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June 30
It's late, and I can't persude my sister she's in crisis.
Help me persuade my sister to go to the hospital (or talk me down). [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 10:53 PM PST - 27 comments

Waking up on moving vehicles!
Waking up in moving vehicles sends me into existential crises. What? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 10:15 PM PST - 23 comments

Oregon outdoors ideas needed for the weekend.
I've been procrastinating about finalizing my travel plans and now find the weekend looming and nothing planned. I've got Friday afternoon to Tuesday evening to start in Eugene (mid-state) to get anywhere in a 200 mile radius to have some fun. I love to mountain bike, be outdoors and get in the water. All else is optional. Not into campgrounds or crowds. The 4th is obviously a big weekend to travel. There's a lot to do here. What are some favorite places to get away and see some beauty away from it all. [more inside]
posted by diode at 9:55 PM PST - 1 comments

Where are the best online piano lessons?
A couple of months ago I AskedMefi about online guitar lessons. You pointed me to a justguitar which worked out great! Now, could you do the same thing for piano, please? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 9:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Concise critique of Fox News?
Concise explanation of what is wrong with Fox News? [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 9:36 PM PST - 32 comments

What do you mean, I'm defensive?
How can I not react so defensively to things? [more inside]
posted by Polgara at 9:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Pharmacotherapy from the North
Is it safe and legal to purchase my prescription drugs from Canada via an online service? [more inside]
posted by freshwater at 9:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Help! My dog has ADD.
My dog is too distracted to do his business outside. Suggestions please. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 9:04 PM PST - 10 comments

What's a great place to hold a conference in Portland?
I'm helping to plan a weekend conference in Portland, OR next June. We hope to have 300-500 people attend. We'd like to have some sessions in which everyone gathers to hear featured speakers, and we'd like to have breakout workshops featuring smaller groups. Plus it would be great if we were near food and lodging. My question: Where are good locations in Portland to hold a conference? We're not keen on cold, soulless places like the convention center. What about the art museum? The Baghdad theater? The Aladdin? The Kennedy School? What venues can you recommend?
posted by jdroth at 8:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Bug Identification. Anyone know what this bug is? link
Bug Identification. Anyone know what this bug is? link [more inside]
posted by austinlee at 8:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Sincere ingratiation 101
How to adjust to a new work environment when everyone is good friends already? [more inside]
posted by leedly at 8:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Most basic of foods for my lifetime
If had a limited choice of foods to eat daily from age thirty to ninety what would pack the most nutrition? Processed and packaged items are allowed in suggestions. [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 7:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Why won't my dog go for a walk?
What kind of border collie doesn't want a walk? [more inside]
posted by MarvinTheCat at 7:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Pet Placement Resource Needed in Laos
What pet adoption placement and/or listing resources exist in Laos, for a found stray kitten? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Whom should I bite first?
Am I going to get rabies? I found a little brown bat on the floor of my house this evening (~9 pm). It was curled up on the floor so I thought it was a leaf. Anyway I scooped it into a mesh wastebasket and it immediately fluttered up to the top of the inverted basket. [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley at 6:45 PM PST - 33 comments

What white/orange/blue blogging site did I use in 2002?
Help me find this blogging website from circa 2002! It had a white/orange/blue minimalist layout and few members. [more inside]
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 6:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Big Sister Nerves!
Big Sister/Little Sister Program Filter: First outing with my "little sister" tonight, and I feel a little nervous or ...something.. about the whole experience so far... [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 at 6:31 PM PST - 19 comments

Wait, Wait-esque podcasts - Update?
I adore "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" and "The News Quiz" - and I've asked for similar offerings before. That thread changed my life - can I get an update? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 6:27 PM PST - 1 comments

How do I pitch a Documentary-style TV show?
What advice or resources do you have for someone about to pitch their first documentary-style TV show? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Help the new fat girl make some friends
I'm moving into a new neighborhood where a lot of nice people live. I'd love to meet them and make some new friends. But I'm dealing with some weight issues and therefore have low self-confidence, not to mention being a natural introvert. How do I get through this in a positive way? [more inside]
posted by georgiabloom at 6:14 PM PST - 26 comments

Where can I buy a buzz sticker?
Obscure stickerfilter: Looking for "Buzz" sticker. Last seen in the late 90's. [more inside]
posted by gofargogo at 4:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Recovering a movie file with a corrupted header?
Using Quicktime X to make a recording, but the .mov file it created won't open in anything. I suspect a corrupted header. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by mattkh at 4:57 PM PST - 4 comments

What is staining my teeth?
I don't drink coffee, tea, wine, or soda. I don't smoke, chew on markers, or neglect to brush. The stains are dark brown and are worst around the gum line where the toothbrush doesn't reach as well. [more inside]
posted by silvicolous at 4:19 PM PST - 19 comments

How to find a hobby?
I've been told by my doctor that I need interests/hobbies. What are your hobbies and how did you get them? [more inside]
posted by kanata at 4:18 PM PST - 75 comments

Can i pimp my Pashley?
Cycling filter: can i add more gears to my 5-speed Pashley Sonnet Bliss? [more inside]
posted by ukdanae at 4:18 PM PST - 22 comments

Should I get an iMac?
Help me choose my next computer [more inside]
posted by crLLC at 4:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Where would you put this extra money?
SpecificFinancialFilter: What payments would you make with an extra $550 dollars a month? [more inside]
posted by bengalsfan1 at 3:30 PM PST - 23 comments

Why did my face turn purple?
What happened to my face? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 3:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Mac user yearning for Windows 3.1 games
How can I play the classic Windows games in the Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack (JezzBall, Chip's Challenge, SkiFree, PipeDream) on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 2:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a web host that won't delete my files.
I'm looking for a new web host for my very low traffic personal resume/portfolio site. Caveat: they must be willing to host several non-copyrighted MP3s produced by me and linked only from the site itself. How might I go about searching for hosts that will definitely allow such files? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 2:36 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I make the best of a trip to France?
I'm studying abroad in France this fall. I want to learn the language. How do I prepare so that I can make the very best of it? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken at 2:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Comics and terrorism
What recent, mainstream, non-political comic books have featured terrorism as part of the plot? [more inside]
posted by brozek at 1:34 PM PST - 20 comments

Salta to Lima
i have about 5 days to get from around Salta to Lima to catch a flight. budget is a big issue. what is the best way to take buses from Salta to Lima? I do not have a chilean visa but I do have a bolivian visa. I am American.
posted by barbudo at 1:27 PM PST - 5 comments

What happened to the man who made "Sky Captain"?
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2005) is an amazing film with a great production history. But it's director, Kerry Conran, seems to have dropped of the face of the earth. What happened?
posted by Faze at 1:26 PM PST - 28 comments

Do people still get paid for research, and if so, how?
Could I get paid for my (new-found) interest in researching topics? If so, how? More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:24 PM PST - 18 comments

Thumbelina & Paul Bunyan
How can Thumbelina safely and painlessly accommodate Paul Bunyan? This question involves latex sensitivity and significant size difference, and it is all kinds of NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:51 PM PST - 15 comments

My Dad passed away and I don't know what to do.
How best can I support my Mom and brother from so far away, other than calling them frequently? How can I stop thinking about the last days of my Dad's life and get over his physical "absence"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:50 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I find balance in my life with newfound social success?
I need some help finding balance. I've gone through a number of changes in my life lately, and it's been amazing. But the changes have caused my work life to suffer, and I've just taken on a new job, so this is not a good time. Anxiety, exercise, confidence, and a loss of balance all come into play here... I need some help putting it all together. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Cracklin' MIDI
Electronic musicians: help a brother out with MIDI and latency issues? [more inside]
posted by echo target at 12:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Who is the senator who was very vocal about getting access to the live feed of the BP oil spill in the Gulf?
Who is the senator who was very vocal about getting access to the live feed of the BP oil spill in the Gulf? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 12:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Why is a single website not appearing for me?
So, a website that I need to view is just not showing up on any of my browsers. I know for a fact that it's not down. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 12:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Chicken cutlets
A long time ago, I had an acquaintance who made the most delicious chicken cutlets in the known world--featuring fresh herbs and some kind of grated cheese that was not Parmesan--and I haven't been able to find or recreate the secret recipe. Hope me, Italian grandmas of AskMe... [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 12:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Making lists from barcodes: Is there an app for that?
Is there an app (I'm on Android, but an iPhone app name might also help me track one down) that will let me make a list of products (specifically books) using just barcodes? [more inside]
posted by coolguymichael at 12:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Windows 7 on virtual machine in/beside Ubuntu 10.04 to watch streaming Netflix - will it work?
Windows 7 on virtual machine in/beside Ubuntu 10.04 to watch streaming Netflix - will it work? And will it work well? Will I be able to watch Netflix streaming movies (preferably in HD) on a Windows 7 guest system running inside VirtualBox OSE on an Ubuntu 10.04 host? Google has turned up very little recent chatter, with one or two people saying that it doesn't work well. Anyone here manage to get it working? [more inside]
posted by dilettanti at 12:18 PM PST - 12 comments

The wiring in this house is shocking!
Please recommend an electrician in the Chapel Hill/Triangle area that you know is good and can perform a house inspection. [more inside]
posted by corn_bread at 12:00 PM PST - 0 comments

Help make my PC to Mac personal finance software quick and painless!
What is the best way to move years of financial data from AceMoney on Windows to anything on OSX and not screw it all up? [more inside]
posted by drgonzo2k2 at 11:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Not that it's any of my business...
BritishRoyalMarriageFilter: I've seen the tabloid rumors about Prince William and his longtime girlfriend and it made me curious. Is he 'allowed' to marry her and still be in line for King? [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 11:55 AM PST - 29 comments

How to find party site?
Pre-planning San Francisco Pride 2011 -- accessible sites near parade route? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 11:51 AM PST - 1 comments

I'm too young to be old.
What sites/podcasts/etc do you use to discover new music? [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 11:49 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me find a plant stand
Where can I find an inexpensive, simple indoor plant stand/flower pot holder? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 11:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to watch the NYC fireworks show in 2010?
I'll be in New York City for July 4th and wanted to know where I could get the best view of the fireworks this year. I think they are going to be over the Hudson this year. Specifics appreciated.
posted by newtux at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the best way to collaboratively review and access 8 terabytes of multimedia content?
I'm looking for software to manage an 8-terabyte media library including audio, video, and photos. Ideally the software would include a web server component to allow you to browse the library remotely. [more inside]
posted by drewgillson at 11:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Best place to friend a book.
Shelfari vs. Good Reads vs. Library Thing. I know it's subjective, but could you tell me the benefits of one or all three? [more inside]
posted by four panels at 10:53 AM PST - 16 comments

map design competitions?
I am looking for map design competitions that I can enter (I live in Canada). [more inside]
posted by figTree at 10:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Attempting to lessen ill effects of DWI on my car insurance...
I am in North Carolina; just received sentencing for a DWI (first offense), and I'm wondering how I might save some money on the inevitable insurance rate hike. Currently I am on a policy with my wife, through Progressive. We have a 2008 Mazda 3i and a 1992 Chevy Beretta; I am wondering if it might benefit me to get my own, separate insurance policy for the Beretta, so that the more expensive Mazda rates will stay with her and hopefully be unaffected? I don't want to run my credit report getting rate quotes, so I'm throwing the question out here. Thanks for any advice!
posted by jeroum at 10:45 AM PST - 11 comments

what do I do with my cat?
Is my cat too big for my apartment? Is it inhumane to keep him locked inside these three small rooms all the time? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 10:45 AM PST - 36 comments

Help me be in charge of my network!
Wireless router questions: monitoring traffic and custom firmware. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 10:38 AM PST - 4 comments

What's an easy way to build a visual map of the links between about 60 pieces of data?
Visual map to handle the links between ~60 pieces of data - not quite a sitemap, not quite a diagram... is there a better term for what I'm trying to find? [more inside]
posted by pants at 10:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Leaders in Affordable Housing Strategies plz!
Looking for amazing municipal Affordable Housing Strategies? [more inside]
posted by crawfo at 10:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Returning a game to Gamestop as defective for a full refund?
On June 26 I purchased the video game Puzzle Quest 2 from Gamestop. While playing it thus far, I've experienced three rather substantial bugs: these two, and this one, the last of which has utterly destroyed my enjoyment of the game. I still have the receipt and everything that came with the game in 'played but otherwise perfect' condition, and I want a refund. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 9:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Cricket in NYC
I would like to go to a cricket match in NYC. [more inside]
posted by klpage at 9:38 AM PST - 5 comments

I can has digital tv?
Please hope me navigate our transition to Comcast digital... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 9:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Half short and twice strong
I'm going to start a position soon as a part-time software developer, one that I might want to keep for a long time. How can I best demonstrate that I'm worth keeping around in this capacity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Pampering gone wrong
I'madumbassfilter: I used a 70% Glycolic Acid chemical peel and, well, I certainly shouldn't have been drinking while doing it. I have a rash across my face. Note: I am prone to hyperpigmentation. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM PST - 13 comments

A MUA I can MWAH
Help me find a new email client. [more inside]
posted by DU at 9:24 AM PST - 20 comments

A good family vacation around Philly?
Help me find a good family vacation destination within driving distance of Philly for a week in mid-August. Its our first attempt to take a vacation with our little kids (1 and 3), and with your hotel and destination advice, I hope to make it a good one... [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 8:44 AM PST - 16 comments

Seeking Analog short story info
Looking for an Analog short story, circa 1960. All life on earth is destroyed by mankind. One man escapes in a rocket. He knows he can't survive in space. Crash-lands on the now barren rock that used to be the earth. His is pursued by an animal, which he kills. (I don't remember whence the animal.) He goes to an ocean to die, knowing that the bacteria in his body will act to "reseed" the earth. [more inside]
posted by no.mad at 8:29 AM PST - 8 comments

I'll just sit here wondering how you can stand by your racist friend
There is a woman I work with who, up until today, I really liked. She’s in an office in another state, but we clicked well over the phone and she’s otherwise a pretty terrific person, and I pretty much considered her a personal friend outside of the workplace. Today she forwarded to me this epically offensive, crazy racist e-mail, and I’m not sure what to do. Advice and/or resources would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 8:21 AM PST - 107 comments

How to share a file over the internet?
I just want to upload some files that other people can then download. Evernote and Dropbox require passwords or emailing. I just want the files available to anybody who knows they're there. [more inside]
posted by largecorp at 8:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Best option for additional storage for a Mac Mini HTPC
I’m planning on buying a Mac Mini as an HTPC, but I have some questions about the best option for additional storage. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 8:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Is this a leather apron?
Is this a leather apron? What is it for? [more inside]
posted by travis08 at 7:57 AM PST - 28 comments

Love?
How can I improve myself? Problem - nobody in my life has ever accepted me as I am. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 7:44 AM PST - 24 comments

Marijuana Policy Study
I'm going to be starting up a new research agenda on the economics of marijuana policy with an undergraduate student this fall, and I'm looking for materials which can help both me and my student navigate through the legal jungle that is US marijuana policy. I had a few questions. [more inside]
posted by scunning at 7:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Reasonable Australian wage for household cleaners?
What is a reasonable (Australian) wage for casual household cleaners? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 7:27 AM PST - 5 comments

How to keep active?
I need small ways of incorporating physical activity into my daily life. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 7:20 AM PST - 25 comments

What books best describe/approximate what it was like to be in New York City during the 1970s/80s?
What books best describe/approximate what it was like to be in New York City during the 1970s/80s? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 7:13 AM PST - 28 comments

Is there any hope of recovering my stolen iPhone?
Stolen iPhone - what, if anything, can I do with the information that I have? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 7:04 AM PST - 24 comments

What does the Ninth Amendment mean?
What does the Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution mean? [more inside]
posted by jefeweiss at 6:38 AM PST - 17 comments

My new laptop kills my wireless router.
Laptop Wifi / Wireless Router help! My brand new Asus laptop kills my linksys WRT110 whenever the wifi is active on the laptop. [more inside]
posted by Jase at 6:37 AM PST - 7 comments

When my batteries die, I go to Wal-mart
Approximately how much of the productivity gains of the past 125 years has been a result of using fossil fuels? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide at 6:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Gchat statuses on the iPhone/iPod Touch vs. Gmail
In regular Gmail, my friends' chat statuses show up as red, green, or greyed out. I know that if they're greyed out it might be because they're not signed in or because they've gone invisible. In Gchat on the iPhone/iPod Touch, there's a little more variation in how their statuses appear (not on the list at all, greyed out without profile pic, greyed out with profile pic) and I'm looking to understand whether those variations tell me if they're there but "invisible" vs "signed out." [more inside]
posted by Wisco72 at 6:32 AM PST - 3 comments

SHould I be using probability to design this interactive?
I'm scriptwriting an online interactive interview for a curriculum resource. There are ten questions, and students will be able to choose six of these to 'ask', and then see a video clip of each reply. Ideally, I want students to hear four strong answers and two weak ones. Based on this criterion, should I be using probabilty to work out how many of the ten answers should be weak or strong? If so, how? I think I need 6 or 7 strong answers just by applying the ratio.
posted by dowcrag at 6:02 AM PST - 3 comments

How many of my co-workers are on meds?
What is the best estimate for the fraction or percentage of the current United States America workforce taking prescription psychiatric medication?
posted by bukvich at 5:55 AM PST - 6 comments

DIYfilter - What is this disk insert called?
I've got some cardboard tubes from plastic sheeting - in all different lengths and widths. I want to be able to put shelving on them - so I'll be needing a round disk that'll fit in about 1/2 an inch snugly and have a screw protruding so I can then bolt the wood to the screw and tube. What is this disk called and where can I get them online?
posted by watercarrier at 5:49 AM PST - 10 comments

CRM+ECM = ???
Does a (preferably open-source) application exist that's one part Customer Relationship Manager (CRM, eg SugarCRM) and one part Enterprise Content Management (ECM, eg: Sharepoint, Alfresco)? Or one that bridges the gaps, connecting relationships with people to documents? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 5:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Reasonable expense or unchecked materialism?
Help me find the perfect leather tote! [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 5:13 AM PST - 10 comments

A/C acts like it's on, though it's not
I have a phantom central air system. I turn the upstairs unit off at night, because my bedroom gets the coldest of the rooms in the house when it's turned on, and my side of the bed is directly under a vent. Anyhow, last night the unit was off, but the vent still made noise like it was working. Vents in other parts of the house sounded like they were working as well, though the unit was off. Though the vents were making noise, I don't think the rooms were cooling. What's going on, and is this the sign of something worse?
posted by litnerd at 5:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Dysfunctional in the least charming way imaginable.
I want to introduce my wonderful boyfriend to my family. The problem? My father is a bigot and I'm 100% certain he'll be very unwelcoming. Please help me figure out how to navigate this situation. [more inside]
posted by arianell at 4:30 AM PST - 31 comments

Advice for a Visit of new york by a french geek ?
Advice for a Visit of new york by a french geek ? [more inside]
posted by bussiere at 4:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Accepted a job, haven't started, don't want to anymore.
This all happened in a week - I verbally accepted a job offer from A company at the beginning of this week on the agreement that I bring in the rest of the signed contract next week when I start. Since then I've had an interview with B company (I applied to B before I accepted A) and received another offer which I prefer. I think I want to take up B's offer, what do I say to A company? I know it's bad practice, is there anyway to make it better? [more inside]
posted by doobiedoo at 4:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Wordpress HTML has gone rogue, doesn't keep formatting
Recently, I updated to Wordpress 2.9 and the html formatting on my blog went nuts. Now when I save all lines of code run together. [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 3:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Unique American food for an Australian 4th of July
4th of July party in Australia: What uniquely American food can I serve that will be somewhat unusual for Australians? [more inside]
posted by mosessis at 2:21 AM PST - 48 comments

Interview rocks!
What are other magazines (English language) that are of the same type as Interview? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg at 1:57 AM PST - 1 comments

I've got a problem with gas...
How much does it cost to have gas central heating installed? (UK) [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 1:49 AM PST - 5 comments

rough ride
'97 Corolla rumble: I think the transmission or clutch is suspect. What should this cost to fix, and are there more durable components that could be installed for future driving? [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 1:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Mint.com's broke, can I fix or must I switch?
Mint.com went kablooey for me tonight. (I'm pretty sure it's a javascript thing.) Is there something I can do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 1:40 AM PST - 7 comments

June 29
Trouble completing yawns?
I yawn a lot, and often have trouble "completing" yawns. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 11:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Online documentaries?
Do you know any sites with a wide variety of social documentaries that aren't overly partisan? [more inside]
posted by shinybaum at 11:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Applying For New California Emergency High Risk Pool
Applying for Obama Health Plan Emergency High Risk Pool for State of California. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 11:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Membership Management and Joomla Community Builder
I've been asked to investigate Joomla Community Builder for use by a community circus I'm a part of to manage their membership. Based on their needs and abilities, is it worth using, or are we better off with other less complicated solutions? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 10:55 PM PST - 2 comments

I want my baby back baby back baby back riiiiiiibsssss.
Help a former vegan learn to cook meat! What are your best tips and how-tos? How can I cook ribs that will blow my friends away on the 4th of July? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 10:09 PM PST - 23 comments

Copy & pasting from Excel into Word
Is there a way to insert into a text string in Excel a "hard enter" so that when a series of rows of text are copied into Word that it automatically incorporates paragraph breaks between them? [more inside]
posted by notcostello at 9:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Drive-in tips for a complete novice?
What should I expect at a drive-in theater? What stuff should I know/bring before going? [more inside]
posted by Saminal at 9:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me identify this song!
Help me identify a song with little info...I am looking for a campy, cheesy, 80's song with the hook "I want to be an American", or something similar to that. It has some heavy guitar riffs as well. Seriously, it sounds like it came from a Rocky soundtrack. Your help is appreciated!
posted by helios410 at 9:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Please help me optimize my home network.
Please help me optimize my home network. [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 9:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Not toilet reading, even though about LBJ.
Recommend the best LBJ biography! [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 9:27 PM PST - 21 comments

when I was a teenager I owned a muscle car, now I want the exact opposite.
Should I expect to pay MSRP for a new ford fiesta currently for sale at my local dealer? [more inside]
posted by Large Marge at 9:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me minimize the hassles of getti g a new computer
I think my MacBook has died. Help me minimize the cost/trauma/hassle of replacing it! [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 8:50 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the good Internet radio shows?
Which free streaming Internet radio shows are awesome? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 8:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Breakups: How to deal?
I just ended a 2+ year relationship. I don't know how to bounce back. (anonymous because he lurks) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I restore an iTunes backup file?
Did iTunes delete my backup file? If so, can I restore it or other wise get it back? [more inside]
posted by eirelander at 8:08 PM PST - 3 comments

When will Diablo 3 come out?
When will Diablo 3 come out? Can't wait any more.
posted by Mr. Justice at 8:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Se necesita esto?
Do I really need a new Puerto Rican birth certificate? Seriously? [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 7:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Lost wallet in Sacto. Get to the Bay Area using only checks?
Within the last two hours, I lost my wallet in Sacramento while biking along the American River Parkway. A four-part question about getting home to the Bay Area using only a checkbook: 1. What's the easiest way to turn personal checks into cash, ideally in downtown Sacto? 2. Has anyone successfully used a check at Greyhound or Amtrak? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 7:47 PM PST - 8 comments

S.A.D. yet easily tuckered out by a day of sunshine.
Effected by S.A.D in the winter, yet when I remain in the sun for a good portion of the day during summer I feel exhausted. I'll take a nap from 5 to 10, eat, then go back to sleep just fine and wake up in the morning. It's ludicrous, the sun wears me out almost as bad as the lack of it. [more inside]
posted by mrflibble at 7:46 PM PST - 16 comments

What the heck is T/T in Advance?
I am trying to order a couple of fans for a CNC machine which I have only been able to find at a company in South Korea. Their price quotation states the following: WE ARE PLEASED TO QUOTE YOU THE UNDERMENTIONED GOODS ON THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS : PRICE TERMS : FOB INCHON AIRPORT (BY DHL) DELIVERY : 7 days upon receipt of a official order. Buyer selects Carrier & method of delivery at Buyer's cost. Applicable Duties & Taxes to be paid by Buyer. PAYMENT : 100% T/T IN ADVANCED PACKINGS : EXPORT STANDARD PACKING VALIDITY : July 15, 2010 [more inside]
posted by digsrus at 7:45 PM PST - 13 comments

I am not Iron Woman...
Personal anemia anecdotes wanted: How long did it take you to feel human again after being diagnosed with anemia? [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel at 7:43 PM PST - 19 comments

I need to wear a bathing suit!
I need help with personal grooming. NSFW and possibly TMI: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 32 comments

Montreal Menswear
Where to go for nice men's clothing in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by fso at 7:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Metering between shield and ground?
What kind of circuit can I use to measure between shield and ground in an electric guitar? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:52 PM PST - 7 comments

You know I actually do this in my head when I am not interviewing
Metafilter: Would you help me write this thank you letter? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by The1andonly at 6:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me choose songs to practice and perform.
I'll be participating in a singing workshop in a few weeks, and I need to choose a pair of songs to sing. The workshop is focused on performance, that is to say communicating the 'emotional content' of the songs to the audience, and less about mastering technically challenging pieces. [more inside]
posted by thedaniel at 6:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Setting Default From Address in IOS4
How do I set the default email address on my iPhone 3GS running IOS4? [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 5:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for the top-notch, absolute best facial plastic surgeons in the US
Help me find the top-notch, absolute best, facial plastic surgeons in the US. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:31 PM PST - 4 comments

how to successfully negotiate parked domain?
What's the most successful strategy to bid on a domain name that's already been registered? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:19 PM PST - 2 comments

What parts of the US have a lower cost of living than Long Island (and aren't terrible)?
I'm living on Long Island, New York, and it is ridiculously expensive here. I'd like to move to some other part of the country that shares its good qualities, but without the exorbitant cost of living. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by XerxesQados at 5:12 PM PST - 23 comments

foray 9 mm mechanical pencils..where do I find them?
This is my very first attempt at anything whatsoever on the internet but am that desperate to find the Mechanical Pencil that I adore. it is a .9 mm flat lead that fits into a Oddice Depot Foray pencil...I bought literally hundreds of them..they were three to a pack and about $5-6 dollars and came with spare leads and erasers. We gave them out as client thanks gift for anyone in our offices. They discontinued them and I am desolate and desperate. I cannot find another brand that works as well or is even close. I saw this sight when searching Google for Mechanical pencils and wonder if anyone might know where oh where I can find my beloved pencil? contact info is chris@candacerubin.com THANKS
posted by crreal at 4:55 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I keep clothes from getting overly funky at sports camp?
How can I keep clothes from getting overly funky at sports camp? [more inside]
posted by COD at 4:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Hand bone broken?
I think I broke a bone in my hand. 5th metacarpal, the one that connects to the pinky. Looking for a bit of advice. [more inside]
posted by chasing at 4:30 PM PST - 16 comments

What did I just buy?
Do you know American antiques (possibly)? If so help me figure out what I just bought. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah at 4:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Nintendo World or Bust
The family has decided to make a spur-of-the-moment pilgrimage to Nintendo World in Rockefeller Plaza this weekend. Traveling by car from central Ohio to NYC, what is the best place to stay outside the city for a trip in on Saturday morning, returning Saturday evening? [more inside]
posted by Otis at 4:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I (can I) keep my job?
I have been at my current job for five years; 2 years ago I transitioned from an active-duty (military) position to the same job as a civilian hire on a 2 year contract. I was hired at a salary below the median, with the understanding that this would be expected to increase. I have been upfront that I would like to stay, but would want my compensation to be more commensurate with industry standards. As the end of my contract approaches complications ensue... [more inside]
posted by maryrussell at 4:01 PM PST - 6 comments

I was wrongly and illegally ticketed!
I just got a parking ticket for a lot I was never in. I'm pretty annoyed. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 3:59 PM PST - 17 comments

The answer's probably duct tape.
How can I prevent my toe from tearing through my running shoes? I just got a new pair of running shoes and I'd like to prevent the little hole that shows up right above my big toe shortly after I start wearing any pair. I don't run, in fact it's a big achievement for me to go on a moderate walk - so I'm not beating the crap out of these things. Any way I can reinforce the toe somehow to prevent this?
posted by mattholomew at 3:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Hanging curtains on a plaster wall with plastic anchors.
Please help me figure out how to hang these curtains before I lose my mind. All I need to do (in theory) is drill a hole in plaster and stick a plastic anchor in it. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy at 3:49 PM PST - 14 comments

What software should I use for scheduling human subject experiments?
What software should I use for scheduling human subject experiments? [more inside]
posted by suncoursing at 3:29 PM PST - 5 comments

design firm question
What file formats should we ask our ordered logo and flyer to come in? [more inside]
posted by Mroz at 3:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Where can I find the most comfortable nose pads for my glasses?
Where can I find the most comfortable nose pads for my glasses? [more inside]
posted by Sevenupcan at 2:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Soliciting a lease buyout?
Any info on soliciting a buyout from your landlord in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 2:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me sort out some final details for our San Francisco trip.
We're in San Francisco for 3 days (this weekend). Should we rent a car to see Muir Woods, or take public transport? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 2:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Where's the missing link?
Blogger problem with showing links. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 2:40 PM PST - 5 comments

language question
What language is this guy speaking? There's English in there and maybe Spanish? (I don't speak Spanish, so I don't know). Is this just a mixture of two languages or a real language that incorporates some English?
posted by luvmywife at 2:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Mounting multiple samba shares in windows with different usernames?
I have a Samba file server sharing two drives that I'd like to mount simultaneously in windows using two different usernames. I can't get it to work - can you help? [more inside]
posted by pombe at 2:30 PM PST - 5 comments

I thought it'd be over!
Shrugging off my boyfriend's mother's guilt trips is extremely difficult. She's still trying to set me up for emotional, and possibly physical abuse from her younger son. How do I handle it so I stop raging out my anger on the boyfriend when he's trying his damn hardest to enforce boundaries between his family and I? [more inside]
posted by Yasuo at 2:30 PM PST - 26 comments

Trains from Berlin to avoid Ryanair?
I loathe Ryanair. I need to get back to London from Berlin next Friday, and I don't want to fly Ryanair, but all the flights on other airlines are hideously expensive. Before I succumb, I was thinking about catching a fast train from Berlin to somewhere in Germany not too far away with an airport, then catching a flight to London from there. Any suggestions on airports within two hours of Berlin on the fast train that have regular flights to London?
posted by curious zoe at 2:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Brush shaving soap recommendations
Shaving cream recommendations for my dad - badger brush & not too smelly [more inside]
posted by machine at 2:16 PM PST - 14 comments

If Dell is now Hell, is there a purgatory outside of build-it-yourself Heaven?
If Dell has truly gone to Hell, where should one go for a new rig? [more inside]
posted by Decimask at 2:16 PM PST - 21 comments

Handling a VC opportunity
My small company has been approached out of the blue by an established venture capital group. It's all very exciting because we'd love the opportunity to grow, but we also don't so much want to get screwed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to post my rental in NY?
What are some good places in NY to post my apartment for rent? [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 2:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Creepy Crawlies on my door
What is this weird bug I saw on my door last night? [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 at 1:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Help a New Small Robot-Tester
After reading this answer, I tried playing the programming-esque game Manufactoria. I loved it immediately. The first two levels were perfectly simple and didn't require a second of thought, but I keep futzing with level three (Robolamps). I seem to get very close to success over and over, but after 2 days I can't get a proper solution. I have no programming experience at all, but I seem to have an unnatural amount of patience for trying to figure this out, and think the basic concepts aren't challenging at all yet, at this completely basic level-- I just think I might be missing a crucial concept or two. [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 1:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Kierkegaard n00b
I have decided that I should read Kierkegaard. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by pecknpah at 1:47 PM PST - 18 comments

asthma parents
My mum has been diagnosed with asthma recently, at 63. Last week she had to go into hospital. How serious is this, and how worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 1:10 PM PST - 24 comments

Can a Ph.D. woman be happy with a nonintellectual man?
Put yourself in these shoes: You are an overly-educated (Ph.D.) woman with creative and intellectual ambitions....voracious bookworm, writer, lover of ideas. Can you be happy in a romantic relationship with a nonintellectual man? He IS smart, but not a brainiac....and has every other quality you would want in a man....kind, generous, funny, hard-working, full of character. Responses from men and women, based on opinion and/or experience, are all welcome.
posted by smokingloon at 1:05 PM PST - 69 comments

I need more excuses to watch movies!
Can anyone recommend an online movie-of-the-week (or month, or whatever) discussion club? [more inside]
posted by Monster_Zero at 12:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me keep my teeth in my head
Can anyone recommend a good periodontist in the Boston Metro area? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum at 12:58 PM PST - 4 comments

what does this sign in the netherlands mean?
What on earth does this sign mean? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 12:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Average Life Of A [__]
Looking for more "average life" documentaries. [more inside]
posted by iarerach at 12:41 PM PST - 31 comments

A Gift That Keeps on Giving
I'm looking for a subscription-type birthday gift -- something that would be sent regularly (say, monthly) to my soon-to-be-85-year-old mother. [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk at 12:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Help a guy pick a camera lens?
I'm in the market for a new camera lens. I'm attempting to do my "due diligence" - if I'm going to pony up and drop $500 - $600 on a lens, I want to make sure it's right - but a lot of this information doesn't make sense to me. Step inside, would you? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 12:21 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me find that voice actor!
Who is the former NPR staffer that is now working in recording audiobooks? [more inside]
posted by pianohands at 12:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Are they killing the Incredible? Why?
What's the deal with the HTC Droid Incredible's sudden agoraphobia? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 12:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Summer In Santa Cruz?
Last-minute decision: I have some extended time coming up (basically the month of July) and am considering a 3-4 week stay in Santa Cruz. What is a summer in Santa Cruz like? Is there a lot to do? I'll be spending part of the time working on a book, so it's not like I need to be occupied the entire time. I've looked on Craigslist for room shares and there seem to be plenty for short-term stays. Any other ideas? Are there areas that I would want to steer clear of for safety reasons, etc? As always, thanks in advance.
posted by Gerard Sorme at 12:04 PM PST - 10 comments

iPhone 4 vs 3GS signal comparison
For people with the new iPhone 4, who previously had experience with the iPhone 3GS. How do you find the iPhone 4 stacks up against the 3GS in the area of signal reception? Is the iPhone 4 better or worse at obtaining and maintaining a cellular signal? [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek at 12:02 PM PST - 9 comments

