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June 30
Is there a way to retrieve/download all my old Usenet posts?
Usenet was my first real online community -- it's coming up on twenty-five years (!) since I pushed my first clump of snarky, juvenile flamage out into the aether. I'd like to download copies of my old messages from Google Groups, but they don't make it easy, and worse, a lot of what Google used to have isn't showing up in searches anymore... [more inside]
posted by Lazlo at 11:28 PM PST - 6 comments

What can I find lyrics for Bulgarian choir music?
What are those Bulgarian women singing about? I love listening to Bulgarian women's choir music, such as this piece here. However, I haven't been able to find lyrics or even descriptions of what they're singing about (in general, not just this particular song). Anyone have a clue?
posted by zachawry at 11:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Drive without a GPS? Is such a thing possible?!?
My TomTom One 3rd Edition stopped getting a GPS Signal Yesterday! Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by Admira at 11:04 PM PST - 5 comments

How does one erase the illusion of love delivered by the media?
How does one erase the illusion of "love" delivered by the media? [more inside]
posted by loser8008 at 10:55 PM PST - 34 comments

Why would you inject tape into the ground?
What in the world is this weird surveying (?) procedure all about? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 10:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Upgrading from Act! v10 to v11... worth it?
Upgrading from Act! v10 to Act! v11... Worth it? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 10:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Help suggest a flash for a Canon XTi
Can someone recommend a camera flash for a Canon XTi for around $120? I really want the speedlite 430 but its just out of my budget right now and I'm still basically a beginner. Is there anything comparable at that price that still offers a swivel head that can go in all 4 directions (as in, left right up down)? Can I still get good results from something at that price? the guys at the camera store are really trying to upsell me and tell me that anything at my price range will basically suck.
posted by postergeist at 9:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Gold fences on tv
Are those cash for gold outfits advertising on tv operating as a fence for stolen jewelry? [more inside]
posted by yesster at 8:46 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I bring unpasteurized cheese home from Paris?
Have you ever successfully brought French cheeses into the US? Did you declare them, or not? Also, seeking recommendations on the raw milk cheeses I shouldn't miss, and wrapping/packing advice.
posted by CunningLinguist at 8:15 PM PST - 23 comments

Gemstone scam?
A friend of mine has become involved in a new... "job" It sounds too good to be true so it must be! [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 8:01 PM PST - 77 comments

flip flops that don't flop!
Sandalfilter: Australian shoe, looks like a flip flop, but with strap farther back and a peg for between big toe and middle. Named something like yogi shoe. Any bells?
posted by mrstrotsky at 7:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Nerd-tastic Philadelphia
Nerdfilter: Where are the biggest and best nerd stores in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by Edelweiss at 7:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Name of an older movie, few details
Wondering the title of a movie --- it's been bothering me for years, but I never had the resources to find it.. [more inside]
posted by faintly macabre at 7:42 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm looking for a website where someone is living out their dreams.
Do you know of any websites that showcase a person who is actively documenting themselves as they live out their dreams? [more inside]
posted by bprater at 7:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Apple/MacIntosh training in Portland, OR?
Apple/MacIntosh training in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by nickthetourist at 7:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Rainy everyday but one...what's this movie?
Challenge: find me that movie/tv movie for children. I remember this one from my childhood, but don't remember the title. Can you help? It rains every day except once a year. All of these children are in school and looking forward to the sun coming out. One little girl is locked in a closet by some mean bullies and misses the sun coming out. She misses the grass growing, the flowers blooming, and all the frolicking. The end is her running through the flowers/rain after she got out somehow. Anyone remember this? Probably late 70s or early 80s.
posted by heather-b at 7:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Create A Playlist For Me
What classical music on YouTube passes the oh-my-god-i-can't-believe-this-is-available-on-youtube test? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 6:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Good places for picking our own fruit in southern California?
My parents want to go to an orchard to pick fruit this holiday weekend. Where could they go that's within ~100-mile radius of LA or Orange counties? [more inside]
posted by estherbester at 6:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it worth it for the average Joe to use Adsense?
Is it worth it for the average Joe to use Adsense? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit at 6:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Does anyone know about issues of being a man in a majority-woman workplace/industry?
Does anyone know about issues of being a man in a majority-woman workplace/industry? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY at 6:36 PM PST - 24 comments

Boil Remedy in Japan?
Help! I'm in Japan, and I have a painful boil on my back from several weeks of carrying around a heavy backpack. I used this and Neosporin a few years ago in a similar situation in the US, but I don't know what to look for at a drugstore here. Any ideas? (I can speak only a tiny bit of Japanese, but I can read Katakana, in case that might help)
posted by anonymous at 6:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Button be gone
Anyone know of a program that can hide Taskbar buttons in Vista? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 6:28 PM PST - 3 comments

We don't need any more doom tokens!
(Where) can I buy *just* the board for the Arkham Horror boardgame? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 PM PST - 6 comments

I swear I'm not really a deadbeat
Should I disclose this stuff on my rental application? How far back do they check these things, anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm Lisa Simpson, and I'm dating Barney Gumble's best friend.
My boyfriend's best friend from childhood is an exact clone of Barney Gumble (from the Simpsons) in regards to drinking, but fortunately lives out of state. My boyfriend stopped drinking heavily last year, and says he's happier for it. Now "Barney" is coming to spend a week with us, and plans to move to our town/neighborhood in the fall. How do I deal with this situation, and my anxieties that my lovely boyfriend will revert to his old ways? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 PM PST - 46 comments

Smells like Teen Spirit
How/when did floral, citrus, pine, and mint become associated with cleanliness?
posted by asockpuppet at 4:44 PM PST - 13 comments

How can a very left-brained programmer type become more skilled in design?
How can a very left-brained programmer type become more skilled in design? [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi at 3:55 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me fancy up my homemade corn tortillas!
Help me fancy up my homemade corn tortillas! [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 3:54 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I override "Override All Compatibility" in Firefox?
Installed Firefox 3.5 today and accidentally hit "Override all Compatibility". Now CPU is at 99%. Any way to UNDO this? [more inside]
posted by for_serious at 3:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me learn PHP!
I'm looking for basic scripts/example projects so I can hone my developing PHP skills... [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude at 3:03 PM PST - 5 comments

But it is your favorite ball of string!
Feliway-filter: We got feliway a week ago and my cat's inappropriate elimination, etc problems went away, but he isn't fun anymore. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 2:55 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the wooden thing Ugolin is wearing at the beginning of Jean de Florette?
What is the wooden thing Ugolin is wearing at the beginning of Jean de Florette? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 2:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Sign painting help.
Anyone have any tricks or tips on how to paint a large sign/mural on the exterior of a building? I need help on how to get the image on the wall, which is roughly 20ft by 100ft. [more inside]
posted by sharkhunt at 2:45 PM PST - 9 comments

New residents of Seattle. Please help us choose a neighborhood to buy a house.
Seattle region filter: We are new residents of Seattle, from New Jersey, enjoying our exploration of this wonderful city. We are house-hunting and have narrowed down our choice of neighborhoods. Any opinions or advice? [more inside]
posted by valannc at 2:35 PM PST - 20 comments

Should she stay or should she go?
How do I make a wife who is unhappy where she is living happier? Largish explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 2:31 PM PST - 67 comments

I need a workout routine
I'm looking for a 3-day-a-week workout routine that only uses a bench, a bar, adjustable dumbbells, and weights. [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 2:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Agave Ahoy!
Where can I buy an agave plant in New York City? [more inside]
posted by quatsch at 2:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Sharing outdoor areas with smokers?
My work team changed offices. Now we are in a complex with courtyard areas where people seem to frequently smoke. There are even ashtrays right outside the office doors (probably breaking the 20 foot rule). What can I do as a non-smoker who just wants to eat her lunch outside in the San Diego sun? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 2:08 PM PST - 23 comments

DirecTV, DishNetwork or uVerse?
Dish Network, DirecTV or uVerse? [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 2:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Short readings on integrity for a wedding?
Can anyone suggest some passages on the theme of integrity and/or justice, to be read aloud at a friend's wedding? They should be no longer than 2 minutes. [more inside]
posted by expialidocious at 1:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Trouble Installing Firefox 3.5
Trouble installing Firefox 3.5. After I tell the installer to replace the old version, I get this message: "The operation cannot be completed because you do not have sufficient privileges for some of the items." But, I'm the sole user and admin on a MacBook 10.5.7. What's with this? Does anyone know how I can finish the install?
posted by partner at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Trying to better myself and feeling thwarted at every turn?
How do I get out of a career trap of my own making? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Essential knowledge for Eugene, OR
What do I need to know about living in Eugene, OR? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy at 1:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Do I Tell Her Why We Don't Hang Out Anymore?
Do I Tell Her? I have a friend that I no longer enjoy hanging out with. She wants to know why I haven't been in touch. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:57 PM PST - 47 comments

Cash now, please!
Need cash immediately (today), what's the best option? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:55 PM PST - 23 comments

Programmable Logic Chips and Microcontrollers: Which language and where to learn online?
Programmable Logic Chips and Microcontrollers: Which language and where to learn online? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 12:50 PM PST - 21 comments

Can you save remote desktop connections to log in to different user accounts?
Is it possible (in Windows Vista Ultimate) to save remote desktop connections to the same computer but for different users? i.e. have icons in my quick launch menu which log me in with a click to user1 or user2? [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu at 12:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Litigation's a drag
Can I ask my professor to recommend me to a university that she tried to sue (without destroying my chances at acceptance)? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 12:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Good Modest Mouse songs for a funeral video?
Music Filter - I need some good songs by Modest Mouse and The Bravery for a memorial DVD I'm creating for a funeral service (18 year old male died in a car accident). Hey, Modest Mouse fans, what songs should I use? [more inside]
posted by Detuned Radio at 12:29 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for Moleskine notebook accessories.
Looking for Moleskine notebook accessories. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 12:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Original live music in Cincinnati?
Cool (non-event type) spots to catch live music in Cincinnati? [more inside]
posted by caveat empress at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I network with Iphone game developers?
Where can I network with Iphone game developers? [more inside]
posted by John Presley at 12:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Song with Electroencephalograph in the title
I'm trying to trace a song with the word "Electroencephalograph" or "Electroencephalogram" in the lyrics [more inside]
posted by Dub at 11:55 AM PST - 11 comments

I need a hotel room in Oakland tomorrow!
I'm making a last minute trip to Oakland tomorrow and I need a place to stay. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 11:43 AM PST - 7 comments

What should a presentation on pirates involve?
If you were going to a library for a presentation on pirate women, what would you like to see / hear / do? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:39 AM PST - 24 comments

Guy's Weekend in Sunny San Diego
San Diego Shenanigans: My girlfriend is going to a bachlorette party in Vegas and I'm not about to sit home. So I'm taking a group of guys down to San Diego for a dude's weekend 9/11-13. I've been there many times but never for a full weekend. What should we not miss seeing/doing/consuming? [more inside]
posted by ieatwords at 11:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I eat my way to happiness and fufillment?
What constitutes a healthy diet when excess weight is not an issue and reasonably high calorie intake is necessary? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 at 10:57 AM PST - 15 comments

I've got ugly toes. Please help me find closed toed sandals.
My toes - they ain't pretty. I will not and do not wear open toed sandals. As a matter of fact I would wear boots every day of the year. But I want to expand my shoe wardrobe. I also don't wear heels. So can you help me find some cool, kick ass, summer sandals? [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 10:53 AM PST - 17 comments

How to successfully transition into a teaching career in your 30s?
Due to the economic crisis, the small business I’m a partner in very likely won’t last through the end of the year. After a lot of soul-searching, I’m not sure I want to continue in my current industry and am looking at a possible career change at the age of 35 – becoming a high school English teacher. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:43 AM PST - 11 comments

How to delete an IM on Skype before it is received? [AccidentalInappropriateMessageFilter]
My boyfriend Skype-IMed his mother a very dirty greeting that was meant for me. It still shows the circling icon that I think happens when you try to send a user a message when the user does not have Skype running at the time. Is there any way to delete this before she gets it? He's freaking out, as you would too, if I told you what he just told his mother.
posted by anthropomorphic at 10:29 AM PST - 14 comments

Do I ask about a late payment or let it go?
My client said the cheque was in the mail two weeks ago. The cheque has not yet shown up in my mailbox. Should I ask him about it? [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts at 10:27 AM PST - 8 comments

decimal points in placing limit orders on stocks
Why doesn't Questrade let me place Limit Orders on stocks beyond two decimal points, when on these same stocks they display the price wth 4 decimal points? [more inside]
posted by Penelope at 10:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Words of Wisdom, From a Guy That Doesn't Know A Whole Lot.
I'm looking for cliches and stereotypes from movies and television about weddings, marriage, home ownership, raising children... [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 9:52 AM PST - 17 comments

Space-Age Bachleor Pa-aaaah Oh God No!
Music Mix Filter: Long story short, next week the model at my event is coming dressed as the Alien Queen from the ALIEN movies. I have no idea what kind of music to play for the background. The film scores seem obvious but who wants to listen to clanking and increasing strings for 3 hours? I can either go scary-horror-sci-fi or campy-alien-novelty songs. Ideally I could do both. What kind of weird space music recommendations do you have? Gotta have songs about alien invaders?
posted by The Whelk at 9:50 AM PST - 33 comments

Dealing with lunatics at work 101
A co-worker rants and raves constantly and I'm getting sick of it. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 AM PST - 22 comments

Two grad students and a baby?
I just got the little pink plus sign on the pee stick, and my boyfriend is thrilled - I'm ambivalent. Unplanned pregnancy, and the graduate student, how does it work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:18 AM PST - 60 comments

Where are the caves?
Are there any legal or ethical ramifications to revealing the locations of public caves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 25 comments

PTSD/EMDR questions
I'm a 27 year old female dealing with PTSD from extreme childhood abuse and psychoanalysis is not working. I've read previous AskMe questions, but would like more feedback from people who have had EMDR therapy. I'm also wondering if anyone has any advice on mild dissociation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 19 comments

I am accessing my work email using gmail, and I need help satisfying my company's backup requirements. Help?
I am accessing my work email using gmail, and I need help satisfying my company's backup requirements. Help? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 8:47 AM PST - 19 comments

Help carrying water on a step through bicycle frame
I have a bicycle with a step through frame, and am looking for solutions for carrying fluids and keeping hydrated on long (30 - 100 mile) bike rides. C'mon, bike-friendly problem-solving MeFites, help a girl out! [more inside]
posted by misskaz at 8:46 AM PST - 20 comments

Car insurance coverage with expired tabs
Will car insurance still cover a car with expired tabs? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 8:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Hyphens
What are great, memorable examples of where a hyphen can completely change the meaning of a phrase or sentence? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 8:16 AM PST - 33 comments

Jam session
Home canning filter: do I need to sterilize Mason jars/lids by boiling or oven or some other method if I'm using them for fridge pickles and freezer preserves, or am I okay just washing in hot soap and water? [more inside]
posted by rhoticity at 8:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Dirty Butts Drive Us Nuts!
Mrs. cdmwebs and I just had our first baby. Yeah! We wanted to use a diaper service but we have none in our area. Boo! So, we're starting one soon, but we're having a bit of trouble with the name. Can you help us, AskMe? [more inside]
posted by cdmwebs at 8:11 AM PST - 24 comments

thinking man (and woman)'s paradise
What Caribbean islands have the best-preserved historical sites and architecture? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 8:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Photoblog feedback?
I'm starting a photoblog, and I'm really motivated by feedback. I used to have an Expressions site, which was a now-defunct photoblog hosting service. What was really great about it was that there was a built-in community and, when you posted a new photo, it would be on their front page for a time. Because of that, I was getting comments from the first pic I posted. Is there anything like that now?
posted by SampleSize at 8:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Public domain topographic maps?
Is there somewhere that has the USGS (public-domain?) topographic maps available for free download? [more inside]
posted by ConstantineXVI at 8:01 AM PST - 9 comments

"Everybody's making love or else expecting rain"
So... I think I might have ruined a perfectly good opportunity for my first one night stand last night. Please tell me what I did wrong, ye denizens of yon AskMetafilterland. Too much detail because I do not know where my mistake lies and I want to give the exact nature of what went down. I apologize for the 'Penthouse letters' tone of the description. [more inside]
posted by prufrock at 7:59 AM PST - 69 comments

Is it too late to become an amateur physicist?
Is it too late for me to get into physics? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Blue and red roofs in Beijing?
Look at GoogleMaps over Beijing. About a quarter of the buildings have rooftops that are red or blue. And the color is really strong in comparison to everything else. Has the image been colored, or are they just painted? Either way... Why?
posted by molecicco at 7:45 AM PST - 3 comments

How afraid of Fluoxetine (and its "pretty gnarly" side-effects) should I be?
CrazyMedsFilter: How afraid of Fluoxetine (and its "pretty gnarly" side-effects) should I be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 AM PST - 12 comments

Can I / should I accept reimbursement for a car repair I didn't do?
Is it legal to accept $500 from a car insurance company, reimbursing me for a repair I'm not going to make? If it's legal, should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Has anyone successfully negotiated the Medallion Signature Guarantee process?
What exactly is a Medallion Signature Guarantee, and how is it supposed to work? [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 7:40 AM PST - 7 comments

dolla dolla bill y'all
What's actually worth it to buy from a dollar store? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 7:38 AM PST - 66 comments

Is a future career with the FBI/CIA blown?
Do the FBI and CIA ever make exceptions to their hiring requirements? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 7:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Any recommendations for web-based or Windows compatible grocery price book software?
I'm looking for web-based or Windows software that can help me track grocery prices over time. Kind of like an electronic grocery price book. I'm hoping for something a little more sophisticated that a spreadsheet. Any recommendations?
posted by braveterry at 7:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Wii Games for the one-handed?
Wii Games for the one-handed: I broke my wrist last friday and now I have plenty of free time. Can anyone recommend some good games for the wii which don't involve very much movement and can be controlled only by the wiimote (and don't need the nunchuk)? Thanks. :)
posted by donut at 5:25 AM PST - 26 comments

No, wearing Armani doesn't make you refined
What specific traits do you look for in a person that say that s/he is refined? [more inside]
posted by titantoppler at 4:26 AM PST - 52 comments

Did Richard Feynman have a brother?
I'd like to learn about biology. Can you recommend some books to get me started? [more inside]
posted by SamuelBowman at 3:09 AM PST - 21 comments

Have the .com what about the .net
My company a domain name ending in .com. We have been contacted by a company claiming that someone else is trying to register the same address with a .net, .info, and .org suffix and have offered us first option (they contacted us because "they got a request for these and saw that we had the .com and were giving us first option)... [more inside]
posted by Gratishades at 2:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Money for Nothing, McMansions for Free
MERS mortgage avoidance: huh? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 2:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Huge site near Tian Zhi Fang. What is it?
Shanghai Building Site : Huge site near Tian Zhi Fang. What is it? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 1:32 AM PST - 5 comments

A Country House (Moving to England)
After I graduated from university last year, I moved to England to work as an au pair for a year. My time's up (I go back in a month to start pursuing my Masters), but I feel like I fit in really well over here & would seriously consider moving here after I get my degree. Actually, I'd rather just stay. Unfortunately that's not an option right now. I'd need a job to move here, though! Do you think I could find one? (Relevant details inside.) [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj at 1:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Blank walls, empty frames
Where, online, can I find photographs and scans of classical Asian and Middle Eastern art? Specifically, where can I find images that I could ethically and practically print and hang in small frames above my desk? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 12:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a flat sippy cup
Recommendations for a slimline toddler's sippy cup? Something rectangular would fit a lot better in our nappy bags.
posted by cwhitfcd at 12:12 AM PST - 7 comments

June 29
The world has enough t-shirts and crap.
How to ethically dispose of clothes that are too worn out for a thrift store (and bonus broken electronics!)? In Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 11:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I get a firm, thick pillow that will last?
I sleep on my side and every pillow I've had flattens after several weeks of use, or just collapses when I put my head in it. This causes my shoulder or back to hurt when I wake up. Is there any type of pillow that will stay firm for a while so I can sleep on my side comfortably? I've tried double pillows, folding a pillow in half, etc. but it never works out.
posted by tasty at 11:01 PM PST - 32 comments

Network USB Devices
I need to get my external hard disks and my multifunction printer off my desk. I have a mac. I have a multi-function printer. I have 3 external hard disks. I scan lots of things. I print stuff. I run time machine. Help me move my USB peripherals to the other side of the room. [more inside]
posted by shew at 10:59 PM PST - 11 comments

In Russia, quotation seeks you
I'm looking for a quote and its source. Two hours of Google has gotten me nowhere. The quote is something like, "Russia is always a potential friend [or ally] hiding behind a potential enemy." It's not Churchill's "enigma" quote. Many thanks.
posted by bryon at 9:19 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I use downpayment from my boyfriend if he won't be on the mortgage?
As an unmarried couple trying to buy a condo, the lender seems to have an issue with my boyfriend contributing the down payment, as it is only me on the mortgage. [more inside]
posted by akephalos at 9:18 PM PST - 21 comments

I need a badass skill
I want a badass skill. I want to know how to do something that people will see and think "wow, that is badass." [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 8:36 PM PST - 111 comments

Assume, You, Me, etc. etc.
If a military veteran chooses not to actively remember or discuss their military service (probably due to painful memories) in life, is it appropriate to go the extra mile to recognize their service in death? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips at 8:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Suggestions for an overnight trip from Amsterdam.
Suggestions for an overnight trip from Amsterdam. [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR at 8:01 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the name of this short film?
What was the name of this short art film about a guy getting trapped in a bathroom? [more inside]
posted by flod logic at 7:48 PM PST - 1 comments

Mysterious Kindle Krapouts -- Help?
My Kindle ebook reader crashes and requires resetting during my commute home. Any ideas why? [more inside]
posted by Harvey Jerkwater at 7:43 PM PST - 1 comments

worried for both of us
I'm a boy. She's a girl. Herpes question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 PM PST - 5 comments

He doesn't tell me he loves me.
My boyfriend doesn't verbally communicate his love for me, help me cope. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 PM PST - 33 comments

Must I report minor fender bender to insurance company?
In a minor fender bender. Do I have to report the accident to my insurance company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 PM PST - 4 comments

An MP3 tagging problem
I have several mp3s where the Title tag contains no spaces. For example, if the song is "Tangled Up In Blue", the title tag in the mp3 is "tangledupinblue". Is there any tagging software that will sort through these files and insert spaces between the words?
posted by Proginoskes at 7:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Name this 1980s movie
Help me identify this movie! 1980's: the big identifying point I can remember: Teens meet an alien. Out in space, the alien gets into a confrontation with a larger alien, and the audience can't understand what's going on... Afterwards, the most laconic of the teenagers turns to the others and says, "I think that was his dad!" and they realize their alien friend is a teenager too. [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 7:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to find shiso shochu in NYC?
Where can I find shiso shochu in the NYC metro area? A quick search of various liquor stores couldn't spot it... [more inside]
posted by jangie at 7:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to get Dell laptop parts in Los Angeles?
Where in Los Angeles can I get replacement parts for my Dell laptop? [more inside]
posted by dogwelder at 6:45 PM PST - 0 comments

"Rotate image 90 degrees" for VIDEO?
Is there software that will "rotate image 90 degrees" for VIDEO ? [more inside]
posted by rexruff at 6:42 PM PST - 16 comments

How should I write my adjunct faculty cover letter?
I'm applying for an adjunct teaching position at a community college, but I only have experience with teaching elementary school students. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:21 PM PST - 6 comments

How do we pick our wedding location?
We both live in New York. His family lives here and he was born/raised here. My family is in Michigan where I was born/raised. I've been here two years. We're talking about getting married. How do we pick where to get married? We'd like to get married in a Catholic church. [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 6:17 PM PST - 23 comments

What computer offers me the best bang for my buck?
I've got $500.00 to spend for a new computer. I want to get the most bang for my buck. My needs are: - Play music - Edit and view photos - Edit and view videos - Create DVDs & Surf the Internet. My past history has been in PCs. I am open to building my own computer. So what should I get?
posted by jserdula at 6:07 PM PST - 19 comments

How to collect money owed?
I own a small tech business and have a few accounts that simply will not pay. The amounts owed range from $500 to $5000. I've tried turning the accounts over to collection agencies, but they don't understand tech so they have ignored the delinquent accounts. Any suggestions on how best to get paid, even partial payment or at least tell me how to file a "charge off".
posted by r80o at 5:21 PM PST - 24 comments

I'm sorry!
How do you deal when you know you've angered someone? [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu at 4:58 PM PST - 12 comments

What if anything would count as a predecessor of Northern Exposure?
I find that I have a fondness for "uptight fish-out-of-water professional is stuck practicing in small isolated town populated by eccentric characters" shows, as epitomized by Northern Exposure. Lots of this type of show followed NE, but what if anything came before it? Doesn't have to be TV. [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 4:03 PM PST - 47 comments

Personal injury insurance payout?
I just got hit by a car while on my bicycle, and it was the insured drives fault. My only major injury is a broken rib. What kind of payout for personal injury should I expect? State Farm fwiw
posted by hllclmbr at 4:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Business meetings primer?
What advice do you have for a shy person who's going to have to take an active role in business meetings for the first time in her career? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 3:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Identify a song about a blonde woman's hair turned red from blood
I'm trying to find a song I heard a couple of years ago on public radio. All I remember is that it was maybe folk/bluegrass, and it was a guy singing about the red-headed woman that he loved, but in the end he revealed that she was a red-head from all the blood pouring over her blond hair. [more inside]
posted by ictow at 3:52 PM PST - 8 comments

iAm so smrt
Is there a way to use the Genius feature on my 80 GB Ipod Classic? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 3:51 PM PST - 12 comments

I Would Be a Member of Any Club...
What group/club/organization can I join on L.A.'s eastside? Film-related is a plus. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 3:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Turning into a hypochondriac?
Am I turning into a hypochondriac? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:26 PM PST - 9 comments

help - how can I stop from turning into "A**hole Dad"? (more)
Father of 2 girls (1 & 5 yr) and am becoming increasingly annoyed at the challenges of parenthood. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:26 PM PST - 29 comments

Now that I have my red nose, how do I get paid to wear it?!
After a year and a half of teaching myself to do balloon art, I bit the bullet and went to clown school! It was a ton of fun, and I am now officially a clown! The problem is that now I have to book some gigs! I have a website, a Twitter account, aFacebook page, and business cards on the way. Still, I don't really know how to market myself effectively. It's a competitive market (NYC) so I'm wondering what I can do to get the word out! [more inside]
posted by iliketolaughalot at 3:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Which MacBook?
Which MacBook should I get? [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner at 3:10 PM PST - 25 comments

Name that book: Some guy wrote a book about something and then basically made himself a cause to promote the book
Name that book: Some guy wrote a book about something and then basically made himself a cause to promote the book, including possibly having people take photos with the book. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum at 2:56 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to go sockless but I sweat!
I have sweaty feet and I'm going to need some sandals. Help! [more inside]
posted by pdb at 2:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Please don't let these tomates go!
Tomato Plants showing some mold (SoCal) [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 2:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Why can't I teach myself?
Why do I suck at teaching myself, reading, and studying? Can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 2:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me not quash my Bonsai's second life
My Bougainvillea Bonsai dropped all its leaves after I bought it due to the climate change (I think). Since then it has regrown lots of new leaves and shoots, but most of the original branches are leafless. Are they dead? Should I trim them? Help this Bonsai noob! [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja at 2:20 PM PST - 2 comments

I want to go somewhere between Cairo and Dublin.
Where should I spend my final week, after a summer of study abroad? I am open to almost anything, only limited by my pocketbook. [more inside]
posted by ananda gale at 2:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Before the Devil Knows You're Hitchhiking
Please identify a picture in the movie "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead". (Semi-spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by joaquim at 2:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Companies That Have to Deal with City Councils, etc.
What types of companies would have to deal with a city council/similarly elected municipal body ? [more inside]
posted by Franklin76 at 2:02 PM PST - 15 comments

I need a list of all the countries
I'm looking for a randomized list of every nation state in the world, preferably in spreadsheet column form. Is there anything like this?
posted by billtron at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Bass Amplification by Simulated Emission of Reverberation
What exactly is the difference between a guitar and bass amp? If I were to get the latter, could I plug in the former instrument and still get similar bitchin' sounds out of my rig? [more inside]
posted by shoebox at 1:55 PM PST - 15 comments

What case should I get for my new iPhone 3Gs?
What case should I get for my new iPhone 3Gs? Needed specs inside. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 1:48 PM PST - 13 comments

down by the river - regex and poker cards
looking for regex expert to help with replacing playing card references [more inside]
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 1:40 PM PST - 10 comments

IIS SSI's?
How do I get Server Side Includes working in pages with a .htm extension on IIS? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 1:31 PM PST - 5 comments

save me from push pins!
Where can I get "invisible" picture frames for wall mounting? [more inside]
posted by shownomercy at 1:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Sources about atrocities in the Southwest?
What are the best nonfiction sources about the atrocities surrounding the Mexican-American War and related Native American wars? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 1:15 PM PST - 12 comments

One knife to rule them all, find them, bring them, bind them, etc...
What is your favorite pocket knife? [more inside]
posted by tdreyer at 1:14 PM PST - 47 comments

On the whole, Preparation-H feels good.
I get a sore butt whenever I go on vacation or a long day trip. Help me prevent this pain in the ass! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM PST - 13 comments

How do we arrange financing to buy an apartment in Paris or London?
How do we arrange financing to buy an apartment in Paris or London? [more inside]
posted by jchaw at 1:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Lost and confused...
What can I expect if I go off the pill? [more inside]
posted by melangell at 12:56 PM PST - 23 comments

What are men to do in Seattle?
What are some activity suggestions for a group of (pre-wedding) men in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by vansly at 12:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Seeking film projector for viewing recently discovered movie reels?
Is there anywhere within (or near) the city of Chicago to rent a 16mm film projector? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 12:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Reasoning behind this sex act?
This has happened to me in the course of sleeping with two different guys (on separate occasions) and I still don't understand the reasoning behind it. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:43 PM PST - 39 comments

Free or cheap therapy in NYC?
Any recommendations for free or low-cost therapy in New York City? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:42 PM PST - 5 comments

help me find a doctor for my asthma in oklahoma
i have asthma, i live in oklahoma, and my inhaler just ran out. i have no insurance and my boyfriend makes too much for aid programs - now what? [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 12:42 PM PST - 14 comments

What's a good film SLR for a beginner?
I'd like recommendations of a good ~$200 film SLR for a beginner. I'll be using the kit lens for now. I can't afford a digital SLR. I know the cost of film/development adds up, but for now I just need something to get off my feet. I've been doing photography for years, but I never learned beyond point-and-shoot cameras. Something that's compact and fairly new would be great, but not required. I like to take nature and portrait shots.
posted by biochemist at 12:11 PM PST - 31 comments

Feed my iPhone
A desktop, a laptop, an external hard drive, an iPhone, and me. How should I sync my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by doift at 11:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Simple bread recipe for kids?
Anyone have a good recipe for a safe, tasty, and digestible "first bread" for an infant? [more inside]
posted by swrittenb at 11:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Efes Pilsen beer in Chicago?
Where can I buy Efes Pilsen beer in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 11:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Good WinXP sound recorder for bad eyes?
What's a good Windows XP open source/freeware sound recorder that is easy for someone with vision deficits to use? Suggestions for a microphone also welcome. Details and... [more inside]
posted by de void at 11:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Do you remember that bouncing boy cartoon?
Does anyone remember an animated cartoon from the early 1970s (late 1960s?) that featured a boy drawn as a bouncing yellow ball with arms and face?
posted by cCranium at 11:15 AM PST - 4 comments

New landlord trying to pull one over on me?
When I signed the lease on my apartment, I put down first month's rent, last month's rent, and security deposit. Now the building has changed hands, I'm moving out, and my brand-new landlord is telling me I need to pay last month's rent again and she'll refund it later, along with the security deposit. Does she have any right to require me to do this? New York is the state. [more inside]
posted by ourobouros at 11:15 AM PST - 15 comments

CD promotional review aggregator?
Where can I find those nifty CD promotional reviews online? [more inside]
posted by Dr-Baa at 10:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Divorce lawyer, western Chicago suburbs
Need personal recommendations for a divorce lawyer in the western Chicago suburbs (Aurora area). [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 10:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Too many versions of Liar's Dice!
When you play Liar's Dice, how do you play? [more inside]
posted by pipti at 10:34 AM PST - 21 comments

Huh?Filter: Advice needed on getting a hearing aid
Huh?Filter: Advice needed on getting a hearing aid [more inside]
posted by mad_little_monkey at 10:22 AM PST - 23 comments

How to set up automatic phone recording through my computer.
I have a small business with 3 phone lines, and I would like to have our phone calls with customers recorded to the computer automatically for quality and training purposes. Is there some sort of audio card I need for each computer that can do this? I would also need a recommended software to use (doesn't have to be free). Is this feasible, especially having it start recording automatically without employee input? [more inside]
posted by jmg967 at 10:22 AM PST - 4 comments

