July 2007 Archives

July 31
We are in the middle of a redesign of a community voting site - and we're lookng for examples of good voting buttons. [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 11:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Do you remember a sci-fi short story about the last man on earth and suspended animation and the evolution of algae? [more inside]
posted by Specklet at 11:17 PM PST - 4 comments

is there a grace period for O-1 visas? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 10:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Plugged everything in on my computer, and it's not working, when it worked at a friend's house an hour ago. [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier at 10:10 PM PST - 22 comments

I bought two pairs of GAP "Favorite Chinos" on vacation in the US a few months ago, and I've come to realize that they really are my favorite chinos. I need more. Unfortunately I'm in Australia so I can't just pop 'round to a shop, and I can't seem to find them anywhere online. Can anyone verify that they're discontinued, or advise on where I can order some? [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 9:30 PM PST - 15 comments

What electronics should I bring to my new apartment? [more inside]
posted by benji at 9:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I use my iBook with an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by valkane at 8:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Suggestions for tracking menstrual cycles using iCal? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Remember the old computer game, Loom? I want to play it! Problem? I'm on a Powerbook running OSX. What do I do?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 7:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me find some good quality headphones that are small but tough! [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 7:14 PM PST - 19 comments

best surgical procedure for extreme near-sightedness (-12 diopters) + mild astigmatism? best doctors in sf bay/napa area? your own "blind but now i see (or dont, as the case may be)" cautionary tale? thank you as always excellent mefite mind. [more inside]
posted by oigocosas at 7:01 PM PST - 18 comments

i'm writing a book and in it are a series of thefts from expensive homes and galleries; thefts of items, money, etc. where can i research realistic (as in, not ocean's twelve laser dancing) schemes that people have used to pull off extremely large heists? [more inside]
posted by dflemingdotorg at 6:56 PM PST - 20 comments

I'm putting together a basic home theatre system but I know nothing about speakers. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 6:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Digital Asset Management. I'm looking for a web based solution that archives and stores files, but I don't need full on project management. [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry at 6:28 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm producing a benefit concert, to fight ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Do you know any bands or labels that might be interested in the cause? Maybe with a loved one with ALS? We're assembling a 1600-people show in Omaha, Nebraska.
posted by Sfving at 6:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I get in trouble for ordering a grow light online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:11 PM PST - 18 comments

I'm a pretty hairy guy all over -- and I've got long hair on my head to boot. The problem is that I shed, from pretty much everywhere -- but luckily not so much from the head. How can I be a good roommate and clean up after myself in the bathroom? [more inside]
posted by DrSkrud at 4:19 PM PST - 13 comments

On my Linux-based laptop and desktop, I've been having trouble reading DVDs that have even the slightest scratches. It seemed that Windows was a bit more tolerant of imperfections--is there any way to modify my [Ubuntu] settings so that it doesn't hang at the first missed bit? [more inside]
posted by zachxman at 4:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Where do I find the website where the woman made frightening retro recipes and then fed them to her friends? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 4:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Freshman Filter: Our summer clerk is going away to college in the fall (one state away, living in a dorm). I'd like to put together a gift basket of things that a college freshman might use. [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 3:43 PM PST - 54 comments

I'm looking for a cartoon I saw once with a bear asking permission to go to the prom. It only had one panel and I'm pretty sure it featured the sentence "I live in a subdivision." Has anyone here seen this cartoon?
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 3:39 PM PST - 7 comments

My father, a potter in Massachusetts, has been firing his Olympic DD17 natural gas-fired downdraft kiln with good results for several years. Recently, it's begun to cut out half way through the firing process. [more inside]
posted by Pantengliopoli at 3:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Do you know your French actors? Well then tell me, who is this man? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 2:40 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm looking for books on survey design and statistical analysis. [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 2:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Why can't swimmers run...and vice versa? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 2:20 PM PST - 31 comments

My son and his father recently returned from 16 days in England with the kiddie's choir. I'm lapping up allll the details like a madwoman, but there's one thing that has me stumped. The adults report that the coffee situation was horrible. Mainly, wherever they went, they were unable to have cream (or half and half) in their coffee. [more inside]
posted by houseofdanie at 2:17 PM PST - 41 comments

What happened to individually owned tractor trailer cabs? [more inside]
posted by frobozz at 2:08 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm in Nice, France. Where should I eat? What should I do? I have 3-4 days left.
posted by time to put your air goggles on! at 2:04 PM PST - 14 comments

My, uh, sex-obsessed aunt has glaucoma and was recently prescribed medicinal marijuana. Now, she'd like to watch some movies that will blow her mind and body. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 1:57 PM PST - 21 comments

Can anyone identify this French film? [more inside]
posted by levijk at 1:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a comprehensive list/lists of technical conferences that take place around the country. Specifically, ones that are not a marketing gimmick for corporate sponsors but are more catered toward workshops, technology interchange, learning. [more inside]
posted by cusecase at 1:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Is the brain completely surrounded by bone? Is the cranium a completely contained unit that opens only into the spinal column? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 1:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Unique Engagement Rings in NYC or SF? [more inside]
posted by lannanh at 1:00 PM PST - 11 comments

I remember someone telling me that the US government has an agreement with Wal-Mart to be able use their computer network in the case of a major catastrophe. Is that true? Any source you can cite?
posted by Hugh2d2 at 12:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Question for Reggae fans, Rastafarians, or Jamaicans. What do the lyrics to Dr. Alimantado's "Johnny Was A Baker" mean? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 12:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Why does Entourage (2004) print my tasks in a different order than they show up on the screen? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 12:44 PM PST - 1 comments

I'm using Wordpress and have been searching in vain for a "links manager" that will allow me to mass delete all the links on my blogroll. The current version of Wordpress won't let me do this (I think). Has anyone else had any luck?
posted by salishsea at 12:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Help my luthier S/O achieve immortality in his work! [more inside]
posted by Wylie Kyoto at 12:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Is anesthetic typically used when suturing with surgical staples? [more inside]
posted by kingtaj at 12:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I go back for a second Bachelors Degree in Computer Science when all I want to do is write stories? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling at 12:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Increasingly, marketing is about telling stories. In my downtime (next 1 to 2 months), I'd like to take a course on film making in the DC area. Any suggestions as to where I can do this? Any other suggestions or comments on ways to increase my storytelling capabilities? [more inside]
posted by wflanagan at 12:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it possible to preview drafts sent via Contribute in Dreamweaver? I don't mean publishing the draft in Contribute then checking it out again in Dreamweaver. I need to edit the drafts in Dreamweaver without publishing them. Possible?
posted by unsigned at 12:10 PM PST - 1 comments

Are front headphone jacks on a laptop computer a real pain? [more inside]
posted by Overzealous at 11:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a fantasy football league, (soccer) English Premier League specifically, that offers head-to-head weekly matchups, an online draft and is free. The Yahoo league we ran last year was okay but it took weeks for player updates and the scoring was not always accurate. We're looking to upgrade for the right price. The season opener is quickly approaching so I need to get moving. Thanks.
posted by mgrimm at 11:36 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I become a funny writer? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 11:36 AM PST - 17 comments

How much will it cost to ship a laptop to Costa Rica? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 11:21 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the best book on dating (for guys) that involves natural methods. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:00 AM PST - 46 comments

How do I get a reservation at Hell's Kitchen (the restaurant on the Fox TV show) for the next season (2008)? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 10:59 AM PST - 13 comments

What's the cheapest/easiest/best way to implement a corporate voicemail system for a small organization? [more inside]
posted by mikespez at 10:34 AM PST - 6 comments

I would like to make a bar graph that looks more like an drawing then a graph. Any ideas on software? [more inside]
posted by buttercup at 10:22 AM PST - 6 comments

I have two tickets to Daft Punk in Montreal next Tuesday; I'm going, but I can't find anyone who wants to go with me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Galt at 10:07 AM PST - 23 comments

How can I get rid of the swarms of mosquitos in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 9:54 AM PST - 17 comments

How do you pronounce the name "Georges" (for a male)?
posted by chefscotticus at 9:31 AM PST - 27 comments

How to get storage and shipping in one place for business? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 9:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Please help me find a print of my favorite picture of Ray Charles. [more inside]
posted by rush at 9:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Rio accommodation suggestions? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I make aquarium cleaning and water changes effortless? I'm interested in longer setups for each task that will make possible a graceful execution of the entire process. [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 8:54 AM PST - 17 comments

Photo flip books: how to do them? (and not using jumpcut) [more inside]
posted by Eekacat at 8:44 AM PST - 1 comments

Hey all, long time listener, first time caller. So... um. Yea. Yesterday while at work I leaned back in my chair and stuck my foot up in the corner of the underside of my desk. I felt something funny and leaned down to check it out.... somebody installed a webcam pointed at my crotch. Yay. [more inside]
posted by hatchetjack at 8:20 AM PST - 78 comments

Explain the body language so many women use: crossed arms under the breasts [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 8:03 AM PST - 53 comments

Looking for tattoo shops in Rhode Island (preferably with websites showcasing their shops and art) My google-foo must be off today because I can find stuff, but mostly it leads me to the dreaded 404. Any help RI Mefiers? [more inside]
posted by edmcbride at 7:56 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the Dr. Spock of home repair and renovation? [more inside]
posted by condour75 at 7:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Does a Network Storage Link for a firewire HDD and OS X exist? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 7:24 AM PST - 9 comments

For Brooklynites in particular and New Yorkers in general: can you give me some suggestions for where to donate my excess medical supplies? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 7:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Could you please help me decide on a new monitor? I have it narrowed down to three. [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 7:12 AM PST - 12 comments

We have a rainwater barrel in the back yard, for the purpose of collecting water to then water the plants with. This has worked well through the summer, but we're now finding that the mosquito population on our deck has exploded. How do I prevent the larvae from growing in our barrel, or otherwise kill them before they bite me? [more inside]
posted by darsh at 7:08 AM PST - 21 comments

How do I tell what type of wall I have? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 6:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Do you know the dice game that goes by the names "10000", "dadi a mano" or "nusht"? My friend learned it from his Canadian Mennonite family and said that nusht is low German for "nicht." Anyway, I digress. Do you know the game? What do you call it? Do your rules vary?
posted by billtron at 6:56 AM PST - 16 comments

I want to be a better person (don't we all?). I'm looking for texts and tips to help me on my journey. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 6:46 AM PST - 29 comments

What are the most affordable options for lodging in Ireland for four adults? Please recommend places. [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs at 6:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Where to go for one year anniversary. [more inside]
posted by Elaisa at 6:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Realistic accounts of meth use? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 5:47 AM PST - 51 comments

MySpace Filter: How to block out spam messages (once you've already blocked spam friend invites and comments). [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 5:17 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm starting a masters degree in a few months, and I'm looking for recommendations for the best Mac software to use in order to take notes and organise information. [more inside]
posted by Touchstone at 5:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Any Scrabble apps for Intel Macs with networked play? Not sure why this is so hard to find (unless there are none)!
posted by VeniceGlass at 4:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for good Indian food recipes. [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 4:27 AM PST - 31 comments

I added some new music tracks to iTunes, and for some reason it thought they were podcast episodes. So it doesn't show them under 'Music'. But it's not showing them in the 'Podcasts' library either. I've deleted the music files from the Finder, but how can I clear out the tracks from my iTunes library? [more inside]
posted by chrismear at 4:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Can anyone help me get out of the Navy? -Ok, I like the Navy, I love living in Japan, but three years is enough and I'm anxious to get on with my education. Has anyone out there gotten an early out (honorable/ w/ benefits of course)? [more inside]
posted by nintendo at 3:33 AM PST - 18 comments

So, in Swimming Pool ... what in the world is that white stuff that Charlotte Rampling's character repeatedly eats? Screenshot here. No spoilers within, as long as you don't click on the YouTube link that may give away the story. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 12:37 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm looking for really good locations to shoot portraits in the Los Angeles area. [more inside]
posted by mullingitover at 12:29 AM PST - 12 comments

July 30
Can anyone recommend a recruitment or temp agency that specialises in placing 'creative' types in Adelaide or Melbourne, Australia? I currently work in Admin and wouldn't mind doing the same job elsewhere, if only it was with people who were more cosmopolitan and less conservative than my current job. I was thinking something in the publishing or entertainment industries but anything associated with this general area is also OK. Ideally I'd be hoping to use my 'in' in the industry to help me further my own agenda: writing, with a specialisation in writing about music and counterculture.
posted by gerls at 11:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Anyone have experience with DIY car dent repair? [more inside]
posted by dan g. at 10:31 PM PST - 10 comments

We need a place to upload photos and grant basic access rights, without the bugs and usability issues that have thwarted our attempt to use Flickr Pro. [more inside]
posted by davejay at 10:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Let’s say my company has a list of 20 rules the first being, you must notify your superior of any problems. And the second stating employees must take precaution to avoid accident or injury. The other rules are not pertinent. So I do something to avoid personal injury and then my company fires me for not first notifying a supervisor. Do I have any legal rights? Does it matter that I’ve worked for the company for years and have NEVER gotten in trouble?
posted by Paleoindian at 10:06 PM PST - 12 comments

I have a 2003 Jetta with around 75,000 miles. It is hot here, and I have been running the air conditioning nearly every day for the past month or two, and I have noticed some strange occurrences. First, if I am parked with the A/C running, even for a short amount of time, the car seems to vibrate rather forcefully. In addition, when I pull away from the parking spot, there is always a fairly large pool of water where my car was. Also, when I am driving fast, say 60-75 mph, and I change the speed of the A/C from high to low, there is a noticeable jerk in my acceleration. It is most unusual... [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 9:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Does unused wallpaper expire? [more inside]
posted by nadise at 9:28 PM PST - 8 comments

I need Mac software to let me edit out "stage talk" on some mp3s. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 9:14 PM PST - 13 comments

How to reduce "umms" in conversation? I have no problem in public speaking and well prepared statements, but when I'm in conversation when someone asks me a question, I use a lot "umms" because I'm not sure always what to say. Any tips to reducing this habit and talking more confidently? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 9:11 PM PST - 27 comments

I'm seeking examples of a full orchestra backing up singers (not necessarily the original ones) doing famous non-classical (pop, rock, etc.) songs traditionally known without that orchestration. For example, "Hurricane 2000," or Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones — although ideally responses would be publicly accessible links (i.e. Google Video, YouTube, etc.), it's not altogether necessary.
posted by WCityMike at 8:59 PM PST - 17 comments

I once tried some "gelato" at a local cafe that wasn't really gelato, but sort of a gooey, stretchy, almost toffee-like ice-cream. Does it have a name?
posted by archagon at 8:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Is there a job that will pay me to attend workshops and conferences? Where can I find such a job? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 8:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Is the Weekly World News satire, parody, something in between or something else entirely? And how does it compare to or contrast with other similar works of media such as The Onion?
posted by christopherious at 8:29 PM PST - 18 comments

BookFilter: I read an odd science fiction book when I was younger, but then it got lost in a move long ago and ever since I've been wondering what it was. [more inside]
posted by chrominance at 8:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Another strange Latin translation needed (or two, as the case may be): "Life is tough, kid" or "People in Hell want ice water." [more inside]
posted by chickygrrl at 5:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there a freeware or light weight tool (e.g. perl script) we can use to show us that the SNMP traps are received successfully? [more inside]
posted by kaydo at 5:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Calling all subversion experts. I've got a question about the best way to maintain a mirror between two subversion repositories who each reside on a separate physical network, and cannot talk to each other. [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus at 5:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Any Mefites know of headhunting/recruiting firms in the Chicago area that specialize in government relations/public affairs? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 5:00 PM PST - 1 comments

Can you fly into India with a one way ticket? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 4:39 PM PST - 11 comments

I have a strong memory that there's an OS X command-line tool that can dump to the terminal a running log of all disk accesses, including which executable is reading or writing. It was very handy in figuring out what the Mac was doing when the disk was busy but the load was low. Does anyone remember what this was?
posted by nicwolff at 4:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Where are all the Parcourse trails in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by lulu103 at 4:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Are internships really as important to success as my school makes them out to be? [more inside]
posted by Verdandi at 4:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Can you buy the Czech beer Gambrinus in the U.S.? Or can you order it online and have it shipped to the U.S.? I got really into it when I was in Prague and now I miss it.
posted by bertrandom at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

My friend is an American considering taking his family to Montreal for a year. Can his five-year-old attend school? [more inside]
posted by medpt at 3:17 PM PST - 4 comments

DC-Resident wonders: Is the job market this bad, or is it really me? [more inside]
posted by atayah at 3:08 PM PST - 14 comments

How do you deal with a bf's son? [more inside]
posted by confused1965 at 2:59 PM PST - 41 comments

Wireless stops all the time on new computer, my old one (XP and Ubuntu) don't have problems? [more inside]
posted by tseo at 2:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a microphone and software for a friend to use in getting started with podcasting. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 2:53 PM PST - 1 comments

What's your favorite regional or "indie" soda pop on bottled non-alcoholic beverage (available in New York City or online, preferably)? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 2:50 PM PST - 54 comments

Cannonball suicides? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 2:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Does my home really need a new boiler? How do I choose one? Where should I buy it? How much should I pay? [more inside]
posted by wordwhiz at 2:30 PM PST - 3 comments

I got ripped off on my car repairs. Help me stop this from happening again! [more inside]
posted by PinkButterfly at 2:05 PM PST - 18 comments

Perfect 1864 in the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by convex at 1:52 PM PST - 7 comments

What's it like for a 30-something blue-collar type American to live/work in Tokyo?
posted by protocool at 1:07 PM PST - 9 comments

I know that one-way mirrors aren't really one-way, but why isn't there an equivalent to this general concept when dealing with sound?
Why is it that you can't have a box which lets sound come out, but blocks it from going in?
I await your elucidation.
posted by dunstanorchard at 1:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Three women I know, two of whom are pregnant and one of whom who had a baby three months ago, SWEAR that they were on the pill and taking it as instructed (same time every day, no missed pills) when they got pregnant. [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 1:04 PM PST - 43 comments

How can I forward text messages with attachments from my phone to an email? (not the other way around) [more inside]
posted by Big_B at 12:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there a name for phrases (or sometimes words) that have lost their previous specific/narrow/jargon meanings and are now used generally in a wide variety of situations with little or no knowledge about their prior usage? Are there lists of them anywhere with the phrases and explanations? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 12:49 PM PST - 18 comments

Recently I’ve been struggling with the notion of wanting the ex to know that, despite hurting me, our break up led to many positive changes in my life. I want him to know that I’m not bitter about how things ended between us, and I’m not mad at him. I’m actually grateful to him and I understand now that people who do hurtful things are usually in pain themselves. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 33 comments

What is turtle trading? Does anyone have experience with turtle trading? Are there any scholarly articles or books that assess it? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Installing Apache on Win98SE [more inside]
posted by unsurmountable at 12:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Why does chewing gum go all stiff and inelastic when you drink cold water?
posted by irregardless at 12:42 PM PST - 4 comments

What sort of hosting should I look for for a website for an independent (one man) lawsuit mediation business? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 12:19 PM PST - 12 comments

This LCD Soundsystem song, "All My Friends", sounds similar to a Krautrock song that I've heard in the past, but I can't seem to pinpoint it. Anybody know which one? Possibly something by Kluster/Eno?
posted by destro at 11:54 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for a good book to take on a vacation: nothing too heavy, but nothing too brain-dead. (Too heavy=Shake hands with the devil, Guns Germs and Steel, etc. Too brain dead = Shopaholic-type books, drugstore mysteries, etc). I want good writing without having to think too much. Something along the lines of The Corrections or The Time Traveller's Wife would be great. [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 11:33 AM PST - 52 comments

Any ideas on a good online (or possibly otherwise) distributor of high quality raw vitamin/mineral powder? I'm looking specifically for high quality raw powdered B vitamins and caffeine for a homemade energy drink. I'm concerned with quality, so even advise on what sort of standards/certifications I should look for would be a lot of help.
posted by sprezzatura at 11:18 AM PST - 5 comments

What resources are out there for HIV-positive pregnant women (specifically in and around Oklahoma), and how can I contact them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can a teen get free, discrete counseling in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I buy Amira tamarind candy in the DC metro area? [more inside]
posted by arianell at 11:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Where is the biggest surviving dancehall in the united states? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 11:11 AM PST - 9 comments

The battery in my G4 Powerbook won't charge, and I am a long way from any technical help! [more inside]
posted by Rumple at 10:49 AM PST - 5 comments

So, I want to learn more about etymology. What's a good place to get started? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 10:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Epigraph-filter: I need a great quote that cogently encapsulates the following: why, in a stark and rational universe, should one concern oneself foremost with the welfare of others?
posted by killdevil at 10:11 AM PST - 21 comments

Anyone know of a website that provides comprehensive food price data throughout the U.S.? For instance, lists the current price of top round beef, a gallon of milk, etc. I want to compare prices per region/city.
posted by sluglicker at 10:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Let's say you have this great big idea to create an online mentoring program for pre-med/med students. Is there an online site doing a similar thing (not necessarily medical), allowing students to find mentors, utilizing online FOAF networking that uses web technologies? What could this all look like? I'd sure like ideas on how it might work or how it might be working for someone else. Thanks!
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 9:57 AM PST - 1 comments

Can anyone identity the source of this saying? "The young die young that they may avoid corruption. The old live long that they may repent." [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 9:42 AM PST - 2 comments

How should I dress when interviewing for a job as a veterinary technician? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 8:30 AM PST - 19 comments

Motorcycle Travel -- Portland to Denver, 4 to 5 days, as little Interstate travel as possible; how to get there, what to see along the way, and where to stay? [more inside]
posted by tperrigo at 8:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Unusual/technical-ish corporate rental business ideas/inspiration? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 8:17 AM PST - 4 comments

BlackBerry as modem under OS X . Specifically, T-Mobile 8700g as modem under 10.4. Pulse seems like the best choice but also the priciest choice ($50) for the connection utility. Does anybody here use Pulse? Am I missing any free or cheap alternatives that match Pulse's performance? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 8:15 AM PST - 4 comments

The air feels thick to me, like it's more substantial than it really is. When I move, especially my head and arms, it feels like I'm leaving behind me a trail that's like a hollowed-out cavity of where that limb has just been. Felt like this since I was a child. So. WTF? [more inside]
posted by dowcrag at 8:12 AM PST - 18 comments

For my woodshop, is there an alternative to a house with a basement? Trying to find rentals in the DC area with unfinished basements I can use as a workshop is challenging. Finding affordable properties to purchase even more so. What else can I do? [more inside]
posted by phearlez at 8:05 AM PST - 16 comments

How can my band find a cheap place to live and make loud music? [more inside]
posted by King_Wang at 8:00 AM PST - 6 comments

What the heck kind of plant did my son get into? While on vacation in Quebec, my son started complaining that his hand was hurting. He had brushed it against some sort of plant. Within ten minutes he was screaming in pain. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 7:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Apparently, my Dell laptop was hit with a virus this weekend. I fixed the problem by using the Windows XP reinstallation disc to repair it. Do I need to do anything else? [more inside]
posted by CRS at 7:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Does anyone know of a way to create a line graph using html or javascript? [more inside]
posted by kaozity at 6:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for great scenic and historic drives in England, the wind whipping my hair as I wind through cottages and countryside. Thus far, The guidebooks and my google-fu are failing me. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 6:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Why do people tend to gravitate more strongly towards music that was popular in their teen years? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 6:30 AM PST - 43 comments

This Thursday I have an 8 hour lay over in Bogota, Columbia and want to go to the city to have lunch. Is that feasible? And if so, any recommendations on a place to eat? I would like to try something specific to Colombian cuisine.
posted by Falconetti at 6:12 AM PST - 1 comments

Is it possible to develop that smoky quality in one's voice (Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Janis Joplin, etc.) without damaging one's vocal chords? Or is that something that just occurs naturally, or else would be too dangerous to try?
posted by psmealey at 6:08 AM PST - 13 comments

My man crevices smell of yeast but it's not acting like a topical yeast infection. It won't go away and the dermatologist was useless. Helllp! [more inside]
posted by Bravely Anonymous at 6:07 AM PST - 27 comments

Have any of you had any experience with biorhythm readings, or any other such quackery where you were hooked up to a "computer" and completely diagnosed? [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 5:58 AM PST - 9 comments

I just purchased a Garmin 370. It came with two Mapsource unlock codes. My question is how do I use these codes? The device did not come with any media containing the PC version of their mapsource software. Are these only good after I purchase additional mapping software from them ?
posted by flyby22 at 5:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Where should I eat in Boston with kids? [more inside]
posted by iscatter at 5:10 AM PST - 18 comments

In historical fiction (movies or books), if people in places of ill repute or just in the pub are "playing dice", usually for money, which game(s) exactly are they playing and how could I find out how to play them myself?
posted by Skyanth at 4:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I purchase "premium" blank shirts for home screen printing? Such as those sold by Express, Calvin Klein, Inc., ect... [more inside]
posted by petethered at 2:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Any tips on camping on beaches? I've been considering going camping on the beachs in Dry Tortugas in the Florida Keys or in Assateague Island off the coast of Virgina/Maryland. [more inside]
posted by pemdasi at 1:59 AM PST - 23 comments

How do i build a data warehouse that scrapes data from public websites for my own use? Tools? Tips? [more inside]
posted by ilike at 1:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me improve my interview skills so I have a better shot at getting an internship this year. [more inside]
posted by liesbyomission at 1:03 AM PST - 8 comments

July 29
Laundry Renovation (filter): My wife and I have sold a kidney and are renovating our laundry. The choice of clothes dryers is overwhelming. Can anyone provide me with personal experiences with condenser dryers versus tumble dryers? [more inside]
posted by dangerousdan at 11:59 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I go about dating a friend? [more inside]
posted by thefamousmoe at 11:59 PM PST - 22 comments

What are the odds that I can successfully introduce a cat into my household, given the presence of a high strung dog? [more inside]
posted by maryh at 11:46 PM PST - 9 comments

I work in a (university) residential college and we have an archive of digital photos of College events that is growing exponentially. What software can I use to catalogue/store all these photos? [more inside]
posted by tobtoh at 11:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Why does iTunes hang when my wireless is wonky? How do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 11:00 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I start a vitamin regimen besides a one-a-day? [more inside]
posted by yakuza at 10:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Can someone recommend me a good ovulation kit for detecting LH surge...I am in U.S.A.
posted by tom123 at 9:44 PM PST - 11 comments

How does paying a loan off early affect your credit score? I would assume that it would make your score higher. Also I applied for a capital one personal loan. I have a credit score above 750 and reported income of 100k + w/ very little expenses. The rate they offered me was 12.99 which is the highest available from their lowest available of 6.99. What gives, I figure I should prove to be a fairly safe investment.
posted by mi6op at 9:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Does anyone know where I can get some decent scans of Goofus and Gallant (Highlights Magazine) strips from the 70's?
posted by reblix at 8:44 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm taking a week off from working out to break a plateau. Should I dial down my eating as well or maintain my workout-level intake? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 8:42 PM PST - 1 comments

What is the best way to make sure I look super skinny for nude a photoshoot on Tuesday? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 8:35 PM PST - 24 comments

