommend? I'm thinking of something that will make assigning work, planning lessons, and tracking grades simple and easy. This is for a PC, not a Mac.
posted by kc0dxh at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Scotland-a-go-go Land
Travel Slash Honeymoon Filter: Help us coordinate in-country travel options between London and Edinburgh. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 2:08 PM PST - 18 comments

Drupal Help: too much information!
I have been trying to get the hang of Drupal all morning. I am trying to set up a community/info site and I am completely overwhelmed. Help me figure out what I need to know! [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 1:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Cat vocalizations
My cat often communicates with me through these short vocalizations made while his mouth is closed. They sound like muffled, abbreviated meows and remind me of a broken telephone (old school telephone -- the kind with the bell). [more inside]
posted by christopherious at 1:40 PM PST - 29 comments

Sniff, sniff
My son's constant sniffing is driving us crazy. [more inside]
posted by bluekrauss at 1:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Drunk Dad at hookup = no kid or damaged kid?
Does a father's moderate drinking, around insemination, affect conception rates or baby health? I've googled aplenty, but the info that I've found is consistently of poor quality, with lots of assertions and opinions but no data regarding actual outcomes, either for conception rates or a baby's development. I'm not interested in stories about damaged sperm, but rather solid evidence about babies, either the lack of babies or damage to their health. And I'm talking about consumption levels comfortably within the moderate range, so alcholic malnutrition and whatnot don't factor in. Thanks!
posted by NortonDC at 1:30 PM PST - 14 comments

how do you construct a correlation matrix in APA format in Microsoft Word 2007
how do you construct a correlation matrix in APA format in Microsoft Word 2007 without killing yourself? [more inside]
posted by esolo at 1:12 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I connect my sony dslr alpha 100 to an off-camera flash?
I have the sony alpha 100, which has a proprietary hotshoe. I bought an fs-1100 so that i can connect a standard flash unit or a radio syncing device to do off-camera flash work. The fs-1100 doesn't seem to be working. does anyone have experience with these things, or know another way to connect a sony camera to a non-sony flash?
posted by binocularfight at 1:09 PM PST - 2 comments

iTunes' short attention span
How can I get iTunes to remember that I always want to manage my music and videos manually? Every time I plug my iPod nano 3g into the computer I have to check again the box for "Manually manage music and videos" and then OK the warning that I will have to manually eject the iPod. Can I bypass this routine somehow? Extra credit: How well does Sharepod work with the nano 3G's? iTunes up to date, iPod in disk mode, Windows XP
posted by paphun123 at 12:54 PM PST - 2 comments

My cat's gone mad with love!
My cat demands constant affection. When she doesn't get it she screams and pushes herself against me. It is cute for short periods of time but recently she has become even more vocal and more needy. It's to the point that if I'm on the phone she is screaming in the background. If I have company she is in their face trying to get attention unless I am constantly petting her. How can I help her and help my sanity? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 12:43 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I use Yahoo Pipes to omit my username from my RSS feed?
How can I use Yahoo Pipes to omit my username from my RSS feed? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 12:03 PM PST - 3 comments

What to do with a portable air conditioner that does not cool!
What to do with a portable air conditioner that does not cool! [more inside]
posted by convex at 11:47 AM PST - 5 comments

I can't find my favorite movie poster!
One of my favortie movies is The Seven Samurai (七人の侍, Shichinin no samurai). A few years ago the movie was redone and re-released. I had the pleasure of catching it in the theatre and seeing it on the big screen. At the theatre they had the poster advertising for it. [more inside]
posted by P.o.B. at 11:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Should I say or should I come?
Should I say or should I come? or, should a girl say that she didn't have an orgasm. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 AM PST - 37 comments

Guides/tricks for my new DSLR?
Please help me use my new DSLR camera. Are there guides/tricks for specific cameras online? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 10:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Re: That Job I Want
Job applicant reminder emails: Nuisance or Necessity? [more inside]
posted by landedjentry at 10:43 AM PST - 7 comments

The Westering Sun
Where can I find (in a book or online) an image of Okada Saburosuke's painting "The Westering Sun"? I haven't been able to locate so much as a reference to it since seeing it in the Tokyo National Museum. Is there a more common English rendering of the title?
posted by Cucurbit at 10:28 AM PST - 4 comments

MioMore Frustration
How can I force MioMore Desktop to work on a Vista computer? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 10:16 AM PST - 1 comments

How can I make Firefox work like it did before Leopard.
I'm using Firefox 2.0.0.14 on a second-generation Macbook on which I just installed Leopard. When I was using Tiger, I could simply go to a URL by typing "apple" or "metafilter" into the address bar. Now I have to enter the .com/.org/etc. at the end, or I get taken to Embarq's annoying search page. How can I fix this?
posted by 4ster at 9:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Need help disassembling POS computer.
I need to replace a power supply on a FlexPOS 150 (a touchscreen-based point-of-sale computer). However, one ever-looming obstacle towers over me like some malevolent god-beast (with a lot of screws): how the hell do I take this machine apart? [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 9:12 AM PST - 6 comments

How to get a package somewhere
Please tell me how to mail a package to someone with no fixed address? Would a hotel in the area, or a USPS location accept delivery for them and keep item for them till pick up? Thanks.
posted by GoodJob! at 8:11 AM PST - 6 comments

My Migraine @ Work
How do you deal with getting Migraines at work? [more inside]
posted by northernsoul at 7:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Stopping the steam from coming out of my cars air conditioning
I have a 1999 Volvo S70. I was driving yesterday when foul smelling steam started coming out of the air conditioning vents and also from underneath the ashtray. My coolant level was very low (the reservoir was empty), and I added a whole gallon of coolant but it did not stay in the reservoir. Is my coolant pooling somewhere bad or do I just need to add more? Also is it possible to remove a fuse or something so my air conditioning won't turn on at all until I can take it in to get fixed? As it is now, steam starts coming out of the vents after about five minutes of driving. [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 7:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Belgian Beer Road Trip
I am planning a Belgian beer road trip for the fall. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 7:17 AM PST - 21 comments

Blowback
Have the US or UK Governments ever formally acknowledged or apologised for their role in the 1953 Mossadegh/Iran coup? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 7:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Comprehensive, authentic, good Italian cookbook?
Italian Cookbook: I'm going to live in Italy for 2 months this summer. Tell me what cookbook I should bring along! [