What can an employment background check entail?
What can an employment background check entail? [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy at 11:18 AM PST - 16 comments

Do I sell my inherited co-op?
Do I sell my inherited co-op? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 11:13 AM PST - 30 comments

Secrets of Cheap Airfare
What are the Secrets of Cheap Airfare? Particularly from the States to Southeast Asia. [more inside]
posted by AuntieRuth at 11:08 AM PST - 14 comments

How to productively spend practice time?
What's the most productive way to spend 45 minutes of daily practice time for the piano/keyboard? [more inside]
posted by gacxllr9 at 11:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find OEM Dodge parts online?
I have an older truck (Dodge Dakota 2000) I just use for truck things, the rear bumper is completely crushed. I called around and locally the cheapest I can find is $1200 just for the bumper and brackets, without labor. I found this on Amazon.com which is not OEM but Westin PerfectMatch. How close do these match the OEM, alternatively, where can I find OEM parts online?
posted by geoff. at 11:03 AM PST - 5 comments

learn to program?
This question made me start thinking about learning computer programming. Two questions: do you think there's any value in doing so, and if so, how would I start? Details about me inside. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 11:02 AM PST - 13 comments

We'd rather reign in hell than serve in heaven!
My girlfriend and I are looking to start a small business. We're new-ish college grads (2008 and 2009, respectively) that don't want to wait for the recession/depression/Lost Decade to end, we're willing to put in the work and research, and we've got a small source of financing. Help us out! Special snowflakage included. [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic at 10:56 AM PST - 14 comments

I do not like weird Facebook link spam.
I sometimes see sketchy links that automatically post that you "like" them on Facebook when you click on them. How harmful are they, exactly? What can I do to prevent them from showing up? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:53 AM PST - 3 comments

I need a second job to bring me $1k a month - suggestions?
I've shaved all unnecessary expenses to a bare minimum and am coming up short $1000 a month on my bills - which includes a mortgage. My savings is dwindling fast. I work full-time with a one-hour commute to/from Manhattan and am raising a two year old who attends day care. I'm organized and a fast typist. I love to search the internet. Any suggestions out there on what I can do to bring in another 1k? i know...this is a bit far fetched but I'd appreciate any leads. I'm quite desperate at this point... TIA
posted by peasncarrots at 10:41 AM PST - 22 comments

get out now?
If a depression with high deflation is coming (Krugman), and a massive amount of real estate will come on the market as boomers age, retire, downsize, die, shouldn't I sell my house? Isn't selling now basically like shorting the whole US economy?
posted by cogneuro at 10:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Can somebody shake their own head violently enough to give themselves a concussion
Can somebody shake their own head violently enough to give themselves a concussion? For instance, say somebody finishes a shower and shakes their head vigorously like a big dog to throw off excess water. Could that person give themselves a concussion? If they could, how easy/likely would that be, and has it ever happened before?
posted by willnot at 10:32 AM PST - 6 comments

wow, life!
How can I move away from the monotony of daily life and focus on the incredible marvels of the universe? [more inside]
posted by sucre at 9:58 AM PST - 34 comments

Best version of "the preacher and the slave" for children
What is the best version of "The Preacher and the Slave" (you may know it as "Pie in the Sky") for me? I am making a collection of songs for my toddler daughter, so it should be clear and have fairly simple arrangement. And it should only have the original lyrics without additions or improvisations.
posted by Mayor Curley at 9:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Why can't left be right?
Why is environmentalism an issue of the left and not of the right? Why are those who disbelieve climate change on the right and not the left? I mean, the question is, just how did the two sides get to where they are on this? Was it coincidence, or are there fundamental beliefs on each side that created this divide? [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 9:34 AM PST - 33 comments

Cat in backpack?
Is it ok to carry a cat in my backpack? [more inside]
posted by Vhanudux at 9:33 AM PST - 29 comments

Help me seem them before they see me (home surveillance)
Does anyone have any experience with home surveillance equipment? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 9:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me communicate with my Peking duck!
Can you translate what's written on the packaging of this Peking duck? [more inside]
posted by lioness at 9:14 AM PST - 2 comments

When and What to program? - Introducing children to computer programming
When do you find is a good age to introduce children to computer programming? I have a nine year old and I am wondering if this is too early an age to introduce him to computer programming. [more inside]
posted by mountainfrog at 9:05 AM PST - 22 comments

character hijack on keyboard
Every once in a while my keyboard is only able to type weird symbols like this. Does anyone know what is hijacking my computer? [more inside]
posted by pjenks at 9:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Sneaker style sorting sought!
Where can we find or who makes cheap-ish, sturdy sneakers? [more inside]
posted by kittyloop at 8:59 AM PST - 7 comments

[Javascript filter] window.showModalDialog not loading - but only for one user
window.showModalDialog opens a new window, but the page doesn't load. It's only a problem for one user - all others have been fine. What gives? [more inside]
posted by lash at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Online documentaries, non-US-only, no politics?
In bed, need some good documentaries that're available on-line. Not that interested in politics or nature. Must be viewable in Canada. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 8:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Keeping up with what's hot
I'm trying to find some websites to stay ahead of the curve with Internet Technology and what's hot... I always seem to be the last one to hear about the latest site or "gadget". So I am searching for some good sources that I can bookmark and check out daily... Any recommendations would be appreciated.
posted by strongdad at 8:41 AM PST - 10 comments

MicroSD slot in Dell E6400?
My new work laptop is a Dell Latitude E6400. It doesn't come with much documentation (nor does Dell's website offer much) so I've been trying to figure out all of the hardware features on my own. When I removed the battery I noticed what looks like a MicroSD card slot. Is it? Can I use it for ReadyBoost?
posted by tommasz at 8:40 AM PST - 7 comments

I can't seem to Nuke from Orbit!
I need to send my computer back to its manufacturer, as it's broken, and they've sent me a replacement. I would like to erase everything from the hard drive. Can you recommend some software to do this? It's a Windows 7 laptop with a single (though partitioned) hard drive. [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 8:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Corporations and taxes
A friend and I are starting up a company. The company will be domiciled in New York City, possibly incorporated elsewhere. We have attorneys who will give us legal advice about incorporation issues. We also have investors who will give us financial and accounting advice as needed, though I come from a finance and accounting background. What I don't know too much about, though, is the various taxes to which a corporation is subject. More detail inside. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 8:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Soviet Spy School- the movie
Vaguely remembered Russian/Soviet spy school in a movie: perfect small town America in the 1950s, everyone going about their business on Main Street. Camera pulls away to reveal that it's a set inside a secret spy-training school. Anyone know the name of the movie? [more inside]
posted by mareli at 8:12 AM PST - 10 comments

can i travel to syria? and should i?
I am going to several countries in the Middle East as part of a project I'll be working on with some journalist friends and one of the countries they are thinking of reporting in is Syria. I was in Israel in 2007 but never had my US passport stamped (and have gotten a new passport since anyway) so it would seem that I would be able to obtain a visa to travel there. However, I did write a book about my travel to Israel which will be published this fall and which would come up in any internet search of my name. [more inside]
posted by minicloud at 8:09 AM PST - 8 comments

How Do I Start Praying?
I am not a religious person, but I would like to begin praying and make prayer a part of my life. I have never prayed before. Any thoughts on how to begin? [more inside]
posted by PersonAndSalt at 8:01 AM PST - 33 comments

What low maintenance plants to plant on steep sunny hillside to enhance home’s curb appeal?
What low maintenance plants to plant on steep sunny hillside to enhance home’s curb appeal? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 7:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Why do some fruits and vegetables make me feel hungrier?
Why do some fruits and vegetables make me feel hungrier? [more inside]
posted by pollex at 7:41 AM PST - 8 comments

What is this coin and who is the dour man in the funny hat?
Help me identify this coin which has what appears to be Arabic script on it and probably dates to the first half of the 20th century. [more inside]
posted by 256 at 7:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find these amazing plastic hingeless jewel cases?
I work for a public radio show. Sometimes we receive flexible CD cases from film studios that we absolutely love. We'd like to order a case of these. However, we can't seem to find them online. They don't have hinges -- and they're incredibly thin. This is what they look like. Do you know what these are called and where we can get them? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 7:28 AM PST - 8 comments

What's the plan, man?
How do web apps get planned? What is the "blueprint" for a web app? The storyboard, the map, the plan, the.... well, you get it. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 7:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Unpaid founder of defunct co seeks unemployment in CA
I am in California and the startup I founded is bust. I want to know how to make the best case for my eligibility for unemployment benefits. Complicating factor: I took no salary from my startup, only stock. My last regular job prior to this startup fiasco was in Fall 2007. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me geekify my office with posters!
Help me geekify my office with posters! [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 6:56 AM PST - 31 comments

How do I fix the finish on my coffee table?
How do I fix the chipped finish on my coffee table? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 6:36 AM PST - 3 comments

My husband prevents me from sleeping. Help!
Help me get a better night's sleep sharing a bed with my husband. [more inside]
posted by MorningPerson at 6:15 AM PST - 69 comments

Cigarette lighter in car doesn't work. Please help troubleshoot.
It seems the ac-adapter plug thingy (i.e. the cigarette lighter) doesn't work in my car. I suspect a blown fuse. I have neither the time nor the inclination to take it in to get fixed if I can do it myself. Halp? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 6:10 AM PST - 15 comments

How do we know survey responses are honest?
How do social scientists, psychologists, etc. detect and control for people lying in response to their questionnaires? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 5:41 AM PST - 21 comments

How to become a chef?
I am a 32 year old amateur chef in the UK. If I wanted to become a professional chef, Where would I start? [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 5:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Wat kind of bird might this be?
Wat kind of bird could this be? I saw it in my garden twice now, location is The Netherlands. Sadly I didn't get to take more/better pics.
posted by Ms. Next at 5:25 AM PST - 9 comments

The comforts of home are lost the second you walk out that door.
Moving from a city of ~ 35,000 to a city of ~ 400,000; tips and tricks for making things go as smooth as possible, as this is my first foray away from a very comfortable place for me. [more inside]
posted by Hiker at 5:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Pimp my sailing trip!
Going on a two week sailing trip: What do I need for my comfort and entertainment? [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda at 4:36 AM PST - 24 comments

Please identiy this classic music snippet
Can someone please identify this very pleasant piece of classical music for me? (OGM format). Thanks.
posted by zaebiz at 4:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Grek translating: If 'Good Place/No place' is Utopia, Would 'Other Place' be Eteratopia?
Futzing with Ancient Greek: If 'Good Place/No place' is Utopia, Would 'Other Place' be Eteratopia? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 4:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me improve the experience of testing the experience
How does your IT department introduce new widescale products to your large company? I'm talking workstation policies, web browsers, collaboration and office applications, intranet. If you're an end user what is your company doing well in this regard? Are you invited to test the product? Do they test the subjective user experience? Do they make it easy for you test and give feedback? What would you change? And if you're in the IT department, what works well? What doesn't? What have you done to improve things. [more inside]
posted by razzman at 1:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Cheapest way from SE Asia to Canada?!
Cheap-flight filter: SE Asia to Vancouver? Any suggestions for carriers or cheap flight websites? [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese at 12:43 AM PST - 4 comments

why won't mail.app let me create a new account?
Why won't mail.app on the mac let me create a new email account? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii at 12:27 AM PST - 4 comments

What do alcoholics drink?
What do alcoholics drink? [more inside]
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 12:27 AM PST - 76 comments

June 28
Adventures in Toronto?
Recent events have left me feeling sad about my city, and made me realize that our love affair has grown cold and stale. Help me rekindle it! [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 11:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Unoriginal question no. 935702
Is it safe to eat meat that has thawed and been in room temperature for about 6 hours, and then refrigerated again? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 11:55 PM PST - 11 comments

regarding polyamory
Regarding polyamory and potentially breaking up a monogamous LTR. A question for a friend. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 9:22 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I become a fitness and nutrition "expert"?
How do I become a fitness and nutrition "expert"? [more inside]
posted by gb77 at 8:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Where near Concord NH is nice and cheap?
Where can we live around Concord, NH? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 PM PST - 7 comments

The image grind
13,000 pics. Gotta sort and tag for content. I'm thinking iPhoto ain't up to it. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 8:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Searching for interesting stories about total memory loss!
I'm interested to read books about people who have lost their memory. Preferably BY people who have completely lost their memory, but fiction works too. Novel type format best, as I'm just following a current bit of curiosity triggered by a "This American Life" episode, not really looking for information per se. Thanks!
posted by bluesky78987 at 7:28 PM PST - 25 comments

Entering Eurovision?
What would it take to be able to enter Eurovision? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 7:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Solve mysteries like Wikipedia Brown...
I have been listening to Das Racist lately. I'm wondering where this trend is coming from and (sadly) I want to listen to more of it. [more inside]
posted by mrspeacock at 7:05 PM PST - 14 comments

I don't want to be any bug's dinner!
Bed bugs!! No!! Help! (I hope this is premature, but... ugh... bed bugs!) [more inside]
posted by LOLAttorney2009 at 6:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Ten days in Skokie
How to get around and what to see in Chicago? Caveat: I'll be staying in Skokie. [more inside]
posted by armage at 6:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Not quite gospel in tone...
MovieMusic filter: Looking for a link to song played (as a stupid, short snip) during Dudley Moore's neighbor's orgy scene: "Get it up, get it up, get it up baby!" were the lyrics. [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom at 6:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Where does "I loves me some X" come from?
What is the origin of the expression "I loves me some X"? Is it a Homer Simpsonism?
posted by inksyndicate at 6:42 PM PST - 7 comments

oooh shiny!!! and old-ish!!!
YardSaleFilter: Found a really neat beaded bag at a yard sale. It's obviously hand-beaded, the lining is intact. other than that, no idea about anything. my googlefu is failing me and I can't find any good books at the library or book store about vintage bags (only stuff about glass or furniture and stuff like that). i'd like to sell it on ebay for fun, but don't know anything about it. [more inside]
posted by sio42 at 6:39 PM PST - 7 comments

My poor kitty....
YANMV, the kitten I was giving is having um, digestive trouble, and I need some advice until I can get him to the vet. *Gross details inside* [more inside]
posted by sporaticgenius at 6:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Keep my U.S. job, live in Canada?
Moving to Vancouver from Washington DC with my wife (who's attending a Canadian university). My American job wants me to work for them remotely, and I'm into it - but what would this look like? Where do we start? [more inside]
posted by dougunderscorenelso at 6:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Federal job application vs. estranged family
How does a U.S. government (NSA, CIA, FBI, etc.) job application background check work if you are estranged from your biological family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 PM PST - 9 comments

What options does a cosigner have when the original borrower refuses to pay?
What options does a cosigner have when the original borrower refuses to pay? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Nom Nom Special Snowflake Cookbook
The cookbook of my dreams may or may not actually exists, but if it does, I bet MeFites can help me find it! [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 6:14 PM PST - 34 comments

Help me remember the name of this book?
Help me identify this novel that I read as a teenager? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 6:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Shampoo?
How do I clean an old brittle fiber-optic spray lamp? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 6:10 PM PST - 1 comments

Where can I find a photo booth in downtown Chicago (Loop/River North)?
Where can I find a photo booth in downtown Chicago (Loop/River North)? [more inside]
posted by zix at 6:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Educational, interesting books on a single topic
I'm looking for books (or lengthy articles/blog posts) that fully explain a certain topic in a way that is interesting, easily digestible, and not too dry. [more inside]
posted by rastapasta at 5:38 PM PST - 25 comments

inexpensive gaming system.
I am trying to build a computer and need some help, as I have not built one before. [more inside]
posted by 517 at 5:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Finding a bookcase that won't pollute the air...how does Ikea furniture stack up?
Finding a bookcase that won't pollute the air...how does Ikea furniture stack up? [more inside]
posted by hazel at 5:05 PM PST - 18 comments

A riddle wrapped in a mystery wrapped in dead languages
Can someone help me translate this short riddle into either Ancient Hebrew or Ancient Greek (or something equivalent?) [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 4:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Can a HP Pavilion dv6780se notebook handle windows 7 x64 edition?
I'm currently running Windows 7 x86 fine and everything runs great. I did however run a routine pc audit with Belarc Advisor and noticed my PC was "64-bit ready". Here are the details of my dv6700 (dv6780se as stated on the bottom sticker) --1.67 gigahertz Intel Core2 Duo-- --64 kilobyte primary memory cache-- --2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache-- --3072 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory-- System info does state I'm running a 32-bit OS. I have access to a win 7 x64 and would assume a performance increase. Also HP dropped all support of windows 7 drivers on older machines.
posted by isopropyl at 4:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Moviefilter: 1980s artsy life-affirming beachy
Weird movie from vague memory filter: 1980sish, italo disco, beach, beautiful-life-before-dying-young, English people (?), flowing-but-architectural white clothes, colorful flags and streamers, sweeping shots... [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 3:58 PM PST - 8 comments

How to give my cat away nicely
"Its me or the cat". How do I get rid of my cat. Nicely. [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 3:41 PM PST - 16 comments

WeddingFilter: "You're not invited"
How do I politely say "you aren't invited to my wedding" to (almost) all of our guests. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:05 PM PST - 54 comments

Zola's motto
I'm looking for the proper form of Latin motto. In Emile Zola's country house there is a Latin motto on the wall. I copied it down when I was there some years ago, but can't find the note now. It was close to: "Nulla dies sine linea" or, in English, "Never a day without a line". Does anyone know the exact phrase in Zola's study? And/or is my version correct and do I translate it correctly? This will become a sampler for the wall of my own study, so I'd appreciate any quidance.
posted by Jenna Brown at 3:00 PM PST - 4 comments

How to import a butterfly to Canada?
Butterfly effects: Do I need a permit to bring a dead butterfly (Morpho cypris) back into Canada? [more inside]
posted by findango at 2:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Unbreak my phone
Why is my HTC Magic (branded T-Mobile MyTouch 3G) restarting every time I try to do anything on my phone? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 2:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I get off the rollercoaster and take the monorail?
How did your everyday life change when you became a Buddhist? I'm especially interested in hearing from people who have moved from a Western religious tradition to Buddhist practice. I'm also most drawn to Tibetan Buddhism, but would be glad to hear from practitioners in any Buddhist tradition. [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 1:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Ahhhh earworm song that needs identification!
The only lyrics I remember are "like Moses on a mountain bike". It was an early- to mid-90s song in the general alternapop genre. I thought it may have been Lightning Seeds but my Google-fu says no. My Google-fu is also failing to turn anything up other than Chumbawumba which I know it is not. Help! It's driving me nuts!
posted by moitz at 1:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Source for Right Angle PC Mount Potentiometers
Where can I order Alpha Single-Gang 16mm Right-angle PC Mount Potentiometers that are 100K log/audio taper?
posted by drezdn at 1:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Simple Gaming Mic
Suggestions for a small, light mic for gaming? I'm not looking for a headset (I like the sound out of my speakers). Ideally I'd want something that clips easily to a shirt or has a small head / neck band. [more inside]
posted by ChrisManley at 1:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Where should I go for a day near Philadelphia?
Looking for a fun day trip to take in the Philadelphia area. I would prefer someplace with sun and cool breezes and swimming in some kind of body of water. Anyone with experience in this sort of thing have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by deafmute at 1:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Help my server remain IN the closet.
What's the easiest way to keep a locked server closet adequately cooled? [more inside]
posted by siclik at 1:15 PM PST - 8 comments

How to learn Russian in the best of all possible scenarios.
LanguageFilter: I have resources coming out my ears (not literally) and need help to come up with a plan for actually learning Russian. I've never tried to learn a language outside a school setting before, and am not quite sure how to begin. [more inside]
posted by josyphine at 1:05 PM PST - 16 comments

How to craft a strategic calendar?
How to craft a strategic calendar? [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause at 12:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Utah Filter: Life in the valley
I'm moving to Orem, Utah in a few weeks. What are some of the "nicer" neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:47 PM PST - 10 comments

International Relations 101
I read the news (BBC) daily and pick up The Economist once in awhile (it's expensive!). I'm curious and want to know what is going on in the world, but most of the time I can't put anything into perspective and understand what this means for the rest of the world or the possible impact on my life. For example, I'm not really sure why Bush started a war in Afghanistan, or the repercussions of the Gaza flotilla attack. I like how The Economist will analyze issues and say "X happened. This is bad because Y might happen now." or "A is mad because B did this in the past." in short, up front sentences. When I try to look people/events up on Wikipedia or Google, it's overwhelming because there is TOO much information to read, and I'm constantly having to look up more and more and this easily turns into hours of reading and 60 tabs open on my browser. How can I get a general grasp of international relations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:46 PM PST - 44 comments

Panicking and studying don't mix.
I'm studying to take the bar in July. Two bars, actually. I'm also dealing with some heavy personal problems. How do I push those aside so I can actually pass this damn test? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Somebody's in hot water (sadly, not us)
Apartment is without water until July 6th due to circumstances described below. What kind of compensation should I ask my landlord for? [more inside]
posted by baxter_ilion at 12:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Impatient black bean lover
I'd planned to make some black bean soup in my slow cooker tonight - bought the dried black beans and then realized, the recipe calls for them to soak overnight first. Any chance I can skip this step or do something else (quicker) instead? Or do I just have to wait and make it tomorrow? I'm a cooking novice!
posted by little_c at 12:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Pussy cat, pussy cat... where to find you?
Is it better when adopting a new cat to get one from an animal shelter or from a local rescue group? [more inside]
posted by roosterboy at 12:26 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm having some trouble with a paragraph in my resume. Could someone give me a quick hand?
Could any of you give me a quick hand with a paragraph from my resume? I'm having trouble saying what I want to say. I'd greatly appreciate it. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 12:26 PM PST - 16 comments

The diary that we all carry about with us
How much of your life do you remember? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 12:21 PM PST - 46 comments

orange you glad to see me
What are some of the sweeter varieties of oranges out there in the common US market?
posted by ducktape at 11:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Best care package ever?
Help me build an awesome care package for a band on tour. [more inside]
posted by miskatonic at 11:16 AM PST - 21 comments

Interproximal Reduction (IPR)
Pros, cons and personal experience with interproximal reduction (IPR). [more inside]
posted by narcissus_and_ambrosia at 11:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Identify this softcore porn title?
Asking for a friend: I'm looking for a soft core porn movie from the 70's that takes place in Montreal. [more inside]
posted by mbatch at 11:07 AM PST - 7 comments

image > image > image > image > end.
What's the simplest way to create a blank Web page, with a black and white image on it, which when clicked will load the next image in a sequence? Could this be a learning PHP project for me? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 11:03 AM PST - 15 comments

Pimp My Table Hockey Game
I am restoring/customizing an old table hockey (rods that slide players around) game. Lots of questions inside! Bring your imagination. [more inside]
posted by battlebison at 10:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Car accident and no police report.
I was rear-ended this weekend and decided not to call the cops to file a report. There's very little damage to my bumper, but I still have some questions about what, if anything, I should do. [more inside]
posted by a.steele at 10:45 AM PST - 15 comments

About to start a new life in Glasgow; need to be bombarded with advice
What should a young couple moving to a new city know? Know of any decent job/temp agencies worth checking out in Glasgow? What about gigs/concerts/pubs/clubs? I'd even appreciate some words of advice regarding living with a loved one for the first time. Anything at all will be received with much thanks! [more inside]
posted by jhighmore at 10:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Unplugging my refrigerator for 24 hours fixed it. Will the fix last?
My side by side refrigerator/freezer stopped cooling, so we unplugged it and went to buy a new one. On a lark I plugged it back in 24 hours later, and now it functions perfectly. Anyone know if the problem is likely to return (or what the problem might be?) I vacuumed the back-bottom compartment where the compressor is located, but there wasn't much dust there so I doubt dust was the problem.
posted by djedery at 10:33 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I hook up this commercial oven?
How do I hook up this commercial oven without frying it or myself? [more inside]
posted by tomatofruit at 10:21 AM PST - 5 comments

I want an American flag made of other, smaller American flags.
I need an awesome graphic for my 4th of July bbq invite. Something along the lines of Chuck Norris riding a firebreathing eagle attacking a bear army with an american flag background (for instance). [more inside]
posted by Pickman's Next Top Model at 10:18 AM PST - 17 comments

can i catch salmon in boston?
I'm starting to fish in the Boston area. Can you catch atlantic salmon at any point somewhere around boston? Google offers no help.
posted by lrodman at 10:16 AM PST - 5 comments

A nice place to set up class online.
I have some content/ideas and would like to develop my own online course from them. I want to focus on making the best possible content for my audience, so I want to spend my time on that part by using a platform service that will allow me to develop and host my course online without much web development of my own. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 10:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I call a spoken/transcribed phone number in google voice voicemail?
I use google voicemail on my Motorola Droid. When someone leaves a message that includes a phone number that is different from the number they're calling from, google does a good job of transcribing it. As far as I can tell, however, there's no simple way of calling back that spoken, transcribed number. Instead, I have to memorize it, switch over to phone and key it in (and forget a few digits and switch back and forth and crash the car etc). I feel like maybe I'm just missing something simple, but I'm coming up empty searching for an answer. Does anyone know if it's possible?
posted by The Dutchman at 10:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Why aren't we closer to India?
Why are we not more closely allied with India instead of Pakistan? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 10:06 AM PST - 31 comments

Auto wheel repair in Chicago?
Auto wheel repair in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 9:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you hear me now?
Please recommend a microphone for family Skype time. Caveat: multiple people talking at once while sitting 6ft. away from the computer. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 9:31 AM PST - 3 comments

What would happen if I didn't show up to a GRE exam?
What would happen if I didn't show up to a GRE exam? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY at 9:31 AM PST - 8 comments

group camping and food
organization VS random chaos...help me decide! [more inside]
posted by janelikes at 9:02 AM PST - 15 comments

Xvid to DVD
What is currently the best method to convert an Xvid video (or series of videos) to DVD? [more inside]
posted by cm0007 at 8:59 AM PST - 7 comments

No batter, No batter, Swiiing batter! -What's this called?
"We want a pitcher, not a belly itcher!" What's the patter directed toward an opposing baseball team called? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 8:44 AM PST - 16 comments

What do I want in a pair of binoculars for indoor concerts in covered venues?
What do I want in a pair of binoculars for indoor concerts in covered venues? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 8:29 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I restore Windows XP to a netbook?
I'm trying to re-install Windows XP on an Asus 1005HA. However I have two problems: (1) I lost the recovery CD and (2) the recovery partition on the hard-drive no longer exists. Help! [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 8:27 AM PST - 5 comments

How to make each toe warm?
What sort of warm warm socks should I wear with my Vibram Five Fingers Sprint in the cold cold Chicago winter? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 at 8:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Safe Affordable Rentals Near Fordham U
Can you recommend safe, affordable areas to live in around Fordham University? [more inside]
posted by iconomy at 8:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Anyone used Piano Wizard?
Anyone used Piano Wizard to help their child (or themselves) learn keyboard? What did you think? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike at 8:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Old, old, old malpractice advice?
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Texas is 10 years. Is there any legal option, then, for a case of gross malpractice that did not become known until nearly 30 years after the fact? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 8:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Removing/repairing alcohol stains on leather
Spilled alcohol on a leather recliner and now I have a couple bleached spots on the light brown leather. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy at 8:12 AM PST - 1 comments

Saving My Father's Songs
What is the best way to go about converting a few select songs from old cassettes to CDs/mp3s? [Hardware, software, retail options, etc.] [more inside]
posted by Franklin76 at 8:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Always have a plan b
What's the best way to keep things light and limit embarrassment for both people if the other person rejects you when you make a move? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 AM PST - 26 comments

James and Mary we're not
Help me navigated the political differences between me and my spouse! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 AM PST - 42 comments

Help me find a Brooklyn engagement for my California-bound lady!
I need jewelry store recommendations in Brooklyn. I'm buying an engagement ring for my girlfriend and I want a simple gold band that I can get engraved. The store must be in Brooklyn and the rings should be at least somewhat affordable ($200-700). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me blow this pop stand.
I'm starting to consider a change-of-venue for 6-12 months. Complication: property ownership. Experiences/suggestions on how to make this happen, please! [more inside]
posted by swngnmonk at 8:03 AM PST - 2 comments

Who is out there pushing the limits of plant and animal artificial selection/domestication/bioengineering?
Who is out there pushing the whimsical/impractical limits of plant and animal artificial selection/domestication/bioengineering? Since reading about Belyaev's domesticated foxes, I'm curious to know about other ambitious programs where the desired end-product is less "stepwise cosmetic refinement" and more "3-foot-tall playful house-giraffe." [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 8:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Install a washer in the Basement of Dr.Caligari!
I am trying to set up a washing machine in our basement. The washing machine we have uses a 120v plug. However, there is only one 120v outlet in the basement and it is pretty far away from the water hookups. Help me find a solution! [more inside]
posted by charred husk at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Size and Identity
I'm interested in characters that are confident, despite the fact that they are overweight. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 7:55 AM PST - 57 comments

They'll never walk alone
For my husband's birthday I want to take him to see Liverpool play at Anfield. What is the best way to do this, and where in Liverpool should we stay? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 7:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Getting sick of the slow burn...
Despite trying pretty hard, my weight's been staying at a flat line for the past solid month. What's up? [more inside]
posted by bookwo3107 at 7:38 AM PST - 32 comments

Lost in Skane, without any sandwiches
I've been making my way through Henning Mankell's Wallander series and I hoped MeFi could give me some context about a few things. Including sandwiches. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Cats and the condo and the silver spoon...
Three rambunctious cats in a condo. Laminate floors. How can I not annoy my neighbours? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 7:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Help Me Find A Rotoscoped Music Video
There's this music video I saw on youtube a year ago by a ska/punk band. It was a rotoscoped video, and I think it was brown or tan. The band sang in Portuguese or maybe Spanish. I think they were from South America. I can't seem to find it again. I can't remember much else about it, nor am I really sure about the band.
posted by Blake at 6:38 AM PST - 2 comments

sharing a file online
Where can I post a file online so that I can link to it in a way that others can click that link, then view the file? Similar to photobucket, except with a Word or PDF document... [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 6:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me deal with the feeling that everyone is incompetent until proven otherwise
Help me deal with the feeling that everyone is incompetent until proven otherwise [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles at 6:22 AM PST - 97 comments

Roku or Seagate or WD?
Roku or Seagate or WD? [more inside]
posted by chirico at 6:22 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me populate my Kindle with news!
Help me populate my Kindle with news! [more inside]
posted by Master Gunner at 6:08 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I force myself to love something I naturally do not?
How can I force myself to love something I naturally do not? [more inside]
posted by coldblackice at 5:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Photo therapy for allergies. Quackery?
Can someone with access to the medical research literature tell me if there is enough evidence to warrant taking the red light led photo therapy nasal devices for the relief of hayfever seriously? I suspect it is quackery but am curious if there is any credible research out there. Anecdotes abound but I'd like to hear about some scientific data. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 4:24 AM PST - 3 comments

How much can I expect for a short travel article?
I'm submitting a 1,000 word travel article to my local paper. What kind of payment could I expect? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring at 3:09 AM PST - 11 comments

What film is this?
Name this classic movie: a man murders his entire family tree in order to become a duke. The main actor plays most of the characters himself. It is possibly in black and white. Any help?
posted by twirlypen at 2:16 AM PST - 7 comments

June 27
examples of translation feedback
a common internet game, feed text to a translation engine and back. recursively. get funky results. i vaguely remember someone using "all is far in love and war" from Russian to English for this game. is there and online script for this?
posted by yosh at 11:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Trying to luxe up my computer desktop
My current crop of desktop wallpapers are too distracting. Crashing waves, sunsets, streaking meteors, and galactic vistas sure look nice, but they make my eyes stray from the work in front me. I want to find hi-res, high quality shots of fabric, quilted leather, wood and other materials to "upholster" my digital desktop and make it look luxe. Help! [more inside]
posted by teedee2000 at 10:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Wine good enough to retire for?
Winefilter: My boyfriend's dad is retiring in three years and would like to buy a bottle of wine to save and then drink when he retires. He's looking for suggestions! [more inside]
posted by just_ducky at 10:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Do I tell my friend to DTMFA?
I just discovered something potentially damaging to one of my best friend's relationships. But it's also going to hurt her really badly. Do I tell her? [more inside]
posted by canadia at 10:17 PM PST - 31 comments

What kind of intellectually stimulating work can I find on weekend nights?
What kind of intellectually stimulating work can I find on weekend nights? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 10:16 PM PST - 10 comments

what's the survival rate of finches reared in captivity and released back to the wild?
Super random question, but does anyone have any data on the survival rate of finches (the house finch, in particular) that are released back into the wild after being reared in captivity (e.g., a rehabilitator)?
posted by wuMeFi at 10:06 PM PST - 7 comments

APA reference a whole website
[APA citation filter] where and how do I refer to an entire website? [more inside]
posted by tamarack at 9:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Feeling Sorry for Myself
How to stop the self-pity and be happy with what I've got? [more inside]
posted by imalaowai at 9:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Simplest possible means of listening to music files stored in an external hard drive?
What I want to do is this: play music stored on an external hard. What is the easiest way to do that? [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder at 9:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Materials for Casting Custom Parts?
As a hobbyist robot builder/random object fabricator, what options are available to me for making custom parts out of plastic or similar materials? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 8:50 PM PST - 9 comments

A Bug's Life
Bug Identification Filter: Can anyone tell me what the following bug is? It has a read carapace and has hairy legs and segmented antennae. [picture inside] [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 8:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Insomniac Laptop?
My friend just got a new laptop, and every time she attempts to shut it down, within a few seconds it turns itself back on. Halp? [more inside]
posted by EtzHadaat at 8:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me figure out what movie this trailer was for
Help me identify a movie from the late 1990s that I only know by the trailer, please. [more inside]
posted by komara at 8:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Where should we go toobin'?
Please describe your river tubing experience in Minnesota! [more inside]
posted by SquidLips at 8:08 PM PST - 5 comments