My mother has decided she wants a Tibetan singing bowl. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by musicinmybrain at 7:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Ok, so I'm starting on my SECOND life, and fortunately have the financial resources to make it easier than my first...what (a) blender and (b) mixer do I buy for my kitchen that will last the duration? The Waring Pro blender has been suggested to me and the venerable latest edition of KitchenAid's mixer...???
posted by america5 at 7:49 PM PST - 18 comments

Convertible Top Repair: Possible? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 7:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a new job. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 7:21 PM PST - 12 comments

I have one week of vacation left for the rest of the year that I need to burn. I need some ideas on what to do. To give you an example of what I like to do, this year I competed in a road rally, drove to the Formula 1 US Grand Prix, and drove to Ohio to see Weird Al and visit a friend of mine. I am in south Louisiana and I'd like to go drive some where. Obviously I'm a car geek and a little of a scifi nerd. I have considered driving to the cape to see a shuttle launch, but thats a real gamble. Give me some ideas AskMe.
posted by RicciHull at 7:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Ok, so this is a long shot, but I am dying to find out: Looking for a magazine article about the "Top 10 Worst Survival Stories". [more inside]
posted by Hackworth at 7:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Can an air filter weaken your immune system? [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 at 7:11 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the very best eye doctor in or around Providence, RI? [more inside]
posted by sindas at 6:53 PM PST - 1 comments

psychology-fites: Why is it that typically, people who have anxiety attacks do NOT trigger the vaso-vagal response instead (and potentially pass out?) [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 6:51 PM PST - 3 comments

How to start a nonprofit media organization? (books, guides, personal experiences, etc). [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 6:24 PM PST - 2 comments

What is this song from the movie "Lost Highway". [more inside]
posted by BE ADEQUITE at 6:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find smart, theoretical writing about video games? [more inside]
posted by danb at 6:04 PM PST - 21 comments

So my tomato plants look a bit sick (yellow -> brown leaves on the bottom). If it has fusarium wilt, must I destroy it? [more inside]
posted by bread-eater at 5:53 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I ship my life - cheaply - from Canada to Australia? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl at 5:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Please help me get the contents of an Apple 7300/200 Power Macintosh off of it and onto... well, anything else. [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 5:35 PM PST - 33 comments

Is there a portable mp3 player that can adjust tempo during playback without affecting pitch?
posted by irv4oh at 4:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Can you name this PC game I remember playing around 8 years go? [more inside]
posted by rancidchickn at 4:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Does my friend have any recourse in a situation where he was told he could rent a place, attempted to discuss the rental with the landlord over a period of two weeks to no avail, and then was told the place was rented to someone else? [more inside]
posted by Hat Maui at 2:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Resoldered a connection on my laptop DC power jack, and now the hard drives are creeping along until they stall out. What the F is going on? [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch at 2:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Anyone remember a (big?) blogger taking a photography class a few years back? I just got a dSLR and am reading everything I can find. For some reason, there's a thorn stuck in my brain that keeps reminding me of a blogger a few years back who decided to take a photography course to get better with their camera. I'd love to find their site / posts about it. [more inside]
posted by slactoid at 2:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Does anybody know the best car hire rental and also villa rental companies to use in Florida, Orlando? [more inside]
posted by spinko at 1:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me recall a movie I don't remember. It was a movie set in a fantasy whose plot had little to do with the setting, making it stand out in my mind, but that I can't for the life of me recall what movie it was. [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah at 1:55 PM PST - 28 comments

Is there anyway to have "versions" of a RAW file in Adobe Bridge? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me form healthy habits to last a lifetime, so I can maxamize my enjoyment of life? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 1:08 PM PST - 15 comments

What kind of depression is this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:01 PM PST - 17 comments

I just started dating a great guy but he farts every time I go out with him and it's freaking me out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:01 PM PST - 57 comments

Can you help me find a high-quality Headhunter/executive recruiter in Atlanta? Been disappointed with the two that I have contacted to date. [more inside]
posted by dyerfr at 12:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me write to the same iCal file, using a PC, a macbook and a not-bought-yet Symbian smartphone. [more inside]
posted by Baud at 12:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Does there exist a widget/web based application that realizes the concept of the Harry Potter fantasy universe's photographs/paintings whose subjects move and talk? Shouldn't there? [more inside]
posted by jackslashkerns at 12:16 PM PST - 8 comments

BSOD! My windows PC has decided to give up. I would just let it go, but it's got an interesting symptom... [more inside]
posted by Pants! at 12:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for suggestions for a message to put on party favor sand bottles. [more inside]
posted by JaredSeth at 12:04 PM PST - 6 comments

There is a guitar song used in the movie "La Bamba", but is not listed on the official movie soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by door2summer at 11:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Please recommend a good glassblowing studio to visit during daytime hours in Massachusetts or New England, near Boston. [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 10:42 AM PST - 13 comments

What does one do with an advanced degree in economics? [more inside]
posted by mandlebrotz at 10:42 AM PST - 20 comments

Why does every mp3 track on my laptop "break-up" for 3 seconds at the same point (with about 20 left in the track)? Does anyone else have this problem? [more inside]
posted by wfc123 at 10:35 AM PST - 11 comments

There's a certain fiendishly addictive structure in video (and other) games, and I'd like to know if anyone has named it or researched it. [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 10:23 AM PST - 23 comments

Does anyone know a good place to get sturdy, plain, colored tshirts with no logos on them? Cost is not much of a factor. [more inside]
posted by overhauser at 10:23 AM PST - 28 comments

Where are the Victorian era homes in/around DC. We will be relocating there next year and would like to live in an old house. So far we've only found Takoma Park, MD which we really liked but seemed to have a murder problem last year.
posted by maxnharry at 10:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Does anyone have a glowing recommendation for a dog trainer/obedience school in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by lassie at 9:40 AM PST - 3 comments

What would you put in a London survival pack? I'm putting together a shoe-box sized survival pack to give to a newcomer to London. [more inside]
posted by generichuman at 9:25 AM PST - 27 comments

Has anyone else experienced recurring bouts of severe fatigue? I'm having trouble keeping to some deadlines on my job because for the past week and a half I've been utterly exhausted.. [more inside]
posted by citron at 9:05 AM PST - 16 comments

What should I do with my office/second bedroom? I don't use it and would love for it either generate revenue or be useful to me. [more inside]
posted by palegirl at 9:04 AM PST - 20 comments

I’m searching for any good quotes on people suffering with mental disorders, or inspiring ones to help people with mental disorders get over them.
posted by hadjiboy at 8:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Where should I live in D.C., given the following specs? [more inside]
posted by walla at 8:25 AM PST - 17 comments

The covering power of French wall paint rivals the covering power of egg whites. The British paint we bought for €_BIGNUMBER has the covering power of clotted cream but goes on as thickly. What do Europeans do about getting decent interior paint? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 8:04 AM PST - 4 comments

In a sentence which begins, "I expect that the answer lay/lays/lie/lies not in the answers provided, but . . . ," which is the correct verb choice? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 8:03 AM PST - 28 comments

I recently had stitches on the underside of my big toe and second toe on my left foot and four days later, it's time to go back to work. Unfortunately, I drive a stick shift. [more inside]
posted by vkxmai at 7:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Is there a good biography of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy? Please recommend.
posted by spicynuts at 7:26 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I get my Dell Inspiron 2650 laptop keyboard to work again? [more inside]
posted by sulaine at 7:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me ruin my sense of taste! [more inside]
posted by lizzicide at 6:52 AM PST - 88 comments

What is the most effective way of reducing the sound of other people: voices, music, traffic, all the stuff that encroaches on silence. Is there a really efficient earplug or headphone that will work or some external machine that will counter noise effectively?
posted by jennydiski at 6:24 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I insert an image into a table cell using Pages (OS X) without it becoming the cell background? I want it to be a regular in-line image, but can't figure out how to do this for the life of me.
posted by PuGZ at 5:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Low latency, medium fidelity, jam sessions on the internet. NINJAM is too buggy :( [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 3:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Is the 1956 recording of Hound Dog by Elvis Presley out of copyright in the UK? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 3:05 AM PST - 9 comments

What degree of indepdence is appropriate for a long-term relationship / marriage? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich at 2:36 AM PST - 50 comments

Help! I was cleaning out my ears with a Q-Tip (cotton bud), and the cotton tip is now stuck in my ear! [more inside]
posted by Mrs PuGZ at 2:29 AM PST - 14 comments

My laptop started to run chkdsk, then froze, so I had to hard shut it. Now I cant get into windows XP at all. Help? [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 1:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Need some kind of photo ID for anonymous blog-related activities [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Unfortunately, my sister is apparently Anna Nicole Smith crazy/toxic (but worse, and minus Anna's endearing qualities). My parents are getting old, and in his will my father is splitting everything he owns (property & assets) down the middle between the two of us. I'm terrified of what's ahead of me... just petrified. Sorry there's so much [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:25 AM PST - 24 comments

I'd like to print about 100 t-shirts. The trouble is that the art includes a large image that fills much of the front and wraps around the to about 4 inches on the back of the shirt. The local shop that was recommended to me can't handle a print this large but they say there are those who can.
posted by Typographica at 12:00 AM PST - 3 comments

July 28
Why can't I overclock anymore? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 11:42 PM PST - 7 comments

What are these type of glasses called? [more inside]
posted by hamhed at 11:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Hi, I'm echolalia's husband...and have an...intriguing computer problem I apologize for the length of my tale and any crossposting that may have gone before, but some of this hardware stuff is pretty new. My graphic card blew out the other day and I decided to not only replace it, but waay upgrade (crysis is coming)...so I got a geforce 8800. [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 at 10:36 PM PST - 26 comments

I'm looking for tips and tricks to ease public speaking anxiety in a former stutterer. Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Help analyze my terrible work situation! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me find an article that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine a few years ago (maybe 2004?) about a special and very exclusive "game." It was an annual adventure game where participants paid the entry fee (maybe $10K) and went from place to place looking for clues that would lead to the next location. [more inside]
posted by jroybal at 9:42 PM PST - 9 comments

I test drove a Nissan Versa and I liked the car very much, but felt that maybe my lower back hurt after 45 minutes or so of driving--even though the seat felt good when I first climbed into it. Otherwise, great value. And when I talk to other people who own this car, they tell me how comfortable the seats are. I'm 5'11", 160 pounds--pretty average I would suppose. So my question: 1) How likely is it that my back will "adjust" to the car? 2) If the seat doesn't work after awhile, has anyone had success with lumbar support products (pillows, etc.)--or is that just wishful thinking? [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 9:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Why am I skipping words as I type more often lately? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 9:22 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking for a good NON text based Gangster/Mafia themed Strategy game, similar to (but hopefully better than) Gangsters or Gangsters 2. Single player preferred but Online game acceptable. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 9:07 PM PST - 1 comments

I'm a big meat-eater and I respect that choice. But I'd like to see the path to a more vegetarian diet. [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 8:58 PM PST - 20 comments

I need a new, semi-dangerous hobby [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 8:32 PM PST - 42 comments

Anyone know of some good print resources for black & white film photography? I've done some work and seen some books, but I wanted some advice from people who have been there before. Thanks!
posted by nosophoros at 8:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Why do people consider it rude to ask how much money a person makes? Or to ask a woman how old she is?
posted by wigglin at 6:30 PM PST - 54 comments

How does one graciously deflect intrusive questions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:09 PM PST - 36 comments

I have a fairly unstructured job at a medium-sized company where what I do varies day to day. However, there's one aspect of my work which I really enjoy, and I'm wondering if there's a formal name for it and/or a way to become "qualified" should I want to do the same thing somewhere else. [more inside]
posted by OrlandoFurioso at 5:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Computingretardfilter: I've got a stubborn old desktop that I don't know what to do with. "Memory test failure", it tells me. [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 5:28 PM PST - 16 comments

We're thinking of adopting a particular kitten who we visited today. She's living with her littermates in a good home environment, but they didn't seem too interested in being handled. Is it realistic to expect that a kitten in this situation would approach us, or at least enjoy being handled when we approach her? Or do they tend not to until they're away from their littermates? [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 5:21 PM PST - 14 comments

My 8 month old Maltillion (Maltese and Papillion) puppy has only one 3/4 descended testicle. The vet said, 3 months ago, that she thought she located the second one, very small, high up in his abdomen and she suggested waiting until he was 8 months old before considering surgery to go up and retrieve it as its possible it will turn cancerous if left up there. Now the 8 month deadline is up and the recalcitrant testicle still hasn't shown up! [more inside]
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 5:20 PM PST - 9 comments

I want to download a bunch of videos from Youtube and edit them together for re-uploading. I've done this a few times in the past but it was time consuming. There must be better tools out there now? [more inside]
posted by oxala at 4:03 PM PST - 3 comments

SelfDirectedStudyFilter: How do you figure out what to read next, in order to supplement your current and recent readings, or expand your understanding of concepts/themes? Are there any good resources for this (other than university)? [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you at 3:54 PM PST - 6 comments

I have an idea for a humorous flash survey designed to place the user into a certain profile (similar to the "What kind of hipster are you?" survey). I'm sure many of you have used or seen such surveys (or their results) on sites like Myspace or CollegeHumor. The idea I have would lend itself to the same kind of usage; I can envision people placing the results onto their friends Myspace pages and so forth, or perhaps embedding the application into the page itself. I understand Flash and Actionscript, but I've never created anything like this before, so I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 3:48 PM PST - 1 comments

I want to buy the Nokia n800, but I cant find a store that has it. In Vancouver, Canada or SE Asia (where im going). [more inside]
posted by Iax at 2:59 PM PST - 9 comments

What are Prince's best post-Purple Rain albums? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 2:43 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the best way to find a boyfriend (gay) / Cuddle buddy in New York?
posted by seeminglee at 2:10 PM PST - 11 comments

V.smile or Leapster? Looking for informed opinions on a learning-game console for a toddler. [more inside]
posted by britain at 1:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Does anyone have any thoughts on the best way (and the best script?) to implement a commenting system for normal web pages? I am currently torn between setting up WordPress as a CMS which would provide that functionality or trying to find a script I can add to a page (and there are to be 40 or so separate pages each needing separate comment fields). [more inside]
posted by dance at 1:53 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm running Firefox 2.0.0.5 and Roboform extension v6.9.4. When I visit Gmail, I get a ridiculously high memory spike, usually about 200mb. Why is this? [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 1:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Canada + moving truck rental + interprovincial move = only u-haul? [more inside]
posted by loiseau at 1:07 PM PST - 9 comments

I just poured a cupful of dark blue liquid detergent and purple liquid stain remover over a load of white towels. Setting aside the admonition that I should have poured the detergent in BEFORE the clothes: why doesn't dark blue detergent turn white towels blue? I mean it obviously doesn't. But it seems counterintuitive. What kind of coloring is added to detergent that allows it to be blue and pretty but wash right away?
posted by Bud Dickman at 1:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Themed years: From now until 2099? [more inside]
posted by Tnuocca at 12:53 PM PST - 9 comments

I may be in the market for a bike in the next few years. I'm 19 and 4'8" and I do not want some cupcake little girl's bike from Target (which is basically what my last one was way back in 8th grade). What specs should I be looking for in women's bikes to accomodate me? [more inside]
posted by rhoticity at 12:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Xine stutters during playback, but Gstreamer not. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by edbyford at 12:20 PM PST - 4 comments

ABBAFilter: Has anyone done a DECENT 'hard' cover (or a remix) of an ABBA song? I'm thinking similar to what Marylin Manson did to 'Tainted Love'? Yes I've no taste. [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 11:44 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I find my septic tank? [more inside]
posted by MtDewd at 11:29 AM PST - 20 comments

Is Kumon a good or a bad thing? Does it work? [more inside]
posted by seanyboy at 11:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Christian gift items.... Where can I find some nice ones for afluent Christians? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 11:06 AM PST - 39 comments

Are maleficence and malfeasance synonyms? For practical, non-legalistic, US-English usage, can you give me guidance on when to use one word rather than the other?
posted by langedon at 10:59 AM PST - 16 comments

LAX:How to get T1 to TBIT as fast as possible. Need answer real quick.
posted by priorpark17 at 10:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Can your brain create imaginary people when you dream? [more inside]
posted by jtfowl0 at 10:43 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I strip out extraneous CSS rules from my stylesheets? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 9:54 AM PST - 6 comments

It's eighty degrees in my apartment, but I still need to exercise. No problem so far, but after I finish I'm pouring with sweat. Is there anything I can do to chill out faster? [more inside]
posted by brett at 9:53 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I de-funkify stinky towels & clothing items? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 AM PST - 26 comments

3m scotch tape?? When I was in high school, and a bong head, we would shop for drug paraphernalia at a small shop on 8th street in Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm going to marry a guy who has a lot of debt and possible trouble with the IRS. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 AM PST - 24 comments

Where can I get some MASSIVE sheets of origami paper? Like, 48 inches or more? Are sheets that size even sold? [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 9:40 AM PST - 7 comments

My neighbors place (it's a duplex or triplex) is just a little too close. I'd like to create some privacy, but I want to keep my windows open (for the air and the light!), and I don't want to build a nine foot fence. [more inside]
posted by notyou at 9:31 AM PST - 17 comments

I left my cell phone a few thousand miles away from my house and will probably not be able to get it back for a few weeks. Alltel is my provider. What's a good, cheap, old cell phone I can use temporarily? [more inside]
posted by Telf at 9:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Cashier: 20, M, 130lbs - Why the hell is my hip hurting? [more inside]
posted by itheearl at 9:08 AM PST - 17 comments

I wish to make conference with webcam and microphone involving several persons from various languages and culture: [more inside]
posted by luis huiton at 8:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Fontographers: Help me identify this font. I did the typical n00b thing and lost the PSD of my logo and now I can't for the life of me find or remember the font I used to create it. My site is at www.bloggingmuses.com and the logo is in the upper left. Any ideas what font it was? I have looked on every font site imaginable trying to find it. Thanks!
posted by donmak at 7:58 AM PST - 10 comments

I have a macro-enabled Word template. I want to create a macro that will replace the header and footer of the current document with the header and footer defined in the template attached to the document. Please help! :)
posted by Merdryn at 7:54 AM PST - 1 comments

I'm looking for a photobooth in the Philadelphia area. [more inside]
posted by god hates math at 7:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me piece together my vague recollection of a rock climbing story that I read years ago. [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 6:32 AM PST - 1 comments

I'm thinking of purchasing a 'bonsai' tree for an indoor location. What species suit this and what should I know about looking after it? Given that I have legendarily 'brown fingers' with the power to destroy a photosynthesising organism at 20 paces ;( Gracias botanical mefiers...
posted by Rufus T. Firefly at 6:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Cheap flights between Ho Chi Minh and Hong Kong, one-way only. Leaving around September 16th. Any recommendations? So far the cheapest found is £199 ($407) from expedia. Are there any other cheaper airlines?
posted by oh_do_shutup at 4:05 AM PST - 8 comments

How can a regular citizen get in to see Senate hearings? I have found rules for reporters explaining how they can get credentials, but not for us regular folks. I assume it would be harder to get into high-profile hearings like the recent AG performances, but I would like to try if it is possible.
posted by mmf at 3:45 AM PST - 4 comments

I put a roll of film in the washing machine (by accident). Is it destroyed? [more inside]
posted by lou at 1:06 AM PST - 12 comments

July 27
How do you play poker online without getting an unhealthy addiction? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 11:51 PM PST - 14 comments

I don't even remember where I found this image, but I find it fascinating. Enthralling, even. The question is, what the hell is it? Who made it? Why? And where can I find a higher-res copy? I'd love to have it on a t-shirt.
posted by CrayDrygu at 10:46 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I choose a primary care physician? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Hello, I need some suggestions from the hive on what is the best firmware for my linksys nslu2. I need: - NTFS/FAT32 - I have some mp3s with unicode filenames (non english filenames) and I would like to preserve those when copying it over the nslu2. Hopefully: - a BT client I am not sure if the unicode filename is possible, I looked around and couldn't find documentation and NTFS seems iffy? was hoping to get the final word here or links to docs/websites that I can follow. Thanks,!
posted by brinks at 9:11 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I get my power settings (in XP) to actually work? [more inside]
posted by shokod at 8:30 PM PST - 6 comments

I am making a scrapbook for a friend of mine. The challenge? Neither one of us is the type to groove on the tacky "Precious Moments" aesthetic of most scrapbooking materials available. What's an aging goth to do? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 7:56 PM PST - 23 comments

Dill ripens ...well ... now, in Montana. Cucumbers ripen in about 3 weeks to a month. Dill pickles are better with fresh dill, but the dill will have gone to seed. Hep? Do I dry or freeze the dill? Googly searches say use fresh ... like that's any help. Ideers?
posted by Wulfgar! at 7:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Tell me how much I need to spend on audio preamp(s) and amplifier(s) to make my home stereo system sound jaw-droppingly great. [more inside]
posted by FelliniBlank at 7:34 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm looking for a lemon basil marinade my dad used to buy but hasn't been able to find in quite some time. [more inside]
posted by phaded at 7:28 PM PST - 1 comments

Very very very stupid MySQL command line client question: how do I edit an earlier line of a multiple line statement? [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 7:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me sort out tipping packers/movers: The move is 65 miles (so not interstate, etc.), but because of scheduling, I have packers (3) coming on day one (about 1/2 of my stuff is already packed), movers (3) to load on day two, and movers (3) to unload on day three. Is this $20 a person no matter what? I plan on drinks and food, too.
posted by oflinkey at 7:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Does bottled beer generally have fewer calories than draft beer? [more inside]
posted by fiTs at 6:33 PM PST - 16 comments

It's all about you I guess... [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 6:28 PM PST - 55 comments

Are Canadian citizens flying from one US city to another required to show a passport? My friend wants to go from Toronto to New York next weekend for work. Complication: her Canadian passport has expired. There is, of course, [more inside]
posted by elkerette at 6:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I play pick-up basketball in Toronto, Ontario? [more inside]
posted by nonmyopicdave at 6:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Obscure children's fiction filter: What's this DC superhero book I read in the 1980s? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 5:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Auto insurance recommendations in Ontario for a new immigrant? [more inside]
posted by the dief at 5:12 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm trying to chop up a friend's podcast, as a joke, using Adobe Audition. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 5:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Any recommendations for a really good accountant in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
posted by dbateman at 4:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I visit Charlotte, NC? [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 4:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Does anyone know of a nice looking (read, formal/professional looking) pen with 3 or 4 colours? I really love this bic pen because it saves space in my pocket, but it really doesn't look right in a professional enviroment. [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 4:15 PM PST - 13 comments

The significance of a blank white 1" button? I'm told not to ask. [more inside]
posted by myrrh at 4:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I sell my hair in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by splendid animal at 4:00 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm getting back into shape after a 2 years break due to illness, does anyone have any experience with the p90x workout system or is it another scam with a flashy website, nutrition books that say nothing and stuff you should have learned in high school
posted by kanemano at 3:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Are there any free online tools for generating radar (aka radial, spider, star) graphs/charts? [more inside]
posted by cortex at 3:47 PM PST - 1 comments

What genre (sub genre?) is this music? [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 3:33 PM PST - 4 comments

I had my camera (a Canon Rebel) plugged into a laptop when the laptop crashed. The laptop had to be rebooted, but now I can't get any computers to recognize my camera, or, in some cases, they recognize it, but say they don't have the right drivers. This has never been a problem before, what do I do?
posted by elr at 3:11 PM PST - 5 comments

I've decided to try the South Beach diet. What resources should I use? There seem to be a ton out there, what worked well for you? [more inside]
posted by TheDukeofLancaster at 2:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Is is a good idea to be blunt about academic missteps during my undergrad? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 2:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Find me the Fantastic Plastic Machine arrangement of "Get me to the church on time" (or whatever it's called) from My Fair Lady, featured in the Uniqlock (recent FPP). The Googles, they do nothing! [more inside]
posted by grobstein at 2:16 PM PST - 4 comments

I replaced my girlfriends iBook harddrive, cloned it with Carbon Copy Cloner and none of the preferences transfered over... [more inside]
posted by nonstopflights at 1:41 PM PST - 7 comments

I have a question about the authentication of a Cambridge University-issued document by a California lawyer or notary for use in Latvia. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 1:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Please help me set up reverse DNS properly for an XServe connected to a network I manage. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 12:57 PM PST - 10 comments

I noticed some common imagery between Harry Potter and Princess Mononoke -- anyone know where it's coming from? [more inside]
posted by bluenausea at 12:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Going to Daft Punk tonight at Berkeley's Greek Theatre, and was wondering about parking and photography. [more inside]
posted by hobbes at 12:34 PM PST - 5 comments

In VBScript, why is Clng(True) equal to -1? [more inside]
posted by zackola at 12:32 PM PST - 5 comments

When does CrateandBarrel typically have its furniture on sale? There are a few big items I'd like to get, but can wait if they typically run furniture sales in August or September.
posted by mdion at 12:10 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for a website that had users draw each letter of the alphabet with their mouse and then overlaid each drawing of a given letter on one another to create an "average" typeface that looked remarkably crisp and professional. What was the site? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 11:52 AM PST - 8 comments

IRS document request -- my boss has asked me to somehow make a request to the IRS for a 1971 document that our company filed. It was a request for 501(c)(4) status, which was granted. But the original application to the IRS is lost, and we need it. So how do I request an old document? Can I do it on the Web? Do I contact the IRS or maybe do a Freedom of Info Act request?
posted by nancoix at 11:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it possible to export pictures from Microsoft Word documents? I need to re-color a graphic that's been inserted into a Microsoft Word 2003 document. Unfortunately, that is the only copy I have of the graphic. Word doesn't seem to provide a way to color over graphics. Even getting it into Paint would work fine--but first I need to get it there. Am I screwed?
posted by schroedinger at 11:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Do I need to follow Chrysler's service schedule to the letter, or risk having my warranty voided? My 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a fine car, but it's quite expensive to have all the Chrysler-scheduled service items done at the designated # of miles. However, the service manager says that if I don't do all the items, Chrysler may refuse to honor my warranty. How much choice do I really have? Can I delay or ignore some of the scheduled service items?
posted by JimN2TAW at 11:14 AM PST - 11 comments

I need some tips for writing fiction that's appealing. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 11:14 AM PST - 33 comments

Moving to Syracuse - good neighborhoods? Any advice? Restaurant recommendations welcomed too. [more inside]
posted by Melsky at 11:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Why would a bodybuilder take Tamoxifen? [more inside]
posted by beelover at 10:53 AM PST - 3 comments

At least in Firefox I'm seeing an undesirable behavior in textareas. My question is how to fix/avoid it. Here's the problem. Go to a textarea in Firefox. (The ask.metafilter ask a question one will do fine.) Type enough characters to fill a whole line of the textarea e.g., kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk... Now put a single space in front of that line. It moves the line one line lower instead of just putting a space in front of the characters which is what I would prefer i.e., treat a space like any other character. [more inside]
posted by GregX3 at 10:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me remember the name of a science fiction short story (possibly by asimov) [more inside]
posted by sorindome at 10:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Canada vs. US - Given a choice, which country you want to settle permanently? [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 10:23 AM PST - 59 comments