BER --> NYC Any Which Way
Please help me find the cheapest way to return to New York from Europe. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 10:19 AM PST - 14 comments

I need to get out of the house and chill.
Calling all introverts: I need suggestions for places in or around Oak Park/Chicago where I can chill with a laptop or a book and not be bothered. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 10:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Second Mouse as Midi?
I'm trying to get Ubuntu to see my USB mouse data as midi data--any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 10:08 AM PST - 3 comments

The best running shorts for my beefy wheels?
I’m looking for awesome, durable warm-weather running/gym shorts, in a spandex-y bike-short style with a longish inseam. Picky specifications within. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:07 AM PST - 9 comments

hungry weekend in Minneapolis
Minneapolis: Hip, delicious, adventurous and vegetarian-friendly restaurants. Also, bars that know how to make a good cocktail. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 9:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me smell pretty in halter tops!
Why do I have body odor when I wear sleeveless things, and how can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by birdlady at 9:48 AM PST - 20 comments

cry baby cry
Are some tears saltier than others? [more inside]
posted by thatelsagirl at 9:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Last-minute July 4th plans for NYC wanderer
Last-minute July 4th plans for NYC wanderer? [more inside]
posted by jckll at 9:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Space for change
How can I reconcile Emacs, Firefox, and Cocoa controls' keyboard navigation, and still use Spaces' keyboard shortcuts? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 9:32 AM PST - 1 comments

Illinois Child Support: Should I have to pay support when we equally have him the same amount of time?
Illinois Child Support: I'm a father of a 2 year old and I pay the standard 20% plus half of his insurance to his mother. Question: I have him 50% of the time, should I have to pay support when we equally have him the same amount of time? [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 9:30 AM PST - 33 comments

Ruth Madoff's glasses.
I want Ruth Madoff's glasses. Pix: 1 2 3 [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 9:24 AM PST - 13 comments

A woman on the run, smuggler pilots, and a blog -- does anyone remember this?
Does anyone remember a blog c. 2001-2002 purportedly written by a European woman hiding out in the Caribbean/Central America from the well-positioned family she had run away (and stolen) from? What was her pseudonym? What was the name of the blog? Is there any trace of this story (and any resolution on the question of its veracity) left on the web? [more inside]
posted by kowalski at 9:12 AM PST - 6 comments

tuneup
Is there a way to sort by blank or null id3 fields in iTunes?
posted by plexi at 9:05 AM PST - 2 comments

I want to buy your cheap American wares.
Driving from Toronto to Buffalo (and back) over Independence Day weekend: asking for grief? [more inside]
posted by anekona at 8:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Is sleeping on the floor medically approved?
Hard medical evidence about sleeping on a hard, flat surface? [more inside]
posted by KMH at 8:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Is a shower curtain out of the question for a modern master bath?
Is a shower curtain out of the question for a modern master bath? [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle at 8:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Fourth of July Fireworks in Thurmont, MD?
Fourth of July fireworks displays near Thurmont, MD? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Rocky Road Trip Advice
I need some help planning and plotting and figuring what happens between Denver and Portland. I think it might include The Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, Banff, Seattle and Vancouver, but I'm worried I'm trying to cram too much. [more inside]
posted by jpcody at 7:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Musical Fun Has Begun
Anyone know any good music games/activities for inner city elementary school kids? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 7:47 AM PST - 10 comments

what do you think about while masturbating?
I'd like to know what other people think about while masturbating and how that differs from what they think about while having sexual intercourse. [more inside]
posted by krautland at 7:46 AM PST - 30 comments

Not White Socks
I want to buy some preppy-funky patterned socks for men. Not argyle or stripes, but socks with a scatter of little random things airplanes or flamingos. These patterned socks in crazy colors like pink and lime green are ok too. What brands can I look into other than JCrew? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 7:29 AM PST - 14 comments

Who is the best person to diagnose post partum depression/anxiety
Who is the best person to diagnose Post Partum Depression/Anxiety? [more inside]
posted by dasheekeejones at 7:26 AM PST - 20 comments

Trading in the city life for lots of land, but where?
Sorry Austin, but we just can't do it anymore. Your 100+ degree muggy summers and allergy laden weather have been put up with for 10 years now, but its time to move on. These two techo-hippie, computer nerd gardeners are selling the house, living lean and looking for some nature in the American West. Where would you suggest we move? [more inside]
posted by article at 7:24 AM PST - 40 comments

Digital what now?
Is there any way to cannibalize this Cybershot DSC-W1, and make a digital insert for this beautiful old Kodak Retina Ia? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 at 7:12 AM PST - 3 comments

OAuth authentication for a desktop Twitter client?
I'm working on a Twitter client that I intend to eventually post to Projects, but I've hit a stumbling block with OAuth authentication. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 7:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Chicago body waxing for men that won't break the bank?
What is the high quality, economical solution for a male in Chicago needing full-body waxing? Failing that, where's the right place to look? [more inside]
posted by ggypsy at 6:51 AM PST - 4 comments

To Popup Or Not To Popup?
To Popup or Not to Popup? [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 6:48 AM PST - 29 comments

Perfecting a Brooklyn/Manhattan bike route
BrooklynBikeRouteFilter: Please help me map the best route to/from Brooklyn/Manhattan by bike. [more inside]
posted by mhz at 6:24 AM PST - 24 comments

Desperate for data management
I'm looking for a piece of creative database software but am not sure how to search for it or if it even exists. Any suggestions welcomed. [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 5:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me replace my laptop (UK)
Help me replace my laptop (UK) [more inside]
posted by ninebelow at 5:07 AM PST - 14 comments

Refurbishing my face furniture
As my new pair of glasses cost me £200 at a high-street optician, I am wondering whether to go online to get a second pair and/or sunglasses. But I have reservations. Your advice and experiences, please? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:58 AM PST - 26 comments

I know you think I'm a hypochondriac, but really, I just don't want you to think I'm crazy...
How to not present as or be a hypo- (or hyper) chondriac at the Doctors? Especially in relation to mental health issues? [more inside]
posted by Elysum at 4:23 AM PST - 9 comments

My fridge freezer defrosted over the weekend, will my insurance cover this?
I've come home to a defrosted fridge freezer and all my food has defrosted. Can I claim this on my home insurance? [more inside]
posted by Sevenupcan at 3:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Heat makes work and work makes heat
Which burns more calories - exercising in the cold or exercising in the heat? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 3:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Book concerning the origins of the Israeli state and it's conflict with Palestine
What book should I read to get an understanding of the the current Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the history of the Israeli state? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 2:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for a comedy about the fall of East Germany
Looking for a specific movie about the fall of East Germany-- a comedy (?) where the main character's mother falls into a coma, and during the interim, the Berlin wall falls... [more inside]
posted by zhang.chuck at 1:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Training work
Where to find well-paid corporate / executive training work? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 1:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Directing Headhunters?
An executive search firm has given my wife an offer to be the director of a new office they plan to open in a few months. We know very little about the industry and even less about the specific role. It sounds interesting and the money is pretty good too. [more inside]
posted by meantime at 12:14 AM PST - 19 comments

Best hydration pack for running?
What is the best hydration pack for running with? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 12:05 AM PST - 11 comments

June 28
The physical downside to polyphasic sleep.
I have been tossing around the concept of polyphasic sleeping for years now and the only thing that is stopping me from converting is this question. How would this affect my body? There seems to be no real mention on articles covering polyphasics of how this affects your body. Plenty say that you get enough sleep for your mind, although as I would like to form my own opinion on the mind part, my issue is that they are quick to say that the other "Five something" hours of non REM sleep are essentially wasted. My hypothesis is that you need these hours of downtime for your body itself to regenerate. If my hypothesis is correct is there any ways to ensure a rest like state for my body while in a waking cycle during full on uberman style polyphasics? Related Link [more inside]
posted by Chamunks at 11:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Ideas for a MetaFilter onesie?
What should our five month old baby wear to our local 10th Anniversary Metafilter Meetup in 3 weeks? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect at 11:26 PM PST - 15 comments

The Rest of the World, One Plate at a Time
Rick Bayless' Mexican Everyday is my go-to cookbook. Can anyone recommend any other cookbook authors that can teach me about other traditional world cuisines? Who's the Rick Bayless of Indian food? The Asian Rick Bayless? Who's the Mediterranean's answer to Rick Bayless? [more inside]
posted by chrchr at 11:00 PM PST - 17 comments

CrazyFilter
Is there a resource for finding information about topics popular with conspiracy theorists without catching crazy? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 10:30 PM PST - 11 comments

When to book to get cheapest flights?
Given that the airlines are reducing the numbers of flights due to the economic downturn, what is the optimal time to book cheap flights? In the past, I've had great success booking domestic flights 2-3 days before. This time, we will be booking 2 round trip tickets. I just booked a flight from the western US to Montreal for my husband, three weeks ahead, as we found the planes were filling up rapidly. We didn't get much of a deal. Standby is not on option as I'll be flying with an autistic person. Any and all hive-mind thoughts are welcome. Thanks!
posted by ragtimepiano at 10:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Low cost or pro bono legal aid for domestic violence / abuse victims in California?
My friend and her ex-boyfriend got in a fight, he got violent and beat her up pretty bad. She got in the car with their baby and fled cross-country to stay with her parents. There is a hearing next month to determine custody of the child, and she doesn't want to lose the kid to what is likely going to be an abusive father. Lawyer up, right? Problem is, not a lot of money. Can you point me to any organizations in California that provide pro-bono / sliding-scale / low-cost legal aid services for abused women? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich at 10:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Sourcing a Michael Jackson Urban Legend
Trying to figure out the story behing what I assume is a hoax/urban legend about Michael Jackson. [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 9:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Shirts and Prints that go Squee!!
Seeking cute apparel/prints for online purchase, in the vein of boygirlparty and Nut and Bee :) [more inside]
posted by wo at 9:34 PM PST - 6 comments

dammit!
Macfilter: why does Mail keep launching itself? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 9:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Teach me your TwitterFu
Help me become a Twittermeister. How do people find you and what apps do you run? [more inside]
posted by Susurration at 9:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me figure out if my watch is radioactive.
Is my watch hot? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 8:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Nantucket triathlon preparation
On July 11th I'm giving the Nantucket Island Triathlon a go (my first one)...can I do the swim in spandex under regular swimming trunks? The organizers recommend a wetsuit, but I can't afford any that I've found online. Also, any ideas on where could I practice open water swimming near Boston?
posted by nowoutside at 7:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Sweet and sour
Where can I buy an orange tree in DFW? [more inside]
posted by Gneisskate at 7:10 PM PST - 4 comments

HBO show from 90s...
HBO TV show in the 90s... Follows a guys life and shows segments from 60s and 70s TV shows because he was essentially raised in front of the television. Can anyone tell me what it was called? Thanks hive!
posted by muxnaw at 6:44 PM PST - 14 comments

I heart non-fiction ebooks
I'm looking for blogs about new non-fiction books on the Kindle. [more inside]
posted by aheckler at 6:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Why does my truck shut off randomly?
Why does my truck shut off randomly? [more inside]
posted by DonSlice at 5:51 PM PST - 7 comments

BEN MET ANNA/ MADE A HIT / NEGLECTED BEARD/BEN-ANNA SPLIT Burma Shave!
I need a burma shave rhyme for wedding signs! The place I am getting married is out in the middle of nowhere... [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 5:33 PM PST - 9 comments

What to get...
$75 dollars to spend at best buy, what to do? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 5:24 PM PST - 19 comments

Microsd card for Garmin
Can I buy Microsd card for my Gamin 400T for a sandisk or any other microsd card maker? I'm after an inexpensive 4GB card. Any recommendations are appreciated. Thanks...Orlin
posted by orlin at 5:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I really have to say goodbye to all that, so soon?
I love my husband. But we can't really have sex, and that's not going to change. I'm thinking of looking elsewhere for it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:04 PM PST - 81 comments

How much is it worth to be worth less?
Have you left a high-paying but bad-fitting job? How and when did you decide to go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:04 PM PST - 17 comments

Head Meets Wall a Little Too Enthusiastically
I just returned from the ER where I was cat-scanned and screened for a concussion. I need some help. [more inside]
posted by bunnycup at 5:03 PM PST - 9 comments

mp3 player shopping in Vancouver
Stores (other than usual suspect big box outlets) with a good selection of mp3 players in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 4:56 PM PST - 3 comments

We wanna get Down & Nerdy. Now we need music.
Help me come up with opening theme music/sounds for a geek-oriented radio segment. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:51 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I find a good deal on rent?
How do I find a good deal on rent? [more inside]
posted by katopotato at 4:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Diabetes, glucose, and food -- Oh my!
Type II Diabetes filter: How do measured glucose levels vary depending on how long it has been since eating? [more inside]
posted by DrGail at 4:39 PM PST - 7 comments

An awkward moment lead to an invitation ... should I accept it?
I have been invited to a party just in order to make up for the faux pas of having it mentioned numerous times in my presence when I was not yet invited. Should I go? If not, how do I do so without burning any bridges? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 4:31 PM PST - 30 comments

Strange clumps
I live south of Denver CO. In my backyard there are these strange clumps/lumps of dirt. What are they? [more inside]
posted by The Burge at 4:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Does blonde suit people who arn't white? With pictures of yours truly.
Does almost-white blonde suit me? I'm incredibly bored of my natural hair colour, and am considering going back to this style. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 3:45 PM PST - 41 comments

honeycomb skirt
I saw someone yesterday wearing a wide knee-length white skirt covered in a pale grey honeycomb pattern. I want. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 3:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Non-designer needs design help!
What are some tried and true resources for someone who needs to become more familiar and efficient with Photoshop and InDesign? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 3:15 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to break free.
I need advice on unlocking my first-generation iPhone and getting a cheap T-Mobile plan. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 2:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Retail barcodes for tracking my shopping at home.
How do I get access to UK retail barcodes? I would like to build an application for scanning my shopping at home. [more inside]
posted by yoHighness at 2:31 PM PST - 4 comments

What should I get as a graduation present for my sister - quickly?
What should I get as a graduation present for my sister - quickly? [more inside]
posted by Kirn at 2:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Who am I? I'm the best dresser in town.
Who were very well dressed English gentlemen? I'm going to a fancy dress party and I'd like to go as someone who's been drinking pints of sartorial elegance. [more inside]
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 2:14 PM PST - 28 comments

Books on Hitler - Nazi Germany
I just finished reading Hunting Eichmann and am wondering if any MeFites could recommend any other popular nonfiction books on Nazi Germany, Hitler, war criminals, etc. I don't do huge tomes well (400 pages or less!). The only other books I have read are MAUS and Explaining Hitler. Thanks for your input. So much out there...don't know where to begin. Probably the more well known the better as they may be available at my library.
posted by snap_dragon at 2:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Question de chance avec Rosetta Stone?
What are your experiences learning French with Rosetta Stone? Did supplementing learning with regular usage help you think the language as well as speak it? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 1:58 PM PST - 8 comments

In search of cultural grammarians!
What are some interesting blogs that touch on both the language and culture of a country? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue at 1:39 PM PST - 7 comments

You Are Not My Doctor, PA, Osteopath, Nurse Trainee...
Around how long before the sprain of the top two joints in my finger heals? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 1:30 PM PST - 2 comments

What are the best books, websites, videos etc. on film grammar?
What are the best books, websites, videos etc. on film grammar? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 1:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Software to help do guided outlines with automatically populated fields from previous answers?
I'm trying to construct a digital worksheet that will walk someone through an outlining and drafting process for creating a report. Basically, the user should be able to answer the questions I put forward (either in a textfield, list, or textarea) and what would come out is an outline for a technical paper, grant proposal, etc. Is there software or features of software to support this? Microsoft Office or exportable formats are preferable. [more inside]
posted by miasma at 1:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Whaddya Mean You Don't Know Who Fats Domino IS???
American Music For A Tropical Island Emigre.... [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 1:18 PM PST - 9 comments

How to find music used in This American Life?
Musicfilter: Does anyone know the name of the music used in a specific epsiode of This American Life, the radio podcast? [more inside]
posted by Heliochrome85 at 12:12 PM PST - 4 comments

For the Bible tells me so....
I teach Sunday school, but my church is in-between curricula, so I've been drawing my own worksheet/coloring page/handouts. What are your favorite lesson illustrations? [more inside]
posted by litterateur at 12:10 PM PST - 3 comments

The House is a-Rockin'
Why are there big rocks on this roof? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 12:09 PM PST - 9 comments

The Digital Darkroom
What are some good books on the digital darkroom in general, and not just Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by Garak at 11:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Contemporary Art History and Theory
Help me learn as much as I can about the history and theory of contemporary art. I would at this point, love to take up a full time course for two years on the above, but for several reasons I cannot do so. I can however, spend 3-4 hours daily to read and study. I also spend almost three months of the year travelling to various biennales, museums and collections around the world to up my knowledge. But while I am fairly up to date with what is going on today, I need to get myself a proper history so i know the context of what I am seeing. So if someone could provide me with a systematic syllabus of what I need to read, it would be appreciated. An actual syllabus from a top notch program would be the best. A great book I read on the subject was "Shock of the New" by Robert Hughes.
posted by tusharj at 11:44 AM PST - 16 comments

Camcorder Batter Charger EMERGENCY!
I am in NYC and I need to buy a camcorder battery charger TODAY! The camcorder model is Panasonic PV GS320 and the battery pack number is PV DAC14D. This shouldn't be so hard, right? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex at 11:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Infectious disease books?
What are the best recent books on emerging infectious diseases? [more inside]
posted by msharp at 10:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for websites where children can create (and print) an art project or picture on-line.
Looking for websites where children can create (and print) an art project or picture on-line. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 10:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I postpone the sleep I haven't had in days to stay alert today?
I haven't slept in days, and I need to be completely alert for the next sixteen hours. Should I nap or push through? [more inside]
posted by doublehappy at 10:32 AM PST - 16 comments

8 Hours in Milan?
Things to do close to the central train station in Milan? [more inside]
posted by universal_qlc at 10:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Dammit, Mercator!
Help me find a series of maps with various countries superimposed on the continental US. [more inside]
posted by HumuloneRanger at 10:05 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I maximize my laptop's ability to pick up wireless signal?
How can I maximize my laptop's ability to pick up wireless signal? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

korean dinner etiquette
Invited to a Korean household for dinner, what do I bring? [more inside]
posted by tamarack at 8:42 AM PST - 21 comments

Logistical questions about a college student with unique circumstances learning to drive.
Logistical multi part question about a college student with unique circumstances learning to drive. (Yes, I know you are probably not a department of motor vehicles worker). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:31 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get my client to pay?
How do I get my money from a client who is trying to dodge me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:31 AM PST - 18 comments

chopped liver
interested in renting a (very affordable) small space (auditorium, banquet hall, etc) for a "roast" for a friend's birthday in november in new york city. [more inside]
posted by yonation at 8:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Event alerts?
Where can I get an RSS feed of ALL upcoming events, conventions, concerts, etc. for a particular city? [more inside]
posted by 4chrisd at 7:28 AM PST - 4 comments

I always dreamed I'd live in Paris. Instead, I'm back on the land.
Living on the land. With my parents. And my boyfriend. Am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 7:22 AM PST - 18 comments

Educated/medicated
Studying abroad, on meds. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent at 6:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Tire Pressure?
What is the recommended tire pressure for a '98 Buick Regal?
posted by furiousxgeorge at 2:14 AM PST - 8 comments

June 27
What song did I hear on Ellen's Bigger Longer Wider show?
Help me ID this song that played during Ellen DeGeneres' Bigger Longer Wider show on TBS. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 11:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Upgrade a old Jailbroken iPhone 3G
I'm so unhip, my Jailbroken iPhone 3G is at ver. 2.1 . Unsure how best to make it shiny and cool again. [more inside]
posted by armoir from antproof case at 11:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Caffeinated ice cream?
Is there any caffeine in coffee ice cream? (Wouldn't be anything like one scoop = one cuo of coffee?) How about green tea ice cream?
posted by Rash at 10:42 PM PST - 20 comments

How can we heal our cat's tail?
Our cat has a wound on his tail. How can we help him heal it? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Need Colorado Info Please
I need advice/info about the best neighborhoods/school districts in Boulder/Denver Co. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 8:27 PM PST - 9 comments

how do I syncronize my contacts and calendar between BlackBerry and Google without using Outlook?
After using Outlook + PDA as my organization tools for at least 5 years, I got sick of all the bugs, and decided to fully migrate to Google Apps and BlackBerry. I have imported my Outlook contacts and calendar into Google. My email has been in Gmail for a while now. Now how do I maintain that on my BlackBerry, given that the BlackBerry uses Outlook. For example, if I need to add a new contact on my BlackBerry, I want it to be synchronized with Google Contacts, not Outlook. Any suggestions?
posted by esolo at 7:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Displaying inline lists with two lines of content
CSS Emergency: This seems so simple, but yet everything I've tried is failing. How in the world can I make an unordered list containing a thumbnail and caption display inline?! [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 6:51 PM PST - 19 comments

The Mystery Insect
Insect Identity Crisis: So I took a picture of what I originally thought was a mosquito on a leaf, but upon closer inspection, realized it was something else all together. [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 6:50 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I have Google Voice send my SMS to an instant message service such as Google talk?
How can I have Google Voice send my SMS to an instant message service such as Google talk? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 6:50 PM PST - 2 comments

What are the differentiators between someone who makes $100,000 and someone who makes $30,000
What are the differentiators that make one person capable of making $100,000+ per year while another one is only able to make $30,000 a year. Regardless of being an employee or a self-employed entrepreneur. How can I be a $100,000+ per year person?
posted by doppler68 at 6:50 PM PST - 60 comments

I seriously need to meet some new people and get out of the house. Can you help me develop some new hobbies that will enrich my life and put me in social situations?
I seriously need to meet some new people and get out of the house. Can you help me develop some new hobbies that will enrich my life and put me in social situations? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 6:21 PM PST - 22 comments

Does additional testosterone, post-puberty, alter the bones of the face to any notable degree?
Does additional testosterone, post-puberty, alter the bones of the face to any notable degree? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 5:28 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I get the result of mysql_fetch_array to skip a row?
Tearing my hair out over what feels like a simple PHP/SQL question: mysql_fetch_array returns, dur, an array of all the rows that matched your query. How can I tell it to skip a row of that array? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 5:25 PM PST - 15 comments

The most breathable shoes you've ever worn.
Super sweaty feet leading to eczema on the tops of my feet. What are your favorite breathable shoes? [more inside]
posted by mollymayhem at 5:08 PM PST - 12 comments

I should have argued for The Red, at least then we could waltz
We have our wedding song picked out. Now we just need a dance. [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 4:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Hints you drop in conversation
What are some hints you drop in conversation? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 4:25 PM PST - 24 comments

How to protect Werner Herzog's signature on a pair of Chuck's?
I got Werner Herzog to sign one of my Chuck's. He used a permanent Sharpie. I'd like to continue wearing the shoes (it's just a signature), but I'd like the sig to fade as slowly as possible (it's Werner Herzog's signature OMG!) What is the best way to protect Werner Herzog's signature (in Sharpie) on a pair of Chuck's?
posted by barfmann at 4:21 PM PST - 26 comments

About US politics and former Presidents
Can a former US President serve in a powerful capacity in a subsequent administration? They clearly wouldn't be able to serve as VP, but could they hold some other high office such as Secretary of State? If not, do those of you living in the US regard this as a desirable or undesirable attribute of your political system?
posted by Lolie at 4:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Negatives with sunstroke
DarkroomFilter: At what part of the developing process am I screwing up my negatives? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 4:07 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I a UK citizen get leave to work in the US for a 6-8 month period?
How can I a UK citizen work in the US for a 6-8 month period? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Modem slowing down and stopping?
Modem question. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Tell me about competitive music
Which other musical styles besides rap have battles, and for how long have they been around? [more inside]
posted by bjrn at 2:41 PM PST - 36 comments

How do I hook Windows desktop folder clicks?
I'd like to write a program for Windows XP that detects when a folder on the desktop is clicked and switches the desktop location to that folder, instead of the default Explorer behavior of opening the folder in a window. [more inside]
posted by long at 2:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Upcoming nonfiction review sites?
Is there a place like fantasticfiction for nonfiction books? [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese at 2:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Picking a new compact video camera
I have a Canon PowerShot G10 taking great pictures and VGA-resolution videos. I'm now looking for a video camera that will allow me to capture videos in HD. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by remi at 1:43 PM PST - 3 comments

woop woop!
MusicFilter: Tell me your favorite songs that have "woop woop" in them. [more inside]
posted by jammy at 1:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there an anti-Viagra?
Drugs for trazodone-induced night-time priapisms? Or other drugs for sleep for which I probably won't develop a tolerance? (Somewhat NSFW.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:55 PM PST - 15 comments

What's the best way to turn PS3 into music player (with visualizations)?
Best way to turn PS3 into music player (with visualizations)? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands at 12:42 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm totally convinced they're satanists.
Is the Quality Coffee Shop in LA -- where this scene in Ghost World takes place -- still open? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 12:28 PM PST - 3 comments

SF story about formerly-mortal woman
SFShortStoryFilter: Looking for a short(ish) story I must have read in one of the more popular SF anthologies about a human race of nigh-immortals spread out through several verses. [more inside]
posted by tigrrrlily at 11:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Getting Potatoes Right
How can I make perfect baked potatoes while roasting other meats? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 11:08 AM PST - 8 comments

A Preemptive SIET.
Will I kill myself making duck prosciutto in a Philadelphia July? [more inside]
posted by youarenothere at 10:14 AM PST - 9 comments

How does my guitar make a long distance move?
How does my guitar make a long distance move? [more inside]
posted by reddot at 10:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Marquee Tag 2.0
What do web designers call the slideshowy flipbook of stories that appears in the upper left corner of these news websites? Are there effective ways to block or replace these (browser plugins, Greasemonkey scripts, etc.)?
posted by gum at 9:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Graphic designers: what's the mysterious missing link between a home-made PDF and a universally-printable ad image?
Graphic designers: what's the mysterious missing link between a home-made PDF and a universally-printable ad image? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 9:52 AM PST - 18 comments

Paper or Proceeding?
Academic Resumefilter: The proceedings of a conference I presented a paper to were published in a special issue of a journal (and the papers under went an additional refereeing process). Should I include these under "journal articles" or must these be listed as "conference proceedings"?
posted by pseudonick at 9:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Which lens do I want for the Olympus EP-1?
I'm about to become an 'early adopter' for the first time. The Olympus EP-1 digital camera will be hitting the market in July just at the time when I'm ready to upgrade. Two lens options available: 17mm or 14-42mm. Which one do I want? [more inside]
posted by yamel at 9:35 AM PST - 19 comments

How to clean an oven
Corningware broke inside hot oven. Oil/grease caked on everywhere. No self-cleaning mechanism. No oven hood. No idea what to do. Help! [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 9:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Leave and re-enter Canada while work permit is being processed?
Can I leave Canada and re-enter while a work permit is being processed? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 9:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me wake up!
Help me get up in mornings! [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 9:00 AM PST - 33 comments

Oh ye Gods, tell me your stories.
What are the best books on mythology (all kinds)? [more inside]
posted by fantine at 8:47 AM PST - 28 comments

Remember that toy that I can't describe very well?
Remember When: I'm looking for a toy or name of the toy that I remember loving when I was younger - perhaps 25 years ago. First, it was a relatively inexpensive item along the lines of etch-a-sketch. Except it wasn't etch-a-sketch. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 8:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Bedtime stories
Find me stories (books, movies, links, anecdotes) of how two ordinary, quiet, straight middle-aged people met, and learned to care for each other. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 AM PST - 14 comments

When, if ever, can MJ's doctors talk about all of his surgeries?
How far does doctor-patient confidentiality extend? [more inside]
posted by msali at 8:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Do you know why I pulled you over?
I got pulled over by a cop. I wasn't speeding, nor was I driving erratically. P.S - My passenger was standing up with his torso out of the sunroof. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Low hanging fruit
What low cost (in terms of effort, time or money) things have you done that have had the biggest impact? Either on your life, on the lives of others, or on anything!
posted by devnull at 6:52 AM PST - 40 comments

Why can't I adapt?
Trying to get a computer to recognize a dvd rom drive. But there's a snag. [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 6:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Stop Burning Dinosaurs.
Waste Oil Diesel. Any satisfied users? [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 6:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Cakes as art, when did it start?
Can anyone tell me when and how super-fancy, customized cakes became so popular, sought-after, and possible? [more inside]
posted by juniper at 6:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Why am I always clearing my throat
Why am I constantly clearing my throat? Is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 6:19 AM PST - 28 comments

Well, they ARE seeds...
Are culinary seeds and beans (whole spices, dried peas, etc.) treated to prevent germination? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger at 6:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Creative careers?
Help me advise my sister-in-law on a creative career path! [more inside]
posted by cymru_j at 4:50 AM PST - 3 comments

too much dog food
I overpurchased, now what can I do? [more inside]
posted by youchirren at 4:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Where to go in Southern Spain?
I'm going on holiday to Spain with my mother. We're flying into Barcelona in August (bad time, I know!) for four days and then have 12 days to make our way to Casablanca before she starts a tour of Morocco. So I need to plan our time in Spain. I thought five days or so in Menorca, but it seems difficult to get to cheaply. I thought about catching a train to Valencia for a few days, then heading to Seville/Grenada/Cordoba before Morocco- what must we see or avoid? [more inside]
posted by curious zoe at 3:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Bait and switch, or something less sinister?
Is this a scam? I'm looking at buying a LCD HDTV and found this offer online: Samsung LA40B750 40 in. LCD TV for AUD$ 1,450.00 from www.marthaelectronics.com How can I determine this is a legitimate firm? Google searches offer no consumer reports or angry bloggers, but it seems too good to be true...
posted by man down under at 3:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Kerala in the monsoon
Recommendations please for Kochi (Cochin, Kerala) and around, next week? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 2:32 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm not old I'm not old I'm not old
Why is my gray hair coarser than my non-gray hair? [more inside]
posted by bendy at 2:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Name that oldie-but-goodie
Dodie Stevens was a one-hit wonder in '59 with 'Tan Shoes And Pink Shoelaces'. But my folks had a 45 rpm record of a song by some kind of doo-wop or similar black vocal group that I want to date earlier than that - the song also referred to tan shoes and pink shoelaces. Who sang it? [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 1:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a prepaid cell that iSyncs
What cellphone can I get to use with a prepaid plan that will work with iSync? [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 12:31 AM PST - 5 comments

June 26
Precocious Children in Plays
I'm looking for plays about precocious children. [more inside]
posted by stray at 10:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Baby Mozart, and Massanet, and Meyerbeer?
A little something for my biggest fan... seeking ideas for classical songs that I can sing and record for my 19-month-old nephew. [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann at 10:16 PM PST - 16 comments

I'm tired of eating faux-souffle.
I've made four cakes, and two of them have fallen. Enough with all the plates of beans -- please help me overthink (and correct) my cakes. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint at 9:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Can anyone recommend a good weekend photography class in Los Angeles?
Can anyone recommend a good weekend photography class in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by loudguitars at 9:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Coil-me-up.
Does this cable wind-up tool exist? And where can I buy one? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 9:25 PM PST - 5 comments

What food or drink should I bring to a dumpling party?
What food or drink should I bring to a dumpling party? [more inside]
posted by mathlete at 9:19 PM PST - 10 comments

How to flight?
How do I fight? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 7:50 PM PST - 48 comments

Give me red wine advice in KY?
Need help finding a good red wine. Tricky part - I need to purchase it online and have it shipped in Kentucky. [more inside]
posted by sporaticgenius at 6:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Have Contact Lenses Improved Lately?
Have there been any significant advances in the world of contact lenses in the last 5-7 years? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 6:26 PM PST - 16 comments

How much conflict is there between local police and FBI?
How much conflict is there between local police and FBI? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread at 6:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find this book on low-tech inventions?
Looking for the author name and title of a book my high school teacher stole from me in 1981. The subject matter was lots of low-tech inventions and designs with instructions, with the idea that they'd help underdeveloped communities. One I remember was a radio receiver made out of cow dung, a tin and some wire. I also remember thinking at the time that the author's name was like that of Boris Pasternak but it wasn't him. My google-fu is failing me. Can you help?
posted by Kerasia at 5:45 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I make this ugly car a little less so?
Has anyone here had any success in reattaching the headliner (ceiling fabric) to their car? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long at 5:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Melbourne, Monash and U. Melbourne?
Please tell me about Melbourne, Monash and U. Melbourne. [more inside]
posted by signal at 5:37 PM PST - 19 comments