What should I teach?
As part of an interview, I need to teach for 10 minutes on any topic. The main objective is to make the subject as interactive and engaging as possible. Suggestions for what to teach, please? [more inside]
posted by estlin at 8:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Going Native
How do (did) you get better at a second language when you're suddenly immersed in it, and you were just moderately fluent to begin with? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 7:29 PM PST - 22 comments

Loads of debt. Lots of potential. No momentum.
I am in my mid-twenties, gainfully employed with job security, single, and struggling to get by each month. What steps have you taken to get out from under your debt(s)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I stream my music from iTunes to my iPhone?
How to stream from iTunes to iPhone (now that Simplify Media is shutting down)? [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 7:11 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm not getting my balloons in a twist.
Where can you learn balloon twisting (a.k.a. making balloon animals) in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks at 7:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Income requirements on a K1/K3 visa? Workarounds?
I read that there are income requirements for bringing a fiancee to the US on a K1/K3 visa. What are they exactly? Are there any legitimate ways around these requirements if I cannot maintain that income level? [more inside]
posted by MrFish at 6:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Digital piano headphones speakers
using headphones with digital piano allowing piano speakers to function [more inside]
posted by gingercoffee at 6:48 PM PST - 5 comments

More Soccer Pls
I'd finally like to segue from obsessing over the world cup every four years to keeping up with professional leagues. I'm not very interested in the MLS, so what's a good starter league or upcoming tournament to dive into first? [more inside]
posted by domakesaypat at 6:40 PM PST - 20 comments

Accident-Only Health Insurance?
Can anyone recommend an "accident only" health insurance plan? i.e, it will cover doctor/hospital costs only in the case of accidental injury? I already have a high deductible BCBS plan --- I'm looking for something even more spartan.
posted by blargerz at 6:17 PM PST - 10 comments

X marks the spot in the digital age.
Help me find reliable, spam and virus-free GPS files! [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 6:06 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get gridlines to print in Numbers
How can I get gridlines to print using Numbers? [more inside]
posted by shesdeadimalive at 5:50 PM PST - 6 comments

I Hate IE But . . .
What is wrong with Firefox? When I use it, I can't favorite in MetaFilter, look at Yahoo! inbox except in old Classic mode, see any of my gadgets on igoogle, or even tweet in Twitter. Why does every update make it more dysfunctional, and how do I fix these specific problems?
posted by bearwife at 5:47 PM PST - 11 comments

NYC Meetup Venue??
My favorite podcast has charged me with the responsibility of organizing a meetup in NYC. Does anyone have any suggestions for a coffee place or bar/pub that could accommodate 20 or so people on a Thursday night in downtown Manhattan??? Thanks!!!
posted by marlys27 at 5:32 PM PST - 3 comments

I just want my old Firefox back
Vanishing windows in Firefox are making me crazy. How can I turn this off? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 5:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I get a broken Samsung 46" HDTV fixed?
Has anyone repaired a Samsung 46 inch flatscreen successfully? Mine is only 2 years old and has 3 thin white lines going through it creating 4 horizontal sections in the screen. In addition the right half of the screen is blurry. That blurriness is a problem that we've had for a while but after the tv was on for about 15 minutes it would go away. Now within the past week the white lines have appeared and the blurriness doesn't go away. [more inside]
posted by nmk17 at 5:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Lions and tigers and bears (and cats and dogs and sheep and cows and...)
I wanna be a vet when I grow up...so...now what? [more inside]
posted by hoperaiseshell at 4:13 PM PST - 15 comments

iPad + dropbox = yes, but how to get started?
Would you please point me in the right direction to start using dropbox to share files in IPad for an initial group of six people? [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp at 3:46 PM PST - 9 comments

I don't even know.
There's this girl that I'm very attracted to and who I feel is also attracted to me. Should I ask her out? Wait, though! I'm a snowflake! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Learn piano, to do what?
When an adult says, "I wish I could play piano," what specifically is it that she wishes she could do? [more inside]
posted by RobinFiveWords at 3:12 PM PST - 57 comments

Is it cruel to move pets internationally?
I'm moving to the Netherlands from Australia in October, and debating whether I should bring my cat. We'll be returning to Australia in two years. Anyone have any experience of moving cats overseas? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 3:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Do you boobs hang low?
Is there a bra that does not make me look like I am smuggling grapefruit halves? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 2:49 PM PST - 27 comments

I did do school biology, but...
Pretty much every cell in a organism contains the DNA for that whole organism. How does a mutation in one cell pass on so that it becomes part of the DNA of every cell or actually affects a characteristic in that organism or its child?
posted by westerly at 2:36 PM PST - 6 comments

4G service in NY?
Any ideas when 4G cell data service will hit NY? [more inside]
posted by AutoPilot83 at 2:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Beer and dehydration
Would you eventually die of dehydration if you had only beer to drink? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 2:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Something like concrete, but lighter.
Okay here's what I want to do. I have a plastic bin. I want to tilt it on a 45 degree angle, and fill the bottom corner with [insert substance here]. This substance would then dry, and I would repeat the process on the other side of my plastic bin. When both sides are dry, I would have a homemade sluiceway in the bottom of the bin that would be able to effectively funnel liquid out through a spout I would put in the bottom of the bin. That's what I want to do. I just don't know what would be a good substance to accomplish this. Ideally it would be light (concrete would be a pain), would adhere to the plastic bin, not absorb moisture and rot, and dry in a reasonable amount of time. I'm also open to suggestions that would approach this from a different approach.
posted by Tbola at 2:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Are Salon Shampoos Really Only Sold At Salons?
Are the salon hair care products sold online and at drug and grocery stores the same products that are sold in salons? Has anyone checked this out in a lab? [more inside]
posted by justcorbly at 2:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Med School & Financial Literacy
I'm developing a comprehensive financial literacy program for medical school students. What are some key issues I should focus on and what are some effective ways to distribute information? [more inside]
posted by chara at 1:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I drop this class?
A desperate college student needs your advice, and also needs his homework checked. [more inside]
posted by andrewsa at 1:28 PM PST - 25 comments

I need your advice on how to help my parents move/transition to my city as smoothly as possible & how to (possibly) rent them an apartment before they arrive. What would you do?
I need your advice on how to help my parents move/transition to my city as smoothly as possible & how to (possibly) rent them an apartment before they arrive. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by anitanita at 1:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Laundry should smell nicer after it's washed.
My front-loading washing machine smells bad, and makes my clothes smell bad. It smells mildew-y or like a sour dishcloth, and has imparted sour dishcloth smell to my favorite black (i.e., can't be bleached) pants. [more inside]
posted by theora55 at 1:23 PM PST - 29 comments

Consent letter from spouse
One parent traveling abroad with child. What form of consent letter is required from spouse? [more inside]
posted by SueDenim at 1:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me stay cool, cheap and green.
Running a room air-conditioner just a few hours a day: Smart or wasteful? [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms at 1:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Please complete this joke about psychiatrists
Please complete this joke: A guy goes a psychiatrist. He doesn't say anything during the entire hour. He comes back a week later. Neither one of them says anything. He comes back a third time. Silence right up to the end. Finally, he says . . . something. The psychiatrist responds. And that brings us to the punchline. Which is hilarious. . . I'm sure. [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 12:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Is Bangkok safe again?
After the political unrest in the recent months, how's the situation in Thailand in general, and Bangkok in particular nowadays? Also, if yes, advices on the places to go and things to visit for a first timer to the country. [more inside]
posted by joewandy at 12:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Why bother call it AIRPLANE mode if you can't use it on an AIRPLANE?
What's Up With THAT?! Filter: On a recent flight, I was told that an iPhone - even on Airplane mode - was an unapproved device and needed to be fully shut off. Um. Why? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 12:38 PM PST - 32 comments

How do I make my folding chopping board stay flat enough to chop on?
I have one of these that I bought because I thought it looked both cool and useful, and using it as a scoop works quite nicely, but during the chopping bit, it doesn't stay flat unless I prop something under the handle to keep it vertical. Is there something I'm missing, or is it just a badly thought out product?
posted by gregjones at 12:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Hamburger Bear Girl: its not a thing!
Are there any books out there involving a girl eating burgers and turning into an animal? [more inside]
posted by Smoosh Faced Lion at 12:07 PM PST - 15 comments

One is silver and the other's gold
Is there an easy, magic (i.e. cheap) way to photograph eyeshine? [more inside]
posted by Some1 at 11:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Can you help me resurrect SoundJam MP?
Does anyone know what happened to SoundJam MP, and possibly where I could find the source so I could create something for my use? [more inside]
posted by Bathtub Bobsled at 10:48 AM PST - 9 comments

WTF Gmail?
Why am I getting all these "Mail Delivery Subsystem," error-message emails sent to my gmail account? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 10:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Cheapest way to upgrade to iPhone 4?
I broke my 3GS. Not AT&T eligible for discounted price on upgrades until March 2011. What are my options for getting an iPhone 4? How much will it cost me? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity at 10:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Where is Otto Titslinger when you need him?
Is there a minimizer bra that has a similar fit and style to the Flexees Easy Up Minimizer Camisole? [more inside]
posted by a22lamia at 10:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Something missing below headlight on 1999 Toyota Avalon
I have a 1999 Toyota Avalon. I noticed the small plastic grille below my left headlight missing and there's a dangling plug inside. I can't figure out what used to be in there. The car still runs fine. Inside the passenger-side grille is a grey plastic box, probably connected to a similar plug.
posted by boognish at 10:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Leaf me your suggestions for an assam new tea pot
My old Bodum tea press took a fall and shattered. Now I need a new tea pot or press before caffeine withdrawal sets in. [more inside]
posted by quickasfoxes at 10:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I skip early episodes of Buffy?
Buffy newbie here. How long before the show gets good? It does get good, right? Can I skip some of these early episodes? How many? [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 10:05 AM PST - 38 comments

what have I done wrong?
How to get the dropout back to college? How to repair relationships broken over the dropout? What is more important for a parent: to see that your son finished college or to have relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous111 at 9:04 AM PST - 36 comments

How can I project confidence when I look so young?
I look young. What are some techniques to ensure that I am taken seriously in professional situations? [more inside]
posted by franc.o.bolos at 8:52 AM PST - 32 comments

Is there an NYC fireworks calendar?
Is there a site that lists all fireworks displays in New York City? Since fireworks require permits, they must be tracked somewhere. All summer long I hear fireworks outside my window two or three times a week, and it'd be nice to see them too!
posted by moonmilk at 8:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Another ChinaTravelFilter: Help this backpacking newbie becomes a pro.
Another ChinaTravelFilter: Help this backpacking newbie becomes a pro. [more inside]
posted by Carius at 8:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Sad
A great blue heron landed yesterday in the canal behind my house and is apparently dying. [more inside]
posted by sarelicar at 8:16 AM PST - 13 comments

What's on the Inside Does Count??
How am I still single? Am I that unattractive of a personality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 AM PST - 29 comments

Music may not be in the cards right now
Is there any kind of programming that a beginner could learn well enough within a year to be employed to do it? Low pay is okay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 AM PST - 22 comments

How can I help my high-strung dog transition to a noisy new place?
How can I help my 4-year-old Mini Schnauzer transition from living in a quiet apartment complex in New Jersey to a much louder building in Denver? [more inside]
posted by violetish at 8:03 AM PST - 4 comments

I need some randomness
I am looking for a program or batch file to pick a random file from a folder and all of it's sub- (and sub-sub-) folders. The entire tree. Said program/batch is proving difficult to find on the internet. [more inside]
posted by timepiece at 7:50 AM PST - 21 comments

Is "crea spatium" proper Latin?
I'd like to translate the phrase "create space" into Latin, as an imperative - but my linguistic skills are nil. The meaning of space I'm looking for is in the sense of space between things, or space in the architectural or emotional sense, as opposed to the astronomical sense.
posted by bashos_frog at 7:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Mistake, or Not?
I'm thinking of switching from Verizon to AT&T and getting an iPhone. I have the iTouch and I love it. However, to save some money, I'm thinking of getting the iPhone 3GS ($150); nothing the newer iPhone ($200) has interests me. Am I making a big mistake? [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 7:20 AM PST - 24 comments

The Great (Fire)Wall
Why is the internet in China so excruciatingly slow? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 7:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Why are solar panels/systems so expensive?
Why are solar panels for the home so expensive? What makes them out of reach for most consumers-the technology, the difficulty of installation, or the parts needed to build them? What would be the key to making them as cheap as buying a microwave for example?
posted by ~Sushma~ at 5:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Is smaller really better?
Breast reduction: what's the emotional fallout? [more inside]
posted by socksister at 5:01 AM PST - 32 comments

Which HDD?
Should I get an SSD, if so which one? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 2:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Where can I find the classic arcade game 'Burgertime' in Vegas?
I'm looking for a place to play the arcade classic 'Burgertime' in Las Vegas - does anyone know where to find it? I'm traveling through and would love to track it down. [more inside]
posted by frggr at 2:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Travel Power Strip
Where can I find a compact power strip (that I can travel with) - kind of like the USB octupus but for electricity. I always run into trouble sharing power outlets at airports etc. I'm living in Europe.
posted by mathiu at 1:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Finding Nemo: the famous person, not the Disney movie.
Finding Nemo: the famous person, not the Disney movie. Some questions I hope you smart MeFi's can help with. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 12:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Let's make beautiful turtles together!
How can I help my Reeves turtle get it on? I'm in NYC and looking to mate my turtle. [more inside]
posted by bloody_bonnie at 12:38 AM PST - 1 comments

Finding a replacement roommate while looking for new housing?
I just moved into an apartment (rented) and am having issues with unexpected noise problems. I'm sensitive to sound and didn't realize this would be such a big problem until I've moved in. I would like to ask for advice how to handle this problem. [more inside]
posted by eliluong at 12:32 AM PST - 20 comments

June 26
China in the winter
TravelFilter: I will be traveling to China for the first time this December. Given that it will be fairly cold in well-known cities like Beijing and Shanghai, where do you suggest that we go? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 11:34 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I fix the my "enter" key on my notebook?
My enter key on my notebook stopped working... can it be fixed? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 10:18 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I fix the overstretched waistband on my woolen sweater?
Please help me MeFites! I stupidly machine washed a new woolen sweater and now the waistband is all stretched and it looks horrible :( Is there a way I can return the wool to it's former unstretchiness? [more inside]
posted by katala at 10:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Climate in Austin vs. DC
Austin, TX - hot and humid or just hot? [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 9:48 PM PST - 25 comments

How common are these css declarations?
How common is it to include .right {float: right} and .left {float: left} in a css file? [more inside]
posted by eleyna at 9:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Sitcoms that have shown lamaze classes
What sitcoms have shown characters attending lamaze classes? [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc at 9:33 PM PST - 16 comments

What is this metal wire for?
What is this metal wire for? I found it while hiking an animal trail in the mountians in Utah. It was stretched across a canyon going up the the rocks on either side was at chest height when I ran into it. [more inside]
posted by cabbages at 9:16 PM PST - 7 comments

How to legally download movies and t.v. in Canada?
Anybody know of a Canadian Hulu/Netflix equivalent service for downloading or streaming movies or t.v. shows legally? [more inside]
posted by Arlecchino at 9:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Gloves for making jam?
Can anyone suggest high gloves to wear while making jam to avoid burns? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 8:24 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me last longer [nfsw]
I'm a 24yr old guy and I have a problem with premature ejaculation. I think it's partly erectile dysfunction as I don't feel as hard as I used to and partly premature ejaculation as I last for a couple of minutes post 10+ mins of intense foreplay.. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Was my dental cleaning improper?
Was my dental hygienist incompetent? I had a recent dental cleaning that just didn't seem right to me, and I would like some insight as to whether I am off-base in my suspicions or not. [more inside]
posted by marble at 7:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Anyone have experience installing an in-ground pool?
Does anyone have experience installing an in-ground pool? Any stories you could share? [more inside]
posted by Mchelly at 7:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Total e-clips.
Is there any good free-ware video editing software? [more inside]
posted by Student of Man at 6:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Is ATT behind this?
Bricked iPhone: I just installed ios 4 on my iPhone 3g 16 gig and it bricked. A little help here, people?
posted by cestmoi15 at 6:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Minivans: is the Dodge Caravan really that bad?
Which used minivan should we get? A very low mileage, early 2000s era Dodge Caravan, or a late 90s, high mileage Toyota Sienna/Honda Odyssey? [more inside]
posted by Wavelet at 5:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me attract available men please!
Please help me attract available men! [more inside]
posted by fan_of_all_things_small at 5:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Too good to be true?
How sketchy is MagicJack? Can I trust it to forward calls to my cellphone? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 4:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Yet another pregnancy scare
What are my chances of getting pregnant, realistically speaking (NSFW details inside)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:30 PM PST - 34 comments

I could really use a laugh right now!
Who is this comedian? [more inside]
posted by jaimystery at 4:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Best mixtape for overload circuits?
Help me compose a workout tape. [more inside]
posted by Biru at 4:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Hypochondria filter ... Health effects of spackling dust?
Hypochondria filter ... What are the possible health effects of my inhalation of spackling dust? [more inside]
posted by pantheON at 4:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Winegard DirecTV satellite
What are the correct settings on a DirecTV HD23 receiver in order to get it to work with a Winegard MV3500A "Movin' View" mobile antenna? [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 3:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Dare I say what I want in a wedding card?
Wedding card sentiments - am I allowed to write more? What do you typically write? [more inside]
posted by liquoredonlife at 3:31 PM PST - 13 comments

I KNOW we can do better!!
My family has terrible eating habits. Just awful, I'm ashamed of how my family eats sometimes. Help me turn our eating around.. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 3:31 PM PST - 23 comments

What are some good, maths, word, movie, logic games that can be played with just your mind in the dark?
I am looking for games/mental activities you can play with nothing but your mind. [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 3:27 PM PST - 27 comments

Please help me
New to anxiety... [more inside]
posted by Neonshock at 3:13 PM PST - 31 comments

We Couldn't Bank On It
Our bank says it is selling our mortgage. We only have a year and a half left to pay. Is there anything we can do? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 2:57 PM PST - 38 comments

Dime Museums, Disaster Spectacles, and Old Coney Island
Hi All. I am doing research on old Coney Island, Dime Museums, and the history of disaster spectacles. Do any of you know of any books or sources where I could find out more information or, better yet, images relating to these topics? Thank you!
posted by astropop at 2:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Postage required?
How can I tell whether these envelopes are really "prepaid" for usps mailing? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 2:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Yet another "what laptop should I buy?" question...
So it's time for a new laptop - if my most-intensive task is going to be Lightroom 3, perhaps with some iTunes or Chrome/Pandora at the same time. Do I *need* (or even want) an i5? an i3? Is the difference noticeable? 4GB RAM? More? Degree of difficulty: I haven't bought a new computer in 4 years, so I'm a little out of touch with what's "current" [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 2:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Walkable Atlanta
Walkable Atlanta: we are moving to Atlanta in a couple of weeks. My wife doesn't drive and I will be traveling quite a bit. I heard that Atlanta is where people on average drive the most mileage annually among all metro areas in the U.S, but is there any community where she can walk to shopping (grocery, clothing, other miscellany) and other necessity for human existence so she won't starve or bore to death while I am away. [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 2:17 PM PST - 19 comments

HOWTO: cylindrical map projection?
I want a flat, rectangular image that is a cylindrical map projection of the edges of a icosidodecahedron. How do I make one? [more inside]
posted by matt_arnold at 1:56 PM PST - 10 comments

What should I write in my parking mitigation statement?
I got a parking ticket in Seattle, and I'm going to write a written mitigation statement. What should I say? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 1:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Buying ants for an antfarm in Seattle?
Where in Seattle can I buy ants for an ant farm, this weekend? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 1:07 PM PST - 9 comments

He's moving, I'm not. How do we ride it out to the end?
Help me make the best of the last two months we have together? He's moving, not dying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I not use this Surround Sound system with my setup?
I was just given an older model Surround Sound System that doesn't have digital inputs. Can I fit this into my current setup? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 12:37 PM PST - 4 comments

any keyboard shortcuts for use with silverlight video in Mac OS?
Are there any keyboard shortcuts for use with silverlight video in Mac OS? In particular, I'd like to speed up the playback of a streaming video that uses silverlight and wonder if there is a keyboard shortcut I could use to do this. Anyone have any leads on this?
posted by banananutrament at 12:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Reverse culture shock?
My significant other is returning to the US after six months of teaching English in China, her first major trip abroad. How can I help her re-assimilation be as smooth as possible?
posted by cjemmott at 12:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Tasty camping food?
I'm going camping for 3 days. I want to eat as well as I can. No refrigeration. What can I take? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 12:09 PM PST - 28 comments

'Taught in English' Masters degree in Berlin?
Is it easy/possible to apply for a 'taught-in-English' masters degree in Berlin/Germany, just for fun? (I am English, 31 years old, a humanities graduate) [more inside]
posted by choppyes at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I create a custom shipping workflow?
Ecommerce, Shipping, Programming: I am setting up a warehouse for my burgeoning ecommerce business and am designing custom coded shipping workflow. I am also shipping orders from this warehouse for two or three other online stores in different shopping cart platforms, and need to streamline the orders together into an efficient packing and shipping operation. Here's an example shipping setup that I'm moving towards. Please refer me to resources or people to hire (more detail below). [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 at 11:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Red Robin, Red Robin...
How can I convince the local robins to nest in my trees? [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette at 11:24 AM PST - 9 comments

The word for my garden is forest
I'm the recent proprietor of a small plot of land, and would like to grow something there. That concludes what I know of gardening. [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 11:00 AM PST - 17 comments

Song ID from This American Life tv show
SongIDfilter: "This American Life" tv show, season 2 episode 2, "Two Wars": what is the song playing over the last 2.5 minutes or so, as the "Grassnost" story's family eats dinner? [more inside]
posted by so_gracefully at 10:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Running a Cat House
Pets allowed! Advice/suggestions/cautions for renting an apartment to pet owners - ? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 10:41 AM PST - 21 comments

Have resume, will apply.
How do I distinguish my email application from the unwashed masses who also email applications to Craigslist jobs? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 10:33 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me with my custom search engine.
How do I add new sites to the Google custom search engine that I've created? Strangely, the control panel doesn't give me that option. If this isn't possible, what other tools can I use to specify which sites I want Google to search? This search engine isn't one that I'm publishing; it's for my own use.
posted by Wordwoman at 10:32 AM PST - 1 comments

Long term care insurance for younger people?
I am a mid-thirties, single woman in good health but few assets/savings right now. I have the opportunity to purchase a long term care insurance policy through work, which would provide unlimited coverage at the average nursing home care rates in my city, and adjusts for inflation. The premiums are about 2.5% of my take-home pay, and I can afford it while meeting all my other financial goals. Worth it or not?
posted by yarly at 10:29 AM PST - 21 comments

Brake maintenance and finding reputable automotive shops!
The brakes in my fairly low-milage SUV have begun to squeak when stopping at slow speeds or when the car has just been turned on. What could be the problem and how can someone who knows nothing about cars get reputable service and not be ripped off? Bonus if anyone knows of a good place for this in Santa Barbara or Ventura county! [more inside]
posted by cgomez at 10:06 AM PST - 8 comments

A month off work after a decade of work. What could i do with the time?
I have a month of gardening leave ahead of me. What should i do? [more inside]
posted by Vroom_Vroom_Vroom at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Move a Wordpress blog to a new URL?
How can I move my self-hosted Wordpress blog from one domain to another? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 9:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Awesome podcasts?
I'm looking for some really captivating, funny, and/or interesting podcasts to keep me occupied during a long, boring commute. [more inside]
posted by windbox at 9:25 AM PST - 47 comments

Maybe it's easier to just type the date four times?
I have a document that has 4 identical postcard sized signs that display a constantly changing date. I'd like to put a macro button in (either Word or Publisher) that will open up a dialog box and allow me to type in the date, and have it auto-populate into the appropriate 4 places. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 9:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I talk to my parents about their drinking?
Should I talk to my parents about their drinking? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 8:35 AM PST - 23 comments

You start walking your way, I'll start walking mine, what's there to do if we meet in the middle?
What would you want to see halfway between Gainesville, FL and Atlanta, GA? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 8:34 AM PST - 10 comments

He said, she said: short story
Short Story Filter: What story did I read decades ago about a (possible) rape in a cornfield? A simple, classic tale of ambiguity.
posted by LonnieK at 7:53 AM PST - 5 comments

In vino veritas?
Am I justified in being angry/hurt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 41 comments

What will happen if I stop making loan payments on a totaled car?
What will happen if I stop making loan payments on my totaled car? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Inheritance across state lines
I need help with my inheritance in another state... [more inside]
posted by medarby at 6:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Decent luxury / high-end rental condos / apartments in Central New Jersey?
I am working in Central Jersey now (near Princeton), and still living in NYC. Want to know if there any acceptable places for a single guy to live in this area. I checked out River Park at Raritan - it looks ok. Looked at Pike Run in Belle Mead, but I read a number of reviews and they were all pretty bad. Tenants were complaining about bedbugs and poor insulation. Are there any places, preferably on the luxury rental side, that are decent for a single professional to live in the area?
posted by dvjtj at 6:23 AM PST - 14 comments

zoom zoom...boom?
YANMM but: how hot is too hot for an engine? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 6:03 AM PST - 14 comments

What kind of post-processing does NatGeo do?
What are the RAW-processing tricks used in magazines like National Geographic? For example. I can't figure out how such rich tonalities and color vibrancy can be squeezed out of the same RAW files I'm producing... [more inside]
posted by Muhim Nest at 5:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Mobile internet in Spain for cheap?
What are my options for using mobile internet in Spain? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 4:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Good beach hotel in California?
I'll be traveling around the states with my family in August and I'm looking for a good hotel in California, somewhere around LA and San Francisco. It has to be close to, or more preferably own a good beach. I was looking at some resorts in Santa Barbara, but maybe there are some other nice places to stay in.
posted by mck at 4:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Viva la soccer
Where to watch the USA vs Ghana in Paris tonight? [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! at 2:44 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I transfer my text messages from one iPhone to another?
How can I transfer my text messages (SMS's), and only these, from my old iPhone to my new iPhone 4? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb at 2:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Pest Control That Doesn't Require a Pricey Flea/Tick Collar
Is there a routine for keeping my new dogs (and myself) free from ticks and fleas? Bonus points if there's no flea/tick collar or expensive treatment involved. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 2:06 AM PST - 21 comments

monkey king shadow puppets
how can I find scripts or full length videos of traditional live performances of the story of the Monkey King (AKA journey to the west) ? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 1:14 AM PST - 6 comments

June 25
Advice on building a turtle tank
I'm planning on building a turtle tank. How do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by caboose at 11:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Too soon, Executus!
I'm dating someone I've known for about a month. He appears to be incredibly interested in me, but to me it feels way too soon for him to feel that way. I don't know how to figure out if his feelings are genuine. Is it possible to be head-over-heels with someone after a month of knowing them? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 11:13 PM PST - 37 comments

Foreign Interest rates
What are the best foreign interest rates, and how can I take advantage of them? [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 10:54 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I affordably get from LAX to Santa Barbara?
How do I get from LAX to Santa Barbara on Sunday? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 10:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Football without the alcohol
[Seattle / Tacoma Filter] What public place can I watch the world cup with an 18 year old? [more inside]
posted by Galen at 10:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Mystery (to me) Bird
What is this sea bird? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 10:16 PM PST - 6 comments

We all need somebody to lean on but apparently you'll fall on your face if you try to call on me
I find myself haunted by guilt when I don't help someone that I could have helped. I need strategies to either determine who actually needs my help and spring into action while quieting my unease, or mitigate the guilt that arises from a lack of action. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 PM PST - 20 comments

Mystery leak in the basement
Where did the mystery water come from? There were huge storms in the Twin Cities tonight. We returned home to find a puddle of water surrounding the furnace, which is located in the middle of the basement. There is no evidence of any water near the walls, or any leak from above. Where could this water have come from? [more inside]
posted by violettie3 at 9:41 PM PST - 10 comments

What Commercial am I Thinking of?
Commercials!Filter-- help me track down an old 80s/90s commercial [more inside]
posted by rubah at 9:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Help us find this song!
Why has "A Song for Bob Crane" by Clem Snide disappeared? [more inside]
posted by elvissa at 9:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Linux is biting me.
What could have caused all my linux log files to vanish? [more inside]
posted by thorny at 8:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Advice on installing an air conditioner into a window sleeve that's too big?
In the apartment I'm moving into, each room has a wall sleeve (just below the window) for an air conditioner. We tried installing one of my air conditioners in there tonight, and it's too small to fit the space. It mostly fills it, but even with the fins on either side of the air conditioner pulled out, there are still spaces above and below. Does anyone have any advice on how to properly install the air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 8:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Where in the U.S.A. can I find palaces or estates of East Indian architecture?
Where in the U.S.A. can I find palaces or estates of East Indian architecture? [more inside]
posted by stst399 at 7:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Where's the border between Oakland and Berkeley?
Where's the border between Oakland and Berkeley? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 7:39 PM PST - 16 comments

Worthless?
Have you had any luck selling magazines from the last 10 years? [more inside]
posted by gillianr at 7:01 PM PST - 6 comments

ha ha hic oh shit
Really specific circumstances always lead to hiccups. Why? [more inside]
posted by ellehumour at 6:57 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get my tub to stop draining?
Hey! I filled that bathtub for a reason - so why is it draining without my permission? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 6:49 PM PST - 13 comments

nail polish on the carpet, oh my!
I spilled pink nail polish on a green carpet. How can I get it out? I'm reluctant to try nail polish remover because I fear it will bleach the carpet.
posted by emd3737 at 6:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Sim City on an old Mac
What version of Sim City will work nicely on a 12" 867 Mhz powerPC G4 powerbook with 640 MB DDR SDRAM running os x 10.4.11 and where can I buy it or download it. Free or not. [more inside]
posted by snowjoe at 6:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Home AC - Is my condensate pump broken?
So yesterday I heard this noise coming from the basement all day. It turns out the condensate pump on my AC (water goes from AC to some tank in the floor and the pump pumps it outside AFAIK) was continually running all day. I unplugged it and plugged it back in, and it hasn't run since. How can I tell if the pump is working properly or not? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 at 6:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Wait, what?
How do I regain the brainpower I've lost after roughly a decade of marijuana use? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 6:13 PM PST - 32 comments

wordpress: 2 blogs using the same db *and* the same content
Is this nuts? I want to have 2 installations of (self-hosted) wordpress which both show the same content - therefore use the same db. [more inside]
posted by thatone at 6:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Upgrading my name
I don't have a middle name. Will the rest of my life be a paperwork nightmare if I legally give myself a middle name (or two)? [more inside]
posted by bradly at 5:14 PM PST - 23 comments

What digital version of Infinite Jest should I buy? Kindle or iPad
Infinite Jest: should I buy the Kindle or Apple iBooks version? Specifically, I'm worried about footnote support. Naturally, I have an iPad so I have the luxury to choose!
posted by Hammerikaner at 5:09 PM PST - 18 comments

I would trade two Veronica Belmonts for her
Can you identify this female standup comic I saw briefly in the early '90s with a funny, very Southern routine? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 5:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Story Songs?
What are some great songs that tell stories? [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns at 5:06 PM PST - 75 comments

Will hurt your ears for food
Where should I publicize my weird-ass music? [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin at 4:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Who plays this song?
Who plays the song from this youtube video?
posted by dfreire at 4:20 PM PST - 5 comments

I did the right thing, so how do I make myself believe it?
I've done the right thing, but I feel wretched about it. How can I best make myself feel less horrible? [more inside]
posted by monster max at 4:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Masticating Juicers
I'm looking for a hand cranked masticating juicer that can handle fruits, vegetables, and possibly nuts. Anyone know where to find one? [more inside]
posted by Quack at 3:33 PM PST - 3 comments

speed of gravity
a "thought experiment" on gravity: Pretend you could "teleport" a huge mass such as the sun into "empty outer space". How long would it take for the gravitational force to reach a distance such as the distance from the earth to the sun?
posted by santogold at 3:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Marriage obviously bad but why can't I leave?
Why can't I pull the trigger on ending the marriage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:28 PM PST - 49 comments

Looking for a cheap, well supported, and quick webhost that supports Mailman or similar functionality.
Looking for a cheap, well supported, and quick webhost that supports Mailman or similar functionality. [more inside]
posted by Vexir at 2:59 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I create a search feature for my website that searches only the meta tags of my pages
How do I create a search feature for my website that searches only the meta tags of my pages and displays a list of pages where the search terms appear in the meta tags? In other words, how do I make my site searchable by tag?
posted by markcmyers at 2:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Navigation hack on WDTV?
Movie navigation hack on WDTV? I have a WDTV HD media player (not the more recent WDTV Live) and would like to know if there is a firmware hack that will allow faster navigation through a movie, ie skip forward or backward a defined amount of time with a button press. There is a hack called Enlightenment v2 for the newer WDTV Live that seems to offer that feature. Would it work to flash that firmware onto my earlier model WDTV HD?
posted by paphun123 at 2:27 PM PST - 2 comments

How to resign yourself to career disappointment.
How do you pretend to be excited about job opportunities that don't excite you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Bruce Sterling SXSW 2010 Rant online?
Where can I listen to the Bruce Sterling SXSW 2010 Rant online? [more inside]
posted by artlung at 1:57 PM PST - 5 comments

'95 Maxima is loud and shakes. Can I fix this on my own? Audio inside.
Can I fix my '95 Nissan Maxima? It went from sounding a little noisy/gravelly to shaking intermittently. Oil is full but dirty. Must I see a mechanic? Engine sounds like this (15-second AAC), exhaust sounds like this (5-second AAC). Used to be very quiet. Can I fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid at 1:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Sales tax on Web Application
YANMA(You are not my accountant), but do we need to charge sales tax on a web-based monthly subscription, "software as a service" application? [more inside]
posted by maelanchai at 1:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Because college isn't already hard enough...
What can I do to make my transition to online classes easier? [more inside]
posted by semp at 1:36 PM PST - 9 comments