How do I get the musty smell out of a room, after the musty item has been cleared away? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 10:22 AM PST - 7 comments

What kind of plant is this (hi-res here), and how does it like to be taken care of?
posted by toxic at 9:47 AM PST - 4 comments

I am looking around for a new computer, and I can't seem to settle on what I want or need. [more inside]
posted by Botunda at 9:43 AM PST - 15 comments

fluxdvd is a technology used by CinemaNow which enables download of DVDs by reducing the DVD size to <2GB. Does anyone know how this technology works (beyond "the disc is recompressed") or have experience of using it?
posted by forallmankind at 9:41 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm working for a political campaign who wants to produce a Google Maps application for their website showing the impact of the issue in various neighborhoods. I've played around with the Maps API just a little bit, but not enough to really pull this off on my own. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis at 9:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help a novice make a good dinner for a good friend. [more inside]
posted by fucker at 9:07 AM PST - 34 comments

What course can I take that capitalizes on my experience in computer programming and grants a recognizable certificate? [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 8:53 AM PST - 9 comments

College essay filter: help me find this (probably satirical) college entrance essay. [more inside]
posted by griseus at 8:42 AM PST - 9 comments

i work for a medium-sized web design company. How do I reduce glare inside of our design room while keeping our natural light? [more inside]
posted by jmprice at 7:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Mozilla Thunderbird: When I place a message into a folder I want to simply right click the message and select "Place all future/past messages from this sender into this folder". How could I achieve such simple filtration?
posted by takeyourmedicine at 7:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Blue-Ray vs. HD DVD. Do we have a winner? [more inside]
posted by papercake at 7:10 AM PST - 19 comments

My new kitten is making me crazy. He never never never never stops meowing. It's still sort of cute in a really annoying way right now but i know it will be nothing but obnoxious once he gets full grown. How normal is this? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 6:53 AM PST - 27 comments

My uncle's computer (a fairly old PC with Windows XP and a dial-up connection) freezes whenever he tries to connect to the internet. It gets as far as verifying the username and password before freezing up completely. Any ideas?
posted by Andy Harwood at 6:47 AM PST - 7 comments

I saw a website the other day that allowed you to send out a group voice mail message but cannot find it now. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by daviss at 6:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Heimlich, Valsalva, what other "maneuvers" are there? Curious now, because I saw some medical show on TV where a doctor fixed a dislocated shoulder with a ???? "maneuver - can't remember the name.
posted by flutable at 4:33 AM PST - 17 comments

Best treatment for hair thinning [more inside]
posted by toocan at 2:19 AM PST - 25 comments

My wife is dusting off her resume and getting ready to stop by a few local businesses. But there's one job interview question she's not sure how to handle: "Why are you looking to leave your current job?" [more inside]
posted by azpenguin at 1:31 AM PST - 16 comments

What are the best elementary schools for kids? [more inside]
posted by dnthomps at 1:09 AM PST - 21 comments

What are some good, reasonably-price ircd hosts? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 12:54 AM PST - 6 comments

July 26
NHSFilter: I'm going to be studying in the UK for a year, and I have some questions about my coverage under the NHS. [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 10:39 PM PST - 13 comments

I started a voip company in California, with a friend which we will give up soon. Costs were: dedicated hosting, buying servers, telephony hardware, web hosting, headsets, and our own Internet / cell phone services. My question is, what can we deduct on our taxes, if anything? This seems like it should be a common situation. Oh, and we never registered as a corp or partnership.
posted by lpctstr; at 10:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Product filter: help me find an electronic key locator like this that actually works (the product linked has piss-poor reviews).
posted by Krrrlson at 10:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Hey guys, I need help making a mix cd. [more inside]
posted by shelea at 9:47 PM PST - 20 comments

Advice for a 17 year old, buying her first car. $4,000 budget. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 9:40 PM PST - 51 comments

Places to stay in Bangkok, and cool things to do there... [more inside]
posted by altcountryman at 9:31 PM PST - 17 comments

is it possible for one to lose the ability to learn? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I become more assertive at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 PM PST - 11 comments

MistressFilter: My wife thinks it would be a good idea if I saw another woman to help fulfill my sexual needs. That's loving and supportive of her, but I have one problem... how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 PM PST - 38 comments

Gadling has a post on the Top 8 Beverages in the World. 1. I have not had any of these, where can I find them in NYC? 2. Additional beverage suggestions are certainly welcome for the sake of everyone.
posted by Stan Chin at 9:14 PM PST - 21 comments

Help a carnivore give an office mate a fabulous vegan cookbook.
posted by azure_swing at 8:05 PM PST - 17 comments

I think my cousin's being an idiot and it may come back to haunt him down the line. What can/should I do? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 8:03 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I get our cat to start covering up her poo again? [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 7:29 PM PST - 13 comments

I would like to make a mix of "post grunge" modern rock type music. Gin Blossoms, Toad the Wet Sprocket etc. [more inside]
posted by ND¢ at 6:36 PM PST - 72 comments

Can severely freezer-burned chicken be "rescued"? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 6:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Is it possible to make money anymore writing erotic or fetish stories? Or has the rise of the internet — the amount of video available, the number of stories being written for free — killed that business off? If it is possible, how would one go about doing it?
posted by anonymous at 6:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Okay, lets put our Macgyver gloves on and help me figure out how to number uniform shirts for the long haul. [more inside]
posted by occidental at 5:37 PM PST - 13 comments

I need to buy a good custom-built PC [more inside]
posted by unreason at 5:30 PM PST - 14 comments

What happens when alcoholics dream they're drunk? [more inside]
posted by Elmore at 5:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Examples of time estimates for web development [more inside]
posted by striker at 5:19 PM PST - 5 comments

What are some ways to actively avoid emulating undesirable behaviors of a family member? (In other words, how do I not end up like my mom?) [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 5:18 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I deal with my resentment towards my two older sisters (preferably without confronting them)? (long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:07 PM PST - 18 comments

When there is no bathroom available, my wife panics and gets a really strong urge to urinate. This is seriously impairing her ability to take part in a lot of activities. So far our doctor has not been able to help, so I'm asking for suggestions here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:07 PM PST - 11 comments

I just started a new job at a very large corporation and the office uses Lotus Notes 6.5 for e-mail and scheduling; while fooling around with it I decided to try the To-Do feature in Lotus Notes and quickly got confused. [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo at 4:49 PM PST - 3 comments

I often turn to food for relief when I get stressed. I'd like to find a better way and get more control over my diet. Any suggestions?
posted by DarkForest at 4:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Which online library is worth paying for? [more inside]
posted by enriquem at 4:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Need a simple document management system with a clean, easy interface that can index documents based on job #, who the document is to and from, and date. Tagging the documents would be a really cool feature (like del.icio.us tagging) but not required. [more inside]
posted by farmersckn at 4:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Having made myself dependent on Dreamweaver and CMSes, I suddenly find myself ignorant of the basics of reusable site content. Help. [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 3:42 PM PST - 15 comments

My body-image issues are getting in the way of my ability to go out and have fun. I don't know where to go next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 22 comments

How does one come to peace with unfulfillable sexual fantasies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Does anyone recognize what book this illustration is from? It looks pretty old. Hopefully in the public domain.
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 2:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Anyone know a good BMW mechanic in the Fort Lee, NJ (Near the George Washington Bridge) area? I have a 1988 325ix and need someone trustworthy and competent to take care of it. Service at the BMW dealer is outrageously expensive. I've tried various BMW message boards and come up empty. Something in a 30 minute radius would be nice, but I'll take what you got!
posted by SampleSize at 2:49 PM PST - 3 comments

How do you play the opening to Billy Joel's Angry Young Man on the piano? [more inside]
posted by adrober at 2:36 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I act like a New Yorker? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 2:36 PM PST - 102 comments

I want to take my kids/nieces/nephews to Disneyland, Universal Studios, and other SoCal theme parks. But I hate crowds. I'd like to go on the least crowded days. Given this is summer, is there a big difference in crowdedness if I go on a weekday vs weekend? Or will I just have to suck it up and deal with a huge crowd regardless of what day I go?
posted by b_thinky at 2:01 PM PST - 25 comments

Why won't the paint strip off my hardwood floor in one particular area? Before - After [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 2:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Name my radio show, which focuses on electronic music, centered around genres like: idm/braindance or whatever we call it these days, dub, trip-hop, chip music (as in... gameboy's and C64's), aleatoric, grime, dubstep, minimal, electrofunk, deep house and so forth. I would say the primary theme of the show is music that is interesting not only for doing something creative, but for doing it with newly available technology (for it's time). I also have a bias towards music that is rooted in Jazz or other improvisational traditions. Aside from what is decidely artsy-music, there is also a smattering dancable music and mashups deemed clever enough. There is no dance music of the foor-to-the-floor variety though, and it is not primarily a dance show. [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 1:59 PM PST - 26 comments

Ideas for photographing the Perseid meteor shower next month? Bonus points for a good place to watch in South Louisiana. [more inside]
posted by ultraultraboomerang at 1:57 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the functional and modern differences between Sunni and Shi'a Islam? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 1:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Probably there is a very simple answer to this question, but I have had crap results in finding it. I just need to know a few things about Works with Vista. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 1:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommendations for mobile sound recording on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 12:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Tips for getting motivatd to clean/organize? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 12:48 PM PST - 25 comments

Why can't I get python's urllib2 library to fetch a page using HTTP basic authentication? [more inside]
posted by alan at 12:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it legal to post a contract online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:19 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm being given a second chance by my ex-boyfriend. Please help me not screw it up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:19 PM PST - 25 comments

Is anybody familiar with one or more good textbooks (or introductory volumes) on technology development and/or deployment? [more inside]
posted by sindark at 12:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Softphone Receptionist? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 11:53 AM PST - 3 comments

The wife and I just 'committed' to a pre-construction, 2200 sq/ft townhouse in Raleigh. We put down 2k and it will be finished in Mar-Apr 2008. After upgrades, the place will be about 275k. We will most likely stay in this place 5-8 years. My question is about financing. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 11:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Do my son (5) and I want to "Swim with the Dolphins" in Nassau during a stop-off on our Disney Cruise? [more inside]
posted by ohdeanna at 11:23 AM PST - 23 comments

This is a little esoteric (or silly), but does anyone know of a book that gives the words for various animals in multiple languages? [more inside]
posted by leesh at 11:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a concise title / job description for the music-related service I provide. [more inside]
posted by yorick at 11:12 AM PST - 9 comments

I am going cold hunting for a job and need some advice. The story is... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 10:59 AM PST - 16 comments

I need to spec out a huge, complex application in UML. I'm looking for good tools/techniques to do this in a fluid situation, where there are a ton of classes and new ones will be added all the time. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 10:54 AM PST - 11 comments

AACK! Accidentally, put old 3 1/2" floppy disk into the zip disk drive on my desktop. I can't get it out and the clicking sound is making me crazy. [more inside]
posted by picklebird at 10:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to shoot pool in the Cambridge, Mass area? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 9:43 AM PST - 10 comments

I need an iTunes replacement for Mac OSX, a whole lot more... [more inside]
posted by The Radish at 9:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Web Development Question: A/B Testing - does anyone have a really good resource on the mechanics of setting up a/b testing for web sites? [more inside]
posted by Zinger at 9:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Going to San Diego in late August-Should I bring my road bike or my mountain bike? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 9:07 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm seeing red. Does anyone know why? [more inside]
posted by bryon at 8:43 AM PST - 13 comments

HydeParkHousing: I'll be an entering graduate student at UofC this fall. I've never rented an apartment before, nor do I know Hyde Park (or, for that matter, Chicagoland generally). Help me find a place to live! [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground at 8:39 AM PST - 29 comments

I am building a new computer and was wondering if this setup seems good I already have the OS and case/power supply more details after break. (previously, previously) [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy at 8:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Need help estimating living costs in New Delhi My company is considering sending me to New Delhi for 2 months and I need to come up with an estimate of how much I would need to expense. I already know how much flights would be so this is more a question about living arrangements. I have been to Delhi twice so I know the city and how much food costs are when you eat out. But as far as where the good neighborhoods to live and how much rent is generally.. i'm not sure. [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 8:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Is my passport enough ID for travel? Is having my name changed on my drivers license & credit/debit cards before a trip a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by catfood at 8:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me put together a great political campaign website. What does a great campaign website even look like? [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 8:27 AM PST - 5 comments

BikeFilter: I need to get a bike carrier, and I need advice. Of course there's ... [more inside]
posted by davereed at 8:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there some kind of member-list for gay-marriage officiants in Ottawa? [more inside]
posted by gorgor_balabala at 8:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I attempt to clean up a "demo model" laptop running Windows Vista for a friend? [more inside]
posted by parilous at 8:09 AM PST - 8 comments

So I was looking through the Wikipedia entry for Wall of Voodoo frontman Stan Ridgway (don't ask) and I came across a mention of something called a "Kalamazoo Rhythm Ace drum machine"... [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt at 7:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me come up with a set of books suitable for a 4 year old boy that are classic (even new "classics" are welcome), offer a good narrative, and will be a nice counterpoint to his shelf of truck related books. [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 7:40 AM PST - 40 comments

What does it indicate about my formerly-bad credit that I could be accepted today for a regular contract by a cell phone company? How can I tell when it's the right time to apply for a credit card again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Can you help me find this bizarre video? [more inside]
posted by browse at 7:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Anyone know of any cross-platform information organizer software? [more inside]
posted by braintoast at 6:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Anyone care to share their monthly grocery budget and list? Headed into maternity leave, down to one income, living in DC... [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain at 6:15 AM PST - 42 comments

Help me make my rug obey. [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 6:12 AM PST - 6 comments

I have to think of a question to ask Irvine Welsh at an event this evening. I've no more than a passing familiarity with the man's work. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 5:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Do you use Virgin Mobile (in the U.S.)? Even better, do you use their Slice phone? All its specs are fine for me; I'm hoping to hear how you like it (especially the sound quality of calls, since the reviews of that are mixed) and/or how you like using Virgin Mobile.
posted by lorimer at 5:49 AM PST - 19 comments

What does a person mean when they say they want to 'trade puzzles'? [more inside]
posted by thelongcon at 5:04 AM PST - 40 comments

Where can I find a thin-fitting suit? [more inside]
posted by BigPicnic at 4:31 AM PST - 20 comments

I want to set up a system where Windows will watch a folder for any Office 2007 files and then automatically convert them into Office 2003/2004 files. [more inside]
posted by sammich at 3:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Are there any 'famous' last.fm users - such as musicians, journalists, authors, major bloggers? [more inside]
posted by mackeral at 2:30 AM PST - 14 comments

What are the best resources for learning Rhinoceros or Alias Studio? [more inside]
posted by kepano at 2:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Any way to separate files in the trash on Mac OS X depending on what drive they're on? [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer at 2:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me mix a monitor, an old-school xBox and a couple of Macs. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 1:56 AM PST - 9 comments

How long does it take to learn how to program for Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by Ø at 12:44 AM PST - 14 comments

July 25
What's a comparable replacement for this motherboard? [more inside]
posted by swiffa at 11:49 PM PST - 6 comments

WTF is my cat doing? He'll start meowing plaintively, kneading the bed, and looks like he's about to make a pickle (but isn't). [more inside]
posted by jtron at 11:40 PM PST - 14 comments

In OS X, how can I change the icon associated with a specific file type/extension? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 11:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Please help me identify a music video that I saw on a British satellite TV station while traveling through Spain. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin at 10:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me with my hair color. [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 9:45 PM PST - 9 comments

How do you get playback to work on a JVC Mini Digital Video Camera? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 8:58 PM PST - 5 comments

When translated into English, do different locality's sign languages read - or sound - very different? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 8:16 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I find out what my career prospects are in market research? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 8:00 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the address for United Airlines hiring offices in Chicago for employment interviews? [more inside]
posted by ggypsy at 7:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Some clients of mine have a small consulting business that is rapidly expanding. What started as 1 desktop computer has turned into 4 desktops, 4 laptops (and recently 2 iPhones), and they'll soon be adding some more desktops. They're moving some of the computers out of their home office, and into a "real" office next week and I'm really trying to nail down a good setup for them. I'm looking for your advice on how you've organized a smallish network of Macs, allowing anywhere access of Files, Email, Calendar and Address Book. [more inside]
posted by jeffxl at 7:42 PM PST - 9 comments

After 68 years, my mom still doesn't know who her real dad was. Is it possible to find out? [more inside]
posted by konolia at 7:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Can you recommend a drug rehab in southern California for a dear friend? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 7:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Knowing full well that diagnosing computer issues across the internet can sometimes be hard: what could be wrong with my computer? [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle at 7:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Does anyone know of a good full service laundromat in Quincy or Milton in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by pikaboy202 at 6:51 PM PST - 0 comments

Recommended therapists and/or ADD evaluations in the Washington DC area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Sofas for tall people in NYC [more inside]
posted by lorrer at 6:29 PM PST - 5 comments

What is a good job title for my position? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 6:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Is there a "sartorialst"-style website for haircuts? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 5:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Joy of new Mac Mini spoiled by unforeseen monitor resolution issues! Please help? [more inside]
posted by milkdropcoronet at 5:27 PM PST - 7 comments

How easy is it to obtain temporary full custody in Oregon? [more inside]
posted by haplesschild at 5:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Quebec: Where to stay and eat in the Laurentians? I used to go to St. Sauveur in the 60s and want to return there over Labor Day. Looking for lovely hotels and places to eat and things to do in any town in the Laurentians. Thanks.
posted by madstop1 at 5:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find trendy jewelry that the beautiful people wear? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 5:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Which pay-as-you-go wireless provider has the best coverage in Telluride? [more inside]
posted by CaptainZingo at 4:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Am I being stupid about money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:06 PM PST - 22 comments

Should I quit my full-time job to run my side business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:05 PM PST - 14 comments

When/how to divulge that you're divorced when entering into a new relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:05 PM PST - 26 comments

Skype Headset Filter: I'm planning on buying a Koss SB45 headset for skyping. My main question: What kind of connector comes off of the end of it [is it just ONE 1/8" miniplug??], and will it work with my Powerbook 15" 1.33Ghz G4 without a USB dongle? (Sub-question: Any skype headsets you'd recommend over the SB45?) [more inside]
posted by sdis at 4:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me watch an 80's Mexican movie movie in which I was a child actor. (The movie features the cure for homosexuality!) [more inside]
posted by Dataphage at 3:56 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I do a multiple datacenter failover / load balance and have a shared filesystem available in both locations? [more inside]
posted by dirtylittlemonkey at 3:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Water Damage: The apartment I'm moving into has significant water damage from last May, and the landlord has promised to fix it. What should I know about water damage repairs to make sure my health isn't going to be risked from shoddy repairs? This apartment is in Austria, if that's important to know. [more inside]
posted by sirion at 3:29 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm making a floor cloth for our kitchen. The instructions I've found online called for canvas. I bought marine vinyl fabric instead of duck cloth canvas since it seemed sturdier. Now I'm wondering if I need to prime it. What will Kilz do to marine vinyl fabric? Do I need to paint the back of it? Anyone ever make a floor cloth? Any tips and hints are much appreciated.
posted by orangemiles at 2:27 PM PST - 9 comments

I was at Water Tower Place mall in Chicago last weekend, watching the glass elevators go up and down. And then I wondered... where are the counterweights? [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 2:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find research similar to that which is provided by Pew Internet & the American Life Project? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 2:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me figure out how to bulk-detach multiple files from thousands of emails in Lotus Notes 6.5. [more inside]
posted by mockjovial at 2:07 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the best stock photo site (including pay sites)? Along the lines of this question, I'm looking for a high-quality site that offers royalty-free stock photos. I'm looking for basic corporate techie stuff for an IT government (read:not-for-profit) web site - people working at a laptop, servers and wiring shot from cool angles, etc. The previous question brought up some good free stuff, but what about pay sites such as Corbis? I'd really like some sort of subscription-based setup instead of paying a la carte for each photo (if that even exists).
posted by adverb at 2:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Does anybody know where to get prepared betel nut in New York? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 1:58 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm 23, flunked out of every school I've ever attended, but have changed and want a second (or whatever number I'm on now) chance. [more inside]
posted by kevin_2864212 at 1:57 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm looking for books and essays that would be the opposite of the Getting Things Done (GTD), Lifehacker, productivity, personal time management, etc., wave of blogs on the internets. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 1:45 PM PST - 36 comments

How can I test whether something (like a cold water pipe) is a ground? [more inside]
posted by blisterpack at 1:36 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the most readable account of the Lewis and Clark expedition? I'm looking for something not as dense and dry as a history textbook, but not skimpy on the details, either. I don't mind long books, and in fact prefer them, but I have no desire to wade through "scholarly" writing. I want an entertaining, fact-filled, layman's book that traces the lives and trials of Lewis and Clark and their fateful quest for the Pacific. Of the hundreds out there, which is best?
posted by jackypaper at 1:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Needed: Recommendations for any and all Bebop Jazz artists, or links to sites that actually tell you which tracks/songs by which artists are Bebop. [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 1:11 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm about to plant five small lavender plants that I brought back from my trip to Puget Sound. Please tell me, what else can I plant that will complement these?
posted by partner at 12:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Why wouldn't an attached file download? [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 12:43 PM PST - 7 comments

How much pressure can I put on a piece of 6x6 lumber across a 6'6" span without deflecting past the standard l/360 figure? The span tables only have figures for 2-by-X lumber. The back of their full book has some technical values for 6x6's listed but I don't know how to use them.
posted by rolypolyman at 12:41 PM PST - 9 comments

What's a good definitive source of quotations on the net? I've been trying to track down the source of a quote, but get differing answers. [more inside]
posted by jpburns at 12:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Anyone know anything about selling chandeliers? [more inside]
posted by aisforal at 11:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me learn about WINE (on linux, not in bottles). [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 11:33 AM PST - 4 comments

I'll be taking an extended business trip at the end of August that will leave myself and a buddy with an empty weekend in either London or Frankfurt. I've been to London quite a few times but never Frankfurt. Can some well traveled mefites please share their opinion as to which city they would consider and why? We don't intend to do anything too cultural but don't want to be very bored either.
posted by Umhlangan at 11:30 AM PST - 12 comments

I will be in Prague tomorrow morning and I was wondering if anyone knew of anything special going on there, Krakow, or Posnan in the next few weeks. I looked through the old Prague questions on AskMe and took note of the places mentioned but I was wondering if any locals knew of any special events in the area they could tip me off to. Thanks!
posted by Raichle at 11:30 AM PST - 1 comments

I need yogurt recipes! My doctor says I need to eat yogurt, but the smell and taste of it turns my stomach. Is there anything I can do with it to disguise the taste without killing the bacteria? [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 11:27 AM PST - 54 comments

Does anyone have any advice (do's and don'ts) for migrating a large static technical Web site to CMS? Bonus if the experience is RedDot. [more inside]
posted by xetere at 11:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Does anyone remember a computer book from the 80s with the author's phone number printed on the cover? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos at 11:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a good-looking, durable piece of luggage for ~$100. [more inside]
posted by althanis at 11:03 AM PST - 18 comments

How to sell imported goods to local businesses... If you've got any experience selling wholesale (or other relevant qualifications)... [more inside]
posted by acro at 10:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Recommendations for the Superior Hiking Trail. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 10:23 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm seeking advice on how to mange small website development and maintenance projects with a remote contractor. [more inside]
posted by namith at 10:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Trains and England. According to you lot, I should buy in advance, but this still leaves a lot more questions for me... [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 10:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Can anyone explain the phenomenon of rubbing your hands together on chicken wire and having it feel like soapy glass? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 9:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Is moving to Las Cruces, NM, to be near other budding space explorers a good idea? [more inside]
posted by humannaire at 9:53 AM PST - 20 comments

What can I do to calm down an angry and scared cat? [more inside]
posted by tigraviva at 9:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Computer Compatibility: How do companies go about making their software or hardware compatible? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 9:20 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm headed to NY from Chicago for the first time in my adult life and am looking for suggestions on things to do, places to eat/drink. [more inside]
posted by peruvianidol at 8:56 AM PST - 27 comments

Where can I find information about the cases granted certiorari for the upcoming term of the US Supreme Court? Preferably, I'd like access to both short, layman-accessible summaries and merit briefs for all cases for the October '07 term. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 8:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Why can't I connect to an L2TP VPN on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by tsmo at 8:31 AM PST - 6 comments

What can I add to my smoothies to get some bonus health benefits? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher at 7:52 AM PST - 40 comments

I have a free day in Krakow in a couple of weeks, and have to be at the airport at around 4pm. Do I have time to visit Auschwitz and still get my flight? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 7:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it possible to combine several PST, merge folders and keep the structure? [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 7:33 AM PST - 7 comments

What was this thing I saw on the road the other day? It looked like a scooter except it had two smaller wheels in front, Segway-style. And what would be the advantage of that design?
posted by smackfu at 7:14 AM PST - 7 comments

My friend has been accused of rape, which I think is absurd. Need legal advice for him (especially from anyone familiar with the U.S. military court system) and emotional advice for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM PST - 30 comments

Why do people go quiet around me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 20 comments

I am in desperate need of psychological help, but the task of finding a therapist/psychiatrist, going to appointments, and obtaining a prescription for antidepressants seems completely insurmountable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 21 comments

What's the cheapest way to send cargo into space? [more inside]
posted by masymas at 7:09 AM PST - 18 comments

Why do 'authorities' euthanize animals after attacking a human? [more inside]
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 7:07 AM PST - 31 comments

Is it possible to buy an exercise/stationary bike which generates electricity? If not, how hard would it be to build one or modify an existing exercise bike?
posted by handee at 6:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Do you know of any movies with improbable technology as a plot device? [more inside]
posted by soundofsuburbia at 6:27 AM PST - 42 comments

Help me determine which roommates to reply to and where I should live?? [more inside]
posted by NotInTheBox at 5:59 AM PST - 11 comments

we have two recalcitrant boys. dodgie, the seven year old border terrier, and wedgie the six year old toy poodle. we also have a newly crawling baby. and a back yard. and a clothes line. basically.... my boys keep pooing where they always have. in the back yard, wherever they like..... but mostly under the clothes line. and inevitably, i walk in it. it's not special. [more inside]
posted by taff at 5:37 AM PST - 16 comments

I have an Intel Mac mini using a wireless WPA connection to connect to a router which is connected to the Internet. The wireless connectivity works relatively well. However, once it gets disconnected, even if the signal may be lost just temporarily, Mac OS just "gives up" at trying to reconnect. How do I make Mac OS try and try again to reconnect to the wireless network once it has been disconnected? [more inside]
posted by remi at 5:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Do I call him? Probably should. But then what do I say? [more inside]
posted by engling at 5:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Can you help me find more information on the mystery-maker of my Grandfather's violin? [more inside]
posted by DecemberRaine at 4:32 AM PST - 4 comments

What would be a good alternative all purpose lens for a "professional amateur" photographer who has a Canon 20D, currently equipped with only an EFS 18-55 ? [more inside]
posted by hz37 at 2:23 AM PST - 19 comments