What is this cool Blackberry Curve theme?
Blackberry newbie filter: Can you ID the theme on the Curve shown on this review clip from Attack of the Show? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr at 5:07 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm trying to locate three books from my childhood (mid-80's) about UFOs, monsters and ghosts.
I'm trying to locate three books from my childhood (mid-80's) about UFOs, monsters and ghosts. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 5:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Hard Drive Recoverable?
I just pulled an older computer out of the closet to donate, and yesterday it booted up fine. Today, I get an error stating "A disk read error occured, press CTL ALT DEL to reboot." I used UBCD for Windows and I cannot see the hard drive when I boot from there either. What other avenues should I explore to try and fix the disk, or is it toast and the files unrecoverable? I am willing to open it up. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by jules1651 at 4:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Help a pack mule become more efficient!
Every year for a few days I transform into a pack mule hauling a good deal of camping gear over hilly, wood chipped paths for nearly a mile. I’ve been doing this for more than 10 years and am looking change things up a bit. What is the perfect people-powered vehicle for this? [more inside]
posted by spinturtle at 4:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Someone bought THAT?
Help me find some hidden treasures. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 4:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Which forums do the best web programmers hang out at?
Which forums do the best web programmers hang out at? [more inside]
posted by jackson5 at 4:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Perfect Birthday Gift for 7-Year Old Girl
I need the perfect birthday gift for a seven year old girl. I don't know her well...i.e. what her interests are (so nothing too skewed). But she's clever and draws very well (though it doesn't need to be an arts/crafts item). I'd prefer something that would really make her eyes light up. But I need to be able to find and buy it easily tomorrow morning here in Suburbia (there ARE a couple "hip" toy stores not too far from here, if that helps). Preferably under $60. Thanks!!!!
posted by jimmyjimjim at 3:23 PM PST - 34 comments

Foam top mattress way too hot
How can I make my foam-topped mattress less hot? [more inside]
posted by Majorita at 3:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Did my friend feel any pain when he died?
I just found out yesterday that someone that I cared very deeply for died a few years ago from an overdose of heroin. I have a few questions regarding the nature of his death and etiquette surrounding contacting his family. [more inside]
posted by zerokey at 2:38 PM PST - 15 comments

They can take my internet when they...you know the rest.
So, money is tight for many of us, my household not excepted. Belts are tightened as much as possible. Nearly all entertainment expenses cut, but we aren't giving up internet access, no way, no how. [more inside]
posted by Jazz Hands at 2:28 PM PST - 24 comments

Russian ice cream?
Russian ice cream (in particular, this kind) tastes very different from US ice cream. Why is this, and where can I find similar fresh ice cream in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by archagon at 2:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Homosexuality in the Bible?
Homosexuality and translations of the Bible? [more inside]
posted by jca at 2:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Noisy 'ol imac
iMac filter: 1st generation flat screen imac. Internal fan whirring constantly & loudly (1.6GHZ powerPC G5). I just maxed the memory from 256 to 2GB. I thought this might help. It's working much faster (thankfully) but the whirring is relentless. Last resort is to purchase a new one...I'd rather not go this route for now. FTR she has been doing this for quite sometime, so not a recent activity. Any suggestions on how I can silence my old lady?
posted by sequin at 2:21 PM PST - 10 comments

How to convince a territorial seagull to leave me alone
Evil seagull filter: On the building opposite, in the last couple of weeks, a malign presence has appeared. A seagull that thinks he owns the block. Whenever I go out onto my terrace (I'm on the sixth floor, most of the nearby buildings are five or six floors, but I'm one of the few that has a terrace) it decides to take umbrage and comes squawking and crapping until I'm driven indoors. Is there anything I can do to discourage it? If not how long might I have to put up with its shenanigans? [more inside]
posted by itsjustanalias at 2:19 PM PST - 19 comments

How much should I get paid now that I am going part-time?
Please help me figure out how much I should get paid now that I am going from full-time to part-time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:36 PM PST - 9 comments

What are some good songs about baseball?
What are some good songs about baseball? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 1:35 PM PST - 36 comments

Not a kid, not yet an adult.
My husband's 18 year old nephew may be moving in with us and I need some suggestions to make it a good experience. [more inside]
posted by Kimberly at 1:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Produce poems?
I'm looking for poems about food, especially fruits and vegetables. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba at 1:27 PM PST - 22 comments

Quotes from 'Flashdance'?
I need some quotes from the movie Flashdance, quick. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 1:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Rattle underneath my car?
Is my car safe to drive? [more inside]
posted by semp at 12:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Safe, cheap PC games?
At Target, there is a tiny little aisle of cheap one-CD software games priced at $10 or less. Which ones aren't insidious? [more inside]
posted by Ky at 12:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Eugene vs Vermont vs Austin
What the difference between Eugene, OR, Vermont and Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 12:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Plus size bride in a panic!
Please help me find a red dress for my wedding day! I am looking for any online stores that sell ethnic or peasant-style clothes in plus sizes and I am running out of time. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 12:06 PM PST - 15 comments

so much for any nightclubbing (that's actually a relief, truth be told)
Traveling to London / Oxford on July 2nd. Tore some ankle ligaments 6 days ago. Looking for advice on the next few days of recovery, and traveling with crutches. [more inside]
posted by the bricabrac man at 11:40 AM PST - 11 comments

my many missing minerals
How can I get tested to see if I'm missing any trace minerals or vitamins in my diet without health insurance?
posted by parallax7d at 11:31 AM PST - 16 comments

How much should I feel I should be paid?
How do I determine how much I should be paid? Or perhaps, how do I determine how much I feel I should be paid? Long explanation, of course. [more inside]
posted by NemesisVex at 11:31 AM PST - 5 comments

What are some fun, cool online alphabets as unusual and clever as the Butterfly Alphabet?
Where can I find a photo/art "alphabet" of found objects, science/nature stuff, or anything just really cool? Kind of like the Butterfly Alphabet, but either public domain or usable with attribution? [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. at 11:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Will our babies be affected by their mother's weak immune system?
My wife's mother did not breastfeed her; she was fed formula until she was weaned. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 AM PST - 42 comments

Cool sneakers for big feet.
Cool sneakers for men with big feet? [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers at 11:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Contract based on 36 months with a 3.7% APR
Help me figure out why my new Ipod Touch seems to be playing podcasts at faster than normal speed and to fix the problem. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 11:03 AM PST - 2 comments

Why do I keep getting jock itch on tanning beds?
Why do I keep getting a jock itch like rash every time I go to a tanning bed? Is this jock itch or an allergic reaction? What's going on? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 10:51 AM PST - 7 comments

If your loved one is murdered, do the police really make you identify the body?
After a murder or sudden death, do the deceased's family members really have to go down to the morgue to "identify the body" or is this just a dramatic construct of movies and television? [more inside]
posted by hamsterdam at 10:43 AM PST - 25 comments

Lower Rent NYC Area Filter please help
Lower my rent at my current residence and stay for another year. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 10:18 AM PST - 10 comments

FTP for stock photo clients?
Setting up an FTP account in cpanel for photography clients? [more inside]
posted by klinefelter at 10:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Colorado Springs
I'd appreciate recommendations for places in Colorado Springs that provide fingernail painting and massages. [more inside]
posted by mightshould at 10:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Does a WD MyBook have a trouble light?
How to tell if WD MyBook mirroring has failed or drive has died? [more inside]
posted by mysterious1der at 9:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Yell thou ye might, I shant desist from makin' bacon!
SmokeDetectorFilter: When my smoke detectors go off and I press their happy buttons, why don't they shush? How do I make them shush? [more inside]
posted by foooooogasm at 9:52 AM PST - 17 comments

Taekwondo black belt celebration
A coworker is testing for her black belt in taekwondo this weekend, and I'm looking for ideas of how we can celebrate her achievement at the office. [more inside]
posted by Balonious Assault at 9:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Trigonometry/Woodworking filter: Need to get angles of complicated object
I am looking to make Five Intersecting Tetrahedra out of wood. I have made the paper model using the instructions here - when it's done, it looks like this. However, I am at a loss when it comes to figuring out the angles at the apex of each point where three units meet. [more inside]
posted by alrightokay at 9:42 AM PST - 10 comments

My nephew just turned one. What should I buy him that's cool and costs ~$150?
My nephew just turned 1. I only have $150 but I want to get him something cool that he'll appreciate in the future. [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 9:39 AM PST - 20 comments

Shriek/grunt/growl-free metal?
I'm looking for music similar to Within Temptation (symphonic metal, preferably female-fronted). Should be easy, but there's a catch... [more inside]
posted by CrazyGabby at 9:29 AM PST - 23 comments

Your experience with ball pythons.
How is it like to own a ball python? I'm asking for personal experiences only please, as I can always Google for husbandry, etc.
posted by Yasuo at 9:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Simple, useful skills.
What are some useful skills or abilities that can be learned in a short amount of time, and are never forgotten? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 8:55 AM PST - 43 comments

Going to a funeral viewing--what do I do?
A friend's father just died, and I will be attending the viewing on Sunday. I don't know what to do about the body. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 8:33 AM PST - 24 comments

Where else have I heard that?
Is there a site that keeps track of foley sound clichés in movies, hopefully sorted by the sound as well as by movie? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 8:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Sick of stag.
Why (in the hell) can I not bring a date to this wedding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 95 comments

Help me identify/find this mysterious liquid eyeshadow!
Help me identify/find this mysterious liquid eyeshadow! [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Foxes in Residence
FoxFilter: Should I let the fox(s) living under our front porch stay, or get 'em evicted? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 7:40 AM PST - 20 comments

i can has online restaurant supply stores?
Are there any decent online restaurant supply stores? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es at 7:32 AM PST - 17 comments

Brazil travel Budget
Having trouble with Travel Budget.... destination is Sao Paulo, Brazil. [more inside]
posted by cheechman85 at 7:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Neighborhoods in NYC
Mr Roger’s Neighborhood: NYC, introduce me to your neighborhood plus rental places [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 7:18 AM PST - 14 comments

Pimp My FaceTweet
Mid-level Facebook user and low-level Twitterer seeks way to maximize these social media services for networking, information aggregation, and long walks on the beach. Oh, yeah, all while not spending every waking nanosecond online hitting "refresh." [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter at 7:16 AM PST - 6 comments

funding art school in europe
How can an American beginning (art) school in an EU country get a scholarship from sources in the US? [more inside]
posted by breadfruit at 6:56 AM PST - 1 comments

Sleep: good. Tickets: good.
At what time should I show up if I want to get tickets to Shakespeare in the Park? [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 6:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Who should speak a my human rights conference?
Human rights luminaries. And/or recent human rights books. Any suggestions for a human rights conference speaker or a recent human rights book to read? [more inside]
posted by semacd at 5:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Advice on buying a secondhand Mac
Looking for a second-hand Mac desktop - what would you advise? [more inside]
posted by monster max at 5:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Changing SSRIs - how long will this last?
You are not a doctor. How long did it take you to adjust to a new SSRI? [more inside]
posted by different at 4:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Black-Belt licensing wizardry
Is there any restrictions on advertising consulting services using the term "six sigma". Do I have to be certified or pay licensing fees before offering consulting services on the topic? [more inside]
posted by mathiu at 4:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Making a book out of AskMeFi?
I want to make a book out of AskMeFi threads. Any free programs that can help me do this? [more inside]
posted by alona at 3:37 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I go about finding out how many servers (as a function of number of users) I will need to host my web application?
I'm putting together a business model for my web application. As part of my expenditure, I need to estimate how many servers I need as a function of number of users. What's a good first step to finding this out? [more inside]
posted by tomargue at 1:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Less chalkboard, more paint.
Chalkboard paint vs. matte dark latex paint: what's the difference? I know chalkboard paint has fine grit in it but is it necessary? Does the chalk come off easier?
posted by Foam Pants at 12:32 AM PST - 6 comments

every bestselling book
frivolous absurd question filter: if f(x) = "the length of shelf space required (in metres) to house every book (in english paperback edition) to have sold more than x copies in the last hundred years", what value of x would fill three ikea billy bookcases? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 12:15 AM PST - 4 comments

June 25
How Do You Know If You're Ready To Be A Dad?
How do you know you're ready to be a father? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 11:54 PM PST - 42 comments

What is wrong with my audio?
Sound trouble on Acer Aspire One netbook: Was working perctly, suddenly it's unlistenably lagging/stuttering. [more inside]
posted by kaspen at 11:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Missing Love Story Sandman
I'm reading the Sandman comic collections for the first time. It seems to me there's a missing love story for Morpheus. Help me locate it!? [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 11:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Dad's moving south
Dads moving south and want's to give me the family home, Hurray! What is the best way to go about this, deed it over, sell, ect. we're in Ohio by the way. [more inside]
posted by Benzle at 10:53 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the movie where that street musician sings "Ben"?
What's the name of this short documentary film? It follows a street musician on the NYC subway. Then he sets up his boom box and sings an amazing version of Michael Jackson's "Ben."
posted by Kirklander at 10:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Moving to Seattle/Bellevue - help me move/adjust
I am moving to Seattle/Redmond/Bellevue after being in Los Angeles for quite a long time. Moving from SoCal to WA is quite a change and I interested in getting tips/recommendations/suggestions from the hive mind to help me adjust in the new city. [more inside]
posted by bbyboi at 10:18 PM PST - 29 comments

It worked a minute ago!
I am having a problem with some JavaScript and Wordpress. It worked a minute ago but now it seems broken. [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 at 9:58 PM PST - 1 comments

I just want Pu get some Sound advice.
Where (literally) on Puget Sound should my wife teach me how to sail our 16ft Hobie Cat? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 9:49 PM PST - 1 comments

lead in the water
So I just got my water tested, and the lead level was about 43 parts per billion. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I select an attorney?
How do I select an attorney? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Keeping moneys separate
What's the best way to keep my summer income separate from my savings? [more inside]
posted by Precision at 9:14 PM PST - 7 comments

I can't control myself around you
How can I get more will power? More specifically when it comes to guys? Even more specifically, to exes, and calling them? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 8:55 PM PST - 18 comments

How did you split up nighttime newborn duties?
How did you split up nighttime newborn duties? [more inside]
posted by wolfkult at 8:38 PM PST - 39 comments

I found this Civic in a Parking Lot in 90 degrees today. Can I eat it?
05 Civic Hybrid, has you experiences? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 8:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Audi Ur-Quattro Down Under?
Was the Audi Ur-Quattro ever sold in Australia? If not, is anybody importing them today?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 8:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Home Inventory: How Detailed?
How detailed does my home inventory need to be for insurance purposes? [more inside]
posted by Lauram at 7:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Jobs for tax accountants?
What kinds of jobs are available for tax accountants? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter at 7:44 PM PST - 6 comments

please help resolve my tofu troubles
Can I eat this expired (but frozen) tofu/tempeh/tofurky? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 7:43 PM PST - 12 comments

What tool/program/script can I use to manipulate files based on a list of filenames?
I have a text file containing a list of image filenames and I'd like to be able to point at a folder and have it select, move or label based on the list of filenames. Is there software, script or tool that makes automating this possible? [more inside]
posted by tinamonster at 7:39 PM PST - 22 comments

Comprehensive Real Estate Sites?
I use Trulia for the United States and Funda for The Netherlands whilst looking for property. Anyone have an inclusive site such as these for real estate in another country? Preferably for another European country or South American.
posted by AdamOddo at 6:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Best musical at school?
What's the best musical to try and put on for a middle school (ages 12–15)? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 6:31 PM PST - 19 comments

Somebody shoot me...?
Where can I find a reputable photographer in the Oregon Coast area? [more inside]
posted by Evil Chicken of Doom at 6:11 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I make the most of my time in Kakadu?
How can we make the most of our time in Kakadu National Park? We fly into Darwin on Friday July 10 around 3pm, and have an early flight out on the morning of July 15, so we'd need to be back in Darwin the night of the 14th. We'd like to spend as much of our time as possible seeing Kakadu. [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 6:00 PM PST - 1 comments

What does the blue flag with a wavy line represent?
What does the blue flag with a wavy white line (horizontal, I believe) represent? [more inside]
posted by sicem07 at 5:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Help identify the titles of two cool sci-fi movies involving psychic abilities
Help identify the titles of two cool sci-fi movies involving psychic abilities. The first is about a man with the psychic ability to order others. He'd get a nosebleed when he overdid it (I think... I hope I'm not mistaken with Firestarter here). At some point he was kidnapped by a government agency. The film ended with a psychic duel between the protagonist and another psychic. [more inside]
posted by andreinla at 5:21 PM PST - 23 comments

I just found out I have stigmata! Or is that astigmatism? The doctor's writing is kind of blurry.
So, apparently I need glasses. Where can this Canadian get the best deal on some designer frames? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 4:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Health insurance for all? Is that a good thing? What can I do to help?
So, I saw Howard Dean on the Colbert Report last night. Please help me with some specific action steps regarding health care and the future of the USA. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 4:59 PM PST - 10 comments

How to sell a car?
After someone has agreed to buy my car from me, what are the steps? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 4:31 PM PST - 8 comments

INT. Study - Night
ScreenplayFilter: What are the best screenplays that you've ever read? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 4:14 PM PST - 19 comments

a yellow pill to help what ails me
i am thinking about asking my MD for an antidepressant prescription and would like to know what to ask for. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:49 PM PST - 22 comments

It's just a DD player right now
Our DVD player's video output keeps going out. It's not the cable. What to do? [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 3:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find resale license agreement terms
License Agreement - Exclusive Rights to Sell Service/Access in Exchange for Royalties - where else can I find good examples? [more inside]
posted by slo at 3:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Melt in your mouth, not in Chicago?
Has anybody seen the limited edition coconut m&m's for sale in Chicago? If so, where? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 2:57 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the law regarding photography on airports?
Photography and travel. What is the law regarding photography on airports? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Danniman at 2:42 PM PST - 7 comments

this grad school thing is a real pain in the hand
YANAD, but I'm having some noticeable pain in my right (dominant) hand in the muscle in between my index & middle finger knuckles on the back of my hand. I'm also writing my dissertation. [more inside]
posted by sararah at 2:29 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I find movers / laborers in Madison, WI?
Moving to Madison, WI and need some unloading help... [more inside]
posted by mullacc at 2:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Flexibility on Open Enrollment Dates for a 401(k) Plan
401(k) Question: I've been offered a job where new employees are eligible to enroll in what the company calls its "401(k)/Profit Sharing plan" after a year on the job. The firm has open enrollment for the plan twice a year - Jan. 1 & July 1. They've asked me to start working in the middle of next month, which means I wouldn't be eligible to participate in the plan until Jan. 1, 2011 - just under 1.5 years away. Is it worth asking if they can grant me slightly early eligibility for the July 1, 2010 enrollment date? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 2:13 PM PST - 18 comments

Where do those star ratings for movies in TV listings come from?
Where do those star ratings for movies in TV listings come from? [more inside]
posted by RotJ at 2:08 PM PST - 2 comments

I want to make the bleepy bloppy wheezy sounds
Are there any stores that sell cheap toy musical instruments in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by speicus at 2:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Cheap access to University resources in the NYC area?
Cheap access to University resources in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by kathrineg at 2:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Replace my aging network router
Help me replace my aging home OpenBSD desktop machine running mail, DNS, DHCP, apache and pf with something quieter and more power efficient. [more inside]
posted by pbh at 1:36 PM PST - 20 comments

What takes good photos that takes good photos?
Help me find a good-looking (retro?) and affordable camera for a present. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c at 1:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Simple USB control - how to blink an LED via code?
This is something that's been bugging me for a while.... Given a USB port and an LED (perhaps more components required?), and a program running on the PC, how do you get from here, to the simplest case I can think of - making a line of code flip the state of an LED? Either a practical example, or some recommendations for topics that would drag me in the right direction. [more inside]
posted by BishopsLoveScifi at 1:28 PM PST - 12 comments

minty fresh
I am trying to quit smoking. I have never been a heavy smoker, but maybe most a half pack, at least 2 per day over a sporatic 10 years (year off here and there). During the day I'm cutting down by using only one or two those 2MG low dosage suckers from over-the-counter... but at night (so far, haven't been doing this long) I have had a few cigarettes. Am I killing myself? You are not my doctor, I know.
posted by eatdonuts at 1:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Where are the iPhone Bluetooth keyboards?
Three iPhone keyboard questions: Bluetooth keyboard support in 3.0? Any product announcements? Support for 2G iPhones? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 1:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me, handyman!
Help me figure out what to do to get proper maintenance in my rented apartment within a condo building. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 12:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Record phone calls on iPhone 3Gs?
Going from Treo to iPhone -- how do I record in-progress calls? [more inside]
posted by Bradley at 12:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Dogpile: Add more dogs to make life better?
1 dog is great, surely 2 dogs is even better, right? Advice wanted about adding another dog to the family. [more inside]
posted by gofargogo at 12:12 PM PST - 24 comments

Sharing a 3G connection
Home networking: sharing 3G connection on XP... [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels at 12:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I live/work in U.K. and/or E.U
Father born in England. Father now a Canadian citizen. As his son, what are my live/work options for E.U. and U.K.? Singular circumstances... [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 11:47 AM PST - 13 comments

How to get cheap tickets for Broadway shows?
A couple of my friends are coming to New York to visit near the end of July, and we want to take in a show (preferably a musical). We're all students and we're trying to find cheap tickets, but we want to have this sorted out in advance instead of waiting to buy tickets day-of. Does anyone know a good way to do this? I'm in New York if it's something that needs to be done in person, although through a website would be preferable. We're just looking for good deals or discounts, or something. Also I know nothing about Broadway, so recommendations for fun shows would be very welcome!
posted by howgenerica at 11:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Patent bar prep on the cheap.
I am considering taking the patent bar. How should I prepare? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists at 11:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Best language for highschool bioinformatics course?
I'm teaching a course on bioinformatic programming for high schoolers. Which language should I teach it in? And do you have any nifty ideas for easy projects that fall under the bioinformatics header? [more inside]
posted by bergeycm at 11:22 AM PST - 20 comments

Need a good weekend bike trip near Baltimore.
Are there any good overnight/weekend camping/other trips in and around Baltimore for two cyclists staying on the pavement? No car. Trying to make my honey's graduation & birthday a good one. [more inside]
posted by SirNovember at 11:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Car Insurance Coverage
What car insurance coverage to I need for a brand-new car? [more inside]
posted by Elsie at 11:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Substantive Conservative Talk?
What are the most substantive conservative talk radio/podcasts? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 at 11:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Uses for moleskine?
What are some other uses for my moleskine besides the normal sketching/writing stories? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro at 10:44 AM PST - 28 comments

I want my top rated photos in Lightroom on my iPhone.
I use Lightroom instead of iPhoto. How can I forge a better relationship between my iPhone and Lightroom? [more inside]
posted by metamush at 10:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Ghost faucet
Plumbing filter: When I'm running the shower, the cold water handle creeps up by itself until the water is tepid. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 10:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Please tell us where to eat during our car trip to Luxembourg!
Do you have dining advice for family driving to Luxembourg? [more inside]
posted by laskagirl at 10:13 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I get an emergency loan to pay the rent?
How can I get an emergency loan to pay the rent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:13 AM PST - 21 comments

Is it a blog or a website?
I'm trying to understand what distinguishes a blog from a website. Is it technical? Content? User?
posted by Pineapplicious at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

This is driving me crazy [or, insert your preferred car pun here]
Where should I register my car? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins at 9:59 AM PST - 13 comments

New architecture in old Barcelona
Barcelona architecture: I'm looking for an image of a specific piece of modern architecture in the Barri Raval, Barcelona [more inside]
posted by Flashman at 9:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Better the flu you know?
At what point should I consider (responsibly) getting myself inoculated with the flu? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Yeah, I know. Just hit "send"!
I have a hard time sending e-mail (psychological, not technical problem) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Are BA miles safe?
Are BA miles safe? [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 9:46 AM PST - 5 comments

CSS / Lightbox-esque popup/div width issue.
Scaling down div width to fit around image which has been scaled down via its height element?? [more inside]
posted by theRussian at 9:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Would the h1n1 test show positive after being sick?
Would an h1n1 test show a positive result on a person that had the flu weeks ago but is not currently sick? [more inside]
posted by flyingcowofdoom at 9:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Make Windows XP sort by Modified Date automatically... every time?
Easy Windows XP question, yet hard to google: Is there anyway to set the 'select file' dialog boxes used by virtually every program to sort by Modified Date instead of Name? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 9:36 AM PST - 1 comments

What TV show was this?
A boy buys an earring at an old junk shop, either he can't afford both or the guy sells it to him for a great price because there's no pair for it. Once he start wearing it though, trash becomes attracted to him. He ends up taking refuge (I think) in a phone booth and the trash falls away when he takes out the earring. My question, what show was this? [more inside]
posted by abitha! at 9:33 AM PST - 5 comments

How do you keep the mosquitoes out of your apartment?
Mosquitoes in Manhattan: how do you keep them out of your apartment? Screens are not an option for me. I have heard recommendations from citronella candles to garlic powder mixed with water. What works for you?
posted by helios410 at 9:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me wander (a portion of) the Earth
I'd like to travel alone for 2-4 weeks in late July/early August. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Hyperbolus at 9:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Moms who work far away from home
Any married Moms out there took a job in another city or state because you need a job and there was nothing available in your profession locally? I am assuming that you come home on weekends. What are the ages of your kids? How does family life work? How is it working out financially--renting a house/apartment, paying for two households--is it worth it? How does the hubby deal with it? [more inside]
posted by sandra194 at 9:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Back to the Future Books
Do you know of any old books which predicted (correctly or incorrectly) 'future' advances and applications of emergent technology? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack at 8:46 AM PST - 19 comments

Can I play poker with real money on an iPhone 3g?
Can I play poker with real money on an iPhone 3g? [more inside]
posted by khites at 8:36 AM PST - 5 comments

What's it like in Fort Erie?
What's it like in Fort Erie, Canada? [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 8:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Where to buy travel adapters in NYC
Where to find a three-pronged British style electrical adapter plug in New York City? [more inside]
posted by cookie googleman at 7:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Wedding speech suggestions
In need of a poem or other suggestions for a rehearsal dinner speech-- [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 7:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Helping a friend after her first-ever breakup
How can I help a friend through her first-ever breakup? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo at 7:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Looking for a website where users can get together, share/critique new ideas, and volunteer to collaborate on new projects.
Are there any sites out there for organizing people to work on collaborative projects or new ideas? [more inside]
posted by Muffpub at 7:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Rabbit meat in NYC?
Where can I buy rabbit (for eating, not petting) in NYC? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 7:17 AM PST - 8 comments

MVA vs. Tag and Title Service Center?
In Maryland, can a new to MD resident (with an MD license) bring in his out of state vehicle at a registered "Tag and Title" service center as opposed to using the MVA or is that a service only for cars already registered with Maryland?
posted by Loto at 7:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Please help me find a laptop
I'd like to purchase a cheap (~$400-$500) laptop with certain requirements. The more I look, the more confused I get. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 6:10 AM PST - 27 comments

Did iPhone OS 3.0 kill my iPhone battery?
Why did installing the iPhone OS 3.0 cause my battery to keep draining its charge? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 6:08 AM PST - 20 comments

Everyman his own Daniel Plainview
How can every man be his own Daniel Plainview, or at the very least write like he speaks? [more inside]
posted by seansbrain at 5:54 AM PST - 13 comments

How to photograph a document and make it look like a b&w photocopy
I would like to photograph a fairly large number of archival documents and old books, and then make them look like a regular black and white photocopy. [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 5:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Sometimes my iMac just won't connect to the wireless network.
Endless network wifi problems - capricious connections ahoy! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 4:40 AM PST - 9 comments

WebDesign Filter: Can I design this myself?
A beginner needs help figuring out if she can do something with a website on her own or needs a professional. [more inside]
posted by Megami at 4:26 AM PST - 15 comments

What degree for a future mediator?
Choosing a bachelor's degree program if I want to be a mediator: social science or sociology (or something else?) [more inside]
posted by Danila at 1:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Anything better than VNC for OSX?
UltraVNC on Vista connecting to OSX is very very slow - is there anything faster? [more inside]
posted by jimjam at 12:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to buy unlined linen or other lightweight jacket online?
Where can I buy an unlined or lightweight men's linen jacket or similar like this for very hot, humid Kyoto summer? Must be worn with white dress shirt, tie and black pants. Degree of difficulty: 46L/XL and shipping to Japan. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto at 12:53 AM PST - 15 comments

June 24
Need products to help organize a home office
What organizational products should I get for a home office? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 11:48 PM PST - 6 comments

In search of gothic, darkwave, industrial, and related music.
I host a gothic/industrial radio show, but I've taken a break as I ran out of ideas. Please suggest any suitable bands, labels, blogs, or other sources of inspiration. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:43 PM PST - 35 comments

Help me break the ice with strangers!
I want to be more extroverted and confident and practice starting conversations with strangers... what are some good conversation openers? Tips? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis at 11:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Beer c(o/oo)(s/z)(y/ie)
Beer cozy? Beer coozy? Which one is it, and why? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:31 PM PST - 44 comments

Movin on up
I just got a raise. Yay! So here's my question: how good is it? Will a raise of this size make my life more comfortable? Nitty gritty details (lots of numbers!) inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 PM PST - 28 comments

File transfer from Creative Zen to Windows Vista?
Asking for a co-worker I wish to impress: how to transfer music from a Creative Zen ONTO his new (Vista running) laptop? [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx at 8:44 PM PST - 4 comments

How much does it cost to fix a doorknob-sized hole in drywall?
Doorknob went through the drywall. How much should this cost to repair? [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou at 8:30 PM PST - 15 comments

She keeps tugging at le heart, what should I do?
She just keeps tugging at my heart. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 PM PST - 40 comments

Identify this classical composition
Can you identify this classical composition? clip.mp3
posted by yewstano at 7:12 PM PST - 23 comments

* Thread: 1187332127924996518
Blogger/Haloscan problem. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 7:00 PM PST - 0 comments

Muffins on the rocks
Where do you donate day old coffee shop pastries? [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes at 6:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Samsung S3 playlist problem
I bought a Samsung S3 mp3 player for the specific purpose of studying sets of mp3s that need to be played in a specific order. Problem: it doesn't seem to want me to play those songs in order. [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 6:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Define "having a suspension."
Can I get my VT Operator's License now, or do I need to wait three months? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja at 6:45 PM PST - 4 comments

I might pay 9.99 to know this song
Can anyone name the song that is used in the 9.99 trailer? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 6:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Math is fun. Mortgage refinance question!
Generally good with numbers; but mortgage refinance has my head spinning. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Maybe he is my way in?
The research director at an institution where I applied for an entry-level research position happens to be an alumnus of my university (same school, too, except four decades earlier). In our alumni career center, he has indicated that he would not mind being contacted. Should I contact him? How? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Poems and quotes about wildflowers
Unique and beautiful poems/quotes/lyrics regarding seeds and or wildflowers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 PM PST - 19 comments

Looks like I picked a bad day to quit sniffing glue
How can I learn to be cool under pressure? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 6:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me get the pedals off of my bike.
Help me get the pedals off of my bike. [more inside]
posted by suckerpunch at 6:14 PM PST - 23 comments

Do people lose their homes over health expenses?
Do people actually lose their homes to pay for health care in the US, or is this an urban myth? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 6:03 PM PST - 41 comments

Help me figure age in a photo!
I have photos from two consecutive years, in which my brother was 6 mos - 18 mos. I can group the photos somewhat by clothing or activity - but can I separate them into the two years at all reliably? I know nothing about child development, and can't tell myself from looking at the faces. [more inside]
posted by mccn at 5:51 PM PST - 7 comments

My files are blocked!
Windows 7 Beta Filter: Windows 7 makes any file transferred from another computer read-only. How can I disable this feature? [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz at 5:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Amazonian ants in the mail!
The book I just received from Amazon is covered in ants, which have now infested my mailbox (and my nightmares). What to do, whom to contact? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist at 5:23 PM PST - 38 comments

What's Pablo holding?
What kind of flashlight did Pablo Picasso use to create the first "light painting" photographs? [more inside]
posted by myrrh at 5:01 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the simplest free webmail service?
What is the simplest free webmail service? I work at a public library and there are a lot of very technologically inexperienced people here who need to sign up for email accounts. Usually, they are trying to get a job that can only be applied for online. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 4:24 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me run a focus group.
Focus group 101: How do I run one of these things, anyway? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 4:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Will the unreal LeVar Burton Please Stand Up?
Is there an archive of LeVar Burton's twitter impersonator? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 4:04 PM PST - 4 comments

swimming holes between phx & la?
seeking oasis: roadtrip from phx to la - looking for good camping with natural water in between the two cities. mid-desert hot springs or cliff diving or swimming holes? [more inside]
posted by babsomatica at 3:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Planning a move to NYC
How much do I need to get paid to live in NYC? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Surprisingly, "system and method for automatic partitioning applied to network protocols" isn't very catchy
Name-my-research-project-filter: Looking for a clever word or play on words that somehow evokes the idea of a friendly conversation between two people or a group. Sort of like "dialectic", but more cooperative and constructive. My brain is burnt out... vocabulary virtuosos, please hope me!
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 2:42 PM PST - 24 comments

Briefcase regret avoidance
What are the pitfalls, annoyances, and deal breakers of different briefcase types? Help me not regret a purchase! [more inside]
posted by FuManchu at 2:39 PM PST - 13 comments