What are some good iPhone games that my wife and I can play together over a few beers?
What are some good iPhone games that my wife and I can play together over a few beers? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 1:22 PM PST - 20 comments

How to trigger phone calls via web forms
Web designer helping a friend and trying to advise on setting up a particular type of web-based automated phone call system. [more inside]
posted by jalexei at 1:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Why does coffee make me so hungry?
Why does drinking coffee make me hungry? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 1:04 PM PST - 18 comments

How does one monetize video content?
Help us reel in the green! (How does one monetize video content?) [more inside]
posted by koudelka at 12:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Don't want no bites
Can anyone recommend a good pest control guy in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 12:22 PM PST - 1 comments

What to do about post-gluten bloating?
GlutenFilter: if someone with a gluten intolerance accidentally eats some, is there anything they can do to reduce their uncomfortable bloating? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 12:22 PM PST - 14 comments

How to find new albums from artists in my iTunes library
How to find new albums by artists in my iTunes library? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 12:17 PM PST - 8 comments

We Need 4th of July Camping Recommendations
ProcrastinationFilter: We want to go camping next week somewhere within 3 hours of Denver. We've reserved nothing. We have a dog. Help! [more inside]
posted by shew at 12:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for Lyrics in all the Wrong Places
Trying to find a lyrics website that doesn't just republish the same wrong lyrics every other lyrics website uses. Does such a thing even exist? [more inside]
posted by blapst at 11:55 AM PST - 11 comments

A cheap analogue-video-to-iMovie solution sought for FireWire MacBook owner
I would like to route standard def DVD playback straight into iMovie on the cheap. I have a FireWire 2007 MacBook. Thinking about an obsolete, second-hand DV camera (and connecting DVD player to it), but don't know what models to look for. I'm also open to suggestions for software or other hardware. Please help me work out what I really need. [more inside]
posted by galaksit at 11:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Tear in the cloth of my driver's seat.
I've got a small (2-3 inch) tear in the cloth of the driver's seat of my car. Is there a "best practices" way to make sure this doesn't expand and require me to have the whole seat reupholstered? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 11:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Suggestions for a lite RPG?
What's a good lite P'n'P RPG? [more inside]
posted by eyeballkid at 11:27 AM PST - 36 comments

No, Harvard, you can't have $1900.
I am looking for a reputable, online, un-pocketbook-bending HTML / CSS course from a real school. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by dame at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Boy I'm sure glad I replaced that tiny pimple with A HUGE RED SCAR :(
So, I'm an idiot. I suffer from this sort of neurotic cleanliness that manifests in periods of intense picking of any imperfections on my skin. Now I have to live with the consequences. Looking for holistic or homeopathic remedies for the remaining redness. This is probably gross, so just be warned. [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu at 11:10 AM PST - 48 comments

Safely delivered to Alderaan.
Droid filter: I'm getting the new Droid X the morning it comes out but I've been a loyal Palm customer lo these many years. Help me Obi-Wan... [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 11:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Are there jobs out there for cultural anthropologist programmers?
I'm about to graduate and need some help with the job search. I'm a budding anthropologist and/or a programmer. Two part question below the fold. [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs at 11:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Reviving a dead garden?
I moved into a house with a large, dead backyard garden. The garden's soil is hard as rock, and there are no weeds. Bad, right? I'd like to plant herbs and vegetables, but I don't know how to start. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 11:01 AM PST - 25 comments

Where can I buy a vuvuzela offline?
Where can I buy a vuvuzela in Pittsburgh without resorting to online purchasing? Our community spirit needs to be lifted -- now! [more inside]
posted by breccia at 10:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Creating a non-standard Microsoft Word 2007 letterhead template
I'm creating a non-standard (for Word, that is) letterhead template. I need help making the logo et al. stay in one place. [more inside]
posted by elle.jeezy at 10:41 AM PST - 5 comments

An academic job in the hand vs. two in the bush?
I'm trying to decide whether to take a non-ideal academic job or stay on the market another year. Faculty types, especially in the sciences: I need your perspective! [more inside]
posted by 2lemmas at 10:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me use my old iphone for mad science
I have an iphone 4. I want to do something interesting with the old, no-longer-in-service, 3g. How do I make it dance? (AND: walk me through jailbreaking and installing android, or linux, or something even crazier?) [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 10:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Mac OS X: Recovering a corrupted zip file
I've got a ~350mb zip archive that I created a couple of years ago. It contains files that are now fairly important to my portfolio. And I can't get them out. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by pts at 10:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Master degree or NOT
Need adivce on making the right decision. [more inside]
posted by naylord at 10:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Bubble hand, bubble head?
Big, round bubble handwriting: does it correlate with intelligence? If so, why might this be the case? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus at 10:13 AM PST - 62 comments

Going east. Need travel tips.
I'm going on a trip to Eastern Europe for 14 days with 5 friends. What to do? [more inside]
posted by wolfr at 10:11 AM PST - 6 comments

What is the name of this really disturbing science fiction short story?
What is the name of this really disturbing science fiction short story? (potentially NSFW description) [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 10:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me remember a catalogue/company.
I'm trying to remember the name of a company from which I received a catalogue sometime back in 1996-1999. They sold adventure/retro clothing/gear in sort of a J. Peterman style, but the catalogue presentation was more Orvis-y. The clothes/merchandise could also be compared to Abercrombie and Fitch from when it was an expedition/outdoor outfitter and not aimed at teens. I remember one catalogue had a picture of an classic open car and they were participating/sponsoring in some sort of road rally or driving journey re-creation. [more inside]
posted by Jahaza at 9:54 AM PST - 10 comments

talkin' about "pop music"
pop music filter: been livin' under a rock the past decade, so what good stuff have I missed? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 at 9:54 AM PST - 21 comments

I need a hero.
I need a hero. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:47 AM PST - 125 comments

In the future, what typeface will have represented 2015?
Designers, type designers, font geeks - I need your help please. In the past, each "era" has had a typeface that came to represent the "spirit" of that era. Can you recommend me typefaces that you feel are poised to capture this new era we are entering...this time where computing breaks free of the desktop and we interact in new ways with "the cloud" in everything we do wherever we are? [more inside]
posted by nickjadlowe at 9:45 AM PST - 12 comments

[Airport filter] Heathrow (LHR) showers latest info
Heathrow (LHR) showers latest info [more inside]
posted by parttimeninja at 9:41 AM PST - 3 comments

I need a job and I can't find one
No job, no money, nobody who can help. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 AM PST - 22 comments

Have you read this book?
Can you help me identify this travelogue? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 9:25 AM PST - 2 comments

How to patch the underside of a concrete cantilevered balcony?
cantilevered balcony How do I patch the underside of a concrete cantilevered balcony? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 9:24 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm not really a jackass. Just helpfully eager!
Help me stop interrupting people while they're speaking, even though I already know what they're going to say. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM PST - 27 comments

Calling all Aspies
Dear Metafites who have been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, If you are in a romantic relationship (or hope to be in a relationship in the future), what would you like your girlfriend/boyfriend to know about AS? Are there any books on AS that you would want your girlfriend/boyfriend to read? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 7 comments

D I V O R V C E
During a period of insanity, I got married in the early 90s while living in the UK. I am an Australian citizen, and I married a Brit. A short time later, our relationship had burnt itself out, and ended somewhat acrimoniously. As we had very few shared assets, we just walked away from each other & lost contact. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Waka Waka Waka Waka
I've been thinking about gift ideas for a friend who is currently spending a couple of years doing interviews in Colombia and writing a book. I have a few ideas already, but was wondering what you guys might come up with? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh at 8:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Source for die-cut felt?
Can anyone recommend a source for die-cut felt? I'm hoping to get some small (~5" on the longest side) flag shapes cut (and, ideally, printed on). The shape is just irregular enough for it to be annoying for me to do myself in any larger quantity. However, I don't want thousands of these things. 250-500 is what I'm looking for. I'm finding a lot of industrial sources for die-cut felt, but I'm hoping someone has a good recommendation for a company or better search terms... ?
posted by stefnet at 8:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me get this derailed life train back on track
Why am I destroying my life when everything was going so great for so long? And how do I stop? [more inside]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse at 8:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Can I take the quick test?
I have HIV antibodies due to participation in a vaccine trial, will one of the fast RNA tests work on me? [more inside]
posted by No1UKnow at 7:32 AM PST - 4 comments

How can we deal with the dead-animal smell?
Something (probably a lizard) has died in a pipe behind a wall, and it's stinking up our house. It's bad and it seems to be getting worse. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 6:51 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I iron my shirts?
Question re ironing shirts. [more inside]
posted by the_ancient_mariner at 6:44 AM PST - 18 comments

STOP STEALING MY LIVES DAMMIT.
MeFi, Help me name that game I played over 10 years ago! [more inside]
posted by QueenHawkeye at 6:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Give me my money, Take my money
I am expecting an ACH deposit of money on Monday. I need to pay a bill using an electronic check (also ACH) today. Will I have any problems if I initiate the bill pay using ACH today?
posted by dyno04 at 6:26 AM PST - 7 comments

shipping food in glass jars overseas
What is the best way to ship food in glass jars from the U.S. to a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by needled at 6:03 AM PST - 7 comments

how can i get molten iron to produce slightly musical sound?
I am trying to find ways that molten iron could produce sound, and hopefully musical sound. things could be added to the molten iron, or effected by the heat it produces does anyone have any idea's?
posted by frequently at 5:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Leaping and frogging
I am looking for examples of technology 'leapfrogging' [particularly in heatlhcare] where a newer technology finds higher uptake in developing economies compared to developed economies. Example: Mobile phone technology in Africa is reaching areas where landline never got to and now never will. [more inside]
posted by london302 at 4:27 AM PST - 17 comments

I am collecting Britishisms!
I need a lot of funny old-fashioned British expressions to throw into conversations with my British friend. [more inside]
posted by howgenerica at 3:17 AM PST - 78 comments

Comic book stores in LA/OC and Comic recommendations
A two parter: My brother is visiting LA (and Orange County) in a few weeks. Where are the cool comic book stores? And, considering that he doesn't favor super hero comics, what comics should he check out? [more inside]
posted by Monday at 1:37 AM PST - 8 comments

iPhone and Gmail Sync Issues
Overwrite Gmail contacts with iPhone contacts. How? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 12:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Inheriting Stock Options for a pre-IPO Start Up
Going with my mother next week to a meeting with the management team and surviving founders of a start-up company my dad founded. She's trying to figure out how to value the company shares he left her as part of her estate planning, hence the meeting. [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 12:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Ray Carver Filter: what was the name of that story?
Raymond Carver wrote a story in which a character writes a novel, or a story, about and/or titled "The beast that ate Cleveland," or something. [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn at 12:23 AM PST - 6 comments

June 24
Christ, all I do is squats!
How do I feel less COMPLETELY UNPREPARED for yoga tomorrow?
posted by parmanparman at 11:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Tripping on Independence Day
Is it worth spending an extra fortnight in Boston - just to see the Independence Day celebrations? And what is there to do in New England/the East coast that doesn't cost a fortune? Longcat question inside. [more inside]
posted by selvaria at 11:56 PM PST - 14 comments

How to learn how to learn
What does the statement "I learned how to learn" mean? How can I learn how to learn? [more inside]
posted by vignettist at 11:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Kitten Discipline
Our kitten is about 9 months old, desexed and he's still behaving badly. We've tried various discipline methods suggested to us but none have really worked. Advice would be very much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 11:39 PM PST - 24 comments

Foods that sound tasty even when you've got no appetite?
I've got a chronically poor appetite. I'm seeing a doctor for the underlying causes. Do you have suggestions for foods that taste good when you've got no appetite but know you still need to eat dinner, when you've got an unsettled stomach, and/or when you're hungry but sort of nauseous at the same time? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 10:57 PM PST - 43 comments

Help on Gandhi aphorism?
Does anyone know the actual source for the much-quoted Gandhi line, "I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet." [more inside]
posted by southvie at 10:35 PM PST - 2 comments

So how does this dating thing go?
I'm pretty new to dating, and I don't really understand the progression from first date to second date and onward. Can you help me cure some of my ignorance with your anecdotes, personal experience, and wisdom? [more inside]
posted by dogcat at 9:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Commercial Filter: They're bringing out the heat
I'm trying to find an old-ish commercial that involved a hen "pitching" to a batter during a baseball game. I believe the commercial was for beer, but I'm not certain. I can't remember the last time I saw this commercial, but I'm guessing I haven't seen it for 8 years or so (maybe more, maybe less). [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog at 9:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Peekaboo! I see you! But you're all fuzzy!
I realize this is a longshot, but would anyone happen to know the source of this image of a curious kitty? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento at 8:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Michael Ignatieff doesn't count.
Is it possible to get grits in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by one more dead town's last parade at 7:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Best diet & exercise tricks evar!
Diet & exercise tips & tricks, please! [more inside]
posted by wwartorff at 7:43 PM PST - 43 comments

Help: the people I work with think I'm stupid
Please help me maintain my dignity at work. [more inside]
posted by marimeko at 7:36 PM PST - 48 comments

Refinance or Not?
Refinancing interest rates for a 15 year fixed mortgage are down to 3.75% at my CU. Meanwhile, I'm 5 years into a 30 year mortgage and thinking it might be a good time to refinance. I want to sell my house, but I don't know when I'll be able to since the market for sellers is so depressed. So it makes sense to cut the time nearly in half and reduce the interest rate by a third for about $50 more dollars a month. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 7:36 PM PST - 5 comments

The Chinese Herodotus?
Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, Tacitus, and the rest of those familiar names are inextricably tied with the historical canon of classical "western" civilization. But who are the "eastern" equivalents? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer at 7:25 PM PST - 22 comments

What is the looooong high-pitched tone in old techno songs called?
In older techno tunes, it was common have a single high-pitched note held for a really long time in songs (sometimes through the entire song). Electronica has a ton of terms, from "amen breaks" to "acid", but is there a word (or are there multiple commonly used words) for that note?
posted by Bugbread at 7:10 PM PST - 18 comments

What are my month-to-month housing options in New York City?
Can anyone give me advice (outside of Craigslist) on finding housing options in New York City that run month to month? I've lived in the East Village for two years, but was able to sign a lease. I just finished grad school and don't have a full-time job secured, so signing a new lease is not viable for me right now. I'm looking for something that's under $800 a month, in a safe area, in Manhattan (probably not going to happen at that range), Queens, or Brooklyn, and as easily accessible from the train as possible. Astoria, Jackson Heights, Park Slope, or Long Island City would be ideal.
posted by msk1985 at 6:31 PM PST - 10 comments

When have NGOs really fixed something?
When has an NGO affected real change? When have they actually solved problems? Can you give me some success stories? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Life after home loss - how to cope?
My parents are losing their home to foreclosure. How can we cope with the aftermath? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:00 PM PST - 14 comments

cheapskate + X = smartphone
Help me evaluate my options for getting a used smartphone with no contract. [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 5:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Why do I care so much that my friends won't take pain relievers?
Why don't people take medicine for things like headaches, pains, whatever, and why does it frustrate me so much when people close to me don't? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 5:53 PM PST - 61 comments

What is this bug (from Western India)?
What is this bug (from Western India)? I have two images sent to me by a friend: one and two. The bug was photographed in Western India.
posted by vidur at 5:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Do you trust 3rd party smartphone batteries?
Do you trust third-party batteries for your cellphone? Specifically I'm thinking about picking up some spare batteries for the HTC Evo, but I've been a non-removable battery phone user for so long that I don't know if I really should stick to the manufacturer's branded batteries or can safely save some money and look elsewhere (like a Seidio, for example).
posted by extraface at 5:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Who anonymized the radio stars?
When, and more to the point, why, did, do, radio stations stop identifying the songs they broadcast? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 5:11 PM PST - 22 comments

I'm technologically challenged. Help.
I'm so lame with this stuff and you guys always help... so here goes. I have a DVD of a 26 minute video I need to put onto youtube. I just don't know how to extract it from the disk. I'd like to then divide it into multiple parts for viewing. I know I can't do this stuff in imovie. Suggestions? Free solutions are always preferred... :) [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 5:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Roaming GSM in Europe
I'm looking for the best pre-paid GSM sim card I can buy here in Germany, that will give me semi-decent data rates (I'm not expecting miracles) and roaming to a good portion of Europe (Germany, Austria / France / UK / Switzerland ). [more inside]
posted by lych at 4:56 PM PST - 3 comments

What do you mean, I still have to live with him?
A good friend intentionally hurt me. I cut off all contact in an attempt to move on, which so far seems to be working. The only problem? He's also my roommate and business partner. He'll be home from an extended absence soon and I need help drawing and maintaining boundaries for two people who should realistically have no contact with each other, but are instead stuck sharing a bathroom and a checking account. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:21 PM PST - 23 comments

Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
What's been your experience with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis? [more inside]
posted by stray at 4:05 PM PST - 4 comments

lease recommend your favourite UK laser cutting service
MakerFilter: Please recommend your favourite UK laser cutting service [more inside]
posted by bullox at 3:35 PM PST - 5 comments

They told me this would happen...
YANMD-filter: I've been stupid. I realized today that by inconsistently taking my SSRI I have unwittingly caused SSRI withdrawal syndrome. Now what? [more inside]
posted by ms.v. at 3:20 PM PST - 14 comments

They're playing soccer. We love that soccer.
What would be an awesome World Cup anthem for a toddler? [more inside]
posted by azure_swing at 3:15 PM PST - 31 comments

Americans who will be travelling in Canada seeking cheapest phone options
My husband and I will be travelling to Canada next month (previously) and are wondering what our cheapest bet is for cell phones. We don't care so much about calling home to the US, but it would be nice to be able to make brief calls and send texts to each other. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 3:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Need a recommendation on a reputable divorce lawyer in Dallas.
Anyone in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro area know of a good divorce lawyer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Brand hijacking
What are some cases of upmarket brands becoming involuntarily associated with 'undesirable' groups? The main one that comes to mind is chavs in the UK adopting Burberry check as 'theirs' (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4381140.stm). I also remember hearing that the makers of Cristal champagne were unhappy about its popularity with rappers. Any other ideas? Thank you.
posted by MisterCoffeeWithAnAutomaticDrip at 3:08 PM PST - 35 comments

Best PDF reader for iPad
What is the best PDF reader for the iPad? I'm talking about speed, features, reliability, etc.
posted by antgly at 2:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Help Me Make Some Lemonade!
[Music Filter] I lost my whole library. Please introduce me to new artists by recommending an awesome (full) album. [more inside]
posted by mondaygreens at 2:43 PM PST - 79 comments

I'm locked out! Exceptionally so!
So I'm locked out of my house with a laptop, and my dogs have to pee. [more inside]
posted by earlofrochester at 2:38 PM PST - 35 comments

How to make overdubs sound natural?
How can overdubbed voice tracks to a film, which were recorded in a sound studio, be manipulated to sound more natural? [more inside]
posted by Clambone at 2:30 PM PST - 9 comments

wedding gift to Canada
Help me send my friend a gift -- he lives in Canada and I live in the US. [more inside]
posted by mileena at 2:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Does "overqualified" REALLY mean anything these days?
What's the best way to recommend a friend for a job that I know my institution will think she's overqualified for? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 1:51 PM PST - 8 comments

20 years, two boxes.
What should I do with my old diaries? [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 1:44 PM PST - 39 comments

Can I xeriscape an easement?
Utility Easements and Landscaping - What's legal? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 1:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me gain weight. But keep my 10k time.
Workout filter: 6'2", 19-year-old, 175 lbs male triathlete. Don't want to lose my cardio ability, but want to keep gaining muscle mass. Cardio before or after weight lifting? I started Westside for Skinny Bastards 3 weeks ago, along with increasing my protein intake up to ~180g/day (already eat only whole foods, etc.). Is this a good program to continue? Lots more detail inside [more inside]
posted by nokry56 at 1:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Bling for cash?
I'm in possession of an old engagement ring that was purchased in ~2002 and was, at the time, about $750 at one of those mall jewelry stores. It's less than a carat, but I'm not sure how much less. No paperwork. I'd forgotten I still had it until I found it in a box. Ex did not want it returned. What's the best way to get rid of it and get the most cash possible? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved at 1:07 PM PST - 7 comments

How to be more sexually communicative and experimental with my partner?
My partner has a wild sexual history and would like to incorporate threesomes into our sex life. I am not comfortable with this idea at all. Do these sort of discrepancies point to some sort of sexual incompatibility? (Many more details insides . . . NSFW.) [more inside]
posted by fignewton at 1:00 PM PST - 53 comments

Help us keep our date with Barack!
We are flying back to Colorado from Washington Reagan (National) Airport [DCA] at 1:55 PM on July 6. We just got into an hour-long White House tour at 11 AM that day. Question: What should we do with our stuff during the tour? [more inside]
posted by lukemeister at 12:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Will we get sued for posting photos on Facebook?
Is it legal for me to post photos of people on our corporate Facebook fan page that were taken during an event of ours? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 12:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me understand what tech support is saying, and how to act upon it.
Help me understand the email I got from my web host's tech support. Warning: Contains words like "root" and "queries" and "processes." [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:46 PM PST - 31 comments

The money pit: money goes in, it doesn't come out.
How can I sell my Star Trek/Star Wars Customizable Card Game cards and Miniatures game pieces for the best balance of money/hassle? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 12:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Condo insurance: smokers and employment
Roughly how much will it add to your yearly condo insurance premium if you disclose that you're a smoker? What would be the repercussions for not doing so? Likewise, what about the part of the form that asks if the apartment is "regularly unoccupied during the day or evening by all adult occupants in the household." Both of these were pre-filled with "no" answers, and I'm hesitant to bring it up with the insurance company until knowing a little more. I'm in Brooklyn, NY.
posted by nobody at 12:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Tips for a first-time translator
Tips on translating a bunch of documents quickly and efficiently? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 12:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Why give her pills?
Why do doctors keep giving my clearly drug-addicted friend pills? Is there anything I can do to encourage her to admit she has a problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Vulvodynia experiences?
Do any of you have experience with vulvodynia/vestibulodynia (chronic vulval pain)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Have the option of taking Aikido...any advice?
I have an opportunity to study Aikido that is in the style of Koichi Tohei. I have had very little experience with Aikido in any form. I would like to learn it based on readings and watching others. I am not sure if it is a viable form of self-defense but if it is, that would be a definite plus. Anyone have any opinion either way based on experience in Aikido or other arts?
posted by snap_dragon at 11:18 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me find the name for my new favorite pants
What are these pants (on the girl) called, so that I can I find them/a pattern for them? From the Bollywood routine on So You Think You Can Dance last night. The slit and the billoweyness when she spins are the key aspects of why I love these.
posted by Sweetdefenestration at 11:17 AM PST - 3 comments

heart & soul mates
creative "heart and soul" costumes for a group of eight writers? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 11:10 AM PST - 14 comments

England matches in Trafalgar Square?
Will the Germany v England game on Sunday the 27th of June be shown in Trafalgar Square? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 11:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Best time to be in prison?
San Francisco Mefites: What is the best day of the week and time of day to visit Alcatraz? And the best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by raisingsand at 10:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Happy Slovaks! FIFA world cup filter
Happy Slovaks! FIFA World Cup Filter. At the end of the Slovakia vs Italy match today (June 24th), there was a lot of footage of the Very Happy Slovakian team bouncing up and down together on the field, in a circle, with their arms around each other. I'm looking for video footage of that (adorable) part of the beautiful game spectacle. My Google-fu has failed me. Can you help?
posted by bluesky43 at 10:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Kill my $500/yr pants budget
Need a substitute for H&M pants that will last more than a month. [more inside]
posted by zvs at 10:27 AM PST - 30 comments

How to sample absinthe?
How can I sample varieties of absinthe without investing a bunch of money in guessing which bottles might meet my expectations? [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 at 10:22 AM PST - 19 comments

How can a serious person learn to be playful with kids?
I am generally serious, practical, logical and introverted. How can I learn to be lighthearted, playful, and entertaining with young children? I'm afraid I'm boring and unimaginative. Also I've forgotten a lot of kids songs and games. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 10:15 AM PST - 40 comments

What's it like for cats having teeth extracted?
Vet says cat's tooth extraction surgery will be difficult and painful. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 10:02 AM PST - 29 comments

Used Smart Phones
Looking at purchasing a used I-phone / smart-phone what should I know? Anyone have experience using the device via wifi without the data plan? [more inside]
posted by MechEng at 9:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Discriminating video from film
Why do movies recorded digitally look different from those on film? [more inside]
posted by stinker at 9:40 AM PST - 15 comments

Which fish balls are the good fish balls?
How do I shop in a Korean grocery store while not actually knowing any Korean? Many of the items have little to no English on the labels, and with a limited budget, I'm not quite willing to spend any significant amount of money on something I may find inedible (either being a flavor I don't like, or a complete lack of knowledge of proper preparation). [more inside]
posted by Morydd at 9:37 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I upgrade from the original iPhone to the iPhone 4 on T-Mobile?
When the first iPhone came out, I bought it as soon as I could and jailbroke it so I could use it on T-Mobile. Now I want to upgrade to the newest iPhone and use it with my existing plan which works great (I pay t-mobile some standard data rate, I don't have 3G, that's okay, and everyone is happy). What are my options? Is this even possible? Any and all resources welcome. Thank you!
posted by ejfox at 9:32 AM PST - 5 comments

textbook design
What are some examples or principles of great textbook design and writing? How can I maximize understanding, fun, and learning? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 9:20 AM PST - 2 comments

What can I do to get the maximum out of the academic papers I read?
What can I do to get the maximum out of the academic papers I read? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 9:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Not so easy as 1-2-3
My six-year old son just received his "report card". It says he is "blocked", that he can't count or write his name in cursive. I don't know what to do to help him. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 at 8:58 AM PST - 28 comments

Fair Exemptions
Can we split the tax exemptions by giving one parent two children (exemptions) in odd years, one child (exemption) in even years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Cancel him and let him go!
I'm going to wash that man right out of my hair! Help me figure out how! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM PST - 21 comments

Grandparents Prefer the Beach
How do I deal with my child's grandparents preferring beach vacations to spending time with my child? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM PST - 60 comments

How can I monitor internet use in my class?
How should I respond to students who read emails and surf the net during a class I teach? [more inside]
posted by ChicagoTherapyConnection at 8:09 AM PST - 84 comments

What was the name of this murder mystery I read in grade school?
Help me remember this book (murder mystery) we read in grade school, with only vaguely remembered details (aka what askme does best) [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 8:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Post yo bills
I'm wondering where I can find some community noticeboards in Liverpool, England? [more inside]
posted by chmmr at 7:53 AM PST - 4 comments

How do you get to the Rothko Chapel from the airport?
How do you get from the Houston Airport to the Rothko Chapel? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 7:34 AM PST - 12 comments

My computer is trying to mutiny and no longer recognizes me as its master.
When I went to bed last night I turned off my computer. It said it was installing some updates and I didn't really notice. When I woke up this morning I could still log in to my normal administrative user account like normal, but none of my settings are the same. This is on a laptop running Windows Vista. [more inside]
posted by highfidelity at 7:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Delayed reaction to bee sting?
Is my delayed reaction to a honey bee sting normal? [more inside]
posted by mahamandarava at 7:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Fulbright vs. Less Prestigious Scholarship
I've been accepted to 2 Teach English Abroad programs: a prestigious Fulbright grant in Turkey and a less prestigious program in Spain. I'm torn by indecision--which to choose? [more inside]
posted by scclads at 6:53 AM PST - 37 comments

How can I stop the fear?
How to you keep your cool when there is a chance that you might die? [more inside]
posted by kuju at 6:52 AM PST - 45 comments

Summer in the City
I'm going to be in Hamilton, ON for the rest of the summer with a pretty lax schedule, pretty empty wallet and pretty much nobody I know. What is there to do, see and enjoy in the GTA for someone as myself? [more inside]
posted by Throw away your common sense and get an afro! at 6:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Screen grabs from a copier touch screen interface?
Tutorialfilter: Is it possible to capture "screen grabs" from the touch screen of a Xerox Workcentre 5655? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow at 6:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Mess with my head!
Books that mess with your head [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 6:03 AM PST - 75 comments

Traveling Can/US without a passport?
How likely am I to be able to cross the Can -> US border by car without a passport, but with a birth certificate and every other piece of ID under the sun? [more inside]
posted by ~ at 5:55 AM PST - 15 comments

My ring tarnished, and now it's fading away (onto me)!
My wife gave me a ring 2-3 years ago (while we were still dating). It's made from a New York State quarter, and silver(?) plated. About 6 months ago it started to tarnish, and now the copper from the inside of the quarter has been revealed. It's beginning to turn my skin green! Can I just take this to any jewelry shop and they can fix it up? Can it simply be replated? [Alternate solution inside] [more inside]
posted by Xoder at 5:54 AM PST - 8 comments

This year's iPhone, or last year's?
Is it stupid to upgrade my iPhone... to a 3GS? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 5:07 AM PST - 25 comments

What is this buzzing/vibration in my house?
What is this recurring deep, loud buzzing sound (and vibrations) in my house? It only happens in one spot, and many members of the family have heard/felt it. (No, getting it checked out is not an option currently on the table, I'll explain below). [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 4:44 AM PST - 29 comments

Knitted street art
The history of knitted cozies around bike racks... [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:12 AM PST - 26 comments

Anti-Introvert Doesn't Know What to Do With Herself
How can an extrovert keep their energy up when there aren't any people around? [more inside]
posted by whitewall at 3:40 AM PST - 9 comments

"Mashita / Mashita"
Who sings the K-pop song that's basically just a list of Korean foods (samgyeopsal, bossam, jjimgalbi, et al.) with the refrain of "Mashita, mashita" ("delicious, delicious")? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 2:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Italian Genealogical Records Help!
Help me find a (reputable) person or agency who can procure genealogical records from Italy (specifically Sicily) -- preferably who can communicate in English [more inside]
posted by frmrpreztaft at 2:14 AM PST - 8 comments

I. Need. To. Keep. This... Thing. Alive. Period.
I am the temporary care-keeper of a Medinilla Magnifica (here's a decent description). And it's trying to die on me - even though it has bright (but not direct sunlight), enought watering (but not to moist) and a quite humid placement. Please assist me to resuscitate it again. [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer at 2:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Identify this mid-80s girls' book
Trying to find out the title of a book or series of books from when I was a kid: time travel on horseback a key plot element, of course. [more inside]
posted by tracicle at 1:54 AM PST - 9 comments

All we are saying, is give the Dead White Men a chance...
I'm taking a class in social theory, and while I'm interested in the readings, I've fallen into a way of responding to them which I think is intellectually lazy. How can I stop dismissing old-school social theorists for being Dead White Men? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 12:48 AM PST - 17 comments

June 23
Smoke a Gold Cig
Looking for the title of a foreign (Russian?) film, probably filmed mid-late 90s. What I remember of the plot: gold(?) smuggling operation, with the gold being smuggled in cigarette packs; I believe a factory or power plant was central to the plot somehow; the film was in black & white until about 2/3 through the movie, when in a crucial scene a gold cigarette was used to connect a circuit, flipping on the lights in the power plant and switching the film over to color. Help?
posted by Saxon Kane at 10:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Adding movies to friends' Netflix queues?
Are there any third-party websites that allow one to manage - and share - a Netflix queue? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 9:31 PM PST - 1 comments

India in 3 weeks
Three weeks in India. Where to go? [more inside]
posted by moorooka at 9:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Converting .PDF image to .JPG?
I need to convert a number of .PDF image files to .JPG. Any suggestions (software or otherwise, Windows) appreciated.
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 8:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Safe chigger repellent for dogs?
Are there any chigger repellents that are safe to use on dogs? All the (human) sprays I've seen do not list them as being safe for animals.
posted by GlowWyrm at 8:22 PM PST - 8 comments

I need a pen that will change my life!
I'm looking for a good pen that I can use for sketching/rendering/etc. The main requirements: ~1mm thickness and it has to play nice with watercolors. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by cvp at 7:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Uh, I am pretty sure it doesn't mean consuming pebbles in any literal sense.
So . . . drug slang. "Eating rocks." Does that mean doing crack? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic at 7:36 PM PST - 28 comments

Change sidebar icons!!!!
How can I change my sidebar icons in Snow Leopard? [more inside]
posted by Junior687 at 7:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Conan drops the F-bomb: fantasy books for adults
I am looking for fantasy (as in, swords and sorcery, dragons, etc) books written for adults. [more inside]
posted by Forktine at 7:24 PM PST - 67 comments

Is Digital Image Processing Programming in Demand?
Will BCIT's Computer Systems Technology Diploma with a Digital Processing Option provide me with in-demand skills? What is the job market like for this type of programming? [more inside]
posted by smartless at 7:20 PM PST - 0 comments

But I'd have to kill you...
Is clinical depression generally a disqualifier for positions entailing a psychological exam? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Haircut in Providence Rhode Island
I would like to get a haircut in Providence RI this weekend: please advise. [more inside]
posted by bobobox at 6:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Between my mom and a hard place
My grandmother treats my mother like garbage...but wants to be friends with me! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 17 comments

I can remember lying down in the back of station wagons and pickup trucks, but what did we do in the VW?
How did kids under 2 travel in cars before car seats were the norm, particularly on long trips? My mom recalls tots in the lap and something called a 'car bed' (got any pictures?). Would little ones get lap-belted in to prevent them from falling off the seat on corner-turns?
posted by xo at 6:04 PM PST - 56 comments

Movie Zero for the walk-away KABOOM
As a result of a drunken challenge, we're trying to find Movie Zero (à la Patient Zero) where the hero walks away as something explodes and doesn't look back. [more inside]
posted by finnb at 5:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Where to stay in Montreal for the Osheaga Festival?
Where to stay in Montreal during the Osheaga Festival? [more inside]
posted by scooterdman at 5:48 PM PST - 7 comments

puppy aggression
Is my puppy showing worrisome signs of aggression? How can I stop it before it gets out of control? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath at 5:47 PM PST - 10 comments