AudioNoviceFilter: I need an audio setup for a dorm that sounds the best it can for the least amount of money. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 2:04 AM PST - 19 comments

I am trying to organize a short camping trip with a friend. We would like to go somewhere in Southeastern Missouri, Southern Illinois or Southwestern Kentucky where there is little to no light pollution. Our plan is to spend some time photographing the stars, particularly the band of the Milky Way that's visible here on Earth when skies are clear. [more inside]
posted by scooterdman at 12:41 AM PST - 12 comments

July 24
Craving cigarettes, but have never smoked. Anybody ever heard of this? [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator at 11:20 PM PST - 51 comments

What is the cheap easy way to get from Logan Airport, Boston, to Brattleboro, Vermont? With heavy luggage. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 10:54 PM PST - 8 comments

I need to add grounding to an outlet. How bad an idea is it to chain the ground to the ground of another outlet that is on a different circuit a few feet up from that one? [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine at 9:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Why do these flies zig zag around the middle of my room in the afternoons if I leave the window open, and how do I get rid of them?
posted by randomstriker at 9:19 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm looking for a cartoon of an Alien and a Predator playing chess or checkers. I believe it was used on an old AvP comic trading card. Does anyone know where I can find this image online?
posted by krisjohn at 9:19 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I convert ProE files into Solidworks files?
posted by Maia at 8:22 PM PST - 1 comments

I hurt my shoulder (AC joint) weightlifting. Now my clavicle is sticking out and I'd like for it to be [more inside]
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

So I just found out I might have Reiter's syndrome. Please tell me how big a deal this is, what your personal experiences might be and what I should do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 PM PST - 3 comments

What can I do on my vacation in Portland, OR that I can enjoy doing by myself and that I CANNOT do in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Holygrail2 at 6:30 PM PST - 25 comments

I'm trying to recall a science fiction time travel short story set in a Paris cafe. The story begins when one man overhears another speaking in "antique Latin." I know that's not much to go on, but I'm hoping those few facts might ring a bell for some sci-fi loving askmetafilter genius!
posted by garyduke at 6:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommend me a film with a theme centering around a social justice issue. Preferably fictitious, or at least not a documentary (sorry Michael Moore fans). I realize that "social justice" is a loosely-defined term; basically, if the screenwriter is trying to make a point about a social justice issue, it's fair game. An archetypal example would be The Constant Gardener, but also acceptable would be movies along the lines of American History X, Crash, Children of Men or Gattaca. Thanks, green!
posted by charmston at 6:15 PM PST - 46 comments

How can I eliminate cat pee smell without damaging the fibers of a nylon rope? There's a bunch... [more inside]
posted by griffey at 6:04 PM PST - 5 comments

What useful interview questions can I ask to candidates for a Data Analysis/Database Developer position ? [more inside]
posted by matholio at 5:30 PM PST - 11 comments

What kind of makeup is the safest, most natural, and least chemically toxic? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 5:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Save My Dog! I'm 3,000 miles away and my dad is gonna put her down because she's old and barks constantly when in the back yard and its pissing off the neighbors. He bought an 'anti-barking collar' (whatever that is) and if that doesn't work... any ideas?
posted by Gregamell at 5:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Shady dentists and second opinions. Any insight would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by outsider at 5:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Selling my Car: Help me make wise repair/body/cleaning choices prior to selling my '99 Infintii i30 [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 5:00 PM PST - 1 comments

Please help me spoil Harry Potter 7! [more inside]
posted by fermezporte at 4:44 PM PST - 16 comments

This weekend, I will be introducing a small dog to a big dog. I would rather they not kill each other. Help me. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:55 PM PST - 18 comments

Planning a trip to these locations ; Caen , Rouen , Amiens, Reims , Metz and Troyes (long trip to relatives) . What to do, what to see ?
posted by elpapacito at 3:38 PM PST - 14 comments

My boyfriend lives in DC, and I live in NYC. We are both in school, but want to be able to see each other fairly often during weekends of the school year. What are some of the cheapest ways to travel back and forth many times? [more inside]
posted by amileighs at 3:18 PM PST - 28 comments

Whole-room voice control of lights using open-source software. Can it be done? Has it been done? [more inside]
posted by ArbiterOne at 3:14 PM PST - 8 comments

I have a lemon verbena plant that's getting nice and bushy. Any recipe ideas?
posted by gimonca at 2:59 PM PST - 4 comments

new employee has some potentially compromising sites associated with her... [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 2:57 PM PST - 36 comments

Where can I find a free website to upload a small pdf file for others to download??? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 2:47 PM PST - 15 comments

My employer is investigating the introduction of a new software product. My job, among others, is to find a market research firm that can give us information about the trials, tribulations, needs, psychology, et cetera of various types of customers. How can I figure out which research firms are good? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 2:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Lessor of two evils: Are there good car leasing companies? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 2:42 PM PST - 7 comments

How is life in Russia these days? Is it really as bad as some of the sources I've come across suggest? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 2:37 PM PST - 19 comments

As a LAMP developer, how should I cope with being asked to work on a Microsoft-IIS/6.0 server? [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 2:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Has anyone used getinterviews.com for resume writing or any similar services? Basically, my sister is looking at using them, the position she is interested in would be reporting to the CIO.
posted by tallpaul at 1:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Is this some sort of Japanese Torture Device? [more inside]
posted by tdischino at 1:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Received phone call from doctor that in course of 1 yr. checkup, child has elevated (but not immediate risk) lead levels. Advice/next steps? [more inside]
posted by Arch1 at 1:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Calling all aunts, uncles and parents: Need recommendations on teddy bears that can handle a LOT of love from a child and can be passed on later to the next generation [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 1:17 PM PST - 18 comments

I am looking for a mainstream lender that deals in borderline subprime loans. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by torticat at 1:04 PM PST - 2 comments

What does it mean to have someone nominate you for a non-faculty professional position at a university? [more inside]
posted by scratch at 1:04 PM PST - 1 comments

Jazzy electronic music recommendations? I'm thinking of Squarepusher, some Tortoise, etc. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 12:48 PM PST - 49 comments

Seeking: lightweight, deep "pannier"-style bike baskets that will keep my bike's center of gravity low and protect my laptop in case of a spill. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 12:08 PM PST - 16 comments

Name some prominent converts to either atheism or theism. [more inside]
posted by keith0718 at 11:56 AM PST - 48 comments

How to avoid skin sagging with extreme weight loss? I need to lose about 200lbs, currently I'm losing about 2-3lbs a week (about 20lbs so far) so this is a long term plan but I don't want to reach my goal weight and be a bag of sagging skin. Is there anything I can start doing now to avoid that? I'm fairly young (not yet 30) and my skin elasticity is good if that's relevant. There's a lot of skin tightening creams on the market but do any of them actually work? A lot are just wrinkle creams or anti-cellulite creams.
posted by anonymous at 11:40 AM PST - 16 comments

I just took two tylenol, two advil, and two little white blood-pressure reducing pills with a little z on them. Is this ok? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 11:32 AM PST - 14 comments

"Error loading OS" after installing new (slave) HD. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 11:23 AM PST - 5 comments

My children go to a day care where the parents rotate responsibilities to show 'appreciation' for their child's care takers. Intent is to do something 'special' to express (however remotely we can demonstrate the scale of appreciation) how much we appreciate our care takers/teachers. These appreciation days rotate on a bi-weekly basis in my infant son's room and I have this Friday. The class has three teachers and their charges are all kiddies age 6-12 months. (continued...) [more inside]
posted by lostinsupermarket at 11:17 AM PST - 36 comments

If you give two weeks notice and your employer asks you to leave immediately, are you eligible for unemployment in Oregon? [more inside]
posted by peep at 11:14 AM PST - 16 comments

I want to attempt a doctorate or masters in psycholinguistics (specifically aphasiology, or, failing that, a pragmatic concentration). [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt at 10:49 AM PST - 7 comments

I need help understanding MA auto insurance; specifically, are rates really identical among insurers? Is there anything I can do to lower the cost? [more inside]
posted by Marit at 10:43 AM PST - 31 comments

Do recommend me music like Aïcha by Khaled. [more inside]
posted by jouke at 10:38 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking to rent a car, truck, or SUV and four bikes in Seattle and drive them down to Portland and back again. Rental questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Eringatang at 10:14 AM PST - 4 comments

FrequentFlyerFilter: Is it worth booking a more expensive flight in order to gain rewards to use on a subsequent journey? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanRed at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

What's the best way to get from far south bay into downtown San Francisco early in the morning, without owning a car? [more inside]
posted by boscord at 10:00 AM PST - 14 comments

A friend bitched me out about a minor fight I had with my boyfriend. Was she out of line, and how do I reconcile the bad feelings I still have about it? [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx at 9:56 AM PST - 43 comments

Switch from PC to MAC? After over 10 years on the PC... I am thinking about switching back to mac? anyone made the switch and regretted it?
posted by specialk420 at 9:46 AM PST - 48 comments

What are some of the best non-fiction books out there written by legitimate scientific authors (not psuedo-science) that discuss other galaxies, and specifically, solar/planetary systems outside of our own solar system? [more inside]
posted by jspierre at 9:32 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm planning a week-long hike in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, CA. What resources should I look at for planning? [more inside]
posted by sonofslim at 9:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Ticket pre-sale passwords. Where is a good place to find them (especially for concerts)? [more inside]
posted by thewittyname at 9:00 AM PST - 6 comments

What is a successful weirdo's best approach to a High School Reunion Questionnaire? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 8:55 AM PST - 29 comments

Give me some salad dressing recipes! [more inside]
posted by Becko at 8:50 AM PST - 19 comments

Can someone believe in both Liberterianism, Determinism and proudhonism? [more inside]
posted by complience at 8:42 AM PST - 31 comments

What are some small film/documentary companies that have put their films online for pay download? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 8:39 AM PST - 2 comments

I read somewhere that, in theory, two solids coming into repeated contact should at some point (assume we're dealing with infinity) pass through each other. Nearest I can come is molecular harmonic resonance, or this slightly dubious writeup. Is this a observed phenomenon? Or is there a formal theory for this?
posted by ikebowen at 8:08 AM PST - 14 comments

I work full-time and my wife and I both have sole proprietorships. I'd like to engage a financial advisor to look over our tax planning. Our situation doesn't change much year to year, so I'm envisioning just a one-time thing to see if we're missing any opportunities. Our estate plan and investments are already in good order. Do I want an accountant? A tax preparer? Financial planner? Any tips for finding a good one? Thanks.
posted by futility closet at 8:06 AM PST - 3 comments

It's become apparent that in my personal, work and social life, I need to get people to do what I want them to do naturally. Without having to justify every little incident. How do I do that and become more assertive? [more inside]
posted by aprivateperson at 7:56 AM PST - 34 comments

Baseball game suggestions for the Gameboy DS, Advance or the PS2? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 7:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Bike riding and clothes: I started doing some long bike rides this summer for the first time (20 - 40 miles) and the clothes I wear are becoming an issue. [more inside]
posted by raheel at 7:35 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me rock the office potluck lunch! What's an awesome non-alcoholic refreshment? [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 7:33 AM PST - 35 comments

What are your experiences of taking flax-seed-derived Omega 3 for mild depression? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 7:20 AM PST - 15 comments

I have a Mac running OSX and use programs like Coda and Transmit to send out files. However, on certain networks, the only access I have to the net is via an http proxy (with no https, even!) . I understand there are ways to tunnel sftp over http but could not find an easy guide (or set of tools) to do so in a way where I can attach such tunneling to one profile (ie. CUSTOMER or WORK) and not have the proxying happen on another profile (ie. HOME) [more inside]
posted by TNLNYC at 7:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Which is better for my shiny new Mac? [more inside]
posted by shrieking violet at 6:34 AM PST - 30 comments

I have 2 related questions about sump pumps. 1) Will bleach damage the pump? 2) Is there a way to monitor the pump for failure (or the water level which would tell me the same thing) easily? [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 6:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me track down this poem by (I think) Derek Walcott. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 6:23 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm a customer of Verizon Wireless in New Jersey. If I purchase an "unlocked", refurbished Motorola V3 RAZR can I use it with my current Verizon service/phone #? [more inside]
posted by de void at 6:21 AM PST - 7 comments

What do you do when email is just too clumsy and slow for communicating to colleagues, is there a better way? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 6:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Any ideas why my dog won't eat out of his food bowl any longer? [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 5:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Lightning. Why does it always go to ground? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 4:57 AM PST - 14 comments

T-Shirt printed while you wait in central London?? [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 4:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Gettin' the dope on Topamax: I know this question has been beaten to an inch of its life on the internets, but I'm interested in anecdotes from Mefites who've used this drug, specifically for migraines. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:43 AM PST - 18 comments

Websites/blogs that discuss popular or up-and-coming Web 2.0 companies? [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 2:20 AM PST - 17 comments

Hilarious, but earnest: how can I make C# more like Python? [more inside]
posted by electronslave at 12:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Can we travel without passports within France? [more inside]
posted by hala mass at 12:22 AM PST - 20 comments

July 23
Can you help me build this bed? [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 11:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Cheap(er) overnight parking in downtown Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by R343L at 11:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it reasonable to change my cat from wet food to dry food for a few days while I go on vacation? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 10:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Does anyone know where I can get a power supply that looks like this? It's 8 5/8th inches long, 1 5/8th inches tall and 3 2/8th inches wide. It attaches to this motherboard and comes from this computer. It has one SATA connector, one peripheral power connector and a 24-pin ATX micro power connector. [more inside]
posted by puke & cry at 9:41 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the deal with those classmates.com ads? [more inside]
posted by ScotchLynx at 9:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Does anyone have any suggestions/ideas on how to get my patent pending invention known to the public besides my website? This invention is for home improvement/decorating, no other product is available to the public that even comes close to what I have and it resolves a problem that all most every home uses for a window treatment. I am "financially challenged" so money is a huge issue. I welcome all replies!
posted by Little at 9:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Configured Readline with the prefix 'ur/local' on OSX. Then installed Ruby in /usr/local, but with Readline. Would like to put everything in the proper place without damaging anything, so what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by djgh at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Music Filter: looking for pairs of mashups where one uses song A's music and B's lyrics, and the other uses B's music and A's lyrics. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 8:05 PM PST - 16 comments

I installed a clear glass shower enclosure in November 2005. After showering, I use Tilex Fresh Shower on the glass. Now, after nearly 20 months, the glass has something that looks like "build-up" (see picture) that I cannot get rid of. I've used Windex and all its equivalents, white vinegar, Tilex Tub and Tile cleaner, The Works, Kaboom, CLR, lime remover, and even bleach on a small section. I also used a razor blade thinking it might be able to be scraped off but there does not seem to be build up on the surface; it is smooth to the touch. Any idea how I can clean this so that the glass is clear again?
posted by ampang701 at 7:57 PM PST - 27 comments

I'm looking for a simple Windows system tray timer that nags every hour and asks me what I'm doing which is then recorded and viewed at end of week to assist in time tracking [more inside]
posted by dasfreak at 7:19 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm looking for CMS suggestions for managing a restaurant's web site. It needs to be simple enough for my very non-technical client to use and understand. [more inside]
posted by redshifter at 6:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Why do they have police construction details everywhere in New England and few if any in other parts of the US? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 6:28 PM PST - 20 comments

I'm looking for recommendations for press release distribution and writing. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 6:17 PM PST - 1 comments

My sister is getting her wisdom teeth taken out... and I dont want her to be put under. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 6:17 PM PST - 62 comments

A hair test (drug screen). A question on length and...well, hair. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find the sociological terms for some ideas related to dating. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 5:26 PM PST - 24 comments

Newsstand distribution for indie magazines? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 5:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Decision: Train vs. Car hire in the UK. [more inside]
posted by purephase at 5:22 PM PST - 24 comments

I found a metal screw in my takeout Chinese food. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 at 4:56 PM PST - 21 comments

I need a script for telling my manipulative mother "no." [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 4:27 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me with a German sentence (quote?). German speakers: is the following sentence a quote from German literature? It's in reference to a picture of a Jewish headstone with pebbles on it. "Wieviel Wissen wird unter diesen Steinen liegen" Just wondering if this is a literary quote, or merely the musings of the commentor.
posted by nax at 3:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Engaging, quality films with very small casts. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 3:57 PM PST - 62 comments

I'm in the very early phases of putting together a special-interest web site, which will begin as a blog but could eventually add other features. For at least the first year or two, I expect to lose money on this. Eventually, I hope to cover my costs or maybe even make a small (very small) profit with advertising. What business, tax and technology considerations should I keep in mind as I get going? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 3:56 PM PST - 1 comments

trying to find on-camera job interview training in either the Washington, DC metro area or the San Francisco Bay Area. Numbers and contact info helpful!
posted by parmanparman at 3:54 PM PST - 3 comments

I know this is a long shot, but... does anyone out there know the whereabouts of my grandfather's (Marine) sword? It was given to Goodwill in California around 1963 or so. [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 3:45 PM PST - 5 comments

How can a business organise 1000+ mp3s? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 3:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Imaginary vacation question: Would you think a carbon neutral Bed and Breakfast was interesting? Would you seek such a place if you knew about one? What would make a "green" experience a special part of your travels?
posted by Freedomboy at 3:38 PM PST - 20 comments

What is mid-grade cancer? [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman at 3:27 PM PST - 4 comments

We need to either repair or replace the toilet flange. If you'll look at the photos you will see that there is also a fairly decent sized hole in the foundation from when the flange was replaced before or when it was installed. I have several questions that I'm hoping one of you mefites can help me with since I'm completely clueless about plumbing. [more inside]
posted by GlowWyrm at 3:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Toum is a traditional Lebanese garlic sauce...and I am having much trouble with it. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 3:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Does anyone have recommendations for a tennis specialty shop in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by corpse at 2:45 PM PST - 1 comments

The abbreviation "yr" as a substitute for "your": is this a feminist thing? Where did it come from? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 2:42 PM PST - 55 comments

Where can I find old Nasa T-Shirts from Kennedy Space Center [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

28 hours, drive from LA to Death Valley & back, worth it? If so, what would you suggest as the itinerary?
posted by parttimeninja at 2:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Does anyone have a good cordial/liqueur recipe that uses fresh berries and everclear? If so, please share! [more inside]
posted by charlesroper at 2:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Irn-Bru makes me sleepy. Any idea why? [more inside]
posted by dcbarker at 2:07 PM PST - 7 comments

YANADfilter: Why does my hand hurt and what can I do to make it hurt less until I can see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by bedhead at 2:03 PM PST - 26 comments

What are my options for getting my security deposit back from an unfair situation? [more inside]
posted by skimides at 1:59 PM PST - 10 comments

New wiki-based community - How did Wikipedia get rolling? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 1:50 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I set up Bugzilla 3.0 to receive bugs via email? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find fun stuff to do in Dallas this week. [more inside]
posted by drstein at 1:34 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the biological and/or evolutionary purposes behind a runny nose brought on by spicy foods? [more inside]
posted by afx114 at 1:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Health Insurance Filter: Life-changing events - I need some clarification on a life-changing event and what qualifies... [more inside]
posted by jimmy0x52 at 1:17 PM PST - 12 comments

I want to fear my toilet. Have a seat and grab the sports section while I explain. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 12:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me format, for print, a giant list of phone numbers in Microsoft Word. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 12:28 PM PST - 5 comments

The throttle on my 2003 S10, V6 54K miles jammed open. Very fortunately it happen in a rural area where the driver was able get off the road and stall the engine by using both feet on the brakes. Has anyone on the list experienced runaway throttle on a S10 or any other car? [more inside]
posted by Raybun at 12:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Meal ideas/Recipes - staying w/ my Mom, whose teeth are in the process of being repaired. She can only eat soft food. Need recipes with ground chicken, turkey, beef, etc. Mom's tastes are pretty traditional, not loving the spicy.
posted by theora55 at 12:14 PM PST - 14 comments

After reading this thread, I'm a little worried I might be over doing the diet and exercise. [more inside]
posted by bytewrite at 12:13 PM PST - 10 comments

What's that music that comes in dramatic previews on many movies? It's like a choir of opera voices, but it builds up to a crescendo. [more inside]
posted by markesh at 12:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Mysterious mosquito attacks within a small living space... [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Where should I go for a week in England next May for scenery, walking and ale? [more inside]
posted by mollweide at 11:56 AM PST - 23 comments

Seeking inexpensive lodging near Cranbury NJ in October. [more inside]
posted by Killick at 11:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Can anyone recommend a social networking platform for building a self-hosted, professional interactive video/blog sharing site? [more inside]
posted by simpleperson at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Where does the usage of "speaks to" to mean "speaks about" or "speaks of" come from. For example, "It speaks to our will to be goverened that we allow these things to happen"? Characters on Boston Legal are constantly using it also. It speaks to my frustration that I've not been able to find anything on its etymology on google.
posted by merocet at 11:20 AM PST - 18 comments

Where can I buy a Knirps umbrella in NYC? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 11:17 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm looking for alternatives to some of the mass-market baby products. For example: using cloth table napkins as "burp cloths." And, can you buy decent disposable diapers in Canada? [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 10:54 AM PST - 37 comments

I need to understand all that is involved with the Networking of computers in an office setting. What are the benefits and what are the downfalls or negatives to doing this? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 10:52 AM PST - 7 comments

What is this weird painless lump at the base of my toe? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 10:35 AM PST - 12 comments

I completely screwed up on my last job, and got let go. What do I tell prospective interviewers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking for a song with little to go on: I'm nearly (but not entirely) certain it was sung by Andy Stewart; it's basically a humorous ballad (in the story-telling sense) which ends up with the protagonist making a hasty exit from town, quite possibly chased by men with swords, quite possibly pulling his pants up as he goes, with a genius lyric in there somewhere on the important of learning discretion as the better part of valor.
posted by Wolfdog at 10:33 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm looking for quick little health tricks/demonstrations I can do with little or no props. [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 10:09 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for (free) XP alphabet icons that are easy on the eye. [more inside]
posted by russmail at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

What is third class mail? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 9:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find books/sites to help me learn how to make good-looking websites! [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 9:35 AM PST - 6 comments

What else can I do with fava beans? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 9:29 AM PST - 22 comments

What's your favorite Nikon-compatible macro lens? I'm completely new to macro photography (and still pretty new to photography in general, having purchased my first DSLR a little over a year ago), and I'm leaning towards the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF, largely because of the price differential between this and some of the other Nikkor macros. Anyone have any great experience with some of the makeshift macro lenses (using extension tubes, reversing rings, etc)?
posted by jacksides at 9:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Soldering - Please give me all your iron and accessories recommendations for a beginning home hobbyist (electronics, circuit boards, etc) [more inside]
posted by malacologist at 9:27 AM PST - 25 comments

My fiance needs a nice black summerweight pinstripe suit for our wedding. Where can we find one in NYC without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by blueskiesinside at 9:26 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I go about creating a simple interface to update only certain specific nodes in different XML templates? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

I need help planning a bachlorette party for my best friend around Washington, DC. I have no idea what to do or how to do it! [more inside]
posted by CAnneDC at 8:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for accurate English translations of two poems written in ancient Dutch. [more inside]
posted by lhall at 8:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for the name of this 60's - 70's interior design item: a floor-to-ceiling, metal, ornamental screen. [more inside]
posted by sluggo at 8:34 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I get letters back onto my iBook keyboard? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 8:28 AM PST - 12 comments

A close friend was cheated on and is devastated. What should I do to support him? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 8:08 AM PST - 44 comments

How do I quickly rearrange classes of 7-12 students? [more inside]
posted by greasepig at 7:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Temping in Chicago [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 7:51 AM PST - 9 comments

I have a business card design that I want to get printed inexpensively, but without going too cheap. But I only know enough about print to be dangerous. What's my best bet? [more inside]
posted by mendel at 7:39 AM PST - 23 comments

What pomade/hair tonic should I use to slick my old-fashioned haircut and give it sheen, gloss, and hold that lasts throughout the day? [more inside]
posted by davidriley at 7:13 AM PST - 24 comments

I'm looking for some 'informative' blogs about music production to add to my RSS reader. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by General Zubon at 7:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Who (or what) is Goljan and his (its) Pathology Lectures? I've listened to most of these (and love them), know little about pathophysiology, but can someone tell me who is this great man and what makes him "the best"?? He seems to be a favorite among medical students. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by nintendo at 6:53 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I access my SVN repository through the internet? [more inside]
posted by kaozity at 6:38 AM PST - 9 comments

My mother wants to take the entire family to see "The Lion King" at the Minskoff Theater in New York City. The party will include my ten-year-old twin nephews, who will be seeing a Broadway show for the first time, so we want this to be a memorable experience. (Also, the tickets are very pricey!) Seat maps of the theater, not showing all dimensions of the space, do not really give one a good idea of which would be the best place to sit. Has anyone seen this show, or is anyone familiar with the Minskoff? How would this best be enjoyed - especially if one is ten and doesn't want to be stuck behind someone with a big head?
posted by Wylie Kyoto at 6:29 AM PST - 10 comments

60's movie: Robert Swan? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 5:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Please help me determine whether I can, in a healthy manner, temporarily reduce my percentage body fat or water weight for a big event. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 5:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Does anyone have experience with taking an online writing workshop? I am trying to make the decision of whether or not this class is right for me before I drop cash money on it. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 5:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Oxford UK: Want to know where I can park myself at an inexpensive B&B and my car. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 5:35 AM PST - 7 comments

how do we keep track of whose turn it is to change litter? [more inside]
posted by esolo at 5:33 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I get Apple Mail to correctly import multiple emails with the same subject header? [more inside]
posted by valleys at 5:06 AM PST - 6 comments

I just set up Lenovo R60e to dual boot Ubuntu Feisty Fawn and XP Pro. I want to integrate a Feisty server at work. What is the best server hardware to buy? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:41 AM PST - 6 comments

I need to make a template to help me print sheets of circular cutouts (diam: 4cm) of current and future digital photographs (each photo will need area selection/resizing). I'm on OSX Tiger, but I don't currently have Photoshop, and GIMP looks a tad daunting. Alternatives/instructions? [more inside]
posted by progosk at 3:40 AM PST - 9 comments

I need a financial advisor in the Glendale/Burbank CA area ASAP. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 2:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Can anyone identify the pattern on this shirt and tell me what these people are or anything about the pattern. I bought it at a vintage clothing store a little while back and while its one of my favorite shirts and I'd like to know more about it. here are the photos
posted by tev at 1:26 AM PST - 3 comments

What did I do to my default Camera Raw settings and, more importantly, how can I undo it? [more inside]
posted by DyRE at 1:07 AM PST - 8 comments

so i bought a new monitor, however, its wide aspect ratio and the crappy video card that came with my dell doesn't support the wide aspect.... [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 12:32 AM PST - 8 comments

July 22
Seeking out a biological sibling, given up for adoption when she was born. How? Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by smorange at 11:40 PM PST - 13 comments

A close friend has accused me of stealing from her. I didn't. How do I mend this? [more inside]
posted by timory at 11:35 PM PST - 30 comments

Sermon Illustration (preferably a movie) for questioning the meaning/purpose of life, or the idea of having a "new life" or renewed spirit. [more inside]
posted by kraigory at 11:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner recommendations in Petaluma, CA. Read some.. [more inside]
posted by iamabot at 10:29 PM PST - 4 comments