How do you learn professionalism?
How do you learn professionalism? Someone close to me just lost her second job in a year and it sounds to me like the bottom line is her skills are very good but her conduct is less than professional. [more inside]
posted by Jandasmo at 2:05 PM PST - 25 comments

can it be done? delicious delicious tempeh?
Delicious tempeh recipes for tepid tempeh tasters. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic at 2:03 PM PST - 17 comments

How to manage a school website
What are my best options for technical management of a school website? [more inside]
posted by crocomancer at 1:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Film like digital pictures...
Photography-filter: As a total beginner to photography, I've been learning all about the basic techniques with my new DLSR. However I've been recently getting very inspired by film photography shot on 35mm film like Lomos, Yashica T4s. How can I emulate this style on a Digital SLR? [More inside] [more inside]
posted by ashaw at 1:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I switch over to the new Post 9/11 GI Bill?
Should I switch over to the new Post 9/11 GI Bill? [more inside]
posted by stlboi at 1:23 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I get back into the dating world?
How do I get back into the dating world? [more inside]
posted by plungerjoke at 1:20 PM PST - 34 comments

How to deal with 'innocent' stereotyping from a coworker?
How do you deal with ethnic stereotyping from a colleague in the form of innocent questions? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 1:11 PM PST - 26 comments

I live in the boonies, help me recreate a meal!
Recently I had a great meal at a place in Southern California. They bring out a bunch of boiled shrimp (and other assorted items) in a huge bag, covered and mixed with a spice rub. The rub consisted of a cajun mix, a lemon pepper mix, and garlic butter. Since I live very far away from this restaurant, any tips on how could I recreate this dish at home? It was very yummy! [more inside]
posted by thisperon at 1:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Cable please!
Is there any way I can get cable to my house even though it's listed as "not in a cable area"? It's very near one! [more inside]
posted by katrielalex at 1:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Why does caffeine give me a paradoxical effect?
For the past year, caffeine has had a strange effect on me. I drink soda or coffee -- and within minutes, I feel groggy, fuzzy headed, and almost kind of drunk. I get absolutely no stimulating effects. The more I drink, the more fuzzy-drunk I feel. Caffeine used to make me feel wonderful -- awake, cheerful, on-point. I've never drank an excessive amount (2 coffees a day, max). Can anyone explain what might be going on in my brain chemicals?
posted by the jam at 1:00 PM PST - 18 comments

UK Citizenship - do I really need to wait?
UK Citizenship: has anyone successfully dealt with protracted absences during their qualifying period? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 12:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Grad school self-sabotage
Please, help me deal with a justified last-minute anxiety, regarding a Very Important oral presentation (end of the year research presentation), that will introduce a more than average research (due to personal problems, which interfered with academic work). Also, help me think about the right attitude to adopt towards my teachers on D-day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:47 PM PST - 3 comments

How to stop a drip from dripping?
how do you fix a leaky faucet?
posted by tangyraspberry at 12:39 PM PST - 8 comments

How did the Christian take over?
How exactly did Christianity come to dominate the Western world to such an extent? [more inside]
posted by timepiece at 12:38 PM PST - 43 comments

Making HUGE MISTAKES, and being okay
What are stories like this about making huge mistakes, and then recovering from it? [more inside]
posted by ADoubtfulTrout at 12:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Help Me Marry In CA
I've been asked to perform a marriage ceremony in Los Angeles sometime in January. I live in New York. What do I need to do to become legally certified to perform this marriage? Here are the options that I know of... [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 12:14 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I set up an e-commerce site that accepts photo uploads and takes credit card payments?
How do I set up an e-commerce site that accepts photo uploads and takes credit card payments? [more inside]
posted by designbot at 11:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me clean an email list?
What is the best way to clean this mailing list of bad email addresses? Difficulty: No address cleaners, but I do have a snapshot - the results of sending a newsletter to the list, and the resultant bounce reports. I have this information in several forms.. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 11:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Ethical obligation to pay for kicked out roommate's rent?
My roommates kicked out our 4th roommate mid-month without consulting me and have since made several decisions that I believe have prevented us from finding someone for next month. I am not on the lease and my opinion has totally been discounted in this process, do I have any ethical (not legal) obligation to kick in for next month's rent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:27 AM PST - 27 comments

What should I ask him?
He is "seeing" someone. I want to hookup with him. What should I ask him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:26 AM PST - 44 comments

Boring, Big Brother, or Dead?
Help me choose a new smartphone: Blackberry, Android or Palm? [more inside]
posted by bonehead at 10:58 AM PST - 21 comments

Startup my Startup
I am thinking about incorporating my web-based software startup. First, I am not sure if it makes sense to incorporate. Second, if I do incorporate, I am not not sure where in the world ( not just the U.S. ) I should incorporate. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 10:47 AM PST - 3 comments

SuPerman is Prone, waterSlides are Supine is just not working for me.
Help me with a mnemonic device to remember that "prone" is face down, "supine" is face up.
posted by thebrokedown at 10:35 AM PST - 29 comments

Help me categorize "The Limits of Control" poster
Typography/DesignFilter: Help me categorize "The Limits of Control" poster [more inside]
posted by nameless.k at 10:27 AM PST - 9 comments

MY GIRLFRIEND IS ANGRY A LOT AND I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DEAL
How do I deal with my angry girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 10:25 AM PST - 50 comments

Know of any really thick paperboard or card stock?
Does anyone know of a thick, affordable paperboard stock for packaging? [more inside]
posted by BirdD0g at 10:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Do buddha bellies require pregnancy massage tables?
Asking for a friend: How does massage work for people with big bellies? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 10:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Fire ants!!
Last year we went on a camping trip to PEI and Nova Scotia and we had a great time. This summer we are thinking of going on a similar getaway. But in the last week or so, we've noticed articles online about a fire ant infestation. How widespread is the ant problem? Should we think about going somewhere else on our camping trip?
posted by o0dano0o at 10:06 AM PST - 5 comments

But I love snap peas :(
Recently, after eating raw sugar snap peas, I've been getting tender spots on my lips and my throat gets dry and slightly sore. It goes away after a half hour or so. What is this? An allergy?
posted by downing street memo at 10:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Calling all live video ninjas.
I needs me a good/simple/cheap video switcher for live production. [more inside]
posted by liquado at 10:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Fun but chillaxed
EastBayFilter: Please suggest some fun but laid-back activities for a very pregnant woman's birthday this weekend in the SF East Bay or Marin. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 10:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for opinions on "Azden" audio equipment.
Does anyone have any experience with "Azden" brand microphones? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 9:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Can a restaurant gift certificate be used on more than one occasion?
Can a restaurant gift certificate be used on more than one occasion? [more inside]
posted by ocha-no-mizu at 9:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Three Year Old Birthday Party Ideas
Our daughter is turning three next week, and we're looking for ideas for a fun time with her and her little friends, about eight to ten kids ranging from two to five years old. What makes for an excellent birthday for preschoolers?
posted by Pater Aletheias at 9:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Good resources for finding livable rent-stabilized apartments in Manhattan?
Good resources for finding livable rent-stabilized apartments in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by jdruk at 9:42 AM PST - 12 comments

How has the process of renting an apartment in Brooklyn changed because of the economic crisis?
How has the process of renting an apartment in Brooklyn changed because of the current economic crisis? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 9:36 AM PST - 7 comments

web promotion for architecture?
How to promote my work online. I am an architect. NY and Mexico. I am trying to figure ways to build myself/my work. How to submit your work/name to design blogs, etc. w/out being a jerk? No name here; I'm not using this place for that purpose.
posted by ebesan at 9:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Plague!
What are the locations of known plague pits in London, and are any maps available showing them?
posted by Artw at 8:58 AM PST - 10 comments

I need an ethics book that's interesting
As a [high school] teacher, I'm being encouraged to include a little bit of ethics into my courses. Can anyone recommend a book about ethics that's not boring or difficult to understand, and can that can help me with this? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 8:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Where is that Pipettes live appearance video?
Help me find Video of English girl group trio The Pipettes playing with only a (very raspy) keyboard in a live appearance? It must be a record store but I have this memory of it being a library. Song was probably We are the Pipettes. Sound quality is quite good & camera is steady. [more inside]
posted by morganw at 8:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Got to find me a choir...
Choralfilter: I want to sing in a choir in London. Have you/do you sing in a London choir, and is it for me? [more inside]
posted by greenish at 8:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Tumbler Compilation Posts for Wordpress?
Is there a way to automatically generate a daily compilation of tumblr posts into a single Wordpress blog post? [more inside]
posted by kmel at 8:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Need films in which someone knows something important but no one believes them.
I'm looking for films in which someone knows something important but no one will listen to them. Sarah Conner in Terminator 2, Rosemary in Rosemary's Baby, Horton in Horton Hears a Who. Others? Obscure or famous; either is good.
posted by mammalian at 8:04 AM PST - 45 comments

License Limbo
Help me figure out how to get a new driver's license. [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 7:40 AM PST - 16 comments

What does prima melior mean?
What does the Latin "prima melior" mean in English? It was the name given to beer reserved for the honored guests at monasteries in the Middle Ages. [more inside]
posted by sixpack at 7:40 AM PST - 8 comments

One badass fucking fractal
I’m fascinated by the Mandelbrot Set but I don’t understand the math behind it. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 7:13 AM PST - 22 comments

I need new headphones - Any suggestions?
What are the right headphones for me? Big head, normal ears, likes loud noises, $100-$200 budget. Mostly for listening to music on my iPod Touch, occasionally playing games on my computer using it's (reasonably competent) onboard audio. I understand the listening experience is subjective, but if I can narrow it down to a short list, I can work on getting my head on various items to see how they work for me. [more inside]
posted by Rendus at 7:12 AM PST - 18 comments

We just want to sell flowers, not get in the middle of your marital dispute!
Privacy issues in the floral industry, also known as "How to stay out of customer's divorce cases".... [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 7:07 AM PST - 27 comments

Seeking massive lathe
Does anyone know where I can find an old wood lathe to restore and turn massive burls? This isn't your father's lathe, it's more likely your great grandfather's lathe and hasn't been out of the barn since before the War. It weighs half a ton. If you hang out at the VFW or in old union halls and ask around a massive bowl will be your reward for the beta. I'll go anywhere in the Northeast if it's cheap and farther than that if it is free.
posted by mearls at 6:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Why backup to the most likely place to fail?
How can I backup my flickr account... but not to my desktop computer? [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Harford at 6:51 AM PST - 8 comments

What does "pea green pink Irish Catholic" mean?
"Pea green pink Irish Catholic" - what, if anything, does this phrase mean and/or refer to? [more inside]
posted by MaudB at 6:42 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I generate meaningful results from split tests?
Having run split tests on the e-commerce website at work, how do I extract meaningful conclusions from the raw data? [more inside]
posted by gi_wrighty at 6:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Your ribs are right where you left them. Or not?
"Two of my ribs have been out of alignment"—Does that ever really happen? [more inside]
posted by eleyna at 6:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Can spammers scrape emails out of vcards posted on the web?
Can spammers scrape emails out of vcards posted on the web? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 5:55 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I keep iTunes from deleting old podcasts?
How do I keep iTunes from deleting old podcasts? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 5:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Good colorist in ATL
Looking for an expert hair colorist in Atlanta. Any recommendations?
posted by Juicylicious at 5:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Visual Basic hates me: [x]yes []no
Homeworkfilter: I'm using VB 2008 Express and I need some help with checkboxes. [more inside]
posted by icarus at 5:22 AM PST - 2 comments

TLRs in all cells or just professional APCs?
MolecularBiologyFilter: Embarrassingly easy question for any immunologists out there: are Toll-like receptors (or other pathogen recognition receptors) only expressed in professional antigen presenting cells (DCs, macrophages etc), or are they in e.g. epithelial cells too? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 4:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Will I blow more money on a repairperson or by screwing things up myself?
When is it worth trying to fix your own appliances (an Amana ARB1917 bottom-freezer fridge in my case)? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 3:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Lame locked Leatherman
My fake Leatherman multitool is locked open. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 2:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Canon Lens Dirt.
CanonFilter: It appears I have dirt inside the my Canon 28-135mm lens... Rather, it looks to me like it's on the inner optics, and not the prime lens... [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 2:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Part-time work, full-time position
I wish to apply for a job that is advertised as full-time. At which stage should I mention that I would prefer a part-time job? [more inside]
posted by ask me please at 1:38 AM PST - 10 comments

To buy, or to rent?
How do you find a good accountant, or other professional, to help you decide when it's right to buy a house? [more inside]
posted by heathkit at 1:04 AM PST - 9 comments

building up a bike on a budget
Shimano parts filter- I have a ultegra 6500 crankset and rear cassette, but the 105 STI shifters (5600) seem to be a hundred bucks cheaper on ebay than the ultegras. Since their both 9 speeds, would it be a problem to use the 105 shifters with my ultegra gears? [more inside]
posted by Large Marge at 12:13 AM PST - 18 comments

June 23
Can I leave out a qualification I'm not proud of?
Would a potential employer feel that I had violated the honesty requirements of my CV or résumé by leaving a qualification out? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest at 11:48 PM PST - 16 comments

ear-pop edification
Airplane ear-popping. Why? [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel at 11:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Books about Europe?
What are some books I can read before my trip to Europe that will help me get in the mood? [more inside]
posted by Dilemma at 10:36 PM PST - 24 comments

Whats the time? Well let me see here...
I'm looking for a new watch. My current watch is a Lorus Fusion 7T92-X001 as pictured here, and I'm very happy with the look of it (its a lot more silver looking than that picture implies). Mostly it seems to have an organic flow to the look of it which I like, its not chunky or anything like that. However all the knobs have stopped working, I can't change the date/time, the pins keep breaking, and the cost to repair seems inordinately high, perhaps its time for a new watch. Can anyone have a look at that and pick something they think I might like? Don't worry about cost or anything like that :) Thanks!
posted by Admira at 10:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Internet TV w/ Closed Captions?
Is there a Slingbox-like device that will let me send a broadcast TV signal to myself, including closed captions?
posted by Yakuman at 10:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Easy photo blog software and system for elderly person.
I'm trying to find the easiest photo blogging software for my father (age 74) for his travel blog. [more inside]
posted by jcdill at 10:08 PM PST - 10 comments

What Dictionary does the Dashboard widget use?
Which dictionary does the widget in Dashboard use? (Mac OS X) [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 10:07 PM PST - 2 comments

I want to read Alfred Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz. Should I read Ulysses first?
I want to read Alfred Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz. Should I read Ulysses first? [more inside]
posted by parkbench at 10:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Polish Speaking Part?
I was told that foreign films that entered Poland during Communist times were dubbed into Polish but all of the voice work for both genders was acted out by one man. Is this true?
posted by parmanparman at 8:28 PM PST - 22 comments

When should a woman home alone answer the door to strangers?
When should a woman home alone answer the door to strangers? [more inside]
posted by palliser at 7:40 PM PST - 99 comments

I REALLY don't want to go the gift card route...
Help me pick an awesome housewarming gift for a first-time homebuyer. [more inside]
posted by Girl Scout of Death at 7:40 PM PST - 20 comments

Find a painting by subject matter?
Help to find a print of a painting for my MIL. Difficulty:only have a description of the subject matter, not the title nor artist. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 7:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Clean computer start menu for more speed
I want to clean up my start menu on Dell Inspiron E1705 with Windows XP Pro. Computer beginning to run slowly. I use computer almost exclusively for internet, word-processing and Quicken. I have trouble identifying which entries on start menu to delete.
posted by psc1860 at 7:15 PM PST - 10 comments

A "top" school district-- how important?
Public education filter: if you went to school in a good district, a not-so-great district, or an in-between district, how did it affect the quality of your education and your success later in life? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 7:11 PM PST - 37 comments

Mystery Plants
Can you identify these two plants? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 6:59 PM PST - 14 comments

I'll be looking at the moon...
I need the best recording of "I'll Be Seeing You" that you can recommend. [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 6:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Printer/Scanner software causing restart problems
I installed software that came with a Brother MFC-9840CDW all-in-one and now my dell computer is having multiple problems at startup. The application itself failed to start citing missing registry data. Then, on restarting I get "Services.exe - Application Error" and clicking either OK or cancel causes an automatic shutdown timer to start. [more inside]
posted by N2O1138 at 6:12 PM PST - 1 comments

Feeding a focus group: 29 advance registrants = x pizzas?
I need to order pizza for a focus group of undergraduate students meeting at lunchtime. 29 students have signed up in advance (+3 facilitators), but I expect fewer to actually show up; the meeting is voluntary but some will receive extra credit in class for attending. How many 16" pizzas should I order? [more inside]
posted by zepheria at 6:06 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me play old Sierra games on my Macbook
I realize that this is a long shot, but lately I've had a hankering to play some of the old classic Sierra games from my childhood--specifically the Hoyle ones listed here (note: annoying music plays). Problem: I'm on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by leesh at 5:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Many, many delicious calories
Please give me your best long-distance hiking / bicycle touring / <insert other adventurous endurance activity> food recipes! [more inside]
posted by Captain Rayford Steele, Tribulation Force at 4:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Is Ooma a good phone service?
Asking for a not-so-tech-savvy friend... Is Ooma VOIP a decent service? Does anyone have any personal accounts to share? [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 4:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for books about the Cold War for French high school students. More below.
Looking for books about the Cold War for French high school students. More below. [more inside]
posted by jackmcc at 4:00 PM PST - 3 comments

whats the best way to measure plastic
in my work, there is a requirement to test two plastics and compare the properties for an automotive application. the testing is done by an external agency, with whom i have no background, and they just give a table of results. what tests are they doing, how do they do them, why do they do them, and what tricks should i be on the lookout for? [more inside]
posted by edtut at 4:00 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I smell like my dog?
How do I learn to smell like my dog? [more inside]
posted by tr0ubley at 3:37 PM PST - 19 comments

What are the legal ramifications of accidently sharing email addresses in Canada?
A couple of people at my company have accidently sent emails to groups of contacts using the To: field rather than the Bcc: field against company policy. What are the legal ramifications? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin at 3:32 PM PST - 16 comments

The Red Badge of Courage Nobody Knows?
Is there any kind of critical consensus about the claim made by Henry Binder and Hershel Parker in the 1980s that previous editions of Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage were prepared with cuts demanded mostly by the original publisher and that the edition most people have read is thus much less darkly ironic than it should be, and that Binder's new presentation is a more accurate representation of Crane's original intent?
posted by mediareport at 3:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Auto Illiterate Seeks Cheap Used Car
I'm in the market for a used car and I'd like one that won't disintegrate on me before I'm done paying for it. I have a total budget of $6k and want to buy from a dealer. What should I be looking for in terms of models, makes, and mileage? My top priorities are price, reliability, and MPG (in that order.) Assume I know nothing about cars. Because I don't.
posted by richrad at 3:18 PM PST - 23 comments

How prevalent are puppy mills?
Have any major pets stores (petland, petco, ....) been linked directly to puppy mills? [more inside]
posted by isopropyl at 3:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Help my despressed unemployed husband!
What to do to help out of work, depressed, husband? Details inside [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 16 comments

What is a comfortable hairstyle-preserving bike helmet?
My spouse wants to bike to work, but doesn't want to wear a helmet, citing "heat" and "helmet hair" as the main reasons. With no concern for price, what helmet brands or models would best prevent those "horrible" conditions? [more inside]
posted by CancerMan at 2:43 PM PST - 67 comments

Chair that converts to twin bed
I need a small scale chair that converts to a twin bed. [more inside]
posted by cainiarb at 2:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Advice on taking a cruise from Southern California
Got any advice on taking a short cruise leaving from Long Beach, California (or thereabouts)? [more inside]
posted by TheClonusHorror at 2:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Why do banks have such generic names anyway?
I screwed up the payee name on a cashier's check. [more inside]
posted by mkb at 2:13 PM PST - 5 comments

My games need viagra - they won't stay up!
(Vistafilter) Cannot full screen with dual monitors [more inside]
posted by fearnothing at 2:03 PM PST - 4 comments

When/Where did "FYI" originate?
the Acronym "F.Y.I " Who came up with it and how old is it? [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 1:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Jewelry finder - where can I get that bracelet?
Anyone know where I can get the silver bracelet Kirsten Dunst wears near the end of 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' when she is listening to her tape...
posted by heather-b at 1:40 PM PST - 9 comments

finding good flight/hotel packages
Suggestions on finding good air/hotel packages (particularly to Hawaii?) [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I find out about a 1980 crime in Alabama?
What's the best way to search distant local newspaper archives for information on a crime that occurred almost 30 years ago in Birmingham, Alabama? [more inside]
posted by Doug at 1:10 PM PST - 6 comments

how to give my money away while pretending not to have done so
I want to donate $500 to my favorite local volunteer-run non-profit. I'm friends with the folks who run the thing, and would prefer to remain anonymous. I know which bank we use, and can name 2-3 of the 5 people on the account. Can I just show up at the bank and deposit this money? Is there any reason why I shouldn't do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:09 PM PST - 21 comments

Graveside at a Catholic funeral?
Writing a funeral scene. Am familiar only with Jewish funerals. What happens, graveside, at a Catholic funeral? Prayers? How is the casket carried, and covered with dirt? Any specific rituals I should know about? If any knows particularly what happens at a Catholic funeral in France this would be even more helpful.
posted by Wittamer at 1:09 PM PST - 20 comments

Pirates, Cults, and Druggies in the Third World
Travel writing recommendations that compare with the work of Kevin Rushby? [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend at 1:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Make my fantasy a reality!
Help me find classification stickers for library books, specifically for "fantasy" books. [more inside]
posted by val5a at 12:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Economics' greatest hits? ... or... Where's the science in economics?
As a former scientist, help me gain some faith in economics. What were the great successes of economics as a tool for making better decisions in the last 100 years? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 12:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Best laptop for me?
Need new laptop - professional / heavy duty. [more inside]
posted by charris5005 at 12:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Middle East Charities
Looking for good charities for helping to progress women's rights in the Middle East. [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka at 12:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me figure out a window covering/curtain/other for a small group of glass blocks!
We're moving into a new place in a few weeks, and we've got a nice glass block "window" in the bedroom. We love it, but the boyfriend needs darky darkness in order to sleep at night and there's a street light right outside the window. Help me figure out a window covering/curtain/shade/other! [more inside]
posted by bienbiensuper at 12:27 PM PST - 22 comments

Keep my registration sticker where it belongs
Foolproof way to prevent registration sticker theft? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 12:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Where Can I Find These Vocal Harmonies?
Is it possible to find sheet music for background vocals of a 40 yo cover of a classic tune? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 12:18 PM PST - 2 comments

How do strangers play via their vehicles, on the freeway?
I was driving down the (somewhat busy, but not congested) freeway in a sports car, and a motorcyclist wanted to... play? Another sports car took took up the offer. What is this? What are these games and how are they played? What sort of things do people do to eek out some (quasi-legal?) fun in traffic? (I don't plan on participating, but I'm curious about the interaction) [more inside]
posted by anonymisc at 12:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Google broke my mother’s Gmail account.
My mother had forgotten her Gmail password and no longer had access to the e-mail address that was used to set up the account. I used the form Google provides for this situation but there seems to have been a problem. [more inside]
posted by Tenuki at 12:12 PM PST - 3 comments

How long for gonorrhea medication to work?
How long does it take for gonorrhea medication to work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Best jump-in-and-go software for n00b composer on a Mac?
Looking for good composition software on Mac. No actual recorded tracks- it'd be all Kurzweil PC-88 inputted MIDI. Must-haves include fairly easy ability to just jump in and start composin', a music score notation interface, very realistic quality of the instruments (i.e., that my midi inputted keyboard can still sound like a darn good bass guitar), and decent ability to refine the sound quality. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by hincandenza at 11:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Water drainage for indoor potted plants?
Newbie gardening question: I'm very new to gardening and have some questions about drainage. I live in an apartment, so can only grow things in containers. For plants on the balcony, I'm using terra cotta pots with a hole in the bottom and setting them on the matching saucers. But what about indoor plants? Do all pots need drainage holes? [more inside]
posted by wsquared at 11:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Connectivity issues after IP changes
Our office recently changed ISPs, which meant changing our public IPs. Connectivity issues abound. I'm fairly certain the firewall is at fault, but I'm not sure where to go from here. [more inside]
posted by lholladay at 11:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Why do MRIs still take so long?
Why do MRI's take so long? Just went in for an MRI of my knee (fingers crossed), and I noticed that MRI machines have gotten significantly smaller (this one was the size of a refrigerator). But the scanning process still took more than 30 minutes. [more inside]
posted by swngnmonk at 11:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you tell me where I went tubing in Louisiana?
Where do you recommend going tubing near New Orleans? [more inside]
posted by oreonax at 11:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Wood and Silicon
DIY computer case, Theres a lot of cool computer cases out there that people have built. I want to join the ranks. Yet I cant seem to find any tips on getting started. Any links, know of some blogger who posted a how to or a step by step account of what they did? I want to use Ponoko or hand craft to make a PC case from wood or acrylic for a micro ATX board I have.
posted by tropikal at 11:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Non-U.S.-centric web content and design
Non-U.S. residents: Aside from language issues, what issues can U.S. web designers keep in mind to make their sites ideally usable for you? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 11:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Claude Bless America, Man That I Love
Shmoop Filter: My boyfriend always sings me this Harry Belefonte song while changing the words to "Yes, Lorena, my sweetheart from California." I'm trying to figure out what songs work with the name "Claude" swapped in. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 11:15 AM PST - 22 comments

With Kids In Portland, OR
Looking for kid-friendly activities in Portland, OR [more inside]
posted by jalexei at 11:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Better fax solution for small business
Need help improving medium-to-high volume small business faxing. [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry at 10:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Was the entire universe created by the Big Bang, or is the space/time generated by the Big Bang part of a larger universe?
Was the entire universe created by the Big Bang, or is the space/time generated by the Big Bang part of a larger universe? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes at 10:55 AM PST - 24 comments

Joomla on an offline iPhone?
I'd like to capture part of a Joomla site (that I run) onto an iPhone for offline browsing and searching. What's the best way? [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 10:45 AM PST - 1 comments

Cool/fun places for a rest stop when driving with kids from upstate NY to DC?
If we are driving with kids (9 and 5) from upstate NY (Rochester) to DC, where can we stop in PA off of route 15 for a picnic, run-around and see-something-cool-or-weird break? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 10:31 AM PST - 8 comments

I can't believe Blair did that to Serena!
It looks like my daughter will be earning a full scholarship to essentially the private school of her choice in NYC. These schools on average cost around $35,000/year. What's it like to go to an expensive private high school on scholarship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 AM PST - 23 comments

Family New England/New York road trip suggestions?
I'm taking my 8 year old son and 10 year old daughter on a spontaneous road trip through New York City, Upstate New York and New England next week. Any suggestions?
posted by mjmcport at 10:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Diagram of the US immigration laws and process?
I recall seeing several times an excellent diagram that illustrates US immigration laws/policieis. I saw it via a link on the interwebs, but my Google Fu is betraying me, I cannot find it! [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek at 10:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Philly Skyline Photography
It's my brother's favorite view of Philly...how can I capture it for him? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 10:13 AM PST - 13 comments

more for my money in cell phones - sprint
cheapest blackberry-esque phone & plan, either thru Sprint or taking into account the cost of leaving Sprint... [more inside]
posted by mdn at 10:07 AM PST - 8 comments

What flavours go with bananas?
Twofer: whipped cream and bananas. Yes, this is SFW. [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 10:04 AM PST - 20 comments

what the fuck...is this book?
Can you help me remember the name of a book I read 15 years ago which had a character repeatedly using the catchphrase "What the fuck, it's only a buck" when wasting money? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 9:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Wall-E and Silent Mov-Es
I'm looking to compile a list of all obvious direct references in "Wall-E" to silent film gags or scenes starring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, or Harold Lloyd. Any suggestions for parallel scenes or shorts? Thanks!
posted by Misciel at 9:51 AM PST - 1 comments

Pain relief for nailbiting episode?
I snapped and bit my nails way too short after having kicked the habit for several months. Now all my fingertips are seriously painful. Is there any kind of ointment or something I can buy at a drug store to cut down on the pain? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer at 9:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Short stories like this are the only stories here.
I demand to know your favorite short story anthologies. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 9:42 AM PST - 30 comments

Garden bugs
I have some questions about pest control in the garden, coupled with mysteriously disappearing plants. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 9:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Tell me the name of this 80s time travel story, please!
Want to help remember a book title? 'Course ya do! It's from the 80s and, if I remember correctly, involves some kids that discover a new game at the local arcade. There's a pilot's helmet on top of the machine, and when they try it on and attempt the game they find they can travel through time. I believe the cover was a picture of the machine and the helmet. At one point they use it to break into a research facility or something, but before that I think they go back too far and it's still being built (leading to some fretting about jumping forward in time and ending up halfway through a wall or floor). I know somebody out there can field this one!
posted by Monster_Zero at 9:33 AM PST - 2 comments

What's the best online picture gallery you have come across?
What's the best online picture gallery you have come across? Priority is the user-interface ( ease of navigation ) than the quality of the pictures themselves. [more inside]
posted by Juggernut at 8:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Food "Glorious" Food
Looking for cheap caterers (or alternatives to caterers) in New York City for a wedding! [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 8:44 AM PST - 8 comments

What cell phone for usa and europe?
Please recommend a cell phone for use in the USA and Europe. Will be in London and Italy for at least six months. Would like a phone that I can use in the USA and Europe. Pay-as-you-go plan preferred. Just starting to think about a smart phone for email and wi-fi internet access. Cost is a consideration. Suggestions please.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 8:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Extra RAM destroys my PSU!
I installed new RAM, and blew my power supply. Now, after installing a better power supply, the same symptoms which led to the broken power supply are happening again. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by edbyford at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments

SOS for Rambutan in NYC
I'm looking for hot leads on getting some dried rambutan in NYC or online. Trader Joe's, my old scoring spot, has turned up empty for a month and I'm not sure it will be restocked there. I've checked a couple Asian grocery stores as far as Flushing Queens but no dice. Bulk-only okay--yes, I'm that addicted.
posted by damsorrow at 8:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Song for mother-son dance?
Looking for a mother-son dance song for my wedding. [more inside]
posted by condour75 at 8:29 AM PST - 16 comments

How to not look foolish at the Apple genius bar?
How to not look foolish at the Apple genius bar? [more inside]
posted by amileighs at 7:57 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I pay off my car loan or save that money for down payment for home?
Should I pay off my car loan before getting a mortgage, or use that money for down payment? [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 7:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Housepainters in Toronto? Suggestions?
Torontofilter: Any recommendations for indoor painting companies? [more inside]
posted by jennyhead at 7:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Will a cyclothymia diagnosis change my life?
Experiences with a cyclothymia diagnosis? Particularly on the NHS [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for Chicago art programs/charities that sell their wares.
Looking for arts programs in Chicago, or charities/non-profits that make and sell arts & crafts. [more inside]
posted by cusack at 7:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Should we bother with a dishwasher and a portable stove?
Should we look into compact dishwashers and portable gas stoves for our newly rented flat? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 6:35 AM PST - 2 comments

What is the best hindi movie review site?
what is the best hindi movie review site? [more inside]
posted by shalam at 6:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Necrosis is a scary word
My grandmother's doctor just phone and used the words "Necrotic tissue". I'm now crapping myself. Should I be...? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 5:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Ipod Hard Drive Replacement Fail!
Just put a new hard drive in my 5G Ipod. It's sort of working but sort of not. Should I return the hard drive? Is my Ipod finally toasted? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 5:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Can the Universe hold all of mathematics?
Can the Universe hold all of mathematics? [more inside]
posted by DU at 5:33 AM PST - 111 comments

song ID: '...you're my butterfly...'
Asking on behalf of a friend... 'One day back in 2004 or 2005 I heard a song played on the radio. All I remember is that the song was fairly long, and that at some point it descended into a kind of blissed-out psychedelia, and I remember a stoned-sounding voice saying 'You're my butterfly' with a sense of wonder.' Any ideas?
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 5:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Will taking a short sabbatical be a major problem when applying for a mortgage?
Will taking a short sabbatical (2-3 months) be a major problem when applying for a mortgage? [more inside]
posted by mzanatta at 4:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Queuing for Wimbledon tickets?
Mr Mutant & I may like to attend one or more Wimbledon events this year. Has anyone ever queued for tickets? We're a little concerned as the Wimbledon web site mentions "overnight queuing" is allowed. Even though they sell 6,000 tickets on the day of the event, are we likely to leave disappointed if we go out the morning of the event? We don't really care who we see playing or what court; its more the experience we're interested in.
posted by Mrs Mutant at 3:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Need luggage delivered from France to UK!
I have accidentally left some luggage at a hotel in France and need it delivered to the UK as soon as possible. All of the courier services I have been in touch with seem not to deal with personal effects. Any recommendations would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
posted by FuckingAwesome at 2:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I download a Sony KDE p42 manual from?
Sony Plasma TV Manual Download [more inside]
posted by paulramshaw at 2:23 AM PST - 3 comments