What's a sea-level San Miguel de Allende?
My Dad can't go to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, any more. Where should he spend January? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 5:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Did I just see a C-5 Galaxy at SFO?
I'm pretty sure I just saw a C-5 Galaxy on the runway at SFO. Did I? [more inside]
posted by kdar at 5:22 PM PST - 13 comments

symptom-like word
Paging word people: I'm looking for a word that means something like "symptom," but it's not "symptom," and I'm not sure exactly how its meaning differs from "symptom." [more inside]
posted by skwt at 5:17 PM PST - 7 comments

iPhone in Boston
Do I have a snowball's chance in hell of getting a new iPhone tomorrow (in Boston) if I didn't order it ahead of time? If so, how?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 5:14 PM PST - 11 comments

One-shot weirdness, or massive trouble ahead???
ACK!!!! Lice? Birdlice? Random weirdness?? Have I got something???? [more inside]
posted by Ys at 5:08 PM PST - 12 comments

How to pursue an ID Theft Affidavit when it involves family and the mentally unwell?
How to pursue an ID Theft Affidavit when it involves family and the mentally unwell? [more inside]
posted by panoptican at 5:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me run late in the day
How can I defy my natural preferences and desires and learn to enjoy running in the afternoon or evening? Due to a recent move and career change, my schedule dictated that I switch from running in the late mornings (the time that I enjoy most and that feels most "natural") to running in the late afternoon or early evening (as early as 4:30). This is hard. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 5:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Does fridge roulette ruin beer?
Will taking beer out of the fridge skunk it? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 4:53 PM PST - 25 comments

need an iPhone to do app w/ shared lists
I currently use Remember The Milk, about 95% on the iPhone. I've been having syncing problems lately, which makes me want to find a replacement. [more inside]
posted by reddot at 4:48 PM PST - 14 comments

What I'm looking for are the dumbest current ideas to lose weight and look good. Not for me. For work.
Is there a website devoted to crazy beauty, health and wellness treatments? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 4:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Portuguese food question
Can anyone recommend any good restaurants in Lisbon which specialise in either (i) Brazilian cuisine (particularly meat heavy dishes) or (ii) Barraida style suckling piglet?
posted by biffa at 4:31 PM PST - 1 comments

Grub error 21
When trying to boot my computer, I am getting a Grub Error 21. I have tried several methods to fix and none of them have worked. I am at wits end. [more inside]
posted by hellojed at 4:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Give me direction!
Do you know of an email subscription and/or website that is like FlyLady used to be? Which is to say, I want someone to email me lists of household chores to do on any given day, but without all the fluff. [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 4:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Birds and Bees Online
Not quite ready for Scarleteen: good web sites for tweens about sex? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 4:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Fake Alien Album
Portishead's album Alien isn't Portishead; it's Mandalay's Empathy, yes? How did this happen and what could/should I do about it's place in my music library? [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 4:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Neighbor's Dead Tree
Very much like this post, our neighbor has a very tall & a very dead tree in his yard that will almost definitely be falling on our house at some point in the future (and cause a considerable amount of damage). Large branches have already been falling in our yard. [more inside]
posted by toddst at 3:37 PM PST - 21 comments

Heirs to Property or cash?
I am the trustee of my mother’s estate. She has left her three children some cash, stock and property in the form of a Florida retirement property that has been on the market for 2 years. My step dad stands to inherit 100,000 in cash, stock or property. He wants it in cash. I want to offer it in property. If we give him cash it is a large chunk of the inheritance and we would be stuck with a property that is hard to sell and has a 700 monthly maintenance fee. Am I being too selfish? He is 86.
posted by ChrisB48 at 3:19 PM PST - 14 comments

What can I use all this excess bandwidth for?
I'm getting a 100meg internet connection, what do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by empath at 3:17 PM PST - 18 comments

What's a great little place in Portland, OR...that can handle 75 people?
Arranging for a low-key brunchtime get-together in Portland, OR prior to a wedding in early Aug. and need some ideas for locations, caterers etc. for about 75 people. [more inside]
posted by chiefthe at 2:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Having problems finding work for the first time in years. Please advise what I'm doing wrong or not doing.
Experienced Web / Software Developer having problems finding work for the first time in years. [more inside]
posted by audio at 2:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Excel Merging Rows Help
I have an excel 2007 spreadsheet that has 4,000 rows and 6 columns of information. Need help merging some of the rows together..... [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 1:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Got my drill ready but no clue where to aim...
AC Installation question - So I recently purchased this support bracket. The problem is the accompanying instructions and images therein are not so helpful. [more inside]
posted by cloax at 1:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Dental Implants in Cincinnati
Asking for my mother. Anyone had any experience with dental implants in Cincinnati? Name names, please. Prospective patient lives in Oakley but will travel anywhere in the area for a caring, nonjudgmental dentist. Oh, she wants a dentist with a private exam room, not an open cubicle-type environment. Many thanks.
posted by daneflute at 1:26 PM PST - 1 comments

Learning how to trust your immune system
How do you cure a hypochondriac? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Veteran's Grants
Any business grants for Veterans? [more inside]
posted by sapphirebbw at 1:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Meta-citations?
I'm writing a research paper for a professional writing course, and need to use APA citation guidelines. Can I use information from sources that cite previous sources? [more inside]
posted by tetralix at 1:22 PM PST - 11 comments

I can't look at any more oil-soaked animals.
Advice on coping with sadness brought on by environmental disasters? [more inside]
posted by lagreen at 1:15 PM PST - 18 comments

I suck at cameras
Extreme photography noob question: I have a canon powershot sd880. Why do photos becomes incredibly blurry when I turn off flash (but not when it's on autoflash and the flash doesn't go off)? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 1:12 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm being harassed in a public-facing job
I work at a radio station in a big city, and am being harassed by one of our listeners. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 12:58 PM PST - 20 comments

Bye-bye data plan! (Lisa needs braces!)
Where can I find documentation of Apple's and AT&T's offers related to iPad data plans before they were recently changed? Are they archived anywhere? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 12:39 PM PST - 3 comments

rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
How can I stop hating these people and start not thinking about them at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Casual sex in your twenties might be a no-brainer, but I'm not sure
Why should I care if there's people in the world who wouldn't agree with the sex I'm having? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:36 PM PST - 49 comments

Help me find reviews of good books that have been out at least a year
What's the easiest way to find book reviews from a year ago? [more inside]
posted by GaelFC at 12:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find the perfect suitcases.
Looking for the best, sturdiest, most maneuverable ultra lightweight suitcase that can survive a summer of hard travel. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 12:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Love in the City of Angels
Nifty keen anniversary ideas while visiting L.A.? Bonus points for cheap, tasty, and/or geeky, especially if it's on the east side, in the San Gabriel Valley area. [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize at 12:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Please identify these mystery Asian vegetables.
What are these Asian root vegetables I grew and how do I cook them? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 11:48 AM PST - 16 comments

How to encourage my BF to go to the dentist?
How can I encourage my BF to go to the dentist without pissing him off? Anonymous because he's a lurker/aspiring MeFite. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:42 AM PST - 28 comments

Good ways to come to grips with ones sexuality?
Good ways to come to grips with ones sexuality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:42 AM PST - 32 comments

Is taking a roadtrip through the midwest over a couple weeks during the winter (around the holidays) a horrible idea?
Is taking a roadtrip through the midwest over a couple weeks during the winter (around the holidays) a horrible idea? Tentative idea is Detroit to Tulsa via a bunch of stops to see things/cities/people. Tentative route - Detroit to Fargo via I-94 (via Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul), Fargo to Kansas City via I-29 (via S. Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska) and then down to Tulsa. [more inside]
posted by emily37 at 11:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Can Collective Access check out items?
For museum and archives people: has anyone used Collective Access for cataloging? Specifically, does it let you check things out to a user like a library catalog would? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 11:28 AM PST - 1 comments

creatively extend and speechify tefl/esl coursebook material?
I'm using textbooks for my tefl/esl classes (teaching English to adults). I'm looking for ways to use the coursebook material more creatively and extend practise time, and how to create speaking material from it. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 11:27 AM PST - 3 comments

What kind of bug did I see today?
What kind of bug did I see today? [more inside]
posted by MattMangels at 11:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Shekou out!
Looking for recent feedback and tips on living in Shekou, China. We're transferring there with my company, they'll take care of the relocation, visas etc. so more general feedback on living conditions and things you wish you'd known/taken with you before arriving. I've seen the 2 Ask MeFi questions on Shekou & Shenzhen, does anyone have more up to date information? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal at 11:23 AM PST - 1 comments

Anyone want to buy a painting? Anyone?
I am a self taught artist and I don't know how to promote myself. I want to sell paintings, how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 11:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Moves for when a man gives a lapdance to a woman.
What are some classic moves that a man can do when he is giving a woman a lapdance? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 11:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Headphones for motorcycle riding
When I ride my motorcycle long distances on the highway, I like to use sound isolating headphones to listen to quiet music and block the wind noise. I've tried several different headphones and nothing is quite right. [more inside]
posted by bikergirl at 10:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Quake in T.O.?
Did the earth move for you? (Toronto) [more inside]
posted by HarrysDad at 10:51 AM PST - 61 comments

How should I respond to my suicidal sibling's email?
Should I send this email to a potentially suicidal sibling? (posted for a friend) [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 10:50 AM PST - 27 comments

What kind of connector does the Gamecube use for its Digital A/V port?
Help me, electrical engineers: What kind of connector does the Gamecube use for its Digital A/V port? How do I find out who made the connector for Nintendo? [more inside]
posted by LightStruk at 10:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I be concerned about a bone bleed?
What is a bone bleed, and how do I know if I should be concerned? (Bike injury details within!) [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey at 10:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Building focus within short work blocks
Short blocks of worktime, during which I need to do work I'm accustomed to doing in much longer blocks. Any strategies for focusing quickly, re-focusing after interruptions (which can come at any time), and generally dealing with much shorter/'shallower' work blocks than one is used to having?
posted by kalapierson at 10:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Please help me make the most out of all the vintage cameras I got for my birthday?
Please help me make the most out of all the vintage cameras I got for my birthday? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Black and white drawings
What are the drawing style of people or places often found in black and white newspapers called. An examples here. Where can I find galleries online of this type of art?
posted by ShootTheMoon at 10:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Can't Display Unicode #0CAO -- Part of Emoticon Meme and Thus *Everywhere* -- in Mac Firefox. Help?
I can't get Unicode character 0CAO -- which is a part of a popular emoticon-based meme -- to correctly display in Firefox, despite, as far as I can tell, having the necessary fonts installed on the system. A picture speaks a thousand words, so: These are my Firefox font settings. This is how this page looks in Firefox. This is how it looks in Safari. This page suggested I needed Arial Unicode MS (which appears to already be part of the Mac OS X operating system?). I also installed a Kannada font from here. No go. Any ideas? It's not so much that I really love the meme; moreso that I really detest seeing those Unicode boxes pop up everywhere on God's green Earth when the character fails to display in Firefox.
posted by WCityMike at 10:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Identify this Spider!
ArachnidFilter: What kind of spider is this fairly large, long, orangey spider that my friends found in their hotel room on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina? It's kind of blurry, and there's not much in the picture for help with scale (it's on the edge of a roll of toiletpaper), but I have faith in you hivemind!
posted by ThePants at 10:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me organize boat-loads of data in a well-designed, user-friendly way!
Help me organize boat-loads of data in a well-designed, user-friendly way! I'm making a website for an organization with a very comprehensive and interesting audio archive (say, 1500 items). I'm trying to find a way to represent the archive (about 24 items at a time, per page) in a visually easy, comprehensible way. [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

How late can I leave work to meet folks at the airport.
If an international flight lands at SFO @ 1:15 how long does it typically take for a passenger to get through customs, get their bags and show up at the arrivals bit? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 9:37 AM PST - 7 comments

name this painting?
NameThisPainting filter: Inside is a link to a photo of a print in my in-laws living room. Can the hive tell me who did it and what it's called, if anything? [more inside]
posted by qurlyjoe at 9:20 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I do a good literature review?
How do I do a good literature review for a research paper in philosophy? I have access to good resources, but I really want to make sure that I cover everything that's been written on the topic. How can I put myself at ease while making sure I don't miss a beat? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken at 9:20 AM PST - 17 comments

Gift ideas from paris?
I'm in Paris for the week. My fiancee is not here with me, but I'd love to wow her with a great gift when I get back. What should I get her? [more inside]
posted by captainawesome at 9:00 AM PST - 26 comments

Gimme lobstah!
My gentleman friend and I will be spending the weekend in Boston. We've been before, so we've covered the Newbury stretch and would like to branch out a bit this time. We'd like to eat and drink at some great local places (no chains, please). Neptune Oyster is on our list. What are some of your favorite restaurants and/or bars in Boston and why? (We're staying at a hotel on the Waterfront, but are certainly not limited to that area.) Thanks all!
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 8:39 AM PST - 31 comments

Hobbies for grumpy old men?
My father just retired and is losing interest in the hobbies he once loved. I'd like to help try to spark some passion in something that will get him excited, and hopefully, get him out of the house. The catch? He is generally antisocial, depressed, and is extremely set in his ways. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot at 8:28 AM PST - 28 comments

Realistic, "alternative" mobile text input methods?
I want to be able to do real text input on a mobile device. Not two-thumb it. And I want to be able to enter special characters such as numbers and ()*+-[TAB] easily. Basically, I want to be able to write programs, not just misspelled SMS messages, more-or-less at full speed on a tiny device. How? [more inside]
posted by DU at 8:02 AM PST - 9 comments

It's summer and I want to surf!
I give up: please help me with my internet problems! [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 7:49 AM PST - 14 comments

a good cat vet in maryland/dc?
meow.meow.ow in maryland: anyone have a recommendation for a great vet in maryland/dc for cat? [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 7:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Need a location for our company picnic in the Baltimore/Prince George's County area!
I'm looking for a place to hold a company picnic roughly midway between Baltimore city and Prince George's County. We're looking for a park or other outdoor space that could accommodate around 100 people and permits the serving of alcohol. Grills would be a bonus (although realistically we'll probably end up renting them), and we definitely need space for a moon bounce! Our tentative date is August 7th. Ideas? Thanks!
posted by LizardOfDoom at 7:42 AM PST - 2 comments

How long is too long of a commute for a new job?
I have been out of work for several months in the Orlando area, and just got a job offer in Jacksonville. There is a (small) possibility of another job offer in Orlando, but it may not come through for several weeks, and is not guaranteed. The job offer is contingent on a full background check, with an asap start date. Several key problems [more inside]
posted by Drylnn at 7:38 AM PST - 16 comments

Debt for bills that weren't sent (or sent to wrong address)
My parents received a call this morning from a collection agency claiming that we had over $400 in unpaid tollway "violations." Problem is, the tollway authority had been sending the bills to a wrong address - where they lived briefly 11 years ago. Do we have any recourse? How do I verify that these claims are legitimate? [more inside]
posted by Neekee at 7:33 AM PST - 13 comments

I swear this is hypothetical...
What would happen if you put urine in a saline IV bag...? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 7:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Why is my Google Reader "Next" button acting erratic?
Why would my Google Reader "Next" button (the one you can drag right onto your bookmarks toolbar) just take me to random sites every time I click it? I'm logged into my account and everything. Doesn't look like any previous questions posted here address this particular problem.
posted by jeroum at 6:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me recover a document. Please.
You know when MS Office asks if you want to save, and you accidentally click 'no'? How do you go back in time and get back the document that you had been working on for the previous 7 hours but stupidly didn't save? [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 6:43 AM PST - 8 comments

My lawn is on crack?
My lawn, both front and back yard, is developing rather large cracks in the soil. How can I close these up and ensure no damage is being done to the foundation? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster at 6:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Cheap Mental Health Help in Denver
Can anyone recommend a good mental health professional or clinic in the Denver area that works on a sliding scale? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me get rid of the boat anchor...I mean house!
Stuck with a house that I haven't been able to sell, becoming difficult financially to maintain as a rental. Please advise (long, sorry). [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 6:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Please help a disgruntled secretary before she goes postal.
I'm a legal secretary at a Big Law Firm, and was previously assigned to two attorneys, Sam and Sarah. Because my workload was light, I accommodated each of Sarah's requests as best I could (Sam is every secretary's dream, and requests very little assistance). To my own fault, I spoiled Sarah, enabled her laziness, and now find myself stuck in a hole. I've been assigned a new attorney, Scott, who is both new to the firm and has a large docket. My workload has increased substantially - Sarah is used to getting her way, and Scott has deadlines coming out of his ears. I need advice on how to get a couple points across to Sarah and Scott. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:02 AM PST - 23 comments

I left Yaz (b/c pill) in a hot car. Should I be worried?
I left my birth control pill Yaz in a hot car for about 3 hours. The pill was in my wallet, and I put the wallet in the dashboard. It was around high 70's outside. I left it in the car when I went for a hike in the Yosemite national park about 2 weeks ago. The pill felt warm when I came back to the car and took it. I didn't think too much about it, but all of the sudden yesterday I thought of it and now I'm worried. Is this pack of pill still good? Or is it useless? I would love to just switch to a new pack, but I had unprotected sex on Saturday night(3 days ago), so it's already late. I'm going to do the pregnancy check next Monday or so. Am I worrying too much? Or should I be worried?
posted by anonymous at 6:01 AM PST - 7 comments

wet vac
What do I need to know about wetvacs before I buy one? [more inside]
posted by jenfu at 5:32 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the best way to transport several large mirrors safely?
What is the best way to transport several large mirrors safely? [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick at 5:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Teaching SciFi to Japanese high school students
What English-language science fiction books would you recommend I teach to Japanese high school students? [more inside]
posted by MShades at 3:52 AM PST - 36 comments

Unlocking a UK iPhone
Unlocking an out of contract UK iPhone [more inside]
posted by ninebelow at 2:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Trying to find a recent blog post about attending public meetings with members of parliament
Trying to find a recent article about attending public meetings with members of parliament, possibly in Australia. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 1:54 AM PST - 2 comments

June 22
update THIS.
i am trying to update my iphone to ios4 and when i click to check for updates all it tells me is that my itunes is updated. why won't it update my iphone? how do i get it to?? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 11:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Fantastic Omnibustastic!
Going on a holiday with lots of car time, need a decent, massive fantasy omnibus. [more inside]
posted by smoke at 11:31 PM PST - 37 comments

I really really really need two display screens
I can't get my external monitor and my laptop monitor to work at the same time. I have a ThinkPad T60 with an ATI chipset running WINDOWS 7. The external monitor is Sony SDM-HS75. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq at 11:00 PM PST - 5 comments

CV Half-Shaft
The new CV half-shaft for my car is too short. Why is this and why can't I find any the right length? [more inside]
posted by stuffedcrust at 10:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Portable drumset with a cymbal attached to kit?
Has anyone seen this drum set but NOT made by first act? [more inside]
posted by tunestunes at 9:36 PM PST - 4 comments

"No stockade. No watchtower. They are not necessary. We are an island in the jungle. Escape is impossible."
How can I stop my cats from dashing out of my apartment whenever I open the door? [more inside]
posted by Bromius at 9:24 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I make new friends while making it clear I'm only interested in friendship?
How do I make new friends while making it clear I'm only interested in friendship? [more inside]
posted by gothchick33 at 9:17 PM PST - 27 comments

Off-camera Movie sound: How does it work?
Off-camera Movie sound: How does it work? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 9:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Alarming Austin Apartments
How scared should we be of bad apartment complex reviews when looking in Austin? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang at 8:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Etymological Graveyard
How can I find a comprehensive list of words that have been deleted from the dictionary? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 8:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Gymboree Carl Orff and Kodaly oh my!
Is Kindermusik/gymboree infant music education worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by coriolisdave at 8:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Do you need a permit to use a tripod at Mexican archaeological sites, and if so how do you get one?
Do you need a permit to use a tripod at Mexican archaeological sites, and if so how do you get one? [more inside]
posted by tnygard at 8:36 PM PST - 7 comments

How fixer-up-erable is this iBook?
How upgradable is this iBook? A friend has an old iBook G4 he's indicated he'd be willing to let me have pretty cheaply. I use an iMac at home, but could use a nice portable laptop for occasional travel. The iBook as it is seems a little slow and sluggish to me - I'm just wondering, how "upgradable" is this model, for how much money, etc.? (details inside.) [more inside]
posted by dnash at 8:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Best way to erase or destroy a hard drive that no longer works properly?
Best way to erase or destroy a hard drive that no longer works properly? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 8:24 PM PST - 31 comments

I never met a chocolate I didn't like.
I want to coat or encase an approximately DVD case sized object in chocolate. How? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 8:08 PM PST - 18 comments

The Beautiful Game. I think.
How can I get better at "reading the game" in football? [more inside]
posted by amillionbillion at 7:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Have you seen these cats?
Can you identify these 90s cartoon cats from Happy Meals or some other restaurant prizes? [more inside]
posted by lily_bart at 7:24 PM PST - 68 comments

Learning futbol Spanish is my GOOOOOOOOOOOAL!
Where can I find transcripts of Spanish-language soccer play-by play/color commentary? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour at 7:06 PM PST - 2 comments

What old-school comics are worth reading in their current run?
What long-running superhero comic book monthlies are currently putting out really good story arcs, art, or otherwise have a creative team that sets them apart? Like is Green Lantern having a great year? Uncanny X-men? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 6:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Cheap, safe car
Can you recommend the cheapest safe, new car? [more inside]
posted by Suciu at 6:37 PM PST - 34 comments

High Wages, Low Credentials
Do high-paying, low-skilled jobs exist? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey at 6:33 PM PST - 41 comments

Too banal for Dan Savage...
What another clear way for a (nervous!) girl to show a guy she's interested *other than* kissing? [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy at 6:19 PM PST - 35 comments

What can I do with my dad's body?
My dad died last thursday. We're cremating his body but the final disposition of his remains is a problem for my family. Basically, we're too poor to do anything but flush him down the toilet. Help? [more inside]
posted by Avenger at 6:00 PM PST - 40 comments

RZA Shaved the Track and He Caught Razor Bumps
Teach me how to shave properly. [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 5:51 PM PST - 33 comments

Need to find some movies scenes with good sex advice
What are some scenes from feature films with good sex advice? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 5:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Hi AskMetafilter, nice to meet you!
What are some of the sweetest text messages you have sent or received? [more inside]
posted by lover at 5:37 PM PST - 16 comments

How do we hide a seldom-used flat screen TV on a budget?
How can we hide a wall-mounted flat screen TV on the cheap with maximum discretion? [more inside]
posted by K.P. at 5:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Soybeans can't make anybody sick, right?
Did I just mess up my curry with these expired canned soybeans? [more inside]
posted by ZaphodB at 5:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Curse my sister for living 11 hours away!
Tell-me-what-I'll-need filter: I'm going to be making an 11 hour drive, alone, and all in one day, then a couple days later I'll turn around and do the whole thing in reverse to get back home. I've never made so long a drive by myself before and need suggestions to make it as . [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 5:02 PM PST - 63 comments

Why couldn't I move?
YANMD but what on earth happened to me last night? Why couldn't I move? [more inside]
posted by sunnichka at 5:02 PM PST - 39 comments

Online NHS prescriptions
Can anyone recommend an online pharmacy that will deliver NHS prescriptions?
posted by nam3d at 4:48 PM PST - 1 comments

Flush mount photo album companies?
Where can I find a flush mount photo album company that sells to the public, not just professional photographers? [more inside]
posted by NHlove at 4:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Oh please god let it be Ghana
Akan, Dagaare/Wale, Dagbane, Dangme, Ewe, Ga, Gonja, Kasem, Nzema filter: [more inside]
posted by runincircles at 4:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Windows 7 crashing help
PC randomly freezing after upgrading to Windows 7 [more inside]
posted by crashlanding at 4:22 PM PST - 7 comments

USB Thumb Drive as MP3 Player?
Hello! I'm looking for a simple solution to turn my 64GB USB Thumb Drive into a portable MP3 player. Nothing fancy, simple display, controls, and small screen. I have Microsoft Sync in my new car, and a laptop that I travel with. Seems like it would be easy to keep all my mp3s on one thumb drive and take it with me rather than having multiple copies floating about on all devices. There used to be an old Lexar & I believe a Sandisk product that allowed for this. Anyone aware of anything more recent or that supports all 64GB? Thank you in advance. PS. My USB drive is not one of those fancy encrypted ones, so it works in every device I've tried it in.
posted by hussmanne at 4:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I offer turndown service too?
We are about to host our fourth set of house guests since May. I am once again stripping linens and getting the guest room ready, and I wondered... what should I be washing? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 3:03 PM PST - 16 comments

Ever used an executive coaching firm?
I'm considering hiring an executive coaching firm to help with my job search. If you or someone you know has done this, I'd like to hear your thoughts. Also, other tips/tricks staying motivated thru an extended (year-plus) job search? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 2:39 PM PST - 3 comments

How to hang out with kids and exercise at the same time?
What are your favorite ways to exercise with your kids? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy at 2:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Khmer folk/pop song "Blue Basket" - what can you tell me?
Does anyone know anything about a Khmer folk/pop song called "Blue Basket?" [more inside]
posted by jtron at 2:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Who's Leia's Daddy?
Who's Princess Leia's "father"? (Alleged father, not actual father.) [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 2:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Vereinfachte Ausgangsschrift to the max!
What's the best book I can use to teach myself Vereinfachte Ausgangsschrift? [more inside]
posted by subpixel at 2:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Cheap Arts & Craft supplies in the Vancouver BC area?
Looking for cheap/free art supplies, or suggestions on good camp crafts to do with kids on a budget. [more inside]
posted by sarastro at 2:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to sell "Dinotopia" and "History of Polish Folklore"?
I'm trying to sell an eclectic reading selection to used bookstores in Seattle. What are the best stores for me to take my books to? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 2:12 PM PST - 8 comments

IMDB for surf vids?
Is there any site like IMDB for (action?) sports videos (surf, skate, snowboard, hackeysack... etc)? [more inside]
posted by low affect at 2:09 PM PST - 0 comments

Suggestions for a wedding reading?
I've been asked to select and read something non-biblical at a family wedding. Aside from the standard Shakespeare sonnets, I'm stumped. I'd love some meaningful contemporary suggestions (something from David Foster Wallace perhaps?). [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 2:01 PM PST - 25 comments

Slum/Landlord filter: Please recommend me sites for running background & credit checks
Slum/Landlord filter: Please recommend me sites for running background & credit checks [more inside]
posted by cuando at 1:58 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm burning up inside!
[Potential TMI and NSFW Filter] I'd like some advice on preventing UTIs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:57 PM PST - 42 comments

Looking for good alt comedy open mics in Chicago.
Do you know of a fun, alt comedy open mic in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by nbaseman at 1:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Which A/V receiver would you buy
Question for any audiophiles out there - I am looking at buying a used A/V receiver (5.1) and have narrowed my search down to two particular models (both priced about the same)...one is a NAD T742 and the other is an Onkyo Integra DTR 4.6.....any advice as to which one would make the best one for use in a home theatre system. Added info - front speakers are Mission 700's, Paradigm sub woofer and rear are Paradigm Titans. I know that these receivers are not the latest & greatest on the market but I am confident that either one will provide great sound but I might as well get the best one of these two.
posted by DonM at 1:48 PM PST - 3 comments

vague european art identification
What are these paintings on display at the Berlinische Galerie? [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 1:41 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I form a quick and easy business partnership with a friend?
How do I create a business partnership with a friend that both best protects our interests but also is quick and easy, for a project we're not sure is going to last (hence, we don't want to put a lot of effort into the planning - yet.) [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 1:22 PM PST - 6 comments

What to expect from insurance claim?
What to expect during insurance claim? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 1:21 PM PST - 2 comments

How to clean feces in shed?
How to clean old wood shed with (cat?) feces. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 1:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Chicago charities for kids?
Any suggestions for Chicago area charities that help kids? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 1:09 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I demo a WordPress site with no internet connection?
How can I create a static version of a WordPress website that runs on a laptop without internet access? [more inside]
posted by ladygypsy at 1:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Where the hell is Chandler, AZ?
Arizona Boredom: My sister has been exiled to Chandler, AZ for the rest of the week. What do-not-miss things are there for her to do/see/experience there? [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx at 1:07 PM PST - 21 comments

Accordion rental
Where can I rent an accordion for a month in the Boston area? What prices should I expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:54 PM PST - 3 comments

What to do when everything goes wrong.
Emotional atom bomb. Two best friends have been hooking up with my old flame, keeping it a secret from me, but discussing with the rest of my circle of friends. Announced this last night, and today I was planning on ending my current relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:46 PM PST - 58 comments

How to take care of a friend going through a transitional period.
A good friend of mine is moving from their hometown in the east coast into a house with me and a couple of my friends in the west coast. We knew each other in undergrad and I made the move out 2yrs before earlier than her. This will be the first time she’ll be living this far from her hometown and as expected, she’s anxious, nervous, stressed about the whole move. [more inside]
posted by Wanderer7 at 12:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Dating a friends ex
I am dating the ex-boyfriend of a (distant) friend of mine. Do I need to tell her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Do Androids stream my electric beeps?
[Yet another Android app question] Android music app choices look to be slim. Looking for recommendations for playback, streaming and recording apps. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 12:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Camp a Little While in the Wilderness...
Where are all the camp meeting grounds in the United States? Is there a comprehensive directory anywhere? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 12:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Nonprofit HR Question
Is it legal for a nonprofit service-provider organization (adoption services in this case) to have all its staff being independent contractors, including the executive director?
posted by jmf2525 at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

DLM in RRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH
Bayesian Statistics & Dynamic Linear Modelling in R Filter: explain why I am getting large in magnitude (in contrast to a previous project) log likelihoods. [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 at 11:50 AM PST - 2 comments

depression relief without meds
Have you found help from depression that did not include medication or talk therapy? If so, please share. [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 11:34 AM PST - 35 comments

Buy or finance using borrowed money?
Math nerds, help! I need to figure out what's the better option for acquiring a car using borrowed money. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 11:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to find N64 games in Portland, Oregon
Does anyone know where I can get a copy of the original Super Smash Bros. for N64 in Portland, Oregon, hopefully by tomorrow, new or used?
posted by Corduroy at 11:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Rovaniemi would be amazing, but it's just too far.
FinlandTravelFilter: Where should I go for a week in Finland? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 11:08 AM PST - 7 comments

C with Doxygen > XML > PDF
Any experiences working with Doxygen XML output? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 10:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Did I dis my boss?
My boss offered me a freelance project. I turned it down because I already work 55-65 hours a week and have no time for more projects (or a life). Now my boss is acting cold towards me. It's also close to review time. Any suggestions?
posted by blizter at 10:44 AM PST - 9 comments

How to maximise potential of informal colloboration space
Our new office layout intentionally leaves an open space, beside a window that has a great view, for employee collaboration and informal meeting. What is the best way to design and encourage use of this space - do you have such a space and does it work in your company? [more inside]
posted by clarkie666 at 10:30 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I get someone to quit smoking?
How can I get someone to quit smoking? [more inside]
posted by abbat at 10:14 AM PST - 41 comments

Xanax for flying phobia?
Tell me about using Xanax or other anti-anxiety meds to combat fear of flying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:13 AM PST - 24 comments

Calculating Book Value of Mutual Fund after Partial Sell
How do I calculate a mutual fund’s book value after selling only a portion of units held if I have been using a dollar-cost strategy and investing a set amount of money in the fund regularly? How does this impact my ability to report profit/capital gains? [more inside]
posted by elkerette at 10:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Where is a good place to have a book launch/art exhibit in Dallas, Texas?
Where is a good place to have a book launch/art exhibit in Dallas, Texas? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 10:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Origin of the Secretly Evil MegaCorp trope?
What was the first evil-with-a-smile corporation in fiction? [more inside]
posted by straight at 10:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Unfulfilled lunchtime.
I have a bad habit of buying lunch while at work. What can I make for lunch that will fulfill my super-strong cravings for huge burritos and greasy pizza? [more inside]
posted by sucre at 9:52 AM PST - 34 comments

can you stream online radio on your phone while walking?
Using your smartphone, can you listen to online live radio while walking around your city? I'm trying to do this (with my iPhone, in Paris) and it only works if I stay in one place; if I move more than about 500m, it usually disconnects. I'm curious to know if others have the same experience so that I can determine if it's my carrier, the phone, the city, or just general limitations of 3G GSM networks. (Note: I'm not talking about Pandora or Spotify; I'm referring specifically to live radio streams which can't buffer minutes ahead). [more inside]
posted by helios at 9:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Cheap food within Logan Airport range?
What would be a good place to get a relatively inexpensive dinner within reasonable subway/silverline range of Logan Airport in Boston? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer at 9:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Where do I leave the giant truck full of stuff?
I need a hotel in or near St. Louis that has secured parking with 9' of clearance so I can park my u-haul while driving across the country. [more inside]
posted by Arbac at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Health insurance options for independent contractor?
I'm considering leaving my full-time job to become an independent contractor. What are my health insurance options? [more inside]
posted by weederman at 9:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Places to eat a brown-bag lunch.
I normally pack my lunch and eat it in my car at the local park, but with summer here it's too hot to do that and I despise eating at my desk or anywhere else in the office. I'm looking for suggestions for a place where I can bring my lunch and eat inside without getting hassled or feeling awkward. I work in the Paoli/Berwyn, PA area, if that helps.
posted by Raven13 at 9:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Comcast or Xfinity?
If you live in Comcast-istan, to what extent has the Xfinity brand taken over? [more inside]
posted by vincele at 9:32 AM PST - 25 comments

Excuse to sing "November Rain" needed
At-home karaoke party in Albany, NY: Is there a convenient, reasonably inexpensive way for us (me and my co-workers) to get a karaoke machine set up for a one-time, casual, outdoor get-together? [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh at 9:25 AM PST - 10 comments