I need a new martial art. Help? Not a new place to go, but a new art to take. Only, I'm a wee bit picky, so there's more to it then just trying out any old thing. [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL at 10:14 PM PST - 39 comments

I cut my foot pretty severely on a broken glass, and now it looks like someone slaughtered a pig on my hardwood floor. How do I get the blood stains out? [more inside]
posted by gemmy at 10:06 PM PST - 14 comments

What did I just do to my gmail? I can't get it back out of the HTML into the standard version. [more inside]
posted by uncballzer at 9:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you take cough drops into the california bar exam? [more inside]
posted by prettyboyfloyd at 9:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Trying to locate proprietors of a closed Tibetan restaurant in New York that was called Lhasa on 2nd Avenue. The food was so good and the owners were so nice. We would like to be able to tell them how often we think of them and how much their restaurant meant to us. It's been closed for a few years now. Does anyone know how we can figure out how to reach them?
posted by krikany at 9:17 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the most number of pounds a person can lose in two weeks? and how? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 9:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Why do we say ".... the first woman *blank* ..." instead of "... the first female *blank* ..." [more inside]
posted by captaincrouton at 8:57 PM PST - 26 comments

Can you play the tuba in heavy rain? [more inside]
posted by meech at 8:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I buy a nice quality Go set in NYC? [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 8:41 PM PST - 4 comments

My desktop is my IE homepage! [more inside]
posted by schoenbc at 8:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Why would a famous actor want to be uncredited in a movie? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 8:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Recommend some bed-time and weekend fiction or non-fiction reading that will keep me enthralled after a long day or a long week [more inside]
posted by objdoc at 6:56 PM PST - 31 comments

Someone died. Does her family have to keep paying the mortgage payments? Does interest keep accruing? Can they rent it out during this period? There was no will. (This is in California.) [more inside]
posted by salvia at 6:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Tricks for sanitizing hands after handling very spicy peppers? [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 5:45 PM PST - 11 comments

TeenWeekendFilter: What can I do/Where can I go on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday night at 16 years old in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by alona at 5:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Approaching a stranger for whom you feel pity – good idea or lousy? [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 5:12 PM PST - 23 comments

On occasion, I send a mass email to about 200 people. I like to customize the message with the recipient's name in the body. I have used Word/Outlook to do this in the past, but I'd like to find a solution for doing this with Gmail. I'm okay with a web-based solution - and even okay with paying for the message to be sent, as long as it's less than $25 or so for the entire batch. Just want it to look professional and show the personalization that I'd like. [more inside]
posted by scottso17 at 5:03 PM PST - 9 comments

I have an old MySpace, created two years ago, that I'd like to have disappear. The problem is that as I haven't logged into to it since it was first posted, I've forgotten which e-mail address I used to register it and as such can not log into it or retrieve my password. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by chichimimizu at 4:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Dance music for a wedding! Please help. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 4:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there a site/service that I can buy (well written) movie reviews from? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei at 4:21 PM PST - 6 comments

How can one sell/rent a great old traditional house in a great part of Japan for full value, when terrible real-estate practices hamper the endeavor. [more inside]
posted by Redruin at 3:31 PM PST - 14 comments

how can I switch my computer on remotely when a power outage (for example) shuts it down? I use gotomypc but it is useless if something turns the system off! I am using windows XP, ADSl and I'm in Australia
posted by Nayano at 2:53 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I make air conditioning work better in a 2 story house? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 2:52 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I compare averages in JMP (statistical software)? Help me stop using Excel. [more inside]
posted by dmd at 2:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Name this beautiful, haunting, lilting tune [streaming/downloadable mp3] that I captured on my laptop's crappy onboard mic. [more inside]
posted by acehigh at 2:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Why does low level wireless traffic apparently strangle my home network? [more inside]
posted by liesbyomission at 2:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me deal with my grief over the end of Harry Potter. [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 1:14 PM PST - 76 comments

Driving into to LaGuardia on a Monday morning. What extra travel time should I add into my schedule and what can I expect trafficwise? [more inside]
posted by quarterframer at 12:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I paint my red bricks white? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 12:19 PM PST - 22 comments

What was the name of that football (gridiron) documentary series, possibly shown on MTV, that featured an episode on a Hawaiian team living in one of the poorest parts of Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by magacid at 11:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it possible that my MacBook Pro is sucking the life out of our home network? [more inside]
posted by ukdanae at 11:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Why do the pages to some hardback books have uneven, ragged edges? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy at 11:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Should my girlfriend join the Rat Race? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:07 AM PST - 24 comments

Stereo speaker cable length AND connection questions... [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 9:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a set-top box that performs the opposite of a Slingbox? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 9:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Canceling my MySpace account. Is there a way to save/export/preserve the content of my MySpace blog? [more inside]
posted by doift at 8:46 AM PST - 5 comments

I would like to try anti-anxiety medication. How do I go about this in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Visiting Tel Aviv next week. Is Tel Baruch beach currently a safe, hassle-free place to go nude? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Do i have an oral fixation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me get over my second-thoughts? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 8:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Sometimes when I exercise I feel full of energy. Other days, I feel weak and a little nauseous. This happens even when I get a good amount of sleep every night (7-8 hrs), and even when I've eated a good breakfast (say, oatmeal or cereal) an hour before exercising. What factors affect energy, especially during exercise? What does it take to get that bubbling, bursting, "I can conquer the world" energy every day?
posted by shivohum at 7:28 AM PST - 18 comments

For a novice, what is a good bike route from Chicago's North Side to the loop? [more inside]
posted by bleary at 6:42 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm in Kampala for two weeks. What are some things I could do here? [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 5:54 AM PST - 2 comments

After Lewis Hamilton crashed in yesterday's qualifying session for the European Grand Prix, he was carried into an ambulance with a neck brace and oxygen mask on, and attached to a clear drip bag. But it has since been announced that he is uninjured. So why would you give a drip to someone who has managed to keep his full complement of blood in the right places? [more inside]
posted by Idcoytco at 3:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Does the mob/mafia still operate in Chicago? If so, at what level? Does the Chicago Outfit still exist?
posted by allthewhile at 12:25 AM PST - 6 comments

July 21
Know any great, (free) places to camp-out along the I-5 from the Bay Area to Seattle? Also, any recommendations on good spots to stop for swimming ? [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 11:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Do employers actually verify education? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 PM PST - 39 comments

A tax question. Our family has experienced a drop in income and an emergency (not medical). I have a 40 thousand dollar 401K retirement fund and want to get 16K out of it. Our family makes 91K gross with two dependents. What will be the tax hit on the 15 k from the retirement fund (so we won't be surprised at tax time). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Apparently my measurements are unusual for a fat chick. Is there anywhere I can buy flattering clothes off the rack (in person, and no tailoring needed)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 PM PST - 20 comments

How to select and buy PCI card with PS/2 port for older keyboard. [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 10:09 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm currently applying to medical school. Will my essay choice blackball me from consideration? [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 9:17 PM PST - 17 comments

What is the shortest sentence that would highlight differences in dialects and accents in the English language? [more inside]
posted by Samuel Farrow at 9:05 PM PST - 26 comments

My friend knows nothing about chick flicks - please help him....... [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 8:58 PM PST - 26 comments

Installed Vista and my system fans are at constant aircraft volume. Speedfan isn't offering any answers. Please help. [more inside]
posted by bradn at 8:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Where do I find the audio file of the radio communications from mission control of the Delta II rocket launch? Preferably in .wav format. Thanks in advance.
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 7:59 PM PST - 3 comments

If a (western, ignorant, generally into indie and shoegaze and hardhouse and techno) person likes Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, what other qawwali and/or rai music might they like? Bonus points for things which may actually be available in Australia.
posted by russm at 7:42 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I set up a direct connection between my older pc that has windows xp and my new macbook pro? [more inside]
posted by zenja72 at 7:36 PM PST - 14 comments

What are the best harmonica songs ever written/performed and where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis at 6:47 PM PST - 20 comments

Stolen ibook, email from Apple about recent call to Apple Support...think I have a chance? [more inside]
posted by thisisnotkatrina at 6:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Are there any cool outdoor flea markets in Boston (or the suburbs)?
posted by yet.another.boston.question at 6:43 PM PST - 7 comments

We are about four days from closing on our house and just did the final walk-through and came upon a real gut-punch of an issue. The next door neighbor has the framing up for his new garage -- we knew that he was building this and where it would be but we really did not know how tall it would be.... [more inside]
posted by amanda at 6:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Please help me remember the title of a particular fictional, young-adult book from the 80s or maybe 90s. [more inside]
posted by poopdbq at 6:28 PM PST - 5 comments

There's a little kitty that's been showing up near my apartment. He's cute as a devil, very affectionate, and appears to be in good health (if undernourished). I'm wondering what, if anything, I should do with him? Picture and more info inside. [more inside]
posted by dhammond at 6:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Where can I find video webcasts online similar to this UC Berkeley archive? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities at 5:10 PM PST - 4 comments

ASP snippet to request contents of page's TITLE tag? [more inside]
posted by MaxVonCretin at 4:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me not be the next 40 year old virgin! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM PST - 31 comments

How do you dispel the awkwardness that comes after a hookup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 11 comments

I need to get some film developed, and I don't want it to be seen by anyone. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Girlfriend's sex drive is higher than mine - how to compromise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:07 PM PST - 19 comments

I have a question to ask of heterosexual women on Metafilter: are you as shallow as I am? Do you find overweight men attractive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:02 PM PST - 37 comments

Sex is making me bleed. I am seeing a doctor this week. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Need suggestions on how to psychologically cope with a skin condition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Quick survey: how much does your accountant charge to do your income tax? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 2:48 PM PST - 18 comments

Really like the discount "European" hotels with tiny rooms and the shared bath, like 500 West in San Diego and the Belnord in NYC. Where’s the similar cheap place in LA? And since I can’t imagine there’s many, lets open up the question to all metro-American tourist capitals. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 2:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Help with right-clicking and underlined links in Firefox. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 2:05 PM PST - 9 comments

What can I suggest my partner do with a huge stack of greeting cards he kept? [more inside]
posted by sian at 1:26 PM PST - 9 comments

In a poor Dade county Florida elementary school in the late 70s, on some days they would serve us "Choke Daddy" sandwiches instead of hot food. What was that stuff? [more inside]
posted by seanmpuckett at 1:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I buy live dungeness crab in San Francisco? The closer to Market and Castro street, the better.
posted by tumbleweedjack at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

I need to contact the Chicago nursing school (name unknown) that issued the RN license (via distance learning) to a Honduran woman in about 1962 (!). All she remembers is that the signature on the license was "Louise Peterson". [more inside]
posted by Surfurrus at 12:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there a video sharing site that offers better visual quality than YouTube? [more inside]
posted by bbranden1 at 12:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Neon bar sign on the blink! [more inside]
posted by kenchie at 12:09 PM PST - 7 comments

What should I do/pack to prepare for my first solo roadtrip? [more inside]
posted by purplefiber at 12:05 PM PST - 22 comments

Blogger.com template query - I'm using the Minima Ochre template. What HTML can I add to the template to make all links open in a new window? [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 11:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Where in New Jersey (or just over the PA border) can an adult and a fifteen year old go, rent some rifles/pistols, and do some shooting? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 11:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me dress like a (stylish) adult. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 10:55 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I protect myself from a scam when I can't check out the apartment in person? [more inside]
posted by lilybeane at 10:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Asking for a friend: what's worse on a credit check- unpaid debt or recent bankruptcy? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 10:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Please tell me everything you know about the first few days of heroin withdrawal, in particular, ways to ease the dope sickness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:49 AM PST - 40 comments

Legal secretary abruptly unemployed in New York State. Help me understand my job hunting and insurance situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommendations for bulk quantity of two-part epoxy: quick-drying, metal-based? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments

DIY repair for a narcoleptic titanium Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by pandaharma at 8:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Why is Firefox so sluggish on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by trip and a half at 8:35 AM PST - 10 comments

I've been diagnosed with viral warts which happen to be around the base of my penis, does that mean I have a form of HPV? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I bring sex into my marriage? Nothing seems to be working! My wife and I were married almost two years ago. We had a splendid honeymoon, and terrific sex about twice a day for the first week. We got back home, and into 'the real world' and sex disappeared completely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 AM PST - 72 comments

My girlfriend gets an UTI after almost every time I go down on her. Help us save our sex lives! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:51 AM PST - 22 comments

I've really enjoyed reading 'Memo from David O. Selznick' - can anyone suggest something in a similar line ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 6:27 AM PST - 4 comments

SPSS / Stats question: Its Saturday morning and I'm working on my dissertation. I'm also pretty much of a dumbass in terms of stats, and some of my usual sources of help are unavailable. Anyway, I've got 400 student scores from a test. The test was out of 100 points. So a student that got an 85 got an 85/100, therefore their score seems to be in the 85th percentile. [more inside]
posted by rryan at 6:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Getting married next week and need a French reading. We're bilingual but our ceremony is all in English. As acknowledgment of the French side of our culture (an as a concession to the French side of the family) we'd like to have a French reading as part of our ceremony. The only problem is that we don't know any appropriate French poetry or other nice words that could be read. The wedding's in a week and I'm starting to freak out a bit, although the worst thing that could happen is we skip the reading (deep breaths....) [more inside]
posted by JPDD at 4:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Movable Type stylesheet issue: MT3.2 won't link to my stylesheet. And I can't find my problem covered anywhere (in forums or in MT's documentation. [more inside]
posted by mdiskin at 3:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Which microphone should I buy to do fieldwork in the jungle? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 3:15 AM PST - 5 comments

What are the recent jazz standards? Prototypically, jazz standards are from the '40s—let's guess the median is somewhere around 1945 and the standard deviation is 15 years—but the canon is certainly not closed, as shown by, say, 'Birdland' (1977). What else has become really widely known and played, in that time frame or since? Please cite a few performers to justify your claim. Bonus points if they're in different styles or decades.
posted by eritain at 1:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Is it worth it to only go to Portland for a day and a half? [more inside]
posted by elisynn at 1:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me come up with a snappy way to refer to a drummer besides as a "seasoned skin-pounder." [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 1:22 AM PST - 21 comments

Is there anything besides 'willpower' to grab hold of if you wanted to stop being ruinously indisciplined? Do you know people who've managed major personal change on that front? It's difficult because it feels like it's literally ALL IN YOUR HEAD so how do you change your own mind? [more inside]
posted by raisons de coeur at 1:05 AM PST - 27 comments

July 20
Black widow or no? (Sorry, no photo -- phone was dead, so couldn't take a pic. But perhaps some of you spider buffs can help me out nevertheless.) [more inside]
posted by scody at 11:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Why does World of Warcraft shut off my mirrored external monitor? [more inside]
posted by adamdrici at 9:39 PM PST - 4 comments

What is wrong with our Windows 2003 webserver? The web pages it serves are usually (but not always) missing some of the HTML when viewed on other machines, playing havoc with the layout. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by jarsyl at 9:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Sinus Pain: After napping, I almost always wake up with sinus pain or a terrible sinus headache. Why? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 8:17 PM PST - 12 comments

PatronFilter: I'm tired of working for Starbucks. I want to write full time. Help me construct a letter to the opulent to remind them of yesteryear when the arts were supported by benefactors. Help me convince the rich that paying for me to live comfortably will serve humanity. [more inside]
posted by Galen at 8:12 PM PST - 42 comments

InternationalMarriageFilter: So The Dark Princess has consented to marry a Mutant. We think three ceremonies in three countries are needed. Looking for tips / opinions / advise on the whole sheebang lest we say the hell with it all and elope. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 7:53 PM PST - 26 comments

How can I get into the SC debates? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 7:49 PM PST - 1 comments

How do I get wrinkles out of a thin vinyl? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 7:33 PM PST - 3 comments

SingingFilter: When I sing in certain keys / registers, my head seems to vibrate, and more. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 7:12 PM PST - 8 comments

A person wants to be a superhero, but is not superrich. What kinda job can they hold to support themselves, assuming their expenses (Rent, food, utilities, retirement fund, single, no kids, no car or debt) are about $1400 a month? They live in a major city. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:47 PM PST - 79 comments

Where on the internet can I purchase well designed and unique tshirts and zippered hoodies? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 6:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Best (indoor) grade school games of all time? [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 6:21 PM PST - 20 comments

I'm compiling a few questions for a trivia night that my girlfriend is hosting and wanted to include a multiple choice question in which one has to guess which movie title is not a porno. So, for instance, Snatch sounds like it's a porno, but it's not. Please help me come up with some more funny-sounding porno-ish titles for non-porno films. In addition, what are some relatively innocuous porn titles? Thanks in advance.
posted by billysumday at 4:58 PM PST - 56 comments

I need a new bike for commuting to work, what should I get? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 4:06 PM PST - 25 comments

What is the plan for all this frozen breastmilk I am saving? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 3:57 PM PST - 24 comments

Where should I take photographs in Atlanta? [more inside]
posted by ijoshua at 3:33 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm on a business trip and have to kill several hours in Washington, DC on Sunday (noon to mid/late-afternoon). Two part question: Where can I safely park my car for that period of time? Is there anything specific that I should see or do? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 3:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me be a great neighbor... [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 3:04 PM PST - 39 comments

What are the ownership boundaries of plants in a rented/shared household? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 2:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Cat scratch~! My beloved high stung siamese got startled about two weeks ago and ran up my face. Luckily I'm not blind, though he got within an eyelash (seriously) of hitting my eyeball. I have a lumpy bit of scar in the circle under my eye and red thin lines from the top of my nose to my chin. I am allergic to mederma. What can I do to get rid of the scar (even medical procedure info welcomed) AND hide it in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by pywacket at 2:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Why does Wellbutrin cause weight loss? Even my doctor doesn't seem to know for sure. Are there unproven medical hypotheses or studies amongst doctors or pharmacists or anyone else that lean towards an as-yet-unofficial answer? (Feel free to get technical. If I don't understand, I'll Google.)
posted by WCityMike at 2:10 PM PST - 10 comments

What tricks can I do with makeup that will make my eyes appear larger? [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 1:51 PM PST - 21 comments

My impulse towards giving myself instant gratification is ruining my life! How can I train myself to stop lunging for instant gratification and instead remind myself to consider what will be most gratifying in the long term? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 1:25 PM PST - 26 comments

Need recommendations for NYC hotels that are suitable for a baby boy (~10 months), his mom and his grandparents. Should be clean, safe and not too expensive. Ideas? (Asking for a friend).
posted by mr.marx at 1:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Need help figuring out one problem with recording my acoustic guitar at home. [more inside]
posted by quadog at 12:57 PM PST - 17 comments

What are the most intellectual, but non speciality knowledge jokes that you know? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 12:48 PM PST - 89 comments

What is the minty-est cruelty-free toothpaste? [more inside]
posted by sLevi at 12:43 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm going to drive from Boston to San Francisco in August. Will I encounter snow or other weather hazards in the Mountains? [more inside]
posted by morallybass at 12:28 PM PST - 14 comments

I'd like to buy a Sirius radio for my home and the car but I'm having trouble weighing all the options -- any help would be appreciated. I'd like to install this in the car (2003 Honda Civic w/ no audio input) and be able to use it at home as well. Options like recording are nice but not a must. I am interested in the Stiletto but am worried about the antenna quality as well as the car installation. If the fm transmitter won't work well (likely as the one I have for my ipod is spotty at best here in Chicago) is there a way to use it wired directly to my existing car stereo? Should I look at other options? For home use, I'd like to listen to it through my existing stereo setup.
posted by jules1651 at 12:08 PM PST - 7 comments

A few months ago, I saw Paul and Storm in concert, opening for Jonathan Coulton. They sang a song about a pirate captain who brings his whole crew home, and his wife's dismay at discovering-- you guessed it-- seamen all over the house. The song isn't on either of their albums, and there's no mention of it on their site, so I don't even know if it's originally theirs or a cover. Google reveals message board posts from people who have heard them sing it, but nothing more conclusive. Please help me track down this song!
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Where might I be able to find the nutritional information for various artisanal cheeses? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 12:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Tell me about disability insurance. I am self employed, 31 and would like to protect my income in the event of a disability. What are some pitfalls in the language of contracts that I need to look out for? Is disability insurance as important or more important than health insurance?
posted by __ at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Compliments and self-worth: Help me help my friend understand not everyone thinks she's stupid. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:36 AM PST - 34 comments

Fishing near Boston? [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 10:50 AM PST - 7 comments

math-and-logic-filter: only two more floors - I'm almost there! or am I? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 10:27 AM PST - 31 comments

I've recently been playing Freespace SCP and it's been making me think about realistic space simulation, and the lack thereof. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 10:03 AM PST - 26 comments

My Intel Macbook is failing to boot past the gray Apple screen, just displaying the spinning progress icon forever. I'm still a Mac Newbie, so I could use some help. Any ideas on how to fix my Mac? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79 at 10:03 AM PST - 11 comments

What happens in the last 5-10 minutes of MTV's "True Life: I've Got Baby Mama Drama". [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:47 AM PST - 3 comments

I have three blogs. What communities will allow me to automatically send new blog entries to the community--say in a journal form? [more inside]
posted by misha at 9:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Best way to backup an internal drive of a MacBook, containing a Boot Camp partition, to an external drive? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 9:32 AM PST - 4 comments

I am seriously considering getting a laptop. Basic requirements are that it have a 15-inch screen, 2GBs of RAM and Windows Vista Home Premium. I've done a fair bit of research, but am finding it hard to come to a final decision. So now I turn to you, wise MeFi'ites. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by tomcosgrave at 9:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Is there a website where one could enter the name of a song and be returned with a list of other songs that are known to have sampled segments of your query song?
posted by Witty at 9:26 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find info on whether or not I am liable in an auto accident, short of hiring a lawer? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 9:21 AM PST - 12 comments

What is this gibberish blog using our company name? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 9:12 AM PST - 11 comments

What would I need to do to legally sell my homebrewed beer? I live in Washington State.
posted by bajema at 9:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Which agency/school is the best for teaching English in Corea? [more inside]
posted by jadanzzy at 8:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Anyone know of any good internet based IM sites... [more inside]
posted by spotty_dog at 8:42 AM PST - 16 comments

What is the best neighborhood in Brooklyn for commuting to Northern NJ (Bergen county) by car for work daily? Preferably not overly expensive but still a good area. Subway access A MUST.
posted by spacefire at 8:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Tips on taking good band photos? Best band photos ever? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 8:16 AM PST - 25 comments

Can anyone recommend a non-chemical lotion mosquito repellent? [more inside]
posted by Mavri at 8:10 AM PST - 19 comments

How can a non-coder A.) make websites that are application forms that accept both text and attachments and B.) let me view the collected results on the back end instead of sending the results to email? Are there services out there that provide this functionality to mortals? Cheap is good, of course. [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz at 7:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Weather experts: What's happening to cause the bizarre UK weather these past four weeks? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 7:22 AM PST - 10 comments

My systems administrator won’t let me forward my company mail to Gmail. Outlook is making me crazy and not getting the job done. How can I either a.) configure Outlook to mimic some of Gmail’s best features, or b.) find an Outlook alternative that won’t invite the ire of the tech department? (Specifics inside.) [more inside]
posted by chickletworks at 7:22 AM PST - 21 comments

I humbly and politely request your input on my forthcoming character-related logo wear apparel marketing. T-shirts, sweatshirts, keychains, hats, etc., featuring a character I created. [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 7:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Last night in a pub here in northern Thailand I had the pleasure of meeting a gentleman from the county of Ross and Cromarty in Scotland. He wore a ring on the face of which was the number 2 1/2 and on the sides of which were displayed a thistle. When I enquired as to their meaning he declined to tell me and said, moreover, that I would not be able to find out. The usual Google searches have not been helpful. Could a good Scotsman among the Metafilter hive enlighten me?
posted by thaivagabond at 7:08 AM PST - 82 comments

I'm looking for an outline/timeline of the steps/stages of patent litigation in the US. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by loquax at 6:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Does anyone have any suggestions for wine tasting in Northern Virginia? [more inside]
posted by fallenposters at 5:14 AM PST - 9 comments

No-logo hardware mod: With what shape should I replace the glowing apple on the lid of a Mac laptop, and how? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 5:14 AM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find out about a recent (read 4:45 Pacific Time) Berkeley, CA earthquake? Any live surveying website available? (It was huge and I'm nervous for no rational reason)
posted by OrangeDrink at 4:54 AM PST - 25 comments

My father passed away recently and in going through his papers, etc. I have come across a large array of letters, receipts, bills, and various photos. I want to preserve these in some sort of scrapbook form, with the emphasis on preservation rather than scrapbooking cuteness, but accessible and respectful nonetheless. What site should I visit for advice, guidance and inspiration?
posted by vac2003 at 2:36 AM PST - 7 comments

My many Windows errors are starting to grate on my nerves. I'd like to do a reinstall - but the recovery cd that came with my Toshiba laptop refuses to play nice (probably due to SP2 or the new motherboard). How do I reinstall an OEM version of Windows XP, without losing my key? Is it even possible to reinstall an OEM XP setup? Where do I even get an OEM version to reinstall from? Aargh!!!! More inside. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 12:06 AM PST - 10 comments

July 19
How do I take revenge on the cell phone jerks in the movie theater? Answer not just for me, or for #1, but for all of us. [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou at 11:21 PM PST - 85 comments

How do I get my girlfriend to "know her own feelings" about me? [more inside]
posted by macsigler at 11:00 PM PST - 55 comments

What are your favorite, most inspirational rural areas of the United States? I'm thinking of places that would sync perfectly to U2's Heartland. [more inside]
posted by dustinAFN at 10:46 PM PST - 25 comments

Please help me remember the name of a 1970's Mexican film about homosexual kidnappers. [more inside]
posted by item at 10:32 PM PST - 8 comments

I am using using the Windows Remote Desktop Client(1.03) on my mac (OS X 10.4.10 PPC G4) to connect to an iMac running Vista Business and am having some trouble. It freezes up but in time it will regain a connection. I have had the same problem when connection form other macs. Any clues... Thanks in advance.
posted by shawnzam at 10:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Hi MeFi, does anyone know a brand/model of microwave oven that doesn't beep if you leave the food in it after the cooking is finished? Manufacturers' web sites never mention little, but important, things like this. It's for an office, and I don't want people driven insane if someone forgets to take their food out. There's nothing I hate more than nagging appliances!
posted by flutable at 9:26 PM PST - 26 comments

I recently moved to Los Angeles, and I've been in the job hunt for a couple of weeks now. I'm relatively qualified in my field, and I just received an offer. Should I lie to them about other offers if I feel that they've low-balled me? [more inside]
posted by holympus at 9:14 PM PST - 16 comments

What should I be doing to find a job in Calgary's supposedly "hot" economy? I just finished a Master's degree in the social sciences (interdisciplinary, but focused mostly on anthropology of science) and my job hunt has been terribly unsuccessful so far. Are there career opportunities I'm not seeing? Am I out of luck unless I'm an IT person or petroleum engineer? [more inside]
posted by mariokrat at 8:58 PM PST - 11 comments