How accurate is geolocation detection via IP Address
How accurate is geolocation detection via IP Address? [more inside]
posted by friedbeef at 1:40 AM PST - 21 comments

Windows-Service-workable FTP Client?
Free/cheap FTP Client as Windows service? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome at 1:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Give my money back!
Will they return my reservation fee? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg at 12:18 AM PST - 3 comments

June 22
How do you know "The Cotton-Eyed Joe"?
How do you know "The Cotton-Eyed Joe"? [more inside]
posted by vincele at 11:49 PM PST - 75 comments

Any Halusky in Chicago?
Any Halusky in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Bengston at 11:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Mise en abyme
Can anyone provide examples of works featuring stories within stories involving numerous levels of nested stories? What's the work with the "deepest" set of stories within stories? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine at 11:13 PM PST - 58 comments

Auburn drapes
Wild hair, related to this. I am of truly unknown Northern European ancestry (closed adoption). My hair was brown with auburn highlights before charging on to grey over the past couple years. My abundant beard was always about 30% bright copper red. Am I a redhead gene carrier?
posted by mwhybark at 10:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to buy wholesale price gold earrings
Where can I get wholesale price gold hoop earrings in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 10:40 PM PST - 1 comments

Where should I throw my birthday party?
I'm 22 and from out-of-town. Where should I throw my birthday party in NYC? [more inside]
posted by libertypie at 10:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Which of the Canon Vixia camcorders has the best low light performance?
I have a Canon XH A1 camcorder. It's very nice and has an excellent low light mode. However, it's just too big to carry around casually. I'm interested in getting one of the tiny Canon Vixia HD camcorders. However, most camcorders shoot terrible video anyplace that doesn't have excellent light. Which of the Canon Vixia camcorders has the best low light performance. And, how good is it compared to the Canon XH A1 low light performance? The most expensive Vixia appears to be the HF S10.
posted by HappyEngineer at 10:27 PM PST - 1 comments

Had a a great job interview, but was asked for references. I don't have any! Am I done for?
I recently had a job interview that I felt fantastic about. However, the employer asked me to provide references. I can probably rustle up one, but other than that I've got nothing. Will this completely kill my chances of landing the job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 PM PST - 13 comments

can't afford not to work
What are my options for an six week absence from work for surgery with my employer? Is Aflac what I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Is the Robot vs Aztec Mummy public domain?
What is the copyright status of the movie The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 9:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Is the London Pass worth getting?
Is the London Pass worth the price, for tourists who will be in London for six days? [more inside]
posted by jayder at 9:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it possible to make a solar-powered air-conditioned dark suit?
So I'm going to a wedding in August out by some lake, and I got to thinking how I'm going to be wearing this dark suit, under the sun, for hours. Now, I know there's such a thing as a drinks cooler that's solar-powered - do you think it would be possible to cover a dark suit in solar panels such that you could rig some kind of air-conditioning unit underneath? Enough to counteract having to wear a dark suit under an August sun? I recognize that this question is kinda theoretical (and vaguely silly) but I was wondering if the more tech-minded of you all might be able to provide some idea how something like this might be possible. Thanks in advance!
posted by Sully at 9:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Please help me find a contemporary photographer based on a description of his/her work.
Please help me find a contemporary photographer based on a description of his/her work. This artist uses mostly blue tones. The images are 'scenes' that he/she builds and then photographs. They are dream-scapes, and I remember them invoking a sense of loneliness. I want to say they are surrealist, but are probably considered neo-expressionist. Please help me satisfy my urge to look at this lovely work again.
posted by rumsey monument at 8:58 PM PST - 9 comments

SSH through the AS12880 / DCI Iranian government-run firewall?
Iranian firewallfilter: How to make SSH traffic not resemble SSH traffic, when examined by a deep packet inspection device (Ellacoya, Narus, etc)? Other advice on specific types of VPN from within Iran also welcome. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 8:54 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I return a Netflix film if my red return envelope is damaged?
How do I return a Netflix film if my red return envelope is damaged? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 8:44 PM PST - 26 comments

Uh, sorry. I can't go to that Cure concert because I'll be home redyeing my blacks.
Can I dye normal clothing to super black status, thus fitting into my all-black work dress code? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 8:38 PM PST - 18 comments

Where to find a road network for San Francisco?
Looking for a publicly available graph (vertices and edges) representation of San Francisco's streets. Also called a road network I believe. [more inside]
posted by christy at 8:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Really flavorful sausage in San Francisco?
Where can I find really flavorful poultry sausage in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 8:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Best tool for a university book exchange?
I'm starting a website for students at my school to buy and sell textbooks. What would be the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 7:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Why are ironing instructions on cotton shirts inconsistent?
Why do different pure cotton shirts suggest that they be ironed at very different temperatures? [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool at 7:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Traveling after farm animals
How do you answer questions about livestock proximity when coming back to the US? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 7:48 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I arrange for bulletproof independent health insurance?
How can I arrange for bulletproof independent health insurance? [more inside]
posted by rr at 7:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Metal window blinds at a decent price?
Where can we buy metal window blinds at a reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by korpios at 7:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I Do This, Inc.
Please help me figure out whether or not I should start a loan-out company as a working screenwriter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 1 comments

How do I act tough on the street?
How do I reduce the amount I'm threatened on the street in an urban environment? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 7:10 PM PST - 50 comments

Good recommendations for lysine supplements for cats.
Does anyone have experience with lysine supplements for cats? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 7:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Microsoft is holding my friends, my family and my life hostage!
How do I get contacts/calendar off my Win Mobile 5 device, onto my computer and then on to my new iPhone without Outlook? I'd like to migrate to Google Calendar in the process if possible. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 6:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Sitting On Air
I've been sitting on a swiss ball (gym ball) for a few weeks and whilst I've found it's improved my pousture I like the look of the Isokinetics Fitness Ball Chair and the Gaiam BalanceBall they both don't ship to the UK. Could someone please point me in the direction of an alternative product which has stockist's in the UK?
posted by nam3d at 6:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Help Me Find Best Airfares Belfast to Malaga
What are the most economical airlines for flights from Belfast, Ireland to Malaga, Spain? [more inside]
posted by aelish at 6:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Has anyone seen this image before?
What is the origin of this image? Is it from an advertisement? Is it an original artwork? Photographer, artist, illustrator, ad/design agency, stock photo/illustration site - any information at all would help.
posted by solmyjuice at 6:11 PM PST - 5 comments

novels for a trip to Sri Lanka
What are some good books (novels, preferably, but willing to look into really excellent non-fiction) to get in the mood for my trip to Sri Lanka in August?
posted by monkeygenius at 5:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Barcelona for a teenager???
Please give me advice on making the most of my upcoming vacation to Barcelona. Previous posts have been very helpful but... [more inside]
posted by OHenryPacey at 5:24 PM PST - 1 comments

Another Question about moving to London. Likely more to follow.
I'm moving to the UK. I love snowboarding. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 4:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Weight gain causes amenorrhea because...?
How does weight gain cause you to stop having your period? [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 4:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Tabula Nada
All of a sudden I cant insert a table in Dramweaver MX, and it is NOT the View>Table View>Standard View versus Layout View setting (as far as I can tell). [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 4:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Dry Question Which Does Not Lend Itself to Catchy Title (Hey, Prove Me Wrong!)
If an employee makes $9.50 an hour, how much is his employer out of pocket, per hour, once you add in Social Security, Medicare, worker's comp, etc.? Please assume the employee has no benefits and no retirement contributions. This is just hourly wage + other mandatory payments.
posted by HotToddy at 4:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Gander Mountain theme song
i want to listen to a radio commercial without the words. [more inside]
posted by stubby phillips at 4:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Can my wife travel with a passport under her maiden name?
Passport Question: My wife and I were married in May. All of her documents now reflect her name change, with the exception of her passport, which still bears her maiden name. Will we experience any difficulties at customs while traveling abroad in July? Will it be sufficient to come armed with our marriage certificate to prove she is who she claims to be? Thanks!
posted by jackypaper at 4:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Landlord require me to remove my bird feeder?
Can my landlord require me to remove my bird feeder? [more inside]
posted by dpollitt at 4:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Payment schedule for dodgy debtor
How to determine how much I'm owed by someone who's not going to pay regularly ? (in Excel preferably). [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 3:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Lowering the rent for a roommate, but then deciding it wasn't a good idea.
My roommate asked for me to lower his rent. I said OK. But now I'm not so sure I should have. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by wuMeFi at 3:45 PM PST - 10 comments

buying home - pay for unused existing fuel?
First time homebuyer - "its customary to purchase the unused fuel from the seller" urf? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 3:37 PM PST - 39 comments

allergy cat
Do cats get hayfever?
posted by cameronfromedinburgh at 3:36 PM PST - 12 comments

What do you do to make your vacations extra awesome?
Bestow upon me your vacationing wisdom. What have you learned to do - or not do - during your vacation in order to make it the most enjoyable, rejuvenative few weeks you might have all year? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 3:34 PM PST - 31 comments

Hydrangea help, please.
Why does my hydrangea not fully blooming? [more inside]
posted by Chele66 at 3:16 PM PST - 7 comments

How to stay motivate in tough times?
How do you stay motivated when you're living in the ghetto and broke, and how do you get an edge against the competition (for grad school/job applications) when you have such a lowly background? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:00 PM PST - 30 comments

WW1 Aviation Communications
How did pilots communicate with each other in World War 1? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider at 2:57 PM PST - 4 comments

How to make the Mac play nice with my Sansa?
How to sync Macbook with a non-iPod MP3 player? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 2:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Hit me up with apps
What are you favourite iPhone/iPod Touch apps? I'm particularly interested in those that are free or cheap. [more inside]
posted by hiteleven at 2:44 PM PST - 37 comments

How can I find out historical data on the price of plane tickets?
How can I find out historical data on the price of plane tickets? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 2:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Bringing electronics stateside: Headache or no?
Returning to the States from Austria with electronic equipment: What to worry about at customs? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 2:18 PM PST - 7 comments

What was the name of this graphic design website?
What was the name of the website on which freelance graphic designers could publically upload their logos and banners to match a contractor's brief, on the condition that one of their designs must be purchased after an allotted time? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring at 1:51 PM PST - 7 comments

I have bats in my belfry! How can I inspire action from my condo association?
Bats are living (and excreting) in the attic of my condo unit. I first noticed them in Sept 08, and immediately contacted my property management company for removal and cleaning. Since then, I've called every 2-3 weeks and attended two HOA meetings to bring up the issue. I keep getting excuses or brushed off. How can I motivate them to ACTUALLY remove the bats, protect my unit from further infestation and clean the insulation? [more inside]
posted by steeb2er at 1:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Am I the dirtbag, or are they?
Is it unprofessional to ask for money to fix a bug in software I wrote for a previous employer? [more inside]
posted by NoEatingdogs at 1:41 PM PST - 39 comments

How do I make the best cannoli filling ever?
Headline says it all: how do I make the best cannoli filling? Ricotta+powdered sugar+vanilla? How much of each (or other ingredients) should I use? I made it last night with 1.5 lb ricotta, 1 c powdered sugar, and 1/4 tsp vanilla, using a recipe in some old Italian cookbook, but it came out a bit chalky and not as thick/creamy as it is when it comes from a restaurant. Any specific pointers (or any particularly great add-ins)? Lots of Google hits, but I'm trying to filter out the noise. Thanks in advance.
posted by jroybal at 1:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Such gall, no bladder
I know YANMMD, but even my mom's various doctors can't seem to answer this question: what causes stones in the pancreatic bile duct? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 1:31 PM PST - 7 comments

My iPhone is on strike... help!
Help! My iPhone has decided to not connect to any cell-phone network. [more inside]
posted by ComeUndone at 1:10 PM PST - 8 comments

FreeNAS Hardware Specs
I'm going to make a dedicated FreeNAS box. Looking for hardware suggestions. [more inside]
posted by tdreyer at 1:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Synch me up
How to best keep my Mac laptop & desktop synched? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 at 12:54 PM PST - 11 comments

1977 JMB English A-Level Texts
What texts were examined in the 1977 Joint Matriculation Board (JMB) English A-Level exam taken by students in the United Kingdom?
posted by kyten at 12:29 PM PST - 1 comments

2g to 3.0
I have an iPhone 2g, it's jailbroken to be able to work on t-mobile. I'd like 3.0 on there. I have pwnage, I have the ipsw ready to go but I'm terrified to hit that "Restore" button...help! [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 12:24 PM PST - 23 comments

Medi-Cal and Home Asset Transfer
Medi-Cal and Asset Transfers [more inside]
posted by @troy at 12:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Farmer Brown has a Problem...
Please share your short list of best children's books ever! [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 12:11 PM PST - 82 comments

Where to propose in Orlando, Fl
Can anyone suggest a restaurant in the Orlando, Fl area that would make a good place to take a woman before proposing? [more inside]
posted by dervish at 12:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Best gear for taking field recordings while traveling?
What compact gear setup is be best for taking general-purpose environmental audio field recordings while traveling? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall at 12:00 PM PST - 7 comments

What are the chances my baby will have red hair?
What are the chances my baby will have red hair? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:48 AM PST - 34 comments

Is Scribd a good place for new writer to publish?
I am trying to figure out the best way to break into freelance writing on travel, wine, culture etc. - but having difficulty because I've never been published before. Is Scribd a good way to get exposure? And possibly earnings?
posted by suzanneo at 11:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Sick of giving the same gifts all the time
Gifts for the men in my life - My uncle, Wing Chun student and motorcycle enthusiast. He doesn't dress up or wear jewelry. I usually buy spices (he cooks), or books, or something else foodie. I love my uncle mucho and want get him awesome, thoughtful gifts but I am out of thoughts. Then there is my grandpa. He loves sweets, could care less about clothes or things. He doesn't work or go out much. I usually get him sweets, cakes, cookies and he seems to like it but it is feeling like time to try something else. He doesn't drink or smoke anymore. Loves to play lotto. Or is a gambling addict. Depends on how you look at it. So - any gift ideas for these non-fancy guys?
posted by mokeydraws at 11:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Give me a career direction!
What kind of job can I get with this business degree that would let me have a degree of autonomy over my work, interact with my coworkers, and provide a measure of stability in this unhappy economic climate? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 11:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I use my Blackberry Bold AT&T SIM Card in an iPhone?
Can I use my Blackberry Bold AT&T SIM Card in an iPhone? My internet research has left me with the following impression: If the SIM card is linked to a blackberry data plan, when I put it in the iPhone I will not have data, only voice. [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 11:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Life passes by in a blink of an eye
Help me live a full life - accepting any and all suggestions! [more inside]
posted by SRMorris at 11:33 AM PST - 21 comments

Identify my jewelry
I own two pieces of jewelry. I want more jewelry like them, and I don't know who designed either of them. [more inside]
posted by jeather at 11:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Free SMS to Email
How can I send a SMS to an email address for free? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 11:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Abu Dhabi: yes or no?
I can't tell if this job opportunity in Abu Dhabi is the chance of a lifetime or a potentially huge mistake. [more inside]
posted by fiery.hogue at 11:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me keep my Arabic sharp over the summer!
What should I study this summer in preparation for my third year of Arabic? [more inside]
posted by proj at 11:12 AM PST - 1 comments

Give us a clue?
Can you think of any films that include a scene where the characters play Charades, or a similar party game? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 11:09 AM PST - 34 comments

iPhone family plan upgrade
I would like a new iPhone, but the upgrade logistics are a little hazy... [more inside]
posted by snapplepop at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Online Gayting in the District
I'm gay. I'm in DC. I just don't have what it takes to go out and "meet" guys at bars. It's time to hit up the online dating scene, but there are soooo many different services and options, it's hard to know where to start. Who should I create a profile/start a subscription with? [more inside]
posted by Franklin76 at 10:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Did you feel this stupid after your breakup?
How do I get over feeling like a total idiot for believing in a relationship that she ended without a second thought? [more inside]
posted by buzzkillington at 10:17 AM PST - 18 comments

Dear Congressman, Not Snoopy FOIA Person
I want to write my U.S. Congressman on at least one delicate topic. But, I'm kind of paranoid that my letter will become public record that is subject to a FOIA request. I have a very distinctive name that when Googled, I pop up immediately in the form of my professional profile. I don't want what I write to my Congressman to be available to anyone to read and who then pops my name into a search engine and they find me on the internet. Am I disenfranchised from making my opinion known or can I write without fear? FYI - there is nothing I can do about my name or my profile being on the internet.
posted by Leezie at 10:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Very-Specific-Videogame-Question-Filter
I'm looking for some suggestions of Xbox 360 games I can play split-screen AND online simultaneously. [more inside]
posted by superbird at 10:07 AM PST - 10 comments

What to do with old boat winches?
Sailors, artists, and sailor-artists, help! I have three winches that I'd like to do something artistic with. [more inside]
posted by zap rowsdower at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Inside this introvert is an extrovert trying to get out.
Inside this introvert is an extrovert trying to get out. Help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:00 AM PST - 16 comments

Music me
Youtube-only music that's awesome? [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 9:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Paris: Metro or Taxi?
Which is more reliable when moving a family of 5 across from Paris Gare du Nord, to Montparnasse station -with 1 hr 20 available. Taxi or Metro?
posted by wildatheart at 9:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Kitty Home Alone
How do I keep my kitten comfortable when I'm on vacation? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 9:48 AM PST - 9 comments

My Perfect Pillbox
Help me find a seven-day pill container (with a few desired characteristics, of course). [more inside]
posted by brandman at 9:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Ups and downs of international broadband card rentals?
How good are international broadband rental places like wifirents.com? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 9:35 AM PST - 1 comments

I can has private health despite teenage suicide attempt?
Will a long-long-ago suicide attempt on my hospital record impact negatively on an attempt to sign up for a private health fund in Australia/on the cost of health fund membership? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I elope?
Should I elope to avoid potential drama? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:34 AM PST - 32 comments

How the heck do people get to London City Airport?
London City Airport: Help me get there in time to catch an 8am flight on Friday morning? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 9:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Data recovery on the cheap?
Anyone ever have any experience with Drive Fish? It's a data recovery company. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me snark more efficiently
I need a third party Blogger app that'll help me manage draft posts. Either that, or instructions on how to do this in Blogger itself. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 8:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Does attic ventilation = more efficient air conditioning?
Is leaving the windows in my attic cracked beneficial for keeping my air conditioning bill low? [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick at 8:50 AM PST - 4 comments

How do we stop the midnight barking?
How do I convince my (possibly senile) dog to stop barking in the middle of the night? [more inside]
posted by Ladybug Parade at 8:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Emails Suddenly Rerouted Through Time
My friend/business colleague's Verizon emails suddenly now turn up in my Earthlink email in box hours late. Where do we start looking for where the problem lies? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:40 AM PST - 8 comments

I need an 18" dome
I need a new shade for a chandelier. Where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Delta Mormon?
Just curious about the Book of Mormon I found in the overhead bin on my last plane flight. [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 at 8:06 AM PST - 22 comments

How to get Computer Parts Promo Banners for Free?
I have a small Computer Repair and Web Design company and would like to decorate the store front with some cheap or free banners, cardboard cutouts and similar items from companies like Intel, AMD, Asus, and HP. Where can I find such things?
posted by davathar at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Getting over someone who completely gave themsleves to you.
So there was a girl (as all of these things tend to start). She gave herself to me utterly in the BDSM and just plain loving sense, and meant it. We had a stormy but passionate relationship, and in retrospect I treated her badly during it. We'd broken up and weren't talking but I felt I'd left her alone to protect her from disappointment. We talked again, and we tried to go out...then she said she was no longer in love with me. I'm not an emotive person, and I guess I've never really felt heartbreak before (I'm late 20s). How do I get over this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 AM PST - 21 comments

Guide to delivering a baby
Where can find I find comprehensive and reliable instructions on how to deliver a baby and what to do if there are complications? [more inside]
posted by kitfreeman at 7:36 AM PST - 8 comments

May I use my ipass on the Pennsylvania turnpike?
Can I use my i-Pass (normally used in a sedan) in a Budget rental truck? [more inside]
posted by thebestsophist at 7:19 AM PST - 12 comments

"I still believe that sitting down and reading a book is the best way to really learn something. And I worry that we’re losing that." - E Schmidt
What are the most commonly used eLearning and/or CBT/WBT authoring systems out there in Corporate America? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 7:06 AM PST - 3 comments

moisture in the lens!
My canon powershot g10 got water in the lens - can it be saved?! [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb at 6:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Pet chicken
Can a chicken be raised in a cage like a canary? [more inside]
posted by boby at 6:16 AM PST - 23 comments

Jaguar torsion bar tool
Looking for a 1973 Jaguar E type torsion bar tool. [more inside]
posted by dukes909 at 6:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me build my new computer!
I've finally decided to take the plunge and build my own system. I wanted to share my prospective system with MeFi before I pull the trigger in case I missed something or there are potential "gotcha's". I also have some remaining questions on this rig.... [more inside]
posted by unexpected at 5:55 AM PST - 18 comments

It burns! It burns! How do I get it out?
Oh no. I've just made a burn mark on the wood countertop in my rented apartment. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 5:45 AM PST - 16 comments

40 channels on a radio tuned to static
Looking for interesting podcast recommendations from outwith iTunes - comedy, books, current affairs and anything else to satisfy an autodidact who's curious about everything. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:11 AM PST - 21 comments

Vectors of Computer Virus Infection
What are the common form of Computer Virus spread these days? I remeber back in the day it was all about Word macros, then Outlook attachmets auto-running, but therse days is it all Internet Browser Exploits? How does your computer get infected these days? Can you get a virus just by visiting a webpage (but not running any aps / agreeing to intall anything)? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 4:08 AM PST - 14 comments

How to unstickify a camera 'on/off' switch?
How to unstickify a camera 'on/off' switch? [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 2:27 AM PST - 2 comments

More difficult than buying a Wii.
I'm in the middle of grabbing all the parts to build a new PC for myself. I have pretty much all the components, but I can't figure out which kind of memory I need to go with an Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16GHz) and ASUS P5Q-E. I've looked at both Intel's and Asus's websites, and of course the Google to no avail. Details on what I'm looking for inside. [more inside]
posted by arcolz at 12:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Marula? Marula? Marula?
How do I pronounce "marula?" In space? [more inside]
posted by thesmallmachine at 12:13 AM PST - 4 comments

June 21
How to glue bamboo barrier
How do I glue (or otherwise connect) two pieces of plastic bamboo barrier? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum at 10:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Windows Media Center Seekbar timouts?
In Vista, in Windows Media Center, when watching an Instant View movie via Netflix as a non-fullscreen, non-maximized window: How do I set a delay time for the seek bar on mouseover? [more inside]
posted by cmchap at 10:34 PM PST - 0 comments

Looking for a printer without the problems of finicky ink.
[MomFilter] Looking for a reasonably cheap, reliable printer (for printing text) for an iMac. Leaning towards laser as the experiences with inkjets have been that bouts of little use lead to still full, yet dry and thus worthless ink cartridges. [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 9:36 PM PST - 21 comments

What birthday present should I get my mother?
Birthday gift ideas for mom? [more inside]
posted by idyll at 9:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Anyone know the scents used to create the Kiehls "Ultimate Man" Body Scrub Soap?
Calling all sniffers, Does anyone know the different smells that go into getting Kiehls wonderful scent for their "Ultimate Man" Body Scrub Soap? [more inside]
posted by Mesach at 9:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Seeing Elvis (Costello)
Just a fun one (though I am serious in asking it): What one question would you ask Elvis Costello? I'll see him at a thing on Monday, want to ask a great question. I like him a lot, have some ideers, but surely the Hive Mind can come up with at least one question that's Beyond Belief.
posted by ambient2 at 9:11 PM PST - 42 comments

Best tips for installing linoleum
Please give me advice and tips for a DIY linoleum installation. First my bathroom (5' x 10'), then if all goes well the kitchen (8' x 10', so a seam). [more inside]
posted by msalt at 9:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Exorcising the Late Demon?
How did you overcome a lifetime of chronic lateness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:01 PM PST - 57 comments

How do you deal with the unexpected death of a spouse?
Have you lost a spouse at a very young age? How did you cope? [more inside]
posted by mrbill at 8:40 PM PST - 75 comments

Small, culturally appropriate Japanese gifts for Japanese people?
What are appropriate smalls gifts from Japan, for Japanese acquaintances in the U.S.A.? [more inside]
posted by dubitable at 8:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Need information on local-ish serial killer!
I'm wondering how to find information regarding a serial killer case that happened about 40 years ago... [more inside]
posted by faintly macabre at 8:21 PM PST - 6 comments

I don't want your drama, miss thing.
So, I've been promoted at work and everything is going swimmingly except for some difficult interpersonal stuff with a few coworkers. I need help to decide how to handle these situations... [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu at 8:16 PM PST - 26 comments

Can I go back to an optician and get a prescription for a different kind of lenses without another exam?
Yet another optician question. I got a prescription for reading/computer glasses, but I really need progressives (I think) because I can't see anything closeup without the glasses on. But I don't trust my optician. [more inside]
posted by micawber at 7:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Do you know retorts similar to "that's what she said?"
I'm looking for retorts similar to "that's what she said." Phrases that turn a sentence someone else has uttered into a double entendre. The one's I know are "as the actress said to the bishop," "I hardly know her" and "twenty bucks, same as in town."
posted by Kattullus at 7:23 PM PST - 75 comments

Scared of going to prison due to tax payments. Need advice...
Scared of going to prison due to tax payments. Need advice... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Like a boss
The owner of the company I work for, has made me his special project. How do I cope with a boss who has taken a sudden interest in my professional and personal aspirations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 PM PST - 22 comments

Help us elope in Paris this summer!
Help us elope in Paris! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a bed like this one...
I love this bed. How do I find one like it? What kind of words should I be using in my search? Thanks!
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 6:46 PM PST - 5 comments

How normal is my boyfriends naughty habit?
How normal is my boyfriends naughty habit? [more inside]
posted by apoptosis at 6:24 PM PST - 84 comments

Are my brothers adopted?
Both of my parents have brown hair, brown eyes. I also have brown hair, brown eyes. My two older brothers have blond hair, blue eyes. Is that strange? A reason to think they may be adopted? [more inside]
posted by scottreynen at 6:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Twitter posts presumably from Twitterfeed displaying as from web
A while ago, I set up a Twitter account that aggregates several RSS feeds using Twitterfeed (don't want to associate my MeFi account with it, hence the anonymous post). I never manually post to it. I just noticed that from June 1 to June 2, there's a string of about 20 tweets displaying as having been posted from the web, not from Twitterfeed. What gives?
posted by anonymous at 5:42 PM PST - 2 comments

My time is worth more than this.
Workfilter: My small company has cut benefits and pay, closed my office and given my peers promotions without raises. They've also taught me everything I know. How loyal should I be to them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Laundry Mess
I just did a small load of laundry and a pen (without cap) was in it. [more inside]
posted by mdwiffle at 5:41 PM PST - 21 comments

Is there a way to reduce the margins between pages when printing two pages per sheet in Leopard / OSX?
Is there a way to reduce the margins between pages when printing two pages per sheet in Leopard / OSX? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 5:25 PM PST - 5 comments

idkfa - do not want!
I'm fairly noobish to Team Fortress 2, and wanted a place to practice some sniping and heavy action without getting my face blown off by seasoned pros. Some light reading online indicated that there were "achievement servers" - special custom levels set up to practice your skills, so I found one in the serverlist and connected. Once in, another player chatted me to type in !givemeall for more information. [more inside]
posted by phredgreen at 5:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Lost Cat in New Neighborhood
If an outdoor-access cat moves to a new neighborhood, what are the chances that she would get lost and not be able to find her way back after about half a dozen or so forays into it? [more inside]
posted by SociologistTina at 5:06 PM PST - 30 comments

My iPhone thinks it's a Road Runner.
My iPhone has started beeping before incoming calls. What's this? [more inside]
posted by lleachie at 5:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me make Starbucks iced green tea.
Help me make iced green tea that tastes like the stuff at Starbucks. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:47 PM PST - 18 comments

What's up with our cat?
Cat gone crazy? If so, what to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 17 comments

liberal artist in the military?
militaryfilter: I'm a 22 year old female with an art history BA, should I join? and which branch? [more inside]
posted by emmatwofour at 4:29 PM PST - 28 comments

I don't need a video camera shaped paperweight.
I've inherited a Canon Optura 100 1.3 Megapixel video camera. There's a tiny video of my dad on there that I want to put on YouTube for relatives. I haven't owned a video camera before and really want to learn how to use this, also for other things... but the manual is huge! I've tried sifting through it, but I have a Mac and I see nothing about Mac compatibility anywhere and I don't see any cables that look familiar. I know it *should* be easy... hellppp! [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 4:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Is my nonstick pan ruined?
I left my new non-stick pan on the hot stove with nothing in it. Is it ruined? [more inside]
posted by TSGlenn at 4:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Philly Thrift Stores
What are some good thrift stores in Philly that go beyond just clothing? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 3:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Suggest some world music styles for me and my students to explore
I'm looking for striking, rich new fields of world music to explore with kids. [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 3:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I get those cute lights they hang on trees at Christmas?
UK lighting gurus: where can I get those cute lights they hang on trees at Christmas? [more inside]
posted by basil1 at 3:14 PM PST - 4 comments

How to become unstuck?
breakup filter: It's been two months after the end of a nearly 6 year relationship (this was also my first relationship, ever). I'm still having trouble letting go, but he, evidently, is not. Help me stop comparing my now-self to my then-self, me to him, and who-he-left-me-for to what-I-was-worth-to-him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:13 PM PST - 21 comments

Where to eat?
What are the best soul food/creole restaurants in New Orleans? I'm not looking for fancy restaurants, but rather places where anyone can afford to eat and the food can't be beat. (asking anonymously for surprise reasons)
posted by anonymous at 3:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Anterior knee pain in both knees - 21 years old
I'm 21 and for the last 10 months or so I've been having knee pain above both kneecaps. The pain isn't confined to a point but instead spread over the area above my knee caps, and occurs whenever I bend the knee with weight on it. I've been to a surgeon who wants to do an arthroscopy but he doesn't know what the problem is and hence doesn't know if it will do any good. Has anyone had a similar kind of pain and if so how did you solve it? And could it be plica syndrome even though the pain is above the knee and in both knees? [more inside]
posted by Xeract at 3:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there a computer I can use in sunlight?
I desperately need a computer I can use in the sun. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso at 2:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Trying to remember the title of a YA book about gymnasts
I am trying to recall a book that was published for twelve-year-old girls in the mid-1980s or earlier; a YA book, I suppose. It was about gymnasts who were anorexic and pushed too hard by their coach. On the cover was a painting or drawing of girls in leotards on a chessboard. It was a wonderful book and I cannot remember its title. [more inside]
posted by adamfaux at 2:38 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I tell someone they're dressed inappropriately at work?
An intern at work is dressing very inappropriately. Is there any way I can tell her nicely to tone it down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:35 PM PST - 46 comments

SHOULD I USE A FURMINATOR ON A DOG [LAB] THAT SWIMS IN COLD WATER?
Doesn't the underfur removed by a Furminator serve as insulation, waterproofing, and buoyancy for a dog, especially a water dog like a Lab? She never wants to get out of the water and I'm afraid she'll get too cold.
posted by edaphon at 2:25 PM PST - 6 comments

How many FLOPS is planet Earth?
How many (available, i.e., plugged in) spare GHz are there in the world? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 2:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it OK for a woman to omit to tell a guy she's a virgin?
My question concerns the etiquette of losing your virginity. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:36 PM PST - 35 comments

My laptop doesn't need Real or WMP to see my Samsung YP-U3
On my laptop running on XP, the Samsung mp3 player YP-U3 is only detected by Real and Windows Media Player. -- But I'm not interested in managing the files with these applications. I would simply like to see the player icon appear in the 'My Computer' window but it doesn't. [more inside]
posted by amusem at 12:34 PM PST - 2 comments

What is renal social work?
Boiled down to its essence, what is the job of a renal social worker? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl at 12:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Intelligent media for the diry-minded
Erotic films and literature of the BDSM variety? Particular preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 9 comments

games on the bus for kids
Looking for fun (equipment-free) games to play on the bus with a group of 6th and 7th graders. [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 12:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Richmond Geeks?
Where can some geeks in Richmond, VA go for a good time? [more inside]
posted by Catbunny at 12:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Ironic R&B/hip-hop?
I'm preparing a lesson on irony and I'd like to illustrate the concept with a song. Problem is, my students are more interested in R&B and hip-hop than in my boring old-person rock and roll. Can you name some (fairly current) R&B/hip-hop songs that use irony? I'm thinking, like, "Born in the USA"-style irony -- nothing too subtle.
posted by miriam at 11:47 AM PST - 21 comments