How to access and license sports betting odds?
There are a number of websites that show the odds and (if I'm using the term right), the "lines" for various sporting events that physical and online casinos offer (linking would be spammy, but a quick search of "vegas odds" or some such thing will turn them up). My question is how do the site owners obtain the data from the casinos? I have to imagine the data is provided subject to a license agreement (and I would expect there to be some sort of schema to prevent sudden changes to the format of the data presented). How would one go about getting access to the feed of the odds and the payout ratios (?) from one or more casinos without getting rampaged by hoards of angry lawyers? Contacting the casinos has, unsurprisingly, proven fruitless given the difficulty explaining what I'm looking for to a non-technical support representative ("So you want to know how to gamble online?"). NB: I've never bet on sports, so apologies if my lingo is off. I appreciate any help and guidance!
posted by Imhotep is Invisible at 9:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Alternative careers for a science PhD dropout
Alternative careers for a science PhD dropout: Specific ideas for my special snowflake job search after leaving academia. I am considering dropping out of my biomedical sciences graduate program. The only things stopping me right now are guilt at letting my advisor and loved ones down (which I’m working on), and the overwhelming fear of having to get a real job (which is where I hope you can help me!) [more inside]
posted by twoporedomain at 9:18 AM PST - 19 comments

How to get a handle on office organization
What system and/or software can be used to organize constantly changing information/emails etc? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 at 9:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Sew Open
I have a long rectangular cushion/pillow I'm in the process of making, probably about 20cm by 60cm. When I sew it up, should I just sew the cushion pad into it (which means it would have to be opened up to be washed, which would annoy me) or should I make an envelope-type fastening - and if the latter, should it go width or lengthways? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 8:54 AM PST - 6 comments

need help fixing water valve to toilet tank
need help replacing the valve which supplies water to my toilet tank. As usual, there are some minor (?) complications. [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt at 8:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Who said that men's primary interest is engaging in ritual?
'Men, if left to their own devices, would engage endlessly in rituals.' Can anyone tell me who said this, or something like it? I think the quote might have been part of a discussion about anthropology/religion that contrasted women's inherent practical nature versus men's symbolic preoccupation.
posted by Jackson at 8:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Suggestions for calendar software
Give me your suggestions for off-line calendar software for Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator at 8:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Need a futon
Any experience with a west elm futon? [more inside]
posted by ihavepromisestokeep at 8:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Hardly shabby chic
My rental house's paint is peeling and generally looks incredibly shabby. My landlord said (verbally) when we moved in last July that he planned to paint it in a few months. A year later, it still hasn't been done. I've asked for updates several times and he says it's on the top of his list but temperature/weather have gotten in the way. Other than that I don't have anything in writing. Complication: his wife is hospitalized with stage IV cancer. He's notified tenants of this as a reason why he's less than responsive lately. Other than the painting issue, he's a great person/landlord. Should I press the issue? If so, what can I do? I'm really torn because his reasons are valid, but my house looks so bad at this point that I'm embarrassed to have guests over.
posted by emilyd22222 at 8:26 AM PST - 42 comments

YouTube Internet Editor
I saw a website once that took YouTube clips and only played certain parts from them, specified by the user... what was that website? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow at 8:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for that Earth Day comic...
Looking for that Earth Day comic... [more inside]
posted by querty at 7:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Cheap Cigs for NY'er?
I live in upstate NY. What's the shortest distance from me to cheap cigarettes? Halp, they be taxing my vice too much.
posted by Area Control at 7:29 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I be less intimidated by other women?
How can I be less intimidated by other women? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 AM PST - 21 comments

The trials and tribulations of blondes
What's a great place for a 20's female in Pittsburgh with fine hair to get a haircut? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 AM PST - 8 comments

iPhone 4.0 software- not so exciting after all
iphone 4.0 erased my sim card?! Help! [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 6:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Disposable USB Thumbdrives - DNE?!?!
Recommendations for uber cheap, "disposable" USB thumbdrives to send out with resumes. [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza at 6:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Must See, Experience
I am an American woman in my late thirties who needs a sense of expectation for the future. What destination could I look forward to visiting and remembering long afterward? Is there an activity I've got to try while I'm there? I will be traveling solo, therefore safety conscious. Scope: domestic and worldwide. Not famous places would be particularly welcome. [more inside]
posted by woodway at 6:21 AM PST - 29 comments

How much further can I go in my 2004 Mazda 3 Sport GT once the gas light comes on?
How much further can I go in my 2004 Mazda 3 Sport GT once the gas light comes on? [more inside]
posted by Joseppi at 6:17 AM PST - 22 comments

Country's Got Soul?
More Like This: watching Heartworn Highways, I came across Larry Jon Wilson and have been trying to run down more music that sounds like this. Can you provide some leads? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma at 6:06 AM PST - 1 comments

Minimalism revisited.
Vibram Five Fingers running "gloves": heaven running uphill, hell running down. How should I adjust my gait? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 6:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Baby shower gift ideas for a man in the office?
Baby shower gift ideas for a man in the office? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Cheated in a relationship, what to do next?
Looking for a way to deal with the bad feelings, both within me and coming from the ex, after a relationship ended. Problem: I am a massive tool and it was all my fault for cheating on her. How do I say sorry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:56 AM PST - 30 comments

what's the point of serving me papers addressed to my roommate?
I got served a writ of summons addressed to my roommate. WTF? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Augmenting Leather Soled Shoes with Rubber Pros & Cons?
Mens Leather Soled Shoes: I've heard rumours that many people upon buying a new pair of leather soled shoes will have the leather sole 'augmented' with a thin rubber half-sole over the toe end. Can anyone confirm whether this is typical or unusual? Does it add longevity? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 5:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Really, how safe and secure is my wireless network?
How safe and secure is my wireless network's WPA2-PSK key? [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 5:16 AM PST - 17 comments

Did I get all the files I need?
Can I copy whatever Windows Update automatically downloaded? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 5:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Bongo bangers?
What experience has the mind-net had with Mazda Bongos? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 4:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Phone interview for a scholarship
What should I do to prepare for a (scholarship) telephone interview? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin at 4:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Re-re-makes?
What movies have been made in triplicate? [more inside]
posted by activitystory at 4:40 AM PST - 36 comments

Websites for original art
What websites sell original art directly from the artist? [more inside]
posted by nineRED at 4:20 AM PST - 13 comments

name that song filter
LyricFilter: "Hold on, brother brother hold on" - what's the song? [more inside]
posted by greenish at 4:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Picnic deliciousness
What can I make/bake for a picnic on Saturday? [more inside]
posted by jonnyploy at 4:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Air? In my kitchen drain? It's more likely than you think.
Sometimes my kitchen sink drains get clogged....with air. How can I stop this? Or is this normal? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:14 AM PST - 12 comments

UK legal requirements to be a wedding celebrant?
UK Weddings: What are the legal requirements for leading a wedding ceremony in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Ampa at 4:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me love The World Cup
Help me appreciate The World Cup... I want to, I really do. [more inside]
posted by crapples at 4:08 AM PST - 34 comments

Registering a trademark and using the ICANN Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy to acquire an already registered domain name?
Could one register a trademark and use the ICANN Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy to acquire an already registered domain name? [more inside]
posted by samengland at 3:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Metrosexual but lacking bookmarking skills.
Some months ago I came across a site that, I think, makes products from bespoke designs by young designers, or at least makes such products available for purchase. I think (am almost certain in fact) that it is based in the UK. I cannot remember the site and no amount of searching turns it up. [more inside]
posted by derMax at 3:12 AM PST - 3 comments

would spamfilters kill an unknown file format?
would spamfilters kill an unknown file format? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 3:08 AM PST - 5 comments

purpose of clipper lever?
What is the purpose of the lever on hair clippers?
posted by randomizer at 2:59 AM PST - 6 comments

June 21
How would you approach dating as if it were your job?
How would you approach dating, online and off, as a business problem? If you had to consider sales, marketing, consumer research -- what would you be doing to sell the product (i.e., the single you)? What are creative approaches to helping a girl find a guy? [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA at 11:46 PM PST - 24 comments

90s era new age cube puzzle game - what's the name?
Looking for a mid-90s PC puzzle game based on a cube. Holo or Light or something -- New age/tribal music... I don't remember exactly how it worked, but you try to get the marked side of the cube to land face down on a specific square on a grid (I think the location kept moving, though I'm not sure). Anyways, it might have come with my old IBM Pentium as a prepackaged thing. Any ideas?
posted by symbioid at 11:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Ruf ruff sorry about my dog....
What's the best way to get a dog to stop barking at people? We have a three year old mini poodle rescue. I don't know if she was abused but she definitely wasn't socialized. We had her a year and a half and we've worked through a lot of issues (house training, fear, and severe separation anxiety) but the barking is the one issue we have never been able to fix. She's easily spooked by people and she barks if they even look at her let alone walk near her or reach for her. In our house she has actually chased house guests down the hall barking and circling. My husband and I are both able to bring her to our workplaces but the constant barking makes it difficult to do so. [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 11:03 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I cut a large piece of fabric into an actual square?
I need to know how to cut fabric into a approx. a yard square. With straight edges and square corners. Despite much effort I am still awful. Please help! [more inside]
posted by ticketmaster10 at 9:36 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I go about searching for an "internet job?"
How do I go about searching for an "internet job?" Part of the problem is that I don't really know the term for it, but having asked around there may not be one. Basically, I'm looking for postings for anything from professional blogging to community management to content editing. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 8:43 PM PST - 10 comments

My iPhone case protects it from everything DOWNSIDE: Everything includes sound
iPhone Filter: Bestest external mic for my 3Gs?? BUT, it's in a bulky otter box defender case (Other audio questions as well) [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 8:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommend a psychiastrist in L.A.?
Looking for recommendations for a psychiatrist in Los Angeles, preferably on the westside. Someone who can treat depression and anxiety. The catch is, we don't have health insurance so an MD who works on a sliding scale would be best. (Do such people even exist?) [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 8:24 PM PST - 4 comments

What's a computer? [eat y'self fitter!]
What career could I go for that involves no computers whatsoever? Does this exist? Can I hope? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 7:57 PM PST - 72 comments

Simple video archiving and streaming for a theater
I'm looking for a DIY live video archiving/local-streaming solution for a small theater. [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton at 7:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Pretty calendar/schedul software?
Is there any calendar and/or scheduling software that looks attractive? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 7:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Everything was fine until you came along...
Verizon Fios installation today. Technician crashed my computer. Said they will pay to have it fixed or replaced! Have any of you dealt with this before? What was your outcome?
posted by MayNicholas at 7:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Vote for Sandra - Chains we can believe in.
I need some real-sounding political fake-ness (words) for a parody that isn't supposed to feel like a parody. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 7:24 PM PST - 23 comments

Edgy hairdressers in Vancouver?
Looking for a good, weird-hairdo-friendly hairdresser in Vancouver BC to give me an undercut. [more inside]
posted by vanitas at 6:39 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I achieve crisp text in a Photoshop PDF?
How do I achieve crisp text in a Photoshop PDF, and how can I ensure that Photoshop-created type will come out OK when commercially printed? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 at 6:21 PM PST - 28 comments

I love it when you speak in Language X to me
Are there any institutions that, like the military, CIA, Foreign Service, and Peace Corps (and, I'm sure, parallel organizations in many countries, though I'm a US citizen myself) will give promising candidates terrific training in a language? [more inside]
posted by threeants at 5:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Are Bose speakers worth buying at a significant discount?
I'm considering purchasing a pair of Bose Companion 3 speakers at a local retailer where I receive a hefty discount. I should be able to leave with them for roughly $175 as opposed to the retail $250. Is this a justifiable purchase? [more inside]
posted by vmrob at 5:42 PM PST - 15 comments

The internet is full of political science. How do I narrow it down?
What's a good way to organize my PhD application process? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 5:26 PM PST - 19 comments

What did my dishwasher do?
I opened my dishwasher yesterday while it was off (not running and nothing in it), and there was a visible flash (about the size of a baseball?) near the front side by the door, and a sharp bang that seemed like it was a mini-ignition of some sort. No debris was left, and no smell lingered. I tried starting the dishwasher, and it seems to be fine. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 5:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Parents: what alternatives do you have to time outs?
Parents of children in elementary school: what do you do when time outs don't work any more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 PM PST - 31 comments

Links to news pieces regarding animal attacks
News clips or articles or movies about animal attacks in urban or state/national parks... ? I'm trying to recall something that I barely have a memory of but which has been driving me nuts for a while now. Hell, I coulda dreamt the damn thing. I seem to recall the remains of someone found (in the USA I believe) in which police or park rangers or animal experts are interviewed and they are unable to identify the predator concretely (though they do take guesses). There may have been more than one victim and it may have happened in more than one incident. Links to any/all newscasts in this vein would be appreciated as I'll then hopefully find it by process of elimination or some of those clips might jog the memory further loose. Thanks!
posted by dobbs at 5:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me sublet a room in my home
Looking for help on becoming a good, legal, and happy subletter in Seattle. I recently bought my own home and am considering renting out the front-side bedroom. I'd like help knowing the right legal/tax steps to take, a good idea of price range, as well as precautions and things to avoid (extreme verbosity inside). [more inside]
posted by hincandenza at 5:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Advice for Finding a Job Out of State, Where to Move
Now that I'm about to graduate in 6 months,where should I move to in the Southwestern U.S. and how might I find an IT job there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Need help with equipment on a new tracheotomy
My father in law just had this trach implanted. I need some help finding a small tool to aid him in taking it in and out. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 4:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Please Identify: "Doing Doing, Bing, Bing, Bing"
Can you identify the bass guitar sample used in this remix of Alphawezen's "Speed of Light"? It sounds like something by Radiohead but I can't seem to nail it down. Thanks!
posted by superquail at 3:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Please help me find my ideal headphones.
Please help me find my ideal headphones. My price range is up to $200. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 3:53 PM PST - 16 comments

I want to get engaged, not proposaled.
My boyfriend and I (a woman) have been dating for less than a year. I want to propose marriage to him, but I want to do my due diligence first. What do I need to do, other than wait? In the same way that people say you should focus on the marriage, not the wedding, I want to focus on the engagement, not the proposal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:33 PM PST - 27 comments

The most technologically advanced drink-coaster?
I would like to etch interesting visible patterns into CD-R or CD-RW (or whatever disk media). Sort of like those old "spirograph" toy patterns. I would like to use a standard CD drive, etching a visible pattern with that laser. Is this even possible? How could it be possible? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 at 3:29 PM PST - 13 comments

On a mac Is there a way to remap to create a new document from a list of choices rather then just the program focused on
Is there a way on a Mac to remap command n so that rather then create a new document inside the program Im focused in, I can choose from a preselected list to create a new document? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii at 3:16 PM PST - 5 comments

How To Topics?
I have a technical writing background but haven't written a technical piece in a long time. Can you come up with some good topics for me to write about? I can't seem to think of anything. [more inside]
posted by MrningLight at 3:16 PM PST - 5 comments

What's a good, lightweight bicycle that I can beat up on?
What's a good lightweight bicycle that I can beat up on? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 3:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I safely do alternative days of press-ups and pull-ups?
Can I safely do alternative days of press-ups and pull-ups? [more inside]
posted by refactored at 3:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Mother-son wedding dance song
My fiance and I are getting married in late September, and we are having a dance. We have already chosen our first dance song ("Our Way to Fall" by Yo La Tengo and the father daughter dance song ("Blackbird" by the Beatles)....but we're blanking on the mother-son dance song. [more inside]
posted by quentiniii at 3:06 PM PST - 9 comments

I Want My Hot Potatoes to Taste Like I Make 'Em
Hot Potatoes is great, enabling you to create various kinds of exercise for teaching websites. But it seems to be limited in terms of customization, and retains that ol' HP look. Can anyone out there recommend anything similar (free or not) with greater capabilities for adaptation to your own site's appearance?
posted by Holly at 3:03 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I lose weight as a vegan without counting calories?
How do I lose weight as a vegan without counting calories? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 30 comments

Climbing inside with a brillo pad is not an option
How do you get your butt *really* clean? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Whose state of residence governs statutory rape prosecutions?
Are statutory rape prosecutions based on the state of residence of the accused, the state of residence of the victim, or where the sex occurred? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 2:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Is "sucker" across my forehead?
Is this the "new scam"? I am looking at a new t.v., and they seem bent on selling me "calibration", to the tune $300+! [more inside]
posted by 6:1 at 2:46 PM PST - 20 comments

Chkdsk error be gone!
Persistent CHKDSK error only appears when downloading with Chrome. [more inside]
posted by prior at 2:41 PM PST - 8 comments

More Gifts of the Magi?
My snarky teens could use some inspiration, ideally from literature. I'm a middle school teacher who works with students with various disabilities (physical, emotional, etc.) and beginning next year, we'll be doing a morning "read aloud" for the kids. [more inside]
posted by dzaz at 2:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Programming and Math.
I've started learning to program and I'm enjoying it well enough, but I'm not fantastic at math. Do I have a future as an employable programmer? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 2:18 PM PST - 28 comments

Crappy insurance for crappy teeth!
Should I pay out-of-pocket to have my broken molar/filling looked at now, or wait for however long it takes to get an appointment through my asshole dental HMO? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm at 2:02 PM PST - 14 comments

OS 4.0 = junk?
New apple iPhone OS doesn't sync with Google Calendar any more? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 1:59 PM PST - 12 comments

How would the Horta actually work?
"Silicon based life" is a perennial sci-fi trope - I guess because silicon and carbon share similar-ish valency properties. Has anyone actually tried to flesh out what a silicon chemistry complex enough to support protein analogues would look like? Or more broadly, has anyone proposed schemata for complex, self-replicating chemistries that differ substantially from those we know?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 1:28 PM PST - 16 comments

What's your best nut-free cake recipe?
I'm my girlfriend's birthday in a couple weeks and my non-baking self is looking to bake a cake. What's your best nut-free cake recipe? [more inside]
posted by tuck_nroll at 1:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Choosing a doctor
I believe I have some sort of mental illness. I'm not interested in self-diagnosis or diagnonsis via MeFi. I need help choosing a type of doctor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for Open Source software to help collect data from people in the field via cell phone / sms or web
Looking for Open Source software to help collect data from people in the field via cell phone / web or sms [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree at 1:18 PM PST - 2 comments

dealing with mortgage debt from a deceased parent
Please help me figure out a way to help my parents with the enormous debt they've been saddled with after my grandparents' passing. Or at least some positive words about a light at the end of the tunnel. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:17 PM PST - 15 comments

save me from shopping
Help my jeans fit without feeding me. Is it unreasonable to imagine that I can alter my jeans to fit me? [more inside]
posted by motsque at 1:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Do photochromic/transitioning/Reactolite sunglasses still not work in cars?
Photochromic/transitioning/Reactolite sunglasses and driving. This thread from 2006 states that photochromic glasses don't work inside cars. Is this still the case?
posted by TheDonF at 1:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a program (preferably free) that would allow me to shrink a ton of JPEG pictures at once?
Is there a program (preferably free) that would allow me to shrink a ton of JPEG pictures at once? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket at 12:42 PM PST - 18 comments

I don't even know if I have a parachute, let alone what freaking color it is.
My job gives us a lot of flexibility as far as what our career path is, where we want to go, etc. The problem? I have no clue where to go, what I want to do, and am getting the sense that it is now being seen as detrimental to my job security at my current position, despite having received positive job performance reviews. When I ask for support or guidance in figuring out how my skillset would apply to new/existing jobs in the company, I'm told that I am responsible for my own professional growth and to figure it out. My question is -- is this really a case of my company being flexible, or is it helping to build a case to get rid of me? (i.e. "employee X does not show the entrpeneurial or innovative spirit we need for position X.") Is this the new way of saying "not a culture fit"? [more inside]
posted by Ham_On_Rye at 12:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Collapse That Field!
Outlook->Access->Word Merge: A client asked me to help merge from Outlook to Word in order to be able to print out the contacts with Notes field. [more inside]
posted by geekyguy at 12:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Girl Genius or similar
My girlfriend is turning 32 on Saturday. The Girl Genius comic is almost the perfect present, but not quite. Please help me find an fun present. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 12:14 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I price and sell a signed, limited-edition vinyl toy?
How do I best sell a signed, limited-edition vinyl toy? And how do I figure out how to price it? [more inside]
posted by dizziest at 12:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Which universal adapter isn't a piece of crap?
I've got a trip coming up, and I need to find a good universal power adapter/converter. Reviews are hit or miss for pretty much every product online. Looking for some recommendations on products you've actually used and can vouch for. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 12:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Have a sinking feeling we're still going to get screwed
Sleazy landlord withheld $6000 security deposit illegally, we won our small claims case and filed abstracts of judgment with the county recorder. We just found out one of their other properties is being sold at public auction July 2nd. We are filing a request of notice with the recorder today. What else do we need to do to ensure we are able to claim the money owed us from this sale? [more inside]
posted by Large Marge at 12:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Headless Fred for Sheriff!
Should I talk to a graphic artist about restoring an old campaign poster, or a different kind of artist? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 12:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Info on watching new season of Mad Men on Amazon Video-On-Demand through a Roku box?
Do you watch Mad Men through Amazon Video-On-Demand on a Roku Box? If so, I could use some info... [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 12:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Linguistics college class?
What should I expect from a college-level linguistics course? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 11:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Places to live near Newark, DE
I'm moving soon to the Newark, DE region for a job, and I would like to know about the best places to live in the area. I don't know anything about the region; I don't even know if Newark itself is a fun place to live (is it?). I currently live in Boston and would prefer a semi-urban environment to an urban one. I'm willing to commute a bit if necessary; for example, one idea is to live closer to Philly, but if I did that, would traffic be bad? I would be going the opposite direction of most commuters, I think.
posted by Frobenius Twist at 11:44 AM PST - 18 comments

(Scalp) Blister in the Sun
Blistery sunburn on my scalp/hair part. What now? [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 11:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Client pays with PayPal, then disputes
Help me think through worst-case-scenario: consulting client pays via PayPal, then disputes the payment. [more inside]
posted by powpow at 11:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Don't want to rewrite the book on runbook
Our company needs to create an application-level "runbook". We are an enterprise-level IT organization with no formalized documentation structure. At the moment we are looking at building a custom runbook using SQL Server as a backend and Microsoft Access as a front-end, but the amount of time in doing this is immense. Is there a retail product that is set for us? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 11:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Immigration Reform - What the left wants
(US based) I think I have a good general idea of what the right is looking for in an immigration reform bill. I am much less clear about what the ideal of an immigration reform bill would be from a left perspective. [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest at 11:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Comfortable office shoes?
Recommendations for inexpensive and comfortable men's office shoes? [more inside]
posted by kmz at 10:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Let's all just relax.
A guy I've been seeing for seven weeks just told me he loved me. I do not feel the same way. [more inside]
posted by Tha Race Card at 10:47 AM PST - 25 comments

Is the fact that someone looks young legally enough reason to pull them over?
Is the fact that someone looks young legally enough reason to pull them over? [more inside]
posted by chris p at 10:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Waterscreen
Looking for a water screen, Where as the water falls, it is chopped up into "pixels" and simple logos, graphics can be formed in the negative space where no water is. This is NOT the type where video is projected onto a waterfall or fogscreen. Has anybody seen this device? Need to rent for an event.
posted by pmaxwell at 10:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Move from Upstate NY to Austin, TX?
I have the potential for a job in Austin, TX. I live in upstate NY. I have never been to Texas (other than a layover in Houston) and never lived outside of NY state. How different is the cost of living? Is the culture clash going to be overwhelming? Am I crazy to even consider this?
posted by tommasz at 10:14 AM PST - 39 comments

I want to leave my job...how do I finagle this?
I wanted to title this "give me permission to quit my job"...but I think I'm settled on that. Now what? Lots more inside. [more inside]
posted by clever anonymous username at 10:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Another alternative to SharePoint
We're looking for an internal communication/file sharing solution for a long-term project, something that would have similar functionality to SharePoint but without the cost and (what I hear is) the hassle. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 10:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Stylish, well-built athletic shoes: Do they exist?
I'm a 40 year-old dude who tries to maintain at least a modicum of style. If there's one thing I hate seeing among other guys my age, it's those big honkin' white athletic shoes with shorts or jeans. I have some grey Sauconys that are at least a bit less inconspicuous, but I don't run and I'd prefer something that would look good with a pair of dark-wash jeans or shorts (I'm in AZ). I do like to walk a lot so something that actually has some support and would stand up to moderate daily walks would be good. I also wear orthotics so a removable footbed is a plus. Converse are OUT due to poor support, as an example.
posted by mattholomew at 10:09 AM PST - 26 comments

An iPad for my mother, the computer newbie?
My mom wants a simple computer for internet use, email and word processing, and she's interested in an iPad. The question: would this work? The problem: she's computer illiterate. (Related question: any good systems for teaching an older newbie about computers?) More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:06 AM PST - 33 comments

How do I learn basic electrical safety?
How do I learn basic electrical safety? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly at 10:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Know of a good auto-flushing toilet for the home?
Anyone know of a good automatic flushing toilet for the home for a reasonable price? My cats don't know how to flush. I am willing to use a sensor to retrofit but have read bad reviews of the only product I see and would rather buy a great toilet. Thanks!
posted by kturner at 9:57 AM PST - 3 comments

What you gonna do with all that brown adipose tissue? All that brown adipose tissue in your trunk?
Is there a way for me to tell how much brown adipose tissue I have? [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog at 9:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Does anyone know how I can get my hands on this bra?
I bought the best bra I've ever worn (Wonderbra 5126) in Montreal last year and would desperately love to have at least a few more. Apparently it is not available outside of Canada. I have not been able to find any online shops that sell it. Does anyone know how I can get my hands on one (or two)? Thanks. :)
posted by dancingfruitbat at 9:27 AM PST - 9 comments

How did people make predictions from animal entrails?
How did people make predictions from animal entrails? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 9:25 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me find a classy pill organizer.
Looking for a classy pill case/organizer. I take 4 different prescription pills daily, at various times, often at meals, and will be taking them indefinitely. I'm not concerned with hiding my taking of pharmaceuticals completely, but the methods I've tried so far (carrying the original bottles, putting all the pills into one container and digging out the right one, getting one of those 7-day plastic organizers) can be unwieldy and makes me feel like a "sick person" (and telegraphs this to others). My dream pill container would be like an old-school stainless steel cigarette case, but with dividers inside for the different pills. I'm looking for something I can pop open, grab a pill, toss the thing back in my bag, and look non-medicalized (and maybe even a little classy) while doing it.
posted by the jam at 9:24 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I collect large payment online?
I'm looking for an online payment system to work with existing website/online inventory database. The catch: I'm selling some high dollar equipment. [more inside]
posted by whiskey point at 9:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Can you recommend an exercise class for the terribly uncoordinated?
Can you recommend an exercise class for the terribly uncoordinated? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 9:17 AM PST - 15 comments

A good place to get a haircut in or around Hell's Kitchen, NYC?
A good place to get a haircut in or around Hell's Kitchen, NYC? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 9:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Seasonal Amazing Disorder
Wintering in LA / Austin / other? I want to be a 27 year old snowbird! [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 9:11 AM PST - 19 comments

Latin for "and this too shall pass" please?
A passing acquaintance who knows I took Latin some years ago has asked me to translate something for him for a tattoo. I've found this online, and it jibes, more or less with what I remember, but its been years, and I'd love to pass this by someone before I'm an accessory to something permanent. I'm leaning towards one of the first two. What he wants is "And this too shall pass." -“Et hoc transibit” -“Hoc quoque transibit" -“Hoc etiam transibit”
posted by korej at 9:06 AM PST - 13 comments

What can I use as valid ID while I have no valid ID?
I am temporarily without valid ID- what to do? [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 8:55 AM PST - 19 comments

1 + 1 + 1 = MS or MA?
I have a lot of grad school credits, I've done executive education at Ivy League institutions, and I have over a decade of work experience. Is there anywhere - accredited and reputable! - where I can combine this, add in a thesis/dissertation or some other contribution, and come out at the end with a Masters Degree?
posted by anonymous at 8:50 AM PST - 5 comments

My entire life is up in the air
I feel empty and unfulfilled in every major aspect of my life. Please help me see a way out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Use my router or Verizon's?
Getting FIOS installed right now. Should I use Verizon's router or my Airport Extreme? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate at 8:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me figure out if my nutritionist is a quack
Does my nutritionist seem like a quack? How can I tell if there is really anything left to gain by seeing her? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 8:39 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me to be a great birth support person!
My sister has asked me to be with her when she gives birth to her first baby this August - yay! I want to be as helpful as I can be, so I'm looking for advice and resources. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit at 8:35 AM PST - 23 comments

Unsung Heros of the 70s/80s
Who are the unsung heroes of the 70s and 80s? i.e. recommend some good non-mainstream bands from then. [more inside]
posted by fatty magoo at 8:20 AM PST - 83 comments

Commuting-When is it worth it?
I’m considering applying for a job that would significantly lengthen my commute and want to know how to weigh the pros and cons and get some feedback about whether it is worth it. [more inside]
posted by mjcon at 8:09 AM PST - 29 comments

How do I get that first post-college job?
I just graduated college in May with an English degree and a 3.7 GPA. I am looking for my first job. I'm looking for tips on cover letters, resumes, letters of inquiry, and perhaps fields I've overlooked. I haven't even landed an interview in my hunt so far so I'm ready to ramp this up to get some results. Extra information about my experience, my fields of interest, etc. in the paragraphs to follow. [more inside]
posted by araisingirl at 8:01 AM PST - 11 comments

MS Access: copy data?
I can't get my Access database to do what I thought I could. Lots of details inside, again. [more inside]
posted by jeather at 7:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Why are the names and addresses of jurors read out loud in court?
Why do they announce the names and addresses of jurors after the verdict in a criminal case, rather than just allow people to get that information if they request it? [more inside]
posted by BibiRose at 7:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Finder's fee vs back-end profits
Should someone who approaches investors and makes deals happen be treated the same as an investor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Where are cool places to have electricity in a house?
Building a house, we're meeting with the electrician tomorrow to talk about where to put outlets/wire runs. I'm looking for interesting places that we may want to put wiring. [more inside]
posted by cmm at 7:18 AM PST - 43 comments

What's your favorite wedding favor?
What is the best wedding favor you ever received? [more inside]
posted by heatherly at 7:17 AM PST - 40 comments

Well-liked and user friendly e-commerce web hosting site?
Well-liked and user friendly e-commerce web hosting site? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 7:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me preserve my shoes!
Love these new shoes, but wonder if I will ever be able to have their soles refinished once they wear out. [more inside]
posted by tdalton at 7:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Scared and alone
I’m in a pretty desperate situation at the moment and apart from going to the doctors and probably receiving medication and a referral to a counsellor (with a long waiting list), I have nowhere else to turn. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Is my one acre meadow a fire hazard?
Do I really have to mow my one acre meadow to prevent fire hazards? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Don't touch me!
Help me figure out how to start talking to my four year old son about what to do if he's in a dangerous situation. Not a "house on fire" danger, but a possible molestation/kidnapping/violence situation. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 7:02 AM PST - 20 comments

I Want Fancy Feet, Please
Where can I get cheap espadrilles in Winnipeg? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 7:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Sarcastic Fringehead - why?!
Sarcastic Fringehead - how did it get its name? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 6:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Give me your poor and huddled masses.
I like to read accounts of urban poverty. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:49 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me help my neurotic dog.
After 5 years of the same routine, my neurotic dog still has not adjusted. How do I teach her to be patient? [more inside]
posted by thejanna at 6:36 AM PST - 7 comments

A to the C
Please help me find an air conditioned café in Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 6:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Shoutbox for PHPBB or other?
Looking for a forum chat mod that integrates with the database. Preferably one for PHPBB3.0.7-PL1, but willing to consider other forum software if the mod works well! [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 6:19 AM PST - 0 comments

Doctor Who style
Help me dress like Doctor Who! Not as a costume; I just really like his style... [more inside]
posted by polly grok it at 6:12 AM PST - 10 comments

MMA & 2-year-olds
Watching MMA fighting is not appropriate for a 2-year-old, right? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia at 6:11 AM PST - 23 comments

Shipping artwork 101
Things I should've been able to figure out by myself but can't Filter: How do I register and submit my artwork to a Canadian art show while living in the US? Help me figure out how to write and mail a check, mail my artwork, and pay whatever duty charge there might be. [more inside]
posted by wet-raspberry at 6:07 AM PST - 1 comments

Help me turn my ugly sunroom into something less hideous!
i want to fix up the sunroom in my house and I need a little guidance, as this is beyond some of the other home repair stuff we've done. [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 6:04 AM PST - 5 comments

From Mac Mini to Macbook Pro: A very special edition of Special Snowflake
Advice needed about migrating from one Macintosh to another in slightly different situation [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:52 AM PST - 6 comments

could the Navy stop the oil leak?
I don't have a political dog in this fight, but why, at this point, isn't President Obama sending the Navy to go down and stop the oil leak in the Gulf? certainly they could do it..right?
posted by mrmarley at 3:51 AM PST - 64 comments

Narrow indoor window sill shelving needed
I need some sort of interior window sill shelving for the winter as my succulent collection has grown a bit out of control. I've googled and I can find next to nothing perhaps because I can find the right terminology. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 2:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Wordpress Notifications By Email
Wordpress - looking for options to notify subscribers of new posts by email. [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 1:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Manchester department store
Asking for a friend: I'm looking for a department store in Manchester, England where the customer looks through a (giant) catalogue in lieu of walking around the store and looking at the actual items. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 12:38 AM PST - 8 comments

How easy is it for an American to find a menial job in Europe?
How easy is it for an American to find a menial job-at a bar, hostel, restaurant, Teaching ESL, etc- in Glasgow, Prague, Krakow, or Budapest? How cheap is Glasgow? [more inside]
posted by pynchonesque at 12:15 AM PST - 32 comments

June 20
Oh Fred, it's up to my head!
Updating Mr. Rodgers for the grownups: "What do you do with the mad that you feel?" [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey at 11:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Identify my plant!
I found a cool little zigzagging red-ish plant abandoned. Can you identify it and tell me how to take care of it? [more inside]
posted by floam at 10:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me shake the digital SLR camera body blues
About ten years ago, I was given a couple Pentax 35mm film SLR bodies, and some lenses, which I was happy with. Especially the SMC-M 50mm f/1.4 lens, with which I discovered bokeh and existing-light photography. But after a while, I got tired of having to store and process film, since I just put all the pictures into my computer anyway. So I got a *ist DS, since that was compatible with all my lenses. But my favorite prime lens has been turned into a zoom by the reduced sensor size. The closest equivalent I've found is the FA 31mm Limited, but that costs ~$1000 USD, and its not even f1.4, its f1.8. Given this issue, along with the fussiness of getting all the auto-exposure/focus stuff to work the way I want it to, and I'm really missing my film camera bodies. Or is there an alternative? [more inside]
posted by Hither at 10:03 PM PST - 16 comments