I've been trying really hard to find this commercial for a long time with no luck. It is from the late nineties I think and it is most likely a cereal commercial. Description: A guy is eating cereal but his long hair keeps falling in the bowl, so he goes to the bathroom and bends over as if he's eating cereal. He cuts his hair so that it won't fall in bowl anymore. Then he goes back and eats cereal without hair in the way. The song playing in the background has lyrics that go: "The time has come for us to say 'sayonara.'" Anyone remember this? Have links to commercial or song? Any info would help.
posted by Aghast. at 8:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Where, other than on the BlogAds network, can I run an online banner campaign for a less than $5 CPM? I'm talking about large/established sites, networks, and portals. Also, I'm not looking for CPC, CPA, or any kind of text advertising. This question is about cheap CPM banner advertising.
posted by bingo at 8:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Can people access information on Geni.com to steal an identity? [more inside]
posted by GeneticFreek at 8:42 PM PST - 2 comments

I've got a new job where I'm on my feet about ten hours a day. The outsides of my feet are going numb. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 8:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Can anyone recommend short stories or essays that can complement Ken Kesey's "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest"? [more inside]
posted by John of Michigan at 8:23 PM PST - 12 comments

A little over a year ago, DuckFOO asked essentially the exact same question I'd like to ask now - I'm a Mac geek and will be setting up a Windows Vista Basic computer for my computer novice mother, and am freaked about security. I'm doing the re-ask because many of the articles and ideas that came in responses to the original question are MIA or too old to necessarily apply to Vista, and because the original poster took some things for granted, like turning off unnecessary services, that I'm nowhere as familiar with. Obviously, many a result comes up with any search for Vista security - I need a reliable, Ask Mefi-approved, novice level guide.
posted by boombot at 8:21 PM PST - 19 comments

What is the piece of music used at 12:29 in the Neill Blomkamp short "Tempbot," at around 12:29? (link to the short movie within) [more inside]
posted by lonemantis at 8:06 PM PST - 4 comments

My old G4 iMac is suddenly doing two things differently, and I don't know why or how to get it back the way it used to work. [more inside]
posted by jeri at 8:01 PM PST - 1 comments

I'll soon be telecommuting, but I'd rather not work from home all the time. Being in Austin, of course, we've got hundreds of places with WI-FI access. What are some of the best places to sit and work in Austin? I would need network access (free or paid) and access to an outlet for my laptop. I don't spend much time on the phone, so I don't need privacy for conference calls, etc.
posted by nightwood at 7:51 PM PST - 9 comments

So, the new boy's in a band! When one has just started dating a musician, does one need to go to every show, or is, say, one out of two ok? Does one need to sit in the very front? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 PM PST - 22 comments

My A/C is making my furnace drool. A lot. [more inside]
posted by mrmcsurly at 5:57 PM PST - 8 comments

I am meeting with a VIP about a business idea that I have (restaurant). I've lucked out in having a chance to pick his brain. How do I prepare for this meeting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:56 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm trying to find out the best option for my uninsured mother-in-law's upcoming visit which will most likely involve some doctor's visits. [more inside]
posted by mikw at 5:40 PM PST - 2 comments

I just got a Cannabis Club card in LA, can anyone recommend a really cool dispensary? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 5:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Prior Ask MetaFilter discussions about Jersey City suggest that living in Journal Square is a bad idea. Is that really true? [more inside]
posted by maud at 4:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Commuting in Boston: where should I move to minimize the suck? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 4:41 PM PST - 13 comments

I want to be a gymnast! Except I need to get fit first ... [more inside]
posted by ysabet at 4:34 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm looking for information about an IED attack in Iraq yesterday that injured a friend of a friend's brother. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 3:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Here's one for the bad irony files. I seem to have screwed myself thoroughly on the whole Flickr-->Yahoo transition. Anyone got advice on how to get genuine help from Yahoo "support"? [more inside]
posted by felix betachat at 3:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Someone has made a variant of my "lost cat" poster for their own cat (I think). Can someone help me sort out what's going on here? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:16 PM PST - 45 comments

Suggestions for a voicemail or IVR (Interactive Voice Response) vendor, capable of saving/converting messages as .mp3 files? [more inside]
posted by avoision at 3:00 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm looking for a list, recommendations or an all-in-one package of must-have applications for a windows repair software toolkit. [more inside]
posted by puddpunk at 2:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Can a person legally get and use Business Credit Cards such as American Express Business, Visa Business...etc..etc..? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 2:26 PM PST - 10 comments

In light of the horrendously awful "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," are there any GOOD (i.e. both funny and non-homophobic) comedies about straight people either having to pretend they're gay or, more generally, about straight people slowly but surely letting go of their prejudices towards LGBT people? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 2:17 PM PST - 43 comments

MySQL: How do I search and replace a value in a table under certain conditions: [more inside]
posted by signal at 2:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Why is the US so desirous of independence for Kosovo? I'm not against Kosovan indepence (in fact, I rather like the idea), but in my rather cynical view of American motivations, I just don't see what's in it for the USA. [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 2:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Just another music sampling question... I'm trying to figure out the source of vocal sampling in Blockhead's "Insomniac Olympics". [more inside]
posted by matty at 1:30 PM PST - 1 comments

Which are the better facial cleansers for men who have oily skin ? Further to that, which natural ingredients help contain oiliness and maintain a healthy face. I know some may have your home brewed elixirs -- care to share ?
posted by hboogz at 1:30 PM PST - 35 comments

Does anyone know what this piece of nyc infrastructure is? [more inside]
posted by funkiwan at 1:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Would you help me find a duvet cover please? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 1:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Getaway AskMeFi II: Budget European holiday help required. [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 12:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there anything awesome to do in Hilton Head, SC for someone that's not interested in golf, or tennis, and who is well... not retried? [more inside]
posted by vrdx at 12:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Can anyone suggest an affordable, stable external hard drive for archiving purposes? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 12:21 PM PST - 21 comments

Has anybody had experience with Charter Communications (in western Massachusetts, if that makes a difference)? My wife and I are moving to Hadley in a couple of weeks and are thinking of taking advantage of Charter's bundle (available through the end of the month) of basic cable + high-speed internet + phone service (unlimited calling in US) for $69.97/mo. This seems like a good deal. Anybody have experience with them? And if you live in the Pioneer Valley, how worried should we be about the likelihood of an electricity failure disrupting our phone service?
posted by languagehat at 12:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Can anyone suggest a kayak that's light, sturdy, AND handles decently in lakes, whitewater, and ocean? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim at 12:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Please suggest places for a family of 3 to eat in NYC on vacation. 2 adults, 1 teen --will be staying at the Mariott Marquis in Times Square. Thanks
posted by sandra194 at 12:13 PM PST - 26 comments

I'm looking for a stylish case for my Canon Powershot A510 along the lines of something offered by Foof. Unfortunately Foof's bags won't fit my size camera and I wondered if there are any alternatives. [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 12:09 PM PST - 1 comments

Insurance Filter: So we have credit unions (non profit coop banks): Do we also have non-profit or coop insurance companies? Do such things exist? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 11:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Bully: Why is there a lollipop in the glovebox? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 11:54 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm wondering if anyone has had similar experiences to those described below, and/or can enlighten me as to what's happening. [more inside]
posted by dunstanorchard at 11:45 AM PST - 21 comments

MedFilter: Looking for guidance on general chronic lethargic feeling (both physically and emotionally). (wordy) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:07 AM PST - 40 comments

I'm having trouble finding a new point-and-shoot digital camera to take backpacking. Can you help me find a model that fits my criteria? [more inside]
posted by vytae at 10:59 AM PST - 20 comments

We got a new under the sink water filter and are trying to decide where to put it. Our stainless steel sink is set into the granite, so no free holes to sneak the faucet into - we'll have to drill a hole in the granite. Where on the granite do we install it? [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc at 10:47 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I make my computer like-new without a CD drive? I sold my computer, which has Windows XP Pro on it. I want to make it look like a fresh install but don't have a CD drive. Besides, making a new user and deleting mine, what can I do to restore the start menus, default applications, installed programs, registry, etc.? I've modified quite a bit of everything.
posted by lpctstr; at 10:42 AM PST - 11 comments

JobFilter: What is your best advice to a teenager who is jobhunting, in regards to the actual interview? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 10:17 AM PST - 31 comments

My cassette tape adapter doesn't get on well with my car... why? [more inside]
posted by knapah at 9:44 AM PST - 14 comments

I commonly feel a moment of extreme fatigue and drowsiness after a good back cracking. Why?
posted by andythebean at 9:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find a glass lined flask? [more inside]
posted by Doug at 9:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Near-manic episodes caused by the pill... or is it too soon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:17 AM PST - 16 comments

I'm going to Helsinki for a couple of days in August. Looking for recommendations for a budget hotel / bed & breakfast. Other helsinki-related info is of course also welcome.
posted by pj_rivera at 9:12 AM PST - 8 comments

My 2001 Chevy Impala, which has given me nothing but problems for most of the time I've had it, has thrown another doozie at me. It overheated out of the blue yesterday, and it was pouring out coolant from the bottom. I brought it to my trusty mechanic this morning. He called and told me it was the head gasket in the rear (?) and that his shop doesn't get involved in engine repairs. He recommended a place, and they said *if* the cylinder heads aren't cracked, it would be ballpark $1300. I'm getting close to paying this thing off. There's [more inside]
posted by meggie78 at 8:54 AM PST - 15 comments

I need to coat the bottom of a wood shelf with a material that absorbs as much light as possible. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Zero at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments

I'd appreciate some advice - I track myself in google blog search [whatever] and suddenly of late my name has been showing up in two porn sites. [more inside]
posted by infini at 8:24 AM PST - 36 comments

I bought a cast iron skillet. Rubbed it with oil. 300 F oven for 1 hour. I neglected to clean it in soapy water prior. What has been indelibly burned into my skillet? Should I go to the emergency room now or should I save time and just start start organizing my affairs? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 8:22 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm not fat, I'm just kind of.. fat. Are these choices making me healthier? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 8:14 AM PST - 79 comments

Looking for new BBQ marinades and recipes...(mi) [more inside]
posted by efalk at 8:04 AM PST - 13 comments

My friend is dying, and has asked me to preside over his funeral. I am meeting with him this weekend to talk about his wishes. What questions do I need to ask him while he is still alive? What information will make it easier for me to do this? I have been fortunate enough not to have experienced the death of many family or friends, so I don't really know much more about funerals than what I learned from Six Feet Under.
posted by arcticwoman at 7:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Earworm: Please identify the song title and artist responsible for a soaring, saxophone driven instrumental hit popular on FM radio sometime in the 1978-1981 time frame. My best guess is this hit rode on the coattails of "Feels So Good". Unlike that happy hit, the song I am seeking had a more dramatic, soaring crescendo, ideal for sailing boats or, well, sailing boats.
posted by tomharpel at 7:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Where can we park a 45 foot tour bus in the city of Chicago? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Has anyone found a doorway gate that would allow a cat to pass through but keep a baby/toddler out? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 7:39 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I fix 6.000 tracks in iTunes, which have a wrong file path, without losing play counts and ratings? [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 7:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Tell me/help me find some jokes about/involving not being able to speak. One of my coworkers has a throat... thing, that is keeping her from speaking today(bare whisper if she must), and possibly will last until tomorrow. I'd love to brighten her day with some jokes, and you can help. [more inside]
posted by ElfWord at 7:02 AM PST - 16 comments

I need a present for my sister's 40th birthday. turning 40 isn't going to be easy for her and I'm looking for something that'll take some of the sting out of it. [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 6:49 AM PST - 14 comments

I need a free or absurdly inexpensive English translation of a Japanese message board post page. It's a skosh long, but might make for a good exercise? All of the automatic web translators turn it into a grammar trainwreck. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 6:41 AM PST - 8 comments

How do you deal with or adapt to Car Culture? Tips on driving, things to do in/with the car, strategies to deal with traffic, autos, parking, life-on-the-road in general please. Also: any specific Southern California driving/car advice. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 6:10 AM PST - 30 comments

I need some help naming the cookbook that my wife and I are putting together to help defray the costs of adopting our second son. [more inside]
posted by el-gregorio at 5:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Does this camera exist? If not, what comes closest? Slim, lightweight digital camera that 1) can be set to do exposure bracketing of every shot, 2) uses either full-size SD or CF cards [not Memory Sticks], and 3) has an internal battery that charges via a standard mini-USB jack.
posted by lorimer at 5:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Can you recommend a good gaming forum? [more inside]
posted by davar at 4:06 AM PST - 18 comments

My new HP printer/scanner/copier doesn't want to play nice with ... well, everything. [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter at 3:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Succour for Aged Computers Filter: I've got an old computer that is having two problems. 1) When it boots up, it always asks to go into safemode. This is an old problem. 2) when it boots up, I can use the kb to select safemode (or not) or make selections in the bios, but when XP loads up, mouse and kb aren't working! [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 3:00 AM PST - 7 comments

My mattress gets too hot, I have to move to a cooler part and wake up, repeat every 10 minutes or so. What to do? [more inside]
posted by meijusa at 2:41 AM PST - 17 comments

What city in the world has the highest number of annual hours of sunshine between temperatures of 15C and 25C (60F and 80F)? (Coz that's where I want to live)
posted by zaebiz at 1:42 AM PST - 16 comments

I don't have dental insurance but I have a dental emergency in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by danb1 at 1:19 AM PST - 12 comments

July 18
ChessFilter: Help me with my chess dilemma [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 11:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Where is the closest place to Southern California that it's likely to be raining or have some good thunderstorms? I'm willing to drive several hours. This rain needs to happen around the middle/end of August. [more inside]
posted by cheeken at 11:21 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I find/buy/examine a used roadbike? I don't want to win the Tour De France, I just want to cycle around the lake near our house 2-3 times a week (which I can access crossing just one major street which has a stoplight). Approx. 12 miles or so... [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 11:16 PM PST - 9 comments

How does one make even make an attempt at getting an entry level job in the journalism or PR fields, when he or she has no real access to those fields (and no experience)? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 11:04 PM PST - 11 comments

I've just bought a new Motorola Q because I am keep on organisation; however, the tasks and calendar seems horrible and there doesn't seem to be any note function. Am I just stupid or is this thing totally lacking in functionality? [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 10:55 PM PST - 11 comments

I have a big, bushy, fragrant, delightful Sweet Basil plant... and nothing to do with the astounding amount of basil it's producing. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 10:36 PM PST - 35 comments

How can I join multiple MP3s into one? [more inside]
posted by enriquem at 10:29 PM PST - 12 comments

I need to disable my malfunctioning laptop keyboard, but when uninstalling drivers, windows reinstalls on restart. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 10:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Does the iPod Nano (2nd generation) work as a mass usb storage device ON MAC? The answers I found suggest it does this only on Windows. Oddly Apple's own specs say nothing about it. But many reviews mention it.
posted by sparrows at 10:07 PM PST - 4 comments

I am building a new computer and was wondering if this setup seems good I already have the OS, case/power supply, and video card more details after break. previously [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy at 9:51 PM PST - 6 comments

For the next seven weeks or so, I'm a tour widow. Yes, my boyfriend is going on tour for the first time since we've been dating. How do I stop being such a whiny baby about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:49 PM PST - 28 comments

Adobe Photoshop Album Starter . . . How About Stopping, Instead? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 9:40 PM PST - 8 comments

In regards to weight training and rest periods between working muscle groups... [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot at 8:55 PM PST - 8 comments

what are the secrets of shanghai for an expat trying to make the most of his experience [more inside]
posted by edtut at 8:42 PM PST - 2 comments

A german friend of mine needs to send me ~US$300. What is a simple and inexpensive way for her to send me the money from Germany to the US? Speed is not important.
posted by kickingtheground at 8:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I purchase an inspirational training video in Austin or Dallas Texas? It's last minute and I need one quick! (Normally I would order something from one of a dozen websites I have found). [more inside]
posted by verevi at 8:23 PM PST - 5 comments

M$KafkaFilter - How does one unsubscribe from Xbox Live? [more inside]
posted by stungeye at 8:17 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the proper way to refer to a female librarian in Welsh? Bonus if you can tell me (an English speaker from the Midwest) how to say it correctly. [more inside]
posted by rikhei at 8:05 PM PST - 7 comments

I'd like to buy a copy of The Secret Life of Plants... In Spanish. Two seem to be available, for upwards of $40. Help me track down cheaper ones as a gift for a fantastic new friend. [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 8:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Can birth control prevent ovulation a day or two before it occurs? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 7:46 PM PST - 21 comments

ConsumerElectronicsFilter: Can you recommend a reasonably priced camcorder? [more inside]
posted by fusinski at 7:14 PM PST - 5 comments

What artist's song/remix was used as an underscore in this Brian Jennings basketball highlight video? [more inside]
posted by DudeAsInCool at 7:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me locate a VHS documentary filmed in the 90's called "Lesbian Misconceptions". It was filmed by Dinah Holtzman, and submitted to a film festival. It's possible the festival was called "Lesbian Misconceptions," not the film itself.
posted by cameradv at 6:40 PM PST - 1 comments

My boss has an auto insurance policy with GEICO. I had an accident on my boss's policy. I called in the claim. Should we settle directly, or allow GEICO to cover the claim, if I won't be on the policy anymore at the time of renewal? [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 5:51 PM PST - 6 comments

I am attempting to configure caching on an Apache server. I have it right for the most part, but.....I would like to prevent browsers from even checking the server once files like images are in the browser cache until an expiry date is exceeded. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 5:49 PM PST - 2 comments

I have noticed that over the past few years I have been carrying a lot of facial tension. It causes me to look like I'm either scowling or frowning. Please help me relax my face. I can't afford the botox route so natural, mental, or other free(ish) remedies only please. Thanks!
posted by MayNicholas at 5:35 PM PST - 14 comments

For a friend: On the way home from work today, I touched a pole on the bus that someone's nasty oiled/lotioned hand had been on. Now my hand reeks, and it's giving me a headache! [more inside]
posted by monochromaticgirl at 5:11 PM PST - 18 comments

Some friends and I are organizing a flash mob (specifically a bubble-blowing flash mob). We've done some research online and seen a bunch of clips from around the world but were wondering if anyone out there in MetaFilter land could offer some advice for organizing an event like this -- a flash mob, viral marketing/'street team' campaign or anything you think that may help out! [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 4:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a song with the refrain, "On the raa-dee-oh, the raa-de-oh." [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 4:14 PM PST - 23 comments

I want to buy a cheap inflatable boat rugged enough to go fishing in. [more inside]
posted by solotoro at 3:23 PM PST - 7 comments

What media to use for customising Converse-style canvas shoes? Fabric paint, arcylic, an oil-based paint, tippex (wite out) or something else? [more inside]
posted by Well that's a lie at 2:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Can anyone reccomend any estate jewelry dealers in the Los Angeles area? I'm looking for a relatively traditional engagement ring in the "couple thousand bucks" price range, but I'm a recent transplant.
posted by anonymous at 2:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I quit law school? I was a software engineer for 10 years before starting law school. Now I'm one year in and doing okay (at an upper 2nd tier school), and got a summer internship at a big, prestigious firm. And I absolutely hate it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:46 PM PST - 26 comments

How can i use the cool air in my basement to cool the upstairs rooms in the rest of the house? It's 66 degrees in the basement but a lot hotter upstairs. I don't have AC and the house has antiquated water-based radiators rather than air ducts. But it sure would be nice to move the cold to where the hot is. Ideas?
posted by storybored at 2:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Is there a way to Scan a Job application via scanner then fill out the application with word or other word processors? [more inside]
posted by tradeer33 at 2:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Are the graphics cards that install through the PC card slot in your laptop actually any good?
posted by matkline at 2:17 PM PST - 3 comments

BlogFilter: I found the blogfarms too confining for my blog, but I miss the social features. Is there any way to duplicate this for my self-hosted blog? [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 2:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Out of the blue, I got a job offer -- a very compelling job offer. The only thing that sets off any alarms for me is the fact that I would be a 1099 contractor instead of a full time employee. Help me understand what the difference is.
posted by boo_radley at 2:07 PM PST - 24 comments

Is there any law or regulation that prohibits the media from reporting the name of a child victim of sexual assault? Is there any way to prevent the media from disclosing such information? The issue is in California. [more inside]
posted by metawabbit at 1:16 PM PST - 17 comments

[Wordpress 2.2.1 Filter] How can I make Wordpress stop thinking too much for me when it comes to text formatting, etc? [more inside]
posted by beaucoupkevin at 1:14 PM PST - 2 comments

How much does it cost to open a guitar store? [more inside]
posted by Benjy at 1:09 PM PST - 12 comments

What kind of whistle do Chicago traffic-control officers use? [more inside]
posted by ab3 at 12:47 PM PST - 4 comments

I need someone to identify a song for me, from an advertisement I keep seeing on SkyOne in Ireland. [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit at 12:40 PM PST - 10 comments

I want to buy a gift for a coworker who took a promotion and will be leaving my department. What's something cool but not overly sentimental that she might like? [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate at 12:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I or should I not finish college? [more inside]
posted by koshka at 12:32 PM PST - 36 comments

What on earth is this plant like thing ? [more inside]
posted by cftarnas at 12:22 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to make a Colombian dessert. What's something fairly easy and also typical, that I could bring into work for about 8-10 people? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 12:16 PM PST - 15 comments

What is the best way to get rid of highlights? [more inside]
posted by liberalintellect at 12:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Is Western-Southern Life a good company to start out selling life insurance with? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 12:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Is it possible to have a pig delivered to someone? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by gummo at 11:50 AM PST - 26 comments

Hourly vs salaried. I don't want to work 24-7 [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Can anyone recommend a reliable moving company in Orange County, CA? [more inside]
posted by sciatica at 11:00 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the best balanced audio wiring stuff, and where do I get it all? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu at 10:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Which Bach piece is the Juliet Bravo TV show theme based on? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 10:14 AM PST - 10 comments

I am going to be spending a week traveling all around the Finger Lakes -- wineries are a given -- but what I really want to know is, where's the best swimming and the best ice cream? [more inside]
posted by nnk at 10:11 AM PST - 9 comments

MusicFilter: I need to make a playlist for a cocktail hour this weekend. I'm looking for more things like Suba, Amon Tobin, or the Gotan Project. Preferably without lyrics, although non-English lyrics would be acceptable. Bonus points for Italian elements or Rat Pack ambience.
posted by billtron at 10:10 AM PST - 32 comments

What can you think of to occupy my time when I am stuck at home with no electricity, no running water and no heating? [more inside]
posted by longbaugh at 10:08 AM PST - 56 comments

Can you help me identify these South Amercian statues? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Where is age 38 in regards to college and professional career tracks in the US? Does this tip towards the young or old side of the fulcrum? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 9:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Any Rush Limbaugh websites that chronicle his factual errors on a daily basis? [more inside]
posted by donmak at 9:37 AM PST - 8 comments

More Ad Music Filter: The new Target ads. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 9:33 AM PST - 11 comments

My mother has become very clingy. I have things I want to say to her but I don't want to hurt her, as it isn't her intent to hurt me. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 9:24 AM PST - 25 comments

How much money could be saved if California executed all the prisoners on death row tomorrow? What about the country? [more inside]
posted by sipher at 9:19 AM PST - 13 comments

SoulSearchFilter: Do I want to go to law school? Do I want to be a lawyer? [more inside]
posted by jckll at 9:05 AM PST - 32 comments

I'm looking for a good bar in Saratoga Springs new york to host a party (100 people). [more inside]
posted by jimmydare at 8:58 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I clean my non stick pans? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 8:56 AM PST - 14 comments

I have an initial meeting with an IT recruiter today and was wondering what I could wear since it is hot... [more inside]
posted by tremolo1970 at 8:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Searching for language podcast [more inside]
posted by octomato at 8:55 AM PST - 1 comments

Something to do with my hands that doesn't make me look like a serial killer? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 8:48 AM PST - 30 comments

What's it like driving between Charlotte, NC and Asheville, NC? [more inside]
posted by jvilter at 8:42 AM PST - 12 comments

How do i turn off Markup once and for all in Word 2007, for real? [more inside]
posted by ye#ara at 8:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a specific childrens book that shows illustrations of different professionals (fireman with his hose, doctor with his stethoscope, etc.) which depicts a "Salesman" in a cheesy checkered suit. [more inside]
posted by nataliecay at 8:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Dog Leash Longer than 6 feet? Where can I find a nylon dog leash longer than the industry standard 6 ft (not a retractable type)? Ideally I'd like 8 ft, or possibly 9. Looking for online store recommendations.
posted by nancoix at 8:36 AM PST - 17 comments

I need/want to go on an interesting & adventurous vacation at the end of august, and I'd gotten myself all excited about the possiblity of backpacking around Guatemala for two weeks. But.... it appears that its the rainy season. [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 8:31 AM PST - 9 comments

NameFilter: Help me name my 2-8 player sudoku game! [more inside]
posted by unixrat at 8:31 AM PST - 18 comments

I am visiting the in-laws, and want to transfer a bunch of Librivox audio books (all legal and free) to my ipod from a mac. My ipod is formatted as a windows ipod even though I only use it with my macbook. Itunes wants to erase my entire Ipod before it do anything. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 7:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for multiplayer, low system requirement Mac or PC games for LAN and network play. [more inside]
posted by oranges at 7:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Do propaganda shows like 'The Unit' and 'Threat Matrix' (and, I presume, '24', though I've not watched it) get US gov't funding, or are they just a private attempt to cash in on war-on-terra panic?
posted by pompomtom at 7:23 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I create a system for organizing/filtering company training sessions through a training calendar? [more inside]
posted by deeman at 7:17 AM PST - 1 comments

What is behind / has triggered this recent American obsession with its immigration issues/problems? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 7:03 AM PST - 30 comments

Why do hitters in baseball call time out so often? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 6:50 AM PST - 23 comments

How do you theme an event around the idea of a "home"? [more inside]
posted by BigCreekBill at 6:47 AM PST - 6 comments

What is the best audio resources for learning spanish? I commute about 1.5hrs/day and would like to get some more spanish learning time in. Can someone recommend a good cd set? I have 3yrs spanish in high school, use it at work, but am a little rusty (I used to be conversational).
posted by aussicht at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Small, free, UDP-based server/client text chat application with no central server - does it exist? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 6:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Colour Grading: Tips, Trick and Other Helpful stuff. [more inside]
posted by thelloydshow at 5:48 AM PST - 2 comments

What should I not miss in Kassel, Germany? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 5:32 AM PST - 3 comments

In Montreal for business with no car - how to get to IKEA and then post what was purchased? [more inside]
posted by TauLepton at 5:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Using a 0% interest credit card to pay the difference between our trade-in and a used car? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 5:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there anyway to get a gold text print from a colour laser printer? [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ at 5:05 AM PST - 6 comments

What are your favourite places to just hang out in Melbourne, Australia?
posted by dbateman at 2:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there any way I can use Sysinternals' psexec tool to work on an entire subnet, rather than an entire domain?
posted by samstarling at 1:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Guy has dream to be a doctor. Will most likely attend community college or similar. Screwed? Y/N? [more inside]
posted by thehmmhmm at 12:23 AM PST - 30 comments