My scalp itches all the time!
I have seborrhoeic dermatitis/dandruff and my scalp itches so much it is often painful. The dermatologist recommended OTC shampoos help, but only turn the problem from impossible to ignore to bad. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 11:27 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me decide to be a doctor or a diplomat
I am 3rd undergraduate student who is doing a double major in political science and pyscology. I love elements of both fields. What career choice should I make?? [more inside]
posted by happydude123 at 11:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Pros and cons of cooking with an Aga
Tell me about your Aga / Rayburn experiences [more inside]
posted by Bigbrowncow at 11:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for sleepytime headphones
I like to listen to the radio in bed at night, but my wife doesn't. Can you recommend some good headphones? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Mmm, bagels...
Thinking of opening up a bagel store in a town nearby where there are no bagel stores. Looking for tips, suggestions, advice, and name ideas! [more inside]
posted by firei at 11:00 AM PST - 23 comments

Giant golf syringe?
Watching the golf today, they showed a greenskeeper taking water out of a hole. He used what looked like a giant syringe. What is this tool called, and where can I get one?
posted by Marky at 10:52 AM PST - 9 comments

How to destroy mold?
Help me stop the mold! I live on the damp Oregon coast. My wood-lined bedroom closet is moldy. Consequently, items I store there are also afflicted with mold (such as my photo albums and artbooks and clothing), and it has an unsavory odor. I try to keep it dry with a dehumidifier. [more inside]
posted by partner at 10:11 AM PST - 10 comments

My filter is getting crapped out
Is genuine best in with the Aprilaire Whole-Home Air Cleaner?I am having trouble sussing out what is best for our situation. I might just have a general air flow issue. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 10:05 AM PST - 2 comments

What art software should I download for my tablet?
I just got a Wacom tablet for Father's Day. I can choose to download two of the following: Adobe Photoshop Elements, Autodesk Sketchbook Express, Corel Painter Sketch Pad. Which should I choose? [more inside]
posted by castironskillet at 9:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can you find adult foster care work in Miami?
What sorts of jobs exist in Miami (or Florida) for people who work with adult foster care for clients with developmental disabilities? [more inside]
posted by aussicht at 9:32 AM PST - 1 comments

Help me surf while I bike.
I own this exercise bike. I would like to set up some kind of laptop stand so that I can watch DVDs and surf the web while riding. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 9:25 AM PST - 15 comments

Tell me about working in the public school system.
Speech Pathology Filter: Thinking about making a transition from a multidisciplinary diagnostic facility to a school setting. More specifically, a placement with residential/day treatment or functional living skills populations ... am I out of my mind? [more inside]
posted by lilnublet at 9:24 AM PST - 1 comments

Three Mystery Tracks
Three pre-2002 mystery tracks. Rock / indie rock. Can you ID? [more inside]
posted by timnyc at 9:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Dolerich Whatnow?
A little help with an anagram from a novel? [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 9:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Help a health-conscious snacker bake!
Please suggest me some snacks, light or portable dishes that are both healthy and involve baking or cooking. [more inside]
posted by schmoo at 8:28 AM PST - 10 comments

MS Money export
How do I export data out of Microsoft Money? [more inside]
posted by emilyv at 7:54 AM PST - 9 comments

What are some good books to read along with Wittgenstein's PI?
What are some good books to read (for context, interpretation, or guidance) along with Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me avoid being a loan shark.
What's the scoop on the interest rates charged by Kiva's microfinance institutions? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 7:08 AM PST - 10 comments

To maintain one's sanity, one tends to become interested in the esoteric specifics of the media to which one exposes one's children...
Who is the narrator of Treehouse (Canada) tv's stingers & show teasers? [more inside]
posted by Mrs Hilksom at 4:20 AM PST - 0 comments

Itchily in love
Is there any sensible way to remove semen from one's vagina after intercourse? (nsfw) [more inside]
posted by teraspawn at 3:52 AM PST - 44 comments

Where does Sally sell sea shells by the sea shore?
Send us on a mid-week seaside break in England! [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 3:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Social networking for a middle-aged beginner?
I have a friend who is reasonably familiar with the commercial and news side of the web but is interested in using it for online social activities - I set her up on Facebook yesterday but I think what she's really looking for is a forum-based community where she can chat or discuss things with people in the evening after she has put the children to bed and she's on her own. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by nja at 3:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Tips, tools and tricks of the trade for a niche bookstore
I am in the process of starting a niche bookstore, with no prior experience in retail. Help me with tips, tools and tricks of the trade, ie software, systems etc. [more inside]
posted by tusharj at 12:02 AM PST - 12 comments

June 20
Fun and games
New to gaming. Please help me with upgrading my system (PC) with gaming in mind. Also looking for game recommendations. [more inside]
posted by murtagh at 9:11 PM PST - 25 comments

Knee injury resurrected!
10 uneventful (knee wise) years after ACL reconstruction, my knee is very swollen and very sore. Advice needed! [more inside]
posted by thenormshow at 9:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Help Tesla walk.
Help me get my dog to walk again. [more inside]
posted by wandering steve at 8:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Staying organized while moving a lot
I'm going to be moving around and traveling a lot for the next few years. Help me figure out how to live a responsible lifestyle as a modern day nomad. [more inside]
posted by crackingdes at 7:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Games/events for a wedding.
SO I want to have a few games at my wedding. Not organized sack race kind of game but non scheduled like a table with count the jelly beans or take this trivia quiz. I like getting prizes so I want reasons to give out prizes! [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 7:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Organizations like CASA (for foster children) in Canada?
Organizations like CASA (for foster children) in Canada? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 7:05 PM PST - 4 comments

You're a hot mess.
Okay, I know this is humiliating. I agreed with you in advance. (Hi, everybody!) But. I was listening to Digitally Imported the other day.... [more inside]
posted by rebirtha at 7:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me refine my trip to SE Asia.
I'm planning a trip to SE Asia for one month. When is the best time to go? How much is it realistic for me to do? Definitely would like to go to Laos and Cambodia. Possibly Vietnam. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 6:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find out what these antique pieces are...
Antique Furniture: Two beautiful antique buffets. Wondering how to describe them, types of wood, coloring, hardware, etc. Any help would be appreciated... photos inside [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 6:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Nice ice device advice
I demand to know what the #1 ice cube tray is. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 6:30 PM PST - 34 comments

Kittys no longer using litter boxes
Help, Our cats are ruining our new house [more inside]
posted by bmoster at 6:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Who's dog is it?
Does anyone know Canadian laws on dog ownership post-relationship breakup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:09 PM PST - 15 comments

Used Pizza Oven?
How much would you expect to pay for a used restaurant quality pizza oven? Where would you look for such a thing?
posted by furiousxgeorge at 5:40 PM PST - 5 comments

baby with drinking water
When do I start giving my baby plain water?
posted by hollyanderbody at 4:59 PM PST - 11 comments

But look how big the box is!
Giftfilter: What is the boy equivalent to a girls' play vanity? [more inside]
posted by moojoose at 4:18 PM PST - 25 comments

Gift certificates/restaurant recommendations in Wyoming
Wyoming Filter: My father is headed to Yellowstone Nat'l Park and Jackson Hole in a few weeks. I want to get him a gift certificate to a restaurant he can use in Yellowstone or Jackson Hole. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 4:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Volunteer opportunities to increase access to contraception?
I want to volunteer my time/talents to an organization that helps women get access to contraception and family planning education. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 4:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Insert Clever Title Here
Mrs. W and I would like to buy some modern looking furniture, but there do not seem to be available venues in Jacksonville, FL. Mefites in or near Orlando, are there stores there you can recommend that would stock modern looking couches and chairs?
posted by wittgenstein at 4:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Can we smuggle this little guy on the plane
My niece is coming to stay with us for several months and wants to bring her pet rat (think small, cute mouse (picture here) but friendlier). None of the airlines seem to allow rodents in the cabin. What's the best way to get her pet cross country (NC to CA)? Can she smuggle it on board in her carryon? [more inside]
posted by metahawk at 3:11 PM PST - 27 comments

Please recommend a forum for asking gardening questions
Please recommend a forum for asking gardening questions [more inside]
posted by jeb at 2:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Are the ethics of eating meat fundamentally changed by the way it comes to the table?
Querying the hive mind: In your opinion, is it more ethical to eat humanely raised and killed animals? Does the way an animal is treated and killed change the ethical question of whether it's ethical to eat meat in the first place? I'm doing some research on this and wanted some opinions or relevant links that might help. Thanks in advance!
posted by Raichle at 2:17 PM PST - 41 comments

Doing what I can...
Iran, right now: There have been calls for Twitter users worldwide to change their settings to Tehran time.. [more inside]
posted by hellboundforcheddar at 2:06 PM PST - 21 comments

I'm too young to die!!!
Some huge transitions in my life recently have resulted in a slightly deflated mood and somewhat intense anxiety. I want to nip this in the bud before it turns into something more sinister. As well as turning up the heat on my exercise routine, I've started taking 50mg of 5-HTP with 5mg of Vitamin B6 daily after a friend told me how much it had helped him. Incidentally, I feel great since taking it. However, I'm now reading horror stories about cardio fibrosis and heart valve deformities. Can anyone tell me a little more about this? How credible is the risk at such a low dosage? I kind of like my heart and wouldn't want to, like, drop down dead any time soon.
posted by Zé Pequeno at 1:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Cool Casual Bday Dinner in Dallas
CoolCasualNotExpensiveEatinginDallasFilter: Its my wifes bday today and a few of us want to go out to dinner to celebrate. Unfortunately none of us have alot to spend. Any Suggestions? Looking for a cool place to eat with good food, good drinks, and good atmosphere. We are coming from Richardson also so we dont want to drive to far. No further than downtown. Thanks in advance. Also....The average age of all of us is 31.
posted by flipmiester99 at 1:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Great American Novels
People talk about "writing the Great American Novel." What do you think are valid examples of the G.A.N.? What novels, American or otherwise, did you enjoy reading and wish you had written?
posted by Busoni at 1:06 PM PST - 70 comments

Help me organize my scanned papers and sketches
I'm looking for a program or file format to organize hundreds of scanned page image files and add comments to them. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by moonroof at 1:00 PM PST - 7 comments

i can has bookbinding?
Resources for a beginning bookbinder? (In New York City) [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex at 12:56 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I prevent pizza dough from forming big gas bubbles in the oven?
How do I prevent pizza dough from forming big gas bubbles in the oven?
posted by markcmyers at 12:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Picking a slow boat to KL
Can anybody recommend an LCL shipping company to Kuala Lumpur? [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 12:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Everybody say "Cheeeeeeeeeze!"
My dad is going to be the photographer for a family wedding next weekend. He takes great pictures, but he hasn't done a complete wedding before. I've seen some great AskMeFi posts with general advice for this sort of thing, but I'm curious about specific setup shots. [more inside]
posted by TEA at 12:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Is This A Scam Or A Mistake?
Is this a twist on a money order scam or is it some weird mistake? [more inside]
posted by justcorbly at 11:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Security of Important Files
How can I prevent users from copying / printing / emailing certain files from my computer, while allowing them to work on those files like reading and modifying ?? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 11:36 AM PST - 36 comments

Goodbye Quicken!
Recently converted from Quicken to Mint.com and am finding it a bit disorienting... [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 11:20 AM PST - 10 comments

I don't want to boot from my MP3 drive, thanks.
Windows 7 thinks my data drive is a system drive, and insists on bringing it along to the System Backup party. I don't want this. How do I kill its System status? [more inside]
posted by neckro23 at 11:09 AM PST - 3 comments

iPhone couple apps?
What are some great iPhone apps for couples? [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 11:07 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I avoid crashing when I go out drinking?
How do I avoid crashing when I go out drinking? [more inside]
posted by mealticket at 9:30 AM PST - 30 comments

Caught a grand slam, what to do with it?
I was with a couple of friends at the Cardinals and Royals baseball game last night. In the third inning, Ryan Ludwick of the Cardinals hit a grand slam right to us. My friend caught it and has two questions: 1) Would a player typically want a grand slam ball back? And if so, who the hell do we call? 2) And if he doesn't want it, can we get it signed? We have tickets to today's and tomorrow's game too.
posted by PhillC at 8:55 AM PST - 15 comments

how do you tell a secret like this one?
We broke up. Then, I had a miscarriage. It's been several months, but I'm beginning to feel really guilty. Should I tell him? If so, how? (maybe a little NSFW, better safe than sorry) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM PST - 41 comments

How do you deal with infatuation?
How do you deal with infatuation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find a bottle of Absinthe in Massachusetts?
I'm headed home to Massachusetts in August for a vacation at my grandparents cabin in the woods, and I'd love to have a bottle of Absinthe for afternoon sippin'. Anyone know where I could purchase one in either Boston or the Amherst/ Northampton area? [more inside]
posted by hwickline at 8:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Measure twice, buy once? Now you tell me.
How much vertical clearance is needed to frame a window opening? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 7:59 AM PST - 7 comments

toilet flapper woes
Hi everyone. i have a dumb problem i'm hoping you can help me with. it is about my toilet. [more inside]
posted by janepanic at 7:42 AM PST - 14 comments

how do I describe bazuka gel to a german pharmacist?
how do I describe bazuka gel to a german pharmacist? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 6:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Better Visibility of Apple Mail's Flagged Mail
Can I get a list of all my flagged e-mails from Apple Mail to appear somewhere more visible? [more inside]
posted by gkhewitt at 6:40 AM PST - 4 comments

yiddish for beginners
I'm noticing a pattern in some of my favorite books: Jewish-American immigrants tell their story by writing a novel (novel within a novel). The History of Love, Everything is Illuminated, Kavalier and Clay (narrators write comic book, not novel). What should be next on my reading list?
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 5:47 AM PST - 19 comments

Needs more accordion.
What are some good pop/rock songs that feature an accordion? I'm not looking for any polka/cajun/zydeco-influenced sounds, but more traditional rock tunes - think "The Last Beat of My Heart" by Siouxsie and the Banshees or even "What it Takes" by Aerosmith - where it's just another backing instrument.
posted by adverb at 5:31 AM PST - 29 comments

Stick with the green bills?
I'm from the United States, and have an expatriation package to work and live in China. Should I be paid in the local currency, RMB, or with the US dollar? The Chinese people are saying I should be paid in RMB because the US dollar is "unstable".... [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 5:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Are leases transferrable from one landlord to another?
The owners of my apartment building have turned control of the building over from the extremely reputable apartment management company that I signed a lease with to a much less reputable company. Am I legally bound to continue honoring the lease? Since my earlier question, I've done research into the law and my specific lease. My recourse isn't obvious to me. What to do? (Arlington County, VA) [more inside]
posted by charmston at 4:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Online shoe repair services: good or bad?
I have come across a few online shoe repair services that seem to offer more bang for your buck than my local cobbler. Does anyone have good or bad experiences with sending off their shoes to be fixed (from a half-sole to a full recraft) that they can share? Assume I'm already aware that it's important to support local craftsmen when I can.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 3:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Holy jeans need healing
My jeans always wear out in the spot right behind the crotch seam in the two rear quadrants formed by the four way seam intersection. It's not an area people generally tend to see and I could probably extend their wearable life considerably by patching the holes to keep my tackle from hanging out. Is there any easy way to patch these holes? Some product perhaps? I have no sewing machine, have never sewn a thing in my life and my mom is a giant ocean away.
posted by srboisvert at 2:52 AM PST - 21 comments

Warranty for Craigslist Item
I am selling a computer (macbook) on craigslist, and some of the potential buyers are asking about a warranty. What sort of warranty should I write? [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults at 2:22 AM PST - 21 comments

Please turn me into a yuppie.
YuppieFilter: I've recently graduated from university and am about to start my first professional job ever. I'm a 25 year-old woman. What the heck do I wear? [more inside]
posted by canadia at 1:38 AM PST - 22 comments

June 19
Need help identifying a mystery USB VOIP phone!
I have a USB VOIP phone in my possession that does not have any brand or identifying markings on it. Here is a picture of the phone. Can anyone help me identify it? [more inside]
posted by Bard09 at 11:03 PM PST - 7 comments

In the red corner, a bad mood. In the blue corner, an even worse mood. FIGHT!
I just got back from a psychiatric evaluation. The diagnostic impression is "chronic major depressive disorder versus dysthymia." What does "versus" mean in this context? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:41 PM PST - 15 comments

song for Chloe
Help us sing a song to our Beagle, Chloe. [more inside]
posted by mamessner at 10:07 PM PST - 22 comments

What are some books or educational DVD's for learning rock, blues and jazz piano and Hammond B-3 soloing and licks
What are some good books or educational DVD's, besides Jamie Abersol, for learning rock, blues and jazz piano and Hammond B-3 soloing and licks. [more inside]
posted by doppler68 at 9:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Another lovely part of coming off an SNRI...
How long do I need to wait after weaning off of my antidepressants before I can start taking vitamins/supplements for depression? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 9:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to find great playgrounds in St. Louis
Help us find great playgrounds in southwest St. Louis for kids needing a place to unwind during vacation. [more inside]
posted by greenmagnet at 8:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah ... Oy veh! Why am I here at camp for so long?
So why is it that we Jews send our children to sleep-away camp for so long (4 weeks - 8 weeks)? [more inside]
posted by scblackman at 6:35 PM PST - 86 comments

God as a jerk boss
Please help me remember these office humor videos where God was the boss who carried a staff and ducked responsibility.. [more inside]
posted by hypersloth at 6:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Simple Mod_Rewrite Help!
I need help with a simple mod_rewrite! [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq at 5:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Mammogram vs ultrasound
My girlfriend had a breast ultrasound 6 months back at doctor's request since doctor suspected a lump during breast examination. At that time she was pregnant. The results came out normal. (Benign) They wanted to do a follow up ultrasound after 6 months. Since she just delivered a baby, i doubt they might request her to go for mammogram. She is in her mid 30's. I read having a mammogram before 30's has some risks. I intend to request the doctor to go for ultrasound examination only ? Am i making the correct decision ? Can you pl. share your views.
posted by tom123 at 5:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Cheese! Wanted a Sigma DP2 but having doubts, recommendations?
I've been thinking of buying a new point-and-shoot camera for a while. I've had some lame experiences with previous point-and-shoots (blurry photos, bad colour balance, etc), so I'm asking the green for some advice. [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan at 5:54 PM PST - 34 comments

Need a fast alternative to a rained out camping day in Massachusetts.
Need a fast alternative to a rained out camping day in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 5:49 PM PST - 5 comments

How would I go about asking for a salary increase in my yearly review?
How would I go about asking for a salary increase in my yearly review? I came in to this job as the #2 guy on a 2-person contract and then the #1 guy (my supervisor and project manager) quit. I'm now project manager and the only one on site. I feel like I should receive some sort of corresponding raise with this increase in responsibility. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 5:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to car camp with a dog either a) along I-90 in OH or NY, or b) along the northern shore of Lake Ontario?
we're two women driving from milwaukee, wisconsin to central vermont with our dog, and we'd like to car camp along the way. we need a camping place that's dog friendly, not loud and obnoxious, and isn't run by religious fundamentalists (we're clearly total homos). any recommendations on sites? [more inside]
posted by binocularfight at 5:23 PM PST - 4 comments

What is the best digital scale for humans?
I'm trying to lose some weight and people have recommended weighing myself every day, as motivation or somesuch. I was wondering if you have a digital scale that you absolutely love, and if so, what the name of it is. Thank you.
posted by melodykramer at 5:07 PM PST - 43 comments

Seeking recomendation for immigration attorney in Los Angeles for Italian citizenship by descent case
Please recommend an attorney -- preferably one in the Los Angeles area -- for an unusual Italian citizenship by descent case. Looking for one with knowledge of complicated 20th Century treaties regarding the former Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey, Italy, and Greece, and experience dealing with a lack of some typical primary citizenship evidence. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 4:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Rack-ing my brain.
RoofRackFilter: in which the poster ignores all the good advice he received earlier, buys a used Volvo V70, and is confounded by the roof rack. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 4:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Most influential foreign policy articles since 9/11?
What have been the most influential foreign policy articles - in magazines, academic journals, from thinktanks or otherwise since 9/11?
posted by shivohum at 4:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Squished picture on my TV set
Is my (analog) TV completely borked? [more inside]
posted by polexxia at 4:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Remember YO?
Does anyone remember a late-1980s (1988-89-ish?) indie-pop band simply called YO (no relation to Yo La Tengo) that put out at least two records for either SST, Homestead, or some other label of that sort? I think they were from Southern California. Google is not helping me here. I know they covered (up-tempo, rockier) "Hard Headed Woman" (Cat Stevens) on one of the LPs and also had an original tune I liked called "Black Rose."
posted by ornate insect at 4:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Wirelessly synched media storage in the car?
I just put a new stereo head unit in my car and it has a USB port for connections to most media players. I'm looking for suggestions for one. [more inside]
posted by poppo at 4:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Movie Scenes, As Seen on TV
Have any movies ever filmed scenes during regular production that were meant specifically for the purpose of being used in a TV airing? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 3:37 PM PST - 31 comments

Will I have to hide my collection of "R"-rated movies if I have them over?
How should I interpret these recent interactions with my new, very-LDS neighbors in Sandy, UT? Will a housewarming party be more awkward than it's worth? [more inside]
posted by lbo at 3:22 PM PST - 28 comments

She may be my best friend, but I'm not hers...
How can I deal with the fact that my best friend is not inviting me to her wedding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:18 PM PST - 90 comments

"Comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat..."
Tell me of your favorite poem to welcome the summer. [more inside]
posted by jammy at 3:18 PM PST - 13 comments

WhiteBoardFilter: Help me construct a standing whiteboard that's BETTER than the one on House.
What is the best way to design and construct a standing whiteboard? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Font Book collection importing.
Need help importing collections into Font Book. [more inside]
posted by starman at 3:12 PM PST - 1 comments

how to watch hulu in europe?
HULU voodoo... American but not in the US. [more inside]
posted by thedoctorpants at 2:44 PM PST - 11 comments

What do you mean "black and white bird" is too vague
I'm having no luck identifying this bird, seen in one of the South Florida wetlands parks. [more inside]
posted by JaredSeth at 2:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Fermented but not bottled after 2+ years
[HomebrewBeerFilter]: In the vein of the "should I eat it" questions. I'll cut to the chase - I have had beer fermenting in a 5-gal glass carboy for over TWO YEARS. [more inside]
posted by pkphy39 at 2:07 PM PST - 26 comments

A scanner markedly
Recommend a large format scanner. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 2:07 PM PST - 19 comments

How small can I go?
FridgeFilter: I need to buy a new fridge when I move out, but would like to buy something smaller (I do not want/need 26 cu ft of space). What is the smallest size you would recommend for two adults who cook often, store left overs and like their beer cold? [more inside]
posted by anniek at 1:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Opportunites for a female in the military?
What opportunities exist for a female in the US military? [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 1:34 PM PST - 33 comments

Great Big List of US record labels
Posting for a friend. She's looking for an exhaustive list, registry, or directory of record labels in the United States. [more inside]
posted by clavicle at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Mashed potato
Why does homemade mashed potato taste like fake mashed potato the day after? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 12:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Long car trip with infants
Travel with infant from North Carolina to Texas [more inside]
posted by justlooking at 12:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there a development environment to create something like the macbook wheel idea?
Is there a development environment where I can create something inspired by (but not the same) as the macbook wheel, i.e. a graphical alphabet interface where letters can be chosen by a controller? Also how can I experiment with using different controllers - wii, trackball touchpad etc? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 12:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Macedonian given names
I am looking for gender neutral Macedonian given names (romanized). E.g. the equivalents of Terry, Tracy, Kim ...
posted by allelopath at 12:14 PM PST - 11 comments

what is wrong with my car?
Why is my car overheating in traffic jams? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 12:12 PM PST - 29 comments

why twitter
What benefit is there to a twitter account - if I already text via my cell phone and have a myspace account?
posted by mareli at 11:59 AM PST - 32 comments

Save or Replant?
Can I save corn that was beaten down by yesterday's storm? [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 11:50 AM PST - 5 comments

How to take care of husband post-surgery?
What should I do for my sweetie coming home from surgery, post-appendectomy? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 11:44 AM PST - 13 comments

Long lasting Hair dye
what is the best brand for box hair dye products, for covering grey hair, that will last longer than 10 days?
posted by page123 at 11:42 AM PST - 21 comments

Flight cancellation
[airline flight filter] If you cancel a flight, but are not refunded, do you still have a legal right to the seat? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 11:26 AM PST - 13 comments

What kind of snake are you mister?
Help me identify this snake we found on our deck in Bloomington, Indiana? [more inside]
posted by joe vrrr at 11:11 AM PST - 18 comments

Gynecologists in NYC who will order a Mirena IUD
Gynecologists in NYC who will order a Mirena IUD for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me beat perspiration on vacation
How can I beat perspiration while I'm on vacation? I'm a fairly sweaty person and will be doing significant traveling in Europe in July. What tips do you have to keep me looking good without showering three times a day? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:10 AM PST - 27 comments

It is hot, and I want a Sloe Gin Fizz!
Where can I find Plymouth Sloe Gin in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 11:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Searching for long lost pickle recipe
Need the bread and butter pickle recipe from either the Ball or Kerr canning recipe books. Hep me! [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 10:57 AM PST - 7 comments

He's Not Nemo, but we still want him alive
How do I set up this filtration system? It's an Aqua expert 600 filtration system for a 2.5 gallon mini-bow aquarium. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 10:52 AM PST - 2 comments

La bonita baracha and her salty spice
Help me figure out how to reproduce this delicious cocktail I drank at Montage in Portland. Secret ingredient? Sriracha hot sauce. [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 10:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Please help me to determine if moving to Madrid will make me go into debt.
How does the cost of living in Madrid compare to NYC? How much should I expect to pay for a one-bedroom apartment in a desirable neighborhood in Madrid? [more inside]
posted by heliotrope at 10:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Ghost-ridin' da bond market
City of Oakland, California, municipal bonds. How can I buy them? Good/bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Mountain Goatse at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

ISO Easy Tool/Software to Create Web Site
I need a tool (web-based or software) to create and easily update a web site that will be hosted in a subdirectory of a domain that I don't own (i.e. myemployer.ca/myname). [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 10:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Roadkill trajectory
Why are there so many more corpses on the shoulder than in the middle? [more inside]
posted by fish tick at 10:23 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me plan my destination wedding in Italy (and avoid getting scammed).
Help me plan my destination wedding in Italy (and avoid getting scammed). [more inside]
posted by mockjovial at 10:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Life without a mobile
What is life like without mobile phones? Is it practical? Will people hate me? [more inside]
posted by curious_yellow at 9:56 AM PST - 43 comments

How severely can I "mess up" a Rubik's cube?
Once someone knows how to solve a Rubik's cube is it possible to stump them? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 9:50 AM PST - 22 comments

DoNotWantFilter: How to avoid buying tschotkes from coworker?
How can I politely decline to buy stuff from a coworker who is constantly selling candles, Tupperware, etc? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant at 9:48 AM PST - 31 comments

The biscuit shall rise again!
How do I make fantastic southern-type biscuits? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 9:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Professional panic filter
I had a potentially damaging lapse of ability at work today and need some advice on how to keep it from happening ever again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:33 AM PST - 21 comments

After years of frustration, help me find the planner I really want.
Daily Planner Question: need a two-page-per-day, "classic" (5 1/2 x 8 1/2) size. Have used DayTimer and Franklin (Covey) alternately for years. Standard packages from both either have extraneous materials that I don't need renewed each year or force me to order a base package that is insufficient and supplement it with specific things a la carte, driving up the price. Details inside. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by skypieces at 9:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Best practice for an upgrade to Jaunty Jackalope?
I need to help my friend upgrade from Intrepid Ibex to Jaunty Jackalope. I'd appreciate any tips or advice for doing this. What's the best backup tool to use, and how do I restore from the backup if things go wrong? I'm thinking something like Time Machine would be nice, but I can do command line stuff, too. Any other best practice tips for the upgrade itself? Thanks so much in advance.
posted by zenja72 at 9:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Raising a family in New Zealand. How much has where you grew up determined your personality?
How much has where you grew up determined your personality? How important is location? Those who grew up in New Zealand, how much has its culture and limitations shaped you? Children of expats, how did having expat parents influence you? Any Americans in NZ want to tell me why they are raising their children there? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 9:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me remember something truly trivial
Trying to remember a carbonated ginseng beverage sold between 1988 and 1994 at Whole Foods in Austin (and eventually sold at the incredibly fancy flagship HEB). I seem to recall that it came in a purple can and tasted vaguely like dirt. I haven't seen it since and it's driving me crazy that I can't remember what it was called. And no, it was not Ginseng Up.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:58 AM PST - 3 comments

The best of Ft. Greene
Just moved to Ft. Greene. What's awesome here? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid at 8:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Do I need to see a doc now for sudden diabetes related symptoms?
Urgent-care-or-not filter: Excess thirst and frequent urination for the past two days, with pitting edema in the feet. Can this wait until next week? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Where is my vagina owner's manual?
TMI Filter: Is this normal vagina behavior? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 AM PST - 25 comments

Clothing for hot & humid climates.
I'm going to be spending three weeks at my inlaws in Japan over summer where it will be super hot and humid day and night - simply stepping outside makes me sweat. Any recommendations for clothing that will make it a bit more comfortable and bearable? What types of material are best? any specific brands / items (preferably from the cheaper end of the spectrum)
posted by mairuzu at 8:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Is it worth getting an Extended Service Plan for PRK?
Getting PRK done next month, which comes with a one year warranty for free "touch ups". For an additional $400 I can get a 10-year warranty, but does PRK regress passed the first year? [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt at 8:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me contain my cat's huge pees!
What is the best kitty litter for my big, large-volume-output, refuses-to-cover cat? [more inside]
posted by oblique red at 8:04 AM PST - 22 comments

Face it next season isn't until next year...
Lostfilter: Hey fellow lost fans I have recently started watching Lost re-runs on SciFi and I am noticing a ton of little things that did not make sense then when they aired, but do now when I re-watch them. [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar at 7:57 AM PST - 11 comments

I fought the law...who won?
What happens if I plead not guilty to my parking ticket, even though I am essentially guilty? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Kid doesn't want to learn how to ride a bike. Do I make him?
Am I doing my son a disservice by not making him learn to ride a bicycle? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 7:40 AM PST - 65 comments

Wasting time on google -- term?
What is the term (verb) for wasting time by not using Google to answer a question? Or also asking a question and wasting someone else's time by not looking it up on Google? And it's not lazy or Goopid. This is for a desperate coworker.
posted by fantine at 7:30 AM PST - 11 comments

My updo is a downdo
No matter how much I tease my hair, I can’t get enough height in my up-do. I think I just don’t have enough hair. What can I do about this? [more inside]
posted by yawper at 7:22 AM PST - 16 comments

I have a technical problem with Word Press posting I can not understand
Tool for WordPress not working properly. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 7:00 AM PST - 1 comments

Recommendations for A Small Digital Camera?
I'm pretty into photography. I have a pretty giant SLR that I carry around with me everywhere, with an external flash and huge telephoto lens. But it's destroying my back, and I need a small point-and-shoot for off days. I was hoping people could recommend new small digital cameras. I want a camera that has a really fast recording speed and takes relatively good pictures (with some amount of depth to them). I don't mind if it's a little more expensive, although I'd like something light weight and pocket size. And underwater function would be cool, or at least water resistance. Any ideas?
posted by slowcat at 6:39 AM PST - 21 comments

You have _this_ video card, you have _this_much_ RAM, you have _this_many_disks_ with _this_much_ space, your favorite color is _purple_ and your processor is made by _Intel_.
Free or near-free configuration management tool that examines a system and outputs a report? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 6:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Do I have to dress up as a mountain?
What to wear to a Twin Peaks party? (And how to bluff through the shame) [more inside]
posted by Luddite at 6:23 AM PST - 37 comments

Wherein Whelk Wants Wonderful Words
Name My Blog! After years of creating things and then casually tossing them aside, I've decided to create a blog to put them all in. Cartoons, short fiction, audio clips, short video, etc. A bit like Lore's Bad Gods. The only problem is, I've got no idea what to call it. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 6:06 AM PST - 26 comments

the machines are alive - help me find these illustrations
I'm trying to find the work of an artist or illustrator that I glimpsed on the web and then forgot. Black and white illustrations show interior of an imagined factory where the machines had a mix of art-deco industrial whimsical human faces and features. For example: Ingots of steel have faces, and squat arms and legs. [more inside]
posted by sol at 5:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find this Flash game!
There's a flash game that I can't seem to find or remember the name of. However, I remember everything else about it. [more inside]
posted by SparkyPine at 3:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Adult piano learner with previous hand injury, do muscles heal themselves?
My left hand was stabbed 5 years ago, knife pierced between the thumb and index finger at the palm all the way through the other side. It missed tendons and bones and my hand has been fine and fully functional except for some minor nerve problem it rather feels funny and ticklish around the cut. [more inside]
posted by neworder7 at 3:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Best way to store music files externally?
Best way to keep a bunch of music files on an external HD so that iTunes has no trouble finding them? [more inside]
posted by different at 2:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Bluetooth mouse that goes into wired mode?
I'm looking for Bluetooth mice which can be used while being recharged. [more inside]
posted by floam at 1:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Free educational material for youngins: where to find it?
Where can I find quality printable (free) online (Spanish) literacy, math, and ESL material for kids? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 12:56 AM PST - 6 comments

painting company organization software
business management software for a painter [more inside]
posted by jellywerker at 12:37 AM PST - 1 comments