Desperately Seeking Sikanderi
Where can I find an English translation of Amir Khusrow's A’ina-yi Sikanderi? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 9:53 PM PST - 5 comments

What's a great job for a software engineer, if hours and location don't matter?
What's a great job for a software engineer or mathematician, if hours and location don't matter? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 9:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Why does Google Maps for Blackberry attempt to "record media"?
Why does Google Maps for Blackberry try to "record media"? [more inside]
posted by Maximian at 9:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Can anyone tell me the generic status of a few drugs (aricept and namenda) in Canada?
Can anyone tell me the generic status of a few drugs (aricept and namenda) in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Ephilation at 9:36 PM PST - 1 comments

is it necessary and/or advisable to have a written contract between a subletter and a tenant in nyc?
should I worry about subletting a room in an apartment with no written agreement between me and the tenant on the lease? [more inside]
posted by Muffpub at 8:59 PM PST - 14 comments

And now for some sound
[HT-filter] Finally making the great leap forward from an old CRT tv and a dvd player setup to full-blown home theatre. I'm thinking of importing an AV Receiver from the US to Australia - am i going to regret this? [more inside]
posted by jcm at 8:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Search, cross-link references in PDF articles?
Perhaps this is just a fantasy, but is there any application or online tool that could search through the references of an article I have saved as a PDF, in order to check whether I have those cited articles in my larger PDF library? It would be perfect if it would highlight, link, or somehow display cross-referenced relationships between all my articles. I am already familiar with many referencing/PDF organization software such as Papers (Mekentosj), Sente, and Devonthink. I suppose what I have in mind is a similar tool, but with the additional power of something like ISI Indexes. I have a fairly large library (about 300 references that I'm actively using, and more than 2000 total) and I'm just trying to get some "big-picture" grasp of how all these sources relate to one another.
posted by samac at 8:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me get some art.
I want to fill my living space with art. Looking for: oversized posters and prints with high quality and reasonable cost, original work by fringe/unknown artists, and objects that could be hung like art (tapestries, quilts, etc.). [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 8:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Sources for Spanish-language pulp & comics?
Where can I find science fiction and horror novels or novellas, comic books, etc. aimed at a Spanish-speaking young-adult audience? (online vendors, sources preferred) [more inside]
posted by rr at 8:12 PM PST - 5 comments

What is interesting about cleaning?
Calling everyone who gets easily bored. How do you clean your house? How do you cook? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 8:12 PM PST - 52 comments

Wanna go see a movie? My wife's out with her boyfriend tonight.
Can you tell us about living openly as non-monogamous and polyamorous? [more inside]
posted by Humbaba at 7:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for music recommendations
I am looking for more music like this. [more inside]
posted by 517 at 7:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Is my therapist nuts?
Is my therapist nuts or am I over reacting? Her recent book recommendation, "Many Lives, Many Masters" by Brian Weiss [more inside]
posted by meta x zen at 7:19 PM PST - 27 comments

Typical Elementary School Curriculum From the 1960s
Where can I find an example of an American public elementary school curriculum from the early-to-mid 1960s? I'm particularly interested in the fourth and fifth grades -- what books did they read, what kind of math and science was typically taught, etc.
posted by bagadonuts at 7:13 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get from the midwest to NYC with Stuff?
Transportation options: one-way travel from Detroit to New York. Complication: wedding gifts. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 7:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Does C4 smell like Almonds?
On "Lie To Me" this past week (possible spoiler alert) one of the characters notices the smell of Almonds while walking up to a building that was rigged to explode with C4. Now I was wondering: does C4 actually smell like Almonds? Or is this just one of those weird Hollywood myths. This seems like a bad property for something used to blow people up (they would smell the almonds and run away).
posted by selenized at 6:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Ideal tree to plant?
Can you help us choose a tree to plant (specs inside)? [more inside]
posted by Sissinghurst at 6:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me stop this car alarm and get some sleep!
Details: I live in a very industrial part of Brooklyn - so not many neighbors around. This guy that lives in the building next to ours has a tricked-out car with an alarm that goes off EVERY HOUR OR SO (it has an automatic shut-off after about a minute). He's usually home and parked from midnight to 11AM - so basically we get woken up EVERY HOUR OR SO. We've left notes, called 311, talked to him (he's SHOCKINGLY non-responsive and doesn't give a shit), and thrown eggs (which seems to have just made him more angry and confrontational, rather than get him to park elsewhere). None of this seems to have any affect. I am a light sleeper anyway so earplugs and white noise don't work. What I would like to know is if anyone in NYC has ever had any success in stopping this sort of douche. Have you ever gotten police to do anything? Does 311 work? Any other non-violent suggestions?
posted by staveitoff123 at 6:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Ecotune Duet Power Consumption?
Has anyone done a Killawatt (or similar) analysis of an EcoTune Duet sound machine? I am trying to find average running costs for this. Our current white noise machine of choice is a fan that runs at 38 watts. I've priced the rotary fan motor-based Marpac Sleepmate but at 13 watts max volume by Killawatt there just isn't enough delta between this and an actual fan.
posted by meehawl at 6:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Why won't my Asus 900 download?
Why won't my Asus 900 download anything? Or, what should I be doing differently? [more inside]
posted by Prairie at 5:52 PM PST - 12 comments

I want to ooh and ahh at pictures all day
I'm looking for good photography blogs. Not *about* photography, but actual photographs. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 5:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Can I see vehicle wakes?
I think I can sometimes see the wakes behind cars. Am I deluding myself, or can one occasionally see the turbulence behind a vehicle? [more inside]
posted by scruss at 5:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Places to stay in Lima
Where should I stay in Lima for one night (two weeks from now)? [more inside]
posted by nat at 4:45 PM PST - 8 comments

How do bike thieves steal bikes?
Was someone tagging my bike for theft later? [more inside]
posted by Michael Pemulis at 4:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Make me paranoid
Why should I be concerned about privacy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:03 PM PST - 18 comments

How to best establish prenatal paternity?
I am embroiled in a paternity conundrum. Several questions enclosed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:02 PM PST - 11 comments

I need more smitten in my kitchen.
Could you please suggest some new food blogs to me in the vein of Smitten Kitchen? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi at 3:59 PM PST - 46 comments

What's the deal with cloth diapers?
Lots of questions about cloth diapers from a first-time parent. Please speak slowly and use small words! [more inside]
posted by handful of rain at 3:44 PM PST - 22 comments

Is colored newspaper ink more toxic than black?
Is it ok to use newspaper with colored ink to light charcoal in a chimney-style fire starter? Will the fumes or particulates be any worse than those from black ink pages? [more inside]
posted by Jasper Fnorde at 3:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I use server side includes in a Movable Type post?
Anybody know how to use server side includes in a Movable Type post? In other words, inside a specific entry rather than a template. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 3:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Pubs? Parks? Pierogis? What to do in Greenpoint, Brooklyn?
Pubs? Parks? Pierogis? What to do in Greenpoint, Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by cheerwine at 3:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Welcome to the machine.
Music ID needed. Downtempo/chillout song; female vocalist; single vocal line repeated. Video features said female vocalist (or a stand-in) sitting at a piano/harpsichord from which a gigantic machine emerges. I know it well, I just can't remember it right now and its driving me bonkers. Thank you.
posted by googly at 2:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me buy a gift in Melbourne over the internet
Melbourne MeFites – help me find a gift I can buy online for a Melbourne-dwelling friend. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie at 2:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Au Canada
Would having a naturalized Canadian sibling make it easier for an American citizen to become a permanent resident of Canada? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:09 PM PST - 5 comments

My employer is a disaster, which makes bailing hard. What do I do?
My employer, a small web design and software business, is hovering on the edge of insolvency and is also dangerously incompetent in a few other ways. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me choose between a breast lift and implants, please
I'm deciding between getting a breast lift (mastoplexy) and implants, and would appreciate advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Canadian "firsts" in university
UK university terminology in 1940s Canadian university - what would a "first" have been? [more inside]
posted by TAP at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Overlooked gems on AppStore?
I remember a blog that highlighted overlooked gems on the AppStore. There was a focus on being particularly beautiful or unique. Does anyone remember it?
posted by jragon at 1:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Decent chain restaurants?
[UK only] What equivalents are there to Pizza Express and Wagamama for different food types? i.e. ubiquitous, reasonably priced, appeals to all ages, and specialises in one sort of food.
posted by djgh at 1:24 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I watch all episodes of Lost: Season 6 online legally and free/cheap?
How can I watch all episodes of Lost: Season 6 online legally and free/cheap? [more inside]
posted by designbyme at 1:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Special-k Sr. has gone mac
I just converted by parents to mac users. What can I do to make the transition/experience more enjoyable? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 11:41 AM PST - 16 comments

OneLessDesk-like desk... for less?
I really love the look and idea of OneLessDesk but the price ($750 with shipping) kills it. Anyone have any recommendations on similar desk ideas?
posted by xmutex at 11:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Who is the 3rd man in this Photo?
Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and... Who is the 3rd man in this photo? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 10:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Tattoo identification help
I need help finding a picture of a tattoo I saw several years ago. It was particularly badass in a slightly nerdy way, and I want to get something similar. Can you help me find the picture I saw so that I can have something to show the artist? [more inside]
posted by arco at 10:34 AM PST - 19 comments

Help hide my ugly printers!
I'm looking for a wall-mountable cabinet-type piece of furniture to house my two printers. [more inside]
posted by drlith at 10:24 AM PST - 5 comments

I need to get back to killing bad guys ASAP.
I recently started playing World of Warcraft and I'm getting awful FPS performance on my year-old HP TouchSmart, particularly in the Outlands and in dungeons. I need either to fix this or get a new computer STAT. Help! [more inside]
posted by Maisie at 10:01 AM PST - 23 comments

Anyone know a way to sync Outlook 2007 Tasks with the Droid?
Is there a way to sync Outlook 2007 Tasks with my Motorola Droid? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 9:47 AM PST - 1 comments

Online Chess for Children?
Is there somewhere online that a ten year-old can play chess against other people? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz at 9:43 AM PST - 17 comments

Strategy for maximizing tax benefit on new vehicle.
I am about to put a new-to-me truck on the road for my business. Is there more benefit to claiming a lower purchase price (to reduce immediate sales tax) or to paying the tax now and deducting the full amount from my income? [more inside]
posted by KenManiac at 8:17 AM PST - 3 comments

It's a big snake, right?
I know next-to-nothing about computers. Or programming. I want to learn Python! [more inside]
posted by hepta at 8:16 AM PST - 29 comments

Dogs and public parks
I was just called an A-hole for letting my dog pee on a bush in a public park. Is this a typical reaction? [more inside]
posted by deadweightloss at 8:06 AM PST - 57 comments

What are the best punk books and documentaries on the history of punk music?
What are some fantastic books and documentaries on the history of punk music? Basically, the type of music in this thread with an emphasis on Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Fugazi, and Bad Brains. I already have Rip It Up And Start Again, Our Band Could Be Your Life, Get In The Van, and Instrument.
posted by yaymukund at 7:05 AM PST - 23 comments

Does he?
Dating advice for someone who hasn't really dated. *long winded, sorry* [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Would quitting my job help more than hurt
I'm thinking about quitting my job, not because I hate it (in fact I love what I'm doing). I would quit to take time to rest and recover. The questions: Are the consequences worth it, or should I treat this as an impulsive escape fantasy? Tried this yourself? Did you have the positive outcomes you had hoped for? Any suggestions or insight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 AM PST - 29 comments

Which of these travel expenses should pay myself?
Help me decide which of these travel expenses are mine and which my organization should pay. [more inside]
posted by Fiery Jack at 6:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Hotmail Password Recovery.
Please help my wife! She is locked out of Hotmail but is mysteriously still able send and receive from the account on her Blackberry. [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 5:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me make a public domain stream sound better
(freeradiofilter)- As a gesture of goodwill towards humanity, I rip the stream off of a public radio station's stream, and archive the shows, with the station managers blessing. But the Internet Archive doesn't like me.... [more inside]
posted by peewinkle at 5:10 AM PST - 1 comments

Seeking a long-lost & probably far more mediocre than I remember it story
I'm looking for a book I read a long time ago. It was set in some hilly country, quite cold, somewhere like Iceland. A boy working on his farm developed some sort of need for a quest (but I have no idea what this actually was). He had a 'typically' Viking name, and there was a girl involved, physical but seeming quite ethereal. Possibly they were somehow married (though they were—I don't know, but less than twelve, so when I say 'married' I mean one of those close friendships characters in children's books have with destined soulmates). Things I seem to remember but may be mixing up with other books: a sword, longships arriving (the settlers were Viking too). There were gods around, because Loki was quite prominently featured in the story while the boy was questing alone. I think this quest had a fairly pathetic basis, and that's one of the things that made the story interesting. [more inside]
posted by westerly at 4:34 AM PST - 10 comments

How do great writers create stories?
How do great writers create stories? [more inside]
posted by coldblackice at 4:14 AM PST - 48 comments

iphone trouble
Can't transfer iphone apps from phone to computer. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults at 4:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Who took this great photograph?
Do you have the book, "The Other End of the Leash (Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs)" by Patricia McConnell? Can you look in or on your book and see if there is a photo credit for the cover photograph? [more inside]
posted by taz at 3:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Cheap English seaside town wanted, funkiess a plus
Leaving London: tell us about Southeastern English coastal towns … [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 2:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Explain the baptismal ceremony to a non-believer who will be attending?
What can I, as an agnostic, expect from attending a baptism of two friends' baby during Sunday Mass? I want to celebrate with them but I know there are limitations due to my non-belief. [more inside]
posted by librarylis at 2:13 AM PST - 35 comments

How to react to only probable guilt-tripping?
How to react to possible, but not sure, guilt-tripping? [more inside]
posted by Triton at 1:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me get Netflix Instant Streaming Working in Internet Explorer
Netflix Instant Streaming and Internet Explorer not working. Long post inside. [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 at 12:41 AM PST - 11 comments

June 19
Importing an old Itunes library without affecting my current playlists?
Yet another Itunes Library question! I started a new Itunes library on a new Macbook Pro because my old Mac died. I finally got around to moving all the old Mac's mp3s into the new library, and I would now like to import the old library file (leaving my current playlists intact) to recreate the old Mac's playlists. I did this once before, so I know it can be done, but I can't remember how or find the instructions I used. Thanks!
posted by Spacelegoman at 11:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Wonky DVD player, basic TV recording needs, and a low budget.
Please help us decide: our home video arrangement is very old-tech and simple, with cable feeding a VCR/DVD combo, then into an older CRT TV. My wife programs the VCR to tape TV shows for single viewing, ala TiVo. The DVD player has been very temperamental for a couple of years, basically worthless by now. We have less than $100 to spend. [more inside]
posted by methinks at 9:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Sell new iPhone 4, use old 3G?
Is there anything preventing me from getting a new iPhone 4 from AT&T/US, selling it, and then using an iPhone 3G on the account in its place (by swapping out the sim)? What could I get for it? Would it be locked?
posted by diffengr at 8:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Digital camera to use while kayaking?
Digital camera to use while kayaking? [more inside]
posted by chengjih at 8:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Oh, sure, it's the sewage farm, not the beans you had for dinner
How airtight is the average (early 00's) car? And what ventilation settings (a/c on, off, recirc. on/off) would best reduce the ingress of external air/stinky odor? [more inside]
posted by subbes at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Personal training without the huge costs.
How do you become your own personal trainer using books or the internets? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 8:18 PM PST - 28 comments

iTunes U on devices?
Why won't iTunes U items show up on iPod/iPad? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 8:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Excel 2003 ... is an update making this product non-functional?
Why doesn't excel 2003 work on my computer anymore? [more inside]
posted by candasartan at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I get this specific Bollywood movie poster? Online or in NYC?
I saw this poster on the wall at Kati Roll, but I haven't been able to find it for sale anywhere online. Any ideas as to where I can buy a full-size copy, either online or in NYC?
posted by frankdrebin at 7:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to watch the World Cup in KL?
[Travel filter] Will be Kuala Lumpur for a 3 day stopover next Saturday. Atmospheric places to watch the World Cup, please? [more inside]
posted by man down under at 7:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to find Disney/Drunk T Shirt
(Possible CA filter) Help me find this T-shirt! It has the word "Drunk" on the front but it is written in the Disney font/type face...so it looks like it says Disney at first glance. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by hollygirl at 6:48 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I promote my Unique Holistic Practice?
How do I promote my Unique Holistic Practice? [more inside]
posted by SociologistTina at 6:28 PM PST - 23 comments

Shiny happy people speak out
Sometimes it feels like everyone on MeFi is depressed, including me. I'd like to hear from the happy ones. [more inside]
posted by scuza at 6:07 PM PST - 96 comments

What to do in Accra, Ghana for 24 hours?
I have a 24 hour layover in Accra, Ghana in July. Thoughts on hotels, restaurants, things to do? [more inside]
posted by dbbaily at 6:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Where are these dragon-fin-esque hills?
Shot-in-the-dark-filter: On a recent flight going from L.A. to Denver, I noticed a very unusual landform, but I can't find it anywhere on google earth. Specifics within. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 5:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Best NYC park location with free & reliable wifi?
Looking to take my laptop and work inside a park somewhere in Manhattan. Ideally, should be inside the park, but anything right next to it works too. Since those are the closest to me, any locations in Thompson or Union Square parks will be the best. Thanks!
posted by zavulon at 5:21 PM PST - 6 comments

How to own up to the past and be a good travel companion at the same time?
How to be mellow while traveling together with a friend I used to be very close to in college (but didn't date) and who I haven't seen for a long time? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet at 4:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Is sugar-free gum the way to go?
What's the best way to clean your teeth when you can't brush? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen at 4:40 PM PST - 28 comments

What can a BSc of Physics do for a living, other than flipping burgers?
Finishing a BSc in physics. What are my job prospects? Do I need to study some more? [more inside]
posted by ye#ara at 4:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Where do we start?
My friend and I want to take a weekend trip to Colorado to escape the heat (not our husbands--no seriously) and have a fun, relaxing girls' weekend. We think the mountains of Colorado might be nice, but neither of us has ever been there so we have no clue where to start. Any suggestions as to which town might be best? Great hotel recommendations? Help! [more inside]
posted by murrey at 4:31 PM PST - 14 comments

fake this telegram
Typeface junkies: what might approximate this old telegram header? [more inside]
posted by chaff at 4:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Quotations about Advice and the Dead
What are some good quotations involving the phrase "the dead" or the word "advice?" [more inside]
posted by avoision at 4:26 PM PST - 11 comments

my book opinions, let me show you them...everywhere
LibraryThing, Shelfari, Goodreads, BookJetty, Amazon, even Facebook....am I missing any? I'm just beginning to dip my toes into book reviewing, and exploring the features of these various sites to see which might work best for me. What I'd like to know is, is there a web service (a la Twitterfeed or somesuch) that allows one to post a book review to all of these places at once? Because that would be handy.
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 3:56 PM PST - 1 comments

Lost girl, lost doggy.
How can I teach my dog to play with me or by herself now that her buddy is gone? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 3:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Fix This Floor
Hardwood floor refinisher recommendation in DC? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue at 3:11 PM PST - 3 comments

It's NERF or Nothin'!
I want to give my boyfriend a throwback to his childhood for his birthday. Any cool toys you can think of that would make it the perfect day? [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 2:35 PM PST - 33 comments

Can cats learn pointing?
We want our cats to understand pointing. Has anyone ever taught their cat to look where you indicate, instead of sniffing your finger? If so, how?
posted by ovvl at 2:15 PM PST - 35 comments

Thank-you gift for complicated cat-sitting arrangement
Complicated cat-sitting situation: What's an appropriate way to say thank you to my cat-sitter, who is also my landlady? [more inside]
posted by twirlip at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Advice on tiling over butcher block?
Should we lay a tile border around our sink so we don't ruin our new birch countertops? If so, what do you wish you had known about tiling before undertaking your first project? [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner at 1:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Give me the Dickens
Saucy novel recommendations, please! I really liked Perfume, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Crimson Petal and the White. What are some other wry/dirty/dark period novels? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:45 PM PST - 29 comments

Breaking the cycle of crass Iphone consumerism
My son likes WarioWare DIY for his Nintendo DS--it lets you make little microgames and share them online. Are there any games for the Iphone that let you create levels or make little microgames? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Underground Oslo?
Underground Oslo? Where do all the weirdos in Oslo hang out? What are the good punk/metal/jazz/whatever venues? Any social centers/autonomous spaces? ETC! [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 12:24 PM PST - 3 comments

OMG, WTF, Wow.
I am blown away by this chart that TomMelee linked to here. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 11:15 AM PST - 9 comments

WTF Mystery Photo
I bought this photo at a yard sale today. The woman who sold it to me had no idea who the people in it are. She said she'd had the photo since 1960. It's clearly a lot older than that. What, if anything, can you tell me about it?
posted by grumblebee at 10:01 AM PST - 61 comments

A nice haircut without four hours of begging
I live in London and I'm sick of my hair looking like a mess. Complication: I'm a girl, but I don't want a girl's haircut. At all. I just want a nice, smart gentleman's haircut with no stress and no questions asked. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 9:45 AM PST - 25 comments

Save my perineum!
How can I pick a good, safe bicycle saddle for men that doesn't cost too much? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Driver's car on the cheap?
Car-nut filter: Driver's car for $5,000 or less- what should I look for? [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin at 9:43 AM PST - 18 comments

What are the privacy issues for a work and personal smartphone all in one?
My work will reimburse me for the purchase of a smartphone plus $40 per month for service. If I use the smartphone for work email, personal email, personal web surfing, and personal phone calls, how private are my personal communications and activities? [more inside]
posted by pitseleh at 9:23 AM PST - 15 comments

What processes have you used to analyse your life?
What processes have you used to analyse your life? [more inside]
posted by logicalsequence at 9:12 AM PST - 19 comments

The book, I remember everything; not its name.
In search of a book, whose details I can little remember. The title was, I think, at most two words. It was about a human-esque tribe who live on the face of a wall. [more inside]
posted by Smoosh Faced Lion at 8:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Being the other woman really sucks
Please provide advice and guidance on how to recover from being the other woman - [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:35 AM PST - 40 comments

please help me fix a php sign in form?
how can I fix a php sign in broken after an upgrade to PHP 5.x? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 8:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Road trip to Long Island, Hamptons, North Fork
I'm going on a two-day road trip through Long Island, Hamptons, North Fork with my parents. Help me find stuff to do! [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 8:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find large white plastic bags?
Our neighborhood recycling program requires that I put plastics and aluminum in white plastic bags. Locally I can only find 13 gallon bags in white, while I can find 33 gallon in black. Any suggestions for a reliable place to order large white bags online?
posted by beowulf573 at 8:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Freezer pipe burst solution?
I think I've managed to puncture the piping on the freezer section of my fridge. [more inside]
posted by panboi at 7:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Dog-pee marinated hardwood floors
Dog urine-soaked hardwood floors - is it a big deal? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 7:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Karaoke Night!
I am taking my friends to karaoke but I need song recommendation! (age group: 25~32) [more inside]
posted by jstarlee at 7:31 AM PST - 28 comments

Ok with being Mr. Right Now only?
How to you broach the idea of an open relationship, or do you need to bring it up at all in the early stages? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Couples Therapy in NYC?
Couples Therapy for young couple in NYC? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 1 comments

Networking when you just want a &%!#^*@ job
Okay, so I didn't "dig my well before getting thirsty." Now what? (Vent Warning) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Arkestra!
If I like Rahsaan Roland Kirk's Rip Rag and Panic, what Sun Ra album will I like? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 6:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Bike Shifting Oddity
My bike won't upshift to the large ring in the front when I am on it, but it works fine when it is turned upside down. What gives? [more inside]
posted by zackola at 6:36 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me find some fictional bears
I'm writing an absurd little story, and I need examples of bears that appear in literature. It can be full characters such as Winnie the Pooh and Baloo, but ideally they would be secondary beings like the bear in A Winter's Tale or the bear in William Faulkner's The Bear. [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra at 6:30 AM PST - 36 comments

When I take stock, I realize I'm nothing
I feel out of place when I'm where I have to be. Help me feel less worse and get a grip on reality. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Your wife is how old? And you want me to do what?
What do I do about a guy who has offered to let me have sex with his underage "wife"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:14 AM PST - 45 comments

From 0 to Android App in …
I want an Android app that makes, edits, and manages lists, and haven't been able to find what I'm looking for. Say I want to write my own program. Say also that I don't have any programming experience, and no programming knowledge beyond the basic concepts. What sort of steps would I have to take and what sort of timeline would I be looking at before I produce something useable? [more inside]
posted by Busoni at 5:27 AM PST - 6 comments

making your own instrument
I'm looking for someone to help build a musical instrument in the DC area. I want to turn vintage organ pedals into an analog bass (no MIDI) and we will most likely have to make a circuit board. Where can i find people that have this knowledge? I can't even think of where to start.
posted by hiddenknives at 2:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Who can fix my knitting (well, seaming) mistake?
[NYC filter] I accidentally sewed two pieces of a sweater together incorrectly. I can't undo it because of my skill level and physical problems. Help me find someone in NYC who will take out the seam for me without destroying the knit pieces? [more inside]
posted by mccn at 12:34 AM PST - 6 comments

June 18
How do I get started in technical illustration and animation?
I've always admired great technical illustration, such as in a good Physics or Mathematics textbook. I'm jealous of illustrators that can also do animation, such as in this Google Docs promo video (just a recent example, not necessarily a pinnacle). But I have next to no illustration experience myself, and have always been intimidated by programs like Adobe Illustrator. Is technical illustration and animation accessible to the new adult hobbyist, and is it feasible to cultivate visual artistic ability in adulthood given a lack of previous experience? Are classes useful for this, or a waste of time? [more inside]
posted by dan_of_brainlog at 11:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Happy Father's Day! Here's a meaningful quote from Mario Cuomo
Looking for a short inscription for a Father's Day card. The father in question likes literature, me, and not much else. [more inside]
posted by pluckemin at 10:34 PM PST - 9 comments

I went to a party Mom...
Does anyone know the origin of the "I went to a party, Mom" anti-drunk-driving poem or, failing that, the earliest it appeared? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 10:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Make my next Mac fast!
Why is my MacBook Pro so laggy, and how can I keep my new MacBook Pro from being the same way? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 9:44 PM PST - 23 comments

I need help with what to do at the gym!
Can you help me find a simple weightlifting program to help me get in shape? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow at 9:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Delicious recipes for dried porcini mushrooms wanted.
Vegetarian recipe filter: I have 17 oz of dried porcini mushroom pieces in my freezer. All I can think of to do with them is soup and risotto. I'd love some more ideas or recipes. [more inside]
posted by shamash at 9:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Whatever happened to house calls?
Gross Filter: How do I get myself to the doctor when I'm too sick to leave the bathroom for more than 5 minutes? [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow at 8:50 PM PST - 36 comments

Help my HTPC be less lazy
Help me figure out how to stop my HTPC from going into standby/sleep when I switch the HDMI source on my AVR away from my HTPC. [more inside]
posted by woolylambkin at 8:39 PM PST - 3 comments

exposing a rehab scam
My friend's family is being scammed by interventionists. On the one hand, he's a drunk. On the other hand, they are using bait and switch tactics to drain his family dry trying to "cure" him. I think they need to be exposed. [more inside]
posted by Jimmy Havok at 8:26 PM PST - 8 comments

What's a really good, non-fiction book about a city?
BookRecommendationFilter: Where can I find another book like Maximum City by Suketu Mehta? [more inside]
posted by iktomi at 8:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Name of a movie about a rogue (blue?) elephant?
Looking for the name of a movie that I have distant memories of from when I was kid, say about 35 years ago. There was a rampaging elephant that was a constant in the movie until the climatic scene at the end of the movie where someone, with the elephant bearing down on him, finds a rifle buried in the ground that he digs out and uses to kill said elephant. Also, if I remember correctly, the elephant was blue [more inside]
posted by notcostello at 8:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me be nicer to myself.
How can I be more confident, truly accept compliments, and stop obsessing about my appearance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me finally figure out what book this is!
BookFilter: YA book where a girl contracts meningitis (???) and ends up going deaf. [more inside]
posted by Heretical at 7:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Xpandora's box
What are some of the stranger, crazier, or more innovative or off-beat Xbox 360 games? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 7:33 PM PST - 30 comments

Stats on property crime?
Does the government report successful bank robberies? Accounting frauds? Counterfeit schemes? If it does report them, where? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 7:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Entertain me in lower Manhattan!
I'll be in NYC for a couple of days for a conference, and will be free on Sunday and Monday evenings, starting at about 6 pm. I'm looking for suggestions of stuff to do in the evenings in lower Manhattan (I'm staying at the Downtown Marriott if that helps). So I'd love your suggestions for fun places to eat dinner, have drinks, enjoy dessert, or just stroll around at night for sightseeing or people-watching. I've already checked out these three questions on Ask MeFi, so if there's stuff in there that you think is worth checking out (or should be avoided), let me know. Thanks, NYC MeFites!
posted by AngerBoy at 7:27 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm 99% sure it wasn't Benjamin Franklin.
What is the true origin of the quote, "If you get in the end-zone, act like you've been there before." [more inside]
posted by Bonzai at 7:13 PM PST - 7 comments

How Do I Tactfully Manage Emotional Writers
I'm responsible for all the documentation at my workplace. I receive a few documents per day, and invariably they're somewhat badly written. So part of my process is that I edit them and clean them up before I post them on our intranet. Most folks like that I do this, but there are some who take it personally and consider the document to be "theirs" - because they wrote it. However, the document is really for other people, and if it's difficult for others to understand, or there are steps missing, or at worst it causes confusion, then it is not a good document and requires modification. How do I tactfully manage this? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 6:45 PM PST - 23 comments

What are some hierarchical terms for academics or researchers?
What are some hierarchical terms for academics or researchers? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn at 6:37 PM PST - 6 comments

How to fake time travel to get a girl to marry you.
I'm looking for a particular blog post from the past. I have no idea where I saw it, or how I found it, but it involved something along the lines of pretending to be a time traveller to convince a girl to marry you by impersonating her "husband from the future." Any ideas?
posted by jpcody at 6:28 PM PST - 6 comments

I have a buzz, and its the bad kind.
Yesterday, I bought a new Fender Squire Affinity Stratocaster (not the Fat Strat). Tonight, I noticed that the guitar has a noticeable buzz anytime there are less than two pickups on. So, when I have the front and middle or middle and bridge pickups activated, everything is fine. However, if I switch to the front, middle, or bridge pickup by itself, the buzz is there. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 6:27 PM PST - 9 comments

HDTV+Blu Ray=strange quality
Just purchased Samsung 1080P and Blu Ray system for a friend's birthday, but what's up with the picture quality? It turns familiar movies into what I can only describe as hi-res videos. All the "atmosphere" has been sucked out. I'm familiar with my 720P and standard DVD and it seems to be more "film" like. I've done all the adjustments that Sumsung offers, e.g. reduce contrast...still no good. Do I just get used to it?
posted by donp17 at 6:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Law school and grad school - how bad are they really?
Philosophy major considering grad school or law school--or both. Am I insane? [more inside]
posted by resiny at 5:58 PM PST - 18 comments

Higgeldy Piggeldy, Path So Wiggly!
I have terrible motor control. How can I fix this, beyond the obvious 'keep practicing'? This is most frustrating when I'm creating art. [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 5:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Las Vegas Tailor
LasVegasFilter: I am looking for a reasonably priced and talented tailor... dress shirts mostly. [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 4:23 PM PST - 2 comments

UTI + International Beer Fest: Yay or Nay?
I'm 99% sure I've got a UTI (had one before, have all the same symptoms now), but I can't see my doctor until Monday. I'm not on antibiotics. Is it a horrible idea for me to drink copious amounts of beer tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by pecanpies at 3:56 PM PST - 26 comments

Convert PDFs to grayscale?
Help me convert PDF files that should be grayscale, but are actually in color. [more inside]
posted by xedrik at 3:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Explanation for Excessive Earwax?
Excessive earwax in one ear, following mysterious pain days previous. [more inside]
posted by nostrich at 3:30 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm hungry and I can't wake up!
How long is too long for a breastfed baby to sleep at night? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:26 PM PST - 22 comments

Reconstructive urology in NYC?
Can anyone recommend a good (and not exclusively pediatric -- this is for an adult) reconstructive urologist who practices in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:26 PM PST - 0 comments

Please help me be nicer to people
I get snappy with certain work colleagues, sometimes to the point of being downright rude, and this upsets people. I usually apologise and we move on, but it's gotten to the point that it's starting to impact on my working relationships, and I want to stop. It's unprofessional, not nice for anyone involved, and bad for the project. I need to find ways of managing my stress better and not letting it manifest itself in cutting comments or disparaging remarks or general rudeness. Please help!!! [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 2:14 PM PST - 20 comments

Berber-Fu
Moved into a new house with light carpet everywhere. I need to become a friggin Jedi master at cleaning up stains. Hope me. [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger at 2:10 PM PST - 15 comments

.msi installer troubles
[WindowsFilter] By mistake, when I ran an .msi installer, I selected "Install for All Users" with a user that didn't have enough privileges. I don't need to install that application for all users, so I ran the installer again, but I don't get asked by the installer if I want to install it for the current user or all of them. It seems to remember my previous (and wrong) choice. Is there a way to force the installer to install it for only the current user?
posted by edmz at 1:55 PM PST - 6 comments

What should we (tech startup guys) do when visiting/scouting San Francisco for two weeks in August?
A coworker and I will be in SF from August 17-29th to meet people, look around, and in general get a feel for the area. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by polexa at 1:51 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm cool, now I need hot.
I've developed what I consider to be a great fall / winter / spring wardrobe... but what do I wear in the summer? [more inside]
posted by frwagon at 1:45 PM PST - 17 comments