I'm 6' 5" and wear an 18 37/38 dress shirt (or an XL Tall). I'm looking for some more shirts to round out my collection, but the catch is -- they have to be inexpensive. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 12:09 AM PST - 11 comments

July 17
I only want some specific people to be able to read my family website, so I have a two-pronged website password protection question. [more inside]
posted by freddymungo at 11:35 PM PST - 10 comments

What can I do to make laser hair removal treatments more tolerable? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 10:28 PM PST - 19 comments

Any way to search for English web pages that contain specific Chinese characters? For example in Google when I set my preference to English pages only and then search for Huamei with the characters 话梅, I get mostly all Chinese pages. [more inside]
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 10:27 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm interested in learning more about graphic design for the web. I figure reading some blogs and maybe forums would be the best way to do this. Can you guys reccomend a few of the best ones?
posted by GregX3 at 10:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Are major league baseball players capable of intentionally hitting a pitch to a desired location on the field? [more inside]
posted by comatose at 9:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Has anyone taken the language courses offered by the Japan Society in New York? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes at 9:10 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for a Web application that can track member contact information and meeting attendance for a user group. Nothing too fancy, but should be open source and run on a Linux server (perl|PHP|Java would be ideal). [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 8:44 PM PST - 2 comments

IRAfilter: Am about to get a traditional IRA to roll some retirement funds into from an expired employer plan. Got stuck when I was asked which mutual funds to select. [more inside]
posted by ikahime at 8:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Dropped PDA on bus. Everything's fine but the screen is scrambled. The scrambling is getting worse every time I turn it on. Odds of getting it fixed without it being too expensive or is it time to find (yet) another one off of eBay? [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 8:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Why is Vista showing the wrong icon for Windows Photo Gallery? [more inside]
posted by phaded at 8:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Will using dry ice in my car as a replacement for air conditioning kill me? Or my dog? [more inside]
posted by tonylord at 7:44 PM PST - 33 comments

Looking for a little help building a Google Maps/Craigslist display applet. [more inside]
posted by Marky at 7:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Duel US and UK citizen studying in Paris... should I be getting a student visa or a residence permit? [more inside]
posted by Muffpub at 7:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Is this cheating? [more inside]
posted by MiffyCLB at 7:07 PM PST - 51 comments

There is no Mac driver for Canon's ImageCLASS MF8170c multifunction laser printer. Is there no workaround for this?? Really???? [more inside]
posted by gregoryc at 6:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Salty licorice. San Francisco. Where? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 6:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Why does laser toner have an expiry date? My laser toner cartridge finally ran "dry" after 8 years of use (same cartridge) and the replacement refill that I purchased has an expiry date which is listed as a little over year from now. I also believe that most new cartridges also have an expiry date but since mine lasted for so long, I don't understand the purpose of having an expiry date.
posted by DonM at 5:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me stay awake on my 45 mile commute home. I keep getting sleepy in the car. [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 5:19 PM PST - 47 comments

My home network isn't cooperating. It worked fine for months, and then, unexpectedly (after a day of bad electricity (I hate my power company)), it isn't. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 5:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Bad Weather Photography-Filter: I'm photographing a wedding this Saturday at a beautiful estate in the country, the main venue being an ancient Tythe Barn. Lovely, but for one problem - according to the long-range forecast, we might be expecting torrential rain during the day so all the formals may need to be relocated inside a very dark building. Please, hive-mind, help a natural light photographer with some tips on shooting groups in a semi-studio set-up? [more inside]
posted by dogsbody at 5:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me plan 5 weeks in Australia. [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 5:09 PM PST - 21 comments

so, i have a Gmail account, and have a filter that forwards specific emails to my phone via text message (__________@vtext.com). Only problem is, character limit! Is there some service that I can forward these emails to that will then split them up into text-message-sized bits to be forwarded to my phone?
posted by Gregamell at 4:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it a horrible idea to date outside the personality type you're most attracted to? [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird at 4:45 PM PST - 31 comments

How do you make sure your Thai cuisine has just the right heat? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 4:25 PM PST - 17 comments

What else can be sensed passively? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft at 4:13 PM PST - 17 comments

I'm looking for a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" ("memo-size") 3 or 4-ring binder that will hold at least 650 sheets
posted by beammeup4 at 4:06 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm trying to compile a list of subway or light rail systems that are open all night. So far all I have is the New York subway and the Chicago El, but there's got to be more than that. There's a lot of cities in the world!
posted by aubilenon at 3:51 PM PST - 19 comments

We're thinking of going with an "Advanced Oil Price Contract" this year. It's about 700+ gallons at 2.64 per gallon. I am wondering if people think it is a good idea ths year. It DOES not have any lower price protection. [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 3:48 PM PST - 9 comments

(How) can I get my Nokia N80 Cell phone email and browser to do dial-up networking over CSD? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 3:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Sending flowers to a war zone. How? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 3:25 PM PST - 5 comments

SlingFilter: I've got the Slingbox. I've got the Tivo. Will I be able to sling in HD? Electronics wizards inquire within! [more inside]
posted by AsRuinsAreToRome at 3:25 PM PST - 3 comments

I have a gas range that was left in the rain for a short time (about a 10 minute, moderate rain). Will it still work? [more inside]
posted by kingtaj at 3:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Scientists out there, what are the best physical constants or material properties to have memorized for back-of-the-envelope calculations? [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 3:11 PM PST - 25 comments

Is there a term for mangling two words to create a new word or term? [more inside]
posted by suki at 3:08 PM PST - 28 comments

I want to read a book set in blackletter. Not just for titles 8212; I want blackletter for the text. Unfortunately I don't read German, nor a Northern European language, and I want to really read it, not just look at it, so it has to be a book written in English or French. I'd prefer a book from the past two centuries. [more inside]
posted by Utilitaritron at 3:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a way to keep our office's turtle tank cleaner? [more inside]
posted by bchaplin at 2:55 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get over my fear that I'm not going to be let into clubs/discos because I'm black? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:43 PM PST - 24 comments

My debt suddenly snowballed out of control and I need help getting it back down and getting my payments made this month! Help me! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:43 PM PST - 14 comments

What is wrong with my knee? [more inside]
posted by misled at 2:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Planning a honeymoon. Can you help me find a place outside the continental U.S. that has bungalows on the water? Or if not, what about lots of shallow clear lagoons/secluded spots? (Mountains a plus!) I'm in Michigan and don't want to fly all the way to Bora Bora, which seems to have that - anything closer that is comparable? [more inside]
posted by GenTso at 2:26 PM PST - 17 comments

What is this elusive dill pickle recipe? [more inside]
posted by rabinowitz at 1:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me plan a last minute trip to Luxembourg. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 1:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Soundproofing material: What is this stuff called, and where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by Minus215Cee at 12:47 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the best web host for an e-mail dependent small business? Are you using it yourself? [more inside]
posted by peetle at 12:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Toaster ovens with dehydrator option: any good? If it has it, is it comparable to food dehydrator quality dehydration? Any other positive experiences with particular toaster oven features or brands?
posted by ontic at 12:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Is my toilet about to crack into two pieces? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 12:38 PM PST - 23 comments

What is this weird sensation I experience? (Have I finally gone off the deep end?) [more inside]
posted by fogster at 12:37 PM PST - 29 comments

Should I get glasses/contacts or continue my fuzzy-sighted yet carefree lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 12:13 PM PST - 32 comments

How do I place my /home directory on an LVM on Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by edbyford at 12:13 PM PST - 3 comments

How to recycle a futon mattress (in Toronto)? It's had daily use for 15 years so it's at the end of it's ability to be a comfortable bed or sofa. Used stuffing can't legally be used in stuffed products for sale. But surely it's good for something (anyone need a bunch of dog beds?). It's 8 inches thick and IIRC there's three layers of cotton alternating with two layers of foam. It's a really big thing to be sending to the landfill. [more inside]
posted by winston at 11:56 AM PST - 15 comments

I've had a yeast infection/yeast infection + bacterial vaginosis one to two weeks before my period for every month since December. I've read all the old AskMe threads and tried the home remedies on this page. I'm about ready to start scheduling a monthly appointment with the doctor to get my dose of antibiotics and buying Gynelotrimin wholesale (I'm allergic to Monistat). Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 AM PST - 27 comments

What kind of specialist do I need for my jaw/headache problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Need help finding the cheapest way to send a large box of books and toys from Toronto to Malawi, Africa. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop at 11:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Why is online shopping so poor in Canada? Know of any good men's online shops? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 11:28 AM PST - 9 comments

A friend of mine went to china and got me some cool nintendo DS hardware. In exchange, I told him I'd find some cool games for his daughter to play with. She's 10 year old. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 11:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Now that Sunrocket seems to have gone titsup, I'm once again looking for a VOIP company that's not hated by most of its users. Preferably one with a limited-minutes/lower-cost option, and one that's got at least a chance of being around for a year or so. Any suggestions?
posted by EllenC at 11:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I buy sunglasses like these? [more inside]
posted by Evstar at 11:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Packing efficiency of 9" balloons? [more inside]
posted by nilihm at 10:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Upgrading to Fedora means my linux NAT/webserver now contains SELinux which seems like a pretty swell improvement, but I can't seem to find instructables to get me into the swing of it. You got maybe links or books to recommend?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 10:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me open my .tax files. I filed electronically (PC runing XP), the past few years and need to take a look at one of the returns. I unfortunately can't figure out how to open the .tax file. I think I may need quicken. Any suggestions on how to open it without using Quicken or how to get a Quicken demo for free? Thanks!
posted by hector horace at 10:09 AM PST - 21 comments

I'm flying from IAH > DFW > CZM (Cozumel). I've got 55 minutes in DFW. Assuming my IAH > DFW is on time, will I make it? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 10:03 AM PST - 19 comments

I want to download Firefox in English. But I live in Spain and it automatically downloads in Spanish, giving you no option to alter language during setup. I know they only want to help - but... any ideas about how to keep my FF in English?
posted by Holly at 9:31 AM PST - 5 comments

I just mixed bleach / vinegar / salt / and liquid dish detergent in hopes of created a super weed killer. I mixed the stuff in a fairly well-ventilated room, and then sprayed it on some weeds outside. Now I just read about chlorine gas resulting from the mixture of bleach and chlorine, and I'm suddenly feeling light-headed (hypochondriac). Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 9:24 AM PST - 38 comments

Please convince me to throw out my old MacWorld magazine cover CDs. [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung at 9:13 AM PST - 18 comments

Home Cinema Question: Im looking to get a HCS for my Sky HD box. I want it to connect to my SKY HD, Xbox360 and Future PS3. Anyone recommend anything? [more inside]
posted by spinko at 9:12 AM PST - 2 comments

My period won't stop. And I'm not 14. [more inside]
posted by bash at 9:01 AM PST - 25 comments

What is it like to be a high school teacher in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by dhruva at 8:57 AM PST - 21 comments

Using PHP/MySQL/javascript: I need a way to grant exclusive access to a web service from just 2 or more PCs sharing the same public IP address, which is dynamically assigned by the ISP; I can setup these PCs as needed, and I must make an outside PC has no access to the web service. The PCs run Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by lion at 8:41 AM PST - 8 comments

How long does Chevre keep? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 8:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me get my files off of my cell phone! [more inside]
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 8:28 AM PST - 6 comments

I need a secondhand bicycle, and am having issues finding a store to sell me one. (Cambridge, UK) [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle at 7:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Criticize my gym regime! [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 7:14 AM PST - 26 comments

Help! I need some good suggestions regarding tools and methods for creating and maintaining a large set of interrelated software specifications and documentation. [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 6:56 AM PST - 10 comments

PDF filter: How do I tweak my PDF so that when it opens the search pane is visible, and the bookmarks bar visible, but with all bookmarks collapsed? [more inside]
posted by man on the run at 6:55 AM PST - 6 comments

What is this thing? I got it from ArtchixStudio but they're not talking. I use it for jewelry-making purposes, but to me it's so odd it must have a hardware or other practical use. Here is another view. Help me, hive mind!
posted by agregoli at 6:52 AM PST - 7 comments

We have connecting flights through Chicago O'Hare this month and would like to visit the Kwik-E-Mart. Is that feasible? [more inside]
posted by trixie_bee at 6:34 AM PST - 24 comments

Unsolicited query from a German publisher who wants to publish my (kinda crappy) Master's thesis? What the...? [more inside]
posted by generichuman at 6:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Hi everyone, I'm planning to stay in Japan for a year start the end of next year. To do that, I need to save money. I'm in Canada and since the Japanese yen is low at the moment, I'd like to save money in Japanese yen right away. However, I'm not sure where I can go to open an account in Japanese yen which would be both accessible in Canada and Japan. [more inside]
posted by remi at 5:26 AM PST - 6 comments

With BT Broadband and the supported speed on my line has suddenly dropped from about 4Mbps to 512kps. Contacted BT and they say that they haven't changed anything with the line and their checker indicates all the line can support is 512kps. Getting into a protracted argument with the customer support over wether the line ever supported that speed and also over the fact that I remember upgrading my account from the up to 2Mbps package to the Up to 8Mps. Where do I need help? Can anyone supply historical prices / package information for BT Broadband over the last 4-5years,
posted by lloyder at 4:25 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I give Firefox 2.0.0.4 a custom executable icon? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 4:23 AM PST - 3 comments

A member of my community has recently died from cancer. I offered to design an invitation for his wake and could use some guidance. [more inside]
posted by a_green_man at 3:01 AM PST - 5 comments

What horror movie is this? Guy goes to cabin...his bride comes back from the dead to find him because he promised to always love her. Her disembodied head haunts him. She's in the mirror at some point. I think there's a storm. Sounds kind of like Evil Dead I or II, but it isn't. It's scary. That's all I remember...I saw it sometime in the late '80s on television. Anyone?
posted by jruckman at 1:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Circulation woes: Why do my feet turn red when I get warm or exert? And why do they freeze so easily? And what's with the red nose?! [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 12:55 AM PST - 5 comments

July 16
I'm a new ABA therapist, and the family I work with has decided to fire the consultant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I contact him, or leave it alone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:19 PM PST - 38 comments

Should I have this affair? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:19 PM PST - 123 comments

Hotel/Hostel/Motel needed THIS WEEKEND, money sort of an issue, Berkeley or San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Ticketmaster + Concert + I'm out of town + eBay + will call= I'm hosed? [more inside]
posted by jtfowl0 at 10:16 PM PST - 11 comments

In WordPerfect you had the option when underlining, of underlining all words in a sentence including the spaces in between, or just the words. In Microsoft Word you don't seem to have that option. Is there any way in Word that you can underline a sentence, but have the underlines only appear under the letters and not the spaces? Thanks!
posted by america4 at 10:11 PM PST - 5 comments

In my quest to find the ideal combination of good interest rates + good online banking interface, my wife and I will likely be opening multiple banking accounts -- that's how we'll kick the tires. Will opening, say, four new accounts at one time damage our credit at all? [more inside]
posted by diastematic at 10:03 PM PST - 6 comments

We just figured out our house was burgled. One laptop and a necklace or two missing. No one is in the house. We can see where they got in and we've secured it. What should we do now? File a police report? What about the laptop? Any identity theft steps to take? We changed the email passwords and stuff... Other suggestions welcome.
posted by scarabic at 9:59 PM PST - 16 comments

How much notice do i give that i'm quitting my summer job? [more inside]
posted by itheearl at 9:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Do you remember a show - around the time of the a team, knight rider street hawk etc.. This guy, was an astronaut... The sun's radiation got through his visor He used to get really angry, could run fast but his head almost exploded and would pulsate. I think in the last episode his head actually did explode. Quite a crud super power I suppose. But he could run after cars and flipped out whenever anybody picked on his girlfriend. It really flopped and was a short run thing - I think they killed him off (hence his head exploding).
posted by roryks at 9:31 PM PST - 5 comments

How do you tell a potential employer that you're just not that into them? [more inside]
posted by phoenixc at 9:05 PM PST - 12 comments

As I understand it, though I can't find a reference for this, media outlets alternate the colours they use for political parties. Sometimes the Republicans are red and sometimes the Democrats are. But this didn't happen in the last election, apparently because the two parties (especially the Republicans) invested themselves deeply into their chosen colour. For 2008 in the U.S. is there any indication that the media will go back to the old way, or further entrench the permanent colours? (FWIW, in Canada the colours have been pretty standardized for a long time it appears.)
posted by Kickstart70 at 8:49 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm going to be in Houston for one night. I'd happily receive any suggestions for how to spend that night in a way that won't leave me too knocked out for my presentation the next morning, but after giving the matter some thought, I think the most important question is this: Where's the best authentic Texas BBQ within a reasonable distance from the Medical Center?
posted by j-dawg at 8:19 PM PST - 6 comments

I feel that there is a huge difference in the intensity of smell (fruits, vegetables, flowers) and taste (most fruits and vegetables) compared to here in the U.S. and in India where I grew up. Is it just nostalgia? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 8:06 PM PST - 25 comments

Looking for a new kind of relaxation technique. I'm thinking something sensory, no drugs or tobacco. I thought first of incense. A) What's your experience with using incense to relax? B) Is there anything that provides a similar experience? More parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:16 PM PST - 20 comments

I've decided that I want to start getting my life together by working on earning a degree in computer science. To do that, I'm going to start attending the local community college full time this fall, in order to cover some basic classes, and then transfer to full university later when I'm a bit more transfer-worthy. Now I need help figuring out how to best manage my money so as not to accrue too much debt in the process. Ideally I'd like to get as much financial aid as possible to cover this, but there are a few issues. [more inside]
posted by mindless progress at 7:05 PM PST - 7 comments

I need some pointers on making a light box. Now, before you point toward some other posts about either an all-white surround for photography or a means of defeating winter-time depression, I should point out that I'm needing to make a light box for theatre ... [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 6:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find drivers for an OrangeUSB USB 2 PCMCIA card? [more inside]
posted by wheat at 6:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Nowhere else to ask this filter: I have a xbox Debian (Xebian) xbox and it has (had) a raid drive of two 300GB drives. But now for some reason it got a bunch of errors and I can't get it up and running again. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 6:42 PM PST - 1 comments

Cable TV Movie filter [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy at 6:19 PM PST - 1 comments

Can I upgrade my laptop's optical drive? [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 5:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it worth it to get a real estate broker's license in California? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq at 5:32 PM PST - 3 comments

How can repair my video codecs? Out of nowhere, I cannot see any video in my AVI files but I can hear the audio just fine. Windows Media Player 11 simply does not load when I click to open an AVI. It is fully installed and everything but when I try to click on an AVI to open it -- nothing happens. [more inside]
posted by cheero at 5:20 PM PST - 12 comments

ESL Writing: What are the best ways to improve my ESL Writing? [more inside]
posted by clsubmit at 5:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Need handyman help. My refrigerator has power, but isn't cooling. Light comes on, etc. Now what? [more inside]
posted by johnd101 at 5:05 PM PST - 10 comments

[law job filter] I'm a 3L about to begin the job search for after graduation. I don't have the big firm job (or a job I want yet) and need advice (hopefully creative/different) on what jobs to target and how to sell myself. [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 4:13 PM PST - 18 comments

How to change the program Word opens embedded audio with? Alternatively, suggestions for foot-pedal software that plays well with audio embedded in Word or RTF documents. [more inside]
posted by icebourg at 3:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I buy or borrow a sturdy 2.25" button maker in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by slowfasthazel at 3:43 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the best online tool for tracking a fantasy stock portfolio? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 3:39 PM PST - 3 comments

What is a rental proposal? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 3:35 PM PST - 2 comments

How much money should I save up before adopting a kitten? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 3:33 PM PST - 27 comments

Why aren't there any Rap covers by Rap artists? [more inside]
posted by ssmith at 3:00 PM PST - 20 comments

My husband is a Marine we will be moving to the DC Area in November. He will be working near the Washington Navy Yard, and his commute is a concern for us. We are planning on starting a family, so living in a safe neighborhood is a priority. We would like to live in a "nicer" neighborhood, preferably quiet and family-friendly. We would like to spend about $1,600/month on rent, but would be willing to spend as much as $1,850 to get what we want. [more inside]
posted by creedling at 2:40 PM PST - 17 comments

librarianshipfilter: Essential professional reading for a reference librarian looking to hone his chops? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 2:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Can anyone recommend a voice-over actor or vocal coach in the DC/Northern VA area? I'm interested in locating someone for a brief interview/lesson that would be part of a podcast. Someone who would do it for the possibility of some free publicity and the certainty of a free lunch would be optimal, but not essential.
posted by itstheclamsname at 2:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Roommate filter: I live in a house with 6 other people. We all moved in together in the middle of May. Two part question: What ideas can you offer for enforcing house rules? and What software can you recommend for housemates to share chores and expenses? [more inside]
posted by pontouf at 2:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Administrator has prohibited access to CD/DVD ROM drives [more inside]
posted by KRS at 2:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Audio and video are out of sync on mp4s downloaded from Google Video about 80% of the time. Is there anything simple that I can do about this? OSX, by the way, and it's mostly for watching on my iPod.
posted by interrobang at 2:04 PM PST - 2 comments

What should I install on my sister's computer when we meet up for an hour or so; in two categories free and not-so-free [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 2:01 PM PST - 19 comments

A better Palm Calendar? Perhaps, iCal-like? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 1:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there an existing CMS that can drive a website that allows people to rate local restaurants, and that will provide driving directions to those restaurants? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 1:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Can anybody suggest some upbeat, INSTRUMENTAL bachata or merengue music? I've been searching high and low, and Dominican music sans singing seems very hard to come by. Really, any music that is Dominican, instrumental, and upbeat will do.
posted by Malachi Constant at 12:22 PM PST - 1 comments

I am looking for examples of secret / esoteric information and facts that changed your perspective on the world or caused you to say 'Now that's interesting, I haven't heard that before!'. For example, this recent thread contained information about ADM that opened my eyes to the subtleties of the sugar markets. A simpler example of the type of knowledge I am looking for are the interesting things that grocery stores do to increase sales. Or the unsubstantiated claim that more people speak English in China that they do in America. I am looking for interesting tid-bits of knowledge that you might find in books like The Tipping Point and Freakanomics. Something your Oxford educated, weed-smoking Uncle might whip out during a random conversation at a cocktail party.
posted by kaizen at 12:09 PM PST - 63 comments

I want to go! The company is sponsiring "Yes, literally, bring an idea and we’ll buy lunch." However I have no idea to bring! Maybe some of you creative types could help me come up with one! [more inside]
posted by Relly70 at 11:48 AM PST - 45 comments

In which of W.S. Merwin's volumes of poetry did the poem "Paul" originally appear?
posted by RossWhite at 11:39 AM PST - 1 comments

We have 50" plasma display in our waiting room. It displays television (via plain old cable.) I want to split it into sections - left 1/3, right 2/3 and bottom crawl. I want to show the TV feed in the right 2/3 and put marketing information in the remaining space. How do I get there from here?? Bonus points for Linux!
posted by cdmwebs at 11:36 AM PST - 10 comments

So where can I get cheap oregano oil? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 11:31 AM PST - 6 comments

How naive am I to think that my situation is an exeption to the general wisdom that you shouldn't share a realtor with the seller? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane at 11:30 AM PST - 33 comments

How do I get my PC to recognize my Apple-formatted external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 11:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Does anyone have any experience with a 2000 Subaru Legacy L wagon, specifically with the head gasket leaking or failing? [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 10:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Cat Owner Filter: Is it worth it to take one's cats to a "cats-only" vet? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 10:39 AM PST - 16 comments

If I want to choose a European city to party in for 2 to 3 nights, where should I go? Looking for places that are sort of like Krakow (cool, sexy, not very fratty, great clubbing). [more inside]
posted by stilly at 10:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Are there any tools out there that will enable me to open an arbitrary user's Inbox on our Microsoft Exchange server? [more inside]
posted by taumeson at 10:25 AM PST - 8 comments

What can I do with 200 ugly, crappy, collared t-shirts? [more inside]
posted by patr1ck at 10:22 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I defend my mild depression against a HR Director? [more inside]
posted by electriccynic at 10:08 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm looking for a waterproof watch that also measures my heart rate. [more inside]
posted by oldlies at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Where in Northern VA should I take my '03 VW Passat to get the thermostat replaced? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 9:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Do I need a podiatrist, or just a good shoe store? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 9:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Any tips or tricks to memorizing financial math formulas [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 9:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Job / Group Title help: I have a hybrid job, currently called "Maintenance Director / Project Manager", but we're looking to fix that up a bit.. what's best? [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Where is the best place to go tent car-camping in North Carolina over the Labor Day weekend? [more inside]
posted by philmas at 8:26 AM PST - 6 comments

What type of wild cat could I have possibly seen in my driveway last night? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:58 AM PST - 23 comments

Career Filter: Should I move to a marketing agency or a large company with a strong internal marketing team? [more inside]
posted by chicken nuglet at 7:28 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking for independent, but reputable news sources. [more inside]
posted by four panels at 6:47 AM PST - 23 comments

So there has been a lot of talk about Grand Central lately. Need guidence and advice... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 6:33 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm thinking of traveling across Canada by rail. I have never been to Canada, ridden on a train, or traveled alone before, so advice requested. Also, Amtrak? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 6:32 AM PST - 24 comments

Best mechanism for determining spectral similarity of FFTs? [more inside]
posted by effugas at 6:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Vancouver, BC: Can you recommend a used-musical-instrument store? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 5:11 AM PST - 4 comments

HDTVFilter: Is "gaming mode" just a gimmick or does it have a real benefit? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 5:08 AM PST - 12 comments

What do the tracks "Cells" by The Servant, "Death of a Party" by Blur, and "Kashmir" by Led Zepplin have in common? I think they have a common strand of... something, but I can't quite put my finger on it. I'm sure somebody out there is adept enough at music to inform me. "Nightendday" by Pelican has this too, come to think of it, whatever "it" is. I think it has something to do with the use of bass guitars.
posted by Electrius at 4:59 AM PST - 7 comments

I am looking for an inexpensive bookshelf or similar furniture that is about two feet tall and two feet long. [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 4:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Why would somebody leave whole, juiced orange halves on their lawn? [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered at 4:20 AM PST - 16 comments

I'm looking for a website I saw whilst in university about 3 years ago. It was a timeline of storage media [more inside]
posted by onoj at 4:10 AM PST - 4 comments

July 15
This link on today's front page reminded me of my mother-in-law's extreme aversion to cucumber and melons. I remember hearing or reading that this was an actual physiological condition and that people with this aversion actually taste these foods differently than the rest of us. Have you heard of this and, if so, could you point me to any studies on it?
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 11:34 PM PST - 30 comments

I've taken up the violin. Where can I find the coolest sheet music? [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 at 11:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Sony Vaio VGN-B88GP (OS is XP) won't start. No little lights... just nothing. We've all established anthing Sony is garbage and it would be great if you would note this is not my question. [more inside]
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har at 10:59 PM PST - 9 comments