June 18
BPAL oils: affect on health
Are perfume oils (from BPAL specifically) hazardous to health? For my own and pet snake's who might be exposed as he lives in my room.
posted by Yasuo at 11:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Save the forests!
(Real Estate Title Company Experts) - Best way(s) to keep your house title off the grid for as long as possible? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 11:29 PM PST - 9 comments

How to keep earbud headphones untangled
Tips for preventing earbud-style headphones from tangling? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark at 11:22 PM PST - 19 comments

BluesFilter: Help with a blues sub-genre
I had no idea there were so many different sub-genres of "blues" music. After doing a little research, I'm still confused at to what the style of blues I like is actually called. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme at 10:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Ultimate Equipment and Training Questions
I need help coming back to Ultimate Frisbee - tell me about the current world of equipment and training! [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 10:49 PM PST - 4 comments

How important is it that you feel an emotional connection to your spouse?
How important is it that you feel an emotional connection to your spouse? [more inside]
posted by sunflower16 at 10:48 PM PST - 37 comments

Seeking East Coast Creepy Crawlies
Tidepooling near Boston? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 10:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Day trips outside of Boston?
What's a good place for a day trip within 2-ish hours of Boston? We're looking for something to do on a rainy Saturday... any and all suggestions are welcome!
posted by aether516 at 9:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Luddite Lawyer needs help!
CD-ROM with hypertext links to other documents on CD-ROM? I'm a luddite lawyer who needs help. So the Judge's rules say that I can file my brief on a CD_ROM and include hypertext links to exhibits on the same CD-ROM. I would love to do this since I will have many, many exhibits. How can I do this?
posted by bananafish at 9:21 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me get photos off my SD card from a cafe in Cambodia
I'm in Cambodia and just tried to upload my photos off my SD card, which I've done before. This time, the computer wouldn't show any folders, although the photos do show up on the camera - they're there! It does show there's a gig of material on there. [more inside]
posted by piper4 at 9:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Automated Streetview in Google Maps
Is there any app that will automate a 'walkthrough' of Google Street View, based on a to/from set of directions in Google Maps? Example: Assuming Google has 'streetviewed' all the roads from point A in Berkeley to point B in SF, is there a program or site that would show me the street view of my route without my having to click through the route myself? I realize the time scale is a determinant factor: I would not want to sit through the 'drive' in real time, but hope I could selectively 'fast forward' in a way analogous to the zoom function of Google Earth.
posted by TDIpod at 9:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for sushi recipes that do not involve the need for fresh fish.
Recently, I've been working on learning how to make remotely decent sushi rice, and I'm getting not too shabby at it (It tastes good at least), and messing around making some really weak sauce sushi rolls for myself and my kids. Mostly Tamago Maki. I live FAR away from a decent source of seafood, so what are some other things I can put in my Sushi that do not require fresh seafood. Lets also exclude "Krab with a K" for this exercise too. If I could get the raw fish, I would totally be using it instead, but some times a man has to make due. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 9:13 PM PST - 44 comments

Tracking ye olde price of artifacts like [Wool Cloth]
Where can I find data sets about in-game economies? Specifically, I'd love to know what the historical cost of virtual goods were by day. [more inside]
posted by swrittenb at 9:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Buying an iPhone in Canada and moving to Japan
I'm interested to buy a 16GB iPhone 3GS tomorrow, without a contract. The little problem is I'm living in Canada and will soon be moving to Japan. [more inside]
posted by remi at 8:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Which jewelry brand uses a capital letter G with a halo for their logo?
What jewelry brand stamps their jewelry with a capital letter G logo with a halo over it? [more inside]
posted by suimin at 7:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Love is the drug but I'm allergic to love
Summary: I have a crippling problem that I want to fix, but can the cure help me when I don't believe in it? Social anxiety disorder and CBT - can CBT help me if I think positive affirmation is a crock? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 PM PST - 26 comments

What is Jay Rayder's speaking accent?
BritFilter: What is Jay Rayder's speaking accent? (He's the bearded man in this video clip.) [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 7:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Jeep Cherokee is shaking and making loud noises
2000 Jeep Cheroke Classic (92,000 miles) makes loud rumbling and shaking sound after starting, but only if it had been running shortly before starting. Also occurs very sporadically while idling. [more inside]
posted by Anoxs at 7:23 PM PST - 14 comments

worried about being fired but might have some leverage
I am worried about getting fired. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Dial M for Acidophilus
Has there ever been a documented case of death by drowning in yogurt?
posted by boots at 7:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me find legal (in the US), mild, safe and non-addictive, yet exotic recreational drugs.
Please help me find legal (in the US), mild, safe and non-addictive, yet exotic recreational drugs. [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi at 6:42 PM PST - 50 comments

Name that Wisconsin mammal
What Wisconsin mammal did I just see? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 6:36 PM PST - 25 comments

Nonprofit help.
How can I turn this nonprofit around? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten at 6:23 PM PST - 14 comments

What is this somewhat dirty poem?
When I was in high school (USA, late 1980's) a friend had a poem (copied from a magazine or a book) taped to the inside of her locker. It was Bukowski-esque, but I do not believe it was Bukowski. The line I recall went something like: "I either want to consume or have sex with everything in existence." Can anyone tell me what that poem was? My Google-fu has failed me, and I'd love to find the poem again (either online or in published form). Thank you!
posted by pammeke at 6:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Help label me!
CraftyFilter: Help me find a woven or pvc label maker! [more inside]
posted by bunnycakes at 6:11 PM PST - 1 comments

Dark instrumental streaming music?
Streaming music that plays dark'ish instrumental music similar to Danny Elfman/Nightmare Before Christmas/Edward Scissorhands? [more inside]
posted by ellighi at 5:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Times are tough...how do you get hitched without breaking the bank?
How do you have a simple, affordable wedding in Phoenix, AZ? [more inside]
posted by penguingrl at 5:20 PM PST - 7 comments

No fat, no sugar.. now grill it!
Grill Recipes for Father's Day - The catch? Dad's diabetic and a heart patient. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Implications of Iceland's putative international debt arrangements?
Can anyone comment on the sovereignty implications of the putative debt agreements that the Icelandic government is seeking to enter into with Britain and the Netherlands? [more inside]
posted by laumry at 5:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Is a DIY Florida beach wedding feasible?
I'm asking this for my sister, who is engaged and would like to have a beach wedding in Florida. Here's the catch: she'd like to keep it as DIY as possible. (Assuming this is feasible) can anyone share experiences or advice in how to go about this? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt at 5:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Sock Help
The best pair of socks I own have lasted an amazingly long time, but they will eventually wear out, and I need help finding some more. [more inside]
posted by Bruce H. at 4:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me back up my iTunes to my external hard drive
Help me back up my iTunes to my external hard drive. But only the new ones.... [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 4:49 PM PST - 9 comments

We can afford more than a shack, right?
We're looking to buy a house within an hour or so of San Francisco, but we aren't familiar enough with the surrounding areas to even know where to start looking. Where's a good place to live? Difficulty level: under $300k. [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 4:39 PM PST - 16 comments

iPhone OS 3.0 Questions
With the release of iPhone OS 3.0, I have some questions that I'd like answered. One relates to Stereo Bluetooth headphone recommendations, and the others relate to internet tethering. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Philosophy videos?
Where are some excellent philosophy videos on the web? [more inside]
posted by pwally at 4:27 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I fix my email?
After years of trouble-free computer use, it appears that my email account has been hacked. It seems to be more annoying than dangerous, but I realise the potential for danger is there, and I'm losing sleep over it. How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 3:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Shoes-that-fit-filter
The tops of my girlfriend's feet are very steep, and her feet don't fit into most shoes that are the correct size for the length/width of her foot. Where can she look for shoes that fit better? (and is there a term to describe it/use when searching for said shoes?) [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 3:44 PM PST - 15 comments

What did George Washington think of the name of Washington, DC?
Is anything known about what George Washington thought about having a city named in his honor? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 3:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Photo Contest Set-up Help Needed
PhotoFilter: I need to create a monthly photo contest for my clients to participate in. Help me find the easiest way to do this. [more inside]
posted by SuperErin at 3:30 PM PST - 1 comments

I come to you today with an age-old question.
I come to you today with an age-old question. Many have tried to answer it, and all have failed, but I am confident that the mighty MeFi will succeed. That question is: What the hell is Pete Shelley singing in the classic Buzzcocks song "Orgasm Addict"? [more inside]
posted by DecemberBoy at 3:25 PM PST - 22 comments

Door within a door
Is there a specific name for the little door-within-a-door often seen on prison cells that are used to pass food through?
posted by jontyjago at 3:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Maybe he's in some sort of tax shelter?
Help me find out what happened to my accountant!! A little sleuthing help, please.... [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 3:04 PM PST - 25 comments

Where, oh where, do I go?
PhotographyFilter: What's the next logical step up from an 18-55mm kit lens? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 2:48 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me with new screen resolution!
I need to change the screen resolution to 1280x1024 for a new app on my work pc, but my eyes much prefer the lower resolution (1024x768). There are other problems, too! [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 2:27 PM PST - 4 comments

How early to wait for (cheap) Godot tickets in London?
Can anyone recommend strategy/tactics for snagging cheap day seats for 'Waiting for Godot' in London? Will there be a snarling crowd at 10AM Saturday morning outside the Theatre Royal Haymarket? How early ought I arrive to ensure I'm in the front of the queue?
posted by Devoidoid at 2:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Final Cut Nightmare
Final Cut Nightmare [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 2:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Am I going to die of lung cancer?
I smoke a cigarette a day during the work week. I've been doing this for a few months now. Am I going to die of lung cancer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:11 PM PST - 33 comments

Klamath Falls, Oregon attractions?
Hiking, biking, camping in the Klamath Falls/Crater Lake, Southern Central Oregon area? [more inside]
posted by telstar at 2:10 PM PST - 4 comments

"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." —H. G. Wells
Would you be willing to trust your bike to the Abus Granit Futura mini U-lock? (Either alone or as part of some u-lock/chain combo). [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you at 2:00 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I download only Open Office Writer instead of the whole suite?
Can I download only OpenOffice Writer? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 at 1:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it hot in here?
Its June in Florida, and my A/C is borked. [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 1:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Wordpress theme for a highschool website
Help me find a free or premium wordpress theme for a school website [more inside]
posted by Danniman at 1:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Films about the female image?
Do you know of any recent films - documentary or fiction, short or long - that have to do with the topic of idealized women's images, photo retouching, body/appearance enhancement, or related topics? Thanks.
posted by Miko at 1:24 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me load out my new travel machine.
I just got a HP Mini 2140 HD. Other than the standard productivity software, can anyone who has this or something similar recommend decent software that will run well on it? [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 1:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Will he change his mind?
Do men change their minds about having children? [more inside]
posted by annabkr at 1:14 PM PST - 25 comments

Should guys be unavailable?
Should guys be a little "unavailable" when dating? [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 1:11 PM PST - 41 comments

Who arrrrrrrr ya?
A British (I think) kids cartoon, probably from the eighties or nineties. There's a pirate with spiky blue hair, big eyes and a long thin moustache, with red and yellow clothes and a peg-leg. What's it called? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 12:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me create a 1989 NYC House/Club Music Playlist
Let's pretend it's 1989 and I'm putting together a playlist of classic NYC Limelight-style club anthems. I want piano drops, I want (not-too-cheezy) diva vocals, I want sweet (read: UNmonotonous) House Music. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 12:54 PM PST - 32 comments

Tell the boss, or no?
How do you handle a situation where a few of your co-workers -- some of who are above you -- are inefficient, show very little work ethic, disorganized, slow, and generally ineffective in their positions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:43 PM PST - 20 comments

Is it normal to feel worse as you get better?
Lately, all of the things I've been doing to try to take better care of myself seem to make me feel worse. Does anyone have advice on this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:42 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me become better at sex
How do I make my hook-ups/one-night-stands more satisfying for me and my partner? Turn me into a sexual tyrannosaurus, please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:42 PM PST - 18 comments

A place where my call IS really important
I'm tired of dealing with bad customer service / tech support. What are some ways I can find out the quality of customer service of a company before I give them my hard earned cash? Are there some not weirdo sounding questions or things I could say to a customer service / tech support rep to evaluate the quality of thier service? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments

where can you launch a model rocket in the east bay?
Where can you legally launch small model rockets in the Alameda Country/Oakland, CA? Is it okay to launch them at the park?
posted by zeoslap at 12:36 PM PST - 7 comments

F*%$ing agent
ChicagoApartmentFilter: What leasing agent/company/broker/other should we use for finding an apartment in Chicago? Any other tips or tricks we should be aware of? What we're looking for below the jump. [more inside]
posted by ohio at 12:14 PM PST - 15 comments

Sonic Youth or Smiths?
Rock 101 Filter (literally): I'm giving a lecture on popular music from 1984 - 2000. (!) I'm teaching by style (in 1.5 hours). I'm having a tough time with alternative, punk, and indie rock. Whaddya think? [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 at 11:56 AM PST - 48 comments

Where can I find figurines / stuffed / etc of the current Cox mascots?
I'm trying to find figurines / stuffed / etc of the current white/blue Cox mascots shown in this commercial. [more inside]
posted by krisak at 11:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Why do Japanese games go left to right?
Why do so many (most?) classic Japanese side-scrolling games scroll left to right? Mario, Sonic, R-type, Megaman and plenty of other big names all go in the same direction. Why? [more inside]
posted by Lorc at 11:40 AM PST - 17 comments

Clowns to the right of me, Jokers to the left...
I cannot tell right from left. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by prufrock at 11:31 AM PST - 66 comments

Let's get this up and running
So is my wireless router really shot, or what? [more inside]
posted by FarOutFreak at 11:30 AM PST - 3 comments

To check or to not check, that is my question.
American flying from Prague into London Stansted airport on Easyjet. I then have 2.5 hours to catch a flight on Ryanair to Glasgow. Will I have enough time to check my luggage, or will I have to do carry-on? [more inside]
posted by Windigo at 11:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me pick the potential next Miss America
Need interesting questions for Miss America local pageant interview. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 11:19 AM PST - 30 comments

Is this a type of archeologist or a type of pathologist?
What does a paleopathologist actually do? I'm not looking for technical terms, but rather "a day in the life of." Is there another term for this specialty that can lead to more information about the profession?
posted by biochemist at 11:10 AM PST - 4 comments

proper protocol for flower leis
Quick: for High School graduation: Do I give my daughter a lei before the ceremony so she can wear it all through (is that tacky?), or only after, as a gift (but then no one will see it)? [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 11:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Could there be a planet so big that it is bigger than itself?
Would it be possible to have a planet with significantly more surface area than the earth and similar gravity (at ground level) by decreasing its density? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 11:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Usernames, trademarks, and Facebook. Help!
Usernames, trademarks, and Facebook. Someone e-mailed my friend, saying that he owned the trademark to his name and has the right to demand that he turn over his username to him. [more inside]
posted by krisken at 10:57 AM PST - 31 comments

Don't it make your brown eyes blue...
Do colored contacts on brown-eyed people look just as fakey now as they did 20 years ago? [more inside]
posted by amro at 10:39 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I jump into hobbyist electronics?
Soon, I'm going to have a nice cash bonus at work and about two weeks of vacation time. I don't have enough money for a travel-vacation, so I figured I'd turn it into a learning-vacation: I'm going to focus on playing guitar, but also, I'd like to learn some 101-DIY electronics projects. I adored Lego Mindstorms as a kid, then kind of gave it up for awhile. Now I'm looking for something similar. More inside! [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 10:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Young adult haxx0rs in fiction
I'm trying to remember the title and/or author of a children's/young adult book I read when I was younger. It involves a school dance where students are assigned dates via a matchmaking computer program. The protagonist (who I remember as male but my sister thinks was female!) and his/her best friend hack into the system (or may have written the program in the first place) in order to match themselves with the people they want to be with. Google has been no help and I've already stumped a couple of youth/teen services librarians.
posted by srah at 10:08 AM PST - 14 comments

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[Iran_Minutiae_Filter] I heard a few days ago that Former President Rafsanjani was going up to Qum to see if the Assembly of Experts had the votes to remove Ayatollah Khamanei from the position of Supreme Leader. How long would something like that take to happen? Would it have happened already if they had the votes? [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones at 10:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Where do people go for B-roll?
I'm thinking of shooting and uploading some b-roll for sale to others who might need it, with locations and keywords and all. Is there a marketplace for this? [more inside]
posted by bryanjbusch at 9:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Strong man in the moon?
With the advent of NASA's return to the moon I have a question of whether or not The Apollo astronauts could have recovered from a less than perfect landing. [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 9:44 AM PST - 21 comments

Noncompete...am I screwed?
Noncompete Filter: I'm in Chicago and signed a non-compete with my employer when I started, and was recently terminated by them (downsizing and whatnot). Is it still enforceable? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 9:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Arbitration or bust?
The company I work for has announced the adoption of a "alternative dispute resolution" program. HQ is telling us that by continuing to work there after a certain date, I agree to be covered by this ADR and forfeit my right to take them to court. What are my options, beside quitting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:18 AM PST - 18 comments

Unblock a website in China?
How do I get my company website unblocked in China? We are a water quality manufacturer and have no idea why we are being blocked? [more inside]
posted by Macboy at 9:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Stereotypical male, or just being cautious?
Am I that stereotypical "afraid to commit" male, or am I just being cautious about a relationship I care about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 AM PST - 28 comments

Forum software
Forum software questions. (1) As a user, which type of forum software (vBulletin, phpBB, SMF, other) do you like best from in terms of usability? (2) If you're an admin, which forum software do you like best, having tried at least a few types? (3) Which forum software is considered to be most/least resistant to spambots and spammers? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 9:01 AM PST - 9 comments

He's the Next Tiger Woods.
How are American parenting practices unique? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 8:48 AM PST - 30 comments

Access to ADHD medication in east Africa?
Expat in Kenya looking for ADHD medication. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Is there an AIM-to-IRC bot?
Can I talk to my IRC-using friends via AIM? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 7:54 AM PST - 4 comments

How to use Skype to call a Jordanian cell?
How can I call a cellphone in Jordan using Skype? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 7:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Licensing Question
Licensing foreign films for commercial use follow up... [more inside]
posted by octomato at 7:45 AM PST - 1 comments

Could you rob from a server while in the same room?
Wrecking havoc/ fiction: How much spying could someone who works for a server farm engage in? [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn at 7:45 AM PST - 12 comments

TV Show with Obstacle Course from the Early 90s
TV Show Filter: Show from the early 90's or MAYBE mid to late 80's where the final part of the show was to go through a large obstacle course. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by xdeliriumx at 7:34 AM PST - 24 comments

One Cisco router, two ISPs - gateway redundancy?
One Cisco router, two ISPs - gateway redundancy? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 7:29 AM PST - 10 comments

French TV
What are some French language TV shows I can watch for free online that will help me improve my French? I'm looking for shows at different levels (maybe kids shows for when I'm watching while working and then talk shows or sitcoms for when I can pay more attention.) [more inside]
posted by minicloud at 7:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Arriba Arriba epa epa need ayuda/help
Hi I am going to San Antonio this weekend and wanted some suggestions of where to go and do that's kind of inexpensive but still worth an amazing experience. I am also wild about photography so what are your picks on where I can take fab pics of some stunning parts of the city. Thanks please advise.
posted by villazapat at 7:10 AM PST - 16 comments

Synonym for indebted, beginning with E
I need a synonym for 'indebted' that begins with E. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea at 7:06 AM PST - 20 comments

Divorce Attorney in Rome
Recommendations of Italian divorce attorneys in Rome? [more inside]
posted by tommassit at 7:05 AM PST - 0 comments

cheesedick for a year.
how do i explain the concept of "cheesy" to non-native English speakers? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 6:59 AM PST - 35 comments

other people's money
Quotefilter: A wise junkie once told me something that sounded suspiciously like a quotation. He said, "They'll spend any amount of your money to protect theirs." Does this ring a bell for anyone? I've had no luck thus far googling for variations.
posted by well_balanced at 6:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Montreal move in two weeks and so disconnected
I'm moving to Montreal (!) from the U.S. and need help with the tech-side of my move. Specifically, I'm seeking internet/cell phone provider recommendations. [more inside]
posted by nosila at 6:42 AM PST - 16 comments

$160 for a KEY?
I need to duplicate the key for my Honda Civic Hybrid 2003. The dealership wants $160 to duplicate and program the key. Does anyone know a cheaper alternative in Tampa, FL? I've tried WalMart and they can not copy my key.
posted by Ikazuchi at 6:37 AM PST - 12 comments

A slow build up to a climax ... in a movie, I mean.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Little Children" and "In the Bedroom", and Todd Field only puts out movies so often. What other movies / directors might I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 6:35 AM PST - 19 comments

2 iphones + 1 itunes = ?
How do you sync two iphones to one, shared itunes? Also, is it possible to keep each phone's calendar and address book separate from the other? [more inside]
posted by I could but I won't at 6:16 AM PST - 4 comments

How to get a poor-quality academic paper published?
A friend in Eastern Europe needs a paper published in an English-language academic journal to qualify for a social sciences degree -- standards are not high in this country, nor is the paper of adequate quality for any imaginable legit journal, nor will it ever be; 'legitimacy' is not a big issue here, just the appearance of being in an English-language publication. Any suggestions on how to make this happen? Perhaps a fly-by-night regional studies journal run by corrupt Azeris or something? Thanks for any help.
posted by breadfruit at 5:45 AM PST - 4 comments

House cats and the outsider who came between them
CatFilter: How do I console my cat whose world has been shattered? (details within) [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 5:44 AM PST - 21 comments

Creepy abduction photographs true or not ?
I read a true crime book some years back, I don't remember anything about the book except one story. My memory is hazy, but this is what I remember: some people were abducted in the USA. My memory tells me it was a mother and child/ren. I'm 99% certain it was an adult woman and at least one child even if they may not have been related. Now the very creepy part. Photos of these people were found in a public bathroom sometime later. In the photos the woman was tied up, perhaps a child was also in the photo I'm not sure. I'd like to verify if this story was indeed true or just made up by the author and I've tried googling many times without luck. I'm sure it has nothing to do with Harvey Glatman.
posted by selton at 5:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find this old Flash animation with hopping bunnies and the head of Margaret Thatcher?
Does anyone remember and know where I can find an old Flash animation that I saw on the internet years ago, which featured hopping bunnies, the floating head of Margaret Thatcher, and a jaunty song containing the word 'ja!'? [more inside]
posted by chrismear at 5:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Investing for kid's future
UK finance question: Just become a dad. What's the most beneficial way to invest a small four-figure lump sum, plus all of my child's Child Benefit for the next 18 years? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 4:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Can the iPhone be productive without a Web connection?
I am thinking of switching to the iPhone cult (long-time Nokia user) but I am very concerned about whether the iPhones/iTunes combo can support my day-to-day workflow, which is mostly Outlook-based. [more inside]
posted by costas at 4:53 AM PST - 5 comments

what the hell has happened thus?
"My air is flung with souls" -- is there a linguistic explanation of this use of the verb "to fling"? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 4:42 AM PST - 21 comments

I'm wearing dog tags, but I'm not some dog on the internet...
What quotations / sayings have you found to be helpful to you in getting through daily life? [more inside]
posted by titantoppler at 4:28 AM PST - 88 comments

The universal mateship code
Anyone who has been to Australia or talked to any Australian males (sometimes females) will know they frequently call people they have never met before or even people they're angry with: "mate". What other expressions of universal male bonding are used in other countries?
posted by vizsla at 3:49 AM PST - 35 comments

Why do I suddenly want a child?
I've always felt I didn't want/shouldn't have babies. Lately, (I'm 25) I've been having strong thoughts (and dreams) that I really want a child. It's scaring me a bit. Some friends have told me it might be normal at this age. Please help me understand or share your experiences. [more inside]
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 2:54 AM PST - 35 comments

Name that tv show!
Name that tv show from the eighties. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 2:24 AM PST - 7 comments

San Francisco with kids
So, it looks like we will be going to be spending two weeks in August in the San Francisco area, specifically one week in Palo Alto and then one week in San Francisco. "We" encompasses myself, my wife, our 6 year old daughter and my mother-in-law, all visiting from the UK. None of us have been to California before. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by oclipa at 2:19 AM PST - 23 comments

What food do I need to experience in Raleigh?
Where to eat in Raleigh? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 1:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Mobile (cell) phone for sync with google calendar without a phone data tariff?
Advice on a new phone please. Main criteria are (1) needing to be able to add calendar events while out and about and (2) being about to sync the phone calendar with Google Calendar when I get home. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by monster max at 1:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Can Americans help their foreign friends get non-immigrant visas?
A Bulgarian friend of mine has applied for a non-immigrant visa for the US and her application has been placed on hold indefinitely. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by emmykm at 1:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Adolescent dives headfirst into immigration laws with poor swimming instruction and shoddy navigational skills
Help a bewildered high schooler understand immigration legislation, the current political climate and key issues surrounding the debate. [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf at 1:08 AM PST - 7 comments

June 17
I am (not yet) a Taiwanese School Teacher
Travelfilter: Help me, oh well-traveled ones! (Taiwan, language schools, etc.) [more inside]
posted by Scattercat at 11:10 PM PST - 3 comments

The County Formerly Known As...
Is there a word or term that expresses the following concept more accurately than "rename"? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 11:06 PM PST - 25 comments

I want you to un-fix my internet!
I have a TP-Link TL-WR340GD router and 2 PCs: one of them is connected to the router through wireless, the other through a LAN cable. I'd like my router to cut off my internet every day at some fixed hour without me changing anything on the 2 PCs. [more inside]
posted by gakiko at 10:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Help a clueless American understand what's so fascinating about cricket
Help me find good cricket literature for a total cricket neophyte. [more inside]
posted by craichead at 10:40 PM PST - 15 comments

saltgirl
Regarding scrubbed Internet history. Anyone remember a famous-for-the-time poster on the alt.sex newsgroups who called herself Saltgirl? Google doesn't. [more inside]
posted by bgribble at 10:28 PM PST - 4 comments

What's wrong with my netbook's wireless?
What's wrong with the wireless on my netbook and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by fearthehat at 10:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I overlay CSV data onto a video?
I have a CSV file relating a measurement value with elapsed time. I'd like to overlay the changing measurement value over a video, using the time values in the CSV to sync the two. I have a MacBook, iMovie, and not much else. Is there a reasonably cheap or free way to do this?
posted by tirade at 9:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Do you know any good Anglophile blogs?
What are some good Anglophile blogs? [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds at 9:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Oh, the oatmeal and the Crockpot will be friends.....
I have a 5-qt slow cooker and would like to make as much Steel-Cut Oatmeal as I can in it for a breakfast for a crowd. What are the correct ratios and amounts of water and oats? Also interesting mix-in ideas are welcome. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Is it over-analyzing or just being smart in dating?
Am I over-analyzing or being rightfully cautious in dating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 PM PST - 29 comments

Mounties - check. Beaver tails - check. Now what do we do?
CanadaDayinOttawaFilter: What are the Don't Miss activities and attractions in Ottawa on Canada Day? Bonus points for additional recommendations for things to do on the drive to and in and around Montreal on July 2nd & 3rd? [more inside]
posted by dismitree at 9:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Replacement porch steps for older home
Where can I find vintage photos of, or designs for simple turn of the century porch steps? [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 8:56 PM PST - 9 comments

The poster is dead. Long live the poster!
I'd like to print a very small run of posters (maybe 15 each of 6 or 7 different, related designs) soon. What's the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 8:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Best CMS for a static website?
Best CMS for a static website? [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious at 8:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Where can I get a super slim iPhone case, similar to the case that shipped with the first generation iPod nano?
Where can I get a super slim iPhone case, similar to the case that shipped with the first generation iPod nano? [more inside]
posted by gregoryc at 8:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Portuguese Festival Paper Game
When I was young, I went to a Portuguese festival in New Jersey (USA), and played a curious game. In a fishbowl would be hundreds of pieces of tissue paper, rolled very thinly and bent. You would pay for 10 pieces, and then unroll them. If your piece had a mark, you would win a prize. I'm searching for what that game is called, does anyone know? [more inside]
posted by kensch at 7:52 PM PST - 5 comments

tallying up the notches on the bedpost?
Please help me to constructively frame and endure a "let's discuss your past relationships" conversation with my SO. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 45 comments

What happened to my cat?
Catfilter: my overweight, formerly feral cat has been on a diet and using a litter robot successfully for more than a year. He recently has started whining non-stop for food and intermittently pooping and peeing all over the house. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 7:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Why do so many audio (and video) cables have the same connector on both ends?
Why do so many audio (and video) cables have the same connector on both ends? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 7:12 PM PST - 24 comments

Much ado about dunking
Infant son's getting baptized, and our sister-in-law feels she should be allowed to invite several friends of hers who're not of our faith and not acquainted with either us or the baby. I think she's out of line. O wise Hivemind, which of us is right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 PM PST - 65 comments

Pea-sized lump in underarm. Should I fly home at once, or can I wait and see if it improves?
You are not my doctor, but I need your advice to help me decide if I should fly home and see one immediately, or wait things out a bit. I have a pea-sized lump in my underarm that is a bit painful when touched. I am a Canadian, uninsured in the States. Male, mid-twenties. [more inside]
posted by limon at 6:47 PM PST - 28 comments

Cancer sucks!
It looks like my leukemia may have returned (AML) and my doctor said earlier that if this happened, I'm looking at a bone marrow transplant. Any experience? 24, female, otherwise healthy (you know, besides the cancer). [more inside]
posted by litterateur at 6:42 PM PST - 36 comments

What's happening in Montreal this weekend?
What's happening in Montreal this weekend? [more inside]
posted by ajliberto at 6:27 PM PST - 7 comments

What should I learn within 6 - 8 weeks?
What should I learn within 6 - 8 weeks? I have an open summer and 3 years of professional IT experience. What certificate/degree/accreditation should I earn this summer? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by gocubbies at 6:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Hondas and recommended service maintenance schedules, do you believe in them?
Hondas and recommended service maintenance schedules, do you believe in them? I've got a 1991 standard Hatchback, 169,000 miles. and i've done every single schedule maintenance. never had a problem with anything unexpected happening (which is why i do it). Now i'm wondering if there's a better (read: cheaper) way to do this, without sacrificing quality? I don't know any mechanics, don't want to it myself, but am curious if there's an alternative. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl at 6:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Cheap custom t-shirt website
Where can I order 25 color shirts with a single-color custom design (that I can upload) on the front? I'm looking for as cheap as possible. [more inside]
posted by brenton at 6:00 PM PST - 7 comments

IE8 Bugs fixed?
Did Microsoft fix IE8? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:55 PM PST - 3 comments

How do we get our stuff to Germany without breaking the bank?
What's the best option for shipping several boxes of household items from Canada to Germany? [more inside]
posted by freudenschade at 5:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find graphs of nutrition and health/height
Where can I find visuals (graphs or ?) that show the relationship between height and nutrition? [more inside]
posted by peter_meta_kbd at 5:31 PM PST - 8 comments

when paypal isnt enough
I want to rent audio equipment online. Rental payments will be handled via paypal. But whats the easiest way, online, to hold a monetary amount as collateral (cash value of the equipment until the rental is returned)?
posted by jak68 at 5:05 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to fire my temp agency
I work through Kelly Services in a long-term temp position at a huge multinational. I got a phone call today from Kelly Services saying they were giving all professional employees at the MNC a 5% pay cut, effective June 29. What can I do -- besides walk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 17 comments

A non-web website
HTML pages to link to files on a network drive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Health Insurance Reviews
Do you know any good health insurance review sites? Would/do you trust them? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 4:38 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I stop the armpit stains on my white t-shirts?
Men's armpit filter: My antiperspirant/deodorant (or me) is staining the armpit area of my white cotton t-shirts. This is happening after literally one to two uses of the shirt. What gives? Can someone recommend a antiperspirant/deodorant that does not do this? Currently I use Degree for men.
posted by anonymous at 4:24 PM PST - 20 comments

More debt please!
I don't want to pursue a career in the field for which I received my degree. Help guide my search for a grad school field. [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists at 3:50 PM PST - 11 comments

25 and TRYING to COOK
I'm 25 and starting to cook - What? Where do I get it? Why? [more inside]
posted by designbyme at 3:48 PM PST - 59 comments