What is liberalism?
What books make up the liberal corpus? I'm looking for something like Kirk's Conservative Mind, but for liberalism.
posted by khaibit at 1:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Venomous Middle Eastern Water Snakes?
Are there any venomous water snakes that live in the Middle East or Northern Africa? [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 1:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Do you know the way from San Jose?
Heading to Milpitas Monday with my husband. Next Friday afternoon, we're planning to drive up to South Lake Tahoe, where we have a hotel, and then explore the Yosemite area Saturday and Sunday before driving back Sunday evening. Doable? Suggestions, recommendations? And what clothes should I bring--I want to pack one bag and get the most wear out of it for the entire week.
posted by misha at 1:07 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the morel of the story?
Other than the farmer's market, where can some rookie mushroom hunters find morels near Portland, OR this weekend? [more inside]
posted by chrchr at 1:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Forgot to add water softener salt. Did I break it?
Forgot to add salt to the water softener. Did I break it? [more inside]
posted by mcbeth at 12:58 PM PST - 6 comments

locate large iron-on
Where can I buy very large, ink-jet printable, iron-on sheets? [more inside]
posted by archivist at 12:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Family Lawyer in Albuquerque?
Asking for a friend: Can anyone recommend a good lawyer in the area of family law in Albuquerque, New Mexico?
posted by usonian at 12:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Vermeers on veneers
I just found out you can print on wood veneer! How can I prevent the wood from cracking along grain lines without laminating it into super-thickness? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 12:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Science Fiction + Nature + Movies
I'm making a list of science fiction movies that have as a theme the relationship between humans and the natural world. Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by mulkey at 12:34 PM PST - 42 comments

This white stuff, you say it falls from the sky?
Surprise vacation in early December: Is skiing even possible? [more inside]
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 12:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Getting to no
How do a get an honest rejection at a bar? [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 12:28 PM PST - 61 comments

Look, I know the game's over. Why do I have to kick the ball?
Why do soccer games (and halves) end in the middle of a play? [more inside]
posted by 256 at 12:21 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I create a single .VOB file for each TV episode from a ripped DVD in Snow Leopard?
How do I create a single .VOB file for each TV episode from a ripped DVD in Snow Leopard, when it looks like the episodes span multiple .VOBs? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 12:16 PM PST - 5 comments

How to tell boyfriend of my depression?
How to tell boyfriend about depression? [more inside]
posted by hubble at 11:53 AM PST - 19 comments

Dear IT, that might work is not an answer...
GraphicsCardCADFilter: Can someone give me a crash course in Graphics cards vs. RAM? [more inside]
posted by edbles at 11:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Insurance catch-22
The insurance has been cancelled on a rental property due to dry rot, and our agent says "no company will touch it". The mortgage, as well as common sense, requires insurance. What now? [more inside]
posted by dhartung at 11:35 AM PST - 3 comments

What definitive/medical information can you provide me that will help convince my roommate to stop lecturing me about this cat?
How do I convince my roommate my cat is fine and does not "need" a shave nor does he need to be fed more? [more inside]
posted by mbatch at 11:34 AM PST - 38 comments

Help me rock out with my c- ... uh help me rock.
Looking for suggestions on rough raw blues-based rock and roll. [more inside]
posted by komara at 11:24 AM PST - 34 comments

Tri-Band Cellphone in Thailand
Headed to Thailand with my unlocked tri-band LG Neon (850/1800/1900 MHz). How much coverage will I get, and does it matter what prepaid SIM card I buy? [more inside]
posted by _Silky_ at 11:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Why is cross browser support so difficult for Blackboard
What's so special about Blackboard that makes incompatible with all web browsers? [more inside]
posted by thisisdrew at 11:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Dr. Jekyl goes to Washington and becomes Mr. Hyde
How does a "regular guy" become a national politician? [more inside]
posted by Lord Fancy Pants at 11:04 AM PST - 19 comments

Tracking invitees and guests in Outlook
Really picky Outlook 2007 Meeting Invite Question: We are having a summer picnic at work and want to keep track of RSVPs. A co-worker sent out a meeting invite to all of the invited staff. Staff members can also bring guests. Of course we can track the staff member RSVPs easily, but is there a way to track the number of non-staff member guests? [more inside]
posted by soupy at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

How do i restrict access to MSSQL 2005?
Are there any phpmyadmin-like tools for Microsoft SQL Server 2005, or other options to restrict direct access to SQL, but leaving productivity and functionality intact? [more inside]
posted by mrw at 10:50 AM PST - 4 comments

My pretty apartment and my cat and me.
I have a lovely new apartment with lovely and odd sized floor to ceiling windows and a glass balcony door (yay!) I was thinking Blinds to Go custom blinds, but I have two issues to consider: [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 10:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I buy a nice sewing kit?
Where can I buy a comprehensive and well-made hand sewing kit, one that is nicer than the Singer plastic kits you find at stores and hotels? [more inside]
posted by Fortran at 10:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for recommendations for an inexpensive projector for watching movies on an outdoor wall.
Looking for recommendations for an inexpensive projector for watching movies on an outdoor wall. Hoping to spend no more than $300 (used projector would be fine) - to watch movies on my roof against a stucco wall. There are a ton of used projectors on eBay but I need a little guidance on what to look for, as I have no clue. Just need a basic unit that will project a decent picture from about 10-15 feet away. Built-in speakers would be nice but not necessary. Thanks!
posted by staveitoff at 10:34 AM PST - 3 comments

contact list help
Does anyone have a contact list of london galleries/buyers ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 9:56 AM PST - 1 comments

I need some ass!
What can a sedentary IT guy do to build and tone his ass muscles? [more inside]
posted by SparkyPine at 9:51 AM PST - 23 comments

Red + White = Meh
I'm currently using this USB capture device. The sound (regardless of the source, it seems) is always tinny and weak... maybe 1/3 the volume it should be. Would putting a preamp in between the source and the card improve things? Am I resigned to mixing sound in after the fact? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 9:43 AM PST - 4 comments

unique combinations
I have a list of 6 items. I need to make a list of unique combinations where 3 items are taken from the list in any order and the 4th item is also taken from the same list but cannot be one of the 3 items already selected [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 9:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Get on the chopper, or else!
My friend was strongarmed into an unnecessary medevac flight, and is now stuck with a $17,000 bill. Is this common, and does he have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by workerant at 9:22 AM PST - 26 comments

Angry, aggressive breakup songs, please!
Please help me make a mix disc of angry, energetic break up songs for my friend who's man done her wrong. [more inside]
posted by MexicanYenta at 9:18 AM PST - 75 comments

Wireless speaker recommendation?
Has wireless speaker technology matured? What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by macfly at 9:13 AM PST - 9 comments

How much does a flakey professor cost?
For a short story. Say a multi billionaire with an extreme science hobby horse (transhumanism, cryonics, cold fusion, etc.) wants to endow a professor of his favorite (border) subject at a mainline research uni like MIT or Stanford; how much money does he pay the university? [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 9:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Why is tap water warm when washer is on...
When we ran the washing machine yesterday, warm water came out of the cold faucet in the sinks. We never noticed this issue before and I wonder if something changed. Googling has not helped (there is lots of speculation but cannot tell what's good info), though the term "broken mix valve" keeps coming up. What does this mean? If a mix valve has broken, is the drinking water from our sinks filled with diluted detergent from the washing machine? Running the faucet did not get the water cold, but it returned to cold after the washing machine had finished its cycle.
posted by keener_sounds at 9:05 AM PST - 7 comments

What is it?
What is it? What is this fabric item that we unearthed while cleaning out my kitchen drawers? [more inside]
posted by annaramma at 9:02 AM PST - 7 comments

The best digital camera for around $200.00
What is the best digital camera for under $200. [more inside]
posted by sharkhunt at 9:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me finish planning my Pride party
ISO party theme ideas -- Pride brunch/cocktail party -- think ironic rainbow. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 9:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Notification of loved ones after an accident?
If someone is in a serious accident and are incapacitated, how long does it take for police/EMT/hospital to contact his or her loved ones? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 8:52 AM PST - 10 comments

need airhorn
i need an airhorn for tomorrow (Saturday) - where can I buy one locally? [more inside]
posted by denaps at 8:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Iceland in June
Visiting Iceland/Reykjavik from the 23rd to the 30th. What can two dudes who like good food, interesting museums, live music, geekery, comfortable drinking establishments and other dudes do there? What kind of weather should I pack for? Any insider or native tips for not annoying the locals?
posted by The Whelk at 8:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find those plastic oranges you can drink out of?
Do you remember drinking some kind of orange drink out of plastic oranges? Particularly at movie theaters or amusement parks, and probably a few decades ago? I'm looking for information! [more inside]
posted by penduluum at 8:21 AM PST - 35 comments

Small business proposal writer: Help me design my bonus plan.
Small business proposal writer: Help me design my bonus plan. [more inside]
posted by Wossname at 8:00 AM PST - 2 comments

No more bouncing!
Can you recommend a sports bra that smooshes 'em real good? Preferably with a zipper. [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 7:51 AM PST - 19 comments

California eye roll
Planning our vacation to California for the end of August and looking for suggestions on what will impress our 16 y.o. son and 13 and 12 y.o. daughters. We'll fly in to LA and out San Francisco, or vice-versa, and rent a vehicle for the week. So far, Alcatraz and Universal are on the list, but I'm not sure what other plans to make. What can you recommend?
posted by maloon at 7:46 AM PST - 28 comments

Looking for the next "Half the Sky"
Looking for books similar to Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's "Half the Sky." Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy at 7:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Waves, Waves, Don't Go Away
Is it damaging to get hair wet between shampoos? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 7:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Does 'NLN' stand for "No Last Name"?
Does my client's listed last name (NLN) stand for "No Last Name"? [more inside]
posted by joecacti at 7:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Shadow, stay put!
Eye shadow wearers! What do you do to keep your eye makeup from melting away? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 6:56 AM PST - 31 comments

Is this proper new cat protocol or a cruel kitty quarantine?
I've read around lots of sites that when introducing a new cat to the fold you should keep them separate for a while (a week) so that the cats all get used to each other's smells. That's all fine and dandy but how small is too small a room for a cat? [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs at 6:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me to repair my relationship with my mother without going insane
I'm in my late twenties, and my unhappily married parents are getting a rather acrimonious divorce. Both parents want my support, but I've sort of been mostly focusing on my father, as he is depressed, lonely (my mother has a new partner) and has to sell the family home by himself. This has caused my (formerly very close) relationship with my mother to disintegrate to the point where we are no longer on speaking terms, which has placed a lot of unwanted stress on me (I've just come out of an eight year relationship). How do I patch things up with my mother without everything getting emotional? (Long explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by Piroska at 6:37 AM PST - 19 comments

Tight airline connections via IAH
Is 45 minutes enough time to make a connecting flight to Mexico at Houston International (IAH)? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 6:31 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a good pair of kids sandals.
Can anybody recommend some children's sandals (no flip-flops)? Here's the criteria I'm looking for: * Relatively inexpensive. * Good for walking (we don't have a car). * Can get wet without falling apart (we live near a lake). * Will securely hold to the child's foot (won't fall off easily like flip-flops).
posted by crios at 6:27 AM PST - 16 comments

I'm leaving my apartment a month before the end of the lease. What can I do to find a replacement tenant?
I'm leaving my apartment a month before the end of the lease. What can I do to find a replacement tenant? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 6:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Running a limited company as a poetry publisher -- is there a good guide?
I've started a small poetry publisher as a limited company here in the UK, but have no clue as to how to run a company. I need a really good "in a nutshell" guide, ideally focussed on the creative industries. Any suggestions, either book or web? I have some specific questions below, if anybody wants to answer them. [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 5:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Kid meets tree in the middle of nowhere. Now what?
WildernessFirstAidFilter: 11 yr old kid knocked out after hitting tree on mountainbike... what should we have done? Naturally, there's a catch. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 5:22 AM PST - 17 comments

What is my management philosophy?
Employability Filter: Management Philosophy? Huh? I have an interview next week for a job I would really like to be offered...and they've told me they're going to ask me to articulate my management philosophy. I have never been in an official "management" position before and as such I've never had to articulate a philosophy about it. I have sort of a set of rules that I go by in the manage-y stuff that I do every day (keep people informed, set reasonable and clear goals, make people understand that there are consequences to actions, etc.), but I'm not entirely sure what the accepted way is of articulating these as a philosophy. Can someone who knows more about this sort of thing help a gal out?
posted by anonymous at 5:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Delayed conflict resolution with an ex.
An old conversation is still bothering me and I'm wondering how to bring it up with with other party, who has been very hostile in the past. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:04 AM PST - 19 comments

What's my title?
What's my title ? I'm practically IT manager, except for the title. How to handle this on my resume ? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Please tell me how to make my watch work
I recently received a Pulsar watch as a gift that came with this manual. I can set the time and date, reset the stopwatch, etc., just fine, but I can't get the watch to actually start. This is my first dress watch, so I'm wondering if there's something so painfully obvious that the manual doesn't even mention it and I'm just missing it. I have a job interview in a couple hours and a functioning watch on my wrist would be lovely, so, any help from more experienced watchwearers out there would be appreciated.
posted by Kosh at 4:25 AM PST - 7 comments

What should I know/do before using Fastmail.fm?
I'm transferring my email usage from Gmail to Fastmail. Is there anything I should know or think about beforehand? Any specific Fastmail tips I should use? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I buy this gorgeous twig coat rack?
Where can I buy something like this twig coat rack in Australia? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors at 3:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Beach and casino in August?
Yay! I'm going on vacation with my amazing awesome brother! Neither of us have done something like this before and we don't really know where to start. We want to travel the first week in August, for 4-5 nights, from Washington DC. I want to be on the beach, but directly, walk outside the room onto the beach on the beach. He wants a good casino there or near by. We were thinking the Caribbean but are open to anything that's an easy flight. A cruise is also a possibility. Our budget is up to $2000 (flights + hotel + preferably food). Where have you been that was beautiful and relaxing and fun? Or else, how did you wade through the plethora of vacation/hotel sites to find exactly what you were looking for? Thank you!
posted by Salamandrous at 2:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Guitalele. Chords are normal guitar +5 semitones?
Music Theory/Guitar; Guitalele is small guitar strung like big guitar with capo on 5th. Does that mean i take regular guitar chords and transpose +5 semitones? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 2:43 AM PST - 4 comments

What type of file has the extension .svd?
My supervisor has several files from a previous student with the extension .svd which we cannot open. He thought they were files saved by a spectrophotometer, but they are not a type recognised by the software attached to the spec in our lab (Vision32). Any ideas as to what type of file these are? [more inside]
posted by jonnyseveral at 2:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Fetal alcohol syndrome anyone?
Does anyone actually know anyone who has a baby with fetal alcohol syndrome? [more inside]
posted by saturn~jupiter at 2:25 AM PST - 34 comments

How do I make my ads float??
How can I make the ads in my blogs' sidebar stick to the top of the page as you scroll down? and reposition when you scroll back up? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 2:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Ideas for 3-minute cheap and healthy meals?
I eat healthy, cheap meals that I make in 3 minutes. Help me think of more! [more inside]
posted by jeff1010 at 2:10 AM PST - 37 comments

Can I use a 3G modem to make a voice call
Can you use a 3G modem+PC+soundcard+speakers+microphone to make a 3G Call. Just to clarify, I don't mean using a VOIP client such as skype connected to the internet using 3G. Thanks.
posted by gnujunk at 1:40 AM PST - 6 comments

June 17
How can I stop someone from changing my gmail password?
Gmail security: Someone keeps trying to recover, or change, the password for my gmail account. I'd previously set my gmail recovery option to send me an SMS, and I'm getting a lot of SMSes saying, "Your Google Account recovery code is: ... If you did not request this code, you can safely ignore this message". I've already changed my secret question to be really obscure, but what else should I do to protect my account? Every couple of weeks, I get bombarded with SMSes because someone is trying to access my account. Can I temporarily disable the recovery option? I'm just worried that someone might guess the answer to my secret question by brute force or some other means.
posted by surenoproblem at 11:47 PM PST - 12 comments

barber shave in seattle
Barber shop shave in Seattle for 4 on a Saturday morning? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:30 PM PST - 3 comments

What are some great spots to photograh stuff in NYC?
Location scout filter: What are some great locations in & around NYC for photography? Both photographing models (aka friends) and just general photographing what's there (street/wildlife photography). Funky interior indoor locations especially welcome. Doubly so if they'd actually let me set up some modest gear & spend some time. [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter at 11:01 PM PST - 4 comments

What the heck is this vacant dome thing?
Does anyone know the story of this odd building in west Houston, TX? It seems to have been vacant for years, there's not been any signage, and it is up for sale. Was it the headquarters of a sect? A failed commune? No one I know seems to know what the heck it was. Thanks!
posted by Burhanistan at 10:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Eye Colour
What colours are best for screen reading? I recently (forget where I) read that it is not black on white, yellow on black perhaps? Google surprisingly hasn't found me the article, or anything other that reconfirming that black on white really is the least straining on the eyes. Okay, thanks everyone!
posted by Benzle at 10:14 PM PST - 14 comments

The Case of the Missing Breath Mint
Help me identify the mysterious oversized breath mints I purchased somewhere in Europe four years ago. [more inside]
posted by sallybrown at 10:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me help my grandmother hear on the phone!
My grandmother is hard of hearing, and lacks the cognitive ability to learn to deal with any new tech. How can I help her hear people on the phone? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 10:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Splitting the rent between you, me and Dupree
What is the best way of splitting the rent for a 2 bedroom place where a couple share one room and a single shares the other?
posted by teem at 9:55 PM PST - 25 comments

What books do I read in order to know about physical stuff?
What books or websites do I read to know more about the materials and craft of the world, both human and organic? [more inside]
posted by voronoi at 8:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Stop kicking me!
My husband has what is, as far as I can figure out from the internet, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder. After he falls asleep he will frequently start kicking/jerking his leg at regular intervals. This can go on for more than an hour and shakes the whole mattress, keeping me awake. He's been doing it every now and then for years but it's recently gotten more severe or more annoying. Has anyone else experienced this and found any solutions that worked? All the treatments described online seem to be along the lines of anti-convulsants, etc., which seems a bit extreme. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I weatherproof this table?
The soon-to-be Mrs. has this lovely wood table she's decorated with glass beads, unfortunately the table is entirely too huge to fit comfortable into our living space. I think that the table would work fantastically as outdoor furniture, however the fierce Floridian elements would quickly destroy it. How do I weatherproof this table? [more inside]
posted by nulledge at 7:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Spa newbie lacks confidence but wants to experience bliss
I've never been to a day spa, want to treat myself, and don't know what to expect. [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 7:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Am I a bad sister?
Is it a horrible breach of family trust that I shared an email from my sister to me with my husband? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:27 PM PST - 37 comments

I'm bad at interpreting these things
Nerdy female feeling bullied by extroverted female. I have trouble with subtle communication forms, so I imagining this? If not, how can I handle it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:26 PM PST - 46 comments

Is there anything I can do to clean the dust from inside my zoom lens?
Do I really have to replace my digital camera because of a little dust inside the zoom lens? It's a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and everything else about it is working perfectly. [more inside]
posted by raygan at 7:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Expensive is not my bag
I want this bag. I don't want to pay that price. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 6:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Snail mail while housesitting
What should I do about my mail while housesitting in between permanent residences? [more inside]
posted by LokiBear at 6:29 PM PST - 4 comments

My In-laws are insane, but do they have to be homeless too?
They lived in the same apartment for over 35 years, but problems have developed with the tenant on the lease and she might be going away. What rights does the other person living there have to stay in the apartment if he has never been on the lease? [more inside]
posted by Nyarlathotep at 6:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Correlating dates, times, stock movements
I have lists, in Excel spreadsheets, that contain perhaps 500 rows of data in three columns: Date, Time and Stock Ticker Symbol. I need a method to correlate those three things with unusual stock activity. In other words, if column 1 is March 10, 2010, and column 2 is 10 a.m., and column three is INTC, I need to know if something unusual happened - high volume or big price movement - for INTC around 10 a.m. March 10. Anyone know a program that'll do this?
posted by Flunoid at 6:13 PM PST - 12 comments

The best part of waking up is ... feta?
Mediterranean diet? But what the hell do you have for breakfast? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 5:58 PM PST - 38 comments

Dear friend, I have found that I am no longer in need of your friendship.
When is it time to say goodbye to your friends? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 5:51 PM PST - 24 comments

Kill bugs without harming animals?
Kill bugs without harming animals? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast at 5:42 PM PST - 9 comments

How should I handle phonecalls while traveling in S Africa?
I'm an American traveling to South Africa for 2 weeks. What are my phone options? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 5:33 PM PST - 6 comments

hali burton little help out there?!
The Daily Show's "Moment of Zen" recently concluded with a clip from a 1951 Halliburton promotional film on oil.. I did a bit of searching, but no dice... Can anyone out there help me track this down?!
posted by markkraft at 5:33 PM PST - 4 comments

How effective is p90x?
What are your thoughts on p90x? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 5:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I buy an iPad?
Give me reasons to get an iPad. I've been on the fence for a while, give me the reasons why I should get one.
posted by AngryLlama at 5:05 PM PST - 27 comments

Hlpe with contacts migration outlook to google???
Would like to export my contacts from Outlook 2003 to Google apps Mail. Have tried saving CSV files and then importing, excel files then saving as CSV, but every time the email addresses are assigned to the wrong place and end up in the misc area in Google contacts... this despite looking at the xcel spreadsheet header and seeing it properly labeled. What am i doing wrong?
posted by dougiedd at 4:19 PM PST - 1 comments

Magical Email Signature to Address Book (Mac) Contact Convertor?
I am looking for a "Magical Email Signature to Address Book (Mac) Contact Convertor"? In a perfect world I would like to have a browser plugin that would allow me to select several lines of text (ie. the boilerplate signature at the end of someones email) and then would convert the information into a vCard or import it into Apple's Address Book program. Does this exist somewhere? I have looked with no luck.
posted by randex8 at 3:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Negotiations, round 2
A week later and we are in the midst of negotiations. Tell me what you think my counter offer on this house should be. [more inside]
posted by corn_bread at 3:54 PM PST - 29 comments

Short story about Tefillin as Bondage gear?
Short story about a man who brings Tefillin (phylacteries) on a date and ends up using them as bondage gear? [more inside]
posted by milestogo at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Survival or Travel Stories Wanted
I recently read the book Endurance about Shackleton's trip to the Antarctic and enjoyed it immensely. What other historical books in the same vein would I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by kanata at 3:39 PM PST - 51 comments

Flying domestic with lots of cash
I might be flying domestically (USA) with a large sum of cash. Will I have issues with TSA? [more inside]
posted by fuzzypinkslippers at 3:26 PM PST - 9 comments

My husband thinks my depression is a choice, howdo I talk to him?
I have depression and my husband is not being supportive in the way that I would like. I have tried to communicate this to him and it is not sinking in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 38 comments

How do I untrain myself to alter my plans for men under all circumstances?
Snowflake relationship question: How do I keep this quasi-relationship from stressing me out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I become an Urban Designer?
Which is the best pathway into Urban Design? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring at 2:38 PM PST - 13 comments

I don't want to be sick ever again.
Help me from getting sick over and over again....What are your best long-term, cost-effective methods of staying healthy? [more inside]
posted by unexpected at 2:21 PM PST - 48 comments

Would you pay to have a temporary SME?
My pitch to a company with open positions: You have a job opening, I'm [overqualified] for that job, but I can start as a consultant immediately and since I'm already experienced in that role I can hit the ground running. More importantly my role is to be a placeholder for that position until you find the permanent candidate you want, and when they start I'll train them and get them up to speed and then be on my merry way (unless you have another open position). [more inside]
posted by forforf at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

G-mail recovery
A friend of mine recently had his g-mail account broken into. Someone got in an started sending out bcc e-mails to all the contacts saying he had been mugged in a foreign land and needed cash. The conversation was clearly 419 language and clearly not my friend, so there was no damage. Is there anything that can be done to recover the g-mail address? Any way to contact Google about it and make the case? Obviously just creating a new g-mail address and starting over is the obvious answer, but I am wondering if there is a process for recovering a g-mail identity that's demonstrably "yours".
posted by chavenet at 2:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Where should I go in LA if I like art, bookstores, and nightlife?
Where should I go in LA if I like art, bookstores, and nightlife? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 1:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me gain some perspective on my pregnancy weight gain.
Pregnancy weight gain. Help me gain some perspective on what it means to have gained too much weight. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 1:33 PM PST - 40 comments

7th grade Math interview questions!
What questions might I expect at my upcoming interview for a middle school (7th grade) math position? [more inside]
posted by ReWayne at 1:33 PM PST - 14 comments

"Thinking is our working"
In Jane Campion's Bright Star, what exactly did Brown have to say about poets working but not looking busy? [more inside]
posted by 6and12 at 1:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Leave a Hairstylist
How do I leave my hairstylist who's also my friend? [more inside]
posted by pauldonato at 1:04 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything?
What are the greatest 100 questions in English-language pop culture? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 12:30 PM PST - 167 comments

Should I stick with Javascript or move to another way of doing things?
Any resources for quickly developing data-entry heavy applications in JQuery/Javascript? Alternatively, how much quicker is it to get applications running in Flash/Silverlight than Javascript? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Quirky fun for adults and kids to have together
Analog Amusement Filter: Looking for creative quirky artsy ideas for indoor amusement with/and without kids. But I'm looking for something new, for ideas that cannot be found in any of those "one billion kids craft/fun/game/activity" type books. Further specs inside. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 12:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Traffic Ticket Termination
How long do traffic tickets stay on your record? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 12:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Roaming NYC with a toddler?
What are fun things to do with a 2 year-old in NYC? We're in Brooklyn, able to travel on the subway, and bored of the playground. Destinations and events are both welcome. [more inside]
posted by Viola at 11:55 AM PST - 13 comments

The Odd Couple
I have a little female dog (10 lbs, about a year old) and a slightly larger male dog (20 lbs, about 3 years old). The female wants to play with the male most of the time. The male has grown to ignore her other than maybe once a day, if that, when they have a chase/wrestling session. We've had them both for about two months, adopted separately. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 11:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Need to set up an automatic download because humans are forgetful and lazy.
I'm looking to do an automated download from a website that requires a login and clicking a javascript button and the usual tricks are failing me. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by barc0001 at 11:50 AM PST - 13 comments

FML on MOFB
Help me approximate the FMyLife experience on my Wordpress blog. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 11:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Best footwear for walking on beach?
What is the best footwear for taking very long walks on the beach, for a person who needs moderate arch support? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 11:35 AM PST - 11 comments

How to subsidize my internship?
Hi there, I'm currently a first-year Political Science major with a pre-law focus, and am very involved in my school's Mock Trial and pre-law fraternity. I've always wanted to work for The Innocence Project, and that's still my goal after graduation. On the internship page, it says, "We encourage using the internship to gain course credit and to seek “work-study” grants with your educational institution, if that is an option." How do I go about this? [more inside]
posted by karminai at 11:23 AM PST - 7 comments

I tried sitting at a desk. It was boring!
Suggest some non-traditional jobs to get me out of my office for good! [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 11:18 AM PST - 20 comments

Moving Apple Mail emails to Microsoft Outlook
How do I move my emails FROM Apple's Mail program TO Microsoft Outlook on a PC? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 11:02 AM PST - 7 comments

DO WANT. Now what?
How can I back up my save files on my 360 so I can transfer them to a new console? [more inside]
posted by bookwo3107 at 11:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Computers can be fun?
What are some geeky terms in computer/internet/technology scene which are obvious to geeks but may sound funny/hilarious/amusing to someone out of computer field? [more inside]
posted by tvjoshi at 10:24 AM PST - 90 comments

He only did one interview
Searching for the interview Timothy McVeigh gave before his execution. [more inside]
posted by iarerach at 10:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Help us have a blast in Toronto this weekend!
Help us have a blast in Toronto this weekend! [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 10:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Peanut butter problem?
My kid is having a reaction to peanut butter. As in, a rash around his mouth after he ate a bite of my PBJ toast. I'm trying to figure out how much I need to worry, and the Internets aren't helping. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 10:08 AM PST - 28 comments

Power to the people?
MacBook (Pro) owners: Any luck with generic, non-OEM power adapters? [more inside]
posted by bhayes82 at 10:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Because eating raw meat isn't advised by the County Health Department...
L.A. Mefites: What time do you need to get to Dockweiler Beach to guarantee having a fire pit? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 9:59 AM PST - 5 comments

I am three times dumber than you not to know this already
Saying "it's three times less" seems nonsensical to me. Please enlighten me. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 9:54 AM PST - 27 comments

Why is there a fireplace in a 7th day adventist lectern?
Last night, I attended a dress rehersal of a choir my daughter will be joining. It was at a 7th day adventist church and I noticed that the lectern had a (gas-burning) fireplace set into the front facing the pews. Does this have any religious significance or is it just a quirk of this church? The choir is just renting the space for practice, so they're not a good source for info.
posted by skyscraper at 9:46 AM PST - 4 comments

A Meal Fit For A Thesis Defense
What food should I bring for my thesis defense? [more inside]
posted by cabezadevaca at 9:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Will I be able to leave Morocco?
I put MS instead of MR on a plane ticket I ordered for a male friend. Is this a big deal? [more inside]
posted by CPAGirl at 9:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Can you find this biking tshirt?
I'm looking for a t shirt I saw a while ago. The front had a person (cupid) riding a bicycle and drawing a bow. On the back panel, lower left, there was an upside-down car with arrows sticking out of its tires. As a pro-biker in general, and an appreciator of design specifically, I really liked this shirt. Google has been fruitless, has anyone else seen this shirt?
posted by Alex McP at 8:45 AM PST - 1 comments

Making a weather journal
I want to make a weather/natural phenomenon/seasonal tracking journal for my farmer dad. [more inside]
posted by ikahime at 8:42 AM PST - 2 comments

DCMetro Commute Filter: Stuck in the middle with you
Where can my husband and I live between Dupont Circle and Ft. Meade, MD, so we both have equal commutes? [more inside]
posted by devinemissk at 8:32 AM PST - 18 comments

What's the quickest way to solve this teamwork puzzle?
During the assessment training programme for the Army, there's one specific puzzle that keeps tripping me up; and I have to be prepared for. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest at 7:42 AM PST - 23 comments

buscando libros maravillosos!
What are your Spanish book recommendations? [more inside]
posted by xqwzts at 7:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Taser vs. Gun for Home Defense
Taser or gun better for home defense in a house with kids? [more inside]
posted by luke1249 at 7:30 AM PST - 89 comments

How can I best preserve several boxes of family photos, letters, and documents?
I have a large amount of family letters, photos, and documents dating from the late 1800s to the 2000s, with most ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s. Some are in fair condition, and I'd like preserve them for future generations. Most are in English, but there's a smattering of Hebrew and French, neither of which I can read. My questions inside. [more inside]
posted by scottso17 at 7:29 AM PST - 5 comments

To grad school or not to grad school...
My wonderful MeFi's, an ethical question regarding grad school: how ethical is it to 'move up'? That is to say, apply for one program then switch to another? [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 7:22 AM PST - 24 comments

Eating at University of Illinois
I am spending a day and a half looking for housing and visiting U of I with my daughter who will be starting graduate school there in fall. Where should we have dinner that is fun and will give us the best flavor of campus life? Type of cuisine, price, etc. really not important.
posted by Lylo at 7:18 AM PST - 12 comments

problem with subtitles on Adobe Encore
How can I force carriage returns and non breaking spaces in Adobe Encore subtitles? [more inside]
posted by _dario at 7:13 AM PST - 2 comments

You'd melt my heart, but your preferred temperature just makes me melt.
Is temperature preference a relationship deal breaker? [more inside]
posted by ThisIsNotMe at 7:05 AM PST - 66 comments

Scalping a ticket to Wrigley
Is it worth my while to hit Wrigley tomorrow afternoon for the Cubs game? [more inside]
posted by Banky_Edwards at 6:53 AM PST - 18 comments

How shall I spend my Midsommardagen in Sweden
What should I do and read in Gothenburg? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 6:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Un-dent my daughter's face?
My daughter's cheek bruise has turned into a dent/dimple. What's going on? Is it permanent? How to get her face back to normal? [more inside]
posted by Alt F4 at 6:11 AM PST - 10 comments

What software and games should I put on my Grandfather's new PC?
What software and games should I put on my Grandfather's new PC? [more inside]
posted by thewittyname at 5:39 AM PST - 12 comments

I got too close and got burned.
I became too involved with my boyfriend's family and don't know how to escape his asshole younger brother. Here's the catch - we're all kids and their guilt tripping mother is involved. This is causing me a lot of grief and anxiety stemming from feeling trapped. [more inside]
posted by Yasuo at 5:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Quickly closing down a UK company
YouAreNotMyAccountantFilter: I own a tiny UK Limited Liability Company. It has done quite badly and made about 1000 pounds in the last year. My accountant has just informed me that he wants 900 of those to do last year's accounts and HMRC/Company House filing. [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen at 5:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Where are the great coffee/tea shops in Metrowest Massachusetts?
Massachusetts Burbs Filter: I live in the Metro-west area of Massachusetts (Hopedale, Milford, Medway, Bellingham), where are the great coffee shops and places for chilling out and doing some writing or just relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 5:26 AM PST - 1 comments

schoolhouse rock with my brother
Help my brother sing songs with kindergartners as part of his student teaching curriculum [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl at 5:23 AM PST - 10 comments

WDS Wifi Repeater
Question about a WDS 802.11x WiFi network [more inside]
posted by dance at 5:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find pasties in NYC for a mermaid costume?
I'm trying to put together a last minute costume for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade this Saturday, and need some pasties with tassels. Ideally I'm going for something somewhat classy in an old-school burlesque style, like this, but would also settle for something basic like this, that I could decorate at home with sparkly glitter and whatnot. Because of the timing I can't shop online, so need to find a store in NYC (preferably Manhattan or Brooklyn). Any ideas, metafilter? Thanks!!
posted by bobafet at 4:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Does GTD work?
Does David Allen's personal management system, Getting Things Done, really work? Is there a better organizational system for a teacher? [more inside]
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