How should I prepare myself for my first photoshoot as a pro photog? [more inside]
posted by benji at 10:58 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm trying to remember the name of a really great home electronics company who I believe was catalog only, that I last knew about in the late 80s, when I ordered some dbx brand bookshelf speakers, and denon cd and amp (which I still own and are running strong to this day!) The catalogs came to my parents house in Santa Barbara, and they had all this really well selected gear, with both narrative and technical descriptions. The narrative felt like an enthusiast, but not snobby high end enthusiast. The company's name was, I believe, two syllables, something like Redken, but I know that's not it. Any idea what company I'm talking about, and if they still exist?
posted by healthyliving at 10:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find a new I (heart) nerds purse like this one? [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 10:40 PM PST - 7 comments

When I was in Washington DC approximately 8 years ago, I remember being captivated by a street performer playing drums. What was interesting, though, was what his drum kit was composed of; among other objects, he used a shopping cart both to transport his drums and as a cymbal. He also used stacks of pickle buckets as toms. That's all I can remember. If anyone can provide a picture, a video, or even just a description of all the implements used in the kit I would be most grateful (also, whether or not this man is still performing or any other relevant information). [more inside]
posted by worstnerdever at 10:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Which British dialect pronounces R's like a W? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 at 9:05 PM PST - 38 comments

I accidentally opened a piece of mail that was addressed to the former owner of my house. Due to the nature of the mail I feel I should make sure it gets to either the addressee or the sender (a person, not a company I can easily call up). But how should I do that when I've obviously opened it? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 8:21 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I become open and patient about learning new things instead of terribly angry with myself and very easily frustrated? In many aspects of life there are things I'd like to do, or learn, but don't - because upon hitting a challenge I get intensely frustrated and angry and am mostly occupied with feeling terrible. [more inside]
posted by citron at 7:56 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me find a song that's really similar to "Juicy" by Better Then Ezra. [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 7:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I transfer a quicktime vid from an iBook to my windoze machine using USB? (Her iBook is very old but does have connectivity to USB.) [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find cheap but well built reproductions of mid-century modern furnitures? [more inside]
posted by herbiehancock00 at 7:28 PM PST - 9 comments

What does this say in (I think) Japanese? [more inside]
posted by tehgeekmeister at 7:26 PM PST - 18 comments

Any ideas for how to keep a bright 8-year-old mind ticking over during the summer? [more inside]
posted by LairBob at 7:20 PM PST - 28 comments

Investing to benefit from Peak Oil while entering retirement. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc at 7:06 PM PST - 31 comments

I am requesting a short German translation, preferably from a native speaker from the DDR, or a native speaker with lots of exposure to German language communist propaganda. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 6:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Advice on getting over a long-term same-sex crush. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:07 PM PST - 27 comments

My cat has had a great 20-year life full of affection, good food, lolling in the sun and catching mice, and though I'd like her to have more, I can't manage it. How can I think about this most wisely? I want to feel better than I do. I feel horrible. Conversely, is there some option I have missed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 PM PST - 60 comments

Can anyone identify the music used in the introductory sequence of Marker's La Jetee? ( goog vid for reference, starts 30s in) [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 5:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Where should I go kayaking near Boston? [more inside]
posted by david1230 at 5:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Yet another "moving to SF on the cheap" question. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 5:00 PM PST - 15 comments

At a recent lecture, I taped from the soundboard & from some microphones. I meant to record these to separate channels, but I accidentally left it in low quality mode - mono, 22khz. It sounds like video got thrown into the mix. Can I salvage the audio? [more inside]
posted by Pronoiac at 4:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Starting this fall, I plan on taking some preparatory undergrad coursework with the intention of eventually applying to a master's program in applied mathematics. I am seeking suggestions for reading material concerning the field of mathematics in general, both as a refresher and as insight into current focus areas and work being done. As a working engineer, my situation and background might be a bit different from most considering this route... [more inside]
posted by Bugg at 4:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Is it possible to move my old text messages to my new Blackberry? [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle at 4:55 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I add a custom ringtone to a AT&T (Cingular) 3100 Smartphone? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there a webapp out there that is somewhat comparable to grand central? [more inside]
posted by cscwallace at 3:31 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the best way to pay for a sublease across the country without getting burned? [more inside]
posted by silverspeak at 3:15 PM PST - 7 comments

I am need help writing a Perl script that given the URL of a file (particularly image files) it downloads the file to a local directory I define. [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 1:26 PM PST - 6 comments

I've done something odd to Excel. Please help! (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Savannah at 1:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Can anyone identify this work of art? I believe it is an etching ("l'eau forte") by Braque, but what and when? It resembles the etchings (example) he did for Hesiod's Theogonie. Sorry for the low-quality cameraphone photo.
posted by beniamino at 12:43 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the best anti virus software? My Panda subscription is about to expire. Is there an independent service that reviews them. I haven't had any trouble. Just wondering.
posted by ok at 12:42 PM PST - 35 comments

Need help finding image of old-school optometry billboards (like that in "The Great Gatsby). [more inside]
posted by Cochise at 12:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Anyone have the name of the track used at the end of the Weather man movie (when the credits are rolling)??? I'm pretty sure it's by Hans Zimmer, but does anyone know the name and where i might be able to get it from??
posted by maxmix at 12:23 PM PST - 1 comments

I'm looking for suggestions on where and how to keep a food log. I have a number of criteria that, I think will help me keep it up. 1. I'd like it to be online. 2. I'd like it to have some database of foods. 3. I'd like to it show trends, at least a weekly goal thingy. 4. I'd like to it to offer easy ways to update the log. 5. I'd pay for it. Free would be great, but ... I have a diet that I am already using that contains goals -- calories, carbs, protein, etc., -- all based on BMI and activity levels. A bonus question would be stories about how you managed to keep it up for yourself. :-)
posted by tcv at 12:08 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I make better seltzer? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 11:54 AM PST - 7 comments

My husband, two young daughters (3 and 2) and I are moving to New Hampshire (from the midwest). I will be working in Merrimack. We'll be heading up there in a few weeks for a house hunting trip. Any suggestions on where we should look? Any kid-friendly activities in the area? Preschool suggestions?
posted by beachhead2 at 11:47 AM PST - 4 comments

At the end of this month I'll be moving from Ottawa, Canada, to Beijing, China to work as a software developer for a couple years. What should I bring with me, and what am I better off buying once I arrive? [more inside]
posted by benign at 11:03 AM PST - 19 comments

Please help me remember a quote... it's about the need to be ordered in parts of one's life, so one can be spontaneous in the rest... [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you at 10:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Whats up with these postage-paid cell phone and ink cartridge recycling baggies I see everywhere? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 10:09 AM PST - 22 comments

As of tomorrow, my car will be basking in the Burbank sun 9-6, 5 days a week. What can I do so that getting back in it at the end of the day won't be the most unpleasant experience of my life? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 9:52 AM PST - 22 comments

Where can I find things like "Penguin Classics Complete Collection", entire libraries? Do publishers (say Dover) offer such things on request? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 9:42 AM PST - 8 comments

What are the best *free* video podcasts available? News and cooking are what I'm really looking for. [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 9:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Please help me find the right church in Los Angeles - Episcopal/Anglican preferred. [more inside]
posted by piers at 8:54 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm a novice at fishing. Caught a 12lb bluefish and threw it in the freezer whole...it was late, i was sleepy...did i screw up? or do i just gut it after thawing and refreeze? or gut, clean and cook right away since it was frozen?
posted by Jujee at 8:01 AM PST - 7 comments

My wife, new baby and I just moved into a house that we love. The one problem is that it has spiders of every type, everywhere, indoors and outdoors. We even have these small spider webs all over our lawn. With the new baby, I am hesitant to go ape with the chemicals. We vaccum regularly, including ceiling corners, closets etc. and have moved vegitation back from the house a bit, though there is a ton of flowers and ornamentals. Any ideas for dealing with the critters without dousing the place in insecticide?
posted by pazoozoo at 7:52 AM PST - 15 comments

In about 10 days, my fiancée will be entering the US on a K1 visa. Some questions inside. [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske at 7:29 AM PST - 7 comments

RelocationFilter: Where are there progressive, under-the-radar & off-the-beaten path places to live in CA (or other places worldwide near water) that don't cost arms/legs/90% of waking life to afford living? [more inside]
posted by yoga at 6:44 AM PST - 24 comments

What's the optimum rest period between full-body weightlifting workouts? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a way to copy text on a webpage and paste in Word with all of the embedded web links attached? [more inside]
posted by suzeQ at 4:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Council clean-up day tomorrow.Tonight woman removes full length of all electrical cords from discarded appliances.Why?
posted by johnny7 at 2:57 AM PST - 12 comments

My freezer is too cold but can't turn the knob any lower [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 2:18 AM PST - 7 comments

What does a 0.08 BAC feel like? Can I tell on my own, or should I get one of those keychain breathalyzers? [more inside]
posted by tkolstee at 1:31 AM PST - 20 comments

Intern or working for a foreign political party [more inside]
posted by arkhangel at 12:46 AM PST - 8 comments

July 14
Why does the grundle get a strange feeling when you are up high? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 10:50 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I get North American Google results while I'm in Mexico? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 10:04 PM PST - 13 comments

I need inside information from the "hive" mind. Did a bee sting give me flu-like symptoms, or did I just get an unrelated virus on the same day as the sting? More inside: [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 9:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Tech help please. I've got a Toshiba Satellite laptop and sometimes the display stops working. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 9:17 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I be sure that my digital photos are not blurry before printing them at 8x10? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 9:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Could someone translate this set of four Asian characters more me please. I have no idea at all except that it's something about women? link
posted by chairish at 8:59 PM PST - 23 comments

What is the total mass of the DNA in my body? [more inside]
posted by aliasless at 8:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Best way to move my stuff from Vancouver to Toronto? [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 8:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I purchase CDs at wholesale cost, even though I don't own a music store? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 8:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Why can I reach Metafilter from my PCs, but not my Macs? [more inside]
posted by danny the boy at 7:17 PM PST - 15 comments

A few weeks ago, I asked MeFites about the best parts of Ottawa to live in. Now that I have moved to the city, I am looking for an actual place to stay. Any inside information from Ottawa residents would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by sindark at 7:02 PM PST - 4 comments

I've made a music video for a band and I'm looking for some external feedback on it. Unfortunately I'm working/living in a bubble right now so I have to turn to the net for this. Is there any sort of film/music video critiquing site out there which would have a relatively fast turn around? [more inside]
posted by teststrip at 4:42 PM PST - 10 comments

So then... I'm a chunky bastard and I want to buy an exercise bike... [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 4:35 PM PST - 17 comments

My sister just graduated from Parsons with a BFA in Fashion Design. I said I would help her with a website, which would basically be an art/photo gallery with a few different sections. Are there any content management systems that would work well for this type of application? Free is good, but I wouldn't mind spending a little money for something really good. She sent a couple links to designers' homepages that she liked [1 2 3 4 5]. Whatever it is will need to be PHP/MySQL (or flash) based. [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 3:38 PM PST - 10 comments

How many miles can a person walk in a day? [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong at 3:27 PM PST - 30 comments

My dad's part time photography business is really getting going, and he wants his own website. All he needs is the front page, and I know a smattering of html and css. Is this something I can do? (long) [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 3:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Where does Dexter get his clothes? [more inside]
posted by snownoid at 2:39 PM PST - 4 comments

What venue do I have to file a complaint in in CA if the contract was signed in LA County, the defendant's whereabouts are unknown but his last address was in Claremont, and the contract was supposed to be performed in San Bernardino? [more inside]
posted by Kimpossible at 2:26 PM PST - 4 comments

I found - and lost - the name of a website where it was possible to play guitar via loops and then add some other instrument as bass, drum, etc... It was an online program
posted by luis huiton at 2:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Do you use a personal vision and/or mission statement? I have one that is really vague and generic (~= golden rule, that level) and I am wondering about taking a couple hours and writing down something more formal. Searching google, etc. for HOW-TO's brings up zilch.
posted by bukvich at 2:15 PM PST - 17 comments

I am planning on leaving my job soon, because I work in a "toxic" environment with a miserable and mean boss. When asked in an interview why I left this job, how am I supposed to respond? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Over the course of my personal life I have noticed a trend of not shaking women's hands when first meeting them in social settings. What is the proper way to greet women in a first meeting in a public setting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 PM PST - 38 comments

Is there any way to resume an interrupted file copy in Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by Ø at 1:34 PM PST - 8 comments

I am planning to take the 4-kyuu JPLT exam this year, and have a few questions best answered by someone who has actually taken the test. [more inside]
posted by ilsa at 12:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Why does the US (and EU?) so heavily subsidize crops specifically for export? [more inside]
posted by nintendo at 12:16 PM PST - 24 comments

My friend's sister just died. How to help? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 11:53 AM PST - 19 comments

Besides being a secret gangster river-raft courier, what effects random hilarious, interesting, intimate (in a goetting-to-know-someone, not sexual way) e-mails and then dropping off the face of the earth... only to re-appear suddenly with ferver 1-2 months later? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:50 AM PST - 22 comments

WindowsMobile users - I just got a Samsung Blackjack and as far as I can tell the Home screen displays icons of my most recently used applications. I'm hating this with a passion because this means these icons change with use. I don't want them to change - I want them to be determined by me. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by russmail at 11:39 AM PST - 3 comments

I need a little help setting up remote admin (VNC) access for Mac OS X 10.4.10 from a Windows client at work. Firewalls on both ends, significant port restrictions at work, and [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy at 11:14 AM PST - 5 comments

'80sTVMovieFilter: Does anyone remember the title of a teen-witch-war-in-high-school made-for-TV horror movie from the early '80s? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast at 10:54 AM PST - 10 comments

I think we're due for a new discussion about alternatives to iTunes for both iPod management and listening to music. [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 10:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me remember the name of this short story (or novel that includes this story): A housecleaner's employer tells her she can keep all the change she finds when she cleans his office. She ends up with a jar of change containing more than one hundred dollars, and the employer reneges his offer. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by jiiota at 10:16 AM PST - 7 comments

I use Pidgin. A friend uses MSN Messenger. How do I turn off the annoying custom emoticons? [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 10:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Any bright ideas on getting a stuck reset button unstuck without cracking open the PC case? [more inside]
posted by romakimmy at 9:50 AM PST - 8 comments

My Nikon D50 was stolen, I need to replace it, but I don't want to pay $800 for a new camera. [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 9:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I learn to enjoy the taste of vagina? I really want to. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 45 comments

What do I need to be concerned about after my tech recruiter left me hanging and I contacted the company directly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Where should I buy contact lenses online? [more inside]
posted by CXImran at 8:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Pronounce 'Sapindales'. [more inside]
posted by gimonca at 8:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Help a newbie make the transition to Macbook Pro [more inside]
posted by victorashul at 8:28 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I remove stubborn rear subframe bushes on my 2003 MK3 Ford Mondeo? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 8:23 AM PST - 3 comments

I am in need of current and historical facts and numbers regarding Hurricane Katrina. For example, how many people are still living in FEMA trailers? How many people have left New Orleans for good? Also, historical numbers, how many homes were destroyed? How many people were left homeless? etc. Thanks
posted by captainscared at 7:46 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I gain rapport with people? (or, should I ditch if I'm being ditched?) [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 5:55 AM PST - 24 comments

Install files for older iPaq? I bought an HP iPaq rz1710 on eBay. It did not include the installation CD. For some reason, HP does not provide those files on its web site. There are one or two "free drivers" sites, but they seem to contain undesirable payloads. Is there another, reliable source for these files?
posted by megatherium at 5:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it possible or desirable to talk yourself out of a big dream (music) and do something else with your life? [more inside]
posted by London Irregular at 4:14 AM PST - 24 comments

What's the quickest, easiest way to turn a directory of sequentially numbered JPG files into a video file? Linux or Windows. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 3:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Recommend me a good driving instructor in south London! [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 3:27 AM PST - 2 comments

Was this part of a movie or was it just a dream? [more inside]
posted by lain at 2:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Other than weight and the proof of the alcohol, what factors influence the level of intoxication resulting from a given dose of alcohol? [more inside]
posted by wierdo at 2:09 AM PST - 20 comments

Why did my garlic turn blue? [more inside]
posted by [expletive deleted] at 2:08 AM PST - 7 comments

July 13
As a young person, how do I invest in youth projects? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 11:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there any program released for Windows Mobile Smartphone (WM5/WM6) that will dynamically scramble my voice in a call? Not looking for call encryption, but the effect in spy and cop movies (most recently, the Departed), where the caller's voice is garbled and robotic, but still intelligible. If not, are there any other programs that do anything remotely similar (or any programs that are just interesting in general)? I have a T-Mobile Dash upgraded to WM6, but any WM5/6 Smartphone programs should work.
posted by nervestaple at 11:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Websites similar to uncrate.com? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 10:54 PM PST - 9 comments

There's a rap video I saw a few years ago on a MTV, can anyone help me figure out what it is? [more inside]
posted by BugsPotter at 10:08 PM PST - 5 comments


What should I put in a time capsule for my daughter? [more inside]
posted by jonson at 9:49 PM PST - 27 comments

Can anyone tell me the title of the guitar composition (some piano too) playing during this clip and the name of the composer (or musical group)? [more inside]
posted by amusem at 8:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Is Equity Index Universal Life Insurance a worthwhile investment? I'm considering opening up a policy with WRL and I'm wondering where the negatives in a policy like this lie? I'm located in northern California if that matters any, and have started to contribute to my employers 401K already. I'm also in my mid 20s. [more inside]
posted by TheDude at 8:27 PM PST - 22 comments

Please help my bride-to-be remember a movie from the 80's-90's. She enjoyed it on cable with a friend who is now a bridesmaid, and wants to try to get a copy for her as a gift. Description within... [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 8:14 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I make a living in the rural countryside? [more inside]
posted by oilygoily at 7:46 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the plural of "no"? Example: You have to hear a hundred "nos" for every yes. What is the proper way to write "nos"?
posted by dzot at 7:38 PM PST - 84 comments

So a common subplot in a lot of movies is that the protagonist has a dull life and suddenly a romantic partner sweeps in and changes EVERYTHING. It spans genres from The Mask to Stranger Than Fiction (and of course the romantic comedy / chick flick industry would go broke without it.) I guess Cinderalla is the archetypal story here. I'm sort of curious about what larger connections there are to this thematic convention—like has anyone written about it, maybe focused more on Cinderalla and gender studies or psychology etc. [more inside]
posted by Firas at 7:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find an online horror story about a cave! [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 7:26 PM PST - 5 comments

What is a good cookbook for fresh cooking? I'm looking for a cookbook that takes in-season fruits and veggies and prepares them in a way where their natural flavors come through. I don't want anything heavy like fried foods or so drenched in sugar it will make my teeth hurt. Any ideas? I was looking at How to Pick a Peach by Russ Parsons but wanted to see if there is anything else better out there before I purchased it. Thanks :)
posted by GlowWyrm at 6:24 PM PST - 18 comments

I just finished Cave Story and loved every minute of it. What are some other exemplary free indie games?
posted by archagon at 5:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Anyone have experience with Teltonika ModemUSB/H1.8? [more inside]
posted by jstrater at 4:27 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the best kind of (readily available from a grocery store in a large midwestern town) bread to make French toast from? [more inside]
posted by jferg at 4:06 PM PST - 31 comments

In the Yahoo email inbox - is there a way to see the first sentence of the email like I am shown in my Gmail inbox? [more inside]
posted by cda at 4:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Everytime I make Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni, the powder clumps up when I add it to the liquid. How do I stop it from doing this? [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger at 4:01 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm looking to travel very soon (leaving in the next couple weeks) to somewhere outside of the U.S. and stay for two weeks. Where should I, as a solo traveler, go? [more inside]
posted by stovenator at 3:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Fun stuff to do in Vegas with kids? We'll be there for 2 days, staying at Circus Circus, with 7-year old boy/girl twins. Haven't been there in 10 years. Besides walking the strip at night and doing the stuff at the hotel, what else do y'all recommend? Also, what's the rule on kids and casinos? If we take that walkway that goes into Caesar's, I seem to recall it drops you off right in the casino. Are we not allowed to even use this with children, or is it OK as long as we get them out of the casino area quickly?
posted by mattholomew at 3:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a specialty printer who can print large-format pattern pieces (and possibly scan them, too) for a new line of sewing and knitting patterns. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com at 3:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I redirect a queued message in postfix? [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter at 3:04 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I find an invite to a service like Grand Central? [more inside]
posted by adi at 2:47 PM PST - 55 comments

How can I transmit a home network connection 600 feet across a forested piece of property? We have WildBlue with a Linksys router, and I'd like to access it from our guest cottage. I'm doubting we can run an Ethernet cable that far.
posted by hodyoaten at 2:09 PM PST - 14 comments

How in the world did this magical bracelet work? [more inside]
posted by vito90 at 2:06 PM PST - 21 comments

I'd like more information about the practice of not informing patients of the extent of their illness in Japan. [more inside]
posted by Espy Gillespie at 1:44 PM PST - 18 comments

O wise AskMe, please help us name our art marketing business? [more inside]
posted by zennie at 1:31 PM PST - 20 comments

What's the best way for an adult to learn French? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 1:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Your favorite smoothie recipe? [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain at 1:03 PM PST - 28 comments

Michael Moore's movie had me thinking about why Cubans defect to the the US to play baseball. The sportscasters always told stories about Cuban oppression, from what I can recall. I was wondering if there are different reasons though. I'm thinking money is the biggest reason. Have any journalists or writers covered this in depth?
posted by jkafka at 1:00 PM PST - 27 comments

The local council is urging residents who live in a flat to get a food waste disposer (garbage disposal). Are these units an environmentally sound alternative to composting? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 1:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Sysadmin is out. Boss (pointy-haired) and assistant (bubble-headed) are going traveling with their company laptops and know just enough about wireless to get themselves in big trouble. How do I set up a user-proof VPN for them in the next few hours? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 12:30 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm having a sebaceous cyst removed from my back and I'd like to know how much discomfort I'm going to be in afterwards, and if I'll be able to (or want to) go back to work for the rest of the day. [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 12:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Anyone know the contact details for the wiesfeld foundation ?
posted by sgt.serenity at 12:12 PM PST - 13 comments

The meds the GP gives me don't work. How do I find a psychiatrist who's actually able to see me? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 11:56 AM PST - 9 comments

I need some music recommendations in the style of Barry White. In particular, I'm looking for the type of music which one could imagine would play when a bachelor walks into his penthouse, pushes a button, and a bar swivels around, the lights dim, and Barry starts crooning. [more inside]
posted by markovich at 11:45 AM PST - 36 comments

Seattle Filter: Looking for a Financial Planner to assist twenty-something newlyweds with combining finances, investment strategies, etc. [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 11:42 AM PST - 2 comments

How to track down my host family from six years ago? [more inside]
posted by sian at 11:32 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm moving across the country. I haven't seen my 70 year old grandmother in 5 or 6 years. Should I make the effort to go out of my way and see her before being thousands of miles away? Of course, there's quite a bit [more inside]
posted by plaingurl at 11:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Resources/information on layering with SVG [more inside]
posted by dance at 11:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Flat feet and illotibial band syndrome - how can I quickly recover, and how can I prevent re-occurences? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 10:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Where do we rent a van in the NY metro area to move 4 people, instruments, drums and amps for a short jaunt from Brooklyn to Philadelphia, DC and back to Brooklyn towards the end of this month? [more inside]
posted by andrewraff at 10:48 AM PST - 7 comments

What are the rules about selling shares held in a Roth IRA? Warning: still a bit of a finance n00b... [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 10:16 AM PST - 17 comments

Is there a way to display a database of addresses on a map? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 9:54 AM PST - 4 comments

My boss may be promoting me. Or not. Or he may be waiting for me to ask for it. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by gaiamark at 9:40 AM PST - 22 comments

Weekend in Chicago, one of us is under 21: where to go, or how to get him in? [more inside]
posted by TheFuse at 9:39 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I tactfully tell my friends that I'm not so much into the partying and staying up late because I want to get up early and go work out (and live a healthier lifestyle) instead? [more inside]
posted by ollyoop at 9:00 AM PST - 25 comments

Why do mp3s get damaged? [more inside]
posted by TheRaven at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I get rid of that musty book smell? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 8:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Three computers. Two operating systems. Help me keep my vital files synchronized without costing an arm and a leg. Previous AskMe entries have so far not helped. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 8:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Word indents one space at the top of every page for no reason I can find [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 8:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Digital signatures in Word (currently using 2002). How to do this easily from the user's end but with some requirements that the selfcert.exe won't do (that I can tell)? [more inside]
posted by schnee at 8:32 AM PST - 2 comments

GMAIL + Thunderbird. What is the best way to synchronize these? Also, is there a way to sync labels? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 at 8:29 AM PST - 7 comments

How to remove stains on my wall? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 8:09 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I clean a circuit board that appears to suffer from oxidation? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 7:43 AM PST - 11 comments

How should I convert about 7000 wma to a more compatible format? [more inside]
posted by coolin86 at 7:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Eep. Domain name expired (gmail flagged warning as spam!) and I've already got a squatter. :( [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 7:16 AM PST - 9 comments

I quit my job 3 months ago and my former boss won't stop harassing/threatening me. Unfortunately, politely asking him to stop is not an option. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 27 comments

Looking for kick-ass internships in the NJ/NYC area. Background is CS, design, and a little bit of everything. The tougher the better. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 6:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Recommendations for sewing machine repair places in New York City or Jersey City? [more inside]
posted by yarrow at 6:06 AM PST - 2 comments

An 80s technology throwback question for you. A paralegal in our office has an IBM Wheelwriter 50 Series II (6788) typewriter that she uses for all her wordprocessing. It's from 1988. It has a little computer monitor attached to it that accepts 3.5" floppies. I'm trying to help her move to a PC, but she doesn't want to lose all the documents she has stored on these floppies. I've tried reading the floppies with MS Word and Wordperfect on a PC, but it comes up as nonsense. I've also tried using a utility called CanOpener and OmniFlop with no success. Any other ideas on a utility/process to move the documents over to a PC-readable format?
posted by banger100 at 5:58 AM PST - 22 comments

I need help thinking of a new license plate... [more inside]
posted by sephira at 5:45 AM PST - 110 comments

Can I share a streamed-from-home music library with my coworkers via iTunes, without making them install special apps? [more inside]
posted by quarked at 5:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Weird computer video/audio problems across all my media players [more inside]
posted by criticalbill at 5:22 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm having an issue with my tooth. The root canal I had on my broken tooth in 2005 was supposed to get crowned eventually, but that was $800 that I didn't have. Anyway, the filling that was put in was temporary, and it's been wearing down over the last 2 years... [more inside]
posted by cmgonzalez at 3:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Fun night-time activities around MIT? [more inside]
posted by davidvan at 2:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Nietzsche once said something to the effect that all geniuses who excelled in one arena must also possess an equally great deficiency or underdeveloped faculty, either physically, morally or in personality and the like. But I can't find where he said this! Maybe it wasn't Nietzsche?
posted by archae at 1:07 AM PST - 1 comments

I need to get rid of a bunch of photos. Can they be recycled? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 12:41 AM PST - 8 comments

As a new employee, how do I diffu