Tracking a stray hamster
My son's hamster escaped outside. Does anyone know the best means for tracking him down? I'm heading to the store now to buy a small hav-a-heart trap. If out in the wild (or a suburban neighborhood), will hamsters stay within a small radius or wander and wander looking for a suitable shelter/food?
posted by robverb at 3:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Preparing for a doctor appointment
When, if ever, is it reasonable to ask for a preemptive test? Given a family history of congestive heart failure I'm wondering how reasonable it is to reguest a MUGA or echocardiogram just to allay (or confirm) my own worries. I'm definitely already going to see a doctor, so I'm not asking for medical advice. I guess I am asking for perspective to help me frame my request with my physician. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Can You Think of Ways to Convert Celebrity into Cash?
here's your chance to advise someone famous :) I'm trying to think outside the box, and so looking for ideas from you MeFites to brainstorm my options... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM PST - 26 comments

Sing-alongs for the talentless
How can a person without skill or talent have fun at an informal family-style sing-along? [more inside]
posted by Alizaria at 3:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Quick Spanish Translation
Spanish Translation, por favor. My customer in Mexico with limited English is angry at me. Maybe I could appease her in the native tounge. Please translate the following into Spanish: Hello Claudia, Our warehouse has notified us that your order will ship by this Friday. Unfortunately, your order was delayed a couple of days because it arrived to the wrong fax machine. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you. (Gracias. Ha I know that one!)
posted by ieatwords at 3:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Job Board Pricing Options?
Which job board pricing model do employers prefer... pay per job post, or pay per candidate reviewed? [more inside]
posted by ckohrman at 3:02 PM PST - 6 comments

A waltz that will make you smile
My partner and I want to find a waltz for our wedding, but we are looking for some happy, uplifting songs in waltz time. [more inside]
posted by ukdanae at 3:00 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me understand complications during the follicular and luteal phase of menstruation.
HormoneFilter: Help me understand complications during the follicular and luteal phase of menstruation. [more inside]
posted by 2X2LcallingCQ at 2:57 PM PST - 2 comments

recommend short story collections that would be good short film fodder
recommend short story collections that would be good short film fodder [more inside]
posted by timsneezed at 2:57 PM PST - 18 comments

When will Windows 7 be standard on new computers and how should this affect my intent to buy a new laptop?
When will Windows 7 be standard on new computers and how should this affect my intent to buy a new laptop? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 2:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Duct cleaning?? Wtf??
Do you have your household HVAC ducts for a forced air furnace cleaned? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin at 2:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Where No Man Has Gone Before...
Give me some ideas on some exotic and "remote" places to vacation. Remote as in, obscure, sparsely populated areas. I've already considered Greenland. Anything similar?
posted by Avenger at 2:22 PM PST - 24 comments

Put lenses in these frames I just bought
Put lenses in the eyeglass frames I just bought! [more inside]
posted by little_c at 2:03 PM PST - 6 comments

music venues around vancouver?
What are some good places to gig around Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by CarrotAdventure at 2:03 PM PST - 3 comments

48 Hours in Malibu, CA
I've got 48 hours in Malibu and want to make the most of it. Please share your absolute must sees and must dos. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 2:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Vendor included confidential information in a quote. What to do?
Vendor sends a quote which unintentionally includes their cost, markup, and gross profit amounts. What action, if any, would be the proper course? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Viva la Revolution?
IRAN ELECTION FILTER: I am looking to create a few web pages to mirror some information back in to Iran. What editor should I use that will recognize Arabic script and what tags do I need to use to define the language when writing the HTML? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Romance on a budget
Dating on a budget. What are your fabulous, creative & romantic ideas for a 30-something couple to do that cost little or nothing? [more inside]
posted by Alpenglow at 1:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Backcountry Camping From NYC via train
Help us escape NYC via train and get lost in the woods! [more inside]
posted by lips at 1:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Where in Iowa is this golden dome?
Please help me find the location of this free-standing golden dome in Iowa! [more inside]
posted by jordanlewis at 1:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Upgrading a neglected Mac computer.
Upgrading Mac OS X 10.2 to at least 10.3 on a dual boot machine. [more inside]
posted by wiretap at 1:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find Apple mail 3.0
This should be a no brainer but I guess I am extra challenged at the moment. I am looking to download version 3.0 of apple mail for OSX 10.4.11. I am looking for a google eye dog on this one.
posted by citybuddha at 12:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Am I doomed to be a doormat forever?
Are relationships a zero sum game? Is there such a thing as a happy compromise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:24 PM PST - 28 comments

What are my chances of contracting herpes?
What are my chances of contracting herpes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Recomend some fund raising software.
Looking for some good but inexpensive fund raising software for multiple political candidates. It will need to track donors, donations, print reports, and make life easier without a bazillion excel files. [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie at 12:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Should a righty become a lefty again?
Should a left-handed person forced, as a child, to be a right-handed person teach himself to be left-handed as an adult? [more inside]
posted by gwpcasey at 12:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Can we please just stop using this technology and go to scanning???????
FaxFilter: Our fax line won't receive all the faxes all the time, only some of the faxes some of the time - and even then not with any consistency. Google-fu (and even bing-fu) are failing me. Of course, there's [more inside]
posted by sio42 at 11:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Not pregnant, but thanks for pointing out the belly fat.
How do I get people to stop asking if I'm pregnant, or respond in a way that deters further inquiries? I've been married for a little over a year, I'm nearing 30, I carry my weight in my belly instead of my hips. I get it that people are curious, but it's none of their business. [more inside]
posted by heatherann at 11:52 AM PST - 91 comments

How do I seal this table surface?
Dining room table + open grain wood + real life = :( Please help me to not destroy my one nice piece of furniture. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 11:36 AM PST - 18 comments

Effectiveness of Braces
Where can I find information on orthodontia effectiveness and outcomes? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 11:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Your tips for safe traveling in Brazil?
Your tips for safe traveling in Brazil? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 11:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Theory and Practice Agree in Theory but not in Practice
In what cases is game theory a good model of actual human behavior? [more inside]
posted by jasonhong at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Harassed by my schizphrenic neighbor
My downstairs neighbor, who is most likely schizophrenic, has been harassing my wife and me. Our landlord seems unenthusiastic about evicting her, and we are unenthusiastic about moving ourselves. What legal options can I pursue? Does anyone in Chicago have personal experience with a (cheap!) lawyer they might recommend? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 10:50 AM PST - 50 comments

Flatbed scanner for Mac OSX?
What's a good flatbed scanner for Mac OSX? Something other an Epson Perfection - mine is now dead after only a couple of years due to buggy driver software and/or hardware - tech support was unable to diagnose. [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 10:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Portable gaming laptop suggestions?
Can anyone recommend a lightweight gaming laptop? Everything out there seems rather massive, I am looking for something with a 15-inch screen and a weight under 8 pounds with some actual battery life; I won't have to worry about price. [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 10:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Who is sending me secret spy software
Why/How did I get mystery software from China? Also applicable: Who/What/When/Where. [more inside]
posted by wrok at 10:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Before A Rush and A Push, Where Is the Land Ours?
Where can we go for a relaxing, four-day vacation involving warm water, not heavily touristed beaches and decent food before the baby arrives? [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette at 10:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I swim in Denver?
Where can I swim in Denver? [more inside]
posted by foooooogasm at 9:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help me identify this guitar.
I need help identifying a guitar. I'm embarrassed to ask, but I'm not even sure if it's a weird nylon string or a weird steel string acoustic. I took some pictures of it to help: one two three four. [more inside]
posted by no1hatchling at 9:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Psoriasis advice
I have psoriasis and wonder what treatments work if you or someone you know also has it and what your experience has been. [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 9:27 AM PST - 23 comments

Need info on Arvo Pärt and Für Alina
Who can tell me lots about Arvo Pärt and/or Für Alina?
I'm a big fan of Part and Fur Alina in particular. I've read what I can find online but need more. I'm writing a short story where Fur Alina plays a major part, and I need to know as much as I can about it, specifically, or Part, more broadly. You can talk about it from a more technical standpoint or biographical or whatever--anything will help. Thanks!
posted by mermaidcafe at 9:17 AM PST - 8 comments

This has been driving me mad...
What governs the pitch of a glass as you rub your finger along the rim? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 8:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Playing iPod Videos an TV
How do I play videos from my iPod Nano on my Phillips television? My Phillips is a flat screen and has a USB port on the side, which my iPod can dock to. When I connect them, the television even recognizes that an iPod is connected, but doesn't seem to know what to do with it. Any ideas?
posted by gm2007 at 8:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Meal delivery suggestions in Brooklyn?
Brooklyn Food/Meal Delivery suggestions? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:29 AM PST - 6 comments

freewriting tips and tricks
Your tips for freewriting? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 8:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Have we really lost our coverage?
Help! My COBRA health insurance ended recently for a sketchy reason and I don't know how to get any answers and I need health care. [more inside]
posted by xenophile at 8:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Backingpacking on the east coast this fall?
Looking for an east coast backpacking trip this fall. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 8:14 AM PST - 2 comments

MacBook Sleeve
Looking for a MacBook (White) sleeve. Just a sleeve. No pockets/pouches/straps, not a bag, not something bulky but with more structure and protection than the ubiquitous neoprene sleeves. [more inside]
posted by 6550 at 8:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Light! More light!
Help me light my office better! (constraints inside) [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 8:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Good free keyword tracker for SEO?
Good free keyword tracker for SEO similar to Digital Point's Keyword Tracker? [more inside]
posted by fx3000 at 7:54 AM PST - 1 comments

Creating simple movies with animation
Which free/cheap programs will make the simple movies I need? [more inside]
posted by parkerjackson at 7:54 AM PST - 4 comments

NYC Filter: Help me get a good picture of NYC's most famous lady...
NYC Filter: Help me get a good picture of NYC's most famous lady... [more inside]
posted by Ashman at 7:45 AM PST - 20 comments

Choosing a sport for the brick-shaped man
What sport suits a thirty-five year old man built like a hot water heater? Everything I like is made for the lithe and long-limbed, not the squat and powerful. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Harvey Jerkwater at 7:25 AM PST - 60 comments

Why is there (almost) always one icecube that just won't come out of the icecube tray?
Why is there almost always one icecube that just won't come out of the icecube tray? [more inside]
posted by stinkycheese at 6:46 AM PST - 18 comments

Classical Tibetan in NYC?
I am looking for a classical Tibetan tutor in NYC during this summer until August 13th. My spoken Tibetan is mostly forgotten, but I have a few sutras and the like that I'd read with someone, and I have some faculty research money to use. Any leads would be welcome.
posted by AArtaud at 6:07 AM PST - 3 comments

splishsplash with purpose
2 part swimming question - effective core workouts and open water training. [more inside]
posted by protorp at 6:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I recycle my old Nokia 770 to do something useful on my desk, like display notifications or something?
TechQuestion: Can I recycle my old Nokia 770 Internet Tablet to do something useful on my desk, like display notifications (or something else)? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 5:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Getting exercise and meeting people - help me to do two things at once!
Help me to think "out of the box" about exercise, and meeting new people. I need to do both (having just moved to a new country) and am interested in ideas that let me get some exercise, and that might let me meet new people. I am in France (in the Alps) so am going to need indoor and outdoor activities, because come wintertime, I'm not sure that cycling or hiking are going to be options. [more inside]
posted by handee at 5:07 AM PST - 16 comments

Best classical (nylon string) guitar for an electric player?
Best classical (nylon string) guitar for an electric player? I've been taking guitar lessons for a couple of years and lately dabbling in classical music. I'm considering buying a classical guitar. [more inside]
posted by mmoncur at 4:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Yet another iPhone question...
iPhonefilter: With the new iPhone imminent, I'm hoping to snap up a second-hand old one on the cheap.. what are my connection options? [more inside]
posted by hibbersk at 4:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Where do these people hang out? Suggestions for online communities, please!
I need to find talented people who are into both theatre writing and web technologies. They should live in Britain or Ireland. I have two weeks. Where should I look?
posted by the latin mouse at 4:13 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking for a simple route to discovering the key works of classical composers.
I'm looking for a simple route to discovering the key works of classical composers. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 3:01 AM PST - 11 comments

I need to host lan torrents for a lanparty coming up.
I'm looking at an efficient way to distribute large files to multiple computers over my lan, I need to know how to do this and whats involved. I was thinking that since I have a dedicated server in my home that hosting the files via private lan'd bit torrent would be the weapon of choice as the file transfer speed increases exponentially. My server is running a version of ubuntu so whatever software I will need must run in ubuntu. The clients downloading the files will probably be running windows boxes so Utorrent can be used and would be preferred. Are there any specific things that I need to turn on in Utorrent to do this via lan or will it essentially be seamless as long as the tracker is my server? [more inside]
posted by Chamunks at 2:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Do I need new feet?
Why do all shoes give me blisters, even when I take every precaution to prevent it? [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 1:58 AM PST - 25 comments

Grad school vs Peace Corps?
Graduate school vs Peace Corps? [more inside]
posted by pdx87 at 12:50 AM PST - 30 comments

June 16
Where can I find a Mexican Clay Figure of Woman Giving Birth?
Needed Immediately: One clay Mexican sculpture of a woman giving birth that is also a crude flute. We cannot find ours, and it's a talisman of sorts for my wife. [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm at 11:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Leavening before baking soda/powder?
How did people leaven things like scones and other fluffy pastries before baking soda/powder were invented?
posted by archagon at 10:15 PM PST - 37 comments

How can I redeem a municipal bond?
How can I redeem a municipal bond? [more inside]
posted by jjno at 10:06 PM PST - 4 comments

15 cars and 15 restless riders
[Chicagofilter] Is it possible to search for businesses near an entire El line, rather than just an individual stop?
posted by nayrb5 at 9:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Exploring NYC one lunch at a time.
Taking my IT dev job to the librairies and coffeeshops of NYC for a couple of weeks (accompanying my wife, who's in a program at NYU). What are the best places to work, to lunch, and to explore in the relatively-immediate vicinity? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia at 9:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Just a few roaches, but...
I've had roaches popping up in my apartment recently, but my lease is up in a few months. If I don't call an exterminator before I move out could I be stuck with an extermination fee? [more inside]
posted by Muu at 9:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Long Island 101
Moving to Long Island: what should I know? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins at 9:11 PM PST - 13 comments

FIRST!
Is there a list somewhere, of the first things ever sold by major retailers? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 8:56 PM PST - 2 comments

What word have I forgotten?
Help me remember an adjective meaning extremely gifted, normally applied to a child. It's not anything obvious. :( [more inside]
posted by mllrstvn at 8:48 PM PST - 12 comments

identifying tomato plants
can anyone tell me if there's a way to tell the difference between a determinate vs an indeterminate tomato plant as a seedling? my 3 year old pulled out all of my markers before the seeds had sprouted. i don't want to prune the determinate plants by accident!
posted by cvilleluke at 8:02 PM PST - 4 comments

What is this plant?
My parents recently noticed a few strange plants sprouting up in the middle of their lawn. This one has grown from nothing to around a foot high in three weeks. Can anyone ID it? They're in the Boston area, if knowing the region helps.
posted by dfan at 7:57 PM PST - 7 comments

said yes to bad quote; screwed?
Got overcharged by a shady plumber, paid the ridiculous cost. Do we have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by shino-boy at 7:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Por que no?
Spanish visa for over 90 days? As always... [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 6:54 PM PST - 5 comments

How will getting treated for bipolar affect my job?
What are the repercussions of seeking treatment for bipolar disorder on my employability? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 PM PST - 10 comments

My life is like a Temptations song ("can't get next to you"); something must be done.
Pushing 30, het male, complete failure of romantic life. Help? tl;dr details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 PM PST - 67 comments

HTPC web browser?
Is there a web browser for your home-theater PC that works like Opera on the Wii? Something where I can sit back on the couch and navigate using the remote would be ideal.
posted by smackfu at 6:37 PM PST - 3 comments

good online financial help
Financial fool filter: I'm looking for authoritative online financial information/planning advice [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 6:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Who owns that lot?
How can I find the owner of that abandoned lot? [more inside]
posted by gilgamix at 6:19 PM PST - 9 comments

She put on her jumper, drove to my flat, and is now happily wrapped
Wrapped up in British English filter, with [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 6:18 PM PST - 24 comments

Virus Scan Company That Accepts Submissions?
Do any of the major virus-scan software sites permit sending in a questionable programs for possible addition to the ongoing alerts? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 5:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Simple Mac/PC Network
I have an old iBook G4 (Tiger) that I would like to use as a low-budget "media server". I'd like to set it up with an external hard drive so that our other two computers (laptop running Vista and netbook running XP) can access its files over our wireless network. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 4:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Cinema Display problem(?)
Is the problem my Cinema Display and if so do I have any hope of fixing it? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 4:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Smart guy with a confusing girl, help?
I like this girl and all signs say she digs me, but the situation's funky...read on and help me! Help me figure out this conundrum. [more inside]
posted by Born to Hula at 4:11 PM PST - 49 comments

A pocket digital camera that can zoom while shooting video?
Are there are any pocket-sized digital cameras that allows optical zooming while shooting in video mode? Big bonus points if it can shoot HD (720p) video. [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 4:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Gifts for Nuns?
What would be an appropriate gift to give a nun? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:04 PM PST - 24 comments

Lines from Joyce's Ulysses?
What are some juicy lines of dialogue from James Joyce's Ulysses? I want to greet my friend in a Ulyssean fashion for a Bloomsday celebration later. [more inside]
posted by malapropist at 3:47 PM PST - 18 comments

What's the UK's best combination of iPhone 3G S tariff and phone capacity?
What's a better deal for a contract iPhone — pay more per month and get the phone cheaper, or get a cheaper phone? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb at 3:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Shorter and More Often or Longer and Less Often?
Personal training: three times a week for 30 minutes, or two times a week for an hour? [more inside]
posted by scrump at 3:17 PM PST - 9 comments

What, that's not my song!
If you're a performer, and a record label tries to release a single (that you had nothing to do with) with your name on it and tries to pass it off as your work, what legal action could you take to stop it?
posted by empath at 3:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Innovative office design: What works and what doesn't?
Innovative Workspaces: What works and what doesn't? [more inside]
posted by degrees_of_freedom at 3:15 PM PST - 20 comments

A guitar book that's good for my wrists?
I suffer from a tendency to develop tendonitis in my wrists. Gyorgy Sandor's On Piano Playing has helped me learn to play piano in a way that keeps my wrists happy. What similar book exists for guitar? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 3:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Print This Site
Can I force a "print view" on sites that do not have such a feature? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 2:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Living in Salt Lake City during ski season
I want to spend Jan-Apr of the 2010 season snowboarding in the Salt Lake City resorts. Can you guys help me figure out where to live in SLC (three months at a resort is just too much $$, and plus I'd like to be able to get away from the mountain on the days I don't ride) , and the best way to go about securing a place? [more inside]
posted by Calloused_Foot at 2:44 PM PST - 6 comments

To pay or not to pay: LARSO rent registration fee
Los Angeles Filter: Should I pay the rent registration fee even though my landlord did not give me the requisite 30 days notice? [more inside]
posted by booksandwine at 2:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Salvage or DTMFA and Start Over?
I've inherited an older PC from work and would like to turn it into a media center / game-playing box, but I'm not sure if it's up to snuff. [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 2:23 PM PST - 10 comments

What could my mystery chest pain be?
Chest Pain Filter: So I continue to have this weird chest pain at the bottom of my breast bone area, perhaps a little down and to the left of my nipple. What could it possibly be? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 2:03 PM PST - 15 comments

What's bad about low HDL and LDL cholesterol?
I know that HDL (good cholesterol) is supposed to help lower LDL (bad cholesterol), but is it dangerous to have very low HDL levels, if your LDL is also low? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 1:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to find vector graphic website backgrounds?
Where can I find/buy great website backgrounds such as the examples below? Or, where can I find good vector graphics to tile and make my own? [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 at 1:54 PM PST - 7 comments

And The Card Attached Will Say Thank You For Being A Friend
I just recently went and visited some friends and want to send a gift to thank them for being such great hosts. One of my friends has recently hurt his neck and I am thinking of sending something that might make him feel better. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 1:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Odd free writing behaviour
Why does this happen when I free write? [more inside]
posted by paradoxflow at 1:38 PM PST - 16 comments

What are some good books that take place in East Germany?
Can anyone recommend good books (fiction or non-fiction) that take place in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall?
posted by comfortinsound at 1:36 PM PST - 15 comments

there are no real jobs on craigslist!
I'm a full-time film editor and occasional composer in Vancouver, about to move to Toronto. My main work has been TV movies and short films. Because I don't have a job lined up there, I'll need to network. I also enjoy collaborating, and would love to make some new acquaintances -- I don't know many people in TO. Can anyone think of resources, groups, or organizations in Toronto that might help me achieve these goals? [more inside]
posted by gonna get a dog at 1:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Speed up my G4 browsing
Why is my iBook G4 so painfully crappy at browsing the net, and can I make it better? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 1:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Learning Spanish in Latin America
Help me find academic/university-based Spanish as a Second Language programs in Latin America! [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 1:10 PM PST - 1 comments

What should I ask Mormons?
I'm meeting with Mormon missionaries tomorrow for a religious discussion, and they want me to come prepared with questions about Mormon history/ belief/ doctrine, etc. I'm looking for a list of questions that will give me interesting answers and lead to longer discussions about the nature of Mormonism. I'm very interested in their religion, I just don't know enough to know what to ask, and I have three hours with them so I need a good amount of discussion questions. Thanks!
posted by howgenerica at 12:43 PM PST - 75 comments

Ikea To Go
I am planning a road trip to Ikea (Denver -> Draper, UT). Some friends are saying I should fly to Salt Lake then rent a truck to haul the stuff back. Some friends are saying I should drive out using my SUV. Help me make the right decision. [more inside]
posted by shew at 12:38 PM PST - 21 comments

San Jose to Portland cheap & back on time for school?
How can I take my 9 year old to the Portland stop of the Alli Dew Tour from San Jose, CA cheaply? Should I? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 12:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Help us summit Kilimanjaro in 2010!
We want to 1) climb Kilimanjaro (Western Breach route) and 2) go on a safari afterwards. Looking for advice, personal stories, and information about planning for the trip and training for a high altitude hike. [more inside]
posted by kitkatcathy at 12:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Can my landlord really kick me out?
My landlords want to kick me out and move into my apartment. They gave me the 60 days notice, but I have some questions about the validity of their notice. [more inside]
posted by krunk at 12:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Twitter in Tehran
What Twitter feeds will keep me abreast of the situation in Iran? [more inside]
posted by HabeasCorpus at 12:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Whats the deal with spray tans?
What do I need to know, as a very pale girl, about getting a spray tan? [more inside]
posted by Unred at 12:11 PM PST - 35 comments

iPhone activation for n00bs
Can I get an iPhone 3G S set up on Friday? I've never had an iPhone before. I pre-ordered one at the Apple site, but haven't received any confirmation from Apple or AT&T. I'm planning to go to the Apple store first thing on Friday morning, but I'm going to London Friday evening, and I'm concerned that AT&T won't be able to process all the activations that day. [more inside]
posted by lukemeister at 12:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I use a set of high-quality Component video cables as high-quality compsite video cables?
Can I use a set of high-quality Component video cables as high-quality compsite video cables? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 11:46 AM PST - 16 comments

Zoloft is making me fat. Help!
I've been on zoloft for a year, and just started taking wellbutrin in addition. Zoloft has made me gain quite a bit of weight, even though I exercise regularly and eat well. How have other people dealt with this?
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Word Document Transfer Advice Needed!
How do I transfer a word document to a jpg, gif, or pdf file? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 11:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Biking from Burlington
Approximately how long would it take to ride a bicycle from Burlington to Vergennes, VT at a leisurely pace? Also, is it a hilly route? [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 11:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me close this can of worms!
Trouble reinstalling BootCamp Manager in Win XP SP3. Error 2753. [more inside]
posted by siclik at 11:11 AM PST - 1 comments

Is expansion slowing down galaxies?
Does expansion of the universe decelerate orbits of planets and/or rotation of galaxies? [more inside]
posted by knave at 11:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Name pronunciation help! (Bengali and Albanian)
Name pronunciation help! (Bengali and Albanian) [more inside]
posted by Lotto at 10:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Welcome to the Land of Opportunity! ...Or, at least, the Land of Hotdogs.
My British step-father has just become a US citizen. Given this, what would be a good way for us to celebrate the 4th of July? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint at 10:56 AM PST - 21 comments

Narrative/thematic transition into "The Grand Inquisitor"
Help me understand the transition in The Brothers Karamazov between "Rebellion" and "The Grand Inquisitor." [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 10:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Donating Medical Equipment and Medication in Florida?
Can you donate unused medications and durable medical equipment (hearing aids) in Florida? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 10:37 AM PST - 10 comments

What are the best options to measure the electricity usage of common area in a condo?
What are the best options to measure the electricity usage of common area in a condo? [more inside]
posted by coust at 10:32 AM PST - 8 comments

buying property in NYC
Looking in a "neglected" area of NYC for property to buy. My question is how to get information; on owners, and issues like back taxes owed, or even, now especially, foreclosures. The Dept. of Finance has block-by block data, but it is very time-consuming, and obviously does not include current data. [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 10:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Does Not Compute
Please help me find the best laptops for our teens! Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by misha at 10:17 AM PST - 16 comments

How does adding links/menu items work in Drupal?
How does adding links/menu items work in Drupal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:57 AM PST - 4 comments

How to repeat a sequence of roughly 40 keyboard clicks in windows 2000 professional to stop insanity
I'm using Windows 2000 professional. I'm copying data from excel to the forms on separate pages of a website, and have to repeat a string of keyboard controls several times. Is there an application I can download to do this automatically? Does the computer come with a tool that allows you you type a series of keys into the computer, then just "repeat" 83 times? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 9:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I lawyer up for an unenforcable Non-compete?
Consultant legal filter: Over-broad non-compete + me jumping to a client firm + angry former boss = well, what exactly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Career alternatives for a burnt-out developer?
Career alternatives for a burnt-out developer? Is there a world past my IDE that I'd make it in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 AM PST - 13 comments

what happened to my refi?
Once a bank/lender has quoted a rate, given a preliminary acceptance and has finished all required inspections to their satisfaction, how long do they have before they must finalize a refinance (or new mortgage)? I remember reading somewhere that in California, at least, there was a relatively short window of time that they had to finish in, but I can't find the citation now.
posted by luriete at 9:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Toronto to Tijuana: 7500km of bookstores and indie events
My husband and I are planning a cross-countries, 7500km road trip to promote the book which he has just finished, currently seeking publishers (he will be self-publishing if it isn't picked up before we are set to leave). We are seeking contact info of book stores, events, independent media outlets and any other venues where book signings, readings or vending would be appropriate. (cities and book info after the cut) [more inside]
posted by DecemberRaine at 9:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Busting a move (while moving a bust)
Advice on sports bras for the bustier woman? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 9:18 AM PST - 25 comments

paper time machine
What are some great books about history? [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 9:06 AM PST - 43 comments

Automated backup for USB flash drives?
Is there a way to automatically back up certain folders on my hard drive to a USB key every time a plug in that key? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 8:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Bleeding-heart Liberal in Death Match with Reaganite Bosses!
Get me off my high horse: how can I work with Republicans without losing my cool? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 AM PST - 60 comments

Is there an equine insurance agent in the house?
This may be a longshot, even for the diverse crowd here at AskMeFi. My daughter's horse was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in January. We caught it very early and the horse has made a full recovery and is back to normal in every way. However, the annual renewal on our Life/Major Medical policy for the horse includes this clause. An exclusion for any loss or expense due to Lyme disease or any underlying related condition will apply to all coverages. Diagnosing Lyme is a bit of a judgment call as it is, and this seems like a huge get-out-of-ever-paying-any-claim-again loophole as pretty much anything that may ever affect the horse in the future could conceivably be blamed on Lyme Disease. The question for anybody that may have experience with this...is there any reason to maintain a policy with that loophole?
posted by COD at 8:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Smooth my salsa
What's the secret to replicating smooth salsa from the jar? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:21 AM PST - 16 comments

She has to go potty...oops...
Suggestions for dealing with an increase in potty accidents in an almost-four-year-old? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 8:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Two-Foot Glasses
Where (online) can I buy +2.00 reading glasses with a focal distance of 24 inches?
posted by king walnut at 8:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Give me my money back, give me my money back-you bitch.
How do I appeal a long term disability claim that's been denied? [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy at 8:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Schengen Visa Insurance
What online company should I use to purchase travel insurance that meets the Schengen visa requirements? [more inside]
posted by wigner3j at 7:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Garment Purge 2009!
How best to go about rebuilding my wardrobe? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 7:44 AM PST - 13 comments

True Blood trivia - Jessica drinks blood
In Season 2 of the HBO show True Blood, what is the exact mixture of blood types that Jessica thinks tastes ok? Supposedly this was determined by Bill. [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger at 7:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Quitting the competition, while still running the race
Help me get my focus back on my own life and happiness and stop comparing/competing with my ex in my own mind... and stop having how I compare with others as a condition to my happiness/self esteem in general... [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis at 7:25 AM PST - 13 comments

The shortest computer-less path between a camera and an external drive is...
Looking for ideas for backing up photos while traveling in the middle of nowhere, with no guaranteed access to a computer. [more inside]
posted by bassjump at 7:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Moved too fast, how to slow it down?
We met on eHarmony but live long distance from each other. After a few weeks of great emails and phone calls, we travelled to the same city to meet in person, had a wonderful time and had sex. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Automated extraction of the gist of an article?
I often have a whole bunch of 500-3000 word articles to read - all reasonably plain English with headings and sub-headings (and occasionally images). Is there any software out there which will take an article (or articles) and write a reasonable one or two paragraph summary of the article, or produce a list of key points?
posted by zaebiz at 6:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for crafty suggestions for a huge glass bottle
Looking for crafty suggestions for a big glass bottle [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 6:27 AM PST - 11 comments

nomnomnomnom
I want the best dam french toast recipe this side of the mississip'! [more inside]
posted by chicago2penn at 6:18 AM PST - 40 comments

Confucius say... what, exactly?
Suggested reading about the life and teachings of Confucius? I've read the article at Wikipedia and seen the reading list there, but would love some personal recommendations. [more inside]
posted by sambosambo at 3:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Facebook borks my firefox bookmarks bar
I've been using Del.icio.us and I've made a "Bookmark on Delicious" link for my Firefox bookmarks bar, using this page. However, when I click on my link (or the My Delicious link I also created) they both take me to a facebook page that I visited on the day I created the bookmark. I removed them both and reinstalled them, but they changed back immediately to a new facebook page; I then manually changed the links to point to the ones from the delicious page, which worked for a while, but on restarting firefox they changed again to a facebook page. Any ideas?
posted by criticalbill at 2:25 AM PST - 7 comments

So how do they make their money?
Our local cinema offers monthly subscription. How do they make their money? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 2:21 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I find a long-lost relative living in England?
Trying to track down my uncle, who lives somewhere in England. [more inside]
posted by tracicle at 2:01 AM PST - 12 comments

June 15
Should I keep the historic designation on my future home?
RenovationFilter: I'm attempting to buy a registered historic home. The bank might require some repairs which, if required and done, could coincide with other renovation that may or may not affect the historic designation (roofing/ windows etc). What resources or advice might inform my decisions? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree at 10:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Panacea? Probably not.
Is there any science behind castor oil folk remedies? [more inside]
posted by Nomiconic at 10:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Dress to impress event..help! :)
Looking for help finding something to wear to a formal dress to impress event?? [more inside]
posted by lwclec072 at 10:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Perspectives from former old maids?
I'm officially one of the last ones standing. I'm almost 30 and I'm not married. I'm having a really hard time dealing with this. Have you ever been last or close to last? How did you deal with the horrible feelings of inadequacy that accompany that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:34 PM PST - 84 comments

A few questions about cars.
I have a few questions about buying a new or used car. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 9:23 PM PST - 25 comments

Finding the national artistic news spotlight?
Our non-profit arts organization has just earned the support (in the form of a very big grant) from an internationally renowned foundation. We've got a good system of press releases that we send out to local and regional contacts, but we're idealistically looking to see some national artistic attention as the result of getting this grant. Where/who should we attempt contact to really get noticed? [more inside]
posted by lifeofthunder at 9:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Of whom are you bored with?
PrepositionFilter: When did "bored with" become "bored of"? [more inside]
posted by dogrose at 9:06 PM PST - 25 comments

Need insider info on Dublin, OH IrishFest
I am looking for insider info about the Dublin, Ohio, Irish Fair. Wanted to ask actual MeFites. Travel advice? Good places to eat? Great local bands? Things to bring? (Other than a few gallons of sunblock for my own Celtic-pale hide.) Thanks, hivemind!
posted by SaharaRose at 8:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Help us survive a boring summer!
What are some fun things to do as a teenager in a small-ish town? [more inside]
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 8:53 PM PST - 37 comments

Web site design/mtce help - special circumstances
Oh so many questions about building a web site: do I need software to help me or a person? what to pay? how to maintain? special circumstances make the decision complicated. [more inside]
posted by x46 at 8:28 PM PST - 7 comments

80s meow
I love this tiger bathing suit. Unfortunately, nothing similar seems to exist on the internet. Help me find one! [more inside]